5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Tuesday, November 12
A woman in a hard-hit area of the Philippines walks amid the debris of destroyed houses on November 11.
November 12th, 2013
04:49 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Tuesday, November 12

Unimaginable destruction in the Philippines, no nuclear deal with Iran and an unfriendly response for Toronto's crack-smoking mayor.

It's Tuesday, 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.”


Devastation: It's been four days since the monster storm came to the Philippines. And it’s still impossible to know the full extent of the despair. The official death toll was close to 1,800 early Tuesday morning. But some devastated areas were impossible to get to and it was feared that as many as 10,000 people were dead from Typhoon Haiyan. The storm, perhaps the strongest in recorded history, leveled villages and left hundreds of thousands homeless. Many had tales of horror. "We have bodies in the water, bodies on the bridges, bodies on the side of the road," said Richard Gordon, chairman of the Philippine Red Cross. Aid was pouring in from all over. Millions were pledged from the United Nations, the European Union, the UK and the United Arab Emirates. U.S. Marines were there helping. But the scope of the destruction seemed hard for many to handle. A congressman in one hard-hit area said people were getting desperate. "We can't wait. People have gone three days without any clean water, food and medication," he said.

Andrew Stevens, Ivan Watson, Paula Hancocks and others are scheduled to give updates on the rescue and relief efforts.

2. Iran nuclear talks

No deal: There were optimistic signs this weekend from the talks aimed at stopping Iran from developing a nuclear bomb. The U.S. and Iran said an agreement may come. But in the end there was no deal.  As has happened so many times before, the talks in Geneva between a group of world powers and Iran disintegrated, leading to finger-pointing from all sides. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry seemed to blame Iran, bringing a fiery response from Tehran. And now, it seems, we're back to where we started. The effort will persist and Iran will continue to be hit with crippling sanctions. All sides plan to meet again later this month.

Jim Sciutto updates us on this at 6. Fareed Zakaria gives his perspective at 8.

3. Dolphins blues

More bad news: Talk about adding insult to injury… The Miami Dolphins had a chance to quiet some of the critics last night. Embroiled in a bullying scandal, the Dolphins had an opportunity to get some good press in a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the worst team in the NFL . Well, they lost. It may not have helped that they played without two of their starters, Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin. As you may know, Incognito, the alleged bully, was suspended after being accused of pushing Martin to quit. Many gathered last night to watch the game and see if the Dolphins could play well despite the controversy. The answer seemed to be a resounding no.

CNN’s Joe Carter joins us at 8 to talk about the game and the controversy.

4. Toronto mayor

Boo: That’s what Toronto Mayor Rob Ford heard yesterday. The embattled mayor made his first official appearance since last week’s admission that he had smoked crack cocaine. The response was mixed, Canadian media reported. Ford soldiered through a short speech about Canada’s Remembrance Day, fighting through boos and a sprinkling of cheers. His speech can be seen as a metaphor. Ford says he will fight for his job, despite the scrutiny, the horrid headlines and the pesky fact that he first denied, then admitted, to smoking crack. Editorial writers at Toronto’s Globe and Mail newspaper were not impressed. They penned a scathing editorial about Ford’s appearance that contained this line: “Thanks to your actions, Toronto is mocked around the world as the city with the lying, crack-smoking mayor, whose confession to hard-drug use came as the result of a police investigation.” Ouch.


CNN’s Bill Weir reports on this story at 7.

5. Obamacare

Low numbers: So how many people have plowed through all the problems on the Obamacare website and actually enrolled? Less than 50,000, the Wall Street Journal reports. That's far less than expectations, but it may not be a surprise. The October 1 launch of HealthCare.gov has been plagued with drama.  An administration health spokeswoman says she can’t confirm the Wall Street Journal’s report on the dismal numbers. But “as we have said, the problems with the website will cause the numbers to be lower than initially anticipated," added Joanne Peters of the Department of Health and Human Services. The administration has said it will release official data later this week.

John King joins us at 6 and Jim Acosta gives us the latest at 7.

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

- Whoopi and the VP: See if you can write a caption to this encounter that Vice President Joe Biden’s office says was completely coincidental. Biden was taking the train to his home in Delaware Friday as he is famously known to do. And he bumped into Whoopi Goldberg… Imagine the hilarity that ensued.

- Star Wars baby: There is nothing unusual about this video. We're wondering why it's on the verge of going viral. Don’t most people use the Star Wars theme to get their babies to stop crying?


- Tuba scream: This guy was minding his own business, playing the tuba like people minding their own business playing the tuba do. And then he was startled and made a sound no tuba player should make.


- Professional scooter dog: We think this dog has been on a scooter before.


- Cool cat versus a gang: This cat is a pretty cool customer after being accosted by this gang of aggressive puppies.


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 (19 Responses)
  1. Dave Anton

    Ummm, we care WHY? about what Ari Fleischer thinks about the Incognito-Marrtin situation....He's a political has-been. And a bad one at that

    November 12, 2013 at 11:19 am | Reply
  2. Frankieworks

    Wow last on the five is Obamacare, You just keep burying the story even though close to 5 million people have lost their health insurance coverage with no end in sight. If news outlets like CNN would have investigated Obamacare like they should have instead of covering for the President and being a cheerleader we wouldn’t be in this mess right now. So I also hold the mainstream media DIRECTLY responsible for this mess!

    November 12, 2013 at 9:48 am | Reply
  3. $75 Flu Shot

    In the Canada crack story, they ask the American what he'd pay for a flu shot–he said $75. Where does he live, Juno?
    Sheesh. I was just at a local grocery advertising the cost in the teens. I mean, American healthcare is way too expensive, but taking some idiot's guess and putting that into a story is bad journalism.

    November 12, 2013 at 9:18 am | Reply
  4. Rick

    Now, all you who voted for obama, aren`t you sorry you didn`t vote for Romney ? Come on, tell the truth and shame the devil !

    November 12, 2013 at 9:15 am | Reply
    • Relictus

      I could not, in good conscience, vote for a man who believes in magic underwear and a fairy skydaddy.

      November 12, 2013 at 9:39 am | Reply
  5. Katie Vanderbogart

    Thank you for your ongoing ideas. It's weird, though, that there was all this news on Amanda Knox anda upcoming Congressional intervention. Can you please tell us stories AND follow up's?

    November 12, 2013 at 9:07 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Thank you, Katie. We'll share with the New Day team.

      Have a super #NewDay!

      CNN VCM

      November 12, 2013 at 9:11 am | Reply
  6. Heidi Litke

    If CNN chooses to put these crazy adds on the sides of the news forcing viewers to have to enlarge every time they come to read. I guess I will have to choose to read news elsewhere. Give your head a shake, bloody annoying!

    November 12, 2013 at 8:16 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Thank you for sharing your feedback, Heidi. We'll send to the appropriate team for review.

      Happy #NewDay!
      CNN VCM

      November 12, 2013 at 8:18 am | Reply
    • John Rosen

      I absolutely agree. As a very frequent CNN visitor this is the most annoying thing ever!

      November 12, 2013 at 9:55 am | Reply
  7. Nick

    Wow – Obamacare ranks below the Miami Dolphins as an important news story? You can tell where CNN's priorities are.

    November 12, 2013 at 8:08 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Hi, Nick,

      Thank you for your input. We'll share with those who need to see it.

      Happy #NewDay!
      CNN VCM

      November 12, 2013 at 8:17 am | Reply
  8. cmwulf

    Love the 5 a day, it's the first thing turn too! There is though just one little problem I can never see the videos at the end of your list if I am on my 4s

    November 12, 2013 at 8:04 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      We're so sorry you're having trouble viewing the video. Luckily, we have a super Tech Team who can help you.

      Please send to this link and someone from our team will be in touch – usually in less than 24 hours:http://www.cnn.com/feedback/#cnn_FBKMobile

      Thanks and happy #NewDay!
      CNN VCM

      November 12, 2013 at 8:16 am | Reply
  9. Davva360

    Wow you guys buried that Obamacare enrollment number well today. That to me is a shocker even with all the issues around the website.

    November 12, 2013 at 7:56 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Good morning,

      Here's a link to the story that was reported yesterday:

      Happy New Day!
      CNN VCM

      November 12, 2013 at 8:13 am | Reply

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