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Team USA Prepares for Belgium; New Measures Being Taken to Detect Bombs at Airports; Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Admits to Drug Use while in Office; Supreme Court: Corporations Have Religious Freedom; Implications of the Hobby Lobby Case; Category 1 Hurricane in the Making

Aired July 1, 2014 - 07:00   ET


KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: 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?

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: It is hot, but there's also a storm brewing here, my friend. We are live in Salvador, the state of Bejia in the country of Brazil. And just over my shoulder is where it all goes down on this day of destiny. The U.S. takes on Belgium. The winner moves on, the loser, you know what happens to them. So what's going to happen? Lucky for us we have Lara Baldesarra, anchor of CNNI's "World Sport." So a bold prediction from Baldesarra that this game may come down to penalty kicks.

LARA BALDESARRA, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Yes, I definitely think so. Not decided in 90, not 120 minutes. I think we are going to kicks.

CUOMO: Anything can happen.

BALDESARRA: Anything can happen.

CUOMO: It's like Russian Roulette.

BALDESARRA: Sure. It's just such a closely matched game that really anything can happen. And you have to remember here that this is sort of a whole different mentality for players, for coaches at this point of the World Cup because we have the group stage where the goal was simply to get through the group stage. You had to do anything you could just to get through, so you could lose, it wasn't a big deal, like we saw the USA do. But now have you to win, whole different mentality. And for a lot of players talking about that hunger that's really growing in their belly. They want to go all the way and keep winning and make it to the finals. Listen to what Clint Dempsey had to say yesterday.


CLINT DEMPSEY, USA SOCCER TEAM CAPTAIN: We're really hungry. We're not satisfied. We're just getting on to the group stage and we want to go far in this World Cup. And for some of the guys it's the last opportunity, so you want to make the most of it, and I'm sure if we play to the best of our ability we'll get a positive result.


CUOMO: That is the captain Clint Dempsey, broken nose and all. You might notice I am wearing the jersey that the U.S. had on when it did win the game that it has won here at the World Cup.

BALDESARRA: Do you have the white one, though just in case that's what they're wearing?

CUOMO: I have them both. I am ready to go. Hold this. Because of weather I may need to change out of it. Anyway, penalty kicks, comes down to the goalie. Unfair, but that's the rule of sport. Orderly I'd say Tim Howard, one of the best, looking good for the U.S., but Belgium's goalie is also known.

BALDESARRA: This kid is a stud. He's on loan from Chelsea, a top club in Europe. This kid is being groomed to really be one of the best keepers in the world. He's a shot-stopper, but like you said, when it comes to penalty kicks it really has nothing to do with the goalkeeper's ability half the time. All the goalkeeper does is he stands there and he guesses. You have to make a guess right or left, or stay in the middle.

Now, if the goalkeeper maybe is familiar with some of the other players or he's done his homework like he should have, that means they will know their tendencies, you might know, hey that guy, he always goes to the right on his penalty kick. And Tim Howard, he knows those tendencies of a lot of these players because he faces them all the time in Europe. He plays against them in the premier league. He plays with them in the premier league, like Romelu Lukaku, they both played together on Everton. So that's a really, really large advantage. Plus, this is a team that Jurgen Klinsmann has actually had training with penalty kicks since January. They're training up at Stanford, so they are getting all the teaching and training out of way. They are ready.

CUOMO: And I trust you about the goalie stuff because Baldesarra was a goalie.


CUOMO: In the vertically challenged league. You know what happens with penalty kicks. The fan factor -- the U.S. has bought more tickets than any other country except Brazil. The Belgians will be at a disadvantage in there today. How can that happen?

BALDESARRA: You know, I would have thought that would always be the case. However, when I was at the USA-Germany game, yes, there were a lot of American fans there, but the German fans, they seemed to overpower the Americans inside the stadium.

CUOMO: What? Crazy talk.

BALDESARRA: They were chanting, and I know you don't want to hear that. CUOMO: We believe, Baldesarra.

BALDESARRA: Maybe they have deeper and louder voices than the Americans, I don't know.

CUOMO: Nobody has a bigger mouth than Americans, you know that.

BALDESARRA: I think when it comes down to it in that stadium, we'll be able to hear all of that chanting.

CUOMO: The 12th man effect, they have to bring it today. They have to bring it. So you say it comes down to penalty kicks. We'll see what happens, a bold prediction from Baldesarra. We bring it back to you. This is where it's all going to happen in just a few hours. This is the day of destiny.

BOLDUAN: I'm getting excited. Thank you, Chris. We'll get back to you in just a moment.

Also want to talk about big news here at home. New security measures are being considered at U.S. airports. This is all over growing concerns Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula may be working on explosives that are more difficult to detect.

Joining us to discuss is Fran Townsend, CNN national security analyst and former Homeland Security adviser to President George W. Bush. She is also on the CIA and Department of Homeland Security advisory boards.

Fran, a lot to discuss here because this is scary when they are coming out saying we have concerns. So here's my question. They are looking at a vulnerability as it's been described in airports because of AQAP. They are not calling us more than that. What could this vulnerability be?

FRANCES TOWNSEND, CNN NATIONAL SECURITY ANALYST: Well, so we know the AQAP bomb maker al Asiri who is responsible for the underwear bomb, the computer cartridge. Remember during Sochi we heard about potential bombs in tooth paste. He works constantly on developing a bomb that might be able to get past airport security. There was even talk of him looking at body cavity-inserted bombs.

So clearly the U.S. government has come across intelligence that they believe is credible, and they are looking to develop screening measures, they are not going to tell you what they are because they don't want to signal to the bad guys precisely what they know. It's a brush-back pitch. This is their attempt to sort of signal to the bad guys, look, we know what you're developing. We're going to have countermeasures to identify that, and so you may not be successful.

BOLDUAN: I think everyone understands the both seen and unseen security measures that we hear about in our airport, but what about the mantra that if you see something, say something? Would it be helpful to transportation security, if they told -- told travelers what they are looking for, what to keep an eye out for if there is this new kind of threat. TOWNSEND: The problem with that is if you tell -- if you make too

much public, right, the bad guys then rejigger whatever they are working on to get past that screening measure. So it's a delicate balance.

BOLDUAN: It could also try to act as a deterrent for them.

TOWNSEND: That's right.

BOLDUAN: We're on to you. We're not going to really talk about it, so just don't try it?

TOWNSEND: That's exactly right. That is part of it.

And this is -- this is really -- it comes at a time where you see so much turmoil in Iraq and Syria, so many foreign fighters where our attention is focused. I think they also wanted to signal to Al Qaeda. We've not forgotten about you. We are capable of dealing with both things at one time, and we're watching the intelligence threat.

BOLDUAN: And let's be honest, it's not just security. It's not just a threat within the United States. I would even think that it's more so a threat from a flight, if you will, coming from overseas into the U.S. How does the U.S. government work with or push other governments to beef up their own security at the airports?

TOWNSEND: Well, I'll tell you, oddly in the last few days, I've been through Paris' Charles de Gaulle and noticed a real increase of the physical presence of troops, of security agents in airports. Clearly the United States is sharing what intelligence they have with European allies. And travelers will see an increased presence of security throughout international airports.

BOLDUAN: This threat from this bomb-maker though, I mean, I feel like once every few months you and I are talking about Ibrahim al Asiri. The threat continues for sure. Fran, thank you so much.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: All right, Kate, thanks so much. Let's give you a look at your headlines right now. Israel launching airstrikes against dozens of Hamas targets in Gaza. This is just hours after three missing Israeli teenagers were found dead in the West Bank. Those boys disappeared more than two weeks ago. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Hamas for their deaths. For their part they have denied involvement. A little known Islamic militant group, meanwhile, has reportedly claimed responsibility. President Obama and other world leaders are also condemning the killings and calling for restraint so as not to inflame tensions further in the Middle East.

In Iraq the U.S. presence is increasing as 300 more troops are sent in to help the violence-ravaged country. And 200 of those troops will provide security for U.S. interests in Iraq, including at the embassy. This is on top of the already 300 military advisers on the ground already to support Iraqi forces. Meanwhile newly elected parliament was supposed to hold its first session today to begin the process of forming a new government. However, it was postponed because the minimum number of members were not present.

We're learning more about the scope of the NSA spying powers. Secret documents leaked from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden show that the FISA court not only allowed the agency to stoop on phone calls or e-mails of its foreign targets, it also let the NSA intercept communications about them, which means the pool of people being spied on could be much larger than previously thought. Only four countries are off limits, Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Another big recall to tell about for General Motors, the company announcing it had found safety issues with 8.4 million of its vehicles worldwide. Most of the problems are with suspected flaws in the ignition switch that can turn off while the car is in motion. A similar defect has been blamed for 13 deaths that led to earlier recalls and a federal investigation. GM has called back more than 29 million cars -- vehicles, rather, so far this year.

BOLDUAN: That number keeps rising.


BOLDUAN: We're also going to be talking about today Mayor Rob Ford. He is back at Toronto's city hall after spending two months in rehab. You'll probably remember it was an emotional speech that he offered. He apologized, admitting his drug and alcohol use affected his job performance. While many found him sincere, others were turned off when it turned into a campaign speech. Paula Newton is reporting for us from Toronto.



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: How are you feeling, sir?

NEWTON: But this time around Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is breaking his silence to say sorry.

ROB FORD, TORONTO MAYOR: To the people of this great city, I want to offer a public apology.

NEWTON: Ford says he's now coming clean, owning up to his addiction to crack cocaine.

FORD: I take full responsibility for my actions.

NEWTON: This marks Ford's first week back in office since reports of a video showing him smoking crack cocaine surfaced in May.

FORD: I am ashamed, embarrassed, and humiliated.

NEWTON: Ford's apology lasted 17 minutes, his first public remarks since returning from his two-month stint in rehab.

FORD: I had become my own worst enemy. NEWTON: The 45-year-old contrite and measured demeanor at Monday's

address a striking contrast to this man who graced Toronto's city hall just two months ago. The often boisterous, sometimes inebriated, and frequently clumsy mayor made a name for himself internationally this past year.

FORD: I have begun the process of taking control of my life.

NEWTON: This isn't Ford's first mea culpa.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Have you purchased illegal drugs in the last two years?

FORD: Yes, I have.

NEWTON: That was back in November over a separate set of crack allegations. After five months of denials --

FORD: I did not use crack cocaine nor am I an addict of crack cocaine.

NEWTON: -- Ford fessed up.

FORD: Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine, but no -- am I an addict? No. Have I tried it? Probably in one of my drunken stupors.

NEWTON: One of those drunken stupors caught on video when released by "Toronto Star" that same month. But that was then, and now Ford says his commitment to living clean is unwavering, his new focus, running for office again.

FORD: I look forward to serving you for many, many more years.

NEWTON: Paula Newton, CNN, Atlanta.


PEREIRA: Paula, thank you so much.

The big question there is if Toronto voters believe him and are willing to give him another chance.

BOLDUAN: It's up to them, but it's also up to him to live up to that commitment of living clean. That should be the most -- the thing he is most focused on at this moment.

Let's take a break. Coming up next on NEW DAY, the Supreme Court decision that could have a major effect on women's health care. How will the Hobby Lobby ruling impact future cases? We'll get a legal breakdown. That's ahead.


BOLDUAN: Welcome back. The nation's highest court effectively striking down a provision of the president's health care law. The Supreme Court's majority ruling in favor of companies who want to deny coverage of certain contraceptives due to religious beliefs. But the dissenting justices, they argued that this could have real and very big implications for cases to come.

Let's discuss. Let's get a legal breakdown on this from Jeffrey Toobin, CNN senior legal analyst and a former federal prosecutor. Jeffrey, there's a lot of emotions on both sides of this. That cannot be denied. I'm hearing, one, that this is a narrow ruling, but, two, that this is going to have far-reaching implications. Is this narrow? Is this a first step? You tell me.

JEFFREY TOOBIN, CNN SENIOR LEGAL ANALYST: Oh, I think it's clearly a first step. Where we're going in that first step is not clear. But, you know, before yesterday, the Supreme Court had never even said that corporations have rights to religious freedom, but now we know that corporations, closely held corporations, where half of the people in the United States work, they do have rights to religious freedom under the First Amendment and they can prohibit their employees from obtaining certain forms of birth control in -- under the health care law. But where that goes from here is not clear, but clearly other companies are going to make similar kinds of claims.

BOLDUAN: But let's explore that though, because I want to know where you think this could next. Because Justice Alito in part of -- in writing -- in the majority, he wrote just in part, he said, "Our decision in these cases is concerned solely with the contraceptive mandate."

He believes that -- he writes that they're writing a narrow decision. So tell me, where could this go next? Is this only going to relate to health care, or could this go where Justice Ginsburg thinks, that this could even move into minimum wage?

TOOBIN: Well, only contraception? Contraception is a big deal.

Think about this. This case was only about four kinds of birth control which the company that owns Hobby Lobby thinks are equivalent to abortion. But what about a company that says we don't believe, in our religion, in artificial contraception. We don't want to pay for contraception at all. What about a company that says our religion bars pre-marital sex, so we don't want single women to get contraception under our company policies?

So only contraception is a pretty big category, and that's before you move on to the possibility of some religions don't believe in transfusions. Some religions don't believe in any kind of medical care, like Christian Science. There are a lot of potential implications here, even if it's only about contraceptives.

BOLDUAN: Can it go even beyond that? I mean, I heard folks talking yesterday that, look, you could take this and you could take -- you take the next big step when you talk about the umbrella of an objection because of religion beliefs. You could be targeting anti- discrimination laws.

TOOBIN: Well, during the '60s, when the Civil Rights Act passed, there were companies that said, under our reading of the Bible, we don't believe in the mixing of races, so we are not going to honor the Civil Rights Act. The Supreme Court very emphatically rejected those sorts of claims. And, in fact, in Justice Alito's opinion, he made reference to those cases, that you can't claim religious exemption from desegregation laws.

But where the line is, in terms of what's permissible as a religious objection to a law, it's just -- it's frankly very murky now. And the one thing we can be sure of is there are lots of cases already in the pipeline that were awaiting the resolution of the Hobby Lobby case, and certainly more will be filed because religion's obviously important to a lot of people. A lot of people own companies that are affected by the Affordable Care Act, and they're going to make claims.

BOLDUAN: And, Jeff, because of this decision, are you thinking that those cases in the pipeline on various other kind of objections or challenges, they won't make it back up to the Supreme Court? It's going to be left to the lower courts?

TOOBIN: Well, usually after a big decision like that, the Supreme Court lets the lower courts try to figure out what they meant. They don't --

BOLDUAN: Yes, but it feels like they've offered -- they've left us with more questions than a real standard to work off of.

TOOBIN: That's often the case. That's why it's important to be a lower federal court judge. You have a lot of power. Most decisions are not reviewed by the United States Supreme Court.

This is all going to play out in short order, and we're going to see more cases like this. And, you know, I want to be honest, I don't know how they are going to come out. There are a lot of possibilities. I anticipate probably different federal judges will decide these cases differently and then it will probably be back up before the Supreme Court soon.

BOLDUAN: The what's next seems to be absolutely an unanswered question.

TOOBIN: Can I tell you what's next?


TOOBIN: What's next is that Cuomo better not come back without a win. He can wear his fancy jersey all he wants, but he is responsible for beating Belgium today.

BOLDUAN: This is what I would like to compliment you on, the fact that you just left it as "fancy jersey."

PEREIRA: I like that.

BOLDUAN: Because people are describing that a little differently maybe in this studio. Maybe a little -- a little snug, but we'll leave it there. As we have to say, and I don't want any more conversation because I'm going to get myself in trouble. We're out of time, Jeffrey; I've got to go.

TOOBIN: Bye, Kate. Go USA.

BOLDUAN: Thank you, Jeff Toobin. You heard it from the man, the legal scholar, Chris. You better bring back a win.

CUOMO: Jeffrey Toobin, Jeffrey Toobin I think going to be harshly criticized in the court of public opinion, making it seem as though this jersey were anything other than pure American optimism. Happens to be an extra large, just to let you know; I'm swelling with pride here. Because over our shoulder, this is where the U.S. takes on Belgium.

And wait until you see the extra factor that the U.S. has in its corner. Wait until you see how pumped the fans are, how red, white and blue is coming for you here in Brazil. Belgium better watch out. What a night we had with the fans in this jersey.


CROWD: I believe that we will win.




PEREIRA: Welcome back to NEW DAY. We Are following breaking news as we watch the weather this morning. The National Hurricane Center now saying that the storm that's brewing off the East Coast could very well become a Category 1 hurricane later this week. That means the storm would impact tens of thousands of people, of course, leading up to the July Fourth holiday.

This is more than just worry about our barbecue plans and fireworks plans. This really is a concern, Indra.

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: It's definitely a concern, because now this system is expected to strengthen. Right now, currently just a tropical depression hanging off the Bahamas. Currently a strong depression, though, already at 35 miles per hour. 39 miles per hour, that's what makes it a tropical storm. That's exactly what it's expected to do later today.

Look at all the weather models. We don't typically see that much consensus. But look at this. All the models are saying this is going to be hugging the coastline all the way through, so even exiting out through New England. That is the concern as this system is suspected to even continue to strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane.

As far as the timing, later this afternoon, expected to be a tropical storm, hugging that Florida coastline. Then as we go Wednesday and through Thursday, really right around the Carolinas. Still a tropical storm there, but that will be your biggest impact. And then as we go Thursday night, those early morning hours of the Fourth of July, that's when it's expected to strengthen into at Category 1 hurricane right off the coast really of D.C., quickly picking up with the jetstream so making that quicker movement. But, again, hugging the coastline, not exiting offshore, all the way even in through Maine.

So that's the concern as we go forward in time. Day by day. If you're heading out through Florida, today, really even in through tomorrow. That's going to be the bullseye, when you're impacted the most there. Then again in through the Carolinas. As far as the Fourth of July, there you go, that's where you see it hanging off the coast of D.C. and even New York City, making its way in through Boston. Tough next 72 hours to get through.

PEREIRA: Hurricane season kicking off early and hard too.

BOLDUAN: Making its presence known. That's for sure.

Indra, thanks so much. Let's turn now though to Washington to INSIDE POLITICS on NEW DAY with John King. Morning, John.

JOHN KING, CNN HOST, "INSIDE POLITI CS": Kate, Michaela, good morning to you. We'll get ready for that, I guess, July Fourth's coming. We'll watch the weather.

Lots to talk about on INSIDE POLITICS this morning, and with me to share their reporting and their insights, Juana Summers of NPR, Julie Pace of the Associated Press.

Two huge policy moves that are likely to have a big political impact on the midterm elections. Let's start with immigration. The president says he's had it. He's waited too long, more than five years into presidency. He says now House Republicans simply won't bring a Senate-passed immigration bill to the floor, so listen to the president here where he says he's now going to use executive action, beginning this summer, to try to deal women gracious from the White House.


BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Our country and our economy would be stronger today if house Republicans had allowed a simple yes or no vote on this bill, or for that matter, any other bill. They'd be following the will of the majority of the American people who support reform.

And instead they've proven again and again that they are unwilling to stand up to the Tea Party in order to do what's best for the country. And the worst part of it is, a bunch of them know better.


KING: Now Republicans reacted quickly. Let's look here. The House Speaker, John Boehner, tweeted this. A photo of the White House and then he says, "Retweet: Share if you don't trust the president to enforce the law." That and he also issued a statement saying, "More executive action isn't going to stem the tide of illegal crossings; it's only going to make them worse."