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Weiner's New Sexting Scandal; Queen Elizabeth Visits Royal Baby; Borrowers are Re-Defaulting; Who is Huma Abedin?; Apple Beats Gloomy Earnings Predictions

Aired July 24, 2013 - 06:30   ET



CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Any excuse to play The Clash we take here.

Welcome back to NEW DAY. It's Wednesday, July 24th. I'm Chris Cuomo.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: I'm Kate Bolduan, live outside Buckingham Palace here in London.

Right now, the queen is inside Kensington Palace, visiting her new great grandson. You're looking live at the little prince's new home right there. He's spending his first full day there with his parents today. We'll have much more on the queen's visit in a moment.

Chris, I know you can hear the band behind me. That is just for you, we had that specially fixed so they'd play just for you.

No, it's the changing of the guard here at Buckingham Palace.

CUOMO: Not really for me? It's still good anyway. Thanks, Kate. We'll be back --


CUOMO: We'll be back to new a little bit.

We're doing a lot of politics this morning. President Obama hitting the road. He's going to lay out his economic agenda for the rest of his term. What does he hope to accomplish? More importantly, how will he accomplish it? We're going to ask White House Press Secretary Jay Carney that question and many others in the next hour.

First, a lot of news to get for you this morning. Michaela Pereira with all of that.

Great to see you, Mick.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Yes. It's set to be a great conversation with Jay Carney. We're looking forward to that.

All right. First up in the news, a stunning admission from former Congressman Anthony Weiner. With his wife by his side, he acknowledged sexting women more than a year after leaving Congress, after committing the very same infraction. But Weiner says he will not back out of the New York City mayoral race. His wife says they've discussed everything before his run and she has forgiven him and believes in him.

A sneak attack in Afghanistan leaves three American soldiers and five others dead. They were killed outside Kabul after an insurgent riding a donkey detonating a bomb. At least three other Americans were injured in that blast. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for that attack.

A Las Vegas police officer tragically killed while rescuing a stranded hiker. Thirty-six-year-old officer David Van Buskirk (ph) falling to his death from the helicopter hoist line as he and the hiker he saved were being airlifted off a mountain Monday night. Not clear exactly how he became detached from that line.

This morning, calls for San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to step down getting louder. A second woman who once worked for him has come forward, publicly accusing him of making unwanted sexual advances. These latest allegations come just a day after Filner's former spokeswoman filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against him. The mayor says he's saddened by these accusations, but believes he will be vindicated.

Actress Amanda Bynes hospitalized now on a 72-hour psychiatric hold for allegedly starting a fire in front of her own home in the L.A. area. She reportedly also set her own pants on fire in the process. A witness called 911 after seeing her with a gas can. They said they feared that it could explode. "The L.A. Times" reports that she could actually be held for 14 more days if she's deemed to be a danger to herself or others.

What exactly is it besides the obvious that makes birthday cake taste so good? It could be the candles. University of Minnesota study finds that rituals, things like singing happy birthday, or unwrapping a bar of chocolate a certain way can make food taste better, taking time between the ritual and eating the food it improve the taste, but, Chris, it only works when you doing it. Watching me do it, my ritual does not help.

But what I find that was interesting -- the scientists are thinking they want to look into how what they call systemic behaviors could actually maybe help patients that are about to undergo surgery before they go if they can have some ritual behaviors might help them with pain. They want to see if it can help in recovery.

CUOMO: Very interesting.

PEREIRA: Yes, is that interesting?

CUOMO: Was there anything what it means when a child eats the wrapper of the chocolate?

PEREIRA: Were you that kid?

CUOMO: No, but I have one. PEREIRA: You have one of those kids.

CUOMO: Yes. Let's send it back to Kate in London and a very special visitor -- Kate.

BOLDUAN: From eating candy wrappers to back to the royal baby. That's a great segue. Thanks, guys.

So, right now, we know that Queen Elizabeth is at Kensington Palace visiting the new price, her great grandson for the very first time. She arrived moments ago.

And you're looking -- there we go -- at her very arrival at Kensington Palace.

To talk more about the happy moment and the significance of this, I have Katie Nicholl here with me outside Buckingham Palace, CNN royal commentator and royal correspondent for "The Mail on Sunday", and author of the soon to be released book, "Kate, The Future Queen."

So, Katie, we've talked about this offline, this moment, a precious moment for any great grandmother to meet her --


BOLDUAN: -- meet her great grandson for the first time. But also, it's historic.

NICHOLL: Well, it is, because there was speculation as to whether the couple would bring the baby here to Buckingham Palace, which I think would have been a more formal traditional thing done. It says a lot about the queen, and in this context, as granny, old great granny, but certainly granny for William, she has gone to see him.

Now, this is not their grand apartment 1A because that's not finished. This is quite small, quite modest two-bedroom cottage. It's not huge. So will they have the tea laid out? How formal will the meeting be? I suspect the queen will be delighted to have a peek through the cellular blanker at her great grandson.

But quite a special visit.

BOLDUAN: Maybe it shows how excited she is, I'm just going over there.

NICHOLL: And you know what, Kate, she has a really close relationship with Kate. You know, she invited Kate on her first official engagement for the diamond jubilee tour. She's been really I think quite deliberate about bringing Kate into the fold, making her feel welcome, making her feel --

BOLDUAN: Learning lessons from the past.

NICHOLL: Absolutely. So, it's not such a surprise that she's gone to see them. I think that's really very special and lovely.

BOLDUAN: And maybe we're just conjecturing here, but maybe the queen will have a role in deciding on the name.

NICHOLL: Well, I don't know if she'll have a decision-making role but I certainly think she'll be consulted. The couple won't announce anything without running it past her. And I can imagine that the queen would say absolutely you're not having that. But the couple will know to incorporate some of the traditional names, whether that's Albert, Arthur, George, Louis, the names we've heard and talked about, obviously, bets taken on. So, yes, they want to run it faster (ph).

BOLDUAN: And so, can it be this moment? We're in a period where Kate and William and the baby, we keep saying lockdown mode.

NICHOLL: But it is lockdown.

BOLDUAN: Being very private and the queen going over to meet her great grandson and she's off on holiday. So, a quite period for them.


NICHOLL: They will have some time together. Harry is on his way back from (INAUDIBLE). He's coming into town because he has an event. So he'll be the next to make a visit. We know that they've already seen Auntie Pippa. So, she's had the first look in.

And I think it would just be a slow and steady stream of close, close friends and family, and then waiting for the couple to take time out for themselves because William doesn't have long paternity. It's only under two weeks. So, I think this is a time to like say, look up a unit, a close trio and just to bond.

BOLDUAN: And when William goes back to work, then it will be an interesting period for the duchess, because she'll be alone with the baby, she'll obviously have staff but the family, the role of the family, the royal family, as well as her family. That's when that will kick in, right?

NICHOLL: It will kick in. And although there are staff -- you know, they have a small (INAUDIBLE) herself. She said she doesn't want to employ a nanny, certainly not at the moment. I'm sure it will happen when she goes back to work.

But for the moment, she wants to count on mommy and that should work very well for her.

BOLDUAN: And also, for the moment, just think of how exciting little day this is for the queen to see not only her great grandson but that continuity we've talked about, the heir to the throne.

NICHOLL: Absolutely the succession this little boy is going to secure the future of the throne for another two generations.

BOLDUAN: The two generations, I'm sure she's breathing a sigh of relief in many ways this is morning.

NICHOLL: Absolutely.

BOLDUAN: All right. Thank you, Katie. We'll be back with you, of course, much more throughout the morning.

Coming up next on NEW DAY: more from London, of course. Call it royal deja vu -- we're going to tell you why millions of royal watchers seeing the pictures of the newest prince, why they can't help turning back the clock to 1982.

CUOMO: On this side of the pond, we're talking about the latest Anthony Weiner admission, but it was really his wife's statement that was a real surprise. We're going to take a closer look at Anthony Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin -- who she is and why she's still standing by her man.

Stay with us.


CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everybody.

It is "Money Time".

Christine Romans is here with all the business news you need to know.

Good morning.

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Good morning. Money news, you guys, because futures are stronger this morning. We're seeing the broadest rally in U.S. stocks in more than 20 years and Wall Street did not disappoint yesterday, got another record on the Dow, the 28th this year, although the NASDAQ and the S&P did close slightly higher. Twenty years for the year, all three major indexes are up 19 percent.

All right, Facebook's IPO last year you remember was a flop. Investors today are going to scrub through Facebook's quarterly earnings. They're going to want to know how well Mark Zuckerberg is growing advertising revenue especially on mobile devices. Facebook now has more than 1.1 billion users.

In the housing market, borrowers in President Obama's housing program are re-defaulting at an alarming rate. Homeowners who got through the government program to prevent foreclosures are defaulting a second time. Government watchdog says 300,000 people have defaulted again after having that I mortgages modified, 88,000 are at risk of falling into the same trap.

That has been something that's been really hard to do, try to fix that broken part of the housing market. The other part of the housing market where people are not underwater, they have money, they're taking advantage of low mortgage rates -- that part of the market very, very strong right now.

CUOMO: It's the first part that's a problem. I wonder if the president will address the first part in his big speech.

ROMANS: Yes, we'll see and what they're going to do about it, right?

CUOMO: Christine thank you very much.

ROMANS: You're welcome.

CUOMO: Another big political moment today, Anthony Weiner's latest sexting admission but you had to see the reaction of his wife.

We're used to seeing the loyal wives of disgraced politicians standing by quietly. But during this news conference, Huma Abedin refused to stay silent, speaking in her husband's defense.

Here's Dana Bash with much more.


DANA BASH, CNN CHIEF CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): In the annals of political wives standing by their men, this was unprecedented.

HUMA ABEDIN, WIFE OF ANTHONY WEINER: Anthony's made these horrible mistakes both before he resigned from Congress and after. But I do very strongly believe that that is between us and our marriage.

BASH: In her carefully chosen words, Huma Abedin telegraphed so much.

ABEDIN: It was not an easy choice in any way, but I made the decision that it was worth staying in this marriage. That was a decision I made for me, for our son, and for our family.

BASH: It was extraordinary that she spoke at all. Until now, it was just the picture that signaled that the politician in trouble had support of his wife. Then South Carolina governor, Mark Sanford, stood alone as he explained his affair, but other wives did participate silently.

Louisiana senator David Vitter's wife as he was accused of sleeping with prostitutes, former Idaho senator, Larry Craig's wife in the face of allegations he was trolling for sex in an airport bathroom, and former governor, Eliot Spitzer's wife after he admitted to seeing high-priced prostitutes, a scene that prompted an entire TV series, "The Good Wife."

Huma Abedin is no stranger to personal problems playing out on the political stage. For decades, she's been a key behind the scenes confidant of politics most famous scorned woman, Hillary Clinton. Bill Clinton officiated at her wedding. Hillary Clinton is quoted as saying, "I have one daughter, but if i had a second daughter, it would be Huma. Despite being notoriously private, Huma is incredibly savvy knowing full well the potential impact of this moment.

ABEDIN: I love him. I have forgiven him. I believe in him, and as we have said from the beginning, we are moving forward.

BASH: Dana Bash, CNN, Washington.

(END VIDEOTAPE) PEREIRA: The irony not lost on a lot of people that she saw a front row seat to what went on with the Clintons. Now, she's experiencing her own version of it, and again, this is the second time around.

CUOMO: All pain is personal.

PEREIRA: All pain is --

CUOMO: Doesn't matter what you see somebody else.

PEREIRA: Just makes it worse when you have to live it out in a public forum.

CUOMO: Absolutely. All right. We're going to take a break here on NEW DAY. When we come back, we'll be going out to Kate in London for a look at the headlines from across the pond, but big news here. President Obama is going to address economic issues in a speech at Knox University. What will be in it? Will it matter to you? We're going to have White House press secretary, Jay Carney, giving us a sneak peak preview and we'll push to find what's in it for you.

PEREIRA: And a mama bear making a desperate effort to free her cub. He gets stuck inside a garbage dumpster. We'll see what happened. We'll be right back.


BOLDUAN: All right. So, yesterday, we had some fun with headlines, guys. Today, we have more fun with the headlines in the newspapers here in London. Lots of fun. Very cute ones today for you. Take a looky loo. "Our Little Prince," that is one good looking family, don't you think?


BOLDUAN: And then they get a little cheeky. "The Sun" today, remember "The Son" yesterday? "The Sun" today, "The Fresh Prince."


CUOMO: Good.

PEREIRA: Brand-new.

BOLDUAN: That's a very good one.

PEREIRA: Brand spankin new.

BOLDUAN: The brand-new prince. And then, "The Daily Mail," they had to go here, "Baby's First Royal Wave."

CUOMO: Very nice.

BOLDUAN: His little hand reached up above the blan key. That is an extreme close-up for that poor child. And then, we all love the onion back in the states. We know that. Well, here in U.K., they've got private eye. Here's a good one for you. "Woman has baby."


CUOMO: That's the best one.


BOLDUAN: Inside, "some other stuff."

PEREIRA: Some other stuff.

BOLDUAN: That is the headline to keep your viewers -- to keep people reading.


PEREIRA: OK, they had a baby, but then, there's a lot of people that are really enthralled by this story -- you know, fairy tale playing out.

CUOMO: Yes. I just love new babies, you know?

BOLDUAN: I promise you, everybody I meet here, you've got all different opinions with the people I've come across. There are a lot of people said, I just got to go to work and other people say, this is a great moment. It's nice to celebrate something fun. We can all go back to the bad news and whatever we're fighting about tomorrow.

So, we've got a little bit of that. All right. We've got lots more coming up, obviously, here from London. We'll have much more on the royal baby's first day home and the visit from great grandmother, the queen. Very brief visit, actually, Chris.

CUOMO: That's what happens, the baby starts crying, grandma's got to go. I've lived that. I've lived that.


CUOMO: All right. Back here on this side of the pond, Anthony Weiner caught up in yet another sexting scandal. His wife says she will stand by her man as he continues his run for the mayor of New York City. Why? We discuss.


CUOMO: You hear the music, that means it's time for the "Rock Block." What's that? A roundup of the stories you'll be talking about today. What do you have for us?

PEREIRA: Let's take a look in the papers, Chris.

First up, "The New York Times," the FDA considering a ban on menthol cigarettes after releasing a study that shows mental flavoring makes it easier for people to start smoking and harder to quit.

In "The Washington Post," a mea culpa from Virginia governor, Bob McDonnell, who says he's repaid more than $120,000 worth of loans in a gift scandal that engulfed his office.

And, from "The Wall Street Journal," Lance Armstrong going on the offense as his lawyers have asked a federal judge to dismiss a $120 million whistleblower lawsuit against him.

Time now for business news with Christine Romans.

ROMANS: All right. It turns out iPhone demand was better than Wall Street thought. Apple sold more than 31 million of them last quarter, just a quarter, and that helped Apple beat some very gloomy earnings expectations. The stock Apple stock rallied after the close.

Want a yogurt with the latte? Starbucks and Danon are developing a yogurt to be sold in stores by 2014. It will be sold under the Starbucks evolution fresh brand.

And if you're rich, $1 million isn't what it used to be. A new survey says 60 percent of high net worth individuals think that they need $5 million to feel rich.

Let's get to Indra Petersons for the weather.

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: We have activity in the tropics. We now have Tropical Depression 4. If it is named, it will be called Dory. We've got a lot of dry air ahead of it, so not likely that it will develop too much. Behind that, northeast, good news finally seeing that cold front kick through some temperatures.

Look at that. Loving it. Where they should be 80s and even 70s back with this -- and look at Detroit today, 68 after last week. It felt like 105. Down in the southeast, a cold front still producing some heavy rain and think about the mold season, eight inches above normal in the southeast bad enough as it is. Good thing I don't (INAUDIBLE).

CUOMO: Wow! Good point. Good point there. Indra, thank you very much.

Look at the time, almost the top of the hour and that means here on NEW DAY, time for the top news.