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[07:00:03] UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I put it on and it took me literally two plays and I was like this was so cool.

COY WIRE, CNN SPORTS: As a former safety, I don't know. I think you got me to open up my hips.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, that's the key. When you're running that corner route, you want the defender to open his hips and not be able to drive on that ball.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'd say 25 years ago, I was looking for something like this.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: These fine details are the things that separate you in the game, you know, because it's just inches that help you have success out is there.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Essentially in the play, I can even go through, if I really wanted to, I can go through the drop and the foot work and hitch through my reads. If you're just watching on film, there's no reality to it.

WIRE: It's so real like I feel like when I lift my hand up in front of my face, I'm going to see my hand because I'm standing in the stadium.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's like the grand canyon, you can describe it, but until you see in person, it's unbelievable and it's exciting with ideas like this.


WIRE: You can find out more about that and other good stuff today at 3:30 right here on CNN. A pro-football preview hosted by Rachel Nichols and co-hosted by Dan Marino, Peyton Manning, Pete Carroll will join the show. You're going to enjoy it.



WIRE: You're welcome.

PAUL: All righty. Thank you so much too for starting your morning with us.

BLACKWELL: Next hour of your NEW DAY starts now.

PAUL: Moving across Europe by bus, train, walking. Thousands of Syrian refugees searching for a new home. How much longer will the borders (INAUDIBLE)?

BLACKWELL: Hillary Clinton putting equal pay, paid leave, and women's health at the center of a big new rally in New Hampshire. How she's challenging Republicans who say that's playing the gender card, to deal her in.

Plus --


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I didn't want to feel segregated out. I don't want to be in the gender neutral bathroom.


PAUL: Classmates rallying around a transgender teen. But the small town they live in is divided over what bathroom this teen should be allowed to use.

Locker room really at the end of the day, not just bathroom.

Good morning to you, everybody. We're so glad to have your economy, as always.

BLACKWELL: Always good to start a Sunday with you. I'm Victor Blackwell.

PAUL: And new this morning, Pope Francis is asking every religious community in Europe to take in a migrant family, as thousands of refugees are streaming into a jam-packed Munich train station. Take a look at this.

What a difference this is to them, too, in terms of the welcome they're getting. They're getting cheers and hot meals and medical aid being bussed over to reception centers for processing. Dozens of local people have turned up. They're offering clothes and, as we said, food. And just -- you can imagine what this means to these people who have had such a long journey.

BLACKWELL: Just to be welcomed after being rejected for so many days and weeks.

You saw some welcome signs there, too. Just a sampling of the relief for people arriving after the difficult time in Hungary. We covered all that was happening at that Budapest train station. More expected to arrive as 11,000 migrants have crossed into Austria headed to Germany this weekend.

CNN's Fred Pleitgen has the story in Vienna.


FREDERIK PLEITGEN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice- over): It was Saturday in the early morning hours when the standoff between the refugees and the Hungarian government ended. Budapest provided thousands of buses to take thousands of asylum seekers to Austria. Once they crossed the border, their fatigue and frustration turned to elation.

Some, like this man who lost a leg in Syria's civil war, finding strength for the final walk into Austrian territory.

"I left about a month ago," he says. "The journey across the sea was hard, so was the border with Macedonia. Everything was hard. Nothing was easy."

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All people are very happy in Austria. Thank you, Austria. Thank you, Germany.

PLEITGEN: As more and more busses arrived, the lines of people kept moving west towards the Austrian border guards.

(on camera): Even though these people are obviously absolutely exhausted, many of them have been on the road for months, have endured horrible things trying the to make their way over here, you can still see smiles on almost everybody's faces simply because they're so happy to finally have made it to Austria.

This small town of Nickelsdorf launched a massive aid drive on very short notice. Clothes, food, drinks, supplies kept arriving throughout the day, making sure the bus loads of refugees received a warm welcome.

"I had to wake my colleagues up this morning and get them out of bed," the police officer in charge says. "I think in light of the circumstances, we've done quite well."

Austria says it received thousands of asylum seekers this day and the people in Nickelsdorf made sure they were taken care of. Austria's real company launched a special train service that would bring many of the refugees to other places in Austria or to Germany and a chance to begin a new life.


[07:05:00] BLACKWELL: All right. Fred Pleitgen there in Vienna for us.

PAUL: You got to love that smile on the little girl. The wave.

Well, CNN's Atika Shubert is in Munich, in fact. She joins via phone right now.

So, Atika, help us understand once these refugees step off buses, what is next for them?

ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN CORRESPONDENT (via telephone): Well, I'm actually right in the middle of the train station and we already see a number of refugees here. They trickle in throughout the day, every few hundred or so coming off of trains coming in from Austria. What happens then is they are greeted by police here who then registered them. They take their finger prints, check their IDs, and then find them temporary shelters. Now, that can be anything from the sort converted shipping container homes to university dorms that are being unused. They try to find them permanent accommodations, usually in towns a little further out from here.

So, that's the process. The question is, whether that's going to be strained when we start seeing large numbers coming in. What we understand is that there have already been 8,000 refugees who have come in through here, most of them through Munich, and we could see that increasing over the next few days.

And obviously, if that continues, that will be unsustainable, Christi.

PAUL: Let me ask you, the E.U. foreign ministers met in Luxembourg yesterday. There are emergency talks scheduled in Brussels on September 14th. Are you getting any indication, hearing any word of what solutions may be considered across Europe to try to house all of these people?

SHUBERT: Well, they're -- it's as though every country knows what the solution has to be, which is that essentially everybody in the E.U. needs to participate in having some refugees in the various countries. Now, how many refugees each country would take would depend on the population of the country and how their economy is doing. So there is a quota system that is being discussed.

Many countries, however, particularly in Eastern Europe, are rejecting that idea. They're saying they can't afford to take in more refugees. Other countries such as the U.K. have said, well, we can take in, but we can't take in a huge number. The other problem, even if each country agrees to take in a certain amount of refugees, how do you get them registered and processed?

What's happening is that people flooded the sort of frontier countries like Hungary, Greece and Italy. So, Germany is proposing is reception centers in each of these countries so that once refugees arrive, they have a safe place to live temporarily while they get registered, while they figure out which countries going to accept them as refugees, to try and coordinate that with all the members of the E.U. is incredibly difficult and it's going to take time, which unfortunately most of the refugees do not have, Christi.

PAUL: All right. Atika Shubert, thank you so much for letting us really get a good gauge of what's happening there.

BLACKWELL: You know, to put a fine point on that, CNN talked with Melissa Fleming last hour. She's in Vienna. She's the spokesperson for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. And she articulated as we heard from Atika that Germany cannot carry this load alone. The other European Union countries need to step up to help and to help resolve this crisis.



MELISSA FLEMING, SPOKESPERSON, UNHCR: They feel very welcome here but what we're also seeing is nobody wants to stay in Austria either. Everybody is moving onto Germany.

So, this is not a sustainable situation. It's a crisis. And we're happy. We welcome the decision of Austria and Germany to open its orders but it can't go on like this.

PLEITGEN: So, other European countries are saying you have to do more. Is that --

FLEMING: Other European countries have to step up. It can't be a German problem. It's a European problem that needs to be resolved by all countries together.

We're happy to see the outpouring of civil society in countries that are actually unwilling to accept refugees. But, of course, right now, the refugees are saying we want to go to the country where we believe we'll get the best treatment, reception and can restart our lives.


BLACKWELL: Eleven thousand this weekend. An expectation Germany will take in 800,000 by the time this year ends. We'll check back in with Melissa Fleming next hour to talk more about this attempt to get more countries in the E.U. to take in more migrants and refugees.

PAUL: Here's the question a lot of people are asking this morning: is Russian secretly building up its military in Syria? That's what the U.S. wants to know. In fact, there's enough evidence of it that it's caused Secretary of State John Kerry to phone his Russian counterpart.

Plus, Hillary Clinton writing a new playbook in her run for the White House, now tailoring her message to women's issues. This is something she didn't do in 2008.

And later, what locker room should a transgender teen use? Students at one Missouri high school backing their classmates. Other students and their parents and school officials trying to come up with a different solution. We'll let you know what both sides are saying.

Stay close.


BLACKWELL: Hillary Clinton heads to Iowa this morning, coming off the heels of a trip to New Hampshire where she picked up an endorsement from the state senators -- senator for the state, I should say, Jeanne Shaheen. The Democrat front runner also took shots at her GOP rivals while at the same time pushing her rhetoric on gender issues and playing the gender card.


HILLARY CLINTON (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Now, I know that when I talk like this, some people -- you'll probably hear them on cable or elsewhere -- they will say, there she goes again with the women's issues. Republicans actually say I'm playing the gender card. Well, if calling for equal pay and paid leave and women's health is playing the gender card, deal me in.


BLACKWELL: Big change from 2008. Let's talk more with CNN's Stephen Collinson.

Stephen, as we said, a shift from the first presidential campaign putting what some would call women's issues at the center of her campaign.

STEPHEN COLLINSON, CNN POLITICS SENIOR REPORTER: That's right, Victor. A lot of people the last time around in 2008 thought that Hillary Clinton ceded the idea of historic potential to Barack Obama who, of course, went on to become the first African-American president.

It wasn't until she actually lost that race, effectively, late on in the primary season that she started to embrace the idea of being a woman candidate. You remember closing rally of that campaign when she talked about punching 8 million cracks in the highest glass ceiling in American politics.

[07:15:05] So, I think perhaps part of this is looking back the previous campaign and deciding where she went wrong. But I think also, women voters are going to be very important to Hillary Clinton in this primary. It's one of the ways in which she can put some pressure on Bernie Sanders who's starting to do well and cut her leads in many of the polls. Indeed in New Hampshire, he's ahead of her. So, I think she is basically being much more proactive in posing as a champion of women in this campaign. You're right.

BLACKWELL: You mentioned the women's vote and women's support in the primary. Not a guaranteed lock. If you look back in 2008 in Iowa, then-Senator Obama won in Iowa. Things turned around for Clinton in New Hampshire.

But in a general election matchup, I wonder is there any Republican candidate thus far that worries the Clinton campaign more than the others?

COLLINSON: I don't think so. I mean, everyone's talking about Donald Trump right now. There are basically two or three candidates the Democrats believe can potentially be present on the Republican side. I'm talking about someone like Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, notwithstanding his current troubles. Even Scott Walker was once doing well a few months ago and has perhaps been over taken by John Kasich, the governor of Ohio. But the women's vote, when Democratic presidential candidates do well,

there's always a gender gap. They get a disproportionate slice of the women's vote. And if Hillary Clinton does go on to become the Democrat nominee, you can be sure that every single speech she's going to really put some intense scrutiny on the record of her Republican rival on women's issues, abortion, women's health issues, equal pay. And, of course, equal pay is also an argument that quite a lot of male voters find attractive, because it becomes an economic argument about how much a family has, not just the female partner in that.

So, I think you're going to see her really hammer these women's issues all the way through.

BLACKWELL: Let's put that video back or some the video we have of Secretary Clinton there with Senator Shaheen, and I really quickly want to point out that New Hampshire has an unprecedented history of electing women statewide. So, this is an important endorsement.

COLLINSON: Yes. And the Shaheen family is one of the big powers of Democratic politics in New Hampshire.

And one of the gauges political scientist look at when they look back at elections it's which candidate gets the elite establishment endorsements. It's proven to be a very reliable barometer of who wins primary elections and Hillary Clinton has been going around. You saw her pickup some big endorsements in Iowa as well, the former Senator Tom Harkin and former Governor Vilsack.

So, she is basically doing everything you need to do to become the person that is perceived to be the one who's going to win this nomination.

BLACKWELL: Yes, New Hampshire sending the first all female delegation to Washington, Shaheen, a former governor. So, important endorsement and we'll see what happens today in Iowa.

Stephen Collinson, thank you so much.

COLLINSON: Thanks, Victor.

BLACKWELL: And remember, be sure to tune in to the next Republican presidential debate hosted by CNN, Wednesday, September 16th. It's coming up, starting 6:00 p.m. Eastern.

PAUL: And listen, it's an annual tradition at West Point. This year, though, a simple pillow fight -- look at this -- leads to dozens of cadets being treated for concussions and other injuries.

Also, the struggle for food, safety, shelter, are forcing so many to trek across Europe. The situation is about, though, we hear, to turn dire. Hundreds of thousands learn they will not have enough money to feed their families.


[07:22:19] BLACKWELL: Oh, yes, it's a pillow fight, but maybe there was more in these pillows than just down. It seems like fun, but some people got hurt. This is YouTube video of West Point Academy's traditional pillow fight. It's getting a lot of attention today.

PAUL: Good heavens.

BLACKWELL: The reason, 30 first-year students were injured, some concussions, broken noses we're talking about. Students traditionally celebrate the end of the tougher summer basic training with a pillow fight to blow out some steam, we made. Well, this was August 28, we're just getting the video now, because according to "The New York Times", the cadets swung pillow cases packed with some pretty hard objects, some of them thought to be helmets inside.

PAUL: Oh my goodness. Meanwhile, more than 10,000 refugees have already crossed into Austria. Many more still working their way to that border. How can the governments take control of this growing crisis? We are live in Vienna with you.

Also, running out of money. We're talking about aid workers having some big trouble just helping families put food on the table.


R.J. MITTE, ACTOR, VOLUNTEER: Did you like the last episode?

DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Growing up with cerebral palsy, actor R.J. Mitte had to contend with a lot of nos.

MITTE: Having a physical disability, there are so many times people will say, you can't do this, you can't do that. You won't be able to walk properly, you won't be able to talk properly. You'll never have a normal life.


GUPTA: But Mitte didn't let years of physical therapy, leg braces, bullies keep him from his goal of becoming an actor and an example.

MITTE: So many people are afraid to put these types of characters on television. Having my disability makes me want to prove people wrong. "Breaking Bad" gave me the ability to do so much, to open doors, not just for me, but for other people.

GUPTA (on camera): Cerebral palsy is a term for a group of neurological disorders that oftentimes prevent parts of the brain, parts of the brain that are responsible for strength, from communicating with the muscles. The result is trouble with movement. But we know physical therapy can help.

MITTE: Do you like music?

GUPTA (voice-over): In fact, Mitte credits years of treatment at Shriners Hospital. He still volunteers there, inspiring kids like him. MITTE: There are so many times people try and they just take children and they set them aside. What truly matters when it comes to having a disability is not letting people define you.


[07:28:11] PAUL: You hear the cheers there? You can imagine what this means to the folks there in Munich, Germany, as hundreds of refugees pour into that train station. They're seeking asylum, of course, from bloody conflicts across the Middle East.

Germany does have a warning this morning. This practice is an exception. It is not a rule.

BLACKWELL: And consider, there are tens of thousands more on their way streaming through Hungary and Austria, trying to make it to the country they see as a safe haven, with Germany's history of taking on refugees and home to a strong economy where they can rebuild their lives, hopefully.

And in Jordan this week, sad news here -- the text message that went out to nearly 230,000 refugees taking shelter in that country, the food aid they've been receiving from the World Food Programme, their only source for food in many cases, will be cut off because that agency as run out of funds.

CNN's Ian Lee is live in Cairo following the story.

So, what now, Ian, for these 229,000 refugees?

IAN LEE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, that's really the big question, Victor, is what they're going to do. They have a few options. Some of them, believe it or not, are heading back to Syria. Others are contemplating on how to get to Europe. And to add to that massive influx that we are see right now on European shores and traveling on their way to Western European countries.

The World Food Programme has said they're in desperate need of more money. They're asking for roughly $230 million to help them get through November. They say that money will go toward helping Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and the surrounding countries.

But it really isn't went you break it down, that much money going to an individual refugee, about $14 a month, less than 50 cents a day is enough to sustain these refugees.