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CBN NewsWatch: January 14. 2014

On CBN Newswatch, Jan. 14: FBI won't file criminal charges in IRS probe, Egypt voter turnout high despite violence, and Emotional trauma lingers as Tacloban recovers, and more. Read Transcript


Mark: TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH," INVESTIGATING

THE I.R.S.

WHY THE AGENCY MIGHT GET

AWAY WITH TARGETING TEA

PARTY GROUPS.

PLUS, A KEY VOTE ON THE

EGYPTIAN CONSTITUTION.

VIOLENCE IN THE COUNTRY AS

PEOPLE HEAD TO THE POLLS.

AND CBN NEWS SITS DOWN WITH

A FORMER WHITE HOUSE CHEF TO

LEARN WHAT IT IS LIKE TO

FEED THE FIRST FAMILY.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT

ON "NEWSWATCH."

THE F.B.I. IS NOT PLANNING

TO FILE ANY CRIMINAL CHARGES

OVER THE I.R.S. TEA PARTY

SCANDAL.

GOOD EVENING, I'M MARK

MARTIN.

THE I.R.S. TARGETED MANY OF

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S POLITICAL

OPPONENTS IN THE RUN-UP TO

THE 2012 ELECTION.

WHILE THE F.B.I. SAYS THERE

ARE NO SIGNS OF CRIMINAL

ACTIVITY, CONSERVATIVE

GROUPS SAY THERE ARE SIGNS

OF A CLEAR POLITICAL

AGENDA.

GEORGE THOMAS HAS TONIGHT'S

TOP STORY.

George: F.B.I.

OFFICIALS SAY THEY FOUND NO

EVIDENCE OF POLITICAL BIAS

OR ENEMY HUNTING AT THE

I.R.S.

THE "WALL STREET JOURNAL"

REPORTS THAT SO FAR THE

F.B.I. HAS ONLY FOUND SIGNS

OF MISMANAGEMENT.

FOR THE CONSERVATIVE GROUPS,

WHO TAX EXEMPT STATUS WAS

BLOCKED BY THE I.R.S., THAT

IS HARD TO BELIEVE.

WHEN THE SCANDAL FIRST

BROKE, THE WHITE HOUSE

INSISTED THE PROBLEM WAS

CONFINED TO A SINGLE FIELD

OFFICE IN OHIO.

BUT THAT TURNED OUT NOT TO

BE TRUE.

WE ARE FOLLOWING THE

FACTS.

THEY UNDENIABLY LEAD TO

WASHINGTON.

George: THE REPUBLICANS

HAVE QUESTIONED IF THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION CAN CORRECTLY

CORRECT POLICE ITSELF.

CONSERVATIVES CALL THAT

SITUATION INAPPROPRIATE, BUT

THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SAYS

IT IS AGAINST POLICY TO

FACTOR IN POLITICAL

AFFILIATION IN PERSONNEL

DECISIONS.

AND ALTHOUGH THE

INVESTIGATION MAY NOT RESULT

IN CRIMINAL CHARGES, THE

PROBE ISN'T OVER.

AND MANY ARE HOPING THE

INQUIRY LEADS TO CHANGE.

WE NEED REAL REFORMS.

AND THEY MUST BE IMPLEMENTED

SO THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

CAN HAVE A RESTORED FAITH

THAT THEY HAVE A GOVERNMENT

TO WORKS FOR THEM, NOT

AGAINST THEM.

George: GEORGE THOMAS,

CBN NEWS.

Mark: THE AMERICAN

CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE

CALLS THIS NEW DEVELOPMENT A

SHAM.

AND HERE IS EXECUTIVE

DIRECTOR, JORDAN SECULO.

THE GOVERNMENT HAS CONCLUDED

THERE WAS NO CRIMINAL

TARGETING OF CONSERVATIVE

GROUPS BELIEVERS AND CHALKED

IT UP TO BUREAUCRATIC

MISMANAGEMENT.

DO YOU BUY THAT?

NO.

IT SEEMS LIKE A SHAM.

LET'S THINK HOW THIS WHOLE

I.R.S. SCANDAL STARTED, WITH

LOIS LERNER.

SHE ADMITTED THE I.R.S.

WRONGFULLY TARGETED PEOPLE.

SHE REFUSED, AND TOOK THE

FIFTH.

THAT'S HER RIGHT TO NOT

SELF-INCRIMINATE BASED ON

HER OWN TESTIMONY.

SO THAT ALL STARTED OUT THIS

PROCESS OF, OKAY, WHO ELSE

WAS INVOLVED.

WHO IS WILLING TO TALK?

WHO IS NOT WILLING TO TALK?

WE KNOW, AS OF NOW, THAT THE

I.R.S. THREW -- THE

INVESTIGATION INTO THE

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND

F.B.I. JUST BEGAN TO TRY TO

REACH OUT TO US RIGHT BEFORE

THE NEW YEAR, SO RIGHT

BEFORE CHRISTMAS, AND HAD

STILL NOT, AND TO THIS DAY

HAS STILL NOT, INTERVIEWED

ANY OF OUR CLIENTS.

HOW CAN YOU COME TO A

CONCLUSION THAT NO CRIME HAS

BEEN COMMITTED ABSOLUTELY,

AND THERE IS NO WRONG-DOING,

NO POLITICAL TARGETING, IF

YOU WILL, IF YOU HAVEN'T

EVEN TALKED TO THE POTENTIAL

VICTIMS.

Mark: THE ACLJ

REPRESENTS 41 ORGANIZATIONS

IN THE FEDERAL LAWSUIT

CHALLENGING THE I.R.S.

WHERE DOES THINGS STAND WITH

THAT?

THIS IS VERY INTERESTING

BECAUSE IN LIGHT OF WHAT HAS

HAPPENED JUST IN THE LAST

WEEK, FIRST WE HAD THE

F.B.I. AND DEPARTMENT OF

JUSTICE TRY TO START

SCHEDULING INTERVIEWS WITH

OUR CLIENTS.

THE NEXT DAY WE FIND OUT

THAT THE HEAD OF THE

INVESTIGATION IS A MAJOR

OBAMA DONOR.

THE CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION,

BARBARA BOSERMAN.

WE PUT OUT A STATEMENT, SO

PEOPLE KNEW, ONE, WE HAD

BEEN CONTACTED FINALLY.

BUT, TWO, BECAUSE OF THIS

NEW INFORMATION THAT CAME TO

LIGHT BECAUSE OF CHAIRMAN

ISA, THAT WE WERE

RE-EVALUATING WHETHER OR NOT

WE WOULD WANT OUR CLIENTS TO

SIT DOWN AND TALK TO THE

F.B.I. BECAUSE THE PERSON IN

CHARGE OF THE INVESTIGATION

WAS SUCH A PARTISAN.

Mark: IT IS SO

FRUSTRATING AND SO

DISTURBING.

JORDAN, IS ANYONE GOING TO

BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THIS

SCANDAL?

IT IS INTERESTING.

IN OUR CIVIL CASES, THAT

MOVES FORWARD.

PEOPLE LIKE LOIS LEARNER,

WHO CAN TAKE THE FIFTH, AND

THAT MEANS SHE WOULDN'T HAVE

TO TESTIFY.

IN A CRIMINAL TRIAL.

IN A CIVIL TRIAL, IF SHE

STILL REFUSES TO TESTIFY,

THAT CAN BE TAKEN AS AN

INFERENCE AGAINST HER.

THE FIFTH AMENDMENT ONLY

PROTECTS YOU FROM CRIMINAL,

NOT CIVIL.

SO THERE ARE WAYS WE CAN GET

TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS.

BUT, UNFORTUNATELY, WHEN

YOU'RE WORKING NOT ONLY

AGAINST I.R.S. OFFICIALS,

BUT NOW THE ENTIRE

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE,

BECAUSE AS I REMIND PEOPLE,

WHEN YOU SUE THE I.R.S. AS

AN ORGANIZATION, AS AN

INSTITUTION, AND YOU SUE

THESE OFFICIALS IN THEIR

INDIVIDUAL AND OFFICIAL

CAPACITY, WHEN YOU SUE THEM

LIKE THAT, THE DEPARTMENT OF

JUSTICE DEFENDS SOME OF THE

CHARGES.

SO ON THE ONE HAND THEY WERE

SUPPOSED TO BE DOING A

CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION THAT

ANOTHER PART OF THE

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IS

DEFENDING THE CIVIL CASE

AGAINST.

CIVIL LIABILITY IS NOT EVEN

CLOSE AS TO AS HIGH AS

CRIMINAL LIABILITY.

BUT NO WAY, WITH THIS MANY

DOCUMENTS, SO MANY THOUSANDS

OF PAGES FROM JUST A SINGLE

GROUP, THAT YOU COULD COME

TO THIS CONCLUSION SO

QUICKLY.

Mark: JORDAN SECULO,

THANKS FOR THE UPDATE AND

THANKS FOR STAYING ON TOP OF

THIS.

THANKS, MARK.

Mark: LAWMAKERS HAVE

LAID OUT A MASSIVE

BIPARTISAN SPENDING BILL.

THE $1.1 TRILLION DEAL

BOOSTS FUNDING FOR THE

MILITARY, EASES SOME

SPENDING CUTS, AND KEEPS

OBAMACARE SPENDING AT ITS

CURRENT LEVELS.

CONGRESS MUST PASS THE BILL

BY MIDNIGHT ON WEDNESDAY TO

PREVENT ANOTHER GOVERNMENT

SHUTDOWN.

IF PASSED, IT WILL FUND THE

GOVERNMENT THROUGH

SEPTEMBER.

NO ENOUGH YOUNG PEOPLE ARE

SIGNING UP FOR THE

PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE

PLAN.

THAT MEANS THE PROGRAM WON'T

WORK THE WAY IT IS SUPPOSED

TO.

IT NEEDS YOUNGER, HEALTHY

ADULTS TO SIGN UP IN

NUMBERS.

THEY WILL HELP PAY THE COSTS

OF OLDER ADULTS WHO HAVE

MORE HEALTH PROBLEMS.

THE YOUNG ONLY COUNT FOR 24%

OF THE TOTAL ENROLLMENT.

EXPERTS SAY THAT NUMBER

SHOULD BE CLOSER TO 40% TO

KEEP INSURANCE PREMIUMS

DOWN.

PATRICE LEAD SAYS YOUNG

PEOPLE ARE NOT SIGNING UP

BECAUSE OBAMACARE, IT'S A

BAD DEAL.

IT'S VERY EXPENSIVE FOR

THEM.

ON AVERAGE, WE'RE SEEING

PREMIUMS WILL INCREASE 169%

ACROSS THE BOARD.

YOUNG PEOPLE REALIZE THAT

OBAMACARE IS TAKING THE

YOUNG AND HEALTHY TO PAY FOR

THE SICK AND OLDER

AMERICANS.

AND IT IS JUST NOT SOMETHING

THAT IS FAIR.

WE'RE LEVERAGING OUR

FUTURE.

Mark: IF MORE YOUNG

PEOPLE DON'T SIGN UP BEFORE

THE ENROLLMENT PERIOD ENDS

IN MARCH, MANY PEOPLE WILL

FACE HIGHER INSURANCE RATES

NEXT YEAR.

WE DON'T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT

THAT.

TURNING OVERSEAS, VIOLENCE

IN EGYPT AS VOTERS MADE

THEIR WAYS TO THE POLLS.

AT LEAST 11 WERE KILLED IN

CLASHES AS EYPTIANS VOTE TO

DECIDE THE FATE OF A REVISED

CONSTITUTION.

AS GARY LANE REPORTS,

TURNOUT WAS HEAVY, DESPITE

OPPOSITION FROM THE MUSLIM

BROTHERHOOD.

Reporter: MEMBERS OF

EGYPT'S INTERIM GOVERNMENT

DESCRIBED THE CONSTITUTIONAL

REFERENDUM AS THE DAWN OF A

NEW DAY.

ONE FULL OF STABILITY,

JUSTICE, AND FREE FROM

TERRORISM.

NABIL FAMI TALKED TO THE

PRESS AFTER CASTING HIS

VOTE.

WE ARE LAYING THE

BUILDING BLOCKS FOR A NEW

POLITICAL FOUNDATION, HE

SAID.

ONE THAT WILL LEAD US TO ALL

WORKING TOGETHER AND

STARTING TO BUILD EGYPT.

BUT SOME ARE STILL BENT ON

DESTROYING EGYPT IN THE

INTERIM.

DESPITE TIGHT SECURITY, THIS

COURTHOUSE NORTH OF CAIRO

WAS NEARLY BLOWN OFF ITS

FOUNDATION TUESDAY MORNING.

THE BOMBING OCCURRED JUST

YARDS AWAY FROM ONE POLLING

STATION.

NO ONE WAS KILLED IN THE

COURTHOUSE BLAST, BUT AT

LEAST FIVE PRO-MORSI

DEMONSTRATORS HAVE

REPORTEDLY DIED IN CLASHES

WITH SECURITY FORCES.

THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD,

RECENTLY LABELLED A

TERRORIST ORGANIZATION BY

THE GOVERNMENT, HAS CALLED

FOR A BOAT BOYCOTT.

REGARDLESS, LINES WERE LONG

AT MANY POLLING STATIONS

TUESDAY MORNING.

AND A POLL TAKEN BY THE

BASIRA GROUP LAST MONTH

INDICATED A HEAVY VOTER

TURNOUT.

76% OF RESPONDENTS SAY THEY

PLANNED TO PARTICIPATE.

74% SAID THEY WOULD VOTE

YES.

THE HEAD OF THE COPTIC

ORTHODOX CHURCH URGED

CHRISTIANS TO VOTE YES.

IT WILL ALLOW EGYPT TO GO

FORWARD TO A BETTER FUTURE.

THERE IS A BEAUTIFUL SAYING

AMONG ARABS, "SAYING YES

INCREASES THE BLESSING."

Reporter: THAT'S

BECAUSE THE AMENDED

CONSTITUTION GUARANTEES

FREEDOM OF WORSHIP AND THE

BUILDING OF CHURCHES.

Mark: SENIOR

INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT

GARY LANE JOINS US WITH

MORE.

GARY, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN

FOR EGYPT IF THE

CONSTITUTION PASSES?

WELL, IT IS EXPECTED TO

PASS.

BUT THE QUESTION NOW IS BY

HOW WIDE A MARGIN?

WILL IT PASS BY 60%, 70%.

IF IT PEACE BY 70%,

OBVIOUSLY THAT IS A BIG

VICTORY, FOR THE MILITARY

AND THE INTERIM GOVERNMENT.

BUT IT ALSO SAYS THIS IS A

REJECTION OF THE MUSLIM

BROTHERHOOD.

THEY'RE NOT POPULAR IN EGYPT

RIGHT NOW.

Mark: WHAT ARE SOME

CONCERNS OVER THIS REVISED

CONSTITUTION?

Reporter: MARK, I THINK

SOME OF THE CONCERNS

EXPRESSED CONCERN THE

PRESIDENCY AND THE

MILITARY.

SOME PEOPLE SAY THE

PRESIDENCY HAS TOO MUCH

POWER IN THIS CONSTITUTION.

ALSO THE MILITARY WILL HAVE

THE POWER TO APPOINT THE

DEFENSE SECRETARY.

THAT IS UNUSUAL.

GENERALLY IT IS A CIVILIAN

GOVERNMENT THAT DECIDES

THAT.

AND ALSO THINGS LIKE

DETENTION, THE LENGTH OF

DETENTION, IS UNLIMITED.

SO THERE ARE REAL CONCERNS

THERE.

OF COURSE, YOU DON'T GET

EVERYTHING YOU WANT.

AND THIS IS MUCH BETTER THAN

THE CONSTITUTION THEY HAD

BEFORE.

Mark: WE'VE HEARD A LOT

ABOUT PERSECUTION OF

CHRISTIANS IN EGYPT.

WHAT DOES THE CONSTITUTION

MEANS FOR EGYPT'S

CHRISTIANS?

Reporter: IT IS A GOOD

THING FOR EGYPT'S

CHRISTIANS.

NOW THE CONSTITUTION

RECOGNIZES THEIR RIGHT TO

WORSHIP AND TO BUILD

CHURCHES.

AND FOR RELIGIOUS LAW TO

APPLY IN THEIR PERSONAL

LIVES, RATHER THAN THE

GOVERNMENT'S LAW.

THAT'S A GOOD THING.

BUT THE KEY HERE IS THE

MECHANISMS AND THE

GUARANTEE.

THE CONSTITUTION CAN

GUARANTEE IT, BUT THE

MECHANISMS ARE NOT IN PLACE

TO HELP THE CHRISTIANS IF

THERE ARE VIOLATIONS.

YOU CAN BUILD A CHURCH, BUT

ISLAMISTS MAY TEAR IT DOWN,

AND THEN WHAT DO YOU DO.

Mark: WHAT'S NEXT FOR

EGYPT?

Reporter: WHAT IS NEXT

IS ONE MORE DAY OF VOTING ON

THIS REFERENDUM, AND THEN

THEY'LL COUNT THE BULLETS. THE-- BALLOTS.

AND THEN THREE MONTHS FROM

NOW THERE WILL BE A

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OR A

PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION.

ONE WILL COME BEFORE THE

OTHER, AND THREE MONTHS

LATER THE OTHER WILL

FOLLOW.

Mark: OUR SENIOR

INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT

GARY LANE.

THANKS, GARY.

FOR MORE OF GARY'S INSIGHTS,

MAKE SURE YOU CHECK OUT HIS

BLOG, THE GLOBAL LANE, AND

YOU CAN FIND IT AT OUR

WEBSITE.

AND OUR WEBSITE, O OF OF

COURSE IS CBN.COM.

AN OFFICIAL WITH THE SYRIAN

NATIONAL COALITION SAYS BOTH

NATIONS WARNED FAILURE TO

ATTEND WILL UNDERMINE THEIR

CREDIBILITY AND COST THEM

THE SUPPORT OF THEIR WESTERN

ALLIES.

MANY SAY OPPOSITION FORCES

MUST PLAY A ROLE IN FUTURE

NEGOTIATIONS TO SECURE A

LASTING PEACE.

SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN

KERRY TODAY MADE A VISIT TO

THE VATICAN.

HE DID NOT SPEND TIME WITH

POPE FRANCIS, BUT KERRY MET

WITH THE VATICAN'S SECRETARY

OF STATE,- OR BISHOP PEATRO,

PATALIN, AND THEY DISCUSSED

A WIDE RANGE OF TOPICS, TO

PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

HE TOPPED IN ITALY ON HIS

WAY TO KUWAIT, WHERE A

CONFERENCE WILL AND HOLD FOR

EARNESTINE WAR VICTIMS.

POPE FRANCIS IS SPEAKING OUT

AGAINST ABORTION, CALLING

THE PROCEDURE HORRIFIC.

THE POPE SAID ABORTION

IS, QUOTE,"EVIDENCE OF A

THROW-AWAY CULTURE THAT

WASTES PEOPLE AS WELL AS

FOOD, DISGARDING HUMANS AS

UNNECESSARY."

IT WAS THE POPE'S STRONGEST

STATEMENT ON THE ISSUE TO

DATE.

SOME CONSERVATIVE CATHOLICS

HAD ACCUSED HIM OF NOT

SPEAKING OUT STRONGLY ENOUGH

AGAINST ABORTION SINCE

BECOMING POPE.

FRANCIS ALSO DENOUNCED THE

PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS

AROUND THE WORLD.

COMING UP, HOW A GROUP FROM

ISRAEL IS HELPING TO MEET

THE NEEDS OF THOSE AFFECTED

BY LAST YEAR'S DEVASTATING

TYPHOON IN THE PHILIPPINES.

Mark: JUST TWO MONTHS

AFTER AN HISTORIC TYPHOON

DEVASTATED THE FILIPINO

SILL, TACLOBAN IS SHOWING

RECOVERY.

BUSINESSES ARE STARTING TO

REOPEN, AND SHOPPERS ARE

RETURNING TO MARKET PLACES.

SIX GROCERY STORES ARE ONCE

AGAIN OPERATING IN THE

CITY.

26 HARDWARE STORES HAVE

OPENED THEIR DOORS TO THOSE

WORKING TO REBUILD, AND 15

BANKS HAVE NOW REOPENED.

THAT'S GREAT.

THINGS WE TAKE FOR GRANTED

OUT HERE.

ECONOMIC RECOVERY ISN'T THE

ONLY THING FOR VICTIMS OF

TYPHOON HAIYAN.

THE EMOTIONAL TOLL IS TAKING

ITS TOLL ON MANY.

THEY ARE PARTNERING WITH CBN

TO HELP PEOPLE COPE WITH

EMOTIONAL TRAUMA.

LOSLUCILLE TALUSEN

REPORTS.

Reporter: MORE THAN TWO

MONTHS SINCE TYPHOON HAIYAN

STRUCK THE PHILIPPINES,

SURVIVORS, LIKE THIS WOMAN,

STILL FEEL HAUNTED BY THEIR

NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE.

THE WATER WAS RISING.

MY SISTER AND I IMMEDIATELY

RAN OUT OF THE HOUSE, AND

SWAM IN THE STREET TO HIGHER

GROUND.

MY SISTER, WHO DID NOT KNOW

HOW TO SWIM, HELD ON TO A

WATER JUG.

WE WERE REALLY FRIGHTENED

BECAUSE THE CURRENT WAS SO

STRONG.

Reporter: LORRAINE AND

HER CITY LIVED IN TACLOBAN.

THEIR CLOSEST FAMILY LIVED

49 MILES AWAY, AND ALL MEANS

OF COMMUNICATION HAD BEEN

CUT OFF.

I WORRIED SO MUCH FOR MY

DAUGHTERS BECAUSE WE COULD

NOT CONTACT THEM.

I WASN'T ABLE TO EAT FOR

THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS

THINKING ABOUT THEM.

MY SISTER AND I KNEW THAT

OUR FAMILY WAS WORRYING

ABOUT US, SO WE DECIDED TO

GO HOME, EVEN IF WE HAD TO

WALK FOR THREE DAYS.

Reporter: ALTHOUGH HER

CHILDREN ARE HOME, MONICA

STILL FEELS THE TRAUMA

BROUGHT ABOUT BY TYPHOON

HAIYAN.

I STILL SHAKE AND I AM

AFRAID EVERY TIME IT RAINS

HARD AND I HEAR THE STRONG

WIND.

Reporter: MORE THAN

16 MILLION FILIPINOS HAVE

BEEN AFFECTED BY THE STORM.

MORE THAN 6,000 DIED.

2,000 ARE STILL MISSING.

600,000 ARE HOMELESS, AND

TENS OF THOUSANDS OF

SURVIVORS WORK TO REBUILD

THEIR LIVES.

ASIDE FROM ATTENDING TO THE

PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL NEEDS

OF THE VICTIMS OF TYPHOON

HAIYAN, CBN DISASTER RELIEF

HAS BROUGHT IN AN ISRAELI

TEAM OF EXPERTS IN TRAUMA

COUNSELLING.

THIS IS TO HELP THE PEOPLE

COPE WITH THEIR TRAGIC

EXPERIENCES SO THAT THEY CAN

MOVE ON WITH THEIR LIVES.

WE CHOSE TO PARTNER WITH

CBN BECAUSE THEY'RE REALLY

WILLING TO GIVE ANY HELP

THAT IS NEEDED EVERYWHERE.

Reporter: DR. FARED'S

GROUP HELPED TRAINED VARIOUS

GOVERNMENT UNITS, THE RED

CROSS AND SEVERAL SCHOOLS.

ACTIVATE THE PERSON,

ACTIVATE YOURSELF.

Reporter: I FEEL VERY

RELAXED NOW.

I WILL TEACH THIS TO MY

FAMILY AND APPLY IT TO MY

TWO DAUGHTERS, WHO ARE MOST

TRAUMATIZED IN TRYING TO

SAVE THEMSELVES.

THANK YOU SO MUCH TO THE

ISRAELI RELIEF COALITION AND

TO CBN.

YOU ENLIGHTENED OUR MINDS

AND YOU TAUGHT US NOT TO

LOSE HOPE.

Reporter: THE DOCTOR IS

OPTMISTIC THAT THE STRONG

FAITH OF THE FILIPINO PEOPLE

AND THE RESILIENCE DISPLAYED

BY SURVIVORS WILL HELP THEM

PUT THE TRAUMA OF TYPHOON

HAIYAN BEHIND THEM.

LUCILLE TALUSEN, CBN NEWS,

GUIN.

Mark: UP NEXT, COOKING

FOR KINGS AND CLINTON.

MEET A FORMER WHITE HOUSE

CHEF WHEN WE COME BACK.

Mark: WELCOME BACK.

AT THE WHITE HOUSE, CHEFS

SPEND MONTHS PREPARING FOR

THE MANY PARTIES AND

RECEPTIONS HOSTED BY THE

PRESIDENT AND FIRST LADY.

THEY ARE USED TO FEEDING

LARGE CROWDS, BUT THEY ALSO

HAVE ANOTHER IMPORTANT JOB,

FEEDING THE FIRST FAMILY.

IN TONIGHT'S FOCUS REPORT,

JENNIFER WISHON INTRODUCES

US TO A FORMER WHITE HOUSE

CHEF WHO WORKED UNDER THREE

ADMINISTRATIONS.

*

Reporter: THE WHITE

HOUSE IS HOME TO THE MOST

WELL-KNOWN FAMILIES IN THE

WORLD.

WE KNOW A LOT ABOUT THEIR

PUBLIC LIVES.

BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY,

WHEN THEY HEAD TO THE

PRIVATE RESIDENCE ON THE

SECOND FLOOR, WHAT DO THEY

EAT?

CHEF JOHN MOLER WORKED IN

THE WHITE HOUSE KITCHEN FOR

MORE THAN A DECADE, SERVING

PRESIDENTS GEORGE H.W.BUSH,

PRESIDENT CLINTON, AND

GEORGE BUSH.

NOW HE IS DISHING IN A NEW

BOOK, "DINING IN THE WHITE

HOUSE, FROM THE PRESIDENT'S

PLATE TO YOURS."

HOW DID YOU END UP IN THE

WHITE HOUSE?

THE SHORT ANSWER IS RIGHT

PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME.

YOU SEE THIS PERSON ON THE

TV, AND THEN YOU SEE THEM IN

THE WHITE HOUSE JUST

ENJOYING A MEAL.

IT WAS EXTRAORDINARY.

Reporter: MOLER COOKED

FOR STATE DINNERS, AND

PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANTLY,

PREPARED DAILY MEALS FOR THE

FIRST FAMILY.

WHAT DOES THE PRESIDENT EAT

FOR BREAKFAST?

EVERY THURSDAY I WOULD

SUBMIT MEN USE FOR THE

COMING WEEK.

BY FRIDAY IT WA AFTERNOON

IT WAS UP ON THE TABLE WHERE

THEY COULD SEE IT.

Reporter: BUT SOMETIMES

FIRST CHILDREN, LIKE CHELSEA

CLINTON, DIDN'T WANT

GOURMET.

MOM AND DAD WERE OUT ONE

TIME, AND SHE WANTED MAC AND

CHEESE.

I MIXED IT ALL TOGETHER, SHE

SAID THAT WAS WELL AND GOOD,

BUT NEXT TIME COULD I HAVE

IT FROM THE BOX.

WE WOULD KEEP A COUPLE OF

BOXES ON THE SHELF.

BECAUSE EVERY ONCE IN A

WHILE, WHEN SHE WAS BY

HERSELF, WE WOULD BREAK OUT

THE MAC AND CHEESE.

Reporter: I UNDERSTAND

YOU HAVE A CHICKEN POT PIE

RECIPE THAT TRANSCENDS PARTY

LINES.

LATE AND THE CLINTON

ADMINISTRATION, HE WAS

HAVING DINNER ONE NIGHT, AND

DECIDED TO DO A CHICKEN POT

PIE, AND INSTEAD OF THE

DOUGH BEING ON TOP AND

AROUND, WE MAKE IT AND PUT

IT INSIDE, LIKE A HEAVY

DUMPLING.

I PUT IT IN A BOWEL AND SENT

IT UP TO HIM.

I WAS IN THE BUTLER'S

PANTRY, AND I LOOKED UP, AND

I SEEN THE PRESIDENT, AND HE

SAID, "JOHN, THIS IS THE

KIND OF FOOD I LIKE."

AND MRS. CLINTON SAID, LET'S

MAKE A FEW EXTRA BIS QETS

BISCUITS FOR THAT NEXT

TIME.

AND GEORGE BUSH WAS THERE,

AND I THOUGHT, LET ME TRY

THAT CHICKEN POT PIE.

AND HE LEANED OVER THE BOWL

AND GAVE ME THE THUMBS UP

AND SAID, "JOHN, THIS IS THE

KIND OF FOOD I LIKE."

Reporter: CAN PEOPLE

READ THESE RECIPES AND COME

OUT WITH A PRODUCT PRETTY

MUCH LIKE YOURS?

I THINK SO.

WE SENT THEM OUT TO A GROUP

OF COOKS AND THEY RECREATED

THEM, AND THEY GOT BACK TO

US FOR COMMENTS.

WE ADJUSTED SOME PREP TIMES,

BUT FOR THE MOST PART, THEY

ENJOYED IT.

Reporter: FOR MOLER, IT

WAS THE JOB OF A LIFETIME.

AND NOW YOU CAN DINE LIKE

THE PRESIDENTS HE SERVED.

JENNIFER WISHON, CBN NEWS,

WASHINGTON.

Mark: UP NEXT, PRAYING

FOR RAIN.

WHY ONE GROUP IN CALIFORNIA

IS ASKING GOD TO OPEN THE

HEAVENS.

Mark: CATHOLIC BISHOPS

IN CALIFORNIA ARE ASKING

PEOPLE TO PRAY FOR RAIN.

WATER LEVELS THERE ARE FAR

LESS THAN THEY USUALLY ARE

THIS TIME OF YEAR.

LOCALS ARE CONCERNED OVER

THE THREAT OF WILDLIFE AND

FARMERS ARE WORRIED ABOUT

THEIR CROPS.

THAT'S WHY ONE GROUP OF

CATHOLICS ARE TURNING TO

GOD, SAYING DON'T

UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF

PRAYER.

WE HAVE A HISTORY OF

FARMERS IN OUR FAMILY, AND

OUR GRANDPARENTS STILL WORK

THE FIELDS.

SO I KNOW THE IMPORTANCE OF

NEEDING THE RAIN IN OUR

VALLEY.

WE PUT IT IN OUR PRAYERS,

ALONG WITH EVERYTHING ELSE

WE DO, OUR FAMILIES AND OUR

HEALTH.

Mark: THE GOVERNOR OF

CALIFORNIA IS WEIGHING

WHETHER TO MAKE AN OFFICIAL

DROUGHT DECLARATION.

MEANWHILE, THE PEOPLE OF

ST. JOHN'S CATHEDRAL WILL

CONTINUE TO PRAY.

GOOD FOR THEM.

GOD IS IN CONTROL.

THAT'S ALL FOR THIS EDITION

OF "NEWSWATCH."

REMEMBER YOU CAN E-MAIL US

YOUR COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS

AT NEWSWATCH@CBN.COM.

HOPE YOU'LL JOIN US NEXT

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