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jon scott. jenna: i am jenna lee. the growing problems of the webpage have been the headlines over the last couple of days. the president yesterday describing multiple technical failures as kings o in the systm but offer no explanation for the botched rollout. white house scrambles to head off relations disaster and repair the damage. >> the fact is, this is a significant enterprise, the problems we have seen, we knew there would be some glitches, but neither the president nor the senior team knew that losing the kind of troubles we have seen so far which is why the president has insisted on making sure some of the best minds in the country when it comes to these kind of subjects are being applied to addressing these problems and making the consumer experience so much better. >> somebody has to be held accountable.
one of the reason why this is happening is because they annoyed, ignore the notice that it would not be ready. critical to the failure of these websites. jenna: we have cyber security expert coming up in just a little bit. in a meantime, a new survey shows most workers expect the cost of thei the insurance premo go up. the quality of medical coverage will go down. the survey also says people expect the cost to continue to go up over time as we look into the future. so what else does the survey tell us? >> national survey is on health interview those with pretty good health plans in large companies asked about cost and quality. here is what they found. speak of the amount you pay for health insurance premiums will go up, and we ask in terms of in the next 12 months and in the next three to five years.
so 54% of cost would go up more, in the next three to five years 56% thought the cost would go up. generally they did not think the quality would change that much in the short run or the long run. >> city suggest employees know there is no free lunch and you cannot add obamacare requirements to health insurance packages and not have costco up. jenna: how the consumer feels about this is a big part of the story. let's talk about health and human services secretary. we're now hearing she will talk a little bit about obamacare. what is the latest on that? speak what is next wednesday. we have some video of the secretary this morning. she would not answer questions because presumably that would happen on the 30th, next wednesday.
but that problematic rollout could cause a balmy ministration to back some of the fines set to hit next year. if you do not have access to affordable health insurance we will not be asked to pay a penalty because you haven't purchased affordable health insurance. still some republican critics say the website issues are fix fixed, this may be a harbinger of what is to come. >> after 15 years in the insurance industry, i will tell you the reality of it is if it is hard on the front end, it will be really painful when we get to the pain of having to take care of claims, take care of people. this is a real challenge. if it is this bad now, i fear the worst is still to come. >> this is what happens later in something over to the government that could be done in the
private sector. jenna: thank you so much. jon: growing evidence of chaos behind the scenes as the government kept changing requirements for the health care website. they were begging for a delay in the launch. a small-scale tent crash the system just days before launch. our next guest says that failure proves website was broken and the administration knew it but decided to go ahead and launch anyway. a staff writer for the weekly standard taking a look at all of this. we heard in that report jay carney, a white house spokesman saying the best minds are being applied to repair the damage. why weren't they called in and the first place to get this thing launched? >> there are a lot of unanswered questions. the ministration had three and half years since this law was passed. it is not suffering from just simply a few glitches or a few kings, the website is broken.
it is three weeks of the website was supposed to go live. a few hundred people crashing the website days before it went live. they have been saying it has been overwhelming demand, crushing volume of interest and websites taken down. we know it is not millions or even hundreds of thousands, it is a few hundred people crashed website days before. the ministration decided to go ahead anyway. the big question is why. jon: they wanted to build a website allowing 50-60,000 people at a time to get on and enroll. they did this demo. and a few hundred people crashed it. >> into the prescription drug program the kind of volume they should have expected. it simply failed the minor task. the question is why didn't they take the delay the group was offering. hundreds of ways of dollars,
thing people thought we would be deleting the merits of the law but we're debating whether or not people can get online and buy this product. jon: one of the requirements of the affordable care act, this is the thing with the supreme court says is legal and constitutional americans must have or by health insurance by the 15th of february or they have to pay $95 fine or 1% of their income, whichever is greater. i have a website that doesn't work, these people are supposed to have it in place in the next few months, what if they can't buy it? >> there hammering the ministration hard. how can you expect people to pay a fine for products they cannot even go on the website to buy? is a question whether or not the ministration will listen and unilaterally delay this. is a deeper problem if they cannot sign-up for this website
are likely to take extraordinary measures to make phone calls, they will be the sickest. jon: there are number of hundreds, me because the people signed up from the website but thousands of people who have lost their private insurance policies because they don't comport with the requirements of obamacare. >> exactly. they will have to answer all of these broken promises. keep the health insurance if they liked it. hundreds of thousands of americans losing health insurance because it doesn't comply with requirements of the affordable care act. skyrocketing in many cases. we don't have data for the entire country but the antidote is encouraging for a lot of people.
jon: i don't know your medical history, but you say there is the potential of eight debt spiral here if young and healthy people don't like what they are getting from obamacare and don't sign-up. >> they sing seven people will sign up for the health insurance. for this thing to work in a 2.7 million people young and healthy people. if people haven't had insurance can't even get online to buy the stuff, really, really need it, in which case insurance will skyrocket through the roof and who is going to buy it then? jon: we will see what happens. we are certainly keeping our eye on it. thank you. jenna: dr. jon scott on the set diagnosing our guests. much more on health care as it
comes up. first we are going to get through little bit of businesses. there is a big announcement coming from apple today. less than two hours the tech giant expected to unveil the latest ipad. experts predict a bit slimmer including a fingerprint sensor. where else can they go with this? tell us a little bit about some of the big changes that are expected. >> that is right, they're inspecting a lot of changes to it. we still have a lot to cover. that could mean custom covers that have functionality, a lot of new products they need to be covered and a lot of ground to be covered in terms of products. you mentioned the new ipad. the larger one that you come to know, but it may not be quite as big as the prior iterations, if you will. as they did have a smaller, thinner frame. keeping the screen size the same, there could be more colorful. like the iphone 5c unveiled
last month. decorated in the colorful hues. the processor may be inside. it could operate twice as fast as the prior form and also a fingerprint sensor may be on there. also expected to have the faster processor. for the first time the retina display which would be much crisper display with the rivals in that category. jenna: interesting, rivals for apple. how do these appear against their competitors? >> that is what everybody is waiting to see, what exactly they will have on there. the larger one is one of the most profitable products they have out there. they cannot charge as much for them to have a much smaller
profit margin. i have a lot of stiffer competition out there right now. microsoft launching the service today. i've always seems to upstage the rivals with their own announcements. quickly come out with a note this week that it's resonating through the market in that they're expecting android, the google operative system to expand nearly half of the market share in the tablet space while the apple market system rose marginally in the next year. it'll be a bigger part of the market, but again it is bad news for the bottom line because they are not playing in that arena with the lower prices to go into it. watching very carefully announcement happens. jenna: hopefully means something good for the consumer. good to see you, robert, thank
you very much. jon: my daughters iphone died, we had to get a new one. they have all of the colors. jenna: that is a lot of pressure. jon: i got blue. jenna: wa way to go, dad. jon: the mystery deepens over little girl living with a couple who are not her parents. how they say they got her, but who could she be? and take a live look up about 62 points right now up in the mid-15,000 range looking pretty good, but what is contributing to it? steve moore from the "wall street journal" has some thoughts about it. he is coming up. ist fo
growth in hiring any of us would like to see. this number was middling. it is not retreating, but we should be in a normal recovery having about twice as many jobs as we have in this report and in previous months. kind of half recovery, still a tough job market for people looking for work. we are continuing to see in this report a decline in the labor force. another 100,000 or so people drop out of the labor force. this is unprecedented for people to stop looking for jobs. jenna: what would be a fact be westmark >> it circles back to what you were just talking about obamacare. if you look underneath this da data, they are doing pretty well. the small business sector
defense against the new regulations of obamacare and other shoes to grab in washington. big business is doing pretty well right now, jenna, small business is in a holding pattern. jenna: interesting to get two different takes. they will talk to obamacare of being an effect on this, they will talk to sequester. the pullback of government spending saying that is the effect of this. we will see a lot of this debated in the next few weeks as a budget deal is going to try and come together. how can that impact the jobs market? is sequester a major factor of this? is it obamacare? how do we even know? >> when you cut government spending, that frees up resources for private businesses so it has been in my opinion a very positive force bringing down the deficit in spending. for those people who say we have
fiscal drag from the spending cuts. it is true on the federal level but i look at this data, state and local government hiring, that was up significantly. the third biggest employer in terms of net new jobs was government. folks, there is no government shrinkage out there. these numbers predates the shutdown of the government bill. we may see a decline in the job numbers for october when those come in but that will be a temporary impact. we have got to do something about entitlements, fixing health care system in a progrowth way and we have to fix the tax system. whether commerce can do that, count me skeptical, jenna. jenna: some of our viewers might feel that way, little bit of a hangover, if you will. great to see you as always, thank you so much. jon: rough skies for delta airlines as two flights are
canceled. forced to make emergency landings. the latest on the passengers and what cut the trips short. plus we're learning more about a jets fan caught on camera punching a woman in the face. after sunday's overtime win. shocking details on his violent criminal past and what his family is saying about him now. ♪ (train horn) vo: wherever our trains go, the economy comes to life. norfolk southern. one line, infinite possibilities.
atlanta to seattle last night, but delta flight 2329 diverted to pascoe, washington, which made an emergency landing around 9:45 p.m. none of the 183 passengers on board were hurt. it appears to be a false alarm. a heat sensor went off signaling a fire in the cargo hold. there was no fire. it took off arriving at 6:00 a.m. tom passengers took a charter bus. while others rented a car to drive home. >> the crew did a great job. we landed safe, getting the rental car. reporter: there were problems on a separate flight last night. headed from syracuse new york to atlanta, but reports of smoke in the cabin top of that flight to return to syracuse. it was all due to a small brief electrical fire associated with a coffee pot. nobody was hurt in that incident
either. jenna: good outcomes to both stories. jon: new info on the new york jets fan that punched a woman in the face after sunday's win over the patriots. it turns out the slugger has been a big trouble for violent behavior in the past. more now for us. laura: the jets fan scene clocking the woman in the head has served time in the past for murder. the video that has gone viral identified the jets fan punching a woman wearing a patriots jersey. the 38-year-old served less than three years in state prison back in the '90s after he was convicted of fatally stabbing a 17-year-old during a fight at a pizza parlor. his mom told local reporters it is true her son has a pass but was trying to defend the two of them last sunday at the stadium. >> very mild-mannered.
he had a pass when he was 17 years old. you know when there's altercation you move on, you don't put yourself in that position. he was concerned for me and himself to keep going and not make something out of this, what they thought otherwise. they were the aggressors. laura: she says they had been antagonized all day long and does not her son realized he was directly hitting a woman because there were men involved in the quick moving fight. while there has been reports charges could be filed in this case, there have been none yet. i spoke with a sergeant with the new jersey state police which handles law enforcement at metlife stadium. he tells me as of right now this is an active investigation and that detectives are still working the case. when asked if we can expect any charges today, he told me they don't put time frames on investigations and they will only announced charges once the investigation is complete. jon: pretty hard to miss the long blonde hair.
laura: it is all on tape. they are reviewing it. one keep us updated. jenna: new concerns of rising tensions between the united states and saudi arabia. big headlines raising questions why they could be unhappy with the obama administration and what that means for us and our national security. new details on the deadly school shooting that left a popular math teacher dead and two students injured. >> talk with my friends and i heard a bang. i just thought it was just a joke. and then i saw people learning and i saw a kid holding a gun. i'm only in my 60's.
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jenna: right now a sneak peek at stories this hour. the fate of a utah doctor hangs in the balance as his hurd trial resumes today. is dr. martin mc neil a cold blooded killer or a widower? we'll weigh in on that. new information in the brutal attack on a new york city s.u.v. driver caught on tape. why one of the key players in this case has now decided not to testify and what it means for the future of the case as well. and is a medical miracle coming? if you or anyone you know is losing their hair, stay tuned. why scientists could be close to a cure.
jon: updating you on the middle school shooting that left a popular teacher dead and two students injured. shooting erupted at sparks middle school in sparks, nevada just before the opening bell yesterday. police say math teacher and military veteran michael landsbury was trying to intervene when he was shot dead. 20 to 30 students witnessed the shooting before they ran to safety. will carr is live now so what do we know about this late teacher, will? >> good morning, jon. latest thing is that people in sparks are remembering landsbury this morning. people who knew him are calling him a hero. he served in the marines, also in the nevada national guard and people who knew him say he was looking out for his students so for many it came as no surprise he tried to talk the shooter down and police say that's when the suspect, who was a seventh grader, shot and killed handsbury in front of dozens of
students. >> i heard a gunshot and then people started running and screaming so i started running and then we heard another gunshot and the teacher started yelling that we had to run inside the building. >> there was five of us. one of us picked up his arms and then a few of us picked up his legs and we tried carrying him to safety. >> a number of people showed up to a vigil last night all showing up to honor landsbury. there were several more vigils now planned for the rest of the week. landsbury leaves behind a while and two stepdaughters and while the community mourns, school has been cancelled for the rest of the week and the governor has asked for all flags be lowered to half mast. jon: and picturing those five children trying to medevac their murdered teacher, that is just impossible. what about the gunman himself? what have we learned about him? >> he is a seventh grade boy. police say he used a handgun to
shoot landsbury, to shoot two other students and then turn the gun on himself and shoot and kill himself. we also know that those two students he shot as of last night, they were in critical -- they were in stable condition which is good news and according to reports, the suspect was a hispanic male. it's really unclear if he was targeting his victims or exactly what his motive was when he showed up to the school and started shooting. still a lot of questions. there's another press conference planned for later on tonight, jon, so people should anticipate to get more answers throughout the day. jon: very, very sad story. will carr, thank you. jenna: some new concerns about rising tensions between the united states and saudi arabia after the saudi intelligence chief reportedly announcing -- is announcing plans to scale back cooperation with the united states in regards to arming and training syrian rebels. this follows saudi arabia's decision to renounce the seat on the u.n. security council citing
ineffectiveness in resolving the palestinian conflict and the syrian conflict as well. walid phares joins us on this top topic. this is a big front page story of the "wall street journal" and named diplomats are quoted saying this chief, this prince says that this message, all that they're doing is being sent directly to the united states, not to the u.n., not to anybody else. why are they trying to send us a message? >> not only in the united states media but also in the arab world. it's all over the place. those who are with the united states and those who are against it are noticing that the saudis are drifting away. saudi arabia has a major sanction with the united states now and it's due to u.s. foreign policy over the past few years but specifically over the past few months. the chief file is basically syria. they felt that the president obama after the use of chemical weapons was very serious with
regard of crumbling the regime or putting real sanctions against the regime and the diplomats feel that president obama mobilized the arab world and mobilized saudi arabia and in the middle of it, he just quit and used russian mediation to withdraw from the scene as they say. so they have this major -- of course, they have the bigger fight that's iran, the fact that we in the united states opened up on the new iranian regime without consultation with the saudis. jenna: are their criticisms valid? >> i think they're very valid. it's not just the criticism from saudi arabia. remember criticism here at home but also other arab countries. jordan, kuwait, bahrain, the u.a.e. and even many other parties in north africa and of course, you know, we have a major issue with egypt. notice what we have forming are arab allies not very happy.
jenna: there's two issues then. there's the issue with saudi arabia but also the broader issue about the message this is sending to other arab countries and one of the things we want to talk about is an nbc news report that talks with the anti-american narrative among terrorist groups but also in different muslim communities in the middle east and how to counter that narrative. how damaging is a news headline like this regarding saudi arabia to us breaking down the narrative it's inspiring people to be anti-american? >> i've been working on this issue of a narrative, have two books about it and have been lecturing about it for 20 years. narrative does not come by itself out of the blue. it's basically been manufactured by most of the jihady propaganda regimes. they are framing the policy as one of aggressiveness. they have actually created the concept and the notion of america's war on islam to such a
point that even american decision makers believed in it. president obama went to cairo in 2009, june of 2009 and then delivered a speech to reassure the audience at the time most of whom was the muslim brotherhood that america is not at war against islam so the effectiveness of this propaganda is there. i'm not sure this specific incident between the united states and saudi arabia is going to feud it but i am sure that the jihadists are going to be using it. jenna: the question is how to do better. we have comments from unnamed senior defense officials quoted by the "wall street journal" of the obama administration saying this to the saudis. we remain fully committed to security cooperations, suggestions we would not fully support the kingdom in times of crisis are inaccurate. that's counter right now. what can we do better? >> look. what the saudis and other arabs are telling us is that it's not about the commitment of the united states on the military level. they know. iranians are going to defend saudi arabia, we're going to
defend saudi arabia. they're trying to compare and telling us, imagine in the middle of a cold war that the united states will go un rarlly to moscow and have a better relationship with them and then position itself in between moscow and great britain. what the saudis are concerned about is the fact that the united states is not consulting with its allies in the region before it goes to iran or before it takes those important decisions about syria being correct in the alliance with each other. jenna: interesting. when we see the map and the map of the changing middle east and i know you just wrote a book on the arab spring and what's next, you really have to wonder who are our allies now besides israel, who is out there. that sounds like a good discussion for a future discussion. thank you for your time today. >> thank you. jon: utah doctor is back in court right now on trial for murdering his wife and his own daughter is among witnesses expected to testify against him in the coming days. we'll take a look at the case just ahead. and new developments in the brutal biker attack on an s.u.v.
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jon: right now week two of testimony underway in the trial of a utah doctor and lawyer accused of murdering his wife. prosecutors wrapped up testimony last week bringing a bathtub into court similar to the one in which michelle mc neil's body was discovered. today testimony from paramedics at the scene that morning and later, one of mc neil's daughters who believes her father is guilty might also take the stand. let's bring in our legal panel. lis wiehl, fox news legal analyst, doug burns is also with us, a criminal defense attorney. bringing the bathtub into court, what's the purpose behind that?
>> because there were two different stories that were told, at least two different stories. income neil tells the story about how he saw her and her face was over the side of the bathtub but that's not what the daughter and that's not what the neighbors and other people said that they saw, that she was still inside the bathtub so it's very important, her positioning. why would he be lying about her positioning in that bathtub? that leads to incriminating evidence against him and also, let's face it, just bringing the bathtub in which she died is a very moving symbol to bring into the courtroom. jon: there was also talk of the fact that the way the blood pooled in her body after death did not exactly line up with the story that he told about how he found her. >> well, that's the way they have to prove this case because in any trial lawyer is going to tell you this is not a slam dunk. you don't have the specific cause of death. but then any trial lawyer is going to tell you if there are a number of inconsistencies about it, then that's going to be a piece by piece effort by the prosecutor to put the pieces together. i'm not a big fan of bringing in
like a bathtub or the dog or the dummy in the trayvon martin case because it allows attorneys to testify and i don't like it. jon: are you a fan of bringing in a daughter to testify against her daughter regarding the murder of her mother? >> that's very interesting, jon. you have the good news and the bad news. good news is oh, my god. the very daughter is going to say that she thinks -- remember that keyword, thinks he did it but the bad news is as the judge, i'm not so sure that i would allow any testify on the crime itself assuming that the daughter wasn't there and doesn't know what happened. >> but no. no. she was there around and about the time. not exactly that day but she was caring for her mother in the days previous to that and has a medical background. it's not so much what she thinks may have happened but also what she saw and perceived in the days before. remember, too, this daughter was told by the mother, the victim here if something happens to me, make sure -- this is a quote,
make sure it's not your father. jon: but that quote has been ordered kept out of the trial. >> i know, i know, but still she's got so much evidence she could bring to this trial. she really does. she's a character witness for her mother and against her father as well. jon: but what does it say to a jury when a daughter is willing to take the stand? you know, the two sets of genes to create her and she's saying, yeah, that's the guy. my father killed my mother. >> it speaks volumes, doesn't it? it speaks volumes. it's not just the one daughter. it's several of the daughters, i don't know if they're testifying but they're the ones who wanted this investigation to be started up again after 2007. it was ruled to be an accident. by the way, another thing that would happen in the opening statements by the prosecution which i think is -- could be really good for the prosecution is apparently, and i did not know this until recently, there was a jailhouse confession in which when he was in jail, he said to somebody in the jailhouse, i did it. here's why i did. i had the face lift doctor prescribe all this stuff to her.
i gave her the lethal combination of drugs and the prosecutors won't get me. doug will say jailhouse confession is not good all the time but it's something. jon: he won't say that because i run a tight ship in this courtroom. >> understood, your honor. jon: an attack on an s.u.v. driver in new york. that detective has decided he will not testify before a grand jury. his attorney says there's no need for his client to speak because his, quote, evidence speaks for him. he's referring to this video taken as the chase of the s.u.v. was underway before the s.u.v. was stopped and attacked by several of the bikers so what does this mean for both sides of the case? and i will let you speak now. presumably he's saying -- the attorney is saying, look. there's no evidence my client was involved in the physical attack on the s.u.v. >> john, you have the media
posturing and media counter punching and then legal realities and there's two reasons why he wouldn't go in the grand jury in this situation. number one, and i think lis would agree, you don't want to tip your hand at the version of events there, hold it close to the vest for later and what we trial lawyers say, you don't want to be locked in meaning if you later determined that you have a slightly different recollection, you don't want to be locked into concrete in that grand jury testimony. >> the prosecutor from what we surmise, the prosecutor has told the grand jury that he was going to testify. we're getting into very, very gray boundaries here of ethics from the prosecutor's standpoint. they can't say, remember, there's nobody else in the room except the court reporter, just the prosecutor and the grand jurors so the prosecutor can't say, take anything bad way from that grand jurors. but the prosecutor is probably going to say, look. we thought we would have the witness. we're not going to have him after all. >> they would have to give a cautionary instruction for sure and say, look, ladies and
gentlemen -- >> don't take anything. >> we thought he was going to testify and he's not but don't draw conclusions. jon: we have to cut this short. jenna: potentially big breaking news as we speak. there's a case pending in federal court in d.c. that's challenging the expansion of i.r.s. power under the new health care law. the government wanted that case dismissed. this just happened. the judge denied that so the case is not dismissed and now we're waiting to hear if the judge will issue an injunction. that's important because that would stop subsidi health care exchanges for 34 states. that goed be potentially big, big news. the subsidies are a key to helping new people get into the exchanges and able to afford health care. so when the president says the cost of health care can be lower than your cell phone or cable bill, this is in part because of the subsidies. more on this developing story. it could be big news as we get it.
jon: new information on efforts to cure, yes, cure, baldness. breakthrough discovery could hold the key to growing new hair. john roberts is live in atlanta. this has got to be huge, john. >> this is positively hair rising. did i say that? it's a remarkable advance in the science of hair loss and restoration. researchers have for the very, very first time grown human hair in the laboratory. they took samples of cells that signal skin to develop hair follicles and cleaned them in human skin grafted to the back of a mice. five out of seven experiments the skin grew hair. lead scientist says this could revolutionize the medical treatment of hair loss. >> we would like to think of
this as an advancement in using regenerative medicine or the body owes own cells to restore their hair. is that a cure for baldness? technically i guess it is. >> there's still a couple of years away from human trials. they need to know about how the hair grows, what color it is, whether or not it actually cycles but this is no question the biggest leap forward in more than 40 years. jon: and who would be the beneficiary? who could this help? >> potentially anybody suffering from hair loss, whether you want to grow new follicles for transplantation in men or women. if you wanted to implant the follicles for a burn victim. think of the wounded warriors who had their scalps burned off. you know, a doctor really made this her life's work beginning in 1996 when she developed a skin called alopecia which
caused large clumps of her hair to fall out. >> i can tell you it's the most devastating thing that's happened to me and certainly to have an appearance altering condition like that strike as an adult is one thing. but when it strikes in children and it's complete hair loss, i think it really changes one's life in ways that are difficult to understand unless you've walked in those shoes. >> a lot of young children at the age of 10, all their hair falls out. one other point, it also could lead to new drug therapies because for the very first time, scientists can grow hair in the laboratory which means pharmaceutical companies can expose the hair follicles to any one of a number of drugs to see which one might be effective in reversing or stopping hair loss altogether. jon: thank you. jenna: the white house may give itself away to delay the individual mandate because of problems with the website. the administration is facing new questions about obamacare.
jenna: big developments on top stories and breaking news this hour. jon: new reaction to the white house damage control on the botched rollout of obamacare, even the president says he's not happy. the political fallout if the problems aren't fixed and fast. also gas prices, often a political football of sorts but what really matters to most americans is how big of a pinch they put on your pocketbook. we'll tell you what you can expect at the pump for the holiday and travel season. plus the british woman known as the white widow. new information how one of the world's most wanted terrorists lived and what if any role she played in the horrific mall attack in africa. it's all "happening now." there are lots of new questions, some of them breaking right now about the future of obamacare and also whether the white house will open the door to a delay in its implementation.
jenna: certainly we're waiting to hear more about this case in district court in d.c. and whether or not there's some sort of issue with the subsidies and whether or not 34 states that have exchanges will be able to issue those subsidies to those who signed up. that's breaking news this hour. in the meantime, what we're waiting for as well, about 30 minutes from now, is the white house press briefing and the press secretary could face tough questions about the health care law again. three weebs after the rollout, the glitches everyone are talking about are far from fixed. this morning senator rubio suggested americans aren't being treated fairly. >> how are you going to go after people next year using the i.r.s. to punish them if the thing you're forcing them to buy isn't available for them to buy because the website is not working? jenna: a concern many are worried about. yesterday jay carney was asked about all of this. here is what he had to say. >> you can't really charge people a fine for not getting
health insurance if you don't fix the mess. can you? >> i appreciate what you're saying. >> if the website is not fixed, will people have to pay the fine? >> first of all, we're way still early in the process so you're talking about a february 15 and a march 31 deadline. jenna: now there's a question about the subsidies as well. in the meantime, our chief white house correspondent ed henry is live at the white house waiting for the press briefing and it seems the white house is trying to draw a line between the website and the health care law as two completely distinct things. tell us more about that. >> that's right. challenge for the administration, of course, is this website which was touted and diesigned as being the firs port of entry for the millions uninsured in this country going to the websites and you'll remember the president saying this it's as easy as going to amazon.com to buy something. it's as easy as going to kay
kayak.com and booking an airline ticket. jay carney was getting questions not just about the potential penalties, will they be delayed but also he continued to insist yesterday, jay carney, this is all because of traffic and there's so many people logging on that it's brought the system down in some cases and just challenged it in others but the bottom line is "the washington post" report out today suggesting there were some warning signs that were ignored, it appears, when they were testing this in the days and weeks leading up to the october 1 rollout. the president, though, as you noted trying to broaden this out and suggesting that the website is not the focus. take a listen. >> we did not wage this long and contentious battle just around a website. that's not what this was about. [applause] we waged this battle to make sure that millions of americans in the wealthiest nation on earth finally have the same
chance to get the same security of affordable, quality health care as anybody else. >> republicans pushing back and suggesting that the problems with the website are symptomatic of what could be bigger problems as this law moves forward. here is the senate republican leader. >> the people who designed this website shouldn't be in charge of our health care. the government is going to botch this. they've had four years to get ready. it's clear to me that this isn't going to work. it's not fixable. >> now, the other question moving forward is who is going to be held accountable for the problems they're having? you'll remember the former white house press secretary a couple of weeks ago suggested that heads should roll, that people should be fired over what he suggested was a botched rollout at the early stages of all of this. so far there's no signal of the white house that they're going to fire anyone, instead what you heard from the president yesterday in the rose garden is he thinks they'll get past this,
fix the problems and in the long run, the law will be good for millions of americans. jenna: and timing matters in all of this. thanks, ed. jon: so what happens to the president and the democrats if obamacare fails? columnist dana millbank writes a scathing piece in "the washington post" today writing protesting too much, obama's pitch sounded a bit desperate and perhaps it should. the product he rolled out three weeks ago was seriously defecti defective. nobody is madder than me which means it's going to get fixed. if obama cannot fix the problem, the opposition will slice and dice obamacare and make it into julienne fries and no sales pitch will save it. let's talk about all of this with the editor of the national review and a fox news contributor. you say that health care.gov is basically the walking dead. >> yeah. it's been just a disasterous rollout obviously and people who
i talked to have experience in the federal government say once something is messed up like this, it's really difficult to untangle so the idea you're going to have a bunch of tech experts come in and it's going to be fixed is probably a fantasy. jon: there was speculation maybe that the president was going to go out there in the rose garden yesterday and take responsibility for that. he didn't do that. why not? >> yeah. there's no apology and i think, jon, the entire strategy has been to show no weakness. so we have now stories saying that insurance executives and others warn the administration, this thing is not ready. it's not ready for prime time. don't roll it out. but they didn't want to do that because that would have been another delay and they want to create a sense of inevident ability around this thing and that's why they're very unlikely to do what a lot of tech experts say would be the right thing to do here, take it off line, go down and dig deep into the
problems and fix them rather than try to have it go live and fix it the same time which apparently makes it much more difficult but they don't to want do anything that suggests it could be stopped or delayed. jon: there was a piece this morning that talked about how the president sounded like a familiar theme yesterday. the author writes nobody is madder than me, monday, echoed the kinds of statements he's repeatedly made about problems the past few months. americans are right to be angry about it and i am angry about it. that's what he said about the i.r.s. scandal. it's not as if i don't have a personal interest. that's what he said about the n.s.a. scandal. this is not a world we should accept, asad use of chemical weapons. he put himself forward as a man frustrated what happened on his watch, promising change, insisting that nothing of the sort could ever happen again. >> he's always floating above it. you know, and he's floating above his own health care plan here. he should have known it wasn't
ready for prime time and he should not just be angry it's not working. he should be angry he didn't know that and people didn't tell him and that's the kind of thing you fire people for so it's faux accountability where he goes out for this event and says he's mad but is anyone going to pay the price? no. jon: a point similar to yours in that we have been promised that this would be a wonderfully tech savvy administration. he writes, mr. obama, whose campaigns were praised endlessly for tech savvy and who revel in being the first high tech president has overseen a massive tech botch. this infuriates liberals. obama could deliver a shrieker, faster and more affordable future for health care. as it turned out, he couldn't even oversee a web launch. it's about that simple. >> yeah. a lot of people have commented on the disconnect between how
technically proficient the campaigns were and this disaster but a campaign is essentially a private endeavor and if someone messes up or incompetent, they get fired. if the h.h.s. had been running president obama's campaign, he wouldn't have been president in the first place. jon: and the interesting thing, too, is that when he speaks about how he's upset that this thing didn't come together the way he envisioned it, it's as though he assigned it to somebody outside the government. these are his people. this is his government. this is his department of health and human services getting this thing together. >> exactly and it is a much deeper problem than just the computers. computers are accenting what is the profound economic ir rationability of this law. you need young people to sign up to make the exchanges and insurance pools work. at the same time, you're going to charge them much more than you would have before so there's very little incentive for them to sign up in the first place and then if you make it impossible to sign up because
it's so hard, then you're really in trouble. jon: and these are tech savvy people who will not want to waste a lot of their lives trying to sign up. good to have you here. >> thank you very much. jenna: a little more on health care now. ohio is expanding its medical program despite opposition from republicans. the republican governor is going ahead with the move and he said medicaid will be offered to 300,000, more low income people. republican lawmakers could sue the governor for moving forward with the program they did not approve. there's 26 states considering medicare expansion. check this out. 77% of voters disapprove of how the g.o.p. handled budget negotiations. only 21% approve that. is according to an abc news, "the washington post" poll. democrats not fairing too well, early. 61% disapproving of how they
handled the task and the talks. 36% approving. as for the president, 34% disapprove how he handled it all. only 43% approve. some varying numbers but all in all, most getting a thumbs down, at least the majority. new information now on the woman known as the white widow. she's one of the world's most wanted terrorists and her husband was one of the suicide bombers behind the terror attacks on london commuters. she's been on the run for several years and now we're looking at some of her personal effects shedding light on her life in general and possible ties to the kenyan mall attack. greg is live in london with the latest for us now. greg? >> yeah. some interesting new leads about that british woman in the wake of that nairobi, kenya mall massacre last month. sky news is coming up with the laptop used by her and found that she had surfed various
websites with do it yourself instructions for the use of explosives. must be said that she also was surfing some fashion and diet sites. so far there's been no hard evidence yet directly linking her to the mall attack, it has been revealed today she did live in nairobi for a time and lived in an apartment overlooking another western style mall, that considered by authorities yet another potential terror target and though she denounced those 2005 london attacks, she apparently has high praise for the now dead al qaeda leader osama bin laden. found on that computer, a poem to him which includes, there's no victory for you, mr. obama. the honor is on martyred osama. now they're looking hard for the woman. they believe she has ties to al-shabaab, the group operating in somalia and also claiming responsibility for that mall attack. they think she might have been involved in a plot to hit other western targets in eastern
africa a few years back and again, while there's no direct evidence tying her to the mall attack, for example, that recently released video did not show the rumored woman attacker among the militants inside the mall, experts reportedly are not ruling out a planning or a financing role for samantha. that's why they're chasing her. that's why the new details are interesting. jenna: we'll continue to watch that developing story. thank you. jon: have you taken a look at our national debt lately? it is now $17 trillion and climbing. that has some lawmakers wanting to cut more government spending but after the sequester cuts of earlier this year, is there fat left to trim from uncle sam? or could lawmakers just be getting started? also tensions spilling over into the streets. why people are targeting these soldiers with rocks and bricks. we'll take you there coming up. the day we rescued riley,
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jenna: chaos in the streets in parts of the west bank as violent clashes erupt between palestinians and israeli soldiers. it began after israeli security forces raided a home in a small west bank village where they killed a suspected militant wanted for carrying out a bus bombing last year. palestinians took to the streets in response throwing stones and bricks at troops. those troops responded as well with tear gas and grenades. jon: well, lawmakers on capitol hill are trying to figure out what to cut right now after the latest budget battle. in march they said sequestration would relieve some tension on america's wallet problems. massive cuts were made and did you really notice? can america keep cutting the fat or are we running too thin? doug is live in our washington
bureau. doug? >> we're going to find out on december 13 when this budget conference committee reports back on what progress they've made in addressing spending debt and deficit issues. one ace in the hole the g.o.p. wields in the talks is the sequester. the sequester, as you know, was originally crafted by the obama administration as part of a debt ceiling talks of 2011. it was designed to be so painful in the sledge hammer approach to cuts that it would force the g.o.p. to cave. the unthinkable happened. sequester became the law of the land. >> cuts are not smart. they are not fair. they will hurt our economy. they will add hundreds of thousands of americans to the unemployment roles. >> many say those fears of doom and gloom did not come to pass. >> according to studies, if you polled the american people, less than one in four felt any impact at all from the sgequester.
>> the sequester has accomplished what washington has not done since the korean war, cut the growth of spending. >> it's the only thing that's prevented the government from growing larger the last two years. the deficit is lower for the second consecutive year. sequestration is not the best way to cut spending but right now, it's the only way that spending is being cut. >> now in the present rounds of budget cuts, the g.o.p. may try to use the sequester as a bargaining tip for mainly entitlements. >> there could be an overall count on the growth of government across the board, both entitlements and discretiona discretionary cuts. >> the retirement age for social security should be raised over time, there should be changes in the cost of living adjustments. whether the changes are doable, whether they stick to that agree many as we approach an election year of 2014 is an entirely
different question. jon: takes political courage to do those things. doesn't it? >> sure does. jenna: proposed peace talks on syria could be in jeopardy as new violence breaks out across country. why the opposition is refusing to attend the talks. also the president promised obamacare's website would make buying affordable health costs easy but the rollout is a mess. we'll talk to a cyber security analyst about the troubled website and how soon it can be fixed. the details just ahead. [ female announcer ] research suggests cell health
right now that the proposed peace talks and that bloody civil war in syria, they might not get very far. the largest rebel faction in syria says it will not participate unless the goal of negotiations is to remove president al-assad from power. al-assad says he will not step down. secretary of state john kerry just wrapped up a news conference in london in which he said al-assad leaving power is not a precondition to the talks. he also urged the opposition groups to join in the negotiations and said, progress is being made on the ground in syria with chemical weapons stockpiles but the secretary of state emphasized destroying those weapons will not end the civil war there. jenna: as you've been reporting there have been major problems with the affordable care act exchanges online. still after three weeks. now we're learning the extent of some of the problems as well. experts building the website were reportedly begging for a delay after several small scale tests crashed the system several times in the days leading up to
the launch. that's one report. there's also reports that the white house gave bad information and repeatedly changed decisions about the design. still other reports suggest software designers repeatedly reported to the white house there were problems and were ignored so what can be done to fix the problems? this is our tax money used to create this. morgan wright is a cyber security analyst and he's the guy we turn to. this might surprise you but i'm not a computer programmer. i am, however, an expert online shopper and i think most of our viewers, that's probably how we approach the internet. we don't create the websites but we use them. i know we're not getting a lot of specifics but what do you stands out as some of the major issues with the website? >> you just mentioned it. you said as a consumer. you know, you do a lot of shopping. how many sites do you go to where they say you have to give up your credit card information before they allow you to look at the site? that's one of the problems. they don't understand consumers. this is a site that's been built
by the government, not built by private industry for the consumer. there's a lot of issues around not just usability but this is a portal that connects to a lot of ex changes. i think bigger problems are going to be privacy and security with information that people are giving in the process. they haven't gotten to enroll but they've given up their information. jenna: within 30 seconds i was able to get to the new york state exchanges so maybe things are moving differently than they were a couple of weeks ago. i read this from the hell. they reported that there's five million lines of code that might need to be rewritten to repair the problems with the website. five million lines of code. can you put that in context for us? how big of a job is that? >> i'll give it to you in the context of money. if it costs you a dollar to fix it, it will cost you $100 to fix the same problem after the site goes live. that five million lines of code, you've already
now. add another five million lines of code. you've increased the number of problems you're going to have. that's like many of your computer programs you use don't even have anywhere near that amount of line of code. so it's -- and granted it's a different level of complexity but the fact they're figuring it out they have to write this much code to solve the problem, where was the testing before they larged this? what was the consumer feedback? there's so much missing out of this, it's definitely been a government project. you get the private industry $640 million to build something. i guarantee there will be accidentability -- accountability on a result like that. jenna: "new york times" said that the website created by the government is five times the size of the website of some of the largest banks. they obviously have really big web sites, a lot of confidential information. what about the security part of this, morgan? have you ever seen a website this big be secured?
and is just the size of the project one of the issues? >> it absolutely is. you know, some has likened it to building the great wall of china. he said it's like the great fence of china. there's so many holes in the system, they haven't even begun to understand where the problems lie. they have an initial idea but this is only good for two businesses, people in the business of stealing identities and people in the business of protecting people from having identities stolen. my biggest concern is that this thing is going to become just a nightmare for people's identity and then add their medical records to this. can you imagine getting your records mixed up with somebody who has a fatal disease and now you can't get insurance because your records are comingled? they should just stop this, rebuild it, rip and replace and do it all over again. it's not going to get any better. jenna: just real quick, how long would that take? in the best case scenario, if they were to start off, how long would it take? by december 15 people are
needing to be enrolled so that they don't have to pay the fine next year if they suddenly don't have insurance. >> you know, here's the problem. nobody knows how long it will take to fix which tells you the scope of the problem. they can't define the problem. all they know is that it hurts here and there and they put keep up and down aids on things. i'm not a politician so i stay out of politics but they should stop this and build it by people who do this for a living, not through a government contract and as you see, anything built by committee like this, it doesn't work. jenna: we would love to have you come back. i know you have some tips about keeping our information secured and some things we can do. the website seems to be working faster so we'll see what the next couple of weeks bring. thank you so muc see you. jon: they only had 3 1/2 years to build it. now it's been three weeks since the government rolled out the obamacare enrollment site. it has quite simply been a mess. are the mainstream media turning on obamacare? the rollout of the online
brought you last hour. a federal judge refuse toddies miss a lawsuit that has the potential to undermind the affordable care act. that lawsuit is challenging the expansion of irs power under the new law. the government wanted the case dismissed. the headline today, that the judge denied that. so the case remains. the judge also refused to issue an injunction against the enforcement abilities of irs. that would have stopped subsidies to the health care exchanges. so for now the subsidies will remain but case can and will move forward. as of right this moment, the health care law, obamacare, remains unaffected. we'll have more on the developing story as we get it. jon: turn now to media coverage of the shaky rollout of the obamacare exchanges as glitches and frustrations mount, more mainstream outlets are beginning it take a tougher tone towards the president's signature law. listen. >> the president on this, does
the white house owe the country a apology for this problem? >> why not delay them? you will charge them a fine for not enrolling. >> we're three weeks into a six-month enrollment period. jon: howard kurtz, host of media buzz on sundays on fox news channel. what do you think about it? is there a change in tone, howard? >> there is dramatic change in tone, jon. you saw it at the white house briefing with jay carney. you see it in the newspaper headlines. "washington post" this morning say the whole website crashed days before it rolled out. "new york times" says it may take weeks to fix. journalists are feasting on the problems here as they get worse each day. jon: dana milbank, wrote a piece in the "washington post", normally pretty supportive of the president but he wrote a blistering piece about all this. >> while you have the straight reporters digging how this could have happen, you have liberal commentators and gang at msnbc and elsewhere turning on the president over this.
they believe in obamacare. they like the program. they just can't believe it was been bungled so badly. classic example, robert gibbs, former white house press secretary saying heads should roll and people should be fired over the rollout. jon: the president noted it was his signature achievement. when he comes out and says i'm disappointed with the way it is working, why is there not more, i don't know, more being done to fix it? >> well, you know, the president obviously trying to do damage control. we saw that yesterday with that big white house event where he almost seemed like an infomercial pitchman, giving it the 800 number, insisting problems to be fixed but basically the program is working well, i don't think that played very well with the pundit class. if this thing doesn't get fixed in a hurry, now that the shutdown is over, for some weeks to come, jon. jon: howard kurtz, host of media buzz this weekend.
sunday, 11:00 a.m. eastern. howard, thank you. >> thanks, jon. jenna: another big story we're watching, during operation "fast & furious" guns were allowed to cross the border over the pretense of tracking criminal activity. as you know the gun-running operation had deadly results and lot of questions. we're learning of apparently similar incident with parts of grenades. when we look back at "fast & furious" guns like these were used to track drug cartels for u.s. and mexican border agents. that is one of the things we were looking at. now there is an explosive attack in central mexico during a deadly shootout with police and linked to a u.s. smuggling operation as well. william la jeunesse is live in los angeles with more on the story. william? >> reporter: jenna, police believe explosives found at that murder scene in mexico likely came from an american bomb-maker. the u.s. attorney in arizona refused to prosecute.
[gunfire] that video was captured recently between mexican police and a cartel that killed three officers. now according to a doj, department of justice document, police received fire from a 50 caliber rifle and recovered at least 10 grenades, evidence of one being a kingery grenade. now that refers to john baptist ink kingery. in 2009 they knew kingery was making grenades from parts in the u.s. and converting weapons to full automatics. like fast and furious they wanted him to continue to hoping to track his explosives which never happened. a year later he was arrested at the border with hundreds of empty grenade holes but this time the u.s. attorney refuse to prosecute, referring to the parts as harmless toys and the case lacked jury appeal.
kingery made some 2,000 explosives until mexican authorities raided his factory in 2011. >> when you have the attorney general's own offices being informed about a very dangerous person exporting hand grenades and converting ak-47s into machine guns not part of "fast & furious" but separate failure, under dennis burke and main justice you're seeing an administration i think really wanted to let bad things happens in the hopes they would get an assault weapons ban. >> reporter: now today kingery is in a mexican jail on terrorism charges. no comment from the u.s. attorney's office but atf agents tell me like "fast & furious" this is another example of what happens when criminals are allowed to walk free despite probable cause and in this case, a confession. back to you he. jenna: what a story. william, thank you. jon: doctors finding a new way to discover cancer.
a simple blood test could be the key to early detection. we'll tell you about that. plus we'll have the latest on that deadly middle school shooting in nevada. hear the audio from police who were at the scene responding. that is coming up. >> just for information, sparks is working a shooting at the sparks middle school. information only. >> coming out with --
earlier. it claims that a simple blood test could help detect lung and pros kate cancer in early stages. the american society of anesthesiologists says its research also could help determine the success rate of tumor removal surgery. let's talk about it with dr. otis brawlly, chief medical officer for the american cancer society. dr. ernest patty is face you know. attending physician of emergency medicine at st. barn bass hospital in the bronx. welcome to both of you. doctor, it is said to be a fairly simple blood test. why is it just discovered now? >> well there are many things out there and needs to be refined and worked on still. this is not ready for prime time. probably five or six years pro actual use, if it is ever going to be useful. but i would remind the public we had a number of blood tests in the past we thought would be useful for the diagnosis of cancer and they journed just not to pan out.
jon: dr. patty, are you excited about the research? >> i'm very excited especially from my perspective as an emergency physician. imagine if we had a type of tests early on w patient presents to the emergency department and geoff them that information at beginning look you're higher risk for these types of cancers it would be wonderful. get them in for earlier treatment and hopefully prevent further convinces. jon: apparently dr. braly they're looking forker is rum-free fat i acids. give as you layman's explanation. what are they looking for and seeing in the blood? >> fatty acids are always in people's blood. cholesterol, for example, is a fat in the blood. these particular fatty acids seem to be higher in people who have lung cancer. now one of the reasons why i say this is not ready for prime time, is when they do this test on people who have lung cancer, about 70% of those people actually have a positive test.
about 30% do not. when they do this on people who don't have lung cancer, about 75% have, you know, there is still some problems in terms of accuracy but this is a great lead that needs to be followed up on. jon: also prostate cancer, dr. patty, that is very common cancer in men and not always fatal and not always problematic necessarily. >> well, that's true. many times it is not picked up until much further along in the patient ace lifetime and and further along in the development of cancers. so if we can pick it up early, maybe we catch the types that are aggressive and start treatment earlier and prevent these men having complications that normally befall them when they have farther along types of prostate cancer. jon: doctor, you say five years down the road when they would be able to take this research, hone in on it a little bit and come up with a better test that is more reliable? >> that's right. we need a better test that is
more reliable for discovery of disease and in the case of prostate cancer and in the case of lung cancer we need genomic tests that tell us cancers need to be treated versus cancers that need to be watched. right now in the case of prostate cancer, prostate cancer screening is a huge question mark whether it is reliable and beneficial because we cure a whole bunch of men who don't need to be cured and cure can be substantial in terms of morbidity. jon: sometimes the cure is worse than the disease, that i understand it. dr. ernest brawley, dr. ernest patty. thank you. >> thank you. jenna: prices at pump taking a big dive. the bilge question how low will they go and how will it look around holiday shopping as well? is the third time the charm for kim kardashian? i'm a hopeless romantic. you have to wish for the best for everybody, right? julie banderas with the fox four one next.
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jenna: right now drivers may be in store for a early holiday gift, falling gas prices. the national average according to aaa, 3 . $34 a gallon. some pay prices fall, put gas prices $3 nationally. joining me phil flynn, senior market analyst. fox news contributor, joins me from the floor of cme. year-over-year, what is going on with gas prices. why are they down? >> i think because merry christmas from the american petroleum industry, what can i tell you. u.s. production is soaring. the supplies of oil in this country are almost at highest level they have ever been this time of year. probably the third highest ever and we built a lot of refining capacity to take advantage of this new production. right now the u.s. has the
capacity to produce a lot more oil than we're ever going to use. that means we'll be exporting gasoline, diesel and other products and what that means for the u.s. is sharply lower gasoline prices. so i think jenna, we're looking at new era of lower gasoline prices. i said it before. i'm saying it again. it is a new era. so we'll enjoy it and enjoy the economic benefits from all the new oil production and refining capacity. jenna: i put this story out on twitter because i thought it would get a great reaction from our viewers. there was some good reaction but some other viewers are saying, listen, $3 is still expensive. >> agree with them. you know, i mean i think $3 in the near term will be tough to break because there is lot of uncertainties but tell those viewers to hang in there. we're going to see a lot more competition when we pull up to the pump in coming years. we're not just going to be talking about gasoline. we're talking about cars that will be able to choose from gasoline or electric or even natural gas.
and we're seeing the energy mix start to change. so i know right now $3 a gallon is high. it will continue to work lower i think over the coming years. we should see gasoline prices back around 2.50 at some time. you have to adjust for inflation. but new happy era. jenna: sorry to interrupt you but i'm showing this map and i wanted to explain it to our viewers. you see the red in california, oregon, washington, they're still seeing higher prices. >> yeah. jenna: if you're down south in texas, for example, you're seeing lower prices s that normal? is that the way it is going to stay because of regional factors or can you explain to our viewers how where they live might affect their prices? >> well the big thing there is two major things when it comes to that. number one is taxes. i'm sure a lot of red areas are areas where gasoline is taxed at highest. when you look at california, you look at regulations out there, you look at regulations in places like illinois. you're going to pay more for gasoline. and, if you look at the big cities, especially in the
summer, there is very stretched summertime gasoline regulations where they have to burn the specific blend, it always keeps those prices in the big cities higher than the rest of the country. that is probably not going to change but i think the, the difference that you're going to see is that with the lower, with more supplies generally speaking, even those places in the big city where taxes are high, and you have tougher regulations, those prices are going to come down as well. jenna: phil, great to see you. nice to have some good news to talk about little bit when it comes to gas prices. thanks, phil. >> you're welcome. jon: well, kim kardashian will walk down the aisle again. she is officially engaged to her boyfriend kanye west. the rapper popped the question. julie banderas live with the fox 411, julie. >> seem so enthused about the news. jon: kim kardashian, one of my favs. >> comes love, marriage and baby
north and a baby care rage. it was the other way around, but you get the gist. super bowler kanye pulled off a huge birthday surprise for his baby's mama who turned 33 on monday. rented out entire baseball stadium where he would propose. blindfolded her before she entered at&t park, home of san francisco giants and for a grand finale had a 50-piece okay stray playing for them, playing alanna delray's beautiful, one of her favorite songs. got down on one knee and asked her to mary him complete with 15-carat diamond ring. kim said yes. family and friends were there. the newly engaged couple were front field. i guess three times is the charm. mother cris tells "e! news", and calls the couple a match made in heaven. she was supportive of marriage one and two, but this is it,
three times. no more. >> wiping away a tear. >> she doesn't have time to date anymore. she has a baby. maybe this is the keeper? jon: thanks, julie. jenna: good they're married. that is good thing. that will not be mentioned at white house press briefing. that will not be mentioned. that is the new chairman of the council of economic advisors. his name is jason furman. there it is. and he is talking a little bit about the jobs report. we expect jay carney to get some tough questions about the new health care law as well. we'll bring you back to the white house press briefing in just a moment. i have low testosterone. there, i said it.
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fox news alert. america's reaction to obama care troubles. they believe things are going to get worse with it. welcome to hq. i am a list son camerota. >> and i am bill hemmer. back in our spartan digs. washington poll out. pen percent believe there is issues. and what does erics believe? >> they were not buying it? >> no, they are not buying. it going to the airline web site or