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Government Reopens; Bizarre Outburst on House Floor; New Look At Missouri Teen Rape Case; Peyton Manning Homecoming Drama
Aired October 17, 2013 - 06:30 ET
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KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: The last couple days, a lot of folks are saying he was a dead man walking. This was the beginning of an end of Boehner. But when you hear conservatives coming out yesterday, he seems stronger than before.
What's going on?
JOHN KING, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: He's strong and he's stronger than people expected coming out of this. Is he stronger than before? Put a big question mark under that and watch as we go forward into the next couple of months of what will a budget deal, if they can negotiate, what it look like, what will be the spending cuts be? What will the entitlement reforms be?
And you heard the president last night. You're going to hear the president again today say, OK, this one's done. Let's do immigration reform.
So, the Tea Party was just told we're not going to change Obamacare. You're going to ask them to do a path to citizenship. John Boehner's job does not get any easier. He's through this crisis and now, we move on to the next challenge.
BOLDUAN: In-fighting is not new. It normally happens behind closed doors in the House Republican conference meetings that I spent so many days standing outside of.
But is this the new strategy or just reality for John Boehner going forward? Just let the different factions of his party fight it out in public?
KING: This is a lesson he says he learned from the Newt Gingrich days. And remember, he was once in the leadership and then he was kicked out. And through his own personal tenacity, he scratched and clawed his way back into the leadership and he became speaker. So, don't underestimate John Boehner, number one.
BOLDUAN: Good point.
KING: Number two, these Tea Party guys, a lot of them, didn't trust him all that much. But the praise is because he stood with them for those 16 days. He stayed with them longer than they thought he would.
And, essentially, he stayed with them in a strategy that he was on record saying he didn't think was a good strategy. He had said beforehand, we cannot do this.
So, politically, he understood from the beginning it was going to hurt the Republican Party but he did it anyway out of loyalty to a minority of his group. Again, so, he comes out of this -- there's another part of this, let's be honest, they don't have anybody who can beat him.
BOLDUAN: That's a good point.
KING: The critics of John Boehner are not in love with his deputies either. So, he stood with them in this challenge. They'll keep an eye on him. Look at what the Tea Party groups are doing.
We said repeatedly throughout this, this is not normal. You don't shut down the government in a fight over policy when you don't have the votes to change the policy.
We should stop saying that. I think the new normal is forget the old rules. A lot of the Tea Party guys don't have experience in government. They don't care about the protocols of Washington.
And John Boehner, I think the "New York Times" said in the front page, he's herding cats, the cats might sue for slander. Cats have more discipline than the House Republican conference right now.
BOLDUAN: It is changing, that's absolutely right. It was the overwhelming criticism you heard from Democrats day in and day out, John Boehner has lost control of his conference. Do you think that's the case?
KING: He has a hard time managing his conference. At times, yes, at times the tail is wagging the dog, if you will. It is the nature of the beast.
Again, remember -- and for people out there who are mad and look at social media, look at commentary around the country at the Tea Party guys, if you disagree with them, that's understandable.
I always make this point. They won election saying, I will go to Washington and vote no. I will go to Washington and try to block Obamacare. I will go to Washington and not raise the debt ceiling.
So, a lot of the lawmakers, whatever you think of them, if you go back and look at their campaigns, this is what they said they were coming to do. We often beat up politicians who don't keep their promises. And often, most of them won.
That's again, the dichotomy people forget, Mitt Romney won more House districts than Barack Obama. If you look county by county in America, it's way more red than blue. So, where they live, they think they're on safe ground.
Part of this is welcome to divided government. This is what the American people have sent to Washington and as we learned over the last 16 days plus, it's pretty messy sometimes.
BOLDUAN: Also, when you talk about what they're hearing back home, when you head in an election year as we will be shortly when the fight ramps up again, compromise is not a word that many people are hearing that their constituents want back at their home district.
KING: In those districts and you have now Ted Cruz is their hero in the Senate. You have 30 to 50 members of the House. They do not want to compromise with this president. They do not want to compromise when it comes to Obamacare. Many of them will not want to compromise when it comes to a path to citizenship.
So, the speaker, we started talking about the speaker, his challenge now is going into an election year where six weeks ago many people thought the Republicans would hold, perhaps build on their majority in the House and have a chance to take the Senate.
The Republicans have taken a beating over this in the last 16 days. The question is, can they recover? That's part of John Boehner's strategy now, going to those people with whom he's feuded over the last couple of weeks saying, we need to recover and rebuild in time for the election year. They're in a dip right now.
So, his challenge is magnified. He comes out of this as the speaker. There's no challenge to him. There's a lot of people watching him.
BOLDUAN: It is sad that while all of this plays out and while the intrigue in Washington is interesting, people across the country were being hurt by this.
And what about S&P say, $24 billion hit to the economy during the shutdown? It's unfortunate that has to happen.
KING: If you're John Boehner, again, your job doesn't get any easier.
The president of the United States is going to say this morning come on down, let's work together. That's a hard one. That's a hard one.
BOLDUAN: That doesn't help them.
KING: That doesn't help him, but it's a necessity of divided government.
BOLDUAN: Yes, absolutely right. Thank you, John.
Much more on this. Coming up next on NEW DAY, though, a bizarre outburst on Capitol Hill just before the vote to end the budget crisis. We're going to tell you what all of that was about.
CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: We also have surprising developments in a case of a Missouri teen who says she was raped by the star of the football team. Details, coming up.
CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY.
There was a strange disturbance in the House. Moments after congressmen passed the deal to re-open the government and extend the debt ceiling, a House stenographer went up to the microphone and just started screaming.
CNN's Athena is live in D.C. to explain what went down here.
What do we know, Athena?
ATHENA JONES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Chris.
Well, it was an unsettling moment. You can see the stenographer walk up to the podium. It's the same podium that President Obama speaks from when he addresses Congress, and she began talking.
She spent about 20 seconds on the floor before she had to be dragged out by the sergeant at arms. You can't hear on that video, but she said, according to a GOP aide, "Do not be deceived, God shall not be mocked, a House divided cannot stand." Again, she spent about 20 seconds on the floor before they dragged her off. She was holding tight to the podium and took her out into the hallway.
We have an audio recording of what she said off the floor. Let's listen to that.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The Constitution would not have been written by Freemasons. They go against God. You cannot serve two masters. You can serve two masters. Praise be to God, Lord Jesus Christ.
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JONES: So, it was unsettling and surprising moment. You can hear in that audio recording, people saying to her come on, sweetheart, this is someone was well-known, well-respected and well-liked. It really surprised and unsettled folks -- Chris.
CUOMO: No question the situation made people very upset. A House divided cannot stand, obviously that's Abraham Lincoln. But it does seems that this woman may actually be ill, may be disturbed.
What do we know about her today?
JONES: We know she was taken to a hospital for a mental evaluation. And that's where things stand there. Of course she was considered one of those people who would be considered essential, there to record what's going on in the House. We, of course, don't know of the other circumstances and whether or not, not being paid or anything like that could have played a role in all of this.
CUOMO: All right, Athena. Important to note. Thank you for getting us up-to-date on it. Appreciate it.
MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: All right. Let's get to some of today's other top stories.
Wind shear has believed to have caused a deadly plane crash in Southeast Asia. All 49 people on board were killed. Officials say the plane was preparing to land in Laos Wednesday, amid heavy rain and wind when it went down in the Mekong River. Five bodies have been recovered. One American is said to be among the victims.
Two violent convicted murderers in Florida have been mistakenly freed because of what a Department of Corrections official is calling fraudulently modified paper. Charles Walker and Joseph Jenkins walked out separately from a correctional facility on the Panhandle. Jenkins has 37 years left on his sentence while Walker has three. Both men are from Orlando. The sheriff there is concerned they may return.
Attorneys for the man accused of killing 12 people at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater are trying to have the evidence found on his car and computers thrown out. James Holmes' lawyers told the judge police did not have a search warrant when they took items from his car and the warrant for the computers was not correct.
The trial is set for February. Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
PEREIRA: A U.S. Navy crew coming to the rescue of 128 men stuck on a raft in rough water on the Mediterranean Sea. Authorities in Malta say the men were migrants from Somalia. They will be turned over to the Maltese coast guard.
The central Mediterranean has been a site of deathly shipwrecks in recent weeks that have killed some 400 people.
And a kangaroo hops into an airport, this is not a joke. It's actually a true story. See it yourself. The animal shut down part of the airport in Melbourne, Australia, when it hopped through the busy Qantas terminal and into an airport pharmacy. Wild workers tranquilized the Kangaroo who they nicknamed Cyrus. Apparently, he suffered some injuries and they are nursing him back to health. Airport officials say there are plenty of kangaroos around but finding one inside the airport specifically in the pharmacy, is quite rare.
CUOMO: I've been there previously. Took a flight to Vegas.
PEREIRA: I knew this was coming. I sense it. You can feel it stirring. When he gets really quiet.
CUOMO: Security procedures must be reviewed.
PEREIRA: And, of course, they'll now have kangaroo signs, warnings, et cetera, no kangaroos beyond this point.
CUOMO: Interestingly, they were upset about it not have having identification. Not that it was a kangaroo.
PEREIRA: Well, that's true. I wonder how many tourists got a snap of that. They probably cleared people out. They can be angry when they're corner, you know.
CUOMO: Very strong. Very strong.
INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Out here.
PEREIRA: Indra, how's it looking out there?
PETERSONS: Mild temperatures, nothing too major out there which I finally love. Very mild. We're looking at a lot of 50s and 60s into the Northeast this morning, as well as into the mid-Atlantic. We are going to start to see those temperatures drop down thanks to a couple cold fronts.
Right now, everyone is saying it's so nice, it's so warm. You're looking at the warm front right there. So, the moisture is coming in out of the south. Series of cold front makes their way through. We see the temperatures drop down, first with the first one and then reinforced with that second front.
As far as rain, these aren't big rainmakers by any means. They're pretty dry, cold air with them coming out of Canada. So, maybe an inch, if that, a lot of scattered showers making their way in through New York and overnight tonight. That tail end stretching into the gulf already.
So, light rain with that first system. The other story will be the second system, the northern plains, the tail end going through Colorado today. Their first flurries right on time in Colorado. They love that. Not too much, a couple inches out there.
And then, really, the big story again, just kind of being the cooler air. Notice still how warm it is. These are yesterday's highs. We saw 70s pretty much in Philly and D.C., Cleveland was at 70. Today, you're going to feel that difference, notice their high drops down to 59 degrees.
But still stays warm if you're in Philly, D.C., New York, you're still look for the 70s today. It's not until the beginning of the weekend you start to see the temperatures back off. Of course, remember, there's another cold front behind that. So, even as we go through the weekend, we stay in those mild temperatures. But it's kind of nice, nothing so major out there. So, sigh of relief.
PEREIRA: We like that. Thank you very much, Indra.
CUOMO: Let's take a quick break. When we come back, provocative question: was it a rush to judgment?
PEREIRA: Thank you very much, Indra.
CUOMO: Let's take a quick break. When we come back, provocative question. Was it a rush to judgment? Charges were dropped against a high school football star who was accused of rape. Now, the case may be re-opened. We'll tell you why.
PEREIRA: Welcome back to NEW DAY. A surprise move by a Missouri prosecutor under fire in a controversial alleged teen rape case. The teenage girl says she was assaulted by a prominent high school football star when charges were suddenly dropped. Now, the accused family is speaking out and the same man who dropped the case says it's time to take another look. Here's CNN's Ana Cabrera.
DAISY COLEMAN, ALLEGED SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM: I was more than excited. I felt like I was going to be able to work with someone who was actually excited about this case and willing to put forth a real effort.
ANA CABRERA, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Alleged sexual assault victim, Daisy Coleman, and her mother say it's a small victory to have their case re-open.
ROBERT RICE, PROSECUTING ATTORNEY, NODAWAY COUNTY: I've asked the court to appoint a special prosecuting attorney to conduct an independent review of the facts and determine whether to re-file charges.
CABRERA: For the first time, the man at the center of a controversial case is speaking out. Prosecutor Robert Rice under fire after dropping charges in the alleged sexual assault of 14-year-old Daisy Coleman. While now asking for a separate review of the case, he stands by his action, claiming Daisy and her friend Paige, another alleged victim, refused to testify.
RICE: I can't go into their minds. I don't know, ma'am. I can just tell you this, we were very careful, very deliberate to make sure that we recorded that there was no misunderstanding, that they understood by when they at that time invoked their Fifth Amendment right that by doing so was going to force the dismissal of the case.
CABRERA: The Coleman family believes Rice dropped the charges against 17-year-old Matthew Barnett not due to lack of evidence, but because of Barnett's deep-rooted ties to the community.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think because it was football players from Maryville, had lots of power and connection and we didn't matter.
CABRERA: Matthew is the grandson of long-time Republican state representative, Rex Barnett.
Can you understand people's suspicions about that?
REX BARNETT, MATTHEW BARNETT'S GRANDFATHER: Sure. I can understand why they would think that. I knew if this thing drag on very long, I would be pulled into somewhere just for political reasons. So, I made it a point not to talk to the prosecuting attorney, to the sheriff, any of the witnesses directly or indirectly. And I stuck to that.
CABRERA: Do you have a relationship with prosecuting attorney, Robert Rice?
BARNETT: We're acquaintances, not close friends or anything like that.
CABRERA: Rex Barnett retired from politics in 2002. Rice became Nodaway County prosecuting attorney in 2010. One thing is for certain, outrage is growing. Maryville mayor, Jim Fall, says he and many others have started to receive threats from supporters of Daisy Coleman.
JIM FALL, MAYOR OF MARYVILLE: The language, the tone, the vulgarity is unbelievable.
CABRERA: He, too, wants action that can bring about a swift resolution.
Ana Cabrera, CNN, Maryville, Missouri.
PEREIRA: At least they're taking a second look.
CUOMO: Right. It was very curious when the case was dropped. Justice always demands attention and clarity. All of these types of reactions are natural when people have doubt about whether or not something was done on both sides.
CUOMO: So, it's also interesting that it was interviews on CNN that actually raised the attention of the prosecutor that maybe the family had a different story to tell than what he understood. So, just shows how convoluted these situations can become. We'll follow it for sure.
PEREIRA: We'll keep an eye on it.
CUOMO: All right. Let's take a little break here on NEW DAY. What do you say? When we come back, we have another CNN exclusive for you. Surveillance video from inside that Kenya mall massacre as gunmen begin their siege. Terrifying moments to be sure. We'll show them to you and we'll learn from them as well -- Kate.
BOLDUAN: And coming to you from Washington, we're going to tell you the cost of the government shutdown and also what happens next? Very important steps coming up very soon.
Plus, the independent senator from Maine, Angus King, he's going to join us with his take on the deal.
CUOMO: We're inching towards please, please. We're inching towards the World Series. Last night, it was the Tigers finally got the bats going in game four of the ALCS. Now, the series is all tied up. And that's the news --
CUOMO: I know you're Dodgers fans -- (CROSSTALK)
PEREIRA: Dodgers played last night, too.
CUOMO: Andy Scholes has to say that name every time he's on this show.
PEREIRA: That's a great name.
CUOMO: This morning's "Bleacher Report." How are you my handsome friend?
ANDY SCHOLES, BLEACHER REPORT: Hey, guys, how are you all doing? You know, we'll get to the Dodgers in a second, but we first we got to talk about the Tigers. They knew they pretty much had to have last night's game if they wanted to get back in the series. And after not scoring at all in game three, the bats finally showed up for them. The tigers came out roaring in the second inning, scoring five runs off Jake Peavy.
They were going to win the game 7-3 to even the series at two games apiece. Game five is tonight at 8:00 eastern.
Now to your dodgers, Michaela, they were pulling out all the stocks in their must-win game five against the Cardinals. Will Ferrell on hand to announce the starting lineup. And hey, he must have pumped up the scene. They hit four home runs in the game. Adrian Gonzalez (INAUDIBLE). Check it out.
After his first one, he throws up the Mickey Mouse ears. That was a clear jab at Cardinal's pitcher, Adam Wainwright who said Gonzalez had done some Mickey Mouse stuff on Monday while celebrating. Dodgers win, 6-4. Game six is tomorrow night on TBS.
All right. Trending right now on BleacherReport.com is the drama surrounding Peyton Manning's homecoming to Indi this Sunday. Earlier in the week, Colts owner, Jim Irsay, told "USA Today," basically, it was great having Peyton, but in the end, they only won one Super Bowl.
The Broncos head coach, John Fox, called those comments disappointing and inappropriate. When asked about it yesterday, Peyton had no comment. So, as if this game between the Broncos and Colts in the more hype now. Looks like Peyton has some extra incentive (ph) this Sunday.
CUOMO: Who wins the game, Scholes? Get off the fence.
SCHOLES: "Sunday night football."
CUOMO: Who wins?
SCHOLES: I think the Broncos are going to go --
(CROSSTALK) SCHOLES: Do what the Broncos do --
CUOMO: -- Kate didn't hear it.
PEREIRA: She wouldn't be happy about that at all.
CUOMO: All right. We're almost at the top of the hour. You know what that means.
PEREIRA: Top news.
CUOMO: There it is.
BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We'll begin re-opening our government immediately.
BOLDUAN: Breaking overnight. The shutdown is over. The bill signed just hours ago. The debt ceiling now raised and thousands of workers return to their jobs this morning.
CUOMO: The battle is over, but does the war wage on? The agreement only lasts into the New Year. What happens next?
PEREIRA: CNN worldwide exclusive, the terrifying moments, gunmen storm the mall in Kenya, frightened shoppers fleeing for their lives. The chilling surveillance tape you will only see here.
CUOMO: Your NEW DAY starts right now.
ANNOUNCER: This is NEW DAY with Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan, and Michaela Pereira.
BOLDUAN: Good morning and welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone. It's Thursday, October 17th, seven o'clock in the east. And as you can tell, we want to welcome our international viewers to the show as well. We are coming to you live from Capitol Hill once again this morning where at the very last minute, Congress passed a deal to re- open the government after 16 days and also raise the debt ceiling. It was signed by President Obama just about 12:30 eastern this morning.
CUOMO: The bipartisan compromise using the term loosely (ph) funds the government for three months, raises the debt ceiling for another four. It reimburses states that re-open their national parks with some interest and provides back pay for thousands of government workers forced off the job, but can't compensate them for two weeks of not having paid for their families.
CUOMO (voice-over): Now, right now, you're looking live at the World War II Memorial. This is where veterans defied the shutdown, busted the barricades. It's one of many national parks and monuments that will re-open this morning, Kate.
BOLDUAN: We're going to have much more on that ahead. The deal, as Chris mentioned, really is only a temporary fix, though. So we could be right back where we were in another few months, unfortunately. We are covering every angle of the story for you this morning, starting with Senior White House correspondent, Jim Acosta. Good morning, Jim.
JIM ACOSTA, CNN SENIOR WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Kate. We can hear the faint roar of the leaf blowers on the grounds of the White House. That's a sign that federal employees are back on the job. President Obama is expected to make another statement on the budget later this morning after a bruising battle with Republicans that he won at nearly the last minute.