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SMITH: I guess anything to save time.

MCDOWELL: Drag racing. You wait for the (inaudible)


SMITH: -- which you do often, right Dagen.


MCDOWELL: Not since I got pulled over --

SMITH: For drag racing?

MCDOWELL: Not drag racing but peeling out at a light.

SMITH: All right. Cheryl -- thank you.

Up next could one of the last good paying jobs that does not require a college degree be getting the ax? Why a major advance in technology has truck drivers looking over their shoulders. That's next.

Plus your Friday pizza night about to get maybe a little bit healthier. Why Domino's is venturing into the land of green.


SMITH: The concept of self-driving cars has been a hit with tech and auto companies but autonomous tractor-trailers may actually hit the highways first. While the advances in this area are fascinating to many, the near two million professional truck drivers in this country are keeping their eyes on the technology for a much different reason, job security.

Joining me now is the president and CEO of the American Trucking Association, Chris Spear. Chris -- good to have you this morning.


SMITH: So how close are we to trucking companies rolling out fully- functional semi-autonomous rigs?

SPEAR: Well, I think we are a ways out but that technology is being tested in the United States and Europe. I think it really comes down to what the FCC decides as soon as the summer as to whether or not it dedicates spectrum toward connected vehicle technology. If it goes to safety and not the cable industry then we have the ability to connect vehicles, not only vehicle to vehicle technology communications but also vehicle to infrastructure. So that is really a necessary foundation to making autonomous vehicle technology possible.

SMITH: 1.8 million truck drivers in this country -- what percentage really stand to lose their jobs as most of these trucks seem to still need at least one person to operate it?

SPEAR: Well, I don't see this as a potential job loss issue. In fact it could actually improve job growth in our sector. And what I mean by that is we are already facing a chronic driver shortage. Right now, today, we are looking at 50,000 drivers short for our industry. That projection goes to 125,000 by 2024.

So if this technology can serve as an enabler we might see the ability to bring more drivers into the industry making them more productive as well as, you know, enhancing their skill set. And not just drivers but maintenance technicians as well that would have to service this type of technology. So this could actually be an uptick for employment not a job loss.

SMITH: Great point.

HAGLUND: Mr. Spear this is Kirsten Haglund. So in the past, historically people when new technology comes along like this self-driving car, they have been afraid thinking that well that's where all these jobs are going to go and that can cause some anxiety in the economy. But how do you -- how do you see, you know, just like what you're talking about that really technology creates more jobs than actually than it does help, you know, lose. How can people be optimistic not only in your sector but across the broader economy if they see automation increasing?

SPEAR: Well, I don't think we should be afraid of technology. There is a lot of upsides to this including increased safety. You know, that recent accident that involved a Tesla vehicle that hit the trailer of -- a semi tractor-trailer. If those two vehicles have been communicating, that accident may not have happened and that person may not have lost their life. But there's also the ability to improve emissions in terms of reducing the amount of fuel burned, certainly reduce its emissions and the ability to reduce congestion.

These are all good things that come to the motoring public but, you know, we also need to look at cyber security. We need to look at privacy issues. There are a lot of unknowns yet that I believe need to be answered.

So I don't think we should be afraid of technology but we should be cautious and make it certain that we get it right. This is about everyone who drives on the roads. We want to be certain that the technology is an enabler and not something that's going to cause a bigger problem.

HILSENRATH: Chris can you explain how this works? I could see how one of these trucks can go over long stretches on highways without a driver but how do you get around city neighborhoods or plant facilities where a driver has to make small judgments about traffic lights or backing up or slowing down when another car comes nearby. Walk us through how it works. What does the technology do?

SPEAR: Well, I think that in terms of safety, you know, on long road hauls, it's ability to communicate with other vehicles, you know, eliminates the potential for rear end accidents, congestion as a result of accidents. You know, it paces traffic in a more even pace and reduces the amount congestion -- that impacts fuel burn, certainly improves safety.

And I think on the long haul, you know, lane keep assist, blind spot detection, automatic emergency braking -- these are all technologies that are on vehicles today including trucks for some parts. It's the ability to connect them and have the vehicles communicate with one another. It's what's helpful.

But you're always going to have to have the driver in the cab to take over and navigate those situations where they're in congested traffic in cities and trying to maneuver in tight spots. The driver is going to have to be a part of that decision-making. So I think it is a shared responsibility between the driver and the benefits of the technology.

SMITH: How do the truckers feel about this?

SPEAR: Well, I think they're like the industry in general. We're watching it. We want to see the value that it could bring to the industry. It certainly could enhance the skill set of the drivers, make them safer, make them more productive. If you're eliminating congestion, that is a good thing for drivers.

We lose over $49 billion a year sitting in traffic. Imagine the impact that has on the driver let alone the economy and the consumer if those costs get passed on to you and me. So, you know, it starts with the driver and making them more productive during their day and not having them sit in traffic. If technology can help solve that problem that could bring more people into this sector and not push them away.

SMITH: And what is that -- what are we talking cost-wise for these trucks?

SPEAR: Well, that is still an unknown. It really depends on the infrastructure that is put in place by the truck OEMs that build the vehicles and the auto OEMs that are designing the technology. If the FCC awards the spectrum to safety and not to the cable industry, then they have the ability to create a backbone that could be affordable, you know, could be Internet-based for instance.

The amount of technology in our phones is quite considerable, it knows where we are; same in our cars with our GPS. It's connecting the vehicles is really the key in terms of bringing down the cost. We are really cautious, we want to see what that looks like and what the overall costs are going to be in the long-term.

SMITH: All right. Well, thanks for chatting with us about it. Chris Spear, you sound optimistic about the changes coming to the trucking industry. Thank you.

SPEAR: Thank you very much.

SMITH: All right. Up next, dramatic rescues across Louisiana's floodwaters rise to devastating levels. We are tracking the latest details on this straight ahead.

Plus, outrage over JK Rowling's sold-out play -- the admission price tag that left Harry Potter fans fuming, straight ahead.


SMITH: Good morning, I am Sandra Smith; Maria Bartiromo will be back tomorrow. It is Tuesday, August 16. Your top stories at 7:30 a.m. Eastern: (HEADLINES).

Back to the campaign trail. Donald Trump focusing on immigration in his foreign policy speech yesterday, calling for stricter vetting. Today he heads to Wisconsin for a series of fundraisers. John Roberts is in La Crosse, Wisconsin with the very latest there. Good morning, John.

JOHN ROBERTS, FOX NEWS CORRESPONDENT: Sandra, good morning to you. You know, the Clinton campaign yesterday, took the expected shots at Donald Trump's speech, the one that he made in Youngstown, Ohio, at the university there, but generally, on a non-political basis at least, the speech was pretty well received.

A lot of what we heard yesterday were proposals that we've heard before but wrapped together for the first time into a comprehensive, sort of, big picture strategy. One big new wrinkle though that Donald Trump unveiled yesterday, a Cold War-style ideological test for any immigrant wishing to come to and stay in the United States; listen.


DONALD TRUMP (R) PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: In addition to screening out all members of the sympathizers of terrorist groups, we must also screen out any who have hostile attitudes toward our country or its principles or who believe that sharia law should supplant American law. Those who do not believe in our constitution, or who support bigotry and hatred will not be admitted for immigration into our country.


ROBERTS: Donald Trump also took another step back from his proposed ban on Muslim immigration, the one that created so much controversy months ago when he first articulated it. He more narrowly defined, yesterday, his proposed restrictions on immigration. Listen to what he said.


TRUMP: As soon as I take office I will ask the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security to identify a list of regions where adequate screening cannot take place. We will stop processing visas from those areas until such time as it is deemed safe to resume, based on new circumstances or new procedures.


ROBERTS: Donald Trump will make a slight shift in message tonight at rally he's got planned for Westbend, Wisconsin; that's about 30 miles north of Milwaukee. He'll really be focusing in on law and order, particularly in light of what's been going on in Milwaukee for the past few days. He does have a lot of work to do here, in Wisconsin. Hillary Clinton is up, according to Real Clear Politics average of polls, about 9.4-percent.

Scott Walker, the Wisconsin governor, will be joining Donald Trump tonight. A short time ago, on FOX and Friends, Sandra, Scott Walker reminded Donald Trump that he needs to make this race between himself and Hillary Clinton. That was a very subtle suggestion to stop taking these tangential forays into criticizing other people and keep your laser-like focus on Hillary Clinton. We'll see if he can get him to do that here in Wisconsin; Sandra?

SMITH: One of many subtle suggestions coming from Trump's GOP colleagues. John Roberts, thank you.

Turning to the tragedy in Louisiana: devastating flooding leading to deaths now of at least seven people and forcing the rescue of more than 20,000. Some of the worst flooding in the cities of Baker, Greensburg, and Baton Rouge. Let's bring in the former FEMA Director, Michael Brown, for the latest on what is happening here.

Michael, what are your thoughts on the search and response that is going on there in the state of Louisiana?

MICHAEL BROWN, FORMER DIRECTOR, FEMA, via satellite: Well, the response has been incredible. I mean, you never compared disasters because when a disaster hits you, it's the worst thing that could happen; but to give it a little perspective, there have been approximately 20,000 rescues so far, that the Louisiana National Guard, the Department of Wildlife and, frankly, just people that have flat bottom boats that are going out, on their own, and rescuing people. That compares to 60,000 plus rescues during Hurricane Katrina. So this is something that the state is able to handle. They're doing a very good job of it, and, quite frankly, I'm impressed with the governor and the steps that he has taken to help these folks.

SMITH: It's good to hear you say that Michael; those flat-bottom boats and those selfless acts that we're seeing from residents there. We've got video of one that has gone viral, of some men that were out in one of their own flat-bottom boats -

BROWN: Right. Right.

SMITH: -- that they found a woman who was sinking in her car with her dog, there he is. He jumps in; and I mean seconds mattered here. And to think that this is one of tens of thousands of rescues, just your average citizen who is out there trying to help these people. Now you look at the area and you wonder what is the cleanup of this area going to look like, after the search and rescue efforts conclude?

BROWN: Well, and I heard during the tease a comment about the worst isn't over; because we always tell people that once the floodwaters recede, the disasters not over because people are then going to discover that they their homes, the drywall has been destroyed; the homes are going to be very dangerous; power lines are going to be down. So this kind of flooding disaster is the kind of disaster that, frankly, the news media tends to go away once the dramatic pictures -

SMITH: It just shocks me, Michael -

BROWN: -- once the rescues are gone.

SMITH: It shocks me, the lack of coverage. I mean, the images of babies that need milk and clothing and diapers; and these shelters, they are overwhelmed with people.

BROWN: Well I have a theory about that, and my theory is this: when a disaster of this size, which is significantly smaller than Hurricane Katrina was, there is the lack of a focal point. During Katrina, you had a focal point, which was the Super Dome, and that draws in national media and the local media. Here what you have, you have something that's localized. It's spread out, and it is difficult for the media to convey exactly that these people are suffering just as people suffer in any kind of flood. It doesn't draw the kind of media attention that a widespread 90,000-square mile disaster like Katrina would attract.

HAGLUND: Mr. Brown, this is Kirsten Haglund here. I read a really interesting story about how a nearby New Orleans Airbnb, actually, has waived their fees for people that might need assistance, for Airbnb owners to open up their homes, they even have a section where people don't have to pay, where they're looking for free housing.

BROWN: Right.

HAGLUND: How has the New Orleans area, that area right in southern Louisiana, really come together and changed since Hurricane Katrina, to really bond together, and be there for one another, to help save each other?

BROWN: Well, it is exactly what you just said. Any time that a disaster occurs, there are always problems, because that is the inherent nature of a disaster; but what we tend to not focus on is exactly what you are talking about, and that is American citizens helping American citizens, and that happens and it happened in every disaster that I ever handled, it happens in disasters in the past. It will always happen because that is the very nature of American citizens. We just naturally gravitate to helping one another.

MCDOWELL: Michael, it's Dagen McDowell. Do you have a sense of how -

BROWN: Hi, Dagen.

MCDOWELL: -- many of these people had flood insurance, if any, because, again, people very often, even if they're eligible for it, they won't buy it.

BROWN: Well, and that's something I tried to find out this morning, and I can't get any numbers. Here's what concerns me: if you have a mortgage there is a probably one hundred percent chance that mortgage holder is going to require that you get flood insurance, if you're in a flood insurance zone; but what we're going to find out is a lot of people that don't have mortgages, they rent or something, they're not going to have flood insurance. Then they're going to find all of this damage.

They're going to look around and their homeowners isn't going to cover it. FEMA will come in. These areas will be declared a federal disaster, but the money that FEMA provides in areas like this, is not going to be anywhere near enough. People are going to find out that they're suddenly - they're going to have catastrophic costs there is nothing that is going to make them whole again and they are going to have to rebuild on their own.

SMITH: Will you bring those numbers to us when you have them, because it does seem like that's still an outstanding issue, just how many people were covered, but insured homeowners have filed 5,000 claims. This is NOLA, the NOLA website reporting this, with the National Flood Insurance Program, totaling $200 million in payments. Obviously this is far from over, but as we continue to look at these images it's expect it to get worse is the hard part to fathom here, Michael.

BROWN: Right. Right. And it will get worse because the weather reports we'll continue to have flooding. We have the interstate closed in areas between, Baton Rouge and St. Tammany Parish. So things will continue to get worse, but I emphasize again, people forget that once these floodwaters recede and go away, then the second half of this disaster starts to occur. That's when people find that their homes are structurally unsound. Engineers will come in and find the buildings are structurally unsound.

SMITH: So it sounds like, Michael, you're -- you say that the state response has been good. The federal response this so far?

BROWN: Well, there hasn't been - and this is kind of good news. I know it sounds strange coming from me, but the good news is the state has been able to handle this, so far, on its own. That is what we want because what tends to happen is, when the federal government comes in, -- if we become too dependent upon federal government always moving in, when a disaster occurs, that inherently weakens the response of state and local governments. So I would say kudos to the state of Louisiana, for being able to handle this on their own, so far.

SMITH: Much more to come on this. Michael Brown, thank you for joining us this morning on that.

BROWN: You bet.

SMITH: Coming up Pok,mon Go! cracking down on cheaters; how the wildly popular game is vowing to ban dishonest for life. That is so serious, this game; right?

Plus, move over deep dish. Dominos is now looking for green? Salads; we're taking a look at the pizza giant's push into the leafy vegetables.


SMITH: A Tesla promotion backfired in France; Cheryl Casone has that and other headlines. Hey, Cheryl.

CASONE: Yes, I'll tell you what, this is something else. (HEADLINES) And finally this, guys: Domino's Pizza is now adding salads to its menus across the country. The pizza chain offering three options: you've got classic garden, chicken ceasar, chicken apple pecan. They're selling each of the three salads for about $6.00. McDonald's and other fast food chains have been offering salads.

Here's the thing, Sandra; when you and your friends are ordering pizza and you think, but I don't want pizza. I want something healthy, you won't feel awkward. You can now get a salad from Dominoes; delivered.

SMITH: Yes, well, tell me the calorie count, and then I'll believe you because sometimes I think like a slice of cheese pizza is probably less calories than one of those huge salads.

HAGLUND: It's the dressing, and the croutons.

MCDOWELL: There's nothing wrong with pizza. It's just bread and cheese and a little tomato sauce.

SMITH: Oh, yes; right. Like Dagen's eating pizza.

MCDOWELL: I love pizza.

SMITH: Oh, by the way, thank you to one viewer wrote in to try to explain what Muggels are to me. I appreciate that. Jon --

HILSENRATH: I tried. I didn't want to interrupt you while you were -

SMITH: They're non-magic folk.

HILSENRATH: It's us, humans. It's just regular humans.

SMITH: Okay. That's just the word they use? Okay. Squibs?

HILSENRATH: I don't know about squibs.

SMITH: All right; I'm going to leave it at that.

MCDOWELL: He knows monetary policy. He knows he loves Harry Potter.

HILSENRATH: I can do a little Harry Potter.

SMITH: I've still got to get around to my Harry Potter books. All right, up next, working out in style in the tech-savvy world. We're putting a new spin on some of the sports classics, straight ahead. And, later Aetna calling it quits on Obamacare; what it means for the cost health care, coming up.


SMITH: Don't stop believin'; the September issue of "Men's Journal" showing off some new takes on American classics, everything from cars to workout gear. Clint Carter, Senior Editor at "Men's Journal" is here with some of his favs. Let's get started.

So he's got some goodies on the table here. What's the trend, by the way, behind reinventing the classics? Why is it cool?

CLINT CARTER, SENIOR EDITOR, "MEN'S JOURNAL": These are updated versions of the classic workout gear. I mean, I think the things is that if you have fitness equipment that you love, you'll be more motivated to use it.

SMITH: Okay; so this is intended for use, not to put up in your bookshelf?

CARTER: No; I mean, if it happens to look beautiful too that is fine.

SMITH: Okay; let's get start. What are we looking at?

CARTER: All right; we're going to start with the - maybe the best piece of cardio equipment that you can own is a jump rope; a classic jump rope.

SMITH: This is probably like wood and leather.


MCDOWELL: It's got a weighted handled.

SMITH: I'm going to give this to Dagen. She's a big jump roper.

CARTER: What you want to look for any jump rope in any jump rope is ball bearings in the handle; right? That's where you get the speed. She'll give us a demo.

MCDOWELL: No, no. You keep talking.

CARTER: What we love about this is jump rope from Title is it's got a leather rope; it's really nice.

SMITH: I think you should come around here, Dagen.

MCDOWELL: All right; go ahead. I got my mic on, but I don't have my --

CARTER: The weights in the handles that you can take out once you get your routine down you put weights back in, half pound weights.

SMITH: Whoa! She's done this before, ladies and gentlemen. Go, Dagen McDowell.

CARTER: Don't you just love the experience of that leather rope?

SMITH: I'm impressed.

CARTER: It was just like Rocky jump roping.

SMITH: That was pretty cool day. Dagen likes that one. All right, what else you got?

CARTER: All right, I think especially appropriate in this heat we've been having, you know, you want to have something that is really cool when you run. So these singlets from Track Smith, I love them. They are inspired by the jerseys that were worn on the track and field team that were worn at Cornell in the 1800's. So, really good-looking jerseys, but they're also like a really thin mesh that's antimicrobial.

SMITH: 65-bucks? That's like how much you pay for a new jersey; right?

CARTER: But it will get you out the there running and antimicrobial will avoid picking up those body odors after you run.

SMITH: Don't say that.

MCDOWELL: I really wanted Nat to wear that actually. I wanted Nat to do a demo - he's on his break.

CARTER: This is probably my favorite. This is just a great, leather medicine ball. I mean, this is ancient fitness gear right here, but what is great about it is, when you think about modern medicine balls they are synthetic leather or rubber. You need to have, like, a dedicated gym so that you can buy -

SMITH: How many pounds is this guy?

CARTER: Twelve pounds, but this one you'll actually leave in the living room. So if you have a small apartment, like me, you need to work out in your living room.

MCDOWELL: I am not doing so well.

SMITH: This is the -- yeah -

CARTER: See, you're just more motivated to use it.

SMITH: All right, I'm moving on.

MCDOWELL: I'm afraid I'll break my toe.

CARTER: Moving on. Now let's go high-tech. This is really great. This is a good old hickory bat that's used by, like, Mike Trout; a very nice bat, but what's awesome about this is that it's got the tracker, from Zep, in the handle. So it gives you -- you sync it to your phone and it gives you really detailed analysis of your swing speed -

SMITH: Really?

CARTER: -- the attack angle. It will give you a 3D rendering of how you swing over the plate. So for baseball players this is easiest way to sort of perfect your swing, to find out where you might be having problems.

SMITH: Okay.

CARTER: Then also for the baseball player, really gorgeous glove here from Nokona. The upgrade on this is it's made out of kangaroo leather, so that it's softer, suppler, stronger and it's got reinforced padding to sort of accommodate that softer leather -

SMITH: Okay.

CARTER: -- so really nice glove.

SMITH: That is nice.

CARTER: Still needs to be broken in like a cow leather glove but --

MCDOWELL: How many adults play baseball --

CARTER: Not enough.

MCDOWELL: -- versus softball? That's true, right?

CARTER: A lot of adults jump rope I've found.

MCDOWELL: I'm a huge fan of the jump rope.

SMITH: All right.

MCDOWELL: I will be buying this jump rope.

SMITH: What's this?

CARTER: This is -- this is the sensor that goes into the bat.

SMITH: All right.

CARTER: Also with the sensor, you can put on another bat. It doesn't have to -

SMITH: There's a lot of demand for this kind of stuff right now, is that what you're telling me?

CARTER: There is because I think everybody is trying to get in shape and the thing is, most fitness gear kind of feels a little junky you don't really, necessarily want to have it sitting around. I think this is all like really gorgeous stuff.

SMITH: What does "Men's Journal" think about new salads available at Domino's?

CARTER: We think you should just order the pizza if you go to Domino's.

MCDOWELL: See. See. Exactly.

CARTER: For everybody.


MCDOWELL: By the way, I can attest this is a really good jump rope because I have gone through bunches and bunches and bunches of jump ropes.

SMITH: I was very impressed.

CARTER: This is the rope.

SMITH: Clint Carter, thank you.

CARTER: Thanks a lot for having me on.

MCDOWELL: Good to see you.

SMITH: You can see all of this in the latest issue of "Men's Journal." It is now on shelves. All right, coming up: Donald Trump spelling out his plan to fight terror including what he calls "extreme vetting." We take a closer look at those proposals and what he means by that, next.


SMITH: Good morning; I'm Sandra Smith. Maria Bartiromo will be back tomorrow. It is Tuesday, August 16th; your top stories at 8:00 a.m. Eastern: (HEADLINES).


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