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Make Or Break Day For The USA; Israeli Airstrikes Target Hamas; U.S. Considering New Airport Security Measures; Supreme Court Limits Contraception Mandate

Aired July 1, 2014 - 06:00   ET


CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: NEW DAY begins right now.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning and welcome to NEW DAY, everyone. You see it right there. It's Tuesday, July 1st, 6:00 in the east, July 1st. We're following a lot of news here this morning, but first let's get to Chris who is in Salvador, Brazil, with the fun and the latest. Hi, Chris.

CUOMO: Hi, Kate. Good morning to you guys there. This day need be known as only one thing, the day of destiny. This is where it's all going to happen. We are in Brazil, city of Salvador. The word means Savior, and that's what we're looking for on the U.S. soccer side.

The mood here is amazing. There are so many Americans, literally counted some 30 states we met people from last night all ready for the big game. I'm not wearing this to look different. I'm wearing this to fit in. American enthusiasm has run wild, and it all comes down to what will happen in that stadium just a few hours from now.

Belgium-USA, the winner advances. The loser, let's not even talk about it. I don't want to offend any Belgians. We're going to bring in now Lara Baldesarra, host of CNN international's "World Sports." The game, the pressure. I know that the Belgian side has all the hoopla and they have kind of under-performed. The U.S. is very hungry. How do you see it?

LARA BALDESARRA, CNN INTERNATIONAL ANCHOR, "WORLD SPORTS": As a very, very tight match, Chris. These two are evenly matched. You talked about the Belgians under-performing a bit. Have they been under- performing or kind of heating up at the right time.

CUOMO: Scary.

BALDESARRA: They are going to be coming into this match with the USA in the best form yet versus a team that's very difficult to break through. They have only conceded one goal, a penalty kick so the USA has their work cut out for them. They have Jozy Altidore back, but the question is will Jurgen Klinsmann put him in the starting 11? I'm not convinced, but we'll find out.

CUOMO: All right, so let's talk about the coach. He's been a big story for what he's doing on the field and off the field. It's unreasonable. We can't win. Then he says who says we're an underdog. Rebook your tickets and give us a mindset into what he's doing with this team.

BALDESARRA: Yesterday, I was in the press conference and Klinsmann seems cool, calm, collected and very, very confident, I will add. He told all the players and their families, book your ticket after the finals so they all know that they are going to be staying here the whole time. That kind of confidence, that filters down to the players.

They feel it. They can go out there and perform a lot better knowing that they have the confidence of their coach, but Klinsmann, you have to remember, his job isn't just to, you know, hopefully win the World Cup with the American team. He has a mandate from U.S. soccer to grow U.S. soccer right from the grass roots level.

And it's something that he's been trying to do since he took the job a few years ago. It's also something that we're seeing kind of explode, like we're seeing the soccer phenomenon take over America. Jurgen Klinsmann spoke yesterday about how big it's getting and what it means.


JURGEN KLINSMAN, COACH, TEAM USA: You can see where the game is going in the United States. You can't stop it anymore. It's breaking through. The locomotive of this development is always the national team, and in every country it's that way. We want to do well. We want to inspire them. We want to give them enthusiasm and believe.


CUOMO: Let me posit something to you, Baldesarra. The U.S. Is big for the World Cup. I would argue the U.S. has already won. I would argue this is a cultural flashpoint going on in the U.S. I know it gets big around World Cup time but never like this. Never with a bonehead like me wearing an American soccer jersey. Do you believe that this team has kind of moved the needle permanently in the U.S.?

BALDESARRA: Completely. Absolutely hands down. This U.S. team has been the absolute underdog, and, of course, Americans love the underdog. Who does not love the underdog? It seems as though the American people really latched on to this. Plus, it really helped that in the group stage the Americans were playing top caliber teams. I mean, you got to see the USA go up against Cristiano Ronaldo and who does not want to watch Cristiano Ronaldo or more importantly watch the USA stop Cristiano Ronaldo.

CUOMO: Very cool.

BALDESARRA: So that is all coming together now, and, yes, we're at that point. We saw it with women's soccer in '99 with Mia Hamm and Brandi Chastain and the sports bra, and now it's overtaken in the USA.

CUOMO: I will not show my sports bra. Stop asking. I've heard your analysis, very intelligent and it's about scores in these games. What are you going to say as the American audience looks on with anxious eyes? What happens today?

BALDESARRA: You're putting me on the spot again.

COUMO: You better believe it.

BALDESARRA: I think the USA will be winning but on penalty kicks.

CUOMO: Really?


CUOMO: A bold prediction from Baldesarra. I'll tell you one thing. I've not seen it like this since we've been down here. The people are ready to go. Wait until you see the piece about the fan rally last night. So many different states and different phases and they are all saying the same thing. We believe --

BALDESARRA: There they are.

BOLDUAN: It's fabulous.


BOLDUAN: Just the beginning of what will be a very exciting day.

PEREIRA: A great day.

BOLDUAN: We'll be watching it with you all together. Got a lot of news to get to this morning. We'll get back to Chris in just a second. We're also watching what's going on in Israel right now. Israel pounding Hamas with air strikes targeting nearly three dozen targets in Gaza.

The strikes coming hours after the bodies of three Israeli teenagers were found in the west bank. Those teenagers, they had been kidnapped earlier this month. Israel blames Hamas for the teens' disappearance. Hamas denies it's behind the deaths.

Senior international correspondent, Ben Wedeman, he is live in Hebron with the very latest -- Ben.

BEN WEDEMAN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Yes, Kate, we're outside not far from where those three -- bodies of the three Israeli teenagers were found between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. Yesterday afternoon. As you mentioned, there were 34 Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip overnight. Also a variety of rockets and mortars fired back in the direction of Israel.

Today, however, Israel is pausing the funerals for the three teenagers to be held, tens of thousands expected to attend the funerals. Yesterday before an emergency security cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the hearts of all Israelis are bleeding for these three boys and their families, and the entire nation is crying. Gaza is bracing for more trouble and it's expect that had once the funerals are over the air strikes could resume again so it's very tense down there as well as here on the west bank where overnight we saw Israeli forces demolish the homes of two of the main suspects in the kidnappings. However, those suspects have yet to be apprehended -- Michaela.

PEREIRA: All right, heart breaking story there. Thank you for bringing us up to date on that. Want to talk about some extreme weather hitting us here at home what. Could become the first tropical storm of the season is brewing. Look at it, churning off the coast of Florida this morning.

And it's set to make for a very wet and miserable holiday for tens of millions along the east coast. It couldn't come at a worse time. Don't kill the messenger, OK. That's just a message to you at home. Want you to be prepared. You're standing in the midst of it there. Indra Petersons, how bad is this going to get?

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: This is not a good thing, especially talking about so many people trying to get out of town for the holiday. Take a look at what's over the grand Bahamas. What we know now this is a tropical depression, likely to be a tropical storm. Very soon let's take a look at the stats guys. Right now winds 35 miles per hour. Moving slowly west at 2 miles per hour, but we know it's not going to be staying that way.

Let's talk about the stats. Tropical storm expected to be by today. It is strengthening. Then by tomorrow, looking at it off the coast of Florida, and then in through the Carolinas, and by Thursday or soon in the Carolinas, look at the heavy rain and by the 4th of July, expect it now. The latest model to strengthen it to a category one hurricane right off the coast of D.C.

But then quickly making its way offshore, affecting the entire northeast, but by Saturday and Sunday most of you should be seeing the sunshine behind the system. This isn't just a random guess anymore. Look at all of the models. Really all in alignment taking on the exact same path. Some a little bit shorter or farther as far as timing, but either way definitely looks like a huge rain-maker here over the next 24, 48 hours.

Look at this right around Florida, already, for tomorrow. This is where you'll see the he have yet rain. By the time you get in through Thursday right around the Carolinas, that's when you're getting the biggest impact, Thursday night into Friday expected to strengthen into a category one hurricane right off the coast of D.C.

That's the concern. Definitely a lot of travel plans will be affected but, again, moves offshore for the rest of the weekend so we'll spare you a little bit of that three-day weekend, guys.

BOLDUAN: It could be touch and go for you throughout the weekend. Indra, thank you so much. We'll back to you shortly.

We also have major changes to tell you about that could be coming to airport security over serious new terror concern. U.S. officials tell CNN that al Qaeda terrorists in the Arabian Peninsula are working on next generation bombs that could get past current security measures. Pentagon correspondent, Barbara Starr has been all over this. Barbara, what is the latest and what are we talking about here.

BARBARA STARR, CNN PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Kate. There are growing concerns that some of al Qaeda's most dangerous wings may have their eyes peeled on the same target they have been after for a long time, a U.S. airliner.


STARR (voice-over): The U.S. is considering new airport security measures due to increased concern al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula or AQAP has found a new way to get around current airport screening. U.S. officials tell CNN a vulnerability has been identified in airport security because of AQAP advances. Officials don't see an imminent threat, but one official telling CNN we are steadily tracking significant threats from AQAP.

JOSH EARNEST, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: The Department of Homeland Security is regularly reviewing our security procedures to adapt to the threat that we -- that is faced by our transportation system.

STARR: The big concern is this man, Ibrahim Al Asiri, AQAP's master expert bomb-maker, expert in designing bombs with no metal and undetectable explosions such as the device worn by the 2009 Christmas day underwear bomber targeting a U.S. airliner. The top U.S. military commander in Europe noting terrorists have been eyeballing western airports for months.

GENERAL PHILIP BREEDLOVE, COMMANDER: We remain concerned about the capability of some of these elements to develop weapons that could be thwarted by our current security systems.

STARR: Another concern, whether one of the next targets of al Qaeda's most dangerous wing could be a Middle East shopping mall full of westerners.

SETH JONES, RAND CORPORATION: They are not particularly well defended and secured. There are a lot of westerners that go to them, so some concern recently about some of the shopping malls in the Persian Gulf.

STARR: Analysts say the attack on Kenya's Westgate Mall got days of worldwide attention, exactly what al Qaeda wants without worrying about having to get into the U.S. to attack a mall. Let's go back to the airliner threat for a minute. One of the big concerns is that some of the militants in the Middle East who may have European or even U.S. passports can readily travel back to their home countries and plan new rounds of attacks -- Michaela.

PEREIRA: Concerning to be sure, Barbara. Let's take a look at more of the headlines.

In Iraq, 300 more U.S. troops are on the ground this morning helping to push back and the fast moving is surge. Two hundred of those troops will provide security for U.S. interests in that country. The increased military presence is already in addition to the 300 U.S. advisers in the country already helping support Iraqi forces.

Meanwhile, newly elect the parliament was set to hold its first session today to begin the process of forming a new government, but it was postponed because the minimum number of members was not present as we learned. More than 2,400 Iraqis died in the violence in June alone.

General Motors recalling 8.4 million more vehicles worldwide. Most vehicles have suspected flaws with the ignition, which could switch off while the car is in motion. A similar defect has been blamed for 13 deaths and led to earlier recalls and a federal investigation. On Monday, GM announced a plan to compensate victims of those earlier recalls. The company has called back more than 29 million vehicles so far this year. Meanwhile, Chrysler is recalling almost 700,000 minivans to fix possible defective ignition switches.

Chicago, Milwaukee and parts of Iowa reeling from large and deadly thunderstorm clusters. Those storms are now headed northeast. Folks who headed in Eastern Iowa had to deal with 80 miles per hour winds which damaged some homes and businesses and brought down trees Monday. One man died in a collapsed building.

Fire fighters are meanwhile looking for a teen who was swept into a storm sewer. In the air 455 flights at Chicago O'Hare were scrapped. Passengers at the airport, we're told flights are arriving or departing with less than a 15-minute delay. Look what happened during those thunderstorms in Chicago.

Look at that, spectacular video shows lightning hitting the Willis Tower, not just one but three times. Lightning routinely strikes the tower when it passes over the city but three times spotted on camera is kind of rare.

BOLDUAN: Lucky or unlucky? Beautiful and very scary.

PEREIRA: Do you like lightning storms.

BOLDUAN: As long, long as they are far, far away. Curl up with a good book.

PEREIRA: As long as you're cozy and warm and dry.

BOLDUAN: Dry, operative word there. Let's take a break. Coming up next on NEW DAY, a major Supreme Court ruling against coverage for contraception under Obamacare. We're talking with our political panel coming up about what this could mean going forward.

PEREIRA: The so-called nightmare nanny finally speaking out. The woman was fired but she refused to leave a California family's home. We're going to tell you why she believes that she is the victim here.


BOLDUAN: Welcome back. The White House says it will fight for women's health rights after the

Supreme Court really shuts down an Obamacare provision requiring employers to cover certain contraceptives. The court ruled that corporations objecting a religious ground cannot be forced to cover certain drugs, including the morning after pill. The five more conservative justices in the majority argued that the law violates the religious rights of some companies, but critics including some of those in the court say this ruling could have negative implications far beyond this case.

Let's discuss with Errol Louis, CNN political commentator and political anchor at New York 1 News. And Ryan Lizza, CNN political commentator and Washington correspondent for "The New Yorker."

Good morning, gentlemen.



BOLDUAN: Let's solve the problems of the Supreme Court and immigration reform in a few minutes, if we could. That's easy enough, right?

So, Errol, what do you think? What is the real impact, do you think, of this as we're calling the Hobby Lobby decision?

LOUIS: Well -- I mean, the negative implications remain to be seen because the issue is not so much this particular case, but the next case. So, this gives for the millions of closely held companies that are run by people with sincere religious beliefs, this gives them be a opening, if they so choose to import their religious beliefs into their business in a way that has never really been done before.

And we don't know how far it's going to reach or how much controversy it's going to stir, but what we do know is that there was something like 17 million women of child bearing age who are uninsured and a lot of them are going to run afoul of what their players believe which up until now they had no reason to worry about.

BOLDUAN: Do you think, I mean, Ryan, you weigh in. What do you think the real impact is? Are the concerns, I mean, Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the court herself even talking about the breadth is startling of this decision. Do you think the concerns of how far the negative implications in their view could go are overblown?

LIZZA: Yes, you're right. I mean, Alito and Ginsburg said two different things, Alito said not to worry, this is a very limited ruling. It won't get out of control just because we're allowing corporations for the first time to -- to say they can opt out of laws based on their religious beliefs, we don't believe there are very many cases where this is actually going to happen and Ginsburg came in and said you're wrong. You've opened the floodgates for giving corporations all kinds of excuses.

She actually mentioned what if a corporation said it was against their religious beliefs to -- to support the minimum wage. So, she was literally saying --

BOLDUAN: She listed out a bunch of things, blood transfusions, anti- depressants, medications derive from pigs, vaccinations, I mean, a list of things.

LIZZA: But, Kate, even beyond just medical procedures and stuff that relates to the health care law, she started to say -- well, what about the minimum wage, what if you think that violates religious beliefs? And Alito, in his opinion said, he doesn't buy it. He doesn't believe this opens the floodgates. That remains to be seen.

I think on Obamacare, very narrowly, this doesn't gut the core of Obamacare. We have to be careful to not exaggerate what it does. It's one kind of coverage for women who work for these very specific corporations who are asserting this religious carve-out.

BOLDUAN: Errol, is this likely to be a galvanizing issue in the mid- term elections? That's, of course, the immediate thing people are talking about, if you don't like it, you should do something about it. If you do like it we can applaud and you should also do something about it, you should get out and vote.

I mean, Republicans, they see this as a win for religious freedom. They see this as yet another sign of President Obama overreaching with his health care law. Democrats see this as a wake-up call and a threat to women's rights.

LOUIS: Oh, absolutely. I subscribe to lots of different political organizations, just so I can see what the chatter is about, and really within minutes of the Supreme Court's decision being sort of read, publicized and the implications becoming known. The fund-raising went out immediately from the Democrats, war on women. You've got to -- you've got to contribute, you've got to do it before the deadline.

Yesterday, conveniently, was a fund-raising deadline for federal elections and we can expect that to go all the way through the elections and I think the elections may have noticed over the last couple of cycles, when the Democrats really get a head of steam claiming there's a war on women and that religious conservatives and other part of the Republican base are driving it. It really doesn't work out that well for Republicans in most cases.

So, I think probably the Democrats have more energy and more initiative on this particular issue. If you want to take a victory lap as a religious conservative and say, look, you know, thank God, the court ruled the way we did -- well, that's one thing, but that's fairly passive. That's not going to get people to the polls necessarily come November.

BOLDUAN: Yes, anger gets people to the polls more than happiness, unfortunately, is the way it is.

Ryan, let's transition to a big day in Washington, a big day at the White House, too. The president coming out to talk about how he's going to move forward as much as he can with immigration reform measures through executive action. Let's listen to a little bit of what he said in his announcement.


BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I take executive action only when we have a serious problem, a serious issue and Congress chooses to do nothing. And in this situation the failure of House Republicans to pass a darn bill is bad for our security, it's bad for our economy and it's bad for our future.


BOLDUAN: This one makes me scratch my head just a little bit because he's talking about essentially through this executive action is using his existing Department of Homeland Security beefing up border security. Correct me, if I'm wrong on this one --

LIZZA: Everyone should be happy.

BOLDUAN: That's what I'm thinking, but Republicans, they're not happy. John Boehner came out, calling it, saying it's sad and disappointing that President Obama won't work with us, instead intent on going it alone with the executive orders that can't and won't fix these problems.

LIZZA: Yes. There's a lot of fear in this one, Kate. I think Obama has now for political reasons, because of the midterm elections and because he can't get anything through Congress, he has an interest in being seen as doing more than he's actually capable on his own so he's real emphasizing the executive actions and we all know to fix the immigration system you need legislation out of Congress.

So, he has an interest in sort of arguing he's doing more than he can and, of course, Boehner and the Republicans who have a lot of stake arguing that Obama is out of control and an imperial president. Instead of them saying, which was more typical of a previous era, the president is not doing enough to control the border, they are saying --

BOLDUAN: This is too much.

LIZZA: He's usurping our powers.

BOLDUAN: I want to get your take on this. Do you agree with Ryan that -- that this is kind of a real interesting time because as he was saying, there's a little bit or let's be honest a lot of bit of politics involved here because on the flip side, it should come as no surprise to President Obama that there's not going to be any action on immigration reform this year. We've known that for a long time. He comes out yesterday saying, well, you're finally -- you're not going to act so I'm going to do what I can do.

LOUIS: Well, that's right. I mean, to be sure, the president is playing some politics here. He's wanted some action on this bill. He wants to use the crisis as an example of why they need action on the bill. All fine and good. And, frankly, what Congress is doing is understandable politics, especially in an election year. What's not going to work for either side, I think they're going to both discover is that there're going to be rage in the populace because we're going to see thousands of kids in really compromised dangerous situations. We're already starting to see fatalities and so forth and for them not to be able to get together, this is not something they can devolve down to the states. They can't pass this to the private sector --

BOLDUAN: Or put off.

LOUIS: They can't put it off any longer. You know, there's a crisis at hand, and they are going to have to deal with it, and, you know, when we start to see more and more press about what's happening to these kids, these thousands and thousands of kids who are in such desperate dire straits, when we start sending reporters back to El Salvador and Honduras and Guatemala to see the conditions that they are fleeing, I think there's going to be real anger at both sides of Capitol Hill for not getting this stuff done.

BOLDUAN: Yes, I think while there's still unlikely to be any real immigration reform by the end of the year, there was one Democratic Congress had a really interesting line, the antidote to doing nothing is to do something; and I know that probably is one of their political message but it does resonate with voters. That's for sure.

Errol, Ryan, thanks so much, guys.

LIZZA: Thanks, Kate.

BOLDUAN: All right. Michaela?

PEREIRA: All right. Kate, great conversation there. Next up on NEW DAY, we're watching the weather. There's a hurricane forming and it's expected to impact the East Coast this Friday. What does all this mean for your Fourth of July plans? We'll have that for you in moments.

First one, though, get south to Brazil. Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, hey, Chris, the guys in the studio wanted to know if that shirt came in men's sizes.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Oh, that stings. They're just jealous. Let the haters hate, Mick. This is all me and it's all American enthusiasm.

You're talking about a storm back home. There's a bigger one brewing right here. It's starting to swirl in the stadium behind us. It's American energy. What happens when the U.S. takes it to Belgium? How do they win this game and move on?

Because otherwise they have to go home and wait until you see the American experience here. This jersey is the least of the guys' worries back home. It's a great place to be and we'll take you there in a minute.