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Pressure for Lawmakers During Recess; New iPhone on the Way; Patric-Inspired Parental Rights Bill Up for Vote; If Humans Can Do It...

Aired August 12, 2013 - 06:30   ET



CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Traveling Wilburys.


CUOMO: Very, very good band, just for Monday. That was Roy Orbison.

Anyway, welcome back to NEW DAY. It is Monday, August 12th. I'm Chris Cuomo.

BOLDUAN: I'm Kate Bolduan. We're here with news anchor Michaela Pereira.

Coming up on the show, Apple's next big thing. Because question mark? Just kidding.

The company reportedly set to unveils the newest version of the iPhone next month. Christine Romans is here with all the details.

CUOMO: Plus, this is a good one. Air Jordan lives. We're going to show you how Michael Jordan wowed the kids at this annual camp visit. How great was that? It's going to be our must-see moment.

First up, a lot of news this morning. I want to dwell on MJ there for a second. But we must give you the news. So, let's get to Michaela.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Yes, this is a story we really want to dwell on. Making news, 16-year-old Hannah Anderson reunited with her father. She was rescued in the back woods of Idaho, her alleged kidnapper, James DiMaggio, killed.

Horseback riders spotted the fair campaign and alerted police, telling them, quote, "They didn't fit." DiMaggio was also suspected of killing Hanna's mother and eight year old brother before burning down his own home. At the top of the hour, we're going to speak live with those horseback riders who were so instrumental in helping Hannah return home.

A woman remains missing after flash flood and mudslides in Manitou Springs, Colorado, left at least one person dead. The missing woman was last spotted clinging to a tree, along the banks of the rain swollen Fountain Creek. The body of a 53-year-old man was found buried under a pile of debris on a flooded out highway. The town was deluged with nearly an inch and a half of rain in just 30 minutes on Friday night.

A break scare at the post office at New York's Kennedy Airport. Two workers sickened when they were exposed to phosphoric acid in a package from China. An FBI hazardous response team was called to the scene. But the package was apparently a box of beauty supplies. The workers decline medical attention.

A paternal rights bill inspired by actor Jason Patric coming up for a vote in the California legislature. Patric and a former girlfriend used in vitro fertilization to have a baby. He says that he helped raised that little boy, but when the two broke, the mother and her attorney blocked his visit, citing a California law, saying a man is not a parent if he donates sperm to a woman other than his wife, unless he signs a separate agreement.

Patric spoke to NEW DAY about this last month.


JASON PATRIC, ACTOR: I intend to parent this child. The world parent means to beget, birth, nourish or raise a child. So, I'm signing Jason Patric intends to parent, and Danielle Shriver intended to parent next to me, not only are we the parents, but she's in effect confirming that she wants to raise this child with me.


PEREIRA: The bill being considered by California lawmakers would allow a sperm donor to establish paternity if he receives the child into his home and openly holds out the child as his natural offspring.

Police in Orlando looking for a man who stole two puppies from a vet shot by stuffing them down his pants.

Check out the surveillance video for yourself. The suspect entering with the toddler before scooping up a miniature dachshund and a pug, in your pants? I'm sorry -- worth a combined $1,500, walked right out of the store. The owner of the shop is offering a $250 reward for information leading to an arrest. I can hear you chortling, Cuomo and Bolduan.

CUOMO: I took a picture of you saying stuff on his pants.

PEREIRA: I have to just pause on "in his pants", a pug and a dachshund.

BOLDUAN: We are.

PEREIRA: From there I think all we can do is go back to you because nothing more can be said.

CUOMO: How perfect is that? He had to steal a hot dog of all things that he was going to stuff in his pants?

PEREIRA: Oh, no, you did not. We prefer to call it a dachshund.

CUOMO: Some description scripts you save and that is one.

BOLDUAN: Literally, Chris goes, you've got to see this, I'm going to take a picture when she says "stuffing it down his pants."

CUOMO: Stole two puppies from a pet shop and stuffing them down his pants. That's good TV right there. That's what that is. But it's wrong that he did it.

BOLDUAN: It was wrong.

PEREIRA: It was wrong.

BOLDUAN: People don't even know what the story was because we were laughing so loud.

PEREIRA: Imagine being the pug.


CUOMO: That's good stuff. That's good for Monday.

BOLDUAN: It's a perfect time for our political gut check, as I have the giggles. All the stories you need to know coming out of Washington and around the world.

First up, Congress is away on August recess but some GOP lawmakers are facing heat from their constituents at home. I'm going to turn to my right and hope that John King has a straight face. Yes, he does.

JOHN KING, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: No, not exactly. How do I always come after these kind of things?

BOLDUAN: I don't know. Let's try to get back on track because we've lost ourselves.

OK. So, talking about the Tea Party -- Tea Party taking on the president's health care law. This is not new. In 2009, it was the Tea Party versus Democrats in these ton halls that we remember very well. But now, it's the Tea Party versus members of their own party.

But is this going to change minds?

KING: Change minds probably not. I think at this point since a lot of this is about the health care bill and now the big question is there are some Republicans who say risk a government shutdown, refuse to give the government any funding for Obamacare, and if that shuts down the government, so be it. There are some Tea Party Republicans who say, let's do that.

There are other who have been loyal Tea Party members who say, come on, the Senate is not going to go along, the president is never going to veto it, it's a waste of time, we will lose politically. So, this is a fight about whether to stand on principle as some Tea Party activists see it, or whether just say it's not going to happen, let's find other ways to get in the president's face, if you will. Is anyone's mind going to change at this point on the health care bill? I think not, Kate. This is 2013, the election is still more than a year away.

It does give you an early taste of the activist. You see some Obama supporters showing up and criticizing Tea Party Republicans. It's an early test of grassroots power and Astroturf as well. Some of these are political organizes sending people in to ask these tough questions.

BOLDUAN: And as a result, I would say a very negative effect of this, as a result, you're seeing some lawmakers holding fewer town halls or having town halls in much more controlled settings like invite only or only doing teleconferences. That's a negative effect. I mean, that and shows Republicans feel they're in a tough spot as they're heading into 2014 midterms.

KING: I think there's no question about that. And lawmakers in both parties are holding fewer and fewer town halls, but we do see this dynamic playing out with more volume on the Republican side, especially leadership Republicans because they know they'll get national news attention or big news attention back home. So they're not answering questions from constituents, or as you say, it's invitation-only events and that's just a fake event, let's just be honest about it.

So happens? Here's a good test to watch this week. One Republican who is taking this risk is Marco Rubio, you know, sort of a Tea Party, although he was establishment Republican beforehand, speaker of the Florida House. He's out in his home state. He's thinking about running for president in 2016.

On the one hand, he's way out there on immigration, calling for a path to citizenship that conservatives don't like. On the other hand, he wants to take a leadership role in new abortion restrictions. A lot of the right does like that, he's going to be out this next week, this coming week, having some town halls. Let's see how the heat is for Senator Rubio. Other lawmakers will watch what happens to him and say am I going to go out there or maybe go shopping for a puppy?

BOLDUAN: Oh, did you throw that in.

Before I let you go, I do want to ask you about one thing, and we find this interesting, Joe Biden announcing, Jim Acosta, our political correspondent, confirmed that Joe Biden is going to Iowa of all places next month for Senator Harkin's steak fry. Normally, a steak fry does not make news, but this does because this is seen as a stepping stone for potential presidential nominees, presidential candidates.

Are we reading too far into this or is Joe Biden testing the waters?

KING: He's testing the waters. A guy named Barack Obama was once a guest at the steak fry at the Tom Harkin steak fry. It's a big Iowa event. Senator Harkin holds it every year. He brings out prominent Democrats. Sometimes they're fresh faces like Senator Obama back in the day. Sometimes, they're established faces like Vice President Biden.

Look, we've talked about this before. Until we get a definitive answer from Senator Clinton, Senator Biden is going to keep his toe, if not both sets of toes in the water. Part of this is because he wants to run. He would look to run for president.

But there's also a flip side. Even if he decides in the end he's not going to run because of Hillary Clinton, because of his age or any other reason, he's not going to tell you that until the last possible moment because it would reduce his leverage as vice president.

In the second Bush term, Dick Cheney had less and less influence on the Hill and elsewhere in Republican politics because everybody knew he was not running. Joe Biden wants to one run. Even if he decides he's not going to, he's going to hold that one as long as he can.

BOLDUAN: Next up, steak fry. That's where he's headed.

KING: It's good food. It's excellent fry.

BOLDUAN: So it's good food. You get good politics and a good steak. That's good.

All right. John, great to see you. Welcome back.

He did throw in a puppy reference. You might have missed it, but he did.

CUOMO: It's obviously the meme of the day. What happened right there.

BOLDUAN: All right. Coming up next on NEW DAY: Apple just weeks from unveiling its new iPhone. Will it be more affordable? Can we expect some cool new features? Christine Romans is here to break it down.

CUOMO: And there is plenty of air left in those Jordans. MJ busting down the 6-year-old, showing him why he should have had a little bit wider stance. Don't reach for the ball or you get done ugly.


BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone.

Let's go around the world, starting in the Middle East this morning, where the U.S. has reopened 18 of the 19 diplomatic posts it shut last week fearing an al Qaeda attack. More now from John Defterios in Abu Dhabi.


JOHN DEFTERIOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The most imposing structure in the Abu Dhabi diplomatic community is open for business again, the tall slanting building that has about 30 people outside looking for visa services, primarily students trying to start the fall term and have had to push back travel plans, some doctors trying to go to conferences, facing the same challenge. Most Americans still out of the country with the peak heat of August but security remains tight. After all, it just over a two-hour flight to Yemen where the U.S. embassy remains closed.

Kate, back to you.


BOLDUAN: John, thanks so much.

An American has been transferred from labor camp to a hospital after losing 50 pounds. He has many health issues.

CNN's Paula Hancocks has more now from Seoul, South Korea.


PAULA HANCOCKS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: A Korean-American man serving 15 years in a North Korean camp is in hospital. Kenneth Bae's health has deteriorated just three months after he was found guilty for what the North Koreans called hostile acts to topple the government.

Now, his family say that Kenneth Bae is simply a tour operator with a missionary background. Bae is suffering from severe back pains, leg pains, dizziness, loss of vision, kidney stones, according to his sister, and he's also lost about 50 pounds in weight. His family is pleading for his release.

Back to you, Kate.


BOLDUAN: All right. Paula, thank you so much.

Now, it is not an Olympic sport, at least not yet, but it's a tradition in the Ukraine, women racing in their stilettos.

Erin McLaughlin has more on this.


ERIN MCLAUGHLIN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Kate, it was hot, nearly 95 degrees hot, but soaring temperatures did not stop nearly 100 women from strapping on stilettos for the annual race in Kiev, Ukraine.

The rules are simple: heels have to be 3 1/2 inches or higher. Some of the more daring chose to run the course in 6 inch heels. The secret to success, packing tape. Some of the women taped the stilettos on to their feet. Ladies, don't try this at home.

Back to you, Kate.


BOLDUAN: Christine Romans, that's a performance-enhancing drug maybe.

CUOMO: It changes the game.

BOLDUAN: If you've ever seen us late for a live shot --

CUOMO: I don't know how did you it. I bet if they ever did a test, women's ankles are one and a half times stronger than men's.

BOLDUAN: Everything about women is one and a half times strong are --

PEREIRA: You almost had a little today.

BOLDUAN: Did you --

PEREIRA: I'm saying almost.

BOLDUAN: Almost. Recovery was strong.

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN BUSINESS CRORESPONDENT: Going up the stairs barefoot, put the shoes on last.

CUOMO: All things I never thought I'd need to know.

But now something I do need to know and so do all of you. The rumor mill is buzzing with talk of a new phone from Apple. Yes. There's word it could debut its next generation in September.

With Apple facing pierce competition from a crowded market. What new tricks does it have up its sleeve. That's the question. With the answer, Christine Romans.

ROMANS: Hi, guys!

September 10th -- that's the date to put on your calendar. And this is the way Apple works, right? In September, unveils the latest version. Its upgrade of the iPhone, getting everybody excited, a lot of buzz for it for the holidays.

So, the iPhone 5, what are we expecting? An enhanced camera and processor, new operating system, new look for the icons and graphics and maybe a fingerprint sensor. That's not too much of a surprise because they bought a company that does this technology last year.

So, Apple watchers are wondering this fingerprint technology is going to show up with the new iPhone expecting to come out in September.

BOLDUAN: So, instead of unlocking it with your pass code, you unlock it with your fingerprint?

ROMANS: We'll see what they come up with. What kind of bells and whistles around that finger print technology.

BOLDUAN: Any word about making it easier to get? Cheaper?

ROMANS: A lot of people are pushing Apple to try to do a lower version, a cheaper version alongside the new update. Look, in the U.S. the high end iPhone market is still very, very brisk. They sold 342,000 of these every day in the second quarter. If you're any company selling 342,000 of anything in a day, you're happy, right?

But around the world cheaper versions and people buying two iterations ago of iPhones, cheaper for couple of hundred bucks off, are they going to have a phone for that low end market?

BOLDUAN: Why do I keep reading this, this is a critical time for the iPhone, this version of the iPhone really needs to hit it? ]

ROMANS: Because the stock has been down over the last year. There's a lot of pressure on Apple to innovate faster, innovate more. The iPhone is such a high margin product. So much of its earnings are driven by the phone.

And, look, people are very loyal to their phones, right? We're expecting maybe Samsung, maybe a week before this they'll have their own enough Galaxy launch. That's the rumor.

BOLDUAN: Competition is good, though.

ROMANS: But Samsung and Apple are locked in bitter competition right now. And, look, people, once they figure out which device they're going to use, they're loyal.


PEREIRA: Android.

ROMANS: And Android is kicking Apple's you know what around the world. Samsung has 30 percent of the market and 13 percent is Apple. Apple's share is shrinking. So, Apple has to do a lot to entice customers -- new customers to its phones, iWatch, Apple TV, maybe new colors for this. What other things will be up Apple's sleeve in October.

The company has promised a lot in the fall and now they have to deliver.

BOLDUAN: They sure do, September 10th, we'll be watching it.

PEREIRA: It's on my calendar.

BOLDUAN: All right. It's on --

PEREIRA: It's on my often.

BOLDUAN: Thanks so much, Christine.

Coming up next on NEW DAY, a sinkhole devours part of a Florida resort near Disney World. The images are pretty startling. It's 60 feet wide, 15 feet deep, and the danger is still growing. The latest from the scene is coming up. PEREIRA: And don't doubt that this man has still got it. Oh, yes, he does. Michael Jordan rising above the rim to the occasion on his visit to his annual summer camp for kids. It's our must see moment for this Monday. Go put air in your shoes.


PEREIRA: Welcome back to NEW DAY. We got a must see moment of the living legend, the former NBA superstar, Michael Jordan proving that he's still got hot. I was going to stay still at 50, but you know what, as we get closer to 50, we just don't even acknowledge that. Jordan's mere presence enough to wow the crowds but look at that! Just like the old days.

He's at his basketball camp in Santa Barbara for kid. He found himself facing a pretty formidable opponent on the court, the kid in light blue right there. He feels the pressure so he pulls out a signature move and bam! It's a perfect dunk. And he's not 25. Just saying.

CUOMO: He made one of the classic blunders of defense, that kid. That's what M.J. used to do. He used to hold the ball out there. It's right here. I only have it in one hand.


CUOMO: -- let me train, and then he became posterized like dozens of other players over the years.

BOLDUAN: I still love a great pair of air Jordans with the pump.

PEREIRA: Did you have one pair?

BOLDUAN: Yes, I did have a pair.

CUOMO: Did you really?

BOLDUAN: I did have a pair.

CUOMO: The pump (ph) was Reebok sneaker, by the way. That is basketball blasphemy to mix those two things.

BOLDUAN: That is the one fashion thing that you actually know correctly. So, I'm going to let you have that.

CUOMO: Thank you. I'm going to take it and I'm going to appreciate it.


PEREIRA: A must-see moment bringing people together. I like that --

CUOMO: One for me, a thousand for you two.

(LAUGHTER) CUOMO: All right. Time to take a break because I want to end the show on that strong point by me. All right. News when we come back, the father of NSA leaker, Edward Snowden, blasting critics, including President Obama, who say his son is no patriot. We're live with the latest.

BOLDUAN: They're being called good Samaritans, but a pair of Idaho horseback riders who spotted Hannah Anderson and her alleged kidnapper alerted police and they may have been life savers. They're going to join us live at the top of the hour.


CUOMO: Before the conclusion of the PGA championship last night, golfer, Jason Dufner, was best known not for his golfing but for starting an internet craze. For details, Andy Scholes is here to explain. Good morning, Andy Scholes. I'm sure that this golfer did not have the utmost of expectations entering the tourney, but now the champ. Tell us about it.

ANDY SCHOLES, BLEACHER REPORT: Yes. Good morning, guys. Jason Dufner, he rarely shows any emotion. That's how the whole Dufnering craze got started. Now, take a look. Here's the famous pic of Dufner in elementary school slouched against the wall, looking bored out of his mind. That's Dufnering right now.

But now, Dufner will be known for more than just that pose. He finished at ten under yesterday to win the PGA Championship, the first major tournament victory of his career.

A-Rod finally had a good game yesterday. The Yankees third baseman belted his first home run of the season in the second inning off Justin Verlander. And as A-Rod hits 12 more of these, he'll tie Willie Mays in the all-time list, and the Yankees will owe him a $6 million bonus.

A-Rod's home run, though, just the beginning of a crazy day at Yankee stadium. New York was up 4-2 in the ninth inning and in comes Mr. Automatic, Mariano Rivera, but he gives up solo home runs to Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez to blow the save. It's the first time in his 18-year career that he's blown three saves in a row.

But Brett Gardner would come to the rescue. Bottom of the ninth, Gardner, the walk-off home run. Yankees gets the win, 5-4. And you know what, guys, this was A-Rod's first weekend series in New York, and by all accounts, he got a mixture of both cheers and boos when he came to the plate each time.

BOLDUAN: All right, all right. Thanks so much, Andy.

CUOMO: Will good play be enough? Oops.

BOLDUAN: Oops. We'll talk about that later, because we got other thing to talk about.

CUOMO: Could be my jam. BOLDUAN: That music means it's time for the "Rock Block" everyone, a quick round up of the stories you'll be talking about today. First up, Michaela.

PEREIRA: It could be your jam. First up in the papers, "The New York Times," Los Angeles officials paying homeowners to tear up their lush green lawns because of dwindling water supplies. New Housing Developments in Las Vegas, meanwhile, banning lawns all together.

In "The Washington Post," researchers in Baltimore say they managed to turn one of the ocean's most carnivorous fish, the cobia, into a vegetarian. Part of an effort to curb overfishing of smaller species important to the ecosystem.

And, in "The New York Post," NASA wrapping up a simulated mission to Mars on the slopes of Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcano. They want to know how astronauts would live on the surface of the moon -- of Mars, rather, with the emphasis on the food.

Time for Christine Romans now with your business news.

ROMANS: Good morning. The bull market took a summer break last week. For the week, stock posted their biggest decline since mid-June. The Dow lost (INAUDIBLE) percent. The NASDAQ lost about 0.8 percent. The S&P lost little more than one percent. But you know what, the S&P still up 18 percent for the year.

The U.S. Postal Service is doing better but not good enough. The agency says it lost $740 million in the three months ending (ph) June 30th. During the same period last year, it lost 5.2 billion.

Facebook Sheryl Sandberg selling a big chunk of stock. The Facebook COO sold 2.4 million shares last week. An average price of 38 bucks. That comes out to $91 million. How's that for leaning into the money?

Now, let's get to Jennifer Delgado for the weather.

JENNIFER DELGADO, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Good morning, Christine, and good morning, everyone. Once again, we're talking more rain in the forecast and that means a flooding threat for parts of the south as well as the Central Plains. Areas that don't need the rain. I'll let you know who's going to be under the gun and how much rainfall coming up shortly.

And then, we are still talking warm temperatures today, but a big cool down is on the way. I'll tell you how much we're going to be dropping over the next couple of days. But for this afternoon, a lot of 90s and 80s out there, 89 for a high today in Memphis, 82 in Kansas City, and Dallas, you continue to be steamy hot with a high of 101 degrees.

Chris and Kate, let's send it back over to you. I'm in for Indra today. I don't know what you guys did to her, but she needed a break.


BOLDUAN: You'll find out. No, just kidding. (LAUGHTER)

DELGADO: I will.

BOLDUAN: All right. Jennifer, thanks so much, we'll see you in a bit. It is just before the top of the hour, which means it's time for the top news.