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Aired July 12, 2013 - 06:30   ET


MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: It was so adorable she thought that was papa on the other end.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: She's a star, but also great --

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: That was the cutest 911 call I've heard in my entire life.

CUOMO: Greatest presence of mind with the operator.

BOLDUAN: Yes, exactly.

PEREIRA: Go with it.

CUOMO: Go with it and get what you needed to get done. Really good job.

BOLDUAN: Yes, good job by everybody. That was a good one, Michaela. Thank you so much.

All right, everybody. It's time for our political gut check, all the stories you need to know coming straight out of Washington.

Pretty -- vicious words come out of Washington quite a bit but these are pretty vicious on the Senate floor Thursday.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell blasting the Democratic Leader Harry Reid for preparing to move forward what is now called the nuclear option to change the Senate rules.

This means CNN's chief national correspondent John King must be here to break it down.

Any time I hear nuclear option I know I have to talk to you about it, that's for sure.

But -- so, John, in covering Congress, I know that when they often fight about procedure often when they don't think they're getting -- they're getting their way, but this was pretty vicious in what Mitch McConnell was saying about Harry -- towards Harry Reid. Let's show folks what he said and then we'll talk about it.

Listen to this.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY), MINORITY LEADER: This is really a sad, sad day for the United States Senate, and if we don't pull back from the brink here, my friend, the majority leader, is going to be remembered as the worst leader of the Senate ever.


BOLDUAN: The worst leader of the Senate ever this is over Harry Reid threatening to change the rules and limiting filibusters as it relates to presidential nominees. Presidential nominees, what's going on?

JOHN KING, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Let's first put "my friend" in quotation marks when you hear Mitch McConnell say "my friend".

Look, these two have been at this for six or seven years as the leader of their respective parties in the Senate. The Senate is incredibly dysfunctional. We often talk about the House and Senate, you know, is the graveyard for a lot of things in Washington.

I would say, to understand the Senate, you need to go back to the fifth grade. But I think the fifth grade would rightly so sue me for slander.

This is an incredibly dysfunctional place right now, and the Democrats and Harry Reid have every right and every reason to say this Republican minority has sort of taken it to a new level and blocking presidential nominees. This has happened. Republicans have done it in the past. Democrats have done it in the past, just back in the Bush administration.

Both parties have used their minority power in the Senate when they've been in the minority to block nominees, to block hearings, you know, to block a nominee for a job over something that has nothing to do with that job, just because they want answers about some other question or they're mad about something else.

And Mitch McConnell and his Republican minority have taken that to a new level, no question.

But then, the question is -- do you change the rules of the Senate, which go back to the Founding Fathers, which are designed --


KING: -- which are designed to give the minority extra power, so that the big states don't abuse the little states, so that urban interests don't roll over rural interests. That's a big debate Washington is now having.

The problem is, is it a debate Washington should have? Maybe, the times have changed, technology has changed. But is this the cast of characters you want to have it? That's the big question.

BOLDUAN: Well, and the rules are there to stand the test of time and to stand in the face of the changing political winds. I mean, this is -- when I was reading up on everything that was going on here, some people are wondering, is this the beginning of the end of the filibuster?

KING: It could well be, and that filibuster is designed to give the minority extra power --


KING: So that the big money interests can't buy their way through Washington, so that the little guy can stand up to the big guy.

Is it abuse sometimes? And have both parties abused it in recent years, yes. There's no question.

Do they use it more for political purposes than principal in recent years? Yes.

Is that a recent to blow up the whole thing, to change the rules? That's' the debate that's now full, front and center in Washington. Most of the country doesn't pay any attention to this. Maybe they should because it's important if you start changing the rules of the senate it was set up for a reason. The question is, again, do the American people trust this Congress, these guys to have that conversation? I think not.

BOLDUAN: Yes, it's not sexy but it is important with how laws are made and how it impacts the people who vote these guys into power.

CUOMO: All right. John, daily dose of come on, Congress. You know, we've been harping on this -- college loans, they campaigned on it, said it was their priority, then they forgot that, let the rates double. Now they say they're going to try to compromise.

Where are we?

KING: Well, right now, we're in sort of limbo land. But, again, I'm going to say, I'm a pessimist often on these things in Washington. I'm going to say it's not bad we got to limbo land because we were in political land, where the Senate had their vote for a temporary extension. That was a political action, some might say stunt, I'll be kind on a Friday morning.

And now, we have to go back to try and to negotiate. So there's a new proposal being shaped in the Senate. If the Senate can pass that, they need negotiate with the House.

On this one, if you call around, both sides insist they have an urgency to get it done and they're stuck over how to get there this is this Friday. Let's have this conversation next Friday and see if they can work this out. They've gotten over the political humps. Let's see if they can actually talk to each other.

BOLDUAN: All right. We told viewers we're going to talk about it. So, I've got to ask you about it.

Jay-Z telling a radio station that he, quote-unquote, "Of course" gets text messages from the president. Does that mean you're getting text messages from the president, too? That's quite a good access.

KING: Let me text Beyonce to get the truth from this one.


KING: We'll figure this all out for you.

Look, if he is texting the president, he's not supposed to talk about it, that's rule number one of such.

BOLDUAN: Like fight club.

KING: You can now -- you can now guarantee that Jay Carney is going to get asked about it, and the next time the president meets with reporters, even if there's some pressing world issue, he's probably going to get asked about it, too.

BOLDUAN: Yes, that's absolutely right. John King, great to see you. Have a great weekend. We'll talk to you.

KING: Thanks, Kate.

CUOMO: Should ask Jay-Z about student loans. Kick in some money, figure out how to finance it.

BOLDUAN: Yes, he probably -- we'll see.

CUOMO: He could be a sports agent, he can figure this out.

BOLDUAN: He can add one more job to his title.

CUOMO: It's about 35 minutes past the hour. We're going to take a quick break. When we come back, it's time for the jury to begin deliberations in the George Zimmerman murder trial. How central Florida police are using social media to prepare for what may happen after the verdict.

BOLDUAN: And a CNN explosive, a teenager out on bail after allegedly joking about a school shooting on Facebook. He and his parents are going to be joining us live. Lots of questions.


CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everybody.

Once the defense makes its last stand, a judge will instruct the jury on what the law is and then this group of six women will decide George Zimmerman's fate. A big concern is how people will react to the verdict. While police are expecting and hoping for the best from the community, they are also preparing for the worst.

CNN's Alina Machado is live in Sanford, Florida, this morning.

Good morning, Alina.

ALINA MACHADO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Chris. This case deals with issues of race and guns, controversial issues that have created lots of tension and that's why police aren't taking any chances.


MACHADO (voice-over): As the George Zimmerman trial draws to a close, authorities are on alert.

CECIL SMITH, SANFORD POLICE CHIEF: We'll be prepared to deal with issues as they arise.

MACHADO: Sanford, Florida, Police Chief Cecil Smith says his department has been in contact with state and federal law enforcement. Details of their plans are not being disclosed.

Do you get a sense of what it's going to be like here once there's a verdict?

SMITH: You know, if you look around the streets right now and you see people riding bikes and it's nice and peaceful. This is what it's been for the past 12 months.

MACHADO: And that's how they want it to stay. But some are using social media to call for violent protests if Zimmerman is acquitted.

SMITH: You know, there's a great deal of chatter that's out there, that the interesting part is that with social media now you can be anywhere and do anything and believe that people aren't watching or tracking what you're doing.

MACHADO: Authorities are taking notice and community leaders are speaking out. The president of the Seminole County NAACP says no protests are planned. He released a statement saying in part, "Remain calm and peaceful because we definitely are advocating nonviolence throughout the United States, not just here in Sanford. Whatever the outcome is, accept the verdict."

On a national level, African-American leaders also are calling for peace.

AL SHARPTON, CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST: Whatever the outcome, there should be no gloating, and there should be no violence.

MACHADO: Back in Florida, Sanford's top cop is eager to see the end of a trial he's been closely following.

(on camera): Do you think it's been fair?

SMITH: You know, it's a judicial system. We hope that there's always going to be a fair trial.


MACHADO: Again, the police chief here in Sanford says he is expecting and hoping that things here will remain calm. We did ask the department if there are any areas designated for protesters in the city and they told us that there are no areas designated for protesters -- Chris.

CUOMO: All right. Alina, very beautiful community. Hopefully, it stays peaceful. Appreciate the report this morning.

Kate, over to you.

BOLDUAN: Let's go around the world.

NSA leaker Edward Snowden scheduled to meet with human rights groups this afternoon. It will take place at the airport where Snowden has been hiding out for weeks.

Phil Black reports from Moscow.


PHIL BLACK, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: After almost three weeks stuck in transit at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, Edward Snowden has called a meeting inviting representatives of Russian-based human rights organizations to meet him at the airport late Friday afternoon Moscow time.

He wrote them a letter strongly criticizing what he says is an unlawful campaign by the U.S. government to deny him the right to seek and enjoy asylum. It seems to be a frustration of his predicament he's been offered asylum by three separate Latin American countries but because of the apparent determination of the United States and its allies, he currently has no viable option or plan for traveling to that region without the risk of interception.

Back to you, Kate.


BOLDUAN: All right. Thanks so much, Phil.

Now, let's go to Seoul, South Korea, crew members from Asiana Airlines flight 214, they are now back with their families.

Ian Lee has more.


IAN LEE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It was an emotional homecoming for six flight attendants from Asiana Flight 214. They were met by the chairman of the Asiana group who promised the company would look after everyone involved in the accident.

There were a total of 12 flight attendants on board the flight, some of them suffered injuries. Despite this they helped evacuate 300 people. While local media is praising them as heroes, they shy away from the words saying they were just doing their job.

Back to you, Kate. (END VIDEO CLIP)

BOLDUAN: All right. Ian, thanks so much for that.

And get this -- Google is using its street mapping technology to map out one of the most breathtaking places on Earth, Japan's Mt. Fuji.

CNN's Diana Magnay went on that ride.


DIANA MAGNAY, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Google is on a mission to produce a perfect digital map of the world, part of it is that Street View technology which provides a 360-degree panoramic view of the world as you and I see it.

So, we've joined a street view trekking team to the top of Mt. Fuji to find out how that technology works and what it means for you. Bit of insight if you plan on making this trek or what you're missing out on if you don't.

Kate, back to you.


BOLDUAN: All right. Diana, thanks so much.

That's a fun ride to go along on, beautiful.

CUOMO: That is one indeed.

Speaking of fun, we have a very interesting must-see moment for you coming up on NEW DAY. What have we got?

I'll tell you what we got there. You're looking at him. He's called the pothole robin hood. Why was my pause?

PEREIRA: It was dramatic one.

BOLDUAN: To make your point.

CUOMO: Here's why -- on the one hand, the guy is stealing asphalt from the city. That's bad, right? But he's using it to fill in potholes that municipal workers haven't gotten to yet and that's good. This guy could have been a part of the good stuff. We're going to tell you that.

PEREIRA: Yes, we're going to tell you that story.

And we also have your must-see moment coming up. Five hundred years ago, Leonardo Da Vinci dreamed up a self-powered flight -- his dream finally coming true. This human powered helicopter, it actually flies. This is cool stuff.

You'll see it in our must-see moment, coming up next.


CUOMO: Niki's (ph) right, he's got to lean over there a little bit because of the torque of his spin. It was bringing him that way.

BOLDUAN: I wonder if he's plugged (ph) in?

PEREIRA: Oh, yes. Do you think he draw straws to figure who got to go or who had to go?

CUOMO: Oh, man (ph)


PEREIRA: Stuff like this makes me kind of bananas. It's time for today's "Must See" moment. An incredible feat of ingenuity. A human powered helicopter. It is really cool. The crazy looking contraption was created by a group from the University of Toronto.

CUOMO: Oh, here we go again, Canada in the house.

BOLDUAN: Canada, Canada, Canada.

PEREIRA: Uh-huh, yes and (INAUDIBLE). It is actually kind of gigantic. The whole thing, though, powered by a guy on a bike. They managed to keep it Atlas (ph) chopper about 10 feet above the ground for just over a minute. It was all part of a contest created by the American Helicopter Society back in 1980. Nobody has been able to pull it off until now.

CUOMO: Very cool.

PEREIRA: Got to also add, their prize, not too shabby -


PEREIRA: A quarter of a million dollars. It's being called one of the great aviation feats of the past century. To think that, you know, Da Vinci imagined this so long ago and now it's being accomplished by a bunch of guys.

BOLDUAN: Anyone who's a cyclist or does - or takes any kind of spin classes is like, that's the next one.

CUOMO: What a genius, though.

PEREIRA: It's nice and calm (ph) too, right?

BOLDUAN: Yes, exactly. It can fit right in your house.

CUOMO: Also makes you appreciate Da Vinci, hundreds of years ago just thinking up the helicopter, the tank. I mean what a genius he was.


BOLDUAN: That is amazing.


CUOMO: And also, you know, Michaela's from Canada and all I'm saying is, Canada has been all over the news ever since she came.

BOLDUAN: He says it as if it's like we have to make an excuse.

CUOMO: No, I'm just saying, you know, it's just interesting.

BOLDUAN: Michaela is from Canada.

PEREIRA: Our influences are felt in different ways, Chris.

CUOMO: You are a great people.

BOLDUAN: We just never knew it until you came into our lives. You just did - no, thank you.


CUOMO: You have to change it to "first in flight." I know somebody who owns that right now as their motto, but maybe they'll give it up.


BOLDUAN: Not going that far.

PEREIRA: Well, well, well.

CUOMO: It's good stuff. Good stuff.

Coming up on NEW DAY, closing arguments ahead today for the defense in the George Zimmerman murder trial. What can we expect? We're going to take you to Sanford, Florida. We're going to give you a preview.

BOLDUAN: And in a NEW DAY exclusive, a Texas teenager who got into big trouble over a posting on FaceBook is now free on bail. We're going to hear from Justin Carter and his family. They're going to join us live.



CONAN O'BRIEN, HOST, "CONAN": Justin Bieber got into a lot of trouble, yes, because a video surfaced of Justin Bieber saying f Bill Clinton. Justin Bieber called to apologize to Bill Clinton. That's the latest. Yes. No word on when Bieber plans to call everyone whose ever heard his music.



JIMMY FALLON, HOST, "LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON": Well, we were actually able to get our hands on the recording of the conversation. Let's check that out. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hey, I'm - I'm actually just calling to say I'm sorry for saying f Bill Clinton and spraying that blue (ph) stuff on your picture.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh, that's cool, bro. You're the wild kidz. I want to be one of the wild kidz. I'm a wild kid, come on.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm serious, I want to hang with you guys. I'll bring my own (INAUDIBLE).


BOLDUAN: That's so wrong. Many types of wrong.

CUOMO: That's funny. Jimmy jam (ph) wins. And I bet you what - I bet you he was doing both voices.

BOLDUAN: Oh, yes, that sounded like him.

PEREIRA: Oh, yes, absolutely.

CUOMO: I don't know, Jimmy Fallon, great impersonator.

BOLDUAN: The best - what makes it even better is that wild kidz is spelled with a z. so much more effective.

PEREIRA: A z. Wild kidz.

CUOMO: Yes, that's good.

PEREIRA: Yes. Look it, he wants to be a wild kid.


CUOMO: Andy Scholes. No, we need Andy here every morning, but especially today because when we're talking up Derek Jeter coming back -

BOLDUAN: That's right.

CUOMO: The captain of the Yankees, getting over his ankle injury. And then, what happened, Andy?

ANDY SCHOLES, CNN BLEACHER REPORT: Yes, then some scary -- a scary situation for the Yankees. You know, he was finally healthy to come back yesterday. But after just one game, he may be heading back on the shelf. Jeter received a standing ovation in his first at-bat of the season. And in typical Jeter fashion, he would lay out an infield stinger. But after driving in a run in the sixth inning, Jeter would have to leave the game with tightness in his quad. Now, that's the injury everyone is talking about. After the game Jeter said he didn't think it was a big deal but he was scheduled to have an MRI just to make sure. All right, rather shocking news. Dodgers rookie sensation Yasiel Puig did not win Major League Baseball's online fan vote for the last spot on the national league's all-star roster. Puig came in second place to Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman who set a record, receiving more than 19 million votes.

All right, here's something you don't see very often. Thirty-year-old Ilya Kovalchuk announced that he is retiring from the NHL, and by doing so he is leaving behind $77 million. Kovalchuk signed a 15-year deal worth $100 million in 2010 with the New Jersey Devils and he had 12 years left on the deal, but, guys, he said he would rather live and play hockey near his home in Russia. There's something to be said for being homesick, but if you paid me $77 million, I would play wherever you told me to.

BOLDUAN: We will remember that. And also to be able to retire at 30 years old, that's nice.

CUOMO: That's true, although Andy Scholes can't play hockey. Look how perfect his teeth are.

BOLDUAN: Exactly. Andy, you have to protect the money maker. We have to protect the money maker.

CUOMO: That's the best smile in the business.

SCHOLES: Just lost this one right here.

CUOMO: I know.

BOLDUAN: And you'd still look good without a front tooth. That's how good looking you are.

All right, Andy, thanks so much.

You hear the music. You know what it means. Chris knows what it means. It means it's time for "The Rock Block."

PEREIRA: We all know.

BOLDUAN: A quick roundup of the stories that we'll be talking about today.

First up, Michaela.

PEREIRA: All right, here we go.

Frist up from the San Francisco Gate (ph) after a video of park rangers frying eggs in Death Valley went viral. All sorts of visitors started doing it too. Now they're asking folks to stop because they're leaving a mess.

In "The New York Times," Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane says she will not defend the state against a lawsuit to overturn this ban on same-sex marriage. Kane says the law amounts to unequal treatment under the state constitution. And from the "USA Today," this is so cool, a new blue planet. The Hubble telescope spotted it about 372 trillion miles away. The color comes from glass particles in the planet's super-hot atmosphere. How cool is that?

Let's go now to Christine Romans, who has all the business news you need to know.

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Oh, Michaela, I got cool for you. Can you say record? Both the S&P 500, the Dow closed at record highs Thursday. The Dow's 24th record close of 2013. The Dow is up 18 percent this year. The S&P is up 17.5 percent.

Mortgage rates, though, at the highest in two weeks. The 15-year rate hit 3.53 percent. The 30 year climbed almost a quarter of a percentage point to 4.51 percent. And, believe it or not, the federal government is in the money again, at least for a few weeks it was. In June, the Treasury reported $117 billion surplus, rare, thanks to more revenue, less spending.

Now for the weather we've got Chad Myers.

Hi, Chad.


A little bit of rain in D.C. overnight has slowed down the commute there for sure. Airport delays Atlanta, New York City, Philadelphia, Charlotte and D.C. today. Heavy rain event across the southeast for this weekend. Sunny and nice across the northeast, but a lot of rain coming in, even more flooding rain from D.C. southward through the weekend. Expect that.

It's the top of the hour and I know where we're going now.

BOLDUAN: Thank you so much, Chad.

It is the top of the hour, which means it's time for the top news.


BERNIE DE LA RIONDA, PROSECUTOR: Why does this defendant get out of the car? Why? Because he's got a gun. He's got the equalizer.


CUOMO: Decision time. Within hours, the fate of George Zimmerman will be in the hands of six jurors. The defense makes its final arguments this morning. We'll tell you what to listen for.

BOLDUAN: NEW DAY exclusive. The teenager jailed for nearly four months after making a joke about violence online, well, he's joining us this morning. He's now out on bail but could end up back behind bars for years.

PEREIRA: Breaking this morning, the FDA reportedly set to impose guidelines on just how much arsenic should be allowed in apple juice. The latest twist in this controversial story. We'll break it all down.

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY starts right now.

ANNOUNCER: What you need to know.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: During the approach there were statements made in the cockpit about being below the glide path.


ANNOUNCER: What you just have to see.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Look at all those sharks. Oh my God, there's too many of them.


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

CUOMO: Good morning and welcome back to NEW DAY. It's Friday, July 12th. I'm Chris Cuomo.

BOLDUAN: Good morning, everybody, I'm Kate Bolduan, joined by news anchor Michaela Pereira.

CUOMO: Good morning.

BOLDUAN: Coming up this hour, we're learning more about the final seconds on board Asiana Flight 214, right before it crashed. What a cockpit voice recorder shows two pilots did and what it could mean. That's coming up in a live report.

CUOMO: And then we have this NEW DAY exclusive that Kate's been following all along. This teenager, he makes a bad joke on Facebook. No question about that, OK. Police find out about it, take it as a terroristic threat, put him in jail for over four months. He's now out, and you'll have him. Talking to him and his family about what it means and how he goes forward from here.