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do. bill: i listen to you every day. and occasionally you listen to me. martha: see you here tomorrow, everybody. "happening now" starts right now. have a good day. jenna: a very different kind of presidential poll asking which candidate do you think would make a better life coach? how about that? which one would manage your money better? some good questions. some interesting results. plus what they mean in the race for the white house. jon: after bombshell testimony the john edwards' corruption trial comes to a close. what are the jurors thinking? will they convict the one-time presidential candidate? a jury consultant takes you inside the mind of this jury. jenna: plus the hunt for a school bus sniper, striking terror and fear in the hearts of parents and children. we're live with the latest breaking developments in the investigation. it's all "happening now.". jenna: we start with a
head-to-head matchup between president obama and governor romney like we have never seen before. we're glad you're with us, everybody, i'm jenna lee. jon: i'm jon scott. in the all-important campaign fund-raising fresh numbers, presumptive republican nominee keeping financial pace with the sitting president. for april, governor romney and republican national committee raised over $40 million. that compares with the $43.6 million proud in by the president and the democratic national committee. april marks the first month that romney's fund-raising total includes money raised by the rnc victory operation. team obama fires back at the conservative organization behind a new political attacked a. chief political correspondent carl cameron live in washington for us now. first about the money, carl, what does it mean in the fund-raising race? >> reporter: important to remember this is the first month romney was the presumptive nominee, his
income, contributions and donations shot way up in part because of that joint effort with the rnc but also because the republican party was unifying behind him and gop money wasn't split among bunch other candidates. romney has $61.4 million cash on hand that is enough to get started. and nowhere near enough to make it to the finish line. everybody understands that. obama campaign hasn't said how much cash it has on hand now. but they did have $104 million at end of last month. both campaigns may not be making fund-raising targets boasted about because they recognize super pacs are raising lots of money. democratic money on the left and gop money on the right. they're spending it on nasty attack ads. super pacs are taking off a lot of costs on attack ads. that allows candidates to put a buffer between themselves and nastiest stuff although understood it is done on their behalf. jon: speaking of super pacs, obama campaign is getting into a fight with outside
republican groups. can you tell us about that? >> reporter: this is response to the $25 million attacked a buy in 10 key swing states by the super pac, crossroads gps led which karl rove, former bush strategist and fox news contributor. the ad, there you see it there. uses ipad type of visual in which a finger comes and strokes through a whole series of obama promise that is the ad alleges are broken. well, yesterday, the obama for america, the obama-biden campaign deputy campaign manager, stephanie cutter a long respected democratic operative and veteran after bunch of presidential campaigns took to the web with this video to fire back. it gives you a feel and taste how the obama campaign plans to respond to these independent attacks. listen. >> another special interest attacked a, another set of outright distortions and another time when i need to ask you to do what you do best, get the president's back. karl rove is relying on you doing nothing to call out his bs and i know you will
prove him wrong. >> reporter: it was a basically in the form of a web e-mail that cutter and obama for america, the obama and biden re-election campaign, sent out. there you see they are there fast, they are blunt, and they're going to try to call out these attacks virtually on line by line. that was two-minute video all told. jon: all happens very quickly in this era of social media, doesn't it, carl? >> offset some of the money. if obama campaign can respond with an e-mail they don't have to put an ad on the air to match that 25 million. having said that the crossroads gps ad went up matching an ad by a super pac that supports the president and democrats. lots of money being spent out there. jon: back and forth we go. carl cameron. thank you. jenna: new information now on the employment picture in this country. 370,000 americans filed for unemployment in the latest week. that is more or less unchanged from last week as well. the government is trying to help out job growth. did you know we the tas payers are footing the bill
for job training to the tune of more than $14 billion? now there are a bunch of new studies finding some problems with that job training effort. doug mckelway is live in washington with more context on this. doug? >> reporter: that's right, jenna. gao reports from as early as 1990s and again in 2000 and 2003, there was tremendous duplication and overlap and general ineffectiveness of federal job training programs. again last year the department of labor study found benefits of job training programs were quote, small or even nonexistent. yet taxpayers pour their money into these programs to the tune of over $14 billion a year. despite that expenditure the job training programs have not made a dent in the unemployment rate. >> the vast majority of money we spend in job training doesn't go for job training t goes to employ people in job training federal programs. we're about to release an
oklahoma look at job training programs and it's the same problem there as well. we do have some programs that work but most of them are initiated by citizens and states and not the federal government. >> reporter: even there is many people who believe in job training programs say there is plenty of room for improvement. >> we need to take a look at what we know that is working in our job training programs. so places where we have community-based organizations and colleges partnering with employers and local industries, that's really the most effective practice we see across all these programs. when we're talking about what we need to do, it is that kind of solution i think we should be focusing on. >> reporter: studies show there are at least 4 the fed ral job training programs administered by nine different agencies. sounds like a bureaucracy, jenna. jenna: interesting to hear there are some of them, doug. we hear time and time again there are job openings out there but there is not qualified applicants. how can we be hearing that when obviously there is a
lot of job training out there? >> reporter: this is a perplexing dilemma. we here from both sides of the aisle there are training programs that work. tend to be those include partnerships and private sector and public sector and community colleges. president obama recently visited a one such training center in lorraine, ohio, that gotten good results of the mitt romney said i will take them all, collapse them down to one, send them back to the states to create programs best for your own people. two very different perspectives there, jenna. jenna: still 370,000 americans filing for unemployment in the latest week. we can't forget that. doug, thank you so much. jon: right now dramatic closing arguments underway in the john edwards trial. the month-long campaign finance case against the former presidential candidate is nearing its end. as prosecution and defense attorneys get one last chance to try to persuade the jury. jonathan serrie live outside the courthouse in greensboro, north carolina, as he has been for weeks now. what's happening now,
jonathan? >> reporter: hi, jon. well these closing arguments, it is all going to boil down to this dispute between the defense and prosecution over the intent behind that money that went into keeping john edwards' pregnant mistress, rielle hunter, in hiding during the 2008 campaign. was the money as the prosecution argues, campaign contributions intent on keeping his 2008 bid for the white house, later the vice-presidency and possibly even a supreme court nomination on track, or was it as the defense argues, private money simply to keep his wife from finding out details of the affair and that it was a monetary scheme that largely was, that john edwards was largely unaware about. now the prosecution does not have to prove that helping the political campaign was the only purpose of the money, however the judge explained quote, it can't be
a side benefit to the campaign. it can't be tank again al. if you find that the real purpose was personal, it can't be considered a contribution. this is expected to be a significant part of her instructions to the jury this afternoon, jon. jon: i guess the defense wrapped up its case in less than a quarter of the time it took the prosecution. maybe not all that unusual in criminal cases but kind of unusual here. why? >> reporter: yeah, very different strategies of the prosecution, while addressing the money, also went into a lot of the salacious details about the affair and the cover-up that followed and really delved into the emotional impact that it had on john edwards' wife elizabeth whereas the defense really kept a tight focus on those funds and whether or not the fund were considered campaign contributions which they of
course argued was perfectly legal. now edwards' lawyers were able to do this without having their client testify. listen. >> they have taken away what would have been a strong closing argument for the government, and that is, ladies and gentlemen of the jury and he lied in so many different circumstances before he came into this courtroom and got on the stand again and lied to you. >> reporter: so looking forward we anticipate the closing arguments will wrap up early this afternoon. then the judge will spend the rest of the day instructing the jury on the law and then jury deliberations will begin on friday, jon. jon: jonathan serrie in greensboro outside the courthouse there, thank you. so as jurors hear the closing arguments today which way are they leaning? we'll take a closer look at the men and women deciding the fate of john edwards when we talk with a jury consultant later this hour. jenna: we look forward do that. meantime high winds and heat fueling a growing wildfire in arizona. it is now almost three times larger, threatening an
historic community there. we have a live report from the area coming up. jon: also some new information about the number of homes in foreclosure and what it means for the housing market in this country. jenna: new polls showing how the president and governor romney match up. who would win the election if it were held today? and a look how americans feel about the economy.
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held today president obama would enjoy a 7% advantage over presumptive republican nominee governor mitt romney. three weeks ago the candidates were tied at 46% each in this same poll. but on the all-important issue of the economy, 45% of voters think conditions are worse than they were in 2008. 28% think they are better. bob cusack is managing editor of "the hill." bob, we should note that that poll has a plus or minus 3% margin of error. so, if effectively they are still tied. >> right. >> but if you take away 3% from barack obama and give 3% to mitt romney, barack obama still wins this election. what do you think has changed in voters attitudes since the last time this poll was taken? >> well, jon, gas prices have gone down a bit and over the last year the unemployment rate has dropped, almost a full percentage point. however, the romney campaign is making the case this is
insufficient, and the public is wrestling with whether the economy is getting better and white house has to toe a delicate line but yes it is getting better but we still have a lot of work to do. romney says, it has been 3 1/2 years, and time for a change in direction. these polls are fascinating. right now in the message war obama has a little bit of an edge but of course we have a long way to go. jon: here is an interesting poll question voters were asked. what the is best thing president obama has done to help the economy? 15% say he stopped job loss and recession. 8% say loans to the auto industry were good thing. 7% say stimulus bill was a good thing. that is you are is pricing number when you look hough money was spent. 5% say the health care law. 43% say the president has done nothing to help. that is kind of an ominous number if you're on the obama re-election team? >> yeah. you look at stimulus, health care and nothing, those
numbers are not good for the president. you don't hear the white house talking about a lot about the stimulus. remember in 2009 we would have the so-called recovery summer. the white house will not be talking about that phrase anytime soon. so, you know, this is tough for the president. he has got a record that he is talking about bits and pieces of it but not talking about signature achievements in whole, like the health care law and the stimulus. and that's what romney is going to go after. jon: another question, who would you hire to manage your money? mitt romney gets 47% of the vote there. president obama gets 34%. and then when asked who would you hire as your life coach, mitt romney gets 33%, president obama gets 47%. what do you make of those numbers? >> as far as the business side of it, romney is a successful businessman and we recently we saw this week that obama had a fair amount of money invested in jpmorgan. so that's not surprising. and then the other issue
goes right to likeability and that is something that i think you're going to see a lot of photo-ops. both campaigns being very carefully managed. cutting off the press on both ends and i think it's very careful of how they do these photo-ops. whether at a sports function. they really want to have the case that my guy is likeable and that is going to, going to be a key factor down the stretch here. jon: there has been a great deal of back biting i guess among republicans as they, you know, try to come up with a nominee. it is now going to be mitt romney it appears. people were asked why do you support your nominee, in this case mitt romney? 43% of them say he is not president obama. 14% say it is because he is a republican. 10% his positions on issues. 8%, jobs and the economy. i suppose for mitt romney those are worrisome numbers. do you see them the same way? >> i do.
good news the base will be so fired up to get rid of president obama but the left was fired up to get rid of george w. bush in 2004 and a lot of people voted against bush, not for john kerry. we know how that ended up. good news, bad news but romney has to make the case why they're voting for him. that is where the independents are going to come in. right now his numbers there are not too bad. jon: i suppose if the president does not win re-election he has a future career as a life coach ahead at any rate. >> absolutely. jon: bob cusack from "the hill." thank you. >> thank you. jenna: john edwards stunning fall from grace, the former presidential candidate is now on accused felon. closing arguments in his corruption trial are underway right now. then his fate will be in the hand of the jury. who are they? what are they thinking right now? we'll go in depth with a jury consultant on this just ahead. parents and children in one neighborhood on edge today after a gunman is seen taking aim at a school bus.
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jon: a frightening mystery unfolding now in georgia leaving parents and children on edge. of after witnesses reported seeing a gunman taking aim at a school bus in a suburb of atlanta. the gunman got away but not before he left some key evidence behind. elizabeth fran live for us in atlanta. >> reporter: jon, officially a manhunt. officials are looking for a gunman who aim ad rifle at at school bus full of students on monday morning. witnesses saw him and yesterday at him of he was crouched behind a fence,
when they screamed at him he dropped a rifle as well as notebook. when one witness followed him he shot at him with a pistol. we know he is carrying more than one weapon. residents here say they're really, really living on the edge. take a listen. >> gunshots, anything like that you heard lately in the neighborhood? >> i have not heard any shots. >> causing the kids to be just, you know, nervous about it. to think about it. it is a little stressful. >> reporter: now police say they're shadowing buses to and from school for remainder of the week if they need to until they apprehend with this man. they're canceling activities like field trips and anything outdoors. i got off the phone with major john any robinson from the clayton county police department. he wouldn't confirm that those numbers that they found inside the notebook were exactly school bus numbers. he also would not confirm that it was someone who perhaps was targeting a student or a school bus driver. he said that would hint toward the motive but they will not confirm that at this time. he says simply way too early
to tell. at this point they have doubled down on police officers. they're canvasing neighborhoods. they want people to be vigilant because this man is armed and is considered dangerous but they don't want them to live in fear. jon? jon: that's a weird one. elizabeth prann in atlanta. thank you. jenna: moving to north carolina now, the fate of john edwards could be in the hands of the jury as early as tomorrow. right now the nine men and seven women are hearing closing arguments in the dramatic campaign finance trial. other than gender and knowing a little bit about their professions we really don't know that much about them. what we do know is that according to court observers none of the women on the jury appear to be around the same age as elizabeth edwards. so that was observed again in the court but we don't know for certain. what factors may indicate which way this jury may lean when it comes to finding john edwards guilty or not guilty? joining us for an in-depth look, susan constantine a
jury consultant. thanks for being with us. >> thank you. jenna: the big part of this case centers around obviously john edwards. he is thought to be one of the least likeable people when it comes to politicians in this country especially according to one poll that put his likeability at about 3%. based on what we know from this jury or about this jury, how do you think they're going to do, separating likeability or lack thereof of john edwards and the aled crimes that some say he committed? >> you know, they're going to hear the jury instructions and they are going to go by the law. everything will be laid out in front of them but i got to tell you when they get behind those closed doors, the conversation is going to open up. quite frankly it's very difficult to put those emotions aside, even when you mentioned, 3% poll is likeability. jenna: right. >> that is going to also infiltrate right inside that deliberation room and he
will be very difficult to like him. and i believe that really will have some impact and be very hard for them to put that aside, even looking at all the evidence and everything they heard, they will go right back down to, you know what? if it smells like, smells bad, it generally is. jenna: say gender of this jury way it breaks down again, nine men, seven women but also on the jury you have a financial consultant, a retired accountant, and a corporate vice president. and we flagged those, this is really about campaign finance, do you see these people taking a lead, if you will, when it comes to some of these accounting eschews? >> yes. and you brought up a really great point because this is what happens. you get into group communication that is behind there. you will have strong ones, will depend on the president of the company, ceo, one used to running a big business, that understands everything there is about business and how money works. you've got to finance guys. they are the ones pulling it all together and following
the paper trail. they are the ones that will influence the other ones which are more egalitarian. you've got your blue-collar workers that are in there and they will follow the lead of someone stronger, that has more information and quite frankly, you know, that's really good for the prosecution. jenna: does anything stand out to you, just by the fact, the jury is pretty evenly divided but there are more men than woman? again someone called in to look at juries what do you think about that when you see there's more men than women and how could that potentially affect the case? >> well there is more to it just men and women, okay? we have to think about the other demographic factors. age of women. whether they are married or not. served on juries before. social science data collected together will have a huge impact. the fact they're just men and women is more after moot issue. quite frankly men are certainly going to be stronger, more advocate on the defense side but not necessarily. there are other elements that are in it.
i also like to share with you how they probably use social media. seating actually the public questions about what their feelings and impressions and what their opinions are regarding these alleged offenses and they're going to use, which i'm sure they did use this information as they work strategically moving along in this trial. jenna: interesting, susan. so among, financial consultants, accountants. we have teachers, mechanics, retired railroad engineer. it will be interesting dynamic to see how they rule really anytime past friday. we'll watch out for that. susan, thanks for joining us. >> jenna, thank you. jon: they are members of different parties so why is presidential candidate mitt romney appraising former president bill clinton? could it help mr. romney win in some of those key swing states in november? a fair and balanced debate moments away. moments away. also a brand new study on brain injuries linking
away from a historic mining community where a mandatory evacuation order is in effect. the gladiator fire is one of several burning across the state. alexis vance is back with us from our fox affiliate ksav. live in mayer, arizona, with more. alexis? i would say. >> reporter: i would say this is the biggest fire in our state. four homes have burned and tripled in size. it is over 5000 acres in size and firefighters have been working on this for five days. behind me you can see we're at the high school. this is kind of like the meeting ground for all of the firefighters. we have firefighters from all over the state of arizona, idaho, utah and now oregon. so they meet here. all of the logistics are done here and then they head up to the fire. you can't see the flames today but you can see the thick smoke and the haze. it is moving towards the north. so it is actually moving away from homes and communication towers that we were really worried about
yesterday. so a little bit of good news. but with that wind that you were talking about, we're expecting gusts of up to 40 miles per hour a little bit later on today about an hour from now. that could really make wildfire unpredictable so they're not sure what to expect. they have been drawing fire lines and the fire jumps right over those lines. now they're letting it spread a little bit today and letting it get to roads. firefighters from the ground can easily access the fire than going through really rugged terrain to try to get the fire. they're fighting it from above with two helicopters and three air tankers. in the meantime crown king, the town where all of this is happening, it is an old mining town but about 350 residents live there full time. they all remain evacuated and they have a community meeting tonight and hopefully will learn more like if their homes are in danger or when they can go back home. jenna? jenna: we'll continue to watch the developing story. alexis, thank you very much.
jon: there seems to be a new strategy being employed in the race for the white house these days as governor mitt romney seems to be courting the so-called clinton democrats. with presumptive republican nominee lavishing praise on the former president. you can hear him touting bill clinton's boom era, centrist policies and then contrastsing them with president obama's. and clinton democratic voting bloc in swing states could wind up deciding this election. is this a good strategy for governor romney? joining us now, tucker carlson, editor of "the daily caller" and a fox news contributor and marjorie clifton, former consultant to president obama's campaign and principle of clifton consulting. welcome to both of you. tucker carlson, a republican presidential nominee praising bill clinton? did you ever think you would hear such a thing? >> and not just a nominee but someone who recently attacked by bill clinton.
remember clinton just cut this ad saying of mitt romney he wouldn't have killed osama bin laden ad he cut on behalf of barack obama obama. you have to swallow a lot to comment on a guy that would do that to you. it makes sense. bottom line fact, clintons, particularly hillary clinton, more popular with working class democrats than obama is especially in swing states, places like arkansas, west virgina. it is overwhelming does make it kind of sense. jon: so, but the fact that republican so despised president clinton when he was in office, at least a great many of them did, does he risk, does he risk, marjorie, alienating republican voters in a bid to attract independents? >> this entire thing a little bit preposterous because in january 2011, president obama came out and praised president reagan for some his policies and the way he managed the
presidency. i can't imagine that is all a tactic to drive the wedge between republican party and win independents. same way if i went out and said i love tucker carlson. he is one of most amazing people, that will not win me all men wearing pink and blue ties. this is not categorical thing. >> that is actually not true. that would go a long way to endearing you to them. >> i may employ that. i may employ that. in all seriousness, the idea that his praising president clinton is going to win that voting bloc is a little bit, i mean, let's give voters a little bit more credit in their critical thinking about timing and strategy behind this. as tucker pointed out, right now it's, it is sort of, i don't think that this in itself is going to win the republican party as well. he is already, romney already on a little bit of soft footing weather the ultraconservatives. this will push him toward the middle and may make him look more reasonable but i don't think that will win that group.
jon: those conservatives aren't going to vote for president obama, are they, tucker? >> no, they're not. romney, it has been an amazing turnaround actually. took many months and a lot of grueling and bitter argument before romney sewed up the nomination, yet the second he did he got 90% at least according to polls of republicans behind him. that is function of their dislike for president obama. i would say of course it's true that he is not going to win a lot of democrats with this line of argument but there are, there's a specific demographic, there is a specific group, you saw it in the 2008 election, of partisan democrats who really, actually don't like president obama so much. take a look at the election returns, again in west virginia and arkansas look at democratic primaries in those states. there are a lot of disaffected democrats. they do like clinton much more than obama and maybe he can peel some of them off. jon: we looked at numbers of independent voters who went for the various candidates back in '92 and in '96. you had ross perot in this
race. in 1992 president clinton got 38% of them. in 1996 the president got 43% of them. which may be why you're hearing this line from mitt romney in -- go ahead. marjorie. >> i would add though, you're looking at just even the policies. obama's policies and clinton's policies, especially on social matters like same-sex marriage or equal and fair pay, this is, or i should say tax, rather, this is far more, their policies are far more complimentary than they are different. jon: you're saying president the who instituted "don't ask, don't tell" is very much in line with the president who says gay marriage is okay? >> well, one of his premier platforms was fairness to the gay population and so that is, on from a social standpoint more like than mitt romney who says this is destroying the fabric of america's families. so that's, i mean that is a little bit diverging. when you talk about the
things that romney's supporting him on there is more likeness in the clinton administration than the obama administration than there is in the romney administration. from a strategic standpoint you have to look at it, bill clinton went after obama ferociously during the 2008 election. that still did not do anything to really divide democrats in the end and they still won the election. jon: marjorie, tucker carlson, marjorie clifton, tucker carlson, man alive, i can't wait for friday. thank you both. jenna: when marjorie said she likes tucker's tie potentially, that was it. jon: threw me for such a loop. jenna: almost game over. looked like they were both becoming friends. we'll have them both back in the future. we have major developments in the nuclear stand why you have with iran. it could potentially be a huge issue for the 2012 election. tough new sanctions lawmakers on capitol hill are planning to keep the islamic republic in check and military plans just revealed if all else fails.
the very latest in a live report coming up. plus we have brand new numbers on the housing market today. what it means for the economic recovery plus we'll take a closer look what has worked, what hasn't and who claims responsibility for it coming up. dad, why are you getting that? is there a prize in there?
♪ jenna: now this "fox business alert" on the state of the housing market in the this country. according to a new survey from the mortgage bankers association the percentage of americans behind on their mortgage payments fell in the first quarter of this year. but foreclosures overall still remain stubbornly high. we want to talk more about this with fox business's david asman. things are getting better on the one happened, david, but these really high numbers when it comes to foreclosures. why is it taking so long? >> well, first of all let's talk about the government's claims. the government is claiming everything is hunky-dory. five million people are in their homes that wouldn't be or at least getting loan modifications. turns out if you parse
through those numbers as you have done, jenna, you realized they're talking about people that have begun loan modifications the permanent loan modification is much smaller. just over one in five homeowners who actually applied begin the process actually get a permanent reduction or permanent modification of their loanses. but what's happening now, the good news is that banks have tightened up their standards a little bit. and as a result of that they're giving out better loans. remember the old liar loans and teaser loans? this is back in the era of 2005, 6, 7, 8, that led up to the financial crisis where people were given loans that never should have gotten them in the first place because credit was too easy. that's what created the financial crisis. that's what created the crisis for banks and banks realized that and on their own, by the way, they realize, banks don't like to lose money. so when they realized why they were losing money because they gave out all the bad loans they began to
tighten the standards. also the government came in forced them to tighten their standards. as a result of tightening standards they're giving out better loans and fewer foreclosures and fewer cases of people going bad on their loans. jenna: you mentioned 2005, seems like a lifetime ago. >> it does. jenna: we got news again, today, mortgage rates again at record low. i think 3.79%. >> right. jenna: for a 30-year. these are incredible numbers. do you expect to see them drop even further? and will those lower rates help in this market somehow some way? >> well, you know there is never a free lunch. some things, when you do one thing to help the economy on one hand takes away on the other. reason why loans are so low right now, why rates are so low because the federal reserve is printing money like crazy. that means the money in your pocket is worth a little less than it was a year before. that's why trips to the shopping market cost more than they used to. so, you know, you have to balance one thing with the other. there are no solutions. there are only tradeoffs.
jenna: that is interesting point, david. thanks very much. we'll see you on the fox business network. >> thank you. jon: brand new study on brain injuries from boston university school of medicine links brain trauma often found in athletes to those suffered by u.s. troops in war zones. rick folbaum following the story. rick. >> reporter: combat veterans known to face tough challenges once they return to civilian life. post-traumatic stress disorder has gotten a lot of attention in recent years this recent study questions why if they're returning with psychiatric problems but brain injuries. research found veterans exposed to bombs or explosions during their deployments may sustain same kind of brain injuries as athletes who suffer concussions. this is strongest evidence yet a good number of combat vets with pstd are at risk of developing long-term knew religion call problems --
neurological problems, something experts say could have major impact on the military. on the plus side, researchers figured out why the brain reacts the way it does to these explosions and that is something that could help them develop new ways to treat these brain injuries. those treatments of course once developed could also be used to treat a growing number prove athletes, former athletes, dealing with the same kinds of problems. the study was published last night online journal, science translation medicine. the sample size used in the research, jon was small. a lot of people in the medical field say it is good first step in understanding and treating these very difficult conditions. back to you. jon: giving people something to think about and more research ahead obviously. rick, thank you. jenna: allegations of government waste and corruption now under the microscope on capitol hill as a house homeland security committee takes a look at its own leadership. interesting story there. some new information about babies born in the united states. look at that little guy.
[click-click] [♪...] jenna: some brand new stories coming up next hour. the search for a killer in the deep south is one of them. police are warning drivers to be on alert after two people were murdered on mississippi highways by someone reportedly posing as a cop. we'll have an update on that. plus new doubts raised about the so-called good cholesterol and what that could mean for your heart health. that is call coming up. jon: and "happening now", chicago preparing for mass protests. police there are training in how to handle crowds and
protesters are getting ready it take on police. it is all in preparation for the nato summit scheduled to start on sunday. with tens of thousands threatening to cause chaos in "the windy city." steve brown live in chicago. i guess one of the challenges for police has got to be not knowing how many people will show up to protest, huh, steve? >> reporter: if you take a look at social mead like 2008er and facebook people are making their way here on a bus with other folks. nobody knows how much chaos there might be. we know there will be a lot of folks in town. we've seen peaceful protests and other kinds. let's start with the peaceful ones. they're going on throughout the week and planned throughout monday, and nato meeting which is held on sunday and monday. we also had some disorderly protests. one notably tuesday night in the chicago section of the city, south of here called bridgeport. now, police here, say that they are prepared for this and they have been preparing
for months. >> in this case here in chicago we have chicago police department working in location -- in collaboration with the secret service coming up with this plan. they have been doing this over a year now and the city is well-prepared. they're moving ahead with their plans. as you move through the city today we're less than one week out you will notice some enhanced security initiatives around the city. >> reporter: for locals there will be plenty of headaches. lots of road closures, both temporary and permanent through the nato summit. jon? jon: not just the protesters that city has to prepare for, right? >> reporter: no. it is throwing a huge international party. you have a huge nato presence that is going to be here. that is going to be something of a headache for police agencies. then you have transportation systems from time to time will be absolutely shutdown as dignitaries are brought into the nato summit. on top of all of that you have to consider all those invited guests. >> as of today, we're up to
63 country delegations including the united states. we expect about 7500 delegates. about 22,000, 2500 media both foreign and dough most domestic coming in. there are foreign personal we think. 15 to 17,000 people will be in the city for the summit. >> reporter: topping it all off you have the white sox and cubs playing crosstown rivalry series in wrigley starting on friday. plenty going on. police will be put to the test, jon. jon: a lot of deep dish pizza to be served i think? >> reporter: you bet. jon: steve brown, thanks. jenna: in the presidential election all about the battleground states. why some of those states are more critical than others. we're going to break down the so-called super swing states that could actually decide who wins in november and tell you why they're so important. that's ahead. also some new fears about a very popular antibiotic, now linked to deadly heart problems.
it's you, fully charged. >> reporter: rick folbaum in the "happening now" control room, stories we're working on over the next 60 minutes including this one up here, the general population now and news from the census department, white babies in this country are now in the minority for the first time ever. we'll talk about it coming up next. also, we have breaking details in the hunt for a killer shooting drivers on remote highways in mississippi. the very latest on that. and have you ever taken a z-pak? why it could be leading to suddenly deadly heart problems. we have that and breaking news as the second hour of "happening now" starts right now. jenna: allegations of misconduct, government waste and corruption front and center at a house hearing on capitol hill. the house homeland security committee is putting its own
leadership under the microscope, never an easy thing to do. we're glad you're with us, everybody, i'm jenna lee. jon: i'm jon scott. welcome to a brand new hour of "happening now." lawmakers are taking a closer look at a possible culture of corruption within department of homeland security. catherine herridge has more lye for us. >> reporter: good morning. lawmakers focused on abuse of the tsa as well as border and immigration agents. the republican chair of the committee, congressman mike mccall, saying he will investigate whether the documented cases are evidence of a culture of corruption or whether they are isolated incidents, and this morning mccall immediately focusing on airport security. >> the idea that the tsa officer would take a bribe to allow thousands of pieces of luggage to go through improperly screened or to allow drug trafficking organizations to have unfettered access, this is
precisely what the terrorists are looking for. >> reporter: another extreme case was cited at orlando international airport where a senior tsa officer stole more than 80 laptops, cell phones, ipods from passenger luggage between 2008 and 2011. they later fenced these items for their own financial benefit, and they were later convicted. on the border the number of reported incidents and arrests has risen slowly other the last three years, and lawmakers' focus on allegations, co-opting border agents to run drugs inside the u.s. right now there are 360 open cases in the office of the inspector general. it's also known on the shorthand as oig. >> there's 38% increase in border patrol allegation corruption in the last several years. border patrol agents have doubled in size. oig has not had the resources that it has requested.
in short, i cannot keep piling up these cases. i need to act on it. >> reporter: the hearing ended rather abruptly about an hour ago on a mote of frustration both by the chairman, congressman mccall, and the ranking member, congressman keating. they said they were extremely frustrated publicly because the head of the tsa and the head of i.s. --ivity c.e. did not atten. jon: pretty disturbing to hear. >> reporter: well, the issue is not only an issue for the taxpayer, but it's whether these are isolated events or whether this speaks to a broader culture problem and a management problem. jon: all right. very disturbing either way. catherine herridge, thank you. >> reporter: you're welcome. jenna: a big milestone for america's melting pot. new information from the census department showing minorities now make up 37% of the u.s. population and account for more than 50% of the births. compare that to 1990 when
minority births were just 37%. national correspondent steve centanni's live in washington with more on this. steve? >> reporter: jenna, it was long expected the population figures would reach this tipping point, and now it's happened. the baby boom generation is aging while the number of immigrants having children is increasing, and that's led to this major shift in the demographic land scape. overall, white, non-hispanics are still a majority of the u.s. population, but that's not true in every state. in some states like hawaii, minorities are actually the majority. they make up 77 percent of the population there. 65% in the district of columbia, about 60% in both california and new mexico and 55% in texas. hispanics make up the largest minority group when you look at people under 50. they number 52 million out of the nation's 909 million -- 309 million people. latinos accounted for 16.3% of the population in 2010, and that
went up to 16.7% in 2011. now, this all has implications as the new wave of minority children reaches voting age and as they enter the school system as well. already latinos and african-americans are less likely to graduate from high school and to enroll for college than non-hispanic whites. their enrollment rates have increased recently because of the poor economy, but the challenge according to some demographers will be educating the new minority student population to keep the nation competitive. experts predict that minorities will be the majority of the entire u.s. population sometime after the year 2040. jenna? jenna: steve, thank you very much. steve centanni in washington today. jon: brand new fox polls giving president obama a slight edge in a head-to-head matchup with governor romney. molly henneberg has that live from washington. molly? >> reporter: hi, jon. president obama is holding ted,
and governor romney has some ground to make up according to our most recent fox news poll. in a head-to-head matchup, the president op thes the governor 46% to 39%. last month they were tied, but the president has the lead now. on the economy some are beginning to feel a bit better about it. you see the numbers who think the economic condition is excellent to good is up to 11% from 8% in january of 2011. and while the vast majority believe the economy is fair or poor, that poor number has dropped from 59% -- or 51% in january to 45% now. president obama isn't getting a ton of credit on the economy though. look at his job performance numbers on various issues. higher marks -- it's a different poll than this, but we do have a poll that shows his handling of afghanistan, it's 53%. but if you look at the approve/disapprove numbers on the economy, 53% disapprove of the job performance on that. karl rove, the form beer top political strategist for be
president george w. bush, says this election will hinge on the economy. >> voters will give the president credit if economy improves appreciably, but today they think it's lousy even in these numbers that are a modest improvement. people still by almost a two to one margin believe the economy's not good and jobs aren't being created at a sufficient level. he'll get the credit, but he'll also continue to get the blame. >> reporter: take a look at why voters are supporting their candidate, at least at this point. 25% of obama supporters say it's because he's doing a good job. and of romney supporters, 43% say they support the governor because he's not obama. this was a poll of 913 registered voters taken earlier this week. jon? jon: some interesting numbers there. molly henneberg, thank you. jenna: well, iran gets a new warning against building nuclear weapons. america's ambassador to israel is making that very clear today. the u.s. has planned, in place, to launch a military attack on
iran if needed to stop iran from getting a nuclear weapon. ambassador dan shapiro saying not only is the military option on the table, but the plans are, indeed, ready. in the meantime, there's action on capitol hill to impose new economic sanctions on iran, and our chief congressional correspondent be, mike emanuel, has more on this. mike, what are the latest sanctions? >> reporter: well, jenna, essentially, these came out of the senate banking committee, passed by a bipartisan vote. but republicans say we want to broaden the sanctions, so some adjustments have been made. we expect majority leader harry reid to bring them to the floor. let's take a look at some of the key points. they are focused on foreign banks that handle transactions for iran's national oil and tanker companies. they target energy and uranium-mining joint ventures between countries and iran, outside of iran, and they strengthen sanctions against companies that engage in or support censorship in iran.
we've heard positive feedback from both democrats and republicans, and we do expect the majority leader to bring this to the floor, ask for unanimous consent, and then the house and senate will work out a final package to send on to president obama. jenna? jenna: maybe a rare moment of bipartisanship, mike. thank you very much. mike emanuel on capitol hill today. jon: z-paks, they are a popular choice for treating common infections, but the antibiotic is now link today a deadly heart problem. what you should know about the risks before it's too late. plus, the jury is about to get the case existence john edwards. -- against john edwards. we'll take a look at today's closing arguments involving the man who wanted to be president. ok! who gets occasional constipation, diarrhea, gas or bloating? get ahead of it! one phillips' colon health probiotic cap a day helps defend against digestive issues
including new violence in syria today. we have some videos taken in the south reportedly showing syrian and opposition forces in a bloody gun battle. a voice can be held vaguely telling civilians to carry the wounded out of the area. according to reports, the latest clash was in response to the arrest of citizens by president assad's forces. again, tough to verify a lot of this video, but we want to show it to you regardless. also, we're going to take you to moscow, police are breaking up protesters setting up camp in the middle of the city. the demonstrators have been fighting with authorities since putin's inauguration. we're going to take a closer look at that throughout the next several days. and astronauts onboard the rush russian soyuz docking with the international space station, the crew will spend four-and-a-half months in space. jon: a study is raising concerns about a popular antibiotic.
zit ro max now linked to a slightly higher risk of deadly heart problems. the study appears in today's new england journal of medicine. let's talk about it with an adjunct professor at louisiana state university in shreveport. the new england journal a very prestigious medical publication, it's not the kind of thing that would hype, um, scares that aren't necessarily worthy of mention. what do you think about this? >> well, it is, i mean, i think the keyword that you used, jon, was it is a very, very slight risk. i mean, i think they looked 85 over a million people when they follow these prescriptions in a medicaid population had increased risk of death versus 30 with, like, amock sillen and even 30 on no antibiotics. but there is a tiny risk. so the key is i think people need to know that every single drug has a risk and a benefit,
and you really have to weigh it. and with the abilities in society, we use them too often. people expect them, doctors succumb to prescribing them, so hopefully, it'll make people think twice about it. jon: and the problem that was detected in this study is that zithromax can sometimes effect the heart? >> yes. so, number one, if you have heart disease, maybe that's an antibiotic that doctors shouldn't consider. i mean, it's been around for a long time. they said your rivet row my sin the same thing, but we have been using a lot more zithromax because it's easier on the stomach. but also so often people go in with a virus, and they expect something. you know, you've got to tough it out. you can't just come in, i have sniffles, i feel lousy for a day or two, you know, you really have to tough it out. and sometimes if it's the flu, you're toughing it out for a week, but antibiotics aren't going to help you, and doctors
have to say, no. certainly, if you have heart decide, maybe now -- heart decide, maybe you should think twice. jon: obviously, all these people prescribed this antibiotic had some kind of illness or something, how do they know that the problems that led to the heart trouble aren't related to whatever illness they got the antibiotics for? >> well, they sort of evened out that risk factor and looked at it and still even accounting for people that had heart disease, people that had lung disease, a lot of them had disability, poor health problems, they had access to health care, though, because they were on medicaid. but they evened that out and even so -- but you could see even 30 out of a million that didn't take any antibiotics, you know, had a risk of this heart death. jon: your suggestion is that if you don't need antibiotics -- >> right. jon: -- don't take them, don't be hounding your doctor for antibiotics every time you get the sniffles.
>> right. and doctors have to be strong too. it takes more to explain to a patient, look, you have sniffles for a couple days, you have a virus, you have a cold, it's got to run its course. let's see what happens. so, yeah. but you have to think about that. we overuse as a society antibiotics. jon: doctor, thank you, and i know you're going to be back later in the hour for a look at good cholesterol and heart disease. >> yep, we're breaking it all down. jon: thanks. jenna: we also have this fox news alert, we just got news this morning that donna summer has died after a long battle with cancer. we got word a little earlier today some reports that she had passed away, we have just now confirmed it. as you know, she has off been referred to as the queen of disco with so many popular hits. she was 63 years old, and we'll continue to have some more coverage on this breaking news story but, again, donna summer died at the age of 63, apparently in florida at the
time of her death. the john edwards case could go to the jury tomorrow. closing arguments now underway in his corruption trial. our legal team is going to weigh in on what we can expect there. also, we had this other case we're taking a closer look at. a young bride brutally stabs to death hours after her wedding. now the manhunt is on to find her new husband. we have details on the case just ahead. i went to a small high school.
the teacher that comes to mind for me is my high school math teacher, dr. gilmore. i mean he could teach. he was there for us, even if we needed him in college. you could call him, you had his phone number. he was just focused on making sure we were gonna be successful. he would never give up on any of us.
jenna: this is a big story we've been watching this week, the brutal murder of a newlywed bride just hours after her wedding sparking a manhunt this hour for her puz husband. rick is live with more. >> reporter: we're monitoring details, jenna, and this is just not a good story. the man accused of murdering his wife hours after the wedding
party, the bride's body found in a bathtub, still wearing the dress she had worn to the wedding celebration earlier that same night. and now the fbi teaming up with police to find this man, his name is arnaldo, jimenez. he's wanted in first-degree murder charges in the death of his on again-off again girlfriend whom he married friday night. his sister apparently called the family to say that jimenez has called her, that he was upset saying that she and the woman had had a bad fight, and he had left her bleeding at their home. she was 26 years old, two young sons, one of whom she had had with jimenez. enough time passed between the murder and the start of their investigation that jimenez could literally be anywhere. jimenez has a record involving domestic violence, and he was last known to be driving a very expensive sports car, a 2006 maserati. if you have any information on where he might be, you are asked to call the fbi or the police in chicago.
let's hope they find him. back to you. jenna: rick, thank you. jon: closing arguments underway in the john edwards federal corruption trial. his defense team resting after weeks of often dramatic testimony. but could the judge's latest ruling be a major setback for the former senator and one-time presidential candidate? let's talk about it with fred tecce and jennifer bonn jean, a criminal defense attorney. fred, can you explain the significance of what this judge ruled? >> yes, i went to take a test for a lawyer, but we'll put that aside for a minute. [laughter] jon: okay. >> the government had to prove the money was solely to help the campaign, and the government argued as long as that was one of the purposes, that was enough, and that's what she's going to charge the jury on. jon: and so that makes it easier, i presume, jennifer, for
this jury to find -- to convict? >> yes. it allows the prosecution to get up there and say, listen, did he want to hide it from his wife? sure. did he want to hide it from the media, the public? yes. but that doesn't matter, ladies and gentlemen, so long as you find that one of the purposes was to allow him more easily to be elected. and this went to advance the campaign. but at the end of the day, what the government has not demonstrated is that john edwards intentionally, knowingly, willfully violated campaign laws. and one incredible piece of evidence is that the federal election commission, the agency that is designated to administer and enforce election laws found that this was not a campaign contribution. so, basically, if this jury finds that edwards was -- if this jury finds that edwards is guilty -- >> that's not. >> -- they are saying that 12
people know -- jon: fred is chomping at the bit. >> there that's not what they're saying. first of all, he's charged with conspiracy, conspiracy to accept money and, secondly, conspiracy to make a false statement to the federal election commission. this is not -- >> he's not charged with that. he is charged with receiving illegal campaign -- >> you've got to let me finish, jennifer, you've got to let me finish, okay? the judge doesn't let this guy testify because in his opinion it wasn't a crime. that's not all the crime that was charged. >> he was charged with accepting illegal campaign contributions -- >> he's charged in six counts of conspiracy be -- >> one count of conspiracy, five counts of -- >> has to show there was an agreement to break the law, he knew about it and took one step in furtherance of it. that's it. >> no, they have to find for receiving illegal campaign contributions that he knowingly and -- >> that's not what counts, jennifer. that's not all that's charged. jon: if you two, you know, holders of big, fancy law degrees can't agree on -- >> exactly!
exactly my point. [inaudible conversations] jon: how are the jurors? >> this should have never gone to a jury. this should have never gone to the jury. >> well, it should have been different charges. >> it should never be in front of a jury. jon: fred, isn't it true that the judge's ruling, again, sort of watered-down or maybe lowered the bar for a conviction here, doesn't it effectively mean that if this jury finds, decides that he really was trying to just hide this pregnancy and affair from his wife, that that in effect helps boost his political career, because it keeps his wife onboard, and that in and of itself is reason enough to convict him? isn't that the case, fred? >> well, first of all, you've got to read the charges. i mean, jennifer's right in a lot of respects on the substantive counts, you've got to read the charges. part of the charges are that he conspired to hire this, and this was an expense that would have not been incurred but for the campaign.
but for the campaign, they would not have needed this money to keep this woman quiet. at the end of the day, i hear what you're saying, but you've got to read what was charged, and part of it is conspiracy. it is very conceivable, and jennifer's right about this, they acquit on the substantive charges about accepting false campaign donation and convict on the -- >> but there's still a mental state with conspiracy. there's still a mens rea requirement. >> correct. you're still going to act in furtherance of it -- >> no, they have to show he intended it. >> trust me, there's plenty of evidence on that. >> i haven't seen -- not an ounce of it. even their own witness, cheri young, said he told us that it was perfectly legal. they haven't presented one piece of evidence -- >> i think the testimony of palmieri, with the conversation with elizabeth edwards was compelling. he knew exactly what was going on. jon: it's going to be interesting to see what this jury comes up with, and we hope
they can agree on the law, unlike you two. jennifer, fred, thank you. [laughter] >> thanks. jenna: it'll be interesting to see what happens next. it could be jail, jail time or nothing for john edwards. jon: it could be a case of how the mighty have fallen or, you know, exoneration. jenna: or maybe a comeback story. oh, gosh, i don't know if we're ready -- well, we'll see what happens. a health care overhaul rebate. how does that sound, right? why millions of americans may be getting checks in the mail this summer because of this new health care law regardless of the fact that the supreme court is still figuring out whether or not it's constitutional. an interesting story for you coming up. plus, we're just months away from the november election. it's coming up quick. how will the president and mitt romney fare in key superswing states? that's the only way you can say it, really, the superswing states. we're going to take a closer look with larry sabato next.
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jenna: definitely check your mail this summer because millions of americans could get a check from their health insurance companies as a consequence of some new regulations. why is this happening? and why does the timing of this matter? liz macdonald from the fox business network with more on this. liz? >> reporter: jenna we have a sample letter that the government is telling health insurers to send out to 16 million consumers in states across the country. we have it here. look at a sentence in the
first paragraph of this letter that is causing a lot of controversy. essentially says this rebate check americans will be getting this summer comes courtesy of the affordable care act. it is because of the health reform law. now this is, basically raised the political controversy of the tiling of thiser are. now the government is saying look, the health reform law is rolling out. we need to inform individuals why they're getting rebate checks that could be coming by august 1st but at the same time the u.s. supreme court is basically mulling the constitutionality of the health reform law. so what will happen to these rebate checks if in fact the supreme court strikes it down? the insurance industry may sit on the checks and not mail them out. jenna, a lot of money at stake here. $1.3 billion is at stake. the reason why taxpayers and consumers could be getting these rebate checks because the new health reform law says you, health insurer, must spend 80%, at least 80%
of health premiums on medical costs. so why the rebates are coming. jenna: take a big step back. if i get a check this summer from my health insurance company, number one, is there any possibility that i would have to pay them back if the supreme court decides there are parts of this law that are not constitutional? >> yeah. jenna: what about health care costs in general? if companies are being forced to pay part of costs is this doing anything to bring the overall costs of health care down? >> reporter: let's take the second part of that. that is a very important point you're raising. basically the law is saying look, health insurers have to spend 80% or more of health care premiums on health care, on medical costs. if they break that, if they do not, if they basically, you know, spend, you know, only 79% on medical costs they have to issue a rebate check. other swing in the premium costs goes for overhead and
advertising and things like that. health reform is saying that is not good. that is all a good thing, right? the question is, will you have to send back the rebate check to the federal government if the supreme court nixes it? we don't know what will happen there. insurers could sit on checks and not issue them and wait for the supreme court to rule. back to you, jenna. jenna: very interesting, liz. thank you very much. liz macdonald with fox business. >> reporter: sure. jon: an american city in aas. the mayor-elect facing felony charges amid allegations of extortion, bribery, a stolen election and to top it all off secret videotapes of an exotic dancer. senior correspondent eric shawn live from sunland park, new mexico. eric? >> reporter: hey, jon. probably safe to say there is no place in america right now quite like this place, sunland park, new mexico. it is a city they say was stolen by voter fraud. this growing and mushrooming case involves allegations that include conspiracy,
illegal voting, taxpayer public money going to pay for prostitutes, strippers, booze, even a lap dance tape. and the losing candidate who was caught in that lap dance tape, told me, it was all part of his opponents trying to fix the election. >> the people started to tell me that every time there were elections in sunland park there was a lot of cheating, fraud. [shouting] >> reporter: the people of sunland park, new mexico, are fed up. their mayor-elect, daniel salinas, and almost a dozen others are charged in a widespread scheme to steal the march election. was the election stolen from you? >> yes. absolutely. >> reporter: it was? and how did they do that? >> by manipulating absentee and early voting. >> reporter: hernandez lost to salinas by 84 votes. a wonder even stayed in the race. salinas and supporters are accused ever extortion using
city money allegedly taping a lap dance hoping the i would drop out. >> did your client try to steal the election? >> absolutely not. the people voted. he didn't steal the election. he won the election. >> reporter: prosecutors say the salinas faction stuffed the ballot box with illegal votes even from out-of-state residents. 13 are registered at one house of a city official. >> the fundamental right to vote, that is what our democracy is based on. even you take away one vote by it being illegal, you take away the voice of someone that is there and is voting honestly. >> reporter: we talked to one couple from texas who voted here in sunland park. they told us that a city official registered them and told them that they would vote for salinas. as for mr. salinas, his attorney tells me will be back in court on monday to be arraigned on facing more
charges. he has four cases against him. and of course if you suspect voter fraud where you live, we want to know. our address is voter fraud, one word, at foxnews.com. and we're also told there could be a lot more charges in this bizarre and stunning voter fraud case, jon. jon: be nice to get some of that cleaned up. eric shawn, thank you. jenna: speaking of elections, a dozen swing states are key battlegrounds on the road to the white house because voters in those states can go either way. but seven of those states are considered super swing states because any one of them could actually decide the presidential race. larry sabato is director for the center of politics for the university of virginia. these seven super swing states, larry, are colorado, florida, iowa, nevada, new hampshire, ohio and virginia. is there a super-duper swing state among those seven that
you're watching in particular? >> i would have to pick ohio, jenna, even though i'm virginia. some of my fellow virginians won't like this. ohio has been right 27 out of the past 29 elections stretching back to grover cleveland t has the best record of the 50 states the interesting thing is when a really close election the way i think november is likely to be, it is a state like ohio, maybe ohio, that will be the state to put a candidate over 270, to be the 270th electoral vote that elect as president. remember ohio did that for president bush in 2004. jenna: larry, can they, i say they, presumptive republican nominee mitt romney, focus on ohio and forget about others if they're looking to be strategic about victory in november? >> no. they have to worry about all 85 electoral votes in those
seven states. they have to worry about shoring up electoral votes in other places. for example, i don't think the president can take pennsylvania, michigan and wisconsin for granted. we have them leaning to him, but a lean is not a sure win. and give the fact that president obama and his team are putting such emphasis on arizona, even though i think arizona very likely to remain republican, the romney team will want to make sure they have the proper resources there. jenna: larry, we'll leave that super swing state map up, when you look at new hampshire, just this little subtle state up in the northeast and rest of those states, colorado, florida, they're these huge states. how can new hampshire be a super swing state? >> well, those four electoral votes in a very close election can matter. again if new hampshire had gone for al gore in 2000, we wouldn't have worried about florida because al gore would have been elected president. so in a close election, even four electoral votes matter. new hampshire is on the map on that super swing state
map because their partisanship is very balanced. they go back and forth depending on the election between the two parties. jenna: just to be sure, 100% confident you can go home to your neighborhood tonight, tell us a little bit why virginia is a key state even if it is not the super-duper one? why is virginia at the top of your list? >> it is at top of the list now amazingly, now virginia, at least in 2008, was the closest to the national average in the vote between obama and mccain. look, it's not impossible that virginia, incredibly enough, could be the state that provides the 270th electoral vote for either mitt romney or barack obama. all 7 of these states will see the candidates over and over. they will see hundreds of millions in tv ads. i know they're all thrilled about that. jenna: i'm sure they are. i'm sure they are, larry. thank you very much. that is what the dvr is for. no, i didn't say that.
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"bat girls" and this one on screen, macarthur park, and last dance and love to love you baby. she was known to a new generation in part on her appearance on "american idol" in 2008. donna summer, dead of cancer at the age of 63. jenna: well, a new study on heart health is reversing a lot of what people thought they knew about cholesterol. here's a few facts for you. about one in every six american adults has high cholesterol, giving them twice the risk of heart disease as people with normal levels. more women than men have high cholesterol. according to a new study, there may be no such thing as good cholesterol. let's talk nor about this with dr. lee vin nokia cure. broadly confusing. what is cholesterol overall? >> it is made up of low density, proteins, ldl and
high density, proteins, hdl. we always said that the ldl is the bad cholesterol and the hdl is protective and sort of protects you. you want your hdls low and your hdls high. this study looked at people genetically that had very high hdls and turned out they had the same risk of heart disease. as the general population. jenna: so now what? >> well, you know what? ldl, we have these drug statins and they have been great. they also declose inflammation and not just cholesterol they have been commercially successful and medically successful lowering cholesterol and protecting them. there is always a look for a drug to make the hdls higher and there is this big quest. they haven't been able to do it yet. maybe this is something saying maybe we shouldn't be doing it. the key is there is no one
drug, no one magic bullet. tough live a healthy lifestyle. you can raise your hdls naturally with exercise. so --. jenna: stop there. because a lot of people are on these medications. even when there's a slight change in some of their levels, doctors are pretty aggressive about this because as you point out, some of the drugs have been successful. going back to, anything with some one with high cholesterol or a good cholesterol reading today should take away from the study and ask their doctor about? >> they should talk about their numbers, know their numbers. i think you should live a healthy lifestyle and exercise will help raise your hdls which are protective a bit, maybe not as much as we thought. and the other thing is, but if you have a genetic predisposition either way with a lot of cholesterol, no the risk factors but know signs of heart attack. if you're having signs, so many people ignore the signs. jenna: a quick few of them
so we have it? >> you can have chest pain, arm pain, indigestion, just not feeling well, shortness of breath, getting sweaty. those kind of things. don't ignore those things even if you live a healthy lifestyle, sometimes you have bad genes. we can't pick our relatives. jenna: that's true. >> and get into the doctor sooner. that is the take-home. healthy lifestyle. jenna: cholesterol or otherwise. doctor, that would be whole another segment. >> right. jenna: nice to see you. important information for us today, dr. vinocur. thanks very much. >> thanks for having me. jon: police say a man apparently pretending to be a police officer may have killed, may have pulled over two drivers and shot them dead. new evidence just uncovered in the mississippi murders and now why the feds are getting involved.
jenna: well we have some new warnings now as police search for suspects in these bizarre highway murders in mississippi. rick has more details now. rick? >> reporter: we've been getting some details just in the last couple minutes. this is a real mystery for the police, jenna. two people shot dead found either in or near their cars on remote highways in mississippi. sources just telling fox news that police are making good progress in their investigation. as we told you yesterday, they are working on a theory here somebody posing as a police officer may have gotten the victims to pull over to the side of the road. they think this could be the case because the victims cars, neither one of them, had anything wrong with them. the family of one of them, a 74-year-old man, says his wallet was missing from the crime scene. so investigators definitely are looking to see if there has been any activity on this man's credit cards or bank account. the other victim was a 48-year-old woman whose body was found along the shoulder of a highway not far from her car. folks who live in the area say they're nervous.
>> senseless killings, why? >> scares me to death. >> catch yourself looking in the rear view mirror even in the city looking to see. >> hopefully i won't be pulled over by anybody anytime soon. >> my mom and dad, call one another call him and he will come meet us wherever they are. >> they will get him i believe. because they're all out watching for him. >> reporter: that is the case. police are out there. they have gotten a lot of leads but they're still asking the public to call in any information that anybody might have and law enforcement is also telling drivers who find themselves being told to pull over by a police officer to make sure it is an actual officer before going ahead and doing that. the advice they're giving drivers to call 911. a dispatcher will confirm whether or not it is a real officer telling them to pull over to the side of the road. jenna: more on this as we get it. rick, thank you. jon: there's a crop crisis in washington state. fruit and vegetable crops ready to be picked but there is a severe shortage of
farmworkers. many of the crops are in danger of going to waste. check this out in franklin county where as pair gus growers are based there is 9.7% unemployment rate. why aren't people lining up to get those jobs. dan springer with some answers from seattle. dan? >> reporter: john, asparagus growers in eastern washington are leaving 10% of the crop uncut because they don't have enough workers. at a time when one out of every 10 adults in the area supposedly looking for a job. state officials say the labor shortage is costing grocers $200,000 a day and local economy is losing millions of dollars. they estimate 75% of the field workers are illegal so a tighter border is having a big impact. growers pay $10 an hour but getting no takers from the unemployment office. >> it is a very hard job. there is very little upward mobility. it's, sporadic work. 60 hours one week.
20 hours the next week. of course it is seasonal. >> reporter: growers want immigration reform so they can keep mexicans but opponents of illegal immigration say the problem would be solved if they paid a better wage to attract legal residents. some conservative groups blame generous unemployment benefits in washington. people can collect $600 a week for a year and a half. >> i think what you have in washington state is a situation where the government has provided at disincentive if you will for folks who are unemployed to actually get out and accept a job. >> reporter: whatever the reason for the shortage the state's $1.5 billion apple industry is taking notice. last year growers left almost 5% of the fruit on the trees. this year looks to be a lot worse. they are still refusing though, jon, to use the guest worker program, saying it is too costly and cumbersome. only 5% of the farmworkers in the state come from that h2a visa program.