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Political Gut Check; Around the World; High School Football Tragedy; The Rock Block

Aired August 19, 2013 - 06:30   ET



CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Carry on, Monday morning. Getting yourself ready for whatever you have to do here. Welcome back to us here at NEW DAY, Monday, August 19. I'm Chris Cuomo.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: And I'm Kate Bolduan. We're here with news anchor, Michaela Pereira.


BODLUAN: Coming up in the show, the players are getting faster and they're getting stronger. The game, more rough and more violent. Now, a 16-year-old football star killed during a high school scrimmage, a lot of people wondering if the gridiron is getting way too dangerous. We're going to talk about it.

CUOMO: Plus, a little later in the show, royal correspondent Max Foster one-on-one with Prince William. In his first interview since becoming a father, the future king shares his hopes and dreams for another potential future king, Baby George. He even talks about changing soiled diapers. Can't wait for that.

A lot of news this morning. Topping the list, the weather, the floods that are still coming for the southeast.

PEREIRA: Yes, let's take a look at these headlines. The U.S. Gulf Coast and the southeast getting soaked. Heavy rains from a stalled front sparking flash flooding. The Florida panhandle, Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas all battered with strong winds and rough waves. In Miami, an elderly couple died after they got caught in a dangerous rip current, one of dozens of rough water incidents over the weekend.

Former Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius now indicted for murder, accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, at his home last Valentine's Day. Pistorius denies murdering her, saying he mistook her for an intruder. Today's indictment happened on what would have been Steenkamps 30th birthday. Pistorius' murder trial expected to begin early next year.

Volunteers armed with petitions now fanning out across San Diego as the campaign to recall the city's mayor begins. Bob Filner now accused of sexual harassment by more than a dozen women. Organizers of that recall effort need to collect more than 101,000 signatures by the end next month. Filner is expected to return to work this week after undergoing intensive behavioral therapy.

The partner of a reporter closely tied to NSA Edward Snowden has been held for questioning at Heathrow Airport in London. Authorities invoking anti-terror powers to question David Miranda for nine hours before releasing him uncharged. Miranda works closely with "Guardian" newspaper reporter Glenn Greenwald. Snowden has passed thousands of classified government documents to Greenwald to expose the NSA's domestic surveillance programs.

You know, air travel, boy can it wear you out. You ever feel like this? After a really long flight, the 6-year-old girl from Bulgaria was simply exhausted so she literally kind of passed out on Dad's suitcase because she knows that Dad will get her there. At first he didn't know what to do and then I think by the urging of his wife, he decided, well, can't beat them, go with it. Mom made sure to get it all on camera.

Have you not felt that way some days at the airport?

CUOMO: I have been that way some days.

PEREIRA: With a big suitcase to lug you on.

BOLDUAN: Unfortunately - well, that's the thing. He's like, well, if we can just get her to the gate...


BOLDUAN: Exactly. Of course, mom had a camera at the ready.


PEREIRA: Thank you.

BOLDUAN: To record it all and show it to her at her graduation and embarrass her.

All right, thanks so much, Michaela.

PEREIRA: Right, that's the point.

BOLDUAN: Exactly.

All right, one (ph) time now for your "Political Gut Check." All the stories you need to know coming straight out of Washington.

First up, Governor Chris Christie taking back his support of a New Jersey gun control bill in a move some pro-gun control leaders say could cost lives. Critics include former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' husband, Mark Kelly, who, in his words, he says the veto puts political ambition over public safety. CNN's chief national correspondent John King is here to break it all down for us.

Good morning, John. I hope you're off to a good Monday. JOHN KING, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Is there such a thing at 6:00 a.m.? Good Monday?

BOLDUAN: Yes, there is.

KING: OK, great, then we're off to a good Monday.

BOLDUAN: Yes. We're going to fake it till we make it, as I like to say.

KING: Amen.

BOLDUAN: So, Chris Christie, he vetoes this gun control measure in his state, sending it back to lawmakers saying he wants changes before he could sign on. Not surprisingly at this point, all of these decisions that he makes as governor are viewed through the prism of the 2016 presidential election. Is that fair at this point?

KING: Well, he's also on the ballot this November, of course, running for reelection as governor.


KING: And, of course, it's fair. All is fair in life and politics. And so Governor Christie, after the Newtown shooting, said he would support some new gun controls. Now he says he won't support this particular bill because it would take away weapons from people who already have them. He's essentially saying, I'm willing to ban them in the future, but I'm not willing to retroactively take them away from people. He says it's confusing.

He also says for a new background check system, that the technology isn't in place, so he doesn't think the state is ready to have the system yet. He will say, that's my position on the marriage (ph) and critics will say you're back-pedaling, you're finding an excuse because you know if you go to Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, et cetera, down the road, conservatives and gun rights are very, very important. So, look, he's the governor of a very important state. He's a potential candidate in 2016. Everything he does is going to be put through this scrutiny.

BOLDUAN: And let's talk about another state that you know quite a bit about, former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown. I've seen several reports that he's now testing the waters for a potential 2016 run. We haven't heard a lot from him since he lost his Senate seat. What do you think he could bring to the field?

KING: There's been a bit of Don Quixote (ph) in Scott Brown since he left the Senate in the sense that he's gone up to New Hampshire and told people maybe he'd move to New Hampshire and run for Senate. There's some thought he might still run for Massachusetts governor when Deval Patrick leaves the scene and Massachusetts has a governor's race. A very good friend of Scott Brown, Charlie Baker, ran last time. They've got to work that out.

Now he's going to Iowa saying, I want to see if there's some national interest in Scott Brown. Good for him in a way anytime you can have a conversation about what our - what is a party looking for, that's good. But we've had this conversation many times. Is there anything in the 2008 or the 2012 or the post 2012 Republican conversation that tells you the key to get the nomination next time is to run to the left or run to the middle? Not criticizing Scott Brown -


KING: But he is not exactly the kind of guy, if you look at what John McCain had to do, what Mitt Romney had to do to get the nomination. A lot of people would say, there are some people who say, that's why they lost. But hard to see Scott Brown being the 2016 Republican presidential nominee, but been at this a long time. Strange things happen.

BOLDUAN: Exactly. Don't make any predictions is that - is always seemed to be the thing that you've learned.

I do want to ask you, a lot of the political talk, not surprisingly, also over the weekend, is over Egypt and what the U.S. should do about Egypt. Much of the talk surrounding the aid, the $1.5 billion that the U.S. gives to Egypt every year. But does that kind of prove the tough spot that the president finds himself in now. and there are really no good option left in diminishing leverage as the days pass.

KING: This is one of the reasons, when you see the former president's club get together, they get along so well, whether they're Democrats or Republicans, conservative or liberals, because it is the chief executive, the executive branch, the commander-in-chief, who has to make these decisions. And, look, the public evidence before him is that this regime is now in the middle of this bloody crackdown. Why wouldn't you pull the aid?

What the administration would tell you privately is, it's a lot more complicated than that. It's counter terrorism assistance. It's the fact that this military government has almost eliminated any radical attacks on Israel from the Sinai. It's access to the Suez Canal.

So, the administration is hoping, and we said this last weekend, I think this is a key week to 10 days here to see if they can somehow find a way to bring some calm here with the new edict. The administration is hoping and hoping they can get relative calm on the streets because, yes, this is horrible, but essentially its -- does the United States have great leverage at the moment? Obviously not. But it's the devil we know in a very important relationship and you don't know what would come next.

BOLDUAN: And yet all the while you're looking at this video and the deaths just keep on rising and racking up.

KING: Right.

BOLDUAN: All right, John, great to see you. We'll talk to you soon. Thanks.

CUOMO: All right, we'll take a little break here on NEW DAY. When we come back, look, we all know that football is a dangerous sport.


CUOMO: But when some kid dies playing football, it raises questions. The young man you're looking at broke his neck during a scrimmage. Is it too dangerous? Should we be doing more? What should parents know? We'll tell you the latest.

BOLDUAN: Also coming up on NEW DAY, Robin Thicke's summer hit "Blurred Lines," you know the music - you know the sound. Well, does it sound awfully familiar. Thicke and his collaborators have filed a lawsuit to prove their smash hit is an original composition. Details coming up.

CUOMO: It's a great song. We're going to play you into the break with a different kind of music. Guess what, Crossfire is back, a little political back and forth. Here's a little clip from today's Crossfire Classic.


S.E. CUPP, HOST: This classic crossfire is from 1988, months before George H.W. Bush had even selected Dan Quayle to be his running mate. And as you can see, like everyone else at the time, then Senator Quayle had a little trouble figuring out exactly who the new Soviet leader was.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Has Ronald Reagan been duped or snookered by the Soviets or Mikhail Gorbachev?

SEN. DAN QUAYLE: Let me - let me answer that. No, I don't think he's been snookered. But I'll tell you what I think this president feels. I think he feels that Mr. Gorbachev is a different type of Soviet Union leader. I think that is a mistake in judgment on the part of the president.

CUPP: Awkward. I guess in retrospect, President Ronald Reagan's judgment was pretty good.



BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY.

Let's go around the world now starting in Syria where a team of investigators from the United Nations will try to determine if the Assad regime used chemical weapons on its own people. Arwa Damon has more from Beirut.

ARWA DAMON, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: A 20-person U.N. weapons inspections team finally on the ground in Syria after months of delays. The U.S. has previously said that it does believe that chemical weapons, specifically sarin gas, were already used in the Syrian battlefield. This, the Obama administration saying, is a red line and causing an ever so slight shift in U.S. policy towards arming the rebels. The mission for this team is not to establish who used chemical weapons but rather if they were used at all.


BOLDUAN: All right, Arwa, thanks so much.

Now to Russia where two champion sprinters apparently make a big statement by exchanging a kiss on the victory podium. CNN's Matthew Chance has more on this.

MATTHEW CHANCE, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: But was it just a congratulatory kiss or a protest against Russia's strict anti- gay laws? Two female Russian athletes sharing a lengthy embrace on the podium of the world championships in Moscow at the weekend, raising concerns they could be prosecuted for promoting what Russia calls nontraditional sexual relations. New laws on gay propaganda in the country have provoked calls for a boycott at the winter Olympics in Russia next year. Neither athlete has yet issued a statement on the matter.

Back to you, Kate.

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

And they're starting to dismantle a mountain top getaway that's making up the penthouse suite of a high rise building in Beijing. CNN's David McKenzie has been following that for us.

DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: So I want to show you the great lengths that the media here is covering this story. They've taken a drone and flown it above this enormous structure in Beijing that's causing all of this hoopla around the country and, in fact, around the world. These amazing pictures of this pretty extraordinary structure built by a Chinese traditional medicine professor have gone viral around China. And you see the people starting to pull down that structure.

Well, they haven't pulled down the rocks yet. No word on when they're going to bring all of that huge rock down the 26 floors, but certainly as far as we know the professor is staying away from Beijing.

Kate, back to you.

BOLDUAN: Thank you so much, David.

I think dismantling it and taking it down seems just as challenging as how they got it up there in the first place.

CUOMO: Yes. Last time I checked, taking things away doesn't fix cracks. You know, once they're there, they're there.

BOLDUAN: True. Very true. Very true.

CUOMO: But cool to look at nonetheless.

BOLDUAN: Crazy. CUOMO: All right, this next story is not something to smile about. It is just the worst thing that can happen on a high school football field. The 16-year-old killed in a scrimmage this weekend after reportedly breaking his neck making a tackle. And he was no average player. The 11th grader was one of the top young prospects in the state of Georgia. We know that players are getting bigger, stronger and faster, especially in high school. So the question becomes, is football too dangerous? CNN's Pamela Brown, she's joining us with this story.

PAMELA BROWN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes, a really sad story here.

It was a preseason football game at a high school that went terribly wrong. Sixteen-year-old star player Deantre Turman was killed during a scrimmage and his death marks the fourth high school football death so far just this summer, raising questions about what's being done to protect teens from potentially catastrophic injuries.


BROWN (voice-over): Deantre Turman was a promising high school athlete named the top defensive back at Atlanta's MVP Camp in June. He had already received a scholarship offer to play college football for the University of Kentucky.

GLENN FORD, JR., CEO AND FOUNDER, I-DARE-U: You know, he was a great kid to coach, he was a great kid to be around. He was one of those kids that definitely had the potential to go, you know, to play Division 1 ball.

BROWN: His life was cut short after making what appeared to be a routine tackle, like this one, during a pre-season football game on Friday night. One of his coaches, Glenn Ford, watched in horror from the sidelines.

FORD: The ball was dislodged and his body just immediately - immediately went limp.

BROWN: Turman, affectionately called Tra-Tra (ph) by his teammates, died from injuries to his back and neck. He's the fourth teen to lose his life while playing high school football just this month, renewing questions about the safety of the sport, especially for teens. In California, 14-year-old Mitchell Cook died, collapsing on the field after warm-ups during practice. He reportedly had a heart condition not believed to be life-threatening. And in North Carolina and Utah, two teens also died after collapsing following morning practices.

TERRY O'NEIL, FOUNDER, PRACTICE LIKE PROS: The game can be practiced so many ways effectively without full contact during the week.

BROWN: Terry O'Neil, an advocate for safer football practices, says high school players are using techniques that are harder on their bodies than those used by NFL players.

O'NEIL: These players are playing four or five full speed, full contact games a week. And nobody can survive that over the long term. The history is that it's rare that one catastrophic blow would cause death.


BROWN: And a 2012 study by the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injuries says 67 percent of the most severe injuries come as a result of tackling. Since 1977, 283 high school and college players have ended up with permanent spinal damage. Meantime, Turman's coaches and teammates say the season must go on and that's how Deantre would have wanted it. But certainly raises a lot of questions and certainly sparks debate.

BOLDUAN: Well, it's very tough because I - the more people I talk to as I'm getting of age when everyone has children they say, that's great, everyone should be able to play the sport they want to, but I'm not going to let my kid play. But if you would have told a kid in Indiana when I was growing up, you can't play football, they would have done it anyway.

BROWN: It happens.

CUOMO: True.

BOLDUAN: You know, like it's -

BROWN: But, Chris, as we were talking - but the game has changed and I think that -



BROWN: You know, we were talking about how tackling has gotten more aggressive.

CUOMO: Yes, I mean, look, I grew up playing the game. I love it. I don't know what I'm going to do with my Mario (ph). You know, we'll have to see how big a kid he is, how much he loves it.


CUOMO: But, you know, the dynamic has fundamentally changed. When I was growing up, you used to tackle by wrapping with your arms. The reason they don't do it any more, you know, guys love to say, they don't play the game the right way. The guys are so big and fast that even when I was playing, I would have to dive into you because I couldn't tackle you otherwise (ph) you're going to run me over every time. So as the collisions have become more violent, of course you're going to see statistically that all the injuries come when you tackle, because that's the most violent (INAUDIBLE).

PEREIRA: And there's no equipment that can protect you from that really.


CUOMO: You know, and guys talked about that, where they're going to the harder hats, the bigger helmets have helped or hurt the game because it's giving you a false sense of security. A lot of guys lead with their head. In the NFL, it's no longer legal.

BOLDUAN: Right, with a better helmet they can go after it.

BROWN: Yes, but they go for it hard.

CUOMO: They're addressing that because they think it causes concussions. But at the end of the day, when you run into each other as fast as you can, you're going to have problems and it's tough to mitigate the risk. It just is.

BOLDUAN: Yes. It's a dangerous game no matter what.

BROWN: But perhaps they could mitigate it during at least practices or scrimmages like for this (INAUDIBLE).

CUOMO: And then the coaches will say, if you don't prepare for what happens in the game during practice, you get even more hurt.


BROWN: Yes. It's tough.

CUOMO: So it's a tough one. It is.

BROWN: All right, thank you.

BOLDUAN: All right, thanks, Pamela.

CUOMO: All right, coming up on NEW DAY, people were stunned by a report from the Mayo Clinic that said drinking multiple cups of coffee each day could increase your risk of, wait for it, death. I thought it was good for you. I thought it was supposed to help. Caffeine's good, caffeine's bad. There are these studies. Is this a contradiction or is this what we need to follow. We're going to cut through the conflict for you.

PEREIRA: This dad, check him out, talk about multitasking.

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

PEREIRA: His hands are full but it does not stop him from rocking out. It's our must see moment today.

CUOMO: Look at the focus of the kids.


CUOMO: It's blurred for some reason.

PEREIRA: You know what it is, you've got a finger in your eye.

BOLDUAN: Or lack of sleep.

CUOMO: I think the make-up is in my eye and now I can't fix it because I don't want to mess up my face.

BOLDUAN: You should not wear make-up.


PEREIRA: I love this song.

All right, welcome back to NEW DAY.

Today's "Must See Moment." A multi-tasking father who really does march to the beat of his own drummer. Take a look. He could make a fortune babysitting. He's got his two-year-old strapped to his back. He's got the twins, one in his arm and one in a Baby Bjorn type of situation on his chest, but he can still rock out, even if he only has the one hand to spare. And I love that early on he had a stuffy on the cymbal. Oh, there it is, you can see it.


PEREIRA: Kind of bouncing up and down.

CUOMO: All right.

PEREIRA: The kid in the front is trying to figure out how he can do that.

CUOMO: All right.

BOLDUAN: All he can here is how loud the music is.

CUOMO: That's right.


CUOMO: Here's the quiz.


CUOMO: What was his wife angriest about?

PEREIRA: I understand.

CUOMO: I'm digging the Def Leppard one arm drummer thing, but I think it's not that he's carrying the kids, I think it's the music.

BOLDUAN: I think the music is -

PEREIRA: You're upset by the music?

CUOMO: I think Christina walks in, sees me listening to that kind of the music with the kids, it's quick thumb to the eye.

PEREIRA: What is wrong with you? Thumb in the eye.

BOLDUAN: Yes, I was on my knees yesterday and I was like covering up her ears when we even went by an ambulance. CUOMO: Right.

BOLDUAN: I mean, I don't know, do you think it's really loud?

PEREIRA: Couldn't tell.

CUOMO: You know it was also - it was like, you know, speed metal.

BOLDUAN: Yes, it was like sta (ph). I don't even know what that is. I just read (ph) that.

CUOMO: Sta is quick reggae, which would have a very different effect.

PEREIRA: What would you prefer? What kind - what genera would you prefer?

BOLDUAN: Sorry. I don't know.

CUOMO: I just think, you know, any music that's making a child inherently crazed by, you know, usually the parents (INAUDIBLE) mollify -

PEREIRA: Is that what happened to you?

CUOMO: That's why they have big purple dinosaurs invading our lives.

PEREIRA: Ah, mollify (ph) the children.


CUOMO: Barney.

BOLDUAN: What? I get it.

CUOMO: Big hugs.

BOLDUAN: I get it.

CUOMO: I love you. You all it. You know it. You all know it.

BOLDUAN: Move on, please, quickly. Quickly move on.

CUOMO: Let's move on right to break, shall we. When we come back, Olympic athlete and murder suspect Oscar Pistorius back in court in South Africa, now formally charged with killing his girlfriend. A trial date has been set. We're going to take you through the charges and the reaction just ahead.

Plus, Lindsay Lohan sitting down with Oprah Winfrey for what is said to be her most truthful and revealing interview to date. We'll tell you what the troubled actress had to say.


BOLDUAN: Well, then, start Monday off right, shall we.

That music means it's time for "The Rock Block," everyone. A quick run-up of the stories you'll be talking about today.

First up, Michaela.

PEREIRA: All right, let's look in the papers. Los Angeles preparing for the 2015 special Olympic world games. It will be the largest sporting event to hit L.A. since the 1984 Olympics. The summer event will require full time staff of 160 (ph) and 30,000 volunteers.

In "USA Today," "The Butler" did it. The film, based on the true story of a White House butler who served eight presidents, tops at the weekend box office with a $25 million take.

And from "The New York Times," the 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/Spider fetching a cool $27.5 million at auction of the Monterey Peninsula. That is the second most expensive car ever sold at auction. Wow.

Here's Christine Romans now with your business news.

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Is the bull market over? That's what investors are asking themselves after a 334 point Dow selloff last week and a 576 point sell-off over the past two weeks. But, I want to put it in perspective. The Dow, the S&P, the Nasdaq are all up between 15 percent and 19 percent so far this year.

Most Americans are not saving enough for retirement. Only 18 percent are saving more today than they were a year ago. Seventeen percent are saving less. Fifty-four percent saving just about the same.

Have more sex, make more money? Employees who have sex more than four times a week receive five percent higher wages. This is according to a professor in Cambridge, England. As one psychiatrist said today about the study, it seems everyone loves a winner.

All right, let's get to Indira Petersons for the weather.


INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Oh, yes, we have a tropical update for you. In the Atlantic, Erin is gone baby gone. But in the Pacific, you might want to check out a little disturbance just south of Kaho (ph). Why? Well, it has about an 80 percent chance in the next five days that it could develop and ruin those beach plans. We're going to be watching that.

And hopefully by now you know no beach plans into the southeast. Even more rain expected, one to three inches the next several days. By Thursday, even five inches of rain still possible into the southeast. We're always going to end on a good note. The jet stream lifting up. Warm air kicking into the northeast but temperatures felt like fall are actually going to rebound and actually go above normal. So it's going to be beautiful here, 80s.

You looking forward to it? I am.

BOLDUAN: Yes, I am. Thanks so much, Indra.


BOLDUAN: All right, we're close to the top of the hour now which means it's time for the top news.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They were in cardiac arrest when fire rescue arrived.


CUOMO: Dangerous downpour. Major flooding expected in the southeast today. Areas already completely submerged. And now a new threat from the ocean. Two died, 50 rescued from out of control rip tides.

BOLDUAN: Close encounters. Five bear attacks in the past week. We have the harrowing tale of this 12 year old who played dead to survive. So why so many attacks?

PEREIRA: Blurred legal lines. It's the song of the summer. So why is Robin Thicke now suing Marvin Gaye? Do their two songs sound too much alike?

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY starts right now.