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>> what did you get? >> i got some chocolate dipped delights. >> join us in the after the show show. elisabeth will eat that whole box. >> with some help. >> happy valentine's day, you guys. bill: happy valentine' day. is the white house padding the numbers when it comes to became care? the white house touting the numbers, 3.3 million. but an insurance executive telling fox news those numbers are inflated. i'm bill hemmer. martha: good morning. happy valentine's day, everybody. i'm martha maccallum. back to this stunning admission that comes from inside the insurance industry. a source telling fox news quote the numbers are not as high as 3.3 million. it's lower.
the numbers are inflated and the question is by how much. stuart varney joins us from the fox business network. >> reporter: that 3.3 million is an inflated number. it may be 10% to 25% too high. 3.3 million people enrolled does not mean 3.3 million have paid for insurance. 10% to 25% hasn't been paid. the word "enrolled" has to be defined. that's a financial problem for the payers and the insurers. 25% of these enrollees are young people 18-34. this program need 40% young people signing up andfying make it financially viable.
insurance official say the administration has to have these numbers, how else do they calculate the subjects does and they will be how else do they calculate the subsidies. if you don't have enough young people that means a financial problem for the insurers who will have to either put up the premiums or get a bailout from the government. bill: the white house says they don't have the information, they say the insurance companies have it. >> reporter: mr. carney said it's a private contract between the individual and the insurance companies. but from insurance officials, the administration has to have the numbers. how else do they calculate the subsidy? they have to have the numbers. and they have got problems with the reporting, the back office
business. that's not working well. bill: good week or bad week on this? >> reporter: terrible. let me leave you with this. today pitchers and catchers for the new york yankees traded. martha: former presidential candidate mitt romney is speaking out about the healthcare law. while on the kelly file last night. >> it's a real mess. the implementation of obamacare is one part of the problem. i think the breach of promises the biggest problem. but the implementation is an unmitigated mess. congress should have said let's delay the implementation because they are not ready for prime time. bill: that from megyn's show last night.
new fox polling show what people think about it. 55% say they wish the law had never passed. when asked in the end if they think the healthcare law was good, 51 per s1% say it's a bad. 56% say it's about control of american lives. 40 per se it's helping. stuart varney reporting 40% of enrollees have not paid. martha: the only way out is to bail out the insurance companies. these are live pictures from pennsylvania.
multiple crashes along the pennsylvania turnpike. traffic backed up. look at this mess. the folks behind that you might want to think about turning around and going back home. if you have been experiencing it or watching it was the past few days, and in new york among several cities digging out from the latest round of this extreme winter weather. the aftermath ice and deep slush puddles. nasty commute today in new york city. this active winter season shaping up to be one for the record books in terms of snowfall. people say enough already. get over it. >> it's been insane. >> it's been ridiculous. we haven't had a winter-like this in years. >> i think i have had enough. martha: it was pretty in the
beginning. now everybody is done with it. laura ingle is live from central park. what is it like out here today? >> it's picturesque. we have had some joggers going by wearing shorts. if you see me getting hit with clumps of snow it's not because people are throwing snowballs at me. the snow is coming down from trees. the big problem is people trying to get their cars out. if you have a vehicle, you will have to dig out and bring some shovels. you can see these big piles of snow. that's what the snow removal teams have been dealing with. the big apple has been clobbered by snow week after week. the after number of inches for central park is 26 inches.
22 inches in february alone. year to date inches is 51. you have been hearing our weather teams talk about the storm that's coming. there is another one coming. still more snow on the way. enjoy it while you can. the sun is shining and the sky is blue. look up above as the snow clumps come down from the trees. martha: there is a real tragedy that napped the middle of this storm. a pregnant woman was killed in a parking lot. do we know about the condition of her child? >> reporter: we have been keeping an eye on this awful, tragic story. this woman 36 years old, 9 months pregnant was killed in a
parking lot while loading groceries. the baby was delivered by cesarean and is in the neonatal unit in critical condition. bill: you will not forget this winter. they are still on the ground in 49 of 50 states. the on place without snow is florida. authorities are blaming 1 deaths. more than a million homes and businesses lost power at one point from the south to the northeast. and this winter's never ending storm leading to the highest number of flight cancellations we have seen in 25 years. unforgettable. martha: hopefully the light is at end of the tunnel. there is a civil war exploding.
the fighting rages on even as peace talks are set too end. we have new video from a major stronghold. bill: what did the president know and when did he not. new details the president knew about the botched rollout on obamacare. martha: the president's critics are fired up calling him lawless as he signs another executive order in the past 24 hours. is he acting within his authority? this is a huge legal question. our political plan take this on fair and balanced. >> nobody knows what to deal with a guy who makes up the law every day as he gets up. we have never confronted this before. we have never had a president who is so lawless. [ female announcer ] we'll cook all day today,
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martha: there is growing violence in syria. new video shows multiple bombings in the capital city. shelling and air strikes continue across the war-torn country as the syrian army battles against the rebels. the british foreign secretary is calling on the international community on bashar al-asaad to brain end to the bloody war. bill: new questions on how president obama could have failed to see the obamacare debacle rollout. kathleen sebelius met with the president 18 times before the rollout last year. on many of those visits on the
agenda, discussing the healthcare law. the president said he wasn't aware of the problems with the website and many are won kerring why was he unhe ware. first the documents from the hill. 750 of them. tell us how they paint a picture. >> kathleen sebelius went to the house 18 times and spoke with senior staff and the president himself about obamacare and the coming rollout. it does raise the question. maybe it' not surprising she went so many times. but the concept of this website having some problems and having some kinks, it never came up. it leaves questions about why it didn't come up. why the president didn't bring it up himself. we are having a problem with this website. maybe we should delay it and make some big fixes before we
launch. bill: do the document show whether the president saw the website? did he ever log on? >> it's not clear to me what he did know. we do know the president said afterward when he was asked about this that he didn't know there were any problems about the website until after it was launched and we started seeing these news reports. so it raises the question why didn't he log on. bill: another question is why not log on. why did he not boot it up. >> the that's a good question. it explains all the activity you have seen from the administration since this botched rollout. there seems to be a lot offed a whose decisions. i think they were surprised that all of these problems happened. if you understand they met all
these times in the white house and never brought up some of the big issues it explains why they seem to be making decisions willy-nilly how to implement it. >> it's february 14 now. this from 3 month ago from today on november 14. >> i was not informed directly the website would not be working the way it was supposed to. had i been informed i wouldn't be going out saying this is going to be great. bill: if that's the case it lead us back to the ultimate question, what were they talking about? >> that's a good question. i don't know the answer to that. if you take the president at his word and take secretary sebelius at her word. they didn't talk about this. it raises questions about what kind of leadership skills president obama was using at these implementation of this giant domestic achievement that
he had. again, i don't know the answer to that, bill, and i think that big question mark explains a lot of what we have seen. bill: do you think they were not prepared for the blowback? when the comes come, they seem carefree in their responses. that's okay, it will smooth its way out, just give us time. >> it is pretty confusing as to why they seem so okay with the rollout. i think they may have bought into a little bit of their own skin, that everything will be fine. once this law is implemented they would like it. so i think their lackadaisical attitude is blowing back on them. the poll numbers you showed earlier in the show, and i do think that the white house bought a little bit into their
own spin and that's been to their detriment. bill: this poll you mentioned. if we knew back in 2009 what we know now, would congress have passed obamacare? 64%, 2/3 say no. i'm i'll leave with you that and the last word. >> this shows you 2010 was a lot about the way the law was passed. i think 01 2014 will be a referendum on the law itself. that doesn't look good for the democratic party. bill: good to have you on. very interesting read. martha: the movement to legalize pot in other states is starting to gain some steam and even the president says he thinks pot is no worse than alcohol. but a former drug dealer who used to work for a kingpin is
very concerned about the trend he sees in the united states, especially when it comes to our kid. he will join us live in america's newsroom with his personal story. what do you think? is our government not taking pot seriously enough? send us a tweet and we'll take a look at them. bill: a driver take a direct hit from a landslide and he lives to tell about it. >> i'm super grateful. i just -- word can't express that. i wasn't sure i was going to make it.
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bill: a dangerous landslide closing down a highway in oregon. a car dangerously damaged when it crashed into a boulder. >> i looked out of the corner of my eye and i saw this cloud coming off the cliff and i knew exactly what it was. and i knew i had pretty much one second. it was on me and i was jamming my foot on the break and holding on. bill: he walked away without a scratch. he he he was a little sore and a little stiff. martha: as we await the verdict in the so-called loud music murder trial, michael dunn is accused of shooting and killing a florida 17-year-old who was
blasting mew africa this suv. dunn claipt -- dunn claims it ws self-defense. he said i should kill him. i was flabbergasted. i said you are not going to kill me [bleep] and i shot. >> reporter: judge alex barr is the host of judge alex. this jury has been deliberating for 12 hours. today may be the day they have a verdict. michael dunn and his fiance had been at a family wedding. she stopped to go inside at a gas station. she went inside to pay for a
bought the of wine. the back and forth on this is the music was loud. michael dunn went over to the car to turn it down. one of the boys did turn it down. and that's when the rest of this began to unfold. one of the boys in the car, his name is kevin thompson. >> did the defendant said anything to you or in your direction. >> yes, sir. turn the music down, i can't hear myself think. >> how did the defendant appear when he said that? >> upset, angry. >> what did you do when he said to turn the music down? >> i turned the music down. martha: what is the major issue the jury might be struggling with in terms of this other weapon issue? >> he didn't go over to the car. he was parked next to it.
so close he couldn't actually get out of his car. he claims the music was so loud -- the music was so loud the bass was violating his rearview mirror. he opens his gun and shoots 10's rounds. the boy in the back seat jordan davis is cursing him out. dunn reaches into the glove department. pulls out a gun and shoots three round into the door. the driver backs up and he keeps shooting at the car. dunn gets down, neils down, shoots three more round. his girlfriend comes out. goes back to the hotel.
orders a pizza, goes to bed and aw a shotgun in police. the back seat an felt his life was in danger an was told this is going down now, i'm going to kill. no other witnesses heard his statement. he didn't call the police which is what you would expect someone who just shot at a car full of teens or someone who had a shotgun pointed at him. he didn't tell his girlfriend he had a gun, his fiance. he never mentioned it to her. it's pretty apparently came up with the shotgun idea to justify what he did. martha: when you read through this. you would assume he would have said to his fiance, they had a gun, i thought they were going
to shoot me. that's not on the record at all. her testimony is compelling as well. it was a horrible night for her as welt. but the two of them went back. they had a rum and coke, they ordered a pizza, and nothing until the next day when the police tracked him down, right? >> she was distraught. she was terrified. he claims he ordered the pizza for her to calm her down. at this point he doesn't know jordan davis is dead. the next morning while she is taking a shower she sees it on the news and says take me home, take me home. they travel two hours back to where they live. he said i didn't realize i killed him. he goes home and they track him down. >> reporter: the jury is made up of 4 white men, 4 white
women, two black men and two asian women. bill: snow on the ground in 49 of 50 states. this is one for the record books. 28 1/2 inches in virginia. guess what's brewing again? martha: the president going around congress enacting another law with a stroke of his pen. the president they believe is quote lawless. >> we never had a president who is so ... unconcerned with the constitution. we never dealt with it. nobody knows what to do.
bill: this is a big problem now. there are multiple crashes along the pennsylvania turnpike. there is one estimate that says at least 50 vehicles involved. there is not a lot of together in area. there is not a lot of precipitation. but the with is 22 degree. so it might be a case of frozen ice as the temperature built up. it created moisture and froze when the wind came in. it's been a big factor in pennsylvania.
it's been a factor for millions of us. a new storm system starting to form as we look at the snow totals from the one that ripped through from the southeast to the northeastern part of the country. mol are you henneberg is live from our nation's capital. >> reporter: nothing says happy valentine's day bike ben gay. that's what a lot of the people will be using after shoveling snow. today after that wintry mix it will be hard to get off the sidewalk and road. it's packed down and covered with ice. they have done a good job in d.c. clearing the streets and sidewalks. but on the side streets they are still icy. one of the main thoroughfares, the baltimore-washington parkway had to close down. >> thank you, molly, we'll check
in a bit later. martha: president obama signing another executive order to maze the minimum wage. new fox polling shows voters aren't too pleads with the president acting without congress. only 37% saying they approve of executive orders. a growing number of critics say he is being completely lawless. here is rush limbaugh. >> nobody knows how to stop him giving away money. nobody knows how to deal with a guy who makes up the law of day as he gets up. we never confronted this before. we never had a president who is so lawless. we never had a president who is
so ... unconcern with the constitution. we never dealt with it. nobody knows what to do. >> i can't even understand why mr. limbaugh is so upset. when i look at the actual number, you see president obama has used an executive order to go around congress less than half of the time of bill clinton and just over half the time of president george w. bush. so it doesn't make sense to me unless you are trying to demonize president obama. in terms of the actual numbers. martha: i think the issue is -- that's the argument.
if you look at the numbers, the numbers don't tell that story. but when you look at the substance what we are talking about here, it has to do primarily with a lou that affects so many americans and 20% of the u.s. economy, and he's doing that with that law. i think is what has so many people upset. i want to look back at this, too. president obama back in 2008 said this. i taught constitutional law for 10 years. i take the constitution very serious live. the biggest problem we are facing is george bush trying to bring more and more power to the executive branch and not go through congress and what i intend to do is reverse that when i'm president of the united states. >> so much for that. you can move beyond his executive orders. let's talk about obamacare. this is his signature law. he decide when it's politically convenient for him to change
large parts of it at times. to push off deadlines until conveniently after each election so that people don't get upset with him before those elections. we used to have a gentleman's agreement once a signature law has been passed you would enforce the law. now he's saying we would like to delay the rest of the law. i think that's a genuine concern. the principle can't be his heart was in the right place. martha: let's look at a couple more numbers. executive orders to bypass congress. is this how the government is supposed to work? 74 pert of the people said no. this is not how the government is supposed to work. regardless of the numbers and the comparisons, people are very
unhappy with these actions. >> i agree with them. it's suppose to be a matter of executive proposals and legislative action and judicial review. other presidents -- it's not builted to obama. it's commonplace for presidents to use executive orders to make the government work. martha: that's wave said he wouldn't do. he's pointing to to what you are pointing to. this is the way george bush did thing and bill clinton did things. it's not the way i'm going to do things. he was emphatic. are you okay with the fact he was emfat wick that and now he's doing exactly what everybody else has done? >> i think i have to understand the rules of war and rules of politics. you have a congress that is
basically about obstructing, paralysis, doing nothing, and you have a president who he i'm not going to allow my term to go through with nothing getting done. the american people, it's in the tank. >> reporter: the irony here, the irony here is a lot of these delays are what republicans said they wanted. if you went back to congress. and said let's get this done, it probably could happen. >> on self occasions republicans in the house said let's pass a law that says we'll delay the mandate and he said we'll veto that. that's the correct way to do that but he said he will veto that even when congress is working towards his end. there were a lot of people who agree on this issue. what did he do? he didn't try to convince
people. he complained about fox news. martha: we have to go. thank you so much, juan and mary katharine. >> tell hemmer happy valentine's day and not to be threatened that i said that to him. bill: it's none of your concern says hamid karzai. >> this man doing evening he can to hiewf millate the usa and destroy his own country. there are 38,000 americans in afghanistan than is little doubt the men released today will kill them if they can. but karzai doesn't care. >> reporter: the latest strain on the relationship between the u.s. government, president obama and hamid karzai, how o'rely
thinks this should be handled in a moment. martha: a cover photo that will be turning a lot of the head when it hits the newsstand. i don't think people-come back to see more of that. bill: those ladies have not experienced the polar vortex. ♪ ♪ ♪ where you think you're gonna go ♪ ♪ when your time's all gone? male annocer ] live a full life. the new lexus ct hybrid with an epa estimated 42 mpg. the further you go, the more intesting it ge. lease the 2014 ct 200h for $299 a month for 27 months. see your lexus dealer.
barbie wears her swimsuit she wore in 1959. bill: what happened with irish tweed with the snow coming down. happy valentine's day, america. the movement to legalize pot getting support from the american people. 50% of those we asked support it. the president saying pot is no worse than alcohol. but a former drug dealer warning that pot is worse for young kids. travis, good morning. thank you for your time. you have got one hell of a
story. you did time when you were 23 years old. you worked for escobar. why did you allow yourself and your life to go that way? >> influence. you want that lifestyle, you see kid with money like that. most dmid america, in our city, you throw it all away for money. it's all about money. bill: you paid a huge price. you are married and have two chin and you have strong opinions on the debate on marijuana in america today. what is your position? >> i oppose americana. i'm dumfounded the state would legal eye marijuana. the president coming out with marijuana not being any more dangerous than cocaine and cigarettes and alcohol. i wonder what he was smoking when he said that?
i would never understand yes would say something like that. bill: he compared it to alcohol. but your big concern is about children in america and what they are learning or not learning based on this debate. do you believe that marijuana is a gateway drug? >> yes, i hear that from everybody. all drugs are gateway drugs to other drugs. there is not one kid i talk to that tell me they only do one drug. they all do three or four different drugs. bill: you talk about the criminal imply kaigs of marijuana. what do you mean by that? why is that not part of the national discussion? >> i never hear people talk about that. they want to talk about legal eyeing marijuana to generate money for the states. but what's going to happen to
the pot dealsers. if you take the pot away from the smugglers down to the 5 and dime dealers you will have cocaine, heroin and meth on our streets that will be like the cocaine wars of the 8. 8. 8. 8 -- of the 8. what do you think of that. i think the law they are trying to pass here will be so destructive. bill: travis waters, thank you for sharing your story. the book is culled the west coast kid. i think your story is something that is not part of the national
discussion. thank you for your time today. and to our viewers at home talk to us on twitter @billhemmer and at. *. wat -- and @marthamaccallum. this is a slap in the face to the united states, bill o'reilly says hamid karzai was way out of line with his comments. >> reporter: the afghan war has cost $620. it comes a time when diplomacy doesn't kit. bill: hollywood turning to god. what's behind the recent surge in bible-based movies like this one.
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bill: happy valentine's day. scrambling to find a last minute gift? how about some chocolates. half of you celebrate by buying candy as a gift. if you go traditional. red roses. 233 million red roses were cranked out for today. $3.9 billion for the sweetheart for jewelry? is that right? so good for the economy. martha: are you a chocolate guy
or flower guy? bill: flower guy. martha: i like flowers, too. the afghan government is standing by its decision to set dozens of taliban prisoners free despite severe warnings. a defiant hamid karzai rejecting the criticism from the west saying it's no concern what he does with these prisoners. >> reporter: this man, afghan president hamid karzai doing everything he can to humiliate the usa and dose troy his own country. he ordered the release of 65 taliban terrorists who were supposed to be tried for crimes again civilians in the hire own countries. they are linked to the deaths of 35u.s. troops. the men released today will kill
the remaining troops if they can. but karzai doesn't care. karzai is a despicable person. if i were commander in chief i would have u.s. special forces deal with those released terrorists quietly and effective live. the u.s. each bassy in kabul issued a release calling the release regrettable. what is really regrettable is how the after the began campaign is falling apart. so far the afghan war cost the u.s. taxpayer $750 billion. more than 2,000 americans have been killed there. almost 20,000 wounded. there comes a point when diplomacy just doesn't cut it. martha: there you have it. it seems hamid car zief is more interested in negotiating with the taliban than the united states at this point. bill: can't throw 13 years away, you have to figure out a solution.
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martha: so millions of folks up and down the east coast and down south as well are spending today digging out, folks. the snow, the ice, the massive 24-hour storm, it snarled traffic, it shut down schools and businesses, left hundreds of thousands of families without power in the freezing cold as we welcome you, hour two now. not snowy anymore, so that's a happy thing. welcome to a brand new hour of "america's newsroom" on this friday, this valentine's day, i'm martha maccallum. bill: and i'm bill hemmer. good morning wherever you are. all that snow and ice becoming too routine already. it's been dead hi as well, at least -- deadly as well, at least 21 deaths, most of that in traffic accidents. we saw that pile-up in pennsylvania just a short time
ago. new york city had about a foot of snow, north carolina, abandoned cars are still on the roadway today, and in washington the government telling nonemergency workers to stay home like this government employee in d.c. >> a lot of people do try to keep working from home and all that, but eventually i think i've canceled a couple of things today because i needed to come out on the hill with my kids. [laughter] just kick back and enjoy it. martha: you've got to do that once in a while. jonathan hunt live outside fox news headquarters in new york city. how's it looking today? >> reporter: well, martha, i know that the head of new york city schools got into trouble when she said this yesterday in the middle of a blizzard, but really here in new york it is a beautiful day today. the temperatures comfortably above freezing, the snow has stopped for now at least. the roads are clear. not so easy a commute for a lot of people in the rest of the northeast, though. take a live look at the pennsylvania turnpike now. there have been two massive car
pileups there, 75 vehicles involved in one accident, at least 30 involved in another. so while it's okay here in new york, there are treacherous conditions remaining in many other areas of the northeast and northern new england still going to get pummeled with a fair bit of snow later today, martha. martha: and still a struggle to get the power back on down south, right? >> reporter: yeah. they've really struggled this. hundreds of thousands are still without power, in particular across south carolina where nearly a quarter of a million customers are e main without -- remain without power today. tens of thousands more in georgia. the power companies doing their best to get all the power switched back on, and the good news, as i say, is that the storm has passed on for most of us across the country right now which means there is no excuse for florists not to deliver today which, good news for bill hemmer, the roses i ordered for
him -- and i know he's very excited to get -- are on their way, bill. bill: better be long stem. >> reporter: of course, sir. martha: jonathan, thank you. bill: right back at ya, buddy. just as millions are digging out, we could get several more inches of snow over the next 24 hours. maria molina is still in the fox weather center again. maria, what's next? >> reporter: oh, we have another storm we're tracking, and this one has more than two feet of snow across portions of virginia and also in the state of maryland. and in new york city officially 12.5 inches of snow, and it is the snowiest season as far as snow accumulation goes that we have seen in recorded history here with the national weather service actually retweeted their tweet earlier today. take a look at the radar, the storm system finally is moving on out of the northeast, and it really is falling apart. we do have lingering snow across portions of new england. heavier batches here and there moving through parts of the state of vermont. but farther west we have our next clipper system, and right
now it's going to be impacting parts of illinois, moving into indiana, and it's a very quick mover, so we're not going to be seeing too much snow out here, generally 2-4 inches across parts of the midwest, but it is forecast to intensify. showing it strengthening as we head into saturday morning right off the coast of the northeast and into saturday night, saturday night into sunday. that's when we are expecting some of the heavier snowfall rates with it, especially across eastern new england. that's going to be one of the hardest-hit areas by this storm system. wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour with this. very quick mover. again, saturday night into sunday. and as far as snowfall accumulations, we mentioned just a little bit across the midwest, but widespread across the state of maine, 6-12 inches. eastern maine, more than a foot of snow, possibly 18 inches. bill? bill: that's a clipper when it moves -- >> the thing is that it's strengthening so much right off the coast, so it is going to be a big storm for parts of new
england. here we go again. bill: thanks, ma ya. you look good in red, maria. happy valentine's day. martha: well, there was ice on an airplane's wing, and that caused a hard landing as wisconsin's airport. the five people on the cessna all survived, but three were hospitalized with minor injuries. the impact broke the landing gear, causing the plane to skid off the runway on its belly. the city's fire rescue chief praised the pilot's skills and how they handled the plane. >> we are very fortunate that there was no fire sparks. gentleman did an excellent job keeping it where he did and making sure everybody on this plane was able to walk away like they did. >> i could hear the plane, planes go by here all the time, and it just came in really low, and it was just really low and really loud. martha: fire and rescue units were on the scene for about two hours. look at that plane. bill: also some folks in west virginia still harnessing the snow to drink it, literally. many still do not trust the tap
water after last month's chemical spill on the elk river. one woman explaining how her bamly's within doing -- family's been doing it. >> we bring it in the house, put it in a big pot, melt it down, and we use it for bathing if we have to or cooking, boil it, and i'll give it to the dogs after i melt it. so we've been trying to make the best of the water situation, because it's definitely not safe yet. bill: i mean, that sounds desperate. irwin doesn't expect to use the tap water in her home anytime soon. that chemical spill is prompting officials to test the homes and consider the potential be long-term health effects of exposure. they've been dealing with that now for a month. martha: yes, they have. and then snow on top of it. at least it's a blessing that's bringing them some form of water but, boy, your heart goes out to them. president obama facing strong disapproval over his repeated unilateral changes to obamacare. he's issued 29 executive orders so far to rewrite the health care law that was passed by
congress. his actions are a complete 180 from his position before taking office when he was strongly against the expansion of executive powers. chief white house correspondent ed henry is live on the north lawn. ed, does it seem like the president has flip-flopped on this? >> reporter: well, good to see you, martha. no doubt about it, because this is a president who mostly on health care, as you say, more than two dozen times now has used executive actions to delay implementation of pieces of the law. but on a broader focus, he's been saying he'll go around congressmen necessary. this is -- when necessary. this is the opposite of what he said in a 2008 town hall meeting. >> the biggest problems that we're facing right now have to do with i don't remember bush prying -- george bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through congress at all. and that's what i intend to reverse when i'm president of the united states of america. >> reporter: said then he intended to reverse it. look at this poll this week out from fox news, executive orders bypassing congress, is this how
goth is supposed to work? yes, 23 percent of the public, no, 74 percent of the public. the president saying republicans on the hill are not going to work with him, he's not going to sit on his hands, he's going to continue to take executive actions. by the way, republican presidents have done that before, martha. of. martha: indeed, they have. we talked about this earlier in this morning. how does he explain his change of heart from that 2008 sound bite? >> reporter: well, you'll remember there was a news conference this week with the french president, and president obama was asked about the latest change which was delaying any penalties for businesses with between 50-99 employees. he explained it as a way to make it easier for consumers to deal with the new law. republicans like john thune, not so sure. >> i think that we ought to do everything we can to try and rein it in. but, you know, to me what this president has done with abuse of power is basically saying i'm above the law. >> this was a example of
administratively us making sure that we're smoothing out this transition, giving people the opportunities to get right with the law. but recognizing that they're going to be -- there are going to be circumstances in which people are trying to do the right thing, and it may take a little bit of time. >> reporter: just a few minutes from now the president will be speaking to a legislative retreat among house democrats, rallying the troops in this election year, likely to talk about how, again, he's saying he'll work with congress on some things, but if they're not going to work with him, he'll go around them on others. that's different from what he was saying in the 2008 campaign. martha: certainly is. ed, thank you. bill: the president saying he did not know about the problems with the health care web site leading up to that botched rollout. >> there's a lot of subterfuge going on here, a lot of cover-up, and we've already seen, you know, so many things that call into question the honesty of what's going on in this administration. bill: that's dr. ben carson
talking with greta, but now we're finding out about meetings between secretary sebelius and the president, a lot of meetings. martha: and the police arrest a suspect in the bombing death of a tennessee couple. this is an unbelievable story. wait until you hear who's in custody. bill: also, martha, an update on the texas teenager who was us pended after he -- us pended after he stood up to protect a special needs student. >> the way i see it, you sometimes have to decide whether or not you want to make a change in the world. it doesn't matter how young or old you are. fighting constipation by eating healthier, drinking plenty of water, but still not getting relief? try dulcolax laxative tablets. dulcolax is comfort-coated for gentle, over-night relief. dulcolax. predictable over-night relief
bill: stunning development on a story we brought you earlier this week. package bomb that killed an elderly couple in their home east of nashville. the state fire marshal saying they've arrested the couple's son-in-law for first-degree murder. he has a prior conviction for arson, and authorities are saying they do not have a lot of information on a motive, but they're reaching out to the public for a bit of help on this. >> be although we do have this
suspect, obviously, in custody, this remains an ongoing investigation, and want to let everybody know the reward is still out there. if there's additional information to come in that will help us close any loose ends, we still want the public's assistance. bill: there's one report that suggests that he owed that couple money too. the deaths of the retired dentist and his wife marian, shocking friends and neighbors, certainly, who describe the couple as kind and giving and devout. police say the man was killed instantly, but his wife died about a day later at the hospital. martha: so there's serious new questions about what the president knew about the problems with the federal health care web site before the big rlout. health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius has said repeatedly that the president was not aware of all of the issues and struggles that were going on behind the scenes before the big launch day on october the 1st. but now we've got some new
documents that were uncovered in a freedom of information request by the newspaper "the hill," and they show that the president and sebelius met at least 18 times that year before the rollout, and that casts a bit of doubt on this claim. dr. ben carson told greta van susteren that there are two possibilities; either dishonesty or gross incompetence, but he says held rather believe that they were lying. >> of course they say there are many, many things that were considered and, therefore, they had to discuss all those things, so maybe they didn't get around to that one. that would be sort of nike a neurosungar going in -- neurosurgeon going in to do a case and saying, well, there's so many things we have to consider that we just forgot about that, so that's why a patient's dead. that's just not an acceptable excuse. and that would -- i would, i would rather believe that they're being dishonest than that they would be that incompetent. martha: tucker carlson's the
editor of "the daily caller" and co-host of "fox & friends" weekend. good to have you here. >> thank you, martha. martha: so kathleen sebelius said point-blank does the president know about this, no, he absolutely did not. the president said, boy, if i knew would i have gone out and said this was going to be a fantastic shopping experience? what's going on here? >> well, there's really no good answer from the white house perspective. trying to put myself in the shoes of the chief executive, and what do you say? is if you didn't know, then you're incompetent, out of touch and your deputies have been lying to you. if you did know, you told a series of self-defeating lies, and you look like an idiot. so which one do you tell? it's pretty hard to believe that she would meet with the president on his signature domestic program that she was in charge with 18 times and not mention they were having troubles with the web site. either way you've got to wonder why is she still in this job?
i mean, if you're the president, you've really taken a shellacking because of this. his numbers are terrible. rob ford, the crackhead mayor of toronto, is more popular than president obama. so you've got to feel bitterness. why do you keep sebelius on? that's a real mystery. i don't know the answer. martha: when you look back at it and think about the conversations they had in the the white house, there was a ton of meetings going on before this rollout. in one scenario, if she did say to the president, you know, look, it doesn't look so good, and we know that cgi, we were pretty forthcoming with the issues we were having, we weren't sure it was ready for rollout. to me, there's probably only one answer and, look, this is our deadline, we've got to get it out by the deadline, so is it a political answer as to why, you know, be damned, let's just do it. maybe it'll be okay. >> when the ministry of agriculture says our potato harvest will be x, it's going to be x whether it really is or not. we're just going to record it. so maybe that's exactly what
happened. a bunch of people took a faith-based approach to this, you know? in the weird echo chamber that is government, this is going to work, it has to work. we're the ones we've been waiting for and convinced themselves it was goings to work. they need to do an after-action report on this. whatever led to this failure is something that needs to be excised from the administration. martha: do you think there's going to be an after-action report on this? [laughter] are you hopeful? >> i'm not. but the first thing you would do, and you know, kathleen sebelius who i've talked to at length a couple times, perfectly polite, seemingly intelligent person -- martha: former governor. >> from a political family, but she screwed up, and she ought to be fired. that's what competent organizations do, they hold responsible the person at the top. martha: i think it's interesting to look at the context of this time because republicans were pushing for a delay. >> yes. martha: they said let's attach that to the debt ceiling, we'll give it another year, let things get sorted out. so what have they done since
then? repeatedly bend over backwards to make sure you basically got another year. >> the funny thing is republicans, even republicans lax the imagination to even suspect that it would be this big a failure. republicans had no -- they thought it would fail, they had no idea how badly and how quickly. martha: we're pretty technologically savvy in the country, we have amazon.com -- >> we can build a web site. martha: good to see you, tucker. happy valentine's day to you and your beautiful familiment did you see the pictures? it's so sad, their just an unattractive bunch. [laughter] and his son doesn't look anything like him. incredibly handsome. bill: tucker, well done, man. have a good weekend. 25 inches of snow in virginia. what a different story it is in the american west. a record-setting drought devastating farmers in a state where america gets its food. what this means to you, in a
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happened off the cameras, and the cameras saw me go forward, and that's the reason why i got suspended. martha: fellow students are upset, and they lit up social media to voice their frustration about this. christian has no regrets, he says sometimes you have to decide whether or not you want to make a change in the world. now, the school's side of this, they don't release anything when it comes to us pension, so we don't know exactly what they based the suspension on. ll: more to come on this. 24 minutes after the hour. punishing droughts pummeling california. there are hundreds of thousands of acres left idle and more and more workers being laid off. will carr is on this story. he's live in one of the troubled counties, fresno, california, with the latest from there. will, good morning. >> reporter: hi, bill. think about this number, $45 billion, that's how much money california's agricultural industry brings in every year. in a normal year, everything around here is green right now, but right now it's brown, and
the reason is simple, this area is desperate for water. it's one of the busiest winters on record at this cattle market. >> about four to five times as many cattle as we normally would sell this time of year. >> reporter: as many ranchers are forced to sell off all or part of their herds they've worked for their entire lives. >> i'm about 50% or less of my normal herd. >> reporter: the worst drought in decades has left grazing lands barren, and ranchers can't afford to keep buying hay. >> friends of mine have spent their whole lives creating a outstanding quality cow hrd with great genetics, and they're going to lewd it all. -- lose it all. >> reporter: growers are forced to abandon their crops if the water dries up. >> we're looking at upwards of almost 25% of our land going out of production which equates to about 250,000 acres. in the zahn joaquin valley, we're looking at 500,000 acres.
>> reporter: others are going into survival mode, just hoping to get through another year. >> we're slowly dying. it's not something that's happened overnight, but it's just the cumulative effect as these water cutbacks continue year after year. >> reporter: and the ripple effect could be devastating both to the local economy and to food prices across the country. >> the consumer's going to get a shock in the next few months when they go to the grocery store and see that the cost of something has doubled or tripled. >> reporter: ranchers and farmers tell us they plan to listen intent tally to the president's message here in fresno later today, president obama is expected to announce a $200 million package many aid, he's also expected to potentially politicize the issue by linking the drought to climate change. bill: will carr, thank you, in fresno, california. they need a lot of moisture there. thank you, will. here's martha. martha: the president told bill o'reilly there was not a smidgen of corruption at the irs. the revealing fox poll that
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martha: a lot of shoveling going on out there today, folks, as the knows starting -- northeast starts to dig out. some areas getting more than two feet of snow. i would say that's about what we've got in my backyard. even if you're not snowed in, you could be stuck after thousands of flights have been canceled. steve accept tanny is live at -- centanni is live at reagan national. are things getting back to normal? >> reporter: starting a little bit, yes, but it is going to take some time because of the huge backlog from all the cancellations. there are signs of life here today, it was a ghost town yesterday at this time because all the flights were canceled, the runway was snowed in. they were busily working to clear it up, but now everything open and running, and now they have to play catch up. let's take a look at some shots around the airport today. most of the arrivals have been delayed or canceled, but
departures are going out on time, so that's a good sign. and some of the passengers really scrambling to find flights because they were canceled, they had to rebook. they're coming to the airport today hoping to find flights to continue their trips to their destination, to their workplace or their vacation, whatever. here are what some of those passengers told us just today. listen. >> inefficient which is too bad because i thought they were so on the ball wednesday with canceling things ahead of time and helping to rebook. today they have two different lines, one for people with problems, one for people without, but there's nothing to tell you which one to be in. >> i'm one of the fortunate ones. some people have nightmare stories. so far for me everything's good. >> reporter: so still a lot of cancellations today. 1600 so far today, but that's fairly small compared to yesterday when we had nearly 7,000 cancellations system wide. and this week so far with all that bad weather going from the
northeast -- the southeast up to the northeast, 16,700 this week. and i checked with the port authority in new york, the airport's open and running there with a few delays at jfk, laguardia and newark. martha: got to be a lot of ripple effects on the economy from all of this, right? >> reporter: ripple effect and people catching up to get flights and on the economy, you're right about that. people couldn't get to their jobs, some businesses had to close down because of the bad weather, the airlines lost revenue. it has a huge economic impact. not a destructive one, but a disruptive one to the tune of about $50 billion. that's from lost productivity, wages and revenues for the airlines. so, yeah, it has a big impact. as far as passengers trying to catch up and get flights to where they're going, that's going to take days to work out, so we're in the process of that now. martha? martha: good luck to everybody. [laughter] steve, thank you. ♪ ♪ bill: apparently, not many americans seem to agree with the
president when he told bill o'reilly that is there was, quote, not even a smidgen of corruption involved in the irs targeting of conservative groups. our new fox poll finds nearly two-thirds of voters, 64% believe the targeting scandal is an example of the tax agency's corruption. what about that? lars larson, syndicated rid owe host and ebony williams, radio talk show host. good morning to both of you and happy valentine's day, all that good stuff. lars, almost two-thirds. you know, when institutions of government are questioned, america's got problems. what do you think of this number? >> i think that while the east coast is trying to shovel snow, president obama is shoveling something entirely different from the white house on this. of course there's corruption and of course, of course the american people see what's going on here. they see that the irs has officials who have to plead the fifth to avoid incriminating themselves on crimes. they see that it's not an
accident that the irs targeted ten times as many conservative groups for a hold up on their legally-allowed tax-exempt status as they did liberal groups. and the president tells bill that, well, there's not a smidgen of corruption? nobody buys that. i'm not even sure the president believes that. but we've told him over the past few years that if he lies to us, for the most part, we'll buy the plies. i don't buy it, and i don't think the american people do. bill: let me bring this many ebony on that -- in ebony on that. >> well, look, i'm actually included in that number, i'm along with the 70% of independents, the 60-plus % of democrats and republicans who do want truthfulness and answers. and at thend of the day, the president might want to believe that, but that's the beauty of
>> across the board democrats, independents and republicans have an interest. bill: when it's 71%, that is a big number. lars, i'll give you the last word. >> one-tenth as many liberal groups examined by the irs as conservative groups. and by the way, it was nixon who left office after being threatened with impeachment for using the ers as concern i -- irs as a political weapon. bill: be well, guys, thanks. talk again. martha: quite a few tales from
the bible are heading to your local movie theater. why hollywood seems to be finding some religion. bill: and you saw this video, right? i mean, it kind of makes you cry. priceless corvettes disappearing into a sinkhole. i mean, they were in a national museum and off they went. all a, apparently, is not lost, and we're going to explain why in a moment. martha: some of them hung on to the edge. ♪ ♪
through carlson, off the boards, fed one. score! dustin brown. bill: nicely down. they routed slovakia. 7-1, the final. that's the warm-up for saturday, because that's when we play russia. legendary russian figure skater evgeni mesh schoen coe had to pull himself out of competition yesterday. he had a funny landing, and he was seen grimacing in pain. he's 31, he's had a great career, and that might be over. short sleeves in the winter games? man, that's a usa cross-country skier, sofie caldwell, in a sleeveless t-shirt for the 10k yesterday. and she wasn't the only one. temperatures in sochi were in the 60s for the winter games. gold medal count now, here we go. lots of movement on the board, usa staying strong though, now in third place overall. we'll get a few more over the weekend. there we are.
18 minutes now before the hour. ♪ ♪ >> they've come a long way. they're hungry. >> give them food. >> but how? we have nothing. just a few fish and some bread. >> bring them to me. martha: so we're about halfway, now, between christmas and easter, and hollywood is cranking out movies based on the bible. the latest is called "son of god," it is the story of jesus christ based on the hit miniseries, "the bible," which did huge numbers for the history channel. it's being distributed by 20th century fox. other religious figures include noah, moses, cain and abel, pontius pilate and the virgin mary. so it seems like religious films are making a bit of a comeback in the land where some people
think there isn't a whole hot of religion. what's this all about? joining me now, father jonathan morris and a political and entertainment columnist for media.com. welcome to you both. father jonathan, let me start with you. why do you think the big interest in these movies based on the bible? >> sure, martha. you know, i remember being on the set of the film "the passion of the christ," and being in a trailer on set with mel gibson and steve mca see the producer, jim caviezel, and mel gibson saying, you know what? if we don't make this successful, there will not be another big, major hollywood film for the next 50 years. we've got all the star power, we've got the money that we're putting into it, and we've got lots of forces trying to stop this. and that's why he felt and, of course, we know he had some major difficulties afterwards, but he felt very strongly a passion to get this done for the sake of the future of films. i think we're seeing some of that success playing out before us, as you mentioned, martha.
martha: yeah. and because he felt so strongly about making that movie, he put a lot of his own money into it and made the movie fairly reasonably as these things go at $30 million, but the movie had a huge gross at the box office. put up some of these numbers and get a look at how that turned out for mel gibson. "the passion of the christ" domestically brought in $370 million, you compare that to the hangover at 207, so it turns out that these kind of themes can do very well at the box office, joe. tell us about the money side of this. why would hollywood be so interested in these pictures? >> passion of the profit, martha. martha: that kind of profit. >> you mentioned 370 million before, if you include international receipts, passion of the christ made over $600 million. in the case of "son of god," that averaged about 11.5 million people watching per night. martha: roe ma downey are the couple behind this big movie. >> what's 11.5 million, what does that amount to?
breaking bad, which apparently everybody watched, only 10 million watched that series finale. so there is such an appetite for this, and i'll throw one more number out at you, 77% of americans -- according to gallup -- identify themselves as christian in some way, protestant or catholic. that's well over 200 million people. so why not tap into that audience more? but if somebody isn't getting stabbed or shot or if there aren't 9 0 f-bombs being dropped, hollywood thinks it won't sell. it will make money. the audience is there, the appetite is there. martha: chris can bale is a phenomenal -- christian bale is a phenomenal actor. father jonathan, you bring up your work as a consultant to the passion of the christ, and one of the reasons you were there, of course, was to make sure it was bib lynn likely correct, that it captured the spirit of the teachings of jesus and the
experience of the story of his life as told in the bible. one of the things that's controversial about noah is they're saying he's being presented in a way that is, you know, really not what the bible teaches. what do you think about that? >> yeah. no, that's a great point, martha. i think the recipe for success is not just, hey, it's religion that's going to do well. no, it's got to be religious in terms of importance. and secondly, it's got to be respectful. respectful of the facts and respectful of people's faith. it's got to be inspiring, not just a rehashed story that is kind of decent. and then finally, it's got to be a stellar production. it's got to be quality. and what we've seen, what we saw in the passion was unbelievably strong in all of those for most christians, i would say especially. now, i just saw son of god, that you mentioned. i thought it was very respectful, i thought it was well done, worthwhile seeing. i don't think it's the production masterpiece that the passion was, but very good, and it's going to do very well, and i recommend it highly.
noah, i'm not so sure. there's a lot of controversy right now whether or not, you know, russell crowe is playing it, whether or not they've done that inspiring and respectful piece. we'll see. martha: yeah, we will see. coming out in theaters fairly soon. father jonathan, thank you very much. joe, thank you -- >> and, martha, i've got flip-flops on. i'm in miami. i don't want to make you jealous. >> enjoy that, father. martha: thanks for rubbing it in, father jonathan. bill: the president in maryland, just keeping an eye on that, addressing democrats, final day of the democratic issue conference there in cambridge. we're going to check with "happening now" in a moment, but before we do that, how long will you live? do you want to know? the answer might be found within your own body. ♪ ♪
♪ ♪ bill: scientists may have found a way to predict how long you will live. do you want to know the answer? dr. marc siegel's our fox news medical a-teamer. how you doing, doc? >> good to see you. bill: they did the study with worms. first of all, within the cell inside the human body there's something called mite connedly ya which is the motor of the cell. >> exactly. bill: that's what they studied? >> they looked at that, they found a way to color code it, so you could tell when that engine of a cell was making oxygen and putting off waste products or free radicals, and here's what they found. every time that mitochondrial
engine surged, it decreased the life span of the worm. now, worms only live 21 days -- bill: that's three weeks! >> three weeks. bill what can you tell in three weeks? >> a lot. worms lived 39 days when their mite conned rah were relaxed. so twice as long for a worm is a lot. if it didn't pick that much oxygen, didn't surge, and i'll give you a coupful of examples. -- couple of examples. if you have an automobile and you drive it 200,000 miles, it's done. you put it in the garage, it's going to last a lot longer. same thing with the worm. if you overwork the worm, overwork the cell of the worm, have that motor overworking, so i also think this explains why people in monaco live 89 years. bill: because? >> because they're lying on a beach, because they're eating the mediterranean title.
, because they have siestas in the middle of the day. bill: i gotcha. but how do scientists then take the information they learn from studying a worm and apply it to a human body? >> great question. it was studied in nature which is probably our number one scientific journal in the world, but now they've got to take that method for color coding mitochondria and move forward to mice and humans and see if they can reproduce this. and here's where it might be of value. and you said this in the set up, you know, with showing those people on the treadmills. day three of the worm, they were able to tell already on day three when the worm was getting ready to reproduce, bill. i don't want to give you too much information here, the worm is getting ready to reproduce, they were able to figure out how long it was going to live. so if we can use this on human mite conned rah, human sells -- >> bill: when you control the engine of the motor of the cell, you can determine whether or not that cell grows faster or slower. >> and whether it makes waste
products that can cause the whole body to deteriorate. so as a physician, i might be able to say to my patients, look, you're overworking yourselves. slow down. go to monaco. have a -- bill: check it out. >> you know, seriously, go to that mediterranean diet i'm always talking about, increase your exercise. i might have a prediction earlier in a person's life. i think there's something to this. bill: bottom line, you think this is valid research. >> very salad -- very valid. bill: got it, the worm turns. >> absolutely. bill: thank you, marc. appreciate it. martha: i'm going on the mediterranean diet, that's all. you have to around here because there's this monstrous winter storm we've been dealing with, this isn't too good for your mitochondria, doctor. the latest with how the digout's valentine's day. so you can have a getaway from what you know.
40-foot sinkhole opened up. this is just so awful. they all went right down into the hole, those vintage scars. eight vet-t september were damaged. luckily everything was insured -- 'vettes. >> today is chevrolet is announcing they will oversee the restoration of the corvettes that are damaged at the museum. we know that these cars represent significant milestones not just in our history but chevrolet and general motors but also in automotive history. martha: that is good news, right? the early damage estimates come in around one million dollars. car lovers say it is worth it, as far as auto history goes these babies are priceless. bill: good move by chevy. good fr. martha: have a good valentine's day. my husband was watching said, oops. bill: all right. sam, we're good. we're good. martha: you're good. bill: couple days off next week?
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