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Daunting Task; Help on the Way; Senator Inhofe's Son Believed Killed; Iran Talks Blame Game; Miami Dolphins Owner Speaks

Aired November 12, 2013 - 08:00   ET


MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Jimmy Kimmel taking heat for his skit that suggested the U.S. kill all Chinese people. Despite his apology and one from ABC, a huge number of people in the Chinese-American community are calling for further action.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Your NEW DAY continues right now.

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

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning and welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone. It is 8:00 in the east.

It seems that it is going to get worse before it gets better in the Philippines. Millions need food, water, shelter and medical help, all of it scarce. Help is on the way, though. But it is being slowed by more rain, if you can believe it, while people who survived Typhoon Haiyan are going to extreme measures to get their very basic essentials.

CUOMO: Here's what we know, an American carrier battle group is on its way to the region. But for people looking for a way out, options are very limited. Communications are also largely cut off.

Officials are trying right now in vain to control looting by people who are simply desperate for supplies. Now, on top of that, more bad weather. A 4.8 magnitude earthquake hit today near one of the affected areas.

And take a look at this -- we all know how powerful Hurricane Katrina was. Typhoon Haiyan is even larger. Now, hopefully, this situation will turn in coming days, help as we said is on the way. Some are already there. Take a look at U.S. Marines helping survivors off the military plane that took them into Manila. So some of our best were there already, but there's so much to be done.

BOLDUAN: So much, and we have reporters and resources in the region to bring you full coverage of this disaster.

Andrew Stevens is in one of the hardest hit areas. He's going to start off our coverage this hour from Tacloban -- Andrew.

ANDREW STEVENS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Kate, certainly as you say, it may get worse before it gets better. If you look around the city today, there are still very, very few signs of any organized response to relief supplies, getting those relief supplies out into the community, into the people who so desperately need them.

Just to give you an idea how slowly things are moving out here at the airport, behind me you see the overturned luggage trolley and the debris from trees. And basically very, very little has changed here in the past three days. The only thing that's changed is that there are now airport lights on here, which allows the relief operations to continue into the night.

In the streets, though, the people of this city continue to recover their dead.


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. And we're hoping --

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 thing.

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: Chris, I was in downtown Tacloban today, just seeing how things have changed. There are still piles, mountains of now rotting debris and garbage filling the streets.

But there is more of a military presence down there. I counted a number of uniforms. They are heavily armed as well. I didn't get a sense of lawlessness, like I had before. And no doubt the desperation is there on the faces of the people down there, wondering just how long whatever meager food supplies they have will last and when the water will be coming.

But certainly, there is a military presence down there, which many of people I spoke to do find reassuring.

CUOMO: Absolutely, Andrew. It's an excellent point, to make people need to know there is stability in place, especially in these coming days. So thank you for pointing that out. Appreciate the reporting on the ground.

Now, we're also learning that members of the military have been providing any ounce of relief they can, even rescuing people along the way to damaged areas.

Our Anna Coren rode along with the relief convoy delivering supplies to displaced victims. Here's the story.


ANNA COREN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): As the disaster relief operation shifts into overdrive, the roar of engines from C-130 Hercules fills the air.

We've been given permission to board this military cargo plane, carrying vital aid and dozens of soldiers and police to one of the worst-hit areas in the Philippines. As we fly over the township of Guiuan in Samar Province, all we can see is utter devastation. This community was the first to be hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan. Since then, there has been no communication.

Well, the plan is to conduct a search and rescue mission, these men know all too well they're likely facing a recovery operation.

(on camera): The police and military on this flight have enormous job ahead. We have just landed at the air field. And as you can see, all around us, these enormous palm trees have been snapped like twigs. Everything has been flattened.

You can see that the local people over here, standing under a shelter that its roof has been completely ripped off. They have been without supplies now for days. This typhoon hit this point first. This was the first town, really, that was devastated. And these soldiers, they have no idea what they're about to face.

(voice-over): As the troops unload bags of rice and boxes of bottled water, the locals desperately watch on.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Food to eat, we want.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Shortage of food, tents, everything. Everything's gone. So we need help.

COREN: Of the 50,000 people in this town, almost everyone is homeless. Dozens of people have lost their lives and many more are still missing.

CHRISTOPHER GONZALES, GUIUAN MAYOR: I don't know where to start. If you take a look at our municipality, it was totally hit, total damage, 100 percent damage.

COREN: With the aid off, the sick and injured are carried on board, some suffering spinal cord injuries. In less than 20 minutes, the engines start up again, ferrying these traumatized survivors to safety.


COREN: Well, those aid flights, they are conducted all throughout the day, pretty much from dawn to dusk. They are working around the clock, making sure that those supplies, basic necessities get to the people who need it most.

But as you can see, we were on the ground only for 20 minutes. The frustration from the people, the locals there, they need more. It really is just a drop in the ocean.

There are so many communities that haven't been accessed as of yet. They haven't been reached. The people we spoke to on the ground, they need water, they need food, they need medical supplies, and they need it now.

Back to you.

BOLDUAN: Absolutely right. All right. Anna Coren, thank you. Thank you so much, Anna.

CUOMO: And as we were looking there in the situation where Anna was and where everyone has been, it's the first time I've seen more buildings down, more structures down than there are up in these communities.

BOLDUAN: I can't even see where the road -- where the homes begin and the road ends. You can't even see the distinction anymore, because just collapsed.

PEREIRA: Imagine the relief to know that help is there. Now, it's a question of when it will come to the areas of the people that are in the far-flung regions.

All right. Let's take a look at our other headlines right now, making news.

The official number of how many Americans enrolled for health benefits through Obamacare expected this week, but early estimates not good. "The Wall Street Journal" says fewer than 50,000 people have signed up through the federal site last week. CNN estimates another 60,000 signed up through state-run agencies. That's a fraction of the half a million the administration expected.

The first TSA officer ever killed in the line of duty will be honored at a public memorial in Los Angeles today. Thirty-nine-year-old Geraldo Hernandez, a father of two, who came to this country from El Salvador, when he was just 15 years old, was shot to death at LAX November 1st. Investigators say he was checking IDs when gunman Paul Ciancia walked up to him and shot him at point blank range.

There are reports this morning that Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe's son has died. Local news outlets say Dr. Perry Inhofe died in a plane crash in northeast Oklahoma Sunday. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel released a statement of condolence, but senator's office has not confirmed the death. It is believed Dr. Inhofe was behind the controls of the plane.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, but a witness told "Tulsa World" newspaper that a propeller gave out before the small plane spiraled out of control.

This morning, a committee of architects set to end the debate on the tallest building in the U.S. Right now, New York's One World Trade Center is considered taller than Chicago's Willis Tower, at 1,776 feet. The committee has been weighing whether the needle atop One World Trade Center is part of the actual building or just the equivalent of a broadcast antenna. Without the spire, it would shorter than the Willis Tower.

Measuring, I was just imagining the measure tapes going to go up that high.

CUOMO: The situation really bothers me.

PEREIRA: It does. I know, it's been getting under your skin. It bothers you a lot, doesn't it?

CUOMO: Yes, it should have never been. I mean, there's so much thought that went to how to make a memorial special, and all the metaphorical and symbolic references that we want to come out of it, and they didn't think about this? They didn't about whether it was going to be the tallest when that was such a formative thing?

It doesn't have to be, as you pointed out.

PEREIRA: The fact is that building is there. We rebuilt.

CUOMO: But that was part of the things seen as it being important. You know? Silly. Just silly.

BOLDUAN: We'll get a determination at some point today. We'll find out.

All right. The East Coast, including New York, is seeing its first major blast of winter this morning. Let's get a check in with Indra Petersons.

So, how's it looking now, Indra?

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Not hard to tell this way. I mean, look at these flakes; they're actually getting bigger out there.

This is New York City. Yes, we are in on the action. We are not the only ones. Some of us were jealous.

Take a look what they saw in Chicago, half an inch fell through Chicago. Even in through Detroit, they saw just about half an inch yesterday. Of course, there's the downside of this. Of course, that is the icy roads and traffic coalitions there on the interstate.

So where is the storm now? We're looking at the radar. We see the bands really kind of now making their way through New York and even through New England. But you can also see the lake-effect snow starting to fire up right now. That's where we'll see the heavier amounts.

Everyone here in this region, we're talking about the light stuff. Very, very much -- kind of a bit of a dusting. New England all the way down, trying to get into the south. That is so atypical for this time of year to see snow that far south. In fact, it's about a good month early.

The heavier amounts, yes, the lake-effect snow, seeing seven inches of that, carrying over the warmer lakes. Otherwise, for the rest of us, who's really watching this frontal system is making its way through. That's where we're seeing rain over to snow. Behind it, we know the chill is what's going to be here.

We're going to be talking about temperatures that get 20 degrees below normal for the next several days. That's kind of pretty for now, right?

CUOMO: Wait until you see how much fun you'll have when you get your first mound of snow and throw it and hit me in the face.

PETERSONS: Oh, guaranteed. I won't be the only one either. I promise you that.

CUOMO: It will be changing everything. I will give the whole experience.

PETERSONS: Three-in-one.

CUOMO: Believe me, I know how it's going to go.

All right. So all morning, we've been talking to you about the super typhoon. We're going to continue to. Why? The answers are obvious.

One of the main ones is the advocacy here. Throughout the day, if you want to, you can go to and find there the resources to help all the multiple, different facets of aid that will happen now and in the days ahead. So, please, go there and see if there's something you want to participate in.

All right. Coming up next on NEW DAY: hope turns to frustration after the Iran nuclear talks fall apart over the weekend. What does Secretary of State John Kerry need to do to keep Congress from getting in the way and maybe in his view of finishing the deal? CNN's Fareed Zakaria will be joining us to talk about it, next.

CUOMO: And the Miami Dolphins just can't seem to get out of their own way. On the field, they have trouble. Last night off as well. The owner is breaking his silence, stepping into the alleged hazing scandal and talking about what he's going to do about it.


BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone.

In the wake of the failure to reach a deal over the weekend over Iran's nuclear agenda, secretary of state, John Kerry, is asking for patience from both the international community and his own Congress to allow talks to continue.

Joining us now to talk more about this is Fareed Zakaria, the host of "Fareed Zakaria: GPS." Good morning, Fareed.


BOLDUAN: So what is your take on all of this? The talks fell apart over the weekend. There's no finger-pointing of who led to the falling out of the agreement or the negotiations. What's your take?

ZAKARIA: Well, remember, this was always going to be hard. The United States and Iran haven't talked since 1979. There hasn't been any kind of deal on the nuclear program for ten years. But it seemed to me what happened was they almost got too close too quickly.

There was a sense in which it seemed like the deal was going to happen and then a number of countries that have problems, Israel started lobbying from the outside without even knowing what was in the deal, that this was a bad deal.

And then, most centrally, France decided to break ranks. Very strange move, publicly breaking ranks, and you know, the French probably have a number of motives. It's always fun for the French to be anti- American and to distance themselves from the Americans.

They're also trying to signal to Saudi Arabia and the Emirates, the gulf states that don't like Iran, that they are the tough guys here, because, by the way, France has a lot of commercial business, particularly arms business with Saudi Arabia. So there's a whole bunch of motives there. But I think it was largely because we got so close faster than anyone thought we would.

BOLDUAN: It's interesting that you put it that way, because I was wondering, did Secretary of State Kerry and the allies, did they go too far too soon is what I was wondering. Don't you want to sit down at the negotiating table with complete unity from your side before you even start talking to Iran? Is that part of it?

ZAKARIA: I think that this may have been -- the French wanted to send a signal, as I say, to Saudi Arabia and to the emirates, that they were the tough guys. I think they would have found a way to object, no matter what. Remember, this is a good example of personality and all that stuff doesn't make that much difference because John Kerry loves the French. They love him. He speaks French fluently. This is about national interest, cold and calculating.

BOLDUAN: So, if this -- now back here at home, Secretary Kerry is going to be going to the Hill to talk to the Senate asking for time before -- he wants more time for negotiations to happen before anyone considers any more sanctions, crippling sanctions with -- there's general agreement these sanctions have worked at this point against Iran.

Bob Menendez is the chairman of the foreign relations committee. He's pushing for more -- further sanctions. He thinks that they're going to work and they would actually serve as an incentive, he wrote in an op-ed, saying that we cannot substitute wild-eyed hope for clear eye pragmatism given Iran's record of deception. Does Secretary Kerry have a tough job here at home convincing people that he can get this done?

ZAKARIA: He has a tough job. I think at the end of the day, these are a few Republican voices. It's not clear that it will actually pass in the Senate. But the way to think about it is, you know, we have been telling the Iranians, don't create facts on the ground. Don't create new facts on the ground that make these negotiations more difficult. Don't complicate our lives by doing things that would suggest that you don't have goodwill.

Well, you know, we often forget, it works both ways. We also shouldn't create facts on the ground and create complications for the negotiation. Both sides have to show that during this process of negotiation, you have goodwill and you're not trying to, you know, add further obstacles to the process.

BOLDUAN: And just looking at it kind of from the outside, the big view, you have the main players all sitting down over the weekend to try to hammer this out. It didn't happen. It's debatable who's at fault that it didn't happen. But now, when they go back to the negotiating table, it's one notch down in terms of who's going to be sitting down at that table. Does that mean that chances for a deal come November 20th when they head back to Geneva are slim?

ZAKARIA: It's not clear. I think that most importantly, the Iranians are going back to Iran, to Tehran to get clearance, I think, on some of these thorny issues.

BOLDUAN: Do you think that could help or hurt?

ZAKARIA: It would help in the sense that probably the foreign minister didn't have the authority to make a decision on a few crucial issues. If he goes back and if gets that authority, he comes back renewed. On our side, it allows the French and the Americans to get on the same page. But there is -- you know, here's the fundamental problem, which is no deal is one where we're going to get the full loaf.

And what you're listening to in Congress is a little worrisome, because at the end of the day, in any negotiation, you have to make concessions. The position of John McCain and Lindsey Graham and Bob Menendez seem to be -- we shouldn't have to make any concessions. Well, that's not negotiation, that's asking the other guy to surrender. And it's not clear to me that we can -- we understand that we're going to have to move from our position.

Yes, we have an initial position. They have an initial position. The only agreement is going to be one where they move a bunch, probably more than we do, but we're going to have to move as well.

BOLDUAN: Critical time, though, I think in these negotiations. If there's a chance, it seems like this is it, right here.

ZAKARIA: Pretty much.

BOLDUAN: Fareed, great to see you. Thank you very much. Chris, back to you.

CUOMO: All right. Thanks, Kate.

Coming up on NEW DAY, the Miami Dolphins owner is finally speaking out about the alleged hazing scandal. What he plans to do this week to get to the bottom of the allegations?

And that 22-year-old accused of pushing her new husband off a cliff -- you remember that story? She's got some accusations of her own. We'll tell them to you straight ahead.


PEREIRA: Good to have you with us on NEW DAY. Time now for the five things to know your NEW DAY.


PEREIRA (voice-over): At number one, long, long road ahead in the Philippines. Millions of folks need food, water, medicine. Help is being delayed by more rain in the region.

Enrollment numbers for Obamacare expected to be released this week. The "Wall Street Journal" reports it will be less than 50,000, not even a tenth of the administration's projection of half a million people.

A public memorial service is planned for later today in Los Angeles for the first TSA officer killed in the line of duty. Thirty-nine- year-old Gerardo Hernandez was shot to death at LAX on November 1st.

SeaWorld going to federal court challenging a ban on contact between killer whales and their trainers for performances. The ban was imposed after an orca drowned a trainer during a show in 2012.

Repairs to the Washington Monument closer to being finish. Crews will begin to take down the scaffolding. It's been set up around the monument. It could take up to three minutes -- three months rather to finish.

We always update those things to know, those five things particularly to know. Go to for the very, very latest -- Chris.


CUOMO: All right. Mich, Miami Dolphins' owner, Stephen Ross is calling for a new code of conduct and is speaking out about his team's hazing controversy. Ross says he plans to meet with Jonathan Martin this week and says he is appalled at the accusations against Richie Incognito. Neither player took the field during the Dolphins loss. Talk about appalling. Monday night, they lost to what was supposed to be the worst team in the league.

Now, both face uncertain futures in the league. CNN's Joe Carter is live in Tampa following the story. Good to have you with us, Joe. So, as confusing as this situation is, now we're starting to hear what's going to be done about it. What's going on?

JOE CARTER, BLEACHER REPORT: You know, you hit the nail on the head there by saying confusing because we still don't have all the facts yet. We still don't know both sides of the story, Chris. I mean, we did hear from Richie Incognito. We've gotten the Dolphins' perspective on things and how they view the situation, but we haven't heard from Jonathan Martin. And that's why tomorrow is so huge.

Stephen Ross, the owner of the Dolphins, said that he will meet face- to-face with Jonathan Martin tomorrow and that's when he'll decide the fate of the Miami Dolphins future.


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 going 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 never heard that. Coach didn't hear that. Nobody heard it.

CARTER: And when he finally saw the vulgar and threatening messages from Richie Incognito to martin, it raised immediate concern.

ROSS: I was appalled. Anybody would be appalled. I didn't realize people would talk, text or speak that way.

CARTER: In the team's first game without Incognito and Martin, the Dolphins furthered an already embarrassing week by losing to the last- place Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night football.

RYAN TANNEHILL, DOLPHINS QUARTERBACK: The more and more adversity hits you in the face, you know, you got to step up and face it and be able to handle it. You know, life is full of adversity. You know, not everyone deals with the situation like this.

MIKE POUNCE, DOLPHINS OFFENSIVE LINEMAN: We have to play the football. The destructions 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: No racial slurs, harassing, or bullying in that workplace, in that locker room and outside the locker room.


CARTER (on-camera): Now part of that change, Kate, is that Ross says he's going to form two leadership committees, one internally and one externally. He says that he's going to institute a, quote, "code of conduct" that suits the 21st century so that he has more checks and balances in place so something like this never happens again.