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Aired December 2, 2013 - 06:30   ET


JOHN AVLON, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST: Well, this is -- the largest problem right now is that we are in the negative cycle right now. Both parties do best when the other side screws up, not when they propose positive solutions.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Negative is better in the polls in the long run.

AVLON: Exactly right.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Kate's totally right. But, you know, I thought one of the remarkable things about Senator Cruz, a super genius guy, right? I mean, you may not like his politics, but he is very intelligent.

He says these families come up to him, I'm losing, I'm getting my hours cut back. My family needs insurance. I said, what are you saying to him? I am going to get rid of Obamacare.

AVLON: Right.

CUOMO: That cannot impress that family, for others, you know, whoever is running for office. That's not a winning answer.

AVLON: Unless people buy into the idea that Obamacare is a root of all problems in the health care system, which requires an amnesia about the American's experience with health care.

Here's what I think Republicans need. They do need somebody who's going to put forward a positive alternative plan. And the problem is the last time they did that, it was called Romneycare and it was this plan.

Now, there is the opportunity, and I agree with you Chris, the obligation to start getting together and solving the problem. We know Republicans aren't going to cheer-lead this plan. So Democrats are going to need to do their best to make it work.

But then you're going to need a reasonable Republican who can try to square the circle and actually move the ball forward in terms of if not insuring the uninsured, then at least preserving things like pre- existing conditions.

BOLDUAN: When you look at the calendar, which is honestly how they legislate. Looking at the political calendar, you know that's not going to happen anytime before midterms, that's for sure.

AVLON: Well, here's what you know. March is when the penalties start kicking in. When Mitt Romney did this before in Massachusetts, the enrollment starts spiking when the penalties are about to loom. James Madison was right, we're all self-interested creatures. So, when that pain is about to come, people start signing up, that's before the midterm elections, around six months before.

So the results will be baked in the cake pretty sufficiently. If the screw-up continues, Democrats are going to get hurt. If this all looks in the mirror like some Republicans try to exploit, then maybe it has a political punch it does today.

CUOMO: And also, don't think that this doesn't work for the men and women down in Washington. They made all these promises about the debt ceiling, about dealing with spending in the upcoming budget talks. Remember all the urgency about that?

AVLON: Sure.

CUOMO: You know Wednesday deadline, when are we going to do it? Our super committee conference of great friends, you know all that stuff? This is a reason to ignore all of it. They don't mention it at all. You never hear it.

AVLON: Except it's coming. I mean, except, you know --

BOLDUAN: Right, (INAUDIBLE). Does anyone remember that date?

AVLON: Exactly. That's the next big date and the teams are meeting. But right now, we have that super committee fail. We could have part two. Don't bet against that.

BOLDUAN: Shhh, don't call at this time super committee. It didn't work out last time.

AVLON: Super fail committee.

BOLDUAN: Thanks, John. Great to see you.

AVLON: Take care, guys.

BOLDUAN: Michaela?

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: All right. Let's take a look at the headlines at this hour everyone. Good morning to you.

Federal investigators are now looking into what caused Sunday's train derailment in New York. We're showing some live aerial pictures from the scene. Crews are busy working get the cars upright today. Four people were killed, dozens more injured.

The train came off the tracks after a curve the operator says the brakes didn't respond. Several cars skidded. One came peril lousily close to the water. Investigators are looking into another deadly train derailment. This one in southwestern New Mexico. Three railroad workers were killed in that incident Sunday when a freight train's locomotive plunged about 40 feet down a ravine. No one else was on the train. At least half of the eight train cars were tilted on their side. None of the iron ore they were carrying spilled.

Overseas, police in Egypt used tear gas to disperse crowds gathering in Tahrir Square, to support former President Mohamed Morsy. Those clashes happening as a 50-member agreed to a constitution, giving the military more political power and effectively banning religious party. Interim president, Adly Mansour, now has to ratify the charter and set a date for a popular referendum.

A new study from a team op of researchers in Germany found energy drinks packed with caffeine can change the way your heart beat. The team imaged (ph) the hearts of 17 people an hour after they had had an energy drink, and found that heart contractions were more forceful after drinking the beverage. The researchers say children and people with irregular heartbeat should avoid those beverages.

And meet Bao Bao, a 100-day-old panda cub at the National Zoo, finally has a name. The name means precious or treasure in Chinese and in Chinese tradition, 100 days marks a milestone in a baby's life, so the zoo celebrated with a naming ceremony filled with dancing and dignitaries. Bao Bao will make her public debut next year.

BOLDUAN: Little did we know, that's what we call Chris.


CUOMO: I don't have the tensile strength for those --

PEREIRA: You and I debate about pandas all the time.

CUOMO: Making little about pandas, I believe they are a potentially deadly animal. She wants to have one in her backyard.

BOLDUAN: Just like a koala, you want to can hug them. It can also be dangerous.

CUOMO: Not even a bear.

BOLDUAN: Really?

CUOMO: No, marsupial.

BOLDUAN: There you go.

CUOMO: Coming up on "NEW DAY", a fatal accident, speed blamed for car crash that killed actor Paul Walker. You heard about this story. We have new details about what killed him and the untimely death of this young man.

BOLDUAN: And also ahead, drones at your doorstep. We'll tell you all ability Amazon's vision to deliver your packages faster in a very new way.

CUOMO: It definitely looks like a flying hibachi.

BOLDUAN: I know, I can't wait to grill out right after this.

PEREIRA: Arrived at the front door, honey. What did you order?

CUOMO: Who is landing it? Who is flying it?


BOLDUAN: Welcome back to "NEW DAY".

Let's go around the world now, starting with the testifying protest in the Ukraine. Huge crowds demanding the president step down and calling for new parliamentary elections.

Phil Black has the latest from Kiev.


PHIL BLACK, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Crowds of protesters have occupied Independence Square here in central Kiev, setting up barricade to keep the police out. These protests started because anger at the Ukrainian government decision not to sign agreements that would have brought to country close to the European Union.

But the public anger escalated after police started using violence to try to clear out the protesters. That triggered a crowd of 100,000 plus people demanding the government leave office. Many are saying they will stay here until that is achieved.

Back to you, Kate.

BOLDUAN: All right. Phil, thank you so much for that.

And in Scotland, the death toll is rising after a helicopter slammed into a crowded pub over the weekend.

CNN's Matthew Chance has that.


MATTHEW CHANCE, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, the ninth body has been recovered from the wreckage of a pub in Glasgow, Scotland, destroyed when a police helicopter crashed into the building on Friday night. Rescue teams at the scene say they are now trying to air lift the helicopter from the roof to allow them access to the building, finding more bodies crushed by the rig.

The pub called Clutha is one of the oldest bars in Glasgow, a popular like music venue. It was packed with revelers when the police chopper crashed into it. As well as the nine dead, at least 32 people have been injured.

Back to you, Kate. (END VIDEO CLIP)

BOLDUAN: All right. Matthew, thank you very much for that.

CUOMO: We have new developments in the death of actor Paul Walker. Police now say speed was a factor in the fiery crash that killed the "Fast and Furious" star this weekend. It's not clear how fast the car was traveling, or what the role was, we do now know who was behind the wheel.

CNN's Nischelle Turner is following this. Important to note: Paul Walker loved by his fans, also had family and also had a daughter.

NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT: Yes, he was the local southern California boy born and raised in Glendale, California. His family is still in the Los Angeles. He had a 15-year-old daughter Meadow that he left behind. So, yes, a lot of people mourning his loss this morning.

Chris, you talked about the driver of the Porsche. That driver has been identified as a close friend and business partner of Walker.

Let's show a picture of what is believed to be one of the last pictures of the star taken just minutes before the fatal crash.


TURNER (voice-over): "Fast and Furious" co-star Tyrese Gibson overcome with grief Sunday, the Santa Clarita crash where 40-year-old Paul Walker died now a shrine to one of the most bankable box office stars.

Police now say Walker was in the passenger's seat of this 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. This photo snapped just 30 minutes before the car slammed into a pole and burst into flames.

The mangled wreckage apparently captured on this YouTube video. Police say speed may have been a factor.

CNN affiliate KCAL-TV has identified the driver as Roger Rodas, a business partner who ran a high performance shop nearby. Both men were drivers on the shop's race team. The pair left a charity event for Walker's organization Reach Out World Wide -- an eerie end for an actor whose contrary was launched by the high octane movie franchise about illicit street racing.

Walker's love of speed both on and off the set was well known. He spoke to CNN in 2001 about making "The Fast and The Furious" and life imitating art.

PAUL WALKER, ACTOR: I bought a Nissan Skyline B-spec. I had it actually imported from Japan. Steering wheel on the right-hand side.

REPORTER: Are you a lead foot?

WALKER: Yes, I raise it fully. TURNER: Production is now at a standstill on the seventh film set to wrap this month in Atlanta. Walker's new film "Hours", about a father struggling through hurricane Katrina is due out this month. He leaves behind his 15-year-old daughter Meadow and will be remembered for the passion he brought to everything he did.

WALKER: It's just amazing the things that I have seen the things I have done the people I met in that short period of time, it's just -- you know, I don't ever want it to end.


TURNER: We are still waiting on an official identification from the coroner's office and the L.A. County sheriff's department is continuing its investigation into the crash. And there are reports out this morning from E-News that his 15-year-old daughter Meadow was with him at the charity event but did not see the crash, although, she did hear the explosion, guys.

Very, very sad. And they were set to -- they were filming "Fast and Furious 7" in Atlanta, started filming in September. They were set to wrap filming December 14th and he was headed back to Atlanta this week to finish the film.

BOLDUAN: And he is one of those guys, he is not like for, you know, what he does on screen, but he's done so much work for charity, and off screen, he's so well liked just for being that person.

TURNER: Exactly. Reach Out Worldwide was his foundation. It was near and dear to his heart. He was doing the charity event this Saturday to help out the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

BOLDUAN: Thanks so much, Nischelle.

CUOMO: All right. We're going to take a break here on "NEW DAY".

When we come back, Amazon has its eyes on the future and the skies. How it plans to revolutionize deliveries with drones.

PEREIRA: And I don't know if you knew it, but he's kind of a real deal. Ron Burgundy hijacking a local newscast. Oh, that happens. It's our must see moment.


PEREIRA: Welcome back to "NEW DAY". If next day service isn't quick enough for you, how about having your packages delivered to you in 30 minutes or less by a drone or a flying hibachi as Chris says.


PEREIRA: That is the new plan that online retail giant, Amazon, has unveiled. Chief business correspondent and drone expert, she is today, Christine Romans is here with more. It feels a little pie in the sky, but Amazon -- Jeff Bezos is thinking this is going to work. CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN CHIEF BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: And he says four or five years, and he says this is a research and development project, but he wants to make it happen. It's like a Domino pizza dropping out of the sky for you, right? In 30 minutes or less, you buy something on Amazon, it would get in that little yellow box. It would go in that little drone and it would come to your doorstep if you live within 10 miles of one of their warehouses or their fulfillment centers.

Look, they have 34 of those fulfillment centers around the country. By estimate, maybe two million packages a day. Even if they did a quarter of their traffic by drone, you would have a sky full of little whack bugs dropping stuff out. Now, I was asking people this morning, what do you think about this? Is this brilliant you can get something super quick or is it crazy? All negative comments so far. People say privacy issues --

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: All three of them.

ROMANS: Air traffic --


ROMANS: I mean, really, people are a little concerned about this sounds a little Orwellian --

CUOMO: What are the bugs that come --


ROMANS: The birds, you know? --


BOLDUAN: So, beyond to the fascination of -- if he could actually pull this off. What does this mean for business? It sounds like it would be yet another game-changer --

ROMANS: Talk about the impulse purchase, right? I mean, you can sit there and you could have something --

PEREIRA: Can they do return?

ROMANS: I know. Please wait ten minutes so I make sure it fits, right? And put it back in the drone and send it back up. I mean, since 2012, you had commercial use of drones has been legally allowed, right? So, a lot of different industries are trying to explore --

CUOMO: Not on this level.

ROMANS: But this is -- when Amazon done something, it is big. I mean, it's estimated during the holidays, three million packages a day. Even a sliver of their traffic in a drone. Drones are cheaper than an airplane, right? Drones are cheaper than -- they use much less of fuel. I mean, you can go for a few hundred bucks and you can buy and develop your own drone, Octocoptors. CUOMO: Octocoptors. I like hibachi. This (inaudible) the name.

BOLDUAN: Flying hibachi.

CUOMO: It seems to me, at this point, this is a high hype quotient to it. Maybe it fuels some ideas that get you into more rapid delivery systems. I can't believe that we will see this.

ROMANS: Jeff Bezos -- if you Google Jeff Bezos crazy ideas, you can get all kind of really interesting things that this guy has done. I mean, he just filed a patent, I think, for a smartphone airbag. That must pretty good idea. He's got a 10,000 year clock that he is developing, because he wants people to think longer term. He wants -- he thinks and has the money behind --

CUOMO: He's got a little Da Vinci in him.


PEREIRA: The technology is clearly there, but big hurdles, really, are all of the legal hurdles and the safety hurdles and the privacy. The logistics, yes, but I feel like this guy can get around those.

CUOMO: You probably have to deal with the FAA at some point.


ROMANS: They've already contacted the FAA. The FAA has to be involved in this. When you look at -- and it's not -- I mean, even in the news business, we built a drone downstairs and we're flying it around with a camera a few weeks ago, and it was easy and it was cheap. And just think about all the different ways -- in agriculture, they're using drones to go out and find dry spots and hills.

You can save a fortune. Why not drop your package? Santa does it. He's done it for a long time. Oh, he has magic.

CUOMO: Strong point, though --

BOLDUAN: Santa has magic, though.


CUOMO: That's big. He may be doing this now. Your boy Bezos may be ripping off Santa.

ROMANS: Maybe.



PEREIRA: let's go to our "Must-See Moment" because that might make more sense, maybe. Our "Must-See Moment," folks watching the local news in Bismarck, North Dakota Saturday night, found themselves doing like a quadruple take. Here's why. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)


WILL FERRELL, ACTOR: And I'm Ron Burgundy. Thanks for joining us tonight. The last time I saw you, you were a lot heavier. I feel like you lost like 50 pounds.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, I've lost just a little bit of weight.

FERRELL: Well, it's good for you. Amber, you look lovely tonight.

SCHATZ: Thank you, Ron. You, too.

FERRELL: Are you married?


FERRELL: Well, I am, so don't give (ph) me ideas (INAUDIBLE). It's a sure sign that the holiday season --

PEREIRA (voice-over): That is Will Ferrell co-anchoring a real newscast in his beloved Ron Burgundy character, part of his promotion tour, obviously, with the soon to be released "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues." The KXMD News team says the hardest part was not laughing out loud.

They got through the broadcast, held it together, mostly. But you can imagine as a broadcaster, that was the most nerve-wracking --


PEREIRA (on-camera): -- because you just don't know which way he's going to go or what he's going to say.

BOLDUAN: The king of awkward anchor banter --

PEREIRA: -- Bismarck (ph).

ROMANS: Thank God there wasn't breaking news. Can you imagine him trying --

BOLDUAN: I know.

CUOMO: Right out of the chair.




PEREIRA: So fast.

BOLDUAN: I like it.

CUOMO: You got to love what he's doing, though.

PEREIRA: I know.

CUOMO: Pushing his character.

BOLDUAN: That man doesn't have a serious bone in his body and that's OK.

CUOMO: He needs a new jacket. Ron, you make a lot of money, the best newscaster in the history of the business, buy new coat. My advice to you.


CUOMO: Come here, try that. I'll smack you around.

ROMANS: Amazon will have their 30 minutes or less.



BOLDUAN: Exactly.

CUOMO: Coming up on "NEW DAY", how do you survive a train derailment? Is it just luck? We're going to hear from someone who was able to walk away but not before taking pictures of everything going on.

BOLDUAN: And new hope for the family of two men detained in North Korea. We're going to talk live to the sister of Kenneth Bae who's been held there for over a year now.


CUOMO: You know that Peyton Manning, he makes football fun to watch, unless, you're a Kansas City chief. Big numbers for the Broncos, big plays. That means big highlights, so let's bring in big Andy Scholes with this morning's "Bleacher Report." Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Certainly, your boy Peyton did.

ANDY SCHOLES, BLEACHER REPORT: Yes, he sure did. You know what, Peyton Manning, what can you say about last night other than he had another Peyton Manning kind of game. He threw five touch downs in a win over the Chiefs. Four of them went to the same wide receiver. Denver wideout, Eric Decker, had a career night. He finishes 174 yards this evening and count them, four touchdown. It's a four touchdown receptions or franchise record.

The Broncos, they hold off a late rally (ph) to win the game, 35-28. They now have the best record in the AFC at 10 and 2.

The Giants kept their slim playoff hopes alive with the win over the Washington Redskins. And it was another tough night for RG3. In the fourth quarter, New York's Justin Tuck sacked him four times in a span of seven plays. Tuck only had two and half sack the entire season coming in to the game. The Giants won 24-17. After losing their first six games, New York has now won five out of six.

All right. Still trending on today is the incredible finish from the Auburn Alabama game. With just the second left, the Tigers going for the game winning field goal, it comes off short and Chris Davis catches it and goes 100 yards the other way for the winning touchdown. This isn't only the best finish to an iron ball. People are calling this the best college football game ever. And I can tell you, guys, watching the reactions from both fan bases are just priceless.

CUOMO: Wow! We still have the -- I got to tell you, it's hard to say something's the best ever, ever. But I'll tell you what, that play shocked the heck out of me. We know house full of kids and everybody running around, I would never expected the guy to catch the field goal and take off.

BOLDUAN: It was great to watch.

SCHOLES: The Alabama guys, they're just thinking, oh, all right, we miss the field goal, we need (ph) to go to overtime.

CUOMO: Right.


CUOMO: And they were big plays or like 90 touchdown -- that was amazing game.

SCHOLES: Great game.

BOLDUAN: Love football. Thank you, Andy.

SCHOLES: All right.

BOLDUAN: We'll see you soon.

We're now at the top of the hour which means it's time for the top news.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: it was completely going off the track and there was just like the rubble from under the tracks like flying like on my face.

CUOMO: Derailed. New this hour, the survivors of that deadly commuter accident speak out. They'll join us live and we'll dig in to why the train sped off the tracks.

BOLDUAN: Held captive. An 85-year-old American held in North Korea. The country releasing this video of him. We talk live to the sister of another American held there for the past year.

PEREIRA: True survivor. She survived a deadly plane crash in the Alaska wilderness, try to save her baby, but then hide through the freezing cold to seek help for the others. We have her amazing story. CUOMO: 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 Monday, December 2nd, seven o'clock in the east.

We have new information on the train crash, but first, we want to give you a look at what else happened while you were sleeping.

Vice President Joe Biden is on a mission to ease tension in East Asia. He lands today in Tokyo and will meet with the leaders of Japan, China, and South Korea this week, the three nations who are at the standoff over a new flight restriction that China declared unilaterally the disputed air space is over a chain of islands that both China and Japan claim.