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and the leader of america's closest arab ally has died, the funeral for saudi arabia's king abdullah is soon. but the timing could not be more critical. >> another critical u.s. ally in turmoil this morning -- yemen's president and cabinet resigned after a standoff with rebels. throwing that country deeper into chaos. this, as more u.s. diplomats leave the country amid growing calls to evacuate the entire embassy. we have every angle covered. the way only cnn can. let's begin with becky anderson in abu dhabi. what's the latest, becky? >> yeah, king solomon certainly a man with experience, he has taken over from king abdullah who died at 1:00 a.m. local time. his funeral will start just within this next hour. king solomon is a brother, he
has experiences on the domestic and international stage. viewed as a pragmatic and cautious reformer. he served as defense minister and deputy prime minister of saudi arabia. which you rightly point out is a vital u.s. ally in the middle east and has been for years. listen, succession is always wrought with problems, particularly in this region, which is why you saw the announcement of this transition almost immediately. following king abdullah's death. if you look to history books, the first two saudi kingdoms in the 18th and 19th centuries, wracked by internal family squabbles, exploited by enemies and given this turmoil in this region, the royals in saudi will want to present an image of stability and strength. it's the internal machinations as they emerge will be the most important to watch. any sense of a coup within an absolute monarchy would meet unprecedented and decisive
action. so watch this space as it becomes clear now who the king new solman has put in place. >> those international machinations are always key. now to the political upheaval in yemen. the country's president, prime minister and cabinet all resigning under pressure from rebels, who now appear to control the capital. the yemeni government was a key u.s. ally in fighting al qaeda. the u.s. embassy remains open at this hour, but for how long? barbara starr joins us live from the pentagon. what do we know? >> of course, saudi arabia watching its neighbor, yemen, just to its south. right now the u.s. embassy has less people than it did yesterday. they say that they are taking some of the diplomats out. they are driving to the airport, getting on commercial flights, trying to draw down the number of americans at the embassy. we know in fact that they made a test drive to the airport just to make sure the roads were safe. before they started taking people to board those commercial
flights. very little information, they're not even telling us whether all of the draw-down is now complete. so where do we stand? yemen in turmoil. the government has resigned, the houthis still there. not a very clear picture as to who, if anybody, is in charge. so the question now is what happens next, who does the u.s. deal with? u.s. dealt with the constituted government of yemen. but there is not one right now. and the risk is both al qaeda and the houthis are headed towards even more violence. more concern about the stability in that vital american ally. michaela? >> all right, barbara, thank you for that. the 200 million ransom deadline has passed now, still no word on the fate of two japanese men being held hostage by isis. we turn to will ripley with the latest. he's in tokyo. will? >> more than five hours after the deadline has passed, michaela, there are serious fears here in tokyo that perhaps
isis never really intended to negotiate with the japanese government. because in spite of the government's best efforts since tuesday to reach out and open a line of communication, isis has not responded. and yet, we're learning now, that a local broadcaster here, a public broadcaster has been communicating by email with a spokesperson for the terror group. who has been talking about a numb of things, including saying that a statement is coming soon. so if isis is willing to talk to the media, but not willing to talk to the japanese government, what does that tell us? well it tells us perhaps that if they're not willing to ghost, not willing to perhaps accept the far smaller ransom than the $200 million they're demanding, they're looking for the next valuable thing, which is headlines and attention. we know that isis gains new recruits every time they conduct a brutal execution on video. which means there are a lot of people here in japan right now very fearful. even more so than ever, for the lives of these two innocent men. chris? >> all right. will, stay on it, we'll check
back with you later in the show. let's talk more about what the death of king abdullah means for the fragile situations -- that's plural -- situations in the middle east. let's bring in former u.s. assistant secretary of state, james reuben. a scholar at ox ford university and cnn political commentator and professor at city of new york, professor peter bynart. peter, you've been waiting for me to call you that since we were in college together. enjoy it let's pup putt up president obama's statement. just to give the sense of importance that the united states government feels about this. the country has work together, they confronted many challenges, i always valued king abdullah's perspective, appreciated our genuine and warm friendship. as a leader he was always candid and had the courage of his convictions. that's the statement from the white house. but let me ask you, he is called, peter, a reformer. what changes? did king abdullah make since he came into authority in 1996 or
so. and is that a fair title? >> no, i don't think so. i think the most important reforms he made were he expanded education for women and he expanded opportunities for saudis to study abroad. which over the long-term, these two things may bring some changes, but women can still not drive in saudi arabia. the, even the municipal elections that they were starting to hold have been put on hold. and the repression of people who criticize the royal family, especially from the shia minority is still absolutely vicious by any democratic standard. so i think, no, not a reformer. someone who basically continued the status quo. and i think it's going to be up to future leaders to really make dramatic changes that saudi arabia needs. >> you know, jamie, we do see the situation with this blogger, they have stalled the last two sessions of flog iging the guy. but you hear about the exports of wahabiism. you hear about saudi arabia as the head of the snake when it
comes to terror. because they do so much funding of groups. may the u.s. hand be forced by the new king? >> well i think it's certainly true that over the last several decades, certainly since the '80s, when saudi arabia worked with the united states against the soviet union, saudi arabia's foreign funds have played a pernicious role in building support for the most extreme form of islam, this wahabiism. there's no question about the fact that there are mosques and m madrasses that have educated and exported some of the people who committed the worst crimes. but most of the funding has not been intended for that purpose. they have their version of religion. once the saudis saw that al qaeda grew out of this, once they saw 9/11 happen, and when
the extremists started to threaten them, they reversed course to a degree and had a major crackdown inside saudi arabia. and have worked closely with the united states to try to identify those who would use mass murder to achieve their objectives. >> often it's about shared interests and we remember as jamie pointed out, peter, many of the 9/11 murderers were from saudi arabia. but now you have isis that is openly against saudi arabia. and basically wants the authority of saudi arabia. and iran, which is another nemesis of saudi arabia. do those two principals wind up making them a friend, no mat another comes in to control? >> yes. you know the united states for a long time has made this kind of devil's bargain where we look the other way about a very, very repressive saudi regime. and indeed as jamie was saying, a regime that has been a very negative force in many ways
around the world in terms of exporting a very deeply conserve, if not hateful form of islam. but saudi arabia's oil capacity is very, very important to the united states. especially now, one of the reasons the u.s. economy is recovering so well is because oil prices are so low. and the saudis have kept oil prices low, which have weakened iran and weakened russia. remember the two of the countries that america is most concerned about right now, iran and russia in various conflicts, in the ukraine and also vis-a-vis iran's nuclear program, are suffering because the oil price is so low, because they are oil exporters and it is the saudis that are playing a key role in keeping it low. this is one way in which the saudis strengthen america's hand, vis-a-vis america's enemies and america is not going to let that relationship weaken i think in the future. >> you could argue that the saudis are trying to depress the market in a way that also affects u.s. production. but u.s. margins are better than
some of the other countries you're discussing. so jamie, the new king. what do we know about him? do we expect a continuation of the norm? or do you think things change? >> i think we should expect continuity. he is apparently got some illness that makes him -- >> you use the word dementia. is there any reason to believe that? >> i don't know the facts there. but i suspect he is an elderly man. he is one of the last sons of the founder of saudi arabia. the modern saudi arabia. and i think he is known as a sort of the middle-of-the-roader and quite well liked within the family. if you're going to get into the question of saudi internal politics, i think the first thing to say about this is i've been doing this sort of work for almost 20 years now and every year somebody tells me the saudi regime is on its last legs and it's going to collapse. and it doesn't happen. and the reason it doesn't happen
is because there are thousands of these princes and they control an enormous amount of money. and when push comes to shove, they hang together to keep the regime going in the form that it now is. a monarchy. and so even though there are some difficulties, some differences, some issues that go on behind the scenes, they join together at crucial times and now is one of them. and i wouldn't expect to see big changes. and i wouldn't expect to see any upheaval in the saudi government. >> and then other than turkey. they have the most powerful army you could argue in the region as well. putting israel in the mix as well. james reuben thank you very much. professor beinart, appreciate the perspective as always. michaela? the prime minister of iraq warning that declining revenues due to plunging oil prices will impede his country's efforts to battle isis. iraq is lookin ining for more ws
to fight isis. iraq's prime minister made the request after suggesting the u.s. has been too slow to provide weapons to fight the terrorists. negotiators calling the first-round of reconciliation talks between u.s. and cuba productive, respectful and positive. both sides acknowledge profound differences on issues like the economic blockade on cuba and the designation as a state sponsor of terror. discussed reopening embassies in both countries. the two sides agreeing to meet again, but no official date set yet. and proof that bad guys like to innovate. mexico's drug smugglers, have got high tech and now one of them is short a drone. police in tijuana discovering an unmanned aircraft crash-landed in a parking lot on tuesday, the drone brought down by the weight of its own cargo. guess what that was? six lbs of crystal meth. street value, $50,000. border officials saying drones are becoming more and more popular among traffickers. the weekend is here, people. there is snow in the forecast targeting the northeast. the question is how much.
chad myers is the type like i grab my snowboard and head to vermont or batten down the hatches? >> vermont would be good, probably four inches of new snow, central park, maybe only two inches. amarillo, when it snows in texas it's a pretty thing. i'll tell you what, it snowed there, trust me. anyway. the snow still came down in texas, amarillo, about 12 inches of snow. now that snow has moved off to the east and to the northeast there we go. that's the video we're looking for. snow and shoveling in the cowboy hat, got to love it the snow moves up into new jersey. eventually we get to from bergen county to islip into long island, a huge different forecast. like an inch in islip on long island. could you get six inches in western parts of new jersey. because the rain moves in and it mixes, so new york city, starts as snow tonight and then all of a sudden it changes over to rain. and then back over to snow as it stops. it's not going to be a great
pile-up of snow, but for a while the snow will be there for snowmen. it might be a small snowman, about four to six inches, especially western suburbs out here towards the western part. and then on up towards the berkshires, six inches of snow up there. vermont, probably dry, except the next one comes in making more snow for you. cold enough to make snow and they do that up there at sugarloaf or wherever you go. guys, back to you. i think chad called tom brady a pretty thing. he did -- is that subliminal? >> now we know what side of the he skis on. >> he didn't get a tattoo. >> chad, thanks so much for the forecast. this morning the u.s. is pulling out some staff at the embassy in yemen. are american diplomats at risk today? we'll have the latest for you. speaking of the patriots, their star coach and qb, pretty boy, gave the full alfred e. newman, when asked about
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the u.s. embassy in yemen pulling staff after the president and his cabinet resigned. is control of the u.s. ally now up for grabs? let's bring in lieutenant colonel james reese, a retired delta force commander, the founder and chairman of tiger swan. and jonathan russell is the political liaison for quilliam foundation, an anti-terror think tank. colonel reese, 24 hours ago when you were on "new day," we were talking about this tentative peace plan. negotiations between the rebel group the houthis and the yemeni government. how did the government collapse so quickly? >> we said yesterday that we did not think that was going to hold. and really what happened is, the u.n. came into, into sanaa
yesterday, and really the prime minister and his cabinet decided that they knew that they were going to be just a puppet aspect for the houthis and they resigned. one of the key issues right now is is constitutionally what happens now is, the, the next person in their parliament steps up, who is a former president, sal saleh's former adviser. the houthis are not prepared to take over. >> so, jonathan, is the yemeni government now null and void? who's in charge there in the u.s. ally? >> it certainly looks to be a difficult situation there. and another region in the middle east that's in flux. and therefore, you know, this is troubling for allied countries who are striving for stability and peace in the region. and really don't know where to turn to. so really, think we've got to
sit tight on this one and do all we can with our interests in the region to push this forward. >> colonel reese, the state department is pulling some personnel out of the embassy. but they're not closing it. they're not pulling all personnel out. they haven't explained the rhyme and reason on that. do you think they should pull everyone out today? >> no, alisyn, i don't. i think they're going through the process right now. and one of the things we can't do is try to manage this from d.c. the ambassador, the regional security officer who is the senior diplomatic security officer in the embassy, and then the senior military adviser there, they're the guys on the ground. they have got to advise the commander and the ambassador and they'll make that decision. right now what they're doing is they're getting noncritical staff out. which is very smart move. they're going through their protocols to make sure, but right now, i would just say -- everyone stay calm, we want to stay involved here. because if we pull out, we may not be able to get back in.
>> jonathan, i want to move on to what's going on with isis in the two japanese hostages. i personally am starting to feel uncomfortable talking about this. because it feels as though we are playing into isis' hands. they are trying to keep the media in suspense. they're saying we'll tell you in a few hours, they're sort of ginning up interest. and were they ever going to spare these hostages anyway to begin with? that's not their history. >> you're absolutely right, alisyn. i think one of isil's strongest suits is its propaganda and as we've seen, they're running out of western journalists, western aid workers, construction workers that they can take as hostages. and they've started to look east. and it's in this that they're really clutching at straws. they know that the western media the international media will continue to broadcast what is a, a public interest story. and therefore, will give them the air time. and really give them the
platform for isil propaganda, for this jihadist messaging that we're seeing. that strikes terror into international populations. of course, they end up in ransom payments and therefore funding terrorism. but crucially, also improve their stature and their scare factor. that is so crucial to their success. >> yes, look, it's a very tough one. we care about the fate of the japanese hostages. we want to know what's happening with them. but it just doesn't seem as though any sort of negotiation has ever worked with isis. colonel reese, i want to move on to something that the u.s. ambassador to iraq said about isis. he told this to al arabia tv. he said the u.s. airstrikes has taken out more than half of the isis leadership. and used this number, killed more than 6,000 fighters in syria and iraq. we hadn't heard that number anywhere before. do you think 6,000 isis fighters have been killed? >> alisyn, who knows?
candidly, i think the ambassador made a mistake. i think that was an emotional response. from him, based off some of the friction that's going on between the embassy there and the iraqi leadership, that we're not doing enough. think that was an emotional response back for him. this is not about vietnam. but it's just not the smart way of doing it. right now we are showing and you know, the territory that the iraqis are winning back, we are showing that if you look at the tigress river valley that runs up to the north. they've taken back tajji, badgi, balad. things are static out in the west. those are the things that show us. >> lieutenant colonel james reese, jonathan russell. thanks so much for all the information this morning. president obama's interview with several youtube stars provided more than a few viral moments, the question is did his message resonate with the younger, broader audience?
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just shy of half-past 6:00 in the east. let's look at the headlines, the funeral for saudi arabia's king abdullah is set to begin in about half an hour's time. the king died thursday at the age of 90 after a bout of pneumonia. one of his brothers, crown prince salman has ascended to the throne, the death of king abdullah is causing concern about america's dwindling influence in the middle east. opening arguments in the trial of suspected bombing, boston marathon bomber dzokhar tsarnaev will not begin monday as planned. that is because the process is taking much longer than expected. lawyers for tsarnaev are pushing for a third time to get the trial moved out of boston. they insist too many potential jurors are biased.
more than half stating they believe the 21-year-old is guilty on their questionnaires. they could be the republican's best hope in 2016. jeb bush, mitt romney meeting privately in utah thursday. bush aide says this meeting was planned well before romney expressed an interest in running for president again. and of course, we still don't know if jeb bush plans to run. tonight he makes his first public speech since forming a political action committee. we'll be watching. health officials are telling people -- stay out of disneyland unless you've been vaccinated for measles, an outbreak is spreading across california and beyond, 70 cases already have been reported. health officials are scrambling to contain the outbreak by banning unvaccinated children from schools in orange county, california. another concern, five of the people who have contracted measles were fully vaccinated. so that's obviously a concern. we'll continue to watch that. all right. deflate-gate. it's become more about the cover-up than the perceived crime, hasn't it?
belichick and brady, the patriots' head coach and star quarterback addressing deflate-gate at twin press conferences, cnn's elena machado is live in foxborough, massachusetts. what did they say and what do people believe? >> that's the big question, what will come out of the news conferences that were held. now brady seemed very calm, very relaxed. at times he was even smiling as he was peppered with questions and he came out and spoke a day earlier than expected. hopefully to put the controversy to rest. >> i have no knowledge of anything, i have no explanation for what happened. >> the new england patriots on the defense. head coach bill belichick and quarterback tom brady speaking out in separate press conferences thursday. declaring they did not deflate footballs in sunday's afc championship game. >> i didn't alter the ball in any way. once i approved the balls, that's the ball i expect out
there on the field. i don't know what happened over the course of the process with the footballs. >> the nfl's investigation continues into why 11 of the 12 footballs the patriots provided for the game were underinflated. any notion of foul play denied by the star quarterback. >> is tom brady a cheater? >> i don't believe so. i mean i feel like i've always played within the rules, i would never do anything to break the rules. >> earlier thursday, belichick saying he, too, was shocked to hear about the allegations. >> no knowledge whatsoever of this situation until monday morning, i learned a lot more about this process in the last three days than i knew or had talked about in the last 40 years. >> but many are still suspicious after spygate, a cheating incident in which the patriots in violation of league rules, videotaped coaching signals from the new york jets in 2007. former dallas cowboys quarterback troy aikman pointing the finger directly at brady.
>> for the balls to have been deflated, that doesn't happen unless the quarterback wants that to happen. i can assure you of that. >> and seattle seahawks cornerback richard sherman casting doubt on new england's golden boy. >> he would somehow get a skewed view of tom brady. that he's just a clean-cut, does everything right and never says a bad word to anyone. and we know him to be otherwise. >> but patriots players standing by their quarterback and their coach. >> in his locker room, we don't believe that, man. we went out there, won the game fair and square. >> they know we do it the right way, and they know we got a lot of high-character guys in the locker room. guys that work hard, put a lot of work those in and we earn those wins. >> now brady told reporters that no one from the nfl has actually contacted him directly to talk about the investigation. the nfl would only tell cnn they are not commenting on the details of this review. chris, michaela and alisyn? >> elena, thank you very much. we'll have more in the "bleacher report" coming up.
we have someone who has been following it from the beginning. a former player is going to talk about it. what aileena just said there at the end -- the league is a bigger problem for me. there's no question that teams play with the balls and quarterbacks like them a certain way and aikman, troy aikman, legendary quarterback -- >> so harsh. >> wasn't that interesting? >> that doesn't mean that he's saying the guy cheated. he's saying that quarterbacks like the balls the way they do. >> didn't he say there's no way that tom brady didn't know? >> he wouldn't know what's being done to the footballs, because they're done to the quarterback's liking. aaron rodgers and the green bay packers said i like my balls over-inflated. how would he know if they all do it to the standard? what bothers me is the league. said they would deal with this quickly. they said they'd be done in a couple of days. tom brady said he hasn't heard from the league. >> find it interesting that belichick, who is known from all the stories that i've been telling you, is detail-oriented. i don't know, i have questions. >> there's a rule, there's a penalty and you know, why isn't it ended at that?
it's going to become who knew what and when. meanwhile, airline profits are soaring, so why aren't any of us seeing a break in air fares? chief business correspondent christine romans, with cnn money. >> in this case when you fill up your tank at home, you really benefit, you really benefit from lower gas prices, you're not benefitting from the lower jet fuel prices. look, jet fuel costs are down more than 50% over the last year. but airfares are up 2%. why are airfares up 2%? because the airlines say it's demand. we're flying more miles and they're packing planes, 83% capacity, a record high, so people are flying like crazy. let me show you other stats, guys, southwest airlines, how much are they saving right now? $500 million just this quarter. imagine that, $500 million savings in the low jet fuel prices. this year they'll save $1.7 billion. the real beneficiaries are investors, look at the stocks of
these companies, for the first time in a long time, the airlines are making money. now, there's this populist cry, why is this not filtering down to me? the airline industry will tell you it is. they're paying down debt, giving raises to their employees, buying new fuel-efficient planes, they're looking at the demand part of the picture and they're not talking as much about the low jet fuel prices. i know if feels like a populist outrage, but the airlines are saying it's better for you. there's another interesting point. since the course of aviation, this is the first time the airlines have ever really been profitable, ever. >> is that right? incredible. thanks so much, christine. president obama under a little bit of fire for the way he's communicating his political agenda. not the message some are having a problem with. it's the messengers. what do you think? is it appropriate for the president to sit down with internet stars? green lipstick and all? thanks for the ride around
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visiting pro-am. no, no, it was a trio of youtube stars, the mission to get millennials in touch with president obama's latest policy proposals, especially those presented in the latest state of the union address. our white house correspondent michelle kosinski joins us live with some of the memorable moments of the q&a session. the first of its kind. >> we would have loved to interview the president after the state of the union message. but unfortunately for us, we've never attempted the green gumball challenge, the october mu pus octopus challenge. we did not qualify. >> the state of the union is strong. >> so the white house assembled some top talent to delve into the president's thinking. not from among the titans of journalism, or the political uber blogger wonkie, but the best of youtube. >> prepare to empty your brain.
>> it's okay? is you? good, because i want to know. >> the lineup, glozell. millions of subscribers. her clip, my push-up bra will help me get my man, 23 million views. and green, science nerd. >> speed and velocity are not interchangeable. neither are mass and weight. >> and bethany moda, a teenager brimming with style tips and eight million subscribers. >> my eyebrows look extremely uneven in this video. let's not talk about it. >> for all the build-up -- what? >> you used phrase middle class economics in the speech. >> how can we braj the gap between black african-american males and white cops. >> so last april boko haram kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls. >> boko haram? they asked all the same questions we might ask and president obama gave extremely long answers. >> that's a government program that helps a lot of people. >> the running commentary? things like we need marijuana
and i thought this was going to be interesting, but it's boring. i know it's important, but i'm 13. >> come on, guys, you are the youtubers, aren't you supposed to shock everyone? bring some kittens or something? okay, there were some fun moments. >> the last one is if you have any superpower, what would it be? >> the flying thing seems pretty cool. >> hank green asked the president to sign a receipt for his medication. said once he was insured by obamacare, went from costing $1100 a month, to $5. >> that makes me feel good. >> and glozell stepped up. >> i have green lipstick, one for your first wife -- >> my first? >> do you know something i don't? >> one for the first lady and the first children. >> no youtube gathering, being complete without -- >> can you do a selfie with me? >> let's do it. >> all right.
got it. >> my -- can you -- >> all right. >> an epic selfie there, michelle. the big question i have is how did the interwebs? react. you showed us a little bit from the 13-year-old. were the numbers good? did it go viral? >> did it break the internet? i don't think we need to worry about our jobs. these people are great about what they do, these crazy kids did not have any big tricks up their sleeves. when you look at the numbers, it seems like a peak of around 90,000 people watched this live. when you look at the number of clicks, it's around 650,000, that's going to grow. but you look at how many people watched the state of the union, more than 30 million americans, so good old-fashioned tv, hey, it's still working for the president. he can stay away from the internet. michaela? >> trying to imagine you with green lipstick, i'm going to consider that. >> i'll try it. >> let us know what you think, tweet us @newday. stay tuned right here on "new
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get it, "pump it up?" i just got it. did patriots head coach head coach and star quarterback know their balls were underinflated? they say no, that opens the crime versus the cover-up drama in deflategate, andy scholes has this morning's "bleacher report" and more. >> you listened to the press conferences yesterday, belichick is pretty believable. brady? not so much. but either way, both of them pushing all in yesterday with the -- we have no idea how this happened strategy. belichick started off saying he was shocked when he heard of deflategate on monday. he didn't know much about the process of how footballs end up on the field for game day. belichick passed the buck to brady and told reporters, ask him how he likes his footballs and then brady pretty much surprised everyone.
when he came out and said he also had no idea how 11 of their footballs ended up underinflated. >> i didn't alter the ball in any way. i have a process that i go through before every game where i go in and i pick the balls that i want to, the footballs i want to use for the game. >> to tell you that in my entire coaching career i have never talked to any player, staff member, about football air pressure. that is not a subject that i have ever brought up. >> i have no knowledge of anything. i have no knowledge of any wrongdoing of any -- yeah. i'm very comfortable saying that. i'm very comfortable saying that nobody did it -- as far as i know. >> not many people were buying what brady was selling. including hall of fame quarterback troy aikman. aikman said brady had to be involved and the patriots should be punished harsher than what
the saints were for bountygate. >> so it's obvious that tom brady had something to do with this. or the balls to have been deflated, that doesn't happen unless the quarterback wants that to happen. i can assure you of that. the punishment for the patriots and/or bill belichick has to be more severe than what the punishment was for the new orleans saints. >> and if you remember the saints head coach sean payton was suspended for an entire season for bountygate. one of the biggest revelations yesterday from brady was that the nfl hadn't contacted him yet about the their investigation into the deflategate. you would think the nfl would want to wrap up the investigation and get it out of the way as he had head into super bowl week. they may be struggling to find any evidence to implicate anybody. >> there's a rule and a penalty. they know the balls were underinflated. the question is what else are they looking for. let's discuss more, shall we? we've got cory wire, a fox sports analyst, he played nine
seasons in the nfl. and we have ka veetha davis, for bloomberg view. do you believe tom brady or are you of the aikman school of thought? and do you think this matters? >> i don't believe tom brady. and actually i was shocked that he didn't come out and take the fall for this. i really thought we were going to hear him say in the press conference that this is the way i liked my footballs i'm going to take the blame for this take his fine and get some, get penalized for it but he didn't. he came out and he lied. and i talked to a former player of the new england patriots. a guy who blocked for tom brady. is now out of the league. and i'll read whey said. he said this is something tom brady felt comfortable with. but knowing belichick it was something they practiced with all week. this wouldn't be by accident. every detail is looked at and analyzed with belichick. these balls aren't deflated by accident. it was well thought out and it was probably going on for a while. so there's someone within the
organization who knows how meticulous bill belichick is running his program. he even said it in the press conference yesterday. that if they're going to play in the rain, they'll make the footballs wet. if they're going to be in the cold, they'll make the footballs cold. i find it hard to believe that neither of them knew about this. >> kavitha, you heard coy. he said he believes that tom brady is actually bald-faced lie during the press conference. you think this does not rise to the level of cheating? >> well i think not yet. i think we need more information before we come out and say this is full-on cheating. while-day think tom brady is lying and this is an instance where the cover-up might be worse than the crime. you have nfl insiders saying this is actually a much more common practice. not just within the patriots organization, but within the sport, within football so if it's not thought as cheating among the league, if it's kind of swept under the rug, i think we need to assess just how severe an offense this is. >> they figured out that the balls were underinflated. that's a fact.
it's against the rules, what more would you like to see done? >> i would like more context, frankly. i would like to know how long this has been going on. how many teams do engage in some sort of -- >> it doesn't make this any less wrong though, right? >> it's not moral relativism or anything like that but obviously the colts complained. obviously there was a reason for a team to come out and say that this somehow violated what they accepted. >> hey, coy, let me ask you about what troy aikman said. worst than bountygate? bountygate was about the organization supposedly rewarding guys for really you know, hitting very hard or even hurting players of the other team. is this even close to something like that? >> well i think it is when you look at the integrity of the game. you know, bountygate was about unsportsman like conduct. and they brought down the hammer really hard. remember, roger goodell said sean payton, the head coach of the saints at that time, his ignorance was no excuse and he
was suspended anyway. and bill belichick is taking the same stance here. he's going to claim ignorance on this. and i really don't think it's going to matter. this is a rule that was blatantly violated. there's no proof. that's the difference here. there was proof, there was documentation in the saints scenario. this, there's probably not going to be any evidence unless you have an equipment manager 0 or someone come out that has a vendetta against those guys. >> kavitha, i'll play devil's advocate. we talk about the fact that everybody loves to hate on the patriots. on tom brady. we know about spygate. once you're under a microscope it's hard to get out from under it. do you think that's going on? >> it's a factor for us wanting to jump on the patriots. there's a history with spygate.
but to compare the two. if you're comparing bountygate or spygate we forgot about spygate pretty quickly. we have very short attention spans as nfl fans. in the long run, in the week leading up to the super bowl. we might not consider this as serious. >> we have short attention spans, coy, but we expect bad behavior at this point from the nfl. >> that's an awful thought. >> we expect bad behavior. look at the string of things that have happened. coy, are you surprised we haven't heard from roger good snl. >> not yet. think they are going to investigate. get to the bottom of the story to see if they can get hard evidence. i don't know if we're going to hear a decision as far as a penalty. now the rule book says that $25,000 fine at least if someone is found guilty of tampering with the footballs in that way. i don't know if we'll hear an announcement as far as the penalty until after the super bowl. so not surprised that we have not yet heard a decision. but to the point of us forgetting about spygate. i don't think that's the case, the reason is that this is such
a big deal this would be a second infraction of bending the rules with the same quarterback, with the same team. this is a culture of dishonesty that we're seeing from this organization. if indeed they're found to have done this. >> coy wire, kavitha davidson, thank you for the insight. we do this for you. what do you think? do you think we're making too much of deflategate or not enough? is this about the cover-up? let us know. you can tweet us or facebook. this is one story, but there's more news you need to know about. so let's get to it. the leader of america's closest arab ally has died. >> it will have significant ramifications. >> this might be an opportunity for the saudis to have to get engaged in yemen. >> the coincidence of what happened in yemen and the death of king abdullah is not good news. japanese officials are trying to talk to isis. >> i fear for the lives of these two japanese men. it's a win-win for isis and
a lose-lose for japan. >> prosecutor nisman was building a case against his country's top officials. >> he was found dead with a bullet in his brain. >> the argentine government could have been involved in this. this is "new day," with chris cuomo, alisyn camerota and michaela pereira. good morning, everyone, welcome back to "new day," the death of a long-time u.s. ally threatening to compromise america's influence in the middle east. saudi arabia's king abdullah has died. his funeral is set to begin in a few minutes. in fact these are live pictures from saudi arabia and the beginning of the funeral. you can see mourners there gathering. and the situation in the middle east seems to be getting only worse. yemen, rebels now in control of that key ally's capital after the president and cabinet resigned. now the u.s. is left on the outside looking in with nothing or next to nothing to keep american interests there safe. we have the developments being covered from all angles this morning. let's start with cnn's national
security correspondent jim sciutto. what do we know? >> good morning, chris. really remarkable events in the span of 24 hours. in the middle east in the gulf. you have two key american allies here, saudi arabia and yemen, losing leaders in that time span. let's start with saudi arabia. this was expected. king abdullah was ill for some time. they had a succession plan in plarks crown prince salman taking over as king and deputy crown prince mulcrah becoming the heir apparent. king abdullah has been king for ten years, ten years prior to that when he was crown prince, he was running the country because his predecessor, king fayd was ill for so long. you're looking at a relationship through difficult times, through 9/11 and the iraq invasion. ways able to interview king abdullah, crown prince abdullah just before the u.s. invasion in iraq. and he said that the u.s. should be careful there.
the kind of honest conversations that you can have with a close ally. so that leader is gone. but frankly, no major ideological change or policy change expected in that succession. very different story across the border just next door in yemen. because the president there who stepped down yesterday, president hadi. this is a government that's been essential in the u.s. campaign against al qaeda in the arabian pennsylvania pence sla. a person who has spoken publicly about the effectiveness about the u.s. drone campaign. very difficult thing for a middle east leader to say in public. he's gone now. real question as to what leadership follows and we saw the ability that aqap has to exert its power with attacks overseas in paris. real questions about the effectiveness of u.s. policy. >> if yemen is a nation without government just as of this morning, the u.s. has gone from having a base of operations and an ally, to having a country with a group in control that
doesn't like the united states. overnight the u.s. pulled some staff from the u.s. embassy. the question is are those left behind in danger? barbara starr has more from the pentagon. >> some u.s. personnel out of yemen. they've left by commercial aircraft by all accounts. not saying the pentagon, the state department, not saying how many are left at the embassy. here's the key question -- the u.s. embassy is protected by yemeni security forces in the outer perimeter, out on the streets surrounding the embassy. will those yemeni security forces be loyal? will they continue to protect the embassy? something that's being watched very carefully amid the chaos that is now yemen and the capital of sanaa. the government having resigned yesterday, now the question for the u.s. -- who is really in charge? what influence are the houthis exerting? as jim just pointed out, the fundamental question is, can this still be a government? can this still be a country that the u.s. can partner with to
challenge al qaeda in that country? that is the al qaeda element that poses such a significant threat. an element of al qaeda that has tried to attack the united states before and has vowed to continue to do so. it couldn't be more serious in terms of the u.s. looking to figure out if it can still work with the government there and try to challenge those al qaeda elements. michaela? >> barbara, thank you for that. a deadline to save two japanese hostages from the grip of isis has passed now. those men's lives are tied to a $200 million ransom threat. isis is expected to release a statement soon. let's get the latest from will ripley, live in tokyo. i can't imagine the nation is -- having the most difficult time struggling with the fate of these two men. >> absolutely, michaela. in this truly is such a hear heart-breaking situation that gets more heart-breaking with each hour that passes for the families of these two men. the japanese government has been
unable to open a line of communication with isis. but the terror group is talking to a japanese television station, a network. near not commenting about any negotiations with the japanese government, which means all signs are pointing to the terror group trying to get attention and headlines. and perhaps setting the stage for a horrific conclusion to this ordeal that they have put this country through. and specifically, put two families through. the mother of kenji goto, one of the hostages, made a tearful plea to isis today. a very brave woman stood before a row of dozens of cameras and she said that her son is not an enemy of isis. a plea that we've heard other mothers make to the terror group. to no avail. the terror group still asass na -- assassinates people. perhaps the most tragic thing of all, is that kenji goto's wife is sitting home right now, caring for their newborn baby, still unsure what is going to happen to her husband and the father of her children. alisyn? >> that's horrible, will, thanks so much for the update.
we'll check back in. let's bring in former united states ambassador to saudi arabia, this is ambassador james smith. mr. ambassador, thank you so much for joining us on "new day." tell us about king abdullah and what his attitude was and relationship was with the united states? >> well, he had a very strong relationship with the united states. a very strong personal relationship with presidents goes back 20 years. very, very strong and personal relationship with president obama. he would often talk about the importance of the u.s./saudi relationship so we have lost a friend. >> you know we've heard him described this morning as a reformer. though it's hard to see saudi arabia as particularly reformed. i mean particularly when we've heard that there have been ten beheadings there this month. we're watching the flogging, the sentence of a blogger who has been sentenced to 1,000 lashes.
they don't -- feel very reformed. >> well, alisyn, you have to understand that saudi arabia is probably the most conservative country on the face of the earth. but when we talk about modernization, we're talking about incremental improvements. and certainly abdullah was a modernizer. both in terms of spending hundreds of billions of dollars improving the infrastructure of saudi arabia. advancing education. the king abdullah scholarship for example, alisyn, i can think of nothing that rivals that, save the gi bill here in the united states after world war ii. there are over 100,000 saudi students studying here in the united states that will go back -- it will transform a generation. this is a long-term modernization plan. >> here's what president obama said about king abdullah. he released a statement after his death, he says as a leader he was always candid and had the courage of his convictions.
one of those convictions was his steadfast and passionate belief in the importance of the u.s./saudi relationship as a force for stability and security in the middle east and beyond. and again, today it is sort of hard to feel as though that region is stable, look at what's happening in yemen this morning. >> that's true, alisyn. but saudi arabia for the last three years has been the eye of a storm. and all around saudi arabia has been in crisis and at times chaos. i quite agree with the president's analysis. but i would also tell you that crown prince now king salman shares that same view about the u.s./saudi relationship. so my guess is we're going, we have a transition that will be almost seamless. in terms of the u.s./saudi relationship. >> as you're speaking, mr. ambassador, we're watching the
funeral begin for king abdullah. you can see mourners getting into cars there for a procession, we imagine. tell us about crown prince salman. what should we know about him? >> he was the governor of riyadh for the better part of 50 years. so he saw riyadh grow from a city of maybe 100,000 people to a city of seven million people. three years ago he became the minister of defense. with the passing of prince sultan. so his portfolio expanded beyond just riyadh. he became the crown prince. and for most of the last year, he, he's been picking up the duties of the royal court. he is in the same way king abdullah was conservative, he is conservative. and he will be accepted by the conservative community. having said that, he is involved in many activities which suggest that the vector for
modernization will continue in the kingdom. >> and is he also an adherent to wahabiism, which as we see it is the most extreme sort of version of islam? >> well the major sect of islam in saudi arabia is salafiism. wahabiism is a political relationship that goes back several hundred years. but the religious entity is salafism and he is certainly an adherent to that. >> will we continue to see the things that we consider horrific human rights offenses like the flogging and the beheadings? or are they taking steps towards what we would see as more modern civil rights views? >> well, alisyn, the all of this is incremental. the beheadings are troubling. but i will tell you it's very
difficult for us as a country to criticize their beheadings in terms of a human rights violations, when we continue to put people to death in the electric chair. the challenge for them as they evolve and modernize is to be comfortable in a more open society and a more open debate. that's whey think will be the by-product of the king abdullah scholarship program. and the hundreds of thousands of this generation that are studying abroad. >> i mean let's be clear, we would never put a blog nert electric chair. there are, there are vast differences between their justice system and our justice system. i want to finish mr. ambassador, on this point -- what do you think is the future of yemen? saudi arabia's neighbor? >> yemen's a challenge. it's been a challenge for 50 years. the saudi position is to build a strong wall between down in the
southern border between saudi arabia and yemen. and keep a distance. we, we had hoped that the hadi government would demonstrate a transition in power from ali abdullah saleh, that's broken down. mainly because of tribal challenges in the country. the saudis fought a skirmish with the houthis back in 2009. a border skirmish. so there's very much instability in yemen and the saudis will tell you they're actually more concerned with the southern border and yemen than they are the northern border and the impact of isis coming south. >> mr. ambassador, thank you so much for all of your expertise and then again we were just watching the live pictures again of king abdullah's funeral
there. you can see mourners gathering in riyadh and the funeral is under way. mr. ambassador, thanks for being on "new day." let's get over to michaela. the republican-led house has passed a bill prohibiting the use of taxpayer money for abortions. gop leaders were forced to back away from an earlier bill outlawing most abortions after 20 weeks. too many female republicans objected. the vote was held as, held as a abortion protesters marched on washington, marking 42 years since the supreme court legalized abortion. we have an update on airasia flight 8501, six more bodies have been recovered from the wreckage. still, only 59 of the 162 souls on board have been located. a majority of the victims are believed to be trapped inside the plane's main body. and that is stuck in the muddy floor of the java sea. >> incredible video to show you off the coast of scotland. rescuers plucking people off a ship just moments before it
sinks. five crew were picked up by the maritime and coast guard agency after their fishing boat began taking on water about 48 miles offshore. two of the victims were airlifted to another boat, three were taken to hospital and treated for hypothermia. >> i admire the search-and-rescue guys who have to go and do these maritime rescues, that is challenging, terrifying work. it's amazing that, every situation is a little different. really incredible what they do. >> often they're doing it in terrible weather. >> that's why the ships sink. they have to go out into the terrible weather. it's really nerve-wracking. special guys, very dangerous and a window into how dangerous commercial fishing is. the death of king abdullah is causing, is it causing possible political upheaval in neighboring yemen? what will it mean for the u.s.? and the war on terror, two middle east experts will weigh in on all of that, next. what do you get when the leader of the free world takes on someone who tries to shove as many gumballs in her mouth as
form former. >> there's a concern that you don't want people in harm's way, what do you think their status is in yemen as of this morning? >> i think what we've done overnight in removing some staff from the embassy in sanaa is quite prudent, given the situation, there's a lot of instability and uncertainty. we're working with a very skeletal staff in any event and the people there now really need to be there. i think we're able to operate. we don't want to pull the plug. we have a very close friend in president hadi. a statement of a complete loss of confidence to say we're going to close our embassy down and pull our people out entirely. we have reasons to be there. there is a lot of security concerns and issues we need to deal with on a sustained basis. you can only do that if you have people in-country. >> hadi is gone. he's resigned. the question is can you keep them safe? you balance the need to have them there with the need to keep them safely. how do you feel about that? >> absolutely. you can't hunker down behind your walls in the embassy and do that, either.
you need to balance the risk about being able to get out, conduct your business, and make sure your people come home at the end of the day and are safe. hadi is gone, but it's not clear do me he's not going to come back. it may be a step in a process. and maybe this is way for him to put a little bit of pressure back on the houthis who have been pressuring him relentlessly since september to make concessions and he didn't have too many levers left to pull. and one of them was to say to the houthis who clearly don't want to run yemen, if you want it so badly, i'll walk away, you can take charge and run this country. >> now what happens? >> it's not clear. we'll see if the pressure works, the houthis may decide okay, we don't want to run yemen. once you take ownership of that country and all of its problems people expect you to solve them. that may be something the youthis decide is beyond their means. they may give hadi a little space, invite him to come back in, make concessions of their own. now he's still going to be a very weak leader. that's the issue. how do we get him in a position where he can exercise his writ
as president and begin to extend the authority of the central government back out into areas of yemen where al qaeda operates so freely. >> right now we don't have the operations base, we don't have the friend in power in yemen. saudi arabia, we just had the king leave. we keep, pass away, actually. we often refer to them in the media, saudi arabia, as the most powerful ally in the region. will they remain that under the new king? >> i think ambassador smith said we have a very good and likelihood of a continuity in saudi arabia that will maintain the relationship. we also in terms of yemen have a very close friend, prince muhammed nayef of the interior, been in charge of the yemen file. we work well with him, his ministry and his people. think we can in terms of the personnel expect a relationship regarding saudi arabia and our alliance with the saudis and in terms of yemen, to continue. the question is what do we do in spitd of the fact we have people who are committed to resolving the issues, that remains an open
question. >> and you have the saudis, who are dedicated to stopping isis for their own reasons. whether or not they are strong and coalition in with the united states. isis wants them gone. let me ask you something. because of your work in syria, some big numbers came out of the united states about how many isis fighters have been taken out. like half their leadership, 6,000 fighters. you know the situation in syria you know the u.s. doesn't have a ground game there. doesn't have great intel networks within syria. how could we know how many people have been killed with any kind of accuracy. >> i'm not sure how we make a body count in that case, it's speculative. and there's an enormous body of men under arms representing isis in syria and it's really a chilling prospect when you think of the numbers they have. and the fact that we ourselves have so little in terms of people on the ground that we can count on to be a counterforce, either to isil or president assad. >> what are you hearing from your syrian contacts?
do they believe isis is suffering from the military campaign? are the rebels gaining ground? what is assad's posture? what are you hearing? >> i think there's no doubt that the constant bombardment from the air has had an effect on isis. i think the ground forces that the kurds have put in place, the pe me peshmerga, has had a positive effect op keeping isis on its heels and the roapidly dropping price of oil has dried up some of their income. i'm not sure we can sustain the advantage, but we really need to. >> ambassador sesh, thank you so much. the white house not pleased with a plan to address congress by israeli prime minister benjamin netenyahu, invited by john boehner. now the president is responding. all eyes willing be on iowa this weekend, where many
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their relationship is known to be frosty. now after benjamin netenyahu accepted john boehner's invitation to address a joint session of congress, president obama is giving israel's prime minister the cold shoulder. cnn's elise lavin is live in jerusalem with all the details. >> well, yesterday the white house put out a statement saying president obama would not meet
with prime minister netenyahu when he comes to give the address to congress in march, early march. why? because the white house says it's a longstanding policy of not meeting with leaders, so close to their own election. prime minister netenyahu facing re-election in a march 17th election. but it's really interesting. it's also kind of a dig to prime minister netenyahu. he met, if you remember, with mitt romney when he was running for election against president obama. so what's really gone on with this invitation from john boehner is, it's inserting israel into the fight between president obama and congress over u.s. policy towards iran. prime minister netenyahu's speech expected to be critical over the u.s. policy towards iran and inserting the united states into the election in israel. a lot of criticism from netenyahu's opponents saying he's trying to use this speech for his own political gain. >> we want to show live pictures
of king abdullah's funeral. they are right there, the pall-bearers are hoisting the casket of king abdullah, bringing his body to the next step of the funeral. what's the reaction in israel to the king's death and the future of saudi arabia? >> well, the israeli public is a little bit cynical. a lot of jabs on social media. criticizing the double-standard that the united states has for instance about saudi arabia's human rights record. but the government, some of the reaction has really been extraordinary. former israeli president, simon perez, in davos, called king abdullah's death a real loss to peace in the middle east region. and the current president, reuben rivlin said the following really extraordinary. king abdullah was the example of rooted leadership, balanced and responsible. he acted as a mediate who respects the sensitivity and
sanctity of juerusalem. he contributed greatly to the balance and stability of the middle east. and you know, while the u.s. and israel don't have official relations obviously, saudi arabia was actually not so bad towards israel during the summer war with gaza. they didn't praise israel's reaction towards hamas in gaza, obviously. but at the same time they did not condemn it. really no criticism by the saudi government and that was because they had their own fights with hamas, turkey and qatar. who were acting together. michaela? >> interesting perspective, elise, we've heard the same sentiments that you just read reflected by president barack obama, saying he was a great instrument of stability there. >> absolutely. >> elise labott, thank you so much. production of an promising experimental ebola drug has stalled. zmapp was tried on two aid workers. both recovered. federal officials vow dodd make
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you want it make it about something. happy friday. back to you guys -- >> yahtzee it is. let's go to "inside politics." inside it share reporting and insig insight, ed o'keefe of the "washington post." and. keith moody. the bush/romney summit in utah yesterday, at this moment 24 hours ago we were talking about how jeb bush was at the airport in washington flying to utah. pretty much silence, they had the meeting. but not telling us anything about it. today mitt romney will meet with his senior political people in boston. they're going to think about planning a campaign. jeb bush has a speech in california. it will be interesting to see if he gets asked a question. he's at an auto dealers association. if anyone thought one of them was going to say, you go, i'll get out, not happening. >> doesn't sound like it we're told this was a cordial exchange. and they, folks close to both of them acknowledging that they're both after the same thing here. so what was initially scheduled,
as a sort of courtesy visit with the former party nominee, has turned into a meeting between two rivals and you know we all wish we knew more. but both sides being very tight-lipped about what happened. >> not just two rivals, but two senior establishment figures, there are a lost donors that almost wish one of them would bow out. they're getting phone calls saying give do me, no, give to me. these would be two heavyweights on the establishment side. >> the shadow campaign, this is the money part. they're going after the same donors. we're not talking about tea party candidate versus establishment candidate. these people are in the same tier now in the same room. the fact that we didn't hear anything about the meeting is very telling. this is going to be a fascinating part of the campaign season. even though it's all happening behind closed doors. you also have governor chris christie. probably going after the same donors and of course, romney and jeb bush are not going to the meeting in iowa, whereas a lot
of the other perhaps more conservative candidates are. >> you mentioned the meeting. christie going to the meeting, he's scheduled to. this is steve king, the republican congressman who stirs up controversy with his views on immigration and other issues. he's hosting a summit tomorrow in iowa. let's show you some of the people coming there. sarah palin is going, she says, we don't think she's running in 2016. but she can stir things up. ted cruz, chris christie, mike huckabee, rick santorum. donald trump, rick perry, scott walker, ben carson and senator joni ernst. that's just a partial list, steve king is getting quite a group do come to his summit. just a cattle call? >> it's interesting, i asked him this week, what's this about and what do you want to hear? and what do your supporters want to hear? he's expecting about 1,000 folks. interestingly, he insisted he really wants to hear them talk about national security. and he claims, this is an issue he's very concerned about. which is odd, because you don't hear steve king talk about national security too often. it's usually about immigration. he says i want to hear them talk about this. i think, i know at least some of the candidates were planning to
discuss that issue. but we it will be interesting to see if they go into other issues. the most interesting to watch in this crowd is chris christie. he's seen on paper as the one least likely to appeal to an iowa voter. they're much more conservative. if he does well there, that has to bring great pause to romney and bush who have had issues with iowa in the past. aren't as engaged right now and may or may not participate in the caucus. i'm interested, chris, if the current debate in the house republican conference comes up at this meeting. sarah palin speaks out on life issues quite a bit. joni ernst spoke out on life issues in her state of the union response, we know a lot of the republican candidates, likely candidates are in the anti-abortion side of the party. we've had a debate in the house of representatives in recent days, where some conservatives want to bring forward, ed you covered this today, a strict anti-abortion bill and some moderates in the republican caucus revolted. and said, you number one, we don't like the legislation, maybe. number two, why are you making us vote on this in the first few
weeks of the news nu congress. listen to charlie dent. he said week one, we had a speaker election that didn't go the way we wanted it to. week two we're debating deporting children. week three, we now debating rape and abortion. again an issue that most of us didn't campaign on or really want to engage on at this time. i just can't wait for week four. that's in your story today. chris, let me start with you. in the last couple of years, we've watched the conservatives revolt against the speaker. now we have the moderates pushing back. what does that tell us? >> for a messaging bill, which because this bill would not get to the president's desk or it may, he certainly would not sign it. they really messed it up to give a little bit of context this is the week for the march for life. one of the largest annual rallies that's been going on for decades, where thousands of pro life marchers come to washington. they lobby lawmakers on capitol hill. and then they try to put forth this bill and have to pull it back. a really embarrassing start for the republicans. but you're right, it is fascinating that the moderates here and in other cases, with the new congress, are doing
something that the conservatives were doing in years past. and i think it just shows that as we saw in the gop retreat last week in hershey, that there still is a lot of division and a lot of room to go with between the parties. >> this has a lot to do with moderates versus conservatives, tea party folks versus chamber of commerce republicans. the interesting element here and why it is slightly more unique is you had there are 22 women in the house of republican caucus, about 15 of them we think had issues with this bill. this shows you now, that the fact that the size of the female caucus in the house of republican conference has grown, they now feel that they can with their strength of numbers, step up and talk about this a little more and say you know what, we are anti-abortion, but you can only take it so far before women like ourselves are a little uncomfortable about this and we can suffer the political consequences. there was a fascinating meeting where virtually every woman in the conference was come out of
steve scalise's office. a lost them expressing concern about this new vote. there's limits on how far republicans can go on abortion. >> let's close with the president's event at the white house. >> why not. >> >> i remember i was covering the clinton campaign in 1992. some were aghast that then-governor clinton went on arsenio hall and played a saxophone. saying that's not presidential. this president yesterday had glozell green and two other youtube posters in. and some people say hey, go with the eyes are. younger voters don't watch traditional news media. others say it's not presidential. i will say in her interview, glozell used a word in reference to the castros that we won't repeat. look at this exchange at the end where she's having a little fun with the president. >> okay, my momma says whenever you go to somebody's house, you have to give them something. don't come empty handed. i have green lipsticks, one for your first wife --
>> my first wife? do you know something i don't? >> for the first lady. and the first children. >> and the first -- i'm just teasing. >> i love that moment. >> you get a little nervous when you interview the president, right? it happens. >> look who is horning in on our toss. it's so special, john. >> he brought the football, didn't he? >> yeah, he did. >> mr. cuomo you may not think this is true, i want to know the answers, i want to know what happened. if they did this, it's petty and stupid and it demeans the players, i was at that game. they would have won if they were using bricks or nerf. if somebody on the team is responsible for this, they should be penalized, i'm with you 1,000%. >> as opposed to the balls simply having deflated themselves. >> i don't know what happened, i want to know what happened. and if there's some scientific reason that happened on its own, somebody needs to show me and prove to me. but there are bigger and better
things i wish we were talking about. >> not me. sorry. >> well done. very nicely done. >> stay safe, alisyn. meanwhile we are going to talk about youtube sensation glozell about her interview with the president. and let's just face it, that's the best full-screen graphic you're going to see all day. make sure to watch john king and his "inside politics" panel break down the best political news of the week every sunday 8:30 a.m. eastern. also in an about-face from argentina's president, she now says a prosecutor gearing up to give damning testimony against her did not kill himself after all. so who's behind his murder? fuzze troober munny sling...
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president of argentina. president christina fernandez de kirchner now saying that the death of a top prosecutor was not a suicide. cnn's shasta darlington is live in buenos aires in front of the presidential palace. tell us more. >> well the fate of this state prosecutor has really shocked the country. but i got to say from the very beginning, most argentines suspected this was not a suicide. and their suspicions focused on the two parties that were being targeted in nisman's investigation. those of course were the government of argentina and iran. >> argentine prosecutor alberto nisman spent the last ten years of his life building a high-profile case that ended up targeting his country's top officials. on sunday, just hours before he was set to testify before congress, he was found dead inside his buenos aires home with a bullet wound to his temple. next to his body, a gun and shell casing. initially leading investigators
and the president to label his death a suicide. but now, new details causing argentina's president to make an about-face. writing on her facebook page -- the suicide that i'm convinced was not a suicide. investigators now revealing no gunpower residue was found on nisman's hands. indicating he may not have pulled the trigger himself. in a 289-page report citing wiretapped phone conversations, nisman alleges the president, foreign minister and other argentine officials conspired to cover up iran's involvement in the country's deadliest terror attack. the 1994 bombing of a jewish community center that killed 85 people. all to help facilitate trade deals between the two nations. it's a charge argentina's government strenuously denies. this newly released surveillance video shows the prosecutor arriving in the buenos aires airport on january 12th. meeting with an unidentified
person. this week, accusations of a government conspiracy spread among argentina's jewish community. one member calling the prosecutor's death a blow to the investigation. but he says, they will not allow it to be the death of his cause. so far, no arrests have been made in his death. now the official investigation has really just gotten started. and the chief investigator herself has refused to rule out either suicide or murder. but michaela, what the real hope is here is it won't drag out as long as the investigation into that 1994 bombing has. >> all right, shasta darlington with the latest from argentina, thank you so much. it has been over a decade since the measles was eradicated. now it appears to be making a comeback, we want to look at what's behind the outbreak. we'll ask our good doctor, sanjay gupta. who joins us next. when you don't get enough sleep...
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disneyland not exactly the happiest place on earth for dozens of visitors who took home not just memories but a case of the measles as well. it's been nearly 15 years since the government deemed the viral disease eliminated, but it is making a comeback, at least 70 cases reported in six states so far and it is spreading. joining us to explain why, our chief medical correspondent, dr. sanjay gupta. my goodness, the fact that we even have this conversation is concerning. what is the latest on the outbreak, sanjay? >> well, you know, you get an idea of just how contagious this is and how quickly a virus can spread. we're talking about just the end
of december when this all started. take a look at a map in terms of how this has sort of spread over the last few weeks now. most of the cases, as you mentioned, michaela, still in california, but look how it's starting to spread around. and that speaks to the contagious nature of this virus. it does spread through the air, it does live on surfaces. remember, we talked about ebola so much over the summer. this is far more contagious than ebola. the good news is that there is a vaccine available, so for people who have received the vaccine, they should have protection against this, michaela. >> okay. so let's talk about that because right now they're trying to figure out why this happened in disneyland. you've got a lot of people, a lot of children. some people, i've heard reports, they're pointing to the antivaccation movement as potentially being a cause of this. what are you learning? >> i think that -- we're hearing the same thing. i think that definitely plays into this. let me paint the picture for you like this. likely somebody -- a single
individual at some point with measles was in this area that had a lot of people, disneyland in this case. disneyland is only significant in that it clusters a lot of people together. >> sure. >> it could be any place else. this person shows up. if there are groups of people that had not been vaccinated, it can start to spread in that population. they subsequently go home or return to their communities and it can start to spread over there. so it starts with usually a single individual, but then pockets of unvaccinated people start to allow this to spread and spread more rapidly. that seems to be the scenario here, michaela. >> i want to talk about the vaccination debate in a second more, but to the measles. remind us, how does it start to exhibit symptoms from anybody maybe who's been to disneyland or has family that's traveled to disneyland with children. how does it manifest? what are the symptoms you're going to see? >> yeah, it's a great question. when it starts, and it can take anywhere from a few days up to three weeks to start after you've been exposed, right, so
keep that in mind. it may not come on right away. it often starts with what feels like a typical viral illness. you get some fever, your muscles hurt, you may have some upper respiratory symptoms even, but what ends up being the characteristic is the rash, the measles rash that people know and doctors are being told to be on the lookout for this, especially in those states that we just showed on that map. this isn't something to your point, michaela, that we've thought about seriously. in 2000 it was considered largely eliminated. this may be on record as one of the biggest outbreaks of measles this year. you've already had 70 cases in two weeks. >> i was vaccinated as a child? safe for me to assume i'm out of the woods? >> if you had the vaccine as a child and you got the booster shot as well at some point, you should be largely protected. if you're unsure about that, there's a blood test to basically be able to tell if you have enough of the antibodies in your blood to say that you are
protected. if you're not, you can get another booster shot now. that is something that adults are being told because there's a certain percentage of people out there who are getting the measles in this outbreak that say they've been vaccinated. it may be a question of making sure you're up to speed on that. >> we have about a minute left. i want to talk about this vaccination debate. we can spend an hour on this. i want to know, there seems to be frustration from parts of the community saying, look, get your child vaccinated, be responsible. people are pushing back on that despite the science, right? >> yeah. i think the arguments that people make against getting vaccines, some people say it's too many shots. i'm going to spread them out more. the problem is if you spread them out more, your child's going to be at risk during that time. there are people who say it's because of the mercury in the vaccin vaccines. the biggest one is that our childhood vaccine is related to autism. it dates back to the 1998 paper.
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>> good morning. welcome to your "new day." it is friday, january 23rd. just before 8:00 in the east. funeral services for saudi arabia's king abdullah are yuntd way this morning. >> thwhoever ends up. its let's begin with senior international correspondent nic robertson is in london. >> the funeral is underway for king abdullah in saudi arabia. no trappings of wealth and power. no great head stone will be laid there. then they will move on back to a
palace where there will be condolences and respect paid to the new king, king selma. this is a man that faces many challenges. on the north, iraq, isis. to the south, yemen disintegrating. the houthis believed to be backed by iran. a heavy iranian influence to the monarchy, saudi arabia. saudi arabia home to the two holiest places to islam. isis itself wants to be a global caliphate therefore saudi arabia firmly in their eye line here. saudi wants to be more aggressive than perhaps the western united states. those tackling syria and isis. so there's much at play, much at stake. a huge amount on the new king's plate, but for right now expect continuity changes if they come will be further down the road. alisyn. >> nick, thanks so much for that update. yemen, it's a country without a government this morning. its president, a u.s. ally in
fighting al qaeda is out along with the prime minister and cabinet. nick paton walsh joins us live from beirut. what's the latest, nick? >> reporter: well, at this point, really, alisyn, there isn't much or the latest. we're still in the situation where we were last night where the country's president and cabinet have resigned. there's talk potentially that lawmakers could get together as early as sunday to address this political situation. we're not talking about an easy time frame here or a mechanism that kicks in. technically the speaker of parliament would become the acting president. many analysts say observing the constitution. that could provide some sort of stopgap, but really the president's resignation to some degree was a high stake gamble. it was effectively saying to the houthis who had wrestled all political power away from him by their presence on the street, he effectively said, this is not a government or any kind of political process which has legitimacy. that has left a vacuum and deep
concerns the country may start in some way to disintegrate. we're hearing mixed reports from different parts of the country declaring different things and then changing their minds hours later. it's a very fluid situation. that's why it's dangerous. that kind of chaos exactly what al qaeda in the arabian peninsula thrive upon and of course the greater the chaos and instability and the longer this vacuum goes on for, the harder it is for washington to retain be a good relationship or a functional relationship at least with this vital counter terror ally. michaela. >> nick, thank you so much for that. while the u.s. embassy remains open in yemen, staffing is being reduced due to security concerns on the ground there. the question is, are the remaining americans there in danger. turn to our barbara starr joining us live from the pentagon with more. good morning once again, barbara. >> good morning, michaela. we know that the u.s. embassy officials made a test drive to the airport to check out the security of those roads before the embassy workers went to the airport to board commercial flights. not a lot of detail about how
many have left and how many are still there due to the security situation on the ground. one of the key questions is who is providing security on the streets just outside the embassy? that has been the responsibility of the yemeni military and security forces. now will the houthis take over that security? will they continue to protect the perimeter of the embassy? that will be crucial to the u.s. being able to stay. the u.s. wants to stay, wants to keep that embassy open because that is the outpost for them to work with whoever will be in charge in yemen to work to challenge al qaeda there, to challenge other militant groups. this is a vital post for any u.s. counter terrorism operation against al qaeda. remember, it was that al qaeda group that is claiming it was behind the attacks in paris. michaela? i'll take it, barbara.
>> the deadline for 200 places has passed. will ripley. >> dealing with a spokesperson. >> the japanese government. >> it's unsuccessful. all of the ransom is not responding to it. >> the $200 million ransom. perhaps it was just a way for isis to get headlines, to get the attention that they crave and everyone's worst fear here that they could be building up
to some sort of horrific finale because we know that their numbers are down, coalition airstrikes have taken a huge toll and perhaps what they need even more than money is recruits and they get a lot of recruits every time they televise a brutal execution. they've done it five times to westerners since august and there are growing fierce. if they weren't big enough already they're worse now. the two innocent japanese men could soon be added to the awful list. allyson. thank you for the update. joining us is representative jim hie heims. he joins us. good morning, congressman. >> good morning, alisyn. >> we have a lot of intelligence questions for you. let's start in saudi arabia. the funeral for king abdullah is underway. are you concerned about the future of the relationship between the united states and saudi arabia now that king abdullah is gone? >> not particularly.
you know, king solomon is a known quantity. he is one of the more senior royals there. he's been governor of a state in saudi arabia. we know him well. now you're always a little concerned whenever you see a transfer of power and a nondemocratic society. you know, saudi arabia has and will be a strong ally of the united states moving forward, particularly of course as you've been talking about this morning, as they see instability, maybe chaos to their south in yemen. you know, i think one of the issues that hasn't come up which is important though is not only is saudi arabia an ally, they're a country that we need to push to get them away from the bargain that they have made for generations or at least for decades, anyway, with their own radical wahabi extremists in saudi arabia. if you trace back sunni extremism goes back to the bargain that the saudi royals made with their own extremists. that's a conversation that needs to happen in the background with this ally of ours.
>> let's talk about yemen and what's happening there this morning. in intelligence circles did it come as a surprise that the government so quickly gave up to the houthi rebels? >> well, you know, we've been watching for some time now the houthi rebels make remarkable progress in yemen. look, this current president, who is very much a friend of the united states, this is of course something that we really worry about. yemen is a location from which we'll call it a platform from which we go hard after aqap, the al qaeda group that we have reason to believe was associated with the paris attacks. no, these guys have been making progress for a long time. they're not just a random desert group that came out of nowhere. they are backed by the iranians. they're getting training, we suspect, and other support from the iranians. no, i wouldn't say that it comes as a complete shock but, yes, it did happen very quickly. of course, in a pretty abrupt fashion. >> what we've learned this morning in talking to experts
about the houthi rebels is that they were tired of being marginalized but they really don't want to run the country. so now what? >> well, it's a little hard to say, right? they of course are shiites. shiites are a minority in yemen. yemen is, you know, not necessarily what we would think of as a classic nation state. unfortunately it maybe is a little bit more like iraq where you have different sects that are uncomfortably put together within borders that they maybe do or don't agree with. it is obviously a venue in which the saudis are competing with the iranians, the whole sunni/shiite break that you see all over the region. we don't actually know what their ambitions are. at this point we're obviously very concerned. they are aggressive towards us. the one bright spot is that if there's one group that they don't like as much as they don't like us, they are, of course, at war and don't like al qaeda. so in this bizarre region of the world where, for example, in syria we find ourselves if not
working in concert with iran, at least working side by side with iran and going after isis, in yemen this group that i think does worry us quite a bit is of course an enemy of al qaeda. that is a bright spot for us. >> i want to talk about the japanese hostages that are being held by isis at this hour. we understand from other media reports that isis has started a countdown this morning towards the execution and beheading of these japanese hostages. what on earth can japan or the united states do to ever stop this unfolding massacre? >> well, you know, this is one of those really ugly boxes that any country with hostages in isis's hands find themselves in. there is evidence that isis has released hostages from whom ransom has been paid. the united states has made it clear we don't pay ransom. it's a gutt wrenching decision
because we've seen so horribly what happens. when ransom is paid, now you've got a business and isis recognizes that, you know, while we bomb their ability to sell oil, which we've been doing pretty successfully, here's another business. and so it's a terrible spot for anybody to be in. you pay the ransom, you encourage that kind of activity. you don't pay the ransom and, of course, we've seen all too horribly what transpires. >> of course, isis is demanding, as we understand, $200 million from japan. publicly japan has said that they're not interested in negotiating with isis. do you have any other information as to what other back channels they might be able to use? >> you know, i don't have any specific information, certainly nothing that i can discuss, but, you know, you know from these situations that it's not just, you know, a country's government reaching out. you know, in situations that we faced with some of our own people who were released, you can work through countries like
qatar, you can work through religious organizations like the red crescent. there are lots of opportunities, but unfortunately, of course, what you're dealing with here is a group that, yes, wants money. i think if they suspected there was ransom in the offing they would hold off on some pretty terrible things. on the other hand, as you just pointed out, they're very interested in recruits at a time when the united states and allies are making pretty strong in roads against their people. >> congressman jim heims, thanks for all the information. good to see you. >> thanks, alisyn. security has been ramped up at u.s. military bases across europe. there's the threat of radicalized europeans heading home from iraq and syria. the new measures come on top of new policies already implemented in november including military personnel being advised not to wear uniforms off base and to use greater caution when using social media. there was a lot of hype surrounding renewed diplomatic talks between the u.s. and cuba.
how did they go? the word? both sides left encouraged. some progress was made, we're told, but the question is on what? because there still seemed to be profound differences on key issues like reopening embassies, cuba's economic blockade and its designation as a state sponsor of terrorism. negotiations did agree to meet again. no official date set though. check out this video. this is a hockey dad losing it at a youth game. watch here as he slowly gets up, he gets closer to the glass. there he goes. you can clearly see he's not happy with something going down on the ice. he then shatters the glass with one hand while screaming at everyone in sight. believe it or not, he did have one supporter in the crowd who yelled, way to go, paul. >> i think that was more sarcastic, way to go, paul. >> may be safe to say, paul and his alleged fan in the crowd have some anger management issues. >> yeah, he does. he didn't mean to break the
glass obviously. >> then he had to carry on. >> but what he did mean to do is embarrass his kid. i see it now because we're in the kiddy's -- >> i don't know that they mean to do that. >> no. >> you get that intent imputed to you. you wind up owning it because if you're going to do something that stupid in front of your kid -- >> right. >> -- you know that whether or not it's about you, whatever your indulgence is you're embarrassing your kid. who knows if he'll ever forget it. >> let's hope they know that. sometimes i wonder. american officials taking credit for killing thousands of isis leaders. this as iraq's prime minister says they're fighting the terrorists on their own. so what is really happening on the ground? we'll discuss. plus, new england patriots quarterback tom brady tackling deflate gate head on for the first time. his answer to the key question. >> is tom brady a cheater? >> i don't believe so. i mean, i feel like i've always played within the rules. i would never do anything to
welcome back. airstrikes against isis have killed more than half of the terror groups top command and more than 6,000 fighters. amazing, almost unbelievable numbers, but that's what the ambassador to iraq says is going on. meanwhile, iraq's prime minister is criticizing military efforts saying they're fighting isis, quote, almost on their own. so what is really happening on the ground there? let's weigh in on this with some people who understand the situation very well, as well as what's going on in yemen. senior vice president robert mcfadden. he's an interrogation and trans national terrorism investigator and ncis special agent in charge. we have cnn military analyst lieutenant general mark
hurtling. let's start with the obvious, mr. mcfadden. do you believe those numbers, especially coming from the u.s. side, when we don't have the best intel on what's going on with the ground right now? do you think it's 6,000 and half the command is gone? >> well, like most others, i think there was some surprise at the number. and with the full acknowledgment that there is a sensitivity about the very term body count going back to the vietnam era. so as that also as a metric, it's also hard to tell by itself. with some news coming out about the leadership element, that does show some indication that the progress is being made. >> right. but you are being accurate. i hear you about the numbers. we've heard it said from big lawmakers they ended up losing the war which is a reference to vietnam. lieutenant general, what do you think about this? do you think the ambassador got over his skis on this? >> yeah, very much so, chris. from the military perfect
pekttive, a couple of things are wrong. having been involved in a lot of combat where there have been numbers associated with what we're doing, i'll tell you right now 6,000 is inaccurate. it's inappropriate for the ambassador to say that and it's also not a measure of success. the real measure of success is do the iraqi people have trust and confidence in their government. truthfully, having been in the situation over the last 10 to 15 years where every time i went somewhere as the commander in europe or iraq, we always linked with the u.s. embassy and my first conversation with the ambassador, there's been a great relationship between d.o.d. and the state department built over the last ten years wholly inappropriate for the ambassador to say that. i think if i had been the military commander truthfully on the scene, i think i would have marched in the office, closed the door and said, mr. ambassador, that's not right for you to say and that's not a good measure of success to publicize. >> who knows, that may be coming. what do we think about the other side, the iraqi prime minister saying, we're doing this on our
own. that would be shocking if true. do we believe that, mr. mcfadden? >> no, not at all. within the political realm it's quite natural for the push and pull coming from baghdad about the u.s. not quick enough, ally forces not quick enough. the u.s. position, of course, is, look, we're doing everything we can right now. what baghdad government must work on is the inclusiveness part of the country to, you know, have that kind of collaboration to fight the enemy. >> and i'm sure you heard this, lieutenant general, but you had former secretary hagel -- not former, but the significance of the figures. he said is that the measurement of significant progress? maybe not. i don't think it's the measure. i was in a war where we did body counts every day and we lost that one. that's the reference i was making to vietnam. here's the problem with this. numbers aside, it's do we know what's going on over there, lieutenant general? that's the concern. what do you think about that? >> i think we do, chris. there's a lot of really great
things happening over there. my contacts tell me there have been a replacement at large of the command and control architecture within the iraqi army. they are trying to rebuild with more of a view towards inclusiveness and nationalism. the new chief of staff is a friend of mine, general riad. he is a sunni but understands and loves iraq. one of your pictures showed him near a mortar tube. i think they are moving toward it. the building of the iraqi national guard, the a being at thats and planning for attacks to regain territory, all of those things are critically important in this fight within iraq and i think we are heading in the right direction but as we've said so many times before, this is going to take a long time. >> right. and part of the balance -- >> we're in the beginning of this. >> part of the balancing act is where do you focus most in the moment? right now you could make the case that it should be yemen. how big a concern is it that you have houthi rebels now in charge
of figuring out what happens there voiis-a-vis the u.s.? >> sunday is going to be a big day with the emergency session of its parliament to figure out with the resignation of its government and with what the houthis have consistently been demanding, where do they go next? what's been clear from the houthi side, in yemen style, this is an alliance made through the barrel of the gun. or if you wanted to have a coup, it's a new definition of coup. the houthis have been clear they can't run the government, the country by themselves. they need a government in there, standing government. whether it's hadi or someone else, sunday is a very important day in the road ahead in yemen. >> everybody points the finger at them because they're the ones who overthrough tew the governm. what about iran? if they are funding the houthis, they up ended the one ally that we had. >> iran has been and will
continue to be a factor as are the saudis. you can't over estimate how much of a factor that is both in the foreground and background of what's going on in yemen. you have one of these strange situations in the middle east with politics strange bedfellows where we would never be fighting side by side with iran or the houthis against al qaeda or yemen. that's an implaquable foe. >> lesser of evils sometimes and you do what's strategic in the moment. robert mcfadden, lieutenant general, appreciate the perspective on "new day." a day of denials from new england patriots head coach bill belichick and star quarterback tom brady. both told reporters they had nothing to do with deflating football. were they telling the truth? popular youtube stars sitting down with the president of the united states in rare one-on-one interviews. seemingly they covered a lot of topics. >> how do we bridge the gap
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belichick and quarterback tom brady addressing the so-called deflate gate controversy both telling reporters they had nothing to do with deflating football for the afc championship game. are they telling the truth? cnn live in foxborough, massachusetts. what's the latest? >> reporter: hey, alisyn. brady came out. he was very relaxed, he was very calm and at times he was smiling as he was getting peppered by questions from reporters. he came out and spoke about a day earlier than he was expected hoping to put all of this behind him. >> i have no knowledge of anything. i have no explanation for what happened. >> reporter: the new england patriots on the defense. head coach bill belichick and quarterback tom brady speaking out in separate press conferences thursday declaring they did not deflate footballs in sunday's afc championship game. >> i didn't alter the ball in any way. once i approved the ball, that's the ball i expect out there on
the field. i don't know what happened over the course of the process with the footballs. >> reporter: the nfl's investigation continues into why 11 of the 12 footballs the patriots provided for the game were under inflated. any notion of foul play denied by the star quarterback. >> is tom brady a cheater? >> i don't believe so. i mean, i feel like i've always played within the rules. i would never do anything to break the rules. >> reporter: earlier thursday belichick saying he, too, was shocked to hear about the allegations. >> i had no knowledge whatsoever of this situation until monday morning. i've learned a lot more about this process in the last three days than i knew or had talked about it in the last 40 years. >> reporter: but many are still suspicious after spy gate, a cheating incident in which the patriots in violation of league rules videotaped coaching signals from the new york jets in 2007. former dallas cowboys quarterback troy aikman pointing the finger directly at brady.
>> the balls have been deflated. that doesn't happen unless the quarterback wants that to happen. i can assure you of that. >> reporter: seattle seahawks quarterback richard sherman also casting doubt on new england's golden boy. >> people somehow get a skewed view of tom brady, that he's just a clean cut, does everything right and never says a bad word to anyone, and we know him to be otherwise. >> reporter: but patriots players standing by their quarterback and their coach. >> in this locker room, we don't believe that. we went out there and won a game fair and square. >> they know that we do it the right way and they know we've got a lot of high character guys in this locker room, guys that put a lot of hard work in and we earn those wins. >> reporter: in an interesting twist, brady told reporters that no one from the nfl has directly contacted him about the investigation. the nfl, meanwhile, is only saying that they are investigating and they would not comment on any details of this review. michaela. all right. here we go with the five things
you need to know for your new day. number one, a funeral is being held for saudi arabia's king abdullah. his death leaving uncertainty about america's dwindling influence in the middle east. the u.s. losing a key partner in the war on terror with the collapse of yemen's government. there is concern the leadership vacuum could allow al qaeda to gain more power. the deadline has passed. the fate of two japanese hostages held captive by isis is unclear. the terrorists saying they'll kill the men if they don't receive $200 million ransom. iraq looking to buy weapons. they can't afford to pay cash after taking a massive revenue hit from plunging oil prices. patriots coach bill belichick and quarterback tom brady deny any involvement, as you heard, with under inflated footballs. the nfl is investigating. brady says no one from the league has contacted him yet. we do update those five things to know so be sure to visit new
day cnn.com. chris. deflate gate, the question is, who is behind it? why did it happen? bill belichick says, it wasn't me. tom brady also denying any involvement. did they make the case? are they compelling? we'll discuss. plus, she's a youtube sensation who got the opportunity to interview the president. she tells us all about her now viral interview with barack obama and her sparkly lips. hello. >> being red or yellow. [container door opening] ♪ what makes it an suv is what you can get into it. ♪ [container door closing] what makes it an nx is what you can get out of it. ♪ introducing the first-ever lexus nx turbo and hybrid. once you go beyond utility, there's no going back. [meow mix jingle slowly anright on cue.cks]
this is depep department on the supreme court moving, but do you think same-sex marriage will be legalized in all of the united states during the time that you're in office? >> my hope is that they go ahead and recognize what i think the majority of people in america now recognize, which is two people who love each other -- >> yes? -- and are treating each other with respect and aren't bothering anybody else, why would the law treat them differently. >> why? >> why? >> i mean, why? >> she is it a youtube sensation known for her big personality and green lipstick. yesterday, she got to grill the leader of the free world. she was one of three youtube stars to sit down with the president in the first ever youtube interviews. ms. glozell joins me live this
morning from washington, d.c., the nation's capital. you are having a pinch me moment, aren't you? >> yes. thank you for having me on. >> are you kidding? we had to talk to you. you sat down, ms. glozell, of some millions and millions of youtube subscribers and interviewed the president of the united states. ever in your life did you ever think this would happen? >> no. no. never in my life, and this is -- and i went to both inaugurations, i froze, but i didn't think that i was ever going to meet him, nonetheless interview him. so i'm excited. >> let's talk about the lead-up. you get a call and they say, hey, we'd like you to interview the president of the united states? >> i thought it was a joke. i didn't respond the first time. i didn't believe it. i'm like, i didn't believe it at all. it didn't make sense. >> you start screaming, you freak out and tell your family. >> yes. >> then you get down to work because you hit all the tough headlines. you hit all the topics. how did you prepare? >> well, i asked my fans what subjects do you think are important so i had to ask what
the people who watch me want me to say. i was the mouth piece for my fans and my family. >> and how did your fans react? what's the reaction been? >> they have been overjoyed because i guess they were a little nervous, like can glozell pull this off? we haven't seen her. we've seen her acting the fool, but, you know -- so it was very good. >> i want to ask about that because you have done some incredible, some crazy things online, but interviewing the president of the united states is a different kind of thing. did you find yourself getting a case of the butterflies? did you feel you had to sit up straight, make sure that green lip gloss was just perfect before you talked to the president? >> yes. and i usually don't wear a dress. i had to make sure your legs are together and look him straight in the eye. i'm like, oh, my goodness, he's so good looking. don't think about that. just keep going. i was good. so by the time i got to the lipstick i was like, okay, fopf,
i messed up. >> let's play it for those at home who haven't seen this moment because it's so darling. it really is. we have to show you what happened when you wanted to give the president a bit of a gift. here's what happened. >> i have green lipsticks, one for -- >> yes. >> -- your first wife -- >> >> my first wife? do you know something i don't? >> oh. oh, for the first lady. >> one for the first lady and the first children. >> i'm sorry. >> i'm just kidding. >> all right. >> but it was such an unscripted moment. are you kicking yourself this morning? >> yes. >> oh, geez. it was a slip of the tongue. >> the first lady. the first lady. his only wife, y'all. >> only wife. so you obviously woke up this morning and probably smacked your forehead and said, oh, geez. did you reach out to the white house or send a tweet? >> i did. i tweet the first lady. i said, sorry, #firstlady. >> did you get any retweets?
any reaction? >> oh, i got some retweets. they're like, it's okay. it's okay. still, you know. >> so let me ask you going into this, what did you want to get out of this experience? what did you specifically want to hear from the president? >> i wanted to get out of the experience that i had something to say and represent a lot of different people. i mean, my fans are very spread out with different cultures, different races so i wanted to make sure that those questions were asked so my fans know that that's important and maybe something get done more than what it has been. >> well, the president has said that, you know, this is the power of the internet, to reach all of the different types of people in different neighborhoods and you're a prime example of that. i've got to talk about the -- maybe it's nontroverse. there are people in journalism that turned a little green with envy because you got to sit down with the president of the united states after the state of the
union. some of us in our field would love to have that opportunity. there's a little bit of peanut butter and jealousy. what do you say to that? >> i think it's great. when you are online you get hate mail. now my haters are high class people. so i feel like i've moved up. thank you. >> high class haters. >> so this was nothing. i'm like, thank you. rob lowe said something negative about me. i'm like, what? thank you. i didn't know you even knew who i was, now you do. i appreciate it. you so hot so what do i care? >> what's next for glozell. >> what is next for glozell? let's see. i hope to do some more television shows and i have some more challenges coming up. please just stay tuned. it's been exciting and fun. >> i'm going to tell you how you've influenced me. since you've delved into my world, i'm he going to delve into mine. i've made makeup give blue lipstick. i'm going to give a little -- >> yes. yes. >> uh-huh.
>> beautiful. work it, honey. work it. >> what do we think? huh? >> oh, yes. get you some -- >> by the way, i haven't put lip gloss on for a minute. glozell, thank you for joining us and sharing your experience at the at the white house. lipstick or not, glozell, what did you think? tweet us. go to facebook.com/new day. >> you look good. >> back in the '80s. >> you did not wear black lipstick. >> that looks great. >> i'll tell you what i've learned, you need to have a picture of yourself over your shoulder at all times. >> i'm surprised you don't. >> if swimming in cereal is wrong, i don't want to be -- >> what's right? >> can i give you a chris with this on, chris? >> absolutely. you can give me a chris with whatever you have on, come on over. >> bill belly chee belichick, w
brady, nobody is kissing them. who did it? and what's the nfl going to do. give me some. come on. come on. >> pretty. pretty. >> whoa! that's not coming off. welcome back to showdown! jerry rice here with 8 year old andrew hunter debating who will win the big race between the tortoise and the hare. what do you think andrew? rabbits are faster. it's not a rabbit, it's a hare. what's the difference? maybe figure that out before debating the best wide reciever of all time. wait, are you odell beckham jr.? vote on twitter for your chance to win a mercedes-benz big race viewing party. scourge of 20th century city life. raiser of blood pressure. disrupter of supply chains. stealer of bedtime stories. polluter. frustrater. time thief. [cars honking] and one day soon, we'll see the last one ever.
hoodie. gloria allred is now representing 9 of the 11 balls tom brady squeezed. that's what the press is calling it, deflate gate. which means now my wife will have to use a different term to describe our honeymoon. pretty good. but you know what, "the new york post", if they're good at anything, they're pretty good at coming up with phrases for something like this. take a look at this one, shabam! right on the line. right on the line. tom brady has broken. he hasn't spoken to the nfl. where is the league once again? anyway, the patriots quarterback says the league hasn't attempted to interview him. even if they did, he doesn't have anything to tell them. he doesn't know who took the air out of the 11 footballs in sunday's nfl game. was it the result of nefarious attempt? mike peska, host of a show and george martin, big and in good shape. former new york giant, author of "just around the bend" and
former president of the nfl player's association. i put it to you, peska. >> yes. >> there is a rule. it seems it was broken. it seems there is a penalty if the league can put together and connect some dots. what is the deal here and what should be the importance? >> i would say the media has gone totally mad. i would say we've inflated this story from what is at worst a misdemeanor to a felony. i understand this is super bowl and i understand the patriots are a loathed team. never in the history of cheating. i understand the league should have gotten more involved. in baseball michael pi naneta. i don't mean this is as a pun. this is so over blown it is unbelievable. a ball was 1 psi a little flat. it really doesn't matter except that it does. >> george, are we over inflating this? >> yeah, i think it's much to do about knock. i thi -- nothing.
when you look at the score of the game, it had nothing to do with it. because of new england's past transgressions they don't get the benefit of the dout. tom brady is being a little bit disingenuous. i think he was a bit disingenuous in his press conference. >> hold on, guys, what about the fact that we hear all these other players. we hear troy aikman, we hear richard sherman, we hear other organizations saying flag on the play if you will. >> fine. richard sherman has an opportunity to do something about that on the field, right? people look to football to do things that football can't do like to be arbiters of morality or all that is right and good. this is to me gamesmanship. there is a penalty in the books. it's a $25,000 fine. do the math. that is one 500th of tom brady's salary. that is nothing in the $10 billion industry that is the nfl. it's as nefarious as when the receiver goes to make the catch and pretended he had it but he knows it hit the ground. you always try to do this.
>> context matters. if you were to have a candid conversation with tom brady about him trying to get the balls as soft as they can be, maybe he'd admit it. now when you try to pin something where people are trying to change the fate of the super bowl, i think his answer is going to be a little different. is it true, peska, that quarterbacks do manipulate the balls? is that what aikman was talking about? we heard aaron rodgers say i like it over inflated. >> how would he know if you can't over inflate it? >> tom brady and peyton manning got the rules committee to change the rules that quarterbacks can work over their own footballs and eli manning, the times had a great article on this, what they do to his ball. >> what do they do to them? >> they take them, they scrape them, spin them in a spinner, they water log them. they work them over like these balls aren't giving you information about the ticking time. >> boomer: -- time bomb. that compared to a little bit of deflation, i don't know. i think this is all because it's the biggest, most behind media
game of the year. >> george, mike calls this gamesmanship but other people call this cheating. what do you think? >> i agree with it. i think it's part of the gamesmanship. back when i played it was illegal for us to put a foreign substance of your jersey. we would spray ourselves down with silicone so that the offensive linemen couldn't grab you. >> not me but i saw some guys in the locker room to do it. it's over blown. it has nothing to do with the final outcome of the game. there's been so many off the field infractions that the nfl has had to deal with. it's a shame that they're dealing with these things on the field again. >> george and mike i'll ask you both, so you think this is just we needed something to hype up the pre-week before super bowl? is that all it is? is it anti-patriotness? >> sports -- i mean, sports gives us a chance to do things that we can do without criminality at this. jump to conclusions, throw away reasonable doubt. it's kind of fun to do that.
remember a couple of years ago when the ravens were in the super bowl and there was all this much to do about deer antler spray? this is the deer antler spray redux. >> not as good as silicone. >> first of all, george, i heard that you used to put the silicone on your game after you went out? is that true? >> i think that's what lawrence used mp. >> how about jim burke? that was gamesmanship. >> absolutely gamesmanship. he came back and they altered the rules where you can't alter your uniform. they have the guy who walks the sideline to make sure that doesn't happen. yeah, it is the part of the game of gamesmanship. >> who doesn't have to do in? the jets. >> do you think any of this will have a lasting effect on the legacy of coach belichick? >> yeah. because i think the word legacy doesn't mean accomplishment, it means what other people think of your accomplishment. yeah. i've read so many columns
yesterday saying this affects the legacy. if the columnist says i think less of you, well then, he's right. >> tautology, define. >> it's a self-evident truth. >> tautological. >> that sounds dirty. >> are we going to hear about this from romg geger. >> he has to come to the forefront. i don't think it will have a lasting impact on bill belichick. five years after his retirement he'll go right into the hall of fame where he rightly belongs. >> tom brady is arguably one of the two or three best quarterbacks ever. bill belichick the same. i don't like the patriots. >> i'm with you. people have accused me of being an apologist. george martin obviously. >> mike, george, thank you. >> thanks so much. >> happy friday. so a mom, i'm going to tell you a story about, who takes on two alleged criminals by herself and sum amongst super human
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school zone. >> oh. >> her kids' school zone. miranda said, i cannot abide. >> if it had been a different time of the day, that would have been -- you know, could have caused a major accident. she could have killed somebody. i said that to her when i had her on the ground. >> good time to have a talk. >> both suspects charged with various crimes. police say they're very grateful for miranda's actions. >> that's a mama bear. >> the last time i crept on to costello's time she came to me after her show was done, carol costello, put me on the ground. >> put you in a headlock. >> and said, mind the clock she said to me. >> you're not doing right now. >> it is time for the "newsroom." i get you to carol costello. >> i may be small but i am mighty. >> that's right. >> you are no joke. >> have a great weekend. >> you, too. >> "newsroom" starts now. happening now in the "newsr"