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>> how a 23-year-old kid from great britain named adele stole the show, took home six grammys. that's right, six and she proved to everyone she could still sing after that operation. plus, this teacher spent 11 years on a paid vacation for lewd behavior. how are they keeping him out of the classroom for good? a fat check, of course. it's the trouble with our schools and that story is coming straight ahead because "fox & friends" starts right now. >> ♪ and i ♪ will always love you ♪ i will always love you
>> wow is all you can say when you listen to jennifer hudson singing that tribute to whitney houston. i can't think of a more difficult job one day after whitney houston has died to have to come on center stage like that in front of kazillions of people and pull off one of the greatest songs ever. and only she, i can think of about one other person who might be able to do that. jennifer hudson, what a tribute. >> maybe aretha franklin. when you have jennifer hudson, talk about someone that a lot of people were comparing to whitney houston with that type of potential that she's already done on broadway. she says that whitney houston was a role model for her so emotionally that must have been tough to get through and you know what happened. over the weekend, the passing of whitney houston and, of course, last night at the grammys, so she was there in los angeles for that reason. and her name and her legacy was thought -- was throughout the whole ceremony. >> there's some video from past years.
she may have drowned after taking a powerful combination of sedatives to calm her nerves before a pre-grammy party that was being thrown by clive davis. >> by the way, the party went on. >> it absolutely did. you have to keep in mind, that's why she was in los angeles for the grammys. it was all about the grammys. and so it was interesting, last night, everybody wondered how would they start the grammys? l.l. cool j started it with a prayer. >> heavenly father, we thank you for sharing our sister whitney with us. today, our thoughts are with her mother, her daughter and all of her loved ones and although she's gone too soon, we remain truly blessed to have been touched by her beautiful spirit. and to have her lasting legacy of music to cherish and share forever. >> amen. >> it was a powerful moment to see all those hollywood types with their heads bowed down in prayer. you don't see that much in the public forum anymore with all of
the p.c. correctness going on. let's go now to why whitney may have died. apparently, in the bathtub, maybe she drowned but the real story here is going to be the addiction that she suffered from for the last two decades of her career. once again, we see somebody potentially die young because of drugs and alcohol after having the entire world in front of them. >> her career really ended in 1992 when she married bobby brown. she seemed to fall off the charts and be nothing but sensational headline after sensational headline for the wrong reason. people wondering how they stayed together. they did. but she came out of it and seemed to be on the right track for the most part. amongst the drugs found in the bathroom, valium and xanax, they said there were about a half dozen bottles of prescription drugs and this is the new ugly trend. it's not so much the drugs you're getting on the street corner. it's the drugs you're getting from your doctor. >> that's right. accidental overdoses have killed
more americans -- >> we don't know that yet. >> no. i'm just speaking -- i'm just speaking about accidental overdoses in general have killed more americans than car accidents. it sounds like they are able to determine that apparently she did drown because she did find water in her lungs when she did the autopsy. they did the autopsy yesterday. this is the last video. that actually is the last song whitney houston ever performed. also, in the very latest, her daughter has been released from the hospital. bobbi christina was rushed to the hospital apparently twice over anxiety and her ex-husband of 15 years, bobby brown has canceled his tour. >> he went to a mississippi concert and canceled the rest. that's so interesting, the video we just saw from thursday night where she evidently left, she had to be held up by her staffers and the circumstances, too, regarding her death, i find also very intriguing with four bodyguards standing outside the bathroom. >> of course. here we go again with the people allegedly who are enabling somebody who has been in
desperate straits for decades, folks. that reminds me of anna nicole smith. it reminds me of heath ledger dying from prescription drugs. reminds me of amy winehouse and the list goes on and on. let's bring in somebody who knew whitney houston very well. he interviewed the pop singer several times, joined by entertainment journalist john murray. good morning. thanks for being with us early this morning. we're talking about this untimely death. was it really untimely? were we watching a downward spiral unfortunately with whitney houston? >> we all know about whitney houston's history with drug abuse and, you know, and whitney, and in her infamous interview with diane sawyer talked about cocaine and several other illegal drugs. for her to die from prescription drugs, not the illegal stuff that had affected her voice, affected her career and affected so many aspects of her life, that's shocking to some. if people thought she was going to go, it would be the struggle
she battled for so long. >> important difference to talk about. it was, perhaps, legal drugs and not illegal. you mentioned diane sawyer. here's a portion of her big interview in 2002 that you were alluding to. >> if you had to name the biggest devil among them for you. >> that would be me. i can tell you that i'm not a person who wants to die. i'm not a -- i'm a person who has life and i want to live. >> that's the same interview that she said i've never done crack, crack is wack. and show me the receipts. >> you know, what was left of her talent? were you convinced from your many interviews -- from your interviews with her that she was -- it was just a matter of her
cleaning up and getting out there again at the age of 48 or do you think she did irreparable damage to her voice. >> the voice is not in mint condition. i don't know if the drugs caused the voice to deteriorate because there are examples of singers like chaka khan and natalie cole that have been open about their drug addiction and drug abuse and their voices are in great condition. whitney was a smoker and chain smoker at that. tons of photographers of her being out in atlanta smoking cigarettes which is the worst thing a singer can do to their voice. you showed the video from two nights before the grammys where she was singing with r&b singer kelly price. whitney who was once a first soprano in the "i want to dance with somebody" was singing in i atenor voice with kelly price that night. it was sad she had lost so many octaves in her vocal range. >> don't you think we're doing a disservice, i know you're an entertainment journalist but a lot of young kids are looking up
to folks in entertainment and stuff, don't you think we're doing a disservice saying it was just prescription drugs, potentially? prescription drugs, i don't know, maybe this is going to be the new way that we should look at what they can do to people even though they're legal. >> i'm not make light of how whitney died at all. any abuse of any type of drug is wrong whether it is illegal drugs or prescription drugs. there is an epidemic in this country where people are abusing sleeping pills, prescription drugs, all types of forms of drugs and so that needs to be addressed. in the case of whitney, she's a cautionary tale of what not to do if you want to become a pop star and r&b singer. so many great accolades. so many great milestones. so many great feats in her career but you can't talk about the good times without talking about the drugs as a troubled times. >> indeed. thank you very much. of course, the grammys, the 54th grammys will be remembered for two women, whitney houston and adele. keep in mind, adele had career threatening surgery just after
halloween. she didn't talk right through new year's eve and so it would be interesting to see how she did last night. well, she tore the roof off that place. here she is. >> ♪ you had my heart inside of your head ♪ ♪ and you played it to the beat ♪ >> she won six grammys including what they're calling the big three. song and record of the year in "rolling in the deep" and album of the year for "21." >> you have this 23-year-old sensation and you go to the other end of the spectrum as far as age goes and you have glenn campbell who recently was diagnosed with alzheimer's disease and he came out and sang "rhinestone cowboy" like he was 23. >> they say that this is -- the alzheimer's patients and people who study it, they say this is helping ward off the symptoms that have come along with alzheimer's because it's forcing his memory. it's keeping him active. and it's keeping, you know, everything possible synapsing
that could have been done at the age of 75. >> ♪ no compromising ♪ on the road to your horizon ♪ so why not be where the lights are coming on strong ♪ >> being backed up by paul mccartney and the whole crowd. he had no trouble remembering the words to that. good job. >> we have to bring you some headlines away from the music for a minute. we begin with outrageous video out of greece this morning. the while you were sleeping riders in athens hurling firebombs at police again. one cop catching on fire in this video. a total of 80,000 protesters took to the streets setting buildings on fire. violence happening because the government approved more than $4 billion in spending cuts. and slashing 15,000 jobs. it's something you don't want to hear right after takeoff.
a strange, loud noise. the crew of a u.s. airways flight heard unsettling sounds after leaving charlotte on its way to charleston, west virginia. the pilot decided to turn around and make an emergency landing. the plane's 44 passengers were put on different flights and mechanics are trying to figure out what caused that noise. the search for answers in the powell family tragedy turned to a washington state landfill. dozens of volunteers sifted through thousands of pounds of recycled paper this weekend looking for new clues. investigators acting on a tip that josh powell disposed of some things one day before he killed himself and his two sons in a house. over the weekend, a comforter found in his rented storage unit tested positive for blood. powell was a person of interest in his wife susan's 2009 disappearance but was never charged with that crime. video that will melt your heart. 5-year-old girl survives a deadly avalanche and an incredible rescue caught on camera.
rescuers started cheering and pumping their fists in the air as the girl is pulled from her home in kosovo. you can see her face is smeared with dirt and she's in absolute shock. she was buried under 33 feet of snow for more than 10 hours. sadly, her parents and seven of her relatives did not make it. rescuers say they found the girl after hearing her voice. and those are your headlines. wow. >> that was a miracle. all right. coming up straight ahead on this monday morning, some fatherly advice from a terrorist. what usama bin laden wanted for his children, something they could only find in america. >> he visited here once. once again, members of congress are playing games with your paycheck. some of them secretly hoping for a tax hike so they can start pointing fingers. republican congressman jeff blake here live with his take. and remembering legend whitney houston. >> ♪ and i will always love you ♪
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>> if you're just waking up, 16 minutes past the top of the hour. the payroll tax cut talks hitting a snag over the weekend and now they're in danger of completely breaking down. republican aides say the white house and senate majority leader harry reid are holding back dems and meantime, president obama says republicans are to blame. >> congress needs to stop this middle class tax hike from happening, period. no drama. no delay. and no ideological side issues that have nothing to do with this tax cut. >> joining me now, arizona congressman jeff flake. it's all in the wording, isn't it, congressman? >> sure is. >> a middle class tax cut, is
that really what we're talking about here? >> what we're talking about is a tax -- we're taking revenue that goes directly to the social security trust fund and we're taking about 2% off of 6.2% and so it will simply hasten the insolvency of social security but it's an election year and things like this are tough to see rationally in an election year. >> so originally when the payroll tax cut was implemented, it was done so because we were in a recession and it was thought that maybe this would stimulate the economy by putting a little bit of dollars back in people's wallet but my question this morning is has it actually worked. does it create jobs? >> i don't think any serious economist thought that taking 2% off the employees share of 6.2% would necessarily generate jobs. it's more to generate votes really so here we are a year later and some of us said at that time, let's not put this in place because a year from now, there's no way in an election year, we're going to say all right, we're going to get rid of
this now and that's where we are. >> so you're one of the few republicans now in the house who still is against this and we all remember a couple of months ago when you basically stood up the whole deal, right? republicans in the house say hey, we're not going to pass this thing and then eventually you caved in and agreed to do it. >> well, some of us, like i said, have been against it all along so whether it passed or not a couple of months ago is neither here nor there but my position has always been, unless you have courage to reform the entitlement programs and we don't in congress right now, then we shouldn't mess with the revenue stream. that's what we're doing. >> is this going to be the new norm now. will this payroll tax cut be the new norm as far as businesses and employees moving forward? >> that's a great point. what are we going to do next year? if we're -- as republicans, if we take control of the senate and we take control of the white house, how can we then say, all right, we're going to get rid of what is perceived by some as a middle class tax cut. it will be very difficult to do
and so what you do is blow a hole, $100 billion worth every year in the social security trust fund and hasten the insolvency in the whole program. >> it seems to be the elephant in the room, the entitlement program that no one wants to talk about right now. coming up on "fox & friends", more of your tax dollars headed to the scrap heap and guess what? you can thank solyndra and then hot off the presses president obama's budget, what is inside of it? stuart varney has your first look at new taxes, new spending and a little something special for the unions? but first, something to make you smile. taylor swift at the grammys. ♪ all right
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>> quick headlines now. slow and steady usually wins the race. not for this guy. he led police on a pursuit in los angeles. where else does this happen? never faster than 5 miles an hour and lost all but one tire along the way. they have these new rules in l.a. eventually he pulled over and surrendered and japan is getting ready to restart two nuclear reactors that have been shut down since last year's fukushima disaster. the reactors passed a series of stress tests fortunately only three of japan's 54 reactors are now running. >> meanwhile, it has been over
1,000 days since congress passed a budget resolution into law and now the president is sending lawmakers his latest plan which adds up to over $1.3 trillion. but the white house is defending the excessive spending. >> when we took office, the economy was falling so fast that first thing we had to do was put a bottom in. that cost money in the recovery act. it cost money in terms of lost revenue and slower economic growth. we're on track now. we've seen several months of sustained economic growth and job creation but we're not out of the woods yet. >> that's why we're going to be spending a lot more on the president's new, yet to be released budget. >> what jack lew said was directly contradicting what the president said he would do back in 2009. yes, he said -- president obama said i will cut the deficit in half. instead, the budget which is going to be presented today will raise the deficit this year to
$1.33 trillion. >> the interesting thing is the last couple of days, you've been speaking about moral obligations in our country. and i find that yet, here is another topic where one could ask that question, answer it for me. >> ok. do we have a moral obligation to tax more, spend more, run up the debt more and have more government? is that the morality? the moral stamps of this administration? the answer is yes, it is. this budget, it's not a real budget. it's not a financial document. it's a political statement. >> it's not written to pass. let's take a look at what's in it because last year's budget was very similar and got no votes in the senate. $350 billion on programs to boost jobs in the short term focusing on manufacturing. $476 billion for rebuilding roads and other surface transportation. isn't that what the stimulus was supposed to do? and $50 billion for teachers and first responders and they want to repair some schools. >> that's a stop to the unions.
$476 billion for infrastructure. it will be built with union labor to union scale. $60 billion for teachers and first responders. that essentially goes towards the teachers and their unions. >> teachers are employed because the tax revenues -- >> that pension fund! >> let's go ahead and take a look at how the president plans to pay for it because obviously, we'd like to know $1.5 trillion for new taxes on corporations and high income earners. wait a minute, i thought they weren't supposed to do that during bad times plus half a trillion in more cuts to the department of defense. >> look at the first line first. $1 1/2 trillion, new taxes on corporations. that's banks and oil companies, ok, unpopular targets, go get them. it's a tax and new tax on millionaires and it's bring back the old tax rates of those making $250,000 or more. tax the rich. >> why is there no discussion about entitlement spending? i mean, that seems to be the elephant in the room in this entire discussion and instead of making serious cuts in a nation that's been discussing this debt now on a serious level for more
than a year, they're talking about increasing spending. >> they are. now, if you look at the long term, this budget, the president says will trim $3 trillion from deficit spending over the next 10 years. he ignores the fact that it will add $9 trillion to the nation's outstanding debt in the next 10 years. where do you get this thinking that you're cutting but, in fact, you're raising the debt. >> we laid the groundwork for a great opening monologue from stuart varney on varney & company. >> monologues. i don't do monologues. >> yes, you do and you sing at the end. don't lie to me. 9:20 eastern time on the fox business network. >> thank you, stuart. straight ahead on this monday, fatherly advice from a terrorist. what usama bin laden told his kids before he was killed. and why they should go to america to find that dream. >> then the president's plan to back off his contraception mandates not going as planned. is this problem about to get much worse heading into the election?
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>> in 1991 with the backdrop of a country at war and the biggest stage in the world, whitney houston gave this jaw dropping performance of the star spangled banner that will live in our hearts forever and we'll play it for you in its entirety. ♪ o say can you see ♪ by the dawn's early light ♪ what so proudly we hail ♪ at the twilight's last
gleaming ♪ ♪ whose broad stripes and bright stars ♪ ♪ through the perilous fight ♪ o'er the ramparts we watched ♪ were so galiently streaming ♪ and the rockets red glare ♪ the bombs bursting in air ♪ gave proof through the night ♪ that our flag was still there ♪ ♪ o say ♪ does that star spangled banner
♪ ♪ yet wave ♪ o'er the land of the free ♪ and the home of the brave >> that's how you do it. that was in tampa, the giants would go on to win that game but bill parcells is quoted in the paper today with the flyover you just saw, he said it was one of the most powerful things he'd ever seen. this is a guy who had already won two super bowls and every week they play the national anthem before he goes to work. it was received in the moment. if you were there, you know what i'm talking about and when you
say tremendously received, i mean the whole stadium, the fans, the players and the coaches and later on, we'd find out it was the whole country. >> she released it as a single. they sold 3/4 million in the first week and they donated a whole bunch of the proceeds to the families and soldiers serving the persian gulf war. >> some more news, while fans across the globe this morning remember whitney houston, her death remains a mystery. >> kptv reporter phil shuman is live in los angeles for the very latest. good morning. you're up early with the very latest. thank you, phil. >> well, good morning. we expect six to eight weeks of delay while these do these sophisticated toxicology tests. the coroner's officials confirm that the autopsy was done yesterday but that's how long the tests will take to determine cause of death. we can tell you late last night, bobby brown, whitney houston's ex flew into los angeles international airport. it was just a madhouse there when he arrived. his head was covered in a blue
hoody and he'd come from a concert tour in mississippi because in addition to the fact their ex had died, their daughter, 18-year-old bobbi christina had been hospitalized overwhelmed by stress and anxiety in los angeles. he stopped his concert tour, hopped on a plane and landed last night. did not talk to anyone. went right from the plane through the crowd into a limo and presumably off to the beverly hilton hotel to be with bobbi christina. so the focus now, what happened? we know she had been in the bathtub for, perhaps, an hour before hairdresser or one of her entourage found her. there was water in her lungs. we know there were prescription pills in her hotel room. xanax and atavan so the theory, one working theory although the police or coroners won't go into the detail is she simply drowned, whether she fell asleep or lapsed into unconsciousness and sunk into the water, that's something that these toxicology tests will hopefully reveal but again, it takes time because they have to be done and done
again and remember in the michael jackson case, the same coroner's office, it took him three months before they came up with an official cause of death. that's the very latest. perhaps more from beverly hills police today. >> thanks very much. to listen to doctors analyzing this last night, guys, they said if you actually fall asleep in the bathtub and your face goes under water, you wake up. i mean, you wake up if you're actually sleeping so it would have to be a combination of other drugs that would put you under. >> that's why they're waiting until the results are in in a couple of weeks or month. other headlines for you this morning. it's been a mystery for 28 years. now cops in california say a map drawn by a convicted serial killer could bring an end to dozens of unresolved missing persons cases dating back to 1984. that's because wesley sherman-tyme dubbed part of the duo dubbed the speed freak killers turned over the map from prison. they were called the speed
freaks because they were high on meth when they went on a killing spree. investigators say they recovered more than 300 bones as well as shoes and jewelry at that ranch in california. >> more of your tax dollars going to the scrap heap, apparently, the failed solar panel company solyndra throwing away another 3900 palates of glass tubes used to make those solar panels. 3100 pallets have been trashed. solyndra went bankrupt despite getting a $535 million loan from our government. >> meanwhile, you might find it hard to believe. usama bin laden didn't want his children and grandchildren to follow in his terrorists' footsteps. that's good news. according to his brother-in-law, bin laden's fatherly advice to them was this. don't go into jihad. go to a good college in the united states or europe and leave peacefully. three of bin laden's wives and nine of his kids captured in the raid are now being held in
islamabad, pakistan. >> dragged him to sudan and dragged him into afghanistan. that makes no sense. meanwhile, let me tell you what's happening in sports, two headlines from the pebble beach pro am, major win for phil mickelson and he had a major rally to do so. less than 24 hours after woods made his final putt on saturday to close out a stellar 5 under 67, he showed up for his head-to-head battle with phil mickelson. it was a chance to not only beat one of his biggest adversaries but capture his first official tour win more than two years. not happening. mickelson close to too good. beating woods by 11 shots to win at pebble beach for the 40th pga title for him going ahead of tom watson. the new tim tebow. many thought he wouldn't get off the bench and have an nba career but in one week that has changed. he has become the biggest story in the nba and sports.
take these stats. five games, five victories, five 20 plus point games. his rise was so unexpected, he doesn't have his own place to sleep. he's couch surfing. one of those couches he surfed on is teammate landry fields. fields tweeted this picture saying lit the bidding begin and now bids are pouring in. actually he got a $500,000 offer for that couch. >> that's amazing. has to be a long run, right, for the long legs. >> yeah. he's about 6'3". this is one of the greatest stories in sports if he can keep it going, it will be unbelievable. >> let's talk about the contraception situation because, as you know, the president came out on friday and changed his tune with regard to forcing catholic institutions to provide contraception, the morning after pill, etc. to their employees. >> did he change it enough? >> now he's going to force insurance companies to actually pay for this instead. many people still not happy with his accommodation as it was
called. here's senator mitch mcconnell. >> so this issue will not go away until the administration simply backs down. they don't have the authority under the first amendment to the united states constitution to tell someone in this country or some organization in this country what their religious beliefs are. therein lies the problem. >> that is the problem. so timothy dolan who heads up the catholic church here in the united states, he's an archbishop and going to be a cardinal soon. he's in rome right now. he says regarding this, the devil is in the details and we don't have the details yet. trust but verify. but when you think about what's going on and we should point out that the g.o.p. is filing a brief. so what they will do, friend of the court, against obamacare and talk about this when it appears before the court. >> they're used to stuff like this. >> absolutely. when of the last time in this country the federal government and the administration told a private company what they had to provide for free. what they had to give away.
>> but they say it's not going to cost insurance companies anymore and defies all logic to say it's not going to cost them anymore. >> they're going to have to pay. >> they'll have to pay for it. that's what they leave out of the details. steve's right, the bigger question is what does this do for religious freedom and liberty across -- across the globe, at least here in the united states. it's more than just catholics. and what does it say about private institutions being told that they have to do certain things? >> all right. how do you get rid of a really bad teacher? cut them a check. that's right. for $55,000. apparently, that's the only option. comedian brad stine is fired up about this one. >> yep and new polls show the president's popularity rising. why is that? does it doom the republicans who want to take his job away? a fair and balanced debate is coming up next. >> and remembering the voice and the legend whitney houston. >> ♪ it's all in me ♪ anything you want done baby ♪ i do it naturally ♪ oh
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>> new poll numbers shows president obama's approval rating improving. it's at the highest in over six months and the same poll shows he would beat every g.o.p. candidate if the election were held today so does this spell trouble for the republicans who want to take his job? joining us now to debate it, a former bush administration official and bernard whitman is a former pollster for president clinton. as the economy gets better, do the prospects dim for republicans? >> first, i don't believe the economy is getting better at this moment. and secondly, i actually think we have to get past the polls,
whether republicans are up or democrats are down, we're not right now talking about the most important issue which is the out of control federal spending. the president is about to release his budget sometime around 11:00 today and we've already seen the broad strokes and he's doubling down on spending. he's going to add $1.3 trillion to the budget. that's what we should be discussing. because the president can't run on his record. >> bernard, do you agree? the president can't run on his record? >> i can't disagree more. here are the facts. the economy has grown for the -- we've added jobs to the last 23 months in a row and added 243,000 jobs last month. the economy is beginning to turn around and americans are starting to feel better about the economy, better about the future and the truth is with the economy beginning to grow, the right wing republicans have nowhere to go except to wage a social and cultural war on america that americans don't want. they're not with them on this. the americans are embracing marriage equality and they want to protect women's health and
they don't want to be told how to lead their lives. the republicans will have a tough time come november. >> do you believe republicans want to run on a cultural agenda? >> i think republicans have to stop going after democrat red herrings they throw out in the media such as bernard just said. most of these are patently untrue and the fact of the matter is obama cannot run on his record. he has failed to grow the economy. he has failed to create jobs. he's failed to reduce the federal spending. the deficit has grown $3 trillion in three years. and we are about to -- he's taking us down the path of greece and we've seen what greece looks like this morning. >> the unemployment is down but this president submitting a budget that adds $1 trillion to the debt has to be an embarrass many. >> no, it's not an embarrassment at all. we created 2.4 million jobs under obama vs. 2.8 million wht
george bush lost alone. 2013 deficits projected to be under a trillion dollars. $900 billion. the stimulus did work and we did put people back to work. how can you be against first responders and teachers getting jobs? how can you be against pushing more money into this economy to rebuild roads and bridges. the economic recovery is working. >> no. >> we can print money to do it. because the money is not there as much as people like first responders and teachers. thanks so much. >> thank you. >> unfortunately, we're against the clock. coming up straight ahead, stunning new details about this guy -- david brock. the man behind media matters. why he's so determined to bring down fox news and shocking ties to the white house. and an update to the most outrageous story of the week. this teacher banned from the classroom but still collecting $85,000 a year. now we've learned taxpayers are shelling out for his unused sick days. stick around for this one. but first, bruno mars from last night's grammys.
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>> after getting paid six figures a year for the past 11 years, not to teach, alan rosenfeld, this fellow right here, one of the former teachers sent out to new york city's infamous rubber rooms is finally retiring. his parting gift, he gets $55,000 for unused sick days plus a lifetime pension of over $85,000 a year. no state, no local taxes and health benefits.
this is definitely some trouble with our schools system. joining us now with his thoughts, comedian brad stine. good morning to you, sir. so this -- this guy is emblematic of what a union can do for you if you are in trouble. >> well, it's another one of those heartwarming stories that really endears the average unemployed american to the teachers union because now, we can really see what they were fighting for. oh, i see. let's pay people big money for not doing anything. now we see what the unions stand for, dignity. let me explain something to you, my friends. there was a time in this country before the politically correct got a hold of our semantics that words meant something. for example, if you were a teacher, you had a job. and if you had a job, you had to teach in order to get paid. they have been paying this guy for 11 years, 85 grand for a teachers' salary for not teaching. it's an oxymoron like giving
marseau a lifetime achievement award for speech therapy. he didn't do anything! teachers have more responsibility than just reading, writing and arithmetic. you're supposed to teach character, hard work, dignity. all he's taught kids is how to work the system. his hardest work he's done in 11 years is not working hard. this is what's the problem with the unions. it's why we don't feel comfortable with them and why we're not endearing ourselves with them because they're unsustainable and they're destroying america. they're wussifying us. >> the interesting thing is here he is is a typing teacher who taught kids how to type on a machine that hardly anyone makes these days. however, we need to point out, we love teachers. we are crazy about them, you got to feel that a lot of teachers, though, are embarrassed by this guy because not only was he collecting $100,000 a year for last dozen years or so, but he was managing his $10 million real estate portfolio and he was a lawyer on the side.
>> and he's about to take -- get paid 100 days of unpaid sick leave. you sound pretty sick to me. why was he even removed from the class? he was making lewd comments to the high school girls and check out their rear ends. you know what, a 6-year-old boy can be suspended in this country for hugging a 6-year-old girl because it's sexual harassment. but a high school teacher because of the union rules can actually lear at girls' butts and get 11 year paid vacation. sign me up, i want that job and you said the most important thing, steve. this -- you said the most important thing, the irony of ironies was that the guy was a typing teacher. he was paid for 11 years as a teacher not to teach a class. using a machine they don't even make anymore! so he's being paid to teach people things they can't use if they wanted to. hold the presses, show everything, jesus is coming. obviously it's the end of the
year. it's bizarreo time. this is why unions either have to change the way they do things or they no longer have to wonder why we can't stand what they're about. they don't teach work ethic but teach the opposite. >> brad stine live from nashville. thank you, brad. >> yes. >> we'll be right back. at a price that's now even lower. 'cause when we mix behr ultra paint and primer in one... ...with a few hours... ...we get more than just color... ...we get top-rated coverage. the kind wakes up walls, and reinvents rooms. more saving. more doing. that's the power of the home depot. behr ultra paint and primer in one now starts at just $29.38, it's lowest price ever. so i us my citi thank you card to pick up some accessories. a new belt. some nylons. and what girl wouldn't need new shoes? we talked about getting a diamond. but with all the thank you points i've been earning... ♪
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>> good day, everybody. i hope you had a great weekend and a good week moving forward. this morning, we are remembering whitney houston, the voice of our generation, at least. >> ♪ o'er the land of the free ♪ ♪ and the home of the brave >> and overnight, we learned how whitney houston lost her life. >> from the echos of whitney
houston, a new star rises. >> ♪ we could have it all ♪ rolling in the deep >> how adele stole the show at last night's grammys. steve? >> stunning new details about david brock, the man behind media matters for america. why they're really trying to tear down and destroy fox news. and shocking new ties to the white house. "fox & friends" hour two for this monday starts right now. ♪>> how will i know ♪ how will i know if he really loves me ♪ ♪ i say a prayer with every heartbeat ♪ ♪ i fall in love whenever we meet ♪ ♪ i'm asking you what you know about these things ♪ ♪ how will i know
♪ if he's thinking of me >> all right. whitney houston at the very beginning of her career. the six time grammy award winner found her love of music inside the walls of a newark, new jersey, church. >> and that is where we find fox news religion correspondent lauren green. good morning to you. >> good morning, steve. you know, like so many black singers, whitney houston's path to pop music stardom began in the church and for her began here in new hope baptist church in newark, new jersey. the memorial back there set up for her. her mother sissy houston, a gospel legend in her own right also sang here and is still a member here. she never forgot her roots. gospel put the seed in me, i'm glad the foundation is there and many of the congregants i spoke to yesterday remembered her singing in the choir and being a powerful presence in the church. >> i just was in awe of her as a child so watching her as an
adult now is just -- following her career and everything and the trials and tribulations was fabulous and it was a shock. we were shocked. >> she's going to be truly missed, you know, she's been a part of this church and the whole family for years, you know, she's really going to be missed. >> pastor joe clark spoke recently with the media today asking them to respect the family's time of grief. >> we are asking for everyone to continue to lift up the houston family with your prayers, and the family shared whitney with the world. but whitney was a mother, a daughter, a sister and that's the focus that we want to keep in front of everyone today. >> now, funeral services are pending but many of the congregants hope that her home going as they call it will be here at the church. this is where she got her start
and they want to officially send her home to god where she all began. back to you, steve. >> all right, thank you very much. we should also point out speaking of newark, her body is going to be flown back to newark later today. her cousin, dionne warwick will accompany the body. >> they were supposed to be at the same table together at that party at davis' party. >> latest on the death of whitney houston. she died in her bathtub in her hotel room. it's now looking like the autopsy has determined there was water in her lungs although it will be six to eight weeks before they can do the toxicology report. as you know, that's a look into whether or not drugs or alcohol played a role. a lot of drugs found in her hotel room. now, they were all prescription drugs and you could deem that legal but this start of the new way people are abusing drugs. they're abusing legal ones that brings you to question the doctors that prescribe them and the enablers that allow it.
>> three celebrities that have died from prescription drugs of late and they say prescription drug deaths are up 99% since 1999. >> that's right. meanwhile, her daughter was released from the hospital. the daughter that she shares with bobby brown, her ex-husband, rushed to the hospital twice apparently for anxiety. by the way, we're looking at the last time whitney houston gave a concert, there she is with kelly price. kelly price was on the stage just doing her set. and whitney houston came up and said she'd like to do a number and she just -- kelly price did, she said yesterday in an interview, kind of took the role of a little sister and let whitney houston lead the way. >> this is thursday night. apparently they sang "jesus loves me." there are other reports, though, that the last couple of days she was out and about partying pretty hard. and i know you -- >> she could barely stand up. >> she could barely stand up and so one has to wonder because i believe she was in rehab the latest time was as recent as may. so you have to wonder whether or
not she had come out of rehab and then gone on to prescription drugs or if this was part of the whole systemic life she was living. >> even though she was out of money, she had four bodyguards standing outside her door for an hour and there was no noise coming out of the bathroom, obviously and they just stood there. it was her hairdresser, tiffany something or other that got in there and said listen, i'm really concerned because she shouldn't be in the bathroom for an hour and then they open up the door and there's her body. >> it was the bodyguard then who grabbed her and tried to perform cpr. it's interesting last night on "dateline" the guy that took these pictures said when he took them, she did not appear to be out of control. like she was strung out on drugs or anything like that. she was doing a set. she also did this interview with a guy that did her make-up that night and said, you know, when he saw her at the beginning of the evening, she was absolutely straight as an arrow, having a good time. he didn't know what happened to her. >> we'll continue to discuss
this. we begin with the latest video out of greece this morning. riders in athens hurling firebombs at the police. you can see one cop actually catching on fire. a total of 80,000 protesters took to the streets burning buildings right to the ground. the violence happening because the government approved more than $4 billion in spending cuts, slashing 15,000 jobs. the search for answers in the powell family tragedy turns to a washington state landfill now. dozens of volunteers sifted through thousands of pounds of recycled paper this weekend. they're looking for new clues in the disappearance of susan powell. investigators acting on a tip that josh powell disposed of something one day before he killed himself and his two sons in a house. over the weekend, a comforter found in powell's rented storage unit tested positive for blood. powell had been a person of interest in his wife susan's
2009 disappearance but was never charged with a crime. president obama's budget delivered to congress today. the president's goal, to achieve a $4 trillion deficit reduction over the next decade. most of the proposals we already know about, though, like ending bush era tax cuts on the wealthy. at the same time, the president wants to boost spending in key areas like transportation and education. music's biggest night pays tribute to whitney houston. >> ♪ and i ♪ will always love you >> she did an amazing job. that was jennifer hudson. imagine trying to pull that off a day off her idol whitney houston had passed away. she gave the emotional performance of "i will always love you" and they went from tragedy to triumph. a 23-year-old from great britain singing for the first time since having surgery on her vocal
chordz. -- chords. >> ♪ we could have had it all ♪ rolling in the deep ♪ inside of my head >> that's adele. she went 6-6 last night. her awards including three of the biggest record album and song of the year. and those are your headlines and you hope when you see that bright and shiny young face, she doesn't go the same path as many other stars and celebrities seem to be going. >> what's interesting is no one had heard her sing since her throat surgery and right after her opening line, there was what seemed like an extra long pause and people in the audience were like is she ok? they did it for drama. she's absolutely fine. >> nine minutes after the hour. next on our rundown and hopefully yours at home if you're keeping track, stunning new details on this guy, david brock. why the man behind media matters is so determined to bring down
fox news and his shocking new ties to the white house. >> yep. then sarah palin getting the crowd on their feet at cpac and she's not even a candidate. are real candidates missing something? are they conservative enough to win? donald trump weighs in at the bottom of the hour. but before we take a break, here's some more from whitney houston. >> ♪ the greatest love of all ♪ is easy to achieve ♪ learning to love yourself ♪ it is the greatest love of all ♪ ♪ and if i it can get really complicated. not nearly as complicated as shipping it though. i mean shipping is a hassle. not with priority mail flat rate boxes from the postal service. if it fits it ships, anywhere in the country for a low flat rate.
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america, the liberal blog dedicated to destroying fox news. our next guest sat down with former and current media matters employees and discovered some unsettling facts about the web site's leaders and their connections to the white house and the mainstream media. joining us right now is fox news contributor and the writer of that report "the daily caller's" tucker carlson. good morning. >> good morning. >> why is media matters out to destroy fox news and some others? >> well, for two reasons. first, for ideological reasons. media matters is a left wing organization, wants to see a left wing monopoly on media. he could, its donors give a lot of money in order to hit fox. we've got a week-long series going on. we have internal memos that we're going to be releasing later in the week that put a little finer point on this but the bottom line is media matters has decided it can make the most money by attacking fox and has. >> keep in mind, folks, this is a tax exempt organization. and let's talk a little bit
about what they're doing. in your report today, you say that media matters, it does appear coordinates with the white house. that's -- that's big. >> yes. it is big and it's proved. in june of 2010, david brock, the founder and head of media matters went to the white house and met with valerie jarrett, perhaps the president's closest advisor. anita dunne, the former white house communications director. since then, the media matters organization has had a weekly conference call with the white house. there's also a weekly meeting of progressive groups that is in some sense orchestrated by the white house. almost always a white house representative at that meeting and if you follow statements by media matters, they mirror statements by the white house about fox, for instance, and vice versa. there's no question there's close coordinations. >> ok. also, there seems to be close coordination with the mainstream media and what you say is media matters which i think is going to spend $20 million this year
trying to influence media, apparently whatever media matters gives a couple of mainstream media outlets, they print it! greg sergeant you say at the "washington post," ben smith when he was at politico and msnbc, media matters is right in their primetime. >> that's a verbatim quote from a media matters staffer. we pretty much write their primetime. we call phil griffin, the head of msnbc, he takes our call. we knew there was coordination between media matters and a lot of news organizations. we were shocked by the degree of that coordination. you got to say, whatever else you say about the group, media matters has been awfully effective in getting its message out. there are a lot of liberal reporters out there. a lot of willing hands, eager to do the bidding of media matters it turns out. >> meanwhile, the guy at the top, david brock who makes a lot of money doing this, you describe him as viciously mean, unstable. you talk about mental illness.
this guy, he's paranoid. he's got a couple of bodyguards with him all the time because he's positive that he is the target of an assassination attempt. >> yes. that there are right-wing, unseen right-wing assassins lurking in the shadows trying to knock him off. we open the story with a scene where he's smoking a cigarette on the roof of his building in downtown washington, a very safe place and his two bodyguards rush up and whisk him downstairs for fear of snipers. his personal assistant carried a handgun to various events including in washington, d.c. where that's completely illegal. he carried a concealed glock with no permit because david brock needed the protection in the view of david brock so yes, we have many people who work for david brock telling us that the atmosphere there is paranoid. and i don't think that's too strong of a word. >> right. and i understand according to your report, media matters at america employee learned about the gun and was fired because they -- hey, he can't be carrying around a gun in d.c.
also, let's talk a little bit about your sources. people are going to say oh, you know, he's probably making that stuff up. you say your sources are people who currently work at media matters. >> if you read the piece, you get the sense and it's accurate that we talked to an awful lot of people in and around media matters who have a lot of details about how that organization runs. aalmost all of them didn't want to give us their names because frankly a lot of them are still committed progressives and they're still left wingers and they still believe in the cause but they're very, very concerned about the leadership of david brock. that's what this came down to. david brock, it turns out, has a lot of people who disagree with the way he's running that organization who really are concerned about his stewardship of it and that's why they spoke to us. >> why are -- ok, so you got sources inside and people who have left media matters. for the people inside media matters, do they still believe in the mission? >> they do. i mean, i actually spoke to someone last night who said look, you know, we've made our
point about fox. it's time to move on. we're supposed to be a media watchdog organization and this person was frustrated because the money from donors comes when media matters attacks fox. but this person's view was there are a lot of other things we could be writing about and we ought to be doing that. again, there's frustration with brock's stewardship. this is part of a week-long series. we'll have a lot more details but bottom line is yeah, there are a lot of frustrated people that called us. >> is this how a tax exempt operation is supposed to operate? i don't think so. >> something else we'll be taking up later in the week. >> all right, tucker, we'll read about it at the daily caller. thank you, sir. >> thanks, steve. >> 20 minutes after the top of the hour. a powerful lesson in class warfare that every kid should hear. yes, we said kid and you won't find this in their textbooks. then, recognize this song? >> ♪ you got to keep your head up ♪ ♪ oh ♪ you can let your hair down ♪ oh ♪ you got to keep your head up ♪ oh ♪ and you can let your hair down
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>> welcome back, everyone. you may have this children's book in your home. yes, that one. rainbow fish. but after reading it, our next guest was concerned that it promoted a socialist agenda. so she decided to write her own children's books that tell a different story. and joining me now is the author of the brand new book "patriot and friends" dr. michelle peacock. good to see you. >> hi, good to see you. >> you saw rainbow fish, so many
of us who have small kids have seen this book. what was wrong with it? >> well, it really -- it was a story about sharing. but like so many other americans, you know, in the past few years, really had started to look at what was happening. i always have been conservative but i realized at that point in time that even my own thinking has started to shift. and i thought this isn't -- this isn't how i want my children to grow up to think that taking from somebody else is sharing. sharing comes from kindness and so i thought, you know, i am -- i'm going to start writing and i looked around and i noticed that we really don't have a lot of -- we don't have a lot of conservative children authors so i thought this is, you know, this is something that we need out there. >> so you decided to become one even though you were a clinical psychologist so you come up with a book "patriot & friends." i love how your main character
is a peacock. your last name is peacock which has not always been advantageous. >> that's right. >> what can we learn about patriot the peacock in your book? >> patriot is, well, he's a patriot. he loves raising the flag every morning and he loves saying the pledge of allegiance. and the important thing, though, is he's living on a farm with -- he's one of five animals and they're all very unique. they have unique personalities and characteristics. and interests but they share spontaneously. it's something they do out of kindness and they are getting along harmoniously on the farm until one day the pig who is a likable character but very gullible comes along and he's fishing and wiley fox comes along and tells him, you know, it's really not very fair. all you have is this wrinkly pink skin and look at patriot over here who has all these beautiful feathers and so he --
muddles thinks about it and realizing he's -- well, he doesn't realize, he's actually feeling very jealous and envious. and starts asking patriot for his feathers. >> eventually what happens in the book is the peacock gives away all of his feathers. >> all but one. >> so your main point in this book ironically is class warfare and that's something we've heard a lot about in the last year. >> yes. >> were you prophetic in the sense this is something we were going to be discussing? >> absolutely. i have to be honest, it was absolutely intended to be written for that reason. and it is a children's book. it's very much written for children ages 4 and up but i say 4 and up instead of 4 to 8 because there's a message for adults as well. and the kids get it at the kid level but there's a lot of other things in the story that are -- that parents will get or educators will get that in the end, they -- well, i shouldn't say in the end. in the middle of the story, they really end up fighting. they end up fighting and they can't decide what is fair.
>> well, that's the discussion we're having right now in our society. fair share seems to be a word or a phrase we're hearing a lot about. the book is patriot & friends, fair and square. michelle peacock, thanks so much for your time. good luck with the book. >> thank you. >> sarah palin knows how to get the conservatives on their feet. >> that he has a jobs plan now. a jobs plan to win the future! wtf, i know. >> but she's not even a candidate. are the real candidates then missing something? donald trump weighs in at the bottom of the hour. but first, here's the band perry performing at last night's grammy awards. they have been on the show before. [ kate ] most women may not be properly absorbing
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convicted serial killer could bring an end to the dozens of unsolved missing persons cases dating back to 1984. that's because wesley shermantine turned over the map from prison. they were called the speed freaks because they were high on meth when they went on a killing spree. investigators say they recovered more than 300 bones as well as shoes, jewelry, at this abandoned ranch. >> take your religious services some place else. that's the message from new york city mike bloomberg to 60 local churches searching for a new space to congregate after getting evicted from public schools. bloomberg says he's following through with a federal court ruling banning any type of worship in schools because it could promote a particular faith. even though it's not during school time. critics argue church groups should be allowed to stay because they pay rent like any other tenant. >> meanwhile, take a look at this, a winter whiteout creating a mess in several states over the weekend. take a look at the scene in
lubbock, texas, luckily these drivers were not seriously injured after roads covered in ice caused a number of accidents as you can see in that area and check out ohio. temperatures in the mid 30's. we have a little bit of rain and snow moving through the northern and central plains and just a pitiful start to the day along the gulf coast up through the lower mississippi and missouri valley at this hour. some of those storms moving through portions of east texas are on the strong side at this hour. meanwhile, the current readings, it is bitterly cold in caribou, maine. it is 12 below zero. that's not the wind chill. that's the air temperature. it's 28 here in new york city. colder in raleigh. and atlanta than here in the big town.
freezing in memphis. 30's and 40's along the gulf coast. >> here's some video that will melt your heart. a 5-year-old girl survives a deadly avalanche and the incredible rescue is caught on camera. rescues started cheering and pumping their fists in the air as the girl was pulled from the home in kosovo. you can see on her face there, her face is smeared with dirt. she's in absolute shock because she was buried under 33 feet of snow for more than 10 hours. sadding her parents and seven of her relatives did not make it out. rescuers say they found the girl after hearing her voice. miraculous. and joining us on the phone is the author of "time to get stuff." donald trump with his thoughts on many things from whitney houston's death to politics. good morning. >> good morning. >> attended her wedding? >> i was at her wedding in new jersey when she married bobby brown and that was really a -- previous to that, she was just
doing so well. it was a tough relationship. >> it's hard to imagine that relationship, anyone thinking that he was not a bad influence on her. >> well, she was a different person after the marriage. i mean, i knew her before. i knew her after and she was a terrific person. and i've known him. he's a very talented guy actually but that was not a relationship that worked for her. i can tell you that. it was not a good relationship for her. >> i know we don't have the autopsy results back yet. it sounds like she did drown. we don't know what caused her to drown. she may have fainted. she may have been under the influence of something. what's the moral of her story? >> well, i think we can get back to relationship. you know, relationship is very important. if you have the right person in your life, you can do really well and if you have the wrong person in your life, it's not a good situation and, you know, i knew whitney before the fact. she worked for me many nights and she was fantastic and her voice, as you know, changed very drastically over the last number of years. people say drugs or smoking or
something but whatever it was, it was a big difference. her voice was magic prior to the marriage, you know, in the earlier years. her voice was as good as i've ever heard anybody and in the latter years, it was just different. there was -- you know, some people say it was smoking because smoking supposedly is a curse and whitney smoked a lot. so, you know, you don't know what to blame for the voice change but when she was -- when she was great which was at the beginning and really previous to the marriage, i thought really when they did a reality show, that was so unlike whitney to be doing that. >> i know. >> he wanted to do it and she didn't want to do it. and i guess she got forced into it and it turned out to be like a disaster. people didn't watch. it was really terrible. >> sum it up as sad all the way around. >> that's not for a star, the kind of show that fails. it was not a good situation. >> let's move on to politics this morning because sarah palin spoke at the cpac conference over the weekend and she made it clear that she is not convinced about mitt romney. the guy you've endorsed. listen to this.
> >> i am not convinced and i don't think the majority of voters are convinced. that's why you don't see romney get over that hump. he's still in the 30th percentile mark when it comes to approval and primary wins and caucus wins. he still hasn't risen above that yet because we are not convinced. >> you're convinced, donald trump, right? >> i am convinced. i think he's an excellent guy and an excellent candidate and frankly, i think she is a fantastic woman. but if you look at that run on a little bit further, you would have also heard her say she's not convinced about anybody at this moment. so, you know, not just mitt, it was really anybody and i think she wants to see it go on. i think she thinks it's a good process. and i understand exactly what she's saying. it is probably a good process. it's certainly a vetting process. these guys are suffering. every one of them are suffering. >> summarize if you would, sir, the state of the race right now. you see sarah palin at cpac.
mitt romney won the straw poll at cpac and won the maine caucuses over the weekend. >> it's certainly not a race that's over. sarah is right in that respect. it's not a race that's over and surprising things happen. you have a senator that lost to the senate by a record margin and, you know, he's like doing well right now. it looks like -- like newt is not doing so well at all. ron paul is the same old story, you know, just it's not going to happen. but the whole thing is crazy. and i guess the beneficiary is obama. i guess. but in mean time, we're talking about this race. if the race were over, we'd have nothing to talk about. >> what do you make of mitt romney saying the word conservative so many times in his speech? and then at one point, he said he was severely conservative. is that enough? i mean, what else? if you were advising him, how would you advise him to try to coalesce the republican party mainly the conservative sect of the republican party to come to his side? >> well, he's trying in his way
to get the word out. i mean, he is conservative. i've known him for a long time and he is a conservative person. he is a conservative person in terms of his views. but it's not getting across the way it should be and other people are coming up that probably shouldn't be but you have to give them a lot of credit because, you know, in the case of santorum, he's come from nothing and now he's doing much better so we'll have to see what happens. i think it's going to be a long process. and it could even go to the convention which is shocking. >> i want to get you on the economy. people are under the impression the economy is turning around. are you? >> well, i think certain things are turning around but the word is it's going to turn around a little bit more and then it's going to get worse. and i'm sort of a believer in that. i think when interest rates start going up and lots of other things start happening, it could very well get worse. it's a pretty scary time. we have a very, very fragile economy. this is not the right time to raise taxes, believe me. >> and "celebrity apprentice" started yesterday, right? >> no, it starts next sunday night. >> next sunday. >> i have a prediction, adam
corrolla. i want to make sure we're recording. >> he does very well. he's very smart. he's very sharp and a lot of people like him and a lot of people don't like him but he does a great job and you know, we're in the midst of shooting it, actually but it airs on sunday night. it starts at 9:00 on sunday night. >> we'll get the post mortem next monday. >> donald trump is always on the "fox & friends" program. he's got sunday night with "the apprentice" and monday mornings with us. >> thank you, steve. thank you, everybody. >> you bet. >> usually as tradition, he goes and buys a city right after his appearance. >> today, cleveland! >> at one point he thought he might buy the white house and the white house has a compromise on contraceptives not calming its critics. how states are taking the matter into their own hands. >> and you know the song -- >> ♪ gotta keep your head up ♪ you can let your hair down ♪ oh ♪ you gotta keep your head up ♪ and you can let your hair down ♪ >> that young guy has a great story. he's live in the green room and he'll join us on the curvy couch
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>> catholic church blasting president obama's modification for the contraception mandate for religious employees, i should say. they say it still forces them to violate their conscious but yesterday, the white house chief of staff jack lew defended the change. >> i think this concern is one that people can disagree on the margins about but we have addressed the core issue, no
institution that has -- a nonprofit institution that has religious principles that we violated has to pay for or directly offer these services but women can access to the kinds of care they're entitled to. we think that's the right approach. >> and insurance companies will pick up the tab according to their plan. now attorney generals from 12 states have sent a letter to timothy geithner and kathy sabelius saying they've had it, they're not going to abide by it and they're not going to deal with it. we're joined by one of the co-authors of that letter, south carolina attorney general. why wasn't it the solution you're looking for? >> thaurz a number of reasons the first of which many of these catholic colleges, baptist hospitals, other faith-based entities are self-insurers. they're so big, they don't use insurance companies. they might use an insurance company to process or administer the claims but they themselves pay for the services so this alleged compromise or accommodation is a red herring. it doesn't exist. they actually still provide the
services they find unconscionable. >> they're asking insurance companies who they say will be able to pick this up for people who want contraceptive devices, you pick it up for free of charge. how does that work out and map that out? >> what i said the other night is the obama administration should have a lesson in economics 101 because any d student in economics can tell you there are no free lunches. when you mandate that an insurance company give away a free product or anybody give away a free product, in other words if i were to tell mcdonald's you have to give people in the street free hamburgers they're going to raise the price and the cost of how they do that. they're going to have to compensate for that. the same is true for the insurance companies. so nothing is actually free. and the actual entities, the faith-based entities, colleges, etc., will ultimately bear the cost of the very services that the administration claims they don't have to pay for. >> alan, these top down mandates are just the beginning. that's what obamacare is going
to be weaving in over the next few years unless the supreme court stops it, correct? >> absolutely. i was on the phone the other night with the nebraska attorney general who was the original co-sponsor of the letter and that was a very point that he made and we agreed that, you know, at first you have an administration mandating individuals entering into a private contract to buy insurance. then it was that faith-based employers or employers who have a personal belief against these contraceptive services requiring them to buy those services and now you're requiring and mandating insurance companies give away a product for free. so this is just a very slippery slope that we have gotten to stand up now and fight. >> so you wrote the letter and you're on with us today getting the word out, south carolina attorney general alan wilson, thanks so much. >> thank you. >> ok. 12 minutes before the top of the hour. you know this song. >> ♪ gotta keep your head up ♪ oh ♪ you can let your hair down ♪ hey ♪ you gotta keep your head up ♪ oh ♪ and you can let your hair down
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>> ♪ you gotta keep your head up ♪ ♪ oh ♪ and you can let your hair down ♪ ♪ hey ♪ you gotta keep your head up ♪ and you can let your hair down ♪ ♪ i know it's hard ♪ know it's hard to remember sometimes ♪ >> that single off his self-titled debut "keep your head up" has already gone gold. >> we're talking about andy
grammer, of course, who went from street performer to superstar. and he joins us now live on our super coach. good to see you this morning. >> super couch. super. >> so many people have seen that on but no idea about a past life as a street performer. you know what it takes to get there. >> i do. i know. out on the street. >> street promenade in santa monica, a premier place, a lot of important people come by. tell me about your life then. >> it was awesome. i would wake up early and get out there and claim my spot and put all my c.d.'s together. >> just like this. >> i know that guy. >> that's you. >> that's my video. i got excited. >> oh, my god! yeah, so i would burn c.d.'s and sit out there and put them together and then kind of really just try to work it and try to make a crowd around you. >> that's the ultimate challenge. >> it is. it is. >> because no one is -- >> yeah. and the key, and we might as well share this with our vast viewing audience, if you're a street performer, you want to be in front of, what, mcdonald's or
forever 21? >> yeah, those are two good spots, good spots to start out. >> what was the final break? what was the break that got you to this hit song? >> you know, my manager came out and saw me out there, my now manager ben singer, i was playing a lot and starting to get bigger and bigger crowds and the real break was writing a great song. it starts with a song. >> "you gotta keep your head up" as a street performer, you got to keep your head up. >> you were singing this for free. is that what your managers heard and said we have to get that one done. >> he heard it and he said that's the one. i know it. this little old thing? >> is it the message of the song, though? >> i think so. it's hard to get a song that's uplifting and not cheesy. it doesn't want to make you be like that's stupid. get that perfect mixture and the country seemed to like it. >> mr. grammer, you are from a show business family and people might think grammer, kelsey
grammer? no, red grammer. >> he's my dad's second cousin, i think. >> is that right? >> my dad is awesome, my dad is a children's singer. he's awesome. if you have any kids ever, make sure you check out my dad. he's the best. >> what was it like growing up with him? everything is a song? let's sing a tune? >> it really was. he'd sing me to sleep. we'd sing all the time and i would go on stage with him sometime and sing some songs with him. one time after i got after stage at like 5:00, i was like i need to be a bigger part of your show. because you're only bringing me up for one song, dad. not enough. >> speaking of big, the grammys happened hlast night. one of the people there was taylor swift. that's somebody you'd like to work to. >> i love her. she's great. she brought me on the stage of her show in nashville. >> who is going to write the song? >> we've had a million guests on this program in the last couple of years with a little video. we have video from every part of your life.
>> i know. >> we've got -- >> awesome. thank you. >> stick around because about an hour from right now, you're going to do a number for us, right? >> yeah, i'll do a number and rock it out. >> and don't retire. >> you guys are going to play sax and clarinet on it, right? what are you playing? >> playing very seriously the violin. can you work it in? >> i hear you do an amazing version of this. >> right. >> i can do piano, too, in case the violin doesn't work out. >> we'll travel around and make no money. >> right. >> we'll be back with you in an hour. in the meantime, coming up, more of your tax dollars headed to the scrap heap? and guess what, you can thank solyndra for that. >> andy grammer will talk about that later. plus, daytona 500 champion trevor bane came out of nowhere to be the youngest driver to claim that title one year ago. he's going for number two. we'll talk about it on our couch and andy will sing about it. i had enough of feeling embarrassed about my skin.
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>> gretchen: good morning, everyone. it's monday, february 13, 2012. i'm gretchen carlson. thank you so much for sharing your time with us today. it was a night that her voice moved the nation when our country needed it the most. ♪ and the home of the brave >> gretchen: brand-new details on how whitney houston lost her life. >> steve: the grammies last night paid tribute to whitney and then crowning a brand-new star. ♪ we could have had it all ♪ rolling in the deep
♪ . >> steve: adele steals the show last night. we have your highlights and she got a bunch of trophies. >> brian: moments ago, you saw the interview. ♪ you got to keep your head up ♪ you got to keep your head up, om. ♪ and the and you can -- >> brian: andy grammar will sip with dana perino live on our show and she's just learn being it now. her reaction when "fox & friends" starts. ♪ o say can you see ♪ by the dawn's early light
♪ what so proudly we hailed ♪ at the twilight's last gleaming ♪ ♪ whose broad stripes >> gretchen: there she was in 1991 at super bowl in tampa flax fellow, when we were in the gulf war. look at all the patriotism and it was amazing. amazing performance. people are still talk being it 20 years later. >> brian: people are saying, should we play the super bowl? there was no week off between the super bowl and the title games that year. they said, let's do it. but security was through the roof. >> steve: absolutely. so she sang that song and then there was a flyover and there was not a dry eye in the house or across the country. >> brian: all right. our next guest knew whitney houston as new rising talent when she was 14 years old. >> steve: joining us is her former music producer, michael zager. is that how you pronounce your last name? >> it is.
>> steve: all right. i understand that when she was just a young girl, her mom, who you were producing, said you know what? let's use my daughter. she's just 14, but really good. you probably thought, oh, the mom is very proud, but as it turns out, this kid could sing. >> that's right. actually what happened was i was producing an album with cissy and the night before a background session, one of the background singers canceled. so i asked cissy who she wanted to get and she said, i'm going to bring my daughter in. i said, we used to call whitney nippy. that was her nickname. and she was 14 years old. i said, are you sure you want to bring in a 14-year-old? she said, don't worry about it. so nippy showed up to the studio in her school uniform and she was very, very quiet. and got up and i couldn't
believe my ear when is she opened her mouth. it was beyond belief. >> gretchen: so you ended up producing her very first album, which was "life's a party." right? >> it was actually my album. it was the michael zager band. i had come off a very big hilt. i asked cissy if nippy could sing a lead vocal on my album and background vocals and she said if whitney wanted to do it, it was okay with her. so i asked nippy and she said sure. and "life a party" at 14 years old became her first solo vocal performance on record. >> brian: michael, in the big picture, you saw the very beginning. how frustrated were you when the ensuing from 1992 to 2007 that maybe no one could reach her? >> well, actually it was quite
distressing. i'm in constant contact with her mother. i have been throughout the years. but we never really have discussed anything concerning whitney's problems. i would just say to cissy, has nippy and -- how is nippy and she would respond, fine. >> steve: you were there at the very beginning and it's nice you zeger, thank you, sir.es of >> you're welcome. >> gretchen: here is what we know so far now about her death over the weekend. she did die in the bathtub in the hotel as we've been sharing with you. the autopsy said she actually drowned, that there was water in her lungs. but the toxicology reports will not come back for six to eight weeks. that could be the real answer. >> brian: we know her daughter is having anxiety problems. she was sent to the hospital two times. she's out now. and her ex-husband, bobby brown,
after performing the night of her death, has canceled the rest of his tour. >> steve: whitney houston's body will be flown back to newark later today. her cousin, deion warwick, will accompany the body back to new jersey. >> brian: the headlines now. >> gretchen: we began with the fox news alert for you this morning. israeli officials around the world on high alert now. here is the reason why. new pictures out of india where an explosion ripped through an israeli diplomat's car on the streets of new delhi. this is a few feet away from the israeli embassy. the driver and diplomat's wife were injured. israeli officials say there was also another attempted attack on a diplomat's car in georgia. israeli security sources tell fox news suspicious packages were found in israeli embassies in bus sell and amsterdam. greece this morning. rioters in athens hurling fire bombs at police. you can see one cop actually catching on fire. a total of 80,000 protesters
took to the streets, burning buildings right to the ground. the violence happening because the government approved more than $4 billion in spending cuts. remember, this country is out of dough, folks. they slashed 15,000 jobs and this is the reaction on the streets. music's biggest night pays tribute to whitney houston. ♪ and i will always love you ♪ . >> gretchen: tough job for jennifer hudson last night who called whitney her idol and she gave an amazing emotional performance of "i will always love you." then the show went from tragedy to triumph. a 23-year-old from great britain singing for the first time since having surgery on her vocal chords. ♪ we could have had it all
♪ rolling in the deep ♪ you had my heart and soul in your hands ♪ ♪ . >> gretchen: that's adele. she went six for six. her awards included three of the biggest, record, album, and song of the year. those are your headlines this morning. >> brian: let's bring in dana perino. former white house press secretary, star of "the five." first off, the big news, the contraceptive mandate, how, in your estimation did the president go to wrong on this? >> well, i think we'll probably find out as time goes on what actually happened, but in some of the journalistic investigation into this, there was different opinions. i think that's one good thing, that you can look at this white house and know there's a variety of opinions. president obama listened to all of them and made a decision that he was going to go forward with this mandate that the hhs secretary, health and human services secretary, would put out a ruling saying that religious organizations don't have an option.
they would have to be -- they would be compelled to provide could notsive care for free to employees even though that never happened in our country before and it violate what had they called our conscience clause. it was then rolled out very poorly. then the execution and management of the rollout made things even worse. they realized that they're getting swamped politically. they start to walk it back. but instead, it was like when you rub a spot on a wall and make it worse, that seems to be what's happened. >> steve: how about jack lew yesterday when he was talking to chris wallace said it's finished. and chris wallace said, there is not going to be no negotiation? this is it. the bishops of the united states of america, catholic bishops are not going to stand for this. >> they're not. this is not just the catholics. they've been very smart on the religious liberty side of things, to say this is not about contraception. this is about a constitutional right and they have aligned with the lutherans and some of the people in the jewish community. >> brian: baptists. >> to say, we wouldn't want this to happen to us and we're not
going to allow it to happen to them and this crossed a line. what's really interesting is the "new york times" on saturday morning after the president made his walk back announcement, it said, president compromises. the "wall street journal" headline says, president retreats. but neither is true because -- >> steve: it's the same thing. >> the bishops took time to read it, digest it and friday night, they issued a stinging letter saying, this absolutely doesn't cut it. >> gretchen: the other thing, to me, is that there is a second part to this equation of the story which is can a president of the united states tell insurance companies what they must provide for free? >> we're going to find out. >> steve: welcome to obamacare. >> remember when nancy pelosi said we'll have to pass the bill to find out what's in it? >> gretchen: doesn't this bring it right up to the forefront before the election? >> yep. bill crystal said, this could reinvigorate the tea party, which is probably not something that the chicago campaign would want. >> brian: big rush to get this across. we don't understand why. but no rush did to get a bush
jet out. last year he was embarrassed, didn't get one vote in the (jack lew -- chris wallace brought him to the statement that the president is releasing his budget. does it bother you the senate has not released theirs? listen. >> you can't pass a budget in the senate of the united states without 60 votes and you can't get 60 votes without bipartisan support. so unless republicans are willing to work with democrats in the senate, harry reid is not going to be able to get a budget passed. >> that would be great if it were true. he is the current chief of staff, but he's the former director of the office of management and budget. you don't need 60 votes to pass a budget. you need 50. and it's not he said it there where it would have been considered a slip of the tongue. he said it at two other places. so this was a calculated decision to use this statement to try to show that there is a do nothing congress, blame the republicans. but the problem is, they chip away at their credibility every week because it's so easily proven false. jake tapper within two hours
said, that's not true. the reason he knows that, he covered capitol hill for a long time. >> gretchen: a big stack of papers. >> this is a policy statement. when the president puts out a budget, this is him saying these are my priorities. this is what i recommend. going forward as well, if a budget were to pass, which even when they had the democrats in power, when president obama had the majorities in the house and senate, they didn't even pass a budget then. >> gretchen: as we look at a $15 trillion deficit -- >> i thought they didn't print it anymore. >> gretchen: last year it got voted down 97-zip. if you had to be a betting person what, would be the vote on this budget? >> i don't think that harry reid will ever bring it up. but senator mitch mcconnell, says i'm gog bring it up. i'm going to make you vote on it. that's what happened with the keystone pipeline. you can call us do nothing congress if you want, but if we call for the vote, then it's your problem and you'll have to explain why you're against
everything. >> steve: she's on record every day on "the five." >> and i'm singing later. it will be great. >> brian: fantastic. >> gretchen: we look forward to it. coming up, fatherly advice from the world's top terrorist. what osama bin laden wanted for his own children that could only be found in america. really? >> steve: weighing in on the president's contraception appropriation. is it really a compromise or is the white house passing the buck? and remembering the voice and the legend, whitney houston. ♪
standing by its compromise over the birth control mandate. are they just passing the buck? let's talk to fox news legal analyst peter johnson, jr. who is examining this. >> we've been looking at this for six weeks before anyone else was. in my view, it's bait and switch at this point. not much has changed at all. what the federal government is saying, listen, we're going to decide who is catholic enough. some of your institutions are really catholic. you nuns and priests, you're catholic and so nun, you're probably not going to be wanting these abortion drugs. so you're exempt. but your other catholic organizations, they're not so exempt. so we'll make it easy for you. social service agencies, hospital, colleges. we'll make it easy for you. we're still going to hand out the abortion producing drugs and sterilizations and they're going to be free, which is a wonderful feature of this administration. more free stuff. but you don't have to be part of that. so just close your eyes over
here, priests and nuns and bishops and cardinals and your flock, but we're going to happened this stuff out anyway. so you don't have to have it on your conscience. there is something called being a conscience objector with regard to war. a lot of priests and nuns say in this country, we are conscience objectors in the war on baby, on the unborn and say don't make us violate our religion and say, you can announce that accommodation, a compromise, call it what you want, it's a violation of the constitution that not only hurts catholics, but people of all faiths. >> steve: sure. so if you work for a catholic hospital or a college, they buy you, the catholic church, buys you insurance. so with a wink and a nod, the church isn't going to pay for it, but your insurance company will pay for it. but really the church is providing the coverage for contraception. >> and the law is clear. internal church governance is
exempt from the law. is exempt from government -- >> steve: not here! >> so the catholics are saying, this is a matter of our internal church governments. don't make this part of some petty partisan political give away in election year that harkens back to taminy hall in the political machine era where they gave away free turkeys and food baskets and say, remember us on election day. is the call this year, remember us on election year, we eliminated your co-pay for abortion producing drugs and contraception to the derrogation to the constitution. >> steve: this is far from over. >> that's my analysis today. >> steve: thank you very much. >> good to see you. >> steve: all right. take a look inside of our green room right now. there's a party going on. trevor bayne, the youngest driver to win the daytona 500 and singer andy grammar, and dana perino on the guitar?
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that's how much a gallon of regular gas has jumped over the past three weeks. twelve cents. the average national price is 3.51. finally, $41.7 million. that's how much money the vow made at the box office, making it the number one movie this weekend. now, ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! >> gretchen: gladly we will do that. he made racing history, becoming the youngest driver ever to win the daytona 500. >> he's going to win! unbelievable! >> happy birthday, trevor bayne! 20 years old! >> gretchen: only 20. now trevor bayne is getting ready for what will hopefully be his second daytona win. >> brian: he's making a pit stop here on our curvy couch. trevor bayne singing with andy grammar to here on our set, does it seem like a year ago for you?
>> it does not seem like a year ago. i definitely wasn't singing in the green room. do you not want to hear that. i might have been trying. but yeah, i'm really excited for the 500 coming up on the 26th. does not seem like a year ago, though. when i was coming back to new york, we were here right after the win and it's crazy that it's already been a year. >> gretchen: he's still 20 right now. his birthday is in a couple days. officially when you do this race, you'll be 21. wow, you'll be old. >> big time. my birthday was the day before last year. that was pretty good birthday present. we'll take again this year. >> brian: this will be on the 26th. the race will start at 1:00 o'clock. it will be on fox. what do you have to do to repeat this win? did you look back at video of what you did and is it possible to replicate that in your sport? >> i'm trying to eat the same foods and do exactly the same thing. your car goes in the museum, at the speedway museum and if you don't get it back until the day after the race. so we're trying to build one that's just as fast.
i know my guys are working hard. you have to go with the same mind set. it's so easy to get ahead of yourself and say i have to win it on the first flap. but last year our plan was to have a chance and i got to stay patient and try to do it again. >> gretchen: this has been in his blood since he was five. you were tell ming me you started racing go-carts. your parents wanted to put you in a car since you were three. is race not guilty your blood? >> my dad's dad raced cars and my mom's dad raced boats. it's there. >> gretchen: he's a good man, too. you came back from a mission trip in africa. >> i did. kenya was incredible. dubai had a stop over. and then to new york. seeing the difference, it makes you appreciate things and makes me excited to be part of nascar and be a part of everything we get to do and get to go on cool trips like that. >> brian: the madness is about to be the daytona 500. they're probably already there in the parking lot already. >> camping away.
i've been working on my motor home. >> brian: we are pulling for you. the 2011 winner, might be 2012. promise us you'll be talking to us from someplace the day after the race. >> we did it last year. >> brian: good luck. do everything the same. >> that's right. >> brian: thank you. >> gretchen: great to meet you. osama bin laden hated america and now we're finding out he liked it enough to send his kids here. you have to hear this one. >> brian: the best piece of video all day. a little girl buried under 30 feet of snow pulled out alive. but first here is taylor swift from last night's grammies. ♪ all you're ever going to be is mean ♪ ♪ some day i'll be big enough so you can't hurt me ♪ ♪ and all you're ever going to be is mean ♪ ♪ why you got to be so mean
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ll cool j kicked things off with a prayer for whitney houston. >> heavenly father, we thank you for sharing our sister, whitney, with us. today our thoughts are with her mother, her daughter, and all of her loved ones. although she is gone too soon, we remain truly blessed to have been touched by her beautiful spirit and to have her lasting legacy of music to cherish and share forever. >> gretchen: i thought that was amazing shot to see all the people in attendance with their heads bowed. who would have ever thought that would be the case? jennifer hudson with this amazing tribute to her. ♪ love you ♪ . >> brian: we found that they were going to be singing this and doing the tribute the day before. so she had to go out, learn the shopping and nail the song to close the grammies.
>> steve: every time she did the rehearsal, they had to stop. she broke down every time and last night she did it in its entirety. did not break down. but the audience, not a dry eye in the house. >> gretchen: can you imagine being jennifer hudson, having to pull that off? not only have the composure, but to sing that song as well as whitney houston sang that houston. how many times have we heard on "american idol" when people try to sing houston and it hardly ever works. last night it did. ♪ i will always love you i will always love you ♪ >> steve: so what caused her death? we don't know right now because there has been a security hold on the autopsy. >> brian: why is that? >> steve: because they're waiting for the toxicology.
tmz reports water in the lungs, so probably she drowned. there were drugs, legal drugs found nearby. but we should probably err on the side of caution and we don't know what killed whitney houston yet. we'll have to wait to find out. i actually -- one of my next-door neighbors, about 15 years ago when i was living in virginia, died in the bathtub. she got into a tub. she simply fainted and drowned. that could be what happened to whitney houston. >> gretchen: although she did have a long history of drug problems. she had recently been in rehab as recent as may. this is her last performance right here, kind of a spontaneous one thursday night. she went up on stage and sang "jesus loves me." there are reports she was having trouble standing up that night. so we'll have to wait and see what the final word on that is, but one thing for sure, a lot of people are sad about the direction in which her career went after she married bobby
brown. >> steve: so today is probably a good day to celebrate her hive and times because she made so much beautiful music that has impacted so many people. she was a great entertainer. >> brian: now the headlines. >> gretchen: we're going to talk about a radical al-qaeda cleric on the vernal of being released from a prison in england. he has spent more than six years behind bars fighting deportation to jordan where he faces terror charges. he's being released on bail as early as today. he'll be barred from using the internet and phone and will have to wear a monitor and bracelet. the charges against him may be thrown out because the european court of human rights ruled the he have was obtained through torture. >> steve: meanwhile, it's been a mystery for over 28 years. now police in california say a map drawn by a convicted serial killer could bring an end to dozens of unsolved missing persons cases dating back to 1984. the part of the duo dubbed the speed freak killers, turned over
the map from his prison cell. they were called the speed freak killers because they were high on speed, meth, when they went on a killing spree. investigators say they recovered more than 300 bones as well as shoes and jewelry at this abandoned ranch in lyndon, california. >> brian: video that is certain to melt your heart. you got a five-year-old girl surviving a deadly avalanche and the incredible rescue caught on camera. rescuers started cheering and pumping their fists in the air and the girl is pulled from that hole from her home in kosovo. you can see her face smeared with dirt and she's in absolute shock. she was buried under 33 feet of snow for more than ten hours. sadly, her parents and seven of her relatives did not make it. rescuers say they found the girl after hearing her voice. >> gretchen: you might find this hard to believe, but osama bin laden didn't want his kids and
grandkids to follow in his terrorist foot steps? according to his brother-in-law, bin laden's fatherly advice to them was this: don't go into jihad. go to a good college in the united states or europe, and then live peacefully. three of bin laden's wives and nine of his kids captured in the raid are being held in islamabad. >> steve: why did he want to destroy america again? i forget. meanwhile, here is 48 of the connected states in the united states of america. as you can see, we've got a winter storm all wait from the gulf coast right up through -- messy stuff, up through portions of the central missouri and mississippi valley. some snow moving portions of iowa and missouri at this time. it's marching to the east. current readings as you head out, it's really warming up in caribou, maine. now they're only 9 below zero. that's the air temperature. not wind chill. 16 in chicago. only 20 in minneapolis. then you got mid 20s as far down as it looks like on this map, the mid atlantic. i got an e-mail from somebody who said in jacksonville in
florida, they have 20 this morning. so it's a brisk start to this workweek. >> brian: he's one of the most successful bankers of his generation and helping to create thousands of jobs in america. now jp morgan ceo sitting down with an exclusive interview with melissa francis of the "fox business" network. >> gretchen: she joinses from florida live with a preview. welcome to "fox & friends," melissa. >> thank you so much, you guys. jamie diamond is in florida and looking around the country for new employees. if you're looking for a job, you may want to go to your local chase branch. they're hiring thousands of people, tellers, loan officer, if you move up to branch manager, you could move up to triple digit. they hired 3,000 veteran last year. they love them. here is one. >> liar we're being targeted. i love the fact we're hiring people. the united states of america in 2011, we hired 17,000 net new
jobs. we're hiring ten veterans a day now. i know you have a lot of veterans on fox. so if you need job, give us a call. we'd love to hire great people. we want to do our part to help america grow again. >> we ran the wrong thing. obviously that wasn't a veteran. we ran the wrong thing. that was jamie diamond, who will be coming up at 1:00 p.m. eastern time on fox business channel. we'll sit down for an exclusive interview with him and talk about hiring, why chase is expanding right now when other banks like bank of america are shutting branches and we're going to have that coming up on fox business channel later today. tune in. back to you guys. >> steve: live in orlando, she thought she was going to florida where it was warm. look at that, she's wearing her coat. >> it's freezing. >> steve: i know it. >> brian: it didn't show in your report. i just think it will be interesting to see what jamie diamond goes in this election because he's been close to the white house and out to the wood shed a couple of times. >> gretchen: he's also been on record as supporting mitt romney this time around. at least raising money for him. >> brian: interesting. >> gretchen: change of course for him potentially.
sarah palin says she's not convinced that romney is the right person for the job. how will that affect the tea party vote? the founder of the tea party patriot also join us next. >> steve: and singer andy grammar comes back for more. ♪ you got to keep your head up oh, ♪ >> steve: he'll perform his new hit ♪
>> conservative movement's top recruiter and a turning point for the conservative era to come. conservatives all agree we conservatives. conservatives. conservativism. conservatism. conservatism because i have lived conservatism. conservatives. conservative. conservatives. this is why we're conservatives. >> gretchen: after saying the word conservative nearly 30 times and with the cpac straw poll win under his belt, will the tea party now rally around romney? here to discuss it is the co-founder, mark meckler. did that do it for the tea party? >> i wouldn't say it did it, but he's striking the right tone. this is what people want to hear. they want to hear him speaking the language of conservatives and have something to hold him to in 2012. >> gretchen: i'm going to be devil's advocate for a minute because some conservatives will say, just saying the word conservative doesn't mean that you actually believe and think those policies all day long and
you say? >> i think that's true. i think you have to look at a man's record or woman's record when they're running for office. but i also think you have to look at what they campaign on because frankly, the tea party's job is to hold them to it in the end. in 2013, whoever is president, our job is going to be to look back what, did they say on the campaign trail and make sure they live up to them things. >> gretchen: sarah palin had this so take about it. >> -- to say about it. >> i am not convinced and i don't think that the majority of gop and independent voters are convinced and that is why you don't see romney get over that hump. he's still in the 30% mark when it comes to approval and primary wins and caucus wins. he still hasn't risen above that yet because we are not convinced. >> gretchen: does she have a point? >> she does have a point. i don't think anybody is convinced. i don't think anybody is looking tore convinced. i think people are listening. they're going to take stock of this. they're going to keep it in the back of their mind when they go into the polls and again, they're going to hold people accountable after they're
elected. >> gretchen: you actually believe this sort of give and take and ebb and flow with the republican candidates going up and down is a healthy thing. why? >> because i think it's making the candidates better. i think you see that in the debates. you see it on the campaign trail. history shows us. 2008, obama and clinton were still going at it in june. it was a down and dirty campaign. i can tell it worked because obama is president and clinton is the most popular politician on earth right now. >> gretchen: i got to get your thoughts on this contraception mandate in obamacare. the so-called accommodation that was made on friday where now insurance company also have to provide contraception free. for the tea party, is this a bigger issue than contraception? >> it is one of the fundamental tenets of the tea party is constitutional limited government. they're intruding on the rights to religious freedom. i think it's a big deal. i haven't seen anybody in the tea party movement that doesn't think it's a big deal. >> gretchen: do you think
reinvigorates the tea party, just this one issue to the level of what we saw in 2010 and what happened in that election cycle? >> i think every issue like this can reinvigorate the tea party, especially around the constitution. but the reality is the tea party is invigorated on the ground all across the country right now. you may not see them out in big rally, but they're participate not guilty local elections, they're vetting candidates. they're becoming candidates. you're going to see a much bigger tea party wave in 2012 than we saw in 2010. >> gretchen: very interesting. mark, the co-founder of tea party patriots. thanks for being my guest. >> thank you for having me. >> gretchen: when we come back, andy grammar, as we promised, performs his hit single, "keep your head up ." it's inspirational. first. follow the wings.
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>> so the president is about to roll out his budget. but many are asking where are the spending cuts in that budget? the battle over religious freedom. why cardinal says the church must not back down. the latest on the hours before whitney houston's death and what may have happened. that coming up at the top of the hour. we'll see you then ♪ i've been waiting on the sunset ♪ ♪ bills on my mind set ♪ . >> brian: earlier we heard the story of andy grammar, got discovered as a street performer over in california. >> steve: and the self promoter joins us live again. is that what it used to be like?
you used to walk through the streets of santa monica and unroll your own poster? >> yeah, pretty much. >> steve: one man band? >> and now you can see, it says pop pmenom. yeah! >> gretchen: here is the background of when you wrote this hit song. this is the most fascinate thing to me, that you had just played music on the street as a performer for 12 hours. you only made 10 or $15. >> yeah, brutal. >> gretchen: you went back to your mini van and did what? >> you're out there for that long singing and no one is stopping, it's pretty brutal. i went home, pulled my cart back in my mom's mini van that i was borrowing, drove it home, sat down at the piano and wrote myself a song. >> gretchen: it was this one? the famous one. >> yeah, thank god i didn't make any money that day. >> brian: you think college gave you this business acuemen to make your career last this long, to making them for three bucks, selling them for ten? >> it was a good thing to do. >> steve: would you like to play
your big hit for us all? >> sure. >> steve: ladies and gentlemen, this song will put new a good mood. no, we're not going to help you. hit it, andy. ♪ . ♪ i've been waiting on the sunset ♪ ♪ bills on my mind set ♪ i can't deny they're getting high ♪ ♪ higher than my income ♪ income bread crumbs ♪ i've been trying to survive ♪ the glow that the sun gives right around sunset ♪ ♪ helps me realize ♪ this is just a journey ♪ drop your worries ♪ you are gonna turn out fine ♪ oh, you'll turn out fine ♪ fine, oh, you'll turn out fine ♪ ♪ but you got to keep your head up oh, ♪ ♪ and you can let your hair down, eh ♪ ♪ you got to keep your head up, oh, ♪ ♪ you can let your hair down, eh ♪ ♪ i know it's hard
♪ i know it's hard to remember sometimes ♪ ♪ you got to keep your head up, oh, ♪ ♪ and you can let your hair down, eh ♪ ♪ i got my hands in my pockets ♪ kicking these rocks ♪ it's kind of hard to watch this life go by ♪ ♪ i'm buying into skeptics ♪ skeptics mess with the confidence in my eye ♪ ♪ i'm seeing all the angles ♪ starts to get tangled ♪ i start to compromise ♪ my life and the purpose is it all worth it ♪ ♪ am i gonna turn out fine ♪ oh, you'll turn out fine ♪ but you got to keep your head up, oh, ♪ ♪ and you can let your hair down, eh ♪ ♪ and you got to keep your head up ♪ ♪ oh, ♪ and you can let your hair down, eh. ♪ i know it's hard, know it's hard ♪ ♪ to remember sometimes
♪ only rainbows after rain ♪ the sun will always come again ♪ ♪ and it's a circle, circling ♪ and around again, it comes around again ♪ ♪ only rainbows after rain ♪ the sun will always come again ♪ ♪ and it's a circle, circling ♪ around again, it comes around ♪ ♪ but you got to keep your head up, oh, ♪ ♪ and you can let your hair down, eh ♪ ♪ and you got to keep your head up, oh, ♪ ♪ and you can let your hair down, eh ♪ ♪ i know it's hard, know it's hard to remember sometimes ♪ ♪ but you got to keep your head up, oh, ♪ ♪ and you can let your hair down eh ♪ ♪ and keep your head up ♪ oh, whoa ♪ ♪ i've been waiting
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so many -- at least the women who are watching this show today want to know this loaded question. is andy grammar single? >> i am not married yet. >> steve: yet. >> gretchen: but you have a special person in your life? >> i'm working on it. >> steve: congratulations. >> brian: go to match.com. you're working on it? what does that mean? >> steve: last night you played boston. they just downloaded you off your bus in front of our building. where are you heading next? >> tomorrow is nashville. >> brian: sold out? >> get some ticket, nashville. come hang out. >> brian: l follow you on twitter, correct? >> andy grammar, i like to do a lot of twitter stuff. >> brian: are you going to do something for the after the show show or is that going to cost us more money? >> steve: before he gets on the bus, he's going to do "fine by me." >> yeah, it's my next single. >> steve: andy grammar coming up in the after the show show. >> gretchen: tomorrow, we have the dug goes gar, all of t