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newsroom" starts now. and good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you for joining me. president-elect trump hits the road for a victory lap today. he's thanking voters for his stunning upset and celebrating a campaign promise that he's already delivered. mr. trump traveled to indianapolis where he's brokered a deal that will keep about 1,000 factory jobs from moving to mexico. trump had targeted carrier on the campaign trail and vowed to keep american jobs from moving abroad. that pledge mobilized voters in the rust belt and tonight, trump kicks off his thank you tour in the battleground states that clinched his victory. first stop, at a campaign style rally in downtown cincinnati, ohio. but let's head live to indianapolis for a moment. first let's get the latest on the trump team's efforts to form his cabinet. cnn's jessica schneider is outside trump tower. good morning. >> reporter: good morning.
the palace intrigue continues as we await some key posts. the transition team telling us not to expect any new announcements as it pertains to personnel or cabinet posts this week. of course, donald trump will be headed out of trump tower shortly to make his way to indiana as well as ohio later tonight. despite all of that, we have seen some big news over the week, some key nominations, some big names. included in the names of nominations this week, elaine chao, picked by donald trump for transportation secretary. of course she served george w. bush as labor secretary during his eight years. another big name, georgia congressman tom price. he's picked for health and human services. he's an outspoken critic of obamacare. in fact, over the past several years, he's plotted and proposed many of his own alternatives to the affordable care act. also, rounding out the picks this week, two well-to-do wealthy and well-connected names that are drawing some criticism and coming under fire. of course, the former investment
banker at goldman sachs, steve mnuchin. he was at goldman for 17 years, at the treasury secretary post. for commerce secretary, billionaire investor wilbur ross. massachusetts senator elizabeth warren has been outspoken about the big banks and she is slamming these two picks by donald trump, saying donald trump campaigned on making the american government work for the american people, not for wall street and now she's saying donald trump is picking some of the biggest names in wall street to head up his economic team. now, while all that is going on, of course, all of the interest continues to swirl around the secretary of state pick. four big names that are now being mentioned but the biggest one of all, perhaps the leading contender, being former massachusetts governor mitt romney. of course mitt romney's name swirling a lot after that dinner meeting with donald trump that happened on tuesday. it was his second sit-down face-to-face meeting with donald trump. he came out after that meeting singing praise for donald trump after that meeting, saying he
was impressed with donald trump's improbable and difficult win, but interestingly, former house speaker newt gingrich coming out last night with some very harsh words against mitt romney, saying mitt romney had essentially or has essentially been sucking up to donald trump. so a lot of names still in the mix as we await some more key appointments, but likely nothing happening today or this week as donald trump hits the road and will be out on that thank you, america tour a little later today. carol? >> jessica schneider live from outside of trump tower. now let's head to indianapolis, shall we, and to the carrier plant where trump and mike pence will meet with workers around 2:00 this afternoon. that's eastern time. here's cnn's suzanne malveaux. >> reporter: good morning. that's right, trump and pence are going to be on the very floor of the carrier plant where ten months ago, the owners, the parent company united technologies, announced to their workers that their jobs were going to mexico. one of those workers captured it
on his cell phone, he posted it, it went viral and donald trump saw the video and used it as the center piece of his jobs platform. it really is coming full circle here. carrier had confirmed there were some business incentives coming from the state. that could mean anything from tax breaks, business opportunities, in exchange for staying here. also we heard on the campaign trail, donald trump threatening that he would impose a tariff on imported goods if those goods came from mexico and other companies overseas. that could be part of the incentive of why they are staying here. but a lot of people are looking at this and wondering is this a larger, bigger picture here, an economic policy. bernie sanders also pointed to the carrier workers during the campaign to really hit that company hard. the parent company hard, talking about offshore jobs and this morning, in an op-ed in "the washington post" here's what he said. he said trump has endangered the jobs of workers who were previously safe in the united states. he says why, because he has
signaled to every corporation in america that they can threaten to offshore jobs in exchange for business friendly tax benefits and incentives. i talked to the workers here at carrier and other companies and quite frankly, they don't really care about like how this happened, how the sausage was made. they care about the results. so they are disagreeing with sanders this morning because they are looking at their own interests. they are looking at their families and what this means to them. i had an opportunity to talk to one of those workers. here's what he said. how much credit do you really give him? >> i mean, what he said is happening so whether it's the state, everybody collectively coming together to do it really doesn't matter. it's being done and it's wonderful. >> reporter: carol, that is john fletcher. he's a new grandfather, he has three grown kids, two of them that he's putting through college, and he makes up to $25
an hour. he's with a company whose jobs are going to mexico. there is no deal with trump or with pence. he wants to get trump's ear and essentially make it happen for him and his family as well. so that is the sentiment here. people are happy with what has taken place but again, as bernie sanders said and other critics, it certainly isn't an economic big picture policy. >> suzanne malveaux, thank you. i'm joined by assistant editor for the atlantic, ron brownstein and washington correspondent for the new yorker, ryan lizza. so ron, is this a good deal for the american worker or has donald trump embarked on this slippery slope that every company will expect to get huge tax incentives to stay in the united states? >> yes. >> that's a yes? >> yes. for the carrier workers, this is a very good day. it's a good day for the trump
administration. but it is a question whether this is a sustainable model. really, there is a much larger debate encapsulated in this which is, it is unlikely that individual interventions in the decisions of individual companies is going to make a big dent in the long-term trajectory of a more automated and globalized manufacturing supply chain that has reduced the amount of manufacturing jobs in the u.s. for decades even as our output has increased. that's a big structural change that's not going to be reversed. but what you really see here i think is the big question is that donald trump has a whole series of policies that corporate leaders have long sought. he's going -- he wants to cut corporate taxes significantly, wants to roll back federal regulation and a whole series of areas, including all the reforms on wall street after 2010 -- in 2010, dodd-frank, and will present them essentially as ways to benefit american workers in the same way these tax breaks for the employer here was presented as a way of preserving american jobs, and that is going
to be a fundamental debate. ultimately is this about benefiting american workers or tilting the playing field more toward american corporations in a way that could ultimately hurt, for example, the federal budget and the ability to fund programs. this is a big debate captured in a small -- in one instance. >> right. ryan, this is also giving companies, if this comes to pass, the scenario ron just laid out, this is giving tremendous power to corporations, right, and that doesn't necessarily translate into higher wages for workers or better working conditions. >> that's the danger. look, if carrier had moved these i guess originally 2,000 jobs to mexico against the wishes of trump and against a pretty significant campaign promise that he talked about quite a lot, people would be rightfully criticizing trump and saying a-ha, you promised you would keep those specific jobs in this country and you failed on one of your core campaign promises. so you have to give him a certain amount of credit for promising something during the
campaign and you know, doing -- at least keeping half of those jobs in the united states because there's no doubt we would be sitting here criticizing him if he hadn't. on the other hand, as every economist who has been on the show has said, republican and democrat, the precedent here can be very dangerous, right. if you are a corporation, you can be very loud about the fact that you are going to offshore jobs and catch the attention of the incoming trump administration and try and extract concessions from the government. you basically have this sort of, you know, extortion game that companies can now play because trump has set himself up this way. it's kind of like the way trump used to talk about lawsuits, right. he would always say he never settles lawsuits because it only attracts other people to be litigious. this is undoubtedly going to attract corporations to come knocking at the fronts door of the trump administration saying we want x, y or z or we will offshore. he needs a long-term -- he needs
to do something about that. >> i also want to talk about this thank you tour. it's unprecedented for a president-elect. mr. trump isn't even president of the united states, yet he's going out thanking voters for his big victory. his first stop will be in cincinnati, hamilton county, a county that went to hillary clinton, right. everything around it went to trump but hamilton county went to hillary clinton. he's going to start there. is that kind of an olive branch to those people who maybe didn't vote for mr. trump? >> it's a really good question. real quick, you don't even need to get to the individual companies to get to this kind of extortion question. it will be more systematic. he will propose big cuts in taxes and regulations that companies want and argue that it's a way of systematically keeping them in the u.s. that i think will be the debate whether it's carrots or sticks, as bernie sanders argues. donald trump lost 88 of the 100 largest counties in america. this election had the starkest divide that we have seen in modern times between metro and non-metro america.
the county hillary clinton only won one-sixth of the counties in the country, less than one-sixth and the counties she won produced two-thirds of our total economic output according to the brookings institution with data out today. for donald trump to go into a metro area, it is important because ultimately, he won without speaking to the most dynamic growing places in the economy, more to places like the carrier plant that feel as though they are being left behind in this diversifying post-industrial globalized economy that is unfolding in our cities. i think one of the big questions of his presidency is can he speak across that divide. i think this tour, it's fine, i think it makes sense for him to reconnect with his voters, but ultimately, it's coming at a point, he's entering the presidency with a deep cultural divide, racial divide, class divide, that's kind of welcoming him and the issue will be is he speaking only to his base or to all americans. >> there is still a divide
within the republican party, too. that's clearly illustrated by mitt romney, right, because donald trump is mulling over whether to appoint him secretary of state. newt gingrich, another republican, came out, kind of slammed mitt romney as a man like crawling on his belly now because he wants an appointment as secretary of state. let's listen. >> you have never ever in your career seen a serious adult who's wealthy, independent, has been a presidential nominee, suck up at the rate mitt romney is sucking up. i am confident that he thinks now that donald trump is one of his closest friends, that they have so many things in common, that they are both such wise, brilliant people and i'm sure last night at an elegant three-star restaurant in new york that he was fully at home happy to share his vision of populism which involved a little foie gras, superb cooking, but
was done in a populist happy manner. >> i think mitt romney just blew up. >> gingrich pronounced foie gras suspiciously well there. anyway, what i find fascinating about this is that trump has turned some of these positions into a public debate. most transitions, the interview process is completely private. that is now an aanachronism. he's got these people coming before the press in trump tower or his golf course in new jersey and he's got this big public debate over who these people should be. he's getting a lot of feedback from the different parts of the republican party to know whose noses will be bent out of joint if he picks romney. i personally think the fact that trump is seriously considering romney for such an important position is a very healthy sign. this is the number one critic of donald trump and look, what is the number one criticism of
trump always been, that he's vindictive, keeps an enemies list. if you cross him, you will never get into his inner circle. the fact that he and romney are actually developing a relationship i think is a fairly healthy sign for the administration. for the incoming administration. >> even if it's over, what is it, goose liver? >> it is. banned in california where ron is right now. >> i have never eaten it and i never will. thanks to both of you. coming up in the "newsroom" they might have lost the election but democrats are not going to take it lying down. how they are gearing up for a major fight once trump takes office. ♪ ♪ put some manwich on the table... and give boring weeknight meals, the night off. ♪make tonight a manwich night
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as donald trump prepares to thank the voters in cincinnati, ohio, some democrats are preparing a chilly reception for him in washington. last night, senator elizabeth warren railed against trump's choice of hedge fund manager steve mnuchin as treasury secretary. >> the american people are furious over what wall street has done. they don't want somebody who is going to come in here and say hey, let's help wall street and what donald trump is doing is he's literally handing the keys to the treasury over to a wall
street banker who helped cause the crash. >> while democrats won't necessarily be able to block trump's cabinet pick, they can make the confirmation process pretty painful, which would be taking a page from the republican playbook after 2008, after president obama won. let's talk about this and more. i'm joined by alan lickman, professor of history at american university, author of predicting the next president, the keys to the white house 2016. welcome, sir. >> thank you. >> should donald trump be scared? >> donald trump, look, if the democrats don't want eight years of donald trump or eight years of republicans, they have to take a playbook from the republicans themselves which was to make every effort to block the policies of barack obama. that's sound politics. it's also very sound strategy in terms of what democrats really believe in because most of the
trump agenda goes directly contrary to democratic ideology. things like big tax breaks for corporations, repealing the regulations designed to prevent another financial meltdown, building a wall on the border, cracking down on undocumented immigrants, banning abortions, making it more difficult to vote. there's very few elements of the trump agenda that are in accord with what the democratic party believes in. >> wait a minute. didn't americans become angry when republicans were accused of being obstructionist? you want democrats to become obstructionist? >> yeah. let me tell you what that anger has done. republicans now have the presidency, they control the u.s. house, they control the u.s. senate, they are going to control the supreme court when donald trump makes the tie-breaking appointment. they have the great majority of governorships and the great majority of state legislatures and they are likely to shape the
post-2020 redistricting. so forget that point. in fact, the republican strategy has worked beyond republican dreams. the democrats today are a shadow party, a shattered party. the republicans control almost every lever of power in america. >> so bernie sanders and elizabeth warren, they seem to have joined forces, right, so can they make obstructionism a glorious thing for the democrats? >> i sure hope so, because that is the only viable strategy for the democrats at this point. i think those democrats who say, particularly the vulnerable ones in the senate, we are going to work with donald trump are committing the same political error that democrats have been committing for many many years, and that is not seeing the forest for the trees. maybe not even seeing the forest because they are caught looking at the leaves. they fail to see the big picture.
they are only looking at the very small illusory political gains they may think they can get from working with trump. >> so that said, why did democratic lawmakers re-elect nancy pelosi as their house leader? >> well, it's very hard to change the house leadership. the democratic party has really been mired in pretty bad strategy for a very long time. president obama has some terrific accomplishments on his plate, the paris accords, obamacare, the iran nuclear treaty, but he was a terrible party builder. the democrats have not built their party. look to franklin roosevelt. he was both a great policy innovator and a great party builder. the democrats have not built their party and in every election where barack obama was not on the ballot, from 2010 on, the democrats took a huge pasting. they have got to pay attention
to party building. they have got to pay attention to what their agenda and their theme and their message is going to be or the party's going to be a memory. >> so last question for you. you are one of the few people out there who predicted that donald trump would win the presidency but you also predicted that donald trump would be impeached. do you still stand by that prediction? >> absolutely. impeached, resigned. quickly, let me give you the reason. one, donald trump has played fast and loose with the law all his life. a lichtman rule of politics is what you see is what you get. it's not going to carry over into the presidency. two, he's set up the potential for an enormous conflict of interest between private business interests and the national security of the united states. he's turned his business over to his children. he's kept it all in the family. this is nothing remotely like a blind trust. thirdly, republicans in congress understand that donald trump is a loose cannon.
he's out of control. republicans love control. wouldn't it be their great dream to have mike pence as president, the predictable down the pipe conservative republican. >> okay. stand by. thank you so much. >> take care. a bit of breaking news to tell you about out of jacksonville, florida, where police and hostage negotiators are on the scene as a gunman reportedly holds several people hostage inside of a credit union. it is unclear if anyone is hurt at this time. police have evacuated this area. we will continue to follow the story and of course bring you any updates as we get them in. ♪
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good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you for joining me. the refugee crisis wears on and so does the terrible destruction in syria. government forces are pounding aleppo with air strikes and recent days, more than 27,000 people have been displaced in the eastern part of that city. the united nations describes the situation there as quote, a descent into hell. right now, the united states is still accepting refugees from syria but that might not last much longer in light of what happened at the ohio state university a few days ago. when a somali refugee attacked and injured several people. the president-elect donald trump tweeting out this. quote, isis is taking credit for the terrible stabbing attack at ohio state university by a somali refugee who should not have been in our country. thousands of refugees already in the united states, those words are chilling. i talked with a syrian family
who fled home syria for georgia. here's their story. the locals like to say clarkson, georgia boasts the most ethnically diverse square mile in america. for dozens of refugees fleeing their war-torn countries who live here, this bit of americana is a gift from god. do you feel lucky that you're here? >> translator: certainly i'm lucky. i'm safe now. safety is everyone's wish. >> samir along with his wife paid a smuggler $100 to sneak them out of syria. they don't talk about it much. they still fear what they left behind. most of their family died in the relentless bombing here. pictures of injured and dead children makes them want to hold their own kids closer. when you guys had to leave syria, leave your home, leave your family, leave what all was familiar to you to go somewhere,
i just wonder what that's like. >> translator: your heart bleeds from the inside when you have to leave your country but at the same time, you're leaving to seek safety and stability for your family. you want to live, to stay away from problems. >> if you could go home, would you? >> translator: everybody would prefer to go back to his or her country if it's safe. i'm happy living in the u.s., but nonetheless, i always miss my home country. my country is still at war. we don't want to go back. >> new american pathways helped them find a home, provided the family with english classes and samir, a job. he works in a restaurant and while he says he doesn't worry about deportation, in light of donald trump's win, he has heard the rhetoric. >> we have no idea where they come from, folks.
this could be the great trojan horse. we don't know if they have love or hate in their heart and there's no way to tell. we can't let these people come into our country. we have enough problems. >> president-elect trump has said that it's not a good idea to admit syrians into the country because you don't know who you can trust. when you hear that from the president-elect, what goes through your mind? >> translator: it's not a humane approach to reject the people who are fleeing the war. instead, the president should bring in and rescue more people for humanitarian reasons. >> some americans are afraid of people from the middle east, from syria. why do you think that is? >> translator: to the country, we love the american people. we want them to reciprocate our feeling. we came to them for help. we want them to love us. we will love them back. >> he and his wife fought to get
into the united states after fleeing syria, the family wound up in jordan but applied to the united nations refugee agency for asylum in the united states. a country where dreams come true. they underwent intense vetting by the fbi, the defense department, the national counterterrorism center, homeland security and the united nations. along the way, donja had two more babies. so your children, each child was born in a different country? >> translator: yes. each of my kids was born in a different country. my oldest son was born in syria. my next child was born in jordan. the youngest one was born in the u.s. >> what can you say to the american people out there who fear immigrants coming into this country from the middle east? >> translator: if you have left your country and the war, you are only seeking safety. you don't want anything to do with war and terrorism. if what you want is terror, then your country which is at war is
the perfect ground for you. >> although samir's family yearns to go home, they can't. there is no home in syria anymore. so like so many refugees before them, they will create their own american dream. he already has a plan. his own business right here in georgia. right now there are 532 syrian refugees living in georgia. more than 16,000 syrian refugees are now living in the united states since the civil war began in syria. that's according to the state department. coming up in the "newsroom" the justice department just handed sweeping new authority to spy on americans. why a single search warrant now grants them access to your computer and smartphone. ♪ ♪ ♪
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jury deliberations are again under way in south carolina for the former police officer accused of murdering an unarmed black man. a jury right now deciding if michael slager should face life behind bars in the shooting death. scott shot five times in the back as he ran from a traffic stop last year. cnn's laura sanchez is outside the courtroom in charleston with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. yeah, right now the jury is deliberating. they have been at it for about an hour. they did so for about an hour last night after hearing closing arguments from the defense and prosecution. really two starkly different messages from both sides. the defense essentially telling the jury that the video should not play into their decision making in this process, that so much happened before the cameras started rolling that it doesn't really tell the full story.
as a matter of fact, they say the fact the video went viral colored this case and changed the opinion of investigators who were collecting evidence and it colored their opinion of michael slager. they also said if there was a media narrative that was a false one, that the media perpetuated this idea that michael slager was guilty because it fell into a wider narrative about confrontations between unarmed african-americans and police officers. in turn, the prosecution told the jury everything they needed to know to make their decision was on that video. they said it showed the moment that michael slager killed walter scott without needing to, saying his life was not at risk. they also said it showed the inconsistencies in michael slager's initial reporting to investigators and then they played the fateful moment that walter scott was killed with his family in the courtroom. they actually came out shortly after the jury started deliberating and talked to us about some of the moments that really irked them during the trial. here's some of that sound by the
family of walter scott and their attorney. >> the only thing that sticks out in my mind that really bothered me from the closing argument by mr. slager's team was comment that a guilty verdict sends a message to all of the men and women in blue, a bad message. i couldn't more vehemently disagree. it's not just me because my opinion doesn't really matter. but that message is contradicted by the many officers that have contacted me to let the family know. >> reporter: the scott family and their attorney saying in fact, it does send a message but not to police officers. rather, to the country as a whole, that if walter -- rather, michael slager is found guilty, police officers are accountable when they act improperly. carol? >> boris sanchez live from charleston, south carolina, thank you. under a sweeping new rule taking effect today, federal agents can now use a single
search warrant to hack into millions of americans' computers or smartphones all at once. opponents took to the senate floor in a last ditch effort to stop the rule from taking effect but were unsuccessful. cnn's senior political reporter manu raju has more for you. >> reporter: good morning. the justice department actually sought this rule because of a change in technology that they say is making it harder and harder to track criminals, essentially under existing rules the justice department is required to go to various courts around the country in order to hack into different devices. under the new rule that's taking effect now, essentially they can just go to one, with one warrant, go to one court and try to hack into devices all across the country by just sort of one-stop shopping, if you will. privacy advocates here in the united states senate are concerned. yesterday, on the floor, three
senators, ron wyden of oregon, chris kunz of delaware and steve daynes of montana, they came to the floor and wanted to seek a delay of this rule, saying there needs to be more time to examine it. this could lead to potentially abuse by the federal government. essentially they were shot down. they had very little support. republicans and democrats overwhelmingly agree there needs to be -- the government needs to have this power in order to keep up with this changing technology. john cornyn of texas objected to any request to delay this rule from taking effect. congress has not even looked at this in terms of in a public setting, there haven't been hearings or anything like that. that's one reason why folks want a little more time to look at it but it looks like they will have little chance to stop it because this is going to take effect starting this month. >> manu raju live for us this
morning, thank you. checking some other top stories for you at 43 minutes past, a tense standoff in washington state ends with a suspected cop killer dead. police ended the standoff just two hours ago. officials say a man barricaded himself inside this home yesterday afternoon after fatally shooting an officer. that officer was responding to a domestic dispute. two children were found inside the home but they were unhurt. in tennessee, rubble is all that remains in parts of the great smoky mountains after raging flames ripped across the popular resort area. seven people now confirmed dead. one local mayor says rescue crews are searching for several people still missing. the cause of the fire under investigation but officials believe it was likely human caused. buzz aldrin, one of the first astronauts to walk on the moon, has been evacuated from the south pole because of deteriorating health. that's according to the national science foundation. aldrin was visiting the region as part of a travel group. at this point, his condition is
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300 u.s. marines will soon be stationed in norway to help the country prepare against potential aggression from russia. the move comes amid president-elect donald trump's talk of re-evaluating nato. cnn senior international correspondent nick paton walsh has more. >> reporter: it just got very cold again for these u.s. marines training with tanks in norway. on the eastern borders of a nato that's suddenly nervous once more. they are moving forward now towards the fake enemy positions, but this kind of
exercise is since russia's moves in ukraine have taken on a new kind of realism and urgency. in january, 300 marines were moved to norway permanently. that's how worried about moscow's intentions they are. for now, a unit from north carolina are these tanks, normally stored deep in caves but now the furthest north of the arctic circle they have ever been. after iraq and afghanistan, these are old new war games about protecting europe. and they know when the enemy isn't role playing, it will probably be the newly emboldened russian military. >> in 2014, that was a clear sign that russia has stepped into an area where they are willing and able to use military power. suddenly we have changed focus from what was going on in particular in afghanistan to collective defense, national
defense. >> reporter: a change in focus, somebody's watching. norwegian police investigating ten sightings of medium sized unidentified drones over these exercises. at a furthest point north of the border, you can go. it's an open game of watching. a russian helicopter lands, rare here. when donald trump questioned america's commitment to nato, and seems to want [ inaudible ] with russia, it gets noticed here. did you hear about donald trump becoming u.s. president? >> yeah, i did. >> reporter: what do people think out here? >> i'm not allowed to talk about that, actually. >> reporter: it's not really a russian invasion they worry about here but rather the sort of separatist uprising russia fomented in ukraine. we are heading out with the norwegian border patrol towards their frontier with russia. a presence on the ground being
vital for them and assuring nothing untoward happens with their large at times unfriendly neighbor. that's really the reason for the norwegian-american tanks you saw earlier. to be sure, even out here in the empty pines and crisp snow, no matter what the trump presidency brings, there's enough muscle already here to enforce nato's promises of collective security. >> it happens. you just salute them. >> reporter: would you like to talk to them if you could? >> probably but it's illegal. >> reporter: it is strange to hear norwegians, nato members, talk so vividly again about the russian threat. the constant and real backdrop to this survival training happening tonight under a staggering display of the northern lights. not until now is being sure you're ready happened with such a sense of insecurity about europe's very borders that mount slowly as the trump presidency
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the cowboys can clinch a playoff spot tonight. dak prescott and company have won an nfl-best ten games in a row. there will be no strike in major league baseball. according to multiple reports the union and the owners coming to an agreement last night on a new collective bargaining agreement. the new deal going to kick in in 2017 and it will reportedly have big changes. for example, the all-star game will no longer determine who has home field advantage in the world series. it will go back to who has the better record. also, smokeless tobacco will be banned for all new major leaguers. and the regular season going to be extended four days by 2018 to give players more days off. earlier today i caught up with former heisman trophy winner, now pro baseball player, tim tebow. in addition to playing in the mets farm system, he recently found time to write a "new york times" best-selling book "shaken" and i asked him how the baseball career is going thus far and i asked hey, what is tim tebow going to be doing in 2020? >> it's going really well.
i'm enjoying it. i'm having so much fun. every day is just a blast to go out there and get a chance to live out another dream that i had, and it's really a blessing. it's a huge learning curve seeing how i didn't do it for 11 years, but i'm having the time of my life. >> reporter: so in 2020, looking to the future, what will you be doing? >> oh, i have no idea. if you looked at the last four years of my life, there's no telling. but tell you what, whatever i'm doing, i'm going to be passionate about it, i'm going to be excited about it and i'm going to pursue it with all my heart. >> reporter: tebow is here in atlanta helping with the allstate afca good works team. recognizes college football players across the country for selfless acts and community service involvement. tebow also here covering this weekend's s.e.c. championship game between alabama and florida. should be a good one. >> tim tebow is keeping busy because sometimes i get worried about him. >> reporter: always doing something. >> he's a nice man.
>> reporter: nice, genuine guy. as he appears on television, that's how he really is in person. >> awesome. andy, thanks so. . thank you for joining me. i'm carol costello. "at this hour with berman and bolduan" starts now. hello. i'm kate bolduan. >> i'm john berman. call it a thank you tour. call it a victory lap. it's probably a little of both. donald trump now moments away from leaving on a two-city trip that doubles as a celebration of his election win and the completion of at least part of a campaign promise. we are now looking at live pictures from laguardia airport in new york city. you can see donald trump's personal plane right there. it will take off shortly heading to indianapolis. of course, that campaign promise that he made to get the air conditioner manufacturer carrier to keep jobs in indiana instead of sending them to mexico. there's a deal to save 1,000 of those jobs. we don't know the