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that's going to do it for us. >> of course, complete coverage of everything happening in washington as we take a live picture of washington coming up on the "today" show. and we'll have a full update for you at 11:00 as well and always at have a great day. good morning. lockdown. inauguration week starts with a massive show of force in washington and at statehouses all over the country. the fbi vetting all 25,000 troops in the nation's capitol over fears of a possible insider attack. this as chilling, new images emerge from inside that siege on the capitol. >> it is only a matter of time. justice is coming. >> this morning, stunning views of the chaos you have not seen, with america on alert for more potential violence. final countdown.
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president trump packing up as he gets set to leave the white house, while preparing for his second impeachment trial. how he plans to spend his last 48 hours in office. while president-elect biden reveals an ambitious agenda for his first ten days in office. mounting toll. overnight, the united states tops 24 million cases of the coronavirus. the hot spot of california now the first state with more than 3 million cases, as problems and confusion mount over the slow vaccine rollout. >> it is an infuriating situation right now. >> this morning, what you need to know if you or a loved one is struggling to get an appointment. jailed. the russian opposition leader who survived a poison attack returns to moscow for the first time and is immediately taken into custody. straight ahead, the chaotic scene at the airport, and how that arrest is adding to the growing tension between russia and the u.s. those stories, plus, drama on the high seas. >> little squall here. >> whoa! hang on.
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>> a u.s. sailing team capsized during a key race in the america's cup series. >> they went to pull off a very big maneuver, and he has absolutely lost the boat. >> just ahead, the race to rescue the crew and that $80 million boat. plus, one for the ages. >> brady throws. pass caught. evans, touchdown. >> tom brady and his buccaneers outlasting drew brees and his saints to join the chiefs, packers, and bills in the nfl's final four, in what may have been the final game of brees' hall of fame career. >> no complaints. no regrets. >> what he is saying about his future and that special moment the brees family and the brady family shared long after the game ended. today, monday, january 18th, 2021. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with savannah guthrie and hoda kotb, from
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studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> welcome to "today" on this monday morning. dr. martin luther king jr. day. thank you so much for joining us. craig melvin here, alongside sheinelle jones. savannah and hoda have the morning off. you caught some of the game last night. >> i will admit, i started dozing when the score was 20-20. but it was such a good game. there was so much buzz about this game. what happens when you're rooting for both of them, you know? >> after the game, where drew brees and tom brady embrace. we'll have much more later this half hour on the two stars. let's start with the start of an historic and busy week here in the united states. >> absolutely. the inauguration is now just two days away, and this morning, washington, d.c., is a fortress. thousands of national guard troops and law enforcement officers manning an expanded perimeter around the heart of the city. >> we're also getting a stunning, new look at the january 6th siege on the u.s. capitol, and what those rioters did once they reached the senate chamber. all of it putting america on alert.
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we have team coverage across the nation's capital starting with nbc's tom costello. good morning to you. >> reporter: craig, good morning. so that incredible video was taken by a reporter for the "new yorker" magazine. he followed the insurrectionists into the capitol building. as they were pounding on the doors, screaming, yelling for members of congress, nancy pelosi for example, vice president pence. following them into the building some of them saying they were acting on the president's orders. >> go! >> reporter: the chilling video makes clear attackers were on a mission january 6th to hunt down members of congress. >> where are they? >> while we're here, we might as well set up a government. >> reporter: calling out lawmakers by name as they forced their way into the senate chamber. >> where the [ bleep ] is nancy? >> reporter: once there, opening desks and rifling through senators' documents. one of the attackers suggesting senator ted cruz, who disputed the election results, would approve of their actions. >> i think cruz would want us to do this. >> absolutely.
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>> so i think we're good. >> reporter: another man, jake angeli taking vice president pence's chair, calling him a traitor and leaving a note. >> it's only a matter of time. justice is coming. >> reporter: then gathering for a prayer. >> thank you for filling this chamber with patriots that love you and that love christ. >> reporter: this morning, the nationwide manhunt for suspects continues. so far, the fbi and d.c. police report more than 116 arrests, including new mexico county commissioner couy griffin, and lisa eisenhart, who was seen carrying plastic zip ties. speaker nancy pelosi speaking to retired general honore to conduct a thorough evaluation of security at the capitol. >> the fixes are there. we have to turn on the right tunes and get it done to make sure this never happens again. >> reporter: with just days until president-elect biden's inauguration, downtown d.c. is tting all 25,000 national guard troops protecting the nation's capitol this week.
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because defense officials are weary of an insider attack of other threat. so far, the military says there is no evidence of that. hundreds of cops lined up inside the capitol for those troops. outside, razor wire, military patrols, and police roadblocks. already, two people have been arrested at security checkpoints, including 31-year-old wesley allen beeler of virginia, stopped with an unauthorized inauguration pass, unregistered gun, and more than 500 rounds of ammunition. he tells the "washington post" it was an honest mistake. he got lost. city leaders are urging the public to stay home. across the country, dozens of states are also heeding the fbi's security alert. capitol buildings under state police and national guard protection. michigan police expect to keep a heavy security presence in place past inauguration day. >> it is our hope that people will come out here, protest, and then you go home. that's the way it's supposed to work.
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>> so, tom, there in d.c., the fbi, d.c. police, they've said they're looking into how much coordination there was in that siege on the capitol back on january 6th. what's the latest on that investigation? >> reporter: yeah. that really is one of the big questions out there. the fbi and the capitol police have known that there was communication and coordination before the attack. the question is how much of it wassing on during the attack. thft a multi-front attack against the capitol building with protesters, rioters actually scaling the walls. we also know that they're looking at the proud boys and the oath keepers and these right-wing militias, how much were they coordinating that day? how much of this was ongoing? craig? >> tom costello for us there in washington at the capitol hill. thanks. meantime, president trump is entering the final two days of his time in the white house, while also preparing to face his second impeachment trial. nbc's chief white house
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correspondent peter alexander joins us now with the latest. peter, good morning. >> reporter: sheinelle, good morning to you. for president trump, just over 48 hours left. this president, who has been an almost constant presence on tv for the last four years, not making a single public appearance since last tuesday. instead, privately focusing on that looming impeachment trial, in what may be one of his final acts as president. i'm told on sunday, yesterday, he huddled with advisers to discuss pardons with dozens expected by wednesday. with the president trump years now down to the final hours, moving vans outside the west wing. president trump remains out of sight. no public events in nearly a week. vice president pence assuming the duties traditionally reserved for the commander in chief. thanking troops at ft. drum. >> god bless all of those in the armed forces of the united states. >> reporter: facing a senate impeachment trial, the president's privately strategizing his defense.
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spotted at the white house saturday, rudy giuliani, who initially told abc he would be part of the president's defense team, before backtracking, saying he is unable to participate because he also spoke at that trump rally hours before the capitol siege. >> let's have trial by combat. >> reporter: a trump spokesman said the president hasn't made a determination about his legal team, slamming the process as an impeachment hoax. incoming senate majority leader chuck schumer telling "60 minutes" it is crucial the president face trial, even though he'll already be out of office. >> what donald trump did is the most despicable action any president has ever taken. and he should be convicted at this trial. >> reporter: the president's ally, lindsey graham, warning a trial will further divide the country and calling on president-elect biden to come out against it. >> if you do not stand up against the impeachment of t trump after he leaves office, you're an incredibly weak figure in american history. >> reporter: in his waning days, the president is eyeing
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last-minute pardons, including possible pardons to himself, his family members, and top advisers, according to a source familiar with the matter. "the new york times" reports the president's allies have collected tens of thousands of dollars from wealthy felons and their associates to push the white house for clemency. the "times" citing documents and interviews with more than three dozen lobbyists and lawyers. this morning, we're learning more about president trump's departure on wednesday. the white house now planning a farewell ceremony at joint base andrews that morning before president trump flies to florida. his last trip aboard air force one. the president is expected to be in mar-a-lago when joe biden takes the oath of office. the first living president in more than 150 years to skip his successor's inauguration. sheinelle? >> peter, thank you. as for president-elect joe biden he is beginn inauguration week by laying out an ambitious agenda for his
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first ten days in office. nbc's other chief white house correspondent kristen welker is on capitol hill with that part of the story. kristen, good morning to you. >> reporter: hi, craig. good morning to you. president-elect joe biden marked this martin luther king day by volunteering in philadelphia. as he prepares to become the nation's next president. facing daunting challenges from the economic crisis to national security and covid-19, crises that this country has not seen in generations. with just two days until he takes office, president-elect joe biden is poised to inherit a country grappling with a cluster of crises. biden now unveiling new details about the major issues he'll tackle. vowing that within the first ten days, he'll take a series of executive actions aimed at reversing some of president trump's most controversial policies. among them, ending the trump travel ban on muslim-majority countries, re-joining the paris climate agreement, extending the pause on student loan payments, mandating mask wearing on federal property and interstate
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travel. speaking out overnight at a virtual event aimed at kicking off the inaugural week. >> the times are tough. because of you, we're filled with hope, and we're filled with hope for america's future. >> reporter: biden also proposing a sweeping, $1.9 trillion relief package that would include an extra $1,400 in direct payments to families, billions in aid to state and local governments, and for the distribution of the covid vaccine. promising 100 million doses of the vaccine in the first 100 days. some gop lawmakers are already balking at the price tag. >> $1.9 trillion is too much. we just did 900 billion. >> reporter: further complicating the agenda, the impeachment trial of president trump which could begin in just days. vice president-elect kamala harris. >> the american people deserve in their president and vice president coming into office, we address the things that are weighing on them and implement a plan.
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>> reporter: biden has also said he will aim to unify a deeply divided nation and work with republicans. aides tell nbc news biden's inaugural address will draw on themes of healing and unity. aides say biden worked on his inaugural address with family and top advisers over the weekend. meanwhile, vice president-elect harris will resign her senate seat today. the california secretary of state padilla set to take over. he, along with georgia's two newly i elected democratic senators set to be sworn in later this week. craig? >> kristen welker, thank you. let's focus on the nation's covid crisis. overnight, the u.s. topped 24 million cases. with the death toll approaching 400,000, the incoming director of the cdc is offering a grim prediction for the weeks ahead. this as frustration continues to grow over the vaccine rollout's slow start. nbc's kerry sanders is following that for us this morning. kerry, good morning. >> reporter: well, good morning,
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sheinelle. i'm in miami gardens. this was just a testing site, but it is now also a vaccine site. the folks you see lined up here and across the country report that it is frustratingly difficult to get an appointment for a vaccine, and now, the florida department of health says there is a disturbing number of folks who got that first dose and failed to get their critical second dose. overnight, california reaching an unwanted milestone, becoming the first state to pass 3 million covid cases. health officials there are investigating a large batch of moderna vaccines after a higher than usual number of severe allergic reactions at a san diego clinic. >> the second i all, like, sprung into action. they grabbed an epipen and took me from the area i was sitting at onto a gurney. >> reporter: 330,000 doses of those vaccines have been distributed to nearly 300 providers statewide, who are now
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being asked to delay using the shots. meanwhile, the nation's demand for the covid vaccine unrelenting, while distribution of the highly soug is falling far short. >> we stand very, very vulnerable, and the state is supposed to be helping us. >> reporter: much of the anger directed at the trump administration's failure to provide the stockpiles of vaccines it promised. >> the fact that we've underdelivered to so many states on this second dose is deeply concerning. >> reporter: and frustrating. >> it is a total cluster. >> reporter: in florida, the department of health says more than 40,000 people who received their first vaccine dose failed to show up for the second. your fear for those who skipped the second dose? >> there's no ability to be flexible with that, to be the exception to the rule here you need to get the second dose. >> reporter: by inauguration day, the covid death toll could reach 400,000. at the current rate, officials fear we could reach 500,000
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deaths by february president-elect biden promising 100 million doses in his first 100 days >> the feasibility of his goal is absolutely clear. there's no doubt about that. that can be done >> reporter: the cdc reports 31 million doses have been distributed. 12 million has made it into the arms of people only 1.6 million people have gotten both doses, which provide the immunity sheinelle? >> those numbers have to improve. kerry, thank you. lots more to get to on this monday morning, including last night's historic nfl matchup that folks will be talking about for a long time to come. a duel between tom brady and drew brees, who of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game it went down to the final minutes. nbc's sam brock joins us with more heck of a game, sam. >> reporter: craig, you might want to acknowledge there was a little bit of hype going into
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this game, and it lived up to the billing. tied after three quarters. as sheinelle was talking about, 20-20. nail biter into the fourth tom brady and the bucs imposing their will over the saints the elder of the elder statesmen pulling this out in what might have been the very last game of drew brees' storied career >> from the three, bra throws. pass caught. evans, touchdown >> reporter: after beating the tamba bay bucs twice in the regular season, drew brees and the new orleans saints learned how hard it is to overcome tom brady in the playoffs, falling 30-20 in aame dominated by ferocious "d." >> i thought their defense played really well, but our defense balled out got the turnovers we needed and ended up being a great win for us. >> reporter: the victory for the 43-year-old brady, who threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, earned him a ticket to his 14th conference championship, possibly a shot at his seventh super bowl ring. equally significant, the loss
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for the 42-year-old brees, who reportedly will retire at the end of the season. brees and brady, locked in a hug after the whistle blew then brees walked off the field, possibly for the last time, though he would neither confirm nor deny that he is hanging up his pads >> no complaints no regrets man, i've always tried to play this game with a great respect and a great reverence for it. >> i'll leave that up to him to think about that i think so much of him as a player, person, everything i know him pretty well, and he's an incredible player and competitor. >> reporter: also on sunday, a big scare for the reigning super bowl mvp patrick mahomes the kansas city chiefs' superstar quarterback. >> running the option. oh, that is close. i think they're going to mark it a little short. >> reporter: mahomes hit hard on a running play, his head striking the field
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breathless moments, as a visibly wobbly mahomes had to be held up by teammates before leaving the game with a concussion >> he's actually doing very well i just talked to him >> reporter: as for brady and brees, their final chapter on the field may end with this touching moment. handshake and a hug after everyone else is gone, and a touchdown pass from brady to brees' son enough as for the next actual games on the field, brady is going to lambeau field to face off against aaron rodgers. the chiefs and bills will play for the afc championship in a game that might not feature patrick mahomes, which would change the entire landscape, guys >> i hope he's okay. thank you, sam. >> sam brock, should be great championships next week. patrick mahomes, you hope he is going to be okay you hope he can suit up next week. >> they take that seriously. you want him to get better. >> concussion protocol is real in the nfl. >> absolutely. wish him the best. time for the first check of the weather. for that we say good morning to
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dylan. >> good morning, guys. we have snow in your typical lake-effect snow areas where we do have lake effect snow warnings. we also have spotty snow showers across the higher elevations, back through the appalachians. it all depends on wind direction, and the wind is strong that's why we're seeing the snow bands develop off the shores of lake ontario and lake erie they're extending inland, which will reduce visibility quickly in those areas take it easy you know, especially up near jamestown, new york, you know what lake-effect snow is all about. we will see likely up to a foot of snow in some areas. elsewhere, also back through michigan, we could see about 6 or more inches of snow with the lake-effect kicking in there, as well d.c., lots of sunshine as we get to wednesday, we are going to see temperatures cool, but i'd say fairly seasonable for this time of year. 39 by 12:00. 3:00, mix of sun and clouds and a temperature of 40. that's a look at the weather across the country we'll get to your local forecast in the next 30 seconds
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foreca >> and that's your latest forecast back to you guys. >> dylan, thank you. still ahead here, that breaking news out of russia overnight. a key opposition leader detained at the airport, as he returned home for the first time since a near fatal poisoning our chief foreign correspondent richard engel is standing by with the latest in a live report eye-opening report of a woman who stord thmecapitol. >> i personally feel innocent in my -- in everything i have done. >> our interview with the texas real estate broker on why she took part in the siege, and what she is now asking for from president trump. first, this istoday" on nbc. "
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issued a wind advisory for the bay area until tomorrow night. that high wind advisory starting at 4:00 this afternoon. we've already seen mt. diablo witness gusts of over 80 miles an hour. similar situation in healdsburg and enters the concern of wildfires. not only winds coming in but low humidities and dry fuels. it's been a long time since we had rain. is there any rain in the forecast? let's check in with meteorologist kari hall. >> it's going to be quite a while before we get a good chance of rain here in the bay area. so today, the focus will be those high winds, the fire danger and near record high temperatures as we head back into the mid-70s for today. as we look at our seven-day forecast, those winds may gust over 60 miles per hour, and our the valleys gusty with those winds over 30 miles per hour. we'll see more of the same for tomorrow, but then a cooldown
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comes as the winds calm down on wednesday, and the rest of the week is looking much cooler. we'll have so much more seasonal weather and possibly chance of rain by sunday. >> thank you and thank you for joining us. another update in half an hour. see you then.
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starting tomorrow on "today," jenna bush hager is going to have exclusive conversations with members of the biden family, members we rarely hear from. >> looking forward to this. she sat down with his daughter ashley, her first tv interview, and four of the biden granddaughters. the conversations candid and personal, of course, given jenna's perspective as a former first daughter who knows what it is like to live through a nail-biting election, as her family experienced back in 2000. >> when we finally got the news, i was taking a nap. all of a sudden, i hear, you know, screaming downstairs. i jumped up and ran down. that's when, you know, we had won pennsylvania. so it was so exciting. we were all together. i mean, you know, i remember just after the excitement and kind of things calmed down, you know, i sat next to dad, held
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his hand, and i'm just so proud. i truly am proud of my father. >> what was it like to be part of -- i mean, this was a campaign like no other. what was it like to be part of it? >> we started in iowa and ended up on zoom. it was, like, a whirlwind. but it was really fun. we got to go all over the country, and we were saying it was actually really fun because we got to spend so much time with our grandparents, when we otherwise probably would be busy in school and sports. it was a good excuse to be together as a family. >> again, we're going to hear more from the biden family starting tomorrow on "today." looks like quite the revealing conversation. >> they started in iowa and ended on zoom. >> right, ended on zoom. more of the exclusive interview with ashley biden and the granddaughters tomorrow. the biden administration is urging hundreds of honduran immigrants to not travel to the u.s., telling them they won't be able to get into the country
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right away. over the weekend, about 2,000 migrants bound for the u.s. crossing into guatemala. security forces there using tear gas, sticks, and a stun grenade in an effort to turn the caravan back. the migrants are fleeing food-scarce regions devastated by two hurricanes, drought, and economic hardship. a dozen workers who were left trapped underneath after an explosion at a gold mine in eastern china are reportedly still alive. a note retrieved from the trapped workers has given renewed hope to the rescue effort there. 22 workers were trapped in the mine after the blast on january 10th. using zip lines, the rescue team sent down supplies, including food, flashlights, and pen and paper. one is hurt. ten are still missing. now to some dramatic moments for the u.s. sailing team during a race in new zealand. >> squall here.
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>> whoa, hang on! trouble. american magic. >> scary. it happened sunday during an america's cup challenger series race. the patriot yacht was trying to make a sharp turn. as you see here, a strong gust of wind turned it over on its side. no one on board was injured, but the yacht was damaged. crews from rival teams raced to save the $80 million vessel. the american team will have a few days to repair it before racing resumes on friday. >> my goodness. >> back on the water. another major story this morning, on the world sthigh-pr five months after surviving an assassination attempt, a key russian opposition leader returned home for the first time and then quite the chaotic scene, he was promptly detained by police there. nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel joins us with the very latest. richard, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. there has been broad international condemnation this morning following the arrest of the russian opposition leader,
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alexei navalny. who is perhaps russia's most well-known opposition figure and of that criticism also coming from president-elect biden's own team, his incoming national security adviser calling on russia to release navalny immediately. alexei navalny kissed his wife, julia, good-bye before he was detained at passport control in moscow. he knew he'd be taken in. supporters say his return to russia was an act of brave defiance by vladimir putin's most determined critic. >> he's fighting not only against putin. he is fighting for being recognized as a leader of russian opposition. and you can't keep this place when you are abroad. >> reporter: navalny's flight home began in germany where he'd been recovering for five months after being poisoned. navalny and julia tried to show their calm on the flight, quoting a russian film, saying, "boy, bring us some vodka. we're going home." reporters on the plane asked if
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navalny was afraid of arrest. every meter i get closer to russia, he said. navalny supporters gathered to welcome him at the moscow airport where he was expected to land. many were detained by police, some shouted against putin. as navalny's plane approached, the pilot was instructed for technical reasons to divert to another airport, one without protesters where navalny was taken in. the last time navalny was in russia, he was in agony, flying over siberia when he collapsed in a coma. investigative website bellingcat claims he was targeted by a special division of russian intelligence. the poison smeared on his underwear. those details has not been verified. russia denied involvement in navalny's poisoning. russian authorities claimed he had low blood sugar. he was flown to germany where military scientists determined
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he was poisoned by a russian nerve agent. now, he's back in custody but still a challenge to putin who may face a russian mandella. navalny was taken from the airport to a police station where a makeshift court was set up. he called it a kangaroo court. he was sentenced to 30 days in detention but the sentence could be extendsed. he says the charges of corruption are politically motivated. >> chief foreign correspondent richard engel in london, thank you. still ahead, a texas woman who was part of the capitol mob speaking out for the first time since her arrest. what she said to our cynthia mcfadden about her role in the insurrection and the violence she witnessed. plus, her direct plea to president trump right after this. >> usa it's what i use! neutrogena®. the #1 retinol brand used most by dermatologists. rapid wrinkle repair® visibly
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the capitol riots. >> this morning, we're getting an inside look at the mayhem from a texas real estate broker who was there. she's sharing her story days after she was arrested by the fbi, accused of disorderly conduct and trespassing. >> nbc senior legal and investigative corresponden cynthia mcfadden sat down with her for her first network interview since the arrest good morning to you, cynthia. >> reporter: good morning an happy martin luther king day jenna ryan wants a pardon from the president. she points out neither of the federal charges she's been charged with are violent we've seen no evidence to the contrary she condemns the violence, in fact some of her own social media posts raise questions. now, her lawyers urged her not to talk to us, but she decided she wanted to tell her own story in her own words >> if it comes down to war, guess what i'm going to be there. >> reporter: this is jenna ryan. a 50-year-old texas real estate
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agent who says she feels she is being persecuted you feel like a martyr >> i do. i have the right to feel this way. so whether or not you agree with me is your right >> reporter: ryan, who has been arrested for trespassing and disorderly conduct at the capitol on january 6th, told me she had no idea there was violence going on there. people were screaming, "hang mike pence >> hang mike pence >> reporter: tear gas and pepper spray. people were repelling up the side of the capitol. windows were being broken. it's just hard to imagine that in the midst of all of that you were unaware that there was anything violent going on. >> i'm an honest person. if i felt in danger, i would have been out of there >> reporter: yet, some of her own social media posts, many now deleted, raise significant questions. >> we're all going to be up here, and we're going to break in those windows. >> reporter: the day before on january 5th, ryan made it clear
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she was delighted to be heading to d.c. on a private jet >> president trump requested that we be in d.c. on the 6th. >> reporter: the group, d.c. bound to stop the steal. so the president had been tweeting that the election had been stolen. >> absolutely. and i -- not just the president, you know, there's also -- i follow everything that rudy giuliani says. >> reporter: 86 judges in 60 cases found no irregularities. some republicans, some appointed by donald trump, said that there hadn't been fraud. that didn't persuade you >> that didn't phase me because no one heard the evidence. that is what is devastating. >> reporter: nor did it phase her that election officials in all 50 states certified the vote but, she says, she played no part in the violence that left acknowledge being angry. >> no, you cannot take our country! >> reporter: especially when
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vice president pence did not stop the certification of the election >> we're going to go down and storm the capitol. they're down there right now, and that's why we came >> reporter: then, just outside the capitol -- >> we're going to [ bleep ] go in here. live or dead, it doesn't matter. here we go. >> reporter: now, storm the capitol doesn't sound like -- those aren't peaceful words. life or death, those don't sound like peaceful, benign words, the sort of scenario you're suggesting. >> well, they may not sound like peaceful words, but i'm a very passionate woman you look up the term "storm," you can storm in the kitchen what i meant, life or death, is if someone kills me, i will stand for my truth, even if someone kills me >> reporter: it certainly sounds like you understood that this was not, you know, a walk in the park >> well, if you want to put me
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on the skewer, put me in with people that did commit violent acts, just because i'm saying, "give me freedom or give me death," that's how i feel, and i'm not going to shut up >> reporter: now, she's been arrested on federal charges. everything that i have done. i feel like the police officers were ushering people into the capitol. i ended up getting in the capitol in about two minutes, and i was like, ew, this is not where i want to be we came far enough. >> reporter: finally, what about this, the broken window post she wrote, "window at the capitol, and if the news doesn't stop lying about us, we're going to come after their studios next." >> i saw the window, and i thought, oh, my gosh, i'm in the middle of history. but i did not have any intention to say, "break windows." >> reporter: the caption of that photo -- >> that is a horrible thing. if i said that, i didn't say it right.
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it may have come across improperly, and i apologize if it did. >> reporter: but that's all she's apologizing for, though she does have a direct plea she wants to make. >> president trump, i want you to know that i have been a true supporter of yours, and i believe that you won the election and i believe in america, and i believe in your values i was not a violent protester, and i ask that you would let -- you would pardon me from this misdemeanor. >> reporter: well, she wants the president to pardon others who were charged with non-violent crimes, as well. she told me she continues to believe that god sent donald trump to save america. she believes the election was stolen she will never vote again. she says she's given up on america. and that while she'd posted that the 6th was one of the best days of her life, she did tell me that since then she has received numerous death threats and ugly calls on her cell phone. back to you.
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>> cynthia, doesn't sound like she regrets going to washington, d.c., on the 6th >> i don't think so. >> okay. >> cynthia, thank you. that was a good interview. >> a lot to unpack there let's shift gears and get a check with ms. dreyer, standing by with the weather. >> good morning again. and we do have a little bit of the snow through the great lakes and also mountain snow in the higher elevations, northern rockies. it is warm and windy out in california we could see gusts up to 50 to 80 miles per hour. we're also looking at a really nice day along the gulf coast. temperatures in the 60s with lots of sunshine that's a look at the weather good morning. i'm meteorologist kari hall. we are under a microclimate weather alert due to a high wind warning going up for this afternoon. for our bay area hills, as well as the mountains, we could see some of these wind gusts reaching 60 miles per hour plus for today. we've already had gusts up to 83, and it's going to be very warm, reaching into the low 70s in the inland areas.
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>> we're live with the latest. then, complicated legacy. we'll take a look back at the life of one of music's most influential figures, phil spector, accused of a murder in 2009, now dead at 81. a look at his iconic career and dramatic downfall. plus, vaccine 101. amid the growing frustration over the slow rollout -- >> we stand very, very vulnerable, and the state is supposed to be helping us. >> what you need to know about navigating through the system to get you or your loved one that shot of hope. and golden girl milestone. the special way betty white celebrated her 99th birthday. we have all the details today, monday, january 18th, 2021. note ♪ prisoner prisoner ♪ >> today is my mom's 40th birthday. >> and her birthday wish is -- >> to be on the "today" show.
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>> good morning. we're the evans. >> from laurel, mississippi, sending a shoutout to our children. port yeah in atlanta. and paul jr. ♪ off my mind ♪ >> our triplets are turning 3. >> our newest addition 1-week-old jude is joining the party. >> hey, "today" show. >> that was cute. >> a lot happening in that house. >> i love it. >> welcome back. martin luther king jr. day. if you are just waking up, thank you so much for joining us. savannah, hoda, and al, all have the day off. >> absolutely. hope you enjoy this day of service. speaking of al, tomorrow on "today," he will be getting the first dose of the covid vaccine live right here on the show. of course, he qualifies because he's over the age of 65. we should also point out, al signed up himself online, like everybody else. now, it's his turn. it will be interesting to get a firsthand look at the vaccination process starting tomorrow on "today." >> talked to him about it last week. he is very excited. >> also wants to set an example.
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>> yes. we'll do that tomorrow. right now, let's get to your news at 8:00. just days before president-elect joe biden's inauguration, washington, d.c., has been america is on alert. newly released video of this month's attack on congress underscores precisely why. nbc's tom costello joins us with the very latest from capitol hill. tom, good morning. >> reporter: craig, good morning. 8:00 here on the west coast and we are coming to you live from the crypt unbeneath the rotunda on the capitol building. we had a scare, going through the inauguration rehearsal and the alarm going off, the alerts and capitol police ordered everybody to run inside the capitol because of a potential threat so you can see people are still right now kind of sheltering in place here in the crypt although appears that it was a false alarm underscoring
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how skittish everybody is. there was a fire in a homeless camp. a lot of smoke and as a result sounded the alarm. not sure what was on fire. as for the video shot by the "new yorker" underscores the threat january 6th with protesters trying to get to lawmakers, senators and members of the house, specifically calling for nancy pelosi, vice president pence. at one point talking about the fact they felt they were sent from president trump and republican members of congress and the city is on lockdown. 25,000 national guard troops and now the fbi going through the process of vetting every national guard troop to make sure the allegiance is to the constitution and the country. back the you guys. >> tom costello for us at the capitol. thank you. maryland congressman jamie
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raskin says the events of the past few weeks have been very personal for him. he survived the capitol hill riots days after losing his son. now, he's leading the push to kasie, good morning. >> reporter: sheinelle, good morning to you the loss for congressman raskin and his wife of their 25-year-old son is still so fresh, even as raskin starts to set out to lead this second impeachment trial against donald trump, after surviving that attack on the capitol. he says he's going to work with his son in his heart congressman jamie raskin is grieving, but he's not giving up. >> i'm not going to lose my son at the end of 2020 and lose my country and my republic in 2021. it's not going to happen. >> reporter: days after the devastating death of his son, tommy, raskin went back to work. just hours later, congress came under attack insurrectionists storming the capitol. raskin and his daughter inside now, the trauma still fresh,
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he's leading the charge against trump. speaker pelosi naming him lead impeachment manager. >> we don't have a minute to spare. he is a clear and present danger to the people. >> reporter: he and a colleague started drafting the article of impeachment as they sheltered in place during the attack. >> i did it really with my son in my heart. >> reporter: 25-year-old tommy raskin died on new year's eve by suicide. in a tribute, his parents called him a radiant light in this broken world tommy was a second-year la student at harvard his parents wrote, he began to be tortured later in his 20s by a merciless disease called depression. >> we lost him on the very last day of that god-awful year, 2020 he left us a note. which said, please forgive me. my illness won today >> reporter: a cdc study on the mental health impacts of the pandemic found just over 10% of those surveyed had seriously considered suicide in the 30 days prior
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>> we don't want to lose anybody else we want to make sure we're investing the resources of the country to deal with it, so one day, there will be a year where nobody loses their life because of depression. >> reporter: congressman raskin and his wife have said they've been so touched by the outpouring of love for their son. they're also urging americans to reach out to their own loved ones if they know anyone who is struggling, to let them know that there is love out there and people who can help. sheinelle? >> kasie, thank you. meantime, the famed record producer, phil spector, has died spector was one of music's most influential figures. he died serving a 19-year prison sentence for a 2003 murder of a woman in his home. it is said he died of natural causes, but his daughter told "the new york times" he died of covid-19
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miguel almaguer has a look at his complicated life and legacy. ♪ >> reporter: for years, phil spector was a certified hit maker. ♪ my heart stood still ♪ a music producer whose iconic songs and unique sound topped the charts he was a grammy winner and eventually inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame after he had been out of the music spotlight for years,reputs suddenly back in the headlines, accused and later damaged by drug abuse and his own e sen trick reputation, he was suddenly back in the headlines, accused and later convicted of murder. in 2003, 40-year-old lana clarkson was found dead inside spector's southern california mansion. his defense argued that she shot herself, claiming she kissed the gun before it went off but after one mistrial spector was convicted in 2009 of second-degree murder. >> his legacy will forever be that of a convicted murderer who happened to write songs.
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>> reporter: following spector's death, lana clarkson's family wrote that she was a warm, compassionate, kind, loving woman who would be 58 years old now. ♪ you've lost ♪ ♪ that loving feeling ♪ >> reporter: four decades earlier, spector ruled the charts, transforming pop music with his arrangements and groundbreaking production techniques, including the influential wall of sound. spector's catalog includes classics from the beatles, ike and tina turner, and the righteous brothers, along with girl groups like the ronettes, whose lead singer ronnie would become his second wife she accused phil later of horrifying abuse after his death, she posted, phil was not able to live and function outside of the recording studio darkness set in. many lives were damaged. adding, i still smile whenever i hear the music we made together
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we are back. 8:17 on this monday morning. vaccinating america. as the rollout rolls on, so do the changes. >> getting an appointment was tricky from the start. with more states expanding the pool of vaccine eligible peopl to include those 65 years and up, it's become harder vicky nguyen is here this morning, our consumer and investigator correspondent she's here with the vaccine 101, if you will, to help everybody watching good morning to you. >> morning. >> let's start with who's eligible right now besides health care workers and the elderly, who can receive the vaccine? >> this depends greatly on the state you're in. for example, in california and new york, last week they said 65 and up, come on in teachers, first responders, you can all get the vaccination. in addition to the original group of health care workers and those who live in nursing homes, long-term care facilities. but in ohio, for example, the 65 and up and the teachers, they're not going to be eligible until
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tomorrow the best bet here is be persistent, patient, and follow your local news and newspapers they're on top of what guidelines are opening up in your specific area >> interesting over the weekend, i had a conversation with my mother, my father, my in-laws, my wife's grandparents we were all talking about how to do this. is this a situation where you can walk in and just get the vaccine? do you have to call and make an appointment? how do you start the process >> unfortunately right now, all the places we're researching are saying, please do not walk in without an appointment because they are already overwhelmed the best place to start is to go online and do a simple internet search your state or your county and the word "covid-19 vaccine." that will at least get you to a website. hopefully a public health website that will help you begin the registration process the other thing you can do if you're a senior or even not a senior and don't want to get on the internet, try 211 or 311 call it straight from your phone.
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it is a free service in many cities, and they offer a real, live human being who will answer the phone, take your questions, and direct you to where you need to go. we used 311 to find out about covid testing services i was surprised when i got a person on the phone. united way operates many of the 211 lines. they say, "call us we're here 24/7. >> if it is busy i heard the best time to call in the morning perhaps. >> my father-in-law in california is part of a big health insurance company, but they were able to get appointments for later this month for vaccinations he waited on hold for 30 minutes but called first thing in the morning. later, people were waiting five, six hours for a call back. >> can your doctor's office help in terms of getting an appointment, your primary care physician? is that a point person >> if your doctor is affiliated with a major hospital or university or health care system, they may have access if your doctor is a solo or general practitioner, then odds
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are they probably don't have access i don't want to tell people to call your doctor because they're overwhelmed as it is. >> and your husband is a doctor. >> i will say you should do your own research first and try to arm yourself if you don't know, call your primary care physician what they ought to be doing, and the receptionist ought to be doing, is having a website or number if they can't provide for you. >> we're almost out of time essentially but is it free >> supposed to be free you should not pay if you get a bill, you should not pay right away take time to call the number and dispute it there may be a small vaccine administration fee of $15 to $20. we haven't been hearing people complaining about that or being charged that there is a federal government fee set aside to cover that. >> great advice. >> helpful this morning. >> i think the best hit was persistent, persistent. >> you cannot give up. >> thank you, vicky. how about another check of the weather. dylan, how is it looking out there? >> most of the country is looking okay we don't have too much going on besides snow showers in and around the great lakes you can see some spotty snow showers through the northern plains and also across the mountains, too it's warm and very windy out in california
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temperatures will be running in the upper 70s and lower 80s. it is also very nice and mild with highs in the 60s and 70s along the gulf coast for wednesday at noon, for the inauguration forecast, looks mostly sunny and temperatures close to 40. . good morning, i'm meteorologist kari hall. today it's going to be very windy, and we'll have to watch out for the potential of any fires across the bay area, and we're going to see another warm and windy day tomorrow, as we head toward the end of the week. it does cool off some. we go back to close to some seasonable temperatures. slight chance of rain on friday but an even better chance of rain by sunday into early next week as our temperatures reach into the mid-50s. >> and that's your later forecast. >> dylan dreyer, wearing two hats weather to "pop start. >> it's a holiday. first up, let's start with justin timberlake. the music superstar has confirmed what fans have been speculating for months, he and
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wife jessica biel, have had another baby. >> wow. >> timberlake and biel have one son together, silas, born in 2015 sitting down with ellen, he revealed his new son's name and what life has been like with two little ones running around. >> you can tell me vaguely his name and vaguely how old he is >> vaguely >> yes >> yeah, i'll tell you his name. his name is fineas and he's awesome and so cute, and nobody is sleeping but we're thrilled. >> how is it, having two compared to one? >> i guess the saying goes, go from a zone defense to a man-to-man really quickly. it's, like, split. you go get that one, and i'll get this one >> know what that's like congratulations to their whole family hide a pregnancy when you're in quarantine. >> true. no one is going out these days. >> exactly
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shocked us all. next up, olivia rodrigo is a young singer who made a huge splash the 17-year-old's debut single "driver's license" has absolutely blown up on spotify, setting a platform record for most streams in a day for a non-holiday song over the weekend, it broke the record for most streams for a song in a week on spotify. nearly 66 million streams. here's a look at the pop ballad video. ♪ headlights star struck ♪ ♪ i still see your face can't drive past the places we used to go ♪ >> certainly catchy. >> also 42 million views on youtube. regarding the success of "driver's license," spotify says, quote, we've never seen anything like this >> wonder what it is. >> the song is huge on tiktok, which draws in a lot of people
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also fueled by speculation over rodrigo's reported romance with a "high school musical" co-star. so it's really all the makings of a viral >> i streamed that last week, as well carson was talking about it, and i was like, let me check it out. >> you probably know the song, if you listen to the chorus. oh, that's the song. >> once it's on tiktok, it's everywhere. >> tiktok, don't stop. finally, let's get to betty white. the tv icon celebrated her birthday on sunday with her signature wit, reveals how she was celebrating turning 99 years old tweeting, would you believe it, it's my 99th birthday, which means i can stay up as late as i want without asking. among the birthday wishes from celebrity friends, our pal valerie bertinelli shared a reel on their time on "hot in cleveland. writing, betty bloopers are the best bloopers. i love you, betty white. ha >> action.
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>> i love fred and -- and -- an- bobby and -- >> she's a national treasure >> she is. >> there's no other way to put it. >> makes you smile. good morning, i'm scott mcgrew, police on the hunt for vandals tied to a group of protesters, demonstrators broke windows, spray painted profane and full faith and creditening messages on the police station and other parts of city hall. investigators say it started as a peaceable protest yesterday in andrews park. they say the protesters then smashed windows of two cars with people inside. nobody hurt. a vehicle tied to the demonstration was impounded but so far no arrests. let's get a check of your windy weather with kari. yeah, we are going to have a high wind warning going up for this afternoon, and that will be
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mostly for our elevations above 1,000 feet but in our valleys, shaded in yellow here, we could still see some wind gusts reaching 45 miles per hour, with winds peaking later this evening into early tomorrow morning. we've got that combined with record high temperatures across the bay area, reaching into the 70s today, and cooling down for tonight, still windy for tomorrow, and then the rest of the week is starting to feel a little bit more like winter as we drop down into the lower 60s, upper 50s for the weekend as we could get rain moving in, especially by late sunday into early monday. scott? >> some welcome rain, okay, kari, thank you. more local news coming in a half an hour. we'll see you then.
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8:30 now on a monday morning, january 18th, 2021. it is the start of a busy week, and we have a busy half hour ahead on this martin luther king day. >> including a firsthand look at black-owned businesses that really changed things up to stay afloat amidst this pandemic. and they're using -- what they're using could really help others in their community, as
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well blayne alexander is going to share their stories. they're giving hope in a hard time there's blayne plus, we have the chef and owner of brown sugar kitchen with us this morning she's known for putting a modern twist on soul food if that sounds good for you, wait until you see the recipe she's making for us. >> yum. we are looking forward to that >> speaking of good eats, we have more good eats on the "3rd hour." it is make-ahead monday. we'll be spicing things up with the creator of the fit men cook. first, dylan, how about a check of the weather? >> one more peek at what you can expect throughout this week. we are starting off with some unsettled snow showers, especially off the great lakes also the northern rockies where we're seeing some of the snow, too. for the middle of the week, a few snow showers in the northeast. again, not much but still just around we're also looking for some rain to impact most of central and southern texas on friday, we're watching more snow, kind of a bigger snowstorm make its way into the west coast. we'll see a lot of mountain snow
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especially the south will see rain, especially across the southeast. we could see more scattered snow showers through the northeast, too. temperatures really take a dive, especially across the upper midwest, with highs only in the good morning, i'm meteorologist kari hall. as we take a look at our inland forecast today, it is still going to be very warm. but today we add in some high winds and some of those gusts may be damaging, could possibly cause some power outages for today. along with the high fire danger that continues through tomorrow. after that we're going to cool off the rest of the week, looking like we'll see some more winter like weather with highs in the low 60s. but we could also see a better chance of rain by the end of the weekend into early next week. st >> all right thank you, dylan. craig, coming up, you have an important story on this martin luther king jr. day. >> we are going to introduce folks to two black elementary schoolteachers in oregon
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they're working to shape the lives of their students, and we had a pretty inspiring conversation with them we'll have that for you right after this rst, this is "today" ofin
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welcome back in honor of martin luther king jr. day, schools across the country are closed this morning, we are recognizing his legacy with a story of progress being made inside the classroom. >> dr. king once said, intelligence plus character, that is the true goal of education. we found two teachers in portland, oregon, who seem to be the embodiment of that message they teach first grade at a school that our affiliate kgo has been profiling since before the pandemic began, actually the station shared their video with us, so we could share the story of these inspirational educators. >> reporter: woodlawn elementary in portland, oregon, may look like any other school, brick building flanked by sports fields, but inside, something
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different is happening. you guys refer to yourselves as unicorns why is that? >> i came up with that name for us because i don't think you'l find two black teachers in first grade in the state of oregon. >> reporter: they know they are a rare breed across america. just 2% of public schoolteachers are black men. but at woodlawn, it is 18% why do you both think it is important to have black men in the classroom? >> i firmly believe that, again, sometimes just that connection of having someone that looks like you, gives these kids the chance to come to me and speak to me about maybe things they'll very trouble with. >> for a white kid, it is also important. when a white kid sees a black actors and entertainers. we're people of substance. >> reporter: woodlawn, a traditionally black neighborhood, has been
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gentrified in recent years, altering the racial makeup of home room.le of color. many are graduates of the portland teachers program, which offered full tuition waivers and training to minority education students in an effort to put diversity at the head of the class. i understand that you were anthony's mentor. >> yes. >> reporter: now, you work together, both teaching first grade. >> i'm honored to have him as my colleague. >> he was a role model to me, even though i'm five years older than him you know, he's still a role model to me because he gave me the courage to do the things i do >> our existence is our own! >> reporter: in recent months, portland has seen widespread protests following the deaths of george floyd, breonna taylor, and others both of you spent some time earlier this year teaching your
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students about what was happening in our country with regards to the protests. why? >> it's what's going on. if life -- and i'm not one to sugar coat anything. it helps our next generation learn how to encounter these situations, as well. if we don't teach them the history of our country, then we're bound to repeat it. >> reporter: how do you go about teaching a first grader about some of what we're seeing play out? >> it really just starts with trying to make it relatable to them one of our key things we typically do in the first grade is talk about rudy bridges, who was one of the first african-american little girls to go to an all white school. ironically, she was in the first grade. >> the beauty about children, especially primary children, they're not born with racist tenets and ideas. >> reporter: green may be 11 years old now and in sixth grade, but she remembers the advice she got from mr. clegg.
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>> he always used to say, like don't think about the negative stuff if you're in a negative situation. think about the positive things, which is something i always kept with me. i was like, yeah, let's do that. >> reporter: he was preparing you for life. >> yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. >> reporter: for clegg and lowry, that validates their call. >> greatness is the impact of the service that you leave i'm not in this for, you know, people saying, "mr. clegg is the best teacher." i want to see my children grow up and be successful i want them to want it for themselves and to understand why that's important understand why education is going to be the key to their success in the future. >> wow, what a good story. >> thank you mr. clegg and mr. lowry there, you knew this, my mom was a teacher 35 years, mother-in-law was a teacher. come from a long line of educators. anyone who has ever taught knows it's not a job it's a calling. >> yeah. >> like, it's not a 9:00 to 5:00 job. these two have been called >> so great. >> how rewarding, to then see former students come back and say how much of an impact they had. >> you don't -- yeah, and you don't see a lot of brown male
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teachers i was thinking about it. black men, how many in my entire school career, through 12th grade, i think i had one. >> same here >> i remember mr. jones, my math teacher in high school that's it. >> the program in portland that's responsible for this, it's in trouble. budget cuts last year. there is a movement afoot to try to save the program so they can continue to keep diversity at the head of the class there. by the way, if you want to learn more about the remarkable teachers, go to >> all the best to them. finding success in trying times. blayne alexander introduces us to a small black-owned business in atlanta, helping each other stay afloat.
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we are back. 8:42 on this monday morning, with our ongoing series "small business solutions." among the many impacted by the pandemic, black-owned businesses have been hit especially hard. >> to stay afloat, some have been forced to pivot now, in some cases, they're
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thriving. >> nbc's blayne alexander joins us from atlanta this morning with more. blayne, good morning. >> reporter: guys, good morning to you i'm actually on atlanta's west side right now we're just off of martin luther king jr. boulevard the home he lived with his family is a couple blocks away from where i'm standing. certainly, no question that the spirit of dr. king here in atlanta, his birthplace, is very strong but in more reasons than one. you know, atlanta is among the top ranked cities for black businesses to thrive now, it's a group that's been hit especially hard by the pandemic, but we caught up with two entrepreneurs who were able to not only survive but thrive by doing things a little bit differently. dr. holman started 2020 much like the rest of us, with a lot of optimism. >> from the socks that we have to the watches, to the leather bags. >> reporter: she was expecting a big year for her business, the village market. >> the marketplace represents over 120 businesses from across
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the united states. most importantly, hundreds of shoppers >> reporter: it's held throughout the year. the first scheduled for late march. we know what happened next >> i had a sick feeling in my stomach in making those phone calls. i felt, probably like most entrepreneurs, a most of in despair. >> reporter: a shared struggle for many entrepreneurs, including zach wallace, owner of local green atlanta. his normal buzzing restaurant saw an 80% decline instantly. >> it's >> we're pescetarian, vegetarian and vegan based only we wanted to be an oasis in the food desert. >> reporter: but when covid closed the world, his normally buzzing restaurant saw an 80% decline instantly. >> it's frightening. everything you built, everything you sacrificed and developed within a snap of a finger, it's just, like, threatening to be all wiped away. >> reporter: by almost every metric, covid-19 has been especially devastating to the black community. and black businesses have been hit hard in the first few months of the pandemic, the number of black
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business owners decreased by 41%. the highest of any ethnic group. compare that to just 17% decrease among white business owners did you worry that you might become part of that number >> yes, i did. that was a very clear reality, when people around you to the left and to the right are falling to the wayside >> reporter: their best and only chance of survival, a major pivot. for holman, that meant taking the marketplace virtual. her mission was about more than her own survival she offered virtual courses, helping other black businesses stay afloat. >> for so many businesses, they did not have relationships with banks, so there wasn't anyone to call. >> reporter: for wallace, his change also came with the community in mind. >> some people are unable to really leave the house or afraid to leave the house. >> reporter: that meant taking the food to them, with the pandemic as his guide. first, he set up in neighborhoods, offering socially distant pick-ups for stuck at home neighbors then he broadened out. polling locations, fire stations.
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>> we allowed people from the community to buy meals for the homeless, so we match them meal for meal, and fed the homeless community during this time. >> reporter: in a year where many restaurants closed for good, local green not only survived and thrived, opening a second location. as for the village market -- >> this particular area is one, two, three, four businesses. >> reporter: right there. >> in this one space. >> reporter: now, a brick and mortar store, housing 29 different black entrepreneurs and helping to raise their profiles in the process. holman's first online marketplace attracted some 26,000 shoppers. >> the past month was the best month they ever had in their business >> reporter: what do you think is the biggest lesson you learned from this pandemic >> resilience. you have to have a resilient mindset. you have to never take no for an answer >> support is a verb it's one of the most unifying calls to action that anyone can respond to the purpose, to me, is community. what i do believe in, that if
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you get enough people to believe in something, any business can survive. >> reporter: guys, it's so good to see their businesses doing well, not only for themselves but for so many people around them now, both of them told me another factor was what so many of us remember from last summer, those protests around racial injustice. they said around that time, a lot of people were more conscious about where they were spending their dollars and trying to be intentional about supporting black businesses. both of them say they saw a boost during that time, as well. guys >> hopefully we can do this around the country and support each other thank you. >> so love the mural, by the way. >> gorgeous. >> thank you, blayne. coming up next, soul food with a modern twist. there she is tanya holland is sharing her recipe for a comfortable, veggie-packed sweet potato hash, ladies and gentlemen
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we're back with "today
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food." this morning, we're digging in with chef tanya holland. >> best known for her inventive take on modern soufoodl nd comfort classics she's also the chef and owner of brown sugar kitchen in california tanya, so good to see you. thanks for waking up early this morning. >> hi, craig hi, sheinelle. hi, dylan. >> hi. >> nice to see you >> before we -- >> dylan and i did a segment together four years ago, i think. >> and you remember. thank you. >> that's impressive >> before we cook, tanya, i want to talk about this podcast quickly here. >> oh, thank you. >> tanya's table ayesha curry, danny glover what can we expect to hear this time around in this new season >> oh, it's going to be really cool you know, such a variety of people i had the best conversation with lars ulrich, the drummer from metallica. you wouldn't think -- we might not having in common, but we
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found a lot of common denominators, which is something i love ericka higgins, "black panther" legend. really fun >> before we get to the food, i'd never heard of new soul food >> well, i mean, it is a made-up term [ laughter ] but, you know, just like every ethic food, it's like we've got to move into, you know, the new ways of eating more sustainability. vegetables. more vegetables. yeah, always delicious though. >> so tell us about this sweet potato kale hash i see you're working in the veggies, for sure. >> yeah, yeah. you know, soul food, you have to have sweet potatoes. i just look for different ways to use them, instead of the traditional way of cooking i love a good hash for breakfast. i have some onions caramelizing here they're cooking until they're translucent.
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adding some fresh bell pepper. yellow and red you can use green if you want. just cook those down but these are like simple items, too, that most people have these around not very expensive easy to access >> trying to use it up, too. >> yeah, exactly you might have some leftover we'll let that cook down a little bit then i add kale. i have curly leaf kale actually mixed in some of the dino kale. you just take it off the stem. you don't want the stem in there. it takes a little longer to cook if you're braising, if you're making a stew, you can put the stem, but we're just going to cook this down. >> how long does the dish take from beginning to end, roughly >> not very long i would say 20 minutes >> wow. >> okay. >> probably the thing that's going to take you the longest is the dicing
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>> okay. >> you have to dice the peppers, dice the onions. i have some sweet potatoes there are already diced and cooked they just cooked in boiling water for five minutes starthemt n cold water, salt, bring them up. you know, they're still firm, but they hash. you don't want to overcook them. one pot, you know, kind of dish, so that makes it nice, as well >> so good as those are cooking, tell us about your show on own, "tanya's kitchen table. >> yeah. it's really fun. i mean, i got to have friends come and sit down with me. i'm cooking some of my usual suspects, favorites. then i have ended it with some great conversation we did seven episodes on own hope to do more. >> that's great. how do you finish this off
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>> okay. so here is some of the spinach everything is really cooked down it's gorgeous, right i think it is beautiful, but it tastes good. here's the serving suggestion. i'm going to have it with a sunny size up egg. >> that'll be perfect. can you add bacon and sausage if you wanted >> i mean, you could the whole idea was to be a little healthier, you know it's january >> yeah, dylan >> sorry, i like bacon >> you can top it with a favorite hot sauce but, sure, bacon, sausage. >> i love it. >> whatever you want >> i love it talk about a comfort dish. >> looks great, tanya. >> colorful. >> thank you so much. >> my pleasure. >> nice talking to you guys. >> you got it. for the recipe. bacon lover, how about we spin some jars >> yeah, maybe bacon is somebody's secret to longevity. >> probably. al roker's secret. >> spin around the smucker's jars and wish a very happy 100th birthday to lucille king of boca raton, florida
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she graduated from hunter college at 19 years old. been smart ever since. marie schneider of wright city, missouri, is 100 years old 24 great grand kids and 4 great great grandkids. hard to keep track of. happy 101st birthday to julie cooper an avid tennis player from aventura, florida. he says the secret to longevity is not one but two gin and tonics every night >> that's what i'm talking about. >> leon boucher of dublin, ohio, worked in agriculture for the state's university for 30 years. happy birthday 100 years old from colorado, egon gerson. he swam at his local recreational center until he was 95 happy birthday to ann sullivan in st. louis, missouri
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ann celebrates her birthday fo two days in a row because no one is quite sure which day she was born valid reason ann, enjoy your double birthday celebration. >> all right >> why don't we all start doing that >> there you go. >> yeah. coming up next in the "3rd hour," a major step for rescue dogs, as the bidens get ready to bring the first-ever rescue dog to the white house. later on "hoda and jenna," a lesson on fixing common makeup mistakes from a celebrity makeup artist to the stars. we'll get to that ahead. first, your local news well, good morning, everyone, 8:56, i'm scott mcgrew, bay area researchers shedding new light on a more contagious strain of covid-19 moving through california right now, including san francisco, and santa clara counties. this strain is from europe but it's not the one from the united
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kingdom. instead this one comes from the denmark. it's been linked to the outbreak at kaiser san jose hospital, dozens of employees were infected, one died, at least a dozen patients also tested positive. right now research still being done to learn why this mutation is so contagious. but scientists do say the strain is not more lethal than other covid strains. the vaccine should prevent it as well. >> happening now, our cierra johnson talking with those health experts. she'll have a live report on our midday newscast and of course you can link to more information right now at firefighters on alert as strong winds and unseasonably warm temperatures create fire danger. we've issued a mic kro climate weather report. meteorologist kari hall says some of those winds at the highest elevations will hit 80 miles an hour. team coverage at midday including a report from the east bay. and of course more information at
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today on "california live" -- >> a rose made of roses, we found a wine company that's in full bloom. >> plus, a self-made millionaire shares her secrets for success. >> this morning on nbc bay area.
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the build-up to the inauguration hit ago fevered pitch. our kris sanchez will join us live from d.c. as security remains tight. plus hiring slowly seeing a rebound, what you need to keep rebound, what you need to keep in mind tomorrow 4:30 to 7:00. ♪♪ ♪ oh, this is how it starts ♪ ♪ lightning strikes the heart ♪ ♪ the day has just begun ♪ ♪ brighter than the sun ♪ ♪ oh, we could be the stars ♪ ♪ falling from the sky ♪ ♪ shining how we want ♪
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♪ brighter than the sun ♪ oroweat bread. gathering, baking and delivering the goodness of nature... from one generation to the next and from seed to slice. ♪ live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza, this is the "3rd hour of today." and a good monday morning to you. welcome to this "3rd hour of today. it is monday, january 18th, dr. martin luther king jr. day craig melvin with sheinelle jones and dylan dreyer al roker is off this morning it is a busy morning lots to get to on this holiday, including an inside look at what has become a crisis in this country, the eviction crisis jacob soboroff rode along with officers in los angeles, and they are still carrying out evictions ordered


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