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he is going to stick around for the after the show show. steve: what ever you do, do not say "i love that album." that is just asking for trouble. [laughter] thank you for joining us. see you here again tomorrow, same time, same channel. [captioning made possible by fox news channel] captioned by the national captioning institute bill: we have big decisions this morning on your future health care. fox news alert, the senate is facing hard choices, cost of coverage in this overhaul. crunching the numbers on what everything will cost in the bill does, it takes time. at the same time hospital group is warning senators that they will pullout on the deal on the number of americans insured from the big deal the they have worked out from the white house. live from the white house and the debate from "america's
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newsroom," we will be back on that in a matter of minutes. congress is taking action to help the unemployed as congress takes heat from the right and the left. one out of four families has suffered a job loss in the past 12 months. one out of every 12 americans officially unemployed. when you factor in those that are not getting benefits, of the real unemployment rate hit its 17%. one out of every six americans looking down a very dark road. jillian: no swine flu, but we have more coming up from the doctors. is washington focused on the
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right crisis? bar lawmakers so bogged down with health care that they have lost track of the big stimulus that is supposed to be putting americans back to work? bill: stephen more is with us, been a while since we have talked. what is washington doing to create jobs? >> some of my white house sources were freak out by these unemployment numbers. in the last few months the white house was able to say that they were losing jobs but at a slower pace. we not only lost more jobs, but the household survey found over half of a million lost jobs. the real unemployment rate have got people so discouraged, the people who are not even looking
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anymore, that is about one out of every six americans. bill: if i am one out of those six americans, i want to know what is being done. >> this is the problem. listen to what the vice president said from connecticut. that this is working better than his wildest dreams. that the stimulus has created 1 million jobs. i have to wonder what country he is talking about. we have lost jobs since the stimulus started. we were suppose that gain jobs. you have to wonder if the stimulus is working. i never believed it would work in the first place. bill: what is planned b? >> tax cuts like from reagan. we have done nothing the help small businesses. the fed has created a lot of
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money. i have spoken to businesses across the country, they said that there is nothing in there for them. that is where the job losses are, in the small business sector. you and i talk about this all the time. çótwo out of every three jobs in the economy are created by small businesses. bill: i put the same question to stuart varney yesterday. i am taking a look around new york city, traffic is light. easy to catch a cab. there are your indicators. >> you know what? i noticed the same thing. the only city that is booming right now is washington, d.c., because that is where the money is being spent. stuart varney is exactly right. we might have 3% gdp growth.
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corporate profits are picking up. for most americans watching this show it is when the job market picks up. we are still losing with 15 million unemployed. bill: i think that that could be a jobless recovery. >> the worst kind. bill: more later in the week. >> we need a tax cut! bill: [laughter] scream louder. jillian: the white house has a big problem in afghanistan. it comes after a highly publicized scuffle between the administration and the top commander in afghanistan, general stanley mcchrystal. we need 30,000 40,000 more
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troops to win in afghanistan. -- 30,000 to 40,000 more troops to win in afghanistan. congress is evidently split on this decision. bill: we are learning more about the case of the man that was plotting a terror attack in new york city. u.s. intelligence only became aware of najibullah zazi late in august. agents were watching him when he drove from colorado to new york city, allegedly to turn chemicals purchased from a beauty supply store in the backpack bombs. prosecutors say that he got the training from al qaeda camp in pakistan. they were aware of him two years ago. jillian: should people that sell videos of approval dogfights go
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to prison? or is that a violation of freedom of speech? he was selling disturbing videos of these bloody pit bull fights. shannon is live from the supreme court. the man selling the videos says he is a dog lover and that he can somehow justify it. explain this to me. >> if you are an animal lover at all this is a tough one. the man said that he wanted to show how courageous and beautiful the animals are. his attorney argues he is a documentarian. he is out on appeal. and eventually the third circuit court threw out a lot that his
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conviction was based on because they said it was a first amendment free-speech issue. i can tell you, a lot of people do not buy the argument that he somehow loved these animals. some of these flights ran for more than one hour. jillian: these animals were bred to kill each other? >> exactly. riffing each other limb from limb. a very disturbing picture. -- tearing each other limb from limb. a very disturbing picture. if you cannot market it based on this, it discourages the underlying crime. jillian: reminder, his defense
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is that he is a dog lover. who is challenging the law? >> an interesting group, "the new york times," the aclu, the nra, all on the same side. none of them like dogfighting. ñifrom the media standpoint you worry about being able to detect stories that are legitimate news events. the nra is worried about hunting and a freedom that many people enjoy. as well as posing videos of a hunting trip that could fall under this law. they are united behind stevens. jillian: shocking. as a dog lover i will editorialize.
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thank you. bill: did you see president obama's pitch yesterday for the health-care overhaul? we are now hearing that all white coats that they were wearing were handed out by the white house? some of these doctors did not know what to expect from the event. jillian: the 2016 olympics? pack your bulletproof vest, our live report from rio de janeiro, just ahead. bill: an elderly woman, she needed skin grafts to recover from being attacked byw raccoonsattackedho ken -- attacked by raccoons. who knew? >> i was shocked. she was covered in blood. >> her achilles' tendon was hanging off of her leg. there were scratches on her back in her chest.
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jillian: bad news for brides, after 70 years "gourmet magazine" is stopping publication. it is not the only magazine saying farewell. this is shocking. "cookie" magazine and "modern bride" as well as "elegant bride" are coming to an end. bill: what are we going to read? [laughter] jillian: need to know about cookies? bill: every week. lots of white coats on the white house lawn yesterday as the president invited doctors to promote his health-care plan. >> every one of you here today took an oath when you entered
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the medical profession. not an oath that he would spend a lot of time on the phone with insurance companies. it was not an oath that you would have to turn away patients that you know could use your help. it was not an oath to become bean counters or paper pushers. you took an oath to heal people, to save lives. the reforms we are proposing to the health care system will help you. bill: turns out some of the doctors had no idea why they were invited. were some of the doctors they're not on board with the health care plan? -- some of the doctors that were there were not on board with the health care plan? >> they agreed that doctors should not be billing carts and refusing patients, but it is
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government that makes us spend the most time on regulatory paperwork, government saying that they cannot treat medicare patients for free. bill: some agreement, but the second part has to go to the amount of time the doctors spend with their patients? the crux of the issue for a lot of doctors. you told our producers that you would go and talk to the doctors from the white house yesterday here did you meet any of them? >> and lott. one of our members was invited, he is a very outspoken critic of the president. he looked to ban the individual insurance mandate. i spoke to other folks that were single payer supporters, they completely disagreed with the president and in a letter that they brought with them they talked about how the max baucus plan is an insurance industry plan that they would never
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support. bill: is that right? >> they still went to the event, the thought that they could talk to the president. the president said that this was doctors supporting him, he might as well have had his ringmaster hat on asñr he made them jump through hoops. bill: these are your words, i believe, the white house tried to find a variety of doctors? how'd you know that? >> many of the doctors i spoke with were contacted by a group called doctors for america. also tied in with the union groups. bill: that is doctors for america? >> that is right. bill: hang on. i do not want to get too far out there.
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one thing at a time pyriphlegethon -- one thing at a time. what about handing out of white coats? >> i heard about that. they had meetings before and after words. many of these people were contacted by doctors for america and asked to appear. bill: how do they think that when yesterday? were they happy with that? did they have a chance to express their views to the president? >> they did not have a chance to talk with the president rather than a couple of them were able to meet, obviously there as props. doctors being crops. what we are saying is that this is just shameful that the white house is trying to manipulate doctors at this point, talking
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about removing legs and tonsils for money? doctors have been vilified. now he needs the doctors, so he is coming out in using them. bill: strong language, calling these doctors crops. >> if we had 1000 doctors and supporters on september 10 who opposed government involvement in madison, if he really wanted to hear what we had to say he would have taken our requests for white house meetings. he has shown that he is not open to what doctors have to say. bill: we heard this from the white house yesterday, now we are hearing this from you today. thank you. jillian: president obama has not yet decided whether to send thousands of more troops to afghanistan. his top commander on the ground has asked for those troops.
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what does this possible behind- the-scenes battle mean for soldiers on the front line? bill: a first -- a florida grand mother suffers injuries suffered outside of her home from a pack of raccoons. have you heard of this before? >> we will never be absolutely sure, even if we capture a lot of raccoons, the they are the suspects. but they will be dealt with and tested. who wants to take a chance? do you see these children? boss:hey, glad i caught you. i was on my way to present ideas about all the discounts we're offering. i've got some catchphrases that'll make these savings even more memorable. gecko: all right... gecko: good driver discounts. now that's the stuff...? boss: how 'bout this? gecko: ...they're the bee's knees?
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boss: or this? gecko: sir, how 'bout just "fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance." boss: ha, yeah, good luck with that catching on! anncr: geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance.
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jillian: one of the most stunning stories of the day, a florida neighborhood is on edge after a group of aggressive
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raccoons attacked a grandmother. she is still in hospital, by the way. she is going to need skin grafts to recover. gloria has the story. >> they might look cute, cuddly, and harmless, but sheriff's investigators say not to be fooled. this pack of raccoons viciously attacked a 74-year-old woman at her front door on sunday evening. neighbors heard the victim screaming for help. >> i was shocked. she was covered in blood and. i did not know what had happened until i saw the recommends. >> pretty much down to the bone. they ripped her achilles' tendon off with one leg. they cut her head, her mouth, her back in her chest. >> this 74-year-old woman held
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-- heard some noise at her front door. when she tried to scare away the raccoons, they turned violent. >> large, gaping wounds on her legs. they got her down and continued to attack her. for unknown reasons they broke off and ran away. >> animal control spent most of the day searching the neighborhood, setting traps. so far, no signs. >> i have three little children. i am fearful that they are out there, they would get a little person. >> the victim will undergo intense treatment. the focus now is to find the raccoons and test them for rabies. the sheriff says that with so many little ones in the neighborhood there is no room for wild animals that have shown violent aggression. >> we will never be absolutely sure, even if we capture a live
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recondite, that they are the suspect raccoons. but they will be dealt with and tested. who wants to take a chance? do you want us to? the you see these children? we will not take a chance. -- do you see these children? we will not take a chance. jillian: if i was a parent in that area i would be freaking out. bill: that is bizarre. a jillian: live in florida, there are raccoons, -- i lived in florida, there are raccoons but they are not in marauding gangs. bill: the way that they went after this woman. jillian: in florida many of these communities are encroaching into what was bill wild life. bill: it happens everywhere. jillian: especially in florida. not really surprising. bill: we hope that she recovers jillian: soonjillian definitely. -- recover soon.
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jillian: definitely. bill: have you check your -- have you checked your property tax bill lately? çójillian: it might look like a scene from a movie, gunpoint and a shootout in the street. hopefully things will change before the olympics. we all live in rio, coming up. or diabetics on medicare! i'm a diabetic and i want you to know over 230,000 u.s.
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jillian: to cut costs or coverage? that is the big debate facing lawmakers on capitol hill. critics say that efforts to keep costs down are going to keep the plan from covering all americans, which could threaten the entire health care plan. mike, what about the coverage versus cost issue regarding health care reform? what are the challenges involved? >> the government is trying to bring down costs for consumers and make it affordable to do health care reform. how do you do it? some experts are predicting that for a young, healthy person your cost might go up. you might have to balance the equation against an older guy, who might have diabetes, bringing the cost down. there is a lot of difficulty in making it affordable for the government and making it affordable for many american
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consumers and trying to create more coverage. jillian: when we talk about health care coverage and reform, there is concern about those who are underinsured. what about that? >> the government is talking about increasing the standards, not so much if your employer is providing coverage, but if you provide your own health coverage many lawmakers are saying that the standards are not high enough, they would raise the bar for that. a lot of people, republicans, saying why is washington dictating what kind of insurance i have to buy for my family? democrats say that they are raising the bar to try to help your family have a better life. there is a naturalñi tension ovr what the right approach should
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be. washington or individual consumers making the decisions. jillian: there was a deal that had to do with the number of americans getting health insurance. talk about that. >> when the dit -- when the deal was initially struck this summer the idea was that health insurance reform coverage would drop to 91%. hospitals are saying that there will be even fewer customers, hospitals are beginning to wonder if this is a good deal for them. jillian: thank you, mike. bill: one month after a scandal almost brings down acorn, we will see the results of the internal investigation.
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remember, they were caught on camera telling prostitutes how to fake out the feds. that is when congress cut off the funding. acorn launched its own investigation. we will get the results live at 10:00 a.m. this morning. that is expected by -- in about 26 minutes. jillian: china is leading the world in economic recovery. most economies are facing flat growth, but china is poised to grow. dana lewis is back live in new york after visiting. tell us about it. >> this was not us interviewing government people about the economy performing. we were able to get into governing everything from
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christmas trees to men's suits. you hear a different story when you look at the factories. this one is on the edge of beijing, they export suits to j.c. penney, telling us that exports are down 10%, that they have laid off workers. overall the chinese exports are down 23%. we care about the chinese economy. as some people say, they are american bankers, financing the government through lending in many respects. they are looking to buy their way out of economic troubles right now. that will dry up around 2010. you have to wonder how soft those numbers are when you see the actual factors of what they are telling us. jillian: over the weekend we covered their big parade, lots
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of pomp and circumstance. lots of tanks with no real message. what is it like as far as a strategy developing a new market. are they planning on doing that? >> china has the biggest potential market in the world. american companies, if they want to survive, china is the next bright horizon. the fact is, they managed to survive and recover somewhat by turning in words. they are slowly getting higher salaries, one of the brightest economies in the future, american companies have to sell to them. they are also the biggest swirls on earth, saving, never spending
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money. jillian: welcome back. bill: report. so much is happening in that country that we need to understand. jillian: did you see that video from over the weekend? bill: a long way from macy's, right? in a moment, accused of a slap on the wrist, but not for this guy. how did he score more than one dozen years in prison? jillian: will acorn be able to regroup after the accusations against them? the ceo of the organization addresses the results of internal organization. we will go over that later in here on "america's newsroom."
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bill: politics in washington does not matter to these men, their lives are on the line. but there has been a noticeable friction over the last few days after a request leaked by general stanley mcchrystal for 40,000 troops to join the battle in afghanistan. last thursday they criticized white house policy. there has been a steady drift in the administration, including from the secretary of defense. >> it is imperative that we are all taking part in this deliberation. civilian and military alike, providing their best advice to the president candidly and
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privately. once the commander-in-chief makes his decisions, we will salute and execute those decisions faithfully and to the best of our ability. bill: that was a texas congressman, talking about his committee. i heard jim webb talking about his appearance on 60 minutes. it appears that they are loading up on mcchrystal. are they trying to keep him in a corner, publicly? >> i worry about that. he was announced with great fanfare as the best man for the job. when asked to make an assessment they seemed to want to keep that quiet, not tolerating any discussion about the real choices before us. it was a different thing when general petraeus came to talk
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about the choices in iraq. there was a big public hearing before congress. that was a way that the public could better understand. trying to squelch any generals opinion, it is hard to understand. bill: thousands of more nato troops, the other problem coming is the chain of command. general mcchrystal has to follow it. can you understand? >> general mcchrystal's responsibility is to say okay, you want me to accomplish this mission, this is what it will take to accomplish that mission. the president can say yes or no or make another adjustment. i hope that the president does not make a compromise with the
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mission remains the same and the general has his hands tied behind his back. bill: we will see exactly what comes out of this white house. bipartisan members of the house and senate, he said that he believes within 18 months afghanistan could be secure. that is a tall order. >> i would say that general mcchrystal is at the top of this list. numbers and approves, only a different strategy. he needs to be backed up all of the way if we are going to be in afghanistan. bill: just so that our viewers understand, this is not like where they set up an outpost,
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then going out and getting them. i think that the general is requesting that only the population centers be focused on to keep the people say. is that the right course? >> any classical counterinsurgency strategy focuses on the population first. that is what general mcchrystal is advocating. you can move out from there. that is not a risk free strategy. you cannot just nickel and dime away the strategy he requested.
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the worst is to go halfway. bill: we are watching this closely from the white house. thank you, sir. jillian: many states are getting their first dose of swine flu vaccine. one of our favorite doctors is going to be here to answer all of your questions. air bags serve -- airbags keep you safe behind the wheel in america, in rio de janeiro is bulletproof glass. that is where they're holding the 2016 olympics. 8w
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bill: if you thought that was a scene from a hollywood thriller, it was a gunfight coming from rio de janeiro. they are hosting the olympic games in 2016. the crime problem is so bad in that country it currently leads the world in building and selling armored cars. steve? >> we are actually in a slum here in rio de janeiro, where the houses are made of concrete and stacked on each other. and the thing about this city is that the slums are just a couple of blocks away from the very rich. that is what makes rio the number one seller of armored vehicles.
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this family has been robbed at gunpoint. >> 100,000 things went through my mind. are they going to take me? are they going to shoot? >> the host of the 2016 olympics has the highest rate of violence in the world. 120 companies now are more cars in brazil, 86,000 are on the road here, double the number from three years ago. $10,000 for kevlar, or steel for $25,000. an unpleasant necessity according to many of theñr peope here. one man that we spoke to hear at his conduct, civic armored, it cost him $140,000.
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it is so heavy the vehicle will only last for 30,000 miles. a huge investment that more and more people are making. bill: thank you, steve. the 2016 summer games in rio. jillian: there are lots of concerns over the president's massive health-care overhaul. this is following information from the ranking member of the senate finance committee, chuck grassley, saying that the health care bill would send to the states a new form of medicaid spending, a potentially crippling blow in the midst of the current economic downturn. guess who winds up paying? let's start with the basics. >> good morning. good to be with you. we are in must -- much better shape than most states.
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we are concerned about the future but we have been fairly fortunate until now. jillian: your concern over that plan, when it comes another who, off what is your biggest concern? >> that this is an unfunded medicaid expansion that they will balance health care reform on the backs of the state. if we need health care reform they should plan for the cost of that, not put it on the backs of the states. jillian: so many states have had to deal with cuts in different areas, what have you had to deal with? >> we have been fairly fortunate. we have controlled our spending and accelerated some of our tax relief. a fairly strong economy over the
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past few years has generated a strong cash reserve. the fact of the matter is that we are worried about the future. we are seeing declining receipts. we went out and balance our budget. unlike the federal government. there is another part to it. harry reid has a special provision that takes care of nevada with full funding but not the rest of the country. that is another very unfair portion. jillian: i know that you are not a soothsayer, but how would the averag nebraskan view this? >> we only have t choices. increasing taxes, which i do not want to do. or we are going to reduce funding for key programs like the education of children. not an investment that we want to reduce. choices at the state level are
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very difficult. that is why i have encouraged united states senators to take a careful look at this. right now as this bill is written is bad news for nebraska and america in terms of the cost. jillian: if the states were in a stronger position, do you think that you would feel differently about this plan? >> no, we would not. we have always opposed unfunded mandates no matter the issue. i try to keep that in mind. we do not want to push any unfunded mandates on local governments. this is a fundamental principle that we believe in strongly. jillian: in the senate finance committee, what do you see as the solution? >> focus on costs. skyrocketing premiums, the cost of health care in general, that
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is what americans want the government to focus on. jillian: thank you. bill: 10 seconds. he pulled off. [laughter] about one more -- one month after they caught on tape scandal brought down acorn, we have the results of an internal investigation at the top of the hour. jillian: it is a tough job but someone has got to do it. taxi drivers and pedicab drivers, navigating the streets. can these guys learn to get along? we got it on tape. .
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[captioning made possible by fox news channel] captioned by the national captioning institute bill: the results of acorn's
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internal investigation are said to be released the acorn ceo will be at the microphone in a moment at the national press club in washington. the left-wing activist group proving itself after a scandal of offices caught on tape, workers accused of telling a prostitute how to cheat the irs and skirt tax laws. jillian: hello. hello, megyn. we miss you. acorn has been reluctant at first to initiate a review of any time. after intense pressure from every direction, here we are today. bill: we are going to find out in a moment. good morning to you. set the table for a spirited >> we expect this news conference to start any moment now let me
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start with what acorn is saying about these attacks. mean and nasty. that is what they called the reports on its credibility. the letter was written by the acorn chief. this comes as she is about to headline this conference at the national press club in washington, d.c. to defend acorn. she will respond to the latest allegations coming this morning. a $1 billion embezzlement from the director of its brother -- from the brother of its director. the brothers allegedly may have embezzled $5 million from acorn, not the $1 million that acorn has always claimed that new figure is according to subpoenas from prosecutors treated she denies that the embezzlement was that much. he has paid back some of the money, but there have never
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been criminal charges in this case ms. lewis is using the troubles as a fund-raising pitch. she sent out a report, saying that it was poisonous propaganda. she said "we need your help to survive. we're used to attack from fox news and the forces committed to maintaining the status quo. the smears and attacks are mean and nasty because the people behind it now that they are -- know who they are dealing with acorn and its supporters are fighting back we have just learned that the ranking member of the house judiciary committee has sent a letter to attorney general eric holder calling for a special counsel to investigate allegations of criminal conduct against acorn. he expressed concern that the president's close political ties to the organization could prohibit ineffective investigation.
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a judge in nevada and decided that a criminal trial of acorn itself will get underway. acorn and the former official are convicted -- are accused of this. bill: congress is looking into it. just the money figure here, we knew about $1 million. an internal review could be as high as $5 million? the head of the organization says that is not true. i imagine that we will hear her defense any moment. >> she claims that the figure comes from to ex board members. they could have, from the reform group after the news of this embezzlement came down. we will probably get more answers from miss lewis.
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, bill: we will watch the national press club in washington. thank you. jillian: in about four hours, house and senate leaders will head to the white house for a meeting on afghanistan. . no, u.s. troops are fighting in the most desolate corners of afghanistan. the troops get support and supplies from the air force 911 team. their job is to fly into an active war zone, set up a fully functional airfield from scratch. a fox news exclusive. >> good to see you. when it comes to this war, a lot of people think that it is just people out on the front lines with guns waging battles against the enemy.
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there are many on some heroes. -- unsung heroes. that is where the contingency response wing comes in. landing this plane in the middle of a war zone can be unnerving. offloading the cargo has to happen fast so that the bird is not on the ground long. it is more difficult than it looks. >> for everyone who was out there on the front lines, you have people in the back that are taking care of them. they are getting supplies out to them so that they can engage the enemy. >> at most four were operating basis, everyone and anyone will pitch in. you have the contingency response wing on the ground. they have people who are specially trained just to load these plans.
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this right here is when they swing into action >> we have increased throughput 110%. the equipment is not readily available. >> a aside from moving that precious cargo, another vital role, protecting the airfield and the planes coming in and out. that is up to the security forces patrolling 24 hours a day, looking for the enemy. the u.s. air force is all in this war, working side by side with other branches of the military. we had the opportunity to profile a major training mission of the contingency response weink. that time, we were in the middle of the mojave desert in california. out here in afghanistan, a lot of the surroundings are very similar. the air men say that it was that training that gave them a
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great experience in preparation for the real deal. bill: it is like camping in the desert. new developments now in a hearing for the alleged terrorist. he is accused of planting a car full of phony explosives near dallas he was intending to blow up a nearby skyscraper. >> he made invitations on the internet to anyone listening to provide him with the tools to commit a terrorist attack. bill: we are hearing reports that he posted the following message on an extremist web forum. brothers, i am in america. if i can be of use, i have a jordanian citizenship. he is now in federal custody. they are ruling out the swine flu -- doling out the swine flu
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vaccine. a large number of americans have questions and concerns about that vaccine. in three minutes, one of our favorite doctors answers the questions about whether you or your parents should get that vaccine. jillian: desperate times call for desperate measures. wait until we show you what is moving in next door. bill: in a moment, the local sheriff on what they are doing to protect residents in this town. have you heard about this? >> viciously attacked her. she had large gaping wounds on her legs. they continued to attacker. all of a sudden, they broke off and ran away. i have asthma.
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and when my symptoms-the coughing, wheezing, tightness in my chest came back- i knew i had to see my doctor. he told me i had choices in controller medicines. we chose symbicort. symbicort starts to improve my lung function within 15 minutes. that's important to me because i know the two medicines in symbicort are beginning to treat my symptoms and helping me take control of my asthma.
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and that makes symbicort a good choice for me. symbicort will not replace a rescue inhaler for sudden symptoms. and should not be taken more than twice a day. symbicort contains formoterol. medicines like formoterol may increase the chance of asthma-related death. so, it is not for people whose asthma is well controlled on other asthma medicines. see your doctor if your asthma does not improve or gets worse. i know symbicort won't replace a rescue inhaler. within 15 minutes symbicort starts to improve my lung function and begins to treat my symptoms. that makes symbicort a good choice for me. you have choices. ask your doctor if symbicort is right for you. (announcer) if you cannot afford your medication, astrazeneca may be able to help.
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bill: we are waiting to hear from the ceo of acorn. she is expected to address the internal investigation in washington, d.c. this morning. this comes to light in the wake of inappropriate behavior the backlash leading congress to cut all of the funding for the group. we will bring you the event live from "america's newsroom." we will wait for the news headlines. stay tuned for more. jillian: tracking h1n1. many states will be getting doses of the swine flu vaccine by tomorrow. you will not have to roll your sleeves up just yet. marianne silber is live in georgia where young kids are first in line to get the vaccine. this is not available to everybody? >> and is exactly it. the shot is not available yet.
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this is the first dose of nasal mist. it looks like this. we just heard a toddler screaming because he had never seen it before. it is pretty quick. you just have a couple of squirts up each nostril. in georgia, they are targeting two to four-year-olds. i have the district director for the health of state of georgia. tell me why the age group, you are targeting them. >> that decision makes sense in that they are real strong factors for this type of viral infection. they are very difficult to train to avoid an follow hi jane instructions. this is the first shipment of a much larger total shipment. because it is the first
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shipment, we are not going to be able to get everyone in the first run. the decision was made at the state level to give it to this age group. >> we talked about safety earlier. in the clinical trials they went through -- you were talking about your thoughts on the safety. what would you tell parents who are still leery about giving the vaccine to their children? >> the procedures are identical to those used in other flu vaccines. we have a flu is causing problems worldwide. i think the risk of not taking it out weighs the risk of taking it. >> the nasal spray is for healthy people. anyone in high risk group, pregnant women, people with medical conditions, they will have to wait for the injectable version, which should be available over the next couple of weeks. jillian: from this past april 15
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until now, states confirmed 43,000 cases of h1n1 of those cases, 5000, and 11 people -- 5000 people were hospitalized. what should we all do about this? should we go out and get the vaccine? we are joined by a fox news medical contributor. great to see you again. i apologize. my nose is very stuffy today because i have a cold. if you are sick or you have a cold, should you wait to go out and get the vaccine? should your child way? >> i think they should wait. if your at the height of having a cold, i would just wait it out until you feel that the symptoms are resolving. then it would be safe to take the vaccination. you do not want to be in a situation where your immune system has to fight two things at the same time.
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you want your body to build up a strong immunity. jillian: who should be running out first to get the vaccine? >> pregnant women should be getting it first. they have had 28 pregnant women die from the h1n1 flu. jillian: why is that? >> that is the concerning aspect of this. it has affected people who are relatively healthy, but pregnant. they seem to be hit quite strongly with this h1n1 virus. those women should definitely be going to get vaccinations. if you think you are going to get pregnant during the flu season, you should get the vaccine. small children and all the way up to college kids should be getting the vaccination they are going to be in these high-risk groups where they are going to be around each other. the virus is very contagious. jillian: thank you. we appreciate it.
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if you want more information, and to our website. use the keyword h1n1 in the search box. i do not want to steer any jokes about me. it is not swine flu. bill: no problems. we are watching bertha lewis a addressing some of the issues that have come to light about acorn. >> make me the biggest threat to democracy in our country, then maybe i need to check my definition of the word democracy. ouri identify with the struggles of our members because i am to -- i am a member of acorn. i know what it is to struggle. growing up in a two-bedroom apartment with seven siblings as you quickly learn, you have to
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learn how to organize when you have seven brothers and sisters to get what you need, from food to a space in the bed. as a child, entertaining and theater were my passions. for me, it was a vehicle for social change. coming of age in the late 1960's, like most of my peers, we considered ourselves a revolutionary. i just believed that you did the revolution through musicals. my passion to pursue theater eventually brought me to new york city where i volunteered for a small theater in midtown manhattan. i did whenever needed to be done, selling candy, offering, cleaning. when the owner passed away, i took over. that seems to be a running theme here. i was finally living my dream
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producing plays in new york city. bill: we are waiting for the relevant news based on reporting earlier today we have been reporting on $1 million of embezzled money from acorn going back a few years. the attorney general says that it might be higher, as high as $5 million. when the comments become relevant, we will bring them to you. acorn is making news down in washington. jillian: high winds making for a treacherous balloon festival. this video is unbelievable. we will show you what happened. a pilot in the emergency room. in the video is straight ahead. sfx: coin drop, can shaking
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jillian: high winds hit a hot
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air balloon festival. this is the video. obviously something happened to it. it just completely depleted. can you imagine being one of the balloonists alongside them? it was competing in a festival. it goes crashing into a tent. a passenger was thrown more than 30 feet to the ground. luckily, he was not seriously injured. the pilot immediately deflates the balloon. hard landing put the pilot in hospital as well. police say that they are investigating the accident. bill: what was he thinking at that time? that is the biggest fear. if you have been to a mall lately, owners are desperate to fill space.
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good morning to you. i imagine you could get a deal out there right now permitted is not great for the retail sector. what did you find? >> not great for the retail sector at all it depends on where you are. 10% is the number that rental agencies do not want to talk about. that is the number of stores nationwide that are empty. if you have always wanted to start your own business, you want to sign a contract, leasing agents say that you can write your own contract now. you can decide how long you want to sign for, how much you will actually pay. in some cases, you could probably put in their. this is what leasing agents tell us right now. it is a great time when you are thinking about starting your own business bill: you think you could take advantage of the opportunity right now and could get a stronger business in there. a lot of people are paying a big
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price for this. >> these people right now that you are talking about, they are renting space all over. these malls and these shopping centers are dying to get people in there. in central florida, there is one place called metro church. they opened up a church that used to be an own -- in what used to be an old convenience store. they put their church in there. they are leasing out space to several other tenants inside the old strip mall. inside one of the fanciest indoor shopping malls and south florida, they have leased out space to the children's theater workshop. the lady who runs that place told them, we need to know whether or not it would accept our bid. the mall came back and said, why not try? it turns out, you have people coming to the mall.
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you have parents bringing their kids to this workshop. all in all, it seems that they have the cash. bill: in these recessionary times, an interesting story. thank you. juliet: the first taping of david letterman's show since his outburst. what he said about his wife and his marriage coming up next. bill: the spiritual leader of tibet is the dalai lama. he's in washington today. he will not be meeting with
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more than 2.5 million people. when he visits the capital city, he will not be walking through the halls of the white house. he was presented with the presidential medal of freedom by former president bush. he also met with president clinton six times, at least president obama postponing a sit down with him until after he meets with leaders in china in november. the president is concerned about creating friction with beijing. molly henneberg is live in washington. not all democrats are shying away from the dalai lama. what is going on today? >> the top speaker is attending a human rights event with the dali ai lama. he well received a human rights prize and memory of tom lantos.
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going back to 1991, president george h. w. bush, he has met 10 times with presidents since then. it was president george of the bush that was the first sitting president to meet publicly with him and present him with the congressional gold medal. juliet: what are republicans saying about this postponement of the meeting? >> you are hearing disappointment from them. the white house is clear that this is is postponing the meeting, not canceling it. the ranking republican on the house foreign affairs committee says that the u.s. is kowtowing to beijing again by refusing to meet with his holiness. this is a policy turned upside down. keep in mind that the white house needs china on a number of international issues, including presumably trying to stop north korea and iran from developing nuclear weapons. the president wants to wait to meet with the dalai lama until
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after he meets with the chinese president. bill: we're keeping an eye on this event, the ceo of acorn speaking in washington now. we expected her to address some of the latest charges. the attorney general in louisiana says that it could be up to five times that amount, $5 million. she says that the allegations are completely false. we are waiting on darrel isa. let's gather some more information about her position. >> we were punished for following the law and doing the right thing. that part of the story was never told. and so, nine months later, it finally began to resonate with people that we had not had one
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individual who voted fraudulently in the presidential election because of an acorn registration. not one mickey mouse, not one donald duck, not one new york jet, or any other fraudulent person. this voter fraud and the allegations of voter fraud has hung a shadow over the presidential election. it proved to be an utter fabrication and a work of fiction that was created by the people who wrote it. here is a big surprise. we do not want to do voter registration. we do not think any third party should do voter registration. we believe that in this democracy, the government should
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have automatic and universal registration for all of its citizens. you know how we give every day be a part certificate. we spend $22 million a year making sure that every -- bill: that will be part of her argument to register every american automatically. that is different from voter fraud now. we're talking but registration. good morning to you, sir. we have heard nothing on the embezzlement charge. what is your reaction? >> as you know, acorn it is so opaque to all of us because of its unique status as a nonprofit taxable entity. we really have no way of knowing our bigger question is not how pay they were in the past, it is whether or not the
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ceo is ever going to change the company to be more conventional as a nonprofit, the way that the red cross or other organizations are, which tend to be very transparent. bill: she says that the allegations are completely false. what do you think about the voter registration issue with acorn? is it something that they should be out of business entirely? >> we have a seat for an incredible amount of fraud. if you register everybody sort of automatically, and the only thing that acorn has to do is turn out fraudulent votes. very often, that unfortunately has been going to the voter who is inquiring how many people have voted. miraculously, they show up and vote. it is a little disingenuous to say that she does not want to register voters when she wants
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to turn out voters the way that acorn also does. bill: the census says that they're going to cut off ties. if acorn no longer gets the money and if acorn no longer is able to register voters, will that have impact on the elections in america? >> let's understand, there are community groups other than acorn, tens of thousands of them around the country, charities, religious and nonreligious groups that can do all the good deeds that acorn takes credit for can't compete for those grants unsuccessfully because of acorn's political power. bill: if you are not out there registering people, that could influence the outcome of certain elections. i believe that she is going to talk about the videotapes.
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>> even one of them saying that she shot her husband. he was alive and well in the next town. no matter, those actions are indefensible and we have to change that. in a way, we have aided and abetted our attackers. an internal problem we have been addressing now for a year, rampant, constant claims of voter registration fraud because our program is the most successful in the country. in order to ensure that we take the need for self evaluation very seriously. let me tell you a little bit about what i have done since becoming the ceo. you notice that title that i
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have now is ceo. bill: she had said that same word, not being able to defend them on the allegations they saw. saying that we have aided and abetted our attackers, in reference to those who are opposed to acorn, and say that they have been addressing it for a year. >> it is very clear that they have aided and abetted [slur] because the outrageous thing that she is talking about is the tip of the iceberg. acorn 8 and betz anybody, including [slur] with getting public assistance. one-third of their registrations
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were fraudulent. when you look at that type of ratio or you expected to be 98% accurate or more, there was so much rampant fraud that his organization was deliberately defrauding the registration process. if i sit at home and i make up names and put them on cards and send them in, i can do a better job statistically than anybody else. we ask for very high accuracy to make sure that people who register and then vote. bill: is acorn through with voter registration? is that part of their history gone now? >> i think their credibility is completely gone. i think the credibility of other organization -- why would you use an organization that is so tainted?
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bill: we will continue to listen to her in washington. juliet: they go dumpster diving. they make a mess out of your yard. one vicious pack of raccoons much more than just a menace to the community. a terrifying story for anyone who ever taken out the trash. >> even if we capture a lot of a raccoon tonight, that they are our suspect raccoons. who wants to take a chance? you see these children. do you want us to take a chance? sfx:racking of a taillight.
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jane: we want to update you on that newborn baby boy a kidnapped from his home. this is the question being asked today. was the mother involved in some sort of scheme to make money off of her own baby's kidnapping? we will see you at top of the hour. juliet: back to a story we brought you about a group of aggressive raccoons terrorizing people in central florida. a grandmother was attacked so severely that she is going to be needing skin graft. >> we discussed with them actually, what do you do if you see any wild animal. >> i think we need to get rid of them. i am about to bring out a shotgun myself. juliet: on the phone with us this morning is someone who probably does not want that to happen. sheriff, good to have you today.
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it is better up here than down there where you got this marauding band of raccoons. what was she doing? was she feeding them? had she ever fed them -- had she ever seen them before? >> not at all. a friend saw them at the back door. they walked to the front of the house. she tried to shoo them away. at that point, they attacked her. she went down. when she fell to the ground, all five of the raccoons were biting her. they were minor bites and scratches -- they were big gaping wound on her legs. they bid her face into chest. -- face and her chest. i have never heard of such a thing. juliet: i have never heard of a
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band of raccoons attacking people like this. you know that people are very concerned. i have a feeling that there are a lot of people who feel the exact same way. what are you doing to protect the people? >> we have 16 traps out at this time. we have an animal control officer assigned specifically to that neighborhood. we think it is probably a mother and cubs. the mother was protecting the cubs. it was a vicious attack. there are a lot of children in this neighborhood dirty we are working closely with the neighbors. we are educating all the neighbors. we have caught one raccoon this morning. we do not know if it is one of the five or not. juliet: you said that earlier, you are not sure which raccoons are the suspect raccoons.
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you're basically going after all the raccoons in the area? >> absolutely. we do not have any choice. we do not know if this has created a pattern of activity with this particular family of raccoons. i have been around raccoons. we have never seen anything like this. i was raised in this community never in my years of the sheriff's office have we experienced anything to this degree. juliet: you do not want people walking down the streets with shotgun trying to take care of this themselves? >> absolutely not. we want people to be careful and leave their shotguns at home. bill: he is in the same category we are. we have never heard a story like this before.
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a woman mauled and killed by a black bear that she had been keeping as a pet. it happened in pennsylvania. she and her husband care for a number of wild animals. while she was cleaning the cage, the 350 pound animal suddenly turned on her. her young children saw the attack. that neighbor shot and killed the bear. she was pronounced dead on the scene. they also keep a tighter and an african lion on their property. if that is your business, you better make jury you know what you are doing. juliet: we have some video that clearly will not be used by the new york city chamber of commerce. maybe they thought it was a movie being filled -- being filmed or something.
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bill: we are hearing that illegal poaching of animals is big business in california, bringing in about $100 million a year. the problem is getting worse. what kind of animals are we talking about being poached? >> we're talking about everything, from fish to bears, mountain lions, you name it. in sacramento, the problem they have is people taking salmon and sturgeon eggs and selling them as far away as alaska. we're talking to a business that several years ago was estimated at $100 million but has
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increased exponentially. california game wardens have the second-largest jurisdiction in the country but only about 358 officers. they basically have to cover 150,000 square miles of land, along with 200,000 square miles of water. it is quite difficult. and you talk about the poaching problem. they have to fight it out in the wild, but they also have to go to stores and places around the state and do inspections of restaurants, looking for people who have illegally obtained food, in many cases. bill: what is the connection to the california budget crisis? >> they are the only law enforcement agency being furloughed. a lot of other agencies are dealing with cutbacks but are not being furloughed. already you have numbers -- florida game wardens have nearly 900. california, again, just 358. the same number as years ago before the population explosion.
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if you take the budget crunch into effect, they have to be furloughed, leaving a lot of land open in california. bill: that explains it. live in sacramento. thank you for that. juliet: 9 times of tent, road rage might be a in obscene gesture. wos inge o ats te dee s d foe t , ew cal thly% raeer swes ne llll ju caesac tuav thci usve n suyo rand tuswne swta™ (voice 2) how bad is it?
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bill: you know, it is not easy navigating the mean streets of the city that never sleeps. in manhattan's concrete jungle, things happen, not always good things. a tv news crew out of wnyw, a candid moment on camera. >> al the autry was shooting video for a series about a taxicab medallion program. he shot this video.
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what initiated it is not clear, but results played out as our cameras rolled. first, the to support each other, and then the -- they swore at each other, and the taxicab driver pulled his car into the bike next to it. a bang of the window, then this. the wrestling match was quite a show as passers-by and other television crew started watching and rolling. moments into it, myself and a photographer from "entertainment tonight" who was covering the david letterman story stepped in to break up the fight. from there, the two continued their verbal assault, pointing the finger of blame in each other's direction. it was not over than. the driver picked up a trash can, missing his target but spilling garbage into the street. street.


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