September 29th, 2014
10:30 AM ET

Is The White House Safe?

Should President Obama trust the Secret Service to keep him safe?

This question arises again after a Washington Post report says supervisors mishandled a 2011 shooting incident at the White House.

Washington Post reporter Carol Leonnig told "New Day" Monday it took the Secret Service four days to discover there had been a shooting.

The Secret Service has responded to these claims, but another investigative reporter, Ronald Kessler, asserts the group needs a change in management.

And he says President Obama and his family are not safe at the White House.

Kessler emphasizes the danger saying "the agents I talked to say it’s a miracle that there has not been an assassination so far."

Watch the interview above and let us know what you think 


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September 22nd, 2014
10:48 AM ET

Should You Spank Your Children? Dr. Drew Says No

As Adrian Peterson continues to be in the spotlight, the larger question remains for the general public, is it right to spank your kids?

HNL's Dr. Drew Pinsky says parenting experts agree that the answer is no.

“There’s nothing positive about it, there’s always better alternatives,” he told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day" Monday.

Does that mean society agrees?

According to results from the New York Times, "polls consistently show most Americans believe spanking is an appropriate form of discipline, although it varies by party identification, race, region and religion."

Though it's decreased from earlier highs, about 70 percent of people supported spanking in 2010 and 2012.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

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Adrian Peterson's Childhood Football Coach Defends Player
September 18th, 2014
10:52 AM ET

Adrian Peterson's Childhood Football Coach Defends Player

A former coach of Adrian Peterson's is speaking out and defending the player.

On "New Day" Thursday, Steve Eudey told CNN's Michaela Pereira that he 'doesn't understand' how Peterson is being lumped together with other NFL players for abuse.

“Adrian was disciplining his child. In my opinion, that is a difference than physically whipping a woman or a child … going overboard on discipline is not the same thing as hitting somebody with your fist and knocking them down," he said.

Eudey cited Peterson's "track record of kindness to people in general," and said he feels Peterson was disciplining his child and it may have gone too far.

“Adrian knows right from wrong," he said.

"He understands the injuries to the child was not his intent and he was wrong and he has apologized for that.”


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August 28th, 2014
11:50 AM ET

Black TV Producer is Mistaken for Bank Robber

Charles Belk was supposed to end last Friday night at an Emmys party but instead he was held by the Beverly Hills police for six hours, arrested as a suspect in a local bank robbery.

Belk, 51, is an acclaimed African-American TV producer who says he was detained because he was "misidentified as the wrong tall, bald head, black male fitting the description."

As he was rushing towards his almost expired parking meter, Belk was approached by a police officer on a motorcycle who told him he matched the description of a bank robbery suspect.

Belk gave the officer his identification and was told to sit on the curb, where he spent 45 minutes, before being taken to the police station.

"I sat there with my head down in handcuffs," he told CNN's Michaela Pereira on "New Day" Thursday.

Belk said the officers should have reviewed the ATM and bank's HD video footage to see that he was not the right person.

Instead, he said he called back to a friend he was with before the incident and instructed the man to call the NAACP.

During his booking, Belk said he told an officer – "this is a real nightmare."

But the officer convicted him on the spot, responding "This is a serious crime you committed."

Beverly Hills police say they've arrested a woman who's responsible for nine recent bank robberies and two attempted bank robberies in the area, but the man she was most likely working with is still on the run.

In a statement, the department said they "deeply regret the inconvenience to Mr. Belk."

"However, based on witness accounts, and his location close to the bank, officers properly detained and arrested him based on the totality of the circumstances known at the time of the field investigation."

For Belk, he just wants this message out there to police:  "I hope they can start making it about the face and not about the race."


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