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Cairo Streets Explode With Violence; Life Plus 1,000 Years for Ariel Castro; San Diego Mayor Going to Therapy; Weiner Sexting Scandal; Facebook Soars on Mobile Use; Weiner Hangs on NYC Mayor's Race; "Psychiatric Hold" for Amanda Bynes
Aired July 27, 2013 - 07:00 ET
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ANTHONY WEINER (D), NYC MAYORAL CANDIDATE: Are you not voting for me?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I would not vote for you, sir.
POPPY HARLOW, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): A new poll show that Anthony Weiner has lost some voters' trust but what about his fellow Democrats? Congressman Charles Rangel tells us what he thinks.
SUZANNE MALVEAUX, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): Facebook shares soaring on the heels of a new earnings report. Find out what's behind the climb.
AMANDA BYNES, ACTRESS: I don't want to do anything that I would have sort of a hard time telling my parents.
HARLOW: A former Nickelodeon star's stunning personality change.
More of Paula Deen allegations.
And aging rock stars, love them or leave them? That's coming up in our E-block.
MALVEAUX: Good morning, everyone. I'm Suzanne Malveaux.
HARLOW: And I'm Poppy Harlow. It is 7:00 out East. Good morning to you and happy Saturday. This is NEW DAY SATURDAY.
First up, some serious news. It has been a deadly morning in Cairo. Reports vary widely from 21 to 75 people possibly dead, perhaps a thousand wounded.
MALVEAUX: Egyptians who backed the deposed president claimed that security forces shot into a crowd of protesters.
I want to bring our senior international correspondent, Ben Wedeman. He is live in Cairo.
Ben, this is the worse. This is what we anticipated and predicted but the worse went down overnight. Tell us how this happened.
BEN WEDEMAN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, what we understand is that these pre-Morsy demonstrators left the sit-in area in northern Cairo where they have been located three weeks and tried to block one of the major thoroughfares in Cairo. Now, there, the story starts to get a little murky.
Just a little while ago, a spokesman for the ministry for the interior came out and said what happened was as these Muslim Brotherhood protesters were going to try to block this road, local residents clashed with them. The security forces intervened using tear gas, in his words, to break it up. During that, he claimed the supporters of the deposed president opened fire with live ammunition.
Now, of course, there is the story we are hearing from the pro-Morsy crowd is that they were shot by -- shot at by the ministry of interior forces and what -- we have update numbers but take these with a grain of salt. The health ministry is claiming that 38 people were killed in these clashes, 500 wounded. Doctors at the field hospital that's run by the supporters of the deposed president are saying as many as 150 people were killed, 4,500 wounded.
So it's very difficult to figure out where the precise numbers are at this time. We understand clashes are still ongoing in that area.
MALVEAUX: All right. Ben Wedeman, thank you. We're going to keep a close eye on that in Cairo.
HARLOW: Yes, absolutely. Very troubling there.
All right. I want to talk about NSA leaker Edward Snowden. His father is speaking out and he has written a letter to President Obama. He wants the president to dismiss the charges against his son. This letter was penned on Friday. Lon Snowden said that his son's disclosure of government snooping on Americans' phone and Internet use was like an act of civil disobedience.
In the meantime on this story, Attorney General Eric Holder says that Snowden should not be given temporary asylum in Russia. He wrote a letter this week to Russian authorities.
And I want to read you part of it. He said, "The charges he," Snowden, "faces do not carry that possibility," talking about the death penalty. And the United States would not seek the death penalty if Mr. Snowden were charged with additional death penalty eligible crimes."
That letter from Holder going to Russian officials.
MALVEAUX: The death penalty also off the table for the man who held three women captive inside his Cleveland home. This is for about a decade.
MALVEAUX: So, as you know, Poppy, covering this story. Ariel Castro avoided the possibility of signing off on a plea agreement that will put him in prison for the rest of his life with no change of parole.
HARLOW: Lawyers say the deal is what the victims of three young women wanted. Our Gary Tuchman has more from Cleveland -- Gary.
GARY TUCHMAN, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Poppy and Suzanne, Ariel Castro was very talkative when he was court, discussing his plea bargain agreement. The judge actually questioned him for about an hour and 16 minutes to make sure he understood everything, but he never indicated he was contrite. He never said he felt bad about what happened.
TUCHMAN (voice-over): With glasses on his nose, a shuffling Ariel Castro walked into a Cleveland courtroom, shackles on his leg, handcuffs on his wrists, and with plea agreement details in his head.
JUDGE MICHAEL RUSSO, CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OHIO: Are you fully aware of the terms and do you consent to that plea agreement?
ARIEL CASTRO, DEFENDANT: I am fully aware and I do consent to it.
RUSSO: You understand that by virtue of the plea, you'll not be having a trial.
CASTRO: I am aware of that.
TUCHMAN: One of Castro's victims, Amanda Berry, gave birth to a daughter while on captivity. Castro stunned the courtroom when he stated this during the hearing.
CASTRO: I would like to state that I miss my daughter very much.
TUCHMAN: That daughter named Jocelyn is now six years old.
The three women Castro victimize, Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, wanted to avoid testifying at the trials, scheduled to start a week from Monday. After the plea was reached, they issued a statement, saying that they are relieved by today's plea and are looking forward to having these legal proceedings draw to a final close in the near future.
The official sentencing will take place next Thursday.
But on this day, Castro was fairly talkative and appeared uninterested, nonchalant and downright strange at times.
CASTRO: When I first got arrested and interviewed, I told Mister -- was it Dave? I said to Dave that I was willing to work with the FBI and I would tell them everything. I knew I was going to get pretty much the book thrown at me. There's some things that I have to -- I don't comprehend because of my sexual problem throughout my whole years. I would like to state that I was also a victim as a child and it just -- kept going.
RUSSO: That's certainly something you can bring up at your sentencing hearing.
TUCHMAN: The three victims will also be permitted to make statements if they choose at a sentencing hearing, a hearing that will end the legal case of Ariel Castro.
Now, Castro talks about how he misses his daughter. That was a quote. Well, the prosecutors say there is a zero percent chance that he'll ever be able to visit that girl -- Poppy, Suzanne.
MALVEAUX: Thank you, Gary.
HARLOW: Our thanks to Gary for that.
MALVEAUX: Despite a lawsuit, demands from fellow Democrats to resign, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, well, he's got other plans.
HARLOW: Yes, seven women have now come forward, accusing him of sexual harassment. After days of avoiding questions from us, from all sorts of media, he addressed the issue somewhat yesterday.
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MAYOR BOB FILNER (D), SAN DIEGO: Beginning on August 5th, I will be entering a behavior counseling clinic to undergo two weeks of intensive therapy to begin the process of addressing my behavior. During this time period, I will be at the clinic full time. This intensive counseling will just be the first step in what will be a continuing program that will involve ongoing regular counseling.
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MALVEAUX: Our Nick Valencia joins us now.
Now, Nick, it's really interesting here because he has now been subpoenaed, I understand, during the process of his therapy. So, how is that going to work?
NICK VALENCIA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Right. That's just the latest development, Suzanne, in this scandal, that's surrounding the mayor. He's been subpoenaed in the sexual harassment lawsuit by his former communications director. She was the first woman to come out. Now, six women have followed, at least seven so far.
And he's been defiant up into this point. You guys know this. He was unwilling to address the allegations and he put together a press conference yesterday. His critics say arrogance is trumping good judgment for him right now.
And, in fact, one city council member has come out and sort of blasted the mayor. Take a listen what he had to say about the situation surrounding the San Diego mayor.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This kind of situation should not exist. Bob Filner should not put the city through this. To say I'm going to go away now for two weeks and things are going to get better, they're not going to get better. The mayor needs to resign. He needs to put this chapter, this very sad and sorry chapter behind us and he needs to do it immediately
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VALENCIA: Now, a local affiliate is reporting a poll taken in San Diego has about 70 percent of the residents in the city saying that the mayor should resign. He is not taking those steps. And another statement came out, you interviewed Morgan Rose --
VALENCIA: -- who is one of the women that is alleging wrongdoing. She said this after his press conference. She said, "I think this is a man who demonstrates extreme narcissistic profile. He is addicted to power and control. He's arranged his life to have that and he's not about to give it up."
HARLOW: I think one of the difficult things is that -- yes, he addressed in the press conference he talked about inappropriate behavior, but we haven't gotten any direct responses to any of these allegations. I mean, not all of these women filed lawsuits. I understand in lawsuits, maybe you can't respond, because it's a legal process, but no direct responses. And a lot of people want that but a lot of these women that have these allegations want that.
VALENCIA: They want answers and he was unwilling to answer Casey Wian, our reporter who's on the ground.
VALENCIA: Unwilling to answer any questions of his questions. Unwilling to answer, as you mentioned, in the lead to this story.
Any questions from the media, he's just sort of brushing this off. He's saying, we need to take a deep breath, the city of San Diego needs to take a deep breath. Right now, he is probably taking a lot of deep breaths himself thinking about his political future that's very uncertain right now.
HARLOW: There are some folks in San Diego, though, that are still supporting him. I mean, you said the poll showed 70 percent against by him but one iReporter was talking about why this is his personal life and not his politics or his leadership.
VALENCIA: He only has been married a year and had decades of political service in Congress, but he's a relatively new mayor and wants to stick around it seems like.
MALVEAUX: There's a lot of skepticism. We've all been talking about this. How do you address this behavioral issue? This problem --
VALENCIA: He is 70 years old.
MALVEAUX: In a two-week period of time with this intensive counseling. How does that work?
VALENCIA: Well, at the end of the day, he is 70 years old. He's probably had this behavior for years in his life and how do you expect a 70-year-old to change? As you mentioned, Suzanne, after two weeks in rehab --
MALVEAUX: Yes, we'll see.
VALENCIA: -- we'll see.
HARLOW: Thanks. Appreciate it.
VALENCIA: Thank you.
HARLOW: All right. Well, Anthony Weiner hanging on, staying in this race for New York City mayor. Some voters really angry, you see one of them right there. It's a pretty in your face confrontation. We'll bring it to you, next.
You're watching NEW DAY SATURDAY.
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GARLAND PIERCE (D), NORTH CAROLINA STATE REPRESENTATIVE: North Carolinians getting ready and come to the place where eventually we will have our guards and policemen and voting polls to turn people around. I think it's a possibility. If we're not careful, we could be going there.
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MALVEAUX: It's a frustrating end to North Carolina's legislative session, at least for the Democrats. Lawmakers passed a controversial voter bill to that would require anybody to show a picture ID before casting a ballot. The governor says he'll sign that bill into law. Now, the voter ID bill was just one of several controversial laws passed this session by the GOP dominated legislature. Those provoked a series of protests in the capitol dubbed Moral Mondays by Democrats.
HARLOW: Meantime, in New York, Anthony Weiner says new sexting revelations will not force him out of the race to be the next mayor of New York City. Here is one encounter he had with a voter yesterday.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I don't quite understand how you would feel you would have the moral authority as the head administrator in this city --
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: -- to oversee employees when you're standard of conduct so much lower than the standard of conduct that's expected of us.
WEINER: Are you not voting for me?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I would not vote for you, sir.
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HARLOW: All right. So, earlier, I talked with New York Congressman Charles Rangel. He served in Congress with Weiner for years. And he told me he is not supporting Weiner for mayor, but at the same time, he doesn't think he should drop out of the race.
I asked the congressman if New Yorkers forgive quickly, he thinks. I also talked to him about why Rangel thinks that this won't be an issue for Weiner come the September primary. Listen.
REP. CHARLIE RANGEL (D), NEW YORK: New York is a forgiving community but it doesn't mean that we're not sophisticated. And so, while people being kind to Weiner, I think, is forcefully being interpreted as supporting his candidacy to be mayor of the city of New York.
Listen, he's a nice guy. He's got problems. Have your fun, but he is not going to be the mayor of my great city. I know it and most all New Yorkers know that.
HARLOW: But you're saying that Anthony Weiner should not drop out of the race, correct?
RANGEL: I'm saying he should do what he wants to do. The voters of New York City will take care of that final decision, but as far as he's concerned, it's a personal thing and the institution being what at in New York city, anyone can runs that files a sufficient number of petitions.
HARLOW: The president of the New York state NAACP says that Weiner should drop out of the race, saying and this is a quote, "I do not understand how Anthony Weiner can show his face. Choosing the next mayor of New York City should not be a punch line."
What is your take on that? Does that alter your position, your stance at all? Because you're saying he shouldn't drop out.
RANGEL: I'm a member of the NAACP and I don't ever remember going to them for political advice.
HARLOW: You have dealt with scandal of your own, over unpaid taxes, other financials issues. The House Ethics Committee in 2010 said, concluded that you violated ethics rules and you refused to quit, voters reelected you after that.
Does the fact that voters forgave you play into what you think about Weiner's latest scandal?
RANGEL: I have no idea what you're talking about. But as relates to me and the ethics committee, that issue is in the United States federal court at this moment, and so I can't discuss the detail. But I guess you know how often I've won the plurality of that race. As I said, New York is educated and sophisticated and proud. So, if you think can you make a stretch between me and Anthony Weiner, I'm here for you to do it. But it sounds like a pretty silly analogy to me.
HARLOW: What I'm talking about the willingness of voters to forgive.
RANGEL: I -- I don't know anything about forgiveness. All I'm saying is that in a race, a person wants someone they can best represent them. There's no question that I've been in the congress for over four decades and the people have so indicated by their vote, not forgiving and not saying anything as relates to my personal life.
HARLOW: You are a decorated Korean War vet. You received a Purple Heart and you're among the four remaining members of Congress who served in Korea. So, first, we thank you for your service. And this is a very important day because it marks 60 years since the armistice.
What's going through your mind?
RANGEL: Well, I'm looking forward to being at the Korean War veteran memorial with the president.
You know, this has been called the "Forgotten War" and when I think of all of my friends and people who died and others who were wounded and the veterans that came back and no one knew -- no one missed them. They didn't even know where Korea was.
But then to see out of the ashes of that war, a country that had been bombed down to ground level has grown to be not only one of America's best trading partners, but also a friend in that part of the world.
So I'm proud of what I have been able to contribute no matter how small, but, more importantly, the tens of thousands of Korean veterans who served and people never even knew they were involved in a war.
HARLOW: Our thanks to Congressman Rangel for that, and our thanks for his service and all of those who served.
He'll be joining, Suzanne, he'll be joining the president today in the 10:00 hour which we will carry live for that memorial marking this important day.
MALVEAUX: Yes. We'll be taking that live.
And also, another story. Taco Bell making some big changes to the menu. The youngest members of your family, they might be a little disappointed! We are going to tell you why, straight ahead.
Plus, that toddler who bought a car on eBay. That's right. She has two now. We're going to tell you how it all happened.
HARLOW: Let's take a look at the week on Wall Street. A squeaker, the Dow Jones Industrials spent most of the Friday in the red and ending a day with a gain of just three points. That made a fifth straight week of gains for the Dow Industrials. Investors may be a bit cautious coming into this week. We got the big jobs report coming up at the end of this week. So, they will be looking ahead to that.
MALVEAUX: And we are also checking some of the other top biz stories of the week. This one really interesting.
Taco Bell now eliminating some of the toys.
HARLOW: You go there all the time for breakfast.
MALVEAUX: Yes, right, I'm not a fast food gal, none of them really.
Now, like none of the toys and the kids. They are looking forward. I mean --
HARLOW: No more kids meals.
MALVEAUX: Nothing, none of that.
HARLOW: It's interesting. When you look at the numbers I guess only about 1 percent or less among 1 percent of their meals were kids meal. So, economically, I guess it didn't make sense for them.
MALVEAUX: They are targeting the 26 to 30 something or so. They spend more money, right?
MALVEAUX: They don't have to listen to their parents about nutrition. They can supersize anything, right?
HARLOW: Yes, this is true. So, Taco Bell, no more kids meals and focusing on the millennials.
Interesting. If you're following Facebook, maybe you bought into the famous IPO. Well, investors are clicking like on Facebook right now. The company's stock price soared this week after much better than expected earnings. It turns out the mobile market that was really the focus for Facebook was all about can they do well with advertising on mobile.
It's looking better than expected. They still have a ways to go, though, because they IPO'd at about $38 a share, and now, around $33. So, they still a ways to go but people had all of these questions about it after the IPO. You remember that.
MALVEAUX: Yes, yes.
HARLOW: Now, they are doing a lot better. So Mark Zuckerberg is getting increasingly richer along with the investors.
MALVEAUX: I don't feel so sorry for them.
Are you a gamer, Poppy?
HARLOW: Not at all. Are you?
MALVEAUX: Me either. We have so much in common. We don't eat fast food. We're not gamers.
HARLOW: But I told you (INAUDIBLE) last night for dinner.
MALVEAUX: OK. That's all right.
HARLOW: Yes, I'm not gamer.
MALVEAUX: There is now a program where you can get a degree and actually learn how to create a game.
HARLOW: Wow. To build them from the ground up.
MALVEAUX: To build them from the ground up. This is University of California-Santa Cruz offering this masters degree to actually get this done. And it really is to help students get a leg up on their jobs.
MALVEAUX: Design these things. It's a big business.
HARLOW: I think it was really interesting is that, you know, a lot of criticism for those folks playing video games too long. This is a hugely lucrative industry globally. So, if you're interested in it, why not go to school to learn how to work in the sector? There's a lot of jobs in that sector. Computer science, basically, and it's a big, big business.
MALVEAUX: Yes. So, maybe you and I ought to start gaming, huh?
HARLOW: Can you imagine that?
MALVEAUX: We won't have time for that!
HARLOW: All right. Do you remember that 14-month-old who bought that car on eBay? We told you about it on the show. A few weeks ago, she was playing on her dad's cell phone, uh-oh, bought a car. Well, now, she is getting her own set of wheels. So, apparently, eBay bought her a ride fit for a toddler. A nice gift for a free publicity there too. A lesson for parents who let their kids play with their phones, yes --
MALVEAUX: She gets rewarded. She gets her own little hot ride right there. That's pretty smooth. HARLOW: And, you know, her father meantime, is busy restoring that car that she bought. She bought this old junker of a car and he is restoring it and I guess he will give it to her when she turns 16.
MALVEAUX: She's now even two. She's got two rides now. She is doing something right now, I guess.
MALVEAUX: And this, hundreds sick across the country. This is the latest on this nasty, this mysterious stomach virus. It is spreading and it is very mysterious. A lot of people don't know how it's happening or why.
And Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger, happy birthday. Seventy years old and still rocking it out and still just as cool, coming up on NEW DAY.
HARLOW: All right. Well, mortgage rates dipped just a little bit this week. Take a look.
MALVEAUX: Bottom of the hour now. Welcome back, everyone. I'm Suzanne Malveaux.
HARLOW: I'm Poppy Harlow. Thanks for joining us on NEW DAY SATURDAY.
Here are five things you need to know to start your day.
Number one, let's start in Egypt. Very disturbing. Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy say police fired into a crowd of protesters. It's happened overnight. Reports on the number of dead vary widely.
So, what we are hearing is somewhere in the range of 21 to 75 dead. But, again, no confirmation exactly on those numbers. There are also reports that possibly more than a thousand people have been wounded in those clashes.
MALVEAUX: Number two: the Justice Department will not seek the death penalty for Edward Snowden. That is what Attorney General Eric Holder wrote this week to Russian authorities. Holder also said the NSA leaker should not be given temporary asylum in Russia because Snowden's claims that he would be tortured and sentenced to death in the U.S. are not true.
HARLOW: Number three. Authorities say six people and they are alleged shooter are dead in an apartment complex in Florida. This happened in Hialeah. That is north of Miami. Police say they found six bodies strewn throughout the apartment complex.
The suspect was holed up in an apartment with two other people, a man and a woman. That suspect was holding hostage. The SWAT team rescued those hostages. The suspect fired at the SWAT team. They fired back and shot him dead. MALVEAUX: Number four: a mysterious and ugly stomach virus is spreading across the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is still trying to confirm the source of this outbreak. Today, there are at least 321 cases of Cyclospora illness in multiple states now. No one has died as a result of this bug. But at least 18 people have now been hospitalized.
HARLOW: And number five. San Diego Mayor Bob Filner says he is taking a two-week hiatus for, quote/unquote, "intensive counseling." Seven women have come forward, accusing him of sexual harassment. He says he'll enter that clinic on August 5th. He will stay until the 19th.
He is not resigning despite demands even from his own party, fellow Democrats to do so. The city attorney's office has issued a subpoena for him to answer questions in a deposition on August 9th. That subpoenaed relates to a lawsuit filed by one of the women who's making the sexual harassment allegations.
Meantime, let's turn to New York. Let's talk about Anthony Weiner. We have been covering this all week. He says he will get through this. That he's going to stay in the race to try to be the next mayor of New York City.
MALVEAUX: And he says that he is not going to quit but whether or not he can really win this Democratic primary in September, that is, of course, the question. The polls now indicating that New Yorkers, they are having some second thoughts about him.
I want to go to Alina Cho.
What's the state of his campaign here? I mean, are they worried? Are they concerned? Because, clearly, you know, he can't escape more and more questions about this. We are learning more revelations as more women come forward.
ALINA CHO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, that's right. Privately, I would think that Anthony Weiner's closest advisers are concerned, because the lead he once enjoyed in at least one major poll, Suzanne, he has lost in another. But at least among some voters, it doesn't seem to matter surprisingly enough. Weiner says this is all behind him and some people we talked to on the streets tend to agree.
CHO (voice-over): Ask average New Yorkers would you vote for Anthony Weiner? Surprise, surprise.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I do plan on voting for Anthony Weiner.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think he's got as good a chance as anybody.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Everybody deserves a second chance.
CHO: What about this?
SYDNEY LEATHERS: He is an argumentative, perpetually horny middle age man.
CHO: Sydney Leathers, that's a real name, has come forward saying Weiner sent her lewd messages and photos over six months after he resigned from Congress, the latest blow to the candidate's campaign ever since the lewd tweets in 2011.
During a tour of Sandy ravaged homes --
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: How do you present yourself to people on a public stage?
CHO: After a soup kitchen event.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Would you vote for someone who has done what you've done?
CHO: And at a mayoral forum when the candidates were asked Facebook or Twitter?
WEINER: This is an inspirational campaign about looking forward.
CHO: The latest poll shows 16 percent of New Yorkers would vote for him, a nine-point drop from last month. His opponent Christine Quinn has 25 percent.
(on camera): You have not explicitly said that you believe that Anthony Weiner should step down from this race. Why not?
CHRISTINE QUINN (D), NYC COUNCIL SPEAKER: When former Congressman Weiner was debating about whether to run, I said it was a decision for him. It's now a decision for the voters.
CHO: And beyond the question of will he or won't he, there is: should he bow out?
HOWARD BRAGMAN, CRISIS MANAGEMENT EXPERT: I think he is hurting his brand. I think people would respect him more if he went away right now and made a comeback in a few years probably join the Peace Corps, you know?
CHO: It's what some are calling the so-called humiliation factor.
Now, even though some voters we talk to say they still support Anthony Weiner, it is important to point out that three of his Democratic opponents, one Republican challenger, the NAACP, and the editorial board of the "The New York Times", "The Wall Street Journal" and "New York Daily News" all say he should bow out of the race.
Most say he is no longer credible and all of them say that this is a major distraction taking voters away from what they should be hearing about, Poppy and Suzanne, which are the issues. HARLOW: Yes. Alina, I know you've been on this literally on the street there in New York talking to voters the whole time about this. Just -- well, we'll get to the question in the next hour because we are running out of time. But, Alina, thank you.
MALVEAUX: That's a lot of pressure he is under to bow out. I think the question really whether or not voters believe he is trustworthy and whether or not he has good judgment today, today now, yes.
HARLOW: We have a lot more polls still to come. So, we'll see.
MALVEAUX: Two very different, but very public falls from grace. Why the parents of actress Amanda Bynes says she now needs help.
HARLOW: Plus, new claims of racism emerging against celebrity chef Paula Deen. The controversial details next on NEW DAY.
MALVEAUX: All right. Former President Bill Clinton singing one of the big songs in the summer. True. Maybe not. I don't know. He's got treatment. This is going viral, as a viral version of Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines".
Check this out.
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MALVEAUX: I love it. Check this out as well. Look what happened to Beyonce.
Watch as this fan attacks the singer. We are talking about this electric fan. That does not look fun! Her hair got caught in a stage fan during the show!
This was in Montreal this week. The fan not letting go. You can see it there. People were a little worried around her but ever look pro.
Beyonce she just kept belting out her halo. Good for you.
HARLOW: I love that.
All right. Folks, it's the E-block. You know what it's time for. Entertainment news.
But some tough stories and tough things to talk about this morning.
So, I want to bring in both of you. Thank you for being with us.
I want to talk about Amanda Bynes. Because she is undergoing a mental evaluation in a psychiatric hospital right now. She's on a two-week psychiatric hold after allegedly getting caught setting fire to a gas can in Thousand Oaks, California.
Joining me to talk about this and some of the other topics of the day, Kendra G of the Ryan Cameron morning show on V103 Radio. And Jimmy Alexander, co-host of "Mornings with Cindy" and Jimmy on Star 94.
Thank you both for coming on.
JIMMY ALEXANDER, CO-HOST, STAR 94 MORNINGS: Thank you, Poppy.
HARLOW: So, Amanda Bynes -- this has been sad and really difficult to watch. Her parents have now asked for conservatorship, and a judge is still deciding on that. Meantime, she's being held for two weeks undergoing basically psychiatric evaluations.
What do you make of this so far? This is a former Nickelodeon star.
KENDRA G, V-103 RADIO: Well you know, I want her actually to be crazy because it will excuse all the behavior we have seen within the last year. I mean, this girl has so many misdemeanors last year. She's going on Twitter, taking inappropriate pictures, saying inappropriate things, you know, with the -- allegedly throwing marijuana out at the police officer at her house.
So I think she truly might have a mental issue, I really do.
HARLOW: What's your take on it?
ALEXANDER: I think absolutely. Any time you're throwing marijuana at police officers --
KENDRA G: Yes.
ALEXANDER: But it's a situation where you want this poor girl to get help. You see all of the things and it's just so sad. We saw Britney Spears in this kind of shape five years ago.
HARLOW: Look how well Britney has come out of it.
ALEXANDER: I totally agree, Poppy. And I think that's why -- I'm not kidding when I say this -- Britney Spears' father, James Spears, should start a company where he takes over the lives of these type of stars, Lindsay Lohan or this, because he did such a great job with Britney that he could show guidance to a lot of celebrities --
HARLOW: And it sounds like that's what Amanda Bynes parents are trying to do, and still to be seen whether they're going to get that control. We put a call in but haven't had any answer from her family on that. But everyone is hoping for the best of her.
KENDRA G: Yes, definitely.
HARLOW: Because it's very, very tough.
All right. I want to talk about different topic. I want to talk about celebrity chef Paula Deen. She is back in crisis mode now that one of her former employees is bringing allegations of some racist comments to the table.
Former cook Dora Charles tells "The New York Times" that Deen did the following. Used racial slurs, wanted her to ring a bell in front of her restaurant yelling for people to come get it, to get dinner, and also even asked other employees to allegedly dress up in an Aunt Jemima basically outfit for dinner services. These are all allegations.
First of all, I want to tell you Deen's PR team -- they have denied all of the charges in this. Deen's PR team has said, "Fundamentally, Dora's complaint is not about race but about money."
Let's talk about this for Paula Deen. These are more allegations she is facing.
KENDRA G: Right. Can I just say it is he said/she said? But if majority the African-American people that have worked for Paula Deen are saying the same thing, I mean, I don't think everyone is lying. I mean, this woman says she started with Paula Deen in the beginning and was making $10 an hour. Paul Deen promised her riches and hoped she would have gotten in writing.
Right now, (INAUDIBLE), I could say, Paula Deen is Oprah Winfrey, and she came out and said, you know what, this lady really is a good woman and maybe I would start to change differently. But I know it's a he said/she said and I know it's allegations -- but I got to tell you I am believing all of these allegations, I really am.
HARLOW: What about you, Jimmy?
ALEXANDER: Well, it's such again another sad situation because you don't want to be called the old racist lady. You don't want that to be the memory when you're dead and gone she is a racist lady.
KENDRA G: Right.
ALEXANDER: And now, there's some of these stories -- if I was Paula Deen I would say when people bring this up to her, do you believe Anthony Weiner?
KENDRA G: That is so true. I say this not jokingly but George Zimmerman kind of saved Paula Deen's life.
HARLOW: You mean taking the spotlight?
KENDRA G: Yes, taking the spotlight with the media.
HARLOW: But these allegations are coming.
KENDRA G: Yes.
HARLOW: When you look at her career, a lot of her big deals -- she was dropped from a lot of her big deals. Not all of them but a lot of them.
What do you see in terms of career comeback? Because there is that theory that some people really like a comeback story.
KENDRA G: Oh, she is going to come back because she has a value with the networks and I believe -- I want to say one of the networks, maybe the Food Network, don't quote me, is already thinking about renewing her contract and bringing her back. At the end of the day, it's about money. She's still be able to make money, if she is missed and the ratings flow and go down, they will bring her back a year from now.
ALEXANDER: I agree with you but what I think Paula needs to do, you don't want that to be known about. You wanted to rehabilitate that image and maybe go to Oprah and say can I do a show?
KENDRA G: She needs Oprah right now!
ALEXANDER: She goes to schools and she tries to help kids, you know, bring kids together from different racial backgrounds. I think it would do her good to see racism from younger eyes.
HARLOW: That's really interesting idea.
Guys, thank you for joining us.
KENDRA: Thank you for having us.
HARLOW: We were going to talk about Mick Jagger rocking it out at 70, but hey, he can still rock.
KENDRA: I will see him until he is a hundred.
ALEXANDER: I heard about his contract is being (INAUDIBLE) now is Ensure.
HARLOW: No, no, no.
ALEXANDER: That's what I hear.
HARLOW: No, no, no. All right, guys. Thanks for being with us. As always, appreciate it.
ALEXANDER: Thank you, Poppy.
MALVEAUX: That's a great segment there.
Next on NEW DAY, awkward flight caught on camera. See what happens when a stranger actually falls asleep on her neighbor. Yep, we have got it on video.
And then, it is time for the good stuff! It may be about 90 degrees in north Texas, but a little girl's dream just came true with her very own winter wonderland! Up next.
DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: This week on "THE NEXT LIST," we talk to Archie Kalepa, chief of ocean safety for the Hawaiian island of Maui. Kalepa pioneered the use of jet skis for ocean rescues 12 years ago, and he's been saving lives ever since. ARCHIE KALEPA, CHIEF OF OCEAN SAFETY, MAUI, HAWAII: For us, the ship is way offshore, and it's all about response time. How quickly can we respond from point "A" to point "B" or the safe zone to the impact zone where the waves are breaking and back out of that?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Archie, he definitely puts others ahead of himself when it comes to game time where he has to save somebody.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I started screaming help, help, and the next thing I know, this wonderful man has a little floatation device and was dragging us through the waves.
GUPTA: Today, Kalepa is innovating new rescue techniques and equipment and training others to use them, including the Navy SEALS. Kalepa is also an elite athlete with the skill to surf the giant waves of Maui.
Join us Saturday, 2:00 p.m. Eastern, "THE NEXT LIST."
HARLOW: Everyone, welcome back. I want to show you some -- this is pretty amazing viral video.
OK. So, here's what's happening, airplane passenger Steve Collum (ph) and his seat mate gets close, and he tapes the whole too close for comfort moment. The woman started to fall asleep as soon as she sat down and things got more awkward from there.
And what followed were several long awkward moments of Collum, that guy, attempting to get the woman out of his lap. I don't know if we can re-rack. But look at his face at the beginning. He takes his phone out and starts filming, and she fell -- I have not done that.
MALVEAUX: I feel badly for her.
HARLOW: Yes, I do, too.
MALVEAUX: All right. Check this out. This is mama bear trying to rescue her cub from a dumpster. This is in California.
It's almost unbearable to watch. Yes, somebody wrote that. She tries to climb and bang on the lid there. No luck. Enter a fish and wildlife officer did that. He saw what was happening, set up a loud siren, flashing lights to try to scare the mother off. When she retreated far enough, he opened the dumpster lid back away far enough to -- well, to enjoy. This is a little reunion there, a bear reunion. Not going to get in the way of a cub, that's right.
HARLOW: I feel little nervous.
MALVEAUX: And a big storm in the Atlantic is heading towards the Caribbean now. HARLOW: Yes, another in the Pacific, taking aim at Hawaii. So, anything to worry about?
Let's go to the severe weather center and bring in our meteorologist, Jennifer Delgado.
JENNIFER DELGADO, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Hi, ladies
And you know what? That video was so cute. You always love animal mama bear trying to protect her young, but we are not that concerned about the two tropical storms. One is in the Atlantic, and of course, another one in the Pacific. This is tropical storm Dorian.
Dorian really doesn't look that impressive. We have some convection there. But it's been working into an area that's been riding more of a sheer environment. That's why it is still tropical storm, winds are at 40 miles per hour.
And we are not expecting it to strengthen anymore, and we are expecting it to strengthen anymore. In fact, we are expecting it to weaken into an area of low pressure by tomorrow, but it will be moving to the northern part of the Leeward Islands and that means passing to the north of Puerto Rico, as we move into early next week. But the most we are expecting are some rough ways and, of course, some showers and thunderstorms across the region.
Now as we look at Flossie, Flossie just under hurricane strength. Winds right now sustained at 70 miles per hour. This system here is going to be moving over towards the west quickly, and it looks like it's going to be brushing across the big island of Hawaii, and that's on Monday. But as a tropical storm with winds up to 40 miles per hour, and once again, the same thing, some rough surf as well as strong winds.
Now, as we move across parts of the U.S., here is our cold front that we are tracking, bringing some showers and thunderstorms from areas, including the south, all the areas like the upper Midwest. What this is going to mean, heavy rain for the South this weekend and the same for the Northeast, and some of these locations could pick up about two inches of rainfall. This is all courtesy of this cold front, frontal system, it's going to do great some things.
Look at the high temperatures for today. It's hard to believe it's almost August. Minneapolis today high of 74 degrees, you should be at 83. Chicago, 71, you should be at 84. So, temperatures and parts of the Upper Midwest are running 10 to 20 degrees below average and cool across parts of the Northeast, like New York and Washington, D.C.
You know, when it's summer, I want it to feel like summer. I want to say, when is it going to cool down?
DELGADO: I want it hot.
MALVEAUX: A little hot. (CROSSTALK)
MALVEAUX: All right. Thanks, Jennifer. Appreciate it.
DELGADO: You're welcome.
HARLOW: Love this part of the show. It's time for the good stuff.
In today's edition, 6-year-old Maddie Higgins.
MALVEAUX: So, Maddie has a dream to see snow for the first time in her life. She also has cancer. It's an aggressive form of brain cancer. Well, she lives in Arlington, Texas, and so there is not that much snow there, right? Is this even possible?
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MADDIE HIGGINS, 6-YEAR-OLD: Impossible. It's summer.
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HARLOW: Look at that. Of course, Maddie any exactly what to do, and she got snow in Texas. And she built a snowman and got into a snow ball fight.
The snow courtesy of a group of dedicated volunteers called Kingsley Cure. Get this -- they ordered 20,000 pounds of ice shaved and pumped on to Maddie's lawn. It was needed relief for a girl who has already been through two brain surgeries. And, you know, if folks want more and want to help more, you can go to her Facebook page, Fight for Maddie.
MALVEAUX: All right. I love that. Good for her.
We'll be right back.