November 25th, 2013
05:18 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, November 25

The weather gets ugly for Thanksgiving week travel, the pros and cons of the Iran nuclear deal, and the national Christmas tree arrives in Washington.

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.”


Over the river and through the woods: The wicked wintry weather that pummeled the West Coast is now barreling across the country, threatening to ruin millions of holiday travel plans just before Thanksgiving. More than 300 flights have already been canceled in the Dallas-Fort Worth area - not exactly a bastion for snowstorms. Sleet and freezing rain will keep blanketing parts of the Southern Plains and Southern Rockies today. And after the storm deluges parts of the South with rain tonight, it'll start zeroing in on the Northeast. And that could spell more travel nightmares. Stay tuned.

Want to get a weatherman p.o.'d? Send him another picture of your snow-covered patio furniture. Really. It will set him off. Check out this rant from Kyle Clark with CNN affiliate KUSA in Denver.

Indra Petersons and Rene Marsh are live throughout the morning with the latest on this Thanksgiving-week storm.


Success or "historic failure"? Depending on who you ask, the weekend deal to rein in Iran's nuclear program is one or the other. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says: "What was concluded in Geneva ... is not a historic agreement, it's a historic mistake." If you ask the Obama administration, the deal will make Iran less of a threat to Israel.

The agreement is supposed to freeze some Iranian nuclear development and remove Iran's stockpile of uranium enriched to 20% purity. The West has long worried that Iran could use its nuclear program to produce atomic weapons. Iran insists its nuclear program is purely for civilian purposes, with no long-term goal of developing a nuclear weapons arsenal. Tehran will see some sanctions relief while the details are worked out.

For more insight into the deal, Jim Sciutto joins "New Day" at 6. Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken is live at 7. CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour and Senate Armed Services Committee member Sen. Lindsey Graham stop by at 8.


Managing the government: Is America losing confidence in Barack Obama. The numbers don't look good, but these things can change over time. For now, only four out of 10 Americans believe the president can manage the federal government effectively. Here's why. The brand new CNN/ORC International survey says 53% of Americans believe that Obama is not honest and trustworthy, the first time that a clear majority in CNN polling has felt that way.

Check in for details on the latest CNN poll on the President's abilities to manage the federal government.


Shamu protest: What would the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade be without a side of controversy? Normal, but this year isn't. Never afraid to splash in the spotlight, the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) takes issue with the SeaWorld float. It shows orcas frolicking in the ocean with their families. PETA says SeaWorld deprives them of such liberties. An online petition would sink the float. How 'bout a second helping? Joan Jett is looking for a new float to rock on. Ranchers got her booted from the South Dakota float. Jett's a vegetarian and a supporter of PETA. It's kind of like asking Kanye West to do an endorsement for Taylor Swift.

Now, fast-forward to Christmas. The Capitol Christmas tree arrives at the White House today. The 88-foot Engelmann spruce comes to Washington from the Colville National Forest in northeast Washington state.

Michaela Pereira has news headlines throughout the morning.


One life taken, another saved: Someone shot and killed a postal worker over the weekend in Maryland. Twenty-six-year-old Tyson Jerome Barnette was running someone else's route when he was gunned down. Authorities are baffled, and no witnesses have come forward. Rewards totaling $125,000 are being offered to solve the case.

In California, a quick-thinking Marine vet probably saved the life of a woman who apparently jumped from the third level of the Oakland Coliseum yesterday. Police say he shielded her fall with his own body. Both are in the hospital. His injuries are not life-threatening. No one seems to know why she took the plunge.

Join us for everything you need to know for your "New Day."

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

- Yawn: Compared with the VMAs, the American Music Awards barely shook the Richter scale. Pit Bull stayed muzzled. Sure, Miley Cyrus was there, but no twerking with Robin Thicke. But, then again, a repeat would have been passé. So, what's the next best thing? How 'bout a sad-eyed kitten. Calling Dr. Freud.


- Bruuuce: Ready to get your Springsteen on this morning? "The Boss" is out with the title track to his upcoming album "High Hopes." You can pick it up on iTunes. All 12 tracks come out in January. Some are cover tunes. Others appeared on earlier albums. Is this a recycling project? Is the E Street Band cleaning out the closet? These may be new studio tracks or live versions. No one is saying right now. We'll know more in the new year.

- That's a lot of lights: For David Richards, the holiday season is about joy, good cheer and smashing a mark recognized by the Guinness World Records. The lawyer and his family strung more than a half a million bulbs around their house in the Australian capital of Canberra to reclaim the title for lights on a residential property. That's 31 miles of lights, just in case you're counting. Richards set the world record in 2011 with 331,038 lights, only to see the Gay family in Lagrangeville, New York, snatch it away with 346,283 lights in 2012. The money raised from curious onlookers goes to charity.


- 4X4 cat cam: Here's a clever idea. Take a high-quality camera, strap it to a remote-controlled car and send it into the lion's den. Oops. It looks more like a snack to the lionesses than a photo op.

- I'll have another order of clams, please: Is this an otter or a pig? This rescued sea otter can't get enough of his favorite treat. We hope there's a Weight Watchers plan for critters.

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, and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY!

soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. wade

    Seems I am always having to correct CNN! 1. MAJOR PUBLIC HEALTH GROUPS say they're concerned that ObamaCare's high tobacco-use penalties — in some cases adding thousands of dollars to the cost of insurance — are forcing smokers out of coverage and denying them access to cessation programs.
    2. Bipartisan push in the Senate for more IRAN sanctions as the deal Obama made is hailed DANGEROUS and reckless around the country.
    3. Most people do not trust Obama CNN says it is 53 % it is more like 60 % but hey you know how CNN is.
    These are the MAJOR stories that CNN seems unable to talk about! However they can talk about the weather! LOL......

    November 25, 2013 at 10:14 am | Reply
  2. DCWriter

    Look, I like the carefree tone of this column, I do–but I'm disgusted by the sentence "no one knows why she took the plunge." If this woman was trying to die by suicide, this sentence makes it seem like no big deal and trivializes the situation to a sickening degree. Please revise. Suicide affects tens of thousands of people every year.

    November 25, 2013 at 10:05 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Good morning, DCWriter,

      Thank you for your kind words, as well as your input about the choice of language used for the description of the unfortunate suicide. We'll make sure the #NewDay producers have your input.

      We appreciate all comments, and thank you for taking time to share your concerns this morning.

      CNN VCM

      November 25, 2013 at 10:07 am | Reply
  3. TeamCNNCNN

    Hi, George,

    According to our style guide, because the "H" is historic is a hard consonant, the appropriate article is "a" not "an."

    Thanks for sharing and happy #NewDay!

    November 25, 2013 at 10:04 am | Reply
  4. TeamCNNCNN

    Hi, Alex,

    Thank you for your feedback regarding Nichelle Turner. We'll share with those who need to see it.

    Happy #NewDay!

    November 25, 2013 at 9:56 am | Reply
  5. freeman

    Obama care will get wose.
    Obama seems to do only what will bennefit his legacy, no matter the cost (obamacare , Iran deal).
    He is just a wolf in sheeps clothing who has hoodwinked the middle,lower class.
    He is a both incompetetent and a liar. I wish it wasn't thsi way,but it is.

    November 25, 2013 at 9:42 am | Reply
  6. Doug

    Obama not a good manager? Duh! Only person happy is Jimmy Carter, moved him off the top of the leader board.

    November 25, 2013 at 9:37 am | Reply
  7. Cory111

    Like Obama or not he will be your president until his term is over. is having a sale on fifty-gallon drums of Maalox buy two they just might get you through 2015.
    Hillary 2016
    Cruz/Palin 2016

    November 25, 2013 at 9:31 am | Reply
  8. Rick

    Stop the insanity ,begin the impeachment proceedings N O W !

    November 25, 2013 at 9:23 am | Reply
  9. D. Ross

    When is it that everbody begins to realize what a great many of us already know? This President is being judged first simply because of his Race and every thing else second. The racist retoric from Cruz, Lumbaugh, O'Reily, Beck, Palin and all of the other IDIOTS over at Fix News only empowers the Racist Bigots of the Tea Party movement. Rep. Alan Grayson was correct in his thinking when he stated that the Tea Party movement is the KKK without the robes and hoods we all know them by. WE ALL KNOW IT....BUT R AFRAID TO SAY IT. Thank U Mr. Grayson for your COURAGE.

    November 25, 2013 at 9:19 am | Reply
    • D. Ross

      Meant to say U all know it instead we all know it.

      November 25, 2013 at 9:30 am | Reply
  10. zoomzoom

    Agreement w/ Iran on nuclear weapons is like trusting that Syrian rebels have no chemical weapons. `Hope 4 the best but expect the worst`! President Obama is doing his best w/ the worst bunch of GOP`s in Congress ever- 2014 election will reflect the repercussions! Am a fan of Peyton Manning but have 2 hand it 2 Brady & Co. 4 coming back from a 24-0 deficit 2 win the game last PM- unbelievable W!

    November 25, 2013 at 8:36 am | Reply
  11. JJ

    This poll seems pretty biased to me. I wonder how many people CNN polled already drank the "Tea"?

    November 25, 2013 at 8:35 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Hi, JJ,

      The poll you reference was conducted by an outside firm, Opinion Research Center. CNN requests the information, but the research is conducted by the outside group. Here's more detail for you to review:

      Thanks so much for your comments and for watching #NewDay!

      Happy Thanksgiving week!
      CNN VCM

      November 25, 2013 at 9:54 am | Reply
  12. Newton oka

    obama can not be trust,instead of creating jobs ,he went to into enforce a health care insurance that will only help or benefit to the average man.

    November 25, 2013 at 8:16 am | Reply
    • JJ

      Unemployment is lower than its been years. Its not perfect but its better than where we were under Bush.

      November 25, 2013 at 9:36 am | Reply
  13. Jerry

    So, what else is NEW about the "Clueless-in-Chief"?! Now HE and HIS flunky Kerry have sold the US out to Iran!!! All for HIS supposedly stupid legacy!!!

    In three years HE will be living high off the hog; so what does HE care?! I am not counting on HIS supposed/dreamt heir-to-be ("What does it matter at this time Hillary.") to do much of anything positive for América, EITHER.

    I REALLY, REALLY hope our elected officials, both Democrats and Republicans, can put an end to HIS madness!!!

    November 25, 2013 at 8:15 am | Reply
  14. robert constant

    I am still waiting for CNN to cover the story of the millions of dollars that the Koch Brothers have spent to sabotage the Affordable Care Act. That is actually a NEWS story, and not the repetitive drumbeat of Tea Party Talking points attacking the President CNN has chosen to focus upon. This is, indeed, shabby "journalism."

    November 25, 2013 at 8:03 am | Reply
  15. Phaerisee

    He will be the same great President that he is right now when he goes back up in the polls.

    November 25, 2013 at 7:52 am | Reply
  16. JJ

    60% of Americans have no clue of the difference between a manager and a leader, and couldn't lead a horse to water in a desert. Trust me when I say I don't care one whit about this "poll". To judge Obama as a manager or leader you have to understand what the words mean.

    November 25, 2013 at 7:49 am | Reply
    • Walter

      Manager? Leader? Well, Obama CLEARLY couldn't MANAGE to get a Web site up and running. He can't seem to MANAGE to get the young and healthy to sign up? He LEAD the American people along with some lies about "if you like your plan." And now no one trusts him because he's a POOR MANAGER and LYING LEADER.

      November 25, 2013 at 9:46 am | Reply
  17. Hollywood

    Iran cannot be trusted, period. History has already proven that out. Nuclear weapons are dangerous business and that is what Iran secretly wants. Dont make agreements with them that cannot be monitored carefully.

    November 25, 2013 at 7:40 am | Reply

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