November 14th, 2014
04:03 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, November 14, 2014

President Obama is posed to move on immigration reform. The leader of ISIS taunts the White House. And the Secret Service gets a failing grade for the fence jumping incident.

It's Friday and here are the 5 things to know for your New Day


Changes are coming: President Obama is ready to act on immigration reform by the end of the year. Speaking during a news conference today in Myanmar with opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, Obama encouraged Congress to act on immigration. He said he told Republican Congressional leadership that he was interested in working on a legislative solution, but without one, he would bypass lawmakers and implement the changes by executive order. Things could get surly, if that happens.

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"Missed me": It sure sounds like a taunt. An audio message purportedly of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi calls the U.S.-led coalition "terrified, weak and powerless," saying it's a "failure." Analysts believe the audio is authentic. The message comes just days after weekend reports that al-Baghdadi might have been hit in airstrikes. And just so you're fully up to speed, ISIS plans to start minting its own currency. If you're going to have an Islamic State, you've got to have your own money.

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Critical care: A new Ebola patient will be transported to the United States from Sierra Leone for treatment, a government official told CNN. The patient is a surgeon who's a Sierra Leone national, but is married to a U.S. citizen and is a legal permanent resident. Treatment would take place at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, which has already treated two American Ebola patients. The doctor is expected to arrive this weekend, most likely Saturday, the official said.

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Long-haul flights: Here's some more evidence that we could be entering a new Cold War. Russia plans to send long-range bombers on patrol to the Gulf of Mexico. Defense minister Sergey Shoigu said this week that Russia needs to maintain its "military presence in the western Atlantic and eastern Pacific, as well as the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico." Experts say Moscow appears to be reacting to what it considers to be Western meddling in Ukraine. The message seems to be: "You mess in our backyard, we'll mess in yours."

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Secret Service #fail: The Department of Homeland Security is out with a review of September's fence jumping incident at the White House. The findings aren't kind to the Secret Service. Organizational confusion, gaps in training and a series of communication failures allowed Omar Gonzalez to jump the fence, run across the lawn and enter the White House. The report details alarm and radio systems that didn't work as planned, a chase foiled when Gonzalez disappeared into the bushes, and an officer who was supposed to release canines trained to take down intruders who reacted too late. The incident led to the Secret Service director's resignation.

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Girls, girls, girls: Rosetta Project scientist Matt Taylor caused a firestorm this week with his choice of fashion during the European Space Agency's live stream of a space probe landing on a comet. Taylor initially sported a shirt featuring women in lingerie, possibly not the wisest choice of attire given all of the discussion surrounding the challenges for women in the tech and science fields. He later changed, but the damage had been done. Taylor is kind of the piñata of the science world right now, with everyone taking a whack at him.

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

–Question of the day: Why is everyone naked (or is that nekked)?

- Salt lick: Look what this clam does with salt on a table.

- Pachyderm playtime: Adorable baby elephant Nandi takes a rambunctious dip in a kiddie pool at the Reid Park Zoo in Arizona.

- Whale of a time: A surprise for boaters in Norway.

- Environmental and artsy: A new bike path in the Netherlands collects solar energy during the day and glows at night. Plus, it looks cool.

There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Margaret Morgan

    Still awaiting moderation. Sunday November 16, 2014.

    November 16, 2014 at 11:57 pm | Reply
  2. Margaret Morgan

    Comments are still awaiting moderation for the third day. Why does this keep happening?

    November 14, 2014 at 10:31 pm | Reply
  3. HeresAThought

    How about one of the 5 being the fact one of the big architects (Gruber) of the ACA admits it was legally worded to be confusing so that it could mislead the American public. Tax that isn't a tax was intentionally done that way because they knew it wouldn't pass otherwise. The law is in fact a tax on the healthy to pay for healthcare for the sick. Admits not being able to be transparent about the law because they knew it wouldn't pass. Oh, and the American people are stupid because they went along with it...might be right about that one.

    Plus the story behind the story is that an average joe citizen (Rich Weinstein) uncovered these videos because he was mad after his insurance doubled in cost. Amazing that national news can't actually do investigative reporting anymore, would rather bury their head in the sand and condemn or applaud something depending on which party they prefer.

    November 14, 2014 at 8:31 am | Reply
  4. Margaret Morgan

    Nandi is adorable. A self seasoning clam. Amazing. Have an enjoyable weekend everyone.

    November 14, 2014 at 8:09 am | Reply

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