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Statue of Liberty Shines Again; President George W. Bush in Africa; Marco Rubio Introduces Abortion Bill

Aired July 4, 2013 - 06:30   ET


ANDY SCHOLES, BLEACHER REPORT: He was offered multiple coaching jobs at bigger programs, but he declined all of those offers choosing to remain with Butler, but the chance to coach the Boston Celtics was too good to be passed up. According to reports, the 36-year-old Stevens signed a 6-year deal worth $22 million. He will be introduced tomorrow.

The Dodgers young phenom Yasiel Puig experience the highs and lows of sports yesterday. He was named NL Rookie of the Month and Player of the Month in the afternoon. Then last night against the Rockies, look at this, make an awesome grab against the wall, where he ends up bruising his left hip on the play, though. He had to leave the game and now considered day-to-day.

All right. Could we see Manny being Manny again in the big leagues. Yesterday, Manny Ramirez signed a minor league deal with Texas Rangers organization. The 41-year-old will report today to the team's triple A in Round Rock, Texas.

Manny's been out of the majors since 2011 when he chose to retire while facing a 100-game suspension for a failed performance enhancing drug test. He stayed busy most recently playing in the Chinese baseball professional league.

It's going to be interesting to see if he ends up coming back.

BOLDUAN: What does this mean for his career? Is he still going to face a suspension?

SCHOLES: They're basically giving -- the suspension is pretty much gone because he signed with the A's last year, played in the Minors. That ate up the suspension. So, he's got a chance in the Minors. He's going to work out. And the Rangers are going to see if they're going to give him a shot in the big leagues again.

CUOMO: You know, with drugs and sports, I don't know what it means anymore to fail the test. Does that mean he wound up with no drugs in his system because everybody is using them now?

The fate of that game we still just don't get it.

Andy Scholes, thank you very much. Enjoy your holiday. Thanks for being in here.

BOLDUAN: Thanks, Andy. Great to see you. SCHOLES: All right. Great to see you, guys.

BOLDUAN: All right. Speaking of the Fourth, let's get back to Pamela Brown. She is live at the Statute of Liberty, which is open today for the first time since Superstorm Sandy.

So, Pamela, what's going on?

PAMELA BROWN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, 15,000 people expected to pour in here today, Kate, to see the Statute of Liberty, up close and personal. Look, it's been eight months since it's been closed, ever since hurricane Sandy hit. I want to get the answer to the trivia from my last question, guy, I know you hat 15 minutes to think about it. The length of the tablet, how many feet long is the tablet. Answers?

BOLDUAN: I think there was some Google searching going on?


BROWN: Uh-oh, not fair, cheaters.

BOLDUAN: Guesses? Anyone, Christopher?

CUOMO: What do you got? I'll say it's 550 feet long.

BOLDUAN: That's insane.

PEREIRA: I'm going to go with -- 86. I don't know.

BROWN: How many?

PEREIRA: Eighty-six.

BROWN: I'll go low end, like "Price is Right". I'll do 15.

BROWN: All right, Kate. It looks like you're the closest, 23 feet long. Chris, you're way off.

CUOMO: What?!

BROWN: I don't even know what that was about. I know you're shocked by that.

All right. Guys, quickly, for my next hit, if you were listening to what I was saying about 15 minutes ago, how many windows are in the crown of Lady Liberty? That's trivia question for you. I'll be back in about 15 minutes from now.

BOLDUAN: All right, everyone, start thinking, how many windows. You think Pamela will answer, we'll get it wrong as usual.

All right. Pamela, we'll be with you. Thank you so much.

Coming up next on NEW DAY: an exclusive interview with President George W. Bush. Our Robyn Curnow goes one-on-one with the former president and former first lady during his visit to Africa.

CUOMO: And we love dolphins, undeniably awesome, leaping from the ocean with the greatest of ease. But even the best routine can go awry.

BOLDUAN: Oh, no.

CUOMO: Like it did here. It's a must-see moment on NEW DAY.


CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everybody. Happy Fourth of July. We're very happy to be here with you.

We're talking about President George W. Bush slowly returning to the public eye five years after leaving the White House. He recently made his third post-presidency trip to Africa, working with health care programs started when he was in office.

CNN's Robyn Curnow sat down for an exclusive interview with the president in Zambia. Take a listen.


ROBYN CURNOW, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The stance (ph) is still there but the responsibility isn't.

GEORGE W. BUSH, FORMER PRESIDENT: It's awesome experience being here.

CURNOW: George W. Bush says he doesn't miss presidential life.

G.W. BUSH: Like a (INAUDIBLE) candle.

CURNOW: Like here rural Africa, fixing up this simple clinic.

(on camera): This is really good for you?

G.W. BUSH: It's good for my soul. First of all, I come from a privileged land, a land of plenty. And so, when we come to a place where there's deprivation and see such joy, it's a reminder the human condition can be full of great spirit.

CURNOW (voice-over): For five years, he said he made a conscious effort to stay out of the limelight -- few speeches, no conferences, and no criticism of his successor.

G.W. BUSH: It's difficult. And a former president doesn't need to make it harder, as far as I'm concerned. Other presidents have taken different decisions. That's mine.

CURNOW: Slowly, though, he says he's emerging, bringing attention to women's health issues a continent away.

G.W. BUSH: See, we did one of these last year in Kabul last year, and there are a lot of women who came, a lot.


G.W. BUSH: Very special. And they kept coming.

CURNOW (on camera): It wasn't that just one day the ribbons are cut?

G.W. BUSH: Yes. One local guy said, all right, President Bush and Mrs. Bush, make sure you show up. There's a need.

CURNOW (voice-over): President Bush says when he's at home in Texas, he spends much of his time painting portraits and landscapes.

(on camera): They are pretty good.

G.W. BUSH: Thank you. When you paint by numbers, it's not that hard.


CURNOW (voice-over): Here in Zambia, it's the clinic walls getting a fresh coat.

(on camera): In way, it is a quite spiritual, isn't it? When you know such good work is done in this tiny building.

G.W. BUSH: Yes, we view it as a mission of mercy, but it's not our mercy. When you said spiritual, I agree with you. And our motivation is to help save lives.

CURNOW (voice-over): His current project builds on PEPFAR, a presidential program that provided anti-AIDS drugs to millions of people, mostly in Africa.

G.W. BUSH: There needed to be impatience, because thousands were dying, and kind of world (ph) responding. So I guess, I mean, I'm an impatient guy.

CURNOW: From an impatient president of a privileged land. Now, a volunteer with steely eyed focus as he tries to find meaning away from the Oval Office.

Robin Curnow, CNN, Livingstone, Zambia.


CUOMO: Have to respect that.

Thank you to Robyn. You got to respect the president being so hands on, showing the best of America abroad.

BOLDUAN: And his legacy in Africa, the AIDS programs that he put in place is such an important part of what he did. I mean, he's so loved in Africa because of that. I mean, the aid -- especially money towards fighting AIDS. That program has been amazing, what it's done.

All right. Coming up next on NEW DAY: some video you will have to see to believe. Dolphins -- love dolphins? They're usually graceful majestic creatures, but not always. Nice job with the pause button. (COMMERCIAL BREAK)

PEREIRA: Learning how to do a spiral.

CUOMO: Very well done.


PEREIRA: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everybody.


PEREIRA: That was a must see video. This one is the one from the web. Are you ready?

We saw shark as while ago. Time for dolphins. They're graceful, they're beautiful. Regal creatures, no? Not so much.

Check this out. Two dolphins behind a boat near Sanibel Island in Florida knocking each other -- wait for it, wait for it. Oh!


PEREIRA: You can hear a woman on the boat saying she's never seen anything like this. I don't think we have. We know this is an older video since 2009. But it is still going viral.

Kate, I feel like if you and I were dolphins, that would be us.

BOLDUAN: No. We're way more -- you know what? I actually have a new theory on this, I think that was intentional. I think that was a trick move, like a boost.


CUOMO: Again, he did it on porpoise.


CUOMO: Come on, come on, let it sink in.


BOLDUAN: I think he's giving him a boost, like a turbo boost.


PERIERA: I thought he was like, I'm trying to get you out of my way.


PERIERA: It's a team sport.

CUOMO: He did it on porpoise.

BOLDUAN: You will stick with that? CUOMO: I love it.

BOLDUAN: It didn't work the first time. You want to say it one more time?

CUOMO: He did it on porpoise. It's an extra special Fourth of July here in New York. Here's why. The Statue of Liberty, back open for business, Pamela Brown has been hanging out with Lady Liberty all morning, Pamela, you did it on porpoise.

PAMELA BROWN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: That's right. I'm one of the first visitors here on Liberty Island in eight months. Ever since Hurricane Sandy hit, 15,000 people expected to be here today. The first ferry will arrive here on the island in just a bout a couple hours from now.

In my last live shot, I asked you how many windows are in the crown. Chris, I will save you the embarrassment because I'm sure you have some absurd answer so I will give you the answer -- 25 windows.


BROWN: You were paying attention. Love that. Twenty-five windows.

BOLDUAN: That's what happens with live TV.

CUOMO: That's right.

PERIERA: Just down the road a piece, too.


CUOMO: And we go to black on you.

BOLDUAN: She was so shocked you got it right, everything fell apart.

CUOMO: That's exactly right. It destroyed television.

BOLDUAN: We'll get back with Pamela, obviously. Happy Fourth, everyone.

Still coming up next on NEW DAY, a lot going on this Fourth of July holiday. A new interim president is sworn in as the world reacts to a government takeover by the Egyptian military. Are they on the brink of an all-out civil war? We're following this very, very closely. We'll bring you live team coverage from Cairo to Washington. We'll be right back.



JIMMY KIMMEL, COMEDIAN: : According to a survey conducted by today, the best city to be in on the Fourth of July in United States is L.A. I don't think L.A. is the best place to be on the Fourth of July. You can't see the fireworks through the smog if there is smog, and there are vegans lurking everywhere just waiting for you to turn your back so they can throw weird blocks of tofu on your grill.


PERIERA: My friend is a vegetarian. Might have a rib today, I predict it. Slippery slope, started with bacon.

BOLDUAN: My sister is a vegetarian. Got pregnant with her first pregnancy, baby wanted ribs. So, she started eating meat again.


BOLDUAN: Got to listen to the baby.

We're kicking off 30 minutes of commercial-free news now. Let's start with our political gut check. All the stories you need to know coming out of Washington.

First off, Senator Marco Rubio, his new issue, he's possibly getting behind -- pushing a strict new abortion bill, a bill banning putting further restrictions --

CUOMO: Get it out!

BOLDUAN: I will get there at some point. CNN's White House correspondent, Brianna Keilar is here to break it down and hopefully get the words out of my mouth.

Brianna, so Marco Rubio considering taking on this definitely a wedge and controversial issue, back in the headlines, these bills putting further restrictions on abortions. Why do you think Marco Rubio is taking this on? Does this have to do with bolstering conservative credentials?

BRIANNA KEILAR, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: That's when you look at it, Kate, really one of the only reasons he could be doing this, and it's because he really got dinged pretty seriously trying to push or succeeding at least in pushing comprehensive immigration reform through the Senate. He kind of got hurt on his right flank here. The reason you look at this and say, why is he doing this? Democrats control the Senate. This isn't a bill that will be hitting the floor, an aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has made that clear. If Marco Rubio does run for president in 2016, he's really going to kind of need to burnish some of those Republican credentials and this is something that certainly would help.

CUOMO: Question, Brianna. First of all, happy Fourth of July, great to have you with us.

One reason that Rubio may be doing this is the country is doing it, right? We have seen 13 states have these kinds of laws. A lot of them come into effect in July. So it's a momentum thing. But let me ask you, anybody down in D.C. talking about how this really isn't about politics, it's about the law. These laws limiting the time when you can have an abortion are playing on the idea of when life begins. Any kind of murmur about the larger constitutional issue that may come up here? KEILAR: I think when you look at the states, you're definitely right on that. What you've seen is sort of a shift to the right in state legislatures. A lot of these laws that place restrictions on providers and on people who are seeking abortions are very successful there. Part of that is because you're seeing the representatives elected by people in their states are going in that direction at a time when you're seeing this tactic of kind of anti-abortion activists pushing these restrictions.

When it comes to the federal level even though we recently saw something passed in the House, when talking about the Senate, which is Democratically controlled, I think a lot of people looking at this are seeing it more of a signal from Marco Rubio, because this is such a big issue, no doubt it will play coming up in the mid-term elections certainly and in 2016.

BOLDUAN: Let's talk more about Congress. There's a new report out from the -- kind of the official scorekeeper for Congress, the Congressional Budget Office, and it says that the Senate's immigration bill that the Senate pushed through, that it would block 50 percent more undocumented immigrants from entering the United States. That must be a helpful boost for those supporting the Senate immigration bill. But obviously the question is always the House and House Republicans, do you think that little tidbit of information will put to rest House Republicans' concerns?

KEILAR: Oh, no, no, no. I certainly don't think so. Kate, you look at this, you covered Congress. There are some folks, certainly some Republicans and some folks -- some moderates and some certainly voters who will look at this and say, okay, this makes the bill better in my estimation, because it's going to restrict more undocumented immigrants from coming in. There's a lot of people I think on the right that sure as the sun rises and sets, there's nothing that's going to get them to vote for this bill. This certainly isn't going to do it. You look at this number and certainly it increases the number of undocumented immigrants that would be blocked. It also says it would take years to kick in. If they're looking for a reason to vote against it, plenty of reasons they can find.

CUOMO: Such a problem on this issue.


CUOMO: This guise of compromise to find a way to get in the middle. How is there a middle in a situation where half of them believe that reform is about helping people become part of America, assimilating and the other half believes, at least half, no it's not, it's about keeping out as many people as possible. Where is the compromise here?

KEILAR: Here is the weird thing that I think is so weird, and this is only in Washington where everything is completely sort of alien. You have some Republicans, I would say, who they may not support the bill, right? But they may not give other Republicans or House Speaker John Boehner a ton of guff for putting this bill forward. So that, in way, is this weird middle ground that I know that to people who live in the real world might seem kind of strange. BOLDUAN: All right, Brianna. Thanks so much. Talk to you soon. They always use that word and only use it in Washington, offering political cover so people can vote for something. One word that isn't used anywhere but Washington.

CUOMO: Political cover.

BOLDUAN: Hear that?


BOLDUAN: It's our favorite time of the day. It means it's time for the Rock Block. A quick roundup of the stories you'll be talking about today. First up, Michaela.

PERIERA: Here we go. First up in the newspapers. In "The New York Times" turns out snail mail is not as private as you thought. Postal Service programs track information on every letter you receive at the request of federal law enforcement.

And in "USA Today," the plastic baton used in the One Run for Boston Marathon bombing victims, now on display at the Boston athletic museum. Seventeen hundred runners carried the baton from Los Angeles to Boston in three weeks.

Finally, from "The Seattle Times," the Liquor Control Board looking at proposed rules for recreational pot growers in Washington state. Among them, allowing pot farmers to plant fields outdoors.

CUOMO: Interesting. There you go.

PERIERA: A proposal.

CUOMO: Interesting because it's about pot.

We will bring in Zain Asher, making her debut on NEW DAY. Great to have you with the business news.


ZAIN ASHER, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: The political drama in Egypt putting pressure on oil prices. They're up over $100 a barrel. Egypt controls the Suez Canal and pipeline which moves about 4 million barrels a day.

Martha Stewart getting a pay cut. That's a $200,000 reduction in her base salary to $1.8 million, and a $300,000 trim in her perks package to $1.7 million.

The new CEO of Zynga, that's known for Farmville, will earn a cool $50 million. His multi-year deal includes a big bonus if he can do for Zynga what he did for Microsoft Xbox.

BOLDUAN: That is quite a package.

Let's go straight to Chad Myers at the weather center for what you need to know.

CHAD MYERS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Hey you know what you need to know. Let's look at that. This is New York City. Those are the muggies, that's the humidity in the air. Heat index, 100 degrees. Boston, New York City today. It will be hot all across the east and northeast. We're not talking about rain today because we had it for weeks now. The rain is to the south and to the southeast. Rip currents, too, in the Gulf of Mexico. Look at this, 3-5 inches of rain in places that want to shoot off some fireworks, but tonight, I don't think so. Guys?

BOLDUAN: All right. Chad, thanks so much. We are at the top of the hour which means, of course, it is time for the top news.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We're on the side of the Egyptian people. We want their voices to be heard.

CUOMO: Crisis in Cairo. Breaking this morning, a new president sworn in after a dramatic military takeover. We are there with what it means for you.

BOLDUAN. Trapped. Take a look at this. A sinkhole opens up swallowing this car whole. The driver stuck inside and her dramatic rescue.

PERIERA: Welcome back, Lady Liberty. Kick your Fourth off right. We're live on Liberty Island as the statute opens for the first time since Hurricane Sandy.

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY starts right no now.



UNIDENTIFIED AMLE: What you need to know.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Women fantasize that he isn't capable of murder because he's so handsome.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What you have to see.

BOLDUAN: There is nothing wrong with this.

PERIERA: This is a problem.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is NEW DAY with Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan, and Michaela Pereira.

CUOMO: Good morning. Welcome back to NEW DAY. It's Thursday, the Fourth of July,. Seven 'o' clock on the east, as we're all celebrating what makes us great here -- our independence and interdependence. I'm Chris Cuomo.

BOLDUAN: We're in the middle of 30 minutes of commercial-free news.

Welcome back, everyone, I'm Kate Bolduan. We're joined of course by news anchor Michaela Periera.

PERIERA: Happy Fourth, everyone.

BOLDUAN: Happy Fourth of July, Everybody.