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Obama To Visit Pope In March; Massive Credit Card Fraud; Scandals Cast Shadow On Christie; Airlines Sacrifice Customers For Profit?; Best Big-Wig Broadsides

Aired January 21, 2014 - 07:30   ET



CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Welcome back to NEW DAY. Let's get right to Indra because we want to figure out where this storm front is coming especially because it's going to hit us.

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Yes, especially since so much has changed so quickly. We're talking about in the Midwest, just a typical clipper, kind of a dry system. You are not locking about a lot of snow out of it, but now it is expected to develop a low right off the coastline. So when that happens, you pull in all of the moisture and check out the totals that we are expecting. A blizzard expected for the Cape really being hit hard this year even seeing about a foot of snow.

Look at these big metropolitan areas, New York, Philly, D.C., looking for anywhere from 6 to 10 inches of snow. This is all just a few hours away. This low is developing. We're going to be talking about that snow making its way over the next few hours here into New York City and D.C. by this afternoon, kind of making its way in through Boston.

Staying with us throughout the entire day, not really exiting out of the D.C. area until late overnight tonight. Still hanging around until about 6:00 a.m. tomorrow in New York City, finally, exiting out of there and then exiting off towards New England throughout the entire day tomorrow.

Here's the problem. This low is still developing so it's strengthening so those winds are really tightening. You have the very cold air so that snow is going to be blowing around with those strong winds. Visibility go down towards near zero in some places especially out towards the Cape where they have those blizzard warnings.

So keep in mind, cold temperatures, a lot of cold wind. Of course, it's going to feel very chilly outside. Temperatures already below normal without the windchill, a good 10 or 20 degrees below normal. Tomorrow even colder. You know that snow is going to be sticking around.

And of course, once you add in the windchill, going to feel like single digits if not subzero temperatures again. We only have a couple hours before it's here guys. Hope you guys packed.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Batten down the hatches if you live in the east. All right, Indra, thank you so much.

Let's take a look at stories that are making headlines now. Breaking news, just now from the White House just announcing that President Obama will head to Europe in March. He'll meet with Pope Francis for the first time. The administration saying the president is looking forward to discussing poverty and how to fight inequality around the world.

New details emerging this morning about a massive credit card fraud case in Texas, two Mexican citizens were arrested at the border on Monday. Police say 27-year-old Mary Carmen Garcia and 28-year-old Daniel Dominguez used stolen account information of South Texas residents to buy tens of thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise at stores including Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Toys R' Us. The suspects are being held on state fraud charges, but investigators say they may eventually face federal charges.

The driver of a cement truck was killed when the truck he was driving slammed into a three-story home in the Bronx. The truck was getting off a highway when it hit two other vehicles before hitting the building, which partially collapse. Four people in the cars were hurt. The Red Cross is housing two families overnight.

Check this out, a back country skier survived an avalanche in Colorado. He triggered that slide himself Saturday at (inaudible) Pass. The video comes from a camera that he had mounted on his helmet. Within moments, the snow splits beneath him and opens up into a full-blown avalanche. We're going to speak exclusively to him right here on NEW DAY in our next hour.

And in case you happen to be in the market for a new home in Florida, this beautiful place is listed for just under $2 million. The only catch, it might very well be haunted. They say the house is haunted by the ghost of a 14-year-old girl who died in that home back in 1909. Previous homeowners have reported numerous encounters with teen's lingering spirit. They say the ghost, however, adds value to the home.

CUOMO: Where are you on that?

PEREIRA: You couldn't even get me near it.

CUOMO: I'd go straight Eddie Murphy. What a great house, I'd love to live here. Get out, too bad. We got to go.

BOLDUAN: Love it, an Eddie Murphy reference.

Time now for our political gut check in the morning, we're hearing this morning from Barbara Bush, the former first lady opening up in a new interview with C-SPAN. So provocative question, is she now showing more love for Bill Clinton than for her own son, Jeb? What? Joining us to discuss, CNN's chief national correspondent, John King. Good morning, John.

JOHN KING, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: This is her version of the poltergeist telling Jeb, don't run. BOLDUAN: That's perfect. Let's listen to a little bit from this very lengthy C-SPAN interview. It's profiling former first ladies where she talks about her affection for the former president. Take a listen.


BARBARA BUSH, FORMER FIRST LADY: My husband, Bill Clinton and I have become great friends. I think he thinks of George a little bit like the father he didn't have. He's very loving to him and I really appreciate that. I love Bill Clinton. Maybe not his politics, but I love Bill Clinton.


BOLDUAN: There's the key sentence right there. I find it interesting when you consider the possibility that her son could run in 2016 and Bill Clinton's wife could run in 2016 as well.

KING: Well that would test this bond. It is a fascinating bond. I covered the '92 campaign when Bill Clinton against George H. W. Bush, and these are my words, not his, but the theme of the Clinton campaign essentially was that George H.W. Bush was heartless. That he had been, you know, the Republican president at the time of recession and people needed jobs and people needed health care.

It was a very tough campaign against an incumbent president and there was a lot of bad blood including from Barbara Bush after that campaign. But Kate, Chris, Michaela, this goes back about ten years now. Remember after the devastating tsunami in Southeast Asia, the president at that time, George W. Bush asked his father and Clinton get together.

They travelled the world raising money and in recent years, as George H.W. Bush's had a few health scares. If you talk to the staffs of both guys, he'll check in. He's visited him in the hospital. He has a regular lunch with him. They've actually become, this is not a joke. They've actually become very close. Part of that is the former president's club. It is unique. Neil Bush calls Bill Clinton his brother from another mother.

CUOMO: It's also a little window into old school versus new school. You know, obviously I grew up in politics. No matter how rabid it got, my father, Mario Cuomo, the big Democrat at the time, there was a lot of heated politics, but always personal respect. You would see that it seems like the game is changing a little bit, though, now. Like now it is more personal. Now it is more of a kind of a blood sport. I wonder if you have as many friends behind the lines as you used to.

KING: And it's a shame. You make a great point. If you go back to that generation and previous generations, it's like Ali Frasier, I mean, it's like great sports competitors as well. You appreciate the other guys in the arena because you know what it's like. You know how hard it is. You know how personal it is. You know what it's like to lose. You also realize to get the big things done. Maybe your Governor Cuomo needs to work with someone to get what New York State needs, maybe a Bill Clinton and a George W. I have a piece of an idea. We can do some business together. After Haiti, they have done wonderful things to raise money to help people. It is -- unfortunately you see less and less of it in this day and anyone of people setting aside differences and realizing we can agree on this or that, let's do some good.

BOLDUAN: John, I want to get your take as we are heading into a big day for Governor Chris Christie's inaugural address he'll be giving today. This new Pew Research Center poll out, there's a lot in the polling, but one of the numbers that really sticks out obviously is that from January of 2013 to now, his unfavorable rating has doubled from 17 to 34 percent. Can you just attribute that to simply the scandal surrounding his office right now?

KING: Yes. Yes. In the sense that he just won a landslide re- election victory in November, there was no reason to think he was on a downward slope. There was every reason to think it was upward both in New Jersey and nationally. What you're reading in the paper, just the allegations and if you read other polls, some people say give the guy the benefit of the doubt.

When you're in the middle of a storm like this, you're going to see polls go up. He needs to talk about getting things done that help people and try to turn the panel here. That's a very, very difficult challenge. This is going to -- a lot of republicans are saying change the tone, Governor, move on. It's going to be interesting to see if he touches on it at all today, giant challenge.

BOLDUAN: Yes, and just the unfavorable rating can go up, the favorable rating can also go up. Thanks, John.

KING: Take care, guys.

CUOMO: All right, coming up on NEW DAY, have airlines finally gone too far? We're going to tell you about the latest slap in the face to the flying public. It's called the slim line seat. Sounds good, right? Well, not to me. How bad it's going to be? We'll tell you what slim line really means.

BOLDUAN: So you got to hand it to the Seattle Seahawks corner back Richard Sherman. He speaks his mind, but his epic rant is just one of many. We're going to count down the best of them.


PEREIRA: Up next, discussion could very have you shaking your first of fury. Say goodbye to your personal space. Airlines are looking to cram even more passengers onto their planes with new slim line seats. The company say they save on space and on the cost fuel. Most customers, they won't even notice the change.

However a new survey says people are noticing and they certainly do not like it. This could spell big trouble for the airlines' cost cutting ways. Here now Mark Murphy, travel expert and author of "Travel Forward." I'm hoping that you are upset by this too.

MARK MURPHY, TRAVEL EXPERT: I hate getting jammed in. It's kind of funny. I think they need to have a combination marketing deal with slim fast or Jenny Craig.

PEREIRA: Well, let's talk about the actual slim line seat. It's not just about you losing knee space. The seats are getting more narrow?

MURPHY: The old seats were a little fatter, so they got them skinnier so they can put an extra row in each plane. That adds up to millions and millions of dollars over time for that aircraft. By slimming them down, they can jam an extra row or extra two rows into each aircraft. In some places you get on a plane, only 17 inches of width in your seat. That's been on ongoing trend as long as losing the space between the seats. They're going with the cheapest possible ticket in the back of the plane and having you pay incremental costs to get a comfortable seat.

BOLDUAN: How much are they making, so they're considering --

MURPHY: They say one to two rows.

BOLDUAN: How much are they going to make?

MURPHY: It's $150 to $250 based on where you're flying to. Times how many turns it's going to do, times -- you're talking millions of dollars.

CUOMO: So how do we get around it? You don't. It's called capitalism. You're stuck with it. If you want that cheapest ticket, if you want the comfort, it's the a la carte pricing.

PEREIRA: Some of the airlines are saying, while they're doing these slim line seats, they're going to add Wi-Fi and do some features that will make the flight better.

MURPHY: Right. If they can't make money, if people aren't sliding the credit cards, they are going to remove that. A lot of people bring iPads and everything else. At one point that was a big differentiator.

CUOMO: Now you're going to be able to pair up anyway because you're going to be sitting like this. You only need one iPad.

PEREIRA: You look back in the day, a lot of people are saying it used to be such a delight to fly. The fact is -- talk to us about that. Back in the '70 easy was it really --

MURPHY: That was when it was regulated and prices were set. Most people drove. We'd drive to Chicago. We drove to Disneyworld.

BOLDUAN: If we were back there, they would never imagine the flying experience would be what it's like today, which makes you wonder --

CUOMO: It's like a cargo ship now.

BOLDUAN: Where are we heading? How much --

MURPHY: Stand -- I think that's just a publicity gimmick. But I think as much as they can squeeze dollars out of you, the resorts are doing it with resort fees. You want to use the gym, you want to use the pool, it's going to be another $30 a day.

CUOMO: I think there's going to be lawsuits. As you notice now as the seats get smaller, I'm starting to get dead spots on my arms and on my legs.

BOLDUAN: They can blame --

CUOMO: I'm telling you, there will be litigation at some point.

MURPHY: People are really angry when they fly these day and part of it just the discomfort.

PEREIRA: I'm so glad you're in this with us because people are miserable about it.

MURPHY: I flew 66 times just last year just on one airline.


MURPHY: And I still haven't paid the change fee.

BOLDUAN: So your bottom line is happy flying. Thanks, Mark.

COUMO: Coming up on NEW DAY, everyone's talking about Richard Sherman's memorable rant after him game saving deflection the Seahawks into the Super Bowl.

BOLDUAN: That got our Jennie Moos thinking about the best rant of all times. Get your score cards ready.

CUOMO: Seattle Supersonics, they don't even exist anymore.


CUOMO: I don't know that this song fits.

PEREIRA: That's my jam back in the day. It is an odd choice.

BOLDUAN: You get motional. That's what happens.

Welcome back to NEW DAY. It was the rant heard around the sports world. The Seattle Seahawk let loose after his spectacular play helping lock in to tickets to the Super Bowl. It's far from the first celebrity rant and won't be the last. It did get us thinking. One of the best rants ever caught on tape. Here's CNN Jeannie Moos.


JEANNIE MOOS, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): First he tipped the ball and then he ran his mouth.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: When you try me with a sorry receiver like Cabtree, that's the result you're going to get.

MOOS: Now we can't stop talking about him. Seattle Seahawks corner back Richard Sherman has joined the ranks of the ranters. Number nine, Bobby Knight, famous for shooting a chair across the court then shooting off his mouth at his own team. Number eight, Oklahoma State coach who defended one of his young football players.

MIKE GUNDY, HEAD FOOTBALL COACH, OKLAHOMA STATE: Because it's garbage. Come after me. I'm a man. That's all I've got to say. It makes me want to puke.

MOOS: Instead of throwing up, throw things. That's what the press made then Kansas City Royals Manager Hale Mcrae do. One sports writer hit by a tape recorder left with an inch and a half gash. What was Charlie Sheen smoking during his rants?

CHARLIE SHEEN: Can you smell the rotting dog -- the puke that's your viscera.

MOOS: Viscera, fancy word. Alec Baldwin used a phone rant to his then teenage daughter. All grown up she said it was made out to be pay much bigger deal than it actually was.

MOOS: Mike Tyson threatened to eat his rival's kids.

MIKE TYSON: My defense is impregnable. I'm ferocious. I want your heart. I want to eat your children.

ANTHONY WEINER: It is a shame.

MOOS: Before he was shamed by his sexting scandal, Congressman Anthony Weiner was a ranter par excellance.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I want regular order.

MOOS: Regular order went flying with the state represent went viral. And then there was a guy who was just ask Ohio Republicans to nominate him for treasurer, treasure this.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He didn't get the nomination. He did get in a Volkswagen ad.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Everybody wins.

MOOS: Jeannie Moos, CNN, New York.


BOLDUAN: I mean, it's one way to get pumped up. We should really do that more.

CUOMO: Another way to get medication. I don't think Sherman belongs with any of those guys. He was orchestrated. He was pumped up in a legitimate moment.

PEREIRA: From the game. CUOMO: More proof of why it's questionable men have tendency to be in position to power.

BOLDUAN: Thank you jenny for wrapping it up.

CUOMO: Coming up on NEW DAY, a NEW DAY exclusive, Kenneth Bae's family reacts after his latest press conference in North Korea. Does she think her brother will ever be released? Hear it in her own words when we come back.