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i don't know where i'm going. will i don't know where i've been. but i do know i can't start my day without "fox & friends." steve: nice. [captioning made possible by fox news channel] captioned by the national captioning institute -- -- brian: glad you're up. steve: exactly 6:00 in the east. thank you for joining us on this very busy thursday. gretchen: let's talk about health care. he is moving ahead without much support. montana democratic senator max baucus announces a new plan for health care reform. what's in it? caroline joins to us break it down. good morning. >> good morning. the congressional budget puts a pricetag on senator baucus' plan at $774 billion over 10 years. that's actually less than the senator's estimate. take a look at what's in there. it would bar insurance companies from discriminating against people based on health status or preexisting conditions, would require u.s. residents to buy insurance or face a fine of up
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to $3,800 per family per year, and it would bar illegal immigrants from accessing the insurance exchanges and require verification of their identity. also, abortion coverage could not be a mandated benefit. the qualified health plan could cover abortion if they choose, but federal funds can't pay for it. and the plan would use nonprofit co-ops made up of insurance companies. opposition is coming from both sides. >> while getting rid of the government plan would be a good start, the democratic bills we've seen would still grant the government far, far too much control over the health care system. >> what we're saying to the united states senate, to the gang of six, is thanks but no thanks. your proposal will not pass mustard here. >> what's not in the bill, limits on medical malpractice lawsuits with with the force of law. the baucus plan talks about a sense of the senate resolution about it but makes no mandates to pay for all of this there are about $350 billion in new taxes and fees using the baucus
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numbers and about $500 billion in cuts to government programs. that is mostly coming from medicaid. back to you in new york. steve: thank you very much so it's supposed to be a bipartisan bill and yet who waits it? liberals hate it, republicans hate it, insurance companies hate it the unions hate it governors hate it, and anybody who liked the idea of the public option absolutely deplores it it. brian: maybe that's a good sign if liberals hate it and conservatives hate it isn't that the way bills are done, somewhere in between? or does it have far too many feechs and -- fees and taxes to be accepted? we're probably pointing out insurance companies, you're the problem, you're going to pay 35% and in return are the insurance companies going to turn around and charge us more money to somehow make up for the lack of revenue they're receiving? gretchen: i think it's somewhat naive to think there's going to be a bill that every single person will agree with. so the white house put out this statement saying that they thought it was a good building block to get us closer to
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comprehensive health reform. and, of course, it goes to committee after this. it's going to be marked up a whole lot more and there will be tremendous changes, no it doubt, from both sides by the time this thing actually moves forward. brian: so the president will sit back and let it unfold itself. am i right? steve: not exactly. it's going it be a health care palooza pushatn. he's going to be on a campaign-style blitz, on a whole bunch of channels talking about it. push, push, push. by the way, rolen burr rerks the senator of illinois, he is the first u.s. senator who has gone on record saying i will absolutely not vote for any bill that does not have a public option. speaking of acorn. gretchen: there's a lot to follow up on it. after doing the blame game for a couple of days after some of these undercover videos came out exposing these workers, suggest illegal activity to the actors
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portraying themselves as a pimp and prostitute, well, now after they've been threatened by the government with a national freeze-out, the c.e.o. of acorn has a different tone. she announced yesterday she's going to suspend all programs until they do an investigation and she's going to order training for her frontline people. because it became pretty obvious that some of those frontline people, like those you're seeing in this video here, didn't necessarily follow the rules when they were talking to the undercover folks. brian: i thought that was striking that she has changed her tone. we're going to freeze the program, have an independent investigation, and try to earn back the public trust in the program. meanwhile, governor arnold schwarzenegger of california after seeing the san diego video, because there's been another one out, says i think i am going to ask the d.a. to investigate. and that is jerry brown. governor pa lente of mien -- palenty says i'm going to stop the funding and investigate acorn over here. and even the white house, robert
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gibbs says, "we have seen the tapes and their actions are indefensible." absolutely. bertha lewis did a little cable yesterday. brian: cable? steve: the cables, as charles gibson would say. it was kind of an odd message. at one point she thanked james o'keefe and also hannah giles for exposing some of these low-level bad actors -- the bad apples at acorn. thank you very much for bringing that to the public's attention. by the way, we're going to sue them. and when you mention -- because she says that they broke some laws. and when it comes to that investigation they're going to do, i'm sure they're really going to clean house. they've got john podesta doing some of the investigating of themselves along with andrew stern who is from the big seiu, service employees international union. gretchen: how are they going to sue without funding? 40% of their funding comes from
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you, the taxpayer if it's now been determined that that money will be cut off to them, where's the cash going to come to sue people? brian: we know the senate said 83-7 we are going to vote to tell h.u.d. no more funding. now it's up to the house. and then they're going to conference. if it's going to be up to the house, shouldn't the speaker of the house know all about the acorn challenges? steve: you would think so. gretchen: i think she was lunching with charlie gibson recently because the two of them together seemed to have had no idea whether or not this entire investigation was happening right under their own noses for the last week. speaker pelosi yesterday when confronted about it said, "i don't even know what they passed" when she was talking about the senate. "what did they do? they de-fund it had?" i guess it wasn't important enough for her to wrap her mind around that either, just like charlie gibson over at abc news. brian: and the republican congressman of california, darrel issa, was asked about that. says, well, she's not focused on the issue of corruption.
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steve: so now the g.o.p -- a lot of members are thinking, you know what? we've been going after acorn with registration for years and this actually -- we've got tape. and this has been very, very potent. because the public is going, i can't believe that stuff's going on there. so what a number of republicans are doing right now is they're saying, hey, call bonyer, cantor, all the top republicans in the house and senate and demand that capitol hill votes on de-funding acorn. what they would love to see is a bill that would de-fund acorn on the president of the united states' desk so that he would then have to veto it. remember, barack obama's campaign just about a year ago paid acorn $800,000, a division of acorn, to help get out the vote. as recently as last year obama also said that acorn, when he's elected president, would have a place at the table.
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gretchen: back to nancy pelosi for a minute. at least members of her own house understand and have been watching this acorn situation. a congressman king, steve king, a republican who's sort of been on the beat about acorn for a while, he said gave an acorn, an actual acorn, to john conyers, the judiciary committee chair. he actually presented him with an acorn and apparently they had a handshake and a good laugh about it. brian: he wants conyers to lead the investigation. let's see if he does it. steve: good luck on that. brian: you never know. there's a lot of pressure, even the white house commenting. we're pretty much in unchartered waters. let's find out what else is happening in the world. lead the charge. gretchen: there's breaking news about that case of the yale student. police reportedly moments away now from making an arrest in the murder of yale grad student annie le. police will hold a press conference one hour from now. we will bring you the latest
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developments as soon as they happen. there are reports that officers have a d.n.a. match now implicating ray manned, the lab tech who was questioned and then released. police collected d.n.a. samples from him at the time. right now they're reportedly surrounding the motel where he's staying. meantime, the medical examiner confirmed annie le was strangled before her body was stuffed behind the wall in the research building where she was last seen. police searching the home of a colorado man suspected of having ties to a terror plot in new york. for the second time they're searching that home. the 25-year-old says he can't fathom why he's a suspect and he hopes to talk to the foy fie about it. -- f.b.i. about it. he was stopped trying to drive to new york earlier this month allegedly to meet with suspects in a terror ring. leon panetta in suburban detroit told the audience his goal is to build a more diverse c.i.a. and they could play a big role in
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that by welcoming them to the agency's mission. >> your country needs you. it needs your ingenuity. it needs your wisdom. it needs the skills of your communities to help protect the way of life that all of us hold dear. gretchen: mr. panetta also addressed the investigation into the interrogation techniques of the c.i.a. he says whether their judgments were right or wrong, it's "time to move on." other people have different ideas about that. a student on long island who claims she was sexually assaulted by a group of men last weekend now says she lied about the whole thing. late last night a judge dropped charges against these four men and ordered them released. according to the statement the 18-year-old woman admitted the encounter was consensual. the reported attack shocked the hofstra community. the university even increasing safety patrols and setting up a support hotline for students and parents. he lost his life because he refused to leave a fellow
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soldier behind in afghanistan. and today army sergeant first class jared monti will posthumously receive the medal of honor from the president for his sacrifice. >> he didn't give up because he was never a kid that would. he reached in, he gave orders to the rest of the soldier to direct their fire, to cover fire for him. he grabbed a hand grenade and threw it and then got up and tried to get private bradberry. gretchen: monti's father, mother and other relatives and friends will accept the medal in a ceremony in the east room of the white house. this is the first medal president obama has handed out since taking office. coming up next hour, we will live with sergeant monti's commanding general about the tremendous sacrifices made for our country. steve: meanwhile, straight ahead on this thursday's "fox & friends," the senate floor could be the next stop for all of president obama's czars.
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the proposal from one senator that may send the czars heading for the hills. it's dancing with the czars, straight ahead. brian: and you know those signs telling you where your stimulus money is going? is one senator wants to kill them because they're costing us millions of dollars just to write them. why is he being voted down?
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author dan brown is doing it again, "the lost symbol" has already sold more than one million copies this after being on sale for just one day in the u.s., canada and britain. "the da vinci code" sold more than seven million copies. steve: president obama's czars have had a free pass straight to the white house without ever having to answer questions to congress. but now all of that could change because some in congress want some answers. brian: tennessee congresswoman marcia blackburn proposed a new resolution. she joins us from washington, d.c. >> good morning. brian: good morning to you. what makes you think we have to go this far with this administration where we haven't gone this far with other administrations? >> we're looking at the proliferation of czars and the fact that not all czars are created equal. so what we have done is to develop a method where we can move forward with some much needed immediate transparency.
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and that's in the sense of congress resolution that i filed. we've got about 100 co-sponsors on it it. and congressman kingston has a long-term fix bill, if you will, that would address the needed account yabilities over the long -- account over the long-term. and a bill was introduced that would sunset czars and begin a new process. steve: presidents have had czars for a very long time. barack obama is not the first but he's the first with so many, by a long shot. >> right. steve: it's interesting, congresswoman. take a look at all the czars. there they are, that we know of. the white house posted this on the white house blog. "just to be clear, the job title "czar" doesn't exist in the obama administration." so the white house says there are no czars here even though the administration talks about their czars. >> that's correct. one of the things that we have
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seen over an eight-year period of time, we've had the bush administration with about 30 czars. and now the obama administration has come forward in eight months, 10 that are senate confirmed, 14 that are appointed, three that were created by executive order, two that were appointed by cabinet secretary or agency secretary, one appointed by the senate majority leader, and one that's a career appointee. so you're looking at an eight-month period of time where you've had this proliferation. and they're coming from several different ways into the administration. and it's not the clear pattern that seemed to have been laid forth in prior administrations. brian: and senator feingold, a democrat, as everybody knows, heard objections to this. and even said he's urging the president to reveal as much as he can about the advisors as soon as possible. just to release some background
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information. so i think there's some push from the town halls to find out more about maybe the shadow government behind the scenes. >> well, brian, that's exactly right. see, people just are wanting to know who they are, and then what kind of background they come from. this application that i have is what is required by senator levin for those that are going through confirmation at the armed services committee. it is intrusive. it is lengthy. it is detailed. and people are beginning to say, look, if you're going to be trusted with the public trust to carry forth a cabinet secretary responsibility, go through the vetting process. brian: at least have a question, communist? check here. steve: representative martha blackburn, ma'am, thank you very much for joining us today. >> thank you. good to be with you. brian: could the president's health care proposal be violating the principles of the constitution? judge napolitano is here to explain how a little-known
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clause could have major impact for the president's reform plan process. steve: plus over 70% of doctors don't believe the president's plan can't cover all the uninsured americans out there. wait until you hear how many will leave their practice if it goes through. bicycle, i've missed you. gathering dust, as pollen floats through the air. but with the strength of zyrtec ® , the fastest, 24-hour allergy relief, i promise not to wait as long to go for our ride. with zyrtec ® i can love the air ™ . roms" zi dou t
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number three ranking democrat on the house, on "brian and the judge" i asked congressman clyburn where in the constitution is there authority for the federal government to manage health care. and he said to me, there isn't anything in the constitution to justify most of what we do down here. gretchen: uh-oh. >> then he went on to make the argument, we basically just write the law that we think the people want and let the courts worry about whether or not they're constitutional. so the supreme court has done some really crazy things with the power of the congress to regulate interstate commerce. gretchen: so you broke it down with three specific examples of cases. can the government regulate intrastate agriculture? >> a farmer grows wheat in his backyard and his wife mills the wheat into flour and bakes bread. the wheat never leaves the farm farmer's field. the supreme court said that's interstate commerce and the commerce can regulate it. because if a lot of farmers were allowed to do that, it might
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affect interstate commerce. gretchen: so yes to that question can the federal government regulate school safety? >> the congress enaction legislation that makes it a crime to carry an illegal gun within 1,000 feet of a school. the supreme court says the congress cannot regulate that. because moving illegal guns sympathetic commercial, it's criminal. and school safety is typically regulated by the states not by the federal government. gretchen: and we're going to tell you in a moment all all of this relates to health care. because the third question is this. president obama's health care proposal, is government regulation constitutional? >> answer, no. because it is not a commercial activity. you and i and everybody watching us, listening to us now, goes to a physician in order to improve our health. and the physician performs intimate, personal, professional services on our body. we don't go there -- of course it's paid for. but we don't go for a commercial
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transaction. congress does not have the right to regulate an event that takes place in one state, going to a doctor. and that is typically regulated by the states. physicians are regulated by the states. gretchen: how come we haven't heard very much about this then? >> that's the $64,000 question. because most members of congress candidly in both parties have congressman clyburn's attitude -- we don't care what the constitution says, we want to be able to tell the folks back at home what we did for them so instead of enforcing the constitution they have sworn to uphold, they are evading it. when i was on the bench and government lawyers would come before me, invariably they were not asking me to enforce the constitution, they were asking me to find ways for the government to get around it it. that's what congress is doing today. gretchen: i understand that because that's called a loophole. >> there you go, are lady in green. gretchen: great to see you. speaking of green, you know where he is? he's hanging out with steve in the greenroom.
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right? brian: just washing my hands. gretchen: bring me some hazel nut. gretchen: just baking in the microwave. remember the cap and trade bill that was only going to cost each american family, i don't know, $700? the actual numbers are in. and that pricetag per family is more than double now. we'll explain why. brian: and we showed you tracking down senator burress, one of the senators who continued funding acorn despite all of those tapes. incriminating signs of corruption. chris at it again. he caught up with two more senators. steve: i can hardly wait. and happy birthday, phil jackson. if you're just waking up, phil, the coach of the l.a. lakers, and you are 64 years old. brian: he's very tall. steve: he is tall. brian: but good. (announcer) time brings new wisdom new aches and pains, ...and new questions about which pain reliever is right for your body.
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>> president obama yesterday created quite a stir because he apparently called conway west a beep -- kanye west a [beep] now some are upset about it. joe biden's furious because [beep] is his secret service code name. and now it's out. yeah. steve: i did not know that. brian: fantastic. will. gretchen: now you do. brian: i couldn't believ they ct that on tape. steve: not only can you listen to it, you can actually watch
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it. i saw thed yo yesterday. it's out there, there. he said it. then he goes, hey, who's the pool? you can't let that out to that effect. brian: give me a break, guys. gretchen: that's probably one of those things where most people agreed with him for that comment. one thing people did not agree with president obama about was cap and trade. remember that you didn't hear a lot about it because it was when michael jackson died when it got passed, when the rest of the world was worrying about michael jackson. now the cost, apparently is a little higher than expected at the beginning. this is the old estimate, $770 a family. that's per year that this would cost you guys. the new estimate, a little bit higher. brian: $1,761. essentially what cap and trade is, it puts a cap on how much as a corporation, how much pollutants you can put into society, into the air, the atmosphere, the environment. if you go over that, there's a fine, money.
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it's without question you're going to go over those gaps. so money will be raised, bringing more money into the treasury but less into your pocket. it's assumed those corporations will pass that down to you, the costs. steve: we were sold it would cost us $770 per family. and in fact, they said because it's going to drive down energy costs, we're going to save the environment, we'll actually save money so that number could be less. but there was a watch dog group that apparently either sued or filed under the freedom of information act the administration to find out what that number really was. it it turns out the obama administration had a secret department of treasury study that said it would be $1,700 not $700. and we only found out about it now after this outfit went in after it so it passed the house but it's still got to go before the senate where it faces a certain -- actually an uncertain future.
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brian: if you look at the tea party and listen to the people, they're not just talking about health care. they say cap and trade is one of the things that put them over the edge. steve: cap and tax. brian: yeah, 219-212. the senate looked at this and said, i'm not into this. so the house did a controversial thing and voted for it. now the senate says, don't look at me. that is where people say the health care bill is struggling for the democrats because they said they were left out to dry in the house. gretchen: another big reason why the health care bill is having trouble is because of the stimulus plans. remember, that $787 billion bill? well, a lot of people saw that and said, hey, we're spending too much money. and that's why health care has had a lot of problems. but one way to reduce the cost of the stimulus plan might be to cut down on those signs that you see when you drive along the highway, especially. you've probably seen those signs that say "your dollars at work." here, "project funded by the american recovery and reinvestment act." those things cost a pretty
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penny, about $300, i think, on the cheapest to put them up. steve: senator gregg from new hampshire estimates the cost between $6 million and $10 million. he says these signs to nowhere, because they are just signs that pat congress on the back for passing it, we don't really need to be spending that money so he'd like to get rid of them. they took a vote, and the democrats won. those signs will stay up. so next time you see one of those signs as you drive along, just remember, there's congress patting themselves on the back for using our money for whatever. brian: i have between $6 million and $20 million -- six million and 20 million that lost. i just don't understand the reason behind not getting rid of those signs. we get the idea. you're working. gretchen: yup. it makes you scratch your head. let's get to some of your headlines. bank of america has some
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explaining to do. new york attorney general andrew cuomo subpoenaing five members of the board of directors as part of his ongoing investigation into the bank's quick takeover of merrill lynch. the directors include those who were likely to have been briefed most about the merger. the board members will be asked to testify under oath. brian? brian: yeah, someone's going to get in trouble. meanwhile, was the pressure too much? homeland secretary janet napolitano putting a stop to border construction projects funded by federal stimulus money. this after questions and criticisms about the money and how it was being spent. she's been accused of spending too much to renovate small border crossings while ignoring larger ones and busier ones. as governor, you would think she could do that blindfolded. steve: meanwhile, the committee investigating congresswoman maxine waters for her husband's ties to a federally funded bank. one united is the bank. it apparently got $12 million in bailout money just three months after waters helped arrange a meeting between bank officials
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and the department of treasury. her husband was on the bank's board holding at least $350,000 investments. waters denies any wrong doing. gretchen: the defense getting its turn in the trial of a former kentucky high school coach accused of contributing to the death of one of his players. the stepmother of max telling the jury he was sick the day before he collapsed at practice and should have stayed home from school. >> he was cranky. i leaned over, i kissed his head. and he told me he had a headache and he was sick and he was hot. gretchen: her testimony could prove to be very damaging to the prosecution's case against the coach, jason stinson. steve: meanwhile, the stars were out for the premiere of "jennifer's body." the new movie features hollywood's newest it girl, megan fox. the dark comedy is the story of a high school cheerleader, played by fox, who is possessed by a hungry demon.
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fox asked her what it was like to work with such a respected writer who also wrote the movie "juno." >> she's really humble about her work. i don't think she realizes how talented she is. so she gave us more freedom than any of us expected to get from her because she's an oscar award-winning writer. steve: i was thinking the same thing. the movie "jennifer's body" hits theaters tomorrow. check it out. brian: who wrote on her back? gretchen: huh? steve: tattoo guy? brian: it's a paragraph why not get a symbol? gretchen: while you focus on that, can you do the sports at the same time while you've got that tattoo on your mind? brian: anything for you. suspensions handed down. why not see some of the brawl? the yankees and jorge posada, shelly duncan, jesse carlson also suspended for three games. yankees' backup catcher won last night's game for the yanks. bottom of the ninth, filling in
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for jorge, yanks win 5-4. their magic number over the red sox, 11. red sox soaring. they won, what, six in a row? and what does a 7'1" guy, 325 pounds look like in it a speedo? that's the question that a lot of people get up wondering each and every day. let's try to answer it today. shaquille o'neal taking on olympic icon michael phelps in the pool on his new show "shaq v." yup of, phelps would prevail by less than a expekd. granted, shaq was given a 25-meter head start. notice his pink shower cap. shaq showed why he is very competitive. it's got to be the speedo. and congratulations, michael phelps wins again. shaq stheel idea from steve nash. and now steve nash named executive producer or else they could fight. steve? speaking of steves. steve: you were. meanwhile, a new poll out finds that 65% of doctors oppose president obama's health care
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plan and that 45% would consider quitting being a doctor if congress actually passes an overhaul. but could these numbers actually be true? we called in dr. manny alvarez, managing editor for manny this survey was from in"investors business daily." let's look at the first panel. do you support or oppose the proposed health care plan? look at this. >> 65% of people oppose. steve: and doctors. >> doctors. i think it probably is a little bit higher. steve: really? >> there is a silent group that is not saying anything. but we put up this same survey yesterday in our website. and most of the responses were from physicians. and i would say that they were telling me that it's most likely 80%. because the doctors really don't know what's going to happen.
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steve: all the doctors i've talked to say the system does not work well right now. >> it doesn't work well, but at the same time whatever is working can only get worse from an administrative point of view. and that's what they're looking at. even in my own experience, a couple of days ago a physician came to me and said, listen, because of this health plan i'm moving out of state. and this is a person that has been in practice for many years now. they're looking for other areas of the country where perhaps, you know, local taxations are a little bit better because they think they're going to get financially hit. a lot of the doctors are thinking of changing specialties because they may not want to pay the premiums for malpractice, especially, say, the ob/gyn. you may choose to do something else that is not that costly. steve: meanwhile, we've heard if something big passes, there's going to be rationing because you inject 50 million more people, patients, into the system, you need more doctors. but, according to this survey,
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there could actually be fewer doctors. >> yeah, absolutely. because we already know we have a deficit. population growth has gone by 1% or more. the enrollment for medical schools is way down. we do have a deficit in doctors. and the funny thing is, if you look at most countries where there is socialized medicine like in sweden and places like that, they import doctors from other countries. so if you go into a swedish hospital for the most part today, you're going to find a doctor from india or any of those places. and, you know, because they can't make enough doctors to fulfill the need of having everybody insured. steve: you know that because your wife is swedish. >> absolutely. steve: and if something passes, look at how many doctors would consider leaving the doctor business. early retirement, 45%. stunning. >> 45%. that's exactly right. people are saying, you know, i can't afford to practice medicine anymore and i have a lot of debt. and you know what? i'm going to call it quits, open a little restaurant, a hotdog
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stand somewhere. but medicine may not be the place to be. for a lot of doctors today. i understand that. steve: these poll results are an eye opener. dr. alvarez, thanks, manny. >> thank you. steve: he tracked down roland burris. one senator who voted to keep funding acorn despite all that tape out right now. well, he's at it again. griff jenkins catches up with two more of the senate democrats who want to keep giving money to acorn. plus a group of pilots suing continental airlines claiming they were discriminated against because they served in the military. we'll hear live from the pilots coming up on "fox & friends" for this thursday. usla
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brian: hi, everybody. the army has a new boss. john mchue says the army has a secretary. meanwhile, the obama administration shelving the missile defense system. that's right, shelving it. the system designed to counterattack any missile attack launched by iran. complaipts about using the former satellite states as launching pads, like poland. now this. gretchen: acorn continues to fight criticism after the release of yet another incriminating videotape. >> it's prostitution. >> oh, ok. >> yeah. is that ok? >> it's ok with me. steve: oh, man. the footage is shocking. but seven democratic senators voted to continue funding acorn with housing and urban development grants despite what appears to be criminal activity.
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gretchen: and griff jenkins recently caught up with two of them, senators patrick leahy and bernie sanders. we saw with you your jogging shoes on with senator burris. did you also get your exercise in with these two other senators? >> fortunately -- good morning, guys -- they stopped for me. never mind the fact that acorn does not even have an office in had vermont. that didn't stop the senators from defending their vote to not cut off fund from acorn. ity a look. take a look. >> i thin if people have done sd things, they ought to be fired. if they've done something illegal, they ought to be prosecuted. i worry about us making a judgment on an acorn funded by the bush administration, by this administration, but they have to competitively seek the funding. i worry about congress deciding who should or should not be funded on competitive grants.
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i would vote the exact same way if it was a conservative republican group. right now, as you know, the middle class of this country is collapsing. we've got 17% of our population who don't have jobs, people have lost their homes, people have lost their savings. now, if if you open the can of worms and you start arguing about which particular organizations are going to get federal funding, that's all we're going to be doing. so i kind of think it's more important to focus on why the middle class is collapsing and how we address that problem. ok? >> thank you, sir. >> thank you. >> now, vermont's g.o.p. chairman rob roper called it an embarrassment to vermont. and, of course, we've caught up with three of the seven. a few more to go. while things build, we start from the white house condemning
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it and saying it was indefensible actions on the tape. steve: thank you very much. gretchen: a group of pilots saying they've been discriminated against because they served in in the military? we report next and you decide. steve: and nascar's best competing for the coveted sprint cup this weekend. two of the sports' biggest stars, mark martin and jeff gordon live with us from new york city straight ahead. .
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brian continental airlines claiming it discriminates against members who are reserves. short changes them on promotions and benefits because of service-related absences and in some cases don't hire people in the military. pilots derrick and andrew
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kissinger join us with their lawyer. thanks, guys, for joining us. >> thank you. lt. commander derrick carter, let's start with you. what do you mean kant negligent airlines is giving you a hard time? >> i basically have two jobs. there is basically a scheduling conflict and trying to work that out days i'm going to work for the navy versus days i'm going to work for cooperate negligence. a lot of times they are not happy with the days or you are taking too many days off and they are basically telling you, putting letters in your box, calling you, calling the unit, telling you that you need to take less time with the navy, you need to stay in the airplane with continental. brian: you get harassing phone calls to make sure you are deployed to. make sure -- so they check up on to you make sure you are not making up this story? >> correct, yeah. in my case and one example, they thought that i was -- they
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accused me of submitting a fraudulent military leave q i was called in on my day off to answer questions. navy asked me a lot of questions. they investigated. first year pilots all start on probation with the airline. they extended my probation for a month. at the end of it. everything i did was, you know, above the board and legitimate. it sure wasn't fun. brian: wow, i'm sure it wasn't and insulting. lt. colonel andrew kissinger you were not hired because of other problems continental allegedly had with the military, correct? >> that's correct. in 2006, march 2006, i interviewed with continental airlines for a job. and in the interview, a disparaging comment was made regarding my commitment to the air force reserves. i left that interview feeling pretty insulted. brian: of course. >> yeah. and i didn't realize the impact of that until i got contacted later and i found out there were multiple other people who had
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similar stories. brian: you guys as you are trained to do, are taking action. brian lawler, what kind of case do you have? >> i think we have got a great case. i know there are claims out there about the case being baseless and meritless. can i assure you we have put a lot of work and investigation into this. we were contacted about a year ago. we think the law is pretty cleerks the federal law that we think continental is violating. we think we have got a great case. brian: let's see what continental says and read it together because i haven't read the statement before. here it is. brian: we have both cases. when are you going to trial do you think, brian? >> if past cases are any indication, this is going to take several years there was a similar case four or five years ago that was filed. it took four years to get resolved. we will be duke this for quite a while, i think.
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brian: i would like to know you guys are flying the plane-many in if i choose to fly continental. thank you for joining us this morning. >> thank you, brian. brian: he refused to leave his fellow soldier behind and lost his life as a result. he is awarded the medal of honor for bravery. retalk life to his commanding officer. federal post office paid to sit around and do nothing? it's happening all around the country. this story will get you steamed. achoo! (announcer) what are you going to miss when you have an allergy attack? achoo! (announcer) benadryl is more effective than claritin at relieving your worst symptoms. and works when you need it most. benadryl. you can't pause life.
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clueless about the controversy. steve: you have got to be kidding. this is going to get you really angry. postal workers working for the federal government paid full salaries simply to sit around and do nothing. not out walking the beat or sorting stuff like that guy right there. paid to sit in a room and in some cases sleep. why is it happening? we will talk about that straight ahead. our slogan this hour comes from mike in the control room. two hours to go, but that's ok, because here at "fox & friends," it's payday. [captioning made possible by fox news channel] captioned by the national captioning institute brian: one minute after the top of the hour. breaking news, gretchen. gretchen: police reportedly moments away from making an arrest now in the murder of the yale grad student. you see her right there, annie le. we are awaiting a press conference from new haven police. we will bring you that live. first, let's go to rick leventhal who has been following this case from the start. good morning, rick.
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>> we have just learned that the new haven police department has moved the press conference from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. it will be delayed about an hour. we have every indication that they are, in fact, about to arrest the prime suspect raymond clark iii in the murder of annie le the yale grad student who was found stuffed into a crawl space in a yale lab building. the same building where this suspect was a lab tech. the i.d. they use to get into the building and secure areas into the lab show he was the last one to see her alive. that according to the hartford current newspaper. also detailing injuries to his body, including a deep bruise or scratch on his chest. marks under his eye and on his ear. according to these sources, he had excuses for everything but police, after serving several search warrants obtained a lot of evidence. and d.n.a. evidence from clark himself. they have been analyzing that evidence in a state police crime lab. apparently there has been a d.n.a. match and that's why they
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called this press conference for this morning. clark has been in a super 8 motel in controlwell, connecticut, near where he lives in middletown. police are outside that hotel. we believe they will move in and arrest him. pretty much in conjunction with the press conference expected to take place here at 8:00 a.m. eastern. good news for the family of annie le and anyone else following this case including the students at yale university that apparently this case has been solved. relatively quickly. and that the suspect is about to be arrested. gretchen: swift moves but what is the motive, rick? so many people wondering. was there a love interest here or did he not like the kind of research she was doing in the stories seem to be all over the gamut. >> well, there are a lot of conflicting reports, gretchen or maybe they are similar in nature. maybe there is a combination of motives here. she know she was strangled. apparentfully a violent nature because she fought back if these reports of his injuries are
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true. there is reports there was an unrequited love interest. he was upset with the way she was treating lab animals. mostly mice. he was basically a custodian, took care of the mice. cleaned their cages. monitored the yale way that yale grad students were handling animals in the lab. he could have been upset with the way she was doing her job. he may have had an interest in her. who knows. we will learn more about that in the press conference coming up. gretchen: never an excuse to kill a beautiful young woman like that. >> of course not. gretchen: rick lesson that you will, we will await the press conference an hour from now. thank you. a man convicted for sniper attacks that left 10 people dead around washington, d.c. has less than two months to live. the judge set the execution date for john mohammed. remember this case? the execution will now be november 10th. his lawyer says he will appeal to the supreme court and ask governor tim kaine for clemens. his accomplice lee boyd mull vo also serving life in prison.
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the afl-cio has a new leader. richard trumka will work harder to get more members and more combative. he will demonstrate that unions remain relevant. mary travers, 1/3 of the peter, paul and mary folk tri owe died after a battle with leukemia. ♪ pete the magic dragon ♪ lived by the sea. gretchen: she joined forces with peter, and paul in the early 60's. hits included leaving on a jet train, lemon tree, and the song you just heard puff the magic dragon. brian: we did a shoe with them by the library. steve: absolutely. brian: five minutes after the top of the hour. what's the latest with acorn. there is another city in which
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these two filmmakers went in to check out what the satellite office was like. the last stop that we showed you was san diego. we have also talked to you about washington, baltimore, as well as brooklyn. now, suddenly, lawmakers by the plenty are getting involved with the investigation. the latest, governor schwarzenegger of california has called on jerry brown to investigate acorn. governor pa lent says to his attorney general i want this organization investigated. it doesn't stop there. steve: earlier in the week we discovered that the federal census has said you know what, acorn, would he don't need your heaven right now. they will not be working on the census. the senate voted to withdraw funding. down in florida, a u.s. congressman by the name of gus barakus is asking fema to repeal a 1-million-dollar grant that fema gave acorn just a week or two ago to help with fire prevention programs in new
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orleans. so, take a look. it's hitting the fan. gretchen: also the big headline this morning is that the acorn ceo bertha lewis who had first came out with a blame game against the two young undercover spies for lack of a better term went into these acorn offices and blamed them for exposing acorn. she now came out yesterday and said, guess what, we are going to suspend the programs, at least the housing programs at acorn until we clean up our act. she basically admitted that there was some corruption going on here. she also is going to have emergency training for the front line employees. and they are going to take no new housing clients right now until they get the situation under control. but one thing that occurred to me last night, guys. is remember through this whole sort of new voter fraud situation during the campaign and they had those quotas and that's why some of them signed up mickey house. that's why they had 20 a day. the same thing had for the housing. they had to file a certain
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number of mortgages for low income people and that would lead to you believe that's why some of this fraud, potentially was going on. they needed the clients, even pimps and prostitutes. brian: that's the one statement that just sticks with me out of all of these is is when one of the acorn workers said to the young man playing the role of pimp, and honesty is not going to get you a mortgage. steve: it's all about getting a house. bertha lewis also, on one of the cable shows, extraordinarily thanked the young filmmakers o'keefe and also hanna giles for helping them weed out the bad apples. said thank you very much for showing us what's going on in the front offices with these low level employees but then said, you know, they broke the law and, in fact, we are going to sue them. she also says, bertha lewis did, apparently the filmmakers were turned away from dozens of os. none the less, the g.o.p. -- you know, they have not liked acorn in the past for the voter registration stuff that gretchen was just talking about.
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now they are saying, ok, they cut off the funds in the senate. let's go ahead and get this through the house. let's get a bill, the republicans are saying, on the desk of the president of the united states because they would love to see barack obama, whose campaign paid $800,000 to a division of acorn. would love to see barack obama veto that. gretchen: the only problem with that, brian, is speaker pelosi in the house apparently doesn't know anything about what the senate did with regard to cutting the funds. we should be clear that they didn't cut all funds to acorn, folks, because this is a really complicated process. there is 140 subsidiaries. they only cut the hud funding of acoshocton. they are still going to -- of acorn. they are still going to be getting your money. she was clueless on what was actually denied by the senate the day before. she said, quote: i don't even know what they passed. what did they do? they de-fufnedded it?
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she asked with a question mark? there it is, that's her story. the white house has weighed in. i think this is remarkable considering the president of the united states was once an acorn lawyer. he says. gretchen: robert gibbs said. brian: robert gibbs said what they have done is indefensible and we take it seriously. steve: get the bill on his desk and let's see if he signs it or vetoes it. also yesterday congressman steve king from iowa gave congressman john conyers an acorn. gretchen: a real live one. steve: and asked him because he is one of the tough guys in the judiciary let's do an investigation. mr. conyers just laughed. brian: 10 minutes after the top of the hour. steve: his friend said he always put others first in heroic act of trying to help a fellow soldier is what led to his death. gretchen: jared c. monty will receive the medal of honor post thiewm thiewm mustily today.
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brian: joining us is commander sergeant of monti in afghanistan. he joins us to tell about his experience with a true american hero. could you set the scene for us that made this very special honor go to this very special man? >> sure. good morning, brian. on the 21st of june, 2006. sergeant monti and cunningham were leading a 16 man patrol in afghanistan abutted to pakistan. that evening they were attacked by about 50 taliban warriors. and they beat the enemy back with rifle fire and grenade fire initially. they were flanked on the left as sergeant. he immediately began to call for artillery fire and close air support. in the midst of that, they realized a soldier was lost. forwarded their position. while sergeant monti called for
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fire. sergeant cunningham said i'm going to go get private berry. he said no he is my soldier. i'm going to get-go get him. three times he went out to retrieve private brad berry. on the third time he was mortally wounded. his actions cause dollars the patrol to continue aggressive actions against the enemy and eventually beat back those 50 enemy fighters. just a tremendous phenomenal leader and non-commissioned officer in our army. a true hero for our country. steve: sure. what a story. there is also, lt. general, there is a story as well that the day that he died his father was going through his drawer in his bedroom, and found a bronze star, five army come accommodation medals and four army achievement medals. he never told anybody he won them. he was always humble. he did not want accolades but he is going to get one today. >> indeed. the army teaches the value of self-less service and jared
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motti lived and demonstrated that value of self-less service. gretchen: general freakily, thank you for joining your thoughts about this fallen hero with us. thank you, general. steve: 13 minutes on the top of this hour. it was supposed to be an alternative to the obama health care plan. what does the baucus bill mean to you and me and will it cost us more? brian: don't mess with this cheerleader, she is hunting alligators. what made her drop the pompoms and pick up a cross bow? that story coming your way. there was a time i wouldn't step out of the house
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supplies all the nutrients of a complete breakfast. so kids get the protein and calcium they need to help build strong muscles and healthy bones. carnation instant breakfast essentials. good nutrition from the start. gretchen: senator max baucus laying out the finance committee's version of health care overhaul yesterday.
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>> we have done everything imaginable to get the most generous, most affordable coverage that we could within president obama's target of $900 billion. there are honest and principled differences among all of us working for reform. and this package may not represent all of our first choices. gretchen: so, what's in it? what's different? and what's the price tag? peter johnson jr. is here with the prescription for truth today. good morning to you. >> good morning. how are you. gretchen: great. so what's in this plan? >> it appears to be the cheapest of the plans that are out there in terms of creating a federal deficit. in fact, the congressional budget office in their estimate says that it will actually reduce the federal deficit over 10 years by about $50 billion, although that's based on medicare rates cut under this plan and saying 10 years judge whether that's realistic 10
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years. it's very similar similar plans with a couple of differences there is no public option it calls for creation of health insurance do opts. fupsded by the government. paid for by the government. capitalized by the federal government to provide health insurance and to provide kind of a public option but not calling it a public option. health insurance to people not now covered. >> what it does is wildly increases the size of medicaid. people are concerned and upset this is going to place unreasonable burdens on the states. because, under our law in this country. a significant portion. paid by the states.
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billions of dollars to the states to help them fund this medicaid mandate. there is a lot of people that have some concerns. a lot of middle class workers who happen to be unionized say we will be taxed terribly under this plan. not only does this plan call for half a trillion dollars, same as the other plans, half a trillion dollars in medicare and medicaid cuts. it also calls for taxes on the so-called most expensive cadillac health plans. now, there is a lot of people in this country that have those so-called cadillac health plans who are not millionaires, who are not billionaires, who are coal miners, who are union members. in fact, the federal government unicon demed this plan because they said our government workers may, in fact, be subject to the taxes on the insurance company. gretchen: cost require residents to have insurance or face some sort of a fine. what's that about? >> pay penalties, pay fines.
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if you don't have insurance, then you pay up to $3,800 to the government to -- because you don't have insurance. the interesting thing that it does, and no one is really talking about it, it's changing the dynamic. 80 or 5% of the american people have insurance through their employer. under this proposal, there is no mandate that the employer provide that insurance. gretchen: interesting. >> they will pay fines on companies over 50 and more who don't provide insurance. but we're changing the dynamic a little bit. and so we are putting personal responsibility on all americans, whether they can pay or not pay, whether it's a burden or it's not a burden to pay for universal health care coverage. we will look at it more, 235 pages, i will read every page. there are some differences, some similarities. i will continue to look at it. gretchen: continue to break it down to us. see you tomorrow. how would you like to be paid a
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good salary for sitting around and doing nothing. maybe you should apply for a gig at the post office. our next story, this is going to steam you, all right? tracking the stimulus money for border crossings now on hold. we will tell you what's going on with that story as well. bicycle, i've missed you.
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steve: you are not going to believe this and you have got to hear. this despite a massive deficit and slipping mail volume across the country, the u.s. postal service is forking over more than a million dollars a week to pay thousands of employees to sit around at the post office and do nothing. it's called stand by time. brian: i sense it happens in the back where all the world stops. joining us now larry crawford president of the dallas chapter of the american postal workers
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union. larry, why is this happening and how long have you been aware of this? >> if my area this has been happening ever since the beginning of the year. this has been installed as a permanent situation in my area. steve: ok, the problem is the postal service has got all these employees but because people aren't using the post office as much. they are using email and stuff like that, they don't have work for all of the people who show up every day. so do they say? they say ok, you are going to have to go into the stand by time room? is that it? >> yes. in this stand by room there is no television, anything in that manner. employees are basically just in a room with four walls. and there is a time end up being able to utilize magazines. just something to do to be productive. steve: sure, i understand sometimes they fall asleep.
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brian: we tax. this your tax dollars fund. this you are not happy about it how do we stop it, larry? >> basically just have an internal investigation done. the postal service, there are times when employees are being sent to these stand by rooms where there is work available. brian: of course. like the past port collecting. >> yes, sir. steve: larry, do you feel this is a way of the u.s. postal service trying to squeeze people out, force them out because they say, even though as you indicated there is work to be done. they say ok, go in the stand by room. >> yes, it is. it has been utilized in order to justify sending employees up to 500 miles away just to justify. there is several initiatives placed. there are times employees in stand by room as i stated that the work is available on the work room floor.
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brian: larry, have you ever walked into a fedex office and u.p.s. building you watch these people working hard sense there is a moat motivation. a lot of people work hard at the post office. what is it like not being able to maximize workforce as a supervisor, this must be frustrating for the taxpayer maddening. >> this t. is frustrating to the employees. it's also demeaning. especially when you know that there is work on the work room floor that the employees can be performing. brian: so what are you doing? i know i asked you this already. tell me the action you are taking today to end this. >> what we have to do within the union in my area. we have processed numerous grievances, complaints with the postal service, challenging the reasons that they are placing these employees within these stand by rooms. so we have challenged in the way of our collective bargaining agreement may consider any
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losses that may be filed on this issue. steve: i will tell you what, if that's true what you allege there is work to be done and people sitting around in the back that is maddening. larry crawford from down there the american postal workers union, thank you, sir, for joining us live. >> i appreciate it, thank you. brian: hopefully get something done. saturday morning lines wrapped around the building knowing people are dozing in the back is going to make me nuts. accused of planning to detonate bombs on american soil, why is he roaming around colorado right now? steve: he pled guilty to doing this to sicker rihanna. well, now, he is doing this. community service rapper chris brown. but who is paying for the security the star needs to do the dirty work? we are back in two minutes from new york city. brian: nascar's best competing for the nascar cup this weekend. mark martin, jeff gordon together, they want one thing, a championship and to meet steve in person. steve: i'm coming out, guys.
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steve: great. meanwhile the obama administration is shelving the missile defense system that president bush promoted so vigorously. the system is designed to counter act any missile attacked launched by iran. but russia complained bitterly about using its former satellite states as launching pads. a long-time aid to the former czech republic -- tells fox news he and other czech politicians are let down by the apparent decision. gretchen: looking at this video, it's hard to imagine how anyone on this plane survived. somehow the pilot managed to escape with his life. the private plane took off from heyward executive airport in california yesterday afternoon. moments later, the plane clipped the side of a building and exploded into a fireball. >> you could tell he lost power it was almost like he was doing a stunt. he was trying to bring it back. >> the fiery images were also captured on the security camera on a nearby business. the pilot was the only person on board.
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steve: those are extraordinary pictures. meanwhile, was the pressure just too much? homeland security secretary janet napolitano putting a stop to border construction projects funded by federal stimulus money. this after questions about and criticism about how the money was being spent. she has been accused in the past of spending too much to renovate small border crossings while ignoring larger and busier ones. gretchen: ending the stimulus loan program as we know it that's what obama and the house democrats want. instead of borrowing from banks. students have to borrow directly from the government. backers save this was save $89 billion that would go to banks and subsidies it that. banks can lend cheaper and more efficiently than the government. steve: meanwhile in entertainment news chris brown starting to pay back his debt to society and rihanna after being sentenced for assaulting her. new video just released shows the 20-year-old picking up trash in virginia not far from his home and cleaning up police
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horse stables. is he apparently not worried about keeping a low profile as you can see in that outfit. besides, he is tweeting about his 180 days of community service writing, quote, check out my outfit. that outfit a reflective orange vest. he is also not concerned about money. he is personally-paying for extra security as guards watch the guys. there you go. 25 minutes before the top of the hour. gretchen: have you ever been on the airplane where you think oh gosh, i just need to make that one call and, remember, they used to have phones right -- head sets in front of you and you could do that by swiping your credit card. steve: 10 bucks a minute. gretchen: now some airlines are going to allow cell phones on airplanes and this opens up a huge discussion about whether or not it's a good idea for annoyance factor as well as safety. steve: sure. but the problem is, gretch, the airlines that are going to open it up are foreign carriers. air mexico, emirates air is going to do it.
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also, ryan air. and members of the european union. but not here in the united states. why not? don't you remember we heard that apparently they were -- within a year of being able to use a phone, a cell phone on a plane. well, apparently that's not going to happen. the gmplet cc -- fcc and faa have regulations. they are worried about safety. gretchen: it's interesting because i tweeted this question to our viewers this morning and i got differing responses. mark says you should not allow cell phones on airplanes because you can make a bomb with a cell phone. somebody else tweeted that you should because 9/11 may have been prevented. some people did use their cell phones on 9/11 even though it wasn't authorized. steve: people say why are they able to use them on international flights and not here? and, in fact, according to air imritz you can use a cell phone on their planes. apparently they have got some special on flight, their own private wireless network on the
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airplane that you use that does not interfere with the pilot. because the last thing you need to be doing is talking on the phone and next thing you know you hear the pilot get on you can get off this line because i'm trying to land this thing. over. gretchen: that might be a problem. there are two nascar guys outside with brian right now. i bet they are not on their cell phone when they are trying to win a race. brian: no because i'm here and they think that would be read. mark martin. -- do you want to weigh into the controversial topic of talking on cell phones on planes? first, mark, you? >> i'm for it. brian: you for at it. >> yes, sir. >> isn't it going to annoy a guy like jeff gordon who is next to him a million feet up in the air. >> i'm all things in moderation. maybe those night flights maybe they shouldn't. i think during the day most people are doing business anyway. brian: last time you guys flew commercial 1971, right? you are private jet guys like steve doocy. >> we have got to be on the go
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at all times. so we have got to have planes that meet our schedules. brian: if you are flying the same place i'm flying and see me at the airport if you said brian, why don't you hop in with me, that would be a nice surprise. >> you would like that, wouldn't you? brian: that's probably not going to happen. >> you will be talking on your cell phone. brian: on my cell phone. that's all we have on the controversial topic of talking on cell phones. gretchen: why don't you talk to them about their races that are coming up? steve: why are they in town? brian: why do you ask? sprint for the finish, you are in first, you are in sixth, ten races, that's what we're talking about today. saturday you are going to be in new hampshire, right? >> that's correct. brian: mark martin at 50 years old you shouldn't be this good. >> i'm driving a good race car. that's what it is. having the time of my life. just real solidding a good -- having a good time.
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brian: it's fun chasing. >> fine. i wouldn't mind being jimmy. this guy is tough. mark is one of the most talented drivers that i have ever raced against. it's great having him on the motorsports as a teammate. i have always raised against him on another team. now i have got to race against him in our own equipment. it's exciting. we are ready for the chase to start. it doesn't matter where anybody starting right now. brian: all down to the final ten races in a grueling season. you get to the playoffs. that's what nascar has come up with. even though jimmy johnson is not in first, you are. he is still favored to go four in a row. do you sense the presence of a guy like him? >> he is so tough. he and his team are just incredible and the things they have done the last three years is just unbelievable. but i think this year it will be more competitive. i don't see anyone, you know, running the table like jimmy and those guys have done in the past. it's going to be a great chase. all 12 drivers that are in it
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are capable and their teams are capable of winning this thing. i think it's going to be exciting. brian: jeff, have you been coming here for a while. the green room has never been better which you told me. now as a dad of the 2-year-old, has that taken the edge off for victory, being that you are famous, rich, successful, can you get on mark's plane once in a while and fly private jet? tell me, has it taken the edge off being a parent? >> i didn't used to be a morning person. >> to be at home with my family as much as possible. but, you know, when it comes to that time of being with the team, you know, when it's either in meetings, going to the shop, or at the racetrack, my intensity level i think only -- sport as i get older. my time is running out, you know a little bit. so i think you want to capitalize on those opportunities like this year being in the chase.
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brian: mark, how hard has it been for you because some people are in the auto business and taking such a under ting here in america. how has it changed the way nascar approaches what you do every day? >> you know, i think everybody in america has felt the pinch of the economy. but, you know, it's pretty much business as usual. you adjust, we have made some adjustments in nascar with the teams and with the personnel. the product that we put on the racetrack is still the same. >> right. >> we just had to tighten the belt a little bit like everyone else. brian: most of these guys show up with their cars. this is not anybody's car. this is symbolizing the championship. i don't want to put you on the spot. can i have it? you don't own it you can give it to me. >> i don't know i can give that to you. >> as far as i'm concerned you can have it. brian: by the way if you want to know why no one is rushing these guys is because we set up tight security here. no one can break through. this jeff gordon, always great to see you. mark, best of luck.
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don't let these guys catch you. back inside. round of applause for these two. steve: very nicely done. thank you very much jimmy kilmeade. gretchen: the united states hats best health care on the planet. why did this man travel to 10 different countries just to get his shoulder examined? he has startling results. steve: don't miss the next hour. all the members of kiss join us live. they have a new cd. they are headed out on tour with all of that man -- maboline. when this school district added aflac to complement their employee benefits package, guess who became e new teacher's pet? aflac, aflac, aflac, aflac, aflac
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gretchen: welcome back, everyone, our next guest is on a search for the best healthcare system in the world. take a listen. >> germany is offered health care. to finance health care, germans pay premiums based on income to one of 240 private insurers. they call them sickness funds. a worker earning $60,000 would split a $750 monthly family premium with her employer. it's more expensive than japan and the u.k. but still a bargain by u.s. standards. about two thirds of ours. brian: t.r. reid is the host of sickness in america. he has traveled the globe with a busted shoulder who-to-see who can give him the best care at the best price. gretchen: his book the healing of america, a global quest for better, cheaper, and fairer
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health care. that's a project. good morning to you. >> good morning, gretchen, hi. gretchen: so you had this bad shoulder. i'm with you on that. i have also had a bad shoulder butty go all around the world to figure out who has the best care for it what did you do and what did you find out? >> what i was interested in is this interesting fact. all the other industrialized democracies managed to provide health care for everybody with good quality and they spend half as much as we do on health care. how do you do that? i went to the other rich countries to see. since i have a bum shoulder, i took it along with me and took it to doctors and hospitals to see what kind of care i got. brian: what did you find? >> i found out it's not all socialized medicine overseas. lots of countries cover everybody with private docs, private hospitals, and private insurance. in fact, some countries are less socialized than the united states. i came away pretty optimistic. you could cover everybody at
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reasonable costs in a private system because other countries do. gretchen: it didn't become a situation only the rich could afford the private doctors and only the poor could find the government-run program? >> no other country does it that way. normal. bill gates will get better health care than his chauffeur. in other countries that would considered immoral. all the other rich countries everybody has access to the same care at the same price. brian: let's move -- we went to the first myth. let's go to the second myth. overseas care is rationed through limited choices or long lines. did you find that to be true? >> in some places, canada has long waiting lines if you have anything that's just elective. but, like france, you can go to any doctor, any hospital, any lab, any chiropractor, anything and insurance has to pay the bill. they can't deny your claim. in germany, you can choose any of 220 insurance companies. if you don't like your insurance, can you drop it on 60
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days' notice and the new guy can't raise your premium. that's more choice than any american has. gretchen: another myth, foreign health care systems are inefficient, bloated bureaucracies, what did you find? >> i found out they are all more efficient than ours are. our private insurance companies have administrative costs of around 20%. they add 20% to every doctor bill they pay. you think of france as a model of management efficiency, their administrative costs, 4%. germany 5%. japan 5.5%. even canada where health care is run by government bureaucrats is at 6%. that's much lower than what our private insurance companies are charging. gretchen: why do all those people in those countries come to the u.s. to get the best health care? >> well arab sheiks came to the mayo clinic all the time because at the top we definitely have the finest care in the world. the difference between the u.s. and other countries is so many in our country are left out and don't get it whereas in other countries everybody has access to the same care.
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brian: overall, what can we take from what you have researched and apply here? because there are certain things that are not going to fly in america and certain things that will. >> as i say in my book, all the other democracies first decided on the goal. we're going to provide health care to everybody who needs it once you make that moral commitment to universal coverage, can you find a mechanism to do it. some countries do it through government. lots of countries do it in the private sector. good quality care and much cheaper than ours. gretchen: all right, so are you seeing that being proposed though in any plan in the u.s.? >> well, no plan has the kind of regulation that other countries have for health insurance. in the other countries, health insurers have to cover everybody. have to pay every claim. they usually have to pay it pretty fast. get this, in switzerland if they don't pay your health insurance plan in five days, next month's premium is free. nobody is asking our companies
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doing that. gretchen: not sure where you ended up getting your shoulder fixed but have to buy the book to find out. >> thanks a lot. brian: cheerleader who hunts alligators. that story next. . . . achoo!
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steve: the answer to the trivia question of the day, george blanda. he was 48 years old when he played his last game. meanwhile, she is a south carolina cheerleader who hunt alligators in her spare time. gretchen: the 16-year-old have -- helped to catch this alligator she joins us live today with her father.
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good morning to both of you. >> good morning. gretchen: i think a lot of people would be surprised to find out that you put down your pom poms and he went after the alligator. >> yes. steve: let's go back in time. you are out fishing. i understand the for the crossbow came into the picture, you had a fishing pole. did you accidently hook it or did you hook it on purpose? tell us what happened. >> you hook it on purpose. you have to cast it passed the alligator. once it is passed the alligator, you have to pull on it to make sure that it is hooked on the alligator. then you really in and you shoot it.
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>> that is what we did. she shot it with a crossbow. this puts a 600 pound line in the alligator. it gives you the ability to pull an endangered species close to the boat so that you could catch it. gretchen: did she learn all of this from you? how did you decide to on alligator? >> last year, we talked about it. she was going to be 16. in south carolina, you have to be 16 years old. she was going to be 16. she said, let's try it. we got the permit. we went out and we harvested an alligator. steve: i am looking at the screen over here. 10 feet, 5 inches long, 353
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pounds. you are just 16 years old i understand it has since been turned into gator burgers. for our viewing audience, what does allocator taste like? >> some people say it tastes like chicken. i would say that it tastes like chicken with a fish taste. >> it does not taste like chicken. gretchen: i think you have to fry it up pretty well. >> i was hoping to get rachael ray fry it up for us. gretchen: thank you for sharing your story with us today. >> thank you. steve: a little bit of a satellite delay. the white house claims that we
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baucus bill? what will it cost you, the taxpayer? steve: meanwhile, a big story. we have been reporting on it all week. finally, "the new york times" puts it in print. something is missing from the coverage. our old buddy michelle malkin is going to be joining us. brian: we have the entire band here live wearing makeup, just like us. i wake up every morning as tired as i can be intel i wake up to "fox and friends" with my three friends, my favorite. steve: you are looking at pictures of new haven connecticut. police are moments away from making an arrest in the case of the murder of annie le.
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they will hold a press conference. it was delayed until 8:00. it is two minutes after 8:00. there are reports that officers have made a dna match indicating someone who works in the lap there. gretchen: he was the 24-year-old lab technician who was taken into custody and then released. during that time, police collected dna samples from him. there was a match between his dna and the crime scene. he is reportedly at a motel nearby. police have that area surrounded. brian: the medical examiner confirmed that annie le was strangled before she was stuffed into that wall. this is staggering how alarming -- any time this happens at a college campus. steve: as soon as the police
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have their live press conference, we will take you there. gretchen: the man convicted of sniper attacks that left 10 people dead and around washington, see -- around washington, d.c., has only a short time left to live. his lawyers say that he will appeal. cia director leon panetta of making a direct appeal to a large middle eastern community in detroit his goal is to build a mall -- a more diverse cia. >> your country needs you. it needs your ingenuity. it needs your wisdom. it needs the skills of your communities. to help protect the way of life of all of us. gretchen: he also addressed the
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investigation into the interrogation techniques at the cia. he says weather their judgments were right or wrong, it is time to move on that is not the same thing that the attorney general thinks. guess how many sexual predators -- currently prowling the internet, 750,000. the startling report also says there are about four million web sites devoted to exploiting minors and even children under 2 years old. the u.n. says the internet child pornography industry could generate up to $20 million this year. he lost his life because he refused to leave a fellow soldier behind in afghanistan. today, he will receive the medal of honor from the president, even though he has passed away. his mother is still overwhelmed.
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>> it just has not sunk in. it does not feel real. i thought, this is not really happening. i think it is a great honor for my son. it is also very sad. gretchen: she will join relatives to accept that special metal. this is the first medal that president obama has handed out since taking office. steve: let's continue in washington, d.c. he is moving ahead without much support. montana senator max baucus has announced a new plan for health care reform. caroline, what is the bill? >> let's talk money first. senator baucus priced his plan
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out after -- at about $850 billion. the congressional budget office shaved off some of that and shaved -- and scored the whole thing at $700 billion. it would bar insurance companies from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions. it would require u.s. residents to have insurance or face a $3,800 fine per family. it would also bar illegal immigrants from accessing the insurance exchanges. it would ban abortion coverage as a mandated benefit. it would also use non-profit co- ops made up of insurance companies. max baucus feels confident that it will work, but lawmakers are cautious >> it is common sense. it is a balanced bill. i know this bill will pass.
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the choice now is up to those on the other side of the aisle if it wants to vote for it or not. >> i think about the prospect of asking people if they have that kind of money in a checking account. i am concerned that coverage will still be on affordable for them. >> limits on medical melt drastic -- medical malpractice lawsuits are not in the bill. the plan would also require almost all americans to buy insurance by 2013. back to you steve: thank you, caroline. brian: they are going to try to get something done. they do not like the way it is. gretchen: republicans have something to say about that plan as well. let's bring in michelle malkin for her thoughts. you are all the way out in
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seattle? >> i am. good morning. gretchen: we are so glad that you would join us. we want your thoughts on president obama's health care plan. let me guess what they are permitted you say that his efficiencies are inefficiencies. >> what i am talking about is the skepticism with which the american people should greet any of the numbers and the projections and the estimates, both of costs and the alleged cost savings of the plan. you do not have to do and the guess work and you do not have to be a mathematician. all you have to have our open eyes to be able to evaluate how they have met expectations of the plants that they have already created. everybody knows about the notorious cash for clunkers plan. everybody knows about the shortfalls in how they have met the stimulus plan. just look at the headlines the
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other day. "the new york times" ran at a story on a mortgage entitlement program. lo and behold, officials are shocked that the costs have come in double what they expected. has there ever been a program in washington that has ever met the budget or, under budget? steve: interestingly enough, in caroline's report, at the very end of that, there was talk about the limits on medical malpractice, some sort of caps. now there is max baucus's bill. there is nothing there. there is no reason for any republican to get behind this and now the democrats are coming after it. >> i think jay rockefeller is open and candid about the taxes on the middle class. again, you do not have to guess about how these things are going
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to work. massachusetts is a living laboratory. there was a piece the other day in "the wall street journal" about middle-class people who had opted not to have insurance -- it is just their personal decision in how they have allocated their own money, are now hit the hardest by the fines and by having to make decisions of whether to forgo some of their basic needs because they are forced to buy insurance. gretchen: let me get your thoughts on a corn for a moment. when it comes to the media, most are not covering this. "the new york times" finally felt compelled to cover it over the weekend. you say there is something missing. >> what is missing is "the new york times" deliberately white washing what it knew all of last year about the financial shenanigans of acorn and its
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hundreds of affiliate's. i pointed out the truth on my blog. people can see a really huge raft of exchanges between "the new york times" reporter stephanie strong and someone else. i did an entire chapter on a corn. the new york -- "the new york times" knew that they were concerned about massive potential violations of federal law, the use of charitable funds for political purposes between and among all of these affiliate's. when the videos by the team are really doing are bringing out two rackets, the acorn racket and the media racket. brian: the fact that so many media outlets have stayed on the sidelines -- stay right there.
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the culture of corruption has you busy, but not too busy for another segment with us. gretchen: we are going to talk about czars with you. they claim that they do not have czars. >> as our new director of our office of -- i always forget the full name of this. i call it the drug czar. steve: who are they? one credit card user has had enough and is fighting back against the big banks. why she has gone on line to say it is time for credit consumers to take a stand from their living rooms. this is my small-business specialist, tara.
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czars. they argue that the job title does not exist in the obama administration. take a look at this. >> i call it the drug czar. >> please welcome our new drug czar. steve: why is the white house changing its tune? michelle malkin joins us from seattle. whether you call them czars or point persons, there are so many of these guys -- no president has ever had more. they are not vetted and we do not know what they do. >> i think that this white house reality check that they have just posted is an indication
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that it is really getting under their skin. the fact is, it is not just some kind of partisan and noise, which is the term that they always use when their critics speak up. in fact, there are many democrats now -- robert byrd was one of the first to call attention to the troubling constitutional issues and legislative and bureaucratic questions here. most recently, russ fine gold -- not exactly glenn beck there. steve, as you said, it is the fact that there are so many of them that is unprecedented. a lot of these leftist defenders will say, bush had about 20 of them. over eight years. if you actually look at the czars that they point out, most of them were appointed. in this case, it is an
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exception, not a role, that they go through the confirmation process. brian: the secretary of state might be a little bit upset because the czars might be undercutting them. >> at help and human services department, kathleen sebelius cannot be too happy that she's just a figurehead. someone who is completely superfluous claims the title of health care czar. in that case, it is very important to point out -- i did it in the book -- this woman has many very curious and troubling conflicts of interest because of the health care companies and firms that she worked for and collected millions of dollars in fees from. gretchen: it is always good to see you. we will see you next month. you know that missile defense
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system designed to protect us from attacks by iran? why president obama thinks we do not need it. brian: taking on the credit card companies for taking advantage of good customers. >> i refuse to pay you one more cent. brian: is it working? she will join us next. ..xn0] ( folk music playing )
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revolt right here, right now and refuse to pay you one more red cent on your 30% credit card account. i have nothing to lose stick that in your bailout pipe and smoke it. steve: she joins us right now to pimm herself on tv some more. >> good morning. steve: your right to let -- went to about 25%. why is bank of america doing this to you? >> this global banking cartel is just out right evil. they own our government. most of our representatives are in their pockets. excuse me? steve: why have a jack your rate up so high? >> they would not give me a reason other than it is their new policy.
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gretchen: you have paid on time. he read in the newspaper and you watch fox all day long and figure out that banks are getting a whole lot of money in bailouts. you would think that the customer would also get a break. >> exactly. that is what is so outrageous about all of this. nobody in washington seems to be standing up for the people. i decided it is time for the american people to step outside their comfort zone and actually read something. steve: you put together a video and you have put it on youtube. i think over 100,000 people have watched it. your message is to the guy who owns bank of america. what are you appealing to him about? >> to stop this usury. put my credit card rate back at
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12.9%, what it was before they raised it up last january. stop this usury of good customers or there are going to be enough people on board with his revolt movement that they are going to start losing a lot of money when people refuse to make payments. gretchen: i understand that you canceled your account. steve: this is that fox news alert we were telling you about. they are outside the super 8 motel where raymond clark iii is staying. supposedly, they have a dna match. gretchen: rick leventhal is live for us in new haven where the
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police press conference is about to take place. it has been delayed until now. what is the delay, if they have their guy inside that motel? our >> my understanding is that they're waiting for this press conference. i know we have some live cameras positioned outside of that motel. we have seen police activity in the last few minutes. it may have just happened. i have seen some state police upstairs. i know the assistant chief are here as well waiting for the arrest to actually be executed. at that point, they could begin a news conference. last night, we had a news conference planned and it did not take place until they executed a search warrant. when they were bringing him to the police car, that is when they began the news conference here. we should hear very soon from the police chief and others with regard to what that dna match
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was and whether or not raymond clark iii will be charged with the murder of annie le. steve: apparently, the suspect is inside there. he has been there for awhile. he did not go to his home after he was released. they're waiting to probably have a press conference until they are able to arrest this guy. we can see the road block. the press conference is apparently about to start. what was this guy's job in the laboratory? >> good morning. with me today is the chief of from the yale police department, the special agent in charge of the investigation in connecticut, and the head of the state police.
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about 20 minutes ago, an arrest warrant was cited, charging clark in the murder of annie le. he was arrested in connecticut. when annie le was reported missing, an investigation began. connecticut state police were ordered to conduct a thorough, forensic review of the building. the afternoon of the 12th, they assumed command of the investigation in the case. detectives have been working around the clock on this case. based on forensic evidence and information learned from video
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surveillance, detectives have struck -- have served an arrest warrant. no further information can be released. annie le was a young woman with potential. i think it is important to know that it is not about university crime. it is not about domestic crime, but the issue of workplace violence. i cannot think the connecticut state police, the fbi, and the connecticut police department. every agency offered everything they could bring forward. they have aggressively pursued this investigation to what we believe is a successful conclusion.
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>> thank you. on behalf of the department of public safety, we want to expend our profound sympathies to the family of annie le and everyone who was affected by this tragedy. this was an extraordinary cooperative effort involving the four law enforcement agencies. people worked around the clock. that was not an idle statement. that was really the truth with regard to all agencies. our forensic scientists have perform extraordinary work, as have all the agencies involved our commitment is that we will continue to provide all support necessary to the new haven police department. we will do what is necessary to bring this case to inappropriate
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conclusion. >> thank you, chief. i would like to acknowledge the dedication and professionalism of the employees of the new haven police department, the yale university police department, an fbi who have worked tirelessly throughout this investigation. i would like to acknowledge the assistance provided by the polygraph unit. leslie, it is important to recognize lt. lisa daddy-o. i have been able to witness firsthand what a talented team the chief has. they have been working around the clock to ensure the individual responsible for the murder of annie le is brought to justice. >> good morning.
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i am proud of the contribution by the men and women of the yale police department for their work on this case. the yield community is grateful for the cooperative efforts of the new haven police, the state police, and the fbi. and for their tireless devotion over the past eight days to the difficult tasks of finding annie and determining who was responsible for this horrible crime. the yield police department and the yale security department pledge should do everything they can to support the state's attorney in his prosecution of this case. we are eager to focus our
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attention on the day-to-day activities of serving the faculty, staff, and students of yale as we do our part to keep our city safe. thank you. >> i know this does not make your job any easier, but i cannot ask any questions -- i cannot answer any questions. steve: rick leventhal is up in connecticut right now. they have not explained the connection for why they think that raymond clarke iii is the person who killed her. one of the officers talked about how it was a case of workplace violence. could that play a role?
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he sent her an e-mail saying that he did not like the way she was treating him in the lab. >> i think the other important word was up the arrest warrant was sealed. there might be some documentation or some explanations into the evidence they have against this man. they are trying to limit any evidence related to the case. from what we have been able to understand, they have a lot of physical evidence. as you mentioned, they have apparently computer evidence as well. they have evidence of cards being swiped. they could tracker movements into one particular room. they saw this man going into that very same room where she was and then she never leaves, but he does. i think they know exactly what
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happened and where it happened. gretchen: he apparently went quietly earlier this morning. here is the other thing. if in fact they do have this evidence like email and friends -- and things like that from the suspect, would that upgrade the charges? then you would be looking at premeditated murder, perhaps. >> it is tough to say. i am not sure about that. i do not know if a text message would rise to motivation or evidence of preplanned homicide. this may have been something that just escalated very quickly. we may never know exactly what happened in their burden it is interesting to see whether his lawyers are working out a deal. the only thing we have heard from his lawyer is that he is
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following procedure and will cooperate with police. that does not mean he will admit to anything. brian: what could possibly be the motive for one person to act this way? >> we did hear that he had allegedly an incident in high school where he allegedly forced himself on a high school girlfriend and then she broke off the relationship he was in essence socking. she never pressed charges. disch -- she decided to let it go it has been reported in the local media about this prior incident. beyond that, we have heard stories from other saying that he was very controlling. he was taking care of the mice in the cages and cleaning up and helping out yale grad students.
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apparently, he followed the rules very closely. we are starting to see a profile of the sky. police happened very reluctant to release any details of the investigation. they want to prosecute this as clearly as possible. steve: in other headlines, the labor department just released new unemployment claims for this past week. 545,000 new claims were filed. that is 5000 less than a week before. it is still half a million. there were 6.2 3 million continuing clams. that does not include the number of people who have been out of work so long that their unemployment benefits have run out. gretchen: federal agents
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investigating a man with suspected ties to a terrorist organization in new york he says he cannot fathom why he is a suspect and he hopes to talk to the fbi about it. he was stopped trying to drive into new york, allegedly to meet with suspects in a car ring. brian: the obama administration is trying to overhaul a missile defense system. a senior defense official says the the white house will announce it will be shifting to a layered system more adaptable to changing needs. russia has complained bitterly about using former satellite stands as launch pads. steve: our continuing series, tracking your taxes.
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at a time when congress are asking us to tighten our belts, some of our federal lawmakers are doing anything but tightened their belts and using our tax dollars to travel the world on summer vacation. gretchen: where are they going on these boondoggles? >> absolutely everywhere on the globe. we routinely found even $13,000 round-trip tickets from washington to europe. so, we can't through congressional travel records and found that congress and staffers had spent $9.4 million. get this. 6914 days abroad at your expense. there is no limit on what they spent, where they go, what they do. >> hiking in switzerland,
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snorkeling on the coral reefs of australia. while most cash strapped americans drove to disneyland, they enjoyed perks far from home. >> i think the let them eat cake mentality is something that is not acceptable to the american people. >> congressional spending and overseas travel tripled in the past 10 years. this map shows just the trips of house members in fiscal year, 2009. wow, they look like vacation destinations. they included exotic djibouti. 100 different countries in all. >> one rule of thumb that i have tried to practice is, do not go anywhere that you would not want
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to tell a newspaper reported this is what i am doing and this is why it is worth it. >> congressman johnson wants transparency up front. he wants accountability on the backside. were you when and how does it contribute to the government? we're going to go into some more of the most egregious trips. the number of staff members going abroad by themselves, no law makers insight, spending $12,000 on a ticket for staff members congressmen are saying, i need to go abroad to check this out for myself. it is crazy. steve: yes, indeed. i thought you were supposed to join the military to see the world. what a boondoggle. gretchen: a corn has been
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steve: video stings have exposed a corner offices in cities around the country come of footage showing employees apparently in admitting to some pretty outrageous things. why did seven democratic u.s. senators vote to continue federal funding to a corn? he joins us live. yesterday, you showed us tracking down roland burris.
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who did you track down now? >> i talked to two senators from vermont. you will not find an office of acorn in vermont, but that did not stop senators patrick leahy and burnie sanders from defending their vote. >> i think if people i've done stupid things, they ought to be fired. they ought to be prosecuted i worry about us making a judgment. they have to competitively seek the funding. i worry about congress deciding who should or should not be funded on competitive grants. >> right now, as you know, the middle class of this country is collapsing. we have 70% of our population that does not have jobs.
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people have lost their homes. people have lost their savings. if you opened a can of worms and you start arguing about which particular organizations are going to get federal funding -- i think it is more important to focus on why the middle class is collapsing and how you address that problem. >> i have come up with five of the seven centers. those who have not gone on the record are senator dick durbin and kirsten gillibrand. two days ago, she refused to speak with me. the senior senator, charles schumer, who was that a acorn gala voted to cut off funding. she was appointed.
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