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the wreckage of a missing tour helicopter in hawaii has been located. >> we have air and ground operations dispatched. at this time we have no information on the status of the passengers. >> our ground and air crews continue to search for survivors. >> behind-the-scenes at mar-a-lago president trump is increasingly frustrated with the standstill in the impeachment process. >> we say to president trump, if you are so confident you did nothing wrong, why won't you let your men testify? >> i couldn't remember if i was recording at the time or how the camera was framed.
i just -- i saw that trailer coming. i knew i had to run away from it. this is "new day" weekend with victor blackwell and christi paul. president trump is on vacation. twitter however is not. specifically his twitter feed. he's been launching attacks on house speaker nancy pelosi and the whistle-blower. >> the president is clearly frustrated with the uncertainty surrounding his senate trial. cnn white house reporter sara westwood joins us from south florida. we hear that the president has been at mar-a-lago asking advice who should be on his defense team. >> reporter: that's right, victor and christie. president trump growing agitated with this state of limbo and while he's been spending time
down here at his property of mar-a-lago he's been quizzing aides, quizzing allies with him at his club about who should be presenting the defense and what the white house's strategy should be when this trial finally gets under way. the only certain thing at this point looks to be white house counsel is expected to present the bulk of the president's case before the senate but beyond that a lot of the details remain unclear. president trump is considering adding some conservative house allies such as congressman jim jordan, mark meadows to the team. they would present something of a minority response to whatever the democratic house managers present in terms of the case for the articles of impeachment. but democrats are showing no signs of letting up. house speaker nancy pelosi continues to withhold the articles of impeachment from the senate. take a listen to what one top democratic member of the house told cnn yesterday just how long this standoff could last. >> i think we have to wait until we have some assurance the trial won't be some sort of sham or a
joke. >> i'm talking extremes here, into february? >> well, i mean that's certainly possible but i won't get ahead of the speaker. >> reporter: now, we know that president trump is eager to have his symbolic day in court but, of course, there's just so many unanswered questions, a lot of uncertainty when that trial will start. >> well, we know president trump and speaker pelosi have really been very publicly on twitter, talking about this. is there a sense they are trying to convince the american people or the opposite party to get on their side? >> reporter: ultimately the decision will be up to senate leader mitch mcconnell. he needs 51 votes technically to set the parameters of the trial. mcconnell said he's not anxious to get to trial but president trump is clearly very impatient. he's firing off these missives
to nancy pelosi in between his rounds of golf. here's one of those. he wrote on twitter so interesting to see nancy pelosi demanding fairness from senator majority leader mitch mcconnell when she presided over the most unfair hearing in the history of the united states congress. now period low circumstance of course, has shown no signs of budging and democrats have been mounting pressure on senate republicans to include some of the things they want to see like live witnesses, more document collection. speaker pelosi firing back wrote on twitter the facts are clear and every witness told the same story despite the president's attempts to cover it up. president trump abused his power for his own personal gain, #defendourdemocracy. the president has one more week here at mar-a-lago and will be surrounded by a cast of staff and some questions about white house strategy could be addressed during the remaining time down here. >> thank you. senior political reporter at the "huffington post," as we
continue to listen to this public fight back and forth, the longer this goes on which party is most at risk here? >> i think really it's tough to say. neither party's standing has been hurt that much by this showdown so far. impeachment really hasn't moved trump's approval ratings, hasn't moved the approval ratings of democrats in congress. it might be republicans because the onus is on senate majority leader mitch mcconnell to keep the republican senators together and keep them from bowing to any of these democratic demands. there's going to be increasing pressure on some of those moderate republicans, people like susan collins, corey gardner. so there might be a little bit more pressure on republicans but so far this hasn't really drastically -- there hasn't been any drastic change that will put pressure on either party. >> there was something brought up last night about how there's no expectation that any of these
senators are going to, you know, check their partisan identity at the door, so to speak. he went on to note every democratic senator in '98 voted not to remove president clinton. eve every demonstrate in 1868 voted not to remove andrew johnson. but to move forward without hearing from the key players that this could set a dangerous precedent. let's listen to what he said. >> the idea that republicans in the senate from an institutional precedent they are setting is okay we won't let anybody testify. there's going to be another democratic president some day. a republican congress thats to hold oversight and they will look become period precedent and realize they are in a weakened position. >> we know senator murkowski is at odds with leader mcconnell
when it comes what to do here. do you think there are other republicans that have the same concerns that ron talked about? >> yeah, definitely could be. we haven't heard them speak up so far. we should note where senator murkowski goes susan collins often goes with her. not 100% but they do tend to vote as a bloc at times. i think there will be other resenators, maybe old time institutionist like lamar alexander who is retiring who might want to take a look at this. are we giving up too much article ii powers here. congress has a right to oversee the executive branch. are we giving up if we lock arms on donald trump on this question. whether or not that desire to protect congress' historical powers is greater than the desire to protect the republican president we haven't seen much evidence that it will get that
far. >> before i let you go i want to ask about joe biden. he gave an interview with "the des moines register" and said that he will not and was very definitive, he will not testify in an impeachment trial because it would take the focus off of president trump. this is a man who is vying for the executive office of our country for the presidency. is it okay for him to dismiss protocol if he's subpoenaed? >> yes. i was a little surprised by that comment. for the most fact that biden entertained the hypothetical. at this point it is a hypothetical. i don't we'll get there. i would be surprised if joe biden is subpoenaed. seems most republican senators want a quick trial when that happens. that said it is remarkable that joe biden who is really running a campaign on the idea that, you know, donald trump thinks he's above the law, we have to -- you
know he's an abnormal president, the fact he keeps his abusing his powers is unacceptable that's why i'm running. at the same time going to say, you know, if i get the subpoena i won't comply with it. it's interesting he could have said if i was subpoenaed i would fight it in court. that's not what he said. he straight up said i wouldn't comply. i was surprised by that comment. >> always great to have you with us. thank you, sir. >> gooded to be on. right now to hawaii. the remains of six people have been recovered. after a tour helicopter crashed on the island of kauai. that was thursday. one person is still unaccounted for. debris was found in a remote area of a state park north of the city of hanapepe. following new developments in the controversy over former navy s.e.a.l. platoon leader ed die gallagher. videos obtained by the "new york
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we're following new developments in the controversy over a former navy s.e.a.l. platoon leader ed die gallagher. his case drew the attention of the president as he was tried and acquitted of murdering an isis fighter. >> videos obtained by the "new york times" shed light on his fellow s.e.a.l.s accusations against him. barbara starr reports. we need to warn you her report contains some disturbing images. >> reporter: members of s.e.a.l. team 7 alpha platoon broke their own code of silence in 2018 with their opinions about retired special operations chief ed die gallagher and some making accusations that the elite s.e.a.l. committed murder and potential war crimes. >> reporter: these are portions of recorded navy s.e.a.l. interviews published by "the new york times," where team members them investigators their views on the platoon leader. gallagher was acquitted of premeditated murder when a key
prosecution witness changed his story and testified under immunity that he caused the prisoner's death not gallagher. >> did you suffocate him? >> yes. >> how? i put my thumbs over his et tube until he stopped breathing. >> reporter: scott described the killing as an act of mercy because he was concerned the boy, a prisoner of iraqi forces would be tortured by them. gallagher was convicted on the charge of taking a photo with a dead isis fighter and then demoted in rank. a decision president trump reversed allowing the s.e.a.l. to retire with honor, even after pentagon leaders urged the president not to interfere. speaking through his attorney gallagher told cnn my first reaction to seeing the videos was surprise and disgust that they would make up blatant lies
about me. but i quickly realized that they were scared that the truth would come out of how cowardly they acted on deployment. his defense attorney said, the tapes were quote, a road map to acquittal because there were conflicting stories of gallagher killing civilians and other misconduct. >> really, you're seeing a small slice of the story not reflecting what the ultimate result was. >> reporter: president trump's determination to reverse the military's punishment of gallagher against the advice of top pentagon officials was so controversial navy secretary richard spencer was ousted. the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff insists that discipline anded a her race, to war will not suffer. >> we will maintain good order and discipline. we will not turn into a gang of raping, burning and pillaging. >> reporter: but some say it's all led to festering bad feelings.
>> so it's this kind of divisiveness that the president's actions have been coming into the s.e.a.l. community, i think that have been most damaging and have long term effect. >> reporter: gallagher met with trump at mar-a-lago over the holidays and it's possible he will campaign for trump if asked those who know him say. barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon. we'll get some insight from cnn military and diplomatic analyst john kirby. thank you for being with us. >> you bet. >> when you look at all of this, what concerns, what challenges do these videos raise for the military community? >> the biggest concern i have, is the fact that the s.e.a.l. community under their new commander has been trying to get their arms around standards of conduct, ethics and proper behavior on the battlefield for quite some time. they've had some fairly news worthy incidents lately where s.e.a.l.s in operations have not been meeting the proper
standards of conduct for military members involved in operations overseas. so they are trying to get their arms around that. this is not going make it any easier forced a mir ral green to do. bringing these videos out and the "new york times" story will make it that much harder for him because there's a possibility that what happened to gallagher and what he was able to do as surrogates at fox news and the president's help hey i don't have to pay attention to the military judicial system i can be acquitted or i can be exonerated by the president himself through pressure of fox news hosts. there's a real concern for good order and discipline going forward. >> these are navy s.e.a.l.s. they are elite members, we know. they usually are out of our sight essentially. talk to me about how uncommon this is? >> well, we have to keep it in perspective. remember they weren't going out there publicly trying to talk
about what gallagher did. they were talking to investigators in a pre-trial environment. they were called in to talk to investigators. this isn't necessarily breaking public silence. when we talk about the code of silence for the s.e.a.l.s and they are a quiet, insular bunch. but there's also a code of honor. just like every other member of the military they have an obligation when they he see something awry to report it, to try to stop it and report it. that's what they did. they came forward and said what they believed were gallagher's misdeeds. they had strong comments about his character as well. it wasn't easy for them to do this. if you look at the text messages that the "new york times" showed it's clear they simply want to tell the truth. there was no coordination of their stories or anything like that in terms of nailing down details. they said let's tell truth. that's noteworthy. >> how do they recover from this >> they will recover. it's important to say right off
the top of the bat that 99.9% of all military members and that includes the s.e.a.l. community are people of character n-at the grit and serve honorably this country. there are a few that have caused problems. the s.e.a.l.s will work through this as the united states military. the standards of conduct won't change. it's a matter of driving the leadership forward and making sure that everybody understands what the expectations are. and i also think the american people don't need the to worry about the s.e.a.l.s on the battlefield. yes there have been some incidents but they are out there every night defending our values, defending our interests, defending this country and doing necessary things to bad people every single night. lastly, i would say i hope if nothing else this maybe can start a national conversation to the degree we relied on special operators in the last 19 years. they are the troops out there every night doing incredible thing. their deployments are combat deployments. there's not a single day when
they are not engaged with the enemy. that takes a toll on your as a person, a toll on your family and a toll on your community. they are resilient and will get the through this but we have to think how much we relied on them and if we have the right balance in terms of the forces in the field. >> thank you so much. we're grateful for your insight. >> thanks. he acknowledges he's a late entry into the 2020 democratic race but is it too late? former governor deval patrick's campaign just stumbled a bit. we'll speak with the governor about it next. sfx: [sneezing]
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election officials in michigan said deval patrick will not appear on the state's 2020 primary ballot. information massachusetts governor launched his campaign last month less than three months before the iowa caucus and new hampshire primary. yesterday michigan's bureau of elections ruled that patrick campaign was nearly 3,000 votes short of the 11,000 needed to qualify for the state's march 10th primary and former governor deval patrick joins us now. governor, welcome. thank you for being with us. let's put this on a two shot. all right. first up here, thank you very
much, first up, let's talk about michigan here and then we'll get to the broader campaign. i want to put up on the screen what we heard from the michigan board of canvassers. they decided your name will not be on the ballot. here's part of what they said. they wrof your petition it includes 474 signatures of dubious authenticity where the signature appeared to be written in handwriting that was substantially the same as handwriting from multiple petition entries appearing on the same petition sheet. so, let's start here. did someone from your campaign forge signatures, falsify anything on that petition and what's the effort to try to figure that out? >> first of all, of course, there's no forged or made up signatures. we have to sort out what our options are. it's a peculiar outcome, i must say because there were two candidates who had not announced at the point when the state party chair submitted names of
candidates for the ballot. one was included, mayor bloomberg and one was not, my own. there's something that smells funny there but we submitted more than enough signatures by the deadline. we're going to have to sort out what our options are going forward. clearly a setback. but it's not going the to stop us. people of michigan want me on the ballot. people of the other states where we are competing have been very, very warm in their welcome and we're building our team and building our campaign to be competitive. >> you said something smells odd there. are you suggesting that there is something foul going on in michigan? >> well i want to understand that. i think it is strange that the way the process works there, the state party chair writes to the secretary of state, as i understand it correctly, who should be on the ballot, who are the democratic candidates for
the ballot? two candidates had not announced at that point, myself and mayor bloomberg. they included mayor bloomberg who announced after i did, but not me. so that is something we're trying to sort out. there hasn't been a good enough explanation. we were the only ones as a result who had to go get signatures. we got more than enough signatures and now we have this decision, preliminary or otherwise out of secretary of state. we have to sort that out. the campaign isn't about the puts and takes of the technicalities of getting on ballots. that's an important part of it. it's about defending and renewing the american dream, which i myself have lived. and which is becoming more and more out of reach for more and more people in more and more parts of the country, and i got a record of delivering the kinds of result that make it possible for people to experience the american dream and i think that's something worth fighting for. >> governor patrick, i've been in preparation for this discussion, reading and
watching. i was just watching your conversation earlier this week with voters in new hampshire. what i'm trying to get to in your announcement you said this is not a commentary on the other democrats in the race. you're not getting in or getting to the nomination by climbing on anyone else but what i have not heard or read is stuck sinuccint you don't see in the field. if you respect your other counterparts in the race and you respect their rich experience as you said, what don't they have as you think this race needs that you bring? >> first of all, no other candidate has the range of life and leadership experience that i do. having grown-up on public assistance on the south side of chicago, having worked and solved problems in the private-sector, in the public sector, in civil rights, domestically and other, no one else has that range of experience. so where the other candidates
talk about their ideas, i have results. you know we delivered health insurance to 99% of the residents in massachusetts. there's not another state in america that can touch that. we delivered a national model for responding to climate change with a cap and trade, regional cap and trade system where we use those proceeds to invest in energy efficiency, becoming number one in the nation in energy efficiency. where we also use that crisis to create a new economy in the creation of clean tech jobs. there's a range of examples of that kind. i also believe if you want change that lasts not change that's rhetorical but change that actually lasts that makes a generation difference, my experience tells me you got to bring other people in. and not push them aside and say that because, you know, you are presumed to be in opposition to this particular idea there's not room for you in the solution.
i have a record of that. >> governor, let me ask you quickly on health care. you suggested that there should be a robust public option added to the affordable care act. what is the difference between what you're proposing and what we've heard from joe biden with the biden initiative, adding a public objection or medicare for all for people who want it or others who think you start with aca and then add the public option. what's the difference between your plan and what we've seen from others? >> well a couple of things i would say. first of all, in our experience it was a broad coalition of policymakers and providers and insurers and patient advocates and labor who came together to invent health care reform in massachusetts and then stuck together to learn from it and refine it as we went along. so i think i signed three or four major health care reform bills after the one that governor romney signed that took effect the day i took office.
that's why i land on the idea of having a public option which was part of ac a's intent going in. that public option might be medicare. you get the value of the creative tension of the private insurance industry having to innovate to compete for those customers or clients or patients who move to a new or lower cost alternative. >> i apologize for jumping in. we're low on typical. the question is what's the difference between what you're suggesting and what we heard from vice president biden, mayor buttigieg, because that idea has already been proposed in the race. you're adding something else. is there a difference? >> the difference is experience. that's important. it's about what it actually takes to make big system changes and how you have to bring in all voices in order to get those changes to stick, to really last. >> all right, former governor deval patrick. thank you for taking time with
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yesterday. it killed at least 12 people, injured dozens more. the black box will be sent to moscow for investigation. the plane with 93 passengers and five crew members lost altitude and broke through a concrete fence according to airport authorities. cnn's moscow bureau chief nathan hodge is in moscow. witnesses say it sound like something out of a movie. i can imagine. >> reporter: victor, yes. we saw the dramatic images yesterday of the plane, the fuselage actually broken up on the ground. it's astonishing to everyone that there were so many people who were dragged from the wreckage. yes 12 people died. dozens survived that crash. today marks a day of national mourning in kazakhstan. as we mentioned here, investigators have recovered the black boxes, the flight data recorders are being sent back to moscow for analysis and we're going to try to learn in the
next couple of days what is the probable cause of this dramatic accident. now yesterday kazakhstan's deputy prime minister told reporter that they were looking at two likely or preliminary causes for this. one would be pilot error and the other is some kind of technical malfunction. that sounds rather broad. he also said that the plane had hit the runway twice on takeoff. so we'll learn more in the coming days. >> nathan hodge, thank you so much. glad to have you here. with the new year comes new resolutions. financial experts advice on how you can get a fatter wallet. and how the rest of you can get thinner. he's not coming here for diet advice. just three weeks it will take.
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you ready? well, we're counting down southeast biggest stories of the year. cnn's chief business correspondent christine romans breaks down the top nine business stories of 2019. >> reporter: the unicorn bubble burst. the longest u.s. auto strike in 50 years. the tech backlash and the u.s.-china trade war. these are the top business stories of 2019. number nine, fake meat starts a real food revolution. this year corporate america and foodies went wild for plant based protein and two companies drove the crazy beyond meat and impossible foods. making deals with big name chains. >> beyond meats massive wall street debut. >> beyond meats 136% spike. >> reporter: demand so high
impossible foods briefly ran out of burgers. plant based meats appeal to consumers worried about their own health and environment. number eight, amazon abandons plans for a new york headquarters. in 2017 ceo jeff bezos and amazon launched a highly publicized bidding war. >> amazon is shopping for a second headquarters. >> reporter: new york city emerged as one of the winners. new york governor said it would be a rival to silicone valley. >> reporter: hq2 didn't get a warm welcome from everyone in the big apple. amazon pulling the plug on plans to build the campus in new york city. >> reporter: progressive new york politicians like alexandria occasio-cortez criticized the billions in promised tax breaks and state grants. >> reporter: number seven unicorn bubble bursts. wall street had high hopes for
the start ups. >> this is a herd of unkorns. >> uber has arrived. >> reporter: enthusiasm quickly became disappointment. >> the year's biggest ipo is struggling. >> reporter: the problem, the companies aren't profitable. and in the case of uber and lyft -- >> uber released stunning statistics about sexual assault. >> reporter: rocked by scandals. by the most disastrous ipo. >> wework was one of the highest flying start ups and now it can't get its ipo off the ground. >> reporter: investors didn't like weworks power and unchecked power of the ceo. the company laid off thousands to cut costs. number six companies get political. in 2019 corporate america refused to stay quiet on controversial issues. >> walmart is announcing major
changes in its policies a month after 22 people were killed in a shooting rampage at a walmart. >> reporter: following the lead of retailers like dick sporting goods they stopped selling ammunition and banned open carry in stores. but it didn't stop there. >> walmart ceo sent a letter to congress today demanding lawmakers do their part to stop gun violence. >> reporter: it wasn't all accolades in 2019. some companies were hurt by their political affiliations. like sole cycle and equinox. consumers boycotted after their owner held a high dollar fundraiser for president trump and china briefly black listed the nba when a general manager tweeted his support of the hong kong protesters. the league scrambled to back track only to face backlash back home. >> bipartisan outrage at the nba for apologizing to the government of china. >> reporter: nba spent years and milli millions trying to groin china.
number five gm strike. longest strike in 50 years. >> contract talks between general motors and united auto workers broke off. >> these are some of the workers that are protesting. >> reporter: for six weeks uaw members stood on the picket lines while both sides negotiated the future of a changing auto industry. the union won raises and affordable health care but failed to get gm to shift production back to the u.s. it also couldn't keep three plants from closing including a plant that the president promised ohio voters he would save. >> lordstown, ohio get the damn plant open. >> reporter: the strike cost gm $3 billion. number four boeing 737 max crisis. devastating plane crash in ethiopia with no survivors. this was the second fatal crash of boeing's 737 max within five months. killing 346 people in all. boeing's planes were grounded and a flaw in the automated
flight software blamed. the investigation sparked uncomfortable questions for boeing about regulatory oversight, training standards and if the company had rushed the 737 max to market. boeing's ceo admitted to congress and the victims' families the scrutiny was deserved. >> we've been challenged and changed by these accidents. we've made mistakes. we got some things wrong. >> reporter: boeing continues to work on a software fix. until then the 737 max remains grounded. number three the big tech backlash heads to washington. following years of criticism over data abuse and misinformation, regulators cracked down. facebook had a record fine. $5 billion how much facebook is being forced to pay up over privacy breaches. 50 attorneys general launched an antitrust probe into google and facebook ceo faced bipartisan
fury in six hours of congressional testimony. the gop claimed liberal bias while the democrats attacked lies and political ads. >> do you see a potential problem here with a complete lack of fact checking. >> congresswoman i think lying is bad. >> reporter: a few companies like twitter took action banning political ads but time will tell if this brings real oversight to big tech. number two, a strong u.s. economy. despite a global slow down the u.s. economy remains solid. like the u.s. consumer spending money and keeping the economy growing. unemployment is at a 50 year low. last time it was that low the beatles "come together" song was at the top of the charts. hope for u.s.-china trade kept stocks climbing but you can also say the federal reserve. in 2019 the fed cut interest rates not once, not twice but three times. central bank wanted to counter
uncertainty over trade. speaking of. number one. the u.s.-china trade war. china and the u.s. finally reached a phase one agreement but 2019 saw major fallout from the 19 month long trade war. trade talks seemed to move ahead then salad leaving progress uncertain. meanwhile both countries slapped tariffs on products worth hundreds of billions of dollars slowing economic growth, shrink the manufacturing sector and stalling job creation there. a significant slow down from the prior years. while u.s. farmers many who supported trump felt like collateral damage in his trade war. >> you sort of have back stabbing, main people who got him in office. >> reporter: american business and consumers paid for tariffs. phase one deal is an important fir stem but not the grand course correction trump promised at the start of the trade war. it's a narrow agreement that leaves the thorny issues for
2020. >> so speaking of finances, better planning and budgeting may be one of your resolution. there's a new book "the 21 budget cleanse." happy you with a leaner budget and fatter wallet. ted, good morning to you. >> good morning. >> good morning. so you say number one first and foremost what we need to do in our new year's resolution in terms of money is paying off our debts. how do we determine where we start, which debt we focus on first? >> is that big new year's resolution. look the average consumer out there right now has $7,000 of revolving ra credit card debt. pay off the smallest balance first. then do something we call plastic surgery. cut. all the credit cards except two you need. don't cancel them. this way you won't spend more
money in 2020. >> i know you mention 21 day budget cleanse. i was sitting here thinking what can you accomplish in three weeks? help us out here. >> you can accomplish a lot. this is all about the principles of diet and exercise. how you get the leaner budget, fatter wallet. first and foremost take your year end credit card statements and what you should do is go through them. cancel your recurrent credit card charges, sub descriptions things you didn't use in 2019 and may not use in 2020. a big one, grocery shopping. average american goes to grocery stores 14 times a month right now. so simply put try to go to the grocery store one time per week and make a list. otherwise the grocery stores are like las vegas. they separate you from your wallet. that's what they do. >> i'll remind my refrigerator i'm not using. good point. stocks, we know they are tearing it up.
right now. what will 2020 look like? what should we do here? >> the stock market is doing very well in election years. obviously there was an abysmal year in 2008 and wasn't so great in 2000. but this is a time after a banner year in 2019 to do a reset on your asset allocation. easy rule of thumb is rule of 100. take your age, subtract it from 100 and that's how much money you should have equities and stocks. if you have college accounts and going to pay tuition in the fall and you have 529 plans that have gone up in value have no business being in the stock market. get that cash to the sidelines. >> the book is "21 day budget cleanse." we appreciate it so much. is antonio brownback on track to play on the nfl? he got a call for a work out >> brown has been out of the league since september in limbo over a sexual assault lawsuit.
that was yesterday. still in tact? >> yes. >> him, not you. >> we were talking about stuff before the break. >> saints coach sean payton explained it as a win at all cost approach. brown did work out for the team yesterday. this as the nfl confirmed it is still investigating brown following allegations of sexual assault. brown was not the only person participating. >> we are looking closely all the time at who are the players available and how they can help us as we get ready for the post season. >> brown hasn't plaped since week two and was released by the patriots. the nfl has not announced any discipline if they were to sign
with the team the playoff is finally here. three juggernauts in lsu, ohio state and clemson and fourth seed in oklahoma that can put up points in bunches. clemson won 28 straight games with so many players back from their national championship last year including quarterback trevor lawrence. the buckeyes has fields who threw 40 touchdowns against one interception this season and has chase young who might be the number one pick in next year's nfl draft. >> it's going to be a big challenge. they have some great players on that team, great coaches. this is a hard fought game. we'll do everything we can to beat them. >> really good quarterback. can definitely sling it. probably could have went to the draft last year. he was that good. definitely going to be a challenge to get to him. >> they have great players all
around great coaches. it's going to come down to who executes more and who prepares more. >> and it starts with the peach bowl where all eyes will be on the two quarterbacks. joe burrow for lsu. and oklahoma has its own transfer hero. he was part of three alabama teams that made the playoffs before losing a job last year. he stayed, graduated only to come to oklahoma, finished second in the heisman and lead back to the promised land. the holidays are about bringing families back together. that's what the nba did for chris sylva. the league surprising the 23-year-old by flying his mom in to miami. they hadn't seen each other in three years. only once since he moved to the u.s. as a teenager in 2012. i love this story.
i watched this video several times. every time it gets to me. what a beautiful story. >> there is a second there where maybe it looks like he doesn't believe it's happening. he says that's my mom. >> thank you for sharing. that was good. thank you. >> there is some amazing video we want to show you. this winter storm we have been seeing has really been a travel nightmare for people. this is amazing anybody survived this. >> the fog here is the big problem. look at this. >> oh, my gosh. >> it led to the unforgettable scene on the highway in texas. the photographer was there, caught it on camera. one guy jumped into his pickup truck there. the truck slams here. he and one other person were injured but will be okay. >> we're back in a moment. ♪
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