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Tropical Storm Arthur Gains Strength, Team USA's Epic Finish; Interview with Team USA's Goalkeeper, Tim Howard; Crisis Escalating in the Middle East

Aired July 2, 2014 - 08:00   ET



KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Happening now: tropical storm Arthur gaining strength, set to be a hurricane by tomorrow. The East Coast bracing for a wet, windy and dangerous Fourth of July. We are live with the latest.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Triumphant finish. The scoreboard read 2-1 Belgium, but victory can take many shapes and forms. We're going to talk to the team and talk about all they achieved here at the tournament in Brazil and back home in the U.S. of A. And the man of the match, Tim Howard, talks to NEW DAY.

PEREIRA: Controversy. An African-American student body president, one of the nation's most prestigious schools forced to step down after mocking white students in a series of Instagram photos. Did she go too far?

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY continues right now.


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

CUOMO: Bon jia. Good morning, welcome to NEW DAY from Brazil.

Well, it all happened over my shoulder. That's where Belgium got lucky and edged out the U.S., 2-1.

But the man of the match was Tim Howard, the goalie. He made history. We have a big interview with him that you're going to see coming up, and we're going to talk about what happened on the field and also what happened in the U.S., because U.S. soccer has arrived in a way that we never thought we'd see, at least in my lifetime in the U.S. So, we're going to get you all that.

But there's a big weather story breaking on the East Coast of the U.S. Let me get you right back to New York.

Good morning, my friend.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning, Chris.

That is right, we're talking about Arthur and we're tracking the tropical storm, it's expected to become hurricane Arthur as early as tomorrow, and it could make for a dangerous mess of a Fourth of July for many. Arthur, the first named storm of the hurricane season, is expected to affect beach destinations quite honestly up and down the East Coast over the next few days.

Right now, part of the North Carolina Coast is under a hurricane watch, and tropical storm watches are in effect off parts of the Carolinas and Florida.

We're going to track Arthur's moves for you with meteorologist Indra Petersons.

But let's begin with Alina Machado on Florida's Cocoa Coast, Cocoa Beach -- Alina.

ALINA MACHADO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hey, Kate. Yes. Here in Cocoa Beach, we are still quite a ways away from Arthur but we are feeling his effects. There's lots of wind. We've seen periods of rain and take a look at the surf. It is rough out there, and these surfers by the way, just look at that. There are about two dozen people out in the water right now surfing. This is what is attracting people, Arthur, and the rough surf that he is creating here in Cocoa Beach.

No swimmers, though, that we've seen, only surfers, and that's a good thing because even though these people are out in the water, it is still very dangerous out there. The threat for rip currents, strong rip currents still remains not just here but along the East Coast, as Arthur continues to churn in the Atlantic Ocean -- Kate.

BOLDUAN: Starting to churn and those conditions where you are can change quickly. Alina, thank you very much.

So, where exactly is Arthur headed? Florida is the big place we're watching.

Indra Petersons is tracking it all -- Indra.

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METOEOROLOGIST: We've been really watching it strengthen, too, over about the last 24 hours.

Kate, take a look right now. Notice the difference from just yesterday, how much the system is strengthening. You're seeing more concentric, more circular in fashion. What are the winds? Right now, it's steadied about 60 miles per hour, yesterday pretty stationary, still very slow moving right now, moving to the north only 6 miles per hour.

Here is the problem. We know the storm is likely to intensify even further now into a category 1 hurricane and the most recent models say even sooner than we thought yesterday. So now it looks like it will intensify as early as tomorrow just off the coast of the Carolinas, we're looking to form into the category 1 hurricane. There is a threat for landfall, the closest Thursday night in through

Friday morning off the coast of looks like around Nags Head or outer banks of the Carolinas and then quickly kind of catches up with the jet stream, moves quickly staying south of the coastline. But you're still going to feel the effects, thanks to a cold front out there, we'll see the enhanced rainfall and it will dissipate as it enters cold water and clears out of here by Saturday.

So, let's talk about what we're expecting, the bulk of the rainfall will be offshore in Florida because that system is hanging off the coastline. That's where you're going to get about eight inches, one to two inches on Florida itself. But as it gets closer to the coastline, we start to see those numbers go up, especially near those outer banks, about three to five inches possible through the Carolinas and then, of course, it exits out to sea.

We still -- the storm surge obviously toward the Carolinas. That's where you're going to see the highest storm surge, in addition to the rain you're talking about as well. The timing, of course, out towards Florida today into the Carolinas is a category 1 by tomorrow, Thursday night Friday morning, you're going to be talking about the combination, a lot of questions about this.

It is offshore as a category 1 hurricane but the impacts are the tropical moisture combining with the cold front. The bulk of the rain from the cold front itself, but you'll get that enhanced thanks to the tropical moisture south of the area -- Kate.

BOLDUAN: All right, Indra, lots over the next few days. We're going to be watching the weather.

But let's also now head back down to Brazil where Chris is, one man, you, Mr. Chris, has definitely caught the World Cup bug.

CUOMO: Oh, absolutely. We're talking about Tim Howard.

Now, you may notice I have a "1" on my chest. No, it's not to distract from my face. No, it doesn't represent the only goal that the U.S. scored. It is to symbolize one nation, one team, because America is united behind this soccer team, as it has never before. The unity of what we saw at the World Cup and yes, the number that our goalkeeper, Mr. Tim Howard, wears upon his chest.

In a losing effort last night, Belgium won 2-1 in the stadium just over my shoulder. Everybody knows that, but victory can take many shapes. World, World Cup history made with 16 saves, the U.S. going farther than anyone expected. They could have won last night, but they didn't.

And here's what happened inside.


CUOMO (voice-over): Right from the beginning of the Belgium/U.S. match, the USA chant was echoing from the stadium in Brazil, all the way back to a newly soccer crazed America. And through regular time, the U.S. gave the heavily favored Belgians all they could handle.

(on camera): A lot of time in the USA. They held strong, strong.

(voice-over): "Strong", the perfect word to describe the human wall in front of the U.S. goal. Goalkeeper Tim Howard, he seemed superhuman, setting a World Cup record for the most goals saved in a single game.


CUOMO: Sixteen saves, but even that number doesn't do the effort justice.

(on camera): Not today.

(voice-over): Time and again, Belgians broke free only to be denied by the 35-year-old shot poaching panther, but eventually deep in extra time, fate had its way.


CUOMO: And then what seemed to be the dagger a few minutes later, the U.S. now down 2-0.

But that's when the grit of the red, white and blue showed once more. Substitute Julian Green, just 19 years old, playing in his first ever World Cup, touching the ball for the first time, finds the net.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's Julian Green! Would you believe it?!

CUOMO: Reenergizing the American side to fight until the bitter end.

JULIAN GREEN, U.S. MEN'S SOCCER TEAM: It was a good goal, but, yes, at the end, we are out of the tournament.

CLINT DEMPSEY, U.S. MEN'S SOCCER TEAM: It wasn't meant to be but I think we can be proud of what we did here.

CUOMO: That certainly goes for Tim Howard, who, despite being on the losing side of the 2-1 contest, is awarded the man of the match.

DEMPSEY: He's just such a consistent player, world class goalie.

CUOMO: And back home a meaningful victory as well, winning America's hearts, and profound respect especially for the latest incarnation of Captain America.


CUOMO: Captain America, Herculean, all these words are being used. But I will say it with a picture. Did you see this morning, Mt. Rushmore recreated all those heads belong to the same handsome man, Mr. Tim Howard. Not enough you say? Well, there's a White House petition to change

the name of Reagan National Airport, new poll has President Reagan the most popular president since World War II to the Tim Howard airport.

Too much, you say? Well that remains to be seen.

But their big questions, how did he pull this off? What does it mean to him? What will he do going forward? U.S. soccer high interest now. We get to hear from the man himself, Tim Howard, did his first interview with NEW DAY.

Here's what he had to say.


CUOMO: On my chest this morning, you can't see, but I've got a U.S. jersey on with a big number 1 in gap tape. I have it because of the one nation, one team, the unity that we are all experiencing here at the World Cup and because it's your number.

Do you feel how big an impact you've had here along with your teammates on the country?

TIM HOWARD, TEAM USA'S GOALKEEPER: That's pretty cool. We have. We felt it down here. We've seen all the highlights and all of our friends who have sent us videos, and we've seen -- we've seen YouTube and all the bars and the restaurants and the parks have been sold out.

It's been special. And that's been part of this amazing journey, playing in the World Cup is special but also being able to captivate the imagination, the hopes and dreams of a nation is really certainly part of that ride.

CUOMO: Let's talk about how you got here or at least the end of the journey for now, last night. You and I shared the same word to describe the results. It sucks.

What do you think the difference was between the two sides?

HOWARD: Oh, gosh. The margins are so fine, you know, when you play in the big games against top teams and Belgium is a scary team. They are so talented.

You know, a little bit of quality at the end. When you play against top players, sometimes you can play -- you can play your utmost and you still get beat. At the end of the game, we created two incredible opportunities and we were right there. We were right in it, and we could be talking about a whole different scenario this morning, but it wasn't to be.

CUOMO: I agree. I've been saying, hey, don't make it sound like the U.S. was lucky to be there. They should be hanging their heads. They had opportunities.

But the reason you stayed in the match was because of you, whether you like to have it on your shoulders or not. Did you feel that you were having a special game?

HOWARD: You know what? I think sometimes as a goalkeeper you just feel in rhythm, and that was -- that was -- I felt like that for most of this season and certainly in the last couple of weeks, I've felt good. The game slowed down for me, and I'm seeing things much earlier.

My reaction have been quick, so, yes, it felt like that but I'm almost very weary in those moments knowing that when the big bad wolf is knocking at the door, that he could anytime enter. So, I was worried that levy could break and so, trying to organize as much as I could, which is why my voice is gone and make the saves that I was capable of making.

CUOMO: I was surprised how much coaching you do during the game. You were trying to organize the defense differently. So what are you going to do with this? You're man of the match. You say it's the worst award you've ever been given, but you're the man of the match.

They're framing you up as Captain America. You're defined as the secretary of defense on Wikipedia. You, my man, are popular. What are you going to do with all of this? How are you going to handle it?

HOWARD: Take it in stride, you know. I'm going to go home, and I'm going to relax and hide away, you know, hang out with the kids, get some more tattoos, you know, just be me.

CUOMO: You know, look, I know the temptation is to take some time and figure out what you want to do. You talk about being 35 like you were 55, but I have a different suggestion. I say don't take the time. I say seize the moment and commit to staying with the team for the next World Cup because they need you, my brother. They need you.

Are you ready to commit to the one nation, one team?

HOWARD: I'm not, no. I mean, right now, emotions are high, you know, and that's never a time to make an important decision. So, I'll speak to the important people who matter, you know, in this process and take my time and figure it out.

So, it's -- it's a long four years, but also this team is very talented and very young, and so it's exciting.

CUOMO: Well, you're still young. You were clearly the man for the U.S. last night, and I hope you felt the impact on the field and the impact you had on the country.

Last night after that match I can guarantee you one thing, kids were running out into the streets all over the United States, probably around the world, playing and dreaming of being the next Tim Howard. And that doesn't -- that's not easy to achieve, so I hope that means something to you and you take that from the cup.

HOWARD: It means a lot. I cherish those moments, thank you.

(END VIDEOTAPE) CUOMO: You know what? We all did, and I know it's true, because it was happening at my house. And if it was happening at my house I'm sure it was happening at yours and so many as well.

You know, the reason we wanted to have such super enthusiasm here wasn't because of the realistic probabilities. Everybody knew Belgium was favored. They have this legendary side of the premier league players.

That was the easy part. The reason they get behind the U.S. was because what the country needs to do to embrace soccer as a sport and that was such a huge victory here at the World Cup and Tim Howard became the personification of what we want to see in our American athletes.

You know, he lives a very good life. He takes his family life seriously, he gives his all out on the field and he's a leader. That's exactly what the country needed and they grabbed onto it in a big way. That's why he's getting all these accolades.

He deserves them for his play on the field. And the hype of it is also justified because it will give momentum to soccer going forward.

Hopefully, it's finally arrived as a sport. It is the world's game. It's time the U.S. stepped up and took its place at the top of the field where it belongs, so it's been great to be here. It's great that Tim Howard got celebrated.

I wish the side had moved on, it would have been nice, but you can't say they lost to a lesser team last night. That's for sure. Belgium is no joke, but I still believe and I got the one on my chest to show it.

BOLDUAN: You absolutely do. It is not a subtle message. That is for sure. It's been great to watch it with you, Chris. Thanks so much

PEREIRA: A great sign for U.S. soccer. I had colleagues in L.A. used to tease me, I would say it's on the move, soccer is gaining momentum. This is proof positive.

BOLDUAN: We'll see what happens as the excitement of the World Cup dies down. But there's no question.

PEREIRA: Those kids are playing in soccer leagues.

BOLDUAN: No question, I mean, I was willing the ball to try to get into the goal.

PEREIRA: Everybody was.

BOLDUAN: I thought I was really part of the team at that point.

PEREIRA: You know, remember --

BOLDUAN: I don't think she's going to like soccer the way I was yelling. PEREIRA: All right. It is 15 minutes past the hour.

Let's give you a look at more headlines right now.

We start in Iraq where the prime minister has declared an amnesty for all Iraqi tribes who fought against the government with the exception of those involved in killing Iraqi forces. Nouri al Maliki also says he hopes parliament will be able to choose a president and prime minister in the next session which is scheduled to take place next week, after it was postponed Tuesday, following a lack of quorum.

The suspected leader of the 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi is due in court today. Ahmed Abu Khattala will appear before a judge in Washington, D.C., this morning, just blocks from the White House. He's been charged in the attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Prosecutors say they expect to add more charges as the investigation continues.

I want to show you a dramatic scene on a Maryland highway. Police officer directing traffic, look at that, a crash site, gets grazed by a car. The officer approaches the car, slams his fist on the window. It appears the officer pushes him to the ground. The driver was arrested for suspicion of DUI. Police say the officer's reaction to the incident will be addressed as part of their ongoing investigation.

Boy, Howards are in the spotlight. First, Tim Howard, and now Navy Admiral Michelle Howard has become the Navy's first female four-star admiral. Howard is now the second highest ranking officer in the Navy, not only the first woman to hold the job, she's the first African-American.

Howard is perhaps best known for commanding the strike force that helped coordinate the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips from Somali pirates, a story that certainly made headlines. So, big milestone.

BOLDAUN: What a big success to have on your resume, putting those efforts. That is cool. And that's about all you can say.

PEREIRA: Exactly.

BOLDUAN: Coming up next on NEW DAY, violence breaks out in Jerusalem after a boy's body was found overnight. Could it have been payback for the death of three Israeli teenagers? Christiane Amanpour is here to discuss the increasingly dangerous situation there.

PEREIRA: Plus, it looks like a bomb went off, doesn't it? First, a food truck explodes on a busy Philadelphia. We're going to tell you the story behind the dramatic pictures ahead.



ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I'm going to spin the camera around very briefly here. Ooh, excuse me. There's a lot of police trying to disperse us here. Sorry for the noise. They just lit off a stun grenade near us.


BOLDUAN: That was CNN's Atika Shubert caught on -- really kind of caught up in fresh violence in Jerusalem this morning. Atika and her crew are OK thankfully but it shows you the clashes broken out all after a boy's body was found overnight in Jerusalem.

Israeli police are trying to determine if that body belongs to a missing Palestinian teenager. They were also investigating whether he may have been killed as an act of revenge, as an abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers.

Christiane Amanpour is here to discuss, CNN chief international correspondent, of course, and most of CNN international's "Amanpour."

Christiane, I mean, it is truly disheartening if this turns out to be true -- the facts that you have not only three Israeli teenagers who have been killed but you may have a Palestinian teenaged boy what has been killed possibly as an act of revenge. The mayor of Jerusalem has condemned it, the prime minister calling for calm.

You get the sense they're trying to keep a handle on this, but can they?

CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR, CNN CHIEF INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, this we'll have to see. Of course, one the funeral happens, already the Palestinians are saying that there may be this inevitable cycle of violence that often spurs out of these tragedies. First the killing of the three Israeli boys, and now the killing of this Palestinian teenager, no matter how it turns out, could provoke an upsurge in violence.

We're going to have to watch Thursday and Friday, the day the Palestinians and the Muslims go to the mosque which is traditionally a political and violent day when the context is like that.

And also this is all happening against the backdrop of yet another failure to get any traction in the peace process. John Kerry, who has been doing months of shuttle diplomacy called an end to that process not so long ago. The U.S. special enjoy Martin Indyk resigned a few days ago. There's no forward motion at all in the peace process and that makes all of this so much more difficult to contain as well.

BOLDUAN: While there is no forward motion on the peace process, would we call this attempt of many attempts, you think they're going to declare this, you know, failed and dead on arrival because when you really look at it, we have the Israeli ambassador to the U.S. on yesterday and he made clear Israel was going to respond, though he did not want to get into what actions are on the table for them.

AMANPOUR: Well, look, let's see. This could be a major retaliation by Israel coming, and we don't know how the Palestinians will react. Again, let's wait and see and try not to predict the worst. We've seen what that delivers in the past. We've seen the wars on Gaza. We've seen both sides go at it and

really very vicious ways and it results in a great deal of further loss of life, and a great deal of further political mistrust. This is unfortunately a cycle that we've now watched for decades, and without any kind of serious commitment by all sides and by the guarantors of a process, the United States, this is going to be on the table for as long as we can foresee in the future, these periodic spikes in violence, these killings first on one side, then on the other side, retaliation first by one side and then potentially by another side, and it's very hard to see how you get out of this without a genuine political process.

BOLDUAN: I mean, you offer an important note of caution around all of it. Let me ask you about another tense situation in the region. What is going on in Iraq, not only did you have that wild scene in parliament yesterday, but now you have the Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki coming out just this morning to declare amnesty for Iraqi tribes who have fought against the Iraqi government?

AMANPOUR: Well, real chaos in the political situation as you can see and as you've described. But yet again a violent situation, the rise of an established terrorist organization in charge of a massive entity of territory that spans Iraq and Syria, and that is exacerbated and indeed festered by a lack of political solution to what's happening in Iraq.

The sectarian, the authoritarian, the divisive politics that have been under way there for many years now and the inability it seems right now even at their moment of greatest need to be able to forge some kind of political, you know, unification to grapple with this, and we don't know where ISIS is going next. Officials both in Iraq and U.S. officials are telling CNN that they are, you know, still eyeing Baghdad and still aiming to try to disrupt some kind of stability that there is in Baghdad, and maybe even looking at the further Shiite strongholds and shrines further to the south.

So it is a very, very dangerous situation -- one in which threatens some serious blowback to the West as well, not only to the West but to the region as well.

BOLDUAN: Well, and also, you make an important point, if they can't form a unity government when it's this bad, can they at all? Especially it's not only important for Iraq, it's essential because the president has suggested pretty clearly that any additional U.S. military assistance is not going to be available unless they form an inclusive government.

AMANPOUR: Well, as you know, that's what the U.S. said from the beginning, and yet as you also know, there are more troops being ramped up to go. Obviously it's been called part of maintaining security of the embassy, the Baghdad airport.

I mean, let's face it, if Baghdad falls, how are people going to get out? So, obviously, they have to figure out how to secure the airport, how to make sure there is some exit, some off-ramps if people need to get out, and to try to limit and mitigate this terrible violence and this swallowing up of certainly an important part of Iraq so far.

In terms of who comes next, it's very difficult to see. One name that's been floated is Ahmed Chalabi. But as you know, this is an individual who has really been, let's say viewed very cynically over the past several years. He's not only been accused of all sorts of fraud while in Iraq but also accused of selling the United States essentially a bill of goods on chemical weapons in Iraq prior to the U.S. invasion. What he told the U.S. simply or the Bush administration simply bolstered their cause, which clearly they already wanted to pursue, but their cause for going into Iraq in the first place back in 2003.

So he has a very, very mixed past, but the very fact that his name is being floated shows you the desperation at this particular moment in trying to get someone, anyone who can perhaps maybe have some kind of political resolution at least for the short term.

BOLDUAN: You're absolutely right. Christiane, great to see you. Thank you so much.

An important note for all of you. You can, of course, watch Christiane, her show, "Amanpour", on CNN international weekdays 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern.


PEREIRA: Great to have Christiane with us as always.

Next up on NEW DAY, we're going to show some crazy video of a food truck explodes in a fireball in Philadelphia, sent dozens of people to the hospital. We'll give you details what triggered that blast.

But, first, let's take you down to Brazil for a little sunshine.

Hey, Chris.

CUOMO: There is no question, Mick, that I am in the place to be. However, the impact of U.S. soccer here has been greatest felt where you are back in the U.S. We're going to show you just how America has embraced soccer, perhaps more than ever before, in large part because of a very special man known as the new Captain America.

Stay with us.