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is barack giving you all the facts? we will straight ahead. stand by. >> actress demi moore rushed to the hospital overnight after a frantic 911 call from her home. what happened? you used to know her, steve. you should answer that. "fox & friends" starts right now. he's my source. >> i need to hear the demi moore story. >> one husband and one ashton kutcher ago. >> so 80's? >> yeah. probably the 80's. >> i can't tell you about the rehab thing. we'll get into that later. last night, the president of the united states went to the well of the house of representatives and it's said the state of our union, not so good. give me four more years and i can iron things out. >> yes, he talked a lot about thanking the military off the bat which was very admirable and he went into what many people
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expected is what we deem fair in this country and that's kind of like the definition of the word is because a lot of people feel differently about the word fair than the president does. >> it was a long speech. it was called -- "the new york times," it's called more like a state of the campaign speech. "the l.a. times" called it confrontational in terms of the state of the union and peggy noonan said it's a speech about everything and really a speech about nothing and the main theme was back to you, gretchen. fair share, equal play and equal time. >> those buzz words have obviously polled extremely well for the president and his administration. that's why he keeps coming back to that same lingo. >> sure, exactly. that's why he did and it was pure stagecraft he had up there in the first lady's box. warren buffet's much talked about secretary, a woman by the name of debbie. she is on a flight this morning back to omaha. she was there at the state of the union last night and the president of the united states
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-- >> so early? it's 6:00 in the morning. >> she's got to get back to work. she's up early to head back to omaha. anyway, here's the soundbite of the president of the united states referring to warren buffet's secretary. >> tax reform should follow the buffet rule. if you make more than a million dollars a year, you should not pay less than 30% in taxes. now, you can call this class warfare all you want but asking a billionaire to pay at least as much as his secretary in taxes? most americans would call that common sense. >> you know how we put words underneath the screen there. that's called a chyron. when president obama says that, he needs to have a chyron underneath him that says capital gains tax. it's almost like you need explainers for this issue because it's not as simple as he points out. for example, if you're paying on your own income, yes, the people
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in the top percent pay 31% tax. but if you're paying on capital gains, if you're paying tax on investments that you make after you earn that money, then you're paying 15% and every american who makes investments pays it that way. here's a solution for warren buffet's secretary. he should pay her in stock. if he pays her in stock, then she'll pay 15% and not what her bracket is for federal income tax. >> but if you just say ok, wait a second, billionaires get 15% and secretaries pay higher rate then you say, of course, everyone says there's an unfairness to it. but the other thing is the investment class plays an extremely vital role. for example, you know, steve jobs would have stayed in his garage and bill gates would have stayed in his small bungalow if he didn't have investors on the side with the incentives to invest in companies like that and bring them to market. if you take -- if you said, you know what, mr. president, you are 100% right. let's double the capital gains tax and make them pay 30%,
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investors will be saying wait a second, i have to invest in this stock. i have to worry about the risk. i'm not guaranteed of getting my money back and i need money plus 30%, i got to pay in taxes. a lot of people are going to say no. it's an incentive to invest. >> what the president of the united states is doing is banking on when people hear, you know, the top 1% are getting away with murder, they're going to go for that and say they should pay more. the congressional budget office found something out and that is this -- the rich actually pay about double what the people in the middle class is. this is from the congressional budget office. look at the top 1%. all federal taxes on the right top line. the top 1% pay about 30% but then you look at the 21 to 80th percentile, all federal taxes they pay is about 15%. so despite what warren buffet says about his secretary, he is paying about twice what she is in all federal taxes. >> but this plays very well
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into president obama's message if he's going to go up against mitt romney because this is all happening at the same time that mitt romney is releasing his tax returns for 2010 and a preview of 2011 where his income is investment income so he's paying 14% to 15%. unless people are going to get into the minutia of all this, the president may win on this argument because it's very easy to say what he said last night unless you give the disclaimer. >> right. governor mitt romney will be on in almost two hours exactly to talk about this and get his impression of the state of the union address. one thing the president made clear is he has an agenda, he wants to get a lot of things done. there aren't a lot of things done. why? because of obstructions and he has a plan to get past those obstructions. >> let's remember how we got here. in 2008, the house of cards collapsed. in the six months before i took office, we lost nearly 4 million jobs and we lost another 4
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million before our policies were in full effect. those are the facts. but so are these. in the last 22 months, businesses have created more than 3 million jobs. last year, they created the most jobs since 2005. >> ok. so let's take this apart, we'll start with the back end first. he said that businesses created 3 million jobs. turns out that is wrong by almost a million. it's closer to, i think, it's 2.065 million jobs. >> you got to factor in jobs lost. >> exactly. and the other thing is he was talking about obstruction. he was in a room full of the obstruction. he's essentially blaming congress for the pickle we're in. what he doesn't talk about is remember, the first two years of this administration, he had a super -- he had a gigantic majority of his own party in both houses. and they gave him everything
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they want -- that he wanted except cap and trade which was killed by democrats in the senate. so for us to be in this pickle right now where what we really need are jobs, the problem is you can't run on his record because he asked for a stimulus that simply did not produce the jobs that we were told it would. >> so the person who gave the republican response last night was the governor of indiana, mitch daniels and he sort of echoed what steve was just saying about the economy and whether or not this president actually fixed it. listen to this. >> the president did not cause the economic and fiscal crises that continue in america tonight but he was elected on a promise to fix them and he cannot claim that the last three years have made things anything but worse. the percentage of americans with a job is at the lowest in decades. the president and his allies tell us that we just cannot handle ourselves in this complex, perilous world without their benevolent protection. left to ourselves, we might pick the wrong health insurance, the wrong mortgage, the wrong school
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for our kids. why, unless they stop us, we might pick the wrong light bulb. >> here's the interesting thing about all of this partisan dialogue right now and what many claim to be class warfare by this president, take a look at this research. in 2009, a majority of both republicans and independents said that they saw little, if any, conflict between rich and poor. ok? this is 2009. now, after all this partisan discussion and class warfare discussion, now more than 2/3 of americans including those independent voters say they think such conflicts are strong or very strong. you might want to ask the question this morning, why? why has america changed in how it feels about that. >> ok, so the president is going to be saying, hey, i got this speech and i have a theme so i'm going to go on the road. he'll go to five states in three days and it starts right away. i think the first start is arizona and i was wrong. i thought mitch daniels would have a really hard time yesterday, i thought he was very strong, very crisp and not personal. he started off complimenting the
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president, said it diffuses people who are very partisan and thinks, wow, that's a republican. he's going to be -- he's going to say the opposite. >> sure and you read the blogs this morning and they all give mitch daniels kudos for a job well done. it was nice and short. and one blogger said he seemed like such an adult. why don't we have more people like him and somebody else suggested how about a brokered convention for the republicans. wouldn't he be a great walk-on in the end? >> ok. let's get right to your headlines right now and begin with a developing story overnight while you were sleeping, navy seals once again showing why they're heroes. they rescued an american aid worker kidnapped by somali pirates in october. jessica buchanan of virginia freed along with another from denmark. seals reportedly flew helicopters into the pirates' camp leaving nine kidnappers dead. no troops were hurt and the rescued hostages were reportedly flown to a u.s. base in a neighboring nation and if you watch the state of the union last night, there was a hint of what was going down.
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>> good job tonight. good job tonight. >> the president was overheard telling defense secretary leon panetta good job tonight and moments ago, the president released this statement saying "i could not be prouder of the troops who carried out this mission. last night i spoke with jessica buchanan's father and said all americans have jessica in our thoughts and prayers and give thanks she will soon be reunited with her family. "a man with a gun arrested by secret service agents near the home of president george w. bush. he said the president sent him a "spiritual message" to pick up a package at his home. the suspect had a permit for his gun and made no threats towards the president so he was released. the president and former first lady laura bush were not home at the time. demi moore headed to rehab. sources -- according to steve, maybe one of the sources, confirms she was rushed to the hospital for substance abuse. a friend of moore's reportedly
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saying the 49-year-old actress was shaking like she was having a seizure when paramedics arrived at her home in california. maybe she needs to eat dinner. her publicist confirming she is seeking treatment but says it's just to treat exhaustion. moore ended her six-year marriage to ashton kutcher just two months ago. this is not normally how we read the news headlines like this but i borrowed steve's microphone. mine apparently is on the fritz. >> i blame bain capital. >> i blame president bush. >> last night, they said companies aren't playing by the rules but stuart varney is here and said the solution for america is to stop playing by the rules. can he have it both ways? we showed it to you yesterday. a school crossing sign spelled wrong. big update to this story.
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>> welcome back. last night, the president of the united states outlined a plan to increase american jobs, punish companies overseas and reward companies here. but are his solutions just a little hypocritical? you be the judge. >> it's not fair when foreign manufacturers have a leg up on ours only because they're heavily subsidized. you should get help financing a new plant, equipment or training for new workers. if you're an american manufacturer, you should get a bigger tax cut. and i will not stand by when our competitors don't play by the rules. it is time to stop rewarding businesses that ship jobs overseas and start rewarding companies that create jobs right
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here in america. from now on, every multinational company should have to pay a basic minimum tax. every penny should go towards lowering taxes for companies that choose to stay here and hire here in america. >> i'm so confused. >> stuart varney is here to try to explain this to us. this is all in the same speech, correct? >> yes, it was. it was all in the same speech. did you see one policy suggestion which will create growth for the overall american economy? because i did not. it was all politics all the time. reslice the cake. don't grow the cake. specifically, when it comes to foreign companies vs. domestic hiring. he wants to tax foreign -- multinationals. you employ people overseas, you're all going to have to pay a minimum tax. and the tax that they pay will go towards domestic manufacturers who are hiring people in america. wait a second, american companies don't ship jobs overseas because they just want
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to kill american jobs. they do it because they want to lower costs. so they can produce the best products at the best prices for everybody. look at apple. >> sure. >> does the president now want to tax apple? punish apple because they manufacture in china and not in the united states? what's going on here? >> and "the new york times" detailed pretty effectively why apple is in china this past weekend rather than building here in the united states. we can't do it, according to the way they've laid it all out. what's interesting, though, the way the president brought up how he had just talked to the president of masterlock and said, you know, they're adding jobs here in the united states. it sounded like he was trying to become a more pro or friendly business president but then when he started talking about the tax rates, my head just started spinning because it was like why don't they make it simple? why does it have to be so complicated? >> he beats up on business, specific business targets because he wants to win votes. not because he's going to try to be business friendly to everybody else. no, he's beating up on business. he beats up on the oil
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companies. he beats up on wall street. he beats up on millionaires. do you really think that a 30% tax on millionaires will help grow the american economy? >> no. >> the charts show that it would have the noneffect on the $15 trillion debt. that if you -- >> zero. >> even if people in that tax bracket gave their entire income to the government, it would have no effect on the debt. here's the other question. how about people on the other side of the fence proposed lowering the tax that u.s. companies have for bringing their business home. >> precisely. >> precisely. >> repatriation. >> the republican idea and shared by some democrats as well is to lower tax rates for corporations so that in america because currently they pay the highest corporate tax rate in the world, 35%. lower that rate so the money which american corporations have overseas will come back to america to be taxed at a much lower rate.
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that's how you bring money back into america to be reinvested in america. that's how you do it. that was not in the speech. he proposed to raise taxes on multinationals and not lower it. beat up on business, win some votes. nice idea. >> nice idea is watching stuart's show. it kicks off three hours and one minute from right now on fox business. we'll be watching, sir. thanks for dropping by the couch. >> coming up on the show, amanda knox. remember amanda knox? she spent four years in an italian prison accused of killing her roommate. now that she's free, she wants to go back. we'll tell you why. >> this is why you buckle up. think you've had a travel nightmare. look at that. imagine being one of the passengers on that flight. whoa! whoa nelly!
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>> welcome back. we got some quick headlines for you on this wednesday morning. despite reports of chevy volts exploding, g.m.'s ceo will tell congress today that the electric cars, they're fine. absolutely safe. we've got our hands on an advanced copy of dan ackerson's testimony. he claims the fires happened under extreme conditions. no ordinary driver would ever face. meanwhile, two guys coming pleas in the fast & furious scandal. the first convictions in the government's botched gun trafficking program. they admitted to being buyers that purchased guns that they knew were headed to mexican drug gangs. they now face up to five years in prison. brian? >> all right, mow muammar
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qaddafi is dead but the qaddafi loyalists have seized a city from control of the u.s. backed national transitional council. joining us from london is the author of this brand new book "after the arab spring, how islamists hijacked the middle east" john bradley. to the new of the day, are you surprised that qaddafi forces would assert themselves after the revolution? >> no, not at all. i mean, in fact, declare to you how libya is hurdling towards civil war, that's the least of the country's problems. islamists militia control tripoli, the al-qaida flag is flying over the main courthouse. and the islamist militias themselves are infighting. there are 12 or so main islamist parties that have sprung up and they have rejected new rules for forthcoming elections because they favor certain tribes and the tribes themselves are infighting so the post-qaddafi honeymoon is over and the
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country is heading to civil war. >> and you're not surprised. you're also not surprised, as we celebrate a year from the cairo protests that oust hosni mubarak that we are now looking at a parliament where the islamist extremists have won the election. it does not surprise you, this wasn't a democratic movement. you knew it all along. >> but democracy is all very well in practice but as we know in the west, it can be manipulated and if this democratic process is very messy and it took place very quickly and ironically, the islamists were the ones who were best poised to manipulate the process. i say ironically because in egypt, for example, one of the parties openly campaigned on the fact that they were only partaking in elections in order to abolish them subsequently and impose sharia law. what they did, everybody said a year ago, the islamists only have 25% to 30% of the vote so
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we need not worry so what people forgot and what i was focused on from the beginning is that 100% of the population never votes in any election. even in countries where -- where it's compulsory so in egypt, for example, and in tunisia and morocco, too, where elections have also been held, only 40% to 50% of the population have voted but the islamists managed to get all of their supporters out so they only have 25% to 30%. there we are, they only have 25% to 30% of the support but only 40% to 50% vote which is the case -- which is precisely what happened, that means that they triumphed so in kunlts like morocco and tunisia, they're now living with islamist dominated parliaments despite the fact that 80% of the populations in both countries didn't actually vote. >> 19% of egyptians said they were in favor of a democracy. 75% support the muslim brotherhood and today, i read "the new york times" and it says the muslim brotherhood, they're talking about free markets and the talks about subsidy reform.
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is that just a -- is that just a play? >> no, free markets isn't just a play. muslim brotherhood are actually very pro privatization because it's not at all communist which is to say it's not at all atheist and so the problem is that on the social level, yes, they're liars. politicians lie all over the world. read my lips, no new taxes. i mean, the egyptian people ought to get used to the idea of campaign slogans and how they're betrayed subsequently but their social agenda is very, very, very conservative. remember, the muslim brotherhood are now the main party were the second biggest party is a party called elnor. they have been burning down churches and chanting anti-semitic slogans and so the main revolutionary partied that was set up, either guys that are going to the square today only
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managed to get 2% of the vote in the elections so that's a fair reflection, i think, of the supporting egyptians. >> in your book, john, you talk about tunisia, how we got totally the wrong message there. happy about the revolution and you also were kind of critical of how the obama administration handled the uprisings. it's a great book. it's an important book and i have to say, you knew it ahead of time, john bradley, author of "after the arab spring". thanks so much. >> thank you. >> all right. coming up straight ahead, did you see who was seated behind the first lady last night? that is warren buffet's secretary. it was supposed to be a reminder that rich guys like buffet pay lower tax rates than she does. but did it work? we report, you decide. then we showed you yesterday a school crossing sign spelled wrong. there was a big update to this story but first happy birthday to alicia keyes, the singer turns 31.
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share and everyone plays by the same set of rules. >> uh-huh. all that fairness. >> the state of the union last night and the president as many presidents always talk about is they have different people with different themes in the audience as their special guests. for example, warren buffet's secretary who was much talked about by warren buffet was in the first lady's box. there she is. >> debbie. >> but speaker boehner was not to be outdone. >> he was not. he decided to have keystone pipeline supporters in his box. if you think that both sides were playing politics here, they were. remember, the keystone pipeline was shut down by president obama, said he didn't have enough time to make a knee jerk decision even though they've been researching it now for 3 1/2 years and the republicans say it would create 20,000 jobs in a much needed economy. >> one of the things they do, it's a joint session of congress and everybody is running congress and the executive branch and you have the judicial branch there as well with many of the u.s. supreme court
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justices they always leave one guy out. they tell one guy don't show up in case there's a catastrophe where the entire government essentially wiped out. who was that person last night? who wasn't there? the answer is tom vilsack, the secretary of agriculture from iowa. in other words, had there been something really bad, tom vilsack would be running the united states today. >> we see hillary clinton there, as secretary of state. she was there. she was not that mystery person who did not show up. in the meantime, which members of congress, so-called squat to get aisle seats so they can get on tv, shake hands with the president as he comes in or he goes out. you can see right there. is that carolyn malony from new york? no. ok. that's from texas. i can't remember her name right now. >> lot of emotion. give the microphone if you watched on fox newschannel as
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opposed to national fox. >> t >> in attendance up in the box is mrs. steve jobs. eventually as the president made his way down, he would embrace gabby giffords. she was there. every time she would stand up, keep in mind she's a democrat, every time she would stand up, jeff flake who is a republican also from her state of arizona stood up as well and he was asked afterwards why were you standing up and supporting the democrats' points of view. he goes i was just standing up to help my friend gabby which is terrific. hats off to him today. >> to your headlines, that very same story, the very same woman, gabrielle giffords' final day in office and last night, she got an extremely warm sendoff. >> president obama gave the congresswoman a long hug before delivering his state of the union message. she's resigning to focus on her
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recovery following last january's shooting rampage in tucson. however, she does have one final piece of legislation on the table. the congresswoman will vote on a bill to crack down drug smugglers from bringing illegal goods to the u.s. she's going to recover and come back, she says. >> are you afraid of flying and a white knuckler? this showed some of the wildest landings at germany's dusseldorf airport. it was shot during a wind storm with speeds up to 50-mile-an-hour winds. pilots say this is perfectly safe. they're coming in at extreme angles on purpose to compensate for the wind. we actually had a pilot who e-mailed into the show and said this is actually called crabbing, maneuver an important part of flight instruction. very important. >> steer into the wind. meanwhile, she spent four years in an italian prison for murder but apparently does not hold a grudge with her conviction now overturned, amanda knox's lawyer says she "loves italy" and would
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like to go back as a tourist. knox's attorney also says if necessary, she will return to testify in her parents' slander trials. they were charged for claiming she was abused by local police there. knox spent four years behind bars on charges she killed her british roommate. >> it's a story we first told you about yesterday, the words school misspelled on the street in front of a high school in manhattan. it was spelled that way since last summer. well, in a matter of hours, and after we put the picture on our show, guess what? workers have fixed the mistake. >> wow! >> authorities blame the blunder on a clueless contractor. oh, sure, it's somebody else. >> he misspelled crossing, too. >> doesn't look like they've fixed it quite yet. starts with an s. >> s as in sports. >> thanks, steve. >> and now what steve said, prince fielder moving to the monarchy in detroit. yes, he is actually the biggest free agent left out there and he signs a nine year $214 million
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contract with the tigers. the former milwaukee brewers slugger is the last high valued free agent out there and no one thought he was actually going to get a job for a while. remember, his dad cecil fielder was also a detroit tiger. now, to another tiger. tiger woods coming out swinging at some of his former employees. the troubled golfer says he's "disappointed in his former swing coach's decision to release a tell all book about him this spring. tiger venting his frustrations about steve williams, his caddie. they have been at odds since williams left amid tiger's cheating scandal in 2010. woods said he found it hard to trust people ever since. and finally, victor cruz warming up for the super bowl by busting a move in times square. you're looking at the new york giant wide receiver teaching local kids how to salsa dance at a store in times square. cruz is known to break out the same smooth moves when he scores a touchdown. 9-year-old max bailey got a dancing lesson he won't forget. >> what's that like dancing next to cruz?
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>> i just thought that -- it makes me feel so good. >> hey, you can catch cruz and the rest of the new york giants as they take on the new england patriots on february 5th and cruz says i never took a salsa lesson but he said i'm just puerto rican. and we can all salsa. >> in "the daily news" today, it actually shows you the footsteps to do the salsa. >> so brian, pay special attention to that when you're at the super bowl, you can get your own salsa lesson from victor cruz. >> that's a good thing. if i score at the super bowl, i'll do the salsa. if i get a touchdown -- >> excuse me. excuse me. >> are you playing? >> in the directtv game. >> that's right. historical. >> they like it spicy. >> they will. if you want to hear more sports from me, go to kilmeade and friends.com. keeping score/fox and friends. >> fantastic. straight ahead, the president orders religious institutions to cover birth control in their health plan. is he provoking an unnecessary
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>> headlines now. occupy protesters now occupying igloos in switzerland. about 50 protesters are camped out in the snow in front of the world economic forum that starts today. there have been no arrests so far. who holds the huskies? and giselle buncheon is on the way to earning her title that no supermodel has had before. billionaire. she can thank her new lingerie line for that.
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reports say it's become a big hit and quickly moving her towards billionaire status. finally, tom brady can make ends meet. gretch? >> thank you, brian. a move from the obama administration to require religious institutions to provide free birth control to workers is drawing criticism from some catholics just recently. the secretary of health and human services announced there would be extra time, though, to comply. one more year. but religious leaders claim the mandate violates their religious freedom and more importantly forces them to go against their conscience. joining us now is bishop william laurie, chairman for the committee of religious charity. in effect, tell me what this new law will require catholic institutions to do. >> here's basically the menu that violates our religious liberty. one is either to include in our health insurance plans drugs and
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procedures that violate church teachings such as stop providing health insurance for our church employees and pay a big penalty or curtail our mission such that we are only serving our own members and not people of all faiths because that's the only way that you can be exempt from this health and human services rule. >> uh-huh. so some people are exempt. there's a four step piece of criteria that you have to meet to be exempt. but i guess your point is that yes, you are a religious organization but take, for example, notre dame, they would have a huge amount of employees who might not necessarily be catholic so then that institution would longer be exempt, correct? >> sure, that would be the case. the fact of the matter is that church institutions serve the
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common good. they serve the needs not only of their own churches but of society and it seems to me that we're getting penalized for doing so, we're told that if we want to do that, we have to violate our consciences. this is a real line in the sand as far as i'm concerned. >> so some women's rights groups are applauding this ruling but you predict some religious affiliated organizations, then, may take the other choice which is to not provide health insurance for their employees and pay the penalty instead. >> well, we're looking at options going forward. first of all, let me just say this -- that forcing a church institution to violate its conscience is a very grave matter. even "the washington post,"
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other secular papers, a wide variety of commentators who do not agree with the church's teaching on these matters have said that our religious rights should not be violated in this way. so we're looking at possible ways of redressing this maybe through litigation, maybe also through legislative remedies and certainly, we want to get the word out not only to catholics but people of good will. >> some companies got health care waivers so maybe there would be a waiver offered to the catholic church as well in some sort of capacity. bishop william laurie, chairman of the committee for religious liberty, thanks for being my guest today. >> thank you, gretchen. >> nancy pelosi says newt gingrich won't be president. why? she claims she's got something on him? more on her accusations top of the hour. but first, we showed you with a wild ride so daring, many of you
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thought this video could be fake because the helmet is not moving. the man on the bike here on "fox & friends" next to prove he is the real deal.
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>> look at this. yesterday we showed you this insane video of a dirt bike rider on an extremely skinny mountain ridge right at the top. not everybody believed the video was real. >> how could it possibly be? >> we're joined by the death defying rider himself saying it was real and it's me. chris mcmahon.
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chris? how did you pull that off? >> well, i guess -- i mean, i've been dirt biking since i was 6 so i've got a few rides under my belt. and i've ridden those ridges before. >> so this was easy for you. this was not as tough as it looks on video. this is why people thought maybe it wasn't real. explain for us, in the video, you see that your helmet is steady and not moving like the rest of the bike is. >> right. yeah, that's just because the -- i have the go pro helmet cam and it's attached to the side of the helmet so any movement my head makes, the camera makes as well and it makes the helmet look like it's still and being that the trail is pretty much straight then i'm looking at the trail. >> exactly. chris, you're joining us today from colorado. this is -- this is a mountaintop, hilltop there in the grand junction area. how far -- it looks like you're, you know, riding a bike on k-2.
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it looks like if you went off to the side to the left or right, instant death. how high is this that we're talking about? >> i mean, i really have no way of knowing but if i had to take a wild guess at it, probably couple hundred feet give or take. >> what happens if you fall off the side here? >> well, i've fallen off once before. there's really no way to get back up so you kind of got to gracefully fall, slide all the way to the bottom and you're kind of stuck in these ridiculous ditches that might take you half-hour to get out of there. might take you four hours to get out of there. >> have you gone over this terrain before? i mean, have you -- when you do these videotapes have you done this before or you get up there and say i'm going to do this for the first time and tape it? >> that's what this one is. i had never ridden this particular ridge before. i've ridden some of the other ridges in the area so i kind of had a taste for what was going on. but this one, being that it was snowy and everything, i thought
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it might be a good idea to turn on the camera. >> are you amazed that we think this is scary? is it not as scary as it looks? >> no, i mean, it's definitely pretty wild i'd say. the fish eye lens on the go pro does distort things a little bit but there are plenty of points in the ridge where it's no wider than the tire of my bike. >> do you do this for a living? >> i wish. no. i work for the local utility company. >> excel, i think. tell us a little bit, for any dirt bikers watching this right now, they're wondering how you get the traction. you've got a little secret. you actually installed something on your tires. tell us about your snow studs. >> ok. yeah, i mean, the snow studs that you buy are pretty expensive and i really never tried it before so i just wanted something cheap. i took -- went to the hardware store and got about 700 sheet
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metal screws and just screwed them all into the knobs of the tires. >> chris, i think gretchen would like to go with you next time. is there -- do you have a longer seat that you could actually -- >> i am the daredevil on the set. >> you are. >> ok. >> sign me up! >> do you have room for her? >> we might be able to accommodate that. >> ok, great. >> go to grand junction>> i'll get your number later. thank you so much for explaining how you do that amazing feat. >> hope you get a sponsor so you can quit your other job and do this all the time. >> that would be awesome. >> is it would be. >> thanks for offering me up. i appreciate that. >> way to go. >> no problem. you're gone, grand junction. >> straight ahead, mitt romney helped marco rubio get the votes needed to become florida's new senator. why won't rubio endorse him? we'll talk to the senator when he joins us in the next hour. >> take a look at this, a snowmobiler triggering an avalanche gets buried alive but lives to tell about it. hear from him when we begin a new hour of "fox & friends."
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avalanche. got buried alive but he lived to tell the story. you will hear from him in this hour of "fox & friends" for a wednesday that kicks off right now. >> line up coming up this way, and two more hours to go. hours from when the president of the united states finished his state of the union address, we have a big guest list. senator marco rubio, superstar of florida that was the focus of the g.o.p. in florida, why won't he endorse? joel inus live. >> and eric cantor from virginia will be responding to the president's speech last night and mitt romney might have a thing or two to say about it because the majority of the speech was about paying your fair share and he just released his tax returns that shows he pays a heck of a lot of taxes. >> he sure does. and a lot of charity, too. michelle bachmann whose dream was to be president, it's not her turn this time. she has dropped out and will be joining us as well. we have' busy two hours kicking off right now, brian?
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>> hours after the state of the union address, president obama is set to take his message on the road. >> and our own wendell goler is live at the white house with details. >> gretchen, like all presidents, mr. obama is headed out on the road to sell some of the ideas of last night's state of the union address and since it's an election year, it's probably no surprise he's headed to five battleground states, iowa, arizona, nevada, colorado and michigan over the next three days. last night, the president reprised the ideas he sit forth last month in kansas for a better deal for those in the middle class and those making it into the middle class. he outlined a series of proposals designed to keep jobs in this country, make college more affordable and help people refinance their home mortgages but the biggest and most controversial was a call to tax investment income at the same right as salaries and wages so the wealthiest in the country do more to foot its bills. >> now, you can call this class
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warfare all you want. but asking a billionaire to pay at least as much of a secretary in taxes? most americans would call that common sense. >> the most touching moment was when the president hugged congresswoman gabby giffords expected to resign her seat today. it was a reminder of the bipartisanship both sides called for after she was shot last year but we really haven't seen. meanwhile, the indiana governor mitch daniels blasted mr. obama and the republican response. >> the president's grand experiment in trickle down government has held back rather than sped economic recovery. he seems to sincerely believe we can build a middle class out of government jobs paid for with borrowed dollars. in fact, it works the other way. and government as big and bossy as this one is maintained on the backs of the middle class and those who hope to join it. >> daniels said the president didn't cause the economic crisis but he says his policies have made it worse.
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guys? >> wendell goler live for us at the white house. thanks very much. >> when the president is talking about the f word, fairness and everything that goes with that, it's interesting because his argument is the top 1% is getting away with murder in this country right now with regards to how much they pay. meanwhile, if you take a look at some statistics that have been released by the congressional budget office, it reveals that the rich actually pay about twice what the middle class pay in taxes. >> as you take a look at that chart, here's the top 1%. they pay 18.1% of all income taxes. when you look at all the federal taxes, that top 1% pays almost 30% of all the federal taxes. >> right. >> and the middle class, 4.2% in income taxes all federal taxes, almost half of that at 15.1% compared to the top 1%. >> if mitt romney was making his case last night with sean hannity, they're double dipping on him.
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he's playing capital gains now but originally paid corporate tax on those profits. if you put them together, that's a huge number and the capital gains he pays currently overall is 15%. you could argue that 15% capital gains gave birth to the investment boom in this country in the 80's and the president of the united states wants to up it. >> when the president says fair share, there's a couple of points here and earlier last hour, maybe there should be a disclaimer underneath which is the reason we're putting up this graphic for you because if, in fact, you're paying tax on ordinary income and you're in the highest tax bracket, then you're paying 30 some percent but then if you take that money that you've already paid taxes on and you go and invest and make a profit, a long-term profit, more than a year of investment, then you pay another 15% on top of that. and by the way, with the fair share argument, 47% of americans don't pay federal income tax. >> that didn't get into the state of the union. >> but that didn't get into it but that's also part of the fair share so if we're going to be share to everyone, should those
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people, then, start paying at least something? >> kick in a buck. kick in something. >> in many cases, some are getting refunds on money they haven't earned. they go beyond the money they've earned for the year come april so that's where a lot of that tax money is going. >> meanwhile, take a listen to this. if you listen to the president last night, it seemed several times, well, you know, the state of the union is supposed to tell us what he envisions for the next year although it really sounds like he's going to spend the next year campaigning. there were a number of times where he was talking about his vision and it seemed as if he was contradicting himself. here are a couple of examples. >> it's not fair when foreign manufacturers have a leg up on ours only because they're heavily subsidized. you should get help financing a new plant, equipment or training for new workers. if you're an american manufacturer, you should get a bigger tax cut. and i will not stand by when our competitors don't play by the rules. it is time to stop rewarding
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businesses that ship jobs overseas and start rewarding companies that create jobs here in america. from now on, every multinational company should have to pay a basic minimum tax. every penny should go towards lowering taxes for companies that choose to stay here and hire here in america. >> so there seems to be, you know, two different stories going on there with regard to taxing and creating jobs here in america and being tougher on foreign nations which are doing those jobs for us cheaper so you have to be the judge about whether or not you think that was contradictory in one single speech. >> i thought that the president, again, delivered a great speech. he was flawless in his delivery and in his emphasis but dana millbank who is usually somewhat of an administration supporter said the speech was flat. the applause even from the democratic side was lighter than usual and several lawmakers and i saw this, too, were on their telephones using electronic devices and jim moran looked like he was falling asleep. >> he did.
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it sounded like the president was clearly targeting the independents. we told you about the poll that came out a couple of weeks ago where the independents are over 40% of the voting block in this country and they wind up putting people into office. so that was the target audience. but ultimately, at this stage in any president's tenure, usually they'd be talking about their record. look, i need another term because i did this, this and this. when you look at his record, particularly with the economy, it's so bad he can't really run on it and the two big parts of the legislation that he did get, a democrat congress to pass, the stimulus and health care, they are so unpopular, can't run on that so instead, he says forget about that. let's talk about fairness. so that is what he's going to be talking about when he hits the stump today. >> let's get to some of your headlines for a wednesday. we begin with a developing story overnight. u.s. navy seals pulling off a daring raid rescuing american aid worker kidnapped by somali pirates in october. jessica buchanan of virginia freed along with another hostage from denmark. the seals reportedly flew
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helicopters into the pirates' camp leaving at least nine kidnappers dead. no troops were hurt and the rescued hostages flown to a u.s. base in the neighboring nation and if you watch the state of the union last night, there was a hint something was going down. >> good job tonight. good job tonight. >> the president overheard telling defense secretary leon panetta good job tonight and moments ago, the white house releasing this new photo. it shows president obama on the phone with jessica buchanan's father immediately after his speech. the president breaking news to john buchanan that his daughter had been rescued and will soon be heading home. the man with the gun arrested by secret service agents near the home of president george w. bush. the suspect tried to follow another car into the president's gated community in dallas. he said the president sent him a "spiritual message" to pick up a package at his home. the suspect had a permit for his gun and made no threats towards the president so he was
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released. the president and former first lady laura bush were not home at the time. despite reports of chevy volts exploding, g.m.'s ceo will tell congress today the electric cars are perfectly safe. we got our hands on an advanced copy of his testimony. he claims the fires happened under extreme conditions no ordinary driver would face but critics also want answers from the feds. after all, reports of flamed out volts are nothing new. some accuse the government of delaying this investigation due to its stake in the automaker. demi moore headed to rehab now? sources claim she was rushed to the hospital for substance abuse. a friend of moore's claiming the actress was shaking like she was having a seizure when paramedics arrived at her home in california. her publicist confirming she is seeking treatment but says it's just to treat exhaustion. moore ended her six-year marriage to ashton kutcher two months ago. a brush with death for one man after a snowmobiling trip went horribly wrong all captured by a helmet camera.
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he was watching his friends snow mobile down the mountain in washington state. that's when an avalanche buried him alive. his friends jumped into action digging him out. they began with his face make sure he was able to breathe. swanson described what it all felt like. >> being in concrete. i guess i had always figured you could move somewhat and wiggle here and wiggle there and create yourself an air pocket. there was nothing. the snow filled totally in and filled my mask in. >> swanson back home and doing ok. what a lucky man to have friends right behind him. to dig him out. amazing! >> no kidding. >> hey, what on earth was nancy pelosi talking about yesterday? she was on cnn talking to john king, listen to this regarding newt gingrich becoming president of the united states, you know he's running. >> he's not going to be president of the united states, that's not going to happen. let me just make my prediction
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instead by, it isn't going to happen. >> why are you so sure? >> it's something i know. the republicans, if they choose to nominate him, that's his prerogative. i don't think that's going to happen. >> there's something she knows. >> she threatens this about a month ago, remember? it has to do with ethics violation investigation back in the 90's. >> she can't release that stuff. >> she can't. that was the point of discussion about a month ago it would be against the law to release that type of information. and that she, in fact, could then be prosecuted but it sounds like or do you think she's alluding to those same details that she may know or something else. >> what happened on that couch exactly? >> yeah. i'm not really sure. we'll find out. we'll find out, i'm going to ask mitt romney that. he's coming up in an hour. should we know what happened and what nancy pelosi is referring to? >> yeah, all right. straight ahead, it's 7:11 here in new york city. the president says his plan to fix the american economy is fixing but is he ignoring the facts?
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>> welcome back. in last night's state of the union address, president obama says he's not the reason that america lost jobs but he fixed the problem. >> in the six months before i took office, we lost nearly four million jobs. and we lost another four million before our policies were in full effect. those are the facts. but so are these.
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in the last 22 months, businesses have create more than three million jobs. last year, they created the most jobs since 2005. american manufacturers are hiring again. creating jobs for the first time since the late 1990's. >> but do the president's numbers add up? this morning, we're taking a cold hard look at the facts with our political panel. he is the former house majority leader dick armey. good morning to you, dick. former advisor to president george herbert walker bush, todd bukholtz and alexis mcgill johnson, executive director of the american values institute. good morning to you. we got a busy day here on the curvy couch. first of all, the president right there said millions of jobs. as it turns out, fact checkered says he was about a million jobs off. we've got some other things. first up, let's put up the cost of gas. during his presidency, it has gone up 84%. when it comes to the cost of
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health insurance, it's gone up 19%. supposed to go the other way and when it comes to the national debt, it has gone up -- ok, health premiums. there you go right there. up 19%. ultimately. and the final graphic we're going to show you is the national debt. it has gone up 43%. all right? dick armey, let's start with you. >> first of all, it's pretty clear that his policy while it's big dollar denominations has done absolutely nothing. probably spinning in his grave in disgust with these folks that don't get it. second, if you look at his micropolicy, you have a clearly tractable destruction of jobs. start with the keystone pipeline. >> i thought it was mitt romney who was destructing the jobs. >> no. for how many months did we find no jobs available through south carolina because the labor department was running amok on
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something, some beef against boeing. now we got the keystone pipeline. by the way, which feeds into the president saying we've got such a great standing with the world, we've just offended so seriously the canadians who are now committed to sending their oil to the chinese. >> i hear the canadians may pull out of major league baseball. >> so -- >> they're so upset with the u.s. >> let's hope they don't pull out of hockey. >> we're dead. >> all right. alexis, what do you think? >> first of all, i can't remember the last time gas was $1.84 and i think that the reality is -- >> i do! and listen, for the people listening on xm radio right now, professional truck drivers, this is killing them. this is killing them. >> absolutely. it's killing them. >> it's per normal. >> killing working class families. we saw that number skyrocket during the bush years, right? we saw that skyrocket. >> we're looking at the number on his first day of president. >> i totally understand. what we've also seen over the last 10 years is the -- the -- i'm sorry, the income of wealthy
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americans increase 40% in large part by government policies. >> alexis -- >> that subsidize, you know, things like capital gains and i think that that is really the central message that the president is talking about. >> this is the central message of the president's and liberal thinking. they see a fat guy and a skinny guy and they think the skinny guy is skinny because the fat guy ate up all his food. >> that's right. >> i'm picturing newt gingrich and ron paul as i'm saying that. look, the president used the example of masterlock last night. he said masterlock is creating a lot of jobs. masterlock is a company that sells padlocks that banks use to put on the homes that are foreclosed. >> i thought the same thing. why do we need to lock up america? >> i'm sure prison guard hiring is up, too, this is not the sign of a healthier economy. >> the thing is he can't -- >> one of the things that i'm laughing at current liberals today. they're always funny but they need to go back and read one, bless his heart.
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they've lost him. and he was the first to remind me or warn me to never trust a politician who manufactures numbers for the sake of testimony. the president just pulls numbers out of the air. >> that is not what the president was doing at all last night. he also talked a lot about how important democracy was, right? and how important it is to not have wealthy americans dominate, you know, the -- >> is that what they were talking about? >> absolutely! >> you're talking about class warfare. >> i'm talking about class domination and i think there's a huge difference. >> ultimately, it's supposed to be about fair. what is fairness in that conversation we're going to have over the next -- >> that's the silliest thing of the -- >> ought to be fairness to the grandkids and the great grandkids who are saddled with so much debt they'll never get out from underneath it. >> we have debt here. we'll have to pay some bills. the panel will stick around for thch the majority of the republican voters say they just want somebody who can beat barack obama. so which candidate is the most electable? you may be surprised at new
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>> glad you're up. some quick headlines right now. live look at the crews in italy preparing to siphon half a million gallons of crude oil off that ship. this as some passengers claim they bought their way on to lifeboats. wealthy russians seen to give wads of cash to the crew, wads meaning a lot. thousands of people lining up to pay their respects to former penn state coach joe paterno. his casket on campus for a public viewing this morning. he'll be buried during a private funeral later today.
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steve? >> thank you, brian. polls from iowa, new hampshire and south carolina shows one things voters care about, electability. who can beat barack obama? after iowa and new hampshire, mitt romney was thought to be the best candidate to beat president obama in the general but after south carolina, newt gingrich has the higher electability rating according to the information gathered on saturday night. we continue our conversation with the political panel, former house majority leader dick armey and former advisor to president george herbert walker bush and alexis mcgill johnson, executive director of the american values institute. let's start with you. electability, the lines have gone up and down and been kind of like a carnival ride so far. right now, newt has got it by a hair. >> you know, mario cuomo, former new york governor was once asked about someone's electability and cuomo said anybody is electable unless they're carrying a sack with a dead body in it. newt doesn't have a body in that bag but a heavy sack behind him.
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let's be honest with a sack of marriages, a sack of endorsing global warming policies, trampling on paul ryan's medicare reform, i think that's an awfully heavy sack for him to carry through the republican primaries and i just don't think that he's got the kind of stability that independents would be looking for in a candidate. >> alexis, this has become a campaign where it seems like the people out there watching tv and watching the debates go ok, which of these guys could possibly beat president obama in a debate? so in their heads, it's coming down to the debate performance even though, you know, that is a component of the campaign but it certainly isn't be all to end all. >> i agree. i feel like gingrich has actually performed, i think that's exactly why he has risen in the polls. he's proven to be a great debater, a great mobilizer of public opinion on the right and a rallier for his base but i agree. i think in the general, there's no way. he's such a polarizing figure and there's no way he's going to be able to --
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>> easily elected president of area 51. i think that's his constituency. >> what about you, dick armey? you worked with newt gingrich for years in congress. is he electable? >> actually, i still am holding out hope. i talked to mitch daniels six or seven months ago and i said that this was the year that america is ready for substance to trump style or ceremony in politics. so far, ceremony is winning out over substance. but i don't think any of these people on the field today could emerge from this primary process with 51% of the delegates. that means they go to the convention and i also believe that -- >> you think it could be a brokered convention. >> i think so. >> your man mitch daniels may be able to walk in. >> my man mitch daniels might be able or bobby jindal or any number of people. >> bush has been mentioned. >> but the fact of the matter is, here's the point i want to make here is that as i watched
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gingrich and romney, it seems to me that both of these folks have moved in their own life, priority one is to stop the other guy from getting it. i'm frankly a little bit tired of the i want to be the anti-romney guy. why don't you be the i'm the guy with real solutions for the american economy and their jobs for america? >> we got to have -- >> none of the field is -- >> we're going to have the real mitt romney actually on this program in a little while. great debates this morning. todd and alexis, dick, thank you very much. >> thank you. >> we'll step aside for a bit. amanda knox spent four years in an italian prison accused of killing her roommate and now that she's free, she says she wants to go back to italy. we'll tell her why. i don't think it's for the food. and the artist was just nominated for an oscar yesterday but this star got snubed. why is the dog jumping for joy? meet him straight ahead. across the golden state,
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>> this is strange. if you watched the debate, it was very strange and last night's presidential debate in florida, the audience was not allowed to applaud. yeah. yeah. but since it was florida, the
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audience did yell out bingo! >> up for debate whether or not the audience should be allowed, newt gingrich said on our show yesterday that he will not allow that to happen again. he would have protested a little bit more in hindsight. >> meanwhile, coming up shortly, senator marco rubio just minutes away and you know there will be another debate on thursday in jacksonville. >> also, mitt romney will join us about half-hour and in the meantime, we have some headlines on this wednesday morning. two men coming pleas in the fast & furious scandal. the first convictions in the government's botched guns tracking program. these guys admitted to being buyers who purchased guns that they knew were headed to mexican drug gangs and they now face up to five years in prison. one of the guys, jacob chambers admits to buying 79 guns from licensed dealers in arizona. and then getting paid up to $100 per gun. >> she spent four years in an italian prison for murder but doesn't hold a grudge. with her conviction overturned,
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amanda knox's lawyer says she loves italy and would like to go back as a tourist. knox's lawyer also says if necessary, she'll return to testify in her parents' slander trials. they were charged for claiming she was abused by local police. knox spent four years behind bars on charges that she killed her british roommate. >> meanwhile, new pictures out this morning of the largest solar storm to hit earth in more than six years. it peaked yesterday forcing delta airlines to redirect planes that were supposed to travel over the north pole. there is fears that these solar flares might disrupt radio waves but scientists say there is no threat to people right here on planet earth. cool pictures. >> you're entitled to your own opinion except at this school. a student in wisconsin now getting legal help from christian activist group after he was nearly suspended for writing a pro marriage piece in the student newspaper. how dare he. what's with kids? in the article, that student simply stated his opinion that
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traditional marriage should be defended and same sex couples should not raise children. he also cited passages from the bible. at first, the school classified this piece as bullying but seems to be backing down. instead promising more oversight on the student-run paper. >> president obama focusing on a lot of issues affecting voters in important swing states last night like the mortgage crisis that has hit states like florida. >> joining us right now to weigh in on what the president presented last night is florida senator marco rubio. senator, welcome back. >> good morning. >> so senator, the president did address those people who you represent in florida who are maybe upside down in their mortgage but making payments that maybe they should get an immediate remortgage. is this the right path? >> if it's something that works, everyone would be interested in examining it and obviously i want to see the details of these programs. my sense is it's not going to work. what really would work is get
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our economy turned around. fundamental reason why the mortgage or the housing market is collapsed, there's not enough people out there buying. they're not making enough money and the reason a lot of people are getting foreclosed is not because they have a bad mortgage, it's because they lost their job and florida has been deeply impacted by unemployment so what we need is robust economic growth and what you didn't hear last night from the president, he didn't talk about the successes of this administration enough. because there isn't any. the fact of the matter is -- you know, usually at this point in a presidential career, you're talking about some of your accomplishments and how your ideas and plans have worked. >> sure. >> he touched on it briefly but didn't really delve into it. after three years, he has very little he can point to and in fact, all the factors we're talking about are worse than they were three years ago. >> he can point to the fact that he was -- senator, he was there in a room filled with republicans and he said, you know, these guys are all trying to keep me from getting what i think is in the country's best interest done. the president says one thing that we can do is we can raise taxes on the most successful people in the country but in the
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next breath, he says we have to be fair. is that fair? >> well, let me say a few things. the first is it's important to remember that the president has been president for three years. two of those three years, his party, the democratic party controlled the house and the senate. he could have had anything he wanted and he got it. he got obamacare. he got the stimulus package. he got the wall street regulations and where are we today? we are worse off today than we were in january of 2009, two of the last three years this party controlled it. he can't blame it on congress unless he's blaming it on his own party. >> sorry. >> i want to touch on the tax issue briefly because you asked about that. the tax issue is an important one. i have never seen a president pit americans against each other like this president does. >> it's showing in the polls maybe it's having an effect because independent voters now report strong feelings about a divide between rich and poor as opposed to in 2009, they didn't see it as an issue at all. let's move on to what's going on in florida because that's the state that you represent and that's where the primary will be
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for the republicans next week. i'm interested in why you're not endorsing anybody because romney did campaign for you down in your state so why won't you endorse romney or anyone else? >> first of all, i'm sorry, governor romney was helpful to me in my campaign and i'm grateful for that. and speaker gingrich is someone i've known for a few years. he was helpful to me when i was speaker of the florida house so i've decided rather than to delve into the politics of it, let florida voters decide and i'm glad this campaign is in florida because i think we're getting to the stage of the campaign where we're looking at the debates and strong debate performances are important. we're happy about that. we're electing the next president of the united states. it's a very important job. as i remind people every day, if someone in the united states house makes a mistake or makes a careless statement, they get bad press coverage. if a president does that, people get hurt all over the world, perhaps, i think now is the time where we're starting to make a sober look at who do we want to put in charge of the most powerful military in human
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history, of the largest economy in human history and i think florida is well positioned to begin to help american people make that kind of decision. >> well, if you can't get the latino vote, you're not going to get florida. they're estimated 1.4 million hispanics there are registered voters in this election. and it's pretty close between democrats and republicans, 12.4 to 11.1. which one of these candidates resonate currently with the hispanic community from which you could say, senator rubio? >> i think they both made compelling arguments but because -- and here's why. the number one issue in the hispanic-american community is how do i leave my children better off than myself? how do i have the opportunity to fulfill my own hopes and dreams, the reasons why we came here or the reasons why our parents came here and how do we leave our children with more opportunities than we've had? there's only one real answer to that. that's the american free enterprise system. and that's exactly what the president is assaulting when he goes into the state of the union yesterday and basically says that the only way that some americans can do better is if other americans are worse off that we have to take from some people and distribute it to others. that's never been our heritage as a people.
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that's what other countries do and by the way, that's why other people including a lot of hispanic-americans have left our country. >> is the reason you're not endorsing anyone is because you may be on the short list for v.p.? >> on the contrary. some people say you should. no, i think it's the right choice and i think we have good candidates. here's what i'm confident of, at some point in the next few weeks, we'll have a nominee that will offer a compelling contrast to the divisive politics of barack obama. >> florida will have an impact big time. senator rubio, thanks so much. >> he was up late last night and up early for us. >> very nice. we just heard from senator marco rubio of florida about president obama's state of the union. coming up, house majority leader eric cantor who we saw in a number of cutaways last night weighs in on the president calling class warfare common sense. >> and "the artist" the movie that was nominated yesterday, this four legged star snubed.
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>> 44 minutes after the top of the hour. quick headlines for you now. google advertisers will soon know more about who you are and what you do on the internet. the web giant changing its privacy policies so it can track users' activity starting march 1st. bmw releasing video of its new driverless car. it knows how to pass at speeds up to 80 miles an hour but only works on premapped highways. sorry, they're not for sale just yet. >> that's cool. meanwhile, "the artist" took home best picture at the golden
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globes and snagged 10 oscar nominations yesterday. one of the most notable performances came from an actor with four legs making a lot of racket in the studio right now. >> stopping by to say hello is one of the stars of the film, uggie the dog and his owner and trainer omar van nouland. good morning to both of you. >> good morning, how are you? >> he can skate, stand on one leg and push off with the other. he's basically showing off. >> that's exactly what he's doing. he loves doing that. >> look at that! >> how does it make you feel, omar, to know that your dog is getting so much good attention for a performance in a movie from hollywood? >> well, we're very excited about it. i think it's about time that the dog gets recognized. i mean, we don't mean like
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oscars like for people but some type of award for dogs. >> maybe a golden milk bone. >> maybe something like that. >> the oscars have no category for nonhuman actors but movie line made a facebook page for uggie called "consider uggie" and it has a lot of likes on it so far. >> yes. >> he's also on twitter? >> he has his own twitter. he's got thousands of followers. >> 9 years old, jack russell terrier. how long did it take you to start teaching him to skateboard and other tricks? >> i've been training since he was fairly young. i adopted him when he was 8 or 9 months old. he's known for these tricks for years. it's a constant thing. we keep training over and over. now he's older so we really haven't done that much training lately. >> can't teach an old dog new tricks. >> you can. but it's not fair to put him through all this. >> it takes too long with the old dog. can you show us a trick maybe show us how uggie could, i don't know, play dead or something like that. >> sure. >> uggie, speak. come here, walk, walk.
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bang. >> good. >> ok. so the folks at home, all they've got to do is cock their finger like a bang. talk to him like that and go bang. >> is it true that you adopted uggie? he was going to a pound because he bit a goat? >> no, actually, the previous owners, they couldn't handle him anymore. so friend of mine called me and said this dog needs to go to a house before he goes to a dog pen. in the process, he did bite a goat in the butt. >> he bit a goat in the butt. >> he's got personality. >> let me ask you, how does uggie feel about his fame? >> how? >> oh. he's shy about it. >> very nice. >> very cute. >> well, he wins our oscar, omar. >> ok. >> all right. >> omar van mueller and uggie. we thank you very much for joining us live. >> thank you for being here. >> can we have a couple of those
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treats now? >> sure. >> go for it. >> thank you very much. well, the president says he can't get things done because republicans is in his way. their reaction? find out next. >> on this day in 1982, hall and oates had the number one song with "i can't go for that." >> very lear lyrical. [ male announcer ] drinking a smoothie with no vegetable nutrition? ♪ [ gong ] strawberry banana! [ male announcer ] for a smoothie with real fruit plus veggie nutrition new v8 v-fusion smoothie. could've had a v8. new v8 why nature made?e. they were the first to be verified by the usp. an independent organization that sets strict quality and purity standards.
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>> president obama says asking successful americans to pay more
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taxes is not only fair, it makes sense. >> if you make more than a million dollars a year, you should not pay less than 30% in taxes. you can call this class warfare all you want. asking a billionaire to pay as much as his secretary in taxes? most americans would call that common sense. >> house majority leader eric cantor joins us. >> good morning, congressman. >> good morning. >> if that were actually true on its face, then, of course, most americans would agree with that. but that's not actually a true statement. is it? >> no, it absolutely is not and it muddles the issue. it basically says that, you know, we're going to be as a society imposing higher taxes on people who are investing on the small businesses that we are expecting to go and create jobs. and just what strikes me about that, gretchen, is, you know, we have seen now for the last three years policies promoted by this
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white house that indicates all they want to do is to tax people more. take more of people's hard earned money, put it in this town for washington to decide how it's spent and i think that the people of the country realize that doesn't work and it's time for something new. >> here's the thing, majority leader. you know that so far, i believe, the latest poll shows his approval ratings at over 50% so far despite all those things might be true. how do you battle it? it seems that message is resonating. >> well, i think that the proof is in the pudding. the lack of results in the economy. if you look to see where people think this country is heading, they are very dissatisfied about the direction in which america is heading. and really, it's because of the policies that are in place by this white house over the last three years that we've ended up with a very lackluster economy and that is dissatisfying to most americans. and so what this election is going to be about is a sharp contrast.
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what we are advocating as republicans is a very bold vision for growth and say look, we've got to refocus on small businesses. because it's the private sector that's always been able to lift this economy, to lift everyone's standard of living so that everyone can experience the american dream. it's not washington that has delivered and guaranteed success to everybody. that just can't happen. >> except another one of his powerful statements besides fair share is to blame congress. so that's going to be problematic for you moving forward. i want to move on, though, to five things that were not in the state of the union message. at least five things and i'm going to add a sixth. the israel-palestinian peace negotiations, the keystone pipeline, the anti-piracy legislation, the debt discussion, the sputnik moments that he talked about last year and also iran which i know is a huge issue for you. >> listen. there are a lot of things, very serious issues that were not flushed out in that speech. gretchen, you mentioned iran. i just came back from the region
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of the persian gulf. and i will tell you, our allies over there are extremely worried about the threat posed by the regime in iran. its continued pursuit of nuclear weapons capability and there are questions. there are questions that those regimes and our allies and those governments there ask about america and will america stand tall with our allies? we've got the same issue when it comes to u.s.-israel relationship. you know, this administration seems to continue to want to try to influence and pressure israel when there isn't a partner for peace on the other side of the table. >> all right. so i'm going to correct myself. he did speak about iran last night and here is his statement. >> let there be no doubt, america is determined to prevent iran from getting a nuclear weapon and i will take no options off the table to achieve that goal. >> sounds tough. is he? >> well, i mean, that is sort of the -- the real point there. he sounds really tough and i
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like to hear those words. the facts are, our allies in the region are questioning whether we have the wherewithall, whether america can continue to lead. and when you look at the proposals that this administration has put on the table as far as defense cuts are concerned, it worries me after being in the field on some of our military bases in the region about whether we're going to be able to continue to execute our mission as the global leader. >> majority leader eric cantor, always great talking to you. thanks so much. >> thank you. >> all right. 4 minutes before the top of the hour. >> she may be out of the presidential race but congresswoman michelle bachmann says you haven't heard the last of her and she's going to join us just a few minutes away. >> plus, nancy pelosi says newt gingrich won't be president. why? she claims she's got something on him. we'll ask mitt romney about that at the top of the hour. the music is from the police. ♪
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>> gretchen: good morning, everyone. it is wednesday, january 25, 2012. i'm gretchen carlson. thanks for sharing your time today. fox news alert, navy seals proving again why they are heros and the president offering a these words. >> good job tonight. good job tonight. >> gretchen: an american woman plucked from the grips of the somali pirates is safe now. >> steve: did you see who was seated right behind the first lady last night? that is warren buffet's secretary, we heard so much about, debtee. was the president use hearing to take a shot at mitt romney? we're going to talk to governor mitt romney when he joins us live in moments. >> brian: demi moore rushed to the hospital overnight after a frantic 911 call from her home. what happened and why is she going to rehab? "fox & friends" starts right now
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>> steve: warren buffet has bunch of secretaries. i wonder how they picked this one. >> gretchen: i think she's in charge of everyone in omaha, at least that's what i read. >> brian: you have the best line. if he really cared, he would give her stock options instead of paying her a salary. >> steve: she'd still have a pay tax. >> gretchen: less than she probably pays now. we begin with a developing story. u.s. navy seals once again pulling off a heroic raid. this time rescuing an american aide work kidnapped by somali pirates three months ago. she was freed with another hostage from denmark. the seals left at least nine kidnappers dead, but no troops hurt. the hostages flown to a u.s. base in a neighboring nation. last night a hint from the president about what was going
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down. >> good job tonight. good job tonight. >> gretchen: the president overheard telling defense secretary leon panetta, good job tonight. and this mornings vice president biden saying the mission went off without a hitch. >> the president personally authorized this. we have our special operations forces. i'm not going to go into more detail than that. by the way, the most incredible warriors this world has ever seen, they said it was the time, the opportunity, jessica self was failing and they concluded they should go at this time. the president gave the go. >> gretchen: immediately after his speech last night, the president did call jessica's cannon, telling him his daughter was rescued and would be heading home soon. a security scare at president george w. bush's home. a man with a gun arrested by secret service after following another car into the president's gated community in dallas. here is what the guy said, he said the president sent him a, quote, spiritual message to pick up a package at his home. he had a permit for his gun and made no threats towards the
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president, so he was released. the president and former first lady not home at the time. despite reports that chef -- gmceo will tell congress the electric cars are perfectly safe. we got our hands on an advanced copy of the testimony and claims the fires happened under extreme conditions. no ordinary driver would will face. but critics also want answers from the feds. after all, the flamed out volts are nothing new. demi moore headed to rehab. my mic is on the fritz. >> brian: sources confirm she was rushed to the hospital for substance abuse. a friend saying the 49-year-old actress was shaking like she was having a seizure with paramedics arrived at her home in california. her publicist confirming she is seeking treatment, but says it's just to treat exhaustion. moore ended her marriage to ashton kucher two months ago.
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and that is what's happening in the news. now let's find out what's happening to the -- with the gop race for the nomination. joining us, governor mitt romney. governor, thank you for joining us. >> thanks, brian. good to be with you. >> steve: governor, i'm sure -- i know you did the preamble to the state of the union last night. we're going to play a snippet because on the stump you talk about restore america. it sure sounds like the president is stealing some of your language. listen to this, governor. >> we can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well where a growing number barely get by, or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot and everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules. >> steve: okay. so it sounds like he's stealing some of your language and then he takes a shot at guys like you who he says are not playing by the rules. your reaction, sir?
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>> well, of course he knows better than that. but the key in last night's debate was the extraordinary disconnect between what he thinks america is experiencing right now and what's really happening. he seems to think we're on the right track, things are going extraordinarily well. i'm here in florida talking to people who lost their homes. in real numbers, 18% of the people in this state are out of work or stopped look for work or seriously underemployed. people are hurting there and his policies of the last three years have not made things better. they made them worse. what's he going to do in a set o'clock like that? try and find blame, point fingers at other people. but frankly, he is responsible for what's happening in this economy. i think that's one reason why he's in real trouble. >> gretchen: how are you going to get away or out of his whole fair share argument, because this poll shows that in 2009 a majority of republicans and independents didn't think that there was any fallout between the rich and poor in this country. but now when those people are polled, republicans and independent, they think that
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there is a stronger, very strong conflict before the rich and the poor. so this fair share argument appears to be working on the people. how will you mitigate that? >> well, what i'll point out is that in order to get our economy going, we want to have people invest in america. build businesses here, grow businesses here. this is a very anti-entrepreneur, antibusiness president. he's engaging in class warfare and rhetoric designed to divide america. if we divide this country, our future will not be anywhere near as bright and prosperous as if we pull together, encourage individuals to invest in our future. that's what's always happened in america's past. and the president is going down a very dangerous course. i think he's trying to save his job by trying to tear down fellow americans. >> brian: something else you're trying to do is get that job. one of the things you're doing now, i understand, according to a quinnipiac poll, you're basically leading back in florida, substantial lead in double figures that disappeared by tuesday seems to be back.
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why do you think that is? >> well, the polls bounce all around. but i really do think the people want to have an individual who understands what it takes to get this economy going again. i spent my life in the private sector. i also have had four areas of responsibility where i led institutions. two businesses and olympics, and a state. i think people want to have someone who has led, who has actually run something and they realize this country is in trouble. they want good jobs and i'm convinced that i'm going to be able to convince the american people that this president is way over his head, that he's disconnected from reality and when he gives an address and talks about all the things he's going to do, people realize he's been in office three years. he had a democrat, a house and senate for two of those years. why hasn't he done those things he's talking about already? >> steve: sure. i have heard more than one pundit say the reason they think you are doing a little better down in florida is the fact when you look last week, newt gingrich had that great opening
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at the debate in south carolina where he was able to chop off john king's head, and then a couple of nights ago on monday night in that debate, you really took it to newt gingrich. you got some differences with his record and you talked about him being a failed leader and a guy along those lines. you really appeared to be so much stronger than other debate performances. is that the persona we can expect to see again down in florida? >> there is no question that that's what i'll take to the president. i'm going to battle the president directly, head on, point out how his policies have failed the american people. of course there are differences between myself and my fellow candidate, i'll point those out as well. by the way, it's very easy to talk down a moderator. the moderator asks a question and sits back and has to take what you send to them. peeker gingrich has been wonderful at attacking the moderator and media. that's always a very favorite response for the home crowd.
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but it's very everybody different to have -- different to have candidates go against candidates and that's what i'll do against president obama. this guy has been a failure for the american people. he's not gotten people back to work. internationally, he's shrunk the power of our military. he has to be a guy who rereplace from the white house. >> gretchen: so i want you to listen to something that nancy pelosi has gone on the record now as saying. she sort of threatened this about a month ago, that maybe she had something on newt gingrich and might spill the beans. so now she's saying gingrich will never be president. does she tell us why? let's listen. >> he's not going to be president of the united states. that's not going to happen. let me just make my prediction and stand by it. it isn't going to happen. >> why are you so sure? >> there is something i know. the republicans, if they choose to nominate him, that's their prerogative. i don't think that's going to happen. >> gretchen: so mr. romney, what does nancy pelosi know, if it
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would be such a bombshell, why newt gingrich couldn't be president? >> i wish i knew what that was. i'd tell people what it is right now. that's one of the reasons why i'm saying that all of the records that were part of the ethics investigation, all of the transcript, all of the records have to be made public. not just the final white washed report, but the full record, the reason that 88% of the republicans in the house voted to reprimand their own speaker. first time in american history that's happened. we feed to understand why that is and those records need to be reloosed because you know that if nancy pelosi knows those things right now, she will hand them to barak obama's campaign if speaker gingrich were our nominee. >> brian: you hammered newt gingrich on freddie mac. yesterday he joined us and said i just found out that mitt romney was an investor in fannie and freddie. what's the truth? >> that's pretty funny. my investments, of course, are
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managed not by me for the last ten years. they've been guide and managed by a trustee. they're in a blind trust. the trustee invests in mutual funds and so forth. paperly one of the funds had fannie mae or freddie mac bonds. that makes being an investor in those enterprises. that makes me someone who is contributing to them as opposed to newt gingrich who is taking money out of them and getting paid obviously to say things in their favor. he was standing up for freddie mac and fannie mae at a time when those institutions were contributing to what would become one of the greatest debauchles in american economic history. >> gretchen: newt gingrich says that he was not a lobbyist and yesterday rick santorum on our show said that he probably was not a lobbyist either. but the debate will continue thursday night when all of you face off again. good to see you, governor. thanks so much for your time. >> thanks, gretchen, steve, brian. good to be with you. >> steve: thank you. >> brian: the governor has late hours 'cause he was on hannity last night live.
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9:30. president obama saying no to the keystone pipeline, costing thousands of jobs. why does he support another construction project that's not creating any jobs and actually costing billions of dollars? is the president playing favorites? >> steve: sounds like it. forget the fries. give me the fruit. new requirements for your kids' school lunch just released. what's on the menu? find out straight ahead. >> brian: looks like i'm bringing, mom. bacon?! gotta get that bacon! bacon?! bacon? bacon! who wants a begginstrip? meee! i'd get it myself but i don't have thumbs! yum, yum, yum, yum, yum... it's bacon!!! mmmmm...i love you. i love bacon. i love you. [ male announcer ] there's no time like beggin' time.
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funded high speed railroad. the cost? almost $100 billion. why would the president support a measure that might bankrupt the state of california while saying no to the pipeline? warren mire is a small business owner and blogger and he joins us live from phoenix, arizona. good morning to you. >> good morning. thank you. >> steve: let's talk a little bit about this: it's interesting because when you look and you do this in "forbes" magazine where you did a column where you looked at the keystone pipeline versus the high speed rail out in california, draw the comparisons, if you would. >> i was disturbed by the pack that in general, this administration seems to be wanting to shift from private production that doesn't cost any taxpayer money to these enormous taxpayer funded boondoggles so they're not only running up our debt, but also shifting resources to less productive activities. so you've got this pipeline that
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provides a tremendous amount of energy to the united states, doesn't take a single dollar of taxpayer funds and we somehow kill that. on the other hand, we support this high speed rail line which has many of the same environmental problems. high speed rail line is at least as intrusive on the land as the pipeline, but it's going to take $100 billion of taxpayer money. the other one takes private money, no taxpayer money, and provides productive utility to the country. the other one takes $100 billion in taxpayer money and it's not clear anybody is even going to ride it. >> steve: that was going to be my next question. it's one thing if you spend $100 billion, warren, on something that a lot of people in the state would benefit from. but according to the stats, how many people could possibly ride this high speed rile lane costing -- rail line between los angeles and san francisco? >> i call it a santa claus project. it's one of those things everybody says, wouldn't it be great to have one? and i say, yeah, it would grab
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if santa claus dropped it in, but not for $100 million of public money. they originally sold it to the people that there would be 105 million riders. there is only 3 million people a year that fly from los angeles to san francisco. the numbers are absurd. a couple million people might ride the thing, but at those number, it actually won't save any oil or do anything it's supposed to do. it will be environmentally produce more co 2 per passenger mile than any current mode. >> steve: you look in a number of different states, governors in those states have said, high speed rail? no thank you. they apparently don't think the future is the train. >> well, exactly. personally, i love trains. i have a model railroad in my basement. but trains are tremendously expensive for what we get. i keep coming back. the real problem is a shifting, taking capital out of private hands where the marketplace allocating the most productive things and putting it to sexy things that politicians like because it gives them a sound
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bite, like solyndra. we spent $500 million just to get one ten-second clip on the news of barak obama presenting in front of a bunch of solar production robot. >> steve: there you go. one guy who does love the train is joe biden. he rode am tracks for decades. warren, a blogger and also you can read him in forbes. thank you for joining us today. >> thank you. >> steve: 19 minutes after the top of the hour. coming up, brace yourself for landing. imagine being on an airplane and looking and thinking, why are we so crooked? we'll tell you what's going on here and where. that was close. she may be out of the presidential race, but you haven't heard the last from congresswoman michelle bachman. she will join us next. it's a morning show exclusive right here on "fox & friends" what makes scottrade your smartphone's
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>> steve: a fox news alert. a u.s. official announcing moments ago that the navy team seal team that rescued two hostages in somalia is the same team that killed osama bin laden this past may. last night they arrested an aide worker of the she was kidnapped by somali pirates three months ago. gretch, brian, over to you. >> gretchen: she gave up a white house bid to return to congress and now along with her colleague, congresswoman michelle bachmann is watching the republican presidential race shape up in florida. >> brian: joining us now to weigh in herself on what's happening there is former 2012 presidential candidate, michelle bachmann. welcome back. >> always a pleasure. good morning to you both. >> brian: first off, i understand one of your debate coaches went to the romney camp. do you believe -- did you see that impact in the romney
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performance earlier this week? >> i think so. again, i think all -- i'm not taking a side on any of the candidates. but i think we saw a much more powerful, stronger mitt romney. and i think as the stakes are increasingly getting higher and the race is tightening, i think we're going to see all of the candidates sharpening their game because this is it. it's now coming down to the wire and in the next few states, we may determine who our nominee will be. >> gretchen: i know one thing for sure, you're probably getting a lot more rest in the last couple of weeks than when you were out campaigning. >> there is something to be said for that. >> gretchen: and when you were out campaigning nonstop. i'm interested in this question how does it look to you now from afar as opposed to within? >> looking at the race? >> gretchen: yes. >> i have great compassion for all of the men that are up on the stage right now because i know what it takes. it takes about 18 hours a day. there is absolutely nothing like it. i had one particular period where i went five weeks, 18 hours a day without a day off.
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it's a very difficult road that someone takes once they embark. but again, i defend the process. it's almost like the snot just gets beaten out of you every day, but it's a good process. this is a very tough job. it's a very tough time in our nation's history. we need someone who is up and suited for the job. >> brian: two schools of thought from very intelligent people. one says after you saw hillary clinton and barak obama beat each other for six months, democrats were panicking. hey, we're going -- the candidate that survives is not going to be worth anything and in the end, they were better candidates. how do you look at the lengthy process? do you think they'll be better candidates or swiss cheese? >> of course they are. i think if you look at the debate, i think all of the candidates have improved. you give very real world practice experience and you get better and better all the time. with the advance of technology, literally you can never make a mistake because every move you make is recorded, every audio sound clip is recorded.
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so you need to be better all the time. that's a good process because we know that none of these secrets will be hidden when it comes to the general election from any of the candidates. there is nothing wrong with this vetting process. >> gretchen: i know you probably watched the speech last night, the state of the union if you were there in attendance. >> i was. >> gretchen: the president claimed that the gop, again, that he's against them. do you think that that is working, his argument that congress has a lower approval rating than he does and that he will use that continually? will it work? >> i don't think that it will because last night, we didn't hear the voice of a president who gave a speech that was beloved by the nation. it was highly partisan and it wasn't something even within the chamber. it was a very flat speech. it wasn't something that was embraced even in large measure by his own party because what people were looking for last night is, is the president going to be more about the country? in other words, is he going to be about the economic turn
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around, putting us on a stronger foot from a foreign policy perspective? you didn't hear that. instead, you heard a president who is again attacking people who have achieved the american dream, but he wants to block the pathway for other americans to ever get to that point of reaching the american dream. it was fairly absurd and illogical, his arguments. the one thing we need to have that i heard all across the united states while i was campaigning for president was the unbelievable hassle factor of the regulatory burden. that in itself is a big tax. the president is doing nothing to lower that burden. he's only enhancing it. so again, his number one signature issue of his presidency was obamacare. you would think he would have been trumpeting obamacare. i can tell you firsthand, people across the country hate obamacare. they want it repealed and i think that's why the president was silent. >> brian: are you going to run for a fourth term? >> yes. i believe that i'll be looking at that.
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i'm very seriously looking at coming back for a fourth term. it's very important right now that we have a congress and a president who understands the depth of the spending trouble that we have, the debt problem that we have. we need people who are committed to repealing obamacare and dodd frank and that's what i've been talking about on the presidential campaign trail. but we need that strong voice here in washington to remain. >> gretchen: congresswoman michelle bachmann from minnesota, republican. thanks so much for your thoughts this morning. >> good morning to you both. thank you. >> brian: 28 minutes after the hour. we showed it to you yesterday. school crossing sign spelled wrong. just school, don't worry about it. we have a big update to that story. >> gretchen: and we told you how nancy pelosi says she has a secret on newt gingrich that would keep him from being president? new this hour, his reaction. i wouldn't do that. pay the check?
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>> mitt romney released his tax records today. they showed that he earned over the last two years $42 million. yes, so now the other candidates aren't running for president. they're running to be mitt romney. [ laughter ] >> steve: when you look at some
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of the information regarding mr. romney's taxes, he gave an admirable 15% to charity. this was before he was running for president of the united states. it's interesting, in this information comes to us from bloomberg. apparently between the years of 2000 and 2004, before barak obama was president, he and his wife, michelle, only gave 1% to charity. >> gretchen: so that's a direct comparison before they are president. 10% of that giving, mitt romney gave to his church because he believes in tithing 10%. >> steve: you know about joe biden? during the period before he became vice president, he gave on average, i understand, $369. >> brian: not that much. now everybody's public records are exposed. mitt romney says over and over again, he thinks newt gingrich is a failed leader. he brought it up talking about
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his days as speaker of the house. one of the people on the ethics committee that investigated newt gingrich behind closed doors was nancy pelosi. figure that into this. >> he's not going to be president of the united states. that's not going to happen. let me just make my prediction and stand by it. it isn't going to happen. >> why are you so sure? >> there is something i know. the republicans, if they choose to nominate him, that's their prerogative. i don't think that's going to happen. >> she lives in a san francisco environment, a very strange fantasies and very strange understandings of reality. i have no idea what's in nancy pelosi's head. if she knows something, i have a simple challenge, spit it out. tell us what it is. i have no idea what she's talking about. >> gretchen: she's probably eluding to the fact that some of those ethic violations. but this came up about a month ago and that would be illegal for her to release some of that
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information. so i don't know. is it okay for her to just say, i know something, but i can't tell you, but i might? >> steve: it sounds ominous. but i think newt gingrich is right when he says i don't know what's in nancy pelosi's head. how can you know what's in somebody else's head. >> brian: in your opinion, you think newt gingrich is right? >> steve: i'm just saying, how can you know what's inside another person's head. brian, i've known you for 15 years. i don't know what's in your head. >> brian: nothing. >> steve: stop it! i don't know what you're thinking. >> brian: nothing. >> gretchen: you're thinking about headlines. let's get to them. she spent four years in an italian prison for murder. now amanda knox wants to go back? with her conviction overturned, she says she loves italy and would want to return as a tourist and if necessary, return to testify on her parents' slander trial. they claim she was abused by police. >> brian: kids, how do you like your pizza? whole grain crust? yeah, today the government is reloosing new nutritional standards for school meals. they include slashing the salt,
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limiting the calories, and adding large portions of fruits ask vegetables. but there was one hiccup. schools could go into debt to serve them up. the government plans to give schools 6 cents per meal for the cost -- but the cost is 11 cents. overall, the cost of making school lunches healthier, $3.2 billion. make your own bologna. >> steve: that's a lot of bologna. are you afraid of flying? if so, turn away from the screen. if we could drop the banner, you can see, that's right, landing strip was cock eyed as the pilot came in. this is in germany. new viral video taken at the airport. the wind speed, 50 miles an hour. the pilots say this is perfectly safe. this is the way they come in at extreme angles on purpose to compensate for the wind. they steer into the wind and then once the wheels touchdown, they go straight. >> gretchen: it's a story we first told but yesterday. the word school misspelled on
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the street in front of a high school in manhattan. it was spelled that way since last summer. just hours after we put the picture on our show, guess what? workers fixed the mistake. take a look at the corrected sign, now painted in the old one's place. authorities blame the plunder on a clueless contractor and speaking of spelling error, look at this picture. one of our viewers in new jersey e-mailed it to us after seeing the school spelling mistake. a garbage truck that says, municipal waste. as in your waistline. of course, that is the wrong kind of waste. >> steve: a garbage truck is a terrible thing to waste. >> brian: by the way, can you twitter us if you see misspellings around your neighborhood? send us the pictures. >> gretchen: usually it only happens with first graders. my son says, i'm writing you a letter, right. maybe first grate you don't understand those differences. >> brian: our next spells.
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>> steve: he does. cash. last night president obama outlined a plan to bring jobs back to america. >> ask yourselves what you can do to bring jobs back to your country and your country will do everything we can to help you succeed. >> brian: our next guest says when it comes to issues like job, like mortgage, we shouldn't wait around for the government. >> gretchen: joining us to weigh in is financial expert and author, dave ramsey. good morning. what do you mean by that? >> well, i think when we watch the whole state of the union address last night, it just kind of made me sad because i know the statistics. the real world is that the average millionaire in america today, it takes them 17.3 years to become a millionaire. they work an average of 70 to 80 hours a week to do that for those 17.3 years. and last night our president declared war on success in the name of this class warfare politics and envy, he's come out and vilified the people who work
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like that to be able to win. and then in the midst of that says that that somehow is going to create jobs. instead, we're declaring war on the free enterprise system which is where jobs come from. >> steve: sure. if you are one of the people who works really hard in this country and you have attained a certain level in life, you hear the president, you think okay, i know what's coming. why bother? why bother working hard? why bother creating jobs? i'm just going to get screwed? >> it does all of that. and also just creates this sense of like somehow we're the bad guys out here that you my own president thinks that what i'm doing is a bad thing, owning a company, employing 322 people and so then they purport this buffet's law, which is a lie, that buffet paid less in taxes than his secretary. that is not the truth. he paid a less tax rate than his secretary. but he didn't pay less in taxes. we have to stop lying about
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these subjects. >> brian: dave, i got to ask you, putting it in layman's terms, why is it beneficial to the economy for 15% to be charged on mitt romney's investment income or anybody else's? why is it better to have that number smaller? >> the bottom line is this: the question is, where is the money best left? is it best left in the hands of people or in the hands of government? we have a tired and desperate p. he started out with a lot of hope and a lot of vigor and he really wanted to apply his philosophies of life and economics to our economy. we have three years of doing that now and keynesian economics is a failure. the fruit is out there. this idea that the government takes from people and invests in the economy to move the needle is a proven failure. it might have worked years ago. but the ratio of the size of government to the size of our economy is so small, that you can't move the needle. you could take all the money from the rich and build bridges with it and it won't move the
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needle. it's not big enough. >> gretchen: right. $15 trillion debt and growing. dave ramsey g to see you on a wednesday. we'll see you again next week. have a great day. >> thanks, guys. >> gretchen: president obama heading to arizona today where state lawmakers are doing what they say the feds won't do, get to the bottom of the fast and furious scandal. one of the lawmakers leading the charge joins us next. >> steve: giselle is going where no super model has ever gone before. donde? we'll tell you. i'm really glad we took this last minute trip! you booked our room right? not yet, thanks for reminding me. wait, what? i have the hotels.com app so we can get a great deal even at the last minute.
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>> steve: got headlines now. apple ended 2011 with
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record-breaking sales. the company brought in $46.3 billion as it sold more iphones, ipad and mac computers than in any quarter in apple's history. and giselle is on her way to earning the title, no super model has ever before, billionaire. she can thank her new lingerie line. it has quickly become a big hit and is moving her status toward billionairess. oh, baby. brian over to you. >> brian: that's the break those kids need. lots of news out of arizona today. in less than an hour, the house will begin debating arizona congresswoman gabrielle giffords' border security bill that's expected to be her last vote before resigning. meantime, the president heads to arizona today. the focal point being the fast and furious scandal where federal agents allowed firearms to cross the border in the hopes of tracking violent mexican drug gangs. the president is not going to bring that up. the operation results in the
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death of border agent brian terry. now the state of arizona is opening up its own investigation into the matter. they're not waiting. joining us right now from fee next is speaker of the arizona house of representatives, andy tobin. why was it important for to you do this on your own? >> good morning. well, we have so many constituents contacting us on what are you doing? what are you doing? you're not waiting for the feds, are you? our answer was no, we can no longer wait. this is an incident that happened and occurred on arizona soil with arizona business owners, losing an arizona agent and quite frankly, we felt it needed a lot more attention. we felt our citizens needed a place to go to share their stories. maybe there is more there. maybe what arizona needs to do is improve on our laws. but clearly this was a failed program right from the start and i think the idea is to put more light on it. >> brian: put more light on it and as we find out, facts are getting uglier. what about the gun owners who
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sold unknowingly to the would be drug lords lords who went acrose bordered with those guns? >> i don't know if they sold them knowingly to drug lords or not. maybe we'll find some of that stuff out. but i'm from a family of law enforcement officer and i don't think that the process by which they're going was the direction in which we fight back on border security and drug infiltration. i think at the end of the day, the public deserves some answers. we can't wait for the feds to give us some of those answers, so the idea is to let's put some light on it. let's have transparency in government. let's bring arizona citizens in to testify and see where this leads us. >> brian: how would you rate the attorney general's handling of this situation, from implementation of the program to defining our role in it and what it was? >> well, i share with you that we're extremely disappointed that it doesn't appear like he had a grasp on it right from the beginning when the inquiry started coming in. excuse me for being concerned when i hear the federal government is here and they're
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here to help me. you're talking to the state who had a past 1070 to help secure our borders and the feds sued us. a state who has taken it very hard on obamacare. we lost millions of acres of forest land because the feds won't let us clean them. this goes on and on of the we have mines we would like to get going. so when somebody says i'm from the federal government, i'd like to help you, and by the way, everything we do here is going to turn light on it, i'm quite skeptical. >> brian: watch your wallet and backyard when they say that. it's going to be a lot of focus on your state today. thank you. >> glad to have you. >> brian: straight ahead, despite decades in congress, newt gingrich is only 11 capitol hill endorsements. mitt romney, 72. do they even matter? that next. first let's check in with bill hemmer. he always matters. i want to find out what's on his
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show. >> that's right. i'm going to see you at 11:20 today. >> brian: same outfit. bring the girl. >> i will do that, yes, for sure. i will not leave home without the girl. brian, how about seal team 6? i mean, more on this break news. we'll get that for you. newt gingrich is here live today, jesse jackson on the campaign for president obama this year. ed rollins reacting to new poll numbers out of florida. ted poe on how congress plans to resurrect the keystone pipeline. how possible is that? martha and i will see new ten minutes dad, why are you getting that? is there a prize in there? oh, there's a prize, all right. [ male announcer ] inside every box of cheerios are those great-tting little o's made from carefully selected oats that can help lower cholester. is it a superhero? kinda. ♪
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>> gretchen: wouldn't it be great to know what's inside the crystal ball? do the endorsements really
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matter? so much more. larry sabato, professor of political science at university of virginia takes a look into his crystal ball for us this morning of the good morning to you, larry. >> good morning, gretchen. >> gretchen: so let's start off with the number of endorsements that the guys who want to be the republican presidential nominee have received. mitt romney, very far in the lead, 72. gingrich, 11. santorum, three. and paul, three. the key word here is congressional endorsements. do people give a rip about that? >> well, it's interesting, gretchen. many voters don't. obviously a lot of voters don't like the politics of anointment and appointment. but this is a party primary contest. a lot of voters aren't that clued in. they enjoy and appreciate guidance from people they respect in politics. so actually in a primary contest, endorsements matter a lot more than they do in a general election. >> gretchen: very important point that you make there. however, in newt gingrich's case, maybe he would argue that one of the reasons he doesn't have a lot of congressional
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endorsements is because he's not the establishment candidate and in some ways, does it work in his favor with voters that he doesn't have those endorsements? >> absolutely. the electorate general israeli in a surly mood on account of the economy and republicans in in a surly, including president obama. even though newt gingrich was the ultimate establishment, has assumed the posture of antiestablishment. that's tapping into a lot of the anger of the electorate. so in a way, this play noose his hand and saying, of course the establishment doesn't want me. i'm going to upset their apple cart. >> gretchen: now, to the bigger point that i've been wondering about for the last couple of days and you write about it in an editorial which is, why are so many politicians sitting on the fence this year? it seems that in these really important races, south carolina, tim scott, well regarded
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politician, refused to endorse anybody. now marco on a rubio, jeb bush in florida, we have the governor, rick scott of florida, they're not going to endorse before the florida primary. why? >> i think they're afraid, gretchen, of alienating either side in this increasingly divisive republican battle for the presidential nomination. so they figure, well, i'll stay out of it. i'll endorse the eventual nominee. that's perfectly reasonable. it may be a lack of leadership when a party needs leadership. you mentioned florida. think of former governor jeb bush, governor rick scott who you mentioned, and senator marco rubio who you interest viewed earlier. if those three decided to endorse one of the leading candidates in the republican primary, they could shift this primary in that person's direction and very possibly determine the nomination next tuesday. >> gretchen: so you say actually that there have been fewer endorsement this is year amongst politicians than in how long? >> in modern times.
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a smaller percentage of the top level republicans, meaning governors, senators, house members, other leading state politicians, even though romney has a big lead over gingrich, a surprisingly large group of people just haven't endorsed. they decided to stay out for whatever reason. >> gretchen: wow. we'll have to see if that's the wave of the future. you have a crystal ball, so you probably know the answer to that. but i'll get it from you the next time. >> we don't have enough time. i wish i could tell you this morning. >> gretchen: all right. we'll get it from you next time. larry sabato, always great to get your insight. thanks so much. >> thanks. >> gretchen: more "fox & friends" two minutes away. right back
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