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CBN NewsWatch: January 3, 2013

On CBN Newswatch, Jan. 3: New Congress starts under shadow of old problems; Sandy Hook students back in class; 'Lost Tribe's' return to Israel fulfilling prophecy?; and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH" THE

NEWEST CONGRESSIONAL CLASS HITS

WASHINGTON.

CAPITOL HILL FOR THE 113TH

CONGRESS.

PLUS STUDENTS FROM SANDY HOOK

ELEMENTARY HEAD BACK TO THE

CLASSROOM AFTER LAST MONTH'S

TRAGIC SCHOOL SHOOTING AND HOW A

RADICAL ISLAMIC GROUP IS WORKING

TOWARDS SHARIA LAW IN NIGERIA.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH." GOOD EVENING

EVERYONE I AM MARK MARTIN.

LAWMAKERS IN THE HOUSE AND

SENATE ARE BACK TO WORK.

113TH CONGRESS CONVENED TODAY.

IT HAS MANY AMERICANS EXPRESSING

FRUSTRATION WITH WASHINGTON.

JOHN JESSUP JOINS US FROM

CAPITOL HILL

REPORTER: JUST A FEW SHY OF

535 MEMBERS SWORN INTO CONGRESS,

SOME OLD, SOME NEW.

MARK, THEY HAVE THEIR WORK CUT

OUT FOR THEM

REPORTER: ON A BRIGHT AND

SUNNY DAY, LAWMAKERS TOOK THE

OATH OF OFFICE.

JOHN BOEHNER KEEPS HIS JOB AS

SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE.

SOME APPEAR HOPEFUL, OTHERS ARE

NOT WITH THINGS ON THEIR PLATE.

AT A MERE 18% APPROVAL RATING,

THEIR IMAGE HURT BY THE FISCAL

CLIFF.

THE LAST SESSION OF CONGRESS WAS

THE LEAST PRODUCTIVE CONGRESS IN

65 YEARS.

THIS MORNING SOME ON CAPITOL

HILL STARTED THE FIRST DAY AT A

BIPARTISAN PRAYER SERVICE WHERE

THE HOUSE CHAPLAIN REMINDED THEM

THEY ARE CALLED TO BE SERVANTS.

THAT EACH MEMBER MIGHT

FULLY UNDERSTAND WHO THEY ARE

CALLED TO BE, YOU KNOW, SOMEONE

MUCH GREATER THAN THEY MIGHT BE

ABLE TO IMAGINE THEMSELVES NOW

BECAUSE THEY HAVE SERVANT HOOD.

PARTIES REMAIN DEEPLY DIVIDED

OVER GUN CONTROL, IMMIGRATION

REFORM, JUMP STARTING THE

ECONOMY AND TACKLING THE 16.4

TRILLION DOLLAR DEBT.

WE HAVE SO MUCH UNFINISHED

BUSINESS FROM THE LAST CONGRESS

AND PREVIOUS SESSIONS OF

CONGRESS.

A NEW YEAR WITH A NEW CONGRESS

AND NEW FACES.

MANY WILL BE FACING THE SAME OLD

PROBLEMS.

JOHN, DURING THE HOUSE

SPEAKER VOTE, JOHN BOEHNER GOT A

BIT OF A CHALLENGE.

TELL US ABOUT THAT.

A REPUBLICAN REMEMBER TOLD ME

TO EXPECT FIREWORKS.

I WOULDN'T DESCRIBE IT AS

FIREWORKS, A FEW MEMBERS SHOWED

DISAPPROVAL OF SPEAKER JOHN

BOEHNER'S LEADERSHIP AS IT

RELATED TO HOW HE NEGOTIATED THE

FISCAL CLIFF DEBATE.

THOSE MEMBERS WERE UNPLEASED.

THEY WANTED TO SEE A MORE

CONSERVATIVE PRINCIPLE EXECUTED

IN THE FINAL DEAL.

THAT IS NOT WHAT THEY ENDED UP

SEEING WITH TAX RATES INCREASING

FOR THE WEALTHY.

SOME OF THESE MEMBERS WERE

REMOVED FROM THEIR PRIME

COMMITTEE POST.

THEY HAD A BIT OF A GRUDGE IF

YOU WILL.

SPEAKER BOEHNER WON.

IT WAS INCONSEQUENTIAL.

YOU MENTIONED NEW FACES, CAN

YOU TELL US ABOUT THE

DEMOGRAPHICS?

SURE MARK, 84 MEMBERS IN THIS

FRESHMAN CLASS OF THE HOUSE, 49

DEMOCRATS, 35 REPUBLICANS.

13 NEW SENATORS, ABOUT HALF OF

WHOM HAVE MOVED FROM THE HOUSE

OVER TO THE SENATE.

NANCY PELOSI CALLED THIS THE

MOST DIVERSE CONGRESS IN THE

HISTORY OF CONGRESS.

IN THE HOUSE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS,

MINORITIES AND WOMEN OUTNUMBER

WHITE COUNTER PARTS.

RELIGIOUSLY SPEAKING, YOU HAVE

THE FIRST HINDU IN CONGRESS.

ALSO THE FIRST BUDDHIST SERVING

IN THE SENATE.

OVERALL THIS IS A MORE

RELIGIOUSLY DIVERSE CONGRESS

FROM 50 YEARS AGO WHEN 75%

IDENTIFIED THEMSELVES AS

PROTESTANT.

ANY CHANCE WE ARE GOING TO

SEE LAWMAKERS IN WASHINGTON WORK

TOGETHER?

GIVEN THE STATE OF WHERE

THINGS ARE AND GIVEN HOW THINGS

PLAYED OUT WITH THE FISCAL CLIFF

NEGOTIATIONS AND WHAT IS IN

STORE WITH THE UPCOMING DEBATE

OR THE DEBT CEILING NEXT MONTH,

I DON'T SEE HOW IT IS LIKELY.

AMERICANS DELIVERED THE STATUS

QUO RE-ELECTING A DEMOCRATIC

PRESIDENT AND DIVIDED CONGRESS.

YOU HAVE REPUBLICANS, DEMOCRATS

DEEPLY DIVIDED OVER ISSUES.

THEY SEE THINGS FROM A

COMPLETELY DIFFERENT

PERSPECTIVE.

THEIR NOT MUCH MIDDLE GROUND.

AS MUCH AS PEOPLE WANT TO SEE

THE GRIDLOCK BROKEN, WE ARE NOT

GOING TO SEE IT.

SPEAKER BOEHNER SAID 113TH

CONGRESS WAS A TIME FOR

LAWMAKERS TO RISE TO THE

OCCASION.

JOHN JESSUP, THANKS FOR YOUR

TIME TODAY.

THANK YOU, MARK.

TWENTY DAYS AFTER A GUNMAN

TURNED A SMALL CONNECTICUT DOWN

UPSIDE DOWN, 400 STUDENTS

RETURNED TO A NEW SCHOOL, NEW

PRINCIPAL AND OLD DESKS, GEORGE

THOMAS HAS DETAILS

REPORTER: THE CHILDREN WERE

EXCITED, THE PARENTS WERE

UNEASY.

I HAVEN'T GOTTEN THAT PART

ABOUT NOT BEING WITH THEM.

I JUST NEED TO STAY WITH THEM

FOR A WHILE.

THEIR LIVES WERE TURNED

UPSIDE DOWN DECEMBER 14TH WHEN A

GUNMAN IN NEWTOWN, CONNECTICUT

KILLED 20 CHILDREN AND 6 ADULTS.

THEIR GOAL WAS TO MAKE THIS A

NORMAL DAY AS POSSIBLE.

GREAT DEAL OF THOUGHT AND

EFFORT TO MAKE THIS AS SEAMLESS

AS POSSIBLE AND MAKE IT LOOK

CHEERFUL AND HAPPY.

THE SCHOOL IS STILL A CRIME

SCENE, OFFICIALS REOPENED A

CLOSED SCHOOL IN A NEIGHBORING

TOWN OF MONROE.

TEAMS WORKED AROUND THE CLOCK TO

MODIFY THE SCHOOL, THEY PLACED

FAMILIAR BACKPACKS AND PENCILS

ON DESKS TO MAKE THEM FILL AT

HOME, THE SCHOOL HAS BEEN

RENAMED SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY

SCHOOL.

WHEN YOU RETURN TO FLAIR

FAMILIARITY IT HELPS THE TRAUMA.

THE STREET BETWEEN NEWTOWN

AND MONROE LINED WITH GREEN

RIBBONS IN A SIGN OF SUPPORT.

MESSAGES OF HOPE AND LOVE SENT

AROUND THE WORLD ARE DISPLAYED

IN THE HALLWAYS OF THE MIDDLE

SCHOOL.

GEORGE THOMAS, CBN NEWS.

SECRETARY OF STATE HILARY

CLINTON IS BACK HOME AFTER A

BLOOD CLOT LEFT HER IN THE

HOSPITAL FOR DAYS.

CLINTON WAS DISCHARGED FROM THE

HOSPITAL WEDNESDAY EVENING.

YESTERDAY WITH THE FIRST TIME

THE SECRETARY OF STATE HAS BEEN

SEEN PUBLICALLY SINCE DECEMBER

7TH.

AL JAZEERA BOUGHT TV.

THEY HAVE TRIED FOR YEARS TO

REACH A LARGER AUDIENCE.

SOON AFTER IT WAS CONFIRMED,

TIME WARRENER CABLE DROPPED

CURRENT TV FROM ITS LINEUP.

NEW CHANNEL IS SCHEDULED TO

BEGIN BROADCAST THIS YEAR.

THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR HAS KILLED

MORE THAN 60,000 PEOPLE

ACCORDING TO AN ESTIMATE BY THE

UNITED NATIONS.

FIGHTING BETWEEN REBEL FORCES OF

BASHAR ASSAD BEGAN IN MARCH OF

2011.

IN THE SUMMER 1,000 KILLED EACH

SUMMER, IN THIS PAST SUMMER THAT

ROSE.

THE GROWING NUMBER OF DEAD TRULY

SHOCKING.

EVEN SO THE SYRIAN GOVERNMENT IS

CARRYING OUT DEADLY AIR STRIKES.

A LOST TRIBE HAS COME HOME TO

ISRAEL.

SOME BELIEVE THE RETURN COULD BE

PART OF BIBLICAL PROPHESY.

CHRIS MITCHELL WAS AT THE

AIRPORT WHEN MORE THAN 50

MEMBERS OF THE TRIBE MADE

HISTORY.

THEIR ARRIVAL WAS TEARFUL AND

EMOTIONAL.

I FEEL LIKE I AM HOME.

EXCITED, OVERWHELMED, AND

EXTREMELY, UNEXPLAINABLE.

I FEEL LIKE CRYING.

THIS GROUP IS THE FIRST OF A

LONG AWAITED MIGRATION, NEARLY

2,000 TRIBE MEMBERS LIVE IN

ISRAEL.

FIVE YEARS AGO THE GOVERNMENT

SOUGHT THEIR RETURN.

ABOUT 7,000 RETURNED.

THE 10 TRIBES MAY HAVE BEEN

LOST TO US FROM MANY CENTURIES.

THEY WERE NEVER LOST IN TERMS OF

THEIR IDENTITY.

MICHAEL FROIN OF SHAVA,

ISRAEL WORKED FOR THIS MOMENT.

THE PROPHET ISAIAH SAYS, [

FOREIGN SPEAKING ] FEAR NOT FOR

I AM WITH YOU, GOD SAYS.

[ FOREIGN SPEAKING ] FROM THE

EAST, I WILL BRING YOUR

DESCENDANTS.

YOUR DESCENDANTS, THESE ARE THE

DESCENDANTS OF ISRAEL.

THEY ARE COMING BACK FROM THE

EAST.

IT IS AS IF THE HEADLINE OF

TODAY WAS WRITTEN BY ISAIAH, THE

PROPHET, 2500-2600 YEARS AGO.

THE EMPIRE EXILED THE TRIBE

ALMOST 3,000 YEARS AGO.

TRIBE MEMBERS KEPT THEIR JEWISH

ROOTS FOR 2,000 YEARS.

SEVERAL CHRISTIAN ORGANIZATIONS

HELPED BRING THEM HOME.

HEBREW PROPHET SAYS IN THE

LAST DAYS, THAT THERE WOULD BE

GENTILES HELPING AND BRINGING

THEM BACK.

I'LL BECKON TO THE GENTILES.

WE HAVE THIS INVITATION FROM GOD

HIMSELF TO BE INVOLVED.

[SINGING].

ANOTHER NEARLY 300 SCHEDULED

TO ARRIVE IN JANUARY WITH

THOUSANDS YET TO COME.

CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS, BEN

GORIAN AIRPORT, TEL AVIV.

COMING UP, IT IS THAT TIME OF

YEAR AGAIN, WHY THE FLU IS

HITTING ESPECIALLY HARD.

FLU SEASON IS IN FULL SWING.

THIS YEAR'S FLU SHOT DOESN'T

SEEM TOP ENOUGH TO PROTECT.

THERE HAS BEEN MORE FLU IN THE

LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS THAN TLAST

YEAR.

SAME SYMPTOMS, ALL THROUGHOUT

THE DAY AND NIGHT.

FOR THOSE WHO GOT THE FLU

SHOT AND STILL COMING DOWN WITH

THE FLU, EXPERTS SAY SOME DON'T

RESPOND TO THE VACCINE.

SOME AREN'T FULLY PROTECTED.

THEY SAY YOUR SYMPTOMS MAY NOT

BE AS SEVERE IF YOU HAVE BEEN

VACCINATED.

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL

BELIEVE THE NORIL VIRUS MAYBE TO

BLAME.

MORE THAN 400 PASSENGERS WERE

SICKENED.

CDC SAYS MILLIONS WILL BE INFECT

INFECTED BY THE NORIL VIRUS.

LORIE JOHNSON SHOWS US WHAT WE

CAN DO TO PROTECT OURSELVES.

NORIL VIRUS IS ROBUST, LIVING

UP TO TWO WEEKS ON HARD SURFACES

AND UP TO TWO MONTHS IN COLD

WATER.

IT CAUSES VOMITING, DIARRHEA AND

STOMACH CRAMPS THAT LAST ABOUT

TWO DAYS.

NORO VIRUS CAN SPREAD LIKE WILD

FIRE IN SCHOOLS OR CONFINED

AREAS LIKE CRUISE SHIPS.

IT IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF FOOD

POISONING EATING SALAD FOOD, RAW

OYSTERS OR WHEN ANY FOOD COMES

IN CONTACT WITH CONTAMINATED

HANDS OR COUNTER TOPS.

IT MAKES IT TOUGH TO FIGURE

OUT HOW YOU GOT SICK.

YOU CAN DO INVESTIGATED WORK,

YOU CAN TRACE IT.

A WHOPPING ONE IN FIFTEEN

PEOPLE GETS THE NORO VIRUS,

ISN'T VERY SERIOUS.

VOMITING AND DIARRHEA CAN LEAD

TO DEHYDRATION.

KEEP YOUR HANDS CLEAN, WASH YOUR

RAW FOOD, CLEAN YOUR SURFACES

WITH BLEACH AND MACHINE WASH

CLOTHES.

LORIE JOHNSON, CBN NEWS.

SURPRISING FIND ON WEIGHT AND

MORTALITY.

PEOPLE WHO ARE OVERWEIGHT BUT

NOT OBESE MAY LIVE LONGER THAN

THOSE WHO ARE A NORMAL WEIGHT.

MANY EXPERTS DISAGREE.

IT COMES FROM A REVIEW OF

RESEARCH PAPERS COVERING THREE

MILLION PEOPLE.

SOMETIMES THAT SURPRISES

PEOPLE.

THEY SHOULD NOT BE TOO

SURPRISED.

IN OUR CATEGORIES, 87% SHOW

LOWER MORTALITY THAN IN

OVERWEIGHT THAN NORMAL WEIGHT.

COULD BE BECAUSE OVERWEIGHT

PEOPLE GET BETTER MEDICAL CARE.

OBESITY WAS ASSOCIATED WITH

HIGHER MORTALITY RATES.

UP NEXT, CHRISTIANS TARGETED BY

TERRORISTS.

SEE WHO IS BEHIND AN ONGOING

WAVE OF DEADLY ATTACKS.

U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT IS

CONSIDERING WEATHER TO LABEL

BOKO HARAM AS A TERRORIST

ORGANIZATION.

SO FAR THE DEPARTMENT SAYS IT IS

NOT READY TO.

THE GROUP IS BLAMED FOR KILLING

NEARLY 800 PEOPLE IN 2012 ALONE,

ACCORDING TO THE ASSOCIATED

PRESS.

CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF

NIGERIAN AMERICANS WANTS THEM TO

CALL BOKO HARAM TERRORIST.

IT COULD END FUNDING FOR THE

GROUP.

THEY HAVE NOT DECIDED TO LABEL

THE GROUP IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE

WAY TO DEAL WITH IT.

THE AL-QAEDA-LINKED FIGHTERS

HAVE DECLARED WAR ON NIGERIAN'S

HOMES INCLUDING A DEVASTATING

CAR BOMB ON A CHURCH ONE YEAR

AGO.

THERE IS CALLS FOR REVENGE AND

ALSO FORGIVENESS.

HERE NOW AGAIN IS GEORGE THOMAS.

*

IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL DAY, WE

CAME TO CHURCH TO CELEBRATE THE

BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST.

PEOPLE STARTED COMING AS EARLY

AS 6:00 IN THE MORNING.

IT WAS GOING TO BE A JOYOUS

OCCASION.

IT NEVER TURNED OUT THAT WAY.

A SUICIDE BOMBER IN A VEHICLE

PACKED WITH EXPLOSIVES DROVE UP

THIS BUSY STREET AND STOPPED IN

FRONT OF THE CHURCH.

THIS MAN AND HIS 17-MONTH-OLD

SON JUST WALKED OUT WHEN THE

BOMB EXPLODED.

MY SON WAS HURLED ACROSS THE

OTHER SIDE.

AROUND ME I COULD SEE BODIES ON

FIRE.

WITHIN MINUTES, HUSBANDS

WIDOWERS, WIVES WIDOWS, CHILDREN

ORPHANS AND PARENTS CHILDLESS.

THE SUICIDE BOMBER NEW

PRECISELY WENT TO STRIKE,

SHORTLY AFTER 8:00 A.M. THAT

CHRISTMAS MORNING AND THE

SERVICE WAS CONCLUDED.

26 OF THE 44 PEOPLE THAT DIED

ATTENDED THE CHURCH.

THEY HAVE ONLY EVIL?

THEIR HEART AND WANT TO DIVIDE

US.

BOKO HARAM CLAIMED

RESPONSIBILITY AND SEVERAL OTHER

ATTACKS THAT DAY.

BOKO HARAM'S GOAL IS TO TURN IT

INTO AN ISLAMIST NATION.

I AM VERY ANGRY.

I WILL NOT RESPOND OUT OF ANGER.

HE AND SON SPENT SEVERAL

WEEKS IN THE HOSPITAL RECOVERING

FROM THIRD DEGREE BURNS.

TODAY YOU'LL FIND HIM AND HIS

FAMILY PRAYING FOR THE

ATTACKERS.

ANY

I WANT GOD TO TOUCH THEIR

HEARTS.

THE IMPORTANCE OF

FORGIVENESS.

WHAT I NEED FROM BOKO HARAM

IS TO REPENT AND STOP THE EVIL

WORK AND CONFESS.

THAT LIKELY ISN'T GOING TO

HAPPEN.

200 MILES NORTH OF THE CHURCH.

SO MANY PEOPLE LOVED MY

HUSBAND.

HE LOVED TO SHARE THE GOSPEL.

THEY WOULD NOT LET ME SEE MY

FATHER'S BODY.

HE WAS BEYOND RECOGNITION.

HE WAS SHOT IN THE MOUTH,

ELBOW AND BACK.

I AM ASKING GOD TO BRING

PEACE TO OUR CITY.

BLANKETING KANO WITH PRAYER.

JANUARY 20TH, 26 DAYS AFTER THE

CHRISTMAS DAY MASSACRE, BOKO

HARAM KILLED 185 PEOPLE IN A

STRING OF COORDINATED ATTACKS IN

KANO.

IT WAS THE GROUP'S DEADLIEST

STRIKE TO DATE.

AMONG THE DATE WERE THE LOVED

ONES OF THESE CHRISTIAN FAMILIES

FAMILIES.

THE BIBLE SAYS WE SHOULD LOVE

OUR ENEMIES AND PRAY FOR THEM.

THEY HAVE DECLARED WAR AND

THE COUNTRY'S CHRISTIANS.

IN A VIDEO RELEASED ONLINE.

HE SAID ENJOY KILLING ANYONE GOD

COMMANDS ME TO KILL THE WAY I

ENJOY KILLING CHICKENS AND RAMS.

KANO IS OVERWHELMINGLY MUSLIM.

EXTREMIST GROUPS USE THIS CITY

AND SURROUNDING AREAS AS A BASE

OF OPERATION.

IT IS DIFFICULT TO SHARE THE

GOSPEL HERE IN NIGERIA.

JOSHUA WORKS QUIETLY IN

NORTHERN NIGERIA.

CBN NEWS AGREED TO CONCEAL HIS

IDENTITY.

THEY SEE CHRISTIANS HERE AS

INVADERS.

I AM PART OF THE NORTH YET

BECAUSE I AM A CHRISTIAN, I AM

TREATED AS A FOURTH CLASS

CITIZ

CITIZEN.

NOW HE FEARS BOKO HARAM IS

SPARKING WAR.

SOME CHRISTIAN NEIGHBORHOODS ARE

TAKING MEASURES TO DEFEND

THEMSELVES.

OTHERS RELY ON GOD FOR

PROTECTION AND TAKE COMFORT IN

HIS WORD.

I WILL NOT BE AFRAID FOR YOU

ARE CLOSE BESIDE ME.

GEORGE THOMAS, CBN NEWS,

KANO, NIGERIA.

PRAYER WARRIORS THERE.

UP NEXT, HOW A PAIR OF

FIVE-YEAR-OLD TWINS SAVED THEIR

MOTHER'S LIFE.

A NEW YORK MOTHER ALIVE TODAY

THANKS TO THE QUICK THINKING OF

HER FIVE-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER.

WERE YOU WORRIED ABOUT YOUR

MOM?

WHERE WAS SHE?

BY THE KITCHEN STOVE I WAS

SO PROUD THAT MY GRANDDAUGHTER

WAS ABLE TO CALL ME.

THEY SAID GRANDMA, OUR ADDRESS

IS --

IT COULD HAVE BEEN MUCH WORSE

FOR THE GIRLS AND MOM.

IT COULD HAVE BEEN A REAL

TRAGEDY.

THEY ARE MY LIFE.

MY LIFE.

WOW, SOME SHARP FIVE YEAR

OLDS.

ANNA ADMITS SHE AND TWIN

DAUGHTERS HAD NOT BEEN FEELING

WELL.

THEIR ILLNESS WAS CAUSED BY

CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING.

THAT IS ALL FOR THIS EDITION OF

"NEWSWATCH."

THANKS FOR WATCH

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