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Remembering James Gandolfini; Interview with NBA Superstar LeBron James; 70,000 Stranded by Floods in India; Nearing Compromise On Immigration; NHL and NBA Finals Ahead; Obama's Berlin Visit; Royal Baby Due Soon

Aired June 20, 2013 - 06:30   ET


INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: I do want to show you that there is some hope in the forecast, as the dome of high pressure pushes to the east, OK, it's high pressure, it's still warm. That's not good. But it actually is. The winds will pull moisture out of the Gulf.

So, by the end of the week, I know sometimes potentially we do have some more moisture kick in the area. And hopefully, it can help to get some containment, zero percent, unfortunately right now, not great.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Yes, a whole lot of time, even 24 hours with the fires can --

PETERSONS: Absolutely.

BOLDUAN: All right. Indra, we'll talk to you more about this at the coming hours. Thanks so much.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: All right. Coming up on NEW DAY: we're one on one with LeBron James. Big question of course: will the Heat win? Almost as big: will he wear the head band in game seven or not? Does it bring him luck?

BOLDUAN: Oh, the head band.

CUOMO: Get ready to learn the name Slick Watts. What does that mean? You'll see when we come back.

BOLDUAN: I don't know. I don't know.

CUOMO: You will. Slick Watts, everybody.


CUOMO: We love the music here. We love it, we love it.

BOLDUAN: We love the music.

CUOMO: Can you see the word Chris clearly identified?

BOLDUAN: I just got excited because the music was good. I'm sorry. OK, go for it. No, you go for it.

CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everybody. I'm Kate Bolduan.

BOLDUAN: I'm Chris Cuomo, it's Thursday, June 20th.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: I guess that leaves me with Michaela Pereira. With that we know.


BOLDUAN: Michaela is here with the top news happening at this hour.

PEREIRA: All right. Good morning to the two of you and good morning to you at home.

The entertainment world reeling over the death of Emmy and Golden Globe winner James Gandolfini. Among those in mourning, the man who made Gandolfini a household name by casting him in the role of Tony Soprano, "Soprano's" creator, David Chase.

Chase said in a statement, quote, "He's one of greatest actors of this or any time. He wasn't easy sometimes, but he was my partner, he was my brother in ways I can't explain and never will be able to explain."

Gandolfini was just 51. We'll talk with his "Sopranos" costars at the top of the hour.

For the first time, the FBI admits it has been using drones in the U.S. But the head of the FBI, Robert Mueller told the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday that it does not happen over.

Mueller also said the agency is developing guidelines for their use. After Mueller's testimony, the FBI said in a statement that drones are only used in situations that might put law enforcement officers at risk.

New this morning, the senate may be inching closer to an immigration deal. CNN has learned a bipartisan group of senate negotiators could announce an agreement as early as today, that specifically toughens border security mandates. That's something GOP op hardliners have been insisting on. So, now, the reform bill may become more attractive to Republicans.

All right. Check out some crazy video from Russia. Subway in St. Petersburg on the move, despite the doors being wide open. What's even more weird the passengers don't seem to be fazed at all by it, even getting cautiously closer to take a look.

We insist it would not happen in New York because, A, it would prevent Kate from ever getting on a subway.

BOLDUAN: Oh, it's already preventing --

PEREIRA: But that -- especially going through the tunnels, that would be shocking.

BOLDUAN: It also makes me very dizzy.

PEREIRA: Well, that's true.

CUOMO: What not to do when the door is open on the subway, go stick your head out take a look.

BOLDUAN: It's just Tuesday, it's open door Tuesday. It's just going to ride it like this.

CUOMO: Yes, the true express.

All right. Moving on now, he is about to play what could be the defining game of his career.

Rachel Nichols sat down with the Miami Heat's LeBron James to talk about the pressure of tonight's game seven against the Spurs, and she got the King James version of the love affair with his head band.

Rachel's live in Miami.

Rachel, when I think head band I go back to Slick Watts from the Supersonics in the '70s. He brought them into vogue, right?

RACHEL NICHOLS, CNN SPORTS: That's because you are old and the rest of us are not.

BOLDUAN: Thank you, Rachel. Thank you. Well done.

CUOMO: Thank you. Thank you very much.

NICHOLS: But, anyway, the head band, Chris, that has been part of LeBron James' look for thousands of basketball games at this point. But late in game six, LeBron's headband fell off. And instead of being Samson and his hair, it had the opposite effect. LeBron's game kicked into another level and he saved his team from elimination.

So, we talked about that and what it felt like the other night when the game did look so over that officials started getting his arena prepared to give the championship trophy to someone else.


NICHOLS: With about a minute to go in game six, security guards come out, they start putting that yellow tape around the floor, they get ready to wheel that championship trophy in, give to the spurs.

LEBRON JAMES, MIAMI HEAT: We felt like that was basically burying us alive, throwing dirt on us before it was over but at the end of the day, there's still more game to play. Let's finish this game and see what happens.

NICHOLS: All right. We have to talk about the head band, of course, I have one here for you. I don't know if you recognize this.


NICHOLS: This is your old friend. You usually keep this guy next to you at all times. You wear him. JAMES: He's a little mad at me right now. We haven't talked to him in a few hours. So -- I haven't not played with it, and it's so long.

NICHOLS: Dwyane Wade said, I'm going to see -- I'm going to talk him into not wearing it in game seven. Can you give us the exclusive here?

JAMES: I don't know. I don't know. It's a very tough decision. I got to decide if I'm going to wear it or not wear it.

But I think I will. You know, he's been a part of this journey, the ups and downs of my career so far. So, we'll see what happens.

NICHOLS: No man left behind?

JAMES: No man left behind.

NICHOLS: How much of a game seven is about X's and O's and how much is about heart?

JAMES: I think it's all heart. At the end of the day, X's and O's, coaches put new position to succeed, but you got to go out and do it. I think it's about heart and determination at this point and which team is going to win the victory.

NICHOLS: And here, reunite you with your friend.

JAMES: My friend -- I'm sorry, buddy. I still love you.



NICHOLS: A little fun there from LeBron. We'll have a more in-depth conversation later in the show. That gives you insight, guys, into the approach he's taking. For example, LeBron said he was doing plenty of game film, pregame prep in the 24 hours leading up to tonight but also trying to keep things light.

He ended up planning to work "SpongeBob SquarePants" with his two sons the night before game seven preparation. And, hey, he's like the rest of us. Before a big day or a big night at work, he said he was going to get butterflies. He's going to have a nervous stomach. But he said because he knew how big a deal this moment was going to be.

BOLDUAN: I think that's some reverse psychology. He's saying he's watching "SpongeBob SquarePants" to throw off the Spurs, but he's really watching tape.

CUOMO: Meanwhile, he's throwing foul shots the whole time.

BOLDUAN: Right, exactly, watching SpongeBob shooting foul shots.


BOLDUAN: All right, Rachel, thanks so much. We're going to have much more of Rachel's interview in our next hour. All good stuff.

But also coming up next on NEW DAY: Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez already under scrutiny in a Massachusetts murder investigation. Now, he's linked to another shooting incident. We'll hear from the victim's family next hour.


BOLDUAN: And welcome back to NEW DAY.

Time for a check of what's happening around the world.

Rescue workers in northern India are scrambling to save about 70,000 people stranded by floods. CNN's Mallika Kapur has more on this.


MALIKKA KAPUR, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Rains have ravaged this mountainous spot of North India, leaving at least a hundred people dead. Tens of thousands trapped more remained trap, many of them pilgrims who had come here to pray at four famous Hindu shrines. Bridges are broken. Homes have been swept away. The river is flooded (ph). And roads remain blocked out the landslide.

Military helicopters are leading the rescue operations, dropping emergency supplies of food, evacuating people, and performing the grim task of pulling out dead bodies. The death toll is expected to rise over the next few days. Kate, back to you.

BOLDUAN: Mallika, thank you. Terrifying video right there

Now, to Brazil, massive protests in recent days may have paid off. Let's check in with CNNs Shasta Darlington in Sao Paolo.

SHASTA DARLINGTON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: A major victory nearly two weeks after a hike in bus and metro fairs ignited nationwide protests. Now, both Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro have agreed to cancel those increases, but there's really no guarantee that will end the protests. In fact, it could end up sending even more people onto the streets. Back to you, Kate.

BOLDUAN: Shasta, thank you so much.

Now, to London where Max Foster has the latest on plans for the arrival of the royal baby of course, due this summer.

MAX FOSTER, CNN ROYAL CORRESPONDENT: This was the hospital where Princess Diana famously presented Prince William to the world for the very first time. And it's also where the duchess of Cambridge wants to have her baby, I'm told, naturally. Although, these things are never predictable, of course.

The couple don't know the sex of the baby. They want to keep it as a surprise, and already, the media are parked out here. And hopefully see you, Kate, here, sometime in mid-July.

BOLDUAN: I'll be there, that's for sure. Whenever it happens.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: The Chicago Blackhawks pulled even in the Stanley Cup finals last night with a thrilling overtime win over the Bruins, but of course, in the sports world, tonight is really about the NBA finals.


CUOMO: So, let's bring in Andy Scholes, our buddy with this morning's "Bleacher Report." What do you have, my friend?

ANDY SCHOLES, BLEACHER REPORT: Yes. Good morning, guys. We're going to start with the Stanley Cup finals. You know, in the previous two games combined, Chicago, they managed to score only one goal, but they broke through in a big way in game four. A total 11 goals were scored in this game. We're going to show you all of them. This was a pretty much must win for the Blackhawks.

They led this game, 1-0, 4-2 and 5-4, but each time they got that lead, the Bruins found a way to fight back and tie the score and for the third time in this series, guys, they would need overtime to decide the outcome. In the extra period, it would be defenseman, Brent Seabrook, right here with the game winning goal for the Blackhawks. This series now tied at two. Game five is back in Chicago on Saturday night.

BOLDUAN: Exhausting series. My goodness.

SCHOLES: Yes. As you said, NBA finals big time game seven tonight. Of course, in game six, the Heat needed an amazing comeback in the final seconds to force overtime and it was a comeback that many Heat fans missed because they gave up on the team and left the arena. Now -- yes. Miami forward, Chris Bosh, he talked to the media yesterday and he has a message to those fans who left early.


CHRIS BOSH, MIAMI HEAT CENTER: For all those guys who left, you know, make sure you don't come to game seven. We only want the guys who are going to stay in the building for the whole game, you know? And you know, you never give up, you know? People gave up on us. And, you know, they can stay where they are and watch the game at home.



SCHOLES: Sometimes, it's just about traffic.

CUOMO: Oh, man.


BOLDUAN: It's mostly about traffic, but the Bosh smackdown there, my goodness.

CUOMO: So, who wins, Andy? Who wins?

SCHOLES: Well, you know, guys, it's only been five game sevens in the past 35 years and the home team has won all five of those games. So, you got to think the Heat are going to take this game tonight.

BOLDUAN: All right, all right.

CUOMO: Thank you very much, Andy Scholes. Appreciate it.

BOLDUAN: Staying up late. Thanks, Andy.

CUOMO: Very good stuff. So, he says (INAUDIBLE). Still ahead, coming up on NEW DAY, a medical miracle. This little boy born deaf, hears his daddy's voice for the first time. You're going to want to stick around for this.

BOLDUAN: You absolutely are.

Plus, much more on the passing of actor, James Gandolfini. We'll talk with two of his "Sopranos" co-stars in just moments.



JAY LENO, HOST, "THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO": President Obama's approval rating has dropped eight points over the past month, down to 45 percent, his lowest in more than a year and a half. But Obama is not letting it get him down. He's vying to find out whose approval he's lost, track them down using their e-mail and phone records --


LENO: And personally win them back. Yes! There you go.

JIMMY FALLON, HOST, "LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON": A new report predicts that the Senate's Immigration Bill will reduce the deficit by $200 billion. When they heard that, even Republicans were like, hola!




BOLDUAN: It has been a tough couple weeks for the president. He has taken the hits and taken them again and again and again.

CUOMO: I'm trying to decide which one I thought was funnier. I usually like Jimmy.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: I think Jay Leno was actually good.

CUOMO: I think Jay won last night. BOLDUAN: He loved picking the winner.

All right. We're kicking off 30 minutes of commercial free news right now. So, let's start with our political gut check, the important stories coming out of Washington overnight. CNN is learning the Senate might, might have a compromise on the big immigration bill. It's been working so hard and long on.

Let's break it all down with John King, CNN's chief national correspondent joining us from Washington. John, I'm sure it feels to you that you've been talking about the search for immigration reform for, oh, I don't know, a decade now?

JOHN KING, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Kate, Chris and Michaela good morning to you. And remember, let's be careful here. We've also talked about potential deals in the past and then when they try to put them on paper, they collapse. However, in an e-mail at conversation just moments ago with the top Senate Republican aide, I was told they actually think this one is real.

The key issue here is is border security. We've spent a lot of time talking about, can you get a path to citizenship with the estimated 11 million people undocumented in the United States who came here illegally. That is a big issue. But before you can get to that, in the Senate version and then in the House, they have to answer conservative concerns about border security.

What are they talking about? A lot more money for border security, building more of the fence, more technology and surveillance down at the border. So, more money, more resources on border security and they're hoping that that is the gateway to getting a deal on some of the other thorny issues. They could put this on paper today, and if they do, a vote in the Senate next week.

BOLDUAN: That also sounds like it's going to increase the price tag. But real quick, even if it passes the Senate, the big question is always, does this have a chance in the House?

KING: Right. The house is more conservative. That path to citizenship is a much bigger question mark in the House. Certainly, they don't want to do as much as the president does, even as conservative senator, Marco Rubio, in the Senate. A lot of House conservatives say no way. That path to citizenship is way too generous.

But, the Senate is the first test. If you can get a bill through the Senate that passes with 70, 75 votes that dramatically increases the chances in the House. If something creeps out of the Senate with 52, 53, then conservatives in the House will try to kill it.

CUOMO: You know, we go back and forth about the House and the Senate, but at the end of the day, you got 62 percent of the people who were polled say that border security is their main influence when it comes to immigration. That means they're going to have to show leadership in Washington to go past where the people's heads are here. That's not something we've seen in abundance. So, a good test for them. BOLDUAN: It's a good test, and those numbers are very important. You know, they're watching those numbers. I want to ask you real quick, though, John, about the president's big trip that he has been on, his big visit to Berlin talking about very big issues, but compared to 2008 when he was candidate Obama, not as much of a big crowd that was there to listen to him speak.

Do you think this is simply the difference of candidate Obama and being president or do you think this shows he has bigger issues with the international community?

KING: Well, it's all of the above in the sense that the whole world was asking the question we were asking the United States in 2008. Is the United States really about to elect an African-American as its president? So, that was part of the buzz. It has to be deflating, right? He walked out there in 2008.

Look at -- you see these pictures and it's wow, an enormous crowd and such an important place in the world, then he comes out yesterday, and it's a good crowd but a couple thousand people as opposed to tens of thousands of people, has to be a bit deflating. But part of that is, it's a different moment. He has already made that history, but part of it as you just said, in Germany, they keep hearing, wait, the NSA is eavesdropping here.

They're paying attention to our people, the European economy. So tough issues, much tougher being president than running for president.

CUOMO: And of course, when the president, you know, then a candidate was going -- he was going to Dresden. There was so much history around it there and there was a lot of newness for German/U.S. relations with respect to what happened during the war. So, little different context.

Let's go to the IRS also, though, John. You have the Tea Party demonstration. Could this be the resurgence of the Tea Party grasping on to the IRS issue, getting that populist momentum behind them?

KING: A huge and important question as we go now, get closer and closer to the 2014 midterm campaign. In 2010, remember, first we saw the Tea Party emerged as a protest movement. You saw the large demonstrations in Washington and around the country. It was a protest movement. Taxed enough already, complaining about spending, complaining about the size of government in Washington.

We didn't know in early 2010 if it would be a potent political movement. The Tea Party proved it was in 2010. It was a bigger question mark after 2012. So, does this IRS controversy juice them back up and make them a force in 2014? The Republican Party sure hopes so.

BOLDUAN: Yes. They can definitely be sure the Republican Party hopes that they can use all the help they can get right now and they all know that as well. John King, thank you so much. We'll talk to you soon. And we want to hear your thoughts on all of these topics. Check us out on Twitter, Facebook, or go to the website, CNN -- I did it this time.


CUOMO: It's a little tricky.

BOLDUAN: It's a little tricky.

CUOMO: Good music. Good music transition.

BOLDUAN: And when you hear the music, that means it's time for the "Rock Block," a quick tour of the interesting headlines topping the morning papers and the web from health to science to business and beyond. What do you have, Michaela?

PEREIRA: Let us see. Let us see. Thank you so much. First off, in the "L.A. Times,: families facing a growing health crisis. A new study finds that 39 percent of adults in our nation are caring for someone with significant health challenges.

From the "Detroit News," the American Medical Association wants to ban advertising on energy drinks aimed at kids and teens. Doctors say the drinks simply contain too much caffeine for those under 18.

And, in "The Miami Herald," forget about pencils and papers. Miami- Dade County has approved a plan to get a laptop or tablet into the hands of all 350,000 of its students by 2015. These kids are so far advanced compared to what we were.

CUOMO: Forget it. But you know what? What better way to spend money, right?

BOLDUAN: For the tools in their hands.

CUOMO: Money, segue, time now for Christine Romans, has all the business news we need -- Christine.

ROMANS: Speaking of money, money time, folks. We're shaping up for another sell-off on Wall Street. Dow futures right now down 100 points. That would add to yesterday's 200-point drop. Home prices, though, jumping nearly 5.5 percent in May compared with May 2012. A new study from Zillow says prices are up more than 20 percent in Las Vegas, Sacramento, and San Francisco.

Right. Call it a $380 million baby bump. That's the amount of money the royal baby is expected to generate for the British economy, $380 million. Kate's baby is due in a few weeks.

BOLDUAN: The duchess says, you're welcome Great Britain.


BOLDUAN: Indra Petersons is in the weather center with what you need to know before you head out the door this morning. Hey, Indra. PETERSONS: Yes. Good morning. It's hurricane season. We have tropical storm, Barry, out there expected to make landfall just north of Veracruz, Mexico. No threat to United States, but heavy rainfall expected for them. It looks like from the northeast straight down to southeast, beautifully warm. Finally great news, temperatures going up and staying that way right as we go through the weekend.

If you are looking for the rain, we have a severe risk today it looks like anywhere from Dakotas, from Minnesota, and then all the way down through Iowa. But overall, beautiful weather, big chunk of extremes.

BOLDUAN: All right. Indra, thanks so much.

We are now at the top of the hour, which of course, you know that means time for the top news.


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