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this morning on "today's take," oscar winner adrian brody is here talking about his new thriller "backtrack." casey affleck on playing the good cop in "triple 9." plus, the gadgets that will get you looking gorgeous. all that and more coming up now. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today's take" with al roker, natalie morales, willie
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studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. welcome to "today." it's tuesday morning, february 23rd, 2016. and al. tamron on assignment. my morning jam takes you back to middle school, "the symphony" by marley marl and the juice crew. '89, i think it was, great fantastic. >> i remember that. >> terrific. story. it keeps getting more interesting. a new twist, the fight between the fbi and apple over unlocking an iphone used by one of the attackers in the san bernardino mass shooting. microsoft founder bill gates weighed in, siding with, surprisingly some people, the fbi fbi. saying tech companies should be forced to cooperate with law enforcement in terror investigations. >> i do think people want the government to act on their behalf if they feel like the safeguards are there.
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gone to phone companies and gone to phone companies and banks and lots of companies to gather information. people feel like the government not being blind and being able to try and stop bad things before they happen, it's a good debate to be having. >> interesting because so many of the other silicon valley executives immediately side with apple and tim cook. including facebook and twitter and google, as well, actually came in on the side of apple. he's an outlier and one of the founding the fathers of silicon valley taking this position. >> he says there is a risk even among silicon valley, as they're having the debate we are having. >> slightly more than half side with the fbi as opposed to apple. >> on the flip side of it, general michael haden, the head of the nsa and cia says apple has the right idea. you can't predict where people are going to come down on this. >> it's fascinating.
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absolutely. we have the freedom, and it's protected by our constitution. >> like the freedom to look like walking. >> i'll refrain from using the word idiot because i've been known to do this. >> into a sculpture? >> not into a sculpture but this happens on rock center on a daily basis. not only me but i've seen people walk into pillars. this is this giant sculpture in england, called the kiss. the problem is, it's in the walking path. that's not going to present a problem, is it? well, it sure did. this is 20 feet high. they say within hours of installation installation, they had eight people walk right into it. >> how do you miss that? >> it is giant. but it is right in the walking path. >> over the path. not in the path. >> in their defense, the people who walked into it. >> no.
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>> i nearly walked into a table. >> don't move it. enough of you this. >> put a camera on it. >> epic fails. fantastic. >> apparently, they had to remove it. they put it to the side. >> oh, come on! >> the artist said that texters apparently were not looking, of course, while walking. there you go. the huge sculpture is part of their every day routine, like in that walking path. >> i can't believe they caved to texters. >> come on, guys! word gets around. >> stand your ground. i love this next one. if you've got more than one kid, you have them together, something is going to happen. check out this little girl who had some fun with her baby sister. with a permanent marker. >> oh, boy. uh-oh.
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>> i did what? [ laughter ] . >> i love it. >> going to leave her scarred later in life, the little sister. >> she doesn't say anything. looks at her mom like, what's your problem? >> even her face. >> that's the best part. >> when the little one turns around. front and back. >> binky in her mouth. >> with her little butt. i love it. >> zebra. >> come on, zebra. >> i love zebra. >> and the lady gaga, covering the one eye. >> is that a sharpie, a permanent marker? >> that's my question. >> permanent marker. >> it's not going to go off easily. >> the cheek, the face. >> oh, my gosh. >> clearly mom isn't that upset. coming in with the camera and
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>> i can't wait ten years from now what the payback is going to >> all-timer. >> it's great. it'll be one of those where dad and mom embarrass the younger date. look what the girls did back then. >> coming out at the rehearsal dinner. >> sibling rivalry there later in life. >> so funny. you had a late night. a citizens brigade? >> the upright citizens brigade, the improv group here in the city and now across the country, it's started by amy poehler, and they do night late, like a late night show, in front of a live audience. this amazing group of young actors and writers at ucb write the material, they produce the show. they did all the hard work. they're so funny and talented. they're the future. they'll be the next "snl" write writers writers.
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i did a monologue, had a side kick. nicolle wallace was my guest, talking about the campaign. listen to this. >> oh, no. >> 24 hour mcdonald's in south korea will try serving beer to attract customers because if there's one thing i've thought while sitting at mcdonald's at 2:00 in the morning, it's, boy, i wish everyone here was more drunk. >> i wrote some monologue jokes and they wrote some. >> you have a future, my friend, willie. i've always said, you'll go places someday. >> ucb is awesome. if you get a chance to see a show here, l.a., wherever, check them out. so much talent in that place. >> well played. we're asking, we got this shoutout going. moms, send us their wildest first concert looks. dads cannot apply. >> why? >> i don't know. it's what they said. >> not fair. >> i don't think it is either but that's what this is. for a chance to be flown to new york and win a head to toe
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natalie shared her wildest first concert look when she was 14 and went to spandal ballet. share your throwback pictures. we'll pick a winner at the end of the month. go to our facebook page, facebook.com/"today's take" and tell us why we should tell you rock your style. speaking of going to our facebook.com/"today's take" page, today is day 20 of our 25 days of give aways. what do we have, britney? >> a cook ware set. >> worth $500. we want to break 300,000 today. what are we at? 296,000. come on, people. facebook.com/"today's take" ." all right. also, check this out. what's going on here. somebody hit my button. there you go. now, we've got heavy thunderstorms pushing through
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for today, we've got a tornado threat stretching from new orleans to hattesburg. the concern is tonight to tomorrow morning, the risk of long-track tornadoes. a significant threat overnight. this is really dangerous. we'll be watching this very, very closely. system would be pushing up and through. behind it, snow from chicago, st. louis into detroit. we are expecting to see the rain change to wet snow there. heavier showers and thunderstorms. the rain into snow for interior parts of the northeast. some places picking up upwards of a foot of snow before it's all over. that's what's going on ag amy: good morning, i mean he sweet. we have scattered showers and a few thunderstorms tomorrow that
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take a look. [ screaming ]. >> okay, i'm out. you can let go now, willie. >> sorry. >> i was like, it's coming. something is going to happen. >> here's the thing, you know it's coming. >> i know, but it still happens. >> adrian brody, what was this like, shooting this thing? >> it was -- it's lots of fun. i mean, interesting thing about shooting anything scary is it's much less scary when you're
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but i love the world of the super natural. i love -- it's the beauty of film. you can really get to a place that can actually be frightening and exciting. and it's safe. >> tell us about your character. you play a therapist, is that right? >> yeah, i play a psychologist who is going through a traumatic time, where his -- he recently lost his daughter, and he's mourning. he realizes that all of his patients are deceased. >> oh. that's frightening. >> that's hard to bill. >> exactly, it is. >> al gets to the heart of the matter. >> never going to see any money with that. >> very true. that was the least of his concerns, by the way. >> wasn't thinking about accounts payable in those moments.
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have restored this 1800s stone barn, basically, in upstate new york. >> mm-hmm. >> you've made a documentary about it, which is a story to itself. any creepiness there, in something that old? >> it's interesting. i actually, when i first moved into the house, it was an enormous process, to rebuild this place. the first few nights of living there, which was after a seven-year journey, so it was only a i managed to live in the main house, and i was in bed, trying to go to bed, and i heard what sounded like snoring. it was coming from the second floor. i crept downstairs. literally, the house was snoring.
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it was my own little -- >> and you still want to live there? >> i have no choice. i spent seven years working on the place. i'm living here. >> how do you get a breathe right strip for a whole house? >> open all the windows. >> wow, crazy. >> yeah. >> it went away. i still don't know what it was. it was the first night. i thought it was some strange thing with the pipes but it wasn't. >> somebody just let you know. >> i woke him up and he stayed awake, i guess. >> you're a braver man than me. thank you so much. "backtrack" is available on directv until it hits theaters this friday. the good guy in the new action film "triple 9." we'll catch up with casey
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we are never having another kid. i'm pregnant. i am never letting go. for all the nevers in life, state farm is there. casey affleck starred in a string of hit films from block busters like the " oceans" trilogy to "gone, baby, gone." and the assassination of jesse james by robert ford, which earned him an oscar nomination. >> now, he stars in the new high-strung, "triple 9," where he plays a clean, new detective surrounded by a group of dirty cops. here's a look. >> this ain't a game, chris. the rules around here are different. this ain't buckhead, all right? you better learn fast. >> man, let me tell you something, you have a problem with me, put it on the table but
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something i don't know. you let an [ bleep ] in front of the neighborhood, you have explaining to do. >> casey affleck, good morning. >> morning. >> you've got a hell of a cast, between anthony mackie, aaron paul -- >> what was the other name? >> you raced through that one. >> it's how we do it. >> i was counting on you carrying me through. >> norman. >> what was it like on the set with all that acting power? >> i was the pain in the ass. they're all so good. you know, this movie, i didn't always see them. they weren't always on the set when i was there. woody's first day, he is a nut, he showed up and he got an easy scene. driving down the street, park
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steps to see me. that's fairly simple. woody takes the first take, races down the street and hits a tree, jumps out of the car, head is bleeding and runs up the path to me. i figured everyone would descend and stop and lay woody down for a minute. woody kept to the scene. it here. >> oh million , my gosh. >> did it make it into the final cut? >> yeah, it did. >> that's always better, the unexpected, right? >> who is your guy in this landscape of characters? who is your character? where does he fit in? >> i play sort of the only -- i'm the good guy. a bunch of bad guys. house how's that? >> that's good. >> you play a lot of different and intense roles. what drew you to this, besides an incredible cast? >> well, you know, i've played a lot of bad guys, and i wanted to
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>> announcer: this is an nbc news special report. here is willie geist. >> good morning. in just a moment president obama will make a statement from the roosevelt room at the white house. we expect him to put forth a plan for closing the prison at guantanamo bay, cuba. this is something the president has vowed to do since he first ran for the job as a united
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we have already heard clear opposition from senate majority leader mitch mcconnell and it will stir up debate on the campaign trail. let's bring in jim mik la she have skier in there were as many as 1,800 detainees at guantanamo bay. that number down to 91. under the president's new plan as many as 35 could be released to other country and it could cost the u.s. $460 million to build detention facilities for 30 to 60 of those detainees who would be brought to the u.s. and inn carcerated many most likely for life. we have republican majorities in both chambers of congress. let's go to the president right now. good morning, everybody. in our fight against terrorists like al qaeda and isil we are
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national power. our military, intelligence, diplomacy, homeland security, law enforcement, federal state and local, as well as the example of our ideals as a country that's committed to universal values. including rule of law and human rights. in this fight we learn and we work to constantly improve. when we find something that works, we keep on doing it. when it becomes clear that something is not working as intended, when it does not advance our security, we have to change course. for many years it's been clear that the detention facility at guantanamo bay does not advance our national security. it undermines it. this is not just my opinion. this is the opinion of experts, this is the opinion of many in our military. it's counter productive to our
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they use it as propaganda in their efforts to recruit. it drains military resources. with nearly $450 million spent last year alone to keep it running. more than $200 million in additional costs needed to keep it open going forward for less than 100 detainees. guantanamo harms our partnerships with allies and other countries whose cooperation we need against terrorism. when i talk to other world leaders they bring up the fact that guantanamo is not resolved. moreover, keeping this facility open is contrary to our values. it undermines our standing in the world. it is viewed as a stain on our broader record of upholding the highest standards of rule of law.
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on being a beacon to other nations, a model of the rule of law. but 15 years after 9/11, 15 years after the worst terrorist attack in american history, we're still having to defend the existence of a facility and a process where not a single verdict has been reached in those attacks. not a single one. when i first ran for president it was widely recognized that this facility needed to close. this was not just my opinion. this was not some radical far left view. there was a bipartisan support to close it. my predecessor, president bush, to his credit said he wanted to close it. it was one of the few things
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opponent, senator john mccain, agreed on. and so in one of my first acts as president i took action to begin closing it. and because we had bipartisan support, i wanted to make sure that we did it right. i indicated that we would need to take our time to do it in a systematic way and that we had examined all the options. unfortunately during that period where we were putting the pieces in place to close it what had previously been bipartisan support suddenly became a partisan issue. suddenly many who previously had said it should be closed backed off because they were worried about the politics. the public was scared into thinking that, well, if we close it somehow we will be less safe.
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repeatedly imposed restrictions aimed at preventing us from closing this facility. now, despite the politics we have made progress. of the nearly 800 detainees once held at guantanamo more than 85% have already been transferred to other countries. more than 500 of these transfers, by the way, occurred under president bush. since i took office we have so far transferred 147 more. each under new significant restrictions to keep them from returning to the battlefield. and as a result of these actions today just 91 detainees remain. less than 100. today the defense department, thanks to very hard work by secretary of defense ash carter
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concert with the office of management budget, today the department is submitting to congress our plan for finally closing the facility at guantanamo once and for all. it's a plan that reflects the hard work of my entire national security team. so i especially want to thank ash and his team at d.o.d. this plan has my full support. it reflects our best thinking on how to best go after terrorists and deal with those who we may capture and it is a strategy with four main elements. first, we will continue to securely and responsibly transfer to other countries the 35 detainees out of the 91 that have already been approved for transfer. keep in mind that process involves extent sive and careful coordination across our federal government to ensure that our national security interests are met when an individual is
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so, for example, we insist that foreign countries constitute strong security measures. and as we move forward that means that we will have around 60 and potentially even fewer detainees remaining. second, we will accelerate the periodic reviews of remaining detainees to determine whether their continued detention is necessary. a review board, which includes representatives from across government, will continue to look at all relevant information including current intelligence and if certain detainees no longer pose a continuing significant threat, they may be eligible for transfer to another country as well. number three, we will continue to use all legal tools to deal
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still held under law for detention. currently ten detainees are in some stage of the military commission's process, a process that we worked hard to reform in my first year in office with bipartisan support from congress. but i have to say with respect to these commissions they are very costly. they have resulted in years of litigation without a resolution. we are, therefore, outlining additional changes to improve these commissions which would require congressional action and we will be consulting with them in the near future on that issue. i also want to point out that in contrast to the commission process our article 3 federal courts have proven to have an outstanding record of convicting some of the most hardened terrorists. these prosecutions allow for the gathering of intelligence against terrorist groups.
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prosecute terrorists and protect the american people. so think about it. terrorists like richard reed, the shoe bomber, of abdul mute la who tried to blow up a plane over detroit, the man who tried to bomb times square and the bm, they were all convicted in our article 3 courts and are now behind bars here in the united states. so we can capture terrorists, protect the american people and when done right we can try them and put them in our maximum security prisons and it works just fine. in this sense the plan we're
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about closing the facility at guantanamo, it's not just about dealing with the current group of detainees which is a complex piece of business because of the manner in which they were originally apprehended and what happened. this is about closing a chapter in our history. it reflects the lessons we have learned since 9/11. lessons that need to guide our nation going forward. so even as we use military commissions to close out the cases of some current detainees, which given the unique circumstances of their cases make it difficult for them to be tried in article iii courts, this type of use of military commission should not set a precedent for the future. as they have been in past wars, military commissions will continue to be an option when individuals are detained during battle, but our preferred
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option for dealing with individuals detained outside military theaters, must be our strong proven federal courts. fourth, and finally, we're going to work with congress to find a secure location in the united states to hold remaining detainees. these are detainees who are subject to military commissions, but it also includes those who cannot yet be transferred to other countries or who we have determined must continue to be detained because they pose a continuing significant threat to the united states. we are not identifying a specific facility today in this plan. we are outlining what options look like. as congress has imposed restrictions that currently prevent the transfer of detainees to the united states,
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to be a challenge and we are going to keep making the case to congress that we can do this in a responsible and secure way, taking into account the lessons and great record of our maximum security prisons. and let me point out the plan we are submitting today is not only the right thing to do for our security, it will also save money. the defense department estimates that this plan compared to keeping guantanamo open would lower costs by up to $85 million a year. over ten years it would generate savings of more than $300 million. over 20 years the savings would be up to $1.7 billion. in other words, we can ensure our security, uphold our highest values around the world and save
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money in the process. in closing i want to say i am very clear eyed about the hurdles to finally closing guantanamo. the politics of this are tough. i think a lot of the american public are worried about terrorism and in their mind the notion of having terrorists held in the united states rather than in some distant place can be scary scary. but part of my message to the american people here is we're already holding a bunch of really dangerous terrorists here in the united states because we threw the book at them and there have been no incidents. we've managed it just fine. and in congress i recognize in part because of some of the
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fanned oftentimes by misinformation there continues to be a fair amount of opposition to closing guantanamo. if it were easy it would have happened years ago, as i wanted, as i have been working to try to get done. but there remains bipartisan support for closing it. and given the stakes involved for our security this plan deserves a fair hearing. even in an election year. we should be able to have an open, honest, good faith dialogue about how to best ensure our national security. and the fact that i'm no longer running, joe is no longer running, we're not on the ballot, it gives us the capacity to not have to worry about the politics. let us do what is right for america. let us go ahead and close this
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and do it right and do it carefully and do it in a way that makes sure we're safe, but -- but gives the next president and more importantly future generations the ability to apply the lessons we've learned in the fight against terrorism and doing it in a way that doesn't raise some of the problems that guantanamo has raised. i really think there is an opportunity here for progress. i believe we've got an obligation to try. president bush said he wanted to close guantanamo despite everything that he had invested in it. i give him credit for that. there was an honest assessment on his part about what needed to happen. but he didn't get it done and it was passed to me. i've been working for seven years now to get this thing closed. as president i have spent countless hours dealing with this. i do not exaggerate about that. our closest allies raise it with
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they often raise specific cases of detainees repeatedly. i don't want to pass this problem on to the next president, whoever it is. and if as a nation we don't deal with this now when will we deal with it? are we going to let this linger on for another 15 years, another 20 years, another 30 years? if we don't do what's required now i think future generations are going to look back and ask why we failed to act when the right course, the right side of history and of justice and our best american traditions was clear. so, again, i want to thank secretary carter, you and your team did an outstanding job and you have shown great leadership on this issue. with this plan we have the opportunity finally to eliminate
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strengthen relationships with allies and partners, enhance our national security and most importantly uphold the values that define as americans. i'm absolutely committed to closing the detention facility at guantanamo. i'm going to continue to make the case for doing so as long as i hold this office, but this is a good moment for everybody to step back, take a look at the facts, take a look at the views of those who have been most committed to fighting terrorism and understand this stuff. our operatives, our intelligence officials, our military, let's go ahead and get this thing done. thanks very much, everybody. >> president obama addressing the country from the videos velt room at the white house laying out his plan once again for closing the detention facility at guantanamo bay, cuba. let's bring in chuck todd nbc's police cal director moderator of "meet the press." the president twice invoking president george w. bush as someone who once shared his view that guantanamo needs to be
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>> you know, on his first full day of his presidency i remember sitting there watching him sign an executive order that said he was closing down guantanamo bay. that prison within one year. here we are nearly eight years later and it's still not closed. the point is this, willie. he had -- he had more bipartisan support for shutting down gitmo eight years ago than he does today. he had john mccain ready to work with him, lindsey graham ready to work with him. they don't do it. already before the president spoke this morning, willie, a major democratic senator from colorado, a state that houses one of these big prisons that these guys might go to said they are not coming to colorado. this is a plan that the president wanted to get out but it has very little support in congress on a bipartisan basis. >> that's a democrat and majority leader mitch mcconnell calling this an ill considered crew side by a president. much more right now on nbcnews.com and msnbc. with the debt.
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account. we want to pay down debt. it's because the interest rate on the debt is probably higher -- oh, my goodness. throwing away the money. >> i was celebrating my win. >> the interest on the debt is probably higher than the return you'd get in the retirement. if you're getting matching dollars in the retirement account, that's the way to go. always for the matching. >> that's what i was thinking. >> question two, getting a refund this year, like you do every year, is this, good, or that, not so good. >> how could getting a refund be bad? >> al is the winner. it's not so good. it means you're giving uncle sam an interest free loan on your money. what you should do, go to human resources or adjust your withholding. if you're not putting 100% of the max in your retirement account, bump up that contribution at the same time. >> okay. >> win all around. question three, if you're
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home, should you use your refund to do this, get a new front door, or that, get a new garage door? both of you going with the front door. yes. a new front door will cost you about $1,200. you get 100% of the money back if you sell. paint it red. that's my opinion. >> all right. >> should you, many people who work exclusively at home are afraid of taking the home office deduction because it's an audit flag. should you take it or should you skip it? >> feels like a trick question. >> willie is going with that, skip it. al said take it. al is correct. take it. >> trick question. >> if you truly have a home office. it has to be -- pay attention, class. >> it seems obvious. i didn't think it'd be the answer. >> if you ever a home office and you don't take the deduction, you're leaving money on the table. but it has to be a dedicated home office space.
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auditing about 1% of filers, except for people who make over $1 million a year. they're auditing 7% of those. >> okay. >> this or that? if you're going to use your refund to replace an old appliance appliance, should bit a ten-year-old washer, or a ten-year-old refrigerator? willie is going washer. al is going refrigerator. there you go. the answer is this. washers made before the year 2003 have really been improved upon. you'll save yourself about $180 a year by energy star.com. who is our winner? >> we get one more. >> all right. this or that? according to a new survey from hello wallet.com, what are most people spending more of their refunds on this year? is it travel or clothing? >> the opposite to keep it interest. >> it is travel. people are spending 67% more. people are spending more on travel this year. goes with spending money on
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makes you happier and who is the winner? al is the winner. >> i'm getting a bag of money, baby! >> wow! >> whew. >> thanks for playing our game. >> thank you. congratulations, al roker. >> thank you. >> back in a moment.
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i like zebra. >> what? >> a zebra. >> oh! >> when your big sister has a permanent marker and a little too much time. >> oh! >> so precious. >> i can't handle it. >> the best video of the day. >> that wins. >> zebra. >> we have debra messing. thank you for asking. >> hello, debra messing.
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>> beautiful new book coming out called "come to the garden." i got the audio. >> yes, you did. >> and we'll cook something wonderful.
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>> roasted from nbc news, this is "today." with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> hello, everybody. it's booze day tuesday. it's february 23rd. cheap thrills. how do you pronounce her name?

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