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us that his sources say that the head of atf, ken nelson will be quote moved, reassigned to the department of justice. lots more to come in that very controversial story. bill: a quick programming note. a fascinating interview with former president bush since we mark the ten year mark since 9/11. national geographic channel will reair that interview 10:00 tomorrow night. martha: we've had a lot of people who have asked what time that will be on. 10:00 tomorrow night. don't miss it it's really good stuff. bill: we are back tomorrow. martha: yes, see you back here. bye-bye. jenna: we are so glad you are with us on this tuesday. i'm jenna lee. gregg: i'm greg garrett in for
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jon scott. jenna: whole communities are isolated by record flooding. fema is supplying emergency supplies as thousands have no power that may not come back on for weeks. gregg: connecticut's governor touring his state had to do it by helicopter, couldn't do it on the ground. irene leaving two people dead, dozens of homes destroyed. crews from as far away as colorado are coming to help after hundreds of thousands have lost power. jenna: new jersey hit by devastating flooding as well. rick leventhal is covering it all live from little falls new jersey. this story over for some but just beginning for others. >> reporter: absolutely. there are 450 to 500 homes in little falls that are in deepwater. we are right between little falls and wayne. this is the pa s-rbg sack river. it does flood when there are
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heavy rains. the mayor told me never this bad. route 23 here, deepwater, fast current, you see trucks and vehicles that have been caught up in it, and businesses that are surrounded by bats here. again water here. again, they do get flood here but usually not this bad. with hundreds of homes in water and many of them without electricity there are real terrance about where they go from here. the mayor told me that there are some people that are saying they may not move back into their homes. this could be the final straw here for the folks here in little river and little falls and wayne. things are bad in other parts of new jersey. they have been doing rescues here, you see the boat here. in passack, the sheriff's department plucking people out of their homes in boats. they rescued an elderly woman in a wheelchair. they were carrying infants out
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of home. in little falls they tell us if people do not get out overnight they most like lee will not be making rescues overnight because the current is so strong and these guys have their hands full as you can see. they encourage people to get out now so they won't have to get them out later. jenna: we saw the building behind you. where are you standing in relation to the way the town is? it looks like people are on a bridge and there is a carwash behind you as well. give us a little bit of the lay of the land there. >> reporter: the carwash is underwater. you can see where the vacuums are. this is the bridge over the passack river. little falls is over on the other side of that bridge. main street is where the flashing light is. there are homes up and down main street that are also underwater. the water goes across main street about a block down. this is wayne behind us, and this is route 23 which wind
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through the worst of the flood waters. there are train traction over here and homes on the other side of the train tractio tracks that are built on the river. and they are underwater. jenna: inch shreddable to see those pictures. back to rick leventhal in new jersey as this continues. thank you. gregg: a news crew gets trapped by floods in upstate new york. floodwaters rising faster than wxxa's catherine underwood and her photographer could even drive. streams and rivers in new york overflowing in an instant. entire farms wiped out before the residents' eyes. some folks are saying, there just isn't much left. >> at first we got hit from the streams and the runoff and then when that started to die down and we thought we were safe then the river came up. and we lost just about
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everything. gregg: what a harrowing experience. the crew did make it back to the television station after 30 hours. flood victims sifting through their remaining belongings to salvage anything they can. jenna: it's incredible to see that crew almost get caught. gregg: so quickly you can't get out of the way. jenna: irene may be gone but hurricane season is just beginning. gregg: that's right. katia joining us. we'll find out what danger that may pose as it moves westward. jenna: we've got even a lot of photos of hurricane irene from viewers. a tree fell on a home in massachusetts. hopefully no one was there. route 9 in vermont completely
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washed away as you can tell. we appreciate it when you take a second to send us images from your area you can email us at you report at fox of course just make sure you stay safe while you're getting your photos, always a good thing to keep in mind. gregg: there are new calls this hour to scrap a federal flood insurance program billions of dollars in-depth. hurricane irene defendant behind disastrous flooding. this program supposed to provide insurance to properties that private insurance really considers too risky. now that the program is literally underwater should taxpayers continue to pick up the tab for it? peter pwarpbgs is live in washington with more on that. >> reporter: hurricane irene has refocused attention on the federal flood insurance program which is deep in debt as you said and which critics says should be privatized. it covers 5.6 billion base homes
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and businesses. it pays for $250,000 in property damage and $150,000 in contents. critics say the program doesn't charge high enough premiums to cover losses. it has had to borrow from the treasury department to pay claims, $18 billion mainly because of hurricane katrina and it may have to borrow more money to pay the claims of victims of hurricane irene. critics say the program is poorly run and should be shut down with flood insurance left to the private sector. >> congress has not aeu approached this as an insurance program, they approached it as a subsidy program. there's been continuing push back to get rid of subsidies. >> reporter: supporters point out that before the government created the flood insurance program the government just picked up the entire tab for flood rebuilding, and without the program taxpayers again would be stuck bailing out coastal homeowners entirely.
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>> if you don't understand the purpose it serves and the insurance mechanism you don't under that wiping it out doesn't save money, it costs americans and taxpayers more money because the federal government would then be on the hook for every dollar. >> reporter: the house passed a bill earlier this year to reform the program. the bill allows the government to raise premiums and get tough every on under writing. the senate has not acted on it but next week the senate banking committee will hold a hearing on the program. gregg: peter barnes live in washington. jenna: there is some shocking revelations nearly ten years after the 9/11 attacks. according to a defense department letter sent to victims' families there is no public time table for putting any of the five terror suspects held at gitmo on trial, that includes mohammed the mastermind
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of the attacks. catherine herridge has for for us. >> reporter: they were sent letters as the 10th anniversary approaches. the letter clearly states there is still no public timetable for the guantanamo military prosecution of the men accused of murdering nearly 3,000 americans. although we are not able to give you a more precise answer on when to get a decision by the convening authority we will continue to provide updates. the five 9/11 suspects were last in this guantanamo courtroom two years ago and they decided to send the trial to a federal court in ne new york city. in april, eric holder reversed his decision and sent the case back to a guantanamo military court. >> we simply cannot allow a trial to be delayed any longer for the victims of the 9/11 attacks or for their family
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members who have waited for near will he a decade for justice. >> reporter: right now we are waiting for a decision by the office of military commission on the final charges and whether the death penalty will be pursued in that case, jenna. jenna: ten years, that really hits home. what is the reaction from the families, catherine. >> reporter: a couple who lost their son christopher who was a new york city firefighter on 9/11 told fox in a statement when a terrible message we are giving people of the free world and when a message we are giving to those who are out to harm us. we will wait as we have no other choice, but we wonder why. what else is more important? we have no answer. another 9/11 family member who asked not to be identified said she wanted to scream when she read that letter, she never imagined that a decade out the attacks there would be no trial given the men tried to plead guilty in december of 2008, jenna. jenna: we think about those families at this time. a lot more to this story. thaupblg. gregg: breaking news about
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another fallout from the scandal, the gun-running scandal and sting operation in mexico. the atf director, kenneth nelson is being removed from his job as a consequence of that. william la jeunesse has more. >> reporter: multiple sources are telling us that kenneth nelson is being reassigned to somewhere in the justice department. that leaves an opening at the top of the atf, a very controversial position. the rumored head is andrew traver. he's been opposed by the nra because they see him as an opponent to gun rights. emery hurley. he was in charge of the day-to-day operations of fast and furious, he has been reassigned to phoenix. three of the four whistle blowers in group 7 have been
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reassigned, two to florida, one to south carolina. those whistle blowers could not be fired because that would be seen as retaliation. as far as the kput euf staff, however, they are being moved, if you will, ahead of expected to be a very critical report from the inspector general. also, multiple sources in arizona as well as washington say that the u.s. attorney for arizona, dennis burke, was interviewed by congressional investigators recently and he got sick in the middle of that and was not able to finish his testimony, that coming from multiple source necessar sources in arizona. we have received documents dated in 200 the showing 11 seizures of guns in the first three months of this program proving that those guns were going south to mexico very early on. back to you. gregg.
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jenna: a shocking new report on the state of aviation. you fly a lot, right. gregg: i do, i don't pilot but i fly. jenna: if you tphroeu at all. fly at all, this is a good question, could computers be teaching pilots how to forget how to fly tpwregz we are getting details about p president obama's jobs speech. jenna: a manhunt at this hour after a city councilman is gunned down in cold blood. details straight ahead. that's helpi drive the future of business. in here, inventory can be taught to learn. ♪ machines have a voice. ♪ medical history follows you. it's the at&t network -- a network of possibilities...
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julie banderas live at the breaking news desk. >> reporter: they believe his killer was a pot farmer. jerry millow was shot and killed saturday while patrolling the marijuana gardens. they were investigating the report of a marijuana grow on hawthorne timer company property. when 35-year-old aaron bassler opened fire on the pair, there is the suspect with a high power rifle hitting mellow many times. his coworker managed to escape. mellow had called counsel less times to report growing operations in the area. mello died at the scene and the manhunt continues for aaron bassler. when news spread of his death many were left in shock. there is a phone number. they are asking anyone with information to call as they mourn the loss of a man they say spent the last 15 years serving on the fort bragg city council
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and decade working in the tim per industry. one colleague and friend said i can't think of a nicer person i've met in my entire life. he's just such a warm and giving human being. they say the 69-year-old dedicated most of his life to helping his community. his death the latest, strapblg i catragic thing that happens on these pot growing areas. jenna: consumer spending accounts for about two-thirds of the u.s. economy. in the meantime the white house finalizing a brand-new plan to spark the job market. the president is set to announce details next week. according to early reports there's a few key components, a new higher tax incentive,
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infrastructure spending and extending jobless benefits. we are joined by greg zuckerman, a writer with the "wall street journal." >> the argument i would have is maybe they should have done this a little earlier instead of some things like healthcare. economists are somewhat excited about these ideas but you don't want to go overboard here. jenna: new higher tax incentive what could that look like. >> it could be a $5,000 credit. it could have some impact. if you think about it s&p 500 companies are sitting on $1.1 trillion of cash right now. we want them to spend a little bit. the reasons they are not spending it is the european debt issue and other concerns. potentially you could get a million new hires threw this kind of incentive. jenna: consumer confidence, if demand is not out there companies have a lot to think about. we hear about an infrastructure
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bank, what would that be. >> you create a new bank through the government, then internet bank lends. there are things to focus on, delapidated schools, rule places that don't have access to internet. jenna: where do you get it? >> you get it through taxpayers. good idea short term as long as you pay for the long term. if we can growth a little bit stronger and pay for it long term you want to layout how you're going to pay for it in the long term. jenna: there is a new nominee for the economic advisers that the president nominated that we heard about yesterday, alan kruegar and how he might feel about extending unemployment ben sits. is that something that would help? >> it's a good question. whether it would help there is a lot of talk about how long to t extend it.
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december comes up, the talk is one more year, maybe longer. would it help? there is a split on that and there are people that obviously could really be helped and would be able to find jobs in the next few months, other people who maybe aren't looking for jobs and we'll be wasting money on those kinds of peep. there will be some impact but you don't want to go overboard on what kind of impact. jenna: alan k-rbg ruger apparently did studies at princeton on whether or not it deters folks from going out and looking for work and what it does to the job market. interesting results. always nice to have you and we'll continue to watch when we get the details. gregg: a harrowing rescue and all of it was caught on videotape. stunning footage of a pilot whose plane crashed into a backyard just moments after take off. how did he survive? we're going to talk about the pit falls of automatic mate tiff
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controls, and why it could be causing pilots to lose their hands on piloting skills and causing hundreds of lives. we want to hear from you on "happening now." do you like the increasing amount of technology that pilots use, or does it kind of worry you? we're going to show you some of the results a bit later on in our program. stick around. [ male announcer ] life is full of missed opportunities. like the exotic vacation you nev took. but there's one opportunity that's too good to miss. the lexus golden opportunity sales event.
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jenna: welcome back, everyone, a small plane torn to pieces aer crashing into a backyard in santa monica and amazingly the pilot survived suffering only a broken leg, only. his dramatic rescue was caught on tape. david lee miller has more. >> reporter: the pie loft the single engine plane that crashed into the side of the unoccupied home likely owes his life to
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house painters who pulled him to safety risking their own lives. he had a problem during take off and was trying to land. his first attempt was aborted. when he tried again his plane crashed into a cinder block wall. the wing snapped off and it was on fire. that's when quick-thinking painters grabbed a garden hose and removed the flames, then removed the injured pilot from the cockpit. this was captured on a cellphone camera. this is sometimes difficult to watch. >> i got it, i got it. >> they are coming, just rest, just lay down. just lay down. just lay down. >> reporter: that pilot was taken to a hospital for as you said a broken leg. one of his rescuers also
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suffered cuts and bruises and was also hospitalized. the cause of the crash is under investigation. it has reignited a debate about santa monica. since 1980 there have been 8 accidents, a lot of them including student pilots. residents want it shut down. >> this is the busiest airport single runway in the country, there is no room for error. >> reporter: supporters also say it provides a boost to the local economy and could be necessary in an emergency. this is a tke bait that won't be going away any time soon. jenna: what a reminder that there are good samaritans out there in a time like that. >> reporter: one minute you're paying a house, the next minute you're a hero. jenna: good way to put it david lee. gregg: a disturbing new report out today suggesting that pilots may be for getting how to fly. at issue is automated navigation
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the technology used to fly a plane on autopilot. it's supposed to help, but some safety experts are saying it's hurting pilots when they have to fly a plane manually. recent air crashes blamed on pilot error was a plain crash in brazil that kaeuld all 199 people on board. a flight nearing buffalo new york crashed into a home killing all 49 passengers and one person on the ground. an faa investigation concluded it was pilot error, not bad weather. and black box recordings on flight 447 showed it was a series of failings by the pilot that caused the plane to plunge into the atlantic ocean back in 200 the killing everyone on board. joining us is captain kevin hyde
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vice president of the flight safety foundation. i was surprised to read today as i was researching this that pilots fly manually for only about three minutes and they spend the rest of their time programming the computers on board. do you think it's true that maybe they are losing some of their hands on skills? >> yeah i think there's a definite pattern now where we're seeing that there is more programming into the computers and using the autopilot in order to manipulate airplane because it's more efficient and it provides more accurate navigation. in high density air space, places like that where we've got to put more air planes into more space and be exactly where you need to be with air traffic control, yeah the pilots are using the systems more than ever before. gregg: they say hundreds of people have died over the past
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five years in loss of control accidents in which planes stalled during flight or got into unusual positions that pilots could not correct. in some cases pilots made the wrong split second decisions with catastrophic results. captain it seems to me that slow air speed and recovering from a stall are the most prevalent problems here. you're not supposed to pull back on the yoke but push forward yet they are doing the opposite of what they are instructed and trained to do. how can that be? >> i think it comes from a lack of situational awareness of how and where the airplane is at that particular moment. in the simulator the training is so precise and focused on the abnormal operations such as an engine out or some type of flight control failure, in terms of flaps or slats, that the pilot starts to lose a little bit of his edge on the flying skills that it takes to actually recognize what his airplane is actually doing.
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gregg: i was reading that regulators as well as airlines prohibit pilots from turning off the autopilot and taking control manually unless there is an emergency. so you're losing hands on skills right there. what is the answer, more simulated practices? how do we solve this problem? >> two points, yes, because of the air space and reduced vertical separation minimums we do have to use the autopilot now more h-pb we've ever had to use it before. there are still areas in the air space that we can still hand fly the airplane in order to recapture some of those skills. i was on an aviation ruling making committee called an ark with the faa this past year and some of the best practices that we identified was to let that pilot get some more training in assimilator for some of the unusual hand flying skills that might need to be, you know, instilled on them, and also fly the airplane a little bit more when you're out in the air space
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system. there there are areas where you can get hand flying and not have to be totally automated. gregg: thank you, kevin hiatt. jenna: a former nba player arrested on murder charges in california. what his lawyer says his client is saying after the murder of a young mother of four. an update on tropical storm katia. maria molina has the latest on the storm that is picking up steam over the atlantic. we have that straight ahead. [ male announcer ] look down.
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jenna: new video coming into our newsroom on the aftermath of hurricane irene. we have shots of staten islands. residents are barely able to make it onto their front stoop before stepping into the water. that is quite a situation in staten island, new york. gregg: take a look at these intrepid boaters in little falls, new jersey. they are getting around the only way possible, yep, they are hooking up a tiny boat with an outboard motor. is that a dunkin' donuts bag i see there in the corner. jenna: everybody needs provisions. gregg: that will get you through. that will stick to your ribs. jenna: coffee will help as well. irene may be gone but hurricane season is far from over. you have tropical storm katia gaining strength over the atlantic. it seems the powerful storm could be headed straight for us, is it true? >> reporter: there is still a long way to go, it's in the
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eastern tropical atlantic, that's what we're looking at. it is strengthening, currently a tropical storm. while we were monitoring irene the past several days tropical storm jose formed and already died in the atlantic and fortunately did not impact anyone. we are monitoring our new storm system katia, which six years ago was named katrina. that is one storm we are all too familiar with. we hope katia doesn't turn out to be anything like that storm. 630 miles to the west southwest of the cape verde islands. it has a lot of convex. it's going to continue to strengthen, sustained winds at 45 miles per hour moving to the west northwest. pretty quickly for a storm at this latitude, 18 miles an hour. within the next few days it should become a hurricane. by friday, sat gory 2 storm, by the end of the weekend on sunday
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morning it could be a major hurricane at category 3 with sustained winds of 150 miles per hour. the one good thing about this track is it does keep it away from any of the islands and a lot of the models are agreeing it will stay north of the leeward islands as we head into the weekend. it's something we'll continue to watch. a long way to go and a lot of strengthening to take place as things are very favorable. the gulf of mexico, it doesn't look like much right now, there are hints as we head into the weekend we could have a system receiving here, but hopefully it stays weak and hopefully it does form and move into texas where we kurpb lee have drought conditions. we really need the rain in texas and that would be very welcome news. jenna: we'll continue to watch it, thank you. gregg: breaking news in the sports world, former nba star jarvaris crittenton busted last night at a california airport now facing possible murder charges in atlanta.
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julie banderas live at the breaking news desk. >> reporter: the 24-year-old was arrested last night at john wayne airport in orange county after he checked into a delta flight bound for atlanta. some believe he was trying to flee. his lawyer says he was heading back to georgia to turn himself in, that he is not guilty of murder and they look forward to their day in court. police say he's responsible for the death of 22-year-old julian jones. they say on august 19th jones was walking with two men when she was shot. they believe one of the men with her was the intended target. the motive apparently what's tal skwraeugs for a jewelry robbery in april in which crittenton was a victim. >> it's my understanding there was jewel remember and other values stolen. it appears he might have had hundred nba ring stolen from him during the robbery. he had gone out to that particular community asking questions about it.
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>> reporter: this is not the first time he's had a run in with the law. when he was with the washington wizards in 2009 he was suspended from the league for having guns in a locker room with gilbert arenas. arenas spent a short time in a halfway house. jarvaris crittenton served one year probation. he will be taken to atlanta to face murder charges there. gregg: i want to go become to another story we have been following. let's get a look at what you've been thinking about. pilots relying more and more on automation. 36% of you say hey, love it, technology is better than ever. 64% say, you know what, kind of a cause for concern. you worry about pilots keeping their flying skills sharp in case technology fails. sometimes they have to make split second decisions when some of the automation fails.
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jenna: you can only trust computers so far. you have to trust your instincts as well. right now that is what pilots are dealing with. nothing is on the horizon to change that. gregg: maybe a little more training, that's what our guest said. jenna: a controversial immigration law in alabama is put on hold by the courts. why a judge says she is temporarily blocking the state from implementing it. reaction to this decision as well. if you're locking for work queen elizabeth is hiring. we'll tell you who she is looking for. it's an unusual step for the british monarch to take. she is trying to fill a very key position. gregg: that's a nice house "hey wrinkle face!"
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"how is that baby driving a minivan?" gregg: alabama's controversial new immigration law put on hold at least for now, a federal judge tkepl appraiser lee blocking alabama from enforcing a new law that would allow police to question suspects
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about immigration status. that law was supposed to go into effect on thursday. the judge says her decision is not based on the merits of the law but on allowing the court enough time to review it. we have the communications director of the federation for immigration reform. bob, good to see you. that has to give you some encouragement there. you and i were talking last week when the hearing took place. the judge said how are you going to enforce this thing without racial profiling. i see a lot of problems with the law said the judge. how much of this do you think will survive? >> the most important part will survive. remember this court delay is certainly not a denial. based on what we are hearing it looks like the judge seems to feel as we do, as many do, that federal preemption, the idea that it's our job here in washington to -p enforce immigration law doesn't necessarily preclude meaningful
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and lawful constitutional participation by states whereby you have this concurrent authority where the states and the localities and the federal government are all working together to enforce the laws of the land. gregg: especially bob when the federal government, one can argue, has abdicated its responsibility in this regard, true? >> well it certainly pass. i mean last year we were in a similar situation, the federal government went after arizona and they said it was our job here in washington, and yet this past year there has been the deep inch trenchment of an affirmative none enforcement policy. you've got this reaction to the inaction by alabama, by arizona, probably by other states. ultimately what you want, you do want your police to not only be allowed to, but to be required to check immigration status after a lawful stop and reasonable suspicion, and you certainly want your jailers to check immigration status before
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they release somebody out on the street. ultimately at the end of the game it's enforcement of laws, the states mirroring what the federal tkpoft does. gregg: it's not binding in federal courts. what one federal court can does is not binding on all the others. having said that, you know, eye not looking good for you, because federal judges have rejected this thing in arizona, georgia, indiana and utah. >> there is another way to look at that. i think it's a forgone conclusion that based on the supreme court decision recently in arizona, upholding arizona's right to use e~verify an even if it is stopped on technicality and ends up going to the supreme court, being that there is concurrent authority, that is going to stand, that will be a victory for american taxpayers
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and workers who are struggling to combat this onslaught, the cost, the impact of illegal immigration that washington continues to ignore. gregg: one final point, we've only got about 30 seconds left. a lot of people that are critical of this law say it's purely penal. that is not necessarily the case. the true people that may be punished actually are residents of alabama because precious few jobs that could be available to legal residents are being taken by illegal residents. is that the case? >> it certainly is. and alabama is incurring annually $298 million basically subsidizing cheap labor for cheap labor businesses that pad their pockets. one element of the bill allows alabama, for example to keep track of the expenditures they have on public education, which is three quarters of the cost. these are meaningful and underrable reactions to a completely negligence, chaotic
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immigration policy here in washington. gregg: bob dane, federation for american immigration reform. bob, thanks very much. >> thank you, gregg. jenna: you like the outdoors. gregg: love the outdoors. jenna: have a green thumb. gregg: i actually get out in the garden and do a little stuff. jenna: that might be for you then. it looks like queen elizabeth is in the market for a new gardener at her scottish retreat. gregg: that is a lot of property. jenna: 50,000 acres in fact. it was purchased by queen victoria. you'd be completely in charge of 50,000 acres, this is north of london. they describe the candidate as a selfmotivater, good management skills. the benefits you get to live at the castle. gregg: free? jenna: i guess so. i guess that's included. you have until september 23rd to get your application in. it's owned by the queen.
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gregg: that's a little vacation spot there. no thanks. a deadly end to the holy month of ramadan in syria. we'll have a live report on the new violence there. the government's latest efforts to hold onto power. is obesity in your future? there is a study out there saying one of two americans could be obese by 2030, and what you can do to stay healthy. one in two americans obese?
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jenna: fox news alert taking you out to minneapolis where the president is speaking to the american legion, a group of veterans. let's take a lesson. >> on behalf of us all i want to thank jimmy, and i want to thank your entire leadership team for
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welcoming me here today. thank you very much. [applause] your national average tapbt dan whaoerl. and the president of the american legion auxillary, car lean askhworth. thank you for your extraordinary service. to r*eut t rita foster and to all the daughters, sisters of the auxillary and the sons of the american legion, as military families you also serve and we salute all of you as well. there are special guests here i want to acknowledge. they may have already been acknowledged. but they are great friends so i want to make sure that i point them out. first of all, the wonderful governor of minnesota, mark
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dayton is here. [applause] two sevens wh senators who are working on behalf of everybody every single day. congressman keith ellison, this is his district. [applause] minneapolis mayor r. t. rybach a great friend. to all the minnesota elected officials, welcome. it is wonderful to be back with the american legion. back in illinois my home state -- [cheering] >> hey! illinois is in the house. we worked together to make sure
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veterans across the state were getting the benefits they had earned. when i was in the u.s. senate we worked together to spotlight the tragedy of homelessness among veterans, and the need to end it. as president i've welcomed jimmy and your leadership to the oval office to hear directly from you, and i have been -- [applause] >> i've been honored to have you by my side when i signed advanced appropriations to protect veterans healthcare from the budget battles in washington. when i -- [applause] >> when i signed legislation to give new support to veterans on their caregivers. and most recently when i proposed new initiatives to make sure the private sector is hiring our talented veterans. american legion i thank you for your partnership, and i
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appreciate the opportunity to talk with you today about what we need to do to make sure america is taking care of our veterans as well as you've taken care of us. and i'm grateful to be with you for another reason. a lot of our fellow citizens are still reeling from hurricane irene and its aftermath. folks are surveying the damage. some are dealing with tremendous flooding. as a government we are going to make sure that states and communities have the support they need so their folks can recover. [applause] and across the nation we are still digging out from the worst economic crisis since the great depression. it's taken longer and it's been more difficult than any of us had imagined. even though we've taken some steps in the right direction, we have a lot more to do. our economy has to grow faster.
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we have to create more jobs, and we have to do it faster. and most of all we've got to break the gridlock in washington that has been preventing us from taking the action we need to get this country moving. [applause] that's why next week i'll be speaking to the nation about a plan to create jobs and reduce our deficit, a plan that i want to see passed by congress. we've got to get this done. and here is what else i know. we americans have been through tough times before, much tougher than these. we didn't just get through them, we emerged stronger than before, not by luck, not by chance, but because in hard times americans don't quit. we don't give up. [applause]
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we summon that spirit that says, when we come together, when we choose to move forward together as one people there is nothing we can't achieve. legionnaires you know the story, because it's the story of your lives. at a time like these all americans can draw strength from your example. when hitler controlled the continent and flas fast fasc h-rbg ism appeared unstoppable, it was those who declared that we had been reduced to a third class power. but you are veterans of world war ii. crossed the oceans, stormed the beaches and freed the millions, liberated the camps and showed the united states of america as
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the greatest force for freedom that the world has ever known. when north korea invaded the south pushing the allied forces into a tyner sliver of territory, the pusan perimeter, it seemed like the war could be lost. but you, our korean veterans, pushed back, fought on, year after bloody year. and this past veterans day i went to seoul and joined our korean war set vans for the 60th anniversary of that war. and we marked that milestone in a free and prosperous republic of korea, one of our greatest allies. when communist forces in vietnam unleashed the tet offensive it fueled the debate here at home that raged over that war.
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you, our vietnam veterans did not always receive the respect that you deserve, which was a national shame, but let it be remembered that you won every major battle of that war, every single one. [applause] as president i've been honored to welcome our vietnam veterans to the white house and finally present them with the metals and recognition that they deserved. it's a chance to convey on behalf of the american people those simple words with which our vietnam veterans greet each other, welcome home. >> in the decades that followed, the spirit of your service was carried forth by our troops in the sands of desert storm, in the rugged
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hills of the balkans, and now, it's carried on by a new generation. next weekend, we'll mark the tenth anniversary of those awful attacks on our nation. in the days ahead, we will honor the lives we lost and the families that loved them the first responders who rushed to save others. and we will honor all those who have served to keep us safe these ten difficult years. especially the men and women of our armed forces. today, as we near this solemn anniversary, it's fitting that we salute the extraordinary decade of service rendered by the 9/11 generation. the more than 5 million americans who have worn the uniform over the past ten years. they were there on duty that september morning, having enlisted in a time of peace,
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but they instantly transitioned to a war footing. they're the millions of recruits who have stepped forward since, seeing their nation at war, and saying send me. they're every single soldier, sailor, air men, marine, coast guardsman serving today who has volunteered to serve in a time of war, knowing that they could be sent into harm's way. they come from every corner of our country. big cities, small towns, they come from every background and every creed, they are sons and daughters who carry on the tradition of family service and they are new immigrants who have become our newest citizens. they're our national guardsmen and reservists who have served in unprecedented deployments. they're the record number of
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women in our military, proving themselves in combat like never before. and every day, for the past ten years, these men and women have succeeded together as one american team. a generation -- >> [applause] >> they're a generation of innovators, and they've changed the way america fights and wins at wars. raised in the age of the internet, they've harnessed new technologies on the battlefield. they've learned the cultures and traditions and languages of the places where they've served. trained to fight, they've also taken on the role of diplomats and mayors and development experts, negotiating with tribal sheikhs, working with village shiras, partnering
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communities. young captains, sergeants, lieutenants, they've assumed responsibilities once reserved for more senior commanders and reminds us that in an era when so many other institutions have shirked their obligations, the men and women of the united states military welcome responsibility. [applause] in a decade of war, they have borne on extraordinary burden, with more than 2 million of our service members deploying for the war zones. hundreds of thousands have deployed again and again, year after year. never before has our nation asked so much of our all-volunteer force, that 1 percent of americans who wears the uniform.
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we see the scope of their sacrifice in the tens of thousands who now carry the scars of war, both seen and unseen. our remarkable wounded warriors. we see it in our extraordinary military families who serve here at home, the military spouses who hold their families together, the millions of military children, many of whom have lived most of their young lives with our nation at war and mom or dad deployed. and most profoundly, we see the wages of war in those patriots who never came home they gave their all. their last full measure of devotion. in kandahar, in the koran gulf, in helmand, in the battles for baghdad and fallujah and ramadi. now they lay at rest in quiet corners of america,
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but they live on in the families who loved them and in the nation that is safer because of their service. and today, we pay humble tribute to the more than 6200 americans in uniform who have given their lives in this hard decade of war. we honor them all. we are grateful for them. to their service, to their sacrifice, to their astonishing record of achievement, our forces have earned their place among the greatest of generations. top ling the taliban in just weeks. driving al-qaeda from the training camps where they plotted 9/11. giving the afghan people the opportunity to live free from terror. when the decision was made to go into iraq, our troops crossed the desert and
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removed a dictator in less than a month, when ss, militia and terrorists plunged iraq into chaos, our troops adapted, they endured ferocious urban combat, they reduced the violence and gave iraqis a chance to forge their own future. when a resurge upbt taliban threatened to give al-qaeda more space to threaten us, the forces in afghanistan went on the offensive, taking the fight to the taliban and pushing them out of their safe haven, allowing afghans to reclaim their opportunities and training afghan forces. and a few months ago, our troops achieved our greatest victory yet in the fight against those who attacked us on 9/11, delivering justice to usama bin laden in one of the greatest military and intelligence operations in american history. [applause] credit for these
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successes, credit for this progress, belongs to all who have worn the uniform in these wars. [applause] today, we're honored to be joined by some of them and i would ask all those who served this past decade, the members of the 9/11 generation, to stand and accept the thanks of a grateful nation. [applause] >> thanks to these americans, we're moving forward from a position of strength, having ended our combat mission in iraq and removed more than 100,000 troops so far, we'll remove the rest of our troops by the end of this year and we
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will end that war. >> [applause] >> having put al-qaeda on the path to defeat, we won't relent unless the job is done. having started to draw down our forces in afghanistan, we'll bring home 33,000 troops by next summer, and bring home more troops in the coming years. >> [applause] >> as our mission transitions from combat to support, afghans will take responsibility for their own security, in the longest war in -- and the longest war in american history will come to a responsible end. and for our troops and military families who sacrificed so much, this means relief from an unrelenting decade of operations. today, fewer of our sons and daughters are serving in
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harm's way. for so many troops who have already done their duty, we've put an end to the stop loss, our soldiers can now look forward to shorter deployments, that means more time at home, between deployment the and more time training for the full range of missions that they will face. indeed, despite ten years of continuous war, it must be said america's military is the best that it's ever been. [applause] >> we saw that most recently in the skill and precision off our brave forces who helped the libyan people finally break free from the grip of moammar qaddafi, and as we meet the test that the future will surely bring, including hard fiscal choices here at harm, there should be no doubt, the united states of america
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will keep our military the best trained, the best led, the best equipped fighting force in history. it will continue to be the best. [applause] >> now, as today's wars end, as our troops come home, we're reminded once more of our responsibilities to all who have served. the bond between our force and our citizens must be a sacred trust. and for me and my administration, upholding that trust is not just a matter of policy, it is not about politics, it is a moral obligation. that's why my very first budget included the largest percentage increase to the v.a. budget in the past 30 years. [applause] >> so far, we're on track to
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have increased funding for veterans affairs by 30 percent, and because we passed advanced appropriations when washington politics threatens to shut down the bottom as it did last spring, the veterans medical care that you count on was safe. and let me say something else about v.a. funding that you depend on. as a nation, we're facing some tough choices as we put our fiscal house in order. but i want to be absolutely clear, we cannot, we must not, we will not balance the budget on the backs of our veterans. as commander in chief, i won't allow it. [ applause] >> with these historic
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investments, we're making dramatic improvements to veterans' health care. we're improving v.a. facility toss better serve our women veterans. we're expanding outreach and care for our rural veterans, like those that i met during my recent visit to canon falls, including two proud legionaire, tom knewson of post 620 and hugo and joseph kidd, post 62 in stewartville. are they here right now? they're out there somewhere. [applause] >> that was a good lunch, by the way! >> [laughter] >> for our vietnam veterans, because we declared that three diseases are now presumed to be related to your exposure to agent orange, we've begun paying the disability benefits that you need. [applause] for our veterans
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of the gulf war, we're moving forward to address the nine infectious diseases that we declared are now presumed to be related to your service in desert storm. [applause] >> and at the same time, our outstanding v.a. secretary, rich shenseki, is working every day to build a 20th century v.a., many of our vietnam vets are already submitting their agent orange claims electronically, hundreds of you from all wards are requesting benefits online, thanks to the new blue button on the v.a. website. you can now share your personal health information with your doctors outside of the v.a. and we're making progress in sharing medical records between d.o.d. and v.a. we're not there yet. i've been pound -pblg -- pounding on this thing since i came into office. we're going to stay on t. we're going to keep at it
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until our troops and our veterans have a lifetime electronic medical record that you can keep for your life. [applause] >> of course, we've still got some work to do. we've got to break the backlog of disability claims i know that over the past year the backlog has actually grown due to the new claims from agent orange, but let me say this, and i know secretary shenseki agrees, when our veterans who fought for our country have to fight to get the benefits that you've already earned, that's unacceptable. so this is going to remain a key priority for us. [applause] >> we're going to keep hiring new claims processors and we're going to keep investing in new paperless systems and keep moving ahead with our innovation competition in which our dedicated v.a. employees are developing new ways to process your claims faster. we want your claims to be processed not in months but
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in days. the bottom line is this. your claims need to be processed quickly and accurately, the first time. we're not going to rest until we get that done. we will not rest. [applause] ie. >> the same is true for our mission to end homelessness for our veterans. already we've helped to bring tens of thousands of veterans off the streets. for the first time ever, we've made veterans and military families a priority, not just at the v. arc, not just at d.o.d., but across the federal government, and that includes making sure the federal agencies are working together so that every veteran who fought for america has a home in america. [applause] >> we're working to fulfill our obligations to our 9/11 generation veterans.
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especially our wounded warriors. you know, the constant threat of i.e.d.s has meant a new generation of service members, with multiple traumatic injuries, including traumatic brain injury. and thanks to advanced armor and medical technologies, our troops are surviving injuries that would have been fatal in previous wars. so we're saving more lives. but more american veterans live with severe wounds for a lifetime. and that's why we need to be for them, for a lifetime. we're giving unprecedented support to our wounded warriors, especially those who have traumatic brain injury, and thanks to the veterans and care givers' legislation i signed into law, we've started training care givers so they can receive the skills and stipends they need to care for their loved ones. [applause]
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>> we're working aggressively to address another signature wound of this war, which has led to too many fine troops and veterans to take their own lives, and that's posttraumatic stress disorder, we're continuing to make major investments, improving outreach, suicide prevention, hiring and training more mental health counselors, and treating more veterans than ever before. the days when depression and ptsd were stigmatized, those days must end. that's why i made the decision to start sending condolence letters to the families of service members who take their lives while deployed in a combat zone. these americans did not die because they were weak. they were warriors. they deserve our respect. every man and woman in uniform, every veteran needs to know that your nation will be there to help you stay strong. [applause] >> it's the right thing to do. >> [applause]
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>> you know, in recent months we've heard new reports of some of our veterans not getting the prompt mental health care they desperately need and that, too, is unacceptable. if a veteran has the courage to seek help, then we need to be doing everything in our power to deliver the life saving mental care that they need. so secretary shenseki and the v.a. are going to stay on this and we'll continue to make it easier for veterans with posttraumatic stress to qualify for v.a. benefits, regardless of the war that you served in. if you served in the combat theater, in the v.a. -- and a v.a. doctor confirms a diagnosis of ptsd, that's enough. which brings me to the final area where america must meet its obligations to our veterans. this is place where we need each other, and that's the task of renewing our nation's economic strength. after a decade of war, it's time to focus on nation
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building here at home. and our veterans, especially our 9/11 veterans, have the skills and the dedication to help lead the way. that's why we're funding the post 9/11 g.i. bill, which is now helping more than 500,000 veterans and family members go to college, get their degrees, and play their part in moving america forward. >> [applause] >> it's why this fall, we'll start including vocational trading and apprenticeships as well, so veterans can develop the skills to succeed in today's economy. and that's why i've directed the federal government to hire more veterans. including more than 100,000 veterans in the past year and a half alone. but in this tough economy, far too many of our veterans are still unemployed. that's why i've proposed a comprehensive initiative, to
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make sure we're tapping the incredible talents of our veterans. and it's got two main parts: first, we're going to do more to help our newest veterans find and get that private sector job. we're going to offer -- >> [applause] >> we're going to offer more help with career development and job searches. i've directed d.o.d. and the v.a. to create what we're calling a reverse boot camp, to help our newest veterans prepare for civilian jobs and translate their exceptional military skills into industry. into industry accepted licenses and credentials, and today i'm calling on every state to pass legislation that makes it easier for our veterans to get the credentials and the jobs for which they are so clearly qualified. this needs to happen. [applause] >> it needs to happen now. >> [applause] >> second, we're encouraging the private sector to do its
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part. so i've challenged companies across america to hire or train 100,000 unemployed veterans or their spouse. and this builds on the commitments that many companies have already made as part of the joining forces campaign championed by the first lady and vice president's spouse, dr. joe biden. -- dr. jill biden. one hundred thousand jobs for veterans and spouse. and to get this done, i've proposed a returning heroes' tax credit for companies that hire unemployment veterans and a wounded warrior tax credit for companies that hire unemployed veterans with a disability. [applause] >> when congress returns from recess, this needs to be at the top of their agenda. for the sake of our veterans, for the sake of our economy, we need these
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veterans working and contributing and creating the new jobs and industries that will keep america competitive in the 21st century. these are the obligations we have to each other. our forces, our veterans, our citizens. these are the responsibilities we must fulfill. i just -- not just when it's easy. not just when we're flush with cash. not just when it's convenient. but always. and that's a lesson we learned again this year in the life and in the passing of frank buckle, our last veteran from the first world war, passed away at the age of 110. think about it. frank lived the american century. an ambulance driver on the
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western front, he bore witness to the carn annual of the trenches in europe. -- carnage to the trenches in europe, then in the second world war, he survived more than three years in japanese prisoner of war camps. then like so many veterans, he came home, went to school , pursued a career, started a family, lived a good life on his farm in west virginia. even in his later years, after turning 100, frank buckles still gave back to his country. he would go speak to school children about his extraordinary life. he'd meet and inspire other veterans. and for 80 years, he served as a proud member of the american legion. >> [applause] >> the day he was laid to
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rest, i ordered the flags to go flown at half staff. at the white house, at the government buildings, across the nation, at our embassies around the world. as frank buckles lay in honor at arlington's memorial chapel, hundreds passed by his flag-draped casket in quiet procession. most were strangers who never knew him. but they knew the story of his service. and they felt compelled to offer their banks to this american soldier. and that afternoon i had the privilege of going over to arlington and spending a few moments with frank's daughter, suzanna, who cared for her father to the very he said, and it was a chance for me to convey the gratitude of an entire nation and to pay my respects to an american who reflected the best of who we
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are as a people. and legionaires, it was a reminder, not just for the family and friends of corporal frank buckles, but to the veterans and families of every generation, no matter when you serve, no matter how many years ago that you took off your uniform, no matter how long you live as a proud veteran of this country, we love you. america will never leave your side. america will never forget. we will always be grateful to you. god bless you. god bless all our veterans. and god bless the united states of america. >> the president speaking in minneapolis today to the american legion, a group of veterans, and touching on a few different points, add not only the gratitude of the country to the veterans, those who have served
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thisnategrationo great nation but also talking about future plans for training, veterans, getting them back into the work force. talked about a tax credit he wants to make available to corporations who hire veterans and those wounded, and also talking a little about the budget and saying that the country will not and cannot balance the budget on the backs of our veterans, talking about veteran benefits. this is the unofficial kickoff of the administration's observance leading up to 9/11, this is the first sort of quiet kickoff to what will be the next, well, ten days plus of different events the president will take part in to comeem rate the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks of september 11th. gregg: a series of very solemn events leading up to 9/11. all right. we're going to pause, turn a page here. coming up, a congressman that moammar qaddafi hoped would accept save his hold on power, dennis kucinich, a one-minute desperate plea.
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gregg: libyan rebels now demanding that neighboring algeria return moammar qaddafi's family to their home country in order to stand trial but qaddafi himself, as well as several other sons, still at large. all this as fighting continues in the country. dominic di-natale is streaming live from the capitol tripoli.
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dominic. >> reporter: gregg, the national traditional council has given the loyalist forces in the city of sirte3 days to surrender or face one of the bloodiest battles in this whole uprising. they say after the investigationet which starts today, they'll be moving in and it will be indeed a huge bloodshed. the rubels for the loyalists still saying they're going to dig in and we're looking at a long fight of at least ten days, rebels say, probably the highest casualty toll we've seen in any of the battles. the rebels also saying today that 50,000 people have been killed since the uprising began at the beginning -- during february. many of those deaths at the hands of qaddafi loyalists, they claim, although on the loyalists side, they're not too sure of what the casualty figures are, those figures are yet to be revealed. also the whereabouts of qaddafi, well, in an interview with our sister station sky news, one of the body guards of qaddafi's sons, kamis, said qaddafi
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was last seen south of tripoli where he was attending meetings, kamis, his boss, has now been killed here, but that is indeed the last sighting of colonel qaddafi and the search continues, gregg. gregg: dominic di-natale, thanks. jenna: democratic congress man -- democratic congressman dennis kusinive has said been invited by qaddafi to help the solution. you've been invited, you say. why didn't you go? >> first of all, it's a little problematic going to meetings where bombs are dropping everywhere. i have supported the african union approach towards trying to resolve the conflict, and also, came up with my own plan as a result of my involvement, and also, challenging the war in the congress, i've been contacted by people who have ties to both sides, and you know, there are people on both sides who want this resolved without further
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bloodshed. jenna: when is the last time you heard from either side? >> oh, recently. and you know, this is a constant contact. and i would say that unfortunately, this continued prosecution of the war by nato does not serve the people of libya. and there's -- you know, we're seeing even more intense bloodshed right now. this whole thing in libya has been done wrong. we should have never intervened in a civil war to begin with. and we should have never chosen sides. the people of libya have a right to self-determination, but i feel that what the united states and nato has done is go opposite in that direction and it's as if we don't have enough things to worry about here at home. jenna: i'd like to talk more about the details of the plan that you have to resolve this issue in just a moment, but since you say you've been in constant contact with both sides, i'm curious if you have any indication of where qaddafi is right now. >> no, i don't have any idea. and if i -- there's no way that i'd know that. and i'm not privy to his
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movements. jenna: so what's the plan? what do you think is the -- if you were able to present the plan, what would it be? >> you have to have a ceasefire first of all. that's number one. and the rebels at this point are the ones who can direct that. before, it of the people on qaddafi's side. but we have to have a ceasefire. nato has to stop bombing. you have to enable people from both sides to come together to put together a coalition government. otherwise, you're going to be looking at conflict that will be for the distant future. the next thing we need to do is to work for a constitution for libya. now, actually, there was a constitution about to be brought forward in march when the fighting started, and the bombing started, those plans were set back. jenna: would you be for inviting qaddafi's family, whether it's him or whether it's his sons, into that process? >> well, the people who have been involved with the
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regime include at least a couple people who are very close to qaddafi, as family members. now, you know, it's not for me to choose who would be the interlocutors, who would talk to each other, but as a member of kug, seeing my own country involved in a war that is unnecessary for america to be involved in, once again, we're picking a nation, trying to tell them how they should govern, trying to tell them who their leader should, that's a dead-end for the united states, and i'm saying it's time we stop these kind of wars. it only leads to more problems for america, more expense, money we can't afford, money we should be spending creating jobs here at home. so i'm very adamant about trying to come up with a nonviolent solution, a peaceful solution to this conflict that involves bringing both parties together and letting libya handle its own affairs. jenna: you say unnecessary, but also illegal, according to what the administration has done, as far as moving forward. >> absolutely. jenna: what is the state of
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the lawsuit that you have against the administration, moving forward without congressional approval? >> the administration filed an answer to the lawsuit, they said essentially that congress doesn't have any standing to sue over this. we take issue with it because the constitution makes it very clear under article one, section eight, that the congress and congress alone has the power to take the country to war, and if we let this situation in libya be a model for what's about to happen, we're looking at a new intervention, at greater cost. jenna: let's talk about that. i only have a minute. i want to share with you what the president just said about libya, in minneapolis, speaking to a group of veterans about our military triumph. let's take a listen to what the president had to say. >> indeed, despite ten years of continuous war, it must be said, america's military is the best that it's ever been. >> [applause] >> we saw that most recently
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in the skill and precision of our brave forces who helped the libyan people finally break free from the grip of moammar qaddafi. jenna: your reaction. >> well, you know, we always support our troops. but it has to be said that libya spends about $1.5 billion a year for their military. the united states spends close to $700 billion. was there ever going to be a different outcome? i mean, we have a population that's 50 times the size of libya. most people don't know libya is only 6 million people. so the question of whether the united states could conquer libya has never been a question. that's not the question. the question is why should we be doing it. and the president has never answered that to anyone's satisfaction. jenna: congressman kucinich, nice to have you with us, we'll continue to have this conversation as the complete resolution of libya seems not completed at this time. sir, we look forward to having you back on again. >> thank you very much. gregg: oil prices on the
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rise yet again today, hovering around $87 a barrel. sandra smith is live a the chicago mercantile exchange. sandra, what's going on there? >> reporter: gregg, right now we're watching prices charging higher. even above 87. now we're staring $90 a barrel straight in the face, up 1.57 up on the day, just at about 88.50 a barrel, so we're starting to talk about # \on/zero dollars a barrel yet again. what's pushing prices higher today? well, there are some reports on the economy that investors are choosing to look at the positive. we got the price index of 20 u.s. cities that did show a drop, but it was just a .1% drop, and that indicated that there may be some stabilization in the u.s. housing market and that has some bullishness in oil prices. when the perception is that the economy is improving, we do see buyers in oil. so that's what's pushing prices higher today. where do we stand as of now? we're up 18 percent as far as oil prices are concerned, over just the past few
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weeks, and analysts say right now that oil prices are likely to continue higher, gregg. gregg: and that cannot be good for consumers. sandra smith, thank you very much. there is new polling data out showing one of the two republican frontrunners pulling ahead in the 2012 race. which one? well, we've got the numbers for you, coming up.
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jenna: a fox news alert, brand new video just out of california. there were three hikers hiking about an hour north of los angeles that suddenly were lost overnight, and what you're seeing now is their rescue. you can almost make out three people right there on your screen and above this is the helicopter that's trying to get these guys out of there, but they went missing yesterday, luckily they were found today, no further details on that but we'll stay with the story and update you as we get more. gregg: well, a political showdown in the lone star
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state you might say in the alamo's back yard, pitting two republican presidential frontrunners against one another and check out this latest poll highlights the gop frontrunner spot, for texas governor perry, 27 percent to mitt romney's 14 percent. let's bring in juan williams, fox news political analyst. great to see you. >> good to be with you, greggful gregg: when you factor out palin and giuliani, perry's lead grows to 32 percent. what's going on here? are conservatives dissatisfied with mitt romney? is that what is triggering perry's lead? >> i think we've had a long standing divide in terms of the republican nominating process with romney representing what i think of as sort of establishment republican forces, and when you saw tim pawlenty, the former governor of minnesota, drop off, at that moment it boosted romney, but now with rick perry coming in the race, two interesting things have happened, gregg. one is that rick perry really has captured the sort
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of tea party dynamic, antiobama passion on the republican side. the grassroots, if you will. that's not engaged with romney, it doesn't see romney as a strong voice, able to go upence president obama, and of course, they still have questions about his massachusetts health care plan and the like, and even today, you see it so strongly on display down in texas at the dfw. yesterday, there was perry, who's a former air force veteran, governor of the state of texas, then here comes romney, who has no military experience as governor of massachusetts, and i think you see that there's a strong difference in their response to those two men. gregg: sure. andets not just the conservatives, though, that perry has galvanized. i was looking at the breakdown of the polling data, and perry outpolls romney among those who say they're neutral about the tea party, so he's getting some widespread support among the gop. >> yeah, and if you notice, what's interesting in there, too, if you look at people who have college educations,
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which had been romney's strength, suddenly perry is making inroads there. so in so many ways, rick perry has come on the scene. i think it still may be that he has a berth of new persona, new personality -- i don't think the american people know a lot about rick perry at this point, but among republicans, they like his passion, they like the fact that he seems like a fighter, they like the fact that he has a strong economic record in texas, and some questions exist but they like him. and i tell you, what was curious to me, gregg, when you look at the poll, if you combine romney with either palin or bachmann, it still doesn't reach rick perry's 27 percent, right now, in the polls. that shows you how incredibly this republican field has shifted in just the last few days. gregg: let me switch over to the other side. and the president. so much expectation, juan, over the president's upcoming speech as he is now, to use his term, pitch on thing to jobs. >> right. gregg: and part of it is going to be -- it seems like
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it's going to be three-fold, more government stimulus spending, construction projects, extend payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits, and sign the new free trade agreement. three of them. as to the second one, extending payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits, juan, both of those go directly to workers, not employers. so help me out here. how does this create jobs? >> well, it increases -- hopefully would increase consumer confidence. those workers spend money. so retailers would benefit from people having more money to spend, more discretionary income to put on the table. and clearly, it might also help with part of the economy that's most severely ailing, which is the housing industry, allowing people hopefully to keep paying their mortgages, gregg. so that's the thinking there. but if you're saying where is the big items, that's the question everybody is asking. the president just appointed alan krueger as the new top economic adviser at the white house, but again, we come back to where is the big idea? where's the beef?
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where is the transformative idea. gregg: is it stimulus, too, more government spending? he just got -- was agreeing to cut spending so he can hardly go to congress and say spend more. >> no, but they can say -- and this is one area where they have some agreement. they all want to close tax loophole, they want tax code reform because they want to lower the tax rates on corporations that could potentially create more jobs, but the republicans want to use that money for decifit reduction, and as you point out, gregg, the president wants to use that money to invest in things like renovating schools, highways, more infrastructure spending, and the question is, are the american people, and will republicans, buy into more stimulative spending. the answer is it doesn't look that way. gregg: i'm thinking not! >> good luck, buddy! gregg gregg: juan williams, great to see you. jenna: fox news -- alert o'clock back out to california where we're watching brand new video of a rescue happening off of what looks like a
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mountainside, mount -- let's see if i can get the name -- in montrose, a search and rescue team, and again, this is in devil's canyon near mount watermain, three hikers went missing yesterday overnight, search and rescue is out there looking for them and apparently just found them this morning. apparently you can see quite a rescue taking place. three men lost. more details on this dramatic search and rescue, right after the break.
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mig hey everyone i'm megyn kelly, more stunning video of the aftermath of irene, the latest from vermont, new jersey, and absolute devastation in upstate new york. alarming polling data for president obama in key battle ground states, slipping support with ohio, virginia and other states he won in '08. can the president find a path to victory? we investigate.
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should unattractive people be eligible for affirmative action? our guests today actually argues yes. susan powell went missing two years ago, her husband is a person of interest, her father in law says he had an affair with her, and the truth about what happened to her may be in the secret diaries that are now at the center of a family roar. on kelly's court. tee you -- see you top of the hour. jenna: well, an ahrarping new study showing half of all americans could be obese in less than 20 years. dr. earnest paddy is senior attending physician of emergency medicine. so one out of two of us by -- that seems like a high number. >> it's a scary number. the problem is the whole issue of obesity, especially, you know, throughout the world is a multifactorial problemful there's not one thing we can point at and see this is the reason why americans are going to become obese. jenna: one of the writers of this study that came out overseas said that one of
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the key ways to keep obesity down is more government involvement. higher taxes on food that is less nutritious than all-natural food. with you be for something like that? >> we have to look at it closely. i'm sure it will help in some respects but has to be done the right way. high fat, localery foods are cheaper on the alternatives that people grew up with many, many years ago, so something flipflopped there along the past few decades. jenna: the study also points out that -- individuals in the end make the decision of what to actually eat. it's interesting to see this study on the same week we get another study that says by by the way, chocolate is good for you, especially your heart, and you take the two things together and what do you do? >> it's true. we're influenced by what we see and read and what we get from the environment. and sure, chocolate is great to for us. jenna: i love that. >> dark chocolate -- it does have healthful benefits but if you sat down and ate the
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entire box of it it's definitely not going to have those same benefits. jenna: but would you suggest to patients, have some chocolate every week, every day because of the benefits? >> i would say chocolate is derived from cocoa and most plants we eat are good, so yes chocolate is good, but in moderation. jenna: can you define moderation? >> sure, maybe six of these pieces a day instead of the whole box. jenna: we'll give it a shot. doctor, thank you. >> thank you for having me. jenna: thanks for bringing the snack! gregg, go ahead. gregg: live pictures now, three hikers who disappeared in the mountains north of los angeles have been found on mount waterman, they're being rescued right now, literally being chapper -- chopper the out of a -- choppered out of devil's canyon. we don't have any word on their conditions but the men in their 30s and 40s, had been missing, and they have been found, and they're now being rescued. we'll be right back.
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