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The Price of Twitter; MacNeill Murder Trial; Official Christening Photos Revealed; Cardinals Win, World Series Tied 1-1

Aired October 25, 2013 - 06:30   ET


JOHN KING, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: If you can show it's building every day, then Congress goes home, the volume is turned down and we start the New Year, a very contentious election year which will be defined by the implementation of Obamacare. Make no mistake about it.

But if the president can get a circuit breaker with Congress at home, he's around to starting the State of the Union, trying to set the tone for the New Year. It would give him breathing room if -- capital letters -- if they start actually fixing the problems.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Yes, Obamacare was going to be a big issue in the midterm regardless. But it's more so now, we can be sure of that.

KING: You can pour the cement on that.

BOLDUAN: Thank you, John. Have a great weekend. It's great to see you.

KING: You, too.


CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: You can pour the cement on that.

BOLDUAN: I take all of his one line final thoughts and write them down.

CUOMO: We got that from. You used to say that to me. Pour the cement on you is what you were saying.


CUOMO: Oh, I'm sorry. Did you hear that?

BOLDUAN: All right. Let's go to John Berman to save us, who is in for Michaela.

JOHN BERMAN, CNN ANCHOR: I'll break it up for you guys here.

The White House reviewing surveillance operations now at the NSA, this amid calls by Germany and France to hold talks over international spying. In an editorial today in "USA Today," the administration says the president wants to be sure that the agency is collecting data because it's needed.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel responding to reports that the NSA tapped her cell phone, says her trust in the U.S. administration is shattered. The guardian newspaper says the NSA monitored the phone conversations of 35 unnamed world leaders.

High-risk drama on the high seas this morning. A search under way for two Americans kidnapped by pirates off the coast of Nigeria. The men were aboard an oil industry vessel flying the American flag when the vessel was stormed, taking apparently the captain and the chief engineer. U.S. officials are working on the assumption that the pair were abducted for ransom.

Iran may be a month away from building a -- sorry, it cowl be a month away from building a nuclear bomb if it chooses to. A report by the Institute for Science and International Security says Tehran is capable of producing enough weapons-grade uranium in 30 days to make this happen. Right now, the White House is trying to convince Congress not to stiffen sanctions against Iran. The Obama administration believes Tehran is at least a year away from having nuclear bomb-making capability.

Maryland's attorney general now running for governor says he should have been more vigilant about stopping apparent underage drinking at a beach party he attend or at least walked into. That's after a photo surfaced showing Doug Gansler in the middle of a summer party. Gansler said he appeared to the party to tell his son who was there what time they had to leave in the morning. He says he had no moral authority to talk to anyone else there.

And take a look at the White House. It was more pink than white last night. The Pennsylvania Avenue side lit up with pink lights. This was all in the name of breast cancer awareness.

CUOMO: Respect.

BERMAN: It's nice to see.

CUOMO: It is.

BERMAN: Sending a message to the entire country.

CUOMO: Always one of the things -- how do we get the word out about this? It's hard, tricky for people. I would have never thought that pink would have something that got so communicated, beyond gender, beyond any kind of preference. It has come to signify something. I love seeing that.

BERMAN: It's been everywhere. The NFL games. My boys are wearing pink wristbands to school because they see NFL players doing it.

CUOMO: And I think in a strange way, it shows that that it matters more, the message, than anything else. Yes, pink, I get it, the football guys, why would they wear pink? Because it matters more than anything else.

BOLDUAN: It shows you're more of a man. Like that I'd say.

CUOMO: I don't have any on.


CUOMO: I have to go.

Coming up on NEW DAY, listen to this: a daughter takes the stand against her father in the murder trial of her mother. The MacNeill murder case gets thicker every day. We'll tell you what was said on the stand that could blow the case wide open.

BOLDUAN: And Brett Favre opening up about the health problems he's faced since leaving the game and the terrible price that he may have paid from all of those hard hits to the head. That coming up.


CUOMO: Piece of Twitter, do you? I don't mean the trolls on there. I mean the whole company.

Well, we now know how much that's going to cost you. I don't. Christine Romans does. And she's here with the information.

So, what do we think, Christine? What's the pricing on this IPO?

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN CHIEF BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Hashtag drum roll, please, 17 to 20 bucks a share, Chris. It's the biggest IPO since Facebook. It's likely going to happen in the next few weeks. Who gets that price, 17 to 20 bucks? That's the big guys, institutional investors who can purchase the shares directly from Twitter's underwriters like Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley.

For the rest of us you're able to buy Twitter the next day when shares could be trading at a loftier level. Good luck with that. Pops and drops then you're left hold in the bag.

And when you put it all together, Twitter's value being chalked up to about $11 billion. It's impressive, of course, when you consider that Twitter is losing money and will continue to in the foreseeable future. Wall Street does mine that for now, as long as Twitter can ramp up sales and it has been growing its revenue.

Twitter will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The NYSE is going to have a Twitter test tomorrow. It's a dry run to prevent technical disasters like Facebook's IPO -- remember which caused delays, triggered $10 million settlement with the SEC, and all that.

Remember that, Facebook went just down. And that was a real disappointment. Twitter has got that in mind for sure -- guys.

BOLDUAN: Good to work out the kinks. We have learned that in all different aspects of our lives. Thanks so much.

CUOMO: Appreciate the crystal balling. Remember, we all get to watch Christine on CNN's "YOUR MONEY" at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. BOLDUAN: Absolutely right. All right. It's called we know it, but where is it cold and who needs to watch.

Let's go over to Indra for the latest on the weather.

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Can you see the big smile, because I'm hearing something we didn't hear last week. It's what, Kate?

BOLDUAN: It's cold.

PETERSONS: Oh, that, right? Yes, it is cold, and that cool air is spreading farther into the Southeast. They were looking at frost and freeze warnings, really today from the plains all the way into the Northeast, and now spreading into the Southeast. That means temperatures, freezing temperatures are imminent for a huge portion of the country today.

Look at the temperatures just as you're waking up and walking out the door. 7:00 this morning with just a hint of the wind chill. We're talking about temperatures feeling like they're in the 30s, New York 36, Philly 34. Boston 34 degrees. You need a coat as you're going to work this morning.

As far as the system kicking through, there is one expected to kick through today in through tomorrow towards the Northeast. But light, what you'll see with the lake-effect snow showers, even rain showers coming off the lake. Very tail end of that, we're also getting another system making its way through Texas. Heavier rain in through tomorrow.

But, overall, it's that cold air. You can see this really shooting down from Canada. It's the arctic air that is in place, dipping farther South today.

So, if you are into the Southeast again, you'll see the difference, more 30s gradually make their way down. These are the current temperatures right now, Nashville below freezing at 31 degrees.

So, that's the cool air, the story right now. The story as we go through next week is going to be this low that will shoot out of Canada, potentially bringing heavy snow and blizzard conditions. Models are playing with where they're putting it. We'll be watching where that goes for the beginning of next week, blizzard on the way. Where it goes, I don't know who gets to draw the lucky straw on that one just yet.

BOLDUAN: Who gets to go cover it?

PETERSONS: Right here.

BOLDUAN: Exactly.

PETERSONS: I got it.

BOLDUAN: You got it. Thanks, Indra. CUOMO: If there wasn't enough drama in the MacNeill murder case already, a day of testimony took the trial to another level.

On trial, Utah doctor, Martin MacNeill, charged with murdering his wife to be with his mistress. Taking the stand, his oldest daughter. As Miguel Marquez reports, she wasn't there to defend him.


MIGUEL MARQUEZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): From the very first question --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Do you recognize this man sitting right here?



MACNEILL: That's my father.

MARQUEZ: Rachel MacNeill turns emotional, confused and combative.

MACNEILL: Is this a question? It feels -- OK.

MARQUEZ: Barely able to look at her father accused of murdering Michele MacNeill, his wife. Martin MacNeill appeared shaken by his daughter's words.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: How close would you describe your relationship with your dad growing up?

MACNEILL: Very close.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Why would you say that?

MACNEILL: Growing up my father was my best friend.

MARQUEZ: Rachel MacNeill testified on the day her mother died her father seemed obsessed with having an autopsy performed on her mother.

MACNEILL: He specifically said to me that he was concerned that there would be a police investigation, that he didn't want anyone to think that he murdered my mother.

MARQUEZ: Also on the day her mother died she testified her father was already talking about bringing someone new into the household.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Was there discussion of a nanny on that day when you talked to your father?


MARQUEZ: Rachel said her father pretended to bump into a woman named Gypsy Willis at a Mormon temple less than a week after her mother's death. Just looking at a picture of gypsy nearly more than Rachel can handle. She says within weeks after her mother's death, gypsy had moved in and it was clear she was no nanny.

MACNEILL: It just was obvious that she's just goo eyes at my dad.

MARQUEZ: The cross-examination, tough.

MACNEILL: Blood is not something I like to see. No. Not my mother's blood.

MARQUEZ: The defense painting Rachel as an unreliable witness, changing her testimony, evasive in her answers and finally, making her admit she had been diagnosed with a mental illness.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And you've been diagnosed bipolar?

MACNEILL: Have I in my lifetime been diagnosed bipolar? Yes.

MARQUEZ: A disturbing case takes a new and darker turn, still a question whether Rachel's 12-year-old-sister Ada will testify.

Miguel Marquez, CNN, Provo, Utah.


BOLDUAN: Let's go around the world now, starting in Saudi Arabia where women are once again defying a driving ban.

Mohammed Jamjoom has the story from Beirut.


MOHAMMED JAMJOOM, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Saudi Arabia's interior ministry has issued a stern warning to any woman caught driving there. This just as a campaign urging Saudi women to defy the country's driving ban on October 26th really kicks into high gear. I've spoken to many Saudi women who say they still plan to go out and drive but the interior ministry spokesman tells me the kingdom's laws will be enforced not just on October 26th but before that date and after.

Back to you, Kate.

BOLDUAN: Mohammed, thank you so much.

In Norway, a small town is using technology to bring them sunlight during the long, dark winter.

Erin McLaughlin has details from London.


ERIN MCLAUGHLIN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It looks like this little town in Norway is about to get much-needed light. The surrounding mountains are so tall, the entire town is in the shade for seven months out of the year. Residents take a cable car up the mountain to get much-needed vitamin "D." Now, thanks to three giants mirrors and a local artist, that looks like it's about to change. The mirrors will be used to reflect light down on to the town. What a bright idea.

Kate, back to you.


BOLDUAN: Fascinating. Thanks, Erin.

And in Britain, we get a closer look at the private christening of Prince George. Max Foster has the photos.


MAX FOSTER, CNN ROYAL CORRESPONDENT: There are four official photos of the Christening. One with both sides of the family, one with four generations of royals and another with just Prince George and his parents.

The historic image, though, will be one with a monarch and three future kings. We haven't seen an image like this since 1894 when Queen Victoria was on the throne.

Back to you, Kate.

BOLDUAN: Adorable. Thank you so much, Max. What's wrong?

CUOMO: I got to say it. You know, I'm happy for them. They've got a healthy baby, but it's a boy. He's in a dress, you know?

BERMAN: A gown. I mean, that was a full-length like drapey gown.

CUOMO: I'm not here to judge. But I have to say. I mean, you know, I went through --

BOLDUAN: Was your son in a gown.

CUOMO: He was in something that was a little frocky, I guess, we could say.

BOLDUAN: But it's a royal gown.

CUOMO: But this was -- it looked like a dress with the things on the arms.

BOLDUAN: There's a reason for it. I don't know the reason.

BERMAN: Tweet us if you know the reason.

BOLDUAN: Exactly --

CUOMO: Do you know why this is a customary dress, this particular thing, to put the boy in a dress? Please, let us know. We'll give you a little moment to figure it out for yourselves.

When we come back here on NEW DAY, a big night for the St. Louis Cardinals, evening up the World Series. What could this mean?

Also, new evidence about the cost of hard hits as a legendary football star speaks out about what he thinks may have been done to him.





BOLDUAN: You know who that is. It's James Taylor singing the national anthem. It didn't start off that way. We're going to show you what happened in our "Must-See Moment," next.



BOLDUAN: Welcome back -- yes, he's on the phone. We'll explain later.




CUOMO: You're on TV, so be careful what you say. But I want you to settle this thing for us about why the boy was in a dress. Was I in a dress when I got christened?


CUOMO: No, yes.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It was a tradition in the family also.

CUOMO: Why? Why did you put me in the dress?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It was a communion outfit. It's not a dress. It's a communion garb. You don't call it a dress.

CUOMO: It looks like a dress, mom. Prince George there, he's got the frilly things --

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's a flowing thing for the baby, you know? It keeps the baby's legs able to move nicely. You know what, pants are confining, Christopher. This is a baby.

CUOMO: But mom, I got them on right now.

BOLDUAN: Mama Cuomo speaks the truth.

CUOMO: But don't you think the boy should have been in pants? You don't think this is a little odd?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: At that point in their lives they're all, you know, just infants. That's all. You don't think of the sex of the baby. It's a traditional ceremonial thing.

BOLDUAN: Tradition.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And you really want the baby to look like all the other children.

BOLDUAN: What do you think? This is settled.

CUOMO: All right. Mom, I got to tell you. It's not a satisfying answer, but I got to get back to the rest of the news. I love you. Thank you for taking the phone.


CUOMO: I hope you're watching. Are you watching? You know you're on TV?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'm watching you every morning with daddy here.

CUOMO: All right. Bye-bye.


CUOMO: All right. I love you, bye. The daddy part hurt.

BOLDUAN: The daddy part --


BERMAN: Now you know why you were wearing a dress.

BOLDUAN: Now, you know why --

CUOMO: I should be now, apparently, because these pants are confining.

BOLDUAN: While it's in the back. All right. So, Mama Cuomo, she settled one issue. Let's settle another issue. The World Series is now tied at one game apiece after the Cardinals rallied to win game two. I love that the music just picked back up. Andy Scholes, what's going on?

ANDY SCHOLES, BLEACHER REPORT: I don't know how I follow that.

BOLDUAN: You don't --

CUOMO: You got pants on. You're already in a compromise.

SCHOLES: I'm in good shape, right? The Cardinals, they were the ones in bad shape in game one, right, guys, making all the mistakes. Well, it was the Red Sox with the costly blunders last night in game two. They actually had the lead in the seventh inning, but they committed two errors on this play.

It would give the Cardinals the lead and they went on to win the game, 4-2. The series now shifts to St. Louis for game three tomorrow night.

All right. Trending on Bleacher Report, today is the awful, awful season that Tampa Bay Bucks are having. "Fire Schiano" billboards have showed up around Tampa. Last night, guess what, guys, the Bucks, they lost again to the panthers; 33-13 was the finally. They're now a league worse 0-7 this season.

Brett Favre says he's not coming out of retirement to play in the NFL again and concussion-related symptoms are one of the reasons why. In an ESPN radio interview yesterday, Favre said while he has a good memory, he doesn't remember his daughter playing youth soccer one summer. He just doesn't remember it. And he said that's pretty scary for him. Favre added, I think after 20 years, God only knows the toll that football has taken on him.

BOLDUAN: That's horrible to hear.

SCHOLES: Definitely is.

BOLDUAN: Did he give any indication that he regrets playing because of the effects now?

SCHOLES: No. He said he loved his time in the NFL. He loved playing. Now, he has -- at 44 years old, he's a grandfather. He has no interest in going back and going through what he did. I don't know if you remember, everyone remembers bounty gate, 2010, NSC championship game where the Saints just teed off on him play after play.

He kept coming back. That game is really what signaled pretty much the end of his career. He came back the next season, but he's just wasn't the same.

CUOMO: We talk about it all the time. You have to find ways to make it more safe. You have to use technology to figure out how to monitor players better, but you will not fundamentally change the fact that it is a violent game. It's just it is what it is. Andy, thank you so much.

Tune in tonight, 10:30 p.m. eastern. That's going to be CNN's new sports show, "Unguarded" with Rachel Nichols, while we're talking sports. She's going to be talking with NBA superstar, Lebron James. So, please, don't miss that.

BERMAN: Don't miss that.

All right. Time now for our "Must-See Moment." Actually, it's a runner-up. The "Must-See Moment" today is you talking to your mom about what you wore during your christening.


BERMAN: A Close second place. American music icon, James Taylor, experiencing a little memory lapse during last night's game two of the World Series. I thought I was the only one who noticed this, but no, everyone apparently did. Take a listen as he began to sing what was supposed to be the "Star Spangled Banner."




BERMAN: Did you hear that? He sang the first line of "America the Beautiful" first, "Oh beautiful," and then he realized what he had done wrong and he goes right into the "Star Spangled Banner." This guy is a pro. You almost, like, could barely notice that he made a mistake. And then I have to say, if you listen to him sing the national anthem, you forgot it, period, because it was majestic.

A simply lovely rendition. You know, I saw this on Twitter last night that's so true. He's one of these guys who realizes the song is more important than the man singing it. He made the song the focus there, and it was lovely to see.

BOLDUAN: That's a really good way of putting it. And we were talking about it in the break before. I think he sang "America the Beautiful" at the inauguration. So, --

BERMAN: I know I've heard him sing it before --


BOLDUAN: Yes. We hear him singing all the time.

CUOMO: What matters is that it could have gone very wrong, but he didn't. He had the poise, the control, the magnitude of the event. He made it work.

BERMAN: Sweet baby James, man.

CUOMO: Sweet baby James.


BOLDUAN: Did wear a dress.

CUOMO: We'll take a little break.

Coming up on NEW DAY, Maryland's attorney general at a teenage beach party. You're going to see it in the photos, the man now running for governor, surrounded by teenagers, many drinking alcohol. Why? What does it mean for him? We'll talk about it.



JAY CARNEY, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: The president ordered it and believes it's important to assess our intelligence gathering activities.

CUOMO: Breaking overnight. President Obama calls for a review of intelligence programs after the reports that the U.S. tapped personal phones of world leaders. This morning, those world leaders are calling for consequences for the U.S.

BOLDUAN: Kidnapped at sea. Two Americans now being held hostage after pirates board their ship off the coast of Africa. We have new details on how they were captured and what happens next.

CUOMO: Busted. New pictures this morning, state attorney general now running for governor, he's snapped at a party where teens are drinking. His explanation this morning.

Your NEW DAY starts right now.

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


CUOMO: Good morning. Welcome back to NEW DAY. It's Friday, October 25th, seven o'clock in the east.

Coming up this hour, a NEW DAY exclusive, Senator Marco Rubio famously critical of the Obama administration on a range of issues. This morning, we talked to him about some of the biggest like how spying might have tainted U.S. relations with some of its closest allies about immigration reform being back on the table or not and, of course, Obamacare.

Senator Rubio wants the penalty delayed because of all the website problems. Question is, how and whether he'll succeed.

BOLDUAN: Also new this hour, Halloween is supposed to be, of course, the time to cut loose and show everyone how creative and/or creepy you can be. Listen to this one. One university is telling students not to wear what they view as offensive costumes like dressing up as cowboys or Indians. Are they going too far? What's going on behind it? That is coming up.