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situation for the market. i would say, not going to take much. we have to get it under control. neil: we'll see, ken fienberg tomorrow night. he is here tomorrow. >> hello i am gerri willis. on the willis report. inside the beltway, congress changes landmark law for its own benefit
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because a million know, basically you and i cannot do any insider-trading. if elected members of congress prior to the stock at 20 they could. disclosure, the one thing that will allow us to check up on his people, they are doing away with it. in fact to know when it comes to elected officials, they are billing the creation of a public database that would help us track this. come on. they took the teeth out of this law, didn't they? >> well, i thought that to some extent. even letting congressman and
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senior staff buy and trade in individual stocks at all is problematic. i mean, i don't do that for ethical reasons. their executives at companies. so why -- somebody in the senate finance committee allowed to? but they were not -- this was just about these reporting requirements, disclosure. yes, there were burdensome. you got to get out from under the burden? don't trade in individual stocks. gerri: absolutely right. one reason we are talking about this today, because of this action and no one has heard about and is reporting on, but there is another story bubbling up that i want you to comment on human a lobbyist's just exposed. a onetime congressionally by the way. he mailed market-moving information to one of these groups that sells data to wall street. wall street wants to know what
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is going on. this fellow given permission to one of these companies didn't give it as a consummate a ton of dough trading on this. no -- what you make of this? it seems to me if you make some kind of stock at a should stop something exactly like this. >> this was called the political intelligence in this tree which may be a misnomer, but is called the political intelligence industry. and we had a provision in the original stock act that would have required political intelligence consultants to register under the lobby disclosure act. disclose their activity and their clients, but congress was not prepared to go that far. the cut that out of the bell and replaced it with a steady for the gao to study whether or not there really is a problem. well, the report, a gao report finally came out that shows that there is, indeed, a problem because they could not even identify who these political intelligence consultants are or
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how big it is. and as a result, we're going to see a new effort in congress led by senator charles grassley. gerri: of former aide is right at the center of this, right? >> and, yes. it highlights a lot of things, including the fact that lobbying firms don't like it when the lobbyists go ahead and use their lobbying information to sell to these political intelligence firms. for me what it highlights is, this is what happens when government is regulating in subsidizing everybody so much. increasingly the placement of a, in legislation, the decision of a committee chairman, the decision of a bureaucrat, the timing of a rule, that step is worth millions and becomes worth more and more as government increases the act of subsidizing and regulating industry. gerri: i want to give you a quick follow-up. i know you know the folks involved. grassley has been denying that he knew anything about this. a very concerned about this.
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your quick comments. >> i do believe that he did not know anything about this. this was a former aide of his to became a lobbyist, went your door rolfing door. grassley has very seriously championed this political intelligence disclosure requirements. i am expecting this to really motivate him to pushing even harder. i really want to add, the repeal that congress just did of the disclosure includes all congressional staff. and those are the key sources of the political intelligence industry. gerri: here is the thing, greg and tim, they think you are not looking. so there will do whatever they can to make themselves look better. it is astonishing to me how these people in congress and the president who signed it, frankly, think they can get away with this stuff. unbelievable. you did a great job debating this. thank you for coming out tonight. >> thank you.
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>> thank you. gerri: here is another story that has me ticked off. listen to this. homeowners who allegedly or wrongly foreclosed upon during the financial crisis were recently awarded nearly nine ann a half billion dollars in settlement by banking regulators. this was last february. here is the reality of what happened. those homeowners received pennies and the dollar for their losses, while consultants who were brought in by the feds to assist them made up by bandits. joining me now, editor-in-chief of american banker, reporting extensively on this. one of the details that leapt out at me, for every dollar buildup to homeowners, consultants made $4. this is taxpayer money. this is outrageous. >> worse than that because this is the money that was supposed to go to homeowners. they never even got to that point. in december of last year the regulatorr, the office of the comptroller, the currency that was overseeing mr. ripped their hands and said we wanted to over
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all thing was such an utter mess. gerri: here is what i don't understand. you know, he essentially consultants were asked to unravel the foreclosure disaster , decide which of these homeowners are actually wrongfully foreclosed on, what they throw their hands and could not figure out. >> it is complicated, but the office of the comptroller, the currency did not give them a lot of direction. you ended up with the consultants doing different things and trying to comply. vague but vastly complex. gerri: come on. poor babies. they made billions. >> of course. there were charging by the hour. this was manna from heaven. there were also trying to comply. dalton was so badly conceived from the beginning. they said, we give up. we abandoned. gerri: we are going to pay everybody. this is government logic. we cannot figure out what to do, so we will allow taxpayer money to everybody. >> well, we are going to pay
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everyone peanuts. we're going to say, you lost your house and more than half of the people are going to get $300. gerri: at think this is corporate cronyism, and i will tell you why. this is the occ, big regulator in washington. who gets a job with a major one of these firms who is trying to do this business cannot its mary shapiro, former head of the securities and exchange commission. how convenient. >> obviously there is a lot of back-and-forth. the revolving door goes round and round. mary schapiro said there is no revolving door. i'm not going back to government. maybe the big reason is because they do not pay as much. there has been a lot of people from the sec and other regulators going, and they do good work. it is very close with the government. we refer to them as shadow regulators. when you have this sort of relationship or with also the big accounting firms, of course price waterhouse coopers, also doing this work, there are only
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so many. you cannot newt them. there are very close to the regulators that they are supposed to be -- gerri: our viewers are looking at a full screen right here of what victims will get. 60 percent, as you said demoted $300. you know, 22 percent will get 1,000. it is just trying my source that this is the way the money will be used. at the center of this, some company consultants who you cannot separate them from government. there are so close to government that they are government. they are feeding on the backs of taxpayers in the system. >> well, now government in the way that government usually wants to do, wants to regulate the consultants, but i honestly think that this is a little bit of a side issue. to your point, the real question and tragedy is people lost their homes are not going to get compensated for this. that is sad. the fact that they are not getting compensated raises
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questions about how this whole thing has stumbled along and who is going to do well. presumably it is ultimately the banks that were involved in the robo signing, involved in abusing people in the foreclosure process. we will never know. gerri: i disagree a little bit. you should know if you are signing up for a mortgage you cannot handle. i have problems with that. but here is, yet again, another case where we see companies, consultants, groups of people who have set themselves up to just suck money out of the system doing very little, could not even get the job done that the government wanted them to, but end up getting paid billions. that is what is so upsetting. you guys have done great work on this story. lots and lots of scoops. thank you for coming in and telling his about it. >> thanks. gerri: more to come tonight including the latest on the boston bombings.
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♪ gerri: welcome i don't know if you have noticed, but television and phone calls are going through the roof with many customers not bargaining to get a lower price. how'd you do that? let's ask john and mark. welcome back to the show. always good to see you. so why did these pricesnl g one of these prices on >> well, some sticky pricing, prices go up really fast and then never come down. but the problem as -- i used to complain back in the day when i paid $30 for a landline phone. nowadays the debate to the $300 per month for triple play. so you're dealing with bigger
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bucks, but when the biggest with the people can save money, and most of them don't comment negotiate. "consumer reports" this study. only one in three people actually tried. gerri: tv, internet, and phone is triple play. of course, the easiest thing to do is to call up your provider and say, i don't like what i'm paying. and seeing better offers in the media. what can you do for me. that is the simple thing. i have done that. >> again, nearly half of the people weurveyed save $50 per month by just trying it. really, you have t plead your case. your bill is too high. asked about new or upcoming promotions. what is the best promotional offer to new customers? use these tools as leverage. it gives you wiggle room. there are competing factions. you have one cable provider, but you may also have direct tv. so you can play these guys off one another. show your loyalty.
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i always say, see a been a loyal customer for x number of yrs. never missed a payment. they cannot listen, you're breaking the bank here. play them off against each other. ask them for something in return for your loyalty. maybe no dvr fees for a year, more channels for the same price. free hbo for six months. gerri: like your creativity. come to it with an agenda, lots of options. they say no to the first thing, you have other things to ask for. you survey folks about what services they like. tell us which of the boundless that will elect there. >> well, the best companies for bundling turn out to be verizon, finance, and while. if they are available in your markets to more we recommend you go with either of these. these compaes arned superior scores. rated higher than most major cable compani for a tv picture and sound quality, selection,
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reliability. that was great. unfortunately, verizon is not perfect. more users and more complaints about their bills for the triple play and other carriers. gerri: iphone only, a company i had never heard of. >> yes. it's a great service. they have done a lot of advertising. on edge as another one for telephone service. they scored highly with our reader. you know, those were standouts. they are called voice -- void services and are among the most satisfying overall, better rated for value. if you want to save money, what is more important? gerri: tv only, what did your readers like? >> well, for tv only direct tv was a standout with the highest marks for chael selection of all or providers, and the picture rating was something only verizon files to match. that is a one of there. gerri: just one and word of advice here provoke suit are
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considering changing or trying to reduce the monthly cost. would you say? >> i would say never take no for an answer. again, you always have choices when it comes to cable. you can consider buying less. maybe you're paying for a set top box for dvr the you don't use or a tv rarely used. maybe you can get by with an over the air antenna for a veteran tv that is used for the local news at night or watching a talk show. maybe you don't need 100 espn channels. there are ys to cut your bills . don't be afraid. if you give one of those deals from a competing company, you can save 50%. that is like getting in free for your. gerri: i love that. thank you for your help. >> my pleasure. gerri: great job as always. well, time for the top trending stories online right now. the intensity of cyber attacks is climbing, up nearly 700% so far this year. china, of course, the biggest culprit.
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disappointing earnings sent the market tumbling. apple even dipped below $400 per share. amazing. new warning to but a shortage of doctors in the age of obamacare. 30 million new patients and not enough primary-care physicians. we have been covering that story. more details today. cities with the worst health care coverage. topping that list, mcallen taxes . you can always check it out. see what is trending. well, later in the show, small-business is spending a lot of time and resources and social media. is there investment paying off? unions going through labor pains getting desperate for more numbers. and so you here where they're lookinnow. ♪ are yostill sleeping?
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gerri: our nation's charter schools are under threat. unions tried to organize church
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♪ >> from the fox business studios in new york city, it's "the willis report" with gerri willis. ♪ gerri: well, unions trying to infiltrate chaer schools across the country in order to fuel their coffers. joining me now with the threat unions pose to our nation's charter schools, ceo of the illinois policy institute. welcome back to the show. you know, i find this interesting because charter schools typically haveot been a place that unions have been very successful at. only 12 percent of charter schools are unionized. do they see -- did they see this as the great next step?
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>> it has more to do with protecon. they are worried about accountability. what charters are doing is creating measures of accountability. unions cannot have that. you compare chicago. we did a project comparing open enrollment high-school act scores. nine of the top ten were charter schools. this is the kind of thing that unions cannot have. they want monopoly control. gerri: well, let's dig dn into that. a full screen showing t stores. the act average scores, you compare that top-10 charters, the top-10 traditional schools. let me tell you, they beat them every time. is this typical? >> this is very typical, and the most important thing that happens, when some don't perform well they either get improved or shutdown because charter schools are held accountable. the problem we have with public schools and particully in urban areas li chicago, the chicago public school system is not held accountable. what they do is take the same kids open enrollment.
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we have the teachers' union. they demonstrate by that graphic you are showing that it can happen. this is competition. your segment earlier on triple play in cable and internet and telephone services is a great example of what happens when you get competition. consumers get more and better choices for less cost. gerri: let's dig down into that. you talk about accountability in competition. what are the ways that, as you say communions bring down public education? >> well, very rigid work rules. the entire collective bargaining agreement is governed around the idea of definable based system of educating children. they treat all classrooms and children the same. of teachers the same. what happens in charter schools, as the chief education officer from chicago police schools once said to me on a radio show, the great reason why charters a doing so well is then operate under the collective bargaining agreement, so they can adapt, they can be flexible and treat each classroom and teacher and child as an individual.
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as a result of that they get bettererformance and cotantly adapting. unfortunately that bter performance scares the heck of the teachers' union which is what they want to stop it. gerri: should be about teaching, not trying to live up to some kind of arcane rule. there is also the pay advantage, and i want to talk about this. union workers' average weekly pay $943. non-union 740 from a taxpayer pointed you the fear factor is that these charter schools will organize and we will be paying even more. like, at the end of the day people are opting for charter and opting to put down their own money. sometimes there are tax benefits, sometimes there aren't now that would increase their cost. the end how insulting is that? >> it is really insulting. especially in charter schools some of the teachers make less money. some of the best teachers from the public school who opted out of higher pay to come teach in the charter schools where they could have a creative flexibility to change children's
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lives for the better. if you unionize the workforce in the way they're talking about him you will take resources out of the classroom and actually impact results negatively for these children. it should be about t children. iraq the it is a cliche. gerri: aig reaction from our viewers on the story. i think it is because they're looking for results. we want to see results. kids in this country did not score well on these tests. act and others. we need them to score better. had we get that done? does not seem like anything we did to the public-school system makes a huge improvement? is the charter school the way to get a better education? >> it certainly is, and especially in places like chicago. with chicago's charter schools would operate within the public school system, they prove that chicago kids and kids' from tough neighborhoods can compete if given a chance with flexible
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educational approaches like what happened in charter schools. these families are struggling to try to find a way make a living, find jobs and a tough environment. they cannot afford to move out to the suburbs or go to a private school. a lifeline. what they want to do is cut off the lifeline and cast these children and draft. very unfair, and people should be outraged. gerri: to follow-up on your idea, there was a big teachers' strike not too long ago. guess which ticket -- teachers showed up to work? the people at the charter schools. thank you for coming on. great topic. great information. appreciate your time. of course, we always want to know what you think. here is our question. should you miss the end of our education system? log on to but on the right hand side of the screen now will share the results. coming up, two new editions. social media can boost the
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gerri: yes, the boston bombings. the latest of what we know about that despite earlier reports, there is no suspect in custody yet. throughout the day sources were getting conflictg information, but the fbi has disputed those reports, they say they have an image of a potential suspect, but not his name. as investigators try to find a coward or cowards responsible
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for this evil, the people of boston are proving there is more good in that city than bad. some of those heroes deserve a spot on our wall of fame. boston marathon, the last pride. the 5000 or so who did not complete the marathon on monday, a walk from d.c. campus to downtown boston, already 17,000 have signed up for friday's walk. one of those who didn't finish was laura wellington. she was just a half-mile from the finish line when the bombs exploded and unable to reach her family waiting for her, she sat on the street crying until a couple approached her and coorted her. when the man found out laura having finished the race, he gave her his medal and said you are a finisher in my eyes. laura's story is all over facebook as she looks for coles to help cope with the tragedy. 100,000 people have shared her story.
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amazing, right? so she has been dubbed the hail mary of social media. but owners are not getting the bang for their social media buck. these 1% say they are not seeing any return on their investments despite spending increased amount of time and money on the web. joining me now, the tech editor. and ceo of "it's your business" named one of the top influencers of you are the perfect guest for this. what is going on here? be small-business owners have it wrong? >> actually, this is just one survey. so if they do business owners responding to the survey don't get social media. in fact, in the survey showed they were using social media to acquire new customers and to get leads. that is counter to what social media is all about. it is about building relationships.
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they found the top reason small businesses are using social media is to build visibility and connect and engage to their customers. i have to say it is the same, it is just on the internet. gerri: that you disagree with the small business owners because you have made a heck of a deal through social media, tell us about that. >> i have, six years ago my small-business actually owned a small piece of business. now remember, twitter and social media are not the magic wand, it is a cool and it takes proper usage and it is not an average of her efforts, but the single that turns into a big piece of business. gerri: what are the small-business operators doing wrong? >> they're doing three main things wrong. they're speaking to people in
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ways business folks speak to people, not in the ways you have conversations. when businesses use twitter, facebook, any of the social media platforms you have to start thinking of it like a cartecocktail dinner conversatin it is about conversation, it is not about the hard sell. it is not about doing traditional marketing initiative, and hoping people will buy things. instead of making them come and like you on facebook, why don't you go and like them? go to the customers and like them, engage with them, get to know what they like. >> you have to actively participate in social media. you don't just put stuff out there and hope they come. it is a part of your marketing arsenal. it is about building credibility and trust. people do business with people they know and trust, they get to know you on social media.
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gerri: i think at least in my business people respond to people who are people in social media. people who have dogs and houses and growing gardens, so do you have to show more than just your business face? >> you do. you have to be relevant to your community and you have to have a community. a lot of people to social media and have 10 followers and wonder why it's not working. i recommend people take one channel, and do it wl. twitter, facebook, linked in. don't let the guilt monster mess up a good day because it will do that. gerri: what is best? facebook, twitter, one of them has to be better than the others. >> it depends on who you are and what your actual needs are. you can actually plan and cooodinate all of your social media at one time. you can send it out on a
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wednesday. across link in, twitter, youtube. you have to speak the language, you have to say you know what is cool, give an inspirational quote. you have to know how this conversation is going. >> let me add, think iis interesting the constant contact survey did a survey and found 82%, 86% respectively prefer facebook where is the mantra survey said they did not like facebook. there is something huge with the survey. >> what do you think it is best? facebook, twitter? >> it depends on your industry and what you're trying to accomplish. it is not one-size-fits-all. your point about being a human, being authentic. i started out in television, one of the things by news director said, 80% about the story, 20% about who you are. i have thousands of my best friends on facebook, so it
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always have a sense of who i am, talk about my dog and my family. mostly about business. and about getting first. i tried to give my followers information that will be really helpful to them and their businesses, and then it comes back to me many times over. >> and let them talk about their dog. their experience. >> some of the greatest feedback is when i put a picture of my dog out there. i put there out with my dog and a tennis ball in his mouth. they loved it. gerri: thank you very much. very interesting, i think that is useful for people out there in small businesses. thank you very much. when we come back we will talk about fitness dance. you may not even know what they are, but we will show you. and it is like obamacare over again. thmiddle of the night getting hart'harsh reaction. hart'harsh reaction. lou dobbs and his reaction next.
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gerri: the gang of eight senators formally introducing the immigration bill today already the lines are drawn before they probably even read the 844 page legislation. for his take, let's go to lou dobbs, host of "lou dobbsonight." >> it is a shorter, as big as the bill is, they are shorter than we were led to expect by some 600 pages. but for example tonight we're going to be talking with senator jeff flake. when the architects of this legislation. the truth is right now no one has a real sense of where this thing is headed. because it is already being charged with being too much pitiful amount to over $2 trillion, rising to perhaps four and have trillion would include unfunded liabilities.
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a disastrous process we are embarking upon. the senate judiciary committee says he only wants to have one hearing with the bombings in boston have been delayed, one hearing for the american people to learn to understand and to comment on legislation that will significantly afft our society, our lives, our country. gerri: didn't they post this thing behind closed doors to begin with? speak of the democratic impulse plans out not to be so democratic, right? the republicans have an opportunity to stand up and say we're going to be open, we're going to be transparent as the president has said he would be. he promised it. republicans have an opportunity to differentiate themselves from the democrats and to be respective of what they ultimately decide they're going to have amnesty, they're going
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to have a program, is base patho citizenship over 13 years as this plan recommends or some other duration. all of this has to be done in the interest of the american people and the national interest. this is an opportunity for republicans among my guests tonight to talk about the real issue that matters here, and not gain the american people. john mccain and ted kennedy, god rest his soul, all they had to do was be honest, straightforward with the american people. the talk honestly. gerri: is a big challenge to people elected to public office. have a great show, it starts in only minutes. >> i can't wait. gerri: thank you. all right, we're switching up
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gears big time. we all scream for a frozen dessert? apparently what was once all-natural ice cream is being forced to change its packaging. the claim by breyers is apparently stretching the truth a bit. they are no longer all-natural, rather quality and in some cases can't even claim to call the product ice cream. it is a frozen dairy dessert. here is a difference, ice cream requires scific levels of milk fat content, total solids in each gallon of ice cream while frozen dairy products you don't have to do that. though some flavors of breyer's ice cream, frozen dairy dessert, uses more corn syrup than allowed. but if you're a fan of plain vanilla, you're in luck, that is still ice cream. the most popular ice cream flavors. number five, neapolitan. the indecisive ice cream lover would take that.
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number four, butter pecan. numb three, strawberry. number two, chocolate. the number one flavor is vanilla. by a huge margin. nearly a third of ice cream eaters say the flavor is the best, and "the willis report" staff favorite is rocky road, which i'm having a little bit of right now. still to me, m my two cents more on ridiculous cost-cutting proposal for democratic congresswoman. and i'll pour the rage for the quantified self. all coming up. it's as simple as this.
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gerri: up next are going to check out the top selling high-tech fitness
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gerri: all right, if you are a fitness nut in no activity tracking bands are the latest craze. you wear them on your wrist monitor how active you are or are not throughout the day to stay fit and eat healthy. but do they really work? joining me is a reporter for all things digital. thank you for helping us out. these are really interesting products because if you are an exercise not it helps you figure out if you are exercising more or less were really doing good
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things for your body. you are wearin the original, tell us about that. >> i am wearing the fit bit, one of the newer ones you can get from fit bit, they have been around for a few years now. this cost $100. you click onto your clothing, you walk around throughout the day go for a run, maybe you don't, at the end of the day you can sync it to your laptop. gerri: what does it tell you? >> how many steps you've taken and how active you have been. you can wear it at night and it will tell you about the quality of your sleep. if you're tossing and turning, that is not a good sign. gerri: i am wearing jawbone up. this is the one i have thought about getting. lightweight, easy-to-use and monitors everything from what to eat to your exercise, to your sleep. the question is who i have time for this little baby because you have been put so much stuff.
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right? >> you do, you do. you take the end of it off, which is kind of cool, stick it into the bottom of your iphone or android, it stinks all of the data for you. there is some manual inputting going on. if you want to track your food come you have to do that yourself. if it says too much red wine, you know you have a problem there. gerri: the nike fuel band got a lot of attention. but there are critics, do you like that product? >> the nike fuel band was not my favorite because it used this currency called fuel. you get points. you say i want to get 5000 fuel poin, you will be really active, and you try to reach that goal, i personally wanted more of a specific period i ran x. number of miles or i took x.
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number of things. it all depends on what you're into. gerri: it flashes come if you reach your goal, it is kind of cool. there are limits to this from what i have read. tell me what you found because you have really tried these out and test driven them. do they really tell you that much? at the end of the day, you know how far you ran and some of the activities you do, they don't really monitor. they are best at monitoring this. >> that is not necessarily true. i can wear this on my shoulder, has an accelerometer still tracking the movement throughout the day. not necessarily for the hard-core athlete, for somebody who is somebody whose navy secretary throughout the day, sitting at the desk and you just need something to tell you you need to get up and moving. so maybe they are somewhat
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limited, the average consumer is to get moving a little bit more. gerri: these are just fancy pedometers at the end of the day, but they can help you get off the couch and get moving. really a pleasure to have you. really a pleasure to have you. >> i am sure w all stations come over to mission a for a final go. this is for real this time. step seven point two one two. rify and lock. command is locked. five seconds. three, two, one. standing by for capture. the most innovative software on the planet... dragon is captured. is connecting today's leading companies to places beyond it. siemens. answers.
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gerri: let's start that all over again. finally a cost cutting measure be proposed by democrats. here's what jackie speier of california is conspiring. pass to national parks for seniors. right now those 62 and older get these passes for ten bucks. the congresswoman must change all that. even if that happed, it is not going to fill the $1,503,000,000


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