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>> gretchen: coming up tomorrow, it's friday! tgif. country band thompson square will be here to perform live. >> brian: geraldo, who i met in person. and maria will talk about the heat in the after the show show? >> gretchen: yes. see you then. bill: good mornsing, everybody. if you're just waking up, a fox news alert on a significant move from the pentagon saying it has flown b 2 stealth bombers over south korea. part of a military exercise. they can carry a nuclear payload and that's not all. i'm bill hemmer. welcome to "america's newsroom." martha continues her vacation. back for more pain. alisyn: you haven't scared me off yet. i'm alisyn camerota. this is no accident. bill: steve centanni covers from washington leading our coverage. what exactly did the is do and how has 24 3w7b done before?
>> reporter: this is the first time the pentagon publicly announced it sent b-2 bombers over the nkorean tet could have been done in the past with other military exercises. they were flown from whiteman, air force base in missouri where they're based and flew over north korea and returned home as they have done in other combat missions. this time they carried inert weapons, not live bombs. they are capable of launching nuclear armed cruise missiles. kruk hagel talked with the south korean defense chief and offered his unwavering support. according to spokesman george little, secretary hagel and minister kim reaffirmed the strength of the alliance. including a extended deterrents capabilities. now the flight of the b-2 bombers is a prime example of this kind of extended deterrents senator hagel was
talking about. bill: north korea, how is it reacting if at all to this? >> reporter: so far no further threats. you can bet the north will use to this stir up anti-american sentiment. ever since kim jong-un took over as north korean leader he issued a variety of threats, threatening to at attack the u.s. and threatening to attack washington, d.c. although he is not believed to have such capability. he launched several missiles including one last december. he conducted a third underground nuclear test which brought turf economic sanctions from the world community. north koreans are sensitive about bombers flying over their territory because the extensive aerial siege of north korea during the war back in the 1950s. bill: this is the one flying piece of the equipment that the north koreans fear the most too. steve, thank you for that. it is awesome thing to come through the air, the b-2 bomber behind us.
look what the air force has to do. it starts from a air force, whiteman air base in missouri. it will fly 13,000 miles in a round-trip. takes about 48 hours give or take a. 13,000 from the state of missouri the islands on the southwestern coast of south korea and then fly back again. it is one heck of a intimidating piece aircraft. in this area here, the peninsula, north and south korea, advance it one time with the 38th parallel, this is where all the action has been over the last few weeks with so many threats and talks coming out of the north korean leader directed toward the sort koreans and the united states. this b-2 stealth bomber is something else. if you ever seen it go across the country or fly at various sporting events. it is so impressive. the other significant thing about this move, alisyn, the u.s. government would never make this public. they would do this largely like the aircraft itself,
they would do it stealth. do it under cover. clearly with this going public they want to send a message to pongyang. alisyn: there is no other interpretation. very having. north korea cutting off communication that war could happen anytime. are the threats mainly rhetoric or are they dangerously real? at the bottom of the hour we'll talk with dan senior. he has exfence sieve experience with the government and served overseas in iraq. stay tuned for that. there is a new report on the soaring number of americans receiving a government benefit. enrollment in the food stamps program is up 70% since 2008. it is hitting a record 47.8 million people receiving ben gets -- benefits last year. that number is only expected to drop slightly by the year 2017. as we get a new jobs report. 357,000 people filed for first time unemployment
benefits last week. that is an increase from last week but we've been below 375 for a number of weeks now. economists say you need to be below that number to show signs that the economy is improving. here with us, fox business network's charles payne. hi, charles. >> good morning. alisyn: so this number was higher than people expected. what do you make of it? >> the numbers are going to bounce around a little bit but overall somewhat disappointing considering how far we are into the would-be so-called recovery. you made a point where initial jobless claims, you by the same token we should be generating 350,000 jobs a month. maybe we're getting into that zone right now. without a doubt this is a slow and very grinding recovery and that is something we're accustomed to, typically we bounce back a lot faster and a lot stronger. >> charles, let's talk about food stamps. these stunning numbers that the enrollment spiked 70, seven, zero percent since
2008. 47.8 million people now on food stamps. is this all just a by-product of that slow recovery? >> a large part of it is a by-product of that, but also, you know, the nature of what is going on with respect to all of the things out there available for americans. and it is not just food stamps but if you take it all in together. for instance, if you're making in california, $44,000 a year and your boss offers awe raise to 50,000 you would probably say no thanks. i don't want to lose out on things like food stamp benefits. local benefits. child care tax credit. earned income tax credit. in other words we're a very generous society. but what we actually ended up doing, creating a wall for a giant barrier to move out of poverty into the middle class. the initial transition they actually lose money and lose benefits. alisyn: charles, let's talk about that for a second, there was a push, there were some ad campaigns to alert people, awareness campaign they could be on food stamps. so advertisements went out on the radio. if you're not on food stamps
and you need help come in and we'll show you how to do it. is there any push to get people off food stamps? >> there is never a push to get people off food stamps. only time it happened when we had under bill clinton under massive welfare reform. people brag how wonderful things were under president clinton. that is one of the centerpieces what he did, telling people you have to go out and work and be part of the american dream. listen, i know there is a big thing trying to destigmatize food stamps but the good part about the stigma it serves as impetus to get people off of it. i'll be quite honest with you. when i was growing up there was a point we had food stamps and people in our building did. if i was in the store and my friend lived up one flight came in no way in the world i would let him see plea ustad food stamps. they're trying to take the stigma away. it should always be a bridge. the idea there will be as many people on this five
years from now and there are now is frightening. those who would be people who are not participating in the american dream. alisyn: charles payne, always interesting to hear your personal story. >> thank you very much. bill: you talk with stuart in 10 minutes, charles. folks in washington state's in puget sound in the northwest waking up to this. a massive landslide, wiping out one home and threatening dozens more. even today at sunrise, leaving some homes clinging on the edge of that cliff. amazing through all of this, there was no one hurt and people had to evacuate will not forget what happened here. >> i thought it was a earthquake. small little tremor. rolled over went back it bed. the doors started banging. i thought a portion was always eroding but that much of it, no? no. i lost over 50% of the my yard. >> getting everything out and keep an eye on the cliff. we don't even know where the trucks are going. we're getting them the hell
out of here. >> kind of painful to look at it. kind of numbing, to be honest. >> there is lot of, you know, really lost hope. i mean all these people, you know have like put their heart and their soul into this neighborhood and their homes and, so, i just think it will be really tough. bill: i think one guy says it the best that it is numbing. i bet it is when your backyard changes in an instant. some residents spent the night in shelters. they have been told they can go back to their homes after geologist abouts look over it. later today, a report on what might have caused this there. alisyn: fox news alert. moments ago, search warrants connected to that horrible connecticut school shooting were just released and we're learning a lot of information from these. it shows that the newtown gunman was a quote, shut-in, who rarely left his home and he spent his days, reportedly playing violent
videogames. that was always rumored to be the case about the adam
lanza, the gunman but now these search warrants are i have abouting us a lot more specific information. these warrants are connected to the gunman's home and car. they have been under seal for the past 90 days. of course we all remember that the gunman killed his mother before then driving to sandy hook elementary school where he murdered 20 children and six educators before turning the gun on himself. fox's rick leventhal is now sorting through all of these just-released documents and he will bring us much more later in our program. bill: some of this news is breaking right now. we'll get you that. it has been something that people have been waiting for some time too. alisyn: there was always speculated he was obsessed with violent videogames and confirmation would be helpful on that. bill: seems like even his exposure in the past couple years of his own life to the public outside was severely limited too. so we'll look at that. there is pushback what is believed to be widespread hacking of u.s. companies,
coming out of beijing china. what the
u.s. now says it will do but will that be enough? we'll have a look at that in a moment. alisyn: stark admission from a white house official on health care that premiums will go up. we have reaction from house majority leader eric cantor coming up. bill: this is tough to watch, folks. pileup when a truck goes out of control on the highway. >> [bleep]. >> move to the side. mportant pat of staying active and strong. ensure high protein... fifty percent of your daily value of protein. low fat and five grams of sugars. [ major nutrition ] ensure! nutrition in charge!
alisyn: there are new developments in the shooting case involving the so-called olympic "blade runner". a judge has just eased some of oscar pistorius's bail restrictions saying he can now leave south africa to compete in international track meets. his lawyers argued that pistorius might need to run again it earn money. prosecutors opposed those changes. the pistorius is charged in the murder shooting death of his model girlfriend reeva
steenkamp. pistorius claims --. >> the u.s. is now targeting china after accusations that the communist government is behind widespread hacking attacks aimed at multiple american companies. the white house is now trying to block u.s. businesses from buying technology linked to china's government. rich lowery, editor of "national review" and a fox news contributor and with me now. good morning to you. >> hi, bill. bill: you say this is first step and highly significant one. explain. >> a sign how serious both parties in con are taking this and how they will push the obama administration on this. this push eminated from congress. seems relatively limited. involves a few department of and agencies from the government and can't buy technology from chinese firms. stuart baker, a lawyer follows this stuff closely, once this language gets into an appropriations bill and signed into law as will happen in this case it stays there forever. it is likely to get toughened. this is first step, bill,
towards us taking this threat seriously. bill: interesting. this is the kind of thing you watch a month or even a year from now and you look back in time and point to that's a moment or that's a decision that may have either contributed to lowering the tension between two countries or increasings them. do you see it either way? >> it will increase them. the chinese will squawk. they will yell we're discriminating against them. they will take it to the world trade organization and beat it back. i'm skeptical they will have much success there. bill, the key moment here was actually a u.s. security firm did report a on chinese hacking and cyber spying and trace ad lot of it to a building outside shanghai. wouldn't you know, a building occupied by the peoples liberation army. so the idea that the all this hacking was justine agers working in their basements, you know, in china and having a lot of fun and free-lancing which was never very plausible was blown up by that report. i think that is really the
tippingpoint in this debate. this is the chinese government hacking into our critical infrastructure, stealing technology from our companies. stealing weapons technology from the pentagon and some people say, it is just in terms of value of what the, china has taken from us it is the greatest act of theft in all world history. bill: would you, that is quite a headline there but what the chinese want is our intellectual capital, right? they want to get inside of our computers, look around and take what we do and copy it in their own country. >> that is part of what they want to do. that is economic incentive. bill, there is national security element and this very quickly gets into the realm of science fix. if they tap into our critical infrastructure and they know how it works and god forbid there is serious crisis or military conflict can they shut down our power plants? can they disable our dams? this seems like the realm of science fiction but 15 years
ago we would be astonished debiting whether unmanned drones would be flying around in the middle east. bill: you make some excellent point. >> shooting people with missiles. bill: there are those who argue now doing this can make us safer and wiser and more secure. do you agree? >> well, yeah. this is part of taking this item and putting it at the top of our agenda with the chinese. the other element has to be obviously just hardening our infrastructure here at home and making our systems as invulnerable as possible. to this kind of an attack and to this kind of hacking. that is just a long term project. bill: one thing to copy an ipad. it is another thing if you're getting inside our military hardware and able to replicate that. >> thanks, bill. bill: follow up on this and we'll get back to you. >> okay. bill: 19 minutes past. alisyn. alisyn: the obama administration's chief health care official admitting you could pay more for health even though the
bill: this is a violent pileup. a car losing control, slamming into an ongoing accident scene. you will see here a truck skidding out slamming the overturned car amount firefighter is thrown 30 feet. up credibly he suffered only minor injuries. treated and released at hospital. no reports of any injuries to the driver. that is daytona, ohio. alisyn: word famous freedom fighter, nelson mandela is back in the hospital with a recurring lung infection.
the 94-year-old is best known as the man who brought down apartheid in south africa. he spent three decade in prison for the cause. he was released in 1990. he became south africa's first black president in 1994. he retired from politics in 1999. he still fights for social justice. amy kellogg is live with the latest from london. amy, how he is? >> reporter: well, alisyn nelson mandela was rushed to the hospital in the middle of the night. the fact that his home is really equipped as hospital of sorts, he has round-the-clock military doctors there, all the equipment he need. this is not at very comforting development to say the least. he has this recurring lung infection. mandela contracted tuberculosis while he was in prison. he was there for 27 years under very harsh conditions but he did have some very healthy years, if not decades following that,. however, there has been a deterioration in his health. he has been in the hospital
three times in the last four months. he turned 94 over the summer, but he really has been largely out of the public eye since 2004. and he has been increasingly frail since that point, alisyn. alisyn: amy, i will never forget the day he was released from prison and the rows and rows of people in south africa, dancing and cheering and music playing. what has the reaction been in south africa to his hospitalization? >> reporter: well, alisyn, every time mandela goes into the hospital there is a very emotional response in south africa. and of course around the world because he is is, as you mentioned, the hero of south africa. he is a living legend, the anti-apartheid campaigner, the freedom fighter, the country's first democratically elected president, the country's first black president, a nobel laureate and the list goes on. he is the poster man for the embodiment of reconciliation
around the world. it's the first time during these i willnesses that the presidency of south africa, jacob zuma's office issued a statement which many people see has seen significant and he has asked people to pray for mandela's health. he used the affectionate term for the man, the great leader, his clan name. we'll keep you posted, alisyn. we're not expecting to have updates on the hour on his condition but the authorities have said they will let us know if it gets better or worse. so we will keep you posted on that. alisyn: please do. we will be thinking of him. thanks so much, amy kellogg. bill: age 94. what a great life. alisyn: he is such a sweet man that i had a chance to meet in 1990. it was highlight of my career. sweet man. bill: eye-opening look at the effects of smoking told through the stories of peoples whose lives have been changed forever. we'll talk to the director of the cdc about its new anti-smoking campaign coming up.
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bombers like the ones shown here were september on a round-trip training mission from its base in missouri to an island off south korea and carried out at training run on bombing range off the coast there. the news comes days after north korea threatened to launch a nuclear strike ends if the u.s. and south korea. the regime cutting off communications saying war could break out, quote, at any moment. dan senior, foreign policy ish in tiff and servely previously served as pentagon and white house advisor. >> good morning, bill. bill: what are we to make about all the moving parts on this steer now? >> you have obviously a new leader in north korea being more provocative than his predecessor. i think a general sense that the u.s. posture to the region has been weaker and capitalizing on that. i think we should be concerned. the north korean regime said in the past, it communicated
the buildup of its nuclear capabilities as well as building up its conventional capabilities to pose a real threat to south korea has always been indispensable if you will to its surviveal. you're seeing that play out. there is town, joint industrial park on the town right on the border between north and south korea, it is one of the few places, if not only place where you have north korean and south korean workers working day in and day out. there has been access for the south to get to that town. so that is being shutdown of the the north is getting to fortress mentality where it is shutting off all-access points, even ones with purely symbolic role. bill: we're told through the headlines anyway the north has a problem with the increased sanctions against its country but you're making the case that the u.s. has not been as strong as it had been say, what seven or eight years ago? explain that. >> there were tougher sanctions in place in 2005, 2006. they were, they were scaled back dramaticly as an effort under the state department
to try to restart the six-party talks. and so the really tough sanctions were pulled back. now there are some sanctions in place by the u.n. that have had moderate impact but the no the sort of severe impact that we hoped they would have. the other thing that's important here, bill, is we need to use these moments to really build up cooperation, military training, logistical cooperation, between the united states and between south korea and between japan. most of our military low gist exit, a lot of our military logistics for south korea goes through japan. bill: are we not doing that? >> we are doing some of it but need to do much or and strengthen the alliance in asia to really isolate north korea here. there is lot we could be doing with regard to china. china has enormous leverage over north korea. we need to ask questions whether china is doing all it canned can to heavy
sufficient note kate. bill: these are important points and we argued them over the years again and again and again. we showed animation. the obama administration has changed course. they will move more missiles to the western coast of the united states. they will not be in place until what, 20 -- 2017. >> 30 inner -- interceptors. will be increased to 41. the expansion of interceptors would be cut. they recently announced that they will reactivate them. they will set them up. your point is a fair one. it will take some sometime. give increasingly bellicose rhetoric coming out of north korea's new leader, combined with some of these actions they're taking it is worrisome that these interceptors won't be up sooner. again i think there are a lot of steps we can take to isolate the regime and do more to suffocate the regime,
particularly working closely with our allies in the region but the announcement of the new interceptors. it is important that it was announced. it is important we're reactivating them. we should have done it sooner to the point you said because of the time delay. bill: this is a big point but i want to put a fine point on it. when you read headlines like this and if one side makes a mistake, who knows what happens after that. do you think we're at that point, the possibility of war started by north korea? >> you know, i don't want to, i don't want to overstate things or being inflammatory. i do not believe we are on the cusp of war. but what i do think, however, bill, in this kind of situation, when tensions get hot and there's a breakdown in communication, which it seems to be, there is at least based on the public source information, appears to be some kind of a breakdown in communication and assertively, an assertive break down in communication by the north, we should be worried. we should be concerned that, you know, mistakes can
happen and provocations and combined with miscommunication can lead to a real escalation. i don't want to say we're on the cusp of war. i can say that miscommunications can occur that could, that could, you know, trigger dangerous situations. bill: i think you know all too well too, when the united states tells the world that b-2 bombers have flown on a training mission halfway around the world it is significant. >> yes. bill: good to see you. dan senor here with us in new york. alisyn: we're about to show you something. it is a sneak-peek. this is the first time being seen on fox. it is a brand new anti-smoking ad campaign from the centers for disease control. it features former smokers and their families. >> when i think about not having you around, it's almost like, what will i do, you know?
i'm very proud of you. alisyn: dr. thomas friden is the director of the cdc and terry hall is featured in one of these new ads. we want to warn our viewers, some of the images are graphic. welcome to both of you. >> thank you. alisyn: these ads were graphic. you see a woman whose fingers were amputated because of snowinging. you see a man who i believe his legs have been amputated. how do these new ads differ? >> we continue to show realities what it is like for smokers. as a doctor that's what i see day in and day out when i treat patients. disability, disfigurement. this year we're showing the impact on people around smokers. not only second-hand smoke that can kill you but also what is it like if the smoker is dying. alisyn: in fact we just saw the testimonial from that young woman what she would do without her mother if she died from smoking. terry, i want to talk about your story.
called quit lines. many of those people will quit and many more people will try to quit that actually call. more than half a million people newly clicked on the website during the time the ads were showing. when they go off the air, those numbers go right back down. alisyn: you don't know if people stay as ex smokers but you do know they give it a shot after seeing these ads? >> increase creases likelihood people will quit and. one in five people who call a quit line succeed long term in quitting. that means 40,000 people of just who called in, many more tried on their own. that is lots of people who will not die from a tobacco-related disease because of heroes like terry, bill, tiffany and others who are telling their story. alisyn: teri, you're so brave telling your story. we appreciate you coming on. thanks for showing it to fox and letting us get the ads out first. teri hall and dr. frieden. thank you. bill: a shocking study about
texting and driving in america today. a stunning numbers how many people know it is wrong to do, well they do it anyway? a stark admission from a top administration official on obamacare. premiums will go up for some americans. reaction in a moment from the house majority leader eric cantor live here in new york. i'm over the hill. my body doesn't work the way it used to. past mprime? i'm a victim of a slowing metabolism? i don't think so. new great grains protein blend. protein from natural ingredients like seeds and nuts. it helps support a healthy metabolism. new great grains protein blend.
bill: we are hearing a top obama administration official now admitting that costs are rising under president obama's health care law. health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius saying customers entering into new plans will see a spike. here is the quote. these folks will be moving into a fully insured product for the first time so there may be a higher cost associated with getting into that market. however over the past four or five years president obama as repeatedly promised americans that costs would go down. >> we will start by reducing
premiums by as much as $2500 per family. add it all up and in the plan i'm proposing will cost around $900 billion over 10 years. our cost-cutting measures mirror most of the proposals in the current senate bill which reduces most people's premiums and brings down our deficit by up to one trillion dollars over the next decade because we're spending our health care dollars more wisely. when you hear about affordable care act, obamacare, -- [applause] and i, and i don't mind the name because i really do care --. bill: that stretch from 2008 to 2012. in 2013 we welcome virginia republican congressman eric cantor. house majority leader with us in new york. welcome back here to our studio in new york city. >> great to be here. bill: what are we to make of what appears to be, i guess
shifting headlines for american consumers, at least some of them? >> you know i think it is disappointing for so many americans when they were promised their health care costs would go down and their access would increase and oh by the way if you like the health care you have you could keep it, these were all promises made, what we're beginning to see those promises are not being kept and unfortunately this is going to have real impact it so many people, millions of people. as you rightly point out, the predictions are now that health care claims costs are going to rise significantly under obamacare when it is fully implemented next year. that is the biggest driver of premium costs. and you may see folks with double digit increases in their premium. i've seen some estimates which, to say that, individuals and then folks in small group plans, could actually see premium costs double. now, while you're having a tough economy, if you're in a family that is having
difficulty making it through the month that is not a good thing to look forward to. bill: to put a fine point on this one, when the claims go higher that cost is reflected through the insurance companies. that is passed onto the consumer. that's what you're arguing? >> that's exactly right. that's the main driver of the cost of health care. when the insurance company has to pay more out, where do they get money from? they turn to either the employer or in this case the individuals and they will raise the price of the premiums. that is the concern and the president had based his claim on the fact that we're going to lower health care costs in this instance and unfortunately that is not going to be the case. bill: a year from now we believe it will be fully i am split minted, right? based on everything we read at the moment and shifting deadlines in many cases. still though it is the law and if it is the law what then? >> this is what we'll have to deal with. in fact i met with administration officials last week to try to get a sense what the people of this country can expect.
now the federal government is going to have to be up online in the fall with a website so that individuals can access the ex-changes that the government is setting up. you know, bill, there are many states including one like mine in virginia that is not going to have a state-run exchange. this provides another hurdle for the administration to get over. how are they going to establish this and let folks know what to do? there will be a lot of confusion about implementation of obamacare and unfortunately what we're seeing now, the reality will be a lot of increasing costs due to the president's health care bill, health care law. and something i hope we in congress can try and address. we're going to have to go and try and effect some of the negative parts of this bill which we have an about claiming all along was a bill that wasn't going to accomplish the end of bringing down health care costs for all. bill: republicans argued from the beginning that would be case and we'll see how that plays out. three other big topics right now. you know what is happening
at u.s. supreme court on gay marriage. that is being argued this week. should marriage be redefined in america today? >> bill, out of a personal religious conviction i always believed that in traditional marriage between a man and a woman. that doesn't mean we can't have respect for others who have differing beliefs and i have no idea where the court is going to come down on this. i know that many across the country are waiting that decision. bill: but you're not changing your position is what you're saying now? >> again, it is always been a matter of a personal religious conviction for me. bill: understood. but many politicians apparently are coming out and going public, just in the last 14 days on many of whom are in the u.s. senate. some members of the house, but you are not moving, correct? >> i think we in this country, you know have to be respectful of others and i think a lot of the acrimony in washington around this issue and others has to do with the unwillingness to respect others with differing opinions. but in the end, it is what
makes america what it is. we all have the ability to express our beliefs, to adhere to those beliefs and do so with a certain dose of tolerance of others. bill: immigration. president obama said yesterday he think as bill could be cobbled together in about a month. he thinks he might be able to sign a bill into law by the end of the summer. does that fit your timeline? >> well, i mean there's a lot of activity going on in the house and the senate. the president spoke about border security yesterday. and there is, i think, a lot of interest in trying to see if we can live up to, really two traditions in this country. one has to do with our being a country of immigrants. my grandparents came here from eastern europe at the turn of the last century. if they weren't allowed to do that and hadn't made that decision i wouldn't be sitting here with you. so many others in this country can tell that story. we've got that tradition that has made america what it is, is a strong, vibrant place to live and grow and
raise a family. we have the other which is upholding the law. as the president said yesterday and others we have got to make sure border security is being implemented. that the law does start at our borders. in weighing these two things, i think that we can come to some agreement. bill: so you think immigration reform is possible? >> in some way i believe that we can work together and to do something on this matter. there is the comprehensive approach, that folks trying to work on right now. that is a tall order, in anything that we do. we saw health care, middle east peace, comprehensive things are tough to come by. bill: indeed they are. >> and so, but i will say we've got an opportunity i think to come together on one point and that is the kids. if a kid was brought here by his parents or her parents unbeknownst to them and know no other place than home, america is home, why wouldn't we want to give
them a path to citizenship? i think we should. bill: i have 20 seconds left here. we have just confirmed leading republican senators will have dinner with the president on the 10th of april. what do you make of the outreach from the president? >> i think it is welcomed. i think a lot of us feel like we don't know this president or this white house because there hasn't been a let of this act i it. welcome the opportunity to sit down and discuss to arrive at solutions for very vexing problems that have been hanging around a while and people of this country want us to solve so they can go on about their lives and see their lives work for them and their kids. bill: four topics. thanks for moving quickly. we'll watch the immigration story on children in america today. eric cantor, welcome back to new york. thank you, sir. alisyn? alisyn: thanks, bill. it is history making for nasa. what it means for future of our space program. bill: talk about nosey neighbors. we'll hear from the homeowner who got up close with the locals.
bill: a man surprised to see this outside of his home. that's a mountain line. those are three mountain lions actually, roaming around the colorado backyard. one curious guy peeking inside. check that out. homeowners, can you imagine, he was kind of shocked, right? >> that was a little bit frightening because, the only thing that was protecting me from that big cat, was the a piece of glass. bill: hmmm. after exploring the yard the mountain lions walked away. but the homeowner has a eminry. alisyn: i would get nervous when he rang the doorbell next. scary. nasa is set to take part in a new mission that is a
first. it is two russians and an american. they will launch from kazakhstan and make their way to the international space station later today. steve harrigan live from miami. steve, tell us what's different about this trip to the international space station? >> reporter: alisyn, this trip aboard the soyuz spacecraft will be faster than before. it will just take six hours. ordinarily takes the soyuz to link up with the international space station in low orbit above the earth. on board the three-seater will be two russians as well as chris cassidy. besides a nasa astronaut he is also an active member of the navy seals. they will take off from the flat step of kazahkstan about 4 clin 43 today, alisyn. alisyn: who is in charge, the russians or the americans? >> reporter: for the mirgs it is a canadian in charge. the russians are with the rockets. the rocket that powers the
soyuz spacecraft is only game in town. the only way on to or off of the international space station. so the u.s. is paying a hefty price to hitch a ride, about $63 million a seat. nasa officials expect private u.s. companies to take over this role in the coming years. but for the time being, nasa signed a $750 million teal with the russians to provide 12 round trips up and back and also that includes food. alisyn? alisyn: that is an expensive ride even when you throw in the food. steve harrigan thanks. bill: don't forget that. a devastating landslide knocking homes off their foundation. dozens are it threatened even as we speak. a live report from seattle. alisyn: lawmakers getting up close and personal look at difficulties along the border. wait until you see what happened
cyprus after they were shut down because of the country's financial crisis and believe it or not that tiny eastern mediterranean island is having ripple effects all other the world. we start there. i'm bill hemmer the welcome to a brand new hour of "america's newsroom." how are you doing? alisyn: i'm doing well. i'm alisyn camerota in for martha maccallum. the government imposed restrictions including some of these. no check cashing. they will have a limit how much money can be withdrawn. less than $400 a day. >> i came to deposit check so i would be able to pay my bills. going to get late checks but there is nothing else i can do. alisyn: all sorts of new rules. greg palkot is streaming live from cyprus. what was the scene like today? >> reporter: hey, alisyn, folks feared a run on the banks, even a stampede. at most we got a jog. i will step aside to ask my
cameraman to show you the scene. it is 4:00 in the afternoon local time. this is one bank branch. as a you see couple customers outside. one security guard, a few hours earlier though when this bank branch opened it was a different scene. take a hook at what we saw and what we heard. after nearly two weeks this bank branch is opening up 25 minutes late as you can see. it is touch-and-go. security guards keeping people back, allowing only maybe about four customers inside. as you can see, those outside upset. once you get inside you can't do much. there are limits on cash withdrawals, restrictions on credit card use, checks also moving money out of the country. security guards are doing what they can in order to avoid a run on the bank, a stampede on the bank. right now a lot of people angry and anxious. in fact, people here got a few surprises today, alisyn. the maximum amount of money you could physically take out of the country is now said to be 1000 euros. that is i have did lent of
about 100. as for any wire transfers, almost all of those with some exceptions absolutely forbidden. alisyn: just incredible scenes there, greg. we understand there are all sorts of rules. when you can use your the atm. when you can even use your credit card. what are people there you're talking to telling you? >> reporter: exactly, alisyn. a lot of rules and a lot of reactions, against most of the people we talked to took this all in their stride. they were patient but, a few were quite angry. take a listen to two people we spoke to today. get your money out today? >> 300 euros, yeah. >> reporter: your maximum? >> maximum is 300 euros. >> reporter: do you wish you got more out? >> yes. my personal opinion i believe the financial system will collapse very soon. >> i feel bitter, angry, frustrated but in the meantime, i think we have to work hard and recover what we have lost. >> reporter: interesting. some people came here to
this bank were actually putting money into it. they were depositing it. they had to pay bills or had to pay employees if they had a company. this whole banking system for the past two weeks has been frozen up, alisyn. now it is beginning to thaw. there could be still a lot of problems ahead. back to you. alisyn: man what a mess there. greg palkot, thanks for giving it to us first-hand. bill: imagine how helpless you feel. so insecure over the past couple weeks and especially today. remember the late '80s, when ma and pa hemmer tried to get the money out s and l. last one in the door. scary thing. alisyn: it can happen here too. bill: the entire eurozone are in trouble. those that use the eurozone as currency. 17 governments have a combined debt of $15 trillion. america we're at 16.7 trillion in debt. there are approximately 19 million without a job in europe, 12 million jobless here in the u.s..
so washington trying to find the dollars to balance the budget but did you know part of the problem may be in the federal workforce? there are new numbers finding that red tape is keeping ineffective employees on the job. doug mckelway is live in washington, with the latest in our series, what to cut. is there any study how many underperforming workers the government actually gets rid of, doug? >> reporter: bill, numbers are really hard to come by because the vastness of the bureaucracy. "usa today" analyzed data a couple years ago. they found that the federal government fired only one half or 1% of its workers in fiscal year 2011. that is five times fewer than in the private sector. >> when president carter first came to office he decided he was going to revamp the civil service process. no one really talked to him much after that in federal agencies. it is extremely difficult to fire anyone in any agency unless you're sitting in a hot tub with a wine glass and you're in charge of gsa regional office out in the west.
>> reporter: but in fact jeff neely, the organizer of that conference was never fired. he retired, with benefits. and just this month, another gsa executive, paul proud did i, who was fired in the vegas conference scandal was reinstated with 11 months of back pay. take for example, the case of an employee who was reprimanded for what supervisors called excessive flatulence, no kidding. five-pages of notes documenting 61 infractions last year. he was notified he had a right to written grievance, union representation and even civil rights complaint. last january after all of that the reprimand was withdrawn. these kinds of cases demonstrate the difficulty of disciplining federal workers. bill: i don't want to work with that guy. >> if you can't control who works and who doesn't, because of the office of personnel management rules and also the union contracts. >> reporter: and, bill, reality, few members of congress want to delve into this mess of red tape.
might never get out. bill: got ahead of myself there in front of senator coburn. still don't want to work next to that guy. there are legitimate reasons for these kind of civil service protections right, that federal workers enjoy? >> reporter: that is very good case a lot of people make. listen to d.c. non-voting delegate to congress. eleanor holmes norton. >> they are the best educated public workforce in the united states and, they tend to be specialized. there are people who could go to the private sector and earn more money. >> reporter: but in contrast to that just jed senator tom coburn that the government lost more than 9,000 years of work, 9,000 years as a result of employees who never showed up for work, or who did nothing on the job. bill: doug mckelway, what to cut as the series continues out of washington. alisyn: i wish i had a camera of your face, i would have taken a shot during doug mckelway's report. it is not often we see
bill hemmer sort of ruffled or stunned but that report just did it. bill: based on the guy working in the cubicle down the hall, that will do it. alisyn: we have a fox news alert for you now. just released new documents about the newtown shooting and they give a detailed account of what happened that day and a laundry list what was recovered at home of the shooter, adam lanza. fox's rick leventhal is getting first look at these documents. i know you've been combing through them. what jumps out at you. >> reporter: there is massive amount of information in the warrants that were sealed to protect the investigation. a couple headlines. investigators say it was less than five minutes from lanza entering it the school till he took his life. there were 150 spent rounds inside the school. lanza had a gun safe in his bedroom. a witness told fbi that lanza attended the school as a kid and the school was adam's life.
friday, september 14th, lanza parked his mother's honda in the fire lane walked in, heavily armed, gunned down 20 first-graders and six adult educators in a hallway and classrooms before killing himself as police closed in. inside his mother's 2010 black four-door honda civic they find a shotgun with two mag seenls and 70 rounds of winchester 12-gauge shotgun shells in the car. documents confirm they found nancy shot to death on her bed in second floor bedroom with a gunshot wound to the foreahead and rifle on the floor. warrants reveal witnesses he had told investigators. adam rarely left the home. a shut-in and avid gamer who preferred call of duty. they found computers in the homestorerage files and smashed computer hard dive in his bedroom, multiple gaming consoles. several journals and drawings penned by lanza a holiday card from nancy to her son to purchase a firearm and articles
depicting other killings. alisyn: oh, my gosh, rick that is incredible. that is so much there that answers questions we didn't know before. so why are investigators releasing this now to the public? >> reporter: the 90-day seal had run out. a lot of people were getting angry because information was leaking out. connecticut state lawmakers were seeking information from the warrants to help bolster work on a gun control bill. they were angered by comments apparently been made by a connecticut state police colonel at a law enforcement seminar discussing details of the case. they say the lawmakers knew that information should have been shared with them first and families first before it was shared with outside agencies and ultimately the public. now a statement from the danbury connectket -- connecticut state's attorneys says the investigators and myself are aware of work some mems public and general assembly is trying to do. with that work in mind and our obligations to investigation that the above statement regarding some facts of case are described and limited redactions for search warrants and returns
were requested. they blacked out witnesses names and other serial numbers. alisyn, what the documents do not reveal is a motive and the investigation isn't expected to be finished till june. alisyn: this will raise questions about violent videogames and bill talked about and access to firearms for mentally ill and never been resolved. >> reporter: unfortunately parental responsibility in this case. alisyn: now that we know what nancy lanza gave to adam lanza. compelling stuff. thanks for combing through it all for us. bill: now we move to the border and the "gang of 8" senators touring the southern border. these are new pictures of the senators in arizona posted on twitter. their visit comes as they work on a bipartisan immigration bill. the legislation partly designed to beef up security along that border. >> if we do the right thing we will be able to say that we have a degree of border security that would allow people to move forward to a
path to citizenship, which will, not be a short path. bill: the senators say they will make the legislation public when congress reconvenes next month. that bill is expected to put more than 10 million illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship. how they do that is yet to be worked out. what was fascinating about the visit, senator schumer, democrat, senator mccain, a republican saw a woman scale the fence while on the border yesterday. alisyn: 18 foot fence. bill: that will leave impression as they go back to talk to their cool lotion in washington. alisyn: that is exhibit a. the president saying what he thinks he can get reform through? is it doable coming up? we'll investigate the claim. bill: something you don't want to wake up to. saw the call under the street. alisyn: massive landslide taking out a house and half of the hillside. it is still crumbing at this hour. we'll have a live report from the scene. >> we moved out there and
bill: pope francis celebrating his first holy thursday mass earlier today at the vatican the mass begins the final four days of easter ceremonies. an hour from now the pontiff will celebrate "the last supper" at a youth prison breaking with tradition that is. he will wash the feet of several inmates. the tradition based on the belief that christ washed the feet of his apostles before their last meal together. alisyn: new concerns this morning as a number about homes are threatened by a massive landslide at this hour. one home has already been knocked off its foundation. this is all in washington state. this happened in whidbey island in puget sound area, 50 miles north of seattle. people are told they can not
stay in their homes. >> look up to the top. it constantly sliding. it hasn't hit the point of equalibrium. it is very steep. it will continue it slide until it stablizes. alisyn: fox's dan springer joins us live on the phone. he is aboard a ferry heading to island in washington. dan, what do we know? >> reporter: this is still a very fluid situation. the hillside is still unstable. fire officials told me there is still movement up there. this area in western whidbey island is prone to landslides. they happen to some degree just about every spring. this one is massive and much more destructive than normal. it is 500 yards long and dropped about 700 yards. it create ad small peninsula where there used to be a straight coastline. one home you mentioned was knocked off its foundation. a road was wiped out cutting off access to 17 homes. one homeowner above the slide lost most of his backyard. he described it sounding like an earthquake and his
house is few feet from the edge of the cliff. i'm told five homes are in what they call serious jeopardy. 34 houses were evacuated but most of the owners will be allowed to go back later on today. we'll monitor the situation and bring you updates throughout the day. alisyn? alisyn: okay, dan, thanks so much. you know, bill i used to live in that area in belling ham, washington, which is close to whidbey island there. as dan said, these are not all together uncommon but this one is more dramatic and more massive than others. bill: when we first saw the image, it was like, whoa. where is that happening? then you've got a before and after. you go back to a couple years. then you go to what happened yesterday and the entire cliff is just gone. alisyn: it is. it is a cliff. it is created a cliff. right now on the phone we want to go to the central whidbey fire and rescue chief. hi, chief. >> good morning. alisyn: okay, what's the situation there at this hour? >> well, we've been monitoring the slide
throughout the evening. there has been some minor movement but, things haven't changed dramatically since last evening when we briefed the residents. we have three homes on driftwood way which is below the slide that are, one has been damaged and the other two are significantly threatened. and then two homes on fircrest up above the slide that are severely threatened. the residents on fircrest above the slide, other than those two homes were given the option returning home last evening. those below the slide on driftwood way, we asked for their cooperation and in remaining out of the area because of the hazard and also because of limited access into that area last night. alisyn: and chief, as you're speaking we're looking at some pictures of the area and it looks, it is just a
cliff. there is now a cliff where one didn't used to exist. the people who are on the precipice there of the houses we're looking at, will they be able to live in those houses again? >> well that's a determination that will be made later today. we had a preliminary geotechnical assessment. that will continue today and the county building official will be examining those homes an consulting with the engineers to determine whether or not people will be able to return and remove their contents. whether they will be excluded from returning to those homes or whether they will be allowed to return with no reservations. alisyn: chief, this happened, the house that actually lost, came off of its foundation, this happened at 4:00 a.m. so when -- >> that's correct. alisyn: when you got the call for help, tell us what the residents there were saying and what they experienced? >> well, we received a call from a neighbor of the gentleman whose house --
foundation. attempted it exit the area in his pickup truck and unfortunately the road was already damaged significantly and he was unable to do so. so he turned around and went to the south. went to a neighbor's house and, they called 911 and reported the landslide. we arrived and determined that the slide had taken out driftwood way to the south of -- court and along with utility lines, electric, water and so forth. alisyn: chief, very quickly, does homeowners insurance cover landslides? >> in general homeowners insurance does not. there is landslide insurance available but it is, it is kind of a complicated insurance issue because there is some intersection what's covered by flood insurance, what is covered by landslide insurance and what is covered by your regular homeowners insurance.
alisyn: let's hope people can salvage their homes and return to their homes. chief ed harten from whidbey fire and rescue. >> you're welcome. alisyn: absolutely, very dramatic. bill: we mentioned this a moment ago. this is absolutely a beautiful scene from vatican city. this is pope francis in his first official holy thursday mass, celebrated a bit earlier today in italy. lovely sight there. and off he goes into what we would say is a rather busy weekend. alisyn: good point. bill: good luck and enjoy from the vatican. alisyn: all right, coming up, sucked into the ground and it was all caught on tape. where this sinkhole opened up. bill: also, what 60% of the people say they are now doing behind the wheel that they were not doing only three years ago. hey! did you know that honey nut cheerios
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alisyn: this is caught on tape and happening more and more it seems. a deadly sinkhole appearing suddenly and swallowing a security guard making his rounds. this happened at a apartment complex in south china. security camera footage show the 60 foot hole suddenly opening up beneath the guard. he later died at the hospital. a investigation what caused the collapse is underway. bill: we have a -- new jobs report out today, 367 thousand americans filing for first time claims. this is change in how small businesses operate. claudia cowan live in san francisco. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, bill. in this high-tech age house calls are making a big comeback. a growing number of entrepreneurs earning extra income taking their business on the road, in most cases offering competitive prices
and convenes. why go to the barber shop, when for about $30 a trim the barber will come to you. >> knowing somebody i'm helping somebody out that can't make it to salon makes me happy. >> reporter: the business is serving clients right where they live and while mobile merchants enjoy lower overhead and greater flexibility. >> not at a fixed location. look at results as they come in week by week and adjust where you get the most business. so the flexibility is really valuable. >> reporter: from pet groomers to mobile gyms, entire industry will come to you. rolling video arcades will entertain gamers right in the driveway. and mobile mechanics will fix your car at your garage, a fixed hourly rate generally lower than their brick-and-mortar counterparts. there are some limitations. >> we don't do everything, obviously. will not replace the engine
in your driveway. but most basic repair and maintenance stuff can be done anywhere. >> reporter: owners say the biggest challenges include high gas price, road conditions and convincing people that house calls are a safe and cost efficient way to do business. despite the extra convenes, the trend is still gaining traction. if you can't leave home, bill, a quick internet search will tell you if what you need can come to you. bill: right to the computer. thanks. claudia cowan live in san francisco. ali. alisyn: president obama says he is confident about moving forward with immigration. his plan, will it get done? we'll debate that. bill: $68 billion bullet train in california is almost complete but wait until you hear who is they're hiring to build it, who is getting the job done. alisyn: bill, the miami heat run out of steam, ending their 27 game-winning streak last night to a loss to the chicago bulls. adding insult to injury, lebron james nearly lost his
improvements in the border security system, but there is no doubt that weave eye improved the border security system substantially, and what is also true is that it will -- giv of s never going to be 110% perfect. what we can do is continue to improve it and at the same time provide a clear pathway for those who are already here and who have invested their lives here. bill: we'll see if that is the case now. we have a former adviser to a senator and monica crowley who are both fox news contributors. good morning to both of you. this thing has been out there for a while. the way the president talks right on the verge of getting this done. monica there are obstacles. what are they. >> yes, the biggest obstacle first and foremost is president obama himself. ef talks a good game about wanting an immigration deal but he really doesn't. this is all about 2014, this is about the congressional and senate elections next year. he gets a lot more traction out
of having a continual war with republicans over immigration than he could ever have by actually landing a deal this year. that way he can motivate minority turn out next year and if he's able to get a democratic congress in 2014 then he can go ahead with whatever he wants with regard to immigration. bill: you're making the case that he's talking about this publicly so he can pin the tail on the republicans. do you think that monica? >> of course. we've seen this pattern with this president before. there is no -- this is no exception. bill: is there truth to that? >> i don't think so. he says if congress doesn't act and i do hope they will and i do think they will that he'll act on his own. i think he's very committed to getting this done. i think there are allies for the president, for example, senator menendez of new jersey who has been extremely vocal on a need for this. they are not going to allow this to not happen for political reasons. i think both parties under that it's past time to stop demonizing a large segment of our country and start finding a
very goodbye partisan way to get this done. it's about time we stop alienating. bill: as you know to get republicans to buy into this border security is a big part of this. monica there are conservatives on the right that are arguing that republicans will be suckered into a deal and regret it down the road. are you one of them? >> yes, look ostensibly both side have an inch sin t*euf to get this done sooner than later. the democrats because they want to lock in advantages with latino voters. president obama scored 70% of hat hrat latinos last year. republicans would like to take this off the table for future elections. there are some conservatives and others who are worried that if you go down this path, and regardless of what you talk about, like rand paul has a proposal to reform the guest worker program which sound like it could be a good idea. the problem is whether or not that is actually going to lead to amnesty down the road if it
does that is a huge problem for the country and a political disaster for the republicans. bill: you're saying thread carefully here. julie should republican dos that? >> you know, monica is right in the sense that she just encapsulated what the problem is for the republicans. you have a big part of the republican party that doesn't want immigration reform to happen because they consider it to be amnesty and consider it to be all the things that we've heard the rhetoric about, whether it's from the governor of arizona, jan brewer, or others, who i think essentially have been ethno tpoeb i can. that is the concern. you do have rel meaning people in the republican party who want to work in a bi-partisan fashion to get this done. monica pointed out there is a huge part of the base that doesn't and that will be the concern for them. bill: when it comes to security along the border, monica i don't know what satisfies republicans. do you have a sense of how you define that? >> well here is the truth, bill. we have countless laws on the books about border security.
if the federal government were really serious about enforcing that border they could do it just based on the laws we have right now. we don't need another massive law with more additional bureaucrats, and bureaucrat particular red tape to do what is already there. >> i also say this. look and i'll give president bush credit on this as well since 2004 you've had a doubling of border agents along the border. this started with george bush and now it's going on with this president. that is quite a commitment when you double the number of border patrol agents you're not -- you can't say they are not trying to enforce. the concern i have is if you have one person slipping across the border just one does that mean our border isn't secure? i don't know what the mechanics tricks are -- matrix are for border security. >> senators mccain, schumer and others were on the border and watched a woman climb the
18-foot fence and she was nabbed. if you're serious about border security do you that first and try to manage the population that is already here. by the way, bill we have very limited information as to these 11 million, we don't know know if there are 11 million. why don't we try to get a handle on who is here, why they are here and where they are before we move forward. bill: good points. thank you ladies. julie thank you, monica thanks to you as well. alisyn: be honest, everyone, do you text while driving? there is an eye-opening new study and it find that most people do. it turns out its not teenager, adult motorist are the biggest problem. julie banderas is live in our new york newsroom. well us more about the study. >> you have to both admit you've i don't before. we all have. >> i have to put mine in the glove compartment so i don't do that. >> i wish said a glove come part tpwh-plt my purse and keep it there all way. we are glued to our phones. the study was done by a at&t. the worst offenders aren't teenagers but adults who are breaking the law over and over
again. 1,000 adults 49% of them admitted to texting while driving compared to 4 p% of teenagers. drivers distracted by texting is a cause of thousands of crashes a year killing more than nine people each day and thurg over a thousand according to the centers for disease control and prevention. as of today texting while driving is banned in 39 states, in the district of columbia. in six states new drivers are prohibited to do so. the study contradicts that, because it's not new drivers it's adults. those laws aren't stopping millions of offenders including 10 million teens and 180 million adults. >> wow. obviously a crash we know can happen in the blink of an eye. how long does it take to text something? >> you know its not just in the blink of an eye. it's actually more than a bing. another study by the department of transportation shows that sending or receiving texts takes a driver's eyes away ther from
the road 4.6 seconds. that is a lot of time to be distracted. that's about how long it takes to drive the length of a football field at 55 miles per hour. here, take a look of an example of how this could happen. here is an accident caused by texting while driving. police say the driver of this tow truck in upstate new york was talking on his cellphone and texting at the same time. i don't even know how that is possible when he hit a car and crashed into that swimming pool. at&t conducted the survey as part of "it can wait campaign" to urge drivers to text when not behind the wheel. 98% of adults admit they know it's wrong but they still do it. six in ten say they weren't doing it three years ago. it looks like the problem is only getting worse. put your phone in the glove compartment that is the advice of the day. alisyn: or the trunk if you can't control yourself. thanks so much for the reminders. bill: the dangers while driving the average text takes your eyes off the road about 5 second.
if you're going at 55 miles an hour that is enough to cover the length of a football field, you heard julie mention that. the driver texting is 23 times more likely to get into a crash than someone who is not. regardless, it is important to continue talking about this. because repetition has its tpebgt in the end. -- effect in the end. alisyn: my phone is tethered to my hand so you have to do something dramatic to change that. remember to do that. online medical record meant to make it easier for doctors and patients, right, you'd think so. not so fast. while your own personal record could be kept from you. bill: also, lost in the woods they were, three little girls all on their own, and how one of them flagged down a rescue pilot with something you would not expect. >> i got sticky burrs all in high hair. >> we were shaking like to death like a little chihuahua. bikes ,
bill: check out a car swallowed up by a mud hole after a massive water main break. imagine wake up and your car like this. an underground pipe bursting overnight washing out streets and dozens of basin. a sinkhole swallowing up that car. the city of hoboken, new jersey towing other cars away in case more of that street caves in. alisyn: there are new questions about access to your online medical record. there is a brand-new report and it find that doctors want to keep patients in the dark, limiting what they can see when it comes to their own health information. dr. robert lilla is the chairman of medicine at newark beth hospital. very impressive credentials, doctor. electronic health records are the wave of the future. doctors are moving away from paper. why does this new harris poll study show that doctors, a majority of them don't think
that patients should have access to their electronic health records. >> obviously that would be a good thing to have patients. patients look at their medical world, they find mistakes in the record and if a doctor wants to be confidential about say a patient is massively obese and he or she puts that in the medical record or it says that the patient is being abused by her husband or in the case of a male, abused, the patient is going to read that and somewhat protective is the physician of the record when it comes to that sort of thing. alisyn: sure i under confidentiality, you don't want your employer perhaps to know some things or your neighbor but you want the patient to know about their healthcare, don't you? >> yes, we absolutely do. actually the electronic medical record is a great boom both to hops and to physicians and practice. i was in saudi arabia and able to fill four prescriptions from riyadh. alisyn: it sound like doctors are wary of patients knowing too much about their treatment. is that because doctors think
they are all knowing and patients are dummies, or is this about the legal ramifications. >> no, i think it's about the legal ramifications as well as the fact that patients interpret things differently and made read something in the medical record that may alarm them. then they get on the telephone and you wind out spending a half hour to an hour on the phone trying to calm the patient down. it is also a louisiana tinge just society that we live in and i think physicians are a little leery about what patients may read about themselves and perhaps take them to court. that is apparently what i've been told. alisyn: i've been told that as well. i've read that in the research. is that possible if you say someone is morbidly obese can the patient take you to court for saying they are fat? >> no but the patient will ghetto fended and may never come back to you and that is the issue. alisyn: there is another new study out that shows that patients really like electronic medical record and they like access them. want to have their prescriptions sent electronically. they want to receive email appointment reminders and review their own past diagnosis.
it puts some of the power frankly back into patients' hands, isn't that good? >> that's a good thing and it's absolutely important to be transparent. we are concerned about confidentiality also. we don't want the patient or the boss taking the medical record, the employer and saying i can't keep you employed any more, look how sick you are. as far as physicians it's a great, great thing to have. one of the big problems we have is reading other doctors' writing this provide ledge built. it also dates and times the notes that the patient makes. it also provides you with the proper diagnosis code. it's no longer the doctor no longer fudges the diagnosis. so you're really -- it's a wonderful thing. it's the best thing to happen to us. alisyn: it sound like that is what is going to be happening in doctors doctors' offices everywhere. dr. robert lahida thank you for coming in. bill: 12 minutes before the hour now jenna lee is standing by, "happening now" rolling our way next. jenna: two big items on the president's agenda remain
unfulfilled today, gun control and immigration reform. he's trying to change that. he may have luck when it comes to immigration reform but a big deal on gunnery form is looking less and less likely. we will talk about that as we await live comments from the president today on gun control. plus, have you heard about ethical hacking? ethical hacking. how would you feel if your company was testing you with video of cute kittens just trying to see what you would click on bill. they might be doing that at fox right now. it might be your high school football team or something, see what you click on and what kind of security threat you are to the organization. we'll talk to an ethical hacker. bill: keep it clean. see you jenna at the top of the hour. in a moment we want to show you something that has never happened before. the s&p on the stock market has hit an all time high in today's trading. the reason this is so significant is the number of companies that are traded in the
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high. charlie gasparino with me in studio this morning. good morning to you. >> as long as ben bernanke keeps handing out the candy, print -lg money, keeping interest rates at zero. listen i think we'll get a pull back. when the dow is at 145 right now. the dow hits about 15,000. that's when we get a pull up. until you think that the fed is not going to print money, when the market senses that, if something occurs. who knows what that could be. a sharp increase in commodity prices, gas prices, something dramatic. bill: it was eight or nine months ago when the fed said we are going to give the banks billions and billions of dollars per month until we change our find forever. >> that is printing money. that keeps interest rates low. you buy stock because there is less return on bonds when it's low. there will be a turning point and when that turning point comes this market is going to reverse violently. bill: in a word is it now or not. >> no, not now. bill: johnny on the spot thank
you. we brought you here to talk about something else. there is a controversial plan happening in california to build a high-speed rail between los angeles and san francisco. it's $68 billion. it will be a bullet train set to begin in a few months time, construction is anyway. now word the state plans to hire felons to help build it. >> what is interesting about these sort of boondoggle projects, they describe it as that because california doesn't have the money to build this. it's going into debt. when municipalities and states build things like this the public work projects there are mandates to hire people that are considered disadvantaged. i'm telling you felons are falling in that disadvantaged category. bill: that's particular to california is that their law or is that elsewhere? >> well, new york city has similar laws, okay. now what is interesting about this is that they are specifically defining felons as a disadvantaged class, that is where they are going one step too far. but stuff like this occurs at
every municipality in the country. bill: you have unemployment at what in california now. for a longtime it was well over 9%, maybe it's come down a little bit. >> it's one of the highest states out there. listen there is a debate over projects like this. take the felons out of it, do stimulus plans like this. this is a stimulus plan, yes there is a theoretical need to build a bullet train. are stimulus plans like this better than lowering taxes and giving incentives to businesses. that's the debate. obama's stimulus plan was 800 billion almost a trillion dollars. did that work? not really. these plans in terms of job creation have not done a very good job. bill: whether you're a felon or not you have a job for a while as long as the project is out there. once the job is done the job is done. >> my dad was an iron worker, he loved these projects because he was working. the question is what is more efficient incentivising businesses to hire or the government to hire, i think it's businesses. bill: disadvantaged workers now convicted workers.
alisyn: quick thinking saves three young girls who found themselves lost in the woods. they went for a walk but when it got dark they got lost and miles away from home. that's when one girl used her cellphone to call the 11 while her little -- 911, while her little sister kicked off her shoes and used her light-up sneakers to wave to the helicopter. >> where is the helicopter right now? >> it's toward my right, and i can't really see it, but we hear it. >> over