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americans celebrate their independence day, a lot of egyptians do the same. this is "special report". this most american of holidays, independence day, has added meaning around the globe tonight as the world's most populous country undergoes the most dramatic transition. the statue of liberty reopened today. this is the scene right now on the national mall where crowds are beginning to gather for the start of tonight's big patriotic
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performance. while america celebrates its 237th year egypt is resetting its government back to day one. we begin with correspondent connor powell live for us tonight. >> reporter: egypt's powerful military moved quickly today in an effort to assert control while the muslim brotherhood remains defiant calling on its supporters to take to the streets in protest. as the celebrations in tahrir square continue today the post democratic era began to take shape. the chief justice of the constitutional court was sworn in as interim president. the new head of state promised elections in line with the spirit of the revolution. >> translator: i look forward to conducting presidential and
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parliament elections with the public will, not fraudulent. >> reporter: the statement is believed to be a move. meanwhile the military began a nationwide crack down on the muslim brotherhood and issuing arrest warrants for dozens more. on the streets of egypt supporters clashed with soldiers. hundreds were injured. the members of the muslim brotherhood who were stunned are now angry and feel cheated by democracy. the muslim brotherhood held a large sit-in protest but is urging supporterers to sit in the streets tomorrow. since the start of this military coup the army tries to show
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control. tomorrow it could be a difficult image to maintain. we expect tomorrow to be heated if not violent. >> thank you. the u.s. is walking a fine line in the egypt situation. senior white house foreign affairs correspondent has an update tonight. >> reporter: president obama is expressing concern at the egyptian president ouster but is avoiding criticizing egypt's military. he met with the national security team in the situation room. after yesterday's meeting he released a written statement saying i call on the egyptian military to move quickly and responsibly to return full authority back to a democratically-elected civilian government as soon as possible. he ordered a review. mid estexpert feels he might be buying time. he may be able tos
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evolving and keep something in place to allow us to sustain a close strategic relationship with egypt. >> reporter: days before president morsi's removal president obama urged him to respond to critics saying democracy is about more than elections. jack keen says the muslim brotherhood needs to be involved in the new government. >> you don't want them outside of it. >> reporter: john alterman says it is hard for a country with no real experience with democracy to grasp what it means. >> it is easier for the public to say what they are against. it is harder to build the consensus for what you are for. the real problem in egypt is moving forward. >> reporter: on capitol hill few pine for morsi. house majority said the egyptian people made clear the muzm brotherhood has threatened the
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culturalestic democracy. egypt's military may be the most trusted institution in the country but he warns it is not clear it can set up a political system that operates without its control. >> my sense is their insinths aren't the right to allow for diversity. that is what we saw out of the brotherhood. >> reporter: after the national security meeting mr. obama's aides phoned counter parts. we are told they stressed the importance of restoring full authority to a democratically-elected civilian government as soon as possible. >> thank you. syrian president bashar al assad is praising the coup in egypt proclaiming what he called the end of political islam. activists claimed regime war
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planes struck homs earlier this morning. no fourth of july holiday for the fallout of the surveillance scandal. russia's deputy foreign minister suggesting it might be time for edward snowden to move on. where to? chief intelligence correspondent is here with that. >> germany and italy are following the lead of other european nations by saying no to edward snowden asylum request. today the u.s. ambassador to russia told reporters they are working on it. >> we hope to resolve in a way we want it to end. we are happy with our interactions. >> the white house confirmed that mr. obama spoke by phone with his german counter part after nsa leaks allege the u.s. is spying on allies, private
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citizens and at the governmental level. >> translator: spying on institutions within the european union is not in line with the things that guide us as friends. we are not in the cold war anymore. >> reporter: it was a heroes welcome for president after his private jet grounded for 13 hours and searched in austria based on suspicion that the nsa leaker was on board. the boliv yn president accused united states of pressuring to block air space. the u.s. postal service is not commenting on published reports that it runs two programs. one program called mail covers postal workers record what is on the envelope because reading the contents requires a warrant. the program which is more than a century old is considered an effective tool. after the 2001 anthrax attacks,
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a second more expansive tracking system was reportedly set up to photograph every piece of mail. this system is called the mail isolation control and tracking program that can trace a letter to its approximate origination point. >> now, a follow up to reports we brought you last month about a pair of whistle blowers. the two man dallas law firm was burglarized within days of fox news reporting. the lawyers tell dallas affiliate a hammer was used to access file cabinets and two suspects made off with computer hard drives. items with higher street value were disturbed but not removed. oil prices came down a bit today after a brief spike over the unrest in egypt. while egypt is not an oil
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producer it does control one of the world busiest shipping lanes. that may become less important to you and your family in the future. >> reporter: as families head out for summer filling the gas tank is more expensive than last year. drivers can take some comfort in the fact that the u.s. is flirting with energy independence. the u.s. geological service announced that the resource rich areas hold twice as much recoverable oil and three times as much natural gas. >> we have seen tremendous explosion in production on private and state lands due to advances in technology for producing oil. now people are projecting increases for years to come. that is a big deal for the american economy. >> just five years ago in the united states we had a mindset, if you will, of scarcity.
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>> now they report that the united states will outpace the rest of the world combined in new energy production in the next five years. >> we have the potential to produce upwards of 50% of the entire increase on a global scale. with what that means is the united states is becoming the new epicenter of oil and gas production in the world. >> reporter: that means they are beginning to lose the stranglehold. now it says the u.s. will become the world's single oil producer. >> we could surpass saudi arabia in seven years as the world's number one producer of oil. >> along with neighbors canada and mexico north america is more and more self reliant. the u.s. was importing 60% of the oil we use. >> now around 40 to 45%. by 2020 we will be down around 30%. >> we have the ability to become energy self-sufficient in our
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own soil in less than a decade if we get the policies right. >> reporter: all of that is drawing manufacturing companies back to the u.s. because energy especially natural gas is so plentiful and cheap. >> energy is a decent part of your own going cost. this is really cutting your cost and increasing your profits. that produces the feed stock essential for manufactured products we use every day from cell phones to ipads to materials for automobiles. >> reporter: that means more manufacturing and more jobs in the u.s. as many firms that shifted production overseas because of cheap labor are coming home because of cheap energy. thank you. you will be outraged to learn just how difficult it is for our nation's veterans to get the benefits they have learned. and up next -- >> fire. >> the sound and fury of our nation's most brutal battle.
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on this day of celebration we are also remembering the turning point in the country's most brutal war, the one with itself. it was not your typical fourth of july fireworks display. on a private farm five miles from downtown gettysburg reenactors fired real canon balls to demonstrate a real understanding of how the high trajectory could by pass walls. the national parks service calls them living historians. many saw it as a once in a lifetime opportunity. >> it makes my heart quiver. my great great great grandfather was a captain for the rifles. i just didn't want to miss this
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experience. >> reporter: as 10,000 of them gathered on this field today it was not hard to block out the spectators to imagine what a real civil war battle might have looked like, to see what famed photographer matthew brady might have seen. if some of the falls seemed staged, the lack of blood, reenactors made up for it. soldiers that meant heavy wool uniforms on hot days. some forced to sacrifice the thrill of mock battle to play dead. a few showing bloat from decomposition. ladies in costume show getting dressed in 1863 was no simple matter. >> she would have bloomers on and would put a slip on and then socks and shoes. she would put a corset and maybe a hoop and one or two slips over
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that. and then her dress. >> reporter: for others the reenactment serves as a reminder for a struggle for a more perfect union. people came from all over the world to witness this reenactment. >> the older i get the more i respect the field for what happened here. my dad was in the war. he was in normandy. i lost two brothers in vietnam. when i look at this reenactment today it means a lot what we sacrifice for. >> reporter: that gettysburg man told us that his father played a confederate general during the 1963 reenactment. his coach on how to behave as a general on the battlefield a gettysburg neighbor by the name of dwight eisenhower who led the allies to victory in world war ii. the second reenactment of the day has just begun.
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i am going to give you a view of this incredible battlefield scene from gettysburg. >> it is a beautiful scene. thank you for bringing us the stories the last couple of days from there. still ahead dishonor over the medal of honor. helping war heroes gain some of their independence back home. i want to make things more secure. [ whirring ] [ dog barks ] i want to treat mo dogs. ♪ our business needs more cases. [ male announcer ] where do you want to take your business? i need help selling art. [ male announcer ] from broadband to web hosting to mobile apps, small business solutions from at&t have the security you need to get you there. call us. we can show you how at&t solutions can help you do what you do... even better. ♪
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on this fourth of july our independence day we also think of the men and women serving across our country and overseas and here at home as well.
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a big ceremony for american troops in kabul. dozens of soldiers became american there are 62,000 u.s. afghanistan. many of the men and women who are already home from that war left pieces of themselves on the battlefield. jennifer griffin shows us one way those heroes can live a better life. >> reporter: on any given weekend on this maryland farm about 45 minutes from walterer reed hospital scott and his wife host half a dozen wounded veterans and their families as they recover during what can be excruciating year involving dozens of surgeries. these warriors bring their kids and try their new track chairs. >> the freedom of being able to move. >> reporter: staff sergeant was with the second eod.
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his job was to detect explosives and mines when he was injured on january 16, 2012. >> i stepped on an ied and immediately had both my legs blown off. my arm wasn't initially amputated but it was so damaged that the doctors amputated it later. >> reporter: his wife left him. his daughter aiden is now five. he was recently given a $15,000 track chair by the independence fund. >> i live on a ten acre plot of property and i have a horse. currently when i go home i can't get around at all. also, i have always liked hunting and just off the beaten path go out into the woods, walking up trails and this gives me that. >> reporter: his regular
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wheelchair can't leave the pavement. >> if it gets stuck i have to call somebody which right now is usually my mom. i don't feel like having her break her back trying to get the chair out of the grass. >> you put it in here and lock it in. go into the woods, wherever you are going to hunt. you have it locked up. you have a fishing rod holder, holds your fishing rod if you are fishing. >> reporter: it looks like a tank with its treads. that is why the guys like it. it gets them back to nature with their children. >> i love going to the beach out there especially when i have my son with me. >> reporter: retired staff sergeant was with the fourth infantry division in iraq when he was injured. >> my vehicle rolled over and a land mine blew up underneath me. it mangled my leg. >> reporter: he is one of 1,700 amputees from the last two wars. the v.a. is supposed to provide
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one power chair a piece to the vets but the paperwork gets so bogged down that none of the vets have received that benefit. >> it would definitely help me to go into places and woods that i probably wouldn't be able to if i was walking. it is hard to climb over trees and everything and even walk long distances. >> reporter: the malorys store these track chairs on their farm until the wounded warriors can return to their own homes. in the case of andrew smith he is using his new track chair to survey the new home that steps to hope just built him and his wife tory in a seven day, 24 hour build near chattanooga, tennessee. they will receive the keys to their new home on july 4. his mother, kathie, wrote i am so thankful. the track chair for him equals independence and freedom as he moves on with his life. it is that simple.
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staff sergeant is with the 82nd air borne. on april 8 he was injured in afghanistan. he is 28 years old, the fatherer of three children and is still being treated at walter reed. >> i grew up when i was a kid my dad would take us hunting. i would like to show my kids that, as well. i think it would be fun taking my boys hunting with me, something i wouldn't do as much. >> marine major has four kids under the age of 10. >> early next month i will be getting the right leg amputated. >> reporter: his 20-month-old has pretty much been raised at walter reed. >> a walk in the woods is pretty much out of the question. >> reporter: the other warriors set up a target for him from 90 yards away. few believed he could hit the mark. so they went to see it for
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themselves in their track chairs. this powerful device is helping the warriors who served the nation regain their independence. >> the track chair definitely comes in here. we love being outside. it is not just me. it is all of us. >> in washington, jennifer griffin, fox news. >> true heroes. you will never believe how many forms our veterans have to fill out while trying to get benefits. you will probably never guess what the flag flying over the capital today is made of. ♪ when you experience something great, you want to share it. with everyone. that's why more customers recommend verizon, america's largest 4g lte network.
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talk to your doctor about nexium. here on special report we have reported frequently on the monstrous back log on claims creating delays on veterans trying to claim benefits. a study by the american action forum finds vets have to fill out as many as 613 forms from 18
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agencies to apply for services. once all of that paperwork is submitted it takes federal employees more than 43 million hours a year to process it all. in march 70% of claims have been pending for more than 125 days. the v.a. says it has been making progress on reducing the back log. flying high above the u.s. capitol, an american flag made of hemp. congressman of colorado spear headed efforts to raise this particular flag. industrial hemp is classified by the fda in the same category as heroin and ecstasy. it is illegal to grow in the u.s. sponsored a bill to allow colleges to grow hemp for research purposes saying the crop has a rich history in the country. the first american flag was made of hemp. an intruder picked the wrong
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house for a break in when a tulsa homeowner heard someone throw a chair through a window he sprang into action. he managed to catch the burglar and call 911. he hog tied the suspect and left him on the front lawn for police to deal with when they arrived. he was arrested on first degree robbery charges. police say he was under the influence of drugs and thought he was in a different town. a store ey tonight about two acts, one heroic and one despicable. john roberts with with one man's great achievement and his great loss. >> reporter: it was an almost super human act of heroism in the bloody 1944 battle he saved the marines by taking out 12 japanese bunkers. one with a backpack full of explosives. >> up it went.
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logs, boulders, earth. >> reporter: he was given the medal of honor. weeks later when he was taken to new york city to be honored the medal was stolen from the hotel. >> i had left my medal in its box on the bed in the room. and i knew when i went back there that was the first thing to look for and it was gone. >> reporter: the military gave jackson replacements but the original went missing for 42 years until 1987 when jackson got a call that the medal was on display at a tv repair shop in south carolina. the shop's owner told me he bought the medal at a gun show for $300. he agreed to give it back to jackson. what jackson got back in the mail was not his medal. it was this one, a fake. >> for 25 years the fbi believed
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shockly either kept the original or sold it. jackson's wife is outraged. >> it makes me angry that somebody would lie and cheat. for what? what is it giving him. >> reporter: in a series of phone conversations shockly repeatedly insisted he did the right thing in 1987. >> is it possible, that you give him a different medal and held on to the original? >> no. it is not. i am a christian baptist. that is the medal. the only one i have ever had. that is the one i sent him back. >> reporter: sources say the fbi is now considering the possibility that the medal shockly bought from the gun show was a fake which may mean jackson's real medal of honor is still out there somewhere. jackson, one of ten surviving world war ii medal of honor recipients is too modest to ask for its return.
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>> i know what i did and what i got for it. i'm proud of that. >> reporter: the fbi is hoping whoever has it will do the right thing and get it back in the hands of a true american hero. in atlanta, john roberts, fox news. the congressional medal of honor society has agreed to receive and return the medal. if you know anything this is their address. 40 patriots point road, mount pleasant, south carolina, 29464. did you know the post office is also spying on you? we are going to talk about the latest in surveillance and the scandals when the fox all stars join us right after the break. [ ship horn blows ] no, no, no! stop! humans. one day we're coming up with the theory of relativity,
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the u.s. president in my opinion has taken these concerns and worries very seriously. i have expressed particularly the example of spying institutions within the european union is not in line with things that join us as friends. we are not in the cold war anymore. >> news that the u.s. has allegedly been spying on allies. let's talk about it with our panel. chuck, i will start with you. there has been a phone call between chancellor and president obama. i would imagine it was a tense phone call. >> this could not have come at a worse moment. this is an extremely sensitive point in germany, the business of spying and privacy for
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obvious reasons. she was embarrassed by this news and the opposition jumped on her and blamed her for not doing enough to protect her from this american spying. i think she was especially upset by president obama's initial reaction which was to sort of lecture everybody and be realistic. everybody does this. that wasn't quite the reaction based on what she is saying in that clip there some effort is being made to smooth this over but it threatened transatlantic relations at a time when we are negotiating free trade agreement. >> there is talk from some quarters that it is going to cost us. agreements that are nullified or aren't entered into. what do you think will come to the talks between u.s. officials? is that going to get the job done? >> at the least that gives european allies leverage over us. they can make demands that they
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couldn't make. chuck says the president's reaction was basically everybody does it. i think that is right. does everybody do it this way? i think that is the real question. if you hear comments from mike hayden it is clear that allies do these kinds of things. what is less clear is how we obtain this kind of information. this is as unique and uniquely invasive as the europeans claim that it is. >> shocked or faux shocked? if we are saying everybody does it. >> faux shocked. all of the language from the leaders is expressions of surprise. everybody has been doing this since athens and spart s spied on each other. of course the allies spy on us. do you think they haven't done it? i think you have -- if you are
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on the wrong side of the secret police they have the experience. it isn't as if u.s. is going to send over and arrest germans. everybody is doing this for show. we are going to probably agree to some curves perhaps of what we are doing. the problem is we have capacity that nobody else has. if they had the nsa as we do, massive intrusive and picks up everything they would use it but they don't. i think it is the imbalance in technology and capacity that upsets them. in the end we will make a statement of contrition. the others will accept it and we will go on doing what we are doing. let's turn to domestic. that is what has gotten a lot of folks riled up. what the nsa is tracking here and what they can legally track. i want to recap where we were a
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few weeks ago in this discussion. this interchange on capitol hill as the director was testifying. >> does the nsa collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of americans? >> no, sir. >> it does not? >> not wittingly. there are cases where they could inadvertently perhaps collect but not wittingly. >> we sense have learned that wasn't entirely accurate. director clapperer apologized and said there was some misstatement there in an effort of talking about classified things in an unclassified setting. today we are learning more about this situation which the u.s. postal service can track billions of pieces of mail by taking note of what is on the outside of the envelope. not okay? >> i think it is a tough call. the defenders of the program say you have no expectation of
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privacy on the outside of your mail. it is the kind of data to what people are talking about with respect to the nsa's program. i guess the distinction is in the context of the nsa you are doing it for security concerns it is understood that this is exceptional and you are stretching for need. in these other programs it is more sort of run of the mill uses that make me nervous. >> i'm not so nervous about it. i think the supreme court has been clear this kind of information on the surface of an envelope doesn't contain information. it has helped in the anthrax investigation and other key cases. the difference today is the capacity to store this data and hold it permanently. and that is something that
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supreme court has signaled it might want to revisit. >> is it different if you are working back in time? >> i think it is probably different. chuck was referring to the case of 1978 in which the supreme court ruled precisely. >> much like ourt data collection. >> i do foot notes on the panel. rule that the fourth amendment protects you against, quote, unreasonable search and seizure so that anything of which you have no reasonable expectation of privacy is okay for the government to look into. and you have an expectation of privacy for what is inside the envelope. the government wants to have a look at that it needs a warrant but not what is on the outside. you drop it in a public box. you know government workers look at it. and the guy who delivers the mail at the end has to actually read the envelope if he is going
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to know where it is going to go. you have no expectation of privacy. the new technology that can automate this and store it. of all of the issues we ought to be worried about i don't think this is at the top of the list. nobody under 30 sends a letterer anyway. >> now we know e-mails and phone records and now what you put in the mail. we'll wait for the next shoe to drop. next up the problems our veterans are facing with the v.a.
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you the fighting men and women of the united states and those who came before you, you
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have played a special role. you defended our nation at home and abroad. you fought for our nation's believes to make the world a better and safer place. better and safer place. and no matter your political persuasion, i think we can all agree that we wanted to be supportive of our troops, but we're not doing a great job when it comes to our veterans. let's talk about it with the panel. steve, chuck, and charles are back for more. i asked our research wing today to look at this. we have been talking about backlog at the veterans administration. they said claims pending for more than 125 days is 65, almost 66% of claims. currently more than 833,000 pending. charles, how do we clean it up? >> it's almost impossible. this is just one example of all the others that we're
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seeing with the other agencies of the inefficiency the waste, the contradictions. you know, the complications. and sort of the incompetence. government gets huge, it cannot operate efficiently. and this is, of course, this really hits home because all the others are simply a matter of waste. here it is also a matter of betrayal. these are special people who served and sacrificed and of all of the people that shouldn't be suffering at the end of the bureaucracies it ought not to be them. look how we saw it in the irs case it wasn't only the singling out of people on the part of their politics. but the shear incompetence of these agencies. i don't know that you have a cure. you know, as you said, was it 48 agencies that you have to go or 18 different agencies. >> shannon: more than 600 forms to fill out. >> it's impossible. what will happen is we will appoint a czar who supposedly is going to
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smooth this out. then he is going to develop a bureaucracy and it will all repeat itself. i'm rather pessimistic about this. >> shannon: i want to play a little bit of this. a lot of our correspondence douglass kennedy, john roberts and other ones. here is is a piece on a douglass kennedy did on some of these guys who are waiting. >> you applied for benefits from the v.a. two and a half years ago but you got very little response. >> i actually got no response. it's a very, very difficult and tiresome process. >> right now the department of veterans affairs fights against veterans. it's crazy. it's insane. >> shannon: chuck, there has been by bipartisan agreement on the hill that something has got to be done. court cases where federal judges have ordered the v.a. to get it in order. what's it going to take? >> i don't know. i mean, this is a good example though of a problem that can't be solved by sort of either kind of more bureaucracy and the usual more spending or a kind of
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get rid of government, sort of libertarian approach. in fact, this is a good example of what we need in america, which is effective government. we need government that does the things it is supposed to be doing. no one would argue that taking care of veterans is an appropriate function for the federal government. but does them well. and there is a great political opportunity for the politician or party who can take effective government and make it their cause. >> this is part of the problem. you have politicians who will stand up there eager to stand up and talk about the wounded warriors and cite outrages at the v.a. when it comes to actually doing something, there is just very little that is done. i mean, have you now the average disability case is 260 days. these people are coming back from iraq or afghanistan. they don't have the time they should be begging their government to kind the help they deserve. in many cases they don't have the energy ton
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fighting the government to live easily -- not easy. >> shannon: livable. >> this has been going on years. the political opportunity has been if there and obvious for anybody who really wants to take it on. it hasn't been done. i guess i'm not terribly optimistic that it's going to be solved any time soon. >> shannon: we have had many chances at fox to highlight some of the private charities stepping up and doing. this do you think they are going to be a key to stepping in here? >> the fact that they are proliferating and there are so many of them and they do such hard work is evidence of how much and how inefficient the bureaucracy of our government is. it fills in the gaps, and it's an example of the private, more effective than the public. in part because the private is driven by passion and the bureaucrats generally speaking, at least in most cases are not. >> what the private
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organizations often do is fight on behalf, but they have to deal with the same bureaucracies too. the stories can i tell you about these organizations and the fights that they have to have would make steam come out of your ears. >> shannon: we will stay on it. thank you, panel. that's it for the panel. stay tuned for that big fourth of july finale. when you experience something great, you want to share it. with everyone. that's why more customers recommend verizon, america's largest 4g lte network.
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>> shannon: finally tonight, some of the sights and sounds as we celebrate our nation's independence day the national anthem was sung at the national baseball game in d.c. by general martin dempsey of the joint i'm shannon bream, good night from washington. ♪ o say can you see ♪ by the dawn's early light ♪ what's so proudly we hailed ♪ at the twilight's last gleaming
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♪ who's whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight ♪ for the ramparts we watched ♪ were so gallantly streaming ♪ and the rockets red glare ♪ the bombs bursting in air ♪ gave proof through the night ♪ that our flag was still there ♪ o say does that star-spangled banner yeting wave ♪ or -- over the land of the free ♪ and the home of the brave [cheers and applause]
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