November 22nd, 2013
08:19 AM ET

Desperation Drives Some to Have Migraine Surgery

Thirty-six million Americans suffer from migraines and a growing number are taking extreme measures to relieve the pain.

They are choosing to undergo migraine surgery.

CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta says it started nearly 10 years ago when plastic surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic noticed something curious after performing certain operations known as brow lifts.

“Some of the patients came back saying they used to have frequent migraines that then  went away after the operations. Now the surgeons became intrigued and began to experiment,” Dr. Gupta says.

However, “the American Headache Society calls migraine surgery a last resort option that's not appropriate for most sufferers,” he says.

“To see if someone is a good candidate, surgeons will often test by injecting lidocaine or botox into the suspected trigger points. If that helps, they say the operation could be a more permanent fix.”

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November 22nd, 2013
08:04 AM ET

FCC to Consider Allowing Cell Phone Calls In-Flight

Making a cell phone call while aloft could become a reality under a proposal by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

Cell phone calls, texting and other mobile services would be allowed when the aircraft are flying above 10,000 feet, but not during takeoff and landing, according to an official briefed on the proposal.

Airlines would have to equip planes with special antennas approved by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration before passengers could start talking.

The commission says this proposal aims to give airline passengers the same communication access in the air that they have on trains and buses or in coffee shops.

The host of "Techbytes," Brett Larson, comments that he would prefer sitting next to a screaming child with an ear infection than a chatty Kathy on the phone for hours.

“Surprisingly, there's been a backlash already in the less than 12 hours that it's been since they said this,” Larson says, starting from a petition on the White House to the Flight Attendants Union and business people who have expressed opposition.

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November 22nd, 2013
08:03 AM ET

Nuclear Fallout After Senate Overturns 60-Vote Rule for Nominees

Senate Democrats dropped the filibuster bomb Thursday, and now the question is what kind of fallout will result from the so-called nuclear option.

By a 52-48 vote, the Senate ended the ability of minority Republicans to continue using filibusters to block some of President Barack Obama's judicial and executive nominations, despite the vehement objections of Republicans.

"Instead of 60 votes to break a filibuster, its now  51 votes – a simple majority," CNN's Dana Bash reports.

"Democrats say, they get that this landmark rules change benefits them now but could really hurt them some day when they lose the control of the Senate and end up back in the minority. But they essentially say that they really don’t have any choice, they prefer to take that risk, rather than deal with what they call 'continued obstruction' now."

Republicans warned the controversial move would worsen the already bitter partisan divide in Washington, complaining it took away a time-honored right for any member of the Senate minority party to filibuster.

"This changes everything, this changes everything," veteran GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona told reporters. He blamed newer Democratic senators who never served as the minority party for pushing the issue, adding: "They succeeded and they will pay a very, very heavy price for it."

CNN Political Analyst and Executive Editor of the Daily Beast John Avlon weighs in on the historic change, saying Democrats pulled the trigger "because things are objectively worse than ever before when it comes to abuse of the filibuster.” (SEE VIDEO BELOW)

“The key stat that the senate majority leader's office is putting out is that half of all nomination filibusters occurred under this president. And that really helps illustrates just how much precedent has been blown up over the last, in particular, decade: Filibusters out of control, nominations aren't going through, promises have been repeatedly broken, trust is at an all-time low inside the institution. So now Harry Reid switches his position and drops the nuclear option. It's an extraordinary moment."

Avlon says the situation is underscores the significant lack of bipartisanship in the Senate.

“They’re feeling they're essentially cutting their losses, and this way they can get at least get some nominations through.”

Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) says that changing the filibuster rules will improve how the Senate works. (SEE VIDEO BELOW)

“There's no reason that changing this to majority rule on appointments will create ill will.  State legislative bodies, Senates do this every day.  They find ways to work together, people of goodwill will find ways to work together here," Kaine says.

“I have worked in a legislative body that operated by majority rule and we worked together fine,” Sen. Kaine says. “This will not make anything worse.  You can work together in a majority rule situation, just like you can with filibusters, holds and clotures. I actually believe that the Senate rules were impeding us working together. And look, the Senate this year has passed historic immigration reform.  We passed a historic Marketplace Fairness Act last week, we passed the historic bill that guarantee LGBT Americans couldn't be discriminated against in the workplace. The Senate is doing things.  We are reaching across the aisle and solving problems.  This will not change that in one respect.”

Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) agrees with "New Day” Anchor Chris Cuomo that the GOP Obamacare playbook should contain solutions and less criticism. (SEE VIDEO BELOW)

When asked if solutions should be in the playbook, Rep. Yoho responds, “I agree 100%.... Criticism at this point is not going to help anybody. We need solutions. We’ve got two great solutions out there. We talk about it all the time.”

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November 22nd, 2013
08:01 AM ET

Honoring the Life of JFK, Solemn Ceremony Planned in Dallas

At just after noon Friday, Dealey Plaza will go quiet as the crowd pauses for a moment of silence.

It was at 12:30 p.m. Dallas time, 50 years ago when the day was scarred by the gunshots in the plaza that ended the life of one of America's most beloved presidents - John F. Kennedy.

For Dallas, it will be a delicate balancing act of honoring Kennedy's memory without sensationalizing his murder.

"At 12:30...bells will toll across the City of Dallas, a poignant moment honoring John F Kennedy's life," reports CNN's Ed Lavandera.

A new JFK monument will be unveiled during the ceremony, located in the ground on the infamous section of land known as the Grassy Knoll. The inscription on the monument is the final paragraph of the speech JFK intended to deliver at the Dallas Trade Mart on November 22, 1963.

Dallas has spent decades trying to shake off the reputation of "The city that killed Kennedy," which is not easy, as that dark day of history is rehashed daily by tour operators.

Secret Service Agent Clint Hill tells "New Day" anchor Kate Bolduan he remembers "every moment of it, just like it just happened” and gives a glimpse of that tragic moment. (SEE VIDEO BELOW)

It took him less than two seconds to reach the Kennedy's car during the presidential motorcade.

“Well, just before I got to the car, there was a third shot that rang out, hit the president in the head, and when that happened, because it was so explosive and caused eruption of material out of his head, Mrs. Kennedy got up in the trunk trying to retrieve some of the material. I got up there and pushed her back into the back seat, and then the president's body fell to its left into her lap with his head, the right side of his face was up, and I could see his eyes were fixed, I could see through the skull area, the brain matter was gone. I assumed it was a fatal wound and that he was dead.”

Agent Hill knew the trauma was too extensive for doctors to be able to revive the president.

“I was very upset, but I had a job to do and I placed myself up in a position to prevent any further damage from being done because I had no idea if there were going to be more shots fired.”

Assigned to First Lady Jackie Kennedy’s detail for a year after the assassination, Agent Hill says "the sparkle in her eyes was gone," and that “she changed remarkably.”

“Her primary focus was making sure the children are okay and making sure she did whatever she could to help the president's memory be retained by as many people as possible.”

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