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"I Wouldn't Call It The Brave Choice"; Afghan Security Handover; Setting A Timetable; Women In Combat; New Search For Hoffa; The President's Irish Roots; GE Hiring "Thousands"; Flying High; Recall Deadline

Aired June 18, 2013 - 07:30   ET


NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT: -- into cancer and like we said Melissa Etherege is a breast cancer survivor. She has been cancer free for nine years now. Last night, you know, I got the chance to catch up with Angelina Jolie's fiance, Brad Pitt, at the premiere of his new movie "World War Z" in Times Square and I asked him about Angelina and your decision. Well, you can bet he had a different take than Melissa Etherege. Listen to him.


TURNER: You don't have Angelina here with you tonight. How is she doing?

BRAD PITT, ACTOR, "WORLD WAR Z": She's doing great, prepping for refugee day and she's minding the little ones right now.

TURNER: The one things she said when she announced that her health crisis was that she wanted to expand the conversation about health and women and she didn't want women to feel any less feminine if they made the decision.

PITT: Yes.

TURNER: How do you feel about her as a woman, now that she has made this decision?

PITT: Well, she's brave, bold individual and I fell for her in the beginning and sexy as ever, that's what I tell you.


KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: I like to hear that, sexy as ever.

TURNER: I want to be clear because I think what Melissa Etherege was saying when she said it was a fearful choice. I think she believes Angelina made the choice because she was fearful of getting cancer, not because she was a cowardly or fearful person. She thinks that having a preventative mastectomy is the last option a woman should take when facing a situation like that.

BOLDUAN: I was reading through Etherege's comments, she was saying her big point is she wanted to encourage women to basically seek out medical expert advice and make the decision that's best for them. TURNER: And more than one opinion. She says really weigh your options here, and if you're going to go the route Angelina Jolie went then make sure it's the last option, that you've gone through every other option you can go through before doing that.

BOLDUAN: I thought it fascinating. Jolie made that same point in her op-ed. She said this is a decision for me, but you should make the best decision for yourself.

TURNER: Right, exactly. On that point they're on the same wavelength.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Well, it's interesting because herein lies the danger in giving too much power to celebrity. I think just because Angelina did that doesn't mean it is right for me or for you. It does point to the fact this is an option available and thank goodness she shined a light on this very controversial method of dealing with breast cancer and letting us know this is an option out there.

BOLDUAN: We have to be a smart patient.

TURNER: The one good point we're talking about it.

BOLDUAN: I don't care if there are contrarian -- opposing views. People haven't been talking about this enough.

PEREIRA: I'm one of the women who have always been scared I don't want to have a mammogram, don't want to do this but listening to the discussion and the increased discussion I'm like Nischelle, get on it.

TURNER: I have to myself.

PEREIRA: I'll go with you because I'm scared.

BOLDUAN: You don't need to be. You really do not need to be afraid.

CUOMO: The worst cancer story is people who didn't catch it as soon as they could.

BOLDUAN: All right, Nischelle, thanks so much.

CUOMO: Good story. Coming up on NEW DAY, the first lady exploring the Obama family roots in Ireland, guess what she discovered.

BOLDUAN: Why on earth is Fabio carrying men?

CUOMO: And why aren't I one of them in.

BOLDUAN: It's earned the NEW DAY award of the day.


CUOMO: It's coming around, it's coming around. Here we are. Now it's bigger, now it's bigger, welcome back. Thanks for joining us here on NEW DAY. I'm Chris Cuomo. We have Kate Bolduan and Michaela Pereira, the whole team is here for you.

BOLDUAN: It's Tuesday, June 18th. Hello, everyone. Ahead in this half hour, the first lady gets a history lesson as she explores the Obama family heritage in Ireland. The surprising finds coming up in a moment.

CUOMO: And the story I wanted to talk about most this morning, why is Fabio carrying men through grocery stores and why am I not one of them? We'll answer this pressing concern.

BOLDUAN: So many thoughts on that.

CUOMO: A lot of news, look at my man.

PEREIRA: I didn't know that was on your bucket list.

CUOMO: We learn more about each other every day. Michaela, what do you have for us?

PEREIRA: All right, let's look at the headlines. Good morning to the two of you. Good morning.

In the news at the G-8 Summit, President Obama talks about what he calls a strong taboo in the international community, how to respond to weapons of mass destruction including chemical weapons. The president says in terms of Syria his goal is a stable non-sectarian representative government that addresses the needs of its people. He also made it clear he's not taking sides in a religious war between Shia and Sunni groups.

Moments ago, Afghan President Hamid Karzai announcing his country will participate in peace talks with the Taliban, this as Afghanistan takes control of its own security. U.S.-led NATO forces made it official at a handover ceremony in Kabul this morning at the same time a bomb blast was going off in the western part of the city, killing three, injuring 30 others.

Today, the Pentagon is expected to announce plans to place more women in combat. Today's announcement also setting a timetable to place women in elite special operations forces like the Army Rangers and the Navy SEALs. CNN's Barbara Starr is live in the Pentagon, some voices, Barbara, saying it has been slow to happen.

BARBARA STARR, CNN PENTAGON: Well, some do but this is a huge leap forward and just as you say, this is it. Young women who want to become Army Rangers or Navy SEALs may be able to do that, Michaela. Pardon me, the Pentagon will unveil its implementation plan today, setting the timetable when, if and how women can finally join all these front line combat units, armor, artillery, special forces, that may be the last one, but indeed it is now going to have women in these front line combat units that they have banned from -- Michaela.

PEREIRA: Barbara, I wanted to offer some water from my NEW DAY mug to clear your throat there. Thank you so much for that report.

In other news, are we closer to finally finding former Teamster's boss, Jimmy Hoffa's remains? The FBI says it's working off a credible tip from an aging mobster who wants to end the intrigue and find some peace. He says Hoffa was kidnapped from a restaurant, hit with a shovel and then buried alive. Agents now digging in waist-high grass in a Detroit area field. Hoffa was last seen alive back in 1975.

Well, if you don't believe in the internet and social media revolution, look now at the newest entries to the Oxford English dictionary, the words crowdsourcing, e-reader, live blog, all added to the latest edition and so is the word tweet, which apparently breaks the rules. New words normally have to be in use for at least 10 years. As you might know, Twitter only seven years young so they broke the rules to allow tweet in verb and noun definitions, variations of the word Twitter.

BOLDUAN: I promise you, it will be around for 10 years. I don't think Twitter is going anywhere.

CUOMO: Also shows things just happen fast throughout the time.

PEREIRA: Lightning speed now.

CUOMO: Ten years, seven years it's the new ten.

BOLDUAN: All right, others stories we're watching, while the president visits with world leaders at the G-8 summit in Ireland, his wife the first lady and daughters are exploring their family's Irish roots that date way back to the 1600s.

Our Erin McLaughlin is live from London with this, this morning. Erin, what are you learning about their genealogy search?

ERIN MCLAUGHLIN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Kate. It's a trip full of history and culture. I think it's safe to say that Ireland and its heritage holds a special place in Michelle Obama's heart.


MCLAUGHLIN (voice-over): The Emerald Isle is a kickoff to the Obama family summer vacation, while the president was hard at work in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the first lady, Sasha, Malia and hundreds of local school children were treated to a rehearsal of the world famous river dance in Dublin.

MICHELLE OBAMA, FIRST LADY: With all the dancing and singing and energy it is a perfect representation of Ireland itself.

MCLAUGHLIN: The admiration is mutual. It's no secret that Ireland seems to adore the Obamas. Crowds of thousands greeted the president and Mrs. Obama during their visit in 2011, fond memories that the first lady says she now wants to share with her girls.

OBAMA: When we left, we knew that our girls had to experience all of the warmth and beauty of this place for themselves.

MCLAUGHLIN: Sasha and Malia also had a chance to explore their Irish heritage at Trinity College. They pored over manuscripts tracing their ancestry all the way back to the 1600s to the tiny village of Moneygall, where Barack Obama's maternal great, great grandfather was born.

OBAMA: That is powerful for me as their mother and hopefully something they cherish for the rest of their lives.

MCLAUGHLIN: It might not have been a dream teenager's holiday. The girls at times appeared bored, but to their mother the trip offered up a powerful lesson.

OBAMA: You never forget home and my girls every day their home gets bigger and bigger. It's no longer the south side of Chicago or Washington, D.C., but it is Moneygall, it is Dublin. It is the world.


MCLAUGHLIN: Well, today, they continue their trip with a visit to Wicklow mountain National Park, which is home to some of Ireland's earliest history, tombs and rock art and they'll rejoin the president before traveling to Germany -- Kate.

BOLDUAN: All right, Erin McLaughlin, thanks so much. You watch these girls growing up in the public eye and it's never easy for any president's daughter, but they get to see and experience some amazing things.

CUOMO: You saw how tall Malia is?

BOLDUAN: Both the president and first lady are very tall. When I've stood next to them I'm quickly reminded I need to wear much higher heels.

CUOMO: I see them and I think I'm getting old.

BOLDUAN: They're growing fast.

CUOMO: Coming up on NEW DAY, much more on the terrifying moments at 35,000 feet. How an out of control passenger on a flight bound for the U.S. was finally subdued?

BOLDUAN: The day's biggest mystery, I hope you can hear me smiling, why is Fabio picking up women and men at the local grocery stores?


BOLDUAN: It is about the money. Welcome to NEW DAY. It is money time. Christine Romans has all the business news that you need to know. Hi, Christine.

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, you guys. A rally on Wall Street yesterday, stock futures are looking up a little bit today. The Dow yesterday jumped more than 100 points. The blue chips posted a triple-digit move either up or down in ten of the past 11 sessions. That guy here, what happens to your 401(k) this week will depend on what he says about interest rates, stimulus and the economy, when the fed meets, big important meeting today and tomorrow.

Health care costs are going up 6.5 percent next year. That's a new forecast from Price Water House Coopers. It includes everything from doctor visits to prescription drugs to surgery. Here's the good news though. The growth rate is slowing. This year's prices rose 7.5 percent.

General Electric says it is hiring thousands of engineers. The hiring spree comes at a software center near San Francisco. GE says it is gearing up for harvesting data from commercial machines. It calls the new venture the industrial internet. That's where the action is in the job market, stem, stem, stem, GE is hiring thousands of engineers.

CUOMO: Appreciate it, Christine. Stem, stem, stem.

It is that time of the morning. John Berman is here to give us his NEW DAY award of the day.

JOHN BERMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: You know, we have an impressive streak going. I want to keep it alive. Today our award focuses on the art of selling because there's one man taking this art, selling to just an unbelievable level. That man, Fabio. He's more than a man really.

BOLDUAN: He is more than a man.

BERMAN: He's a force of nature.

CUOMO: He's a mood.

BERMAN: I have no idea what Fabio does or is. What is Fabio? Sites have noticed these photos of Mr. Fabio cradling dudes in Whole Foods supermarkets like he's on cover of a romance novel. He's picking up dudes at Whole Foods. He'll also thumb wrestle with you, by the way. We have some pictures of thumb wrestling with guys at Whole Foods. He's a full service operation, apparently.

BOLDUAN: What is going on?

BERMAN: That is a fantastic question. Mr. Fabio is selling a line of protein powders called Healthy Planet Nutrition and he's on tour going to Whole Foods and he'll thumb wrestle you. He'll do anything to sell, which I frankly am impressed by. There's no question there's selling power in this guy. Remember this?

PEREIRA: How could you forget? Seems ageless and timeless, doesn't it?

BOLDUAN: I forget what he's selling here.

BERMAN: But I want to buy.

BOLDUAN: Not butter, is it?

BERMAN: Of course, he did also sell the not better.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I can't believe it's not butter.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I can't believe it's not butter.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The taste you love without the cholesterol.


CUOMO: It looked like you there for a second?

BERMAN: I think the Whole Foods thing is even funnier than the not butter and other stuff. The pictures to me, they're hilarious. I decided to create a whole new award today for Fabio. So today's award is outstanding achievement in Fabio and it goes to Fabio.

CUOMO: Very good. He's a genre. I like it. Would you allow him to come on NEW DAY and carry you in.

BERMAN: Anyone can pick me up. If you can book Fabio -- he's busy selling in Whole Foods right now.

CUOMO: He's one of my people. We'll see if we can get him on.

BOLDUAN: A man in the studio who is larger than Chris Cuomo. That should be how you enter the day.

BERMAN: He picks me up more times. Who can do more reps?

CUOMO: We'll toss you to each other.

BOLDUAN: This just got super real. All right, John, I don't know how we're going to top that one tomorrow.

PEREIRA: But we will try.

BOLDUAN: Coming up next on "NEW DAY," much more on President Obama's brand-new interview, what he says in defense of the National Security Agency's secret surveillance operations, lots to discuss there.

CUOMO: And a new study I will report, but not owned. That says it is OK for pregnant moms to drink. Is that really safe? We're going to have what moms need to know.


CUOMO: Do you hear that music? It means two things, one, it means my 7-year-old is very happy because he loves this song. It also means it's time for a quick tour of the thought-provoking headlines topping the morning papers in health, science, business, and beyond. Take it away, Michaela.

PEREIRA: All right, Chris. Here we go. In the "Wall Street Journal," major U.S. airlines getting high marks from passengers in the latest American Customer Satisfaction Index, JetBlue ranked first for a second year straight followed by Southwest. In "USA Today," the U.S. government's deadline for Chrysler to voluntarily recall 2.7 million Jeeps. Safety officials say the placement of gas tanks behind the rear axle in those SUVs can lead to fires during a rear end collision.

The says people in North Carolina apparently have a need for speed. They're talking about increasing the speed limit on some roads to 75 miles an hour.

CUOMO: That's what I'm talking about. Let it breathe.

BOLDUAN: I've been to North Carolina. I like that. I can handle it. Nischelle Turner, please take us to pop news.

TURNER: I will. Thank you. Keep this train moving, the trailer for Leonardo Dicaprio's new movie "The Wolf Of Wall Street" is trending big time. It looks at Wall Street excess in the '90s.

Wedding bells will soon be ringing for this five-time Olympian gold medallist Greg Rogain. The champion diver tells "People" magazine he's getting married this fall to his partner Johnny Shiloh.

He hails from Smallville, Kansas. Now Clark Kent a.k.a. Superman is being inducted into the Kansas Hall of Fame on Friday. Superman has been around since 1932, so you might say what's been taking so long? This honor is long overdue.

BOLDUAN: We have found a way to talk about Superman almost every show, which would be two.

TURNER: That's two in a row. Got a good record, guys.

CUOMO: Let's get over to Indra Petersons, got the latest with the weather.

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Bring on the rain. I mean, the entire east coast pretty much seeing the rain today. The Midwest, too, look how much rain is expected. We're not seeing any where we need it. Some heavy rain will be up there. We're talking 3 inches to 5 inches in eastern portions of Texas and on the west coast where we need that rain. We still have that fire threat. It looks like that fire threat is only worsening as we go through tomorrow, bad news all around.

BOLDUAN: All right, we'll keep watching it. Indra, thanks so much. We're at the top of the hour now, which of course means it's time for the top news.


BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: The NSA cannot listen to your telephone calls. They cannot and have not.


CUOMO: Breaking overnight, the president says he's no Dick Cheney, as he gets his strongest defense yet of that controversial NSA surveillance program.

BOLDUAN: Danger in air. Another out of control passenger on board a plane, this one tied down by fellow flyers. We have the dramatic audio and pictures.