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Obama's Short List Gets Shorter; Historic Salvage Operation Underway; Manning Vs. Manning; Red Sox Honor Mariano Rivera

Aired September 16, 2013 - 06:30   ET


JOHN AVLON, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST: There were real doubts about whether President Obama could get Larry Summers' nomination through the Senate, because he was very much an advocate of deregulation back in the 1990s.

You know, today, Kate, it's the fifth anniversary of the Lehman Brother, the whole financial crisis, and a lot of folks on the far left blame Larry Summers, and folks who are advocating that policies. So, he went from someone who soared through if Senate with confirmation when he was Clinton's treasury secretary, to being someone who Obama was looking at a tough fight with his base. It may not have been a fight he really wanted.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: What about the whole thought the president should be able to have the advisers he wants in his inner circle?

AVLON: Yes, wouldn't it be nice to think so? But we have advise and consent.


AVLON: And a Democratic Party that is increasingly saying, no, we're not just going to rubber stamp things from Obama. It's an interesting dynamic and it's kind of underreported. We all know the Republican Party is dealing with the resurgent far right, but the Democrats have that dynamic a bit on their own party as well, to the extent that even a figure as broadly popular within the party as Obama, can't get necessarily the picks he wants, especially in a position like that, so powerful, so unaccountable in so many ways.

BOLDUAN: And if Fed chairmanship is so important right now.

AVLON: Huge.

BOLDUAN: It's clearly why people are paying attention.

All right. John, great to see you.

AVLON: Thank you, Kate.

BOLDUAN: Absolutely.

We want to remind viewers, that Senator John McCain, he will be joining us live in studio for more to talk about the crisis in Syria at the very top of the hour. He went from being one of President Obama's chief allies to a chief critic. Important what he'll have to say.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: All right. We're going to give you a quick break to drink a little coffee, do a little toothbrushing and show you some amazing picture.

You are looking at what will be a record-setting salvage of the crippled cruise liner Costa Concordia. A lot of seas also, a lot of challenges. Could a second disaster be looming if this operation fails? A big if right now, but we're going to give you a live report, take you through it.

BOLDUAN: Also ahead, is sibling showdown in the NFL. Peyton and Eli going head-to-head on the gridiron. Which one is the man this morning? We'll hear from them just ahead.


BOLDUAN: Welcome back. Let's go around the world now starting in Mexico City, where the season's second hurricane is proving deadly.

Here's Nick Parker with more on Hurricane Ingrid.


NICK PARKER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: State media reporting a very heavy death toll already and two powerful storms that are wreaking havoc on Mexico. On the Pacific coast, tropical storm Manuel has inflicted most of those fatalities so far. But Hurricane Ingrid, only the second hurricane of the season so far, is expected to make landfall very shortly in the more than border state of Tamaulipas. Already, its rains have triggered deadly mudslides and flooding. The red Cross is sending 52 tons of aid -- Kate.


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

Let's go to Rome now where Pope Francis is getting rave reviews from Catholic followers fro making personal phone calls. But he is getting mixed reaction at the Vatican.

Alessio Vinci has more on that.


ALESSIO VINCI, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Six months into his papacy, Pope Francis has already distinguished himself as a different kind of pope. It is just about what he says, but how he says it, including personal and expected phone calls or calls to people who wrote to him seeking spiritual comfort or guidance. But not everyone here at the Vatican is happy about it.

Back to you, Kate.


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

And a kidnapping is making headlines in Italy. Not a person, but a pony, rather, and not just any pony.

Isa Soares has the story from London.


ISA SOARES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: A show pony said to be the world's smallest has been kidnapped. Charlie is less than 25 inches small and was snatched in September 12t in (INAUDIBLE). Police believe the mafia are involved and holding him for ransom.

Now, Charlie was set to be the big attraction of the national horse show. His owner says he is heart broken and is appealing for his return, saying that Charlie is not an animal but a member of his family.

Kate, back to you.


BOLDUAN: That is one cute little pony, further proof everything smaller is adorable.



CUOMO: But it is proof that people love their animals like family the world over.

BOLDUAN: That's very true.

CUOMO: Small package, I know what you're going for, you're doing the whole thing about everything small.

BOLDUAN: It has nothing to do with me.

CUOMO: It had everything to do -- I want to show you some great video right now. OK?

Crews are on site. They have been building infrastructure for over a year. That is the wrecked cruise ship Costa Concordia. It's been sitting on its side for the last 20 months. Problem, trapped inside, toxic materials. The metal has been flexing.

The problem is, second disaster, if they leak out, could it break apart when they do this? A lot of ways the situation could go, not all of them good.

Let's bring in CNN's Erin McLaughlin following the story from London.

Good morning, Erin.


Well, the process begun at around 2:08 Eastern. It had been delayed due to some stormy weather overnight. It's expected to last many more hours.

This is, after all, very slow and sensitive process, officials monitoring every aspect of this vessel. For now, they say they're cautiously optimistic.


MCLAUGHLIN (voice-over): Lifting a ship the size of the Costa Concordia from its side has never been tried before. More than 100,000 tons of water-logged wreckage now slowly being pulled upright.

Engineers and welders monitored the vessel's every move. There is, after all, a very real risk the ship could break apart.

NICHOLAS SLOANE, SENIOR SALVAGE MASTER: She's a massive ship, that's what I'm saying it's a massive challenge. But when you've added to the slopes of Giglio Island and the two reefs that she's balanced on, and it takes the whole project into a different scale.

MCLAUGHLIN: It's been 20 months since the luxury cruise liner that Costa Concordia ran aground off the Italian island of Giglio, killing 32 of the people on board.

The massive operation to remove the wreckage began with steel platforms built below the water. Cables helping to hoist the ship upright. In a series of enormous floatation devices attached to the ship's side are designed to eventually help the cruise liner float away to a nearby port.

Under water debris from the tragedy still floats along the Italian seabed, an ominous reminder of the toxic stew still inside the vessel, and an threat of an environmental disaster if the salvage operation is not successful. Removing the crippled ship is costing nearly $800 million and the people of Giglio are praying that the deteriorating Costa Concordia will soon be floating again.


MCLAUGHLIN: If officials are successful, if they are able to rotate this massive ship upright, they will then go to work repairing the damaged side of the vessel. The hope is that in eight to 10 months, they will able to finally tow the Costa Concordia away to a nearby port to be dismantled -- Chris and Kate.

BOLDUAN: All right. Erin, thank you so much for that.

We were talking before the piece if fact that they can build the structure under the water to hopefully then prop it up. Just think what the operation going in is.

CUOMO: It's incredibly impressive, fraught with peril. And you also have to remember, it's a marine conservatory site. You know, it's like a very sensitive area. So if anything goes wrong at all, they are already worried about it.

But we also have to take a half a step back and remember how this story happened.

You have the famous dialogue between the captain, Schettino, and the coast guard where, you know, in this unbelievable situation the captain had left the ship with all these people.

BOLDUAN: Forty-two hundred people on board.

CUOMO: Yes. And this coast guard captain wound up yelling at him in the line that became famous the world over for like weeks and weeks, became a meme on line, vada a bordo! He was yelping at him, get back on board. It's amazing. But now, we'll see how it goes. It could be a new turn on this story. Not a good one.

BOLDUAN: Eight to 10 months, hopefully, they'll have this thing taken care of. We'll see.

CUOMO: All right. Take a quick break here. Coming up on NEW DAY, it was a high scoring affair, that's for sure. But in the end, the older brother, Peyton, came out victorious over Eli in the Manning bowl.

Richard Nichols will join us to break down the battle of the brothers, featuring two of the NFL's elite quarterbacks. Great game. A little greater for one of them.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: And on this Monday, we want you to learn from our must-see moment. How not to empty out your swimming pool? You know how this ends. Wait for it.

CUOMO: Come on, man moment. Come on, man.


CUOMO: Ah. One of the best pieces of music in the history of music. Welcome back to NEW DAY.

Chalk up another one for the big brother, Eli Manning may have one more Super Bowl ring, but when it comes to head-to-head match-ups, his big brother, Peyton, perfect. His Broncos batter the Giants on Sunday, 41-23. Rachel Nichols has more on this sibling showdown.


RACHEL NICHOLS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Little brothers everywhere felt Eli Manning's pain on Sunday night. For the third time, the Manning Brothers faced off on an NFL field and for the third time, older, bigger Peyton came out on top. The day had started out much more nicely.

ELI MANNING, NEW YORK GIANTS QUARTERBACK: We got to talk a little bit before the game. We met up and just chatted for, you know, ten minutes. You know, nothing specific. Just, you know, brotherly talk.

NICHOLS: But within a few hours, Peyton's Broncos were taking a commanding lead on Eli's giants. Their parents, Archie and Olivia, watched nervously from a box, trying to split their allegiances by rooting for both offenses.

ARCHIE MANNING, ELI AND PEYTON'S FATHER: You know, I like it when you're going to the teams you like struggle. They struggle. So, they're not off to a great start, but that's football.

PEYTON MANNING, DENVER BRONCOS QUARTERBACK: It's kind of hard to, you know, it's just a unique situation. Not many other players have to go through it. So, you don't really know. You can't ask for too many people for advice on it. I think both of us are glad that it's over with.

NICHOLS (on-camera): This is likely the last time Eli and Peyton will play each other. Thanks to the corps of the NFL schedule. They could meet again if both made it to the Super Bowl at the same time, but the brothers say they're not rooting for that, because no one feels the same when the other is on the opposite side of the field.

PEYTON MANNING: It's a strange feeling. It's not like beating another team. It's not, you know, probably quite as enjoyable as it would be if you were, you know, beating somebody else.

NICHOLS (voice-over): When Eli and Peyton were kids growing up in New Orleans, their parents taught them that as brothers, they were best friends. And football was something they could share. Now that they're no longer opponents, they can finally get that back, which may be the biggest thing either of them won on Sunday.

At the Meadowlands, I'm Rachel Nichols, CNN.


BOLDUAN: It was fun to watch.


BOLDUAN: It was fun to watch.

CUOMO: It was, especially if you're not a Giant fan.

PEREIRA: For the parents, it's a challenge. You want both of them to do well. You can't be overly excited for one that wins and overly disappointed for the one that doesn't.

CUOMO: I mean, look, I still think they're in a great situation, because they watch your two kids thrive at the highest level.


PEREIRA: Upper echelon.

CUOMO: What a better situation for a parent. You want your kids to be happy and succeed. But I got to tell you, I think being brothers, I'm a little brother, being brothers is so much more powerful than a game. I know football. It's a lot of money. I love football. PEREIRA: Absolutely.

CUOMO: But, I think for these guys, the torment is, man, this is my brother. I hope he's all right. I hope this doesn't wind up affecting his career going forward. I think that's probably --

PEREIRA: But at the end of it, he's going down.


BOLDUAN: At the end of the game, they have just like a momentary really embrace, like, they really don't stand on the field and talk. They're brothers, we can talk later. They just kind of say, hey, and they move on.


CUOMO: I like the whole family. I think --

PEREIRA: You want more family stuff?

CUOMO: Please.

PEREIRA: You know, families that do chores together, the summer is winding up.


PEREIRA (voice-over): So, here on our must-see moment, here's a guy like many Americans going through the motion of emptying out his swimming pool. His strategy, you'll see but you need --

BOLDUAN (voice-over): Move your children.

PEREIRA: Not to mention super fun for the kids.

CUOMO (voice-over): Oh, yes.

PEREIRA: Oh, you know how this is going to end.

CUOMO: Don't tell me.

BOLDUAN: He knows.


PEREIRA: But the thing is, it's him who ends up in the ditch.


PEREIRA: The little girl actually does very well, a little squeal. She bailed at one point. I'm not doing this, dad, and then she went back and enjoyed the swim.

CUOMO: The only style --

BOLDUAN: That was kind of hilarious.


CUOMO: It's hilarious in the realm of really stupid, what are those kids, like four and five he has next to them?


BOLDUAN (on-camera): Really?


CUOMO (on-camera): Incident fun. What happens if like one turns the wrong way, he keeps his head on. That's great, but your kids are flying off in different directions. I don't know.

PEREIRA (on-camera): Exactly.

BOLDUAN (on-camera): That's not the way you should empty your pool.


CUOMO: Look, I don't care. I have a trampoline. I let my kids go in five at a time go in there, but it says it's too dangerous. I get like having fun with your family.


BOLDUAN: It's all right.

CUOMO: Yes. We have that annual Cuomo scissors throwing contest, scissors catching.

BOLDUAN: Talk about sibling rivalry.


PEREIRA: Exactly. I think it's fun.

CUOMO: It was fun because the way it ended. He kept his hat on, which is man love points.

BOLDUAN: Man love points. The only thing that matters here.

Coming up next on NEW DAY, secretary of state, John Kerry, touting a new deal with Russia to dismantle chemical weapons in Syria, but can he get enough people in Washington behind the deal? We are going to talk with Senator John McCain coming up live in studio about it all.

CUOMO: And we're trying to stay on top of the situation in Colorado. More rain. Now, it's stalling the helicopter rescues so needed there. Remember, the biggest air rescue effort since hurricane Katrina. Fifteen counties flooded out. A thousand people stranded, 1,200 others unaccounted for. Is there any relief? We'll look at it from the weather perspective, but also the situation on the ground. A live report top of the hour. (COMMERCIAL BREAK)

CUOMO: Well, well, well, it's official. The NFL may have a new heavyweight, a team not known for big talk. It is talking and walking the walk. Joe Carter has more in this morning's "Bleacher Report." Where did this team come from? The Seattle Seahawks --

BOLDUAN: I've never heard of them before.

CUOMO: They're the big real deal?

JOE CARTER, BLEACHER REPORT: I mean, really surprising outcome from them last night, Chris and Kate. I mean, a lot of people expected the Seahawks to be good, but this good? I mean, really surprised by that. An unusual starts of the game last night. First quarter, there was a one-hour lightning delay. That's three weather delays, so far, this year in the NFL and a five nothing halftime score, five nothing.

And then it was Seattle's defense that looked to lead, not their offense, because coming into the season, a lot of talk was about their quarterback, about their running, about their offense, but it was their defense that dominated what many thought was the best offense, even the best team in the NFC. 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernik, threw three interceptions. That matches his entire threw (ph) from last year.

The team finished with five turnovers total. And Seattle's Richard Sherman appropriately celebrates a big 29-3 win.

First year quarterback, E.J. Manuel, led Buffalo to a last second win yesterday over Carolina. And after the touchdown, take notice to E.J., he goes down on one knee and gets very emotional. Now, his family has been through a lot lately. E.J.'s mom recently beat breast cancer.

His dad's birthday was yesterday on Sunday, and he said after the game, he got extra emotional because his dad who he's always called his hero has been coming to his football games since he was six years old and to have that big of a win and for the dad was a great moment for him.

Now, trending this morning on, here is something you won't see again anytime soon. The Boston Red Sox honoring a New York Yankee. Mariano Rivera in his final game at Fenway Park. There were several nice moments for him, several tributes during the pregame.

But perhaps, in my opinion, at least, the most surprising moment was how well the Boston crowd showered him with love. Total respect. The Red Sox go on to win the game. They swept the series. But you know, Chris, it's very well-documented. Red Sox hate the Yankees. They certainly recognize greatness, and obviously, Mariano Rivera, one of the greatest baseball players of all time.

BOLDUAN: That's nice. Normally, what we're covering are brawls and fights, and you know? CARTER: Yes. Good point.

BOLDUAN: This is great to actually highlight this morning.

CUOMO: And also, look. Another reflection of Boston strong, you know, as we learn coming out of the marathon. It's an exceptional city. So, sports rivalries aside, they know when things rise above sport, and this was one of them, Mariano just a great guy. Great for the sport. Joe, thank you very much. That was good stuff.

BOLDUAN: All right.

CUOMO: Also puts a little bit more entry. You can see these commercials with the San Francisco quarterback and the Seattle one that they're supposed to be lifelong friends, and now, for them to go at it in the real game, it was good stuff.

BOLDUAN: Good stuff. You hear the music. You know what it means. It is time for the "Rock Block, a quick roundup of the stories we'll be talking about today. First up, Michaela.

PEREIRA: Here we go. From the papers, from "The New York Times," the study says teens are getting more exercise and eating more vegetables, leading to a leveling off of obesity rates by University of Massachusetts. Researchers say most teams are still falling short a federal recommendation.

From "USA Today," new A.P. analysis finds thousands of U.S. bridges are in danger of collapsing, including some that millions of Americans drive across each and every day.

From the "Boston Herald," a homeless man who did the right thing. We don't know his name, but police say the man turned over a lost backpack that he says he found at a mall. It contained $42,000 in cash and travellers checks. Really amazing.

Time now for business news with Christine Romans.

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: That sure is. Investors around the world this morning are cheering because Larry Somers won't be running the fed after all. Global stocks and U.S. futures are higher. Investors hoping for Janet Yelin to replace Ben Bernanke and keep his stimulus going.

Happy Crashiversary. Five years ago, Lehman went belly up and the markets crashed. Five years later, the S&P 500 has doubled. Housing is back but still 24 percent off its peak prices. Too big to fail banks are bigger, but they're required to keep more money on hand in case of emergency.

Coming out tomorrow, get ready for Grand Theft Auto 5. The series debut in 2001. It's in the Guinness Book of World Records as a best- selling action adventure videogame series ever. A billion dollar franchise in video games.

Finally, let's get to Indra Petersons. INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: We're continuing to watch the southwest especially out towards Colorado where we've seen anywhere from 15 to 20 inches of rain. More rain fell overnight yesterday. We have some good news finally on the horizon. Still few showers possible through tomorrow, but dry air finally making its way into the area for the rest of the week looks good.

Dry weather again in the forecast. As far as the northeast, we're talking about this cold front, making its way through the Ohio Valley and eventually out of the northeast today. So, what does that mean? Cold air is in place. Temperatures are going to be in the 60s for another couple of days.

BOLDUAN: All right. Fall is arriving.

PETERSONS: It's already here, right?



BOLDUAN: Thanks so much, Indra.

We're now at the top of the hour, everyone, which means its time for the top news.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: As a community, we're going to come out stronger after the storm than we were before.

CUOMO: Disaster zone. More than a thousand accounted for in Colorado. Raging flood waters cut off towns and more trouble on the way. We're live with the latest.

BOLDUAN: Tragic mistake. A former college football player shot and killed by police. His family says he was just trying to get help after a car accident. We hear from them exclusively this morning.

PEREIRA: Tough call. Super Bowl champ, Joe Flacco, misses the birth of his son to make the big game. They won, but what does his wife say?

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY starts right now.

ANNOUNCER: What you need to know --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A threat of force is real. We cannot have hollow words in the conduct of international affairs.

ANNOUNCER: What you just have to see --


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

CUOMO: Good morning to you. Welcome back to NEW DAY. It's Monday, September 16th, seven o'clock in the east. We have the very latest this morning on this unbelievable flooding in Colorado. 4,500 square miles affected. That's in an area about the size of Connecticut. More than 1,200 people unaccounted for.

Hundreds more waiting to be rescued with even more rain in the forecast. Now, we're going to start asking, what lies ahead, and we'll show you what the forecast shows.