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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!

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