5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, November 22
President John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy moments before he was shot.
November 22nd, 2013
05:19 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, November 22

The nation marks JFK's assassination 50 years later, the Senate's gone "nuclear" and the Feds may allow cell phone chatter in the air.

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.”



Going nuclear:  Senate Democrats dropped a filibuster bomb yesterday. By a 52-48 vote, they ended the minority party’s ability to filibuster most presidential nominees. The change allows the Senate to end debate on executive and judicial branch nominees with a simple majority rather than a supermajority of 60 votes.  Republicans are not amused. They warned Democrats that they will regret their action, especially if they lose control of the Senate.  Both parties are guilty of political hijinks involving filibusters. Now the question is: What kind of fallout will result from the so-called nuclear option? “They will pay a very, very heavy price for it,” veteran GOP Sen. John McCain says. Confused?  Check out the nuclear option explainer.

Dana Bash will break it down for us all morning.


50 years later:  If you were alive at the time,  you probably remember where you were when President John F. Kennedy fell to an assassin’s bullets in Dallas.  There are a lot of indelible images from that period. Little John F. Kennedy’s salute to his dad on the day of his funeral.  Jackie Kennedy’s pink suit and matching hat the day her husband died.  President Kennedy’s image of youth and charisma, even in black-and-white photos.   Skeptics still doubt that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone when he killed the 35th President of the United States.  And as the nation remembers the senseless act, conspiracy theories abound decades later. We'll have that and more on our anniversary coverage.

Ed Lavandera will be live all morning as part of our special anniversary coverage.



Rising from the ashes: Have you seen what’s going on in the Pacific Ocean? An exploding volcano is giving the world another island.  Thick plumes of steam and ash are shooting from an underwater volcano, Japanese officials say.  It’s still too soon to tell whether the island is here to stay. But if the sea doesn’t reclaim it, we’ll have a permanent island about 600 miles south of Tokyo.

 Pauline Chiou will give us the latest on the new island at 6.


Goodbye, quiet time: Your cross-country flight may get less boring. Or really loud.  The Feds are proposing allowing passengers to use cell phones during regular flights. The Federal Communications Commission banned talking on mobile phones aboard aircraft years ago over concerns it could disrupt cellular towers on the ground. But modern technology delivers services safely in the air, and it may be time to update the policy, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says.  The FCC meets next month to decide what to do. But it's not getting much applause for this one. Folks are already petitioning the Obama administration to stop it from being implemented.

Brett Larson, host  of TechBytes, will break it down for us at 6. 



Grand jury indicts student:  A 14-year-old boy in Massachusetts sexually assaulted his algebra teacher, killed her, then dumped her body, prosecutors say.  The teen is facing charges of murder, aggravated rape and armed robbery in last month’s attack on Colleen Ritzer, 24.  “Horrific and unspeakable acts” is how District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett describes them. Prosecutors say they’ll ask that he be tried as an adult.

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

Sweet teamwork:  Most humans have tried this and failed miserably, but this cat and dog have mastered the popcorn trick.


Odd coupling: A brood of ducklings have a mama cat to take care of them.  Think the clever feline is fattening them up for Thanksgiving?


Polite doggie: This little pooch could teach humans a thing or two. Like how to wipe off your paws - over and over again - before entering the house.


One point for evolution:  This cow sure knows how to work the hand pump to get a drink.  This is one thirsty bovine.


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 (18 Responses)
  1. Bob R

    how is the 1 yr delay of obamacare not even an honorable mention? seriously? cute animals are more important than that?

    November 22, 2013 at 10:22 am | Reply
  2. Alan

    For 237 years Republicans have fought for Equal Rights and fairness for all – Look at the vote counts for all Amendments regarding Civil Rights – Democrats voted against Civil Right each time!
    And 50 years ago the Democrats held the longest Filibuster in US history – fighting for "White Rule" and blocking Republicans attempts to implement freedom for all
    Even today – in 2013 – the Democrats continue to repress anyone who isn't a white man! On MLK this year, Democrats blocked the only Black US Senator from speaking – but let Carter and Clinton speak! Outrageous!
    And then a few months ago, Democrats told the Congressional Black Caucus that they were not allowed to express their views regarding US involvement in Syria (which most members were strongly against).
    And if you see what Democrats have done to all powerful women, just this year, you see they are waging a war on women like never before. Strong women like Sen Hillary Clinton, Gov Palin, Gov Brewer, and Laura Bush have been attacked unmercifully – and about silly things like what they wear, hobbies they have, and other trivial items.
    And now the healthcare law has taken away a woman's choice of doctors, increased the cost of women's healthcare (rather than decrease costs to parity with men's cost like the Republican Healthcare Bill). And the worst thing – taking USA back decades – the Democrats prevent licensed Doctors from being required to be present when some Women's procedures are performed. Can you imagine? They continue to fight to have a Doctor present – and prefer allowing "technicians" to perform these procedures as a way to cut costs! And women often die as a result – or they are left in such bag condition that they can no longer have a baby, walk without a cane, etc. Senior women are really feeling the brunt! Procedures that have been available anytime and at low cost are being rationed – and Seniors need these procedures to live.
    Nothing has changed in 237 years – the Republicans continue to fight for equality and the Democrats continue to repress!

    November 22, 2013 at 10:14 am | Reply
  3. wade

    When Obama was a SENATOR he was totally against using the nuclear option and Reid was totally against it a few years ago as well now they prove what hypocrites they really are. The good thing is dems will lose the Senate in 2014 then REID and Obama and the dems will pay for their treachery. The only thing one needs to know in starting their morning is never TRUST CNN for real news because they obviously work for the DEMS.

    November 22, 2013 at 9:15 am | Reply
    • barb

      And those Democrats soon left the Democratic Party and moved to the Republican party. This was called the Republican Strategy and refers to a Republican Party strategy of gaining political support for certain candidates in the Southern United States by appealing to racism against African Americans creating a solid Republican South.

      November 22, 2013 at 9:46 am | Reply
      • Chris

        @Barb – please give a specific example of exactly what you're talking about. Names? Instances? References? Proof of any kind. The rhetoric that Republicans are racist and bigoted is purely a result of the incredible propaganda machine of the left.

        November 22, 2013 at 10:05 am |
      • Alan

        Harry Reid became a Republican? Strom Thurmond (who set the record for longest filibuster in 1957 – against Equal Rightsl) became a Republican? Patrick Leahy became a Republican? Tom Harkin became a Republican? Ed Markey became a Republican? Mark Warner became a Republican?
        All supported Strom Thurmond efforts to block Civil Rights laws (look it up – it will take less than 3 minutes!)
        Barb – sounds like you need a History lesson.
        You are welcome!

        November 22, 2013 at 10:27 am |
  4. Alan

    50 years ago the Republicans were fighting a record long filibuster by the Democrats who were blocking Civil Rights laws. Republicans like MLK and others fought the Democrats relentlessly and pushed through the Civil Rights laws. The same battle is happening today – Democrats are fighting to keep ACA like they fought to keep "white rule" 50 years ago. They lost then and they will lose today.

    November 22, 2013 at 8:54 am | Reply
    • Hank

      Your post is so filled with inaccuracies – it's really very remarkable how off point you really are. You can't just make statements like this with no basis in reality.

      November 22, 2013 at 9:51 am | Reply
      • Alan

        Hank – my post is 100% accurate and you know it. Research the vote counts on the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments. Research "Longest Filibuster in US history" – it was in 1957. Research "Syria and the CBC" – this was in 2013 (this year).
        Time for everyone (like you Hank) to face the truth!

        November 22, 2013 at 10:40 am |
    • Angela

      MLK was not a Repulican, check your facts.

      November 22, 2013 at 9:56 am | Reply
      • Alan

        @angela Of course MLK was a Republican. Bing it. And don't forget, the Democrats were blocking all Civil Rights Laws, the KKK was an offshoot of the DNC, and many of the Senators today were senators back then that support Democrat Thurman's filibuster to block Civil Rights Laws.
        You think an intelligent man like Dr. King would be a Democrat with all that going on? It's still going on – the only difference today is that when Democrats do anything like that today, it's censored by 90% of the US Press. Look what they did at MLK this year. locked the only Black Senator from Speaking. And then they censored the CBC from speaking out on Syria. And on and on and on.
        Don't be mad at me for stating facts! You should be mad at all the press that lies to you almost everyday!

        November 22, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
  5. Mtn Town Views

    Your fifth piece of information was something I did not need to know. I have already seen the headlines. I'd rather you post something intelligent in honor of that slain women.

    November 22, 2013 at 8:50 am | Reply
  6. Curmudgeon

    McCain's dire warning strikes to the heart of what is wrong in Congress–blind partisanship, selfish ego, take no prisoners attitude, them vs us mindset, my way or the highway mentality.

    Throw the whole pack out in the street and elect some sober, honest folk who want to do what is bestb for the whole country.

    November 22, 2013 at 8:30 am | Reply
  7. Frank Terhune

    WEhile Mpoms Mabley recorded it, "Abraham, Martin and John" is a 1968 song written by Dick Holler and first recorded by Dion

    November 22, 2013 at 8:12 am | Reply
  8. Richard

    BHO is an Idiot !

    November 22, 2013 at 7:21 am | Reply
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    November 22, 2013 at 6:26 am | Reply

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