July 24th, 2013
11:59 AM ET

Pope to Hold First Public Mass in Brazil Today

Excitement is coursing through Brazil today as Pope Francis prepares to visit what many Brazilians consider the country's holiest site, the national shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, CNN's Miguel Marquez reports.

However, today's festivities are raising more security concerns after his chaotic drive through Rio's streets on Monday.

Somehow his car ended up in the wrong lane, exposing him to hundreds of adoring followers, but also possible harm. The Pope himself remained calm through the incident, even at one point kissing a baby.

At Rio's Operation Center, officials say there are typically three routes for getting the Pope from point A to B but that can be changed in an instant. Some officials blamed poor communication between federal and local officials for the mishap, others have suggested a lone public servant failed to properly direct the Pope's motorcade.

"Officially, no answers for now," says Marquez.

Instead officials are focused on security on not just the Pope, but hundreds of thousands of pilgrims as World Youth Day finally gets going.

"This is the opening ceremony and the opening Mass," says Marquez in video from Tuesday evening. "... and despite a pretty miserable evening here in Rio. Tens of Thousands have showed up. And the main stage is more than a half a mile from where I'm standing."

The crowds will only grow, and by week's end, there will be millions in attendance looking to Pope Francis for leadership.

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July 24th, 2013
11:24 AM ET

A Fiery Rescue: Heroism of Officers in Uniform

Today's "Good Stuff"- Check out the above dramatic video of Orange County Sheriff's deputies pulling a man out of a burning minivan, just seconds before it went up in flames. After the driver crashed into a pole, his foot was still pressed on the accelerator and his hand on the horn.

Officers initially could not tell if he was a threat, but they went in anyway, pulling the man to safety.

Turns out, the 49-year-old driver had suffered a medical emergency, possibly diabetic shock, before the crash. The deputies are the reason why he is still alive today.

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July 24th, 2013
10:53 AM ET

Anthony Weiner Staying in Mayoral Race Amid New Sexting Scandal

Update: This morning on "NewDay," find out why Anthony Weiner is rejecting calls to quit mayor's race. Also, Huma Abedin's friend Binta Brown speaks out–

Join us from 6-9am ET on CNN and be sure to follow along on Twitter!

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New allegations are surfacing involving New York City Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner who has in the past admitted to inappropriate conduct online. Now a new round of sexting and photographs have surfaced that has voters asking, can he be trusted?

Weiner has said in the past that more pictures could surface, but the real surprise came in his news conference, CNN's Pamela Brown reports. This morning, The New York Times and the New York Daily News are calling for Weiner to withdraw from the race.

"I have said that other texts and photos were likely to come out and today they have," says Anthony Weiner (D) New York Mayoral Candidate in a press conference yesterday. "Some of these things happened before my resignation, some of them happened after."

The disgraced congressman once again guilty of the same behavior that publicly humiliated his wife back in 2011, while she was pregnant. This time around, his wife, Huma Abedin, addresses the newly surfaced allegations in a very public way:

"It took a lot of work, and a whole lot of therapy to get to a place where I could forgive Anthony," says Abedin, asking New Yorkers to forgive her husband like she has.

Weiner's latest apology came after new pictures and text messages with a 22-year-old woman surfaced on the gossip website TheDirty.com. Back in April when Weiner announced candidacy for New York mayor, he said more allegations could emerge.

Other candidates have said Weiner should withdraw from the mayoral race and that he is unfit for office, but Weiner says he will not drop out.

Republican Strategist Ana Navarro & Daily Beast Senior Political Columnist John Avlon weigh in on "New Day." Watch:

"The problem is that this discussion is not going on in their living room or in their bedroom, it's playing out in front of national TV, and I have to tell you it was almost like watching a horror film, I just kind of wanted to cover my eyes but keep on watching," says Navarro.

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July 24th, 2013
09:38 AM ET

Jay Carney: "Optimistic" Student Loan Deal Reached; Immigration Reform Will Happen

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney spoke to CNN’s Chris Cuomo this morning about President Obama’s upcoming economic speech, student loans, housing, immigration and the administration’s record to date.

“We are very optimistic that there has been a deal reached in the Senate to resolve the situation regarding the loan rates for students across the country,” says Carney. “And we believe that will come together. And we’ve been pushing for it. The President insists on it so that students and their families across the country won’t see their loan rates double. So that represents progress.”

The plan is to also ensure these rates stay low in the future.

“The compromise that is coming together in the Senate does ensure that rates remain low because that’s what the President insists on and what leaders in both parties have said they want to see happen,” says Carney. (Watch Above Video)

On immigration, Carney adds, “Enough pressure will be brought to bear on House Republicans that they will act, and we will see comprehensive immigration reform arrive on the President’s desk so that he can sign it.” Watch:

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