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.”
1. PRESIDENTIAL VISIT
Touching words: The American president took time to pay tribute to his first political hero, Nelson Mandela, saying, “I think he's a hero for the world, and if/when he passes, we know his legacy will linger on throughout the ages." The emotional trip for Obama continues today with a stop in South Africa. It comes a day after Obama got a powerful reminder of the past when he visited a former slave trade post in Senegal.
Robyn Curnow is in Pretoria, South Africa, and will have more on the condition of Nelson Mandela each hour
2. ZIMMERMAN TRIAL
Witness gets feisty: Things got a little heated again at the George Zimmerman trial as young Rachel Jeantel testified. When asked by Zimmerman’s attorney if she understood English, she retorted: "I don't understand you, I do understand English." The 19-year-old Jeantel and Don West sparred during the session, with Jeantel, whose first language is Creole, getting progressively more snarky with each “Yes, sir” or “No, sir.”
Sunny Hostin will join us at 6 with her analysis of Day 4 of the trial and catch Vinnie Politan during the 7 o’clock hour
3. IMMIGRATION BILL
Next stop, the House: Funny moment during the Senate vote on the massive immigration bill. Jerry Moran of Kansas yells his vote, “Aye.” But he meant no. He quickly corrected himself, drawing laughs from many people in the room. Now the measure heads to the House.
Real border security, support of GOP majority needed for immigration reform to pass in the House http://t.co/Ln1F3tPFPp
— Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) June 27, 2013
Chief congressional correspondent Dana Bash will explain what happens now at 6 and 7. And Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican from Florida, will join us at 7.
4. LEAK INVESTIGATION
Intrigue in Washington: At one time Marine Gen. James Cartwright was the second most powerful man in the U.S. military. But just two years later, the now retired general is being looked at in the investigation into who leaked classified information about a computer virus to members of the media. No comment from Cartwright, who was once the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
CNN national security analyst Fran Townsend shares her insight at 8, while Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr is with us all morning with more
5. AARON HERNANDEZ
New day, new twist: Police in Massachusetts are staying very busy as recently released NFL star Aaron Hernandez spends his days behind bars. On Thursday, we learned police are looking into the former tight end’s connection to a double slaying in 2012. And they’re also piecing together the timeline of the night they say Hernandez killed a friend of his earlier this month. Turns out blue bubble gum may become a key piece of evidence.
— North Attleboro PD (@KCA838) June 28, 2013
Alino Cho has the latest developments and she’ll be with us at 7
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
- He’s mad yet again: The usually mild-mannered Alec Baldwin (cough, cough) went off on a British journalist, saying on Twitter he would – well, there were a lot of bad words and something involving where he’d put his foot. The actor was really, really angry after The Daily Mail’s George Stark wrote that Baldwin’s wife was tweeting at the funeral of James Gandolfini. Hilaria Baldwin responded, too, but not with the same colorful language
FYI I don't believe in bringing phones into a funeral and I never did and I never would
— Hilaria Baldwin (@hilariabaldwin) June 27, 2013
I don't know what hurts more: people randomly and maliciously writing lies about you, or the people who actually believe them
— Hilaria Baldwin (@hilariabaldwin) June 28, 2013
- Pregnant mom was in a jam: Many expectant fathers record their children’s first moments on camera. On Wednesday in Milwaukee, one couple had their child’s birth become the subject of a police dash cam video.
- Dream ending for the commish: NBA head honcho David Stern had announced 30 first rounds of the NBA draft since taking over the league several decades ago. Now he's about to retire, so on Thursday he announced his last pick. But just after that he got a big surprise when he was joined on stage by the first pick he ever called out, Hakeem Olajuwon. The Dream even wore a tuxedo much like the one he had on in 1984.
Hakeem Olajuwon, David Stern's 1st pick in 1984, comes out for Stern's final first round pick. pic.twitter.com/gr9TQCK1f8
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 28, 2013
- War of words: Down in Texas, they are still arguing over a controversial abortion bill. Gov. Rick Perry, referring to state Sen. Wendy Davis's long filibuster, said the Democrat had “hijacked” the Democratic process and added he thought she hadn’t learned from her own example as the daughter of a single woman. Davis fired back.
Today, @GovernorPerry shamefully attacked me and my family, further exposing his belief that he knows what's best for Texas women.
— Wendy Davis (@WendyDavisTexas) June 27, 2013
- Itchy, scratchy: Just the name sounds bad – Asian Tiger mosquitoes. This year could be a bad one for the pesky little buggers, experts say. The really bad news? These suckers aren’t like average mosquitoes; they bite all day long.
Asian tiger mosquitoes: Get ready for the invasion http://t.co/KsdxxowTpJ
— MotherNatureNetwork (@MNNDaily) June 26, 2013
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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