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Tracking the Great White; Political Behaving Badly

Aired August 9, 2013 - 08:30   ET



CHRIS CUOMO, CNN HOST: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everybody. It is Friday. It is August 9th. I'm Chris Cuomo.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN HOST: Good morning, everyone. I'm Kate Baldwin. Happy Friday.

CUOMO: It is TGIF. One of the best acronyms in the game.

A lot of news right now. let's get over to Michaela Pereira.

Mich (ph).

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN NEWS ANCHOR: All right, here are the five things you need to know for you new day.

At number one, Nevada becoming the fourth state to issue an Amber Alert for murder suspect James DiMaggio. Police say he killed his friend, abducted her teenage daughter and may have rigged his car with explosives.

The State Department says a specific terror threat forced them to evacuate the U.S. consulate in Lahore, Pakistan. Only emergency personnel being allowed to remain behind, with Americans being warned not to travel to Pakistan.

A Pittsburgh researchers accused of killing his doctor wife in court this morning for a preliminary hearing. Prosecutors claim Robert Ferrante used cyanide to poison his wife, Dr. Autumn Klein.

President Obama meeting the press. He'll hold a White House news conference this afternoon before the first family heads off to Martha's Vineyard tomorrow for a nine-day vacation.

And a homecoming tonight of sorts for beleaguered Alex Rodriguez. He'll be playing in Yankee Stadium for the first time since last fall. Here's the question, will the hometown crowd cheer A-Rod or give him the Bronx cheer?

We are always updating those five things to know. So be sure to go to for the very latest.


BOLDUAN: Absolutely. This is a story we've all been waiting for. It's an amazing video. Only bringing it to you. Stalking one of the world's most dangerous predators. Sounds like a fun day job, right? Most of us fear getting close to a great white for good reason, but a team of scientists is actually seeking them out. It's part of a mission to find out more about shark habits, as well as keep an eye on the greatest threat to them, humans. CNN's Brian Todd joins us now with much, much more.

You know my love for sharks.


BOLDUAN: This is a fabulous story, Brian.

TODD: It is. And we got a chance, Kate, to tag along with these guys. An unreal experience. You know, we are at the height of the season for the migration of the great white sharks to the waters off Cape Cod. These are a vulnerable species. And on the research vessel Ocearch, a team of scientists and fishermen have launched one of the most ambitious projects to tag and track great white sharks that's ever been attempted. But it's the way they do it that will make your heart stop.


TODD (voice-over): We just can't get enough of them, the ocean's most storied predator. Hollywood's kept us fascinated since "Jaws." And this summer, the movie "Sharknado" and Discovery's much hyped "Shark Week" are drawing us back in.

But how's this for a scare? You're inches away from a great white shark. It's on the lift of this vessel Ocearch. It's been baited, hooked and walked on to this platform. Fishing master Brett McBride jumps in, risking everything to guide the beast in. He's got to steady it, put a blanket over the eyes to calm it, get a line around its tail. One mistake, the shark wins.

TODD (on camera): What do you tell your family about what you're doing here?

BRETT MCBRIDE, FISHING MASTER, OCEARCH: That I'm being safe. You know, they know that I've -- this has been my whole life being around animals like this and being in the ocean, reading (ph) fish, except they know that I'm safe. I'm not a thrill seeker kind of person.

TODD (voice-over): A team of scientists has 15 minutes to take blood and tissue samples, place four tags on the shark, check to see if it's got health problems.

TODD (on camera): Once the shark is on that lift, hydration is crucial. This hose runs nonstop. It attaches to this sleeve. They've got to run water through the shark's mouth to pump water through its gills to give it oxygen and water to survive. As you can see, this one's already been used on a great white shark.

TODD (voice-over): Samples taken, tags attached, the shark is set free. The crew celebrates and gives this one a name.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yeah, girl! Yeah, Lydia! Yeah, yeah, yeah.

TODD: This this is the work Ocearch, a non-profit research vessel. Renowned scientists teaming with expert fishermen to tag, track and save the great white sharks.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Tag's in. What's the time past the hour? (INAUDIBLE).

TODD: On the dorsal fin, a satellite enabled transmitter tag allows anyone to log on to and use the global tracker to see where the shark goes. Some of the ones tagged off Cape Cod have been tracked off the coasts of Florida, Bermuda.


TODD: And despite its reputation as an efficient eating machine, one of the misconceptions is that they are a huge threat to us. Here's a stat that will shock you. Every year, around five people around the world are killed by great white sharks, but we slaughter, on average, maybe at least 38 million sharks a year. We're killing the ocean by doing this.

BOLDUAN: Killing the ocean by doing this. What amazing work they're doing.

TODD: Unreal.

BOLDUAN: But there is so much that we don't know -

TODD: That's right.

BOLDUAN: About sharks and their habits. Their breeding habits -

TODD: That's right.

BOLDUAN: Especially -- and where they go and why. There's a lot we don't know still.

TODD: They don't know anything about great white sharks.


TODD: They don't know how they feed, how they birth, where they go to do it.

BOLDUAN: Exactly.

TODD: As you mentioned, they have to figure some of this stuff out if they're going to save it and save the balance of the ocean.

CUOMO: They will now and it's awesome TV to watch.

TODD: It is.

CUOMO: You had a great assignment.

TODD: Incredible. We had a great time.

BOLDUAN: And they named that shark Lydia?

TODD: Lydia. Yes, they have - they one - named one Mary Lee (ph) was one of them.

BOLDUAN: It's a bit of a small name for a very large -

TODD: Yes.

CUOMO: And, remember, they're looking for like the biggest sharks they can find.

BOLDUAN: Uh-huh.

TODD: That's right.

CUOMO: Because, you know, they're trying to track it that way. It's really remarkable (ph).

BOLDUAN: And he jumped right in. That is fabulous. Great assignment. Great story.


BOLDUAN: Thank you so much, Brian.

TODD: Thanks.

BOLDUAN: It's great to see you on NEW DAY.

TODD: Good to see you.

CUOMO: We've got another double stuff day. That was good stuff. Now we've got more "Good Stuff" for you.

BOLDUAN: Love double stuff days.

CUOMO: This one's a little bit of a curveball, OK. Here - we're going to call it honor among thieves. Here's why. Volunteers at the San Bernardino County Sexual Assault Services office were heartbroken when they came in one morning and their computers and stuff, gone. OK. They'd been burglarized. The hardworking people there help victims of sexual assault and there is no sign on their door and that's going to be key here in order to protect their clients' privacy. That's why there's no sign. But word must have gotten out about what the office does because the next morning there was a shopping cart outside the door with everything returned that had been stolen and a note.


CANDY STALLINGS, SAN BERNARDINO SEXUAL ASSAULT SERVICES: "We had no idea what we were taking. Here your stuff back. We hope that you guys can continue to make a difference in people's life. God bless." LT. PAUL WILLIAMS, SAN BERNARDINO POLICE DEPARTMENT: In many years and decades of being in law enforcement, I've never seen someone return an item out of guilt.

STALLINGS: I don't know what to feel. One minute I'm devastated and the next minute I just like thought, wow, this is just incredible.



CUOMO: Well, is it guilt or is that there's always good even in bad, you know?


CUOMO: You know, the office's executive director says she's going to frame the note to remind her staff that you never know when your actions are going to touch somebody. And that's what this story goes to. Obviously being a burglar is wrong.

BOLDUAN: That's why this is a - that's why this is a tough one.

CUOMO: I'm right, right? But it just shows you that there is good even in people who do bad evenings.

BOLDUAN: Absolutely.

CUOMO: And they did the right thing in this situation. They should have never put themselves in this situation -


CUOMO: But they did the right thing. They gave the stuff back. And it's just a reminder to put out there. It ain't the best "Good Stuff." It's not the ideal of what we want to find.

BOLDUAN: And there's a caveat to everything.

CUOMO: Right.

BOLDUAN: This is amazing, but it's not fabulous -

CUOMO: That's right.

BOLDUAN: But it's really good.

CUOMO: But it's - you know, even in people who do bad things there can be good.

BOLDUAN: Absolutely.

CUOMO: And that's what we saw today.

PEREIRA: Absolutely.


PEREIRA: Ain't that the truth.

BOLDUAN: Good, good stuff.

CUOMO: There you go.

BOLDUAN: There you have it.

CUOMO: That's right. We want to keep telling you the good stuff.

BOLDUAN: All right, it's not that do (ph) good stuff. I'm waiting for him.

CUOMO: You know, I say it every day, you have to know it by now, right?

BOLDUAN: No, you never can say it enough.

CUOMO: All right, you can tweet us, you can FaceBook us, use the #goodstuff, you know, come to the website, anyway. We want to tell these good stories. We get them all from you, so keep them coming.

BOLDUAN: Yes. Keep them coming. Thank you so much.

All right, next up on NEW DAY, they're young, they're rich and they like to show their wealth on the web. But how will the quote/unquote rich kids of Instagram play on TV? Oh, boy.

CUOMO: Talk about rewarding -


CUOMO: Pose in the shark's mouth -


CUOMO: When they tag him? Seriously, when you saw how big it was?

BOLDUAN: Yes. If you dared me, I'd do it.

CUOMO: Challenge.


PEREIRA: NEW DAY. Time now for us to weigh in on some of the stories everyone will be arguing about today, and I'm not talking "Sharknado." We are lucky enough to have the fabulous Ana Navarro, CNN political commentator and Republican strategist here to take us through a couple of the stories. Kate and Chris here.

Let just jump in with political scandal. Why not? Shall we dive in?

BOLDUAN: Let's dive in like a "Sharknado."

PEREIRA: We've got Weiner. We've got Filner. Weiner is in the sexting scandal for the second time. Filner has already had 13 women come forward and accuse him of sexual misconduct. How can these men hang on and why are they hanging on?

ANA NAVARRO, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Because they got no shame. Because they got no sense. Cause they got no respect for the voters. Cause they got no attachment to reality. Because they just - you know, they - I mean they're creeps. They are creepy creeps who don't realize they have a problem.

BOLDUAN: Now, put Democrat and Republican aside, because you've got two Democrats that we're talking about here. You, my love, are a Republican. But Anthony Weiner --

CUOMO: Doesn't matter.

BOLDUAN: Doesn't matter, I guess, but Anthony Weiner, he doesn't - when you look at it kind of from the raw politics standpoint, he doesn't have much to lose. This is -- he run, he lets the voters decide at the polls. They want him, they don't want him. Why drop out now? I don't see any motivation for him to get out, other than if there is some shame in it, which we haven't seen that yet.

NAVARRO: Look, at this point he's too close to the finish line probably to get out.


NAVARRO: It almost comes to that point. And he's got $4 million that he had in his congressional campaign that he can pitter (ph) if that's what he's chosen to do, and that's what he's chosen to do. What he has given up doing this, knowing he had these skeletons in the closet, it's his second chance. You only get a second chance once.


PEREIRA: Well, OK, then -

NAVARRO: And he's done with it.

PEREIRA: Then from that case to Filner, different behavior.


PEREIRA: Questionable, behaving men in power. Chris, how -- he's in power. How long is that going to last and how much tolerance do you think people in San Diego have for this kind of thing?

CUOMO: Filner is troubling and here's why. I'm the lawyer, right, and you have to have your due process.


CUOMO: They're unsubstantiated allegations. But he's sitting in office and it -- there's something embarrassing as a man about this, that you have 13 women come forward. The idea of coordinating their stories is almost impossible to fathom. BOLDUAN: To accuse them of a conspiracy, right.

CUOMO: And - right. It's the only excuse - it's the only excuse where you get out of this kind of thing.


CUOMO: And to still be in office, I think that's a big distinction, you know, because now it's what Ana said, you do have the voters that are supposed to come first. You're supposed to project certain things to be able to do their bidding. And it makes you feel like, well, how many does it take?


CUOMO: How many women have to come forward and say that this happened before there's a speedy process? It really hurts the confidence in public service, this one, even more than Anthony Weiner.

BOLDUAN: Because he's not (INAUDIBLE).

CUOMO: And I broke that story.

BOLDUAN: Right, you did, during the --

CUOMO: You know, I was one of the reporters who broke the Weiner story, so I'm very familiar with it.

BOLDUAN: Compounding that, though, is the fact that it's going to be - I was looking it up. It's going to be very expensive for voters to recall Filner.

PEREIRA: Yes. No, it's not an easy process. I know.

BOLDUAN: It's going to cost like $6 million.

CUOMO: But the question is, it shouldn't have to come to that.

BOLDUAN: And it's not going to happen until 2014. He's -- he'll be out of office or the election will come up in 2016. So it looks like, unless something changes and people really want to spend a lot of money -


BOLDUAN: He's going to be here in 2016 -- until 2016.

CUOMO: No, Ana's saying he's got to step down. Ana's saying, you've got to do the right thing, you've got to step down.

NAVARRO: He's got to step down.

BOLDUAN: What's (INAUDIBLE) him to do it now. He's in two weeks of therapy.

NAVARRO: Listen, two weeks of therapy for 70 years of creep (ph) is not enough. I mean --

PEREIRA: Ana, that will put a button on that topic. That's the best - that's actually, I think, a good stopping point on that one.

Let's move on to the next topic because I know this one right here, do you know, she's a reality-star-aholic (ph).

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: And it makes you feel like well how many does it take? How many women have to come forward and say that this happened before there is a speedy process it really hurts the confidence in public service this one even more than Anthony Weiner and I broke that story. You know I was one of the reporters who broke the Weiner story. So I'm very familiar with it.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Right you did. During the -- compounding that though is the fact that -- it's going to be -- I was looking it up. It's going to be very expensive for voters to recall Filner.

ANA NAVARRO, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: Yes. No it's not an easy process. I know.

BOLDUAN: In fact that's $60 million and it's not going to happen until 2014. He'll be out of office or the election will come up in 2016. So it looks like unless something changes if he really want to spend a lot of money he's going to be here until 2016.

CUOMO: No Ana is saying he's got to step down. Ana say you got to do right thing, you got to step down.

BOLDUAN: He's going to do it now. He's in two weeks of therapy.

NAVARRO: Listen two weeks of therapy for 70 years of freak is not enough.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: And that will put a button on that topic that's the best -- that's actually I think a good stop in front on that on. Let's move on to the next topic because I know this one right here, because you know she's reality star.

She love her some reality show, do you heard about this new show they are working on E! the network is putting together a show based on a Tumbler or this account on Instagram called "Rich Kids on Instagram." Basically these are rich kids flaunting their wealth and money on Instagram and E! is going to make a reality show about it.

Ana, come on do we have space for this on TV?

NAVARRO: These are kids flaunting their daddy's and mommy's money. These are kids who couldn't make a dime on their own and it's a good thing E! is going to be giving them a pay check.


NAVARRO: Because you know if their mommy and daddy go bankrupt, these kids are going to have a squeegee in their hands. And you know and I think it's also -- Let me tell you why I like reality shows.


NAVARRO: I like reality show because they're an escape. We don't aspire to be like these people. They're so dysfunctional, they make you feel real good. They make me feel like my life is super adequate.

CUOMO: That's the hope, that's the hope. My concern with reality is that you always wind up celebrating the wrong things and wrong kind of behavior.


CUOMO: Hopefully this one that falls into Ana's category where you watch it because you dismiss it, you have contempt for it. You have disrespect for it.

NAVARRO: Well, I think listen, I think all parents with money should watch that show and make their kids go to work. When you get home now you tell those Cuomo kids to take out the trash and mow the lawn because if not, Mario Cuomo is going to disown you.

BOLDUAN: What if this reality show I mean if you don't know exactly what they're going to do their Instagram will kind of vindicates what the reality show is going to be about. I don't know even know why people were going to watch.


PEREIRA: Well I've been thinking about -- we have a fascination -- "The Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous," that was a show back in the 80s. Do you think this is the newest incarnation of this?

BOLDUAN: I guess so.

PEREIRA: Or do you think this speaks to something I don't know a little more voyeur sticking icky about entitlement --

CUOMO: It seems tawdry -- it seems tawdry and tacky to me. I mean you know one of the American dream -- part of the American dream is to earn what you have so you can get what you want.


CUOMO: You know, we love our stuff.


CUOMO: But to just flaunt it that all you're about is for stuff I think is American't. NAVARRO: That's a different dream in a different America. There is you know it has evolved but it's going to come back to that because at the end of the day look the kids of these kids are going to have nothing to rely on because they're going to spend it all by the time they have kids.


PEREIRA: Great discussion with CNN commentator and Republican strategist Ana Navarro always delight to have the sunshine on our guest today.

NAVARRO: And I'm going to tell you something.

PEREIRA: What's that?

NAVARRO: "Sharknado" --


CUOMO: No, don't silence her.

NAVARRO: Fresh water sharks in Nicaragua, how do you think they got there?


CUOMO: Lake Nicaragua.


BOLDUAN: If I didn't love this show so much, I'd walk off right now.

CUOMO: I'm just telling you.

PEREIRA: I throw my hands up in despair.

BOLDUAN: At least I got something -- from something ridiculous to something very great. All across the country, many mothers to be are living in shelters or even on the streets.

This morning's CNN Hero is working very hard to change that.


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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I have never met a woman who wanted to hurt her unborn baby but I've met a lot of women that did not know how to do the right thing. The common denominator is poverty.

MARTHA RYAN, COMMUNITY CRUSADER: And poverty is an accident first. Pregnancy is a wonderful window of opportunity a mother can turn her life around. My name is Martha Ryan and I help expectant mothers, many who are homeless, break the cycle of poverty for good.

You know you can't just be safe you have to do the work yourself.

I learned very early on that prenatal care alone was not enough.

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These women needed help with complex issues and now we serve the entire family.

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Given opportunities, nothing stops them.


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RYAN: We are investing in people. Believe in yourself and just take one day at a time. Their ability to change their lives -- now that is inspiring.



CUOMO: It's that time in the morning again. John Berman is here to give us his NEW DAY Award of the day award.

JOHN BERMAN, CNN ANCHOR: It's great to be here today guys. You know, we all have our heroes, we have our idols. We have for me it's like Barry Manilow, Chris Cuomo -- people we look up to, right. We should all look as good at 50, man, seriously.

The question is how do you react when you finally get the chance to meet your idol? This fan right here got that chance to meet Kobe Bryant in China and it made quite an impression.

So it's unclear if he was overcome with joy or maybe overcome with the knowledge of how bad the Lakers are going to be.


BERMAN: That was good. But I having something even better than that guys. This is way better. Check out this dog. That's not me. Look at this guy right here. How would you describe him, his mood, his state of mind? How would you describe that?

BOLDUAN: He must have done dog-up. BERMAN: Kind of mellow.


BERMAN: Kind of chill. Exactly. The title of this on YouTube is "This dog is so baked." He is the clear winner of our award today. He wins the "Paging Dr. Gupta" award. It's a perfect segue to Sanjay's special airing Sunday night. It's titled "Weed". I promise you that dog will be watching or more than watching. You know, he was just a mellow dog.

CUOMO: That was good. Good stuff JB. That actually got the good stuff award today. We will be right back.

That's a good birthday present.


BOLDUAN: Good music. Because it's not only Friday is why we're dancing. We're dancing because we have breaking news. It's Chris's birthday. Not only do we love him, we also had a very special message sent in.

CUOMO: Uh-oh.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Happy birthday, Daddy.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Happy birthday, daddy.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Happy birthday, daddy.

BOLDUAN: The three most adorable kids in Christopher's life.

CUOMO: And then she eats the candy necklace.

BOLDUAN: And then she says -- I bet you.

CUOMO: How did you get Sasha to do that.

PEREIRA: But that is not all. How old are you?

CUOMO: 43 years old.

BOLDUAN: Compliments of cake sweets in Connecticut. Check out what is atop.

PEREIRA: What is that?

CUOMO: That is a replica '69 Pontiac fire bird, which is the same car I have.

BOLDUAN: We've got 10 seconds so I want you to make a wish.

CUOMO: Very cool. I'm going to make a wish.

PEREIRA: Don't set anything on to fire. BOLDUAN: We wish you so many years of success. We love you. Make a wish and blow them out.

PEREIRA: Happy birthday. You still have lung function.

CUOMO: Thank you very much.

DON LEMON, CNN ANCHOR: Dear Chris, happy birthday to you. How old are you, 43? You're a baby.

CUOMO: 43 Don and I appreciate you getting that fresh cut for my birthday, by the way.

LEMON: Hey, listen, here's what no one knows. Michaela, tell him.


LEMON: Michaela and I were at a conference this weekend and she said "Wait, you don't see that on TV." It's business in the front and party in the back. Check that out.

PEREIRA: That's what I'm talking about.

CUOMO: I may get one of those. I can't pull it off.

BOLDUAN: I don't know if you can pull that off like Don Lemon can.

LEMON: You got it. We have to do it because it's a midlife crisis. I admit it.

Chris, you're getting there. I am about five years older than you do.

CUOMO: I know. I got my kids' names tattooed on my chest.


BOLDUAN: He was going to show us and then we said please, dear lord, no.

PEREIRA: Please don't do that.

BOLDUAN: All right, Don, we're eating into your show time. Take it away.

PEREIRA: Have a great show.

LEMON: And eat the cake. Happy birthday. Have a great weekend, guys. Good to see you.