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Baseball's Tribute to 19 Fallen Firefighters; New Air Safety Rules; George W. Bush Speaks Candidly About Polls; Round 2 of Texas Abortion Battle

Aired July 2, 2013 - 06:30   ET



CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Moving on, moving on.

Welcome back, everybody. Good to join NEW DAY again. I'm Chris Cuomo. It is Tuesday, July 2nd.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: I'm Kate Bolduan. We're here with news anchor Michaela Pereira.

Coming up in this half hour, investigators are looking into a near- miss between a Spirit Airlines flight and another plane, just as the NTSB comes out with new recommendations to try to make sure, at least try to make sure that it doesn't happen again.

CUOMO: That would be nice. Plus, whatever you're doing look at the screen right now, watch this. Pro football player going for a world record on the treadmill -- look at his legs -- under the category of wish it were me.

BOLDUAN: Or "oh my gosh, he's going to fall."

CUOMO: It's a whole story behind this. Part of a lot of news that's going on this morning. So, let's go over to Michaela while we watch this guy. All of that first foot stomp.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: I've done that when it's been going slow and I went right off the back of it. Embarrassing.

All right. Let's get to our top news.

Venezuela's president vocally backing NSA leaker Edward Snowden saying the world must protect him. He promised to respond if Venezuela received an asylum request.

Snowden for his part has been widening his net for asylum but he withdrew his request in Russia. WikiLeaks released a statement from Snowden which he blasts the Obama administration for trying to block his efforts. Snowden says he is unbowed and calls it an effort to scare future leakers.

Tensions really ramping up in Egypt. The military will step in if anti-government protesters and President Mohamed Morsi supporters don't stop 48 hours. Morsi's detractors have said if Morsi doesn't leave office by today, it will call for nationwide protests and march to the presidential palace.

NFL player Joe Lefeged will appear in court today for a preliminary hearing on gun charges. The Indianapolis Colt safety was arrested early Sunday morning. They say they found a semiautomatic weapon inside the car he was riding in. Lefeged was charged with carrying a pistol outside of a home or business. And if convicted, he could face up to five years in prison.

Three sex abuse charges have been dropped against puppet master who brought Elmo to life. Three men claimed they were sexually preyed upon by puppeteer Kevin Clash when they were underage teenagers. He provided the voice for the loveable red monster Elmo for over 20 years. Clash resigned from "Sesame Street" last year because of the scandal.

New York judge said the men waited too long to file suit.

And who says you need opposable thumbs to tweet? The Joburg, or Johannesburg Zoo just decided to promote from within. It has made B.G. the honey badger its social media manager. Not sure on the salary for that. In fact, he's billed as the world's first live tweeting badger.

Here's the question, how exactly does he tweet, motion sensor track where he goes in his enclosure and his location triggers tweets about what's happening. And if you've seen the honey badger videos on YouTube, this will give you an extra giggle for that.

BOLDUAN: And that's probably going to be linked to it at some point.

CUOMO: What's the big event of his day exactly?

BOLDUAN: Climbing the trees, snack time.

PEREIRA: Snack time, always.

BOLDUAN: I promise you that honey badger will have more followers than I do.

CUOMO: No, no. Yes.

PEREIRA: No competition, Kate. Come on.

CUOMO: As we've been talking here, the Arizona wildfire is obviously hitting that region of the country but being felt all over America. Last night, around Major League Baseball, teams honored the 19 firefighters who tragically lost their lives fighting that fire near Yarnell, Arizona.

Let's bring in Andy Scholes with "The Bleacher Report" this morning. Andy, tell us about the tributes we're seeing.

ANDY SCHOLES, BLEACHER REPORT: The tragedy in Yarnell, Arizona, hit close to home for the Arizona Diamondbacks. It plays their home games 85 miles away from where the firefighters tragically lost their lives. Last night, the Diamonds back weren't playing at home. They were playing the Mets in New York, who knows all too well about fallen firefighters. And for this game and every game last night, stadiums around the country held a moment of silence.

And Jersey bearing the number 19 and name Yarnell in the back hung in both teams dugout at Citi Field. The Diamondbacks have worn black arm bands to play tribute to the firefighters and they begun taking donation on their Web site with all the money going to the victims of the fires to Yarnell.

And moving on to Wimbledon, the upset bug continues to bit tops seed and defending champion Serena Williams became the latest big name to fall. She lost in three sets yesterday to Sabine Lisicki, a loss of the first for Serena in four and a half months, and, guys, it ends her career best 34 match winning streak.

BOLDUAN: Her excitement right there, think about that.

CUOMO: Big win.

BOLDUAN: It's amazing.

All right. What's going on with the Nationals?

SCHOLES: Well, the Nationals very happy fans. Bryce Harper makes his return from the disabled list, makes a standing ovation before his first at-bat. Since May 26th and, guys, he hasn't lost a beat. First, at-bat opposite field home run, that's how you return from the disabled list in style.

BOLDUAN: Yes, a lot of my friends in D.C., there was a lot of tweets about that, that's for sure.

SCHOLES: Happy to have him back.

BOLDUAN: Andy, thanks so much.

All right. So, coming up next on NEW DAY: close calls, accident investigators blast inadequate air traffic control procedures. Why they say current rules are to blame for at least five recent midair -- near midair collisions.


CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everybody.

A Spirit Airlines flight had to make a nose dive over Michigan Sunday night to avoid a collision with a sky diving plane. The FAA is investigating this latest mishap in a string of recent near misses at major U.S. airports and now the NTSB making recommendations to avoid similar disasters.

Rene Marsh is in our Washington bureau with details. Rene, what is the NTSB recommending? RENE MARSH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Chris, after several near coalitions in the sky, the National Transportation Safety Board is making recommendations to the FAA. The recommendations are based on five near collisions in recent years: three in Las Vegas, one in New York City and one in Charlotte. In all cases, planes were coming in for a landing and for various reasons, they had to aboard landing, initiating what's called a go-around, and that means exactly what it sounds like, where the pilot essentially goes around and takes a second try at landing.

The problem in all of these cases, those planes flew right in the flight path of other planes taking off from other runways. Here's one example from JFK last July, an American Airlines 737 was coming in for a landing, that's the blue you see there and the pilot needed to execute what's called that go around, so they circled the airport and while doing that the plane got dangerous close to a Pinnacle Airlines regional jet. That was the plane you saw in the red taking off from another runway.

I should tell you, Chris, the NTSB says that the FAA needs to change the way they clear planes for landing and make sure there's enough space between those planes and situations like those -- Chris.

CUOMO: It's kind of a no-brainer. We know there are lots of flights, Rene, but this is unacceptable. Hopefully, they get the rules straight quickly.

Rene Marsh, thank you very much.

BOLDUAN: It's time for a quick check of news around the world.

European leaders are upset about allegations that the U.S. may be spying on them. President Obama countered, saying every nation collects similar intelligence.

CNN's Fred Pleitgen is in Berlin with more reaction.



Yes, there's a lot of public anger her in Europe about this alleged Internet eavesdropping and wiretapping that's been going on. European Union offices apparently were tapped, as well as a lot of the Internet communication of European government. Certainly, the person who went the furthest was the French president said all of this has to stop immediately and European politicians who are calling into question possible free trade agreements with America.

Now, of course, the U.S. says it's working through diplomatic channels to try and ease all of this over, but the German authorities for their part say that they're gathering evidence for a possible criminal investigation.

Back to you, Kate.


BOLDUAN: Fred, thanks so much.

The royal baby watch is on. Kate, the duchess of Cambridge isn't due to give birth for another couple weeks but that's not stopping anyone from getting excited about the new arrival.

Max Foster has more from London.


MAX FOSTER, CNN ROYAL CORRESPONDENT: When the duke and duchess of Cambridge appear here later this month, it will be a historic moment our first chance to see the new prince or princess and if there was any doubt about the interests in that moment and in this story, have a look at the press pen that's developed here, not one, but two weeks before the baby's even due -- Kate.


BOLDUAN: Max, thank you so much.

A new law in China says visit your mom and dad or at least call, your own parents can sue you if you don't and you can get a fine or jail time. Here's David McKenzie in Beijing.


DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: This amendment to the elderly rights law in China is causing shock waves in the country. It says that young people can be fined and even face jail time if they don't take care of their elderly parents.

Some are saying that the law is a bit ridiculous but it does point to a growing problem in China. There are some 200 million people here over the age of 60 and the country is struggling to cope.

Kate, back to you.


BOLDUAN: I think that's one law both my parents would support.

CUOMO: That's right, not because they're old but because you have to learn to take care of your elders even if you have to enforce it. That's when one of those situation for sometimes a law makes sense.

It's a good segue for us. We're going to break but when we come back, a questionable Facebook post landed a Texas teenager behind bars. He says it was a joke and the police not laughing.

Was it wrong? Absolutely. But a crime? That's the question.

BOLDUAN: A lot of questions about that one.

Also, we have got a moment, a must see moment for you, a guy who gave a treadmill a serious workout. Can you believe that?

CUOMO: Those legs.

BOLDUAN: Look how fast he's going.

We'll be right back.


PEREIRA: Welcome back to NEW DAY. You know, we'd like to make sure that you feel like the hippest cat in the room and know all about all of the good video that, you know, swirling around on the old interweb. I call it the interweb. Berman calls it the internets.

So, let show you some hard knock girls. Not at all. You know, the famous musical "Annie?" It is getting revamped on Broadway.


PEREIRA: So, these budding stars here, you watch the moment as they learn that they got a coveted spot on the cast.



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Ali, what's going on? Why are you freaking out?

UNIDENTIFIED KID: Because I got the part!


PEREIRA: Nothing more infectious than a little girl giggling, I have to be honest. There were 5,000 girls auditioning for these parts for a brand new documentary called "It's a Hard Knock Life." And this is the video -- I've seen a lot of things on treadmills. Some things I'd like to remember, some things I'd like to forget.



PEREIRA: Yes. But this, check this out. That is NFL rookie, Robert Galer, of the Arizona Cardinals, running 25 miles per hour. It seems faster than that. Twenty-five miles an hour doesn't seem fast until you watch his feet and how fast he moves. I think kudos go to the maker of the treadmill because it's taken a beating.

CUOMO: I think it's some kind of record, by the way.

BOLDUAN: Why would you need a treadmill to go that fast? Couldn't be like a governor on the treadmill?

PEREIRA: I think -- they're boys trying to see what they can do.

BOLDUAN: Yes. You know -- (CROSSTALK)

CUOMO: -- training, you know, because --

BOLDUAN: Fellows like to do that.

CUOMO: He was running 25 miles an hour. Usain Bolt 27, 28 miles an hour. So, you know, fastest man in the world.


BOLDUAN: You're on a treadmill that's forcing you to run that fast.

PEREIRA: I thought that was a moment you had to see and you called it out. That's --


BOLDUAN: Regardless, that is a moment.

CUOMO: Not a cheetah, but he's running fast, you know?


BOLDUAN: Coming up next on NEW DAY, NSA leaker, Edward Snowden, is breaking his silence. Why he's blasting President Obama and threatening to release even more damaging information?

CUOMO: And then, I don't know what this is, real estate, sabotage, naughty neighbors. A feud brewing between wealthy next door neighbors, million-dollar homes on the market, outrageous accusations, police involved, why, why?

BOLDUAN: Good TV, though.

CUOMO: It is.


CUOMO: Hello again, everybody. We are kicking off 30 minutes of commercial free news. Let's start with our political gut check.

BOLDUAN: Yes. It's a fierce fight over new abortion law in restricting abortions in Texas. We've been talking about this. Well, today, the battle continues and we're going to talk about that. But first, CNN's exclusive interview with former president, George W. Bush. We want to talk about that as well with our chief national correspondent, John King, here to break it all down for us.

So, John, let's first talk about this interview that Robyn Curnow was able to get with George W. Bush and the first lady. Let's listen to just a little bit of that.


ROBYN CURNOW, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Don't want to criticize the Obama administration, is that something that you've really made a decision not to do?

GEORGE W. BUSH, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: It's a hard job. He's got plenty on his agenda and it's difficult. And a former president doesn't need to make it harder.

CURNOW: Because in the polls, you --

BUSH: Could care less.

CURNOW: You don't care?


CURNOW: Whether people think you're favorable or unfavorable?

BUSH: The only time I really care was on Election Day.


BOLDUAN: I mean, it's pretty candid. I mean, Bush has the luxury now of not needing to care about where the polls are in terms of his favorability, but what do you think of that and why do you think that he has avoided the spotlight so much to this point since leaving office?

JOHN KING, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Kate and Chris, good morning. The comment about the polls is true and then not so true. Why has he avoided the spotlight? Because he actually genuinely believes that the presidency of the United States is a tough job, that he doesn't need to be speaking out. He didn't like it when people were speaking out when his dad was president.

He didn't like it when former presidents were criticizing him when he was president, and that was a reference to Bill Clinton with whom he has a very good relationship now. He didn't always have a good relationship with Bill Clinton. He just thinks it's unnecessary. That's based on his own experience at his time around his dad in the White House during the Reagan-Bush days.

But, trust me, he's a very proud, very competitive guy. The fact that his poll numbers have gone up a little bit, that Americans feel a bit more favorably now, he likes that. He just doesn't want to gloat right now. And look, whether you're a Democrat who still doesn't like George W. Bush because of the Iraq war or Republican maybe is still mad about the spending or something else.

All Americans can support what he's doing right now, fighting aids, malaria, cervical cancer in Africa. He's happy. I saw him a few weeks ago at the Bush library, and he's happy in the post presidency.

BOLDUAN: Yes. He does look like happy.

CUOMO: He does. So, John, let's move on to this dispute in Texas over the reproductive rights laws. First to comment, you have very warm background behind you. It looks like a political commercial in and of itself. (LAUGHTER)

CUOMO: And I'm John King and I'm here for you.



CUOMO: This battle, obviously, has gotten very heated. Help me understand the politics with respect to the clinics. One side is saying you're going to restrict our access. You're going to close the clinics. The other side is saying, we just are trying to make them more safe. Is there any truth, more truth one side or the other?

KING: This is a fierce debate that's playing out not only here in Texas but across the country. A number of states have passed laws already, doing what Texas is thinking about doing now. Some of them have been challenging the court, some of them, North Dakota, for example, have not. So, this is an issue that ultimately could make its way to the United States Supreme Court.

Here in Texas as you watch this debate play out, it's important to remember that if you live maybe in San Francisco or New York, you might not like what's happening. If you look at the polls here, this state is pretty divided on this and the Republican governor, Rick Perry, when he called the legislature back into that special session, he thinks he has enough public support to move forward with this.

But this Texas debate is getting national attention right now. I'll say this, it could be coming soon to you, either in a state neighboring you, maybe it's in your state already, and eventually, this will become a national court issue and a national -- if the House of Representatives passed the bill along this lines just a week or so ago.

BOLDUAN: And one interesting political thing that's come out of this is there's now talk of a potential 2014 governor battle between Governor Rick Perry and this Democratic state lawmaker, Wendy Davis, who was like became famous for her filibuster. Does a Democrat have a chance in Texas right now?

KING: Most would say no, however. Texas, there is an organization trying to turn Texas blue. Texas Republicans have the same problem a lot of national Republicans have with the Latino vote here. Rick Perry hurt his standing a bit with the people of Texas when he ran for the Republican nomination for president. So, as he seeks another term, he's been governor for 13 years now.


KING: As he seeks another term, there are some people saying maybe he's vulnerable. You know, Senator Davis is saying she's taking a second look at this after getting not only statewide but national attention for that filibuster. I'm not here in Texas for that reason, but that's one of the questions I want to be asking while I'm here for the next couple of days is, would she or any Democrat have a chance? Is this debate changing the dynamic here? Most people, if you talk to them now, say probably not, but they're going to watch this.

BOLDUAN: That start somewhere. We'll see. That's absolutely right. John King great to see you. Thank you.

Do you hear it?

CUOMO: There it is.

BOLDUAN: There it is. That means it is time for the "Rock Block," a quick roundup of stories you'll be talking about today. Let's start up first with Michaela.

PEREIRA: All right. Let's light it up. First off, in the "USA Today," how virtual reality can help real life weight loss. A new study found that watching a computer avatar lose weight helped some women lose unwanted pounds.

In the "New York Times," there's a drug that could someday help recovering alcoholic stay sober. Researchers say rapamycin blocks memories of drinking and (INAUDIBLE). And others have joked there somewhere. And those that took it were less likely to drink alcohol.

In "The L.A. Times," a legal lesson from a San Diego judge. He rejected a couple's claim that teaching yoga in elementary schools amounts to religious indoctrination. The judge ruling that it is exercise.

CUOMO: There you go. Time now for Poppy Harlow in for Christine Romans. Business news --


CUOMO: Thank you.

HARLOW: Only good news. Good morning, everyone. Stock futures, good news, pointing higher this morning. Investors will be listening for hints about how the economy is faring. Those will come from New York Federal Reserve president, Bill Dudley today. The major U.S. indices finished today higher across the board on Monday.

Meantime, home prices in Manhattan struck (ph) are here. They're up, up sharply because of a supply crunch. The median price of an apartment in Manhattan up 5.5 percent to $865,000. That's according to real estate broker prudential, Douglas Elemon (ph). The average price of buying a single family home, $5.5 million.

And get this, huge American companies not paying such huge tax rates. Big companies say that an effective tax rate of just 12.6 percent on average in 2010, that's according to a new GAO report. The federal corporate tax rate in this country is 35 percent. They paid a lot less than that.

CUOMO: I wonder how that happened. BOLDUAN: Wonder. Tax debate continues and we don't have time for right now. So, fine. Let's go to Indra Petersons in the weather center for what you need to know before you head out the door.

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: I don't think they'll be happy when they see me, but I don't think that is the case. We are stuck in this horrible weather pattern. The dome of high pressure in the west and a low in the east. What does that mean? We know that temperatures are soaring.

We're talking about still another day filled with record-breaking hit. We're talking about temperatures as warm as 99 degrees in Washington. Yes. That is hot. Out in the east, of course, more rain. We're talking about heavy rain and thunderstorms, one to three inches the possible. The northeast goes down to the southeast.

If that's not enough, we'll give you a whopping two to four inches. So, yes, I don't think people are too happy when they get a weather break.

BOLDUAN: All right. There's always a chance to change.


BOLDUAN: Right, Indra. Thank you so much. We're now at the top of the hour which, of course, means it is time for the top news.