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Nelson Mandela: Critical Condition; Obama to Africa; The Great Plane Robbery; Snowden Remains in Russia; Weiner Leading Primary Polls

Aired June 26, 2013 - 06:30   ET



CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: You're looking to use my foot to enhance --


KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: He's actually playing.

CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everybody. Here it is.



CUOMO: I'm Chris Cuomo.

BOLDUAN: I'm Kate Bolduan with our news anchor, Michaela Pereira. It is Wednesday, June 26th.

Coming up in this half hour, how more than $1 million just vanished off a plane. How, oh how, oh how. We'll break down the mid-air mystery and hopefully get some answers.

Plus, man down. That White Sox player, might want to think about that. Oops! It hit the mound and dropped the ball.

How was your knee? That's my head. We are all good.

That's the conversation you have in those situations. It was the mound, I'm sorry.


BOLDUAN: I don't know. The pitcher's mound, it's always there.

CUOMO: Anyway, t least they are getting paid to play. Let's get to Michaela. She's got the news of the day.

PEREIRA: Good morning. I've got eyes on both of you this morning.

Let's take a look at the headlines. This morning, the Supreme Court in the spotlight, expected to issue historic decisions on same sex marriage. The two cases challenge the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California's Prop 8. On Tuesday, the high court threw out portions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. This move allows nine states to change their voting laws without prior approval from the federal government.

Confusion and anger in Texas over a vote on sweeping abortion restrictions. The vote happened but it happened too late, missing a midnight deadline. Had it passed, the new restrictions would oppose almost all abortion clinics in the state of Texas. Democratic State Senator Wendy Davis almost killed the vote single-handedly. She staged a grueling 11-hour filibuster.

And the world is watching. South Africa's former President Nelson Mandela remains in critical condition, droves of people leaving handwritten notes and flowers outside this Pretoria hospital, as an archbishop prayed with the anti-apartheid hero's family. There are reports emerging that some family members held an emergency meeting to discuss delicate matters, widely believed to mean preparations for Mandela's death.

Meanwhile, President Obama is getting ready to leave for an African tour that will take him to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania. The president and the first family will board Air Force One at 9:00 Eastern and then fly to Dakar, Senegal. This is the president's second trip to Sub-Saharan Africa. He visited Ghana during his first term.

The most dramatic testimony in the wrongful death trial of Michael Jackson's concert promoter could come today. Jackson's 16-year-old son, prince, is expected to testify about their private lives and some of the last conversations he had with his father. Michael apparently talked to his son about the people he didn't trust and even predicted his own death.

Well, it turns out puppy love is a lot like baby love. A study by Austin researchers found that the bond formed between a dog and its owner is really a lot like the bond between parent and baby. They studied a phenomenal called the secure base effect where infants get steady care and security. Researchers then tested how 20 adult dogs acted around their owners and strangers and determined those bonds were indeed similar.

BOLDUAN: This explains so much.


BOLDUAN: You have seen this too.


BOLDUAN: So, walking around New York City, getting used to the city, oh, my gosh, there's a woman and her baby. That's so cute. It is a little dog.

PEREIRA: It's a dog.

BOLDUAN: I'm not judging. I'd like to know your thoughts on that. Should dogs be in strollers?

CUOMO: I don't get it. Once again, so does that mean the dog looks at the person as a parent or does it mean the human?

PEREIRA: I think it's a two-way relationship, I think it is, because they tested the dogs and saw the benefits to the dog. They tested the adult because we have heard before that people's blood pressure goes down and their cholesterol improves. So, I think it's a two-way street.

Do you have a dog?

CUOMO: I have a dog. I have dogs. I have kids. I feel like I'm more attached to the kid than the dog.

PEREIRA: You likely are.

BOLDUAN: You are not equating the dog love to the child.

CUOMO: That's all I'm saying.

PEREIRA: Did we explain it to you, Mr. Drummond (ph) --

CUOMO: I need time. You guys talk very fast, you get a lot of information. You're very smart.

PEREIRA: Speed old man.

CUOMO: I'm a guy. I'm like huh. You got to sink it in.


CUOMO: That's what men do. We listen.

PEREIRA: We are laughing at you.

BOLDUAN: This always comes back to a man/woman difference.

CUOMO: I'm just saying, you think quick. I'm complimenting.

BOLDUAN: It doesn't feel like a compliment. It feels like a slap in the face.

CUOMO: Hold on. Somebody is talking to me. No, I'm kidding, just ignore it.

BOLDUAN: Exactly. Sorry, what was that? Move on.

Yes. OK, this next story is not just who done it. Seriously, how? $1.2 million vanished Tuesday from a commercial flight between Switzerland and New York. The money was part of a multimillion-dollar shipment to a U.S. bank.

CNN's Mary Snow is looking into it.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) MARY SNOW, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): More than $1 million disappears from a Swiss International Airlines flight. What's unclear is when the $1.2 million all in $100 bills actually vanished. Was it before passenger flight 17 left Zurich on Saturday or after it arrived in New York?

A federal law enforcement official says the cash was part of a bigger shipment, roughly $50 million coming through the JFK International Airport.

The money belongs to a U.S. bank, says a law enforcement source, shipped in a cargo container headed to a Federal Reserve facility. The shortfall was discovered, the source says, when the shipment arrived there Monday.

Former federal agent Robert Strang says huge cash shipments aren't unusual.

(on camera): Is it common that so much cash would be on a passenger flight?

ROBERT STRANG, INVESTIGATIVE MANAGEMENT GROUP: Oh, sure. I mean, when you look under the belly of most commercial airplanes, you're going to find many things that you can't believe that are there because you're transferring money, assets, whether it's gold bars, jewelry, other valuable items all around the world. And that's done mostly in passenger aircraft.

SNOW (voice-over): The Federal Reserve declined comment. Swiss International Airlines would only say an investigation is underway.

The caper brought back memories of the 1978 Lufthansa heist at JFK made famous in the movie "Goodfellas."

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Live from the scene of the heist at JFK. It looks like a big one. Maybe the biggest this country has ever seen.

SNOW: Thieves made off with roughly $8 million in cash and jewelry. At the time, it was the biggest heist in history, but the amount pales in comparison to one earlier this year in Belgium. Eight heavily armed men burst through a fence on to Brussels airport tarmac in two vehicles, stole $50 million worth of diamonds from a plane bound for Zurich, Switzerland. Months later, more than 30 people were arrested.

Mary Snow, CNN, New York.


PEREIRA: And me complaining about them losing my bag over the weekend.

CUOMO: That's right.

BOLDUAN: Think of that -- when you are the guy that was in charge of getting that cargo on to the belly of the plane.


BOLDUAN: We had a bit of a mess.

PEREIRA: We have an issue.

CUOMO: I had no idea planes had that much money on them.

PEREIRA: I have no idea either.

BOLDUAN: Now, we know. And now, I'm guessing, there are a lot of people thinking, I've got some ideas now.

CUOMO: (INAUDIBLE) switch that up.

Coming up on NEW DAY: a terrifying narrow miss for two dozen Boy Scouts, out campaign, struck by lightning. We are talking about Dr. Sanjay Gupta about what to do if you're in that situation.

BOLDUAN: And when A-Rod tweets. Yankee's general manager Brian Cashman explodes. We will tell you what has him so man in our "Bleacher Report" coming up.


BOLDUAN: And welcome back to NEW DAY. Let's get a quick check of news around the world this morning. In India, rescue operations are underway as the death toll climbs in the country's disastrous flooding.

CNN's Nic Robertson is there -- Nic.


NIC ROBERTSON, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Thousands of people still stuck on the mountainside. Names of those accounted for on the walls, coming to find out where their missing loved ones are. Here, look at this picture, a whole family here. At the bottom, several mobile phone numbers, five phone numbers to contact for the missing and the help here goes on, people here handing out food to the pilgrims that make it down off the mountains.

And on Tuesday, the news, a helicopter went down, losing the flight crew and approximately another 15 people on board.

Back to you, Kate.


BOLDUAN: Nic, thanks so much.

And in Lebanon this morning, at least 12 soldiers have been killed in fighting with Sunni gunmen.

CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom has more from Beirut.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) MOHAMMED JAMJOOM, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The deadliest violence Lebanon has experienced in years. Seventeen soldiers killed and over 100 wounded in the port city of Sidon when two intense days of clashes broke out between the Lebanese army and heavily armed followers of an extremist Sunni Muslim cleric.

For many in Sidon, the street battles an eerie reminder of the 15-year brutal civil war that Lebanon experienced. Now, security is at an all time high, tensions are rising throughout the country, and many in Lebanon fear this is another example of how the conflict in Syria is spreading here.

Back to you, Kate.


BOLDUAN: Mohammed, thanks.

And in Egypt -- Egypt is seeing rare and deadly sectarian violence. Critics are pointing their fingers at President Mohamed Morsi and his party. Here is more from Ian Lee in Cairo.


IAN LEE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Kate, Egypt is battening down the hatches in the lead-up to June 30th protests. Opposition groups will be out in full force against President Mohamed Morsi. The U.S. embassy will be closed that day, but this is a typical move for the embassy at it's just a quarter mile away from Tahrir, one of the main focal points of the demonstration.

I can tell you, the Egyptian street is buzzing with anticipation. We are expecting hundreds of thousands, if not a million, people to turn out. This will be the greatest challenge to Morsi's presidency. We are expecting the president to give a speech later.

The army issued a vague but firm warning, saying they won't allow the country to slip into chaos -- Kate.


BOLDUAN: All right. Ian Lee in Cairo, thanks so much, Ian.

CUOMO: I don't know if you're watching this, you know, Alex Rodriguez, the big New York Yankee, he has had his share of controversy around him.

Brian Cashman, one of the big shots in management, he's had his problems. I have never heard of them having problems with each other.

BOLDUAN: There's a big, big old problem.

CUOMO: We're talking here about this tweet.

Let's bring in Andy Scholes with "The Bleacher Report" to take us through this. This is unusual, even for the Yankees.

ANDY SCHOLES, BLEACHER REPORT: Yes, good morning, guys. This is very unusual. A-Rod has been rehabbing down in Florida from off-season hip surgery. Yesterday, he announced that he was ready to get back on the field.

Here is the tweet from A-Rod. It reads, "Visit from Dr. Kelly over the weekend who gave me the best news -- the green light to play games again."

Yankees G.M. Brian Cashman, that was good news, but Yankees G.M. Brian Cashman didn't appreciate the announcement. In an interview to ESPN, Cashman responded saying, "You know what, when the Yankees want to announce something, we will. Alex should just shut the blank up. That's it. I'm going to call Alex now."

Clearly, the relationship between these two guys not very good anymore, guys.

BOLDUAN: It's all about the control, who controls that message coming out of Yankee Stadium.

PEREIRA: Well, it's interesting, too, when you think about the fact that you have big personalities, big egos, also, a plan and a PR move that the G.M. wants to control and those two things are not meeting.

BOLDUAN: I can kind of see it from A-Rod's perspective.

PEREIRA: He's excited.

BOLDUAN: His medical, his condition, he's ready to play and he's excited about it.

CUOMO: Don't let the media control the club house. Isn't that right, Andy Scholes?

SCHOLES: Right. But the relationship is becoming a little strained over the last few years. A-Rod's production has been on the decline. And the Yankees still owe him over $100 million over the next four years.

BOLDUAN: Oh, yes, it's about money.

SCHOLES: (INAUDIBLE) not very happy about.

CUOMO: So, take this from the corrupt pro baseball to the pure college baseball.


SCHOLES: Yes, World Series wrapping up in Omaha. UCLA beat Mississippi state 8-0 to sweep the series. They claim their first- ever World Series title. The guy they did it with, pitching and defense. The pitching staff for the Bruins allowed four runs in five games. That's a World Series record as they started using metal bats. And guys, I wanted you all to check out this blooper from last night in Major League Baseball. It could be the blooper of the year. Now, the White Sox, they were just one out away from beating the Mets. And check this out. They got a routine pop-up. Oh! Gordon Beckham trips over the pitcher into the third baseman. And guess what, the Mets tie the game on this play.

BOLDUAN: I mean, I see that happening maybe in little league.


BOLDUAN: But I don't see that happening --

CUOMO: I blame the pitcher.


CUOMO: You see how the pitcher -- I don't know if you want to show it again, but you see how he's just kind of sitting there in the middle of the play.

BOLDUAN: But where he's supposed to go?

CUOMO: Get out of the way if you're not going to make a play.

BOLDUAN: How -- he thought the guy was going to -- how did he know that he was going to get blindsided from behind him?


CUOMO: Someone else get it. Who is going to get it?



SCHOLES: Guys, Beckham did own up to it after the game. He didn't try to make any excuses. He just flat-out said, "I'm an idiot." Lucky for him, he was bailed out. The White Sox won in a walk-off.

BOLDUAN: There you go. All ended well.

CUOMO: Andy Scholes, thank you very much for the "Bleacher Report."

BOLDUAN: Thanks, Andy.

SCHOLES: You're welcome.

BOLDUAN: All right. Let's get straight over to Indra Petersons in the weather center with what you need to know before you head out the door this morning.

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Yes. Big changes. We're looking at that lull in that line of storms that continues to bring thunderstorms all along the Ohio Valley, but that change also means not only heavy rain for them today, but a cool down in the northeast where we've been seeing some of these warm temperatures. So, you can see the temperatures today.

I'm actually going to fast forward you all the way to the weekend and you'll see a pretty big drop, more average-like temperatures. Unfortunately where it cools down, it means it's going to warm up somewhere else. This is that huge pattern change, we're talking about, make some headlines with record-breaking temperatures expected this weekend.

This happens once in every ten years where you see temperatures go above 115 for a consecutive at least two or three days there. So, that's what we're watching. Lake Havasu, 126 degrees expected this weekend. Look at that 129 in Death Valley. Even in phoenix, we're talking about 118. So, a little bit of trivia for you guys. What do you think is the hottest temperature ever recorded?



BOLDUAN: OK. We have 126 was on. OK. 130?



PETERSONS: That one close.

CUOMO: 137.

PETERSONS: Ooh, closest. 134. It's actually almost the 100-year anniversary. That was Death Valley.

BOLDUAN: Death Valley.

PEREIRA: Aptly named.

PETERSONS: 129 this weekend.

PEREIRA: I've experienced 114, and I thought I was going to end.


PEREIRA: You can't breathe.

PETERSONS: Yes. You can't.

BOLDUAN: Indra, thanks so much. Good trivia this morning.

CUOMO: And I was closest.


CUOMO: For those keeping score at home.

Coming up on NEW DAY, history in the making. The Supreme Court will determine the fate of same-sex marriage in America. What their decision could mean for millions of Americans?

BOLDUAN: And a wild scene on board a U.S. Airways jet after a passenger allegedly refused to turn off that cell phone, but is that the whole story?

CUOMO: How about the person with the cell phone taking the video.


CUOMO: See what I'm saying?



JIMMY KIMMEL, HOST, "JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE": The newly resurrected Hostess company has announced Twinkies will be back on the shelves starting July --


KIMMEL: finally, some good news for Paula Dean.


CONAN O'BRIEN, HOST, "CONAN": Apple's new operating system lets users give Siri a male sounding voice. The sad part is every time you ask him a question, he says, let me ask my wife and it's right back to the female voice.



CUOMO: Conan wins.


PEREIRA: You can listen to your laughter and you can tell by your laugher, the two of you --

BOLDUAN: I like both today. Yes. It's a good one.

PEREIRA: Funnier than I am. That's for sure.

CUOMO: It's very politics (ph).

BOLDUAN: Very politics (ph).

CUOMO: And with that, we begin our 30 minutes of commercial free news. Let's start with our political gut check. All the stories you need to know coming out of Washington.

BOLDUAN: Yes. New York City mayoral candidate, Anthony Weiner, a politician widely popular in Twitter for all the wrong reasons is now gaining popularity in the polls. Pardon me, but first, the president still struggling to get his hands on the NSA leaker hold-up in the Moscow airport. So, let's get more on all things Washington and political with chief national correspondent, John King.

John, a lot going on this morning, but first, on the Snowden case. I mean, we talk about this over and over. We now finally at least know where he is. Putin says he's not technically in Russia. He's in the airport. But, I guess, the question is no matter where he is and how this ends up, there has to be some lasting impact on U.S./Russia relations, because this has gotten nasty publicly.

JOHN KING, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: I think there's no question about that, Kate, and Chris and Michaela, good morning to you. Look, here's the big question. He's in the Russian airport. He's waiting, he's waiting, he's waiting. He's hoping that Ecuador says here. here's a grant of asylum. Come on in.

There's no question the leader -- the relationship between the two leaders, President Putin and President Obama, is sour and that might be kind. So, the administration has been saying, hey, we've worked with you since the Boston bombings. Hey, we've worked on you on past law enforcement cases. They're trying to make it less personal and more practical about cooperation.

But so far, the Russians are still saying no. Here's the key here. What if the pressure on Ecuador works and Ecuador says no? Then, what will Russia do? If he's sitting in that airport for two, three, four more days and he has no place to go, but then, you might get a second chance with the Russians. So, as we watched the relationship between Putin and Obama, also watch whether somebody, and Ecuador is the first choice, gives Mr. Snowden asylum.

BOLDUAN: And the longer it goes on, the worst it looks for Russia, I would think. But go ahead. I'm sorry.

CUOMO: It looked worst (ph) for Russia. I mean, he called us a piglet, John.


CUOMO: Yes. This is great for him, but how bad, how weak does this make the U.S. look when this guy is like sheering a piglet, all squeal, no wool. He's talking about America here, isn't he?

KING: He is. And look, let's be clear. We have no reason to believe it would be any different if George W. Bush was still president or John Doe were president. So, this isn't all about President Obama. However, he is president at the moment, and he did promise to restore what he called America's standing in the world. He said George W. Bush had squandered that.

He just met with the Chinese president in California. He promised a reset in Russian relations that started with President Medvedev. It was supposed to continue when Putin came in. Look, Putin and Obama have a very hostile, sour relationship. You could see it in the pictures when they met recently at the G8 summit.

Putin kind of looking off to the side. There's no question, the two of them, it's a toxic relationship right now, and this is one of the examples of why that matters.

BOLDUAN: So, let's talk about a mayoral race. Yes, it is a mayoral race, but it sure is an interesting one. Here in New York City, Anthony Weiner, everyone knows that name very well, taking his first lead over Christine Quinn, who had long-time been the leading candidate in, really, the Democratic race, if you will. How is Weiner doing it? How did he do it?

KING: You just answered your own question. Everybody knows that name.


KING: In a crowded field, name recognition matters. And so, you know, a lot of times, when a congressman runs statewide, they have problems. When a congressman run city-wide even, they might have problems, because people know the name maybe but they're not familiar with their work. Everybody, every Democratic primary voter in New York City knows who Anthony Weiner is.

That's a plus, apparently, with some voters. It will be a negative with others. But in a crowded field, this is why you can have surprises. So, this puts a lot of pressure on Christine Quinn and the other candidates. Can she strike a deal with somebody to get out before the primary or here's this, that primaries in September. Will she go negative? Will others go negative? If Anthony Weiner stays at the top of pack, guess what, that tends to bring the --

CUOMO: Everybody goes negative in campaigns. I like your optimism, though, John. Let me ask you something. Is this about New York City or is this a little bit of a window into maybe cultural evolution going on that, you know, we forgive these types of sins. We see them differently? You see anything in that?

KING: How you handle these things is critical. You remember Gary Hart (ph) said, you know, follow me, and people did, and they found things about it, and he said, I'm going to let the American people speak and they did. Years later, now, it was in his second term, but Bill Clinton survived a personal scandal, Monica Lewinsky scandal. He didn't have to be on the ballot, but his public standing went up.

Maybe he had a good economy. Maybe it's how he handled it. Anthony Weiner has been out front on this. Look, if you go back and go through the whole episode, and it was not pretty at first. His point now is to go to the debates, to talk to the media, to not duck this. The American people and I'm sure the people of New York are forgiving souls. The question is, this is not over. Again, when you rise up like this, you make yourself a target.

BOLDUAN: Yes. And we'll see the fighting unfold. John King, great to see you. Thank you. Good morning. We're waiting for it. We're waiting for it. There it is. The music means it's time for the "Rock Block," a quick roundup of the stories you're going to be talking about today -- Chris.


PEREIRA: OK. Let's jump in to the "Rock Block." First up, it's from "The New York Times." The FDA is using its new regulatory powers over tobacco and cigarettes. Officials rejected the sale of four new tobacco product citing health risk.

And in the "L.A. Times," a Jesus statue that is going to stay is on a sliver of federal land in Montana. A judge ruled that the statue does not cross the line between church and state.

And from the "Philadelphia Inquirer," more hurricane Sandy relief on the way to New Jersey. FEMA giving the hard-hit state an additional $83 billion to help rebuild. Good news there.

CUOMO: That is good news. Let's bring in Christine Romans. She got the latest in business news.

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Good morning. Crazy time on Wall Street, guys. The Dow has swung more than 100 points in 16 of the last 18 sessions, so far, in June. Yesterday, it was a 101- point gain. Very strong housing news yesterday. Futures higher for today.

You haven't heard the last on George Zimmer. I guarantee it. Men's Warehouse now saying why it fired the company's founder. Very unusual. Detailed statement. The company said "Zimmer basically was power hungry. He refused to support the board and he demanded his board submit to his demands."

All right. Remember this, the Carnival "Triumph" stranded without power for several days? It was a disaster. Four months later, Carnival's CEO Micky Arison is out. The man who led Carnival Cruise Line for 34 years will stay on as chairman.

BOLDUAN: Thirty-four years. Wow. It's been a tough year. That's for sure.

All right. let's get straight to Indra Petersons in the weather center with what you need to know as you head out the door this morning. Hi, Indra.

PETERSONS: Hi. Good morning. Surprise, surprise. More showers in Ohio River Valley. Once again, we're still dealing with that cool front. Heavy rain expected throughout the area, but it may be some good news for the northeast. Once that slow slides off to the east, we'll see some cooler weather, but unfortunately, that means a huge (INAUDIBLE) building into the southwest.

This is something that happens once in every ten years. Record- breaking heat. We're talking about days over 115 degrees. When you get that, you have these excessive heat warnings. And of course (INAUDIBLE) towards the weekend.

BOLDUAN: OK. Indra, thank you so much. We are now at the top of the hour, which of course, means it's time for the top news.