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CBN NewsWatch: December 12, 2012

On CBN Newswatch, Dec. 12: Unions routed, Michigan becomes “right-to-work” state; World leaders ignoring threats to Israel; Sen. Lieberman calls for compromise in last speech; and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH" THE

RIGHT TO WORK IN AMERICA.

WHY ANTI-UNION FORCES ARE

GAINING GROUND ACROSS THE

COUNTRY.

PLUS REBELS MAKING PROGRESS

IN THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR.

LATEST ON THE U.S. DECISION TO

BACK OPPOSITION FORCES.

WHY ONE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE

CAMPUS TURNED DOWN THE OFFER OF

A FREE MASSACHUSETTS CAMPUS.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH." SOME MICHIGAN

LAWMAKERS HAVE DEALT A HUGE BLOW

TO THE LABOR MOVEMENT.

I AM LEE WEB.

AND I AM WENDY GRIFFITH.

MICHIGAN ONE OF THE STRONGEST

UNION STATES NOW A RIGHT-TO-WORK

STA

STATE.

ANOTHER SIGN ANTI-UNION FORCES

ARE GAINING MOMENTUM.

DALE HURD HAS TONIGHT'S TOP

STORY

REPORTER: MICHIGAN

REPUBLICANS ACTED SO QUICKLY,

THE UNIONS HAD LITTLE TIME TO

REACT.

WITHIN HOURS OF ANNOUNCING PLANS

LAST THURSDAY, BILLS RUSHED

THROUGHOUT STATE'S SENATE.

AFTER A LEGAL WHETHER I REQUIRED

FIVE-DAY WAITING PERIOD, THE

HOUSE APPROVED FINAL PASSAGE

TUESDAY.

THOUSANDS OF UNION MEMBERS

CONVERGED ON THE CAPITAL MEMBERS

IN LANSING.

POLICE HAD TO RESORT TO PEPPER

SPRAY TO CONTROL THE CROWD.

THE UNION INTIMIDATION WASN'T

ENOUGH.

WITH THE STROKE OF A PEN TAKE

OUR RIGHTS AWAY.

SUPPORTERS CALL IT RIGHT TO

WORK.

LESS UNION DUES MEANS LESS

INFLUENCE.

THE SO-CALLED RIGHT TO WORK

LAWS HAVE EVERYTHING TO DO WITH

POLITICS.

GIVING YOU THE RIGHT TO WORK FOR

LESS MONEY.

WORKERS GET TO TAKE HOME MORE

OF THEIR MONEY.

ACCORDING TO THE HERITAGE

FOUNDATION, GIVEN A CHOICE A

QUARTER OF MICHIGAN GOVERNMENT

EMPLOYEES WANT OUT OF UNIONS,

RETURNING 100 MILLION A YEAR TO

THEIR POCKETS.

THE LAW ENCOURAGES BUSINESS.

CHRIS OWNS A CONSTRUCTION

COMPANY AND PREDICTS HE CAN HIRE

MORE WORKERS.

THOSE BUSINESSES WILL NEED

SPACE.

WE ARE HERE TO BUILD IT FOR

THEM.

IN THE HEART OF THE U.S. AUTO

INDUSTRY.

DETROIT WAS ONCE A JEWEL.

DETROIT AND STATE WERE DAMAGED

BY UNION POWER INCREASING COST

OF BUSINESS AND FORCING

COMPANIES TO LEAVE ERODING THE

TAX BASE.

MICHIGAN WILL BECOME THE 24TH

RIGHT-TO-WORK STATE BECOMING ONE

OF THE NUMBER OF STATE THAT IS

SUCCESSFULLY CHALLENGED THE

UNIONS AFTER SCOTT WALKER BEAT

THEM IN WISCONSIN AND SURVIVE A

RECALL ELECTION.

THE MICHIGAN LAW IS A LONG

POLITICAL STRUGGLE AS OPPONENTS

FIGHT IN COURT, LEGISLATURE AND

VOTING BOTH.

DALE HURD, CBN NEWS.

FOR MORE WE TURN TO SETON

MOTELY WITH LESS GOVERNMENT.

THE REPUBLICANS HAVE MANAGED TO

DEAL THIS BLOW TO THE

PRO-DEMOCRAT UNIONS IN THAT

STATE, HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?

I THINK YOU HAD PROBLEMS UP

STAIRS AS FAR AS THE CANDIDATE

AND THE CAMPAIGN HE RAN.

HE DIDN'T INGENDER A LOT OF

SOLID SUPPORT FOR INSTANCE

GOVERNOR SNIDER IN 2010 IN

MICHIGAN AND THE STATE HOUSES,

HOUSE AND SENATE IN MICHIGAN HAD

A LOT OF TEA PARTY GUYS RUN AND

WIN.

THEY HAD THE NUMBERS TO GET THE

LAW PASSED ONCE THEY PUT IT ON

THE FLOOR.

DEFINITELY SHOWED POLITICAL

COURAGE BYPASSING IT.

SETON, WE JUST HEARD THE

PRESIDENT SAY IN DALE HURD'S

REPORT, THE RIGHT TO WORK LAWS

GIVE YOU MORE MONEY?

IT IS ABSURD -- YOU CAN'T

WORK UNLESS YOU PAY UNION DUES.

I DEALT WITH THAT AS A BAG BOY

AT 15 IN VIRGINIA.

NEXT THING I KNOW I AM IN THE

GENERAL MANAGER'S OFFICE.

IT WAS A UNION SHOP.

AS INDIANA, NEIGHBORING INDIANA

HAVE HAD 90 COMPANIES MOVE INTO

THE STATE IN THE YEAR SINCE THEY

PASSED RIGHT NO WORK.

CLEARLY WHEN YOU HAVE A

RIGHT-TO-WORK STATE, EMPLOYMENT

UP AND THEREFORE NUMBERS UP.

RIGHT TO WORK FOR LESS.

IF YOU GET RID OF THE MANDATORY

UNION DUES, ALL THE SUDDEN JOBS

START SPRINGING UP EVERYWHERE.

SETON, I WANT TO MOVE ON TO A

DIFFERENT STORY.

JEFFREY EMELDS CEO OF GENERAL

ELECTRIC AND PRESIDENT OBAMA'S

JOB COUNSELMAN.

STATE RUN COMMUNISM MAY NOT

BE YOUR CUP OF TEA, BUT THEIR

GOVERNMENT WORKS.

SETON, YOUR REACTION TO THAT?

I LOVE THE FACT THAT

COMPETITIVENESS IS IN HIS JOB

TITLE AT THE WHITE HOUSE.

THE MONOPOLISTIC CHINESE

GOVERNMENT RUNNING EVERYTHING,

CALLING ALL THE SHOTS.

HE IS HAILING AND ADMIRING THAT

AS HE IS THE COMPETITIVENESS

CZAR IN THE OBAMA WHITE HOUSE.

THIS IS THE WHITE HOUSE THAT HAD

A CHAIRMAN MALL ORNAMENT ON

THEIR CHRISTMAS TREE IN 2009.

THIS IS THE GREEN JOBS VAN JONES

WHO IS A DEVOTE MARXIST IN THE

WHITE HOUSE.

WE HAD ANITA DUN, FORMER YUAN

KAGSS DIRECTOR CHAIRMAN MOU WAS

ONE OF HER TWO FAVORITE

POLITICAL PROFESSORS.

ALMOST IN OBAMA'S SECOND TERM,

WE HAVE ANOTHER COMMUNISM LOVER

IN HIS INNER CIRCLE.

APPARENTLY IT WORKS FOR BIG

COMPANIES LIKE GE THAT COZY UP

TO THE WHITE HOUSE, HUH?

I AM SURE IT IS EXACTLY WHAT

HAPPENED.

SETON, THANKS FOR BEING WITH

US TODAY.

WE APPRECIATE.

THANK YOU, MERRY CHRISTMAS

EVERYBODY.

TURNING OVERSEAS, ISRAEL'S

FOREIGN MINISTER IS EXPRESSING

ANGER OVER THE RIGHT TO BUILD ON

CONTESTED LAND IN THE WEST BANK.

ABDOR LIEBERMAN SAYS THAT MANY

WORLD LEADERS ARE WILLING TO

SACRIFICE ISRAEL TO RADICAL

ISLAM.

HE SAY IT IS INTERNATIONAL

COMMUNITY IS IGNORING ONGOING

THREATS TO THEIR NATION SUCH AS

ONGOING CALLS FOR ISRAEL'S

DESTRUCTION FROM THE TERROR

GROUP HAMAS.

LIEBERMAN SAID MY SENSE IS THAT

ALL THE PROMISES AND COMMITMENTS

TO ISRAEL'S SECURITY ARE MERE

WORDS.

WHITE HOUSE IS CONDEMNING A

LONG RANGE MISSILE TEST BY NORTH

KOREA CALLING IT QUOTE HIGHLY

PROVOCATIVE.

IT HAS THE RANGE TO HIT HIS U.S.

MAINLAND.

ROCKET TRAVELED DIRECTLY OVER

OKINAWA BEFORE FALLING 180 MILES

NORTH OF THE PHILIPPINES.

THEY FIRED THE MISSILE TO TEST

ABILITY TO TEST ORBIT.

AMERICA IS OFFICIALLY

STANDING WITH THE COALITION OF

FIGHTERS OPPOSING SYRIAN

PRESIDENT BASHAR ASSAD.

FRANCE, BRITAIN AND GULF

COUNTRIES ARE SUPPORTING THE

NEWLY FORMED SYRIAN GROUP.

THIS COMES AHEAD OF AN

INTERNATIONAL MEETING.

PRESIDENT OBAMA MADE HIS

DECLARATION WITH AN EXCLUSIVE

INTERVIEW ON BARBARA WALTERS

"20/20" ON FRIDAY.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: IT IS NOW

CONCLUSIVE ENOUGH AND REFLECTIVE

ENOUGH OF THE SYRIAN POPULATION

THAT WE CONSIDER THEM THE

LEGITIMATE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE

SYRIAN PEOPLE IN OPPOSITION TO

THE ASSAD REGIME.

THEY MAYBE AFFILIATED WITH

THE TIDE AL-QAEDA TERRORIST WITH

IRAQ.

DEFENSE SECRETARY PANETTA IS

VISITING WITH HAMID KARZAI.

THEY SHIFT SECURITY

RESPONSIBILITIES TO AFGHAN

FORCES AHEAD OF THE 2014 COMBAT

WITHDRAWAL.

IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS PRESIDENT

OBAMA AND PANETTA WILL BE

DECIDING JUST HOW MANY AMERICAN

TROOPS TO LEAVE IN AFGHANISTAN

AFTER 2014.

BETWEEN 6,000 AND 10,000 TROOPS

EXPECTED TO STAY IN THE COUNTRY.

CURRENTLY THERE ARE 66,000

SERVING THERE.

UNITED NATIONS SAYS THERE IS

SOME PROGRESS IN THE TREATMENT

OF WOMEN IN AFGHANISTAN.

2009, THE COUNTRY ENACTED LAW TO

PROSECUTE VIOLENCE AGAINST

WOMEN.

SOME SUCCESS.

THE U.N. SAYS MORE WORK NEEDS TO

BE DONE.

WE ARE CALLING ON THE AFGHAN

AUTHORITIES TO TAKE, OF COURSE,

MUCH GREATER STEPS TO BOTH

FACILITATE REPORTING OF

INCIDENCE OF VIOLENCE AGAINST

WOMEN AND ACTUALLY OPEN

INVESTIGATIONS AND TAKE ON

PROSECUTIONS.

2009 LAW CRIMINALIZES CHILD

ENFORCED MARRIAGES, SELLING AND

BUYING OF WOMEN AS WELL AS RAPE

AND MORE THAN A DOZEN OTHER

VIOLENT ACTS.

POPE BENEDICT MARKS A MESSAGE

LESS THAN 140 CHARACTERS.

POPE HIT ONE MILLION FOLLOWERS

ON TWITTER AND SENT OUT HIS

FIRST OFFICIAL TWEET.

DEAR FRIENDS, I AM PLEASED TO

GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU THROUGH

TWITTER.

I THANK YOU FOR YOUR RESPONSE.

I BLESS ALL OF YOU FROM THE

BOTTOM OF MY HEART.

DON'T FORGET YOU CAN STAY UP TO

DATE WITH CBN NEWS ON TWITTER.

AT CBNNEWS.COM.

COMING UP, HOW THE SO-CALLED

FISCAL CLIFF COULD TURN

CALIFORNIA'S ECONOMY UPSIDE

DOWN.

AFTER 40 YEARS OF PUBLIC

SERVICE, 24 OF THOSE IN THE

SENATE JOE LIEBERMAN DELIVERS

LAST SPEECH IN WORLD'S GREATEST

DELIBERATIVE BODY.

HE THANKED GOD, HIS WIFE, AND

FAMILY AND PEOPLE OF CONNECTICUT

FOR HELPING HIM LIVE OUT THE

AMERICAN DREAM.

HE URGED COLLEAGUES TO REACH

ACROSS THE ISLE TO SOLVE THEM.

I WILL END MY REMARKS WHERE

OUR COUNTRY BEGAN A LONG TIME

AGO WITH A DREAM AND A PRAYER

THAT GOD WILL CONTINUE TO BLESS

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

AFTER THE 2008 PRESIDENTIAL

RACE, LIEBERMAN HAD TO RUN AS AN

INDEPENDENT BECAUSE OF JOHN

MCCAIN'S BID.

SINCE THEN HE HAS WORKED WITH

BOTH PARTIES.

WASHINGTON LAWMAKERS GOING

NOWHERE IN THEIR NEGOTIATIONS TO

AVOID THE HUGE TAX INCREASES AND

BUDGET CUTS SET TO HIT IN

JANUARY.

IT COULD PLACE THE ECONOMY BACK

INTO A RECESSION AND A DISASTER

FOR STATES SUFFERING WITH BIG

ECONOMIC PROBLEMS.

HEATHER SELLS REPORTS ON THE

ANXIETY IN CALIFORNIA.

CALIFORNIA BOASTS THE LARGEST

ECONOMY IN THE U.S. AND 8TH

LARGEST IN THE WORLD.

IT'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE STANDS AT

10%.

MOST PEOPLE THINK THE ECONOMY

WOULD BE DRAWN INTO RECESSION.

THAT WILL WOULD AFFECT STATE'S

ECONOMY AND REVENUES AND RESULT

IN BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF LESS

TAX REV REVENUES.

STATE WOULD LOSE UP TO 4.5

BILLION DOLLARS IN FEDERAL FUNDS

AND STATE BUDGET WOULD SHRINK BY

11 BILLION DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT

TWO YEARS.

DEFENSE CONTRACTORS.

CUTS IN MILITARY SPENDING COULD

KILL 135,000 JOBS IN CALIFORNIA

ALONE.

ACROSS THE STATE ACTIVISTS ARE

PRESSING WASHINGTON FOR A DEAL

360,000 UNEMPLOYED CALIFORNIANS

CONSIDER THE PROSPECT OF LOSING

BENEFITS.

IT WILL BE HARD FOR ME TO

FIND A JOB IF AT UL ALL.

WORKERS ARE PREPARING TO SEE

INCREASE IN THE INCOME TAX IF

WASHINGTON GOES OVER THE CLIFF

AND ONE QUARTER OF 1% FOR 2013.

IF LAWMAKERS DON'T ACT, THEY'LL

GET HIT WITH HIGHER INCOME TAXES

AS WELL.

HEATHER SELLS, CBN NEWS.

THE SOCIAL SECURITY TAX WAS

TEMPORARILY DROPPED TO 4.2% IN

2010.

NOW SCHEDULED TO GO BACK TO 6.2%

IN JANUARY.

AVERAGE AMERICAN HOUSE HOLD WILL

SEE THEIR PAYCHECKS SHRINK BY 2%

AND CAPPING MORTGAGE INTEREST

AND CHARITABLE DONATIONS.

EARLIER CBN'S PAT ROBERTSON

SPOKE WITH FRANK MEEKO TO HELP

YOU OFFSET THE RISING TAXES.

IF YOU HAVE STOCK THAT IS HAVE

APPRECIATED YOU CAN DONATE THOSE

TO CHARITY AND AVOID CAPITAL

GAINS TAXES.

IF YOU HAVE APPRECIATED

STOCKS, BONDS, YOU CAN GIVE UP

TO 30% OF ADJUSTED GROSS INCOME

YOU CAN DEDUCT THE FULL MARKET

VALUE AND BYPASS THE CAPITAL

GAINS TAX.

FIDELITY HAVE CHARITABLE GIFT

FUNDS, YOU CAN MAKE IMMEDIATE

DEDUCTION IN 2012 AND AT A

DESIGNATED FUTURE TIME YOU CAN

GIVE IT TO A QUALIFIED CHARITY.

YOU CAN VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT

CBNNEWS.COM.

UP NEXT, WHY THE LOCAL

COMMUNITY WAS A FACTOR IN ONE

CHILDREN COLLEGE'S DECISION NOT

TO EXPAND.

A FREE COLLEGE CAMPUS MAY

SOUND LIKE A GOOD IDEA TO MOST.

YEAH, WHEN CHRISTIAN

PHILANTHROPIST GAVE ONE AWAY,

THEY FOUND OUT THEY WERE NOT

WELCOME IN THE COMMUNITY.

MARK MARTIN EXPLAINS.

TODAY WE ARE EXCITED TO

ANNOUNCE, THE FAMILY VOTED TO

GIVE THIS FACILITY IS GRAND

CANYON UNIVERSITY.

[APPLAUSE].

STEVE GREEN, PRESIDENT OF

HOBBY LOBBY WAS ALL SMILES WHEN

HE ANNOUNCED HIS FAMILY'S GIFT

OF THIS HISTORIC NEW ENGLAND

CAMPUS.

THE ARIZONA-BASED CHRISTIAN

SCHOOL WOULD BACK OUT OF THE

DEAL A MONTH LATER.

WHEN D.L. MOODY FOUNDED THIS

PLACE, HE WANTED TO FIND ONE.

DR. BRIAN MUELLER THOUGHT IT

WAS A GOOD FIT.

RELIGION NEWS SERVICE REPORTS

MUELLER SAID WE HAD TROUBLE WITH

THE CITY OF NORTHFIELD AND THE

TOWN WAS CONCERNED GROWING THE

CAMPUS TO 5,000 STUDENTS WOULD

ALTAR THE BASIC CULTURE AND FEEL

OF THE AREA.

THIS REGION HAS BECOME KNOWN FOR

ACADEMIA AND SECULAR LIBERALISM.

ALEX STEWART LEADS THE

COMMITTEE.

THIS IS A PROGRESSIVE LIBERAL

VALLEY IN THE NORTHEAST, PEOPLE

ARE CONCERNED THAT THE COLLEGE

BE OPEN MINDED.

AMERICAN CULTURE GROWING

INCREASINGLY COLD TO

CHRISTIANITY.

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR

CHRISTIAN HIGHER EDUCATION?

ALTHOUGH MUELLER PASSED ON THE

NORTH FIELD SCHOOL.

HE SAYS GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY

IS FLOURISHING, AROUND 6500

STUDENTS ATTEND ATROPHY AT

PHOENIX CAMPUS. WE WENT

PUBLIC AND 254 MILLION DOLLAR

INFUSION OF FUNDS.

INVESTORS LIKED OUR BUSINESS

MODEL.

MUELLER SAYS THE INVESTMENT

MODEL KEPT THEM FROM CLOSING

THEIR DOORS AND GOING PUBLIC

KEPT THEM FROM CLOSING DOWN.

THEY PAY LESS THAN AT A STATE

UNIVERSITY.

THERE IS NO QUESTION HIGHER

EDUCATION HAS TO SOLVE THE U TOO

TUITION RIDDLE.

IT IS ONE REALLY GOOD APPROACH.

REGENT UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT

DR. CARLOS CAMPO IS OPTIMISTIC

ABOUT CHRISTIAN HIGHER EDUCATION

AND POINTS TO SECULAR SCHOOLS AS

ONE INDICATOR.

HARVARD IS CHANGING THEIR

CURRICULUM.

THAT TELLS ME THERE IS A PLACE

FOR CHRISTIAN HIGHER ED.

WE ARE NOT JUST PREPARING YOU

WHICH WE ARE, BUT ALSO PREPARING

YOU FOR LIFE.

ACCORDING TO COLLEGESTATS.ORG

DR. SHIRLEY OF CALVIN COLLEGE

FORESEES A GROWTH PHASE TO

SECULAR COLLEGE EDUCATION.

A PARTICULARLY DEEP IDEA OF

SERVICE AND SUSTAINABILITY AND

CREATION CARE AND LIVING YOUR

LIFE FOR SOMETHING BIGGER THAN

YOURSELF.

THIS IS SOMETHING YOUNG PEOPLE

WANT.

WE SEE SOME OF THE GREAT

COLLEGES ANTAGONISTIC TOWARDS A

CHRISTIAN WORLD VIEW.

THERE IS A GREAT NEED IN OUR

COUNTRY TO HAVE THE CHRISTIAN

EDUCATION FRIENDLY TO THE

CHRISTIAN BIBLICAL WORLD VIEW.

THE GREEN FAMILY HOPES THE

MOODY CAMPUS WILL SOON IT RATHER

THAN LATER.

FINDING THE RIGHT RECIPIENT

COULD TAKE TIME.

MARK MARTIN, CBN NEWS,

NORTHFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS.

AND FINALLY MANY CHRISTIANS

AVOID WRITING XMAS THIS TIME OF

YEAR FOR CHRISTMAS.

THEY ASSUME IT IS A WAY OF

TAKING CHRIST OUT OF CHRISTMAS.

THAT IS NOT SO ACCORDING TO

AUTHOR ACE COLLINS THE OPPOSITE

IS TRUE.

HERE IS WHY.

OCCASIONALLY AROUND CHRISTMAS

YOU SEE IT ABBREVIATED AS XMAS.

ARE WE GOING BACK TO AN OLDER

TRADITION?

A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK YOU ARE

TAKING CHRIST OUT OF CHRISTMAS.

THEY LOOK AT IT IS THE WAY

CHRIST WAS SPELLED.

WHEN A CHRISTIAN WAS MARTYRED

PEOPLE WOULD GO UP ON THE STREET

AND DRAW AN X ON THE SPOT TO

REPRESENT A CHRISTIAN DIED HERE

FOR HIS FAITH.

FOR 1500 YEARS THE CHURCH WROTE

CHRISTMAS AS XMAS, WORSHIP

CHRIST.

X WAS CHRIST'S NAME.

PAPER AND INK WERE IN SHORT

SUPPLY.

THEY ABBREVIATED ANYTHING THEY

COULD.

THIS IS AN EARLY FORM OF

TEXTING.

IT WAS NOT TAKING CHRIST OUT OF

CHRISTMAS.

IT WAS KEEPING CHRIST IN

CHRISTMAS.

WE CAN USE THAT AS A WORSHIP AND

A WITNESSING TOOL TODAY.

WE CAN TELL PEOPLE THE HISTORY

OF XMAS AND SHOW THEM IT IS

PUTTING CHRIST INTO CHRISTMAS.

I HAD NO IDEA.

I DIDN'T EITHER.

I THINK IT IS GREAT.

X MARKS THE SPOT.

I THINK I REMEMBER HIM TALKING

ABOUT THAT.

THAT IS ALL FOR THIS EDITION OF

"NEWSWATCH."

THANKS FOR JOINING US, GOOD

NIGHT.

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