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White House "Extremely Disappointed" Over Snowden Asylum; Close Race Ahead for Sen. McConnell; Medical Student Murder Mystery; Despite Looming Suspension, A-Rod Ready To Play

Aired August 2, 2013 - 06:30   ET


JOHN BERMAN, CNN ANCHOR: When police ran to the other end of the drain pipe, they heard the boy screaming, they pulled him to safety. The great part, doctors say he is going to be OK. Lucky kid.

And, finally, here is one lucky cat who never learned the old adage "pick on someone your own side." Look at that. That's a barn cat named Matilda going hard after a horse at a training demonstration.

I think he was chasing the trainer's whip when he inadvertently lunged or maybe had a gripe against that horse. You never know. It was a full grown horse and tiny little cat. Luckily, no major fallout, as you see, just a startled horse. The audience left gasping.

I think Matilda was kind of smart to get out of there. She's kind of a hero to little guys out there I would say. I think we all play a part of the cat for Mr. Horse right here.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: See what I'm saying?

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: I do not bring this. You -- normally --


CUOMO: The next thing you know I'm the horse.

BOLDUAN: I'm not part of this one.

CUOMO: And that's a generous assessment because you know which part of the horse you really wanted to say I was.

BOLDUAN: I think there's a bet behind that cat. There's another cat that's like, I dare to you jump over that horse.

CUOMO: Cats are tough.

BOLDUAN: I'm not messing with that cat.

CUOMO: Berman is a big cat person.

BERMAN: Yes, I love cats.

CUOMO: He does and here's why.

BOLDUAN: I'm going to move on now. CUOMO: Please, go ahead.

BOLDUAN: OK. You guys talk about cats and I'll be back.

All right, everyone, it's now time -- I can't even make a cat reference to political gut check but we're going to move on anyway. All of the stories you need to know coming out of Washington and around the country.

First up, Russia has given the NSA leaker Edward Snowden temporary asylum. We know this. This move sharpening already tense relations with the U.S.

So, what is the next move from the White House?

CNN's chief national correspondent John King is here with more on that.

So, John, the State Department, the White House, they both say that they were not informed in advance of this move, another slap in the face from Russia. What does this mean for the administration in their mix moved back? Because the politics are not good at home or abroad.

JOHN KING, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: The politics here are horrible and you might say, well, gee, it can't get any worse, right? There's only one way in this relationship to go now, maybe it will get better.

But, usually, when you have a relationship, when you have a good diplomatic relationship, even if you're going to do something that the other side is going to be mad about, you give them a little heads up. You pick up the phone, and you say, Mr. Secretary Kerry, you know, we're going to do this today. Just so it's not a surprise.

So, that just tells you the depth of the dysfunction in this relationship right now. And it's gone on for quite some time.

President Putin and President Obama have sort of sparred personally about things. They have no relations. And Russians and the United Stats have been completely uncooperative and sometimes less than honest at what they're dealing with in Syria. And now, you have this with Edward Snowden.

So, the White House is reacting severely and Congress' reaction is even harsher. The question is, beyond the words, beyond the rhetoric, what will the president do to deal with the slap in the face?

BOLDUAN: Only he can answer that obviously at this moment. But one thing lawmakers have been calling for in response is that they move the G-20 Summit from Russia, you and I we talked about this. It seems very difficult considering the advance security considerations that have to be in placed. Or cancel a one-on-one meeting with Putin ahead of that G-20 Summit.

Would that send a strong enough signal? Is that enough? KING: Most people would say no. It's interesting, though. The politicians all say do something, you know, don't go to Moscow and the White House is now hinting it won't go to Moscow.

There's supposed to be a two-day trip to Moscow, including a one-on- one with President Putin. And then, you go to St. Petersburg for the G-20 meeting. The Moscow is not in the tentative schedule that's been floating around the agencies right now. So, the White House appears to be ready to pull that back.

A lot of people say, don't go to G-20, don't give Putin the stature if you have this big meeting. The diplomats are saying just the opposite. They say that's why you have the meetings so you can sit in a private room and try to work these things out.

But there's the administration is looking for some repercussions and there's no question at the moment the Moscow stop looks like it will be forfeited here as a way to retaliate against Putin. I just have to tell you, I don't really think President Putin is all that worried about that.

BOLDUAN: I don't think either.

Now, I got to ask you about some domestic politics. So, Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in the Senate, he's up for re-election in 2014. And this is one of the most closely watched congressional races right now, because he's actually facing a pretty serious challenge from a much lesser known Democrat, Alison Lundergan Grimes.

What's going on in this race? I mean, McConnell has been in Congress for three decades now.

KING: That's part of it. You know, remember, Rand Paul came out of Kentucky in the last election, he was not Mitch McConnell's pick. Mitch McConnell e endorsed an establishment Republican in the primary. The Tea Party said, sorry, Mr. Leader.

So, even Republican leaders rebuked Mitch McConnell in the last cycle when they nominated Rand Paul instead. Look, he has been a Congress in three decades. In the old days, you would say, he's a leader. He could be if the Republicans have a great year next year, the majority leader of the United States Senate, a position he has held in the past.

Normally, you'd go home and say, "I have stature. I have seniority. I can bring home the bacon." And that helped you.

In some places, politics is changing. Now, I would say this. I would say this. We're talking in August 2013, Mitch McConnell has had some discomforting polls in past races and he's gone on to win comfortably. It is Kentucky, a reliably red state, but this tells you there's something in the water and sometimes being senior, being important doesn't necessarily help.

BOLDUAN: Especially these days.

All right. John, thanks so much. Great to see you. Have a great weekend.

KING: Thank you. You, too. No cats.

CUOMO: All right. Let's take a break. Cat-free for John King, important note.

Coming up on NEW DAY, a new twist in the murder of a medical student. We've been telling about this story. Well, now, the latest development -- a man caught on camera near the scene steps forward. He had things to tell the police. We'll let you know.

BOLDUAN: Plus, dolphins are supposed to be pretty docile creatures, of course. What happened to this one that got him so tail slappingly mad.

CUOMO: Very powerful animal. I watch --


CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everybody, and happy Friday.

Michigan investigators have hit a road block in the case of a murdered medical student. Their one big lead, a man caught on camera near the murder scene has apparently turned up empty.

Ted Rowlands is in Ann Arbor where students at the University of Michigan remain on edge.

Good morning.


And for good reason, because it's been more than a week since this murder and police here seem not to have any idea who killed Paul DeWolf.


ROWLANDS (voice-over): Police hoped they had a possible break in solving the mysterious murder of 25-year-old third year medical student Paul DeWolf. A potential witness caught on video surveillance near the crime scene showed up Thursday at the Ann Arbor Police Department. But after interviewing the man, police told CNN, they, quote, "don't believe he's connected to the case in any manner."

DeWolf, who was training to be a surgeon, was found dead in the basement of the Phi Ro Sigma house, a fraternity for med students where he lived for the past three years.

Police say he died from a single gunshot, no weapon was found, nothing known was stolen and there was no sign of a struggle.

Resources have been pouring in to help solve the murder, including investigators from the Air Force. DeWolf was a second lieutenant, attending medical school on an Air Force scholarship and was planning to serve full time after graduating. Also helping, the University of Michigan where students have been told to keep alert while investigators continue to search for the killer.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It is definitely unnerving, just been hassling all the roommates, making sure the doors are locked at all times.

JUSTIN PUNG, STUDENT: I see a lot of public safety and Ann Arbor police around here. So, I think they're definitely patrolling the area.

MEAGAN RAPIN, STUDENT: Locking my car, locking my room door and keeping valuables out of common areas and just kind of looking over my shoulder.

ROWLANDS: Handsome, athletic and intelligent. Those who knew him say they can't imagine anyone wanting to kill Paul DeWolf.

SARALA SARAN, BEST FRIEND OF PAUL DEWOLF: Paul was a modern day renaissance man. He excelled at everything that he did. He will be missed. The community lost a hero and it's tragic that this had to happen to such a wonderful person.


ROWLANDS: This really is a mystery, Kate. Local police are increasing patrols. They're also telling everybody, especially students, to stay vigilant until they could figure out who murdered this medical student.

BOLDUAN: Thanks, Ted.

Let's go around the world now -- starting in Egypt. A call for solidarity and worldwide support for ousted President Mohamed Morsy. Here is Arwa Damon with more.


ARWA DAMON, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Despite repeated government warnings pro-Morsy demonstrators have no intention of clearing the squares. Quite the contrary, they are getting ready for what they call an inevitable crackdown. They've been making these crude gas masks basically just a paper cup, holes on the bottom, filled with charcoal, gauze, water bottle, protective foam all around it. It might not be all that effective but they say it's all they've got -- Kate.


BOLDUAN: All right. Arwa, thanks so much.

To China now -- China is enduring its worst heat wave in 140 years. Triple digit temperatures in more than 40 cities have left dozens of people dead. David McKenzie has the details.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: China is baking, suffering through some of the hottest temperatures in at least 140 years. In the south and east, they're dealing which a heat wave with temperatures over 100 Fahrenheit in some areas. More than 100 people have died in Shanghai alone.

Some are seeing the lighter side, though. Reporters are cooking their food on the asphalt to demonstrate this scorching heat. And in Sichuan, people piling into this public pool to try and keep cool.

The trouble is, they predict that the hot temperatures will last until at least August.

Kate, back to you.


BOLDUAN: All right, David, thanks so much.

And she's not exactly jaws but you may still want to stay away from this angry dolphin. CNN's Erin McLaughlin has more in London.


ERIN MCLAUGHLIN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Kate, beware of sharks, sure. But beware of dolphins?

Authorities are warning swimmers to watch out for Dusty the Dolphin, believed to be responsible for a number of attacks off the coast of Ireland. Her temper tantrums caught on camera. Some people have ended up in the hospital.

And there's little authorities can do. Dolphins are considered an endangered species, protected under law. Swimmers beware.

Back to you, Kate.


BOLDUAN: Thanks, Erin.

I'd say so, wow. You were saying you've seen how strong the dolphin tail is.

CUOMO: Incredibly strong. I mean, obvious remedy, stay away, you know?

BOLDUAN: When the dolphin starts acting like a bucking bronco, you move away.

CUOMO: Yes, when you realize it's about the size of a jet ski, you shouldn't be mess around with it.

BOLDUAN: My goodness!

CUOMO: All right. We're going to take a break here on NEW DAY: when we come back what can the U.S. do about Edward Snowden? We'll ask lawmakers about what happens next and his Russian lawyers dropping some hints about what Snowden's next move may be. We'll tell you about it.

BOLDUAN: And this busy bear doesn't have time to dive into the dumpster and look for snacks. So what's he going to do? Oh, I'll just take it to go.



CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone. Today's must see moment is really one that everyone can relate to. Sometimes, you know, you don't feel like cooking at home. So, what do you do? You get a little takeout like this bear for instance. This security camera video from edelweiss restaurant in Colorado Springs, this bear, really has a thing for German food, apparently.

He goes after this dumpster full of schnitzel, we imagine. He steals the entire thing, right? He goes out to the entire thing. Now, this schnitzel must be awesome.


CUOMO: Because the next day, the bear gets a second dumpster.




BOLDUAN: -- bachelor pad.

CUOMO: The bachelor pad.

BOLDUAN: This is a great ad for the restaurant. So good that the bears are coming.

CUOMO: We don't have rooms (ph), but we have bears.


CUOMO: You know why he's not in a rush?


CUOMO: Because he's a big bear that's why.


CUOMO: And he doesn't have to go any faster than he wants to.

BOLDUAN: He's like i dare you to walk out of that restaurant right now. CUOMO: They even put spikes up outside there to keep him away.

CUOMO: Whatever.

BOLDUAN: Spikes, he's like --

CUOMO: He's going to do whatever he wants. (INAUDIBLE), he's like, hi, I'm the guy stealing your garbage.

BOLDUAN: I don't have a middle finger but if I did --


CUOMO: Give him the paw as they say in urcine parlance. That's bear like. Look it up.

BOLDUAN: I don't even know what you just said.

CUOMO: On the break, I can.

BOLDUAN: OK. Coming up next on NEW DAY, bagged salad being blamed for the cyclospora outbreak, but why won't official say the brand? Now, critics are angry that we aren't being told more about the spread of the serious stomach bug.

CUOMO: And, what is this growing threat that has us shutting down embassies across the Middle East? How credible is it? Is it imminent? We're going to ask the questions and get some answers for you this morning.



CONAN O'BRIEN, HOST, "CONAN": At a concert this week, Justin Bieber rubbed a fan's smartphone on his crotch.


O'BRIEN: In a related story, Justin Bieber is now third place in the New York City mayoral race.


JIMMY FALLON, HOST, "THE LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON": The latest scandal for Weiner is in his campaign is that his communications director called a former intern a slut bag.


FALLON: But Weiner says that he won't fire the communications director and vows to stand behind her and she was like, how about we just stand side by side.




BOLDUAN: He got one day off, but now he's back.

CUOMO: I know. I know. So, Coco was funny, too, though.

BOLDUAN: They're always funny.

CUOMO: I tell you what's not funny, what's going on with Alex Rodriguez. His representatives are meeting with Major League Baseball trying to negotiate a deal that's just a suspension, not a lifetime ban. That's going to lead off our "Bleacher Report" today. Let's bring in Mr. Andy Scholes. Happy Friday. Not looking good for the big Yankee.

ANDY SCHOLES, BLEACHER REPORT: Yes. We'll see what happens with this whole negotiation thing. In the meantime, you know, A-Rod is acting like it's business as usual. Yesterday, he's back out on the field in Tampa taking part in a simulated game. Now, he's on his way to Trenton, New Jersey, where he will begin another rehab assignment tonight.

A-Rod will play for the Trenton Thunder tonight and tomorrow as we talked about his reps and Major League Baseball continue to try to work on that deal that would allow A-Rod to avoid a lifetime ban but serve a lengthy suspension for his whole part in the biogenesis drug scandal. An announcement is expected any day now.

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver, Riley Cooper, continues to deal with the firestorm he created when he used a racial slur towards a security guard at Kenny Chesney concert. Cooper has apologized for the incident that was caught on tape. And his teammate, running back, LeSean McCoy, says he forgives Cooper for using the word but he no longer respects him.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's new, hopefully it wears off. But, I mean, at this point, I speak for myself and other teammates. I know it's definitely different.


Scholes: All right, guys. They call it the x games for a reason. During practice yesterday, Javier Villegas from Chile going for the backflip but he has to bail. He crashes down hard. Villegas ended up with a broken and dislocated right hip that he had surgery for last night. And guys, there was another bad crash. Bob Birnquist competing in the big air skateboard competition and he's going to go up right here and face plants on the way down.

That one had to hurt, but he got -- guess what, guys, he got right back on the board and he would go on to win the bronze medal in the competition. If I landed on my face like that, I would not be getting right back on a skateboard. CUOMO: Especially with that great smile you have, Scholes, that would be it.


BOLDUAN: That's a case for --yes, did you hear that reaction?


BOLDUAN: He's like, I get it all the time.

CUOMO: That's true.

BOLDUAN: Thanks, Andy. Look, he's like please, just let me go, let me go. Let me go. All right.


BOLDUAN: He never stops smiling.

That music you hear it means it's time for the "Rock Block," everybody, a quick roundup of the stories you'll be talking about today. First up, John Berman in for Michaela.

JOHN BERMAN, CNN ANCHOR: All right. First up in the paper this morning, from "The Washington Post," a new IRS chief. President Obama is expected to nominate John Koskinen to lead the embattled agency. That should be fun.

From "Science News," a DNA study claims almost every man alive can trace his origins to one man who lived about 135,000 years ago. The mother of all women may have been alive at the same time but this ancient Adam and Eve probably never met, no idea how the science or biology works there.

In "USA Today," director, James Cameron will make three "Avatar" sequels, the first to hit theaters in 2016. Cameron's original original is the highest grossing movie ever.

Time now for Christine Romans "I see you" with your business news.

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Oh, yes. Record highs, Berman, on Wall Street. Futures pointing higher this morning. The S&P 500 and the Dow both closed at record highs. They're up 20 percent this year.

American oil reserves posted their biggest gain ever last year in 2011 actually. The U.S. had 29 billion barrels of reserves, the 15 percent increase from the year before, largely thanks to controversial fracking technique.

And Netflix now offers different profiles for each user. That means it won't recommend Spongebob Squarepants anymore just because your kids like it. Life changing technology that all of us will feel. Let's get to Indra Petersons for the weather. Good morning.



PETERSONS: All right. We're talking about the weekend. Everyone wants to know where they can go, and more importantly, when. The story is going to be a couple waves of energy. That's kind of confusing to a lot of you so let's talk about when it's going to rain on which day exactly. Friday, we're talking about really pretty much the Midwest in through Indiana getting the heavier thunderstorms and also Florida from the remnants of Dorian.

Saturday, that starts to shift here in the mid-Atlantic, kind of like the leftovers of the Midwest kind of switching in the mid-Atlantic. That's the day we're going to be looking for thunderstorms. By Sunday, looks pretty good for the east, but we start to get another wave of energy starting to kick in kind of like the northern plains maybe just east of the Rockies.

So, hopefully, that helps you out. You can make those plans especially, you, Mr. Cuomo, over there.

CUOMO: Thank you very much, Ms. Petersons. Appreciate it.

BOLDUAN: Thanks, Indra. Thanks so much. We're now at the top of the hour, everybody, which means it's time for the top news.


CUOMO: Shutting it down. U.S. embassies across the Middle East on lockdown this weekend with chatter of a possible attack. We have the latest.

BOLDUAN: Outrage from friends and family of the Cleveland three after Ariel Castro tries to defend his actions. One family member's powerful statement only to CNN.

CUOMO: First date death. A Manhattan executive on a first date falls from a balcony when the railing gives way. We find out what happened.

Your NEW DAY starts right now.

ANNOUNCER: What you need to know.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: One of the most terrifying experiences of your life. Got down on the floorboard of my car and I saw pieces of houses flying over the top of my car.

ANNOUNCER: What you just have to see.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Come on, Lucy. He's running down!


ANNOUNCER: This is NEW DAY with Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan, and Michaela Pereira. CUOMO: Good morning, everybody. Happy Friday. Welcome to NEW DAY. It's Friday. Of course, August 2nd, just about seven o'clock in the east. I'm Chris Cuomo.

BOLDUAN: Good morning, everyone. I'm Kate Bolduan. Michaela is off today.

Coming up this hour, NSA leaker, Edward Snowden, is a free man in Russia this morning, but at what cost? Washington is furious over the decision to grant him temporary asylum and President Obama now reconsidering a planned meeting with Russian president, Vladimir Putin. Where do both sides go from here?

CUOMO: And some breaking TV news for you. Millions of you could lose some of your favorite non-CNN shows, a deadline looms for a new contract between Time Warner Cable and CBS. The question is who will blink first. Cable wars heating up straight ahead.


CUOMO: But first this morning, the state department is taking unprecedented action all around the world. Key U.S. embassies and consulates across the Middle East are being closed on Sunday because of, quote, "serious and credible threats of terrorism." CNN Pentagon correspondent, Barbara Starr, has the latest. Good morning, Barbara.