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Dolphins Bullying Scandal; New Pakistan Taliban Chief; Monster Storm Hits the Philippines

Aired November 8, 2013 - 05:30   ET



DON LEMON, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): Is he a repeat offender? Reports of alleged disturbing behavior by Miami Dolphin football player already embroiled in a massive bullying controversy. Richie Incognito's past may come back to haunt him.


ZORAIDA SAMBOLIN, CNN ANCHOR: Welcome back to EARLY START. We're happy you're with us. I'm Zoraida Sambolin. I'm happy you're with us.

LEMON (on-camera): It's good to be here. I'm happy to be with you as well with you and all of your morning rhymes. I'm Don Lemon in for John Berman. It is almost 31 past the hour.

A deadly super typhoon slamming the Philippines overnight. Experts say it could be the most powerful storm ever to hit land. Super Typhoon Haiyan, a category five monster, with winds topping out at 235 miles an hour has killed three people, so far. Disaster officials in Manila say that number could climb significantly higher.

High insert (ph) of 20-foot waves, blew apart buildings, and forced more than a million people to flee their homes. More on the destruction in the next hour of "NEW DAY."

SAMBOLIN: And President Obama heading to New Orleans today to talk about boosting exports and the U.S. economy.


SAMBOLIN (voice-over): But he will have a hard time hiding from the Obamacare debacle that is consuming the White House right now. The president doing a lot of damage control offering up an apology to millions of Americans who've been dropped by their insurance carriers because of the health care reforms.


BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me. We've got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them and that we're going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this. (END VIDEO CLIP)

SAMBOLIN: The administration is considering asking insurance companies to delay the cancellation of those policies and to actually extend them into next year so people are not left uninsured.

LEMON (voice-over): And Zoraida, the president trying to clear up another controversy whether he consider replacing Vice President Joe Biden with Hillary Clinton on the 2012 ticket. I want you to listen to what his press secretary, Jay Carney, told CNN's "NEW DAY" last week.

JAY CARNEY, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: I know for a fact that President Obama never considered this, never thought about it, never entertained it. The Vice President has been a partner of his from the 2008 campaign on. He's been an excellent governing partner and an excellent campaign partner.


LEMON: Well, speaking with NBC news, President Obama is now hammering the point home himself.


OBAMA: If they had asked me, I would have said there is no way that I'm not running again with Joe Biden because I genuinely believe that he has been one of the best vice presidents in our history.


LEMON: Well, the president insists he wouldn't be here today without Joe Biden and chalked up the leak to people who like to make themselves seem important.

SAMBOLIN: So, take a look at who's back in Iowa. Maybe sowing the seeds of another presidential run? Texas governor, Rick Perry, speaking at a Republican dinner last night. He slammed the Obama administration on everything from health care to the economy to foreign policy. But Perry was self-deprecating as well.


GOV. RICK PERRY, (R) TEXAS: Our leaders have forgotten how to govern. Believe me, I know a few things about forgetting.



SAMBOLIN: You remember Perry had that big oops moment during a 2012 presidential debate. He forgot the third of three government agencies that he was vowing to eliminate.

(END VIDEOTAPE) LEMON (on-camera): A new report says Miami Dolphin's lineman, Richie Incognito, was investigated for molesting a female volunteer at the team's annual golf tournament last year. CNN affiliate, WPLG, says a woman told police that Incognito had been drinking and was acting inappropriately using a golf club to touch her private parts. Incognito was not charged in the incident.

He is now suspended for allegedly bullying fellow lineman, Jonathan Martin, who left the team as a result. CNNs John Zarrella has more on that now.


JOHN ZARRELLA, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Richie Incognito's locker room is closed and hanging neatly, quite a contrast to the mess and how else do you put it caused by the Incognito/Jonathan Martin bullying scandal. Thursday, Dolphins' head coach, Joe Philbin, was back in front of the microphones. He wanted to talk Tampa Bay, the opponent Monday night, nothing else.

JOE PHILBIN, MIAMI DOLPHINS HEAD COACH: Any comments that we make at this time would be, you know, a disservice to the processes about to take place.

ZARRELLA: In the locker room, most players had had enough of it, too.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: -- is when the media comes in here and ask questions.

ZARRELLA: When asked how does a locker room stay together with all this distraction? People outside of the football world don't get it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It sounds familiar, you know?

ZARRELLA: OK, we get that. Players who would talk were still trying to make sense of it all.

KYLE MILLER, MIAMI DOLPHINS TIGHT END: It gets to the point where you can't differentiate between what's fact and what's opinions.

ZARRELLA: What's been most puzzling is the relationship between Incognito and Martin that has begun to emerge. Can we really believe they were best friends as some have said? Two men from very different background and experience. Martin, a stanford grad who talked of attending Harvard law. A quiet guy by all accounts.

And incognito, perhaps, the polar opposite. A man who, at least, one time, apparently, thought little of screaming racial slurs and using vulgar language publicly.


ZARRELLA: The player twice voted by his peers one of the dirtiest guys in the game.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Was perceived that he's a psychopath, racist maniac, right? And the reality is Richie was a pretty good teammate and Richie and Jonathan Martin were friends.

ZARRELLA: Players even saying they hung out together off the field and on it. They played next to each other on the left side of Miami's offensive line protecting the franchise quarterback's blind side. So were they friends? Enemies? Did Martin hang with Incognito because he was afraid not to? In time, we will know. Just not right now.

John Zarrella, CNN, Miami.


LEMON: Need to tell you that this morning we are hearing from the lawyers for -- the lawyer for Incognito's alleged victim and teammate, Jonathan Martin. Attorney David Cornwell (ph) releasing a statement saying in part, "Jonathan Martin's toughness is not an issue. The issue is Jonathan's treatment by his teammates. Jonathan endured harassment and went far beyond the traditional locker room hazing."

SAMBOLIN: And coming up, he's considered the mastermind behind the attack on a Pakistani teenager who was fighting for education for the rights of girls. Now, he's been promoted to a top spot in the Taliban.

LEMON: And hundreds of priceless works of art discovered in a Munich man's apartment. So, why won't the German government tell anyone the details or what they uncovered there?


LEMON: The ruthless commander who orchestrated the attack on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, has been chosen as the new leader of Pakistani -- the Pakistani Taliban. His name is Mullah Fazlullah, and he is believed to be hiding somewhere in Afghanistan. Fazlullah and his soldiers shot Malala in the head while she was walking home from school 13 months ago. The Pakistani teen was attacked for speaking out in favor of education rights for girls.

SAMBOLIN: An emotional demonstration right outside the police department in Dearborn Heights, Michigan Thursday for 19-year-old Renisha McBride (ph). She was shot and killed on the front porch of a stranger's home. This all happened Saturday night. Her family says she was looking for help after a car crash. The unidentified homeowner told police he thought that she was trying to break in and his shotgun accidentally discharged. Protesters alleged racial profiling and are angry that no charges have been filed here.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'm very concerned that law enforcement has made an attempt to cover something up with the family being told that her body was found in one place, when it was actually found when the young lady was on the porch.


SAMBOLIN: Prosecutors say they need more information from police before deciding whether or not to file charges.

LEMON: Closing arguments just hours away in the trial of Dr. Martin MacNeill. The prosecution and defense resting their cases Friday. The state ended by putting the former Utah doctor's mistress back on the stand. They say she is the reason he drugged and drowned his wife. The defense put up just four witnesses. The jury should get the case today. MacNeill faces life in prison if he's convicted.

SAMBOLIN: A Wisconsin woman who disappeared when she was a teenager nine years ago has been found in Mexico. Connie McAllister (ph) was 16 years old when she vanished. She tells police she was drugged at a party and was taken to Mexico against her will by her boyfriend. She eventually moved on from that abusive relationship, married another man and is now living with him along with their three children.

She says she wants to come home. A church in her Wisconsin neighborhood is planning a fundraiser to help raise enough money for her to return.


SAMBOLIN (on-camera): So, take a look at what is coming up on "NEW DAY." chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan joining us. Good morning.

LEMON: Yes, it's a Friday, but a lot going on.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Happy Friday but a lot of news going on this morning, guys.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: There is -- I will take a quick moment just to recognize Don Lemon's strong Friday casual look. I've been pushing for casual Fridays. Strong representation.

SAMBOLIN: Doesn't he look dapper?


CUOMO: Well done, sir, well done.

LEMON: Ask for forgiveness and permission, right?


CUOMO: Thank you for leading the way. Thank you for leading the way.

We have a lot of big news this morning. There's been a turn in the Obamacare discussion. Why? Well, the president gave an interview, and in it, he was really pushed to say he was sorry, and eventually, he did have regretful explanations. But really, is that what this story should be about? Is that the right headline, Obama's apology?

His main thrust (ph) was what he's doing to fix and how he believes that this law was the right law for the most amount of people. So, we're going to get into the decisions that are being made and how to fix the site and how to fix the politics as well. BOLDUAN: Yes. And also, we have new developments in the allegations of bullying by a Miami Dolphins player. This morning, now, a lawyer for Jonathan Martin is speaking out saying his client hasn't just been hazed, he was harassed. That's really a big question in the situation as Chris has been pointing out, we have yet to hear from Jonathan Martin, and this will be the first time that we're actually hearing more of his side of the story.

LEMON: I've been waiting for that. I know a lot of people have been waiting to hear his side.

SAMBOLIN: And trying to understand.

LEMON: Yes. Thank you, guys.

SAMBOLIN: Thank you.

LEMON: Museums, art patrons, and heirs all lining up to state their claim in this. Hundreds of priceless paintings discovered last year in an apartment in Germany. Calls are mounting for the German government to publish a list of all the works recovered. Many Jewish families believe some of the treasures were seized from their descendants by the Nazis.

Despite global pressure, German prosecutors are refusing to release a full inventory while they continue to investigate the man who had all the art works stash in his Munich apartment.

SAMBOLIN: All right. It is time now for our "Morning Rhyme." Our tweet of the day comes from Robin Kell (ph) who writes, "This morning, Don Lemon is not wearing a tie. It really doesn't matter because he's a handsome guy!"

LEMON: You are so smart, Robin! And right on!


LEMON: Thank you very much. I did not forget it.

SAMBOLIN: Thank you. You do look good. You look good.

All right. So, you can come up with your own. Tweet us with the hash tags morning rhyme and EARLY START. We love hearing from you.

LEMON: Beautiful day in the neighborhood.

SAMBOLIN: Oh, yeah, that's right.


SAMBOLIN: (INAUDIBLE) with that sweater as well.

LEMON: Coming up, day two of the Twitter craze. A company stock soaring more than 70 percent in its first day as a public company. If you got in, you should get out, should you? I don't know. And if you didn't get in, is it too late? "Money Time" next. (COMMERCIAL BREAK)

LEMON: Welcome back to EARLY START. It's "Money Time."


LEMON: And Poppy Harlow is here.

POPPY HARLOW, CNNMONEY.COM: You're the director today in your Mr. Rogers sweater!


LEMON: Listen.

HARLOW: It said, folks, that he needs to show you his crocs, because in the make-up room, he was bragging about wearing crocs!

LEMON: No. It's so early in the morning. They sit in my office. I walk around the office and I don't wear my dress shoes in the office and I had these when I had a home in the backyard.


LEMON: Someone on twitter said you should let your dog keep it!


SAMBOLIN: All the conversation is about Twitter.

HARLOW: All the conversation. I mean, Twitter -- people will not stop talking about Twitter. I mean, one way to put it that really sums it up is few. That was the tweet from the top banker at Goldman Sachs who handled this initial public offering because it all went incredibly smoothly. Twitter's first day of trading at the New York Stock Exchange was glitch-free.

Reminded a lot of folks of the days of the dot com bubble when so many tech stocks soared without even earning any profit, without even a profit, and that's Twitter. Let's take a look at the numbers, OK? So, this is a company that says they have 230 million users. They were priced at 26 bucks a share, but then, when the stock opened around 10:45 yesterday morning, it skyrocketed to $45.10 a share.

At one point in the trading day, it hit more than 50 bucks a share, then it came down at the end of the day closed just under $45, but this is what really amazes me. That valuation of about 45 bucks, it values Twitter at $25 billion. That's more than a lot of established companies like Hershey, like Alcoa, like Tiffany, like Delta. It's valued at more, more than that, even more than Netflix.

I mean, that's an outstanding number. So this was in all regards a monster debut, made a lot of people not us, really rich. Look at them. You've got co-founder of Twitter, Evan Williams. His stake now valued at $2.6 billion, co-founder Jack Dorsey 1.1 billion, Dick Costolo 346 million, he's the CEO and board member and a big shareholder, Peter Fenton, $1.4 billion.


HARLOW: It is all outstanding.

LEMON: Are any of them single?


HARLOW: I have no idea! Not getting into their personal life. I don't know. But what's astounding --



HARLOW: I think, guys, other than Don wanting to know if they're single is that this company has yet to turn a profit, right? So, they've never turned a profit and the first nine months of this year they brought in about --

SAMBOLIN: That is what really makes it outstanding, right, Poppy? This is remarkable.

HARLOW: It is, because they're bringing in money. So like, if you look at that number on the screen, 134 million, that's how much they've lost so far in the first nine months of this year. They brought in 422 million in that period, but the key here, we have to give this a caveat because they could be profitable. They could take in the money from advertisers and not invest, not acquire companies and just put it towards their bottom line so it looks better on paper.

That's not what they're doing. They're spending it. They're reinvesting in the company. They're opening offices. They're hiring. So, it's all how you look at it, but it's a big bet and investors love this. They jumped in yesterday.

SAMBOLIN: So, it's been really interesting to watch Twitter. I was on the elliptical yesterday watching go up, watching go down and was really fascinating. So, we'll see what happens with that.


SAMBOLIN: But there's something else on horizon that could affect the market.

HARLOW: Yes. Well, the jobs report. This is what we get every months, and this is very important because it effects so many people, so many businesses, consumer confidence. We'll get that in a little less than three hours. Unemployment for October, we'll see what that number is. It will likely move the markets a bit.

There's a lot of debate on how, quote/unquote, "clean this jobs report is going to be." What does that mean? What this is going to factor in because it's October when we had that federal government shutdown. Federal furloughed workers are going to skew the results here. Some economists think we won't see much of a change.

Others are saying that the unemployment rate will tick higher as a result because even though those workers were only temporarily laid off and are now back to work, they're going to be counted as unemployed in that unemployment rate. So, that will likely tick higher so keep that in mind. And then, this brings up this other big question, guys, which is this issue of what does it do to fed policy?

So, the fed has been pumping up this economy so much for years. Part of the fed mandate is to bring unemployment down. So, if we see improvement in the unemployment rate this month, next month, the thinking is if that's going to pull back on that -- it's been propping up the housing market and this economy and so many things. Is that a good thing? Is it time? I think that's a really big question.

Looking at what we're expecting. We're expecting about 120,000 jobs that have been added last month. Unemployment expected to tick up slightly to 7.3 percent. I will get that 8:30 a.m. eastern today. We'll bring it to you on "NEW DAY." So, that's really probably more important than Twitter, but we're all talking about Twitter.

LEMON: Again, is that high? What do you think?

HARLOW: I think it's really high. Of course, I don't even invest in individual stocks, but I think -- I think you -- don't just think you know a company because you use it a lot. Look at the fundamentals of this company.

LEMON: Can I tell you something? You know, I do the whole thing -- the adviser here at CNN and they help you out. The best thing I ever did was on my own.

HARLOW: You trust your gut.

LEMON: Apple.


HARLOW: Where did you get in tap?

LEMON: -- and I'm going to put it in Apple and it's the best thing I have in my portfolio.

HARLOW: Yes. Well, trust your gut on a lot of these but research. Research.

LEMON: 2002 or something I did it --

HARLOW: Oh, my goodness.

SAMBOLIN: That was smart.

HARLOW: Lucky you.

SAMBOLIN: Thank you, poppy.

HARLOW: You got it.

SAMBOLIN: All right. Up next, Trayvon Martin's parents want it repeal. Now, Florida lawmakers have reached a decision on the state's controversial stand your ground law. Their verdict ahead on EARLY START.


SAMBOLIN: Welcome back to EARLY START. A committee of Florida lawmakers rejecting a proposal to repeal the state's stand your ground law. The hearing followed protests sparked by the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin murder trial. One Republican Florida lawmaker praised the decision saying the state is a safer place because of the law and the decision to preserve it.

Twenty-two states have stand your ground laws which give individuals the right to use deadly force when they believe their life is in jeopardy.

LEMON: Hot button issue all across the country. I really enjoyed the last two mornings with you.

SAMBOLIN: I am so glad you've been here and I'm inviting you back Monday morning.


SAMBOLIN: I love you.

LEMON: We worked together in Chicago. I love you too.


LEMON: We're old friends, old friends, but not that old.

That's it for EARLY START. "NEW DAY" starts right now.


CUOMO: Breaking news. One of the strongest storms in the history of the planet. Stronger than Katrina and Sandy combined is lashing South Asia this morning. We're going to show you what could happen there and here.

BOLDUAN: The apology. President Obama says he is sorry to those who have lost coverage due to Obamacare, but will the mea culpa quiet the calls to delay parts of the law?

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: New details. Jonathan Martin telling his side of the story through his lawyer alleging a year and a half of abuse by more than one player. We have the stunning accusations.

CUOMO: Your "NEW DAY" starts right now.

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


CUOMO: Good morning. Welcome to "NEW DAY." It is Friday, everybody, November 8th, six o'clock in the east.

Now, listen to this, one of the strongest storms we've ever seen is walloping the Philippines as we speak. Take a look at the radar. These are colors we rarely ever see in the forecast. The storm is 300 miles across. That's about half the size of Texas, just for some perspective. Now, it's too early to assess damage from this super typhoon, that's what they're calling it.

But here's what we hear about wind gusts, 235 miles an hour. Remember, you get to 100 miles an hour, it becomes a hurricane. 235 miles an hour, we're hearing. Now, we're looking at the pictures now. The wind is already blowing. We're going to try and find out more about this. We have Kathy Novak who's in manila.

It's very tough to get communications out of an area like this. We believe she's on the phone. Can you hear us? Can you hear us?

VOICE OF KATHY NOVAK, MANILA, PHILIPPINES: Hi. I can hear you. I'm not sure if you can hear me. It's starting to get very rainy and windy where I am here in Manila. So, I'll just go ahead and keep talking and hopefully you can still hear me. (INAUDIBLE) I can only imagine how bad it is down south where the winds are the hardest

But we're starting to get a few more pictures on local television right now. The scene that has been facing the people down south throughout the day just -- trees have been uprooted, debris flying through the air. (INAUDIBLE) We've heard fishermen telling local media how they've lost their boats. An incredible picture of a large barge that was turned right on its side and support.

There were people on board that lost their lives. It's really difficult to get at least a confirmation of casualties -- the communications have been cut off for so many of these reasons.