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JOHN KING, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: -- to build a foundation for changing those numbers. And again, the president's challenge is profound, both from a personal and policy standpoint.

From a policy standpoint, as we've talked about, the American people simply don't believe him when he says we can have limited military strikes. It will be a short duration. We won't put boots on the ground. It will cause a positive impact on what's happening in Syria, and then, we'll walk away and the civil war will go back to it, and the Syrian people will take care of it.

The American people don't believe. They are very skeptical that he can do that, walk away and the United States won't get hurt in the process.

At the same time, at this point of his presidency, in a deeply polarized American, people have doubts that the country is split down the middle. Is he a strong leader? Is he honest and trustworthy? Can we trust him as a leader on foreign policy?

So, personally, the country is split on him. Welcome to polarized America. And from a policy perspective, they have huge doubts right now.

KATE BOLBUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Well, and also -- I mean, the president said he's going to run it to ground. They're going to look at it. He also still wants authorization for force if he needs it.

But how long do you think the American people are going to give him before they think this is just a stall tactic and they're all just looking for a political out.

KING: Well, a lot of Republicans are saying the president is looking for an off ramp here. That he's so reluctant to have a military action. He's going to use this proposal and put his faith now in Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad. Think of that sentence -- put his faith in Vladimir Putin and Bashar al Assad to get out of it.

Look, this has been very messy. This has been very confusing. At times, the administration is contradicting itself.

I will say this, the president will be judged how this ends, not how messy the middle is. So, if this Russian proposal works out and the president can get Assad to give up his chemical weapons, Syria tacitly acknowledged yesterday for the first time it has chemical weapons. So, in a way, that was a breakthrough for the administration.

If it ends well, the president will be judged well. The question is, Kate, how is this going to work? Again, it's Putin and Assad we're talking about here. Do you get a Security Council resolution saying Syria will abide by this and then do you get a cease-fire in the civil war so the inspectors can go in and look at all those sites in Syria, catalog the chemical weapons? A lot of people think this will take too long, and you have too many unsavory characters for it to work.

But the president says before you have a military action, you give diplomacy every last chance. The question is the time. How much time? Does he say tonight to the American people I'm going to give the Syrians and the Russians a week, a month, that's a big question.

BOLDUAN: That's a big question. And you really hit it. I mean, it sounds simple on the surface -- just turn over all of your chemical weapons. But how you execute that, especially with the people you're talking about working with here, it's anything but simple.

KING: And the world, remember, went down this road with a guy named Saddam Hussein once.

BOLDUAN: That's absolutely right. And lessons learned from that.

Thanks so much, John.

KING: Thank you.

BOLDUAN: We'll talk to you much more coming up.

And be sure -- a reminder, programming note -- to watch CNN tonight. President Obama addressing the nation, 9:00 p.m. Eastern. He will be making his case directly to you.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Coming up on NEW DAY: a wild story, a manhunt in the Motor City. An inmate allegedly attacks a deputy, then takes his uniform, disguises himself as a way to make his escape, locks down the entire city as a result. How they tracked him down, we'll tell you, coming up.

BOLDUAN: And in less than six hours, cue the countdown clock, Apple unveils its next generation iPhone. The processor is supposed to be faster and the camera supposed to be better. But is that enough for the tech giant to the recapture the old magic?


BOLDUAN: Welcome back.

Let's go around the world now, starting in London where the art world is buzzing about the discovery of a long lost painting by Vincent Van Gogh.

Matthew Chance is following that.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) MATTHEW CHANCE, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: The lost masterpiece hidden from the world for years has finally been unveiled. "Sunset at Montmajour" is a large oil landscape which was painted in 1888. It's the first full sized canvas from the Dutch master discovered in 85 years. The director of Amsterdam's Van Gogh museum describes it as a once in a lifetime experience.

The painting was originally believed to be a forgery. It sat for years in the attic of a Norwegian art collector. But thanks to new research, including a letter from Van Gogh himself, experts were able to authenticate it -- Kate.


BOLDUAN: Amazing. Matthew, thank you so much.

And it turns out a man who was rescued by helicopter in a remote part of the Andes Mountains was just a stranded hiker. He was a fugitive.

CNN's Rafael Romo explains.


RAFAEL ROMO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It started out as an incredible story of survival, but now it looks more like a case of a suspect trying to hide from police. Argentine authorities rescued a Uruguayan man who was stranded in the Andes Mountains. Raul Gomez was badly dehydrated and malnourished after spending almost four months there with little food.

It turns out that Gomez was a suspect in a sexual abuse case in Chile, involving an 8-year-old boy. Gomez is being treated at a hospital now, but may be extradited to Chile.

Kate, back to you.


BOLDUAN: Rafael, thank you so much.

Feeling happy this morning? Well, a United Nations report ranks 156 countries by the happiness of their people. And the U.S., just about what you may think, didn't fair too badly.

Erin McLaughlin has more from London.


ERIN MCLAUGLIN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Kate, those that want to be happy should try moving to northern Europe, Denmark, Norway and Sweden were at the top of the world's happiness report, which was published on Monday by Columbia University's Earth Institute, based on a survey of 156 countries. The report shows that happiness felt dramatically in countries like Greece, Italy and Spain because of a eurozone crisis. It dropped the most in Egypt due to political turmoil. The United States was ranked 17th on the list.

Kate, back to you.


BOLDUAN: Seventeenth, I'll take it. Considering I thought we'd be 156th.


CUOMO: With what's going on right now, we'll take 17. Maybe we'll go up to 11, or drop to 25.

BOLDUAN: Depending on what happens tonight.

CUOMO: That's exactly right.

BOLDUAN: All right.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Speaking of tonight, big day for Apple. You guys have been watching because we're all iPhone folks, right?

In a few hours time, the company is expected to unveil not one but two new iPhones. Among the rumored high tech features -- a fingerprint scanner, a faster processor and a better camera. But the question is lurking in many minds will these new models be game changers?

Joining us with more on this is host of 'TechBytes", Brett Larson, who happens to be a friend of mine and former colleague from another tech era many, many moons ago.

BRETT LARSON, TECH EXPERT: Another time, many moons ago.

PEREIRA: How are you?

LARSON: I'm fantastic.

PEREIRA: The buzz, the buzz, the buzz. There have been leaks online from months and months.

What do we know about what's going to be unveiled today?

LARSON: It's always rare for us to know anything about what Apple is going to do before they pull the veil back. But this is a new time for them. I say it's a safe bet that there's going to be two new iPhones. I think we'll see an update to the iPhone 5. It's a 5S, it will have a faster processor, better camera -- the kind of stuff we've come to expect.

Probably not a better screen. They're ahead of the pack with a retina display. It's a nice-looking screen. It's easy on the eyes.

The iPhone 5C I think is the interesting twist, because it's going to will be a less expensive model. It will be in plastic. It's going to come in different colors. We saw them do this with the iMac very successfully. The risk they run with this --

PEREIRA: Even the iPod.

LARSON: Yes, an iPods, too -- is that it becomes a hard time for the accessory makes to keep up. And it was like, I only want the purple phone, I don't want the green phone. I don't want the yellow phone, I want the red phone. They have the hard time with supply and demand over what their customers want.

I think the big stuff is going to be what iOS 7 really is. I know a lot of people are using it, they really like it. A lot of existing iPhone users are going to look at it and say, this doesn't look like my phone anymore. It's totally different.

But I think that's going to be an interesting twist. I think also what they do with iTunes radio is going to be interesting. And this fingerprint scanner is the big interesting thing.

BOLDUAN: That's the one I want to know about. So, what do you make of this? Has a fingerprint sensor been out there in any form or fashion with smartphones before?

LARSON: Not with smartphones. I mean, they've had the USB adapters for our laptops. They have been on laptops where you can swipe your finger and then unlocks the phone. They have a somewhat successful rate of working properly, often times you swipe and it doesn't work or it doesn't recognize you. That's a problem.

BOLDUAN: That is a problem.

LARSON: You're trying to use your phone. It's like no, it is my thumb.

But, you know, Apple doesn't announce hardware without some cool software component to go with it. You know, they didn't just say, you can hook up a digital camera to your computer. They said there's a cool app that will edit your photos for you.

So, I think this fingerprint scanner gives them the sort of open door to like what else are we going to be able to do with our smartphones? It is in everyone's pocket now. It can be our wallet, it can be our access to banking, what-have-you.

ITunes radio, I also think, I hope we see more with that, because I think that could be a game changer.

PEREIRA: Spotify, Pandora, their competitors.

LARSON: Biggest competitors, and you know, these are companies charging a monthly fee up to $10 a month. ITunes radio so far has said, well, we're only going to charge $25 a year.

CUOMO: So, is this enough to put Apple back on top or no? What's your gut?

LARSON: It depends on what they do with the S and 5C, and it depends on how well iOS7 is received.

BOLDUAN: They set the bar so high. We want revolutionary every time you come out --

PEREIRA: Even with their announcements, right? All the flash and --

LARSON: It's all glitz and glamour. But Samsung, HTC, the competitors have had a chance to catch up. So, they do need to always stay ahead and not just rest on their laurels of past successes.

BOLDUAN: They're doing pretty well.

LARSON: They have a lot money in the bank. So, I think --

PEREIRA: Brett Larson, (INAUDIBLE) with technology.

CUOMO: Always night to meet a friend of Michaela's past.

BOLDUAN: Exactly. Are you Canadian?

LARSON: I can sound like one convincingly.

PEREIRA: Can you do Canada?

LARSON: I can --


LARSON: Hang out with the mounties.

BOLDUAN: Very good.

PEREIRA: You're no longer invited back.

BOLDUAN: And you're no longer buddies. Thanks so much.


BOLDUAN: Thanks so much, friend. Good try. We'll be watching.

CUOMO: All right. Coming up on NEW DAY: challenge accepted. Today, Diana Nyad plans to meat face to face with critics questioning whether her Cuba-to-Florida swim was truly historic. A live report, just ahead.

PEREIRA: And the chances are by now you've seen the worst twerk fail ever. Epically fail. A YouTube sensation. Those of you that were skeptical, let's say you weren't wrong. It's our NEW DAY must-see moment, coming up in a second.


CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY. Diana Nyad, you see her there. And now, she is firing back at the doubters/haters. Her historic Cuba-to- Key West swim inspired so much awe, now being questioned. Marathon swimmers say something doesn't quite add up. But now, Nyad is firing back, planning this sit-down with her critics today. CNN's John Zarrella is in Miami with that. John, good morning.

JOHN ZARRELLA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hey. Chris. You know, when Diana Nyad got out of the water, she thought it was over. She finally done it. She chased the demon. Not quite so fast. Later today, a video conference is scheduled, we've heard, between Diana Nyad and up to a dozen well-respected marathon swimmers. They want answers.


ZARRELLA (voice-over): Today, Diana Nyad facing off with members of the marathon swimming community to answer the sudden rising tide of questions about her record swim from Cuba to Key West. Did she hold on to the boat at any time? Did she get out of the water? How could her speed at one point nearly double?

The online marathon swimmers forum is filled with posts, many like this one, quote, "Is this attempt effort swim going to be a Guinness World Record? I thought records had to be verified and unequivocable, which is this most certainly not," end quote. The founder of the forum, a marathon swimmer, himself, is one of those who wants answers.

EVAN MORRISON, MARATHON SWIMMER: What her crew reported to be a 7-1/2 stretch on the second night of her swim where she neither consumed any calories or any liquids. Went without feeding and drinking. And I think most experienced marathon swimmers look at that and think it's impossible.

ZARRELLA: The biggest issue seems to be just how fast she was moving. At one point, her speed nearly doubled to more than three miles an hour, leading to the questions about whether she got an assist from a boat. Marlin Scott, who captained the shark boat, told CNN he has no doubts Nyad's swim was legit.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I never saw Diana Nyad from out of the water. I saw her swim. Every time I woke up, she was swimming. Every time I went back and laid down for a little while, she was swimming. She was in the water the whole time. I believe it 100 percent.

ZARRELLA: Oceanographer, Mitch Roffer, says it was as if all the stars aligned for Nyad's swim.

MITCH ROFFER, ROFFER'S OCEAN FISHING FORECASTING SERVICE: The current was perfectly favorable. It couldn't have been a more ideal situation with the current was going from, Havana to Key West almost directly.

ZARRELLA: Members of Nyad's team say it was learning from the past, preparation, and, of course, luck.


ZARRELLA (on-camera): Nyad's team says they welcome the inquiry. They want complete transparency. That video conference is expected to start about 7:00 p.m. this evening and it could last three hours.

PEREIRA: All right. Let's move on to today's must-see moment. There is a huge twist to the viral video. Chris says not so much that we're about to show you. The worst twerk fail ever gotten nearly 10 million views in less than a week. Sorry, Miley. This may be the hottest breaking performance of all time.

Don't feel sorry, though, because as you see when this happens, you'll feel sorry for her because it looks like it really hurts and then she's on fire. Don't worry. It's a phony, it's a fake, it's a sham, a hoax set up by late-night host, Jimmy Kimmel. Take a look.




CUOMO (voice-over): Where did this fire come from?

BOLDUAN (voice-over): And why is Jimmy Kimmel wearing a pink shirt?

PEREIRA (voice-over): Because this was all Kimmel's doing. Kimmel says the woman in the video is named Daphne Avalon (ph). And guess what, surprise, surprise. She's a stunt woman.

BOLDUAN: I've been living a lie.

CUOMO: Where was the other part of that video when we were all --


BOLDUAN (on-camera): They didn't release it.

PEREIRA (on-camera): They didn't release it.

CUOMO (on-camera): Damn you, Kimmel, with your good ideas.


BOLDUAN: I showed this to my father this weekend when I was in Ohio.

PEREIRA: You showed your father a twerking video?

BOLDUAN: It's like you guys have to see this. This girl lights her leg on fire, and he's like, wow.


CUOMO: Was he more impressed by the twerking or by like all the medical subtleties of what --

BOLDUAN: I have no comment.


CUOMO: Wow. Feel so --

BOLDUAN: Lied to.

CUOMO: Victimized.

BOLDUAN: Do you?

CUOMO: Yes. I wonder if I can sue. It says --


CUOMO: I wonder if I have a case against Kimmel?


CUOMO: If only for that shirt, he assaulted me for his pinkness.


BOLDUAN: Stop now is all I'm going to say.

PEREIRA: You're so wrong.

CUOMO: I can't believe it was a fake.

BOLDUAN: It's OK. We'll talk about it.

PEREIRA: I can't believe your fake surprise.

BOLDUAN: That is not a fake surprise. He actually --


CUOMO: There I was at home trying to duplicate it myself and see if I could avoid the fake.

BOLDUAN: That just happened.

CUOMO: Yes, right.

BOLDUAN: Coming up next on NEW DAY, President Obama is about to make his case -- take his case for striking Syria directly to the American people in a speech tonight. But a Russian proposal could put any military response on hold. Slowed it down already. We're talking to Senator John McCain about the Syria crisis and get his take on all this.

CUOMO: Plus, we'll tell you about George Zimmerman, another brush with the law, this time, his estranged wife tells police in a 911 call that he threatened her with a gun. Deja vu to be sure. We'll tell you what exactly what's going on.


CUOMO: Question, did you see the future of football last night? The Eagles took apart the Redskins, showcasing a new offense that may rewrite the playbooks. True, true. Joe Carter has more in this morning's "Bleacher Report." Joe, did I set it up the right way.

JOE CARTER, BLEACHER REPORT: Great. Excellent job. It is the future of football, Chris, I'm very interested in seeing the future of football. It's impressive to watch. I mean, that fast offense, that up-tempo offense that the Eagles unveiled last night really overshadowed RG3's return from injury. I mean, Chip Kelly, he had that offense working very well in the college game. It worked really well at Oregon, but the big question was, would it translate in the NFL?

And I'll tell you, it's just one game, but it was everything it promised it would be and more in the first half alone last night. The Eagles scored 26 points. They run a high popping 53 plays. By comparison, the Steelers ran 53 plays all game on Sunday. So, it was impressive. The Eagles would want to win 33-27. Houston, by the way, also won that nightcap against San Diego.

And trending this morning on, you got Rafael Nadal, this guy is the comeback king of tennis. A year ago, a knee injury threatened to end his career. Now, you got to say, he's having one of the most dominant seasons ever. Right now, Nadal is just winning and winning convincingly.

He took down the number one player in the world yesterday to win his second U.S. Open title. He's 27, guys. He's healthy again. He's got four wins on hard courts this year. You know, he's the king of clay, but he's proving he is certainly ready to defend his championship and defend titles on the hard court, guys.

So, you know, you got your four main players in tennis, Nadal is back in that discussion of definitely dominant players.

BOLDUAN: Rafa is back.

CUOMO: Joe Carter, thank you very much, my friend.

CARTER: You bet.

CUOMO: Rafa.


Do you hear the music? I don't yet.

CUOMO: There it is.

BOLDUAN: Ah! There it is. That means it's time for the "Rock Block," everyone, a quick roundup of the stories you'll be talking about this morning. First up, Michaela.

PEREIRA: Can't start without the music. Checking the papers, first up, "The New York Times," Pope Francis phoning so many faithful that he's earned the nickname, the cold call pope. But the Vatican apparently concerned about copycat calls.

In "USA Today," the history on the Hill. The Senate Judiciary Committee opens hearing today with arguments for and against legalizing marijuana. Recreational pot use is legal in Colorado and Washington State. Time now for Christine Romans and business news.

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Good morning. Stock futures higher this morning. Out for the Dow had its best day since mid-July. The NASDAQ closed at the highest level in 13 years.

Grateful dead and Beach Boy fans, I feel for you. VW pulling the plug on its mini bus. It's the longest running model in automotive history. The last factory in Brazil to make this bus will stop production at the end of the year.

All right. This guy built a billion on beer. James Cook, founder and CEO of Boston Beer, has joined the billionaire's club, net worth of $1 billion.

Now, let's get to Karen Maginnis for the weather -- Karen.

KAREN MAGINNIS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: All right. We're looking at, there are some thunderstorms rumbling around the desert southwest. We could see another round of flooding like we saw yesterday, but the heat is on across the Midwest with temperatures a good 10 to 20 degrees above where they should be for this time of year.

We could see near record high temperatures in places like Chicago, also for Detroit, and 96 back in Memphis. We'll bring you details on that coming up in the next hour -- Chris, Kate.

BOLDUAN: All right. Thanks so much, Karen.

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


BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We've been very clear about what we expect, do not use chemical weapons.

CUOMO: Sudden shift. The president tells CNN if Syria gives up its chemical weapons, a strike could be averted. We break down how big and if this is and what the president may say at his national address tonight.

BOLDUAN: He's going to shoot us? That's the dramatic 911 call from George Zimmerman's wife, fearing for her life during a domestic altercation. We have the latest.

PEREIRA: Capture. The intense manhunt ends overnight. This prisoner's dramatic escape, stealing guard's uniform that had an entire city on edge.

Your NEW DAY starts right now.

ANNOUNCER: What you need to know --

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And he continually has his hand on his gun, and he's going to shoot us. ANNOUNCER: What you just have to see --


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


CUOMO: I was just getting mocked before we went on television. Good morning and welcome back to NEW DAY. It is Tuesday, September 10th, seven o'clock in the east.

Coming up this hour, we're going to break down this stunning turn of events surrounding Syria. President Obama will speak directly to the American people tonight, but it could be a very different pitch than (ph) the president wanted to deliver. We'll explore how a new deal, in quote, "floated by Russia" could change everything. Senator John McCain is going to join us live. I can only imagine what he has to say about this.