Five Things to Know for Your New Day - Wednesday, September 11
September 11th, 2013
05:13 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day - Wednesday, September 11

Obama gives peace a chance, the country remembers 9/11, and a Jordanian lawmaker fires an AK-47 in parliament.

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 morning show, “New Day.”


Give peace a chance President Obama tried to convince Congress and the rest of America last night that targeted strikes on Syria could be a good idea.

But first, he wants to see if Syria will give up its chemical weapons, with some help from its friend Russia.

It’s clear the president wants to keep the threat of military force bouncing around in Bashar al-Assad’s head in case the diplomacy route doesn't work.

But what happens even if al-Assad gives up all his chemical weapons? Will the Syrian death toll continue soaring over 100,000?

We’ll have a team of correspondents live at 6, 7 and 8 to give us the latest from Washington and reactions from around the world to Obama's speech.


Vivid memories, threats still linger: Much of the country will fall silent at 8:46 a.m. today to remember the thousands of people killed on 9/11.

It’s been 12 years since the worst terrorist attack in the U.S. No one has forgotten.

So are we safer from terrorist attacks now? Obama thinks so, but he says "we're not going to be able to protect ourselves 100% of the time against every threat."

Deborah Feyerick will be live in New York in the 6 and 7 o’clock hours to talk about the progress of the new World Trade Center and museum.


The 'shoot me' state: That's what critics are calling Missouri, where the state legislature's trying to accomplish something that's never been done: pass a law that will not only let residents own a machine gun, but also arrest federal agents if they try to take it away.

What's more, the bill would make it illegal for anyone to publish identifying information about a gun owner.

The legislation already passed once through the Republican-led House and Senate, only to be vetoed by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. He said there's this thing in the U.S. Constitution called the Supremacy Clause. You can't have state laws supersede federal laws.

Lawmakers insist what they're proposing is not only constitutional, but essential to protect the rights of gun owners. And today, the legislature votes to override the veto.


Color me unimpressed: Sure, it’s pretty cool that the new iPhone 5s can use your fingerprint as a password.

And the new color options on the iPhone 5s and the cheaper, simpler iPhone 5c will please more fickle tastes.

But are Apple’s new gadgets revolutionary?

If Apple wanted to do something radical, maybe it could take a page from a new concept called PhoneBloks:

The idea is to configure your phone with the modules you use most (say, a bigger camera if you specialize in photography, or less storage if you mainly store stuff on the cloud).


No, I didn’t cheat: After dodging sharks and jellyfish during her swim from Cuba to Florida, Diana Nyad is now dealing with a different challenge: tough questions about whether she completed the swim fair and square.

The 64-year-old is firing back at doubters, saying she swam entirely on her own.

Critics say Nyad apparently doubled her speed during part of her journey. John Zarrella will tell us her team's explanation in the 6 o’clock hour.

Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a few others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.

Politician shoots AK-47 at rival: A Jordanian lawmaker apparently thought the best way to resolve a dispute with a fellow parliamentarian was to shoot an AK-47 at him.

Fortunately, it didn’t work. The gunman missed, and no one was injured. Now the politician is out of a job, having been expelled from parliament.

So clearly this kind of thing is an anomaly, right? Wrong.

To be fair, it’s not just Jordanian lawmakers who get violent now and then. Let’s not forget the Taiwanese parliament:

Weiner bows out with middle finger: Last night was a rough night for Anthony Weiner.

First he had to concede the New York mayoral race because he wasn’t even close to winning the primary.

Then his old sexting partner, Sydney Leathers, crashed the site of his concession speech in what she admitted was a blatant play for media attention.

"I'm here to celebrate. I think he needs some sex therapy," said Leathers, who is now embracing a career in the porn industry.

When Weiner showed up, he quickly bolted to a McDonald's restaurant next door. The media and Leathers gave chase.

The ex-congressman, who was also once known as Carlos Danger, eventually fled in a car, responding to a reporter’s question with the bird.

Goldfish in my belly: Anyone who knows a kid aged 2 to 7 will enjoy this GIF of a man eating an endless stream of Goldfish:

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 and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY!

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Charles

    Missouri, the dumbass State.

    September 11, 2013 at 9:38 am | Reply
  2. lordbrucegiles

    That's so cute, Missouri. Wasting more tax payer money on a law that isn't enforcable and most likely won't make it past the governor's veto. You must be learning from your federal house counterparts.

    September 11, 2013 at 8:47 am | Reply
  3. Rick

    In , OBAMA AND SYRIA Mr.Obama sounds more like someone asking permission than making a presidential decision. But here`s a question of much greater import "Whats being done to protect America against an E.M.P. blast Mr.Obama ?

    September 11, 2013 at 8:46 am | Reply
  4. The fact of the matter

    "But first, he wants to see if Syria will give up its chemical weapons.. " The chemical weapons they say they don't have?

    September 11, 2013 at 8:46 am | Reply
  5. snotfair

    Weiner is a coward & seems 2 need anger mgt. classes in addition 2 sexual addiction counseling! Remembering all those who lost their lives on 9-11-2001. So surreal 2 this day 12 years later.

    September 11, 2013 at 8:23 am | Reply
  6. snotfair

    9-11-2001 I was @ work in a Credit Union doing the NSF's (non-sufficient funds) report when my co-worker Donna came running into Accounting & said a plane had hit the World Trade Center. @ that moment we thought the pilot had suffered a heart attack. We ran 2 the Investments Dept. where there was a CNN NEWS ticker tape & financial data on a flat screen television going during business hrs. & witnessed the 2nd plane hit. We then knew it was an attack on US & as it was that day- it has never been "Business as Usual" & we had all been commenting that AM on what a beautiful bluebird sky day it was. The tragedy is etched so clearly in the minds of all & truly changed US forever. As the Nat'l Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund states- WE WILL NEVER FORGET! 😦 HAVE A GREAT & SAFE DAY CNN employees!

    September 11, 2013 at 7:52 am | Reply
  7. Salem Hawatmeh

    Love the articles, but is there any chance some were pulled from Reddit?

    September 11, 2013 at 7:30 am | Reply

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