5 Things to Know for Your New Day - Friday, January 10
Today is another big day for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as a slew of documents are set to be released in the bridge scandal.
January 10th, 2014
05:19 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day - Friday, January 10

Gov. Christie apologizes again and again, Dennis Rodman's whereabouts are a mystery and the family of Kendrick Johnson is still searching for answers one year later.

Welcome to the Friday edition of "5 Things to Know for Your New Day."

1.GOVERNOR CHRISTIE

Rebuilding a bridge: Gov. Chris Christie spent yesterday firing some of his closest allies and then apologizing for the bridge scandal. But will it be enough to quell this growing controversy? Time will tell. Yesterday Christie was contrite and apologetic during a nearly two hour news conference. He said he was sorry that his top aides and a political ally targeted a local mayor with a scheme to tie up traffic in his town as punishment for not supporting Christie for re-election. He said he was out of the loop and not aware of what his staff had done. "I knew nothing about this,” Christie said. After the news conference Christie went to apologize to the mayor personally.

Today could be another crucial day for Christie. New Jersey officials looking into the bridge scandal are set to release nearly 1,000 documents. What’s in those documents may add to the growing legal questions now facing the governor's administration, which is under scrutiny by the U.S. Attorney's office, with the help of FBI investigators. Ah, oh. Probably not the best situation for a man thought of as a frontrunner in the upcoming race for the Republican presidential nominee.

Pamela Brown, Joe Johns, Jeffrey Toobin and the rest of our team will give us the latest on this story.

2. DIPLOMAT STRIP SEARCH

Leaving the country: The female diplomat embroiled in a controversy that has strained ties between New Delhi and Washington, is on her way back to India from the United States. This case has caused protests in India. And amazingly, it stems from the diplomat's alleged underpaying of a housekeeper. Devyani Khobragade, the diplomat, said she would pay her housekeeper $9.75 an hour. But she wound up paying only $3.31 an hour, authorities say. So U.S. investigators arrested her on charges of lying on her application for that housekeeper. They say they treated her like other people they arrest, strip-searching her and holding her in jail until she paid a bond to get out. Yet the December 12 arrest has infuriated some in India, who say the U.S. humiliated one of its foreign service officers. This led to protests. Khobragade was indicted this week.

Jim Sciutto will be live on this story.

3. UNEMPLOYMENT DEAL

Deal or no deal? A deal to extend to unemployment benefits for more than a million Americans hit some turbulence yesterday. It seemed like a done-deal in the morning. Well at least lawmakers were saying they had cobbled together enough votes between the two parties to begin debate on the bill. But, by the afternoon, things had fallen apart. And the finger-pointing began. The sticking point is the 55-member Senate Democratic caucus can't pass the bill without help from Republicans to clear procedural hurdles that require 60 votes to pass. And as you might guess, it has been difficult to reach that magic number. The clock is ticking. There is another key vote set for Monday and lawmakers are hoping to get a deal set before then.

Jim Acosta will be live on this story.

4. KENDRICK JOHNSON CASE

One year later: Last year, on this day, Kendrick Johnson did not return home from his high school. He was 17. And the teen's family is still searching for the reason that he died. Local authorities had said the teen's death was accidental. They had said the teen slipped and fell in the school gym, got wedged in a gym mat and died. But Johnson's family never believed that story. And other experts have said investigators missed clues that could have suggested foul play. But a lot has changed since Kendrick Johnson was found rolled up in gym mat in Georgia high school last year. The FBI is investigating the suspicious death. And the teen's family says they hope they are closer to finding out the truth. "That is my child and we are going to fight until we get the truth," said Jacquelyn Johnson. "That is all we ever asked for."

Victor Blackwell will be live on this story.

5. DENNIS RODMAN

Where art thou? More members of Dennis Rodman's basketball team exited North Korea today. But Rodman's whereabouts are still a mystery. Charles Smith, one of the ex-NBA players who traveled with Rodman to North Korea to play a basketball game, spoke to reporters at Beijing. "We accomplished that mission," Smith said. "All the players that were there, American tourists, even our documentary film crew, I think we could all agree that the trip was just simply incredible." The trip to North Korea has made headlines all over the world after Rodman lost his temper during an interview with on CNN's "New Day." Rodman issued an apology for that outburst yesterday and blamed it partly on drinking.

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

Marshmallow time: Remember the days when you had time to make stylish videos about throwing marshmallows in people's mouths? No?

Joy riding: You can't go wrong with watching another baby riding a Roomba.

Beat boxing baby: This youngster shows some a little early musical interest.

Crazy handstand:90’s hip-hop superstars Kriss Kross popularized the idea of wearing your clothes backward, but photographer Patrice Letarnec took that concept to its absurd extreme: a series of photographs showing people doing handstands with their clothes on upside down. Take a look at this,
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Crazy handstand take two: Wow. Hard to imagine that this this one ended well.
<crazyhandstand2morning. 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!

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  1. fidel

    Top Ten Signs You're a Christian in Name Only

    10 – You vigorously deny the existence of thousands of gods claimed by other religions, but feel outraged when someone denies the existence of yours.

    9 – You feel insulted and "dehumanized" when scientists say that people evolved from other life forms, but you have no problem with the Biblical claim that we were created from dirt.

    8 – You laugh at polytheists, but you have no problem believing in a Triune God.

    7 – Your face turns purple when you hear of the "atrocities" attributed to Al lah, but you don't even flinch when hearing about how God/Jehovah slaughtered all the babies of Egypt in "Exodus" and ordered the elimination of entire ethnic groups in "Joshua" including women, children, and trees!

    6 – You laugh at Hindu beliefs that deify humans, and Greek claims about gods sleeping with women, but you have no problem believing that the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary, who then gave birth to a man-god who got killed, came back to life and then ascended into the sky.

    5 – You are willing to spend your life looking for little loopholes in the scientifically established age of Earth (few billion years), but you find nothing wrong with believing dates recorded by Bronze Age tribesmen sitting in their tents and guessing that Earth is a few generations old.

    4 – You believe that the entire population of this planet with the exception of those who share your beliefs – though excluding those in all rival sects – will spend Eternity in an infinite Hell of Suffering. And yet consider your religion the most "tolerant" and "loving."

    3 – While modern science, history, geology, biology, and physics have failed to convince you otherwise, some id iot rolling around on the floor speaking in "tongues" may be all the evidence you need to "prove" Christianity.

    2 – You define 0.01% as a "high success rate" when it comes to answered prayers. You consider that to be evidence that prayer works. And you think that the remaining 99.99% FAILURE was simply the will of God.

    1 – You actually know a lot less than many atheists and agnostics do about the Bible, catholicism and church history – but still call yourself a Christian

    January 10, 2014 at 9:18 am | Reply
  2. Lady reader

    Shame on you cnn. You couldn't find any other tweet to repost supporting rodman but one with a handle that alienates half your readership? Way to subjugate women, CNN.

    January 10, 2014 at 8:39 am | Reply
    • russg

      Thanks for your presentation.
      It really isn't so hard. Just one, I'm definitely not a creationist. I believe evolution is the way God did it.
      I don't pretend to tell God how he did/does things. I accept that your kinowledge of the bible is
      superior to mine.

      January 10, 2014 at 10:53 am | Reply
  3. james

    you used a twitter handle iMUSTAFAacked her. Sound that out CNN.

    January 10, 2014 at 8:03 am | Reply
  4. Shawn

    I LOVE this feature on CNN, but I wish the writers would stop including Twitter comments from random people. Unless the person has a legitimate connection to the story, there's no reason to share their comments with everyone – it just cheapens the quality of the article. The final straw for me was seeing tweets from someone named IMUSTAFAckedher. Really? That's who you're going to for comments?

    January 10, 2014 at 8:00 am | Reply
  5. Brad

    It's nice to see that @iMUSTAFAckedHer got some shine on CNN. Twitter handles, how do they work?

    January 10, 2014 at 7:52 am | Reply
  6. par5in2

    There is not a chance Gov. Christy was not aware of the actions being taking by members of his staff. I have worked, as a government contractor for many years and government underlings do not take action unless they have got the nod from their superiors. It just does not happen. They get approval in some way before taking initiative like this. Gov. Christy is not going to leave a traceable trail back to himself so as he can simple say I didn't know and fire his staffers. If you believe he didn’t know you are just naive to the way government works.

    January 10, 2014 at 7:52 am | Reply
    • Jeff

      Same rings true with Obama and Fast and Furious, and the embassy deaths. It's both sides.

      January 10, 2014 at 8:26 am | Reply

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