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Boycotting the 2014 Olympics in Russia?; Deal on Student Loan Rates; License Plate Snoops; Heisman Winner Speaks To Media At SEC Media Day

Aired July 18, 2013 - 06:30   ET


MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: That's because of last week's new grand jury indictment that added 648 counts to the 329 charges he was already facing. Castro's trial is scheduled for August 5th.

Extra scrutiny of tax-exempt applications taking center stage in a House hearing.

First the first time, IRS officials will testify publicly about allegations that they singled out groups for additional scrutiny. Congressional Republicans say they have evidenced that top IRS lawyers were directly involved.

All right. Brace yourself, a guy on the motorcycle tried out a new helmet camera. What he caught on tape terrifying.

You see it happens so fast. His car slams into the back of a car at almost 70 miles per hour. The rider was actually thrown off of his motorcycle on the hood of the car.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: So, he's on the other car.

PEREIRA: He's on the other car.

Incredibly, he only walks away with minor bumps and bruises, but in the video you can hear him say, can you check to see if my leg is broken? Can you check? Because guys from the come out and take a look at him.

It's terrifying how fast that happens, too.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Oh my goodness. That is terrifying.

CUOMO: Wow. Thank God he's OK. What are the chances of that.

Thanks for that, Michaela.

BOLDUAN: All right. You know what it means. It's time for our political gut check -- all the stories you need to know coming out of Washington and around the country.

First up, should the U.S. boycott the 2014 Olympics in Russia? Senator Lindsey Graham said Wednesday told CNN's Jake Tapper on "THE LEAD" that it should at least be on the table.


SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R), SOUTH CAROLINA: Bush got it wrong with Putin. Obama has got it wrong with Putin. Congress is doing virtually nothing. If a year from now, there are 200,000 deaths in Syria and weapons begin to proliferate that Russia sold to Syria throughout the Mideast, Iraq goes up in flames -- I guess we should go to Russia and have a party and celebrate the Olympics. That just seems disconnected to me.


BOLDUAN: All right. Let's talk more about this with CNN's chief national correspondent John King.

Good morning -- well, that's a pretty background, John. It seems like you choose a new background every time you join us. I love it. You're keeping us guessing.

But back to the news at hand --


BOLDUAN: Exactly.

We're talking about Lindsey Graham says let's boycott, at least be on the table. John Boehner came out yesterday calling his, quote- unquote, "my very good friend is dead wrong on this". And Jay Carney yesterday almost made fun of it when reporters asked, saying that they were following a superficial headline.

But doesn't Lindsey Graham have a point though?

KING: It's not going to happen, Kate and Chris. The United States is most unlikely unless something else disastrous in this relationship happens to boycott the Olympics. But Lindsey Graham has a point in saying that there is increasingly just deterioration of this relationship. Remember, President Obama was going to reset the relationship with Russia after it did go down the tank a bit at the end of the Bush administration and he's got nothing and now, things are worse over the Edward Snowden saga as he sits at the Moscow airport.

So, the Olympics was one lever the administration would have. There's another one on the table.

Now, the president is scheduled to go to Moscow before he goes to St. Petersburg in September. There's a big G-20 Summit in St. Petersburg. He's supposed to go to Moscow for one-on-one with President Putin first.

The White House is now getting sketchy whether he's actually going to make that trip. So it's on the schedule, but why do you get sketchy? You try to make Moscow think maybe we need to give these guys something.

But, look, this relationship was already heading south and the Snowden saga has sent it into the cesspool.

BOLDUAN: And then when you talk about the G-20 Summit and the meeting that the president might have prior to that, it is easy to criticize the administration's approach from the outside. The question remains, what more can the U.S. do to make Russia play nice?

KING: Well, the administration, most of this diplomacy is happening in private. And the administration clearly has convinced several of those Latin American countries either not to take Snowden or at least to not move quickly, to stall the paperwork. And so, now, the question is, would Russia do something?

And Russian government has said President Putin is not going to make this decision. But, of course, we know, President Putin is involved in just about every big decision. And other people even said, you know, Kate, don't go to the G-20 or seek a change of venue.

But those meetings are planned months in advance. They're about big other global issues, including the economy, including global security. You can't move a meeting like that because it takes months and months of planning and millions of millions of dollars in security preparation.

So, the White House is looking for a way to voice its displeasure -- canceling a meeting or moving a meeting is probably not going to do it.


CUOMO: All right, John. Student loans, they said it would be easy to put the rates back. It didn't happen. Now we're hearing it might happen again. What's the latest?

KING: You know, I'm usually grumpy on this issue, right? On Washington's ability to function, you usually get a pessimistic John King this time of the morning.

Let's be optimistic on this day. I'm just e-mailing back and forth with a senior House leadership aide, which is the Senate plan is coming together. Let's see if they actually passed it. But the new Senate plan, it has that benchmark.

You know, interest rates would be tied to treasury rates. They'd be caps for undergraduates, caps for graduate students. So, they're making progress. It appears they have the right people in the Senate behind this bill. So, it looks like, and again, things often go off the track in Washington, it looks like this one will pass.

And then the question is, can the Senate and House make peace? And can they pass a final agreement and send it to the president? Well, this House aide said this morning, that if the passes that bill, it puts them in the same ball park, it increases the likelihood of a deal in the future.

Remember that. Shocking. BOLDUAN: Shocking. And they're up against, somewhat of an artificial deadline because they're leaving at the beginning of August. But that is artificial.


CUOMO: And people get ready to go to school. People are going to start having to sign their loan documents so they have to do this.

BOLDUAN: You're right.

CUOMO: And they still have to deal with the downside of still putting in the deals, I understand, though, John, that the rates will go back up again in the future. So, they're still not making that commitment to education, as something fundamental for families.

But I guess you take what you get from these guys.

KING: Exactly, that's what I was going to say. If you can get something that deals retroactively now, deals with at least the next several years, seems to get us on the right track, that would be progress and it would mean people are talking in Washington. What a shock.

BOLDUAN: And it would be different from the kick the can, one-year fix, that at least a multiple year fix. I guess you just have to take what you can get at this point.

Great to see you, John. Thank you so much.

Can't wait to see if he pops up tomorrow. He loves to keep us guessing on his venue.

CUOMO: He is a man of mystery.


CUOMO: Look, he's gone, just like that. He's gone.

BOLDUAN: And he's gone.

CUOMO: All right. Coming up on NEW DAY, big brother watching you at every turn. How your license plate could be telling police a whole lot more about you than you think.

BOLDUAN: And remember the congressman caught tweeting a young swimsuit model during the State of the Union? See him there, looking down, possibly tweeting. Well, he said she is his daughter. She said that as well. The DNA tests may something else.

We'll have more on this, coming up.

CUOMO: The DNA test, that's how they get you.


CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everybody.

It seems the more we look the more we find out about someone watching us. This morning outrage over a growing network of police cameras that are tracking where you go and when all by reading your license plate.

Now, privacy rights groups are demanding that police in Los Angeles turn over the data and they're going to court to get it.

CNN's Dan Simon has more on that.


DAN SIMON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: With cameras mounted on a police cruiser --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We're looking at a license plate directly across the street, 1319161 --

SIMON: -- cops in San Leandro, California, can capture and record license plates as they drive down any street -- an efficient method to catch car thieves or pull over vehicles that show up in a criminal database.

POLICE OFFICER: With technology and with good, smart policing, you know, it allows us to keep our public safe.

SIMON: But when a local activist petitioned the police department and got ahold of the records on his car, he says he was stunned by what he saw.

MIKE KATZ-LACABE, SAN LEANDRO, CA RESIDENT: I do think Big Brother's gone too far. Because there -- I have not been charged with, I am not suspected of committing any crime.

SIMON: Mike Katz-Lacabe found what he says is an egregious violation of privacy, 112 instances over two years where police just happen to get images of his car and more.

KATZ-LACABE: So this picture shows my car parked in the driveway of my house and very clearly shows my daughters and myself getting out of the car.

SIMON: Anytime a police officers drives the car, it's recording. Police say the data can later be accessed to solve crimes, everything from following leads on AMBER Alerts to collecting unpaid tickets.

KATZ-LACABE: Innocent people should not have their records being stored by law enforcement.

SIMON (on camera): There are three cameras on the roof. One on the left, one on the right, and one on the side. They capture plates instantaneously. Those plates are then cross-checked against suspect vehicles. So if a car comes across as being stolen, the officer will be instantly alerted. (voice-over): But in this new era of digital rights and privacy, some say there needs to be more transparency and limits to what information can be gathered and stored on citizens doing nothing more than driving their cars.

Dan Simon, CNN, San Leandro, California.


BOLDUAN: All right. Thanks, Dan.

Let's go around the world starting in India -- an update on the free lunch program there that killed 22 children and hospitalized many more. They identified the cause of this tragedy.

Sumnima Udas has the latest from India.


SUMNIMA UDAS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Twenty-two have died after eating their free lunch in school, and all the children who fell ill have been brought to this government hospital. There are two dozen children here. Doctors say all of them though are now out of danger. When they arrived here, though, many of them were vomiting, they were feeling dizzy. Many of them fainted.

Doctors suspect it's a case of organophosphorous poisoning which is an insecticide tat is commonly used by farmers in this part of India.

Back to you, Kate.


BOLDUAN: Sumnima, thanks so much.

Now, let's go to Russia where NSA leaker Edward Snowden may soon be leaving the transit lounge of the Russian airport where he's been hold up for three weeks now.

CNN's Phil Black has more from Moscow.


PHIL BLACK, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Edward Snowden's Russian lawyer now believes the fugitive American will walk free at this Moscow airport in less than a week. Russia's federal migration service hasn't yet offered any public opinion on his application for temporary asylum here. The Russian government is still refusing to send him back, but Russian President Vladimir Putin has said again that he believes relations between the United States and Russia are more important than the Snowden issue.

Back to you, Kate.


BOLDUAN: We'll more of that as it continues. Phil, thanks so much.

And Nelson Mandela turns 95 years old today. Many South Africans are celebrating his birthday with service.

CNN's Robyn Curnow is in Pretoria.


ROBYN CURNOW, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It was here at the Union buildings that Nelson Mandela took office as the first democratically elected president back in 1994. Now, in a Pretoria hospitals, just a few blocks away, he remains in a critical but stable station.

It's his 95th birthday and South Africans are all united. They know what gift they want to give him. They're coming together helping out serving their communities, just like he did.

Back to you, Kate.


BOLDUAN: All right. Thanks so much, Robyn. And happy birthday and wishing him well and a recovery. Sounds like he is recovering.

CUOMO: So many people thinking of that man, right now. A historic leader, to be sure.

We're going to take a break. It's about 44 minutes past the hour.

Coming up on NEW DAY -- this woman, the neighbors, they don't like her. They say she's one of America's nastiest neighbors, mocking, taunting. And now, she's going to tell her side of the story to CNN. That's what I'm talking about.

What do you got?

PEREIRA: This -- I don't know if there's words really, Chris. Have you seen a wedding ceremony like this -- a bride, a groom, a giant slingshot. What is going on at this wedding? We'll tell you in our must-see moment, coming up.

CUOMO: That's how I felt at my wedding.


PEREIRA: Welcome back to NEW DAY. You know what? I'm betting you probably have never seen anything quite like today's must-see moment. We've seen dancing bridal parties. We've seen epic best man speeches. This, however, is taking wedding video to new heights literally.

I bring you the human sling shot. Utah couple, Natasha and Jake Johnson (ph) decided to upgrade the traditional bouquet and garter toss after they found out their wedding venue just happened to have a giant human sling shot lying around. So, they tried it out apparently the night before, had a blast with it and said why not when we tie the not tomorrow use a giant sling shot to toss the bouquet.

BOLDUAN: -- fly.

PEREIRA: They each take their turn. First, she does it with her cowboy boots on. He does it next with the garter belt in his hand and his hat.

CUOMO: That's what marriage is all about. I try to kill you, you try to kill me.


BOLDUAN: We don't do it successfully.


PEREIRA: They're a little close to that structure which looks look a house. They're also very close to that mountainside.

BOLDUAN: I am loving this, though.


CUOMO: That's why she marries him.

BOLDUAN: And he keeps the hat on the whole time.

CUOMO: It's like the metaphor. He can keep his hat on. He keeps his head steady for anything.

BOLDUAN: If he can keep his cool, I'll marry him.

PEREIRA: I like it.


CUOMO: She's got the same thing --

PEREIRA: Well, I have concerns. I have safety concerns always.


BOLDUAN: We're going to put you in a sling shot!

CUOMO: Anyway, coming up on NEW DAY, the heat wave that's suffocating a big part of the country. Today, it could reach a boiling point. We'll tell you all about it.

BOLDUAN: And the "Rolling Stone" cover stirring a firestorm, an accused terrorist and killer getting what some believe may be rock star treatment. We're going to cover that ahead.



CONAN O'BRIEN, HOST, "CONAN": Today, the queen said that she would like the royal baby to be born before she goes on vacation.


O'BRIEN: Someone reminded her that she's more or less been on vacation since 1952.


JAY LENO, HOST, "THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO": As you know, this showed you the royals really are different than you and I. Like when Kate's water does break, I understand it will be sparkling.


LENO: It's amazing.


CUOMO: Those are funny jokes.

BOLDUAN: Very funny.

CUOMO: Funny jokes. What do you think?


BOLDUAN: I think it's a draw. I think it's draw. Very good though.

CUOMO: All right. How about the start of college football season. Right around the corner, everybody wants to talk about one young man, the first freshman Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel a.k.a. Johnny Football. Let's bring in Andy Scholes. He's got the "Bleacher Report." Good morning, Andy.

ANDY SCHOLES, BLEACHER REPORT: Yes. Good morning, guys. You know, after becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman, Johnny Football basically came a celebrity overnight. And in summer, he's been in the news quite a bit, but it hasn't always been for the right reason. His latest hiccup came over the weekend when he was sent home from the manning passing academy for what was rumored to be a hangover.

Manziel said those rumors aren't true. He missed part of the camp because he overslept. Yesterday, at SEC Media Day, the quarterback says he's beginning to understand why some people always want to see him fail.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Better than most hated around the league, you look at Lebron I feel like he's the best in the NBA. You just go from league to league and there's guys just like that. So, maybe I'm taking that and I'm OK with it. You got to be doing something right but people would hate you like that.

(END VIDEO CLIP) SCHOLES: All right. Right now, in the what hot section of, you'll find one of the better executed alley-oops in backyard pool history. Check it out. Seven people. That's the ball before it finally goes down. Look at this, the trampoline, a slide, and a pool. Pretty much all you need during the summer, guys, in the backyard.

BOLDUAN: That's a fabulous use of your time. I will tell you, that is nice.

SCHOLES: I can do that all day.


CUOMO: I think they dunked a volleyball in there.

BOLDUAN: Oh, did you say volleyball?

CUOMO: Yes. Can we show one more -- Michaela will say it's not safe.


BOLDUAN: That was a very nice pool as well, the trampoline, the slide --


PEREIRA: I feel that was try number 402, though, you know?

BOLDUAN: But it --


CUOMO: All it takes is one and you make it on NEW DAY.


CUOMO: Andy didn't like the conversation.

BOLDUAN: Andy is gone. He is gone, but I hear the music which means time to move on, time for the "Rock Block," a quick roundup of the stories you'll be talking about today. First up, Michaela.

PEREIRA: All right. let's dig in here. First up in the papers, From the "L.A. Times," those senior moments may be significant. Experts gathering in Boston say brief episodes of memory loss could actually be a precursor to Alzheimer's and early dementia.

In "U.S.A. Today," find out where gold comes from. Scientists now believe neutron stars collided more than four billion years ago and shot gold and other heavy metals across the universe to the Earth. He knew it.

From "The Chicago Tribune," a new dinosaur discovery. (INAUDIBLE) has a massive horn was found in Utah. Scientists believe it roamed the earth some 76 million years ago. All right. Time now for Christine Romans with the business news.

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: It's Ben Bernanke part two. The fed chairman told Congress members housing is strong and jobs are coming back. If the economy continues to improve, the fed plans to end its massive bond buying program. Bernanke will answer questions from senators later today.

We're in the thick of earning season for the most part and a pretty good story there. We've got four big earnings to report today, Morgan Stanley, Verizon, Microsoft, and Google.

Dubai is reportedly kicking off a weight loss drive for its citizens. It will pay you in gold if you lose weight. The program is aimed at combating obesity.

Let's go outside to Indra Petersons for the weather this morning.

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Oh, yes. We are in the fifth day of this heat wave today. We're talking about heat indices. We'll feel like 105 degrees, and it is spreading. It is building in farther to the west, and we're talking about this spreading all the way not only to Minnesota today but into the Dakotas. When is the relief? Well, not until the weekend. That's when a cold front moves through and then we'll have that threat of severe weather.

BOLDUAN: All right, Indra, thanks so much. We are now at the top of the hour which you know means it's time for the top news.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Need to go back to wintertime. Can't take this. It's hot.

CUOMO: Hot and deadly. Almost every state in the nation now tops 90 degrees. Lives are lost. And in California thousands evacuated overnight, an out of control wildfire fueled by the heat.

BOLDUAN: Boston anger. People enraged by this "Rolling Stone" cover featuring the alleged Boston bomber. Issues pulled from the stands. More fallout this morning.

PEREIRA: She has been called the country's nastiest neighbor, talking her neighbors with lewd acts all caught on tape. She speaks out to NEW DAY this morning. How does she justify this?

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY starts right now.

ANNOUNCER: What you need to know.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What was out on the internet was that me and Steve Cohen could have been lovers.

ANNOUNCER: What you just have to see.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You can have all the tootsie rolls you want but I'm not opening that cash register.

ANNOUNCER: this is NEW DAY with Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan, and Michaela Pereira.


CUOMO: James Earl Jones is right. That's who we are. Good morning, and welcome back to NEW DAY. It's Thursday, July 18th. It is sevenoo'clock in the morning and I am Chris Cuomo.

BOLDUAN: Yes you are and I am Kate Bolduan. We're joined by news anchor, Michaela Pereira.

PEREIRA: Good morning.

BOLDUAN: Coming up in this hour, an update on the congressman caught tweeting a beautiful model during the "State of the Union" address earlier this year. He said she was his daughter. She said the same. So, there was really blown out of proportion they kept saying, but there may be a new twist now. We're going to have an update on that today.

CUOMO: Also, one of baseball's biggest stars facing suspension, allegations of performance-enhancing drugs. You know him as A-Rod. The Yankees third baseman, Alex Rodriguez, a rare interview just for us.

PEREIRA: And guess who popped by our set, actor, Rob Lowe, swings by the NEW DAY set. We had a great conversation with him. We'll talk about his incredible career. We'll talk about the varied roles he's had. Also, we'll talk to him about Cory Monteith's overdose and the struggle to stay sober in Hollywood.

CUOMO: It is amazing how many intelligent things he spoke on for us. We talked about politics and Cory Monteith. A lot of things. Great interview for you to see there.

Also, let's going to start this morning with what's going on with the weather. From bad, we'll say, to worse. Today could be the hottest day, so far, in that blistering heat wave now blanketing the northeast to the Midwest, from the Dakotas to New England. About 130 million people feeling the heat. Take a look at the map. Red means bad, right? Temperatures remain in the 90s in most areas.