September 2nd, 2013
11:59 AM ET

Homeless Man Jumps in to Save Police Officer

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," a homeless man in San Francisco sees a police officer in trouble and jumps in to help.

CNN's Chris Cuomo shares the story from CNN affiliate KGO.

Ryan Raso, 35, was just crossing the street when he saw a female police officer trying to subdue a much larger woman who was vandalizing cars.

The police officer was clearly losing the fight, and although a small crowd of people had built up to watch, nobody was doing anything to help.

Raso took action as the suspect was going for the cop's gun and wrestled the larger lady to the ground.

The hero says, "An officer was being beaten up, a human, so I did what was right."

Perhaps it runs in the family, Raso's dad was reportedly a former New York City detective.

If you'd like to help Raso, contributions can be directed to the San Francisco Police Department, care of Sargent Eli Turner.

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September 2nd, 2013
11:36 AM ET

Swimmer Nyad Accomplishes Her Decades-Long Dream

Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad, 64, swims 103 miles from Havana,Cuba, to Key West, Florida, without a shark cage on her 5th attempt. CNN's John Zarrella reports.

Zarrella says this is a dream she's been chasing for 35 years. Nyad first attempted the feat in 1978 when she was 28-years-old, waited over three decades and tried twice in 2011 and again last year.

Sunday night, the athlete broke the record for distance, swimming for more than 45 hours and farther that anyone without a shark cage or protection from the elements, through Nyad is using a custom-made silicone mask to protect her face and lips from jellyfish stings.

Nyad recently said, "There's a fine line between having the grace to see that things are bigger than you are and to let your ego go. And there's another edge over that fine line where you don't want to ever, ever give up. And I'm still at the place."

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PHOTO COURTESY DIANA NYAD: A crew of people support the swimmer as she pursues her dream.

Bonnie Stoll, a member of Nyad's team, called into "New Day," to give updates on the journey.

Stoll says though Nyad is having trouble keeping food down because her mouth is swollen from the salt water and protective gear, there's no doubt the dreamer will make it into Florida Monday.

"She is doing amazingly, amazingly, amazingly well," Stoll exclaims. "This is a no brainer now...This is it, this is history."

LISTEN TO THE WHOLE CALL: 

SEE FULL UPDATE ON CNN.COM

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September 2nd, 2013
10:45 AM ET

See Where Members of Congress Currently Stand

Following a classified briefing from President Obama Sunday night, New York Rep. Eliot Engel, Ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, discuss Congress's plan of action for Syria on "New Day."

Rep. Pompeo criticizes President Obama for not going far enough and says he will urge fellow Congressmen for a more "robust" military plan in the region, saying that "we waited a couple years too long" for action.

Rep. Engel tells CNN's Kate Bolduan that he thinks that a majority of Congress will vote to take military action and agrees with Rep. Pompeo that this is a "long-standing interest" that is "not simply about a strike for the moment."

Rep. Pompeo adds:

“I’m going to make the case that the President’s response needs to be much more vigorous, much more robust, and actually consider America’s strategic and national interests in the Middle East more broadly in Syria than some simple few missiles being lobbed into Syria. We need a strategic vision with real definable and achievable goals, and I’m hopeful that Congress can help the president get there over this next week.”

"... I think [legislators] are skeptical because they're hearing questions at home. They are surprised that the President decided to come to Congress," Rep. Engel said. "I think that when all the facts are known, and when legislators in both parties see what is best for the United States, I think that the vote will be overwhelmingly yes. It might be close. I said overwhelmingly, but perhaps not so overwhelmingly. I do think that a majority will vote yes. I think to vote no would be a catastrophe."

House Armed Services Committee chair Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) tells CNN's Chris Cuomo that he is "still open" on whether or not the United States should take military action against Syria, but he thinks the President went to congress too late.

Rep. McKeon criticized the administration for cutting military spending, while pushing for more military intervention.

"I think that when the president said he shouldn't cross a red line, he should have put a little more thought into it before he said it. That's why we're in this position now. It's because of his statement and, frankly, I think that this scurrying around trying to reach Congress now is a little bit late. It would have been good to have done this before he ever made the comment across the red line. But he's done it. We are where we are. I think the prestige of the United States is on the line. It's something that we're going to have to look at very carefully."

SEE THE VIDEO BELOW FOR FULL INTERVIEW:

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September 2nd, 2013
10:24 AM ET

How President Obama Shared His Decision to Consult Congress

As President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and other U.S. officials present the case for military action in Syria to Congress, we're learning more about the timeline behind the decision.

CNN's Brianna Keilar reports.

Aides to the Commander-in-Chief say President Obama didn't tell anyone about his plan to ask Congress for permission to proceed with military strikes in Syria until Friday at 6pm, when he took a 45-minute walk with Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.

Shortly after, at 7 p.m, the President tells his National Security staff of the decision, sparking a heated debate.

Saturday morning, he calls his top team to the Situation Room to finalize the plan, then calls Congressional leaders from the Oval Office and heads to make the announcement to the public.

Speaking from the Rose Garden,the President  says "All of us should be accountable as we move forward and that can only be accomplished with a vote."

Secretary of State Kerry also recently revealed new evidence to back claims the Assad regime killed hundreds of his people with nerve gas.

"Blood and hair samples that have come to us has tested positive for signatures of Sarin," Kerry said.

Despite this evidence, CNN's Chief Congressional Correspondent  Dana Bash says the President has his work cut out for him as support for military action abroad is far from guaranteed.

Bash reports that lawmakers emerged from a classified briefing Sunday intended to convince them to authorize force in Syria seemingly unconvinced, despite reports the administration appealed to their sense of patriotism and morality.

Texas Rep. Michael Burgess says, "The mood in the district I represent is, do not do this. And I honestly did not hear anything that told me I ought to have a different position."

The resistance to action cuts across the aisle.

Connecticut Democrat Jim Himes adds, "I'm still very skeptical about the President's proposal. It's not clear to me that we know what the results of this attack would be, meaning it would be effective."

Concern also lingers over authorizing a bill many lawmakers currently find too broad for the limited action that has been publicized.

Missouri Republican Senator Roy Blunt says  "The biggest single concern among members may very well have been a very broad request for authority with a supposedly very narrow intent to do anything."

TO SEE BASH'S FULL REPORT:

The administration continues to meet with key figures and later Monday,  Senators' John McCain and Lindsey Graham are expected to go to the White House to speak with the President.

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