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CBN NewsWatch: April 10, 2014

On CBN Newswatch April 10: Panel holds former IRS official in contempt; Mother of infant: 'God was with us' during mudslide; Deducting some misery from tax time; and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH" THE

FALL OUT FROM TEA PARTY

TARGETING, WHAT COMES NEXT FOR

THE WOMAN AT THE CENTER OF THE

IRS SCANDAL.

PLUS DAYS LEFT TO DO YOUR

TAXES, CBN NEWS HAS TIPS TO MAKE

THE PROCESS A LITTLE BIT EASIER.

AND HOW THE FIGHT TO BRING

BIBLES INTO PUBLIC SCHOOLS IS

HEADING TO THE BIG SCREEN.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH."

FALL OUT FROM THE IRS TEA PARTY

TARGETING SCANDAL TODAY ON

CAPITOL HILL.

GOOD EVENING I AM MARK MARTIN.

AND I AM WENDY GRIFFITH.

FORMER IRS OFFICIAL LOIS LERNER

IS BEING HELD IN CONTEMPT OF

CONGRESS.

LAWMAKERS WANT TO KNOW WHY THE

IRS TARGETED CONSERVATIVE GROUPS

AND NEED HER TESTIMONY TO GET

THAT ANSWER.

DAVID BRODY HAS THE STORY.

DAVID: THE HOUSE OVERSIGHT

AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE

IS TAKING FURTHER STEPS TO GET

TO IRS TEA PARTY TARGETING

SCANDAL.

I HAVE NOT DONE ANYTHING

WRONG.

DAVID: REPUBLICANS ON THE

COMMITTEE DISAGREE.

TODAY HOLDING LEARNER IN

CONTEMPT OF CONGRESS.

IN PREVIOUS HOUSE HEARINGS, SHE

REFUSED TO ANSWER QUESTIONS.

COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN SAYS SHE IS

STANDING IN THE WAY OF LAWMAKERS

TRYING TO BRING THE TRUTH TO THE

AMERICAN PEOPLE.

DEMOCRATS SAYS ISA HIMSELF HAS

MISHANDLED THE INVESTIGATION.

I THINK YOU MAY HAVE

MISPLACED THE BLAME.

THE ONLY REASON WE HAVEN'T BEEN

ABLE TO GET THE TRUTH FROM LOIS

LERNER IS BECAUSE OF ONE PERSON,

THAT IS OUR CHAIRMAN.

I WANT TO HEAR FROM LOIS LERNER.

I WANT TO GET THE FACTS.

BUT BECAUSE OF THE MANNER IN

WHICH THE INVESTIGATION HAS BEEN

HANDLED BY OUR CHAIRMAN, WE

CAN'T GET THOSE FACTS.

DAVID: TODAY'S DECISION TO

HOLD LEARNER IN CONTEMPT COMES

ONE DAY AFTER THE WAYS AND MEANS

COMMITTEE VOTED TO REFER HER TO

THE JUSTICE OF PROSECUTION

SAYING SHE MISLED INVESTIGATORS.

A CONGRESSIONAL REPORT CITES

SAYING LIBERAL GROUPS WERE NOT

TARGETED IN THE SAME WAY.

THIS WAS TARGETED

DISCRIMINATION COMING FROM THE

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE.

WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS NOW

IS OUR VIEW IS THAT

DETERMINATION CAME FROM THE

HIGHEST RANKS OF THE IRS.

LAWYERS BELIEVE POLITICS ARE

BEHIND HER ACTIONS.

DEMOCRATS SAY REPUBLICANS ARE

PRACTICING PARTISAN POLITICS BY

PRESSING HER.

THEY REPRESENT 41

ORGANIZATIONS TARGETED UNDER

LOIS LERNER.

MATTHEW, NOW THE DECISION TO

HOLD HER IN CONTEMPT COMES DOWN,

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

NOW THE HOUSE OVERSIGHT AND

REFORM COMMITTEE VOTED 21-12 TO

HOLD LOIS LERNER IN CONTEMPT.

IT NOW GOES TO THE FULL HOUSE OF

REPRESENTATIVES.

IF THEY VOTE, REFERENCED TO THE

DOJ FOR ERIC HOLDER TO BRING

CRIMINAL CONTEMPT PROCEEDINGS

AGAINST LOIS LERNER AND SECONDLY

ALLOW THE HOUSE OVERSIGHT AND

COMMITTEE TO BRING A CIVIL

CONTEMPT PROCEEDING AGAINST LOIS

LERNER.

HOW SIGNIFICANT IS THE WAYS

AND MEANS COMMITTEE THAT SHE BE

PROSECUT

PROSECUTED?

IT IS A VERY SIGNIFICANT STEP

FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO

RECEIVE THE TRUTH AND THOSE

TARGETED BY THE IRS TO RECEIVE

JUSTICE FOR THE TARGETING AND

FOR THE IMPROPER TREATMENT THEY

RECEIVED AT THE HANDS OF THEIR

GOVERNMENT.

MATTHEW, WHAT ARE THE

SPECIFIC VIOLATIONS OF THE

FEDERAL LAW THAT THE LETTER

ACCUSES LOIS LERNER OF?

SECTION 6103 WHERE SHE

DELIVERED CONFIDENTIAL TAX PAYOR

INFORMATION.

WE KNOW SHE DELIVERED IT TO HER

OWN PRIVATE E-MAIL ACCOUNT WHICH

VIOLATES THE IRS REGULATIONS.

WE DON'T KNOW HOW FAR PASSED

THAT IT COULD HAVE GONE.

ALSO SHE SPECIFICALLY WAS

TARGETING A SPECIFIC GROUP, A

CONSERVATIVE GROUP TO ATTEMPT TO

DENY THEM TAX EXEMPT STATUS

WHICH ALSO VIOLATES THE IRS OWN

PROCEDURES OF HOW A SUPERVISOR

SUCH AS HERSELF IN CHARGE OF A

WHOLE DIVISION SHOULD BE ACTING.

ARE YOU HOPEFUL THAT THE

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WILL ACT AND

HOLD HER ACCOUNTABLE?

THIS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HAS

NOT ACTED, THEY HAVE ALREADY

ESSENTIALLY LEAKED TO THE WALL

STREET JOURNAL THEY HAVE CLOSE

TODAY INVESTIGATION, NO ONE WILL

BE PROSECUTED.

IT IS UNLIKELY THIS JUSTICE

DEPARTMENT WOULD TAKE ACTION.

THAT CIVIL PROCEEDING IS

CRITICAL STEPS IN STOPPING WHAT

IS STILL ONGOING TARGETING.

ELEVEN OF OUR CLIENTS STILL HAVE

NOT RECEIVED A DETERMINATION

FROM THE IRS SOME FOR WELL OVER

THREE YEARS.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ALL THIS

MEANS FROM THE GROUPS THAT WERE

TARGETED BY THE IRS?

IT IS A CRITICAL STEP

FORWARD.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO GET THIS

INFORMATION.

LOIS LERNER IN CHARGE OF THE

DIVISION THAT OVERSAW THE

TARGETING OF OUR CLIENTS.

IT IS CRITICAL WE GET

INFORMATION FROM HER.

IF IT DOESN'T COME THROUGH THIS,

IT WILL COME THROUGH OUR LAWSUIT

WHEN WE GET TO THE DISCOVERY

STAGE.

WE WILL GET TO THE BOTTOM OF

THIS AND JUSTICE FOR THOSE

TARGETED.

ALL RIGHT.

MATTHEW CLARK, THANK YOU.

ON WALL STREET, STOCKS FELL

SHARPLY.

DOW JONES DROPPED 262 POINTS,

NASDAQ DOWN 129.

TODAY'S DISAPOINTING COMES AFTER

A TWO WILL HAVE DAY RALLY MANY

INVESTORS WERE HOPING WOULD LAST

THROUGHOUT THE WEEK.

MEANWHILE, BALANCING THE BOOKS,

MEASURE FROM SENATOR PAUL RYAN

INCLUDES CUTS IN HEALTH CARE

SPENDING AND FOOD STAMPS UNDER

THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT.

IN 732 BILLION DOLLARS IN CUTS

TO MEDICAID AND OTHER PROGRAMS,

FOOD STANDS, PEL GRANTS AND FARM

SUBSIDIES.

THINK FILING TAXES IS EASY?

ACCORDING TO A NEW ASSOCIATED

PRESS JSK POLL, MOST DO.

38% SAY IT IS HARD.

WITH A FEW DAYS LEFT UNTIL TAX

DAY, 86% OF THOSE SAY THEY ARE

CONFIDENT THEY FILED THEIR TAXES

CORRECTLY.

DO YOU DO YOUR OWN?

NO, MY FATHER-IN-LAW DOES

THEM FOR US.

WE DO PAY HIM.

[LAUGHTER].

THAT IS IMPORTANT.

IT IS ONE OF THE MOST

STRESSFUL DAYS.

YES IT IS.

TUESDAY IS THE DEADLINE.

THE IRS MAY NOT BE THE BEST

PLACE TO TURN FOR HELP.

AS JOHN WAAGE EXPLAINS THERE

ARE EXPERTS TO HELP MAKE IT LESS

PAINFUL.

REPORTER: MOST OF US ARE

FAMILIAR WITH CHARITABLE

GIVINGS.

THE PERSISTENT FILER CAN FIND

DEDUCTIONS AND HOT TUBS FOR

THOSE THAT CAN GET A DOCTOR OF

THEIR SOAKING NEEDS OR THERAPY

FOR THOSE THAT -- A

BODYBUILDER WANTED TO KNOW IF HE

COULD TAKE POSING OIL.

IN THAT SET OF CIRCUMSTANCES, IT

WAS OKAY.

FOR OTHERS RELIEVING THE TAX

BURDEN IS MORE SERIOUS.

THE FORM IS TO DECLARE

FORGIVENESS OF DEBT.

MILLIONS ARE PAYING TAX ON

INCOME THAT DOESN'T PERCENT

EXIST.

ON A RECENT "THE 700 CLUB," DAN

PILLA, AUTHOR OF HOW THE ELECT

NATE TAXES ON DEBT FORGIVENESS.

IF YOU ARE INSOLVENT AS OF

THE DAY THE DEBT IS FORGIVEN,

THAT CANCELLATION IS NOT TAXABLE

INCOME.

PILLA SAYS YOUR CREDITORS AND

IRS WON'T TELL YOU THAT.

YOU HAVE TO PRESENT YOUR CASE TO

THE GOVERNMENT.

THERE IS A TAX FORM YOU CAN

PUT WITH YOUR TAX REFORMS.

THERE IS A FORM YOU CAN PUT WITH

YOUR TAX RETURN THAT EXPRESSES

WHAT THEY ARE.

IT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN

EVER TO HAVE HELP IN NAVIGATING

THE BUREAUCRACY.

JOHN WAAGE, CBN NEWS.

YOU CAN FIND A MORE IN DEPTH

INTERVIEW AT CBN.COM.

STUDENTS AT PENNSYLVANIA'S

FRANKLIN REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL

WILL BE BACK IN CLASS,

16-YEAR-OLD SUSPECT ALEX RIBAL

FACES FOUR COUNTS OF HOMICIDE

AND WILL BE TRIED AS AN ADULT.

MANY GATHERED AT PRAYER VIGILS.

HERE AGAIN, WE ARE WITNESSING

YOUNG PEOPLE HURT AND I FEEL

STRONGLY WE NEED TO ADDRESS THE

UNDERLYING ISSUES.

FOUR OF THE STABBING VICTIMS

REMAIN IN CRITICAL CONDITION

TONIGHT.

A FEDERAL COURT OF APPEALS

CONSIDERING UTAH'S VOTER

APPROVED BAN ON SAME-SEX

MARRIAGE.

A THREE-JUDGE PANEL IN TENTH

CIRCUIT COURT ARE DECIDING IF A

LOWER COURT RULING STRIKING DOWN

A GAY MARRIAGE BAN WILL STAND.

CASE COMES AFTER LAST SUMMER

SUPREME COURT RULING THAT

DETERMINED FEDERAL LAW OF A

MARRIAGE BETWEEN ONE MAN AND ONE

WOMAN IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

SEARCH TEAMS PICKED UP MORE

SIGNALS WITH A AIRCRAFT'S BLACK

BOX.

SEARCHERS ARE CONFIDENT THE

MYSTERY WILL GET SOLVED.

I AM NOT OPTIMISTIC WE WILL

FIND THE AIRCRAFT OR WHAT IS

LEFT OF THE AIRCRAFT IN THE NOT

TOO DISTANT FUTURE.

SEARCH AREA HAS NARROWED AND

STILL MORE THAN 16 MILES WIDE

AND 15,000 FEET DEEP.

DEADLY DAY IN CENTRAL AFRICAN

PUBLIC.

AT LEAST 30 PEOPLE DEAD.

OTHERS FLEEING THEIR HOMES IN AN

EFFORT TO ESCAPE THE VIOLENCE.

THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY

COUNCIL APPROVED A MEASURE TO

SEND 12,000 PEACE KEEPING TROOPS

TO THE REGION ARRIVING IN

SEPTEMBER.

CENTRAL AFRICA REPUBLIC HAS BEEN

IN CHAOS AND LAUNCHED A BRUTAL

REGIME.

COMING UP, AMAZING STORY OF

SURVIVAL FROM THE DEADLY

WASHINGTON STATE MUDSLIDE.

A WYOMING COMMUNITY IS

EVACUATING RESIDENTS IN THE FACE

OF A LANDSLIDE THREAT.

TOWN OF JACKSON ORDERED PEOPLE

IN THE WEST SIDE OF TOWN TO

LEAVE.

ORDER CAME AFTER A WATER LINE

BREAK CAUSED A HILLSIDE TO BE

UNSTEADY AND UNPREDICTABLE.

ABOUT 25 HOMES EVACUATED.

RESIDENTS ARE WAITING FOR IT TO

BE SAFE.

A YOUNG WOMAN PULLED FROM A

DEADLY MUDSLIDE IS SPEAKING OUT

FOR THE FIRST TIME.

AS CAITLIN BURKE REPORTS

PRAYER HELPED HER HOLD ON.

REPORTER: 22-YEAR-OLD AMANDA

SKORJANC CAN VISUALIZE MUD AND

DEBRIS RUSHING TO HER AND HER

INFANT SON.

I LOOKED OUT THE DOOR, IT WAS

LIKE A MOVIE, HOUSING EXPLODING.

NEXT THING I SEE IS OUR

NEIGHBOR'S CHIMNEY COMING INTO

OUR FRONT DOOR.

REPORTER: ALL SHE COULD DO IS

HOLD ON TO HER SON, WAIT FOR THE

EARTH TO STOP MOVING AND PRAY.

I KNOW THAT GOD WAS WITH US

BECAUSE AS IT WAS GOING, I CRIED

OUT TO HIM, SAID PLEASE SAVE US.

HER HOME SLIT 600 FEET BEFORE

COMING TO A STOP.

THEY WERE TRAPPED.

A POCKET FORMED AROUND HER.

SHE WAS CUSHIONED BY HER COUCH

AND BROKEN RECLINER.

SHE DISTRACTED HERSELF BY

PRAYING AND COMFORTING HER SON.

RESCUERS WERE ABLE TO TAKE HER

SON.

TODAY SHE AND HER SON ARE

HEALING FROM HER PHYSICAL

INJURIES, HE SUFFERED A

FRACTURED SKULL, SHE CRUSHED

ANKLE AND SEVERAL INJURIES TO

HER FACE.

OSO IS HOME, I'LL NEVER GO

BACK.

CBN NEWS.

A SOUTH EVERYONE CALIFORNIA

SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL ALLOW

STUDENTS TO HAND OUT BIBLE

COINS.

THE SAME TEACHERS THAT BANNED

THEM VIOLATED THEIR RIGHTS.

EARLIER THIS YEAR A TEACHER

BANNED FOUR CHILDREN FROM

HANDING THEM OUT DURING RECESS.

THE SCHOOL DISTRICT INVESTIGATED

AND CONCLUDED THAT THE TEACHERS

HAD SUPPRESSED THE CHILDREN'S

FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS.

UP NEXT, A BATTLE BEING WAGED

ACROSS THE COUNTRY, BIBLES IN

CLASSROOMS.

A GROWING NUMBER OF AMERICANS

ARE SKEPTICAL OF THE BIBLE AND

CONSIDER IT THE TEACHING OF MEN

RATHER THAN THE WORD OF GOD.

ABOUT ONE IN FIVE AMERICANS

DOUBT THE BIBLE'S RELEVANCE AND

AUTHORITY.

THAT IS DISTURBING, TWICE THE

AMOUNT IN 2011.

BIGGEST INCREASE CAME AMONG

18-29 YEAR OLDS.

RESULTS CAN BE FOUND IN THE

FOURTH ANNUAL STATE OF THE BIBLE

SURVEY.

THOUGH MANY DOUBT THE TRUTH OF

THE BIBLE, SOME STILL FAITHFULLY

WORK TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL,

INCLUDING A SUCCESSFUL BIBLE

CLUB AT A PENNSYLVANIA PUBLIC

SCHOOL.

NOW THE CLUB IS TAKING THEIR

MESSAGE TO OTHER PARTS OF THE

COUNTRY AND EVEN GOTTEN THE

ATTENTION OF MOVIE MAKERS.

PAUL STRAND BRINGS US THE

STORY IN TONIGHT'S FOCUS REPORT.

REPORTER: THE LARGEST AND

MOST FUN PUBLIC -- AREA

CHURCHES, PARENTS AND STUDENTS

HEARD ABOUT THE CHRISTIAN KIDS

OF RED BANK VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

IN RURAL PENNSYLVANIA PARTLY

BECAUSE OF CBN NEWS COVERAGE.

THE QUESTION IS CAN THEY BE

TRANSFERRED TO THE BIG CITY.

THEY WANT TO FIND OUT.

NOW RUNS SCHOOLBIBLE.COM TO

HELP OTHERS GET GOING AND

THRIVE.

KIDS CAN BE MOTIVATED TO

LEARN THE BIBLE IN THE SAME WAY

AS IN RURAL WESTERN PA OR THE

BIG CITY OF BOSTON

THE RED BANKERS POUR ON

WHACKY SKITS.

HERE THEY HAD THE BOSTON KIDS

ACTING OUT JESUS WALKING ON THE

WATER, THE BOAT, THE WAVES AND

WINDS, TOO.

THEY STAND READY TO THEIR

UNDERCHURCHED BODY.

NOBODY KNOWS.

IT IS WORTH A TRY.

THEY THINK IT IS THE ONLY WAY

TO REACH SOME STUDENTS.

THERE IS A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT

DON'T GO TO CHURCH BECAUSE IT IS

SO STRICT OR OH CHURCH IS

BORING.

REPORTER: MANY AMERICANS

BELIEVE THE SUPREME COURT TOSSED

GOD AND PRAYER OUT OF THE PUBLIC

SCHOOLS, THESE PARENTS AND

STUDENTS WONDERED WHETHER SUCH

CLUBS WOULD BE DEFIANT OF THE

LAW.

I AM NOT TRYING TO INSIGHT

THEM TO BE REBELLIOUS YOUTH.

ONE TEACHER TOLD THE CHILD TO

PUT THE BIBLE AWAY.

I SAID YOU STILL RESPECT YOUR

TEACHER BUT LEGALLY YOU ARE ABLE

TO CARRY YOUR BIBLE AROUND.

THEY MAY NEED A GENTLE

SCHOOLING ABOUT WHAT THE LAW

SAYS THEY MUST ALLOW.

STUDENTS ACROSS AMERICA HAVE

THE RIGHT TO HAVE BIBLE CLUBS.

WHAT IS GREAT ABOUT AMERICA,

IT IS STILL UP TO THE STUDENTS.

NOT ACCORDING TO THE TEACHERS

AND STUDENTS IN THE FILM

"UNCOMMON."

THERE CANNOT AND WILL NOT BE

ANY BIBLE ACTIVITY ON THE

PREMISES OF ROSE WOOD.

THEY WANTED TO BRING

"UNCOMMON"

TO THE SCHOOL.

THE FICTIONAL SCHOOL ENDS UP IN

COURT TRYING TO STIFLE THE

STUDENT'S RELIGIOUS RIGHTS.

IF A TEACHER SAYS YOU CAN'T

PRAY AT SCHOOL AND PRAY AT

GRADUATION, NO, THEY CAN SAY UP

YOUR NOSE WITH A RUBBER HOSE, I

AM GOING TO PRAY.

PARENTS AND STUDENTS TURNED

OUT BY THE HUNDREDS.

FREEDOM IS THE VERY

FOUNDATION OF YOUR RIGHTS.

THE SCHOOL OFFICIALS MUST

RESPECT THAT FREEDOM.

FREEDOM IS NOT FREEDOM IF YOU

ARE FORCED TO EXERCISE IT IN

PRIVATE.

RACHEL HOOK HEARD THE MOVIE

WAS COMING FOR A SPECIAL SHOWING

AND WROTE HER OWN SONG AND

CALLED IT "UNCOMMON."

*

ONE OF THE MOVIE'S PRODUCER'S

HEARD THE SONG, HAD RACHEL

RECORD IT PROFESSIONAL.

YOU CAN HEAR IT AT

UNCOMMONFILM.COM.

I DIDN'T EVEN THINK MY FAMILY

WOULD HEAR IT.

IT IS NOT TO BE IN A SCHOOL

THAT IS NOT A GODLESS VACUUM.

HUNDREDS OF BOSTONIANS ASKING

THEM TO COME SHOW THEM STUDENT

BIBLE CLUBS.

THEY ARE CONTINUING TO MAKE

THEIR MARK IN THE WORLD.

PAUL STRAND, CBN NEWS, RED BANK

VALLEY HIGH.

A DOLLAR DOESN'T GO VERY FAR

UNLESS YOU LIVE IN CHICAGO.

THAT IS BECAUSE SOME PROPERTY

IS FOR SALE AT AN INCREDIBLY LOW

COST.

QUALIFIED RESIDENTS CAN PURCHASE

CITY OWNED LOTS FOR JUST $1.

THE PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO HELP

REVIVE LOWER INCOME

NEIGHBORHOODS AND AIMS TO MOVE

THESE VACANT LOTS INTO PRIVATE

OWNERSHIP.

DREAM IS TO HAVE A SPACE

WHERE RESIDENTS CAN GATHER AND

PARTICIPATE AS A GROUP,

COMMUNITY GARDEN OR WALK THEIR

DOG.

IT ADDS VALUE LONG TERM TO THE

NEIGHBORHOOD.

IT IS NOT AN EYE SORE.

IT IS SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL.

IT SETS A DIFFERENT TONE FOR THE

NEIGHBORHOOD.

HERE IS THE CATCH.

IN ORDER TO QUALIFY, THEY MUST

LIVE ON THE SAME BLOCK AS THE

VACANT LOT AND PROVE THEY ARE

FINANCIALLY STABLE AND CAN'T

RESELL THE LOT FOR FIVE YEARS.

4,000 LOTS AVAILABLE FOR

PURCHASE.

THAT SURPRISES ME.

THIS IS GOING TO BE GOOD.

WE NEED TO FOLLOW UP.

THAT IS ALL FOR THIS EDITION OF

"NEWSWATCH."

THANKS FOR WATCHING, HAVE A

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