"New Day" Wrap Up – 4/2/14 – Wednesday
April 2nd, 2014
11:28 AM ET
April 2nd, 2014
10:28 AM ET

Arianna Huffington Suggests You Sleep More

Media mogul Arianna Huffington stopped by "New Day" Wednesday to talk about her tips for success and greater well-being. She addresses these issues in her 14th book –  "Thrive." 

On the show, Huffington talked about her personal wake-up call, which she said came in the form of a broken cheekbone and a nasty gash over her eye - the result of a fall brought on by exhaustion and lack of sleep.

"By any sane definition of success,  if you are lying in a pool of blood on the floor of your office, you are not successful," she said.

The Huffington Post founder revealed  that this experience made her question: is this really what success feels like?

"We discovered what was wrong with me was the way I was living my life," she told our "New Day" anchors.

According to her book jacket:  "Our current definition of success is...literally killing us."

Huffington stressed the transformative effects meditation, mindfulness, unplugging, and giving can have on us all.

Her first suggested simple step to success: "get 30 minutes more sleep a night than you're getting now."

WATCH FULL CLIP ABOVE FOR MORE TIPS 

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April 2nd, 2014
09:54 AM ET

Inside Politics: GOP Responds to Obamacare Enrollment With New Repeal Plan

President Obama hailed the success of the first open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, announcing that 7.1 million people have signed up for Obamacare.

“Despite several lost weeks out of the gate because of problems with the website, 7.1 million Americans have now signed up for private insurance plans through these market places,” Obama said at the White House. “Seven point one!”

To opponents of the healthcare law, the president sent a clear message: “The debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay.” He added, “History is not kind to those who would deny Americans their economic security.”

Though Republicans stand in firm opposition to the bill. House Speaker John Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel said in a statement: “Despite the White House ‘victory lap,’ this law continues to harm the American people. Every promise the President made has been broken: health care costs are rising, not falling. Americans are losing the doctors and plans that they like – especially seniors suffering under President Obama’s Medicare cuts. Small businesses are afraid to hire new workers, hobbling our economic growth. That’s why we must replace this fundamentally-flawed law with patient-centered solutions that will actually lower health care costs and help create jobs.”

See more from today's "Inside Politics" with John King HERE. 

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April 2nd, 2014
08:26 AM ET

Landslide Toll Rises as Searchers Battle Muck, Standing Water

Among the mounds of mud and ripped-down trees, you see an occasional appliance, a tire here and there, the twisted cables that used to be part of the telephone system. What you don't see are homes.

They are gone. And it is difficult to even figure out where they once stood and what became of them.

The sheer force of a landslide on March 22 pulverized this neighborhood in rural Washington, leaving behind a graveyard in the debris where 28 bodies have been recovered and where crews painstakingly search for people who are listed as missing.

On that awful Saturday, a rain-saturated hillside along the north fork of the Stillaguamish River gave way, sending a square-mile rush of wet earth and rock into the outskirts of the town of Oso in Washington's North Cascade Mountains.

Since then, rescuers have trudged through the muck - 70 feet thick in some places - looking for bodies, though some cling to hope someone might be found alive even 10 days later.

Tough, nasty, dangerous conditions

About 600 people, including more than 100 volunteers, and cadaver dogs are involved in the search, officials have said.

The debris field is full of toxic sludge - a combination of human waste, toxic chemicals from households, propane tanks, oil and gas that make the search extremely dangerous, according to Lt. Richard Burke of the Bellevue Fire Department, who is the spokesman for efforts on the western side of the mile-wide slide.

Every person, animal and thing that comes out of the field has to be decontaminated.

Some of the workers have come down with dysentery, while supervisors are concerned that others may be at risk for tetanus.

Some of the areas in the search zone are too unstable for crews to work there. It would be like working in quicksand, Burke said.

It smells of sewage, but more than a week after the slide, it's not a strong odor, and the dogs, who can detect humans 10 feet under the surface, are undeterred.

Two of the nine dogs involved in Monday's search were suffering the effects of hypothermia, the coordinators of the landslide recovery teams said in a statement on the Snohomish County website.

Some of the volunteers are aiding in the recovery of family mementos from the debris.

The sounds of chainsaws fill the air, as do the rumbling motors of the excavating equipment, which grabs large objects like trees and moves them to the side. Then other people move in for a hand search or a visual inspection of a plot. Orange ribbons mark the grid, indicating areas that have been checked, while some indicate a find of interest.

Boards are placed over the thick slop, making a wooden path for workers to walk.

One of the biggest challenges has been standing water, but warmer temperatures and a lack of rain have helped workers, who are running pumps all day long to drain areas of the debris field.

Areas that were submerged 24 hours prior were able to be searched on Tuesday.

Two U.S. flags fly among the men and women working in the field. One, recovered from the debris, hangs in remembrance of lives lost. The other is at half-staff on the lone tree left standing in this part of the slide zone.

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