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CBN NewsWatch: January 7, 2013

On CBN Newswatch, Jan. 7: Obama's Hagel pick in for tough fight over Israel record; Lawmakers face solving another fiscal crisis; Manuscripts document ancient Jewish community; and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH," THE

PRESIDENT'S PICKS.

A LOOK AT SOME OF MR. OBAMA'S

CABINET CHOICES IN HIS SECOND

TERM.

PLUS LAWMAKERS LOOK TO THE

DEBT CEILING.

SPENDING CUTS REPUBLICANS SAY

HAVE TO TAKE PLACE.

AND GOD IS NOT DEAD.

FUTURE OF RELIGION IN AMERICA,

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH." GOOD EVENING

EVERYONE I AM MARK MARTIN.

AND I AM WENDY GRIFFITH.

PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS ANNOUNCED

HIS NOMINATIONS FOR SECRETARY OF

DEFENSE AND CIA DIRECTOR.

HE HAS CHOSEN REPUBLICAN,

FORMER SENATOR CHUCK HAGUEL AT

DEFENSE.

THE NOMINATION IS DRAWING

FIRE ESPECIALLY AMONG SENATE

REPUBLICANS.

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S HAWAII

VACATION IS OVER AND PREPARED TO

BATTLE FOR HIS CONTROVERSIAL

NOMINEE.

CHUCK HAGUEL WOULD BE THE

FIRST PERSON OF LISTED RANK TO

SERVE AS SECRETARY OF DEFENSE.

ONE OF THE FEW SECRETARIES

WOUNDED IN WAR.

THE FIRST VIETNAM VETERAN TO

LEAD.

SOME BELIEVE IT IS DESIGNED

TO HELP PUT ISRAELI PRIME

MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU IN

HIS PLACE AND AN IN YOUR FACE

NOMINATION.

IF CONFIRMED TO BE SECRETARY

OF DEFENSE TOWARD THE STATE OF

ISRAEL.

HAGUEL IS NOT INTIMIDATED BY

THE JEWISH LOBBY IN WASHINGTON

AND STRONGLY OPPOSES ANY PLANS

FROM IRAN FROM GETTING WEAPONS.

HIS VIEWS DIDN'T GO DOWN WELL

WITH SENATE CONSERVATIVES.

WITH THE JOB OF SECRETARY OF

DEFENSE IS TO BE A SERIOUS

CREDIBLE STRENGTH AND DETERRENT

AND UNFORTUNATELY WEAKNESS IN A

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE INVITES

BECAUSE BULLIES DON'T LIKE.

CHUCK HAGUEL IS NOT A

RESPONSIBLE OPTION.

SOME SENATE DEMOCRATS ARE

DEFENDING HIM.

CHUCK SERVED INCREDIBLY IN

VIETNAM AND UNITED STATES

SENATOR.

ALTHOUGH HAGUEL IS A

REPUBLICAN, THEY ARE NOT

PLEASED.

I AM GOING TO SEE WHETHER

CHUCK'S VIEWS SQUARE WITH THE

JOB HE WAS NOMINATED TO DO.

PRESIDENT IS HAVING LESS

TROUBLE CONFIRMING JOHN BRENNAN,

A 25-YEAR VETERAN OF CIA.

HE ONCE CALLED HEZBOLLAH AN

INTERESTING ORGANIZATION AND

REFERRED TO JERUSALEM BY ISLAMIC

NAME AL KUDS.

JOINING US NOW IS DR.

SABASTIAN GORKA.

FOUNDATION OF THE DEFENSE OF

DEMOCRACIES.

DOCTOR, WHAT MOTIVATED OBAMA TO

CHOICE HAGUEL FOR SECRETARY OF

DEFENSE?

UNFORTUNATELY THIS IS A

NOMINATION THAT HAS ALREADY

ENGENDERED CRITICISM FROM THE

REPUBLICANS ALSO FROM DEMOCRAT

VOICES.

THERE IS SOMETHING TO BE FOUND

TO DISLIKE, APPARENTLY FROM BOTH

SIDES OF THE AISLE WITH REGARD

TO THIS NOMINATION, WHETHER IT

IS ON THE ISSUE OF GAY RIGHTS,

IRAN, ISSUE OF IRAQI SURGE.

IT IS DIFFICULT TO COME UP WITH

THE NOMINATION, UNLESS IT IS A

REVENGE FOR WHAT HAPPENED WITH

THE ATTEMPTED NOMINATION OF MISS

RICE FOR SECRETARY OF STATE.

INTERESTING, HAGUEL IS VIEWED

AS ANTAGONISTED TO ISRAEL.

WHAT IMPACT WILL THAT HAVE ON

ISRAEL?

IF YOU RECALL, IN THE FIRST

THREE AND A HALF YEARS OF THE

ADMINISTRATION AND PRESIDENT'S

TENURE, RELATIONS WITH ISRAEL

WERE SOME WHAT STRAINED.

YOU'LL REMEMBER THE INABILITY OF

THE HEAD OF STATE TO MEET WITH

THE PRESIDENT.

AND PRIOR TO THE ELECTION, THIS

ALL SEEMED TO CHANGE.

PRESIDENT OBAMA MADE

CONCILIATORY STATEMENTS TO THE

EFFECT THAT WE HAVE ISRAEL'S

BACK IF YOU RECALL, THERE WAS A

180 THERE.

WITH THIS NOMINATION, WE SEEM TO

HAVE GONE BECOME TO THE EARLY

YEARS OF THE ADMINISTRATION.

IT SOUNDS AS IF A MESSAGE IS

BEING SENT TO THE ISRAELI

GOVERNMENT.

ESPECIALLY GIVEN THE FACT

THAT HAGUEL CALLED JERUSALEM BY

ITS ARABIC NAME.

WILL HAGUEL HAVE A TOUGH

CONFIRMATION PROCESS?

RIGHT NOW, A VERY DIFFICULT

PROCESS.

IT IS NOT THE USUAL SUSPECT.

IT IS BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE.

WHETHER IT IS HIS ATTITUDES

TOWARDS IRAQ, IT COULD BE AS BAD

AS A 50/50 SHOT AS TO WHETHER

THIS WOULD GO THROUGH.

ALL RIGHT.

50/50 SHOT, THANKS FOR BEING

WITH US.

I AM DELIGHTED.

MARK?

A TEMPORARY JUDGE HAS

MANDATORY COVERAGE FOR

CONTRACEPTION.

JUDGE AMY ST. EVE GRANTED TRYUNE

HEALTH GROUP.

THEIR CLAIM IS ONE OF DOZENS OF

SIMILAR LAWSUITS FILED ACROSS

THE COUNTRY.

ONE COMPANY THAT COULD FACE MORE

THAN A MILLION DOLLARS FINES PER

DAY IS HOBBY LOBBY.

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ACROSS THE

COUNTRY SHOWED THEIR SUPPORT FOR

THE CHRISTIAN OWNED COMPANY'S

PRO-LIFE STANCE AS HOBBY LOBBY

APPRECIATION DAY.

REPORTS OF PACKED PARKING LOTS

AND LONG LINES.

ON FACEBOOK, HOBBY LOBBY

EMPLOYEES SAID IT WAS LIKE GRAND

OPENING.

THE GREEN FAMILY SAYS THEY HAVE

TO REMAIN TRUE TO THEIR FAITH.

DAVID GREENE, CEO WROTE THE

GOVERNMENT IS FORCING US BETWEEN

FOLLOWING OUR FAITH AND

FOLLOWING THE LAW.

THAT IS A CHOICE NO AMERICAN AND

NO AMERICAN BUSINESS SHOULD HAVE

TO MAKE.

HOBBY LOBBY CONTINUES TO FIGHT

THE HHS MANDATE BEFORE 10TH

COURT OF APPEALS.

ARGUMENTS ARE SET TO TAKE

PLACE AT THE END OF MARCH.

CALIFORNIA'S PROPOSITION 8, THAT

IS THE VOTER APPROVED

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

DEFINING MARRIAGE BETWEEN ONE

MAN AND ONE WOMAN.

SECOND, DEFENSIVE MARRIAGE ACT,

JUSTICES WILL HEAR ONE HOURS

WORTH OF ARGUMENTS IN LATE

MARCH.

LAWMAKERS APPEAR WORLDS APART

ON HOW TO FIX THE FISCAL CLIFF.

REPUBLICANS WON'T TALK TAXES.

HEATHER SELLS EXPLAINS

REPORTER: ONCE AGAIN,

WASHINGTON IS FACING DAUNTING

DEADLINES, BY THE END OF NEXT

MONTH, THE TREASURY WILL LOSE

THE POWER TO BORROW MONEY TO PAY

AMERICA'S BILLS AND AUTOMATIC

SPENDING CUTS ON MARCH 1ST.

IF THE TREASURY RUNS OUT OF

OPTIONS, IT COULD BEGIN

DEFAULTING ON LOANS UNLESS

CONGRESS RAISES THE DEBT

CEILING.

SOME FEAR THE DEFAULT WOULD

TRIGGER A GLOBAL RECESSION.

RIGHT NOW, DESPITE THIS URGENCY,

BOTH PARTIES ARE TALKING

SEPARATE AGENDAS.

SPECIAL TREATMENTS UNDER THE

TAX CODE OUGHT TO BE LOOKED AT.

NANCY PELOSI ISN'T RULING OUT

PUSHING FOR UPPER INCOME EARNERS

TO PAY MORE.

I AM SAYING IT IS NOT OFF THE

TABLE.

REPUBLICANS SAY THE TAX ISSUE

IS OVER. TAX ISSUE IS

OVER, COMPLETED.

THAT IS BEHIND US.

WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT

THE BIGGEST PROBLEM CONFRONTING

OUR FUTURE?

THAT IS OUR SPENDING ADDICTION.

MR. MCCONNELL IS RIGHT.

WE HAVE TO CUT SPENDING.

WE HAVE A 16 TRILLION DOLLAR

DEBT, CREDIT CARDS MAXED OUT.

LAWMAKERS EXPECT DEBT TALKS

WILL CONSUME CONGRESS WHILE

OTHER FIGHTS LOOM OVER THE

PRESIDENT'S NEW CABINET PICKS.

HEATHER SELLS, CBN NEWS.

EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT MOHAMMED

MORSI SWORE IN 10 NEW MINISTERS

UNDER MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD

CONTROL.

MOVE COMES AS EGYPT IS SET TO

RECEIVE HUNDREDS OF AMERICAN

MADE WEAPONS, 200 ABRAMS TANKS

AND 10 F-16 FIGHTER JETS, PART

OF A FOREIGN AID PROJECT WHEN

HOSNI MUBARAK WAS PRESIDENT.

FIRST ADDRESS IN OVER HALF A

YEAR, SUMMITERS MOBBED THE

SYRIAN PRESIDENT AS HE WAS

PREPARING TO SPEAK.

DURING HIS TALK, HE SLAMMED THE

WEST.

UNITED NATIONS SAYS THE CIVIL

WAR HAS LEFT MORE THAN 60,000

CIVILIANS DEAD.

SUDANESE WAR PLANES BOMBED

AND 11 CHRISTIANS DIED BETWEEN

DECEMBER 18-26TH.

THE REGIME IN KHARTOUM HAS KARTH

TARGETED KHARTOUM.

ONE CHURCH LEADER IS PRAYING AND

WAITING FOR THE INTERNATIONAL

COMMUNITY TO INTERVENE.

ISRAEL'S NATIONAL LIBRARY

UNVEILED RARE ANCIENT

MANUSCRIPTS.

COLLECTION GIVES UNPRECEDENTED

LOOK AT LIVES OF JEWS LIVING IN

ASIA.

FINANCIAL RECORDS AND PERSONAL

TRANSACTIONS FROM THAT TIME.

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE

HAVE PHYSICAL EVIDENCE OF JEWISH

LIFE AND CULTURE IN THE AREA OF

IRANIAN CULTURE.

IN THE 11TH CENTURY.

LIE PRAYER PURCHASED 29 OUT

OF HUNDREDS OF DOCUMENTS

BELIEV

BELIEVED TO BE FOUND BY TALIBAN

INSURGENTS.

COMING UP, HOW PARENTS CAN

CURVE A CHILDHOOD EPIDEMIC.

WELCOME BACK, MANY AMERICANS

DON'T REALIZE JUST HOW DANGEROUS

OBESITY CAN BE.

A NEW POLL FINDS MOST PEOPLE

KNOW THE EXTRA WEIGHT CAN LEAD

TO HEART DISEASE AND DIABETES.

THEY DON'T REALIZE IT CAN PLAY A

ROLE IN CAUSING CANCER,

ARTHRITIS.

A THIRD OF U.S. CHILDREN AND

TEENS AND MORE THAN TWO-THIRDS

OF ADULTS ARE OBESE OR

OVERWEIGHT.

NUMBER OF OBESE CHILDREN HAS

TRIPLED SINCE THE 80S.

LORIE JOHNSON REPORTS, SOLVING

THE PROBLEM IS A PROJECT FOR

ENTIRE FAMILIES

REPORTER: TODAY ONE IN FIVE

CHILDREN IS OBESE AND ALMOST

CERTAIN TO HAVE HEART DISEASE,

DIABETES, OR CANCER.

IF YOU LOOK AT THE CHILDREN

OVERWEIGHT 10-12, 80% WILL

BECOME OVERWEIGHT AS ADULTS.

WE HAVE TO INTERVENE AT THE

EARLIEST STAGE.

FIRST LADY MICHELE OBAMA HAS

HER "LET'S MOVE" CAMPAIGN AND

JAMIE OLIVER CONVINCED SOME

SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO LIGHTEN

THEIR LUNCHESES.

A CHILD'S BEST CHANCE FOR

REACHING AND MAINTAINING A

HEALTHY WEIGHT IS WHEN THEIR

PARENTS ARE ON BOARD.

I WOULD SAY THE MAJORITY OF

CHILDREN WE SEE IN THE OFFICE

ARE OVERWEIGHT, HAVE OVERWEIGHT

PARENTS.

IT IS AN ISSUE, WE ARE TRYING TO

TREAT THE WHOLE FAMILY.

SAME RULES, STARTING WITH NO

EATING WHILE WATCHING TV,

PLAYING VIDEO GAMES OR ON THE

COMPUTER.

LIMITING THE SCREEN TIME TO ONE

HOUR A DAY.

DECREASE AMOUNT OF FRIED FOOD

THE FAMILY EATS AND GIVE UP FAST

FOOD.

DECREASE SIZE OF PORTIONS AND

NUMBER OF PORTIONS WHILE

INCREASING DAILY EXERCISE.

LORIE JOHNSON, CBN NEWS.

HOSPITALS ARE BATTLING ONE OF

THE WORST OUTBREAKS OF THE FLEW

IN A DECADE.

ILLNESS HAS CLAIMED THE LIVES OF

18 CHILDREN AND INFECTED

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN 41

STATES.

IN ILLINOIS, THEY HAVEN'T SEEN

THIS MANY CASES SINCE SWINE FLU

BACK IN 2009.

860 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN

HOSPITALIZED IN OHIO FOR FLU

SYMPTOMS.

NORMAL VOLUME IS 40 PATIENTS,

WE ARE SEEING 75-80 PATIENTS A

DAY.

THERE ARE STILL FIVE WEEKS

UNTIL THE END OF FLU SEASON.

EMERGENCY ROOMS AROUND THE

COUNTRY ARE EXPECTING MORE

ACTIVITIES.

UP NEXT, HOW GOD IS MOVING IN

AMERICA.

WHAT THAT MEANS FOR THE CHURCH.

IN 1966 TIME MAGAZINE ASKED

THE QUESTION: IS GOD DEAD?

NEARLY 50 YEARS LATER A NEW BOOK

PRESENTS PROOF, GOD IS VERY MUCH

ALIVE TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS.

THE AUTHOR BELIEVES THOSE

NUMBERS WILL GROW EVEN MORE IN

THE YEARS AHEAD.

THE NEW BOOK'S TITLE SAYS IT

ALL "GOD IS ALIVE AND WELL."

FRANK NEWPORT HAS THE EVIDENCE

TO PROVE IT.

RIGHT THERE IT IS EVIDENCE

THAT AT LEAST IN THE MINDS OF

AMERICANS, GOD IS ALIVE.

THE FINDINGS REST ON MORE

THAN 300,000 INTERVIEWS

CONDUCTED LAST YEAR.

SOME DECLARE THIS A

POST-CHRISTIAN AGE.

75-80% OF AMERICANS ARE

CHRISTIAN.

AMERICANS ARE MORE RELIGIOUS.

EVIDENCE SHOWS JUST THE

OPPOSITE.

NEW LEADER OF THE SECULCULAR

COALITION, CHURCH GOERS AND

BELIEVERS.

AMONG THE PROTESTANTS, YOU

HAVE 30% THAT ACTUALLY GO AND

DON'T BELIEVE IN GOD.

ROGERS CITES HER ON

EXPERIENCE.

I WENT AS AN EARLY TEEN.

I GOT COKE AND LAYS POTATO

CHIPS.

SHE SAYS IT HAS SOARED TO

ALMOST 20% AND DOUBLE THAT AMONG

THE YOUNG.

QUITE A NUMBER OF 10, 12, 14,

15 YEAR OLDS SAY THEY ARE

ATHEIST.

NEWPORT CALLS THIS THE RISE

OF THE NONES.

WHAT IS YOUR RELIGIOUS ENTITY,

THEY SAY THEY DON'T HAVE ONE.

AGE 23 IS THE LEAST RELIGIOUS

AGE FROM 18-DEATH.

FAITH AND CHURCH ATTENDANCE

AS AMERICANS MERRY, HAVE

CHILDREN AND AGE.

THAT PATH CAN LEAD TO BETTER

HEALTH.

BEING MORE RELIGIOUS CAUSES

ONE TO HAVE A HIGHER BEING.

IT MAY MAKE RELIGION EVEN

MORE POPULAR.

THOSE OVER 60 ARE MORE

RELIGIOUS.

THERE IS A MIGRATION TO STATES

THAT ARE WARMER AND ECONOMICALLY

ECONOMICALLY.

ROGER

YOU ONLY HAVE 16% OF THE

PEOPLE THAT BELIEVE IN GOD IN

OTHER COUNTRIES.

I WOULDN'T SAY WE ARE MOVING

INTO A POST-RELIGIOUS ERA.

MORE RELIGIOUS EQUALS

REPUBLICAN, NON-RELIGIOUS EQUALS

DEMOCRAT.

THE LARGEST RELIGION WITHIN

THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.

THE DELEGATES AT THE

DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION, THEY

WANTED NO MENTION OF GOD.

DEMOCRATS MAY FIGHT HARDER.

HE STARTED TALKING ABOUT IN

HIS VIEW, RELIGION TRANSLATES

INTO DEMOCRATIC ISSUES, QUALITY

AND COMPASSION FOR THE POOR.

THAT SUGGESTED TO ME THE

POSSIBILITY THAT DEMOCRATS MAY

CONTEST FOR THE RELIGIOUS VOTER

IN THE YEARS AHEAD.

ROGERS SAYS IT IS STILL ABOUT

WINNING AND GOP COURTING THE NON

THEE YIS.

THEY ARE SEEING THE GROWING

NUMBERS UNDER 30 AND WOULD LIKE

TO STAY IN BUSINESS AND WIN

ELECTIONS.

ALL POINTS TO CROSS CURRENTS.

MORE THAN 90% OF THE PEOPLE

BELIEVE IN GOD.

ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING

GROUPS IS THOSE THAT HAVE NO

RELIGION AT ALL.

PAUL STRAND, CBN NEWS,

WASHINGTON.

UP NEXT THE MIRACULOUS STORY

OF HOW ONE STORY SURVIVED A

HORRIFIC CAR CRASH.

FINALLY A MIRACULOUS STORY OF

SURVIVAL.

18-YEAR-OLD CHINA OF MAINE

GOT INTO A HORRIFIC ACCIDENT.

COLLISION WITH A PICKUP TRUCK

SENT HER SON FLYING FROM HIS CAR

SEAT OUT OF THE WINDOW 25 FEET

INTO THE AIR.

I HEARD THE LADY YELLING A

BABY FLEW OUT THE WINDOW.

I REALIZED MY BABY IS NOT IN MY

CAR ANYMORE.

GABRIEL LANDED ON A SOFT

BLANKET OF SNOW.

DRIVER OF THE PICKUP TRUCK

FOUND THE BABY ALIVE AND THEY

ARE BACK HOME AND RECOVERING.

VERY THANKFUL.

VERY GRATEFUL.

LUCKY.

I THINK IT WAS A LOT OF

POWERS ABOVE WATCHING OVER

GABRIELLE AND CHINA.

THERE IS DEFINITELY SOMEBODY

ABOVE WATCHING OVER US.

AMEN.

THANKS FOR WATCHING, SEE YOU

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