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the comradery of a group of men, you saw it there, whether a tough runner or a walk, it's a fantastic culture. grab a friend. get outside. get moving. that's going to wrap things up for me today. "new day" sunday continues with victor blackwell and ana victor blackwell and ana cabrera. -- captions by vitac -- good morning everyone. i'm ana cabrera in for christine. >> happy mother's day to you. i'm victor blackwell. 8:00 on the east coast. this is "new day sunday." major history in the sports world and some would say for the country when michael sam shattered this new barrier, becoming the first openly gay football player taken in the nfl draft. >> he came with a lot of credentials. first team all american from university of missouri, scc
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co-defensive player of the year. taken in the final round by the st. louis rams. >> this was cheered from missouri all the way to the white house. >> with the 249th pick in the 2014 nfl draft, the st. louis rams select michael sam, defensive end, missouri. >> with that announcement, michael sam becomes the first openly gay player drafted by the national football league. he got the news by telephone from the rams head coach jeff fisher who said, you are a ram, the wait is finally over. it was an emotional moment. >> i'm overwhelmed, excited. proud to be a ram. i knew i was going to get picked somewhere. every team that passed me, i was thinking how i would sack their quk. >> congratulations came from
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president obama, from the playing field to the corporate board room, lbgt americans prove every day you should be judged by what you do and -- he became the first openly gay athlete when he came out in 2013 tweeted this comment. i wanted to say congrats to@mikesamfootball and@st. louisrams. meanwhile the rams head coach says it's time to get to work. >> he's done an outstanding job dealing with things. i believe he's prepared to discuss the situation and get on to football and helping us win. st. louis rams fans couldn't agree more. they want to see michael sam hit the field. last season the team finished 7-9, at the bottom of the nfc west. >> he has a chance. he's got to prove himself. >> i think he'll be a good player for the rams. >> will he be a distraction? >> i don't think so. i don't think so. he's a good player.
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i think he'll prove himself. >> it's time to shut up and play some football. we need him. >> that last shot is just a good one. joe carter joirning us now. sports and professional sports taking a lot of flak lately, a lot of controversy in the nfl talking about crime, the redskins name. >> the nba and sterling. our fair share of controversy, for sure. this is a bright spot, a positive spot for the nfl, for all the negative press they've received lately for minority coaches not being promoted or hired, having these players getting into trust, arrested and all that off the field, this is a positive moment pour the nfl to celebrate. >> a positive moment for the gay community as well. >> it's that image, this one, it is important that people who are -- i've been open this. i'm an openly gay man as well. but to see this moment when michael sam kisses his boyfriend, this is historic. >> this moment right now, he's
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receiving a call from jeff fisher, the head coach of the st. louis rams. he's learning, he's getting a call. 1% of college athletes make it to the nfl. he's willing to celebrate that accomplishment openly, with the person he cares about the most. that's why this is historic. in the nfl draft, we don't see this, a man celebrating and casing and embracing another man. it doesn't happen. we see men kissing their spouses, girlfriends, mothers. that moment that you just saw is a moment that will talked about and discussed and will be a turning point moving forward. >> the thing about his story, he comes from a tough background. he has two brothers in prison, a brother who died from violence. >> from a big family, first of all, eight brothers and sisters, single mother raised them. two brothers incarcerated, three other siblings are dead. he lived in his car, moved in with friends during his high
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school days. he's the first person in his family to go to college. he joins the 1% of college athletes that make it to the professional ranks. certainly a great story, a lot of adversity. for him, when he takes on that first press conference as a st. louis ram, answering those questions, that's nothing compared to the adversity this guy has gone through growing up. >> when you said that, it's really interesting to see his tweet and look back at what he said to the world right after that. he said i'm using every ounce of this to achieve greatness. that has even more meaning when you learn the back story. >> 249, i've never seen this much anticipation for 249. only seven picks ahead of him before the draft ended. i think as society we need to celebrate it for what it is. >> more work to do, joe carter, thank you very much. developing this morning, the tragedy in virginia continues as the search for the pilot still missing after friday's deadly hot air balloon crash has
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resumed this morning. the university of virginia now telling us two staff members of its basketball programs were among the victims, jenny doyle and natalie lewis were on board the balloon when it crashed into the power lines and it burst into flames. neither survived. >> you can see the two coaches inside the hot air balloon moments after it took off. this is the dark blue balloon you see here, left of center here. >> it was supposed to be a celebratory moment for them. we're continuing to follow the investigation there in virginia. good morning, erin. >> the rest of the hot air balloon race was canceled. they held multiple briefings as they combed through this densely wooded area looking for the remains from this terrible tragedy. >> we're now transitions from a rescue operation to a recovery
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operation at the time. >> from a search and rescue mission to recovery, virginia authorities confirming the terrifying hot air balloon accident was deadly for the three people on board. >> the hot air balloon appears to be still smoking, pretty high in the area. >> got a report that the basket has come off. we're trying to find that right now. >> advise all units, the airborne balloon is not the issue. need to locate the basket. >> authorities say they still haven't located the basket, but have retrieved the bodies of two of the three victims and are still looking for the third. searchers have also retrieved debris and other items. >> we've had between 30 to 40 calls from people who witnessed it from here at the festival on friday to neighbors, to people driving within the vicinity. it's been a tremendous help. we've been following up with those folks. >> more than 100 people searched saturday. civil air patrol assisted.
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challenging because the basket and balloon separated after snagging a power line and catching fire, leaving two of the passengers, witnesses say, to jump or all. >> my boyfriend came running out, oh, my god, look at the sky. the balloon is on fire. and all we seen was just falling from the sky, the basket, the balloon, everything was on sglir the national transportation safety board is investigating, and the ntsb sent a letter just this year to the faa suggesting there's insufficient oversight of commercial hot air balloons. >> erin mcpike reporting, thanks. a lot of cleaning up to do in for rick, missouri, after this. >> hail, a tornado, a huge storm tore through that town of 900 people yesterday. this is near kansas city. homes of destroyed. lots of power lines torn down. this storm leaving behind a wide
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path of destruction. officials are going door-to-door to check on people who live there. you can see, look at this video, they pulled a woman to safety from what's left of her home. so far no reports of any deaths or any serious injury. so good news there. >> for weeks ukraine has been inching closer to civil war. now pro-russian separatists are refusing to delay that controversial referendum vote. it is under way right now. would today's election push the country over the edge. pope francis takes to twitter to send out his prayer for the release of more than 200 school girls still missing in a kidnapping in nigeria. we've never sold a house before. (agent) i'll walk you guys through every step. there are a lot of buyers for a house like yours.
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right now voters in eastern ukraine are among many making history today. you're looking at pictures out of slav yensing where people are lining up to cast their ballot in a controversial referendum vote that will separate praet this area from the country of ukraine even during an interim government. >> leaders in kiev and the west call this job illegitimate. a lot of people are worrying that the results could push the country one step closer to a civil war. >> will today's election trigger more violence? let's go straight out to cnn international correspondent nick paton walsh in slavyansk, ukraine. an amazing situation we've seen
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developing. >> nick is the only member of the western media in that area right now. what is it like where you are? >> reporter: i'm standing outside a polling station. earlier today we saw quite a substantial presence there, lining up to cast their ballots. they're not particularly full. a lot of people have been turning up here, filling in a form explaining why they should vote here and not somewhere else. bear in mind this is not any kind of formal electoral process here. we're surrounded by the ukrainian army, the you yan kran tanks. a shootout last night with heavy weapons, reports of gunfire this morning. pro-russian militants all around this area that's on the edge of civil war. this is really about endorsing what those pro-russian militants
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and protesters have been doing by seizing this town and taking control of it. there are quite a few people here, quite a lot who support what's happening. there's been violence by the army. certainly inside this booth here i spoke to the mayor, self-declared mayor of slavyansk. he was accompanying a dig terry from the opposition and asked him how come russian's kremlin-run tv station is running along the bottom of its out put on the air last night advice on locations where people can vote. how is it possible if russia says it's not involved? he said he didn't know about that. and reminded me that vladimir put tin said -- there were precise locations for how a town would vote in a referendum in
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ukraine, that advice being given out by a kremlin-run 24-hour news network. evidence that many in washington will seize upon. actually russia is involved in fermenting what's going on here. >> clear contradiction there. >> nick paton walsh in slavyansk. thank you so much. pope francis is now among the growing legion of supporters using #bringbackourgirls. he tweeted let's all join in prayer for the immediate release of the girls kidnapped in nigeria. >> first lady michelle obama and others have joined this social media campaign. if you can believe it, #bringbackourgirls has been shared more than a million times. >> first lady michelle obama, as we said, joined into that campaign. she delivered yesterday's weekly white house address saying she and the president are outraged and heartbroken. those are her words. >> this morning our own
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christiane amanpour tweeted out this picture of herself with british prime minister david cameron. the british intelligence team is on the ground in any engineer yeah. >> it joins a team from the u.s. that arrived last week. the girls were taken nearly a month ago now from their school. >> now one of the girls who escaped and who spoke exclusively to cnn telling us boka haram militants used at least seven trucks to carry out this abduction. president obama has directed his administration to do everything it can to help the nigerians find the kidnappers and return those 200-plus girls to their families. >> there are times i want to reach out and save those kids and am having to think through what levers, what power do we have at any given moment. >> tough task.
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>> countries around the world are hoping to help in this effort, trying to determine how they can help. the president was in los angeles. back in washington, the big question facing members of his party are the democratic lawmakers. will they join a new committee created by republicans to investigate the 2012 benghazi attack. we'll check in with cnn's candy crowley coming up next. i'm private gonzalez assigned to 226 signal code in afghanistan. i'd like to say hi to my mom in garland, texas, happen many mother's day. i love you, miss you. i'm doing great, and i'll call you. when he agreed to cosign r his daughter's credit card... he thought it was the end of the conversation. she didn't tell him that her college expenses were going up. or that she maxed out her card during spring break. when the satellite provider checked his credit, he found out his daughter didn't pay her bills. but he's not worried. now he checks his credit report and score at,
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not going is to try to undermine the legitimacy of the committee and to say, as in all politics, we're in the going to join into this circus. it's also to see to the state of the republicans in this issue which is something the democrats don't want to development i think there will be democratic representation in one way or the other. right now democrats are pushing for some rules to be made so they have access to witnesses, that they know what subpoenas are coming, they have a vote in the subpoenas, that sort of thing. right now they're trying to use some leverage and say here is what we would like to see in this committee. we'll see if republicans can agree to it. >> we also understand you're about to debut a new cnn poll on obamacare? >> exactly. republicans have used the affordable care act as one of the issues that they are out there in this midterm talking about. some need to repeal it.
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others merely need to change it. democrats, particularly those in what are otherwise seen as republican states, have been -- have touched it only gingerly. there are new cnn numbers that might change up the mix a little bit. we want to ask our guests about it. >> interesting. >> khan dirks good to have you this morning. >> thanks u guys. >> be sure to ketchikan difficult on "state of the union" today. former first ladies duking it out over who's job of mom in chief have it tougher. the "saturday night live" version of it we'll bring to you next. stick with technology. get the flexcare platinum from philips sonicare and save now. philips sonicare improving everything from booking to baggage claim. we're raising the bar on flying
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♪ that's austrian singer con cheetah verse, also known as the bearded lady. verse became the first austrian
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to win in nearly 50 years. this is happening despite the pressure from countries with anti-gay laws. they wanted her removed from the competition, but she won. hillary and i know how hard it is to be working mothers. >> absolutely. i just know a little bit more. i mean for years i was flying all over the world dealing with some of the worst humanitarian crisis. but i suppose it's also tough to make a chubby kid eat an apple. >> well, obesity is killing our children. >> absolutely. not so much in syria. there it's more biological weapons. but kids, watch out for cake! >> i wish i could be part of those conversations. i'm sure it's never been like that. >> you see you've got to think,
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gosh, those writers at "snl," they have so much fun. >> bottom line, it is mother's day, so happy mother's day to you. thank you for joining us. inside politics" with john king starts now. house republicans launch another benghazi investigation and in the same breath launch a fund-raising pitch promising to hold hillary clinton accountable. she thinks it's a waste of time. >> they get to call the shots in the congress. >> house speaker john boehner defended the new investigation but won't answer when asked if the fund-raising dishonors the victims and proves it's all crass politics. >> our focus, our focus is getting the truth for these four families and the american people. tough words after the kidnapping of young girls in nigeria. >> it's criminal.


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