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Obama in Russia for G-20 Summit; Goodell's State of the Game; Symbol Of Hope Disappears; Red Sox Trounce Tigers At Fenway

Aired September 5, 2013 - 06:30   ET


KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Obama is over there not only obviously if he could do anything to improve the relationship to win over favor with Russia in terms of military action in Syria.

But the trip in general is important for him more broadly speaking in trying to win support from our allies, because that's going to transition back here to the States when he comes back to try to sell it to the American people.

JOHN AVLON, THE DAILY BEAST: That's the aim. I mean, there's cruise missile diplomacy and there's literal diplomacy which is going to be going on at the G-20.

The president has to broaden the coalition. The problem, of course, is that America's strongest ally traditionally in these kind of intervention measures, the United Kingdom, is sitting this one out because Prime Minister David Cameron went to parliament and lost the vote so the president will try to make the case it's up to the international community to enforce international law but Russia, one of the lead advocates against any kind of intervention against Syria. Right now it's the U.S. and France.

We're standing alone. We have to broad than coalition. That's the president's job.

BOLDUAN: What is the likelihood he's going to be able to broaden that coalition in a couple days over there, talking to his allies?

AVLON: The whole world is suffering from Iraq hanger, Kate, and that is a big part of the problem not just the U.S. Congress but folks around the world who got brought into the coalition of the willing under Iraq, we got sold a false bill of goods of WMD and we're not going to follow you into this morass again.

The president who opposed the Iraq war trying to make this is a case of humanitarian relief. He has to make the case and bring it home to the American people. So many members of Congress are on the fence.

BOLDUAN: You just saw that vote in the Senate committee yesterday and how divided it was 10-7, that shows the challenge that is he facing and how is that going to set up then for I think it's clearly a steeper climb when it moves over to the House.

AVLON: Much steeper climb. That 10-7 vote, that in incredibly tight given the fact the Senate was supposed to be a slam dunk. BOLDUAN: Exactly.

AVLON: Marco Rubio voting against it, despite his neocon rhetoric in the past. James Markey, senators from Massachusetts, voting present.

And the Senate isn't tougher climb. The Democrats and Nancy Pelosi are going to whip this vote and try to get the numbers passed.

BOLDUAN: Even though they say they're not.

AVLON: The Republicans are doing a conscience vote stepping act. It raises the question for folks at home, isn't every vote in Congress supposed to be a vote of conscience? Apparently not.

But this is a very tough climb, a serious gamble. And what my sources are telling me inside Capitol Hill this president needs to make his case to the American people directly, he'll need to take this jump ball moment and make the case this is an essential natural interest.

BOLDUAN: Secretary of State John Kerry says he has no doubt the president will make that case but that is putting some high stakes on that one speech.

AVLON: High stakes coming up.

BOLDUAN: John Avlon, great to see you.

CUOMO: We're going to take a break here on NEW DAY.

When we come back, 14 hours to go before the NFL season gets under way. The commissioner on the offensive trying to tamp down a controversy. We're going to start the first ever NEW DAY celebration of football with the football toss. I'm going to throw with to the NFL size man we have.

If he catches this, the NFL season will be good, drops it will be bad. Lot of pressure.

There it is, we're going to have a successful season, ladies and gentlemen. Very good. Rachel Nichols will be here live. She can't bring you any more bigger than Roger catching the ball.

BOLDUAN: And also, don't forget CNN's all new "CROSSFIRE", premieres Monday September 9th. Let's look back at one of its classic clips.

CUOMO: Good job, Rodge.


STEPHANIE CUTTER, HOST: In 2003 "CROSSFIRE" hosted Tucker Carlson, repeatedly promised he'd eat his shoes if Senator Hillary Clinton sold 1 million copies of her autobiography. Well, she did. But he had no idea what was coming on this July day when we reminded him of all the rash promises.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (INAUDIBLE) my friend, get ready to be munching on shoe leather coming up soon.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Actually, Paul, I will eat my shoes because I'm a man of my word.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm going to be curious what sort of shoe he chooses, flip-flop or soft leather.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, Simon & Schuster announced that Senator Clinton has passed the million book sales mark in just one month. Kind of reminds me of the prayer, Dear Lord, make my words sweet and tender for I may have to eat them.

Tucker, you're going to eat some shoe leather, brother.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You know, Paul, it wouldn't be the first time I have hey to eat my words.

Oh, my God!


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hey, Mrs. Clinton! Ladies and gentlemen, Senator Hillary Rodman Clinton!


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thank you very much.

CLINTON: You're very welcome.

I really want to you notice, Tucker, that this is a wing tip. It's a right wing tip.



CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY. It's kickoff Thursday, why I had the football, though I play with it all the time here.

The 2013 regular NFL season begins tonight with the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens visiting Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. However, the league under fire concerning player safety issues.

So, Commissioner Roger Goodell is running his own version of a no huddle offense.

CNN's Rachel Nichols is following all this for us from Denver.

Ooh, the site of the game, that's great. Hey, Rach.

RACHEL NICHOLS, CNN SPORTS: Hey, Chris. Well, nothing is better PR for the game of football than actually playing the game of football. After seven long months, fans are finally getting real games out here. It's great little revenge matchup tonight for Peyton Manning trying to play the Ravens team and beat the team that knocked him out of the playoffs last season.

Great matchup for Roger Goodell, too, as he tries to change the focus of the talk around this sport.


NICHOLS (voice-over): Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning won't be the only one on the offensive tonight as the NFL season gets under way. Commissioner Roger Goodell is also making a full charge, trying to boost the league's image after a controversial offseason.

His first move came last week, when the NFL reached a $765 million settlement with the thousands of former players suing over concussion related ailments.

Then, yesterday, Goodell announced a $10 million grant to study head injuries. He also kicked off a national bus tour to publicize this year's Super Bowl and remind fans why pro football is still the country's most popular sport.

ROGER GOODELL, NFL COMMISSIONER: No one really knows who's going to win, who is going to emerge as the next great star but that's what makes NFL football exciting. Everybody has that hope. Everybody has that dream of winning. And that's what fans love about NFL football.

NICHOLS: Still, the concussion issue continues to linger, when pressed on whether $765 million was generous enough for a league with revenues around $10 billion. Gooden noted that, quote, "People start with making an assumption that we make $10 billion. That's $10 billion in revenue and there's a difference between making and revenue."

Goodell added that, quote, "$765 million is a lot of money" and it may be. But earlier this week four former players filed a brand new lawsuit alleging the NFL hid information about the dangers of brain injuries.

In an interview with CNN earlier this summer, former Bears quarterback Jim McMahon who suffered multiple concussions alleged the same thing.

(on camera): Do you think when you were playing that they knew more than they were saying in.

JIM MCMAHON, FORMER NFL PLAYER: We definitely know they knew more.


MCMAHON: We know they knew more than what they told us but you know, back then nobody, you know, nobody questioned the hierarchy.

(END VIDEOTAPE) NICHOLS: Of course these days people are questioning all kinds of things, but at least when the ball kicks off tonight, some of those questions can be answered on the field, much to the relief of the league office -- Kate.

BOLDUAN: All right. Rachel, thank you.

Let's go around the world now starting in Venezuela. The government announcing it will create a secure unit to defend their electrical system after a blackout leaves -- get this -- 70 percent of the country in the dark.

Here's Shasta Darlington.


SHASTA DARLINGTON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: A full 70 percent of Venezuela was left in the dark after a massive power outage on Tuesday that even affected parts of the capital. The blackout disabled traffic lights and the subway. It lasted three hours, and as a result, thousands of people were sent home from work.

In a bizarre twist, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro blamed the opposition for sabotaging transmission lines. This is however just the latest power problem after an electricity emergency was declared way back in 2010.

Back to you, Kate.


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

Let's go to London where they are getting ready for Princess Diana's story on the big green.

Erin McLaughlin has more on that.


ERIN MCLAUGHLIN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Kate, she called him Mr. Wonderful. Now, Princess Diana's two-year relationship with heart surgeon Haznat Khan is a subject of full length feature film premiering in London later today.

The actress Academy nominated actress Naomi Watts as Diana, and she says she worked very getting into character, perfecting her voice and manners. She told one she could feel Diana's presence during filming. There's lot of pressure involved when you're portraying one of the most iconic women in modern history.

Back to you, Kate.


BOLDUAN: All right. Erin, thanks for that. In China, the world's youngest pilot is taking the controls. How young? The boy is just 5 years old. David McKenzie has that from Beijing.


DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: He calls himself Eagle Dad and might have China's most overachieving young child, the 5-year-old took to the skies in Hebe in a specially modified plane. His dad says it's a record-breaking flight.

It's not the first time we've heard from the family. There was eagle dad dumping his son in the snow in New York in winter, being criticized, he said it was to toughen him up. There was the joint trip up to the top of Japan's Mt. Fuji. Eagle dad clearly wants the publicity and he says it's not their last exploit.

Kate, back to you.


BOLDUAN: Makes me wonder what are they going to come up with next?

CUOMO: I hope it all goes well.

Coming up here on NEW DAY, what happened to the flag raised on the site of the World Trade Center after 9/11? You remember this iconic photo? I don't know if you saw the flag last night, the documentary here at CNN about it, but tons of tips pouring in afterwards. We're going to give you the latest on the situation.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Also, we're going to show you a prank of doomsday proportions. LG's viral ad trying to convince unsuspecting job applicants the world is ending. It is our must see moment today. Wait for it.


CUOMO: Welcome back. You are following the mystery of the missing 9/11 flag. It disappeared right after becoming a national icon in this photo. CNN's documentary on the mystery aired last night now word flooding in from people across the country who say they know where it could be. CNN's Jason Carroll has the story.


JASON CARROLL, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Dozens of tips have come in from across the country about possible clues to the whereabouts of the 9/11 flag that became a symbol of hope. After this iconic photo was taken, the flag mysteriously went missing. Take this picture from firefighters in Colorado, holding what appears to be a ground zero flag.

MICHAEL TUCKER, DIRECTOR, "THE FLAG": It's definitely the right size.

CARROLL: And this sent to CNN from a couple in California. TUCKER: You can tell from the stars that it's far too large.

CARROLL: So far, all false leads from Michael Tucker, director of the CNN film's documentary "The Flag."

TUCKER: If we find the flag, it would be terrific and I think that people would through that artifact, it would connect them to the past and to the stories.

CARROLL: Of the more interesting tips e-mailed to CNN, a man who claimed he spotted the 9/11 flag in a CIA office, while there as part of a boy scout trip, he says he was told it was the iconic flag from the photo at ground zero.

TUCKER: It's actually on the CIA website. It appears to be the right size, but it has gold tassels around the edges.

CARROLL: Or, could it be at NASA in Houston, so says one woman who claims her husband handled the flag that came from the World Trade Center buildings. All credible leads will be vetted by filmmakers then turned over to the only people who they say could tell what is real and what isn't.

TUCKER: The yacht (ph) owners surely (INAUDIBLE), they're the only people that could identify it.

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

CARROLL: The flag the firefighters raised was from their boat docked near the trade towers and only they know of undisclosed markings that can help solve the mystery.

Jason Carroll, CNN, New York.


BOLDUAN: All right. Jason, thank you for that. And we want to make sure you know, if you have a tip and you think you could help find the flag is you go to and click on the link and will tell you what you need to know or you can send an e-mail to

PEREIRA: You're ready for the must-see moment today?



PEREIRA (voice-over): Consumer tech giant, LG Electronics, played a heart stopping trick on some job applicants recently, turning it into their latest commercial. The company in attempt to highlight how realistic images look on their screen despite the window behind the interviewer's desk. Look what happens next.

On the screen, you can see a meteor plummeting toward Earth. Check out the reaction. Scaring the living daylights out of every last one. Mean trick? Yes. Hilarious? Absolutely. LG claims the applicants were completely in the dark about the whole thing.

CUOMO (voice-over): Come on.

PEREIRA: But our skeptical producers and keen eyed production staff here believe it was staged. But nonetheless, it's a pretty clever trick and pretty funny.


CUOMO (on-camera): It's got people talking.

PEREIRA (on-camera): It's got people talking.


BOLDUAN: That's a mean, mean joke.



CUOMO: Attacked by a meatball.

PEREIRA: I think it looks more like a corndog.

CUOMO: Took off my producer grip.



BOLDUAN: -- children's book/movie "Cloudy with --


BOLDUAN: That's exactly was that.


CUOMO: -- meatball, because in the Italian guy, what's that about?



BOLDUAN: OK. Looks like a corn dog.


CUOMO: Why is it hitting me not her?


BOLDUAN: Because I'm impervious.

CUOMO: I'll save you! (LAUGHTER)

CUOMO: Good thing my suit is asteroid proof.

BOLDUAN: Oh my gosh. Where are we going now? Should we go on?

CUOMO: Please.

BOLDUAN: Yes. Thank you.

Coming up next on NEW DAY, together again, I guess. President Obama and Vladimir Putin face-to-face this morning at the G20 summit in St. Petersburg. Can they find common ground on Syria? That is the very big question looming. Who are we going to talk to about that? Well, probably the best man to, former defense secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, joining us live.

CUOMO: Plus, more video for you to check out. Why is this guy driving so fast? Is it an emergency? Hardly. He's flying around Manhattan. They're timing themselves. Police are looking for him. We'll tell you the story behind it. He is not alone.


CUOMO: If you like the long ball, then last night's Red Sox/Tigers game was for you. Baseballs were flying out of Fenway Park like it was a home run derby. Andy Scholes joins us now with this morning's "Bleacher Report." Boy, oh boy, what a game.

ANDY SCHOLES, BLEACHER REPORT: Yes. What a game, Chris. You know, if there was ever a night to bring your glove out to Fenway Park, last night was it. The Red Sox hit a franchise record tying eight home runs in the game, a team record seven different players hit long balls. David Ortiz not only hit two-moon shots, he also collected his 2,000th career hit on an RBI double. The Red Sox absolutely crushed the Tigers. Final score was 20-4.

On the line-up section of, today, you can read about Floyd "Money" Mayweather's record payday for his upcoming fight with Canelo Alvarez. According to reports, Mayweather is guaranteed to receive $41.5 million for the fight. That breaks his record of $32 million, which is what he received for each of his previous two bouts.

The Cleveland Indians are in the midst of a heated battle for a playoff spot in American League, and what better way to lighten the mood around the team than a new pet chicken. Reliever Cody Allen's nickname is Chicken Al, so a bunch of his teammates came up with the bright idea to get him a real live chicken.

They, of course, named the chicken Cody. The Indians beat the Orioles last night 6-4. And guys, we know how superstitious baseball players are. A couple of guys have already gone on record saying if they keep winning, they're going to ask (ph) to keep the chicken, actually maybe get him a locker in the clubhouse.

BOLDUAN: What? What? What?


BOLDUAN: OK. Whatever works I guess. Chris is dumbfounded by this, Andy. You've officially done it. He's speechless.


BOLDUAN: Thanks, Andy. We'll talk to you a little later.

You hear the music everyone, it is time for the "Rock Block," a quick roundup of the stories you'll be talking about today. First up, Michaela.

PEREIRA: I'm still chuckling from the last one. First up with the papers, from the "Seattle Post Intelligencer," the state of Washington preparing to hand out 334 licenses for the opening of legal pot shops. Twenty-one of them will be awarded in Seattle starting December 1st.

In "USA Today," they may seem like a mindless waste of time to most adults, but a study suggests that video games can actually improve brain power in healthy older adults from ages 60 to 79.

And, "The New York Daily News" has South Carolina governor, Nikki Haley, locked out of the governor's mansion wearing only a robe. What happened? She was sending the kids off to school when the door slammed shut behind her. #happenstoallofus.

Here's Zain Asher with your business news.

ZAIN ASHER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hey, Michaela, yes. It is out, Samsung the biggest maker of smartphones has unveiled its galaxy gear smartwatch. You can make calls, get text messages, read weather on the watch. More on that to come out later.

Blackberry may be sold by November. "The Wall Street Journal" says the board hopes to run a fast auction process and has narrowed its list of potential bidders. Blackberry stock rallied on Wednesday.

The news, McDonald's dollar meal may soon be known as the $5 meal. McDonald's is experimenting with the idea of a different version of the dollar meal called the dollar menu and more that sells items for $1, $2 and $5. The new menu could come out later this year.

Finally, let's go to Indra for the weather.

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Doesn't that defeat the point?


PETERSONS: All right. Yes. We definitely saw a cold front kick through last night, which means temperatures super mild. I mean, look at this, looking at the highs in the 60s today, Burlington about 11 degrees below normal, New York City the 70s by tomorrow, we could be seeing low 70s. Here's the big thing, though. Overnight lows are dropping way down, 20s and 30s in upstate New York and New England which means, yes, we could be talking about frost which seems so early to be talking about this, but overnight tonight, improved tomorrow morning. Little chilly.

BOLDUAN: Little chilly. All right. Indra, thanks so much. We're now close to the top of the hour which means it is time for your top news.


BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: There's no doubt that we've kind of hit a wall in terms of additional progress.

CUOMO: President Obama goes into the lion's den. He's in Russia at this hour, meeting Vladimir Putin shortly. What the president needs to say? While at home, a Senate committee approves a strike on Syria.

BOLDUAN: Danger on the roads. The competition that has police furious. Daredevil drivers racing around a major U.S. city trying to make the best time and filming it all.

PEREIRA: Food warnings. Two new developments you need to know. A major recall of your favorite yogurt and a new study that says do not wash chicken before cooking. That's even more dangerous.

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY starts right now.

ANNOUNCER: What you need to know --

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He knows what he did. He knows it was wrong and I just think that he couldn't live with it.

ANNOUNCER: What you just have to see --

ANTHONY WEINER, NEW YORK MAYORAL CANDIDATE: I don't take my judgments from you and I don't judge you.

If you're going to say vile things about me and my family, you should expect that I'm going to go back at you.

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


CUOMO: Good morning. Welcome to NEW DAY. It's Thursday, September 5th, seven o'clock in the east. We have a lot to get to this morning.

This video just in. President Obama touching down in Russia this morning for the G20 summit. Syria, obviously, looming large over the event as well as the relationship between President Obama and Russian president, Vladimir Putin. What will happen when they go face-to- face?