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>> i think it -- jon: good morning i'm jon scott. nna: i'm jenna lee. we are here in the fox newsroom. "happening now" in the top box live on capitol hill where the power of conservatives now seems to be growing, but who does it actually benefit? what it means for the midterm, karl rove will weigh in. jon: in the middle box, operation dragon site. nato forces head into the heart of taliban territory. how they will try to root out the insurgents there. jenna: in the bottom box, incredible pictures of flooding in the midwest. a levee failing in wisconsin, all the water forcing hundreds of folks out of their homes. jon: brand-new developments to tell you about about a cyber weapon that we referred to last week on "happening now." it's a digital worm that can actually destroy a physical target. now we are learning it hit the computers system at iran's first nuclear power station. there is growing speculation about who may actually have
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started this kind of industrial sabotage and the real motive behind it. jennifer griffin is live for us at the pentagon. what do we know about the virus and where it might have come from? >> reporter: what we know is that it's called stuxnet, it's a real tongue twister. what we now from the security firm is that 60% of the attacks by this worm have taken police inside iran. iranian officials are now saying that their nuclear facility, the one built by the russians has had technical difficulties as a result of this worm and we know that some of the centrifuges at the main facility in iran where they are enriching highly enriched uranium, it has been slowed down. the begs the question, jon, who is behind this cyber attack.
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it is a cyber attack. it is likely something that was embedded inc into software and t software, yes semens which is a german company sold a lot of software to the iranians that is used in the nuclear program. the question is, was it germany behind it, israel or was it the united states. the united states has a very sophisticated cyber command out at fort meade. there is a unit that specializes in cyber attacks. so a lot of questions being raised. officially the pentagon not commenting on this but we do know that this worm had a pretty serious impact on iran's nuclear program, jon. jon: so there is speculation that it could have been created in the united states, but you say the pentagon is not commenting. >> reporter: they are not commenting, not confirming, not denying. sources that i've spoken to though have said that it may not have been the united states. it may have actually been allies such as germany.
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semens is a german company and the german intelligence agency works very closely with the united states and they have been very effective at infiltrating iran's nuclear program. and then who would stand to benefit most from this? israel of course. it raises questions. we don't know at this stage which country is behind it, but tern lee -- certainly iran is confirming that their nuclear program was affected by this very powerful worm. jon: jennifer griffin at the pentagon. coming up we'll take an in-depth look at the stuxnet cyber worm and the impact it seems to be having on iran's nuclear ambitions. martha: jenna: the defense department buying ten thousand copies of this book on afghanistan and then burning them citing national security concerns. steve centanni is on this story. joining us live from washington, steve, how exactly did this book threaten our national security?
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>> reporter: jenna the pentagon isn't saying exactly how but they demanded the book "operation dark heart" be heavily redacted. the memoir about working undercover in afghanistan was written by tony shaffer. a lieutenant kernel in the army reserves. they gave the go ahead to public the book, then the intelligence agency weighed in demanding more changes. one of the issues aeu carding to shaffer was the intelligence operation called danger. where mohammed atta was identified as a danger to the u.s. before the attacks on 9/11. >> necessity took an entire paragraph out talking about documents relating to my having a full set of the able danger documents and they were removed from my office at dia, and they pulled that out at one point in time. and i said look i'm not going to stand for this because in my open, publicly available publicly cleared testimony i talk about this fact. >> reporter: the pentagon spent
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about $47,000 buying up the first run of the book and then burning all the copies, jenna. jenna: any other insight to the other type of classified information that the military wanted to delete or has taken out of the book now. >> reporter: shaffer says all the information was, quote, open source, which means practically anybody could find it on the internet if they wanted to. some of the cop eaves the original book are still in the hands of reviewers. "the new york times" did a comparison and found that motion of the changes were fairly trivial. shaffer calls them loanee. the term sig-in is common here used. it stands for signal intelligence. the pentagon doesn't want people to know that, that was taken out of the book even though it's common knowledge to a lot of people. jenna: thank you very much. the author of operation dark heart will be joining us in our next hour to tell his story. in the meantime we do want to hear from you on this issue. our "happening now" question of the day, should books
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potentially containing national security secrets be bought by the government and destroyed? remember, this is your money that the government is using to buy some of these books. you can pick from three answers, yes, even at the taxpayers expense. no, not at the taxpayers expense, or i don't know. you can take the poll on our show page "happening now" at we'll share the results next hour when we talk to tony. bill: a historic election that could change politics in venezuela. voters there making a statement against hugo kh chavez. chavez allies use ago two thirds majority in the legislature. steve harris is streaming live. >> reporter: the opposition to hugo chavez did better than expected getting more than 50% of the vote despite some heavy last minute spending by the chavez government.
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the week before elections here hugo chavez brought in tens of thousands of chinese appliances to give out or sell to supporters at heavily subsidized prices. this woman is getting a newark machine and driver. but buying off enough of the population to stay in power comes at a heavy cost. after 11 years of hugo chavez venezuela has the highest inflation rate in latin america and one of the worst murder rates in the world. voting him out of power any time soon might be impossible. that's because in venezuela one man has the power to do almost anything he wants, like pointing to a building annex proep tating it -- and expropriating. >> that building with the two balconies, simon bolivia lived
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in it after his wedding. exproriate. >> reporter: they hope they can slow hugo chavez down and find someone to run against him in 2012. jon: taking private property on live television, what a country. >> reporter: it's pretty amazing what he can do. he changed the name of the country, the name of the clocks, he can point to a building and take it over. jon: thanks. jenna: a shark aeu t-bgs a teenage surfer and he lives to tell the tail. we'll talk to this young man and hear his amazing survival story. also a cyber eye tack at iran's nuclear power station weeks before the facility is set to go online. jennifer griffin told us a little bit about it. what a dangerous cyber weapon could mean forte ran and the rest of us coming up next.
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jenna: now to the breakthrough in kraoeurb warfare that just happens to be interfering with iran's nuclear ambitions. the a digital work attacking computers at the nuclear power station. richard is a former spokesman for the last four u.s. ambassadors to the united nations. reports coming out of iran that this is happening to their nuclear facility. they say it's coming from the west. does that mean us, did we do this? >> reporter: i don't think the obama administration would make that policy decision, but you never know. certainly we should be able to figure this out. the timing is very interesting. jenna: tell us a little bit more about that. >> reporter: first of all remember that this really happened in july and we are just hearing about it now, so i think that we have to remember that this could be just misinformation from the iran government. it could be a fluke that they are now fanning because the timing of the power plant coming online soon. i think it could be germany.
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jennifer talked about this earlier. i think that the germans and some of the europeans are very concerned about iran getting a nuclear republican. this timing is suspect to me. so i don't think it's the united states. certainly we could do it if we wanted to. but i don't think the obama administration would make that policy decision. it certainly could be israel or germany. jenna: why don't you think the obama administration would not make that type of decision. >> reporter: they want to hug things out. they said to iran let's tab. they went to the u.n. and didn't meet with the israelis. they are showing a propensity to not want to get too aggressive with foreign policy. let's take the sudan which the president talked about last friday. they very much do not want an aggressive foreign policy. i don't think they would do something like that. jenna: it's interesting to see how iran has evolved over the past several years, depending on what administration has been in power it seems like iran continues to move towards having nuclear capabilities that could
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endanger that region and also us. is it really the obama administration that it needs to be focused on or is it more of a strategy that america brings to the table here. >> reporter: it's a very interesting question. i think you're right. they have been building up to this day for a very longtime. the bush administration said iran should absolutely have no nuclear weapons. that was absolute. the calculation back then was that they weren't getting that close. now that they are getting closer and obviously experts disagreed exactly what they will get this, the obama administration has to decide are they comfortable with a nuclear iran or not. if they are not comfortable they need to make tough choices. jenna: what does getting tougher really look like. >> reporter: we all know that military exercises, and the military option is always on the table and it's always the last choice, but it has to be a choice. and i think the bush administration did a good job, we got five u.n. resolutions the obama administration has only
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got even one u.n. resolution on iran with sanctions and i think you have to be able to use a credible threat. and when people talk about a credible threat the obama administration doesn't have a credible threat. jenna: what was the credible threat with the bush administration. >> reporter: i think iraq, afghanistan. if push come to shove there was that tool and that option. obviously it's the last tool. you don't want to have a military option but you have to have a credible threat. jenna: it means like a little deja vu. you have every year ahmadinejad coming over to the united states talking about different conspiracy theories talking about the nuclear power that eventually is going to be his. it doesn't seem like anything the u.s. does really stops that cycle. what does it mean? does it mean actually putting troops there at a border somewhere? does it mean an attack from israel. do we need to see something stronger? >> reporter: it could be a cyber attack. we just don't know yet.
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we know that the nuclear plant has been affected, maybe in minimal ways. maybe the obama administration is looking at this to figure out who did this, why, and maybe we could jump on and fan it a little bit more. jenna: and you wouldn't be against it. >> reporter: it's a great option i wouldn't be against it. it's a greater option than military strikes if it works. we cannot have a nuclear iran. the obama administration needs to come out and say it's an unacceptable thing. jenna: thank you so much. we appreciate your perspective always. look forward to seeing you again. jon. jon a dramatic firefight as u.s. forces battle the taliban in marja. this as a major new offensive gets underway in neighboring kandahar, a battle to take it back from the terrorist. a live report from afghanistan. here at home the water is rising, and a levee is failing,
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jon a fox news extreme weather alert for you, a major mop up begins for victims of flooding across southern whiz. torrential rains expected to continue this week with bridges and major highways ordered closed. the governor is trying to authorize special aid for those affected by the rising waters. hundreds of folks are facing days without power and plumbing, many of them taking in their losses and trying to salvage anything that wasn't destroyed by the awful floods. jenna: one south dakota town saw the worst flooding in 17 years. right now sandbags are being placed near the bill su river
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which is expected to kr*es four feet above flood stage. jon evacuations now underway in portage as heavy rains and flooding are putting pressure on a river near the area. water from the rain swollen wisconsin river is now flooding a major roadway. officials fear that some people could be stranded if they don't leave immediately. jason maddox is the editor for the port apblg daily register. he joins us on the phone from port apblg. it's my understanding that despite the warnings some people have decided to stay. >> that's true. some people have decided that they are going to stick it out, and it's a low lying area in our town that floods fairly regularly and i think the people felt it was something they have dealt with before and they want to try to stick it out again. jon i guess the worry is the dykes that are built of sand built in 1890 are ready to give way. >> that's really it. nobody really knows what is in some of them they are so old and
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they were built so long ago and they are not as strong as what you would get today. they are worried about one spot specifically. it's nothing that is too urgent yet, overnight everything held up pretty well, but they say it could happen in ten minutes, it could happen in ten hours. there will be something that -- fit does break loose will flood a major road to the housing development. jon if this thing does go, because this is flat land you're not going to get a wall of water like you would in a mountain canyon. >> no. jon you'll get water that races up all of a sudden. >> correct. the big issue is with the roads. there will be some houses in danger of being flooded but the roads and access to these people for emergency services is really in issue. jon do they know how much the water could rise if the thing goes. >> they don't know for sure. the areas on both sides are fair lie even. it would probably be six to eight feet, maybe eight to ten feet. it won't be like a wall of water, it will even out with the river level itself. jon isn't it true that you really didn't have rain, this is all from rain that fell
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elsewhere. >> one of the craziest things i've seen absolutely. we had almost no rain in the last week, there was so much water north and west of here that it's pushed the water down the wisconsin river to a record kr*es in portage, it's never been higher here since they started taking measurements. jon jason maddox we wish you well. i know you'll have a lot to cover you there. if you want to get the latest on the levee troubles or see what is going on with weather in your hometown we have it for you. go to slash weather. jenna: a rare nato military offensive creating controversy in pakistan. how this firefight captured by our embedded cameras is connected to this controversy. we're going to explain. we're take you to an off-shore oil rig showing you what a moratorium on off-shore drilling could mean for workers out at sea and the rest of our economy.
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of what some are calling the pre election boost. if the dow keeps up of a couple rallies over the last couple of weeks we could be on track for the best september for the market since 1939, pretty hard to believe being that we are more than 2,000 points off our record high. but all things considered a good september oftentimes traders already price in what they expect to have happen six, nine months out. maybe that is what we're seeing, everybody coming back from sums making their bettes on what is going to happen with the midterm elections, and becoming a little more certain about the economy. that changes day-to-day. oil prices are trading around $75 a barrel or so. that leads right into our next story. a big pay outcoming for the victims of the bp oil spill. the man in charge of the fund, kenneth feinberg says he's implementing new procedures that
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will make the program more efficient. he says claims from the spill will be sorted by guidelines to determine how much will be paid out here. in less than five weeks $400 million has been paid out, but still, jon some are still waiting. jon you'll remember that that bp disaster pushed the white house to call for a moratorium on deepwater drilling in this country, so what kind of an impact would that kind of a moratorium have on drilling operations? liz claiman of the fox business network is live right now on the hercules 202 oil rig, two miles off the coast of louisiana. liz. >> reporter: i have to tell you arguably the moratorium for deepwater drillers should not affect these shallow water drillers. these where i am, and we're in a cluster of these shallow water drillers that is anything closer than 500 feet deep basically. we are looking at this, we are
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three and a half miles off the coast here. all of these rigs, the one i showed you and the one i'm standing on completely idle. it's just not happening. they have not been allowed to get their permits approved, that is the problem. the permit approval process has slowed to a trickle where before it was about 11 per month that was approved before the bp spill, since then in the five months since then just four permits have been approved. i want to take you alongside here, this ace 3700-ton rig here. it's a jack up rig as it's called. what they do is they drill for both oil and natural gas. that's the drill you're looking at at the moment, it is completely idle. what you would have there at the bottom of the drill where it look like you'd put a drill nib, that would have piping in it antenna tafpd would be a solid drill nib made of industrial diamond 200-horsepower bringing up natural gas or oil and could switch from one to another. if you look at what the shallow
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guys do. 50 of them work at any time on here, it's sort of a floating city. they would be operating this and use the operations that do what is called the drill mud. you may have heard that from the bp spill. the mud operations are above my right shoulder. the safety issue here the blowout preventer. i know you remember that term from the bp disaster because their blowout which was sub sea did not work. very hard to reach them and repair them when they are underground. with the shallow water guys, jenna and jon this is it you're looking at it. it's that red piece of equipment right there. it lowers, it would be right by the drill if the drill were operating. it is the last line of defense if god forbid anything were to happen it shuts down the whole operation. the people who work here are highly, highly skilled and trained, many of them been working 10, 20, 28 years, and they are waiting. it's as if they have a sword of dam damacles over their head.
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hercules is a shallow driller. it's not like they are exxon mobil. they have lost 2,000 employees. a lot of the workers are waiting. how long can this rig which costs $25,000 a day, just to do nothing and sit idle, how long can that continue? we will be speaking all the day long with the people of hercules here during fox business' coverage on the sister network over there and we'll be showing how the people operate and truly what it means and matters to the shallow water drillers when there is supposedly no moratorium, the moratorium is on the deepwater guys, if they can't get permits approved. it is a very difficult situation for the shallow water guys. that's why we decided to come out here and report live, three and a half miles off the gulf coast of mexico. by the way there are a whole bunch of clusters of the shallow water drillers. those are seahawks another company, those are totally idle.
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no one can get a plan to work, none of the permits have been approved out of the bureau of ocean energy management although those office -- offices are saying there is no shallow water moratorium. it's important to have safety. regulations have changed. some say the new regulations are a bit two onerous, all day long we will be talking about this and showing the story of the shallow water drillers. jon liz thanks very much. it's a fascinating part of life we rarely get to see. jenna: rhode island certainly not immune to the economy. but despite a decline in revenue the state managed to turn a deficit into a massive surplus. how did they do it? it's a great question. it's part of our road to recovery, what is working series. lick leventhal is live with this story. >> reporter: basic math says you can't spend more than you have if you do you wind up in trouble. dozens of states have found
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themselves with huge budget tkeuf sits. rhode island was one of them but manages to turn it around. they were more than $60 million in the red with 12% unemployment and a shaky financial future. the governor battled with politicians and healthcare provide tkers to cut costs. the workforce was reduced. pensions and benefits were trimmed too, bringing them in line with the private sector. the governor saying, it's a matter of fairness. >> when you look at the pay levels, the health benefits, the pension benefits, they are far in excess of what most of the taxpayers out there have, so it's trying to bring those into alignment. >> reporter: well state aid was also cut to local municipalities and they had to sacrifice too. aging police cars weren't replaced. fewer cops and firefighters on the job. a public pool never opened for the summer. >> it might be good news that the governor and general
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assembly are touting about but it same at the -- came at the expense of the local taxpayers, and particularly the residents on the local level in my city, the city of cranston. >> reporter: well rhode island's governor says this is about fiscal responsibility and long-term growth. he didn't raise taxes in fact he lowered them for most encouraging business investment showing an 11-inch crease in tax revenue over just the past two months. rhode island has a surplus and a rainy day fund of $112 million. the governor says more states, maybe even the feds should follow his lead. jenna: rainy day fund doesn't sound half bad these days. thank you very much. fox news is covering what is working in our economy during these challenging times. and why it's also working. go to for more reporting from rick leventhal on what is work being for the rhode island state government. you click on the link next to the full coverage arrow on our home page, you can find it right there. jon. jon nato helicopters launch a strike in pakistan killing more
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than 50 million stapbts. now the pakistani government is protesting the strikes saying they violate the nation's sovereignty. the air strikes taking place near the afghan border. nato forces call itself defense, they say they retaliated after pakistani militants attacked a small afghan security force. jenna: u.s. marines getting into a dramatic firefight in the afghan town of marjah as cameras were rolling. >> hit that compound, the little compound west. jenna: the soldiers taking heavy fire from three different locations as they hunted down insurgents, one example of the danger our men and women are facing every minute in the war on terror. u.s. marines clear the taliban out of the territory quite successfully last february but militants are fighting back with hidden bombs and ambushes like this one. jon right now u.s. and nato troops launching a major new
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offensive in afghanistan. they are moving forward with operation dragon strike near kandahar, a mission u.s. commander's hope can drive insurgents from this key taliban stronstronghold. connor, what's the latest there? >> reporter: well, jon from the minute that president obama sent an additional 30,000 troops to afghanistan last summer there was an intense focus on kandahar. it is the heart of the taliban insurgency. it's their spiritual home who, where they move drugs and weapons, it's where they are based out of, much of the fighting throughout all of afghanistan. this operation has been in the plans for months. it is finally starting to get underway. they spent much of the summer focusing on two parts of kandahar, these are places where the taliban was not as strong as they are in other parts of kandahar. there was assem ambulance of an afghan government. the u.s. and afghan forces spent the summer working trying to clear out the taliban there. they are pushing into a two
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other district. these are two of the nastyist district in all of afghanistan. u.s. forces are ambushed every day multiple times. i are another fox news cameraman was down there earlier this summer. that's where the founder of the taliban's home was. it is a place where the afghan government has very little support. and the taliban has a significant amount of support down there. the u.s. and afghan forces are trying to push the taliban out of that area, but this is as difficult an area as it comes when u.s. forces and commanders talk about the difficulty in afghanistan, this is exactly what they are talking about, jon. jon thank you for being with us. we appreciate it. jenna: the changing face of the gop as the midterm elections inch closer and closer every day. why more and more republicans seem to dent my with the conservative wing of the party. what exactly is that conservative wing? karl rove weighs in on that.
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campaigns getting down and dirty as we speed towards the midterms. >> he invested over a million in oil companies that received billions in tax breaks, even companies involved in the bp oil disaster. jenna: which party is going more negative? will the strategy work? we are going to show you more of the ads and get answers from breath bear haley barbour bret baier in the next half hour. fifty-eight different individuals are using,
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we'll bring you a live report on that story. jenna: well a new poll may explain the success of team candidates across the country, because it seems the right wing of the gop is gaining ground. the gallop poll finding that more than half the republicans surveyed identify themselves as conservatives, while another 18% describe their ideology as very conservative. karl rove is a former senior adviser to president george w. bush also a fox news contributor. he's going to help us work through some of these polls. karl what is important to mention about the polls is that they show the republicans are growing more and more conservative over the last ten years. some say that's because the administration in power right now is so liberal. others say it's because the bush administration wasn't conservative enough. what do you think the truth is? >> reporter: well, look i think part of it is the former, that
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the obama administration is more liberal than people expected. but i wouldn't say becoming more conservative, i'd say that the republican party has more members who identify themselves as conservative, that is to say sort of the conservative mainstream of the republican party is growing bigger in numbers, particularly in the last two years. i wouldn't say that it's necessarily moving that much further to the right. it's always been that the mainstream of the republican party has been pro tax cut, anti-government spending, anti-deficit fiscal conservatives have been a very powerful mainstream in the republican party. the more people who identify themselves with those principles are finding themselves also within the last two years comfortably inside the republican party. jenna: do you think a conservative in 2010 is the same as a conservative in 2004. how would you define a conservative. >> reporter: they remain largely the same. it's a question of emphasis. in 2004 it was dominated by
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national security, the war in iraq and afghanistan. 2012 will be dominated by the fiscal situation ever the country. when you get a president who has a plan to double the size of the national debt in five years and nearly triple it in ten, who goes on this wild spending binge with $814 billion stimulus at 25% increase in discretionary domestic spending, these kind of things tend to drive the economic issues to the front particularly when the president has promised that all the spending would generate jobs and economic growth which it hasn't. jenna: then why aren't the teamers automatically identifying themselves as republicans? why do you have a split group of folks saying we are again the establishment whatever they are the republican or democrat and we're going to go up on our own with our own conservative values. >> reporter: the team is a very descent ra hraoeuzed movement but you can identify three strains. the team express says we are going to take a roll in republican primaries and try and
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identify and support candidates who agree with us and get them nominated. there are two other groups, team nation and team patriots who take a different view. the team patriots in particular, that strain represents the broadest number of teamers say we are a movement designed to keep the feet of both parties to the fire on the issues of spending, deficit and debt and we don't want to become an adjunct to the republican a party or explicitly nominating endorsing book. we are an educational group like the antiwar movement, the pro-life movement and we want democrats and republicans alike to get on the issues of restraining, spending and reducing the debt. jenna: final question, i've been meaning to ask you a longtime on this. "the new york times" kind of solidified it for me. you're known as a great strategist for the gop. why don't you run? why don't you ever get involved directly in the race.
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>> reporter: i'm smart enough to know i'd make allows see candidate i'd lose. if i ran for dog catcher, my opponent's campaign would be funded with people who hate my guts. jenna: we appreciate your insight. when a beautiful day down in d.c. jon take a lock at what is behind karl. it looks like doomsday. >> reporter: it's coming, before november 2nd it's coming. jenna: we'll take it as a metaphor for the midterms. we'll talk to you again soon. jon fox news alert, touching on something jenna and karl were just talking about the team candidate in the governor's race in new york state just got a bit of a boost. his name is carl pal louisiana dean owe -- paladino. he won something of a surprise race against the conservative candidate, rick lassio, a guy
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known in new york state for having run and served in elected office many times before. that conservative party candidate rick lassio has announced he is dropping out of the governor's race. presumably the 8% or so of supporters who were identifying themselves as voting potentially for rick lasio in the new york governor's race, presumably that 8% will almost exclusively go to the team candidate carl paladino who has run a surprisingly strong race against the guy who was thought to be the democratic shoo-in, interesting parties in new york right now. the team candidate carl paladino on the right got a big boost and it will help his prospects in the race for governor. jenna: fox news is your headquarters. you can get political information, log onto
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jenna: "happening now" in the wild world of entertainment in the top box we could fine out this week from author j. k. raw link will write another harry potter work. he gave she gave a rare interview to oprah winfrey.
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new report that jersey shore cast member snooki, jon's favorite was rushed to the hospital while filming the show in miami. apparently sthaoeus being treated for alcohol poisoning. the bottom box, steny hawker calling stephen could he berth's appearance before congress inappropriate. he testified in character on the topic of agricultural workers. jon here is a pretty bleak forecast for the american waistline. citizens of the world's richest countries are getting fatter. you knew that. did you know the u.s. is leading the way in the study predicts that three out of every four americans will be overweight or obese by the year 2020. our next guest is author of "eat this and live for kids" ron colbert is a family practitioner who specializes in weight loss.
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unbelievable to me that the number could be that bad, 75% in about what, nine, ten years? >> in ten years it's going to be 75%. now it's about two thirds or 67% of americans are overweight aerobees. so we're about to see an epidemic. as a hrult we are -- result we're going to have healthcare cost increases as well as governments are taking notice of this and they are saying hey, america is leading the way as the fattest country in the world. jon we've seen a proposal in new york city to reduce sugar in sodas, or get soda machines out of certain places. is this something for governments to handle or is it something that p-rpbtsz and individuals need to handle. >> again i think it needs to start with the pam lee. it needs to start with the children seeing the parents, modeling their behavior, choosing low sugar items, decreasing their fat, choosing healthy types of fat and portion
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control. realize this obesity epidemic is creating an epidemic of disease. 35 major diseases are caused from being obese including 12 different forms of cancer. we truly have an epidemic. it's affecting the cost of healthcare. and that's what's taking notice in other governments. jon you wrote the book on kids and their eating. is it because in part so much of their entertainment is focused around the computer, video games and basically just sitting in a chair? >> absolutely there is less exercise, less activity. more video groups, more computer, less sports, less playground, less bicycling activities. too many junk foods. sugary foods, chips, sodas, all of these types of foods are creating this epidemic. and it's so easy to get to. but the parents are helping their children because they are buying the groceries, they are buying the fast foods, they are
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keeping the sodas around the house and cookies and candies and chips. jon in 15 seconds what do you tell parents? >> first of all they have to be the example. they have to lead by example by choosing instead of keeping sodas all around the house, keeping fruit juices, bats -- water, adding lemon to the water. putting nuts, natural foods, sprouty breads, whole grain breads, teach them how to use natural foods instead of the artificial and junk foods that's killing our children. jon sounds good to me. jenna: we might need a doctor for our next story. one virginia beach surfer count coulding his lucky stars after a very close call with a shark. we'll talk with him about his harrowing ordeal up next. things you don't want to hear on a plane, a terrifying moment on a delta flight captured on
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but a lot are sticking to the current issues rather than digging into their rivals' past. joining us is bret baier. before we get started, anything you want to confess about your past just to get it out of the way? [laughter] >> reporter: you always know the good questions, jenna, right at the top. i'll keep the confessional closed at the top of the 12:00 hour. [laughter] jenna: we're going to show our viewers some of what we're talking about. this first commercial is for congress in ohio, betty sutton against tom beganly. take a look. >> tom ganley's trying to ride his reputation into congress. he should be trying to hide it. sued by customers for fraudulent and deceptive practices, two fs from the better business bureau, over 160 complaints in just three years. he's made millions taking advantage of average folks. tom ganley will try to sell you
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on his reputation, but it's buyer beware. jenna: that guy gets run over by the truck, i mean, how nas is this going to get? >> reporter: it's going to get really nasty, and we should point out the campaign has issued this response. it said: >> reporter: it is going to get very nasty. and you point out that this is getting nasty earlier than previously thought because some of these incumbents are in real trouble, especially p this a place like ohio. you saw the president and the vice president visit there some 17 times over the past 18 months. and it's about one a month, a visit to ohio, and still the approval rating for the president, the administration and democrats is hovering below 50, some places below 40.
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and that is trouble when you start talking about policies. so what some campaigns have chosen to do is go negative. and negative ads as much as everybody says they don't like them, they do work. especially with candidates who don't have a lot of name recognition. so it'll be interesting to see if they work this time. jenna: you know, i'm glad you brought that up because we just had a candidate for congress in san francisco, john dennis, join us on the show last week, and he's running against nancy pelosi. we'll show a little bit of the ad if we can, but basically, he betrays knapp si pelosi as the wicked witch of the west, and it's fully a wizard of oz sort of situation. is there a line, we always ask it every election year, but is there a line that maybe you should cross where it gets uneffective and you lose your audience? >> reporter: yeah. as you take a look at this ad, i mean, john dennis has a big uphill climb to take out nancy pelosi in her district this california.
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so his campaign has decided to do something that would try to grab attention painting nancy pelosi as the wicked witch of the west. whether that translates to votes, yet to be seen. it does, we are talking about it. other networks have talked about it. what happens sometimes in negative campaigning is that it does backfire. if it's misplaced and it doesn't really hit on the humor aspect of things and really goes, if you go negative, it leaves people with kind of a i've got to take a shower feeling, and while it works ahead of the polling when you head to the polls, this early it's, it's interesting to see it coming out as early as this with, you know, five weeks to go. jenna: and considering the timing. there's always that talk about an october surprise, some sort of strategy shift. are you hearing about any of that in d.c. from either party? >> not really.
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we think there will be some surprises in the individual races based on some of the opposition research they've done digging up personal things used in ads as we're already starting to see, some of these individual races. as far as democrats go, it seems like they're going to use social security and republicans attacking social security which is a time-tested tactic of going after and really scaring older voters saying that social security is in danger. republicans push back that that's not what they're doing, and that while they're talking about social security in the long term, someone has to because entitlements are a big problem when you look down the road. jenna: yeah. social security doesn't exactly translate as well as seeing a used car salesman, you know, roll over somebody as we were showing our viewers there. [laughter] bret, we appreciate it very much, your perspective, and we'll see you at 6 p.m. special report. always good to have a preview. thanks. >> reporter: see ya, jenna.
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jon: well, one lives in the white house, now the other used to live there. a former president. both are working their magic on the the campaign trail right now. tonight president obama will launch a cross-country tour aimed at boosting democrats in the midterm elections. now, over the weekend president clinton was lending his star power to several democratic candidates. molly line is in boston to give us the read on who's got the edge out there on the trail, the current or the former president, molly? >> reporter: hi, jon. that's right. both of these men, of course, have some campaigning prowess behind them and charismatic characters we're talking about here. but president obama certainly has some additional things to deal with. you know, he's been behind a number of programs and initiatives that not every voter has been fond of from the health care overhaul to bailout stimulus funding, all of these things not every voter wants to see. so some of the candidates that have welcomed president obama, say, to fundraisers have hedged
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their bets and looked for distance. bloomen that would in connecticut, the attorney general running a tough race. he said, i expect on some occasions we may disagree. democratic strategist marian ann marsh says that clinton has history to fall back on. things that make him an effective campaigner democrats credit him with the peace they had while they were in office. here's mary ann marsh. >> the biggest difference is bill clinton's already done it, barack obama's trying to do it. so clinton's done it, barack obama's trying to do it, and if voters have a doubt, they want to give the benefit of that to the democrats when they listen to bill clinton. >> reporter: making the argument that as far as democrats are concerned, a little history on your side never hurts. jon: so there is something to be said for being out of office. >> reporter: and president clinton said it himself when he
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was out on the campaign trail this weekend saying, hey, i'm a former president, that means i can say what i want. so he was able to make some of those more needling and aggressive digs at republican candidates. he took a dig, for instance, at christine o'donnell calling her the witchcraft lady. so that's the type of thing that, perhaps, president obama wouldn't be able to do so openly on the campaign trail. jon: oh, it's going to be fun to watch these races for the next four weeks or so. molly line, thank you. >> reporter: that it is. jenna: florida republican marco rubio holds a solid lead in his race for the u.s. senate. rubio is many a three-way contest against charlie crist and democrat kendrick meek. this could be turning into a race really for second place. in a mason dixon poll of likely voters, 40% favor rubio. crist is losing ground, his support fading to 28% down to 33. you can see meek is baning
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ground. gaining ground. jon right now in the middle east some major developments that could stall the chance for peace. an israeli freeze on construction on the west bank is over now. now, this is a huge sticking point between israeli and palestinian leaders. what happens now? our jerusalem bureau with an update. reland? >> reporter: jon, the peace talks are hanging by a threat here, both the israelis and palestinians under tremendous pressure to stay at the negotiating table. i talked with a source inside the israeli prime minister's office, and he told me they view this as a road block on the way to peace. but the world has sided with the palestinians here, and the french president today has said the settlements have to stop. this is the picture the international community has been trying to prevent which is work on the west bank by jewish
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settlers. you can see one of the housing developments, they're building more of those right here. to set the scene for you, we're on the west bank. this is the area that the palestinians want for their future state so, obviously, jewish settlers building on that doesn't make them very happy. this concrete pad for another apartment apartment complex was poured ten months ago. then came the settlement freeze that brought the palestinians to the negotiating table. they said if the freeze wasn't extended, they were going to walk away. obviously, freeze hasn't been extended. they haven't walked away yet. they're going to meet in cairo with the arab league for a summit to figure out what to do. as for the israeli government, a source within the government has told me they view this right here as just another roadblock in the peace process. and live here in jerusalem, the israeli prime minister has asked the settlers to, quote, show restraint in this whole situation to see if they can sort of curb their building.
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i asked one of the settlers, are you really showing restraint as you do all this building buildik the media come out and view it? he said, absolutely. we wanted to build 3,000 apartments, we're only building 26. jon: thanks, re land. jenna: a big story for us today, 950 o copies of one u.s. veteran's war memoir i destroyed by uncle sam. why the pentagon says americans are now safer. the author of this book joins us with his reaction. and during the break go to now to vote in our poll. should books potentially containing national security secrets be bought by the government and destroyed? go ahead and weigh in on that. also, a miraculous landing for folks on in the delta flight. we're going to ask one of the passengers what it felt like to be inside that plane, plus another emergency. this time on water. more than 70 water taxi riders shaken up this seattle. we're going to tell you what happened. >> we seen the captain stop
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jon: well, the pentagon says the contents of one u.s. veteran's book may be a threat to national security, and so that's why the defense department has used more than $45,000 of your taxpayer money to destroy 3500 -- 9500 copies of this book, "operation dark heart." it's the memoir of record of one man's undercover mission in afghanistan. that man is a frequent guest of ours, retired lieutenant colonel tony schafer, he is the author and joins us now. tony, i don't know whether to laugh or cry about this story. you wrote this book about some of your activities, some of them undercover in afghanistan during the afghan war. you took it to the army, and you said, here's what i want to put
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out there. the army said what? >> well, the army reviewed it, there was a process that was established for me. you know, as anyone with a security clearance understands, you have to get something vetted. so under the advice of my lawyer, i gave it to the army. had qualified individuals look at it, and at the end of that process in january of this year i was issued a memo that said that the vetting was completed, and we were good to go, and that memo was what the publisher used to set in motion the publishing of the initial version which is supposed to be on the 31st of august of this year. jon: so then the pentagon comes to you after the book came out, and says, oops, we've got a problem now. >> that's correct. and on the 19th of august right before the book was about to ship to nationwide, dia showed up and said we have major problems with this -- jon: the defense intelligence agency. >> right. jon: why did they have problems
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when the army didn't? >> two reasons, i believe. we hired a researcher to do extensive research to find out everything in the book is mentioned somewhere else, or she went out and did first-person interviews with folks. then we gave that to the army to make sure everything was okay. secondly, defense intelligence agency retaliated against me back in 2006 relating to my disclosure of certain embarrassing issues related to the 9/11 attacks, and i believe this is directly linked to that. why else would they wait until the last minute about this? jon: one of the things that came out of that was that you and your team had identified mohammad eta as a potential security threat to the united states. he is the guy -- and be i think we've got his picture -- he went on to become the lead hijacker
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of 9/11, correct? >> that's correct. we've been doing extensive research and, yes, that's a fact. we were able to establish essentially a targeting package which established a number of individuals to include a, the, the a as a member of al-qaeda. i testified to this back in 2006 and based on that testimony, i believe it's very clear based on the nonsense they used to fire me, my testimony is the real reason they fired me from defense intelligence. jon: so the dia wanted originally 18 changes or redactions, they ended up with 256 and ended up doing things like taking hyphens out of words? >> identify mated words, yes, believe it or not. it was a process which i still kind of scratch my head over. jon: what about the books that are out there on people's kindles and ipads and such? >> well, i don't know. i was offered a statement of some sort that they're continuing to work with the
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publisher on those issues. i'm not involved this that, i've followed the guidance aye been given by the army, even at one point i told them, you don't want to go down this path because it won't result in anything but helping the book sales. jon: $45,000 of your tax money just helped shred 9,000 copies of tony schafer's book. tony, it's an interesting world we live in. >> yes, it is, jon. jon: thanks for bringing us your story. earlier, we asked you if the government should be buying and destroying books, about 71% of you who responded say, no, the government should not be in the business of spending tax money on that. if you want to vote, you can still do so. it's an unscientific poll, just go to now. log your vote right there. jenna: hey, jon, we've got a fox news alert for you. we're getting word of a plane in some sort of trouble in south florida. harris has the information at the breaking news desk.
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when is this plane supposed to land? >> reporter: you just hit the nail on the head because that's what's driving the urgency. the landing time according to ft. lauderdale/hollywood international was 12 minutes ago. here's coast time, and it's still about 40 miles out. we are told that the landing gear is visibly down. it's a lear jet. this came in as an alert two, and what that means is it's something they're watching. they don't know what the problem is necessarily. we've been watching a lot of planes, i do want to say this. this is a live picture, and every time a plane pops onto screen, we think that might be the one. i don't want to ascribe to any kind of thinking that we know exactly what this plane is. i haven't been with able to get a tail number on it which is something jon scott says we need to do. i can't tell you if this is the one or which one it is yet until we get confirmation of that and, of course, that wasn't it. they pulled away. emergency crews had started out
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with just a couple of fire trucks. now in the last few minutes, and, of course, these are live pictures, there are now several emergency vehicles that have amazed where they think -- amassed where they think the runway is that this plane will come in. scanner chatter telling the people at the airport that something is wrong, but we don't know exactly what the problem is. landing gear is said to be showing, it's down. it's ready to land. it's late now. now about 14 minutes. i'm going to continue to follow this at the ft. lauder lauderdale/hollywood international airport. it's, again, 40 miles out. hopefully, we can show you a good landing op this one. -- on this one. jenna: at the same time, we have another story we have to get to, a day at the beach. one teenager and his buddies are never going to forget. a shark attacks an 18-year-old surfer. how he and his friends tried to get away as the shark just kept on coming.
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>> i couldn't even finish my next sentence before it had already grabbed my ankle. and i felt a little bit of a thrashing. >> from the waist down, he was covered in blood. i had a lot on my arms. it was pretty hectic. @=h@k@kk
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jenna: well, as congress considers whether to extend the bush era tax cuts, washington state voters get to decide a similar issue on the ballot in november. dan springer is live in seattle with this story. dan, this is shaping up to be sort of a battle between billionaires, is that right? >> reporter: yeah, that's right. we have a lot of rich people in the state of washington. i'm not one of them, but this is a who's who list of people who are very wealthy who are kind of lining up on the for and against
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side. this would be an income tax instituted for the first time in washington state that would hit couples making over $500,000 and individuals making over $250,000. let's look at the people who have come out against it, and you may recognize the names. the ceo and founder of and steve balmer who's the current ceo of microsoft. the richest guy in the world, bill gates, has come out in favor of this tax hike, and his dad is a spokesman of the campaign. but a closer look at the money, and the yes campaign has raised $3.6 million. over $2 million of that has come from the seiu and the national education association. so it's teachers and public employees versus a whole lot of donors on the other side who were against this tax. jenna? jenna: so as you mentioned the state that you're in right now, washington state, doesn't have any income tax. probably a lot of us jealous about that. how will this affect the business in the state?
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you have to think about small businesses there. >> reporter: well, that's right. this would be the biggest tax increase in state history. a 1.7 billion dollars annually. it would hit small businesses because if you're an s corporation, your businesses income goes on to your personal income. so if you make a pretty decent living as, you know, your company does well, you will eventually get hit with a 9.5% income tax, again, for the first time ever in the state. we have a very high sales tax, some people say that's regressive and this will, in fact -- jon: a fox news alert. sorry to interrupt you, dan springer, but we've got a jet coming into fort lauderdale's airport that reportedly is having landing gear trouble. you can see the gear appears to be down, the question is, is it locked? it is said to be a lear jet coming in. you know, everything looks okay right now, but when the weight of the plane actually hits the main landing gear there in the rear, we could have some
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problems. let's see what happens. bounces a couple of times, you can see the thrust reversers come out on the engines there, and it's a picture-perfect landing. apparently, a nonevent. they had some kind of an indicator in the cockpit that told them that their gear was not necessarily down and locked. and if that happens, you can have a gear collapse. we're going to be showing you some pictures of what happened to an airliner where that very thing happened, the gear did not come down. we're going to be showing you some pictures of that amazing landing coming up. this one appears to be okay. coast guard investigators trying to determine what caused a seattle water taxi to crash into a seawall. seven people wound up in the hospital as a result, more than 70 people were onboard the rachel marie at the time of this accident, many of them shaken up by the impact. >> we smashed into the wall, and it was horrible. it was, it was horrible. the hardest impact i've ever felt. >> it threw everybody forward. a lot of people fell down onto the ground.
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it toppled over most of the seats that were in the lower level. jon: those seven injured passengers are going to be fine, we're told, but the water taxi sustained a huge amount of damage. well, the bad guys know all about hiding secrets on the internet, and now the feds want to make it easier to find out what they are up to. we'll tell you why critics are concerned about this latest move to make internet wiretaps easier to perform. plus, a surfer gets chomped by a shark and lives to tell the story. >> i look down, and i can't even see the cuts because i just see blood pouring down my leg. jon: what happened next and how he escaped when we talk with the teenager about his close encounter of the jaws kind. host: could switching to geico really save you 15% or more on car insurance?
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jon: an alert from the extreme weather certain, and if you live in baltimore, you'll want to play close attention. there is a tornado warning in that area in red there that you can see just west of baltimore. a lot of moisture is clashing with some frontal areas moving toward the east coast. thought it was going to be a fairly quiet weather day, but this is not looking good. a tornado warning just outside baltimore,y .maryland. if you live in that area, pay close attention to your local authorities or awet alert radio, if you have one. the possibility strongly exists for tornadic activity there.
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jenna: well, the obama administration wants to give big brother a new tool to peek into your private, personal messages. the feds are pushing to make it easier to tap into online communications. that means everything from blackberry to your scream, even facebook. shannon bream reporting life, what kind of new access are these law enforcement agencies looking for? >> reporter: the agencies say, hey, we have the legal authority to do this, but what we're talking about is actually physically being able to get access. they're trying to keep pace with technology. used to be you'd go tap a phone line. now so much of it has moved onto the internet, facebook, blackberries, skypeing. even though law enforcement agencies say we do have the power to get an order to look at some of these communications, if the companies and services have blocks they can't quickly unscramble things like encrypted messages or break into streams of communication, it doesn't help law enforcement. so they're pushing to come up with something that would actually require the companies to be able to quickly do those
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things, to have methods and capabilities in place so if the that warrant comes, the company can easily turn over the information, jenna. jenna: talk us through how it would work in any sort of reality. would we get a heads up that maybe somebody was looking at our blackberry messages between the two of us? how would it work? >> reporter: probably not. we're not on anyone's radar, but if you think about someone like feistal shahzad, there are reports that investigators found out after he was nabbed that he was using communications services that would not have allowed an intercement, even with a warrant. so if he had been on their radar, they would have had to go to the company and have the company cook up this capability. of course, time is critical, especially in terrorism cases, and that possibility could have meant we could have missed him, jenna. jenna: there's got to be some pushback. >> reporter: absolutely. if you're skypeing with relatives across the country, this is not going to be a
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free-for-all. they're saying we're still talking about getting a warrant first. but others have financial worries. they say, you know, if you've got a new company that's trying to put together a new technological offering, it's going to cost a lot of money to provide this kind of technology to go along with it to make sure they can easily have all that information available to the government should it come along. others say anytime that you create holes in the internet, it's just going to create an opening for hackers, so you have to think about the possibilities and ramifications as you're putting something like this together. jenna: shannon bream for us in d.c., thank you so much. jon: hey, you don't need us to tell you unemployment is stuck near 10%. senate democrats are pushing a new bill they say will create more jobs in the u.s. rather than sending them overseas. jim
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>> reporter: it is hard to imagine firing a low-wage assembly line worker in china and bringing that job here, so that's why it has limited impact. number two, you'd have -- they would lose some tax deductions. companies closing plants at a loss or moving operations overseas, we might have to have interest deductions for any money borrowed, that sort of thing. they would lose those tax deductions. the third item is different tax treatment for companies that close plants here and open one overseas. any goods sold to the u.s. from the new overseas plant would be taxed differently. so it's not at all clear how much impact the law would have, but even some democrats worry it could be applied in ways that hurt u.s. companies. senator max baucus of montana, the democratic chairman of the senate finance committee, expressed his concern last week saying he fears, quote, it puts the united states at a competitive disadvantage. and senate republican leader mitch mcconnell argues that many american companies open factories abroad in order to
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sell goods overseas, not here. a preliminary vote is scheduled on this for tomorrow, jon. jon: and it sounds like a paperwork nightmare, but whatever. >> reporter: it very well could be, and when you interpret the regulations, that's where you always get in trouble. jon: jim angle, thank you. jenna: well, it started off just like a regular day surfing off virginia beach, and suddenly one teenager realized he and his friends were not alone. in the water was a shark, either a sand shark or a bull shark. the shark likely similar to this one grabbed 18-year-old caleb's ankle. we're going to show you some of his injuries, just a heads up on that. he was surfing with his buddies, and he had to jump off or on his surfboard to try to get away. caleb can explain that to us. he's joining us by the phone. his doctor told him to stay off his feet, so he's hopefully taking it easy at home. how are you feeling today? >> i'm actually pretty good. there's not a lot of pain in my
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knee, just a little in my anning -- ankle. jenna: what happened out there? >> me and a friend were surfing, and we had another friend with us. one of our friends had gone back in to grab my other surfboard, he was going to try to surf with us, and it was just me and my friend out on the sandbar. my friend felt something nudge him, and then it nudged him again. as it did, he swung down in the water, and he said he hit it. he came over towards me and said that there's something in the water, and i said, no, there's not, and i didn't even finish that statement before i felt a sharp pain in my ankle. jenna: so what exactly does it feel like to get bit by a shark? >> it's the worst pain i've ever felt in my life. it, it shocked me at first, but i didn't know what to think of it. jenna: and so you feel this pain, we're seeing some of your injuries, looks like you got quite a few stitches here. how'd you get away? >> it just, basically, released me, and i got on my board and
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paddled fast as i could to the shore. jenna: any nervousness about getting back in the water? >> at the moment, but when i go back in next summer, i don't plan on being nervous. jenna: a lot of us have to ask that question because with movies like "jaws" and stuff you just wonder how you guys feel about being in the water. did you have any fear about this before? >> it was my friend's birthday when shark week went off, and we were yoking about it, but you never think it's going to happen. you're always waiting for the next wave or something else to happen. you might feel a fish or a crab, but you never think a shark is going to get you. jenna: so you have to stay off your feet and out of school for how many days? >> i'm actually graduated, but i am off my feet for the next, they said next 2-3 weeks, and i have to keep the stitches in for 14 days. jenna: is this making you sort of popular, i mean, particularly
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among the ladies to survive a shark attack? not a bad thing. [laughter] >> yeah. i've got a lot of people saying they hope my recovery goes well, so i've got a lot of people caring, and i'm happy about it. jenna: well, we're happy that you're feeling all right, and you deserve any sort of accolades you get for surviving that attack. doesn't look fun, caleb, but we appreciate you joining us today. thank you so much. >> sure. you're welcome. jon: and those scars are going to take a good story. jenna: for years to come. jon: this is something you never want to hear on an airplane: prepare for emergency landing. >> heads down! stay down! stay down! jon: yeah, those are sparks flying off the wing tips of this delta jet as it makes an emergency landing. one of the passengers onboard that flight joins us next to tell us what happened. and tea party activists hold a rally over the weekend, but there is something unusual about where this particular rally took place.
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megyn: hey, everybody, i'm megyn kelly. john kerry says democrats would be polling much better if only americans weren't so misinformed. but is insulting the voters really the way to win them over? plus, congress won't vote on tax breaks before the midterms. guess what that's going to do to your paycheck even if they do manage to pass the cuts before december? it ain't good. and just 38% of voters now say they would vote to reelect president obama. 38 president. what does that mean for his ultimate re-election battle, and the online site facebook is the product of a genius kid at harvard named mark zucker burg, or is it? a lawsuit says he's a thief, not a thinker. kelly's court, top of the hour. jenna: who says hollywood leans left? a tea party rally held over the weekend in, of all places, beverly hills?
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william la la jeunesse with this story. why does this tea party story stand out besides the obvious? >> reporter: yeah. the location is the headline here. this tea party was in the heart of liberal los angeles in beverly hills. democrats outnumber republicans by a margin of two to one, but this was hardly the racist, homophobic, hill billy mob often depicted by critics of the tea party. the emcee was singer pat boone, a black preacher spoke about race and religion, and a former "saturday night live" comedian, victoria jackson, she played a uke ukelele while complaining about the size of government. in this crowd of about 500 they said there are conservatives in hollywood afraid to speak up for fear of being blacklisted in the culture of los angeles and hollywood. >> there's a lot of conservatives in be hollywood. >> this is our city too. and why should we have to not
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have a voice? >> i think, you know, pat and so many of us, there are a lot of people in the industry that are concerned. they, some of them don't speak up because they just worry about not getting a job. i know many that stand up because they don't care, you know? they're not worried about their career as much as they are about their country. >> reporter: activist david horowitz was another speaker as well as blogger andrew bright bart, so you had a mix of people. jenna: a lot of tight races in this california, william, with the midterm elections just a few weeks away. did politics play into yesterday's event? >> reporter: well, yeah, clearly, but it wasn't just about the obama administration. they were equally critical of congress as well as the tax and spend record of republicans when they were in power. what i got from these people is they really wanted smaller government, lower taxes, and they reminded me that while for every celebrity out there lending their name to a liberal
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cause, animal rights, abortion rights, gun control, there are many more people behind them in the industry, the grips, the electricians, the production and construction people who do not share those left-wing views. jenna? jenna: all right. interesting story, william. william la jeunesse for us in if l.a. thank you. jon: search us are out in force looking for a nevada teenager who disappeared in a national park near hoover dam. harris? >> reporter: yeah. i've just gotten off the phone with authorities in the nevada who say they resume their search for young shane mcneal about two hours ago. now they're searching with three helicopters and dozens of people from two different states, arizona and nevada, on the ground looking for 16-year-old shane who was hiking, just an excursion by himself, something he's known to do. a lot of kids hike in that area. he's very religious, he's said to have two bibles with him because he told his mom he likes to stop and read the bible along the trail.
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he was keeping in communication with his mom via text message on saturday, and she says the last text she received was about 7:45 p.m. or so near the hoover dam. so she said there she went there to pick him up because that's what she does when he's done hiking, and shane wasn't there. she waited, he didn't show up. she called police to report him missing. that text message said, mom, i can see the colorado river and the hoover dam. so he would have been just a couple of miles away, and they also picked up a ping on a nearby cell phone tower, so that's where they're concentrating their search today. there's an excessive heat watch, above 110 degrees. he was known to just have one bottle of water with him, so that's the main concern. and the colorado river in this area has some sheer cliff dropoffs. and so what authorities are saying is they're just hoping he can stay on whatever trail he's on. missing since saturday evening, they're looking with shane
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mcneal with a whole lot of resources out of nevada. back to you guys. jon: all right, harris, thanks. jenna: miracle on the tarmac. passengers on this delta flight calling the pilot their own captain sulkily after a frightening emergency landing. we're going to talk to someone who was on that plane and find out exactly what happened. >> stay down, stay down, stay down!
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>> heads down! stay down! stay down! stay down! stay down! stay down! jon: imagine hearing that and seeing that out the window when your next flight lands. passengers on a delta flight from atlanta to new york are now calling the pilot their very own captain sully after this pilot landed a packed passenger jet on
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one, with one set of the main gear -- that's the rear gear -- locked in the up position. essentially, he only had two of the three sets of landing gear at his disposal. passengers say the pilot's calm demeanor helped ease their fears. let's talk about it with john, he was a passenger on that plane and joins us on the phone. john, this was a flight supposed to be from atlanta to white plains, new york, but they decided to land at kennedy. kennedy has longer runways and better emergency apparatus for this kind of a landing. but how did you find out that the plane was in trouble? >> we circled for about 20 minutes at which time they made an announcement that we were going to make an emergency landing. they didn't say exactly where or what the problem was at that time. about ten minutes later they said there was a problem with the landing gear, that we'd be going into jfk to land. jon: it looks like the right gear was the set that had stuck because the plane collapsed over
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onto its right side, and that's where we see all the sparks flying off the wing tip. were you sitting on that side of the plane? >> yes, i was. i was sitting 5c on the right side of the plane. jon: all right, so you were on the aisle. did you have a good view, or did you keep your eyes closed and pray? >> exactly. my head was down. we had to assume a certain position, and my eyes were closed the entire time. jon: i guess you probably would have been in front of the wing tip. the wing tip is drag on the -- dragging on the runway as the plane decelerates. the pilot, apparently, did an amazing job. i read that all of you passengers broke into applause when he got that thing safely stopped. >> yes. everybody did. as soon as the plane came to a stop, there was quick applause and followed by an announcement to everybody to unbuckle and exit the plane. jon: so did they ever tell you over the intercom that you had a piece of landing gear that was stuck in the up position? sh yes, they did tell us we were
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going to have a problem. the captain actually walked through what he thought would probably happen, that we would come in, land on the left side and the front of the plane, and he said the plane is most likely going to lean onto the right wig. jon: and that's exactly what happened. >> exactly. jon: he did a great job of keeping that thing on the runway. i mean, anything can happen in a situation like this, and he did a great job of keeping that thing from cart wheeling or spinning around or doing any of the other things that could have happened. >> he certainly did, yeah. him and his entire flight crew did a phenomenal job. jon: yeah. we have a statement from the airline, atlantic southeast airlines which is a subsidiary or allied with delta. the airline is extremely proud of the actions and professionalism december played by the flight -- displayed by the flight crew and cabin of flight 4951. you can see why, they did a great job. many of you have them to thank for doing that. >> yeah, we certainly do.
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they're definitely heros in 60 passengers' hearts at this point. jon: that's for sure. john predham, thanks. great story to tell. >> thank you. jenna: police arrest an oregon mother of two for bank robbery. wait until you hear what this woman told the bank teller before she took off with the cash. plus, the scratch news sank the u.s. warship during world war ii sending dozens of sailor toss their graves, and now a disturbing discover about the wreckage of one of those ships. that's coming up. for strong bones, i take calcium.
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