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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: -- to the Miami Beach area.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What if you are a pregnant woman living in that neighborhood? Can you imagine the emotional toll that must take on you?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: When you get this much rain over this area, it's going to be devastating.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Come on down, glad to have you.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I want to thank Mr. Trump for coming to Louisiana. He brought attention to our state.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: President Obama will travel to the devastation on Tuesday.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The two swimmers place most of the blame on Lochte describing him as drunk and unruly.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He's done it. History has been made. An unprecedented triple-triple for Usain Bolt.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I can't think of another athlete since Muhammad Ali that has so captured the public imagination.


CHRISTI PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: Well, good morning to you on this Saturday. I'm Christi Paul.

VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN ANCHOR: I'm Victor Blackwell. Good morning to you.

PAUL: Yes, we want to begin with Donald Trump here because very soon he'll be meeting with the National Hispanic Advisory Council for Trump. This of course as his campaign is going through a major overhaul. His campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, we know is out, and with the new leadership Trump is trying a new approach to reach out to black voters. Listen.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I say it again, what do you have to lose? Look, what do you have to lose? You're living in poverty. Your schools are no good. You have no jobs. Fifty eight percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?


PAUL: Let's bring in CNN's Michael Smerconish, host of "SMERCONISH," which starts in just about an hour here. So Michael, what was interesting is this was a speech made in Dimondale, Michigan. It is about 93 percent white. So the crowd wasn't particularly diverse. What was your first takeaway when you heard the speech?

MICHAEL SMERCONISH, CNN HOST, "SMERCONISH": Pretty much the same as Victor's as he expressed in the last hour, which is to say, OK, so you're asking for the order, and I think that's a good thing, but you need to make a direct ask.

Which means you need to go into the African-American community and you need to ask directly of those folks that which you are seeking.

And Christi, my second reaction is to say there is nothing new about this debate. A year ago it was Steven A. Smith from ESPN, who went to Vanderbilt University and said to African-Americans, why are we allowing ourselves to be taken for granted by the Democratic Party?

Well, you know, competition for our votes would be a really good thing. And I find interesting the fact that it seems to be more controversial when the statement comes from Donald Trump than when the statement comes from an African-American. But in any event, I think all votes ought to be in play and so I think it's a good thing.

PAUL: All right. I want to listen to one thing that he said last night that may actually work very much against Hillary Clinton. Let's listen in.


TRUMP: One thing we know for sure is that if you keep voting for the same people, you will keep getting the same, exactly the same result.


PAUL: This is a direct hit towards her. I mean, getting out of the establishment, do something different, this could speak to people, not just African-Americans, but to people who are really struggling right now, is it not?

SMERCONISH: It absolutely could. I think it's a fair question. Why is our vote already committed to a particular party, if in fact, our station in life hasn't changed over time and we've had such an allegiance to that party?

But Christi, here's something else I have to say, there's a fine line here and I listened carefully to the way in which he delivered those remarks. And at a certain point it gets condescending.

You know, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, et cetera. You have to be very, very careful. I think there's a logical case to be made, but the tune becomes very important.

PAUL: And when we talk about Paul Manafort and this shake-up or this resetting, let's say, of his campaign. It made me wonder, are we looking at the instability that we see there and could that be a preview of what he will do in his administration?

And what I mean by that I who he chooses to be around him, how he chooses to manage that, how important is what's happening in his campaign right now to the electorate as a precursor to what may be in the future.

SMERCONISH: You know what is interesting is that when the announcement that Steve Bannon was going to be the top person and Paul Manafort was still in the mix, many analysts looked at it and said, well, he's really going back to his roots, the way in which he won the primary, the way in which he won the caucuses, which is to say, let Trump be Trump.

Let him fire from the hip because that is very much in keeping with Brietbart News and Bannon style. What was the first thing that he did he on Bannon's watch and the watch of Kellyanne Conway?

[08:05:07]It was to make a statement very teleprompter scripted and say, you know, I've regretted some things I've said during the course of this campaign. So I'm really not sure what Trump we are going to get in the next 80 or so days that guarantee as it's going to be highly entertaining from start to finish.

PAUL: I think your show will be as well. I understand you have Mark Cuban on today.

SMERCONISH: Right. So I've got the other billionaire who is a reality TV star, but my guy is not running for president although some think that he ought to. Mark Cuban is a highly entertaining figure.

And what is interesting about Cuban is that he made the Dallas Mavericks Arena available to Donald Trump, 20,000 people came a year ago. And he seemed eager about Donald Trump's candidacy, but he did an about-face. He is now very much with Hillary Clinton and I shall ask him why.

PAUL: Yes, that will be interesting. Michael Smerconish, always good to have you. Looking forward to the show in an hour.

SMERCONISH: Have a good day.

PAUL: Of course, you too. You can watch "SMERCONISH" at 9:00 a.m. Eastern right here on CNN -- Victor.

BLACKWELL: All right, let's bring back Amy Kramer, co-chair of Women Vote Trump and a Donald Trump supporter. Welcome to the conversation, Maria Cardona, CNN political commentator and Democratic strategist. Good to have you both this morning.

So let's talk first about this style change and then we'll get into the some specifics. The shakeup here, Amy, in the campaign, Donald Trump now reading the scripted remarks.

I went to your website, "Women Vote Trump" and one thing stood out to me. I'm going to read it here and get your response. Yes, talking about Donald Trump, we know he sometimes says things that get him in trouble that's because he's not working off a teleprompter or script fine-tuned by consultants and focus groups.

That maybe a little outdated because that is exactly what he's doing now, is he not?

AMY KRAMER, CO-FOUNDER, WOMEN VOTE TRUMP: He's working off a teleprompter but I don't think he's with focus groups and I don't think he's scripted. I think even what Donald Trump -- wait a minute --

BLACKWELL: They released the remarks before he delivers them so it is scripted.

KRAMER: It doesn't matter. It doesn't mean that he didn't write them himself and he didn't have input into that. I mean, you can tell when somebody is -- when they are speaking from their heart and when they are saying things that they mean.

Donald Trump is not the kind of person that you can feed words into him and thoughts into him and then he's going to regurgitate them. He absolutely is not that kind of person. So just because he's speaking from a teleprompter does not mean that he is --

BLACKWELL: So from your perspective, the remarks he's reading and the ones he read in Charlotte and Dimondale after this turn at the top, you believe that these are written by him?

KRAMER: I believe he absolutely -- they are coming from him. He may not have sat and wrote them down himself, but he's not the kind to regurgitate thoughts and words.

BLACKWELL: Let me come to you Amy, this shakeup at the top, we know that Kellyanne Conway is now the campaign manager, someone who knows how to cater a message, in most cases specifically to target women, a group that Donald Trump needs to improve his number with. What you heard from Amy and what you know about the changes? Are you concerned?

MARIA CARDONA, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Well, I think America should be concerned because there was absolutely no apology from Donald Trump recently and he absolutely has not changed his tone.

Look, the reality is that it is less than 80 days until the election. The Donald Trump we have seen on the stump recently is the same Donald Trump that came out within 428 days ago when he announced his presidential campaign, calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals.

So when it comes to all of the demographics and all of the people and all of the groups that he has insulted, he didn't apologize for that. He doesn't regret a thing and so that's what Americans need to remember.

We cannot unsee and unhear the last 428 days, and that's why when you look at women, that's why there is such a huge gap, you look at what he is -- how he is doing among white college educated women, which right now Hillary Clinton is winning by 11 points.

And Mitt Romney won by 14 points in the 2012 election, yet he lost that election. So he is in deep trouble, not just with women, but with African-Americans regardless of his ridiculous and condescending way that he is now talking about quote/unquote "outreach to them."

You know, calling -- essentially saying that they are all poor and uneducated and can't tell the difference between --

BLACKWELL: And what the hell do you have to lose is the pitch he used twice?

CARDONA: You can't be more condescending than that.

BLACKWELL: Let me go to one of the specific point you talk about there, Maria, talking about immigration, and it was at the center of his new ad, the first ad out of his general election campaign. Let's watch.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE (voice-over): In Hillary Clinton's America, the system stays rigged against Americans. Syrian refugees flood in, illegal immigrants convicted of committing crimes get to stay, collecting Social Security benefits, skipping the line. Our border open, it's more of the same but worse.

[08:10:10]Donald Trump's America is secure, terrorists and dangerous criminals kept out, the border secure, our families safe. Change that makes America safe again. Donald Trump for president. I'm Donald Trump and I approve this message.


BLACKWELL: So Amy, although there's this talk, this rhetoric about turning the page, a new phase and new Donald Trump, that is essentially the message he delivered on the day he came down the escalator to launch his campaign. And the Trump campaign, I guess, believes that is their ticket to win in November.

KRAMER: Look, he's not a new Donald Trump. He has said, I'm going to be who I am, I am myself, and these are issues that our Americans are concerned about. When we talk about immigration, it's not like he's against immigrants coming into the country. We are all immigrants coming from somewhere. He is talking about legal immigration. It's not right that the

people are coming across our borders and not obeying the rule of law. I mean, I would think that all Americans would want to uphold the rule of law that sets a very bad precedence, but that is not the case.

And so when you talk about, you know, the crime and the immigrants coming across and the terrorism and whatnot that is something that all Americans are concerned about.

I mean, our families, we all want our families to go to bed at night and be safe and secure. If our nation is not secure, how can we sleep knowing that our nation's not secure? You can't guarantee our families are secure.

BLACKWELL: We got to go to break soon, but Maria, I want to give you a moment to respond to that.

CARDONA: Look, that ad got four Pinocchio's from the "Washington Post" because he clearly continues to pedal lies trying to inject fear, which is the only thing, the only tool that he has right now against Hillary Clinton.

And you're seeing it in all the polls. There's a reason why there was a campaign shakeup because they know that the Trump train is flying off the rails.

Look, I'm glad that Amy and everybody else is focusing on letting Trump be Trump because as long as we can let Trump be Trump, we can let Hillary Clinton be president of the United States.

BLACKWELL: All right, Maria Cardona, Amy Kramer, stay with us. We'll, of course, continue this conversation. We'll turn towards Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Clinton Foundation -- Christi.

PAUL: Yes, that's coming up in a minute as well as taking a look at what is happening this morning with the disaster in Louisiana and the difficult road ahead for the thousands of people there.

POLO SANDOVAL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Coming up, the waters are still submerging some entire neighborhoods here just south of Louisiana, but there is hope. Coming up, we'll show you how some of these waters are receding and what comes next for the people hit the hardest.

PAUL: All right, thank you, Polo.

Also, a Zika virus this morning, a new one here in the United States. If you're pregnant, the CDC says you need to avoid at least two different parts of Florida.


GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT (R), FLORIDA: The Department of Health has learned through one of their investigations that five individuals have already been confirmed as cases of local transmissions of Zika are connected to the Miami Beach area.




PAUL: It is just catastrophe in Louisiana. Take a look at what they are dealing with here as thousands of people have lost everything in this historic flood and the thing is there could be more to come. They are scattered storms and flash flooding expected today.

BLACKWELL: So far at least 13 people have died, about 40,000 homes have been damaged. Here's some perspective for you, according to the Baton Rouge area Chamber of Commerce, more than 110,000 homes worth more than $20 billion are in areas that are flooded, but only 15 percent of all homes in the area, not just those that are flooded have flood insurance.

PAUL: Our Polo Sandoval is going to us live from Baton Rouge now. We know the Red Cross is calling this the worst natural disaster to strike since Hurricane Sandy four years ago. Do you have a good gauge of what kind of help is being offered to these people?

SANDOVAL: Well, federal help is really going to be the key here because as you just mentioned about 15 percent of the homes in the affected area did not have flood insurance, did not see this coming.

So now this morning it's important to remember that there are still neighborhoods and entrances to neighborhoods that are still submerged. You actually need a pickup truck or at least a boat to get around some parts in the southern regions.

But the situation does seem to be getting better in terms of accessibility. When you look behind me, you can see the floodwaters that are still blocking an entrance to the ascension parish.

But in the last two hours, we have seen that water level drop dramatically. You can see where it is right now. Two hours ago it was just about here and you can see the dry patches here on the asphalt. We'll give you a better perspective of how fast the water levels are dropping.

That's good for accessibility. Once the water levels begin to recede, you can get supplies into some of the affected regions and then most importantly some of these homeowners are able to access their homes.

And this morning there is very little hope that there was anything left behind in some of the hardest-hit regions. I've been speaking to those with material losses, but one woman in particular we met on the side of the road this week in one of the parishes here 11 miles south of Baton Rouge.

She was out searching for her relatives that had been laid to rest years ago. Here's what happened, she has a family cemetery on her property. She has at least 40 people that have been laid to rest, their loved ones.

The floodwaters saturating ground and the vaults that contained the caskets of her loved ones for a lack of a better word popped out of the cemetery. So she was out with neighbors trying to track down the caskets of some of her relatives.

Clearly, a very emotional struggle for her, but really what she's going through compares to what many people here are now experiencing. As we mentioned a short while ago, guys, federal aid will have to be key for many people as they did not have flood insurance policy.

PAUL: Hoping that woman finds what she's looking for. We haven't heard a story like that since Hurricane Katrina. We knew it happened at that point as well. Polo Sandoval, thank you so much.

By the way, coming up in a few minutes, we're talking live with a Louisiana family. They, too, have lost everything in the floods. But let me tell you something, they are going through a struggle that we can only imagine. We wouldn't wish it on anybody, as their daughter is fighting for cancer and then this happens. We'll share that story just ahead.

BLACKWELL: Plus, going to Florida now, federal officials with new warnings about the Zika virus. Elizabeth Cohen is live in Miami Beach.

ELIZABETH COHEN, CNN SENIOR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Victor. I'm here in South Beach and one of the two Zika zones. The Centers for Disease Controls says pregnant women and their partners should not travel here. I'll have more on that when we come back.



BLACKWELL: It's 23 minutes after the hour now. Pregnant women are being warned against traveling to certain sections of Miami-Dade County and the CDC says the people who live there, they should be very careful.

Meanwhile, Florida's governor says the state's effort to fight Zika, they are working, but they need more help from the CDC.

CNN's senior medical correspondent, Elizabeth Cohen is live from Miami Beach. Elizabeth, good morning to you. I wonder from the people you're been speaking with and from officials there, how are they taking this news?

COHEN: Victor, I've been talking to obstetricians in this area. I'm here in South Beach in one of the two Zika zones, and they said their patients are very concerned. Many of the pregnant ladies are basically not leaving their houses unless they absolutely have to, for example, to go to work.

So they are not taking walks or going to the beach. They said that even some women have basically barricaded themselves in their houses for the duration of their pregnancy. Here's what Governor Rick Scott had to say in a press conference yesterday.


SCOTT: We have a new zone in Miami Beach that is less than 1.5 square miles. We are reducing the area of Wynwood because for education and mosquito abatement efforts. We are requesting additional support from the CDC. We are already increasing spraying. We are doing everything we can to help pregnant women all across the state to be a safe state and we're going to keep it that way.


[08:25:08]COHEN: Obstetricians here tell that a few patients, not many but a few, have even left the area for the duration of their pregnancies -- Victor, Christi.

BLACKWELL: So Elizabeth, what about the people who have already visited South Beach, popular place this time of the year, and plan to get pregnant soon, in the next few months or so, what is the advice for them?

COHEN: Victor, I think that's a pretty common question. A lot of tourists come to this area, luckily, there is a good answer. Zika clears out of your immune system pretty quickly. The immune system gets rid of it.

So authorities tell me that if a woman has been in this area and then wants to get pregnant, she should wait about a month or so. They said that's enough time for the virus to clear the system and then she should be fine -- Victor.

BLACKWELL: All right, Elizabeth Cohen there for us in South Beach, thanks so much.

PAUL: You know, there are thousands of horror stories coming out of Louisiana because of this historic flooding, but there is one, in particular, there's one family you need to hear about that has lost everything. And it happened as their young daughter is fighting for her life, fighting cancer. They will be with us here in a couple minutes.

BLACKWELL: Plus, the first presidential debate is a little more than away, about five weeks, but Donald Trump is starting to prepare this weekend. We're talking debate prep with an expert next.



CHRISTI PAUL, HOST: Well we're happy to spend Saturday morning with you. I'm Christi Paul.

VICTOR BLACKWELL, HOST: I'm Victor Blackwell. Good of you to be with us.

PAUL: Donald Trump has a message for African-Americans "what the hell do you have to lose?" The GOP candidate spent a second straight night now appealing to African-American voters while speaking in front of a predominately white audience.


DONALD TRUMP, U.S. REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I say it again, what do you have to lose? Look what do you have to lose? You're living in poverty. Your schools are no good. You have no jobs. 58% of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?

PAUL: He went on to say that in his second term he would win 95% of the African-American votes which at this point in time it may be a tall order. A new NBC news poll has Trump with just 1% support among black voters. In a tweet, Clinton called Trump's speech, "so ignorant it's staggering."


BLACKWELL: So this weekend Donald Trump is starting debate prep. Here's what his new campaign manager says they will focus on until the debate.


KELLYANNE CONWAY, TRUMP CAMPAIGN MANAGER: So I think we are going to sharpen the message and make sure Donald Trump is comfortable being in his own skin, that he doesn't lose the authenticity that you simply can't buy and a pollster can't give you. Voters know if you are comfortable in your own skin.


BLACKWELL: All right, joining us now, Ed Lee, Debate Director at Emory University here in Atlanta. Ed, good to have you here.

ED LEE, DIRECTOR, EMORY UNIVERSITY: Thank you for having me.

BLACKWELL: So let's talk about this in several chapters here. There's a who, and a how and a what. Let's start with the who. We know that we heard a bit of a hint from Kellyanne Conway about the stand-in for these debate preps. Let's play that.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: So back to debate prep, that's interesting that you're already engaged in it. Whose playing Hillary Clinton in the debate prep?

CONWAY: Oh, it's actually a wonderful choice for this weekend. And I think he'll be very happy with the choice. I won't say it because it's private and confidential.


BLACKWELL: All right, so very happy with the choice. A hint maybe he knows this person. Does that help? LEE: Well, it probably helps less than we would hope so. What you're

ultimately interested in someone whose going to present the arguments in the way in which the person that you are debating is doing and you're also interested in someone whose going to frame the discussions and think about it in the ways in which they do. So what are the surprises that will come up? That there are some things that you just don't know that you would like for the person to be able to bring up that gives you some more information on how to prepare. And that's really difficult to do because the other side is also preparing in a way to sort of hide those things and make sure that their best arguments are not ones that are known at the immediate moment.

BLACKWELL: Yes, and this is not Donald Trump's first debate, right? He went through nearly a dozen of them for the primaries, but there was never a one-on-one that's assuming that Gary Johnson or Joel Stein don't make the stage. But if this is a one on one how do you take what Trump has and what you've seen in the primary and pair that down to a 90-second answer, 30-second rebuttal, where in these debates it will be a lot more structured than the primary debates?

LEE: You're absolutely right. One of the things about the primary debates is that they were ultimately are a series of elevator pitches because he was sharing the stage with ten people at times even more than that. And so the amount of time that he had to speak and even wanted to speak was much less. In a two-on-two debate, the depth of knowledge is ultimately the coin of the realm and that you have to be able to go in-depth about the particular issues, whether we are talking about the economic troubles that we're dealing with in our particular country or the various issues of foreign policy. And whether he may be able to excel in that. But I don't think that the primary debates are any indication of his capacity to do that.

BLACKWELL: Let's listen to Trump during the primary debate season.


TRUMP: Thank you for the vote, thank you for the vote. Go ahead.

TED CRUZ: Donald you can get back on your meds now.

TRUMP: There's a lot of fun up here tonight, I have to tell you. Thank you for the vote, I really appreciate it.

CRUZ: Donald, relax.

TRUMP: You're the basket case.

CRUZ: Go ahead. Go ahead.

TRUMP: Don't get nervous.

CRUZ: I promise you Donald there is nothing about you that makes anyone nervous.

TRUMP: You're losing so badly I want' to - you don't know what's happening. (END VIDEO CLIP)

BLACKWELL: I don't know what that was, but we're not going to see that I imagine when you have the nominees standing there, just the two of them.

Well there's been this shift right from the unscripted off-the-cuff Donald Trump to what we're seeing now, the more scripted Donald Trump. When you look towards the debates, do you want him to go back to the scripted answers or do you want someone who's unscripted?

LEE: It's a really tough place for the folks who are leading him. And making decisions about what the debate performance looks like. Because at his best as a communicator, he is unscripted, he is ad-hoc, he is off-the-cuff. But that potentially plays into the mean that the Clinton campaign has that he is reckless, that he is dangerous, is this the person that you want being our top diplomat negotiating security issues, negotiating our economic and global issues. And that that's the concern that you have, as the campaign.


LEE: As the scripted Donald Trump, it ultimately turns off his base because they want someone, who is as we heard during the last section, someone who is being authentic. That they want Donald Trump being Donald Trump. But Donald Trump being Donald Trump we have no idea who that is at any particular moment at any particular time.

BLACKWELL: All right let's stand at the other podium now and face off against Donald Trump. How do you prepare for this if Donald Trump introduces some of the, how do we put this, indelicate details of the Lewinsky scandal, elements he's brought up on the stump, Monica Lewinsky's dress, other elements that one would not imagine to be in a presidential debate but quite possibly could show up.

LEE: So I think there are two ways in which Hillary Clinton can address this. One, is that it could be ignored. That this is not what the presidential campaign is about. There are a tremendous amount of issues that every day Americans are dealing with. And what has happened in my past has nothing to do with that.

The second thing that she could do is say that these are conversations we have with about women and with women. And this is not a conversation you would have if a man was on the stage. As a way to recenter the focal point about the historic nature of the debate.

I think that either one of those would probably be OK. And I know that people are hinting that this is the direction that he's going to go in. But I just don't see it playing very well in the ways in which we come to understand the purpose of a general election debate as a test of how will the person govern? Is this the President that we want going out and engaging and being our top international diplomat and dealing with crises domestically and internationally?

BLACKWELL: All right let's let the assumption of what a free wilding debate opponent means and what that impact would have on Hillary Clinton. Is there a challenge, is there a threat here for Hillary Clinton if we see a free wilding Donald Trump? I mean Americans want someone who was speaking their mind. She has high untrustworthy and ratings regards to her truthfulness. If they find that Donald Trump who comes out there and is a lot more unscripted than would expect, it could help him.

LEE: Yes. Yes. Her danger is that her strength is being a policy one. That she mentioned that during her acceptance speech at the Democratic Convention, that she is comfortable in the details and talking about policy. Most of us are not. We want someone we can relate to, we want someone we can gravitate towards. We want someone that we can trust to figure out how to make the process works without knowing exactly what the process is. And the more she gets into the details the more someone could be that she's obfuscating, trying to hide something and not being upfront and honest with us.

So she needs to two a line of yes demonstrating her capacity because that's a woman, that's one of the things that we will test her on and think about. But also not going too far in that direction.

BLACKWELL: What a race when going into the details could be dangerous for you during a debate. Ed Lee, really enlightening.

LEE: Thank you.

BLACKWELL: Thanks for being with us.

LEE: Thank you for having me.


PAUL: Yes, listen, if you think that you're having a tough morning or a tough week, I think there is something that you need to hear from.

We know that people and families have lost so much in the flooding in Louisiana, but for one family they're just trying to keep their daughter alive on top of everything that they have lost.


PAUL: We're going to talk to them next. Stay close.




PAUL: Listen the flooding disaster in Louisiana is something we've been talking about because thousands of people have been forced from their homes, they've been trapped in shelters, the people they love are forced to just watch this devastation potentially get worse.


PAUL: Many have unique stories, obviously, and I want to introduce you to one family that does, too. 9-year-old Jill Vickers she is battling cancer right now. And she has to watch her family essentially lose everything. She had major surgery Monday at St. Jude's in Tennessee with her mother and step-dad by her side. Her father, big sister and her twin are al back home in Lousianna and they're trying to deal with this disaster.

So we know their rental home was badly damaged. They say there's a horrible smell coming from it. And the entire house is crawling with ants. Now this family, however, said they are just so grateful that everyone is alive.

Let's talk with Jill's mother and stepfather, Ashlee and Damon Albarado. And you see there Jill is with us as well, how are you, sweetie. I know you had - I know that you had surgery on Monday. How are you feeling, Jill?


PAUL: You're feeling really good. You look so beautiful. I'm so glad that you could be here with us.

Ashley, help us - help us understand how she's doing, what kind of cancer does she have? We want to know about her.

ASHLEE ALBARADO, MOTHER OF JILL VICKERS: Okay. Jillian has lymph sarcoma, which is essentially a soft tissue or bone cancer. She was diagnosed end of April, beginning of May with a tumor in the top of her right femur.

Just kind of started complaining of very general leg pain. And then it kind of progressed really rapidly. There was a very obvious, we called it a bump at the top of her leg. We caught it fortunately very quickly. We were diagnosed on a Monday and were here in Memphis on Thursday and kind of grown very quickly into biopsies and surgeries, and placing lines and you know coming up with a treatment plan, essentially.

So we -- the way treatment is done, they throw you into an induction cycle and a treatment plan. And we finished our first induction cycle a couple weeks ago, which means that we have finished our first big cycle of chemo. We were able to do all of that at the affiliate center back home in Baton Rouge. She just had what is called lymph sparing surgery. We had to come back here to St. Jude's in Memphis for that. Which means that they went in and removed what was left of her tumor and basically saved her leg.


ALBARADO: So that was a pretty major surgery. She just had that on Monday, so as you can she's tough. She's a fighter, she's up, we're already out of ICU and back in our room.

PAUL: I see we didn't expect that we would necessarily see her this morning because it hasn't even been a full week. And we're so glad that we are seeing her. What are you hearing about your home in Louisiana and what's happening there with your family? ALBARADO: Our home back in Louisiana as far as our physical home,

everyone around us flooded, we just built a brand new home we moved in last week, we were spared water. Some friends went yesterday and said it was full of ants, just ants looking for dry land. We have a storage unit that went completely under. We received notice yesterday that we had 48 hours to get everything out of it. Obviously we're here in Memphis, we explained our situation so we've got to deal with that.

We had a rental house, you know we have stuff kind of all over the place, all over our families. You know I have a sister and her - my ex-husband, her sisters have been saying they lost everything down to shoes and clothes and basic essentials.

PAUL: So Ashlee help us understand how you balance this battle, this fight to save your daughter and what's happening back home. Do you know where you're going to go when you get there?

ALBARADO: We have a giant support system, we have kind of named ourselves from the beginning Team Jill and our Team Jill has grown tremendously. We have been adopted, if you can see our shirt by the Baton Rouge S.W.A.T. Team, they have adopted Jillian and taken her under, their wings. They have loved on her and supported her through us. We have family back home, we have friends, we open packages almost every day that we're here from people all across the country that we do not even know. (Inaudible) and blessed us.

PAUL: I only have a couple of seconds left here but what are you most in need of do you feel like, Ashlee?

ALBARADO: We are in need of everything back home. We are in need of essentials, we're in need of socks and clothing and shoes and pillows and blankets, and you name it, gift cards, anything that be sent, everybody needs is.

PAUL: All right well Ashlee and Damon Alberado, we are certainly keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. And Jill, you are so beautiful. We're glad that you're doing so well and we will look for an update from you soon, OK?

VICKERS: OK, thank you.

PAUL: Thank you, sweetie. And best of luck to you, Ashlee and Damon. Please keep in touch with us.


ALBARADO: Thank you.

PAUL: We'll be right back.




BLACKWELL: Usain Bolt has a triple triple. No it is not a delicious burger although it sounds like it.

LEE: It could be, it sounds like it.

BLACKWELL: Gold medals in all three sprint events at three consecutive Olympics.

LEE: Coy Wire is live in Rio. I mean it must have been thunderous in that stadium.

COY WIRE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Absolutely. And Victor, I like that In and Out has a double double, they might now have the triple triple -

BLACKWELL: -- the triple triple.

WIRE: Usain Bolt's record in Olympic finals, nine races, nine wins. Undefeated. No one has ever done that before. So after capping off that unprecedented triple-triple last night, Bolt dropped the Mic.


WIRE: He said, there you go, I'm the greatest. Jamaica was behind when Bolt got the baton in the 4x100m relay but then Bolt got the (inaudible). The fastest man that the world has have seen. Running the final leg for his team, he said he wants to be legend like Pele and Mohammad Ali, a total of 325 seconds run in his Olympic career. That's one gold every 36 seconds. Bolt is legend.

Now I sat down with Aly Raisman, the, second most decorated American female gymnast in history, second only to the great Shannon Miller, I asked her, Aly, how does that resonate with you? And she said she used to memorize Shannon's scores, used to watch her on VHS tapes. She was an inspiration. Well now it's Aly Raisman, team captain of the final five and she's the one making memorable moments and being an inspiration to others.

WIRE: After you and Simone won one-two in the all-round competition, how did that make you feel when she had such nice things to say about you?

ALY RAISMAN, AMERICAN GYMNAST: Even though we're competing you know what people think is against each other, we don't really take it that way. You know obviously I knew going in the best I could do is a silver medal, so for me it felt like I had won the gold medal with the silver. So it was just really amazing. And you know she said she was more proud of me for getting the silver than she was of herself for getting the gold. So that was really kind of her.

WIRE: Your parents they've got to take the center stage, Aly. I have this fun idea, what if we both take turns doing our best impression of your parents. OK. I'll go first.

OK, your turn.

RAISMAN: I would say it's more like they lean, I don't want to fall off my chair but my mom kind of like leans to the side. And when I do my bar routine, I think they think if they lean I don't know because this has nothing to do with gymnastics but at all, if I actually did that I would fall off the event. So they're leaning and they think that that's going to somehow make me not fall off. But it's - they're crazy.

WIRE: None of us have ever achieved anything on our own. We all have had people in our lives who have inspired us. I know there's someone very special in your life who paved the way for your Olympic career?

RAISMAN: Yes, well actually I'm here with Bridgestone today because they're actually donating $10,000 to Dana Farver. My grandmother passed away to lung cancer a couple of years ago. Unfortunately she passed away a year before the last Olympics. So when I was competing in 2012, I remember I would just think about her all the time and then even here, you know just thinking about her kind of gives you that extra push for confidence when you're nervous.


WIRE: Inspiration, motivation, Aly Raisman, congratulations. It's a beautiful day here in Rio, we hope it's a beautiful new day wherever you are too. More "New Day" coming up after the break.




SAMUEL BURKE, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Just a few years ago truly wireless ear buds were something out of a movies. Today they're realities and thankfully not all of them look as ridiculous as these.

Now that it looks like Apple is ditching the audio jack with the next iPhone, it's the perfect time to see if we can really cut the cord.

Over the past couple of years kick starter projects like Earin and (inaudible) have popped up. Now big names like Onkyo and Samsung are getting in on the action.

The hardest part about going from wire to wireless is now you have to worry about keeping your phone and your ear buds powered up. And since they're so small they usually only last about three hours. But most come with a charging case so when you're not using them they're powering up in your pocket. And surprisingly most of them stayed in my ears.

If you buy these, make sure you buy one with a microphone. If not, you've got to take them out when you answer the phone. Hey, mom.

The biggest hurdle with these wireless headphones is that a lot of them just don't work. Trust me, I found out the hard way.

Out of the pairs I tried that are actually on sale only three of them stayed connected, the Samsung IconX, the Earin and the (inaudible). The rest would just randomly disconnect and my music would cut out. So which one should you buy? The one that performed the best by far

in our test, the Samsung IconX. The microphone works surprisingly well even though it's all --