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Administration "Reprogramming Funds" for Egypt; Ted Cruz Renounces Canadian Citizenship; First Official Photos of Prince George; NCAA: Marine May Play "Immediately"; Heavyweight State

Aired August 20, 2013 - 06:30   ET



CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Got to let it go. It's Aerosmith. Welcome back to NEW DAY. It's Tuesday, August 20th. I'm Chris Cuomo.

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

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: You are quoting man law. I love it.


BOLDUAN: Coming up in the show, the royal baby for all the world to see, Buckingham Palace releasing the first official photos of Prince George and they're nothing like the royal photos we've seen in the past.

CUOMO: Good stuff. What's the dogs name again?


CUOMO: All right, look at this. You know what this means. It means we have some kind of big interview coming. You know who that is. That is Mr. Mark Zuckerberg, the head of Facebook. We have an exclusive one-on-one with him, he's speaking out about connecting 5 billion people around the world, this is the big initiative for his company. He's going to talk about that and also some other big challenges he's taken on in his life. We'll have it tomorrow for you right here on NEW DAY.

That's big news. Dwell on that for a second. But a lot of other headlines for you as well. Let's get right to Michaela.

PEREIRA: All right, good morning, guys. We begin with an update to breaking news. An AirTran flight from Baltimore to Austin, Texas, forced to make an unscheduled landing in Memphis last night after a passenger tried to open an emergency exit mid-flight. A local station reports the FBI detained the man for two hours and that he was later taken away in a police cruiser. No one on that flight was harmed.

Firefighters may be starting to turn the corner on that major wildfire in central Idaho. An all-out aerial assault along with several thousand firefighters on the ground helping to keep the Beaver Creek fire in check. More relief expected today in the form of wet weather.

To the west, most of the people who live in the small town of Atlanta, Idaho, defied evacuation orders to help fight the 8,000 acre Little Queens fire.

James DiMaggio, the man who allegedly kidnapped Hannah Anderson after killing her mother and 8-year-old brother left behind $112,000 to the teen's grandmother. DiMaggio's sister says he told her he wanted the money to go to Hannah and her brother Ethan but did not want to name their parents as beneficiaries because their relationship was too unstable.

A sentence for Army private Bradley Manning could come down as early as today. He was convicted of giving hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks. Manning's attorneys are pleading for leniency, asking the military judge for no more than 25 years. Prosecutors are pushing for a 60 year sentence. The judge will begin her deliberations this is morning.

A Detroit paramedic really lucky to be alive after suffering a heart attack while giving CPR to a patient who was also having a heart attack. Imagine that for a second. CNN affiliate WXYZ reports that Joeseph Hardman's (ph) partner drove both men to the Detroit Medical Center where they both had stents put in to clear blocked arteries. Doctors say it's actually a one in a million chance that the paramedic survived; it turns out he had a very severe blockage. If he wasn't already in the ambulance, he probably would not have made it.

He's a paramedic doing CPR on somebody who's had a heart attack and has had heart attack himself. It's mind-boggling.

CUOMO: Mind-boggling, coincidence or something else?

PEREIRA: OK. And conspiracy brother's back.

BOLDUAN: That is amazing. And I think our final takeaway should be thank goodness they're OK.

PEREIRA: Oh, my, 1 in a million chance he'd survive.

BOLDUAN: I mean, talk about being struck by lightning twice.

CUOMO: Good karma, saving others. When his time comes, he gets saved.

PEREIRA: Right where he needed to be.

BOLDUAN: That's a good one, Michaela. Thank you.

Let's move now to our political gut check, all the stories you need to know coming out of Washington.

New information this morning, a U.S. official telling CNN the Obama administration is reprogramming some funds it sends to Egypt while the situation in the region is reviewed and the chaos there continues. CNN chief national correspondent John King is here to break it all down for us. So John, we're talking "reprogramming funds," I say with air quotes. In effect, the administration is putting a hold on aid to Egypt without having to say it. It's almost like they're acting like it's a coup without having to make that very significant declaration. What's the effect here, do you think?

JOHN KING, CHIEF NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: What they're trying to do here, Kate, and I've just been having an e-mail exchange with a couple administration officials, is to split the difference.

Look, inside the administration, they're disappointed, outraged at the steps the Egyptian military has taken, you've heard the public pressure from past supporters of this aid, people like Senator John McCain saying, "OK, stop. The United States cannot continue to walk with these guys. Look what they're doing."

So what the administration is doing instead of saying, "Fine, we're going to pull the plug on this aid, we're going to essentially turn the corner on this relationship," they're saying, "We're going to hit the pause button. So you're not going to get the money right now. We're sending you a pretty stern signal."

What they're hoping in the White House and the State Department is that, in a week or two, they can come back say, "OK, things have calmed down. Now let's have some conversations about how we move forward." So a punishment but they're hoping not a full break, essentially a break, a turn in the relationship.

BOLDUAN: At the same time, you have new poll numbers out, this one from the Pew Research Center, suggesting that a majority of Americans at this point, 51 percent, they're ready. They say Congress should pull the aid, should pull foreign aid to Egypt. That's despite the fact that few Americans are following the situation very closely. Only 22 percent are really following the situation closely.

It makes me wonder what that should tell us and does that inform how the administration moves forward and how they make decisions here?

KING: A president, any president, will always tell you he makes big national security decisions based on the facts and the interests of the United States government and sometimes you have to go against public opinion.

There's no question the American people are tired of foreign aid. Number one, they think that more resources should be spent at home. You also see that "Don't Know" part. It's a bit of a hangover here. People were very optimistic when they first saw the first wave of the Arab Spring. Now you look back at that region and think, whoa, where are we going here? A lot more question marks than optimism that you had initially.

So the American people are skeptical and they're also very skeptical, we've talked about this in the past. They don't want a huge military investment in the Middle East, not necessarily just Egypt but anywhere there. And so they pull back a bit when this happens. But those who are watching the pictures, those who rereading the stories, are certainly outraged by what they are seeing. Does it put some pressure on the administration? Yes. But these decisions are mostly made in the quiet of the Situation Room and the Oval Office based on the intelligence briefings and what the diplomats tell you.

BOLDUAN: Yes, they say that's something they're ready to take heat on, if it's the right decision for the country.

Now before I let you go, I've got your take on the latest situation with Senator Ted Cruz. He's back in the spotlight now saying that he's ready to renounce any Canadian citizenship, if he had it. He was born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father. I feel like we need a family tree or some kind of diagram to follow this.

But the fact he went as far to send out his birth certificate to the media, I mean, what does that tell you? Are claims like this, even if unfounded, of course, this simmering question here is if there are presidential aspirations - but is it that much of a liability if anyone talks about the issue?

KING: Well, look, Ted Cruz is operating on the birther playbook that he saw used against President Obama in 2008 and even by some again in 2012. The senator was just elected in Texas but he is making moves and making noise and he may seek the Republican presidential nomination.

His mother is an American-born citizen. He was in Canada when he was born. Most of the legal scholars who look at this, case closed, he's eligible to run for president. But because of Canadian law, because he was born physically in Canada, he's also considered a citizen. Now what Senator Cruz is saying is "I didn't know that. I didn't understand how that works." And he's saying, just to clear up ambiguity, and he says no offense to Canada, he's going to do the paperwork necessary to renounce that citizenship.

Is that necessary? Of course not. Could he run for president with dual citizenship? Most of the experts say yes. This is capital P politics. He saw what happened before. It was silly season then; it would be silly season if it happens again. But this is the senator's decision to try to just clear up the Canada part and, trust me, some people will still raise the eligibility part.

BOLDUAN: Exactly. We used a lot of air quotes in today's political gut check. I like that. All right, John, great to see you.

CUOMO: Air quotes means B.S. And that's what you're dealing with in this situation.

You know, Kate and I were looking online before the show. You don't have to be born in the United States to be naturalized and eligible for president. A lot of people didn't know that including two thumbs pointing at this guy. If you have one or both parents U.S. citizens, you can be born anywhere, you're still eligible. That's what the Constitution says, and the law that comes through it, so not an issue. But it does speak for political culture. Obviously we saw what happened with the president, whether or not he was a citizen, Supreme Court talk and all that kerfuffle. But sad commentary about the state of politics that somebody feels that by renouncing a citizenship in Canada.

BOLDUAN: It's silly season.

CUOMO: Silly is a nice word though; it's like when you're really mad at your kids. "That was really silly what you did!" It means something else.

We're going to take a break. Coming up on NEW DAY, he claims to be the world's oldest living man as opposed to what, the oldest dead man? And at 123, he's still going strong. But should someone be checking his I.D., born in Canada?

BOLDUAN: Does he even have one?

Also coming up, they're here, the first official royal photos of Baby George. All of Britain buzzing about the break from tradition that even these photos exemplify. We're going to explain that ahead.

But first, CNN's legendary show "CROSSFIRE" returns this September, September 16th. It's the show that redefined political debate. And as we lead up to its premiere, here's a look back at one of its very best moments.


STEPHANIE CUTTER, HOST: One of the earliest "CROSSFIREs" was one of the most refer to controversial. The guest was the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and Tom Braden, the co-host, was outraged.

TOM BRADEN, CO-HOST: You're against the thing that makes this country a unity and that makes this country great. And I think you're a disgrace.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You know nothing about what I believe and what I --

BRADEN: I just heard what you believe.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We've had more racial problems --

BRADEN: You're a damned disgrace to the country.


BRADEN: Oh yes, you are.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I have a strong belief and think --

BRADEN: You know what, you people were beaten, beaten, beaten, beaten. I don't know what we're doing in 1982 talking to you.



BOLDUAN: Let's go around the world now starting in Egypt where security forces have arrested the Muslim Brotherhood's spiritual leader, increasing tension there is. Reza Sayah has more from Cairo.

REZA SAYAH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Increasing signs this morning in Egypt that this military-backed interim government is on a campaign to dismantle and wipe out the Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood's top leader rested this morning by security forces in an apartment in East Cairo. He'd been wanted for weeks for allegedly inciting deadly violence.

The international community increasingly adding pressure, the U.S. now holding back more funding, but absolutely no indications that this interim government is heeding the warnings by the international community, and increasing signs of their continuing their crackdown on the Brotherhood. The question now, how will the Brotherhood fight back? Kate?

BOLDUAN: All right, Reza. Thank you so much.

A Bolivian man says is he the oldest man in the world at how old? 123 years old, but is he really? Shasta Darlington is investigating in Brazil.

SHASTA DARLINGTON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: A man claiming to be the oldest living person ever has been discovered in neighboring Bolivia in the isolated highlands -- 123 years old. Carmillo Flores Lauda has difficulty hearing but he can walk on his own and has a strong voice. Now his family says the secret to a long life is drinking the nearby glacial water and eating local fox.

But there are doubters. Experts point to the fact that the vast majority of centenarians are women and Flores' I.D. papers are not original. Back to you, Kate.

BOLDUAN: That sounds crazy.

CUOMO: Here is something that's not crazy. Everybody wants to see the first royal family, of course -- I don't know if you call them that -- but we're getting our first official look at the royal baby, Prince George. And you can see him right now. Kensington Palace releasing two photos of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with the future king swaddled well in a blanket.

The pictures are putting a modern spin on what it means to be a royal. How do I know? CNN's Max Foster tells me so. Joining us now with much more. Great to have you again, Max.

MAX FOSTER, CNN ROYAL CORRESPONDENT: Thank you very much. It's interesting. They are taken by Kate's father, where normally they would have been taken by an official photographer of some sort. And they're also of bad quality.

Here's the report.


FOSTER (voice-over): A picture perfect family -- William, Kate, and little Prince George, born less than a month ago. The first official photos of the royal bundle of joy released on Monday by Kensington Palace.

Contrary to formal royal baby portraits of the past taken by professional photographers, these family photos were snapped by the baby's grandfather, Michael Middleton, in the backyard garden of the Middleton home in Bucklebury.

CARLOS GREER, WRITER FOR PEOPLE MAGAZINE: They've been going about it in a much more casual way that we're not used to seeing from the royals.

FOSTER: The proud parents looked relaxed, Kate beaming in a purple dress whilst George sleeps comfortably, swaddled in her arms. A luxury occurrence according to Prince William.

PRINCE WILLIAM, DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE: He's growing quite quickly, actually, but he's a little fighter. He kind of -- he wriggles around quite a lot and he doesn't want to go to sleep that much.

FOSTER: In one photo, the family's four-legged friends join the fun. Tilly, the Middleton family retriever, and Lupo, the couple's cocker spaniel, who now has to share the attention of the doting parents.

PRINCE WILLIAM: He's been slobbering sort of around the house a bit, so he's perfectly happy.

FOSTER: But the first official photos weren't without a little controversy. Granddad's experience behind the lens is coming under question, the U.K. press criticizing the quality of the historic pictures, claiming the photos are very flat and there's not a great deal of contrast to them. And the parents are also out of focus in both pictures.

GREER: Prince William and Kate, they very much try to live a very normal life. This is what we do. People take their own photos.


FOSTER (on camera): And the dog on the other side of Lupo, we all know about Lupo, is the Middleton family dog and some people were a bit confused. Had to get some clarity because a lot of people thought it was a rug, but it's a live dog.

BOLDUAN: Well, there you have it.

PEREIRA: It'll keep your feet warm.

BOLDUAN: I mean, there is something very charming about it because it was -- obviously my family is town, they took over the set, and one of the things we were talking about is no one takes any real photos anymore. It's all on your smartphone, it's all on your cell phone.


FOSTER: They're doing things in their own way and they're keeping it private. They didn't want a photographer in their back garden.

BOLDUAN: But they're going to have official royal photos, right?

FOSTER: We're hoping so because the controversy in Britain, and actually there is a serious side to this. These are the first pictures of Prince George, a king of the future, and they're always going to go back to this and they think the quality isn't as good as it should be.

BOLDUAN: Their engagement photos were extremely high quality. There was a famous photographer that took them.

FOSTER: Mario Testino.

BOLDUAN: Yes, exactly. So you think that they might step it up to that.

CUOMO: Whenever you have an Italian involved, you're always going to have higher quality.


BOLDUAN: Yes, exactly.

CUOMO: Universal truth. (ph) Royal or commoner.

BOLDUAN: All right, Max, Thanks so much.

And a reminder, don't miss more of what the prince has to say, Prince William, that is, in CNN's special coming in September "Prince William's Passion: New Father, New Hope." You want to see it, Max. You're doing great job. Thank you.

CUOMO: All right. Coming up on NEW DAY, a truly disturbing story. Police in Oklahoma say a group of bored teenagers killed an Australian college baseball player just for the fun of it. Unimaginable but true. We'll give you details right ahead.

PEREIRA: To something substantially lighter, fun in the sun in Russia. All you need is kids, some water and an excavator crane. We don't suggest you try this at home, but it is our must-see moment.


PEREIRA: Welcome back to NEW DAY. Today's must-see moment, so you don't live next to a water park, grab your own slip and slide, don't worry, use what you have to beat the heat. Make your own. That's what these folks did in Russia. They took a construction crane and turned it into a water roller coaster of sort. We go back and forth on this one. If it looks like fun or it looks terribly frightening, one thing I will say is we do not suggest you ever trying this here or at home or anywhere on God's green earth. Let's be honest.

CUOMO: But we will show it on national television because they're from Russia. So, somehow that makes it OK.


PEREIRA: We went back and forth on it. We went back and forth on it.

BOLDUAN: Feels like they're under water for a long time.

CUOMO: This is like a torture that's going on here.

BOLDUAN: That's the one thing -- because we don't understand the language. We don't understand --



PEREIRA: So yes. Questionable must-see moment today.


PEREIRA: But you saw it.

CUOMO: Must see/not do.

PEREIRA: Not ever.

BOLDUAN: There you go.

CUOMO: Liability. In fact, we should take a break as punishment.


Coming up on NEW DAY, serious news for you when we come back. Dozens of wildfires scorching the western United States. Thousands of homes in the line of fire in Idaho, including many near the resort town of Sun Valley. So, we're going to take you all through that. A live report from the fire lines ahead.

BOLDUAN: Plus Glen Greenwald is quite mad. The journalist who published Edward Snowden's secret says Britain will be sorry for detaining his partner and vows to release more documents. Should the British government be worried?



DAVID LETTERMAN, HOST, "LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN": You remember Lindsay Lohan? She'd been in rehab, you know, more than half a dozen times. The rehab place she'd been there so often, the cafeteria named a sandwich after her. Really.


LETTERMAN: Lindsay told Oprah that she is on the road to recovery. Everybody off the road!


LETTERMAN: Everybody off the road! Look out!



BOLDUAN: You could you see the joy in his face as he's telling that joke. He's like --

PEREIRA: You remember that interview they had? It was sort of uncomfortable.


CUOMO: Yes. That's why he's obviously -- he remembers, David. I give one thumb up, one thumb down. Don't make fun of recovery, but the recovery road one, that was good. That was good.

All right. So, we've got some good news for you here. You ready? After a big uproar, the NCAA has reversed its decision on former marine, Steven Rhodes, allowing him to play football this season. Let's bring in Andy Scholes with the "Bleacher Report." This is good news, Andy. Come on. Tell us about it.

ANDY SCHOLES, BLEACHER REPORT: Yes. Definitely good news, guys. It took a couple of days, but the NCAA finally realized how ridiculous their initial ruling was. Originally they said Rhodes is going to have to sit out this season all because he played in a recreational league during his five years in the marines, but after relentless criticism, the NCAA reversed the ruling yesterday and said Rhodes can play immediately, and he will maintain all of his eligibility.

All right. I think we know what John Berman's doing on vacation. Wait, that's not John Berman. That's cliff diving sensation, Orlando Duquet, jumping 75 feet from a helicopter into the Hudson River. The Red Bull Diving World Series will be diving into the Boston Harbor this weekend so they decided to get the Big Apple some love and get a little publicity for their sport at the same time.

On the buzz section on today, you can read about Maria Sharapova reportedly wanting to legally change her name to Sugarpova. She wants to do it for the duration of the U.S. Open to get some pub for her new line of Candy which, as you may have guessed it guys, it's called Sugarpova.

BOLDUAN: Build the brand. Build the brand. Don't know if it's worth changing your name, though.

SCHOLES: She's the richest female athlete in the world. So, maybe, she knows what she's doing.

CUOMO: Is she really?

BOLDUAN: I didn't know that. All right.

CUOMO: I did not know that. Andy Scholes filled with data.

BOLDUAN: So, Andy, what would your name be?

SCHOLES: Scholes-apova, I guess, right?


SCHOLES: I don't know.

CUOMO: Scholes-apova, that's horrible.

BOLDUAN: That's --

SCHOLES: It is horrible, yes.

BOLDUAN: Stick to the sports, Andy. OK. Thanks, Andy.


BOLDUAN: See you soon.

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

PEREIRA: Let's take a look at the "L.A. Times," first up, a new study reveals ancient Egyptian jewelry discovered in a 5,000-year-old tomb in 1911 was actually crafted from iron meteorites that fell to Earth from outer space.

In "The New Star," a new study ranks Louisiana as the most obese state in the nation. Louisiana's adult obesity rate stands at 34.7 percent. That's above -- just above the second place finisher, Mississippi.

And from "The Daily Mail," Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, offering his review of the movie, "Jobs," with Ashton Kutcher as his former partner. Let's just say Steve likes Ashton better in "That '70s Show."

All right. Time now for business news and Christine Romans.

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: All right. Futures lower this morning after the longest losing streak since December for stocks. The Dow down for four consecutive trading days losing 440 points over those four days stock fallen because interest rates are rising.

Small business, be warned. The IRS sent out letters to 20,000 small business owners over the past year notifying them of possible income underreporting. The IRS thinks businesses that get most of their sales through credit cards may be underreporting their cash transactions.

CNNMoney has a list of places where homes are the most affordable and your income goes the farthest. Where are they? The top five, Altamonte Springs, Florida, Plano, Illinois, Homewood, Illinois, Powder Springs, Georgia, Liburn, Georgia.

Finally, let's get to Indra Petersons for the weather -- Indra.

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Weird. No Manhatta, New York on there --

ROMANS: No Manhattan --


PETERSONS: Yes. Let's give you some updates here on the Beaver Creek fire. We actually have red flag warnings in the area. The reason for that, we're going to be about strong winds and dry lightning. Eventually, we'll get more moisture in the area. We actually see rain hit the ground and that will bring relief toward the second half of the week, but it's going to take some time.

Speaking of rain, way too much of it. No new story here. In the southeast, again, one to two inches of rain still possible, three to four inches possible over the next several days under those higher thunderstorms, also though, always ending on a good note at least in the rock block. Look at this weather about five, 10 degrees above normal.

And in case, you're going to try and complain about that it's coming down in time for the weekend. This is I've actually learned in New York. We have to make plans. Michaela, you see (ph) this yet?


PETERSONS: This is a good weekend. Are we going to make plans --



PEREIRA: No complaints here. Thanks, Indra.

All right. We're close to the top of the hour, which means it's time for the top news.