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thanks for joining us. i'm cheryl jennings. >> thanks for inviting us into your homes tonight. >> next newscast at 6:00. >> see you again. >> bye. tonight on "world news," big omeback. america's giant automakers the pr turning a profit, hiring new workers. the president gets behind the wheel to say his plan was right. 70% of theishing. 70% of the louisiana waters t is thereor fishing. but is there any oil in what they catch? enough.ugh is enough. congressmanan erupts, accusing his colleagues of playing games of capitol hill. . > and here comes the bride. chelsea gets ready. hillary shops. dad holds fort at the wedding holds and the bride to be talks about dingparents. our "person of the week." good evening.
it worked. president said president said yerut the taxpayer bailout, as he saluted the official return he saluted of america's auto industry. ce three big companies all in profit for the first time in six e ins. in fact, they're hiring. bailler just announced 900 new ll s. four-letailout still a four-letter word, or did taxpayers get their money's money' jon karl asked that question today. >> reporter: in motown, a victory lap for the president. lo, detroit!troit! >> reporter: the american auto ndustry is on the rebound, and he's taking credit. had donehad done nothing, not only were your jobs gone, but supplier jobs were gone and dealership jobs were gone and jobs wmunities that depend on them would have been wiped out. orter: the tuthe u.s. auto industry turnaround is the job losses? he job losses? more than 330,000 in 2008, have topped. and the industry is actually hiring new workers. 55,000 over the past year. >> kept the doors open, kept the
heghts on. >> we're hoping we're on a hopingk. >> reporter: the president mocked republicans who loudly epublicans whoilout and predicted it would not work. >> they don't like admitting >> n when i do the right thing. but they might have had to admit it. want allt all of you to know, i will bet on the american worker ny day of the week. >> reporter: one of the biggest critics was republican richard shelby. today, he still thinks the out was a s a mistake. >> the american taxpayers are still on the hook, will always be on the hook. still on the h a lot of this money will never this money w >> reporter: he's actually right about that. the bush administration gave the bu n, nothan $25 billion, no strings attached, to bailout gm and chrysler. and and nobody expects that money to torepaid. st they have already started repaying some of the $60 billion from the obama administration's administration's x payerstreasury department says backyers will get back every penny of that money, eventually. t the gm plant today, the president took a little drive in
a soon to be released $41,000 .hevy volt. t?d why not? he is, after all, the company's eholder.shareholder. t is at is a dirty word these ays, but this is one bailout the white house makes no nologies for. ,n fact, next week, the president will visit yet another uto plant, and diane, take credit for more jobs, he says, jobs, hve been saved. you, ank you, jon. auto while the auto companies nginebecome an unlikely engine we know the rests we know, the est of the country is lagging, thata new number out today howed that. it shows the overall vitality of the economy. tic productomestic product h, but growth, but not rebuffed. rebuffedd muir spent the day, asking, when will there be more jobs? asking, david? >> reporter: great question, diane. jobs ifferentnow, the numbers out his countral two different portraits in this country. one a recovery slowing dramatically, american families, families,less, saving more. mod one of corporate america, earning billions and yet still ng. hiring. pace ohe slowest pace of ecovery seen in nearly a year.
measures ecoh measures economic growth, rose just 2.4% in the last quarter. last down from 5% less than a year ago. what's behind it? ago. consumer spending slowing. consumer spendin employment hoverering near 10%. but also inside these new else.rs, something else. businesses, it turns out, are ctually spending. the most money spent on software the most m and equipment in more than a three. homebuilders spending more than they have in three decades. so, why isn't that money turning into jobs? >> there's a real mystery going on here, because corporate profits have been pretty strong. the problem is, they're investing in equipment, they're not investing in people. >> reporter: a huge part of the reason, businesses have become leaner and meaner, after so many job cuts and putting the squeeze on the workers who did survive. >> businesses are, in fact, sitting on a large pile of cash. record amount of cash. >> reporter: take caterpillar. profits of 91% over last year, earning $707 million just this last quarter. dupont, up 277%, earning more than $1 billion.
and microsoft, up 49%, nearly $6 billion in earnings. and between the three, they're sitting on more than $40 billion in cash. will they use it to hire? we called them. >> thank you for calling dupont. >> thank you for calling microsoft. >> reporter: only caterpillar today offered hard numbers. do you plan to hire any time soon? >> yes, we've hired about 3,000 employees to date. >> reporter: a number they say could reach 9,000 this year. of those 9,000, how many are right here in the u.s.? >> about 3,000. >> reporter: and why so many jobs overseas? >> that's where the need -- excuse me, that's where the customer is. >> reporter: that's where the customer is. a third of the new jobs here in the u.s. economists told me there's only so far you can push the work force, making their work harder, longer hours, to make the companies leaner and meaner. they said eventually, to keep these profits up over the long haul, they're going to have to spend all the billions in profits on the sidelines in hiring new workers. >> right now, productivity is
keeping it going. >> reporter: it is. all-time high. >> all right, thank you, david. and we turn now to afghanistan, because there was tough news out of afghanistan tonight. three more american troops have died in the past 24 hours, bringing the total in july to 66. and that is the highest of any month since the war began almost nine years ago. afghanistan was one of the topics house speaker nancy pelosi tackled in a wide-ranging interview with abc's christiane amanpour, who makes her debut as host of "this week" on sunday. welcome aboard. tell us what the speaker said. >> reporter: well, diane, thank you very much indeed. and we did speak a lot about afghanistan, because it's not just danger on the battlefield for the american forces, but it is also apparently danger potentially for the president's afghan war strategy from his own party in congress. and i asked speaker nancy pelosi about that specifically, about the war funding bill that passed this week, but with three times
fewer democrats voting for it than did the last year. now, you didn't vote. i know the speaker doesn't have to vote. but how would you have voted? >> well, the -- we brought the bill to the floor, and that was the statement that said that we knew that our troops needed to have -- what they needed to have would be provided for them. so, we will never abandon our men and women in uniform. on the other hand, it gave our members a chance to express their view. how does this figure into our protecting the american people? is it worth it? >> reporter: well, is it worth it? >> yes, that's the question. >> reporter: that's my question to you. >> well, as i say, we're seeing that unfold in the next few months. >> reporter: and you know, of course, they're very, very skeptical, increasingly skeptical in congress, but allies of the speaker said that they really, you know, want to give the president at least one last chance to get this done, diane.
>> i want to ask about another of your interviews, with defense secretary gates. you asked him about that 92,000-document leak. what did he say? >> reporter: well, you can imagine, i asked him whether he was angry about it, and he said more appalled and mortified. he was very, very concerned, not just about what it means for the war strategy, but what it means for afghans in afghanistan, who have risked their lives to help the american forces, the international forces there. he was very clear about that, and also, what it means about the pentagon strategy of pushing intelligence down to the front line, to the ordinary soldier for their own benefit. >> we will be watching on this sunday, and again, great to have you here, christiane. a reminder to everyone, it's "this week" sunday morning, and her guests, speaker pelosi and defense secretary gates. and also out of washington tonight, every now and then, someone seems to express the nation's frustration with the
endless wrangling and delay in congress. and we thought you might like to hear new york democratic congressman anthony weiner. he wanted a vote last night on a $7.4 billion bill, aid for the sick police and firemen who h p helped race to ground zero to rescue people. >> we see it in the united states senate every single day, where members say, we want amendments, debate, but we're still a no. and then we stand up and start, oh, if only we had a different process, we'd vote yes. you vote yes if you believe yes. you vote in favor of something if you believe it's the right thing. if you believe it's the wrong thing, you vote no. i will not yield, and the gentleman will observe regular order. the gentleman will observe regular order. gentleman gets up and yells, going to intimidate people into believing he's right. he is wrong. the gentleman is wrong! the gentleman is providing cover for his colleagues, rather than doing the right thing. it's republicans wrapping their arms around republicans, rather than doing the right thing on behalf of the heroes.
it is a shame! a shame! if you believe this is a bad idea to provide health care, then vote no! but don't give me the cowardly view that, oh if it was a different procedure. the gentleman will observe regular order and sit down. >> one congressman who seems to have had enough. republican members accused weiner of political theater. the measure is expected to pass, but sometime in the future. and, 100 miles north of new york city, the guests and the gawkers have converged on the tiny town of rhinebeck, new york. chelsea clinton will marry her long-time boyfriend marc mezvinsky tomorrow. rehearsal dinner tonight, and the father of the bride was out in the streets today. sharyn alfonsi is in rhinebeck. >> reporter: the bride may have been trying to avoid media attention, but he seemed to be basking in it. bill clinton, strolling through and stirring up rhinebeck today, smiling, shaking hands, even
taking questions about his future son-in-law. >> i like him. and i admire him. >> reporter: chelsea met marc mezvinsky, the son of two former democratic members of congress, in her teens. they attended stanford together, but only became romantically linked a few years ago. she's an only child. he's one of ten. >> i feel very blessed. hillary and i -- hillary feels the same way. we think he's fabulous. >> reporter: hillary was last spotted delivering packages to chelsea's apartment. tonight, she and hundreds of the family's closest friends are headed to a rehearsal dinner at a nearby estate. most people won't get within miles of that or the multimillion dollar wedding. but today, a few did get to meet the man who will walk chelsea down the aisle. did he seem like a nervous father of the bride? >> i think he seemed pretty damn calm, really. >> he was nice. >> yeah, yeah. >> very good. >> he didn't get the bill yet. >> reporter: and what a bill that will be, because it is
expected to cost, this wedding, anywhere between $3 million and $6 million. behind me is the inn where a lot of the v.i.p.s are staying. and we're being told they're being asked to surrender cell phones, blackberrys and cameras for much of the weekend. >> oh, good luck on that. i don't know. $3 million to $6 million? wow. well, i know you'll be covering it all weekend and we'll have more on all of this still ahead. but on "world news," as well, 70% of louisiana's fishing waters have reopened. is there any oil in the fish? and a robbery victim who does not call 911, she calls god for help -- and it works. and we have more on chelsea clinton, because she's our "person of the week." it's pain relief without the pills. no pills, no pain. how can you get pain relief without taking pills around the clock? try thermacare heatwraps, for all day relief without pills.
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strolled around chelsea district in london. bill said, if we ever have a daughter, we should name her chelsea. he would just sit for hours, and look at his daughter, you know, trying to take in this miracle. >> it was still, i guess, the most incredible thing i've ever been through. >> reporter: growing up, she loved to dance, even practicing 15 hours a week. her secret service code name was energy. and, at times, she seemed to hold the family together, literally. who could forget the iconic image during the scandal? a symbol of deep connections that carry us toward forgiveness. and when someone asked her about it -- >> and i do not think that is any of your business. >> reporter: 2001, she graduated stanford, then worked in finance and pursued a degree in public health at columbia. returning to politics for her mother. >> i've been working hard for my mom. >> reporter: and for many of us, it was the first time we really
heard her use her own voice. >> hi, this is chelsea clinton. it's really me. >> reporter: and now, she's a bride on her own day, heading through a door into her own life. and even as our eyes are watching her, the eyes that matter are the young man waiting at the end of the aisle. and so we choose chelsea clinton. may she and all the other brides this weekend enter lives of joy. that's "world news" for this friday. david muir will be back tomorrow night, and christiane amanpour on sunday. have a great weekend. see you monday. a uc research center being built by bp. tonight how the university is defending its $500 million alliance with the gulf oil. >> wildfires tear through desert hills of southern dal
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