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Hurricane Expected This Friday; U.S. Sends 300 More Troops to Iraq; Team USA Takes on Belgium; Is Law on Nanny's Side?; Wet Fourth Expected For Millions
Aired July 1, 2014 - 06:30 ET
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KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Welcome back.
Breaking news for you this morning: the National Hurricane Center is now saying a storm that's brewing off the East Coast could become a category 1 hurricane later this week. The storm would impact tens of millions of Americans and, of course, in addition the Fourth of July holiday.
Let's get to meteorologist Indra Petersons with all of the details.
How is it looking now, Indra?
INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Right now, currently, Kate, it is a tropical depression, a very strong tropical depression with steady winds at 35 miles per hour, currently hanging over the Grand Bahamas, but let's watch what happens because we know this forecast could affect so many of you right on the Fourth of July.
And notice all of the weather models are currently coming into a consensus. They all expect this to affect the entire Eastern Seaboard as we make our way through the Fourth of July holiday weekend. So, let's take a look what's expected by this afternoon, expected to strengthen into a tropical storm. Then, as we get in through tomorrow, still hanging off of Florida and bring them that heavy rain. Then, as we go in through about Wednesday into Thursday, right into the Carolinas.
But now here is where it gets tricky. It really is expected to strengthen there on from Thursday night right into those early morning hours of Fourth of July into a category 1 hurricane. It is expected to speed up and quickly make its way all the way through the Northeast and exit offshore. That's the piece of good news you have here by Saturday.
So, it will be quick moving once it gets caught up in that jet stream. But there's that timing again, where you're trying to make those Fourth of July plans, Florida, into tomorrow. There's that heavy rain. Into the Carolinas as you go into Thursday and then by Thursday into Friday kind of tapers off in the Carolinas. But there you go. Look at this bull's eye. Category one hurricane, hanging off the coastline, a big metropolitan area, right off D.C. and New York City and quickly exiting off to the East. So, lots to be concerned with again as we head through the Fourth of July holiday and so many people trying to get out of town but it's going to be a tough one, Michaela.
MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Yes, impacting travel plans for sure. Indra, we'll stay with you on that. You can watch it for us and bring us the latest.
I want to take you now to the crisis in Iraq, where the threat of ISIS is intensifying for the U.S. to send in hundreds of more troops to help push back on the militants unrelenting charge towards the nation's capital. The increased number of U.S. forces is in addition to the hundreds of military advisors already on the ground to help support Iraqi forces.
CNN's Nima Elbagir is live in Baghdad with the very latest on this development -- Nima.
NIMA ELBAGIR, CNN CORRESPONDENT: And, Michaela, those forces aren't going to just going to be protecting the embassy. We understand that there also going to be distributed along the major highways and surrounding Baghdad airport, which is being seen as an increasing point of vulnerability being it's on the western side of the capital.
The militant group has pretty much taken much of the territory in that western Anbar province and the series that now gives them a direct line of sight through the western gateway of Baghdad which would take them right past Baghdad's crucial airport.
But if there is a sense of urgency amongst Americans, that doesn't seem to be translating to Iraqi lawmakers who postponed their parliamentary session after convening for 30 seconds, failing to even elect a speaker. So much was at stake here, Michaela, not just the political process moving forward but further U.S. support, the Americans have said that they don't want to ramp up their air cover or any other type of intensified military support here on the ground without seeing a legitimate government and until parliament convenes, we are not going to see that here in Iraq -- Michaela.
PEREIRA: All right. Nima, thank you for that. We'll keep an eye on that as well today.
Let's take a break.
Coming up on NEW DAY: the fired nanny in California. She finally gives in, but she's also setting conditions for moving out of that family's home and she is not going quietly, surprise, surprise. Why she says she is the victim here.
Let's get back to Chris in Brazil. Hey, Chris.
CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: All right, everybody. We'll live here in Salvador behind us is where the big game is today. The U.S. either wins or goes home. We're going to have somebody here
who is going to explain what will make a difference on the field. There's going to be a surprise factor in the game we haven't talked about yet. So, you're going to want to hear that and what's going on back where you are at home.
U.S. soccer is bigger than ever. Why? We'll talk about it.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I believe that we --
CROWD: I believe that we --
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I believe that we will win!
CROWD: I believe that we will win! I believe that we will win! I believe that we will win! I believe that we will win!
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CUOMO: The words are infectious. It spreads like a virus through your soul, letting you know that the U.S. soccer team can do it, but how? How good are the chances, and what does this all mean back home? Has there real been a difference now? Is U.S. soccer in a new place, and will it go even further today in the stadium behind us?
All big questions. Lucky for you we have answers.
Grant Wahl is with us, senior writer "Sports Illustrated." Nobody knows U.S. soccer better than you. You give yourself a pat on the back. Thanks for joining us.
Let's start with what happens in the stadium.
GRANT WAHL, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: Yes.
CUOMO: You can't overhype it because it's worth the excitement, but these predictions of the U.S. winning seem to be all over the place. Is that a little bit of irrational exuberance?
WAHL: Not really, actually, I'm very realistic about this U.S. team and its chances, and I think this is a very winnable game for the United States. I think they match up well against Belgium. I think the U.S. has a lot more tournament experience than Belgium has, and I think they will manage this game well.
Belgium has a lot of young players, and if they go down in this game, I think you could see them respond negatively to that.
CUOMO: Now, one of the points that I want to make for everyone back home that will help you understand how soccer is a little different, and I know a lot of us plan on getting it, and I know a lot of us don't. You can win a soccer match because you make yourself tough to beat. A little bit of a tough concept. Usually you've got to go out there and score more points.
You do here as well but that's often a function of just being very difficult on the other team. Explain why that may play to the U.S. advantage today because on paper, the Belgians have all the stars but that may not be enough. Why?
WAHL: Well, the U.S. traditionally in World Cup has done a very good job of being a very fit team, very difficult team to play, as you mentioned, to score against and being mentally strong, and I think those will play to the U.S. advantages here today.
Yes, soccer is one of those games where we often talk about, oh, did that team outplay the other one? Did that team deserve to win?
WAHL: And a lot of times, I think more in this sport than in other sport, the team that wins isn't always the best team and I think the U.S. has a way about them that they can find ways to win when they aren't maybe the better team.
CUOMO: All right. So, two X factors that people haven't really been talking about too much, first, the ref. He's Algerian. People give him his respect, but he will be speaking a language that's very familiar to the Belgians, French, not so much to the U.S. What could that mean?
WAHL: Well, we'll have to wait and see here. You know, Jurgen Klinsmann, the U.S. coach, actually, I was surprised yesterday, came out and publicly criticized FIFA assigning this Algerian ref to this game in part because Algeria was in Belgium's group in this World Cup, in part because the U.S. beat Algeria very famously in the last World Cup. I don't know if that's going to be a huge issue. I think this Algerian ref has had two very good games from what I've seen at this World Cup.
CUOMO: So, more heat than light.
WAHL: I think Jurgen Klinsmann is playing some mind games here and I don't suspect this referee is going to have a -- we'll wait and see.
CUOMO: Something else that could be very real, Ramadan, OK? That's a religious period, cultural period of fasting for Muslims. It puts strict rules of you adhere to them, of both moral rules of what you're supposed to do and not do as well as dietary. You have Islamic Muslim players on the Belgian side. You do not on the U.S. side.
Does that matter? It's hot as heck here?
WAHL: Right, they're not observing Ramadan at this point, though, the Belgian players so certain teammates in this tournament are. Algeria, their players were.
CUOMO: So, they are free of the restriction.
WAHL: Right. Mesut Ozil for Germany is not observing Ramadan, which includes not eating during daylight hours, not consuming water during the daylight hours if you're being very strict about it. But the Belgian players are not. So, I don't think that will end up being a factor in the game.
CUOMO: And lastly, no matter what happens here today, the U.S. team has won because it's won over our hearts. It's bigger in the U.S. than I've ever seen it before, even around a world cup. You wrote a great book about David Beckham. He went to the U.S., you'll remember, to try to change the culture there. He didn't get it done.
That's him calling me right now. I'm sorry, David, but that happens. So, what do you think this time is different and what does it mean for people back home?
WAHL: Well, you look at 25 million people in the United States watching on television, USA-Portugal, a lot of people will be watching this game. These are the biggest television audiences we've ever seen in the United States for soccer.
CUOMO: Huge, huge. They're almost -- they are on par with just about any big event that goes on there, except maybe the Super Bowl.
WAHL: That's already been achieved. Now, if the U.S. were to win this game and have a quarterfinal against Argentina perhaps on Saturday, we would see numbers like we've never seen before. In every World Cup, this sport gets new fans in the U.S. and now, we have an infrastructure where you can watch 70 to 80 live soccer games a week on television. It's become a daily part of United States culture.
CUOMO: Now, let me just correct one thing. You said if. Did you mean if or did you mean when? I'm sorry. Did I hit --
WAHL: I have to hedge a little bit there. I still think the U.S. is going to win
CUOMO: I heard you say if. Just saying New Jersey started to tingle when you said that.
Grant Wahl, thank you very much. Appreciate you being here giving us the insight.
Kate, back to you. I'm telling you, it's getting hot here already. Don't forget the weather, a big factor in what happens.
BOLDUAN: A big factor. There's a lot of jokes I could be telling right now, but I'm not going to because I love you. All right, Chris, we'll get back to you in just a minute.
Coming up next on NEW DAY, she was described as the live-in nanny from hell, hired, then fired, then stubbornly refusing to leave the home of her employer. Now she's finally speaking out, and you won't believe what she's saying. We'll be back.
PEREIRA: New this morning, we are finally hearing from the so-called nightmare nanny herself. Diane Stretton refused to leave the home of her former employer even though they fired her months ago. Now, Stretton is speaking out herself, saying she's not the nightmare. They are.
Our Miguel Marquez has more.
MIQUEL MARQUEZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The so-called nightmare nanny striking back, speaking out for the first time.
DIANE STRETTON, WOULD NOT LEAVE EMPLOYER'S HOME: Well, first of all, I wasn't fired unless you can be fired after you quit.
MARQUEZ: Diane Stretton insists she's not a con-artist squatter, but a victim who was mistreated by the Bracamonte family.
STRETTON: They were the ones that were trying exploit me as if I was some poor migrant worker or some -- from a foreign country.
MARQUEZ: In an interview with L.A.'s KNX Radio, she says she wasn't fired, she quit after being exploited and overworked, forced to work 90 days straight without any time off.
STRETTON: When I was working there, I didn't get lunch breaks. I didn't get coffee breaks. I didn't get any holidays or basically I was working 24/7.
MARQUEZ: Stretton's story is exactly the opposite of what we've been hearing from the family.
MARCELLA BRACAMONTE, NANNY WOULDN'T LEAVE HOME: She wouldn't do anything. She stayed in her room 90 percent of the day.
MARQUEZ: They maintained they fired the 64-year-old after she started neglecting her work, saying she refused to leave and threatened to sue. And according to California law the family couldn't force her out without an eviction notice, which could take anywhere from 30 to 45 days.
BRACAMONTE: I feel so helpless in this situation.
MARQUEZ: Stretton is now living out of her car, but her belongings remain in Bracamonte's house. CNN has found dozens of lawsuits filed by Stretton over the year, actions that have resulted in her being placed on California's vexatious litigation list for abusing the legal system. Despite her history, Stretton maintains she's not at fault.
STRETTON: I bought a substantial amount of my own food, and the food that I did get was terrible. I didn't have access to the laundry room hardly ever. I didn't have access to the bathroom hardly ever. The air conditioning wasn't on. I think they are the con artists.
MARQUEZ: Miguel Marquez, CNN, New York.
(END VIDEOTAPE) PEREIRA: So much to get here -- let's bring -- get to here. Let's bring in our legal analyst Sonny Hostin and HLN legal analyst Joey Jackson to bring this in.
Vexatious, I learned a new word!
We'll get to that in a moment, because that I think is an interesting part of this, but let's start with first things first. Is -- we'll start with you, Sonny. Is law really on the nanny's side? Her own -- or the family's lawyer even says it may be.
SONNY HOSTIN, CNN LEGAL ANALYST: Absolutely, and I mean, it's really almost the same law from state to state. When somebody has established residency in your home, you just can't kick them out. You have you to go through a legal eviction process. You can't just say you've got to get out, and you gotta get out tomorrow.
And so, I -- I think that that's something that a lot of people don't realize. And what's so fascinating about this story -- you know I have children. I have a nanny. I've had au pairs. They are like a member of your family.
HOSTIN: I mean, sometimes I feel like I would rather my husband go because my nanny goes.
Because I need her.
PEREIRA: She said it!
JOEY JACKSON, HLN LEGAL ANALYST: On television. Do you believe this?
HOSTIN: I mean, she is my wife (ph). I depend on her, and, you know, it's -- it's every working mother's nightmare, quite frankly this, type of relationship -- because really are in a relationship with your nanny -- goes sour.
PEREIRA: You are. So here's the thing, Joey.
PEREIRA: There's the he said, she said. So the Bracamonte family say that they fired her. The nanny says that she quit. I have to ask though, the aspect of her not being terminated properly, that is an important distinction to be made.
JACKSON: Is that her claim, she wasn't terminated properly? They didn't bring the white wine; they brought the red wine?
PEREIRA: No, but the -- the judge sided with the nanny.
JACKSON: Yeah, initially the judge did. And I think, you know, there's a lot that goes into this, and I think, quite frankly, bottom line is that buyer has to be beware, right? Before you bring anybody in your home, certainly you want to check --
PEREIRA: Background checks and sort of the --
JACKSON: Right, we know she had certainly a history of litigation, and this was a person prone to that. But I don't know that it turns on, you know, whether she quit or whether she was fired or the he say, she say. It turns on whether or not properly, you know, she was dismissed around whether or not she should really leave the home.
PEREIRA: The thing that makes so many of us crazy is that you can't -- once you've invited someone into your home, you're talking --
HOSTIN: They're almost like vampires, right? It's almost like "True Blood".
PEREIRA: There's no way to get them out. You're essentially having to evict them as though you would evict a tenant or roommate.
HOSTIN: Absolutely, and this is a tenant of law. I mean, we -- we study this in law school. Remember "Pacific Heights", the movie with Michael Keaton, where they couldn't get him out? This is something that happens, believe it or not --
PEREIRA: Does that need to change?
HOSTIN: -- all over the country. I don't think so. I don't think so. I think, you know, by and large it's there to protect people from, you know, unscrupulous landowners and -- and -- and landlords, so I think it's -- it's really there to protect. This is an odd situation.
PEREIRA: This is might be an extreme situation.
HOSTIN: This is an extreme situation, but to Joey's point, and I think it's really a good one, before you hire a nanny, you really have to do the background check. It's better to go through an agency.
PEREIRA: It sounds like they did.
HOSTIN: There are all these things that you need to do. Well, she put an ad on Craigslist, and I don't want to bash Craigslist, but if you're trusting someone with your most precious people in the world you really have to do a better job.
PEREIRA: Recommendations are always good, too.
JACKSON: And Michaela, in the event that a background check was done, certainly would have come up that she was a plaintiff and a defendant in a variety of cases. PEREIRA: OK, can we talk about this? I did -- I was not until this
week -- I did not know about this vexatious list that exists. It's there for exactly this point. Wouldn't that be included in a background check?
JACKSON: You would certainly think.
PEREIA: One might think.
JACKSON: Right, when you -- when you otherwise do a background check on someone, Michaela, a lot of things come up about you, and one thing that I want to know if I'm hiring a nanny -- and I'm trying to get Sonny to tell her nanny stories on national TV.
PEREIA: You got nanny stories?
JACKSON: Oh, she's got plenty of stories I heard about! But the bottom line is, it will come up. And you know, look, we're all allowed to sue. And I think, you know, certainly you want due process, and you want laws that protect tenants and you want laws that protect landlords. And so, you want the due process, but at the end of the day, if somebody is suing and they're overly litigious, you want to know why.
PEREIRA: Final thought, let me play devil's advocate here. Is there a chance that we've gotten this wrong and that this woman needed more protection? Are there specific type of workplace protections for people that live in your home?
HOSTIN: There really are. I mean, the protections that are afforded to every employee are generally afforded to nannies that are living in your home, especially those that are living in your home. You do have to -- they can't work 24 hours a day. You do have to give them vacation. You do have to give them time to sleep, proper time to sleep. And you should, right? Because they are taking care of your children.
PEREIRA: Well, we've certainly seen some instances where the opposite has been -- been true, right?
HOSTIN: Absolutely, but I think that there are certainly protections. I would say that we didn't know enough about this story but for the vexatious list.
PEREIRA: That's a good point.
HOSTIN: But for the fact that she sues so many people, that leads me to believe that there's something up with this nanny.
JACKSON: And labor laws certainly are applicable, too, so you want to ensure that you pay them properly. Otherwise, there's a wage claim against you.
HOSTIN: Absolutely. And a lot of times you offer them health insurance. You offer -- you offer disability insurance. You have to claim them on your taxes. These are household employees.
PEREIRA: So many things.
JACKSON: You gonna tell your stories?
PEREIRA: No, no, I'm going to save her now.
PEREIRA: Kate, I'm gonna send it over to you before we start getting too much truth here in the morning.
BOLDUAN: Good to have you guys with us. One more cup of coffee and then we're definitely going to hear the stories. Thanks, guys.
We're following that news, but we also have a lot of other news we're following this morning, so let's get right to it.
AUDIENCE CHANTING: I believe that we will win!
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: More of mainstream America is getting behind us.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You see where the game is going. You can't stop it anymore.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The U.S. is considering new airport security measures.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We remain concerned.
REP. MIKE ROGERS, R-MI: This is as dangerous a time for an al Qaeda threat to the United States as I've ever seen.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is breaking his silence.
ROB FORD, TORONTO MAYOR: The people of this great city, I want to offer a public apology. I'm ashamed, embarrassed and humiliated.
BOLDUAN: Good morning, and welcome once again to NEW DAY. Chris is live in Salvador, Brazil this morning for the World Cup. We're gonna get back to him in just one second.
But first, as you saw right there, we do have some breaking news for you. A storm is brewing off the east coast. It's now predicted that had it could become a category 1 hurricane by later this week. It couldn't come at a worst time, of course.
It's set to run -- ruin for maybe the Fourth of July holiday for tens of millions of people. Let's get straight over to meteorologist Indra Petersons who is
tracking these developments. Indra, where is it? And where is it heading and when, I guess is most important?
INDRA PETERSONS, METEOROLOGIST: I mean, this is something we've been watching, Kate. Look at what's going on now. Just off the coast of Florida, this is an 18-hour loop, right over the Grand Bahama, you are talking about now what is a tropical depression. The current stats make it a strong tropical depression and likely to strengthen into a tropical storm by today.
Take a look right now; 35-mile-per-hour winds, 39 miles per hour. That's all it takes to bring it into that tropical storm category. That is what's expected as we go through the afternoon today, and it's not stopping there. This guy is strengthening, again, expected to strengthen into a category 1 hurricane.
As far as the timing of all, hanging off the coast of Florida by tomorrow. Still kind of slow moving. Notice by Wednesday into Thursday affecting the Carolinas, then quickly picking up in the jet stream, but strengthening at the same time, so right off the coast of D.C.
We do have the potential for a category 1 hurricane in the forecast making its way all the way up, hugging that east coast, all the way even in through New England as we go through that Fourth of July.
So as far as timing here. Look at this, the spaghetti models. These are all the different weather models. They are in consensus. For now, this looks like that this will be the track since you have that consensus among all of those weather models, so we'll take you day by day.
Florida -- tomorrow, that's where you're gonna see the heaviest amounts of rain. If you're expected to travel into the Carolinas, look for that weather impact to be Wednesday in through Thursday, and the toughest time period will be Thursday night in through Friday.
Early hours of Friday morning, that's when we expect that bullseye to be a category 1 hurricane here, guys, right off to D.C. making its way in quickly through New York City, even in through Boston. This is not curving off the coast line. Remember, it's expected to hug the coastline, really impact all of these major cities and make then its way off shore. So that's going to be the concern as we go through this holiday weekend. Definitely going to be a rough ride. Warm temperatures, but that is the least of it. It's really about this rough weather, strong winds expected to impact the area.
BOLDUAN: A rough ride. That's for sure. Indra, thank you so much.
BOLDUAN: Let's talk about weather of a very different kind. Let's get back to Chris in Brazil.
You said it was pretty hot, huh?
CUOMO: It is hot, but there's also a storm brewing here, my friend. We are live in Salvador, the state of Bahia, in the country of Brazil. And just over my shoulder is where it all goes down on this day of destiny.