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professional? >> sure. all true. can i do it next time? >> wasn't there a child on his lap? >> no. not that time. >> more on this story in the after the show show. deep freeze across much of the country. you're all feeling it. record breaking temperatures throughout the midwest. below zero windchills, like 50 below zero windchills in minnesota, north dakota, and now the northeast will be next. we can complain about later in the week. good morning everybody. hope you had a great weekend. i'm bill hemmer. look who is back. martha: great to be back. hi, bill. happy new year. we haven't seen each other forever. bill: happy new year. martha: great to be here. hello, everybody. it is weird. because it is 50 degrees here in new york as we look at the windchill numbers all across the
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country. that is about to change. that is a polar vortex. sometimes with the weather phenomenons we get a new name for them. you will explain it for a moment. it is to be blamed for these numbers. negative 46 in minneapolis. negative 41 in chicago? bill: that is the dreaded pv. martha. martha: pv. bill: polar vortex. garrett tenney is outside. what does negative 40 degrees feel like? >> reporter: a guy walked past me this, is brutal, brutal. over the weekend much of the midwest got at least a foot of snow. you can see much of the snow is still remaining after the storm system worked its way through though. now we get the cold, cold temperatures. negative 32 degrees in fargo. negative 21 in madison. negative 15 in indianapolis. those with windchills could drop down into the negative 50s and
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60s. how cold is it? it is dangerous. national weather service says it is dangerously cold, if you're outside in the weather more than five minutes in some cases with your skin uncovered you could get frostbite. being outside for five minutes, bill. it is brutal cold out here today. bill: how is life being affected? are folks staying home? we know they're hardy in chicago. how are they dealing with this? >> reporter: certainly hardy in chicago but look, monday morning, normally packed crowded streets. you can see it is almost empty. some people are having to go into the office and going to work today but throughout much of the region schools are canceled. here in chicago as well. minneapolis, it is the first time they have canceled schools in minneapolis in 17 years. we know in indianapolis the mayor has shut down all of the roadways to only emergency vehicle that is need to be out there. they're advising everyone to stay at home, stay indoors if at
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all possible. we know at least 1,000 flights have been canceled across the midwest. today, possible we'll see much more than that, as the frigid arctic cold continues throughout the area. bill: that is hazardous pay, garrett. suck it up while you can. garrett tenney in chicago. >> reporter: you got it. martha: you have to get him inside. over the five minute mark you have to worry about frostbite on the nose much. chicago is not the worst in the nation. in north dakota, windchill reports in devil's like, 54 below. grand forks, 50 below. 47 below in fargo. other spots feeling subzero temperatures. duluth, 54 below. rochester, 5below. international false is reading 50 below. officials urge people to follow safety precautions and avoid frostbite and hypothermia. tough keep it all covered up,
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bill. bill: you mentioned the polar vortex, martha, the pv. this is what we think it is. this would be the north pole looking right on top, okay? this would be north america over here. new york city is right about there on the map. east side russia stretches into europe. you're literally looking down into and over the north pole. this is essentially a hurricane. it swirls and swirls at 100 miles an hour. it has the arctic temperatures you were just describing in parts of north dakota and minnesota. advance it one time because what scientists believe now that vortex is broken up. so now these arctic chills start to reach down into north america as well as to russia over here as well. just advance it one more time, we'll do side by side. looking down here on the north pole, this is what it would be like normally. but for now the vortex is kind of wobbling and it is reaching down south and hitting folks in chicago, in minneapolis and pretty soon here in new york city. that is the polar vortex.
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i always wanted to be a weatherman. not really but that's what we're hearing here. martha: we need batman, some kind of superhero to put the polar vortex back together where it belongs. bill: not this week though. it is coming our way. martha: here it comes. you have bitter cold hitting the nfl over the weekend. playoff game between the packer and 49ers basically an ice box. the temperature at the kickoff was only 5 degrees with windchill talking 10 below. both players and fans, the one that is showed up were absolutely bundled up against the cold. packers who are used to the frozen tundra conditions, lost though to the warm-blooded guys from san francisco, the 49ers, 23-20. a lot of great games over the weekend. the game drew comparisons to what may have been the coldest game ever, back in 1967 in the old black and white video also in green bay. temperatures got minus 13.
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look at the great old shots, brutal. martha: packers beat the dallas cowboys to advance to the super bowl. forget the freezer bowl, 82. bill: let's not. >> between bengals and san diego charges. >> minus 9 degrees. bill: i was at the game actually. i was two years old. yes, minus nine but the windchill was about 7degrees below zero. the freezer bowl with the windchill was the coldest game ever played. cincinnati won the game against san diego. can't say the sail for yesterday. we're bumming here. what is your secret to staying warm? oaded question. i like that question. bill: sure is. send us a tweet @billhemmer, @marthamaccallum. we'll share some of them. martha: maybe it is cold outside. bill: bundle up, stay warm. martha: meanwhile very difficult story. a turning point in a california family's fight to keep their
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daughter alive. jahi mcmath, 13 years old, declared brain-dead last month after tonsil surgery was released from an oakland, california, hospital. the family's attorney is grateful but still very concerned. >> jahi is getting to a place where she can have the procedures done as soon as possible. i will say that it, it is much more difficult time than it would have been had children's found it in its heart to give her a feeding tube and breathing tube. as a result, jahi is fragile. while we're happy she is out, she is not out of the woods in terms of her own health because right now she is in transit. so we asked that people still keep her in their thoughts and prayers. martha: claudia cowan is live in san francisco. so, claudia, how was he she transferred? >> reporter: martha, good morning. jahi was quietly released from children's hospital in oakland last night around 8:00. we don't know exactly where she
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is this morning but we knee she is in the custody of her mother who is planning on moving her to a long-term care facility, in all likelihood a center in new york that said it is willing to accept her. take a look. the cell phone video provided by the family show jahi's private ambulance leaving the hospital. she is still connected to the ventilator but before she can be transported to any long-term care facility she needs to have doctors insert permanent feeding and bruting tube. unclear where and when that will happen. the family's attorney says she needs nourishment as soon as possible to give her the best chance of rehabilitation. >> well, apparently so far it has been at least 26 days. that girl has more courage. you can say what you want about her, but that girl kept her heart beating without food for6 days i think now. >> reporter: children's hospital released jahi to the custody of the coroner's office and the coroner released her body to the
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family. he they won't say where she is going next. the head of new beginnings in medford, new york, indicated she is having discussion with the family for jahi goes there for what the family hopes will be a full recovery. we'll hear from the director of the new beginnings in my next report at 11:00, martha. martha: claudia, one more question in terms of the hospital what did they say when she was moved? >> reporter: martha, as you know this has been a very emotional battle and the hospital's position all along that jahi will never recover. in a statement issued last night the chief of pediatrics said, quote, our hearts go out to the family as they grief for grieve sad situation and we wish for closure and peace. what happened during jahi's complicated tonsillectomy that led to her being declared brain-dead is under investigation by the hospital and county health department. martha: so aiful, such a routine surgery to have this happen. claudia, thank you very much. the big question where is jahi
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headed next and how will it care for her, whatever facility she ends up going to? next hour we talk to the founder of a facility who offered to care for her and will talk about what kind of care they would provide and recommend at this point. it is a very, it's a very difficult question but the family is doing what they feel is best for their child. bill: more on that. a lot more to talk about politics because now we're getting into a new year around the white house is trying to pivot away from obamacare and focus on unemployment benefits and raise the minimum wage under the banner of income inequality. is that a compelling selling argument? we'll ask karl rove on that. martha: a tall order. incredible video of a deadly high-rise fire, 20 stories above midtown manhattan. bill: leading lawmaker suggesting another deserves to be in jail cell along with edward snowden. another. we'll look at accusation and
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martha: one person is dead and seven others injured after a massive fire in a high-rise building in new york city. firefighters say 27-year-old daniel mcclung was trapped in a stairwell yet trying to escape the flames. the fire started on the 20th floor. no word on the cause. one other person was hospitalized with smoke inhalation. bill: democrats looking to change the conversation in the new year. lawmakers renewing their push to extend unemployment benefits and raise the minimum wage. you will hear a lot about that, part of a white house strategy to make income inequality issue throughout the year into midterms in november. can it really though take the focus off obamacare. "meet the press" right now. >> they have to get health care right. they have got to work on it, but at the same time the argument
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for doing something about the economy, argument for addressing inequality is such a compelling argument. bill: is it? karl rove, former senior advisor to president george w. bush and fox news contributor. from austin, texas, sir, happy new year. good morning to you. >> same to you, bill. bill: is it that compelling of an argument? how do you see that? >> well, look raising the minimum wage and extending unemployment benefits are, on a scale of one to 10 they're like six or seven but they're short-lived and obamacare is like a 12 and it is long-lived because its impacts be felt by so many people in so many negative ways throughout the balance of the year. so i understand where the president is coming from on this. let's talk about anything the white house says except obamacare. also understand, i thought it was revealing, judy woodruff put the conundrum right out there to be scene seen. she said it is compelling to do something about the economy and immediately transitioned, she
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defined that more clearly doing something about income inequality. for many americans the question of income inequality, becomes give giving something to somebody they aren't getting. we saw the effect, for example in 2009 with the horrific reaction to the obama administration's effort on mortgages where people said, you know, enough is enough. we had a grassroots uprising of people saying, you know what any paid my mortgage. are we supposed to bail out somebody who bought a house bigger than they could afford? bill: what is the idea how you make things more equal? is that, is it as simple as redistribution? >> well, look, this is where we come into play because we have conservative who is say we're worried about helping people rise. what do we do to give everybody a chance to rise. then we have liberals like the new mayor of new york and apparently president obama and his administration saying what can we do to take from those who have and give that don't have as much? americans are very interested in
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the first proposition, how do we make certain everyone has the opportunity to rise but the american people no matter what their circumstances, some of the people most fervently against things like freeh cell phones are people in the middle class who say, wait a minute, i know who will ultimately pay the bill for that kind of thing and it will be me. i think the administration is playing with dynamite. in short run they get advantage talking about minimum wage and unemployment benefits but more it becomes take a question of take frock those who have giving to those who don't have the more in a negative way the american people -- bill: i'm trying to figure this out, karl, do you see this as a new front to argue politics in america today, in order to set up the debate for the midterm elections next november, or do you see it as a distraction a way from the issues of obamacare? is it a, a b, a mix of both then? >> well, it is a mix of both but i thought it was interesting on the sunday talk programs, todd,
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from nbc talked about how he had talked to members of the administration. chuck todd said he talked to people in the administration about the agenda for 2014 around the administration talked about everything but obamacare. this is first and foremost an attempt to pivot away from something incredibly damaging to the administration. the so-called affordable care act and again, as i say, short-run there is little bit of advantage in the next couple weeks or months talking about raising minimum wage and, which doesn't affect a lost american workers and extending unemployment benefits which there seems to be consensus about extending. the only question is, how do you pay for it. the republicans are saying pay for the 6.5 billion school lar cost by offsetting it with spending cuts elsewhere. those kind of things are temporary short term. the longer term problem for the administration that every day between now and 2014 elections people will be losing their policies, people will find out
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their premiums are bigger. people will be finding out their deductibles are much larger. they will be finding out they can't see the doctor they have been comfortable seeing all these years. they will hear bad news what the policy will require. that stuff will be going on day after day between now and november. bill: you have gallup numbers earlier, in the short time we have left here. if you're trying to recover from what has been and other wise terrible rollout, of obamacare and now you're what, six days into the new year. we're trying to gauge and see how this thing is going and we haven't seen hard information yet to tell us whether it is good, bad or indifferent. but if you're trying to relaunch your own term in a sense, you know, does history tell you can be successful doing that? or that it's impossible to do that? >> well it suggests, that, i mean, we have, it suggests that the first year of the second term, if you have four successive quarters of decline
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in your job approval rating like president obama has had, that is very hard to turn that around. not impossible. president reagan for example, had a good first year of second term and ran into some headwind at the end of his second year for three quarters and was able to turn it around. if you have a bad first term of second term like 2013 has been for president obama, every quarter his average job approval rating was lower in gallup than the previous quarter, very hard if not impossible to turn it around. bill: a lot hinges on obamacare and how people feel about the coverage and law and how it affects them personally. we shall see. thank you for your time, sir. >> you bet. bill: karl rove with us today. martha? martha: the bad weather is being blamed for a plane crash where the rich and famous play over the new year's break. we'll tell you about the celebrities who witnessed this plane crash and what happened in this tragedy. plus this.
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martha: all right. we are back and here's what is developing now in "america's newsroom." republican liz cheney, big news this morning. she has dropped out the u.s. senate race in wyoming the daughter of the former vice president citing quote, family and health reasons for ending challenge to incumbent senator mike enzi. more when we get it. doctors say israeli prime minister ariel sharon is fighting for his life but the
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prognosis remains grim. vital organs are deteriorating doctors report. charron has been in a coma for eight years. we're awaiting nee details from colorado on a deadly crash at aspen airport. one person died when the private jet crashed and burst into flames. will carr joins us with the latest on this from in there. will, what happened? >> reporter: good morning, martha, we know this plane started in mexico yesterday morning. apparently it stopped in tucson, arizona, and then it crashed while attempting to land in aspen, colorado, which is 100 miles southwest of denver. now if you take a look at at some of the video you see the plane's fuselage, it is flipped up side down, it is charred. you're looking what is left of this private jet. cord to authorities the crash killed a 54-year-old man and insured two others evidently. all three were mexico and all three were pilots.
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the plane appears attempted several approaches into the airport. several celebrities ended up telling the local media they saw the plane burst into flames. the ntsb is on the way to figure out exactly what caused it. the crash shut down the airport yesterday and the airport continues to be shut down this morning, martha. martha: will, do they think weather was a factor here? >> reporter: well, in terms of the weather we do know that the wind were shifting. apparently they were getting wind gusts up to 30 miles an hour which ising shaling challenging for any pilot. this not the first fatal crash at this airport. back in 2001 a plane crashed killing 18 people on approach. in 1991 there was another crash that killed three people. pilots tell us this is a very challenging airport to land in because you have to descend very quickly after you pass a mountain range. so that is challenging enough in of itself and very tricky when
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the winds are shifting, at the same time you're dealing with all of that snow, martha. martha: boy, tragic. will, thank you very much. bill: a tough airport. a lot of folks going in and out of there. just reading a tweet, martha, 28 below in eagle river, wisconsin. 44 with the windchill. martha: that i mean -- bill: what else does stay inside, right? martha: whole inside of your nasal passages everything freezing to one big block. very hard to talk. bill: hang in there. keep freeze not seen in decades digging its teeth into much of the country. cold hard facts and really cold hard facts you need to know. martha: 68 in tampa, that is the good news. plus congressman pete king teeing off on rand paul and nsa surveillance and edward snowden. blistering takedown from the congressman next. >> rand paul does not know what he is talking about. rand paul is really spreading fear among the american people. . and our giant idaho potato truck is still missing.
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bill: could be a story today are and core for the coming days. she is sub-zero temperatures affecting 140 million americans. look at that map. it is deep, deep purple. i think the next shade is black it is that dark. many states can expect the coldest temperatures they have seen in 20 years. some cities experiencing temperatures 30 to 50 degrees below average. martha: have to put the polar
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vortex back together and work on it. this story is bubbling over the weekend. top republican congressman peter king accusing senator rand paul of lying and misleading americans on the nsa surveillance program. the kentucky senator threatening to sue the federal agency over their intelligence-gathering practices but king says senator paul he believes, has no idea what he is talking about. watch some of this. >> if we listen to rand paul and follow his policies americans could die because the nsa stopped attacks against the united states right here in new york. the attempted subway attack in 2009 with liquid explosives was stopped primarily by the nsa. if rand paul been around and listened to him, hundreds of new yorkers would be dead today. that would be on his conscience. maybe it won't be. maybe it wouldn't bother him, i don't know. there is impact on what he says. if we follow his policies it will lead the death of americans. martha: is he right and did he step over the line? kirsten powers and kate at this
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pavlick, both are fox news contributors. kirsten, let me start with you, is he right? >> you asked over the line, i do think he went a little bit over the line there. i heard what rand paul said in his interview there was nothing, a, there was nothing wrong about it. and he, you know, peter king seems to be upset that he, rand paul think that is james clapper should be progcuted for lying to congress. i don't understand what is so radical about that idea if you lie to congress, which is a felony, you should be prosecuted regardless who you are and i think rand paul is just calling for there to be one standard for americans, not one standard for edward snowden and one standard for james clapper. martha: that is a valid point and he is referring, i should point out to folks at home, to the moment when ron wyden questioned james clap every, the dni, and asked him if there was any broad reach program that was collecting the phone data of americans and he said not wittingly were his words.
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so, katy, what do you make of the comments of peter king over the weekend? >> i think it's a little ridiculous for peter king to suggest that essentially the blood of americans would be on the hands of rand paul simply because rand paul is addressing an issue that polling shows many americans are concerned about. an independent review showed that, you know, in the sa doesn't necessarily need to be collecting all data from every single american cell phone to prevent terrorist attacks. not to mention a federal judge a couple weeks ago saying he thinks it is unconstitutional and the government hasn't given enough proof to show they need the program and mass collection of data to prevent terrorist attacks. peter king wants to run for president. if he is going to tell americans that their privacy concerns shouldn't be addressed when it comes to the nsa, then he will have a real problem with that. martha: i think one of 9 things that needs to be spelled out more clearly is how effective the program has been. peter king cited the zazi case.
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there is a lot of controversially over the case and a lot of information pulled on his laptop and email surveillance was sort of the meat what allowed them to bring him in. the phone call collection was peripheral to that case. and as i say, it is controversial, not everyone will agree on that. but, kirsten, i think what happened in boston and failings of this system in a classic case where it should have been detected. the whole nsa argument is laid out to catch people in the situation that the boston bombers were in, making phone calls back and forth to other countries and talking to terrorists and it failed and very little discussion of that. >> yeah. i think it's a false choice. i never heard, the way that we were just, the way congressman king is portraying rand paul's position i don't think is rand paul's position. i don't think rand paul is against protecting the united states. i think he thinks the nsa needs to work within the bounds of the
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constitution. it is possible to do that and catch terrorists. i think you're right, martha. there is lot of claims made, keith alexander, went before congress and claimed that 54 terrorist attacks had been broken up and turned out in the end that wasn't really true. and there were a lot of ones he was talking about weren't even in the u.s. so i think that there has been a lot of false claims. katie is absolutely right in terms of fisa court. we wouldn't know the fisa court criticized nsa if it wasn't for edward snowden. they declassified that information. the fisa court said you're overcollecting. they are concerned that there are abuses going on. so i think that, you know, rand paul is on the right side of this in my book. i don't know what peter king is talking about. martha: seems to be there on part of the administration and also peter king in this case is siding with them, effort to say, don't look into this stuff. just trust us. it is really good that we have
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this and extremely dangerous if we don't. katie, i don't think people are satisfied with that answer anymore? >> they shouldn't be and when you have james clapper essentially either lying to the american people about what kind of data, their personal data being collected or grossly misleading the american people about their data being collected and finding out they are actually collecting data when he said they weren't and should be skeptical of the government saying just trust us. let's not just forget this isn't just rand paul and just isn't the american people. representative jim sensenbrenner who helped write the patriot act when all this nsa came out about collection of all the data, he said this is not what the patriot act intended and we need reform. a lot of people are not calling for the destruction of the nsa. they are saying we need more government oversight and it needs to be tailored to terrorism not simply gathering all data an americans not involved in terrorist activities. >> laying out clear manner how it is effective would go a
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really long way and i'm into the sure that information is necessarily out there. it ace big question mark. we'll see where it goes. thank you very much, katie, kirsten. bill: amazing story of a man going missing and then his parents see this picture in "usa today." a homeless man in washington, d.c. how that picture took that missing man back to his family. plus this. [gunfire] martha: major cities in iraq falling under the control of al qaeda and was this predictable? what can be done about it if anything at this point? kt mcfarland joins us next. [gunfire] g band playing ] [ male announcer ] the rhythm of life. [ whistle blowing ] where do you hear that beat? campbell's healthy request soup lets you hear it in your heart. [ basketball bouncing ] heart healthy. [ m'm... ] great taste. [ tapping ] sounds good. campbell's healthy request. m'm! m'm! good.®
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hotels and nightclubs what to look for. authorities believe with tens of thousands of people coming to the state for next month ace big game and close proximity to new york city, sex traffickerrers will consider the garden state a base for operations so they're watching out for that. bill: this is an unbelievable story. at least two major cities in iraq are back under the control of al qaeda. that is videotape from over the weekend. anbar province. remember anbar province, west of baghdad. border of jordan, syria, saudi arabia. encompass as whole western desert in west of baghdad and major part of iraq. ramadi and fallujah, both of those towns have fallen to al qaeda fighters. remember fallujah, the sacrifice americans marines made after a bloody battle.
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kt mcfarland, deputy secretary of defense for president reagan. fox news security analyst. kt, how are you. good morning,. >> sadbill: wow what do we do n? >> it breaks our hearts. we realize bush and obama made crucial mistakes. we probably shouldn't have gone in, didn't find weapons of mass destruction, we shouldn't have nation built. once we broke it we fixed it. we fixed it with the surge. obama pulled out instead of a leaving a residual force that might have kept the peace long enough for iraq to stand on its own he pulled out. what i think we're face asking probably 30 years of shiite-sunni violence. bill: wow. >> a civil war that will go from syria to iraq, to lebanon and engulf the entire region. bill: in that sense you see and you sense, and you wrote about this at foxnews.com, a power vacuum. >> we left. bill: who is filling it? >> everyone is scrambling to fill it, that's the problem. we're now leaving the middle east. we have left iraq.
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we're going to leave afghanistan. we're going to cut a deal with iran to essentially make them "alpha dog" of the middle east but other countries will all scramble to fight it to the finish. you will have the israelis are in the middle of it. the sunnis, the sunni-arab oil state, saudi arabia and others they will not let iran be a "alpha dog" of the middle east. it probably doesn't go any place good. you have two sides, two tribes fighting each either for millenia. they have enough money from the arab oil money to keep fighting in a fight to the finish. bill, the more i think about the middle east, we in the west look at this so differently. we think war is what happens when peace fails. we think it has beginning, middle and end and when it is over everybody start life again. in the middle east they don't think it is that way. they think it is constant war. they think peace is the time they go back to regroup to fight
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again. bill: if you're right about that, looking at three decades of war, on top of a decade of war we spent there as well. john kerry in jerusalem whether asking whether or not the administration will go back in essentially. secretary kerry. >> this is a fight that belongs to the iraqis. that is what the president and the world decided some time ago when we left iraq. we are not obviously contemplating returning. we're not contemplating putting boots on the ground. bill: there you have it. is that the right call? >> i think it is only call. american people have 10 years of war. hasn't seemed to make a big difference in the middle east. we'll not send boots on the ground. there are things we can do to help. we can give them intelligence. we can give them military equipment but it is their fight to fight. my big takeaway from this, if we are leaving the region where will we get the energy? one of the reasons we're in the first place because that is a source of the world's energy. not only american oil, natural gas but the world's. if the united states, i think it
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is incumbent on us now to develop our own abundant energy resources. bill: to that point, look how successful fracking has been in america. still controversial for some but enormously successful. >> it will be the biggest strategic game-changer since we won world war ii. it will not only bring manufacturing jobs back to the united states. it will have energy jobs as people create energy itself. it will allow to us have independence for energy resources. bill: only done because of american technology too. >> absolutely. bill: back to this idea, you made a very interesting statement. we believe wars are just a beginning. and they do not. peace for them, you believe, is a breathing space between wars. >> look at afghanistan, for example. we went in. toppled the taliban. got rid of al qaeda. we thought it was done. we stuck around to nation build. what did the taliban and al qaeda do? they ran across the tora bora mountains to pakistan. lay low, regroup to come back
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fight again. same thing happened in iraq. we have went in. toppled saddam hussein. helped iraq build democracy. what happened to the people we were fighting, the old saddam hussein guys? they blended into the woodwork. had their weapons. create the insurgency. bill: knew where to hide and how long to hide for. had president obama left iraq had we stayed at least a fighting force, would fallujah and would ramadi run by al qaeda? >> i think it would be a very different outcome. we would have had troops there. we would have give own breathing space for the leadership in iraq to fend off iranian influence. to fend off sunni-arab influence. think it would have been a different outcome and certainly given iraq a chance. this is like taking training wheels off the bike and a three-year-old trying to ride a two-wheeler. it is just not going to happen. bill: kt, thank you. it's a development that stun ad lot of people. many people predicted it. i think yourself included.
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kt mcfarland thanks. >> thanks. bill: martha, what's next? martha: it is national championship day. florida state taking on auburn tonight in pasadena. here are the seminoles on the way to pasadena. this is a game that brings in millions of dollars for schools, tv networks and more. pretty much everyone in college sports gets paid except the guys going through security, the athletes. should that change? plus this. [shouting] >> this on is compromised. >> this is spartan zero. radio check. >> is the radio working? bill: that is from a stunning new movie, called, "loan survivor." mark wahlberg is the star. set to open the weekend. true story of navy seals and hunt for a taliban leader. the mission went very wrong. the real lone survivor is our guest next hour for the whole story right here. ♪
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bill: another great weekend for america's game. wildcard sunday in the nfl. san francisco 49ers in green bay. it was like 2 degrees. clock running down and here is what happened. >> snapped it. it is good! san francisco moves on as -- bill: 23-20 the final in green bay. the next week they play the panthers. i know that stings, green bay. believe me, i know it stings. martha: poor bill. a rough4 hours, right?
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bill: san diego chargers beat my bengals 27-10 in cincinnati. bengals were 8-0 on that field. 58-yard td by ronnie brown put it out to reach less than two minutes. the chargers move on to play the denver broncos. martha: was excited to see you. oh, when i saw that, oh, man, this will not be a good night for hemmer. not going to be happy camper. bill: next4 hours is awful. martha: you feel robbed, right? sick over it. but it is over. as you said, what are you going to do? you have to move on. think about this game, right? think about the bcs championship which is tonight. that put as spotlight on growing controversy over pay for play. florida state, and its heisman-winning quarterback jameis winston against auburn amazing run for the title. they will rake in huge dollars for this but the athletes don't get a dime in all of this.
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that is become a increasing discussion that may be at a tippingpoint. william la jeunesse live on this from los angeles. william, what do you know? >> reporter: well, college football of course is a game but it is also a business, martha and second most profitable sport on television after the nfl unlike the pros the players get nothing. experts say that is about to change. this year's bowl season payed out more than $200 million. annual tv rights for major college football, 20 million per school, per year. not to mention ticket sales, marketing and almost 5 billion in t-shirts and jerseys. >> this is run like the nfl and the nba. every inch of it is sold and every inch of these athletes are sold. the only one that is don't get to participate in it, as a business, are the athletes. >> reporter: many say it is time to end the hypocrisy where colleges claim to protect student athletes from commercialism while making millions off their
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entertainment. >> everybody gets a part, a piece of this. the coaches do. the universities do. the shoe companies do. television does. everybody who is participating in this is benefiting. everybody except for those who are on the field. >> reporter: the ncaa argues colleges pay athletes through scholarships and salaries were ruin the college brand yet the ncaa has no problem selling their success. >> the kids that come through the ncaa, the system, deserve better. >> reporter: once the face of college basketball, ed o'bannon won a championship at ucla, only to learn the ncaa sold his image to a videogame company without his permission. experts say his lawsuit will likely answer this controversial question. >> should student athletes be paid? to me that is not the right framing. the issue is, should they be restricted and why? >> reporter: coaches urge players to practice full time
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and ad so i class that is could hurt their eligibility. many leave college unprepared. >> most of the top division one athletes never have a pro career and regrettably, very large numbers of them never come away with a college degree either. >> reporter: so, martha, you mentioned the tippingpoint and it will be the o'bannon court case. after that lawyers say players deserve a piece of the pie. it is only a question when it will happen. comes the hard part, football, basketball, men versus women, is there a cap. those questions are pending. martha: i don't know where you close the bongs on that one, going through all the sports. william, thank you very much. very interesting. bill: great game tonight. you like auburn? martha: i like auburn, i still don't feel any better with the bengals loss. martha: i'm sorry, i really am. you will have to get through it. bill: back to work for the president. will the democrats avoid talking about obamacare? brit hume on that next.
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>> all right. everybody is back to work and that includes the president who is back in town and hoping to shift attention away from the rollout. his sights now on the wealthy and it all about income inequality. >> welcome back. do you feel like it has been a while? >> i feel like i have been a way for a while. >> happy new year.
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>> same to you. >> mr. obama pushing what some are calling class warfare. democrats and republicans facing changes in 2014 with control of the senate and balance. how hard is the white house going to push this agenda in the new year? >> there is no doubt this is going to be the president' top focus. health care and immigration and other big issues, but they have made clear that beyond the rollout of the health care this is an issue the president cares about. it is interesting to note the new council around here is someone who ran the american center for progress and the
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president made clear that income inequality will dominate. >> it has been the driving force of the last five years and for the next year and the course of my administration is where you should expect the administration to focus. >> it is the 50th anniversary of johnson declaring the war on poverty. 46 million people are in poverty and questions are raised about whether the war has been run. >> the republicans say the federal government has been trying to do that for years. >> marco rubio is calling it big government's war on poverty and it and he said it failed. >> instead of borrowing millions of money that don't
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work we need a way to lift people out of poverty. >> paul ryan and marco rubio are-looking for run for president in 2016. >> good to see you, ed. happy new year. >> a lot of this is involves the midterm election. can they change the conversation and focus on this instead? joined by brett this morning. ed set us up with whether or not the white house is going to be able to turn people's attention to in come inequality. >> this is an issue where it
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isn't a good thing to have so many haves and too many have nots. people, if given the choice of doing something about it, the answer is yes. but the question is how. and people can be focused on more than one issue. you cannot go around the difficulties of the rollout of the health care problem by raising another issue. if it was connected in some way you might be able to do that. but it isn't other than obamacare is an income redistribution scheme. >> the thing that got my attention with this push is this is where the american people have been according to the polls all through the presidency. they wanted the focus to be on
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jobs. they told the president that and the president said put that on hold or he would say they are continuing to work on it. and now they are saying they want to shift become to jobs when people wanted the focus to be there all along. >> these measures that are being talked about: raising the minimum wage and paying emergency unemployment benefits are not job measures. they are not intended to create jobs. they are intended to make some jobs pay better and two pay people who don't have jobs. >> they are band aids. >> if you are talking five years into the an economic recovery about extending unemployment benefits that is an acknowledgment that the recovery didn't generate enough activity
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to get them into the workforce. >> that is true. it is an acknowledgment. they are saying things are getting better but on the other side they are acknowledging people don't have enough money. i was listening to economist who were saying this takes from the middle class people and puts less money across the board in people's pocket. >> i don't think it works well as a stimulus. >> brett, i want to talk politics. we have a picture of the ten senator. five are leaving their seats and
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five are vulnerable positions. is this the small ball they are playing? if they go after the income equality issue they can hold to just enough seats? >> republicans are always vulnerable to the talk of being cold hearted because of what they stand for sometimes. this might be useful for the people up for election. that is an issues with knowledge. whether it can overcome the
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public's dissatisfaction is doubtful i think. extreme weather alert. a deep freeze across the country. millions in the midwest and new england dealing with the ice box o outside. that is as deep purple as you can go. how cold is it? how long does it last? what comes next? >> we are looking at the polar vortex and could be setting records tonight. here is a look at the arctic front moving eastward. we have wind from the south
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pumping up air and keeping precipitation in the form of rain. on the backside of the system we picked up over a foot of snow across sections of the midwest. the storm is on the move and dropping temperatures. take a look at how the temperatures have changed. 38 in memphis. and we are looking at danger of hyperthermia. there are warnings for two thirds of the county. single digit lows in atlanta. much milder by friday and back
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into the 40s in new york and 30s in chicago and 20s in the midwest. >> that is five days away. you tried to tie it with a nice bow at the end. >> the cold weather is providing amazing images for us this morning. take a look at this picture from indiana. one man went cross county skiing across purdue university campus. here is bowling green, ohio. and the photograph of the week. this man's face was full of cold in lawrence, kansas where the wind chill is expected to get minus 32. i hope there is hot chocolate waiting for him inside. he's going to need it. >> our twitter question is what is your secret to staying warm.
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we have gotten great answers. >> some of which we cannot put on television. >> many of which we cannot. >> how about hand warmers, people? >> we will share the more creative ones. >> this story has caught a lot of attention. a 13-year-old who was declared brin dead is now out of the hospital. >> as a parent who wants to know the time their child is going to die. that is what i have been going through. >> finally getting her to a place that will keep her alive. the founder of the facility who is helping the girl is going
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totalk to us >> and a girl who is accused of helping terrorist founds out her fate. plus there is this -- >> what a story this is. one navy seal's story of survivor a major hollywood movie. how one decision changed this man's life. the lone survivor joins us. the lone survivor joins us. ♪ [ cellphone rings ] hello? [ male announcer ] over 12,000 financial advisors. good, good. good over $700 billion dollars in assets under care. let me just put this away. [ male announcer ] how did edward jones get so big? could you teach kids that trick? [ male announcer ] by not acting that way. ok, st quarter...
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>> there are new developments in the sad case of a 13-year-old girl who does declared brain dead after a tonsil surgery. jahi mcmath family is moving her to an undisclosed location.
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the family is grateful for the decision but jahi mcmath has a long way to go. >> it is a much more difficult time than it would have been should she gotten the feeding and breathing tube. she is not out of the woods in terms of her own health because right no she is in transit. >> where is she going? the founder of new beginnings is offering to take her. and allison helped extend her life. >> we put an affidavit into the
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court saying i was willing to help jahi mcmath in anyway i can. >> have you communicated with the family on this? >> no, i have not. >> you don't know where she is at this point? >> i cannot speak about this. >> your father was in a similar situation, right? >> very similar. this is bringing back issues and memories. she was on life support and in a coma and we believed he was in there. he did come out but it takes time. >> he is doing well now? >> he is doing great. >> so you think she can recover? >> yes, because i have witnessed
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first-hand. i work with people and have been doing this for six years. people who are declared brain dead and they are walking and talking six years later. with all of the veterans returning with brain injury, we have to believe in recovery and give every opportunity. >> if she came to your facility she would have a feeding tube? >> yes. >> and how would you rehab her? >> physical therapy, keeping the blood flowing and speech therapy because you are in there and just need to come out, and occupational, and oxygen. and we treat the families, too. >> at what point in your facility, how do decisions get made at that point?
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if there is not that turn around you are discussing? >> one day at a time. everybody's recovery is different. one step at a time and give that chance because without that what do you have? >> so at this point are there many facilities she could go going to? or when will you know if you will be taking care of her? >> we get updated hourly and we have been working around the clock for three weeks. the team i work with will continue to work as a team. >> what about the expense of care? >> we raise money. we have hardship funds and we do whatever it takes. we have never turned one family away since opening our doors. i am proud of that.
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>> thank you, allison. what is your dad's condition now? >> he called me because he saw the news. he called me and he is my dad with a brain injury and he encouraged me and said just doing what you believe in and he is so proud. that tells it all for me. >> allison, thank you so much. we will see where it goes from here for this beautiful little girl and what her future has in store. >> a journalist looking to capture images of the cold is now credited with a unique discovery. this photograph led to a man who
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>> he is known for movies and now he is considering a new role. steven segal is thinking about running for governor of arizona. >> i suppose i would remotely consider it but i would probably have a lot more other responsibilities that may be more important to address. >> what does that mean?
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the 61-year-old actor made the comment while talking about his new reality series. >> you have the name recognition. >> you have arnold sitting president for movie stars making it in the political scheme. >> a young man missing for days is back with the family thanks to a photographer from the associate press. nick simmons disappeared and this was in a national newspaper and led to a remarkable reunion that we have been tracking. >> this is an incredible story
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police in greek new york say finding simmons through this picture was like a one in a thousand shot. jaclyn martin was looking for ways to illustrate the cold weather in washington, d.c. martin noticed simmons looked young and asked for his name and he said it was nick. days earlier the search was on for the 20-year-old who was last seen leaving his home without his phone, wallet or id. it led to a buzz on social media. and the photographer tweeted a photograph you took ran with my
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story today. and the police pick him up and brought him to a local hospital where he was reunited with family. >> what happens next? >> simmons was still at the hospital as of last night. his mother posted a message online and said this is the greatest example of god's love i have experienced. and jaclyn martin said this has been anna mazing story but the real story is all about the family who had the persevereiance to keep searching. >> a push to extend jobless benefits. how long should the unemployed
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be able to create benefits? that is next. >> a gripping tail of sacrifice is now on the big screen. we will get the story of this tragic mission from the only navy seal who came home alive. navy seal who came home alive. and shift through all eight speeds of a transmission connected to more standard horsepower than its german competitors. and that is the moment that driving the lexus gs will shift your perception. of perfection. navy seal
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>> the senate is set to convene with a motion to reinstall the unemployment benefits. harry reid is going to need gop support. >> they need 60 in the vote to move forward. the nevada senate leader is on board. and harry reid is calling on four others. >> we have never offset emergency spending. we have people who have been out
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of work for two years. we have reduced the debt by three trillion. let's start helping the middle class. >> with every senator traveling it isn't clear where they all stand but we will find out before long. >> there are republicans who do want to do what harry reid said he doesn't want to do, right? >> they would like to pay for it. they say with the debt continuing to grow we should cut spending elsewhere. they are trying to spur job growth to put people back to work. >> i think the longer you have it it does provide disincentive to work. we have to figure out how to create jobs and keep them from becoming long-term unemployed.
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>> it is going to be an interesting debate to watch play out. thank you, michael. >> thank you. we cannot touch down. >> i understand. and i don't care. i care about you. i care about you. and you. >> look at that soldier. >> they are unarmed prisonepris. >> it is more violent from there. that is a clip from lone survivor. it is going to be in theaters soon. it opened nationwide on friday. it is the true story of the mission that went wrong in northeastern afghanistan when the navy seal made a decision
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that led to the death of all of the group but one. and that one is here. marcus, good morning to you and thank you for your time and thank you for your service and telling this story. wow. >> yes, sir. >> why did you want this story to be told, marcus? >> it wasn't my idea to begin with. the military came to me because of the severity of how many people died on the mountain that day and the family members and all of the rumors that were circulating around the military thought it would be a good idea to declassify the story. >> millions will see what happened in the mountains. what does that mean to you?
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>> it took me back and caught me off guard. all of the stories floating around the county and our world and hollywood decide to make this and make it into a movie -- it was a great experience. >> take us inside the film. do you think they got it right? did they miss anything? >> i took what happened in real life and put to into a book and when they make it into a movie there is stuff that is dropped. the director and cast try to keep it as authentic as possible. >> so you approve of the film? >> yes, sir. >> if your brothers could see the film how do you think they would respond? >> they would understand i was put in a situation i had to deal with and confront head on.
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it is a movie and based on real life experiences and you have to have that fineline down the middle. i know most of them will under that. >> you guys are on the ridge and mountain and it was just you guys. and there was no one else who was there to help. and do you stop and wonder how it was that you came to survive? >> no, i don't ever dwell on that. you sit and think about that and your buddies dying and why i made it will drive you crazy. i put that behind me and push forward. >> there is a big story in iraq that we have been following. we sacrifices of the men and women
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in the battle? >> that is an opinioned question. i think it runs in waves. stuff is getting fast as we know it and then brought back up. >> maybe the film and book will center the focus yet again which would be good for them. they are still walking the deserts of afghanistan today. >> i hope it will. it isn't a slap you in the face deal, that is not why this is br brought to live. it is to remember my buddies in film. >> i know a lot of topics you don't want to express and i get it. but has this process made it easier or more difficult for you? where do you come down on that? >> i didn't hear that.
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>> is this therapeutic for you? does it make it easier for you? >> i don't know if i would use the world therapeutic for having to deal with all of this. it is just one of those things that is happening in my life. this isn't a situation that is going to define my life and define me as a man. this just happened during the time i was growing up. so it is a unique situation and has its ups and downs obviously but i don't have any problems with it. >> thank you for sharing and i hope so many people go to see it to honor the memory of those who didn't make it back that day. >> thanks for having me. >> tough time. >> it was an awful situation. they had a moment where sheep
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>> during the commercial break the supreme court puts gay marriage on hold in utah.
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gay marriage will not happen until or unless this is resolved. making news right now. mitt romney is taking the high road and accepting an apology from an anchor who joked about his adopted black grandson. you can see the child on his right knee. and one of the panelist says that sums up the diversity of the republican party. and one said one of these isn't the same. they joked the little boy could grow up and marry northwest and
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that would be funny to have them be in-laws. here is romney reacting to this on fox news sunday. >> you can expect incoming in the political game. but children is beyond the line. and i think they under that. and feel that as well. i think it is heart-felt apology and we hold no ill will whatsoever. >> i think everybody that thought was a classy response from a gentlemen. we have our panel here and welcome to both of you. happy new year. >> happy new year. >> i want to play melissa harris perry's apology for those who have not seen it. >> my intention wasn't malicious but i broke the rule of families are off limits.
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and allow me to apologize for other families formed by interracial bonds business i didn't mean the imply this bond is in anyway funny. >> and alec baldwin said if i cry will they forgive me? >> as the mother of a child from pakistan, i have heard these comments on the skin color. i have said kids and spouses should be off limits. they are not running for office and didn't chose the politic path. we the people have a choice of what we watch, products we buy or what we listen to.
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and children have been ridiculed. this is nothing new. and was horrified a woman of color would be attacking a family who took this child in. to adopt a child is more than just heart. it takes a lot of work. and it is hard to have a blended interracial family. i commend them for that. >> michael, you don't think the comments were that big of a deal, right? >> i have to think of all of the attacks on his faith, and ann during the campaign and he is going this is the one? some dopey comment you would see on the soup? how about going back it the campaign when you are lying about my record or jobs leaving the country or detroit or
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obamacare? if msnbc were not already a failed network you would want to make a television show about them. >> there is a feeling that was present on the panel that was like it is okay. it is an inside joke. if we pick on the conservative folks it is all in the club. it is fun to make fun of these people because who wouldn't. that is the attitude at the table. >> i think it is the attitude at the table on both sides. i know republicans -- >> i disagree. >> hilary clinton is not an inside joke to republicans who is okay to skew. >> on a political matter. >> i think it is wrong when we have taking pleasure and attacking family members, especially children or spouses,
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either side. i think people do it on both sides and we need to be responsible. >> you are wrong. >> no, i am not wrong. >> there is nothing on fox news that compares to the filth and hate on msnbc. i would not come on fox news if i heard that stuff. >> michael, i didn't say that. i said there are attacks on both sides on spouses and woman especially. >> not on the family side. it stays on the political ring. >> comments about mitchell obama and comments about chelsea
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clinton. >> the left projects the right has to be as racist as they are. >> let's say mitt handled it is a graceful way and that is to be commended. >> counting down to the launch of the satellite and what it means for the future of private space flight. when we will blast off and broadcast live. and then we will tweet about it. farmer: hello, i'm an idaho potato farmer. and our giant idaho potato truck is still missing. so my dog and i we're going to go find it.
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>> the kindness of a stranger is making a difference in the life of a small woman leaving a tip totaling $6,000 to help cover the cost of her college tuition. >> this was my dream college to go to and go to a christian school and for that to come true and not have to worry about the finance problems. >> she dropped out because she couldn't afford it. she has big plans. >> i want to eat there. >> coming and getting ready for a successful space launch that could move your trip to space closer. this is a big week.
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>> about sunset tonight from florida, space-x is going to launch a satellite in the orbit to provide high definition television for southeast asia. they hope to launch from virginia for their second trip up to the space station. the nevada system is working toward its second free flight test of its passenger designed flight later this year. >> the goal is to be able to bring back jobs and money and investment that is being done in the russian space program. we think the next americans should be flying to space on a
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program here and managed here. >> in the past three years we have gone from the first private company to orbit around the earth to regular routine trips. >> we will watch the liftoff. >> al qaeda is making a come back. militants have seized two major cities.
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>> so earlier we asked you how you cope with the cold weather. >> john says thermal underwear and lots of it. >> jimmy says to live in southern california where the high is 79. >> joe says stay inside #use your brain. >> and finally rob says staying warm by the fire in indiana eight degrees wind chill is 32
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below. and many people said cuddle up with somebody they love when it is too cold outside. which i think it is best way to stay inside. >> mine is get dressed inside and stay inside. >> happening now starts right now. >> we are starting off with a weather alert. much of the country getting hit with dangerously low temperatures. a bone chilling blast of frigid air. minus 8 is the high in chicago. 14 below in indianapolis. parts of minnesota seeing 30 below. this cold can be deadly and tens of millions of folks are being

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