Jake Tapper joined "New Day" this morning for Political Gut Check to weigh-in on the political stalemate over the student loan rate, and whether or not Congress is going to address the Voting Rights Act anytime soon.
On interest on student loans doubling from 3.4% to 6.8% today:
"Typical Washington, D.C. dysfunction... Everybody knew this date was coming and yet no compromise was able to be achieved," he says. "... According to the administration and congressional sources, with whom I've spoken, there is some optimism that this will be taken care of next week or the week after that. And that the lower rates will be retroactive, so that ultimately students will not have to pay the higher rate."
CNN Anchor and Correspondent Robyn Curnow sits down with former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush to discuss their humanitarian mission in Zambia, where a clinic that helps diagnose and treat cervical cancer opens today. Curnowasked Bush about his thoughts on Nelson Mandela, Edward Snowden, privacy and his legacy.
On Mandela, former President George W. Bush says, "Sometimes there are leaders who come and go, his legacy will last for a long time."
On Snowden, “I know he damaged the country and the Obama administration will deal with it.” He continued, “I think he damaged the security of the country.”
“I put the program in place to protect the country and one of the certainties is civil liberties were guaranteed,” Bush said.
When Cirque du Soleil performer, 31-year-old Sarah Guyard, fell 50-feet to her death during a live performance of “Ka” in Las Vegas on Saturday night, it sent a shock through the artists and performers on stage. Some audience members thought the fall was part of the show, until they heard screams from the stage. Her death is now being investigated.
“New Day” co-anchor Kate Bolduan speaks to a former Cirque du Soleil performer for her thoughts on the tragedy.
Kristin Wingfield performed with Cirque du Soleil from 1993 to 2002. She says the company “takes every possible precaution to make sure that the artists are safe and that there are safe measures back stage.”
But the job comes with an element of danger nevertheless.
“There’s inherent risk and as a performer, as a professional, you take that with the job,” Wingfield says. “It’s always in the back of your mind.”
This accident is now at the forefront of the company and the performers’ minds. Wingfield says her heart goes out to Guyard’s family and all of them in “Ka.”
“I think it will take a lot of regrouping and they will have to support each other.”
Performances of "Ka" are suspended until further notice after the first death in Cirque’s 30 year history.
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