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galveston. thanks to them and everyone for watching, dial us up, foxandfriends.com. >> alisyn: see you next weekend. >> clayton: we'll do our after the show show. >> eric: a "fox news alert." the death toll is higher and crack down continues, and, tourists told to stay away. and this has been a report this morning, the army using snipers, to kill protesters in thailand. and, the demonstrators now say they are ready to talk if the army stops the slaughter. at least 30 people have been killed in the streets in bangkok the past few days an leaders from the so-called red shirt protesters now demanding the united nations step in, to handle negotiations with the government. good morning on this sunday morning, i'm eric sean. >> jamie: a sign of how much concern there is, i'm jamie colby, welcome to america's news headquarters, this sunday morning and the thai government has not responded to the offer but said it will not carry through with plans for a curfew. the government is planning to send the red cross and other
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agencies into the protest area, and they want to evacuate women, children, and the elderly. joining me on the phone from bangkok is global radio news reporter, simon raqmin and we spoke yesterday and the violence was escalating. have things calmed down at all. >> caller: i wouldn't say they've calmed down since the time i spoke to you last. i'm pretty much in the same place from where we spoke yesterday, i'm on this highway, where the red shirts set up a new impromptu rally site and i'm blocked off, three miles, from one of the main highways, ring roads around bangkok, city center, where the main rally site is and there has been more shooting today. and to my right, there is a bridge, under which the protesters are sheltering, 200 meters from an army front line and the army responded to what they said were m-79 grenades launched from the behind the red
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shirt line, and i can't confirm the veracity of that and this number of protesters were shot and i'm not sure if there were fatalities in the location or not. >> jamie: let me ask you, simon, the fatalities so far the government said were primarily civilians and said the violence it is using to control the red shirt protesters is just what it would be appropriate for terrorists. that is basically their word. so, they are not backing down, and, the red shirt protesters wants the prime minister to immediately resign, which he says won't happen. what will it take to bring this violence to a close? >> caller: it is very difficult to say, right now, jamie. the country is polarized by this. you have the red shirts, and in their strongholds in the northeast, we are hearing reports that they are surrounding an army barracks or air force barracks, and they have set up a barricade there and are setting tires on fire,
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trying to send a signal to the government if there is more bloodshed against their people here, they'll take action in the north and northeast of thailand where the red shirts have millions of supporters. you have to rec they won the last two elections here based on the dmemographics in that part f the country. >> jamie: yesterday you told me of a canadian journalist who has been shot. are you in any danger. >> not directly danger. no, the army front line is 700 meters away to my right here and, the protesters are 200 meet,closer to me, where the firing has been taking place at this location today. but, right now, no. i mean, there is no direct danger here. >> jamie: i have to -- i'm glad for that. and thank you so much for bringing us the latest on the ground from bangkok and we'll speak to you throughout the day. eric. >> eric: there was a scare in the sky after a bomb threat. imagine, sitting in your seat in an airliner and look out the window and what do you see in
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war planes flying alongside. that happened when fighter jets escorted an airliner to the landing called in for a cathay pacific flight taking off from hong kong, two f-18 hornet fighter jets intercepted the airliner and flew alongside it until it touched down in vancouver, canada. the fighter jets clearly visible outside of the windows of the plane. >> i saw a fighter plane. and, 80 miles away from the airport and when we landed, it was gone. >> what did you think when you saw the fighter plane beside you. >> i was scared. >> eric: after landing safely it was towed to a secure area passengers still on board and they disembarked and police, by the way, found no bomb, they believe it was just a hoax. jamie. >> jamie: remember the floating cloud of volcanic ash? it is back and closing airports in europe again. the same volcano that disrupted air travel last month, and now,
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flights in northern england, scotland and northern ireland are grounded. for now, the airports will remain open in london. but, these closures will depend on where the wind carries the giant ash cloud, britain's transportation secretary is saying the situation remains fluid, germany saying the air traffic will not be affected. before wednesday. but, aviation officials are sending a test fight today, just trying to measure conditions. >> eric: and, to politics now, looking ahead to tuesday's primary election. you know, it is not a food time to be an incumbent even if your own party. just ask republican senator bob bennett of utah, who, after three terms, lost his party nod, and, also ask a 14 term democratic congressman, mulhollan, and what will happen in 48 hours, in several states
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around the country, we are joined by larry sabato, of the center of politics at the universities of virginia. larry, good morning, it is unbelievable, like throw the bums out all over the place, what is going on with voter anger? >> well, we have seen the anger, because of a bad economy, and the health care reform plan, lots of other reasons, and, clearly, it is built up to a points where incumbents are threatened in their own primaries, and, eric, that is rare. if you eliminate redistricting years, which you have to do for lots of reasons, you get an average over 40 years of just four house members defeated in primaries in any given election year and the senate, since 1980, every election year either no senator has lost his or her primary, or, only one has. well, as you pointed out, we have already lost one senator, and, on tuesday, you have two more heavily threatened incumbent senators. >> eric: around specter and blanche lincoln, in arkansas and
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specter, man oh, man, 30 years in the senate an switches from republican to democratic line, and, joe sestak, who has been on the program frequently, potentially could win? >> absolutely. in fact, he's been leading some late polls and this has happened all all of a sudden and it is fascinating. though reason is, it is a close primary of democrats, and sestak has hit specter and -- at his weakest point, he's running for his 6th term in the senate and his first as a democrat. well, six years ago, he had george w. bush into give him a warm endorsement, to enable him to win a very tough republican primary, and, well, that same ad is playing again, except it is sponsored by joe sestak. democrats have not responded well, it looks like specter could go down. >> eric: is there also a sense the liberals are lashing back? that they are not happy with their own democratic brethren? >> well, you know, i have noticed that party activists, whether they are democrats or republicans, left or right, they
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don't like the washington people dictating too them. and, they tend to rebel, they can rebel against the choices of washington and primaries. president obama, the vice president biden, the whole white house staff, they have backed senator specter strongly. governor rendell, in pennsylvania, has a lot of chips on the table for specter. there are a lot of average voters who say we'll pick the senator, thank you very much. >> eric: you see kind of a lashing out, a boomerang effect. it sounds like it is the tea party. that no matter what side you are on, there is this -- a sense of -- a theme of lashing out against incumbency, and, what washington could be dictating? >> yes. the voters are in a surgically mood and whenever voters are in a surgically mood, whenever they are unhappy, deeply unhappy about things like the economy, they do tend to strike out against the establishment, against incumbents, which
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represent the establishment, and, they try something new. they are willing to roll the dice. >> eric: and quickly, prediction in pennsylvania, dealing with specter and also, in arkansas with blanche lincoln? >> specter is in deep trouble, i don't think anybody would be surprised at this point if he lost to congressman joe sestak who will have a very tough race in november against former republican congressman toomey, pat toomey. in arkansas senator lincoln has a better chance of surviving the primary, against lieutenant governor bill haltser. but, i tell you so, whichever democrat wins i think probably the republican will win, in november. that republican is likely to be congressman john bozeman, though there is a fierce battle just for the republican nomination as you on tuesday. >> eric: a lot of anger out there, and we're beginning to see it at the polls, larry sabato, thanks for joining us this morning. >> thanks, eric. >> eric: fox news is following the pennsylvania race and other
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big congressional show downs and you can go on to foxnews.com for an in-depth look, at all the breaking news about politics and later today, bret baier will host an election special, gets you caught up, right here on the fox news channel tonight at 9:00 p.m., fox news reporting inside campaign 2010, a lot of inside stuff in this hour special only we could do. that is tonight, jamie. >> jamie: there was a washington visit this week, a lot of smiles all around, afghan president hamid karzai got the red carpet treatment at the white house and both leaders, look like the closest of allies for the cameras but there was fence-mending in a relationship on the brink of a crisis and behind the scenes, has the rocky relationship been repaired? y2k me, form joining me now, former am before to the united nations, john bolton.
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good morning. >> good morning. >> jamie: there were a lot of photos and smiles, but secretary of state hillary clinton said hamid karzai will have the support of the u.s. until the last soldier comes home and also said the relationship is strained and she is not alone. this trip that hamid karzai made, how much further along did it take us, was it any more meaningful, than just seeing those flash bulbs go off? >> i think it did accomplish one pr purpose to get past a pretty bad year, both sides criticizing each other in public. that is not the kind of relationship you want when you are -- you are allies in a hot war as we are in afghanistan. but, i think that the two sides do have very different agendas. and, i think while the discussion certainly covered the strategy for the year ahead, i don't think there is any disguising that those agendas are different. i think president obama's priority is to be sure that he can begin withdrawing american troops in the summer of next year, and, he wants a basis to
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be able to say there has been improvement in the situation, to allow him to do that. i think president karzai has a much more realistic and longer-term view of what it will take in his country and that is where the key difference remains, between the two sides. >> jamie: there is corruption, however, in the afghan government. there is as well president karzai's brother. and some of his activities. which bring concern to those watching the situation. and, then, there is also general mcchrystal's comments, this week, that, if anything, it is a toss-up, at this stage, the progress we expect to see at the end of the summer particularly as we look toward kandahar, how do you put that into context then with the optimism that these meetings seem to portray and reality of the situation we are fighting a very tough fight, and, we need president karzai to
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be the most supportive. >> i think we have to keep in mind what our strategic objective in afghanistan is and that is making sure it doesn't, once again, become a base for international terrorism, as it was before 9/11. and, whatever happens in afghanistan doesn't contribute to instability in pakistan in the fall of that country and its nuclear weapons to taliban or other extremist groups. you know, it would be a lot better in afghanistan, if there weren't corruption, if you could have free and fair elections, and so on. but, we're not going to remake afghanistan into the switzerland of central asia, and in any event we couldn't do it to begin with. it is the afghans' job and we shouldn't measure our performance by how well, they are doing in terms of eliminating corruption. we have to measure against our objective of defeating the taliban and i think there is a problem in washington, frankly as the administration looks for a way to base its rationale for
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withdrawal beginning next summer, to try and find progress that it can cite in order to justify reducing american troops. i'm not sure the kind of progress they think they want is going to be there. >> jamie: ambassador john bolton, great to have you with us. sunday mornings, thank you so much. >> thank you. >> calls are now -- it is getting hot inarizona as calls are spreading for an economic boycott over the state's controversial immigration law and the one defender this weekend is sarah palin, he's jumped into the fray and spoke at a news conference in phoenix, and the news conference on border security and as she stood next to republican governor jan brewer during the news conference, she gave the law her stamp of approval and it allows someone to ask about their immigration status if they are stopped or arrested for an unrelated crime. and, if there is, quote, reasonable suspicion they might be illegal. >> it is time for americans across this great country to
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stand up and say we are all arizonans now and in unity we say, mr. president, do your job, secure our border. >> eric: critics say it to lead to racial profiling and are pushing the economic boycott of the state. >> jamie: this morning they are reporting a major set back for bp technicians, that are trying to contain the massive gulf oil spill. engineers failing to connect two pieces of pipe that were meant to capture much of the oil spewing from the resulted well. still, bp is saying it is confident that the latest effort will stop the flow, meanwhile, researchers are saying, the leaking oil has depleted objectioxygen levels in some areas of the gulf by 30% and it could get worse, they are saying and they report as well huge under sea oil plumes, some 25 miles long have been spotted and we'll have a live report from the gulf coast, coming up later, in next hour. >> eric: and the space shuttle
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atlantis closing in on the international space station. it is scheduled to dock at the station, in about 10 minutes from now. nasa saying that there -- there, though, is no threat from space junk they have been watching, and it is about 6 miles away from the space station. the shuttle with 6 astronauts will spend a week up there in space at the station and will be installing new batteries and new room on the space station. the crew will also try to untangle a snagged cable. talk about some housekeeping. they have three space walks planned after 25 years in service, though, it will be the last mission, and the last one for atlantis and, in the next hour we'll have an astronaut who flew the atlantis, he'll be here, to give us in sight on the future of our nation's space program. >> jamie: shake, rattle and roll, in the hills near the pacific coast, not an earthquake, though, it is a volcano? yeah! it is actually your tax dollars at work. find out what the government is making way for there.
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>> jamie: i big highway project in oregon making a lot of noise. [explosion]. >> jamie: wow you get the picture! contractors setting off a series of explosions, blasting rocks and boulders and the demolition clears the way for construction to begin near the town of eddieville, 100 miles southwest of portland and 6 miles of new highway will be created including bridges and officials want to finish blowing up the rocks and boulders before the peak of tourist season -- why? it could be a tourist attraction! but it will happen over the summer, eric. >> eric: the first lady, laura bush, giving her first interview from her new home in dallas, and in it she reflected on the painful days, following september 11th, and, her views also on media bias.
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and, the obama administration. all in an exclusive sit down, on fox news sunday. >> chris: does it bother you, 16 months into the presidency the obama administration still talks about the bad economy they inherited from your husband? >> well, sure. you know, that bothers me, but, on the other hand, the economy was bad, that september, i think that, you know, one of the things that happened when george was president, was that everything including the weather, became his fault. and, it is just a -- an unrealistic, really, expectation of our president. but, i also know that that is what people expect. and, that the president better be really tough. and, you know, thank heavens george was. >> eric: you can see sitting down with her in the library, chris wallace, the anchor of "fox news sunday." >> chris: good morning. >> eric: she has her new book and is defying stereotypes.
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how was the interview. >> chris: it was fascinating and i've had a number of interesting interviews with her over the years but this is the first one since she was first lady and she's candid on a number of area, one which is media by as and she said from the moment she came in, either you are a hillary first lady, and are overly involved in foreign policy and domestic policy, or, you are a barbara bush first lady in which case you are just sitting at home making cookies, both of which are silly caricatures, but those were the only two models and i asked, do you think some of the ways in which you were treated and certainly the ways in which your husband were treated were liberal, biased against a conservative republican president and first lady? and she says, yes. not a surprise, that she might think it but a little surprised that she would say it and believes there is just an open media bias against conservatives. >> eric: it is refreshing, when they get out of office, they don't hold their tongue and she
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also talked about september 11th. and the difficulties going through that. what did she say. >> chris: it is so interesting. she talks about september 11th and the months and years after that. the thing about september 11th that she really says is how frightening it was, and, that there was a constant level of anxiety inside the white house. look, we were all frightened and felt anxiety but they were living in the white house, a bull's-eye was on it, because it was a huge targets for al qaeda and she said every time they heard a plane or a noise that be startled and there was a constant level of anxiety and as her husband went to war in iraq and afghanistan she said i could see the lines beginning to cut into his face and i could hear him lying awake at night, in their bed, and, talks about, the level of stress that he felt, and, that obviously, indirectly, she felt, and, you know, she doesn't shrink for it, you sign up for the job and volunteer it
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but gives in sight thoip human also the human toll that it takes on them. >> eric: we are looking forward to it, thanks, chris. you can see his entire interview with the former first lady on the fox news channel and during the program, chris talks to former speaker of the house, newt gingrich on his new book and his predictions for the upcoming midterm elections. that is fox news sunday, a fascinating sit down with laura bush. chris has it. check your local listings. >> jamie: often when it comes to your kids and their vaccines, you are on the case, but how about adults? do you know what you need? the answer may surprise you, dr. rosenfeld, "sunday house call," will tell you which ones you need to know about and that is next. [ sneezing ]
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>> eric: time for "sunday house call" and usually sitting right here, next to us, is dr. isadore rosenfeld. but he is in jerusalem, this morning. dr. rosenfeld is the rossi distinguished professor of clinical medicine -- go ahead, doctor, how are you, good morning. >> you are wrong. eric, you made a mistake. >> jamie: already. >> it is not this morning, it is this afternoon, it is 5:30 in the afternoon. check your clock. >> eric: why are you in jerusalem today? >> well, i am having the pleasure of getting the con vo -- giving the convocation address to the graduating medical students at tel aviv university, tomorrow night. and i want to apologize for my voice because the laryngitis i had in new york last sunday has blossomed in jerusalem.
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and i can barely talk. but i can listen. >> eric: congratulations, on being there, and i know you will give a fine speech, tomorrow, let's start with our topics, this morning. >> jamie: you can listen but we need you to talk, too. you listening is not as interesting as you talking, okay? so, first we'll talk about something that none of the people there, hopefully will take, because they will want to hear every word of your speech. tylenol p.m a lot of people take to it sleep. it is a popular drug and you say, not so fast. >> well, tylenol p.m. is the biggest selling sleeping pill i believe in the united states. that and excedrin. now, tylenol p.m. is a combination of acetaminophen which is tylenol, and an antihistamine, benedryl, the assumption being the combination of the two will relief whatever aches and pains you might have,
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because of the tylenol, and, the benedryl, the antihistamine, would help you sleep. now, they've done -- that has been on the market for years and the same for excedrin and the latest research shows the combination of the two is no more effective than either one. taken alone. so so you are paying more, presumably for the combination of the medication than you have to. >> eric: all right, doc, let's go to another topic that has to do with vaccines. you know children need them. what about adults? adults need certain vacs vaccinations, too. what do you need, doctor, if you are an adult? >> you are quite right, eric. we talk, and we thing of vaccinations, in terms of children, and, many years ago, that was the case. that was show. but, so many new vaccines have
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been developed, adults need, that you should now look and see whether you have taken them. the first one is the seasonal flu shot. you get it every october, to november. time was, when we said that only those who were older or vulnerable or had underlying illness should get it. we now believe, i now believe, that everybody should get it. and, the latest thing has been that if you had an egg allergy, you shouldn't take it. apparently, new research has shown that that is not so. so, if you have an egg allergy, and have not taken the flu vaccine before, check with your doctor, and see whether you can get it. then, there is the pneumonia shot. i think every adult should get that, but, certainly, over the age of 65. if you got it before you were 65, you will need another shot
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five years later, you'll need another shot. after the shot, after age 65, you don't need any booster doses. now, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, we all get as children. if you haven't had a shot, tetanus, in ten years, you should boost it. to protect you against any injuries, when you have a fall. now, chicken pox vaccine, you should also have it, especially, if you are living with someone who, if you give them the chicken pox, they can get in to trouble, like a pregnant woman. then, there are several other, if you will just advance the screen a little bit. one of them is the meningitis vaccine. meningitis vaccine, a lot of kids get during their -- when they are young and adults don't normally get it. except if you are going to college and will go into a dorm,
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where you may be exposed to meningitis, you should get the meningitis vaccine. the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine, if you were born after 1957, you should get it. hpv vaccine. hpv is the virus that causes cervical cancer. and, i think that men and women 26 years of age or younger, 17 or 18 to 26, should be protected by the hpv vaccine. men don't get cervical cancer, eric, you know that. but they do get genital warts, from this very same virus. then there is hepatitis a. i think if you are -- if you have homosexual relations with someone, or you have taken drugs, you should be -- or use needles of any kind, you should
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take a hepatitis a vaccine. hepatitis-b vaccine, if you were exposed, you should take that, too. >> all right, doc, stay right where you are... >> eric: and shingles, if you are over 60, a long list. that is important. >> jamie: comprehensive, stay where you are, more house call in a minute, first you cannot beat it. look at the view. a live look into space... space shuttle atlantis, on its final journey, just docking with the international space station. coming up we'll take a look at the last mission. what it means for the shuttle program and what this crew will be doing while they are lucky enough to be in space. boss:hey, glad i caught you. i was on my way to present ideas about all the discounts we're offering. i've got some catchphrases that'll make these savings even more memorable. gecko: all right... gecko: good driver discounts. now that's the stuff...? boss: how 'bout this? gecko: ...they're the bee's knees? boss: or this?
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be allowed to have natural childbirth in their next pregnancy, true or false, doc? >> you know, first of all, i want to apologize again for my voice. next week it will be great. don't worry about it. you know, many women who have had c-sections for one reason or another, when they have scheduled for their next pregnancy, many hospitals actually force them to have another c-section. they don't allow them to have vaginal births. the latest research has shown that such women, most such women, 75%, can give birth naturally. the only exceptions are if it is multiple births or if you are in your c-section you have more than one incision, or, if the baby is not come down, head first, it is a complicated dollar. but, for most other deliveries, having had a c-section before, there is not -- does not preclude you from having vaginal
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delivery. >> eric: all right, doc now something for men, older men, concerned about hearing loss. researchers found the regular use of aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs like tylenol may increase the risk of hearing loss for men. doc, how can that happen? >> i don't know how it happens, and, this has been observed, mostly in men under the age of 50. who take aspirin, tylenol, or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory on a regular basis, 2, 3, 4 times a week every week. after several years, they are noted to have some hearing loss. but, you know, this is one of those research findings that has no practical application. if you have chronic pain, and need something for the pain, you are going to have to take one of those medications, and, if you
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have a hearing loss, do you what i do. you get a hearing aid. >> jamie: thank you, doc. a viewer e-mail from the doc. he loves to answer your questions. and you can always send them to house call@foxnews.com and this is about an empty stomach. what does the term mean? for example, when you are told to take a pill on an empty stomach, when should you do it, doc? >> you know, i think everybody has every doctor has his own theory about it. and, a lot of it depends on what you are taking. but, generally speaking, if the medication you are taking has to be taken when there is no food or anything else in your stomach, i advise my patients to take it at least within hour before they eat, or two to three hours, afterwards. that should satisfy the criteria for an empty stomach. >> jamie: that's a great
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question and answer. thank you,dom. -- thank you, doc. >> eric: coming up how to help premature babies grow stronger. guess what? listening to the music of one particular composer, they say, could do the trick. fascinating. we'll have it coming up, "sunday house call" from jerusalem! with dr. rosenfeld in a moment. [ female announcer ] "i heart dalmatians" made a cup of delicious starbucks via ready brew. she shared it with "i heart chihuahuas" and "i heart labs." she even shared it with "i heart cats." premium starbuck via ready brew. now available whever you buy groceries. ♪
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♪ >> jamie: welcome back, everyone, a new and interesting study, so many babies are born prematurely and we do everything we can to try and make them stronger. listening to mozart could make them stronger, faster, compared to those premature infants who don't. doc, tell us about the study. >> it's an incredible finding. i told you tomorrow i'll be speaking at tel aviv university and this research was done at tel aviv university. they found that premature babies who are allowed to listen to mozart for a half-hour every day, grew faster, grew more, ate better, were healthier, developed much better, than children who didn't listen to mozart, or, who listened to any
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other composer, bach or wagner or anybody else, it was only the mozart music, that does it. now, i couldn't figure that out. so, what i did was i spents a whole evening listening to tunes from the various composers. and i determined as did the researchers at tel aviv university that the reason that the mozart music has this effect is because it has repetitive themes throughout it. and it gives the child's brain an opportunity to focus on these themes of music as they reoccur. it is a fascinating story. if you have given birth to a premature child. get a record player, and some kind of music apparatus and play mozart for half an hour a day. >> eric: all right, you know, they didn't include frank sinatra, come fly with me, but, okay, mozart will be it. >> jamie: that made you all strong, eric!
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love sinatra. >> eric: let's go to shingles, if you are older than 60 and wonder if you should get the shingles vaccine, what is your advice? >> you know, eric, we are asked almost every week in the e-mails and so on, doctor, should i have the shingles vaccine. i prescribe it, i administer it, to all my patients, over the age of 60. i find it effective, and it not only protects against shingles, but, there is a terrible complication of shingles, called post perpetic neuralgia and they have pain under the eye or ear or someplace in their body for months and months and it's not really treatable. if you get the vaccine, it not only prevents the actual shingles but the complication that occurs so often afterwards, the only problem is that the
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shingles vaccine is probably the most expensive vaccine there is. i think a couple of hundred dollars. i understand recently, that the medicare part d pays for it, so, check with your insurance or whoever, whoever provides your health policy, if your insurance coverage will include the shingles vaccine. but, if you can afford it, and -- or your insurance pays for it, by all means take it. >> eric: all right, thank you, doc. >> jamie: and doc's healthy monday tip which he gives you every sunday to start the week off right, he'll tell us about a procedure that is a bit uncomfortable but it could potentially save your life. what is it? which is it? we'll explain, that is next, from the doc, plus, the end of an era in space. the shuttle atlantis is on the final mission, after 25 years in service, just docking with the international space station a few minutes ago. we'll ask a former astronaut, he knows the inside of the shuttle
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>> over the years, we have told them, you know, relax, and, the we have sent them for psychotherapy and changed their diet and it must be psychological, because we can never detect abnormalities in their gastrointestinal tract and now comes research if your mother had morning sickness, their chances are three times more that you will have it too and the risk of morning sickness is increased by three times and if you are pregnant, and, develop morning sickness, phone your mother, and, ask her whether she had it, too. >> jamie: your mom usually tells you what she went through en order to have you, it is
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something you can throw back at your kids. >> eric: and time for healthy monday tip and what is the tip for this week, doctor? >> you know, colon cancer is a major killer and, we tell people at the age of 50, get a colonoscopy and your bowel can be examined in several different ways. and you can have a sigmoidoscopy, which is below -- the lower part of the bowel, where 2/3 of the cancers originate or you can have the full colonoscopy. if you have only the sigmoidoscopy. it will pick up the value of the procedure. and is that it picks up a cancer that is there, and, early enough to cure it, and -- or polyps that can lead to cancer, later on and getting a sigmoidoscopy
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is shown to reduce the cancer death rate by more than 50%, and if you do it, between the ages of 53 and 64, just one sigmoidoscopy, will have -- protects you, in that way. i tell my patients to have a colonoscopy at age 50 and the recent research shows, just one sigmoidoscopy in that 11 year period will reduce the risk of dying of colon cancer. >> eric: that is important and quickly, doc, in israel, will speak to the doctors at tel aviv tomorrow, what is your message the main thing i want to point out is when i went to medical school, 141 years ago... we were taught how to diagnose, and how to treat. nobody ever mentioned prevention.
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and, now, and, it is medicine and prevention and instead of spending all the money on new machines and new treatments, they are very important, and, prevention, first and unfortunately, we're only in the united states, spending 7 cents of every dollar on prevention. there is virtually no major disease that... >> eric: well, we may have lost the satellite there. but... >> jamie: got the message. >> eric: he had a very important message about prevention, the doctor back here with us at the desk. next sunday. ♪ >> jamie: and there's much more in store, welcome to a brand new hour of america's news headquarters. i'm jamie colby. >> eric: i'm eric sean, in 48 hours, we could get a glimpse at a change in the nation, on tuesday, polls open for the high stakes senate primaries of three states and republicans, and democrats, eager to see a voter
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discontent, and, anger, sends more incumbents packing, ahead of november's midterm elections. races in kentucky, arkansas, pennsylvania, could throw veteran washington insiders out of a job, and including a big name, who turned his back on the republican party, and face faces the fight of his career voters? we'll vet a real sense on tuesday night. they're races in four states, but the close senate races are the ones to watch. for a look into what voters think about incumbents, in pennsylvania, five-term senator arlen specter face has big challenge from democratic congressman joe sestak. he says specter, who switched parties, is a poster child for what's wrong with washington. >> i think it's a race that actually where everybody knows washington is broken and everybody knows that if you're
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going to send back to washington, d.c. a career politician that would switch his party as he said to keep his job, we're not going to fix the mess that we got into by sending him back. >> but i have fought the bickering and partisanship in washington. i've been one guy willing to cross party lines. in my tenure in the senate, i have voted in an independent way. >> reporter: in arkansas, meanwhile, democratic senator blanch lincoln is spending the days before the election telling voters she built up power and clout in washington and that's a good thing. lincoln is considered one of the most vulnerable incumbents this year, mostly because of her vote for the health care bill. her challenger, arkansas lieutenant governor bill halter, says lincoln represents the status quo. and in kentucky, it's republicans fighting it out in a race to watch where the split between tea party conservatives and establishment republicans is on display.
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kentucky's secretary of state grayson is backed by washington republicans like senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, but it's rand paul, the son of ron paul, who leads by double digits right now in most polls there. so it's going to be a big day on tuesday. the races are all unique, but they are pretty good tests of the mood of voters as we head to the november midterm. back to you. >> we'll see what happens on tuesday. >> jamie: of course, fox is also following two special elections taking place this week in pennsylvania and hawaii, both will fill vacant house seats. what can we expect in these races and how are both parties preparing for the potential outcomes? let's bring in our political panel, jason roe, gop campaign consultant and joe trippy is joining me. great to see both of you. >> good to be with you. >> jamie: i want to saw with you, jason, because i'm taking a look at the special elections. it's a different situation in the primaries because whoever
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wins does get to spend all be it brief, a time in office before they would have to run again. how significant would it be if these seats are taken by a republican? >> well, i think, for republicans taking advantage of the momentum we're feeling, i think it's important at a minimum, one of these two seats. but i think it would be a strong signal to the position we're in if we win both. these historically have been very democrat seats and to pick up one or both of them i think would be a harbinger of things to come and bad news for the democrats in november. >> jamie: joe, the dnc has spent a lot more of its time, attention, and money on the pennsylvania special election than hawaii. they haven't even been on the air with commercials there. so if in hawaii the republican wins, what is the strategy, then, for i guess it will ultimate be called spin, on why that might have happened?
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would the dnc have to take some blame for that? >> you know, i don't think the hawaii one matters that much in terms of a signal and washington in november. the race there, whoever gets the most votes wins. there are two major democrats running against one major republican. so it is possible for the republican to win that seat and then to lose it in november when he will have to face one on one situation with a democrat. the one that i think really is telling will be in pennsylvania for the murtha replacement. if republicans win that, that will be like scott brown winning in massachusetts. this is a seat where democrats got two to one registration advantage. the fact that it is a tough, close race right now burns the republican right on crist, the democrat, really tight race does not bode well. but if crist pulls it out, i
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think it says there is some hope in november for democrats. but if the republicans win that seat, i think it really spells this will be a very tough year. we know it will be a tough year, but it will become very tough. >> jamie: the former murtha staffer, if he doesn't win, then, jason, is this really a or binger of what's to come in terms of people voting for change, for a different strategy, even if they're not sure what that strategy in particular might be? >> i think it's important for republicans not to take -- read too much into the outcomes of what happens this week. at the end of the day, there is not a growing love affair with the republicans. there is growing discontent, i don't know if it can grow much more than it is with the democratic agenda in washington. we have six months until the november election. so there is a lot that could happen. but there is two important points here. the mood of the country is first anti--incumbent as we saw in the
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senator bennett, utah and hollohan in west virginia, republican and a democrat. so first this anger is directed at people that are perceived as part of the problem and then second, it's a rejection of the democratic agenda. so the republicans are the beneficiaries of that, but we shouldn't read more into that than what it is. we've got to present a message that is compelling to a disaffected, surrey elect that had they can hear a message that they see change reflected in what we're promoting. >> jamie: joe, in terms of these two special elections, is finishing close good enough for the democrats? >> no. look, i agree completely this is first an anti--incumbent year, and second, because democrats control the agenda, have the house and senate and the presidency, midterm elections are always bad for the party that has that power. we're going to lose seats in november. i think this is really -- there could be psychological blows.
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if credits doesn't pull out the seat, i think that's really just going to demoralize a lot of democrats out there who are hopeful that they can hold these losses to a minimum. but you see signs all over that the republicans can lose some of their incumbents as well. you're seeing bennett in utah lose. you're seeing this go across the board. it's anti--incumbent right now and i don't know that we can read anything else into it other than that. >> jamie: at least with these two races, two very important seats. we're going to keep an eye on those. gentlemen, thank you very much for joining us today. >> thank you. >> jamie: those aren't the only races that we're watching, of course. fox news is all over complete election coverage, the primaries, as well as special elections and you don't want to miss bret baier's special. he's hosting an election special. he'll get you caught up on everything on fox news channel tonight, 9:00 p.m. eastern, only on the fox news channel for that.
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>> eric: just moments ago, 220 miles way up there, the space shuttle atlantis docked with the international space station and it's for the very last time. looking at live pictures right now of the atlantis, it's atlantis' 32nd but final flight after making its maiden voyage in 1985 and it's the end of an era. some wonder if it's the end of america's long love affair with space exploration. joining us is tom jones, fox news contributor, and also flew the atlantis. tom, when you see that live picture, it's absolutely breath taking and you have to marvel at what we've accomplished when you look at that and look back at us back on that planet earth. >> it takes me back, eric, to my own rend view on atlantis. five of us crowded in on the flight deck trying to each get into the window to see the amazing docking taking place.
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how they did it with six people today, i don't really know. they must have all fought for those window spaces. the shuttle has been our classroom in space for the last 30 years. it's taught us how to do the sophisticated assembly with robotics and space walking and built this football field size space station. when it goes, there is going to be a big vacuum in our capability to do things in space. >> eric: there are only two space shuttles left and now, we got to rely on the russians to get us up there? is the space race over? >> there is no space race. i think that was a figment of the cold war. now we're engaged in a race against our own will to do things in space. do we still have the will to build the systems that will keep us on the leadership, on the edge of the frontier of space exploration and the next five years is know because once the shuttle is retired, we'll be renting seats from the russians at $55 million a pop. and this president and congress
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have not agreed on how to fund the spacecraft which could take the shuttle's place. >> eric: what are we going to do? the president has come under a lot of criticism, especially in florida and elsewhere for canceling the constellation program, the manned program to the moon. they say no, that they will increase nasa's budget and that we need to move to private space programs and more space research. do they have a point? >> i think it's a good move to move to commercial services for launching astronauts just to the space station. but it shouldn't be our only replacement or successor to the shuttle. it should be a plan a and plan b in case those commercial firms don't come through. they'll have challenges ahead of them. we should have a nasa plan b that allows us to still reach the space station that we largely paid for and built. so i think the simple solution in the near term is to spend the money that we should have been spending for the last five years, bump up the nasa budget enough to allow nasa to have a redundant plan and formulate its own access to space station.
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then when the commercial firms prove their worth and reliability and safety standards, then nasa can phase out of that business and go on to deep space exploration, which is important as well. >> eric: tom, what's it like being in there? what's it like up in space in the shuttle? is it like being in a room? is it quiet? are you weightless? >> you are floating around, taking every inch of that confined space. think of five or six people living in a couple of mini vans for two weeks on a shuttle. when you get to the space station, it's a big relief to go into somebody's house, it's the size of a three bedroom house. there you can really get relief from that cramped quarters and you can interact with the six people up there. it's a real pleasure to go to work with a big team like that and look down at our planet when you're cruising by a window. >> eric: amazing, still drink tang and hot tea and coffee and every kind of fruit juice you can imagine. you do miss carbonation? >> they got the frozen ice cream we can buy on land.
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>> eric: tom, thank you for your service. >> good to be with you all. >> jamie: the news today is not good. bm engineers hitting a major snag in their effort to cap that ruptured well in the gulf. they have failed to connect a mile long pipe that was supposed to plug up the largest of two leaks. still the company officials, they say they're confident that the latest effort will work, but researchers are reporting there are giant plumes of undersea oil more than 25 miles in some areas, huge! david lee miller live in venice, louisiana not only following the latest, you've been really tracking this from the beginning, david lee, and now this latest effort not successful. what is the very latest? >> reporter: in fact, there has now been a new development. it's being reported by at least one wire service now that the
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tube insertion into the riser, and that's the pipe that is leaking, was successful, that bp had successfully been able to insert the tube into the leaking riser and that oil, as well as gas, entered into that tube and were on their way to the surface. according to this report from reuters, only natural gas apparently made it to the surface. it was burned off. the oil did not make it to the surface. there is now another report, this one coming from npr, that says this operation had a setback, another setback after two robotic sub marines crashed into one another, damaging the tube and/or the pipeline, stalling for now the operation. but the bottom line, and perhaps most significantly, is that it does appear that this could be a workable solution, that if this setback had not happened and the
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operation had allowed them to proceed ahead, the oil in this tube would have been siphoned to a tanker. bp has said all along it would not completely stop the leak into the gulf, but it would provide perhaps a 75% solution. what we have here this morning now is a promising development, but fox news has not been independently able to confirm what is now being reported. jamie. >> jamie: so david lee, even if there is a methodology that appears to have made a difference in one area, between these plumes and the amount of time since the initial oil started to gush, the area is so broad, how can they get to all of these areas in time to really make a difference and actually signal some containment? >> reporter: they're using a variety of means to contain the oil. they're skimming it, burning it and using the chemical agents to try and disperse the oil for the
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first time these chemical agents are being used under the surface. there is some cautious optimism, but at the same time, there is concern that considerable damage could be done. let me talk for one moment about these plumes. we have some photographs that have not been seen before taken by a research ship that was out in the gulf for the last two weeks. you're looking at those photographs right now. it is the researchers on this ship that say that they found large plumes of oil out in the gulf. one of those plumes described as being ten miles long and three miles wide. that is bad news. also we are told the oxygen level near these plumes is about 30% less than it should be. also bad news. but the silver lining here is the oxygen level could be low, and i talked to one of the scientists who was on the ship -- could be lower because microbes are eating away the oil. those microbes use a great deal of oxygen. so at the end of the day, if these microbes are allowed to do their job, nature's way of cleaning the ocean. how long it could take, still a
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lot of uncertainty. but we've got a mixed bag of developments this morning, some potentially encouraging. >> jamie: we hope so. david lee miller from louisiana. thank you. >> eric: it's commencement time and that means speakers go to the college campuses across the country and this is one. the first lady of the united states, michelle obama, right now addressing graduates of george washington university in washington, d.c she's addressing about 5,000 young men and women who are graduating today. she challenged them to complete 100,000 hours of community service. she will give a commencement speech at a public high school in washington, d.c mrs. obama on the ball, addressing the graduates at george washington. to the economy, american choppers, get back in line at the store. what are we spending our money
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on? let's just say it's tool time. we'll have the latest on that. and did you see the former governor of alaska? she's the second one, walking right behind the governor of arizona. they got together to talk immigration. sarah palin called out the feds. >> mr. president, do orjob. secure our -- your job. secure our border.
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>> jamie: retailers are certainly smiling. cash registers are ringing, shoppers are dipping into their pocketbooks again. the government is reporting april as the 7th straight month of uprising retail sales. what are the biggest winners? home improvement and gardening store, sales are booming there. how do we keep the momentum? brenda joins us from the "fox business" network. if we keep the momentum, we keep people working. >> reporter: exactly. working is really the hinge moment of all this. it all depends on unemployment. we're still at double digit unemployment. but consumers have saved a lot of money over the recession and finally they're opening up their wallets and as you said, it's tool time. the building services sector was up 7% in april.
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that's stuff like fixing up your garden, improving your home, home depot, loews did very well. we're still not buying clothes, department stores are having trouble, retail stocks like macy's, like cole's, like pennys are having trouble because they're not meeting the street. so it's not broad based. but right now this spring, people are out there fixing up their houses. >> jamie: home improvement sales being up could signal a lot of things about the housing industry, too. thank you very much. >> reporter: thank you. >> eric: the f.b.i. arrested three men suspected of trying to finance or helping finance the attempted bombing of times square. the plot didn't cost very much money. relatively little to pull off, making it difficult to detect in advance. what federal investigators must do to better track and stop potential more attacks before they take place.
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>> eric: quick look at our headlines. the canadian air force scrambling fighter jets, two f-18 hornets responded to what turned out to be a bomb hoax on the airliner. the war plane escorted the passenger plane as it was arriving from hong kong into that vancouver international airport. no bomb was found. it was just precautions. a glimmer of hope to try and end the violence plaguing thailand. anti--government protest leaders say they are willing to negotiate, calling now for the u.n. to mediate some talks. at least 30 people have so far been killed on the streets in the last few days. and just moments ago, 220 miles up in space, the space shuttle atlantis made its final
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rendezvous with the international space station. it will be retired after this mission, ending 25 years in service and there are only two more shuttle missions left. >> jamie: new details emerging about the latest man arrested in connection with the failed times square bombing. we're hearing now that three pakinstani men came from very different backgrounds. one was a computer programmer, one a gas station attendant, and the other, a cab driver. attorney generic holder says he believes the three helped faisal shahzad while the latest arrests show a strong response to terror they do. but do we really have a handle on fighting home-grown terror plots? joining me now is the former deputy assistant to dick cheney for national security affairs, steven yates, the president of dc international advisory. steven, certainly we believe there were some activities that took place here in the united states, but it may have actually
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been hatched by the pakinstani taliban, and eric holders and others have said there is a connection. what did happen here? the purchase of fireworks, legal in many states. the purchase of further lieser, certainly legal. and three pakinstani men who had jobs, who lived here, virtually undetected. the question i have is, was such a broad spectrum of background and such a low cost in terms of conducting a plot that could have been successful, are we closer than we were to being able to root out these suspected terrorists or is it just getting too big for our reach? >> excellent set-up to the question because this problem is very, very difficult. i think any reasonable person has to acknowledge that. but there are some things that we're doing that are making it harder for ourselves, in my view. number one, we have a hard time clearly identifying who our enemy is and where they're
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coming from. really when we think of who is behind these attacks, who is conducting them, funding them, what tied these people together is not some sort of class issue of being disadvantaged commoncally, not a geographic issue. they seem to have come from pakistan. what ties these people together in declaring war on us, unrelenting war on us, is a radical islamist ideology and we have a very difficult time in our system trying to balance our needs for security, absolutely requirement, first reason for having a federal government, with a sense of justice. >> jamie: let me build on something you said, because you talk about the ideology, extremist ideology. i want to say the hate for america and american ideals. part of it goes to pakistan when so many of our efforts are in afghanistan. the other part of it is funding in the united states. new york is just one example, but i tried to talk yesterday
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about how other states should really -- people who live there should figure out whether their states are getting enough to prevent terror or get to the bottom of it if it happens. how do you put the two together? how do we get an attack the problem of this ideology when we have a lack of funds in many areas and we're also fighting such a substantial fight against the taliban in afghanistan when a lot of the activity is in pakistan? >> i think there are two things we can possibly do to make it easier on ourselves. it's going to be a hard problem no matter what and it will cost no matter what. they say freedom is not free. but we need to have more allies and in this case, our allies in many ways need to be populations of the united states who understand and recognize this threat better than any others. so it's going to be the lawful migrants who need to be helping us keep track of the people who are doing unlawful things and exploiting the rights and privileges that these other people have rightfully achieved.
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>> jamie: i'm so sorry, i'm told our time is up. but i do want to ask you to come back and as you said, freedom isn't free and if you see something, say something. that's what it sounds like your message is today and i appreciate it. >> thank you. >> jamie: thank you very much. >> eric: our new series, it's your land. all about property rights. who else would investigate what the government could be doing about land issues? we got a ton of e-mail about our eminent domain stories. one viewer wrote, wow, politicians must really be feeling the heat. how is it that they manage to pervert the constitution so badly, taking a citizen's private property to give it to a corporation? our founding fathers are rolling in their graves. that five the u.s. supreme court said it's okay for the government to use eminent domain to force the sale of private property to somebody else, as long as it's for the public good and property owners are compensated fairly.
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vietnam vet wrote this, saying no way, quote, be a cold day in hell the day anyone took my land without my approval. with us is property rights lawyer mike ricon. thank you for joining us. >> good morning. >> eric: you're sitting in your house this morning, you are watching fox, you got your coffee, what could the government do to your property? >> the government can come in and take your property, especially in new york state for just about any reason. they can take your property and turn it over to well-connected developer whose made sizable contributions to a political leader and take your beautiful home that three generations may have lived in and you inherited and love and turn it into a costco. >> eric: this is america. it's not supposed to happen. there is supposed to be a process. government officials say you get fairly compensated for this and it's for the public good. the supreme court said that. >> the supreme court did say that in 2005 in keylow versus
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city of london. it was a 5-4 decision. it was wrongly decided. it corrupted the language of the fifth amendment and not only that, it was factually incorrect. >> eric: that was the case where they wanted to have some economic development, they took a woman's house, tore down a neighborhood to build this museum and there is nothing there basically. nothing really built. what do you say to people who could face this? and besides eminent domain? we're getting tons of e-mails on restrictions on their property. someone buys land, the government comes in and puts some type of overlay restriction on it. there is one town in florida, you can't paint your house your color that you want. you've got to have a city approved color to paint your house. you got to give them a color photograph of the house for them to approve. then they come and inspect it to make sure you painted it the right color. >> one of the things that has to be done is that the legislature has to change the statutory law,
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has to restrict this taking of private property, these restrictions which are so horrible that they absolutely take all economic value out of property. this has to start with a grassroot movement of people who tell their legislators that they've had enough of this. 43 states adopted laws to restrict the taking that went on in connecticut. new york has not. new york is the worst state in the nation. there are other states that are just as bad. virginia, for example, has some horrible things going on. and it has to stop. the only way to do it would be for legislation. we're seeing it. we're also seeing courts for the first time, local courts say this is enough. we're going to restrict this. >> eric: all right, mike who is
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involved in various of these issues, we got lots of e-mails. thank you for joining us and we will keep up with this because we are getting a lot here at fox news about that. if you have an issue about property rights where you live, no matter what it is, we want to know about it, whether it's restrictions, eminent domain, here is our address: we are reading every single e-mail. we've got a slew of stories coming up in the next few weeks and months here on the fox news channel. jamie. >> jamie: sarah palin is jumping on board with arizona's governor in support of that state's controversial new immigration law. critics, though, pushing an economic boycott of the state. former governor palin joined governor jan brewer to launch a web site promoting the new law, casting the blame on president obama and the federal government for not closing the borders, she said, and she spoke directly, governor palin did, to those thinking of boycotting arizona.
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>> if you really want border security, if you want to halt the human rights abuses that have resulted from our failed border security policy, come visit arizona. you could say that here they're doing the job that our federal government will not do. >> jamie: the law there allows police to ask someone about their immigration status if they're stopped or arrested for a crime and if there is, quote, reasonable suspicion that they might be illegal, critics are saying that could lead to racial profiling. >> eric: on this sunday, there is more blood in the streets of thailand's capitol city. government troops declaring a live fire zone on anti--government protesters. they say snipers are picking off protesters in the streets. dozens have been killed, hundreds wounded and the latest wave of violence there. now there is word that the protesters say they want to negotiate. we'll have the very latest on this disturbing and developing story just ahead.
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>> jamie: coming up live from washington, senator jeff sessions, the top republican on the senate judiciary committee, joins us live to talk about the nomination of elena kagan to the supreme court. also congressman joe barton and bart stupak talk about the oil spill. who is to blame, what is washington doing about it? we'll preview those big senate primaries coming up on tuesday and visit with some amazing wounded warriors, all of that and much more coming up in about 20 minutes. >> in the meantime, the rough and tumble sport ripped from the pages of the harry potter novel. it's reality taking hold at more than 200 colleges across the country. i thought those kids were studying? anyway. casey stegall is live in los angeles for more. i don't know, are you a quitage player? >> i have to say, i'm all about this reporter involvement, but i don't think quitage is for me. but i think it might be a good way for you to get physical
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activity. after you see the video, we'll let you decide. it's a mix of rugby and dodge ball. if you never heard of the sport, you're not alone. you pretty much have to be a harry potter fan to know what it is. it's essentially a game that was developed for the harry potter books and then made its way to the silver screen where two teams of seven players run around on a field trying to get four different balls through elevated rings on the field. now, when they do it in real life, they use broom sticks that they run around with. they don't actually fly around like they did in the movie, harry potter. but it is growing in popularity and it is certainly fun to watch. we'll just say that. >> jamie: please tell me you don't get college credit for it. >> reporter: no college credit. it's not like the underwater basket weaving. there are more extracurricular activities. it's really taking off at college campuses. 200 universities around the country have formed leagues. it's growing in popularity,
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since 2004 when the international quiditch league was formed. teams are playing in 45 states, 13 different countries. it's more popular, believe it or not, on the east coast and it's gradually making its way out west where it's gaining popularity. i don't know, it looks like fun. i was standing on the side lines. i don't personally see myself running out there with a broom stick, but, hey, good exercise. right? >> jamie: as long as they're moving. i think it's great. >> that's right. >> jamie: thank you, casey, for telling about it. >> eric: remember writing letters? you know, taking your pen and writing a letter and putting a stamp on the envelope back before there was e-mail and twitter? you've got to meet one caring american woman. she has spent decades using old-fashioned pen and paper to boost the morale of troops she's never met. her inspiring story next.
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>> eric: showing support for our troops, one letter at a time. a remarkable woman has been doing that for more than half her life. laura ingle live with an incredible story. laura? >> reporter: hi, it really is inspirational. doris lived in the small town of richville, connecticut all her life. today she lives in a home that she and her husband built with
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their bare hands when they were first married 62 years ago. what is this room? >> this is our memory. my memory room. this is where i write all my letters. >> reporter: for 42 years, doris dedicated one week a month, eight or more hours a day to writing letters to soldiers from her hometown serving overseas. >> take a break for lunch, but it's quick. >> reporter: no e-mails here. each letter is unique and personal. >> a home written note, just telling them that we care about them. >> reporter: today she has a list of 52 men and women she's penning letters to and she has no intention of retiring. >> the ink hasn't run out yet. >> reporter: while she cherishes every reply, some are not as eloquent as others. >> he's a doctor. i can't read his writing. >> reporter: she calls them all her children and for people like retired navy captain rick
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scutter, the letters are more than words on paper. >> it validates to a certain extent why we signed up, why we underwent the training, why we volunteered to be deployed. >> reporter: rick and doris stayed in touch for almost 30 years and he calls her an ajunk grandmother to his kids. >> for her, it was always unstinting and unconditional. i will maintain that link with you and i am proud of your service. >> you give people hope. >> uh-huh. yeah. a bunch of kids. >> reporter: doris tells us that she hoopster story inspires others to write our troops. there are many ways to get involved. one helpful web site is anysoldier.com. eric. >> eric: laura, i'm in love with doris. >> i know, me, too. thank you. >> jamie: americans haven't heard much from supreme court nominee elena kagan since president obama announced her as his pick last week. wait until you hear what liz has to say on the media coverage of
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elena kagan. next.
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>> eric: reporters chomping at the bit for a chance to try and interview supreme court nominee elena kagan. but each time we've seen her before the cameras or the lawmakers, she kept her thoughts pretty much to herself. here is some of what she shared with the media this past week while visiting with members of the senate judiciary committee.
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>> this is not very animated. it's the end of a long day. >> for me, too. thanks, everybody. >> everybody has been very gracious. >> there is the interview. it's a piece of art, really. >> it's beautiful. >> it's a hand made flintlock. beautiful. >> gorgeous. >> joining us as she does every week at this time with a commentary, liz trata. good morning. >> good morning. >> eric: what's the media to do? >> all this laughing, the media doesn't know what to do. nobody know what is kind of justice she's going to be. each side, liberals, conservatives are afraid that she's a trojan horse, that she'll go in there and violate their ideals as she has never indicated before.
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so what you have is even the "new york times" writing pieces like searching for elena kagan, which is really quite a step forward when you think about it. they're not sure what she's going to do. so if she's not going to live up to their progressive, far left agenda, that would be just horror for them. but one of the interesting things about the coverage over the week has been this interview that the white house did with elena kagan with some staffer posing as a reporter and there was a little bit of a brouhaha over that and not very much. nobody seems willing to really take on the white house on this ever expanding octopus of control with regard to what their image is and what the media can do and can't do. i'd like to remind you that back in 2004 and 2005 when the bush administration dallied in video news releases during these
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little video things when actors posing as reporters doing interviews, well, i mean, the walls collapsed. there was a huge hooting and hollering from the press. but this time around they're giving obama a pass, of course. >> eric: why do you think that? you're talk being a video that kind of an interview with her? >> well, no, i'm talking about a -- you mean on the bush side? >> eric: no, on kagan's side. >> you know, it should be a reporter doing that interview is their point of view. well, nobody interviews nominees before they go up before confirmation hearing. but they're also annoyed that access to her family, immediate and far flung, has been denied, cut off by the white house. but what do they expect? they will not take on this
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president no matter how many little meetings the white house press corps has. there is no corporate investment in protecting the rights of the press, vis-a-vis this administration. >> eric: you talk about the restricting relatives from reporters, but the white house announced they were going to try and release 160,000 pages from the national archives of some of her e-mails and this sort of thing when she was in the clinton white house. >> do you think for one moment there is going to be a smoking gun in any of those pages? >> eric: we don't know what's in there. they are restricting some of her writings when she was a domestic policy advisor. >> this is a very careful woman. they have already tried to fly several things about her. she threw off military recruits, there are them off the campus. >> eric: a lot of them has been shown not to be true. >> no. it depends on what newspaper you read and what emphasis. >> eric: she didn't throw them off. but there are going to be hearings. she's going to be grilled for hours and hours in public hearings that will be broadcast
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live on the cable news channels, on the network news channels that everyone could see. >> what's new? i mean, this is a very clever woman who has been extremely careful all her life. she's an insider. she's a political operator. she's not a scholarly jurist, this is somebody who has been in the right crowd the whole time, the university of chicago, harvard, the clinton administration. >> eric: that doesn't mean you're not scholarly. she was the dean of the harvard law school. >> no one has accused her of being a judicial scholar, eric. you know that as well as i do. >> eric: she was the dine of the harvard law school and she has proven her meddle to some. >> well, i still stand my ground and say, she's not going to reveal herself. >> eric: allall right. we shall see when the hearings come up. until then, have meet and greeting with the senator. that does it for us on this sunday. >> jamie: so great to have you with us on this sunday. america's news headquarters continues from washington. have a great

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