Welcome to the Thursday edition of “5 Things to Know for Your New Day."
Every weekday morning around 6, we’ll hit the top five stories of the day, clue you in on a few other buzzy items, and let you know about some of the must-watch stories coming up on CNN’s new morning show, “New Day.”
1. OBAMA’S ECONOMIC PUSH
It’s go time: President Obama becomes Joe Citizen in 1,276 days. And yesterday he told his fellow citizens that he was not going to let Congress in the way of his remaining work for them. "Where I can act on my own, I'm going to. I'm not going to wait for Congress,” he said in a speech. This is the opening punch of a fight over the nation’s budget that is going to play out over the rest of the summer and into the fall.
— Sen. McConnell Press (@McConnellPress) July 24, 2013
White House correspondent Brianna Keilar has more this morning on the president’s passionate speech.
2. WEINER SCANDAL
Into Leathers?: So we have learned the name of the woman that the former Congressman was chatting with online – Sydney Leathers. Really. A Facebook acquaintance of hers tells CNN that they talked about cashing in on revealing Weiner’s racy conversations. But she decided on something else, and he went public. Now CNN is trying to get in touch with her to see what she has to say.
CNN political analyst Paul Begala joins us at 7.
3. DEADLY TRAIN CRASH
One car snapped in two: Survivors pulled bodies out through broken windows. Locals came to the scene with blankets and bottles of water. Rescuers worked for hours trying to save lives, but at least 77 people were killed at a train crash in Spain. Investigators now will try to figure out what caused the wreck, which happened on a curve.
Karl Penhaul will have the latest details from the scene of the crash all morning.
4. POPE IN BRAZIL
Busy day: More than 1 million Catholics are expected to flood into Rio today as the new pope celebrates his biggest mass yet on the city’s famous Copacabana Beach. He’ll also meet the poor in one of the city’s slums and bless the flags for the Olympics in 2016. And he’ll also be surrounded by more security guards after his car was stuck in a huge crowd of highly excited supporters.
Miguel Marquez is following the pontiff and will join us this morning from Rio.
5. ROYAL BABY
By George: Prince George Alexander Louis (it’s Lew-ee, btw) got a visit from his great-grandmama yesterday. The queen went by Kensington Palace for a spell, and Uncle Harry and Aunt Pippa swung by too. In case you were wondering that doesn’t mean he’ll be King George one day. He will be able to pick whatever name he likes. So there’s still hope for King Vitaman II.
CNN royals commentator Victoria Arbiter will let us know what’s next for His Royal Highness.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
–Motown madness: Just because they have a pesky little bankruptcy to deal with doesn’t mean Detroit can’t have other priorities. This week, the seven-member city council passed a resolution calling for the feds to see if civil rights charges should be brought against George Zimmerman.
— Big Irish Dude (@BigIrishDude) July 24, 2013
– Proving they have nothing to prove: A crowd-sourced video of girls proclaiming their geekiness has received more than 200,000 views since being posted two days ago. It rails against a concept propagated on the Web that girls who claim to be geeks are just saying so to be trendy. Hey, are we nerdy if we dig the song?
– Replaced by a space: Attention celebrities, attention celebrities! If any of you are seeking new methods of punctuating your nom de guerre, check the want ads. There’s a crafty hyphen in need of work.
— Jeff Barrett (@BarrettAll) July 23, 2013
–Helping hand – and head:Our 41st president has a shiny new look. George H.W. Bush has a shaved head to show solidarity for a little man named Patrick, who has leukemia. Patrick’s dad works on Bush 41’s Secret Service team. There’s even a website where you can kick in to help pay for 2-year-old Patrick’s medical bills.
– My last name is … Danger: As the press grills Anthony Weiner, late-night hosts thank the comedy gods.
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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