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today's show, check out my podcast. thanks for watching. more news on cnn starts right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com hello, everybody. this is cnn saturday morning. it is a cold december 12th in many parts of p nation. i'm betty nguyen. >> i'm t.j. holmes. tiger woods is leaving the game of golf. we have no idea when he might return. people asking is this the right move to make. maybe for his family, but what about for his career, the game of golf and the sponsors. we'll be getting into those questions. you know where to find betty and i. send us your comments.
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what do you think about tiger wolf -- tiger wolf. tiger woods. >> it's all right. ladies, you're getting ready for the holiday party, know what you're wearing? if you don't, don't stress out because you don't have to buy. you can rent for a lot less. >> those dresses can be kind of expensive. >> yeah, designer gowns that cost $3,000. >> and you can't wear the same one. >> all the di limb mas of being female. the fbi has questioned some of the five americans arrested in pakistan on ak saixs of terrorism. officials are gathering evidence that could result in a conspiracy charge. meanwhile, the youth coordinator described the men as wholesome
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kids. president obama heading to copenhagen, denmark, next week. he's one of more than 100 world leaders to attend. one of the topics of discussion is a hacked e-mail controversy. climate gate as its called. skeptics say those manipulated reports to suit their views, but others say those e-mails were taken out of context. south carolina's governor now headed for divorce. it comes six months after sanford admitted to an affair with a woman in argentina. jenny sanford says she tried several times to reconcile the marriage. the story that's getting plenty of reaction this morning, it was put out there via tiger woods and his website yesterday evening. the word is that he is leaving
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golf indefinitely. >> you maybe haven't heard this just yet because he put that out friday night around 7:00. not a lot of the people were expected to hear from him. susan candiotti joins us now from new york. couple of weeks ago, we were talking about a car accident and now, here we are. >> throughout this, we haven't heard from tiger himself, at least on camera or heard his voice. he's only been communicating on his website. crisis managers say this is probably the best thing he can do to patch things up for his wife, for the first time acknowledging that he had been unfaithful to his wife. he says --
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and then he adds -- and as we all know, this started to unravel on thanksgiving night after that strange accident outside his house where he ripped out a fire hydrant and then bashed into a neighbor's tree. after that, he failed to meet with authorities three times. then he issued a series of statements at one point saying i will never let it happen again. eventually, that was followed by all kinds of rumors of affairs. we saw people start to come forward and claim they had had an affair with him. including a cocktail waitress by the name of jaimee grubbs. that game out the same day as
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this voice mail she released. >> i think it shows that tiger -- >> there's another step -- so just before that, we heard from various sports columnists including christine brennan and
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her reaction is that she thinks it is finally acknowledgment on the part of tiger and his pr team that this was the best thing for him to do. reaction from his sponsors starting to come in. it said the following -- but then we have this reaction from another one of his major corporate sponsors, ea sports. it chose its words more carefully. it said -- the pga also offered its statement of support saying they are stand behind tiger at this time. but did he do the right thing? not all crisis managers believe this is going to go away any time soon. listen.
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>> i think it show that tiger and his team is starting to get how big a deal this is. the fact he used the word, infidelity. >> still, others think this will not go away any time soon. one thing is for sure. the golf tour, which is really starting to kick in right now, will not be the same without tiger woods. they always have a dip in viewer ship when he is not playing in a tournament. will it have a permanent impact? that has yet to be written. >> thank you so much. and a lot of people still wondering what that word, indefinite, means. >> a lot of money. sports analysts had been closely following this story. one of them, steven a. smith, told her larry king that he thinks wood got some bad advice
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when ak sakses first surfaced. >> as opposed to telling the world it was a personal issue, i think that made him look weak and did he try to talk about his wife being a hero and tried to deflect the attention. she probably was beating him down, which is why he got in an accident. that's just my opinion. but time after time again, whether it was him or his pr machine, clearly, he was given some bad advice. >> steven a. speaking his mind there. we want you to speak your mind this morning. we've got these questions up on our facebook and twitter and want to know what you think about tiger taking a break from golf. weigh in this morning. we'll be reading your responses on the air. >> talking about tiger woods taking a break, that really takes the story from being one
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about tabloid headlines and infidelity to a big economic story. what is this going to do to golf? stick around. coming up in about 40 minutes, our sports guy joins and will be talking about the tiger woods saga. in the meantime, a winter storm is hitting parts of the u.s. very hard. >> we're keeping an eye on two big weather stories. we're watching one storm in the southeast, the other on the west coast. let's begin with something that's closer to home. we've got atlanta here. you're going to see scattered showers and storms along the i-10 corridor. it looks like rain on radar, but you're going to see some thunderstorms. the reason why we're seeing that unfold in that part of the world is simple. got this warm front extends right across much of the gulf
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coast and that's going to bring in the moisture combined with the heating could bring us storms. reason why is because we're going to see that warm air trapped in florida, but when you get north of i-10, check out the high in atlanta, 38 -- back out west is the chance of seeing that strong storm really begin to ramp up and bring several feet of snowfall into parts of the sierra nevada, parts of the rockies. the storm system will march into the central plains. back to you guys. >> thank you. a touching holiday tribute for the children of fallen soldiers. >> we're going to be telling you what one non-profit is doing to help them look forward to the holidays. >> plus, the real story behind hanukkah. josh levs has that coming up.
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here's shelley slater with wfaa -- ♪ >> reporter: "america is beautiful." this was brian's favorite song and now, this snow globe is his daughter's most prized possession. >> he's in heaven right now and that we'll see him again one day. >> reporter: she is only 10 and yet wise beyond her years. she grew up fast after her dad died three years ago in iraq. it happened a week before christmas. >> i can't do anything. my hands are 100% tied behind my
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back. >> on the day my dad passed away last year, i was sitting on a bench staring out fireworks in disney land. >> reporter: she helped welcome 1300 military families in town for a weekend of fun. >> they'll always have someone to know what they're going through and if they want to talk to me, i am arms wide open. >> she has december to look forward to versus december to dread. >> reporter: that make you feel pretty awesome to know that your dad's a hero? >> but when i think of hero, most kids would think of superman or batman or something, but i just think of people who are out there dying right now.
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>> lot of people will agree with her, that is the true definition of hero. >> my goodness. that child there, just pull at those heart strings. >> so wise. >> you can actually look forward to the holidays. american airlines said it used eight jets to bring families to america and it's important to honor the sacrifice. it is the first day of hanukkah and josh levs is here with some surprising facts with the story behind the holiday. >> hanukkah's actually the story of a civil war. we are going to explain where the holiday comes from, plus, we have a new viral video about it. yet no one knows our name. ♪ get down tonight that's about to change. so you'll pay for the tour, but i have to change my name? no, you're still kc, but from now on, they will be the sun life band.
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we've been having to fight off a few mothers here and there. >> how important is city center to the future of las vegas? >> everybody's here to celebrate. >> working 6:00 to noon. well, it is the first day of hanukkah. jewish people are celebrating
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the eight-day holiday. >> the story behind the holiday has maybe some surprises in there. josh levs -- >> i was wondering what kind of online videos that talk about the story behind hanukkah and one of the first ones that popped up, this great one from "sesame street." >> jewish people have been told they couldn't celebrate the way they want. >> the king says you can't celebrate your beliefs the way you want to. >> one man decided to go against the king and keep on celebrating and believing just like he always did. that man was juda. >> i'm juda and i celebrate and believe the way i want to. >> there were those warriors led by juda and the second team was
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rededicated. one night's worth of ail lasted eight days. the syrian king had proclaimed that law had outlawed jewish practice. what people don't recognize is it is a civil war. slave.com has an article. they say -- now, online, there's a lot of discussion going on about that. the real story behind hanukkah and what it means today. there are also a lot of just fun videos going around and i can't believe how much traffic's this getting. this is from senator orrin ha h hatch. ♪ eight days of hanukkah come let's celebrate let's celebrate
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tonight ♪ ♪ la la la la la la la la la la la la ♪ you can see what his thinking was behind this. we've also got a forum on facebook and twitter. history.com talks to you about the actual story behind hanukkah. happy hanukkah and betty and t.j., you know what? kind of interesting for me. >> thank you. time to check in on our top stories. tiger woods says he is taking an indefinite leave from pro golf. he posted that announcement on his website last evening and apologized for his infidelity. this was the first time we heard
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the word infidelity being used, admitting he cheated on his wife. president obama, take a look at this picture here. he is taking a hook at his nobel peace prize. the white house released this photo of the president taken a few days ago in norway. a florida judge is considering whether the prosecution can seek the death penalty for murder. casey anthony is accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter a year ago. her lawyers say there is insufficient evidence and it could lead to a biased jury, but prosecutors say the circumstances surrounding the death warrant the maximum sentence. mario armstrong has been shopping for formals. we're talking the really big
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technology. why are we talking about stiner dresses? we're going to bring it back together. we are talking about bargains here and this is something women will be interested in because they want the look, but don't necessarily want to pay for that look. >> it is the holiday season. lots of parties to go to. lots of formals, this and that. those gowns can cost thousands of dollars. once you wear it and take a picture in it, you don't want to wear it again unless you have o to. mario has been shopping. what you have isn't my size. but what you have is a pretty good bargain, so tell us about it. >> this is how it works. we go online to rent our dress. it's renttherunway.com. you look through a selection of about 40 or so different
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designers for all types of occasions. as you scroll through the designers, you find a dress you're interested in and you order that dress and have it shipped to you for a rental fee. so, for example, this dress right here would cost you $890. you can rent this for $100. >> okay, but say i rented that dress and i don't know, i got a little bit, food spilled on it. i was having a good time and someone bumped into me and got a stain. what do you do? are you charged for that? >> normal wear and tear, if you pay for an extra $5, that covers your insurance for any normal wear and tear. if you have things busting at the seams, you will be charged the full amount.
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probably when you get dressed, you may lay out several different items. the ladies thought about that. they give you two of the dresses in two different sizes and you can pay additional fees if you want different style. >> and how long do you get to keep it? >> for about four days or up to eight days. >> that's kind of cool. the female version of renting a tux. >> you wear these things one time and you get your facebook page or the photo goes up, you don't want to see that same stunning outfit. >> i'm losing so much respect for you now. >> you only live once. >> let's move on to one other thing. everybody's always trying to look for a way to get rid of some of their old tech gadgets. >> this is cash for your
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clunkers in terms of your tech gadgets. it's called gazelle.com. you type in what you have to offer. i had an i-pod. i went through a few questions about the value of it. it tells me how much i'll get and a check sent to me for $38. i plugged in about four items and am going to get a check for $180. they send you this envelope. it's prepaid, put your items in and they send you a check. if you don't want the money for yourself, you can actually set up a donation for a cause. you could actually have this go to a non-profit or your kids' little league soccer team. >> and you get the tax write-off. is it more than just gadgets? can it be chargers? >> it can't be chargers or
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printers or crt monitors and televisions. just about everything else. they have 15 different categories and 150,000 items have been recycled through this program. really effective. >> gazelle.com. >> get some of that stuff out of your drawers t.j. and betty. i know you got some old cell phones laying around. >> good stuff this weekend. very useful stuff, certainly around the holidays. >> see you guys soon. we'll be talking golf and what about golf? >> i have no idea. some guy called tiger woods and some saga. >> he is letting the game he loves, he's letting it go. the world's first billion dollar athlete. >> this is the second straight year that the number one player will be sidelined, so what does the pga have to say about that? . but now with zyrtec-d®, i have the proven allergy relief of zyrtec®, plus a powerful decongestant.
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>> i'm t.j. holmes. thank you for being with us. a big story we're watching this morning. the news we got last night that two big things from tiger woods. messages on his website. one thing he finally said, yes, in fact, he cheated on his wife. secondly, he says he is stepping away from golf indefinitely. >> so, no idea when he'll come back, if he'll come back. so what does this mean not only for his family, for his career, for the game of golf? randi kaye has been taking a look at the timeline of events. >> reporter: it wasn't exactly sudden death, but tiger woods seems to have lost this round. his troubles began the day after thanksgiving, with a mysterious one-car crash at 2:30 in the morning. just feet from his own driveway, he hit a tree and fire hydrant. his wife used a golf club to free him. a neighbor called 911.
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tiger seemed to hope silence would make the story go away. it didn't work. days later, he released a statement, apologizing for quote, transgressions, in carefully worded comments that never mentioned the word, affair. that statement was released the same day this cover story hit newsstands. in it, las vegas cocktail waitress, jaimee grubbs, alleged an affair. it didn't end there.
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more women came forward. cocktail waitresses, a model, even former porn stars, all alleging to have had a relationship with tiger woods. but the golfer stayed silent until friday night. earlier this year, woods hit the billion dollar mark, earning an unprecedented amount of money in his relationship. companies like nike, which pay him an estimated $20 million a year to add his name to their golf gear. woods earned $105 million in deals in 2008. through it all, his sponsors have stood by him. nike said -- gatorade offered support, too -- but commercials featuring tiger woods disappeared from prime time tv.
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the last one that aired was a gi let ad. his personal pain became a parody. >> earlier today, i had an unfortunate incident with my golf clubs. i was putting them away in the closet and one dropped on top of me. >> reporter: it may have all become too much. what else would drive the world's greatest golfer away from the game and the glory he's enjoyed for so many years? >> well, the pga also releasing a statement showing support for woods. it says -- >> we have been asking you this
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morning to weigh in on the whole situation with tiger woods and him stepping away from the game of golf indefinitely. want to share your comments right now. quickly to my facebook site, ron gordon says -- and martin says i feel it's a good decision on his part so this can calm down. >> and this was sent by one of our folks on the blog. which essentially, it's not on the screen there. a guy is saying he should go ahead, exercise prenuptial agreement. divorce aaron, elin, i mean. even suggested a lot of men admire his prowess. that's one of many comments and
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many attitudes, but different opinions people have. >> we've had a lot of conversations. seems like everyone is talking about it. we've heard people come up and say that. you have that agreement, you might as well exercise it. but this is a situation where he and his family have to work out to make the best decision for them. it is quite a saga that continues to unfold and the latest word is that he is going to step away from the game of golf indefinitely. we'll wait and see how it plays out, but we'll continue to follow it for you. thank you for your comments. we'll keep reading them on the air. what do you think about tiger situation? should he step away from the game of golf? what's it going to do to his career? let us know what you think. we're going to move on because environment ministers heading to copenhagen right now as preparations begin for the u.n. climate change summit.
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world leaders including president obama expected to arrive next week, but the big story before they get there, those hacked e-mails. did environmental leaders manipulate reports to suit their views? deputy political editor paul stine howser joins us now. it's a little confusing as to what was exactly in the e-mails and we know where's the truth in the fiction in all of this. >> there sure is. there's a political fallout as well here in the u.s. because republicans now, some conservatives are using that e-mail controversy as ammunition in a way against the climate bill and clean energy bill that the democrats are pushing. take a listen to marcia blackburn. >> recently leaked e-mails reveal climate scientists have a long track record of
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manipulating data to hide scientific evidence that contradicts the global warming establishment. why? to bully citizens and lawmakers into supporting job-killing energy tax screams. this raises serious questions. questions that deserve a transparent investigation, not a rush to judgment by the bureaucrats in copenhagen. republicans are all for clean water, clean air and energy. we just don't think we have to tax people out of their house and home to get there. >> blackburn's going to copenhagen. that bill probably not going to be worked on until next year. >> sarah palin is always in the news. what is she saying this time? >> kind of a war of words between her and the former candidate. started earlier this week when
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palin brought up those e-mails, the controversy and said that's the reason why the president should boycott copenhagen. al gore responded this week saying that kind of shows that sarah palin is a global warming denier. she responds saying she believes in global warming, just not sure man has caused it. >> interesting she responded on her facebook page. what do the polls show when it comes to global warming? >> our new national poll, we put it out this week. it shows a rise in skepticism. you can see 76% of people last year in june 2008 believed it was a fact. that slipped a couple of points because of republicans, not democrats. >> we appreciate your insight. thank you so much. so, trying to shop for a sports lover this holiday
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season? could be a little difficult. we have some gift ideas for you. >> which includes hot sauce. >> hot sauce? >> for the sports fan, the guy who makes the sauce will be a big deal. >> so, i'll get you hot sauce for christmas. >> we're always going to be talking, tiger woods, we're going to be talking to rick with some thoughts on what this means for tiger's career and for pro golf. if toyota gets credit for being the most fuel efficient car company in america, well, then how do you explain all this? chevy malibu, cobalt, silverado, and the all-new equinox. compare them to anyone. may the best car win.
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checking our top stories, the eight-day jewish celebration of hanukkah is underway. arnold schwarzenegger had a lighting at the capital in sacramento. it began at sunset yesterday. well, contract canceled. blackwater no longer has a contract with the cia in iraq. the ap reports it was canceled earlier this year by leon
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panet panetta. making big news today, tiger woods once again, but what we have learned is that he is stepping away from the game of golf indefinitely. that is what he is saying on his website. he also apologizes to his family for his infidelity. before, it was transgression. but tiger woods admitting he cheated on his wife. t.j. is following it. >> with that admission, this now turns now from being some tabloid story to being a story with huge economic implications. we want to turn to our sports and business analyst, also visiting expert at harvard law school. because when you think harvard law -- >> good tag team, guys. >> always good to see you. we know he's the number one golfer in the world. he makes the most money out there. but put in better perspective
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just what did golf lose? >> they lost a billion dollar juggernaut for him himself, he's finally made statements. look at the words he used. disappointment, infidelity, profoundly sorry, asks for for giveness. what about the tour? 7,000% increase in pga millionaire. last year when he was out, 47% decline. the networks themselves pay $800 million a year to continue to advertise tiger all the time. >> the other golfers have a better chance to win, but their pockets have been padded since he's gotten on to the tour. what about the pga, nike,
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gatorade. any other athletes, sometimes their leagues will come down on them. do they need to say, we support them, but hat what he did? >> it's a private matter, let's hope he comes back soon. family is first. ea sports did the other thing. they may stay with him. nike, $800 million a year in revenue that he's created in golf, look for nothing. look for phil knight to have a conversation. kelloggs stepped away from michael phelps. >> last thing on this topic here, what about his golf? you know, he was well on the way, a lot of people already think he's the greatest golfer
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to already live, but he's four championships away from jack's record. is he in some danger of not being the greatest ever? >> he'll become the best carpet chipper in the history of the world. p paparazzi all over the place. if he comes back soon, he's only got five more majors to win to pass jack nicklaus. $90 million. it's a question purely of whether it's a small h or capital h. >> we talked about sports fans. we have an annual list of the top ten gifts for the sports lovers out there.
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sun life financial has never taken government bailout money, yet no one knows our name. ♪ get down tonight that's about to change. so you'll pay for the tour, but i have to change my name? no, you're still kc, but from now on, they will be the sun life band.
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it's funky. sooner or later, you'll know our name. sun life financial. how's your daughter, manny? good. we were just going over prescription drug plans. medicare, huh? (manny) umm-huh. i'm there next year. yeah, every year during open enrollment i can review my plan. mine still works for me. now how 'bout a plan for up here? (whistles) uh-uh. (announcer) now's the time to review your medicare prescription drug and health plans. visit medicare.gov or call 1-800-medicare. and what is he -- >> he said he could care less. we'll see you later, rick.
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>> it's time for us to get back on tv, buddy. >> we're down with tiger and now, we talk about the fifth annual horrow hot list. >> the snuggie. >> the collegiate snug ggie. this is now selling for half as much as last week. and we've got a florida state one. universal orlan you've got got to be 80 years old to wear it. the number two, john madden put on an interesting wine from the john madden ranch, 2007. what a great gift for the sports fan in your life that apparently has everything. that's number two. >> we'll skip down to something here. this is what betty's been giving
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me a hard time about. she saw hot sauce on the list. explain why the hot sauce. >> the demographics of cnn viewers, maybe 8 bucks is a pretty good price tag. >> are you saying our viewers are cheap? >> no, maybe this is a sweetie that's only worth 8 bucks. it's the original after big papi. steroids may be sold separately. >> what's another option for them? >> this is the official paul han limited edition tote bag. she had a billboard, times square, good stuff in here. and also, it's autographed by maria. if you have a fan in your life,
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you want to spend 50 bucks on, this is it. >> that's a good looking bag. >> i think it had a part of her face. some not script piece of art there. now, you've got a phone on the list. >> it's a flip phone. three ounces, 60 minutes of recorded, high def. >> what does that have to do with sports? >> because cisco -- oh, by the way -- >> because there's a golf ball? >> it's designed, you can take it to sporting events and they make it in logos with different teams. >> the last couple of things. we still have to requeask you
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questions. >> bernie williams, he played center field for the yankees. he sings and tim mccarver, big time catcher for the cardinals, he sings. if you are looking for something for fans that have everything. >> t.j., i don't know, you may get a few things on that list. >> the wine's okay. the hot sauce, skip that. >> you'll take the cds? >> we like your set-up. the office setting. it's very nice. >> yeah, yeah, appreciate it. >> enjoy the snuggie. well, they are keeping it in the family. we'll tell you why a mom used to throw out her son's stash of marijuana, but now, they are both cultivating it. >> growing that stuff. >> looking for things to do together.
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hello, everybody, from atlanta, georgia. i'm t.j. holmes. >> this year is flying by. good morning, everybody. i'm betty nguyen. it's 9:00 a.m. eastern, 8:00 a.m. for the midwest. every saturday morning at 9:00, we focus on health care. coming up -- >> medical marijuana. a farm in denver. one woman's journey from hairdresser to cultivator.
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you want to hear how that went. plus, the senate's health care reform bill is not easy to understand, but brianna keilar will explain some loopholes. tiger woods is stepping away from the game of golf for now. he posted another comment on his website yesterday apologizing for cheating on his wife. he, for the first time, used the word infidelity. he says he needs time to focus on his family, so he is taking an indefinite leave from golf. police in pakistan say five young americans from northern virginia used yahoo! e-mail to communicate with a taliban recruiter. messages weren't sent back and forth, rather, they were left in the draft section to avoid detection. the group planned to go to pakistan's northern tribal region to hook up with the taliban. and jews around the world
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celebrating hanukkah now. they're celebrating the victory over syrian fighters. president obama issued -- excuse me, issued his hanukkah message in hebrew. the white house is scrambling to close a loophole in the senate's reform bill. >> one word in the bill could have led to caps on your annual coverage. it highlights the complexity and nuance of the legislation. >> we want to get the story from brianna keilar. >> if you're a citizen of the united states and you get sick -- >> reporter: it's a frequent call of top democrats. one of the ways they have said they would protection americans was by stopping an insurance company practice of limiting a patient's insurance coverage, both over a lifetime and
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annually. a bill was passed to do just that, but now, the bill up for debate, it says insurance companies may not establish unreasonable annual limits. that one word, unreasonable, opens up a loophole for insurance companies to cap benefits. what does unreasonable mean? >> we have no idea. >> reporter: at midday friday when we talked to the american cancer society's cancer action network, they were up in arms. >> a stage three case can costover $200,000. what happens if it's $100,000? >> reporter: we asked the chairman of the senate health committee. what is this going to mean for the colon cancer patient? >> one of the compromises we had to make, we have no lifetime
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caps. and we put in there no unreasonable annual caps. >> reporter: what does that mean? after the story aired on cnn, the white house and key staffers agreed to close this loophole. but now, democrats find themselves in a difficult situation of trying to keep down the costs of premiums for all americans. the very reason why they put this in the bill to begin with. well, the senate has briefly sidelined health care legislation to focus on a critical spending bill and behind the scenes though, you can bet the battle rages on this weekend. let's talk to paul right now. where is the senate health care bill right now and what's next for it. just a timeline of events. >> the senate right now dealing today with spending bills.
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it will be back, maybe as early as tomorrow. the big news this past week was that ten senate democrats negotiating have kind of dropped the public option. dropped that and they're talking about now lowering the age to 55 for people to be able to join medicare and they're talking about a plan that would have private insurers offering non-for-profit. democrats may have been getting in the way. what happens next week? they may vote on a final bill next week and that bill would probably not have the public option. the problem is, the senate bill may not have a public option. nancy pelosi maybe now opening the door to a bill that doesn't have a public option. will they get this done before
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christmas? maybe, but doubtful. >> you had some poll numbers out. i want to know what americans are most concerned about when it comes to the senate bill. >> we conducted this poll about two weeks ago, before the news about dropping the public option in the senate bill. check out these numbers. we asked would it increase your taxes. 85% of americans we questioned said, yes, it would. same with the budget deficit. almost 8 in 10 are concerned this health care bill would increase the budget deficit. those are troubling numbers for democrats. those are arguments that republicans are using against them. >> which party do americans trust? which party to americans trust to get the job done on health care? >> it seems they are divided. 43% said democrats. 40% said republicans. so, americans are kind of
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divided on which party they think can do a better job on health care reform. >> we thank you this morning. >> thanks. it's always good to spend quality time for the family. find things that families can do together. we have a story coming up about a mother and son working together to grow marijuana. and it's all legal. >> that is going to be interesting. okay. something else that's a little interesting this morning is the weather outside. hey, reynolds. >> we have snow and really chilly conditions in parts of the nation. 38 degrees in atlanta. 80 degrees in miami and 78 in tampa. we'll have more coming up in a few moments, plus the big storm out west. like something was stealing him away from us. we wanted to be there for him... to hold on to him. dad's doctor said his symptoms were signs of alzheimer's,
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the calendar says it's not officially winter until december 21st, but boy, with these winter storm warnings and watches, it sure feels like it. >> when you mention the watches and warnings, we're talk about them over nine states out west. the east has been rough, too, especially in places like new york. new york city doesn't look that bad this morning. you can take a look at it and when you do -- now, we don't have it. it's got tall buildings and that stuff. however, to the west in places
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like syracuse and buffalo, it's kipd of a mix. you've got the cloudy skies in buffalo. we've got, i believe, the live shot out of new york at this time. there it is. conditions look good there, but take a look at what happened yesterday with this video near buffalo. we had snow coming down, traffic was stacked up. just a tremendous mess. this is a rough way to start off the winter season, but that's what they were dealing with. traffic not just slowing down, but at a standstill yesterday. today should be better and they're cleaning up with snow as we speak because the temperatures are going to be at the freezing point. one thing we're going to be seeing in terms of snowfall, the snow coming down towards the west. we've got this area of low pressure that is really beginning to ramp up and when it makes its way to the east, it's going to interact with moisture from the california coastline. even up to redding, california, look for scattered shours. but when you get in the higher elevations of the sierra
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nevadas, several feet of snow are possible. along i-80, be careful. it's going to be rough. same story in the northern rockies. back in the four corners, some places near flagstaff could see a foot of snow. northern plains, same story. a pretty nice day in much of the great lakes, but when you get to the southeast, we're looking at the chance of scattered showers and the potential of seeing a few thunderstorms pop up, especially north of i-10, into the late afternoon. we're seeing the chance of snowfall in the appalachains in the afternoon. this frontal boundary we have, it's a separation between two air masses. for the northern half, we've got mild conditions. 38 degrees, chilly, but not bad. just getting fabulous when you get in parts of florida.
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on how to use what's left. >> the new year will mean health care insurance that is less generous and more expensive. in other words, act now to save money. take the advantage of the remaining weeks to get your doctor's appointments in. maybe you want an extra set of glasses. ask for extra medicine refills and max out that flexible spending account. usually has to be used up by the end of the year, but some employers will give you a grace period. here are some things you can use it for -- to get a more complete list of expenses, go to wagewor wageworks.com. many times, you can get free services like high cholesterol screening, prostate cancer
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screenings, so check your policy. what's free this year may not be free next year. we'll have more on how to save money coming up on your bottom line, including how to save cash and the environment this season. colorado's cash crop. growing pot for medical use is a booming business in the state. >> who exactly is a marijuana farmer? >> reporter: this is your little marijuana farm? >> yes, this is me and my mother's little marijuana farm. >> i had an aveda salon for 17 years. i sold my salon and moved down to the country. >> we started in july, which was really late because we didn't get the property until june.
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>> i gave jason some money after i sold the salon. i just trusted him to do what he thought was best to invest the money and get ahead financially and so one day, i was staying with him and he said he was going to open a dispensary and i said, go for it. >> the groves deal with the poundage, which is wroo the dollars are. >> he called me and said, mom, i'm going to buy this land and how do you feel about growing medical marijuana. it was just a faith thing. >> reporter: so, during the growing season, your mom lived in this camper? >> she hung the buds here. she lived with no real heat or water in this camper. >> it was an adventure that i never thought about experiencing. when we finished, it was like an outward bound course for me. roughing it. >> we had two ounces per plant. total off of 62 greenhouse
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plants, we got like 13 pounds. it's a really cheap investment to be able to legally grow cannabis plants in a market that's been determined by the black, by the ellicit market. >> every morning, i would go out and pray over my girls and ask to provide good medicine. growing up, i used to bust him all the time with marijuana and i used to flush it down the toilet or stash it. i'm in for the long hoaul. i feel like we're pioneers bringing new life to medical marijuana. >> pot pioneers. >> is that what she's going to put on her resume? i grow weed. no, no, it's for medical purposes. it's legal out there. bad news for golf fans.
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top stories now, president
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obama will travel to denmark next week to take part in the ongoing u.n. climate change conference. he is one of more than 100 world leaders expected. one of the big topics of discussion has been hacked e-mails. skeptics say the e-mails show they manipulated reports to suit their views. others say they were taken out of context. to massachusetts now, where a 98-year-old woman has been charged with murder. indicted on a second during murder charge in the death of her roommate, a 100-year-old. prosecutors say the pair lived in an apartment in dartmouth and argued over a piece of furniture. the big story we are following today, the tiger woods saga. it went online last night at the tiger woods website where he says he is taking a break from golf indefinitely.
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he admits to cheating on his wife in that. in the past, he had just said transgression. more troubles did start with the tabloid report. the first time we are learning he's taking a break from golf. we're asking you, what do you think think about this, is that the right move and what's that mean for his career, his family. i want to read some of your respons responses. art says, tiger is young. fame and fortunate came before character development. this could be a big step in that direction. but professor wow says, huge mistake. when this happens to noncelebs, you don't stop working. u you say, i'm sorry, put it behind you and move forward. >> on twitter. someone saying, i think the
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apart. but most of you out there probably couldn't tell me the difference between the two if you had to. that's why we've got kenneth here. he has joined us over this whole debate and joins us again this morning. i can't even remember where we were when we started talking about this stuff. are they getting there in the senate? let's forget about the house. are they getting to a point now in the senate with that legislation that they think, democrats at least, will be able to get those 60 votes? >> i think they're getting there. it's like a arubaics cube. you have to move different parts around. the things that are in play are a new proposal to allow adults to buy into the medicare program at age 55. i think despite the fact that they're slowing down a little bit, they're waiting for the congressional budget office to
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give them estimates, they're moving along, i think they're making progress. >> for a lot of people, it seems like we call it progress, but progress is only to get to 60 votes, the legislation itself is so far, it seems, away from the original goal. sounds like they're just willing to make any kind of deal to say they passed health care legislation. >> the good news is that the core elements are still there. moving the coverage. all the reform, making sure the companies can't deny you coverage, can't eliminate your coverage if you're sick. the debate that's been going on is about the public option, what form it will take and what trade-offs among senate democrat to get a public option in there that's really digestible to 60 members of the senate. >> you do an odd number count, how close are they getting? seems like every time they make a change and pick up one or two
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senators here, they're losing two on the other side. >> that's what senator reid's been doing, i think he's doing a matterful job of keeping that coalition together. senators are not going to commit until they see the estimates of this and two, the trade-off between a public option, and this medicare body. those are two big pieces they need to figure out. >> it seems like they keep molding and shaping this thing and calling it something different to get the votes they need. does this still look like a public option? the one they are now looking at, how close is that to resembling the public option we thought we knew? >> it's close. the idea is that there would be
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one or more plans nationally, so that everybody pays the same premium. if i live in indiana, pennsylvania, i pay the same premium, it's just it would be a not for profit health plan. >> do you find now that you're hearing more momentum, some of the democrats even in the house now, people are starting to back away on their language, saying it must have a public option? do you see now that some momentum going twrd there? >> i think so. i think everybody recognizes that they are so close to passing a major, major piece of health reform legislation that we have enormous implications immediately for americans. 60 days, 90 days after this was passed, there would be a national plan available for people to buy and based on no preexisting conditions. that would be

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