September 20th, 2013
05:11 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, September 20

Another mass shooting, a different message from the pope and a supportive voice for Miley Cyrus…

It's Friday, and here are the “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.”


A different voice: When the new pope speaks, people listen. Not that we didn’t listen to past pontiffs - but Pope Francis seems to have a different voice. Since his election in March, he's delivered sharp and unscripted remarks on everything from homosexuality to atheism. In his first news conference this summer, he uttered the now famous words about gay priests, “Who am I to judge?” And now, a new interview released yesterday pushes a more open stance toward gays and lesbians. In it, Pope Francis says the church has the right to express its opinions but not to "interfere spiritually" in the lives of gays and lesbians. He also says women must play a key role in church decisions,  and he addresses critics who say he should be more vocal about fighting abortion and gay marriage. Not all agree with this new pope. But few can say that they're not listening.

Matthew Chance will be live from Rome throughout the show to give us more on this.


Republican versus Republican:  There are some strong words being thrown around about Obamacare and a looming a government shutdown. And that's between Republicans. A group of them want to defund Obama’s health care plan in exchange for funding the government. The downside is the deadline is October 1. And there's a growing group that are not on board. We saw a little bit of this infighting play out on Wolf Blitzer's show yesterday. Rep. Peter King of New York attacked Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, one of the faces of the anti-Obamacare battle. "We as House Republicans should stop letting Ted Cruz set our agenda for us," King said. "If he can deliver on this, fine. If he can't, then he should keep quiet from now on and we shouldn't listen to him." Cruz says he'll keep on fighting. We assume he means against Obamacare.

Jim Acosta will be at the White House to give us the latest . John King, CNN chief national correspondent joins us at 6. CNN Political Analyst John Avalon joins us at 7. CNN Crossfire Host Newt Gingrich weighs in at 8.


Troubling trend: A 3-year-old boy was one of 13 people shot last night near a basketball court in Chicago. Yes, you read that right: THIRTEEN! Fortunately, they all survived - but four were in serious condition. Cops are calling the attack gang-related, and have yet to make any arrests. This is just the latest instance of a troubling trend in Chicago. It leads the country in homicides. Last year, there were 500! "This is not just a gun issue," President Obama said in February. "It's also an issue of the kinds of communities that we're building, and for that we all share responsibility as citizens to fix it."

Watch for updates on this


Storm passes, not the misery: The worst of the deadly storm has passed, but tension, confusion and damage remain. Manuel, the powerful storm that at one point was a hurricane, had weakened yesterday. But it left some depressing numbers: Some 97 dead across Mexico; 68 missing in one mudslide-ravaged town; 30,000 tourists trapped in Acapulco. The misery was worse in remote areas, like Renacimiento. Just ask Saturnino Medina. He fears nobody will come to his town some 12 miles northeast of Acapulco. Floodwaters crushed his house. "The truth is, I don't even know what to tell you," he says. "The government ignores us. They help everyone else, but they've forgotten about Renacimiento."

Shasta Darlington reports from Acapulco on this at 6 and again at 7.


The Miley circus:  Some may have had an achy, breaky heart (sorry) over Miley’s antics, but not Billy Ray. He was on Piers Morgan last night, supporting his daughter, defending her. “She's an artist. She's real,” he said. What about the flesh-toned lingerie and the twerking? “She's evolving as an artist," he said. "That's still my Miley." Her latest antics are a far cry from her Disney days playing the wholesome Hannah Montana. What happened? “To come out of the shadows of 'Hannah Montana,' it really takes something extremely drastic,” Billy Ray said. “She has risen to a whole new level. I thought I had seen it all - until these last couple of weeks.” You are not the only one, Billy Ray. You're not the only one.

The interview aired on Piers Morgan Live and can be viewed on

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

- This guy gets paid to do this: David Rees is an artist. A pencil sharpening artist. Yes, you read that right. People pay him $35 a pop for a perfectly sharpened pencil. If you're really interested you can pay $50 for his book about, you guessed it, pencil sharpening. This video, courtesy of the New York Daily News, is free.


- Not just a nickname: Check out this $40 million check some say Floyd "Money" Mayweather got for that fight Saturday. You done being jealous? The picture of this check went viral. But it may be another Internet hoax. ESPN is reporting it's fake. But the money is all too real. Mayweather was guaranteed $41 million for Saturday’s beat down of Canelo Alvarez.

- Funky Physics guy: This guy knows how to bring the fun to physics. He changed the words to Bohemian Rhapsody and added physics terms. The result: a viral video and a record deal. Kidding about the record deal but this is well done.


- Pant suit girl: There may be nobody in the world, besides Hillary Clinton, who loves pant suits more than this woman.


There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Bobbie

    The Anti-Christ speaks and the world listens. Imagine that. I wonder if we are taking our Bibles seriously... when it speaks of Anti-Christ. We must also consider why is the pope and Pres. Obama pushing/promoting sodomy. Suddenly, the papacy...who has always taught they are, in order to promote homosexuality is willing to call himself a "sinner." It's dangerous to our eternal soul salvation to give ear to "seducing spirits and doctrine of devils" in the last hours of life as we know it on this earth.

    September 20, 2013 at 8:54 am | Reply
  2. Kevin Enos

    You are confusing the Pope's words. He is pointing out that the role of judgement lies strictly with God not with him. We are taught to love the sinner but denounce the sin. The church has every right to declare homosexual activity to be immoral in their eyes. Gay people are welcomed by the church. They should, however, stop demanding that their behavior be accepted and to be married by the church.

    September 20, 2013 at 8:20 am | Reply
    • Archivedd

      I think you'll find that most homosexuals that are seeking marriage equality are not interested in the Church's blessing. It is the Church's political agenda that is keeping a Civil right from being granted to a group of people solely because of a religious belief. If Churches do not want to marry gays, that's fine, but they have no right to fight against equal marriage under the law.

      September 20, 2013 at 9:07 am | Reply

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