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after this. obviously this ruins the time at the wedding. this is at 2 a.m. >> does it really ruin it now? now you have this incredible video. it's a lot better than the boring video. >> yes, it ruined it, someone got stabbed at your wedding. >> if you google around russian wedding fights, you saw a few different videos on line. apparently this is not something so uncommon. >> the lady is just so -- n nonchalant about it. she's like not another stabbing at another family wedding. >> when your 13-year-old son needs his teeth cleaned, you take him to the dentist. so he takes out his breathing t
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apparatus and he puts in the water. >> that's a cleaning n' it? >> ah! >> so russell lets the cleaning shrimp go in there for over 40 seconds to clean his teeth. >> the shrimp comes equipped with like floss. >> it's crawling all around, a live thing just crawling all around your mouth. >> he told us it particulars a little but other than that, it was okay. >> i like it, too. i would totally try this if i could scuba dive. he was 75 feet down when this
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happened. you're talking about a 13-year-old who is experienced enough who can do this. bravo. >> i wonder if his mouth was cleaner after or before? >> and -- i guess it's not a proposal. >> reportedly this is a lovers spat. she starts physically assaulting the man, she grabs him by his hair, slaps his face. he is screaming in her direction as mercy but also saying he's not guilty of what he's being accused of. according to reports, this woman is mad because she he has a lady on the side. >> this lady over here? >> we don't know if that's a lady or a friend there for moral support. but this woman believes he is cheating. >> this video is over five
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minutes lon. >> this video went viral overnight. >> translations say many of the women are saying, dude, you need to dump this woman. there's something wrong with her. >> or just get and walk away. >> yeah, why are you talking this from this woman? get out of there, dude. >> someone called police and police ended up finding out who this woman was. they arrested her on assault charges and ended up taking this young man to the hospital so he could be inspected to make sure he was okay. >> this is a 20-year-old woman, the man a 23-year-old. some reports say this isn't the only time she has treated him this way. >> he should listen to the people that told him to get out of that relationship. >> two ladies shop for some booze. >> what happens next you will
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not expect in. >> oh, no! >> why they're going to need clean-up on aisle three. and it's an epic rap battle between -- >> nerves and geeks. >> here's a song and pick a side next. >> i just saw a nerd twerk. bubut t i i amam s so o st, i can't rest. [ male a annnnououncncer ] nyquil cold and flu liquid gels don't unstuff your nose. ththeyey d donon't't?? alalkaka s seleltztzerer p pls plus h hasas a a d dececon. [ [ ininhahaleles s dedeepe] ohoh. . whwhatat a a r rele.
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this is in the u.k. at a
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convenient store. two knife-wielding robbers go inside. they provide a bag into which the cashier is going to drop the money. >> it's like he smelled her. >> weird. >> he goes for cigarettes, drops a few bottles of booze in there. they go for the front door but it turns out a customer had been eyeing these two and locked the front doors. they looked for the back door and there was no back exit. the woman called her mom and told her what was >> announcer: this is an abc news special report.
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government shutdown. hello, everyone. i'm george stephanopoulos in new york. we're coming to you right now because president obama about to hold a press conference in the white house briefing room. his first press conference since the government shut down about eight days ago. we're also ten days away from a far more consequential deadline when the government begins to lose the ability to make its interest payments and pay off other government obligations like social security payments starting on october 17th, when it loses the ability to borrow more money. that deadline looming as well. but both the white house and congress now stuck in a stalemate. house republicans saying they will not open the government, extend the debt limit unless they get changes in the affordable care act or more restrictions on government spending. the president saying he's not going to negotiate over those issues until, unless and until the government opens up again and the debt limit is extended. and john karl down at the white house, that is the position the president just reiterated in his phone call with speaker boehner a few hours ago. >> reporter: yeah, george, you
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might consider it progress that at least the two of them had a phone conversation, but really the two sides are as dug in as ever. the president calling simply to reiterate his position that he will not negotiate until republicans agree to reopen the government and remove that threat of default. george, one analyst compared this situation to a game of chicken where both drivers have ripped the steering wheel out of the car and thrown it out the window. it's not clear how they get out of this one. >> and it is hurting everyone right now. the president, democrats in congress and republicans in congress all disapproved now by the american public. we show the president 50% disapproval. democrats in congress about 60% and republicans at 70% disapproval right now. the country not liking what they are seeing at all. the president about to come out and restate his position right now. we don't expect any new offers from the president in this press conference. as we said, he just spoke to speaker boehner a few hours ago and dug in one more time saying he absolutely is not going to negotiate. the president now. >> good afternoon, everybody.
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i am eager to take your questions. so i'll try to be brief at the top. this morning i had a chance to speak with speaker boehner, and i told him what i've been saying publicly, that i am happy to talk with him and other republicans about anything, not just issues i think are important but also issues that they think are important. but i also told him that having such a conversation, talks, negotiations shouldn't require hanging the threats of a government shutdown or economic chaos over the heads of the american people. think about it this way. the american people do not get to demand a ransom for doing their jobs. you don't get a chance to call your bank and say i'm not going to pay my mortgage this month unless you throw in a new car and an xbox if you're in negotiations around buying somebody's house, you don't get to say, well, let's talk about the price i'm going to pay and
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if you don't give me the price then i'm going to burn down your house. that's not how negotiations work. that's not how it happens in business. it's not how it happens in private life. in the same way members of congress and the house republicans in particular don't get to demand ransom in exchange for doing their jobs. and two of their very basic jobs are passing a budget and making sure that america's paying its bills. they don't also get to say, you know, unless you give me what the voters rejected in the last election i'm going to cause a recession. that's not how it works. no american president would deal with a foreign leader like this. most of you would not deal with either co-workers or business associates in this fashion. and we shouldn't be dealing this way here in washington. i've heard republicans suggest that, well, no, this is
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reasonable, this is entirely appropriate. but as i've said before, imagine if a democratic congress threatened to crash the global economy unless a republican president agreed to gun background checks or immigration reform. i think it's fair to say that republicans would not think that was appropriate. so let's lift these threats from our families and our businesses, and let's get down to work. it's not like this is a new position that i'm taking here. i had speaker boehner and the other leaders in just last week. either my chief of staff or i have had seriousonversations on the budget with republicans more than 20 times since march. so we've been talking all kinds of business. what we haven't been able to get are serious positions from the republicans that would allow us to actually resolve some core differences. and they have decided to run out
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the clock until there's a government shutdown for the possibility of default thinking it would give them more leverage. that's not my characterization. they've said it themselves. that was their strategy from the start. and that is not how our government is supposed to run. it's not just me, by the way, who has taken the position that we'll only have conversations about anything. senate democrats have asked to sit down with house republicans and hash out a budget but have been rejected by the house republicans 19 times. at the beginning of this year speaker boehner said what we want is regular order and a serious budget process. so the senate should pass a bill and the house should pass a bill, and then a committee comes together and they hash out their differences and send a bill to the president. well, that's exactly what democrats did. except somewhere along the way
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house republicans decided they wouldn't appoint people to the committee to try to negotiate. and 19 times they've rejected that. so even after all that the democrats in the senate still passed a budget that effectively reflects republican priorities at republican budget levels just to keep the government open. and the house republicans couldn't do that either. the point is i think not only the white house but also democrats in the senate and democrats in the house have shown more than ample willingness to talk about any issues that the republicans are concerned about. but we can't do it if the entire basis of the republican strategy is we're going to shut down the gornment or cause economic chaos if we don't get 100% of what we want. so my suggestion to the speaker
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has been and will continue to be let's stop the excuses, let's take a vote in the house, let's end this shutdown right now. let's put people back to work. there are enough reasonable republicans and democrats in the house who are willing to vote yes on a budget that the senate has already passed. that vote could take place today. the shutdown would be over. then serious negotiations could proceed around every item in the budget. now, as soon as congress votes to reopen the government, it's also got to vote to meet our country's commitments, pay our bills, raise the debt ceiling because as reckless as a government shutdown is, the economic shutdown caused by america defaulting would be dramatically worse. and i want to talk about this for a minute because even though people can see and feel the
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effects of a government shutdown, they're already experiencing it right now, there are still some people out there who don't believe that the fight is a real thing. we've been hearing that from some republicans in congress, that default would not be a big deal. so let me explain this. if congress refuses to raise what's called the debt ceiling, america would not be able to meet all of our financial obligations for the first time in 225 years. and because it's called raising the debt ceiling, i think a lot of aricans think it's raising our debt. it is not raising our debt. it does not add a dime to our debt. it simply says you pay for what congress has already authorized america to purchase. whether that's the greatest military in the world or veterans' benefits or social security.
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whatever it is that congress has already authorized, what this does is make sure that we can pay those bills. now, the last time that the tea party republicans flirted with the idea of default two years ago markets plunged, business and consumer confidence plunged, america's credit rating was downgraded for the first time, and a decision to actually go through with it, to actually permit default according to many ceos and the congress would be, and i'm quoting here, insane, catastrophic, chaos. these are some of the more polite words. warren buffett likened default to a nuclear bomb, a weapon too horrible to use. it would disrupt markets. it would undermine the world's confidence in america as the bedrock of the global economy. and it might permanently increase our borrowing costs.
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which of course ironically would mean that it would be more expensive for us to service what debt we do have and it would add to our deficit and our debt, not decrease them. there's nothing fiscally responsible about that. preventing this should be simple. as i said, raising the debt ceiling is a lousy name, which is why members of congress in both parties don't like to vote on it, because it makes you vulnerable in political campaigns. but it does not increase our debt. it does not grow our deficit. it does not allow for a single dime of increased spending. all it does is allow the treasury department to pay for what congress has already spent. but as i've said, it's always a tough vote. people don't like doing it. although it has been done 45 times since ronald reagan took office. nobody in the past has ever seriously threatened to breach the debt ceiling until the last
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two years. and this is the creditworthiness of the united states we're talking about. this is our word. this is our good name. this is real. in a government shutdown millions of americans face inconvenience or outright hardship. in an economic shutdown every american could see their 401(k)s and home values fall, borrowing costs for mortgages and student loans rise, and there would be a significant risk of a veryf a v recession at a time when we're still climbing our way out of the worst recession in our lifetimes. the american people have already fought too hard and too long to come back from one crisis only to see a handful of more extreme republicans in the house of representatives precipitate another one. now, the good news is over the past 3 1/2 years our businesses have created 7 1/2 million new jobs. our housing market's healing.
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we've cut the deficit in half since i took office. the deficit is coming down faster than any time in the last 50 years. america's poised to become the number one energy producer in the world this year. this year for the first time in a very long time we're producing more oil than we're importing. so we've got a lot of good things going for us. but the uncertainty caused by just one week of this nonsense so far has caused businesses to reconsider spending and hiring. we've seen consumer confidence plunge to the lowest level since 2008. we've seen mortgages held up by thousands of home buyers who aren't sure about the economic situation out there. and all this adds to our deficit. it doesn't subtract from it. so we can't afford these manufactured crises every few months. as i've said, this one isn't even about deficits or spending or budgets. our deficits are falling at the fastest pace in 60 years.
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the budget that the senate passed is at republican spending levels. it's their budget. that democrats were willing to put votes on just to make sure the government was open while negotiations took place for a longer-term budget. and what's happened, the way we got to this point was one thing and one thing only, and that was republican obsession with dismantling the affordable care act and denying health care to millions of people. that law, ironically, is moving forward. so most americans, democrats, and republicans agree that health care should not have anything to do with keeping our government open or paying our bills on time. which is why i will sit down and work with anyone of any party, not only to talk about the budget. i'll talk about ways to improve the health care system. i'll talk about ways that we can shrink our long-term deficits.
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i'll also want to talk about how we're going to help the middle class and strengthen early childhood education and improve our infrastructure and research and development. there are a whole bunch of things i want to talk about in terms of how we're going to make sure that everybody's getting a fair shake in this society and that our economy's growing in a broad base, we're building our middle class. and by the way, if anybody doubts my sincerity about that, i've put forward proposals in my budget to reform entitlement programs for the long haul and reform our tax code in a way that it closed loopholes for the wealthiest and lowered rates for corporations and help us invest in new jobs and reduce our deficits. and some of these were originally republican proposals. because i don't believe any party has a monopoly on good ideas. i've shown myself willing to go more than halfway in these conversations. and if reasonable republicans want to talk about these things again, i'm ready to head up to the hill and try. i'll even spring for dinner
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again. but i'm not going to do it until the more extreme parts of the republican party stop forcing john boehner to issue threats about our economy. we can't make extortion routine as part of our democracy. democracy doesn't function this way. and this is not just for me. it's also for my successors in office. whatever party they're from, they shouldn't have to pay a ransom for congress doing its basic job. we've got to put a stop to it. last point i'll make. already this week i had to miss critical meetings in asia to promote american jobs and businesses. and although as long as we get that fixed that's not long-term damage, whenever we do these things it hurts our credibility around the world. it makes it look like we don't have our act together.
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and that's not something we should welcome. the greatest nation on earth shouldn't have to get permission from a few irresponsible members of congress every couple of months just to keep our government open or to prevent an economic catastrophe. so let's pass a budget. let's end this government shutdown. let's pay our bills. let's avert an economic shutdown. let's drop the gimmicks, put aside what's good for any particular party, and let's focus on what's good for the american people because they know we've got a lot of work to do. all right? so with that, let me take a couple of questions, and i will start with julie pace of a.p. >> thank you, mr. president. obviously, if congress does pass a clean cr and clean debt ceiling bill, those may just be short-term measures. if that happens, does your offer to negotiate with them on issues like health care and spending and debt reduction still stand in the intervening weeks that they pass measures that are perhaps just six weeks or two months long? >> absolutely.
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i've said that i will talk about anything. what will happen is we won't agree on everything. i mean, the truth is that the parties are pretty divided on a whole bunch of big issues right now. everybody understands that. and by the way, voters are divided on a lot of those issues too. and i recognize that there are some house members, republican house members, where i got clobbered in the last election. and they don't get politically rewarded a lot for being seen as negotiating with me. and that makes it harder for divided government to come together. but i am willing to work through all those issues. the only thing that our democracy can't afford is a situation where one side says unless i get my way and only my
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way, unless i get concessions before we even start having a serious give and take, i'll threaten to shut down the government or i will threaten to not pay america's bills. so i will not eliminate any topic of conversation. and i've shown myself willing to engage all the parties involved, every leader, on any issue. >> and that applies no matter how long the time frame is on the measures they would pass? >> the only thing i will say is that we're not going to pay a ransom for america paying its bills. that's something that should be non-negotiable. and everybody should agree on that. everybody should say one of the most valuable things we have is america's creditworthiness. this is not something we should even come close to fooling
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around with. so when i read people saying, oh, this wouldn't be a big deal, we should test it out, let's take default out for a spin and see how it rides, and i say imagine in your private life if you decided that i'm not going to pay my mortgage for a month or two. first of all, you're not saving money by not paying your mortgage. you're just a deadbeat. and you can anticipate that will hurt your credit. which means that in addition to debt collectors calling you're going to have trouble borrowing in the future. and if you are able to borrow in the future you're going to have to borrow at a higher rate. well, what's true for individuals is also true for nations. even the most powerful nation on earth.
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and if we are creating an atmosphere in which people are not sure whether or not we pay our bills on time, then that will have a severe long-term impact on our economy and on america's standard of living. and that's not something that we should even be in a conversation about. that is not something that we should be using as leverage. okay. julianna. >> thanks, mr. president. you laid out the economic consequences of the default. but if we were to get to that point, would you prioritize bond holders to maintain a semblance of credit worth rather than social security recipients or military-serving men and women? and how would you go ahead and make that determination? >> i am -- i'm going to continue to be very hopeful that congress does not put us in that
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position. i think if people understand what the consequences are they will set that potential scenario aside. i do know there have been some who said if we just pay bond holders, we just pay people who bought treasury bills, that we really won't be in default because those interest payments will be made and to them what i have to remind them is we've got a lot of other obligations, not just people who pay treasury bills. we've got senior citizens who are counting on their social security check arriving on time. we have veterans who are disabled who are counting on their benefits. we have companies who are doing business for our government and for our military that have payrolls they have to meet. and if they do not get paid on time, they may have to lay off workers. all those folks are


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