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Public Impeachment Hearings Begin Wednesday On Capitol Hill; Republicans Want Hunter Biden And Whistleblower To Testify; Trump Receives Standing Ovation At Alabama-LSU Game; "Baby Trump" Balloon Deflated By Knife Slash; Biden On GOP Witnesses: This Is About Donald Trump, Not About Me; Sanders On Bloomberg: People Are Tired Of Billionaires; Sanders Blasts Bloomberg's Decision To Skip Early Primaries; Voters React To Democratic Congressman Voting Against Impeachment Probe; Social Media Spending Rockets In 2020 Race; Millions Facing Record Cold Temperatures; LSU Overcomes Alabama For SEC Supremacy. Aired 6-7a ET

Aired November 10, 2019 - 06:00   ET




UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We are just days away now from the start of public impeachment hearings.

REP. ADAM SCHIFF (D-CA): Those open hearing will be an opportunity for the American people learn firsthand about the facts of the president's misconduct.

DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: There's never been a president who has been so transparent. This is a witch hunt at the highest level.

JOE BIDEN (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: The question is, did the president of the United States violate the constitution and did he profit from his office?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The president was at the Alabama/Louisiana game in Tuscaloosa, Alabama today and here is how he was received. Listen.


SARAH WESTWOOD, CNN WHITE HOUSE REPORTER: Did you vote for Trump in 2016?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Absolutely and I'll vote for him again even if I've got to go in a wheelchair.


CHRISTI PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: Well, good morning to you and welcome to Sunday. I'm Christi Paul.

MARTIN SAVIDGE, CNN ANCHOR: And I'm Martin Savidge in for Victor Blackwell. PAUL: For this week -- this week we will be watching should be the most crucial to date in the impeachment inquiry. The first public televised hearings start on Wednesday.

SAVIDGE: Several key witnesses already scheduled to appear. They include Bill Taylor. He's the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine and Marie Yovanovitch. She's the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.

PAUL: And now Republicans have released the names of their own witness wish list. Among them, Hunter Bider -- Hunter Biden -- excuse me -- and the anonymous whistleblower who started this whole impeachment inquiry really at the end of the day.

SAVIDGE: So, let's get started by bringing in White House correspondent Kristen Holmes. She's in Washington, of course. Kristen, this whole wish list on the part of the Republican sort of gives a tip of their hand as to what the strategy is going into these public hearings, right?

KRISTEN HOLMES, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Absolutely, Martin. I mean, it is very clear from this list that Republicans are going to try and shift the focus away from President Trump and his relationship with Ukraine and really shift it towards some unsubstantiated conspiracy theories as well as try to paint Ukraine as corrupt. Essentially to say that if President Trump was acting this way, saying this, it was justified because Ukraine is corrupt.

And I want to pull up who they've called and just point a couple of things out here especially when it comes to these conspiracy theories, of course, we know Hunter Biden, as you mentioned. But then you see Devon Archer. He is a former board member of that same Ukrainian energy company as Biden.

Nellie Ohr on there. She was a researcher working for Fusion GPS. Remember them? They were the ones who commissioned that famous dossier linking Russia and Trump. And then you have a Ukrainian American who is staffer at the Democratic National Committee. And, of course, the anonymous whistleblower.

Now as you said, Christi, this is really just a wish list. Democrats have to approve this list and it really did not sound like at least when it comes to the whistleblower that was going to happen. Yesterday we got a letter from the House intel chairman Adam Schiff which said that they had already heard enough, that they didn't need the whistleblower saying that the whistleblower's testimony is therefore redundant and unnecessary.

In light of the president's threats the individual's appearance before us would only place their personal safety at grave risk. And I do want to remind the viewers here that the lawyer for this whistleblower sent a cease and desist letter earlier this week to President Trump essentially saying, please do not attack the whistleblower any more, you are putting him in grave danger.

PAUL: So, the thing is the president blocks his chief of staff Mick Mulvaney from testifying which was big news yesterday. But then late yesterday, the president also said he wants a transparent process that this is going to be transparent. Those are two different -- those are two different thoughts, two different messages.

HOLMES: That's right.

So, President Trump has long said that he is the most transparent president and it seems as though that is because he is always talking to the media. He's always walking over those cameras. He's always tweeting and on social media essentially making him incredibly accessible, but accessibility does not equal transparency. And as you said the White House has continued to block staffers from coming forward. It wasn't even just Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.

And to be very clear here, President Trump has continued to say that if we -- when we asked him, excuse me, you know, are you going to allow staffers to testify he says, oh, you'll have to ask my lawyers. Essentially saying he is the most transparent president but the lawyers he doesn't know what they are going to say. Now that wasn't any different yesterday. Take a listen to what he had to say.


COLLINS: You said the impeachment hearings should not be held behind closed doors but now you say you don't want them to be public?

TRUMP: No, no. I don't care -- public. They should be public. What I said -- it was misreported, as usual.

What I said is very simple. There shouldn't be anything. There shouldn't be impeachment hearings is what I said. So maybe they misconstrued it.


But what I say is read the transcript. It's all about the transcript. They are having people, I never heard of some of these people. I don't know who they are.

And by the way, it's all third-hand knowledge. But regardless of what anyone says, read the transcript.


HOLMES: OK. So read the transcript. The transcript is perfect. Again, we've heard that.

I do want to note one thing here President Trump did say that this process should be out in the public, not behind closed doors. Now, of course, that it is moving there, they are kind of back pedaling that.

But when talking about that transcript President Trump said something else pretty interesting yesterday. Now we know that the whistleblower came forward on the second call with Ukrainian President Zelensky, that is what flagged this entire process. There was also a first call back in April once Zelensky took office. That was essentially a congratulatory call. President Trump now saying that call was very important and that they are going to release that transcript. Take a listen.


TRUMP: Now, they want to have a transcript of the other call, the second call, and I'm willing to provide that. We will probably give it to you on Tuesday. Monday being a holiday. We will probably give it to you on Tuesday, but we have another transcript coming out which is very important.

They asked for it and I'd gladly give it because I actually had two calls with the president of Ukraine. So you'll read the second and you'll tell me if you think there is anything wrong with it.


HOLMES: Now from everyone we have heard from that, again, this was a congratulatory call so it's unclear what is so important in here or if this is just another effort to put forward something positive to really take away from that second transcript that we have already seen.

SAVIDGE: Yes. Interesting. And, of course, it was a phone call that started it all. Kristen Holmes, thank you very much for that.

At 5:00 p.m. tomorrow night, a judge in Washington is going to hear arguments to determine if acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney can join a lawsuit that questions the subpoena power of the House.

PAUL: If allowed Mulvaney wouldn't be able to testify in the impeachment inquiry until a federal court decides that case. Now, Friday, Mulvaney ignored a subpoena to testify claiming immunity.

SAVIDGE: Mulvaney says that he fears the House could hold him in contempt while he obeys the president's orders not to appear.

PAUL: Emily Larsen, political reporter for the "Washington Examiner" with us now. So, Emily, when we talk about Mulvaney and I want to get to the witness list with you in a second, but again two different messages from the president. He wants to be transparent but he is holding Mulvaney back from testifying.

EMILY LARSEN, POLITICAL REPORTER, "WASHINGTON EXAMINER": Certainly. I think that this whole strategy of the White House of trying to hold back people from testifying as, you know, essentially a defense strategy. They don't want people going out and potentially giving House Democrats some corroboration of things that they have found from other testimony, perhaps some tidbits that could backup some idea that there was some kind of quid pro quo for the Ukraine aid in exchange for an investigation into Burisma and Hunter Biden.

And so this is -- the strategy of trying to block White House officials and administration officials from going to testifying is something that I think we can expect to continue.

SAVIDGE: Let me ask you about this so-called wish list the Republicans have put forward. First of all, it does give us an indication where they are going as far as their defensive strategy. And then the other question is, how likely are any of those names on that list to appear?

LARSEN: Well, certainly I think that Adam Schiff has said that he will not allow the whistleblower to testify and I don't think that Hunter Biden is going to be approved either. But it's sort of interesting that some of these names on this list sort of go back to the House Republicans and Republicans focus on investigating the investigators to the whole probe into the origins of the Mueller investigation.

So we have some -- some are from Fusion GPS in there, some are from the DNC in there and it looks like that they are hoping to create some kind of pattern and provoke some kind of scrutiny of what happened in the last election cycle and connect that maybe to what is going on in Ukraine.

It's not 100 percent clear. But, again, this is a wish list and so it's not guaranteed that they'll get any or all of their people that they are hoping will come to speak to them.

PAUL: John Bolton, we are understanding has a book deal coming out. It could be explosive timing in 2020 -- right -- before the election. President Trump supporters have they made their minds up at the end of the day about who Bolton is? Is that going to really move the needle at all?

LARSEN: Well, I don't think it will move the needle in a huge sense, but there are certainly a lot of Trump supporters who are not exactly happy with John Bolton especially a lot of Trump supporters who were hoping that this whole America first idea would mean that less forward interference, something that Trump and Bolton butted heads a lot about.


And so this book that he is writing, coming out before -- expected before the 2020 election will certainly be highly scrutinized. Of course, we don't know if this is going to be a tell-all book, what kind of things he is going to say, but the timing is certainly going to be in his favor. As reportedly a $2 million deal and so I am expecting there will be at least a few juicy tidbits in there.

SAVIDGE: I expect something (INAUDIBLE) there. Yes. Emily Larsen, thank you very much. Good to see you this morning.

LARSEN: Thank you.

PAUL: Thanks, Emily.

So the crowd going wild LSU-Alabama game and it wasn't just for the touchdowns.

(VIDEO PLAYING) SAVIDGE: President Trump received a standing ovation by Tide and Tiger fans at Bryant-Denny Stadium yesterday. The crowd broke out in USA cheer shortly after the president and first lady Melania were introduced.

CNN's Sarah Westwood was or has more from Tuscaloosa.


WESTWOOD: President Trump attended the pivotal football game between Alabama and LSU here in Tuscaloosa on Saturday and he received a warm reception that's mostly been eluding him. He has attended now three major sporting events in the past two weeks.

But at game five of the World Series in Washington and the UFC championship in Madison Square Garden the president received a mixed reception, some boos. Not the case here in Tuscaloosa. Now CNN spoke with some of the folks who were tailgating ahead of this game. Many of them had very supportive things to say about President Trump. Take a listen.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He told the president take a look at Biden for his misdeeds while he was in office. If he was corrupt, he was corrupt. Put him in jail.

WESTWOOD: Did you vote for Trump in 2016?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Absolutely and I'll vote for him again even if I've got to go in a wheelchair.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's just -- it's just crazy. There is no basis for it.

WESTWOOD: Do you think he is being treated fairly?




WESTWOOD: What is your understanding of what the impeachment inquiry is about?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Made up stuff. We have the transcripts. Read the transcripts.


WESTWOOD: Now President Trump was acknowledged publically twice during the game to mostly cheers from the more than 100,000 fans in the stadium. He had Alabama Republicans joining him into the -- in the box where he was viewing the game. And according to the White House, one of those Republicans was Congressman Bradley Byrne. He is running in the Republican Senate primary here in Alabama against the president's former attorney general Jeff Sessions. There was no sign of Sessions at this game. But the president attending this major football game is something of a respite from the battles facing him back home. He's been weathering an impeachment inquiry and next week there will be public hearings in those impeachment proceedings in the House. So he is also facing a difficult week ahead.

Sarah Westwood, CNN, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.


SAVIDGE: Meanwhile, not far away from that stadium anti-Trump protesters were proudly flying their baby Trump balloon when tragedy struck.

PAUL: Yes, the air-borne protest symbol it has found international fame as you know was floating among the crowds of college football fans when a man allegedly knifed it!

SAVIDGE: That's right. The balloon's handler who crowd funded thousands of dollars to get it to the game told CNN that -- quote -- "a random dude just ran up, stuck a knife in it and ran off" -- unquote.

He went on to say that police arrested him and his get-away driver. Local reports says that 32-year-old Hoyt Hutchinson has been charged with first degree criminal mischief.

PAUL: The baby Trump balloon gained notoriety as you know in July last year when it was seen bobbing above the British Houses of parliament during President Trump's trip to the U.K. We're told that it cannot be remedied. The damage was just too much.

SAVIDGE: Really?

PAUL: Another one will pop up I'm pretty sure.

SAVIDGE: I don't doubt that.

PAUL: All right. 2020 presidential candidates are ramping up their ad spending on social media and it is eclipsing traditional ways of getting their messages out. Why this matters so much right now.

SAVIDGE: Plus, disturbing cell phone video of a substitute teacher punching and stomping on a student at a high school in Texas.

PAUL: And he went from Yale to Wall Street to having to live under a tarp in L.A. This is a story we first told you about last month. His life has really turned around. Still ahead, the helping hand he received after another Yale alum saw his story on CNN.


KIM HERSHMAN, ATTORNEY AND YALE GRADUATE: I started reading it and just tears.

SHAWN PLEASANTS, HOMELESS FOR 10 YEARS: It was unreal because we kept thinking (ph) ones (ph) -- at some point someone's going to say April Fools and then -- and it's over.




SAVIDGE: Former Vice President Joe Biden reacting to the news after House Republicans added his son Hunter to their impeachment inquiry witness wish list.


BIDEN: Number one, this is about Donald Trump, not about me. So let's focus on the problem here. The question is, did the president of the United States violate the constitution?


PAUL: At a New Hampshire town hall yesterday, Biden there answering questions about Anita Hill as well and mentioned that he met with Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's accuser Christine Blasey Ford.


BIDEN: I (INAUDIBLE) talked to Anita Hill and we've talked at length about what will we do to change the process she wasn't treated fairly under the rules of the committee, just like if you saw what happened in the last hearing how I met that witness as well after the fact Blasey Ford and she was destroyed on -- in the hearings.


PAUL: 2020 candidate Senator Bernie Sanders as well criticizing former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. Really unloading on the billionaire's decision to even consider a 2020 bid for the White House.

SAVIDGE: Sanders told CNN's Ryan Nobles that he doesn't believe Bloomberg will be successful.


RYAN NOBLES, CNN WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT: But there's no doubt there are a lot of Democrats paying attention to the news of former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg's decision to possibly jump into this Democratic race for president and among those is Bernie Sanders who's already been in this race for some time.


Sanders, of course, has been very critical of the rule that the very wealthy have had in politics in general and the idea that billionaires could just buy their way into races. He has already been critical of Tom Steyer, the other billionaire in this race.

Well, after an event here in Des Moines on Saturday I had the chance to ask Sanders about his concerns about a Bloomberg candidacy. And this is what Sanders had to say.


SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (D-VT), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: When I talk about this country moving toward an oligarchy, we're talking about a handful of billionaires who exercise enormous power over the economic and political life of this country. Now if he or she decided to run for president, nobody would give a damn. But because somebody is worth $50 billion and has the capability of literally buying the media in a state like California, everyone's oh, my goodness, how important. How monumental that he's running for president.

Well, I happen to be old-fashioned. I believe in democracy, one person, one vote and I really do resent the idea that billionaires, whether it's Bloomberg or anybody else, thinks that they have the right -- by the way, they're going to skip Iowa. They're going to skip New Hampshire. They're going to skip South Carolina, Nevada.

We have had five town meetings and events just this last weekend here. But you don't have to do that. Take out his wallet, spend a billion dollars in California, whatever you spend and he thinks he can buy the election. Frankly, I don't think that's where the American people are right now. I think the American people are sick and tired of the power of billionaires. I suspect that his venture will not succeed.


NOBLES: You'll also note the other part of this is Sanders is very concerned about Bloomberg potentially skipping those early nominating states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and maybe even Nevada and skipping all the way to Super Tuesday in that big state of California. The reason being that there is a distinct advantage for someone with deep pockets to wait that long and bypass these early stage where the field is often weeded out a bit.

Now, if Bloomberg were to do this, it would be monumental. No presidential candidate has ever been able to bypass these early states and been successful. Nonetheless the fact that Bloomberg is in the race certainly has a lot of people asking questions about the field in general and what Democratic voters are thinking as we get closer and closer to those first votes being cast here in Iowa.

Ryan Nobles, CNN, Des Moines.


PAUL: He was only one of two Democrats who didn't vote for the impeachment inquiry. So what do Minnesota voters think about Collin Peterson's decision? That's still ahead. A closer look at whether his political gamble could cost him in 2020. (COMMERCIAL BREAK)


PAUL: Twenty-five minutes past the hour right now.

And the first public hearings in the impeachment inquiry begin this week. While most Democrats support it, there are others who think it's a mistake.

SAVIDGE: Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson is one of only two Democrats who voted against the impeachment resolution. CNN's Kyung Lah spoke to voters in his district. Find out just how they feel about his vote.


JIM FALK, FARMER AND DEMOCRAT: It's a tough district for him. You know, it's a more conservative district than it was in the past.

KYUNG LAH, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice over): Minnesota's 7th congressional district, land of crops, cattle and conservatives. But with Democratic roots still showing signs of strength.

FALK: Well, I think I voted for him every time. You know, I've been a pretty local Democrat.

LAH: Farmer Jim Falk is taking about his long-time Democratic Congressman Collin Peterson. Peterson is one of only two Democrats in the House to break ranks with their party and vote against an impeachment resolution.

FALK: I don't understand why we wouldn't vote to at least examine that.

LAH (on camera): Do you understand why he in particular would not support the inquiry?

FALK: I think it's a political decision on his part.

LAH (voice over): Peterson is in a unique position. He narrowly held on to his seat by four points in 2018, two years after Trump dominated this rural district by 30 points. Organic beef farmer Luverne Forbord.


LAH: Already unhappy about the trade war's impact on farmers, this Democrat believes Peterson is out to save his political hide.

LAH (on camera): What would you have liked to have seen him do?

FORBORD: Vote for impeachment, for one thing. We need somebody that's good for the country and not just for the Republicans or the Democrats.

LAH (voice over): So turned off that in 2020 Forbord says --

FORBORD: If it's a young Republican with progressive ideas, I'd be fine with that.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Can I get you more coffee?

LAH: The voters happy with the Democrat? Trump voters.

JAMES DEHNE, FARMER AND REPUBLICAN: Very impressed. Happy he did it.

LAH (on camera): Are you more likely to support him in this upcoming election now?

DEHNE: Probability. Yes, I think I would, you know, just for that -- probably for that reason.

LAH (voice over): Swift County, part of Minnesota's 7th district, voted for Barack Obama twice, then flipped for Donald Trump. Those swing voters on their congressman.

GLORIA GIESE, MODERATE VOTER: A brave man. It takes guts to break away from your party.

LAH (on camera): How many years do you think you voted for him?

GIESE: How many years has he run?

LAH (voice over): A political gamble in rural America that Jim Falk says may pay off.

LAH (on camera): Will you vote for him again?

FALK: I will probably vote for him again just because of my association with the party.

LAH: Democrats we spoke with say they understand why Representative Peterson had to oppose the impeachment inquiry and they also add this, if he were somehow voted out of office, they're not sure if another Democrat could ever win in this congressional district again.

Kyung Lah, CNN, Benson, Minnesota.


SAVIDGE: Television is still the most important way for candidates to get their message out but social media have become major platforms for presidential and spending.

PAUL: Yes. According to advertising analytics roughly $152 million has been spent on political ads thus far. 57.5 percent in digital, 34 percent in broadcast T.V., 8 percent in cable T.V. Followed by radio and then satellite. Well, CNN chief media correspondent and host of "RELIABLE SOURCES" later this morning, one Mr. Brian Stelter. Brian, good to see you this morning.

BRIAN STELTER, CNN SENIOR MEDIA CORRESPONDENT: Good morning. PAUL: I have to tell you. The first thing I thought of when I heard those statistics about 57 percent in digital and 34 percent in broadcast T.V. was the Facebook news from this week that Facebook saying they are not going to vet their ads. So I'm wondering what the risk is to this election and what the reliability is to all of those ads on digital versus television.


STELTER: Right. There's this great debate going on about online political ads, and whether anybody is running for offices can put up an ad that's filled with lies and get it shared all across Facebook and YouTube and Twitter.

Twitter came out and said, we are not going to accept political advertising because it's just too much of a mess, it's not worth all the hassle. But Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg is standing by this decision to not only allow political ads but to welcome political ads from every candidate on the spectrum, from President Trump and his challengers and everybody else.

Zuckerberg is saying that Facebook shouldn't be in the business of deciding what ads are true and what ads are acceptable. And he says, not only if you're a political newcomer, if you try to challenge the incumbent, then you need to be able to buy ads on Facebook in other places.

But this is a grand debate that's going on right now, because digital spending is becoming so important. That paragraph is really striking, to see digital spending becoming so much more important than political raises. Because it is true that, traditionally, television has been the big kahoona (ph). It's where most of spending happens. But the Trump campaign is starting to change that. And that is partly why digital is showing so highly in this new data.

In the past year-and-a-half, the Trump campaign has spent about $33 million on Facebook and Google advertising, compared to about $7.5 million per television in that period. That's according to Kantar. So the Trump campaign is really making headway in these digital ads, these really micro-targeted messages on Facebook and other platforms. And, frankly, that is scaring the Democrat because the Trump campaign seems to be very, very effective at this digital advertising.

SAVDIGE: Brian, let me ask you something else, John Bolton, we have been anticipating him to testify in the impeachment hearing. But when the announcement comes, it's -- oh, he's got a book deal coming out. What do we know about this?

STELTER: Yes, this is breaking over the weekend. Two sources confirming that made that maybe Bolton does have a book deal with Simon and Schuster. We don't know the price tag but the A.P. says it's a very lucrative book deal. That signals to me this is not going to be one of those pro-Trump, I had the best time working for the boss sort of books. That suggests to me this is going to be a tell-all. And it is going to come out before Election Day on 2020. That's another clue that this is going to be a book where Bolton might be trying to settle scores or at least tell his side of the story.

We know that he had tough time in the White House. His relationship with Trump soured toward the end. He clashed with Mick Mulvaney and others. And perhaps, most importantly, Bolton knows a lot that's relevant to the impeachment inquiry. But right now, he's putting up a fight, saying he's refusing to testify until the legal battles are settled about whether former White House aides have immunity.

So it is really notable that Bolton not only is working on a book but he has a book deal, he's going to get it out before Election Day. He could be one of the top former Trump aides to come out with some sort of prominent book. But for now, we don't know what he wants to say.

SAVIDGE: Well, we'll hear soon enough. Brian Stelter, thank you very much, always good to see you.

PAUL: Thanks, Brian.

STELTER: You too. Thanks.

PAUL: And you can see him later today as well on Reliable Sources there.

So we have some disturbing video to show out of Texas. A substitute teacher accused of attacking a student in the middle of class. This is hard to watch. That teacher now facing charges, we'll give you the full story.

SAVIDGE: And the calendar says autumn, but for millions of Americans, temperatures this week are going to feel a lot like winter. Allison?

ALLISON CHINCHAR, CNN METEOROLOGIST: Yes, that's right. All of these dots behind me represent potential record temperatures. We'll talk about exactly when this is going to hit, coming up.



PAUL: Thirty-seven minutes past the hour right now, and look at the right side of your screen here. That's disturbing video that led to the arrest of a substitute teacher in Texas. This video shows the teacher, as you see there, approaches a 16-year-old sophomore girl and punched her in the face. The substitute continues hitting her, eventually dragging her to the ground, stomping on her head. It's not clear what led to the moment but the teacher was arrested by a school resource officer.


MICHAEL BAUER, PARENT OF LEHMANN HIGH GRADUATE: No matter what a kid says to you, I mean, shortly of them pulling a weapon on you, I mean, I don't see any cause for that sort of reaction.

(END VIDEO CLIP) PAUL: The substitute teacher is charged with aggravated assault. That student was taken to the hospital and fortunately is expected to be okay.

SAVIDGE: Turning to a more lighter subject, take a look at this frozen phenomenon. Beach goers in Finland were greeted with a coastline covered with thousands of egg-shaped Balls of ice. The ice balls formed as slushy ice sticks and spins, eventually growing layer by layer.

PAUL: So, extremely cold temperatures are in the forecast for millions of Americans. I don't think we're going to see any of those on the beach, but CNN Meteorologist Allison Chinchar is talking bitter cold temperatures, bitter cold.

CHINCHAR: I know. I mean, it truly is going to feel more like January January than it will November over these next several days. Starting today, you already have some freeze alerts across portions of the southeast today, but you're going to start to notice a lot more areas undergoing temperatures at or below freezing over the next several days.

Because that cold air that will be in place, you also have a concern of snow. This front that's going to set up here, a little bit of dry air across portions of the Midwest initially, but you'll really start to see that moisture fill in along that line as it continues to make its way to the southeast. This means potentially snow as far south as Nashville, Tennessee. Obviously, the heavier snow will be up towards the north portions of interior of New England. It could get six, eight, if not, even ten inches of snow before the system finally pushes out.

But it's temperatures. Look at this temperature. You can see where that front is, all the cold air behind it. Looking at these morning low temperatures in the single digits for portions of the Midwest, then it becomes much more widespread as we go into Tuesday and Wednesday of the upcoming week. And it's going to be very cold.


We're not just talking ten degrees or so below average. For many of these areas, all of these dots represent potential record cold temperatures, over 250 of them from Monday all the way until Wednesday.

But it begs the question, it's November. So where is this old air coming from, because this isn't normally a time of year where you would get such cold air pushing down? Well, here is the thing. It all originates really far to the north. You can see that temperature trend pushing that cold air initially down into the Midwest, then into the northeast, the mid-Atlantic, and eventually down into the southeast to a place like Nashville, for example.

But here is the thing, and this is the really cool part, Martin and Christi. That air in Nashville later this week originated back in the northern portion of the northwest territories in Canada, yes, the arctic circle just a few days ago.

PAUL: Wow.

SAVIDGE: She meant that double (ph) of tundra, really cool.

PAUL: She did. Yes, I got it. Allison, thank you.

So when we come back, one woman is so moved by the plight of a homeless man who once worked on Wall Street and studied at Yale, that she decides she doesn't have a choice. She has to step up and help a fellow human in need.


DAN SIMON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Is there any chance you'll wind up back on the streets someday?



PAUL: 44 minutes past the hour on this Sunday morning. And Atlanta police say a murdered Clark Atlanta University student actually went to the hospital before her death to undergo a rape kit procedure.

SAVIDGE: Investigators say that Alexis Crawford disappeared from her off-campus apartment on October 30th. Her body was found more than a week later.

Two suspects, Barron Brantley and Jordyn Jones, were accused of murdering Crawford. Jones is the victim's roommate and friend. Brantley is Jones' boyfriend. Atlanta police have not revealed a motive but investigators say Crawford reported Brantley for unwanted kissing and touching days before her disappearance.


After 10 years of living on the streets of Los Angeles, a Yale graduate is getting a second shot at success.

PAUL: CNN's Dan Simon actually first wrote about 52-year-old Shawn Pleasants back in September. A Yale alum saw the story and decided they had to do something.


SIMON: California's homeless crisis has touched people from all different backgrounds.

PLEASANTS: I have a bad back. I'm not supposed to be lifting and rolling things anyway.

SIMON: But Shawn Pleasants' case is truly unique.

PLEASANTS: It's not someone else's problem. It's a problem we all could face. SIMON: The 52-year-old had been a high school valedictorian, degree from Yale, worked on Wall Street and became the owner of his own business before it all fell apart and he wound up homeless on the streets of L.A.'s Korea town.

PLEASANTS: Every time you sleep, that's when you lose. That's when people come and take your things. I'm a heavy sleeper. I lose a lot.

SIMON: Our story seemed to hit a nerve, stopping in my tracks, said one fellow Yale grad on Facebook, as Pleasants' name ricocheted throughout the alumni community.

KIM HERSHMAN, ATTORNEY AND YALE GRADUATE: I started reading it and just tears.

SIMON: Kim Hershman could not sit still, especially after learning his encampment was near miles away from her home.

HERSHMAN: Not to be cliche, but if not us, then who? And it was really like let's do something about this.

SIMON: So this Hollywood attorney began to formulate a plan, plunging herself into the real life issues of homelessness.

You're a lawyer. You're not a homeless advocate. Why are you deciding to get involved with this?

HERSHMAN: Because I'm a human being. How could I not? I live in L.A. He is someone who is a year behind me in school.

SIMON: So on a sunny September afternoon, she headed to Korea town feeling an obligation to help someone she considers one of her own.

HERSHMAN: We were at Yale in the '80s. There were very few black students there. For whatever he achieved, something changed and he didn't have the support.

SIMON: So you get to Korea town. First impressions?

HERSHMAN: What a cool person, and, oh, my God, how smart. His brain was going like this.

PLEASANTS: Just getting warm.

SIMON: Fast forward 20 days later, moving day, as Shawn, along with his partner, David, say goodbye to the streets after ten years.

It wasn't easy deciding what to leave behind.

HERSHMAN: I am telling you, all you need are the essentials.

SIMON: Hours later, the moment had finally arrived.

PLEASANTS: On this day today, we will leave the street hopefully forever.

SIMON: Him arranged for them to stay in a guest house on a posh L.A. estate.

PLEASANTS: She is an angel.

SIMON: You have air conditioning, all the comforts of life, television, internet, what's that like?

PLEASANTS: It was unreal, because we kept thinking at some point, someone is going to say, April fool's, and it's over.

SIMON: Turns out it was just the beginning. With section 8 housing, Shawn and his partner will have an opportunity to get a place of their own.

HERSHMAN: We are having a birthday brunch.

SIMON: But it's not all fairy tales. Years on the street contributed to a powerful drug addiction. Rehab is a month, him as facilitating.

PLEASANTS: It's tantamount, and it's --

SIMON: And along the way, they have been documenting the journey.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Are you crying?

PLEASANTS: Yes. Wait, do I have to tissue?

SIMON: Shawn's goal, to become a powerful voice to combat the homeless crisis and become worthy of his new lease on life.

There are people watching this story saying, this guy has been given another chance and I sure hope he doesn't blow it.

PLEASANTS: I do too. I hope I don't. I sure hope I don't and I hope for their sake that they don't. You lose their footing because they will experience some of the worst times that I experienced personally.

SIMON: Is there any chance you'll wind up back on the streets someday?

PLEASANTS: I hope the hell not.

SIMON: Dan Simon, CNN, Los Angeles.


SAVIDGE: A wonderful story. Thank you, Dan.

There was a clash of college football titans that brought the president to town and lived up to the hype. Carolyn?

CAROLYN MANNO, SPORTS JOURNALIST: Well, Martin, LSU might have come in as the higher ranked team, but with eight straight losses to Alabama, they certainly played like an underdog with something to prove and gave us one of the best games all season long.


SAVIDGE: President Donald Trump was treated to one of the best college football games all season long in Tuscaloosa yesterday.

PAUL: Carolyn Manno is in New York.

So, I understand, is there a new king in college football, Carolyn?

MANNO: Well, the Clemson Tigers might have something to say about that, Christi, since they are technically the reigning champs. But kings for a day? Yes, I would say, absolutely.

President Trump did receive a big ovation from the sold-out crowd of more than a hundred thousands of people that were there. Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who was coming back from ankle surgery looked a little bit rusty, especially early on on the Tide's first stride, fumble to shy of the end zone. That was one of his two turnovers on the day.

And LSU was ready to capitalize. Joe Burrow responding with a 92-yard touchdown drive connecting with Ja'Maar Chase for the score. Burrow certainly cementing his status as a Heisman frontrunner, three touchdowns, almost 400 yards passing.

But it's never over until it's he over with Nick Saban's Crimson Tide, down two scores just over 90 seconds to play. And a prayer answered by Devonta Smith, 85 yards for the touchdown, on-side kick would fail, Coach Ed Orgeron gets it back.


It just wasn't enough for Alabama. Joe Burrow gets carried off the field like a king, LSU snapping an eight-game losing streak to the Tide, putting up 46 points. That's the most Alabama has given up at home since 1970.

And that wasn't the only undefeated matchup yesterday. Minnesota proving it belongs in the playoff conversation with a convincing win over Penn State. Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan had three passing touchdowns, just two in completions. The Golden Gophers win 29-24. They are 9-0 for the first time since 1904.

And I the pro game, reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes is back. The Chiefs quarterback will play today on the road in Tennessee. Mahomes missed the last two games recovering from a dislocated kneecap, so good news for those who have him on their fantasy rosters. Christi and Martin, he is back already.

SAVIDGE: And good news for the team, in general. Carolyn, thanks a lot.

PAUL: Thank you.

So if those of you at home, you know, if you've seen the Christmas decorations in the stores or maybe even in some people's homes already, you think it is too soon. Well, guess what. Rockefeller Center Christmas tree arrived in New York and that means, oh, no, it's on. It's officially here.

SAVIDGE: This year's tree, by the way, comes from Carol Schultz in Orange County, New York. The Norway spruce weighs 40 tons, stands 77 feet tall. And a little history here, the first Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was put up in 1931 by workers who were building that complex during the Great Depression.

PAUL: It's going to be lit during a live T.V. special next month, so Merry Christmas, I guess, already.

SAVIDGE: Cards are next week.

PAUL: Yes. Next hour of your NEW DAY, we'll get back after a quick break. Stay close.