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and expedition "gma" makes landfall. >> reporter: we made it! >> our team finally arriving in antarctica after days outrunning hurricane-force winds on their trek across the ocean. now taking us into the mating grounds of penguins and a marvelous journey under the ice. >> all: good morning, america. ♪ we're gonna save the world ♪ it is "good morning america." it is great to start the week with george and michael. we've got some surprises for you. >> mm-hmm. i heard. >> we know you're also here because you're as excited as we are for the expedition "gma." amy and team finally, finally making landfall there in antarctica. >> they finally got there, and we have a live shot. it is their first sunny day with beautiful blue skies, and this morning, they're going to take us underneath the ice. cannot wait to see that.
>> what an adventure that is. we're going to begin at the white house where president biden will sign his trillion dollar bipartisan infrastructure bill into law today. the president and his party facing tough judgments in our new policy. cecilia vega has the latest. good morning, cecilia. >> reporter: good morning to you, george. this is one of the largest federal investments in infrastructure that we have seen in decades. it's going to be felt in communities around the country, and it's president biden making good on a major campaign promise. but you said it, this is coming as he's suffering in those polls with even democrats frustrated with the job he's doing. today at the white house, president biden signing into law that massive bipartisan infrastructure plan, promising millions of new jobs and much needed relief as he now faces a new low in the polls with americans increasingly frustrated over skyrocketing prices. the plan sets aside $110 billion to repair highways and bridges, $65 billion for high speed internet, $39 billion for public transportation. the white house saying upgrades to ports, airports and roads
will start right away. >> we're going to work without delay to get that money working for the american people. >> reporter: it is a key piece of the president's economic agenda, and a boost he badly needs. a new abc news/ "washington post" poll shows the president's approval rating at a new low, just 41%, even losing support among democrats and independents with approval for his handling of the economy plummeting to 39%. those numbers, a warning shot for democrats ahead of next year's mid terms. more than half of voters saying if the elections were held today, they would back a republican for congress, the largest margin in decades. republicans quick to tie voters' frustrations directly to the white house. >> i would have never believed that joe biden in just ten months in the presidency could bring us to a 30-year high of inflation. >> reporter: now the white house insists the pandemic, not the president is to blame for those inflation numbers. facing these poll numbers though, we're really seeing this major push from this white house for the president to try and sell to the american public how
these infrastructure plans are going to help them directly. we're going to see him, george, traveling around the country to iatonight as well, theweek. president is going to have this virtual summit with president xi of china. that could be contentious. >> reporter: it could definitely be contentious. this is the third time the two leaders have spoken. this will be the first time they're meeting face to face. you said it, virtually. xi hasn't left china at all during covid. that's why the meeting is happening virtually. it's expected to go on for hours. you mentioned tension. some of the things on the agenda climate change, cybersecurity, the tensions with taiwan. they have a lot of things to talk about. >> thank you, cecelia. michael? now to former trump adviser steve bannon set to turn himself in and appear in court after being indicted for contempt of congress for refusing to cooperate with the committee in the investigation of the january 6th capitol insurrection. rachel scott is at the fbi field office in washington with the latest. good morning, rachel. >> reporter: michael, good morning. steve bannon surrendered to
federal authorities. the department of justice charging bannon with two counts of criminal contempt. he could face up to two years behind baonefingo lawnghe tionotnor documents refused too to comply. trump's former chief of staff mark meadows also a no show on capitol hill. lawmakers on this january 6th committee hope it is rare move by the justice department sends a strong message and forces others to reverse course and cooperate. robin? >> we'll see if that happens, rachel. thank you. now to kenosha, wisconsin. the city on edge with closing arguments set to begin in the trial of kyle rittenhouse, with hundreds of national guard members on standby. terry moran is on the ground at the courthouse in kenosha. good morning, terry. >> reporter: good morning, robin. this city is bracing for the
conclusion of this case which began last year in those massive protests and civil unrest following the police shooting of jacob blake, a young black man. there is so much at stake for kenosha in this case, and for so many people across the country who have been following this trial. this morning, kyle rittenhouse's case is nearing its end. his mother speaking out over the weekend about her son's decision to take the witness stand. >> it was rough and it was heartbreaking and emotionally draining for the whole -- for him, and for my family. i couldn't be prouder of him. >> reporter: closing arguments will begin at 9:00 a.m. central time here and defense attorneys are expected to hammer home what kyle rittenhouse claimed in that dramatic testimony last week, that he acted in self-defense. the governor of wisconsin has put 500 national guard troops on standby as this city braces for possible unrest. kyle rittenhouse faces three
counts of homicide among other charges and he could be sentenced to life in prison if he's convicted of the most serious charge, first degree intentional homicide. but prosecutors occasionally seemed to struggle in court with the judge angrily chastising them at times. >> don't get brazen with me. >> reporter: and some of their own witnesses have given testimony more helpful to the defense. still the judge in this case has indicated he could include lesser charges during jury instructions, but on fox, kyle rittenhouse's mother says she believes the jury will find her son not guilty. >> they have been taking notes, listening to the truth and i hope they take that -- take that into what the outcome is going to be. >> reporter: the judge in this case has given the lawyers on both sides a maximum of 2 1/2 hours each for closing arguments today. the jury will likely get this case today. the jury not being sequestered.
as for kyle rittenhouse, he's home with his family in wisconsin. he's moved from illinois. he's with them awaiting his verdict. guys? >> all right, terry. we're going to bring in abc news chief legal analyst dan abrams. dan, how important are these lesser included charges? >> they're very important. they allow the jury to compromise on particularly where prosecutors have been having the most difficulty. the single most important thing that the judge did is sort of peripheral to those lesser include includeds. it's that he's going to read a provocation charge. he's allowing the jury to say if you believe kyle rittenhouse provoked this, then that's going to make self-defense very hard for you to invoke, meaning he's going to then have to show that he exhausted every other possible opportunity before doing it. that is a very important instruction the jury is going to get. >> could that be why the defense agreed to these lesser charges? >> i think there are two reasons here. number one, i don't think the
defense is as confident as many people outside the courtroom are. that there's going to be an all-out acquittal. number two, the most important thing to them is they don't want another trial. typically a hung jury is a victory for the defense. why? it means, okay, we get to reset. they weren't able to prove their case. we get to start again. that's the last thing the defense wants here. things have gone as well as it possibly could have for the defense, so they would rather have a compromised verdict than you have something like a hung jury where the prosecutors could retry him. >> given all the back and forth we've seen between the judge and the prosecution, are you surprised at the judge's ruling? >> not really. i think that some of that is overstated. lawyers fight with judges in court. judges make statements. lawyers respond, and then they move on, and there are new rulings that come up. i wasn't that surprised, but this provocation in particular is critical because it really does potentially gut the self-defense claim that kyle rittenhouse could make. >> dan abrams, thanks very much.
breaking overnight, a terror attack thwarted overseas. a car exploded outside a hospital in the uk. the likely suspect killed. a few others have been arrested. an investigation is now under way. james longman has the latest. good morning, james. >> reporter: good morning, george. this has now been declared a terror incident. really dramatic scenes outside a hospital here in the uk. all these images are being used by local news outlets. take a look. a car exploding right outside the front doors of that hospital. this was on sunday morning in liverpool when a taxi pulled up just before it burst into flames, and this morning, the police confirmed that a passenger in that taxi had brought a homemade bomb to the hospital. somehow the driver realized what was going on, managed to escape, and according to the mayor of liverpool, locked the doors of that taxi, and therefore contained the explosion, and that is why he is this morning being hailed a hero. because of the nature of this incident, counterterrorism police and mi5 are leading the
investigation. there is no motive as of yet. three men have been arrested overnight under terrorism charges and a fourth this morning. michael? >> thank you, james. now to the migrant cries overseas. people gathering on the border of belarus and poland, hoping to krs cross over, but poland is defending its border accusing belarus of manufacturing the crisis. martha raddatz has the latest. good morning, martha. >> reporter: good morning, michael. many of these migrants have been trapped at the border for weeks, hungry freezing, but the tensions escalated with a new crush of migranmigrants. this morning, growing crowds of desperate migrants in belarus surging towards the main crossing point into poland. polish police amassing on the other side with the polish government there sealing the border, refusing to take them in, and belarus refusing to take them back, leaving the migrants stranded. >> we were there 15 days without food, without anything.
the belarusian army said if we saw you again, we'll kill you. >> reporter: abc news was out with activists who were trying to help migrants who did manage to cross into poland. >> we see every day, people in the forest. most of them totally wet, freezing. >> reporter: the eu accusing belarus' dictator alexander lukashenko of tricking the migrants into coming to the border as punishment to the eu after sanctions were imposed on his country. many of the migrants from syria and iraq looking for a better life in western europe. russia standing by belarus, baming the west and holding joint military operations. >> i think it's a great concern. we've communicated our concern to russia. we communicated our concern to belarus. we think it's a problem. >> reporter: and this morning, the eu's top diplomat said they will now toughen sanctions on
belarus, possibly extending them to airlines and others who are transporting the migrants to the border. michael? >> all right, thank you, martha. i know you'll stay on the story. robin? michael, now to the spike in covid cases even in states with high vaccination rates. this as three states are allowing everyone over 18 to get booster shots. california is one of them, and kayna whitworth is at dodger stadium in los angeles which has reopened its testing center. good morning, kayna. >> reporter: yeah, robin, good morning. they had to relaunch this site after they saw an increase in demand, coupled with an increase in positivity rates. here in california, we're actually seeing higher transmission rates than in many other states that have fewer restrictions, leading health officials here to sound the alarm. this morning, nearly half the country seeing new covid cases soaring. 21 states reporting a surge in infections and rising
ospitalizations in 17 states and territories. states like colorado, california, new mexico, and west virginia superseding the fda and allowing booster shots for all adults. some rural communities with low vaccination rates and limited resources like canyon city, colorado being hit especially hard. do you think you might be experiencing a confluence here of people being unvaccinated, but also those who might be experiencing vaccine waning? >> definitely. i think that that is definitely a possibility. there's a number of research studies out there to kind of see where the appropriate effectiveness window is with these vaccines. >> reporter: 93% of the state's icu beds are currently full, the most they've seen in nearly a year. already exhausted staff fearing the real surge which they predict mid-december. meanwhile in the nfl, pittsburgh steelers star quarterback ben roethlisberger benched after testing positive, and in minnesota with the nation's second highest infection rate, six viking
players are on the covid-19 reserve list. green bay fans welcomed back unvaccinated quarterback aaron rodgers after they were decimated in last week's game as the nfl star tested positive for covid-19, and at the same time, was battling outrage over his stance on the vaccination. health officials in l.a. county say they'll fall short of their goal of vaccinating 80% of the population ages 12 and up by the end of the year. that while they're waiting for the fda to approve booster shots for all adults. that's something the fda saying they're doing as quickly as possible. robin? >> all right, kayna. thank you. we turn now to our expedition "gma" live from antarctica where amy has made landfall with our team after a long, long, long journey over the ocean, and you're on the continent we rarely get to see. good morning there, amy. >> reporter: oh, good morning, robin. what a beautiful sunny day it is
here. we have something even more beautiful and incredibly rare behind me. we have a cluster of emperor penguins, a group of 12 and a group of 18. they're right over my shoulder right here. this is incredibly rare because typically they mate early and disperse by mid november. we heard an announcement as we woke up saying they had never seen this many emperor penguins in this area before. we're excited to see them waddling aover the ice. they're taking rests between diving and they're the largest species, and the deepest divers. they can go as low as 1,800 feet below the surface looking for food. they will make their way back to the rookery, but what a majestic view to see here above the ice. we'll take you and our cameras below the ice coming up in just a bit, guys. >> you are living your best life, amy. thank you. thanks so much. >>. >> reporter: i am. >> we can tell. more coming up here on "gma," including the latest on queen elizabeth. the 95-year-old monarch missed another major event over the
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♪ hello from the other side ♪ ♪ i must have called a thousand times ♪ you called a thousand times and we answered. welcome back to "gma." that is adele performing "hello," greeting her fans with her first televised performance in six years. the grammy winner performing a new song, and she sat down with oprah for an interview. we will have the highlights of that coming up later in the show. no one more talented. her voice. following a lot of headlines this morning. biden set to sign landmark legislation into place.
it puts money into roads, bridges high speed internet and transportation. sad news from houston. a 9-year-old who was trampled at the travis scott concert has died. he passed away on sunday. the death toll from the astroworld tragedy stands at ten. >> so tragic. a water rescue was caught on camera. an ems team pulling a driver out of a car that fell into the river north of baltimore, maryland. the crew smashing the glass, getting the man out. they happened to be filming a training video at the time. thankfully the man is now recovering. >> wow. right place, right time. we have a lot more ahead including expedition "gma." amy and team finally making landfall in antarctica, and this morning she's taking us on a trip under the ice. that's coming up, george. >> that is something. right now, the latest on queen elizabeth. over the weekend she had to miss ceremonies honoring bring at this time veterans due to a
sprained back. it's the second occasion she has missed because of health issues. maggie rulli has the story. good morning, maggie. >> reporter: george, good morning. we know just how much this event means to the queen. it's something she rarely misses, but now for the second time in a new weeks, she has had to step back from doing in-person events. this morning, new worries about queen elizabeth's health. the 95-year-old monarch missing another high profile event, this time reportedly out with a sprained back. buckingham palace making the announcement just hours before the queen. the world war ii veteran herself was meant to attend remembrance day on sunday. her majesty saying she is disappointed she will miss the service. >> we haven't seen the queen attend a public service in weeks. she has had to pull out at the last minute of something she regards as one of the most important events in her calendar. >> reporter: the injury is believed to have been recent and
according to the bbc it's been suggested that doctors were concerned about her traveling in a car and then standing for a long period of time. her son and future king, prince charles, in her place. this is not her only recent health issue. just three weeks ago, the queen spending the night at the hospital. the reason why still unknown. the source telling abc her back issue is not believed to be related to the hospital stay. >> we have become so used to seeing the queen be very visible, be at the helm, be very busy despite her advance in years. she has said herself she won't live forever. this is a reminder she is 95, and it's possible her timetable may have to be significantly modified in the future. >> reporter: after her hospital visit, the queen continued light duties, including zoom engagements with the palace insisting she's in good spirits. and a royal source telling abc news that hopefully the queen will continue doing these light duties for the rest of the week as planned. guys? >> hopefully she'll make a speedy recovery. >> absolutely. we're going to turn to adele getting personal in a new interview. the 15-time grammy winner revealing how she's found
happiness after some difficult years, and performing a song from her much anticipated upcoming album. janai norman is going to sing us through all the details. >> you know what, that will not happen, michael, but last night i did stay up late singing along with adele. she released new music for the first time in six years, and we saw the superstar shining in new light as a woman, a mom who has overcome hardship and heartache. she said it's not as deep, as her songs may make you think. like her fans, she finds strength in her music. ♪ hello from the other side ♪ ♪ i must have called a thousand times ♪ ♪ to tell you i'm sorry ♪ >> reporter: adele hitting all the right notes. ♪ could have had it all, rolling in the deep ♪ ♪ you had my heart inside of your hands ♪
>> reporter: setting the tone of the prime time performance from the famed los angeles griffith observatory, belted out her classics -- ♪ when we were young ♪ >> reporter: -- and new songs from her latest album out this friday. ♪ when i was a child, every single thing could blow my mind ♪ ♪ soaking it all in ♪ ♪ now i only soak up wine ♪ >> reporter: all before a star-studded crowd, including melissa mccarthy and lizzo who was spotted singing alongside oprah. the superstar sitting down with oprah for a one-on-one interview. >> nothing is as scary as what i have been through over the last two, three years behind closed doors. >> reporter: saying she has the courage to bare her soul
publicly because of what she endured privately. discussing her divorce and co-parenting with her ex-husband simon. >> i think simon saved my life. he and angelo were angels sent to me. that's how i feel. >> reporter: adele acknowledging her son angelo during the concert. >> this is the first time my son has ever seen me perform and he looks so beautiful and so handsome and smart. >> reporter: opening up to oprah about her weight loss. >> it definitely really contributed toward me getting my mind right. >> it sharpened everything? >> without a shadow of a doubt. it gave me real purpose. >> reporter: and dating after dirc she confirmed he with top sports agent rich paul. >> this relationship is the first time you actually -- >> loved myself and being open to loving by and loving someone else. ♪ go easy on me, baby ♪ >> reporter: she brought down the house with "easy on me," the first single off "30," which shattered records for the most
streamed song. and "easy on me" streamed 24 million times in a single day. the video viewed more than 156 million times. adele saying her highly anticipated album "30" is dedicated to her son calling it an opportunity for her to sing madly, deeply about who she is, and how she feels. that's out friday. that's out friday. it was incredible. >> so worth the wait. >> yes. >> so worth the wait. thank you, janai. coming up next, expedition "gma." amy and our team making landfall in antarctica, showing us what's under the ice. come on back. ♪ who's gonna save the world ♪
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v8. the original plant-powered drink. ♪ who's gonna save the ♪ who's gonna save the world tonight ♪ back now with expedition "gma," apart of abc news "saving tomorrow" series. after several days outrunning hurricane-force winds, amy and team finally making their way to antarctica last night. they are there, and she is there again with us this morning. good morning again, amy. >> reporter: hey, good morning, robin. we had hurricane-force winds. we had heavy snow, high seas, but look at what it's like today. mother nature has delivered us a huge gift, a relatively calm, sunny day, perfect viewing conditions for a very rare sight behind me. a cluster of emperor penguins. this as last night, yes, we finally made landfall on the
continent of antarctica. after several days off course outrunning vicious winds, we finally stepped onto continental antarctica. we made it! making landfall in brown bluff, but in reality, it's more black and white. penguins, up to 15,000 of them gathered online for breeding season when females lay eggs atop rocky nests. we're seeing them laying on eggs. do we know if those are the females or the males? >> it's remarkable because the female lays the egg, but very quickly the male takes over and does about 95% of the process on his own. >> reporter: they have no problem with long-term relationships. >> we know they mate for life. they know their mate by the
sound of their call? >> they can recognize the call, yes, and they do -- we like to romanticize that they mate for life, but it is a little bit like, i mate for life as long as this is going well. so if one of them doesn't show up one year or they're not successful a couple of seasons in a row, they might split up and find a better partner. >> reporter: along our journey, we have been amazed by the breathtaking icebergs, blankets of sea ice and cold-climate critters. the most elusive sights in antarctica are below the ice. >> the truest way to see it is below. >> how cold is it? >> brisk. >> reporter: brisk is an understatement with water temperatures below freezing. but for lindblad undersea specialists brett and ian, it's just another day on the job. weather conditions prevented us from making landfall today, so here's our plan b. we're on the zodiac with our brave divers to show you what's beneath all of this. the snow falling fast, waves rocking our boats. everything icy blue, white and gray. but below is a different story. serene and colorful, bright pinks, oranges and greens. star fish litter the ocean floor.
strands of seaweed grow to massive lengths. seals gliding and penguins po porpoising through the water. while penguins may not be very graceful on land, they're some of the fastest swimmers underwater. and antarctica's icebergs, 90% of each one hidden below the surface. back above the water, as we leave brown bluff, the color from below is matched up above, a stunning sunset in the most remote place on earth. so guys, all day yesterday i had knots in my stomach because i was psyching myself up to go snorkeling. that was the plan, but it turns out mother nature had another plan. the seas were too rough, so i wasn't able to do it. i have to tell you it was a mix of disappointment and relief at the same time, but never fear. i have agreed to do a polar plunge a little later today. i'm told the water is a balmy 30 degrees.
i'm going to experience what the southern ocean has in store for me. but in the meantime, i just want to point out again these incredible creatures here behind me, these emperor penguins. they are resting right now and intermittently diving into the ocean to feed. it's just remarkable watching them in their habitat. i don't know if you can see when they waddle. yes, they're a little then i love it when -- it's called to tobogganing. they're such majestic creatures. it's such an honor to be able to witness them here, guys. >> i think a lot of people are surprised they do not mate for life. that's something we had always heard. >> reporter: it was a nice conce concept. you know, but they said, they kind of want to, but if someone doesn't come back, they move on. >> so penguins, just like us.
[ laughter ] >> amy, you said the water is 30 degrees. how cold is it outside? >> reporter: with the windchill it's in the 20s. it's not as cold as you would think. i have to say there have been times where i'm surprised at how tempered it feels given the ice around you. the windchill, it gets pretty chilly. i'm bundled up. >> looking good, in your element, amy. > good luck with that plunge. see you in a little bit. >> thank you, amy. coming up, britney spears is free from that conservatorship after nearly 14 years. the next step for the pop star to get full control of her life and finances. why she's not done fighting yet. and next, we have our monday "play of the day."
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good morning, america. it's it's 8:00 a.m. president biden set to sign his landmark infrastructure bill into law. billions in spending. when will the money start rolling out? as the new poll shows trouble for the president and his party. "gma's" expedition to antarctica. the journey to the bottom of the earth, and the amazing rare encouner with these penguins. britney spears is free. a judge ending her nearly 14-year conservatorship. the pop superstar celebrating the best day ever, but her legal battle isn't over yet. plus, pulitzer surprise winner nikole hannah-jones is live in times square. "the 1619 project" creator is taking us inside her new book. what she thinks about teaching
race in schools, coming together as a country and how we can talk to our children about these complex issues. ♪ oh, my god ♪ and omg, it's michael strahan's 50th birthday. ♪ good morning, good morning ♪ ♪ america ♪ >> oh, yeah. >> we are dancing into the week with a celebration for my brother from another mother. >> happy birthday, brother. >> so many birthday wishes, we can't count them all. >> happy birthday. >> happy birthday. >> happy 50th birthday, my man. >> happy birthday. >> the party is just getting started, and we're singing -- ♪ happy birthday to ya, happy birthday to ya ♪ ♪ happy birthday ♪ ♪ oh, she got it all ♪ >> nice.
come on. >> oh, man. >> speaking of nice. d.j. d-nice is upstairs. we're gonna get this party started. >> that was a surprise. >> come on. >> i had no idea. i love and appreciate every one of them, and d.j. d-nice, good friends. i'm happy he's here. ♪ lovely day ♪ and good morning, america. i'm happy you're with us on this monday. >> every time i hear this song, i think of you. ♪ lovely day ♪ one of the first times that i met you, this was playing in your dressing room, and it always just brings a smile to your face. >> bill widthers. no one like him. >> and we got a little pick me up message. a little pick me up message from miss mariah carey. >> happy birthday, michael strahan. love you. thanks for picking me up that day. i don't know if you remember you picked me up. >> oh, i remember. >> it was one of the best days. i'm not saying numbers. i know what your number is, but i'm not saying it. happy birthday, and you're eternally young, as are we all. love you. >> love you too. thank you. >> okay. you may remember, but the folks
at home, if you don't remember that moment, why don't we just remind people. yes. yes. yes. >> she asked for it and i delivered. she said pick me up, so i picked her up. she's always been fantastic. i absolutely adore her and love her. so thank you, mariah. appreciate that. >> i think i detected a blush at the top of the hour. >> george. we have a lot more coming up. we have a lot of news to get to as well. we start with president biden, signing this billion dollar bipartisan infrastructure bill into law today. the president facing harsh judgments in our new poll. cecilia vega has the latest. good morning, cecilia. >> reporter: george, good morning again to you. that new poll, americans are increasingly frustrated with the sky high prices we're seeing around the country. the president's approval rating on his handling of the economy has plummeted to 39%. he's hoping the victory and the signing ceremony here today helps change some minds. today at the white house, the president signing into law that
massive bipartisan infrastructure plan, promising millions of new jobs and much needed relief as he faces a low in the polls with americans increasingly frustrated over sky rocketing prices. the plan sets aside $110 billion to repair aging highways and bridges, $65 billion for high speed internet, $39 billion for public transportation. the white house saying, upgrades to ports, airports and roads will start right away. >> we're going to work without delay to get that money working for the american people. >> reporter: it is a key piece of the president's economic agenda and a boost he badly needs. a new abc news/"washington post" poll shows the president's approval rating at a new low, just 41%, even losing support among democrats and independents. those numbers a warning shot for democrats ahead of next year's midterms. more than half of voters saying if the elections were held today, they would back a republican for congress, the largest margin in decades. >> i would have never believed that joe biden in just ten months in the presidency could
bring us to a 30-year high of inflation. >> reporter: now the white house says the pandemic, not president biden is to blame for those inflation numbers. they have named former new orleans mayor mitch landrieu as the person who is going to oversee the distribution of this trillion -- this more than trillion dollars in this infrastructure plan. he oversaw the recovery effort after hurricane katrina. robin, i want to tell you this was bipartisan legislation, and some notable republicans will not be here today including mitch mcconnell. robin, he says he has other things to do today. >> all right there, cecilia. thank you. we'll move on now to "saving tomorrow," and our trip to antarctica. amy has made landfall there, and is bringing us along for that remarkable journey. tell us what you are seeing from the bottom up there, amy. >> reporter: oh, we have seen so much, robin. i have to say this morning has just been an incredible one because it was unexpected to have this rare access to witness these birds behind me, the
largest of the penguins species, the emperor penguins. we have been watching them rest in between dives. they go as low as 1,800 feet below the ice to get the silver fish to bring back then to their rookeries, and they are -- this is breeding season and it's rare to see them because normally they've already bred and dispersed by now. but it's that very access, robin, that also is bad news because we have been told by naturalists here on this boat that even two years ago, we would never have been able to bring our ship this far south. there would have been way too much ice to break through to get to see these rare birds at this time of year. so while it's incredible to be able to witness how they're acting in their natural habitat and watch them do what they do, it's also a sign, a warning sign that climate change is real and affecting these penguins. back to you guys. >> and that's the important story here, what we need to keep in mind. so are you gearing up for that polar plunge there, amy? >> reporter: i'm gearing up,
robin. it's a couple of hours from now. wish me luck. >> as always. thank you, amy. >> have the warm shower running for her after. thank you, amy, for that. coming up, freedom for britney spears. what's next as the pop star regains control of her life and her fortune. what the fallout could mean for her father. and nikole hannah-jones, the pulitzer prize winner for "the 1619 project" is here live in our studio to talk about her new book. plus, lara is upstairs for michael's 50th birthday party just getting started. hey, lara. >> george, it is indeed here with d.j. d-nice and one of our favorite photos of michael and robin at the all-star prom, otherwise known as the oscars. we are celebrating michael's 50th. so much more coming up on "good morning america." the party is just getting started. ♪ fine, fine, fine, ooh ♪
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hello, michael. happy 50th birthday. hello, michael. happy 50th birthday. 50. 50! how great is that? and by the way, if you need any and by the way, if you need any stains removed, call me. happy birthday wish for all your wishes! >> mariah didn't want to mention your age. drew went the other way. >> 50! >> 50 and fabulous. 50 and fabulous. >> yes. >> that was from drew barrymore, and we cannot wait to see the sweets. all these favorites. all your favorite candies are
right here, and we also pulled some of our favorite photos of you, michael, because you have to know the party is just getting started. >> there are some good ones up there. >> oh. i saw that. the bee gees. me and the boys. we've got to change the subject now. we have our "gma" cover story, and britney spears finally free from her conservatorship after nearly 14 years, but her fight is not over yet. kaylee hartung is in l.a. with what's next for the pop superstar. good morning, kaylee. >> reporter: good morning, michael. for all the controversy surrounding this conservatorship, there wasn't a single objection in the court hearing to end it. now that britney is free to make her own decisions, she has the help of a team of her choosing to support her. ♪ stronger than yesterday ♪ >> reporter: this morning, britney spears is regaining control of her life, and fortune. britney calling it the best day ever, and thanking her fans in this post on instagram with the #freebritney. te no more ♪ ♪his before ♪ >> reporte btn's hard-fought freedom comes with
sfety nets now in place to protect her personally and financially. >> there are safety nets in place to support her? >> to put britney in a position to succeed, yes. >> reporter: her conservator person will stay in her life to help with the transition. submitted to the court under seal. the temporary conservator put in place after her father was suspended will continue to woshwork with britney with limited administrative powers. it's described as a concierge service. while britney will be able to make her own decisions, her fight in court will continue. her attorney, a former federal prosecutor saying subpoenas have been issued to britney's father jamie and her former management firm tristar. being investigated, how britney's money was spent under the conservatorship. jamie spears has long defended his actions arguing his only aim was to protect his daughter and her business, but according to rosengart, they're refusing to cooperate.
david glass an attorney specializing in family law saws spears could also seek damages. >> in addition to the financial terms, they could also seek personal damages, damages for any harm that she felt. >> reporter: and now in the middle of all the celebration outside the courthouse, britney's attorney was asked if she would ever perform again. he said, for the first time in years, it's up to her. we had to wait six years for new music from adele. maybe there's hope for britney, robin. >> thank you. kaylee, we appreciate it. we are joined now by one of the most dynamic and vocal journalists today. nicole hannah jones won the pu pu pulitzer prize for "the 1619 project." she's a macarthur genius grant recipient, and a conversation
starter. she's out with a grand new book and it's called "the 1619 project: a new origin story." how are you doing? feeling good? >> i feel great. i'm so excited for the books to finally be out. >> i cannot wait to talk more about it, but i want to say this. i want to find out what's going on at howard right now because a lot of people remember at the beginning of the year you were denied tenure at your alma mater, north carolina. you decided to go onto howard where you are the chair of race and journalism. what did you learn from that experience, and how are things going at howard? >> well, what i learned is one, that you can do all of the things that we are told we are to do to be successful, and in the end, as a black woman, you can still be denied, and that we have to take those moments and use those moments to exercise our power, and to say that we'll be in control of our own destiny, and that's what i decided to do with howard, and i'm just so excited and honored to be there. >> yes, and i know that you're excited about this book right here. first of all, for folks who are not familiar, tell them about the significance and the importance of the year 1619. >> yes.
so 1619 is the year that the first africans were sold into the british colony of virginia. so we really mark that as the beginning of african slavery which of course, would last for 250 years in the country that would become the united states, and so it's significant because it's one of the oldest institutions in america, and yet we've often treated it as if it's kind of marginal to the american story, and of course, we argue in the book that slavery and its legacy is central to both our history and the country that we are today. >> and you really expand upon it because you received some constructive criticism from the original book. you addressed that, and added so much more. what can people expect with this new work? >> yes. so the new work, all the original essays as you've said, have been expanded. we have end notes now so people can actually see where our source materials are, and where we got the facts that are in the book, and then there are eight new essays by some of the greatest historians living in the country today covering a
wide range of topics, and we have doubled the poetry and fiction that was in the book. there's beautiful archival photography in the book. i hope people will come to it with an open mind. i think people will be really astounded by all the things they'll learn in the book and the way we connect to the book to the society we live in now. >> you expanded it, and the sourcing of it so people know where it is. people -- there are many people who look at you and say, you are a symbol of representation, of strength and truth, but you know you have your critics as well. how can we have as a nation, a discussion about race that moves the discussion forward? >> i think one, you have to begin with the truth. so much of the attacks against "the 1619 project" and what we're seeing as laws that are trying to stop the teaching of more accurate histories are because we haven't wanted to confront the truth in this country.
the truth is often painful, but it is in confronting that, that we are able to actually heal and move on. i think people have to come with an open mind. we have to come with vulnerability. we have to come with, i think, really an understanding that we don't know everything that there is to know, and many of us have been taught this history really poorly, and that we're not responsible personally for what happened in the past. we are responsible for learning about it and learning from it, and trying to do better right now. >> you weren't expecting this. when the "the 1619 project" came out, many schools added it to their curriculum. there were parents and others that objected to that. >> yes. >> why is it important for young people in particular to learn about american history? >> absolutely. i talk about in the preface that i came across the date 1619 in a black studies elective that i took when i was 16 years old and just having that small window open to this whole world of history i didn't know changed my life, and so i think children are -- they are able to
understand complex stories and nuanced histories and it is empowering to actually be taught a history that reflects the country that we see. so i think that it's so important for young people. i have an 11-year-old daughter. >> right. >> she can understand this, and when you look at the world and you see all of the polarization and all of the tension, these narratives we've learned don't explain that, but when you give students a more accurate accounting of what you said, american history, not black history, but american history, i think it's empowering them to go out into the world. >> it has taken a toll. glad you're doing well. sometimes the messenger is attacked. how have you handled all that? >> depends on the day. >> true. >> depends on the day. it's hard to become a symbol. i'm a symbol for people who love me. i'm a symbol for people who hate me, but i'm just a human being. i care deeply about this work. it means a lot to me. so there have been some low moments, but the kind of astounding support for the project lifts me up because i
know that so many americans, they do want a better understanding of our country, and they are open to learning new things. >> and you do give us a better understanding. nikole, thank you so much. it's great to see you. i want everyone to know "the 1619 project" the new origin story is out tomorrow, along with the companion children's book called" "the 1619 project, born on the water." now to ginger. >> thank you, robin. i have to take you here to where the falls are just roaring because they have had so much moisture. seattle, washington has had their entire month's average rain. evacuation along some of the rivers and one place could reach its highest level
our chief washington correspondent jon karl is here out with a new book called "betrayal, the final agent of the trump show." jon, thanks for coming in this morning. you know, like you, i covered the trump administration intensely. especially in those days after the last election, but it's only in reading your book that i realized it was even worse than a lot of us thought. >> george, i think we got really close to losing it all. i mean, we knew it was terrible. we knew that we had reached a point of crisis in our country. we saw those people invade the capitol, but what i learned in going back over this is that trump almost succeeded in disrupting the transition of power. it was not a peaceful transition
of power, but he almost succeeded in disrupting joe biden's inauguration on the 20th, and if it weren't for the actions of a few people bravely doing what they were required to do by law and defying the president of the united states, it could have been much worse. >> a lot of new details about the kind of pressure vice president mike pence was facing. >> mike pence was under extraordinary pressure, and it came from all quarters. it came from obviously donald trump himself, and i go through and i detail the ways in which he turned the screws on pence every single day in that week leading up to january 6th, about how the chief of staff mark meadows was involved with this, the president's team did everything they could. even johnny mcatee, the 29-year-old put in charge of presidential personnel was part of this effort. >> i want to ask you about mcatee because he's been with president trump for a long time. he's quite young and not necessarily experienced in the job of running presidential personnel, but in the final months of the trump white house,
he had extraordinary power. he. >> he got this job, head of presidential personnel, basically the most important hr department in the world, right? he's in charge of all federal employees in the executive branch, and as the then-chief of staff -- i'm sorry. mick mulvaney said at the time, here's a guy who has never hired a person in his life put in charge of hiring for all of the executive branch. but what he did during the year of 2020 is he went through systematically with his team, most of these people in their 20s, and conducted a purge of the executive branch. removing anybody, firing, intimidating people who dared to question anything donald trump was doing. >> i want to go back to mike pence. there was a conversation with president trump about the kind of pressure he was facing, including the chants, hang mike pence outside the capitol. >> were you worried about him during that siege? were you worried about his safety? >> no. i thought he was well protected. i heard he was in good shape. >> because you heard those chants. that was terrible. you know those --
>> he could have -- well, the people were very angry. >> they were saying hang mike pence. >> it's common sense. it's common sense that you're supposed to protect -- how can you -- if you know a vote is fraudulent, right, how can you pass on a fraudulent vote to congress? >> extraordinary that he was defending those chants. >> i mean, i -- george, there were so many things in the course of reporting this book that i really just couldn't believe. i mean, things that i learned in going through and reconstructing the events. that was one. i mean i'm sitting there with donald trump in the middle of his mar-a-lago club, in the middle of a lobby, this ornate area. he's talking in a very calm way and he's justifying people who wanted to murder his vice president, and nothing, not a word of condemnation. not a word of criticism of people chanting hang mike pence. >> so you spent some time with him down at mar-a-lago. do you get the sense that this talk about him running perhaps in 2024 is real? >> i would say people around him say he's absolutely going to
run. i actually don't believe it. i think he's going to keep us guessing. he's going to string us along. he's going to suggest he's running because the minute he says he doesn't, he's less relevant, but i have a doubt whether or not he really wants to go through it again knowing he might well, and i believe he all but certainly would lose. >> we don't have a lot of time left. it's hard for him in your conversation with him, it's hard for him to talk about anything but the alelection and january 6th. >> he's entirely focused on the past. 2020, not 2022, not 2024. >> jon karl, thanks very much. we'll be right back. michael's 50th celebration and a lot more coming up.
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thursday. kumasi: we will have another update in about 30 minutes. you can always find the latest at and we are back with chris christie, ou christie, our political analyst who served as governor of new jersey, and ran for president against donald trump in 2016. became an adviser before the 20 election rise. he's out with a new book, "republican rescue." chris, great to see you again. >> thank you. >> i will never forget that election. the day after the election, the early morning of the next election as the president was clearly not going to concede. you broke with him on that day and said, it's over. it must be over. have you had many conversations with him since? >> i have had a number of conversations with him between that night and probably late december, george, of '20. you might recall on "this week"
i called his legal team a national embarrassment at one point. and he called me very angry that morning and asked me why i was doing that and i said, because they are, and he didn't really disagree, and that was really our last conversation. as you know, i tried to talk to him on january 6th and couldn't get through to him, but we haven't spoken since then. >> the book outlines other disagreements you had with him over the years, even as you served as an adviser. you helped him through the debates. there was a question of north korea, and a lot of people wondering, given those disagreements, why did you stick with him for so long? >> you know this. you're never going to agree with everything everybody does in politics. i think overall the policies he pursued were ones that i was generally in line with. we have to stop looking back. that's the point of the book. we have to start looking forwards to say, what's our party going to stand for? how are we going to contrast to joe biden and the democrats? i lay out a case as to why looking backwards is
destructive to the republican party's availability bility to and be competitive. >> that's what i talked to jon karl about. he said donald trump can't get over either 2020 or january 6th. do you agree with his judgment in the end that the president will not run again? >> hard to tell, george, but what i will say is this, and we as a party, have to look at this, and we would love to have donald trump be a productive part of the party going forward, talking about the policies we disagree with with joe biden, but if all we're going to do is talk about election day 2020 and everything that happened there after, that's destructive for our party and for the country. we have to move beyond it and past it. let's face it. joe biden won the election, and i know that's difficult for the president to live with, but he did. >> how serious are you about running in '24? >> i'll think about it, george, and i am thinking about it. you don't make those decisions, if you do it once. you do it because you think you
can win, and anybody who makes an evaluation on whether they can win or not now in 2024 is wrong. >> what did you learn running last time? >> i learned a lot, that the motion is in progress, and there's a lot of wasted energy in running for president. i learned what things you should be focusing on, and i learned even if you run a really good campaign, sometimes there are forces that are beyond your control that just make it not your time, and i think that's what happened in 2016. not only to me, but to everybody else who was on that stage with donald trump. >> one of the other things we learned in the book was that bout you had with covid back in the fall of 2020, it was even more serious than most of us knew. >> it was, and i didn't want to talk about it at the time because i didn't want to upset my family anymore. but, you know, i did my first interview after i got out of the hospital with you, and it was a very serious thing, and one where, you know, i had a conversation with my wife about how do we prepare if they're going to intubate me to make sure i get a chance to talk to the children. when you are a father, that's the most important thing in the world. i feel very fortunate that i came through it and i feel like
i have a voice for trying to bring the country forward too, whether that's as a candidate or just as a leader of my party and that's what the book tries to start to do. put the past behind us and move forward and make the country better. >> chris christie, thank you for coming in today. "republican rescue" is out tomorrow. coming up michael's birthday party is about to start. you're all invited. ♪ you bring me up when i'm down ♪
♪ what's going on, man? they tell me it's your 60th birthday. you said 50th? i'm sorry.erin andrews. michael strahan. stra.they tell me it's your 60t birthday. 50th? i'm sorry. 50th birthday, man. i wish you the best. i love you, and i appreciate you. you are that guy. >> and the birthday messages keep rolling in for michael. that was deion sanders, and robin, you have an extra special photo. >> even more so than prime time, deion sanders. we are going to get a little shout out, we have to, from miss louise,
shea ha strahan family. do you remember? >> yes, i remember that. >> it was a couple of years ago, when we caught up with your mom. don't be scared. don't be scared, michael. she has a birthday wish for you. >> i wouldn't say he's my favorite child. i love them all the same. i'm proud of him. very proud. but to me, he's still just michael. he's no superstar. ♪ going nowhere ♪ >> right there at home. the cake is good. >> love you too. >> one time i came home from germany to visit him, and he took me with him to a charity. he got up there and talked and i said, he has the gift of the gab. heaspe ♪ when he was growing up, he was very respectful to us, and lots didn't want those two front - teeth knocked out, so he didn't do that. ♪ >> i'm very proud that he's got
that family value, and he loves the kids and they love him, and they love to be together. ♪ >> i wish and i pray that he stays healthy. that's what i want for him. happy birthday, mike. i love you. big 5-0. you're going to catch up with me after awhile. >> miss louise. >> now i know where you got the gift of gab. >> she's full of jokes, george. she's full of jokes and there's nobody like my mom and, you know, my parents were fantastic, and i'm very -- i was very fortunate to have my father as long as i had him, and grateful to have my mom here and she's going to celebrate with me this week. it's going to be a lot of fun to see her. >> you know what that is right there? >> that's mama's cake, robin. >> sock it to me cake. that's all the way from houston. that is really your mama's cake. >> well, there's no way to cut the cake and eat the cake.
it's just cake. i don't want to tear into it. >> all right. save us here, ginger. i'll take it because i didn't know if you knew this, michael, but there is a strahan, iowa, and we have a forecast for you. that's right. look at that forecast. these are the happy birthday michael cities. michael, illinois. who knew? >> there's a strahan? >> strahan, iowa, and it'll be sunny and 66. football, is that what you played? >> golf manor. we have some more big birthday surprises for mr. strahan. you don't want to miss it. ♪ when you wish upon a star ♪ [female narrat
enter the golden state, with real california dairy. ♪ ♪ lionel richie here with you, michl. hay birthday. >> a wcat get enough olethg ae days early. it's a birthday week. >> as well it should be. >> i'll take it. >> it's a milestone birthday. we should be celebrating like this. >> i just hate all the attention. i mean, it's a milestone. 50 is a big one for a lot of people. 50 is the new 30. how about that? [ cheers and applause ] >> do you agree with that, george? >> i do agree with that. michael knows how to have a
good time, and we see it every morning. we wanted to show everybody some more of our favorite michael moments. ♪ ♪ >> he is michael strahan, ladies and gentlemen. >> we kind of like him. he's all right. ♪ ♪ >> it's not moving. it's pretty solid. >> michael, i want to tell you, you put a smile on all of our faces the second you walk in. ♪ good morning, good morning ♪ ♪ america ♪ >> oh, yeah. >> i'll give it to somebody, robin. >> did you like the minnie mouse? >> loved it. >> i got one even bigger for you. >> michael strahan, what's up, baby? listen, somebody told me you're turning a certain age. i never say that world because it will make you sound old.
>> can you imagine 50 years with that gap and you never closed it? >> no matter how much money you make, you still got that gap. you know i ain't trading you for nobody. let everybody know, i can afford to get this gap. i could afford to have buck teeth knocked out and get a whole new one, but you know what? you said nah. i'm keeping it real. i appreciate you till the day i'm die. >> if you're not awake, america, you're about to be awake. ♪ i'm off the deep end, watch as i dive in ♪ ♪ we will be right back ♪ >> you do it all. >> look, there's michael. >> ah! this is scary. ♪ baby, let me love you down ♪ ♪ there's so many ways to love you ♪ >> did we just become best friends? >> we might have. >> oh my goodness. ♪ oh my gosh ♪
>> hey, michael, happy 50th birthday, pal. when i came to the giants, i knew you were old, but i didn't know you were that old. jeez. ancient. >> come on, man. >> i'm afraid. i'm afraid. >> let's see if you still got it. >> i don't. >> did you guys hear it's strahan's 50th birthday? >> we did. >> one for every job he has i hear. >> let's do some magic mike. give me a dollar. give me a dollar. >> that's george's money. >> george wants you to take your shirt off too. >> you know, i heard you're 50. your knee's already not working, so it's, like -- >> this is like a football workout. >> aleve. get an aleve endorsement for the next ten years. >> my publicist called and said, hey, can you do a favor for
michael strayman or whatever his name is from "good morning america"? "good morning america," sure. i'll do anything for them, but michael strayman, whatever. i'm kidding. >> happy birthday, brother. >> god bless you, man. we love you. >> it's an honor to call you a friend, an honor to call you a brother and i am grateful that you were born. >> keep smiling. >> enjoy your day. ♪ oh my gosh ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> michael strahan, your thoughts? >> that just made my heart warm. you know, you don't realize -- because you're here every day, you know, five days a week, so you don't realize how much you do here, and how much fun and how much joy it is, even though it's the news and we're doing serious things. we enjoy being around each other and we love each other, so to see the people come through, and the opportunity we have been able to meet and become friends with, that has made my heart warm. >> all that you have given, you receive tenfold, and we would like to give a few little presents here.
>> i never got a problem with presents, robin. >> this whole birthday thing is not terrible now. >> i know how you love dark chocolate, and our friends -- also, you are of course -- we got you chocolates from chocolate therapy. got your number, got "gma," all that good stuff. >> chocolate therapy, thank you. so all right. >> that's a good start. >> hopefully a membership to equinox. >> this is such a special birthday, but i wanted to do something that would really bring you joy. i'm going to dance here on "gma." >> what? >> no, i'm not. >> george! i said no you're not hoping i was wrong. >> next best thing, michael. next best thing. here you go. >> what?
>> got to show everyone. >> this is one of the best gifts i've ever got in my life. thank you, george. >> it actually looks like you're dancing. i remember it was, like, two moves. >> i am taking down the posters of my super bowl jersey. that's coming down. that's going up. that is fantastic. thank you. >> you just enjoy that photo. it i amazing. we love golf. >> yes. >> we've bonded over golf. this is my present to you. in this box golf club that is you will never lose. they have your face and enzo's face on them. so everyone will know on said courses that those are yours. >> that's dangerous because they find the balls in the woods and they'll know i hit it there. >> this is an invention. my friend invented this. i know sometimes you end up in the bunker a little bit. >> yeah. >> this clips onto your bag and
you just use it -- you use your club like a rake, and so the next time you're in the -- you just give it a little -- yeah. there you go. >> you know my game very well. thank you. >> happy birthday, my friend. i love you. >> i love you too. thank you. >> speaking of sports, you know i know sports if i know anything. not at all. we have had some good times in philadelphia, you and i. throwing up that first pitch, and i got to really see how they embrace you there, and i thought we should celebrate it here with one of your favorites. >> you did not. >> from the city of philadelphia, happy 50th birthday. >> thank you, philly. i love you. thank you, philly. this will go right next to my picture of george. right next to my super bowl jersey too. how about that? >> wait. there's more. the "gma" crew who loves you as much as we do. >> i love our crew. they're the best. >> they waed a little something something. so if you can bring it on in,
come on, guys. here we go. because your jersey hangs in your man cave, that is now going to hang here in our times square studio. >> wow. >> number 92. >> there's also another present there for you, michael. >> you see those -- those are some special, special air strahan from our friends at nike, just for you. >> you have to thank the jordan team. they're one of a kind air strahans. >> you know what, i'm glad my kids don't have the same shoe size as i do. this is incredible. it's really incredible. >> i can't wait to see those. >> houston, and also your birthday. made on 11/21/71. >> michael, we are so excited for you to put those on. we have one last thing for you. >> i'll go back over here. i'm not sure where i'm supposed to be. >> bring out the cake,
everybody. thanks to the bakery for all of this. we're celebrating you too. oh, it's got a ring. >> look at that. >> wow. buddy valastro, cake boss, thank you. i'm not gonna cry. i'm not gonna cry, but this has been fantastic. i love each and every one of you. every day y'all add something special, and i'm so fortunate and blessed and happy to be here. you have no idea, and 50 never felt so good. >> just getting started, michael. we have a special message from wiz khalifa. we'll be right back. >> happy 50th. you don't look 50 at all. you're looking better every day, getting better every day. ♪ hometown philly back again ♪
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