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if you tried that this weekend, you'd be freezing your butt off! where's the video? martha: makes the world go around. see you tomorrow. bill: see you guys, "happening now" starts right now. jane good morning, i'm jane skinner, along with jon, we continue to hear about racial comment that democrat leader hiree reid said about barack obama, republicans saying he should resign as majority leader, democrats saying forget it, the book is closed. jon: in miami, the killer of a young beautiful model, surveillance video shows paula sladewski leaving after partying, her body was dumped into a dumpster. jane: florida, breaking cold records set more than # on years ago, imagine this, 36 degrees in miami.
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what's to come? jon: meantime, senate majority leader harry reid is under mounting pressure from republicans to step down from his leadership post this, after disclosure of racially charged remarks he made about president obama while a candidate. the democrats are closing around reid and blasting back against the racial record of republicans. janet bream is keeping an eye on it live from washington. so who are senator reid's biggest defenders now, janet? >> jon, you can't get any bigger than this. president obama himself, he says he accepts reid's apology without question and that he's personally seen that reid is very passionate about social justice issues, also top civil rights leaders are coming to reid's defense, hillary shelton from the naacp says reid's comments were awkward, but he's forgiven, the apology accepted, even when it comes to the reference to the president's ability to turn on or off a, quote, negro dialect. here's what shelton says. >> barack obama has the ability to speak well to an audience that is predominantly white, as he
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does for ones that are predominantly african american. if you look at the way he talks about things, like everyone else, if you're at home talking to momma, you speak differently than on the job or hanging out with friends. it's very different. >> shelton praised reid's long history in civil rights work. jon: but there are lots of calls to step down from the leadership post. >> there is a growing course of republicans who say that would be appropriate, including senator jon cornyn who says democrats are being hypocrites because they'd never -- they'd never get away with these comment, and michael steele had a sparring match going on with his counterpart, governor tim kaine. >> if mcconnell used those words, no one would find it to be credible. if it's not credible for me saying it, it's certainly not credible for the democrats to sit back and say well, it was in the context of saying something
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nice. it's an old mindset, when you're using language in 2008 that harkens back to the 1950s and '60s. >> steele said if senate minority leader, the top republican, mitch mcconnell had said it, democrats would be calling for him to 12e7 -- to step down. jon what's the outlook for the majority leader in the short run and long run? >> the democrats are closing around him, especially the white house because he's a key anything health care. that's got to be part of the debate that factors in because he needs to stay in the senate where he's wrangeled enough votes to keep health care moving. if you're looking to the fall where he face as tough reelection campaign in nevada it's debatable whether he's going to be able to keep that seat, jon. jon: shannon bream, thank you, live for us from washington. jane want to get new information out of iraq, we're told that five people with hurt after a car bomb attached to a car exploded.
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police say the politician was not in the convoy was not in the car when the bomb went out, it rocked the neighborhood in south baghdad near a bridge that leads to a presidential palace and a baghdad university complex. violence in iraq has decreased, there are several, though, bombings each day and a lot of analysts expect violence could increase in the runup to elections in march. jon: breaking news out of afghanistan. it's a deadly day for nato forces there. six soldiers, killed in several different battles. three of them, americans. a spokesman for the u.s. military says the americans were patrolling an area in southern afghanistan, when they were caught in a firefight with militants. jane also in afghanistan, there's word the remote control spy planes, known as drone, they almost seem to be doing their job too well, they've been generate sog much video intelligence analysts are reportedly finding hard to keep up with it all. let's get to melanie regarding the data. >> the military tells us the
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number of flight areas drones have flown over iraq and afghanistan has more than doubled in 2007 and "the new york times" reports is reporting air force drones collected nearly three times as much video over iraq and afghanistan in that period, so analysts are finding it difficult to keep up. "the new york times" says it's 24 years worth of video if you watch it continuously and analysts already watch every moment live from air force bases in the states. with more troops going to afghanistan, the military plans to ramp up the use of drones, meaning there's going to be even more video coming in as we go forward, jane. jane jane where does the video come from? >> it's also known as uavs, unmanned aerial vehicles. some drones do reconnaissance, gathering videos or pictures, others like the predatory drone can carry missiles and are capable of air strikes. they're widely used in iraq and afghanistan and other trouble spots. jane: i guess better too much information than too
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little. what is the military trying to do to keep up with all they're getting? >> the "new york times" says that the air force is adding more analysts to handle the data and it's getting a new computer system. i just spoke to commander joseph smith from the national geospatial intelligence agency and he says the military is also testing techniques that are used by broadcasters. he compares it to football analysts, circling the plays during a gale and he says they're able to in football, they can classify terms like pass or fumble, in the military, they can circle suspicious activity classified for something like roadside bomb or the location, and then whoever is watching it or analyzing it can get flagged or alerted, any time something happens in that place or any time something is flagged with a certain term like roadside bombing, jane. jane: melanie wilson, d.c., thanks. jon: emotions are high at the federal courthouse in san francisco this morning, the supporters of gay marriage in california are going to court just about an hour from now. they began gathering outside the building early this morning for a vigil.
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they are fighting proposition eight of california law that bans same sex marriages. claudia cowen is live from the federal courthouse in san francisco. what's at the center of the argument, claudia? >> jon, having lost at the ballot box and in state court, state rights groups are challenging california's ban on same sex marriage in federal court and make no mistake, this is going to be a landmark trial with witnesses called and cross-examined. they're going to argue that california's ban violates the equal protection clause of the u.s. constitution because it targets a minority group and denies them a fundamental right, the right to get married for no rational or legitimate reason and they're going to try to convince this judge that the ban is an expression of animosity and that is a legal term toward hom sexuals. jon? >> jon: what's the other side going to argue? >> well, basically, they will argue that proposition eight isn't a ban on gay marriage as much as a preservation of traditional
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marriage, and that since gay couple necessary domestic partnerships in california as heterosexual married couples do, there is no violation of equal protection or due process. jon: and some pretty interesting and high-powered legal talent arguing this case, isn't there? >> you know, there really is. normally state law would be defended by state attorney generals jer gentlemen brown, well-known democrat in california, but he refused to do it because he said that he believes that gay couples have every right to get married. so the sponsors of proposition eight are defending this case themselves. they have hired veteran high profile attorney chuck cooper to come in and represent their views. on the other side, arguing in favor of same sex marriage, ted l son and david boyce, two former rivals that represented george bush and al gore respectively during the hanging chad dispute in florida during the 2000 presidential elections. and jon, just a quick note
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here, we have some breaking news, there had been a lot of debate here in san francisco about whether cameras were going to be allowed in the courtroom to give widespread publicity and opportunities for people drawn to the same sex marriage issue to follow these proceedings on line, but the u.s. supreme court has just ruled that there will not be cameras for this proceeding. the proceedings may be videotaped and recorded, but they will not be broadcast, at least not right now on the internet, and jon, that is a huge victory for supporters of proposition # who did not want these cameras. back to you. jon: claudia cowan, thank you. jane: the u.s. is continuing to demand that yemen crack down on al-qaeda. what does the yemeni president want to do with terrorists? one of his ideas may not make americans happy.
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jane: he's become known as the other white house party crasher, carlos allen is his name, a washington businessman who attended that state dinner back in november for india's prime minister. well, he told good morning america this morning that he was indeed invited. he has the actual invitation. he also admitted he couldn't actually produce that invitation to show us, nor could he produce the seating card with his name on t he's an event planner in d.c., he said security checked him in, a white house staffer is the one who actually led him to the seat. jon yemen is very much in the spotlight as a hot bed of terror activity after the suspect in the botched christmas day airline attack
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admitted he was flaind yemen, and while u.s. troops are not headed to yemen, the country's president is promising to crack down on al-qaeda there, but he says he will deal with the terrorists on his own terms, and that includes offering to talk with any al-qaeda fighter who reannounces violence and terrorism. good idea or not? let's talk about it with lieutenant colonel tony schaeffer, at the center for advanced defense studies. the president of imrai -- yemen has been accused, toan -- tony, of vacillating, trying to be tough on al-qaeda for the western consumption and yet trying to make nice with al-qaeda for the problems they has in his own country. >> yeah, and frankly, anyone who sits the defense tends to draw fire from that fence and think that's what's about to happen unfortunately for him. there's no negotiating for having the open dialogue for these folks and i think we learn that from dealing with pakistan and a number of instances where they talked about giving, for example,
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the swat valley to the taliban. well, the first thing the taliban did was try to expand. i see the same thing happening here, the moment he gives into them, you're going to have is a situation like we did with the cia, with the jordanian individual. the idea that negotiating is not realistic, they will take, they will take, they will take and give nothing in return. frankly, one of the things i think the president is missing here and we need to be vigilant of is the fact that any time we negotiate with them, when their objective it is to kill or stabilize us, there's nothing in return that they can give us. there's nothing at all, and they will not lay the weapons down. any time we do this, they gain ground, we lose. jon: i'm reminded of an event that happened last year in saudi arabia when a guy who had supposedly been retrained, repatriated, wanted to give himself up to the saudi authorities, walked in, met with this prince with a bomb on his person, actually, inside his person, and blew himself up, and just about -- and just about the life of the saudi
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prince. it seems like negotiate wg al-qaeda, whether they claim to be renounced or not, doesn't seem like a good idea. >> and any time you talk about rehabilitation, you've got to take it with a huge grain of salt and we added to this situation in yemen by releasing these guys, a guy named balawi, i believe, who actually was part of the cole bottoming -- bombing. he supposedly rehabilitated but comes back to it. that, and with the saudi prince, we've got to look at these things realistically. i think we view this from the policy perspective with a lens of wishful thinking. theil -- these people don't have the same cultural or social values we do. we cannot look at it through that lens, we have to look at it the way they look through it, radicalized and once they're radicalized, there's no path coming out of it. and these people, they start when they're nine, ten, 11 years old, they form their views of the world, stay that way and there's no way to fix it once they become radicals and we have to be realistic and almost
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cold-blooded about this in many ways. jon: an even more recent example comes from that jordanian doctor who blew himself up in afghanistan, taking out the lives of seven cia people, some of whom were the most experienced hands we have in the hunt for osama bin laden. >> and i hate to say this and please don't take this the wrong way, they obviously weren't the best we had if they walked into a trap. we have to be pretty realistic when we deal with these things. i'm a case officer, as you and i talked b. i've been in combat, done these types of operations. you can never let your guard down, ever. so when we deal with these people, the terrorists -- doontd forget, we're not at war with islam, we're at war with radicals, it's important to understand how they're radicalized and what you have to do to deal with a radicalized individual, and i tell you, i don't think there's any way to rehabilitate anyone. if you give them the opportunity, they're going to say they're rehabilitated, go back and so the same thing again. jon: so president saleh of yemen, how do we hold his
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feet to the fire and make sier that he's living up to his agreement? >> i think the only way we can do that is in some instance, a direct partnership, which may, and i hate to say this, may indicate we need to go with troops on the ground at some point. we're giving him resources, we need to tie outcome to those resources. we cannot give them to him and hope for the be, we've got to tie a level of expectation to it and we've not done it so far even there or in pakistan, but we've got to expect something back for our investment and we must do it realistically and with progress, because i think the american people deserve progress. clearly, there's a threat there, we almost lost an airliner to one of their terrorists, this means direct action if necessary to protect the united states >> tony shaffer, center for advanced studies, good to talk to you. >> good to talk to you. jane: this is new information courtesy of the associated press, in the bake of -- wake of democratic leader harry reid's comment about barack obama when he was president, eric holder, the nation's
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first black attorney general is weighing into this debate, joining in the defense of the senate majority leader, saying there is, quote, a prejudice bone in his body, republicans say reid should step down from the post, they say there's a double standard here. a debate, fair an balanced, coming your way, next.
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jane: democrats defend senator majority leader harry reid for racial comments he made during the 2008 presidential contain date. we heard a couple of minutes ago from attorney general eric holder, he's told the ab that reid doesn't have a prejudice bone in his body, this stems from a book that came from the campaign that americans might vote for barack obama because he was a, quote, light-skinned african-american with no reg row dialect unless he wanted
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to have one. reid apologized over the weekend, the president said he accepted it. republicans are calling for reid to step down from the leadership post, accusing democrats of a double standard, they're comparing comments to trent lott made in 2002 about strom thurmond and his run for the president when he was a segregationist. lott resigned from his position as leader. just a reminder, here's what he said at the time. >> when strom thurmond ran for president, we voted for him, we're proud of it, and if the rest of the country followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years, lead. >> joe tripp was the campaign manager, tucker karlson is editor of the daily it's a new website, just launching today. both are fox news contributors. jose, i want to start with you. you heard from the top law enforcement officer in this country, the attorney general weighing in on this political controversy. has the white house asked him to do that, do you think? it seems a bit unusual. >> it's unusual, but he's got a personal relationship with senator reid, and knows
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him, knows the kind of record that reid has on civil rights and other issues, and so i think coming out and supporting reid and letting people know that he doesn't believe there's a racist bone in the senator's body is important. jane tucker, the president has said the book is closed on this one. are they using holder to try and make sure everybody understands the book is closed and it's locked? >> jon if it's calculated as that. i know attorney general holder's inability to keep his opinions to himself, so maybe he kind of freelanced this and said it out loud. i'm amazed by the number of democrats you hear saying we support reid, because he supports civil rights, as if his opponents don't support civil rights, as if there's any mainstream figure in american life who's against civil rights. everybody is for civil rights. what they're saying is he's for racial set aside, therefore given that phrase he gets a pass when he uses negro dialect. it's not much of an assent.
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jane: in this case the president was the target of the language that reid was using. >> right. jane: if he said it's closed, is it closed? >> well, we've done a bunch of calling around this morning and i'm pretty certain that the obvious is true, reid is likely to keep his leadership position unless we learn something else. no democrats have peeled off i don't think if there be immediate consequences. i do think he's in grave trouble in his election. the local tv anchor in las vegas is a powerful compon opponent. i think his numbers are terrible and he's likely to lose the election. jane: before we get to the potential of being reelected or not, i do want to ask you about what michael steele, the republican leader, had to say yesterday, he said if the republican leader in the senate, mitch mcconnell, had said this about an african-american president, the democrats would be scream fog his head. do you disagree with that? >> look, i don't think anybody is amazed that republicans are calling for this majority leader's head
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or that democrats called for a republican majority's head expwrain jane answer that directly first and then you can make your point. is there a double standard at work here, would that be the case f. mitch mcconnell hat ut -- had uttered these words and it had come out in this book, what would happen? >> i think people would be denouncing those words, just as republicans are denouncing these words and barack obama has accepted his apology. that's not the problem here. the problem here is senator lott, for example, he was not supported in his caucus. reid is. and so when reid's attacked, democrats coming out and saying they're supporting him and they're going to stand by him means he keeps his job. when lott made his mistake and the calls came out for his resignation, republicans didn't stand with him, he didn't get this kind of outcry from his own party of support. and so he resigned. it was -- it's a difference between the strength within the party.
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reid has support within the party, within his colleagues in the senate. lott didn't. and that's why lott resigned. it's not a double standard. it's about the strength each of them has. i do agree with tucker, that, look, this is going to be a very tough election out in nevada. it's going to be a very tight race. it's going to be fought to the end. this doesn't help him, because senator reid, you know, is behind out there, but anybody counts him out, too, and i don't -- i wouldn't count him out, i wouldn't take that seat for granted, and furthermore, i don't think this is going to have much to do with it. it's just not helpful. jane jane tucker, when analysts look at that race, they say it may go down to the fourth quarter, as some have said, because there's still ten minutes to gm, the gop candidates have to go through a primary but the sitting majority leader in the fight of his life is pretty significant. >> well, it's kind of weird considering. i mean, we were talking just 12 months ago about a permanent democratic majority and here's the lead
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democrat in the senate maybe -- senate maybe not being reelected. i couldn't be more famous, he's certainly brought money back to his state, why aren't the voters of nevada sold on harry reid after all this time. that's an interesting story. i'm not sure right to the bottom of it. but it's a huge development. and by the way, it has implications for the health care legislation. if that's such a popular initiative and he's quarterbacking it, why hasn't that helped him in the butt? that's an omnent sign -- ominous sign for democrats nationally. jane: viewers in the next hour, we'll be talking with one of the great political analysts from the state of nevada about this race, what's to come, who are the players here, and what to watch. it certainly is going to be a race to watch. thank you both. jon: you have noticed some big changes at the gas pumps in recent weeks? prices are on the rise. we'll tell you why, and whether they are expected to go even higher.
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jon: health care reform on the white house agenda today, and later this afternoon, the president has some explaining to do. he'll meet with union leaders to try to talk with them about their 1kwr07 position -- opposition to taxing the so-called cadillac health plans that many union members enjoy. the tax on high cost insurance plans would pay for part of the health care overhaul, at least under one proposal in congress. union leaders call the tax bad policy and bad politics, saying it would be passed along to workers, but the president defend the tax as way to drive down health
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costs. jane: last time president obama had a full-fledged news conference was nearly six months ago. what has been the reaction to this dry spell? mike emanuel is at the white house for us. what is the white house saying about this, mike? >> jane, there hasn't been a whole lot said about it but just on friday, press secretary robert gibbs was asked about the news conference issue. here's what he had to say. >> we did this before. i think the last time we did, we talked about the president's media schedule and here you all reminded me of our dramatic overexposure >> i'm sure we didn't feel that way. >> the exchange continued and gibbs was asked if there were plans for a news conference and e7d not that he's aware of, jane. jane: is this the only complaint about this or have we heard this before? >> we've heard it before. of course, president clinton went through a dry spell of news conferences when the monica lewinsky story broke, he did a news conference 3 1/2 months after the story broke and waited another
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10 1/2 months before doing another news conference. president bush 43 was caught in the spotlight of this, in 2008 when reporters complained about access to the the and asking him questions and dana per ino said the president does not want to get dragged into the 2008 campaign between senator mccain and senator obama, so it's a familiar thing, but what reporters will tell you, the important thing is this is the way the american public is able to hear from the president about a variety of subjects and it's the way to hold the president's feet to the fire for the american public, jane. jane: what about the last time he held one, what was that one about? >> it was july of last year and it was focused mostly on health care reform, but the final question of the news conference came from lynn sweep, who asked about the arrest of president obama's friend, professor henry hughis gates, the harvard professor, by the cambridge police department. he famously said that the cambridge police had acted stupidly, which erupted a whole controversy. ultimately the beer summit was held at the white house
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to try to calm that down but two -- counsel -- calm that down but it took the president off message. jane: mike emanuel, thanks. jon: have you noticed, gas prices are on the rise, the average price of a gallon of gas pumped 14 cents over the last three weeks. what gives? laura engle with some answers. >> it's the perfect story of supply and demand with international competition thrown in. it has made many consumers tighten their belts more and hold on for a very uncomfortable ride when it comes to doling out cash for gas and heating oil. the prices shot up 96 cents over the past year, according to aaa, the national average for a gallon of regular gas now stands at 2.75. that's about a 53 percent increase from the same time in january of '09. the cold snap here on the east coast has done its part to eat away at the oil and gas stockpiles, freezing temperatures across the u.s. and all over the world,
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really, is also chipping away at supplies everywhere. then you've got residential home heating, oil prices, which are up 21 percent from last year, driving homeowners to reach out for winter fuel aid and apply for home heating assistance, because quite simply, they can't afford it anymore. crude oil prices have peaked at over $83 a barrel, that has translated to about 2.8 on a gallon for homeowners who say you know what, rather just throw on an extra sweater than pay the extra cost. the dollar dropped to a three-week low which has also inflated oil prices as it always does, that combined with oil demand from countries like china and india which are growing faster than the united states is also contributing to the problem. in fact china consumers were on an automobile shopping spree last year, far surpassing -- surpassing the cars manufactured in the u.s., which means more gas tanks to fill around the globe. analysts say we haven't seen the last of the spike forks sure. jon: whatever, doesn't sound like fun, laura engle, thank
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you. i would imagine sitting at the 50-yard line for the super bowl or maybe getting a ticket to the finish line for the daytona 500, you might think you've got the best seats in the house but there's a new device that takes live event toss a whole dimension and without it you might feel like you're missing out on the action. phil keating has more on kangaroo tv, he's live for us in miami. so is this thing getting a lot of buzz in the nfl, phil? >> it is, jon, a lot of buzz none of the playoff games over the past weekend featured this device, the kangaroo tv, but what it does for you and it was available all season long as a test-out in dolphins stadium, or land spark stadium, it allows you to become the producer of your own broadcast network while you're sitting there in your seat at the stadium. it's available in the club level and in the suite, so it's part of the entire ensem whether package for those -- sen semmably package for the season ticket holders and alous to you watch ten different replays, as well as slow
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motion replay, you get the end zone, the cameras on the cheer leaders, even, when i'm told by canada that that's quite popular. jon: what do you have to pay to use this thing? >> it comes as part of the package, that you have a suite or the club level, and aside from watching all of the replays and every single camera angle in the stadium, you can access that on demand, but you can also access all of the stats going on around the league in live, real-time, and if you're big into the fantasy football, you can also be up to date on that as well. as far as whether this is helping to keep season ticketholders from watching their games and leaving the stadiums, the kangaroo and the dolphins franchise say it's too early to say whether this amenity is keeping season ticketholders. >> what about other teams, are they going to be offering it next year? >> that is the work they're up to in montreal, they're
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trying to get this to other stadiums. we talked with the fans at the dolphins stayed ul and once you see it -- and they want to see it all over the other leagues and stadiums, and you understand why the fans just love it. >> the thing is unbelievable, actually. you're able to watch more than one game, you're also able to look at all the replays from different angles. it's actually very cool, because it's not something that you can get normally off of the television. you get what they give you. but this, you can control it >> yeah, and the makers say this is actually better than watching the tv at home, because you can actually control all of these different camera angles. it really takes a whole fan experience to another level, jon. jon: so you go to the game but you watch it on tv. okay. phil keating, thanks. jane: i actually used one of those in miami and i was so rude to the people i was sitting with because i couldn't stop watching. jon: you rude? jane: hard to imagine, isn't it. speaking of miami, phil
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always looks supercool like nothing is phasing him but it's freezing there. 36 degrees, or almost freezing, breaking a record set 80 years ago in miami, in west palm, 33 n. tallahassee, florida, 14 degrees. rick, what's going on? when's it going to end? >> you don't often have to scrape the ice off your windshield 234 florida -- windshield in florida but those guys had to break out, what, a credit card? it's almost done. we've got to get through it. here's where the temperatures are now, we're warming up across most of florida. take a look at some of the records we've seen broken, and these are really significant. these are temperatures, we've only seen 14 degrees in new york city one night and that was the night before last and they saw it in tallahassee. that tells you how low and far south the cold air has sunk, and key west, 42 degrees, the coldest temperature there ever recorded is 41. so you almost broke that record. it's really been the duration of this cold what's
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been -- that's been the big problem. you get it for a day or two, you is handle it but you get it for ten or 12 days, it's a problem. here's the temperatures tonight, freezing mark in orlando, these temps in general, around four to 5 degrees warmer than you were last night and you'll take t. and then we're going to start to see a warmup this week. here's the temp, so notice across the plains, much better than where you've been. it's still cold, obviously, still winter but we're getting temps closer to where we should be and by tomorrow, you'll start to see some of the greens return, temps in the 50s, maybe 60 towards the miami area, but 30s back and across the plain, 49 degrees in rapid city is going to look really good. want to tell you, also, not any major storms that we're dealing with now, the eastern part of the country, this clipper is moving through, going to bring a dusting of snow here, maybe a little bit of a quick reinforcement of cold air but no major problems and guy, we're going to start to watch the west for storms moving in and that will be our weather make they are week. jane: thank you very much. jon major developments in the middle east, after a
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year of relative quiet in gaza, a new round of fighting and fears now that things could quickly spiral out of control. mike philbin is on the israel-gaza border. what's going on there, mike? >> i imagine you're watching this from back in the states saying here we go again, palestinian rockets flying out of the gaza strip, israeli air strikes going back in. i'll point out to you a couple of things have changed since the lead-up to the gaza war we saw a year ago, first, you have a new israeli prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, a notorious hawk, he's been suffering in terms of the israeli right that brought him to power. this is an opportunity for prime minister netanyahu to prove to his supporters on the right he's tough on matters of national security he has promised a powerful response to the new palestinian rocket fire, and has thus far delivered in the form of air strikes. ten palestinians have been killed over the past two weeks, three of them killed last night. it was an islamic jihad rocket team preparing to
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fire into israel when they were hit. now, for hamas, the situation is a little bit different. hamas has been suffering in terms of popularity because the life in the gaza strip has gotten consistently more miserable ever since they've been in power, and now the gaza strip is cut off on three sides by israel and are about to be cut off on a fourth side as the egyptian government is prepared to sink a giant iron wall into the ground on the border between egypt and gaza. that will cut off the smuggling tunnels and cut off the georgians from the rest of the world. it will also cut off hamas from their suppliers in iran who supply them with money and wes, so the situation will get desperate for them, the region is getting dragged once again tardz knot conflict in the gaza strip. jon: mieb tobin, reporting live on the border of gaza, thank you. jane: new developments into the murder of an aspiring mod nel miami, police say have a break. surveillance video capturing what may be the final moments of this woman.
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bill: police in miami are looking for the killer of a beautiful young model, 26-year-old paula sladewski was last seen outside a north miami nightclub in the early morning hours of january 3rd. police are now releasing this video from the surveillance camera outside that club. the picture show an unidentified man approaching sladewski and two appeared
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to walk away together, this was shortly after 7:00 a.m. but before sladewski had left that club she had been party wg her boyfriend, he apparently left a few minutes before her. her friends tell fox this couple had a volatile relationship. joining us now, lieutenant neil kuevis with the north mearm police department. i know you are not absolutely able to confirm that's not her but you figured that out, right, that part of it? >> that's absolutely correct because of the quality of the video, it was kind of grainy, and because we didn't have a facial shot of the victim we could not conclude that that was her leaving the nightclub. since then, after interviewing several witnesses, we've been able to determine definitely that that was her leaving the nightclub. jon: but the million dollars question obviously is who's the guy, do you know? >> no, we don't. we do know that witnesses described her walking away from in front of the club
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with a black male. we don't know who this black male is, and we're still trying to locate and identify this person. jon: we have heard from she and her boyfriend had a fairly tempestuous relationship. you have spoken to him and he remains a person of interest, right? >> that's correct. he is still classified as a person of interest. and he is still cooperating. he and his attorney, with detectives. jon: he got essentially kicked out of that club, it's my understanding, and left really just a few minutes before she did, right? >> that's correct. at about 7:00 that morning, they got into a verbal altercation inside the club, he was escorted out, she remained behind, and approximately 20, 25 minutes later, when she was located, she was also escorted out of the club. jon: and do you know what happened to him at that point, where did he go? >> we were able to confirm his account. he took a cab from that nightclub to his hotel.
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jon: okay, and obviously, then the question is what happened after that. it wasn't much -- it wasn't long after she left that club that her body was located, right? >> on the video, it has a time stamp of approximately 7:21 a.m. sunday morning, when she was last seen leaving the club. we discovered her body at 9:00 that evening. jon: so over the course of the next, what, 14 hours, somebody obviously did her in. how far away from the club is the location where her body was found? >> the location where her body was found is quite a distance away from the club. approximately ten to 12 miles. jon: and what are you telling people in the community? >> well, this was obviously a very brutal and sadistic
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murder. it's imperative, we're trying to solve the murder as soon as possible, not only for the family and for ourselves, but because there is a person or persons out there that could very well commit another murder, and that's what we're trying to prevent. jon: we have the tipline on our screen and we also have it on our website, our happening now blog: lieutenant neil cuevas, thank you. >> thank you jon. jane: public enemy new york city, blair bloomberg wants new yorkers to shake the habit. what he is suggesting has ramifications for all of the country. how do you feel about your government making your food choices for you? democrats this hour continue to defend the house majority leader harry reid, he's under fire as you may know about racial comments he made about president obama when he was a candidate for president. a member of the congressional black caucus, coming up.
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jon: a brand new discovery in egypt that dates back 4000 years or so and could help rewrite history, archeologists have come across mud-brick tombs in the back yard of the geza pyramids but it apparently belonged to workers who helped build those pyramid, they say it's further evidence the ancient monuments were built by paid laborers and not slaves because slaves never would have received this kind of burial. >> the discovery of the tombs of the pyramid could be the most important discovery of the 21st century, because the discovery of the tomb of king tut and others never reflect history. >> evidence shows that about 10,000 laborers worked on the pyramid and that those
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laborers ate about 21 cattle ando had 21 cattle and 23 sheep sent to them each day by nearby farms. jane: first it was transfats, then the calories and now it's salt, the new york health department wants food companies to cut back on the amount of sodium they put in foods but this could affect all of us around the country because we're talking about major food companies here. the department is suggesting that guidelines for instance would call for about 20 percent less salt in your peanut butter, 40 percent less salt in your breakfast cereal, for instance. dr. steven garner is with us from new york methodist hospital. there's a lot of salt in my breakfast cereal? >> more than potato chips. you think it's healthy, give it to the kids to eat it and enjoy it and it's one third of the salt for the day's requirement. jane: it tastes fine the way it is. if they take it out it will take like -- taste like cardboard. >> if they stop putting it
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you're going to like the new taste and find the others too salty. it's a minor reduction of 20 percent to, try to ease people into it over the next few years. i don't think it goes fast enough. jane: you said salt is the most deadly ingredient in our food supply. that surprises me. >> nothing else that has a direct relationship to strokes and heart a-- attacks and it's silent. most people add salt to food before they taste it. it's just a habit. jane: some of these companies, particularly campbell's and others, have said we've been doing this, we've actually been doing this for years, cutting back but we don't advertise it so much, people won't buy it. >> we've got to get people to think of sodium as sms like transfats that's horrible for you and people are looking for transfat in the label. we get fooled because you see salt, sodium, we're not sure what you're talking about and salt and sodium is the key word that you're flooring. >> the salt institute, which of course has a stake in all
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this, they represent large salt distributors, this was their quote, there's a certain arrogance when the new york city health department is setting policy for the rest of the country. these are decisions that should be made personally. we've heard this before, doc, as you know, with that transfat argument. if i want to choose something salty, why can't i choose it? >> you go to the restaurant, you don't have a choice, the guy is laying down the salad with the salty dressing and food that has a ton of salt to it. you don't have a ton of choice. if we did have a choice, i agree with them. if you're looking on the can, a lot of times people don't know what to look for. if people are educated they might have a choice but right now you go and you get what they serve you. jane: these are guidelines, they're voluntary at this point. will companies follow them? >> no, because it changes the texture of the food in many cases and also they don't have to use food that's as fresh because it helps to last longer on the shelf. msg is another form of salt if they can stick it in. jane why bother? >> i think we've got to get
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people aware of it. we're talking about it now. i was eating pretzels, 900-milligrams. that's my entire salt allotment. people should be aware of this killer. jane: we saw in new york city with the transfat it became recommendation, then it became a requirement for restaurant necessary places in the city. could you see it going that far with salt? >> i definitely do because of the direct relationship, not only in people -- the key groups are african-americans, people with high blood pressure and heart attacks, elderly and middle age but now people with normal sugar actually benefit from fewer heart attacks when they decrease salt. this happens not only in new york city. it's got to be aligned with many other states. i predict within five years it's going to be mandatory. jane: dr. steven garner, we'll hold you to that. see you in 2015. jon: don't leave the salt out of your cookies. jane as long ago it's not
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we're waiting for a briefing from the white house. spokesman robert gibbs is expected to take questions about these racial remarks that the senate majority leader, harry reid, made about president obama when he was a candidate for that office during the the '08 presidential came pain. many people are calling for reid to resign his post. president obama says he accepts the senator's apology ask the book is closed. major garrett is our chief white house correspondent. why does the white house think this story should just go away? >> well, because it wants to, number one, and number two, they believe harry reid's record on civil rights issues not only nationally but in the state of nevada suggests and to the white house' thinking proved there was nothing larger about what he said. just to catch our audience up with it, yesterday i had a conversation, a brief one, albeit, with a senior white house official who told me this, i want to have our viewers see this on the screen, about the trajectory of the story from the white house perspective. it will pass, and it should
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because as the president said, his meet believes the suggestion that this was anything more than a poor choice of words n. a book that hits bookstores today called game change to reporters who extensively covered the 2008 campaign, harry reid was recount canning why he was an early supporter of then-candidate barack obama. and he said, that is reid, that one of the things he thought made barack obama not only a really good candidate, but one the american people would accept was that he was a light-skinned african-american with no negro dialect unless he wanted to have it. well, both those comments, on the record in the book, prompted harry reid to put out an immediate apology, call the president in the oval office saturday from reid's home. after that call the president issued a statement saying, i accept his apology, the book is closed. the white house wants to move beyond this because of harry
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reid's centrality in the issue of health care. they know they can't get a deal in the house if harry reid is out of action as the senate leader who corralled the 60 votes nedded right -- needed right before the christmas vacation. and the white house doesn't believe he's anything other than an awkward speaker sometimes in public, sometimes in private. jane: and as soon as robert gibbs steps to the microphone we'll take everybody back there live, thanks. >> you got it. jon: new reaction to the senator reid's controversial comments. the congressional black caucus coming out to defend the majority leader dismissing any republican calls for reid to resign his leadership post. joining us now, a member of that caucus congresswoman eleanor holmes norton. we understand she is not available to us just yet. we expect we will have her available in just a couple of minutes to get her thoughts on this controversy involving the senate majority leader. jane: in the meantime, the former governor the of illinois,
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rob blagojevich, who you may remember was impeached, he's also making headlines for some racial comments he made about president obama. in an interus view with "esquire magazine" he said, quote, i'm blacker that barack obama, i shined shoes. i grew up in a five-room apartment. my father had an participant in a land ro mat not far from where we live. this morning he issued an apology. >> i want to apologize for stupid comments i made in an "esquire magazine" article. what i said was stupid, stupid, stupid. it was a metaphor, i was speaking met foreically, obviously, i'm not blacker than president obama. what i was saying was stupid and, again, if anybody is offended, i deeply apologize for the way that was said and for having said it. jane: the white house, for its part, is not commenting. jon: all right, so let's get back to those comments in that new book of senate majority
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leader harry reid. joining us now, congresswoman eleanor holmes norton, the first woman to chair the equal opportunity commission. be honest, what was your first thought when you heard or read about those comments of majority leader reid? >> that's curious, but my second comment, or my second thought was immediately, this is not going to hurt harry reid. it's not going to the hurt harry reid for the same reason that the president accepted his apology and for the reason that i think the african-american community will, too, because harry reid has earned it. he has a lifetime rating of a by the naacp. i worked in the committee, chaired the committee for the congressional black caucus that works on judicial nominations. one of our primary issues always saw harry reid up close as did the african-american community, stop judges that would rollback
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our rights, rights that took us a century to achieve. and right now the man has done a legislative miracle in the getting a senate health care bill which is the major issue in the african-american community today. so i don't think he's going to have troubles in our community. in fact, those who want to capitalize off of those remarks be forewarned. you will not find open arms from the black community. jon: well, how would you describe the reaction to what he said in comparison to the remarks that drove former senate majority leader trent lott to leave his post? what's the difference between the two? >> well, consider the source. first consider the remark. here we have the leader of the senate praising a man who ran for president on a racist, segregationist platform almost
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exclusively. compare that to this curious remark from the leader now who thought he was somehow complimenting the president and managed to offend him in a remark that is almost naive in its strangeness. but consider, also, that harry reid has a record and trent lott had the opposite of a record. he had voted time and again against the interests of black people. moreover, we didn't force him out. i, for one, said, don't say a word. we were not in charge then, and i thought it would help us to get back the senate and the house if they kept him in place. who forced him out was his own president, the last president, president bush, and his own caucus. it wasn't us. jon: if harry reid were a republican and not a democrat, would you be saying the same thing? >> look, i didn't i didn't ask t to be removed.
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i admit if he were a republican, he probably would not have views and vote leadership acceptable to the african-american community, then he might be absolutely -- vulnerable. the reason he's not vulnerable now is because of a career-long record of supporting civil rights and issues that mean the most to african-americans. jon: the president says the book is closed on this. do you think the controversy's going to go away? >> i think the book is closed unless you fellas keep it going for a while longer. it's closed in the african-american community, i do believe. jon: congresswoman, thank you. jane: well, the foiled christmas day bomb plot in detroit is raising new questions about the country of yemen and al-qaeda members there. there's also a growing threat in nearby somalia. an al-qaeda group has now seized large areas of that country. national correspondent katherine
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herrold is watching that for us. >> good morning. a number of analysts have described to me what is a watershed event earlier this month, the attempted murder of the dutch cartoonist. and the allegation is that the attacker was annal al-shabab trained terrorist who had been trained in somalia. and the reason it's significant is because until recently, analysts saw al-shabab as a regional group with regional interests. they would train people to act within their own borders. but this would be the first time we've seen the group expand its operations in a more global fashion. jane: an american figures to be in this group, is that right? >> that's correct. one of the important linkages, if you will, between al-shabab and also al-qaeda in the arabian peninsula is there are americans in fairly significant positions. in the case of al-shabab, the american propagandist who's really the public face to the west is an american, omar ha
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ma'amny, who's originally from alabama. you can see his high school yearbook picture on the right, and then you see his al-shabab picture on the left. he's not considered an operational figure, but he's considered fairly effective in trying to recruit westerners to the training camps in africa. jane: katherine, thank you. >> you're welcome. jon: emergency crews on the scene after a car drives into a canyon in california. harris faulkner has details, she's at the breaking news desk. >> and a very, very frightening day for a 74-year-old driver who went off a canyon, a very steep canyon near the morris dam straight down, and his car lands, and they worked on him for over an hour trying to get him out of the car. now, the picture that you're taking a look at right now is brand new video that has just come into the newsroom. after all that time along
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highway 39 keeping cars back, they lowered a helicopter, and you saw them lift him by the gunny into that chopper. it was really amazing because that was quite a steep canyon. you know, we see this in southern california, and there are the great pictures of the car. you see this, and you just hold your breathe because you realize the car doesn't just go straight down can, sometimes it can tumble and roll, and it comes to rest in, sometimes, a very precarious position as this one did. l.a. county fire department has done this many times before, this time very successful getting the man out. now, we don't have an idea of his exact injuries. they've put him on the gunny right here in this scene, and you saw him being lifted into the air into the chopper. they had contact with him and had full hope and confidence that they would need that chopper right away which experience is telling me that that's a good sign for that man. so great news today as they get him out.
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highway 39 brought to a stand still. very windy conditions, i might add that, too, a lot of great work by the chopper pilot. jon: harris faulkner. thanks. >> sure. jane: trying to keep us safe in the skies, jonathan serry is at a company in georgia, he's going to show us some pretty cool stuff. john? >> jane, this is p.e.t. and the same explosive that the attempted bomber in detroit was allegedly using, and behind me is next generation x-ray technology. this equipment is apparently so well calibrated, it can find this and other dangerous substances hidden in carry-on luggage. we'll show you how it works when we come back. because metlife removed ifsthe combining the insurances family's need most,
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jon: well, the balloon boy's dad is now behind bars. richard heene turning himself in today to begin serving a 90-day jail sentence? larimer county, colorado. after 30 days in the slammer, he will serve 60 days of work release. despite pleading guilty, heene still claims the incident was not a hoax, he says he truly thought his son was trapped on that runaway balloon back in october which captured all kinds of national attention. a judge also ordered him to play restitution for the search and rescue costs, price tag about $48,000. his wife faces a 20-day jail term. jane: a major effort to plug the holes in airport security in the wake of that attempted bombing of a jet liner on christmas day,
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and one company's already developing what they're calling the next generation of equipment to screen your baggage. jonathan serrie is in buford, georgia. what does this mean for us as airline passengers? >> well, jane, this is a familiar sight. this is not a prop, this is the actual plastic bag that i travel with my tiny 3-ounce contain,. they limit the amount of liquids and gels you can carry because it's hard to determine what's in them. but they have come up here at scan tech with technology so sensitive in the x-ray that they can tell what is, what's safe and what is not. take a look at our other camera. we're going to put through the x-ray these liquids inside soft drink bottles. the one in the middle is a soft drink, but the ones on the ends are flammable substances. and they're going to go through the scanner and then the scanner is able to analyze what is
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inside those bottles. and if there's anything dangerous, anything explosive, anything that's flammable, it's able to be analyzed, and here we go. highly flammable is the warning that we, that we get. dolan faulkner is the ceo of scan tech holdings, and explain how this works. this is difficult than what we -- different than what we typically see at the airport. >> yes. we shoot multienergy x-rays into the machine, and we're able to analyze the x-ray data to make a determination as to whether or not the materials the x-ray goes through is explosive or flammable liquid. >> and how long until we see this at airports here in the states? >> we've made our first commercial sale this year. it will be going into the new airport in abu dhabi, their new international airport there in about two months. we're also in the u.s. program with tsa and getting our system
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up to tsa for testing. >> and dolan faulkner, thank you very much. and so, jane, it could be one day in the not-too-distant future this plastic bag will be a thing of the past. back to you. jane: nobody will be shedding tears over that, jonathan. thanks so much. jon: and talk about the great depression, there's a new study about young people in america and their mental states and guess what? it's not too good. why are young people in this country reporting so many psychological problems? we'll ask dr. keith ab lomb. lurking, waiting to strike. a heart attack caused by a clot, one that could be fatal. but plavix helps save lives. plavix, taken with other heart medicines, goes beyond what other heart medicines do alone, to provide greater protection against heart attack or stroke and even death by helping to keep blood platelets from sticking together and forming clots. ask your doctor about plavix, protection that helps save lives. [ female announcer ] people with stomach ulcers
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>> well, you don't have to live in new jersey or new york to be a big fan of ex-nba star jason williams. well, now after many years of back and forth legally, he has just pleaded guilty to
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aggravated assault in the shooting of his former limo driver, costas kris to have my. it happened back in 2002, and they've been adjudicating this case in one form or another ever since. he was acquitted of aggravated murder in 2004, but prosecutors went after him for reckless medication. manslaughter. he decided to plead guilty to a lesser charge of aggravated assault. it brings 18 months to five years of prison, he'll be eligible for parole after the first 18 months he serves. this was a big star in the nba, played for the new jersey nets. 41-year-old jayson williams headed off to the big house. jon and jane? jon: harris faulkner, thank you. take a look live at the white house, we are waiting for a briefing from the president's spokesman, robert gibbs. when that begins, we're going to take you there live. in the meantime, a new and alarming study out about america's young people.
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researchers at san diego state university finding that five times as many students say they are dealing with serious mental health issues like anxiety as people did of the same age during the great depression. what's behind the uptick, and what can we do about it? for some answers, let's talk with psychiatrist and fox news contributor dr. keith ablow. he joins us now. the results from a study that has been taken, i guess, or has been given to young people since 1938, same questions asked back then are asked now, and the results are pretty alarming, right, doctor? >> absolutely is. jon, this is a study the minnesota multiphasic personality inventory that's very lengthy, that has very high accuracy. and what we're finding is that as compared to 1938, and this is a study that looked at 77,000, more than 77,500 students, five times the rate of serious psychiatric symptoms,
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psychological symptoms in these individuals, and in some categories 600%, six times more people with major depressive symptoms or with the opposite, those highs called manic symptoms. jon: now, you know, we all hear our parents talk about how rough it was during the great depression or whatever, everybody thinks their generation has it worse than the generation of today, but i'm thinking, you know, if anybody had it rough, it was my parents' generation. the great depression years. how come kids today are in such worse shape mentally? >> well, you know, jon, i think that the roughness, the difficulty of those times was reality-based. people were struggling. they had to band together as families. they saw the incredible lengths to which their parents had to go to to get work. they were hungry. they dealt with each other as fairly as they could, they got through these circumstances. now, i fear, this is a generation that we're developing that is universeally almost drugged by one thing the or
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another. we're either giving them trophies that falsely elevate their self-esteem from age 2-4, whether you win or lose you get something that tells you you're a winner, this is inflate your narcissism. beyond that, the technologies available now are all in one direction. they take you away from yourself, away from your core feelings. you know, you can pretend you're a tennis star on wii, you can create your own little mini reality series on youtube but guess what? it takes you away from your core can emotions and feelings. that's what we have to get back to. jon: so what's the long-term costs for society? i mean, the numbers could be alarming. an uptick of, what, about 5-6% or six times, i should say, in the number of young people reporting depression? >> if this is reliable, we're talking about young people emerging into adulthood at 600% the number of people who used to require treatment of depression. this isn't just because we're
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better at finding them, this is because we looked in both cases with that test. this is because they're literally suffering more. it has implications for costs in terms of work productivity that's lost, in we terms of bron marriages, in terms of fueling substance abuse because we know that people try to distract themselves and self-medicate when they feel depressed. so this is an epidemic, jon. this is as big as any epidemic has been, and we have to find out how do we find these people, how do we restore care to those individuals who are part of this epidemic? because, also, during this time from 1938-2007 when these results were gathered, we systematically dismantled psychiatry. we said, you guys go prescribe medication, we're not going to pay you any more through the health insurers to talk to people. we have to get back to caring and empathy, especially because new studies show the antidepressants may not even work. jon: and how much of this is partly a function of the media? i mean, everywhere these young
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people look beautiful folks on mtv and vh-1 and so forth. they're a big part of this, aren't they? >> they really are because one thing these students have reported to their clinicians and through the test is that more than ever they don't think very much of themselves if they can't be rich and beautiful. and so, yes, media, too, because that's another drug. you know, we're so focused on celebrities and their lives that you can get a piece down the road without figuring out, wait a second, i haven't attended to my own life story, and i feel pretty anxious about certain things i've never looked at. that's the key here. so, yes, i think the media, also, has to do some self-reflection. you know, 3-d tvs are coming, but that's not going to let you see into yourself any better, that just lets you see the drama on screen better. jon: money can't buy happiness. that's worth reminding people, right? >> i have lots of very wealthy people who come to see me. jon: good point. thanks for being with us.
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jane: there's new concerns this morning about children's jewelry. now a study by the associated press reveals that some products from china contained cadmium. scientists say this heavy metal is a known cancer-causing element. exposure can hinder brain development in little kids. manufacturers sometimes use it, they say, to make toys sparkle more. scientists collected and tested jewelry sold in new york, ohio, texas, and california all recently between november and december. the results? they found that 12% of the pieces they obtained contained at least 10% of this heavy metal, some of the most contaminated items coming from walmart and claire's, the dollar store as well. jon: spend a lot or nothing at all. it doesn't matter when it comes to road construction and job creation. this according to a new associated press analysis. that finds that increased spending on road and bridge projects have had no effect on local unemployment. the boost to the construction
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industry has been minimal. local unemployment rates rose and fell regardless of how much stimulus money washington poured into these projects in various local areas. economists who have reviewed the analysis say the transportation spending is simply too small to quickly create jobs in this country. meantime, president obama is pushing for another stimulus package, that one would rely in part on more infrastructure spending supposedly to boost job creation. jean jane and again, we continue to wait for robert gibbs to step to the microphones there in the briefing room. we expect that right at the beginning he should be asked questions about these comments that have surfaced in a book that's just been released that the senate majority leader, harry reid, made not long ago during the presidential campaign about president obama, racial comments that have caused quite an outcry. we'll get back to that briefing room as soon as he steps to the mics.
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and it continued almost eight years. i've been in law enforcement all my life, i've shred all my receipts. all the junk mail, burn it, whatever. nothing was going to escape and put me at risk... for having my identity stolen. lifelock is the industry leader... jon: this is robert gibbs, the president's spokesman at the white house. we expect he'll address these new revelations in a new book about the president in remarks about the president as a candidate that were made by senate majority leader, harry reid. let's listen in. >> is that a mandatory revenue -- [inaudible] >> well, ben, the president will meet with some of the organized labor community this afternoon to discuss health care and presumably to get into that topic, and we'll have more of a readout when we get done with that. >> well, how would you say, how
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would you characterize his stance at this point? >> well, he supported the senate bill, and that bill, that provision was in that bill for what it does in terms of changing the direction of health care costs. >> so what's his message to a constituency represented by the labor leaders today that, clearly, is opposed to this? >> well, that will be happening in this meeting, and when that's over, we'll have a chance to talk about it. >> is he confident ability winning them over? >> we'll tell you after the meeting as well. >> there were a lot of reports out this morning that the administration is considering a fee on banks, and i was wondering if you can talk about that, what you're thinking of in that regard? >> i don't have specifics to talk about what will be in the budget. we'll do do that, certainly, later in the month as we get closer to the budget. i would simply say, karen, that the president has talked on a number of occasions about insuring that the money that
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taxpayers put up to rescue our financial system is paid back in full. that's been the president's position. i think that's the least that taxpayers are owed. and we'll have more detail thes on budget tear stuff as we get closer to the budget being released. >> will we see something specific in the budget that insures the taxpayers are paid back in full? >> that's the president's, that's the president's goal, yes. >> okay. and just to follow up on that, you got a lot of questions last week about secretary geithner and one of the main criticism there is that he's too close to wall street and that the administration is too close to wall street, and i just was wondering what your response to that is. >> well, the president made a series of decisions with his economic team on what had to be done to stabilize our economic situation upon taking office. and the economic situation veered, quite honestly, not simply the worst recession since the great depression, but an
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economy that, quite frankly, teetered on the edge of larger collapse. the president has made a series of decisions to take steps to get our economy jump-started on a path toward recovery. i think if you look at what people on wall street say about some of our either our economic decisions or our economic rhetoric, i think that alone disproves that this is all about wall street. jake? >> on, in the middle of december omb put out a memo to all federal agencies about how to calculate the stimulus, how to calculate jobs created and saved. saying that among other things that there would be quarterly instead of of updated more frequently than that and that, also, that if somebody -- even two employees of a lie prayer who were already work -- library who were already working there are paid with stimulus dollars,
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those two individuals, that should count as jobs created by or saved by the stimulus even if those jobs existed already. do you have any further explanation about why -- >> jake, i haven't seen the memo, but i'm happy to talk to them and put you in touch with them. i haven't seen the memo and don't know what the details are. >> okay. to follow up on a question i asked last week about the case, do you have any more on that? >> no, i don't. >> okay. that's it, i'm done. [laughter] get back to me when you can. >> on harry reid, the president put out the statement over the weekend accepting his apology, and i'm wondering why the president didn't talk in that apology, you know, or in that conversation, i should say, with him about unfortunate language that was used? no mention of that at all. >> i'm sorry? >> when the president put out the statement or you put out the statement on behalf of the president this conversation that
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he had with senator reid, there was no mention at all about the unfortunate language that was used -- >> no, i think that phrase was in the statement, about the fact that the unfortunate choice of words by senator reid. >> well, it didn't seem like he went into sort of anything more than just i accept his apology, and we move on from here. is there anything more than -- >> well, no, i don't have the statement in front of me, but i think the president's statement said that senator reid had called him about these comments, that the president called unfortunate, that he's worked with senator reid, he knows senator reid, the type of values that he has, the agenda that he's pushed in the u.s. senate and didn't take offense at them. >> has he said anything more about that in light of what we've been hearing? it's been dominating the news shows over the weekend and even
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this morning? >> no. that wasn't something i've heard the president talk more about today. >> and on the -- in light of what has happened with terrorism, terrorism threats, is there anything at all that the administration has planned to do, maybe a second tier priority that has been put on the back burner now because there's been, you know, sorts of ramped-up efforts with terrorism and so much of the -- jane: well, you heard robert gibbs there, the white house spokesman, being asked about these comments that surfaced over the weekend in a new book released that senate majority leader harry reid made about barack obama and gibbs there saying he felt comfortable with the apology from senator reid, that president obama did, and that he knows him well, and he didn't take offense at the remarks. let's get to john roll son, he is with the las vegas sun, he is a columnist there and also hosts a political talk show there called face to face the. john, talk to me a little wit
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about harry reid was already in some deep trouble in this reelection race before this all bloke over the weekend. one of the most recent polls there from the review journal is that 52%, more than half of those surveyed in nevada, said that they are unhappy with him. what's the story there? is that he's weak there or that his potential opponents there are strong? >> well, it's certainly not the latter, jane. he is very, very weak here. his approval rating in that poll was at 33% which is startlingly low for a senatetorial incumbent. it's around what recent polls have shown, maybe it's at 48 if he's lucky. maybe his approval rating is at 40, that's still not great. he's got a bunch of second tear republicans running against him, but that same poll you mentioned, every single one who was measured, all unknowns defeated senator reid, the majority leader of the u.s. senate. he's in big trouble. jane: you know, some have speculated that he may follow in chris dodd's footsteps as we said last week and say, you know
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what? i'm going to hang it up. what are your thoughts on that? >> i was, have been at 100% there's no chance of that. harry reid is just not the kind of guy who's going to throw in the tawl to use a boxing metaphor for the foreman boxer. i lost a few percentage points after this weekend off that 100%, but i still think it's very unlikely for a couple of reasons. one is what you alluded to before, the republican feel here in nevada is weak, but the democratic bench in some ways is even weaker. no one could clearly step in for senator reid. the other point has to do with the president's agenda. he needs harry reid there as majority leader and as looking strong the to get that agenda through. what a terrible time for the democrats for this to happen right on the cusp p of health care reform maybe happening, maybe not, trying to hold together that coalition. i think it's very unlikely, unless some pressure comes from other people that harry reid would step down as majority leader. jane: let's talk about how this
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latest controversy hay or may not -- may or may not effect him. 77% of black voters in nevada vote inside the '08 presidential campaign. what have you heard from them? >> well, there's not a lot coming from voters per se. there have been some anecdotal comments i've seen on some web sites and on facebook that people say, i'm not going to vote for harry reid now. on the other hand, he's done a very good job of circling the wagons here in the state. he got a statement from the highest-ranking african-american official, the state senate majority leader, he's got statements from the local naacps north and south and the local clark county democratic break caucus supports him. they're circling the wagons, but the african-american vote is not critical to most elections. however, with harry reid, as i've said many, many times, he has very little margin for error to win this race considering his numbers. so this is going to hurt him in some way. how much i think it's way too
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early to tell. jake jane yeah. we should point out it's very early. we've still got ten months to go. those republican candidate cans have to go through a primary as well. just last question, john, if you're a voter, though, sitting there and you want your u.s. senator to bring something home to your state, this guy's got clout. >> yeah. that's the argument that harry reid is going to use, and it's a tough one for the republicans to get around. when has nevada had someone this powerful with the ability to bring home bacon to do things for the state? the republicans, of course, are going to argue that he squandered that opportunity and this campaign, assuming he's in it, is going to be about him trying to show nevadans that he's a guy the state can't live without. and can he make that case can effectively is going to determine whether he gets reelected on the. youjane: john ralston hosts faco face, john, thanks. >> my pleasure. jp jon more, now, on senator
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reid's remarks and last night's 60 minutes story on the book that reported them. the book, game change, focused on sarah palin and hillary clinton, but it did not once mention senator reid's remarks. why? senior correspondent eric shine has more on this from our new york newsroom. >> if nominated, i will not run. [laughter] there's a big question today, everyone's talking about this, what was not on "60 minutes" last night. the news magazine program aired that story on the new political book that is sparking this fire storm, but the segment totally ignored the controversial racial comments from senate majority leader harry reid that are quoted in the book. instead, most of the cbs story was critical of sarah palin. the segment was about the book "game change" and included interviews with the authors that you see there. it was reported by anderson cooper on cnn. the story did not mention reid calling then-candidate barack obama light-skinned with no
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negro dialect, comments for which the senator has since apologized. the source says the program did have access to the whole book, but the segment largely zeroed in on vice presidential candidate can sarah palin. the whole segment ran 13 minutes and 3 seconds, palin was mentioned 30 seconds into it, right in the introduction, and she's the focus of the piece for the next 5:20. hillary clinton is then discussed for 30 seconds. president obama, well, he gets 58 seconds. then it's back to, guess who? sarah palin, for another 4:44. well, the segment does end with one more mention of hillary clinton totaling one minute, so let's look at the totals here. sarah palin was the focus for just over ten minutes, 10:04. hillary clinton, 90 seconds. president obama just under a minute, harry reid not a minute,
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not a second, not a nanosecond. in fact, the "60 minutes" web site offers even more clips that weren't aired, and here's some of the titles: what about sarah palin? a terrifying vp. regrets over palin? there's no mention on the web site that i could see of harry reid. we've asked a spokesman for a response, we're waiting for that response. a source, meanwhile, explained that they only had so much time for the story, and they had to focus on more important things that affect the country. jon? jon: eric shaw in our fox newsroom, thanks, eric. jane: osama bin laden with ties to al-qaeda, why is he a free man even holding a news conference today? we'll tell you on the who he is, have more straight ahead. ç
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jane: heading overseas, now, to the new fight against terrorism in yemen, one of the country's most influential clerics is known to be a former associate of osama bin laden. he's not, though, in custody, he is a free man. he's held news conferences, did that today. what does this say about how serious the government there in yemen is cracking down on al-qaeda? greg talcott met with this cleric face to face. greg, what'd you learn? >> jane, it was one of the more curious press conference cans i have attended, and it shows just all the various shades of gray in this very troubled country.
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it featured shaich al-zindani, the former spiritual adviser to osama bin laden. he's been cited as a global terrorist by the united states government, he's on the u.n.'s list of those felt to have ties with al-qaeda. he heads a university here that some have said is a ramp, a funnel for terrorists. he denies all that. he says he has no ties with terrorism, he denies claims that the would-be christmas bomber, abdulmutallab, attended the school, but he has some tough talk. listen to a bit of a q q&a i had with him earlier today. is there any justification for the target or killing of americans in places where you deem they should not be, even here in yemen? >> translator: what are you going to do if one invades you in your country and kill you? defending the lives and the homeland is a must.
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>> what does this say about yemen, the fact that he can speak publicly like this? we spoke to gemini officials -- yemeni officials, they acknowledge that he's a popular and religious political figure, so they say it'd be difficult to move against him even if they had the evidence. as for yemen's overall move against al-qaeda, we're seeing despite comments over the weekend discussing dialogue with some al-qaeda figures a real ramp-up in efforts by yemen against the terror threat. we talk thed to various officials there, we've been seeing strikes against al-qaeda targets the last couple of weeks. they are moving their serious, i am hearing from various sources, they feel that is a threat not just to the international community, but to yemen it. and according to officials i've been speaking to, jane, this is all happening just in time. back to you. jane greg talcott in the capital there, thank you. jon: after that attempt thed christmas day bombing of an airliner in detroit, the transportation security
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administration deems the risk of travelers from 14 countries great enough that it now wants to increase screening for passengers from those countries who want to visit the u.s. so why is our state department making it easier for folks from most of those countries to come and live here? that controversial program next. are you receiving a payout from a legal settlement or annuity over 10 or even 20 years? call imperial structured settlements. the experts at imperial can convert your long-term payout into a lump sum of cash today. alka-seltzer plus liquid gels rush relief everywhere you need it. it's the most complete reliefi jane: greg talcott in the so you feel better, fast. alka-seltzer plus liquid gels.
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jane jim new concerns are being raised act a 2r0e6r8 -- about a controversial program, makes about 50,000 u.s. visas available every year to people from countries with low rates of immigration to the united states. but those countries include 13 of the 14 nations now on the tsa's new list of states where air passengers must get closer screening. this all in the wake of what happened on christmas day with that jet coming into detroit. you can see them here, they're
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blinking in red on the map. pakistan, interestingly enough, is the exception. that's because the number of pakistani immigrants in the u.s. exempts the country from this program. this diversity lottery remains open despite warnings in the past that it does pose a risk to our national security. joining us now is republican congressman bob goodlad of virginia with the house judiciary committee. explain to me how this works. for somebody to apply to this, they don't need to have ties to unemployment in this country or family in this country, it's just pure luck? it's a true lottery, you might get a visa? >> good afternoon, jane, that's absolutely correct. it's a crazy program that over the last 20 years as admitted nearly a million people to the united states simply by filling out a half-page form and then having your name drawn purely at random on the basis of luck, and 50,000 lucky people no matter who they are get to come to the united states as long as they get past a cursory background check.
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the state department several years ago identified this as a serious national security issue, it is rife with fraud. the general accountability office in 2007 said that again, and yet the program persists. i've had legislation in the congress to eliminate this program, it passed the house of representatives two congress' ago. in this congress when i brought it up, speaker pelosi and the democratic leadership would not allow the legislation even to come up for a vote on the floor as an amendment to the homeland security appropriations bill. this is simply an outrage, and now we're seeing once again the security that's involved. several years ago -- jane: can i stop you just for a second because why would this program be more vulnerable to fraud than our regular visa system? why would somebody not legitimate be allowed to come in on this as opposed to the regular system? >> sure. because most of our other immigration programs require that an individual have east a family relationship -- either a family relationship or an
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employer who has a specific job need who's bringing them into the country. therefore, a terrorist organization, for example, would have a lot harder time linking up family members or linking up an employer who's looking to hire somebody in the united states. here they can take young people right out of the madrassas who have no record of terrorist activity, submit their names to this lottery program and have them drawn at random, and they're admitted to the country not simply as visitor like the 9/11 hijackers or the latest plane bomber, but they're given green cards to live permanently in the united states. jane: but the idea is to, you know, as i mentioned, bring more diversity, and from countries we may not see immigrants from as often, i would assume there are plenty of decent people what we would -- that we would like to let in just because of the majority of the 9/11 hijackers came from saw saudi arabia doesn't mean we don't want saudi arabians here.
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>> absolutely not. we have the most diverse immigration program in the world without this, and to bring in 50,000 people who don't have family relations or job skills when we have 15 million americans looking for work makes no sense. and they bypass, by the way, people who have family relationships or who are on waiting lists because they have a job skill. those people wait sometimes many years for their visa to come up, and they watch these people have their name drawn out of a computer and come straight to the united states, bypassing all of those waiting lists that other people who legitimately have a basis for coming to the united states have to go can through. and some of the countries that have the closest ties to the united states are precluded from participating in this program. so to me it makes absolutely no sense that we are bringing people in with security problems, with fraud problems, with the unemployment rate we have in the united states, and yet these people continue to come in --
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jane: congressman -- >> year after year after year. jane: we're going to have to leave it there before this computer cuts me off. we'd like more attention on this in the wake of what we saw christmas day. we'll be right back. , x
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that is it for us. have a great monday. jane: "the live desk" is up next. we will see tomorrow.


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