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CBN NewsWatch: November 27, 2012

On today's show, once sacred tax deductions could be chopped; 'Two and Half Men' star: 'Don't watch my show'; Hurricane Sandy's devastation deeper than Katrina; and more. Read Transcript


KNEW TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH," LAWMAKERS WORK TO

AVOID THE FISCAL CLIFF.

THE LATEST FROM CAPITOL HILL.

PLUS THE SUPER COST OF

SUPERSTORM SANDY.

SEE HOW A NEW FILM IS

FIGHTING SEX TRAFFICKING AMONG

INDIA'S UNTOUCHABLES.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH." THE COUNTRY IS A

MONTH AWAY FROM THE FISCAL

CLIFF.

GOOD EVENING I AM LEE WEB.

AND I AM WENDY GRIFFITH.

TWO TAX DEDUCTIONS ONCE THOUGHT

COULD BE TRIMMED OR CUT.

DALE HURD HAS TONIGHT'S TOP

STORY.

LAWMAKERS TRY TO AVOID THE

FISCAL CLIFF ARE LOOKING FOR

COMPROMISE.

IN ONE LONG CHERISHED TAX

DEDUCTION COULD GO UNDER THE

KNIFE.

IT HAS HELPED CUSHION THE TAX

BLOW ON MILLIONS OF FAMILIES.

EXPERTS SAY IT COULD INCLUDE CAP

STRUCTURES, TRIMMING OR CUTTING

MORTGAGE DEDUCTION FOR THE TAX

PAYORS.

FORMER ADVISER TO PRESIDENT BUSH

CALLS IT A DUMB IDEA WHEN THE

HOUSING INDUSTRY IS STRUGGLING.

IT IS GOING TO HURT PRIVATE

CITIZENS THAT HAVE HOMES.

IT IS GOING TO CREATE A BIGGER

MESS THAN NOW.

FIGURES FROM 2010 SHOW

MORTGAGE DEDUCTION.

AMERICAN COMPANIES AND

INDIVIDUALS GAVE 298 BILLION

DOLLARS LAST YEAR AND

CONSERVATIVES GAVE A LOT MORE

THAN LIBERALS, RICK DUNHAM SAYS

TRIMMING THE DEDUCTION FOR

CHARITABLE GIVING WOULD COST

CHARITIES MORE THAN EIGHT

BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR.

45% OF ALL CHARITABLE DONATIONS

WHICH IS 100 --

SURVEYS SHOWN AMERICANS WANT

BOTH DEDUCTIONS LEFT ALONE AND

WASHINGTON SHOULD CUT ITS OWN

BLOATED BUDGET.

DALE HURD, CBN NEWS.

JOINING US FROM CAPITOL HILL

IS OUR CONGRESSIONAL

CORRESPONDENT JOHN JESSUP.

JOHN, WE ARE FIVE WEEKS AWAY

FROM THE SPENDING CUTS, ARE THEY

ANY CLOSER ON CAPITOL HILL TO AN

AGREEMENT?

LEE, WHEN YOU ATTEND PRESS

CONFERENCES FROM DEMOCRATS, AND

THEN REPUBLICAN PRESS

CONFERENCES, YOU WONDER IF THEY

ARE ON THE SAME PLANET.

NO, THEY ARE NO CLOSER THAN JUST

BEFORE THANKSGIVING WHEN ALL THE

PRINCIPLE PARTIES EMERGED

HOPEFULLY PERHAPS REACHING A

GOAL, A BIPARTISAN GOAL.

NOW THAT AIDS ARE TRYING TO WORK

THROUGH IT, THERE IS VERY LITTLE

AGREEMENT ON THESE TOUGH TOPICS.

THEY ARE NO CLOSER TO WHERE THEY

WERE INITIALLY BEFORE THE

THANKSGIVING BREAK.

WITH SO LITTLE TIME LEFT, YOU

ARE HEARING SOME PEOPLE, EVEN ON

BOTH SIDES, LIBERALS, AS WELL AS

CONSERVATIVES SUGGESTING THE

COUNTRY MIGHT GO OFF THE FISCAL

CLIFF.

LEE, A LOT OF DEMOCRATS FEEL

THEY'LL HAVE THE UPPER HAND,

MANY WHO FIND GROVER NORQUIST,

THE NO-TAX PLEDGE,

INTENTIONALLY, I THINK THE

PRINCIPLE PARTIES DON'T AGREE.

THEY WOULD RATHER SEE US SOLVE

THE PROBLEM IN THE SHORT TERM.

PRESIDENT IN THE COMING DAYS IS

PLANNING TO HIT THE ROAD AND

TAKE HIS CAMPAIGN, SALES PITCH

DIRECTLY TO VOTERS.

HE IS URGING THE CONGRESS PASS

THE MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUTS.

WHITE HOUSE PUT OUT NUMBERS

YESTERDAY, IF THE TAX CUTS

AREN'T EXTENDED.

THE AVERAGE AMERICAN HOUSE HOLD

WILL PAY $2,200 NEXT QUARTER.

I DON'T THINK THEY HAVE A DESIRE

TO GO OFF THE CLIFF.

IF THEY DON'T COME UP WITH AN

AGREEMENT, THEY HAVE THE

CAPABILITY OF ALLOWING THE

COUNTRY TO GO OFF THE SO-CALLED

FISCAL CLIFF.

WE APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU, LEE.

ROAD TO AN AGREEMENT ON

REPAIRING THE WORLD'S FINANCIAL

PROBLEMS, A CHANGE IN THE SENATE

RULE ON FILIBUSTERS.

HARRY REID AND CHRIS MITCHELL

ARE AT ODDS OVER THE ISSUE.

FILIBUSTERS ALLOW INDIVIDUAL

SENATORS TO BLOCK A BILL OR

NOMINATION BY TALKING ABOUT IT

ENDLESSLY UNTIL 60 SENATORS VOTE

TO STOP IT.

REID WANTS TO MAKE A SMALL

CHANGE.

MCCONNELL SAYS IT WILL GIVE MORE

POWER TO DEMOCRATS.

IF THEY CAN'T AGREE ON THE

FILIBUSTER RULE, IT WILL HURT

THEIR ABILITY TO WORK TOGETHER.

WOMAN THAT COULD BE PRESIDENT

OBAMA'S PICK FOR SECRETARY OF

STATE DEFENDING HERSELF, U.N.

AMBASSADOR SUSAN RICE MET WITH

JOHN MCCAIN, TELLY, AND LINDSEY

GRAHAM.

THE THREE REPUBLICANS HAVE

CRITICIZED HER ON THE BENGHAZI

ATTACK.

THEY NEED THEIR SUPPORT.

THEY LEFT WITH RICE MORE

CONCERNED THAN BEFORE.

RICE STRESSED TO THE SENATORS,

SHE NOR THE ADMINISTRATION

INTENDED TO MISLEAD THE AMERICAN

PEOPLE.

THEIR INFORMATION BASED ON THE

INITIAL ASSESSMENT FROM THE

INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY.

CLEAN UP AND RECOVERY FROM

SUPER STORM SANDY WILL TAKE

YEARS AND COST BILLIONS OF

DOLLARS, 71 BILLION, THAT IS HOW

MUCH NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY

NEED FOR REBUILDING EFFORTS.

CHARLENE ISRAEL HAS THAT STORY.

REPORTER: SANDY DESTROYED

MORE THAN 300,000 HOUSES IN NEW

YORK ALONE WITH WIDESPREAD

DAMAGE ACROSS THE STATE.

GOVERNOR CUOMO ASSESSED THE

DAMAGE.

WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE BREAK

DOWN IN TERMS OF NUMBERS, OUR

RECOVERY COST IS ABOUT 32

BILLION DOLLARS.

ORIGINALLY WE ESTIMATED IT ABOUT

30.

IT IS RIGHT WHERE WE THOUGHT IT

WOULD BE.

CUOMO SAYS CONSIDERING THE

STATE'S POPULATION AND HOMES AND

BUSINESSES AFFECTS, THE STORM

CAUSED MORE HAVOC THAN HURRICANE

KATRINA.

WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE DAMAGE

TO COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES,

BECAUSE OF THE DENSITY OF NEW

YORK, THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE

AFFECTED, NUMBER OF PROPERTIES

AFFECTED WAS MUCH LARGER IN

HURRICANE SANDY THAN IN

HURRICANE KATRINA.

THAT PUTS THIS ENTIRE

CONVERSATION, I BELIEVE IN FOCUS

U.

NEW YORK MAYOR MICHAEL

BLOOMBERG PLANS TO TRAVEL TO

WASHINGTON.

THERE ARE 6,000 MULTIABLE

UNITS HIT HEARTEST, QUEENS,

STATEN ISLAND AND SOUTH

BROOKLYN.

IN NEIGHBORING NEW JERSEY,

SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE.

TOURISM IS A 38 BILLION

DOLLAR INDUSTRY.

RESIDENTS IN THE STATE NEED

LOTS OF HELP.

95% OF WHAT I OWN IS

DEVASTATED.

THEY ARE NOT SURE HOW LONG IT

WILL TAKE TO RECOVER FROM SANDY.

I DON'T KNOW IF I EVER WILL.

I AM PROBABLY GOING TO TAKE A

$200,000 HIT AND AT 65, THAT IS

QUITE A CHUNK OF YOUR SAVINGS.

MEANWHILE A MONTH AFTER

HURRICANE SANDY, OPERATION

BLESSING IS ON THE SCENE.

VOLUNTEERS HAVE BEEN CLEANING

HOMES AND DISTRIBUTING FOOD.

CHARLENE ISRAEL, CBN NEWS.

TURNING OVERSEAS TONIGHT,

EGYPTIANS GATHERED IN TAHRIR

SQUARE PROTESTING A RECENT

DECREE BY PRESIDENT MOHAMMED

MORSI.

IT GIVES THE LEADER NEAR ABS

SALUTE POWERS.

THE PRESIDENT ALONG WITH THE

MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD ARE TRYING TO

IMPOSE ISLAMIC IDEOLOGY.

PROTESTERS CLASHED.

POLICE FIRED TEAR GAS AT THE

DEMONSTRATORS.

THEY FOUGHT BACK WITH ROCKS.

PALESTINIAN STATE HOOD AT THE

UNITED NATIONS.

THEY WILL RESPOND E YES.

FRANCE IS THE FIRST MAYOR

EUROPEAN COUNTRY TO COME OUT IN

FAVOR.

BRITAIN ALSO INDICATING THEY

WILL VOTE YES.

THE VOTE LIKELY TO BE HELD

MONDAY.

NINE PEOPLE DEAD AFTER AN

ATTACK ON CENTRAL NIGERIA.

WITNESSES SAY GUNMAN IN ARMY

UNIFORMS FIRED WEAPONS FROM A

SPEEDING VAN.

POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING THE

INCIDENT.

TENSIONS ARE HIGH FROM THE SIDES

AND KILLED HUNDREDS IN THE LAST

FEW YEARS.

COMING UP, WATCHING WHAT YOU

WATCH, HOW TUNING INTO TV CAN

INFLUENCE OUR LIVES.

THE TEENAGE ACTOR IN CBS

COMEDY "TWO AND A HALF MEN" SAYS

TO STOP WATCHING THE PROGRAM

BECAUSE IT IS QUOTE FILTH.

19-YEAR-OLD AN GUS JONES HAS

PLAYED CHARACTER OF JAKE SINCE

HE WAS 10.

JONES ATTENDED CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

WHEN HE WAS YOUNGER.

HIS FAITH HAS BEEN NON-EXISTENT.

HE HAS HAD A SPIRIT RL AWAKENING

AND WANTS TO LEAVE THE SHOW BUT

CAN'T.

INSTEAD, HE IS ENCOURAGING

VIEWERS TO TUNE OUT.

PLEASE STOP WATCHING "TWO AND

A HALF MEN."

I AM ON "TWO AND A HALF MEN."

PLEASE STOP FILLING YOUR HEAD

WITH FILTH.

YOU CANNOT BE A TRUE GOD

FEARING PERSON AND BE ON A

TELEVISION SHOW LIKE THAT.

I KNOW I CAN'T.

I AM NOT OKAY WITH WHAT I AM

LEARNING, WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS

AND BEING ON THAT TELEVISION

SHOW.

FORERUNNER CHRISTIAN CHURCH

IN CALIFORNIA POSTED THAT VIDEO

YOU JUST SAW.

JONES ATTENDS A SEVEN DAY ADVENT

TOWS CHURCH IN CALIFORNIA.

LINDA, IN THAT VIDEO, ANGUS

JONES SAYS STOP FILLING YOUR

HEADS WITH FILTH.

STRONG WORDS COMING FROM A 19

YEAR OLD.

DO YOU THINK HE IS RIGHT?

ABSOLUTELY.

HE KNOWS SOMETHING ABOUT THE

RESEARCH.

THAT WHEN YOU WATCH A LOT OF

SEXUAL CONTENT ON TELEVISION, WE

KNOW TEENAGERS ARE INFLUENCED BY

THIS AND INITIATES THEM INTO

SEXUAL ACTIVITY EARLIER THAN

THOSE THAT DON'T WATCH IT.

WENDY, NOT ONLY IS IT WATCHING

SEXUAL ACTS ON TELEVISION, BUT

JUST THE TALK, THE SEXUAL TALK

THAT GOES ON AND THE SHOW HE HAS

BEEN INVOLVED WITH HAS A LOT OF

SEXUAL TALK.

THAT TOO IS JUST AS POWERFUL AS

TEENAGERS.

THE FEW TIMES I HAVE SEEN IT,

IT IS THE MOST SEXUALLY EXPLICIT

SHOWS.

CAN A 30-MINUTE SITCOM INFLUENCE

PEOPLE THAT MUCH?

THE THING ABOUT THE SHOWS

WITH A LOT OF SEXUAL TALK IS

THAT IT IS THE POWER OF THE

NARRATIVE AND THE STORY.

I THINK IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT

BIBLICALLY, THINK ABOUT HOW

JESUS COMMUNICATED, HE USED THE

PARABLE.

POWER OF NARRATIVE IS SHOWN

AGAIN FROM A RESEARCH POINT OF

VIEW TO BE MUCH MORE IMPACTFUL

THAN IF SOMEONE WOULD TALK TO

YOU ABOUT BEHAVING RESPONSIBLY.

IT IS A POWERFUL WAY TO PERCEIVE

TRUTH.

IN THIS CASE WE ARE TALKING

ABOUT SEX THAT IS DONE IN CASUAL

AREAS, NO CONSEQUENCES EVER

SHOWN.

WE DON'T SEE THE FALLOUT.

IT IS A POWERFUL WAY OF

COMMUNICATING.

LINDA, SEEMS LIKE HOLLYWOOD

IS ON COURSE.

THIS TREND KEEPS CONTINUING.

HOW ARE CHRISTIANS SUPPOSED TO

DEAL WITH THIS?

ARE WE SUPPOSED TO STOP WATCHING

TV? WE HAVE TO ENGAGE THE

CULTURE.

WE ARE GOING TO CONSUME MEDIA.

WE ARE NOT GOING TO STOP LOOKING

AT MEDIA.

WE CAN GET MEDIA ON SO MANY

DIFFERENT DEVICES.

PARENTS NEED TO FOCUS ON

EDUCATING THEIR KIDS TO BE MEDIA

DISCERNERS.

SOMETIMES WATCH WITH YOUR KIDS.

I WATCHED THE PROGRAMS WITH THEM

AND TALK ABOUT THE MESSAGES.

CONTRAST THAT DO A BIBLICAL

WORLD VIEW.

ENGAGE YOUR KIDS IN WHAT THEY

SHOULD BE BELIEVING AND WHAT IS

A POSITIVE MESSAGE ABOUT SEXUAL

RESPONSIBILITY.

HONESTLY, THEY ARE NOT GETTING

THAT TOO OFTEN IN THEIR DAY.

IF THE AVERAGE TEEN CONSUMES

THREE HOURS OF TV A DAY, PARENTS

ARE BIG, BIG INFLUENCES AND

THEIR THOUGHTS ABOUT SEXUALITY.

LINDA, WE APPRECIATE, AUTHOR

OF "RAISING HEALTHY KIDS IN AN

UNHEALTHY WORLD."

THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

UP NEXT, HOW A CHURCH IN

CALIFORNIA IS BRINGING THE LIGHT

TO INDIA'S SYSTEM.

THEY ARE CALLED THE

UNTOUCHABLES, DALITS, MILLIONS

BORN INTO THE SYSTEM VIEWING

THEM LESS THAN HUMAN.

ALSO THE LARGEST VICTIMS OF

HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN THE WORLD.

ONE CHURCH IN CALIFORNIA IS

USING A MOVIE TO HELP SET THEM

FREE.

GEORGE THOMAS HAS TONIGHT'S

FOCUS REPORT FROM BANGALORE,

INDIA.

REPORTER: EVERYDAY IN INDIA,

A GULLIT IS RAPED, BEATEN,

KILLED, CONSIDERED AN OUTCAST.

VAST MAJORITY ARE POOR, ILL LIT

RIT AND SURVIVE ON LESS THAN $2

A DAY.

MATTHEW CORK STEPPED IN AND CAME

FACE TO FACE WITH THE PLIGHT OF

INDIA'S DULLITS.

CORK IS LEAD PASTOR OF THE

CHURCH IN CALIFORNIA.

IN 2007 ON HIS FIRST TRIP TO

INDIA, HE SAW THE CHALLENGES.

CONSIDERED UNTOUCHABLES, LESS

THAN AN ANIMAL.

I LOOKED AT MY CHILDREN AND HOW

COULD ANYONE BE TREATED LIKE

THAT.

HE WAS EM BOLDENED BY A CALL

FROM GOD.

MAIN PARTNER IN INDIA IS THIS

MAN DR. JOSEPH DESUZA.

HE HAS WORKED ON BEHALF OF THE

MARGINALIZED AND OPPRESSED IN

INDIA.

TODAY AROUND THE WORLD, THERE

ARE MORE SLAVES.

MODERN SLAVERY IS A HUGE

PROBLEM.

IT IS THE EPICENTER OF THIS

PROBLEM.

THE DOCTOR TOLD CORK

EDUCATION IS THE KEY TO BE

ENDING MODERN DAY SLAVERY.

PASTOR CORK WANTED TO BUILD

SCHOOLS AFTER EDUCATION CAN

CHANGE THE LIFE.

IF YOU CAN EDUCATE THEM AND

THEY CAN UNDERSTAND WHY THEY ARE

IN POVERTY, THEY BEGIN TO SEE

THEY ARE CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF

GOD.

AN ENGLISH EDUCATION BRINGS THEM

AN OPPORTUNITY THAT WOULD NEVER

HAVE BEEN AFFORDED.

FIRST GOOD SHEPHERD SCHOOL

OPENED IN 1998.

TODAY 107 SCHOOLS ACROSS INDIA,

42 FUNDED BY THE CHURCH.

THEY GET MORE THAN AN ENGLISH

EDUCATION.

WE TEACH THEM ABOUT JESUS.

WE WANT THE KIDS TO KNOW WHO

JESUS CHRIST IS AND THE

OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE THE

LOVE OF GOD.

HIGH FIVE BUDDY.

EXCITEMENT AND THE OPPORTUNITY

TO GET AN EDUCATION FOR SO MANY

OF THESE YOUNG DULLIT CHILDREN.

THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO GO TO

SCHOOL.

YES, SIR.

GOOD SHEPHERD PROVIDES THEM AND

DOESN'T CHARGE PARENTS A LOT OF

MONEY.

A FRACTION, SO THESE KIDS CAN GO

TO SCHOOL.

THE CHURCH HAS DONATED 20

MILLION DOLLARS.

TO HELP RAISE MORE AWARENESS AND

STIR PEOPLE TO GREATER ACTION.

FRIENDS CHURCH HAS MADE A MOVIE.

THE FILM IS CALLED "NOT

TODAY."IT IS ABOUT A RICH KID

FROM CALIFORNIA.

WHO GOES PARTYING HALF WAY

AROUND THE WORLD WITH FRIENDS.

*

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LET'S GET ACTION TONIGHT.

ONLY TO GET EXPOSED TO THE WORLD

OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING.

YOU ARE TELLING ME YOU SOLD

YOUR DAUGHTER?

HE WINDS UP RISKING HIS LIFE

TO HELP A FATHER SEARCH FOR HIS

DAUGHTER HE SOLD TO HUMAN

TRAFFICKERS.

IT IS OVERWHELMING.

IT IS AMAZING WE FILMED HERE.

BRENT IS PRODUCER OF "NOT

TODAY."

THEY'LL SEE THE STORY OF HUMAN

TRAFFICKING AND THEY'LL BE DRAWN

INTO IT.

THEIR LIVES WILL BE COMPELLED TO

GET INVOLVED BECAUSE THEY FELT

IT.

MAYBE THEY FINALLY FELT WHAT IT

IS LIKE TO BE A LITTLE GIRL

TAKEN FROM HER FATHER OR SOLD BY

HER FATHER.

PROFITS FROM THE FILM WITH

FUND THE 200 DULLIT SCHOOLS.

IT WILL TAKE LOTS OF PRAYER.

FRIENDS CHURCH IS IT IN FOR THE

LONG HAUL.

WE ARE CREATING AN INTERNAL

LEGACY.

WHEN ILL GET TO HEAVEN THERE ARE

GOING TO BE THOUSANDS AND

THOUSANDS OF DULLITS.

THEY ARE GOING TO SAY THANK YOU

FOR MAKING A DIFFERENCE.

GEORGE THOMAS, CBN NEWS,

BANGALORE, INDIA.

GREAT STORY.

UP NEXT A WINTER WONDER LAND

AMID SUN, SAND AND PALM TREES?

WELL IF YOU ARE FROM A COLD

PART OF THE COUNTRY, A CHILLY

ICE KINGDOM MAY NOT BE SUCH A

NOVELTY.

FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIANS,

THEY ARE PAYING FOR A WINTER

WONDERLAND, A 13,000 ICE EXHIBIT

CARVERED OUT OF ICE.

VISITORS WHERE A SPECIAL PARKA

TO BRAVE THE WEATHER.

THIRTY ARTISTS, IT TAKES A

COUPLE OF MONTHS FROM CARVING.

WE BROUGHTIZE FROM ALL OVER THE

COUNTRY.

THERE IS ICE SKATING, TUBING

AND EVEN A CHANCE TO MEET SANTA

CLASS.

ICE TUBING LOOKS FUN.

ABSOLUTELY.

WE SHOULD GET ONE OF THOSE

HERE IN VIRGINIA.

OBVIOUSLY PAY A LOT OF MONEY.

OH YEAH.

THAT IS ALL FOR THIS EDITION OF

"NEWSWATCH."

THANKS FOR JOINING US.

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