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Alito Abortion Memo; Notorious Bandits; Minding Your Business; New You Resolution 2006

Aired November 15, 2005 - 07:30   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


SOLEDAD O'BRIEN, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning. Welcome, everybody.
You know this bandit that we've been talking about who they believe...

CAROL COSTELLO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The cell phone bandit?

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: Cell phone bandit.

MILES O'BRIEN, CNN ANCHOR: The cell phone bandit.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: Can we show a picture of her. There she is. Dubbed cell phone bandit because, of course, she knocks over the bank while chatting with somebody on her cell phone. You know, I've got to say, this reminds me of a case that I covered in San Francisco. This ...

MILES O'BRIEN: (INAUDIBLE) quickly need to put up a right surveillance video? Just if I could. All right, San Francisco.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: San Francisco, many a years ago, there was a bandit. All we knew about him, tall, black man in a pink dress.

COSTELLO: Really?

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: Oh, yes.

COSTELLO: Pink dress.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: And so . . .

MILES O'BRIEN: Nothing wrong with that, right?

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: But the thing was, everyone assumed that he was -- it was such a shocker that all the tellers could remember he that he was black, he was tall, and he was in a pink dress. There was no actual, helpful description of the guy because the dress was such a shocking -- and he ditched the dress ...

COSTELLO: And he got caught then?

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: No, not while I was there.

MILES O'BRIEN: No, because you couldn't recognize him.

COSTELLO: Really? MILES O'BRIEN: So the pink dress was a Red Herring.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: (INAUDIBLE). It was a decoy. It made everyone's attention go to the dress and they couldn't remember any details about the guy.

COSTELLO: Not true with the cell phone. Because, remember, we thought it might be a decoy but she's caught.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: They've improved the surveillance videotape where now you don't even have to worry about this. Doesn't really matter if you have a little gadget.

MILES O'BRIEN: Apparently not. Apparently not.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: Just as long as they've got good tape and that's what they had.

MILES O'BRIEN: I still was wondering if she was disguised. But apparently that was not the case either.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: What would makes you think that's a man?

MILES O'BRIEN: I was just kind of being facetious about that. But the point is, you know, she was so brazen, you would think that she might have altered her . . .

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: I thought she was just multitasking.

MILES O'BRIEN: We still don't know how much money she got. They won't say.

COSTELLO: You never get very much when you rob a bank. That's a myth.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: Really? How many banks have you knocked over?

COSTELLO: I was a crime beat reporter for like 15 years.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: Really?

COSTELLO: You never get very much money.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: Oh, it's a waste of time.

MILES O'BRIEN: So Willy something was wrong, it's not where the money is?

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: It's a job.

COSTELLO: Exactly. Unless you do a big armor car heist, which no many people do.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: She's scaring me.

MILES O'BRIEN: Ah, a car heist. SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: She's scaring me.

COSTELLO: Anyway, I got to get to the news now.

MILES O'BRIEN: Get to the news, please, yes. Onward.

COSTELLO: OK. Good morning, everyone.

A big step forward, that's what Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is calling a Mid East border deal. Secretary Rice personally oversaw the final round of all-night talks. The deal would allow Palestinians to travel between the West Bank and Gaza in bus convoys through Israel and the Gaza/Egypt border would tentatively open on November 25th.

President Bush may try to nudge Japanese leaders into extending their country's stay in Iraq. -- Security issues are expected to be high on the agenda when the president meets with Japan's prime minister. The president arrived in Kyoto just within the past three hours. It's his first stop on a week-long tour that also includes South Korea, China, and Mongolia.

After a nearly two-year wait, seniors can start signing up for the new Medicare prescription drug plan. The new benefit kicks in on January 1st and enrollment continue through next May. Dozens of plans are being offered and some of the information may be a bit confusing. And I know that's an understatement. We're going to try to sort that all out in the next hour when Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt joins us and will ask him if even he can explain.

Listen to this story. A 37-year-old woman in Georgia is facing child molestation charges after marrying a 15-year-old boy. That's right, a 37-year-old woman marrying a 15-year-old boy. That's a picture of her. There are reports that she is pregnant with his child. The boy's grandmother says she knew the teenager was spending a lot of time with his mom's best friend but alarm bells did not go off until she found love letters and lured photos. And, in case you're wondering, if you can prove you're pregnant with an under aged kid's baby, you can legally marry him or her in the state of Georgia. Get what I'm saying?

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: Yes, we're going to talk -- yes, well we're going to talk to the D.A. who thinks that she's going to go forward still with the child molestation case against this woman who's now married to the 15-year-old boy.

COSTELLO: Very strange story.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: And apparently has his child.

MILES O'BRIEN: Major ick (ph) factor in that one.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: Oh, yes, that too. Yes.

COSTELLO: Let's talk about the Philadelphia Eagles not doing so well without Terrell Owens. What a drag. The Eagles playing their first Monday night game without T.O. It looked really good until Dallas got that late night interception. Oh, poor Donovan McNabb. Roy Williams picked him off, running 46 yards for a touchdown. The extra point also good. The Cowboys beat the Eagles 21-20. You just know Terrell is smiling somewhere. And you know, the worst part is, is Donovan McNabb got hurt. He might be out.

MILES O'BRIEN: And none of that interception didn't have anything to do with Owens. I mean, you know.

COSTELLO: Well, no, but he was disrespecting Donovan McNabb, saying he wasn't as great a quarterback as everyone thought and then . . .

MILES O'BRIEN: So maybe he wasn't up to a hundred percent or some stuff.

COSTELLO: Yes. It's sad.

MILES O'BRIEN: All right. Thanks. See you in a bit.

COSTELLO: Sure.

MILES O'BRIEN: Samuel Alito's paper trail is revealing some interesting things this morning. And he is, of course, the Supreme Court nominee for the Bush administration right now. Making the rounds on Capitol Hill. Talking to Republicans and Democrats alike. Democrats today. Should be some interesting conversations today because there's a memo, a 20-year-old memo, which is out this morning, which seems to have a smoking gun quality to it on his opinions on Roe versus Wade and abortion and rights in general. Joining us to talk about this is Jonathan Turley, law professor at George Washington University, joining us from Washington.

Jonathan, good to have you back with us.

PROF. JONATHAN TURLEY, GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY: Good morning.

MILES O'BRIEN: Let's quote the memo. This is 20 years ago and Samuel Alito was bucking for a promotion, sending a memo up the food chain there at the Justice Department. And let's read from it.

He says, "I am and always have been a conservative. I am particularly proud of my contributions in recent cases in which the government has argued in the Supreme Court that racial and ethnic quotas should not be allowed, and that the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion."

That's as clear as it gets, isn't it?

TURLEY: It is clear. And the problem for Sam Alito is that this is a much more substantive piece of evidence of his views than we saw with John Roberts, who was confirmed as chief justice. What this does is it opens up the door for senators now to push him on what his current views are. And I think that's the greatest problem here is that he's going to find it difficult to do what Roberts did and that is say, I just don't want to talk about this issue, it might be a case that comes up. Here he's already held forth on it and so the Senate's going to pour into that gap.

MILES O'BRIEN: But what's interesting though is, in some of his previous conversations, supposedly he has told the senators that he would hold very true to precedent. He would honor precedent, which is kind of a code word for saying that something like Roe versus Wade, which has been affirmed time and time again over many years, he would be reluctant to overturn that. So there's kind of a mixed message here.

TURLEY: Well, there is a mixed message. And part of the problem is that you have some Democratic senators who want desperately to be lied to. You know, some of these senators don't know if Alito would survive a filibuster, but they're pretty sure they wouldn't. And so some of these senators want him just to say, I'm not going to drop Roe v Wade the first week I'm on the court.

But the important thing to remember is that you don't have to overturn a case to kill it. You know, Chief Justice Rehnquist, for example, killed Miranda with a thousand paper cuts. He gutted the case and then eventually preserved the case but there was nothing much left in Miranda. It was like a shell corporation. My suspicion is that Alito is more likely to do that with Roe v Wade, gradually increase the power of the state, the husbands and other players in these disputes and leaving Roe itself as technically not overturned.

MILES O'BRIEN: Well, but, of course, that's more the way the law works as well. But let me ask you this, though. Has it really come to this that Democrats are more concerned about plausible deniability than how a person will act on the court? That's a pretty sad statement.

TURLEY: No, frankly, they are. This is a case in which these senators on these border blue and red states just want some plausible deniability to say, look, he assured me he wasn't going to overturn Roe. And we saw that with John Roberts who basically read the Black's Law Dictionary definition of starry decisis (ph) to these senators and had them cooing. He just said, you know, I'm going to respect precedent. I'm not going to overturn it lightly.

And these people were doing the human wave saying, my gosh, he sounds so friendly. And the fact is, you know, you can believe in starry decisis and still drop Roe v Wade. What Alito's not going to do, is to go into a meeting with Dianne Feinstein and say, I'm going to put a bullet in the head of Roe v. Wade the second I get on that court. He's not going to do that.

MILES O'BRIEN: Hey, Jonathan, I love it when you speak Latin, but would you explain what you're talking about there?

TURLEY: Starry -- it's a little early for Latin. Starry decisis is basically saying that you respect precedent. That precedent is not overturned lightly. But the doctrine also says that you can overturn precedence in some cases. In fact, the Rehnquist court overturned many of the cases during the Warren court, while saying that it was complying with starry decisis.

So a lost this is about style. You know, Sam Alito is not like Scalia. He doesn't make these overarching statements. He's not that sort of passionate in his decisions. He's more of a technocrat. But make no mistake about it, you look at his cases, he consistently, almost uniformly, rules on the right side of issues.

And that's part of the thing that concerns me, frankly, is, I don't see a real clear philosophy in Sam Alito. But what I do see is a consistent voting on the right, political right, of issues.

MILES O'BRIEN: All right. Jonathan Turley. I think thinks are brewing now. We will be back in touch.

TURLEY: Thanks. See you, Miles.

MILES O'BRIEN: Jonathan's at George Washington University, a law professor there, and he's very good with Latin early in the morning. Starry decisis.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: I know what it means now.

MILES O'BRIEN: It's good to have that.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: Hey, you know, we were talking just a moment ago about that so called cell phone bandit. The police say they nabbed their man, or woman really. Candice Martinez, she was nabbed early this morning after an FBI agent spotted her car. And she's suspected of robbing four banks in Northern Virginia, all the while talking on her cell phone. Well this morning, AMERICAN MORNING's Dan Lothian takes a look at other bank robbers who were made famous by their accessories.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

DAN LOTHIAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT, (voice over): The days of great train robberies maybe over, but inventing new and ingenious ways of holding up banks aren't.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She can call us.

LOTHIAN: Nineteen-year-old Candice Rose Martinez was allegedly spotting robbing four banks while talking on the phone in a Northern Virginia area.

THOMAS NOLAN, CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROFESSOR: Her strategy on deception may simply be to appear ordinary. So ordinary that no one in the room or in the bank would ever consider that she would be the one to pass the note.

LOTHIAN: She's been dubbed the cell phone bandit. Names are often assigned based on what someone is wearing or carrying during the crime. This woman affectionately called the bag lady bandit was, as you might of guessed, always carrying a nice handbag while performing bank robbery sprees in Northern California. And it was the wig this woman wore during a two-day robbery spree across New York and Connecticut that earned her the name blonde bandit.

Boston University criminal justice professor and retired police officer Thomas Nolan says disguises and diversions prevents hurdles and opportunities.

NOLAN: Well it can stymie law enforcement, but it can also, in certain circumstances, assist law enforcement.

LOTHIAN: That's because a bandit who has a unique look and strikes repeatedly gets attention, is branded with a name and can quickly be tied to multiple crimes. Patterns are an investigator's best friend.

Whether they're wearing a disguise or using a diversion tactic, the one thing they all have in common, say law enforcement experts, is that eventually they will most likely be caught.

NOLAN: It's few and far between that people allude detection for any long period of time. Particularly if they're engaging in repeated offenses.

LOTHIAN: Dan Lothian, CNN, Boston.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

MILES O'BRIEN: Well, he didn't mention your pink dress African- American guy in San Francisco, which is think is ...

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: It was a long time ago and I'm not sure they ever caught the guy.

MILES O'BRIEN: Well, that doesn't matter. They could still . . .

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: No, but I'm just saying, it was a long ...

MILES O'BRIEN: Use the pink dress story.

Why don't we call our videotape library and see if we can come up with that.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: I don't know that they ever had the picture in the pink dress, which really would be what you want.

MILES O'BRIEN: Joe, if you're listening, get on it. Pink dress.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: Later this morning we're going to talk to the cops about exactly how they were able to nab the alleged cell phone bandit.

MILES O'BRIEN: Cops and nabbed. This is great. It's real (INAUDIBLE) sounding. Yes, cops nab cell phone bandit.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: I like it.

MILES O'BRIEN: Bonnie Schneider, how's the weather looking? (WEATHER REPORT)

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: Ahead this morning, almost time to announce just who's been picked for the "New You Resolution 2006." Dr. Sanjay Gupta's going to join us live.

MILES O'BRIEN: I'm all a twitter. It's not us. We tried.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: We tried very hard.

MILES O'BRIEN: Nobody cares.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: But we'll hear which six people, three couples, one. And that's ahead on AMERICAN MORNING. Stay with us.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

MILES O'BRIEN: Andy Serwer is here and we're talking about the new Federal Reserve nominee because you just need to know that, right?

ANDY SERWER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: You do. Ben Bernanke goes before the Senate Committee that will endorse him presumably, and he's being fast tracked. This is not going to be a controversial appointment in all likelihood. There he is. He's 51 years old. And if endorsed and then approved by the full Senate, he will take over on January 31st from Alan Greenspan who's served more than 18 years and will turns 80 in February. The Bernanke file is fascinating. I mean this guys is -- he's an even man -- or even tempered, conciliatory, witty, speaks English. Let's look at some of the things here.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: Speaks English?

SERWER: Yes, as opposed to Alan Greenspan.

MILES O'BRIEN: Oh, I see.

SERWER: Finished 26th in the National Spelling Bee, 1590 on those SATs. Almost a perfect score.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: Wow, that's pretty good.

SERWER: Played saxophone, like Alan Greenspan plays the saxophone.

MILES O'BRIEN: Oh, very interesting.

SERWER: I see a conspiracy going on here. Now, what else do we have here? A Red Sox fan. -- Well, we can handle that.

MILES O'BRIEN: He missed some classes for . . .

SERWER: Yes.

MILES O'BRIEN: Oh it was '75.

SERWER: Because he was watching the 1975 World Series. And this is my favorite part. He was a waiter at "South of the Boarder" and -- there's Pedro. You know, he grew up in Georgia and South Carolina, so he lived down that way. And actually, a friend of his had to talk his parents into allowing him to go to Harvard where he was accepted. His parents wanted him to stay near home but probably ...

MILES O'BRIEN: Because that's a Yankee school.

SERWER: Well, there's some of that.

MILES O'BRIEN: So I hear.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: This is in the file? He got a 1590.

SERWER: Yes.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: He plays saxophone.

SERWER: Yes.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: And he was a waiter at "South of the Border."

SERWER: Serious stuff.

MILES O'BRIEN: I love this spelling bee thing too. Do you put that on your resume? I guess you do.

SERWER: Soledad, you wanted to know about his monetary policy, about he feels about taxes? You want to know about that stuff, like that's a real important thing.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: Yes, call me crazy.

Oh, well, as long as we got the "South of the Border," you know, (INAUDIBLE).

SERWER: The "South of the Border" waiter part. Very important.

MILES O'BRIEN: Andy's just happy about the English part . . .

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: Yes, exactly.

MILES O'BRIEN: Because he doesn't have to interpret anything.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: Yes. I will say, I'm happy about that too.

SERWER: And that is actually a -- it is an important point, I think.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: Yes, I agree.

Hey, did you see this yesterday?

SERWER: Tell me.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: VH1. Take a look. Let's show you. MILES O'BRIEN: He doesn't watch VH1.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: Miles O'Brien yakking about what he loves to talk about.

SERWER: Oh, space boy.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: Space boy. Here it is.

MILES O'BRIEN: It's Mr. Space Boy to you.

SERWER: Thank you.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

MILES O'BRIEN: Miles above us. You spin around the globe every 90 minutes at 17,500 miles an hour. You get a great view and think of the bragging rights.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Just to look out and see the earth from about 230 miles up is just great. (END VIDEO CLIP)

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: I love the music in the background. It makes you sound even jazzier.

MILES O'BRIEN: Even an old fart like me sounds kind of hip with that music going.

SERWER: But you know what . . .

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: And they had to take off the jacket, roll up the sleeves (INAUDIBLE).

SERWER: Yes. Well, he was not wearing any bling bling, though. I mean, next time you're on VH1, you might want some jewelry.

MILES O'BRIEN: I've got to bling it up a little more?

SERWER: Yes, I think so.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: Yes. (INAUDIBLE).

MILES O'BRIEN: Will you be my stylist?

SERWER: Yes. Look at me. Right?

MILES O'BRIEN: Be perfect.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: And the good news is, if you missed it . . .

MILES O'BRIEN: You can see it at . . .

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: You know they turn that . . .

MILES O'BRIEN: (INAUDIBLE). It continues. SERWER: Over and over.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: You'll see it five million more times.

SERWER: Oh, here we go.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: In fact, you can see it again right now!

SERWER: There he is. And here is space boy! Mr. Space Boy to me.

MILES O'BRIEN: There's me talking about how I wish I could get a ride for 20 million.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: Oh, look how funky you look. You rolled up the sleeves and the button down shirt.

MILES O'BRIEN: I just do what they say. I showed up.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: I hear you. I hear you.

MILES O'BRIEN: And there I was.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: Oh, that's funny. Good for you. Was it fun?

MILES O'BRIEN: Yes, they were nice people. They really were.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: That's good. Good.

MILES O'BRIEN: Very hip. A very hip crowd.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: As are you.

MILES O'BRIEN: They kept calling me dad.

SERWER: Well, (INAUDIBLE) Soledad. That's about right.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: And guess who we're talking to soon? Dr. Sanjay Gupta. We've been announcing this all morning.

SERWER: Yes.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: He's going to announce his team for the "New You Resolution 2006."

MILES O'BRIEN: And we have no idea who these people are.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: No we don't. It's three -- we do know it's three teams of two people each. He's going to show us who made the cut this year up next on AMERICAN MORNING. Stay with us.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: Ah, the "New You Revolution -- Resolution."

MILES O'BRIEN: But this is a revolution, (INAUDIBLE). SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: We called it revolution last year, this year we're back to resolution. Remember picking people, Sanjay gets in.

MILES O'BRIEN: Was it revolution last year? I missed that.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: It was revolution. That's all right. You're back new. It's a whole new thing.

MILES O'BRIEN: Yes.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: This year decided this year to pick pairs of people. And Dr. Sanjay Gupta is in Atlanta this morning, going to tell us about who made the cut and why.

Good morning to you, Sanjay..

DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, O'Brien's.

Yes, it's (INAUDIBLE) . . .

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: Hey, hey, we have first names, man.

MILES O'BRIEN: Hey, Gupta.

Go.

GUPTA: That's right, just one.

This year's "New You" will be double the challenge. We got thousands of applications for this and we have chosen the three pairings that are going to undergo our 2006 health makeover. Let me introduce you to them. First, from our nation's capitol, they've lobbied together to join the "New You." Frank Purcell is a lobbyist, and Donna Brighthaupt, his assistant. Now Donna won us over with her e-mail about their opposite personalities and the two things they have in common. These coworkers are both pursuing degrees on top of work and family leaving little time for exercise. And both also say they love their ribs and they also love candy from their office vending machine.

MILES O'BRIEN: Wait, is she his assistant?

GUPTA: She's his assistant.

MILES O'BRIEN: OK.

GUPTA: That's the pair, yes.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: So if she's smart, she won't beat him.

MILES O'BRIEN: But, I mean, a pair otherwise?

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: No.

GUPTA: No, I don't think so.

MILES O'BRIEN: I mean just boss and assistant.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: I'll explain the ground rules to him.

GUPTA: We got eight weeks to find out.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: Miles, (INAUDIBLE).

Go on, Sanjay.

MILES O'BRIEN: I want to -- can I contribute -- pairs, OK.

GUPTA: All right. From D.C. to New York, we're going to add twin brothers this time.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: Oh, that's neat.

GUPTA: Yes. Washington attorney Mark Rasch and New York doctor Stuart Rasch. Now Stuart does overnight ER duty and Mark travels constantly. This powerful pair asked us for some balanced in their hectic schedule. They also want to challenge each other to see which twin will win.

MILES O'BRIEN: Ooo, that's good.

GUPTA: Yes, it will be interesting. And then we're going to go to the west. We're going to go there for couple number three. That's Pedro and Denise Rampolla, a military husband and wife serving in the Air National Guard in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Now Pedro just returned from service in Iraq. His wife Denise is always on the go, whether it be with military family deployment or with their own four children, getting to soccer practice, little time to eat healthy.

Sound familiar, Soledad?

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: Yes.

MILES O'BRIEN: That's a tough one. That's a tough one.

GUPTA: So we want to congratulate all six of our participants. We're going to have new ways for people at home as well to join in, learn about the power of pairs. Log online as well and find a friend to pair up for your own "New You Resolution in 2006." It all kicks off on AMERICAN MORNING, Monday, January 9th. You can get a sneak peek on www./.cnn/ -- you know what I'm trying to say.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: Go to the web.

GUPTA: Kind of confused me there at the end.

MILES O'BRIEN: Www./tildy . . .

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: This man is a brain surgeon!

GUPTA: The graphic wasn't up on the screen. I got lost.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: You're a brain surgeon, for God's sake, Sanjay! GUPTA: That's right. I don't read Web sites really well. Speaking of power of pairs, back to you guys.

MILES O'BRIEN: All right, now one question. CNN.something or another. Can we audit this?

GUPTA: Yes, you know, so I was thinking maybe that would be a good idea. You know, you guys are the perfect pair. Sort of provide some inspiration for our "New You Resolution."

MILES O'BRIEN: I want to lose about 10 or 15 pounds.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: I want you to lost 10 or 15 pounds.

MILES O'BRIEN: Oh, wow!

GUPTA: All right, Miles will lose the weight and Soledad will cheerlead on the side.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: I'm kidding. I'm kidding. I'm kidding. I'm kidding. Go Miles!

All right, Sanjay. We look forward to meeting all of those couples in person. That will be a lot of fun.

MILES O'BRIEN: Thank you, Sanjay.

GUPTA: January 9th. OK.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: It's fun. Every single year it's something to do. We should get involved. We'll have to talk to Sanjay and figure that out.

MILES O'BRIEN: We'll work that out.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: Speaking of 15 pounds, we're going to talk to a guys who owns a bakery and a restaurant. Lots of good food, lots of great clients. But then he put up this little sign and he said, children should behave and they should use their inside voices. Well, my goodness! The firestorm that erupted after that.

MILES O'BRIEN: You don't have a problem with that do you? -- Do you have a problem with that?

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: We'll get into that just ahead.

MILES O'BRIEN: I don't have a problem with that at all.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: We'll get into it just ahead on AMERICAN MORNING.

MILES O'BRIEN: There are some that do though.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: Apparently so.

His story's ahead. Stay with us. (COMMERCIAL BREAK)

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