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local news update. >> for a holiday, there's a lot going on. we would love to see you for the "nbc bay area news at 11:00. have a great day. good morning. breaking news. violent storms including a possible tornado ripped through texas. more than 100 homes damaged in san antonio alone. out west new flooding concerns in california as another massive storm targets that state. one month in office. president trump searching for new national security adds visor in the wake of michael flynn's departure, interviewing at least four over the weekend. this as he uses a rally to escalate his battle with the media. >> when the media lies to people, i will never ever let them get away with it. >> fellow republican senator john mccain slamming the
president for his war with the press. >> that's how dictators get started. >> caught on tape. chilling video showing what appears to be the fatal airport atock on kim june an's half brother. bothering his face with a toxic chemical. this morning investigators hoping that video could lead to more arrests. >> and breaking her silence. angelina jolie opening up for the first time about her high profile split from brad pitt. what she's saying and how they are coping today, monday, february 20, 2017. >> announcer: this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. welcome to "today" on this presidents' day.
i'm craig melvin. matt and savannah enjoying this day off. >> keeping the seats warm for them. >> good to see you. >> you too. >> looked like it went well. >> it was fun. we had a crowd with plenty to talk about. >> we'll get out and the talk to our crowd. the top story the dangerous storms across parts of texas. mr. roker is here with more. >> that's right. we've got severe thunderstorm warnings now, the same line that caused big problems in san antonio. we've already got so many people, at least right now 100 homes damaged. it's not even confirmed this is a tornado. these could be straight-line winds, powerful tornados in a line and you look right now houston under the gun with these strong storms pushing in and as this line moves to the east, we've got 8 million people under a risk of severe storms, locally heavy rain with small hail and gusts up to 60 miles per hour. they could pick up another 3 to 5 inches in parts of texas and louisiana. meantime, out west stretching all the way from hawaii into the
west coast we've got this pineapple express. we're watching this round of powerful new storms making their way into california with even more heavy rains, and high winds. we've got our national correspondent miguel almaguer in san francisco. good morning. >> reporter: hey, good morning. we're in a brief break but for several hours we've seen torrential rain and strong winds, up to 65 miles per hour winds could pound this area over the next several hours. 11 million under a flash flood watch. it could be dangerous weather for the next 48 hours. overnight a devastating storm expected to drop five inches of rain and bring 65-mile-an-hour wind gusts to san francisco. the bay area is bracing for rivers to rise again. roads to flood, and the potential for rock and mudslides to bury homes. in the city of maxwell, flood
waters swamped 50 houses vor the weekend, residents returned in time to evacuate again. >> some people they have already got like 4 or 5 inches of water in their house. they said it's not even worth sandbagging. the damage is done. >> reporter: 50 miles away all eyes on oroville and the race to revees water from the stress reservoir behind california's highest dam. up to 10 inches of rain expected here. the surging feather river will be on the rise. in los angeles, they are cleaning up after the most powerful storm in years. a month worth of rain in a single day. the deadly weekend storm killing at least five, triggering water rescues and massive power outages. sinkholes swallowed cars and drivers. while freeways collapse, breaking apart beneath a fire truck. >> you never know. it's chaos.
>> reporter: now it's northern california in the crosshairs. the start of a two-day deluge promising to deliver a nasty punch. we expect those torrential rains to start hammering down in this area again at any moment. meantime, up in the mountains they expect up to five feet of snow and blizzard conditions, city officials here are warning of flash flooding, power outages and a mess across this region. >> thanks so much. in fact, we are looking right now the flood watches and warnings, 18 million people, significant river flooding as miguel mentioned, rock, mud and landslides likely, wind damage, 22 million at risk for high wind watches and warnings, and you can see rainfall amounts going to be from three to five inches. the central sierra could see 5 to 8 inches, northern california in the foothills, 3 to 5 inches in a short period of time there is going to be more flooding and
more damage. >> when is the relief? >> they dry out toward the end of the week. in the meantime it's going to be tough. >> thanks. coming up president trump is starting his morning in florida where he spent a third straight weekend at what he likes to call his winter white house. this morning he is ramping up the search for the new national security adviser after the departure of michael flynn, also intensifying his war of words with the media. we have two reports beginning with nbc national correspondent peter alexander. >> reporter: good morning. president trump beginning his second month in office with questions swirling about his campaign and it's possible ties to russia. and new criticism for his weekend comments where to justify his travel ban he seemed to allude to a terror attack in sweden despate there being no such attack. >> on this presidents' day one month after inauguration president trump is under scrutiny.
the white house confirms letters from the leaders of the senate intelligence committee asking more than a dozen agencies and individuals to preserve communications related to the investigation into russian interference in the election. the letters sent the same day senators discussed russia in a private meeting with fbi director james comey. white house chief of staff reince priebus says the request doesn't mean there is wrong doing. >> as long as they do their job and we cooperate with them they will issue a report and the report will say there is nothing there. >> reporter: it come as the white house is hunting for a new national security adviser after firing mike flynn. four finalists in florida this weekend all with military or national security backgrounds. >> i'm here because i want to be among my friends and among the people. >> reporter: the president back in his comfort zone this weekend, rallying supporters outside orlando. with a rare introduction from the first lady.
>> my husband is creating a country of great safety and prosperity. >> reporter: mr. trump denying the administration is in turmoil. >> the white house is running so smoothly. so smoothly. >> reporter: and again, raising eyebrows this time seemingly railing about an unidentified event in sweden. >> you look at what's happening last night in sweden, sweden, who would believe this, sweden. >> reporter: the former swedish prime minister responding on twitter sweden terror attack? what's he been smoking? the swedish foreign ministry says authorities aren't away of terror related event, asking the state department to clarify which he tried to do. tweeting he was referring to a story on fox news concerning immigrants and sweden. that report focusing on a filmmaker who blamed migrants for a crime wave in sweden. despite a round of protests the
trump administration preparing to roll out its new immigration order this week. new draft memos signed by kelly reveal how the president might crack down on undocumented immigrants in the u.s. among the priorities detaining those at the borders whils they await hearings and deporting criminals. >> get them the hell out of here, bring them back to where they came from. >> reporter: trump administration saying the memos are only drafts and not signed off by the white house. this morning the president tweeted the fake news media trying to say large scale immigration in sweden is working out beautifully. not. the fact is in 2015 alone sweden with a population equal to the state of michigan took in 160,000 refugees, 70,000 here. >> david cohen curved with the cia in the last two years of the obama administration. david, good morning to you. >> good morning. >> no national security adviser now. many of the deputies have also not been named. if there was some sort of
international incident, how equipped is our national security apparatus as it stands now to handle that kind of incident? >> we're now a month into this administration and the apparatus, the processes and the personnel that are necessary to handle not just the policy making but also the response to potential crises that may erupt isn't in place. there is no national security adviser, the team that mike flynn left behind in the national security council is relatively weak. there are not even nominees for most of the key positions in the agencies that support the national security process. so i think there's a lot of work to get done by the president and his team to fill out that team and get the processes established. >> and david, we'll talk about some of the folks who might be filling those. in the meantime there has been talk of concern from some of these potential candidates about having the autonomy to put their own staff in place, if the
president would trust somebody enough to name them as national security adviser why do you think he wouldn't trust them to make personnel decisions? >> i think it's important that the national security adviser have the authority and replace some of the people in place now so that he or she has a team that he or she can trust. i think related to that is also this sort of strange organization in the white house now that's led by steve bannon that appears to be senior to the national security council. this strategic initiatives group. coming in will want to understand both that he or she can put in place the team that they need, and how they relate to this sort of steve bannon organization in the white house. >> david, based on the generals that are considered to replace michael flynn, and ambassador himself, what can we glean from
this group about president trump's national security policy? >> well, president trump seems to have an affinity for generals. so leaving aside john bolton the other three individuals who he is looking at are all senior retired military officers. he obviously has other senior retired military officers and other key positions in his administration right now. that seems to be what he feels comfortable with. i think a little bit of diversity of viewpoints could be useful. but each of those men, none of whom i know personally but each have a good reputation. >> former cia deputy director david cohen, thank you. >> as the president enter his second month in office, we've been talking about he is taking greater aim at the media. nbc's kristen welker has that part of the story. >> reporter: good morning. as a candidate president trump often targeted the media, it was
a guaranteed way to fire up his political base. but now as president he's finding it's a tactic that still works. over the weekend he turned up his rhetoric and that is drawing a sharp new backlash. as president trump tries to reset his white house, he's again using the media as his foil, lashing out during a campaign style rally in florida. >> they have their own agenda and their agenda is not your agenda. >> reporter: during that saturday event, the president excoriated the press at least half a dozen times, escalating a long standing fight. >> i also want to speak to you without the filter of the fake news. when the media lies to people, i will never ever let them get away with it. >> reporter: the sharp barbsing after mr. trump set the stage in a stinging tweet in which the president called the press the enemy of the american people. >> i hate the press, i hate you especially but the fact is we need you.
>> reporter: on "meet the press" senator john mccain laid into the president. >> you have to have a free and many times adversarial press and without it i'm afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. that's how dictators get started. i'm not saying that president trump is trying to be a dictator, i'm just saying we need to learn the lessons of history. >> reporter: some of the president's critics are raising alarm bells noting he's using similar language president richard nixon used during a private phone call at the height of the watergate scandal. >> we're going to be around and the press is the enemy. the press is the enemy. >> reporter: at a press conference thursday the president went after the media nine times, blaming the press for badly treating his former national security adviser michael flynn. >> i want to see an honest press. >> reporter: the strategy appears in full force with
reince priebus toeing the line on the sunday shows. >> the media is obsessed with a lot of false hollow stories. >> facing tough questions. >> you don't get to tell us what to do any more than barack obama. barack obama whined about fox news are but he never said we were ap enemy of the people. >> reporter: the press a constant bogeyman for the new president. >> the media as i told you they won't show this crowd. >> the president repeating a line from the campaign trail blaming news organizations won't show off the size of his crowds despite doing so during the campaign and repeatedly showing wide shots of his rally on live television. still one month after his inauguration the president is relying on these types of statements, to electrify supporters and keep them loyal. >> the media did not make donald trump. and they can't destroy him. his supporters have nowhere near gotten to the point where they are worried or want to abandon him. they hope he hangs in, hope he
continues to stick it to them. >> reporter: and while the president's top aides defended him over the weekend, his defense secretary james mattis seemed to disagree with him saying he does not see the press as the enemy of the people. and adding, i don't have any issue with the press. >> thanks. u.s. defense secretary jim mattis skes the united states does not intend to seize iraqi oil shifting aafrom remarks. he announced as the battle to oust isis militants from western mosul moves into a second day. at the same time the pentagon is considering new ways to accelerate the campaign against isis in iraq and syria. the evidents could be complicated by the president's oil threat and his inclusion of iraq in the administration's travel ban. >> now you've got to check out this video showing the moments that space x rocket touched back down at cape canaveral on sunday. look at this.
the falcon 9 took off from the kennedy space center earlier in the day. it was the first flight from nasa's legendary launch pad since six years ago. the rocket is designed to be reusable. its cargo packed with supplies is set to arrive at the space station on wednesday. no shortage of offense last night. no shortage of highlights. between the east and the west all stars. former teammates turned rivals reuniting. lebron james had 23 points including that three-pointer from just about half court. and new orleans forward anthony davis, he put up 52 points. breaking a record set by wilt chamberlain. he also took home the mvp trophy. the west won the game, 192-182. it was the highest scoring game
in league history. not a lick of defense played in new orleans last night. >> that is an understatement. >> it was -- i watched the game. it was as if everyone was just a shoot around. >> let's play a game of horse. >> what you got? >> let's look at the rest of the country and what we have. that very wet weather out west. record highs in the south east and also in the midwest. we're going to look at that coming up. a little cooler here in the northeast but what a great weekend we had. we're going to get to your local forecast coming up in the next 30 seconds.
good morning, i'm meteorologist kari hall. heavy rain moving through the bay area and some slippery road conditions. temperaturewise, we are in the mid to upper 50s. we are seeing the temperatures hold steady throughout the day. and we are looking at widespread rain, we have the heaviest pockets moving through the peninsula and moving throughout the south bay. we'll see more rain into the afternoon. several inches of rain likely causing rising creeks and rivers. also wind damage possible as winds may gust up to 50 miles an hour. >> and that's your latest weather. >> mr. roker, thank you, sir. just ahead, new video emerging in the deadly poison attack of the half-brother of north korean leader kim jong-un. will it lead to new arrests in the case? and angelina jolie speaking out. her first public
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first time in years. the increased water flow could be increasing by 15-fold by midnight tonight if you compare it to what it was friday. there are warnings for people who live along the creek to sandbag their homes. there are also the golden wheel mobile home parks seeing flooding it saw 20 years ago. they don't want to see that again. reporting live, bob redell, nbc news. how long is this storm going to last? >> we are seeing the heaviest rain move through the south bay and the peninsula. and a widespread steady rain with us all day creating several inches of rain. and the rising creeks and rivers are also the concerns of downed trees and some power lines. we'll continue to monitor this as we go throughout the day and then finally starting to see the rain taper off as we go into early tomorrow morning. we have more breaks and rain headed our way. thank you. another local news update is
♪ 7:30, no sgloots 7:30 now on a movend morning. february 20th, 2017. it is presidents' day and we have a happy holiday crowd in rockefeller plaza. matt and savannah are enjoying their holiday break. a line of severe weather tore through texas overnight. that same line of weather marching east, the system spawned at least one possible tornado in san antonio. several people were hurt, more than a hundred homes were damaged. and another powerful storm is hitting northern california today. crews spent the weekend racing to clean up through friday's downpours. those calls severe flooding all
across the state forcing evacuations of several neighborhoods. this morning, several warnings have been issued for all of the sacramento valley ahead of that new storm. and thousands parting in not my presidents' day rallies nationwide. today's rallies was kicked off sunday outside trump tower in chicago. organizers say they are protesting the policies ordered by president trump since he took office one month ago. also this morning, some new developments tied to that deadly had poisoning of the half brother of north korean leader kim jong un. new surveillance video showing the moment that it happened. janice has more on that. >> reporter: good morning, guys. another twist in this mystery airport security video that is believed to show in realtime the alleged attack on kim jong nam. >> cctv footage obtained by n the tv reportedly shows kim jong
nam at the airport. a woman walks up behind him, appears to wipe his face with something and immediately walks away. next, the video allegedly shows kim telling airport workers he feels dizzy as he walks toward a clinic the woman who appeared to attack him can be seen strolling through the crowded airport to a taxi. a short time later, the man believed to be the north korean dictator's half brother is wheeled away on a stretcher pronounced dead by the time he reached hospital. malaysian police and entinterpo are now questioning four suspects. >> the four suspects are holding a passport. it's not a diplomatic passport. >> one north korean man was arrested in a raid at this apartment loft. growing stronger, accusations that north korea is behind the assassination. malaysia has recalled its
ambassador from pyongyang. while north korean's ambassador here is so furious he wants to xoez what he calls a conspiracy. >> there is no clear evidence on what is cause of death and at the moment we cannot trust the investigation by the malaysian police. >> meanwhile, a malaysian man is in custody with two women, one of them believed to be wearing the lol shirt in that airport video. >> and a major development here just in the last hour. the son of kim jong nam has arrived in kuala lumpur. kim han sol is 21 years old. he will go to the morgue to give the dna sample that police have been waiting for to confirm, without a doubt, that the body is that of kim jong nam. so, craig, this mystery continues to add a new twist every day. >> it is bizarre. janice, thank you. let's get another check of the weather with al. hey, al. >> we have more weather to talk
about. the jet stream way up to the north, so our warm streak continues. look at these temperatures. today, minneapolis, you're going to touch near 60 degrees. chicago, 33 degrees above average. 64 in st. louis. 75. columbus 62. charlotte, 75 degrees. tomorrow, the heat continues. near 70 in chicago. st. louis at 70. cleveland, 62. and as we head toward the weekend, going to be unbelievable. up to 66 here in new york. 73 down in roanoke. friday, 82 in augusta. and chicago, you'll cool down a bit thursday, but rebound up to good morning, i'm meteorologist kari hall. we are in a microclimate weather alert tracking heavy rain through parts of the south bay and approaching the east bay. as we get a closer look, we see some bright yellows and roads here indicating some really heavy downpour there is for milpitas and down to evergreen and elm rock.
expect the rain to get heavier throughout the day and even early tomorrow. still some lingering showers. >> get that weather anytime you need it. check out the weather channel on cable. >> thank you so much. coming up, angelina speaking out for the very first time. angelina jolie talking about her, quote, difficult split from brad pitt. we will hear from her. but first, kids in cuffs. our investigation into schools revealing disturbing trends. the report all parents need to see, right after this. ♪ heigh ho ♪ heigh ho ♪ heigh ho heigh ho it's off to work we go here's to all of you early risers, what's up man? go-getters, and should-be sleepers. from all of us at delta, because the ones who truly change the world, are the ones who can't wait to get out in it.
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between nbc news and her local stations across the one kun. we uncovered cases where questionable police tactics were used, including elementary-aged >> reporter: i like robotics, i really like science. >> pretty smart kid, school usually isn't tough for 10-year-old caleb, one day in had second grade, he says, the bullies made it a nightmare. >> you were yelling at them to stop picking on you. >> yes. what did i do to you. i didn't do anything. >> it was such a rough day, the teacher called his father. >> i walk in and my son is sitting like this. you know, he's crying too. so my first thing is to try to get him to calm down. suddenly it dawns on me like why are you sitting like that. he goes like this. >> that was the first moment that you saw -- >> the handcuffs. like wow! >> reporter: according to incident report, security officers say caleb was screaming and appeared to be out of
control. eventually he says he had to cuff the boy to avoid him from hurting himself. >> he was 7 years old and reacted and was yelling. >> caleb's lawyer says it was excess i use of force. >> instead of leveling him or trying to talk to him about what to do, he was put in handcuffs. >> when he put the handcuffs on you were you scared. >> i was kind of scared, but mostly mad because he was holding my hand tightly. >> that hurts. >> the incident is one of many we found around the country where grade school kids end up in cuffs. fueling the debate of the roll of security officers in schools. safety concerns in part inspired by school shootings have led 43% of public schools to rely on security personnel. many of them, police officers. just a few miles down the road from caleb's school, officer holly patrols high school with a bulletproof vest, handcuffs and
loaded side arm. >> truly the last thing we want to do as a police officer in the school is handcuff kids or fight kids. ultimate goal is to counsel them. we are here for safety. >> the data shows when there's a cop in school, students are more likely to be arrested. nbc news investigation found dozens of cases around the country of students facing juvenile charges for behavior that used to lead to detention or a note home. a middle schooler arrested for petty larceny over a carton of milk. eighth grader handcuffed for throwing candy. teen convicted for disorderly conduct for swearing. >> children as young as first grade, second grade, third grade being policed in the hallway where they're supposed to be learning. . worries about something called school to prison place line. more likely to get in trouble with the law down the road. >> we are treating children,
children as criminals when they're children. why are we supervised when they start behaving the way we treat them. >> caleb's father says handcuffs leave an impression. >> when kids play, what do they socialize handcuffs with. the bad guy wears the handcuffs. the good guy put the handcuffs on the bad guy. >> so you're the criminal. >> yes >> the data reveals another harsh truth. students with disabilities are nearly three times likely to be reported to law enforcement than kids without disabilities and black students are more likely to be arrested than white students. it's become a civil rights issue. >> certain kids get rehab. certain gets get counseling. other kids get juvenile detention. >> i've seen racial bias ever since i was a school student. >> getting this right is personal for kansas city superintenda superintendant. out of family of eight, he was the only one to make it past
ninth grade. >> whole bunch of you going through the same struggle here right now. >> currently oversees caleb's schools. he believes school police play a vital role, but jobs need to be clearly defined. >> police officers have become the disciplinarian. >> that shouldn't be the case. >> is it ever okay to handcuff a small child. >> i have a five-year-old and i would probably lose my mind if she was to be handcuffed with something that could potentially have been deescalated by trained school personnel. >> a child doesn't get handcuffed if the handcuffs aren't in the school in the first place. right? >> correct. i think there's a conversation that we need to have in this area. >> it's something we have to do considering we can't afford to lose anymore of these kids. we just can't. >> reporter: caleb's family is suing the kansas city school district for violating his constitutional rights.
in court papers responded saying his rights were not violated and handcuffing incident was lawful. regardless of what was decided, we have learned this is an issue school systems are struggling with around the country. guys, there simply is no simple answer for it. >> i thought your question about having handcuffs in the school. it's tough for a lot of folks to get their head around why you would ever need to handcuff a six-year-old. >> absolutely and also parents really concerned after they see shootings in the schools. they want someone in the schools to protect their kids. it's a tough balance to strike. >> if you're interested in what is happening in your school district, we have more information on the website today. >> very important story. thank you for that. coming up this morning, jennifer gray. the movies iconic scene. >> by a group of college kids that has everybody talking. first these messages.
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welcome back. carson is in the orange room with a group of college students test. test. test. test. test. proud. a college senior, this lovely young laidty here. that's jodi. she lives with these ladies in philadelphia. they recently have been sharing their place with an unwanted roommate, a rat. >> ew. >> go with me on this. they tried setting traps. they called an exterminator. but the rodent found their way to their bedroom. the ladies had to take action. here we go. >> there it goes.
>> whoa. >> all right. >> that's right. with the rat cornered in the bathtub, they blocked off a path. they got into position. and made the final exit. that's the slap shot from one of the girls' boyfriend. it's been watched 2,000 times on twitter. there was concern for the rat online. and there was impress for the girls' skilled. i'd be lying if i didn't celebrate. gotta respect the ingenuity and form. well-done. you think the rat would have learned its lesson, right? the story doesn't end there. here's a message from the girls. >> we forgot to put the trap away. and the next morning we wake up, it came back in, found the hole again, came back in and was in the trap, dead. >> either it was the same rat or a timpbt odifferent one. >> we're going to say it's the
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good monday morning. it is 7:56. and we are in a microclimate weather alert dealing with sloppy conditions out there on the roadways, at least it is not that busy being the holiday. we are seeing the cars driving down 101 splashing up a lot of water. we will continue to see the rain on and off throughout the day with the main concerns of a flash flood watch. heavy rain will cause some rising creeks and rivers. and also the winds gusting up to 60 miles an hour that may bury down trees and power lines. make sure you're prepared for that! you can see on the radar that we'll see more of this throughout the day. we'll see pockets of really heavy rain moving in. and some of the heaviest rain right now is moving across parts of the south county and the east bay, but there is a possibility of really heavy rain to reach onshore into the peninsula. expect this to be coming in
quite heavily going throughout the day and then becoming more scattered later on tonight. let's head over to mike to see what is happening on the roadways. we have a whole lot happening with wet roadways around the area. traffic is down to three lanes instead of five northbound on 101 due to earlier flooding and a crash on woodside road causing more slowing through the shore zone. you're clear by the time we get to whipple road. that's a live look of the bay bridge toll plaza. we have no backup because of the wet roads here at oakland that look soupier. these are conditions that you are showing right now. weather conditions are changing by the minute right now. go to the nbc bay area app to view realtime doppler radar. it is not just about rising river levels, but in some cases falling trees are creating traffic headaches. head to the twitter feed to lead to the latest on closures. another local update is
♪ it's 8:00 on "today." coming up, about last night. >> you look at what's happening last night in sweden. >> the president raising eyebrows and going viral after that comment about an unidentified incident in sweden, as the second month of his term gets under way. we're live at the white house. plus, the big sleep. it's that time of year when mattress sales reign supreme. we'll break down what you need to look for and what you should know so you can rest easy. and breaking her silence. angelina jolie opening up for the first time about her divorce from brad pitt. getting emotional about how she
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oh. got some beads. >> and carson. >> my girls. >> what did you have to do for those? >> let's keep it moving here. >> matt is back tomorrow. and with savannah on maternity leave, he has special guest co-hosts all week long. guess what it starts with. somebody you know well, bryant gumbel, a familiar face. he spent 15 years as the host. on wednesday, willie geist is here. and then, followed by lester holt thursday. and then, we know this guy, carson, closing out the week, on friday. >> boys' week. >> all dudes. just ahead on "today food," all about the avocados. if you're just using them to make guac, you're missing out. we'll show you some spectacular options for the avocado. >> we'll get to all that in a moment. first, here's the top stories. here's your news at 8:00. >> reporter: i'm peter alexander in washington. president trump is spending this presidents day in florida. the third-straight weekend at the so-called winter white house. this morning, he's hunting for a
permanent national security adviser, clarifying his comments about a terror attack in sweden that never occurred. and again, raising eyebrows for attacks on the press, who he called, quote, the enemy of american people. president trump is at mar-a-lago. as he begins his second month as president. his administration fending off questions about his campaign's possible ties to russia. asking to preserve all communications related to its investigation in the russian interference in the election. >> they're going to do their job. that doesn't mean there's anything there. >> reporter: all this while mr. trump interviewed four finalists to replace fired national security adviser, mike flynn. meanwhile, as the president continues to spar with the press, senator john mccain issuing this warning. >> if you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press.
and without it, i'm afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. that's how dictators get started. i'm not saying that that's -- that president trump is trying to be a dictator. >> reporter: despite a bumpy start, mr. trump's denying his administration's in turmoil. >> the white house is running so smoothly. >> reporter: while rallying supporters near orlando, president trump also raised eyebrows with this comment. >> you look at what's happening last night in sweden. >> reporter: the former swedish prime minister calling out trump, tweeting, sweden? terror attack? what's he been smoking? mr. trump trying to clarify, tweeting he was referring to a story broadcast on fox news, concerning immigrants and sweden. the fox news report, looking at a filmmaker who blamed migrants for a crime wave in sweden. this as the administration is ready to roll out another immigration order this week. draft memos signed by john kelly reveal how the president might crack down on undocumented
immigrants. one of the priorities, hiring 10,000 officers and agents for immigration and customs enforcement. >> get them the hell out of here. >> reporter: the trump administration says the memos are only drafts. and final revisions are not yet finished. so, the president comes back here to the white house from florida, late tonight. also this morning in europe, vice president mike pence told senior european union officials, that the trump administration was looking for ways to, quote, deepen our relationship with the e.u. the president spoofed e.u. leaders by endorsing britain's decision to leave the european bloc and suggesting that others might follow. hallie? >> thank you very much. we're tracking severe weather in texas. thunderstorms and violent winds tore across the area overnight. and a possible tornado touched down in different parts in san antonio. damaging at least a hundred homes and uprooting dozens of trees. nearly 40,000 people lost power so far. and luckily, police are
reporting only minor injuries. to northern california, where people are facing another powerful storm, washing over a region that's been getting soaked for weeks. nbc national correspondent miguel almaguer who is in san francisco with that story. good morning. >> reporter: hallie, over the next several hours we're expecting the torrential rains to pick up. we're at the leading edge of this storm. expecting five inches of rain and 65-mile-per-hour winds in it's going to be a dangerous 24 hours. also in the forecast, mudslides and torrential flooding. this morning, northern california is bracing. the rain and wind are just arriving, in a region already pummeled by a series of deadly storms. across the bay area, and in sacramento, rivers will rise. roads can flood. and more dangerous mudslides like these are in the forecast. in the town of maxwell, neighbors were rescued from a flood over the weekend. now, they are expecting another wave of water. >> you can see the water line. i don't want to put the effort into cleaning it until it's
done. >> reporter: not far away, at the oroville dam, this is the scramble to release water before it can reach the emergency spillway. up to ten inches of rain are expected here, leaving some of the nearly 2,000 evacuees who just returned home, on-edge. from the air, it's incredible to see how big the flood is. in los angeles, millions are drying out and cleaning up. after a deadly storm over the weekend. a deluge of water triggered daring rescues. sinkholes swallowing cars and drivers, as freeways collapsed. this one breaking apart beneath a fire truck. now, it's northern california under threat. a forecast that calls for more flooding, mudslides and torrential rain. with the torrential rain on the way, back here towards the bay
area, we're expecting five feet of snow and blizzard conditions in the mountains. we're expecting widespread flooding across this region. >> miguel, thanks. a wisconsin man made a costly mistake over the weekend. check this out. the trouble starts when he drives his cadillac escalade on to frozen lake michigan to tow his ice shack to a new location. but he quickly finds himself on thin ice. video captured on cell phone shows that the trip did not end well. the driver, though, did make it out of the icy water. but looks like he's going to have to cut bait on the caddie. >> that's terrifying. >> can't imagine it. the fact he got out okay is miraculous. >> lucky man. unlucky car. up next, angelina jolie speaking out for the first time since filing for divorce from brad pitt. what she's saying about the split. then, what would "dirty dancing" be without that famous lake scene? jennifer grey said it almost didn't happen. and can you figure out what world record this guy is trying to set? look at him.
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obituary. two brothers took out an ad in the local newspaper, thank you past players. one portion reading, thank you, brett favre, for giving dad the single happiest moment of his life. the 1997 super bowl. our dad vaulted from his chair and fell to the knees. the brothers set up a website encouraging other people to share their packers stories, as well. >> that's nice. >> i wonder what the white sox think that's the happiest moment of your life. >> metaphorically, from a football standpoint. >> good save. do you have a puppy? >> i do not. >> i like that you're calling me jbh. >> they said it was a thing. >> i have a cat. >> i have a dog. you have a dog. paid puppy leave when you get your dog. i'm curious as to where you stand on this. this is happening at a brewery in scotland. it's giving all employees one week of paid leave if they buy a
dog or adopt a rescue dog. they also encourage bringing their furry friends to work. drinking beer and office dogs. i don't know how they get work done. >> this sounds like a great place to work. >> it's just a week. puppies are hard to take care of. >> if a company does it, i think it's great. i wouldn't take a week off. but that's terrific. >> i might do it. you have to take the puppy out and puppy in. >> if they instituted that in, we would have 60 puppies. >> 100 puppies. >> if it's a rescue dog, that would be a great thing. >> if you were able to get a week off to be with the new dog, maybe you can teach the dog to do this. this is an australian shepherd, so well trained, he sits there as the owner stacks treats on his head. a few treats out of his mouth. he eventually gets to gobble those things. >> this is like torture for that
pup. >> that's the best dog i've ever seen. >> like stacking lamb chops on my head. oh, my god. i want to eat them so bad. >> like stacking budweisers on carson's head. >> come on. >> that's jbh, ladies and gentlemen. jbh. >> all right, jbh, you get to weigh in on the next one. world record. i want you to watch it. you know what this guy is doing. pull it up here. he may have broken a couple fingers. a student from japan, fighting through exkruruating pain. snapping his fingers, 296 times in 60 seconds. a judge is there to officiate this whole thing. he looks like he's hurting. you have to go back to listen with sound engineers, to make sure they counted the clicks from the snapping itself. >> what was the previous record? >> eight years before being broken. >> oh, wow. >> in a single snap. >> did he break his fingers? >> no.
but the callouss. >> and he looked miserable. >> looked like he was dancing. >> oh, snap. >> i might have a moment later today, when i attempt that. >> i have tried. and i put some lotion on my hands. it doesn't help. >> 60 seconds. >> it's like -- >> i think i have a different snap. >> carson, you got it. >> we can do "west side story." >> a lot to get to. this morning, angelina jolie is talking about her breakup to the marriage to brad pitt and the impact to their children. kelly koeb ya is in london with more. >> good morning, carson. pictures like this a thing of the past, right? angelina jolie with her six kids in cambodia over the weekend to promote her new film. and she appeared to get emotional when talking about her personal life. >> reporter: they were once one of the most talked about couples in hollywood.
angelina jolie and brad pitt, kept quiet about her high-profile divorce, that has been front page news for the tabloids. now, jolie speaking out for the first time about the split. getting emotional in an interview with the bbc world news that aired sunday. >> i don't want to say very much about that, but that it was a difficult time. >> reporter: jolie is in cambodia for the premiere of her latest directorial effort. joined on the trip by all six of her children. the actress and human rights activist opened up about the, quote, very difficult time her family has encure dured in the months following the breakup. >> we will get through this time and hopefully be a stronger family for it. >> reporter: a bitter custody battle played out in the media, after jolie filed for divorce from pitt last september. just weeks after their second wedding anniversary. in court papers obtained by nbc news, jolie cited irreconcilable differences. asking for sole physical custody
of the kids, with pitt granted visitation. this followed an alleged incident onboard a private jet as the family returned to los angeles from france. the couple reached an agreement in early january, to seal the custody documents as they worked toward a settlement. pitt made his first appearance two months after filing divorce papers. angelina says she is taking challenges day by day. >> my focus is, my children, our children, and it is -- and my focus is finding this way through. >> reporter: and jolie was asked what she likes to do first thing in the morning when she wakes up. she laughed a little bit and said, get through the day. carson, two hamsters, two dogs, six kids and a single parent. she has a lot on her plate.
>> she does. kelly, thank you for that report. you guys look perplexed. >> i feel badly. it's a family playing this out in public. that's got to be tough. let's move on. other "pop start" headlines. jennifer grey revealing -- this is good stuff. that iconic dance from the movie "dirty dancing" almost didn't happen. in the scene when they're in the lake practicing the lift, swayze was in agonizing pain. he had injured his knee before. and that move was difficult. it didn't help that the lake was freezing. grey saying, it didn't feel healthy to be in water that cold. and only young and hungry actors would be in there. >> or al roker. hungry actors or al roker. >> he's done that move. >> i did that move with ryan gosling. >> there it is. >> there it is. >> and now, he's in excruciating pain. sad, really.
you look at his face, it's not pretty. >> he hasn't been back yet. daniel radcliffe, known for being harry pat otter. but he may have a role in playing women from the '20s. >> i don't know if you're aware of this. this is the collection so far. director. and this is my favorite one. >> exactly. >> that's amazing. >> i look like a lot of old women. rarely men or boys. >> two days ago, two days ago, someone found another one. >> oh, good. >> this is a young lady in 1922. there she is. >> daniel radcliffe saying he was clearly an older woman in his past life. that's your "pop start" today. >> an old woman and a little thunderbolt on there. al roker, another check. >> let's show you quickly what's going on. strong storms firing up through
texas. we're going to be watching this as it moves through the east. half an inch to three inches of rain. parts of texas and louisiana. and the pineapple express, bringing the heavy rain as you saw, in miguel almaguer's live report. the heavy rain. this is why we have flash flood watches and warnings. 5 to 8 inches. in we have already seen three inches of rain in parts of the santa cruz mountains. wo we'll continue to see this pouring throughout the day, causing more concerns of flooding on area creeks and rivers. many cresting later on today and early tomorrow morning. and expect some pockets of some heavy rain here and there, with a steady downpour throughout the day. we'll start to see this becoming a little more scattered and the possibility of additional rainfall amounts at 2 to 3, possibly 4 inches by wednesday. . and that is your latest weather. >> thank you, sir. here's a question.
you wake up feeling more wrestless thwrest le restless than rested sometimes, the problem could be your mattress. >> now is the perfect time to buy one if you know what you're looking for. good morning, before you spend big on a mattress this presidents' day. know there's plenty of conventional wisdom out there that doesn't add up or make your back feel any better. met up with experts to show you how to get your best bang for your buck. >> the quest for the best night's sleep usually starts with the mattress. hundreds of options that are similar, finin finding the righ can be confusing. >> it's hard in general. they all look the same. you lay on a bed and they feel fine. >> what are you looking for. >> medium. not too soft. not too hard. >> i think 2-3,000, i can get a good one.
>> what do you need to know to navigate the $12 billion industry. recommends replacing mattress every eight years. >> are you feeling lumps and divots. are you hips digging in. you need to do a forensic analysis on your old mattress to determine whether it's time to replace it. >> all about keeping the spine supported, regardless of what you spend. >> does an expensive mattress mean it's better for your back. >> not necessarily. i think price really doesn't matter. once you go above a certain price point, it becomes just a number. the level of comfort and firmness are the most important thing. >> beds with bells and whistles that raise and lower and adjust firmness may not be the best for everyone. >> people go out and see a mattress, this one is a couple thousand dollars and it can bend up and down and it can cool you off at night. i think that's -- you know, that becoming marketing and gadgetry
more than it helps your spine out. >> online mattress retailers like casper, needle and leesa tell only one type of mattress each. you won't get to test it out, they all guarantee, if you don't like it, they'll take it back. >> what do you think? is this the one. >> maybe. >> maybe. you'll think about it? >> uh-huh. >> look beyond the price tag and sales and find what feels right to you. >> good night. >> don't be afraid to sleep on it. >> so here are the four things you need to know when you go shopping for that mattress. first of all, lie down, take off your shoes. don't just lie there 30 seconds. spend five to ten minutes on each side, back, stomach. sounds like a lot of time, but experts say it's worth it. check out return policy. make sure store has full refund or credit policy. third, i love this one, bargain. look around online. don't be afraid to walk out the door. number four, be sure you understand the warranty policy as you take it home. how long do you have?
>> guguys, back to you. >> sleeping for ten minutes on each side. >> trying to. this is actually very relevant to my real life. i'm mattress shopping. >> how would is your mattress. >> i don't know. 12. >> that's too long. >> time for a new mattress. >> you spent the weekend sleeping on strange mattresses. >> just ahead, time to get a new mattress. >> moving on, but first, your local news. >> nicely done. i'm ...
==c== we're innother microclite very good monday morning to you. it is 8:26. i'm laura garcia-cannon. we're in another microclimate weather alert this morning. here is a live look at interstate 880 in oakland. see the wet roads out there. drivers across the bay area have been dealing with very difficult conditions. let's take a live look outside, downtown san jose. see the rain on the lens there. it has been coming down pretty steadily since a little after midnight. meteorologist kari hall joins us with a look at the conditions. >> we can expect the rain to be steady throughout the day and as the day goes along. more issues with flooding as we see some pockets of some raefly heavy downpours. we now have a flash flood warning in effect for the petaluma area. right here along the creek. that continues until 12:15.
also for the santa cruz mountains, san lorenzo river. flood warning issued there, expected to hit major flood stage this afternoon. i'll keep an eye on that. over to mike for a look at the roadways. >> 121 coastal flooding, it is supposed to be another issue like that. over here, we have some flooding in lanes north 101 at woodede road. san mateo bridge, windy conditions, be careful out there. back to you. >> thank you very much. another update in half an hour. have a great morning.
[ cheers and applause ] back at 8:30, now, on this presidents day, february 20th, 2017. bright, sunny start to the holiday in midtown manhattan. and check out this crowd on the plaza. >> you got some here. >> we got some on the show. >> don't want to hear the words, i'm bored, today? we got you covered. creative ideas if you need something to do with the kids for the holiday.
>> sounds good. also, you're never going to eat guacamole plain again. you're going to freshen it up. sauces, dips. >> all about the avocado. and we're going collegiate for rokerthon iii. submissions from campuses across the country rolling in. >> i see that the largest cheer performance is currently 1,278 people. and we can beat that with your help. let's bring rokerthon to ohio university. >> we want you to come to the university of louisville and help us break the record for the most people doing a the heisman pose at one. >> that was ohio university and university of louisville. you have time to submit your own video, showing us your school spirit and the record you want to break. head to today.com/rokerthon. >> any favorites yet? >> i cannot divulge that.
>> we're doing it now. starting in the end of march. marching in. storming into the madness? >> you love it. >> that's your beer pong game. >> it's solid. >> let's get another check of the forecast. >> all right. you see who is over your shoulder? >> honest abe. >> very nice. he's giving out $5 bills. that's great to have a business card like that. let's show you what's going on, as far as your weather is concerned. starting with today, we have heavy rain in the pacific northwest. and record highs in the plains and the southeast. cooler in the northeast. then, for tomorrow, we look for a more heavy rain in the central gulf coast. record highs from the plains into the rockies. snow moves into the northwest, the western plains, and we've got more heavy rain throughout parts of california. look for sunshine up and down the eastern seaboard.
good morning. i'm meteorologist kari hall. microclimate weather alert continues as the rain falls at a steady pace. we're expecting the potential of some more flood warnings being issued. widespread flash flood watch and also rising creeks and rivers expected today, winds gusting to 50 miles an hour. that may bring out some trees and power lines and the winds continue to early tomorrow. this slow moving storm will stay over the bay area pretty much all day and slowly taper off tomorrow. >> that's the latest weather. get that weather anytime you need it. go to the weather channel on cable. >> al, thank you much. today is presidents day. the kids are probably home from school. and for some districts, they are off all week long for winter break. >> great for the kids. for the parents, maybe not too much. how can you keep the kids entertained? lifestyle expert kimberly
whitworth has good ideas. >> good to see you. >> this is a challenge. our boys at home on break. he's only 3. but we desperately need activities. and this looks like a fun one. >> these are all simple. most of them you can do with things you probably already have at home, which is great. at this case, we added washable paint to the bottom of the ice cube trays. leave them in the freezer. give them a minute and they start to melt. and the kids can do ice paintings. isn't that fun? >> and a process is involving the kids. >> that's a great idea. >> they can help make the paints and create with them. >> these young ladies are more responsible with the paint than my son. the paint would be on the walls, the floor. >> that's why we take washable and edible, too. these next random act of kindness kits. in is awesome. it's not just fun to do but a good teachable moment. >> this is a nice time to take
advantage of the day you might have with them, to create the things. we use a simple lunch sack. this is a random act of kindness. we fill them with snacks or treats. hopefully they're passing on kindness and they should be grateful for what they have, too. >> you can use a lot of stuff you have around the house. >> hopefully you have it. >> this looks like something -- >> this is fun. and actually, it's fun for kids. it includes boiling water. these are snowflakes made from borax. we have taken borax, a deterg t detergent, old-school. and we added 3 1/2 cups for each cup of boiling water. when you pick a mason jar or vessel, it has a wide mouth. we're making any shape.
they can have a blast to use pipe cleaners. we did some se met cal. and a couple of hours, you're going to see the crystals start to form. you leave them overnight. and in the morning, they look like this. isn't that fun? >> great for ornaments in the winter. >> it's winter break. let's put them up on the windows. it's so much fun to do. and these are finished. these are about to go in. >> you need the adult supervision more than the ice painting or anything else. >> it's a great project. something that will last. we've done the same thing with snow fakes here, but it's done with puzzle pieces. now, you have something to do with those. you don't need to put them in the trachsel. we've spray painted puzzle pieces. and used regular elmer's glue,
after creating a snowflake shape and glued them together. you can put them in the window or save them for the next holliday season. >> and you can make them creative. yeah. >> good stuff for throwing away puzzles. >> if you have one of the kids that says, i'm bored or i don't know what to do, i've saken a twister spinner. and i made an envelope for every thing that's on here. if we land on left hand yellow, we go to the envelope that's core respond i corresponding. some of them are fun. and some are like chores. >> a risky spin. you can wait for them to say i'm bored. or you can say, we're going to do this on the hour, every hour. >> that's a great idea for mom and kid. >> what are these boys doing here? >> they're about to have a snowball fight, using the random socks we have left over. you take whatever sacks you have, ball them up. and you can start pummeling at
each other. throw one. they can have an indoor snowball fight. >> they've been waiting all morning. >> i'm going to get will here. it's loads of fun. >> you throw pretty hard. i doesn't expewasn't expecting . >> we're throwing at hallie. >> get some energy out, too. >> and the saocks can't do a lo of damage. >> this is cool. kimberly, thank you so much. >> come on. i thought you -- >> i need this. >> i thought you were playing. i'm sorry. up next, al, catching up with tony-winning broadway legend, chita rivera. this is "today" on nbc.
legends." and this morning, we're looking at one of the biggest stars in the history of broadway, al. >> she is so terrific. tony winner cheat ka ita rivera. i got to sit down with her here in new york. she first took the stage in 1952. at 84, she is still going strong. how do you see yourself? >> once a dancer, always a dancer. i came along at a wonderful time. and i was able to do some pretty phenomenal shows. >> miss chrivera. >> reporter: a siren of the stage, singing and dancing for close to seven decades. ♪ today, for the most part, actors, actresses, make it in hollywood or on television. and then, come to broadway. when you were coming up, it was the other way arnold.
>> absolutely. >> reporter: you remained true to oyour origins. was that a conscious decision? >> i love the theater. the theater is filled with spirits and foot sprints and that live forever. >> reporter: the two-time tony award winner, headlining more than 40 on and off broadway shows from "west side story," "bye-bye birdie" "sweet charity" and "chicago." many of them is have been ada adapted for film. your full time is deloris conchita figueroarivera. how did it get shortened? >> not many people can pronounce it like you. and it was ridiculous. >> reporter: "west side story."
1957. it changed american theater. how did it change your life? >> i knew i was giving a message. we all knew that. we were directed by jerome robinson. he let us know. >> reporter: a play on "romeo and juliet," "west side story," the definitive broadway show, taking on race and ethnicity, a source of conflict for puerto ricans at the time, divided by dwa gangs and violence. at the time, this was a bold move. nobody had seen anything like this on broadway. >> people got up and walked out. i remember them walking out. but it -- it made us think. it made us think. it made us feel. and that's what we were hoping the audience would also get. >> reporter: can you believe it's going to be 60 years? >> what? first of all, al, i don't know numbers. the minute somebody puts a number on you, you suddenly go
into a place where you're expected to do "x" things and "y" things. and it has nothing to do with what's inside. this is the vessel. that's why you have to take care of it. ♪ and that's good >> reporter: you're kind of a living proof that age is a number, that if you ignore, you might be better off. >> absolutely. >> reporter: what's your mountamow mountain of youth? >> life. the love of life. >> reporter: what would you like your legacy to be? >> that you gave it -- you gave it all. i hope that i'm a part of building a human race that is decent and kind to each other. i hope i'm on that side of the fence. ♪ ♪ that jazz >> amen to that. my gosh. and she gives back. she teaches. she lectures.
she gives to these young people coming up. i never -- the energy level. >> 40 shows. >> to sustain that, too. it's a physical, demanding task, job. >> but she doesn't put a number on that. >> thank you for that. >> chita, and ten-time tony winner, tomny tune, will be hitting the road for a concert tour called chita and tune, two for the road. that's going to be epic. >> still touring. up next, talking about some tasty new ways to put avocado on everything. and by the way, the secret to storing one without it turning brown and gross-looking. first, this is "today" on nbc. in our suvs,
but if that's all you're using them for, you're missing the boat. this is katie quinn, former nbc paige. author of the book "avocados." you may be the most avocado-obsessed person i know. what is it about avocados? >> avocados are versatile. they're a fruit. and the most versatile fruit. >> i love it. we're doing different things with avocados. how do you know they're ready to be eaten and cut and all that stuff? >> that's a great question. you go to the grocery store and you're picking them out, they should yield to gentle pressure. not squeezing the life out of them. if they're mushy, that's not a good sign. they're hard as rocks, not quite ripe. >> any tricks on slicing. >> my prefer method is to put horizontally around the avocado, twist. and then, just use that knife and carefully pop the pit out.
>> if you're storing it, leave the pit in? >> if you're storing it, it's best to leave the pit in. >> first, we got a twist on avocado toast, right? this is ten-times better. >> this is called an avocado smash. and smashes are big in trial australia. a popular brunch dishkoech poac. we're going to do a little stir action. >> get the water ready for the poaching. >> you add the vinegar. >> it keeps it holding together. >> and we're going to pop in our eggs. >> can you make the eggs ahead of time if you had to? >> you sure can. you put the poached egg on at the very end. i say poach them first, leave them in ice water. when you're ready, put them in warm water and you're ready to go. >> while this is poaching, you're doing something with soy sauce. >> i make a soy sauce to top
this dish. i put some soy sauce in the pan. and it will reduce about halfway. it adds a nice touch to the final dish. >> do we get to the smash part? >> the smash part. i love any dish that has an action verb in the title. i feel like i'm in a cartoon. you smash that up. you do some smashes. >> i'll do smashing. i'm into it. >> it's like a dump and stir recipe. lemon juice, lime juice, and feta. cheese, citrus and avocado are the main components to an avocado smash. and some ginger, skcallionscall cilantro. >> this is the final product. they're noshing on it. tasting table, what is the verdict? >> this is good. very good. >> you like it? it's got an interesting flavor. it's a little more -- it's
spicier. it has soul than your typical avocado twist. >> it's a fun twist. >> the next recipe is another fun one. >> this is avocado fries with spicy mayo. >> who doesn't like this? >> this is going to take a game day to another level. >> it's fried. but it's an avocado. so, i vote, yes, it's better. >> fair enough. this is the spicy mayo. >> we're going to add lime juice, add that. and sriracha. >> who doesn't love sriracha? >> it's going to be a nice. regular mayo from a jar. just dump it in. >> yeah. that's the easiest thing that you've done all day. >> and prepping the fries. certain thickness? are we looking for a special look? >> about the size of a thick cut french fry. you want it to keep its shape. >> sure. you do the process of getting them ready to be dumped into your hot oil.
>> exactly. we're adding cumin to the flour. a little spice. what we're going to do with the slices. you want to follow me here? >> this is the dredging part, right? >> dredging, exactly. >> i know the lingo. >> you're an expert. and back into -- >> flower, flour, egg, flour. >> it's messy and fun. this is so fun to do with kids. and then, gently slide into the hot oil. >> and the final product. they're trying downstair ss. gang, they look delicious. >> the heat and the sauce is great. >> and the spicy mayo with it, too? it works? >> yes. >> the dip makes it. >> dipping aven inping avocado . and we have avocado on pesto noodles. head to today.com/food. back in a moment with more. this is "today" on nbc. there is a place, like no other. where a walk down main street,
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today.com/celebrates. up next, we are bringing in a presidents day surprise for you. a bit of a surprise. >> we have a president. tony goldwyn from "scandal." and jordan we're in a microclimate weather alert now at 8:56. some pockets of heavier downpours. this is what we'll see throughout the day, steady rain, and then seeing some reds and yellows approaching parts of the south bay and moving across the santa cruz mountains. we have a couple of flood warnings i wanted to keep you up to date on.
this one near petaluma, areas around the creek, until 12:15. we have a flood warning in effect through santa cruz mountains as those water levels will continue to quickly dry. we'll be keeping an eye on coyote creek, that will be pressing later on today. we'll have more updates on that. sam? all right, thank you very much. happening now, live look at interstate 580 in dublin, it is wet and soupy, but light today. smooth. weather conditions are changing by the minute. go to the nbc bay area app. it is not just rising river levels, in some cases fallen trees are creating traffic headaches out there. you can link to the latest video this morning and updates on the closures. we'll be back with more news coming up in 30 minutes.
♪ this morning on "today's take," tv's scandalous president, tony goldwyn is a celebrity co-host. freebie february. and your look at the coolest toys. it will be so hot this year. coming up right now. >> from nbc news, this is "today's take." live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> a little fitts and the tantrums. a little hand clap for presidents day. and we're also clapping for our special guest co-host, mr. president. mr. president. >> i'm going to be here on
presidents day. >> tony goldwyn. >> i see what you did. i get the connection. >> ready to roll. >> fitzgerald grant. what is that like when you're playing the president? does anybody treat you with anymore respect? >> they do. it's bizarre and unwarranted. that was the thing that most shocked me when i was doing it at the beginning, was that people actually treated me differently. >> do you feel different? >> people would -- i would hear people say, the president's here. i keep turning around. you work here with the real guy. >> we're going to talk about "scandal." first, we want to talk about the intense new movie you're in. "the belco experiment." should we take a look at the clip first? >> yeah. >> i realize that this is very difficult. but this is the right thing.
this is the only choice we have, all right? in less than 20 minutes, they're going to kill 60 of the people in this room. so, we need order. >> okay. >> a little order. >> the premise of this -- it's a very dark kind of movie. >> yeah. >> the premise is, an american company in south america, seems normal. and then, the building goes into a lockdown. and the announcement comes, we don't know by whom, if we don't eliminate two people in the building, meaning kill them, four are going to die. >> my goodness. >> we think it's a joke and it spirals downhill from there. it's not really a horror movie. a psychological thriller. but it's about what co-workers and friends be willing to do to each other to solve this crazy
problem. >> would i take them out? >> that's the question of the movie. >> i have a life to live, al. sorry. >> right to the heart of it. >> you went to this so quickly. >> i saw the clip this -- i saw the clip on friday. >> that's right. >> i get it. but you can hesitate for a moment. >> you're top of mind. you're right there. somebody's got to go. >> i'm over 60. what the heck? you have a whole life to live. >> your kids won't mind. >> they're used to you. >> the movie is relatable. >> what a twist, huh? >> wow. >> i'm not going to turn my back on you. >> can we talk about "scandal" now? >> that's what you've been waiting for. nobody is more than a scandal fan than you are. >> when "scandal" hit the universe, everything changed. on facebook the next morning, if you didn't see it, you don't go
on facebook. that's all people are talking about. you are the president. i mean, it's one of those. >> kerry and shonda have an idea to live tweet. >> shonda rhimes. >> kerry washington. you've heard of her. i'm not on any social media because i'm old. our audience found us immediately from the first moment. and twitter blew up. we set records. and that's what made our show a hit. we have that relationship with the audience. we do it every week. >> season six, what else is going to be happening? >> what's going on, there's been an assassination of the first episode. we're getting it how it happened and what happened. and every person looks at it from a different point of view. >> and it's great and different and you dig into the characters that we've become invested in
over the years. >> congratulations. you're filming your 100th episode. >> 100th episode. >> that's fantastic. >> hand clap. >> when you think there can't be anymore twists and turns. >> we don't read them until we read them out loud. i'm always surprised. >> it happens, we want to give sheinelle her ultimate fantasy. we got a couple of copies of a scene here. what's the scene? >> i'm olivia pope. >> okay. all right. >> and you kill me. >> move over, cyrus. >> why don't you come out here. >> okay. >> here we go. >> let me take in this moment because i'm a huge scandal fan. >> you're in the oval office. in the real thing, we were behind that desk. >> we'll go stand over there. >> and olivia is much taller
than me. >> yeah. >> she's probably not 4'11". that's okay. >> we did this a couple years ago. you're it. >> i'm ready. >> what's your motivation? >> okay. >> come back to me. forgive me. i love you. >> please, please, stop. you're getting my hopes up, just stop. >> i can't stop. i won't. olivia. >> i'm not a toy you can play with when you're bored or lonely. i'm not the girl the guy gets at the end of the movie. i'm not a fantasy. if you want me, earn me. until then, we are done. >> oh. >> oh, snap. >> yeah. >> we have a whole show to do. >> i just got poped. >> i just got poped. >> talk about bucket list. end scene. >> that was terrific. >> good, sheinelle. wow. >> look at this. >> okay. >> there you go.
>> that's hilarious. thank you for having such a good sport. >> kerry, i hope you're watching. >> kerry, we adore you. that's what every girl lives to do at home. >> if kerry washington turns up missing, we have a -- twyou kno she already said she would kill me. you don't stand a chance, kerry. >> we only need two. kerry is number two. it's presidents day. we have a president in the house. we want to put everybody to the test, if we can name the movie or tv show, based on a fictional presidential quote. i'm going to read the quote. we'll buzz in. >> do you have the answers, al? >> i don't. >> you play along, too. >> get off my plane. >> of course. >> "air force one." harrison ford. that was terrific. >> here's the next one. >> okay. we will not go quietly into the night. we will not vanish without a
fight. "independence day." bill pullman. >> you're good. i stink. >> that's right. my name is andrew shepherd and i am the president. the american president? >> is it? >> with michael douglas. >> wow, al. three for three. >> let's see. hail to the chief. he's the one we all say hail to. we all -- he keeps himself so clean, he's got the power. that's why he's in the shower. i have no idea this one. >> essentially -- >> who is that? who is that? someone with a hairy chest. i don't know. >> oh. kevin kline. "dave." >> such a great movie. we're walking. we're walking. now, we're stopping. >> that's a great film. >> a man who isn't president, can have a life, a life he wants. the life he always wanted, with the woman he loves. >> fitz. >> that was me. >> one out of 8 million. >> that was fun. i need to watch more movies.
>> i guess so. presidential movies. that "get off my plane," the best. >> classic. this is exciting. have your kids seen "the little mermaid"? >> yeah. >> there's a live-action remake of "beauty and the beast." and celebrities are starting to pitch themselves for other live action remakes, including lindsay lohan, who posted on instagram side-by-side with aeriai ariel, from "the little mermaid." >> you don't ask, you don't get. exactly. if you can play any character in a remake, tony, who would you play? you were the voice of tarzan. >> i would need that in the animated feature. >> did you have to read the lines with your shirt off? >> i took my clothes off, al. i was in the booth. i did jump around and act like an idiot. that's the job. you know which one struck me -- remember "the jungle book," that
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back, now, with "today's take." our guest co-host, tony goldwyn. a couple of proposals viral over the weekend. jason and al a allie. they are a couple of teachers. >> there's a rumor going around that miss barker and i are dating. it's about time to address that. i had a couple of kids come up to me at recess today and was talking about it. now, the answer is, yes, we are dating.
[ cheers and screams ] >> we are a little bit more than dating because i am completely in love with her. i was wondering if miss barker would like to become mrsmrs. mrs. sciefl. >> that's so sweet. if you take yourself back to fifth grade. >> oh. that is epic. >> and hear the two teachers are dating. >> your two teachers. >> that's perfect. >> that's cute. that will be hard to top this one. but kristen helton of ohio, proposed to his girlfriend, carson long, by using her favorite food, chicken mcnuggets. let's take a look.
okay. will you mcmarry me. he put the ring in the chicken mcnugget. he put a ring on it. >> if this is her thing -- >> yes. >> it's creative -- >> as long as she didn't eat the nugget. >> she opens it up and chows down. if she loves nuggets. >> i wonder what sauce you use for diamond rings. >> hot mustard. >> our freebie friday is a popular thing. we give neat stuff away to our audience at home and the audience on the plaza. we're going to kick off a week of special freebie february giveaways on presidents day. you don't want to miss this. you at home can win, as well. we have $34,000 worth of prizes to give away this week. you have to stay tuned. >> was that a live picture? >> yeah. that's live. it's presidents day. everybody is off. >> no pressure. you get to pick somebody out there. >> good. >> like i feel no pressure when i have to do the weather. >> a beautiful day in new york city. >> let's see if we can top that.
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today, we are kicking off freebie february all week long. we're giveliing away great priz to a fan on the plaza. answering a trivia question. helping us today, is dr. carol ash. and our fan from the plaza, vanetta barr, who is celebrating her 64th birthday and has her own cheering section in here. her sister and her daughter. here we go. to our trivia question. here's the question. are you ready? >> ready. >> what is the pest position ber your body to sleep on? it's over here. your back? your side, or your stomach? >> "b." your side. that's what i thought. >> actually, the best sleeping position is your back. >> the back.
>> how come? >> it evenly distributes your weight on the mattress, supporting the natural curve of your spine. but it's not good for people who snore or have breathing problems. or sleep apnea. then, you want to sleep on your side. if you're pregnant, sleeping on your side, improves circulation. and some people prefer their stomach. on your stomach, it can help you with your sleeping. >> you didn't get it right. but you know what? it's your birthday. we're giving you the bed. you have won a sleep number bed. lie on this. come on over, guys. you, too. >> a sleep number. >> it connects to fitness apps. everybody lay in bed and adjust to your comfort level. that looks good. there's no room for me. that's all right. all right. well, she's not the only one going home awinner. sheinelle, and tony, what do you have?
>> we feel pressure. you ready? where should we start? let's go. oh. >> we're getting married 96 days from today. congratulations, you're getting a mattress. and it's supernice. >> let's do it. >> i saw some teachers over here. and who deserves teachers over here. texas teachers from china springs. >> nice. >> awesome. >> where are you from? >> waco, texas. >> congratulations. here's the good sleep. and look at this. we have a president. and then, we have -- another president. look at that. two. >> how are you? >> there you two. abraham lincoln and fitz. how perfect is that. al, what about our fans at home? >> thanks, sheinelle. thanks to sleep number, we're giving away two more sleep number it beds to a couple of lucky viewers at home. go to facebook.com/today's take
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♪==cam== we're in another microclite weather alert. and a good monday morning. at 9:26 i'm sam brichton. rain has been coming down steadily since midnight. strong cells moving through san jose, san francisco and santa cruz mountains and the storm activity is not going anywhere for a while. all that rain is raising new concerns about flooding in the south bay. as you see here, anderson reservoir already at full capacity and spilling over, people who live along coyote creek in morgan hill are worrying about the possibility of all that water reaching their neighborhoods and their streets. joining us for a look at the latest conditions, kari hall. kari? >> 104% capacity reservoir will affect parts of the south
county. you can hear the water still running. we are seeing a lot of this moisture still rolling through the bay area. some pockets of heavy rain where we see the yellows and the reds there. where we see the most intense rain moving through parts of marin county into san francisco for the tri-valley, i just picked up on the rainfall rates there, coming down about half an inch of rain per hour and also as you head down 680, we are seeing some heavy rain moving through there as well as san jose and the santa cruz mountains. this will be a steady downpour all day long and heavy pockets of rain. still going to see some showers even through the evening commute before it becomes a little more spotty overnight. i'll keep an eye on those rainfall totals, sam. back to you. >> kari, thank you very much. all this rain flooding many highways this morning. micah will have an update on northbound 101 after this break.
how is this for team work? very nicely. one sticking point was over here palo alto. sam tells me look, they just opened the lanes i was tracking, from the flooding and earlier crashes. everything should be much smoother woodside driving up through the peninsula. live shots, palo alto. san jose, soupy through the south bay. 880 through oakland, soupy conditions there. light traffic flow. slow speed because of the conditions but you won't have to because of the volume of traffic. back to you. >> thank you very much. we'll be back with more news in 30.
♪ if you're a fan of "mad tv" you know actor jordan peele, recently earning an emmy for comedy central's "key and peele." now, he's making his directorial debut "get out." >> at first, everything seems normal. but it's not long before things get a bit unsettling. >> hello. i'm philamena. and you are? >> chris, rose's boyfriend. >> he was telling me how he felt much more comfortable with my being here. >> that's nice.
logan, i hate to tear you away, dear, but the wincotts were asking about you. >> well, it was nice to meet you, chris. >> okay. >> jordan, good morning. >> good morning. >> it's so creepy. and i mean that in a good way. >> it's creepy. >> people expect comedy from you. but is horror a passion of yours? >> horror is a passion. this is in the category of fun horror. i thought about "stepford wives" or "scream," something you could have a good time. got this amazing cast. >> and the acting in this is so good. >> thank you. >> hilarious. but then, it gets really crazy. and scary. >> it's basically -- >> provocative, too. the issues, it makes you really uncomfortable, in terms of the
subject matter. it's so well done, jordan. >> thank you. >> we ran into each other a little over a year ago. >> a year ago. >> you were about to make this movie. >> that was my first dinner with bradley whitford. >> he's so brilliant and hilarious in the movie. and catherine keener. you did such a good job. >> thank you. i'm a big fan of your work. this role must have followed you around forever. but one of my favorite iconic roles is bad friend from "ghost." that must have made all of your friends not trust you for the next ten years. zblin collu >> including my wife. yeah. just classic. >> thanks, man. >> you say that writing comedy and horror -- it's not that big a jump from one to the other. >> that's right. comedy and horror are both about pacing. both about creating tension and releasing it strategically.
you have to be aware of what your audience is thinking and feeling. >> this concept woucould have b a straight-up comedy. take the situation, in a reduced form, this would be a brilliant sketch you might have written. just the idea of it. and then, it also works so well as a much more, you know, complex, frightening movie. >> it feels like you can change the movie and get a full comedy out of it. but it is. >> if the characters could hear the music. >> yes. that's the big problem with horror movies. any horror movie audience knows this. any horror fan, get out of the house. >> "get out." >> call the cops. get in a car. >> and go. >> and go. >> once people seem a little creepy, if your gut tells you they're creepy, get out. congratulations are in order. your wife, chelsea, announced on instagram, right, a couple weeks
ago. she's pregnant. this is true, right? she showed off her baby bump. can i tell you about her caption. she said, beyonce shmonce. do you know the sex? >> that's how we made the baby. is that what you mean? >> i'm going to get you. >> this is why i love you. i have a guy crush on you. >> bring it. bring it, al. >> we're going to keep it a secret. >> are you looking for inspiration for the name from "my little pony" and "care bears"? >> the due date is july 3rd. if it doesn't get -- things don't push until the 4th and we have to call it america or something. you know, we're going to go with something positive, like sunshine bear or something. >> sparkle. >> i like it. a weather reference. >> there you go. >> jordan, thank you so much.
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they want to hear about this. we're going to show you which toys are going to be the hot ones this year. >> the international toy fair was this weekend, with new toys on display. >> i caught up with toy insider mom lori shact, to give you a sneak peek. what is this? >> this is the pony cycle. this should be coming out this summer. i want you to ride it like a pony. turn his head for steering. >> i'm right behind you. >> this is the best. this is my horsey. i'm going to name him. ♪ >> this is lego boost. for the first time, kids are building and bringing their toys to life. it's a coding process they use after building a creation. coding is big. >> coding is huge. >> your kids can do that and have fun at the same time.
♪ we're at k'nex. these are all rods and connectors. once you build it, you control it. once they build the drone, you can fly it. you can fly this baby about 200 feet in the air. >> seriously? >> seriously. >> there it goes. >> oh, sorry, sorry, sorry. ♪ >> there is not like a hot set of wheels. that's what we're on. this is for kids as young as 13. this baby goes up to 14 miles per hour. we can ride for 30 minutes on a continuous ride. these are our little live bets chicks. baby chicks. we can put them back in their shell and they rehatch. and if you pet it, you get it to chirp even more.
>> that's adorable. ♪ >> this is spin tales. this comes to life in a child's room. we have a free app in here. >> i feel like if i send my kids to their room, they'd be like, okay. no problem. >> sometimes you don't need technology. just good, old-fashioned crayons to feel good. you know? >> these are our gemmies sparkle loom. they get to crow yeate, using t hands and gems. i want you to meet hologram barbie. barbie, you want to have a dance party? do you do the twist? how about a little dabs. >> she dabbed. >> she dabs. >> i'm going. i'm done. >> you invented the next dance craze. ♪
>> this is a workout. you had enough of toy fair, huh? >> it was awesome. thank you so much. >> you're welcome. lori is here with a few more new toys. how much fun was that? >> that was fun. we're not done. i have max, one of the coolest robo robots. he can tell you jokes. he will learn about the world around him, using his sensors. >> hi. >> do you program him? i see you holding your phone. >> i want to show you something. all right. he is not formatted right now. he's really cool. he learns. he's unique to kids. i want you to meet the roaring tyler. this is our playful tiger. he has 100 different sensors of sound and motion, combination sensors all over. he'll crouch. he'll roar. he's adorabldorable.
he's available in the fouall. we remember dsh-- parents and grandparents remember teddy rixpin. we will read and sing along with your children. or let him tell us stories all on his own. >> that's cute. >> he's really cute. lots of expression. >> nice. >> this is aristotle. this is an all-in one voice-controlled smart baby monitor that grows with your child. >> in what way? >> baby starts crying, the light will come on. the music will come on. >> and scene. >> but the music will come on. i can talk to it. and tell us, you know, to pause the music. and it will actually, as the kids grow up, it will start to play games with them, answer questions. and finally, a drone like you've never seen before.
this is aura. you're going to control thisjge. it can fly. >> oh, wow. >> only his hand is using it. >> okay. what could go wrong? >> remember, these are prototypes. >> okay. on that mote, lori, thank you so much. that worked out perfectly. let's go do some weather. i'm going to get away from that now. what can go wrong? wow. let's look at the week ahead. spring-like temperatures in the east. heavy rain in the gulf. stormy conditions out in california. as we get to the midweek period, record warmth through the eastern half of the country. showers and thunderstorms down around florida. snow in northern california and into the northern plains. and towards the end of the week, we've got warm weather. 65, 76 in atlanta. next winter storm coming through the plains and into its way into
good morning. i'm meteorologist kari hall. really heavy rain moving through the bay area. we will continue to see the pockets of the heaviest downpours moving through parts of the north bay right around 101 near san rafael. we are seeing this rolling through san jose and over toward the tri-valley. we have quite a few flood warnings in effect and also flash flood watches. and this area of concern near petaluma will continue until 12:15 today. >> what could go wrong. that's your latest weather. coming up, three words for you. tatar tot pie the two more words. sunny anderson. that's all you need. right after these messages.
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might want to see this back-to-back. >> this morning on "today food," a comfort food casserole that the kids and adults will devour. >> i hope so. >> celebrity chef sunny anderson is here with a secret ingreed enl ingredient is tatar at te ear t. >> this is tatar tot pie. this is a play how my mom would make shepherd's pie growing up.
zucchini, onions and peppers and the tatar tots. >> you can do it with ground turkey or something. >> lamb is usually the shepherd's pie. in the pan, we have 80/20 beef. some worcestershire sauce going over the top. hungarian paprika. if you're trying to season your beef properly, about a teaspoon of salt per pound of beef. it will get you at the zone. you're going to cook that down for a few minutes until it looks like you're making tacos. >> what kind of cheese? >> harvarti. >> i love havarti. it had a sharp note to it. you can do sharp cheddar, mozzarella. you're going to add chicken stock or beef stock. doesn't matter. easy weeknight cooking. a little tomato paste.
move that around. when that's done, you're going to take it out of the pan and have a little fat left over. >> okay. >> here's the part that my mom would excel in, getting the vegetables in. this is a freezer section buy i love. the fire roasted onions and peppers. nose are in the freezer section. it's a store-bought short cut i love. >> julienne those. >> you took it down until it's like this. now, here comes the fun part. let's start layering, right? the oven at 375 degrees. get half of the beef in. a nice lower half layer. then, over that, going to add a little of the cheese. doesn't have to be havarti. >> can you do versions of the layers? >> i like to use the cheese as spackle between the layers. meat again. meat, cheese, meat, cheese.
that's our spackle. over the top of that, you go with the veggie layer. >> right. >> then, more cheese. >> like a lasagna. >> it's like a layer-up. and you put more cheese over the top. >> this is called comfort food. >> exactly. this is how i grew up. >> this is why i'm almost finished. >> with a shepherd's pie, you do mashed potatoes. but i say tatar tots on top. >> those are cooked or not cooked? >> they're not cooked. barely deforecasted. >> hey. >> hi. >> tony, this is a big deal. they never come in before the show's over. >> good seeing you. >> we had to come in. we heard the president was here and the tatar tots. >> tatar tots, girlfriend. >> here you go. dig in. >> thank you so much. >> sunny anderson, thank you. for the recipe, head to today.com/food. we're back in a moment to rein
bay. we have a lot of rivers and creeks will be watching closely. alameda creek near sunol will be rising to three feet this afternoon, causing flooding there. the coyote creek up to 12.4 and the san lorenzo river at felton under a flood warning. we'll be monitoring these situations as well as additional rainfall throughout the day. how are the roads looking, mike? very wet but lighted volume because of the holiday. in nevada closed between atherton and 101. you can see windshield wipers slapping out of tempo. and across the san mateo bridge. watch the winds across the span. back to you. weather conditions changing by the minute this morning. go to the nbc bay area app to see that real-time doppler radar. strong wind gusts have led to fallen trees around the bay
from nbc news this is "today" with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> okay, everybody. welcome. it's fun day monday. it's february 20th. happy presidents day to everybody. we hope you're enjoying a long weekend. jenna bush hager is here for our hoda who is on extended break. >> you know who needs it? >> hoda. more than anybody. she's sorry to miss this. that's what i like by bruno mars. >> do you like this? >> you know, i like him. i think he is outrageously talented, and you know who else is