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still unafraid. "the story" hosted by alma marta mccallum right now. that 911 call turned out. >> martha: very sweet. thank you, bret. >> bret: you are welcome. >> martha: good evening, everybody. i'm martha mccallum and tonight this is the story from new york city, folks, where the mayor is now number 23 on the list of democrats running for the white house. the president sounding off on air force one on his way here, in fact, just moments ago. >> i can't believe it. i just heard that the worst mayor in the history of new york city and without question the worst mayor in the united states is now running for president. it will never happen. i'm pretty good at predicting things like that. >> martha: well, we will see and the united states, as you know, you have to be over 35 and natural born u.s. citizen. american voters set the bar higher when it comes 20 qualifications and experience in life beyond those very basic markers. this was the cover of the de blasio's hometown newspaper
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here today. the "new york post" with people howling laughing on the cover wrote a scathing editorial listing what they sees a de blasio's myriad of failures from increasingly bad homeless problem in new york to hundreds of millions of dollars spent on mental health and education that they say has no results. he differs with that and debacle of housing. person he put in charge of housing people in new york city, very difficult. that person had to step down. the federal government had to come in because it was such mess. and worse than all of that, child services also failed to protect new york's children despite his promise to make sure this program was overseen carefully with tragic consequences. now, the other big city newspaper here in new york city, which is usually more favorable to bill de blasio said don't scoff at bill's candidacy. mayor de blasio is a formidable 2020 candidate. >> but beware of him taking
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his eye off the new york city ball. the last time a new york city mayor ran for president it was the man that "time" magazine and national publications called america's mayor after 9/11 some at the time were urging rudy giuliani to stay on longer, despite term limits. he left the office with an 89% approval rating and then, of course, he ran for president of the united states. so here's what have you got now, 76% of new yorkers say that de blasio should not run for president. but de blasio is unfazed by his unpopularity. this is a protest outside of trump tower the other day in his current job. and seeks the highest office in the land. he says this: don't let anyone tell what you you can't do. don't let anyone talk you out of your own power. >> martha: don't let anybody talk you out of your own power. all of this matters to the rest of the country because he has made many of the same promises that a lot of
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candidates are making across the country right now that bigger government can lift people up from poverty and can improve their lives. that's going to be the debate that's going to happen in the country over the coming months in moments andrew yang one of the 22 candidates who is going to run against mayor de blasio and all the others. he has a controversial economic plan that has turned a lot of heads and gotten a lot of attention. we will talk to him in a moment. first up betsy mccoy and juan williams fox news political analyst and co-host of "the five." welcome. good to have both you here tonight: the paper more favorable to mayor de blasio said he made promises income inequality. raised back pay for 300,000 city workers. universal k program. pushed for rent freeze and put 21 billion into the working class new yorkers. >> the fact working class people have suffered the most under the de blasio regime. you won't see whoopi goldberg and donald trump
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agree about much but they both agreed today that this mayor has been a disaster. and you cited some of the reasons. for example, people who live in public housing in new york are suffering without heat in the winter, without elevator service. so bad that the federal government had to step in he has doubled what the city has spent on homelessness and the problem is bigger than ever. most tragically as you mentioned toddlers and small children have died, died of terrible abuse at the hands of foster parents and parents while child protective services was mismanaged. in fact, in one instance a child died of a brutal beating when child protective services had visited that home 13 times. and even juan will probably agree that the mayor's resistance to school choice has trapped so many children in failing schools. >> martha: juan? >> i think the problems have existed under previous
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mayor's. we have never had a new york city mayor run successfully. mayor is a big city. oh my gosh if you are running new york and he has been reelected talk about unpopular. i think donald trump is more unpopular in new york than he is he has been elected and reelected. the question is what does he bring to this race that would make him distinct, martha, in such a large field? he ran a video today talking about working people first. i think that elizabeth warren has that lane to herself and she has real proposals, real solutions. articulate. if you look at the fox news poll that's out today, elizabeth warren is at 9%. she is up since march into april she is up. we are in the position if she has that territory what is it that bill de blasio could bring to the table that would make him really, other than his height, stand out. >> martha: he is very tall. charlie gas gasparino
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putting out help wanted sign. he wants to see what comes next. he also reported that he hates being the new york city mayor according to charlie's source and killing two birds with one stone being somebody who ran for president, betsy. >> you are pointing out also he is term limited. he doesn't have an option of staying on as mayor of new york even if voters chose to put him in that job again. is he looking for some sort of prestige as you pointed out some sort of status lifter but this is not going to do it. if you could find a mayor that would turn around new york city's dismal record of never being able to launch a mayor into national -- the national spotlight. >> martha: you don't think this guy is the guy. >> he is not going to be able to do it. >> martha: also this video of beto o'rourke watched get his teeth cleaned and today watched him get a hair cut seems to be part of his campaign strategy. watch. >> cutting out some of this ear hair that you get when you get older. it grows out of year ears.
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if you don't get it cut it would be nasty. >> the guy on tv, is it the governor? mayor? >> no, no. i had run for senate saw me last year and now i'm running for president. >> martha: you can't make this up, juan. >> this is where we are in american politics. have you got to be on instagram. he has the biggest instagram following of any candidate. >> martha: how is that serious? >> but the young people do not represent the entirety of the democratic party obviously again from today's fox news poll he has been dropping. >> that's right. he came out of the gate with a lot of momentum having raised $80 million against ted cruz. gotten lots of republican votes as well as independents and now no substance. that's what's lacking. >> martha: a lot of folks to cover here and one of them is coming up now. betsy and juan thank you for being here tonight. >> thank you, martha. >> martha: candidates are out there running on platforms that they are
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trying to set themselves apart with watch this. >> yes, we will pass a medicare for all single payer program. >> make sure we never get in this mess again on student loan debt and that is to make college universally available with free tuition and fees. >> my flagship proposal which many of you have probably heard of is a freedom dividend of $1,000 per month of every american adult starting at age 18. >> martha: you heard that last one right. 2020 hopeful andrew yang says if he is elected all americans between the ages you have 18 and 64 will receive $12,000 a year, no exceptions. and he joins me now. andrew yang, welcome. thank you very much for coming to the story tonight. >> thanks for having me. it's great to be here. >> martha: this universal basic income is based on the fact that you see our country going through technological transformational change and that we need -- everyone is
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going to need this money as a buffer to get through that. correct? >> yeah. that's exactly right. if you look at the facts on the ground, we automated away 4 million manufacturing jobs in ohio, michigan, pennsylvania, wisconsin, missouri and iowa. and my friends in silicon valley know we are about to do the same thing million of recall, fast food and truck driving jobs on and on through the economy. weave need to get our heads up and help millions of americans transition more successfully in this economy. >> martha: what makes you think it will work? where has a system like that worked. >> great thing you don't have to look very far. we have had a dividend in effect in alaska for almost 40 years. passed by a republican year. everyone in alaska gets between 1 and $2,000 a year no questions asked from oil money. what i'm saying to the american people is technology is the oil of the 21st century. what they are doing for people in alaska for oil we can do for everyone around the country with technology. >> martha: typical things would be when the economy is changing dramatic live which i think a lot of people agree with that part what you are saying that you need
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to do a transition. i'm wondering is this to prevent, you know, unrest in the country? because, at some point, if these jobs are taken away, and robots and, you know, ai and all of this takes over, are you trying to sort of apiece the country with money? >> well, if you look at our life expectancy it's declined for the last three years because of surges in suicide and drug overdoses. a lot of that is happening in communities that have lost manufacturing jobs. so, if you project that happening to truckers in the next 10 years, there are 3.5 million americans who drive a truck for a living right now. and if you think that they would take losing their livelihood very easily or gently then you probably live in a different country than i do. >> martha: it's $2.4 trillion annually. and i know you have been asked before, you know, how are you going to pay for it you? believe giving everybody $12,000 is going to juice the economy. how? >> well, it you imagine everyone getting $1,000 a month, where does that money go? it goes into car repairs and
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tutoring and food for kids and trips to the hardware store. it is called trickle up economy it. would create over 2 million new jobs and grow the consumer economy by 10% to 12%. of the money doesn't disappear and go anywhere. we have it and spend it and makes our families stronger and healthier. >> martha: when you get up on that debate stage and right now it looks like you will qualify, right? >> right. >> martha: what are you going to say up there besides this because this is sort of your thing to stand out. how are you going to stand out in this pack. >> i'm laser-focused on the problems that got donald trump elected in 2016. americans are start. they know 30% of the malls and stores are closing because amazon is soaking up business. and they are paying their own taxes and not getting anything in return. i'm going to make the case to the american people we are going through the greatest economic. >> martha: it's going to stink. you are going to lose your job. you north going to have anything so we are going to give you a big handout.
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i don't know that's going to be inspiring to 4r50u69 americans as a way to deal with this change. >> if you look at alaska, the oil check is one of their favorite things that government does. this is the freedom dividend. we can completely afford it. it would, again, create millions of jobs and give millions of americans to better pursue the work they want to do. also recognize the sort of work that my wife does. shshe a is at home with my two boys one of those has autism. women across the country doing work that our market does not recognize. >> martha: why should rich people getting $12,000? >> using alaska again as an example then it's a right there is no stigma attached to it, oh you are getting it. you are not getting it. you know, and then everyone can breathe easy saying look, everyone deserves a dividend. >> martha: i want to ask you one unrelated question that's likely to come up. there is a huge abortion debate in the country with the new alabama law. where do you stand on that? are you in favor of, you know, what are you in favor of? where do you stand on that. >> i think it's a deeply personal decision that each
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woman has to undertake and to me the government should not have a heavy hand saying what that choice should or should not be. i think that male legislators in particular should step back, let women decide what they want to do with their own reproductive rights and freedoms. i have a feeling i know how women would come out. can you tell from what i'm saying right now i do not think that the laws being passed in alabama and other states right direction. >> martha: you are very mild mannered and calm. if you were to go up against president trump, are you too nice? >> well, you know, they say the opposite of donald trump is an asian man who likes math and the goal is to try and get the american people excited about how we can all get a piece of all the innovations and progress that some americans are enjoying but some americans are rightfully feeling left out of. >> martha: andrew yang, thank you for coming in tonight. good to meet you. some are working behind the scenes to make sure president trump doesn't get the money that he wants to build a wall. one of those who is working on it is congressman john delaware mendy, he will be
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a higher percentage of higher skilled workers coming in compared to what we have now. everybody has got to learn english he says. everyone has to pass a civics test. he says that will make the country as a whole stronger. but as the president attempts to deliver on a key promise to secure the border. house democrats are working to keep the money away from border wall construction along the border that is coming up from the department of defense. introducing a bill that would limit that department's authority to redirect funds for its construction. the president recently sounding undeterred. >> you see the hell we are going through trying to get the wall. without the wall, nothing works, folks. you know that. so we're going to have over 400 miles of wall built that's already -- much of it has already started by the end of next year and we'll conclude it pretty shortly thereafter. we will have the whole thing sealed up. and it will be a lot easier. >> martha: here now one of the democratic lawmakers who put forth that new bill,
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congressman john delaware mendy, chairman of the house armed services readiness subcommittee. congressman, thank you for being here tonight. >> good to be with you. >> martha: i want to start with you by playing this from jeh johnson who was the department of homeland security chief under president obama. watch this. >> we had 100,000 apprehensions and encounters nut month of march and another 100,000 in the month of april. it's the highest it has been in 12 years. think of it this way. that is the equivalent of the population ever the city of orlando, florida. showing up on our southern border in the course of two months. that creates a crisis. >> martha: what do you say that to that and why is it a good idea to prevent the money that is going to help secure the wall and fix the areas that are broken where people get through. >> it's a matter of choices and a matter of priorities. the united states military has come to us to matt,
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myself and others on the armed services committee and laid out the money that they need to protect this nation, to provide our nation's security. that money is in everything from readiness, the ability the military of to operate to have fuel and the other armaments, including munitions that they need as well as military construction programs that have all been vetted and found to be of absolutely essential to do. what's happening here and the reason we are putting in this legislation is that the president, without congressional authority, without the appropriation process is reaching into the pentagon's programs and taking money without authorization from the congress that has the appropriation power to transfer that money on to what he believes to be a higher priority. >> martha: let me ask you this, do you agree with jeh johnson there is a crisis when you have 100,000 people coming across the border? wouldn't you agree that's a pretty big problem and not
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dealing with it is derelict of congress? >> the congress did deal with it. we passed legislation that was $1.2 billion that was for borde border security. all different pieces of that. and the president signed that. and then he went ahead and issued his emergency. at this moment the president, the department of defense tells us that we have to put in to the persian gulf an aircraft carrier con continue gentle of marines and b-52 bombers because there is a crisis in the persian gulf. that's what the military is for. the military money was appropriated for the purpose of protecting this nation from all kinds of threats. and here the president has decided that his border wall is more important than all of these other activities that the military is engaged in today. >> martha: don't you think this is important? what's going on is not working, right? if you try to drain the reallocation that is to fix it, i want to know what your substitute is. the money that has been allocated is not enough to secure the border.
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>> well, there is a process called out normal budgeting and appropriations process. that -- the president in his budget that he proposed to congress does call for more money for the budget wall. right now the appropriation committees in the house and the senate are going through that determining how much money could and should be spent on those border walls and on the various crossings and other issues, including taking care of the people that are here. >> martha: i don't know how you feel about the fact that the border agents are being diverted to help take care of little kids and put up tents. now have you tsa agents who are supposed to be at the airports being diverted there to help them. that's a problem. and i think people look at congress and say you better fix. this you really better fix this, folks. >> it's in the process of being fixed. money is being appropriated. in the process now exactly for all of those things including additional defenses. it's a matter choices here. we do we take money out of
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critical programs in the department of defense or do we go through the normal process here of appropriating money as the constitution requires. >> martha: we have been down this road before. it's clear congress doesn't want to pay for the wall. >> no. congress actually proposed three years ago 25 billion for this purposes. that. >> martha: then how come you didn't reauthorize that same amount later? what changed? >> well, it was -- the discussions later called for additional money that congress, together with democrats and republicans vote you had less than four months ago to provide $1.2 billion. >> martha: big difference. >> well, yes, it is. i agree there is a problem on the border. no doubt about it. what i'm saying is don't take the money out of the military to solve that problem. >> martha: all right. it's got to come from somewhere. thank you very much. i'm going to get to congressman gaetz now. thank you very much, john delaware mendy. >> thank you.
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>> just use normal processes to secure the border is they have been in charge of the congress for more than four months and nancy pelosi has not put a single border security bill on the floor for us to vote for or against. what you have now is a 58 year winning streak for the national defense authorization act. in partisan times and divided government it has always been effective to do right by our troops in the be a sense of poison pills. now we see the circumstance where there could be a poison pill and democrats could put our troops in danger by creating a partisan environment around what we all should agree on and that's authorizing the activity of our military. >> martha: very big change was proposed today by the democrats decide hog gets to come into the country and who doesn't. here is what senator richard blumenthal said about that. watch. >> it is despicable demagoguery designed simply to appeal to donald trump's base and prepare for the 2020 election. it is a political document,
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not a realistic reform proposal. it's designed for the donald trump base not for the american people. >> martha: what do you say to that? >> i don't know what's political demagoguery about saying do you want people here on merit or not? do you want people that come herthat speak english or not? do you want frivolous asylum claims sent immediately back to their home country or not? these are not views that are outside the norm. i think most american people would want asylum system that works. what we have right now, martha is catch and release. the democrats are against out catch and we're against the release. i have think with the president's new plan we have a framework that shows the contrast between the parties heading into the next election. >> martha: let's put up this from ann coulter who tweeted today blasting the president's new plan. she says no wall keeps same massive levels of immigration and this is a rube-bait campaign document. not even a serious bill, she says.
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>> we agree the doesn't reduce illegal immigration. it's not the intent to reduce legal immigration when it can help the american people, when it can be an updraft for the american economy. the question is whether or not we have an immigration policy that is america first or one that is honduras, guatemala and el salvador first and putting the interest of the cartels in place. i think ann coulter's criticism on the substance is accurate. as it relates to the wall, look, the president's budget lays out billions of dollars more for the wall. he seized what funds he can and applied them to the wall. frankly we need the congress to be more engaged to prioritize that element of border security as your seeing you meant pointed out 100,000 people last month and in just the last six months, 1% of guatemala has moved into the united states. that's really bad for us. but it's really bad for them, too. >> martha: thank you very much. congressman gaetz. good to see you tonight. >> thank you, martha. >> martha: bill hemmer coming off exclusive head interview the first interview that attorney general william barr has done.
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>> martha: last year more than 2 million students spent their saturday morning taking sats verbal math skills all of that soon, they will get another score for how much adversity they face in life. now, that score will be shared with the colleges, but it will be hidden from the students. it's going to rate their socioeconomic background using 15 factors in three categories. neighborhood environment, where you grew up, what kind of neighborhood you live, in your family environment, how many parents do you have? all of that kind of thing.
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high school environment, where you go, how challenging it is, so this new score is sparking a very big debate over whether or not this is truly fair to all students. joining me now marc thiessen american enterprise scholar and fox news contributor and jason nickels american studies professor at the university of maryland both scored very high on their sats i'm confident. [ laughter ] >> martha: good to see you tonight. thank you very much for being here. let me start with you, marc. what do you make of this and what how is it going to impact who gets in and who doesn't? >> obviously well meaning because they are trying to help people disadvantaged get a chance at the american dream it's really, really misguided. the reason for it is simple. the sat is supposed to be an objective measure of your achievement. your competence in certain subjects and predict are of your ability to succeed in college. watering it down or contextualizing it with an
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adversity score is not helpful to the student quite frankly. let's say you get into the college. when you turn in your homework, you don't get to turn in an adversity score with it. pass or fail the class based on the merit of your work. when you get out of college, if you graduate, which you might not if you are getting in with an adversity score, then when you go to your job, you don't get to turn in like when i turn my talking points in to fox i don't give them adversity score. i have got to perform. i have got to make a good point on the air here. i don't get to say an adversity score. life is amaker to com a meritoc. help these students by having school choice and other opportunities. >> martha: having -- better prepared. absolutely. jason, what do you think? >> well, i would agree and i think his talking points are great. [laughter] and i think he doesn't need adversity score there. >> he is a professor i do get an a. >> absolutely. i would agree with him i
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love the sentiment behind it. i love the idea of trying to give people a leg up. i don't know that i agree with the method and the reason is a little bit different than marc's and that is that the sats are not objective. the sates actually aren't a good measure of anything. >> martha: amen to that. >> verbal section is amount of words you have been exposed to that we as talking heads know words you say or vocabulary is not a measure of intelligence or anything else. it's probably not the most appropriate way. i think if you want to gauge students and gauge their abilities, let's look at their essays. let's look at their performance and their grades. >> martha: i couldn't agree more. >> let's look at their recommendations. those are the things that will give us good students. >> martha: the sats is a huge business. testing in this country is an enormous business. i think they are doing this to some extent to stay relevant. so that the colleges don't
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back away from these tests. many colleges are now test optional when you apply and many good schools are test-optional. they recognize this is a react that kids who have enough money can be tutored for a year in advance and they can do better than kids who don't have that advantage. the standardized achievement test is anything but standardized, marc. do you agree? >> that's absolutely true. a lot of colleges are dropping it. i think there are 1,000 accredited colleges now who have said that they are test optional including some very prestigious schools making it test optional and they also have competition from the sat and other options as well. the other thing that what bothers me also about this, martha, the whole thing is kind of secretive and shady. one, the student doesn't get to see their adversity level and so they can't challenge it. and, two, they haven't laid out what the standards are. so, you know, you laid out a list of things there what if i live in a really nice neighborhood and go to a really good school but my father is an chock and beats me every day.
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i have a lot of adversity. >> a lot of things -- excellent point. jason, thank you very much. you got cut short tonight. marc thank you. good to see both of you. >> thank you. >> martha: thanks, guys. attorney general bill barr has just done his very first interview since joining the trump administration. he has been under a lot of fire in recent weeks. so what about the blame game that has erupted between obama-era intel chief, about who pushed the so-called dirty dossier and what does bill barr think about how he is being received and talked about? bill hemmer just did that interview. he is up next. ♪ ♪ ♪
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>> martha: short time ago bill barr sat down with bill hemmer for first interview since joining the trump administration. he has been under fire, of course, and the two addressed the summary of the mueller report, his vow to investigate the origins of
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that russia probe now. bill hemmer joins me from he will el salvador of the preview airing tomorrow tomorrow on "america's newsroom." great to have you here tonight, bill. tell me what mr. barr had to say. >> good evening, martha: very interesting. he came here to talk about immigration and crackdown on ms-13 and fight gangs. that was the purpose. he was blocked throughout the entire day, martha, schedule that went from law enforcement agency all the way up to the attorney general's office here in the country of el salvador. about an hour ago, we sat down for about 20 minutes at a prison 30 miles west of the capital city of san salssalvador. it is hot and steamy down here, martha. i do believe the overall impression he was trying to relay to us is that when he took the job a few months ago he asked a lot of questions. and kept asking questions and did not get answers that essentially added up. here is how he phrased it just about an hour ago.
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>> i have been trying to get answers to questions. i found a lookout of the answers have been inadequate. and i have always found that some of the explanations i have gotten don't hang together. so, so in a sense i have more questions today than did i when i first started. >> bill: some of what things don't hang together? >> some of the explanations of what occurred. >> bill: why does that matter? >> because i think people have to find out what the government was doing during that period. if we're worried about foreign influence for the very same reason, we should be worried about whether government officials abused their power and put their thumb on the scale. and so i'm not saying that happened, but i'm saying that we have to look at tha that. >> bill: that phrase don't hang together is something i really want to impress upon you, martha and our viewers. he has used it several times in this trip already. what does that mean? a very specific question. you will hear the rest of that context tomorrow when we air the rest of the entire interview is the
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following between election day of november 2016 and the inauguration, what decisions were made within the obama administration and the intel community that perhaps may have justified the actions they took and the one example he would say, martha, was the trump tower meeting in january he clearly has a lot of questions about that. beyond that, not a lot of specifics. however, he responds to the accusation of lying before congress. the contempt before congress. the obstruction allegation that he did not go forward with, the question about witness tampering. we get into all of this and he talks about james comey as well. i think there is a lot of new material in this interview that he has not given just yet until the first, as you mentioned, television interview he has given as a.g. >> martha: we look forward to that james comey said about attorney general barr i think he has lost most of his reputation. it's very clear that james comey does not like where this attorney general is poking around. >> bill: i will tell you the interview ended on that very question.
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and his answer was interesting. he pretty much suggested that not a lot of people are going to care about him in the end. he clearly believes he is now the target of a democratic-led house and martha he expected that when he took the job. very interesting stuff and a lot more throughout this interview coming up. >> martha: fascinating, bill. we all are looking forward to seeing it. great job. thanks for sharing that little sneak peek with us this evening. we will be watching tomorrow. thank you very much. coming up next tonight. you do thought want to miss this gentleman and his incredible story as a world war ii parachuter into normandy and why he now goes back every year. he is 97. he is about to jump out of the plane again. ♪ ♪
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>> martha: the 75th anniversary of d-day approaches. this man was 22 when he jumped normandy june 6th, 1944. member of the 101st airborne division known as the screaming eagles. he would go down to earn a purple heart and bronze star for his service. now, at the age of 97. tom rice will jump against
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next month to honor the sacrifice of those who never came home. i recently spoke to the trial by combat author about that you, a position he has bravely carried on in their memory for the past six d-day anniversaries. >> martha: let's go back to d-day 1944 if we could for a moment. what do you remember about the first time you jumped out of the plane? >> the first time i jumped out was in fort benning georgia. i had seen planes, never touched one. this was the opportunity to do it. we did our practice jumps in several places. and we jumped once a month for about 48 months. >> martha: so when you went to d-day and you got a chance to do the real thing and, you know, people were shooting at you, what was that like? what was going through your mind when the door opened of the plane and it was time to go? you were the first one out, right? >> we have no door on the aircraft. it was wide open.
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>> martha: i stand correcte corrected. >> what i was thinking was my mind was going microseconds. dealing with detail, detail, detail. and make sure everything is working right and it's going to be proper and we were going to take off at the appropriate time. so we took off at 10:41 english double summertime. assembled at 55,000 feet. moved south and east toward portsmouth. the code name was portsmouth bill. we dropped down to 1500 feet to get under the german radar as we crossed the english channel in the middle of the channel was the american submarine we flashed our lights that we were on time and flew in the right direction. then between cotton tin peninsula and britney peninsula another submarine
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flashed us signals and at that point we turned left and we entered the peninsula at jump altitude which was 750 feet. >> martha: i read that your arm got caught when you jumped out of the plane. can you tell me that. >> i always jumped number one. i weighed 268 pounds when i left that aircraft. loaded with all kinds of death dealing bring and barack for the most part i threw away when i got on the ground. we were traveling 176 miles per hour which was too fast. we were below jump altitude. so as i stepped out of the door and the green light went on, i got and the parapacks were released at the same time by number two and three men. the plane went up about 50 feet.
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and i was -- as i went out, i was hit by that prop blast and my arm got caught in the lower left hand corner of the door at the armpit. so i swung out at arm's length and back again. hit the side of the aircraft. swung out. came back again and i straightened my arm just enough to get loose and so in a matter of a second or so, the parachute opened and i think i was far too low, maybe about two or three oscillations and i was on the ground. >> martha: incredible. it's an incredible story. i want to fast forward for a moment. and talk about what has motivated you over the past six years to go back and to jump every year on d-day as part of this ceremony? >> i'm a risk taker. >> martha: no kidding. [laughter] >> my father was killed in a naval aircraft in panama in
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1932. and so for the most part i was on my own. doing a lot of crazy things, camping, et cetera. i was a runner. i run the marathons and my 10 k is my favorite race. i was a soldier and teacher for 44 years. taught government and u.s. history. so, all of this began to impact me and i came from a city where you contribute, you don't consume. you contribute. coronado, california. just overloaded with just great people. so, all of this impacted me and i was going to do something. i did it as best i could. and the best way would be to show the individuals in the 501 parachute infantry that they will never be forgotten because we had 38% casualty
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in normandy. so i remember all of those. and i know every guy that was in my aircraft when we jumped into normandy. every guy in my aircraft when we jumped into holland. >> martha: sergeant, thank you. you are an incredible story and you are a great tribute to all of those that you served with and all of those that you say you will never forget and in whose honor you will jump on june the 5th this year and we'll be there to watch. and we would love to hear more of your story when we are in france. so, thank you very much for joining us this evening. sergeant tom rice. thank you for your service, sir. >> thank you. it's a pleasure to be with you. >> martha: it's a pleasure to speak with you, too. >> okay, bye. >> martha: okay, bye. he is great. unbelievable these stories. we hope we will reconnect with tom when we are in france we will watch him jump again. more of "the story" coming up next.
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>> martha: that is "the story" on this thursday night. "the story" goes on tomorrow. we will all watch the bill barr interview that bill hemmer did on "america's newsroom" tomorrow. have a great night, everybody. see you tomorrow. ♪ >> tucker: good evening. welcome to "tucker carlson tonight." the sat how much you knew about academic subjects english and math. the new woke privilege. want to get your kids into harvard get divorced and move to a bad neighborhood. more on that story in a minute. first tonight if a man runs for president but nobody supports him, is it really a presidential campaign? that's a philosophical question obviously. it's also sudsenly a very practical concern for bill de blasio the mayor of new york. the mayor announced today after years of destroying the nation's largest city he


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