Obama gives peace a chance, the country remembers 9/11, and a Jordanian lawmaker fires an AK-47 in parliament.
Welcome to the Wednesday 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 morning show, “New Day.”
OBAMA AND SYRIA
Give peace a chance President Obama tried to convince Congress and the rest of America last night that targeted strikes on Syria could be a good idea.
But first, he wants to see if Syria will give up its chemical weapons, with some help from its friend Russia.
It’s clear the president wants to keep the threat of military force bouncing around in Bashar al-Assad’s head in case the diplomacy route doesn't work.
But what happens even if al-Assad gives up all his chemical weapons? Will the Syrian death toll continue soaring over 100,000?
Does it bother anyone else that the basic Obama message to dictators is: When you slaughter your people, don't use gas.—
Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) September 11, 2013
We’ll have a team of correspondents live at 6, 7 and 8 to give us the latest from Washington and reactions from around the world to Obama's speech.
Vivid memories, threats still linger: Much of the country will fall silent at 8:46 a.m. today to remember the thousands of people killed on 9/11.
It’s been 12 years since the worst terrorist attack in the U.S. No one has forgotten.
Crazy how i can remember the day so vividly 12 years ago #9/11 🙏🇺🇸—
Natasha. (@Natashaa1993) September 11, 2013
So are we safer from terrorist attacks now? Obama thinks so, but he says "we're not going to be able to protect ourselves 100% of the time against every threat."
Deborah Feyerick will be live in New York in the 6 and 7 o’clock hours to talk about the progress of the new World Trade Center and museum.
MISSOURI GUN BILL
The 'shoot me' state: That's what critics are calling Missouri, where the state legislature's trying to accomplish something that's never been done: pass a law that will not only let residents own a machine gun, but also arrest federal agents if they try to take it away.
What's more, the bill would make it illegal for anyone to publish identifying information about a gun owner.
The legislation already passed once through the Republican-led House and Senate, only to be vetoed by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. He said there's this thing in the U.S. Constitution called the Supremacy Clause. You can't have state laws supersede federal laws.
Lawmakers insist what they're proposing is not only constitutional, but essential to protect the rights of gun owners. And today, the legislature votes to override the veto.
And the new color options on the iPhone 5s and the cheaper, simpler iPhone 5c will please more fickle tastes.
iPhone 5c is so cool with its vibrant colors. But iPhone 5s has the better specs. Good thing I'm not upgrading; too tough to choose!—
Janlyl (@lyl93) September 11, 2013
But are Apple’s new gadgets revolutionary?
If Apple wanted to do something radical, maybe it could take a page from a new concept called PhoneBloks:
The idea is to configure your phone with the modules you use most (say, a bigger camera if you specialize in photography, or less storage if you mainly store stuff on the cloud).
DIANA NYAD SWIM
No, I didn’t cheat: After dodging sharks and jellyfish during her swim from Cuba to Florida, Diana Nyad is now dealing with a different challenge: tough questions about whether she completed the swim fair and square.
The 64-year-old is firing back at doubters, saying she swam entirely on her own.
Critics say Nyad apparently doubled her speed during part of her journey. John Zarrella will tell us her team's explanation in the 6 o’clock hour.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a few others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
Politician shoots AK-47 at rival: A Jordanian lawmaker apparently thought the best way to resolve a dispute with a fellow parliamentarian was to shoot an AK-47 at him.
Fortunately, it didn’t work. The gunman missed, and no one was injured. Now the politician is out of a job, having been expelled from parliament.
So clearly this kind of thing is an anomaly, right? Wrong.
To be fair, it’s not just Jordanian lawmakers who get violent now and then. Let’s not forget the Taiwanese parliament:
Weiner bows out with middle finger: Last night was a rough night for Anthony Weiner.
First he had to concede the New York mayoral race because he wasn’t even close to winning the primary.
Then his old sexting partner, Sydney Leathers, crashed the site of his concession speech in what she admitted was a blatant play for media attention.
"I'm here to celebrate. I think he needs some sex therapy," said Leathers, who is now embracing a career in the porn industry.
When Weiner showed up, he quickly bolted to a McDonald's restaurant next door. The media and Leathers gave chase.
The ex-congressman, who was also once known as Carlos Danger, eventually fled in a car, responding to a reporter’s question with the bird.
Goldfish in my belly: Anyone who knows a kid aged 2 to 7 will enjoy this GIF of a man eating an endless stream of Goldfish:
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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