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Bradley Manning: I want to live as a woman -- VIDEO

Pfc. Bradley Manning, who yesterday was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking classified documents to Wikileaks, has announced she will be transitioning to female and her new name is Chelsea Manning.

This revelation came about on the Today show this morning, when Savannah Guthrie talked with Manning’s lawyer, David Coombs. After discussing the trial, the sentence (he expects Manning will be out in 7 years), and chances for a presidential pardon, Guthrie read a statement from Manning.

“As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me,” it read. “I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible….I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and the use the feminine pronoun. Thank you, Chelsea Manning.”

After reading the statement, Coombs shared that he hoped Fort Leavenworth (the all-male prison Manning will be incarcerated in) “will do the right thing and provide [hormone therapy, which they currently do not]. If they do not, I’m going to do everything in my power so that they are forced to do so.”

Watch the interview below: READ FULL STORY

Al Roker oversleeps, misses 'Wake Up With Al Roker' -- VIDEO

BREAKING NEWS: A man woke up late on August 6.

Okay, so the man in question was Al Roker — and oversleeping for the first time in 39 years meant that he wasn’t there to film Wake Up With Al, his early-early morning show. (Today, which airs an hour after Wake Up begins, is just early.) At 5:41 a.m. ET, he realized his mistake and quickly took to Twitter: READ FULL STORY

Oprah Winfrey compares Trayvon Martin to Emmett Till -- VIDEO

On August 28, 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till was savagely beaten and shot through the head in Money, Mississippi, all for the crime of speaking to a 21-year-old white woman. After a widely covered trial, his murderers were acquitted — leading to national indignation and helping to catalyze the civil rights movement.

Though the specifics of each case are vastly different, it’s easy to compare Till’s murder and its aftermath to the 2012 shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Oprah Winfrey did that very thing this morning in a brief clip shown on Today, calling the killings “parallel” — and adding, “In my mind, [they’re the] same thing.”

At the same time, Winfrey — who stars in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, a film set partially during the height of the civil rights movement — was careful to say that those outraged by Martin’s death and George Zimmerman being found not guilty shouldn’t dwell in the past. “You can get stuck in that,” she said, “and not allow yourself to move forward and to see how far we’ve come.”

Trayvon Martin's parents speak out on multiple morning shows -- VIDEO

Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin made the morning-show rounds today, speaking out for the first time after George Zimmerman’s not-guilty verdict was announced July 13. Trayvon Martin’s parents were somber and resigned in each appearance, repeatedly expressing their shock at the verdict — and indicating that they may be moving forward with a civil suit.

Martin spoke movingly about his son on CBS this morning, opening the interview by saying, “I want America to know that Trayvon was a fun-loving child. He was our child. We miss him dearly. Just to have your child’s life taken away from you like that, it hurts. And it’s a process that will take a long time to start to recovery from.”


Both 'Today' and 'Good Morning America' give tips for surviving a plane crash -- VIDEO

Aerophobes and high-fliers alike are feeling uneasy about air travel in light of Asiana Airlines Flight 214, which crashed Saturday at San Francisco International Airport. Images of the plane’s burned-out corpse could chill even the most seasoned traveler, despite the fact that nearly every one of the flight’s 300+ passengers made it out alive. (Two Chinese teenagers, Ye Mengyuan and Wang Linja, were found dead on the tarmac.)

So, what should you do in the extremely unlikely event that you’re on a crashing plane? Today and Good Morning America each aired a few key tips on their shows this morning — and though these programs are arch rivals, their plane crash survival tips are actually remarkably similar. Both recommend knowing how close your seat is to the plane’s exit, as well as staying low in the event of smoke. Both are also careful to point out how anomalous Asiana 214’s crash was; statistically, you’ve actually got a better chance of perishing in a shark attack than a plane crash. (Odds of being killed by a shark are about one in 3.7 million, according to National Geographic; odds of being killed in a plane crash are one in 11 million, according to Discovery.)

Additionally Today suggests not trying to grab your bags as you exit the plane, while GMA tells passengers to be extra aware during the first three minutes and last eight minutes of the flight — 80 percent of air accidents happen during these windows.


Paula Deen defends herself in teary 'Today' interview -- VIDEO


After begging off from a planned appearance last week due to exhaustion — an excuse Matt Lauer and Al Roker accepted with a few suppressed eye-rolls — Paula Deen finally appeared on Today this morning, giving an emotional interview in which she vehemently denied being a racist.

Deen has been under fire since she admitted to using racial slurs in a deposition filed June 17; in light of her testimony, the celebrity chef has been dropped by the Food Network and Smithfield Foods. Her full, 13-minute interview with Lauer is below:


Matt Lauer to Jay Leno: 'I am not a guy who complains' -- VIDEO

There’s only one veteran TV personality who might really know what Matt Lauer’s been going through since Ann Curry’s dramatic ousting from the Today show: Jay Leno, who’s been the subject of vitriol and derision basically since the day NBC picked him to host Today‘s late-night counterpart. (The height of it probably came during the Great Conan Disaster of 2010, the sequel to Leno and David Letterman’s original Late Night Wars over who would replace Johnny Carson.)

It’s no surprise, then, to learn that Lauer and Leno are good pals — and it’s doubly unsurprising that when the former stopped by the latter’s show last night, their conversation barely touched upon the beating Lauer’s been taking since Curry got axed.


Martha Stewart's lost Match.com profile: Let's fill in the blanks

Bad news for men aged 65-80 in the New York metropolitan area: Though 71-year-old domestic goddess Martha Stewart apparently considered joining Match.com recently, she never fully took the plunge.

“I had a longtime boyfriend. That ended a couple of years ago. I haven’t found the next Mr. Right,” Stewart told Matt Lauer during a Today show interview that will air next week. “I was even thinking of going on Match.com!” Even more surprisingly, Stewart said that she wasn’t planning to use an alias or a misleading photo on the site — “I want to do my real thing,” she explained. Anyone else think this sounds like the premise of an upcoming Nancy Meyers movie? (Naturally, Martha’s played by Diane Keaton.)


Michael Jackson's doctor does 'Today Show' interview from prison -- VIDEO

Disgraced cardiologist Conrad Murray, who’s currently serving a four-year prison sentence for his involvement in the death of Michael Jackson, recently filed an appeal on his case, claiming that his trial was unfair, that its jury should have been sequestered, and that ultimately he “didn’t do anything wrong.” Murray hopes to get his conviction overturned, allowing him to regain the ability to practice medicine when he’s released — and to live as a regular person rather than as a convicted felon.

Murray called in to the Today show this morning to discuss his appeal with host Savannah Guthrie, as well as his attorney, Valerie Wass. He reiterated that he does not take “any responsibility as it relates to [Jackson’s] death,” saying that while he was sorry to lose the singer “as a friend and as a patient,” he will not take the blame for “something I didn’t do.” At that, Guthrie pushed back, reminding Murray that he was the one who both prescribed and administered the powerful anesthetic Propofol — the drug on which Jackson overdosed. In response, Murray said that while he did leave the room Jackson was in when he died, he did not leave behind any Propofol for the musician’s use.

NBC News reports that Murray will most likely be released from Los Angeles’s Central Jail in the fall of 2013.

Do his arguments seem sound, or did Murray deserve his conviction? Watch the interview and judge for yourself.


Morning shows speak with Boston bombing survivors, highlight heroes -- VIDEO

As the search for answers in the Boston Marathon bombing continues, so does the extensive TV coverage. Here is a roundup of the reporting offered by the morning shows Tuesday.

Good Morning America: In Boston, George Stephanopoulos spoke with Bill Iffrig, the 78-year-old marathon runner who was knocked off his feet by the first blast. His fall was captured on video and has become one of the lasting images of the tragedy. Iffrig is fine and was helped across the finish line. READ FULL STORY

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