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Sen. Graham Praises Obama; GOP Divided Over Government Shutdown; FDA Names Sources of Outbreak; Report: NCAA Investigating Johnny Manziel; A New Doctor Who

Aired August 5, 2013 - 06:30   ET



CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Welcome back, everybody, to NEW DAY. It's Monday, August 5th. I'm Chris Cuomo.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning, everyone. Happy Monday everyone. I'm Kate Bolduan.

We're here with news anchor Michaela Pereira.


BOLDUAN: Coming up in the show, health officials have identified, finally, the source of tainted salad mix that has sickened hundreds of people. But what else do they know about the outbreak? We're going to take a closer look, coming up.

CUOMO: And then, I don't know why the Italian guy has to do this, but the pizza thrower, there it is. Can you beat this guy? It's a talent, it's a hobby, it's delicious. You can't beat. We're going to bring you the king of pizza twirlers.

But first up, we have a lot of news to tell but this morning. Now, last night in Ramadan was the night of power. It was a lot of expectation. There could have been an attack that night. We got past that, so we're watching very closely the threats in the Middle East.

PEREIRA: Watching it cautiously to be sure. Making news this hour, the closing of 19 embassies and consulates extended through Saturday. The reason is an intercepted communication among senior al Qaeda operatives. The State Department exercising an abundance of caution in order to protect its workers and visitors.

Several U.S. officials emphasizing that they have been watching growing threats coming from Yemen for weeks now.

Breaking news, police in Pakistan say a bomb exploded on a train traveling from Lahore to Karachi. The bomb detonated at the station in Pakistan's Punjab province. Right now, there are no confirmed casualties.

We are following developments. We'll bring them to you as soon as they come in. Alex Rodriguez is expected to be suspended this afternoon, but in Yankee pinstripes tonight. The suspension handed down by Major League Baseball could reportedly top 200 games, extended through next season. For A-Rod's alleged involvement with performance-enhancing drugs. But Rodriguez will likely appear and be allowed to rejoin the Yankees when they play the White Sox in Chicago this evening.

A Kansas man convicted of killing his wife and burning down their house is back in court today to learn his fate. Brett's family is expected to ask for leniency. But the family of his late wife Vashti will ask the judge for maximum punishment. Seacat faces life in prison for murder, arson and child's endangerment. The couple's two young sons were at the house at the time of the crimes.

Well, if you play the numbers, it could be a very, very happy day. Today's jackpot is now up to $400 million. No one matched Saturday night's drawing, so the jackpot rolled over. Not quite the record $590 million jackpot that we saw in early May. But let's be honest, that's nothing to sneeze it.

Saturday's winning numbers were 21, 24, 36, 42 and 45. I swear I had that. And the Powerball number was 15.

Some uncomfortable moments for a teenager. Check this out. He found himself just a little too close for an itchy deer. It turns out when young deer sprout antlers, they scratch off some antler.

Unfortunately, for the deer, humans, you know, we're not a good scratching post. You can't blame a guy for trying. But I think that maybe this guy needs to find a barber shop for deer or something. But it's kind of cute. Come on, man, you're not helping me.

BOLDUAN: That's a little dangerous, don't you think?

PEREIRA: Well, you know, I mean, it's all fun and games until somebody loses an eye (ph).

BOLDUAN: Antler.

CUOMO: A real young buck. They're like two of them there, right?

PEREIRA: Right. A couple of young buck.

BOLDUAN: Did they have a tree anywhere in the neighborhood?

PEREIRA: There were a few right in the backyard. We thought this should be more interesting.

CUOMO: All over my house, you see signs of that.

BOLDUAN: Really?

CUOMO: Yes, they really carve up the trees.

PEREIRA: Do they?

BOLDUAN: At least they're not carving up the kids. CUOMO: That's why I think he's got lucky. If you knew that, you had seen a tree. That kid would have been hopping up, put the camera down. We have to get out of here.

BOLDUAN: I know the girls like, yes, this is hilarious.

PEREIRA: She thought it was adorable.

CUOMO: They're always laughing when something terrible happens. Have you ever noticed that, the person filming it? They're like, that deer is going to stick that antler right in your face.

PEREIRA: Guilty as charged.

BOLDUAN: What? I don't know what you're talking about. I don't know what you're talking about. I really like that.

All right, right, coming up, it's like for a political gut check, everyone. All the stories you need to know coming out of Washington and around the country.

First up, a rare show of support from one of the Obama administration's fiercest critics. How it can be?

Let's go to CNN's White House correspondent Brianna Keilar to break it down.

So, Brianna, we're taking a look. We're talking about Senator Lindsey Graham. He's praising the Obama administration for handling the terrorist threats as of late, even telling Candy Crowley the administration is doing this right. So, is he turning over a new leaf or is he doing something else?

BRIANNA KEILAR, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: I think in a way he's supporting President Obama in what he's done with closing all these embassies. He is a key Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee in the Senate. So, I think this is very important.

You also have Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee saying that the Obama administration is doing the same thing. But, Kate, the truth is, all is not forgiven or forgotten when it comes to Benghazi which Republicans are still very upset about. And they want more from the administration.

In fact, even though Lindsey Graham is saying, hey, the administration is doing this right way, just a few days ago, he was one of eight Republican senators or, sorry, lawmakers who sent a letter to the new FBI director, James Comey, saying we want you to be more aggressive in the investigation of Benghazi and we want you to come brief us here in the next month.

So, yes and no, I think.

BOLDUAN: And also, this has been an opportunity where Graham and other lawmakers have really taken this terror threat and said this is an example of how these NSA programs that have come under fire shows that they work. Is there any chatter on Capitol Hill that this is changing the minds of some of the lawmakers who really came out pretty staunchly against these programs want to go cut them in recent votes?

KEILAR: Not really. I think what they would say is, these programs don't have to be completely eradicated. But these programs need to be tightened up. We're not saying get rid of them entirely, but they need to be adjusted.

So I don't think they're going to be changing the minds of folks like Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon or Rand Paul, Republican senator from Kentucky. Wyden is backing a few bills. We've seen some other ones introduced that say, when it comes for instance that secret FISA court, there should be someone advocating for privacy or maybe you change how judges are appointed to that court.

So they're not going to be completely won over and say, oh, yes, just go ahead with what we haven't liked here in the past.

BOLDUAN: Yes. Well, the administration will sure point that out later when they continue to fight about this.

Also, one thing we're looking ahead at come September when they get back from recess is this fight over a government shutdown. Big names like Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, they really continued their threat to force a government shutdown if the president's health care law is still funded in these big budget bills that have to be passed come September.

But they're not getting support from other key lawmakers, like Eric Cantor as well as Paul Ryan. That's a big split within the Republican Party.

What's that showing, do you think?

KEILAR: It is a big rift. I think what it shows you is their different interests. You have someone like Marco Rubio who has come out of this battle on immigration. He kind of needs to shore up his right flank. You have folks like Ted Cruz who are completely playing to their constituencies.

And then I think you have leaders like Eric Cantor and also, key, obviously, the chairman of the budget committee, Paul Ryan, they're remembering back to the summer of 2011, and I know you remember it so well, Kate, the whole showdown over the debt ceiling, because while we're looking at the funding issue into September, the right into that, we're expecting the debt ceiling the issue at all. And it all kind of gets smashed together.

I think what they look back to is a couple years ago, they realized when they had that battle and everything almost went completely south, it was this huge race between congressional Republicans and the White House almost to who -- it was almost a race to the bottom. Everyone came out losing. It was just a matter of who was the biggest loser.

BOLDUAN: Yes, and I think those wounds are still fresh.

KEILAR: Oh, yes, they still argue over it.

BOLDUAN: Yes, that's right. All right. Brianna, great to see you. We'll see you in a bit.

CUOMO: All right. We're going to take a break here.

When we come back on NEW DAY, we're going to go from Washington, which you probably not paying attention to, to something that you definitely are paying attention to -- the nasty stomach bug that's been spreading through the country. We believe that officials are finally going to tell us what the source is so you can look for it in your own home.

BOLDUAN: And later this morning, the kid who got the answer, the right answer on jeopardy but still lost. Who is Thomas Turley III?


CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everybody.

We have some food news for you. New clue this morning in that mysterious outbreak that sickened hundreds in 16 states. The FDA says a salad mix served in two major restaurant chains, you're looking at them on your screen, responsible for Cyclospora infections in Iowa and Nebraska.

Let's bring in Athena Jones. She has more for us. So, Athena, what do we know now?


Well, what this means is that the Centers for Disease Control and the FDA are now closer to solving the mystery of what's causing these illnesses, not just in Iowa and Nebraska, but in a string of other states.


JONES (voice-over): Federal authorities say they know the source of tainted salad mix that has sickened more than 200 people in Nebraska and Iowa since mid-June. This morning, they're investigating if it's linked to 200 additional cases in 14 other states. The parasite Cyclospora has left 22 people hospitalized with intestinal infections.

The Food and Drug Administration say the illnesses in Nebraska and Iowa were caused by contaminated prepackaged salad, supplied by Taylor farms of Mexico and served by Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants.

The FDA's investigation into the other states may take some time, says food safety expert Caroline Smith DeWaal.

CAROLINE SMITH DEWAAL, FOOD SAFETY EXPERT: This could be one outbreak where the trace back is incomplete yet, or could be multiple outbreaks. And FDA still tracking down all the food sources.

JONES: Taylor Farms of Mexico says it is cooperating fully with the FDA and their ongoing investigation. In a statement released over the weekend, the company said it assesses and tests all water sources, raw product fields, every lot, every day for any risk to our valued customers products. We are redoubling and enhancing our testing and scrutiny in these areas to further assure food safety.

The product shipped in June is no longer in the supply chain and bagged salad is safe to eat, the company said.

DEWAAL: The company involved here has strict standards. But this is an emerging pathogen in this area. We haven't heard of this particular area of Mexico having problems with Cyclospora before.


JONES: And the expert we talked to said the fact that this parasite is now being found in this part of the Mexico is a big deal because the U.S. market has long relied on this region to supply leafy salad greens at certain times of the year -- Kate.

BOLDUAN: Thanks so much, Athena.

And let's go around the world, starting in Moscow this morning where Edward Snowden's exact whereabouts are still a mystery.

Phil Black has more.


PHIL BLACK, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Edward Snowden has just enjoyed his first weekend in Russia has a refugee. But where and how he spent that time is a mystery. Since walking from the airport, he's kept a low profile citing security concerns. His lawyer won't even confirm if Snowden is somewhere in Moscow or somewhere else in this vast country. The Russian government isn't commenting either, as it waits for the U.S. administration to decide on whether to proceed with a planned meeting between President Obama and Putin here in Moscow next month.

Back to you, Kate.


BOLDUAN: All right. Phil, thanks so much.

And Egypt -- Egypt on edge this morning. The interim government announcing three top aides to ousted President Mohamed Morsy will stand trial for inciting murder.

Reza Sayah has the latest from Cairo.


REZA SAYAH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: In Egypt, the tense standoff continues between the military-backed government and the Muslim Brotherhood, along with supporters of the ousted President Mohamed Morsy and the mixed messages continue, as well. Last night, the interim president here said the five-week long demonstrations by Morsy supporters cannot continue and will be confronted. Although it's still not clear how the government plans to confront the demonstrations without bloodshed. At the same time, signs that the two sides could be closer to negotiation. And Washington is helping.

U.S. senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham set to arrive in Cairo to see what they can do to help the two sides reach an agreement -- Kate.


BOLDUAN: All right. Reza, thanks so much.

And to China, the world's second tallest building now standing in Shanghai. CNN's David McKenzie has more from 121 stories up.


DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: I'm standing on top of the Shanghai Tower. It's going to be the tallest building in China, more than 2,000 feet.

It's extraordinary. You can see across the entire city here. It dwarfs the tall building next to it.

China wants to be bigger and better and with tall buildings like this with a very unique designed which combines eight buildings in one, they want to try and push the boundaries of engineering and clearly want to put their stamp on the international stage.

Kate, back to you.


BOLDUAN: Eight buildings in one? That's terrifying --

CUOMO: That's huge. You know you're high when the helicopters are below you. It's a good thing he has that hat on, in case he falls.

BOLDUAN: Noteworthy headgear.

CUOMO: All right. We're taking a break here.

When we come back, 3 million people and eight of the biggest cities wondering where their shows are. We're going to give you the latest in this standoff between Time Warner and CBS.

BOLDUAN: And pizza meets gymnastics or maybe the X-games of Joe throwing. This Toronto pizza maker takes tossing to a whole new level. You'll never (INAUDIBLE) before.

CUOMO: He's got some good biceps going there.


PEREIRA: Miss me much. The song is --

CUOMO: Lots of bananas.

PEREIRA: Oh, good. Oh, wait, more than --


PEREIRA: Must see moment compliments of our nation to the north, our neighbors to the North Canada, and it's not --


PEREIRA: -- Chris Cuomo or Kate Bolduan. Check out this guy, toss the dough in the air. We're talking pizza.

You have never seen anything like this. This viral video showing a man built as the world's greatest dough twirler. He works at Pizza Pizza. Smartly -- and with moves like this, who are we to argue about his title? Behind the back, over the shoulder, under the knees, down on the knee.

He's like a gymnast. He should audition for the Harlem Globe Trotters. This is impressive stuff. And he doesn't even break a sweat, which is good because it's not sanitary.

BOLDUAN: I'm going to ask the question on everyone's mind, do we eat that?

CUOMO: No. And you know what, I learn this. There are competitions done for this. It's not dough he's using.


CUOMO: It's a rubber amount (ph) that they use to do all --

BOLDUAN: That ruins the entire --

CUOMO: It's still impressive tossing, but they came up with a way to do it.


BOLDUAN: The dough would be very stretched out, right?

PEREIRA: I'm making this face to Cuomo.

CUOMO: This is the stink guy. It's the stink guy I'm getting there right now.

BOLDUAN: It's an amalgam.


CUOMO: I'm just telling you. It's what it is.

BOLDUAN It fits into your daily Cuomo fix of words you don't use, but he does.


CUOMO: Actually, I've been with a guy doing that and tried to learn how to do it. Yes. That's what I was doing.

BOLDUAN: How good were you?

CUOMO: I stunk.


CUOMO: Of course, I was terrible.


BOLDUAN: They don't put you in that position to be good.


BOLDUAN: They never do, do they?


CUOMO: I eat a lot of pizza. I'm not necessarily --


BOLDUAN: All right. There will be our next bonding experience.


BOLDUAN: Just linger on that.


CUOMO: Does that throw you at home? I don't think so. But here? Forget it.


BOLDUAN: Coming next on NEW DAY --


BOLDUAN: Still ahead, CBS and Time Warner Cable, they are fighting it out like two pizza dough throwing --


BOLDUAN: So, who's winning and who's losing? Millions of viewers are the people who are losing. We're going to tell you -- we're going to let you know how long the cable blackout could keep you in the dark.

CUOMO: And remember, Time Warner Cable and Time Warner, CNN's parent, different. BOLDUAN: Not the same thing.

CUOMO: Just so you know. That's not what we're telling you the story.

Also, the latest on the terror threat that has 19 U.S. embassies and consulates in the Middle East and Africa shut down all week. What's the latest? We'll tell you.


CUOMO: We need the "Bleacher Report" because it's big, big sports news. We're watching A-Rod as this the day of his looming suspension, but we also want to talk about the Heisman trophy winner, Johnny Football, Mr. Manziel. What's going on? Andy Scholes, happy Monday to you. What's the scoop with Johnny Football?

ANDY SCHOLES, BLEACHER REPORT: You know, guys, he just can't seem to stay out of trouble. According to ESPN, the reigning Heisman trophy winner is being investigated by the NCAA for being paid to sign autographs. Manziel reportedly signed hundreds of photos and helmets that were deemed real by autograph authentication companies. Now if Manziel accepted money or gifts, both he and the Aggies could face punishment.

And if found a violation of NCAA rules, Manziel could be ruled ineligible for the entire 2013 season. The Aggies begin practicing for the season later today.

Football season is finally here. The Cowboys and Dolphins kicking off preseason last night with the annual hall of fame game in Canton, Ohio. Many of the starters for both teams sitting this one out, given the young guys plenty of time to make a good impression. The Cowboys DeVonte Holloman taking advantage with the extra playing time.

He had the play of the game, taking an intercepted 75 yards for a touchdown. Cowboys win the preseason opener 24-20.

Tiger Woods is up to his old tricks at the Bridgestone Invitational. Tiger was in complete control from start to finish. Check out in the 11th pole, Tiger showing off using a butt (ph) of his putter though (INAUDIBLE). He just misses the hole right there. Tiger never challenged in the final round. He wins the tournament by seven strokes. Guys.

That was his eighth career win at Bridgestone. And now, of course, he is the overwhelming favorite to win this weekend's major, the PGA Championship. He wasn't won one in a very long time. So, we'll have to see.

CUOMO: And I used to putt that exact same way, Andy. And you know what?

BOLDUAN: With much success?

SCHOLES: I would not advise putting that way. Unless you're Tiger Woods.

BOLDUAN: There's my problem all along. That's how I thought you were supposed --


CUOMO: -- wins by seven strokes.

BOLDUAN: That's a lot of strokes. All right. Andy, thank you.

CUOMO: When he is on, unbeatable, unbeatable.

BOLDUAN: Happy Monday.

CUOMO: Thanks. Appreciate it, pal.

BOLDUAN: Yes, no kidding. When he is on --

CUOMO: Forget it.


BOLDUAN: Oh, yes. You hear the music. You know what it means, it's time for the "Rock Block," everyone, a quick roundup of the stories you will be talking about today. First up, Michaela.

PEREIRA: All right. let's take a look in the papers. In the "Washington Post," The Supreme Court may eventually decide exactly how much privacy Americans can expect from their cell phones. Chief Justice John Roberts recently spoke about constitutional production and new technology.

From the "L.A. Times," it's a follow up story about the green paint vandalism of the Lincoln Memorial and other D.C. landmarks. Park's officials -- service officials say the cleanup should be finished today.

And from "USA Today," a new Doctor Who? Scottish actor Peter Capaldi becoming the 12th actor since 1963 to land a starring role in the British sci-fi franchise. You know, I'm going to check that out.

Time now for business news. Alison Kosik is here. Good morning, darling.

ALISON KOSIK, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Thanks, Michaela. Good morning to you. The Dow and S&P 500 as well is ready to open at record highs today. The S&P 500 is up almost 20 percent just this year. Usually, we see about a nine percent increase.

Some iPhones and iPads that were supposed to be banned this week are going to stay on store shelves. Check out the unlikely hero. The Obama administration has overturned a June court decision which said Apple infringed on Samsung patents.

And how about this? A growing number of Americans say wine is their drink of choice. Thirty-five percent of people (INAUDIBLE) up from 27 percent 20 years ago. Beer is getting less popular.

Now, let's get to Indra Petersons for the weather. Hey.

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Don't need (ph) a glass of wine with that, right?


PETERSONS: We do have a threat of severe weather today. We're talking about the plains all the way down through Kansas. In Kansas, you had seven inches of rain over the weekend with severe flooding. So, it's definitely not what you need in the forecast today.

And what would the talk of rain be without mentioning the southeast this summer. Another one to three inches back in the forecast. It literally does not let up. But the northeast, gorgeous, gorgeous over the weekend. It looks like temperatures below normal today. Enjoy it. Rain on the way for the second half of the weekend, of course. We have a new tropical storm in the forecast. We're going to be talking about that coming up.

BOLDUAN: All right. We'll wait to hear about it.


BOLDUAN: All right. Moving right through that alphabet list. That's for sure. All right. Indra, thanks so much.

We're now at the top of the hour, which means it is time for the top news.