The White House goes into overdrive, a carnival ride ends in chaos, and a prank goes horribly wrong.
It's Monday, and here are the “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. SYRIA SITUATION
Mission impossible? The White House goes into overdrive this week to make its case for a Syria strike. The president will make the rounds at no fewer than six TV networks, including CNN, today before he takes his hard sell to the American public tomorrow in a prime-time speech. And, it is a hard sell. The number of lawmakers who say they’re against a strike just went up – after they met with constituents over the weekend. (They return to work today.) And a new CNN poll out this morning finds that even though eight in 10 Americans believe the Syrian regime gassed its own people, the majority is against military intervention – even if Congress approves it!
So what does Syrian President Bashar al-Assad think of all this? He spoke to PBS' Charlie Rose, and he denied, denied, denied that his regime used poison gas on civilians last month. But we’ll have to wait to find out more until Rose’s interview airs tonight.
On more thing: In this debate of "should or shouldn’t the U.S. attack," we sometimes lose sight of how awfully the average Syrian is faring. CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta has a heart-wrenching report from a refugee camp along the Syria-Lebanon border. Set aside five minutes and read it.
"Sadly, I now know the look of eyes that have not seen food for too long. They can look at nothing else. It is not a hopeful look, but a sad resignation that despite their deep hunger, these morsels of basic food are not meant for them." - Sanjay Gupta
All morning long, we’ll check in with Brianna Keilar at the White House to talk about President Obama’s plan and the latest CNN poll numbers. And Chris Lawrence will tell us about Syria intelligence and the military buildup at 6 and 7.
2. DRUNKEN DRIVING CONFESSION
Confession is good for the soul … : But will it make any difference in court? Last week, Matthew Cordle posted a powerful video online, where he talked about how, after a night of drinking, he struck and killed another man. That video’s been watched more than a million times. His lawyer says he’ll probably be indicted today on a homicide charge. If convicted, the 22-year-old could get two to eight years in prison. The ex-wife of the victim says she believes Cordle is genuinely remorseful. The prosecutor says the video’s not going to sway him to ask for a lighter sentence.
John Berman will be live in the 7 a.m. hour to give us the latest on Cordle’s case.
3. CARNIVAL RIDE CHAOS
“Injured kids everywhere”: That’s how one witness described the scene at the Norwalk Oyster Festival in Connecticut yesterday. A swing ride suddenly lost power and sent kids to the ground. “You heard a whole bunch of screaming,” the witness told affiliate News 12 Connecticut. Eighteen people, mostly kids, were hurt. The incident, of course, raises the question once again: Are carnival rides safe? Yes, says one amusement park expert. In most states, there’s federal oversight for carnivals that move from place to place. There’s no such oversight for parks such as Six Flags or Disney World.
Pamela Brown will have more at 6
4. PRANK GONE WRONG
A life gone too soon: Premila Lal thought it’d be funny to surprise her friend by jumping out of a closet. But the joke went horribly wrong when the startled friend grabbed a gun and shot her. Lal, who was a track phenom at her Colorado high school, died an hour later. So far, the friend’s not been charged. The teen's death was "unintended and extremely tragic," police said in a statement.
5. ROYAL BLUNDER
Well, this is awkward: Prince Andrew was born in Buckingham Palace. He has his offices there. He spends quite a bit of time there. Tell that to the two officers who mistook him for an intruder while he was strolling through the palace garden. This is how the police department, in its usual understated way, described the incident: The officers approached him to “verify his identity” and the “man was satisfactorily identified.” But the British press reacted with predictable excitement. “For a tense half a minute the Queen’s 53-year-old son was in danger of being shot dead by officers paid to protect him and his family,” The Express exclaimed breathlessly. Yeah, that didn’t really happen, police said.
Erin McLaughlin will be live at 8 with the latest on how the royals are reacting to the gaffe.
BONUS BIGGIE: It's here! That staple of CNN, "Crossfire," returns tonight at 6:30, with hosts Newt Gingrich and Stephanie Cutter. Here are our nine favorite moments from the old show.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing:
- Dictators can be great dads: Dennis Rodman may not have brought imprisoned American Kenneth Bae back with him from North Korea, but he did emerge with some tidbits about the secretive country’s ruler: The man who sits atop one of the world’s most repressive regimes is a “good dad,” says D-Rod. He also let slip Kim Jong Un’s baby girl’s name: Jue Ae. The Worm's apparently got more to say. He’s scheduled a news conference for this morning.
But don't ask him about Bae. It didn't go too well the last time.
- Satire or sacrilege?: This Onion piece on September 11 is NOT going over well.
Obviously, Subway is not amused.
- Mondays can be rough: So, here's a video of a cat circling under kitchen chairs on his back. All together now: "Aww!"
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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