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theuthor of "we have your husband," one woman's true story of her husband's kidnapping in mexico. what a tale. >> gretchen: all right. we'll have more about chicken soup for the soul for your dogs and your cats coming up in our after the show show. log on for that. have a great day. bill: all right, good morning, everybody. we have the shocking confession from california's former governor, only days after announcing his separation from wife maria shriver, arnold schwarzenegger telling the l.a. times he fathered a love child with a former staffer, he told his wife about the affair which happened about ten years ago after leaving the governor's office. he ghaif statement to the times, saying, quote, there are no excuses and i take full responsibility for the hurt i have caused. i have apologized to maria, my children and my family. i am truly sorry. they have four children together. that revelation, apparently the reason shriver moved out of the house before the
separation went public. shriver's camp saying no comment. much more on this bombshell in a moment here on "america's newsroom". in the meantime we've got a slow motion disaster unfolding in louisiana. have you seen the latest pictures here? the clock now ticking as engineers scramble to take another katrina-like disaster and conquer it and many bracing for a wall of water that will likely swawlo up their homes and businesses and memories. >> -- swallow up their homes and businesses and memos. >> -- memories. >> putting it in god's hands. >> we went through this before, and we knew once they opened it up, we would be in trouble again. >> i'm afraid, yeah, i'm worried about the walls and levees holding. if they don't hold, it's going to be a disaster. >> somebody's got to sacrifice, and we're down at the bottom of the toteem pole and it's a shame to say that, but you know, what are you going to do? >> bill the bottom of the
toteem pole is the end of the mississippi river before it goes into the gulf. they're dealing with it. good morning, everybody, i'm bill hemmer. how you doing alisyn? >> alisyn: great u. how are you? i'm alisyn camarota in for martha maccallum. the spillway is gushing, at a force greater than the niagra falls, officials saying it's the only way to spare new orleans from another tragic flood. bill: let's hope they're right, huh? other cities, completely under water and rick leventhal is live in southern louisiana. >> reporter: we're just outside of morgans, louisiana, 70 miles south of bass on rouge. this is one of the towns that could well be under water with that mississippi river continuing to rise. that's where the louisiana army national guard has turned this into a work site and is building a barrier around morgan city and around the town of siracusaville. you see these piles of sand? they're filling up these
baskets. they're filling up the baskets, you can see them over there, on top of levees and high grounds, to try an raise the wall to a height of maybe 6 feet above flood stage, these barriers, about 5 feet high, so they put the wire mesh up, the burlap bag inside and fill it up with that sand and the goal obviously is to keep the water out. this barricade goes all the way around morgan city, trying to protect it from the rushing hour. we want to show you the water coming from the morganza spillway. it's a dramatic picture. there are 15 flood gates hope, that is a tremendous amount of water being diverted from the mississippi river, out into this low lie be cajun country, covering thousands and thousands of acres of farmland, forcing 25,000 people out of their homes, but the goal, of course, is to protect all the many millions more in baton rouge and new orleans and up and down this southern louisiana coast. bill: i was trying to get a good fix on that. is it mostly farms or are there towns along the way
that will flood as a result? >> reporter: right, there are some towns along the way. we've been in those towns over the past couple of days, they've evacuated thousands of residents from their homes in these low lying areas, but most of it is farmland, and all of these people knew when they moved in there that there was a chance that if the river flooded they'd have to open those gates and their homes could be under water. it's only happened once before in the last 40, 50 years, bill. bill: rick, it's good to have you there. thank you. to our viewers at home, if you have images of flooding, the e-mail is you report, fox news.com, give us your name, location, a brief description of what you're watching and we will try throughout the day in our program to get some of those pictures on tv but remember, stay safe. speaking of images, i've never seen anything like that before. you open a dam like that with rushing water, you describe it like niagra falls, flooding thousands and thousands of acres, that's what they're up against. al i've heard a lot of analogies and that wall would remain you of a
tsunami. bill: in many ways, that's what they're experience there. best of luck to them. alisyn: from a $3000 a night hotel to rieker's island prison, in just 48 hours, right now, one of the most powerful many managers in the world is unable to get a judge to grant him bail, as new allegations surface against the imf chief dominic strauss-kahn. he's charged with the attempted rape and sex assault on a housekeeper at a posh manhattan hotel. fox's julie banderas is live in the newsroom. there are so many developments in this case. what's the latest? >> reporter: a lot of pressure on the prosecution right now because they need to convince a grand jury on friday to indict dominic strauss-kahn. in other words, they have to prove there's enough evidence to indict him. his bail was reprimanded yesterday, he will appear in supreme court before a 23-member grand jury on friday. new information coming out about the actual fd that was found not only with the rape kit performed on the victim at a hospital which proved
dna linking him to this alleged rape, but we're also total hotel personnel at the soffi hotel in times square had discovered blood on the sheets. this was an exclusive interview that uncovered a lot of information by foxnews.com, blood was found on the sheets, and it appeared that she was also injured when she tried to run away from him after he tried to rape her repeatedly, falling on the ground, bruising herself, calling # 11. that's what led to his actual arrest and they do have a lot of evidence against him. alisyn: he was denied bail. is it typical for someone as high profile as he is to be denied bail? >> it has nothing to do with him being high profile. it is not typical for someone in a case like this. this isn't a murder case, this is an attempted rape case. but the fact that he was benefitted -- denied bail means this. he is perhaps someone that they would believe a high flight risk, and roman polanski, 25 years ago, we all remember, was indicted
on charges for statutory rape and has been hiding out in france. we don't have an extradition treaty with france. so if this guy let go, the judge amanda jackson has that on her shoulders and that's she does not want to live with. al no one want as repeat of the polanski situation. thank you julie. bill: dsk, waking up this morning, in a jail cell, a far cry from the 3000 square foot luxury suite, rike. 's island, home to 11,000 inmates, held in a single person cell that measures 11 feet by 13 feet. strauss-kahn has his own cell for his personal security. he'll be escorted by a prison guard during recreation time every day. alisyn: as this investigation continues, there are new allegations surfacing about him. he is facing a possible second investigation into claims of sexual assault. a french woman says that the imf chief also attacked her during an interview in an empty apartment back in
2002. she never reported the incident. and just three years ago, the imf reprimanded strauss-kahn after allegations that he had an affair with a colleague there. bill: strauss-kahn is the man in charge of the world's money, basically. the imf, the international monetary fund, the main job is to safeguard the stability of the monetary system and right now they're doing a lot of work in europe, it provides 187 countries with financial policy advice and it also provides loans to low income countries. the u.s. moved $100 billion into the imf in 2009 alone. stuart varney from the fox business network, good morning to you. what do we need to understand about this, stuart? >> reporter: there are some contradictions here. number one, dominic strauss-kahn is a socialist. how is it that a socialist spends $3000 a night in a hotel suite in new york, has lavish homes all around the world? that's not quite the image that one has of a socialist. secondly, dominic
strauss-kahn is akin to bailouts, essentially, he led the imf in its effort to bail out various european countries, some of it using american money, that $100 billion that you were talking about. now, this makes him popular with the left, because the left wants these bailouts to maintain the status quo in europe. so there are some contradictions here. the man is a socialist, yet lives a lavish lifestyle, secondly, he is the king of bailouts, using some american money. the point is, bill, he's still got his job. he is still the head of the imf, even though he's in a jail cell in new york city. now, that's a very sharp contrast to paul wolf wits -- wolfowitz, an american conservative who was summarily fired because he had a relationship, consensual, with someone who was his sub subordinate, everybody knew about it but he was fired because of that relationship. contradiction. bill as you describe all of this, he was working on a
bailout for greece, right, so you got to wonder whether or not that gets worked out or whether that gets stopped because of this, and when you describe him as a socialist, he's a french socialist. which is left of center, right? i mean, that's left of left! >> does it strike you as so contradictory? you think of a socialist as someone who is all for the working guy, and a total egalatarian, along comes this very wealthy man with lavish homes around the world, in a very expensive hotel suite in new york city. that's a contradiction i'm talking about here. as for interrupting the bailout scene in europe, i don't think that will interrupt the bailout. they will go forward. but it play bring the whole concept of the bailout into disrepute. it's certainly going to have a rather souring effect in america, having our money used for bailouts in europe by this guy who's now in a jail cell. bill: it's a stunning headline. >> it is. bill and it reminds you that all animals are created
equal, stu, it's just that some animals are more equal than others. >> the trouble with socialism is sooner or later, you run oust other peoples' money. bill: indeed you do. thank you, margaret thatcher! alisyn: meanwhile she said the health care law must be passed and now a new report, showing that high end restaurants, hotels, and nightclubs in nancy pelosi's own home district are getting a pass on the law. we'll investigate that. bill: also, he says he is still the best man for the job. but now, donald frump says he's not running for the white house. so who benefits most from the lack of trump? >> alisyn: and the u.s. credit card is maxed out. now the battle over the nation's money starts. coming up, how the u.s. is on the edge of default. >> in the coming years, our debt is projected to grow to more than three times the size of our entire economy. this trajectory is catastrophic. we see this coming.
alisyn: new details coming out today about the raid that killed usama bin laden, the navy seems' mission at the terrorist's secret pakistani hideout almost went terribly wrong. the original plan involved storming the building from both the ground and the roof, but the seal team lost the element of surprise, you'll recall, when they were forced to ditch that helicopter inside the compound. so knowing it was a one-shot deal, the team busted in on the first floor and worked their way up to level three, finding and killing bin laden on the top floor where mission planners had expected him to be. bill: more and more on that all the time, right? >> alisyn: fascinating. bill: the credit card is maxed out america. now treasury secretary tim geithner using accounting maneuvers to hold off our $14.3 trillion debt to make sure we do not default. utah congressman jason chaffetz, republican on the house commission committee is back with us and good --
and good morning to mr. chaffetz. the deadline was may, then it was july, now it's august. what's going to happen here? >> they just keep pickup trucking this! we can't keep doing this. there are those of us that have urgency, we say hey, we've got to deal with this now and make major changes. bill: what are the changes going to be when harry reid says you'd have to be, quote, out of your minds not to raise debt limits and you've got others saying listen, john boehner's idea is to do the following. for every dollar you've cut in government spending, we'll raise the debt ceiling or raise the limit of the dollar. does that sound like a rational compromise to people like you would agree to? >> well, yeah. i mean, for those of us who understand the gravity of the problem, and remember, this 48 -- just 48 months ago this debt was approaching 9 trillion, now it's over 14 trillion, so
over 48 months the debt has risen more than 60 percet. we're paying more than $600 million a day. and so for those that want to put a little bandaid of 2 billion here and $4 billion here, no, it isn't going to work. there are those of us that believe, bill, that the debt, our nation's debt, is one of the biggest problems to our economic future. it's also one of the biggest national security threats that we have to the very quality of life that we have in this country. so we need major changes like a balanced budget amendment, or some major cuts, as the speaker has talked about. there are those of us that have that urgency and say we're going to do this and we're going to do it right now. bill: if there were a vote in the house today, would it pass, or are there enough people like you that say no, we're not going to get a vote on that. >> no. no. in fact, i would encourage the speaker to take a straight up or down vote. there are many of my democratic colleagues who have good hearts, their heart is in the right place, who want to unilaterally raise the debt ceiling by, say, $2 trillion. my encouragement to speaker
boehner, go ahead, let's have that vote, i don't think it will pass, it will be bipartisan, that thing will be knocked back down. i think most people, rational people, realize that one of the biggest threats to the united states of america is our lack of fiscal discipline, and we have to take this opportunity and time to make a major systemic change to put us on t pathway to balance the budget. bill: it seems like that spreading. nancy pelosi says medicare is on the tail, social security is on tail, at the end -- table, at the end of the day the decifit must be reduced. it seems like the coalescing in washington is on the way. is that a fair read? >> yeah, i think america understands it and as members go back and have their town hall meetings like i'm having and other, they hear people talking about it, and i've never heard people talk about the debt and decifit to the degree they are now. i think they realize that america is off track, we can't just keep printing money, that that credit card has to be torn up and it's going to be a little painful because we lived beyond our means for too long but now we're going to have that make that adjustment and i
think people are willing to do it. bill: jason chaffetz, thank you for your time. we want to know at home, what do you think, do you support raising the debt ceiling? log on, fox news.com/"america's newsroom". we have a poll online where you can vote, from the leisure of your own home or the office. just don't let the boss see you! we'll show you results later in the broadcast today. alisyn: meanwhile, a stunning revelation from arnold schwarzenegger, and this helps explain what ended his 25-year marriage to maria shriver. we're live in lows ang with the latest -- los angeles with the latest. bill: state workers in one area cashing in huge, in one case, an employee taken home -- taking home after a million check in retirement. how do they pull that off? and is it legal? >> ♪ >> ♪ >> ♪ i want money. >> ♪ >> ♪ lots and lots of money. >> ♪ >> ♪
bill: a few top stories in "america's newsroom". congressman paul ryan expected to announce any moment whether or noily seek a bid for the senate, the wisconsin republican house member would be running to succeed retiring democrat herb cole. >> a building collapses in arkansas, killing a two-year-old girl, six others injured when the building house ago bridle shop suddenly collapsed. >> i just heard a boom, so i just ran to the road to see what it was and there was stuff everywhere. bill: now they're trying to figure out if construction on the bridle shop led to the collapse. here's bono on a tuesday morning.
>> ♪ >> ♪ >> that was on board endeavor, waking up to "a beautiful day", chosen by gab gabrielle giffords. mark khely's wife, was down in florida yesterday. she's chosen that song before on one of his previous missions. pretty cool. alisyn: great touch. bill: great liftoff. we had perfect weather in florida, except for the moment when they chose to lift off. the cloud cover came in, so you saw the shuttle for about 15 seconds, then it was gone. al ale thought you could see it better there than here. it was a great touch they swapped rings, carrying a piece of each other. bill: you're exactly right. alisyn: that's nice. bill by the way, mark khely is live in "america's newsroom", thursday morning. alisyn: can't wait. tune in for that. meanwhile, listen to this story, it's an outrage, state employees in california are making their unused vacation days really pay off for them. they're cashing in stockpiles of unused days when they retire.
there was supposed to be an 80-day limit, but thousands of workers are collecting far more money than they're supposed to at retirement. a prison doctor, cashing in 2 1/2 years' worth of days, took home nearly $600,000. that's a prison doctor. look at this one. this is a parole agent. he received more than $268,000, after banking three years of time off. the state contributed $294 million in these departure payments last year. fourteen thousand full-time workers took lump sum payments, and 29 percent received checks of more than 80 days of pay. leslie page is spokesperson for citizens against government waste. leslie, what is going on in california? why are they paying out $294 million in these unused vacation days? >> good morning, alisyn. california is our greece. that's what's going on. california is completely out of control.
it's a very dysfunctional state. basically, what they have is a lot of state employees have figured out how to game this system. even though there's a rule in place that says you may not bank more than 80 days of vacation sick, and you can't do that, they're being allowed to do it. so this is not something where the governor jerry brown has to enact a new law or go after the union contracts and try and change them. he can actually enforce this today and he should. alisyn: but by the way, 80 days is a -- it's enough time that you can -- let's pretend they weren't somehow cheating the system. why don't they have a system like the rest of us have, which is the use it or lose it system, you have about ten days you can carry over, if you don't use them by a certain time, they app vap rate? >> right. this is one of those examples you get of where the excessive salaries and excessive benefits of a state worker and federal employees, also, really comes home to roost at the
end. this is probably written into a contract somewhere, that they have to have 80 days, and be able to accumulate that. but 80 days is excessive by anybody's standards. they should go back to more of a private sector approach if they want to get that budget under control. the state auditor has actually said in 2006 and 2007, they had $1.9 billion worth of these payments coming down the road. now, this year, it's $3.5 billion. so this is going up and up and up, at a time when revenues are going down, down, down. alisyn: absolutely. california is in dire strait, so they need to do something and this seems like an obvious place where they could trim money, but as you said, jerry brown could enforce the law right now. >> absolutely. alisyn: 80 days. but shouldn't he try to whittle down the 80 days? >> absolutely. unfortunately, he just signed a deal, he signed a labor agreement for 60,000 employees, just yesterday, i believe, and some of them are the very people that are getting some of these payouts, the corrections facility the people, the people who run the prisons
and the jails, those people are some of the folks that get the payouts because they're 24/7 kind of workers, but the bottom line is they've got half a trillion dollars unfunded pension liability in that state. not to mention the decifit. and the debt that they're facing. he can enforce this today. this is a very bad story to come out, by the way, when he's working toward a budget negotiation. it's not a good day. when this stuff comes out. alisyn: it is remarkable, the fact that somebody could walk off with $600,000 in unpaid vacation leave. >> just to say, they pay their lifeguards over $100,000 a year. alisyn: wow! how do i -- how do we get those jobs? i guess we have to be in better shape. leslie, thank you very much for coming in to reveal this. >> my pleasure. bill: just a good swimmer. had i known that at the age of ten, maybe i would have chosen a different life course! >> alisyn: you'd be in the olympics now! bill: 29 machines past the hour. left for dead on a dirt
road, a young boy's mysterious death has people in his town stunned. >> pretty horrific. things like this don't happen for us. >> it's awful. everyone, they just like could not believe this devastation. it's horrible. someone had to have known this little guy. bill: now a computer-generated image of the boy released by police, because no one has reported him missing. the opportunity for who he is, his identity continues. alisyn: that photo will help a lot. a major admission from california's former governor, why aaron arnold schwarzenegger and maria shriver called it quits after 25 years. >> and breaking up is hard to do. >> ♪ >> ♪ >> breaking up is hard to do. >> ♪ >> ♪ bill: all right.
now it seems we know what led to the split between arnold schwarzenegger and his wife maria shriver, the former california governor admitting he father add child with a members of his household staff more than a decade ago. when did his estranged wife find out? anita vogel is live on that story in l.a., making headlines across the country. what more do we know anita? good morning. >> reporter: good morning, bill. this certainly sheds whole new light on the arnold and maria slit doesn't it? it was just last week we learned this power couple was separating after 25 years of marriage, and at the time, we really didn't hear a lot about why.
well now this may be part of it. schwarzenegger admitting he had a child with a staff member who worked for the family for 20 years, and who had just retired in january. he had apparently or has apparently taken financial care of the child and is continuing to provide support. in a statement to the l.a. times and the associated press, the former governor said, quote, i understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. there are no excuses and i take full responsibility for the hurt i have caused. i have apologized to maria, my children, and my family. i am truly sorry. now, schwarzenegger went on to say that he deserves criticism, but his family does not. and so far, bill, no comment from maria shriver. bill: four children, the younges, 13, certainly a tough time for those kids. what are arnold and maria doing now? >> reporter: yeah, well, we know that they both have been doing some other things. we are told that maria shriver moved out of the family's mansion early they are year, even before they announced their separation.
former governor schwarzenegger has gone back to hollywood, we know he's working on an animated show called the governornator, he's got other tv and movie production necessary the works. he has said when he left office i am not eager -- eager to run for office, entertainment is the important thing right now. as for maria shriver, she's working on a women's empowerment website, she just edited an issue of the oprah winfrey magazine and has been promoting alzheimer's research, something close to her heart. in any case, bill, this is a shocker in the world of hollywood and politician and it's almost hard to believe that this didn't come out before the governor's race. by the way, on the governor's website, arnold schwarzenegger.com, he has a picture of himself, playing chess, and he says stay tuned for my next move. you can bet a lot of people will be tuning in now. bill: indeed they will. anita vogel, thank you. breaking news in los angeles, california. alisyn: as you know, bill, he has been the talk of the
town. but now, donald trp says he's not going to make a run for the white house. so why did donald make his decision now? mary ann marsh is former adviser to senator john kerry, angela mcgo sen a fox news poltical analyst. good morning, ladies. listen, i know that some people thought all along this is a publicity stunt but some people in the know thought the donald was very serious and part of it was because he strongly intimated to anyone who interviewed him that in fact he was going to run. so what changed his mind? angela, let me start with you. do you think there was a moment that decided it for donald trump that he wasn't going to be in the race? >> well, i was one of those people that thought that he really wasn't going to do it and that it was a publicity stunt, but having said that, two weeks ago, the donald did a speech in las vegas where he used an inappropriate word and i think that's when it started to go downhill. some people have said, too, the birth certificate debacle, that that hurt him. i believe it actually helped
him. especially with tea party supporters. i think that maybe he did a private poll, alisyn, and saw that he didn't have a chance, and what he did, he bowed out gracefully. alisyn: mary ann, what's your theory? >> i agree with angela, up to the first point, which is this was always an elaborate political and publicity stand-in, no more, no less and his ego was fed by the response by the media. the reality is it was one thing to throw the birther card down but the reality had to be when he was talking about barack obama's college record, then it was clear he was playing the race card, period, end of sentence. donald trump hurt the republicans as a result, showing how divisive this republican process is and he hurt himself and by his own admission states he was surprised by the reaction of that statement when he went out after the college admissions record. so i think that it hurt donald trump and the republican party right now. >> how can you say that the
race card was was played when talking about obama's education? it has nothing to do with him being black. >> angela, come on. you know better than that. it obviously did. he was clearly going after the fact that he -- >> he was going after his education. he was not -- >> alisyn: but what about the fact that to me, i thought that when usama bin laden was found, suddenly t. seemed everything that donald trump was talking about, be it the college records or the birth certificate, suddenly seemed more trivial. mary ann, did you think that that was a turning point? >> yes, but that came after the college admissions part. i think those two things, certainly, but the tipping point was the college admissions request, because that set up a firestorm, and yes, when barack obama got bin laden, that did change the dynamic overall, because barack obama was able to do in two years what george bush didn't get done in eight. a big tipping point. >> alisyn, to win the republican primary, finding usama bin laden, killing usama bin laden, didn't change the dynamic amongst republicans because if you heard pundits from the right, they said that it was
actually bush, and actually guantanamo bay that helped this administration find obama and the things we found out then and his administration used it now. having said that, i believe it was a speech in las vegas and trump did a poll and found out he couldn't win. alisyn: well, speaking of the republicans, and what's happening now, does trump dropping out of the race mean that the presidential race now begins in earnest? mary ann. >> look, i think it was a good week for mitt romney and a bad week for the republican party. you have a lot of people dropping out and mitt romney continues this bloodless march to the nomination, he raised $10 million yesterday, probably $40 million for the quarter but the establishment republicans are divided between romney, because they think he's the best bet to beat obama, but they're not -- a bunch of them aren't happy with him, either, casting a ballot and looking for maybe mitch daniels to jump in and fill that void and you've got the tea party folks who don't like any of them and are looking for their own candidate so it's going to be a fiery nomination process and as a
democrat, i'm glad it's republicans that have the firing squad, not the democrats. alisyn: angela, last word. >> her man cain, you have pawlenty, ron paul, who excites teenagers and college students. i think that a herman cain and allan west ticket would give liberal as run for their hone, and mary ann, you won't be able to say we're using the race card. alisyn: angela mcgowen, mary ann marsh, thank you for the debate, appreciate it. >> thanks alisyn. bill: hello! >> al hi. you're still here? bill: i was waiting for that music there. it sounded like cha ching. it was the money going oust your wallets. here's what you have america, home construction fell in april. that doesn't help. factory output dropped in april, first decline in ten minutes blamed in part on japan's disaster hurting auto production. i wish i could tell you i had good news, but at the
moment i'm fresh out of it. but hope springs, right? eternal. alisyn: meanwhile, we have some brand new satellite images, proving that pakistan has become the fastest growing nuclear power in the world. now, of course, new questions on security of those nukes and whether billions of dollars of u.s. money has been used to actually finance them, bill. bill: also, paul ryan saying cutting medicare is not taxing the wealthy -- saying not taxing the we89y will help bring down our debt. here's paul ryan. >> class warfare may be clever politics, but it's terrible economics. redistributing wealth never creates more of it. bill the medicare debate continues. how should it be changed? first during the break, go to our website, vote on our poll today, do you support raising the debt limit? more than 1200 votes in about 12 minutes. that's a pretty good clip. right now the vote overwhelmingly no. you can vote now, fox
alisyn: the judge in the casey anthony trial warned both sides not to waste time during jury selection. anthony reporters is the florida mother accused of killing her two-year-old daughter kalee, while judge belden perry hoped to start the trial today in orlando, but it's taking longer than expected to seat 12 jurors and alternates. jurors have been dismissed for talking to reporters, even for posting inappropriate items on facebook, judge belden warning the prosecution and defense to keep things moving. >> if you want to ask me some more questions, we can go ahead and do that now to determine whether or not you're going to use them, but to use these people and inconvenience them for the sake of inconveniencing them, we shouldn't be doing that. >> the judge says he does plan to give the jury a full day off before the trial begins. bill: alisyn, there's a hearing getting underway on
capitol hill on u.s. relations with pakistan, senator john kerry out of massachusetts, all this happening in the wake of bin laden's death. he was just in pakistan, by the way, trying to secure that tail on that helicopter that was in possession of the pakistanis. there are new concerns right now about what's happening behind me. this is an image from 2009, this is an open field, it goes about 3 miles this way and about 3 miles over here, it's all trees and farmland. look what we have now, two years later in 2011. this is what amounts to a construction zone, and this is what the u.s. government now says is a new nuclear facility that has been built in a rapid pace. again, we'll put them side by side and show you from '09 and '11, now 2011, 150 miles north of islamabad, that's what we're getting. what about this? p. y. crowley, former defense department spokesman. they say they built this at
alarming speed. what's going on here? >> pakistan has arguably the most rapidly expanding nuclear capability in the world. it's largely a manifestation of this ongoing obsession with india. they see india as an existential threat, even though the united states and others are trying to convince pakistan that the real threat to pakistan, to the state, is the extremists that exist within its own borders. bill: wow, that is a strong statement. they're also switching to plutonium-grade weapons as opposed to uranium-enriched. why would that be significant when you're trying to build nuclear weapons quickly? >> well, it reflects the fact that it's a source of national pride, this expanding nuclear capability, but it's also ensure ago nuclear deterrent because in a conflict with eu7bda it would be at a severe manpower disadvantage. remember, pakistan, india, have gone to war a number of tiles since they split in
the late '40s, but the united states' position is that while we respect pakistan's right to provide for its own self-defense, at the same time, recognizing that bin laden being in its borders is not is surprise because it's fertile territory given the weak political structure in pakistan. bill: what i get from the pakistan folks, if you build a nuclear plutonium nuclear bomb, you can build them smaller and faster than you would the traditional way. now, why would the lid be ploan blown off this now? what's the motivation behind making this public? >> i think part of it is to communicate to pakistan that, you know, our concern about plowing money into a nuclear deterrent, when, in fact, we need to make sure that pakistan is investing in the professionalization of this military and be able to use its military less to focus on india and more to focus on the extremists --
>> bill: you have $3 billion in u.s. aid. is some of that money going to help build the nuclear program? >> money is fungible so the fact that united states contributes to the training of its military frees up resources that can be used, you know, on this nuclear program. but the united states in recent years has provided a balance to both provide training funds for pakistan's military, but more importantly, through senator kerry and others, to increase the investment in pakistan's civilian institutions of government. that's probably the argument, the most significant weakness of the pakistanis. bill: you make a great point, man, keep an eye on that loose material. p.j. crowley out of washington, thank you. alisyn: listen to this statistic, seven out of every ten americans say that rising gas prices are hurting their families financially and they believe that things are only going to get worse. so if oil prices are dropping, why are the prices at the pump still so high? >> bill: left for dead on the side of a road.
bill: so farmners china are learning the hard way what can happen when you try and rush mother nature. row after row of melons, bursting open on the vine, exploding, they say. that mess apparently caused by overuse of a growth accelerator that's an illegal chemical in china. it is used sometimes in the u.s. on kiwi and grapes, but used in excess, that's what happens. those are melons on steroids alisyn: all right. here's a horrible story. he was found dead at the end of a dirt driveway near the
southern tip of maine, but police have no idea who he is. no children in the area have been reported missing. police have investigated 100 leads, they say, taking them as far away as the midwest. police are now releasing this computer-generated image of what the boy may have looked like. laura ingle is live in our newsroom. laura, i know you've just spoken with the state police in maine. what are they saying? >> reporter: alisyn, they still don't have an identification for this little boy but they do have a lot of new tips that came in overnight, not just from new england but as you said, from all over the country, with several calls they say coming in from florida. now, there are no missing child cases in south berwood where the boy was found or in -- south berwick. you are looking at a composite computer drawing of the boy who police say was found by a local resident around 5:00 a.m. saturday nightna rural area at the end of a dirt driveway, he was covered with a blanket, wearing a gray camouflage hoodie, tan
pants and black sneakers adorned with "lightning the queen" from the disney movie "card" he had blue highs and dirty blond hair. investigating are checking with everyone they can find. >> we've been checking for videotape in the immediate area, and we'll analyze that to see if we can at least identity any vehicles. today, the department of education has been notified so all schools will have the flor and the information on this child, all the day cares have been notified as well, so we're hoping to get some more leads that way. >> reporter: they know his face, now they need to find a name, alisyn. alisyn: obviously, this drawing i think will help flendously to figure out who he was. do they have any theory on who was around at the time? >> reporter: they don't. they do have one important tip, that of a truck that was seen in the area. it was one of many tips that police are following up on, and certainly one of the
more substantial ones. investigators are trying to find the driver of a blue toyota tacoma pickup that was spotted near the scene but still no word on that. this was the same area where ten-year-old jeffrey kerley was found dead inside of a rub everymade container in 1987, two men were convicted of killing kerley and were sentenced to life in prison. police are have a news conference later today to give us more information on this troubling mystery. alisyn: if you need more information, call your local police and they'll get you where you need to go. bill: she may have been a -- have been the staunchest supporter of president obama's new health care law, now there's a report that shows high end businesses in thansy pelosi's district are getting a pass on that very law. we'll explain. alisyn: plus he lived a lavish lifestyle. new information this morning on imf chief dominic strauss-kahn and his tax-free salary. are you receiving a payout from a legal settlement
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alisyn: "fox news alert" now, a bombshell scanning sending shockwaves through hollywood and the state of california and across the country, former golden state governor and silver screen actor, arnold schwarzenegger, admitting he fathered a child out of wedlock, more than a decade ago. and, he split from maria shriver last week after 25 years of marriage and now, we are learning that he had an affair with a woman who worked for his family, in his home, for 20 of those years. the child is now at least ten years old, we're told and reports say shriver was never suspicious because the woman was married at the time ain't raises a litany of legal questions including, potential problems with their 25-year-old prenuptial agreement, and our legal panel will break it down, just ahead. bill: got our attention, huh? another "fox news alert," now, another potential scandal, this out of washington.
tied to the president's overhaul of health care, the web site the daily caller unveiling a list of companies and unions getting waivers from parts of that new health care mandate. and, wait until you hear where a hefty chunk of them are going. brand new hour, where we start, "america's newsroom," welcome back, i'm bill hemmer, fresh hour, martha works a bit later an alisyn is with me now. alisyn: great to be with you, i'm alisyn camerota. only 22 -- 204 health care waivers granted for the month of april. but at least 38 of those, about 20%, were handed out to swanky restaurants, nightclubs and hotels. all on house minority leader nancy pelosi's turf. bill: comes up to 20%, tucker carlson is behind the report an digging into this, and, a fox news contributor, and, tucker, good morning. >> good morning, bill. bill: what does the list show? >> well, it shows the obama administration is granting waiver to places -- businesses that are not exactly performing,
you know, essential, essential -- >> give us an example. what did you find? >> our reporter, matt boyle, looked into this and called restaurants throughout san francisco, a day spa, and found a lot of these places, places serving $60 steaks, almost a parody of an expensive san francisco restaurant, were getting waivers from obamacare. granted waivers by the administration. and, by the way, under criteria that are not exactly clear. if you call up, the executive branch and say, why, exactly this or that business, why did it get an exemption from obamacare you will not get an answer. bill: you will not? >> that's correct. bill: oh. you right the obama administration says it has given out the waivers, is to exempt certain companies, policyholders from, quote, annual limit requirements. >> right. bill: which begs the question, why those companies, a, get a waiver and, why would company, b, not get a waiver.
>> our reporter called up a bunch of restaurant and got hung up on and called the day spa and asked why you got a waiver and got hung up on and 310 million americans of the country, and why are 20% coming out of a single congressional district which is nancy pelosi's? we hatch found the answer to that question. i will not speculate but that is a fact. bill: you report what restaurant has $59 porterhouse steaks and, $39 filet mignon? >> you can see, if vital defense contractors got exemptions because, we need to defend the country, but it is not clear why of all the businesses getting exemptions, all the businesses not getting exemptions, the $50 steak restaurant is get be an exemption. bill: and, the cafe, with friends like those, i guess you are doing okay, right? fundamental questions, i need to draw out of you, okay? and the two are this: what does a waiver do for a business? if you are exempt how does it benefit you.
>> it exempts you from certain requirements which are onerous an expensive. the whole reason there is a waiver in the first place, at least in theory, is because this new law will crush certain businesses. they cannot pay. and, in some cases, the employees who have health insurance, will lose their health insurance. if, forced to abide by the strictures and, so, on an annual basis, companies can get exemptions. by the way, these companies are not exempt forever, they have to keep applying -- >> there is a constant review over this. so, what you are saying is that a company would want to avoid the health care law, because, no matter how much money they make or not, it costs them money in the end, that is your conclusion? >> well, that is clearly the case, i mean, that is why companies are going to the effort of applying, for waivers, and, again, a lot of this is shrouded in, if not mystery, then, it leads to -- the information, has not been released by the administration, and why exactly are some companies getting these waivers and other companies not?
how many people have applied and how many have been turned down? we cannot get answers. bill: we have reached out to nancy pelosi's office and have not heard back and when we do we'll pass it to our viewers and get the reaction. tucker, thank you from the daily column, a fox news contributor. intriguing story. thank you. alisyn: to put the story into more perspective, so far, through the end of april, the health and human services department issued 1372 health care waivers. the most common recipients were labor unions, large corporations, financial firms and local governments. and these hotels and restaurants in pelosi's district bill talked about, seemingly the first high-end businesses, to get these year long passes, on obamacare. bill: the mighty mississippi, louisiana's cajun country, panicked to get out as the mighty miss is about to flood the homes of tens of thousands of people. in morgan city, right now, they are stacking sandbags and in a desperate attempt to keep the water out of the homes there and
the region is intentionally flooded, to try and save a larger, more populous city -- cities. >> we put everything on higher ground, trying to find higher ground and, our animals and all of that. >> mandatory evacuation and to me, that is premature. >> if need be, just about everybody in town, has a boat and if the floodwaters came in, pretty quick, you know, i'll just unlook the scrap to the boat and use that for the evacuation. bill: at least heels a bo has a. kris gutierrez, live in new orleans. how is it today. >> reporter: officials in new orleans and downstream, in st. bst. st. bernard parish say the many gates are doing exactly what they should do, the mississippi river is 17 feet, high in this area, but the good news is, it is stabilizing according to officials, still they are keeping a close eye on the levee system in this region with daily inspections. listen here: >> obviously, we are still
mindful, and watching the level of the height of the river, but, we don't believe that we're in any imminent risk, right now. >> in fact, in this area of new orleans, and again further south in st. bernard parish the talk went from, will the levees hold, to how quickly will the water levels drop, because, that, too, bill can have a negative impact hope to integrity of the levee. bill: that is a huge port in new orleans and how is the rising water impacting that, kris. >> reporter: the good news is the port is still open and cargo and cruise ships are operating under the normal schedules and we're told the ships are supposed to stay 180 feet from the levee system behind me and the main thing we are hearing, though, is that the operators are saying that the water is cruising at such a quick rate and the water is so high, that it has become more difficult to navigate these waters, so, they are basically, just being encouraged to take their time, and to make sure they are
mindful of the situation at hand. bill: thank you, kris gutierrez, the story continues, believe it or not and we are weeks done the road, thanks. alisyn: and here's a connected story, that is troubling, the department of wildlife warning floodwaters could force wild animals into populated areas. here's video of a deere, leaving as the river starts to rise. officials say bears and alligators could do the same and they urge people to avoid the animals and, under no circumstances, should you feed them. bill: we're closely watching every move on the flooding sound dout, too, for dramatic images and the latest forecasts, on our web site, foxnews.com, we have a number of pictures and videotape, up loaded there, what we can't get to, during our program, here, over the next hour you can log onto the web site, a lot of you folks, who are on the computer, right now, anyway. check that out at foxnews.com. alisyn: from a $3,000 a night suite to a cell in riker's
island, dominique strauss-khan denied bail and faces charges of sexually assaulting a housekeeper at a luxury hotel in times square, new york and now we are learning just how high on the hog the socialist politician had been living. peter barnes from the fox business network is live, outside of the imf headquarters in washington. peter, what was his salary, just out of curiosity at the imf? >> reporter: well, alisyn we have the numbers, the imf says that strauss-khan earned a salary of $441,980. and, got a cost-of-living allowance of $79,1 2$79,121. for compensation, tax free as of july 1st, 2009, the latest year the imf disclosed his compensation and, he gets all of his business expenses covered, first class air fare wherever he flies and the imf executive board met informally yesterday
and made no decisions about strauss-khan's job or compensation. >> the board was briefed, regarding criminal charges, that have been brought against the managing director during a private visit to new york. the imf staff and its executive board will continue to monitor developments. >> reporter: now, the imf says strauss-khan is paying his own legal expenses, in this case, in new york which means the u.s. is not paying for any of them. the united states is the imf's largest shareholder contributing 17% of the $1.3 trillion annual funding. alisyn. alisyn: that is interesting and so many people were questioning how his legal fees were going to be paid. peterbarnes, thanks for the update. bill: maybe, when we continue on, he'll find out this country is the best place to live.
we found that out. alisyn: i did not know that! bill: most americans say the best country in this world is... right here, the good old u.s.a.! 84% say yes. that includes 89% of republicans, 83% of democrats and 73% of nippindependents and we'll work on trying to get that number higher, throughout the day. alisyn: and, italy is great to visit, but, to live? right here. 25 years of holy matrimony and 8 of them, in the california governor's mansion and now the legal fallout as camelot comes crashing down, around shriver and schwarzenegger. bill: and a mystery may be involved, two years at the bottom of the atlantic ocean. can these black boxes from air france flight 447 tell us why it plunged into the sea? great riddle. alisyn: plus, paul ryan said with allies like that, who needs the left? white house contender, newt
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bill: this has been a dust-up the past two days, paul ryan responding to critical, of the $6 trillion budget cut proposal including a plan to overhaul medicare and first the white house -- house budget committee chair talking about the president's push for higher taxes and wealthy americans and says -- on wealthy americans and says it will not help the economy. >> the math is really clear, the government cannot close its enormous fiscal gap by taxing the rich. the gap grows by trillions of dollars of each year, representing tens of trillions in unfunded promise to future generations the government has no plans to keep. bill: that was from yesterday and now, today john barrasso, an
orthopedic surgeon, with me now, welcome back here, senator. >> thanks, bill. bill: to "america's newsroom," i'll play a clip, newt gingrich on "meet the press" sunday morning and that caused headlines to ripple across the country and put this on a youtube clip that clarifies things. >> i'm completely opposed to the obama care mandate and oppose an abeal of obama care and, any effort to oppose a federal mandate by anyone, because it is fundamentally wrong and i eve, unconstitutional. bill: and detractors said he was not that clear on sunday and now you get the clarification. what about all of this, sir? >> i practiced medicine for 25 years in wyoming and we need to save and strengthen medicare. it is on an unsustainable course and we got a wake-up call friday when medicare's actuary said it will be broke and bankruptcy,
sooner than we think, in just 13 years. we have to do something. and -- bill: what -- do you support -- what newt gingrich said is that the media is characterizing his comments, in the wrong way. and he says the media is trying to paint this -- as a newt gingrich issue versus a paul ryan issue. all of that to the side, do you support what paul ryan put forth in the house a few weeks back? >> i do support what paul ryan is doing, he made a legitimate, serious proposal to deal with the legitimate and serious problem that america is facing. i'm not here to either endorse or criticize any of our presidential candidates. but i'm here to tell you, we need to do something, and, just, scaring americans about medicare, is not the way to go. we need real solutions. we need to solve this problem. and, paul ryan's approach does nothing to impact medicare on anybody, 55 or above, but it does talk about people, 54 and
below, and, in ways that we can strengthen the program, and give people more choices. and, for me, i would like to have more choices. when i hit medicare age and people of that age ought to have an opportunity to select the same level of options that members of congress get. i think that is a way to look at solving the problem. bill: whee call on you often on the topic because you are a doctor, and that was your field, before you became a member of congress. and, now, what ryan says, is that his idea is not radical at all and he claims, what is radical is kicking the issue down the road, even further. and we cannot afford that. >> i agree with him, because, we now know that medicare is going to be bankruptcy, in 13 years. which is why i'm so critical of the president's health care law which took $500 billion from our seniors, on medicare, not to save and strengthen medicare but to start a new government program for someone else. and, the president and the health care law set up something called the independent payment
advisory board. which in the recent speech, the president basically doubled down on additional cuts to medicare providers, which to me is going to limit the ability of people on medicare to find doctors, and to get care. bill, doctors all around the country are running away from medicare patients and i think what the president is proposing, is making it worse. bill: who -- whoever gets the nomination, newt gingrich or mitt romney, whoever on the republican side, this will be a significant issue in the campaign next year. and... and you whirng about thithi -- when you think about this, is this a referendum on health care reform or is it already starting to soak into the american call tour. >> still a majority of americans want us to repeal and replace this health care law. people understand, after either looking through it, as nancy pelosi said, first you have to pass it before you get to find out what is in it, as more and more people find out what is in it, as they talk to doctors, and
nurses, they realize, this is going to be bad for patients, bad for providers, and nurses and the doctors who take care of those patients, and, terrible for our taxpayers, bill. bill: the american people will fight this out of the ballot box. and it will be fascinating to watch. senator, thank you, john barrasso, u.s. senator on the hill with us today, thanks for coming back. >> thank you, bill. bill: alisyn? alisyn: here's a mystery that endures, two years after an air france flight, plunged into the atlantic, investigators find the black box deep down on the ocean bed. so what can it tell us, after all of this time. bill: fascinating and the giants fan brutally beating outside the dodgers stadium in l.a., now moving a step closer to his kids and his home. >> one more step in the journey, one step closer to home, home being, a normal life and yes, it is a big step, a long time coming. that'll turn up every year.
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alisyn: we're just learning more about the black boxes investigators found from the air france flight that crashed more than two years ago into the atlantic oceans. the data and voice recorders discovered this month deep on the ocean bed. the flight is said to have plunged while en route from rio de janeiro to paris in 2009, all 228 people on board died. and, aviation analyst mike boyd joins me now. good morning, mike. >> good morning. alisyn: okay. i'm just getting this information, now, into our newsroom and this is from an article that just was put out this morning, and it says that after a first sweep of the black boxes that were found, no new technical issues appear to have been the problem with the jet. what do you make of that?
did i dig dethey dig deeper intx and can the first, cursory glance tell us anything. >> it may not have been a technical issue but a structural issue and they are moving in the right direction to find out what caused the plane to fall out of the sky and the good news is, it has been two years and, there were no more incidents and it is probably something specifically to that flight. alisyn: it was a pito-2, the sensors on the front of the plane, they measure the air speed and the air flow and there was a theory that the flight climbed so high, these got frozen and started emitting faulty speeds that caused the pilots to react in a bad way. >> that pretty well could be, and that could have been a defective piece of machinery or a defective system and they almost guarantee they'll find out something like that as they go ahead, they found out there was nothing wrong with the airplane, per se and that what is the report said and if there
is something wrong with the structure flying through the thunderstorm, they'll find out. alisyn: these black boxes have been sitting at 10,000 feet, below sea level, for two years, haven't they been compromised, somehow? >> they may have been but, keep in mind the black boxes are designed to withstand a crash. which has a lot of pressure on a box, and, looking at the pictures it looks like they are in fairly good shape, remember, they are digital, t tre are no tapes and moving parts and so, overall, i think you will find they will get a lot of good data out of it. alisyn: mike boyd, an aviation security analyst, we appreciate you joining us and we'll follow the story until they tell us something conclusive about what happened to the flight. thank you. >> thank you. bill: and they never gave up, too, they were going to find those. alisyn: thank goodness. bill: and bring them to the surface. alisyn: this is a really mysterious one, fell out of the sky. bill: a bold idea for conservatives to start paying down trillions of dollars in debt and the backlash from the other side. alisyn: and a new poll shows 70%
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bill: 1030 time name new york, everybody, top stories in "america's newsroom", some of them, anyway, a florida imam and his two sons making their first appearance in court on charges they helped support the talibani -- pakistan taliban, they're accused of funneling $50,000 to that organization. >> susan mubarek is detained over how they obtained so much money. >> the battered housing market, construction of new homes plummeting in april. that's not cool. housing sector now in the midst of one of its worst years in history. end it already, right alisyn? >> alisyn: that's right. not getting better. neither are gas prices, as gas prices, near four bucks a gallon in some parts of the country. there's a new poll that shows seven out of ten americans say the high cost of fuel is now hurting their families financially, the
average price for a gallon of regular is 3.94 according to aaa, with oil prices dropping, why are prices at the pump still so high? eric bolling of the fox business network joins me. aren't oil prices dropping eric? >> absolutely. oil prices are trading around 96, 97 a barrel, down from 115 a couple of weeks ago, a 15 percent drop, $17 a barrel. guess what? aaa tells us 3.94 1/2 centor or so, only less than a nickel off of 30-month high, so what's happening is oil prices are going down but gasoline prices are becoming sticky at the retail level. that means basically if you fill up your tank this is what you're saving on maybe a $80 fillup, a buck, a single buck. they have to come down, they need to be coming down quickly. they probably will, alisyn, for the next couple of weeks, you may see a 30-35 cents drop but watch out, later in the summer if things don't continue to lower with oil price, gasoline prices are headed back up.
alisyn: is that right? there's an answer that says that 54 percent, high prices are here to stay. so there's not a lot of optimism among drivers. >> here's the issue. until something changes in the drilling atmosphere, environment, until something changes in the refining environment, the prices have to continue higher, they'll go higher, $6 next year, $7 the year after. president obama said he's more than willing to look at anwar and the outer continental shelf to drill more, but saying it and doing it have been two different things with the administration. we'll see if he does. maybe more oil on the market can bring prices down but until they do that, and certainly until we get more refining in america, price versus to stay firm. we haven't had a new refinery built in 40 years. alisyn: you say that, yet two years ago the prices fluctuated and in fact gas prices went down without any new drilling or refinery capabilities. what happened? >> what happened two years
ago, after george bush lifted the moratorium on off shore drilling, prices started to tumble, they were at $147, made their way down to $33 a barrel, then the speculators that everyone likes to point their fingers at jumped in and pushed prices up even further. so at the pump we reflected that big move from 147 down to 33, then things started to change, oil turned right back around and started heading up and sure enough, gasoline prices, they're very quick to go up on the pump, on the way up, and the problem srgs and this is somewhere some -- where some gouging laws come into effect, on the way down, when they should be coming down more, like oil prices coming down more, the gas prices eeks down a little bit. it needs to get aggressive down lower and again, unless something changes in the drilling and refining world, prices will head back u alisyn: it sure will help if they're 25 cents less around memorial day. pill bill: know what i paid in florida yesterday? alisyn: >> what? >> bill: 5.79. alisyn: was that to fuel the
space shuttle or a car! bill: good question. it of the last exit before the airport, i pulled off, got out, it was like what is going on here. all the car rental companies around that area, a lot of them went to this one guy. he's been all over the news down there. he's a price gouger, 5.79 for the cheap stuff! alisyn: they get you every time when you have to fill up your car before the airport! bill: the boss is not going to like that bill! right. if you wanted to knock off the $14 trillion in debt, what would you sell in america? how about a stockpile of gold, said to be locked up in a fort knox vault among other u.s. assets? what's what a group of conservative economists are suggesting. we're going to debate that, matt mccall, oscar garboni, commodities trader and president of the onmi trading out of vegas. you say sell the gold. come -- how come and what else, oscar? >> here the thing. you have to be careful with
selling the gold. you only sell a little gold until you are sure the government is going to raise interest rates. here's the thing about the gold. if you add up the gold that the federal reserve has, we have about $390 billion worth of gold, at the $1500 an ounce price. that is about three months of our debt, because the government says to pay down our debt, we need $125 billion a month. so if we sold all of our gold, we pay for three months worth of debt. that is not the right thing to do. selling some of it to raise some money is okay. you know, remember this, the united states is not going out of business and this is not supposed to be a fire sale, but there is this. i think the quickest path to economic recovery would be to sell or lease off the drilling rights all over this country for oil, especially deep sea drilling. on top of that, we have all over this country natural gas in shale, we have the appalachian base which houses the marcellas, the largest deposit, the baxter,
new albany, the berrick, it goes on and on. there are 29 reserves in total. if in fact they allowed us to take that gas, start using it as quickly as possible, if they allow us to drill everywhere possible, our children will thank us. now, i don't think that -- >> bill: i got you. i got you. >> our children will thank us. bill: eventually you could chip away at the cost of energy in america. matt, what's wrong with all those ideas? >> there's a lot wrong. let's start with number one. after you start selling a little gold here, gold there, suddenly the u.s. government is a commodities trader, they start picking when to sell gold? come on, you're a market timer? that does not work at all. the major issue, the major league will bring on $125 billion in debt for us, we're spending too much. this is similar to a house 408d -- household who sends too much, they sell everything in the house, sell the retirement and then what? three months later, we need more money. we need to stop spending. it's not about selling
assets, gold, it's about national security. what happens when the u.s. dollar starts falling, it's a piece of paper. we have nothing thenful bill: oscar, maintenance sense. what about it? >> i do agree, then -- again, this shouldn't be a fire sale, we shouldn't sell off our assets but again, if we want to create an industry that will create a tax bairks that will bring in revenue for the government and will help our children going forward, we have to do something about oil right now. bill: sheo. >> you say the children. this ds not help us any time soon. you start drilling now that will not hit line for decades. we have a problem now. if we don't stop spending now, ear not going to be around in a decade. >> you know what i think we can do in this country, what we've seen done in the past, we should go on an infrastructure rebuilding, tear down roads, bridges, put as many people to work as possible, get money back to the consumer. bill: wait. the 70 -- the eight -- isn't that what the $800 billion stimulus was about? >> it's okay, we gave money to banks, got them on their
feet, now we've got to put money in the hands of consumers. bill: that was the stimulus, oscar. >> excuse me? >> bill that was t.a.r.p., the money that went to the banks. the stimulus, everybody thought it was going to rebuild the structure of -- the infrastructure of america. >> no, we stopped the stock market for crumbling, that got done, okay? away from that, the banks are stable enough, now you got to get money in the hands of consumers. as we know, 70 percent of our economy is consumer consumption. we need us spending our money. bill i'll give matt the last word. >> listen, i do agree the consumer needs to start spending again but that's what got us in the situation we're in now, spending money we do not have. the american public has been educated, we're not spending as much. now we need the government to follow suit. we do not need to be selling off assets. we need to stop spending. that's the bottom line. we have an issue. our government doesn't want to stop spending. let's just do it. bill we'll leave it there, gentlemen, matt, oscar,
thank you. i am certain our viewers have great ideas for what they'd like to sell. hemmer, fox news.com. gentlemen, see you later. alisyn: breaking news out of washington an capitol hill right now, because fox news has confirmed a wisconsin congressman, paul ryan, whom you've heard so much about this year with budget issues, will not run for the wisconsin senate. now, this is interesting, and relevant, because as you may know, senator herb kohl, a democrat out of wisconsin, will be retiring soon, so there was lots of speculation as to whether paul ryan would make a bid for herb kohl's seat, so fox has just confirmed that ryan says he will not do so and here's his reason. he says it's because, quote, he believes the most important factor in making this decision was determining where i could make the biggest difference. and he added, it's serving as chair of the budget committee is best for him and, quote, allows me to have a greater impact in averting this debt-fueled
crisis than if i were to run for the united states senate. in other words, it sounds like he says i can do the most if i stay right where i am. bill: probably right about that, given the position he has in the house. wisconsin congressional district one in the southern part of the state, it's got a number of young kids, and he drives his pickup truck around the weekends to visit his constituents. he likes his job and he loves the state and he's going to stay where he is. alisyn: and he's managed to become a household name as a congressman so it's hard to see how he would do more as a senator. bill: the news is in according to folks out of washington, also this on a staple on america airways, a staple for 45 years. >> the representation of 135,000 children, there's the reason that for the next 20 hours, we're going to do what we do. bill: he's a legend. the future for jerry lewis. in a moment. there is news on that ali. alisyn: their 25 year marriage hits a brick wall. legal fallout from arnold's infidelity.
alisyn: now to the potential legal fallout from the bombshell sex scandal rocking arnold schwarzenegger's world, california's former governor admitting he fathered a child out of wedlock more than a decade ago during a affair with a woman who worked for his family for 20 years. last week shall warring nezzer -- shall warring nezzer split from maria shriver. so let the legal battle royale begin. cameron holder is criminal defense -- tamra holder is a fox fox news contributor. the l.a. times is reporting that schwarzenegger took financial responsibility for this child whom he reportedly had an affair with, a member of their
household staff. so legally speaking, he's done the right thing. he's paid child support. so does this other family have a claim against him? >> i don't think his family necessarily has a claim, but what about the people of the state of california? that's where it's going to get interesting, remember, edwards, ensign, all these other politicians have been investigated for their monetary contributions to illegitimate children or to things that are outside of their political arena. so where was this money coming from is a bigger issue and is the department of justice now going to investigate him. alisyn: obviously it's a big issue if he used some sort of campaign funds but he's a wealthy man, if he used his own money, what punishment is there for misleading your family and for misleading the people of california and the country? >> i don't think that there's any kind of legal punishment and that's where americans should really
separate moral conduct from political conduct, and ask themselves, you know, at what point are we going to just say people and what they do in their own homes, in their own bedrooms, is not of our concern, let's talk about the real issues, whether it's spending, whether it's the economy, but you know, you're looking at ensign and news gingrich and bill clinton and john edwards, the list goes on and on and on, all the way back to the kennedy days and before, so we know that men and women cheat. let's move on to bigger issues here. alisyn: now, reportedly, he and his wife, maria shriver, had a prenuptial agreement. do those usually come with a clause for fidelity? >> well, each one is different, because it's a contract between two parties. so it just depends on what the four corners of the agreement say. i would think that maria came into the marriage very knowledgable, there had been rumors of his infidelity and his elbow have -- his
behavior way before they got married, and also coming from a kennedy family, i think that she knew about these things and probably came in very prepared and very protected. she had her own money as well to protect. alisyn: we should also make it clear that at least according to reports this morning, he did not tell her about this until after he left the governor's mansion, in other words, he was protecting the governorship more than he was being honest with his own family. she reportedly just learned about this. >> right. and that's why i brought up the point about misleading the people of the state of california. you know, this is somebody who was lying to everybody. his own family, and the people. there were allegations of misconduct in the first election and the second election, and he settled lawsuits. it's gone on and on and on. so there's no surprise that he had another child essentially living within the family that he claimed wasn't his own, but it was. it's just absolutely
disturbing. alisyn: tamra, hasn't there been some isolated cases, these are not the norm but doy recall reporting on these, where the husband, the aggrieved husband of the wife who had the child with arnold tends to be fill anderring other husband for something like the trail of trust or disillusion of marriage? >> well, the thing is is that the divorce occurred before this came out, or didn't occur, but it had already been settled that it was an amicable dissolution of marriage that they were going on, so i don't think that that's going to be an issue. you know, like i said, there was knowledge of infidelity or an assumed knowledge of infidelity for many years. so even if she did not know about this child, they should have -- she should have known about the behavior, and i don't think that her closing her eyes to all of this behavior over 20 years is a good defense for
her anymore. she just needs to close the door and move on with her life. alisyn: tamra holder, thank you very much for coming in with legal insight into this scannal that we're learning of today. bill: feel bad for the kids, right? four of them, youngest is 13. so tough to go through, a teenager, or at any point in your life. jenna lee is working on "happening now". what you got cooking up there jenna? >> jenna: good morning. steve forbes is going to join us to talk about the economy. we're going to ask him whether or not it's realistic to think taxes will go up for only some of us. and two big players short, we'll talk to a republican king maker about the field so far. also reports of a new generation of drones to counter china, and the five stupidest warnings put on products only for americans, bill. there's a contest!
bill: fox news alert, news out of libya, that war continues, an reports moments ago of nato air strikes, pounding two government buildings in the capitol city of tripoli. reena ninan, streaming live outside benghazi, libya with the latest there. reena, what happened? >> reporter: bill, we are on the road from ben georgia eerk the pressure continues by those nato air strikes in the capitol of tripoli. behind me you can see the remnants of one of the air strikes, the beginning of the war, hitting on to a qaddafi military tank. it's got continued pressure that's allowed the rebels to continue making efforts on the ground because the targets are near solve -- are soften the and -- softened and it allows them to push to the east. they are continuing to push towards the eastern oil town of brega. that is significant because in brega, it means that the car daie troops are allowed to be stretched along from brega down to this area
here, making it incredibly difficult to resupply and rearm. we are hearing counts of qaddafi commanders telling troops stay where you are, i'm going to rearm and bring back ammunition, only to never return. meantime there are de effects on the political front, the oil minister has detected to tunisia, another town that -- another that qaddafi's children are receiving treatment in tunisia and four journalists who have been taken captive in tripoli may likely be released after a court hearing today. i'll send it back to you guys in new york now. bill: a lot of headlines out of that country yet again today in a war that often people forget still is going on, with no resolution in sight. reena ninan, thanks, in northern libya. alisyn. alisyn: back here at home, engineers in louisiana are scrambling to prevent a katrina-like disaster, they're trying to keep the levees holding back the swelling mississippi river, as thousands of people leave their homes behind. >> it's just a house that we've raised our children
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learn more at johndeere.com/greentagevent. alisyn: we've pharbgsz the end of a era in the television world. the legendary entertainer jerry lewis is retiring from his muscular dystrophy telethon program. he has been hosting the show for 45 years. this labor day lewis will perform his traditional version of, you'll never walk alone. he'll continue to serve at the mda's national chairman. jon: a strong, strongman. alisyn: what an institution that has been. jon: watching him growing up you say, how can he stay up all night? can we do that? "happening now" starts in a moment. i wanted you to know that watching that