Welcome to the Wednesday 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. WEINER SCANDAL
Standing by her man: Huma Abedin says she forgives her husband and believes in him. Now will New Yorkers do the same after TheDirty.com published screenshots of sexually charged conversations Anthony Weiner had as “Carlos Danger” after he resigned from Congress? Weiner says he has stopped with the racy chats and still wants to be NYC’s mayor. The Democratic primary is in 49 days.
CNN political analyst John Avlon and political commentator Ana Navarro will join us at 6 and 8.
2. ROYAL BABY
Meeting the public: Prince William seems to have the dad thing down pat already. He changes diapers, he holds his new son comfortably, he puts in the car seat like he’s done it a thousand times. His boy got to meet some important folks yesterday, and we’re not talking about the grandparents who dropped by the hospital. He was shown off to the British people, even giving a tiny royal wave.
At 6, CNN royals commentator Katie Nicholl will be live from Buckingham Palace, and at 7, Lana Marks, a friend of Princess Diana, will be our guest.
3. ARMS FOR SYRIAN OPPOSITION?
Political fight just as important: While some Republicans worry that sending arms to Syrian rebels might be arming future enemies, President Obama can now move forward with plans to send some weapons to the anti-al-Assad forces, a source tells CNN. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says the U.S. must increase support to stop al-Assad from essentially murdering an entire nation but a political solution is also critical.
A compromise with Iran could help resolve the Syria mess—and resolving the Syria mess could make accommodation with Iran easier.
— Zbigniew Brzezinski (@zbig) July 23, 2013
Carney joins us at 7 to talk about Syria, the U.S. economy and more.
4. SAN DIEGO MAYOR ALLEGATIONS
Second accuser comes forward: She says it happened eight years ago at a fundraiser. Laura Fink had been working hard at San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s campaign. And in front of a table full of people, he patted her butt. Now she’s filing a suit, the second woman to do so this week. The mayor says he has behaved poorly in the past – this is sounding familiar – but won’t resign.
yeah, that san diego mayor thing .... WAYYYYYY more gross than boring weiner
— billiegirltoo (@billiegirltoo) July 24, 2013
Tory Dunnan will have the latest on this story at 6 and 8.
5. MICHAEL JACKSON TRIAL
The defense begins its case: A lawyer for the Michael Jackson’s concert promoter says AEG Live had no idea the pop legend’s health was getting worse before he died. Marvin Putnam also says he will call a host of doctors to show that MJ had a longtime drug addiction, one the family kept hidden from the rest of the world, one that led to his death.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
–Could you be more specific?: The National Security Agency is a super-secret spy agency capable of highly sophisticated espionage. But when asked by a ProPublica reporter to find some emails, it balked. We can only search by individuals, not do a bulk search, it said. A PR person says the system is a “little antiquated and archaic.” Hmmmm. One person has a search-program suggestion.
My Offer: For a small and reasonable fee, I'll go to Ft Meade and train the NSA on a powerful program called "grep" https://t.co/7KXC6A2sKg
— Quinn Norton (@quinnnorton) July 23, 2013
–Tasteless photos: Workers at a Subway in Ohio scrubbed down counters and tossed out bread this week after two (now former) employees posted disgusting pictures to Instagram. One pic involved the male penalty area and a loaf of bread. Not what Subway meant by “Eat Fresh,” we think.
- Crickets, not just for bait anymore: Don’t be fooled by imitators - if there are any - Chapul Bars are The Original Cricket Bar! That’s right, crickets. Lizards and frogs have had the right idea all along, crickets are a great source of protein. Mix ‘em up with some dates, a little coconut, a bit of agave nectar and other ingredients, and you have a tasty treat, says Chapul founder Patrick Crowley.
- Mirror, mirror: If you’ve ever been to Rjukan, Norway, between September and March, we don’t have to tell you how dark it is. OK, it’s really dark. The town sits in a narrow valley and the mountains block the sunlight for five months. So they’ve decided to light the town square with mirrors. Maybe they should just build a shiny hotel to reflect the sun rays. Oh, that doesn’t always work out so well.
- Not a trot-through: Minnie the pony likes McFlurries. But when her owner was told she couldn’t use the drive-thru and to come inside, things got a little ugly. Or should we say stinky?
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 CNN.com/NewDay and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY