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last night. you can still vote at"america's newsroom." alisyn: people think that newt got a few zinckers in there. bill: see how the rest of the day goes. a big day tomorrow. alisyn: have a great weekend. bill: you too. nice to be with you. alisyn: "happening now" starts right now. jenna: watching your money on this friday. hi, everybody, i'm jenna leave. it's always nice to watch somebody else's money. jon: as long as they are making money and as long as you're not losing any. stocks opening higher this morning as investors cap off one of the most volatile weeks to wall street history. jenna: you see the dow trading higher by 85 points right now. retail sales we had results from that helping to boost stocks a little bit. neil cavuto is senior vice president and managinged today tor for the fox business
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network. we're going to so the audience what it looked like on wall street. this is the first time in history that we've seen the dow close with a net change of 400 points or more for a few days. you can see the volatility on the screen there. taking a step back, what stands out most to you about this week? >> reporter: how many were participating in it, jenna. volume, which is an indication of how many people are buying and selling shares will almost assuredly hit a record or close to a record that goes back to the october 2008 meltdown. that shows you the volatility and just the skittishness that was here and everywhere. this is a global phenomenon. what was going on here was going on everywhere, particularly in the european markets. they were far more volatile than our markets if you can believe it. all on growing concern that despite the gains we saw
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yesterday and today hope they continue, knock on wood, there is a real concern we are not out of the wao*dz. we cling on good information that shows that not all the news is bad, retail sales up, what have you. in the middle of that then we get some consumer sentiment numbers, how folks are feeling in this country. that's tumbled, so that's kept the gains so far to a minimum. i think what will decide trading at least today, jenna is a lot of issues have just really got even into bargain basement territory. many cut 30% or more, some cut in happen. we notice unusual buying activity in cisco, june a per networks, at&t, wal-mart. big names, people kind of fish around and say all right, we think that is over done. we'll see if it continues. jenna: i would like to talk to you about volume. you mentioned how many people are participating in the market. we've heard a lot of talk about electronic trading, and when the market hits certain levels and a
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certain funds sell off. how much do you think computers have been in the volatility we've seen in the last few days. >> reporter: i think a lot. when i was a kid they did it with an abacus. i think it does heighten the volatility and put it on steroids. the normal swings are punctuated annex average rated, not necessarily for the whole day but within the minute, that's why you see these huge multihundred point swings, sometimes within just a couple of minutes. they've tried to contain that, particularly in europe when it comes to banking shares, financial shares, that you can't sell short, in other words, bet against banking stocks just to contain what they felt was mindless carnage. i don't know if that is a good idea because you can't cut a natural capitalist trend to
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sell. you might slow it down but you can't sell it. they were going after the big computer program trades that sell in bulk and mass within seconds. it did the trick this morning in some of the capitols. in france and italy and spain where the program curbs were put into effect on the sell side. those stocks all moved up, the banking stocks all moved up, all the markets moved up. i do think that is a band-aid on what could be a gaping wound there. i don't know how long it lasts. again, let's just look at today and it was received favorably today. jenna: when you were a kid did people talk about being on the brink of the abyss? >> reporter: i didn't know what abyss meant when i was a kid. i thought it was like a soup. it is, we are still in the soup. that's what we're after again. jenna: we're looking forward to the special. i know you'll be live tomorrow. 10:00am eastern time, on the brink answers from the abyss,
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that sounds better than being on the abyss. thank you very much, we'll see you, thanks. jon: he has a couch here, he sleeps here all the time. fireworks in iowa. republican presidential contenders are fighting hard to score points ahead of this weekend's straw poll and they used last night's debate to take aim at barack obama and each other, in particular the two candidates from minnesota. but the eight candidates on stage last night are bracing now nor another gop star to might try to swoop in and steal the spotlight. steve brown live in ames, iowa for us, steve. >> reporter: yes the two minneapolis st. paul newspapers describe the interactions between the minnesota presidential candidates this way. one described it as duking it out. another described it as long knives out. a verbal fistfight or knife
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fight it was certainly bachman versus pawlenty center stage. >> she says she fought for less government spending, we got a lot more. she led the effort against obamacare. we got obamacare. she led the effort against tarp, we got tarp. she says she has a titanium spine, we are not worried about her spine. if that's your few of effective results, please stop, because you're killing us. >> when you were governor in minnesota you implemented cap and trade in our state and praised the unconstitutional mandate and called for requiring all people in our state to purchase health insurance the government would mandate. third you said the era of small government was over. that sounds a lot more like barack obama, if you ask me. >> reporter: not surprisingly the propawlenty supporters thought he did great, the probachmann supporters thought
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she did great. if there was any surprise newt gingrich, a lot of conservative bloggers liked how he stood up and got his back up last night. criticizing the super tkpheut tee is nuts. one that will be cutting down government spending as a part of that debt ceiling deal. all in all it sets the stage very nicely for what comes up tomorrow. that will be the iowa straw poll. this is an actual measurable contest between candidates. now, no 4, mitt romney is not actively participating. no, rick perry soon to get in the race will not be actively participating. amongst the rest this will be a very important battle set up right here and we'll be bringing it to you tomorrow. john. jon: steve thank you. who came out on top in this big debate last night? that's the topic of today's power play. chris stirewalt fox news digital fox news editor and the host on live. are you picking a winner,
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chris? >> reporter: the winner of course is people who love america if you're at the iowa state fair today, because they love america and it is awesome out here, jon. the winner of the actual debate last night just in terms of how you score the round, maybe it's bachmann, maybe it's pawlenty, maybe it's gingrich, but the winner of the debate overall in terms of how it changes the election and what it effect has going forward is pretty obviously mitt romney. he looked good, he stayed cool. he put jabs back when people came after him without seeming to get down in the mud. it was a technical and tactical win for mitt romney. a good rer form answer and just what we needed. jon: our presented today sesers were opening up the question to viewers. it is an unscientific poll obviously, but 50% of their people who responded say newt gingrich won. >> reporter: well, look he gave, in terms of what we've seen from speaker gingrich he delivered
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what people have been expecting from i'm all along, a tart tongue, a focus on policy, a brashness, a confrontationalness that he's none for that we haven't seen from him because his campaign has been so beleaguered by the problems on the trail and with his organization. people got to see a glimpse of the real newt last night. they loved it. i will stand up for chris wallace right now and say that was a totally legit question. what he was talking about was basically this. if you can't run your campaign, if you're having trouble running your campaign how do you run the executive branch of the federal government? it was fair and eupl bounds. but everybody likes it when you work the efs in a boxing match and that's what he did with chris and it was effective. jon: for mitt romney it was an important performance. he has not worked real hard in iowa, as i understand it. i haven't been there myself. he hasn't worked real hard in iowa but he did well enough in the debate, do you think? >> reporter: i think he did well
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enough. i think what he has done, and this is so information, is get moderate republicans to coul republicans to stick with him. rick pe perry is going to try to unite the right and take people away from tim pawlenty and michelle bachmann. they'll say he's the guy that can do it and he has the cool under fire and toughness that he needs to get through an arduous nomination process and confront barack obama. when he said he wasn't eating barack obama's dog food you could feel it in the crowd, mitt was here to play. jon: we'll be talking to ron paul a little bit later in the show. thank you very much, chris stirewalt. >> reporter: you bet yeah. jenna: a little bit more coverage by the way on what happened in iowa. chris has his online show live
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on he's going to be talking to a couple of the key players, so you can tune in to for that. looks like kids were having fun at the fair a as well. jon: always a good time at the fair. a little funnel cake. jenna: they tern lee meant no harm. that's what they say. one of three sibling fugitives, also saying she should have been shot. an update on the dangerous trio now behind bars, truly one of the most bizarre stories of the week. with wall street roller coaster happening keeping everyone guessing what should you do with your money as you're going into this weekend, any tips you should know about? we have that just ahead. later in the show as jon just mentioned, congressman ron paul. harris we always know when congressman paul comes on a lot of people have a lot of questions. >> reporter: they do, we want to take everybody to's home page. it just popped up in red letters, jon and jen, our live
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chat, town hall america's asking, just beneath the big picture our top story about the debate. you click on that it takes you to "happening now" home page. and a comment from gary, how quickly would you pull our troops out from around the world and how much money would you save by doing this. your questions for our guest ron paul. we are putting them in que. right now on "happening now." we'll be right back ♪ and so the conversation turned ♪ ♪ until the sun went down ♪
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jenna: right now new information on crime stories we're keeping an eye on for you this friday. a woman caught with her brothers after a nationwide manhunt. telling colorado authorities she deserved to get shot. court documents say lee grace doughtery made that statement after she was shot in the leg by a police chief. despite her saying that she meant no one any harm the chief says she pointed a gun at him during this pursuit. the three siblings made their first court appearance yesterday by video from jail. in the meantime the f.b.i. releasing new information on a bomb scare in oklahoma. we told you about this yesterday. the agency may be close to an arrest now after a possible pipe bomb was found wed in the eastern part of the state. they say it was attached to a gas line with a timer, a mystery there. a man convicted of killing eleven women and dumping their their remains around his home will get the death penalty. that was the recommendation from
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jurors who convicted anthony sowell. the judge had the option to reduce the sentence to life without parole but decided against it. jon: congressman ron paul is coming up live later in the show and asks for your comments. harris is at the wall with what some of you had to say. all sorts of questions any time that congressman paul gets on. harris. >> reporter: a couple of our viewers are wanting to know specifically about our role in the wars. he talked about that in the debate. one viewers writes. what would you do if you ended the wars worldwide? would you bring those troops home to unemployment. very specific questions about that. another viewer is expressing concern about how much money you'd save and how would you do it without spending money to end the wars and where would you put the cash, so on and so forth.
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that that really is a theme, jon of people on the live chat. a lot of them are saying they didn't hear enough talk for their flavor about the war and ron paul had the only real angle on this in the debate last night. go to america's asking and we will include your voice in all of these. ron paul coming up in a little while. some of you are getting very detailed and very focused on your questions. jon: harris faulkner thank you. jenna: the economy was the major theme of the debate last night and certainly this week proved the point that it's still very much in the forefront of our minds. a wild ride on wall street triggering major whiplash for all of us, stocks moving up or down by hundreds of points each day. we have the founder of imperial wealth management. kimberly, let me share a story with you that i think many americans probably experienced this week. one of my friends said to me, i just checked my 401k, i lost
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thousands of dollars and i said, don't check your 401k, what do you doing check being it during such a volatile week? i thought about it, maybe i gave her bad advice. should we be checking our 401k, our allocations, is this a good time to do it. >> it's such a volatile market. professionals don't even know which way to go. everybody was taken off guard. you've got to be in the game in order to win the game. i tell my clients this week, basically allocation is the first and foremost important attribute of your portfolio, houp to stocks and how much to bonds. 90% of the variability or noise going up and down tells you the performance in the long term. how much do you want to stocks, how much to bonds. you might have 30% to bonds or 70% some stocks. if you're older you may have like only maybe 20% to the stock
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market. jenna: age is something important when you're thinking about financial planning. >> it is. jenna: the volatility is something that regardless of your age is tough to watch. how long do you expect -- how long do you expect this to last. do you think it will repeat next week? >> i think that volatility is the new normal. i hate to say it. you better get used to this. this is going to be the new normal. we don't have a lot of certainty in regard to what is going on on a geo political front or the united states front, and we have the super committee of 12 now, they are going to try and solve this budget issue, so we've got a lot of uncertainty, and of course the market doesn't like uncertainty. if you have a hundred thousand dollars in your portfolio and you're up 50% one year and down 50% the next year your rate of return goes from a hundred thousand to 75. if you're only up say 10% one year and 10% down the next year
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you're at $99,000. that volatility tells you what your rate of return is going to be for the long term. that is really important to be able to be able to have the allocation to go through these ups and downs in the market. jenna: it would be nice to have a million dollars in any t fund. there is one question we should be asking, whether it's ourselves if we're in control of our own retirement or a savings fund or a question we should mow tension alley be asking a financial planner. what is the one thing you see people missing when you talk to them about how they are planning their own finances? >> i think people are scared. and if you're scared have the allocation. if you can't say emotionally in the market have an investment adviser. ask them basically what is the allocation of my portfolio, and if it's too volatile pare that down a bit for the long term. the bottom line is you have to be in the market to win the game, and in the long run we're going to get through this, jenna, we are.
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we are all going to get through this. it's going to be tough. that's why we get the great rewards in the long run. keep your eye on the prize, it's the long term return. over the next two years it might be tough, but we will gain the reward. jenna: always nice to have you, thank you for coming on again. jon: optimism is good. and elite u.s. skier in trouble with the law after some very bad behavior on an airplane flight. the fallout today, plus a brand-new study offers promising leads in cancer treatment. we told you about it yesterday, and coming up we'll talk with the woman behind a project that seems to be paving the way for a major breakthrough in the cancer fight. "hey wrinkle face!"
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jenna: right now anee limb make hopeful in big trouble. and he got into it on a cross country jetblue flight. sometimes, harris, you know you wonder how you're going to actually tell this story. there are no words, really, right. >> reporter: no, the only thing that comes to mind is when you've got to go you've got to go. no criminal charges against this guy, but he's in a host of trouble with the u.s. olympic ski committee, because listen to what happened with robert veits. he's 18 years old. he's among 75 elite skiers in the nation. his name at least information now as been bumped from the team's developmental roster after thins dent at jfk. we don't know what that means for his standing on the team, but you don't want to be pulled in any regard from anything this close to competition. he had got even back from mount hood in oregon. he was on a flight from portland to jfk. he has admitted to police that he consumed eight alcoholic
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beverages before boarding that jetblue flight 166. and what happened on that flight is what jenna says there are just no words for. there was an eleven-year-old girl about five rows up from beets the skier. apparently somehow or another he thought he'd reached the bathroom but he hadn't, he reached hero of seats. and the child was sitting there by herself, according to flight attendants and many other witnesses and even the admission of the skier he resraoefd himselrelieved himself on the child. he said he was drunk, he didn't know what he was doing. there won't be any charges against him. right now the u.s. olympic committee is looking at his role on the ski team. the father who was traveling with the child were making their way to go to new york and the dad was suffering after having treatments for cancer. that dad and skier got into it on the plane, everybody is
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okay. after relieving himself on the $1-year-old he's going to get into some sort of a scuffle with the dad, can you imagine? it's all over now but the team decision. jenna: harris you handled that well by the way. there are no words but what a story . i don't even know what to say. thank you very much. >> reporter: sure. jon: anybody did that to my daughter they would be feeling some pain, that's for sure. there could be one of the biggest advances in cancer research in decades. we told you about this experimental treatment yesterday. it made cancer absolutely disappear in two of the three people treated. but it never would have happened if not for one woman. barbara netter cofounder for the alliance of cancer gene therapy is our guest. tell us how it is that you came to fund the alliance? >> all right. well, my daughter-in-law had breast cancer and she struggled
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with breast cancer. after that my husband and i founded the alliance for cancer gene therapy. he is now deceased. we met two doctors who practice at mt. sinai hospital and we each went with each of them at another time to a seminar. when we came back we were so excited about the thought of gene therapy as a cure and treatment for cancer that we decided to put our resources and our energies into this. and my husband who was a very patient and brilliant man with many, many ideas, felt in that over time something would develop. we are so pleased that we were the ones able to give to the doctor this grant, and the nci refused and others did not want
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to general taour into it. jon: the doctor took the project to the national institute of health. the idea is you alter the aids gene slightly, and it's hard to believe that a killer virus like that can actually be helpful, but that's what happened. they inserted it into people's white blood cells, reeven skwrebgt edit back into their body, it went in and hunted down the cancer cells and kill them. why wouldn't the national institutes of health fund this. and your much smaller organization did? >> there could be several reasons. one reason might be that they could not afford to give as many grants at that time, that must have been about five years ago. and another reason is that being a smaller organization we were able to fund it, and fortunately so. jon: this worked on leukemia patients. are you fairly confident that it will work on other cancer -dz as well? >> this is our hope. if we find one means of gene
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therapy it could be applied to many forms of cancer. there are many approaches to gene therapy, and certain approaches work better for certain kinds than others. jon: has your phone been ringing off the hook with congratulations? >> absolutely off the hook. acdt is so pleased. we are really hoping that we will get more donations and contributions so that we can keep up the funding of our pre imminent scientists. we have a board of 17 scientists around the country. they are preeminent people, and a board of directors of 15 people. we have 17 clinical trials in process. we do need people for the clinical trials. jon: i'm sure there will be lots of people who will want to get involved in the trials. >> it lends a great deal of hope. and we are so hopeful at this time and it looks as though we
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might really reach the point of our mission. jon: it is a great, great story, a couple paying for research that the government won't, and that research offers all kinds of promise in the cure for cans. barbara netter we're going to get your organization on our "happening now" website so people will know if they want to support you. >> please do, we are ww we are having a fund-raiser alternate the end of the year in honor of edward netter who was really our visionary. jon: it's a great way to honor his memory. jenna: remarkable. we know who will be on this debt cutting super committee. the big question is where are they going to find $1.5 trillion to cut from the federal budget? plus history comes to life where a bullet fired during the civil war landed, and why it just
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jenna: wall street right now trying to put together a two-day winning streak following some good retail sales, the best we've seen since earlier this year. anyone's best guess. our markets over in europe are closer to being closed and finishing off what has been a tough week. greg burke is monitoring what's happening in europe from rome, italy. greg? >> reporter: hi, jenna. that's right, things looking better. one of the things they did is actually in four countries here, italy, spain, france, belgium, to block short selling. but today markets looking good, up germany, france, london all about 2%, the markets. spain and italy up over 3%, so that is all very positive news after a very rough week but long-term prospects still looking pretty tough. you know, the growth figures or the lack of growth, really gdp
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figures are out for the second quarter, france was flat, greece perhaps no surprise but down nearly 7%, so it gives you an idea what a drag that is on europe. this is very much a political story just as it is business economics, and here in italy prime minister silvio berlusconi working with political leaders today, he's trying to explain to them what kind of cuts they're going to have to make. they're trying to trim down next year's budget by nearly $30 billion. so, clearly, politically that is not going to be an easy sell on the street, an easy sell out there in the regions. and finally, jenna, you know, we are in mid august here right now. silvio berlusconi's going to be having a cabinet meeting in just about an hour and a half. i can tell you 7 p.m. on a friday night in august, most europeans are not at work, they're probably at their beach house sipping something very cold. [laughter] jenna: i'm sure they prefer to be doing that than doing this meeting, but it's good that they're at work, i guess. greg, thank you very much.
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we'll let you get to sipping whatever you do during break. jon: six weeks of vacation they get in those european countries. jenna: thank you very much, greg. [laughter] jon: that debt crisis that's been gripping the nation? well, dealing with it is now in the hands of 12, count them 12, member of congress. the house and senate leadership appointing lawmakers to the supercommittee responsible for resolving our deficit. so who are these folks and why were they picked? mike emanuel live in washington with more on that. we know the names of all 12 now. what's the general feedback there in d.c., mike? >> reporter: well, jon, it seems like a formula for gridlock. six republicans, six democrats, six from the house, six from the senate. if they stay in their respective partisan corners, it seems to be a recipe for gridlock or a roadblock, stalemate, whatever you want to say at this point. so we asked a longtime adviser to senate majority leader harry
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reid for his take. take a listen. >> like i said, i think all are serious, substantive picks. there's some that i have disagreements with. i don't know, for instance, how senator toomey can sit there after having voted against the debt limit increase a couple of weeks ago, but having said that, you know, all, i think, are designed to, a, reflect their different constituencies and, b, reflect their caucus as well. >> reporter: now, jim manly believes that everything needs to be on the table in these discussions, that means looking at revenue, also looking at the entitlements which are long-term drivers of our debt. we will see how those talks proceed, jon. jon: but there are a lot of skeptics out there not crazy about this supercommittee, right? >> reporter: that's right. you know, in washington a blue ribbon panel, special committee, they seem to happen all the time, and a lot of times the reports go up on a shelf, and nothing happens. one of the most vocal critics of this supercommittee is a former speaker of the house, newt gingrich. take a listen.
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>> i think this supercommittee is about as dumb an idea as washington has come up with in my lifetime. [cheers and applause] i mean, if you will, for a second, i used to run the house of representatives, i have some general notion of these things. the idea that 523 senators and congressmen are going to sit around for four months while 12 brilliant political people are going to sit in a room and brill cantily come up with a trillion dollars or force us to choose between gutting our military and accepting a tax increase in irrational. >> reporter: so there you have his take, obviously, concern about what happens if, you know, the rest of the congress is not involved in this. you have 12 people making this decision perhaps behind closed doors, and what happens if they cannot agree to terms and then we have gridlock and serious problems because then we're looking at serious cuts across the board in government spending. jon: quickly, mike, you say perhaps behind closed doors. is it going to be open, their
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debate? >> >> reporter: we've heard calls for transparency, to do this in an open way, but you're also talking about very serious issues, and there'll be a lot of pressure from party elders, also from lobbyists all over washington on some of these issues like defense spending and also some of the health care spending. so there may be some tricky aspects if you do it on camera or do it in public where people can hear the argument. jon: a lot of posturing happens on camera. all right, thanks, mike. jenna: an amazing find on a civil war battlefield. maintenance workers were cutting up a fallen oak tree at gettysburg national military park when their chain saw hit something, and it wasn't just the wood. bullets embedded in the trunk, that's what they hit. and the discovery was made in an area called the culp hill, the scene of some of the most intense fighting almost 150 years ago. joining us to talk about this discovery, katie lohan, the spokesperson for getty burg park. how extraordinary is it to find these bullets?
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>> well, it's pretty much of a rarity today. now, 100 years ago when these were still privately owned lands, it happened much more frequently. but this hasn't happened in at least 20 years here at gettysburg. jenna: i read that the tree that fell was, is older than the united states of america? >> yes. we were pretty surprised. once we had this tree cut, especially the two slices that show the bullets, our natural resource specialist was trying to count the rings, and it was very hard because this tree grew very slowly. it was at the top of a dry, rocky ridge. and it was 100 years old in 1863. jenna: oh, wow. that's incredible. the stories the tree could tell, i'm sure, well, could cover a lot of ground. let's talk about these bullets. is there any way to track who fired them or what side they even belonged to? >> i think if someone did a lot of study, they might be able to figure out, but -- and here's
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why. first off, the tree fell over, so there's a root ball, but it's been exposed to the weather for about ten years. and it probably twisted and rolled a little bit because it's a steep slope. but if you can figure out whether the side of the tree that has the bullets in it faced downhill or uphill, you'd know whether it was probably confederates who were downhill firing up or the union soldiers who were uphill firing down. we just don't know. jenna: it'll remain a mystery right now, but that ridge, culp hill? is. >> yes. jenna: what kind of fighting was happening in the early july of that war? this. >> so it's a three-day battle of gettysburg on july 1st, 2nd and 3rd, and it's the second day of the battle especially where there's just incredibly intense fighting and on the 3rd of july as well. and the confederates were attacking uphill against the union defenses in this particular part of the hill. so just incredible fighting.
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in fact, there's some very well known historic photos that show the trees on culp hill, and they're just all pockmarked and damaged by all the bullets and all the cannonballs that hit them. jenna: you've given us a lot of reasons to come and visit this park. we have some of the images of what these battles looked like in artists' rendering. we did show a little bit of a reenactment of the civil wartime. obviously, there wasn't video at that moment. >> right. but there was the beginnings of photography and great photos taken at gettysburg shortly after the battle that help us know a little bit about what to preserve and protect here. jenna: katie, incredible. thank you so much for sharing this really special story with us that gives us a lot to think about and, again, another place to visit, katie. thank you very much. >> thank you very much. come see us. jon: the history of 150 years ago happening now. jenna: can you imagine how old that tree is? jon: 250 years, wow. the u.s. postal service is
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jenna: well, some major developments in the fight against drugs. the suspected leader of a cartel has been busted in mexico, and police say they captured this kingpin that's been linked to more than 600 murders. jamie colby is live in the our new york newsroom with more on this. 600 murders, jamie? >> reporter: i know, jenna, and he's only 36 years old. it's pretty hard to believe, and it is a major bust. the mexican police actually, jenna, snagged the leader of the hands with eyes, that's the name of this mexican drug cartel. it happened in an overnight raid, and his group is actually blamed for a lot of the extreme drug violence and massive drug sales we've been seeing in mexico. as i said, 36-year-old, garcia is, and he was found at a presumed safehouse overnight. once he was taken into custody, he actually admitted to being
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personally responsible for 300 murders, and he was connected to at least, he said, 300 more many ending in beheadings, so it's the most severe violence we've seen. authorities are saying he's a deserter from the mexican military, former a navy corporal and police officer. here he is being brought out before the press in how they do their perp walks in mexico. and he was also a bodyguard for a major assassin, edgar valdez, before he split off and formed this hands with eyes gang. and, jenna, interestingly, the reason it was called hands with eyes, there's a popular mexican puppet part of an act by a mexican entertainer, and he actually paints his eyes on his hands when performing. think like lamb chop from years ago. this latest arrest were mildly dent the problem of skyrocketing mexican drug violence. this year alone there were more than 7,000 people or if you can believe this, jenna, an average of more than 40 a day that have died at the hands of the
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cartels, some of them killed are competitors, but innocent citizens are clearly getting caught up in the drug war as well. but authorities there are credited with another major bust. they made in this month, jose antonio acosta hernandez. that happened, again, this month. but still at large this guy, joaquin guzman, and with the death of usama bin laden, he is the most wanted man, most wanted man in the. hard to -- in the world. hard to believe he's the most dangerous. he actually escaped a mexican prison in 2001, and he saided capture since -- evaded capture since in a prison laundry cart after a court ordered he could be extradited to the u.s. no one knows where he is. you put his picture up, maybe we'll solve that one, jenna. jenna: each step an important one. jamie, thank you very much. >> reporter: sure. jon: will the king of the high wire pull off one of his biggest
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jon: imagine trying to walk the distance of six football fields on a rope about as thick as a nickel. below you the rushing waters of niagara falls. sounds like a nightmare for most people, the kind of thing that would wake you up at night. but it's the dream of record-breaking tight rope walker nik wallenda. new york lawmakers have given him permission. they are hoping to bring more attention to the niagara falls area which could use an economic shot in the arm, but he still has to convince officials on the
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canadian side to give him the go ahead the make this walk. nik wallenda joins us live. you're talking about the diameter of a nickel, right? >> that is correct. jon: and your idea, your hope is to make it from the u.s. side to the canadian side. right now canadian authorities have not given you their approval? is. >> that's correct. you know, it's a huge process, getting permission from two countries to walk a wire between the two. um, so we decided to approach the u.s. side first as i'm a u.s. citizen, i was born and raised here and thanks to the help of one of the senators we were able to pass through the senate unanimously through the assembly which was sponsored by senator, i'm sorry, an assemblyman. and we were able the pass that. it still does have to be signed by governor cuomo, but we feel fairly confident he will. we just recently approached the canadian parks association, and we have been talking with them, with the commission and, again, it's a process on that side,
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too, and we're willing to follow each step that we need to in order to get permission to accomplish this dream of mine. jon: well, there has been a 50-year-old ban on so-called stunts over niagara falls. the new york legislature approved this one, why? because they're trying to give -- >> you know, i think it'll be huge for the economy, for one, on both sides. as well as the fact that what i do is really not a stunt. what i do is an art. it's something that i've done since i was 2 years old. my family has been entertaining around the world for over 200 years, i'm a seventh generation of the wallendas, and this is something that, again, i've done my entire life and trained my entire life for this one dream. jon: so give us some of the stats. this would be longer than six football fields, we mentioned. how high above the falls would you be? >> it's approximately 160 to 170 feet above the falls and, again, it is over 1800 feet in distance. jon: wow. you'd have, obviously, the mist,
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you know, the water on the wire, that's going to make it more difficult and potentially more trouble. >> well, you know, that's stuff that we train for. i actually recently walked across the allegheny river in pennsylvania, and it was about 220 feet high and halfway out it began to rain. i'll actually train down low with wind and rain, i've trained in the wind gusts of up to 90 miles an hour as well as in rain. so for this walk i'll actually be rigging the entire cable the exact way it'll be rigged over the falls on an airport runway, and we'll actually have wind machines there as well as fire trucks spraying mist on me so it'll duplicate exactly what i'll be feeling while i'm walking across the falls. jon: nik, assuming you get the permission from the governments, jenna wants to come with you, okay? >> she can sit on my shoulders. jenna: oh, oh no. >> a view like no other, i promise you that much.
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[laughter] jon: we wish you well. jenna: i believe you. wow, you're in trouble. jon: you're good for that, right? jenna: we're going to commercial, wait to see what he gets. we'll be right back with more "happening now."
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jenna: a fox news alert, can we go two for two here as we take a look at the markets after what's been a truly wild week on wall street, one of the most volatile since 2008 in the midst of the financial crisis. you saw the dow gain more than 400 points yesterday, you see it up almost 200 points today. still have four hours of trading before we get to the close, so that's where it stands right now. a few things to mention to you today, we got a reading on consumer confidence, how are we feeling about the economy? looks like we're feeling not so good, low e levels since 1980 according to one data point that we got today. but we also got some other news. retail reports that showed that consumers are, indeed, out there
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shopping, and we're still important to the economy and making sure it continues to grow. that might be one of the things that investors are looking at today as a reason for a little optimism heading into the weekend. but again, jon, as we've seen, anything can happen. jon: the pattern all week has been up one day and down the next, or maybe down and then up. we'll see what happens today. authorities in missouri are releasing new information on the search for a missing 3-year-old girl. breeann rodriguez was last seen saturday outside her home riding a bicycle. harris faulkner is on the hunt. >> reporter: yeah. i've just gotten off the phone in the last couple of minutes with the fbi in missouri, and they are throwing a lot of resources at this. they've got the fbi task force, the senath police department in the southeast corner of missouri. there are only about 1600 people that live there. and the county sheriff's department. little 3-year-old breeann rodriguez was playing out front
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on her little bicycle with her 5-year-old brother on saturday at about 12:30 p.m. the little boy got thirsty and reports that he went into the house to get something to drink, and when he came back, little breeann was gone. they have not found her bike, but in the last short while they have found the training wheels on that bicycle. also reports and an admission, at least from her father, that there have been some polygraph tests that may not have been passed by the parents. no word on where this investigation is focused right now. the fbi wouldn't tell me that, but they say they're throwing a lot of assets at it, and they di this tip line with any -- give this tip line with any information. 1600 people, somebody may have seen something and not even realize how valuable that is. 826-371-tips. jenna: big political news of the day, but we have to tell you about this very important story that's happening overseas.
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more bloodshed today in syria. anti-government activists saying syrian troops opened fire on a huge crowd following friday prayers. rallies taking place today in the several cities in that country, defying a government crackdown. leland vittert is live in the our middest bureau with more on this. >> reporter: hi, jenna. calling it a government crackdown may be putting it lightly. the kind of reports we're hearing out of syria right now really describe a government slaughter. this is the second day of protest for the second friday of ramadan. right now those protesters are shouting, "we will not kneel", and the people demand the execution of the president. the government is responding with tank shells and an unbelievable show of force. the protesters have said they are not going to leave the streets until president assad leaves office. he says that's not going to happen and so far today has killed at least 11 people, five of those very close to the
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capital of damascus which is key because that is also president assad's power base and something he has been trying to prevent to get these protests any closer to the capital. right now there are army groups surrounding the mosque where many of these demonstrations began. also key because this is the holy month of ramadan, and right now we're seeing the regional dominoes start to fall down here a little bit in terms of the syrian rejeej. there are -- regime. there are now calls in egypt for them to recall their ambassador in protest, that follows kuwait and saudi arabia. turkey is calling its reserve soldiers to put them on the border with syria, and perhaps the biggest move we've seen is allegedly iran has now sent $5 billion to the syrian regime making a very clear message that picking a fight with syria would be picking a fight with iran which is clearly something that could start a regional war here. jenna, back to you. jenna: one of our guests next, ron paul, had some very provocative comments on iran.
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it's a story we'll continue to watch. leland, thank you. lots of breaking news this hour. we're so glad you're with us on a friday, everybody. i'm jenna lee. jon: and i'm jon scott. riding the moment from the big republican debate right now, many gop candidates are making a last minute push for support ahead of tomorrow's iowa straw poll. the poll considered an early barometer of where presidential hopefuls stand in the voters' minds. jenna: but not everyone on the stage last night is participating in tomorrow's event. chief political correspondent carl cameron is live at the iowa state fair in des moines. so, carl, set the scene for us. >> reporter: well, you know, the iowa state fair has a 100 year tradition, every day 100,000 people come through here which means it's sort of ground zero for the presidential candidates because it's a huge opportunity to meet iowans, the first in the nation caucus, and it comes right between last night's influential and very important debate and the straw poll tomorrow. many of the candidates are going to be coming through to shake
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hands, have pork chop on a stick, red bull smoothies are big with some reporters. it's an opportunity to not only take part in a real part of historic americana at the fair, but also to organize for the straw poll in the final days. tomorrow's poll is very, very consequential. his to haveically, candidates from the back of the pack because they organize, they can get a huge boost, and if they don't organize and get prepared for it and don't do well, it can be, potentially, lethal to their candidacies. there's a long list of presidential roadkill that didn't take the straw poll seriously and ended up out of the race not too long after that. so enjoying the food, enjoying the candidates and enjoying the pomp and circumstance of the centennial state fair. jenna: carl, i've always been so curious about the secret to your success, and now we know: red bull smoothies and funnel cake. handicap it for us. of those participating in the poll, i mean, where do we even go from here?
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>> reporter: well, the first thing to remember is that actually where you place in the roster in the final results is not necessarily as important as whether or not you've met or even exceeded surpassed expectations. so that puts a lot of pressure on michele bachmann. she's been leading the iowa polls, considered a front runner by many which mean she's expected to win. anything short could be problematic. tim pawlenty has been spending the most money and time in iowa which means he should have the best organization. he's also been spending money on tv ads, radio, phone banking, calling around trying to get people there. if he doesn't do well, if expectations that he has a winning organization fall short, that could be devastating to him. and then, of course, there's the texas congressman ron paul who is tremendously successful with straw polls when he chooses to participate. a real gauge for the straw poll will be the bus poll tomorrow morning when we see who is able to bus the most supporters into the parking lot. you can never really know. that's the conventional wisdom of the top three, but that's the beauty of iowa and the straw
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poll. it's unpredictable, and that's why it's so important. jenna: breaking it down for us, carl cameron. thank you very much. jon: well, the candidates last night did not just focus on president obama or the economy. listen to this exchange when rick santorum and congressman ron paul mixed it up over iran. >> here we are, you know, fueling this case -- please, please. they're building up this case just like we did in iraq, build up the war propaganda. there was no al-qaeda in iraq, and they had nuclear weapons, and we had to go in. i'm sure you supported that war as well. >> okay -- >> it's time we quit this. it's trillions of dollars we're spending on a war! [cheers and applause] jon republican presidential candidate and texas congressman ron paul joins us now. congressman, i want to read you a quote from charlie cook, the noted author of the cook political report. he writes about you in the national journal today, perhaps only ron paul had no need to prove anything. he has always marched to the beat of his own drum and runs a
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campaign more about promoting his libertarian views than winning the white house. how do you respond? is. >> i think it's a pretty good position because i think you should go for the person who has principles and believe in 'em. if you noticed last night, most of the other candidates were all challenged for their flip-flopping, and rightfully so. they should be challenged. but i was 9/11 given a question -- never given a question about flip-flopping because they know where i stand. if you're a philosophical candidate, it should be philosophy. this country is shift anything the direction of limited government, a foreign policy that is different, balancing our budget, having sound money. though i would say it's coming together, the philosophy is coming together with the political change, and we've talked about this even four years ago. it was coined as a revolution. and it is an intellectual revolution, and i'm proud to be very much a part of it. jon: our viewers ask better questions than i do, so let me get right to some of them.
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don peterson in california wants to know where does mr. paul stand on israel? he seems to have dodged the question every time he's been asked. [laughter] >> i disagree with him because i don't. we should be friends with israel, and i don't think we do a very good job at it. but i don't think giving money to our friends is the right thing to do. i'm against all foreign aid. and if we cut out all the foreign aid today, we would cut out seven times more foreign aid from the enemiesover israel, but i wouldn't give foreign aid to israel. i want israel to have their own national sovereignty. i don't want them to depend on us for the money that socializes their economy -- and they're in financial trouble as well -- and i don't want them to depend on us to tell them what to do with their borders. so, yes, we should have friendship with them, we should trade with them, but total dependence on united states and on our money is a bad risk for them because we're in bankruptcy, we're not going to be there forever. we are going to come home, and i
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think their dependency on us is very, very harmful to them. jon: this question comes from john in amana, iowa, and it relates to that argument you got into with senator santorum. when iran has a nuclear weapon, he asks, and attacks israel with it how will president paul respond? >> well, israel has 300 of 'em, so do you think iran is going to attack them with a weapon they don't have? and our own cia says there's no concrete evidence they're actually building on it? so we're going to attack iran because someday they might have a nuclear weapon, yet our leaders talk to the chinese as well as the soviets when they had thousands and thousands of nuclear weapons? i don't think it makes any sense to take on iran and fight 'em, and that's essentially what some people want to do. they say we have to have another war. even robert gates getting out of position of secretary of defense is saying anybody who thinks we need another war needs their head examined, and that's the
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way i feel about it. but there is -- the iranians are a third world nation, they don't have an army or navy of any sort, they don't have intercontinental ballistic missiles, and a country that has all that oil in their country and they can't even produce enough gasoline, and they have to depend on importing gasoline, and we're supposed to build up war fever and go to war over this? i don't think for a minute if they got those weapons they wouldn't dare think about attacking israel. israel would take care of them, especially if they had no restraints from us. they would take care of them in minutes. it's not going to happen. it's all war propaganda. jon: all right. on that topic a writer named political tool says here's a question for ron paul, does he really believe letting iran develop a nuke is okay? his isolationist ideas are fantasy. your response? [laughter] >> i'm not an isolationist, i'm a free trader. the isolationists are the ones that won't even trade with cuba,
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and they're the ones who want to put on sanctions, isolate these countries and always use sanctions. so i think it's wrong. our founders advise this, that we trade with people and be friends with as many who are willing to accept our friendship. and we're doing the opposite. we get involved in these tangling alliances, we go to war with nato and the united nations. like i said, there's nuclear weapons all over the place over there. if you were an iranian i'm sure you'd say it's done in our best interests. we ought to gain some respect because if we have a weapon, maybe they might not attack us. but they are surrounded by nuclear weapons. israel, india, pakistan, china, united states, russia. they all have these nuclear weapons, and can they barely think about it. when they try to enrich for peaceful purposes, they get condemned for it. so, yes, there's a lot of bad people over there, there's a lot of violent people around the world, but believe me, the iranians don't have a tradition of sending troops and invading countries 6,000 miles from their shore and occupying another
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country. matter of fact, they're pretty respectful of their borders and the wars they got into in the 1980s was because we instigated the iraqis to go into iran. so i would say a good assessment of that would give you a better -- jon: you have time for a couple more questions. we'll be right back. ♪ and so the conversation turned ♪ ♪ until the sun went down ♪ whose non-stop day starts with back pain... and a choice. take advil no and maybe up to four in a day. or choose aleve and two pills for a day free of pain. way to go, coach. ♪
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jon: back with us now, republican presidential candidate and texas congressman ron paul who's opinion good enough to stick with us through that commercial break for a couple more questions. governor rick perry of texas says he's done the kinds of things that you advocate doing, getting government out of people's way, and he says that's part of the reason texas has added so many jobs. what do you think of his entry into the race, and what do you think of his record? >> well, his record when you dig into it, it's more questionable than most people realize, but somebody else is going to do that after he enters into the race. but his getting into the race, i think, doesn't bother me at all.
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obviously, because he's pretty much represents the status quo, and the other candidates in one way or another are part of the status quo, and i represent something quite different, the faction that emphasizes noninterventionist foreign policy. the rest aren't quite in that area. so he comes in, and he dilutes that vote. so, yes, he'll pick up a lot of votes, but i doubt very much if he's going to pick up any of the ron paul votes. jon: talking about the fed, sheila wants to know how would your currency be controlled if not by the federal reserve? >> well, like it was before the federal reserve, and they did a reasonably good job even though aabused the gold standard all the time. you don't need government to control the money supply. the money supply is controlled by the people, and it's controlled by the banks. it's not controlled by somebody at a computer who decides this week we need $5 billion this
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week put into it. but during the crisis they pumped in $15 trillion and manipulated that and gave it to foreign central banks. there is a monstrous amount of damage that's done by the federal reserve. they create the financial bubbles and, therefore, they create the inevitable recessions and depressions, and they cause the inflation and the unemployment rate. so that is what you have to endorse if you endorse the central bank. the constitution doesn't give the authority for a central bank. the constitution astill says only gold and silver can be legal tender, so when mr. bernanke tells me gold is not money, he needs to be asked, and when i get a better chance to do it, i'm going to ask him how does he have the right to amend the constitution? because the constitution has not been amended. so up until 1913 you did not have a central bank, and we did quite well. jon: obviously, the economy is in if a mess right now. william of duncanville, texas, wants to know what needs to be done to restore it to help, what should be done first? what would be your first act?
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>> well, there's a lot of first things done, but there's no magic thing. the most important thing that has to be done is to get people to understand the necessity of liquidation of debt. because you can't get growth if you have a pile of debt. so we're living with debt, and we're expanding debt. so that means we have to reverse the philosophy that you bail out debt, bail out banks and bail out corporations and dump all the bad assets on the consumer and on the taxpayer. so that's the most important thing. but there's a lot of other things you have to do. you have to save a lot of money. you cannot continue fighting these trillions of dollars of wars around the world. we have to change our foreign policy and bring our troops home, make sure they spend this money at home. have a renewed monetary system and not have a weak currency. a strong currency invites capital into the country. a different tax code would invite capital into this country. we wouldn't chase our jobs overseas because we shouldn't have the reserve currency in the
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world. that chases jobs offshores. but with a bad regulatory code, you chase capital and jobs away, and the evidence is very obvious. for the last 30 years that's what we've been doing, and all we've gotten for it is debt. that's why you have to address the subject of the central bank as well as free markets. jon: we know you have a lot of hands to shake at the iowa state fair. ron paul, good to have you on. thank you. >> thank you. jenna: and thank you to our viewers as well for some of those great questions. brand new polling, by the way, to tell, well, how americans are feeling about the economy. you want to take a guess on that? scott rasmussen is going to join us with interesting news as well about how we're feeling about banks lately. plus, we also have today's must-see moments and, harris, there's still a chance to cast our votes. >> reporter: oh, absolutely. in fact, i'm chatting about it right now. are you worried about the economy? well, 18 people just had something happen that's going to make their bottom line look really good.
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jenna: a fox news eye letter, brand new polling just out on what may be driving the wild swings in the financial market this week. take a look at the latest rasmussen poll. according to the poll, only 4 president of those -- 4% rate the economy as good or excellent. scott rasmussen is the president of rasmussen, and he's joining us now. what i thought was most interesting about this polling you did on the economy is this part of it, that confidence in
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the stability of the u.s. banking system is at it lowest ever recorded, and of the news cycle as of late, we've talked about european banks, but comparing it to the crisis of 2008, it's not really comparable. where do you think that's coming from? why are folks feeling so, well, not having a lot of confidence in our u.s. banking system? >> well, you know, you have to put a little bit of perspective on this. back before the financial industry meltdown, 68% had confidence in the banking system. it fell to 39% by february of 2009, and then it had been inching back up until we had that debt ceiling debacle a few weeks ago. and what's happening, i believe, is that people are losing confidence in the political leadership. i mean, they've always been cynical, but now they're really growing concerned about the ability to do anything. the debt concerns are growing, the political leadership concerns are growing. so only 37% think our financial system is stable today, our banking system is stable. jenna: and it's interesting, i
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was taking a look at bank failure, you know, taking a look at this time compare today last year. we have half the banks failing than they did a year ago, i think we had 109 at this point, now we're in the high 60s. still not very good, but again, the facts don't necessarily sport some of -- support some of that anxiety except some of the political points you bring up. does this lack of confidence have to do with economic fundamentals or something else like the political environment? >> well, it has to do with both. you know, 75% of investors think that the economy is getting worse. one of the things that's changed in the last few months is that investors are now more pessimistic than noninvesters. for a long time, they had been more optimistic. so there is a sense that the economy is really struggling, perhaps worse than people anticipated. there are concerns still about job, one out of four workers worried about losing their job. and then on top of that you add
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this political concern, and there is such a lack of trust. six out of ten people thought the republicans did a poor job during the debt ceiling debate, six out of ten said the same about the democrats. the president's job approval ratings are slipping. there's a feeling that the ship is heading in the wrong direction, and nobody's in charge. jenna: you've taken a look at, obviously, polling for years now, scott, and i'm just curious about the themes that you're seeing. you could use the examples of the polls outside today, but what are some of the broader themes that maybe you haven't seen before in previous years? >> >> we seem to be entering a new phase in if all of this. back in 2008 there was a sense maybe we were having a cyclical downturn and the financial industry problems. then as you went into 2009 things were dragging on longer and concerns were growing. now there's a real fear that something is fundamentally wrong in the america and maybe we won't come out of this as fast or get back to where we were as a nation. more and more americans are saying the next generation won't
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live as well as this generation. there is a growing belief that somebody has changed the rules, and it's bad news for the nation. jenna: interesting observation, scott. always nice to have your insights. thank you so much. >> nice to see you, jenna. jon: reporting the victories and the tragedies of our men and women in uniform takes a new turn. some critics are now taking aim at media military coverage, especially after that terrible helicopter crash. is it justified, or is it overreactive? a fair and balanced debate straight ahead. [gunfire] also, the latest from england as the aftermath of widespread riots continue to rock that country. the number of people arrested is taking a huge jump. >> have any of you felt any kind of bad feelings or remorse about what you've done since the looting? let me ask you first. >> no, i'm all right, you know?
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it's just like a normal day to me. it's nothing.
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>> a fox news alert, right now we're awaiting a meeting to get underway at the white house, the president will be talking to ceos from some of the nation's biggest companies, on that the''s general, of course they're going to be talking about the stock market, also about the economy in general and jobs, the white house spokesman saying earlier that the president is constantly on the opportunity for new job creation ideas, the president's reflection could
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hinge on his success in lowering unemployment, boosting sluggish growth and restoreing confidence in the nation's economy. this is the latest in a series of discussions, by the way, he's been having these discussions with business leaders froim. we expect that meeting to take place a little less than an hour from now. in the meantime to london where police are cracking down in the wake of this week's violent riots, the number of people charged now nearly 600 total. harris has the latest from the breaking news desk. >> reporter: this is a story that changes almost hour to hour. you'll recall more than a week ago the rioting situation got tipped off because of a public outcry reaction to a shooting of a man who police say is a suspect, a 29-year-old man, people came out into the street in droves and were wrecking things and blowing them up and setting them on fire and an investigation investigation showed that police followed protocol, people went back and forth. that was then. this is a whole new generation now, if you will,
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of violence on the streets, and looting. it would seem that somehow or another, this was just kind of a top off the top and there were a whole lot of issues going on in london, one rioter saying it doesn't look like a future for young people, i'll angry. then our sister network getting an exclusive interview with some of the people picked up in this latest round of arrests. take a listen: >> what did you get then? >> what did i get? checks, carpool, electronics stuff. >> you were together? >> yes, i got a ps3, laptops, stuff in it. >> how much do you expect to make from this? >> at least two grand, something like that. >> how much is two grand to you, how much is that to you? >> that's nice, actually, for not paying for nothing. it's two grand, like a
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couple of days a week? that's good. >> reporter: that's nice, isn't it, for something you didn't have to pay for. i want to be clear, they may have accompanied people who were arrested but you see their faces covered talking to that sky news reporter, and then they talked about how they have no remorse over this. >> have any of you felt any kind of bad feelings or remorse about what you've done since the -- let me ask you first: >> no, i'm all right, you know? >> it just shows what they did to me. it's mean, it's nothing, really. >> what about you, any bad feelings at all, have you ever thought at it night when you've been sleeping in your bed? >> no, because i'm watching my plasma that i just got! christmas came early. >> reporter: a lot of anger there on the streets of london, young people saying they feel like they're owed something, or for whatever reason they're angry with the economy, in the meantime, property destroyed, and police trying to round up as many of the looters and rioters as they
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can. jenna, jon. general jen harris, thanks. jon: new details are emerging on that terrible helicopter crash that killed 30 american troops in afghanistan. it is the did liest loss for u.s. forces during this long war, eyewitnesses now describing the final moments before they died, and as families in the nation mourn such a terrible loss, some are complaining that too much sensitive information is being reported about not just this tragedy, but all of our military operations there. retired u.s. army coal knoll david hunt, fox news contributor judith miller is adjupght professor, and michael medved joins us as well. colonel, to you first, americans have been hungry to know more about what caused this tragedy, what led to it, how did it happen and it seems like a lot of information has been released, but again, much of this was a secret operation, at least when it was underway. are the media telling too
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much? >> in this operation, no. it's a tragedy and it's also involving six who would have died to bill billion. it's the intelligence community that suffers more from these open discussions. we haven't had in the last ten years a lot of examples of military operations being compromised by too much information. i'm glad there's a curiosity, soldiers have been out there dying, it's not been a front page story for a couple of years but for this particular one, the tragedy, size of it, collection to bin laden, the fact that it almost wiped out an entire team of seal team six, at that intense level, it's natural -- i didn't see anything reporting that was giving up classified information. op jon but michael, as i understand it, you make to some extent the opposite argument, that by focusing on these big disasters, we lose the bigger picture of the success, or at least we're in danger of losing that picture. >> well, i think that's exactly right.
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i mean, there's this normal tendency in media, when airplanes land safely, it's never covered, when there's a plane crash, it gets intensive coverage. it's quite natural, but it's very unfair to our military operators in afghanistan and in iraq to some extent, because you only get news coverage. killing bin laden, the problem is, we need more media coverage, because that media coverage would show the grinding out, day to day, incremental progress that our forces are actually making, rather than simply highlighting when we lose 30 people tragically. jon: you've been on the front lines, you know that that kind of coverage doesn't necessarily win readers or viewers. >> that's true. it's a ratings problem, especially when you have a lot going on at home,
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especially when the american people are fixated on the american economy, as they understandably are. it's hard to spend the money as a news organization to embed reporters with the men and women who are making the ultimate sacrifice out there for us. but i have to disagree with michael and kind of agree with colonel hunt on this one, jon. it is essential that americans understand that things like this tragic crash occur in war, and it has helped continue the debate we've been having about the policy in afghanistan, and that is the role of the press. that's what we're supposed to do, is provoke debate within the united states about whether or not polices make sense. jon: colonel hunt, everybody -- >> absolutely. i don't disagree with that in any way, judith. my only point is that -- and the problem is ratings. i mean, if you look at these people want to change the channel on the war, they don't want to focus on the reality of it, but the row
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alt -- reality of it isn't all disaster, the reality of it is some context of success and progress and it seems to me that even though it does not receive ratings there is a deep obligation for our press to cover that as -- that aspect as well. jon: i've got a son out of west point, headed for the first infantry division. only 1 percent of american families have people in this war. we have gotten to a point in this country where the military obligation is being borne by a relatively small number of americans. is that part of the problem here? >> it absolutely is. by the way, god bless your son and thanks for the service, tell him to keep his head up. we need a national service. and in that national service, you could choose to serve the military or a homeless shelter or in a police department that teaches kids. it's absolutely part of the prorks where you have less than 1 percent serving. that does not, though, take away the responsibility, in my opinion, of the press to
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give a lot more stories about 100,000 of us soldiers in afghanistan and the great things we are doing. i understand the ratings, but the print and the viewing press and even radio has been really lax the last couple of years. but absolutely, 1 percent is not enough. jon: judy, the press was all over the bin laden raid and for that matter, so was the white house, and perhaps some of this criticism that too much information is coming out about our military operations starts right there. >> i think, jon, you can definitely say that about the abbottabad raid. unfortunately it wasn't embedded. i wish seal team six had taken one of us, but it was the white house, and white house officials who were distributing that information that might have put some of our men and women at risk. and that's what often happens. embedded reporters are rarely the ones who jeopardize operational security.
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jon: we are going to have to wrap it up there. judy miller, michael medved, colonel hunt, good to talk to you, thank you very much. >> thank you. jon: join me this weekend for watch news watch, saturday, 2:30 and 11:30 p.m. eastern time, check your local listings for any programming changes. we could move around a bit. big weekend. jenna: a great conversation right there to kind of get into the news watch mood a little bit. jn jn all right in the meantime, lights, camera, action as they say in hollywood, but what happens when there's too much action off screen? how about that? we have a few examples -- well, with sex addiction, courtney friele is here to talk more about that. also, we are, well, going to show you this video of what tourists experienced that they hadn't bargained for. take a look. we'll talk to the person that saw this, next.
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megyn: hey everyone i'm megyn kelly, newt gingrich went after our own bret baier during the debate! bret is here to respond. >> debbie wasserman-schultz said the moments we witnessed between mitt romney and folks at the iowa state fair was a terrible moment for hom romney, she joins us live to explain. president obama's approval rating is at an all time low for his presidency. alan coomes joins us live. >> he's getting $70,000 in disability payments. while participating in mixed martial arts matches. why are we paying for that? in today's kelly's court. see you top of the hour. jenna: a peaceful boat tour off the coat of alaska rocked by a sudden show of nature was wild side, and whole thing is caught on video. check it out.
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>> that is an apartment-sized -- apartment building-sized chunk of ice, breaking off from that glacier there, the impact sent smaller pieces of ice towards the boat, passengers ducked for cover, one person suffered an injury. karen rume is a woman who shot that video, joining us live. karen, what happened? what were you thinking? >> well, actually, it had been a quiet day in terms of the glaciers so we were looking at it, very calm, then all of the sudden, we heard the crabbing noise, hit record and this huge chunk fell off. probably should have ducked but had the camera in my head and kept filming, and it was pretty amazing. jenna: we're going to tap your resources in the field next time, because you kept the camera focused on all the action. before this, you mentioned you were having a peaceful tour. did the glacier, pieces from the glacier, fall off from the side as wet, was it just in front of you, and what kind of motion was caused by
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such a big piece falling down? >> there is a pretty big wave that was caused by that, about the size of a 20 story building, essentially. i mean, we were safe at the time, but i didn't quite realize it because i'm not used to boats, and this rather big wave kind of came out, so the boat went up and down with it, but i mean, there was a moment, but it was a little scary, seeing the waves come at us. luckily, though, we were fine. jenna: you say you're not used to boats. are you going to get on one any time soon? >> probably. i live near the ocean so it's kind of hard to avoid. jenna: it's incredible footage and we appreciate you sharing it with us, we're glad that everyone was okay. we did mention an injury but for the most part, incredible video, something we don't get to see often, karen, thank you very much. >> absolutely, thank you. jon: a fox news alert, and just when you thought you might have heard the last of casey anthony in a florida courtroom, judge belvin perry, the man who heard the
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murder case against her, has ordered that she come back to florida to serve probation for check fraud. you might know that anthony was last seen publicly in ohio, where her family has some history. he has ordered her to report to florida for her probation this after another judge had suggested that she do that, that judge then recused himself and gave the case over to judge perry, judge perry says casey, you've got to get back to florida, even though there have been a number of threats against her life in that state. we'll be back with more of "happening now", just ahead.
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jenna: we asked you to cast your ballot on the must see moment of the day and we
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have a winner. >> reporter: we do. in these tough economic times when people are looking for jobs, it's not just the u.s., it's in canada where u.s. workers at a smart technology company had just lost their jawrks they come home to find out they also won the lottery! $7 million. by the time they split it and all the taxes tan out, i'm told they'll get about 400 grand apiece. there you see them splitting scotch and saying hey, this is a quote, it was rough there for a minute. things are good now. you win the lottery moments after losing your job? wow. jenna: we're toasting them, too. that's a great story, harris, thank you. >> reporter: sure. jon: well, we're back today with our fox 411 series on high in hollywood, who's into what, the trouble it's gotten them into, and why it is so hard to stop. courtney friele with today's installment. >> reporter: let's talk about sex, jon scott and jenna lee, because this week, it's sex addiction,
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and the length celebrities will go to satisfy their promiscuous desires, three years ago, david duchovny brought new meaning to the term x files, rob lowe says he's been in a stint in 1998 and comedian russell brand now a reformed sex addict told playboy he once used a team of experts to find him women. doctors we talked with said you can't even be clinically diagnosed as a sex addict but the definition includes an intense drive and preoccupation with sex to being involved with illicit activities like picking up prostitutes, exhibitionism, peeping and assault and the problem is only getting worse thanks to the internet and social networking sites. there's even an app that runs off your cell phone's cps signal that will find people near to you hook up with, but the good news, new research suggests that
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cognitive behavioral therapy is helping sex addicts recover and you can read more on this at fox and stay tuned in the coming weeks for other celebrity addictions like food, drugs, and gambling. back to you. jon: courtney, thank you. jenna: an extra special surprise for one soldier home from war, the touching way one group showed their gratitude for his service and his family's sacrifice. we have that story straight ahead. looking good! you lost some weight. you noticed! these clothes are too big, so i'm donating them.
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jenna: a great surprise for a phoenix soldier who lost an arm in iraq. he and his family will get to live like millionaires for the next week. a group organized this group which includes a stay in a mansion, a massage therapist, a professional bass fishing lesson. sergeant lindsay is very appreciative. >> it feels awesome, man. i think that's really cool because i know this is somebody's house, and whoever's house it is, thank you. but, um, there's a


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