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-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com be. with the 249th pick of the 2014 draft the st. louis rams select michael sam, defensive end. >> an historic moment. michael sam becomes the first openly gay player to be drafted by the nfl. we've got the reactions including a special congratulations from the president. and we now know two of the victims who died in that hot air balloon crash. this morning, the recovery is under way for the third victim. also it's voting day in eastern ukraine. pro-russian separatists decide
whether they will declare independence from kiev, but will the controversial referendum launch the region into civil war? your "new day" starts now. doesn't that michael sam get you and make you feel good this morning? what a way to start sunday, mother's day. good morning and happy mother's day. i'm ana cabrera in for christipaul. >> happy mother's day to you, to christi, to my mom, to everybody. i'm victor blackwell, 6:00 on the east. it's "new day" sunday. michael sam is making history, shattering barriers, becoming the first openly gay football player taken in the nfl draft. >> he was a first team all-american from the university of missouri. sec co-defensive player of the year. he was chosen late in the seventh and final round by the st. louis rams. >> now the historic moment was cheered from st. louis all the way to the white house.
>> with the 249th pick in the 2014 nfl draft, the st. louis rams select michael sam, defensive end, missouri. >> reporter: with that announcement michael sam becomes the first openly gay player drafted by the national football league. he got the news by telephone from the rams head coach jeff fisher who told him "you are a ram. the wait is finally over." for the all-american defensive end from missouri, it was an emotional moment. >> i am overwhelmed. i'm excited and i'm proud to be a ram. i knew i was going to get picked somewhere, and every team that passed me i was thinking how i'm going to sack their quarterback. >> reporter: congratulations came from the oval office. president obama said from the playing field to the corporate board room, lgbt americans prove every day that you should be
judged by what you do and not who you are. the nba's jason collins who became the first openly gay athlete in any of it the four major american sports when he came out in 2013 tweeted this comment "i wanted to say congrats to@mikesamfootball and@stlouisrams. great pick. good luck." >> he's done an outstanding job dealing with things and i believe he's prepared to skudiss the situation and get on to football. >> reporter: st. louis rams fans want to see michael sam hit the field. last season the team finished 7-9 and the bottom of the nfc west. >> he has a chance now so he's got to prove himself. >> i think he'll make a good player for the rams. they need somebody like that. >> will he be a distraction? i don't think so. i don't think so. he's a good player. so i think he'll prove himself. >> the next step is just to play some football. it's time to shut up and play some football. we need him.
>> so much to talk about. joining us now is joe carter. joe, what a big moment in history and to see michael sam's reaction, it just makes everybody smile. >> i watched that reaction last night as it came down and the live feed coming from somebody's house in california, i think he was with his agent but that was a powerful moment, i really, really liked that moment. this is unprecedented. it's historic but i think the nfl is very much ready for this moment. they had several months to prepare for this. michael sam came out in february so they've had months to prepare. this is not a surprise. before he came out there were discussion and reports there would be a group of current nfl players that were going to come out together so pressure could be taken off one player. for whatever reason that didn't happen, in addition to knowing that and michael sam came out in february and having months to prepare and they've also watched the nba. jason collins came out last summer. it's been almost a year they've watched the blueprint the nba set out.
jason collins, number 98 jersey the top player on nba.com. there's no reported incidents from fans or players since jason collins came out. >> and the game continues. >> absolutely. >> as we move forward, yes, he's been drafted, this makes history but he has to make the team as he moves forward. what are we expecting during the locker room, during training room? >> he'll have otas and then training camp in august. i expect in august it's going to be a media frenzy. this will be the biggest story to start the 2014 football season but if i'm the st. louis rams, the head coach and the general manager i'm going to put michael sam in front of the media one time, let him address everybody from "good morning america" to tmz and then pull michael sam back in the locker room and make it all about football and not allow him to talk to the media again until the 53-man final roster is set.
this is great not only from a football standpoint and geographical standpoint. missouri where he went to sclenlg two hours from st. louis. people are familiar who michael sam is, support him on and off the football field and from a football standpoint it's very good for him defensively. it's a great situation, congratulations to michael sam and the st. louis rams. >> what is really cool this is not the first time the rams have done something like this, making history. back in 1946 that's when the rams made history, drafting the first african-american in modern times to the nfl. so here they go again. >> think about that now. we think wow, they drafted the first black player. that's not a big deal anymore. ten years from now we'll think it's not that big of a deal at all. >> good to see you. thanks so much. look at this hail. there was a tornado, lots of
cleaning up in orek, missouri, where a twister left behind damage. 80% of the town near kansas city was forecasted after that tornado blew through yesterday. law enforcement officials are still going door to door checking on residents there. you can see them here pulling a woman to safety. this is what's left of her home. there's some damage. right now a lot of this whole area is without power because there are so many downed power lines. >> cnn meteorologist alexandra steele joins us now. good morning to you. do we know if the threat is over? >> the threat is not over. let me show you some more video, too. northeast of kansas city the hot spot yesterday. look at the massive tornado and when you watch this roll, look at the bottom right hand of your screen, you see this debris being blown around with this tornado so an awfully scary day yesterday. the threat does exist today for
long track tornados so here's the area of concern today. kansas, missouri and iowa, similar setup as yesterday. right now this is the area of concern, pretty quiet, no watches or warnings as of yet. this is what we saw yesterday, 11 reports of tornadoes, wind 49, some incredibly strong wind, 1 reports of hail. you saw on the video golf ball sized hail. there were reports of tennis ball sized hail to boot with this storm. an incredible amount of energy and incredible amount of uplift. right along this warm front and the dry line this is where we're going to see the most severe weather again expected today. hottest hit areas today kansas city down to st. angelo. another threat for a big severe day, long track tornadoes, hail and some strong winds. >> al sandexandra steele thanks much. in ukraine as voters head to
the polls, even russia is condemning this vote. aisha? >> reporter: did the nigerian military know a boko haram attack was about to happen or did they do nothing at all? live in nigeria with this exclusive report. ana, back to you. >> back here in the states, the search for a missing pilot resumes today as investigators dig deeper on that balloon crash in virginia. . first we want to wish a happy mother's day again to all the mothers out there. >> all morning long we'll play greetings from our troops who can't be with their mothers today. happy mother's day to all of you hard-working moms and we certainly love our moms and salute those who are overseas. >> hello, i'm staff starnlgerge albana, happy mother's day,
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13 minutes after the hour. pro-russian separatists in eastern ukraine are lining up at the polls in donetsk for a controversial referendum vote to separate from the country's interim government. >> there's only one question on the ballot. do you support the act of independence of people's republic of donetsk. leaders in kiev and the west are calling this vote illegitimate. many worry today's results could push this country one step closer to civil war. >> for weeks, ukraine has been plagued by deadly clashes. we reported on them here between pro-russian militants and ukraine security forces. atika shubert joins us live from donetsk, ukraine. give us an idea of the turnout.
>> reporter: turnout as far as we can tell has been quite high. the official numbers from the self-declared donetsk people's republic is about 30% so far and we still have about ten more hours of voting. we've seen a lot of people showing up since this morning. dozens and dozens just in the last few hours or so here at this one polling station. so it does seem to be going ahead this vote. i want to quickly show you the ballot box behind me here. you can see they're transparent. most people don't even bother to fold their balance rots so you can see the yes votes at the bottom there and the flag you might notice at the front of the ballot box that's the flag for the donetsk people's republic, they organized this hastily put together referendum but of course they obviously want a yes vote as well. so is this an accurate representation, one that's verifiable, probably not. for many people here it's already a foregone conclusion. they know what the answer to this referendum is going to be.
they want to know what happens next. >> atika, i understand the russian television channel there is telling people where to go to vote and yet russian president vladimir putin has said let's delay this vote publicly. do you think that's really just to save face? is he and russia supporting what's happening there? >> reporter: it's really hard to know. i do note that reaction here was initially baffled when vladimir putin came out saying that the referendum should be postponed. they went ahead and pushed ahead with that vote here. clearly there is that sort of momentum here. it's really hard to see how many people want independence because as we can see it's a flawed process. we do know from talking to people is that they're angry and fearful that the government in kiev has not been able to resolve this conflict peacefully and that they have unable to stop the violence, that is their main concern for now. >> and what happens next is the next question.
atika shubert, thanks so much. right now, nigerians are taking to the streets in protest, demanding their government do more to bring home more than 200 girls kidnapped from their school nearly four weeks ago. this on the heels of a startling report that nigeria knew in advance about the kidnapping and yet did nothing. >> so that's happening in nigeria. saudi arabia's highest religious figure condemns the terror group that's taken responsibility for the mass kidnapping. he says boko haram is "set up to smear the image of islam." aisha sesay is in the capital. what is the latest efforts to find the girls. there are u.s. representatives trying to advise the nigerian government. where are they now? >> reporter: hi there, victor and ana. i think that's the key point you
made there, they're here to advise the nigerian government. the nigerian government still here to assist in the investigation. the focus is having meetings and really assessing the niger january military's capabilities and trying to identify where the gaps are in those capabilities. the teams that are here have expertise in hostage negotiations, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, that's the prittical expertise they hope will provide this turnaround that can lead to a break-through in ultimately locating these girls and bringing them home. you're right, there has been growing clamor in this country and around the world as people continue to shout loudly that the government must do all it can to find these girls and bring them home. victor? >> isha, obviously today is mother's day, our hearts even heavier for these families who have to be going through so much
pain they wait anxiously. how are these relatives holding up? >> reporter: it is a desperate time for these families. it's almost hard to put into words when you're in a room with these affected family members, just the feeling you get. they are so desperate. they are so fearful. i spoke to a father who lost two daughters in this raid, two daughters were taken off by boko haram in the raid april 14th. he told me all they do in his home is cry. he also gave us more insight as he has spoken to some of the girls that escaped as to what happened that night. take a listen to some of our conversation. >> they say that we are army, going to protect you, don't fear. from that time they all got together in one place. so they start banding the
school. they say they are not good people. they start to escape or to run away. >> reporter: 200 plus girls taken, still have not been recovered and the international community is here to try and change that. ana, victor? >> i mean, your heart breaks for them. >> it does. >> knowing that they're waiting for something, some answer. isha sesay in abuja, nigeria, thank you. in vrng a university mourning two of its staff members killed after that hot air balloon caught fire and crashed. as the government helps investigate what went wrong. >> we've got the latest on the search that resumes that morning to find the missing pilot. awesome, amazing, that's epic, bro. whatever happened to good? good is choosing not to overshoot the moon, but to land right on it. good is maxwell house.
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welcome back. the search for a missing hot air balloon pilot is expected to resume shortly, the pilot is the last person who is missing following the deadly balloon crash at the festival outside richmond, virginia. the two other victims have been found and now identify identify. >> the university of richmond says two members of its staff program, ginny doyle and natalie lewis were on
board when the air balloon crashed into power lines. >> good morning, erin. >> reporter: ana and victor, the rest of the hot air balloon festival was promptly canceled and virginia police held multiple briefings throughout the day saturday as they combed
through this densely wooded area looking for the remains from this terrible tragedy. >> we are now transitioning from a rescue operation to a recovery operation at this time. >> reporter: from a search and rescue mission to a recovery. virginia authorities confirming the terrifying hot air balloon accident was deadly for the three people on board. >> got a visual of the airborne hot air balloon, appears to be still smoking, still pretty high there. >> got a report that the basket has come off, so we're trying to find that right now. >> advise all units the airborne balloons aren't the issue, we need to locate the
basket. >> reporter: authorities say they still haven't located that basket but they have retrieved the bodies of two of the three victims and are still looking for the third. searchers also retrieved debris and other items that would have been on the balloon. >> they have a tremendous help. we had anywhere from 30 to 40 calls to people who witnessed it here at the festival on friday
to neighbors, who people driving within the vicinity and it's been a tremendous help. >> reporter: more than 100 people searched saturday and civil air parole assisted. challenging because the basket and balloon separated after snagging a power line and catching fire, leaving two of the passengers witnesses say to jump or fall. >> my boyfriend came out, oh my god, look at the sky. the balloon's on fire and all we had seen was stuff falling from the sky, the basket, the balloon, everything was on fire. >> reporter: the national transportation safety board is investigating and the ntsb sent a letter just this year to the faa suggesting there is insufficient oversight of commercial hot air balloons. ana and victor? >> so many unanswered questions. erin mcpike, thank you. some rough weather this weekend. we were talking about snow potentially in the denver area. also a tornado rips through missouri destroying homes, buildings, power lines there. storm chasers are catching the destruction and we're going to
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hello again. bottom of the hour now. welcome back. i'm ana cabrera. >> i'm vick-to-blackwell. five things you need to know for your new day. tornado that raced through orrick, missouri, yesterday ripped roofs off of some buildings and completely destroyed others. so far, though, no one has been reported injured. so good news there. but local law enforcement are going house to house to check on the residents. 11 suspected tornadoes were reported across missouri, kansas and iowa. a judge sentenced chris brown to more jail time for violating his probation in the 2009 beating of ex-girlfriend rihanna. on friday the pop star admitted getting into a fight in washington state and was sentenced to 130 days in jail. his lawyer says the l.a. county sheriff's department has been
releasing some inmates early and he thinks brown could be released within the next week. panic overnight at a mall in new jersey. car exploded there. it was mistaken for gunfire. the entire car didn't explode though. shoppers took to social media to report that a shooting had occurred. police evacuated the westfield garden state plaza mall in paramis, the same mall where a real shooting took place last november. there was a problem with the engine there. number four, the los angeles clippers take on the oklahoma city thunder in game four of that playoff series this afternoon. right now the clippers are down 2-1 in this series. it has been a real battle for that team. the clippers of course having to fight through plenty of distractions with their owner, donald sterling, the center of controversy, and an nba advisory committee is going to meet again this week to discuss forcing sterling to sell the team. and number five. >> 249th pick in the 2014 nfl
draft, the st. louis rams select michael sam, defensive end, missouri. >> he's a seventh round pick, the st. louis rams make history, making michael sam the first openly gay player ever chosen in the nfl draft. sam was the sec co-defensive player of the year, but a so-so performance at the nfl combine this winter and his draft stock dropped. some wonder if it dropped too far because of his sexual orientation. oversea this is morning, the big story really is what's happening there in ukraine. it is voting day in eastern ukraine and right now pro-russian separatists are defying the calls to delay that controversial referendum vote for independence. >> it's happening in the eastern city of donetsk and lahansk and it could have a devastating
impact on the rest of the country. >> there's also concern that today's results could trigger even more violence as the country inches toward a possible civil war. several people dying in clashes in the last 48 hours in the eastern part of ukraine. let's discuss what the executive director for the initiative of russian culture at an american university, delighted to have him with us this morning. thank you. >> thank you guys. >> let's talk about what's happening in ukraine this morning. despite the calls from the west, despite even the public calls from vladimir putin himself not to move forward with this vote, it is moving forward. are you surprised? >> no, not surprised. because the poll or rather the referendum is really a form of an opinion poll and we know that opinion tolls in eastern ukraine reflected almost three-quarters of ukraine do not trust the kiev government and three-quarters of the population don't want to
secede from the country. they want greater autonomy, greater self-determination within a unified ukraine. >> compare and contrast this vote happening today and the one that happened in crimea, which had some very drastic results with the annexation of that peninsula. >> absolutely. these are two different situations. first of all there had been a referendum in crimea in 1994 which shows the exact same results for separation from ukraine and joining to russia but crimea's overwhel mipgly russian populated and the feel there was much stronger for reunification with russia. the eastern ukrainian regions are quite different. there's enormous amount of discontent with the government especially after the launching of the operation against the so-called separatists, but there's also very little feeling towards joining russia but there is great, great thirst for autonomy. >> we know the interim president has warned that if they move forward with this vote and it actually passes, there are going
to be some consequences. he said he would cut the residents off from the national economy, cut them off from social programs and he said, "it's a step nowhere for these regions. it say euphoria that may lead to some complex consequences." what are we talking about? what could happen next? >> this is a threat that is not going to help the kiev government. the same thing as with the military operation that's been launched against people in eastern ukraine. i don't think that ukraine will follow through, the kiev government will follow through, rather, with the threats because it needs the eastern regions. they are the biggest contributors to ukraine's gdp. the regions having the referendum are the most industrialized and have the least unemployment in the rest of the country. >> anton fedyashin we're looking ahead to two weeks from today with the national election and hope to have you back to talk about that, too. >> thank you very much, guys. 180 million people in 45
countries watched intently last night. >> a reality show is making a statement and making waves across the world this morning because of who took the crown. ♪ out of the ashes >> this is concita wurst and fans went nuts at the big win last night. isn't that right, erin? >> that's right, victor. affectionately known as the bearded lady but last night was not without controversy. i'm erin mclaughlin live from london this morning. details coming up. >> hi, mom. just wanted to say i love you a lot and i miss you so much. i will be home very soon. love you.
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♪ out of the ashes seeking further than vengeance ♪ ♪ retribution -- the bearded lady won the eurovision song contest with this song "rise like a phoenix." >> such a fitting song for what happened. one of the most famous singing contests in the world created after world war ii to encourage good relations among countries and this year's eurovision competition may be remembered more for its intense political atmosphere that was swirling around the event as much as the event in its outcome itself.
>> joining us is erin mclaughlin from london. is this as much a statement by judges and the voters about tolerance with some countries? this anti-gay prop gone agandap. they wanted wurst to send a message? >> i think that was certainly a factor, victor, but i also think her performance really did captivate this audience. conchita verst is the drag persona of 22-year-old thomas newirth. she propelled austria to its first eurovision victory since 1966. let's listen more to the performance. ♪
>> reporter: now that performance of course not without controversy, of course. countries such as belarus, armenia and russia even before wurst took to the stage were filtering petitions and signed their own countries calling for her not to be able to perform, also suggesting she be edited out of the broadcast, something that wurst addressed or touched upon in her press conference following her performance. take a listen. >> well, you know, i think for me, you know, my dream came true, but for our society, it just showed me that there are people out there who want to go in the future and go on, you know, and not stepping back or thinking in the past, so i thi k europe -- i'm so thankful about
that but we said something. >> wurst's own manager describing the win as a victory for tolerance. victor and ana? >> seemed like a break-through on the international stage there when it comes to tolerance and accepting diverse population. i know there was another controversy in this year's eurovision show, right? wasn't there some conflict with the russian sipping singers and the lyrics of their songs? >> that's right, the twin amplers, ana and maria tomachevi the russia entrants causing a stir with their song, some of the lyrics, some people taking to possibly hint at an incursion. let me read you some of the lyrics. the twins singing "living on the edge, closer to the crime, cross the line, one step at a time, maybe there's a day when you'll be mine." many seeing those lyrics as a reference to russia's annexation
of crimea earlier this year, something widely regarded by the international community as illegal. interesting to note that ukraine yesterday placed sixth in the competition, and russia placed seventh. often in eurovision's past the emphasis is supposed to be on the art but politics and art are tending to collide and last night, of course, was no exception. victor and ana? >> what an interesting development. erin mclaughlin, thanks so much. you want to stay with us through this break because there's an exclusive report from one of our reporters in nigeria who spoke with a girl who managed to escape boko haram by jumping off a truck. hear her incredible story just a few minutes away. stay right there. >> hello, i'm sergeant first class villa, based out of ohio,
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>> in the night. >> reporter: so did that make you feel that they had come to get you, to get the girls? >> yes. >> reporter: that's when you knew that they'd come to kidnap you? >> yes. say okay, ener it this lorry we go. i will drop down. >> reporter: that was really brave of you. >> yes, we would rather die than go. we run in the bush. >> reporter: you ran in the bush? >> yes. >> reporter: and what happened then? >> we ran and ran and we were gone. >> reporter: can you describe the men, what did they look like? were they wearing civilian clothing or military uniforms, what were they wearing? >> they had like -- i don't understand. >> reporter: what was their dress? what were they wearing?
>> i feel afraid. >> reporter: did they look like soldiers? >> yes, we are a little afraid. >> reporter: you don't want to talk about it. it's okay, i understand, i understand. i'm sorry. >> wow. i think we all understand that fear that possibly they'll come back for her. >> and hearing her voice, it just pains to you hear, you can hear the fear and the hesitation to say anything. >> our thanks to nima elbagir in niger nigeria, ta you canning to one of the few girls who escaped that mass kidnapping. as we continue "new day" sunday a growing trend of making hash at home. >> officials are calling an exponential rise in fiery, dangerous explosions. we'll talk about that next. >> i'm specialist chad dufour from wilson, north carolina, i'd like to give a shout out from
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>> she was a mother. don't know if lady liberty with as a mother but happy mother's day to the mothers in new york and across the country. two states have legalized marijuana for recreational use and the majority of americans do support some form of legalization, but there is an unintended consequence to the rising pot business, these hash oil explosions. >> based in colorado, so we're seeing these hash oil explosions popping up all over the place. people are trying to make very concentrated form of thc and extraction of thc from the marria marijuana plant. it's easy to do but extremely volatile, blowing out windows, walls, putting lives in danger. >> i'm lit on fire, my hands, my nice, my whole body, the worst pain in my entire life. >> reporter: what was going through your mind? >> oh, my god, what did i do? what did i do? >> reporter: wayne winkler is
lucky to be alive. an explosion in his kitchen burned his hands down to the bone. >> it was just hell all in one second, an immediate instant. >> reporter: winkler was making hash oil, also known as wax, shatter and dabs. product flying off the shelves of colorado marriage marriage dispensar dispensaries. many consider it the most pure thunderstorm of thc. put that into perspective for me? >> thc content possibly equal to the amount of what you might get in one joint or two or few. >> reporter: it's made using butane to extract thc from the cannabis plant. when the butane evaporates you're left with an oily or waxy substance. there are dozens of videos on youtube that show not only how easy it is to make but also how risky and dangerous it is. hash oil explosions and fires are becoming a concern around the country from washington to hawaii, to new york and california. they're happening in homes, apartments, even hotel rooms.
in southern california, authorities are cracking down. there the product is outlawed. >> we've identified 40 separates, butane hash oil extraction labs of which 20 resulted in fires and explosions. >> just seeing the pattern in these trends we can't ignore it. >> reporter: the burn trauma icu at the university of colorado hospital has treated at least ten victims of hash oil explosions since jab. that's ten times the number treated in all of 2012 and on track to far surpass last year's numbers >> we had one woman, she came in with a 90% burn so she was with us for two months. >> reporter: it's now been more than a year since winkler left the hospital. he considers himself healed but the scars on his hands are constant reminders of the day he almost died. >> while i'm doing this interview, if i can stop someone else from being burned, burned alive and stop them from doing it, that's what i'm doing this
for. >> winkler teared up a number of times during our interview. it was that painful, he said, that it just reminds him of how horrific that whole situation was for him when that explosion happened. the problem is people are doing this without thinking about the consequences, what could happen around them and it is a growing problem. i can tell you in denver alone in the metro area, we saw like four or five hash oil explosions within a two-week period so it's a serious issue, and people are calling on legislation, some kind of further regulation of the marriage marriage industry. >> you're probably just hearing from a friend how to do it. it's not as if there are clear instructions how to extract hash oil. >> you can buy the products at a hardware store. it's cheap. >> that's true. thank you so much for spending your morning with us. >> it's now almost 7:00 here in the east. wow, that hour flew! >> yes. >> we have a lot more in the next hour of your "new day,"
which starts right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com good morning again. thanks for waking up early on this mother a's day. i'm ana cabrera in for christi paul, who is where she should be. >> i'm victor blackwell, 7:00 on the east coast, 4:00 out west. it's "new day" sunday. michael sam has made history. >> he's now the first openly gay player drafted by the nfl. the st. louis rams drafted him in the seventh round yesterday on the final day of the nfl draft. joining us now to talk about it is joe carter with cnn sports. really an amazing moment for all the professional sports. >> you talk about an agonizing day, you see the emotion in the video we're showing to wait nearly seven full rounds, three days. he was the 249th pick, only seven more picks remained after michael sam but the emotion
coming from him yesterday, you see him hugging his boyfriend and in a moment we've never seen during the envelope draft he and his boyfriend shared a kiss, unprecedented and historic moment, a great moment for michael sam and the nfl. >> it's showing they're just humans. it doesn't matter what our sexuality is. you love somebody and you show it right there. i love what rachel nichols tweeted out, of course twitter lit up on fire, everybody had something to say but he said congrats to michael sam and les snead and the st. louis rams who are hart enough to know a good football player is never a distraction and that's what a lot of the talk at least the opponents of this whole thing moving forward have been saying, could this become a distraction for nfl? >> i think the nfl is ready. i think that they have a blueprint for this, seen what the nba has done with the jason collins situation. they've known this was coming out for a while. i think the nfl is ready, i think the st. louis rams are a good fit from a football standpoint and geographical
standpoint, only two hours where he went to college at the university of missouri. lot of fans know him very well and support him on and off the football field and from a football standpoint he fits into that defensive scheme just well. he has a lot ahead of him. he has to make the 5 -man roster, not assured to make ma roster. he has to go into training camp. it's going to be a media frenzy. you're talking about everybody from the morning shows to the entertainment programs will be there and it will be interesting to see how they handle the michael sam situation with the media. >> let's talk about this in the context of the broader major four. they thought this perception of -- >> bullying. >> bullying, yes, and i'm looking for the larger term, but bullying as it relates to the miami dolphins, the sterling problem with the nba. is this a panacea for this or is it too early to know? i mean, of not being inclusive. does this help fight off that perception? >> i think this is a positive moment for the nfl.
the nfl has plenty of negative moments to worry about, considering they have a number of minority coaches that should be promoted or should be hired and are not being hired. they have plenty of athletes being arrested for all the trouble off the field. this is a moment of celebration for the nfl, a moment of acceptance for sports. so it should be celebrated like that. i can't really compare the donald sterling situation. i think it's apples to oranges to the michael sam situation in my opinion. >> what i was looking for is intolerance, some people, considering maybe this helps with that but as you say, apples and oranges and we got to see if he makes the team. >> the amount of tweets i got last night when i posted the picture, the hate tweets to support tweets are 50/50 which is discouraging. >> that surprises me. >> we come a long way with the st. louis rams in the 40s drafting the first black player, now first openly gay player. 10, 15 years maybe this won't be an issue. the search is said to resume
for the missing pilot. the university of richmond has lost two staff members of its basketball program, ginny doyle and natalie liewis were on boar the balloon. >> the two can be seen inside the hot air balloon just moments after it took off. it's the dark blue one on the left side of the screen here. >> erin mcpike is staying on top of the search and the investigation moving forward. she's joining us now. good morning, erin. >> reporter: ana and victor the rest of the hot air balloon festival was promptly canceled and virginia police held multiple briefings as they looked for the remains in this terrible tragedy. >> we are transitioning from a rescue operation to recovery operation at this time. >> reporter: from the search and rescue mission to a recovery. virginia authorities confirming the terrifying hot air balloon accident was deadly for the
three people on board. >> i have a visual of the airborne hot air balloon. appears to be still smoking, still pretty high in the air. >> got a report that the basket has come off so we're trying to find that right now. >> advise all units the airborne balloons aren't the issue, we need to locate the basket. >> reporter: authorities say they still haven't located the basket but retrieved the bodies of two of the three victims certaini in searching for the third. >> we've had probably between 30 to 40 calls from people who witnessed it from here at the festival on friday to neighbors to people driving within the vicinity and it's been a tremendous help. we've been following one those folks. >> reporter: more than 100 people searched saturday and civil air patrol assisted, challenging because the basket and balloon separated after snagging a power line and catching fire, leading two of the passengers, witnesses say,
to jump or fall. >> my boyfriend came right out and he's like oh my god look at the sky, the balloon's on fire and all we've seen was stuff fa falling from the sky, the basket, the balloon, everything was on fire. >> reporter: the national transportation safety board is investigating and the ntsb sent a letter just this year to the faa suggesting there is insufficient oversight of commercial hot air balloons. ana and victor? >> erin mcpike near richmond, vrng, thank you. there say lot of cleaning up to do this mother's day in the town of orrick, missouri. tornado tore through the town yesterday. it destroyed homes t downed power lines. >> law enforcement officials have been going door to door checking on some residents. you can see them pulling one woman to safety from her damaged home. >> but there's a threat of more tornadoes and severe weather across the country. cnn's meteorologist alexandra
steele joins us now. what is the threat here? >> again another threat. you guys, can you believe the number of storm chasers out there that the video now that we can see with the complexity of these tornadoes, massive tornadoes on the ground yesterday, reports of at least 11. here's a look at where we're seeing. no tornado watches or warnings as of yet but there will be. areas of concern today, kansas, missouri, iowa, just a big voracious storm with a lot of energy. on the cold side of this, denver, colorado, between six and nine inches of snow with this system today. on the front side, of course, we're going to see tornadoes, hail, some very strong winds. these are the reports from yesterday, 11 reports of tornadoes, 49 very strong wind reports. hail, 91 reports. hail as big as tennis balls fell from this system so an incredible amount of uplift. upper air energy comes in, the severe setup. on the cold side the denver
side, half a foot of snow for them, more in the mountains. that is a lot of snow this time of year but they've seen a foot of snow in june, the second week of june. it's late but not that late. along this dry line and where we'll show that warm front, des moines, kansas city, oklahoma city and down towards san angelo, texas, the potential for long track very strong tornadoes. most likely here though in the northern quadrants, even country country has the potential for some severe storms today. kansas city, wichita, oklahoma city today. the threat moves eastward for tomorrow. not a lot of movement have this storm although the threat for tornadoes greater today than tomorrow. big picture wherever you are, a little rain in the northeast this morning but beautiful mother's day there from albany to new york to boston. the southeast temperatures incredibly warm, well above average, atlanta, charlotte, mostly a dry day, a few scattered showers. we're going to watch all the temperatures be so above average today. you guys it's really going to take the temperatures to drop
about 20 degrees or so into maybe the 60s in the southeast so we've got a lot of warm, humid air here and it will take a long time for the front to pass eastward. >> the 60s sound kind of nice. >> 80s today in the southeast. >> al saexandra steele, thank y. people are lining up in eastern ukraine this morning, an historic day. controversial vote set to happen. will pro-russian separatists declare their independence by the end of the day and why the results could trigger more violence. and pope francis takes to twitter to send out his prayer for the release of more than 200 school girls in nigeria. we've never sold a house before. (agent) i'll walk you guys through every step. there are a lot of buyers for a house like yours.
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it's an historic kay in eastern ukraine and it's not without controversy. right now, pro-russian separatists are defying calls to delay a referendum vote for independence. >> you're looking at pictures out of slavyansk where people have been lining up to cast ballots. this morning there are growing concerns a vote to break away from the interim government in kiev could push the ukraine kroeser to civil war. >> atika shubert is there at the polls. lot of questions whether this was going to move forward with you we see behind you people are coming out to vote, aren't they? >> reporter: yes, the referendum is clearly moving forward. we're actually in a school that's a polling station here in donetsk, and this referendum is going ahead. will it be a legitimate vote? kiev clearly says no. we've seen a lot of turnout, lots of people coming out from
8:00 this morning. we've also seen other people coming in putting in multiple ballots. is this a verifiable, accurate representation of the will of the people? at this point, probably not, but we are waiting for results to come out later today. of course, no way for us to independently verify those results, but in a sense, the answer to the referendum hardly matters. many people think it's a foregone conclusion. what they're waiting for is what the reaction will be from kiev and from moscow. >> atika, do we know from the people who are there what they believe the tangible fruit of this vote will be? >> yes, you know, a number of people -- i have to stress that even if this vote doesn't come out as legitimate, there have been a lot of people coming out, and they're frustrated and angry, especially with the government in kiev. they feel that the government in kiev was unable or unwilling to stop the violence, and that's
where we're putting the blame so that's why people seem to be coming out to vote today, but what will this retferendum end p with? some hope an independent government, some hoping to join russia. they're hoping to change from the government in kiev. >> i know we don't have much time but you were showing us earlier the ballots were flopping out of some of those boxes and could you see people, what they were voting. do you know, are people voting both ways or are these just people who are supporting independence that are coming out to vote in the first place? >> reporter: well, look, we can look straight into the ballot boxes here and very few people have actually folded up the ballots. the vast majority of them as we've seen already have "yes" on them. i have seen somebody come in and vote no. people are coming out with differing opinions. we don't know what the actual numbers will be. we'll seen people slip in
multiple ballots. in terms of what we would consider a free and fair election, this is not. >> atika shubert in donetsk watching the vote for us, thank you so much. >> we'll be right back. before we go, pope francis is now among the growing legion of supporters usin using #bringbackourgirls. >> he tweeted "let us all join in prayer for the immediate release of the schoolgirls kidnapped in nigeria." >> first lady michelle obama and others have also joined. the hashtag has been shared more than a million times. >> it's hard to believe it's been almost 20 years since monica lewinsky was in the news and now making news once again. how will her "vanity fair" cover spread impact the race for the
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♪ it's a beautiful day good morning, washington. beautiful shot of the capital and a great day there. sunny skies, high of 81 degrees, so good to have you with us this new day on this sunday morning. it's been a tough week for hillary clinton. politico calling this one of her worst since leaving the state department. >> she had her husband's infidelity rehashed in "vanity fair." republicans called into question her leadership at the state department over the attacks in benghazi and failure to label boko haram as a terrorist group but is this a conservative strategy or a bad week? is this what conservatives will try to use to derail her 2016
aspirations. >> we'll join eleanor clift, contributor to "the daily beast." let's talk about this as a republican strategy. do you think that's just attack hillary until they have a candidate that they can get behind? >> well, if you look at hillary clinton's approval ratings among democrats there, soaring into the 70s, and i think among the broader public at large she does very well. she looks like a sure thing for the democratic nomination, and she looks like a good bet to be the first woman to become president. you look on the republican side and they're really in disarray, they're fighting among themselves about various issues and they're looking at various tactics to try to tarnish hillary clinton's image, and i think benghazi is certainly one of them but i think dredging up the monica lewinsky scandal is not going to go very far with the american public. >> let's talk about the latter person and then talk about the
former. at this point in the 2008 cycle, hillary clinton her approval ratings were just as high, she was far and away the front-runner but republicans then, even before this "vanity fair" article, did not talk about monica lewinsky at this point in the '08 cycle as they are ahead of 2016. why this time around is monica lewinsky coming up, do you think? >> well the '08 cycle you had barack obama running against hillary clinton so the republicans could stand down, you could say. i think lewinsky is coming up now because she's written this article in "vanity fiair" tryin to inject herself into national conversation. she did a barbara walters interview a number of years ago, an hbo special, she had a reality show. she wants to be taken seriously. i think she wants to be forgiven, if you will, and i think she's frustrated that at 40 years old she really hasn't
found her way in the world and she is, this is another attempt on her part to basically understand, i think, what she did, and to get the country to view her in a different p perspecti perspective. if she wants to do that, i think posing in a come hither pose on a couch is probably not exactly the best way to do it, although as i think any woman would probably jump at the chance to be photographed in such a flattering light. she looks good, but she's, really has not been able to find a career path that is satisfying and you read the article, you feel kind of sorry for her, but the notion that she somehow is going to negatively impact the presidential race, bill clinton and hillary clinton have prospered since the whole scandal, and bill clinton won or the democrats won an election in '98 basically on people's
revulsion on all of the excess all around monica lewinsky, the investigation, the various players. i think dredging that up does not constitute a modern political scandal. that belongs in the history books. >> i think, eleanor, also, it's worth mentioning this is monica lewinsky coming forward. she writes in the article or part of the interview saying this is her wanting to get out in front of that next presidential cycle, so that she doesn't get dragged back into it eventually and that could still happen. let's talk about republican strategy as well here. are republicans getting ahead of themselves by attacking hillary and going after whoever this opponent is going to be? should they be focusing on the midterm elections which are right around the corner? >> i think it's part of the midterm election, too. benghazi folds nicely into energizing their base to come out and vote i guess trying to
portray hillary clinton in a negative light and warning the republican base she could be the next president might also energize their voters to come to the polls. so i think it's all of a piece. i don't know that you can necessarily separate out the two elections. >> let me get one question in here, aside from secretary clinton, the republicans this week announce their seven members of this hearing, this investigation into benghazi. five spots open for democrats. democrats are pondering the idea of boycotting. gloria borgia has an op-ed on cnn.c cnn.com. it says bad idea. what do you think? >> i agree. if the democrats are not resp t represented, it will be one republican question after another. the witnesses who chairman trey dowdy is calling won't get relief when they are questioned by democrats who are more
friendly. i think democrats have to consider how this whole thing will be staged and need to get their voices in there. there's one proposal that you would have just one person as sort of a monitor, but if you're looking for air time, you want equal air time i think the democrats probably should get the five people that they are allowed to have on the committee, they probably ought to get them in there. >> eleanor clift, thank you so much for your time this morning. it will be fascinating here in the next couple of years. >> so good to have you this morning. >> lighright, right, we're getta head start. another clinton was in the news this former, former first daughter chelsea clinton earned her ph.d. in international relations from oxford. her ph.d.. her father, the former president posted a photo here on twitter yesterday and said "couldn't be prouder of chelsea clinton today. congrats on your doctorate." we will see you back here at the top of the hour, 8:00
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