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CBN NewsWatch: February 6, 2014

On Newswatch today, Feb. 6: IRS targets conservative groups, again; Sochi on high alert as games get underway; Obama calls for Saeed's release at prayer breakfast; and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH,"

TARGETING THE TEA PARTY HOW THE

IRS IS AT IT AGAIN WHAT IT MEANS

FOR CONSERVATIVE GROUPS.

PLUS TERROR THREAT AND TOOTH

PASTE, NEWLY ISSUED WARNING

SURROUNDING SOCHI OLYMPICS.

SEE HOW AN OIL BOOM HAS

TRANSFORMED ONE STATE INTO A

LAND OF PROSPERITY.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH." GOOD EVENING I AM

MARK MARTIN.

AND I AM WENDY GRIFFITH.

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE

TARGETED TEA PARTY GROUPS.

NOW IT SEEMS THEY ARE DOING IT

AGAIN.

RULES AIMED AT SILENCING

CONSERVATIVE ORGANIZATIONS

BEFORE THE NEXT CRUCIAL

ELECTIONS.

PAUL STRAND EXPLAINS.

REPORTER: QUIETLY BEFORE

THANKSGIVING IRS ANNOUNCED NEW

RULES.

THIS LAWYER REPRESENTED SOME OF

THESE RULES.

AND SUBJECTED ALL OF THESE

GROUPS TO EXTREME SCRUTINY,

BURDENSOME QUESTIONS, ONE OF MY

CLIENTS RECEIVED 102 QUESTIONS

FROM THE IRS.

REPORTER: MITCHELL SAYS WHAT

THE IRS WAS DOING QUIETLY FROM

2009 TO 2013 IS NOW DOING OPENLY

TO THE 501C 3 GROUPS.

NOW THE IRS IN PLAIN SITE IS

TRYING TO MAKE PERMANENT TO THE

TEA PARTY GROUPS.

IT IS REALLY QUITE DREADFUL.

IT IS INDEED TARGETED.

THEY KNOW WHO THEY ARE TRYING TO

SHUT UP.

WHY WOULD THEY DO THIS?

I THINK THE IRS IS GOING TO

DO EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO

SILENCE ANYBODY IN AMERICA WHO

WANTS TO TALK ABOUT HOW ELECTED

OFFICIALS VOTED ON 'OBAMACARE.'

I THINK THAT IS THE FUNDAMENTAL

REASON.

REPORTER: MITCHELL HAS FILED

TO SEE IF THEY HAVE BEEN

MUZZLING TEA PARTY AND OTHER

CONSERVATIVE GROUPS.

TREASURY HAS BEEN STALLING WEEKS

IN GETTING DOCUMENTS TO

MITCHELL, PAUL STRAND, CBN NEWS,

IRS.

TEA PARTY LEADERS TESTIFYING

BEFORE CONGRESS ABOUT IRS

TARGETING.

LAWYERS APPEARED ON BEHALF OF

GROUPS SUING THE IRS CHARGING

THE AGENCY HARASSED DOZENS OF

TEA PARTY AND CONSERVATIVE

GROUPS AND HELD UP TAX EXEMPT

STATUS.

THIS WASN'T AN EQUAL

OPPORTUNITY DISCRIMINATION.

THIS WAS TARGETED DISCRIMINATION

COMING FROM THE INTERNAL REVENUE

SERVICE.

OUR VIEW IS THAT DETERMINATION

CAME FROM THE HIGHEST RANKS.

DURING TODAY'S TESTIMONY,

THEY CONTRADICTED CLAIMS FBI IS

INVESTIGATING.

THIRTEEN AGENTS ARE SUPPOSEDLY

LOOKING INTO IT.

JOINING US NOW IS JORDAN

SEKULOW, FROM ACLJ.

THEY REPRESENT 41 GROUPS IN A

SUIT AGAINST THE IRS.

SHE BELIEVES THIS IS ABOUT

SILENCING PEOPLE WHO HAVE SPOKEN

OUT AGAINST 'OBAMACARE,' DO YOU

AGREE?

WE REPRESENT 41 GROUPS

AGAINST THE IRS, CIVIL LAWSUIT.

ERIC HOLDER SAID IT IS CLEAR --

THERE IS NO QUESTION THESE

GROUPS WERE TARGETED

INAPPROPRIATELY.

JORDAN, IT IS PRETTY BRAZEN

THEY WOULD PUT RULES IN PLACE.

WHY DO YOU THINK THEY ARE SO

OPEN ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE DOING?

THEY THINK THEY ALMOST GOT

AWAY WITH IT THAT LOUIS LEARNER

WAS REWRITING THE RULES.

PEOPLE ARE JUST STARTING TO

FIGURE OUT THE RULES WERE NOT

CHANGED AFTER THE TARGETING, NOT

BECAUSE OF THE TARGETING, THERE

WAS TROUBLE.

RULES HAVE BEEN IN PLACE SINCE

1959, SUDDENLY, 50 YEARS LATER,

THEY NOW CAN'T INTERPRET THE

RULE.

WHAT IS YOUR REACTION WHEN

YOU HEAR PRESIDENT OBAMA SAY

THERE IS NOT EVEN A LITTLE

CORRUPTION.

ANOTHER ATTORNEY TODAY

REPRESENT AS GROUP FILED.

OTHER GROUPS HAVE FILED THEIR

INDEPENDENT LAWSUITS, THERE IS

DOJ, FBI, YET IT IS GETTING TO A

POINT.

CLOSE ON THIS, WHERE MEMBERS OF

CONGRESS ARE STARTING TO COME

TOGETHER, EVEN THESE POWERFUL

COMMITTEES, GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT

REFORM COMMITTEE WHICH HAS

INVESTIGATION POWER THEY ARE NOW

COMING TO THE CONCLUSION

CONGRESSMAN TRAY GOUTY THEY NEED

TO BE A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR

APPOINTED.

IF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

WANTS TO GET AWAY FROM CRITICISM

FROM BARBARA BOSSER AND

ATTORNEYS APPOINTED.

LET'S GET TO THE BOTTOM.

CONGRESS IS ABOUT DONE.

JORDAN SEKULOW, THANK YOU FOR

YOUR TIME.

THANKS, MARK.

TERRORISTS MAY TRY TO USE

TOOTH PASTE TUBES FILLED WITH

EXPLOSIVES TO CREATE A BOBBING

BOMB DALE HURD HAS MORE.

REPORTER: THE FOCUS REMAINS

ON SECURITY.

CONCERN ATHLETES AND FANS ARE AT

RISK BEFORE THEY ARRIVE.

AIRLINES SENDING INTERNATIONAL

FLIGHTS HAVE BEEN WARNED BY U.S.

SECURITY OFFICIALS, MILITANTS

MAY TRY TO SMUGGLE THEM ABOARD

INTO TOOTH PASTE TUBES.

SOCHI IS LOCATED 300 MILES FROM

CHECHNYA AND DAGESTAN.

THEY WANT TO BREAK AWAY FROM

RUSSIA AND FORM ISLAMIC EMIRATE.

IN DECEMBER, SUICIDE BOMBERS

KILLED 34 PEOPLE IN VOLGOGRAD.

THEY ARE THREATENING MORE

ATTACKS DURING THE GAMES.

SO-CALLED SECURITY RING OF STEEL

BUILT AROUND THE VENUES.

THERE ARE A NUMBER OF

SPECIFIC DEGREES OF CREDIBILITY.

REPORTER: ALREADY

RESTRICTIONS OF LIQUIDS AND

CREAMS.

A LONG HISTORY OF BOMB PLOTS.

SOCHI SECURITY ALSO ON THE

LOOKOUT FOR SO-CALLED BLACK

WIDOW TERRORISTS.

REPORTER: THESE ARE WOMEN.

FEMALE BOMBERS, THEIR HUSBAND

WERE TERRORIST THAT WERE KILLED.

THEY WANT REVENGE.

PAT, FOR THEM IT IS PERSONAL.

REPORTER: WITH 44 WORLD

LEADERS COMING TO THE GAMES AND

MULTIPLE VENUES TO PROTECT,

SOCHI IS A SECURITY NIGHTMARE

FOR THE RUSSIANS AND SPORT IS

THE LEAST OF THEIR WORRIES, DALE

HURD, CBN NEWS.

HOPE FOR PASSING IMMIGRATION

REFORM IS QUICKLY FADING AND

HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER IS

BLAMING THE WHITE HOUSE.

IT IS GOING TO BE DIFFICULT TO

MOVE ANY IMMIGRATION LEGISLATION

UNTIL IT CHANGES.

REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP RELEASED

OUTLINE FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM.

PLAN DID NOT RECEIVE WIDESPREAD

SUPPORT FROM RANK AND FILE HOUSE

REPUBLICANS.

MORE THAN 3,000 GATHERED IN

WASHINGTON FOR THE NATIONAL

PRAYER BREAKFAST.

PRESIDENT OBAMA FOCUSES ON HOW

THE U.S. CAN ENCOURAGE RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM IN OTHER COUNTRIES AND

MADE A PLEA THAT MANY CHRISTIANS

ARE APPLAUDING.

JENNIFER WISHON REPORTS.

REPORTER: CALLING IT KEY TO

NATIONAL SECURITY AND ESSENTIAL

TENANT TO NATIONAL DIPLOMACY,

PRESIDENT OBAMA CALLED FOR THE

RELEASE OF CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY

KENNETH BAY EM PRISONED IN NORTH

KOREA AND PASTOR SAEED ABEDINI.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: WE PRAY FOR

PASTOR SAEED ABEDINI.

HE HAS BEEN HELD IN IRAN MORE

THAN 18 MONTHS AND SENTENCED TO

EIGHT YEARS IN PRISON BECAUSE OF

HIS CHRISTIAN BELIEFS.

TODAY AGAIN WE CALL ON IRANIAN

GOVERNMENT TO RELEASE PASTOR

ABEDINI SO HE CAN RETURN TO

LOVING ARMS OF CHILDREN AND WIFE

IN OHIO.

REPORTER: PERSECUTION OF

CHRISTIANS HAS CONTINUED.

DIPLOMACY CAN BE UNCOMFORTABLE,

PRESIDENT SAYS ESPECIALLY

DEALING WITH CHINA THAT ARE

STRATEGICALLY AND ECONOMICALLY

IMPORTANT TO THE U.S. HE

STRESSES TO CHINESE LEADERS

CHINA'S REST ON HOLDING ON TO

RIGHTS FOR CHRISTIANS.

COMMANDER IN CHIEF TOLD THE

GROUP OF BIPARTISAN MAKERS THAT

IS HE THANKFUL FOR GOD.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: GRATEFUL NOT

ONLY BECAUSE I WAS BROKE AND THE

CHURCH FED ME BUT BECAUSE IT LED

TO EVERYTHING ELSE, LED ME TO

EMBRACE JESUS CHRIST AS MY LORD

AND SAVIOR, LED ME TO MICHELE

AND BLESSED US WITH TWO

EXTRAORDINARY DAUGHTERS.

REPORTER: POVERTY, AND HUMAN

DIGNITY, THE ADMINISTRATOR FOR

U.S. AID, HE IS INTIMATELY WITH

THE WORLD'S WHOAS.

CHRISTIANS CAN TRANSFORM THE

WORLD WHILE HELPING TO END

EXTREME POVERTY.

THIS IS NOW ACHIEVABLE.

ONLY IF ALL OF US FROM SCIENCE,

BUSINESS, GOVERNMENT, AND FAITH

COME TOGETHER FOR THE POOR.

REPORTER: A WOMAN WHO KNOWS

ABOUT OVERCOMING SHARED HER

TESTIMONY, HAWAIIAN SURFER

BETHANY HAMILTON AFTER SHE LOST

HER LEG TO A SHARK TEN YEARS

AGO.

FOR MANY OF US WE -- WHEN WE

SUBMIT OUR LIVES TO CHRIST, HIS

GRACE, MERCY, TRUTH, PEACE AND

LOVE BRING TRUE FULFILLMENT TO

OUR LIVES.

REPORTER: JENNIFER WISHON,

CBN NEWS, WASHINGTON.

COMING UP, WHILE A NEW

EDUCATION STANDARD WAS SPARKING

DEBATE.

WELCOME BACK, THE FIGHT OVER

NATIONAL EDUCATION STANDARDS HAS

INTENSIFIED WITH THE ENDORSEMENT

WITH THE MAJOR EVANGELICAL

GROUP.

BACKS IS KNOWN AS THE COMMON

CORE, HEATHER SELLS HAS THE

STORY.

REPORTER: FORTY-FIVES

STANDARDS HAVE ADOPTED THE

STANDARD FROM K-12.

PRESIDENT RODRIGUEZ SAYS HIGH

EDUCATION GOALS ARE A MATTER OF

BIBLICAL JUSTICE NOTING VIGOROUS

STANDARDS SHOULD FOR ALL

CHILDREN ESPECIALLY THOSE IN

POVERTY.

KAREN PRIOR ALSO BACKS THE

COMMON CORE.

SHE SAY IT IS ENGLISH STANDARDS

HELP REFOCUS KIDS ON TEXT

ANALYSIS.

A LOT OF STUDENTS COME TO US

WHO HAVE VERY RARELY IF EVER

READ A TEXT IN SCHOOL, EVEN SOME

STUDENTS WHO STUDY ENGLISH HAVE

LEARNED TO GET BY, BY HAVING

BRILLIANT CONVERSATIONS.

COMMON CORE STANDARDS ASK THEM

TO UNDERSTAND WHAT A TEXT IS

SAYING AND HOW IT IS MAKING AN

ARGUMENT WHICH IS IMPORTANT.

REPORTER OPPOSITION TO THE CORE

IS GROWING WITH PARENT GROUPS

PUSHING BACK AGAINST WHAT THEY

PERCEIVE AS FEDERAL OVERREACH.

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

ENCOURAGED STATES TO ADOPT THE

STANDARDS BY TYING IN FEDERAL

FUNDING.

CRITICS SAY THE COPY WRITED

STANDARDS MAKE LOCAL CONTROL

DIFFICULT AT BEST.

PARENTS CAN'T GET RELIEF FROM

STATE OFFICIALS.

THEY CAN'T GET RELIEF FROM

FEDERAL OFFICIALS IN MANY

RESPECTS AND LEFT WITH NO ONE TO

GO TO.

REPORTER: "WASHINGTON POST"

SUPPORTER MIKE HUCKABEE IS

URGING SUPPORTERS TO REBRAND

SAYING THE COMMON NAME HAS

BECOME TOXIC.

THEY WORRY THEY ARE LOSING THEIR

ABILITY TO INFLUENCE WHAT IS

TAUGHT IN SCHOOL.

HEATHER SELLS, CBN NEWS.

DR. ALLEN ARORO, WHAT DO YOU

THINK ABOUT THE MATH AND ENGLISH

STANDARDS IN COMMON CORE?

COMMON CORE STANDARDS ARE

ABOUT FIVE YEARS OLD.

THERE ARE MANY STANDARDS OTHER

STATES PRODUCED.

VIRGINIA HAS ITS OWN STANDARDS,

IT DOES NOT HAVE COMMON CORE.

THE ARGUMENT IS STATE STANDARDS

HELPS EQUALITY.

WE HAVE A MOBILITY SOCIETY.

AS THEY MOVE FROM STATE TO

STATE, THEY HAVE THE SAME

CURRICULUM.

DO YOU LIKE THEM?

I THINK THEY ARE GOOD

GUIDELINES.

I THINK ANY STANDARDS THAT END

UP IN TESTING AND STRICT RULES

THAT SAY UNLESS YOU TEST THEM,

YOU WON'T MOVE ON.

THAT IS A PROBLEM.

WHY ARE PARENTS SO CONCERNED

ABOUT THIS, ARE THEY CONCERNED

NATIONAL STANDARDS DRIVE THE

CURRICULUM?

THAT IS WHAT IS HAPPENING IN

45 STATES.

PEOPLE SAY THAT IS A GOOD THING,

PEOPLE MOVE AND MORE EQUALITY

WITH MINORITIES.

BOTTOM LINE IS THIS, MORE LOCAL

CONTROL YOU CAN GET IN THE

CURRICULUM, WHAT IS BEING DONE,

HOW YOUR TEACHERS ARE BEING

TRAINED AND SELECTED, HOW THEIR

PRINCIPLES ARE RUNNING THE

SCHOOLS, THAT IS THE REAL ISSUE.

YOU WOULD PREFER THAT, LOCAL

CONTROL?

JUST HAVING STANDARDS DOES

NOT EQUATE TO QUALITY EDUCATION.

THEY ARE CONTINUAL, IS COMMON

CORE THE NEW FUTURE?

ARE UNIVERSITIES TRAINING THEIR

TEACHERS LIKE THIS?

NEW ABSOLUTELY.

EVERYONE IS ALL IN.

UNFORTUNATELY THEY ARE NOT AS

RIGOROUS.

STANDARDS IN VIRGINIA ARE MORE

RIGOROUS.

KIDS ARE TAUGHT MORE SKILLS,

MORE CONTENT AT A YOUNGER AGE

THAN IN COMMON CORE.

COMMON CORE, IS IT REALLY

MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE WAY

MOST TEACHERS TEACH?

NOT ONLY GUIDING, BUT

DIRECTING AND COMMANDING HOW

TEACHERS TEACH.

THAT HAS A LOT OF ISSUES.

BASICALLY TEACHERS ARE SAYING

YOU ARE TAKING AWAY MY

CREATIVITY.

I CAN STILL TEACH AND TEACH

WELL.

TEACHING TO THESE STANDARDS AND

TO A TEST IS NOT A GOOD IDEA.

WE DEFINITELY NEED TO KEEP

OUR EYES ON IT IN THE FUTURE.

THANKS FOR COMING FROM REGENT.

WE APPRECIATE.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

WHEN YOU THINK OF NORTH

DAKOTA, YOU MIGHT NOT THINK OF

LAND OF PROSPERITY.

THAT IS WHAT IT IS BECOMING

THANKS TO A HUGE OIL BOOM.

DAVID BRODY EXPLAINS.

DAVID: PEOPLE HEADED WEST TO

STRIKE IT RICH.

WELCOME TO WESTERN NORTH DAKOTA

WHEN AN OIL RUSH IS ON FOR

PEOPLE LIKE CURTIS HANDLE.

THIS IS NOT A BOOM THAT IS

GOING TO FIZZLE.

THIS IS GOING TO BE A 30-YEAR

BOOM.

DAVID: THIS COVERS MORE THAN

200 THOUSAND SQUARE MILES IN THE

BOK AND OIL FIELDS.

IT IS ACTUALLY AN UNDERGROUND

ROCK CALLED FRACKING.

ROUGHLY 170 BILLION BARRELS OF

CRUDE OIL CAN NOW BE ON EARTH.

OIL PRODUCTION HAS ZOOMED UP

PUTTING NORTH DAKOTA THE SECOND

LARGEST PRODUCING STATE IN THE

NATION BEHIND ONLY TEXAS.

WE ARE IN THE HILLS OF WESTERN

NORTH DAKOTA.

180 OIL RIGS IN THE STATE.

ONE REASON MANY FAMILIES ARE

COMING TO THE WESTERN PART OF

THE STATE IS BECAUSE OF ALL OF

THE ECONOMIC POSSUM KINGD POSSIBILITIES.

WORKERS KEEP THEIR FAMILY AND

HOMES IN ANOTHER STATE.

MANY FAMILIES CHOOSE TO LIVE

HERE PERMANENTLY.

CURTIS LEFT UTAH REAL ESTATE JOB

AND CAME HERE TWO YEARS AGO.

I REALIZED THERE WAS AN

OPPORTUNITY TO GET IN ON THE

CUSP THAT WOULD BE GOOD IN THE

LONG RUN.

DAVID: AVERAGE OIL WORKER

MAKES $112,000.

BEGINNERS STARTS AT $66,000.

EVEN THOSE NOT IN THE OIL

BUSINESS MAKING MORE.

POPULATION INCREASE MEANS MORE

DEMAND.

LOCAL MCDONALDS AND WAL-MART

HIRING WORKERS STARTING AT $14

AN HOUR.

MANY TIMES THEY ADD A HEALTHY

SIGNING BONUS JUST FOR AGREEING

TO WORK THERE.

ON THE OTHER END OF THE SCALE,

NUMBER OF NORTH DAKOTA

MILLIONAIRES IS GROWING.

THEY ARE UP TO 29TH ON THE LIST

AND CLIMBING.

WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO LIVE

COMFORTABLY, ENJOY THINGS, FOR

INSTANCE, VACATIONS, THOSE KINDS

OF THINGS AND STILL PUT A GOOD

CHUNK AWAY FOR THE FUTURE.

75,000 JOBS CREATED IN THE PAST

FEW YEARS AND A STATE ECONOMY

GROWING AT FIVE TIMES NATIONAL

AVERAGE.

ALL OF THIS HAS LED TO GROWING

PAINS, HOWEVER, DENNIS JOHNSON

MAYOR OF DICKINSON, A TOWN WHERE

AN OIL BOOM HAS BEEN A MIXED

BLESSING.

AROUND 60-70% IMPACTED BY OIL

DEVELOPMENT.

PROBABLY A MINORITY OF 30-40% IT

IS A NEGATIVE IMPACT.

DAVID: TAKE HOUSING FOR

EXAMPLE, DEMAND IS SO GREAT,

TWO-BEDROOM APARTMENTS FOR $500,

THEY ARE NOW GOING CLOSE TO

$2,500.

IT HAS INCREASED HOUSING COST

QUITE A BIT.

I FEEL SORRY FOR PEOPLE THAT

DON'T HAVE THE BIG OIL JOBS.

DAVID: INCREASE IN PEOPLE HAS

LED TO MORE CRIME ESPECIALLY

AMONG THE YOUNG SINGLE MEN

HOPING TO STRIKE IT RICH.

IT IS HARD FOR WOMEN.

I QUICKLY REASSURE THEM IT IS

NOT AND NEED TO BE CAREFUL.

THESE GUYS WILL TAKE ADVANTAGE

OF IT.

DAVID: NO DOUBT THIS AREA HAS

CHALLENGES.

FOR CURTIS AND FAMILIES LIKE

HIS, POSITIVES SURELY OUTWEIGH

THE NEGATIVES.

IF WE DO OUR PART, GOD WILL

TAKE CARE OF US.

I DON'T WANT TO MAKE IT SOUND

LIKE IT IS ROUTINE.

FOR MY WIFE AND I IT WAS JUST

ANOTHER CHALLENGE.

DAVID: THAT CHALLENGE PROVING

FRUITFUL FOR THOUSANDS IN NORTH

DAKOTA.

DAVID BRODY, CBN NEWS, NORTH

DAKOTA.

LOOKS LIKE I AM HEADING TO

NORTH DAKOTA, MARK.

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"NEWSWATCH."



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