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Tea Party Celebrates Five Years; Airport Overtaken By Armed Gunmen; Supreme Court Secretly Recorded; McConaughey's Golden Moment; "Muttbombing" Adds Pups to Pics

Aired February 28, 2014 - 07:30   ET


REP. STEVE KING, (R) IOWA: They put their lives on the line for us, for our safety, our security, our country and our constitution. We owe them to follow through on every commitment that we have made. They should never have to wonder if the United States Congress is going to stand with them. We must do so and I'll weigh in to make sure that that happens.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Great. No just standing up just to keep it from happening to show that the Democrats are ineffective, no tacking on things that don't belong in that bill. I'll follow-up with you on it. It matters too much. Thank you for taking the time, Congressman. Appreciate it.

KING: Thank you, Chris.

CUOMO: All right, so what do you think? You hear what the issues are. A lot of them stay the same. A lot of them change. This veteran's one matters too much to ignore it. Tweet us, use #newday -- Kate.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Coming up next on NEW DAY, inside the Supreme Court while it's in action. A secret recording taken during oral arguments and then posted online. What many are asking now as we see this happening, should the courts start allowing cameras in the courtroom all the time.

And also this, one on one with actor, Matthew McConaughey. How he morphed from romantic comedy heartthrob to now a serious Oscar contender.


CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY. Here are the big stories to follow today. In Southern Ukraine, armed gunmen are now patrolling the main airport in Crimea and another airport nearby. It's not career if they're just Russian supporters, or even more concerning, Russian soldiers.

Speaking of Russian soldiers, a 150,000 of them right now are conducting military drills near the Ukraine border. They have assembled hundreds of planes and tanks as well. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is warning the Russians to respect Ukraine's sovereignty and stay out. BOLDUAN: And drought stricken California is now dealing with its largest rain event in close to three years and with it comes the threat of dangerous mudslides especially in areas that have already been burned out basically by wildfires. Some 1,000 homes in the foothills outside of Los Angeles have been cleared out to avoid the threat.

CUOMO: Take a look at this. Caught on camera overnight, a scary explosion. Columbus, Ohio, a manhole blowing up in the early morning hours. Shot flames, black smoke into the air. Even chunks of asphalt were sent into the nearby buildings, luckily no reports of injuries.

BOLDUAN: And it was a serious break of protocol at the nation's highest court. An advocacy group records this video during oral arguments believed to be the first time in the Supreme Court which bans all cameras during its proceedings. But included in the video is also something that is rare in the courtroom, an outburst, a protests. Listen here.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I rise on behalf of the vast majority of the American people who believe that money is not speech, corporations are not people, and our democracy should not be for sale to the highest bidder.


BOLDUAN: Then that person was quickly removed from the courtroom. Let's bring in CNN's senior legal analyst, Jeffrey Toobin also staff writer for the "New Yorker" joining me from Washington. Jeff, we've been in there many times. They're very particular about checking you when you go through security in order to get into the courtroom. First off, how do you think they pulled this off?

JEFFREY TOOBIN, CNN SENIOR LEGAL ANALYST: You know, I have to say, Kate, you got me. It was very surprising. As you know, everybody, all the spectators go through metal detectors there including the press. It's a very serious screen and so I'm baffled by how this worked and the court is clearly very concerned. Because if you can get a camera in there, you can maybe get a weapon in there. So this guy is obviously a knucklehead. This is not an appropriate way to behave, but it's also a serious issue. And the court is going to look into it.

BOLDUAN: And they'll look into it and it's so unusual why we bring it up. Thankfully nothing more than an outburst happens. The justices basically ignored it and moved on. But it does bring up the debate that has been going on for years of why aren't there? Should there be cameras allowed in the courtroom in general during oral arguments. I know you think they should. Why?

TOOBIN: Well, because, you know, many of the arguments against cameras in the courtroom involve, you know, witnesses who might be intimidated or jurors who might be bothered by it. You have no issues like that in the Supreme Court. It's just legal arguments. It's just the lawyers who tend to be very experienced. It's just the justices and this is the most important legal site in the United States. These issues are enormously important. It's the public's business.

The 400 or 500 people who can get into the courtroom at any given time, that's not enough frankly. Many Supreme courts have cameras in them now. There's been no disruption that I'm aware of. It's a no brainer, but it isn't happening any time sooner.

BOLDUAN: Exactly right. And it's not like this situation, one of the reasons that is often cited from the justices on why they continue to refuse to allow cameras in the courtroom because many organizations continue to request that and renew the request ever session I would argue, they say cameras in the courtroom would disrupt the personal dynamic that the justices have during oral arguments that assist them in later deliberations when they're looking at these various cases. Do you think cameras would disrupt that dynamic?

TOOBIN: Let me translate that into English. What they are worried about is Jon Stewart and "The Daily Show," and everyone else. You know what? Too bad. That's not a good reason to keep cameras out. That's what they mean that their processes might change. They're worried about looking bad. If the first amendment means anything, it means that the public has a right to see the government in action.

And the Supreme Court is part of the government. Look, I just think it's a bad reason. But it's their candy store and they get to decide when people see it. One thing that might actually change is that, as you know, the tapes, the audio of the oral arguments are released at the end of the week every week.

I would not be surprised if the audio starts to be streamed live on the internet starting in the next few years. That would be a more modest change. I think the court might be amenable to that. But video is a whole different story and I don't see that changing any time soon.

BOLDUAN: That might sound like a really simple thing and a small change. That would be huge in Supreme Court terms because of their long history of -- they are very strict on tradition and protocol. If you've ever sat through one of the oral arguments, you see that on a daily basis.

TOOBIN: That's right. It would be a big change, but it wouldn't change the courtroom at all. They all sit in front of microphones. There would be no difference in how they conduct their business. The one thing I have to say in defense of the justices, although I disagree with them on this issue, is that they care deeply about the institution, about how it looks.

And if you put cameras in that famous courtroom, it would look different, and you'd have to light it differently. All of which would change the proceedings somewhat so I understand their hesitancy. Live streaming of audio wouldn't change anything at all and that's something that I bet is on the horizon at some point soon.

BOLDUAN: As you and I have sat through many of the oral arguments. I think people will find you're probably not going to listen to it all so much when you get a chance toe. They get deep into legal analysis.

TOOBN: Right. As we all know, there are eight justices who are very engaged and ask lots of hard questions. They are deeply immersed in the minutia of these cases. There are a lot of high profile cases. They are also a lot of pretty boring cases. So I don't expect that it would be huge hits on YouTube.

BOLDUAN: Right, I would agree.

TOOBIN: But it would be better for everybody to have the chance.

BOLDUAN: Great to see you, Jeffrey. See you later.

TOOBIN: See you, Kate.

CUOMO: All right, coming up on NEW DAY, a must-see one on one interview with Oscar nominee, Matthew McConaughey. You know, he's overhauled his image. He's become a serious Hollywood heavy weight. How he's seemed to pull it off as easily as he used to pull off his shirt.

BOLDUAN: And do you get when you mix celebrities who like to take selfies and dogs that need homes and online praise. We're going to tell you about it.


MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Welcome back. And we are live in Hollywood. It's always a party here. Now it's a party of two. Nischelle Turner, my girl, my California home slight is here with me on a bit of a soggy red carpet. We know looking ahead to the Oscars, some of the races are kind of type.

One of them of course is the male actor, Matthew McConaughey, is a clear front runner in a lot of people's eyes because of his dramatic turn. Did you see that "Dallas Fires." What a tremendous film. Not bad though, Nischelle, for a guy who used to be known for romantic comedies, taking off his shirt.

NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN ENTERTAINMENT: It wasn't bad at all. First of all, I think we should be calling this like raining on prom night. That's what I feel like singing. This time is Matthew McConaughey's renaissance. When they get these nominations, they try to play very cool, try to show you they are not affected, but not Matthew McConaughey. He is happy to be on this stage.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I ain't selling drugs I'm selling memberships. Welcome to the Dallas buyers club.

TURNER (voice-over): The Oscar-nominated star of "Dallas Fires Club" is loving this.

MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY, ACTOR: I've been doing this for 22 years. First time really going around an award season with a film and performance that's had some light shown on it. I am enjoying it.

TURNER: Matthew McConaughey, one time king of the romantic comedy now proving he is a Hollywood heavy weight.

(on camera): We've known you always as the romantic comedy guy, was it is conscious decision by you to say let me pull away from those and kind of move towards --

MCCONAUGHEY: Yes. I didn't know exactly what I was going to move towards, but I had a good sense on I needed to pull back on what I had been doing. I didn't work for two years. I think I became some people's new fresh good idea, and I went to work.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They got goods out of Mexico that's better than you can get out of the states.

TURNER (voice-over): Winter work on smaller films with greedier roles. "Dallas Buyers Club" wasn't an easy sell. Hollywood turned the film down more than 100 times before McConaughey finally got it made.

(on camera): You've said a time or two even to me you said this movie is about living. Wood Rough was a man who celebrated life.

MCCONAUGHEY: Well, he fought for life. I don't know if he was celebrating it but he did, you know, everything he could. I know times myself you're faced with death or someone near you dies, you start grabbing a whole lot more out of life immediately after that.

TURNER (voice-over): And that seems to be exactly what he's doing while still taking time to remember how he got here.

(on camera): When did you first know, I want to be an actor?

MCCONAUGHEY: I think it was about a week and a half into shooting my first film. It was supposed to shoot for three days. There was three scenes with a few lines and the director kept inviting me back. People were coming up and saying, you're good at this. I said, I would love to do this. Is this legal?

TURNER (voice-over): McConaughey is a charmer with an easy laugh and a knack for telling a good story. But he is also a man who recognizes his current good fortune.

(on camera): At the end of every good meal, you have a little fortune. I have a quick one, advice is like kissing. It cost nothing and it's a pleasant thing to do. What's the best advice you've ever received?

MCCONAUGHEY: I'm going to say do it with pleasure.

TURNER: It's been a pleasure. Thank you, sir. I'll see you Oscar night.


PEREIRA: I think you were trying to get a kiss out of Matthew McConaughey.

TURNER: Listen, I cannot confirm nor deny.

PEREIRA: It is really something to see this transformation. We are seeing a guy with terrific range.

TURNER: Yes, absolutely. You know, he was once the king of the romantic comedy and now he's really doing some very good work. Like you heard him say, it was on purpose. He knew it was time for him to take another look at what he was doing. It's going to be interesting what happens.

PEREIRA: You get more phone calls if you get a win. That just ups your --

TURNER: Absolutely. You know, don't forget that Matthew McConaughey has had a very good year, very good year. "Wolf of Wall Street," he was the scene stealer in that film. I mean, it was really funny. If you haven't seen it -- and "Mud," the movie, where he plays a fugitive, a tree-dwelling fugitive that really kind of started everyone thinking he's different now. He's doing some really good stuff so he's had a good year.

PEREIRA: He's happy just to be nominated because he's got a crowded field. We'll have to watch Sunday, but before that, you can the entire one on one interview with Matthew McConaughey, that's going to air tonight 10:00 Eastern on CNN. Wait that's 7:00 p.m. on the west coast.

Since we're here we have to recognize. Also if you're watching the Oscars and you want to chat with us a little bit about what's happening tweet us at NEW DAY. Let us know what you're thinking. Share with us. Maybe we'll live tweet you back. That will be fun. We'll get on our Twitter machines.

TURNER: The twit machine.

BOLDUAN: Thanks, guys.

Let's take another break real quick. Coming up next on NEW DAY, putting selfies to good use. How is that possible? How they are helping shelter dogs find homes with a little help from Photoshop.


BOLDUAN: I love this song. It's a great song. Welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone. Get ready for the latest internet craze. You take all those selfies, add in a pup that needs a good home and you have mutt bombing. Here is Jeanne Moos.


JEANNE MOOS, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Introducing Ethan the poster boy for mutt bombing, for what?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Muttbombing. MOOS (on camera): Good name?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, it's been great. We trademarked it and everything.

MOOS (voice-over): It's a new way to get people to adopt pets. Marketing agency working with the none profit Dallas pets alive is selecting fun selfies from Instagram and photo shopping in dogs that need homes. They really started getting attention when they mutt bombed celebrities ranging from Kim Kardashian to Miley Cyrus to morning talk show co-host, Kathy Lee and Hoda. But so far Ethan is the star.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He mutt bombed Jimmy Fallon.

MOOS: Fallon had Instagrammed a selfie after Harrison Ford pierced Fallon's ear really. Dallas pets alive mutt bomb fallon with ethan wearing his own photo shop earring and the caption dude check us out we're like fluffy piercing bros, I'm Ethan and #muttbombing you in hopes of finding a home. So far --

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No word from Jimmy Fallon.

MOOS: But Ethan quickly attracted two applicants who wanted to adopt him. It's not just stars, Ellen and Ryan Gosling getting muttbombed. Food blogger John Boerger Instagram this selfie on horseback. In a couple of days it came back.

JOHN ROERGER, FOOD BLOGGER: The dog is named Royce and John said he can't adopt a pet right now he loves the way they are using social media.

BOERGER: Get tired of the thousands of sad pictures of dogs in kennels. Doing it this way makes it cute and makes it funny.

MOOS (on camera): The idea isn't so much for the person who gets mutt bombed, necessarily adopt a pet but rather for the photo be shared, to spread the word from a dog reflected in sunglasses to a pup doing the doggie paddle under water, Dallas pets alive says mutt bombing increased their web traffic 700 percent the first week. And they soon had ten applications for adoptions. Photo bomb this, why don't you? Ethan answered with a question, does CNN stand in for canine news network? Ethan isn't just a looker.


MOOS: Jeanne Moos, CNN, New York.


BOLDUAN: Not just a looker, he's a licker.

CUOMO: CNN has gone to the dogs.

BOLDUAN: Good use of that one. CUOMO: Coming up on NEW DAY, giving hope to young minorities. A new initiative from President Obama to help minority boys. We'll talk to White House senior adviser, Valerie Jarred, about why the president seemed more raw than we've seen him maybe ever.