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Bypassing Congress On Immigration; Contraception Now Campaign Issue; Fans Go Wild For Team USA; New Controversial Pelvic Exam Guidelines
Aired July 1, 2014 - 07:30 ET
THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.
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BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: And the worst part about it is a bunch of them know better.
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JOHN KING, CNN HOST, "INSIDE POLITICS": Now Republicans reacted quickly, let's look here, the House Speaker John Boehner tweeted this. A photo of the White House and then he said, you know, retweet, share if you don't trust the president to enforce the law and 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.
Julie Pace, what's the calculation at the White House? First they say they will increase border security, send new resources there, but the president is open to beginning this summer giving guest worker permits to people who are here undocumented. What else?
JULIE PACE, "ASSOCIATED PRESS": The White House has been looking for a while at the pool of options available to them. They say though that the pool of options is far more limited than what a lot of immigration advocates want them to do. You are not going to see the White House suddenly saying that everybody who is on the country illegally is able to stay here.
You won't see them doing huge swaps of illegal immigrant pools and saying they can stay here. Look for more targeted measures. They will accompany this with more border enforcement to try to play both sides of this debate. Some executive actions, but I think a lot of immigration activists are going to end up disappointed.
KING: Immigration activists disappointed and they are already mad. The president says the first step is to try to keep these children from crossing the border. So the left is mad and the right is furious at some of it. At a time when the speaker says he's already going to sue the president, some Republicans call him the imperial president, using executive powers to go beyond his true authority. Where is this headed politically?
JUANA SUMMERS, NPR: This is a really sticky political situation for the Obama administration particularly when you're looking ahead to 2014 and Democrats still trying to figure out how to play their relationship to the president right now, those in districts that have a lot of immigrant populations and Hispanic and Latino populations in particular.
So I think this is a really difficult area for him. As Julie noted it's going to be very give for the president to make a lot of people happy here, particularly with how limited the scope of the options available to him is.
KING: Immigration was a big issue. The president was speaking and the Supreme Court issued in on the right of private corporations to deny coverage. Obamacare is wrong, you can't force us to provide something that we're against on religious principles. Hillary Clinton doesn't always jump in the daily news cycle but Hillary Clinton.
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HILLARY CLINTON, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE: It's very troubling that a sales clerk at Hobby Lobby who needs contraception, which is pretty expensive is not going to get that service through her employer's health care plan because her employer doesn't think she should be using contraception.
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KING: Also jumping in quickly, the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He's trying to keep that job. The Senate is up for grabs in this mid- term election year. Harry Reid sends out a tweet, it's a mock letter, your boss saying that your boss has decided to take away your contraceptive coverage. On this one the Democrats see an opportunity. The right wins here. Christian conservatives especially are pleased with the Supreme Court decision here.
Democrats see an opportunity though to use this motivate turnout this fall, among women voters and younger voters. Do they have as much luck potentially in 2014 when you look at the states involved in the key Senate races that tend to be more conservative or is Hillary Clinton not so quickly because she sees this as a 2016 presidential bonus?
SUMMERS: I think you're absolutely right. Hillary Clinton must see some sort of 2016 opportunity here or else she would not have weighed on the daily news. Just look at the last minute fundraising e-mails that came out yesterday immediately after this decision, you saw women's groups and pro-Democratic groups saying this is an infringement.
This is a thing that they are hoping to gin up enthusiasm and get people not likely to vote, some young people not likely to go to the polls in midterm and perhaps turn them out in 2014, I'm not sure how successful it is, but it seems like they are banking on it.
KING: From the White House perspective, this is yet another defeat at the Supreme Court. What do they do? Senate Democrats are saying they may propose legislation to quote/unquote, "fix it," but they know there's just no way that the Republican House is going to touch that.
PACE: The White House is going to go to Congress and say we hope that we can legislatively fix what the Supreme Court did here. Probably won't happen. It is interesting that we're at this period in the presidency where Obama is looking to do as much as he can through executive action, kind of push the envelope on that and at the same time the Supreme Court is tugging him back a little bit, not just on this issue, on the recess appointments, EPA, so you're seeing the balance of power in action right now.
KING: It's a huge debate back and form. Don't underestimate, the legal tug-of-war, hard to see in the daily tug-of-war, but five years from now legal scholars and a future president will talk about what happened to my powers during this period of time.
Let's move on and this one is particularly interesting because if the Democrats proposed a resolution saying the sunrise is great the Republicans would block it. If the Republicans proposed a resolution saying isn't ice water fabulous on a hot day the Democrats would block it and yet pick up "The National Journal" this morning seems the members of Congress have somehow behind closed doors agreed on something.
Making it harder for us to track travel they take that's paid for by private interests. Lo and behold, Juana, the Congress can't do much but let's make it harder when they pay for our free trips. Why would they do this, and, b, how do you catch them?
SUMMERS: I'm not thinking this is going to help Congress' approval rating, a very sticky issue. One of the questions that jumped out to me is how exactly do you do this and get away with this. This seems like a cherry picked opportunities for these pro accountability groups that want to get influences of big money out of Congress to just seize on. We're in the so-called era of post ear marks. Really interested to see it play out. I'm not sure how they managed to agree on this one.
KING: One thing they do agree, helping or protecting themselves. An opportunity if you're a candidate to seize out this to Juana's point. Congress has a zero approval rating or maybe it's 19 in one recent poll. If you're a challenger out there, might be one of the things to say wait a minute, shouldn't be able to get away with this. How about a little transparency.
PACE: Yes, if you're running against an incumbent right now, this seems like a perfect thing to throw on the table. Congress is unpopular. People already thinks that Congress is doing things behind the scenes that's a little sketchy so this is something you could use as a practical example but makes you wonder when Congress does something like this. If you're trying to hide these things from the public maybe there is something that actually isn't great going on less.
KING: Especially in this age of technology where it's pretty easy to disclose and disclose quickly. These are annual financial filings. Not like they have to disclose this the day after or before. Get it approved by the ethics committee and, ladies and gentlemen, that's not so hard to do, not at all.
Juana, Julie, thanks for coming in this morning. As we go back to New York, the president yesterday paid tribute to the departing White House pastry chef. He sounds really sad that he's leaving and now we know why.
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PRESIDENT OBAMA: This is a problem. We called bill the crust master because his pies, I don't know what he does, whether he puts crack in them or -- but --
MICHELLE OBAMA, FIRST LADY: No, he doesn't. There is no crack in our pies.
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KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Pretty perfect comedic timing. There is no crack in our pies.
KING: It must be pretty good. I want a pie.
BOLDUAN: I love it. We've all described our grandmother's or mother's cooking and I want a piece of that pie now too, John, that's for sure. Thanks, John.
KING: Send him over, Mr. President.
BOLDUAN: We'll have a moment and have a NEW DAY party. Coming up next, new confusion this morning over a routine exam for women. Are pelvic exams necessary, and how often? We're going to look at the new guidelines that are raising a lot of questions once again. Hi, Chris.
CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: How are you? I'll tell you we're live here in Salvador, Brazil. The big game is going to take place against Belgium. How do we make the Belgians waffle? It will come down to the fans, we're hoping, because wait until you see what America has imported to Brazil. We spent a wild night with them. We're red, white and blue, running wild. It was really great. We'll take you through it.
CUOMO: An enchanting chant all the way down in Brazil being heard all over the way back home in the U.S. I'll tell you what. We don't know what's going to happen when the U.S. plays Belgium just over my shoulder later today, but we do know that the U.S. has already scored big with the fans here in Brazil.
The second most tickets sold, only to Brazil, that award goes to U.S., and, boy, are they making the most of it. We were with them at the U.S. Soccer Federation's kickoff party last night, and we met people from well over half the states of the U.S.
They have come here wearing their red, white and blue, feeling proud and ready to support the team, and, boy, I've got to tell you, it got wild. We even met a former president. Take a look.
(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) CUOMO (voice-over): The chant is enchanting. U.S. fans have come to Brazil in huge numbers and with huge expectations.
(on camera): How are we feeling about tomorrow? This is big. This is tough. How are we feeling about it?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think it's the biggest game we've had since I've been alive, I don't know. It's huge for us.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We've already gone further than we should have gone, and anyone thought we were going to go, but the likelihood of beating Belgium is very high.
CUOMO (voice-over): Draped in red, white and blue, they came from all parts of America to Brazil, and they are banking on beating Belgium.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We planned this. We knew that the U.S. was going to make it past the group stage. They are going to play in Salvador.
CUOMO: Some fans even partying in full costume.
(on camera): Yes. Hedy Goosevelt.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Teddy Gooooals-velt.
CUOMO: What is the fans purpose here?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: To help the U.S. soccer team win another match.
CUOMO: Soccer is awesome. U.S. is awesome, but how awesome is it to be with your pop and even your father-in-law at the World Cup? How cool is that?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's awesome, be a bad influence on him and show him all the things we do when we're out drinking and supporting the U.S.
CUOMO: I like this. Got teachers from the U.S. here watching World Cup soccer. The best of us is now here representing. I like it. How are you enjoying?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I know the U.S. is going to win tomorrow so I am pumped up. The best day ever.
CUOMO: Do you think the U.S. has the potential to make it?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I know they have the potential. They will be there.
CUOMO: That's an A-plus answer, Teacher.
(voice-over): There is no question there's pressure on the American side to bring home a victory, but in some ways they have already won.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We've already beat every expectations in and out of country made on this team. CUOMO (on camera): What happens when you tell the U.S. they can't do something?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We do it.
CUOMO: That's exactly right.
CUOMO: That's what I'm talking about. Two words. Teddy Gooooals- velt. What a beautiful example of how U.S. soccer has caught on. This kid from Chicago is caught on. Teddy Gooooals-v-elt, a real attraction, have to see how he's been mobbed and a great symbol of how infectious he is. Great for the country. Regardless of what happens for the country, really interested to hear how soccer has done something for the country in a long time that we haven't seen.
BOLDUAN: And Teddy Gooooalsvelt looks a lot like Teddy Roosevelt.
MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: You think he'll come back with a mustache?
BOLDUAN: hope not.
CUOMO: I wish.
BOLDUAN: I don't have what it takes.
PEREIRA: You do, darling. You always do.
CUOMO: I'm expending all my macho on American enthusiasm. Have no macho left to grow hair.
BOLDUAN: There's plenty to go around, Chris. Thank you.
PEREIRA: I think he's OK on that regard, for sure. Next up on NEW DAY, there is new questions this morning about the yearly pelvic exams for women. Are they really necessary? We're going to talk about why doctors may be changing their recommendations ahead.
PEREIRA: Welcome back to NEW DAY. New medical guidelines concerning pelvic exams are causing some serious confusion among women. The pelvic exam is a yearly ritual so for so many female patients to help diagnose cancer or other disorders. Now the American college of physicians says annual pelvic exams are not necessary for healthy women who are not pregnant. Why are the changes coming and what do we need to know?
CNN senior medical correspondent, Elizabeth Cohen, joins us now. I find this a little confounding. For most of us, we know this is part of our routine checkup. We get a pelvic exam when we see our ob-gyn. Now it's changing. Why is it only women pregnant and under a certain age are going to require them? ELIZABETH COHEN, CNN SENIOR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, it may be changing for some women and here is where it gets confusing. The nation's internists, that's an important point, the nation's internists, not gynecologists, have come out this week and say we don't think these are necessary these pelvic exams. They don't find cancer, they don't find infection.
We should get women out of the stirrups and say forget it, sit up, ladies, but the nation's gynecologists say we get it, there may not be any proof these exams do any good. There's no proof they necessarily do any harm, so come on in, ladies, and have a discussion with your gynecologist about whether or not you need this exam.
Michaela, I will tell you, I think that women are probably going to listen to their gynecologist on this topic that involves that area of the body and that they're probably going to go in and have a discussion and I think gynecologists are going to keep doing these.
PEREIRA: This is my concern, people are going to see this headline, Elizabeth and think I don't need to see the obgyn, I don't need to have my feet up in the stirrups. The gynecologists are saying we still want to see you, we want to have the ongoing conversation. The communication between patient and doctor is vital.
PEREIRA: This isn't the only thing you do at your annual exam with your gynecologists. He or she examines your breasts, you talk about contraception. This is just one part of the visit. Women should still see their gynecologists every year, this is one small part of it. Many women I talked to said it's not my favorite thing to do, and I would join them in that, not something you look forward to.
But it's 2 minutes and your doctor might find something, even though the studies say that they won't. I talked to a gynecologist yesterday said I found a woman's fibroids. She was perfectly fine, I found benign ovarian cysts. I find stuff during these exams he said.
PEREIRA: That's a thing I can relate to, as you as a female, you want to know those exams are going to take place for just that kind of instance you're talking about. Are these groups aware this is going to cause confusion? Do you get a sense of that?
COHEN: Absolutely. I think they're completely aware. I understand the internists are saying why are we subjecting women to this exam when there's no proof that it actually works? They see it that they're doing women a favor. You know, I think, I must say as a woman, when I read that they say look, we don't want women to experience the psychological stress of a pelvic exam.
As a woman, I would say thanks very much, but you're kind of patting me on the head. Like let me decide. If I find it stressful I'll have a discussion with my doctor but I personally don't find it that stressful. If my doctor thinks they can feel something I want them to feel something.
PEREIRA: Have a conversation with your doctor. The one thing they can do is warm up the darned instruments. Thank you, Elizabeth, really important to keep the conversation on the headlines.
BOLDUAN: Coming up, breaking news, we're following a potential hurricane could be headed for the east coast, ruining 4th of July potentially for so many. We're tracking what it means for millions of Americans.
CUOMO: Channel your inner Howard Cosell. Today is the day of destiny. The U.S. against Belgium, it's going to take place right over my shoulder, what could make a difference, what could make the Belgians waffle? We're going to take you through out of it, and a couple surprises what may make a difference in the big match.
BOLDUAN: Breaking this morning, a 4th of July hurricane now predicted. The storm churning off the east coast. At this hour, set to make the holiday a miserable one for millions. We are tracking it all.
CUOMO: We believe! Over my shoulder, the big game U.S. versus Belgium. It is win or win for the U.S., and the key may be what happens off the field. The U.S. fans red, white and blue, running wild. We'll take you through what's going on in Brazil, leading up to the day of destiny.
PEREIRA: Striking back, Israel hitting dozens of Hamas targets, bombed overnight after three missing Israeli teenagers are found dead. How far will Israel go? Israeli ambassador joins us live.
CUOMO: Your NEW DAY continues right now.
BOLDUAN: Good morning and welcome once again to NEW DAY. It's Tuesday, July 1st, 8:00 in the east. We're going to get to Chris live in Brazil for our World Cup coverage in just a moment.
We need to begin with breaking news at this hour, quite the beginning of July. The National Hurricane Center now says a storm forming off the east coast could become a category one hurricane in a few days, which means the storm could wash out July 4th plans for millions of Americans.
Let's get over to meteorologists, Indra Petersons. You've been watching the track of this storm. What is it looking like?
INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: This is the last thing anyone wants to see, one thing because of severe weather, second because it's the 4th of July holiday. This is a satellite the last 18 hours right over the Bahamas, currently a tropical depression, but we know it is expected to strengthen. It's pretty stationary out there, but it is a strong tropical depression, likely to be a tropical storm by just this afternoon.