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NFL Concussion Settlement; Weiner Confrontation Goes Viral; Samsung Smartwatch; Valerie Harper's New Challenge; Thomas McRae Overcomes the Odds

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You know, nobody questioned the hierarchy.


RACHEL NICHOLS, CNN SPORTS: Of course now there are plenty of questions for the NFL, but at least at kickoff tonight, much to the league office's relief, some of those questions can be answered on the field. And, guys, this is a good matchup for the two of you. You've got young buck Ravens quarterback Joe Flacko versus 37-year-old Peyton Manning. Kate, you might want to remind your older colleague sitting next to you there that no one Manning's age has won a Super Bowl since John Elway did it here 16 years ago. So, you know.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Age is just a number, as we like to say, and I will always think of Peyton Manning as a Colt and still love him as a Bronco though.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: That was nice. That was a nice turn away from the insult of me by Rachel Nichols.

BOLDUAN: Rachel, I have to love him, because I have to sit next to him every day.

CUOMO: That's all right.

BOLDUAN: So, you know what I mean.

CUOMO: That's all right.

NICHOLS: That's true. Well, I'm in Denver saying this, I just want to point that out.


BOLDUAN: Exactly.

NICHOLS: I need to put the miles between us.


CUOMO: Hope the altitude doesn't get to you out there, Rachel.

BOLDUAN: Be nice you two. Take it on the field.

All right, thanks, Rachel, we'll talk to you soon.

CUOMO: I love - I still love Rachel Nichols.

BOLDUAN: (INAUDIBLE) of her. You still love her.

CUOMO: Yes, all of you attack me. If I were to do - if I were to judge on that basis, you know, forget it. Forget it. I'd have like no friends, right?

BOLDUAN: It is so tough. It's so tough being Christopher.

CUOMO: What happens? I need a break. I'm emotionally wounded by that.

BOLDUAN: Yes, you do. Coming up next on NEW DAY, you want to hear some fighting? Here you go. Anthony Weiner getting into it at a Brooklyn bakery after a customer calls him a name, then Weiner calls him a name back and then the insults really get serious. We're talking about family here.


ANNOUNCER: You're watching NEW DAY with Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan and Michaela Pereira.

CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY It's Thursday, September 5th.

Want to know the five things you need to know for your NEW DAY? Michaela will tell you.


Here at number one, President Obama is in St. Petersburg, Russia, for the G-20 Summit. The world waiting to see if he and President Putin will talk about the crisis in Syria.

In a 10 to seven vote, meanwhile, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has passed a resolution authorizing a limited U.S. military response in Syria. That measure now goes to the full Senate for debate next week.

Wal-Mart employees protesting across the nation today. They want better wages. They want the company to rehire workers who were fired for going on strike.

The National Football League season kicks off tonight. Yay! Or boo. The Baltimore Ravens begin (INAUDIBLE) the Super Bowl title against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in the mile high city.

And at number five, is it a he or a she? We will find out today if the Smithsonian National Zoo's new giant panda is a boy or a girl. The zoo also set to reveal who the father is a bit later this morning.

You know we always update those five things to know, so be sure to go to for the very latest.

Kate. BOLDUAN: Thanks so much, Michaela.

Now to a seriously epic exchange involving Anthony Weiner. The faltering New York mayoral candidate confronted by a voter -- we're seeing the beginnings of it right there -- who made insulting remarks about Anthony Weiner and his wife and the texting scandal that he's been caught up in. Things really got heated after Weiner fired back and now the video's gone viral. Rosa Flores has much more on this.

Good morning, Rosa.

ROSA FLORES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, good morning, and good morning to you at home.

The Democratic primary is days away, but, my friends, there's always a little more room for drama involving Anthony Weiner's campaign. This time he defends his wife and puts a heckler in his place.


SAUL KESSLER, NEW YORK CITY VOTER: But I didn't - I didn't do what you did.


KESSLER: I didn't do what you did.

WEINER: What rabbi taught you that you're my judge?

FLORES (voice-over): Embattled New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner in an epic war of words with a constituent amid the final push to next week's Democratic primary. It all happened at this Brooklyn bakery after he paid for some traditionally Rosh Hashanah baked goods.

KESSLER: You're a real scumbag, Anthony.

WEINER: Wow, very nice (INAUDIBLE).

FLORES: Weiner begins to leave the bakery, but then, listen closely.

KESSLER: Married to an Arab.

FLORES: This man, Saul Kessler, makes a racial slur about Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin. Kessler tells CNN in a phone interview, "I did say that. I'm not going to deny it. It's just a certain feeling I have as a Jew." The confrontation did not end there.

KESSLER: I just think you're disgusting.


KESSLER: You're disgusting.

WEINER: Yes, it takes one to know one, (EXPLETIVE DELETED).

KESSLER: Huh, don't lose your temper. (INAUDIBLE).

WEINER: (INAUDIBLE). What's that? What's that? What's that? You wait until I walk until you say anything. That's courage.


KESSLER: We'll have a discussion.

WEINER: (INAUDIBLE) walk out here -

KESSLER: Come back in here. I'm not afraid of you.

You have the nerve (ph) (INAUDIBLE) walk around in public -

WEINER: Oh, yes. And you're - and you're a perfect person?

KESSLER: (INAUDIBLE). I'm not perfect.

WEINER: You're my judge?

KESSLER: But I didn't -

WEINER: You're my judge? What rabbi taught you that?

KESSLER: I didn't do what you did. I didn't do what you did.

WEINER: What rabbi taught you that you're my judge?

KESSLER: You're fine.

WEINER: Thank you. Thank you.

KESSLER: You talked to God and worked out your problems, but stay out of the public life. That's the difference.

WEINER: Right (ph). Well, I'm not going to stay -- that's not for you to judge, my friend.


WEINER: I don't take my judgments (ph) for (ph) you and I don't judge you.

KESSLER: You're a bad -- you're a bad example for the people.

WEINER: That's your judgment?

KESSLER: No, that's obvious.

WEINER: OK. So then that's why we have elections.

KESSLER: Your behavior is deviant (ph). It's not normal behavior.

WEINER: That's why we have elections. And you're perfect? You're going to judge me?

KESSLER: No. I'm not running for office. I'm not out there in the public.

WEINER: You know who judges me? You know who judges me?

KESSLER: I'm telling you, it is disgusting, it's immoral -

WEINER: You know who judges me? Go visit with your rabbi. Go visit with your rabbi. Shows you how much you know.

KESSLER: It's immoral. And think -

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

FLORES: Weiner was highly criticized for sending revealing photos of himself to women online, prompting him to resign from Congress. Weiner's popularity continues to plummet in the polls as he attempts his political comeback for mayor of New York.

KESSLER: Think about - think about your wife, friend (ph).

WEINER: By the way -

KESSLER: How could you take the person you -

WEINER: By the way, those - that is between me and her and my God, not your -

FLORES: His notoriety is not going down without a fight.


FLORES: Anthony Weiner is not leading in the polls, but many of the New Yorkers we talked to say they agree with him about standing up for his wife. Chris, Kate and Michaela. I think I'd want my man to stand up for my - for me as well.

BOLDUAN: A very good point. A very good point. Thanks so much, Rosa.

PEREIRA: All right, you guys ready to talk technology now?

CUOMO: Please.

PEREIRA: And money. It's a little bit of both. This is definitely not your grandfather's watch. Samsung, the world's largest smartphone maker, is about to enter the emerging smartwatch market in a big way. The new Galaxy Gear goes on sale in three weeks' time, put it on your calendars, for $299. The question is, though, will buyers be getting enough bang for the buck.

Here to parse it all out for us and put it to the test, Zain Asher. Let's get our geek on. Are you ready?

ZAIN ASHER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes, guys, what do you think?

PEREIRA: It's pretty sharp looking.

BOLDUAN: It's better looking than I thought.

ASHER: Can you see it? Can you see it?

PEREIRA: We can.

BOLDUAN: I will tell you, it's less clunky than I was really expecting.

ASHER: It actually doesn't weigh much either. OK, let me just walk you through how it works. OK, so, right here on the underneath there, that's the microphone right there. If you turn it on the other side, here's the camera right here. I'm going to try and take a photograph of Kate. So pose for me.


ASHER: If I scroll down like this -

PEREIRA: Or a laser beam. Either way.

ASHER: Oh, here we go. There's Kate. Can we see her? I just press it. That's Chris as well.

PEREIRA: That's fantastic.


CUOMO: Photo bum (ph).

ASHER: And so if you go through -

PEREIRA: I feel that could be used poorly, though, in bad situations, don't you?

ASHER: If you go through - here -

BOLDUAN: (INAUDIBLE) spy games (ph).

ASHER: Here's where you get the text messages, notifications. You record a voice memo. And (INAUDIBLE), that's the competitor to Siri, right?


ASHER: So you can say, oh, you know, where's a hair style in Manhattan? That kind of thing. And then if you keep going through - oh, here we go. Let's see, I'm going to try and make -

CUOMO: Broke it.

ASHER: I'm going to try and make a phone call to Michaela right now. Michaela. OK. So you go to apps. You press it. I'm going to dial a number.

BOLDUAN: Takes a while to get through, huh?

ASHER: And then - yes. So it's a little slow. So, let's see -

CUOMO: Why does Michaela have a 1-800 number?

ASHER: I'm going to - I'm going to talk to Michaela right now. OK. So it should be working. Here we go.

BOLDUAN: Hopefully. Service in this studio, not so great.

CUOMO: It's ringing. Oh.

PEREIRA: Oh, well, we just got a tweet. Oh, there's a phone call for me. I wonder who it could be. Hey, girl, tell me what's good.

ASHER: OK. So you can hear her, but it's not that loud. What do you think?

PEREIRA: I can hear you, but I find it odd that you have to hold it up to your head like that.


ASHER: So the thing is, if you are in a crowded party or in a crowded room, you're not necessarily going to hear it. And you can't have private conversations with it.

CUOMO: No headphone jack.


ASHER: Yes, so you - if you -

PEREIRA: That would be helpful.

ASHER: Right. If you wanted a private conversation, you just have to take out your real phone.


ASHER: You know, you can't have a private conversation on this.

BOLDUAN: And here's the key that -- I was trying to read up on this a little bit.


BOLDUAN: Yes, (INAUDIBLE). You have to have a certain phone to work with the watch, right?

ASHER: Yes. Right. Absolutely. You have to have this phone. It's a Samsung Galaxy Note III.

CUOMO: That's how they get you.

PEREIRA: Exactly.

ASHER: Yes, it was unveiled yesterday. So this is $300 and this is $300. So if you want to use this right now, you actually have to spend $600 in one go.

PEREIRA: From what I can tell, there are other makes that are already making smartwatches.

ASHER: Right.

PEREIRA: This is the one that's the most comprehensive so far.

ASHER: Right. Right. Right.

PEREIRA: Like this is kind of a game changer in a way, correct?

ASHER: It is. It is. So there's Pebble (ph) also has a smartwatch. Sony has a smartwatch. Apple is going to come out.

PEREIRA: Microsoft's thinking of doing one as well.

ASHER: Yes, exactly. So Apple's going to come out with an iWatch. So, you know, Apple -- Samsung actually beat Apple to the punch. So, you know, we'll see what Apple has to do to beat -

BOLDUAN: OK, you're our techie guru, what's your - what's your final take? Do you think it's good?: Do you think it lives up to the hype? Do you - what do you think?

ASHER: I think - you know, the fact that you have to charge it every single day, the battery only lasts 10 hours. So are you really going to be addicted to something that you have to charge every single day, you know?

CUOMO: Do you have to have the smartphone on you or do you just have to own it for software capability?

ASHER: No, no, no, you have to have it on you at all times. So this has to be in your bag anyway.

CUOMO: Wam (ph) wam (ph).

BOLDUAN: We'll see. I bet you there are a lot of people that are disagreeing with our wam (ph) wam (ph), but, you know -

PEREIRA: I better give you the phone back. I think your auntie called.

ASHER: It was my mom. It's my mom.

PEREIRA: I like some of the features of it. I want to play around with it. I think (INAUDIBLE).

BOLDUAN: Yes, we should play with it. Very cool though.

PEREIRA: I love that.

BOLDUAN: A step in the future. Hello, Jetson.

PEREIRA: And it looks sharp on you.

BOLDUAN: It does.

ASHER: Thank you, guys.

BOLDUAN: You wear it well.

Thanks so much, Zain.

All right, coming up next on NEW DAY, she's battling cancer but that is not stopping actress Valerie Harper from competing on "Dancing with the Stars." You'll talk about grueling. You're going to hear from the inspirational star straight ahead.


BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY.

Actress Valerie Harper redefining the word inspirational, despite her battle with terminal cancer, she is lacing up, officially joining the cast of "Dancing with the Stars". She talked with CNN's Nischelle Turner, who is here obviously to talk about it. What was that conversation like?

NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT: I mean, first of all, she just came up and embraced me. So, I automatically felt good and she makes --

BOLDUAN: Yes she's real good.


TURNER: She definitely does. You know, first of all, she looks good and she told me she feels good she also told me a couple things that surprised me. She said even though it's been widely reported that she has terminal brain cancer, she does not. She says she has lung cancer and that it's a cancer situated in the lining of the brain.

She also says that she realizes that she's now teaching people a life lesson. That you don't have to end -- you don't have cancer to get it.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is "Dancing with the Stars".

TURNER (voice-over): "Dancing with the Stars" often features inspirational story line. But this season is especially inspiring.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Welcome Valerie Harper.

TURNER: Six months after Valerie Harper revealed she had a terminal form of cancer, she announced she'll strap on her dancing shoes for the primetime competition. She told me it was her husband, Tony, who convinced her to say yes.

VALERIE HARPER, ACTRESS: I said, "Oh, no. I can't do that." He said, no, Valerie. I said, give me one good reason. He said, "You have cancer. Get up there and show people that you can dance. And do what you -- and your doctor say it's fine to exercise."

TURNER: The 74-year-old actress already has defied the expectations of her doctors who thought she might not live through the summer and she's defied something else, a subtle expectation that a person with a terminal disease will slip into despair.

HARPER: This death sentence made me look it in the eye and then once you do there's a great freedom. It's almost like, go to Naples.

TURNER: Even dancing's hopes are inspired by their show's newest contestants.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That's a great sense of humor we are in adjacent makeup chairs this morning and she said, hey I'm past my expiration date.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I love it. She has the best attitude.


TURNER: Harper isn't limiting herself to just dancing. She's also acting. Appearing just last night on an episode of TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland" which featured a reunion of her old Mary Tyler Moore show buddies.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We went out on top.

TURNER: But in the coming weeks, as long as her health holds up and voters keep her on the show, primetime will find Valerie dancing in the spotlight and the motto she'll have in mind, one from singer Leah Remini.

(on camera): I heard you say if you had the chance to sit it out or dance, you will dance.

HARPER: I hope you dance. I hope you dance. And that's what I'm saying to everybody. That's my message. Dance.


TURNER: You know she told me that when she faced death it was almost liberating because she says when you accept that death is inevitable and you don't think about it every day. You just go, we're all terminal. Every single one of us and you live your life.

And all of the other contestants on the show this season were telling me that yes, it's a competition. But the one person they're all rooting for, of course, is Valerie. And she - and when you talk to her, you think, gosh, why can't I just embrace life and live like that? You really do get that feeling and it's really motivational and inspirational.

BOLDUAN: Yes and one of the many messages she's sending.

TURNER: I hope a lot of people listen to it and get it.


TURNER: Yes all right.

BOLDUAN: Great stuff Nischelle thank you so much.

Time now for the "Human Factor" today.

Growing up in Washington, D.C., Thomas McRae was shuffled between homes. Well now, he is helping kids just like him.

Here's CNN's chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta with his story.


THOMAS MCRAE: And I hate to see you walk out of the door.

DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Twenty-year-old Thomas McRae knows what it's like to have people walk out of his life.

MCRAE: My dad took me away from my mom at birth.

GUPTA: But his father was ill and had difficulty caring for him.

MCRAE: I was in 11 homes before I came to the foster care system.

GUPTA: He was 10 when his life changed dramatically.

MCRAE: I was shot.

GUPTA: By a 14-year-old who was living in the home where he had been taken in at the time.

MCRAE: I had to learn how to walk again.

GUPTA: Fortunately, the paralysis was temporary, but McRae was still suffering from a different kind of pain.

MCRAE: It was anger, it was rage, it was aggression.

GUPTA: And then the nightmares began.

MCRAE: When I closed my eyes, I remember seeing myself being shot.

GUPTA: After the shooting the sixth grader was moved into foster care and he was promptly diagnosed with post traumatic stress decision, depression, ADHD.

MCRAE: I was finally able to get the proper treatment that I needed.

GUPTA: He went on to live in 11 different foster homes. As a senior in high school McRae asked his best friend's mother who he had known since sixth grade if she would adopt him and she did.

MCRAE: It was the greatest day. GUPTA: McRae just completed an internship with Maryland Senator Ben Cardin where he talked to legislators about aging out of the foster system.

He is back at school now studying psychology at Cheyney University.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, reporting.



PEREIRA: Slow motion.

CUOMO: That time of the morning. The man with his own theme song. John Berman here to give us his NEW DAY "Award of the day award".

JOHN BERMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I have a lesson in humility and sportsmanship for all of you this morning.


BERMAN: You have to look at this video. It's amazing stuff. It's from the end of a triathlon in Brazil. A man about to win there is a French athlete named Jeremy Jerkowitz (ph) he is there about to cross the finish line and what does he do? He celebrates before. Look at me, I'm going to win, I'm the best. Look at me. But wait, mon dieu the other runner comes from behind and almost passes the French runner. And if you see it there, like the French do Jerkowitz actually puts his arm out to stop him a little bit right there.


BERMAN: Not cool at all. I'm show boating and I'm going to be un- sportsman-like at the same time. Nevertheless, he did cross the finish line first. He wins the -- don't count your poules they hatch award. I did it in French so he understands. You know, we actually thought about giving the other guy the award, they guy who came in second. I wonder if we have a picture here.

PEREIRA: Look, I think he slows down, I think he sees it.

BERMAN: Here's the deal, we didn't give him the award because did you see his abs. He has enough already. Like no awards to that dude. He's got enough going on. He needs to win.

CUOMO: He looks a little apologetic to the guy who finished first. Like, hey, I'm sorry.

BERMAN: It's funny. The guy who came in second, what he was clearly saying is look, when you were show boating, I was going to pass you, but you deserve to win.

BOLDUAN: All right. Thanks John, we'll be right back.

CUOMO: Your French is good. (COMMERCIAL BREAK)

CUOMO: That's it for us here on NEW DAY. Let's get you quickly to Carol Costello at the "CNN NEWSROOM" because we're waiting on the President -- Carol?

CAROL COSTELLO, CNN ANCHOR: Yes. He could shake hands with Vladimir Putin at any time now. You have a great day. Thanks guys.

PEREIRA: You too.

COSTELLO: "NEWSROOM" starts now. And good morning to you. I'm Carol Costello.

We begin this morning in Russia and the newest backdrop to the debate over military strikes in Syria. Right now that international squabble has virtually muted the economic summit that has drawn world leaders, including President Obama and Syria's most important ally, Russian president Vladimir Putin.

At any moment, the two men will take part in a photo op shaking hands, but in recent days, they've been wagging fingers; Obama scolding Putin for opposing the strikes and Putin accusing the United States of unfairly blaming the Assad regime. In fact, Putin is now accusing Secretary of State John Kerry of lying to Congress this week when Kerry denied al Qaeda's role in aiding rebel fighters.


VLADIMIR PUTIN, PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA (through translator):It was somewhat unpleasant for me to even watch it. Because we worked with the U.S. on the assumption that they are decent people and he lied. He knew that he was lying and he went on lying about it. It is sad.