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ended up losing the game. he got the strikeout, got the fist pump but lost the game. >> this is why we stay seated, because it always happens at the worst time that you take a spill like that. >> i was a little league pitcher and didn't get that many fist pumps. >> "america live" starts right now. president obama makes a rare appearance on capitol hill for a pair of meetings with democrats and what happened behind closed doors could lead to a make or break moment of the 2014 midterms. today's meeting's just wrapping up. they come as congress prepares to do battle. the president expected to ask his fellow democrats to stand firm behind him and refuse to give an inch to republicans. a short time ago our own chad
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threw the president a question about his relationship with the gop. >> what's the message you're bringing to the hill today? >> jobs, middle class, growth. >> good to see you. >> what can be done to avert a shutdown tfall? what can you negotiate with the republicans on? >> joining us now, fox news digital politics editor, chris skierwall. it doesn't sound like chuck got much of an answer from the president? >> that was a long side long glance that he got there from the president. maybe it's understandable that the president would be a little perplexed by the question. because that's not what this is about and that's not what today is about and none of this is about making a deal with
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republicans. this is about getting ready for the nuclear fallout that is coming over the next 60 days as we go into this thermonuclear budget war that we're going to have. the president wasn't up there today to talk to republicans, he was up there to talk about republicans to democrats and his effort, he says, or he believes to break the back of the republican party, what he says break their fever so that the democrats can reverse their fortunes going into the midterm elections and he hopes implement the rest of his agenda. >> there's a lot of numbers those democrats may have on their minds as they're looking at 2014. by our crack team assessments, there are a number of-l -- where they go, if they stand with the president, if they don't. do they break away? you know, with their calculating 2014, how willing are they going
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to be to stand with the president right now? >> that's exactly right. in the senate, you have that, you have the race where tom cotton, republican congressman from east arkansas is going to run against embattled democrat mark pryor. and the republicans are putting more seats into play. evan jenkins is going to run against nick joe rahall. so people are coming out to run against these embattled democrats. they have to sit and listen to the president say, we're going to get past republicans, no deal, we're not going to compromise right now, we're going to push forward our agenda. we'll go cliff diving one more time, the republicans will get the blame and then the democrats are going to benefit at midterms. that all sounds good when you're serving the president birthday cake, but when you sit down and
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you look at what the president's approval ratings are, it doesn't sound so go. >> the approval from the public about obama care, also plummeting. the more that people see and hear about implementing -- i would imagine republican and democrat alike, they're going to hear a lot about those topics. >> charlie cook wrote at national journal about what they're seeing in the polling, which is basically that this issue, the closer you -- these guys are usually glad to be hitting the towncar that takes them to reagan national airport to go home. but they're not doing much as they close the session, and as they get on those planes, they're thinking about, i'm going to go home and i'm going to hear the people are going to tell these incumbents i'm very concerned about this law and i
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don't like the way it's going. if the republicans can make, as ted cruz and other republicans are trying to do, if they can make obama care part of the discussion, that will be very damaging for democrats. and that's something the president is trying to avoid. he wants to keep it off the table by basically a grand bargain but saying it's time for more stimulus now and he's trying to keep the discussion over there because he doesn't want it on his law. >> and another meeting with the president, everybody in that room also knows that the odds, history tells us are not in their favor when it comes to the party in office midterm elections. >> presidents' parties have made gains in the midterm elections, but only once in the second term has a president's party gained and that was bill clinton in 1998. there is a cautionary tale for
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republicans in that. the democrats were able to make those gains because republicans were -- washington fell apart as they were impeaching the president over his answers about a sex scandal, we have some breaking news on that today for fun. but that costs republicans in that election. and unless republicans impeach barack obama, that looks unlikely to repeat itself. >> you're such an encyclopedia. thank you for lending us your knowledge. >> you bet, thank you. we have seen the headlines all morning pointing to what's being called some modest but positive growth for our economy. the nation's gross domestic product gaining from april through june at a rate of about 1.7%. that's about double what was expected. but there's a very big detail about that number. what you need to know. just ahead.
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we are also tracking a dropping story in the senate, where senator rand paul made a passionate plea for washington to stop sending money to egypt. here's some of what the senator had to say. >> reporter: the president claims that he feels your pain. the president says he can feel the pain and he wants to help the middle class. but it seems like he wants and intends to help foreign people. foreign countries more than he wants to help america. the president promised us hope and change. but the more he claims that things change, i think the more they stay the same. i wanted to believe that the president would be different. i wanted to believe that he would bring change. i wanted to believe that he would stand up to the arms race, to the military industrial plex. that he would stop the flow of arms to despots across the
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planet, but hope and change turned out to be a slogan. in detroit and in chicago, and in the once-great cities of america, no change came. hope and change was just a slogan. the poverty, the murders, the abysmal schools, they continued. where are you, mr. president? where are you when in our hour of need in our country, why are you sending our money to people who hate us? >> lawmakers ended up voting today to table that amendment which would have cut 1$1.3 billion in annual military aid to egypt. this is a fox news alert from arizona where o.j. simpson has just been granted parole in nevada on charges of kidnapping, rocky and burglary, but the juice is not getting out of jail. the state parole board saying he was giving simpson parole on some charges because his conduct
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behind bars has been positive. he's worked on programs for inmates. but he still faces four more years in all of his sentence in all of his crimes, at least four for to go. a student who was abandoned in a dea holding cell with no food or water almost died. trace gallagher is live in our west coast bureau and it's time to pay up. >> it is, for $4.1 million, it's tax free, the attorneys can only take 20% so daniel chong walks away with at least $2.1 million and a year after this has happened, there is still none, no discipline for anybody in the dea. in fact chuck grassley on the senate judiciary committee says he has not gotten an explanation of the decision. they found 18,000 ecstasy pills
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but said that chang was not involved with the pills, put him in a holding cell, he was told to hang tight, hi would be back in a back. he was in that cell for 5 1/2 days. he broke his glasses so he could carve a goodbye note to his mom. by the time he was found, he was covered in human waist, suffering kidney failure and he was almost dead. here's chong now through his attorney. >> i was kicking a door, yelling, i even put some shoe strings, shoelaces through the crack of the door for visual signs. i didn't stay still, no. i was screaming. >> what happened to daniel chong should never happen to any human being on the face of the planet. >> keep in mind, the dea has implemented new detention standards that include cameras in cells and daily checks and
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the inspector general for the department of justice is also investigating. we have no timeline on that investigation, but again, nobody disciplined, no explanation of how this actually happened to daniel chong. 4.1 million out of the fed's pocket. >> i would love to know the back story. just some explanation, he might want that more than the money. a seemingly well intentioned government initiative is raise questions, serious ones about government's intrusion into your life. we're going to tell you about the group using behavior modification techniques to change the decisions you make. and the tsa is supposed to be the last line of defense for millions of americans every day. but a report shows that the massive homeland security secure agency has huge security breaches. plus after so many new york city firefighters and police officers lost their lives on 9/11, the city took steps to give their
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a scathing new government report showing major misconduct by the people whose job it is to keep you, the air travelers out there safe. the government accountability office finding thousands of cases of misconnect. doug mckelley is live in washington with details. hi, doug. >> shannon, i used to take a nap on the job every day. so that's not necessarily true.
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but in any event, this report was prompted in part by media coverage of incendiary examples of tsa misconnect. nobody more vocal than john mica of florida who wants the agency private advertised. >> there's been incidents that have been embarrassing and that -- orlando airport, they featured, which is one of my airports, local airports, employee was caught in a media sting, stealing a computer. there's another case, i think in your report, mr. lord, of, again, theft there. we have the newark situation was so embarrassing, the supervise was advising the tsa employee on how to steal contents of
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passengers' luggage. >> the court speaks to quantify the misconduct it finds. the largest category of misconduct was showing up late for work and improper ollie. screen screening and security issues accounted for 20% of the infractions. of the officers found engaged in this conducts, 47% reprimanded. more troublesome for congress, the lack of a standard for punishing bad apples. people who fail to detect bombs in covert testing are usually not dismissed but allowed to redo their training. yet the tsa maintains this conduct is rare. it employs 60,000 people and found 97 cases of misconduct. one member -- found an envelope with hundreds of dollars who
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turned it in. >> doug, thank you so much. for more on this report, let's bring in mike gallagher, syndicated radio host and fox news contributor joining us on the phoning now. mike, i know you're not a fan of the tsa, how it always operates, were you surprised at all by the report? i mean those numbers sound pretty high. >> shannon, i think the big story is the management and the management of the tsa which has always been a question, i think and all been a problem. any company that was run the way the tsa is run, you look at the top. and any of us frequent flyers who go through our nation's airports on a regular basis like i do, know there's a real inconsistency in terms of the kind of person that's at the nation's checkpoints. at the end of the day, you've got to say, the bigger question is how these guys are being punished. as the feature you just did pointed out there's a real lack of accountability when it comes
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to how to punish people who are doing things as egregious as sleeping on the job and bringing their relatives through lines and everything else. where's the accountability? it goes all the way to the top. you look at some of these crazy decisions to allow people to have knives on planes, the small pocket knives, we went through that whole thing earlier in the year. i think it's a problem, shannon, at the top and it seems like the tsa management has an awful lot of explaining to do and they're just doing a bad job. >> for its part the says it holds it's workers to the highest ethical standards and also says it has zero tolerance for misconduct. but this report appears to be in conflict with that. 50% of those who got busted for sleeping on the job didn't even get the minimum punishment. is there something in place keeping these employees from being punishable, essentially? >> that's the question. there's the whole aspect of the
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sort of quasi-union protection or the union mindset that perm natures the rank and file of the tsa. there's some wonderful people, shannon, who work in these checkpoint lines, but as somebody who goes flying out of the newark international airport, the last experience i had, i even blogged about it and tweeted, that these are people i think you would be reluctant to hire for even an hourly fast food job. there's people tuszing. i couldn't believe how they behaved at the biggest international airport in the country. there's a statement that ought to be challenged about what is the real caliber of the people who are working in these -- at these tsa checkpoints, but more importantly, again, back to what would the reluctance be to punish somebody who does something as egregious as
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falling asleep on the job? i've got an idea, you fire somebody who falls asleep on the job that's supposed to be as important to security as making sure a bad guy doesn't bring weapons through the checkpoint line. that's where the lack of accountability is at the very top, not so much the rank and file. >> nice to talk to you, have a good day. new developments in the benghazi investigation as a man who may have first hanged knowledge of the military it's response to the terror attacks is set to speak with lawmakers in a closed door meeting today and what he's expected to tell them and how it could change america's response to an attack that left so many dead and injured. the city took steps to give their kids a special chance to follow in their parents' food steps. so why have three families that lost a dad in the aftermath, why are they now being denied that
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chance? and anthony weiner not budging, despite calls for him to drop out of new york's mayoral race. we'll see how he's sending his newest message to voters. >> somebody wants to come out with something embarrassing about you in your private life, you have to talk about that for a little while. plete! [ female announcer ] the four-in-one nutrition of ensure complete. a simple choice to help u eat right. [ major nutrition ] nutrition in charge.
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despite growing calls for anthony weiner to drop out of the new york mayoral race. he has issued a statement saying he simply won't quit. look. >> i know there are newspaper editors and other politicians that say, boy, i wish that guy wiener would quit. you don't know new york, certainly don't know me. quit isn't the way we roll in new york city. we fight through tough things, we're a tough city.
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>> wiener is full speed ahead trying to earn trust back from voters when the sexting scandal reared up again. go, go, go. >> dramatic scenes from 9/11 of people running from plumes of smoke and ash, as first responders ran right toward it. now many of the sons who lost their firefighter dads from 9/11 illnesses are fighting for a chance to follow in their fathers' footsteps, trace gallagher joins us live from los angeles. >> it's all about the legacy point system which is a longed stanging policy that says any child whose parent died in the line of duty has a preference for getting hired on as a new york city firefighter. now that's changing. because 13 firefighters have been notified that apparently their fathers were not heroic
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enough and the administrators have decided that their dreams are going to be put on hold because their dads did not die on duty. now instead of being at the top of the list, they're now on the bottom of the list. the lost legacy scott brocus, his father died of cancer in a 9/11 illness. he's 1,945. you lose your legacy points, 11,000 plus down on the list. michael's brother james says, and i'm quoting here, the first thing that came to my mind was is my father's death not worthy enough to get legacy points? i now feel my father's death is being tarnished and not honored. all my brothers and i want is to follow in our father's footsteps and honor him by becoming firefighters. there's a bill now in the new york legislature that allow
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these firefighters to actually get their legacy points. but for some reason not yet explained, governor -- next hour, we're going to speak with these young men about their loss, their struggle and their fight to become firefighters and what they plan to do next. they'll be with us live. a seemingly well intentioned government initiate ty is raising some serious questions about big brother. we're going to explain the effort to use behavior modification techniques to effect the decisions that you make. plus, new fallout from the penn state football scandal as a court decides what to do with three top officials connected to the case. and the liberal media pounced when a fox news reporter dared challenge the author of a book that attacks the foundation of christianity. today a different take explains why the press seems to be missing the bigger story.
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breaking new developments as the wikileaks whistle blower case is now in the sentencing phase. private first class bradley manning is facing 136 years for leaking government secrets to wikileaks. as many as 20 witnesses will be called in his hearing. manning was convicted yesterday of espionage and other crimes.
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a seemingly well intentioned government initiative is raising some serious questions about big brother. the federal government is now hiring behavioral experts to try and influence public behavior. while it could be used to get americans to do good, like save money for retirement, critics argue it may be used for more political purposes. welcome to you both, ladies. all right, i guess i'll start with you, it sounds like a positive thing, making people pay their taxes on time, nudge them into appropriate behavior, doesn't that say that somebody's -- who's making these decisions? >> that argument has never really worked for me. i don't think there's a problem with having people who are sort of experts in human behavior coming up with efficiencies,
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which is basically the idea here. people in government from deciding what's best for everybody. one thing that's important to remember, we don't have a lot of details about this, but the little that i have seen, they're just making suggestions, they're just trying to encourage things, like paying your taxes on time, avoiding penalties, that kind of stuff that seems pretty straight forward to me. >> what about nudging you to renewable resources and green energies, because it seems to be part of the government's plan? >> i'm completely creeped out by this. i think it has an orwellian edge to it. american history is littered with government programs and bureaucracy that started out with ostensibly noble causes trying to do the% for the country or the best for you.
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some of these programs and bureaucracies have ended up as economic disasters and at worse they have been abused and that's what the irs scandal is about, the use of power there. i think there's a very slippery slope going from one thing that sounds pretty good on paper to actual practice where the potential for abuse and control over the american people can be exploited. either you believe that we're with nation based on personal freedom where people are allowed to make mistakes and enjoy their own freedom or you don't. and now we're down the road now where this seems acceptable. >> this is a country of individual choice. and we have seen more and more the conversation about libertarian thoughts and libertarian politicians are getting more attention, sort of keep the government out of what we're doing. but this gives them control over every aspect of our lives possibly. >> we don't know exactly what it would be.
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i think the idea that somewhere down the road something could go wrong, then we should abolish the military? i mean the military make mistakes this. argument doesn't really hold water for me. this doesn't force anybody to do nothing, it's providing people with information so they can make informed decision. i happen to think that's a great thing for the government to be doing and i don't think they should be forcing people to do, you know, maybe certain things in terms of energy efficiency or something, but there's nothing wrong with informing people about it. >> monica, though, a lot of the concern from critics of this potential planning say that they're putting -- the regulatory czar was overseeing this administration's very healthy regulations to change behavior, and when they couldn't get it passed on capitol hill it went out in a regulation. so this theory, he's written a book on it and that's enough to
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turn some people off. >> and make it into a frightening kind of thing. we have gone far afield from what the founding fathers envisioned for this country. the government is supposed to do a couple of the things. now they're veering off into this kind of control. when you're talking about health care or any other thing when you have the left pushing something like this, it's not about trying to help the american people or nudge them into doing what's best for them, according to them, by the way, it's about government power and control, that's the bottom line, and, look, it's a very short hop from nudging somebody to doing the right thing to coercing thing to turning it into a shove and government is nothing is not power and coercion. >> and kirsten, you talked about when the government is trying to push you in the direction of doing some behavior that we could say across the board is positive, like paying your taxes those kinds of things, but what
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if people don't know they're being monitored or they're being suggested or pushed in a direction rather than saying it's a good idea if you do certain thing. does that make a difference to you? >> well, it's not, though. i mean, i don't think the program's even in existence yet, as i understand it. it's just something they're starting to do. i don't think encourage -- i think the example that was used in the article that was out, was saying that 8 in ten americans file their taxes on time. they found, you know, in behavioral sciences that that was effective. i don't really see what the problem with that is, i don't see it as being control, i don't think they should be tracking us or monitoring our behavior, but there are people who study this stuff, and are experts on it. and i don't think that's
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suspicious to get people who are experts on something to be working on it. >> i do think the cause for concern here, shannon and kirsten, is that it's coming in a broader context. you have this abuse of power by the irs, the broadest context of the nsa, and the extensive nature of them eavesdropping or listening in or monitoring at least our communications, so the government can be restrained by anything they set in motion even if it started with a noble intent has a lot of americans concerned. >> thank you both, good to see you. one u.s. city is getting ready to approve a new rule that will likely be instantaneously challenged as a violation of the first amendment, we're going to look at what that rule is and why it as -- a closed door hearing on capitol hill today that could change the narrative of the white house response to the benghazi terrorist attack. a man who may have firsthand
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knowledge of the military response, briefing lawmakers on what he knows about the night that four americans were killed. and the liberal media pounced when a fox news reporter challenged the author of a book that challenges the foundations of christianity. today a different take as one of the country's leading critics tells what he believes the press is choosing to ignore, the bigger story. >> you're a muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of christianity? eyfr@r
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i want to be clear about, you're a muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of christianity? >> to be clear, i am a scholar of religion with four degrees including one in the new testament and has been studying the origins of christianity for two decades who also just happens to be a muslim. >> that question from fox
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correspondent robin green that launched a series of attacks. aslin book is called zealot and questions the christian belief that gbelief -- why did you write it? president of the media research center joins us now. good to see you today. your reaction to the reaction to loren green? >> i will be the first one to stand up and applaud loren green. this man was a christian who converted to islam and she had every right to ask him, she's asking him in fact, do you have a bias, are you being influenced by your faith in what you are writing? he should have said, yes, i am. he was arrogant and you saw the
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aloof arrogance in how she asked that question. but the fact of the matter is, the muslim faith believes that the jesus christ did not have a divine nature. they do not believe he was god. so if he's going to take the attitude, he's just a scholar, he just happens to be muslim, that he really didn't care about this issue very much, he's not a good muslim. >> it started out with the media questioning him saying it was none of hiss business about why he wrote the book. it then trickled out into more main stream media and it's taken on a life of itself own. >> why don't they talk about the author? why don't they talk about the fact that he makes the statement which npr had to correct, that nowhere in the bible did jesus christ claim to be the messiah, which is absolutely false. he's also made the claim in his book, this is the man who's such an expert on this, that the
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crucifixion was jesus christ formenting violence in society. apparently he's not familiar with a thing called the beatitudes. he said his book was based on 1,000 books that were used to make this book. now, shannon, i don't know about you, i have never in my life heard an author say that 1,000 books were his reference to do a book. and while we're at it, he also said, more than once, that he had a degree in -- a history degree in religion. in fact he doesn't. so there are all sorts of holes you could poke in this man's very, very biassed and very, very one-sided book that is aimed to do nothing. but he also makes the point, and this is a catholic, i take offense to, there's a very big difference between a historical price panned what the media has
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done to create a mythical christ. there isn't. >> there's a discussion here about the question of the muslim faith in america today in 2013, and whether you're allowed to prod or probe, there's a lot of sensitivity across the spectrum when it comes to talking about religion, but especially the muslim faith, and do you think that's why loren is taking so much heat? >> well, because -- shannon, let's put it in this perspective. first of all, the media can't stand you folks at fox. there's a headline you didn't know. but what i find really curious, loren is the -- i may be wrong and somebody correct me if i'm wrong, i do not believe there is another religion reporter on television today. loren green is only one in business today. so who in the world is to criticize loren green at fox news? >> we know there are a lot of folks out there who are happy to criticize christian viewpoints and faith, and we have a story on that coming up as well. but this one -- >> let me say one more thing.
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i know loren green. loren green is a good, good woman. she doesn't deserve to be attacked like this. >> well, i often encounter in the halls and have always found her to be a very fantastic colleague, somebody who does care about what it's at the roof of these stories and asks those questions. so, brent, thank you for joining us. >> thanks, shannon. new fallout now from the penn state scandal as the court decides what to do with three officials connected with the case. plus the hunt is on behind a prisoner in an unbelievable jailbreak. you won't believe how authorities think he managed to pull it all off. hey! did you know that honey nut cheerios has oats that can help lower cholesterol? and it tastes good? sure does! wow. it's the honey, it makes it taste so...
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this is a fox news alert on the investigation into the terror attack in benghazi almost a year ago. a cable news network earlier today said it had tracked down and interviewed for two hours the head of the terror group claiming responsibility for the attack. while the fbi has yet to speak with or arrest any suspects. jay carney moments ago took a question on how that can possibly be. >> i want to ask you about benghazi. cnn says one of its reporters sat down with someone who may be a lead suspect in the terror attack for two hours recently. this potential suspect says they've never been contacted by the libyan government and they've never been contacted by the fbi. how is it somebody who's potentially a lead suspect in this terror attack could sit down with a media organization for a couple hours and never be contacted by the fbi?
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how serious is this? >> i would refer you to the fbi for details of their investigation. i'm not aware of anything beyond what you just said, in terms of that report. >> so we took mr. carney's advice and called the fbi. that agency is also refusing to comment. just ahead, see what senator kelly ayotte has to say about all of this. manhunt in arkansas for a fugitive considered armed and dangerous after he made a daring escape from jail in broad daylight. it's captured on camera. check it out. trace has more live in our bureau. >> it's not ac ca teraz but a very compelling escape, shannon. sue the guy crawl through. 33-year-old derek estelle is arrested for car theft and robbery. he is in jail and using the phone inmates are allowed to use. he uses the phone, crouches down by the wall, yeah, i'm just sitting here chatting. then he looks over and makes a break for it.
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goes over a counter. crawls through the welcome window of the booking center. the deputy crawls through behind him. they both run out the door across the parking lot. there's a car, get away car waiting forest still and the door was open. a woman was ready and off they went. you didn't see it on camera there because the deputy tried to stop that car but he couldn't. they sped away. by the way, that window, the welcome window has now been modified to make sure adults cannot slide through it. only children. no children in jail. he's still on the run. police do know who the suspect that drove the get away car is, that woman right there. she's previously been arrested. they think others might have been involved. they know he had somebody inside the jail helping him distract the police officers to get that quick jump on them. now, they're telling us, shannon, there are other people involved in this. they're not releasing the names of those people but they say
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other arrests could be coming. pretty ingenious escape for a guy in the county jail. no idea where this guy is. >> it took some planning. >> it did indeed. >> you mention that opening he got through. it's a welcome area. you said they will modify the size of it? >> yeah. you walk up to the window, you know, you walk and talk to the person who's booking people. there's a candy machine there. these are not inmate, just regular people. that goes out to the front door. he was able to sneak right through that. the deputy kind of followed him. the door was open for him. just the few steps he had on the deputy was enough to get him in the car and out. there was an all hands on deck alert for this guy to get around him. they ditched that get away car, the police found a few minutes later and got another car apparently nobody knows about. they could be anywhere it's been several hours since this
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>> unless you're whitey bulger, they generally catch up with you pretty quickly. a new positive report on the growth of our economy. there's one important detail being left out of a majority of media reports. we'll show you and tell you why it is a pretty big deal. the man who may have firsthand knowledge of the benghazi attacks finally speaks to lawmakers behind closed doors but did colonel bristol's comments change anything. we told you about the man who lost firefighter parents in the aftermath of 9/11 and now being refused a special chance to follow in their parents' footsteps. we'll talk to these young men just ahead, live. big plans. so when i found out medicare doesn't pay all my medical expenses, i got a medicare supplement insurance plan. [ male announcer ] if you're eligible for medicare, you may know it only covers about 80%
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this is a fox news alert, as congress finally hears from a key commander at the heart of the benghazi investigation.
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it's a brand new hour of american live. i'm shannon bream in live for megyn kelly. head of an elite special operations task force in north africa when the benghazi consulate was stormed and four were killed. colonel bristol was in a unique position to have knowledge of the military response and whether those men could have been saved. the pentagon blocked lawmakers from speaking to him until now. chief congressional correspondent, mike emanuel is live on capitol hill with more. mike. >> reporter: hi. almost 11 months after that deadly terror attack, lawmakers heard from a special key ops commander in regards to that attack. colonel bristol told lawmakers behind closed doors in a classified set whaegs traveling elsewhere in africa last september 11th and was essentially out of communication. sources say bristol's story backs up what they heard from other military officials up and
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down the chain of command and lawmakers say his testimony confirms u.s. officials were not prepared heading into a 9/11 anniversary for an attack. some who attended the classified hearing are pushing for the public to be able to hear and watch open hearings. >> it's all very valuable information but ultimately we need public hearings where america can see and not just certain members of congress. an important step forward but come the fall, we're going to have some open transparent hearings where everybody in the country can watch. >> after the deadly benghazi terror attack which claimed the lives of four americans, there are many still unanswered questions. one being asked how tv reporters were able to interview a leader ror suspect about the deadly attack but the fbi has yet to do so. congressman frank wolf leading the charge for a bipartisan select committee to investigate asked these questions on the house floor today. >> today, little is known why
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ambassador stevens was at the u.s. consulate in the days leading up to the anniversary of 9/11. even less known is about where the other american facility in benghazi, the cia annex, what was the annex? when was it established? how many people worked at the annex? of these, how many were direct agency employees and how many were contractors? >> about news reporters interviewing a keater ror suspect, jay carney at the white house referred reporters to the fbi. officials offered one explanation being that it is more difficult to get visas for law enforcement officials to get in to investigate and need the permission of a host government. shannon. >> all right, mike. thank you very much. nearly 11 months after the benghazi attacks and after president obama stood in front of the flag draped coffins of four murdered americans and vowed to bring the kill others to justice, not one arrest. now, a new letter being drafted
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to the fbi, republican lawmakers are demanding aggressive steps to find the terrorists. it has been more than ten months since the attacks. we appear to be no closer to knowing who was responsible today than we were in the early weeks following the attack. this is simply unacceptable. earlier i spoke to senator kelly ayotte, a member of the armed services committee and signatory of that letter. i asked her where we are in the investigation. >> that's a good question. recently, cnn was able to interview the head of ansar al sharia, the terrorist group that claimed responsibility for the attacks on our consulate shortly after they occurred. guess what. no one from the fbi or libyan authorities had talked to him. there are literally people running around libya who have responsibility for committing these attacks or knowledge of it and apparently our fbi is not
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speaking to them. where the fbi is is totally unacceptable as we said in our letter. we need answers and with the new fbi director coming in we expect to get answers, what is the fbi doing to hold these people who committed those terrorist acts accountable. >> what possible explanation can you imagine by the fbi has not spoken to these key players? >> i don't think there's any explanation that could be possible. it's mind boggling to me the head of ansar al sharia could be interviewed by a media organization and the fbi hasn't spoken to him nor have libyan authorities. the victims of these families deserve answers and just. what's also troubling, the president stood up during the presidential campaign and said we will hunt these people down who committed these terrorist acts wherever they are. if you mess with americans, we are going to mess with you. nothing has happened.
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this needs to be pursued. for him to refer to this as a phony scandal really is so troubling and disappointing in light of the fact four brave americans were murdered. so fbi, where have you been on this? this is basic investigation 101, in talking to the individuals on the ground in libya. >> just days after the deaths of those four brave americans, another media outlet tracked a person believed to be a key suspect having a fruit drink in a cafe. what has become of that person? >> again, we don't have answers on that. we don't know at this point whether the fbi has spoken to that individual. right now, the media has been speaking to more individuals alleged to be involved with this that have information than we've gotten information from our fbi. it makes me wonder at this point. are people not pursuing answers to this investigation? that's why we need to get to the bottom of it. we have a new fbi director
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coming in and we need an update on this investigation and need them to vigorously pursue this and make sure we bring those killers to justice. >> a number of times when there's been questioning of different members of the administration, those called before the hill and other settings, they often deferred and said they couldn't speak on this because there was an ongoing fbi investigation. we know something is going on. you asked the new fbi director to give you a status report in 30 days. what do you expect to hear? >> what i would hope to hear, shannon, these are who we interviewed, these are the potential suspects in the case. some of it may have to be shared in a classified setting but we need an update at this point to know, i think, what the big warning sign was when people who are being interviewed that are part of ansar al sharia the fbi has not spoken to, that raises huge flags. we need to make sure they are
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pursuing this investigation vigorously. the fact no one has been held accountable almost 11 months later is completely wrong. i feel for the victims, the family members who lost loved ones on that day and they deserve answers and justice. >> what does this messa message -- what is the message sent to those family members who lost someone, those very critically injured, still working and fighting back to recover from their injuries? what is the message from them to the fbi? >> i know many have not received information on this, those that reached out to our office about where the status of the investigation is. they're left with many unanswered questions as well. they need to know we aren't going to forget this. that we are going to pursue this. we are going to find the terrorists that committed these acts, hold them accountable and make sure that the four brave americans that were murdered,
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that we find out exactly what happened to them, make sure it doesn't happen again and hold those accountable who committed these horrific acts. we owe that as americans to the victims and to their families. >> you noted and we have noted the president vowed he would get to the bottom of this and get answers for those families. we saw the same thing when he talked about the irs targeted based specifically on their ideologically, he would get answers. what's your message notice to the white house? >> my message is they are unacceptable. his recently calling these phony scand scandals, that, to me, is incredibly wrong. it's misleading to the american people. his original positions on both these issues was the right position. so we need his leadership to make sure that he can follow through what he said during the campaign, which is that we're going to hunt the people that committed these terrorist acts down, find them and bring them
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to justice. as commander in chief, you would think we would want to do that and i would hope he would do that. >> senator ayotte, we wish you the best to get those answers. thank you for your time. >> thank you. >> you heard senator ayotte talking about the leader of a terror group claiming responsibility and when asking jay carney a while ago he said to ask the fbi and they had no comment. it's been roughly ten months since four americans were killed in benghazi. prosecutors with brand new details in the pennsylvania child sex abuse scandal and now three top officials will stand charges in a cover-up. >> it was after a two-day preliminary hearing in fact the judge said these three men will in fact stand trial in connection with the jerry s
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sandusky sex scandal. the judge, when she made her decision, called this quote a tragic day for penn state and this was a conspiracy of silence. the key testimony centered on a series of e-mails among the three defendants that discussed both the 1998 and 2001 cases involving sandusky and young boys. you have to remember that former assistant football coach and former penn state quarterback mike mcquery testified he told gary schultz, tim curley as well as the late coach joe paterno, that he had seen sandusky molest a boy in the showers in 2001 but said no action was taken and nothing was done to stop sandusky. he went on to molest several other boys. the defendant's attorneys say mcquery's story was embellished and changes it every time he
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tells it. a penn state trustee says he's not surprised the case is going to trial but skeptical prosecutors have enough evidence to convince a jury. prosecutors say they are very confident in their case. still no timeline when the trial or trials will begin in this. >> thanks for the update. a new economic report sparking a media frenzy over a gdp number double what analysts expected. sounds good, right? coming up, the very important detail many reports are leaving out. plus, one u.s. city getting ready to approve a new rule that will almost surely be challenged as americans right to free speech. up next, we will look at why they're pushing it anyway. next, a look at young men whose firefighter fathers died in job related illnesses and wanting to follow in their dreams of following in dad's footsteps. they will join us live.
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debate over a first amendments rights issue heating up in san antonio as the city considers a controversial measure that challenges critics and free speech and those who can speak out against their moral regulation beliefs including christian business owners. bill clinton, and david webb the host of the david webb show, on sirius. this is under consideration. it basically said you couldn't do business with the city or serve on a board of the city if you have indeed spoken out on a number of different things including sexual orientation, sexual identity and many worried if you happen to be of a
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regulation background and there are many that don't approve of sexual homosexuality, you're out of luck. >> this is about protecting gay people and discriminating against christians. that bias should not be extended from the force of government to the force of law. just because you feel homosexuality is wrong does not give you the right to discriminate to people in the public square. frankly, my question is when are people of faith going to stop using religion to attack, demean and divide the country. did not people listen to what the pope said a few days ago, not to attack any, who am i to jung? >> what if they say, i'm not going to say anything about it at work or say anything but i won't approve of it. they say they won't discriminate to those on the basis of religion and there are some that argue that's what this would do. >> in fact it is. it is not people of faith alone who have this feeling, whether they do or not.
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bernard talks about bias. having a belief does not mean you exhibit bias actively. one does not necessarily lead to the other. we have first amendment rights in this country. nowhere in this order nance is there equal protection of first amendment rights. you have the right to believe the way you believe in america under the constitution and also under the texas freedom act you have a state constitution and united states constitutional issue. this is not about -- this is a broader anti-religion effort, done by many groups who want to paint religion as this abject enemy of everything that's fair. look, whether you're regulatili or not, i believe in fair and equal treatment of everyone. that's what we do. when i look at cases that exist, purvervasive evidence in san antonio that should lead to this, you somehow can't find a pervasive number of cases. there have been a few allegations here and there but nothing even gone through the court system. so let's look at it for what it
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is. this is an effort to restrict one person's freedom under the guys of equal treatment. >> bernard, what if they would change, take out that phrase that say if you in word or deed have acted against the interest of somebody who does approve of homosexuality, if you took out the first amendment issue, if somebody's actively carried out a deed in some way biased or hurtful, divisive, that's different than word. the first amendment is such a valued amendment, it's the first one? what if you took out the word, word. >> i have to address david's point. this is not about religion at all. it doesn't even mention religion. how can you say -- >> you said something about religion. >> how can you say it's an attack on religion. it is fundamentally not. it is no different than what they've done currently in san antonio and done in many other cities, prohibit discrimination against race, gender, color, no different than where we were 50
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years ago when you couldn't marry the person you wanted to and sit where you wanted to. >> save the civil rights argument. >> why should people be allowed to discriminate against me in the same way they discriminated against you 60 years ago. there is no legal protection for gays and -- >> if we took it to actions not just words, if people want to express their own personal belief, does it then turn into religious discrimination if they say i'm christian, whatever, a faith tradition that doesn't approve of this i won't take any discriminatory action against you but if i even said a word against you saying it doesn't jive with what i believe, i'm in trouble and can't work for the city. >> i spent a lot of time in this city, hispanic population heavily catholic. the catholic church has its doctrine and belief and allowed to. there's a big difference between claiming bias and saying the thought police will come in if you have a belief, you're not
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entitled to that belief. it is what we have in this country is freedom and individual rights are protected. they're not legislating bias here. they can't legislate against it. we have an equal employment opportunity commission. we have laws on the books. we have civil redress. if it's egregious enough we have criminal redress against people who commit acts against someone on bias or something else. >> in sexual orientation,it is not true. >> i don't care if you're homosexual or heterosexual. i don't care about your ex life, bernard. the problem is the agenda being pushed here this supersedes her to and that is fundamentally un-american. want to give the final ward to you, bernard. >> what we're talking about here is frankly saving people's lives. the discrimination that comes against gay people causes many kids to kill themselves and we're talking about not just inconvenience. we're fundamentally talking about being valued as an individual. >> you're equating suicide with behavioral -- >> why do you think suicide
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among gay teen is so high? >> maybe we'll have you back and have that debate. gentlemen, thank you for coming in for the discussion. a devastating blow for the children of some new york city firefighters who parents died from related illnesses after the attack on the 9/11 attack. and we'll talk about their dreams and the sons of these american heroes. the american economy looking better than suspected. that's very good but one major detail being ignored by most media outlets. up next. and an international daredevil making a stunning debut here in america.
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right now, reports that neighbors in florida are in an uproar demanding a nearby propane plant be taken offline for good after a terrifying explosion late monday night. investigators are trying to figure out what sparked the massive fireball near orlando that injured at least eight people, four of them critically. neighbors report propane tanks flying into their yards and say they don't think there's a guarantee it's not going to happen again. the fire chief says mechanical failure or human error may have caused that blast. a daredevil known as the jet man accomplishing an unbelievable feet, soaring through the skies over wisconsin at nearly 200 miles an hour in a
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custom wing suit coming within feet of a hulking b 17 bomber. trace gallagher is live. would you be brave enough to try it, trace? >> absolutely. we go way back. "america live" has been covering eve rossi for a couple of years. we were going to put his grand canyon flight live but it got thrown back. seen flying for years and at the in oshkosh, wisconsin. he flew with a b 17 bomber. look at this thing. it can fly up to 12,000 feet at 190 miles an hour though he really likes to fly around 6,000 feet because that's where he can kind of maneuver himself the best. he's kind of on the tail of that b-17. you can see from the wing, it's sponsored by bright link. if you're wondering how he steers this thing, listen. >> it's with the move stick. i can feel that wick.
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it follows my move. it's like when you are skiing, where you look, when you're skiing in a turn, you look inside the turn. you do that move and it turns. >> you hear that, shannon? just like snow skiing, move your body and the wings follow you. the suit can fly up to 10 minutes but he likes to slow down and use his parachute after eight minutes to make sure he doesn't run out of fuel. he's flown in the grand canyon, over the english channel, even over the skyline of rio de janeiro. he's had a few setbacks, he must admit. he's still flying and he's still alive, the biggest part about this. this jet pack, he really had a substantial hand in preparing and he says he will continue to fly this thing, improve it, and who knows, some day it could take people from place to place, strap on the wings and away you go! shannon bream. >> if i could take it from my house to fox news in washington
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everyday and fly over the traffic, i'm willing to risk my life for that. i think it would be worth it. >> forget that train. put the wings on. >> there's now going to be a jet woman. thank you. this morning's economic report sparking a frenzy of positive reporting on a gdp number that was double what analysts had expected. the one important detail was left out of most media reports. what it is and why it is a very big deal. plus, the powerful story of some young men who thought they would follow their dreams of being firefighters after losing their dad's to 9/11 illnesses is just ahead. ♪
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matt mccall and christian dorsey director of external government affairs for the economic policy institute. welcome to all of you. melissa, we'll start with you. you looked behind the numbers. there's something people need to know about. explain what this is. >> they totally changed the way they calculate gdp. it's adding about half a fri frillion dollars, $500 billion to the economy around the country. they're counting things like in entertainment. revenue from a television show that might go into syndication in the future. that potential that's out there. they're counting things like the interest on unfunded pensions, so that means in detroit, for example, where they're probably never going to pay out that pension and the money doesn't exist because it wasn't funded, they're counting the interest on that. that means the saves rate went up to 5.6% in 2012, personal saves from 4.1% except for don't forget nothing was saved because it's unfunded.
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it's insane. they really juiced the number a lot higher, which looks good but isn't a reality. 1.7% is not good. we need to grow at 3% in order to add back all the jobs we lost, at least, forever not 4%. it's not even a good number and i don't feel like it's a real number. >> christian, melissa used the word "crazy" or "insane" for this. >> christian is laughing. >> everybody is laughing, but is it legal or okay to do this? >> this has been the product of decades long interest in study to determine how to actually capture the economy as part of the gross domestic product. with all due wre suspect that's not the key issue. when 1.7% or 1.3%, melissa hit at the key figure this is not sufficient enough growth to get our economy where it needs to go. a substantial reason it is lower than it august to be we now have
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federal austerity programs dragging an otherwise private economy. government is actually doing harm to this recovery. that, to me, is the key story. >> how so? >> what we have is government austerity done very direct things, cut back on government spending shaved growth off gdp to a growth of .10% and expiration of unemployment benefits and expiration of the payroll tax cut, which has cut overall economic growth. if you take those things into account, if those things had not occurred, we'd have about 4 million more jobs in the economy right now. austerity at the state and federal level has basically caused about half of the jobs gap that we have right now. that, to me, is the key story. >> matt, i want to bring you in here. we got this news double what we expected. we expected maybe .9%. a lot of people -- all of us want to have cause for celebration and all want to feel like the economy is turning
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around. is this number giving americans a false picture where we're headed, where we are now? >> unfortunately it is a false picture. last quarter, prior to today we thought the first quarter grew at 1.8%. we now found out after being revised down it grew at 1.1%. go back one more quarter, 1.1%. we're going in the wrong direction. this 1.7% not even a good number is probably going to be revised down in the next few months. look at the first year of recovery, 2009 to 2010 we had robust growth and since then sideways, typically four years after a recession, we should be seeing major growth and we're going in the wrong direction. >> melissa, you talked about consumer spending and housing? >> consumer spending rose at a rate of 1.8%, slower than last quarter, 2.3%.
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this accounts for two-thirds of the demand in the economy. shows the consumer is worried, spending less. they don't see things getting better. that's not helpful. housing prices are rising, up 12% year-over-year. you would think this is a good sign, the value is going up, people want to spend more. that's not what it's about, no supply in the market right now, people stuck in the homes they're in, either under water or can't get financing to move. and the few homes on the market price is going up but overall doesn't speak well for the economy. i totally disagree with christian. christian is trying to tell you more government spending would solve the problem, that crowds out private spending and higher taxes and slows everything down. if you agree with that, approve the xl pipeline. there's government spending, why doesn't the government do that? >> as you can see, as government has enacted austerity, we have seen gdp actually decline,
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relative to what's going on in the private sector. >> by a very small fraction. by a very small fraction. >> this has been going overall the cumulative effect is huge. it's small quarter to quarter but the cumulative effect is huge, inarguable. about 4 million jobs. >> what do you mean by huge? the overall effect? no, it's not. those are taxpayer dollars consumers would be spending elsewhere. >> i will qualify it for you private sector gdp growth is 13.2% once you factor in government's drag that brings the overall down to 9%. basically, government is dragging down this economy by approximately one-third, 4 million jobs. >> the dollars the government isn't spending are dollars being left with the consumer and people in the private sector to spend on their own. the government doesn't create any value in the economy. >> money is money. >> we have to leave it there. >> the government has been spending trillions have dollars.
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what has it done? 1.7% growth, it has done nothing. >> thank you. we have to leave it there. thank you so much. coming up, they dreamed of being just like dad and honoring their fallen fathers who died from 9/11 related illnesses. they wanted to follow in their footsteps. now the new york city fire department dashing those hopes. the story of trying to follow in the footsteps of their heroic father s next.
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we told you earlier about a devastating setback for some young men who dreamed of following in the footsteps of their firefighter fathers. the sons of 9/11 plummeting down the line to join the fire department all related to the cleanup. and the legislation that gives
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preferential to them doesn't recognize the in the line of death duty. and the governor for some unknown reason has yet to sign legislation that could change that. joining us now, scott, the son of captain shelldon, who died away from 9/11 related cancer and here john sullivan junior and michael sullivan, of their father who died from pancreatic illness. and the son of a firefighter dying from rare intestinal cancer. i am sorry for your loss for your fathers who were heroes. scott, you were going to be assigned special points because of losing your father in the line of duty or as a result of his heroic efforts. that would have moved you up
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close closer to your dream of becoming a firefighter. what happy neened next? >> we applied for the points and on may 30th, we received the letter that our parents' death wasn't covered under the new york state civil service law. i found these gentlemen on line actually. they had been working on a bill with the senator in order to fix that oversight because at the moment, the current legislation recognizes children of emts and siblings of firefighters and police officers but overlooks children of firefighters and police officers actually. >> so where would the legacy points, so-called points where would they have put you and where are you ending up now? >> they would have put me around number 20 on the list or did put me at number 20 on the list. then i am back to number 1900. these gentlemen, for instance, would be going from -- >> the difference between receiving a job and not
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receiving a job. >> when you move that far down the list. tell us about you. >> for me, my brother, james, talking about going anywhere from 2 to 3 to 400 to 11,000, 12,000. the "wall street journal" only estimates they'll reach number 8,000 on the list. >> for you all that would basically end your efforts and dream to follow in your father's footsteps. >> make or break. >> correct. >> when you found out this news, tell me how that came to you. was it a shock? were you counting on being able to move up? >> yeah. it's our dream. when i found out, it's like reliving that pit in your stomach from when everything happened back when our fathers were sick and stuff like that. that was the first feeling that came over. we first found out from a guy in the department hearing about it. all right. let's not ruffle too many feathers but try to find out what's going on. lo and behold we got the letter after going through all the
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processing. >> it is a lengthy involved process. >> i myself and michael, we completed the whole process already, the physical, medical, it's tough stuff. after all that, we competed, we received a letter saying we got our points taken away. we were very excited to get in the academy in july and then our dreams were shattered. >> what did it mean to you, james, the possibility to do the same heroic thing your father did? >> it would have been the greatest thing. i have two older brothers who got their points taken away, too, they're very upset, too, very devastating. >> you mentioned there's been work. is there a legislative measure that's been passed to recognize this. what do you make of the governor not taking action, scott? >> we don't understand why he wouldn't sign it. we would like him to sign it as soon as possible. the fire department will hopefully honor those legacy points, so if the governor would -- if we had one message for him, it would be to sign it.
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>> john, for you, how do you want people to remember your father? all of you had fathers who stepped in when other people were running the other way. that was their goal. >> i feel like the term preferential treatment has been thrown around a lot? we're not looking for preferential treatment, equal treatment. if the city no longer believes in legacy points, then take it out completely. we're competing against legacy points and where they value somebody else's life more than our father's. >> if you recognize your father's illnesses were about the results of their service directly connected to 9/11. >> why wouldn't we get issued the same measures everybody else got issued, you know? on top of it, just going through everything and even in the apartment, they looked at it as
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we were fine and decided later on down the road it wasn't for us three here. we already went through the processing, sat down, they asked us where we were claiming these legacy points from, told them. got names and the lobby of the headquarters and then it's like, wait, we're not? >> that's the part that's super frustrating. >> the fire department chose to honor them and create a special plaque at headquarters for the people who died 9/11 related illnesses. >> we're still processing our father's death and the fire department, the shining star, i mean, something to look forward to and work to, and now it being taken away is very upsetting? >> tell me about your dad? >> a fireman at rescue 5, on the job 23 years. he loved the job so much, more -- he loved like his five kids and his wife, you know what i mean? if he was here today, he'd be fighting for us and someone
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else's kids, that's the kind of man he was. >> michael and john? >> he was a man's man. never cried. said good-bye to him for 9/11, he didn't show us anything but to be strong. that's always what he's been. he was senior man in the firehouse, never wanted to leave there. our grandfather was a fireman there. he was all about legacy and pride and walk quietly with a big stick type of guy. how he was. >> it sounds like he would have been the kind of guy who wouldn't want to be described as a hero, doing his job? >> just a simple man. i'm positive he never would have stood for it. that's why we challenge governor cuomo to sign it or explain us to why he's not. we did the impossible, got a bill passed through the senate and assembly in four weeks. >> almost impossible for anybody who's ever tried to do it. >> before the session. it's make or break time. he's now affecting people's lives. >> scott, tell me about your
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father. >> he was a great man. you know, growing up, i always wanted to follow in his footsteps because of the pride and honor he had because he was a fireman. and he really instilled that in me and made it something that i wanted to follow and do and hopefully will get a chance to do. >> if you do, james, what would it mean to you to be a firefighter here in new york? >> it's the greatest job in the world. everyone knows that. we want to put the work in and we want to do it and carry on traditions of our father. >> michael, what would it mean to you? >> everything, you know. my whole life would change taken would be great and work with people we grew up ar our uncles and brothers and cousins, you know, it's an amazing thing. i love it. >> we will follow this and see what the governor has to say. we thank all of you for coming in and for your fathers the service they gave and the service you want to give as well. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. >> we'll be right back. being sixteen, alex thinks he's invincible.
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things are looking up for some job seekers. american airlines announces plans to hire 1,500 flight attendants by the end of the year, the biggest push we've seen from the company since 9/11 and the job is not an easy one especially if you don't like to fly. casey stegall has more on the economy. >> reporter: from the smaller md-80 to the giant boeing 777,
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this is the emergency slide for the aircraft, here goes nothing. and this is only the tip of the iceberg. >> ready? >> reporter: the flight attendant training academy. >> great job. keep going. >> reporter: tucked away on american's massive world headquarters campus in ft. worth, texas, hasn't seen this much action in ages. >> the airlines have been regrouping after the economic downturn that followed the september 11th and the consequence we're now having again. >> reporter: it's here where new recruits get trained on everything from evacuating a jumbo jet. >> one, two, three. >> reporter: to handling in-flight medical emergencies. >> stay clear. >> stay clear of patient. >> reporter: following that doomed asiana flight in san francisco it became clear that flight attendants can actually save lives. >> it's not just coffee and tea for us. it is the safety is very
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important to us and the company itself. >> reporter: the academy is a gruelling eight and a half weeks, multiple classes rotating through at one time, and upon graduation, they'll take to the skies right away. >> one of the greatest challenges of my life, happy to get through it, happy to get in the air and fly. >> reporter: for more on how to apply check out are you impressed, shannon? >> i'm actually very impressed. you were very smooth there and look like you are fully ready and prepped for the job. don't leave us, though. >> reporter: well you know if this journalism gig doesn't work out maybe i have a backup plan. >> you make it look easy. casey, thank you. >> thanks. >> we'll be right back.
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>> thanks for watching. "studio b with shepard smith" starts right now. >> thanks, shannon. the news begins anew on "studio
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b." an o.j. simpson stunner, the disgraced former football player and hertz car pitchman paroled? why prison officials say o.j. has been a good boy, a model inmate and how long until he might be walking among us. then a jaw-dropping government report on what airport security screeners have been doing. tsa not thousands standing around anymore. they're doing other stuff like taking naps, boozing up, even stealing from passengers' bags. plus another meltdown within the anthony weiner campaign as if there's anything left to melt. anthony weiner's spokeswoman goes on attack against a former intern, it is an epic rant that we can barely repeat on tv. i stress barely, unless breaking news changes everything on "studio b." even if there is breaking news we'll go tote that. first from fox at 3:00 people who were supposed to keep us safe while we fly give us a patdown and the


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