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Unspeakable Tragedy; Daunting Task; Help On The Way; Obamacare Enrollment Shockingly Low; TSA Memorial Service; Toronto Mayor Fires Back; Big Chill Along East Coast; Failed Iran Nuclear Talks; Miami Dolphins Owner Speaks; Behind the Obamacare Numbers
Aired November 12, 2013 - 06:00 ET
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MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I was appalled. That was the reaction to the owner of the Miami Dolphins to the bullying controversy surrounding his team. Why he's shocked by the allegations and why the Dolphins week just got a little more embarrassing?
CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: 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's Tuesday, November 12th, six o'clock in the east. The situation is not over; in fact, it could get worse. A new storm, no food or water, risk of disease. The Philippines are in crisis. Take a look at these faces, the survivors, many of them children looking for families, all of them desperately in need of food and water.
Aid is arriving from around the world. The "USS George Washington," a huge aircraft, a ship that we have, has been dispatched to provide some relief, but here's the problem. It's just taking a long time to get there. The airports aren't functioning. There's no real infrastructure there. So every hour, the every day that passes, the situation becomes worse. Another storm is coming. So the situation is desperate on the ground. We'll show it to you.
KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: And still, throughout all of this, communication is largely cut off. Officials trying to stop the looting by people who are simply desperate for supply at this point. On top of that, a 4.8 magnitude earthquake hit today near one of the affected areas. Just for some perspective on all of this, take a look at this, this is the size of Haiyan before it made landfall. Had it been near the U.S., it would have covered a huge part of the east coast.
And also, here's another look, showing it -- size, compare it to hurricane Katrina and we all remember the devastation that Katrina brought to the United States. But there has been -- there have been moments of hope, glimmers of hope. We told you about a baby born in the middle of the storm. We're going to hear from the doctor next hour who brought her into the world. CUOMO: All right, so here's what we want to do now. The cameras are getting to the hardest hit areas. Information is still coming in. We have team coverage on the ground in full effect. Andrew Stevens is one of the hardest-hit areas, Tacloban. Andrew, what is the status now?
ANDREW STEVENS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, the good news, Chris, I'll start with that is that the runway lights have come on. That means this can now be a 24-hour relief staging post. Aircraft can fly in all day and all night. We've been seeing that as well. But as far as the cleanup and the misery and the work piling up for the rescue teams and the relief teams, it's an enormous task.
Just look behind me here. You can see here the debris here, there's an overturned baggage trolley. Overturned cars, the place is in complete darkness. It is squalor. Meanwhile, Chris, the task of finding and burying the dead continues.
STEVENS (voice-over): More misery on the ground, as some relief efforts are halted overnight when yet another storm hit the devastated city of Tacloban. The strongest typhoon on record struck days ago, leaving behind a humanitarian crisis of unprecedented scope.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I am the only survivor of the family. I want to know if they are still alive.
STEVENS: From the sky, miles of destruction as far as the eye can see while on the ground rows of lifeless bodies.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Only ones missing is my eldest daughter. I hope she's alive.
STEVENS: Pews of a church chapel now filled with the dead. Inside a mother weeps over the lost of her son.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I've experienced a lot of typhoon but this is the worst.
STEVENS: The living covered their noses and mouths because the stench is unbearable. As they search for their loved ones, a young student cries for her mother. I'm still here in Tacloban, she says, and I'm still alive. Hundreds of thousands are now fighting for survival.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I must go out of this city.
STEVENS: The few hospitals still functioning are overwhelmed, leaving the injured with nowhere to go.
JOSE L. CUASIA JR., PHILIPPINE AMBASSADOR: The president of the Philippines has declared a state of national calamity.
STEVENS: In need of food and water, residents write signs of inspiration in hope that someone will see. UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We don't have enough water, even though we are not sure it is clean and safe, we still drink it because we need to survive.
STEVENS: The warden of this local city jail says they ran out of food. The inmates threatened a mass breakout as one stands on the roof of the prison ready to jump. Haiyan victims dangerously take gas as transportation out of the destruction is vital for their survival. Thousands uncertain of when aid will reach them.
STEVENS: And so many people are now trying to leave this devastation zone. The queues are getting bigger here at the airport for people trying to get on any sort of transport out of this area. It can be a chaotic scene, Kate, when the gates open, people trying to keep in order but that order often breaks down. People want to get away. There is no reason to stay here.
But it's really the lucky few who can get away. Most people will be stock here. They can't afford to, don't know how to get away. Relief is at least coming here. What is going on further down the coast? Those towns and villages we still haven't heard anything about.
BOLDUAN: We still don't know the extent of all the devastation. Andrew, thank you for being there and thank you for your great reporting in such horrible conditions in such an unfolding disaster. Thank you so much.
All right, the early aid package as Andrew talked about are being distributed, but getting it to people who need it has proved very challenging especially in the more remote areas hit by the storm. Anna Coren is joining us from Cebu with a look at the damage there. Anna, how is it looking there?
ANNA COREN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Kate, we are at the air field here in Cebu, which is pretty much the staging ground for this massive disaster relief operation here in the Philippines. You can see behind me at least a dozen aircraft. There are C-130s Hercules. There's also the largest aircraft in the world that has flown in from China, packed with aid. This is what the people on the ground so desperately need, food, bottled water and medical supplies and of course, they need shelter.
We know this storm system is coming through. It's been raining throughout the day and there's talk it could develop into a typhoon. This is what the people here are facing. We went out on one of those c-130 Hercules with the military today to one of the hardest hit areas, the first hit that was hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan, flying over it, it was absolutely devastated.
Nothing was standing. We hit the ground. We were on the ground for 20 minutes as the military dispatched that aid, gave it to local authorities. We got to catch up with the mayor and this is what he had to say.
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COREN: A 100 percent damaged?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A 100 percent damaged.
COREN: Any buildings left standing?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It was all dead, collapsed, all of our buildings. All of our evacuation centers collapsed.
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COREN: Now, in this particular town, Kate, dozens are dead and many, many more are missing. This is the reality that these people are facing. But you know, the police and the soldiers that we traveled in to this remote area with, their focus is very much on the survivors. It's looking after them. It's making sure that they get these basic necessities, they are racing against time. This disaster has now entered its fifth day. Many of these people, Kate, have gone without food and water for that many days.
BOLDUAN: Just helping to paint just a devastating picture of what they're dealing with, Anna. As that man said, all of their evacuation centers have collapsed, just showing what they're up against now. Thank you so much, Anna Coren.
CUOMO: It's a lot of ground to cover. It could take up to ten days before they have any idea what areas need what. It's a developing story. Our own Anderson Cooper has been fighting his way over to Tacloban. It's very difficult. You're seeing footage when he arrived on the scene. Moving around is not easy, but he is there and he'll join us later in the show. He'll be in the thick of the destruction. We'll get his perspective.
PEREIRA: All right, we want to take a look at the other news making headlines at this hour. Shockingly low sign-up numbers for Obamacare, the "Wall Street Journal" reporting fewer than 50,000 people were able to successfully navigate healthcare.gov in October, less than a tenth of the 500,000 people the administration projected. A CNN analysis of public data from states with Obamacare exchanges came up with a similar result, just over 59,000 signing up as of last week.
A public memorial service is planned for later today for the first TSA officer killed in the line of duty. The 39-year-old Gerardo Hernandez was shot to death at LAX on November 1st. Investigators say he was checking I.D.s when gunman, Paul Ciancia, shot him at point blank range. Attorney General Eric Holder is among the many officials expected to speak today's service.
A North Carolina man faces federal charges for allegedly trying to join Al Qaida. The 29-year-old Basit Sheikh was arrested earlier this month trying to board an airplane, his destination, Lebanon. Sheikh reportedly told an FBI informant he would be joining an Al Qaida- linked militant group fighting against the Assad regime in Syria. He is now charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Toronto Mayor Bob Ford refusing to back down, telling a supporter, quote, "I'm not going anywhere, guaranteed." Toronto city council members have introduced a motion urging Ford to step down after he admitted to smoking crack cocaine. In the meantime, during a ceremony for Veterans Day or Remembrance Day as it is called in Canada, Ford was booed by at least one person as he took the stage. It was his first public appearance since his admission.
Nine months ago, Vietnam vet, Matt Carlson, found a Purple Heart for sale at an Arizona flea market. He vowed to return it to its owner and family, etched on it, the name Clarence Marriott. He died in World War II, but Carlson found some distant relatives who asked that that medal be returned to Marriott's hometown of Stillwell. And on Veterans Day, the Purple Heart came home. It will remain on display at a local museum. How about that tale? Isn't that wonderful?
CUOMO: Got to respect taking the extra steps.
PEREIRA: Absolutely. Meant a lot for him to do it and it means a lot to the people to see it in its rightful place.
CUOMO: A perfect day for that to happen.
CUOMO: Thanks for that, Mick. Let's get over to Indra Petersons. She is keeping track of the latest forecast including snow now.
INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Big changes. This is the day we're waiting for, the first dusting that changes the season. Right now, we're still seeing some snow around Scranton and also around state college. Chicago, they had under half an inch. Let's take a look at where we have a chance today and remember, it's just a chance. We're not talking about real accumulation here, but pretty much anywhere in the mid-Atlantic and it's trying to even creep into the south.
So definitely a wide swath of a region here dealing with the cold air and just a little bit of some flurries especially in these morning hours as the cold front is passing through. Dome of high pressure, this arctic high is the source for all of the cold air. We have a frontal system. A cold front make is its way across.
So right now, it looks like Tuesday, 6:00 in the morning, we are talking about still snow behind. So right around Pittsburgh, you're seeing a couple flurries already this morning. The morning hours, we start to see the flurries into the mid-Atlantic and overnight tonight, it looks like the system will make its way offshore.
Behind it, of course, we are left with chilly temperatures. Look at this, all this cold arctic air diving so far south that Nashville, their high 20 degrees below normal at 43 today. Check out Dallas, their highs just into the 40s. There to about 20 degrees below normal. Chicago, into tomorrow, we're still talking about this mild air. Boston tomorrow, your high expected to be about 38 degrees. Remember we did talk about this cold air going all the way into the south, the frost advisories in that region as well, anywhere from Texas stretching even in through Georgia. That's the big story. It goes to that dumb and dumber line, so you're saying there's a chance? We're not talking about a lot. Little guys here.
BOLDUAN: There's a chance. Thanks, Indra.
Coming up next on "NEW DAY", the U.S. and Iran pointing the finger at each other after nuclear negotiations broke down over the weekend. Can a new offer from Tehran get the talks back on track?
CUOMO: Plus, the Miami Dolphins, the game last night left no doubt the team is in crisis. New information on problems off the field and a look at the scandal that was the game last night.
BOLDUAN: Welcome back to "NEW DAY".
Iran has agreed to new U.N. nuclear inspections after failing to reach a broader deal with the West this past weekend. Secretary of State John Kerry largely blames Tehran for the breakdown in those talks. But back here in the U.S., he's facing criticism from some in Congress over those negotiations.
CNN's Jim Sciutto is in Washington with more on this. What are you hearing, Jim?
JIM SCIUTTO, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL SECURITY CORRESPONDENT: Well, good morning, Kate.
Secretary Kerry is now back in Washington. He's due on Capitol Hill tomorrow to brief senators on the talks with the Iranians over its nuclear program. How those talks fell apart but also how he needs more time before Congress imposes new sanctions to allow time for a deal.
SCIUTTO: Secretary Kerry says an interim deal on Iran's nuclear program was extremely close but in the end, the Iranians walked away.
JOHN KERRY, SECRETARY OF STATE: There was unity. But Iran couldn't take it at that particular moment, they weren't able to accept that particular agreement.
SCIUTTO: That didn't sit well with his Iranian counterpart, Foreign Minister Zarif, who fired back a different version of events via Twitter, where he pointed the finger firmly at the West. "Mr. Secretary, was it Iran that gutted over half of the U.S. draft Thursday night?" he tweeted, "and publicly commented against it Friday morning?"
The missives came signs this weekend of a split between the French and everyone else. The French insisting on more concessions from Iran. This is just the latest attempt by Iran and the West to forge an agreement to get Iran to abandon its effort to build a nuclear bomb, something the Iranians have never admitted they're doing, while allowing Tehran a peaceful nuclear program. For their part, the Iranians are motivated by desire to get out from under economic sanctions that have crippled their economy.
If there's no agreement, Iran and the West may be facing the prospect of war.
AARON DAVID MILLER, WOODROW WILSON CENTER: If you drift even with sanctions in an effort to diplomatically over the next several months, you're going to lead to one basic conclusion which is some sort of military strike.
SCIUTTO: Talks resume later this month, but this latest delay gives opponents such as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu time to mobilize against any deal with Iran.
SCIUTTO: And there are opponents on the Hill here as well, some in Congress who want to impose tougher sanctions on Iran. When Kerry meets behind closed doors with senators tomorrow, he'll be urging them to hold off on efforts to he can keep those talks alive.
The next round scheduled for November 28th in Geneva, Chris. But those are going to be at the political director level. That's one below secretary of state and foreign minister. So, it might be some time before they sign something.
CUOMO: All right. Jim, thank you for watching it for us. We'll stick with you.
We also want to talk about the locker room woes for the Miami Dolphins. They're certainly keep getting more confusing. But it was all too clear when they took the clear Monday without Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito that they've got trouble.
Just hours earlier, the team's owner spoke out on the hazing controversy. Stephen Ross said he's appalled by Martin's accusations and he plans to meet with him this week. He would get no relief from the game last night.
Let's bring in CNN's Joe Carter. He's in Tampa with the latest.
Joe, what do we know about the drama on and off the field?
JOE CARTER, CNN SPORTS ANCHOR: Well, I can tell you this, Chris, you said it. I mean, Stephen Ross, the owner of the Miami Dolphins is appalled. He's embarrassed by everything that's gone down and says he plans to get to the bottom of this but said he's not going to rush to judgment until hears all the facts.
And the first step in getting those facts is a face-to-face meeting with Jonathan Martin. That will take place tomorrow, so that he can hear this side of the story.
Now, if you know anything about Stephen Ross, he is not an owner you would typically classify has a hands-on owner, not the guy who get out in front of the cameras when the teams going through something. But he felt this situation is so big, so polarizing, that he held a press conference before Monday night football at the other team's stadium.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And a touchdown --
CARTER (voice-over): As the saga around the Miami Dolphins continues to unfold, the team's owner, Stephen Ross, is the latest to speak out.
The billionaire owner appeared embarrassed by the allegations surrounding his team.
STEPHEN ROSS, OWNER, MIAMI DOLPHINS: What's gone on is really something, you know, couldn't have been a worse nightmare.
CARTER: Before Jonathan Martin abruptly left the team on October 28th, Ross said he was unaware of any bullying inside the Dolphins organization.
ROSS: I didn't hear that, coach didn't hear that, nobody heard that.
CARTER: When he saw the messages from Richie Incognito to Martin, it raised immediate concern.
ROSS: I was appalled. I think anybody would be appalled. I didn't realize people would talk, text or, you know, speak that way.
CARTER: In the team's first game without Incognito and Martin, the Dolphins furthered an already embarrassing week losing to the last place by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night football.
RYAN TANNEHILL, DOLPHINS QUARTERBACK: The more and more adversity hits you in the face, you know, you've got to step up and face it and be able to handle it. You know, life is full of adversity. Not everybody deals with a situation like this.
MIKE POUNCEY, DOLPHINS OFFENSIVE LINEMAN: We're here to play football. The distractions were outside. It was external, not internal.
CARTER: While everyone involved is still trying to figure out exactly what really happened between Martin and the Dolphins, the team's owner made it very clear that change is coming.
ROSS: There will be no racial slurs or harassing or bullying in that workplace, in that locker room and outside the locker room.
CARTER: Now, Ross says he also plans of changing the culture within the organization by forming two committees, one internal, one external. He says that he wants to create a code of conduct, guys, that suits the 21st century. He wants more checks and balances so something like this never happens again, guys.
BOLDUAN: Good point. Maybe that will help.
CUOMO: Yes. Well, I think the question is certainly who knows? I mean, this is becoming an odd story.
What do you think? Tweet us with the #newday, keeps being more of these suggestions, we're going to do this, we're going to do that. And yet, at the same time we keep saying we don't know what really happened.
BOLDUAN: It's true.
CUOMO: Little confusing. We're going to talk about it later on in the show. But let us know what you think.
BOLDUAN: Coming up next on "NEW DAY", the White House preparing to release the official Obamacare enrollment numbers so far this week as new reports suggest they will be extremely low. But how bad are they? Much more ahead.
CUOMO: Gas, back down to 3 bucks a gallon in some places. That may be coming to you very soon. In fact, it may even go lower. We'll tell you what to look out for.
BOLDUAN: Time now for a political gut check of the morning.
Obamacare enrollment front and center this morning, with new reports showing less than 50,000 people have signed up so far through the federal exchanges.
So, what does the White House do next?
CNN's chief national correspondent John King is here, as always.
Good morning, John.
JOHN KING, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Kate.
Mama told you there'd be days like this, remember?
BOLDUAN: Better said than I could have come up with this.
So what do you think this means for the administration? They've been warning leading up to this that the numbers are going to be low. This is pretty low.
KING: They have been warnings to prepare for this. And that's what I mean, they're having another tough day, or another tough few days here.
They've been saying all along the numbers will be low. They won't officially confirm this 40,000 to 50,000 number. First reported by "The Wall Street Journal" yesterday, but they're not disputing it or pushing back at all. They say they'll have their first official numbers for the federal sign-up later this week.
What does it tell you? It tells you in what the administration is saying because of the Web site problems, because of other communications and technical issues, enrollment is way, way, way below what they wanted it to be and what they needed to be.
What they're also saying is, look, this is part of the problem. We know it's a problem. We're embarrassed. But by the time we get to the March deadline, things will be fixed.
What are Republicans? That this is proof to them not only the technical problems, Kate, they're going to make the case it's proof of how unpopular this is. So it's more evidence for the critics of the program.
Again, I'm sounding like a broken record. I would watch how the Democrats reacting more than anything because the administration is trying to come a little bit of panic among especially Democrats on the ballot next year.
CUOMO: I don't get why it's causing a panic, though, John, because of what you just said -- the site's busted up. They haven't fixed it yet. They know they'll get small numbers historically in Massachusetts you saw small numbers. You have a lot of time until the deadline.
I wonder if we're like -- is this negative momentum we're seeing here.
KING: Well, you've been around politics a little bit in your life, Mr. Cuomo. Sometimes, politicians, the facts or being prepared for situations don't always matter, in the sense Republicans are being -- call it smart, call it cynical, they know the 10, 12, 15 Senate Democrats who are in very tough races next year, who are a bit nervous right now.
So, not only are they waging a national argument, they're pouring resources into those specific states, running television ads, doing other things, to try to drive the unpopularity of the program up even more, to try to blame those specific Democratic senators. Senator Landrieu of Louisiana is partly responsible for this mess. Senator Shaheen of New Hampshire is causing this problem with the president.
So they're trying to focus on where they see right now, their biggest political opening to keep the pressure on the administration from within his own party. It's politics. Welcome to the beast.
BOLDUAN: You think then that there's anymore movement to push back the deadlines, or delay the penalty? I mean, you're hearing more and more Democrats even talking about it? Do you think this is -- that tipping point where the administration is going to go along with it?
KING: We're not at the tipping point yet, but we might get dangerously close. And again, the break for the president would be when folks go home for the holidays. And Congress goes away.
KING: What the administration has said we'll try to do everything we can administratively to fix it. What they've also said is that in several more weeks, we're going to prove to you that we've gotten the Web site over the hump. That we made the corrections and things can pick up. And their hope is that those numbers, the enrollment numbers accelerate.
The numbers aren't just, you know, we're using them today in the context largely of the political conversation. The numbers are necessary for the policy underpinning, the architecture, the foundation of the program. You need all those people to sign up to give the program the resources it needs and the depth it needs. They say they'll get there in time.
Now, the one thing that's likely to happen if they don't get there, if they have more hiccups, is waving the penalty or extending the deadline for when you pay the penalty. That's an easy one. But the administration wants to wait as long as it can to do any significant changes, because once it opens the door to some changes, critics are going to demand more.
CUOMO: Not the time to play politics with that, though. I think -- you know, if we're doing a BOLO here, or be on the lookout, John, my guess is -- of course, you're going to waive the penalty, of course, you're going to extend the deadlines, because they have to look at the numbers and make sure that the young and healthy are signing up, or they know the economics of the plan won't work.
CUOMO: What is your prediction about what we see with members of Congress, because they're now having to take the choice of whether or not they'll sign up, whether or not they waive their preference. What do you think they're going to see?
KING: You're going to see number -- some Democrats stepping forward to do it, saying this is the right thing to do. And you're going to see this debate, again, play out there. Watch them complain if they have problems signing up. So, I think one of the things the administration needs to do is members of Congress sign up, maybe give them personal concierge service to make sure they get through the process as quickly as possible.
BOLDUAN: There's one idea there. Maybe even job creation there.
KING: There you go.
BOLDUAN: Thanks, John.
BOLDUAN: I like a good concierge. Good.
And talking about politics, a programming note for you, later today, on "THE LEAD", CNN anchor Jake Tapper will be interviewing the former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin about Obamacare. That will definitely be one topic. That will be at 4:00 p.m. Eastern.
Let's go straight to Michaela for some of the other stories making headlines today.
PEREIRA: All right. Good morning. And good morning to you at home.
Let's bring you up to date on the latest news.
Desperation setting in for people stuck in damaged parts of the Philippines.