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>> brian: i wish i could remember my phone number. >> steve: i wish i could remember where my car keys are. >> he'll help you. >> brian: get a clapper. >> we'll see you in the after the show show. bill: here we go morning and the path to pushing health care through congress starts today, and everyone saying it is a make or break week for the bill the president hit throwinge road again today this weekend a confident white house, predicting this is all but a done deal, did you hear this? >> we'll have the votes when the house votes i think within the next week, and i think whoever sits here, this time next week, you will be talking about health care reform, not as a presidential proposal, but as something that will soon be the law of the land. bill: the law of the land. that is where we begin, on a monday, i'm bill hemmer. welcome to america's newsroom
and welcome back to uma. uma: thank you and i'm in for mama that and the man in charge for house democrats says they don't have the votes and so far no plan to deal with the abortion issue. bill: what we're waiting for, democrats expect the final call of the bill sometime today. and, a vote we're hearing, may happen as soon as thursday. wendell goler live in the white house and the president delayed his trip overseas and what is he doing with the extra time, wendell. >> reporter: he's working the phones, trying to convince lawmakers that it makes sense to pass health care reform, now, and, not to scrap the past year's work and start all over again, as some republicans wanted to do. he's also hoping that the congressional budget office scores the health care reform plan, at some where near the 850 billion dollars, over ten years, the senate plan would cost and that, he hopes, would free up a couple of votes in the house, because as you point out,
despite his aides' optimism, the house majority whip says the democrats don't have the votes yet to pass the plan in the house. it squeaked past the house last fall with three votes to spare and they abortion language is not strong enough for some house democrats and this president is having to convince lawmakers who voted against it in the house to support the senate bill and to convince others that the senate will deliver on its promise to change the parts of the bill it passed and house members don't like, bill. bill: well, today he goes back to northern ohio. specifically, yet again, the city of cleveland, is there some arm-twisting happening there? why that trip, wendell? >> reporter: a couple of reasons. the white house likes to make the case for health care reform, outside of washington, folks here feel that washington is just a bad back drop for selling anything, these days, and, northeastern ohio, is the region where nicole canfield is from, the cleaning worker who wrote the president a letter explaining how she had to give
up her health insurance when the premiums reached $8500 a year and simply too much to afford and she's back in the hospital now with leukemia and no insurance, illustrating the president's point that under current law, even people who have insurance, can be bankrupted when either the premiums are settle too high to afford or insurance companies set a lifetime cap on their benefits and the president will visit a senior center in strongsville ohio, outside of cleveland, and aides say ms. canfield's sister will introduce him and the family's story will be a focal point for today's speech. bill: we're about to find a lot out about how congress works this week, wendell, thank you, at the white house, more on that, a bit later today. here's uma with more. uma: new questions, this morning, about the alleged runaway prius incident in southern california, a government agency saying after rigorous testing it cannot find anything to explain what happened. the story received national attention, when james sikes called police, saying his prius
was speeding out of control. and even though he tried slamming on the brakes and shutting off the ignition a highway patrol officer helped him stop the car and investigators from toyota and the national highway traffic safety administration say his car slowed down and shut off every time during their test and an attorney for james sikes says he is not surprised. >> it's not something you can make repeat itself. it is really a ghost in the machine. and, the problem is, it doesn't leave a trace, it doesn't leave a fault code and you cannot make it happen again and making the big deal out of the fact they were not able to replicate it. and they couldn't take the vehicle out and make it happen again is not at all surprising. uma: and sikes's background, he filed for bankruptcy two years ago with $700,000 in debt but he has repeatedly said he's not looking to sue toyota and the nhtsa link 52 deaths linked to
the unwarranted acceleration. bill: a mystery, again today and new developments overseas from yemen today. the country unleashing a second day of airstrikes, in al qaeda hideouts a week after yemeni officials announcing the arrest of a new jersey man, in that country, accused of joining al qaeda. yemen's embassy says the strikes on sunday killed two al qaeda leaders, close to an oil rich region in the south of yemen, yemen has been stepping up some of these counterterrorism efforts, and you might remember al qaeda in yemen is the branch linked to the christmas day bombing attempt on the plane bound for detroit in the u.s. uma: a weekend of carnage leading tie warning for americans traveling to mexico. the state department advising u.s. citizens to delay or postpone traveling to parts of that country, after a recent string of drug-fueled violence, on saturday, a u.s. consulate employee and her husband were murdered in broad daylight
during a drive-by shooting in the border town of juarez, radio reporter james blear joins us from mexico city. what can you tell us about the violence. >> reporter: sad to say one person... at the consulate, loredo, members of the... in the u.s., because, of extreme violence that has happened in juarez. this is leslie enrique and her husband, shot dead, within sight of the bridge, that links the two countries there and their year-old baby daughter in the back of the car was unharmed. however, another person who was in mexico city, married to an employee at the consulate, alberto -- jorge alberto was
shot dead and his two children in another car were wounded. a four-year-old and a 7-year-old were wounded, it is evidence these people, poor people were actually specifically targeted by drug cartels and the juarez cartel, because they detested these parties and they were watched and followed and murdered. uma: a tragic story and what can you tell us about the warning coming from the state department today. >> reporter: the state department has said that nonessential personnel, families of people who are working at consulates within this extremely dangerous area, right on the border with el paso, texas, should actually send members of their families home, because it is so dangerous. this is the epicenter of the drug war, juarez. more than 2500 people have been murdered there during the last year. we don't have figures, the mexican government will not provide figures on how many people have been murdered in the
last three years, president calderon became president and there are estimates, 19,000 people have been murdered by the drug cartels, but this is a new and a terrible new chapter of the drug war that u.s. citizens, specifically, working at u.s. installations, have been specifically targeted by the drug cartels. we have been told that it's the juarez cartel that has done this. uma: very troubling and disturbing story, james, thanks for updating us on it and this is coming one week before spring break takes place, across this country where a lot of kids vacation down to the border towns and we'll keep a close eye on it, bill. bill: something tells me there is more to it, especially with these reports, and what we heard over the weekend, violence, and in the meantime, in canada, a deadly avalanche in that country, happened on saturday in british columbia. police say the slide struck during a snowmobile rally nearing the rocky mountain town of revel stoke. 200 people, were on the mountain
at the time and two people dead, 30 injured. one person listed in critical condition. and rescue teams are searching for unknown numbers of people still trapped on that mountain and this is the warming season, and you are in mid-march to late march and oftentimes things like this happen. uma: sure do. scary. bill: and, they had 200 people at one point under snow. man oh, man. uma: under the snow. bill: also, in a moment, diving head on into our nation's debt, at the moment, at $12 trillion. $12.5 trillion. but who is counting, right? who is doing what to stem the rising tide of red ink? there is a lawmaker out there, serving on the debt commission, judd gregg will tell us what needs to be done to be sure your children's children are not spending for our spending coming up, also... uma: he was louder up in his alleged sexual assault case but why has ben roethlisberger hired a private investigator. bill: neentsd of a u.s. woman who allegedly plotted with
terrorists overseas, speaking out with fox news today. >> we found papers where she downloaded, you know, the forms to sponsor somebody into this country. when she said he wanted to come here, to learn how to be a pilot, i told her, i said, my god, jamie, that should be a red flag. bill: why she thinks her daughter and her grandson, may have gotten involved with alleged murder plots from overseas. and, it started here at home. (announcer) it's one of the st mid size sports sedans in the world
>> she's called by some as jihad jamie. a colorado mother with alleged ties' terrorism plot, now, her mother, the mother of jamie, appeared on "fox & friends," earlier today, defending her daughter, saying she was sucked into radical islam, her name is jamie pollin ramirez, arrested in ireland an arrested over the weekend and investigators say she joined up with terrorists to carry out a murder plot and is brain washing her own son to
turn to a life of terrorism and her mother and the grandmother of her son, said this today, on "fox & friends": >> jamie is not an evil person. jamie was a very lonely, insecure person, who was looking for somebody to love her and this man, you know, and these people have told her all the right things, that she, you know, wanted to hear, i don't believe this man even loves her. but she was sucked into something, that she had no idea what she was getting herself into. bill: what are we to make of this now, steve emerson with the investigative project on terrorism and author of. >> jihad, inc." and you have been looking into it and what do you make of it now. >> the mother is right, the daughter was a social misfit an lonely and looking for something and you marry that up with the
efforts by jihadists, to basically introduce white converts or black converts, anyone, under a program called dawa, and, you end up getting this combustible mixture of people who convert to radical islam. one doesn't convert to moderate islam because the ones doing the conversion on the internet they're radicals and they perfectly found somebody who was susceptible to become part of a new mission in which she was given a new community, a sense of identity, even, hypnotizing her son into become jihadist... bill: steve, i don't want to interrupt you. do you think she was truly dangerous or is it a case where you just don't know, and don't take the chance to find out? >> well, you don't know. we don't know exactly what her role was. apparently, she was going to
marry someone named ali and the question was whether she'd play a logistical role in the assassination of the swedish cartoonist or simply provide credentials, one doesn't know, and, you know, in these terror plots, you can be a killer, or you can be just a logistical supply person, and she may have been in that role as well. bill: you say it is significant. because the radicalization in this case occurred instantly as opposed to over a weird of time. what is the difference there, steve? >> well, if we take other cases, we see radicalization taking place, over, let's say a year, in which converts to radical islam get cad rallized from watching videos and looking at you tubes and listening to imams or radical islamic chaplains and that can take a year or more and in this case, the conversion as well as that of jihad jane from
the east coast took place almost instantly, once she got sucked into the community of jihadists, she immediately became one. within a matter of weeks. it didn't take months. and so that is what is so alarming here, that that conversion and radicalization takes place instantly which means -- >> what you are describing is the personalities of these women, they were lonely, perhaps, they were social misfits, they were looking for a place to belong, and this is what they find? >> yes, look, they could have become cult members. i mean, that is exactly the way cult members recruit, lookings for people who are disaffected and alienated and social misfits and in this case the cult happened to be much larger and is part of a jihadist community and they began spouting the narrative the u.s. is against all muslims and the u.s. is deliberately set out to
subjugate islam and that propelled them into believing that violence is acceptable and immediately subscribed to it on the internet there are tens of thousands of internet sites that a are radical and designed to recruit people into the jihadist cause and there are relatively speaking moderate sites that say don't carry out jihad. bill: that is the one thing, the common thread in every segment we do here, steve. the internet. it is an -- in all likelihood the greatest recruiting teal that extremists have, is it not, a woman like this in colorado, get on-line and find a friend anywhere in the world and in this case it was... >> right. right. otherwise, she would have had to go to an islamic bookstore, or go to a certain mosque that was known to be radical. and in this case, she as well as jihad jane, simply downloaded material from the internet, got on-line, and, actually was accepted into a jihad community
that saw her comments and said, we'll take you, and she fell for that immediately. so the internet is the technology and the virus by which it spreads but still requires jihadists to provide the content. >> steve, thank you, more on this story, i'm certain as well, and coming back later in the week, steve emerson, our guest today. thank you, what is coming up. uma: not exactly what you would call positive reinforcement, a north carolina teacher in hot water over something he wrote, on the top of a student's assignment, what he wrote and why, it is setting off a firestorm of controversy. bill: how many more days of this, we wonder? uma: i don't know, i can't... bill: four days and counting, right. uma: i can't wait until spring. bill: this storm is deadly, slamming the northeast, day after day, serious flooding and a lot of damage, and, it ain't over yet. uma: it's not over and it is a mess! (announcer) we're in the energy business. but we're also in
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bill: there's a teacher whooshings apparently -- who apparently wrote the word "loser" on a student's homework assignment and has explaining to do, the mother of the students says it is note first time this happened, either, have a listen here: >> because, minus 20 percent for being a loser. i went to the principal in november, and complained and she said, she would put a stop to it, suspend him and make him think about what he has done. the severity of this. this is telling her that you are a loser. you will not go anywhere. bill: the school teacher said he is only joking and used the language to relate to students better. the girl has been taken out of his class and the district is looking into the matter.
uma: what was he thinking. bill: i bet they are. uma: all right, deadly rain storm hammering the northeast over the weekend and the left, new jersey, the governor already declaring a state of emergency, and the middle, the storm knocking down trees and heavy flooding and power outages across the state and on the right, in boston, 50 mile-an-hour winds putting a damper on the annual st. patrick's day parade, killing 7 people from new jersey to new hampshire and it's not over yet. the remnants of the storm creating a commuting nightmare across the region this morning, let's go to molly line who is standing by live with the latest. moll. martha: what is the situation at this hour? >> reporter: uma, the rain has been relentless throughout the weekend, a lot of flooding and the charles river is up and look behind me, in waltham, this is lyndon street, a big commuting street in the morning and you can see, it is completely
impassable and drivers took a shot at it yesterday and you see the cars are still stuck there today and an apartment complex flooded, on the street, yesterday and they brought in heavy equipment, to rescue some of those folks, and today the rains continue to come down and we will not see the waters receding, at any time soon, because we are still expecting it to rain into the evening hours tonight, and this has been a major problem, in several other areas, around boston, we're hoping that by tomorrow, sunshine, is expected to come in later in the week, and it will dry up and we'll be able to get back to normal and in the meantime, emergency crews are still out keeping an eye on things and for the most part power is starting to come back on in the area and things are beginning to get back to normal but with the rain coming down, we are seeing a lot of water, uma. uma: it has been miserable obviously in new york the last several days and what about the strong winds over the past few days in that area? >> reporter: water is one thing and winds are another thing and they caused a significant amount of damage from new jersey, up
through up -- to maine, we have seen power outages and trees coming down and a crane collapsed in new jersey and fortunately they evacuated everyone in the area, the construction area, so there were not injuries. but, a lot of damage from the wind. uma. uma: dangerous situation, molly line braving the elements for us, thank you very much. and as far more on the stubborn storm go to foxnews.com/weather and you will find up-to-the-minute forecasts, coastal flooding and rains and high wind from the powerful nor'easter and if you have pictures send them to us at email@example.com and we'll do our best to get them on the air. bill: i mean, enough, i mean, mercy! i mean, uncle! what did we do! uma: i don't know, paying for it now, our karma is not too good. bill: they are facing the fight of their political lives, in the up coming mid interpreter elections and some moderate democrats seem to be shying away from their party's biggest star. our political panel has ideas about that, coming up in
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the white house and democrats push for the house votes needed to pc health care reform, senate republican conference chairman laura alexander says the democrats or in a political kamikaze mission, here's the senator on cbs. >> here's what the democrats are asked to do, they are being asked by the president, to hold hands, jump off a cliff, and, hope harry reid catches them in the senate. after the bill is law. all 41 republican senators have agreed that we're going to enforce the rules of the senate. which means for example, that the own things they can change, have to do with taxing and budget. so, they try to change abortion, that won't work. and we're going to go sentence by sentence through the 3,000 page bill to make sure this rules are followed. that is what the american people would expect us to do. >> the white house predicts democrats have the votes, needed to pass the bill, this week. bill: about every hour this week the story can change, and there is drama, yet again. uma: no doubt. bill: and we have been here
before, right? meanwhile one person who may get a lot of the credit for blame for the fate of health care is the chief of staff, rahm emanuel. he know he's working overtime this past few weeks while some defend his work critics blast what they call his inability to work across party lines, shannon bream, live in d.c. >> reporter: he's had a number of meetings calling people to the white house and coming to visit other lawmakers on capitol hill and i asked someone who has been at a number of meetings with rahm emanuel, how do those meetings go and you get a call you will have a meet with him, are you excited or afraid and he said it depends on who shows up, the guy is multi-talented and can be the tough guy or schmoozer or puppy dog but he's entertaining in these meetings and last week he came out of the meeting with senator harry reid the top democrat on capitol hill friday night and said we're making decision and coming toward the end and when we asked robert gibbs how much of a role
rahm emanuel is playing, here's what he said. >> look, he's the chief of staff to the president. the president greatly values his advice, and his experience working on capitol hill. >> reporter: and we could know as early as this week if that experience is actually helping or hurting bill. bill: he has plenty of republicans who don't like the way he operates. what about democrats, do they have issues we have found also, or not. >> reporter: there is push back we are hearing publicly, representative henry waxman came out of a meeting last week and said, i let rahm emanuel know we don't like the deadlines coming from the white house side of things. and, there is push back, there are also left bloggers who say he's getting in the way and has not hand things properly and is the one to blame if health care falls apart and here's what lane davis, who worked with rahm emanuel, a special assistant to former president clinton, said about blaming him if it doesn't get passed . >> to blame rahm emanuel to
doing exactly what president obama wanted him to do, and continues to want him to do, is cowardly. people who don't want to blame the president, are using rahm emanuel as a scapegoat. >> reporter: and lanny davis says he's doing exactly what the president asked him to do and if anything, they should share the blame. bill: when this is all over and said and done, whichever way it goes there will be a lot of books written about that. >> reporter: absolutely. bill: thank you, shannon, if it moves, come back and tell us, okay? >> reporter: will do. bill: all ears in "america's newsroom." uma. uma: are some democrats pushing the president away from their campaigns? politico is reporting that certain moderate democrats, facing tough re-election campaigns are not running away from the white house but they are not exactly inviting the president to their town, either. our political panel is weighing in on this, bob beckel who is a professor of advanced political studies at george washington university, a fox news
contributor is joining us along with andrea can ton tarot, welc nice to have you here today. bob, let me ask you the stakes are high as we head into what promises to be a spirited congressional election year and why would moderates want to distance themselves from the president whose just in his first term? are they ducking for cover? >> it is nothing new, by definition, moderates represent districts that have a lot of independent voters and, the least partisan and go back in history, back to john kennedy's first midterm election for congress, there were a lot of people who didn't want him campaigning and go down the list and i can't think of a president since 1960, people wanted to come in and campaign who are moderates, in difficult districts and they don't want controversy. and, look, let's face it. barack obama has a controversial issue, with health care, so, better to step back, and they don't want to nationalize the election, they want to localize
it. uma: andrea, they are walking a fine line, on one hand they say they don't want to say no to the president, if he wants to come to their town but are also suggesting that his schedule is very busy, so they don't want to interfere with his plans, how do you read this? >> well, expect a lot of excuses going forward and you'll hear of scheduling conflicts and its a free country, the president can come visit but the members will not be able to make the meeting happened and we saw as bob said historically with president bush and the big difference here is, though, barack obama was supposed to be different. they were expecting this guy to be able to go into any district in the country, because he won in so many republican districts, and actually help these candidates, he should, barack obama, the one, should be able to influence these independents, but, instead, he's turned radioactive. and i think you will see more members run away from him going forward. he's polarizing, pelosi is polarizing an reid is polarizing
and democrats effectively have no one to help bring the members to the districts. last week in missouri, two republican members skipped' fund-raiser that barack obama was -- they were no-shows and what does it say about the guy? uma: it is interesting, what you pointed out about history and the presidents dealing with mid interpreter election and in president bush's case, for example that happened in the second term and i final it interesting that it happened at that time, but we're talking about conservatives for barack obama, just in his first term. the fact that people are going to distance themselves, if that -- we read it correctly. >> that is absolutely true. go ahead, bob. >> but, if you go back and look at a, whether george bush, in his first term, there are people who didn't want to campaign with him and george bush, the elder didn't want to campaign with them, and bill clinton and almost by definition, presidents get themselves into the most controversial areas their first year, that is the time they think they have the most political capital which tends to be controversial and in this
case you have health care which is controversial, if you are a member of congress in a moderate district, if they need money they will have no problem having the president of the united states come in and campaign for them. uma: you think either way in terms of where the health care vote goes, that president obama will be controversial when it comes to his stand on the issue? >> he's -- look, he is controversial, on the health care issue, no question about that. although, andrea, i like her, and it wasn't two republicans who didn't show up in missouri, it was two democrats and that will not be unusual. there will be people who don't want to -- the republicans to get videotaped, they'll use in ads against them and that is part -- >> bob we have plenty of videotape, we debated this every monday i said, they risk losing the house, because of the health care vote and they don't seem to care. pelosi is ready to sacrifice her members, and there are 60 to 80 seats at risk in the house, and,
your party doesn't seem to care what happens and the reason these guys don't want to vote for the bill is because the people in their districts don't want it. and talk about videotape, we have plenty of videotape, already. of democrats trying to rail it through -- ram it through, that will be used in ads going forward and we don't need any more video in the districts. >> andrea, it is because you wake me up every monday, is the reason i love to be on with you, but let me make this point there will not be a single democratic congressman who loses solely because of health care. that is a bit -- by the time nef comes around it will not be an issue. >> that is positively -- bob you better cross your fingers, and pray to god. uma: thank you, guys. >> so unlikely. >> i'll pray for other things, don't have to worry about praying for that. uma: great to have you both for what always promises to be a wonderful debate, between the two of you. >> thanks. >> thank you. bill: they like each other an off. lot. uma: they do. cup of coffee after this. bill: the man convicted of
shooting the secret nude videotapes of erin andrews will be sentenced today in los angeles, michael barrett. pleading guilty to stalking her through a peep hole in various hotels, and admitting shooting those videos through the peep hole in the room and andrews expected to speak at the sentencing, and her attorney says this she thinks the sentence of 27 months is too light and, wants him to pay more than $300,000 in restitution. that happens later today. we'll watch it. uma. uma: sports fans, time to fill out your bracket. march madness is upon us and the top seeds have been announced for the big dance and, familiar logos or here, the kansas jayhawks are getting the overall top seed, and the 2-1 favorite to make this final four, and win the national title, and kentucky got the top billing, in the east, and duke in the south and syracuse, in the west. bill: starting thursday, around noon, u.s. productivity in the office, jumps off the table.
everybody is watching their brackets. on the nearby screen, thursday, tip off. republican senator judd gregg called the debt commission a political charade. now, guess who is on that commission? senator greg, judd gregg joins us live to tell us why. in only three minutes. uma: and ben roethlisberger faces his second allegation of assault in a year so, far, no charges have been filed. but why has the star quarterback hired a private investigator? that is coming up knicks. -- next. new york city
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bill: spring forward, wake up, we lost an hour's sleep over the weekend but that sucker right there will wake you up. the debt clock, i don't know, $12 trillion? $12.5 trillion? and, how will you tackle that, uma? that is more than $40,000 for every american citizen, no matter your age. a number so stagger it will make
your head spin and drive a group of bipartisan lawmakers to say we have to do something about it and one of the three republicans that is now joining the debt commission, new hampshire senator judd gregg and on the senate budget committee, ranking member and good morning to you, you call this a political charade. now you are on board. why this change -- >> that is not fair, bill you can't use my own words against me? who are you, harry reid? bill: sorry, sorry. continue! >> i said that at the time, because i feel strongly we needed a statutory commission on executive order to make sure we get a vote, but the statutory commission failed and we got 53 votes but not the 60 we needed to pass it and it is the only proposal with viability and i -- look at the debt clock, every time it goes up our kids' future goes down the drain and we have to do about the debt and the deficit, the debt will double in five years, triple in ten years, under the president's proposed budget, and, unless we do
something -- it is serious, and if it -- >> you guys will get together in washington and what will you come up with and what are the possibilities to make sure in your words, that the united states does not become the next greece and i'm using your words against you. >> that is absolutely right. that is the direction we're hadded, unfortunately, towards a financial bankruptcy, and, it is inevitable. this isn't like, this is a hypothetical any longer. we are on the path, our future is unsustainable because of the amount of money we spend and the amount of debt we are running up as a nation. what can we do? look at where the money is, and, the money is in the entitlement programs, specifically social security, medicare, medicaid, the three big ones and have to look at a way to slow the rate of growth and that means making difficult decisions and have to be done in a bipartisan way. bill: no offense, we've heard the argument so many times in the past and this commission will make recommendations and they are not binding.
so, what -- >> that bill, you are hitting the nail on the head and that was my concern with it. however, one thing about the commission, that made me sign on was that both harry reid and the speaker of the house, pelosi, have said the report of the commission will get a vote. up and down vote. that is pretty big because that means this commission comes back with something that is viable, and i hope they will and the leadership of the commission is very strong, alan simpson a and erskine bowles, and they are serious and we will not solve the problem but if we take a big chunk out of the unfunded liability an out year debt and get a vote on the senate and this house, it would be positive action, and -- will occur this year. bill: i've got you now and one thing that is coming our way are higher taxes, but i don't hear enough lawmakers talking legitimately about cutting spending. is there the political will, in washington, d.c., that will do
that? >> well, bill the issue is spending. if you look at the numbers, and they are very solid numbers, revenues, income, goes to 20% of gdp, two years from now, two% higher than the historic norm but, spending at the federal level, is at 25% of gdp, today and is going to 30% of gdp if we pass the health care bill. and historically, spending has been 20% of gdp, and the issue is spending. and you cannot deny it and if you correct the problem, most of the effort, the vast majority of the effort, has to be on the spending ledger and we have to control the rate of growth with these entitlement programs. bill: i wish you the best of luck, it's an uphill climb, and we're all paying for it, not just you and me, but your kids and kids' kids and down the line. >> the $40,000 number you used goes to $133,000, in ten years.
debt on every american. per american. bill: 133,000. >> if we don't do something. bill: good luck, senator i'll never use your words against you again! only the next time you are on! see ya, judd gregg. >> reasonable and fair, commentary i might add. bill: you have a question you want answered, something not quite clear like that, firstname.lastname@example.org and twitter,@billhimmer. because you asked, bya. uma: john edwards' former mistress is breaking her silence and what she's saying in an interview with "gq magazine" about the former presidential candidate and the father of her child. >> she says he almost died after his prius was stuck and going 90 miles an hour on a california freeway. remember this from a week ago?
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bill: this story is not over yet, the administration trying to turn up the heat on israel, demanding they scrap the building project announced for east jerusalem and top u.s. officials condemning the plan during joe biden's high profile trip to the region and secretary of state hillary clinton calling the move a, quote, insult and the u.s. ambassador called this
dust-up the worst crisis between the two countries in 35 years and we believe the plan continues, with jerusalem. uma: new developments in the the pittsburgh stylers quarterback sexual assault case, an attorney from -- for ben bofroethlisberg said he hired a private investigator, he was charged with assault on march 5, waja's reporter is in georgia with this report. >> reporter: police and the jbi look at surveillance video from the capital city nightclub, where nfl star ben roethlisberger is accused of sexual assaulted, the attorney for that club, tells me what is on the tape, but does not want it to be seen on camera. >> reporter: what can you tell us about the surveillance video and what it shows from the thursday night? >> what it will cover is basically, anybody who had come in that night, it would cover them coming in, the bar, and then, subsequently, leaving and
it would also cover anything that occurred on the dance floor. >> reporter: the video does not show the area where the alleged assault happened, the attorney tells me it indicates roethlisberger and his friends were inside the nightclub, for 45 minute. before he left, he was accused of sexually assaulting a college student. the attorney also tells me the nfl player's party drew such a crowd they put them in a v.i.p. area of the bar. >> they were taking up the entire street an sidewalk and that is why the police officers were like, you have a place back there for them, this guy is bringing a lot of people with him. >> reporter: and sources say the alleged incident happened in a bathroom near the v.i.p. section, and is marked employees only and doesn't have any locks. >> reporter: did you see if anyone saw him going into the bathroom? i don't think anybody that i have spoken to has actually seen him going into a bathroom, whatsoever. i will tell you that the employees of the bar to them, it
was like a normal day and they knew nothing had gone on. up until, the story broke. uma: thanks to waja and julia harding reporting from georgia. bill: four minutes before the hour, there was a deadly weekend in mexico. as college kids head out on spring break, 13 are dead. in the resort town of acapulco and three american government workers killed in northern mexico, and this morning there is a new warning to americans in mexico from white house, you'll hear it. uma: and the stuff of science fixes for decades. but, now you can buy your very own jet pack, folks. it hits the market, this year and i'm going to be first in line, to get one of those! bill: oh, yeah, fly away! ♪ ♪ i want to get away ♪ i want to fly away ♪ yeah ♪ yeah ♪ yeah... are you receiving a payout from a legal settlement
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♪ uma: the countdown underway to zero hour on health insurance reform, house speaker nancy pelosi insisting that she will have the votes to pass a health care overhaul bill this week. but the debate that's supposed to be over is still raging in every corner of the nation's capital. >> here through elections, through town meetings, through consistent public opinion surveys, americans have said, don't pass this bill. >> one, we believe health care reform is going to pass, and once it passes, we're happy to have the 2010 elections be about the achievement of health care reform. that's a debate i think we're, obviously, comfortable having. uma: well, the stakes remain high, and welcome to a brand new
hour of "america's newsroom." jon: nice to have you along, good morning again. president obama calling for a vote this week, but as of right now, it's not a sure thing, and will democrats get the votes they need to pass it? here's carl cameron leading our coverage from the hill. does the budget committee, i guess, what this thing's going to cost, carl? >> reporter: huh-uh. no, they don't, bill. that's one of the quandaries of today, but the clock does start ticking this afternoon. democrats are pushing forward. this is supposed to be it. after a year of legislative wrangling over health care reform, they're going to start the final stages of overhauling a sixth of the economy many the u.s. house of representatives budget committee at 3:00 this afternoon. no, they don't know the price tag, as a matter of fact, they are waiting on the cbo score for an accounting of it, an analysis of the cost, and when that comes, they will punch in the numbers. but last night house democrats
posted on the web the package of legislative fixes that'll go in the so-called reconciliation package, but it doesn't have the price tag, so to some extent when the budget committee starts this afternoon, it's a bit of a charade until they get the numbers, but they're pressing forward anyway to get the clock started. bill: they keep on saying this is it. i don't know, man, you cover the hill, is this it or not? >> reporter: no, it's not. bill: it's not? >> reporter: it's not it million they actually get to the floor, and that, the democrats hope, is at the end of this week before the president heads off to indonesia. he postponed his trip overseas until sunday to give the democrats three more days to sort of twist arms and get the votes. if everything goes according to plan, it is possible there'd be a vote at the end of this week. right now they don't have the votes to win, they acknowledged that yesterday, they are at least four short. the whip count, as we say, and we've been tracking this for a week now, if all of the votes cast by the house for the
original house version stayed the same and you account for those people who have decided that they are, that will change their vote and particularly people who voted yes for it in the house version and are threatening to vote no in the senate, we would end up with 211-220. that's if it were right now based upon how votes were cast a long time ago. that is not enough to pass the bill which would derail the entire process. nancy pelosi says she's going to get the votes when the time comes. they've got a week to do it, and you can bet that the promises are flying behind closed doors. bill: you bet they are. >> reporter: and the arms are being twisted to the point of shoulder dislocation. [laughter] bill: find a sling. i predict a long weekend. over the past year we've had at least six different weeks that were make or break on health care reform. is this it? is this fourth town for the insurance overhaul? -- down for the insurance overhaul? foxnews.com, kind of a cheat sheet to help you understand
what's going on this week. head to foxnews.com, chick click on the hitchhiker's guide to health care. our buddy down on the hill did that for us, it's got everything you need to know, foxnews.com. i'm ma. uma: well, the chairman of the senate banking committee, christopher dodd is saying it will represent both democratic and republican ideas though it currently has no republican support. his latest proposal reportedly robs plans to create a stand-alone agency to protect consumers. dodd recently took heat for a sweetheart deal he received from a mortgage lender or. and the taliban is saying that nato should see a series of deadly bombing in kandahar as a warning of attacks coming in the southern afghan city on saturday. militants launching five attacks that killed at least 35 people and injured more than 50 others. the main target appearing to be a prison, though no prisoners escaped, and most of the casualties are civilians
including members of a wed withing party. a taliban spokesman is saying the blasts are in response to a major offensive being planned by nato to wipe out militants this the city. kandahar is considered the birthplace of the taliban. bill: from afghanistan, now, to southern california where the feds say they cannot explain last week's so-called runaway toyota incident. this is the government. investors saying they can -- investigators saying they cannot find a problem reported by that man. he's the prius owner making this 911 call from the highway a week ago today. >> you're going 880 miles an hour?
bill: so toyota is set to release the findings of their investigation today. in a matter of moments we'll bring back lauren fix jx on why she says it's mechanically impossible for the incident to have taken place exactly the way mr. sikes describes it, so stay tuned for that. uma: okay. parts of the midwest bracing for major flooding at this hour, and in some cases it's already there. recent rains and melting snow making the cedar river spill into its banks, the water flowing up and surrounding homes in cedar falls, iowa, and now forecasters are saying several other rivers have begun to rise as well. dan is standing by in the -- janice dean is standing by, it's been an unbelievable few days of rough weather for folks in this country. >> yeah. across the northeast, of course, but we don't even have a system across the midwest to talk
about, and already flood advisories up for the north dakota region, south dakota, across the great lakes, the ohio river valley. this is where we're dealing with potential for flooding because of all the snow melt. we have video coming out from iowa as well as some of the ice flows. we've got temperatures rising and the ice is breaking up, so that's leading to the jamming of the ice and bringing more problems for flooding, and we'll get that video for you right there. that's northeast of des moines, charles city, iowa, where you can see that ice breaking up and then that ice gets together, jams things up and backs up the water, so that's one of the problems we are seeing. go back to the maps, and i'll show you where we've got snow on the ground. the snow depth as we zoom in to parts of the dakotas, we've got 12-18 inches that has yet to melt on the ground. so we have those flood advisories up because gradually the temperatures are moving up, and that's going to bring the potential for more flooding
concerns. just want to show you the red river. this is a hydrograph, a little more technical than i i want you to think about, but as the red river continues to rise, cresting just 3 feet of the record stage which was last year at 40 feet. so as we head closer to the weekend, the sandbaggers are out. this is going to be potentially a very dangerous situation as we have still the spring to go through and already we're talking about the potential for major flooding at the red river at far go, north dakota, so this is one of the areas 20 feet above flood stage right now. big developing story in the weather center we're going to continue to watch in the weeks to come. uma: some amazing pictures there, janice, thank you. >> flight 209, you are cleared for takeoff. >> roger. huh? >>12 3.9er. >> roger. >> huh? is. >> is flight 209er cleared for vector 324. >> we have clearance, clarence. >> roger, roger.
what's our vector, victor? bill: if you haven't seen it, it is so worth your time. uma: it's classic. bill bill that's the 1980 classic "airplane" with peter graves. the actor with the chiseled jaw and the all-american looks. he passed away at the age of 83 according to his business manager. graves died yesterday at his home in california of a heart attack. graves could play both the serious and lighthearted, he was the cool spy master in this mission impossible who could also make fun of himself in that movie, airplane, so many times. uma: mr. phelps was it? not? bill: last year he was honored with a star on the hollywood walk of fame after five decades in show business. he also had roles in classics including saw log 17. peter graves has left us. roger, roger. [laughter] in a moment, it's one of the hottest spring break party spots
and now the scene of violence and gun battles. the growing danger lurking across our southern border and a warning on that from the white house. uma: and be a mistress revealing new secrets about her affair with john edwards. bill: uma want to fly? uma: sure do. bill: now you can for the price of a luxury car. yeah, the jetsons are here, people, we've got the video to prove it, and you'll see it. uma: love it, love it. ♪ muck
she's still in love with edwards, claiming she did not want him to run for the white house and considered it, quote, reckless for him to stay in that presidential race after his wife's cancer came back. she also disputed andrew young's side of the story about the candidate's attempt to cover up paternity of their love child. "gq" it is. uma: thousands of college students are about to head to mexico for spring break just as the drug wars in that country are heating up. the cartels are battling the government for control and leaving americans in the cross hairs. over the weekend a worker at the u.s. consul and his wife gunned down in a drive by shooting. take a look, nearly 50 people were killed in gang-related violence just this weekend in mexico. in the city of juarez, 2500 people were killed last year making it one of the deadliest cities in the world, and since
the mexican government began cracking down on drug gangs in 2006, nearly 18,000 people have been killed. the u.s. is now issuing travel warnings for mexico. jim carafano is homeland security and counterterrorism expert at the heritage foundation, he's joining us with some thoughts on all of this. welcome, nice to have you here. >> good to be with you. uma: president obama is saying he is outraged by what has happened to those folks connected to the u.s. consulate there, but this has been going on for some time, and the reports we're getting are that those folks were targeted. what do you think? >> well, yeah, i mean, rather than being outraged, the president should be doing something about this. you know, there were almost 6,000 deaths from drug-related violence and cartel violence in 2008. there were almost 8,000 in 2009, so the numbers are going in the wrong direction. it's much more dangerous, and you're absolutely right, everything we've seen on these deaths of these consulate employees of the united states, that leads people to believe that was a hit.
so these were drug cartel people who are killing american citizens and employees of the state department. uma: what's the message here? what type of message do you think these guys are trying to send? >> well, i think there's a couple of things going on. even though the level of violence is going up, part of that is in response because the government in mexico is actually trying to do something about this. they are fighting back. and so the cartel's doing a couple of things, they're fighting with each other over the major smuggling routes, so they're killing each other, they're also killing people in the mexican government, and now this is something we haven't seen a lot of, they're actually coming after american officials as well because we're partnering with the mexicans. uma: that's what i was going to ask, because we're partnering with mexico and its government to try to put a stop to this? >> well, yeah. in some ways, i mean, i don't want to say it's a hopeful sign because that doesn't sound right, but if you remember back in iraq when we went into the sunni triangle, the levels of violence initially went up because we were taking the
battle to the bad guys, right, and they were fighting back, and then things turned a corner. for the first time the mexican government is really going after these people, and we're helping them. the problem is our government really has lost focus on this issue. president bush had an initiative, a partnership of aid. this administration has continued that, but there's nothing behind that. there's no follow up, there's no strategy, there's no emphasis. this is a big national security issue. it's about sovereignty, it's about security, it's about our economic relationships with mexico, and the president just is not giving it enough attention. uma: and what does this do against the backdrop of those who are calling for amnesty out there or -- >> yeah, that is -- uma: illegal immigrants. >> that's an incredible story, you're right. this administration wants to reintroduce a bill for amnesty. you know, we tried this in 1986. we did an amnesty, and what happened is the amnesty encourages more people to illegally come here, so it makes the border harder to control. so we see a real security
problem, and they want to grant amnesty which we know for a fact because of history will make the problem a lot worse. that's another sign that this administration just doesn't get the issue. uma: the warning that's going out to young people going out on vacation, spring break, this is something we haven't seen before given the circumstances. >> no, this is unprecedented. the texas department of public safety warned the college students not to go to the border communities, not to go to places like juarez, and it's very, very important. you know, a couple of months ago there was actually a shooting where bullets actually came on to the brownsville campus, university of texas. it's very dangerous. americans should not be going in the border communities unless they have a really good reason to. uma: this is really serious stuff and something that we have to pay very close attention to. jim, thank you so much for joining us. >> thanks for having me. bill: especially over the weekend when that incident hit so close to home. in a moment, you may have already seen it in the mail, the 2010 census getting underway,
but what does it all mean, and how much does it cost to count all of us? and toyota questioning the story of a man who said his prius was out of control, now our own government says it does not have an answer either to this: bill: well, in the minutes our auto expert has a whole different take on what may have happened a week ago today. (announcer) it's one of the st mid size sports sedans in the world if it's not there arover 50 international awards we'd better give back.
korean army taking part in a joint live fire exercise. heavy artillery shooting off rounds. the drill is expected to last 11 year, the u.s. saying the exercise -- 11 todays, the u.s. saying it's designed to show support. north korea condemning it, though, saying it amounts to preparations for an attack. marines will also train for urban warfare and conduct air operations. bill: time to be counted. the 2010 census starting to arrive in your home across america now. the population count is a huge undertaking requiring a staggering number of workers and a whole lot of money. james rosen helps make sense of it, some dollars when census hits in d.c. what's up, james? >> reporter: bill, good morning. census 2010 is officially underway, it may be the last one that is still primarily paper-based. uncle sam is counting every person in the america no matter who they are or where they live.
it's an operation involving nearly 500 local offices and an estimated cost of $11.7 billion over ten years -- $14.7 billion. the results determine how many seats each state is allotted in the house of representatives and how some $400 billion a year in federal funding is doled out to tribal, state and local government. >> it's a very large mobilization. at it peak, more than a million, more than and a quarter to a million and a half people will be working for the census bureau during the important face of non-response follow up. that is knocking on the doors of people who don't mail back their questionnaires. >> reporter: now, the the census bureau has staged a number of events to heighten awareness like last week featuring dora the explorer. another method of prodding you to complete the 10-question questionnaire and mail it back by april 1st is the sending out
of an advance letter. census bureau robert groves told me those advance letters drive up participation rate percentage point by percentage point. >> every one percentage point for us means that we save $85 million of salary costs of sending people out to follow up on those nonresponses. if we get five percentage point gain out of this advanced letter, we're in the $500 million range of savings. >> reporter: federal auditors have found a number of cost overruns associated with the effort. for example, in the major effort made between march and july of last year to verify addresses, a process known as address canvassing, the census bureau ran 25% over budget exceeding its $356 million for that operation by about $88 million. bill? bill: so the point is, in the end this controls congress -- >> reporter: it does. bill: and in a lot of ways determines districts?
>> reporter: it does, and that's why you're seeing a major effort to determine control of the local state houses as well because when these numbers get submitted next year, it'll be those state houses that carve up the districts. bill good point. james, thanks for that. james rosen on census 2010 for us. or 2010, whichever you like. see ya, james. uma: was his toyota out of control, or is he the next balloon boy? a government agency now casting doubt on one man's story that his prius went haywire. bill also, a couple's been sent to jail, this couple right here. their crime? nothing more than a kiss, so they say. i'm at the doctor getting my shoulder looked at.
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uma: here's the question: was it really a run away toyota, the troubled carmaker set to release results of a technical investigation today, this after the now infamous prius problem in san diego. hybrid owner james sikes calling 911 claiming his car was approaching 100 miles per hour. and, he could not stop it. and this is how sikes described the incident, last week. >> stayed on the, the brakes. as much as i could, and, until finally, they started smelling. really bad. and, i had -- metal sounds coming on the car. uma: now a congressional memo is casting doubt on his story. as mechanics insist they cannot find anything wrong with his
car. william lajeunesse is joining us live from los angeles. hi, william, what is toyota expected to say today? >> reporter: you know, when you go to the mechanic and you have complained about a rattle under the hood or squeaky brakes and they say we could not fine anything, that is really what this is about, only the stakes and the stage of course are much bigger and toyota has scheduled a press conference, for 12:30, pacific time, 3:30 east coast, and when they are expected to say, that their investigation -- they could not replicate the situation that you have described. and, that we heard on that 911 tape of the runaway prius going 30 miles over 90 miles-per-hour, and, that they are casting doubt on the driver's story. according to a california congressman, who basically he was there, to witness this investigation, which did in clue toyota and several investigators they tested the car and when they pressed on the brake, on the accelerator, simultaneously, something called a brake
override, the car shut down. and that is a feature that is on the toyota prius, not on the camry or the avalon or some of the other cars, that are being recalled, over the situation. but, it basically says, they could not make it happen. the attorney for sikes, the 61-year-old who drove the vehicle, is saying, listen, this is a ghost in the machine. just because you couldn't replicate the situation, doesn't mean it didn't exist. and the -- the guy didn't have a motive to make it up, he's not planning to file a lawsuit and he's declined national interviews. and, that this guy is telling the truth and you heard the 911 tape and it sounds that way, on the other hand, information has come up, that may cast doubt on this guy's character. that is what the status of this press conference is scheduled later for today. uma: that is interesting, because as you pointed out he's not trying to -- planning to sue toyota and hired an attorney, which leads us to question about why, and, also, the nature of
this federal investigation, where does that stand? >> reporter: you know, it would have been easy to potentially dismiss this guy's story, if toyota was not already under investigation for the problem dating back to 2000, i believe there had been 53 fatalities since the year 2000 and over 2,000 complaints, into nhtsa, the federal government in the last decade which alleged the sudden acceleration problem involving toyota products and the avalon and the camry and lexus es and is and the tacoma, and the investigation, the recall is happening, but when it comes to the prius, they are saying it could not have occurred. uma. uma: william lajeunesse thanks for brings us up-to-date on the controversial story. bill: and they are saying the problem mr. sikes had is
mechanically and electronically impossible, and, welcome back, what is your theory, ellen, what do you think happened. >> it is hard to make conclusive answers and we can make statements and i hear the definitely doubts, we don't know a couple of things that have not been addressed and first off, as i have been working in the brake sti since the early '80s and the '70s and, first thing i want to know as a brake expert is, did someone look at the brakes the last time he brought in the for service and he claimed it was in for service prior to the situation happening, and if that is the case what did they do? what didn't they do or not even touch the brakes? if that is the case, never touched the brakes, the brakes are worn out and he had a brake problem to begin with, and, interestingly enough, the nhtsa people, national highway traffic safety administration, made it shut down and that is typical of a hybrid, stu if you step on the brakes, it shuts the engine down and it worked on the car and, he
is not looking for anything monetary and is not giving national interviews. bill: given the benefit of the doubt, 90 miles an hour on the freeway and maybe he just freaked out and despite -- before you answer that, roll this clip from the 911 tape and i'll ask you to address that specifically: bill: he addresses the brakes himself on that tape and says my brakes are almost burnt out and the 911 operator is clearly giving instructions what to do and maybe it is a guy who just had so much going on, sensory overload and trying to save his own hide. what do you think. >> true, he could have had his
cruise control on, we don't know that and why didn't he put it into neutral and you can hold it en neutral and if you hold it there five seconds it clicks in and you can actually place vehicles into neutral, depending on what you are driving and so forth but, the 911 operator was right on the money and said put the car in neutral and he didn't respond, i'm busy trying drive the car but had no fear of putting his hand on the steering wheel and trying to left the pedal with the other and that is dangerous when neutral is something as simple as placing the shifter and there is a lot of doubt and misinformation and we don't know if what he was saying is true and maybe. bill: lauren, do you think it was a hoax on his part? >> he seems, there is no gain, the only thing, if he was, you know, talking to oprah, the view or, you know, one of these other or a web site, offering him money or a book, opportunity, but we aren't hearing that and the only thing i have doubt is why would you hire an attorney, unless he's getting threats and
attacks. and that is the only thing that is odd to me but to me he has a case but then, all of the -- everything that points from what toyota is looking at, national highway traffic safety administration, looks like it is possible that he just, didn't know what he was doing. bill: and the government said it has not been able to determine the issue here, and the final question, you heard william lajeunesse's report before we came to you. is it unusual not to be able to duplicate a reaction, in a garage, or in a lab when you are trying to power shoot something like this? >> no, in reality, he is -- it is true that it is really hard to -- if it is electromagnetic interference it will be extremely difficult to reproduce, if it's a software problem and may never come up again, like when you're on a cell phone in the kitchen and stay in the same spot all the time and drop you a car and can't figure out why and never happens again, it is a ghost and if it happens it is unusual, and is the problem with the prius,
we need details and i want to hear what toyota says and i want to look at the last service he had done. bill: and, also there was excessive wear on his brake pads, whether they were down to the bone or rims, we don't know. we'll hear more matter. >> the backers. bill: sorry. >> the backers, the material wears down and go down to the backers and we'll find out as we investigate further. there is doubt. bill: thank you, lauren, lauren fix. uma: the cost of health care is soaring, your neighborhood doctor is probably not seeing dollar signs, why primary care ain't what it used to be. bill: and one word, "commute" and one word, "jetpack" the price tag of making your friends insanely jealous or thinking you are down right crazy is minutes away. roll this. ♪ ♪ the only explanation ♪ i can find ♪ is the love that i found
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>> good morning, i'm jon scott, we'll see you in 20 minutes for happening now, you have seen on the internet, scams you can tell them from a million miles away. the nigerian businessman who needs help clearing money in an american account. and you think you are wise to that stuff? there are all kinds of new ones out there, that are getting sophisticated, you need to know how to protect yourself. >> and spiking of the internet, experts say it played a big role in radicalizing the woman now called jihad jamie, the american, question this morning is where is she, we'll look, coming up. bill: that's the launch pad, we call it the launch pad for
reason. for topics like these, a gadget that would make george jetson proud and they'll sell it later this year for $100,000, a jetpack and you drive 31 miles on a full tang of gk of gas and you as high as 89,000 feet, there is a parachute attached? let's talk about that, if you have 100 grand you'll be the envy of your neighbors, a science and technology editor for foxnews.com, joins me, and, tell me how it sfwhooshgs i can't get enough of it, at long last we have jetpacks. bill: is it gasoline, jet power. >> ordinary gasoline and go down to the gas station and fill it with regular gas and is two turbo fans. bill: $2.95 a gallon! and often we go. >> it couldn't be too big of a tank because gas is heavy and it is trapped on your back. bill: how far can you go. >> 31 miles, not that far and you will not do the daily commute, if you are driving an
hour, but you are going into town and picking up chips and beer. bill: and, where will you put the chips and beer, a compartment on the side, two white buckets on the side. >> not a lot of storage. bill: and it says that you cannot fly over a city or a town or any open air assembly of persons, that is the quirke thing about that, where will you fly. >> i've done research and you don't need a listens to operate it. you need one for a boat or car or a moving vehicle, it's an ultralight vehicle and doesn't require a license however you cannot fly over a town or populated area and i don't know how the faa will police where you are flying your jetpack. bill: what are the things called, used 20,30 years ago, the ultralight. do you remember, you could sit down and cruise around and fly wherever you wanted to go and apparently you didn't need a license for that, either and you don't need one for this. >> which is cool and there are few guidelines on what you can and cannot do, it's an open
market and the faa was up in the air about whether it would be covered and, they went back and forth and now it is covered, for sure. bill: this company is from new zealand and will they give us an opportunity to test drive it. >> and they announced a $12 million facility and will mass produce it and if you are a business and need to outfit a fleet of theme with these you can buy them now. bill: you think a business will outfit their employees, can you imagine the insurance costs on that. >> you cannot get it insured. i looked into insurance and called progressive and they would not insure it. bill: is that so. >> and state farm, dhant know what i talked about and called up a company, that does private plane insurance and they said they were not planning -- >> something tells me 8,000 feet will take courage, we have seen jetpacks before and had a guy on "america's newsroom" and he flew from one side of the river to the other and a guy from florida, i think we might have the videotape and we can show you, used his water to power a jetpack and lift him up over
that. what is the difference. >> with the water thing you are trapped over a body of water and can't fly to your buddy's house down the street. >> point taken and once you are outside the range of the water are done. >> but that is a neat vehicle, any time you can fly in the air, basically, on the power of whatever is on your back, that is neat. bill: you pay attention to science and technology, is it the wave of the future, for commuters, flying, for those that, you know, have the courage to go ahead and strap on a jetpack. >> it is clear it is a fun thing now and the price tag puts it out of the reach of you and i and pretty much everybody else, so, we'll see when we get there, but, keep in mind, we are thinking of this as rocket science, finally here but think about it as, well, it's an engine, with fans, and that is not really that crazy, is it. bill: i've got you. >> and we'll see something in five and ten years, even smaller and better. bill: and when the company says yes, take me with you, okay? and we'll check it out, thanks,
jeremy kaplan from foxnews.com. check it out on-line, our web site, our science and technology editor has a great story on this, head to foxnews.com and click on "sci-tech" at the top, uma, what is coming up. uma: i'm coming with you, too, bill, if you are going. so there! the cost of health insurance is going through the roof, but if you think your main doctor is seeing the bulk of the cash, think again. the insurance rules have physicians you see and depend on most, at the lower end of the pay grade. bill: also, say hello to a couple now jailed in the middle east, their crime, puckering up. how a kiss cost them a month in jail. ♪ ♪ kiss me ♪ and i take a look at paradise ♪ ♪ it will never feel so nice ♪ you're beautiful ♪ you don't need all that makeup...♪ move and blink,
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uma: another american woman accused of plotting jihad overseases. jamie paulin-ramirez, released from jail in ireland, but her parents say they haven't heard from her or her young son. prosecutors across the pond are saying that she played a part in planning the assassination of a cartoonist from sweden after he drew the prophet mohammed on a dog's body and jamie's mother spoke one-on-one with fox this morning. >> it wasn't because he was going to a school. it is what he was being taught there in the home. he told me that, you know, and christians they -- he hated and christians christians needed to be punished and told me i needed to become muslim, right now, because, all christians were going to burn in hell. these were what he was being
taught, by this man, and i have to assume my daughter, went along with it. uma: from "fox & friends" this morning and the woman being dubbed jihad jamie has not yet been charged with anything, but, still, an ongoing investigation. bill: and meanwhile there is a couple out of britain sentenced to a month in a dubai prison for kissing, apparently. police were called after a woman reported the couple kissing in public and such behavior is against strict morality laws in the muslim state. and the pair telling the judge it was all just a misunderstanding and they said they were greeting each other with a kiss, on the cheek. and their pleas were rejected, the plea of not guilty and were sentenced to a month in jail followed by deportation. uma: health care costs are on the rise, but, it is unlikely your primary care physician is enjoying a windfall, insurers and the government use a payment system based on relative value
units, and often favors specialists like cardiologists and brain surgeons, while squeezing out doctors, who provide more general care. anita vogel joins us live from los angeles, nice to see you. how does the current system for paying doctors work? >> well, hi there, like you said, relative value units are used for sure and this is part of a formula developed by a harvard economist more than 20 years ago, basically, it is a point system, the more training a doctor has, the more procedures or high-tech equipment he uses, the more points he gets. and, that translates into dollars and the germneral thinkg is, specialty care physicians do well under the system and primary care doctors get the shortened of the stick. >> things are being done that are really not based upon medical science, but, are based upon the methodology of compensation. and so, if somebody is --
somebody knows they are going to make more money by doing a procedure, then they are probably more likely to order that procedure. >> and it is a fact that fewer and fewer medical students are taking to going to primary care work these days, a recent survey shows that less than 10% of medical school graduates from the university of california are going into primary care, uma. uma: what, if anything, can be done about this? is there a movement to change the system in its present form? >> reporter: there is a movement. there has been a movement to sort of flatten out these rbu rates over the years and there is a group called "the medicare payment advisory commission" and they are advocating a one-time bonus to primary care doctors, to sort of get people to go more into the field because, right now there is a lack of primary care conditions out there. uma. uma: anita vogel, thank you so much. bill: we have a question, why were two government workers murdered in northern mexico over the weekend and meanwhile, several killed in acapulco.
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>> we are back. consider this, body owed taking a back seat to one sensitive scnooze. no scented deodorant or bottom to smell like yourself if you want to work for the man in motown. there is $100,000 lawsuit against detroit. they failed to accommodate her algerries to perfumes. the city going with a no scent policy. bill: good luck with that. st patty's day is wednesday. thousands running in ast paddie's day dash. the race, 3.7 miles. the some to burn off calories is not the main priority. >> beautiful day. we can't wait to have a
beer. >> we're going to, stop so after that. >> i decided to do it even though it is exercise. that's terrible. i'm only doing this because i'm irish. bill: straight to the bar. the second light. i'm done. called a workout, right. two days ago here in new york city. listen thanks for being with us. uma, great to have you back here. >> fun to be here with you. bill: we roll on, happening now. with jon and jane. jon: thank you, bill. i'm jon scott. jane: i'm jane skinner. in the top box, make-or-break week for the reform of health care in this country. the president is heading to ohio where he push for his plan. do the democrats back in d.c. have the votes? what is the fallout if they don't. jon: good question. in the middle box, new questions about a