A tragic shooting hangs over the Capitol, America enters day four of the government shutdown and Tropical Storm Karen gains steam in the gulf.
Welcome to the Friday 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. CAPITOL SHOOTING
Tragic and surreal: A woman with a 1-year-old child in the back seat hits a security barrier at the White House and a Secret Service officer, then speeds off. Police chase her down some of Washington’s most famous streets. In a panic, she reaches speeds of 80 mph as she races toward the Capitol. At first it looks like she gets stuck with nowhere left to go. Officers surround her black coupe with their guns drawn, commanding her to stop. But she tries to escape and backs into a police cruiser, before pulling away in a frenzy. The police open fire, hitting her, and she dies. Police find the child - that they didn't know was with her - unharmed after searching her car. They also discover that the woman was unarmed. The tragedy leaves so many questions open. What was her intent? Why didn’t she stop? What was she thinking? Did she snap? Bystanders captured the tragedy on their cell phones and posted the video to the Internet. Some lawmakers took cover and sent out tweets.
Joe Johns and Deborah Feyerick report on the tragic shooting at the top of every hour. At 6 and 8, eyewitnesses tell us what they saw, and at 7, national security analyst Fran Townsend digs deeper on the chase and death, while lawmaker Sherrod Brown shares his experience of the shooting. At 8, photographer Danny Farkas shows his snaps of the scene.
2. THE SHUTDOWN
The House comes down but not the ceiling: The federal government may not be hit with a double whammy on top of the ongoing shutdown, as House Speaker John Boehner told a group of fellow GOP legislators that he won't let the nation default on its debt, according to a House Republican. Boehner said that he'd set aside the "Hastert Rule" - that Republicans would bring measures up for a vote only if they are backed by a majority of their caucus - and rely on Democrats to pass a measure to raise the nation's debt limit, said the House member. This legislator attended a meeting involving Boehner, but requested anonymity because that gathering was private.
Still, the shutdown remains.
The political deadlock at the center of the shutdown has lawmakers resorting to name calling. That may not be funny, but Jeanne Moos’ report on it is.
Brianna Keilar reports live at 6 and 7 on the shutdown. John King gives us the in-depth politics at 6, and Candy Crowley talks about a possible breakthrough on the shutdown at 7.
3. TROPICAL STORM KAREN
The tempest: This year’s hurricane season has been unusually quiet for the United States. Of the 11 named storms this year, only two have become hurricanes, but a third could be on the way. Tropical Storm Karen is charging toward the Gulf Coast and looks like it will make landfall east of New Orleans over the weekend somewhere near hurricane strength. The Army Corp of Engineers is closing one of its brand new giant floodgates below New Orleans ahead of time, just in case. And FEMA called back some furloughed employees to handle things. If Tropical Storm Karen is the worst of what’s left of the season, we probably got off lucky. Forecasters don’t think we will see another Superstorm Sandy this year. Karen is supposed to meet up with a cold front and dump rain on the East Coast, including Washington. But will a shutdown Capitol even notice?
Indira Petersons reports from the Gulf Coast at 6, 7 and 8
4. VOICE OF SIRI
Your friendly guide: For the past two years, she's been a pocket and purse accessory to millions of Americans. She's starred alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Zooey Deschanel. She's provided weather forecasts and restaurant tips, been mocked as useless and answered absurd questions about what she's wearing. She is Siri, Apple's voice-activated virtual "assistant" introduced to the masses with the iPhone 4S on October 4, 2011. Behind this groundbreaking technology there is a real woman. While the ever-secretive Apple has never identified her, all signs indicate that the original voice of Siri in the United States is a voiceover actor who laid down recordings for a client eight years ago. She had no idea she'd someday be speaking to more than 100 million people through a not-yet-invented phone.
5. MADONNA PROJECT
Cultural revolution: Madonna wants you to start a revolution and make art about it. Her new project is called Art for Freedom and she spoke to Anderson Cooper about it yesterday. She wants fans to send her original videos, music, poetry and photos about what freedom means to them. This isn’t about the right to bear arms, but instead she wants people to fight oppression in an expressive way and care more about the world. For Madonna, civilization is falling apart and she blames intolerance for it. We all need to live and let live, let people love who they want to love, and reach a higher plane of consciousness together, she says. You can submit your artwork to the project’s website, artforfreedom.com, and tweet or Facebook about it via the hashtag #artforfreedom.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
He’s baaack: Batdad strikes again! He’s here to make kids mind their manners, but his archenemies, all only about hip-high, are determined not to let him impose law and order.
- Furlough Coco: Conan O’Brien joins the feds in the shutdown spirit. How so, you ask? He walks around his office, asking his staff which of them are non-essential, so he could furlough one of them.
- Shutdown winners An open mic is a terrible thing to waste. One on Capitol Hill caught a conversation between Republican Reps. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul. They talked about how they can come out of the government shutdown showdown smelling like roses. It smells like something, doesn’t it?
- Is the government still open?: The president seems to want to know. Someone appears to have looped video of him trying to open a locked door at the White House. In this endless movie, the government is shut tight, and not even the chief executive is getting in. Click the pic to view:
- Boys Only, Girls Only An 8-year-old girl found a book titled: "BOYS ONLY: How to Survive Almost Anything." Then she found a “GIRLS ONLY” version. Too much sugar and spice for her taste. Boys got to learn how to survive a plane crash, an earthquake or a zombie invasion. Girls got advice on overcoming shyness and fashion disasters. She complained to her mom, an author, who wrote in her blog about it.
- While it’s still warm: There’s still time to take the plunge before it gets too chilly this fall. If you’re not worried about your personal safety or well-being, this looks like a good option.
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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