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what you need to know before you leave the house today. you know who will do that for us, our own j.d. and more on that nasty storm system shortly, but we're going to begin now with new reaction to president obama's remarks at a forum on mideast policy yesterday. good morning, everyone. i'm jamie colby. great to have you along for this new hour of america's news headquarters. hey, eric. >> i'm eric shawn. president obama is raising some eyebrows as he tries to defend that controversial nuclear agreement with iran, which may cause that country to cap the amount of uranium it enriches in exchange for easing some of the sanctions. >> this comes as we learn a team of u.n. inspectors have begun their odded of an iranian water production plant that is connected to the nuclear program. we have more on that examination. finally, conner, we get a closer
look. >> jamie, for the first time in more than two years, international inspectors are in iran, and they're at the heavy water plant. the inspection of this nuclear facility is seen as the first test of this new international deal between the world and iran. now, of course, under this temporary agreement, the islamic republican has agreed to halt some of its nuclear activities in the next six months for exchange for sanctions relief. they said the program is for peaceful purposes. few people around the world believe those claims. president obama defended this yesterday in the forum on international affairs. he said the bottom line is to prevent iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. the sanction relief will depend on iran's actions going forward. >> if and when iran shows itself not to be abiding by the
agreement, not to be negotiated in good faith, we can reverse it and tighten it even further. >> here in israel, the temporary deal has been widely criticized, particularly by israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu who among other things has called the deal dangerous. but today, this weekend, israeli president shimon peres took a softer stance, saying he would be willing to meet with the new president of iran and said the ultimate goal for everyone is peace. >> it's what we can all hope for. thank you for the latest. >> jamie, at that forum in washington, the president put the chances of success of this deal only at 50/50, but he did say it would give the u.s. and other western leaders greater negotiating power over iran in the long run. >> it's important for us to test that proposition in the next six
months, understanding while they're talking, they're not secretly improving their position or changing circumstances on the ground inside of iran. and if at the end of six months it turns out that we can't make a deal, we're no worse off, and in fact, we have greater leverage with the international community to continue to apply sanctions and even strengthen them. >> is that true? we will the deal work and stop a possible iranian nuclear bomb, or will it eventually fall apart. john bolton, senior fellow at the international enterprise joins us as he does at this time. good to see you. the president puts the chances of the deal working at 50/50. what odds do you lay on it? >> i think the chances of it having any real effect on iran's nuclear weapons program are zero. what iran wanted and what it got was relief from the economic sanctions. it's true the sanctions brought iran to the table.
but not to talk aboutilities nuclear weapons program. to talk about getting relief from the sanctions. which they have gotten and which they will exploit. i actually think iran should take advantage of the opening they've got, and i would press ahead with more negotiations quickly. i wouldn't slow roll this. i think they split europe from the united states. i would make that split permanent and drive a truck through the loop holes in the agreement. >> they have decreased the enrichment down from 20% to 5%. is that progress? >> no, the 20% figure is a complete red herring. when you enrich to reactor grade levels, 3% to 5%, you're already 70% of the way toward weapons-level uranium enrichment, so the next level up, 10%, 15%, 25%, don't represent much of a change and don't have any real effect on the timing that would be required to move quickly to
weaponization. more over, the agreement has so many other loopholes that just on the nuclear side, forget the sanctions relief for a minute, just on the nuclear side, i think iran has made simply superficial, easily reversible concessions. >> let's look at iraq. the inspectors are visiting that plutonium facility. we want them to dismantle it, and they're refusing it. >> sure, and dismantling is not part of the genevagreement. what we have is iran giving a freebie, a tool for negotiation. now, big whoopee, iaea inspectors are back in iraq, where they were two years ago. during the last two years, thask rr gotten verbal reports from the iranian side on construction in iraq. now they can find out whether that's true or not, but let's be clear. iraq was never more than a heavy water facility and reactor. they're not doing any weapons work there. they're not going to find
anything concealed. it's just a reactor and a heavy water production facility. now we'll have some idea how far along they are. that's it. >> where they could have potentially found something was the military site. about ten years ago, they thought iran was testing some nuclear triggers. this for a country that says it doesn't want a nuclear bomb. do you think that inspectors will go to panchen. does it mean anything, or has it been cleaned up? >> absolutely not, and the iranians have been stonewalling on panrchen now for the better part of seven years since they gave intelligence about the weaponization work that is being done there. they have stonewalled, and it points out really one of the biggest defish aenlss of the geneva agreement, although there's a lot of competition for that place. the agreement doesn't address anything having to do with weaponization. not on the nuclear weapons side itself and not on ballistic missiles because it's all premised on the idea that iran
has a peaceful program. well, that means on the military side, there's simply no restrictions on iran's continuing to do research, development, fabrication, and all the rest of it for a weapons capability when and if it decides to go ahead. >> and quickly, yesterday at that forum, a lot of attention to what the president said, but the foreign minister of israel said at the end of the day, it's our responsibility to take the decisions in a responsible way. if you want to shoot, shoot, don't talk. at the end of the day, it's our responsibility for the future, for the destination of our shooters. it seems like finally israel will do what they have to do to protect themselves in the end. >> this agreement doesn't change the fundamental fact. there are only two possible outcomes. possibility one, iran gets nuclear weapons, or outcome two, israel decides to take pre-emptive nuclear reaction in its own self-defense. i don't know what the israelis are going to do, but no one should think this agreement is fundamentally going to change
anything. >> six months and counting and we'll stay on it almost every sunday at this time. good to see you. thank you. >> thank you. >> ambassador, thank you so much. >> heads may be starting to roll in the wake of the disast rg rollout of obama care. a top maryland official in charge of that state's obama care exchange is reportedly resigning now. and this would be the first official to lose a job in light of the troubles surrounding the insurance exchanges. national correspondent steve sun somy joins me now from washington with more on the story. >> not only the federal obama care website that had its difficulties. some sof the state-run exchanges got off to a rocky start. rebecca pearce resigned friday. according to our affiliate in baltimore, some are suggesting she was forced out of office after two years on the job.
in maryland, they signed up just over 3,000 people by november 23rd, and about a week later, only about 7,000 more had been signed up. the goal by the end of march is 150,000, so clearly, there's a long way to go. the lieutenant governor is saying things clearly did not go as planned with that website. >> everyone involved in launching the exchange is responsible, and that includes me. >> as for the federal exchange, officials are still trying to make it work better. and today on fox news sunday, a chief advocate of obama care, dr. ezekiel emanuel was pressed about the president's claim that you can keep your own doctor under obama care, when in fact, many insurance plans have only limited lists of doctors and hospitals to choose from. >> if you want to pay more for an insurance company that covers your doctor, you can do that. this is a matter of choice. we know in all sort of choices, you pay more for a wider range of choices or benefits. the issue isn't the selective networks. people keep saying, oh, the problem is you're going to have a selective network.
>> well, if you lose your doctor or your hospital -- >> people are going to have a choice whether they want to pay a certain amount for a selective network or pay more for a broader network. >> also today, insurance brokers are complaining they're having trouble helping their clients sign up for obama care because of problems with information at the back end of that troubled enrollment process. >> issues, issues. still abound. thanks, steve. good to see you. >> jamie, it's a national day of prayer and reflection in south africa. for former president nelson mandela. people gathering outside mandela's house in johannesburg to remember that country's first black president. south africans also now preparing for what is expected to be one of the largest funerals in modern times. the national memorial service will be held on tuesday. president obama along with former presidents george w. bush, president clinton, and president carter, are all expected to attend the ceremonies. and his body will lie in state
in the nation's capitol pretoria from wednesday until next friday. coming up in about an hour and a half from now, at noon eastern time, we'll talk to the man on the left, standing with nelson mandela. he's the first official who greeted mandela when he came to visit the united states in 1990. former new york city mayor david dinkins will be here with his reflections of the man he called a personal friend as well as a hero. should be fascinating insight from mayor dinkins. >> wonderful to have him as our guest in that hour, eric. a lot on the agenda with senator rand paul of kentucky discussing the possibility of a 2016 presidential run, and also his latest thoughts on obama care. all of that with our chris wallace on fox news sunday. we'll give you a preview coming up. >> and that wick udstorm that's still barreling across the country, moving east. there are dangerous conditions alongside that. we'll have the full forecast for what we need to know on this wintry, stormy sunday here on
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welcome back, everybody. last month's better than expected jobs numbers are now sparking a heated debate on capitol hill. why? republicans are looking at the data and they say it's time to ease off on the emergency stimulus funding. president obama is suggesting extending government benefits even longer. you know that unemployment payment and such. this morning, chris wallace asked senator rand paul of kentucky which sides he falls on regarding long-term unemployment, here's what he had to say. >> i do support unemployment benefits for the 26 weeks they're paid for. if you extend it beyond that, you do a disservice to these workers. there was a study that came out and said if you have a worker who has been unemployed for four weeks and one for 99 weeks,
which one would you hire? every employer, nearly 100%, said they would hire the person out for four weeks. if you allow someone to be out of work for 99 weeks, you're allowing them to become part of this perpetual unemployed group in our country. >> of course, that part of what rand paul had to say. great interview, and that just is a preview, but what does he think the alternative is? >> well, it's interesting because one of the reasons we talked to senator paul this week is because he was in detroit to announce his idea for what he calls freedom zones. it's amarket-based idea of how to raise up folks in the inner city. also, the republican party realizing they're doing terribly with minorities, is setting up outreach centers in inner cities around the country and he was there for the opening of that. the answer, according to senator paul and a lot of republicans, is market-based solutions, not
government handouts. he said lower the tax rate dramatically, 5% corporate and individual tax rate. school choice, education tax credits. various provisions to make it easier for people to invest in the inner city. he said, look, we tried government solutions. they haven't worked. so let's try market-based solutions, and that's his answer to a lot of these issues. i have to tell you, a steep road they have to climb. in detroit, for instance, in 2012, obama got 97% of the vote. mitt romney, 2%. >> does he actually believe the unemployment number? you know, there's been some speculation that it doesn't really accurately reflect what the situation is in our country? >> well, he points out the fact that for blacks, the unemployment rate is roughly double what it is for whites. and you know, regardless of what the statistics are, he understands there's a serious
unemployment problem around the country but especially with minorities in the inner cities. he's saying that the typical liberal democratic solution is not the right way to go, that you need to go market-based and try something else because these ideas haven't worked. >> got about 30 seconds left. i want to preview the rest of your show. you did not let that interview go without asking what his plans are for a presidential run. want to tell us or do we have to watch? >> i will just say this. he talks about it in great depth. talks about his wife's strong opposition to it, but i think anybody who listens to it, and i invite you to watch it, either on the broadcast network or fox news channel at 2:00 or 6:00, he wants to run for president. no question in my mind. it cdoesn't mean he will run. >> it's always great to see you on sunday mornings. makes my day. we'll watch the show as well. >> thank you, and ten years on fox news sunday, we celebrate our anniversary today. >> i know. happy anniversary.
what a milestone, chris. you look good. >> we even had a cake. >> okay, we'll check it out. thank you so much for being with us. don't forget to tune in to fox news sunday again on your local station or 2:00 and 6:00 on fox, and we'll be right back. hi hot e toaster cozy? yep. got all the cozies. [ grandma ] with n fedex one rate, i could ll a box and ship it r one flat rate. so i kn untilt was full. you'd be crazy not to. is tt nana? [ male announcer ] fedex one rate. simple, flat rate shipping with the reliability of fedex.
how about this story when you fly? a texas man said he fell asleep on a flight and woke up on an empty plane. tom wagoner was on his way from lafayette, louisiana, to los angeles, but he had a layover in houston on united airlines. he said he fell asleep in the back of the plane and he woke up in houston, but the plane was pitch black, and he said the doors were locked. >> i called my girlfriend. she thought i was crazy. i said, i'm locked on a plane.
she said, tom, stop. i said, i'm telling you, too, you better call somebody get me off this plane. >> united said they're investigating, of course, exactly how that happened and they have apologized to him. >> that's hilarious. i'm flying today. that could definitely be me. janes says i may not even get out. my flight may be canceled. rain and sleet and snow coming down, creating huge problems for travelers. a little over 1,000 flight cancellations already today. icy conditions at the dallas-ft. worth airport. check this out, making thousands of passengers camp out, including the plane that you just saw parked and all these people in the airport. oh, j.d., our meteorologist live in the fox weather center. i checked before the show, so far, on time. good if you get to your final destination, we're all going to be jealous because florida is the only place on the map not dealing with a deep freeze.
>> fingers crossed. now that you told everybody where to find me, thank you. >> very general, the sunshine state. >> thank you. >> here's what we're talking about, a mess across the southeast, the mid-atlantic, the ohio river valley. look at the map. snow across portions of the ohio river valley. see the pink on the map? that's the freezing rain and/or sleet, and south of that, where the temperatures are above freezing, it's a chilly rain. let's track this bad boy. we have snow over the midwest, and parts of the ohio river valley, but it's the pink here, the icing that we're really concerned about. this is 6:00 on sunday. look at d.c. right now, we're into the snow. i think we have a live picture. isn't that pretty? there's the white house. looks like a snow globe, but it's just going to get nasty later on in the afternoon as we get the freezing rain mix. then it's going to continue up the northeast coastline overnight tonight and into tomorrow morning's commute. so let's take a look at it. there's 5:00 a.m. monday
morning. there's new york. mainly a rain event there. north of that, that's where we see the freezing rain. stay off the roads if you can, and call ahead if you're headed to the airport. >> i will. i hope everybody stays safe out there. thank you so much. we'll check back with you throughout the day. eric. >> you can always take a train or drive. >> not happening. i'll stay home. >> have you heard about the growing outbreaks of meningitis on collegeserious. what's causing it? how serious is it? our doctors will be here on "sunday housecall." and a new study says a certain vitamin deficiency could cause damage to the brain and other organs. the doctors are here. "sunday housecall" starts in just a few moments. give me more power! [ mainframe ] located. ge deep-sea fuel technology. a 50,000-pound, ingeniously wired machine that optimizes raw data to help safely discover and maximize resources in extreme conditions.
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i'm jamie colby. good news, time for "sunday housecall." >> hello, and welcome. i'm eric shawn. joining us as always, dr. david samadi, chairman of urology. >> and dr. marc siegel, associate professor of medicine. author of "the inner pulse, unlocking the secret code of sickness and health." >> we begin with something that's really important. have you heard about the meningitis outbreaks at some college campuses? now a fourth student has been struck by meningitis at the university of california santa barbara. it's a similar