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CBN NewsWatch: June 11, 2014

On CBN Newswatch, June 11: Eric Cantor to stepping down as house majority leader, Hagel the new scapegoat over Bergdahl swap?, and Gaza rocket fire continues with PA unity gov't, and more. Read Transcript


George: TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH," TEA PARTY

SURPRISE.

THE SECOND MOST POWERFUL

REPUBLICAN IN CONGRESS

SUFFERS A STUNNING ELECTORAL

DEFEAT.

PLUS THOUSANDS FLEE

ISLAMIC MILITANTS IN

NORTHERN IRAQ.

WHY CHRISTIANS ARE

ESPECIALLY VULNERABLE.

George: AND GOVERNMENT

LAND GRAB.

HOW FEDERAL AGENCIES ARE

CONFISCATING PRIVATE

PROPERTY.

ALL THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH."

STUNNING DEFEAT SHAKES UP

THE HOUSE LEADERSHIP AND THE

REPUBLICAN PARTY.

GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE, I'M

GEORGE THOMAS.

Lori: AND I'M LORI

JOHNSON.

REPRESENTATIVE ERIC CANTOR

OF VIRGINIA SAYS HE'LL

RESIGN HIS MAJORITY LEADER

POST EFFECTIVE JULY 31st,

THAT AFTER LOSING BIG IN THE

REPUBLICAN PRIMARY TO A TEA

PARTY CANDIDATE.

THE ODDS WERE STACKED

HEAVILY AGAINST CANTOR'S

OPPONENT, BUT AS GARY LANE

REPORTS, VOTERS DEMANDED

CHANGE IN WASHINGTON.

Reporter: SHOCKWAVES

OVER AN UNEXPECTED UPSET

VICTORY.

EVERYONE EXPECTED THE SECOND

MOST POWERFUL MAN IN THE

U.S. HOUSE OF

REPRESENTATIVES TO EASILY

WIN THIS RE-ELECTION BID.

IN VIRGINIA'S REPUBLICAN

PARTY PRIMARY.

AFTER ALL, ERIC CANTOR HAS

OUTSPENT HIS OPPONENT MORE

THAN 20-1.

BUT WHEN ALL OF THE VOTES

WERE COUNTED, DAVID BRAT

CAME OUT ON TOP.

THE REASON WE WON THIS

CAMPAIGN IS JUST ONE REASON,

AND THAT'S BECAUSE DOLLARS

DO NOT VOTE; YOU DO.

I KNOW THERE IS A LOT OF

LONG FACES HERE TONIGHT.

AND IT'S DISAPPOINTING,

SURE.

Reporter: WHY DID IT

HAPPEN?

AND HOW WILL THE REPUBLICAN

PARTY REACT?

THIS WAS A SMACKDOWN.

THIS WAS VOTERS LESS THAN

TWO HOURS FROM WASHINGTON,

D.C. SAYING WE DON'T LIKE

THE DIRECTION THE COUNTRY IS

HEADED, AND WE DON'T LIKE

THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP'S

RESPONSE TO IT.

Reporter: IN HIS

CONCESSION SPEECH TUESDAY

NIGHT, CANTOR DESCRIBED

HIMSELF AS A CONSERVATIVE.

AND WE NEED TO FOCUS OUR

EFFORTS, AS CONSERVATIVES,

AS REPUBLICANS, ON PUTTING

FORTH OUR CONSERVATIVE

SOLUTIONS SO THAT THEY CAN

HELP SOLVE THE PROBLEMS FOR

SO MANY WORKING MIDDLE CLASS

FAMILIES.

Reporter: BUT VIRGINIA

VOTERS DIDN'T BUY IT.

TEA PARTY MEMBERS AND OTHER

CONSERVATIVES VIEWED CANTOR

AS THE ULTIMATE INSIDER,

CLOSE TO WALL STREET, AN

ESTABLISHMENT REPUBLICAN,

AND BRAT, AN ECONOMIC'S

PROFESSOR IN ASHLAND,

VIRGINIA, CAPITALIZED ON

CONSERVATIVE DISSATISFACTION

WITH CANTOR, AND RAN HIS

RACE AS AN

ANTI-ESTABLISHMENT

CANDIDATE.

THE POWER BELONGS TO THE

PEOPLE.

Reporter: WHILE THIS

WAS A SHOCKING UPSET, AND AN

AMAZING COMEBACK VICTORY FOR

THE TEA PARTY, WHAT IS

UNKNOWN IS THE IMPACT IT MAY

HAVE ON THE ELECTIONS IN

NOVEMBER.

WILL THEY EMBRACE A

CONSERVATIVE AGENDA OR A

MORE MODERATE ONE.

TWO MAIN ISSUES DOMINATED

THE WINNING CAMPAIGN AGAINST

CANTOR,: OVERSPENDING AND

IMMIGRATION REFORM.

ESSENTIALLY CANTOR GOT

GLOBBERED BY A MAN WHO HAD A

FRACTION OF THE MONEY TO

SPEND.

THAT OUGHT TO SEND A MESSAGE

TO BOTH PARTIES, BUT I'M NOT

SURE IT WILL.

Lori: CBN NEWS

POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT,

DAVID BRODY, HAS MORE.

NO ONE SAW THIS COMING.

WHAT HAPPENED?

David: I HAVE TO TELL

YOU, LORI, THERE ARE A LOT

OF PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON,

D.C. GRABBING THE SMELLING

SALTS THIS MORNING BECAUSE

THEY'RE LITERALLY FACEDOWN

ON THE GROUND.

NO ONE EXPECTED THIS.

HERE IS A GOOD WAY TO

EXPLAIN IT.

TUESDAY MORNING, THE DAY OF

THE PRIMARY, ERIC CANTOR WAS

IN WASHINGTON, D.C. AT A

STARBUCKS TALKING TO

FUNDRAISERS.

ON TUESDAY MORNING IN

WASHINGTON, D.C., WAS I AND

HE WASN'T IN THE DISTRICT.

I THINK THAT SAYS A WHY AS

TO WHY HE LOST.

THERE WERE A LOT OF FOLKS IN

HIS DISTRICT THAT FEEL HE

HAD LOST TOUCH.

THAT HE WASN'T THERE

ENOUGH.

THAT HE WAS IN ESSENCE THE

G.O.P. ESTABLISHMENT TYPE,

AND HE WAS CARING MORE ABOUT

WHAT WAS GOING ON IN

WASHINGTON, AND KIND OF THAT

TRAJECTORY THAT MAYBE HE

WILL BE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE

ONE DAY, AND I THINK IT CAME

BACK TO BITE HIM.

Lori: THAT MAKES A LOT

OF SENSE.

HOW BIG OF A PROBLEM FOR

CANTOR WAS THE SO-CALLED

"PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP,"

AND DO YOU THINK IT WILL

CHANGE BOEHNER SUPPORT OF

IMMIGRATION REFORM?

Reporter: IT DOESN'T

LOOK LIKE IMMIGRATION REFORM

IS GOING TO GET DONE ON THE

HILL ANYWAY THIS YEAR.

AND SO SPEAKER BOEHNER AND

ALL THE MACHINATIONS WILL

PROBABLY NOT GET DOWN.

IMMIGRATION REFORM WAS A

REAL BIG PROBLEM FOR ERIC

CANTOR.

HE SAYS HE WASN'T FOR

AMNESTY.

BUT THERE WERE ALL SORTS OF

PROBLEMS WITH THE WAY ERIC

CANTOR WENT ABOUT THIS.

THE PROBLEM WAS THAT ERIC

CANTOR COULDN'T GET AWAY

FROM TALKING ABOUT THE

AMNESTY ISSUE, AND THAT

REALLY HURT HIM.

AS OPPOSED TO LINDSAY GRAHAM

DOWN IN SOUTH CAROLINA,

ANOTHER REPUBLICAN WHO WON,

A SENATOR WHO WON, WHO ALSO

IS PRO-IMMIGRATION REFORM,

BUT LINDSAY GRAHAM WAS ABLE

TO CHANGE THE TOPIC AND TALK

ABOUT HOW THE PRESIDENT WAS

OUT OF TOUCH ON BENGHAZI AND

A LOT OF OTHER THINGS.

HE WAS ABLE TO DO THAT, AND

CANTOR WAS NOT.

Lori: WELL, ERIC CANTOR

SAYS HE'LL RESIGN EFFECTIVE

JULY 31st, AND SO ALREADY

THE JOCKEYING TO REPLACE HIM

AS MAJORITY LEADER HAS

ALREADY BEGUN.

WHO DO YOU THINK IT MIGHT

BE?

Reporter: WELL, THERE

ARE A COUPLE OF GUYS TO KEEP

AN EYE ON.

OBVIOUSLY, KEVIN McCARTHY

IS THE HOUSE MAJORITY WHIP,

IT IS BOEHNER, CANTOR,

McCARTHY.

AND THE OTHER GUY TO KEEP AN

EYE ON IS JEB PENSERLING.

HE IS A DIE-HARD

CONSERVATIVE AND THE TEA

PARTY FOLKS LOVE HIM, BUT HE

ALSO KNOWS HOW TO PLAY THE

ESTABLISHMENT GAME.

HE IS A GUY THAT A LOT OF

THE TEA PARTY GROUPS REALLY

LIKE UP HERE IN WASHINGTON.

Lori: ALL RIGHT.

DAVID BRODY, GREAT TO SEE

YOU.

THANKS FOR YOUR INSIGHTS.

THANKS, LORI.

George: THE I.R.S. TEA

PARTY SCANDAL IS GETTING

WORSE.

WORD THE I.R.S. GAVE THE

F.B.I. MORE THAN A MILLION

PAGES OF TAX DOCUMENTS

WITHOUT A COURT ORDER BACK

IN OCTOBER 2010.

THIS REVELATION COMES IN A

LETTER TO THE I.R.S.

COMMISSIONER FROM

CONGRESSMAN DARRELL ISSA AND

JIM JORDAN.

IT INDICATES THEY ALSO HAD

PUBLIC CONCERNS FROM

NON-PROFIT GROUPS AND

TAXPAYER INFORMATION.

THE LAW REQUIRES THE I.R.S.

TO KEEP CONFIDENTIAL.

THE DATA CAME FROM LOIS

LERNER AND SARAH HALL, WHO

ARE BOTH IMPLICATED FOR

WORKING WITH THE F.B.I. TO

ILLEGALLY TARGET THESE

GROUPS.

Lori: THE NATION'S TOP

PENTAGON OFFICIAL TOLD

CONGRESS HE STANDS BY THE

DEAL THAT LED TO THE RELEASE

OF SERGEANT BOWE BERGDAHL,

AND SAID THE EXCHANGE FOR

FIVE TALIBAN DETAINEES WAS

LEGAL.

CHUCK HAGEL DEFENDED THE

ADMINISTRATION'S DECISION TO

IGNORE A LAW REQUIRING 30

DAYS CONGRESSIONAL NOTICE

FOR ANY GUANTANAMO PRISONER

RELEASE.

HE SAYS IT WASN'T A PERFECT

DEAL, BUT TIME WAS NOT ON

THEIR SIDE.

UNDER THESE EXCEPTIONAL

CIRCUMSTANCES, A FLEETING

OPPORTUNITY TO PROTECT THE

LIFE OF AN AMERICAN SERVICE

MEMBER HELD CAPTIVE AND IN

DANGER FOR ALMOST FIVE

YEARS, THE NATIONAL SECURITY

CAME, AND THE PRESIDENT OF

THE UNITED STATES AGREED WE

NEEDED TO ACT SWIFTLY.

Lori: MEANWHILE, THE

BERGDAHL'S FORMER PASTOR IS

CALLING ON CHRISTIANS TO

EXTEND GRACE TO BERGDAHL AND

HIS FAMILY, SAYING,

QUOTE,"THESE ARE BROTHERS

AND SISTERS IN CHRIST," AND

HE IS SADDENED TO SEE

POLITICAL RHETORIC USED TO

DIVIDE CHRISTIANS.

George: ISRAEL FIRED A

ROCKET NO GAZA STRIP TODAY.

IT WAS HEADED BY MAHMOUD

ABBAS, IT TECHNICALLY

CONTROLS GAZA, BUT IN

REALITY, HAMAS IS IN TOTAL

CONTROL.

THE TERRORIST GROUP HAS SENT

THOUSANDS OF ROCKETS INTO

ISRAEL OVER THE YEARS.

MAHMOUD ABBAS CONDEMNED THE

ATTACK, AND AN ISRAELI

SPOKESMAN SAID IT WAS

ANTI-RADICAL.

Lori: THERE ARE TENS OF

THOUSANDS OF IRAQIS FLEEING

MOSUL.

THE JIHADIST GROUP CALLS

ITSELF THE ISLAMIC STATE OF

IRAQ AND SYRIA.

THOUSANDS OF CHRISTIANS FLED

TO NORTHERN IRAQ TO ESCAPE

PERSECUTION AFTER THE U.S.

INVASION IN 2003.

George: AND JOINING US

NOW FROM OUR WASHINGTON

BUREAU IS NINA SHAY AT THE

HUDSON INSTITUTE.

GREAT TO HAVE YOU BACK ON

THE SHOW.

YOU HAVE WRITTEN AN ARTICLE

FOR NATIONAL REVIEW THAT

SAYS THE CLEANSING OF IRAQ'S

CHRISTIANS IS NOW ENTERING

ITS END GAME.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

WELL, ALL OF THE

CHRISTIANS OF IRAQ HAVE HAD

TO FLEE -- VIRTUALLY ALL OF

THEM HAVE HAD TO FLEE NORTH,

TO MOSUL, AND BEYOND, OVER

THE LAST 10 YEARS BECAUSE OF

VERY SEVERE PERSECUTION.

AND NOW WE'RE SEEING MOSUL

ITSELF BEING CLEANSED OF ITS

CHRISTIANS.

THERE ARE VIRTUALLY NO

CHRISTIANS LEFT IN MOSUL,

AND ALL OF THE CHURCHES ARE

CLOSED.

THIS IS THE A ANCESTORAL

HOMELAND, AND THIS IS THEIR

LAST JUMPING POINT BEFORE

THEY LEAVE THE COUNTRY FOR

GOOD.

George: CHRISTIANS HAD

HOPED TO ESTABLISHED A SAFE

HAVEN IN THE NINEVEH

PLAINS.

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT WILL

HAPPEN TO THAT NOW?

I THINK THAT IDEA HAS

VANISHED, VANISHED ALONG

WITH THE CHRISTIANS.

OBVIOUSLY, THERE IS NO ONE

THERE LEFT TO REALLY

POPULATE OR DEFEND THAT

AREA.

I DON'T THINK IT IS GOING TO

HAPPEN.

George: DURING THE TIME

OF THE IRAQ WAR, CLEARLY

CHRISTIANS COULD ESCAPE TO

SYRIA TO FIND A SAFE HAVEN,

BUT NOW THEY CAN'T FIND A

SAFE HAVEN IN SEA SYRIA

BECAUSE OF THE ONGOING

BATTLE THERE, CORRECT?

CHRISTIANS HAVE VERY FEW

OPTIONS NOW, WHO ARE FLEEING

THE COUNTRIES IN THAT

REGION, IRAQ AND SYRIA.

THEY CAN GO TO KURDISTAN,

SOME OF THEM CAN GO.

I DON'T KNOW IF THEY CAN

TAKE THEM ALL.

THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS

THE UNITED STATES AND THE

INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

SHOULD BE WORKING ON.

OTHERWISE THEY WILL GO TO

THE WEST AND THEY WILL NOT

RETURN.

George: YOU HAVE BEEN

VERY CRITICAL OF THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION'S RESPONSE TO

THE ATTEMPTS TO PROTECT

CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE

EAST.

WHAT SHOULD THE

ADMINISTRATION DO

DIFFERENTLY NOW?

WELL, THE ADMINISTRATION,

RIGHT NOW, NEEDS TO GET

HUMANITARIAN AID TO THESE

PEOPLE.

I'M HEARING THAT FROM THE

NINEVEH PLAINS, WHERE A LOT

HAVE FLED, THERE IS ONLY

FOOD AND WATER FOR ABOUT TWO

DAYS.

AND BEYOND THAT, THEY NEED

TO APPOINT A SPECIAL ENVOY

FOR MIDDLE EAST MINORITIES.

BECAUSE THESE PEOPLE ARE

BEING RELIGIOUSLY CLEANSED

FROM COUNTRY AFTER COUNTRY.

AND THIS IS A VERY DANGEROUS

SITUATION BECAUSE IT MEANS

THERE IS NO EXPERIENCE OVER

THERE OF PLURALISM.

George: NINA SHAY, OF

THE HUDSON INSTITUTE, THANK

YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US.

THANK YOU.

Lori:

"OPERATION BLESSING" IS IN

NORTHEAST NIGERIA, BRINGING

AID TO SCHOOL CHILDREN

FACING DANGER FROM BOKO

HARAM AND OTHER ISLAMISTS.

THE MINISTRY'S DAVID DARD

WAS ABLE TO VISIT THE

BOARDING SCHOOL WITH A

HEAVILY ARMED SECURITY

DETAIL.

THE SCHOOL IS LOCATED IN

MUVI, WHERE A SUICIDE BOMBER

KILLED OVER 40 PEOPLE LAST

WEEK.

THE SCHOOL WAS CLOSED AFTER

BOKO HARAM CAPTURED ALMOST

300 OTHER SCHOOL GIRLS IN

THE REGION.

IT REOPENED THIS WEEK, AND

"OPERATION BLESSING" IS NOW

PROVIDING FOOD, COMPUTERS,

AND RAZOR WIRE FOR EXTRA

SECURITY.

O.B. WILL ALSO BEEN HELPING

THEM WITH BIGGER PROJECTS,

LIKE A WELL AND IMPROVEMENTS

TO THEIR DORMS OVER THE NEXT

FEW WEEKS.

George: COMING UP, THE

FIGHT FOR RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM.

LEADERS FROM MANY FAITHS

LINE UP AGAINST THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION.

George: WELCOME BACK TO

THE BROADCAST.

THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST

CONVENTION HAS A NEW

PRESIDENT.

RONNIE FLOYD WILL LEAD THE

NATION'S LARGEST PROTESTANT

DENOMINATION.

THE ANNUAL CONVENTION IS IN

BALTIMORE THIS YEAR.

A PANEL OF LEADERS MET

BEFORE IT STARTED TO DISCUSS

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IN THE

UNITED STATES.

RICK WARREN AND RODRIGUEZ

JOINS RUSSELL MOORE, THE

HEAD OF THE ETHICS AND

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

COMMISSION.

THEY TALKED ABOUT HOBBY

LOBBY'S FIGHT BEFORE THE

SUPREME COURT.

MOORE AND WARREN PREDICTED

THEY WOULD WIN AGAINST THE

SUPREME COURT, BUT ALSO

SAID, "IF WE LOSE THIS CASE,

THE GOSPEL IS NOT LOST.

IF THE UNITED STATES OF

AMERICA CRUMBLES AWAY, THE

GOSPEL IS NOT LOST."

THE U.S. SUPREME COURT IS

EXPECTED TO RULE ON IT THIS

MONTH.

Lori: FIGHTING THE

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S BIRTH

CONTROL RULE.

THERE IS A WIDESPREAD

SENSE, FEELING, THAT

SOMETHING UNUSUAL IS

HAPPENING WITH REGARD TO

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IN OUR

COUNTRY.

Reporter: SOME SAY IT

IS THE CULMINATION OF A

DECADES-LONG PROCESS,

DESIGNED TO ELIMINATE

RELIGIOUS PEOPLE WHO DON'T

SUBSCRIBE TO A LIBERAL WORLD

VIEW.

THE BREAKING POINT APPEARS

TO HAVE COME WHEN THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION SAYS ALL

GROUPS WHO PROVIDE HEALTH

CARE MUST HAVE COVERAGE FOR

BIRTH CONTROL AND THE

MORNING-AFTER PILL.

EVEN ORGANIZATIONS WITH

RELIGIOUS OBJECTIONS.

A NUMBER HAVE SUED THE

ADMINISTRATION.

NOW WE HAVE AN

ADMINISTRATION SAYING IF YOU

WANT TO GO OUT IN THE PUBLIC

SQUARE AND HELP THE POOR OR

FEED THE HUNGRY OR CURE THE

SICK, YOU HAVE TO LEAVE YOUR

RELIGIOUS BELIEFS.

Reporter: CHRISTIANS,

JEWS, MUSLIMS, MORMONS, AND

OTHER RELIGIOUS GROUPS ARE

JOINING FORCES TO STOP THE

TRESPASSES AGAINST THEIR

FREEDOM.

I THINK IT IS HAPPENING

BECAUSE ALL OF THE DIFFERENT

RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES

RECOGNIZE A THREAT TO ONE IS

A THREAT TO ALL.

Reporter: PROFESSOR

GEORGE SAYS CHRISTIANS AND

OTHER BELIEVERS ARE FACING

ANIMOSITY FROM SECULARISTS

FOR STANDING FOR THEIR

RELIGIOUS BELIEFS IN THE

PUBLIC SQUARE, AND HE CALLS

IT AN ABUSE TO APPLY

ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS TO

BIBLICAL VIEWS ON SEXUAL

IMMORTALITY.

IT IS AN ODD THING,

BECAUSE SO MANY WHO CONDEMN

CHRISTIANS AND CATHOLICS FOR

SPEAKING PUBLICLY ABOUT

THEIR FAITH AND ACTING ON

THEIR FAITH IN THE PUBLIC

SQUARE, WOULD BE THE FIRST

TO PRAISE MARTIN LUTHER

KINGMARTMARTIN LUTHER KING,

JR.

THE GOAL IS TO ORGANIZE

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM CAUCASUS

IN ALL 50 STATES, AND HELP

LAWMAKERS CONTRACT

LEGISLATION THAT PROTECTS

THE RIGHTS OF ALL.

JENNIFER WISHON, CBN NEWS,

WASHINGTON.

George: UP NEXT, THE

GOVERNMENT TELLS A RANCHER

THAT HE DOESN'T OWN HIS OWN BAL

LAND.@@@@

George: SO WHAT WOULD

YOU DO IF THE GOVERNMENT

JUST DECIDED THAT IT WANTED

TO TAKE YOUR LAND.

Lori: AND NOT GIVE YOU

A PENNY FOR IT.

CHUCK HOLTON REPORTS THAT IS

EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED TO ONE

TEXAS RANCHER.

Reporter: THE MARCH

DUST-UP BETWEE BETWEEN

CLIVE BU BUNDY AND THE

BREWEBUREAU OF LAND.

IN TEXAS, ANOTHER FIGHT HAS

BEEN RAGING BETWEEN RANCHERS

AND THE B.L.M. FOR DECADES.

EVER SINCE 1803, THERE HAS

BEEN SOME DISPUTE BETWEEN

THE BOUNDARY LINE BETWEEN

OKLAHOMA AND TEXAS.

YEARS AGO THE COURTS DECIDED

IT WAS THE VEGETATION LINE

HERE ON THE SOUTH SIDE.

AS THE RIVER HAS MOVED OVER

TIME, IT HAS CAUSED A

PROBLEM BECAUSE OKLAHOMA

SAYS WHENEVER THE RIVER

MOVES SOUTH, OKLAHOMA PICKS

UP MORE LAND.

BUT WHEN IT IS MOVES BACK

NORTH, THE PROPERTY

BOUNDARIES STAY WHERE IT

IS.

OBVIOUSLY TEXAS DISAGREES,

ESPECIALLY THE RANCHERS WHO

OWN LAND ALONG THE BORDER.

B.L.M. HAS DEFINITELY HAD

A CHANGE OF PERSONALITY IN

THE LAST 30 YEARS.

Reporter: TEXAS RANCHER

TOMMY HENDERSON'S FAMILY HAS

RAISED COTTON AND CATTLE

ALONG THE RED RIVER FOR 30

YEARS.

HE BOUGHT THIS LAND FROM HIS

AUNT 30 YEARS AGO, AND DID

SO WITH A LOAN.

THEY BLESSED THE

PROPERTY, AND A DIFFERENT

GOVERNMENT AGENCY INSPECTED

THE PROPERTY AND SAID IT WAS

FINE.

THE DEED WAS GOOD.

THE TITLE WAS GOOD.

BUT THEN JUST FIVE YEARS

LATER, I LOST IT IN A COURT

OF LAW AND I STILL HAD TO

PAY FOR THE PROPERTY.

I STILL HAD TO PAY BACK THE

LENDING INSTITUTION, BECAUSE

IF I DIDN'T, THEY WOULD COME

AND GET EVERYTHING ELSE.

Reporter: USING

OKLAHOMA'S SELF-SERVING

DEFINITIONS OF EROSION, THE

U.S. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

DECIDED HENDERSON NEVER

ACTUALLY OWNED 140 ACRES

BORDERING THE RIVER.

THIS IS THE BOUNDARY

MARKER BETWEEN TEXAS AND

OKLAHOMA, OR THE SOUTHERN

EDGE, WHERE THE B.L.M.

PROPERTY IS HERE.

THE RED RIVER IS A MILE AND

QUARTER TO THE NORTH OF US.

THEY TOOK A LITTLE OVER A

THIRD OF THIS PROPERTY.

Reporter: ON TOP OF

THAT, HE HAD TO CONTINUE

PAYING THE MORTGAGE.

AS A MATTER OF FACT, I

JUST FINISHED MAKING MY LAST

PAYMENT ON IT, ON THIS FARM,

IN JANUARY OF THIS YEAR.

Reporter: THE BUREAU OF

LAND MANAGEMENT ASSERTS ON

ITS WEBSITE, THE B.L.M. IS

CATEGORICALLY NOT EXPANDING

FEDERAL HOLDINGS ALONG THE

RED RIVER.

WHAT IT IS DOING IS

REVISITING THE HENDERSON

RULING AND CALLING FOR NEW

BOUNDARY CERVAI SURVEYS

ALONG THE RED RIVER.

SO IT'S CLEARLY A LAND

GRAB.

WE DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY THE

B.L.M. IS ENGAGED IN TRYING

TO TAKE THIS PROPERTY AWAY.

Reporter: GENE HALL OF

THE TEXAS FARM BUREAU SAYS

THE BORDER DISPUTE WITH

OKLAHOMA ISN'T THE WORST

EXAMPLE OF GOVERNMENT

OVERREACH.

THE E.P.A. IS ALSO

ATTEMPTING TO REDEFINE

EXISTING LAW.

THIS IS PART OF A

DISTURBING PATTERN.

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SEEMS

TO WANT TO TAKE CONTROL OF

EVERY MUD HOLE IN AMERICA,

EVERY DITCH, STANDING WATER,

EVEN LAND THAT IS NOT EVEN

WET MOST OF THE TIME.

Reporter: THE CLEAN

WATER ACT COVERS THE WATERS

OF THE UNITED STATES.

A 2006 SUPREME COURT RULING

SET THE DEFINITION AS

PERMANENT STREAMS, LAKES,

AND TRIBUTARIES.

BUT NOW THE E.P.A. IS

PROPOSING TO MODIFY THAT

DEFINITION, TO INCLUDE

NEARLY ANYTHING THAT IS OR

GETS WET.

BUT THE PERMITTING OF

THAT WILL BE OUTRAGEOUSLY

EXPENSIVE.

FARMERS AND RANCHERS WILL

HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT.

WE THINK THEY ARE OUT TO

REGULATE EVERY FOOT OF

GROUND IN AMERICA THAT WATER

EVEN TOUCHES AT VARIOUS

TIMES OF THE YEAR.

NO ONE IS INTERESTED IN

FOULING THE WATER AND THE

AIR AND THE LAND WHERE THEY

LIVE.

BEAR IN MIND, THEY LIVE OUT

THERE.

THEY DRINK THE WATER FROM

WELLS.

FARMERS AND RANCHERS ARE NOT

PROBLETHE PROBLEM WHEN IT

COMES TO CLEAN WATER.

Reporter: SID MILLER

RAISES HORSES AND OWNS A

NURSERY IN STEVENVILLE,

TEXAS.

AND NOW HE IS RUNNING FOR

STATE AGRICULTURAL

COMMISSIONER.

I'M A STEWARD OF THE

LAND.

IF I DON'T TAKE CARE OF THE

LAND, IT DOESN'T TAKE CARE

OF MY FAMILY.

THE SUPREME COURT SAYS THE

E.P.A. HAS JURISDICTION ONLY

OVER WATERS, RIVERS, LAKES,

STREAMS, AND OCEANS.

AND THEY'RE JUST SUBVERTING

CONGRESS, SUBVERTING THE

SUPREME COURT, THE

CONSTITUTION, AND BY RULE,

IN-HOUSE RULE, THEY'RE

ATTEMPTING TO CHANGE THAT

AND LAY CLAIM TO ANYWHERE IT

HITS A NAVIGATEABLE WATER

WAY.

Reporter: AND MILLER

CLAIMS THE GOVERNMENT

THREATENS TEXAS FARMERS MORE

THAN THE RECORD-BREAKING

DROUGHT.

THE GREATEST THREAT TO

THE AMERICAN FARMING RANCHES

IS NOT THE HIGH FEED PRICES

OR THE HIGH FERTILIZER

PRICES, IT IS THE

OVERREACHING FEDERAL

GOVERNMENT.

45% OF THE LAND IN WESTERN

MISSISSIPPI IS OWNED BY THE

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

IF YOU WANT TO STIMULATE

THIS ECONOMY, PUT THAT IN

THE HANDS OF A PRIVATE

INDIVIDUAL.

WE'RE BETTER STEWARDS OF THE

LAND THAN THE GOVERNMENT

IS.

Reporter: FROM THE RED

RIVER VALLEY, I'M CHUCK

HOLTON FOR CBN NEWS NEWS.

HOL TON

Lori: FINALLY TONIGHT,

GRADUATING SENIORS OUT OF

VIRGINIA, HIGH SCHOOL,

DEFIED A DEMAND BY THE CIVIL

LIBERTIES UNION THAT THEY

REMOVE A CHRISTIAN SONG FROM

THEIR GRADUATION CEREMONY.

George: THE STUDENTS

LINED UP AND BEGAN SINGING

"GOD BE WITH YOU UNTIL WE

MEET AGAIN."

THE SONG HAS BEEN SONG

DURING GRADUATION EXERCISES

AT THOMAS WALKER HIGH SINCE

1940.

THE ACLU SENT A LETTER TO

SCHOOL OFFICIALS LAST MONTH

SAYING THE STUDENTS SHOULD

NOT BE ALLOWED TO SING THE

SONG BECAUSE OF ITS

RELIGIOUS CONTENT.

Lori: HOWEVER, IT COULD

DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE

STUDENT-LED EFFORT.

WE HAVE A LINK ON OUR

WEBSITE, cbnnews.com, WITH

MORE ON THIS STORY,

INCLUDING A LINK TO A LOCAL

TELEVISION STATION, WYHL,

WHICH COVERED THE DISPUTE

AND THE GRADUATION.

GOOD FOR THEM.

George: GOOD FOR THEM.

Lori: A LOT OF SCHOOLS

AND STUDENTS ARE AIRING ON

THE SIDE OF CAUTION AND THEY

DON'T NEED TO BE THAT

CAREFUL.

THAT'S ALL OF THE TIME WE

HAVE FOR THIS EDITION OF

"NEWSWATCH."

George: FROM ALL OF US

HERE, GOOD NIGHT AND WE'LL

SEE YOU NEXT TIME.

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