November 15th, 2013
09:21 AM ET

National Assoc. of Insurance Commissioners: "Pleased and Surprised" at Unanimity in Concern Over One Year Fix

Jim Donelon, Louisiana Insurance Commissioner and President of National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), told “New Day” Anchor Chris Cuomo that he was “pleased and surprised at the unanimity across the board in concern” about the timing of the President’s one year fix to the Affordable Care Act that will allow people to keep their insurance policies that no longer meet minimum standards. Donelon confirmed that he “disagrees” with Obamacare and is concerned with how the one year fix will affect the solvency of small insurance companies.

“The problem is you can’t change the rules at the last minute when the game’s about to start. And the rules have given benefits to lots of policyholders – guarantee issue, caps on coverage for older policyholders,” Donelon said. “It threatens the solvency of the system and it threatens to spike the cost to policyholders across the board. So, each state will have to make that determination for themselves. But at the NAIC level, we had two calls yesterday in the aftermath of the President’s announcement. And I was pleased and surprised at the unanimity that I found across the board in concern over what the President is proposing.”

“I disagree with the law. That’s a fact. I have many concerns about it,” he added.

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November 13th, 2013
09:15 AM ET

Actress Jennifer Garner Advocates for Early Childhood Education

This morning on “New Day,” “Dallas Buyer’s Club” actress Jennifer Garner advocated for Save the Children, emphasizing to Anchor Chris Cuomo why it’s important to her for the government to pass legislation to finance early education. Garner also commented on recent legislation that protects children from paparazzi harassment in California, beginning January 1st. She was joined by Mark Shriver, senior vice president of Save the Children.

Garner said, “This is important to me because the playing field for kids in America is not equal. And I’ve travelled around the country with Save the Children, going into homes and seeing the way that kids are growing up – there are 16 million kids growing up in poverty in America. And without starting from the very beginning and getting an earlier start on their education, they have very little chance of catching up….”

“I’m looking forward to January 1st, when the law will go into effect, but no, so far I haven’t seen a bit of difference,” Garner said about the paparazzi law. She adds, “The threat of it is not enough. There are ten cars outside my house every single morning.”

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November 6th, 2013
10:29 AM ET

"Pandora's Promise" – Is Nuclear Power The Answer To Climate Change?

CNN New Day Anchor Kate Bolduan interviewed Academy Award-nominated director Robert Stone about his documentary film Pandora's Promise, which profiles several high profile environmentalists who now strongly support nuclear power as a part of the global solution to reduce fossil fuels emissions.  Stone, who supports the replacement of fossil fuel powered energy plants with nuclear energy, debated Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune, who says that the cost and safety concerns of nuclear energy are outweighed by the relative benefits of renewable energy sources like solar and wind power.

Pandora's Promise debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2013 and is set to debut for the first time ever on television on Thursday, Nov. 7.  The CNN Films broadcast will premiere tomorrow from 9:00pm to 11:00pm and 11:00pm to 1:00am on CNN.  All times Eastern.  During the film, users can join the debate with the filmmaker and environmentalists from all perspectives on this topic online tomorrow by using #PandorasPromise or by tweeting to @CNNFilms on Twitter.

More information about Pandora's Promise may be found here: www.cnn.com/pandoraspromise.

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November 5th, 2013
10:43 AM ET

Do These Voicemails Show Incognito Was A Bully?

The Miami Dolphins have suspended Richie Incognito who's accused of harassing a teammate who later left the team. Now there are some voicemails adding to the mix, CNN's John Zarrella reports.

The NFL is launching an investigation into the Dolphins workplace environment and whether Incognito bullied another player, Jonathan Martin, so badly that Martin left the team.

According to ESPN and NFL.com,  this is the text of a voice mail sent from Incognito to Martin:

"Hey wassup, you half (blank) piece of (blank). I saw you on Twitter you been training ten weeks. I'll (blank) in your (blank) mouth. I'm gonna slap your real mother across the face. (blank) you, you're still a rookie. I'll kill you."

Former Miami Dolphins player Ricky Williams and former Detroit Lions player Lamar Campbell joined “New Day” to talk hazing and bullying in the NFL in light of the controversy between the recently suspended Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin, both of the Miami Dolphins. Campbell told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that this behavior is unacceptable, while Williams claimed there is a different standard in the NFL.

Williams said, “If you look at the culture of football and you look at one of the greatest legends of football, Vince Lombardi– If you took the way he managed his team… and you put it under the microscope with social media and media coverage right now, he would fit, probably, most people would put him in the category of being a bully. And I guarantee if you took the same criteria for bullying and you followed each NFL team closely, I would say that 35-50% of the coaches would lose their jobs.”

When CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo asked Williams what he would do if he received similar voicemails, Williams responded, “I would send it back and say, ‘shut up you redneck’. And we both would laugh about it.”

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Neither Incognito or Martin are with the team and its unclear when or if either will be back.

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