Welcome to the Thursday 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.”
1. SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
They’re going to the chapel and they’re gonna get married - eventually: The Supreme Court has given its blessing for same-sex couples in California to head to the altar. But what’s next? We mean, besides registering for the prezzies and lining up a caterer. President Obama says the feds will make sure the ruling on federal law is "implemented swiftly and smoothly," but we’re guessing it’ll be later than, say, Monday. For now, it's time for some folks to celebrate.
Stephanie Cutter and Newt Gingrich, two of the new hosts of Crossfire(Didn’t you hear? It’s coming back this fall!), will be with us at 8. Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin will join us at 7.
2. ZIMMERMAN TRIAL
Trayvon’s final moments: She was the voice on the other end of the phone, the young woman who was talking to Trayvon Martin just seconds before he and George Zimmerman met. Rachel Jeantel told the jury Wednesday what she heard that night, then explained why she lied about not going to the memorial service. Something she wasn't asked to explain in court: why a number of tweets disappeared from her account on the verge of her taking the stand.
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) June 27, 2013
Legal experts Nancy Grace, Sunny Hostin and Vinnie Politan will help us sort out Day 3.
3. AARON HERNANDEZ
Pats, player part ways: After Aaron Hernandez was cuffed and taken to jail on murder charges, he got more bad news. That $40 million NFL contract? Sent to the shredder. Hernandez, of course, has more pressing concerns, like spending the next month in jail awaiting his next court date.
His attorney says he’s doing fine. Yeah, right. And you can no longer buy Aaron Hernandez jersey’s online on either the NFL Shops or the Patriot’s team site. Mind you, teams like to unload old gear from former players. So you are still able to buy the gear of another former Patriot just out of the joint.
CNN’s Alina Cho is in Attleboro and will sum it all for us at 6 and 7.
4. EDWARD SNOWDEN
Time for do svidaniya?: Edward Snowden’s been in the airport in Moscow so long he probably has a good working knowledge of how to speak Russian. Perhaps it’s time to learn to say goodbye. Russian President Putin says Snowden needs to go on and get up outta here.
"I'd prefer not to deal with this issue at all—it's like shearing a pig—too much squeaking, too little wool."
Phil Black will be live from Moscow at 8 where the mystery continues to unfold
5. IRS HEARING
Taxing day ahead: The House Ways and Means Committee has blocked out the whole day for the acting head of the IRS to come answer questions. We're expecting Republicans to be a little rough on Daniel Werfel, who wrote a report that when the tax folks targeted conservative groups, there were no political motivations. Should be an interesting hearing.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
- Opening for a proof reader: Recent Radford grads are getting new diplomas. The school in southwestern Virginia – note the second “I” – gave more than 1,000 graduates a piece of paper that incorrectly spelled the name of the commonwealth.
- Internet bullying by cops?: An Idaho woman says a Facebook post by authorities in Idaho - and the attention it drew - led to her brother committing suicide. Their behavior, Alise Smith says, was “childish.”
“Those are the people protecting us. That is just not right," - Alise Smith
- Do you want a haircut, I mean, haircoat?: Seriously, where do people get these ideas? A British company with a new chocolate milk for men thought the best way to promote said milk was to create some ads with people wearing a coat made of men’s chest hair. You’ll feel more manly, the company says.
- Riding with the top down - bottom, too: There’s no legal requirement for adults in Oklahoma to wear helmets when riding a motorcycle. Pants are, however, encouraged and necessary to keep you from getting a ride in the squad car. Seems like this guy really had some ‘splaining to do. Frpm our affiliate KFOR:
- Take it away, Vanilla Slice: Lil’ Caleb C likes golf and he likes to drop rhymes. Let this 5-year-old with the mic school you.
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