5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Tuesday, November 19
John Edwards goes back to square one to practice personal injury law
November 19th, 2013
05:02 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Tuesday, November 19

George Zimmerman's in trouble again, John Edwards opens a law office, and selfies - they're not just for Geraldo anymore.

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.”

Another day, another slammer: There could be a sign at George Zimmerman’s house: xx days without an arrest. Well, if there were, it’d be time to reset it to zero. Zimmerman, who is well familiar with police protocol, was busted by cops yesterday, accused of pointing a shotgun at his girlfriend, which is a felonious no-no. She told 911 he used it to break a glass table then shoved it in her face. As cops knocked on the barricaded door to the house, Zimmerman called 911 and told them he didn’t do any such thing. He was trying to leave and she went “crazy” on him, he says. The gun was locked up, he says. It seems police believed her story and took Zimmerman in to get his jumpsuit. He’ll meet a judge this afternoon to see if he will get bail.

David Mattingly is live at 6 and 8 on the Zimmerman story. HLN legal analyst Joey Jackson will check in, too.


Oh, Canada: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford declares an "outright war" after the City Council votes to strip him of most of his powers and his budget. As far as meetings go, yesterday's session registered high in hyperbole as Ford promised payback, calling the council's actions "a coup d'état" and comparing it to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. He also accidentally knocked down a City Council member, giving her a fat lip. He later apologized. Apologies have become routine for Ford since his November 5 admission that he once used crack. He has admitted to drinking too much and has promised to cut back. But he's denied other accounts of public intoxication and the physical and verbal abuse of staffers. Canadians are supposed to be the nice ones, eh?

Nic Robertson brings us the latest in the Rob Ford saga at 6.


Back to square one: After a couple of runs at the White House, a sex scandal, a love child, a fraud trail and lots of bad PR, John Edwards is back to his old career as a personal injury attorney. But he insists, he's done with politics. His law career is what made him a millionaire. The former North Carolina senator is opening an office in Raleigh with his old law partner. It's his first step back into the public eye since his acquittal on campaign finance charges last year. His daughter Cate says her father will concentrate on practicing law. Sounds like a nice change of pace, doesn't it?

Michaela Pereira has news headlines throughout the morning.


Picking up the pieces: Midwesterners are trying to recover after a string of deadly tornadoes carved up community after community less than two weeks before Thanksgiving. The fast-moving storm system killed eight people - six in Illinois and two in Michigan - and spawned dozens of tornadoes. Washington, Illinois, took one of the hardest shots. The governor says as many as 400 homes were destroyed there. Restoring electricity to hundreds of thousands of people across the region could take most of the week.

Indra Petersons has weather updates throughout the morning.


Never say never: Actually do. About 20% of Americans who attempt to obtain new health insurance through HealthCare.gov will never be able to complete their transaction online, even after the November 30 deadline for fixing the faulty website, White House press secretary Jay Carney says. We also learn that the Obama administration received warnings from a private consultant group that the website might not function properly ahead of the October 1 launch.


John King joins us at 6 for the morning's political gut check.

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

- Word of the year: This is no time to be self-conscious, selfie. This is your time to shine. The Oxford Dictionary made you "word of the year," because you deserve it. It says we're using you 17,000% more than this time last year. Talk about selfie promotion.

I decided to grab some of the selfie spotlight

The author jumps on the bandwagon

- Ready, set, get out of his way: Tony Picard, a 6'4", 400-pound running back at White Swan High School in Yakima, Washington, is an Internet sensation. Millions of folks are flocking to his YouTube highlight reel as he plows over three or four would-be tacklers on his way to a touchdown. Nick Saban, are you paying attention?


- Less than a wonderful idea? A sequel to Frank Capra's classic 1946 film "It's a Wonderful Life" is in the works. A news release from film financier Allen J. Schwalb says "It's a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story" will tell what happened after the first movie ended. We wonder how many angels it will take to make this Christmas miracle happen.

Also hurting the sequel's chances, SNL has already added its own "lost ending" to the Hollywood classic.

- You otter enjoy this: A cute baby otter eats dinner. Is there anything more you need to know?

- Tissues, they're not just for noses anymore: Here's what happens when you're creative, have a box full of tissues and a nice camera.

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 (14 Responses)
  1. Tom

    I thought the interview with Ted Cruz was a very good one. Cruz appeared very "Harvard" like. Mr. Cuomo did a good job in appearing very "MSNBC" like. I always appreciate clear and concise differences in evidence so I can determine who I might align myself with. Thank you CNN!

    November 20, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Reply
  2. snotfair

    Good Morning CNN! I would like 2 start w/ a positive- Doctors W/Out Borders or Medicins Sans Frontiers as they r otherwise known- who travel around the globe 2 help where ever there is a need- currently the Phillipines & the midwest. These people r devoted & r hardly recognized! Onto the negative- George Zimmerman is the new O.J. Simpson. How many chances is this human waste going 2 be given? No justice! Re: President Obama & ObamaCare- he is doing the best he can w/ a GOP Congress that is not doing the best they can! They don`t give a rat`s behind about you & me- Remember the Government Shutdown in 2014. ~ 2day pay it forward even if it`s just a smile 2 someone who 4 some reason is not able 2! HAVE A GOOD & SAFE DAY CNN! 🙂

    November 19, 2013 at 10:21 am | Reply
  3. motoman172

    How is the fact that the administration fudged the jobs numbers prior to election not even listed...

    nice job not mentioning the biggest news of the day

    November 19, 2013 at 9:52 am | Reply
  4. Umberto Fonte

    # 1. Fukushima is a hundred times worse than Chernobyl but not worth mentioning in mainstream media. Keep up the great journalism CNN. Proof that you're really controlled by the beast, the false prophet and the one who misleads the entire inhabited earth.

    November 19, 2013 at 9:49 am | Reply
  5. Umberto Fonte

    # 5 Obama Scare . Here's a tip America. Immediately cease consuming all wheat, rice, corn, barley, sugar and potatoes and you won't ever need health care again. Oh no you wouldn't want to rid yourself of all disease, that would put thousands of so called health care professionals out of work. It's 100% true but you won't do it because you're ignorant and think that the food pyramid was designed for optimum health. More government lies designed by big corporations to keep you spending and living like hogs and cattle.

    November 19, 2013 at 9:42 am | Reply
  6. Umberto Fonte

    Toby Keith, I guess when you're a multi-millionaire thoughts and prayers are all you can afford.

    November 19, 2013 at 9:29 am | Reply
  7. jimmy

    How is it Zimmerman gets the #1 spot and the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address is not even mentioned.

    November 19, 2013 at 8:31 am | Reply
  8. Ed

    Obamacare is No. 5 on the 5 Things.

    November 19, 2013 at 8:08 am | Reply
  9. Yeah yeah yeah

    Oh no again

    November 19, 2013 at 7:55 am | Reply
  10. wade

    Administration first told of web site glitches last spring CNN places the story in the POLITICAL section.

    November 19, 2013 at 7:46 am | Reply
  11. Jen

    Jeff- yes it is. It's #5

    November 19, 2013 at 7:34 am | Reply
  12. FV

    Three of your stories this morning are updates about three wastrels who are unable or unwilling to control themselves or their own lives. You wasted 60% of your space and my time.
    I know these salacious ongoings attract readers, sell advertising and please shareholders.
    Who cares? What does this accomplish or contribute to our society?
    Why not report on poverty and hunger in the USA?; development of fusion power?; American soldiers dying in foreign countries? or a thousand other things that will educate and enrich your readers and possibly lead to an improved world.

    Finally "Obamacare" is a deragatory term designed to insult the President of the USA. Regardless of one's political affiliation (I have none) we must all respect the Presidency. The correct term is the Affordable Healthcare Act (passed by the US Congress).

    November 19, 2013 at 7:14 am | Reply
  13. Jeff

    It's interesting that the main story on the CNN website is the health care issues, yet it is not even mentioned in the 5 things we should know for the day? How is that possible.

    November 19, 2013 at 6:57 am | Reply
    • FV

      It's a shame they couldn't report on healthcare and chose instead to waste the space to report on Edwards, Zimmerman and Ford.

      November 19, 2013 at 10:25 am | Reply

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