5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Wednesday, September 25
September 25th, 2013
05:05 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Wednesday, September 25

There's a talkfest in progress on Capitol Hill, Iran's president is the "it" man at the U.N., and Bono shows us a new talent.

It's Wednesday, 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. GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

He keeps going and going and ... : To call Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas the Energizer Bunny of Capitol Hill at this point is probably a bit of a misnomer. He started talking around 2:40 on Tuesday afternoon and is starting to look a bit droopy at this point. In case you're not up to speed on the point of this marathon exercise, Cruz is trying to get the last word on Obamacare and possibly shut down the federal government in the process. The tea party Republican wants the president's signature health care law defunded. While not officially a filibuster, Cruz's rant will get its first test at 1 p.m., when the Senate votes to end what has largely been a monologue. Sixty votes would do it. There are 54 Democrats in the Senate, so only six Republicans have to join in to make it happen. Then lawmakers can talk about paying the bills. To do so would take some intestinal fortitude, much like Cruz is showing on the Senate floor.

https://twitter.com/Heritage_Action/status/382590604011528192/

Jim Acosta is live from Capitol Hill all morning.

2. U.S.-IRAN RELATIONS

What's next? Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is the "it" man at this year's U.N. General Assembly. Does he signal a change? Is he ready to deal on Iran's nuclear program? These are the questions being murmured in New York and in the halls of the White House. He tells Christiane Amanpour that he brings "peace and friendship." In any case, President Obama is taking him seriously (or maybe just calling his bluff), instructing Secretary of State John Kerry to negotiate a deal with Iran on its nuclear program. Call Obama's move a signal of openness to Tehran that he's ready to move the relationship to the next level. Where it goes from there? Well, it's complicated.

Jim Sciutto joins the New Day team at 6 and 7. Christiane Amanpour is on at 8 to preview her exclusive interview with Rouhani.

3. KENYA MALL MASSACRE

It's over: The toll: At least 67 dead, 175 wounded, dozens missing, and possibly the psyche of a nation scarred. The attack by al Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab brought terror to Nairobi's upscale Westgate Shopping Mall, stripping away the sense that Kenyans are safe, anywhere. President Uhuru Kenyatta spells it out. "We confronted this evil without flinching, confronted our deep grief and pain, and conquered it." Many are certain to be asking: But what about next time?

Arwa Damon is live every hour from Nairobi.

4. E-CIGARETTE EXPLODES

Burn notice: Aren't e-cigarettes supposed to be a safer, healthier alternative to the real thing? Kinzie Barlow of Mount Pleasant, Utah, was charging her electronic nicotine delivery device in the car when there was a bang and a flash. Son Khonor started screaming. His car seat was on fire. Khonor will be OK but still has to recover from first- and second-degree burns.

See Pamela Brown at 6 on the growing safety concerns about e-cigarettes.

5. BONO DOES CLINTON

Encore, encore: U2 frontman, millionaire, rock star, impressionist. Like "The Avengers' " Tony Stark, Bono is a man of many talents. Who knew he could do a dead-on impression of Bill Clinton?

Michaela Pereira brings news headlines all morning long.

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

- Beltway pig: No venue is too big for America's favorite porcine puppet. She would tell you that herself. Missy Piggy and a gaggle (or should we say Fraggle) of other Muppets are on the way to the Smithsonian to join Kermit at the National Museum of American History.

http://youtu.be/BeuekMbXCIw

- Gorilla therapy: Patrick the gorilla doesn't play nice with others, specifically the girl gorillas. And at 430 pounds, you want him to behave. So after 18 years at Dallas Zoo, they're shipping him off to Riverbanks Zoo in South Carolina to get an attitude adjustment. Patrick's replacement is Zola the break-dancing gorilla, seriously.

- "Breaking Bad" deal: Apple is giving refunds to people who bought the fifth season of "Breaking Bad" because they assumed that by purchasing “Season 5,” they'd get everything. Guess again. AMC pulled a fast one by splitting the final season in two halves - "Season 5" and "The Final Season." Fans are getting refunds if they paid twice, or a free code to download the second half if they bought only the first part.

- Calling all cows: With pigs it's simple: "Woooooooo. Pig. Sooie!" For cows, you have to go more highbrow. Call him DJ Jazzy Cow.

- Not bad for a quadruped: Not since "Groundhog Day" has a driving rodent attracted so much attention. Someone please check his license and registration.

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 (16 Responses)
  1. Pam

    I have been charging e-cig batteries for over three years. Never had one explode or cause a fire. Rechargeable batteries for many different types of devices have exploded and/or caused fires. No one stops using their laptop or cellphone. Why is it when such a thing happens in regards to an e-cig it is such big news? Why...because the population in general is against e-cigs, even though they really don't know anything about them. It looks like smoking, so it must be bad. How about it's saving countless lives. Like mine. After smoking a pack a day for 35 years and trying every other publicly acceptable method of smoking cessation, I was finally able to quit three years ago with an e-cig. So have two of my friends. Why aren't there any news articles about how these great devices are enabling people to quit smoking?

    September 25, 2013 at 5:58 pm | Reply
  2. Duell Nelson

    Why doesn't CNN report all other battery malfunctions? Why are they specifically targeting e-cigarettes, a device that has helped thousands get off tobacco? Did they report every house fire caused by smoking? I have been vaping (TOBACCO FREE) since late 2009, and have never had any battery issues.

    September 25, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Reply
  3. drcid777

    I know everyone is eager to criticize e-cigarettes, but newsflash for "New Day": Regular cigarettes often cause houses and buildings to burn down, so even as a fire hazard, yes, e-cigarettes are, gasp, safer. And no, I don't smoke them or work for an e-cig company, I just appreciate logic.

    September 25, 2013 at 11:02 am | Reply
    • Duell Nelson

      An estimated 7,600 smoking-related fires in residential buildings occur annually in the United States, resulting in an estimated average of 365 deaths, 925 injuries, and $326 million in property loss. While smoking-related fires account for only 2 percent of all residential building fires, they are a leading cause of fire deaths, accounting for 14 percent of fire deaths in residential buildings. In addition, cigarettes are, by far, the leading type of smoking material involved in residential smoking fires and account for 86 percent of these fires.

      http://www.usfa.fema. gov/media/press/2012releases/ 070912.shtm

      September 25, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Reply
      • drcid777

        Interesting, thank you for your perspective.

        September 25, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
  4. Bob

    Why didn't you could combine Cruz with the non-top 5 Beltway Pig?

    September 25, 2013 at 10:50 am | Reply
  5. What Now

    I forgot to say that "New Day" is a breath of fresh air. Thanks CNN.

    September 25, 2013 at 9:45 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Awe, that was so very kind of you!

      Thanks so much and have a lovely day.
      Lola
      CNN Viewer Communications

      September 25, 2013 at 11:14 am | Reply
  6. What Now

    I have to say that I am amused by all the speculation regarding Mr. Cruz. Just look at all the free publicity he has recieved because of his political stunt. Isn't it about time the media spent more time covering actual news and less of Mr. Cruz's campaign antics. Let him purchase ad time like everyone else.

    September 25, 2013 at 9:44 am | Reply
  7. shamsky24

    Intestinal fortitude my foot. The only thing that Ted Cruz is showing on the Senate Floor is that he's a grandstanding, self-promoting jackass.

    September 25, 2013 at 9:43 am | Reply
  8. Bob

    Bono talking like Clinton is top 5 news?

    September 25, 2013 at 9:11 am | Reply
  9. CommonSense

    Obamacare is a mess. People need to forget the heart strings for a moment and look at who the President has pandered to and ask WHY. Then you need to look at the Presidents COST with the ACTUAL COST starting to trickle in. Then examine had the President UNILATERALLY exempted some from this bill (which is illegal it was a law and had to go through congress). The real examination is how and why ANY politician would vote YES for this and not have even read it?! This has a joke and an abuse of power that ranks right up there with Watergate! I understand 90% of CNN viewers are Libs, but come on you have to admit those points are enough to make you skeptical and de-fund the bill until it is ALL laid out for the public and every politician to see and then address problem areas! Just passing this for the sake of passing it so they FEEL GOOD and then funding this along with the amount PORK and EARMARKS in it are absurd! We lived with Bush's idiotic failings and screamed from the roof tops, why in the world does this President get a FREE PASS?

    September 25, 2013 at 9:10 am | Reply
  10. eric g

    nICE!!!

    September 25, 2013 at 7:46 am | Reply
  11. Hollywood

    I am worried about the possible shutdown of the goverment shudown. It will affect millions of Americans who depend on monthly income that helps them make ends meet. Shame on Congress.

    September 25, 2013 at 7:18 am | Reply
  12. Mike Manna

    Cruz is wasting our time and the tax payers money grandstanding. Go back to Texas Cruz, you have health care paid by us. If it was left just up to me, I would stop paying your salary for non-performance.

    September 25, 2013 at 6:44 am | Reply
  13. HARDTALK

    Ted Cruz, a highly intellignet beyond my imagination. He is channeling his intelligence against America just to satisfy his bankrollers. In summary. Ted Cruz is the perfect idiot. Republicans will never "see" the White House

    September 25, 2013 at 5:45 am | Reply

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