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Deep South Braces for Another Deep Freeze; Shirley Temple Has Died; Competing on Ice Instead of Snow; Inside Hillary's World

Aired February 11, 2014 - 08:00   ET


CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Breaking news. Hollywood legend and this country's first child star, Shirley Temple, has died. We look back at her amazing life and why today we did lose a real American icon.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Dangerous mix. Atlanta and the south bracing for round two, more of potentially disastrous ice and snow. This time officials say they are making every effort to avoid another disaster. Flights grounded school canceled and the northeast is next.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Talk about an awkward moment. Samuel L. Jackson tears into an entertainment reporter after he mistakes the star for Laurence Fishburne. The epic takedown you've got to see.

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY continues right now.

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

BOLDUAN: Good morning, and welcome back to NEW DAY. It's Tuesday, February 11th, 8:00 in the East.

Atlanta and much of the south bracing for the worst again. Forty-five Georgia counties now under a state of emergency. Another major winter storm. And this one expected to be even worse potentially than the one that paralyzed Atlanta just two weeks ago.

Airports already getting backed up with more than 903 flights canceled today. So is Atlanta ready this time?

Meteorologist Indra Peterson is tracking the storm's every move from Atlanta and beyond of course. But let's begin with Nick Valencia who is in Atlanta this morning.

Good morning, Nick.

NICK VALENCIA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Kate. The headline for the "Atlanta Journal Constitution," it says it all. The southeast in the pathway of a double dose of severe weather. Who could forget what happened two weeks ago here in Atlanta? Officials statewide and here locally pulling out all the stops to make sure that doesn't happen again.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) VALENCIA (voice-over): Overnight, freezing rain and snow hitting the southeast, just a preview of what's coming tonight from Arkansas to Alabama.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This is going to be the monster system that we'll need to watch out for.

VALENCIA: It's test number two for the Metro Atlanta area. Accompanied by members of his newly created Severe Weather Task Force, Governor Nathan Deal maintained this time they'd be ready.

NATHAN DEAL (R), GOV. OF GEORGIA: We're going to try our best to get it absolutely correct every time. And two, the meteorologists who are part of our task force, we're going to expect them to get it right every time. I'm joking, just partially.

VALENCIA: When asked by CNN if the city was better prepared for snow now, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said he didn't want to make predictions.

MAYOR KASIM REED, ATLANTA: And I'll let the results speak for themselves.

VALENCIA: Atlanta officials taking extraordinary measures to avoid another snowpocalyse, shutting down public schools today and tomorrow so kids don't get stranded on buses or stuck sleeping in classrooms. And stocking up, top priority. Residents cleaning out grocery store shelves, stripping them down to the bare bones.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Better to be safe than sorry.

VALENCIA: Just one measure to avoid hitting the streets, streets which two weeks ago were desperately gridlocked, scores of cars abandoned. But it's the second wave of snow and ice expected tonight that has officials on edge.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The amount of ice that we're looking at is catastrophic. The ice will build up on trees. Trees will come down, take down the power lines.

VALENCIA: Georgia Power asking states like Florida and Pennsylvania for assistance in case of massive outages.


VALENCIA: And last night's winter weather brought problems to be expected with a harsh storm but that compares very -- you know, nothing at all to what meteorologists are predicting later tonight.

Chris, I'm sure Indra can tell us all about that. Back to you.

CUOMO: Oh yes, Nick. Let's get to our meteorologist Indra Peterson. We have waves, we have different directions we're considering.

What do you see?

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Yes, there's so much to be concerned. The National Weather Service now describing the storm in Atlanta as historical and catastrophic.

Let's talk about the season already. Notice in Chicago, New York City, look how much we've been above normal. And Atlanta, an inch above average for snowfall. And we saw what happened. And here comes that wave again. The next system here expected to be a big one, the icing potential on the second wave, that's (INAUDIBLE), there are two waves, could bring over half an inch of ice.

That brings down power lines. We're talking over three quarters and even an inch of ice possible into the southeast and that's not where we're going to be ending. We're talking about D.C. seeing potential for more snow than they saw four years ago. The biggest snowstorm over five inches is possible, even upwards of 14 inches in the forecast based on what model you look at.

So let's talk about what's going on right now into the southeast. You can see Atlanta, morning commute just starting to get into the (INAUDIBLE), potential here for some freezing rain. Birmingham already seeing it. Remember there's two waves, the first wave today not the big one.

Don't let it take you by surprise. Here comes the second one even stronger than the first lasting all the way throughout the day tomorrow, and then eventually making its way up the eastern seaboard bringing that heavy snow into the northeast -- Michaela.

PEREIRA: All right. Thanks so much for looking into that. We'll keep an eye on it with you, Indra.

Take a look at your headlines at this hour.

A new deadline in implementing a key part of Obamacare. The mandate for employers to provide health care coverage for workers. The White House is now giving midsized -- businesses, rather, a year's reprieve. They have until 2016 to comply. Republicans are blasting this delay. House Speaker John Boehner accuses the president of rewriting the health care law on a whim.

New this morning, a first look at a dramatic army raid that captured alleged al Qaeda terrorist Abu Anas al-Libi snatched outside his home in Tripoli last year. That surveillance video showing Special Forces wasting no time. The capture took under 30 seconds. Al-Libi is being held on conspiracy charges suspected of plotting two attacks on U.S. embassies. That footage was first obtained by the "Washington Post."

In Iraq more than 20 militants were killed after an instructor teaching a class on car bombs accidentally detonated one. The blast tipped off officials to the rural training camp in an orchard north of Baghdad. Two dozen were arrested including wounded insurgents. But Iraqi officials say the incident shows terrorist groups are making a strong comeback.

A Sacramento TV station was pretty much at the right place at the right time. Check out dramatic takedown caught on tape. Police catching a 19-year-old, Michael Kennedy who they say ran from them a day earlier. He hopped a fence, grabbed a bike and tried to take off right towards the camera. Watch this now. Boom. And now the officer goes in for the tackle and grabs him, and puts him under arrest.

Kennedy now faces burglary and assault charges, and apparently had some outstanding warrants.

Justin Bieber may have been driving at speeds close to 140 miles per hour in Miami Beach hours before he was arrested on DUI charges. Newly released GPS speed readings obtained by TMZ claimed to be Bieber's speeding log for the entire night. Just before 1:30 in the morning he reportedly hit 108 miles per hour and in under a minute he was at 136.

You'll recall the 19-year-old was arrested for DUI and driving with an expired license.

At the time of his arrest he was only going what, 50?

BOLDUAN: Yes, it was about 50 or something.

PEREIRA: But it shows that he was going fast the rest of the night.

CUOMO: And just a little bit of frame of perspective.

BOLDUAN: A whole lot faster.

PEREIRA: It's a frame of perspective.

CUOMO: You know, child actors today, child performers today, with what we just lost in Shirley Temple in terms of the example she set through her life.

BOLDUAN: And it's a very good point.

Well, let's -- let's turn back to that breaking news we're talking about. We've been following it all morning.

Shirley Temple Black, one of the most iconic movie stars of the 20th century, has died at the age of 85. She shot to stardom at the height of the Great Depression. She was arguably the most famous child star in Hollywood history.

A family statement says she died of natural causes at her California home surrounded by those she loved and loved her.

Entertainment correspondent Nischelle Turner joining us from Los Angeles with much more on her life and of course her legacy -- Nischelle.

NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT: Absolutely. And it is a legacy, Kate, that spans all, you know, 85 years of her life.

Shirley Temple Black was incomparable. And now we take a look back at her life.


TURNER (voice-over): During the dark days of the Great Depression when life was bleak, along came Shirley Temple to win the hearts of the American people. The perky little girl with cute curls and adorable dimples was just what people needed to lift their spirits. Decades later when she was among entertainers giving Kennedy Center Honors, President Clinton put it this way.

BILL CLINTON, FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT: She was 7 years old when President Roosevelt asked to meet her to thank her for the smiling face that helped America through the Great Depression.

TURNER: Shirley Temple began her career at age 3 playing spunky, optimistic characters at a time when the public saw little reason to be hopeful.

Born in Santa Monica, California, on April 23rd, 1928, her mother claimed her first words were the lyrics to a song. By age 6, she had already appeared in 20 movies and had been the top box office star for four years.

But ticket sales alone don't begin to describe her popularity. She was a cover girl. Girls flocked to buy Shirley Temple dolls and a non-alcoholic drink was named after her.

Unlike many stars she successfully made the transition from her early films like this one to grown-up roles.

Next she switched from life in the public spotlight to life in public service. In 1967 she made an unsuccessful attempt to run for Congress. And a couple of years later she became a diplomat, served as a U.S. delegate to the United Nations and ambassador to Ghana. And toward the end of the Cold war, Czechoslovakia.

Her teenage marriage to fellow actor John Agar lasted five years and produced one daughter. Her second marriage to businessman Charles Black lasted until his death in 2005. They had two children.

Commenting on her varied career, President Clinton commented --

CLINTON: In fact she has to be the only person who both saved the entire movie studio from failure and contributed to the fall of communism.


TURNER: In 1972 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy. She was one of the first celebrities to go public with her diagnosis encouraging women to be examined.

From child star to diplomat, to seasoned role model, Shirley Temple Black enjoyed it all. Late in life she said, "If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't change anything."


TURNER: And Shirley Temple Black also offered a bit of advice to young stars in Hollywood late in life. She said simply, don't try to be Shirley Temple. Kate and Chris, back to you.

BOLDUAN: Couldn't even if they tried. That's for sure. Nischelle, thank you so much.

TURNER: Indeed.

CUOMO: Yes, one thing I may disagree with there. I think they should all try to be Shirley Temple both on screen and off.

All right. We're going to turn now to Olympic news. American snowboarder Shaun White has started his attempt for a third straight gold medal in the men's halfpipe. The man known as the flying tomato may not have to worry about other boarders as much as the conditions that he's facing in terms of his biggest obstacle. Fifty-five degrees it is right now on a course that is far from perfect. Plenty of blame is being thrown around for that.

Rachel Nichols is back with us from Sochi without her coat, a sign of her being tiger-tough as well as it being warm there.

What's going on with the weather?

RACHEL NICHOLS, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Yes, I've got to correct you there, Chris. It's after 5:00 p.m. here so the temperature has plummeted. It is no longer 55 degrees. It's now 52 degrees. Still don't need the coat here. And for sure the weather is wreaking havoc with some of the venues.

Remember this is the only subtropical climate in Russia. There were concerns about that. Vladimir Putin himself addressed the IOC, guaranteeing them that weather would not be a factor in these games. Well, guess what, weather has been a factor at the halfpipe venue.

The snow is mushy. Hannah Teter, our American former Olympic medalist who is competing again in these games, went so far as to call it, quote, "crappy." And today they made an effort -- I want you to take a look at this photo. These are workers with a giant fire hose. They're basically trying to water down the pipe to create icier, slippier conditions.

That's great except you do get the guys sliding down better but they're sliding on ice. This event is supposed to be on snow. So the riders who have come down so far in qualifications have said now it's mushy in some parts and then icy and too slippery in other parts.

So definitely a bit of a mess and a lot of blame being thrown around. But they're going on with the competition despite some of the riders asking them to postpone. That didn't happen.

CUOMO: That's interesting that some wants to postpone. I mean, obviously you want it decided on the best conditions you can. Even though everyone must deal with those conditions equally but it would be horrible for a fall that wouldn't have happened otherwise to determine the competition. I know people are going to get upset about the spoiler alert but it's about the news and it's about right now. So what do we know about how Shaun White is doing so far, Rachel?

NICHOLS: Well, Shaun White is up there right now with his qualifying group. He just laid down his second run and I've got to tell you, he is doing phenomenal. He is one who expressed a lot of concerns early about the conditions here but he has been able to handle them when a lot of the other riders haven't.

We've seen some falls, we've seen some riders hit the pipe. Shaun has done great, he is at the top of his qualifying group right now which means he'll definitely advance. And we'll let you know as competition progresses throughout the day here on CNN.

CUOMO: Rachel Nichols, thank you very much coming to us from Sochi.

More Olympics news for you. Men's and women's medal events in cross country skiing are also getting underway at the bottom of the hour. As it stands now, Canada leads the medal count, nine medals after picking up gold and bronze in women's slope style this morning. The U.S., you see there, fourth with six medals after winning silver in that same event.

BOLDUAN: Continue to follow that and lots more news ahead. Coming up next on NEW DAY, what would the dynamic of the presidential race look like if Hillary Clinton finally decides to give it another go for the White House? A new book exploring that with new behind the scenes details from her time as secretary of state called "HRC." We're going to speak with the authors when we come back.

CUOMO: And, if a football team is not ready for a gay player in the locker room, they're not ready to win. That is the a statement from a former receiver in the NFL, Donte Stallworth, on the heels of Michael Sam revealing he is gay. And if you can believe it, it's a controversial statement. We're going to talk with Donte about it straight ahead.


CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY. A new book comes out today, releasing today, about Hillary Clinton, offering a glimpse into how she might shape a potential presidential campaign, also sharing new information from Clinton's time as secretary of state. The book is called "HRC State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton."

And joining us now are the authors, Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen, good friends of mine. Great to see you guys.


JONATHAN ALLEN, AUTHOR, HRC: Good to see you, Kate.

BOLDUAN: Thanks for coming up to New York to talk about this. There's a lot in this book, a lot of pages to get through, then to talk about. The one thing we came out even before it was released was the hit list. This important chapter of the book. It's not uncommon as we well know for politicians to have lists, if you will, be the formal or informal of people who helped you and people who hurt you they will remember. What is unique do you think about the Clinton hit list, if you will?

ALLEN: Well, I think more than anything, they have the power to reward and punish. More than everybody else --


ALLEN: Exactly. The can follow through her, and you know -- we didn't talk about who they followed through on. But in the book, you do. One of the great examples is Howard Berman, the California congressman who got matched up in the primary with Brad Sherman, another California congressman. Brad Sherman had supported Hillary Clinton. Howard Berman had supported Barack Obama in 2008.

Come 2012, Bill Clinton endorses Brad Sherman. Howard Berman launches this campaign to get Bill Clinton to back off. Please don't do any fundraisers. Please don't come into my district. He gets Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the DNC chairman involved to try to get Bill Clinton to stop. He gets (INAUDIBLE), the former U.S. trade representative to try to get Bill Clinton to stop.

And then, he finally goes to Hillary Clinton in the dramatic moment she's lobbying him on some trade bills on Capitol Hill. He says, look, your husband is out there campaigning against me. You know, maybe you can call him off and she just smiles, laughs a little bit, and says she's out of politics.

BOLDUAN: Yes, exactly. And that's the perfect time to be able to say that, right?

ALLEN: And then, Howard Berman ends up losing the race.

BOLDUAN: Of course, exactly. So, there's also another part of this. The role of Bill Clinton, I think, is not only important in the book. It's important for the future of Hillary Clinton and it's back in the news. So, let's walk through this a little part. One part of the book, I think, is getting a lot of attention, Amie, in talking about the role of Bill Clinton and how Hillary is making -- is kind of maybe pushing him aside a little bit.

And part of the book it says this, I'll read this part. "While she had been on the mock stage at the convention center, Bill had delivered edits to her speech. He'd rip up the structure and added some of his own poetic flourishes, but Hillary was having none of it." Later on it says, "It's my speech," she declared as she left to find the president. What does that say?

PARNES: It says that he's actually very involved in everything she does. But the thing is, if he can be the same guy he was for Barack Obama in 2012, she's going to be great. You know, if he --

BOLDUAN: And what about the 2008? PARNES: I think they're very much aware of who he was in 2008. But if he can kind of model what he did for Barack Obama in 2012 where he talked to people in big events or he didn't do this one-on-one kind of interview where he just talked to people and said and played the explainer-in-chief, then it's going to be OK. I don't think they're banking on that.

BOLDUAN: And Bill Clinton and the Monica Lewinsky affair is back in the headlines not only because Rand Paul is talking about him as a sexual predator, but now, these new documents revealed by a close confidant of Hillary Clinton. What do you think when you spoke into her inner circle very well, you've got -- tried to get into the mind of Hillary Clinton?

What do you think these new documents about their time at the White House that have come out? What do you think that reveals about Hillary Clinton? Do you think that past is going to be a problem for her future in 2016?

ALLEN: Mostly it reveals little bits of her character and her feelings from 20 years ago. Well, that's part of the portrait. I think it's a small part of the portrait. The American public knows Hillary Clinton pretty well. I think if they read this book, they'll know her even better. I'm not sure that there's anything that came out in those documents particularly shocking or surprising.

Certainly, some things that probably were her emotional feelings that she shared with her friend that she, you know, might not want the world to be looking --

BOLDUAN: And she's probably not surprised that the past will be back up when you belong paper trail as being in the public eye for so many years.

PARNES: And that's how -- the book, actually. We talk about not only how she would govern because we look very intensely (ph) at her time at state, but we talked about -- this is her comeback story. And I know that Clinton people take issue with that because they're saying how can she come back? What's she coming back from? But she did, you know?

And she's come back her whole life. She's played this (INAUDIBLE) where she -- you know, during the Monica Lewinsky scandal where she was bruised and battered and she rose again, you know, and then became senator. And in the 2008 campaign where she lost, this bruising campaign and then rose again to secretary of state. So, you know, this might not be the last chapter for her.

BOLDUAN: I do want to ask you guys. Of course, when you write a book especially one that's politically focused, you're going to get a lot of book reviews, a lot of them have been glowing, but one of our colleagues in Washington, another well-respected reporter in Washington Jonathan Karl wrote a book review for the "Wall Street Journal." In it, he said this in part, I want your reaction.

He says, "There is some new reporting, but it's buried in mixed metaphors and cliche-ridden praise of Mrs. Clinton's brilliance. Mr. Allen and Ms. Parnes appear to have fallen in love with their subject." What do you say?

ALLEN: I say that my wife would be very disappointed to hear that.


ALLEN: We didn't fall with our subject. This is a book about Hillary Clinton's political comeback. We bring you inside details inside, inside the room details. We get into how she makes decisions. We talked to more than 200 people, a lot of them, people very close to her, and their stories in a lot of cases. You know, Jonathan and I share a first name but not an opinion on this book.

BOLDUAN: Amie, a final thought, of course, the big question is, bottom line, is she going to run in 2016? That's only a decision that she, herself, can make. She is somewhere in that process of deciding. I want to get your take and talking to her inner circle on what they think of that because I asked Joe Biden just last week if he had any good reason not to run?

And he said he had no good reason not to run. Does Hillary Clinton have a good reason not to run?

PARNES: Well, you now, we talk to her about that, and she says that there are other things that she could do. But I think that she still hasn't made a decision yet. And so, we'll see. But I think the train is running, and it's picking up steam. You know, if you were to ask me or some people close to her, I think they would bet on the fact that she's running.

BOLDUAN: I think you had said it well, Jonathan. She now has -- or both of you has said it. At this point, the train is picking up steam. She has to decide not to run rather than to run at this point.

ALLEN: That's right, Kate. She is running for all intents and purposes. She could put the brakes on at any time, but I don't think anybody expects that.

BOLDUAN: Well, couldn't be releasing at a more perfect time. You guys -- this is a great book. A lot of pages, a lot of details to work through. I'm in the middle of reading it as well. Great to see you, guys. "HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton. Go pick up a copy today.

ALLEN: Thank you.

PARNES: Thank you.

BOLDUAN: Chris, over to you.

CUOMO: All right. Kate, coming up on NEW DAY, is an NFL locker room really ready for a gay player? Silly question or legit concern? We're going to talk with former receiver, Donte Stallworth who has a lot to say on the topic that may surprise you.


PEREIRA: All right. Here we go. Time now for the five things you need to know for your NEW DAY.


PEREIRA (voice-over): We begin with the passing of beloved actress, Shirley Temple. She has died. A family statement says she died of natural causes at her family California home surrounded by loved ones. Shirley Temple was 85 years old.