Georgia's governor apologizes for the snow fiasco, Amanda Knox’s ex is stopped near the Austrian border after a murder conviction, and Dennis Rodman returns after a fiery last appearance.
Welcome to the Friday edition of “5 Things to Know for Your New Day."
1. OBAMA EXCLUSIVE
So much to talk about: President Obama has no advice for Pope Francis. Neither will he pick sides on the Super Bowl. And is he team Hillary Clinton or team Joe Biden for a Democratic ticket? Well, er ... you'll have to watch and see his answer. In an exclusive CNN interview, the President says he's not downgraded his ambitions despite dealing with a nation divided. "The House Republicans, in particular, have had difficulty rallying around any agenda, much less mine," he tells CNN's Jake Tapper. And he sounds less than confident that Congress might come around. The interview touches on various issues, including his daughters and the Sochi Olympics.
Jake Tapper will be live at 7 with details on his exclusive with the President.
2. GEORGIA SNOW CHAOS
Governor apologizes: First came the snowy mess that left motorists' tempers running hot in the cold. Then the media frenzy and finger-pointing. Now the soul-searching begins. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal apologized, saying the state wasn’t adequately prepared to respond to the storm. “I am not going to look for a scapegoat. I am the governor, and the buck stops with me,” he said yesterday. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has mostly offered explanations on who controls what, saying most of the areas affected don’t fall under his jurisdiction. He has said the city is not directly responsible for the interstates, where the nightmarish gridlocks stretched through morning, day and night.
George Howell will be live all morning with the latest.
3. AMANDA KNOX RETRIAL
Guilty, again: That’s the verdict from an Italian appeals court in the retrial of Amanda Knox, an American convicted of killing her British roommate in Perugia. Knox and her ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were sentenced to 28 and 25 years, respectively, for the murder of Meredith Kercher. Hours after the verdict, Italian officials caught Sollecito near the border with Austria. So what's next for Knox, who now lives in Seattle? The U.S. double jeopardy clause dictates that a person cannot be tried twice on the same charge. Will she be extradited?
I don't usually get into political stuff, but this Amanda Knox case just perplexes me. This has been going on since like 2009 right?—
Jake Coker (@jakecoker) January 31, 2014
CNN’s Erin McLaughlin and legal analyst Joey Jackson will answer that and many other questions all morning. Knox’s attorney will also join us at 7.
4. DENNIS RODMAN
CNN exclusive, the sequel: The former NBA star breaks his silence today. The last time he talked to our Chris Cuomo, earlier this month, things got pretty heated. At the time, Dennis Rodman was in North Korea, cozying up to leader Kim Jong Un. Chris wanted to know how he became BFFs with a leader of such a repressive regime. Today, Chris and Rodman talk again, this time in person. And their discussion is more personal. They’ll talk about Rodman’s fight to get clean and sober.
Chris Cuomo and Dennis Rodman will be on all morning.
5. SUPER BOWL
More than just football: We’d love to play along and pretend Sunday is all about touchdowns and the great American sport. But we’d rather not. It’s also about the hilarious ads, the halftime concerts and the parties. Then there’s the fight for barking rights. The Puppy Bowl, Animal Planet's alternative to the NFL's Super Bowl, is a dream for animal lovers. It pairs a bunch of puppies with squeaky toys and a mini-stadium set. Add a "rufferee" and a kitty-filled halftime, and every floppy tackle or fetched football will send you into giggles. Even the first pups – that’s Bo and Sunny to you – are expected to make an appearance on air with first lady Michelle Obama.
Lemme search Super Bowl Party so I can see where I can grab me a plate Sunday—
IG: Jayuncut (@JayUncut) January 31, 2014
Honestly I'm just so excited for the puppy bowl, and now they're adding penguins to the mix as cheerleaders and I can't take these feelings!—
Jacklyn Krol⚡ (@JacklynKrol) January 31, 2014
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
Oh, boy: A little girl hears she's getting a brother, not a sister. Her reaction is priceless.
Favorite son: Speaking of boys, the girl may rethink after watching this video. A 19-year-old son surprises his mom, a lifelong Seahawks fan. Even the pooches look a bit puzzled.
Pie-fume? Thanks to Demeter’s new pizza perfume, you too can smell like dough mixed with tomato sauce, mozzarella and oregano. Or hot and cheesy. Or better yet, cold, leftover pizza.
Flu dummy: Your government needs you … to catch the flu! The National Institutes of Health is looking for volunteers to get infected with a “mild to moderate strain” of H1N1. What’s in it for you? Quarantine, free room and board, and 3,000 bucks.
Selfie-incrimination: Next time you (allegedly) steal an iPhone and take a selfie, remember photos are now saved on the Cloud as well. The owner will download it and hand it over to the cops. Then you'll be a wanted man - like this dude.
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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