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Syria: Is New Bill Enough to Win Over the House?; Obama and Putin Head Towards Tense Meeting; Americans Not convinced On Syria Strike; Samsung To Unveil Smartwatch; Serena Barely Breaks A Sweat

Aired September 4, 2013 - 06:30   ET

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MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: If you are tempted to scream and yell at your teenagers, you might actually want to stop, count to 10 and tone it down, so says a new study found that screaming, cursing and criticizing your teens to make them behave can actually make them depressed and more likely to misbehave. One expert says most parents can't help but go off on their teens at some point, but a pattern of loud insults can do damage.

And you can't yell and curse at a staff at a shoe store either. Three of them quit their jobs at a Journey store in Rochester, New York mall. They locked up and walked out in the middle of the day, posting this huge note telling their district manager they've had it with the abuse. For their part, Journey's management put out a statement saying, "We take this situation very seriously and are currently investigating this issue. Beyond this, we have no comment."

Talk about sticking it to the man.

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CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: How rough could it get in a shoe store?

PEREIRA: Have you ever worked in a shoe store?

CUOMO: No, I haven't.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Yes, exactly.

CUOMO: You were about to get on the soap box.

BOLDUAN: Yes, well, no.

PEREIRA: Did John King work in a shoe store at one point in his life?

BOLDUAN: Let's find out, shall we?

Time for the political gut check, all the stories you need to know coming out of Washington.

First, the Senate considers a new compromise bill to authorize military force in Syria. But will it win votes in the skeptical House? That's the big question.

Here on set I'm either in trouble or this is a good thing, can't tell yet. Chief national correspondent John King.

JOHN KING, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Long list of people in D.C. say you left owing them money.

BOLDUAN: My loans and all of my debts shall be paid at some later date, that's for sure.

So, we've been talking -- obviously, we've been talking about this all week but now you've got the president at least appearing in a better position over the weekend. He's got congressional leaders on both sides coming out to support the resolution of force. How much does that help him, though, because it's still a big climb?

KING: He still has a big climb in the House. Yesterday was a big day, with the president needs a series of good days and strong days to keep building. So, what happened yesterday, getting Speaker Boehner is huge? The question is, will rank-and-file Republicans follow suit, but at least gets some Republican leader who was willing to plant the flag early.

Nancy Pelosi has gone on notice here, the former speaker, now, the Democratic leader. She sent a "dear colleague" letter out critical. Just this morning, the former Congressman Dennis Kucinich sending a note around to anti-war activists saying vote no, we don't need another war.

So, there are competition within the Democratic Party to Leader Pelosi's -- her endorsement and her letter trying to bring anti-war liberals on board. They say this is up to the president and it's going to be interesting while he's overseas if can he continue to make the case. Lot of the guys are coming back to Washington and 15 percent or 20 percent or maybe 30 percent of the people back home support this.

Would you think a decision about Syria is not guided by public opinion polls? But let's be honest, these are politicians. Sometimes, they do the safe thing. And on this vote, the safe vote at the moment is no.

BOLDUAN: I think it's interesting that this all came about while members were home in their districts. So they are hearing right away directly from the constituents in the latest polling shows that the American people have little appetite for this. I mean, six in 10 don't want the U.S. to go in.

KING: Even after the hearing yesterday where Secretary Hagel, Secretary Kerry, General Dempsey tried to make the public case, which is important. I talked to a lot of aides on Capitol Hill and they still say everybody who calls in or returns is saying nobody, nobody back home supports this.

So, it's going to be interesting with the president on the world stage, with the votes coming, the Senate will vote Tuesday or Wednesday. The House will come in right after that. He's going to be overseas for a good chunk of the ramp-up time. How does he use the global platform to speak to the American people? It's very important. BOLDUAN: And also, not only speak to the American people. So, he's overseas, G-20 Summit, we're hearing he will likely have kind of an on-the-margins conversation with Vladimir Putin.

But after the interview he did with "The Associated Press", is the president likely to change any opinion and get Putin even close to being on board or to change his position on Syria?

KING: There is no hope. There's no hope of bringing Putin on board and this relationship we used to call it frosty, I call it frozen. It's just broken. It's broken.

Whether it's Edward Snowden --

BOLDUAN: That's just getting worse.

KING: Whether it's now Syria, a long list of other issues. In that interview with "The Associated Press", Putin said, oh, you know, we disagree on things, we get mad but it's OK, we'll figure it out.

Putin, it's nothing but a clever and smart politician, he knows the president is going to be in his country. He's trying to be more muted in his criticism. Putin, he also says in the interview, where's the proof? Where's the proof? I don't see any firm proof the regime did this.

He said, maybe they did this, maybe they didn't. The pictures are horrible.

So, I would look for these two to just -- this is -- Putin in some ways is the new Castro at these meetings. When he's there, the American president will put his down and trying to get around him without saying much.

BOLDUAN: And then the focus clearly needs to come quickly back home, because if he's not going to convince folks abroad, he's got to convince folks at home.

KING: He has to move some of the numbers in public opinion. He's not getting majority support in the country but again, to get the final 10 or 15 votes he's going to need in the House. He's going to have to move public opinion.

BOLDUAN: Some prove that it's changing.

CUOMO: We also see the polls move when you assume foreign cooperation. They jumped 10 points.

BOLDUAN: Yes.

CUOMO: Ten points, not 10 percent. So, he needs to get them abroad to do it.

And, you know, Putin is making a strong point. The international community is waiting for proof. We know what happened with Iraq. I mean, it matters. It matters. The U.N. hasn't come forward and said they know what happens yet.

KING: Huge test for the president. And it comes at a moment where it could affect other things. They're not related -- spending, immigration, they're not related to Syria.

But because we are close to the midterm election, close to what they call the six-year itch, close to when people who do what I do for a living, starts saying lame duck and all those things -- how this plays after the president is going to have a huge impact on the trajectory of the term.

CUOMO: Maybe why it's not a coincidence that Democrats uncharacteristically favoring the attack right now. Republicans against it.

KING: Being very loyal. Most Democrats are loyal. It would be interesting to watch the House vote.

BOLDUAN: And a strange world we live in, when the Democrats are more hawkish than Republicans.

KING: I'm still here to collect that money.

BOLDUAN: Fine, fine, fine.

CUOMO: Good luck with that.

BOLDUAN: Don't go home.

KING: I'll find it in a shoe store after the show.

BOLDUAN: Exactly, exactly.

CUOMO: Coming up on NEW DAY: during the break, John King undertakes the impossible task of collecting money from Kate Bolduan. You will do whatever you want.

When we come back, we're going to tell you about one of those unforgettable photos. You remember this -- the ground zero workers raising the flag after the 9/11 attack. Now, the flag is missing.

We've got the latest on the search.

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CUOMO: So, welcome back.

Have you heard about this story? CNN's been following the mystery of a missing American flag. It was the centerpiece of this iconic image from 9/11.

You remember it. It's similar to the famous scene of Marines from Iwo Jima during World War II. But it was a symbol of hope and resilience.

And now, it's disappeared. The hunt for it is on, tips are flooding in.

CNN's Jason Carroll is here with that.

What do we know my friend?

JASON CARROLL, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Yes, I think like most people, I didn't even realize that this flag was missing. But, you know, it is, and I saw this documentary. It's really an incredible piece of work.

The documentary is actually called "The Flag", and it's an insightful look at the search for an item that became an iconic picture and gave millions a sense of hope.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It deserves to be up in the sky, you know?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think it would be in the museum.

CARROLL (voice-over): It was the image seen around the world, three firefighters raising this flag from the rubble of ground zero, the photo taken on the afternoon of September 11th, 2001.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Everything had this grayish-blue tint to it and there you see the red, white and blue. And I sat there and I said, that's an incredible picture and Danielle was standing behind me and she said, that's not a picture, it's an icon.

CARROLL: An iconic image that became the symbol of American resolve.

RUDY GIULIANI, FORMER NYC MAYOR: My goodness. That was quite a picture.

Whoever thought of just taking it at exactly that time or the firefighters in doing it performed just like a tremendous service for the country.

CARROLL: In the weeks and months to come, Americans saw what they thought was the 9/11 flag raised at the World Series. And on battleships in the Middle East, but it wasn't, as revealed in a CNN films documentary "The Flag."

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We knew right away it was the wrong flag.

MICHAEL TUCKER, DIRECTOR, "THE FLAG": This is another flag that somehow became substituted for the original flag. Where is the original flag?

CARROLL: The documentary tracing the flag from the original owners to many who believe they had contact with it.

The film's director says the documentary is not only about the mystery of the flag but what it represents.

TUCKER: That sense of unity, that sense of how we felt in those days and weeks after 9/11, and that's really something that we've also lost.

CARROLL: The film not only trying to recapture that feeling but trying to help put an end to the mystery. CNN has already received some credible tips but so far none have led to the authentic patriotic symbol of that fateful day in American history.

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CARROLL: So if you have a tip you think could help find the flag, go to CNN.com/theflag, and click on the link and tell us what you know or send an e-mail to findtheflag@CNN.com.

But once again, once you see this documentary, you realize it's not just about the flag. It's also about what it represented to so many people --

CUOMO: Absolutely. I mean, we remember. We were there watching what happened and how much it meant.

Now, when we talk to the producer of the documentary we got the sense that there was going to be a development here any time soon. How lost are we?

CARROLL: One can hope. One can hope. Again, some tips have come in, hopefully once the documentary is out there, more people get a chance to see it, hopefully more tips will come in, crack its nut, find out where it is.

BOLDUAN: I thought I was alone on this, but you were saying the same thing, I had no idea it was missing.

CARROLL: I'm like you. And I think most people like us, we thought we were looking at the original 9/11 flag, it wasn't it.

CUOMO: Wow.

CARROLL: Yes.

BOLDUAN: I know. It is fascinating but still that iconic photo. No one will ever forget that. That's for sure.

CARROLL: Yes.

BOLDUAN: Thanks, Jason.

CARROLL: You bet.

BOLDUAN: All right.

Coming up next on NEW DAY: much more on the breaking news out of Ohio this morning in the death of Ariel Castro at the top of the hour. We've got a lot coming up, though.

First, the next big thing from Samsung, set to unveil its Galaxy Gear smartwatch, which can do pretty much everything. We're going to get a sneak peek. CUOMO: Did you hear about this? A senator busted. Wait until you hear which senator was caught, what he was doing on his iPhone during yesterday's congressional hearing --

BOLDUAN: And he's owning it.

CUOMO: -- on Syria. He's got to own it. He's got proof.

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PEREIRA: Welcome back. Welcome back. All right. My fellow geeks, the long awaited Samsung Galaxy gear smartwatch being unveiled today. Analysts are speculating about its high tech features and if it will spark any potential watch wars with other big players like Apple or Google.

Joining us now is CNN business correspondent, Alison Kosik. I got to tell you, it feels like the stuff of science fiction. The smartwatches are ready, but the question is, are we?

ALISON KOSIK, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Haven't you noticed, Michaela? Hollywood has been getting consumers ready for this for years. Case in point, "Star Trek," roll it.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: From this time forward, you will service us.

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KOSIK: Ahh, yes. So, life imitating art. We are catching on to that. You know, if you need any more sort of evidence of the interest in this, you look at some research. Juniper Research actually found that 36 million of the smartwatches are projected to be delivered within the next five years, compared that to a little over a million just this year.

And this is why you're seeing a lot of these big companies jump on the band wagon and really angling for their spot, Apple, Microsoft, obviously, Samsung, Dell, Google, they all want a piece of this pie, Michaela.

PEREIRA: So, let's talk about the watch itself. I mean, is this really going to be a smartphone on our wrist? That seems like a lot to put on my delicate little wrist.

KOSIK: Yes. So, here are some of the specs we're actually getting from this publication called Venture Beat. So, it shows that it's going to be kind of chunky, so I don't know who really want to wear it, but --

CUOMO: Big watches are in.

KOSIK: Put away the Cartier and put this on. It's supposed to handle the basics like phone calls, web serving, e-mails. It's supposed to have an L.E.D. type display, may have a camera. The pricing looks like for this Samsung, it looks like going to be about $200. That looks like it's going to be a little less than what Apple may come out with its iWatch, which is rumored to be coming out at the end of the year.

CUOMO: All right. So, what's the good/bad on it? You know, it's kind of big, but it's also kind of small in terms of using it as a screen. What does it do, what does not do?

KOSIK: OK. So, again, the small screen is sort of a downside to it. Also, the idea with these companies is to actually replace your iPhone with this watch. So, I don't see myself going, Chris, let's meet for a drink around the corner, over, you know? I mean, do you want to really be talking into your watch?

Also, you kind of become a slave to charging the battery because just like you charge your phone every day, you're going to have to charge your watch. Also, you look at the current crop of the wearable smartphones or the wearable watches. They're companion devices. So, they're not right now just by themselves. So, you would have to carry the watch or have the watch on plus your iPhone.

PEREIRA: And then work in conjunction with your iPhone.

KOSIK: Exactly. You're really becoming a zombie to these devices, aren't you?

BOLDUAN: But clearly, companies see big business in this, because everyone seems to be competing in all these various different areas of wearable technology.

KOSIK: Exactly. This could be a billion-dollar revenue stream for billions of dollars in revenue for these companies. You look at some analysts. They're actually projecting that this could really be the thing to replace the iPhone and to replace the smartphone. They are thinking that this could be the next big thing.

PEREIRA: I'm curious about that, because there's so much technology that appeals only to early adopters and then there's other stuff. I mean, you look at the smartphone. Every one of us here has one. Everybody at home is, if they don't have one, they're hoping to get one. Do you think it's going to fall in that category of only the super geeky?

KOSIK: That's questionable. I mean, I think what you're going to may wind up seeing are the younger set getting in on this first, but it's kind of hard to replace. Maybe people like wearing their normal watches. It's hard to just ditch your Cartier for that big chunky thing. You know, it's really questionable whether it's really going to catch on.

CUOMO: That said, wouldn't it be nice to get it out of your hand, though? I feel like I'm always missing a hand.

BOLDUAN: Watches are a style piece.

KOSIK: Yes. PEREIRA: So, I think this is kind of a blend of the two.

BOLDUAN: A harder hill to climb, you know?

PEREIRA: That's true.

KOSIK: I'm with Kate on that.

CUOMO: The Rolex smartphone.

PEREIRA: There you go.

KOSIK: I'd rather have the Cartier than that big chunky thing on my arm and I don't want to talk to you on my wrist.

BOLDUAN: We'll keep this tape and replay this in ten years and we're all going to be wearing them.

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PEREIRA: Smartwatches for all of us or not.

KOSIK: Or not.

PEREIRA: Hmmm.

All right. Time now for today's must-see moment. Look at this picture, what do you think is happening here? Oh yes. It is someone playing poker on his cell phone. It's important to note who it is. That is John McCain. Yes, that's him. He was doing it during the Senate hearing on Syria Tuesday.

After realizing he had been caught red handed, though, the senator smartly got kind of in front of the story and tweeted "Scandal! Caught playing iPhone game at three plus hours Senate hearing. Worst of all, I lost!"

CUOMO: But isn't it all a big poker game in the end? Wasn't John McCain not really doing anything wrong but doing something right, just making it by metaphor that what goes on in this hearings is poker.

BOLDUAN: And I'm not one here to defend John McCain or any other lawmaker, but, he is pretty plugged in on the issue, so he probably has already had the briefing --

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BOLDUAN: -- three and a half hour.

PEREIRA: If you know, we live in a glass house throwing stones, because we all have done played a game inappropriately at some point.

BOLDUAN: Different responsibility levels.

PEREIRA: True.

CUOMO: I'm going he wasn't playing a game, he was trying for metaphor. He was playing --

BOLDUAN: He was sending a message.

CUOMO: He was doubling down. He was upping the ante. He was doing all of these things that are relevant to the discussion. I don't think --

BOLDUAN: Here's my question for you, John McCain. Did you win the poker game?

PEREIRA: He did not. He lost, and apparently lost kind of big.

BOLDUAN: There's always next time. That's a good thing about --

CUOMO: Another metaphor of the gamble that is going on right now.

BOLDUAN: All right. Enough with metaphors.

Moving on, coming up next on NEW DAY, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, speaking of it, could vote today to approve a limited military strike to punish Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons. We're going to be live in Stockholm, Sweden, where the president is making his case overseas.

CUOMO: Plus, more reaction to Ariel Castro's apparent suicide. The convicted Cleveland kidnaper discovered hanging in his cell overnight at a prison in Ohio. We're going to hear from one of his family members live ahead.

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CUOMO: If you ever wonder whether Serena Williams is as good as they say, witness just 52 minutes to obliterate her opponent in the quarterfinals last night at the U.S. Open. Let's bring in Andy Scholes with this morning's "Bleacher Report." Andy, the coveted double bagel she got last night.

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ANDY SCHOLES, BLEACHER REPORT: Yes, that's right. Fans barely had enough time to settle into their seats before Serena barreled through Carla Suarez Navarro. In less than an hour, Serena won 6-0, 6-0. And that's what they call the double bagel in tennis. It was the first time in 24 years that it's happened in the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows. Serena now just two wins away from winning her fifth U.S. Open title.

In the line-up section on BleacherReport.com today, you can check out arguably the best catch of the season. Rangers and A's last night, Oakland third baseman, Josh Donaldson, chasing after this foul ball and he leaps over the tarp to make the catch. Check out again. He holds up the glove the entire time to make sure there was no doubt he had the ball. After the game he tweeted about the catch, "thanks for all the love. I blacked out." (INAUDIBLE) series tomorrow.

NFL season kicks off tomorrow night with the Broncos hosting the Ravens. Here are some fun facts about this season. More than 26 million people will participate in fantasy football. Women account for about 20 percent of fantasy players these days. Fantasy sports industry says it will bring in more than $1.2 billion this year.

And in case, you're wondering, Las Vegas has the Broncos beating the 49ers in the Super Bowl. I thought this would be a good time for us to put all of our Super Bowl picks on a record right now. I'm a homer, I'm going to go with the Texans over the Packers. Chris, what do you got?

CUOMO: To me, it doesn't matter who the other team is. The AFC will win and it is a team known only during the season as the J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets. And thank you for wearing their color, Kate, I know you agree.

BOLDUAN: I do not agree. I often don't know how they are broken up. Can I say the Colts versus the Jets or would they never play each other --

CUOMO: You can, but that will never happen.

BOLDUAN: That will never happen? OK. Why do you guys make -- set me up to look stupid.

CUOMO: The Colts. You think the Colts are going to win.

BOLDUAN: Of course, I think the Colts are going to win. I don't know who they're going to play because it doesn't matter. That's Chris would say.

PEREIRA: I'll just pick the Giants just to get your goat.

CUOMO: That's OK. I mean, they're a New York team. They are not the J-E-T-S.

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BOLDUAN: That would start a real fight that could take hours to get through. Thank you, Andy.

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CUOMO: As soon as I say J-E-T-S, it's not that he can't spell, it's like what?

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CUOMO: -- the worst team I've seen.

BOLDUAN: There you go. (INAUDIBLE) are you on my team now? Yes, you are. SCHOLES: Sure i am.

BOLDUAN: That's how you answer the question, perfect. All right. Thanks, Andy. He's like what just happened?

We are now close to the top of the hour which means it's time for the top news.

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The death penalty would be so much easier. You don't deserve that. You deserve to spend life in prison.

CUOMO: Breaking overnight. Ariel Castro, the so-called monster of Cleveland who held three women captive found dead in his cell from an apparent suicide. We have all the breaking details.

BOLDUAN: Happening now, President Obama has landed in Europe preparing to pressure allies to support a strike against Syria. Back at home, the key Senate committee could vote on his plan today.

PEREIRA: Big catch. The photos everyone is talking about. The amateur gator hunters who caught these giants, we're going to hear from them this morning. Why is gator hunting so popular now?

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY starts right now.

ANNOUNCER: What you need to know --

JOHN KERRY, SECRETARY OF STATE: This is not the time to be spectators to slaughter. Now, we must stand up and act.

ANNOUNCER: What you just have to see --

This is NEW DAY with Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan, and Michaela Pereira.

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CUOMO: Good morning. Welcome back to NEW DAY. It's Wednesday, September 4th, seven o'clock in the east. We're covering a lot of news this morning, including the incredible breaking news out of Cleveland.

Overnight, we learned that in the prison where Ariel Castro was serving his sentence, he was found dead in his cell last night. They say it was an apparent suicide. We're going to explore how this could have happened.