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good morning as we follow up as the earth started to shake earlier today. i'm bill hemmer. welcome to friday. martha: good morning everybody. i'm martha maccallum. last year's tsunami killed and left missing some 19,000 people. as you remember those unbelievable images we saw of the coast which was devstated. it also damaged nuclear power plants and created one of the worst nuclear disasters we've seen in history. bill: we held onto the story for a long time. japan today has canceled the tsunami warning which may be the best bit of news we heard so far. terrifying reminder may not be dismissed. david pipe every streams live out of southeast asia. what is the damage report in japan, david? >> reporter: bill, thankfully there hasn't been any serious damage reports. also no deaths or injuries so far. as you said the tsunami warning has been lifted but it has been a terrifying day for the people of japan bringing back so many memories nearly two years
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ago when the massive earthquake and tsunami hit. it was also in the same area where it hit before. many who suffered last time had to head for the hills when the quake struck. i traveled up there on the first anniversary to see those communities and they're still largely devastated. people still trying to pick up their lives but hardly any buildings in some communities have been rebuilt yet. so after today of course it's terrifying bringing back those memories for so many people that have been affected by the disaster two years ago, bill. bill: what has japan done to limit the damage from earthquakes david? >> reporter: well, it is a very high-tech country as we know. we've been working on this early warning system and nhk, the state tv broadcaster, broke into normal transmission to warn the people of japan that a quake was about to happen. also, on the mobile phone system, people got smses to say the quake was going to
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strike. that was 10 seconds before it happened. that is very pop, if you remember those images of two years ago when people were driving along in their car with the tsunami approaching they didn't seem to know that it was there. so to get information out, tell the people of the dangerous tsunami is so important. only a few minutes in japan it strikes after the earthquake particularly on the eastern seaboard. bill? bill: david piper out of bangkok, thailand. here is the word. the impact zone was off the coast of sendai, japan, where all the damage occurred in march of 2011. this earthquake, a little closer, further away from the coast but the earthquake from a year and a half ago was closer inland. but a much greater magnitude. this was the scene from march of 2011. it was up around a nine. this one about a 7.3. much more, much greater difference between the two. if you advance it one more time here, want to show you impact of march 2011.
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now the red scene here, the red circle, that's what we're looking at today. compare that to a year and a half ago. you had reverberations down in taiwan. you had areas west of beijing that felt it. entire area of east ish asia was impacted. that is good news now as we continue to track this, martha. martha: bill, thank you. thankfully this appears not to be as bad as last year's devastating 9.0 magnitude quake and tsunami that hit on march the 11th. the disaster triggered a meltdown at the fukushima power plant. it shut down all but two of japan's nuclear plants. the tsunami wave was massive. do you remember this? this was a year ago, march 2011. boats and cars washing through the streets there. 19,000 people were either found dead or were never
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found at all as a result of that unbelieveable devastating, devastating --. bill: that is one of the most quake-prone countries in the world. it sits on four tetonic plants on top of each other releasing massive amount of energy. the place is hit by 20% of the world's earthquake with magnitude six or higher. if we get more details we'll bring them to you here on "america's newsroom". martha: we'll talk about the jobs number that came in this morning. this is the november number. down to 7.7%. that is the lowest number we've seen since december of 2008. but the internal numbers look like this. the labor department says that 350,000 people dropped out of the workforce and stuart varney feels that number is very significant. he joins me now. host of "varney & company". good morning, stuart. >> morning martha. bill:. martha: talk to me about both those numbers.
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>> that 7.7% rate first announced that was a surprise. it had not been expected to go down. then you dig within the numbers you come up with that very important number, 350,000. that is by how many people the labor force shrank, contracted. when you take out 350,000 from the total workforce, then you do get the unemployment rate coming down. so that number, 350,000. that is very significant and that explains, that's a large part of the explanation for the decline in the rate, martha. martha: there's another interesting number that reflects that. that is the labor participation number. i want to pull that up now. because, for 11 straight months the labor participation rate, the people who are if the job market, and working or actively wanting to look for work, that number is below 64% for 11 straight months. that is the weakest number we've seen since the early 1980s. what is the significance of that, stuart? >> for the past generation more people were actually in
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work than are now. this participation rate, that is the proportion of people actually in the labor force, they're out there, want a job, looking for a job, they are working. 63.6. that is the latest reading, that is near historic lows. that showses you that america, right there on the ground floor level, not working. martha: frightening statistic. >> it is a bad one. martha: what is says about the country where we're headed. stuart, thank you very much. stuart varney with a look at this morning for us. bill: really a stunning figure when you think about number about of people, even now that are dropping out of the labor force, unaccounted for. either their unemployment benefits run out or they're still living off the government and getting that check and that might be for the moment the only source of income. martha: we passed important threshold of 99 weeks a lot of people roll off that number for the very first time sense all this began. it makes you wonder if people are just taking advantage of benefits offered in order to get by if they simply opted out
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which is a sad situation. bill: what he talks about is 350,000 americans in this report alone. a really staggering the state of our economy now. here's a bit more for the labor report. 12 million americans still unemployed. about 40% of them have been out of work for 27 weeks or longer. more than eight million americans only working part time due to the current state of the economy. martha: new comments about the crisis in syria coming from secretary of state hillary clinton. the u.s. and other nations fear that the syrian regime could use chemical weapons against its own people. secretary clinton making it very clear that syrian president bashar al-assad must go. >> let me also be absolutely clear. the united states stands with the syrian people in insisting that any transition process result in a unified, democratic syria. in which all citizens are
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represented. sunni, alawite, christians, kurds, men, women, every syrian must be included in this process for a new and better future. martha: still far from where we are right now in the country of syria where 45,000 people have been killed under the assad regime. president, secretary clinton also promising to hold all parties accountable for what happens in syria. in other words, if assad does go, if you are part of that regime, part of the killing, part of what we've seen happening you also will be held accountable. bill: we were told the ignition process had begun for the chemical weapons. if that is the case. we were also told they have a shelf life for about 60 days. if you do not use it within the 60-day period, let's hope not, then this goes bad. so the clock is running.
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if these reports are true, that the process is starting. it was just about a year ago too, that president assad said in an interview, no government in the world kills its people unless it is led by a crazy person. what does that tell us about the possibility it could use weapons against its own people? ambassador john bolton has been looking through all these documentation and images and he will share that with us in a moment. martha: from one country in crisis to another. what egypt's leader is saying to his people now as thousands more take to the streets to protest what they view as a power grab by morsi. bill: also back here at home, this is history. another fight over the right to work laws in a historically union-dominated state. begin.
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martha: as if you don't pay enough for your cable already, there's a new report, listen to this, that shows that your set-top box and your dvr are gobbling up,
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like little energy magnets in your tv room even when the power is off which costs you a lot of extra money. the consumer electronics association is trying to figures this problem. they're rolling out a plan that would save consumers they say 1 1/2 billion dollars over the next five years. this comes as federal regulators are trying to get into this game to consider imposing national energy standards on the set-top boxes. we'll see if that --. bill: i believe it. you touch that box, man, heat is rising. martha: yeah. bill: warm up. martha: don't turn off your cable, whatever you do. bill: well, especially not --. martha: not between 9:00 and 11. bill: eastern time between monday through friday. martha: very valuable programing. bill: right on. protests continue to rage over what some view as a major power grab by president mohammed morsi. this is central cairo. that is live look after friday prayers, right before sundown. this is when we see frankly a lot of action in the
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streets of egypt. in reese days the demonstrations turned violent, even deadly. tanks deployed to the presidential palace late yesterday. defiant president morsi spoke to his nation calling for a national dialogue but he refused to bend on his controversial decree. stephen hayes, senior writer, "weekly standard", fox news contributor watching with us here. good morning to you. >> good morning, bill. bill: we wait to see what happened here. seven people were shot in the street the other day. the ultimate question for me trying to figure out what the army will do. they're the ultimate arbiters of power still today in you get, whether under mubarak or under morsi. if they do what morsi says, then he wins. but if they don't, what happens then? >> well, i think that's right. you're pointing to the exact locust of power in egypt depresident morsi having the
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backing of the muslim brother hood of the what he did was very having having move when he grabbed this power grab last couple weeks. he gave autonomy to the egyptian military consistent with the autonomy they had in the past and really enshrined that autonomy in the new decree with his own power. so they took that as president morsi looking out for them. now in response, in the face of these protests, they're paying back. they're looking out for him, guarding his power, guarding his palace. bill: is it remarkable to you how much morsi sound like mubarak? like they swapped one guy for the other. >> it is really amazing. the specific argument that they're making are the same. not only is this supposedly a temporary power grab just until they pass their islamist constitution. remember mubarak operated under temporary emergency powers for years. and if you look back at the kinds of things, arguments
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that mubarak was making a little over two years ago, with respect to who his opponents were, they were paid infiltrators. they were people coming in from outside. they were ne'r-do-wells from opposition groups. you're hearing same exact kind of rhetoric from president morsi today. bill: where is the united states, steve, in all of this? where is our influence? >> not being seen as much as it should be in my view. the president has sort of struck a deal with president morsi, president obama, and you know, thought that president morsi played a constructive role with the flare-up in the middle east within the past month. he has been reluctant, the united states has sort of a lightfoot print, leading from behind if you will with respect to the way that president morsi has taken on his opposition here. in my view, the united states has a role to be playing standing out, speaking to the protesters, speaking to the opposition.
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meeting with them behind the scenes which i understand has been very difficult for egyptian opposition parties to get access to our ambassador, senior leaders from the obama administration. bill: if you read the "time" magazine article that has morsi on the cover this week -- >> right. bill: it says morsi is heartened by the show of protests because this means cord -- according to his people that democracy is working. democracy is defined a lot of different ways around the world as we found out the past decade. he said this. egyptians will pass through this. we are learning he said, we are learning how to be free. i don't know how president morsi defines the word free, do you? >> not the same way i do. look if those words had come from someone else, if those words had come from one of the leaders of opposition parties i would take them to heart and i would think they are actually correct. not from president morsi. what we've seen particularly with his power grab and with the kind of constitution he is pushing is precisely the
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opposite of democracy. we're seeing egypt move the opposite way. the revolution we saw just over two years ago or just under two years ago, the kinds of at least ideas initially that animated that are being abandoned and left in the streets. bill: there is one other note on this. the opposition coalition has not agreed to sit down with any dialogue with morsi. we'll see whether or not in time that position holds. if it does, how do their own people react now? something to watch. stephen hayes, thank you. terrific analysis. >> thanks, bill. bill: martha, what is next? martha: they are accused of trying to help al qaeda get weapons of mass destruction into the united states. today two pakistani-born suspects will go before a judge. we've got a live report. bill: also some of those apple products you're using about to become as american as apple pie. why the powerhouse tech company could soon change its motto to made in america.
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bill: so there is this on the election we just watched. a new report shows how much money was spent. last minute donations pushing it over the $2 billion mark. so 2012 the first election where super pacs flourished drawing unlimited funds from wealthy donors. tens of millions of dollars were raised in the final weeks alone. we don't know how much was raised for nonprofit groups that an issue ads but did not have to reveal donors. martha: a lot of money. a lot of money.
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there are new developments in a terror case we've been following in florida. two pakistani-born brothers due in federal court at the top of this hour. they're charged with aiding terrorists and plotting to obtain a weapon of mass destruction. the fbi says this was not a sting operation. if convicted both of these men could face life in prison. phil keating live outside in the courthouse where this is playing out today in fourth lauderdale, florida. phil, these men are being held without bond, right? >> reporter: that's correct, martha. they are since last week once the federal grand jury indicted these two brothers on these very substantial terrorism charges. the brothers are 30-year-old rahir, kasi and his 20-year-old brother. they are accused of providing lodging communications equipment and more to obtain a weapon of mass destruction to be used against u.s. citizens somewhere on the u.s. soil.
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the brothers emigrated here from pakistan with their family. over time they applied for and became naturalized u.s. citizens the indictment claimed they actively turned toward terror sometime between july 2011 and last week. >> look the pattern is very clear. south florida has seen before arrests, successful arrests and also indictments of jihadi activities. meaning activities by militants who are convinced they are serving a cause, idealogical cause and anti-american one. >> reporter: older brother of the family did speak last week to a south florida newspaper saying he was absolutely astounded by these charges and thinks it all must be some sort of misunderstanding, martha. martha: boy, very interesting case here. so, it sounds like we're not sure exactly, phil, where their plan was, what they wanted to carry out specifically, right? and where? >> reporter: no, this very thin three-page indictment
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is incredibly short on specifics. we are expecting though that the u.s. prosecutors upstairs behind me at 10:00 a.m. for this arraignment and bond hearing will be compelled to provide some more details, more backbone to their charges here in order to obtain a very high bond or no bond at all. all they have said so far is that this wasn't a sting operation as you mentioned. and that this remains an ongoing and very active investigation. martha: yeah. all right, we'll keep an eye on it with your help. thank you, phil. bill: new fears in syria after the regime is reportedly loading missiles with chemical weapons. a year ago today, syria's president side something many are taking very seriously right now. how things have changed. john bolton, the ambassador weighs in on that. martha: today america pauses to remember pearl harbor day, the sneak attack that killed nearly 2500 americans on this morning all those years
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bill: we are just getting word the government in holland is sending patriot missiles to turkey following germany's lead, the dutch
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decision comes a day after germany agreed to send two patriot missile batteries and troops to turkey's southern border with syria. after nato's request. the country trying to prevent cross-border attacks against turkey after mortar rounds and shells have killed five people in turkey. shells that originated in syria. martha has more. martha: a lot of developments on this in the past several hours. international pressure is mounting against the assad regime in syria, amid fears they could use chemical weapons. there is evidence that they have loaded weapons with sarin gas. the u.s. defense secretary leon panetta issued this warning now to syria's leaders. watch this. >> there will be consequences if the assad regime makes a terrible mistake by using these chemical weapons on their own people. i'm not going to speculate or comment on what those
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potential consequences would be but i think it's fair enough to say that their use of those weapons would cross a red line for us. martha: really gone to a whole new level now. and it is interesting, i guess, to note that it was exactly a year ago today that in an interview president assad told abc's barbara walters this. quote, no government in the world kills its people unless it is led by a crazy person. the charges are that bashar al-assad has already killed some 45,000 syrians on the ground in the middle of this battle. john bolton joins me now, former u.s. ambassador to the united nations and a fox news contributor. this, as i said, ambassador bolton, feels like it is going to a new level. in terms of that red line that leon panetta talks about is it filling the canisters? is it moving them into place? where exactly does the red line happen do you think?
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>> i think it is unclear and part of the reason about the threats by the administration don't have credibility, previous red liens have already been crossed. moving the agent from its storage locations. i think in assad's situation he is very close to seeing the end of his regime. so if the choice for him is death at the hands of the opposition or using chemical weapons, threats by outsiders really are not going to sway him that much. martha: when you look back to the clinton administration and hillary clinton is very much involved in these discussions here. president clinton had said allowing genocide to happen in rwanda was one of his greatest failures in office. we know the president spent time with bill clinton recently. what is your sense how potent this is for president obama and whether or not he would take the step of taking out these facilities before this could happen? >> well i think we obviously known about the threat of syria's chemical weapons capability for a long time and this conflict has been
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going on now, getting close to two years. so we're a little bit late in the game to finally be worried about what might happen. in fact, there is actually a bigger risk in my view. it will be a tragedy if the weapons are used against the opposition in syria. but the potential for an even larger tragedy exists if the opposition gets hold of these chemical weapons, the terrorist elements in the opposition and sends them outside syria where they could be used by terrorists around the world. so the threat, although our immediate focus is the risk inside syria, i don't think we can ignore. i think america's focus ought to be the threat expanding worldwide. martha: now we know the weapons exist. you say we've known for some time. we know they have been loaded. i mean, do we know where they are and how likely is it, given what you're saying they're just so dangerous to have out there in the world and possibly fall into the wrong hands, how likely is it that we, that there's a strike on this area? >> look what america's
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principle interest should be. make sure the weapons don't get into even worse hands they're in now. we look what we could do to destroy the weapons in place to know where they are. part of the problem and why the risk here is rising, the threat to assad's regime has grown more has been going on. i think our intelligence is to exactly where this stuff is now is weakening. but that, that i think goes to the question of having waited too long. let's not forget, this is very dangerous material. it would be very dangerous to americans trying to go in on the ground to secure it or destroy it or take it out of the country. so we've got our own people's safety to worry about as well. martha: what would be, we know hillary clinton had talks with the russian foreign minister yesterday about this. the rush russians have been critical saying we shouldn't be meddling in this, it is really not our affair. what kind of coalition discussion will we need to build in order to say we're going in and we're going to
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take these facilities out that contain these gases? >> i think the discussion with the russians are primarily to get assad out of the country. they resisted that for two years. they may finally decided time has come. dealing with the chemical weapons it would be done with nato participation. i think we would need the cooperation of jordan. i think we've been working on that. certainly israel is very concerned about the spread of these weapons, but part of the problem is, that it's not an either or situation in syria. in other words it is not either assad stays in power or the opposition takes over. he may also be calculating that the country itself will fall apart and he is moving these weapons to protect an alawhite enclave and the possible disintegration of central government rule in syria. martha: wow, a lot going on. and there's word we're trying to figure out, if he did fall who would replace him. how would you shore things up if indeed that happened? >> this has been a problem for two years. we haven't identified those
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kinds of leaders. martha: ambassador bolton, thank you very much. >> thank you. martha: good to have you today. bill? bill: martha, we get this, now u.s. manufacturing set to get a shot in the arm. apple announcing plans to bring production of one of its existing marc computer lines to the united states. that move could come as early as next year. ceo tim cook says the company plans to spend about $100 million to make it all happen. >> apple factories step out and what they want to do, they want to manufacture in the united states. that is a big deal. it is a big differentiator for the company. bill: bet it is. this comes when apple faces scrutiny over a falling stock price and questions about working conditions in some of its chinese factories that make the apple products. bring it on home. maybe the ipad case here. we'll take it.
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martha: there was a great exchange played out in steve jobs book where he went to talk to the president about this and the president said to him, so what do we have to do to bring those jobs back to the united states? he said, i don't think it is ever going to happen. at that point in his life he felt that union restrictions and what it would cost to create their products is way too onerous in the u.s.. bill: the other big point steve jobs made when you bring the best engineers around the world to get educated in american schools work to keep them here after they get the degree. martha: a lost momentum for that. an investigation is now underway into what caused an escalator packed with holiday shoppers to literally start to fall apart while everybody was on it. what authorities think happened here. [shouting]. bill: those are angry croon protesters as republicans
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state aproves a law that will give workers more choice they say. [shouting] well the michigan legislature approving a right to work law that stopping unions from collecting mandatory fees from nonunion employees. now the unions see it as a clear defeat but mesh goon's governor, a republican, rick snyder, calls it a victory for workers. >> you will have people will be working right alongside of you that will not have to pay union dues if you pay union dues but will still be able to get all the benefits from being a union member. >> governor you're picking a fight with labor here. >> no. it is no the picking a fight. i figure solving this issue for union workers. they have hard-working people in michigan. this is about giving people a choice. bill: president obama repeats his opposition to the law as michigan becomes the 24th right-to-work state in america. as you see how it is
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spreading there in blue. steve moore, senior economics writer, "wall street journal." matt mccall, president of penn financial group. gentlemen, good morning to you. steve, what does it mean for michigan? by the way it is not signed into law yet. they have a five-day grace period. what does it mean. >> this story is shocker, bill. we heard about it tuesday. they caught the unions napping. it is huge for michigan. it is old industrial state. epicenter of the old rust belt. my studies and a lot of others show, states of right to work where the jobs are going. we covered that story last year when boeing wanted to move its facility out of washington to south carolina one of the reasons they wanted to do that, bill, because south carolina is a right-to-work state. it is huge for the economic future of michigan. the other point i would like to make, bill, unions say this is anti-worker, when in fact it is exactly opposite. all right to work laws do, people get confused about
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this, all these laws do say the union has the right to establish itself but every individual worker has the right to decide whether they want to join that union or not. and i think that's certainly something that every, kind of a civil right. every worker should have that right in my opinion. bill: you're of the free economics mind anyway. >> that's true. bill: you will argue this will help michigan's economy, in a word you're saying yes? >> definitely. bill: matt, what do you think impact of the law could be? >> if you look at numbers, bill, steve hit it right on the head. 2001 to 2011, look at right to work states. inflation adjusted compensation rose private sector employees 12%, versus nonright to work states only increased by 3%. what happens when you make more money you increase the amount of people that want to move to your state. in that same time frame again, look at right to work states, saw the population from 25 to 34 increase
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11.3%. in nonright to work states, increase .6. what all the numbers mean, more people move to your state, more tax revenue, more jobs, more companies coming there. if you put it together it is great for the local economy. bill: here are some more numbers and these are staggering, guys. unemployment in michigan is 9%. you know, across the country, we've got the number earlier today 7.7%. you could argue the second number you see on the screen now. detroit's unemployment rate, 18.9%. >> right. bill: detroit's population is at its lowest level in more than 100 years. that is really a story you could follow throughout the entire rust belt. detroit population last year, 706,000. you know what it was in 1950? 1.8 million. rick snyder is trying to do try to draw some of this business back here and get numbers back up. matt that goes to the point you were making there. that union worker we just
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heard, the woman, african-american woman, what this means you can work alongside a union member and not pay union dues and still get the benefits of the union. now, steve, is she right? >> no, she's wrong. look, i think it is in the first amendment of our constitution says the right of association, right? you have the right to associate with a union if you want to but, right of association also means you have the right not to associate with that entity. this is basically saying every worker makes their own choice. it doesn't say you can't have a union. i want to be very clear about this. when the unions say it is anti-union. it is not. simply says every worker has the choice. i talk to a lot of owners of businesses and ceos of companies, bill the one of the things, i asked them about right to work and what they tell me is, when they're looking where they will open up a new plant or facility, bill, they don't even look at a state, they don't even consider a state if it is not right to work. bill: is that so? that is interesting.
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matt, give you the last word. what the governor is saying in michigan, it would make unions more responsive to their members. that's what this law would do. go ahead, matt. >> it does. take the union standpoint, only reason the unions want to push this, more members they have, the more money they bring in because they get dues from every member. more money they can push for their political views. we've seen that in many states. the unions are seeing it is going to the right of the worker where it should be. they're losing stranglehold on their political views and they will eventually fall apart. bill: we'll see in the end whether or not the governor is right or legislature, ruled by republicans both sides, six votes advantage. thank you. matt mccall, steve moore. have a question you want answered, or twitter, @billhemmer. fire away with a tweet because you asked, bya. martha. martha: there is tense stand with north korea. u.s. forces sending warships to the region as pongyang
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getting ready to flex its muscle. we have seen it before. is it different this time? we're live with the details. bill: live in cairo, protesters massing at the presidential palace. are they in favor of president or are about these protests to get ugly yet again? we're live in central cairo. martha: today of course is december the 7th. we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice on that day 71 years ago at pearl harbor. we remember that day which indeed has lived in infamy. >> no matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the american people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory. [cheers and applause] [ roasting firewood ]
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>> the. >> niece fleet dispatching its dive bombers for their sneak attack on pearl harbor. in a distraught and troubled world these pictures cry to every american, it must never happen again. caught like sitting ducks the arizona and scores of other ships of all classes were sunk and 2043 american men decide in the inflaming inferno. martha: shocking and devastating moment for all americans who were alive at that time. the drama and the emotion connected with pearl harbor to be an attacked by our own home soil. it launched united states into world war ii. thousands of people will gather in hawaii for a memorial service at the site of the uss arizona. that gets underway a couple
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hours from now. 7:55 a.m. was the moment of that attack on that fateful day. people across the country remember pearl harbor today and we do so being joined this morning by retired navy captain chuck nash, also a fox news military analyst. captain nash, good morning. good to have you here today. >> good morning, martha. martha: with all these things you get further and further away from them and fewer and fewer people were there and who remembered the events of that day. what do you is so important especially for young people to understand about the significance of pearl harbor? >> i think a lot of folks, young folks today have gone through a i am lar thing with 9/11. it was a galvanizing influence and it changed america forever. december 7th was a sneak attack and the nation when that day, when people found out what was going on there was no internet. so news traveled a little
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bit slower than it does today but it still went to every crevice of this country and the next day you had people lined up at recruiting stations. they wanted to go avenge that attack. so in a country that had seen war on the horizon, with the nazis invading poland and europe going into war, the americans could see war coming but it wasn't until we were literally stabbed by the japanese that morning that the anger and everything came out and people just, it galvanized the nation and changed america forever. martha: my mom told me a story about being a little girl and sitting down for, i think it was hot chocolate or something at a diner with her mother. suddenly you could feel all across the place something was very wrong. her mom grabbed her by the arm, and they went straight home. that realization that that safety, that that feeling of domestic security, that you enjoyed, and i think you're so right. i think for so many people
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today 9/11 had that same sort of really life altering impact. and as we have said, they will be remembering this event today at pearl harbor. they will be honoring a man, captain nash, ray emory, who is 91 years old and has spent the better part of the last 21 years in an effort annoyed some people involved with the remembrances of pearl harbor. he has been dogged in identifying more of the remains that were buried in a volcanic crater there. how important is the mission that he was on as he is honored today? >> i think really what this comes down to, if you send your sons and daughters into the military and they go out to defend, the whole thing about leave no one behind, you want closure, you want to know what happened to your loved one. and so in the end that's why it's so important to identify remains, to just to bring closure to the families. when you think about all of
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those who were lost at sea, or buried on beaches throughout the pacific and everything and then these families never knowing what happened, we're down to the point now, martha, where, and the statistics vary and numbers vary, but of the 16 million people who served in world war ii, there are only million and a half of those people left and they're dying at 680 a day. so the families are going -- got to get closure. martha: we'll leave it there. captain nash, thank you so much we'll be right back
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martha: tensions are certainly rising in north korea right now. the united states has sent warships to monitor and possibly defend against a planned rocket launch that we have been watching over the last couple weeks, all of them movements on the ground here. pong yang says it is a fresh attempt to put a satellite into orbit and nothing more but the united states believes that the north is testing a ballistic missile technology and violating u.n. resolutions and further
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destablizing the korean peninsula. so many hot spots in the world today to watch as we welcome you on this friday morning to a brand new hour of "america's newsroom." i'm martha maccallum. bill: i'm bill hemmer welcome to you at home. good morning to you, again, martha. we're watching the second launch attempt since kim jong-un took over after his father's death a year ago. the last try failed. here is the head of the u.s. pacific command keeping a watch on this. >> we're approaching once again a potential violation of a u.n. security council resolution and we encourage and the leadership in north korea to consider what they're doing here and the implications on the overall security environment own the careen peninsula as well as in asia. martha: molly henneberg is live. north koreans may have run into a snag with this launch
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plan which may be biding some time. what can you tell us about it? >> reporter: martha, a weather snag. snow may have slowed north korea's efforts to put the missile together on the launch pad although the latest satellite pictures suggest it may be ready for liftoff if they decide to go ahead with it on monday. it appears all three parts of the rocket are mounted on the launch pad. north korea has tried four times since 1998 to launch a three stage rocket successfully but have been unsuccessful at it. officials say the north koreans gain more information each time they try. north korean leader kim jong-un believed to want to try the launch over next couple weeks because in part because the anniversary of his father's death falls into that time frame. mortgage that. martha: we know our u.s. navy has been mobilizing to that region in preparation for this and ahead of this. what do we know about our assets there? >> reporter: two divided
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missile de -- guided missile destroyers will gain the launch. uss benifold and uss fitzgerald are heading there. they both have high-tech missile systems on board. they will watch the rocket and track any parts that fall into the secording to admiral locklear who doubts this launch is for benign purposes. >> there are indications declared indication of intention to do what they would call a peaceful satellite launch. we believe it is still in contradictory to the u.n. security council resolutions that because of the nature of the type of missile that they will be firing and implications it has for ballistic missile type of activity somewhere down the road and destablizing impact that will have on the security environment throughout the region, not just on the peninsula. >> reporter: the state department says it will go along with south korea and japan to the united nations security council to demand
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tighter sanctions against north korea if this launch does go forward. martha: molly, thank you very much. bill: from one hot spot to another, we'll show you a live look in cairo. the number of protesters massing outside the presidential palace growing by the hour. now getting word that president obama has called egyptian president mohammed morsi, voicing, quote, deep concern over what's happening in the streets there with the violence and reports of several killed this week. david lee miller watching this live at our middle east bureau in jerusalem. president morsi, he spoke to the people of egypt late yesterday. did that do anything to calm this, david? >> reporter: you know arguably, bill, that speech only made the situation worse yesterday. the opposition didn't like what they heard. you're looking at a live picture right now outside the presidential palace and we expect the crowds there are only going to increase in number. yesterday after the president spoke, people
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chanted, we want to topple the regime. if that sounds familiar there is good reason. that is the very same chant protesters were saying when they wanted to remove hosni mubarak from power. so right now the demonstrators are angry essentially about two things. one, morsi won't relinquish any of the special authority he gave himself on november 22nd, and number two, he will not postpone the vote for a new and very controversial constitution. listen to what he said last night. >> translator: we are ready to hold the referendum on time. if the people agree, then we'll start building the state institutions according to the new constitution. >> reporter: morsi made the point saying if people do not like the proposed new constitution they have the right to vote no and if that happens, then they're going to start the process all over again with a new constitutional assembly. so it looks like there is no
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easy resolution here, bill. bill: what is the other side saying? they're rejecting his call for dialogue. why is that, david lee? >> there is a great deal of mistrust here. look at some of the video recorded yesterday. you can see that angry demonstrators set fire to the offices of the muslim brotherhood. that is the group that president morsi was a member of of that helped launch him into power. the leader of one of the opposition umbrella coalitions, the major coalition, said the bloodshed outside the presidential palace has really destroyed the legitimacy of the morsi government. you also have to take into consideration one of the opposition groups is auld the april 6th movement. they are a movement comprised mainly of young people and they played a very key role in removing hosni mubarak from power. they are not interested in any of the so-called dialogue or compromise. and very quickly, bill, on the other side here, morsi
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supporters say the opposition is nothing more than traitors. bill. bill: david lee miller, something to watch throughout the day and into the weekend. thank you, sir. here is martha. martha: david lee was referring to this. president morsi's opponents say the protests in cairo feel eerily similar to the events that led up to former leader hosni mubarak's fall. this is pictures of what happened february last year. look how similar the things are on the streets of cairo. morsi spoke to the nation yesterday and demonstrators gathered outside the presidential palace chanting, leave, leave, leave. they set several muslim brotherhood headquarters on fire which is similar taken actions taken to mubarak's party headquarters two years ago. we'll see if history is repeating itself in cairo. bill: here is the a breakdown how much the u.s. is spends on egypt. they get the most u.s. foreign aid of any country with one exception, that being israel. u.s. foreign assistance in
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israel averaged $2 billion a year going back to 1979. that is when camp david was brokered. military aid held steady at 1.3 billion since 1987. martha: in syria, the other hot spot we're watching every day now, there has been a major shift in the dynamic there. there is new word that president assad may be losing his biggest ally. we know that hillary clinton met yesterday with the foreign minister from russia and conor powell is live on the story for us in the middle east bureau in jerusalem. are they starting to shift what has been a very strong alliance away from syria? >> reporter: well, martha, russia along with iran have been the biggest backers of the assad regime. russia sent weapons to the syrian government. they protected the syrian government in the u.n. that does appear it could be changing. secretary of state hillary clinton met with russian foreign minister sergei lavrov yesterday in dublin and officials described it
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as a good meeting, a positive meeting. there seemed to be a an air of compromise in this meeting. past meetings have been hostile with very negative, with little done. both sides yelling at each other, arguing with each other. according to officials this past meeting seemed to be much more constructive. there seemed to be effort to find common ground. where that will actually lead in terms of ending the violence in syria is still very much unknown, martha. martha: boy, that is what diplomacy is all about and it sounds like it's in the works. hopefully it will work in a positive direction. now in terms what is going on the ground there, conor, we know assad's strongholds have been threatened. how close are the rebels to crashing in on those? >> reporter: we're getting lots of different information. it's tough to sort of pin down exactly what's happening on the ground but both the assad regime and rebels are talking about heavy fighting around the airport just south of damascus. the rebels said it is now a battle zone. the airport is no longer
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having international flights going in and out of it but the army still does control the international airport but there is heavy fighting there though. there are other parts of damascus we've seen increased fighting we haven't seen in the past. things are changing on the ground. whether or not it means that the syrian government is about to collapse or assad is about to leave is really still anyone's guess. the rebels are advancing but how much longer the assad regime can hold on is still very much in the air, martha. martha: conor, thank you very much. bill: 10 minutes past the hour. it's friday, and a new report from the labor department showing unemployment dropping slightly but that's not the whole story. a staggering number of americans have dropped out of the workforce yet again. neil cavuto joins us in a moment for his analysis on that. martha: the fiscal cliff, president obama and house speaker john boehner set to have a face-to-face meeting, one-on-one. we're waiting to hear from speaker boehner in just about 50 minutes away now.
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bill: we now have a verdict for a bus driver on trial for manslaughter. it will be revealed this morning although the verdict was reached yesterday because a juror had to leave the courthouse for a doctor's appointment. the accident from last march killed 15 people outside of new york city. prosecutors saying the
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accident was caused by the bus driver rather not having enough sleep before getting behind the wheel. the driver says he was cut off by a truck and forced to veer off the road. we await that verdict. martha: all right. we are waiting for john boehner at the top of the hour as the speaker and the president have agreed it sit down and talk one-on-one to try to work out this fiscal cliff situation but both sides appear to be very far apart still. >> it should be no substitute for our passing a middle income tax cut now. >> there are ways to limit deductions, close loopholes and have the same people pay more, more of their money to the federal government without raising tax rates. >> they will lose completely by the end of the year their benefits. this is the real cliff. martha: all right. we're joined now by chris wallace, anchor of "fox news sunday". chris, good morning.
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good to see you. a lot of hubbub today about the fact that john boehner and the president are going to sit down one-on-one. there is a lot of optimism i heard from many circles this morning that this means something is going to happen, that something will get done. should we believe that? >> well i wouldn't be that optimistic. i have a memory at least as long as august of 2011 when the two them sat down together and were negotiating the debt debacle. that didn't go so well. martha: no, it did in the. >> it completely fell apart. it is good they're talking rather than not talking but certainly doesn't mean they will get a deal. interesting all the other leaders, nancy pelosi, harry reid, mitch mcconnell, they're all out. in the end it will be the president and the leader of house republicans speaker boehner and they will have it make a deal both sides can live with. martha: for all intents and purposes john boehner continues to say that he will not raise taxes on that top 2%. that he wants that revenue
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to come in the form of changing deductions and loopholes. the president says exactly the opposite. so one side is going to have to give. any bet which side it is likely it be? >> on that issue i think the republicans are going to have to give. it was a key issue in the election. and remember, it's unsustainable i think politically for boehner, forget the economics of this. i know people say that should be the only issue here. let's talk about the politics of it. it is unsustainable for boehner and the republicans to be in a position where they are blocking a tax cut for 98% of the americans because they want it protect tax rates of the top 2%. that may be right or wrong on its merits but politically seems pretty clear. you see more and more conservatives and republican office holders who are caving on that. maybe it wouldn't go up whole 4 1/2% from to 39% from 35.6 but i think it goes up to 37%. here's the point. in return boehner will
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demand something in return. that has got to be serious spending cuts and serious entitlement reform. so far the president has not given very much. although i will say when i talked to tim geithner, treasury secretary last week on "fox news sunday", he seemed to be inviting the republicans to do it, in effect saying look we'll not sit there did it ourselves. we can't make your demand for you. you should two demand it. of course there is some politics in that because it is a little difficult to say, yeah we want to raise retirement age for medicare or we want to cut or limit the social security cost of living adjustment. but i think the democrats will say, republicans you have to demand it but we'll give it to you if you demand it. martha: seems there are two levels of the political reaction to all of this. you've got the moment when a deal is reachesed, okay? you have what happens to the economy, six, seven, eight months down the road. if indeed you allow taxes to go up on all 100% and it
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starts to hit businesses, and starts to you know, freeze up spending, the jobs picture does not improve, that is the bet that people like kim strassel who wrote a piece this morning and certainly charles krauthamer directly goes to the gop's leverage here. that is a pretty, a tough line to hold at this point it looks like. >> well, yeah i mean because you want to own the economy going into a recession and the president, i mean it is interesting. you get to the debt limit. the president and democrats are now saying we are not going to pay you a dime to raise the debt limit. in effect what they seem to be saying. this is when we reach the top of the debt limit in like february or march, in effect what they seem to be saying before you were able to blackmail us and get a trillion dollars in spending cuts in one case in return for raising the debt limit we're not paying anything for that because they're in effect double daring the republicans to say you want to throw the economy into a recession, you want to throw
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the economy, the government into default? go ahead and do it. you will own it. it will be interesting to see how it plays out. there is a lot of guts baseball or chicken. question who will blink first. martha: we know that you will go after this weekend, chris. thanks very much. you will have a exclusive sit-down with democratic senator charles schumer who is saying million dollars amount consider somebody rich in this country. that is where the tax should start. senator bob corker, former businessman is very outspoken on this as well. he will speak to the israeli ambassador on the latest developments overseas. that is "fox news sunday". our thanks to chris as we always see mr. sunday, on sunday afternoon and sunday morning depending where you are. bill: no shortage of topics. martha: no. bill:. recording your every move while you drive. while the same kind of black box found in an airplane could be standard
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bill: well, if you drive, and many of you do you do not know this just yet. soon there could be a device in every car recording your every move. how fast you go. do you stop? do you accelerate? there are black boxes similar to those in an aircraft and privacy advocates are, well they're raising some red flags. first let's get the story. peter doocy in washington on this. what kind of cars are the black boxes going to be installed in, peter? >> reporter: you said, it
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bill, every kind of car. here is how it works. if you crash into something and your airbag is deployed the event data recorders save five to 10 section of information, how fast you were going, whether or not you hit the brakes and whether or not you were buckled up. this data is helpful for engineers so they can try to figure out how to make cars safer which is why almost 92% of the new vehicles already have these recorders enstalled. automakers have been putting them in voluntarily. but something automakers do not like are mandates. i just spoke to someone who represents 12 manufacturers and their worry the government might say the five to 10 seconds of data recorded needs to be a few hours of data instead. she also said one of our priorities for edrs continues it is to be preserving consumer privacy. automakers do not access edr data without consumer permission. and any government requirements to install edrs own all vehicles must include steps to protect
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consumer privacy. right now, the data from these recorders belongs to vehicle owners and this alliance of automobile manufacturers wants to keep it that way. they just want some specific language on the books tied to this national highway traffic safety administration mandate that has been proposed that will prohibit the government from ever accessing this information without consent. bill. bill: how much is it going to cost? >> reporter: if sales keep going current pace of 15 1/2 million cars and light truck as year the price tag will eventually be $24.4 million according to the "detroit news". bill: hot dog. good thing we're not 16 anymore, you know. >> we're not. bill: mom and dad would watch everything we do. thank you, peter. peter doocy. martha: i will have one of those installed immediately. bill: i bet you will. we have breaking news out of london. remember the prank phone call made to the hospital treating the duchess of cambridge for morning sickness? there has been a sad twist
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if you're thinking about your options, call today. when you call, request your free decision guide. and find the aarp medicare supplement plan that may be right for you. martha: it sounds like we are getting a tragic twist in this story of a phone prank that led a nurse at the hospital where dutchess of cambridge was being watched over for the early stages of her pregnancy with morning sickness. it appears that the nurse who received a prank call, and the caller pretended to be queen elizabeth, prince william's grandmother, it appears that this woman has committed suicide. we want to play you just a little bit of this. we believe that this is the person that is being talked about here. but in any event, this is the event that happened . listen to this. >> good morning, ma'am, this is the nurse speaking.
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how may i help you. >> hello i'm just after my granddaughter kate, i want to see how her little tummy bug is going. >> she's been getting. martha: this is a hoax that just went ho*erb went horribly wrong by an australian radio station. it took a terrible, terrible twist. we'll bring you more information as it comes in. bill: let's get to the big e and that is the economy. sometimes a small e on days like today, showing a mixed bag for the u.s. economy. jobless rate for november dropping to 7.7%, lowest level we've seen since 2008 but the real story is behind the number that we'll explain in a phaoeplt here. in a moment here. the labor department says it's because most of the people stopped looking for work and were not counted at unemployed. neil cavuto is with us this morning.
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i haven't spoken to you yet about this. what do you think about the number on the face. >> reporter: it's a good number, it confirms an improving trend n. that sense it's good. others have remarked we should be seeing much stronger job acceleration at this point in the recovery. steady as she goes. it's better than going the other way. i was surprised that there wasn't more of sandbar defallout from this. that could materialize in next month's report. these things are adjusted. the prior two months were adjusted 50,000 down. i think you love to see people get jobs. when people leave the workforce and that contributes to the unemployment going down you like tow see the unemployment going down but not for that reason. having said all of the above, it's a good number overall. bill: here is what is staggering to me. this report shows that 543,000 americans dropped off the chart. >> reporter: right. bill: and this just keeps going and going and gag.
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>> reporter: remember this is the delayed effect, citigroup 11,000 layoffs and the 18,000 at hostess. those pile on as you get other pieces of date a. companie date a. companies are still holding back if not cutting back. that is something you'll see in evidence as the new year approaches. i think the reality is that -- this is what some economists fear, we could be looking at the best norm. if that is the case you can't grow your way out o budget deficitses with numbers like that. you can't grow your way period out of our debt. bill: are we 1.7, 1.9gdp? is it right at 2? any three of those numbers are unacceptable. >> reporter: you've got to think in prior booms that we've spaoerpbsd yoweave experienced you would see a few hundred
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thousand jobs a month and the gdp running at a khreufplt yo at a clip. we are not seeing that. bill: standby. it's been 40 years now since we sent a man to walk on the moon. the last person to do it, captain gene cernan. we sat down with him for a special called "fly me in the moon" you'll see it on the fox news channel, it brings you the inside story of the men who risked their lives to venture into space. look at this. >> america's challenge of today has forged man's destiny of tomorrow. >> reporter: you were the last human being to touch that surface. how does that make you feel? >> humble. >> we leave as we came, and g willing we shall return with
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peace and in hope for allman kind. god's speed to apollo 17. >> i'm convinced that the space program will come back. >> the country needs to have something to look forward to, to look up to, to be proud of. >> what can we do in ten thousand years? look how far we went in 70 years. my grandmother on a farm in michigan had a ring telephone, no electricity, an out house and she walked the first guy walk on the moon. >> i'd like to see the next generation leave footprints like we left on the moon, and i hope that that happens. bill: you're going to love this show. it looks even better in hd. they didn't have that 40 years ago, did they. captain gene cernan former nasa
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astronaut with us now. n her, il by the way is hosting this. traveled all over the country to conduct these interviews. it's great to have you. gene, i just want you to tell our audience, if you can, what you want them to understand about what was done then, four decades ago. >> all right. you know, this -- today, as a matter of fact, bill, is the launch date 40 years ago, and in a week it will be 40 years since those final steps, and what i really want to have happen, we've got almost two full generation, a half of seven tour reef young men and young women in a country today who neither weren't born when neil walked on the moon or diapers or knee pants when i made the last steps. i want to remind them what happened in this country from alan shepard's first steps into
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space when actually i look them as the first steps on the moon when we didn't even know we were going, and what it took this country, the dead today indication, the commitment of hundreds of thousands of people in this country to get neil on the surface of the moon and complete this project. it's not about me, it's not apollo 17, it's about us. that's the point i want to get across. martha: gene cernan is a national treasure. we are so glad he has been part of our experience in remembering the incredible pioneering work of the astronauts that we sort of grew up watching over the last 40 years, really. and neil cavuto, also a fox national treasure. we are delighted to have him in our ranks today. neil you immersed yourself in this. speaking with these heroes, these american heroes over this long period of time, working on this piece and working so hard
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on it and so well. what really struck you about your experience? >> reporter: well, it was an act of love, it was a lot of hard work for everybody involved. but i've got to tell you, martha, as a kid i was rile in really into watching gene on the moon. i was 12 years old. gene might be a hero by the way, he can't sing worth a dam. i'll leaf it at that. my parents finally gave in and said all right we'll take you to cape kennedy at the time, now cape canaveral. i looked at the rockets and capsules and i realized i can't fit in there. i did move onto tv anchoring. the one thing i did realize, all kidding notwithstanding is that these are a unique group of individuals, not only the 12 who ultimately made it to the moon, and the others who circled the moon but all the men and women as gene has pointed out in a
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really very remarkable interview, that it was a national mission, it was a time when we never knew the meaning of the word can't. and i just find it odd guys, not to blather on now where we're in a december and all we do is fight and finger point in washington and saying we can't come off a cliff deal. these guys were on the highest cliff of all, there were never any doubts. this you think about the difference today versus then. while i could never be an astronaut i could never be another gene cernan, i think we all have their dna in us to be great and special. gene is right it's been 40 years. we had it in us to be like him, to be like those guys. we conquered space. i think we can bridge a cliff. bill: gene i remember you came to fox about six months ago i
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think, maybe it was a year ago, i can't remember precisely. you held a seminar with us and you explained to us how you felt about life and earth and humanity and the heavens when you were that far away from earth. will you share that? >> i remember that. well, i remember that, bill. you know, people want to know how did you feel, what did you think? the lasting memory for me is not just stepping on the moon, because a lot of people had done it before i did it, but just to be there, to pinch yourself, am i really there at that period of time in my life, and look back at the earth. your identity with reality, it's all you understand. i mean if you look at the beauty of the earth surrounded by the infinite black necessary, the endlessness of space and time, bill i think that's what we talked about, you just can't come back and not be somewhat changed in your beliefs, because
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the earth moves with the multicolors of the oceans and the blue of the snow and the blue of the oceans and the whites of the snow and the clouds and the earth doesn't tumble through space, it moves with purpose and with dignity, and with beauty beyond -- beyond your imagination, and it's a paradox to look at the earth in sunlight surrounded by infinite blackness, not darkness but blackness. there are a lot of paradoxess in space and on the moon. i tried when i left the surface of the moon to -- waurbging up the hraerd and looking back at the the earth and my steps i knew we were an extension of science and technology, but i wanted to know what it meant to us, to humanity, to us then and to generations in the future, and i wasn't sure, but all i knew is that the world and the earth and the small part of the
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universe that i was privileged to see was not an accident, that there is a creator of this universe. and i had the opportunity, a few others have to sit on god's front porch and see a small part of it. and that's what i came home w. the science and technology is obsolete the next day, but the spirit, the meaning, and what neil just said a minute ago, it proved that period of time proved that individually and collectively as a nation we dedicate ourselves to a cause, there is nothing, nothing absolutely that we can't do. all we've got to do is decide to do it, whether it's go to the moon or solve the world crisis, forget off this financial cliff, or whatever, we have to be bold, be bold. bill: thank you, gene. really appreciate that. >> god bless. bill: check it out. job well done. check it out. fly me in the moon here on the
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fox news channel 9:00 eastern time. >> reporter: i'll just leave you with this. we have gone from great heroes like that, where we conquered space to having to hitch rides with the russians to get back into space. that is kind of sad. bill: out o out of kazakhstan. martha: we'll have a new twist for you in the george zimmerman case. why the man suing the florida teen says he is now suing nbc. l, l, a little uncomfortable. but when it's hard or hurts to go to the bathroom, there's dulcolax stool softener. dulcolax stool softener doesn't make you go, it just makes it easier to go. dulcolax stool softener. make yourself comfortable.
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bill: there is a new report that super storm sandy cost the economy $60 billion, for lost productivity and output. rick leventhal is live in staten island, new york where some industries have actually benefitted.
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what is the story there, rick? >> reporter: of koerbs, bil course, the businesses directly in the storm surge, retail and restaurants a lot of them have suffered dramatically. other businesses, contractors and home improvement have done very, very well. roofers, landscapers, electrical contractors. this couple run a electrical business and you guys have been crazy busy right? >> yes, since the storm we had hen emergency influx of emergency work. we are aeurbl to hire back some of the people we had laid off and we are looking to hire more people to handle the work that is coming in. >> reporter: you have more work than you can even do yourselves. >> wyatt this point. >> reporter: and you see what, no end in sight? >> we see this generating a very long term, at least a year, two years hopefully. >> reporter: it's great that they are actually able to employ other people as well. home depot, business is surging here and they are hiring 500 new workers on long island, in the
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fivebore boros of new york city. bill: staten island where they are improving. martha: now zimmerman is suing. he said a phone call made him soeupbd like sound like a racist. 2% on groceries. 3% on gas. automatically. no hoops to jump through. that's 1% back on... [ toy robot sounds ] 2% on pumpn pie. and apple. 3% back on 4 trips to the airport. it's as easy as.. -[ man ] 1... -[ woman ] 2... [ woman ] 3. [ male announcer ] the bankamericard cash rewards card. apply online or at a bank of america near you.
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zimmerman is suing nbc news for airing an edited version of his 911 call. zimmerman claims that the network defamed him to make him sound like a racist and predatoryvill predatory villian. here is a version of what they
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played. >> this guy looks like he's up to no good. he looks black. martha: now listen to the unedited version. >> this guy looks like he's up to no good, or he's on drugs or something. it's raining, and he's just walking around looking about. >> okay and this guy, is he white, black or hispanic. >> he looks black. martha: who knows if he ever would have mentioned that if he had not been asked that question specifically, is he white, black or hispanic. >> we have an entertainment attorney and fox news legal analyst. one of the first things they tell you you can pull something up, you can never change the order of anything and you can never pull it up and put it together in a way that alters the meaning of it in anyway. clearly this alters the meaning of this. kelly. >> yes and no. zimmerman said that, it can't be
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untrue, and he also said he looks like he's on drugs. but they didn't put that part out there, and that to me seems damming to trayvon martin. so it's interesting because there was a whole conversation, he did say it, and if you look historically -- i don't believe it was made to portray zimmerman, i think it's poor editing. i think it looks back and it was a mistake but i don't think nbc specifically went out to portray him in a negative light. martha: it says it inflicted emotional distress on him, he's sick and nauseous as a result of that edit. >> that will be the harder part. any civil case has two aspects of it. there is the liability part, did somebody do something wrong. and the damages part, because they did something wrong what are the damages. the liability part, nbc fired three people, obviously that act in avenue itself is an admission that there was a mistake done here. they can argue it was a mistake, it wasn't intentional. my opinion is, when you're -- this case may be the biggest international case going on
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right now, somebody is looking at what an intern or new kid edits, someone had to approve splicing it the way it was spliced. i think they will win on liability. the harder part will be the damages. is this what is making him nah just and throwing up versus facing life in prison? that will be the hard part for them to prove. martha: what about that kelly? how hard is it to prove that what's happening with him, with so much happening in this man's life, that that particular act is causing stress. >> it's very hard. this is somebody who murdered somebody in close proximity, or killed someone, most people are not able to cope with that emotionally. he is in the spotlight and facing life in prison. how do you separate that this is specifically from nbc's coverage, when he was on every tv station. martha: will he get to money out
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of this? >> my guess is he'll get some money out of it. the media's role is to hold everyone's feet to the fire. this is somebody else holding the media's feet to the fire. you have to report what is accurate not what will get you the highest ratings. there is a big difference between someone saying, describing someone's race and being asked by a 911 operator, as a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney, that is tip karblgs every 911 operator says, what is the race of the person who mugged you, stole your pocketbook. martha: what the editor did is wrong. three people have lost their jobs of it. they've acknowledged the fault to thaebgs tenth. we'll see where it goes. big case coming up in june. >> june 19th. the end of my summer. martha: thank you very much. bill: in minutes how speaker john boehner in a fox news alert now is there movement or is washington dead in the water on the fiscal cliff. we are about to find out. [ male announcer ] if you're eligible for medicare,
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