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introduce a new article of impeachment against the president. >> we have to stand up to this man who incited a violent riot at our nation's capitol. >> corporate america distancing itself from the president and his republican allies. the major companies suspending political donations, and the impact on both parties moving forward. viral tsunami. u.s. hospitals overwhelmed by the skyrocketing number of coronavirus cases. >> this is unimaginable. the only time we'd imagine something like this is in an earthquake. >> key supplies running low. ambulances turned away. waiting rooms being used to treat patients. this morning, a firsthand look at the dire scene inside just one hospital in los angeles. declined. famed nfl coach bill belichick turns down the presidential medal of freedom, citing the violent attacks on the capitol. ahead, why he says now is not the time for the honor. all that, plus, perfection.
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this is "today" with savannah guthrie and hoda kotb, from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. hi, everybody. welcome to "today." thank you so much for joining us on this tuesday morning. a lot to get to this morning. our top story, the new security concerns and growing political fallout in the wake of the capitol siege. >> this is really disturbing. house democrats are now planning two key votes. one today on a measure calling on vice president pence to invoke the 25th amendment against the president. if he does, they will vote tomorrow on an article of impeachment. then what is really disturbing, the security warnings. >> meantime, the fbi is warning in the coming days, right-wing extremist groups planning armed protests at every state capitol in the united states. >> take a look at that, the alert leading to this jarring site in madison, wisconsin. crews boarding up the state capitol to brace for any potential unrest. it is a scene playing out in other states, as well. in a moment, we'll talk about the security concerns with
former fbi director james comey, when he joins us live. first, we begin our coverage with nbc's tom costello. he joins us from the capitol. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the inauguration now declared a national security event. the secret service is in charge but national guardsmen and police officers on every single street. we've been reporting that several witnesses reported that capitol police officers last week were seen taking selfies with the attackers and in some cases letting them into the capitol building. now some officers are suspended, others underestest vision. the fbi sent a memo to law enforcement agencies nationwide warning of possible armed protests at all 50 state capitol buildings starting january 16th through president-elect biden's inauguration on the 20th. the fbi now asking for the public's help in identifying the person thought to have placed two pipe bombs in washington
last week at the rnc and the dnc. >> i think that's where the real danger is because you have local groups that can easily mobilize to a state capitol where it's going to be far less resources to defend. >> reporter: on monday, the department of homeland security ordered that security precautions for the inauguration again this week. some preparations already taking place. an anti-scale fence forming a wide perimeter around the capitol building. there will be security checkpoints with metal detectors, street closures and a massive police presence, including federal agents and up to 15,000 soldiers from the national guard. the secretary service, the agency responsible for securing the inauguration says in an interview with nbc's pete williams, it is well prepared to protect next wednesday's events. >> we're keenly aware of what happened at the capitol, lessons can be learned, mass civil disturbance is something that we plan for. we have contingencies in place and plans in place to address
that kind of behavior. >> reporter: meanwhile, the mayor of washington has asked federal officials to cancel any and all public gathering permits in the nation's capitol from now through the inauguration, and is urging people not to travel to washington. >> our goals right now are to encourage americans to participate virtually. >> reporter: and we're learning more about the perpetrators of the capitol attack. terrorism analysts say wednesday's riot leaders may have fully intended to capture or harm members of congress, including speaker pelosi and vice president pence. among the evidence, threatening posts online, weapons, explosives, the tactical gear some rioters were wearing and those zip ties often used as handcuffs. the fbi making multiple arrests as it works through 70,000 tips. meantime, overnight, u.s. capitol police revealing that several officers have now been suspended, adding that the department is actively reviewing video and other open source materials of some capitol
officers and officials that appear to be in violation of department regulations and policies. >> one was the selfie officer and another was an officer who put a maga hat on and started directing some people around. >> reporter: also this morning, the national park service is closing the washington monument because of what it calls a credible threat and airbnb is trying to protect anybody staying at its properties here in the dc area. it is canceling reservations for anybody in any way has an extremist platform online. >> tom, thank you very much. joining us, former fbi director, james comey, the author of a new book "saving justice, truth, transparency and trust" good morning. >> good morning. >> unfortunately, we've got a lot of events in the news to talk about and i'll start with your old post, the fbi has issued a bulletin warning of
armed protests not only in washington, d.c., but all 50 state capitols. how extraordinary is a warning like that and how concerned are you? >> it's extraordinary because we live in extraordinary times where a president and his enablers have tried to motivate people to violence, so it doesn't surprise me, although it's very unusual. the fbi's job is to gather information and push it out to the people who can secure those locations. so i think they're right to be concerned. it's right to be prepared. what's appalling about what happened on january 6th is the lack of preparation. we can't repeat that mistake. >> and i want to talk about the cap tro capitol riots that happened last week but it's focus on the current environment. do you feel like law enforcement can handle something like this? is law enforcement going to be ready this time? >> law enforcement definitely can handle these kinds of riots, attacks and civil disturbances, if they have the information they need and they prepare, this is something law enforcement was built for. again, what's so painful about
the capitol is the lack of preparation. but adequately prepared, the 50 states can secure their capitols and the united states can secure its capitol. >> how concerned are you about inauguration? it traditionally takes place on the west front of the capitol and there are plans for president-elect biden to have a little bit of a walk, an escorted walk outside on the streets of washington. do you think any of that should be changed or looked at again? >> i don't think it should be changed. it was important for all of us as americans after 9/11 not to let terrorists win, an expression i'm sure you remember, by altering our national life in a fundamental way. these are terrorists and it would be a mistake for the united states of america to change our rituals, the things that mark our civic, important civic events because of them. so we can be prepared and we should be prepared. we should act like the country we are, free and open and safe. >> what is going through your mind as you watched what
unfolded last wednesday at the capitol? >> well, like all americans, i hope, i was sickened by the attack on the citadel of our democracy, but given my career i was also really angry about the failure secure in the face of a threat that was obvious on a date that's been marked for 130 years, january 6th. you knew it was coming, you knew it was literally coming to you from the president's rally walking down pennsylvania avenue. very, very upsetting to watch it happen anyway. >> how do you explain it? i remember after 9/11 the commission concluded in part it was a failure of imagination, a failure to even contemplate that airliners could be used as weapons and flown into buildings on the east coast of the united states. this isn't a failure of imagination. a bunch of thugs coming in, breaking windows and beating up police officers, that's not an ingenious plot. so where was the failure here? >> i agree with you. it wasn't a failure of imagination. it was just a failure to see a threat that was in bright daylight coming at you.
i don't know. it's going to be really important for there to be some kind of commission to understand what happened here, not just at the capitol, with the capitol police, but did they get the information they need, did they see the threat the way so many other agencies must have seen it. i don't want to prejudge but it's going to be really important to understand that. >> this is complex, as you mentioned. there were some officers that day who were heroic and at least one paid with his life. and then there are other officers who have been suspended because of some of their conduct on that day, there are police jurisdictions around the country looking into whether some of their own members of law enforcement participated. how much does that concern you, particularly when you're talking about now having to secure these future events? i mean, is there a concern about some kind of inside job? >> it's something that a police leader has to look at because police officers are people, some of them are going to be drawn into the same fog of lies that surround so many millions of americans.
but in the main law enforcement officers are putting their lives on the line for the constitution they swore to uphold and protect. i'm not worried about that in the main, even though a leader of a department has to understand every single member of his or her department. >> the fbi has received now 70,000 tips. it's a huge amount of work. how important is it for the fbi to track down those responsible and follow up on it, even though it may be incredibly time-consuming, and for some people it might just be a case of trespassing? >> it's important that every last person who entered that capitol be found and charged. they need to feel the force of the rule of law, they need to feel the american people's will to make sure that we're a country that doesn't accept attacks on our democracy. i know my colleagues at the fbi are honored and excited to do this work and will do it 24 hours a day until they find every one of them.
>> the attorney general of the district of columbia said that he is looking into whether or not the president violated dc law, dc code in inciting a riot. that's an open investigation, according to the dc attorney general. i want to talk about your book, because at the end of it the epilogue, i don't want to give away the ending, but i think you'll forgive me, you say that given everything that's happened, you don't think the president should be prosecuted. has your opinion changed in light of what happened on wednesday, and can you explain your thinking? >> yeah, it was a hard question when i was writing that back in the fall and it's even harder now. the president needs to be sanctioned for his behavior and held accountable. i think it's important that he be impeached, i think it's important that local prosecutors in new york continue to pursue the garden variety frauds he surely committed before he became president. i just don't think it's in the national interest for donald trump to be on our television
screens every day for the next three or four years as part of united states versus donald trump in the district of columbia. i don't think that helps joe biden heal a nation, i don't think it helps us coax the millions of americans who have been defrauded and were caught in the fog of lies, i don't think it helps us move them back into a healthy place. so it's a hard, painful decision, but i still think it would be better for this country if we move past a corrupt president and turned off the television lights on him, which in some ways would be the greatest punishment he could imagine. >> comparing anything to 9/11 is a dangerous business, but one thing i remember is how it was an inflection point and it really woke up america to a threat that had been there all along, but perhaps we had not recognized. a lot of us have friends and families who support the president, they now believe that there was something wrong with the election. what do you do to change minds and change hearts and open
people's eyes up to facts? >> you can't shout at people to convince them that they've been defrauded. one of the hardest things in the world is for a victim of a fraud of lies to admit that they were fooled. i worked criminal cases where the victims of a fraud would come to support the fraudster after he pled guilty. it's not shouting at them, but coaxing them and urging them and letting them find their way out of that fog of lies. it's a really hard thing that takes years, and it will take years, but it's hastened by them seeing competent, honest, empathetic leadership, which i think they're going to see starting january 20th as we heal e heal this country spiritually and from this virus. >> james comey, the former fbi director, author of the book "saving justice, truth and trust" with a lot of fascinating stories from your time, your decades at the justice department and law enforcement, sir. thank you for your time this morning. we really appreciate it. >> thanks for having me. as we mentioned, the security concerns come along
with a growing push by democrats on capitol hill to remove president trump from office. nbc's chief white house correspondent kristen welker has the very latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. despite the calls for his resignation, president trump is making it clear he has no plans to call it quits in fact, he's expected to spend the final days in office touting what he sees as his greatest achievements, including a trip to the border later today. but his entire legacy could be overshadowed if he becomes the first president ever to be impeached twice. a defiant president trump traveling to texas to tout what he considers a key accompli accomplishment, the border wall as democratic leaders are expected to deliver an ultimatum to vice president pence, invoke the 25th amendment to remove the president from power by tomorrow or they'll begin impeachment proceedings. >> i think every day he remains in office he remains a clear and
present danger to our country. >> reporter: the vice president is said to impose invoking the 25th amendment, making impeachment more likely. a senior administration official telling nbc news the president met pence in the oval office monday evening and had a good conversation it's the first time they've spoken since before the attack on the capitol on monday, democrats introduced a single article of impeachment that could be voted on as early as wednesday it accuses president trump of, quote, inciting violence against the government of the united states >> we have to stand up to this man who incited a violent riot at our nation's capitol. it was a massive humiliation to our nation, it had a lot of people die. >> reporter: more than 210 house democrats support impeachment, but so far there is not broad support among republicans. many arguing the step would further divide americans. >> the democrats are going to try to remove the president from office just seven days before he's set to leave anyway
i do not see how that yunifies the country. >> reporter: not every democrat is on board with impeachment. >> i think this is so ill-advised for joe biden to be coming in trying to heal the country and trying to be the president of all the people who we're going to be so divided and fighting again. >> reporter: with the prospect of president trump's senate trial stretching into his presidency, joe biden says he hopes the senate can juggle it and his agenda >> a half day dealing with impeachment and a half day getting my people nominated and confirmed in the senate. that's my hope >> reporter: so here is a look at how the rest of this week is shaping up to unfold today the house is going to vote on that resolution that would give vice president pence one day to commit to invoking the 25th amendment, which would remove president trump from office the expectation is that pence will not take that action. that's based on all of our conversations with people who are familiar with his thinking
so on wednesday morning, the house will begin debate on the impeachment resolution, heading toward a possible vote later that day where it is expected to pass so what's uncertain, when the house would deliver the article to the senate for a trial, where a two-thirds majority is needed. it's unclear how that vote would play out and it's unlikely any proceedings would begin in the senate until next week, and of course that's the week of joe biden's inauguration >> kristen welker for us at the white house. thank you. we have a lot more to get to, including the weather. al, good morning what's on your radar >> i see what you did there. we're going to start with the radar, the satellite we've got an atmospheric river that goes all the way back back into the pacific, a plume of moisture that's going to travel 6,000 miles and pummel the pacific northwest and northern california with heavy rain and snow through tomorrow, we're talking a flood risk from washington all
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>> reporter: i'm bob redell in san ramon. california is ramping up efforts to speed up its vaccination of covid-19. the governor of gavin newsom has given health departments more flexibility to decide when to move on to the next tier of vaccinations. california has been slow in its rollout of vaccines, ranked 43rd nationwide in shots per 100,000 people. let's check in with meteorologist kari hall, who has a look at our forecast for this tuesday morning. >> good morning. and we're seeing some light showers moving through, as we check out solano county. we've seen it's been fairly very hit or miss for the north bay. for the most part, we're seeing a lot of the heavier rain today, well to the north of us. more clouds are moving into the bay area. that's what we can expect, along with some high waves. we've been tracking those king tides, as well as the high surf advisory. late morning, we could see some coastal flooding. meanwhile, temperatures inland
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>> like all "jeopardy" fans, i miss alex, very much. and i thank him for everything he did for all of us. let's be totally clear, no one will ever replace the great alex trebek, but we can honor him by playing the game he loved. >> we are back. last night's "jeopardy," the first without alex trebek. that was ken jennings, the show's greatest champion who served as the first guest host. you hear his emotion and nerves. big shoes to fill. also, you know, alex would want the show to go on. >> looks pretty good in the seat though, doesn't he? said it was a nerve-racking
experience, but he was honored to do it. >> understandable. let'get s your 7:30 headlines. breaking overnight, indonesian navy divers recovered the flight data recorder from the passenger jet that crashed into the java sea on saturday with 62 people on board. the device is expected to help investigators determine what caused the boeing 737-500 to nosedive into the ocean just moments after takeoff from jakarta. officials say the plane's other black box, the cockpit voice recorder, is likely to be found soon because its beacon is being emitted in the same area. now to some frightening moments off the coast of california. 12 children had to be rescued after their sailboats capsized in strong waves. the kids were participating in a sailing class on sunday. that's near santa cruz harbor. around 20 people were sent into the water. thankfully, there were no serious injuries. all of the children were wearing life jackets. and congratulations are in order once again this morning for the university of alabama
football team. they won their sixth national championship in the past 12 years. >> right to his left. play action, jones steps up, right down the middle of the field. it's touchdown! devonta smith cannot be stopped. >> no, no, he could not be. smith, the heisman trophy winner, had three touchdown snags in the first half. the crimson tide rolled over ohio state, 52-24. of course, alabama, no stranger to the national scene. this is their 18th championship overall. of course, because of the pandemic, just a few thousand fans were able to attend the game in person. but check out this celebration in tuscaloosa. tens of thousands flooding the streets after that big win. many folks there not wearing masks. alabama decided to celebrate by apparently participating in a
superspreader event. going back, devonta smith injured his hand in the first half, couldn't come back until six or seven minutes later. dislocated his finger, but was still able -- >> the best in the business. >> mvp. >> don't give the heisman trophy winner to anybody. >> no. speaking of the crowd in tuscaloosa, coronavirus has grim numbers in america and is only getting worse. consider this, more than 100,000 people have been hospitalized with the virus for 40 days in a row. the surge is pushing hospitals from coast to coast to yet another breaking point. this morning, we're going to show you what doctors and nurses are facing at just one of those largest hospitals in los angeles. that's where nbc's erin mclaughlin is. erin, good morning. >> reporter: hoda, good morning. here in california, the governor says they're now seeing the beginning of that post holiday surge, and if it continues for the next five to seven days, hospitals won't be able to handle it. that includes harbor ucla medical center. we were given an exclusive tour.
as we saw firsthand, the hospital is already at the brink. doctors calling it a covid war zone. harbor ucla medical center, one of la county's public hospitals, now at the breaking point. >> if we are going to see another huge surge upon a surge, it'll happen in the next seven to ten days. some are describing it as a viral tsunami. >> reporter: no corner of this hospital left untouched by the virus. >> every day is a new day of making things up as we go. >> reporter: waiting rooms transformed into treatment areas. four covid patients packed to a room and only one nurse to care for them. >> you can imagine that will compromise care and has compromised care and continues to do so. >> reporter: another room, a sea of blue gowns. multiple staff required to flip a patient to get more oxygen. >> in 16 hours, all individuals need to come back to do it again? >> yeah. they're doing that for virtually
every patient that has severe covid lung disease in the hospital. >> reporter: late last week, they had to shut the hospital to ambulances transporting trauma patients because there was no more room. >> it means people who are victims of car accidents or violence will end up waiting longer than they should to get the life-saving care they need. >> reporter: in california, the surge in covid deaths has been staggering. on election day, the state was averaging 40 daily deaths. by christmas, it was 255. on saturday, 695 patients lost their lives. with funeral homes here in l.a. unable to accept more bodies, california's governor ordered 88 refrigeration trucks to serve as makeshift morgues. >> this is unimaginable. e only time we'd imane this is in an earthquake. >> reporter: vaccines, the only hope on the horizon, reaching just a fraction of people. states creating massive vaccine hubs, including texas, where 28 health providers will administer shots. in l.a.'s dodger stadium, once the country's largest covid testing site, now getting ready
to give 12,000 doses a day. stepping inside that hospital, you really get the sense of just how overwhelmed they are. it's scary to see in person. if their worst fears are realized and there is another surge of patients, doctors say they're going to do everything they can to save as many lives as they can. hoda. >> it's a perspective a lot of journalists haven't been able to see firsthand, and you did there. also, there's some news out of l.a. this morning, erin, about school kids and mandatory vaccines. >> reporter: that's right. the los angeles unified school district, the second largest in the country, is the first to announce it will require students to be vaccinated before returning to campus. the same way it requires students to be vaccinated for other diseases. the requirement goes into effect once vaccines are widely available. >> erin, thanks for the perspective. appreciate it. ahead on a tuesday morning, the growing list of major companies pressing pause on political donations in the wake of the capitol siege. one even asking for money back from certain republican
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distance themselves, others are cutting off certain republican lawmakers. >> nbc's senior washington correspondent, hallie jackson, has more on those moves and their impact as well good morning to you. >> reporter: good of you >> this is an nbc news special report. here's chanel jones. >> we have breaking news from washington. president trump making some brief remarks as he left the white house for his trip to the southern border today, and he touched on both the vile violent siege at the u.s. capitol and the mounting calls for his immediate removal from office. nbc chief white house correspondent kristen welker joins us now. what did he say? >> chanel, good morning to you. this is significant. this is the first time president trump has spoken out in five days and in his remarks he urged his supporters not to engage in violence, and as you said, he also weighed in on threats of impeachment. take a listen to what he had to
say just moments ago. >> we want no violence, never violence. we want absolutely no violence and on the impeachment it's a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics. it's ridiculous. it's absolutely ridiculous. this impeachment is causing tremendous anger as you're doing it and it's a terrible thing that they're doing for nancy pelosi and chuck shum tore continue on this path, i think it's causing tremendous danger to our country and it's causing tremendous anger. i want no violence. thank you very much. >> chanel, it is worth noting that the president did not answer our shouted questions. we had a number of them. so let's take a look at what's going to happen today. today democrats say they will deliver an ultimatum to vice president pence, invoke the 25th amendment to remove the president from office by tomorrow or they will begin impeachment proceedings. the vice president met with
president trump in the oval office. that happened on monday evening. that was their first conversation since before the attack on the capitol. sources familiar with pence's thinking tell nbc news he is not inclined to invoke the 25th amendment so the question becomes what happens next? assuming pence does not act, the house will begin debate on an impeachment resolution on wednesday, heading toward a possible vote later that day where it is expected to pass. so what's still uncertain is when the house will deliver the articles to the senate for a trial and how that vote would play out. it is unlikely any proceedings would begin in the senate until next week and that, chanel, is of course, the week of joe biden's inauguration. so bottom line here, the calls are mounting frankly on both sides of the aisle for president trump to step down. democrats have broad support there. it is not broad support among republicans with some of them quite concerned about a potential backlash. they also argue that it could slow down the leaders of government into the government
into the new year. joe biden was asked about this and he said he hopes both things could happen at once that there could be an impeachment trial in the senate and that the senate would also move on his agenda. >> you touched on this. can you give a perspective on how things are feeling in washington and everyone listening to his every word and all of this leading up to the inauguration? >> it is a tense time here in washington, chanel. there is no way to overstate that. you have more threats of violence. that is in part, presumably why president trump felt the need to come out and speak and urge his supporters not to engage in more violence, but there's also this uncertainty about what is going to happen next. we know that law enforcement officials are focused on making sure that biden's inauguration is secure and again, he has said that he will feel comfortable at the inauguration. he will feel safe. he trusts the secret service to
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medal of freedom so anything he would bestow on anybody is meaningless and to accept it is disgraceful. >> reporter: in a statement belichick never mentioned the president writing, instead, that above all, i am an american citizen with great reverence for our nation's values, freedom and democracy. some patriots fans paurting the decision. >> i think that a lot of people in massachusetts probably wouldn't like that he was receiving it from our president right now. >> reporter: president trump has not publicly responded to the apparent rebuke but a white house official tells nbc news it's aware belichick would not be traveling to washington to receive the award. trump has a long relationship with the patriots. the team's owner, robert kraft, is a long-time friend and he has played golf many times with tom brady. after their 2017 super bowl win, the patriots accepted an invitation to the white house, giving trump a jersey and a super bowl ring. in his statement, belichick also spoke about his team's work on issues of social justice,
equality and human rights this past year, calling it one of the most rewarding things in his career, saying continuing those efforts while remaining true to the people, team and country i love outweigh the benefits of any individual award the day after, president trump gave the freedom of medal to two golfs, and just yesterday gave the medal of freedom on one of his closest political allies, congressman jim jordan from ohio back to you. >> stephanie gosk for us, thank you. >> you can't really talk about bi belichick without talking about tom brady. how mr. brady is poking fun at the historic playoff matchup this weekend against your guy, hoda kotb, drew brees. >> bye-bye, tom brady. first, your local news > you need d to recuse e youf . >
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very good morning to you. in case you just missed it, we had a special report. president trump has spoken for the very first time since the big capitol riots, briefly addressing the media on his way to texas. we put a link to the story on our home page. you can find it there. here is a look at what else is happening now. >> reporter: i'm kris sanchez in san jose. kaiser permanente is facing $100,000 in fines for violating covid protocol. kaiser san jose and antioch were fined for not reporting employee infections in a timely manor. a christmas exposure that infected 60 employees and led to the death of an e.r. clerk. kaiser is appealing the
violati violations and says it is related to responses early in the pandemic. let's check with meteorologist kari hall, who has a look at our forecast. >> we're seeing light rain moving through, especially for the north bay. elsewhere is mostly cloudy. we're starting out the day with this. it will gradually move out. we'll see, for the most part in the bay area, some partly locally cloudy skies and temperatures reaching near 60 degrees. peaks of sunshine today. lot more in the forecast leading into the weekend. laura? >> looks nice. another local news update is coming up in half an hour. have a great one.
♪ it's 8:00 on "today." coming up, on alert. the fbi now warning of possible armed protests at all 50 state capitols. in washington, d.c., massive security preparations under way for the inauguration, just eight days away. >> lessons can be learned from what happened at the capitol. >> all this as democrats prepare to move forward with impeachment proceedings if vice president pence doesn't take action. >> we need to do what's within our power, and impeachment is within our power. >> we're live with everything you need to know. then cover controversy. the online backlash over "vogue's" cover of the vice president-elect.
>> it deserves the celebration of that moment, especially, you know, for a magazine that often has not had black women on the cover. >> just ahead, we'll hear from kamala harris' niece. plus, melinda's mission. savannah goes one-on-one with melinda gates to talk about the capitol hill riots to women in the workplace and vaccine distribution. >> the federal government needs to step up and have a coordinated response, like they should have had for testing. >> the candid conversation coming up. and having a ball. the hollywood a-listers in talks to star as lucille ball and desi arnaz in a new film about their relationship. we'll tell you all about it. today, tuesday, january 12th, 2021. ♪ i'm blinded by the light >> hello from sunny west palm beach, florida. it's charlie's 15th birthday today. >> whew! >> hey, "today" show.
i'm colin, and i'm turning 10 today. >> hey, hoda and savannah. >> friends in studio 1a. >> wish our grandmother an 89th birthday. happy birthday, granny! >> thank you. >> look at that beauty. >> beautiful, beautiful. i love when people share these beautiful sentiments. welcome back, you guys. it is tuesday morning. hopefully you're having a cup of coffee. >> isn't it nice to have the band back together? >> nice to be back. >> yes. >> when i wasn't here, you know, i got up and dvr'd the show. >> did you? how did that work? >> no, you didn't. >> i didn't, but you should. you can always set your dvr for 7:00 a.m. to catch the top. >> you woke up live. >> well, it's true. >> 6:59, there was craig in his pjs. couldn't miss a minute. >> yeah. we're super excited about a story we're working on for tomorrow on "today" and it's going to hit home for a lot of folks. as we know, teachers are some of
the unsung heroes of the pandemic and ten months in we wanted to know how they're doing, what's got them worried, do they feel safe in the classroom right now. >> vicky nguyen talked to a group of teachers for a reality check and it was a real candid, very emotional conversation. we'll have that for you tomorrow on "today." let's get to your news at 8:00. the threat of armed protests ahead of next week's inauguration has spread beyond washington, d.c., to state capitols across the country. nbc's justice correspondent pete williams has a look at what's being done to protect these potential targets. pete, good morning. >> reporter: the plan for inaugural security called for a tight perimeter around the capitol with thousands of police, federal agents, and national guard on the streets. that was to begin next week. now, it will start earlier. in response to the attack on the u.s. capitol and prospect of more violence in the days to come, the department of homeland security has ordered the security arrangements for the inauguration to start going into effect on wednesday, nearly a week earlier than planned.
>> it is much more efficient, it is much more effective way for us to choreograph the tens of thousands of assets that come into play to keep washington safe and everyone here, including the president-elect. >> reporter: that means a perimeter of no-scale fence around the capitol sooner, security checkpoints with metal detectors, and tens of thousands of police federal agents and national guard troops on the streets. former fbi director james comey was asked by savannah this morning whether law enforcement will be ready for the inauguration. >> law enforcement definitely can handle these kinds of rye yolts, attacks and civil disturbances. if they have the information they need and they prepare, this is something law enforcement was built for. what was so painful about the capitol was the lack of preparation. >> reporter: the secret service says it plans for mob attacks like the one at the capitol last week. >> this is a poignant reminder of what can happen, and that's exactly why we spend over a year planning for these events. >> reporter: meantime, the fbi
is warning police nationwide that armed protests are being discussed on social media for every state capitol by week's end. with more violence possible in washington if congress presses ahead with action on the 25th amendment. the fbi says it has received more than 40,000 tips, helping to identify those who stormed the capitol building last week. and the capitol police have suspended several officers investigating their actions last week. some were seen taking selfies with those who stormed the capitol. house democrats say they've now been briefed by capitol police about new threats to the capitol since last week's siege. one called the details, quote, chilling and horrific. savannah? >> pete williams on capitol hill for us. pete, thank you. meantime, house democrats are moving forward with their drive to force president trump from office, introducing an article of impeachment and ramping up the pressure on vice president mike pence. we'll get the latest now from "weekend today" co-anchor and chief white house correspondent kristen welker. kristen, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to
you. president trump will travel to texas to highlight the border wall today, but before leaving he spoke out for the first time in five days, urging his followers not to engage in violence and slamming those efforts to impeach him for a second time, accusing democrats of engaging in a witch hunt. now, as for democrats, they will deliver an ultimatum to vice president pence today, invoke the 25th amendment to remove the president from power by tomorrow, or they'll begin impeachment proceedings. the vice president met with president trump in the oval office monday evening, it's their first conversation since that attack on the capitol. sources familiar with pence's thinking tell nbc news he is not inclined to invoke the 25th amendment. so the question is what happens next. well, assuming pence does not act, the house will begin debate on an impeachment resolution on wednesday, heading toward a possible vote later that day where it is expected to pass. what's uncertain, when the house would deliver the article to the senate for a trial and how that vote would play out, hoda.
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history-making aunt, her own success as an point and her new book called "ambitious girl" she weighed in about her aunt's "vogue" cover. when it was released over the weekend, fans applauded the significance, but reaction to the cover choice was mixed >> reporter: it is one of the most coveted covers in publishing, "vogue." signifying more than status, but celebrating a moment in history. >> vote, vote, vote. >> reporter: for vice president-elect kamala harris, many are saying this moment >> exciting, right? but it's not without controversy. >> reporter: "vogue" releasing two versions of the cover online. a print version, featuring the vp in a casual look wearing converse sneakers, and a second, more formal digital cover. reaction was swift and critical. many criticizing the casual nature of the cover. one person tweeting, it was disrespectful. noted "washington post" critic robin gavon writing, the cover did not give kamala d. harris
due respect. it was overly familiar. it was a cover image that in effect called harris by her first name without invitation. even the vice president-elect's niece, meena harris, tweeting, please don't ask me about the cover. this week has been hard enough. >> it's a big moment. we've elected the first woman in history, the first black woman in history, and south asian woman to hold the office of vice president in our country's history. that is a huge, historic moment. >> reporter: i sat down with harris monday to talk about her upcoming children's book, "ambitious girl," where she also shared her reaction to the cover. >> it deserves the proper celebration of that moment, especially, you know, for a magazine that often has not had black women on the cover. i love the photos of the powder blue suit. i love those, and i think that
tyler is incredibly talented. of course, the woman who wrote the article, it's a lovely, amazing, inspiring interview. >> reporter: both images were shot by photographer tyler mitchell, who in 2018, became the first black person to shoot a "vogue" cover. "vogue" releasing a statement, saying, in part, "the team at "vogue" loved the images tyler mitchell shot, and felt the more informal image captured vice president-elect harris' approachable nature, which we el is a hallmark of the biden/harris administration. " adding, "we're celebrating both images of her covers digitally." for harris' niece, the focus should be on her aunt's message, not the controversial cover. >> again, it's a big moment, and i'm glad that, you know, tyler captured images in that blue suit that i think are deserving of that, you know -- of this extraordinary moment. >> "vogue" editor in chief is also speaking out, telling "the new york times," obviously, we
heard and understood the reaction to the print cover, and i just want to reiterate that it was absolutely not our intention to, in any way, diminish the importance of the vice president-elect's incredible victory. >> it certainly touched a nerve, for sure. if you look at the blue cover, i mean, that speaks to a cover. >> that's what meena said. she said, that's my cover. >> forgive my ignorance here. i don't read "vogue" often. do they always -- >> sure you do. >> do they always have the digital cover and the print cover, two separate covers? >> i don't think they always do, no. in this case, they did. >> feels like they had the cover, then they put another shot out. i don't know if that's what happened, but it sort of feels that way. >> okay. thank you for that. >> we should mention, y'all, we'll have my full interview with meena harris on friday. she is an interesting woman. >> yes. >> she's written this amazing book that we're all going to want to get, called "ambitious girl," that i think you'll love. >> also done a great deal of philanthropy. >> and she's an entrepreneur and
she does a crazy business called phenomenal >> she said, "don't ask me about the cover," and jenna was like, "let's start with the cover." >> by the way, my least favorite question, do you want to run for politics? >> exactly. >> jbh, thank you. >> thank you, jenna. let's get a check of the weather now from al. >> last time i had this much trouble was when i did the cover of "field and stream". heavy rain making its way to the pacific northwest. light snow around the great lakes and some rain through southern california. temperatures today, fairly moderate. we're talking about 30s from the northeast up into the northern plains. 60s in southern california. 50s in the pacific northwest. again, as we mentioned, this soaking rain in the pacific northwest, northern california. mild and sunny from the central plains all the way down to texas. cool and quiet here in the eastern third of the u.s. that's what's goin . good morning, i'm meteorologist kari hall. as far as the soaking rain for the pacific northwest it looks to stay just north of us and we're just on the bottom fringe
of that, so we're seeing a couple of spotty showers moving through, and it will clear out as we head into today. but overall cloudy and temperatures near 60 degrees, going back to some dry weather, going through the end of the week as our temperatures warm up into the upper 60s, near 70 degrees. we're also watching those king tides for today. all five together. >> seriously. >> it's been a while. >> not in a back yard either >> 6 feet apart. good to see you all. >> carson. >> let's start "pop start" with tom brady. hoda, we're going to weave you into this, also. >> i'm ready. >> first season with the buccaneers, brady brought the team to the playoffs this weekend, he'll be facing off against brees and hoda's saints as some have noted, that means the league's two oldest quarterbacks will be playing each other brady, 43 years old. brees, nearly 42 brady is leaning into it in response to somebody saying that the game should be played on a history channel, which is
hilarious, brady tweeted out this photoshopped image of he and brees as old men brady may never retire brees tweeted his approval, saying, "this is good. >> 40 plus on paper, but, i mean, they're like 25. >> playing like they're in their 20s. >> i love how drew got into it and was into the tweet with brady. i cannot wait. >> you must be dying. >> i cannot wait. >> who do you got, carson? >> the saints in that game. >> thank you, carson. >> yeah. >> good answer. >> hoda will let you in the door tomorrow. >> caveat being i lost all six games on the wild card weekend. nicole kidman and javier bardem are reportedly close to taking on their next roles we teased it ten minutes ago, i saw, so, that's right, they're in negotiations to play lucille ball and desi arnaz, in a film written and directed by aaron sorkin "deadline" reports it'll follow the actors during a dramatic week of production on the tv
show "i love lucy. let's just hope that these two have the same great timing as lucy and desi. [ speaking foreign language >> how dare you say that to me >> what did i say? >> i don't know, but how dare you! >> that could be good. >> i want to play fred mertz. >> i'd watch that. next up, wilmer valderrama, he appeared on the "kelly clarkson show" and talked about his love for classic cars. they talked about the vista cruiser station wagon from "that '70s show," which he starred in for eight seasons. the car was featured in outdoor scenes, as well as in the opening credits set to cheap trick. ♪ the things you do ♪ we're all all right >> well, it turned out
valderrama ended up buying that vista cruiser was the show was wrapping up and he got it for quite a deal >> you know, it was toward the end of the show. we were in the last season of '70s show. i went to the prop department and said, how much for the vista cruiser. he was like, what, you don't want that thing. i said, i need it. they said, 500 bucks so i bought the vista cruiser for 500 bucks from our props department >> that's so cool. >> honestly, it's the best thing i've ever acquired from my whole career honestly, it'll be in my family forever. i truly believe, i'm going to put it in the will and make sure my kids have the burden of keeping that car in the garage >> almost like watching the real-life version of the movie "cars," the pixar movie, with the famous voices in the cars. >> doc hudson. >> pretty cool hoda, here you are again jimmie allen, the country star, sat down with hoda for an episode of her digit t series "quoted by" where he talked about the sacrifices he's made
to have a successful music career >> your quote. the passion you have for the dream you're chasing must outburn your comfort in remaining comfortable. you've got to be able not to sleep, right >> yeah. you have to sacrifice some things, you know, whether it's -- you know, i've missed christmases, thanksgivings, birthdays, family reunions, weddings, funerals just, you know, when you're chasing a dream, some things you have to sacrifice. i'm here to tell you, it's definitely, definitely worth it. >> what else can you tell us about jimmie >> he's cool he was on one of those music shows, "american idol" or something, and he got sent home. he got sent home you know, when you think of that moment, well, that's it for my career no, you know, look at him. he's a country star. just a great guy >> sometimes people sent home on the shows we hear more about than who won them. >> yeah. >> hear more of hoda and jimmie's conversation on today.com for the full episode craig? carson, you're fired up
about your "start today" series. >> we mentioned this on monday i'm a huge fan of the peloton. i ride the bike, my instructor and life coach, alex toussaint, brother from another mother. his spirit and motivation is incredible we sat down and did an interview. i'll share that later this week. there's a message he gives in class that speaks to not just me but tens of thousands of people who take alex's classes. the music is a big part of his class. we're going to do a ride on thursday he's letting me curate his 30-minute h.i.t. ride playlist i picked meek mill's "i'm a boss." today's song i selected is "middle child. ♪ i just poured something in my cup ♪ ♪ i've been wanting something i can fill ♪ ♪ promise i am never letting go ♪ ♪ make it real >> how about that? >> dude. >> "middle child," savannah.
exploring the idea that he is between old school rap and new school rap he's the middle child of rap that was his highest charting song >> does that mean you're climbing the hill? >> that's the first song you'd get up to, like, here we go. 8:26, good morning, everyone, i'm scott mcgrew, perhaps a new step towards the unified bay area commuter rail system. the examiner says cal train director steve henninger last week floated the idea for board members, called for closer ties to bart. area transit leaders pushing for more coordination among the 27 transit agencies. some believe a closer relationship between cal train and bart would improve efficiency and reliability. in the past critics have called the idea too costly and too cumbersome. let's check in with weather. we are starting out with some clouds and light rain across parts of the north bay. we're going to see this linger for some of those areas but really not adding up to much
here. we're seeing some clouds, and also some big waves, a high surf advisory will be in effect today and late morning we'll have those king tides continuing to rise up until close to noon and then going into the rest of the forecast, sunshine, and warmer weather, we're looking forward to the weekend. we'll reach near 70 degrees. and that sunshine continues into early next week, meanwhile, in san francisco, we'll continue to monitor for that minor coastal flooding for today. but the rest of the forecast is looking pretty quiet. scott? >> weekend looks fantastic. all right, we'll have another local news update for you in half an hour and everything at nbcbayarea.com.
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tuesday morning, january 12th, 2021 we have quite the busy half hour ahead, including your conversation with melinda gates. >> that's right. it was a wide-ranging conversation we talked about a lot. the pandemic, what's gone wrong with the vaccine rollout, and what the gates foundation is doing to help people who are hurting the most right now a little later, we're honoring a firefighter, a father
putting his life on the line every day, even after he battled covid himself. he actually works two jobs to make ends meet we're going to give him a well-deserved thank you. >> god bless him. >> something you don't want to miss. in 30 minutes on the "3rd hour of today," there he is, sterling k. brown. he's going to join us to fill us in on the new season of his hit show, "this is us. we've also got another star joining us tomorrow on "today. justin timberlake telling us about his movie. >> we got j.t. >> looking forward to this he plays an ex-college football standout that goes to jail, released from jail, has an unlikely relationship with a young boy. fisher stevens directed it a lot of people talking about his acting in this particular film we'll chat with him about that. >> looking forward to that. let's get a check of the weather. >> let's see what we have going on for today pretty quiet, especially the eastern third of the country mild and sunny from the plains all the way down into the gulf soaking rains move into the pacific northwest. that continues tomorrow. record high temperatures in the central plains mild and dry here in the east. some rain down through the
florida peninsula. plenty of sunshine through the southwest. good morning, i'm meteorologist kari hall. we're still looking at some big waves along the coastline today as well as the potential of some coastal flooding due to king tides. and some of those breakers may reach up to 25 feet. so be really careful near the shore. for the inland areas we'll see clouds and even some spotty light showers moving through. but then the rest of the forecast is dry as we warm up into the upper 60s. even reaching 70 degrees this weekend, make some plans to head outside. savannah >> all right, al, thank you. coming up, our conversation with melinda gates california phonenes offs free s specializeded phon. like c cordless phphone, - (phone r ringing) - big butttton, and volulume-enhanceced phones. geget detailss on this s state progogram. call or visitt
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than ever, as this pandemic rages on, and women losing jobs at a higher rate than men. >> the bill and melinda gates foundation committed nearly $2 billion to the global pandemic response its focus now, getting the vital vaccines to the developing world. >> they've been in the vaccine business a long time i spoke to melinda yesterday about that effort, the rollout in the u.s., and helping women re-enter the workforce after the pandemic i began by asking her about the events in washington what went through your mind as you watched those images unfold? >> i just simply couldn't believe it you know, my son was home from college. he's studying political science and international relations. we were glued to the tv. i just could not believe that was our capitol in the united states. >> and you've seen now that some of these big tech companies like twitter, instagram, facebook, have banned the president. do you agree with that do you think it was the right call >> i do agree with that. i think, you know, we need to
reckon with the fact that this president incited this mob that is not us as an american people that is not us as a democracy. a protest is one thing a mob is a different thing >> unfortunately, a lot of what we saw with an outgrowth of conspiracy theories. this is something, unfortunately, that you and your husband have had to deal with over the years how concerned are you about disinformation and just the eroding of truth >> i think we need to have truth and facts to have a good, sound democracy, and that's why i think there is time now for regulations that need to happen around these social media platforms. >> let's talk about the pandemic the good news is, there's a vaccine. the bad news is, it's not getting into people's arms fast enough what do you think the holdup is? >> well, distribution of a vaccine is never an easy thing, but it takes planning. the cdc needs to be front and center with guidelines, with health authorities in every
state. that's what they're set up to do and with a federal plan. >> where do you think the breakdown is >> so when you have a national emergency, it's the federal government's responsibility to make sure that there's good coordination across all 50 states the federal government needs to step up and have a coordinated response, just like they should have had for testing that can be done, and you will start to see lots more vaccine getting out there and for people to be able to take it. >> are you concerned that people are still hesitant about getting the vaccine? >> well, what we're already starting to see is that people's minds are starting to change in fact, vaccine hesitancy has gone down. you'll always see some people who say they want to wait. that's normal in vaccine distribution so you're going to see some of that, but more what we're seeing is americans saying, "when can i get my vaccine?" >> your book, "the moment of lift," came out two years ago. you wrote about the gender
inequalities worldwide, and that was before the pandemic. >> when i wrote the book in 2019, we were on an accelerated path for women gaining gender equality in the world. so much of that has been set back because of this pandemic. even let's talk about the united states of all the job losses, all of them in december, those were women. >> how do you explain that >> how do you explain that is you look in our homes. we see what's going on women are telling you, this unpaid work, the caring for the children, caring for the elderly, that is falling on women. >> do you worry about women who have lost jobs or left the workforce during this pandemic just not being able to get back in >> yes yes, i think the delay for women getting back into the labor force will be long and hard, unless we get good policymaking happening on the hill. if you do not have a good maternity or family leave policy, women will leave the workforce permanently.
>> you said you like the president-elect joe biden to appoint a caregiving czar. is that a job you would like >> no, that's not a job i would like i like my current job at the foundation. >> when i think about caregiving, it is something women do, but it is also so many of us feel it is who we are. if we don't do it, who is going to do it and should anyone else do it how do you combat that >> this unpaid labor we do at home is absolutely childcare, and it is loving things we want to do as a mom there's also a lot of tasks. making sure the homework gets done, the laundry gets done, the lunchbox gets filled that can be shared much more equally with another person in the home quite often, the husband. >> you got a lot of headlines when you talked about your own home when your kids were little, saying to your husband, bill, "hey, i could use some help here, too" or "let's have a little more equal division of labor.
how is that with the pandemic? >> neither of us are very good at cooking, so we are both doing a lot of microwaving you know, both people can set the table. both people can do the microwaving and the cleaning up. so we're trying to, again, continue to role model that in our house for our children, who are both girls and a boy >> she tells an interesting story in her book, "the moment of lift," about when their kids were little, about her saying, the daughter was going to go to this private school, an hour's drive away, and bill really wanted the daughter to go there. he was like, how can i help? she said, do you want to drive he was ceo of microsoft. want to drive a few days a week? he said, okay. it was an example of how women in every situation, you kind of have to say, let's have a better division of labor. it's interesting, the book is called "the moment of lift." it's in paperwork now, and she's got something she wrote, an afterword, they called it. she talks about how people can help. >> fascinating. >> she conjured up also an image of bill gates popping in a
microwave dinner there. >> they like lean pockets. no, i'm just kidding i made up the lean pockets >> hot pockets. >> can't get my head around that. coming up, guys, we are honoring one of houston's finest a hero firefighter on the front lines. the battle against the coronavirus. his story as we say a big thank his story as we say a big thank you to him (s(soft music)c) hey y dad, i'm a about to lel. don't t forget youour hat . goodod morning. . how cacan i help?? i needed help connnnecting with my y students.. behihind every l last minutete, okok, that w works. and hoholiday surprprise, thanank you! a a customer s service r rp isis working u unseen, makingng it happenen. and atat genesys,, we're prououd to help p them help you e everyday.
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first, his story. >> reporter: hit hard by the pandemic, texas has had more than 1.7 million cases of covid-19 the second highest in the country. thousands more facing economic hardship in the state. but still suiting up and jumping into action, the houston fire department, filled with brave men and women committed to serving their communities. ro sway josue rios is one of houston's finest a firefighter on the front lines for over a decade. a high school buddy encouraged him to be certified, and after graduation, he joined the houston fire department. you run in when people run away. that's what they say about firemen. they run to the danger when we're fleeing. i have to tell you, in this pandemic, it's never been more pronounced you're going into places where people not only are in distress but could potentially have covid. what has it been like for you? >> it's definitely been an adjustment to our work life. we obviously have to take the appropriate precautions, knowing
that, at this point, every place and every person that we respond to could potentially have covid-19 >> reporter: despite taking every precaution, in september, josue and his wife, demaryius, contracted covid-19. >> it was frustrating for us because, you know, we wear our masks everywhere we clean our hands we have hand sanitizer in our pockets. you know, we still all got it. >> reporter: were you scared in that moment? >> i wasn't scared, but i was anxious. i was definitely anxious because i've seen what the virus has done at times, it has hit close to home >> reporter: josue and his family were fortunate. they battled covid and recovered. but the virus hit josue's firehouse hard his friend and colleague, the department's beloved fire captain, tommy saoirse, died from covid at 45 the firehouse and the city of houston devastated >> that really hit home for me you know, this virus, it doesn't take names doesn't care your age.
it affects you a certain way >> reporter: now, josue is back at work on the front lines with station 83, keeping his community safe he's also back at work at his second job, helping run his family's trucking business. >> when i work at the fire station, i'm working a 24-hour shift. when i get off, i usually come here to my second job in the morning, after i get showered and changed. go home and rest and do it over again. >> reporter: you work real hard? >> large percentage of firemen have second jobs in houston. yeah, it's definitely something we've become accustomed to. >> reporter: working two jobs without expecting to hear these two words, thank you >> i don't know if you've heard this before, but most firemen, we don't do it for a pat on the back or an attaboy or anything like this. we're here to get our hands dirty, and it's what everybody here in houston fire department does every day >> just another thing to love about josue. hi, josue. he's joining us there with his family, his wife
she's wiping away tears, i think. the kids and the fire department behind you josue, i know that you are -- you know, you have two jobs. you're working hard, but you kept using the term "we're blessed. tell me why. >> well, you know, we're fortunate to be able to be healthy, to be here, and have jobs where we can continue to get an income and provide for our family that's the ultimate goal, to be able to raise our kids in a comfortable home and be happy and healthy. >> so many things to love about you, josue when i was interviewing you, it was hard to get you -- i was trying to get you to brag a little and you wouldn't. when i said, wow, you're doing this, you said, the other guys are working harder than me tell me about the guys behind you. >> yeah, i mean, these guys and the rest of the guys in the fire department here, they're incredible i work with some of the best firefighters in the nation, in
the world. it's an honor to be working by their side these guys, i mean, we're busier than we've ever been, you know they're incredible they do a heck of a job, day in and day out. >> well, we're real happy you and your wife have recovered from covid morgan chesky is there in houston, and i'm going to pass the baton to him he's got something he wants to share with you >> reporter: i sure do hoda, good morning josue, we came down here to tell your story, but we definitely wanted to add a little chapter to it. i'm here to tell you and demaryius that envoy mortgage, based right here in houston, has selected your family as a recipient of their gift of home give away. they know how tough it is, being on the front lines and fighting covid yourself it is my privilege to give you this go ahead, pop that lid off take a look.
what's that say, josue >> to make a little life easier, we're paying all your mortgage payments this year, january through december 2021, including tax. >> reporter: wow envoy mortgage has seen to it that every mortgage payment from now until the end of 2021 is now free and clear i got to ask, how does that feel for y'all? >> i mean, that's incredible i mean, it's -- it's great to be appreciated, you know. i mean, like i told her in the interview, we don't look for a pat on the back or anything like that i appreciate it. my family will appreciate this and this will definitely help. >> reporter: demaryius, you're married to a humble guy. what is this going to do for you and the fam? >> this takes a lot of stress off of him he works really hard, two jobs, comes home, and still, you know, does life with us. so this is a lot of stress taken off. >> reporter: i can see just kind of -- it's still sinking in, isn't it >> yes >> reporter: every single mortgage payment covered thankful for y'all
no one more deserving. we're actually not done yet. if the chef will come out, chef donovan with steak 48. you guys are getting something, too. we're going to see to it that everyone at the firehouse has a firefighter breakfast. i've been told this actually consists of steak, potatoes, and chocolate cake >> nice. >> breakfast of champions. >> reporter: i mean, not bad not bad. and on top of that, everyone is going to get a gift card, as well hand out those breakfasts here guys, i know you're thinking about it valentine's day, not a bad idea here consider steak 48, could be helping you out a little bit at this point, just looking at the joy y'all have in this moment, can we get a cheer for josue here [ applause ] >> thank, y'all. >> reporter: send it back to you. >> josue, thank you. to your beautiful bride, who, by the way, i should point out, also is working full time with the kids
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song, al. >> yes, they are. >> smucker's birthdays. >> time for us to start spinning those jars of smucker's. show you who we've got to celebrate. first off, happy 102nd birthday to willie mooring, sr., of dallas, texas. served his country during world war ii we salute you for your service simon fixler of lyndhurst, ohio. married to the love of his life over 60 years. rosina is a card playing champion from west orange, new
jersey loves old movies and listening to opera anne mintz in new york city, also 100 she's getting ready to welcome, get this, her 12th great grandchild this spring congrats to that family. bill richardson from new jersey, avid boater, celebrating 101 years. owned and operated two local pharmacies in his community. last but not least, happy 100th birthday to lavera larson of california we love this secret to longevity. >> you especially. >> yes, eats bacon every day yes! yes, lavera, we love you remember, we want to celebrate your loved ones, as well tell us all about them at today.com/celebrates >> that's good. >> first bacon longevity. >> you've been waiting for that, al. coming up on "hoda and jenna," makeovers to two
good morning, everyone, it's 8:56, i'm scott mcgrew. about an hour ago president trump spoke publicly for the first time since last week's riot at the capitol. he delivered brief comments ahead of his departure to texas where he plans to visit the border wall. trump reaffirmed his call for no violence during white house's transition but also said the latest house impeachment push was a witch hunt.
house democrats as soon as today may ask vice president mike pence to invoke the 25th amendment to remove trump from office. pence is not expected to oblige, which would set up a house debate tomorrow regarding impeachment, including a vote. happening now, our team monitoring events in washington. you can go to our home page for more details. we'll have the latest at 11:00 as well. california on a new push to administer 1 million covid vaccines by the end of the weekend. bay area health leaders doing their part are bob talking to them. approaching 150,000 with allegations tied to worker safety and reporting of staff covid hospitalizations at two hospitals. more news coming up at 11:00.
live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza, this is the "3rd hour of today." >> this is the "3rd hour of today." >> wait, i know you. i know you! >> it's been a while. >> it's nbc's craig melvin. >> been a while. good to be back. thanks for having me back. >> feel refreshed? >> i'll be honest with you, this is theost rejuvenated and refreshed i have feltrejuvenate >> it is a genius idea to take off the week after all the stuff. >> you picked a really good week. >> i know. i know. it's good to be back, but i have to be honest with you -- and i love this picture --an