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Toronto mayor Rob Ford defends himself on 'Today': 'I was very, very inebriated' -- VIDEO

Toronto mayor Rob Ford must be in a drunken stupor to still be using his “drunken stupor” excuse.

In a Today show interview that aired Tuesday morning, Matt Lauer crossed the border to speak with the embattled politician, who was joined by his councilman brother, Doug Ford. But the Toronto mayor, red-faced and whiny, spun a familiar tale of drunken reasoning and utter refusal to admit that his drug and alcohol issues make him grossly unfit to serve his city.

“You have brought disgrace to this office, and you know that’s true,” Lauer said.

“I’m embarrassed,” Ford admitted. “Not just myself, my family, my friends, my supporters, the whole city. I take full responsibility for that. We’ve all made mistakes, Matt. I’m not perfect. Maybe you are, maybe other people are. I’ve made mistakes. I admitted to my mistakes.” But admission to Ford apparently is repeating the same “drunken stupor” excuse for smoking crack cocaine. Lauer called it “a game of semantics.”

“The best excuse I heard you give for using that crack cocaine,” Lauer said, “was ‘I was in a drunken stupor.’ And I’m wondering, is that supposed to make anybody feel better?”

'Good Morning America' takes viewers to One World Trade Center, which will be NYC's tallest building -- VIDEO

Six years of construction. 37,000 tons of steel. A 186-foot concrete base. Over 100 floors. An eventual height of 1,776 feet.

The numbers behind One World Trade Center — the building formerly known as the Freedom Tower — are impressive. But all you really need to know about that still-unfinished building is this: As of tonight, it will again be New York City’s tallest skyscraper.

Good Morning America‘s George Stephanopoulos traveled to the tippy-top of the tower this morning, taking a perilous journey that involves two elevators and a series of sheer vertical ladders. (So far, lifts only go to the tower’s 90th floor.) After climbing 1,200 feet, he chatted with a few of the crane operators who have been working to build 1WTC steel beam by steel beam. Their involvement is especially poignant because each was an eyewitness to the devastation of 9/11 — and according to one, “not a day goes by” that he and his coworkers don’t think about the events of that catastrophe. READ FULL STORY

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