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The Shutdown Stalemate; "Redskins" Name Controversy; Is Bill Gates Planning a Comeback?; Geno Powers The Jets

Aired October 8, 2013 - 06:30   ET


KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: It sure does. I mean, you're seeing -- movement is not the right word -- you some kind of action, Senate Democrats, they're kind of setting in motion today a vote on a clean debt ceiling increase. Republicans over the weekend and they will continue to pass bills in the House.

Are those just bargaining positions or are they trying to do something in the absence of any real negotiating?

JOHN KING, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: In the old days, one chamber passed its version, the other chamber passed its version, and then, again, you went into a room, and you let responsible adults figure out a compromise.

The problem now is the House keeps passing these piecemeal bills bring back part of the government, fund this part of the government, and the Senate says, no way, we're not taking the bait. The White House says, we're not taking the bait -- because they think they would fund almost all of the government, just not Obamacare. The Republicans would say we win, the government is back open and we're not funding the president's health program.

What the Democrats in the Senate are going to do, Kate, is try to pass that clean debt ceiling increase. What you would need is all 54 Democrats, plus six Republicans to get through the procedural hurdles.

However, let's assume you got 60 votes out of the Senate. The problem is, would John Boehner, Republican speaker, bring it to the floor when his members, especially those 25 to 35 Tea Party ultraconservative members say no way, we won't do that.

So, there's a meeting of house Republicans this morning. We'll see if there's effect of the time of this tick, tick, tick back home. But at the moment, there's no breakthrough in sight.

BOLDUAN: And you know that the deadline or if the market would react violently or often the thing that gets Congress having a clearer head and having cooler heads prevail, but also on the side of the president, the president said, I am not negotiate. Has he backed himself into a corner at this point? Or after saying, there's no negotiating can he then find some way to negotiate and save face?

KING: He's going to have some way to have a conversation, the way to save face is not to call it a negotiation, I guess, in the sense that Republicans feel pretty emboldened, pretty strong on that one. Number one, their threshold argument is, negotiation is the price of admission when you have divided government.


KING: There's simply no way to get anything big done when you have a Democratic president, a Democratic Senate and a Republican House without negotiation. They also have history on their side, and the president did negotiate in 2011 over the debt ceiling. That's what those forced budget cuts known as the sequester came about.

So, what the president is saying, "I'm not going to negotiate with a gun to my head," as he puts it, his words, over raising the debt ceiling or re-opening the government. If you can do those things we can have the other conversations.

The problem is, you're asking Republicans who don't trust the president and some don't trust their own leadership to vote to raise the debt ceiling or to vote to re-open the government with a promise they'll talk about entitlement reform, they'll talk about Obamacare in the next set of negotiations. But, again, the missing trust is the ingredient that keeps you from getting to say, OK, let's try to get, quote-unquote, normal if Washington would have any idea what normal is.

BOLDUAN: Then you really hit it right there. The promise used to be enough that we will deal with this afterward. And the trust is not there to even allow that to happen. It is amazing.

KING: The mistrust within the House Republicans is as important as the mistrust between Republicans and the Democrats right now. It is dysfunction that's swirling.

BOLDUAN: It's an excellent point. Thanks, John. Talk to you soon.

KING: Thank you.

BOLDUAN: Thank you.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: We'll take a quick break on NEW DAY. When we come back, the name Elizabeth Smart. You'll remember that face, you remember hearing about the kidnapping by a deranged capital. Now, she's finally telling us what happened, nine months of torture at 14 years of age.

She'll join this morning on NEW DAY about her new book.

BOLDUAN: Also ahead, Native American groups, politicians, even the president turning up the heat on the NFL's Washington Redskins. But will the owner agree to change the team's name?


BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone.

Let's get straight over to Indra and the weather center with what you need to know before you head out the door this morning. What are you looking at? INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: That's that time of the year, right?

I just came back from looking at Karen. And, once again, we're taking the look out into the Atlantic at another possible development. You actually see one here that's closer to the coastline, about 20 percent chance. That was most likely to curve out in the sea.

Actually, what we're looking at is way off the coast of Africa. There's Africa if you need a reference point. It has about a 40 percent chance of development over the next five days. It does have a 50 percent chance. We're going to continue to monitor that to see what happens.

Now, typically, this time of year, we are past peak season. So, we don't usually see them originate off the coast of Africa. In fact, we see them originate in the Caribbean and kind of curve out to sea.

Since it is not following that path, we'll have to see whether or not it does affect the U.S. mainland. Of course, it is so far, we'll just continue to monitor it.

The other big story we saw yesterday, I mean, look at that line of storms that cruised through the area. Over 100 reports of wind damage yesterday from downed power lines, uprooted trees and even some overturned vehicles.

Finally, the good news is that is currently offshore at least into the Northeast. We're going to be left with cold air behind it, thanks for the cold front moving through.

And notice the temperatures. I mean, they're dropping way down. Actually close to average where we should be this time of year but we were a good 10, 15 degrees above average recently. It's actually going to feel like a good chill. We drop down to below average.

Average for New York, 68, we're going to get to about 62 on Thursday. Same thing, Philly, you're going to go down to about 64 with your average about 69. So, that will be the big difference there in the Southeast.

We're looking at the same system just off the shoreline, that low will develop. Each day kind of gradually creep up the coast. What does that mean, Carolinas we're going to be pulling in the moisture from that low.

Look for two to four inches of rain over the next several days. In fact, as that low continues to make its way up the coastline, a lot of people asking what are your plans here? Into the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, look for the first half of your weekend to be consumed by rain.

But, hey, the second half looks nice.

BOLDUAN: And overnight, you could almost -- you could feel the temperature dropping. PETERSONS: Yes, and a little more today, each day.

BOLDUAN: All right. Thanks so much, Indra.

CUOMO: Second half also known as a day. You take what you can get.

All right. We want to talk to you about the Washington Redskins name. What do you think? Merely politically incorrect or offensive and has to go? Native American groups, activists, even some politicians gathering in Washington Monday to say the time has come for change, calling the team's name painful and disrespectful. And now even the president has weighed.

But as CNN's Brian Todd reports, the team's owners are digging in their heels.


BRIAN TODD, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): A standoff that seems like the government shutdown, neither side budging, the president firing a news-making salvo. But this Washington drama is over the nickname of the city's NFL franchise.

Native-American groups feel they've got new momentum in their efforts to get rid of the name Redskins.

RAY HALBRITTER, ONEIDA INDIAN NATION: It's about the way our children are affected by the imagery of Washington's name and mascot.

TODD: Ray Halbritter and the Oneida Indian Nation are making a new push after President Obama's remark that if he were the owner of a team and its name offended a sizable group of people, quote, "I'd think about changing it."

The Redskins are firing back through their attorney Lanny Davis.

LANNY DAVIS, WASHINGTON REDSKINS ATTORNEY: There should not be a name change, which is not about race. It's not about disrespect. It's about loving the Redskins.

TODD: Davis cited a poll this year showing four out of five Americans don't think the Redskins' name should be changed and the only poll, which asks Native Americans specifically about it, taken almost a decade ago. That survey showed 9 out of 10 Native Americans were not bothered by the name.

(on camera): What do you make of the polling that shows -- that many Native Americans aren't offended and many others don't want the name changed?

HALBRITTER: That's a dictionary-defined offensive racial epitaph. You shouldn't be using that to sell a national sports team to America or to the rest of the world.

TODD (voice-over): NFL commissioner Roger Goodell stepped lightly into the controversy. ROGER GOODELL, NFL COMMISSIONER: If we are offending one person, we need to be listening.

TODD: Redskins' owner Dan Snyder, one of 32 owners who Goodell works for, said recently he'll never change the name.

But the Oneida Indian Nation will get the NFL's ear soon. Both sides said they'll meet with each together about the Redskins name next month.

Brian Todd, CNN, Washington.


BOLDUAN: All right, Brian. Thanks for that.

Let's go around the world now, starting in Cairo. Death and destruction marred what was supposed to be a celebratory day for Egypt's military.

Here's Reza Sayah with more.


REZA SAYAH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Three attacks on Monday has many here worry that a low-level insurgency is taking shape in response to the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsy and his Muslim Brotherhood led government. All three attacks targeting security officials and government buildings.

Monday's bloodshed follows Sunday's violence, more than 50 people killed, almost all of them unarmed opponents of the government. The military-backed government continues to justify the crackdown by insisting these protesters are linked to terrorism. The protesters reject the claim saying this military-backed government is sabotaging democracy -- Kate.


BOLDUAN: All right. Reza, thank you for that.

British police are following new leads in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the little girl who vanished in 2007 on vacation with her family in Portugal, just days before her fourth birthday.

Here's Erin McLaughlin.


ERIN MCLAUGHLIN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: The parents of Madeleine McCann told ITV they have new hope that the missing 3-year- old will be found. Police are saying they have the most complete picture to date of the events that unfolded six years ago when a preschooler went missing while on family holiday in Portugal.

Now, with the help of a 3-year-old actress, police have reconstructed what they think happened that night. The reconstruction will be broadcast in Europe early next week.

Back to you, Kate.


BOLDUAN: Thanks so much, Erin.

Here's something for a Tuesday. A flawless white diamond fetching a record price of $30.6 million at auction in Hong Kong.

CNN's Pauline Chiou has the details.


PAULINE CHIOU, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Kate, a flawless white diamond has sold for a record $30.6 million at auction here in Hong Kong. Two phone bidders battled over the 118-carat oval shaped diamond for six minutes. It's the largest ever diamond created by America's Gem Institute. The stone, which is about the size of an egg went under the hammer as part of Sotheby's 40th anniversary celebrations in the territory and the final price broke the record by rival auction house Christie's.

The winning bidder wants to remain anonymous.

Back to you, Kate.


BOLDUAN: I would say so, probably a smart thing to do.

Just like if you can remain anonymous if you win the lottery, I'd remain anonymous if you buy an egg-shaped huge diamond.

CUOMO: All right. Let's take a break here. I like to take a break.


CUOMO: All right. Now, I was waiting for the video.

BOLDUAN: I know.

CUOMO: Here it is.

This is how Bill Gates likes to take a break. Totally Austin Power. I think he nails it. You know, we don't even know why we let him speak on his. Why is he showing himself this way to his Microsoft employees? This is the light side.

Now, the serious side is could he be eyeing a return to the everyday grind? There's controversy surrounding his role at the company. We'll tell you about it.

PEREIRA: And, you know, coffee is a sacred part of our morning. Don't mess with this woman before she gets here coffee. Imagine seeing this happened at your local java joint. Our telekinetic must- see moment when we come back.


PEREIRA: You know you're doing that dance back home. Welcome back. It's "Money Time." Bill Gates left day-to-day responsibility of Microsoft some five years ago. Recently, there were reports about some investors wanting him out entirely. But according to "The New York Times," he's been seen lingering around campus lately causing some employees to wonder is the old boss coming back to work?

Let's bring in the host of CNNs "Your Money," Christine Romans. Interesting timing with Steve Ballmer announcing his retirement that Gates is suddenly seen on campus.

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: It's so interesting. And you know, there's a lot of what ifs going on around the Seattle campus. But let's remember, that he's on the search committee for a new CEO. So, it makes sense that he'd be showing up. He's going to probably try to help drive what kind of decision they make.

But a lot of people, I don't know, maybe harkening to the Steve Jobs era when you remember, he left the company he founded and then came back and it sparked on this great explosion. So, there's a lot of guessing in what has been going on around Mr. Gates.

BOLDUAN: What are some of the -- who are some of the replacements that are actually being considered other than people talking about Bill Gates?

ROMANS: You know, we really don't know what they're going to do in terms of the successor to Steve Ballmer, right? I mean, these are two people who are really entwined with the company and have been for a very long time. I mean, you know, gosh, they've been around for a really long time. Bill Gates most recently left the day-to-day operations of company to focus on giving his money away.

And that's been his primary focus, but it's so interesting, because Reuters reporting last week with some of the big shareholders of Microsoft, they want Bill Gates out of the equation, too. They want him to continue --


ROMANS: Because they think that he will be too involved -- he will not give free reign to a new CEO and a new CEO needs free reign. Remember, under Steve Ballmer, mostly the stock moved sideways. This is the most widely held stock in the country. A lot of people have the stock. A lot of shareholders have the stock, and they say Steve Ballmer missed a lot of big moves in technology and it's time for him to go and a whole new era to begin.

CUOMO: Yes. It was really something where they say the decision is, are we going to put somebody in who wants to buy other people's stuff or are we going to put somebody in make our own stuff again?

ROMANS: Yes. CUOMO: So, it will be interesting which direction they go. So, what I really care about. The video. What's going on with the video?

ROMANS: It's so funny. Take a look. First of all, take a look, this is a different light than you've seen. Bill Gates as Austin Powers.

PEREIRA: What's interesting is it's not new, but it also -- to have it go viral now when all of this is swirling kind of gives new light to, you know, insight of how things function.

ROMANS: It shows you the interest in the company, the interest in the transformation and big changes that are happening --

CUOMO: When did he do it?

ROMANS: They do this, I guess, every year. They put them out -- it's viral now because everyone is talking again about what's going to happen to Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates over at Microsoft. I love the --


BOLDUAN: Fix your mistake.


BOLDUAN: Do the Dr. Evil the right way.

ROMANS: $1 billion.


BOLDUAN: Says our money correspondent.


BOLDUAN: Seems appropriate, doesn't it?

PEREIRA: It's time for "Must-See Moment" today. How would you react if someone made you spill your coffee all over your expensive laptop?


PEREIRA (voice-over): Likely as angry as this woman. Watch.


PEREIRA: But she takes it to a new level. Watch this.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Just get away from me.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Would you believe --


CUOMO (voice-over): Tell me they're actors. PEREIRA: All right. So, the back story is, that guy wasn't hurt at all, of course, all part of a prank.

CUOMO: Important to know.

PEREIRA: It is. All part of a prank to promote ding, ding, ding, to Baldwin, an upcoming scary remake due in movie theaters later this month. But I got to tell you, this one -- especially if you haven't had that first cup of coffee, you might actually just be taken aback and buy into this. Watch this, too, what she does for the table. Wait for it.

BOLDUAN (voice-over): The music make --

PEREIRA: That would spook me out if I wasn't paying --

CUOMO: Are the people watching actors?

PEREIRA: There's a few of them placed in there to make it believable.


CUOMO: To make what believable? That she used telekinesis to move the table?

PEREIRA: If this happened before your brain had a chance to sink in, you wouldn't --



CUOMO (on-camera): I don't believe what actually happened, let alone what is make believe.


PEREIRA (on-camera): Of course, but if it happened unaware -- kind of wearing (ph) your coffee shop before you had your firs cup of java, you might be like, whoa, what just happened?

CUOMO: I'm in another movie trailer. Spoof again, here it comes. Where's Kimmel?


BOLDUAN (on-camera): You're smarter than I am. I would have been screaming like a little girl. Screaming like a little girl running out.

CUOMO: I need a truck here right away.


BOLDUAN: Bring the truck.

CUOMO: Baldwin's on scene.

BOLDUAN: I've got a beeper.



BOLDUAN: That was a good one.

PEREIRA: I'm glad you liked it.

BOLDUAN: All right. On that note, coming up next on NEW DAY, perhaps, just perhaps, a glimmer of hope in Washington. We'll take whatever we can get. The Senate trying to tackle the approaching debt ceiling. We're going to tell you how and what it means.

CUOMO: SEAL Team Six, some of the best trained in the world, special operatives, why did they have to abort their mission that we heard about? We're going to tell you what went down when they had an al Qaeda operative in their sights. Pentagon story ahead.


CUOMO: Ah, it's one of the best days I've had here on NEW DAY. Say it loud, say it proud, say it with me. J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets.

BOLDUAN: Finally.

CUOMO: It is time for the --

BOLDUAN: Finally.

CUOMO: Probably the only time. Let me breathe it in. Andy Scholes with the "Bleacher Report." Tell us about the Jets big win, my brother.

ANDY SCHOLES, BLEACHER REPORT: You know what, Chris, props to you for never losing faith in your Jets to have a good season.

BOLDUAN: Exactly.

SCHOLES: You know, because most people were pretty down on them. They were picked last -- to finish last in the division this year, but hey, look at them now. You know, Geno Smith is becoming known as Mr. Comeback. Under two minutes to go last night against the Falcons, Jets down by two, Smith completes four straight passes to get New York into field goal range.

And Nick Folk, the next on your game winner, Jets win 30-28. They're now 3-2 on the season. The Falcons, meanwhile, dropped to a disappointing 1-4.

Now, the Braves were looking to salvage the night for sports fans in Atlanta last night. They led the Dodgers 3-2 in the eight inning. Juan Uribe, he was just trying to lay down a bunt. He failed twice, so a two-strike. He's singing and there it goes. Two-run home run gives the Dodgers the lead. They win 4-3 to eliminate the Braves and move on to the NLCS.

All right. Number one on the lineup section on, Rays needing a win to stay alive in their series with the Red Sox. Bottom nine, tied at 4, Jose Lobaton pinch-hitting and he sends this one into the Rays tank in centerfield. Tampa wins in a walk-off 5-4. They're going to try to even the series tonight in game four. First pitch set for 8:30 eastern on TBS. Tigers and A's, they get going, guys, at five o'clock.

Chris, back to your Jets. Geno Smith played five games now? Three of them, he's led a game-winning drive to win the game. So, even though he's only a rookie, he's looking pretty good. What do you think?


BOLDUAN: There's nothing to say.

CUOMO: I'm not surprised.

BOLDUAN: There's nothing to say.

CUOMO: These are the jets. Andy Scholes, you and all you experts, you can't count out the (INAUDIBLE), the heart. I told you. The Jets.

SCHOLES: I did not have the faith you have, Chris.

BOLDUAN: Exactly.

CUOMO: There it is.

BOLDUAN: You now do, though. Thank you, Andy.

CUOMO: Super bowl prohibitive favorites.

BOLDUAN: Exactly. Remember that.

CUOMO: As everyone --

BOLDUAN: Keep that faith.


BOLDUAN: It's the top of the hour which means it is time for the top news.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All i saw was a cloud of green leaves and then the tree came down.

CUOMO: Weather chaos. The entire east coast slammed by a vicious storm system overnight. Thousands without power, homes flooded, travel snarled all over. We have the latest.

BOLDUAN: Under pressure. Democrats turning up the heat on the GOP with a new strategy to try to end the debt ceiling fight. And now this, a salmonella outbreak amid the shutdown. Are government agencies able to handle it?

PEREIRA: Hard hit. America's biggest sport under fire. A new book and documentary tearing into the NFL, alleging the league knew of the dangers of concussions but ignored it. They are fighting back this morning.

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY starts right now.

ANNOUNCER: What you need to know --

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: My very strong suspicion is that there are enough votes there. And the reason that Speaker Boehner hasn't called a vote on is because he doesn't apparently want to see the government shutdown end at the moment.

ANNOUNCER: What you just have to see --


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


CUOMO: Good morning. Welcome back to NEW DAY, Tuesday, October 8th, seven o'clock in the east. Brand new this morning, Libya is upping the rhetoric, summoning the U.S. ambassador over that terror raid they're calling the capture of Abu Anas al-Libi, a kidnapping.