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,” with Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan and Michaela Pereira.
1. PRISONER SWAP
A Taliban tit-for-tat: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is the only American prisoner of war in Afghanistan - and the U.S. wants him home. But there’s a catch. The Taliban want five Guantanamo Bay detainees in return. The question is, do we negotiate with terrorists - even if it's to bring one of our own home?
"We should never stop trying to get him back, but I don't think anybody wants to see their country sold down the river in a sense just to bring them back"
This morning, CNN’s Pentagon correspondent @BarbaraStarr tackles this tricky topic.
2. IMMIGRATION BILL
If you build it, they will come: By ‘it,’ we mean a 700-mile long border fence along the Mexican border. And by ‘them,’ we mean the Republicans.
The Dems think the concession will get them enough votes in the Senate to push through immigration reform. Because it’s going to be a VERY tough sell in the House.
Chief Congressional correspondent @DanaBashCNN spoke to Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, a top backer and author of the original bill. She’ll join us from Washington at 6. At 8, we 'll hear from Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
3. MARKET MELTDOWN
It’s the end of the world as we know it: These business stories can get complicated. So here's a simple rhyme summarizing what happened the last two days.
Dow went down down down
It dropped a whopping 353 points yesterday - the worst single day this year. No sector was immune to the selling: banks battered, manufacturers mauled, home builders hosed.
All morning, we’ll talk to CNN correspondent @ChristineRomans about what we can expect when the markets open today.
4. NBA FINALS
Lebronathump: It was a Heat repeat last night. They beat the Spurs 95 to 88 to keep the NBA title in Miami. King James (and his headband crown) led the way with 37 points.
This morning, @Rachel_Nichols will join us from Miami where fans are celebrating the back-to-back championships.
5. TRAYVON TRIAL
Six women; Zimmerman: The fate of George Zimmerman rests on the hands of women: five of them white, and one who’s black or Hispanic. The much anticipated trial starts Monday.
The big surprise for us is that you can actually have a trial with six jurors.
At 7, legal analyst @SunnyHostin joins us to talk about the potential impact an all female, predominantly white jury can have on the trial.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
- Water, water everywhere: A state of emergency’s in effect in Calgary where flooding is so bad, it’s swept some homes away. Up to 100,000 may have to evacuate. And it’s not going to get any better at least until Saturday.
*Watch out for the language
- North? West? 'Nuff said: We don’t know for sure if Kanye named his daughter North West. But this is Kanye we’re talking about. The dude has a song on his new album where he’s mad at croissants (“In a French-a** restaurant, hurry up with my damn croissant”). So yeah, anything’s possible. The Internet went into a tizzy trying to one-up each other at the news:
- What killed Gandolfini?: We may find out this morning exactly how James Gandolfini died. Initial indications are that it was a heart attack. Later today, doctors will release the autopsy results for the "Sopranos" star.
- Impressive. Now get in my belly!: For his son’s birthday, this man made an R2-D2 cake that projects a hologram of Princess Leia. I’m sure all the "Star Wars" fans are going “coooool.” But the kid is 6. If you listen closely you can hear him go, “What is this?” and “I want to see in the camera.”
- Vine gets MySpaced .. or does it?: Instagram users gloated when the service came out with a video feature:
Then they complained about slow uploads:
We like the folks who kept things in perspective:
One last thing, if you’re going to Instagram, why not take our iReport challenge and share a short video on the summer solstice today. Tag it #cnnireport:
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 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET, join us at CNN.com/NewDay and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY