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is. good morning, we do begin with breaking news on the economy. just minutes ago we received the government's first jobs report since the presidential election. it shows 178,000 jobs were created in the month of november. the unemployment rate drops to 4.6%. that is the lowest rate in nine years. christine romans is here to break it down for us. >> another strobe jobs report. this is highlighting the tail wind that donald trump inherited about. the chart really paints the picture here. 4.6%, you have to go back to august 2007 for match that number. to beat it you're talking about the spring of 2007, rewinding
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all of the financial crisis and this slow grind that we've had of jobs creation over the past 74 months. where were the jobs created? this is really telling, especially given the political climate. business, net new jobs there. for years that's been a diverse with lots of different kinds of jobs that pay different pay scales. manufacturing, this is a store of the past generation, honestly. we host about 4,000 manufacturing jobs. over the past year, down 54,000 manufacturing jobs over the past year. that really dovetails nicely with what president-elect donald trump has been talking about on the campaign trail with his crusade with carrier and the like, that is where there is still pain in the labor market. people who live in some of these states where there's factory towns, where they don't feel like they have the opportunity they used to. one quick last chart, on the campaign trail you kept hearing
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about all of these million of americans sidelined by the labor market. look at the right side, still about the lowers in a generation, but it's not quite as bad as it looks. some of the people who are not working, but not in the labor market are newly retired. some are students, some are people who are disabled, some are taking care of elderly parents or children, they're out of the labor market because they want to be out of the labor market. some want to be in the labor market, they could start coming in as these strong jobs numbers continue. you have the lowest unemployment rate since 2007. >> christine romans, many thanks to you. the making of a presidency in real time. this is the live stream of the gold elevators inside trump tower. today the president-elect is welcoming a parade of advisers and potential candidates for his administration jobs. the vice president elect mike pence is said to be taking part in at least some of these meeks after he and trump did a victory
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lap yesterday in pence's home state of indiana, then ohio. in cincinnati, the president-elect reignited the boyce truss enthusiasm that catapulted him to the stunning upset. one unscripted bombshell. trump wants retired general james mattis to become his defense secretary. already a potential obstacle looms. phil mattingly has the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. some hurdles for that pick. i'll get to that in a minute. but you noted, carol, last night was a victory tour. hess campaign aides were very -- transition aides were very clear, this is not a victory tour, but a thank-you tour. a lot of themes echoed about everything we saw during the campaign. >> our victory was so great, we have the house, the senate and the presidency.
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>> reporter: president-elect donald trump saying thank you, and i told you so. >> remember, you cannot get to 270, see? dishonest press. >> reporter: where he appears most comfortable, delivering an unmistakable message, the unconventional candidate who won a stunning victory three weeks ago, here to stay. >> i love this stuff. should i go on with this a little bit longer? the president-elect boasting about breaking hillary clinton's blue wall. >> we didn't break it, we shattered that sucker. that poor wall is busted up. >> reporter: taking a jab at his former opponent while firing up the crowd. >> we did have a lot of fun fighting hillary, didn't we? >> reporter: but also calling for unity, a deeply divided nation after a contentious election. >> we condemn bigotry and prejudice in all of its forms.
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we denounce all of the hatred and we forcefully reject the language of exclusion and separation. we're going to come together. we have no choice, we have to, and it's better. >> reporter: trump stressing the populist message that won is him the white house. trickling down on key campaign promises. >> we are repealing and replacing obamacare we will finally end illegal immigration. have to. we will construct a great wall at the border. >> reporter: and veering off script to break big news about his own cabinet. >> i want to save the suspense for next week. don't let it outside of this room. >> reporter: trump announcing he's selected retyre general james mattis. >> mad dog mattis, they say he's
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the closest thing to general george patton that we have, and it's about time. >> while defending the other wealthy cab ned picks he's made so far. >> he knows how to make money. i've been honest. i said i'm going to be putting on the greatest killers you have ever seen. >> the raucous rallies coming on the heels of the victory lap at carrier in inink. >> companies will not leave the united states anymore without consequences. >> reporter: the president-elect touting the deal spearheaded by his running mate, current governor of indiana, to keep nearly 1,000 jobs in the united states. >> carrier chose to stay in indiana, because america chose to make donald trump the next president of the united states. >> reporter: now, carol, you raised an interesting element about that looming announcement that james mattis will be the pick. he's technically not eligible for that position. he retired from the military in
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2013. you need tube removed from the military for seven years to be eligible to run the defense department. i've talked to trump transition aides, they said they did not believe they would have a problem getting a waiver. george c. marshall was able to get that waiver. we already saw one statement kirsten gillibrand, new york senator, strong voice in democratic caucus last night announcing that she would oppose the waiver because, again civilians leadership a principle of american democracy. not expecting a lot of that that, but keep an eye on it when it does show up. with me now dana bash, politics editors for james johnson and mattia gold. so we have to talk unity these
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days. trump will actually talk to a democratic lawmaker about a cabinet position. is that an olive branch? >> one man's olive branch is another man's mischief-making. sure, it's been the tradition to have, i guess, since george w. bush, maybe even before, to have a democrat in the cabinet. barack obama -- at least one. barack obama had ray lahood, the former congressman from illinois. george w. bush had. >> he had several. >> anyway. he was the transportation secretary, his name is escape me. regardless, it is the tradition we should see a did the in the trump administration. however, going after a democrat from the reddest of red state is also about trying to take away a
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democratic seat in the senate where every single seat counts. you know, every single vote counts when you're trying to get your legislation through, and the bench of democratic candidates to replace heidi hidekamp is not very big. >> let's give him the benefit of the doubt that it's an olive branch. had did speak unity, but he dissed hillary clinton, the crowd chanted "lock her up." protesters were thrown out, so was it unifying? >> no, i don't believe anything that donald trump says about unity. i can see that from the administration he picked, from the policies he's proposed. he'll tweet about "new york
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times," about "hamilton" he hasn't tweeted anything about the rise of hate crimes or white nationalist groups. when he does that, i'll believe him. when you bring people together, how do you have a cabinet -- he might be the first president-elect in almost 25 years to have the big four positions -- commerce, treasury, a.g. and defense, and no women. >> but he's named four women. >> in the big four positions, though. you have had colin powell under george bush, eric holder, ag for barack obama. that's how you show unity. >> it is noorm mineta. thank you, mike shields. norm mineta -- >> i knew you were beating yourself up over that. emotions are still raw. you could see that as a harvard event. kellyanne conway a. jennifer
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palmieri were there, they were there to talk about ar record history for harvard, but things turned ugly quickly. let's listen. >> if providing a platform for white supremacists makes me a brilliant tack 'tis, i am proud to have lost. >> do you think i ran a campaign where white supremists had a platform, are you going to look me in the face and say that? >> it did. it did. >> could you have a decent message for the white working-class voters? >> that was ugh will i and raw, but does it reflect the two americas we live in, or was it somewhat overbaked? >> i think a lot of people noted it actually reflected their facebook feed he it show the
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dietsch division. the clinton people clearly feel they had an uphill battle, and you heard complaints from them yesterday that the media was against them and that they were really up against a candidate and a campaign that was waging a nasty, negative race and harnessing some of the worst impulses of voters. ings that is something the trump folks took real issue with. i think that shows how much work there is to hit this note of unification. it's really on him at this point to try to set the tone and set an example that will bring some of these factions together. steve bannon was supposed to be at that heart valid event, some people saying -- there were students outside posting his presence, except that steve
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bannon canceled yesterday. >> you can argue it both ways the you can argue he should be there, because it's much easier to demonize somebody when the old thing. >> he's kind of gone underground. >> the things we have heard from him in public are mostly from the times he worked for breitbart. i think it would would serve him well to come out in public. having said that, i get the idea of him not wanting to go. if he went, that would be the whole story.
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>> here's the thing. if i'm a restaurant, if you run a white nationalist site, i'm a white nationalist. steve bannon has a lot to answer for. he is the senior adviser for the president of the united states. he has a website that terrorists, white nationalist terrorists consider to be their home base, their personal bible. he has put people who have that belief system on display on that website. so he has a lot to answer for. i'm an american citizen. if he's supposed to be serving me, i have every right for to expect him to sit down and. >> we did a long profile about bannon, who actually decline to talk to the post. he said he was too busy. when he's pressed about the fact that he called breitbart a
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platform for the alt-right, you know, his answer time and time again was sort of dismissive that these elements of this movement will wash out is a termed head used in 2014. but i go back to what you said, it does start at the top. it's about donald trump, the former candidate, now president-elect, soon to be one of only 45 people who have been in this job, and so he started last night. i think he should get props where he can. >> he did denounce hate speech. >> he did. he didn't do it on his twitter field. i'm totally with you. i get it. it would be a very different thing if he used the impulses
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that he used the -- baby steps, though. we started it last night. >> and he's at a rally with his core supporters. >> i don't give president credit to doing his job. it was barack obama's job to bring people together, and george bush's job to bring people together. like carrier, i think it's great that he kept those jobs there, but if donald trump wants to fulfill his promises, why didn't he bring back the manufacturing jobs from his own companies abroad. that will also resolve the conflicts of interests so rather than bullies the he company like carrier, bring back your own businesses. then you'll make america great. >> i have to leave it there. thank so much. they don't call his mad dog mattis for nothing, a firsthand
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james mattis' nickname is "mad dog," his military call sign is chaos. here is mattis in his own words. >> you must keep improving. if you make that decision that you must improve, if you look at every week in the marine corps as your last week of peace and you must be beneficiary at the end of this week as a war fighter, you will push yourself on the three mile run and accept no skulls excuses. you'll push yourself on 21 pushups. you'll push yourself to read the commandant as reading list. you'll push yourself you keep your spirit um when things are going tough. >> those who know him described
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him as a skilled, focused and deliberate leader. in 2013, he told "usa today" -- there was always a sense we had to put things into words that would touch our troops' hearts, not just their heads. i'm also joined by retired major general spider marks. welcome to both of you, thanks, carol. >> thanks, carol. >> general marks, mr. trump sell mattis is the closest thing to patton we can get. you see is he like george patton? >> i would say there are some extreme similarities here, primarily because what patton -- you know, the image of patton is
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an extremely focused leader who abided no nonsense and was incredibly focused. what you didn't see is he was immensely gifted, deeply read, was schooled in the art of tactics as well as strategy, so this was a brilliant man who worked very, very heart at his craft and how it fit within those elements of power. jim mattis is not dissimilar. very dedicated, and the smartest man in the room. he also has a scholar wli reputation. which is he is. >> he's moth. batis both in afghanistan and iraq, but he carried around without him, a library of around so,000 books and has read most of them. he is deeply read, very gifted,
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and intellectually brilliant, and a good pick to lead of department of defense. >> so, general, going back to what you say is mattis dis holds bard tough talk, the author thomas ricks wrote in "fiasco" he once told a group of iraqis, i come in peace. i didn't bring artillery, but i'm pleading with you, if you eff with me, i will kill you all. >> very clear message. >> very clear message, right? >> as we say in the military, clearer message to follow. you can't get much more focused and aligned than that, which clearly is the point. he's acquired this, that he can
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envision the end state and begin the deliberate process of how you align everything. in other words, most folks in the room are trying to figure out what the next step will be, jim mattis is already intellectually leapt across all of those, now help me, let's get some buy in and help me achieve that. jim is a team builder of the first order. >> so many americans are afraid that since donald trump has no experience militarily, that somehow we'll be sucked into a bigger war than we're already involved in now. so colonel are those fears just? ? >> well, i think it's a misnomer that because someone has served in the military he'll be more war-like. in fact, there is nobody less war-like than somebody who has
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seen combat. he also understands the country's interests and will beful more forceful in advocating with the president, for instance, to push back against iranian moves around the middle east, for instance. so i think that having someone like general mattis who strategically competent in the department of defense is really important. he'll need to be paired with a deputy who knows the pentagon better than he does, because i think he's only had one tour in the pentagon, but i think it will be a good combination if they find the right person. >> general mattis is widely admired, but it may not be an easy sale for him to be confirmed. in order to be confirmed, he will neat a congressional waiver, because the law requires military officers be separated from the service for seven years kristin gillibrand says he will oppose that waiver, because civil yang control is a
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fundamental principle of american democracy. >> i don't see the nomination of general mattis and the fact he's only been retired three-plus years as the limiting factor. i think we need to put on the table that he isb yond competent. he not only understands what the department of defense is trying to achieve, the role of the secretary of defense, which includes command and control over operational units, unlike the chairman, and oh, by the way, he knows the chairman exceptionally well i don't think that will be the concern about his time out of service as a primary concern. i think, carol, also what really needs to come up in the it discussion is jim mattis understands that unilateral actions both in terms of alliance-building and going after what we would called those
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shared enemies and -- will include inclusion of a whole bunch of parties. that will mean working hard with our alliances. he realized unilateral action on the part of it is united states will disenfranchise too many partners. that's not a good thing. >> i have to end it there. thank to both of you. still to come, trump launches his thank-you tour. is his message doing enough to bring americans together? ♪ ♪ ♪
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generosity is its oyou can handle being a mom for half an hour. i'm in all the way. is that understood? i don't know what she's up to, but it's not good. can't the world be my noodles and butter? get your mind out of the gutter. mornings are for coffee and contemplation. that was a really profound observation. you got a mean case of the detox blues. don't start a war you know you're going to lose. finally you can now find all of netflix in the same place as all your other entertainment. on xfinity x1. good morning, i'm carol costello. the opening bell on wall street rings just moments ago, the first chang to weigh in. wheel keep an eye on how trading
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goes. did these rally do much to help, saying all the right things to those who voted for him. they are an underserved group and they feel very empowered. j.k. advance is here, the author of "hill billy elergy." thanks for going here. >> the working class feels vindicated. >> i think they are. nobody thought he would win. they listened to folks who were telling him trump had no chance, but they voted for him, and he
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won i also think they feel like -- and most of the people feel like encouraged and hope that it continues. >> on that note about grash rhetoric, can he unify the country? >> oh, i think he absolutely can. some of hess more divisive red rick, a lot of folks in my own family who voted for trump didn't like that rhetoric in the first place. they wished he talked about the issues in a different way and frankly didn't talk about some of the racially divided issues at all. i think he can reach across the racial and class divide in the country and bring people together. i think hess core supporters would appreciate that more than anything. >> i'm heard the thing think, he
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didn't actually mean the things he set. >> i think that folks have to show some empathy towards each other. so the folks who feel vindicated by the fact that trump won has to show some compass to those who feel frankly afraid of the prospects of a trump presidency. i think some have to show some empathy over why the folks voted for trump in the first play. i think it ultimately boils done to people being able to understand and ultimately show a compass to those on the other divide. >> is this divide is it about
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race, education or money? >> it's probably about all three, and then additional things on top of it. there are working class -- but white working class voters are living in certain areas, the opioid crisis, of course is top of mind for a lot of these voters, but they areally in more sec gre gated neighbors, so it's certainly -- all of these things matter and drive the divide we see. >> thank you very much. still to come in the -- the disturbing new military drills that have kim jong-un smiling. i have asthma...
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the most complicated and dangerous challenges donald trump will soon face is north korea. this weeks former president george w. bush issuing this warning, north korea presents the greatest sustained humanitarian challenge of our time. it's amid growing concerns that kim jong-un conducts new military drills. >> reporter: the army must raise all enemies and wipe them all out. that's the fiery 125i789 coming from kim jong-un. if these pictures released by the state media, we see kim jong-un overseeing a military training. he's focusing on artillery battle training in this particular picture, and we can see him laughing and joking, surrounded by his troops and soldiers, and artillery lined across the coastline, and firing rounds. now, according to kcna, this is
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a practice run for a mission to target islands off the coast of south korea south korea, even to use long-range missiles to target this city, where i am, sowell. of course we can't independently verify when these pictures were taken, but certainly this is the first time we're seeing kim jong-un since the u.n. sanctions slapped on north korea two days ago, and could this be a response to those sanctions? , a defined response? that may well be the case. of course we have heard from the north korean foreign ministry immediately after the sanctioning came. the ministry said it categorically rejects the sanctions from the u.n. that it imposes on north korea's sovereignty, but this is the first time we're hearing from kim jong-un himself in that fiery statement to erase all enemies, and from state media
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showing pictures of this military drill. saima mohsin, cnn, sowell, south korea. he was a self-help guru, then james ray went to prison after three people died in his care. as he tries to stage a comeback, families of those who died say not so fast. this week we travel to johannesburg, south africa to take a quick tour with a comedian, showing us some of the city's most incredible sights. >> downton johannesburg in south africa, under a bridge, surrounded by the coolest art. the kind of city where you find treasure you are in the most unlikeliest of places. that's exactly why i love this place.
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welcome. what would you say makes the graffiti seem cool? >> it's become a graffiti scene, meaning people are coming from all over the world to paint here. so the city is ending up liking like a huge canvas. >> i am at the rooftop which for me has the best view of the city. this is or concrete jungle wh e where -- ♪ dreams are made of i love to come here for the sunsets, just to take it all in. another thing i love about jo-berg is obviously the nightlife. we're heading into kitchen ner's. one a week it's comedy night. that is just a little snippet of what jo-berg is all about, but you can always come and check it out yourself. see you on the streets. the world is full of surprising moments.
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environment included. learn how you can save at together, we're building a better california. he was followed by thousands embraced by oprah and even held a pot on the "new york times" bestseller list. he was known for pushing people past their limits. >> one of the things james understood very well was that people transform in challenge. >> reach for the bar. come on, you can do it! >> he would create these challenges. they were manufactured challenges but they became an opportunity for realizing that you could do something that you didn't think that you could do.
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>> they seemed to get more and more elevated in difficulty. >> look eye to eye. connect eye to eye here. >> there was bending re-bar so two friends would put a piece of re-bar between them, then you bend the re-bar using your throat. >> keep going! come on, come on, come on, dig in! dig, dig, dig! >> you would also walk across fire. >> make sure to remember to wipe your feet. there's a water bucket right on the end. let's go. yeah! >> in october of 2009, james ray pushed too far. three people died in a sweat lodge in arizona and he went to prison. now free, he's trying to make a comeback. several family members of those who died and some former supporters are sounding the
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alarm. joining me is brandi amstel, who was in the sweat lodge when people died. welcome, and thank you for being here this morning. >> thank you for letting me be here. >> my goodness. you were once part of james ray's inner circle, right? you were there that day when those people died in the sweat lodge. what was that like? >> really indescribable. it was horrific and not anything that we expected to happen. >> what was the point of that? >> the point was really to -- it was supposed to be a rebirthing exercise. for me it was more about knowing myself more fully inside and being able to pull upon that to make better choices in my own
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life. >> how would being, i don't even know how to describe it. was it like a really hot sauna? >> i had never done a sauna prior to the sweat lodge, but it was extremely hot, excruciatingly hot. it was unbearable. >> did you realize that it could be dangerous? >> no. not really at all. i mean, it was an exercise that he had or an event that he had created through the years and many of my friends had taken it, thought it was the most amazing experience of their life. and so no, i didn't think i was in harm's way and as you saw in the clips, i have done a lot of work with him where he had pushed me past what i thought were my boundaries and i had
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experienced like a lot of freedom from that. so this was just another one of those exercises where it may seem pretty crazy and scary, but the reality is it wasn't going to hurt me. >> here's what ray said about those who died that day. >> james, liz and kirby were heroes, not victims. they really blooelieved in something. to me that's heroic. i hold that in high regard. i think it's disrespectful for them to be portrayed as victims because they really believed in what they were doing. in life as an entrepreneur, you have got to be willing to give everything you have. >> so a mother of one of the victims says her daughter was quote, cooked to death. were they heroes or victims? >> i really see that they were
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victims. i see they were all victims. it's not what we signed up for and we really had given our trust to this person, to this leader, and yeah, i feel that calling them heroes is just deflecting from -- and not really taking responsibility for what did happen. >> so mr. ray wants to return to public life. he wants to like -- he wants to be in the public eye again. is he dangerous, though? >> i personally believe he is dangerous. and the reason is because until he shifts as a leader and shifts who he's being as a leader and takes responsibility for what happened, for his part, i feel like he's really dangerous because he's a super charismatic
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i'm carol costello. we do begin with breaking news on the economy. the jobless rate hitting its lowest mark in nine years. nine years. christine romans is here with the good news. >> i got to tell you, seven or eight years ago i would have dreamed to be able to report this kind of number. rewind the tape, it has been a long time coming. 4.6% unemployment. got to go back to 2007 to see that kind of number. fall 2007. the next lowest is 4.4% in spring 2007. here are where the job gains are. business and information services. these are technology jobs, computer systems designers, engineers, tend to be higher paid jobs, business information systems. health care, lots of variety in these jobs. we have seen consistent growth in the american health care system. manufacturing, though, lost 4,000 jobs here and that's been a trend. we are down i think 54,000 manufacturing jobs over the past year. in


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