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>> arthel: laying a legend to rest. friends, family, and fans of superstar whitney houston gathering at her hometown of newark, new jersey for an emotional sendoff. >> so off you go, whitney. off you go. escorted by an army of angels to your heavenly father. when you sing before him, don't you worry. you'll be good enough. >> arthel: indeed. the singing sensation received a poignant farewell at new hope baptist church, the place where she first shared her incredible talent with the world just
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decades earlier. kelly wright is there live now. kelly, i would imagine now everybody has gathered. left the church and probably at the houston family home having dinner and talking and sharing moments and memories of their beloved nippy. >> right you are. they are remembering nippy, which was her nickname by her family, given to her. she never knew why she got that name. but they always called her nippy, which became the name of a business for her. this was a celebration of whitney houston's life. as people gathered here at new hope baptist church in newark, new jersey, a star studded line - up of some of the best people in music and hollywood sharing their memories of whitney houston. >> there was a grace that kept on carrying her. that's one thing i know. the other thing i know for sure, and this is more important than anything that she's ever done in her life, whitney houston loved the lord. [ cheers and applause ]
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>> tyler perry giving his comments clive davis, who chartered her to stardom, recalling whitney was looking forward to making a comeback in their upcoming movie "sparkle". >> she came by my hotel, hotel bungalow, alone, no bodyguards, no security, just whitney and me. and she played her new cuts from "sparkle" and i played some new music that i liked for her. it was like old times. she looked at me quietly said, i want you to know i'm getting in shape. i'm swimming an hour or two a day. and i'm committed to get no cigarettes, plenty of vocal
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exercising. clive, i'll be ready by august. well, whitney, i'm going to hold you to it. >> dove tailing with that, in an earlier interview with attorney james walker, who met with whitney, he told me whitney's star power will not be diminished in any way by death. >> i believe sony is probably going to make about a billion dollars off whitney houston-related merchandising, movies, dvds, cd's, et cetera. i believe her estate is probably going to see something to the tune of 50 million, 100 million over the next few years. >> obviously that speaks well about how whitney's star power will continue on, even though she is no longer with us physically. she's still with us in song and with us spiritually. >> arthel: that's for sure. like clive davis said, that she will be singing in heaven for
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sure with the angels come august. you'll be ready for sure. kelly -- before you go -- kelly, i was going to go back to kelly wright. i know that you had a chance to meet cissy houston, her mother, and i wanted to know how you felt when you were watching it. >> i felt deeply moved emotionally, certainly moved spiritually. i had met whitney houston many years ago just before she married bobby brown. i got to see her at her triumphant state giving toys and gifts to kids in need here in the city of newark during a christmas event that she had. later on i got to meet cissy houston on numerous occasions. but the one time i interviewed her in 2006 as the co-host of "fox & friends" and we actually talked about whitney and her
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troubles. she wanted to ask for people to pray for whitney and after that, arthel, cissy and i sang one of whitney houston's favorite songs, a song she made popular in the movie "body guard," yes, jesus loves me, this i know for the bible tells me so. we sang that and dedicated it to whitney houston and that's song that's near and dear, in fact, it was sung today by ccwynans. >> arthel: i wanted to ask you that. thank you very much. >> okay. >> rick: i'm glad you did ask him that. >> arthel: yeah. >> rick: we're going to switch gears entirely now and talk a little bit about politics. new war of words that's heating up between mitt romney and rick santorum. the two exchanging fire over earmarks. newt gingrich calls on a former opponent as he campaigns in his home state. doug is live in washington with more on this. hi, doug. >> good evening to you. one thing america has really
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learned through this primary season, just as political pros have known for years, negative ads and attacks work. no surprise then that mitt romney during a visit to idaho yesterday took aim at rick santorum's years in the senate. >> the size of the federal government doubled during his time in office and by the way, he voted to raise the debt ceiling five different times without compensating cuts. he's a big proponent of earmarks. >> and no surprise that santorum today did what it takes to survive and thrive in this environment. he fought back with this attack at one of romney's most prideful achievements, his pulling the salt lake city olympics out of financial trouble. >> heroically bailed out the salt lake city olympic games by heroically going to congress and asking them for tens of millions of dollars to bail out the salt lake city olympic games. >> romney spokeswoman responded immediately to that charge with an e-mail that said in part, quote, sometimes when you shoot from the hip, you end up shooting yourself in the foot.
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there's a pretty wide gulf between seeking must be forepost 9-11 security at the olympics and seeking earmarks for polar bear exhibits at the pittsburgh zoo. newt gingrich campaigning with herman cain in georgia went after both his rivals for refusing to participate in a presuper tuesday debate. he also went after romney for those negative ads. >> when they're seeing a negative romney ad, all they need to know is, it's paid for with wall street money and it's false. >> meanwhile, for the first time in this primary season, the obama campaign has begun to do opposition research on rick santorum. believing the nomination of mitt romney is not a sure bet as it once was. rick? >> rick: doug in washington, thanks. >> arthel: i'm going to get into that with susan later. shocking new details after a would-be terrorist is arrested near the u.s. capitol building. he was apparently strapped with what he thought were explosives and some serious fire power when he was arrested. according to the f.b.i., his plan was to get inside the
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capitol and do as much damage as possible. peter doocy has this report from washington. >> his former landlord in northern virginia thought the moroccan man he was renting to before he had him evicted was making bombs inside because the terror suspect kept receiving boxes with labels that said books were inside, but the landlord wasn't buying it. >> it just aroused my interest, you know. i said, something is not right here. so i reported it. >> the ten-page criminal complaint against him lays out his chilling plot that ended when he walked out of a park garage near the u.s. capitol, believing that the vest he was wearing contained a functioning bomb. not knowing that the bomb and the automatic weapon he was carrying had been rendered inoperable by law enforcement. furthermore, the complaint alleges that he sought to blow himself up in the u.s. capitol
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building. he allegedly believed he was working with al-qaeda and devised a plot. the targets and methods on his own, plots like this, according to the chairman of the house homeland security committee, reveal that radicals have a skewed ideology. >> there is no doubt to me that jihaddist extremists definitely believe that the u.s. is at war with islam, not with al-qaeda, not with terrorists, not with extremists. >> he was living here illegally. his tourist visa expired in 1999 and the charging documents note that he never applied for citizenship. arthel? >> arthel: all right. peter doocy reporting from washington. thanks. >> rick: defense attorneys resting their case today in the trial of george huguely. he is the former university of virginia lacrosse player accused much of beating his ex-girlfriend o death. the judge holding a rare saturday session today where huguely also waived his right to testify in his own defense. huguely is charged with first-degree murder and faces
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life in prison if he's convicted. >> arthel: arizona sheriff announcing he will step down from his voluntary post with mitt romney's presidential campaign. this is after accusations that he threatened to deport an ex-boyfriend to mexico. he is making denials of those accusation, but one admission during a news conference. >> all these allegations that were in one of these newspapers are absolutely, completely false, except for the issues that refer to me as being gay. 'cause that's the truth. i am gay. >> arthel: he was arizona co-chair for romney's campaign. romney spokeswoman says, quote, we support his decision. >> rick: crippling computer virus may have done more damage in italy than in -- in iran than they initially let on. the stuck net virus targeted the country's nuclear facilities
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back in the year 2010. it ended up affecting 16,000 computers in iran. tehran had acknowledged the malicious software affected just a small number of sent final, but denied it did serious damage. international sanctions have made it tougher for iran to obtain the software necessary to ward off those kinds of attacks. >> arthel: back to back bloodshed in syria this weekend. funeral procession for three people killed on friday swelling to nearly 10,000 people today, at some point, troops opened fire on the crowd. but violence in the capitol isn't the only news out of syria that's causing some concern. dominic has this report from beirut, lebanon. >> this was one of the biggest demonstrations we've seen in damascus and that must have alarmed the regime. after all, it's reported that 10,000 people took to the streets. those are big numbers. it started out as a massive
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funeral procession for three people activists say were killed by security forces friday. reports say government troops opened fire into the crowds, and launched tear gas to disperse them. at least one person was killed. pictures that appeared on the internet are something we can't verify. the government doesn't allow western media officially into the country. this has an affluent neighborhood. there were sweeping arrests afterward. the new violence broke out shortly after china's envoy president with president assad. they're one of his few international supporters these days. the country had selfish interests in its efforts to end the violence. a deep dig at the arab and western nations who the regime blames for the turmoil. and there appears to be support o from assad's old friend, iran, according to a state-run agency, shifts in the form of the destroyer and support frigate
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are heading in. the west, no doubt, will be alarmed to hear that. back to you. >> arthel: dominic, definitely, reporting from beirut. thanks. >> rick: fox news weather alert, the national weather service issued tornado watches for a big part of the south. meteorologist maria molina monitoring all of it. hi, maria. >> hi. good to see you. we do have a couple of tornado watches and a brand-new one just issued just southeast of downtown new orleans, including parts of mobile, alabama. that watch is in effect until midnight tonight, central time. then we have a second one further off to the east west of tallahassee, florida. in effect until 9:00 p.m. central team. with both of these, it means conditions are favorable for thunderstorms to develop that could produce tornadoes and damaging wind gusts and large hail. that's all due to a large storm system, centered further to the west around louisiana and pulling in a lot of moisture out
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of the gulf northward. we're seeing aside from a severe weather risk, also heavy rain. some of that pushing east of mobile and you can see we do have a number of severe thunderstorm watches, or warnings. those are the ones shaded in yellow right around eastern mobile and southern portions of alabama. that means that we could be looking at damaging wind gusts. not really tornadoes. tornado warning, that means a tornado could be on the ground and you need to seek shelter immediately. as we head into tomorrow, this isn't going to continue to move east. and more severe weather from orlando, florida into parts of south carolina with large hail, damaging wind gusts and isolated tornadoes possible again. because some of these storms continue training over the same areas and dumping a lot of heavy rain, about one to three inches locally, even more, we do have a flooding concern. there are a number of flood warnings in effect along this same area that we're looking at that risk for severe weather. as some of this moisture moves north, it will continue to clash into some cooler air right around the mid atlantic. so we could be looking at
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significant snow event into sunday. we're talking about snowfall accumulations of up to a foot possible along southern portions of west virginia. we could see one of our model runs here that is going to be bringing that very heavy snowfall across parts of southern west virginia, western virginia. that's what we're looking at up to a foot possible, generally speaking, though, about four to six inches of snow along this area. we did have a new model run that was just issued out. now we're thinking we may not see snowfall accumulation in d.c rick, that would be good for that city. but we'll continue to track this storm. >> rick: all right. thanks very much. maria molina at the weather center. >> arthel: i got a frequents my mom ins new orleans and she says it's raining very hard and the parades for tonight were canceled. >> rick: that's a bummer. >> arthel: it is. we'll keep you posted on the weather there and elsewhere in the gulf coast. a minnesota community saying good-bye to a couple still missing in the costa concordia disaster. we'll tell you how they're paying tribute. >> rick: also, mitt romney hard at work on the campaign trail.
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>> arthel: time for a quick check of the headlines. kevin costner and other celebrities remembering whitney houston as a shy girl who became a confident woman. mourners wiping away tears as stars spoke and performed at the singer's funeral. meanwhile, hundreds attended a memorial mass for a minnesota couple missing after the cruise ship disaster in italy. friends and family remembering jerry and barbara hile as loving grandparents. the f.b.i. arrested a man accused of attempting a suicide attack at the u.s. capitol. investigators say the explosives in the suspect's vest were inoperable and the public was never in any danger.
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>> rick: mitt romney looking to try to regain momentum ahead of the next round of primaries. key early wins gave way to some tough losses and now mitt romney is in danger of losing the state of michigan. that's the state where he was born. his father was the governor there, three-term governor. his lead in the polls also evaporating. the real clear politics average shows rick santorum leading the pack 34.2%. mitt romney in second, 27.8%. is mitt romney in danger of losing his front runner status? what could he do to get it back? joining us is brad blakeman, former deputy assistant to president george w. bush, and josh block, former spokesman for the clinton-gore and gore lieberman campaign. you both well? >> excellent. >> rick: good. brad, i can see people saying this would be a major sort of psychological blow if governor romney loses michigan. but it doesn't knock him out of the race, does it? >> it does not. assuming that he comes in even a
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close second, assuming santorum would be the victor in that match, based on the polls, as you suggest, it is his home state. remember, test a proportional state. it's not winner take all. so he would get some delegates. the question is about arizona. arizona is winner take all, held on the same day. if he's able to win arizona and come in a close second in his home state, i think that takes the sting out. but certainly santorum will have a lot to crow about because this is a state, his home state, that romney won just four years ago. >> rick: and josh, if romney does lose in michigan, let's put the poll numbers up. these are the latest. out of the state of michigan, the real clear politics was a national average. but you can see the lead that rick santorum has among republicans in the state of michigan. it will be another reminder, would it not, that really after years of essentially running for president or running for the right to run for president, there is still an awful lot of people out there who had doubts about mitt romney? >> well, i think if santorum holds that lead and he beats
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romney soundly, you're going to see true brutis versus see star. it will be difficult for romney to keep the momentum if he goes down. if he holds by a narrow margin, he'll be bleed all the way. >> rick: maybe you can explain this. i know the gop establishment wants mitt romney. we know that his campaign has tons of cash. we have seen the poll numbers that show that gop voters, even those who aren't voting for him, believe that mitt romney has the best shot of beating barak obama in a general election in november. any other year it seems like those ingredients would be a sure fire way to win the nomination, yet it's not happening for mitt romney, why not? >> it is. he ran and won in very significant states, new hampshire, florida, nevada. key states to an electoral victory should he be the
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nominee. he's done quite well. let's not forget, four years ago, there was a knock down, dragout battle by democrats, hillary clinton and barak obama. everybody said the democrats will be severely hurt by a process that drags out through june. that's exactly happened. the process wasn't unkind to them. as a matter of fact t made obama a stronger candidate. he became president. when is his secretary of state? hillary clinton. so this is a selection process by a party who is going through exactly the same kind of give and take as the democrats had four years ago. it will make for a much stronger candidate in the end once the selection process is gelled and we settle on a candidate. >> rick: eventually there will be a detainee and all of these negative campaign ads that are being run by republicans against other republican also start targeting president obama. so this could be a whole nother story five months or so down the road, could it not? >> it sure could. there is no question that 30% republicans may end up wanting rick santorum to run for president. but i guarantee you, 100% of
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democrats do. romney should be out there every single day attacking santorum. the bumper sticker on his campaign should say, a vote for rick santorum is a vote for barak obama. this spectacle is great for democrats. you got a guy who wants to replace evolution with creationism. this is a great days for democrats. >> rick: no offense, but i don't think the romney campaign will hire to you write any bumper stickers for them. brad, thanks very much. josh, god to see you. thanks, gentlemen. >> arthel: all right. a programming note for you. tonight, fox news takes a look at the career of the rhinestone cowboy, country music legend glenn campbell. special featuring interviews with campbell and his family as the 75-year-old battle alzheimer's disease. take a listen. >> just little things with i think people that have alzheimer's, you have to start being aware of that you kind of need to keep your eyes out just in case. >> i don't have alzheimer's. >> you got part-timers, right?
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>> part-time, that's right. i only use it when i need it. >> arthel: okay. don't miss glenn campbell fighting alzheimer's hosted by shepard smith, offering a an inside look at campbell's courage to perform despite his disease. again the special airing at 10:00 p.m. eastern right here on the fox news channel. >> rick: what a challenge. it seems from that short clip that they're handling it with as much grace as you can possibly hope for in that situation. we'll watch that special with shep later on. also coming up, a major battle over the security of your smart phone. we'll tell you why the sharing of your personal information has some lawmakers in washington in uproar. >> arthel: cries of save our schools echoing coast to coast. parent unions now springing up across the country. what can they really do? the details next.
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>> arthel: the bottom of the hour. time for the top of the news. the celebrities sharing personal stories about legendary singer whitney houston. the ceremony lasting more than three hours. a funeral procession turning into a violent protest in syria. activists say government troops firing live rounds to break up a crowd of about 15,000 people attending the funeral for victims who security forces allegedly killed. a moroccan man facing charges after allegedly attempting a suicide attack on the u.s. capitol. the f.b.i. says the suspect is wearing what undercover agents told him was an explosive vest. in two days, the nation will mark 50 years since nasa
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launched the first crew to successfully orbit the earth. a live look now at the kennedy space center visitor complex where a ceremony is now underway and we will pause to listen to the national anthem. ♪ gave proof through the night ♪ that our flag was still there there ♪ ♪ oh, say, does that star spangled banner yet wave ♪ ♪ o'er the land of the free ♪ and the home of the brave [ applause ] >> arthel: this live event honoring legendary astronaut john glenn and all those who made that flight possible, including former astronaut scott
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carpenter. glenn and carpenter are the only mercury 7 crew still alive today. glenn's capsule circled the earth three times back on february 20, 1962, just three months later, carpenter completed a similar mission. >> rick: switching gear, not a good week for the people who develop and market smart phone apps. congress signaling apple for falling short when it comes to focusing customers' personal information. the federal trade commission is also targeting google's android phones and the app makers themselves and that agency's concern is kids who are less likely to understand what they're exposing themselves to perhaps when they download an app. what responsibility do these businesses have when it comes to protecting their customers? adult and child alike? kyle harrington is the founder and managing partner of harrington capital management. you're a business guy. you don't like to see new rules or regulations put on businesses. something that might hamper their ability to make a profit.
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but you're also a dad. so i wonder what you think about this. >> it's a very interesting question. it's near and dear to my heart 'cause i'm the father of 4 1/2-year-old triplets. i see the way they buzz around the ipads and iphones and don't have any idea what they're doing. i am a pro growth, limited business guy. it's very interesting. i say this, we're afforded the right, rick, by the united states constitution to have privacy within our homes. okay? so there needs to be -- we need to be alerted by the fact or if the parents agree or disagree, to whether or not google, facebook can look at the data where our children are going and then resell the data to advertisers. we need to be able to be aware of it. >> rick: let's explain this before we go much further. why is that information -- you mentioned advertising. there is also been charges that people's contact list, their
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address books have been just completely lifted out of their phones. so your friends and your family, their information also being shared perhaps without your knowledge. why is that so valuable to businesses? >> they can resell that data and look at the trends by which you surf the internet to advertisers that want to buy space on google or on facebook. the other thing we got to keep in mind is that within these devices, there are gps systems. right? so where our child is at any point in time can be tracked. we need to be careful about how much intervention is taking place. having said that, it is the parents' responsibility also to be very cognizant of the fact on what their children are doing day in and day out on-line because they are exposing their own privacy. >> rick: there have been stories in the news recently about something called in app purchases. these are things you can go to the settings on your phone and say you don't want this to take place, but a lot of these apps
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make additional money by selling you things you might not even realize you're buying when you're in the middle of playing one of these games and kids who are fishing around like your kids on the ipad, they may be charging stuff to your credit card and don't know it. >> it happens all the time. this angry birds, they're buying these applications nonstop. here is another business thing. if in fact, you agree to allow facebook or allow yahoo to sell where your children goes and you say, i agree to it, don't mind, then why not be paid for allowing that data to be released and sold to these organizations? >> rick: google was offering to do that. >> google was recently offering to do that and i think you'll see that trend. >> rick: do we need have sort of a bill of rights, a consumer smart phone users bill of rights? are we going to see congress now draw up some kind of legislation to help protect people? is it a good thing? >> i think this, i'm for limited regulation. don't confuse what i'm saying.
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however, there needs to be when you buy an ipad or you buy a smart phone, there needs to be i guess you call it a bill of rights, to agree, consent or disagree with what the data is going to be used as your children or yourself surf the web. >> rick: harrington capital management, kyle, founder and managing panics that for coming in. >> thank you. >> rick: good luck with the triplets at home. >> arthel: you have two sets of twins? >> rick: we got four kids, but one set of twins. i know what that's like. >> arthel: i know you have a mess of kids. that's what i do know. anyway, we move on now. rallying together to improve local schools. these so-called parent unions, they're popping up around the country. pushing new laws covering everything from firing jaded teachers to finding ways to challenge gifted students. casey stegall live from our los angeles bureau with more. hey, casey. >> hey. good to see you. many of these so-called parent unions are made up by parents who are fed up with their
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children's struggling schools and feel that conventional channels for change are simply no longer working. one of the most influential groups in the whole country is based right here in los angeles, parent revolution. they helped pass legislation two years ago called the parent trigger law. parents at this school north of los angeles used it just last month, giving them the authority to force change through petition and may even result in the firing of teachers and converting this school into a charter. >> it has the best interest of the children in mind, they should have a place on the table. the union idea comes from the same idea as any other traditional union has come from, which is parents could organize and they can go about it in a grassroots way that has been done for eight years. they should have collective bargaining rights. >> there has been backlash from some teachers unions who say while well meaning issues some of these parents are misguided. the california teachers association, for example, thinks that groups who use the law are
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actually pushing control further away. for example, if a school is turned into a charter, funding can come from private donors and there is no more school board to vote in. >> the parents and teachers and community really sitting down and talk being how we're going to move education forward 'cause there are a lot of challenges we have today. we don't need the kind of distractions around governance, for example. governance alone doesn't change a school. it has to be real work that goes on and really supporting the students. >> the golden state is not alone. there are about 20 similar groups across america and trigger laws have been introduced in about a dozen states. arthel? >> arthel: you can't blame the parents for rallying together trying to improve the educational environment for their kids. all right. thank you. >> rick: coming up, back to politics. president obama's reelection team reportedly setting its sights now on rick santorum since he's doing so much better in the polls. republican hopeful now
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generating a little bit of momentum. enough so that the white house is taking notice. so should mitt romney be worried? what does all this mean? susan estridge will join us c right after this. ew. seriously? so gross. ew. seriously? that is so gross. ew. seriously? dude that is so totally gross. so gross...i know. there's an easier way to save. geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more.
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tell your doctor your medical history and find an arthritis treatment for you. visit celebrex.com and ask your doctor about celebrex. for a body in motion. >> arthel: the gop pac could have a new leader. republican presidential candidate rick santorum apparently creating such a buzz ahead of next week's primary in michigan that even the white house is reportedly refocusing its election strategy. so should mitt romney's camp be worried? susan estridge, professor of law and political science at the university of southern california, hi, susan. >> hi. i think they are worried, don't you? >> arthel: we're going to go there first. but i want to ask you, could this happen? i want to start here first. could it happen? could rick santorum really become the gop nominee? and if so, would you say the rise for santorum is greater than the fall for romney?
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>> well, i think there are sort of two sides to the same coin. my sense is that it's not so much a rise for santorum as it is disappointment with romney. the party leaders and the elite and the news media all but declared romney the winner, and then you saw the grassroots say hold on a minute. and i think santorum's greatest claim to success right now is that he's not romney. >> arthel: yeah, should romney's camp be worried and on the other side of this coin you're talking about, do you think the gop, the republicans in general, the established republican party that, is, should they be concerned they've been pushing this anything but romney mantra for so long now? >> well, i think there is -- i talked to republican friends of mine. we do have republican friends and democrat friends. they said there is a lot of nail biting going on in washington among the senior strategist types who know what it takes to
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win a presidential election. even romney people have to be worried for two reasons. first, romney is still the favorite. i mean, if you ask me, i'd say 60-40 romney. but this process is getting so ugly that you feel like romney is shrinking. i don't know if you remember years ago when it was the incredibly shrinking president, but you really feel like romney is sitting this in michigan, stiff as a log saying, i really like the trees. the trees are the right height. i thought, i really like the cameras here at fox news. they're also about the right height. he's just not looking good. even if he wins the nomination, i think he's emerging, goatsing weakened in this process. like with gingrich where he sort of stepped up and looks better. >> arthel: as you know, even the president, his campaign the last few days is now beginning to focus attention on santorum, trying to get some information, if you will, that perhaps they could use in lines of attack
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against santorum. so what does this say to you? >> it says to me that perhaps god is a democrat. i mean, there is no one on the democratic side, at least if they're being honest with you, who wouldn't much rather be running against santorum, who is best known for things like saying that contraceptives may be bad for women, than somebody like romney who has some credibility on the economy. and so i think the white house is refocusing. i think the white house has every interest in pumping up santorum a little bit and making clear that they view him as a serious opponent. and the real question is, will conservative republicans who aren't in love with romney take a look right now and say, hey, wait a minute. we're headed down the wrong path. or is this momentum that santorum has, particularly in michigan, and his ability to say
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that everything that makes romney have advantage, he's got money, he's got organization, makes him elitist, how does that get stopped, if at all? and primaries and caucuses are funny places how they vote. >> arthel: any predictions? is it going to be romney or santorum or will it be somebody else come august? >> i don't think it's somebody else. i think this goes a long way. it probably goes all the way, if i had a bet, my first instincts would be not to. i think the favorite is still romney because electability matters. but it could be santorum. >> arthel: that's a nonanswer, susan. but i'll let you off the hook. i wanted you to pick something. anyway, thank you very much. >> romney. >> arthel: she's going with romney. susan, don't want o offend anybody, but god is a woman. just saying. not a democrat, but a woman. see you susan, thank you very
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much. >> rick: do you like your technology? i love when there is like new phones and new games and new stuff. we're going to show you some of the best new smart phones. this is called fablet. part phone, part tablet. we have the latest when we come right back. don't go away or bloating? get ahead of it! one phillips' colon health probiotic cap a day helps defend against digestive issues with three strains of good bacteria. hit me! [ female announcer ] live the regular life. phillips'. ♪ feel the power my young friend. mmm! [ male announcer ] for excellent fruit and veggie nutrition... v8 v-fusion, also refreshing plus tea. could've had a v8.
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>> arthel: every time you look around, it seems like there is a new batch of smart phones
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hitting the market. >> rick: it's fun, right? >> arthel: very fun. >> rick: how do you know if it's worth trading in the one you have for the one you want? mike is "consumer reports" senior electronics editor. he has three of these top new phones. these are hot off the press. >> both pairly new. introduced at the electronics show last month. first up -- >> arthel: big screen there. >> cross between a phone and tablet. samsung is calling it a phone. the world's biggest screen, 5.3 inches for a phone, that is. it comes with a little stylus on the bottom to jot down notes. many people won't do it. it will have limited appeal, but it has a fabulous display. if you're an avid reader, you'll like it. where it's weak is one handed operation. if you want to dial a number -- >> rick: it's showing it, you'll have a hard time dialing it. >> only nba stars. >> rick: how much is this one? >> $300 from at & t with a
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two-year contract. here is a phone with probably the best battery we've ever seen on a smart phone. fantastic. the droid razr max. motorola, on verizon for $300 again. but has a phenomenal under the best condition, 21 hours of talk time. real world, 13 hours. that's really great when you consider most phones get four to eight hours. most smart phones. >> arthel: you're right. good looking. >> rick: how much is this one? >> this is $300. >> arthel: now we go to the lg spectrum. >> this has a lot of features. again, another big screen, 4.5 inches. like the razr max. but for today, that price dropped down from 200 to $80 with a two-year contract. it's lg, they've been quiet in the market. but this phone looks loo i can a real winner. the same technology on high end flat panel screens.
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runs android 2.35. and our engineers loved it. >> arthel: looks good. >> rick: i think i just called your mother. i'm not sure. >> hold on. >> arthel: thanks, mike. very good stuff. thank you very much. >> rick: good to see you. >> arthel: that is it for us. don't go anigh where because harris is coming up next. harris faulkner coming up with the fox report. >> rick: have a good evening. the employee of the month isss... the new spark card from capital one. spark miles gives me the most rewards of any small business credit card. the spark card earns double miles... so we really had to up our game. with spark, the boss earns double miles on every rchase, every day. that's setting the bar pretty high.
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