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Interview with Representative Steny Hoyer; Golden Globes Kicks Off Award Season; Voice Recognition Tops Hottest Tech Trend in Las Vegas; Aired 10:30-11a ET

Aired January 6, 2017 - 10:30   ET

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[10:30:00] CHAD MYERS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Deep sleet could be out there, that could be harder to drive on than the snow. And then north of that, that's where the snow is.

A lot of this storm is going to be rain. I mean, we're going to talk about 90 percent of all the pricip that falls out is going to be liquid rain in the warm air. 33 and above. But just to the north there's a fine line where we're going to get to 32 and we're going to get that sleet, and we're going to get the freezing rain. Sleet is frozen by the time it hits. So it hits your window and you hear it. Freezing rain means that it freezes when it hits. And that's even more tough to drive on really than snow.

We'll keep watching it for you. I think Raleigh could be eight to 12, Charlotte could certainly be eight. Atlanta, somewhere between two and four, I think downtown, one to two, because there could be an inch of sleet on the ground before the snow false on top of it. We're just right there on that line between rain, freezing rain, sleet, and snow. It's going to all mix -- just on and off, all night long, it's going to be one thing after another, if you don't like it, wait five minutes, it will change. And there's your mix.

CAROL COSTELLO, CNN ANCHOR: OK. One question. One question for you, Chad.

MYERS: Yes, go ahead.

COSTELLO: Is there an emergency plan in place in the city of Atlanta? Because you know what happened during the last storm, and it wasn't pretty.

MYERS: You know, you can look online and see all the schools that are leaving early or that closed early. People are going home. We don't have the resources -- we're not going to spend billions of dollars on thousands snowplows and salt trucks. There's just -- you know, there's no reason for it if you only use it once every three years. But the emergency plan is to get everyone home and get them home safe, not like last year's, stuck on the roads for hours.

COSTELLO: That was so awful.

MYERS: Yes.

COSTELLO: Chad, and I lived it with you. Chad Myers, thanks so much. I'll be right back.

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[10:35:56] COSTELLO: On the day a handful of House Democrats put forth one final challenge to Donald Trump's electoral college win, Trump's special adviser Kellyanne Conway says it is time the Democrats stop trying to delegitimize Trump's victory.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

KELLYANNE CONWAY, TRUMP SENIOR ADVISER: Speaking of disparagement.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Yes.

CONWAY: I really believe there are those out there that are trying to -- there are those out there who are trying to delegitimize his presidency, review the election results. And you know it.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

COSTELLO: All right. So let's bring in House minority whip, Congressman Steny Hoyer.

Welcome, sir.

REP. STENY HOYER (D), MINORITY WHIP: Hi.

COSTELLO: Hi. Thanks for being here. So, Congressman, normally there is a process in Congress that's a routine matter, but a small group of Democrats plan to challenge the eligibility of some of Trump's electors. Do you support that effort?

HOYER: Well, I think you're going to -- under the rules you have to have a senator and a House member. As I understand it, we don't have that existing. So yes, there would be some Democrats raising issues. I think there are some issues. Clearly the issue of the Russian involvement in the election raises substantial issues as to the credibility of the election.

Nobody is doubting that under the rules, Donald Trump has been elected president of the United States. But the issue of Russian involvement, which the CIA, the FBI, and the director of National Intelligence all agree occurred, that the Russians were involved in the election, and generally they agree that they were involved on the side of hurting Hillary Clinton. Now whether it was for helping Donald Trump remains to be seen.

But I think a number of Democrats will raise this issue, and that ought to be resolved to determine whether or not there was a legitimate information available to the American public and to the electors when they voted for Donald Trump for president. But --

COSTELLO: So -- but, Congressman, this effort is probably doomed to fail. And you heard what Kellyanne Conway says. This whole thing about Russia and the intelligence briefings are just an effort to delegitimize Trump's presidency. And isn't what's happening in the halls of Congress today --

HOYER: Carol, I heard -- Carol, I heard what Kellyanne said. I want everybody who is watching this show to juxtapose that Donald Trump had lost the election, that the allegation was that the Russians had participated in the election to hurt Donald Trump, that Donald Trump had received 2.8 million more votes than Hillary Clinton, but the electoral college elected Hillary Clinton. I want everybody to honestly think to themselves, what would Donald Trump's reaction have been? It would have been far surpassing in terms of alleging fixed elections, crookedness, bad procedure, Russian involvement.

The fact is the allegations raised by the intelligence agencies of the United States are very serious, need to be pursued. I think they will have no ultimate effect today. I agree with that. Donald Trump will be elected president-elect today by the electoral college. But we ought not to leave this matter untouched. It is a great threat to the American democracy, not just to Republicans, not just to Democrats. But if in fact the allegations are true, then it is a very, very serious issue that must be pursued as vigorously as possible, investigated to its final conclusion.

COSTELLO: Congressman --

HOYER: Yes.

COSTELLO: Congressman, do you believe that the Russian were in part responsible for Hillary Clinton's loss?

HOYER: I don't think there's any doubt that if the Russians targeted the DNC, other people in the campaign for Hillary Clinton, and that in fact we find that Putin was involved and directed this and allowed this to happen, then I think yes, there is a serious question.

[10:40:12] And I think that the -- clearly that, and I agree that the Comey letter also had an impact, and that was not, I don't think, influenced by the Russians, I want to make that very clear.

COSTELLO: So it wasn't because Hillary Clinton ran a bad campaign or didn't make very many visits to the places she needed to, to win the election, i.e. Michigan and Wisconsin.

HOYER: Look, I think, if anybody had said the campaign that was run by Donald Trump would have been a good campaign, a winning campaign two years ago, any political consultant would have said, no, no, no, that will never work. In fact it did work. I think Hillary Clinton ran a good campaign. But there is no doubt that she was plagued by the political investigations that occurred in the House of Representatives regarding Benghazi and the -- and the e-mails. None of which resulted in any finding of wrongdoing. The FBI found no wrongdoing.

And do I think that Hillary Clinton could have done things that she didn't do that may have had a more positive result? I think the answer to that is probably yes. But I think the answer to that in every campaign, in every campaign, particularly losing campaigns, is probably yes. When you win, your mistakes and foibles are forgotten. When you lose, every possible failure can be pointed to as the result.

COSTELLO: So, Congressman, last question for you. Donald Trump is going to have these intelligence briefings today, Monday we're all going to be briefed on exactly what intelligence agencies found out about the Russian hacking. If Donald Trump doesn't accept what the intelligence services tell him, what do you think should happen?

HOYER: I think the -- there's a real danger that is occurring where Donald Trump is either not getting briefings because he thinks they're irrelevant and he knows more than the intelligence agencies, or he has the intelligence agency briefings and denies their finding and rejects their finding and undermines the confidence that they have in themselves and undermines the confidence Americans have in our intelligence agencies. If that happens, that will be dangerous for our country.

There will be a disconnect between the commander-in-chief and our intelligence agencies. That doesn't mean the intelligence agencies are always right. But to publicly ridicule them, to publicly undermine them, to publicly display a lack of confidence in our intelligence agencies is a very, very bad action of the president- elect, in my opinion. And it undermines our security.

COSTELLO: We have to leave it there, Congressman Steny Hoyer, thank you so much for being with me this morning.

I'll be right back.

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[10:46:58] COSTELLO: The glitz and glam of awards season is here as the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards kicks off this Sunday.

CNN's Stephanie Elam gives us a sneak peek.

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STEPHANIE ELAM, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The glitz, the glamour, the Golden Globes. Hollywood's annual kickoff to award season looks to honor the best in film and television.

With seven nominations, "La La Land" leads the pack on the motion picture front.

MATTHEW BELLONI, EXECUTIVE EDITOR, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: It takes a very traditional medium, the Hollywood musical, which has been around for a century, and it really does reinvent it for a modern audience.

ELAM: The Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling-led movie is up for Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, alongside "20th Century Women," "Dead Pool," "Florence Foster Jenkins" and "Sing Street."

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: We all love and all pride in this house.

ELAM: "Moonlight," a gritty coming-of-age film, has six nominations, including one for Best Motion Picture Drama, along with "Hacksaw Ridge," "Hell or High Water," "Lion" and "Manchester by the Sea."

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: People do admire me, Johnny.

ELAM: With five nods "The People versus O.J. Simpson, American Crime Story," dominates the TV categories, including a nomination for Best Miniseries or Television Movie.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: My reign has just begun.

ELAM: For the fourth year, "Game of Thrones" is up for Best Drama Series. The epic fantasy will face off with newcomers "The Crown," "Stranger Things," "This is US" and "Westworld."

JIMMY FALLON, HOST, THE TONIGHT SHOW: I get to wear this tuxedo.

ELAM: Taking a stab at the master of ceremonies' duties this year, Jimmy Fallon.

FALLON: I'm already practicing wearing it every single night and just handing out awards to random people.

ELAM: The late-night host follows previous Golden Globe emcees Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

BELLONI: What makes the Golden Globes fun is this sense that anything can happen. And that goes with the host as well.

ELAM: From first bottle to last trophy, the show should live up to its title as Hollywood's biggest party.

Stephanie Elam, CNN, Hollywood.

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COSTELLO: The day after President-elect Trump is inaugurated, hundreds of thousands of women will take D.C. by storm. They have one mission in mind -- send a bold message to our government on Mr. Trump's first day in office. 200,000 women are expected to attend.

Joining me now are the co-chairs of the Women's March on Washington, Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez.

Welcome to both of you.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Thank you.

COSTELLO: So you guys don't belong to any political group. Yet 200,000 women? Like, how did you do that?

CARMEN PEREZ, NATIONAL CO-CHAIR, WOMEN'S MARCH ON WASHINGTON: So really a woman by the name of Theresa who's from Hawaii put up a post and sent it to 40 of her friends. And when she woke up, 10,000 women were joining her in Washington, D.C. And so there were other women who also had kind of felt the despair after the election and wanted to find hope in D.C. together. So this woman has given her blessing to other women, one of our other national co-chairs and Bob Bland, who's also a founder of the march.

[10:50:04] And so we've been organizing to ensure that we have a solid mission, a solid vision, that we are working towards a program and that we actually have buses that can be parked somewhere.

COSTELLO: And I was just going to ask Linda about the buses because you're in charge of buses and you --

LINDA SARSOUR, NATIONAL CO-CHAIR, WOMEN'S MARCH ON WASHINGTON: Then you triggered me with the bus conversation. I think to your point this is a grassroots effort and because we -- don't belong to any political groups, we have to loyalties to any political groups, that we are able to show what ordinary Americans are capable of doing.

This is going to be from the grassroots up. We have bus coordinators across the country in over 45 states. We have about 144 sister marches that are happening mostly here in the United States but also globally, in Europe and places like Australia. We have so many exciting people, like America Ferrera who is part of -- she's our chairing our artist table. You know, Carmen --

PEREZ: And mentor Harry Belafonte is one of the honoree co-chairs along with Gloria Steinem as well as Dolores Huerta who just came on board. And so we have been very intentional about who we're engaging.

COSTELLO: Wow. So what is the point? What is that bold message that you want to send to the Trump administration?

SARSOUR: I mean, look, you cannot ignore, and we're saying 200,000 conservatively, just based on the numbers of buses that we have. So there could be random people and random buses that we don't know about yet. But we will not be ignored there. We want our president-elect and the new administration and our Congress and Senate -- this is not just about Donald Trump, this is about our government in total, that we are women, we will protect the most vulnerable amongst us, we are intersectional human beings, we are impacted by so many issues, including reproductive rights but also issues of immigration, of racial justice, religious freedom issues.

So we are going to be out there with a broad spectrum of people from climate justice, to reproductive rights, to women's rights, to immigration, to native issues, and saying we're here, we're watching you, we're ready to fight back, and this is what happens when ordinary people are going to stand up and say, we're coming to you to Washington to stand on your first day.

COSTELLO: Well, Mr. Trump might say, you know, there are signs that he is listening, right? He has nominated four women out of 23 positions to serve in his administration. Ivanka Trump supposedly is going to have this big role in the Trump administration as far as -- as far as promoting women's issues like childcare. So does that give you hope that he is listening?

PEREZ: I mean, just the way in which he ran his election, you know, there were a lot of women that were impacted negatively by the stuff that he said. And so we want ensure that those women are also being seen and also are being heard. And that's why we're gathering on January 21st. But I will say that the work really begins after January 21st. When we bring all these women together, we not only want them to be inspired but we also want them to tap into what they can actually do back home and get activated and begin to organize in their own communities. So yes, he's doing that. But there are so many other women that he didn't speak to and he's still not speaking to. And that's what we're trying to --

SARSOUR: And putting women is one thing. The idea that women are so shallow that we care when we see other women -- women doesn't mean that you stand for my issues. So if you're appointing women but you're telling me you're going to defund Planned Parenthood, I don't want to hear that. So I think that he needs to understand that women are a lot of more sophisticated, we're a lot more intelligent than he thinks we are.

Just the type of rhetoric, as Carmen said, calling women -- you know, Hillary nasty, we're just not having it. He's a misogynist, he's a sexist, and he knows that, and we know that, but we're not focusing this march on him. We're going to let him know what we stand for and let him know that when he doesn't do the right thing, we're coming in the hundreds of thousands to Washington, D.C.

COSTELLO: All right. Thanks to both of you, Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour. Thanks to both of you.

Still to come in the NEWSROOM, the hottest gadgets set to revolutionize 2017, next.

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[10:58:01] COSTELLO: It is day two of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. CNN's Samuel Burke is there, boogying with the robots.

SAMUEL BURKE, CNN TECH CORRESPONDENT: Hey, Carol, good morning. The robots like my moves. It's all about voice recognition this year at CES. So we decided to go on a first date with a robot, and see if Pepper, as she's known, could understand me and talk back. And she asked me to dance on our first date, so I guess things went pretty well. But we're seeing all types of products trying to integrate with voice recognition with the Amazon Echo, that speaker in your house that has a microphone. The DVR Hopper now allows you to just say to Alexa, hey, Alexa, record Carol Costello's show every morning and it should do that.

We also have smart glasses. We've talked so much about policemen maybe using body cams to improve situations with the community. Viewpoint Systems take that to a whole other level, Carol. They have four cameras in here which are tracking the movement of your eyes. And that way if a policeman is wearing these and a sergeant is looking back from headquarters, he can see exactly what a policeman is seeing if he looks to the left or if a policewoman looks to the right. That movement of the eyes will be followed with a camera.

The company also talking about the possibility of these being used in ambulances so a doctor waiting at the hospital can see exactly what the paramedic is seeing, that's working on a patient. They'll cost $16,000. And if you have a kid who is now at college, this device might be of interest to you. The Illuma Connect costs $100. It sends out emergency alerts. So let's say a young woman is walking on campus at night, she carries this with her, she pulls this out, it sets off an alarm.

There's also a silent alarm. Either way, what's important it has an app in it and has a list of emergency contacts. If you pull that cord, it will send a text message alert to dad, to mom, to other people who might be closer to you on campus. They can all call each other or decide to emergency services. The app comes out in April and could cost about 10 bucks a month, Carol.

COSTELLO: That's awesome, Samuel. Thanks so much.

And thank you for joining me today. I'm Carol Costello. "AT THIS HOUR WITH BERMAN AND BOLDUAN" starts now.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Hello, everybody. I'm Kate --