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this is a of course news alert. nato saying that two service members have been killed in the largest offensive of the afghan war. welcome, everybody, to a brand-new hour of america's news headquarters. >> the dead include one american killed by small arms fire and also a british soldier killed by an improvised explosive device, i.e.d. >> coalition troops meeting scattered resistance as they storm the taliban stronghold in marjah, in southern afghanistan. but they're venturing into a combat zone that's littered with booby traps and bombs, all laid out well before they got there. mike emmanuel is live at the pentagon with the very latest on this. 15,000 troops, the biggest joint operation ever during this war. how does this fit in with the president's desire to sort of ramp things up and get the
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afghans ready to defend their own country? >> rick, general mccrystal said to the commander in chief, i need more boots on the ground. the situation with the war is in bad shape. so he's getting those troops little by little. this is part of his strategy, to punch the taliban in the mouth, to clear the area, hold the area, and then ultimately let the afghans take control of the area. a lot of people in this building of the pentagon and also nato headquarters overseas will tell you they've needed a game changer in afghanistan. the hope is that this operation will start to change the game and shift momentum back in the coalition's path, if you will, rick. >> we mentioned scattered resistance there from the taliban. are they staying and fighting or did they plant these booby traps and then head for the hills? >> the initial reports i've got finance people i've spoken with is that there has been some gun fire from a distance. they are very, very concerned
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about those i.e.d.'s. when the british carried an operation not far from there last summer, they said about 15 british troops got killed by these improvised explosive devices, so they are very dangerous and so while there may not be a lot of resistance so far, they are certainly not declaring victory from this operation at this point, rick. >> we mentioned that the two casualties so far on the allied side between the u.s. and the british troops who are there assisting the afghans. what's next after this offensive is done, mike? how do they plan to keep the taliban from coming right back into this area? >> well, they've got an elaborate plan of getting afghan police in there and getting afghan infrastructure up and running as quickly as possible. they say the governor there is the best in the country and so they feel like he's good, they got to get some police in there. they've got to show people that there is a better way of life ahead so that the taliban is not welcome back and obviously there
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will be coalition forces making sure that the taliban does not come back, but as quickly as possible, they're going to try to get an afghan face in terms of government and security and rule of law so the people know that the americans are not invading, nato is not invading, but afghans are coming to help them have a better way of life. >> mike, thanks very much. coming up later on this hour, military analysis on the steps that must be taken in the town of marjah to insure the operation is a lasting success. tune in to of course news sunday for a closer look at the operation in afghanistan. chris wallace sits down with national security advisor jim jones and south carolina senator lendy graham, talks about his push to prevent terror suspects from being tried in civilian courts. check your local listings for the time and channel. >> uncle sam keeping close tabs on his wallet. president obama using his weekly address to call for fiscal responsibility, kind of hoping to reduce this massive deficit.
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critics down play the measure that he signed, saying it's not enough to bring spending under control. molly henneberg has more from washington. why does the president favor pay go rules? >> the president and congressional democrats both favor pay go. the house and senate passed it and the president signed pay go into law last night. it requires congress to offset any spending with a cut in the budget somewhere else or an increase in taxes. the president says this law will help congress to, quote, act responsibly. here is more. >> this responsibility for the future is often overwhelmed by the politics of the moment. it falls prey to the pressures of special interest groups, to the poll of local concerns, and to a reality familiar to every single american, the fact that it's a lot easier to spend a dollar than save one. that's why this rule is necessary. >> pay go does not apply to programs such as medicaid and social security. juliette? >> republicans say pay go often
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leads to higher taxes. >> right. the gop says pay go doesn't mean congress reins in its spending. just that it's now required by law to pay for it and if lawmakers can't find places in the budget to cut, then they raise taxes. indiana congressman is a vocal opponent of pay go. he says it means that, quote, you, the taxpayer, pay, and the democrats go on spending. juliette. >> the bill that reinstituted pay go also lifted the debt ceiling. >> is that right? >> yes. the government was reaching its debt ceiling. that's a limit on how much the u.s. can borrow. so congress raised it another $1.9 trillion to $14.3 trillion. that's a debt ceiling right now. if congress had not done this, the government may have had to shut down and the u.s. may not have been able to pay its debts to investors. >> we're going to be talking a little more about the economy a little later on in the hour. molly, good to see you. >> at a time when the president is quoting republican support, is he also losing backing in his own party? house speaker nancy pelosi has recently become openly critical
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of the white house and some democrats worry that the perceived failures by the administration could cost them in the next election. the latest rasmussen reports poll revealing deep dissatisfaction with congress. 63% of voters say the country would be better off if most incumbents lost this november. so does speaker pelosi and other uneasy democrats have a legitimate beef with the white house? joining us now, gentlemen, good to see you. thank you for coming in. jason, you're a democrat. let me start with you. what's going on? these two not getting along or what? >> i think nancy pelosi has a right to be frustrated, although i think she's probably more frustrated with the senate than with the white house. look, the house has been fairly active over the past several months. they've passed a jobs bill. they passed cap and trade. they passed financial regulatory reform. health care legislation. most of that hasn't made it through the senate. so i think that's really where
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the frustration is. but look, i think this whole discussion highlights all of the nervousness around the midterms in november. i think there continues to be a very pervasive anti--washington sentiment and i think if voters continue to see the country going in the wrong direction, that's just not going to bode well for any incumbent, democrat or republican. >> justin, i'm sure you and your republican friends are watching this very closely, this sort of not so private spat between the speaker and the president. when you guys go out for a beer, what do you say to each other about all of this? >> well, it's kind of amusing to see this happen. i mean, the reason the democrats are fighting with each other now is that the political ship is sinking. president obama is at his lowest approval rating that he had in his term, according to the "new york times" poll that came out two days ago. the disapproval of congress is at an all-time high. and we are just, the first rule of politics is, don't get in your opponent's way when they're
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self destroying themselves. i think what we want to do as republicans is make sure that we take advantage of the opportunity that's being presented to us by the democrats and ability to govern in washington. >> jason, it seems like the best medicine would be for all of these problems to go away, would be for the democrats to get together and come up with some legislation that would actually be meaningful for the american people, that they would like to see happen. is that happening? why isn't that happening? >> well, hopefully it is happening and hopefully everybody is learning a lesson from this. i think there are some bright spots for democrats. research had data out that showed that americans still favor democrats over republicans. the "washington post" had a survey out that showed americans blame republicans more than they do democrats for not negotiating with president obama to accomplish their objectives. but look, i think as president obama said during his state of the union, democrats haven't connected with voters really on issues that are important to them. there has been way too much inside the beltway talk.
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that's certainly what happened on health care reform where they focused on process and not enough about connecting with voters. so i think what democrats need to really do is leave dc, go to their districts and talk about solutions, particularly on jobs and the economy. i think that's true for all democrats. not just the house and senate. >> jason makes a good point. he mentioned some other polling. hold on, i see you shaking your head. voters are certainly not jumping up and down and cheering for john boehner or mitch mcconnell. we mentioned at the top that the rasmussen poll talked about incumbents, wanting to get them all out, and that includes a lot of republicans who are unpopular with voters as well. here you can take a look at some of the numbers that we're talking about. can the gop capitalize on this? >> absolutely they can. look, the truth of the matter is there is one party that controls all the leaders of power in washington, d.c. and that's the democratic party. when the american people see that the congress and the democrats and the white house
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want to put forth a health care agenda, they spent most of 2009 pursuing health care reform that the american people don't want when the unemployment rate is as high as it is and the economy is what needs attention, there needs to be a focus on jobs, that's where the republicans can put forth a strategy that will contrast to the higher taxes, bigger government, bigger spending agenda of the democrats who control congress and control the white house. >> justin -- jason, rather, there are people out there who seem to think that this would be beneficial for president obama, that if the republicans were to somehow take over congress in the midterm election, it would give him a foe to run against in his reelection in 2012. what do you think, this is part of some master plan? >> i think that's crazy to suggest that the white house doesn't want to see gains in
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november. look, the president's agenda is on the ballot as much as any member of congress and if democrats lose seats in november, then it's going to be very tough for the president to accomplish any of its initiatives between now and 2012. so i certainly don't think that's the case. >> last word justin, you have a view of this or no? >> yeah, of course. the president's reelection campaign will be easier if republicans control congress. he needs a fall to run against. right now he doesn't have that. you see him mention the previous administration and president bush's administration so many times and he came to power on running against republicans. i think that's where he naturally would like to be in his campaign style and you would say that maybe he won't be able to get his legislative agenda through congress, but he hasn't been really that successful with the democrats controlling congress. who knows? >> justin, thank you so much, justin, glad your old boss is doing well. enjoy the rest of your weekend, gentlemen.
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>> thank you. >> in dallas, the weather is creating some texas-sized problems. first there was the record snowfall. then this. look at this. heavy fog that covers the city, making dallas look like london? london. cars and trucks on the highway needing every bit of light to see through the mist, the ice and snow knocking out the power for up to about 150,000 homes and businesses. utility crews working overtime to bring it back. but another dose of snow could roll through some parts of that region. domenica davis is live in the fox weather center with the latest. hello there. >> yeah. they're going to see the fog through tonight before it clears up. high pressure is moving in. there is not much on the radar here. that system moved off to the coast and the next round of snow that we get is going to stay to the north. they could get a slight dusting with this. nothing significant. so high pressure moves in to the south for the rest of the weekend. but we did have some pretty significant snow totals here. you can see in some parts of mississippi, eight-inches. they don't typically get that.
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impresssive with that system. now the new system that we have to keep our eye on is right here coming into the northern plains. a clipper system, it's getting its act together. it will start to push into the missouri valley by tonight. tomorrow i think we'll start to see some travel disruptions not only through the missouri valley, but also pushing into the ohio valley. here is the time line with the future radar. taking us through sunday, the snow starts to push up through the ohio valley and then look by tuesday, there it is again, pushing into the mid atlantic. monday night into tuesday, it comes into the washington, baltimore area, phily, up to new york, a little bit of a rain-snow mix there. on the western edge of it, we should get a fair amount of snow and it looks like this is not going to be one of those big blockbuster storms, but certainly it will add more snow to the already snow covered grounds in these areas. thinking right now, about six inches possible with this storm. still a little early to tell. we'll keep tracking this system for you. the winter is not going to end.
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>> everybody has been talking about how this winter is just -- i guess the good thing is that the cold kills the bacteria. did somebody tell me that. do you know anything? >> i didn't tell you that. >> i could be wrong. we have a doctor coming on. >> it sounds good. >> thank you. >> bye-bye. >> switching gears now, we've got new details in that shooting spree at the university of alabama-huntsville. the school is remembering the three professors who died and praying for three other faculty members who were wounded in that attack. biology professor amy bishop, there she is, she's charged with capital murder. she faces the death penalty if she's convicted. a university spokesman says that bishop had been denied tenure before the shootings occurred. now we're learning that bishop may have shot and killed her brother 20 years ago in massachusetts. the police there say that it was filed as an accident, but many of the records on that whole thing are missing. we've got a live report from
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huntsville coming up a little later. >> federal investigators are seeking three people in connection with a string of arson fires in east texas. nine different churches have been torched there this year. now investigators have released sketches of persons of interest in the case. laura ingle is live in our new york bureau and has the latest on this. >> the young men depicted in the sketches have been identified as people who were hanging around the scene of several of these church fires. they are not considered suspects, but are definitely people investigators want to talk with right away. an agent with the bureau of alcohol, tobacco, firearms and explosives, just told us that every single agent assigned to this case is in the field tonight, following up on leads. dozens of tips were called in after these sketches you see here were released to the public yesterday. all three men are white, believed to be in their early 20s and investigators say they think they live in the area. two of the three have been seen together at several of the church fires. the man with a flame-like tattoo on his neck and the other with a
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cross tattooed on his left forearm. the man with the longer hair has been seen at some of the fires, but not with the other two. they started january 1. the latest church blazes were set last monday in an area northwest of tyler, texas. at dover baptist church in clear spring missionary baptist church, which you see here. atf investigators say nine church fires have been ruled arson so far. there seems to be no pattern to all this. the fires have happened in rural areas, others in the middle of town, different times of the day, different days of the week. the arsonists have hit different denominations. >> atf is offering $25,000 reward to any individual that helps arrest or convict these individuals. it is a joint effort between local, state and federal officials. we continue this investigation. it is affected so many communities. devastation that our communities have suffered. >> all of this has left many
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parishioners in texas uneasy, as you can imagine. many church congregations formed their own security teams. some patrolling at night to make sure their church isn't next. the tip line to call if you have any information, 1-888-atf fire. again a $25,000 reward for any information. >> hopefully those sketches will lead to somebody being turned in. thanks. >> let's hope so. when we come back, running the taliban out of a key stronghold. that will be the easy part. the tougher part, securing the territory once it's taken and making sure the militants don't come back. the keys to that offensive in afghanistan when we come right. back.
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welcome back. let's look at the stories making headlines. university of alabama professor amy bishop charged with capital murder in yesterday's shooting
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spree. three other professors were killed and three more were injured. a student in her anatomy class yesterday morning said she seemed perfectly normal. know causing problems across the south, continuing to cause problems where hundreds of flights have been canceled out of atlanta. the world's busiest airport. tens of thousands are still without power in the dallas area. astronauts install ago new room on the international space station, hitting a major snag today. an installation blanket need to do protect mechanisms from the cold, it doesn't fit. flight engineers on the ground are trying to figure out how to fix the problem. some 15,000 american and coalition forces are sweeping into the taliban stronghold of marjah. in a large military in afghanistan since the start of this war and a lot is at stake. victory here where the taliban are at their strongest and where the opium poppy fields are a major source of their cash, could go a long way to securing much of afghanistan. joining us now, fox news
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military analyst lieutenant general -- look at you. tom, former assistant vice chief of staff for the u.s. air force. i know you like me, but you didn't have to dress up like ha. >> you're special. >> are you off to an event? >> yes, we've got the military order of the caribou, annual walo, an annual event on the defense side, much like the correspondents dinner. et cetera. that's why we're getting into my cocktail hour right now. >> i was going to say, you're going to miss if we don't get you out of here. let's start. how is the operation going so far? >> it's going very well. we clearly gave them enough notice. we did it for a reason. general mccrystal wanted them to leave. they don't want to take the u.s. and nato forces head on head because they'll have very excessive casualties, like they did in fellow luge i can't. there is a lot of danger. i don't want to mitigate the danger because they've got a lot
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of i.e.d.s and mines that they left in the city. in marjah. it's a very dangerous operation. >> i wanted to get a little more into the strategy and when exactly they're doing and how it contrasts with what they have been doing. >> well, by giving them a great deal of advance notice, of over a month, a lot of the taliban have exited. the reason they did that is 'cause number one, they didn't want it to have a lot of civilian casualties and they wanted some civilians issues as many civilians as they could to get out. and then they also wanted -- it was a mano and mano. when the taliban leave like that, the people kind of look and say, well, you're not very strong. they announce they're coming and you leave. so there is a little bit of that psychological operation going on. >> let's talk about how this whole thing is affecting the civilians there because i understand that a lot of civilians are afraid to leave because the taliban feel like we're going to come back and we
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if we find out you left, you're in trouble. >> that's going to be a problem. so the real success of this operation is going to be, we know we're going to take marjah. no question about it. we've got to hold it. the afghan troops and there are 5,000 afghan troops out of the 15,000 involved with this, they've got to come in and they've got to stay with the u.s. forces. so if we do not secure marjah in the long run and the area around it, then that's why we'll fail. so it's extremely important that we secure it in the long run and get the tribes, the tribal entity there is are extremely important. and so they themselves are going to have to do a lot of their defenses in addition to the kabul government. but that's going to be very important. how well and how strongly the tribes support us and the tribal elders. >> you say the state department and the department of agriculture actually here, the united states department of agriculture will be play ago major role in all of this. explain.
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>> well, we've got to switch an economy that is basically a poppy economy, a drug economy to an agriculture. it used to be an agriculture. a weed economy. so we've got to help them do that and make that successful so they have an economic success story there that will want them to stay producing wheat versus poppy. >> the civilians that are growing the poppies now don't have any other options other than to switch to wheat, though, right? aren't the nato forces saying they're going to go in and chop the poppy crops down? >> exactly. so they don't, but they want to do it -- they want them to buy in on it. of course, they make a lot more money on poppies. that's a bit of a disincentive by going to the wheat and, of course, relearning their skills with the wheat and making it a very viable economic program for them, how you get it to market, all those things that are very important. frankly they've lost those skills. that will be very important and that's why the agricultural
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department is going to be very important as well as state department. it's just not the military. the department of defense that's going to have to do this. >> i have so many more questions, but cocktail hour is winding down. we need to get you out. thank you very much for joining us today. have a good time tonight. >> thanks. >> a top indian minister saying a deadly blast at a bakery was caused by a bomb. one foreigner said to be among the eight killed in the explosion, in western india. if it was a bomb, this would be the first major terrorist attack in the country since those coordinated attacks in mumbai in november of 2008. police in india saying that it appears one of the waiters noticed a package that was left unattended and when he opened the package, it blew up. the bakery lies close to an ashran frequent bid foreigners. new details about the professor accused in the shooting spree at the university of alabama in huntsville. police revealing new information about a previous shooting death at the hands of that biology professor.
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it's very interesting. we're going to tell you about it in a live report coming up next.
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it is the bottom of the hour. changes made to the luge competition after a competitor from georgia crashed and later died. the event will start farther down the track so speeds will be a little slower. bill clinton saying he feels great. shortly after doctor replaced the clogged arteries with two
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stents, he's under doctors' orders not to jog, but walk. >> nato saying an american is one of two troops killed in afghanistan. thousands of coalition forces moving into the area. the taliban appears to have scattered possibly waiting to regroup and stage attacks later. makeshift memorials are being set up at the university of alabama huntsville after the shooting rampage that left three professors dead and three other faculty members injured. many in the community were horrified when the police arrested 42-year-old biology professor amy bishop. we are now learning more about dr. bishop. elizabeth is live in huntsville for us. good to see you. we know that this woman who is now involved in another shooting years ago. 1986. what do we know about that? >> yes, we are learning more about amy bishop. in a press conference today, in massachusetts, we learned that bishop shot and killed her 18-year-old brother in 1986.
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she was 20 at the time. investigators are taking a deeper look into that incident. take a listen to what the police chief in braintree, massachusetts had to say hours ago. >> amy bishop fired a shotgun round in her bedroom, subsequently had a fight with her brother. she shot her brother in the chest, fled the home, tried to flee in the home, she fired one more round from the shotgun. >> as you can see, investigators are taking a deeper look and we'll continue to follow it as the details develop. >> what about her husband, elizabeth? i understand he's been taken into custody as well? >> her husband was taken into custody. they took him into custody yesterday afternoon. john anderson. he was labeled as a person of interest and he was questioned. however, there have been no charges at this time. rick? >> and what about the victims, we mentioned three dead and
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three wounded. i imagine we're learning more about them. what do we know? >> we are learning more about them. everyone was on the department staff. the people who are deceased, the department chair, dill la, professor ragland davis, as well as professor johnson. three people were wounded in that case. their area hospitals. two of them remain in critical condition. one listed as stable. rick? >> elizabeth live for us in huntsville, alabama. thank you very much. >> some mixed news on the nation's economy. on the bright side, retail sales jumped half a percent last month. experts focus on retail sales because consumers are the driving force behind the economy. even if spending is up, the mood of consumers is down. abc news poll shows that only 8% of americans rate the economy as excellent or good. it shows folks aren't really convinced that a recover is taking hold. so with all of these mixed messages, where do we stand?
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peter is an economist at the university of maryland and the former chief economist for the u.s. international trade commission and joining me now. thank you for being here today. good news, moderately good news you tell our producer. why is that? >> moderately good news. retail sales were up in january, but they were down in december. data seems to bounce around. if we look at it year over year, retail sales are growing after inflation maybe at a 2% rate, which means the economy is recovering very slowly. and if we look at things like imports and other data, inventories and so forth, the economy remains very vulnerable to a second dip. >> so you're saying let's be cautious here. let's not sarah, a, and shake out the pompoms quiet. >> the skeptics got to right. so does wall street. the stocks have greeted obama's recent pronouncements, his small business plan, export plan with
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a lot of skepticism and well they should. his export plan is very small given the goals he set. his small business plan, they provide a few bucks here and there, but by and large, this administration doesn't have a strategy or plan to bring down the high level of unemployment. it's just about conceded that unemployment will stay near 10% for the next 12 months. >> in a different study, an uptick in retail sales, yes, but consumer sentiment is down. >> exactly. the policies and programs that mr. obama and mr. geithner have put forward have left economists, investors and consumers lukewarm. he says he wants to double exports, for example. to do that, that would require $850 billion in additional exports. to accomplish that, he has devoted $2 billion in additional resources. that's hardly up to the task. >> we always quote our experts and you are an expert in this field. what do you think the president
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needs to do? give us your suggestions. >> i think we need to rebalance trade with china. if china will not revalue its currency, which we know is undervalued, and putting a lot of subsidized exports into the united states and destroying jobs, then we simply have to tax conversions to essentially raise the price of chinese goods here so that more of those things will be made in the united states. every time we say the dollar abroad, that doesn't come back. when we import a dollar's worth of goods that doesn't come back to buy an export, american loses their jobs. we just have to put a stop to that. obama understands that, but he simply is unwilling to act. >> i have talked to a lot of folks who come up to me on the street and say, we want to know when is the economy going to turn around? what do you say to these folks? >> i can't say that i've got a lot of good news for them. the president wants to replace the millions of jobs that have been lost in manufacturing and the 9 million jobs overall with new jobs in green industries and that's simply a pipe dream.
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we'll create maybe 10, 20, 30, 100,000 jobs that way. but since the president has taken office, we have lost more than 4 million jobs. and when he's asked about revitalizing industry, he shows disdain. he behaves as if, no, americans shouldn't make steel. americans shouldn't make semiconductors. americans shouldn't make coffee makers. ship all those jobs to china. but he doesn't have an answer as to what will replace them. people are starting to figure out what investors already know. this president doesn't have a handle on the facts or a grasp on any kind of reasonable solution. >> all right. we'll wrap it up at that. thank you for joining us. we appreciate it. fox news is on the job hunt and pretty soon it may be hard to find one group of workers. family doctors. they're on the front line of health care, but their numbers are dwindling. the shortage is especially felt in rural areas. how families cope with the lack
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of doctors is becoming a real problem. now the story. >> imagine your baby is sick and you're 30 miles from the closest hospital. >> the whole time i'm driving, i'm worried, you know, is she going to be okay? what's wrong? >> she lives in indiana and feels lucky to have a rural clinic nearby when her three-month-old daughter falls ill. same goes for 70-year-old lee taylor. >> trust that living in a small town, it saves us an hour and a half drive to go to the big city. >> not everyone who lives in a small town has access to a doctor. there is a serious rural doctor shortage in america with 35 million people living in medically underserved areas. health care experts say that's dangerous. >> if you have a true emergency, there is no one there to take care of you. the other thing that includes obstetrics. if you have no one around to deliver a baby, you're driving 30 or 40 miles, that creates a high risk pregnancy. >> one solution is to import talented doctors from overseas.
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>> practicing rural medicine here is very similar to practicing regular medicine in the philippines. you can actually treat patients with the least amount of money that you have. >> another strategy, convincing students from small towns to pursue medical school and practice in rural areas where they are desperately needed. >> the small town, you know all your patients. when they walk in the door, you know what's wrong with them, what's right with them. i look forward to extending people's lives, making a difference and changing someone's life, making them more healthy. >> finally, the growing use of telemedicine. in some places they can electronically bring big city doctors to small towns. and these long distance checkups could save many lives in places they still just don't have enough doctors. peter ducey, fox news. >> ladies and gentlemen, the green flag drops tomorrow on the super bowl of race car driving, the daytona 500. but a lot of folks are buzzing about what happened today. dale earnhardt, junior, involved in a frightening multi-car
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crash. his car flipping upside down when a car behind him hit his rear bumper, sending him on his roof along the super stretch. you might remember his father, dale earnhardt, was killed on an accident at the daytona 500, 2001. orlando salinas has more. >> juliette, you're talking about junior being involved in the big wreck a couple of hours ago. it looked good. it was spectacular and truthfully, a lot of these race car fans will tell you they come to these races, hoping they'll see some crash. they saw it today with junior. also, danica patrick was making her first nascar debut. she was in the number 7 chevy. she also had her own wreck. she was thinking maybe she hopefully might be able to finish this race. she got as far as about maybe the 69th or so lap of the race. she was trying to avoid another crash that she saw heading her own way. i believe it was maybe 12 cars involved in that crash. she couldn't avoid it. she was out of that race early.
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coming back out live here, these folks are getting this thing ready for tomorrow. this is the running of the race, the daytona 500. there are about 168,000 permanent seats in this place. and this daytona 500 speedway, the biggest outdoor stadium of its kind in the state of florida. as i understand it, probably one of the biggest stadiums of its kind in the entire nation. now, this race again, taking place tomorrow and i can tell you, at its height, they're thinking they might be close to a quarter of a million people on this property tomorrow watching this big old race. >> the races are wild. thank you very much. coverage of the daytona 500 begins tomorrow at noon eastern on your local fox station. all right. that will be fun to watch. 198 prisoners remain in the detention center at guantanamo bay. most of them are from one country. yemen. how this could short circuit the president's overdue pledge to
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shut down the prison when we come right back.
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>> the white house is considering the fate of almost 200 gitmo detainees, but many factors are working against the president's plan to close down that facility. of the including serious trouble in the country where most of the prisoners are originally from. now the story from yemen. >> yemen is the homeland to the largest number of detainees, around 90, still held at guantanamo bay. following news that accused christmas bomber abdulmutallab studied arabic and allegedly trained with al-qaeda here, the u.s. suspended transfers to yemen. dc considered the country too hot to send people back, like this man. he worked with yemeni intelligence and sent by the u.s. to have the election to al-qaeda. his brother claims he wasn't involved with terrorism. after seven years at guantanamo bay and elsewhere, he wants him home. >> i'm frustrated and disappointed, he tells me.
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there is no justice. >> the past performance of yemeni security forces is not encouraging. in 2006, 23 convicted or suspected terrorists somehow managed to tunnel their way out of a high security prison here, flee from a neighboring mosque, some went on to more terror. other militant prisoners have been released by yemen such as one of the plotters of the attack on the uss cole in 2000. a controversial rehabilitation program was run by islamic minister and was criticized. he says it worked and can again. >> no one returned to al-qaeda, he claims. and it can be the same. two al-qaeda leaders here are graduates of a saudi rehab program. one yemeni gitmo detainee who made it out was captured in afghanistan after 9-11. he admits he was near al-qaeda fighters, but says he never was one. released in 2007, he claims keeping guantanamo bay open is bad publicity for the u.s.
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>> the more you keep the detainees in prison, he says, the more they'll suffer. even if president obama now has plans to close gitmo and tries some yemenis, it's reported more will be held somewhere indefinitely, considering the far war is raging in yemen. fox news. >> thank you. president clinton today looking okay after a big heart scare. taking the time to talk to reporters. he walked out hours after getting out of the hospital. the lessons we can all take from the former president's condition and recovery, the fox medical a team checks in. moment tearily.
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welcome back. let's. we are keeping a close eye on the major offensive going on in marjah, afghanistan. insurgents there are putting up scattered resistance.
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one american ask one british soldier have been killed in the fighting. the professor accused of the killing spree at the university of alabama is facing capital murder charges. and we're now learning 42-year-old amy bishop shot and killed her brother 20 years ago. the incident was logged as an accident at the time. the centers for disease control releasing new estimates on the impact of the h1n1 flu. the number of indicateses has grown to 57 million. nearly 12,000 americans have died from the virus. bill clinton is back at his new york home. the former president looking not bad considering what he's been through. >> hours after leaving a hospital to have two stents insert to do help relieve his clogged arteries. watch. >> the doctors in the hospital did a great job and i got on the treadmill today. i feel good. it's a miraculous thing. you can feel the energy coming back right away.
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all the arteries are pumping to the heart. it made a big difference. >> you probably remember president clinton had quadruple bypass surgery about six years ago. but as we've seen this kind of treatment is not a cure. so what can the rest of us learn? let's bring a member of the medical a team who is chief of robotics division at mount sinai hospital at new york city. thank you for coming in. >> i read one doctor describe this procedure that former president clinton had as a tuneup. that accurate? >> well, you're talking about the cardiac bypass. it's a major surgery. it's a gold standard for any kind of coronary artery disease, especially with multi vessel problems. so the life span of these grafts are five to ten years. we know that about six years ago, he had this procedure. so it's a little on the early side, beauishly they clog up and issue see from the video that when this happens, in his
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particular case, it didn't go back after the graft that was occluded. they went back after the native right coronary artery and they were able to dilate it through angioplasty and in 70% of these cases, they put in the stent in order to keep those arteries open. >> it's amazing. he talked about going on the treadmill and going for a couple of miles. his doctor said this had nothing to do with his diet or anything that he was doing. that this kind of thing just happens. this is a heart disease is a chronic problem, is it not? >> i'm glad you brought it up because that's a very, very important issue. we learned from this that there is really no good cure for heart disease. it's a chronic disease. the natural history of cardiac disease is that it's going to progress. the question is, how do we prevent it or slow it down? paying attention to the risk factors are very important. patients who have history of genetics in their family of heart disease, if you have
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inactivity, obesity is a big problem. we talk about high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes play has big role. these are the patients that have to be on close surveillance. we know from president clinton's doctor who is a good friend and i know him well, that he has been under close surveillance. he has exercised, had good diet. why did this happen? in my opinion, probably genetics. his lifestyle and stress plays a big role. that's something that you have to just continue to watch it. fortunately, he's gotten an excellent treatment, diagnosis. we see that after the cardiac stent, he's out and doing fairly well. heart disease remains a very serious health issue in this country. just look at some of the statistics. leading cause of death in this country, almost 2,000 men and women die every day from heart disease. >> every day? >> every day. it's amazing statistics. you look at 2010, close to
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$320 billion is going to be invested in just heart disease. so while we have done a lot of research and we have come a long way, there is a lot more research that has to be done in this field. i can tell you that in the past few days, we've talked about cardiac stent. and i learned that some of these stents obviously have drug lead stents that can produce medication that can keep them. this is the pioneer and research work of this has been done by dr. valentin from mount sinai who is a good friend and we share many patients. president clinton has gotten the best treatment. within an hour of this procedure, they have gone in and dilated the vessel and he's home safe. >> he should not be running on the treadmill. he should be walking. >> i think immediately after these procedures you want to take it easy. you want to relax. you want to be on close surveillance. the other numbers that we have to be caution about is that the
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first year after this cardiac stent, you still have about 10% or 30% of occlusion. so he's going to be on a very close surveillance. we wish him well. >> doctor, as the chief of robotics at mount sinai, always good to see you. thank you so much. >> good to see you. >> all right. taking the fight right to the heart of the taliban. the challenge is met on day one of the biggest offensive of the afghan war. and what still needs to be done, julie banderas has the latest on fox report. 100% natural chicken broth.
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