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CBN NewsWatch: January 16. 2014

On CBN Newswatch, Jan. 16: Egypt vote a final blow to the Muslim Brotherhood?, Obama pushes to help low-income kids go to college, and Will religious liberty survive in America?, and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH,"

EGYPTIAN CHRISTIANS WEIGH ON THE

COUNTRY'S CONSTITUTION.

WHAT IT COULD MEAN FOR COPTICS.

WHY YOUR TAX RETURN COULD BE

ANOTHER TARGET FOR CRIMINALS.

AND LIFE IN PRISON AFTER

STEALING A CHOCOLATE CHIP

COOKIE.

THE THREE STRIKES LAW ALL OF

THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH." GOOD EVENING I AM

MARK MARTIN.

HAVE EGYPTIANS DEALT A FINAL

BLOW?

ESPECIALLY CHRISTIANS HAVE BEEN

FACING GREAT PERSECUTION.

HEATHER SELLS HAS MORE ON

TONIGHT'S TOP STORY.

REPORTER: MANY CHRISTIANS ARE

HOPING IT WILL PROPEL THEM INTO

A NEW ERA AND NEW DIRECTION.

THIS COPTIC PRIEST HAVE URGED

PEOPLE TO VOTE.

[ FOREIGN SPEAKING ] THE MOOD

MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD CALLED FOR A

BOYCOTT AS THE NEW CONSTITUTION

CALLS FOR SECULARISM AND STRIPS

THE CHANGES WRITTEN IN BY THE

BROTHERHOOD AND VOTED IN ON

2012.

THIS WOMAN, FORMER MAYOR SAYS

THE NEW CONSTITUTION WILL GIVE

POWER BACK TO THE PEOPLE.

I WANT MY ABILITY AS AN

EGYPTIAN TO CHOOSE.

THIS IS MY CHOICE.

THE WORLD ALWAYS TALKS ABOUT

DEMOCRACY.

LET ME CHOOSE MY DEMOCRACY.

REPORTER: NEW CONSTITUTION

BANS POLITICAL PARTIES BASED ON

RELIGION.

LIMITS RULE OF ISLAMIC LAW IN

LEGISLATION AND GIVES WOMEN

EQUAL RIGHTS.

MANY BELIEVE TURN OUT WILL FAR

SURPASS THE VOTE IN 2012.

THEY CLOSED THE ROADS AND

STOPPED US.

REPORTER: THE HOPE THIS TIME

WILL RESTORE STABILITY IN EGYPT

AND SUPPORT THE CURRENT

GOVERNMENT AS IT BATTLES

OPPOSITION FROM PRESIDENT

MORSI'S MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD

SUPPORTERS.

THERE ARE CONCERNS, SECURITY

FORCES ARRESTED THOSE CALLING

FOR A NO VOTE RAISING QUESTIONS

ABOUT THE LEGITIMACY OF THIS

REFERENDUM.

HEATHER SELLS CBN NEWS.

SENIOR INTERNATIONAL

CORRESPONDENT GARY LANE.

GLAD TO BE HERE.

SEEMS LIKE THE NEW

CONSTITUTION IS GOING TO

OVERWHELMING PASS.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR EGYPTIAN

CHRISTIANS?

IT IS A GOOD DAY FOR THEM.

IT IS MUCH BETTER THAN THE ONE

BEFORE.

THIS GUARANTEES THEIR PLACES OF

WORSHIP AND RIGHT TO WORSHIP.

LIVE UNDER JUDEO CHRISTIAN LAW

AND THAT APPLY IN PERSONAL LIVES

AND BUILD CHURCHES.

IT IS VERY GOOD.

VOTER TURNOUTS SEEM TO BE UP.

WOULD YOU SAY MOST EGYPTIANS

WANT TO BACK AWAY FROM ISLAMIC

LAW?

FOR CHRISTIANS THE TURNOUT

WAS HIGHER BECAUSE THEIR VOTES

ARE NOT SUPPRESSED LIKE THE

PAST.

THERE WERE VILLAGES WHERE MUSLIM

BROTHERHOOD WERE PREVENTING THEM

FROM GOING TO THE POLLS.

OVERALL, MANY MORE CHRISTIANS

WERE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE THIS

TIME AROUND AND PEOPLE IN

GENERAL, IT WAS SHOWING THEY

SUPPORT THE MILITARY'S ACTION

AGAINST THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD

CRACKING DOWN ON THEM CALLING

THEM A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION

AND IT WAS AN ENDORSEMENT.

GARY, SOME ARE QUESTIONING

THE LEGITIMACY, EXPLAIN WHY?

BEFORE THE VOTE, THE MILITARY

DIDN'T ALLOW POSTERS SAYING VOTE

NO.

ALLOWED VERY FEW CAMPAIGNS AND

OPPOSITION TO THE CONSTITUTION.

PEOPLE WERE SAYING THIS WASN'T

FAIR.

THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THEY

ACTUALLY SUPPRESSED VOTES OR

STUFFED BALLOT BOXES.

THOSE WERE THINGS THAT HAPPENED

UNDER MUBARAK IN 2005 AND 2010

UNDER THE BROTHERHOOD.

LOOKING FORWARD, HOW DO YOU

SEE EGYPT CHANGING?

FOR THE BETTER.

SECULARIST, MORE GUARANTEES FOR

RELIGIOUS MINORITIES.

IF THE MILITARY IS STRENGTHENED

AND COME TO POWER AND SOME THINK

HE WOULD BECOME THE NEXT

PRESIDENT, IF HE RULES WITH AN

IRON FIST, PEOPLE WILL BE OUT IN

THE STREETS ONCE AGAIN.

APPRECIATE YOU SHARING YOUR

KNOWLEDGE.

FOR MORE OF GARY'S INSIGHTS,

CHECK OUT GLOBAL LANE YOU CAN

FIND IT AT CBNNEWS.COM.

DID THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

RISK THE SECURITY OF AMERICANS

WITH THE ROLL OUT OF THE HEALTH

CARE WEBSITE?

THAT IS WHAT SOME LAWMAKERS

WANTED ANSWERED.

ONE OF THE TOP CYBER SECURITY

OFFICERS WAS CONCERNED ABOUT

POTENTIAL VULNERABILITIEVULNERABILITIES.

IT COULD BE USED TO GAIN

FINANCIAL DATA, IDENTITY THEFT.

THIS CAN BE LONG-TERM, VERY

DAMAGING TO AN INDIVIDUAL.

MEDICARE'S TOP CYBER SECURITY

OFFICIALS SAYS THE SITE PASSED

FULL SECURITY TESTS.

IDENTITY THEFT GETTING WORSE AND

THE RECENT BREECH AT TARGET

COULD BE JUST THE START.

EXPERTS WARN YOUR TAX REFUND MAY

NOT BE SAFE, EITHER.

DALE HURD HAS THE STORY.

REPORTER: YOUR IDENTITY, IN

THE HANDS OF CRIMINALS.

IT IS A NIGHTMARE FOR MILLIONS

OF AMERICANS.

THE NUMBER OF TARGET CUSTOMERS

WHOSE PERSONAL INFORMATION IS

NEARLY THREE TIMES LARGER THAN

FIRST REPORTED AS MANY AS 110

MILLION PEOPLE.

NAMES, ADDRESSES, NUMBERS AND

E-MAIL.

IF YOUR INFORMATION HAS BEEN

BREACHED YOU NEED TO KNOW.

OUT OF ALL THE DATES I HAVE

BEEN HERE SIX TIMES USING MY

CARD.

REPORTER: YOU MAY STILL NOT

BE IN THE CLEAR.

IT COULD BE WEEKS OR MONTHS

BEFORE CRIMINALS USE YOUR

INFORMATION.

MANY TIMES THERE MAY NOT BE

NEW SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY YET.

THE ATTACKERS MIGHT SIT ON THIS

INFORMATION.

THEY MIGHT SELL THE DATA TO

OTHERS.

REPORTER: IDENTITY THEFT IS

THE NO. 1 COMPLAINT OF THE TRADE

COMMISSION.

TAX-RELATED IDENTITY THEFT IS

BIG BUSINESS FOR CYBER

CRIMINALS.

IF THE HACKER IS SUCCESSFUL,

YOUR TAX RETURN KICKED OUT OF

THE SYSTEM AND REFUND DENIED

BECAUSE THE IRS COMPUTERS SHOW

SOMEBODY IS ALREADY BEEN PAID.

IF YOU FILE BY MAILBOX, DO IT

FROM A POST OFFICE.

IF YOUR RETURN IS HACKED, YOU'LL

GET YOUR MONEY EVENTUALLY BUT

COULD BE DELAYED UP TO SIX

MONTHS.

DALE HURD CBN NEWS.

PRESIDENT OBAMA PUSHING FOR

MORE ACCESS FOR EDUCATION FOR

LOW INCOME STUDENTS.

THEY'LL DO SO BY ENGAGING LOW

INCOME STUDENTS AS EARLY AS

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PURSUING THEM

TO -- AND ENTRANCE EXAM

PREPARATION AMONG OTHER

STRATEGIES.

THIS COMES AS THE COST OF

COLLEGE GROWS INCREASINGLY

HIGHER.

TUITION PRICES HAVE GONE UP AS

MUCH AS 40% IN RECENT YEARS.

AS EPHRAIM GRAHAM REPORTS, SOME

STUDENTS ARE STILL FIGURING OUT

WAYS TO GET A DEGREE WITHOUT

GOING INTO DEBT.

IT WAS VERY STRESSFUL TO

START.

REPORTER: CHRISTOPHER WELLS

IS A MAN ON A MISSION, EARNED A

DEGREE DEBT FREE.

MY FIRST YEAR MY MOTHER HAD

TO TAKE MONEY OUT OF THE 401K

PLAN.

WE HAD A DEAL, SHE WOULD PAY THE

FIRST YEAR AND EVERY OTHER YEAR

AFTER SHE WOULD PAY.

REPORTER: THE 20-YEAR-OLD

STUDENT WORKED SUMMERS INSTEAD

OF CHILLING OUT.

HE WAITING TABLES ON THE

WEEKEND, LIVES AT HOME AND

COMMUTES TO CAMPUS.

I COULD HAVE LIVED ON CAMPUS.

THAT WAS THE BIGGEST DECISION

FOR ME.

REPORTER: THIS HONOR STUDENT

IS ON TRACK TO GRADUATE WITH NO

STUDENT LOAN DEBT.

MANY CLASSMATES WON'T BE ABLE TO

ENJOY THE SAME FREEDOM.

THEY ARE ON CAMPUS, PARENTS

PAY FOR THE TUITION.

REPORTER: STUDENT DEBT HAS

CLIMBED TO ONE TRILLION DOLLARS,

AVERAGE BALANCE $23,000.

SOME ARE LOOKING AT MORE THAN

$100,000 IN THE RED.

THAT DEBT IS TOUGHER TO PAY BACK

IN TODAY'S ECONOMY WHERE MOST

COLLEGE GRADUATES CAN'T FIND A

JOB.

SO MANY TIMES PEOPLE HAVE

SPENT $100,000 FOR A PHD IN

GERMAN POLKA.

HOW ARE THEY GOING TO GET THAT

BACK?

WE HAVE TO BREAK THE MINDSET IN

ORDER TO BE A STUDENT YOU HAVE

TO HAVE A STUDENT LOAN.

YOU CAN DO IT.

IT IS DIFFICULT.

YOU CAN DO IT.

IT IS CALLED WORK.

REPORTER: THAT WORK YEARS

BEFORE EVEN APPLYING FOR

COLLEGE.

STEP 1, CHOOSE A SCHOOL YOU CAN

AFFORD, PERHAPS THE COMMUNITY

COLLEGE TO GET STARTED.

LOOK FOR FREE MONEY IN THE FORM

OF GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS.

YOU HAVE TO APPLY FOR

SCHOLARSHIPS.

YOU HAVE TO TAKE CLASSES ON HOW

TO TAKE SAT AROUND ACT WHICH

QUALIFIES YOU AND GRANTS, I

GRANT YOU THE RIGHT TO WORK

WHILE IN SCHOOL.

IT HAS NOT KILLED ANYBODY.

REPORTER: WATCH OUT FOR THE

LIFE STYLE EXTRAS.

INTERESTING THING IN STATE

SCHOOLS, AVERAGE COLLEGE STUDENT

GRADUATING THIS LAST YEAR

$27,900 IN STUDENT LOAN DEBT AND

ABOUT WHAT THEY SPENT OVER FOUR

YEARS TO LIVE OFF CAMPUS IN AN

APARTMENT, TO EAT OUT, TO ATTEND

SOCIAL FUNCTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH

COLLEGE AND REALLY, THOSE

DOLLARS THAT DROVE THEM INTO

DEBT WERE NOT EDUCATION DOLLARS

BUT LIFE STYLE DOLLARS.

REPORTER: A LIFE STYLE

CHRISTOPHER WELLS MASTERS.

MY MOM SAID IF YOU DON'T GOT

IT, YOU DON'T GET IT.

IF I DON'T HAVE THE CASH, I

WON'T GET IT.

REPORTER: WELLS DOESN'T CARRY

A CREDIT CARD OR CAR DEBT.

HE STILL DRIVES THE 2000 CHEF

VI.

LIFE ISN'T ABOUT PARTYING.

YOU HAVE TO SAVE AND BUDGET.

REPORTER: EPHRAIM GRAHAM, CBN

NEWS.

COMING UP, WHY MANY AMERICANS

ARE CELEBRATING RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM AT THE FACE OF GROWING

HOSTILITY.

WELCOME BACK TODAY IS

NATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DAY

IN AMERICA AND MARKS THE PASSAGE

OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.

IT IS THE BASIS FOR THE FREEDOM

GUARANTEE IN THE FIRST

AMENDMENT.

NO MAN SHALL BE COMPELLED TO

FREQUENT OR SUPPORT ANY

RELIGIOUS WORSHIP, PLACE OR

MINISTRY WHATSOEVER AND ALL MEN

FREE TO PROFESS AND BY ARGUMENT

TO MAINTAIN THEIR OPINION IN

MATTERS OF RELIGION.

BECKETT FUND FOR RELIGIOUS

LIBERTY WORKS TO PROTECT

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.

EMILY HARDMAN JOINS US FROM

WASHINGTON WITH MORE.

EMILY, HAVE WE SEEN A RISE OF

ATTACKS IN AMERICA?

ABSOLUTELY.

THERE IS AN ALARMING TREND WE

ARE SEEING, PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO

PUSH RELIGION BACK INTO CHURCHES

AND TO SAY IT IS OKAY, YOU CAN

HAVE YOUR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM,

JUST KEEP IT INSIDE YOUR CHURCH.

AS SOON AS PEOPLE COME OUT INTO

THE PUBLIC, IT IS LIKE PEOPLE

ARE HAVING AN ALLERGIC REACTION.

THAT IS NOT WHAT THE FOUNDERS

MEANT WHEN THEY ENSHRINED FREE

EXERCISE OF RELIGION.

IN FACT IT WAS CORE TO OUR HUMAN

DIGNI

DIGNITY.

ONE OF THE BIGGEST RELIGIOUS

CASE IS THE CONTRACEPTION

MANDATE.

TALK ABOUT THAT.

THERE ARE 91 CASES AGAINST

THISSEN CONSTITUTIONAL MANDATE.

THIS REPRESENTS OVER 300

PLAINTIFFS AND THOUSANDS AND

THOUSANDS OF INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE

OPPOSING THIS MANDATE.

LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT ONE CASE

THAT THE BECKETT FUND

REPRESENTS, LITTLE SISTERS OF

THE POOR.

THIS IS A RELIGIOUS ORDER OF

NUNS WHO HAVE TAKEN A VOW TO

TAKE CARE FOR THE NEEDIEST IN

SOCIETY AND TREAT THEM AS IF

THEY ARE CHRIST.

THE GOVERNMENT IS FORCING LITTLE

SISTERS TO PARTICIPATE IN THEIR

CONTRACEPTION DELIVERY SCHEME OR

PAY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN FINES

IF THEY DON'T OBEY.

THIS IS ABSURD.

THE LITTLE SISTERS WILL BE FINED

TWO MILLION DOLLARS.

THEIR TOTAL BUDGET IS SIX

MILLION DOLLARS.

THIS ISN'T BEING -- THE GOOD

NEWS 90% ARE WINNING IN COURT.

LITTLE SISTERS GOT RELIEF FROM

SUPREME COURT.

WE HOPE THAT STAYS.

ANOTHER ABSURD POINT ABOUT THIS

MANDATE IS 96% OF BUSINESSES AND

CORPORATIONS HAVE AN EXEMPT FOR

COMMERCIAL OR POLITICAL REASONS

YET THE ADMINISTRATION REFUSES

TO EXEMPT THE LILT L LITTLE

SISTERS.

THANKS FOR YOUR TIME, A LOT

DOESN'T MAKE SENSE, POLICIES

BEING MADE.

THANKS FOR TALKING WITH US

TODAY.

THANKS, MARK.

UP NEXT, THREE STRIKES AND

YOU ARE LOCKED UP.

LEARN ABOUT A LAW COSTING TAX

PAYORS BIG.

IMAGINE GETTING SENTENCED TO

LIFE IN PRISON FOR STEALING A

SLICE OF PIZZA.

BELIEVE IT OR NOT IT CAN HAPPEN

UNDER SO-CALLED THREE STRIKES

LAWS.

THESE LAWS WERE SUPPOSED TO GET

VIOLENT CRIMINALS OFF THE

STREETS INSTEAD LOCKING UP

THOUSANDS OF NON-VIOLENT

OFFENDERS.

JENNIFER WISHON BRINGS US

TONIGHT'S FOCUS REPORT.

REPORTER: THE U.S. PUTS MORE

PEOPLE BEHIND BARS THAN ANY

OTHER COUNTRY.

MORE THAN 10% IN AMERICAN

PRISONS FACE LIFE SENTENCES IN

SOME CASES GOLF CLUB FEES GET

THE SAME AS ARMED BANK ROBBERS

BECAUSE OF LAWS IN THE 1990S.

THOSE THAT COMMIT A THIRD

VIOLENT CRIME, THREE STRIKES AND

YOU ARE OUT.

[APPLAUSE]

REPORTER: MURDERS OF TWO

YOUNG GIRLS BY CRIMINALS WITH

LONG WRAP SHEETS LED TO THIS

MOVEMENT.

THEY RUSHED LAWS THAT TRIGGER AN

AUTOMATIC SENTENCE ON A THIRD

FELONY CONVICTION.

THE LAWS WERE DESIGNED TO KEEP

VIOLENT OFFENDERS OFF THE

STREETS.

FOR INSTANCE IN CALIFORNIA

PEOPLE IN PRISON ON THIRD STRIKE

FOR STEALING A PAIR OF SOX,

SHOPLIFTING A PAIR OF WORK

GLOVES AND EVEN STEALING A

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE FROM A

RESTAURANT.

THEY DON'T WORK.

REPORTER: MARK SAYS THREE

STRIKES LAWS HAVE SUCCEEDED IN

LOCKING UP THOUSANDS WITHOUT ANY

SUBSTANTIAL DROP IN THE CRIME

RATE.

PROBLEM IS IT IS A ONE-SIZE

FITS ALL POLICY.

REASON WE HAVE JUDGES IS TO

DETERMINE INDIVIDUAL

CIRCUMSTANCES.

NO TWO CRIMES OR OFFENDERS ARE

EXACTLY ALIKE.

REPORTER: JUDGES FIND THEIR

HANDS TIED.

THEY HAVE NO FREEDOM.

A 22-YEAR-OLD MAN SENTENCED TO

LIFE WITH HEROIN POSSESSION,

JUDGE CALLED THE SENTENCE

CLEARLY EXCESSIVE AND NEEDLESS

SUFFERING.

MORE THAN 10,000 PEOPLE SERVING

LIFE HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF A

NON-VIOLENT CRIME.

EVEN WHEN PAROLE IS AN OPTION,

THERE IS A HESITATION.

I THINK IT IS A FAIR THEY

WILL BE THE POLITICIAN WHO

SUPPORTS A POLICY.

PERSON WHO GETS OUT OF PRISON OR

DOESN'T GO INTO PRISON ENDS UP

MURDERING SOMEBODY.

REPORTER: SO MANY POLITICIANS

WANT TO BE TOUGH ON CRIME?

WE ARE SEEING A SHIFT.

WHAT WE NEED IN OUR SENTENCING

POLICY IS FAR SOPHISTICATED

EVIDENCE THAT EMPHASIZES

EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE.

REPORTER: PUBLIC SUPPORT

BUILDING FOR REFORMING THE WAY

CRIMINALS ARE SENTENCED AND

UNLIKELY ALLIES IN WASHINGTON.

LIBERAL SENATORS PATRICK LEAHY

ARE TEAMING UP WITH RAND PAUL

AND MIKE LEE THAT WILL DO AWAY

WITH MANDATORY SENTENCES FOR

NON-VIOLENT OFFENDERS.

WHAT IS IT COSTING?

CONSERVATIVELY $25,000 A YEAR

TO KEEP SOMEONE IN PRISON, 50 OR

SO THREE TIMES THAT MUCH.

REPORTER: THAT $60,000 A YEAR

FOR ELDERLY PRISONERS WHO POSE

NO THREAT TO SOCIETY.

PEOPLE DO TEND TO AGE OUT OF

CRIME.

REPORTER: CRIME RATES GO DOWN

DRASTICALLY WHEN PEOPLE GO INTO

THEIR 30S AND 40S.

ONE IN NINE PEOPLE IN PRISON ARE

SERVING A LIFE SENTENCE.

THAT IS STAGGERING.

IS THIS A MORAL ISSUE?

I THINK SO.

REPORTER: DR. CREDITS

CHRISTIANS FOR MORALITY OVER

DEBATE.

WE HAVE TO FIND THE RIGHT

BALANCE.

JENNIFER WISHON, CBN NEWS,

WASHINGTON.

UP NEXT, MAKING DREAMS COME

TRUE.

FIND OUT WHY THESE TWO LADIES

ARE ALL SMILES.

YOU ARE NEVER TOO OLD TO TRY

SOMETHING NEW.

THAT IS WHAT TWO TEXAS WOMEN

JUST LEARNED AT 63 AND 93, THEY

LIVED THEIR WHOLE LIVES WITH

THEIR FEET ON THE GROUND.

THAT CHANGED WHEN THE ELDERLY

LADIES TOOK THEIR FIRST FLIGHT.

GRACE CARE CENTER HAS A PROGRAM

CALLED GRACE FILLED DREAMS.

I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD DO

SOMETHING LIKE THIS.

THIS IS SOMETHING TO MAKE IT

A LITTLE SPECIAL.

LET THEM BE THE STAR OF THE

SHOW.

MANY, MANY HOURS,

THIS IS THE

MOST REWARDING FLIGHT I HAVE

EVER TAKEN.

THE GRACE FILLED DREAMS WORKS

TO FULFILL LIFE LONG DREAMS OF

THE NURSING HOME.

THAT IS

THAT IS ALL FOR THIS EDITION OF

"NEWSWATCH."

YOU CAN E-MAIL YOUR COMMENTS AND

QUESTIONS AT "NEWSWATCH" AT

CBN.COM.

HOPE YOU'LL JOIN US NEXT TIME.

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