January 21st, 2014
04:54 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Warnings and worries rise as the Winter Games near. Another snowstorm is approaching. And will all the drama drown out Gov. Christie’s big day?

Welcome to the Tuesday edition of “5 Things to Know for Your New Day.”
1. GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE

Big day: Well, today is the big day for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. But for those close to the embattled leader, every day of the last few weeks must have seemed like big days. Today may be different, right? Instead of dealing with allegations, accusations or investigations, Christie will be greeted with a celebration. His inauguration. He will be sworn in to his second term in a day packed with festivities. But will it be overshadowed by all the drama around him?

Standing next to Christie during the ceremony will be Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. But complicating the issue is the fact that she is at the center of one of the accusations against Christie’s administration. Christie has already let go two members of his inner circle over a different scandal. One needs a scorecard to keep track of the endless finger-pointing and spiraling list of players connected to this. Oh, here’s one.

Erin McPike will be live to talk about this story. Republican New Jersey Assemblyman Jon Bramnick joins us at 7. Dana Bash, Hilary Rosen and Kevin Madden join us at 8.

2. KENNETH BAE

Still waiting: We have heard so much about Kenneth Bae in recent weeks. Unfortunately, it was because of Dennis Rodman. But let’s not talk about that anymore. Now, finally, we've heard from Bae, the American who’s being held in North Korea. Well, kind of. In a video statement sanctioned by North Korea, Bae said he had committed a "serious crime.” He said the U.S. government needs to try harder to get him released. Some are wondering if Bae’s confession was made under duress. North Korea has had a history of exacting false confessions. In December, a California man was freed from North Korea after being forced to give a false confession, he said afterward. Bae, a devout Christian, was arrested in November 2012 along North Korea's northeastern coast. The country says Bae planned to bring down the government through religious activities.

Pamela Brown will be live on this story.

3. SOCHI OLYMPICS THREAT

Winter worries: Wanted posters. Warships. Warnings. Those are not exactly the phrases athletes want to hear leading into the Winter Olympic Games. But that’s just what’s happening as the Games in Sochi approach and threats of terror attacks are dominating the headlines. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said everything will be all right. But some U.S. lawmakers - and at least one Olympic athlete - have said they're worried about the situation.

Barbara Starr will be live on this story at 6. Phil Black and Don Borelli, from the FBI, joins us at 7.

4. TEXAS GOVERNOR'S RACE

Changing the story: Whose love life isn’t complicated? But it gets even more complicated when your past relationships are part of your political biography. Ask Wendy Davis, the Texas gubernatorial candidate. You remember her. She emerged onto the national scene last summer after her marathon filibuster against proposed abortion laws in the state. The attention gave her the support to announce a bid for governor. But now the spotlight is different. For some time, Davis has told a story about her tough early life as a single mother and how she was able to lift herself up to go to Harvard. But now Davis is saying she hasn't been totally accurate about her life's story, a compelling tale she has used to appeal to voters in Texas and bolster her national profile. "My language should be tighter," she said. "I'm learning about using broader, looser language. I need to be more focused on the detail." Whoops.

John Berman will give you the latest on this story.

5. SNOWSTORM

Cold and colder: For some of you, the temperatures will be dropping early this week. A batch of cold air is expected to move from the Tennessee Valley and lower Midwest over to the East Coast. So you know what that means. Snow. New snow. There will be 3 to 9 inches of new snow from the Virginias to Massachusetts, the National Weather Service says. Add the areas that are frigid already - about all the eastern half  of the nation - will shiver through temperatures 10 to 25 degrees below average. The vast area is expected to stay in the icebox until the weekend.

Indra Petersons will give you the latest forecast.

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

Boxer fail: You know who would be the best person to bring in to calm down an unruly crowd of protesters? That’s right. A heavyweight boxing champ! See how this works out so swimmingly in this video when ex-champ Vitali Klitschko is brought to calm crowds in Kiev.

BFF: There’s a lot going on in this video. But on this one, focus on how much effort the dancing lady’s friend puts in to help her. They must be best friends.

Confused puppy: Either this puppy is really confused by acoustic guitar riffs, or this is how this puppy gets funky. Either way, it doesn’t get much cuter than this.

Catwalk: Wait for it. Wait for it. Ah, that was unexpected.

Baby wrecking ball: This little one brings so much emotion and rage singing Miley Cyrus’ song, he almost breaks out of his tiny car seat. Now what does he know about heartbreak?

There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning. Be sure to tune into “New Day" from 6 to 9 a.m. ET, join us at CNN.com/NewDay and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY.

5 Things to Know for Your New Day - Monday, January 13
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were a hit again as hosts at the Golden Globes last night.
January 13th, 2014
05:08 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day - Monday, January 13

Dennis Rodman apologizes - again. The Golden Globes brought some surprises. And there may be more troubles ahead for Gov. Christie.

Welcome to the Monday edition of "5 Things to Know for Your New Day."

1.CHRIS CHRISTIE

When it rains, it pours: There's new trouble potentially brewing for Chris Christie, and this has nothing to do with Bridgegate. Feds are investigating whether the New Jersey governor improperly used Superstorm Sandy funds to produce tourism ads featuring him and his family. This couldn’t come at a worse time for the man thought to be a front-runner in next year's presidential race. His top aides are accused of targeting a local mayor with a scheme to tie up traffic as punishment for not supporting Christie in his re-election. Christie says if there was a scheme, he didn't know about it.

Chris Frates and John King will join us to give updates on this story.

2. DENNIS RODMAN

Apology tour: Forget "basketball diplomacy." This is beginning to look more like an apology tour. Last week, Dennis Rodman said he was sorry about his bizarre, drunken outburst on CNN about an American citizen held prisoner in North Korea. Today, the basketball bad boy says he's sorry about "certain situations" inside North Korea. Human rights violations? More than 200,000 in prison camps? Kim Jong Un executing his uncle? He didn't say exactly what those "situations" are. The contrition didn't last long, though. Soon, "The Worm" was back to his "woe is me" refrain.

"I'm not God, I'm not (an) ambassador, I'm no one. I just want to show the world the fact that we can actually get along in sport. That is it!"

Rodman wasn't the only one defending the controversial trip. His teammate Charles Smith said the group didn't get paid by the regime to play against the North Korean basketball team. Several other players are scheduled to set the record straight this morning on “New Day.”

Another big story in sports is the A-Rod saga. An arbitrator upheld most of Alex Rodriguez's major doping suspension. The decision means the aging slugger will not play this season and may never again. The 162-game suspension is the most severe punishment in baseball history for doping. A-Rod says he didn't do it and will appeal.

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Two  former NBA players who went on the trip to North Korea will join us this morning: Eric “Sleepy” Floyd at 7, and Cliff Robinson at 8.  We'll also hear from A-Rod attorney Joe Tacopina in the 7 o'clock hour. 

3. CONTAMINATED WATER

Water, water everywhere: ... But not a drop to drink. Today marks Day 5 of a tap water ban in a large area of West Virginia. About 300,000 residents in nine counties have been urged to not use tap water because it's contaminated with a chemical that leaked from a storage tank last week. More than 150 people were sickened, health officials said. But there's "light at the end of the tunnel," the governor says. This morning, officials will announce zones where residents can use the water again. By lifting the ban zone by zone, officials hope to keep the water system from being overwhelmed.

Alexandra Field will be live on this story.

4. IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL

Save the date:  January 20. That’s the day Iran says it'll start eliminating some of its uranium stockpile. The date marks the official start of the six-month deal Iran struck with the West in November. This is a big deal, folks. This is how Secretary of State John Kerry described it yesterday: “For the first time in almost a decade, Iran's nuclear program will not be able to advance, and parts of it will be rolled back.”

Tune in to our Around the World segment for this story and others.

5. GOLDEN GLOBES

Golden Globes, crystal ball: They say the Globes are a good predictor of Oscar success. If that's the case, the winners may be Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Just kidding. "12 Years a Slave" won best drama and "American Hustle" best comedy. But the dynamic Fey-Poehler duo pulled off another flawless, flurry of funny at the Globes last night. Among their perfect zingers: a crack at George Clooney. The movie "Gravity," they said, was about how "George Clooney would rather float into space and die than spend another minute with a woman close to his own age."

Among the "huh?" inducers of the night:
- The seating arrangements. If there had been cabs nearby, winners would have hailed them to reach the stage.

- Brooklyn Nine Nine: Best comedy? Seriously?
- Woody Allen's lifetime achievement award: It obviously didn't mention the allegation that he molested his adopted daughter. So his son did.
- E!'s "fun fact": Michael J. Fox has Parkinson's. Yes, it said that. Really.

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

Oops, my bad: Welcome to Branson, Missouri. Well, maybe not. A Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago's Midway Airport was scheduled to land at Branson Airport in southwest Missouri last night. Instead, it landed at an airport about seven miles away.

Not their best day. But here's a better day for the airline.

Worst elevator prank ever: It doesn’t get any worse than this as far as pranks go. Imagine stepping into an elevator and having this happen to you. …

Two dads? This confused girl meets her father’s twin brother for the first time. Her eyes tell the story.

Selfish kitty: This cat was obviously absent in class when the teacher taught about sharing.

Beagle bandit: This pooch figured out how to open an oven and grab food out of a hot stove. Kinda of scary.

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!

5 Things to Know for Your New Day - Friday, January 10
Today is another big day for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as a slew of documents are set to be released in the bridge scandal.
January 10th, 2014
05:19 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day - Friday, January 10

Gov. Christie apologizes again and again, Dennis Rodman's whereabouts are a mystery and the family of Kendrick Johnson is still searching for answers one year later.

Welcome to the Friday edition of "5 Things to Know for Your New Day."

1.GOVERNOR CHRISTIE

Rebuilding a bridge: Gov. Chris Christie spent yesterday firing some of his closest allies and then apologizing for the bridge scandal. But will it be enough to quell this growing controversy? Time will tell. Yesterday Christie was contrite and apologetic during a nearly two hour news conference. He said he was sorry that his top aides and a political ally targeted a local mayor with a scheme to tie up traffic in his town as punishment for not supporting Christie for re-election. He said he was out of the loop and not aware of what his staff had done. "I knew nothing about this,” Christie said. After the news conference Christie went to apologize to the mayor personally.

Today could be another crucial day for Christie. New Jersey officials looking into the bridge scandal are set to release nearly 1,000 documents. What’s in those documents may add to the growing legal questions now facing the governor's administration, which is under scrutiny by the U.S. Attorney's office, with the help of FBI investigators. Ah, oh. Probably not the best situation for a man thought of as a frontrunner in the upcoming race for the Republican presidential nominee.

Pamela Brown, Joe Johns, Jeffrey Toobin and the rest of our team will give us the latest on this story.

2. DIPLOMAT STRIP SEARCH

Leaving the country: The female diplomat embroiled in a controversy that has strained ties between New Delhi and Washington, is on her way back to India from the United States. This case has caused protests in India. And amazingly, it stems from the diplomat's alleged underpaying of a housekeeper. Devyani Khobragade, the diplomat, said she would pay her housekeeper $9.75 an hour. But she wound up paying only $3.31 an hour, authorities say. So U.S. investigators arrested her on charges of lying on her application for that housekeeper. They say they treated her like other people they arrest, strip-searching her and holding her in jail until she paid a bond to get out. Yet the December 12 arrest has infuriated some in India, who say the U.S. humiliated one of its foreign service officers. This led to protests. Khobragade was indicted this week.

Jim Sciutto will be live on this story.

3. UNEMPLOYMENT DEAL

Deal or no deal? A deal to extend to unemployment benefits for more than a million Americans hit some turbulence yesterday. It seemed like a done-deal in the morning. Well at least lawmakers were saying they had cobbled together enough votes between the two parties to begin debate on the bill. But, by the afternoon, things had fallen apart. And the finger-pointing began. The sticking point is the 55-member Senate Democratic caucus can't pass the bill without help from Republicans to clear procedural hurdles that require 60 votes to pass. And as you might guess, it has been difficult to reach that magic number. The clock is ticking. There is another key vote set for Monday and lawmakers are hoping to get a deal set before then.

Jim Acosta will be live on this story.

4. KENDRICK JOHNSON CASE

One year later: Last year, on this day, Kendrick Johnson did not return home from his high school. He was 17. And the teen's family is still searching for the reason that he died. Local authorities had said the teen's death was accidental. They had said the teen slipped and fell in the school gym, got wedged in a gym mat and died. But Johnson's family never believed that story. And other experts have said investigators missed clues that could have suggested foul play. But a lot has changed since Kendrick Johnson was found rolled up in gym mat in Georgia high school last year. The FBI is investigating the suspicious death. And the teen's family says they hope they are closer to finding out the truth. "That is my child and we are going to fight until we get the truth," said Jacquelyn Johnson. "That is all we ever asked for."

Victor Blackwell will be live on this story.

5. DENNIS RODMAN

Where art thou? More members of Dennis Rodman's basketball team exited North Korea today. But Rodman's whereabouts are still a mystery. Charles Smith, one of the ex-NBA players who traveled with Rodman to North Korea to play a basketball game, spoke to reporters at Beijing. "We accomplished that mission," Smith said. "All the players that were there, American tourists, even our documentary film crew, I think we could all agree that the trip was just simply incredible." The trip to North Korea has made headlines all over the world after Rodman lost his temper during an interview with on CNN's "New Day." Rodman issued an apology for that outburst yesterday and blamed it partly on drinking.

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

Marshmallow time: Remember the days when you had time to make stylish videos about throwing marshmallows in people's mouths? No?

Joy riding: You can't go wrong with watching another baby riding a Roomba.

Beat boxing baby: This youngster shows some a little early musical interest.

Crazy handstand:90’s hip-hop superstars Kriss Kross popularized the idea of wearing your clothes backward, but photographer Patrice Letarnec took that concept to its absurd extreme: a series of photographs showing people doing handstands with their clothes on upside down. Take a look at this,
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Crazy handstand take two: Wow. Hard to imagine that this this one ended well.
<crazyhandstand2morning. 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!

5 Things to Know for Your New Day - Thursday,  January 9
The next few days are important ones for Chris Christie, pundits say.
January 9th, 2014
05:16 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day - Thursday, January 9

Governor Christie is in hot water, the swearing toddler is taken by child services and Dennis Rodman blames it on the alcohol.

Welcome to the Thursday edition of "5 Things to Know for Your New Day."

1.GOVERNOR CHRISTIE

Bridge over troubled waters: Pundits are saying the next couple days will be crucial for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. How he handles the growing mess around him could affect the future for the man many consider a Republican presidential frontrunner. The problems for Christie center around a bridge. The George Washington Bridge. E-mails that surfaced yesterday suggest that top Christie people orchestrated traffic jams last year on that bridge as part of a political vendetta to punish a local mayor who wouldn't support Christie. The lane closures snarled traffic for days in September and hampered emergency services. In response to the e-mail firestorm, Christie said yesterday that he was misled by staff. He said he knew nothing about it. Critics say the e-mails show how Christie creates an environment of bullying. "There's something about this that's so petty and so vindictive and it feeds into this narrative that he's a bully. ... He's going to have to find some way to defuse this to prove he doesn't run a shop like that," said CNN Senior Political Analyst David Gergen, a former adviser to several U.S. presidents

Joe Johns, Alexandra Field and the rest of the team will report on this story. Brian Stelter will analyze how the media is covering the story. New Jersey State Senator Ray Lesniak joins us at 7.

2. DENNIS RODMAN

Drinking regrets: Late last night Dennis Rodman released a statement apologizing for the bombastic outburst he had this week on CNN’s “New Day.” In case you were under a rock this week and missed it, click this link. As you probably know the eccentric basketball player was visiting Pyongyang to celebrate the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a man he calls a buddy. The world has another name for him. In an exclusive interview Tuesday with Chris Cuomo of CNN's "New Day," Rodman suggested that Kenneth Bae deserved his 15-year sentence. That plus others outbursts during that interview brought major fallout. Rodman blamed his outbursts on stress and drinking and said he wanted to “first apologize to Kenneth Bae's family. I embarrassed a lot of people. I'm very sorry. At this point I should know better than to make political statements. I'm truly sorry." But Rodman did not apologize for leading a singalong yesterday of “Happy Birthday” to the leader of North Korea. Rodman calls Kim Jong Un his friend, and seemed to be bowing to him yesterday in footage released.

Jim Sciutto will be live on this story.

3. SWEARING BABY

Protective custody: Many have seen the viral video of the Nebraska shirtless toddler repeating a stream of profanities. And many have asked what happened to that baby. Omaha authorities said yesterday that the baby has been taken into child protective custody. But this will not quell the controversy that rose from the video. In the video, the diapered child is bombarded with obscenities and racial slurs by the adults around him. The African-American toddler knocks down a chair and gives nearly as good as he gets. The video was placed online by family members of the child. But the debate really heated up with the Omaha Police Officers Association reposted the video. The police association said it was trying to spotlight the problem but critics disagreed.

Tune in to the News Headlines segment for this story and other stories.

4. ROAD RAGE KILLER

Mystery shootings: There may be a road rage killer on the loose, police are saying. A motorist shot and killed a man near the Maryland-Pennsylvania border over the weekend. Police believe that the shooter could strike again. Why? Investigators believe that the same motorist may have been behind another road-rage shooting eight hours earlier in the same area. Luckily, no one was hurt in that incident. The victim in the earlier shooting was a 28-year-old resident of Maine who was driving home Saturday. The motorist, police said, chased the victim and drove aggressively, before shooting the victim. A task force has been set up to find the suspect, authorities said.

5. MARIJUANA LAWS

ANOTHER STATE: Marijuana prohibition laws are slowly going up in smoke. Another state is jumping into this reefer madness. An Alaska citizens' group is pushing to legalize recreational marijuana. If it is successful it would make Alaska the third state to do so after Colorado and Washington. Driven by growing public support, Campaign to Regulate Marijuana submitted more than 45,000 signatures yesterday to Alaska election officials.

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

Short version: This video is less than a minute. We are showing you the best parts. This hilarity actual goes on for nine days.

11-year-old rocker: We know what you're thinking. You are not only amazed that this 11-year-old kid is rocking out like an adult. But you are equally amazed that one of the adult rockers in this video was so gracefully able to make the muscle shirt and tights outfit work so well together.

Help! There's somebody trapped in this fountain.

First steps: This was too cute until the polar cub failed a breath test and was taken to the station

Speed kills: You have to see this one before you get on the road. This New Zealand PSA to encourage people to drive more slowly is especially poignant. Maybe it should be played in every country.

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!

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