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On CBN Newswatch, Jan. 2: What the last-minute fiscal deal didn't solve; Lawmakers angered over postponed Sandy aid; Hobby Lobby awards campus to new recipient; and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH" FISCAL

CLIFF COMPROMISE, THE LAST

MINUTE DEAL THAT HAS LEFT MANY

REPUBLICANS UNSATISFIED.

PLUS THE COURT RULING

ALLOWING STATE OF TEXAS TO END

FUNDING FOR ABORTION PROVIDER

PLANNED PARENTHOOD.

HOW REMOVING SUGAR FROM OUR

DIETS COULD HELP THE OBESITY

EPIDEMIC IN AMERICA.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH." GOOD EVENING I AM

MARK MARTIN.

AND I AM LORIE JOHNSON.

LAWMAKERS STRUCK A LAST MINUTE

DEAL TO KEEP AMERICA FROM

TUMBLING OFF THE FISCAL CLIFF.

HOUSE REPUBLICANS RELUCTANTLY

PASSED A DEAL.

MORE BATTLES OF SPENDING AND

DEBT EXPECTED IN JUST A FEW

MONTHS.

GEORGE THOMAS HAS TONIGHT'S TOP

STORY.

REPORTER: FISCAL CLIFF FIGHT

IS OVER.

FOR NOW, AT LEAST.

HOUSE REPUBLICANS RELUCTANTLY

APPROVED A BILL HANDING

PRESIDENT OBAMA MANY OF THE TAX

INCREASES ON THE RICH HE

CAMPAIGNED ON.

I WILL SIGN A LAW THAT THAT

RAISES TAXES ON THE WEALTHIEST

2%.

THE VOTE PREVENTS MAJOR TAX

INCREASES FOR MOST AMERICANS,

REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS SAYS IT

LEAVES MANY ISSUES UNADDRESSED

LIKE WASHINGTON'S SPENDING

SPREE.

NO SPENDING CUTS.

WE ARE ADDING 4 BILLION DOLLARS

A DAY TO THE DEBT.

WE FEEL LIKE THE SENATE BILL

FAILED MISERABLY.

TAXES WILL GO UP ABOUT 2% FOR

MAJORITY OF AMERICANS, THE

PAYROLL SOCIAL SECURITY TAX TO

EXPI

EXPIRE.

77% OF HOUSE HOLDS WILL PAY IN

2013.

EVERYBODY'S PAYROLL IS GOING

TO GO UP ABOUT ANOTHER 2% ON

THEIR W2.

FOR ME THAT IS A CABLE BILL.

IT IS GOING OUT TO EAT ONCE A

WEEK.

IT IS REAL MONEY GOING OUT THE

WINDOW.

SOME INDUSTRIES GOT A BIG

BREAK.

THE PROVISIONS ARE EXTENDED IN

PAST YEARS.

THEY ARE RAISING CONCERNS, FOR

EXAMPLE, 430 MILLION DOLLARS IN

TAX BREAKS TO CONVINCE HOLLYWOOD

TO FILM AND PRODUCE MOVIES IN

THE U.S. ALSO 70 MILLION DOLLARS

FOR NASCAR AND RUM MAKERS IN

PUERTO RICO AND VIRGIN ISLANDS

WILL GET 22 MILLION DOLLARS

ALGAE GROWERS WILL GET 50

MILLION FOR TRYING TO MAKE BIO

FUEL.

EYE ADOPTION TAX CREDIT GONE.

IT EXPIRED ON DECEMBER 31ST.

THE BILL DOES NOTHING TO

INCREASE THE DEBT CEILING.

IN TWO MONTHS THEY WILL REACH

THE LIMIT ON BORROWING UNLESS

PRESIDENT OBAMA STEPS IN.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: ONE THING

HOPEFULLY IN THE NEW YEAR,

SEEING IF WE CAN PUT A PACKAGE

LIKE THIS TOGETHER WITH A LITTLE

BIT LESS DRAMA AND LESS

BRINKSMANSHIP AND NOT SCARE THE

HECK OUT OF FOLKS QUITE AS MUCH.

REPORTER: GEORGE THOMAS, CBN

NEWS.

JOINING US IS BILL FREZA.

BILL, WAS ANYTHING SOLVED BY THE

LAST MINUTE BILL.

NO, NOTHING WHATSOEVER

SOLVED, THE BUDGET DEFICIT OR

NEEDS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

YOU WERE NOT OPTIMISTIC, WHAT

ARE YOU FEELING TODAY?

THINGS ARE GOING TO CONTINUE

TO GET WORSE AT AN ACCELERATED

RATE.

NOTHING ON THE TABLE THAT TALKS

ABOUT THE FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEMS

WE FACE WHICH INCLUDES TOO MUCH

SPENDING, TOO MUCH MONEY

PRINTING AND TOO MUCH BORROWING.

WE ARE PLAYING THE CLASS WARFARE

TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHO WE CAN

PUNISH.

DO YOU SEE ANY HOPE THAT THE

GOVERNMENT WILL REIGN IN

SPENDING?

NO.

BOTH LIKE TO GIVE AWAY TO THEIR

CONSTITUENTS.

NO SERIOUS POLITICIANS IN

WASHINGTON.

THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT REDUCING

THE RATE OF GROWTH.

UNLESS THE ECONOMY GROWS FASTER,

THIS IS NOT A WAY TO SOLVE OUR

PROBLEMS. SOME ARE SAYING

AVOIDING THE FISCAL CLIFF

OVERTED DISASTER, OTHERS SAY

THIS WILL LEAD TO FURTHER

DISASTER IN THE UPCOMING YEAR.

TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU THINK WILL

HAPPEN AS A RESULT OF THIS MOST

RECENT BILL.

ROME WASN'T DESTROYED IN A

DAY.

IT TAKES A LONG TIME TO RUN DOWN

A LARGE EMPIRE.

HOW MANY YEARS DID IT TAKE FOR

THE BRITISH EMPIRE TO DISSOLVE

ITSELF?

WE ARE ON THE PATH.

WE ARE CONTINUING TO GIVE AWAY

MONEY.

156-PAGE IS A GIVE AWAY TO

ELECTRIC CAR BUYERS, CONGRESS

CAN PASS LEGISLATIONS WITHOUT

STUFFING IT FULL OF THESE

LUBRICANTS.

FAST FORWARD TO THE END OF

2013, WHAT IS THE AMERICAN

ECONOMY GOING TO LOOK LIKE THEN?

WE ARE GOING TO HAVE ANOTHER

YEAR OF STAGNATION.

THEY CAN'T MEASURE THE GDP

ACCURATELY ANY WAY.

IT IS MADE UP.

WE ARE NOT GOING TO SEE THE

GROWTH WE NEED TO OUTRUN OUR

PROBLEMS.

WE ARE GOING TO SEE INFLATION.

IT IS GOING TO COME LEAKING OUT.

INFLATION AND MODIFYING THE DEBT

IS THE ONLY WAY OUT FOR THE

GOVERNMENT.

THIS PUNISHES THE REST OF US.

THE IMAGE WAR, WHO IS GOING

TO COME OUT ON TOP?

PROGRESSIVES AND LIBERALS

HAVE THE MEDIA ON THEIR SIDE,

THEY WILL ALWAYS COME OUT ON

TOP.

OKAY, BILL, THANKS FOR YOUR

INSIGHTS.

HAPPY TO BE HERE.

THE HOUSE MAY HAVE VOTED ON A

FISCAL CLIFF DEAL BEFORE THEY

ADJOURNED, ONE THEY DIDN'T IS A

BILL OFFERING 60 BILLION DOLLARS

FOR DISASTER AREAS LIKE SUPER

SANDY.

I CAN'T TELL YOU WHERE WE HAD

A SERIOUS STORM, TORNADO, FIRE,

FLOOD, WHERE WE DID NOT ACT.

THIS CONGRESS IS APPARENTLY

LEAVING TOWN WITHOUT RESPONDING

TO THAT EMERGENCY.

LAWMAKERS ON BOTH SIDES OF

THE AISLE ARE EXPRESSING

FRUSTRATION WITH REPUBLICAN

CONTROLLED HOUSE.

THE SPEAKER IS COMMITTED TO

PASSING A BILL THIS MONTH.

IT COULD COME LATER THIS WEEK

WHEN THE 113TH CONGRESS COMES

TOGETHER.

STATE OF TEXAS HAS ENDED

AFFILIATE RULE IN 2012.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD SOUGHT A

TEMPORARY INJUNCTION IN ORDER TO

KEEP IT FROM GOING INTO EFFECT.

THIS WEEK A TEXAS DISTRICT JUDGE

DENIED THE BID.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD SAYS IT PREP

VENTS POOR WOMEN FROM GETTING

THE HEALTH CARE THEY NEED.

TEXAS OFFICIALS SAY THEY CAN BE

REFERRED TO DOCTORS AND CLINICS

THAT DO NOT SUPPORT ABORTION.

WITH THIS NEW YEAR, NEW LAWS

ARE TAKING AFFECT, SAME-SEX

MARRIAGE LEGAL IN MAINE AND

MARYLAND.

COMPUTER DRIVEN CARS IN

CALIFORNIA ALLOWED.

A HUMAN HAS TO BE IN THE

VEHICLE.

ALL THEY NEED IS A COPY OF THEIR

AUTO INSURANCE ON THEIR SMART

PHONE.

WHAT A WONDERFUL THING, MAYBE

WE CAN HAVE OUR DRIVER'S LICENSE

ON THERE.

CONCORD, MASSACHUSETTS HAS

OUTLAWED PLASTIC BOTTLES AND IN

WELLINGTON, KANSAS, PEOPLE ARE

RESTRICTED FROM OWNING MORE THAN

FOUR CATS.

STUDENTS AND STAFF AT A SANDY

HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ARE

GETTING READY TO RETURN TO CLASS

THURSDAY, IT WILL BE THE FIRST

TIME SINCE THE GUNMAN KILLED 20

CHILDREN AND SIX ADULTS.

CLASSES WILL BE HELD AT A

NEIGHBORHOODING TOWN IN MONROE.

COUNSELORS SAY IT IS IMPORTANT

FOR CHILDREN TO GET BACK TO A

ROUTINE.

TURNING OVERSEAS, FIVE

TEACHERS AND TWO AID WORKERS

SHOT BY A GUNMAN IN PAKISTAN.

VICTIMS FOR PAKISTANI NATIONALS.

ATTACKS WERE RELATED TO POLIO

VACCINATION WORKERS.

TALIBAN AND OTHER MILITANT

GROUPS HAVE FOR YEARS ACCUSED

AID WORKERS OF USING THE

VACCINATION PROGRAM TO STERILIZE

MUSLIMS.

IN AFGHANISTAN, THE TALIBAN IS

COMPARING THE TROOP WITHDRAWAL

TO THE PULL OUT IN VIETNAM.

AMERICA WANTS TO FLEE FROM

AFGHANISTAN JUST AS THEY TURNED

TAIL AND RAN FROM VIETNAM.

TALIBAN IS CALLING IT DECLARED

VICTORY AND RUN STRATEGY.

U.S. AND NATO TROOPS ARE SKED

SCHEDULED TO PUT OUT BY END OF

2014.

HOW THE FISCAL CLIFF

COMPROMISE WOULD AFFECT

AMERICA'S ECONOMIC FUTURE.

U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE

HILARY CLINTON CONTINUES TO

TREATMENT TODAY FOR A BLOOD

CLOT.

DOCTORS SAY THE CLOT IS IN A

VEIN THAT RUNS BETWEEN HER BRAIN

AND SKULL.

THIS COMES OF CLINTON GOT A

CONCUSSION THREE WEEKS AGO.

IT WAS DISCOVERED IN A ROUTINED

MRI.

SHE IS IN GOOD SPIRITS AND

EXPECTED TO MAKE A FULL

RECOVERY.

IS THE FISCAL CLIFF REALLY

GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY IN THE LONG

TERM?

NOT EVERYONE THINGS SO.

PAUL STRAND HAS THE STORY FROM

WASHINGTON

REPORTER: MANY CONSERVATIVE

GROUPS STATE THE DEAL'S EMPHASIS

ON RAISING TAXES ON THE

WEALTHIEST 1% INSTEAD OF CUTTING

SPENDING WILL ONLY HURT THE

ECONOMY.

THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION DID A

STUDY, THERE WOULD BE A 200

BILLION DOLLAR HURT IN TERMS OF

GDP IN TERMS OF THE ECONOMY.

THAT COULD MAKE AN ALREADY

WEAK ECONOMY WEAKER.

SUCH EFFECT WILL BE FELT

WORLDWIDE EVEN IN CHINA.

AND EUROPE WHERE BASKET CASES

ARE PUTTING A STRAIN ON THE

ENTIRE EUROPEAN UNION AND HERE

AT HOME.

IMPROVING HOUSING MARKET, MORE

JOBS.

MR. OBAMA'S EAT THE RICH

CRUSADE WILL RESULT IN THROWING

200,000 MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES

INTO UNEMPLOYMENT.

700,000 LOST JOBS.

THEY ARE THE ONES THAT BUILD

THE FACTORIES AND PROVIDE JOBS.

TAKING MORE MONEY AWAY FROM THEM

MEANS LESS FACTORIES AND JOBS.

A DEAL THAT REALLY IS JUST

ONE THAT REQUIRES AND ASKS THOSE

WHO HAVE BENEFITTED GREATLY FROM

OUR SOCIETY TO PAY THEIR FAIR

SHARE WHICH I DON'T BELIEVE THEY

HAVE THUS FAR.

NEW ON THE OTHER HAND, SENATOR

RAND PAUL SAYS THEY COULD HAVE

HELPED GROW THE ECONOMY.

THEY WANT MORE REVENUE, IF

YOU RAISE TAX RATES THEY MAY GET

LESS REVENUE.

THERE IS AN EMPLOYEE THAP

CAN'T HIRE OR TWO OR FIVE

EMPLOYEES.

THIS DOES NOTHING BUT HURT THE

ECONOMY.

SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM SAYS

TO REFORM THE MASSIVE

ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS LIKE SOCIAL

SECURITY WILL TAKE AMERICA DOWN

THE SAME PATH AS GREECE.

MEDICAID AND MEDICARE WILL

TAKE ALL THE TAX REVENUE COMING

INTO WASHINGTON.

HOW DO YOU AVOID BECOMING GREECE

WITHOUT ENTITLEMENT REFORM.

THREATENING ANOTHER DOWNGRADE

BECAUSE WASHINGTON ISN'T CUTTING

SPENDING ENOUGH.

THEY ARE ASKING FOR 4-5

TRILLION DOLLARS IN DEFICIT

REDUCTION.

NOBODY IS TALKING IN THOSE

NUMBERS.

HOW MANY TIMES DO WE MAKE A

DEAL WITH THE DEVIL SAYING IF

YOU INCREASE TAXES WE'LL CUT

SPENDING.

IT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN THIS

TIME EITHER.

NOW IS A TIME TO HAVE A

SERIOUS CONVERSATION ABOUT

SPENDING.

WARREN BUFFET SHOULD EXPLAIN WHY

HE GETS A SOCIAL SECURITY CHECK.

THOSE ON CAPITOL HILL MAY

FEEL THE FISCAL CLIFF AVERTS IS

A DISASTER AVERTED.

IT MAY ACTUALLY CAUSE MORE

TROUBLE THAN IT AVERTS.

PAUL STRAND, CBN NEWS, REPORTING

FROM CAPITOL HILL.

HOBBY LOBBY ANNOUNCES A NEW

RECIPIENT OF THE NORTH FIELD

MASSACHUSETTS CAMPUS FOUNDED BY

CHRISTIAN EVANGELIST D.L. MOODY.

ARTS AND CRAFTS RETAIL CHAIN

MADE A DONATION TO THE CHRISTIAN

FOUNDATION.

NCF IS BASED IN GEORGIA.

NCF WILL CONTINUE THE WORK TO

FIND A LONG-TERM OWNER TO HONOR

THE LEGACY OF MOODY.

GRAND CANYON BACKED OUT OF THE

DEAL.

UP NEXT, THE DANGER OF HIGH

FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP AND HOW TO

AVOID IT.

WELCOME BACK, IT TURNS OUT

SUGAR CAN AFFECT THE SIGNALS

YOUR BRAIN SENDS TO YOUR BODY.

SCIENTISTS USED IMAGING TESTS TO

SHOW THAT FRUCTOSE -- IT IS

FOUND IN THE AMERICAN DIET.

AFTER DRINKING A FRUCTOSE

BEVERAGE, THE BRAIN DIDN'T

REGISTER THE FEELING OF BEING

FULL AFTER CONSUMING GLUCOSE,

HOWEVER, IT DID.

THIS COULD PLAY A ROLE IN THE

DRAMATIC RISE OF OBESITY.

A THIRD OF U.S. TEENAGERS AND

TWO-THIRDS OF ADULTS ARE

OVERWEIGHT.

OBESITY CAN CAUSE HEART

DISEASE, CANCER, DIABETES AND

POSSIBLY EVEN AUTISM.

DOCTORS SAY MUCH COULD BE

AVOIDED IF WE WOULD DESWEETEN

OUR DIET.

HERE IS TONIGHT'S FOCUS REPORT.

REPORTER: AMERICANS LIVE THE

SWEET LIFE.

OUR DIET CONTAINS ENORMOUS

AMOUNTS OF SUGAR AND OFTEN WE

DON'T EVEN KNOW IT.

THAT IS BECAUSE IT IS HIDDEN IN

PLACES YOU WOULD NEVER SUSPECT.

ADDED TO EVERYTHING FROM SALAD

DRESSING TO PEANUT BUTTER, EVEN

BREAD.

IN 1800 THE AVERAGE AMERICAN

CONSUMED 18 POUNDS OF SUGAR THE

ENTIRE YEAR.

IN 1900 JUMPED TO 90 POUNDS,

TODAY, MOST OF US CONSUME 156

POUNDS A YEAR.

CARDIOLOGIST STEPHEN SINATRA

SAYS IT CAUSES OUR INSULIN TO GO

HAYWIRE OFTEN LEADING TO HEART

DISEASE.

SUGAR DOES DAMAGE TO THE BODY

ESPECIALLY IN YOUNG KIDS.

NOT ONLY HAS THE AMOUNT OF

SUGAR WE EAT CHANGED, SO HAS THE

TYPE OF SUGAR.

MORE THAN 40 DIFFERENT VARIETIES

OF SUGAR FLOOD OUR FOOD SUPPLY.

THE GRAND DADDY IS HIGH FRUCTOSE

CORN SYRUP.

IT IS IN EVERYTHING.

THE SOUPS YOU GET THE

RESTAURANTS, IT IS IN THE

CRACKERS, SPAGHETTI SAUCE,

KETCHUP, EVERYWHERE.

SINATRA WARNS, HIGH FRUCTOSE

CORN SYRUP IS WORSE THAN TABLE

SUGAR.

HE SAYS OUR BODIES METABOLIZE

HFCS EVEN DAMAGE THE LIVER.

I AM WORRIED ABOUT IT.

IT SHOULDN'T BE.

DR. DANNAH FLAVIN SPECIALIZES

AND SAYS WE ALWAYS WANT MORE.

WHAT HAPPENS IS WHEN YOU HAVE

HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP AND

CONSUMING IT FOR SEVERAL DAYS,

YOU GET A WHOLE CHANGE IN WHAT

THEY CALL LEPTINS AND GROW INS,

THOSE ARE REGULATORS ARE

APPETITE.

YOU ARE STILL HUNGRY.

BECAUSE OF THIS CHANGE IN THESE

LEPTINS.

THEY HAVE BEEN MEASURED AND

FOUND THIS BEYOND A DOUBT.

IT ALTARS SATIATION.

HFCS MANUFACTURERS SAY IT IS

NO WORSE THAN CORN SYRUP.

SUGAR IS SUGAR.

IT BIO CHEMICALLY EQUALS IT.

DR. ARTHUR FRANK.

HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP IS

EVERY BIT AS BIT AS SUCROSE,

TABLE SUGAR.

IT IS NOT WORSE.

IT IS THE EQUIVALENT OF.

IT IS NOT A GOOD FOOD.

IT IS NOT SOMETHING YOU WOULD

WANT TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE EAT.

IT SERVES A PURPOSE, IT IS A

SWEETEN.

IT IS UNLIKELY THAT HFCS

CONTRIBUTES MORE TO OBESITY THAN

TABLE SUGAR.

ON THE OTHER HAND PRINCETON

RESEARCHERS FOUND THAT LAB RATS

WITH ACCESS TO HFCS GAINED MORE

WEIGHT THAN THOSE WITH ACCESS TO

TABLE SUGAR EVEN THOUGH BOTH

GROUPS TOOK IN THE SAME NUMBER

OF CALORIES.

SOME CLAIM HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN

SYRUP IS THE SAME.

OUR RESULTS MAKE IT CLEAR THIS

JUST ISN'T TRUE.

THERE IS NO DEFINITIVE

ANSWER, ONE THING IS CERTAIN,

REGARDLESS OF THE TYPE OF SUGAR,

WE ARE CONSUMING TOO MUCH OF IT.

MOST OF US EAT 22 TEASPOONS OF

ADDED SUGAR A DAY.

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION

RECOMMENDS ONLY 6 TEASPOONS A

DAY FOR WOMEN AND 9 FOR MEN.

HOW MUCH IS THAT?

JUST ONE 12-OUNCE SOFT DRINK

CONTAINS 9 TEASPOONS OF SUGAR.

CHECK A PRODUCT'S LISTED

INGREDIENTS.

IF A SUGAR IS ONE OF THE FIRST 3

INGREDIENTS, PUT IT BACK.

ALL SUGARS ARE HIGH IN CALORIES,

SO EVEN HEALTHY ONES LIKE HONEY

SHOULD BE CONSUMED IN SMALL

AMOUNTS.

KINDNESS OF ONE NEW MEXICO

COP.

A POLICE OFFICER OUT OF

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO GOT MORE

THAN HE BARGAINED FOR.

OFFICER LUIS HERNANDEZ

RESPONDED TO A CALL.

THE COUPLE OF WAS BEGGING FOR

MONEY FOR A BUS TICKET.

THEIR BABY RECENTLY HAD HEART

SURGERY.

OFFICER HERNANDEZ STEPPED IN.

I HAVE A CHILD THAT WAS

RECENTLY DIAGNOSED WITH

EPINEPHRINE LEP CIS.

I KNOW HOW HARD IT IS WITH

MEDICATIONS AND ADDITIONAL CARE.

THAT IS WHAT THEY WERE WORRIED

ABOUT.

HERNANDEZ BOUGHT THE LAST

TICKET THE FAMILY NEEDED.

IT WAS HIS CHANCE TO GIVE BACK.

I KNOW GOD WILL REWARD HIM FOR

THAT.

GOOD FOR HIM.

SEE A NEED AND MEET IT, GREAT.

THAT IS ALL FOR THIS EDITION OF

"NEWSWATCH."

REMEMBER YOU CAN E-MAIL YOUR

COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS AT

"NEWSWATCH" AT CBN.COM.

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