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and 10 p.m. saturday, and on sunday at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.. happy friday, everyone. thanks to you. "the willis report" is next. gerri: hello, everybody. i'm gerri willis. tonight on "the willis report," drivers seeing red, a surge in red light tickets after authorities shortened yellow light times. power ball jackpot is now $600 million. are you looking to press your luck? we'll tell you how to do that. we go in fashion at the brand new pet hotel. don't miss how the pooches get pamperedded. we're on the case tonight on "the willis report." ♪ ail that and more coming up,
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but, first, the fop story tonight, pay up for better fuel economy some people are doing that, only to have the engine shut down on the highway according to a new lawsuit filed by three ford owners. the suit claims the ford ecoboost engines are defective and lose power when the driver is accelerating. this echoes complaints filed with the federal government, but there's still not an investigation or a recall. with more on this. jake fisher, director of auto testing at consumer reports. jake k welcome to the show. so what do you think of this? i mean, look, these cars, they shake, they stall, they stall when you have your foot on the gas pedal. what do you think of this? >> well, this is not a pleas -- pleasant thing as all if you're a customer, especially if you spend extra on fuel economy and see it's not working. not even an inconvenience, but something that angers the drivers. gerri: 2500 bucks more per
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engine per car. look at the cars with the engines in them, the ford flex, the taurus show, lincoln market sedans, f150, the pickup, forked goodness sakes, ford explorer, all over the darn place. jake, i have to ask, you told the producer this is no safety risk. how so? >> well, it depends on what goes on. if the engine shuts down op the highway, that is a safety risk. some things, what the complaints are about is that it is stuttering, not getting a really good driving experience or something like that. that's another animal. we're -- we have to see what's going on. we have data on the cars and see problems with that, reliability issue, fuel system problems, but the difference between a safety issue where car is leaving you completely stranded or something like that and it's a reliability issue. gerri: if it stops while i accelerate on to a highway, i
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consider that a safety issue. there's maybe somebody behind me. talk about the work you at cr have done on this because you are out in front of the idea of turbo charged engines, good, bad, what have you said? >> well, you look at the engines -- so it's really a new technology that ford is doing and others do, too, to get better fuel economy and give you a good amount of power. what we've seen with the turbo charged engines from ford and others, that although the epa advertised fuel economy number looks higher, in the real world and testing, there's not the results. gerri: well, that's a bummer; right? why call it the ecoboosts unless it boosts gas milage? listen, if i had one of these engines in my car, i truly think i would be tempted to call ford, take it back, i want another engine. what do i do if i own one of these, jake? >> if you own them, they are under warranty.
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bring them to the dealer, say i'm not walking out, i want it fixed. they will fix it. that's what you got to do. you're protected with the warranty. gerri: there's a difference between fixing it and a new engine. which of the two things are they likely to do? >> depends on what the problem is. if there's a way to foolproof fix it and turns into an electronic issue to fix, that's going to be fine, it's -- it's a growing pain. it's a new technology, new engine, if they need to figure out how to fix it, if you can get a new ecu or fuel inject tore and that fixes it, that's fine, but we're going to have to see how ford reacts to this. gerri: what about the federal government? where'sed feds on this? >> they are looking into safety issues. again, if this turns into that this is a real issue, that the cars are stopping on the highway causing accidents, absolutely, the feds need to react. if it's a matter of the engine stuttering, then it may be different. gerri: shimmy, shake, and stall,
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that's not a dance, but your engine. thank you, appreciate your time. >> you're welcome. gerri: well, we've got another big question tonight. are local governments motivated by public safety or greed? in the case of red light cameras, there's mounting evidence that it's greed, my friends. the latest example comes from florida where the time for yellow lights was shortened sending fines through the roof. joins us, the florida state senator from one of the districts where drivers are getting caught in tampa. jeff, thanks so much for coming on the show tonight. how did this get started? why are they startenning the yellow light times? >> sure, back in 2010, they, the state of florida, allowed the mew municipalities for addition until flexibility. when they gave them that, some of the municipalities were rushed to the minimums at the intersections. gerri: that's what? three seconds against five or six? >> what happened was they moved
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to the shorter light times. taking half a second away is, you know, dramatically increasing the amount of red light tickets issued. >> nay are expensive in florida, 300 bucks or something? >> up to $265. gerri: wow. i assume that people in the district are complaining; true? >> absolutely. you know, i describe it as shock and awe, shock the process is taking place, and that these municipalities do this, and awe that nothing has been done yet. i mean, we should never be put profits or anything like this in front of the lives of our constituents and our citizens. gerri: if i came upon this, i might jam on the breaks and the person behind me rams met. does that happen a lot? >> that's a major complaint, and, in fact, we're looking at revising our local laws to look at accidents occurring within 150 meters of the intersection because many times people
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consider what happens in the intersection as an accident, but things leading up to the intersection are accidents too. we look at broadening the scope of accidents. gerri: that's a stupid bureaucratic designation that needs common sense brought to it. unbelievable. we studied this kind of thing up in new york. you know, people in new york, washington, all over the country, florida, putting the rules into place, and aaa doesn't like the saying they create accidents, and a they say, interestingly, the effort is to raise money for the state government. they say they are not even spending the money on public safety, just one in ten dollars goes to public safety. what do you think of that? >> no. that's exactly right. this goes into the general revenue fund, not public safety at all. it's unconscionable what's happening. gerri: you want to kill cameras all together, tell me about that. >> at this point, we look at the systems saying, these were sold as public safety, and what we're
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finding is that municipalities turn them into profit center, and that's absolutely should not be the case. gerri: rear end crashes rose 44% in a st. peterburg study after the implementation of this thing. fight the good fight there, senator. you know, good luck, god speed, and let us know if you get traction. thank you for the help tonight. >> thank you, we're going to keep working on it, thank you so much. gerri: more to come this hour. a lot more, in fact, including if you're one of the millions trying their luck at the lottery this weekend, we have better ways to play it, and conventional wisdom thrown out the window for seniors, why financial advisers tell you to keep your mortgage into your golden years. don't pay it off, they say. ♪
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gerri: how about spending golding years to pay off the mortgage to have money to play with investments? that's right. this one unherd of nation has popularity with seep yours and financial players. with more, the founder and ceo of real wealth nerks. i think this is such an interesting idea. you had really surprising thoughts on it because so many seniors, all they want to do is pay off that mortgage, but now that mortgage rates are in the toilet, they are so low, it's almost like getting free money, isn't it? >> that's exactly what it's like. first of all, any investment, any one make should always be well researched. if they are going to take money out of the of the home and invest it, it belter be a good investment, otherwise you have a big mortgage and nothing else. start there. be educated before doing anything like this. gerri: one of the interesting points is if you open the house free and clear, you our people out there who want to sue you a big target. have you seen that in the
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practice? >> i do a lot of education on blogs and radio shows and so forth, and i interview a lot of attorneys, and the first thing they say is if they are going to pursue a lawsuit, they. to know they can get money, and the first thing they do is a title search to see if you have equity. gerri: wow. if you own the house free and clear, it's a target on your back for people in that age category. you also say it's a good way to build diversification. how so? >> oh, absolutely. you know, if you have all of your equity in one place, how is that diversification? so often most people have most of their money in their home. they spent years paying it off. now they have a big bucket of money, but it's just sitting like we said, a sitting duck for others to slip and fall op your property, so that is dangerous. if you refinance, first of all, now there's a loan on that property, it's not interesting to app attorney because they can't do anything with the equity. it's somewhere else. maybe you take a few hundred
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thousands out and buy investment where the income pays off the debt. put properties in an llc, not in your name, and it's very difficult to track who owns those properties. gerri: all right. basically, what you do as simple comparison of the rate of interest that you would get on that jumbo refi, 3.79 is the current level, and what you could earn in on investment. if you know you can earn 5%, 6%, 7%, that might make sense; right? >> well, that's exactly what the banks do. they borrow money, and legend out for 3% more. now it's pretty much free. they lend it for it, you know, the 3.5-4% range. why can't we do the same thing? why can't we borrow from our homes and invest it for more? you know, people say, where am i going to get 6.5%? there's a lot of places to get that return.
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you just need to know what you are doing. be able to find it. gerri: wow. we'll have you back to talk about 6%, clearly. thank you for coming on the show tonight, pleasure having you here. >> oh, thanks so much. gerri: the first story, sac capital, the hedge fund in the center of a big insider trading investigation suddenly stopped its, quote, unkm talk with the government. charlie breaking that news late today. the fund run by steve cohen limits information shared with investors. this could signify a big ramp up in the investigation. two of the country's biggest lenders, wells fargo and citi bank, they stopped foreclosures in many parts of the country. according to a report late tonight in american banker, the banks put the brakes on the foreclosures because they want to make sure they were following new federal rules. could have big implications for the market. we'll follow both important
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stories for you. later in the show, fireworks op capitol hill today. you had to hear this; right? as the outgoing irs chief faces the music, and next, we answer the question, how do you do that? now there's a pour ball jackpot at a record high, a seven-time lot toe winner says how to follow in his footsteps, win the lottery, watch "willis." ♪
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gerri: pour ball jackpot surging to the largest power ball in history. that's right. couldn't miss that newspapers; right? the top prize jumping top an estimated $600 million with the cash payout of nearly 380 million. so, how do you play to win it? joining me now, seven time lottery game prize winner is the author of the new book "learn how to increase your chances of winning the lottery: a recipe for winning the lottery." richard, how do you win multiple lotteries? >> well, the way i have won multiple lotteryings is for playing for 25 years. this is not justing? that happened overnight. in the beginning, i was like everybody else. i didn't know what i was doing, and i was buying lottery tickets hoping to win, and like everybody else, i was losing all the time, and so i just started coming up with ideas to see if i could improve my chances, and some of my ideas didn't work, so, of course, threw them out
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the window, but some ideas worked. as i accumulated ideas that worked, enajftly got to a -- i eventually got to a point where there were results and won the first grand prize. gerri: you say it's not about luck? luck's not a part of the creation? >> luck has nothing to do about this. luck is just fooling themselves. gerri: huh. get down to it. talk about the things you do. what number -- certain numbers that you play? play the most common, least common, what do you do? >> no, that's all about a hogwash. there's no -- somebody -- everybody thinks there's magic to get the best and worst numbers to play. there are no best and worst numbers. it's the set. remember, a single number doesn't win, a set wins. i teach people in the method that after you picked your set of numbers, and it doesn't matter how, some is birthdays, anniversaries, some are the numbers that come up the most or least, but once you pick them,
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there's a research that you do, and it's in the book, it's simple to do, and it'll tell you if that's a good set of numbers. if it is, now you stick with that set of numbers. you play that same set of numbers, never change them or miss a draw. gerri: now, but what makes a good number, richard? >> again, it's not a number. it's a set of numbers. gerri: right. >> it's when you -- it's hard to explain it in a short interview. it's a process that takes a limit of time. it's just like anything in life. if you really want something bad enough, you have to be willing to spend spend time and effect on it. gerri: you have. what do you think a computer generatedded numbers, that's bad? use the same number over and over again; right? >> yeah, don't buy quick picks. i know people out there saying, what do you mean don't? i always buy them. well, have you won yet? the reason why you don't -- the reason why you don't is because
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every single time you do so, you're getting a computer generated set of numbers, and it's always different so your odds will be at the worst. gerri: right. keep the same set of numbers every time. now, you say something here, i just -- i really hate to hear, really. you say buy as many tickets as you can fore. really? that seems like a waste of money to e me. a penny pincher. >> no, no, no, the keyword there is "afford," i'm firm about this. buy as many tickets as you can afford. listen, times are tough out there, and unfortunately, when the jackpots are this high, people get crazy and get lottery fever, and they spend more money on tickets than they afford. yes, by them, otherwise you don't have a chance, but don't spend more than you can afford, don't spend represent money or gresh ri money. be careful about what you spend because, you know, no matter there's a winner tomorrow night or not, one thing is forsure, there's going to be millions of
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losers. don't wake up seeing you're a loser, but figure out how to replace the money you spent that you shouldn't have spent. gerri: richard, you playing this one? >> oh, absolutely. i got my tickets. gerri: buy a lot? >> well, i never people how much i buy, and here's why. i am absolutely not trying to hide anything. people get influenced very easily, and i don't want people to think, oh, my gosh, richard spends so much, and he's won seven times so i have to do that to win seven times. that's not what this is about. don't worry about what other people spend. you figure oot what you can afford. gerri: i have to ask this question, and you won't answer, what's the number? what's your set of numbers? >> ha-ha, i have more than one set of numbers so it -- again, i've done the research, and i know what sets of numbers have a better chance of winning. will i definitely win? of course it doesn't. if i told people they were --
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they followed my method and dparn teed a p grand prize, i'd be lying, and people are foolish to believe me. what i teach people is how to play the game to increase their chances of winning. gerri: okay. well, i guess you got to play to win, but i have not bought a ticket because i'm a cheapskate. richard, thanks for coming on, and appreciate the help. >> come on, at least buy one, just one. gerri: more likely to be struck by lightning in a bear suit, richard, thank you. >> you're welcome. gerri: what do you think? here's the question tonight. are you playing the power ball, log on, vote on the right happen hand side of the screen, and i'll share the results at the end of the show. time for a look at stories you click on tonight on foxbusiness.com. encouraging news about the economy sent stocks soaring. both the dow and s&p 500 are back in record territory. the obama administration further
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expanding the u.s. role in the international gas trade. a second terminal to export lick mid natural gas, and phil flynn calls that a historic moment. another cyber attack, this time on twitter accounts and a blog run by the financial times claimed by the syria electronic army saying the media is sympathetic to the scry's rebels. it's been secured since. clear wire, hit a snag, expected to vote down next week forcing sprint to cough up more cash who owns more than 50% of clear wire and offered to buy the rest for under $300 a share. those are the hot stories right now on foxbusiness.com. coming up, can an artist take pictures through a window and sell them? maybe a picture of you. it happened in new york city. find out if it's legal. he says mistakes were made, but he's sorry. lawmakers not letting the outgoing irs chief off the hook
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just it's been a busy week of denials from the administration that claims to know nothing about the three scandals engulfing the white house. as lou dobbs pointed out last night, they're not doing much to fix things. >> we call in the i don't know administration. now the president is using this new mantra, he says that he just wants to fix things. he doesn't want to talk about benghazi, the irs, the justice department. the acting commissioner of the irs is out even though he was planning to leave in a couple
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weeks. the president still has, he says, complete confidence in his attorney general even though 131 congressmen, eight senators and two governors have called for holder's resignation over the fast and furious scandal. forgot about that scandal? be. gerri: i don't know, i couldn't imagine knowing. they're amazing, lou. are you talking about this tonight? >> oh, absolutely. as we are now calling it, this know-nothing administration because everyone seems to have exactly the same mantra. it was on full display again today. outgoing commissioner steve miller claiming he doesn't know who's responsible for targeting conservative groups. even at one point he said he did talk to somebody, but he can't remember what they told him about that. and he wants the big fix for him he says the irs needs a bigger budget, just a little more money. that's kind of typical of what you hear from washington, isn't it? well, in tonight's chalk talk we'll lay out what has become a pattern for this
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administration -- claiming ignorance, asking for more money. you know, it's starting to be a very sad, perhaps even tragic pattern in this administration. we'll find out where these scandals are going, gerri. gerri: well, look forward to seeing you on in about 28 minutes. thanks so much, lou. good to see you. >> good to see you. gerri: for more on today's explosive hearing, michael reagan, founder of the reagan group, is with us. michael, i have to ask you straight up what did you make of this hearing? >> i don't know. gerri: what do you mean you don't know? [laughter] >> no, i don't -- i figured why not answer it the way they answer it? i don't know. i don't know how all these things happen. i mean, this is so typical in washington. i mean, i guess all of us are waiting for that perry mason moment when steve miller's just going to give it up and say listen, you know, joe biden called me, the president called me and asked me to do these things, and everybody goes home and says, look, i knew this was
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what it was. this is a game that's played in washington. it's sad and good at the same time. everybody is, in fact, touched by the irs. gerri: i am. >> and everybody understands what the irs does to a family, a business or what have you when they get their claws into you. so it's good that they see steve miller denying, not knowing what to do, the president of the united states saying i'm going to fix it. but if he doesn't know about it, he doesn't know what to fix, and then he goes out and plays a round of golf. it's good that they finally see it, unfortunately, it's about three or four months too late. gerri: you mentioned what the irs can do to you, they can garnish your wages, put you in jail, take your assets. they have, ultimately, all power. but what miller said in defense of himself was shocking to me. it was about customer service. listen to this. >> we provided horrible customer service here, i will anytime that. we did -- i will admit that.
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we did, horrible customer service. whether it was politically motivated or not is a very different question. gerri: customer service, are you kidding me? is that what -- that's not even in the ballpark of customer service. >> oh, they had great customer service if you were an obama foundation or you were from the liberal left, but they had lousy customer service on the other side when they were looking into conservative groups out there. and i'd like to know who gave harry reid all the information on mitt romney's tax returns. where did that come from? has anybody talked to axlerod, see if he played a part in all of this? and the other night joe trippi on fox actually said that they weren't really worried about ohio. they were going to win ohio going away -- gerri: right. >> -- and nobody was worried about ohio. i about fell out of my chair with all of that that's going on. and all these things going on, benghazi. by the way, bill press, used to head up the democrat party in california, now a liberal talk show back in washington, d.c.,
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called for the resignation of eric holder also. so this is getting to be very, very bipartisan at the justice department. and i think the irs to be the undoing of a whole lot of people back. gerri: well, i want you to hear some sound from camp, dave camp, who has been very critical of this. he was very good in this hearing. here's the congressman. >> this is a problem of the irs being too large, too powerful, too intrusive and too abusive of honest, hard working taxpayers. gerri: well, i mean, that sums it up. but i've got to tell you, there's more going on here. you can say the problem's the tax code, but look, this is like watergate to me. i mean, these allegations are true, i mean, you know, the white house and the administration using the government to kill their political opponents. >> where but remember at the same time sarah ingram who headed up that office having to do with all these issues they're
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looking into about tax-exempt organizations is now heading up the affordable care act office under the irs. gerri: unbelievable. >> so if you think it's going to get better, america, bar the door, sally. it is not going to get better with this same organization, this same group, same people looking into your paycheck to find out whether you've got health care or not. gerri: i want you to hear a story we reported not too long ago. the irs overpaying $13.5 billion on the earned income tax credit, that program for low income families in 2012. it's just mistake after gaffe after oops, i can't answer that question. what needs to happen here? >> yeah, what they need to do is put people in place when they go to washington, they're stepping down in their career, not stepping up. and so many of those people are actually stepping up. i remember my father's administration, he went after people who were stepping down to serve their government, to serve
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their country, not people that it was the best job they'd ever had in their entire career. and they were just giddy with the fact they were getting paid more than they've ever been paid before, and they'll never have any career afterwards. no. start electing and appointing people who really want to serve us instead of people who want to take from us. gerri: boy, i heard a lot of cya today. it really sounded like protect myself, cover my butt here. and a little arrogant too, i thought. do you agree with that? >> oh, absolutely right. this whole thing is about -- well, you know, it was on my watch, i was there for two and a half minutes, and all these things happened, and it happened on my watch and, therefore, i'm a good guy, i'm going to step down on this. never did answer the question, by the way. what about those people who did this? have they, has anything happened to them? well, we put them in another position at the irs. we don't want them in another position at the irs, we want them on the food line, on the unemployment line, not in
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another position at the irs. [laughter] by the way, these things don't just happen in a vacuum where people wake up in the morning and say, you know, i think we need to go after the conservative groups out there and really attack them in ohio and other places. gerri: no, right. >> no, somebody at the top level made the phone call, asked the question and began the ball rolling. and that is the person whose head needs to be on the chopping block. not steve miller. gerri: well, we don't have that yet, and i don't know if we will. we'll have to wait and see. michael, it is always great to see you. thank you so much for coming on the show. so much fun talking with you. >> thank you. gerri: well, now on to this day in business. in 1973, way back then, televised hearings on the escalating watergate affair began. five men were arrested for breaking into and illegally wiretapping the dnc headquarters in washington. the house judiciary committee has adopted three articles of impeachment against president nixon, obstruction of justice,
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abuse of presidential powers pod hindrance of the impeachment process. four days later, nixon became the first president in u.s. history to resign. and today televised hearings surrounding the irs began. jay carney recently stated he was confident no one at the white house was involved and dismissed any comparisons to watergate, but it all started today, may 17th, when the televised watergate hearings began 40 years ago. when we come ack, we'll take you to one of the hottest hotels in new york city featuring a spa, gourmet meals, but it's the clientele that may surprise you. and next, an artist and teacher -- [inaudible] people through their windows.% is it art or an invasion of privacy? our legal panel weighs in. ♪ ♪ come to my window, crawl inside, pray by the light of the moon. ♪ there
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♪ ♪ gerri: imagine pictures of you in your private moments on display and on sale, and you're not making a penny from it. tonight's legal case is sparking outrage as a peeping tom photographer is selling images of his unsuspecting neighbors through their windows at his new york city art gallery, but is it legal? joining me now, attorney jennifer bonnjean. and wheal. lis, is it legal? >> no, it's not legal. he's making money, $7500 in this art exhibit that he's doing, exactly, a lot of money, off people who are completely unsuspecting. he's going through and just peeping on them. they're upskirting and down blousing laws, and this is one of those. gerri: upskirting and -- do you agree with this? look, he is making a ton of dough, $7500 a pop.
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>> just because it feels like a violation of privacy doesn't make it that way under the law. in new york the right to privacy is governedty in -- governed by the new york city -- you have to have an unauthorized picture. >> yes. >> here's the problem with this case. >> they're unauthorized. >> you can't -- it's only the subjects themselves who know, so it's not entirely clear. you don't see their faces, so it's not entirely clear that their privacy is being impinged upon. furthermore, in new york city do you have an expectation of privacy? >> yes. in your own home? >> windows wide open in a lot of -- [laughter] >> in your own home? >> yes, when you live right next to -- listen, when i go to sleep at night, i close my blinds. >> wow, you're putting -- look -- >> i can see across here right now, i could snap some shots. >> if we're walking down sixth avenue, i'm with you. when i'm in my own home at night whether i'm in the city or not, i have an expectation of privacy -- >> lis, this is new york city.
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this isn't the middle of, you know, some small town. >> no, no, no. >> i can look down the street -- gerri: i'm familiar with these kinds of places, and they are wide open. let me read you what the photographer himself had to say, then i want to get both of you to react. he says for my subjects there is no question of privacy. they are performing on a stage of their own creation with the curtain raised high. the neighbors don't know they are being photographed, i carefully shoot them from the shadows of my home into theirs. >> peeping tom. >> exactly. it may sound a little creepy. i'm not comfortable with it, but it doesn't make it a lawsuit, and that's what we're talking about. you still have to have certain elements met to bring cause of action, and it just doesn't meet those elements because he is on property that belongs to him, he is -- these people do, everyone knows if you leave your blinds wide open, somebody walking on the street can look inside. i live -- gerri: so, okay, respond to that, to the whole issue of the
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blinds are open. maybe the lights are on. and you can -- it's like being, it's like being on a stage. >> it is, it's like being. >> -- >> from an artist perspective, sure. >> the supreme court has ruled on this. no. once you're in your own home, you have a complete expectation of privacy. >> that's a fourth amendment issue, that's not right. the supreme court has not ruled on the right of privacy. the right of privacy in the state of new york is governed by the new york civil rights law. it says unauthorized use of pictures. gerri: all right, let's give lis a chance to respond. >> unauthorized use. >> but not to identify anybody. >> no, no, you're mixing apples and oranges. unauthorized use is unauthorized use. when he takes the picture, that is not being authorized. you're making the point about the public vocation of them and the privacy issue. do you not think that those people know exactly who they are? how would they even know to bring this case? >> what are the damages? they're the only person who knows they're in the picture, there are no damages.
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that's why there's no cause of action here. and this is not the same type of -- gerri: okay, so violation of a right to privacy, this is another thing that i think is interesting about this case. there's artistic expression, right, which should be first amendment protection. >> absolutely. gerri: is this artistic expression? >> not when you're peeping into someone else's home. >> new york state leans on the side of free expression, free speech. new york will not find this to be a violation. gerri: lis, you've got to have last word here. >> invading someone's home,% that's different. gerri: we've got to ask our viewers to weigh in, because clearly, it sparks debate. [laughter] thank you both for coming on. great stuff. i don't want to be shot like that, i'll tell you. >> i don't either. [laughter] gerri: still to come, my two cents more on ridiculous waste in detroit, and next we go in fashion at the brand new luxurious hotel. wait until you hear what this inn has to offer your furry
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gerri: looking for luxury accommodatios for your dog? we go in fashion at one posh hotel that caters to your pampered pet, next.
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♪ ♪ gerri: in fashion tonight, pampering your pet in style. americans spend over $4 billion in 201 on grooming and boarding their seat pets, and the pet see industry is taking advantage of luxury hotels popping up all over the country. earlier i met with carrie brown, she told me owners want their four-legged friends to have as
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much fun as they do on vacation. i want to show you, this is amazing, you'll never believe it's a doggy hotel. hi, carrie, how's it going? >> hi. gerri: so you ready to get started? i want to show everybody your accommodations for dogs. >> let's go check it out. ♪ ♪ gerri: why do people spend so much money on their pets? >> great question. so dogs are like members of our family. when we go off traveling on vacation, you don't want to think about your dog being cooped up in a cage. dogs should be able to have as much fun as we do on vacation, so we like to create a space where they can feel at home here and feel like they're away and having a blast while their parents are away too. gerri: how did you get into this business, and how does it pay? >> we started in los angeles, and some friends of ours started it. so several partners came together and started it here in new york city about six months ago, and it's been so exciting to see it grow and get to know
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people and all the dogs that come here and all that. so it's been great. gerri: you are so cute. you've been here for a while, you're watching this business grow. who are the clients? >> sure. actually, our clients vary completely. we get a lot of internationals who come in who bring their dogs just for a short trip. we also get a lot of people who live within two blocks away who need daycare services, um, maybe they work 12y, and they just want to make sure that their dog has somewhere to go. and then, you know, we get a lot of people who are, you know, who travel here and there and want to make sure that their pets have the very best accommodations for when they're away, and they have their own home away from home here. [laughter] gerri: carrie, tell me, how many of these dogs can actually walk on the treadmill? [laughter] >> not all dogs can figure it out. but, you know, we've got a lot of clients who are, you know, looking to lose weight for their dogs as well as we have some dogs who will come in having just undergone surgery, and it's a great way to get them physical
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therapy for -- gerri: there you go. do they actually lose weight on the treadmill? >> they can, yes. we've got a bulldog who's financial at the treadmill. we've got a couple of clients who are slightly overweight, and it's a great way to shed the pounds, you know, getting ready for bikini season. [laughter] gerri: carrie, we are at the ritz carlton of puppy hotels. tell us about this ubersuite. >> yes, it's our most lavish accommodation. it's $200 per night, it includes a full-sized bed, 42-inch flat screen tv, all the comforts of home. gerri: so the dogs watch the tv? >> you know, it's designed to feel like a home away from home where it feels like a home. a lot of dogs are used to listening to radio or tv, so this is a great way to create that comfortable space for them. gerri: so i understand that you get a chauffer to bring your doggy here. >> you can. we offer a chauffer service. basically, it's 24 clash 67.
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we can -- 24 clash 7. we can pick your dog up to stay the day or the night, what have you. gerri: and a chef. >> we have private chef services, yes. we have organic meals that can be brought in and, you know, it'll be brown rice, and you can choose your meat whether it's turkey, lamb, beef, what have you. gerri: so cute, those dogs. all right. for more information you can log on to d pet hotels.com. there are three locations so far, one in new york city, hollywood, california, and scottsdale, arizona. you love it, right? we'll be right back. my mantra?
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how old is the oldest person you'venown? we gave people a sticker and had them show us. we learned a lot of us have known someone who's lived well into their 90s. and that's a great thing. but even though we're living longer, one thing that hasn't changed much is the official retirement age. ♪ the question is how do you make sure you have the money you need to enjoy all othese years. ♪ gerri: powerball officials is that jack that has climbed to the biggest prize in the game's history and the second largest lottery prize. i am in the majority. that is so good. did you know that detroit was
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broke? it is probably not news to you. apparently, it is his to some in detroit. board of trustees of the pension fund are traveling to a conference this week in hawaii. the tab is being picked up by those funds. the money covers airfare, registration fees, meals and a six day stay at the hilton beach resort in honolulu. they say the conference is needed to help trustees do their job. i know in the scheme of things, $22,000 is not that much money. maybe you should store that 20 grand somewhere else. that is my two cents more. coming up on monday, it is the next frontier in the battle to protect your privacy.
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"the willis report" needs a special investigation into personal medical investigation. it all starts monday. that is it for tonight's willis report. we will see you monday. ♪ lou: good evening, everybody. thank you for being with us. the obama administration broadening investigations into benghazi, the justice department and the internal revenue service. stephen ehlert appeared before the house committee today to answer for his agencies targeting of conservative groups and those who have been vocal in their opposition to the federal government. the hearing turned into a public sham.

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