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overnight. martha: you are bill hemmer, welcome back. bill: a great adventure. it was great to be off the grid. martha: i'm martha maccallum good to have you back on a monday. the zimmerman family says their lives have been threatened as a result of this. >> i wanted to say i'm sorry for the loss of your son. i did not know how old he was. i those was a little bit younger than i am and i did not know if he was armed or not. bill: where is zimmerman now? do we have any idea on that
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question? >> he's back in hiding not to be seen until his arraignment. shortly after midnight this morning, george zimmerman it was a 14-second walk shot. you could see the outline of a bulletproof vest underneath. he has to wear a gps monitoring device. we suspect he's on his state already. the judge agreed with that as a condition. no alcohol. he has to check in every three days. and he's not to make any contact with the trayvon martin family. the martin family placed an ad thanking their supporters who have come out the last week not only in florida but across the nation. bill: the supporters of george
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zimmerman are planning a rally for him. what do you know about that? >> reporter: a march for george. sanfordv has seen many rallies the past month and a half around the country. they say they are going to duplicate one of these for george zimmerman. they say the kind of support is long overdue. >> in this country nobody wants to get off the couch. now it's time to get the hell off the couch, stand up and stand your ground. get the hell off the couch. >> reporter: that's frank taaffe. he's a neighbor of george zimmerman. he will be getting a permit from the city of sanford today. he showed us the area where
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trayvon martin was killed. his alibi is his head was being smashed on the concrete and that's when he pulled out his gun and that's something the investigators could not rule out. >> the injuries seem to be consistent with his story. >> the injuries are consistent with a harder object striking the back of his head than his head was. >> could not be cement? >> could be. >> reporter: that state investigators also conceding the state, their investigation, can't say definitively who threw the first punch when the altercation turned physical. that's going to be crucial whether it's probable cause, or
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if second degree murder was committed. martha: in the secret service scandal. there is a call for more agents to be fired and they are demanding to know how much the white house knew about this incident in the early going. senator joe lieberman questioned whether this could be a pattern of indifference within the agency. >> from what we know what was happening in cartejena, they were not acting like secret servicemen, they were acting like college students on spring break weekend. martha: with all the tulmult, you would think your 401k is
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safe and sound from the tax man. think between. uncle sam could be look at finding a way to take a nibble here and there from your retirement nest egg. lawmakers are mulling over changes that would make that 401k fair game for taxing. stuart varney is the host of varney on the fox news network. >> it's not just a nibble. there are two proposals. number one, limit the amount you can put into a 401k. that would limit the tax break you get on that money. proposal number two, entirely eliminate the tax break for monti you put into an ira or 401k. you get the tax break when you
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take it out at far end. that would raise a great deal of money. the estimate is $410 billion. wait amount to is a stealth tax on the middle class. you are not just taxing millionaires and billionaires. you are reaching down into america's middle class by changing the tax breaks on their private pension plans. martha: you be undercutting the premise of the whole 401k plan which is to encourage retirement savings. >> reporter: you would make a problem that exists already a whole lot worse. people should save for their own private retirement. if you can put money into a 401k. if you take away the tax break than fewer people than ever will contribute to their private pension plan. these are just proposals.
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but when you couple the proposals for pension plans with removing some of the tax breaks on second homes and removing some of the tax breaks on generous healthcare plans you are talking about a stealth tax attack on america's middle class. martha: you are talking about tax increases. we are told we won't see tax increases but all of these things are exactly that. >> reporter: the president want to increase tax rates roifnt, but this is changing the tax rules which amounts to a tax increase on middle america. martha: good to see you as always. we'll see you on the business channel. bill: taxes on retirement funds could impact your retirement account. 50 million american workers participate in plans. these worth $3 trillion.
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that accounts for 36% of all financial household assets. nothing says april like a snow-filled nor'easter. pictures from the town of boston, new york, bringing 8-12 inches in rainfall. rainfall well below normal for the northeast this time of year. maria has been on this all morning in our extreme weather center. >> reporter: we are talking about snow. next week is basically the month of may. oh just weird stuff going on out there. we are seeing snow come down across west virginia and update new york and it's accumulating on the trees. but it is good news. we are currently in a drought and between basically dry conditions to a moderate
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drought. we did get much-needed rain. the heaviest of it and the worst of it came down during the overnight hours. and we saw strong winds in excess of 50 miles an hour at la guardia airport. very significant snowfall accumulations outside the city of buffalo. because it's so late in the season, the problem is many of the trees have seen their leaves come out. when you get heavy wet snow on top of the trees, the trees can come down and outages will be possible. where is the snow coming downs? in upstate new york and west virginia. we are expecting the snow to continue through tuesday. bill: is this payback for a great spring? all right. halloween and easter.
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halloween and a little bit more easter. if you are getting hit by the storm we would like to see more pictures. you can send them to an address at the bottom of your screen. remember to be safe out there. we have that situation of the leaves out on the trees and the snow is on top of that. you will have power lines on top of that to think about. all along as, arizona's governor said if the federal government would do their job and protect her state from illegal immigrant she wouldn't have to do it. but she says she has to because they haven't upheld their part of the bargain. bill: new reports president obama plans to go around congress more than he already has says republicans? watch. martha: the fate of the female
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martha: a terrifying trip through the drive-thru of a mcdonald's. look at this. this is in california. propane tank explodes in the back of a pickup truck. firefighters say the 100 degree temperatures caused temperature to build up in the propane tank. it started to leak. the driver tried to fix it but it created a spark that ignited the tank. the explosion seriously burned the man and the surround thing area as well. tough day. bill: harsh new criticism of
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republicans from obama's seen or adviser david axlerod. >> i think a lot of republicans want to cooperate. but they are in the reign of terror from the far right. you can see the republican party has moved out of the mainstream. this is good. a reign of terror. good morning to both of you. tony, are you a good republican or bad republican. >> obviously i'm not a robes pierre republican who led through the reign of terror. this whole talking point is absolutely ridiculous, especially when you think about the fact, even done your air i
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saw democrats touting a small business bill that went through congress in a bipartisan way. the republicans gave the president his pretrade agreement and tax bill. so the idea we are bad guys block every piece of legislation he introduces is wrong. bill: kirsten are you a good democrat or bad democrat? >> i'll go with good. the idea that tony is bringing up trade agreements as an example of working with the president says it all. i think i know what the public debate has been on and trade agreement has not been the biggest issue. and the payroll tax cut was
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after a bruising fight. they have opposed them at almost every turn. we had mitch mcconnell saying the biggest job of the republicans was to make sure the president wasn't reelected. interesting for me to learn. bill: axlerod believes republicans have moved to far to the right out of the mainstream pushing romney into areas he's not comfortable. what do you make of that. >> that's to be expected. all the obama administration can focus on is making republicans less appealing. the president want to extend it for one month. this is the area where we have fundamental policy differences. they are not all just political. this idea that axlerod says if you oppose this president you
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are a french revolutionary, you are a bad guy is absolutely ridiculous. there are big stark differences between the republicans who don't want $5 trillion add to our debt, don't want a $1.7 trillion healthcare bill we can't afford and a president pushing that agenda. >> republicans don't like adding trillions to the debt except when they are doing it. this idea that they reduced the debt and don't want it up and democrats are the opposite is a falsehood that continues to be put out there. this is axlerod's point. bill: will they take the primary battle to the general election. >> they were asked if they would
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support 10 to 1 tax cuts and they said no. they have shown they are not interested in working with the president and they staked out positions that are not in the mainstream. bill: our ask the house speaker john boehner about this tomorrow. martha, what's coming up. martha: this little girl vanished without a trace from her bedroom. we have brand-new evidence in the disappearance of this 6-year-old little girl. the new clue that could change everything about this case is next. most life insurance companies look at you and just see a policy. at aviva, we do things differently. we're bringing humanity back to life insurance. that's why only aviva rewards you with savings
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bill: this journey across the pacific revealed aa beachcomber found this soccer ball on a remote island off alaska.
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it turns out it belongs to a 16-year-old boy in japan who survived last year's tsunami by escaping to higher ground. the pen marks on the soccer ball identify the boy and his school. they are making arrangements to get it back to its rightful owner back in japan. martha: investigators in tucson, arizona following potential new leads in the disappearance of his little girl. she was last seen in her bed late friday night at 11:00 p.m. when police went into her bed in the morning she was gone. police are focusing on a suspicious entry point into her home as her family prays for her return. >> we are hoping she went for a
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walk and will come home unharmed. >> the family is cooperating with us but we are not ruling out anything in this investigation. we don't have enough information to allow us to do that either way. martha: rod wheeler joins me, he's a former d.c. homicide detective. what stands out to you here. >> that suspicious entry point indicates it was possibly a window on the first floor of the home. the home is like a ranch home and apparently there was some blinds in the window and the blind were pushed to one side and supposedly the window was knocked out. the police chief has not said whether the glass that was found on the inside of the home or outside of the home. that will be important in this investigation. other thing the police chief said on fox and friends that i
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thought was interesting is they have not ruled out the fact that maybe this little girl was taken out of the home by a family member. they are not sure at this point. there are so many different avenues they are looking at. they have the fbi involved in this case as well. martha: the family has said they believe she was abducted from the home as we just outlined. the police say that they are not -- quote, not quite sure whether she was in fact abducted. obviously you have to work as an investigators on both cylinders, both avenues because time is of the essence. right, rod? >> don't you find it interesting that the family members right away said they know for sure that little isabel was abducted by someone. as convenient investigator i'm thinking how do you know that for sure. how do you know she did not get and walk out of the house. apparently all of the doors of the home were closed.
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the other thing i thought was interesting was the fact that the mother never found little girl mission. the mother was gone to work at the time the father went into isabel's room. he was also the last foreign see her the night before. all these things are suspicious in nature and that's why the investigators are taking a close look at all of these elements. martha: everybody hopes for her safe return promptly. rod, thank you so much. rod wheeler. bill: it's the early hours of the investigation. arizona's controversial immigration law will be heard by the supreme court in a matter of days. will the law stand? we have a clue and a great and to debate its fate. >> if congress refuses to act i said i will do everything in my power to act without them. martha: statement like that have
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given rise to talks like this and president obama recently said we can't wait when it comes to accomplishing his legislative goals. there are new reports he plans to bypass congress more in the future. is that so? we'll talk about it. tastes goo? like these sweet honey clusters... actually there's a half a day's worth of fiber in every ... why stop at cereal? bring on the pork chops and the hot fudge. fantastic. are you done sweetie? yea [ male announcer ] fiber one. let's see what you got. rv -- covered. why would you pay for a hotel? i never do. motorcycles -- check. atv. i ride those.
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bill: the u.s. embassy in kenya warning u.s. citizens as we see
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credible information on possible attacks on hotels and government buildings. the embassy urging americans to remain aware of their surrounding and be vigilant of their personal security. it was august 1998 when the embassy was bombed in nairobi. martha: a front page story says the president plans to flex is executive powers muscle to bypass congress to push through things wants to accomplish. several aides said the president's "we can't wait" strategy is fired up and ready to go for a second term, and that raised concerns with republican peter rossum. good to have you this morning. so when you take a look at this.
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when you take a look at the president's work with congress an was criticized for leaving the work on healthcare to be hammered out in congress. same criticism was leveled at him when it came to the stimulus package. perhaps he looks at those two things and says i'm better off when i find legal ways to do things through executive powers. >> i think the president has been disappointing in how he approached this. the country gave him an overwhelming vote of confidence in 2008. and for two years he had open field running with no restraining influence to move forward with the agenda and he passed healthcare, stimulus, tried to do cap and trade and all of these large spending moves. then the country said hold on, this isn't what we signed up for and they clearly said we want to move in a different direction.
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rather than listening to the public within the president said i don't care what the result are of the 2010 election i'm going to move forward with an agenda that seems to be more and more and more out of step. he criticizes a coequal branch of the government, the united states supreme court and says there is no way they can strike down his signature healthcare law because they wouldn't dare think it's unconstitutional. i think he's not being tempered and restrained by the election results of 2010, and he's moving forward on an agenda that is seemingly more and more out of touch. martha: when you lock at some of the things outlined in this piece, creating jobs for veterans was a program that came through that. preventing drug shortages, raising fuel economy can cards. what are you concerned about, what do you think is at the top
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of his agenda for similar executive powers action. >> you look at gasoline. within a half mile of the studio here in chicago, gas is $4.50 a gallon. the president has not used his executive authority to lower gas prices which will strings that are linked to long-term economic prosperity. martha: how would you use executive powers to lower the gas prices. you don't slow permits, you accelerate permits for oil and gas exploration off the coast, and in the mountain west. you communicate a far different energy agenda, say rather than saying yes to solyndra and no to the keystone pipeline. the president has decided to cater to a fringe narrow group of his environmental base as opposed to focusing in on energy
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policy good for the country at large. i'm not overstating what the president is able to do on energy. what i am sake is he can lead and create an environment where exploration and the supply side of things is perceived more openly and warmly in the administration. they are being passive aggressive at best and it's not helpful. i think the president would be wise to listen carefully to what the voters said in 2010. the same voters that voted for president obama in 2008 voted for a check and balance congress in 2010. what they were saying, in my opinion, is you have got to live within your means and stop spending money you don't have and enough with these trillion dollar deficits. martha: thank you very much. always good to see you. bill: there are new developments in the cold case of etan patz.
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they discovered possibly a bloodstain in a basement. he was the first child to appear on a milk carton in 1979. what more do we know about the possible bloodstains. >> reporter: investigators discovered the stain after spraying luminol. it's used to detect blood, but it's not foolproof. it was carved out and will be sent to the fbi lab in virginia. there was also hair and a piece of paper. but investigators told the family of etan patz they have not found human remains despite hopes that the search will find answers after 33 years. you are looking at a live look
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on prince street outside the basement where they have been searching. they finished half of the digging below the basement floor. they should be done possibly later today. bill: we are hearing more about the handyman at the center of this case? >> reporter: we heard the ex-wife told police miller raped his 10-year-old niece. she says that was the reason she divorced him. he worked out of the basement and etan often played in that basement. the night before he went missing miller gave the boy a dollar for working in his shop. through his lawyer, miller has denied any involvement in the boy's disappearance and his stepson said miller never raped anybody. so far we are not hearing of any significant find in the search
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and it goes on today. bill: rick leventhal in new york. i wonder if it's false hope for the parent who never moved out of that apartment. martha: also coming up in america's newsroom, the big question on the campaign trail is this one. who will mitt romney pick as his wing man or wing woman? why some comments from that jamar corubio sent the speculation machine into overdrive. that's next. bill: how do you survive that one. that story is coming up in moments.
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martha: this mountain south of mexico city has been spewing towers of hot air and steam. they alerted status to the highest level in that area. here is some cleary news. take a look at the stock market it opened down 118. that shows new fears about government debt despite the severe budget cuts. a traffic snarl in los angeles caused by these little guys. remember the robert mccluskey book in they say those ducks went back and forth several times. they had a lot to get done. they were running errands. bill: the controversial arizona immigration act heading to the
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supreme court this week. good morning. the implication is huge here. what do you think the court will do, jay? >> i think the court will follow what it did in the arizona immigration case last year and hold that arizona was not only within its rights but was correct in applying immigration law consistent with federal policy but enforcement on the state level. the state has an affirmative obligation to protect its residents. bill: the ruling was 5-3 a year ago. elena kagan recused herself. >> i think the court will follow the lower courts which is to strike down the show me your papers please laws. i think the court will see
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having a patchwork of immigration laws doesn't serve the national interests. i think the court will recognize it's not good policy to have arizona having one set of laws, illinois a different set of laws. iten to the make for a coherent united states. bill: how do you argue against that when all sides agree federal supremacy -- what arizona is arguing angie is the government in washington has not acted therefore they have no choice but to act. >> that's right. but there is another important point and i think angie's analysis is completely inaccurate. the statesw have a valid role to play. the federal law that unless place but is not being enforced properly. the federal government says a lack of manpower. that federal law has a requirement that states law enforcement officers contact
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federal officials when there is a question on immigration status. it's not as if the state government has no role to play. this argument that we allow the federal government to make the decision ignores the reality that the state of arizona is under siege with the drug wars and the gangs coming across, its illegal immigration policies having to enforced at the state level and the federal level and what's happening right now is inexcusable. bill: jay is arguing the law is clear already. >> here is what we do know. the federal government says to the state we can enter into an agreement about what kind of immigration laws you can enforce. but the federal law never said you can stop anyone and ask them for papers or have warrantless searches. this goes way beyond what the federal law has said. let's get down to the reality. >> there is no due process challenge. >> you can't have 50 different
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immigration laws. so what's -- let me finish, jay, i let you talk. bill: just so our viewers are aware. these are two of the specifications in arizona law. that has to be considered that's on the books right now. police are required to check immigration status if they suspect somebody is not from this country. in addition to that during that stop police can also question whether or not crimes -- >> those are provisions other courts are struck down. those are the provisions the court said don't pass muster. why? because you can't tell by looking at someone whether they have papers or not. >> the 9th circuit. bill: when the court rules sometime in june, you are going to have a healthier ruling that
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come out. you will have an immigration ruling that comes out. the politics and the contrails will be huge. >> they will be huge. the ramifications from a policy standpoint are significant. but let many realize what's at stake. all this question that the officers have a right to check status of immigration. this is a question of is the federal government preeminent and only authority to enforce immigration laws? the 9th circuit said that's not the case. so let's be realistic what's going on. the fact of the matter is the american people need protection and the states have a role to play. >> what we need is one national law on immigration policies, not
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50. you don't want california issuing green cards any more than you a want arizona putting barbed wire on its borders. you can't tell if somebody has their papers are not. bill: thank you both. i appreciate the passion. it's rare when you can get two attorneys to say nothing at the same time. go to tofoxnews.com/americasnewsroom. shoot me an email at hemmer@foxnews.com. so watch. martha: so the probe into the secret service is widening. why lawmakers are saying they believe more agents are likely to be brought into this circle and possibly fired. now you have got a second hotel, it's the one the president was
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booked to stay at involved in this as well. bill: watch here closely. that is a vicious elbow -- or waits an accident? the player formerly known as ron artest is facing league discipline after this shot.
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bill: out of tennessee, a female drag racer losing control her camaro and headedder to a cameraman who captured the whole thing. he narrowly avoided being hit by
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jumping over the divider. the driver walked away unscathed, the driver not so much. martha: a brutal foul on the basketball court involving metta world peace which is his name now, take a look at this. here comes a close-up. watch this. watch. lakers forward ran up after making a dunk. he threw his elbow -- after he pound his own chest he pound his elbow into harden's head and knocks him to the floor. it's clear on the video how that played out. what is the fallout. ron artest has quite a history
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in this regard. >> many are asking whether he should exchange this name again to metta world peace of my elbow. was that an accident or intentional? he just dunked a ball. he was pounding his chest in victory. as for world peace, he said he got too emotional. that it was accidental. he took to twitter and this is what he said. quote, james harden is okay. i remember when i was hit the same way. it just watched the replay. my celebration of the dunk was too much. didn't even see james, oh, my god, looks bad. harden has a concussion. there are certain medical tests. many people expect there will
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and suspension. probably a lengthy suspending. what they will look at is the force of that foul and they will see how bad the injuries were. martha: the season is almost over of course. but everybody remembers ron artest, remind us why? >> reporter: 2004, a brawl took place between the pacers and the pistons. it was dubbed malice at the palace. you can see ron artests going into the crowds attacking a spectator he thought had thrown something at him. he was suspended for 86 games and it cost him $6 million. he changed his name but the man is still the same. buddhist term for friendliness, too. i should point out. martha: david lee, thank you very much. bill: some breaking news.
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president obama is at the holocaust museum to talk about u.s. strategy preventing mass atrocities in the current age. we'll bring you that live in a matter of moments from our nation's capital. martha: the george zimmerman walked out of jail on bail and is said to be in hiding possibly outside the state of florida which the judge allowed him to do. what is next in this case? having one of those days?
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martha: we are back, we want to take you to a live event that is just getting underway. a holocaust survivor gave an address at a memorial service taking place there. president obama is about to begin speaking this morning as he takes part in all of this. on the heels of putting forth new sanction tph-s syri
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sanctions in syria nor human rights issues. let's listen in. >> it is a great honor to be here with you today. of course it is a truly humbling moment to be introduced by this holocaust survivor, along with sarah bloomfield, the outstanding director here. we just spent some time among the exhibits, and this is now the second visit i've had here. my daughters have come here. it is a searing occasion whenever you visit. and as we walked i was taken back to the visit that ellie mentioned, the time that we traveled together and how he showed me the barbed wire fences and we walked where the barracks
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once stood where so many left this earth, including ellies father, slomo. they looked at photos of men and women lying in they are bunks, barely more than skeletons. if you look closely you can see a 16-year-old boy looking into the camera, right into your eyes, you can see ellie. at the end of our visit that day he spoke of his father. i thought one day i will come back and speak to him, he said, of times in which memory has become a sacred duty of all people of goodwill. ellie, you've devoted your life to upholding that sacred duty. you've challenged us all as individuals and as nations to do the same, with the power your example and the he will weeken
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eloquence of your words as you did just now. to you and mary hreurbgs n we arin we are extremely grateful. to all the people who sustain this living memorial, thank you for welcoming us here today. to the members of congress and diplomatic core, including mike lauren of israel, we are glad to be with you. most of all we are honored to be in the presence of men and women whose lives are a testament to the endurance and the strength of the human spirit, the inspiring survivors. it is a privilege to be with you on a very personal level. as i've told some of you before, i grew up hearing stories about
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my great uncle, a soldier in the 89th infantry division who was stunned and shaken by what he saw when he helped to liberate woodruff, and i'll never forget what i saw at buc there, with the words of [speaking foreign language ] on their lips. i stood where a monument honors heroes that said, we will not go quietly, we will stand up, we will fight back. and i've walked those sacred grounds with its lesson for all nations. it cannot be denied. during my visit i was given a gift inscribed with those words from the book of job.
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if the like of this happened in your days, or in the days of your fathers, tell your children about it and let your children tell theirs, and their children, the next generation, and that's why we are here. not simply to remember, but to speak. i say this as a president, and i say it as a father. we must tell our children about a crime unique in human history, the one and only holocaust, 6 million innocent people, men, women, children, babies, sent to their deaths just for being different, just for being jewi jewish. we tell them, our children, about the millions of poles and catholics and gay people and so
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many others who also must not be forgotten. let's tell our children not only how they died, but also how they lived, as fathers and mothers, and sons and daughters, and brothers and sisters who loved and hoped and dreamed just like us. we must tell our children about how this evil was allowed to happen. because so many people succumbed to their darkest instincts, and because so many others stood silent. let us also tell our children about the righteous among the nations, among them was yan karsky who witnessed jews being put on cattle cars and saw the killings and told the truth all the way to president roosevelt
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himself. he passed away more than a decade ago, but today i'm proud to announce that this spring i will honor him with america's highest civilian honor, the presidential medal of freedom. [applause] we must tell our children, but more than that, we must teach them, because remembrance without resolve is a hollow gesture. awareness without action changes nothing. in the sense never again is a challenge to us all, to pause and to look within. for the holocaust may have reached its barbaric clim
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climax, at various places, but it started in the hearts of ordinary men and women, and we have seen it again, madness that can sweep through people's, sweep through nations, embed itself, the killings in cambodia, the killings in rwanda, the killings in bosnia, the killings in darfur. they shock our conscience, but they are the extreme of a spectrum of ignorance and intolerance that we see every day. the bigotry that says another person is less than my equal, less than human. these are the seeds of hate that we cannot let take root in our
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heart. never again is a challenge to reject hatred in all of this, including anti-semitism which has no place in a civilized world, and today just steps from where he gave his life protecting this place we honor the memory of officer stephan tyrone johns, whose family joins us today. never again is a challenge to defend the fundamental right of free people, and free nations, to exist in peace and security, and that includes the state of israel. you know, my visit to the old warsaw ghetto, a woman looked me in the eye and she wanted to make sure america stood with israel. she said, it's the only jewish state we have. and i made her a promise in that solemn place, i said i will
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always be there for israel. so when efforts are made to equate zionism to racism we reject them. when international single out israel we vote against them. when attempts are made to delegit myself israel we oppose them. when faced with a scheme that threatens to destroy israel, the united states will do everything in our power to prevent iran from getting a nuclear weapon. never again is a challenge to societies. we're joined today by communities who have made it your mission to prevent massa pros tees imass atrocities in our time. committees of conscience, ngo's, faith groups, college students, you've harnessed the tools of
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the digital age, online maps and satellites, and a video, and social media campaigns seen by millions. you understand that change comes from the bottom up, from the grassroots. you understand to quote the task force convened by this museum, preventing genocide is an achievable goal. it is an achievable goal, but it's one that does not start from the top, it starts from the bottom up. it's remarkable as we walk-through this exhibit, elli and i were talking, as we looked at the unhappy record of the state department, and so many officials here in the united states during those years, and he asked, what would you do? but what you all understand is
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you just don't count on officials, you just don't count on governments, you count on people, and phoe phoeb hraoeudzinmobilizing their consciences. finally again, never a challenge to nations, it's a bitter truth. too often the world has failed to prevent the killing of innocents on a massive scale, and we are haunted by the atrocities that we did not stop, and the lives we did not save. three years ago today i joined many of you for a ceremony of remembrance at the u.s. capitol and i said that we had to do everything we can to prevent and end atrocities. so i want to report back to some of you today to let you know that as president i've done my utmost to back up those words with deeds.
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last year in the first ever presidential directive on this challenge i made it clear that preventing massa tros tee mass atrocities is a core security interest and a core responsibility of the united states of america. that does not mean that we intervene military every time there is an injustice in the world. we cannot and should not. it does mean we possess many tools, diplomatic, and political and economic and financial, and intelligence and law enforcement, and our moral suasion. and using these tools over the last few years i believe, and i know we have saved countless lives. when the referendum in south sudan was in doubt it threatened to reignite a conflict that had killed millions, but with determined diplomacy, included
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by some people in this room, that's how sudan became the world's newest nation, and our dim phroepl macy continues, because in darfur and the blue nile the killing of innocents must come to an end. the presidents of sudan and south sudan must have the courage to negotiate, because the people of sudan and south sudan deserve peace. that is work we have done, and it has saved lives. when the incumbent lost an election but refused to give up power, he threatened to unleashed untold ethnic and religious killings. but with regional and international dephroepl mays see, and u.n. peacekeepers who stood their ground and protected civilian, the former leader is now in the hague, and the country is governed by its rightful leader and lives were saved. when the libyan people demanded
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their rights, and moammar qaddafi's forces bore down on be bengazi and threatened to hunt down its people like rather, we forged with allies and partners a coalition that strapped his troops in their traction, antracks, and today the libyan people are forging their own future and the world can take pride in the innocent lives we saved. when the lord's resistant army led by joseph koeni cony continued it's atrocities in africa i made an announcement and directed my national security council to review our progress after 150 days. we have done so and today i can announce that our advisers will continue their efforts to bring this madman to justice, and to
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save lives. it is part of our regional strategy. [applause] >> it's part of our regional strategy to end the scourge that is the lra. and to make sure no girl is stole raped, no boy is stolen from their family and turned into a child soldier. we've stepped up in more ways. we are doing more to protect women and girls from the horror of wartime sexual violence, with the arrest of fugitives, like a war criminal charged with ethnic cleansing. we sent a message, we will not
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relent in bringing you to justice, be on notice. we pwaerd entry into the united states of those responsible for war traoeupls and traoeupls againswar crimes, and crimes against humanity. we are making sure that the united states government has the structures, the mechanisms to better respond to massa tros a tees. i created the first ever white house position dedicated to this task. that's why i created the new atrocity board to bring offici officials to focus on this mission. this is not an after thought, a sideline in our foreign policy. the board will convene for the first time today at the white house. and i'm please they'd one of its first acts will be to meet with some of your organizations, citizens and activists who are
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partners in this war work, who have been carrying this torch. going forward we'll strengthen our tools across the board and create new ones. the intelligence community will prepare, for example, the first ever national intelligence estimate on the risk of mass atrocities and genocide. we will institution in a hraoeuz the focus ohraoeuz the focus on this issue. we will alert nations about unfolding crises and defending opinions quickly reach decision-makers, including me. our treasury department will work to more quickly deploy its financial tools to block the flow of money to abusive regimes. our military will take additional steps to incorporate the prevention of atrocities into its doctrine and planning. the state department will increase its ability to surge
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our diplomats and experts in a crisis. we will invite people in high-tech companies to help create new technologies to quickly expose violation of human rights, and we'll work with other nations so the burden is better shared, because this is a global responsibility. in short, we need to be doing everything we can to prevent and respond to these kind of atrocities, because national sovereignty is never a license to slaughter your people. [applause] >> we recognize that even as we do all we can we cannot control every event, and when innocents
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suffer it tears at our conscience. we i wilwe alluded to what we feel as we see the syrian people subjected to unspeakable violence, simply for demanding their universal rights. and we have to do everything we can. and as we do we have to remember that despite all the tanks and all the snipers, all the torture and brutality unleashed against them the syrian people still brave the streets. they still demand to be heard. they still seek their dignity. the syrian people have not given up, which is why we cannot give up, and so with allies and partners we will keep increasing the pressure with a diplomatic effort to further isolate bashar al-assad and his regime so that those who stick with bashar al-assad know that they are making a losing bet, and we'll keep increasing sanctions to cut off the regime from the money it
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needs to survive. we'll sustain a legal effort to document atrocities so killers face justice and a humanitarian effort to get relief and medicine to the syrian people. and we'll keep working with the friend of syria to increase support for the syrian people. today we're taking another step, i've signed an executive order that authorizes new sanctions against the syrian government and iran and those that have bet them for using technologies to monitor and track and target citizens for violence. these technologies should be emplaced to empower citizens, not to impress them. it's one more step that we can take toward the day that we know will come, the end of the bashar al-assad regime that has brutalized the syrian people, and allow the syrian people to chart their own destiny.
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even with all the efforts i've described today, even with everything that hopefully we have learned, even with the incredible power of museums like this one, even with everything that we do to try to teach our children about our own responsibilities we know that our work will never be done. there will be conflicts that are not easily resolved. there will be senseless deaths that aren't prevented. there will be stories of pain and hardship that test our hopes
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and try our conscience. and in such moments it can be hard to imagine a more just world. it can be tempting to throw up our hands and resign ourselves to man's endless capacity for cruelty. it's tempting sometimes to believe that there's nothing we can do. and all of us have those tkourbgts all of us have thos doubts, all of us have those moments, especially those who work so ardent lely in these fields. i come back tow what ellie said. after all he endured he said, we
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had the right to give up. we had the right to give up on humanity, to give up on culture, education, to give up on the possibility of living one's life with dignity, in a world that has no place for dignity. they had that right. imagine what they went through. they had the right to give up. nobody would begrudge them that. who would question someone giving up in such circumstances? but, ellie said, we rejected that possibility and we said, no, we must continue believing in a future.
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some face the darkness and insist there is a future. to not give up to say, yes to life. to believe in the possibility of justice. to ellie, and to the survivors that are here today, thank you for not giving up. you show us the way. [applause] you show us the way. if you cannot give up, if you can believe, then we can
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believe. if you can continue to strive and speak, then we can speak and strive for a future where there's a place for dignity for every human being. it has been the cause of your lives, it must be the work of our nation, and of all nations. so god bless you, and god bless the united states of america. thank you very much. thank you. [applause] bill: that is the president speak being at the holocaust moo see number washington. it's a remarkable place, impossible not to be moved by it. the president said he signed an executive order earlier that could help prevent human rights abuses by governments in iran and possibly syria. the actual day of remembrance was last wednesday. it's being recognized today by the president, his second visit there to the museum in washington. martha. martha: and the applause
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continues there in washington. and we want to bring in ther from d.c. this morning, brit hume. fox news senior analyst. good morning to you britt. >> good morning. martha: any thoughts on anything that stood out to you as to what the president said this morning. >> much of what the president said was eloquent and i suppose most of what he said would be agreed with by not only his awed sense before him in that room but by americans nationwide. there was, however, some politics in this. in the sense that there inevitably is when the defendant is defending his record as the president seemed to on seufp i shall use oon such issues of syria, when he said he did all he can. there are people who think he could have done more to prevent the rebels from being slaughtered. if you talk to greta van
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susteren, i don't know if you've seen the pictures from the sudan that she posted on her blog, the horrible photos of children who are defenseless against bombing ordered by the president of that country. one wonders if the administration is doing all it can to prevent these horrible crimes against human a fee. there are areas there where the president -- i must say, martha he seemed a little flat and perhaps a little defensive during parts of that address. i'm sure he was very glad to hear the warm reception that he got at the end. martha: i mean, it raises typical questions that every president faces, as he said you cannot go everywhere, you can't solve every problem. but iran and syria, and as you point out, south sudan, and other places as well could be on that list, are staring us in the face right now and asking, you know, what the united states does. what role does the united states play when these kind of atrocities are being carried out
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before our eyes? >> indeed. in all of these cases, these two case necessary particular we're talking about, syria, and the sudan, and iran as well are kind of test cases for the proposition that you can really alter the behavior of outlaw regimes by economic and other sanctions. we have -- sanctions have had clear successes. south africa come to mind as a place where a long struggle to over tomorro tomorrow overcome apartheid was successful. they had a deep desire to be part of the world community in trade and many other ways and sanctions were more effective there than they might be with some of these outlaw regimes whose way of dealing with the world is at the point of a gun,
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they want nuclear weapons, they want to suppress their own people and will engage in hid just crimes to preserve their regimes. they don't care if their people suffer terribly. they are not quite ooh mean, but they might be almostee tune to economic sanctions, which raises questions about their effectiveness. martha: we thank you very much for being on with us this morning. we'll see you soon. brit hume. bill: 10:30, now. martha, in a moment he is charged with second-degree murder. right no george zimmerman is out on bail. where is he and what happens next in his case? martha: the economic picture improving in several of the battleground states right now, a lot being asked about what that may mean for the race that looks to be between these two men, karl rove is here to analyze. bill: he's been to more than a hundred bruce springsteen concerts. chris christie not dancing in the dark when the boss took the stage at a show. was the governor sleeping? the governor responds for the
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first time. martha: you've got to hear this. great. we'll be right back. ♪ dancing in the dark. dancing in the dark. ♪ ♪ we have two car insurances that we're going to have you taste. the first one we're going to call x. go ahead and take a sip, and then let me know what the baby thinks of it. four million drivers switched to this car insurance last year. oh, she likes it babies' palates are very sensitive so she's probably tasting the low rates. this is car insurance y,
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bill: more heads will roll. more developments in the secret service sex scandal investigation digging deeper into this now. that from new york republican peter king, chairman of the house homeland security committee. he wrote a letter to the
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director of the secret service, a stern warning along with 50 very specific questions about the salacious allegations. the congressman is with me now. sir, good morning to you. what do you want to know that is so far not satisfactory? >> well, bill, again the investigation i think is going well, but it's far from complete. the main issue that i have, no matter what is whether or not any of our security was compromised. for instance could these women have been working for a narco terrorist organization? was there any information in the rooms of the agents which could have compromised anyone? were their blackberries secured at all times? was there anything said that could have been over heard by these women, or were these women just acting independently, were they just prostitutes? that is the main focus. we have the overall issue as to what will be done, as far as correcting the situation, so that we absolutely minimize the possibility of this ever happening again. so, again, there are 50 specific
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questions. i have ever reason to believe that director mark sullivan will conduct the investigation properly, but it's important that he knows and the public knows that my committee and others will be following up on this. and we are doing our own investigation, a parallel investigation. another point i do want to make, though, bill is with all of this. there are over 200 secret service acts down in columbia for that visit. you're talking about 11. there are 3500 special agents around the world, 1500 uniformed services, we are talking about 11 people here. it's important to keep that in perspective. at the same time we have to make sure this is not part of any overriding overall problem which faces the secret service. bill: a couple of specific questions here. do you have confidence in mark sullivan, the heaved the secret service? >> i do. to me you gauge someone by how they act when something in effect just erupts, and from the moment that mark sullivan heard of this he ordered an intense investigation, he ordered the agents back to the united states, and beginning that weekend, all day saturday
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through sunday, awful las all of last week, the agents first were questioned, there were agents in colombia actually questioning all the women involved in this. also involved with the hotel management, the hotel video cameras, everything was being checked out extensively, and so i'm satisfied it is going well. bill: okay. a quick question, then i've got to go, and i appreciate you being patient during the speech in washington. >> no problem. bill: a lot of people are wondering whether or not white house personnel was involved, and you're one of them. why is that important? >> it would be important because it would show that the scandal went over from the secret service into another agency and the people that they were with, again may have add access to information. so far there is no indication that that was the case. but we have to check it out completely. also i know senator grassley has been talking about white house personnel when he talks about communication experts. they are actually affiliated with the department of defense.
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that will be a separate part of it. i think it's important for us to know how far this could have gown and for future trips that it cannot happen. bill: whether or not there were eavesdropping devices placed in the rooms. >> absolutely. bill: that is something that has not been concluded. peter king, thank you for your time today, i appreciate it. >> thank you. martha: could an improving economy in key swing states spell some trouble for the republican nominee? unemployment rates down in michigan. take a look, down 2% over the course of the last year. keep in mind 8-point 2% is the national number right now. so they are still a little bit above that. ohio is below the national rate, it's 7-point % unemployment, down from 8.8. take a look at nevada as well, also considered to be a key swing state in this election, hit very hard due to the housing crisis. down 1.6%, they are at 12% unemployment as of march of 2012. and here on the campaign trail
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is candidate mitt romney. listen to this. >> the number one issue people are concerned about is the economy. we are not stupid. it is the economy. and we are going to do what is necessary to replace this president and to get someone in the white house who understands the economy and will get it working again for the american people. [applause] martha: a play on the 1992, it's the economy stupid, of the clinton campaign. joined by karl rove, former campaign adviser to george w. bush and a fox news contributor. good morning. >> good morning. martha: when you look at republican numbers and the republican chances which have really been pinned largely on the need to turn around the economy, does that concern you? >> just a little bit. i mean, remember, the numbers that you saw there, most of them were above the national average of 8.2%. and let's also keep in mind that part of the reason for the drop in the unemployment rates in these states is that people have got even so discouraged they are no longer looking for work.
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we have the largest number of americans ever who are not part of the workforce, and if you had the size of the workforce was the same as it was when we went into this difficulty, the unemployment rates would be about 11%. but the biggest problem the president faces is, do people give him credit for whatever good is going on out there in the economy? and i thought there was a very interesting poll recently in which they said, all right president obama's policies, have they hurt the economy or had no effect? and two out of three americans said what he had done, the spending, the stimulus, and so on had hurt or not fact heed the economy, not helped it. only less than a third said that it helped. the president doesn't very much of a umph from these numbers. it gives him a little talking point in front of the press. but ordinary americans don't people that good about it. martha: this is a fox news poll from ohio last week. president obama 45, mitt romney 39. that is a decent-sized gap in
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ohio. >> there are two gaps in this poll, there is a great plain between where president obama is 45 and mitt romney 39. he's come through an ugly primary in ohio where he got beat up pretty good. there is a second gap in that poll that you didn't mention, that is the gap between barack obama's 45% and the 50% he would need to carry the state. remember, he's the incumbent and the number he's got even in the polls typically as you get closer to the election is the number he's going to get. he's well below 50% which is where an incumbent would like to be. it's guantanamo bay to be difficult, as yo because of all we know about him and the opinions they've come to have about the incumbent to affect mitt romne romney's going after him. martha: we'll see you soon, thanks. bill: now that george zimmerman is free, where does he go? can his safety be guaranteed? we have a legal panel on that,
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developments forthcoming. martha: a rare sight in the sky, an explosion of light sending a wave of panic across two states. what was it, bill hemmer? ♪ great balls of fire! ♪ ♪ pull on those gardening gloves.
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martha: the shooter in the trayvon martin case walks out of a florida jail on bail this morning. that is him on the left hand side of your screen. george zimmerman is now said to be in hiding in fear for his life. he and his family have had threats about him. he has a gps tracker bracelet that will be on him throughout this process. he will return for arraignment early in may which is the next step in this process. arthur aidala joins me, and
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daniel tennis is a criminal defense attorney. good to have you here. now, art you are we wait for this trial to move forward and the evidence that came out on friday afternoon was this picture of a bloodied head, supposedly of george zimmerman. does that look like something that will be admissible to you? >> it's going to be admissible based on his defense of self-defense. look, the prosecutor put their best foot forward, they did the best they could with what they had, but obviously, martha, you've covered enough stories to know, this judge must not think the case against mr. zimmerman is very strong, because martha you don't come across many cases where a guy shoots an unarmed individual, a citizen, not a police officer, a citizen shoots an unarmed individual, is charged with murder and is out on $150,000 bail? the prosecutor has a lot of work to do here to catch up and zealous lely go after
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mr. zimmerman. martha: diana it was interesting. no one expected mr. zimmerman to take the stand. we arall on the edge of our seats when he walked up and he started to speak. it was clear he wanted to make a couple of points. one was an apology to the family. the other point was, i thought he was about my age, a little younger than me, and i didn't know if he had a gun. why did he clearly want to establish those two points at that stage of the game? >> well, as his lawyer, marco marmark o a*pz maro pointed out, tray son's mother asked those two questions. why did you do this. what did you think of my son, and did you think he was armed. and the attorney wanted him to answer those, and george zimmerman wanted them to know he felt badly. that's why it was narrowly
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taeurld. martha: it's all going to come down to the witnesses who were there, people who heard things coming from this scuffle, who attacked whom first. george zimmerman is going to claim as we've heard through his surrogates who have spoken on his behalf that he felt like only one person was going to walk out of that situation alive. >> here is the thing. i'm going to play the role of a prosecutor. if i'm the prosecutor i'm saying, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, you heard this 911 call. you heard this 911 operator accurately and appropriately tell mr. zimmerman, we don't need you to follow him, stand back. wait for the trains -- they didn't use these terms -- wait for the trained and experienced law enforcement to come there and let them take matters and handle it the way they think it should be handled an disregarded that. martha: on the audiotape he just did that. after that the next part of the tape it's him saying, oh, i lost him, i don't see him now.
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>> but obviously, mart that he didn't. >> he couldn't see him any more, he's not running any more. >> obviously he didn't. there is a confrontation. obviously there was another confrontation between the two of them. what the prosecutor is going to have to argue is he did what he was supposed to do, he called it in an was supposed to listen to the 911 operator, and ladies and gentlemen, but for him disobeying the 911 operator, we continue be here, he won't be charged with murder, and that little boy would be alive today. that's the prosecutor's argument. martha: interesting. diana and arthur, thank you. we'll talk to you again on this soon i hope. thanks to you both. >> thank you. bill: with cameras in the courtroom, that is going to get even more energy and attention to that story in florida. so watch it. police -- people, maybe the police too, people knocked off their feet, homes shaken to the core all because of this. a brilliant blast of light. so what is it? we're going to talk about that and figure that out. martha: chris christie defending
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his right to groove. that's what he's doing in that picture, clearly, the governor of new jersey, just grooving, not snoozing, what he says he was really doing while his favorite rocker, bruce springsteen was rocking out. >> he was doing a really spiritual song. people sat, so i sat up on the seat, and i put my head back and closed my eyes and listened to the song. you know, when i was like fist pumping during bad lands, you know, i'm glad no one took pictures of that.
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♪ [singing] bill: let's hope not. what was that in the sky over california and nevada? a blast of light followed by a boom that literally knocked some people off their feet.
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folks treat towed a rare daytime light show, as what's believed to be a fiery meteor rattles homes and leaves a 911 center flooded with frantic phone calls. corey is here, good morning to you. what are we seeing. >> you're seeing probably a chunk of rock, about three feet across, but this thing hit the air going about 20 miles an hour, so hot that it actually turns the air white hot. what you're actually seeing is the fireball it's like air on fire around the rock itself. bill: it's a meteor you believe. >> it's almost certainly a meteor. these things happen not that infrequently. this one is larger than most and it happened to pass over california and nevada where a lot of people could see it. bill: you say there is a bigger lesson in this. >> yes, every time one of these things happens it's a remind der that face space is not an empty place. it's full of all leftovers when this the earth and planets formed. they still fly around and come
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down. this one happens to be harmless. if you imagined one ten times the size, and there are quite a few of those. that could hit the ground. that could hit the ground and flatten the downtown of the city. bill: some experts say this happens all the time, but it usually happens in daylight, so we would not see it do you agree with that? >> right. most of the earth is covered with water. a lot of them happen over the ocean, during the day, over unpopulated areas. this one happened to be pretty big, passed over a lot of people and it got deep enough into the atmosphere because it was big it made a sonic boom that's why it was rattling windows and all that. bill: if it usually does not make a sound and you don't see it what would explain the explosion in this case. >> probably not a ufo, probably just an unusually big one. it's not quite large enough to be dangerous but it probably did shower down some rocks and people are going down to the corriere della ser sierra nevadas to look for pieces of it. bill: the people in california there is your answer.
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>> 4.5 billion-year-old rock left over from the formation of the work. bill: thank you, corey. see you soon. martha: talking about moving fast through the sky, how about getting from new york to l.a. in under 15 minutes? i like that idea. the u.s. military jet that goes that fast, really, when we come back. you can't argue with nutrition you can see. great grains. great grains cereal starts whole and stays whole. see the seam? more pcessed flakes look nothing like natural grains. i'm eating what i kn is better nutrition. mmmm. great grains. search great grains and see for yourself. withhe bankamericard cash rewards credit card, we earn more cash back for the things we buy most.
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bill: we've become the bruce springstein network. martha: the boss played the badlands but he insists he was not snoozing! this is a huge springstein fan, do you understand what i'm saying? this picture in the new york post showed him with his eyes closed at madison square garden a couple weeks ago. he says he was really into the music, he was grooving,
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it was that kind of song. you had to feel it. listen: >> i have never fallen asleep during a bruce springstein show, i will never fall asleep during a bruce springstein show. my wife is afraid i'mly to die assuring a -- during a show than fall asleep. martha: he has been to more than 130 concerts, regardless of the fact that the boss and he have different political ideas, he remains a huge fan and wants him to play -- >> bill: how about that show at madison square garden? i think that was a dusk show to sleep through. do i believe he was sleep something nah. martha: that he wasn't sleeping. bill: i think he was having a meditative moment to take it all in. we're going to cut him some slack. great being back with you by the way. martha: great to have you back. bill: i will be here tomorrow with you too. >> martha: and i will see you tor

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