5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Wednesday, October 2
October 2nd, 2013
01:29 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Wednesday, October 2

Technology does what House Republicans couldn't, a vicious attack spurs a debate, and the government shutdown enters its second day.

It's Wednesday 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 morning show, “New Day.”

1. SHUTDOWN STANDOFF

This insane leap into the abyss: When Genevieve Jeuck and Michael Sallemi came up with their romantic little idea, it seemed perfect. They'd get married in early October on the rim of the Grand Canyon, just as the cool autumn winds were starting to blow. With family and friends standing by, they'd pledge their love to each other. Cue the rainbow, and the cry of the circling eagle. Then their uncle showed up. Uncle Sam, that is. And everything went to hell. The government shutdown put the canyon off limits, and their plans on ice. Today's the second full day of this mess - and our bickering lawmakers are still talking past each other without actually talking to each other.

Yesterday, within a short walk of both the Capitol and the White House, one scene captivated what's clearly maddening about the situation: A group of veterans, many in wheelchairs, went to see the World War II Memorial, only to find the open-air site fenced off. (After some consternation, the fences were pushed aside).

So, what happens next? Last night, the House tried - but failed - to approve piecemeal funding for three specific programs: the District of Columbia, veterans affairs and national parks. Today, they'll try again. But Democrats in the Senate have already said that's a no-go. Hear that sound? That's the sound of our frustration echoing - from cities, to the countryside, to the valleys of all those empty national parks.

All morning long, we'll hear from Brianna Keilar about the standoff, and from Rene Marsh about the fallout. John King joins us at 6; and Democratic Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer at 8. And don't miss Chris Cuomo's chat with fourth graders who sound off.

2. OBAMACARE

Oh, the irony:  Technology did what House Republicans couldn't - Slow down Obamacare. The doors flung open yesterday morning on the new marketplace where Americans could sign up for health insurance. But within minutes, THUD! The websites, both state and federal ones were overwhelmed by heavy traffic, and kept returning an error message.

Of course, some Republicans, like House Speaker John Boehner, seized on the glitch as proof that the law's "not ready for prime time." Not to be outdone, the president took a hipper approach. He compared it to Apple's release of iOS7:

"Consider that just a couple of weeks ago, Apple rolled out a new mobile operating system, and within days, they found a glitch, so they fixed it. I don't remember anybody suggesting Apple should stop selling iPhones or iPads or threatening to shut down the company if they didn't."

This morning, Dr. Sanjay Gupta walks us through Obamacare's rocky start

3. COLORADO ROCK SLIDE

Buried. Alive: Her father's gone. Her mother too. Her sister and her two cousins as well. All of them buried under a mountain of rocks that came crashing down at a popular mountain trail outside Denver. But 13-year-old Gracie Johnson survived. She was pulled out from under the rubble by a rescuer who saw a hand sticking out. She's here today, Gracie said later, because her dad jumped on top of her to protect her right as the rocks were coming down.

The horrifying deaths have shaken the 3,000 residents of Buena Vista. But no one was surprised at what Gracie's dad, Dwyane Johnson, did. That's the kind of thing people here expected from the electrician and part-time assistant high school football coach. "He would have done the same for any of our children, absolutely," a family friend said. "We may never get over this." Gracie will never, either. But she'll grow up knowing her dad was a hero.

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At 7, Kyung Lah joins us live with more on this heart-wrenching story

4. IRAN DIPLOMACY

Caveat emptor: That was the message from Israeli prime minister to the world about Iran yesterday. We knew there'd be fireworks when Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at the U.N. General Assembly, and boy, did he deliver! He had none of the eye-catching props from last year, but he came out swinging with a bucketful of stinging one-liners against Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his recent charm offensive.
There was this: "Rouhani is a wolf in sheep's clothing. A wolf who thinks he can pull the wool over the eyes of the international community."
And this: "Rouhani thinks he can have his yellowcake and eat it too."
And finally this (intended as much for Washington as Tehran): "Israel will not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons. If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone."

Bibi has his reasons to be wary. Iran is Israel's arch-rival. And Israel's close ally, the U.S., seems to have certainly changed its stance toward Iran in recent days. There was that historic phone call last week between Rouhani and President Obama. Then, the CNN poll yesterday that found three quarters of Americans favor direct diplomatic negotiations with Iran. And yesterday, an exchange between Twitter founder, Jack Dorsey, and prolific tweeter, Rouhani. Dorsey asked if Iranians can read Rouhani's tweets. He replied he's committed to opening up the web to them.

At 6, Reza Sayah will break down the complex dynamics at play in the evolving U.S.-Iran-relationship and what it means for Israel.

5. BIKER BEATING

The Rashomon effect: An SUV driver hits a biker on Manhattan's West Side, and sets off a violent chain of events. And now, a debate is raging over who's the real victim in this disturbing attack. Cops say the SUV driver broke the biker's leg. In response, fellow bikers –part of a gang called "Hollywood Stuntz" - swarmed the SUV, hitting it and spiking its tires, police said. The driver pulled away, hitting three more bikers - one of whom is now paralyzed and in a coma. The bikers then cornered the SUV, dragged the man out and beat him, police say. The SUV driver's not yet been charged in the incident. But police have arrested two of the bikers.

So, was the driver justified in pulling away to try and protect his wife and 2-year-old daughter inside? What about the comatose biker? His family say he's a victim too. "The whole matter obviously is still being investigated," says NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly.

At 6 and 8, Susan Candiotti will bring us the latest in the case

Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a few others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.

- Six of one ...: Which do you prefer – Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act? It's obviously the same thing. But clearly, someone forgot to tell these people.

- When a skeleton craves a burger: What's better than pranking fast food clerks into thinking a car is driving itself? A skeleton in a drive through.

 

- Oh no, he didnt!: The Biebster, the most beloved/detested teen on the planet, has apparently broken one of the most sacred unspoken rules of travel - don't use your bodyguards to carry you up the Great Wall of China.

- Every pop song ever written: All those tunes you love to hum are all Pachelbel's Canon in D(isguise). Comedian Rob Paravonian proves it.

- And then there's this: Happy Wednesday, everyone!

There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
Be sure to tune in to "New Day" from 6 to 9 a.m. ET. Join us at NewDayCNN.com and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY!

soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. CHJANEDOE

    We need to revamp our whole political system. The system is corrupt as well as most politicians: the "people" are not represented, only whichever group is financially supporting those politicians. They can't do anything without their financial supporters approval – so who really runs the US? Definitely not the people. Obama as well as most politicians have their own agenda – and it's not "what is best for U.S. I say impeach Obama once and for all so U.S. can breath once more rather than being strangled by all the socialistic controls that he believes in.

    October 2, 2013 at 9:46 am | Reply
  2. Abdullah Abdullah

    Social media like– Twitter and Facebook– are menace to society. Why would Iran open this to their citizens??

    October 2, 2013 at 9:24 am | Reply
  3. AFGilmore

    If congress had to abide by the same rules we the people do – none of this would be an issue. God forbid they play by the same rules. Stop their pay and make them enroll in obamacare and see how fast this would all be resolved.

    October 2, 2013 at 9:23 am | Reply
  4. Frank

    If the president and Ms. Pelosi had not been so arrogant back when they passed Obamacare, we wouldn't be in this mess now. Instead, they jammed an unworkable, unpopular bill into law without proper negotiation or obtaining any consensus from the legislature.

    October 2, 2013 at 8:22 am | Reply
  5. CommonSense

    The House didn't fail, the Senate did. They said the legislation to partially fund would fail. So I guess my question is, why aren't the Senate Dems being vilified for not being bi-partisan and cooperative? The House controls all funding so it seems to me the House (who are more in touch with their constituents by nature of position, even they ignore the populous) would know and understand what the people want.

    October 2, 2013 at 8:03 am | Reply
    • CAW

      Commonsense, did you not read other articles where the GOP want to piecemeal the budget by approving everything BUT obamacare, thus FORCING the Democrats to go along. That is why the Senate is saying no to piecemeal budgets so get your facts straight before attaching blame.

      October 2, 2013 at 8:11 am | Reply
    • Archivedd

      Explain to me how in the world the House members are more in touch with their constituents? That, sir, is total nonsense.

      October 2, 2013 at 9:22 am | Reply
  6. snotfair

    Good Morning CNN! Again I ask why are the 535 Congressmen allowed 2 decimate the lives & livelihood of the American people?! What a SHAM & SHAME. Boehner & his ilk didn't get their toy so now they r going 2 toy w/ We the People? My hope is that 1 year from now this charade is not forgotten by the voters @ the election polls. Hats off 2 the WWII & KOREAN WAR VETS who sidled-by the disgraceful barriers 2 lay down wreaths @ their memorial sites! They know a thing or 2 about valor & loyalty 2 this country. Thank you Vets! HAVE A GOOD & SAFE DAY CNN!

    October 2, 2013 at 7:56 am | Reply
  7. Chris

    I work for the DoD...seeing the cuts yesterday and today have been an incredibly sobering experience. There are Husband & Wives that work here; in some cases both were cut, in some cases only one was cut but now have to deal with surviving on one income until Congress is "forced" to talk to each other...This comes right after taking a 20% pay cut for 6 consecutive weeks while Congress isn't forced to obey the same rules that those they "respresent" are forced to. Regardless of your political stance, one has to look at this objectively...We have a President in office who is blaming the whole thing those who don't agree with his programs, taking no responsibility for anything, and is in no way fostering an environment of negotiation within Congress...all the while innocent Civilian gov't families are forced to suffer. I don't care if your views are Democrat or GOP, this is downright unacceptable. There's standing-up-for-what-you-believe-in, then there's whatever this has become. To me (IMO, for whatever it's worth) this is a clear-as-day indication of an extremely ineffective leader. However, above all else – Please remember the "little guys" during this nation-wide struggle, the ones who aren't getting 24/7 media coverage, and remember that to some families this is more than just a stalemate newsstory; It's a financial disaster

    October 2, 2013 at 7:51 am | Reply
  8. ET Clark

    I completely enjoy the "5 things I need to know today" articles. It's the way I start each morning along with a large coffee.

    October 2, 2013 at 6:38 am | Reply
    • doods

      I like this feature also. Great way to get a quick overview of the highlights of the news day.

      October 2, 2013 at 8:49 am | Reply
  9. MontanaTrace

    President Obama: Poor leadership. Socialist. Bigot.
    Senate and House Politicians: polarization.

    We need to get rid of elected officials that make a career out of being in office. Term limits.

    October 2, 2013 at 6:11 am | Reply
    • CHJANEDOE

      Impeach Obama!

      October 2, 2013 at 9:47 am | Reply

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