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body types. let's include all children as to include a good self-esteem. thanks to everyone who responded. >> thank you for watching us on this monday kicking off the week together. >> glad to be back. we'll see you tomorrow. "fox & friends" starts now. bye. good morning to you. it is monday, the 30th of december, 2013. i'm anna kooiman in for elisabeth hasselbeck. we start with a fox news alert. a bomb explodes on a crowded russian bus killing at least 14 and injuring many more. it is the second terror attack in as many days. all this weeks before the world gathers in russia for the winter olympics. we have the breaking details next. >> that "new york times" report on the benghazi terror attacks completely false? what eyewitnesses on the ground that day are saying this morning to fox. >> and steve and anna, playful or too close for comfort? look.
>> the very moment a tiger pouncen on its owner all caught on camera, all here on "fox & friends" which begins right now. >> it's "fox & friends." >> welcome aboard, folks. it is the monday before new year's eve and it is a pleasure to be back on the couch. >> yeah. good morning everybody. nice to have you guys back. >> good to be back. one of our kids had to work on christmas day, so the doocys loaded up the truck and we went down south to visit them. >> and watch them. >> that's right. he has a very visible kind of job. so it was a very nice holiday for the doocy family. >> we had a great christmas at home, went to midnight mass on christmas eve. then we had family. we had family again this week. and it's great. it's an exciting week.
>> i was holding down the fort here and crashed a friend's family dinner. it was nice. >> i forget -- forgot to mention this. on christmas eve as the u.p.s. was bringing the final gift, it was snowing. just a perfect little seasonal thing. >> it is not technically a white christmas unless there is an inch of snow on the ground. >> in hudson valley they had a whiteout and then it stopped. >> we're going to bring you up to date. don't know if you were dialed in to the news over the weekend. "the new york times" posted on their website a big six-part story by a fellow by the name of david kirkpatrick. essentially what he did was he went over to libya and he talked to a bunch of the people he says were deeply involved in what happened in benghazi that night. and according to "the new york times" report, hey, that video did have something to do with it.
he said there's no evidence that al qaeda or any other terror group was infiltrated in benghazi, and that that video perhaps accelerated the anger toward americans. >> these are the things we initially heard, the talking points similar to what we heard from susan rice on all the sunday shows a year ago or so. but that is not the case according to a lot of sources on the ground who have spoken to adam howsly and they're outraged about this. they say this was an coordinated lie, al qaeda did have something to do with it, there were men pointing in one direction and saying do this. it didn't saopl spohn taeupb -- didn't seem spontaneous. representative mike rogers talks about this and here's what he had to say. >> there was some level of preplanning. there was aseparation to conduct an attack by al qaeda and their affiliates in libya. we know that.
individuals on the ground talked about a planned tactical movement on the compound. this is the compound before they went to the annex. all of that would directly contradict what the "new york times" definitively says was an exhaustive investigation tells me they didn't talk to people on the ground who were doing the fighting, shooting and intelligence gathering. when you put that volume of information, i think it proves that that story is not accurate. >> the interesting thing is that the "new york times" story ignited this firestorm, a bipartisan firestorm in america. even representative adam sheuf of california says i agree with mike rogers that al qaeda was involved and congress based on intelligence that they see say, yes, al qaeda was absolutely involved. so the question becomes, has this -- is this report that the mainstream media has been waiting for. we watched "meet the press" yesterday where they went
hard after congressman darrell issa. take a look at this. incredible. >> you said repeatedly it was al qaeda -- >> you and other critics said the president won't acknowledge it is al qaeda because it is an election year and he wants to say after bin laden has been decimated and it would make him look bad -- >> al qaeda has not been decimated and there is a group there linked to al qaeda. what we never said, and i didn't have security look behind the door, what the intelligence were on the exact correspondence with al qaeda. those sorts of methods i never claim. >> why use the term al qaeda? you and other members of congress are sophisticated and know when you say al qaeda, people think central al qaeda. they don't think militias that may be inspired by bin laden and his other followers. it is a hot button for political reasons from the administration's -- >> it was accurate. there was a group that was
involved that claims an affiliation with al qaeda. al qaeda is not a central command and control. it was in fact a loose group that could take general statements and act on them. the fact is people from this administration, career professionals, have said under oath there was no evidence of any kind of reaction to a video. and in fact this was a planned attack that came quickly. that's the evidence we have by people who work for the u.s. government and were under oath. >> notice how david gregory and andrea mitchell both tried to gang up on him like, hey, wait a minute, you republicans were trying to tell us it was al qaeda, and "the new york times," they wouldn't have a dog in that race -- "the new york times" says it wasn't al qaeda and it was related to that video and stuff like that. what's interesting is i've spoken to people who were on the ground. do you realize that the house next to the consolate was owned by al sharia, the
al qaeda affiliate and they had a week of briefings on september 11 that year and the affiliates said the number one thing to worry about is al qaeda. maybe they have a political ax to grind, a agenda, but that is not true. >> adam howsly's story is an incredible story published yesterday and he speaks to sources who were witnesses to the attack. it was a coordinated attack. it is completely false to say anything else. it is completely a lie. one witness to the attack told fox news, talking about the times account. guys were coming to the compound moving left, moving right and using individual movement techniques. this was not a spontaneous attack. >> there are names, multiple sources are floating around. namely ahmed mutallah, also
tied to ansar al shah rei can't. that is the name in the game, the one with the most money. these other militias are not wanting to turn him in because they also have ties. >> you've got to wonder why would "new york times" put that story out there? could it possibly have anything to do with, let's see, who is running the state department back then? oh yeah, would she possibly be running for president? it kind of looks like that. >> let's talk about credibility. for "the new york times" to accept the word of anonymous sources who are allegedly participants in this attack on americans at that facility and say, yes, we believe them over the intelligence that congress has seen and that congressional leaders, democrats and republicans have gone out on the record
to say is absolutely contradictory to what they're saying. that's quite incredible to me, that the mainstream media, including "meet the press" would have such little regard for congressional investigation, i find to be incredible. >> everybody at home, what do you think about these conflicting reports? e-mail us at fox news.com. we have headlines. while you were sleeping terror strikes again in russia. a bomb blast in the city of volu isgrad. russian president vladimir putin calling for increased security in the region, the second terror attack in that city in two days. this one caught on camera yesterday. a suicide bomber set off an explosion inside a packed train station. at least 17 killed and dozens injured. this coming months after a chechen rebel leader called for attacks in february. the bombings happened about
400 miles north of the game site. another setback in an attempt to rescue 74 people on board an ice lodged research ship in australia. a ship had to turn back after ice became too thick to cut through. this is the third ice breaker which attempted. it has been stranded since christmas day. a helicopter evacuation would be the last option. formula one driver michael shoemaker fighting for his life after suffering a head injury skiing in the alps. the 44-year-old arrived to the hospital in a coma. he is listed in critical condition. doctors say he was wearing a helmet and the ski resort said he was conscious when rescue workers arrived on the scene. he retired from racing last year. >> check out a terrifying moment when a tiger pounces
on its owner. ozzie, the 200-pound tiger gets a little excited, charges its owner. the south african owner didn't seem to mind. he said ozzie was just being playful. the man owns the second tiger. they both live at his home. yikes! no thank you. >> why? why? >> you only get one bite. >> it is 11 minutes after the top of the hour on this monday morning. he took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the constitution, but has president obama really held up his end of the bargain? our next guest says no. she's got a whole year's worth of proof. >> it is a christmas miracle. a six-year-old boy leaps from a moving car to save his grandfather's life. that incredible story when they both join us live. ♪ ♪ when i grow up, i want to sleep in a big bouncy castle.
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welcome back. preplg took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the united states. but with regard to his actions over the past few years has he pushed the constitutional envelope apart and kept his oath of office? here are top violations of 2014. florida university international law professor elizabeth foley. good morning, professor. you believe the president has violated the constitution in a few ways. the first way you say is with regard to obamacare. supreme court upheld obamacare. how has he violated the constitution with regard to
obamacare? >> how much time do we have? >> we've got about 30 seconds. go ahead. go. >> the five biggest constitutional violations by the president have been in obamacare, which as you know is the signature legislation of the president and it's basically sort of become a playground for him to try out an imperial presidency. >> you say he's blown away the employer mandates, didn't keep his word on that? >> that's right. he delayed that for one year with the stroke of a pen because the employers basically protested it was too difficult. he also decided unilaterally that he was going to grant congress an exception. the law says that congress members and their staff have to buy their health insurance through the obamacare exchanges. he said that they don't have to do that. they can continue to get it through the federal employees health benefits program. and they continue to enjoy the generous subsidies they have always enjoyed. and these are kinds of
subsidies they wouldn't have to pay. >> professor, let's talk about so-called recess appointments. has the president kept faith with the constitution with regard to making recess appointments? this is going to the supreme court, his conduct, isn't it? >> that's right. on january 13 the supreme court is going to hear oral argument in a case called noel canning. the question is whether or not the president can appoint members to executive agencies when the senate is not in recess. article 2 says he has the power to fill vacancies that happen when the senate is in recess. but guess what? the senate wasn't in recess. no other president has ever attempted to fill a vacancy when the senate wasn't in recess. the d.c. court of appeals said that's unconstitutional and i expect the supreme court to say the same thing. >> professor, let's finish with this one. the president gives a lot of lofty speeches about the power of the first amendment. is he keeping faith with the first amendment or is he disregarding it? >> far from it. this is a president that's using his executive power
to basically chill speech with which he disagrees politically. prime example is the i.r.s. scandal where basically he was using the power of the internal revenue service to provide special scrutiny to tea party and other conservative groups because he wanted to shut them down and stop them from speaking prior to the 2012 election. he's doing the same thing with the universities. he's got a new speech code that universities have to abide by which basically says that any utterance that offends someone on a sexual topic is to be considered sexual harassment. so any kind of joke, any kind of play, even flirtatious banter could be prosecuted by these universities. that is a violation of students, faculty and stafr first amendment rights. >> you talk about the dream act. tell us how he's kept faith or not. >> this is an act that would provide amnesty for young people brought to this country illegally by
their parents. congress refused to pass this law. the president was mad at that and his political base was mad so with the stroke of a pen he decided he was going to enact the law himself unilaterally and basically he's refusing to deport any young person who he says meets certain dream act criteria. basically he's enacted a law all by himself. >> professor elizabeth prize foley, brilliant law professor and great communicator, thanks for being with us. see you again soon. listen, better check the computer santa left under the tree. turns out the n.s.a. might have bugged it before it got to your house. could that be true? the latest explosive allegations. and stuart varney's prediction for 2014. detroit was only the beginning. more cities about to collapse under government pay and pension packages. he's on deck to explain. good morning, stuart. on deck.
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23 minutes after the hour. quick headlines. a volcano erupts in el salvador for the first time in 37 years forcing thousands to evacuate from their homes. preparations still underway for tomorrow's new year's eve celebration in times square. check out spider man dropping confetti to make sure it flutters down just right. supreme court justice sonia sotomayor will hit the button at the famous
ball-drop ceremony. >> another california city is on the brink of collapse. the reason? bloated police pensions. >> the city is desert hot spring. its 2013 budget revealing about $7 million in the city's $10.6 million annual payroll goes to the 39-member police force. that's more than 66% of their budget. are other countries -- cities across the country at risk? >> the host of "varney and company" staoufrt -- stuart varney is here to explain this. i was reading police officers as young as 50 can retire. how can that formula work? >> that very powerful police force that has pushed for these kind of very strong, lavish pay and pension benefits. they have been pushing for them for years and years. now they've got to be paid. in many cities across the country it is the police and fire fighters pay and pensions which are breaking the back of cities'
finances. case in point, desert hot springs as you've pointed out. $7 million out of a $10 million budget, that goes to the police force. the average pay package for the 39 police officers in desert hot springs, the average -- this is pay and benefits all lumped together -- $177,000 per year. >> that's a rich force. >> it's way out of line. the police force is very expensive in this particular city that's mirrored in other cities across the country. i suggest that what youto see if ghost towns, modern ghost towns emerging because they cannot pay these police pensions. they're insolvent and they've cut services to the bone. people are moving out and you've got modern ghost towns developing all across the country especially in california. >> your objection is you say police officers should be paid fairly. they are an important part of our society but the issue becomes the power of
unions, the power of labor lobbies in this country and bringing down cities. >> police unions, fire fighter unions and municipal unions generally and politicians who get votes by giving the police force, giving the fire fighters, giving civil servants what they want, getting reelected and postponing the bill that has to be paid way down the road. this is true of countless cities across the country. >> do you think we're going to see, for instance, with what's going on in desert hot springs, what happened in the state of michigan, or in detroit, specifically, where suddenly because they were bankrupt, they got to go back in and redo the pension deal? >> precisely. detroit is the template because detroit established the principle that you can go into these pension contracts and break them up and bring them down again. detroit showed you can do that. that's what these other towns and cities have to do. your heart goes out to the retirees because they bargained in good faith.
a deal is a deal. these guys are going to suffer, but they're going to have to suffer big time in the year 2014. >> what do you do when the culture there has made the people feel like that's what they're entitled to; right? are you going to see a lot of people leaving the police force because they're scared they're not going to get their benefits and they're not going to be joining the police force in these towns? >> a lot of cases like miami, there is a mass retirement of police officers right before a certain deadline so that they can lock in those lavish pay and pension benefits. that will happen frequently. but looking forward, the police, fire fighters, municipal union people generally, they are under extreme pressure because to pay them what they negotiated for means cutting services to the bone. and, frankly, means bankruptcy. >> got a feeling you're going to be talking about that and so much more over on "varney and company" 9:20 eastern time on the
other channel which is located on the other side of that wall right there. >> that's my home over there. >> happy new year. 28 after the top of the hour. coming up, an abc reporter trying to play got-cha with senator ted cruz. >> even john boehner says this was a republican shutdown. >> every day the media reported -- >> come on. >> but come on. the texas senator doesn't bite and wait until you hear what happened next. >> and one church just wanted to honor our nation's heroes. but this support the troops sign ordered to be taken down. this story will have you seeing red. >> white and blue. ♪ ♪ ♪ ho ho ho ♪ [ female announcer ] at 100 calories,
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making sure the roomba is doing its job. >> he will be in the macy's day parade. >> about time somebody cleans up the streets of new york city. >> that's child abuse. what are they going to do next? throw him in the washing machine. that's terrible. >> that's a loving family. that's very nice. use a helmet next time; okay? >> it is monday morning. something that went on on one of the sunday shows yesterday, i want you to see jonathan karl trying to play gotcha with senator ted cruz regarding the shutdown. going into the shutdown for the most part the responsibility was split between the republicans, democrats and white house on what we came to eventually that shut down the government. but the conventional wisdom was regardless of that, republicans are going to get blamed more. here is jonathan karl
trying to get senator cruz to admit the republicans were to blame. the senator wouldn't bite. >> you had a couple months to think about this whole government shutdown strategy. now that it's over, in hindsight are you prepared to say it was a mistake, wasn't the right tactic? >> i think it was absolutely a mistake for president obama and harry reid to force a government shutdown. >> even john boehner said this was a republican shutdown. >> i can't help what other people say. i understand in the media, every day the media reported the government shutdown -- >> come on, the only reason this happened is because you insisted, republicans insisted obamacare be defunded as a condition -- you took away that, you got no shutdown. >> republicans said stop the train wreck that is obamacare. and you've got democrats in the middle of the shutdown,
president obama sat every one in the room saying we're not going to compromise on anything. repeatedly republicans were compromising and repeatedly democrats said no compromise. shut it down. >> and it got shut down. >> it's interesting between these two sunday shows on abc and nbc, it seemed that these veteran reporters and anchors got taken badly by congressman issa and senator cruz. they got the better of them really on tough questioning. it was very, very interesting. >> and pushing tough talking points too. what we see from the obama administration even with benghazi from "the new york times" and the mainstream media and then you see this coming from abc and from nbc as well. you think about what happened after the government shutdown and during the government shutdown, who shouldered most of the blame for it? it was the republicans. once the obamacare rollout started to happen, what happened with those poll numbers.
it was a huge swing and democrats started to feel the brunt of t. maybe that's why they're bringing the shutdown up again. >> it was republicans who said before the shutdown we're just trying to stop obamacare and given the fact it has completely imploded and the signup numbers are, they got better in the month of december but still there are a lot of democrats who probably have, given hindsight would probably say we should have delayed it or something. but now it's the law. but obama administration said we have two million people who have enrolled. that's great but what they were hoping for was 3.3 million; right? pretty short of the goal. >> a long way to seven million. >> 24 minutes before the top of the hour on this monday. we've got news. >> a man sleeping in his bed is killed when a car crashes through his home in california. the car jumped a curb and ran into the home early yesterday morning. the victim died at the scene. another person in the house
was not hurt. the driver is charged with felony d.u.i. he was convicted of drunk driving in the past and had his license suspended. the name of the 60-year-old victim has not been released. check your christmas gifts. a shocking new report says the n.s.a. is using james bond style tactics to spy on you and put bugs in computers. a hacker unit explored vulnerabilities to spy on their targets and their mission is this, getting the ungettable, they say. microsoft responding to the report saying if that's true, it would have major concerns about the operation. i guess so. take a look at this sign. a california church put this up supporting our troops. looks pretty nice; right? the county doesn't seem to think so. they say they want the sign taken down or else the church could be fined. >> support our troops in
our county, a very patriotic county and they love our troops. >> good to see it up there. it's nice to know that the community supports the troops. >> the county says the issue is not about the wording of the sign but about permits. the nfl regular season end in dramatic fashion. eagles and cowboys to the fourth quarter eagles ahead 24-16. they miss the two-point conversion. still down to driving in the final two minutes. orden's pass intercepted. eagles wen the n.f.c. east. next packers and bears, green bay down one under a minute left none of the tpourbgtd. aaron rodgers with a desperation hit randall cobbs. packers win the n.f.c. north. here's what the playoff
picture looks like. panthers and seahawks get the buy. in the a.f.c., chiefs will be at the colts, chargers with the bengals. denver and new england have a buy. two coaches already reported to be fired. browns coach and redskins head coach mike shanahan. >> not surprised about the redskins guy. >> interesting headlines. that sign made me crazy. >> about the story of the troops. yeah. >> i didn't know religious speak needed a permit. >> that's how you make money, with permits. meanwhile absolutely three for you. the cable viewer. we've got a headline with the weather and maria molina. >> good morning. over the weekend we had to deal with a messy storm system across the northeast and this system produced more than a foot of snow across portions of new england. in particular there is a spot in maine that picked up 13 inches of snow. pretty powerful storm system. you can see it here on the radar loop.
for the past 24 hours it head up the coast producing heavy rain over portions of the atlantic. temperatures are too mild, too warm for snow so we had to deal with areas of heavy rain in places like new york city and through connecticut. behind the storm you're going to notice temperatures are really going to be dropping and we're already seeing cold temperatures in places across the great lakes and midwest. currently in chicago the current wind chill, it feels like 11 below zero. 11 below zero in minneapolis and your actual high temperatures are going to remain in the single digits across portions of the midwest. while weather today is going to be relatively quiet besides those cold temperatures, we have a new storm that will be developing. steve, anna, and peter, and this storm can produce more than six inches of snow across portions of the midwest. this will be one to track. and thursday, friday, maybe a nor'easter. >> where? here? >> here. >> nor'easter.
>> why did i come back to work? >> welcome back, steve. >> thank you very much, maria. >> coming up on "fox & friends," imagine driving down the highway when this happened. how a man survived a flying chunk of steel through his windshield. >> even if you do get to keep your doctor, say bye-bye to bedside manner. how obamacare is going to hurt your quality of care. our medical a team doctor, dr. marc siegel is here next. ♪ ♪nnng in the morning? yeah. ♪ getting your vegebles every day? when i can. [ bop ] [ male announcer ] could've had a v8. a a in the nation, we know how you feel about your car.
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i ink we both are clean freaks. i used to scrub the floor on my knees. [ daughter ] i've mastered the art of foot cleaning. oh, boy. oh, boy. oh, boy. [ carmel ] that drives me nuts. it gives me anxiety just thinking about how crazy they get. [ doorbell rings ] [ daughter ] oh, wow. [ carmel ] swiffer wett. you guys should try this. it's so sy. oh, my. [ gasps ] i just washe this floor. if i didn't see i wouldn't believe it. [ carmel ] it did my heart good toee you cleaning. [ regina ] yeah, your generation has all the good stuff. [ daughter ] oh, yeah. thanks for being with us. some quick headlines. a washington state man is lucky to be alive after a chunk of steel mashes through his car wind she will. the metal hit him in the head but he was not
seriously injured. thank god. it is unclear where the steel rod came from. ford motor company expected to debut an all new version of their best-selling classic f-150 truck. the auto maker opting for a new aluminum intensive design that will shed hundreds of pounds off the truck and improve fuel consumption. steve doocy. >> thank you very much, peter. the true test of the obamacare is coming in just two days, so what will happen if millions of americans still aren't covered on january 1? our next guest says that's just the tip of the iceberg because the mountains of regulation are already ruining the quality of health care. it's all in his "wall street journal" op-ed called the death of bedside manner and dr. marc siegel joins us now from the medical a team. let's talk a little bit about the obamacare numbers as we know them. according to the administration, apparently 1.1 million people did sign up, although it's unclear exactly how many got
medicaid and stuff like that. and the estimate was 3.3 million would at this point. we're just a little short of that big mountain there. >> first of all, you already said it. a lot of 1.1 million is getting medicaid. number two, another big chunk of the 1.1 million has back-end problems meaning they got something but when they go to the doctor's office it may not work. six million have already lost their coverage at the same time one million is signing up. the overall goal here of getting more insured people isn't working at all. if anything, we're getting more uninsured. even if that problem is ultimately taken care of, i think there's a bigger problem which is that the undocumented -- i'm calling a new term today, the undocumented. this is people who think they have insurance but don't, so they get to see me, they can't see me. or they never signed up. they said, i know i qualify for medicaid. i know i qualify for something under the exchange but i never got
there. what do i do doc? are you going to see me or not going to see me. the third group is those who come into my office who say, i got the card and i say i'm not on that card. this is a narrow network. i could be in that network. they don't include me. the patient says what do i do now? i'm going to have a lot of patients coming to see me and doctors like me who are not going to get paid for seeing our patients. >> that is not right, not the way it's been done. it sound like what we've heard from the administration in the past couple of weeks is the fact that they're going to want you to take care of them even though the people don't have coverage, even though it is going to cost you money. >> i can't believe that. think about what that really means. what are we going to get? an i.o.u. the government is going to make sure that an insurer pays you, dr. segal, so see the patient? i want to say to viewers i am altruistic and will never turn away a patient
but do we want doctors across the country to be working like that saying the government is going to make sure an insurance company pays you. don't worry about it. the same government that can't fix a website? >> such a good point. you're worried about the people who have the card, they come in with strep throat and say got to have your help on this and you're not in that network. that's what you've been talking about for a couple of years. now it's going to hit the fan on thursday. >> because it's the old-style medicine from the 19 # -- 1990's, meaning h.m.o.-type insurance where there's very few doctors in the network. even if you get to see me, the specialist i'm used to referring to may not be accepting insurance. all boils down to the concern about quality of care medicine. the real secret here is and i wrote about this in the "wall street journal," it takes me time to figure out what the problem is. i had one patient came in with a rash that was not revealing, did not impress me. as she was leaving she
showed me an iphone photo of the rash three days before which was classic for lyme disease. i would have missed that diagnosis if i had obeyed the insurance rules which is get them in and out in 10, 15 minutes or you don't get paid. medicine takes time. it's a careful conversation between a doctor and a patient. telemedicine cannot replace it. nurse practitioners who i love and are very well twaeupbd cannot replace the same training. the issue is how are we going to preserve quality of care in a situation like this with all these regulations. i can't imagine democrats liking this law. this is big business, big insurance. in a way that is bad. republicans don't like the big government. we've got the worst of both worlds. big government and big business operating at their worst. >> are you going to be working on thursday? >> i'll be working, toiling. >> let us know how it happens as it all unfold. thank you very much. great op-ed in the "wall street journal." coming up, the president always promised he'd take care of our vets, so why is
the government now slashing pay and balancing the budget on the back of our american heroes? a retired army sergeant joins us with what he thinks should be cut instead. it's a christmas miracle. a six-year-old boy leaps from a moving car to save his granddaddy's life. that incredible story when they both join us
miracle. a grandfather driving his six-year-old grandson to christmas dinner goes into diabetic shock. the quick thinking little boy realizes something is wrong, jumps out of the car, runs and gets help and the paramedic goes and saves his grandfather's life. here to tell their story is ronald vita and his heroic grandson. good morning. happy holidays to everybody. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> ronald, i'll start with you. what happened on christmas night when you were taking your grandson to christmas dinner? >> well, we were headed to my daughter-in-law's grandparents' house and he asked if he could ride with me and i said yeah. so we were heading down midland drive and all of a sudden i must have blacked out. i don't remember a whole lot of what exactly happened. >> but sully, you remember what happened. what did your grandfather look like and what did you do?
>> he looked all tired, so i knew he was -- i jumped out of the car. i ran to the nearest house in the area and we saw a big cloud of smoke and it was burning up rubber. it really freaked us out. >> how fast was this car going and were you scared when you jumped out? >> no. >> how did you jump out? what did you do? did you roll or how did you catch yourself? >> i rolled. >> you rolled. then you ran and got help, right? what did you do next? >> how did i do it? >> what did you do next? i know there was snow there. what did you do next? >> i knocked on the door. >> you knocked on somebody's door and got help. ronald, where do you think you would be without sully.
what if he hadn't jumped out of the car? >> from word i got from the paramedics, my blood sugar was at about a 20. they said that at that point, your body functions start shutting down. so having sully with me was truly a blessing. i don't know where i'd be. they said in a few more minutes and i probably wouldn't be sitting here today. i just thank god for sully being in the car, you know, and for god god watching over and taking care of both of us in the situation. >> your little christmas angel. >> yes. >> you two have a beautiful family. i hope off fantastic new year and we're happy that both of you are happy and healthy and that sully, you didn't get hurt jumping out of that car either. have a great day. >> all right. thank you very much. >> 56 minutes after the hour. that "new york times" report on the benghazi terrorist attack completely false? what eyewitnesses on the ground that day are saying this morning
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good morning to you on this monday. i'm anna kooiman in for elisabeth hasselbeck. we begin with a fox news alert. a bomb explodes on a crowded bus leaving 14 people dead. the latest on the attack in russia just weeks ahead of the winter olympics. is the "new york times" report on benghazi just an attempt to make this go away? >> what difference at this point does it make? >> what it means for hillary and her presidential push. donald trump is standing by. he's on the phone right now with his reaction. >> and she was just snapping pictures of her kid riding the waves, but take a close look at
this mom's photo. is that a big shark in the water? yeah. "fox & friends" hour two. we're going to need a bigger show -- starts right now. >> you're watching "fox & friends"! that's the great way to begin your day. >> thank you, don king. welcome, folk. >> welcome. when i used to work in wilmington, north carolina, you would hear on the local news, shark attack, shark attack. but it was the local baseball team was the sharks. so you never knew what you were getting when they said shark attack. >> but there was no shark attack there. but a shark sighting. >> or maybe it's a submarine. really skinny submarine. we'll give that you story in just a minute. plus donald trump is on hold right now. we've got donald trump on hold. we'll talk to him about what the "new york times" put out regarding benghazi. >> and his new year prediction.
pretty good. >> let's get right to that fox news alert. while everyone was sleeping, terror strikes again in russia. a bomb blast tearing through bus in the city killing at least 14. officials saying it was the work of a suicide bomber. russian president putin now calling for increased security in the region. it's the second terrorist attack in that city in two days. this one caught on camera. yesterday a suicide bomber set off an explosion inside a packed train station. at least 17 killed there. dozens injured. now officials saying they were carried out by the same terrorist group. no one has claimed responsibility for either bombing. this coming months after a chechen rebel leader called for attacks on civilian targets, including the olympics in february. the bombings happening 400 miles north of the games' site. the body of the american heiress to the general foods fortune has been cremated and now back in the united states.
police in honduras found the 46-year-old dead last week in a room at her spa resort. she lived in the country for 15 years while running the spa. cops eventually arrested a local musician. she was helping quit drugs. another setback in an attempt to rescue 74 people on board an ice lodged research ship. the ice breaker was 11 miles away before it was forced to turn around. the ice too thick to cut through and low visibility from snow showers. this is the third ice breaker to attempt to free the ship. it's been stranded since christmas day. the helicopter evacuation would be the last option. you got to see this. a woman snapped the photo, her son and his friend surfing and gets photo bombed by what appears to be a shark. you can see the two kids on the surf board with the wave behind them and inside the wave what appears to be the shadow of a shark. this happened at manhattan beach in california where there has
been an increase of great white shark sightings. those are your headlines. >> all right. now let's bring in donald trump who joins us every monday. mr. trump, you were just on hold. out of curiousity, do we have music or what do you hear when you're on hold? >> i hear nothing. i just hear your voices, which are lovely. >> oh, good. >> always nice to hear them on monday at 7. >> you hear the program. >> are you being serious? >> of course he's being serious. >> on this monday morning, let's look at what the "new york times" ran over the weekend. essentially what they said was hey, that video did have something to do with benghazi and al-qaeda not involved. no terrorist groups. what does it look like to you? >> well, it seems to be a total cover-up and it was an amazing story. i read it very closely. it just seems to be at odds with everything else that you've read over the last year and nobody really understands the reason. is it a hillary thing or whatever? and nobody really understands
why they're not just talking about cover-up. it's such an amazing story and such a sad story when you think of what happened. the fact that we were so unguarded and so vulnerable and have people killed like this, our ambassador and others killed like this was terrible. >> the intel committee chairman, representative mike rogers, was on the sunday shows yesterday. hear what he had to say. >> do you think there is a political motivation to this times report? some people suggested, this is trying to clear the deck for hillary clinton in 2016? >> i don't know. but i found it interesting that there is this rollout of stories, including susan rice who would go on tv and have a direct discussion on this when we still have an ongoing investigation in the house intelligence committee. >> yeah. and you know what, mr. trump, we have adam housley, who has spoken to some of the special operators who were there that night, they're angry about the "new york times" report. they say, quote, it was a coordinated attack. it is completely false to say
anything else. it is a complete lie. so given the fact that they say it's a complete lie, plus the political dynamic, why would they choose the weekend after christmas to drop this thing? >> well, anybody that has studied and knows anything about benghazi attack really thinks that story was completely false. what their motivation is, nobody can say. there are people in the "new york times" that can say. but certainly anybody that knows about benghazi would say that is a completely false story. >> no doubt about it. apparently the intel people viewed -- in washington viewed the video of the attack and specifically i.d'd that it was al-qaeda and the administration has known that. so the "new york times" sends this guy, david kirkpatrick out to talk to the people on the streets of benghazi, not the same people that the intel sources and government sources.
but they found a bunch of people to corroborate the story that is helpful to hillary and the president that yeah, probably had something to do with that video and no al-qaeda. >> one of the most amazing things is we know some of the people involved in the attack. we know who they were and we don't do anything about it. we're not doing anything about it. we could go in and get them and for some reason -- nobody knows what the reason is -- we have their identity. we know who they are and where they are and we don't go in and get them. so what is going on there? >> in not knowing it, donald, could there be any reason in the world why we wouldn't want to bring these people to justice who killed these americans? how can we justify that? >> well, that's really the big question. why are we not going and getting them? why aren't they giving them to us? what is going on and what's the silence? people don't even mention that. that's hardly mentioned, hardly mentioned in the report and hardly mentioned in reporting. so why aren't we going after these people that killed the ambassador and others?
why aren't we doing that? we know who they are. >> right. donald, another big story people will be talking about because in just a couple of days, january 1st, that's when people will be trying to go to the doctor and they may find out that they aren't able to go see their doctor or pick up medications and aren't able to get those either. the obama administration is being urged by some people who are pretty close, even ezekiel emmanuel saying it's time to name the ceo to run the obamacare market, yet there is a senior official who has spoken to reuters and saying that's not even on the table. we're not considering it. why not and why not two years ago? >> well, obamacare is failing badly in every way, whether it's sign-ups or anything else. by any standard, the disastrous web site, which people are saying $1.4 billion -- i can't believe that -- but they're now estimating it cost -- the cost of the web site is $1.4 billion. somebody is making a lot of money on this web site. sounds like a good business.
we're going to have to get into that business. it's failing badly. i think if he wants to try and save it, he's going to have to put somebody very, very -- i actually think ultimately it fails of its own weight. i'm not sure that it matters who runs it. >> you have a reputation for getting things done where other people fail in the city and the state. if the president of the united states asked you to take over obamacare and become its ceo, in your spare time, would you take it over? >> i always believe -- you have to believe in your product. you have to believe in what you're doing, whether it's a development or anything else. i don't believe in obamacare. i think it's been a very bad thing for the country. it's a very bad thing for business. it's a very bad thing for people and when they say a million people signed up but they don't talk about the millions of people that have lost their plan, so you have fewer, if you look at it, it's a net negative, it's been very, very bad. it's proving to be and getting very expensive.
unbelievably expensive for people, just wiping them out. so you have to believe in your product. so i would say no. >> in your answer, you kind of gave a prediction of the future. you think that it's going to fail on its own weight. as we approach 2014, we're on new year's eve eve today, what are some of your predictions? there was that story that new york post story a week or two ago that suggested you might be thinking of running for governor of new york. >> we'll see about that. there are a lot of good people and great republicans that want me to do it. we'll be seeing about that. we'll have a meeting sometime next week and we'll be discussing that. but one prediction i would make is i think the republicans will have a tremendous 2014. if you look back a few months ago, they were saying the republicans are going to really have a bad time. i think because of obamacare and the tremendous failure, i mean, at least thus far and i think it will only get worse, the tremendous failure of obamacare and i really believe that the
republican also have a tremendous election victory in 2014 and a lot of democrats are going to start going out and whether the word would be against obamacare or something similar, they're going to start fighting obamacare because they are not going to lose their office. they're not going to be thrown out of politics because of something that just is not working. so a prediction would be that the republicans are going to have a very, very strong 2014 election. >> the democrats are going to defect. that is an interesting prediction. >> you have many democrats defecting at this moment. they're really going under the rock. frankly, as an example, you look at some of the races recently, had they stressed obamacare a little bit stronger, they almost won races that were unwinnable. in some cases, they won only by using obamacare. so i think a lot of republicans are going to make that a single issue and frankly, they're going to win a lot of elections. >> well, as we like to say, stay
tuned because we'll know sooner than later. >> it will be very interesting. >> it would make a -- you would make a great governor. >> thank you, peter. >> that's my prediction. >> thank you. >> see you back here next week. 12 minutes after the hour. what you see isn't always what you get when you book a hotel on-line. think you're getting an awesome roof top pool? you're really getting the magic of macy's. how they fake you out and how to never get tricked again. >> here is a question, should barbie be bigger? the new movement to make a plus-size barbie for today's kids. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] introducing new fast acting advil. with an ultra-thin coating and fast absorbing advil ion core™ technology, it stops pain before it gets worse.
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it is now quarter after the top of the hour on this monday. president obama has always stressed the importance of taking care of our nation's hero s. >> giving our veterans the benefits and education and job opportunities that they have earned. you'll be coming home to an america that will forever fight for you just as you fought for us. know that we are going to be looking after and thinking about your families every single day and that when you get back home, you're going to be greeted by a grateful nation. >> oh, that sounds terrific. so why is washington now turning its back on our military? cutting pay raises and balancing our budget on their backs? gordon is a retired army sergeant and veteran of the vietnam war and joins us from virginia beach. sergeant, good morning to you. thank you very much for your service and joining us on this monday morning. you know firsthand what it's
like for somebody -- i'm referring to your service in vietnam -- you were left for dead and only by the grace of god are you alive today. but you needed the veterans administration and america's advanced medical complex to bring you back to life. so it's got to break your heart to see what's going on right now. >> it does indeed break my heart because what we're looking at are thousands of veterans, not all from the vietnam war, but most from then who are on the streets and apparently no attempt to try to help these folks. as you just mentioned, we're watching benefits for veterans disappear. we're watching early retirements for our active duty folks who will not then get their full retirement. these are promises that the government's made to us.
so yeah, i'm pretty upset about it and the actions that are being done in washington are in my view, verge on being criminal. >> we've got some statistics, we're going to take a look the. the number of vets living on assistance now, nearly 340,000 veterans receive public money for housing. 900,000 veterans live on food stamps. 5,000 active duty troops are currently receiving food stamp assistance. we just heard the president of the united states talk about how we're going to take care of these guys. yet you look at the facts and doesn't look like we're doing a very good job of it. >> i don't think he really cares about our military despite what he says. if he did, i don't think that we would be having the issues that we have with veterans. anyone who ever worn the uniform, in my mind, or of -- are of a special breed. when i came back from vietnam, the country was in a different mode. we were heckled. we were talked about.
we were spit on. all of those things. but at that particular point in time, the government recognized that we were veterans and did everything they could do to help us. today that's not the case and in your piece a few minutes ago, everything that the president said, everything that he has said is not backed up by any kind of action at all. >> one thing that is backed up is it's looking like guys are going to get a pension cut. we've got statistic, a veteran who retires at age 42 could face a $72,000 loss in benefits over a period of time. that doesn't seem right. >> well, absolutely is not right. again, that verges on being criminal. you don't take vets that have lost limbs, that have lost their sight that, have lost their hearing and some cases folks that have lost their entire face or burned beyond recognition and to stand at any group and say we're going to be here for you
when you come home, that is just not the truth because that's not happening. >> that just doesn't seem right. sergeant, decorated war veterana beach, virginia, thank you very much and happy new year tomorrow. >> thank you, sir. >> what do you think about that? e-mail us. is that the right place to be making the cuts? 20 minutes after the hour. up next, news the anti-fracking folks are not going to like. just call him sleeping beauty. nfl coach mike ditka, got to talk soft. ditka snoozing. ♪ ♪ [ fishing rod casting line, marching band playing ]
thanks for spending your monday morning with us. the world's best formula one driver michael schumacher fighting for his life after suffering a head injury in the french alps. the 44-year-old arrived at the hospital in a coma and underwent emergency brain surgery. he is listed in critical condition. doctors say he is hour by hour. coast guard search is underway for a 26-year-old canadian man who jumped overboard while on a royal caribbean cruise ship. it was finishing its seven-night trip and returning to san juan when he jumped. peter, over to you. >> thanks. it's a stunt that will have activists weeping. remember they claimed fracking wastes water. but actually new research from the university of texas shows the opposite. for every gallon of water used during fracking, the state saves
33 gallons for other uses. mainly by using the natural gas obtained during fracking instead of burning coal. here with more on this is the founder of the center for industrial progress, alex epstein. good morning. how are you? >> good morning. i'm doing great. >> this is so interesting. the conventional wisdom of the mainstream media and some of these stats that are put out is that fracking wastes water. but we have this new study that shows the opposite. explain to us the significance, please. >> well, i find interesting your comment that the frackivists will be weeping because it's true but isn't that weird because if they really cared about water, wouldn't they be happy? if we look at the full context of water usage, it becomes clear this is just a rationalization, this is another fracking fable. so i brought with me a prop, which is a 20-ounce bottle of water. with 20 ounces of water, you can get the equivalent in natural gas of a gallon of gasoline.
guess how many of these it takes to get the equivalent in gasoline of ethanol? it takes 14,000 of these. 14,000. you can check it out at industrialprogress.com. why is there no outcry over ethanol? again, water, this whole water thing is just one of the latest fracking fables. it started out with this is a new untested technology and it turns out no, there are advances and then contaminated ground water, then people discovered oh, wait. it's a mile below the ground water. now it's oh, there is too much of it. and if you look at the full context, it's okay, this is .1% of water usage and one fifth of what we use on golf course. this is just pure hysteria opposing a really exciting technology. >> how does hydraulic fracturing or fracking help our water supply? how does it help? >> well, first of all it helps everything in life. energy a fundamental enabler of
everything because it allows us to be more productive. in the case of water, it's so crucial because nature does not just give us the clean water we need. a great illustration of this, which is super exciting, is that since 1990, 2 billion people have cleaner drinking water around the world. an enormous amount is thanks to actually coal and other forms of cheap plentiyful reliable energy because they help us take the water that nature gives us that isn't clean up, that isn't available enough and helps us have access to that. so that's -- if you're a water lover, you should be a lover of fossil fuels and unfortunately, the fossil fuel haters are not water lovers. >> we'll leave it there. we're happy to have you and happy to have this interesting viewpoint that we haven't heard anywhere else. happy new year. >> happy new year. >> good to see you. what you see isn't always what you get when you book a hotel on-line. dreaming of a nice, relaxing pool day? good luck getting a chair.
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as the jets get out there and see everybody on hand, there can be exciting, curve balls today. why don't we pick some of these curve balls? so -- >> your shot of the morning. espn commentator mike ditka caught napping during espna nfl countdown. everyone on set seems to know what's happening but johnson was nice enough to wake him up. >> and wake him up without saying anything. he didn't want to embarrass him. >> remember when tucker fell asleep on the couch here? >> were you here for that? >> i was not here for that. >> it happens. >> it does. >> we got a question for you. you have known barbie -- how long has barbie been around? 50, 60 years? >> i haven't known barbie. >> we're talking about the doll. there she is. it's interesting, an outfit called plus-sized modeling
posted a question, should toy companies start making plus-size barbie dolls? if you look at the number of comments that they received, it would seem a vast majority of americans think it's probably a good idea. >> that's probably because the majority of americans are overweight or obese. the problem with that is that it's an unhealthy figure. i understand not having a little skinny barbie. she's a perfect 10. that's better than that. people say she can't even walk on those legs if her measurements were real. how about have a normal size barbie? >> barbie is an underweight, canary-legged figure and the so-called plus-size barbie is a figure that reflects a loft americans. so you take this kind 6 distorted, unrealistic figure to begin with -- >> that's not typically a healthy size. >> but that middle barley is not a -- barbie is not a healthy
size. >> you're right. >> it's the size of anorexia there. >> i'd like to interrupt the two of you. marla has commented on-line and says why don't they just leave barbie alone? little girls have been loving her since the 1950s. i'm 61 years old. i played with barbies and i was never a psychologically damaged. it's the adults in society that are whining about everything. the children could care less. people need to quit whining about everything. >> that's how she sees it. i don't know. there certainly is a pressure that young women feel and it starts when you're very small. there are even businesses, some retailers don't have large sizes that they even make because they don't want large customers in their store fronts. they also don't want people wearing -- pushing their brand if they don't fit the appearance that they're trying to push. that just doesn't seem really fair either. >> i don't think it's fair that if they're going to have a plus-sized barbie, they don't have a plus-size ken. >> yeah. >> hello? >> how about that?
>> i've been looking for that one. that will come next. that's fine. >> what do you think? do you think it's appropriate given the fact that so many people are plus-size these days, you've got a completely different looking barbie, but maybe it's more realistic, closer to what america actually looks like. you could facebook us, you could twitter us or you could send us an old-fashioned e-mail. >> one is with the song "i'm a barbie girl" but that's a barbie woman. >> yes. >> woman. >> come on. >> let us know what you think. 25 minutes after the top of the hour. >> check your christmas gifts, a shock new report says the nsa is using james bond-style hijacked microsoft data to spy on their target. the mission? getting the ungettable. microsoft responding to the report saying that if it's true, it would have major concerns
about the operation. the deadline is closing in for the family of the girl pronounced brain dead after a routine tonsil surgery. they have until 5:00 p.m. today to find a new facility to keep the 13-year-old on a ventilator. if they don't, the hospital where she is now will follow a court order to remove her from life support unless her family appeals. they hope a new york facility will take her after two california care homes withdrew their offers. two hikers recovering this morning after surviving an 800-foot plunge over rock, cliff and ice in an avalanche. it happened on mount washington in new hampshire. the two missed a turn on their trail because of whiteout conditions and unknowingly entered an area triggering the massive avalanche. they climbed 200 feet before being rescued. both walked away with bumps and bruises. one of them fractured an arm. skiers at a resort have more to watch out for than steep
slopes. a porcupine attacking and following people around. apparently the little guy has been bugging skiers since early 2012. the nfl regular season ends in dramatic fashion. first, sunday night football, eagles and cowboys. eagles ahead. dallas back up orton connects for the score action but miss the two-point conversion. the pass intercepted by the eagles. eagles win the nfc east. packers and bears. green bay down one under a minute left in the fourth quarter. fourth down. rogers with a desperation heave. a 48-yard touchdown pass. packers win. here is what the playoff picture
looks like for you in the nfc. saints at the eagles and 49ers and packers in the wildcard. panthers and seahawks get the buy. chiefs will be at the colts. chargers at the bengals. denver and new england have a bye. these are your headlines. >> go, chiefs. all right. meanwhile, out on the streets of new york city, we discovered earlier there could be a nor'easter headed our way for friday. but right now maria molina, it's 42 degrees right here at avenue. >> that's right. 42 degrees. not bad. so we're actually going to be seeing those temperatures taking a tumble here over the next several days. by friday we may not even make it out of the teens in places like new york city and even in boston. so that will be something to watch over the next few days. otherwise for today, not bad along the east coast. temperatures will be getting colder and where we have the core of the cold temperatures across portions of the midwest and great lakes, minneapolis, currently feels like 10 below zero. feels like 8 below zero in chicago and chilly across portions of the rockies, like in
utah, where the wind chills are in the teens. bundle up as you head out. 46 in the city of dallas. a little chilly even into texas. look at southern california. you guys have been so mild over the last several months, it seems like, it really hasn't cooled off. today in l.a., no changes. still in the 70s for your high temperature out there. it's been beautiful. otherwise we are expecting a storm system from can did as we head into tomorrow and into wednesday. it will be producing some snow across parts of the great lakes. could be quite significant at times. some spots across wisconsin, parts of michigan and even into iowa could see more than six inches of snow. more than a foot of it possible across sections of the rockies and by the way, elisabeth hasselbeck will be down in times square for all american new year's eve special coming up tomorrow night with bill hemmer as well. i want to mention that the temperature for the ball drop is forecast to be about 28 degrees. but it's been colder in the
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we're happy to be with you on this monday morning. a volcano erupts in el salvador for the first time in 37 years, forcing thousands to evacuate from their homes. the international airport there even redirected some flights to avoid the ash in the air. and minnesota set to become the newest state to randomly drug test welfare recipients in an effort to keep drug users from receiving public assistance. those who test positive or don't comply with the test could have their benefits reduced or eliminated. anna? >> thank you. forget counting your change. you could be counting calories on your next trip to the vending machine. that's because obamacare now mandates all vending machines list the calories of every item they sell. a regulation that could cost
distributors $25 million to implement in its first year. the president and ceo of the dover group, a company that operates more than 1600 vending machines in the new york metro area is here. good morning to you. >> good morning. how are you? >> fantastic. you've been doing this for 25 years. have you ever experienced a regulation that would have this much of an impact. >> one came in that said choose sensibly. they felt like they should have a height of calories and sodium and should be transfat free and we put that into effect right away in our machines. >> you say with this regulation, it's going to cost your company alone a million dollars. are you going to be able to make that work? >> there is no return on that money either. just a simple readout will tell you what each individual has as far as calories go. and to me, it shouldn't be on us at the vending machine companies. it should be -- if you have m and m mars, coca-cola, some of the biggest companies in the
world. why shouldn't they be responsible if this is what obama wants to put it on their product? >> you brought a couple things here. >> like these pretzels. clearly it says on the front of the bag. it should have more than 100 calories. this is what they're going to mandate. let them put it on their bag, how much calories, how much sodium f. it's low on calories, it will be high in something else, mostly preservatives. >> the other thing is you'll have to change it any time you want to change what's in the vending machine. you'll have to alter the calories on there and have another person go change that, which is going to affect the bottom line. >> very costly. >> what about hey, we've got to do something. diabetes is a big problem. obesity, heart disease. so we need to do something. as somebody who enjoying -- i don't enjoy it, but i watch my calories. i enjoy having it here, i like the fact that it's everywhere in new york. it's not everywhere else. what do you say to that, people that want this? >> vending machines are a
business for convenience. we're in all little areas that people can't get to a store. so it makes it easy to get a snack. they're not going to go to a machine for a dinner. this is something that's easy and quick. if we change that and you go away from not having these machine, people will find other means of getting them. they'll go to a gas station or convenience store or deli or supermarket. they're going to get the snacks anyway. >> the regulation may follow them there, too down the line. >> even if it does, people that want to have 9 snack, are still going to get it. i watch it all the time. somebody goes, they sneak snacks before they get home to their wife and families. others don't care. >> sometimes you need the candy bar and you don't want to know how many calories it has because you need the comfort food. >> and they say chocolate is good for you and gater aide is given to babies. >> thank you so much. >> thank you. good luck with all that. 47 minutes after the hour. a pregnant nurse refused the flu shot and she got fired for it. she says she was just protecting her baby. her employer didn't agree. do you?
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garfunkel. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> essentially what you do is go into these hotels, you do your own reviews and take your own pictures. what is it you're finding? >> we're finding that the photos that the hotels use to market themselves, it's not always the reality. >> it's not. and you brought some graphic evidence. ladies and gentlemen, take a look at the sofitel hotel in los angeles. the publicity photo is lovely. look at that. what's missing? >> you've got the roof top pool. you're going to lay out, get some sun, maybe order yourself a cocktail. it's really luxurious. it is. of course, the reality is -- whoa! it's at macy's! >> what they don't show you is that the macy's is looming overhead. so if you turn just a little to the left, you see the reality. >> the way you could have looked at that, you would have thought maybe a beach was on the other side. how about this? the new york city holiday inn photo fakeout? >> in this photo, what you're
going to see is they only show you two walls. they do this on purpose. they're choosing which angle to take the picture at. and you can see that they're only showing you part of the room. you don't know, is it big or small? you dewpoint know what to expect. the reality in the oyster photo is we show you three walls and you can see it's a really tiny little closet of a room. that's the entire room right there. even by new york standards, it's really small. >> let's go to vegas. mandalay bay. photo fakeout. >> they're going to show you this pool, but they call it their beach. they have some sand there. and it's serene, calm, there is nobody there. you don't know what to expect. will there be a lot of chairs? of course, the reality is it's elbow to elbow. >> it's the jersey shore! >> i think it's worse. you're not going to find a chair at all. you have to get up at dawn.
>> and very often you have to pay for the chore. how about the hotel in waikiki? >> i love this. this is a fun, funny one. they're showing you their fitness center. but it's cropped in very close. so you again, is it big, small? is it nice? is it not nice? >> it's green. >> yeah, there is some greenery out the window. you just don't know what to expect in terms of how nice it will be. the reality is it kind of looks like a basement. it sort of looks like a suburban basement where there is only one treadmill, only one bike. you've got the old lamp back in the right side corner. >> but it's a basement in hawaii. okay? >> at least you're in hawaii. but again, you travel all the way to hawaii and get there. and go for your morning workout and find it's not -- hit the beach instead. >> and your final photo fakeout on capitol hill, much the same shot that we see from our dc bureau, this is the hyatt regency on capitol hill. >> sure. so this photo would have you think that the capitol building is right next to the hotel.
stone's throw away. and unfortunately, when you see the real picture, you can see it's about half a mile away. it's still close, it's still near the site. it's just not as close as you think it's going to be. >> if you feel like you had the wool pulled over your eyes, what do you do? can you ask for a refund is this will they honor it? >> sometimes they will. it's always important to ask at the front desk. you never know. sometimes they'll give you a refund or upgrade you, maybe at the very least, throw in some free breakfast. you have to be your own advocate and ask at the front desk. >> in the perfect world, the world is your oyster. from oyster.com, it makes perfect sense. jennifer, thank you very much. >> thanks for having me. >> interesting stuff. here is what's coming up, an abc reporter trying to play gotcha with senator ted cruz. >> you know even john boehner
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elisabeth hasselbeck. we start with a fox news alert. terror strikes russia for the second day in a row. a bomb explodes on a crowded bus leaving 14 people dead. the latest on the attack just weeks ahead of the winter olympics. is the "new york times" report on benghazi just an attempt to make this soundbite go away? >> what difference at this point does it make? >> what it means for hillary and her presidential push and we'll tell what you the "new york times" is doing today. >> and one church just wanted to honor our nation's heros, but this support the troops sign ordered to be taken down. the story will have you seeing red. "fox & friends" starts right now. >> you're watching "fox & friends." the number one morning cable news show in america. >> thank you very much, colonel david hunt reporting for duty on this monday. >> reporting for duty. >> indeed.
peter johnson, thanks for filling in for brian and we've got anna in for elisabeth. elisabeth will be out in times square tomorrow night at midnight. >> are you? >> getting ready for that. that's great. >> with bill hemmer. >> let's talk about this. over the weekend the "new york times" came out, they did an investigation in what happened at benghazi and as it turns out, the stories that those republicans have been telling us for the last year or so, all wrong, according to the "new york times," david kirkpat trick. he talked to a bunch of people, sources on the ground. that video did have something to do with benghazi attack, but no evidence al-qaeda or any other terror group was involved. what's interesting is adam housley, fox news correspondent, has got a piece up right now on foxnews.com and he's speaking to some of the special operators who are on the ground that night. they are angry because they say the "new york times" story is a complete lie. the quote is, it was a coordinated attack. it is completely false to say
anything else. it is completely a lie. that from people who were there that night. not whomever the "new york times" talked to. >> adam housley sources are saying there is no way this was spontaneous when there is a guy watching the gate and a guy pointing, other militants to go there. >> waving them in. >> and somebody else running and somebody else shooting. it was organized chaos, is the idea that the sources are painting for adam housley, very different from what the sources are telling the "new york times." so they've found people to set this other narrative. >> top lawmakers, democrats and republicans, have taken on this "new york times" report as being accurate based on the oversight and intelligence information that they have received. congressman darrell issa and congressman rogers have said no, it appears this was terrorism, al-qaeda was involved and the witnesses on the ground have
verified that. >> sure. so the big question is, why did the "new york times" do this report, an exhaustive report, talking to a whole bunch of people over there, and dropped it the weekend after christmas? some are saying, well, maybe it could possibly be to help hillary clinton who probably will be running for president next time around. here is representative mike rogers, republican from michigan, on whether or not the "new york times" report had some sort of political ax to grind. >> do you think there is a political motivation to this times report? some people have suggested, this is trying to clear the deck for hillary clinton in 2016. >> i don't know, but i found it interesting that there is this rollout of stories, including susan rice who would go on tv and have a direct discussion on this when we still have an ongoing investigation in the house intelligence committee. >> because if they say that al-qaeda didn't have anything to do with it, then it fits the
narrative, the obama administration was trying to push during the last election cycle that osama bin laden is dead, and al-qaeda is on the run. but there are multiple sources that are quoting, saying ahmed cootala is leading a militia group that has ties to al-shariah and other groups associatessed with him are not want to go turn him in because it will ruin their game, too. they're all connected to al-qaeda. >> but it's interesting, donald trump touched on it. year and three months later, the people have still not been brought to justice, even though we know who they are. a year and three months later, no congressional investigation. certainly the "new york times" hasn't determine what the commander in chief was doing the night that this happened. and based on one intelligence study after another, there has really been in terms of the highest echelons of the state
department, no punitive action taken as to allowing this to happen in the first place when they had warning. >> to your point, peter, this still does not address the question, why, after the ambassador asked for more security, why didn't they get it? also, why wasn't there a flyover? they said well, the assets were too far away. they could have buzzed them with a drone. there are still a whole bunch of questions not answered. does it look to you like the "new york times" is trying to help hillary? is there a political motivation or do you think it's just good, honest, reporting trying to get a side of the story we have not heard so far? what do you think? e-mail us. you can twitter us, facebook us, foursquare us, anything you want to do. >> also in the next couple of days -- >> whatever foursquare is. >> you can check in somewhere. >> that's the newest. >> january 1st, a lot of people will be trying to go to the doctor and may find out they're not covered. they may head to the pharmacy to try to pick up meds and find out they're not able to get that.
in the wake, we're talking about december 31st and the enrollment numbers. the obama administration saying hey, we're doing great, everybody. we've got 2 million people enrolled. but you know what? that number is pretty short of their goal, which was 3.3 million that they wanted by december 31st. very short of their 7 million that they're asking for by march. >> if you add up the numbers or subtract the numbers, you say well, assume 5 million people lost their coverage and assume that 2 million people have coverage now. so is that a net loss of 3 million people? do we have 3 million people that don't have coverage? >> right. and of the two that you were talking about right there, of the 2 million, how many of those people are actually now on state medicaid rolls? >> a huge percentage. >> absolutely. and they're not going through the exchanges. they're getting the old-fashioned medicaid instead. dr. gottlieb is a physician and
a resident fellow at the american enterprise institute and he details something that a lot of people don't realize and that is -- we've heard so many problems with the back end. after people add something to their cart, there is a disconnect between actually getting coverage and being in kind of a no man's land where you're just floating around trying to figure out what happens. listen to the good doctor. >> people are going to go and try to access health care snot going to be insured. what the administration has said to the insurance companies is they want the insurance companies to float people through the month and if people think they're insured, cover them through the month and the administration said we'll reconcile with the insurance companies later. so there is going to be another reckoning february 1st. >> in other words, there are a lot of people who will show up, they're not going to be covered because of one problem or another. but the government is just saying to doctors and insurance companyies, we'll run a tab.
let us know whatever that costs. i'm sure we've got cash in the back we'll be take it out. >> when you consider the human toll of showing up and not having coverage, we can talk about that in an objective way, but to actually experience something like that, i think would be terrifying. >> yes. especially if you're really sick. if you're really dealing with something serious that, could be a life changer, game changer for some people. >> dr. siegle said he's not going to turn patients away that need medical care. but there are some physicians who will. >> and it starts day after tomorrow. >> we start to see more of the -- also to mention, there has been a lot of growing pressure for president obama to name a ceo to try to clean up the affordable care act by the senior advisors has told reuters no, we're not even thinking about that. that's not even on the table. do you think that would even help? with somebody who knows the insurance industry and has had years of experience, would that
help or is it past the point of no return? >> good question. let us know. should there be a ceo for obamacare. donald trump said he would not take on the job because he did not believe in obamacare on our show an hour or so ago. >> you got to believe in the product. >> absolutely. let's hear from you. other headlines to talk about, a fox news alert. while you were sleeping, terror strikes again in russia. bomb blast tearing through a bus, killing at least 14. officials saying it was the work of a suicide bomber. russian president putin now calling for increased security in the region. it's the second terrorist attack in two days and this one caught on camera. yesterday a suicide bomber set off an explosion inside a packed train station. at least 17 were killed and dozens of others injured. officials saying the two attacks possibly connected. no one has claimed responsibility for either bombing. this coming months after a chechen rebel leader called for attacks on civilian targets, including the olympics in february. bombings happening about 400 miles north of the games'
site. other setback in an attempt to rescue 74 people on board an ice lodged research ship near antarctica. the australian ice breaker was just 11 miles away before it was forced to turn around. the ice too thick for them to even cut through. low visibility from snow showers. that's what is to blame for that. this is the third ice breaker to attempt to try to free that ship. it's been stranded since christmas day. a helicopter evacuation will be the final option. the world's best formula one driver, michael schumacher, fighting for his life after suffering a head injury skiing in the french alps. he arrived at the hospital in a coma and underwent emergency brain surgery. he is listed in critical condition, but doctors are saying that he was wearing a helmet, but at this hour, the formula one champion is hour to hour, is what we were told. he's retired from racing. that happened last year. check this out, terrifying
moment when a tiger pounces on its owner. ozzie the 200-pound tiger gets too excited, charges his owner and shows his teeth. the owner didn't seem to mind. he said ozzie was just being, quote, playful. the man owns a second tiger and they both live at his home. >> he laughed. >> seems a little crazy. >> he laughed. it's our top story action can we really trust the "new york times" report claiming al-qaeda had nothing to do with the attack on our consulate in benghazi? congressman lynn westmoreland spoke to witnesses on the ground and will join us from atlanta next. >> and should barbie be bigger? the new movement to make a plus-sized barbie for today's kids. your e-mails and tweets pouring in. we're reading them, so keep them
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can we really trust the "new york times" report claiming al-qaeda had nothing to do with the attack on our consulate in benghazi? keep in mind, the times cites anonymous sources. our next guest has talked to some of the men who were on the ground that night. congressman lynn westmoreland is a republican from georgia and a member of the house intelligence committee. joinses from the beautiful city of atlanta, georgia. good morning to you.
>> good morning, steve. >> i don't know why you guys on capitol hill are wasting your time with these committee hearings because the "new york times" sent a guy over there and talked to a bunch of people on the street and they solved the case. you're wrong. >> well, you know, we can't really give a lot of credibility to that report. we've been talking to americans that were actually on the ground over there and participated in defending against these attacks and he went over there and talked to the libyans that had great knowledge of this and we think could have even participated in it. >> sure. and wasn't it for the libyans that they talked to to tell the truth. >> they're not. almost like a mother asking a child, did you do this, johnny? oh, no, i didn't do that. we've been able to see communications from some of these folks, know what they were
saying and you can say one thing when somebody knows that you're listening. but when they don't know you're listening, you may say something totally different. >> the "new york times" said that there is no evidence that al-qaeda or any other terror group was involved. but reports i've heard, the house right next to the consulate was observed by al-shariah, which is an affiliate of al-qaeda. al-qaeda lived right next door to the consulate. >> yeah. steve, we don't have any knowledge of who owned the house next door, but the reports by the "new york times" was -- i don't know why they put it out unless it was for political reasons. we thoroughly dispute that story as far as the link to al-qaeda. >> you just brought it up, perhaps they put it out there for political reasons. what kind of political reasons? >> well, you know, i think this thing is eventually going to
fall back on the state department when all the truth gets out there. of course, secretary clinton was in charge at the time and there is just now a lot of rumors going and pushing about her running for president in 2016. so i think they're already laying the groundwork. we are not quite as used to this kind of political machine as the president and the clintons have. so i think they're just laying the groundwork, trying to absolve her from the lack of security that was sent over there, the number of requests for security that was turned down. so i think they're trying to take the pressure off her and the administration, quite frankly. >> sure. your comments echo what our e-mailers are saying. they say sure kind of smells fishy. before you go, i want to make sure i understand, you feel from
what you have heard behind closed doors, and i know a lot of it is secret, but the "new york times" says al-qaeda nor other terrorist outfits involved. is that wrong? >> yes, sir. absolutely. absolutely. >> all right. that's what -- and accelerated by the video? >> no. no. the video never came into play. in fact, if you go to some of the research or the people that study these media, social media outlets and stuff, there was nothing even on the radar in libya or in benghazi actually until the next morning. so this had nothing to do with a video. watching a video doesn't give you instructions to how to shoot five mortar rounds and the last three of them be within a five meter radius. like some of those guys told us, look, if you'd have been on the mortar range and got that close,
you would have got some kind of award. >> no kidding. exit question real quick, what sort of a grade would you give the "new york times" for this report? >> well, i'm assuming you have to give them an f or a u, however you want to grade them 'cause it's totally unsatisfactory and it's false. >> that's what we were curious about and that's why we invited you. congressman, thank you very much for joining us today from atlanta. >> thanks, steve. thanks for having me and thanks for continuing to cover this. >> it looks like if we don't, nobody else will. you're on it as well. thank you, sir. 20 minutes after the top of the hour. what do you think about that? e-mail us. also a pregnant nurse refused the flu shot and she got fired. she says she was just protecting her baby. her employer didn't agree. do you? she joins us live next. and one church just wanted to honor our nation's heros, but this support the troops sign had to be taken down.
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it's going to be a great day. some quick headlines. a volcano erupts in el salvador for the first time in 37 years, forcing thousands to evacuate from their homes. the international airport in san salvador even redirecting some flights to avoid the ash. preparations still underway for tomorrow's new year's eve celebration in times square. check them out. spiderman dropping confetti to make sure it flutters down just
right. supreme court justice sonia sotomayor will hit the button at the ceremony. you can watch elisabeth hasselbeck and bill hemmer live from times square. you got to hear this. now here is a story of a pregnant nurse fired for refusing a flu shot. the hospital that employs her requires the shot for any employee that treats patients. but she was scared of potential side effects on her unborn child because she had miscarriages. she's here live to share her really compelling story. good morning. >> good morning. >> so you were asked to take the flu shot and you consulted with your doctor and what did your doctor say with regard to you taking the flu shot and tell us about your history, if you could. >> sure. i've had two miscarriages this year. we have one healthy son and after he was born, we had two miscarriages. i was more anxious this time around with this pregnancy.
i did my own research when it came to the flu vaccine, talked to my health care provider about it and ultimately obtained a letter from my og practice, as well as from my family care doctor requesting that i be exempt from the flu vaccine. >> and your doctor said that it would be medically hurtful or dangerous for you because of the anxiety and stress that it would create for your concern about taking the flu shot and what affect it could have on your unborn baby. is that right? >> that's what my family care doctor said, yes. >> and so we know and i've been looking at some of the research here this morning, that stress hormones can play a role in terms of miscarriage. was anybody sympathetic to your view point with regard to the flu shot? >> in response to that letter, my employer replied that was not a medically necessary reason to be exempt from the flu vaccine.
so no, i was told that wasn't a good enough reason. >> so what happened as a result of your refusal to take the flu shot based on doctors' orders? >> ultimately i was fired. i was suspended for five days and told if i didn't obtain the flu vaccine during that period, i would ultimately be terminated and that's what happened. >> so you were fired right before christmas? >> december 17th, yes. >> let's hear what horizon health care services has to say about this whole case. for our employees who are pregnant, we believe that the flu vaccine provides a safe and effective way of protecting a mother and her unborn child from a serious illness. but that doesn't go to the heart of what you were saying. you were saying i want to keep the child that i'm holding at this time and i'm afraid that if i take this flu shot that it's going to affect this pregnancy. what do you say to them in a human way, now that you're out of a job based upon you're
trying to care for your child and your own health? >> i feel i did the right thing. i stand by my decision even though the consequences have been great. no one can tell me that this is safe for my unborn child simply because the studies haven't been done. you can open the package insert and read that for yourself right there. it says studies have not been done on pregnant women. we do not know the risks on the unborn child. it should ohm be given to pregnant women if clearly indicated. i feel -- we live in day and age we can do our own research. i looked up studies and government web sites. i looked at this very intensely. i didn't make this decision lightly. so i still believe i did the right thing for me and my family. >> as our last question, what are you going to do about it now >> just get the word out there. i want people to know that you should be able to make the decision for your own body, for your own baby and i carry on, i move on to the next thing.
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already racking up more than 25,000 views. how cool would that be to have that like in your backyard? >> never ending wave. the practice you get on that. >> you would want to do that, steve? >> yeah. >> you would? >> yeah. it looks fun. you wouldn't? >> no. >> why? >> it looks cold. >> get a thicker wet suit. that's all. >> pete johnson in a wet suit, that's a great thought. >> i was looking at the e-mail machine. the number one topic that you're talking about is this suggestion made by an outfit called plus sized modeling. they posted a question on their facebook account. should toy companies start making plus-size barbie dolls? if you like it, that means yes, absolutely. if you comment no, bad idea. as it turns out, something like
50,000 people said they liked the idea. about 5,000 commenters did not. so what do you think? is it a good thing? is it reflective of society in general or what? >> one says this on facebook, this is not good. this would tell our kids it's okay to be fat. i'm sorry it's not okay. it's unhealthy to be overweight. >> then maria writes, how about they make average barbie first before they make overweight barbie? we were talking about that before. yes. >> phil says, women make size an issue by talking too much about looks. >> and e-mail from gordon in michigan says, if the pc folks don't like barbie, they can buy a cabbage patch doll. okay. >> and if they want to make an overweight barbie to avoid offending anyone because her size is not realistic, then we must change superman, batman, and all super heros. while we're at it, let's change
all the disney characters, especially the princesses. >> don't forget snow white. also an e-mail from lynn in pennsylvania. i think barbie should be updated a little bit to reflect a healthier image. not an obese image. >> one of you brought up the fact that maybe ken should be a plus size model as well. there is some pressure that young girls go through and it starts when they're young. >> beer belly g.i. joe. >> there you go. somebody wrote on my facebook page, there is an intense pressure that young girls get and it starts when they're young. we see this barbie that is better than a perfect 10 because they figured out what her measurements are and she wouldn't even be able to walk on those legs. so it seems like an average, normal size ought to be in there to promote a healthier doll. >> in looking at the hundreds of responses, the only thing i have to add to it is you realize
barbie is not real, right? not a real person. just a doll. >> it's based on a real person. >> barbie, whom would that be? >> barbara stanwyck, i think. >> flash bag to "big valley." >> how about if they make one and it sells one, then they make a huge profit. >> go, big barbie. go, big barbie. >> oh, my gosh. 37 minutes after the hour. all right. on to other headlines. check this christmas gift. a shocking new report says that the nsa is using james bond style fire to snoop on you. an elite hacker unit put bugs and hardware and hijacked microsoft day it to spy on their target. the mission? getting the ungettable. microsoft responding to the report saying if that's true, it would have major concerns about
the operation. yeah, i guess so. it was a texas miracle. a six-year-old saves his grandfather's life. they were on their way to christmas dinner when ronald went into diabetic shock. his grandson, sully, knew something was wrong, jumped out of the moving car and ran to get help. the two joined us on "fox & friends" earlier to talk about his heroic actions. >> he looked all tired, so i knew what was going on. so i jumped out of the car and i ran to the nearest house in the area. >> i just thank god for sully being in the car, you know, and for god watching over and taking care of both of us. >> christmas angel there. the paramedics told ronald he wouldn't be here today if it weren't for sully's quick thinking. take a look at this at a california church. they put it up supporting our troops. looks pretty nice, right? the county didn't seem to think so. they say they want the sign taken down or else the church could be fined.
>> support our troops, nevada county is very patriotic county and they love our troops. >> it's nice to know that the community supports the troops. >> the county says the issue is not about the wording of the sign, but about the permit. the nfl regular season ends in dramatic fashion. first sunday night football eagles at cowboys, to the fourth quarter, eagles ahead 24-16. dallas back up kyle orton connects, but miss the two-points conversion. driving in the final two minutes. the pass intercepted by the eagles boykin. eagles win the nfc east. next, packers at bears. green bay down one under a minute left in the fourth quarter. fourth down, aaron rogers with a desperation heave. hits randle cobb on a 48-yard touchdown pass. packers win. here is the playoff picture.
saints at the eagles. and 49ers at packers. wild card, panthers and seahawks get the bye. in the afc, chiefs will be at the colts. chargers at the bengals. denver and new england have a bye. there you go. >> congratulations. in the meantime, we've dispatched her out to 48th and 6th avenue. there are a lot of people walking around so early today. >> yes, there are. i noticed a lot more people than usual for this hour have been out across the streets of new york city. it's because a lot of you are probably here for the new year's eve ball drop, right? is that why? >> absolutely. we're here from fort worth, texas. >> fort worth, texas. and where are you from? >> dallas, texas. >> you guys are neighbors. maybe you're related. let's go ahead and take a look at the weather conditions because temperatures are actually in the 40s today across new york city. not bad. you factor in a little bit of a breeze and it does feel a little chillier. feels like 39 in new york city. farther west, much colder across portions of the midwest where
actual wind chill temperatures, what it feels like, is it feels like sub zeros as you head out the door. farther south in texas, in dallas, texas, the high temperature today, just 46 degrees. kind of chilly for you. a little on the cool side. we are tracking a clipper system that is going to be impacting portions of the midwest and the plains. this could produce more than six inches of snow across parts of wisconsin, michigan, and even across northeastern portion of the state of iowa. so keep an eye out for that. otherwise, the weather in new york city for the ball drop, i'm sure a lot of you are interested. the temperatures forecast to be about 28 degrees. our own elisabeth hasselbeck will be out there coming up tomorrow night with bill hemmer for our all american new year's eve special and the wind chill could be in the teens. it is going to be a little chilly. you got to bundle up. let's head back inside. >> very nice. maria, i noticed that some of the people behind you are coordinating on their phones so
their loved ones back home can see them. go ahead and have them wave good-bye. >> you guys want to wave good-bye to all your loved ones at home? >> from virginia. >> very nice. >> why are they waving good-bye? >> because that's the final time -- >> is something happening i wasn't told about? >> we still have 18 minutes in the show. >> waving hello. >> 18 minutes coming up. an abc reporter trying to play gotcha with senator ted cruz. >> you know even john boehner said this was a republican shutdown. >> i can't help what other people say. i understand that in the media, every day the media reported the republicans -- >> come on -- >> but senator cruz ain't biting. wait until you hear what happened next. >> and his pro baseball contract is worth 2 million bucks. but you'll never believe what he does in the offseason. he's a teacher. twins pitcher alex myers joins us live to explain why.
time for some quick headlines. washington state man is lucky to be alive after a chunk of steel smashed through his car windshield. the metal hit him in the head. that piece right there. thankfully he was not seriously injured. it is unclear where that came from. but i'm sure there is going to be an investigation and probably lawsuit. and ford motor company expected to debut an all new version of the best selling truck of all time, the f-150. the auto maker opting for a new aluminum intensive design, shedding hundreds of pounds on the truck and that will improve fuel consumption.
that is a tough looking truck. >> that's a great truck. so on the sunday shows, ted cruz gave an interview to abc jonathon karl and essentially asked him about the shutdown and said, you know what? you've had a little bit of time to think about this. the republicans shouldered a bunch of the blame for this and now do you think that this was a bad idea? so they're kind of playing gotcha with each other. senator ted cruz doesn't bite. take a look. >> you've had a couple of months to think about this whole government shutdown strategy. now that it's over in hindsight, are you prepared to say that it was a mistake, it wasn't the right tactic? >> i think it was absolutely a mistake for president obama and harry reid to force a government shutdown. >> you know even john boehner has said this was a republican shutdown. >> look, i can't help what other people say and john, i understand that in the media, every day the media reported the republican shutdown. >> come on, we're a couple months away, the only reason why this happened is because you insisted, republicans insisted
that obamacare be defunded as a condition of funding the government. if you took away that insistence, there will be no shutdown. really. >> you got conservatives who stood strong and said let's stop the train wreck that is obamacare and you've got democrats in the middle of the shutdown, president obama called every senate republican to the white house, sat us in a room and said, i called you here to tell you we're not going to negotiate. we're not going to compromise on anything. repeatedly republicans were compromising, trying to find a middle ground and repeatedly democrats said, no compromise. shut it down. >> so since the shutdown and then in the aftermath of the obamacare rollout and the web site debauchle and all that, we've noticed a huge switch in poll numbers, a huge swing from president obama support approval rating, same with democrats. we're seeing some of them run for the hills. is this an effort of the main stream media to bring it back to an issue that had the public a little bit miffed? >> senator cruz is quite a communicator in spite of the smirking and the come on and the really and the skepticism that
was advanced by mr. carl. he stayed with what he wanted to say as to what the real reason was behind the shutdown. >> sure. and what i'd love to see is i'd like to see some reporter from a mainstream outfit go after the president regarding sequestration. how many times have we heard the president complain about the sequester when, in fact, it was the white house's idea? >> absolutely right. that hasn't happened. i venture a guess, it probably won't. >> all right. it is now 11 minutes before the top of the now. next up, his pro baseball contract is worth $2 million. you'll never believe what he does in the offseason. he's a teacher. twins pitcher alec myer joins us live next to explain why. but first let's check in with bill hemmer. good morning. what's coming up at the top of the hour? >> happy new year. >> we're watching tomorrow night. >> i hope so.
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good morning. he signed a professional baseball contract for $2 million. so why did this pitcher take a second job as a substitute teacher? alex myer from the minnesota twins joins me now. good morning. how are you? >> i'm doing well. how are you doing? >> doing fantastic. when i hear that you just signed
this $2 million contract, i mean, when you're substitute teaching, you are got to be making 60 bucks a day or something like that? what made you decide to do this? >> i went to college and initially i wanted to be a teacher coming out of there, hoping i'd have the opportunity to continue my baseball career. but you need to have a back up plan and everything with that. so i went to college for three years and then like i said, signed and my first offseason at home, i was used to having me time filled going to classes and then having practice and staying pretty busy. when i was home in the offseason, you're pretty much on your own with your workouts and everything in that nature. so my mom threw out the idea, she works at the superintendent's office in my hometown, she said if you want to pursue being a teacher some day, maybe you should look into substitute teaching during the offseason. that's how i got started with it. >> a lot of professional athletes in the offseason catch up on things like movies and "breaking bad" and mom's home cooking. what kind of impact are you
having on these young kids? how are you received by them? >> i hope i'm having some sort of good way. but it's fun. it's something that i really enjoy. i think the kids enjoy it when i come in and i'm able to try and help them out in some way, whether it's being around them, somebody new in the classroom or something i can actually help them with school wise and show them a different way of doing something which, i don't know, maybe i am, maybe i'm not. that's what i'm trying to do. i feel like making a difference is important. >> so often when a substitute teacher is in the classroom, the kids walk all over them. i can't imagine they disrespect you like that. what type of lessons are you teaching them being the strong male figure? >> it's funny, it wasn't too long ago that i was in high school. it makes me feel bad because i remember how i used to act sometimes when we had substitute teachers. at this point i try -- i tell them, i understand the things you're doing. i'm not too far out of it. for the most part, they're good. they laugh. i like to have a good time with them.
i try to be laid back as much as i can, but at the same time u got to get done what the teacher gives for the lesson plan. so for the most part, it's easy going. the kids usually listen. there are days where it's a little more strenuous and tougher. but for the most part, it's good and pretty easy. >> once you hang up your glove, maybe you can bring out the chalk for the chalk board, or the tablet computer or something. thank you so much. >> absolutely. >> 56 minutes after the hour. we have more "fox & friends" just moments away. don't go anywhere. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] you'll only find advil,
tomorrow, maria molina, where you going to be? >> i'm going to be live from times square with the centennial ball for new year's eve. >> it is one block away. it's like a big one. >> the wind chill, actual cold on top of that. >> sarah murnaghan tomorrow. fox news alert now. another terror bombing in russia. the second time in two days. only weeks before the start of the winter games. a suicide bomber targeting a packed bus during rush hour, killing at least 14, that number 14 has changed throughout the morning. that is where we start. i'm bill hemmer. welcome here to "america's newsroom." martha with time with the family, heather. >> i'm glad for her. i'm heather childers in for martha maccallum. it the terror attacks hitting city volgograd, a couple hundred miles from city of sochi, putting russia on edge as it prepares to host athletes and leaders from around the