5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, September 23
September 23rd, 2013
04:50 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, September 23

A terrorist siege at a Kenyan shopping mall drags on, the U.S. and Iran may huddle at the United Nations, and "Breaking Bad" is good but isn't always best.

It's Monday, 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.”

1. KENYA MALL MASSACRE

What’s going on here?: Al Qaeda-linked terrorists take over the luxurious Westgate Mall in Nairobi, home to casual dining, lattes and shoe shopping. Kenyan authorities say it’s almost over, but tension abounds. Sporadic gunfire rattles through the once bustling corridors. Helicopters circle overhead. The toll? At least 69 dead and another 175 injured. The attackers are members of Al-Shabaab, a militant group that wants to create an Islamist state in neighboring Somalia. So why attack Kenya? The Kenyan military pushed into southern Somalia in 2011 to create a buffer zone after attacks on tourist destinations. Saturday’s attack could be payback. The striking thing about the mall siege is the attackers are truly international. Three of them are from the United States, two are from Somalia, and there is one each from Canada, Finland, Kenya and the United Kingdom, sources within Al-Shabaab say. A senior State Department official says it looks like Americans were involved. This raises new concerns about the radicalization of Western Muslims. Are U.S. malls safe?

Zain Verjee will be live throughout the show to give us more on this.

2. GUN VIOLENCE

Is anyone listening?: President Barack Obama eulogizes 12 people tragically gunned down at Washington’s Navy Yard. Rahm Emanuel, Chicago's mayor and Obama’s former chief of staff, pledges not to let the children of the Windy City have their hope taken from them after gangbangers spray a basketball court with gunfire, shooting 13, including a 3-year-old. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says maybe it’s time to bring in the National Guard to curb Chicago street violence, which is down 21% this year, although still high, reports say. The National Rifle Association’s answer is more guns. Group CEO Wayne LaPierre tells NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Navy Yard personnel could have drastically shortened the shooting spree had they been armed. "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," LaPierre said in December after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.


Ted Rowlands is live from Chicago at 8, where curbing gun violence remains a big challenge.

3. HILLARY CLINTON

The never-ending speculation: Stop me if you’ve heard this … more than 100 times before. America’s preoccupation with Hillary Clinton’s political aspirations seems to know no limits. In the 99th edition of “Will Hillary Run in 2016,” the former first lady and former secretary of state again wrestles with the notion of a White House bid. It’s a decision “not to be made lightly,” she tells New York magazine. OK. What else? "I will just continue to weigh what the factors are that would influence me making a decision one way or the other." A CNN/ORC International survey released last week shows that 65% of Democrats and independents who lean toward that party say they would probably back Clinton as their presidential nominee. Tune in again tomorrow, when there will be more speculation.

Political insiders Richard Socarides and Paul Begala join the New Day crew.

4. U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Come together: This is General Assembly week at the United Nations. It’s the time when world leaders come to New York to get some face time behind the green marble podium. While most folks aren’t terribly interested in the speeches unless someone is calling an American president the devil, a potential meet and greet between Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is all the buzz. There are no plans just yet for the two leaders to huddle, but the White House isn’t ruling it out either. The men have exchanged letters since Rouhani was elected in June and a Friday op-ed in “The Washington Post” offered “constructive engagement” with the United States on a number of issues, including the nation’s highly disputed nuclear program.

Nick Paton Walsh talks about what's brewing on the sidelines at the United Nations.

5. EMMY AWARDS

Ain't so bad: At the end of the night, the 65th Emmy Awards turned out to be pretty good, even if it wasn’t as “Bad” as some had hoped. Drama darling “Breaking Bad” whiffed in a couple of best actor categories, but the AMC series still snagged the outstanding drama prize, and Anna Gunn also won for outstanding lead actress. Cheeky comedy favorite “Modern Family” took home its fourth straight Emmy. Jim Parsons of “The Big Bang Theory” won lead actor in a comedy. Keeping the flame alive for Liberace, the HBO film “Behind the Candelabra” won three Emmys: outstanding miniseries/movie, director and actor.

Nischelle Turner is live from Los Angeles this morning at 6 and 7.

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

- Everything is Samuel L. Jackson's fault: Yes, he's a gifted actor and master of a multitude of roles, but he's ruining this country.

- Did he or didn't he? Everyone knows that Russian President Vladimir Putin is the man all men want to be and all women want to be with ... so why all the whispers about possible nuptials? London's "Daily Mail" newspaper reports that Kremlin officials are denying reports that Putin tied the knot recently with former Olympic gymnast Alina Kabayeva, calling the speculation"an Internet exercise to relieve boredom."

- Make a line to your nearest Air France office: Call it a stash of mammoth proportions. Try 30 suitcases filled with 1.3 tons of cocaine on an Air France flight from Venezuela. The street value? About 200 million euros, or $270 million. Someone's got some 'splainin' to do.

- This is certain to make you croak: Remember the honey badger? I know, silly question. This is the honey badger for the amphibian set.

- Sometimes being a cat just sucks: This is one mellow kitty, whose best friend appears to be a vacuum cleaner hose.

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 NewDayCNN.com and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY!

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Mike Hunt

    Hillary Clinton can be the Queen of Fools to replace the Price of Fools who now resides in the White House. I wonder if she will retain the same staff of incompetent morons to do her bidding?

    September 23, 2013 at 9:41 am | Reply
  2. Four Two

    We really need to KNOW about the Emmy's? How the heck is that going to help our day, lol. Good ol' CNN, always placing the wealthy/spoiled on the front page.

    September 23, 2013 at 9:33 am | Reply
  3. Sheila

    How can Hillary even THINK about being the president? She has so much to answer for – BUT, the low information voters who pay no attention to the real world will probably send her and Billy to the White House and we will be stuck!

    September 23, 2013 at 8:55 am | Reply
  4. Johnny 5

    Hillary belongs in prison. Beghazi will be the 800 lb guerrilla in the room.

    September 23, 2013 at 8:31 am | Reply
    • Rick

      Johnny, your response is known in Medical terms as Benghazi Tourette Syndrome...... Look it up and get help.

      September 23, 2013 at 9:01 am | Reply
  5. muvunyi timothy

    The sudden blatant terrorist attack in Kenya mall is a sign that vulnerability is likely in such place and stimulates the need to mann the public places with heavy security.

    September 23, 2013 at 7:56 am | Reply

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