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>> that's a downloadable song. >> ainslie is a vj. >> sandra: fox news alert, just about one hour from now we are expecting new opinions from the supreme court. some highly anticipated cases are on the docket including obamacare is contraceptive mandate and whether a house committee can subpoena president trump's financial records. we will bring you the news as it comes in this morning. meanwhile, another big story we are watching. the white house coronavirus task force is set to hold a briefing a short time from now from the department of education. that's happening at 11:30 a.m. eastern time and we will have that for you. all this coming as president trump pushes to reopen our country schools in the fall. they say he will pressure governors to make that happen. good morning everyone, i'm
sandra smith. hello john. >> hello sandra and good morning to you. i'm jon scott. the president making a case for the round table yesterday and he says the well-being of students is a key factor in the push. >> president trump: we hope that most people are going to be open, we hope it will be good for them politically and so they keep the schools closed, no way. so we are very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools to get them open and it's very important. it's very important for the country and at the well-being of the student and the parents so we will be putting a lot of pressure on opening our schools in the fall. >> sandra: kristin fisher is reporting live from the white house. kristen, good morning. >> good morning sandra. president trump is essentially pressuring governors across the country to follow the lead of
dr. fauci is describing the current state of the pandemic as "not good." >> we are still knee-deep in the first wave of this it was a surge or resurgence of infections. we went up and never came down to baseline and now we are surging back up so it's a serious situation that we have to address immediately. >> sandra: a president trump is pushing back on characterization. president trump said he thinks the u.s. is in a good place and yesterday he officially pulled the united states out of the world health organization. now today, the president of mexico will be here for what the white house is describing as a celebration of the usmca, the trade agreement going into effect about a week ago. they are going to be meetings
all day and a big dinner at night. sandra, it is not officially a state dinner, but it's as close as you can get to one a pandem pandemic. >> sandra: kristen, thank you. >> john: a fox news alert on capitol hill, to house democrats unveiling a bill that would make big changes to the criminal justice system. it would take away federal resources from police department's across the nation and also abolish i.c.e. and give reparations to people hurt by police. doug mckelway is live now with more. >> hello john. the breed act as it's called with dramatically transform the criminal justice system with such changes as eliminating law enforcement and location detection equipment which equipment which mimic self towers. it would also limit the dea as well as ice. it would also provide reparations for the descendants
of. >> the breed act is bold and meaningful, it's transformative and can start to envision through this bill a new version for public safety, a new vision for public safety. one is that protects the firm black lives. >> the breed act is unveiled just as it's an uptick in tension and violence around d.c.'s black lives matter. eight people were arrested near the white house with protesters blocking roads and forcing some motorists to turn around. the tension escalating on the same day that the d.c. city council passed a new emergency legislation that would allow felons to vote. and we are not talking about ex-felons, we are talking about prisoners allowing them to vote for a jail cell. the emergency legislation would also call for the release of police body cam footage within five days of the use of deadly force and would also call for
the release of any officer's name who was involved in the use of deadly force. john, back to you. >> some very significant changes under consideration there. >> sandra: for more on all this, let's bring in guy benson. he's a political editor for the benson show. it's wide-ranging and everyone should take a look at the details of it. defunding prisons and police departments, dismantling ice and cbp, granting all ex-convicts voting rights and reparations for victims of police violence. this proposal was unveiled by to numbers of the so-called squad. rashida tlaib is the words for this proposal to call it a new vision of public safety. the american people as they dig
through this are going to be asking themselves, does this make us more safe or less? >> is a nonstarter and, certainly with republicans in control of the senate, it will not become law. i'm not even sure nancy pelosi is terribly eager to put this on the floor for a vote in the house of representatives because it is filled with poison pills even for a number of democrats. they can put this out, and that, in this case their vision and, whether it's a drug enforcement or immigration enforcement, it's telling and striking, and when police felt like they had their needs cut out for them. some people way out on the left,
and make it nationwide. this point, we talked a moment ago and doug mckelway mention the clashes here in d.c. we had people arrested and they were blocking motorists in washington, they weren't allowing traffic to come throu through. we seen these types as completely unacceptable" protest tactics" in other places recently. it's dangerous, and people in power need to be held responsible and police need to be allowed to do do their jobs. >> this is one of the largest
movements of justice. if you dig into the details, abolishing surveillance, which includes electronic modeling, to your point this is not even likely to pass the democratic-controlled house >> the defund the police movement is wildly unpopular and completely impracticabl on pracs quite dangerous. i think it's interesting that these particular democrats are calling for more databases to track the behavior of the police and i think some more accountability and transparency, that sort of thing, i think that's reasonable but they also want to destroy and eliminate databases of criminals and gang members. i'm curious how that would make people feel, or in real life, be more safe.
this does not strike me as a public safety law. this strikes me as sort of a hodgepodge of the left wing wish list items that they are cramming into a bill and saying that it's about black lives when it is about an agenda, an agenda that has existed for a very long time. it predates the current controversy and as i said i think it's a complete zero. >> sandra: i want to pivot now to this upcoming task force briefing. parents across the country want to know if their kids are going back to school and going back to the classroom. >> it's far beyond academics that millions of families rely on our local schools. many of our children that struggle with emotional challenges or disabilities, they receive those services at
school. add into that nutrition and other ways that we serve our kids, it's absolutely essential that we get back to school. >> sandra: they took it a step further, they are vowing to accept the governors and everyone agrees that this has to be done safely of course. but where does all of this: what do you expect to hear from the administration on that? >> that needs to be done safely. there is flexibility for school districts and they should be allowed to be nimble based on the data they are getting. it's not a top-down approach although i think the vice president and president are right, that this is an important priority and even if there are viewers out there and saying, trump is saying that because he has political interest in mind and the vice president always agrees to the president, i would also note that just the other day dr. fauci said something similar saying it's very important to get kids back to school in the fall. sandra, i suspect you know this
better than i do. when we talk about coronavirus and we talk about the next few months, the number one concern that comes up i think to a person of this parent is, what's going to happen with my kids in the fall for school? it's not just the well-being of students in the education of students which is important, it's a functionality of adults lives. their ability to go to work and their ability to provide for their family and their ability to be productive at work. because right now a lot of people at least in the spring and early summer were doing double duty and many of them still are because many camps are closed and at summer school programs where people are trying to do their job, many of them working from home. if they can't work from home, child care is an enormous problem. this is an intricate issue that has so many ripple effects throughout our society and if we get around to the fall and children are still being barred from going back to school, i think that's going to be a very serious problem for virtually everyone involved.
>> sandra: to your point, exam enormous amount of uncertainty both from the working parent angle but also to not know what the future of your child is. the virtual learning didn't work for so many people and the lack of messaging that is coming from our states governors on this. as you've got the hhs secretary alex azar talking about the mortality rate, among the lowest if not the lowest in the developed world, we have the tools to reopen schools but then you have so many others already saying they don't think it's possible. so it's tough with the mixed messaging to see what's happening and not knowing is really difficult. final thought? >> is a school district right down the road for me and they announced recently that their tentative plan is to give parents the choice between and sending their kids to school two days a week or letting them work from home or study from home virtually four days per week. i heard from a friend who lives in that district and she said i don't even know where to begin with this. i can't send my kids to school
for just two days a week, and if they are at home learning, they are talking about independent studies for these kids and they are like, eight. this is a very serious policy question and i think that we can't let fear dictate the policy. there are realities here but to your first point, it has to be done safely and smartly and i hope that's the case. >> sandra: we will see what the vice president says later on. he's being advised by the task force, the doctors in the scientists. we've also got margaret spelling, the former education secretary coming up next hour as well and we will talk to her about that. parents want to know. guy benson, great to see you this morning. john? >> john: congresswoman ilhan omar with some fiery words at a news conference. >> we are not merely fighting to tear down the systems of oppression in the criminal justice system. we are fighting to tear down
systems of oppression that exists in housing and education, and health care and employment, in the air we breathe. >> john: the minnesota democrats that she is to dismantle america's economic and political systems as part of that fight. at the neil cavuto will tell us what he thinks about that. plus, the trump administration considering a ban on the app tiktok. is beijing using it to spy on americans? that's next. what do you think? i don't see it. only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪
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>> sandra: we are learning that chief justice john roberts was hospitalized briefly last month for a head injury. he fell while taking a walk near a maryland country club near his home on june 21st. the injury to his forehead required stitches. he was admitted to the hospital for observation and discharge the next day. >> john: a senior u.s. officials confirmed to fox news at preliminary talks are underway to talk about banning tiktok. they are looking up banning the popular app if china is using it to spy on americans. this gets a little in the the
weeds but how could the chinese be using a popular app. >> the concern is tick-tock makes a massive amount of user data. and more personal information including their location and their whereabouts and that sort of thing. if this company is, that's available to a communist government which is concerned for america. >> the chinese have already learned how to spy on their own people. i mean that they are at collecting information.
would it surprise you if they were using tiktok to spy on americans? >> the chinese regime as you pointed out is known for conducting extensive surveillance of its victims. it's taking, and it's a different set of flaws, and any time you have a company that may be sharing this sort of information with the chinese government, there is cause for concern. >> vice president mike pence was on with bret baier last night and says the administration is very aware of the concerns about tick-tock and is paying very close attention. listen. >> whether it be a stand on while way or what we are
considering currently with tiktok, the president made it very clear that we are going to preserve the national security from being compromised by the chinese communist party. >> the united states military has already banned soldiers and marines and so forth from using tiktok because they feel it compromise the security for a military forces. if that's the case, why not go ahead and ban it from popular use in this country? >> i think what the administration is looking into is whether tick-tock is a socially legitimate. and it's for the chinese government.
that's concern about the military the way it applies to private citizens in america. >> john: and turning to another topic, the chinese have cracked down on the former british colony that they now control. carrie lam who is now the chinese appointed leader of hong kong says it's all much ado about nothing. listen. i'm sorry, i thought we had a voice. it's a quote, actually. carrie lam says, surely this is not doom and gloom for hong ko
hong kong, a very rosie commented, and putting the best spin on everything that happens there. >> the news out of hong kong in recent weeks has been extremely troubling. they are flexing their collective muscle over hong kong. particularly, they have long enjoyed. and that's a communist party. >> it's frightening to see hong kong.
>> sandra: fox news alert, two hours from now we are investigating the white house coronavirus task force briefing. i a moment ago, and the dems think it would be bad for them politically. they are obviously debating in the situation in those counties is continuing to be assessed. we will have that for you live. stay tuned for that. >> john: we are now learning at that hundreds of students at the university of california berkeley are planning to create
a fake course designed to help international students dodge the trump administration's new immigration rules. william la jeunesse is live in los angeles with more. >> it's happening in other universities as well as students and other administrators scrambling to work around rules that require foreign students to physically attend classes to qualify for their student reads out. harvard and mit just moments ago pseudo-homeland security to stop the rules from taking effect. here's the issue. for years foreign nationals are unable to get in the u.s. legally came in the back door by getting a student visa from an online university and then working under the table. that happened as colleges go online because of the coronavirus and thousands of legitimate foreign students are being deported or not allowed in. >> especially in person classes.
and at usc they are all going to an all online class making it impossible for them to enroll disputes and still be legal. >> this in essence says if you make a decision to open online because it is the best way to keep your campus community safe, keep in mind that you are also making a decision to send all of your international students ho home. >> this was reckless by the administration to force colleges
to reopen, and that will create as much chaos as possible for students and universities. john? >> william la jeunesse, thank you. >> sandra: stocks opening just a few minutes ago for trading on this wednesday morning on wall street, snapping back after a five-day winning streak yesterday. there, you have the dow at 91 points as we begin a brand-new trading session. neil will be hosting, by the way, a virtual town hall in the housing market, and america. that's an open house on at 1:00 p.m. eastern. this is an unbelievable time for the markets, the real estate market and home sales, so thank you for doing that neil, good morning. first off, i want to throw to this sound bite of larry kudlow up joining us at the white house this morning and he was talking about the v-shaped recovery
because many are still wondering, based on what we are seeing with the coronavirus, what is the push? >> i think we have to work our way through this. we use this wholeheartedly and respect each other, and it will not stop the v-shaped recovery. >> how quickly do we believe we will recover? >> i think that's what larry kudlow was holding out on. some parts of the economy have rebounded rather, it shows mortgage demand, those pending
home sales rise 44%. the demand is something like a coiled spring, and some retailers themselves. not all are winners in this. it stands to reason that states are slowing down or in some cases like florida and texas and arizona, reversing some provision that had been in effect to open up the economy. the administration, and, affecting the economy more than
could talk about deficits, i could talk about that, i could talk about far more urgent priorities at this time, i could talk about shootings that over the weekend plagued more than 200 lives across the country. i could talk about the triple and double digit increases in homicides and violent crimes in places like atlanta and philadelphia and chicago and l.a., and i could talk about new york where it's just bedlam right now. and we could talk about all of that, and to set your priorities
wisely, to seek out your political interest. and kids don't get shot, that 8-year-olds don't die and gunfire. and you can save it for a day that it's called for. right now, >> sandra: a little bit later on, we will be watching that virtual town hall america together, open house, tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. eastern time. thank you neil. >> john: disney world putting the theme parks new coronavirus safety measures to the test. cast members are playing the role of gas this week testing what they've learned since returning to work on june 28th. some of the new measures include
capacity limits, face masks and temperature checks. the parks will reopen in phases with the first to set for saturday. the magic kingdom and disney's animal kingdom. >> sandra: we are just minutes away from what could be landmark opinions from the supreme court. the justices could be handing down major rulings on obamacare and the president's financial records. we will bring you those as soon as that happens, if it does. plus we are waiting on white house coronavirus task force briefings but our next guest is calling for the task force to be disbanded, even as his state
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>> it's a false narrative to take comfort in a lower rate of death. there are so many other things that are very dangerous and bad about the virus. >> sandra: our next guest has called for that task force to be disbanded even as his state is now emerging as a new hot spot for the virus. joining us now is congressman andy biggs. congressman, good morning. thanks for being here. why do you want to dismantle the coronavirus task force, why it was it no longer needed?
that's a task force, and he's been inconsistent. >> can you give examples of that? >> you bet. in january he said you are not going to have to worry about this, you don't need to wear masks, and he said if you are healthy you don't wear a mask and if you are sick you wear a mask. wearing a mask is merely a symbol and now he says let's wear a mask of the time. that's an example of something he is opining on, and no data to support that. >> sandra: if i could stop you there, the president has talked about how highly respected dr. fauci is as a doctor, as a medical expert. doctors we have every day on this program, fox news contributor's talk about how highly respected he is.
are you discounting him altogether? >> i think it's time has come and gone. what he just said to you is completely contradictory, and what he just said to you is the case fatality rate does not even matter anymore. what i like his other issues and what he specifically said in the early part of that statement yesterday was that he is looking solely at the number of new cases detected. that's what he is relying on. when you begin to look at that, is that really the number? dr. fauci has also said that he doesn't care and hasn't looked at what are the other medical or public health issues going on or the economic issues going on? i think that is responsible. >> sandra: i think he's been pressed on that by rand paul and others. and spreading that disease and learning more about it. but i want to put up on the
number of screens the number of cases in stay because you are now looking at a record, the number of coronavirus deaths was reported tuesday. one of your local publications in your state is basically calling you out, congressman, for saying you want to do away with dr. fauci and dr. burks and if you believe that they are making the president look bad. how do you respond to that? i think we need to look at those numbers that we just put up. we have 105,000 cases, that's not active cases. the highest number we had was not what was reported yesterday, the highest number we've ever had was two weeks ago and that was 4400 cases. they are from age 20 through 44 bracket. you look at the case fatality rate, we are down including the
numbers yesterday. the numbers yesterday were not the number of people who passed yesterday do to covid. so we are down. if you look at the hot spots in arizona they are coming from four counties. so, there's so much context that needs to be put here. when i say that they make trump look bad -- i'm not talking about making trump look bad, instead of taking these numbers, we have a short window here. >> sandra: don't we have the duty to follow doctors and scientists and the study of this disease, isn't that a major risk? >> i'm not discounting the advice of medical doctors. i talked to doctors on a regular basis, who are treating patients
and covid cases. i'm talking to people who make public health policy decisions and epidemiologists as well. they are not taking into account the granular data that is available in states like arizona. they are taking a broad swath applying it to the entire nation. what i'm saying is there is medical science to support exactly what i'm saying. and i'm talking to doctors in her state dealing with this issue on a regular basis. our best to you and your state
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and secretary mike pompeo has started a briefing there. we will bring you anything from that as it happens. and welcome to a brand-new hour of "america's newsroom," i'm sandra smith. >> and i'm jon scott. progressive lawmaker pushing for radical change think it's time to go far beyond normal police reform. >> as long as our economy and political systems prioritize profit, without considering who is profiting we will perpetuate this inequality, we will not stop at criminal justice system. the whole system of oppression.
>> sandra: the founder and ceo of the equity project and professor at johns hopkins university. i will start with you on that. the dismantling of our economic and political systems, what did you take away from that news conference. >> i think what she's saying is very clear. our economic system the facts show is rooted in inequality. but they are the least likely to get a small business loan. the same thing as seeing with housing we are looking at any issues with inequality and that as a result. the result is we have in
inequality, and those systems also have to be dismantled and make sure it's equal for everyone. yet as an elected representative we strive to do better every day but, shredding the constitution and getting rid of police is not the way to do it. all you have to do is look at the laboratories in the system
that she advocates for. look at our cities run by democrats, people are being slaughtered in the streets. lawlessness, violence, looting and arson. this is the ramifications of only the rhetoric. wait until the results. this is not an election to be taken lightly, >> sandra: hears the words of rashida tlaib yesterday, one of the members of the so-called squad revealing the breeze act, talking about changes and reform reform to public safety. >> we can start to envision through this bill a new version for public safety. a new vision for public safety. one that protects and affirms black lives. this is exactly what democracy looks like.
and, this is what she calls a new mission of public safety that entails flushing funds to our local police departments. >> there was a vision on the left for us to reallocate funds, and that's to go to places, those same communities don't have air conditioning within the public schools and that doesn't make any sense. we have students using both from the 1950s but police officers again have the latest equipment. so what are we prioritizing as a country? are we not looking at these the way that we should? we have to look across the board for inequality and systems that are inequitable.
>> sandra: i didn't mean to cut you off there. but if there is support for that movement -- >> that doesn't mean the police will be clearly eradicated. defunding the police means that funds will be reallocated to a different area. >> let's look at some of the details on the proposal that was unveiled by two members of congress yesterday in the breeze act. eliminating the dea and ice, grants for a local jurisdiction and 2d cursor rate their jails or defund of their police. abolish the use of electronic monitoring including ankle monitor is, abolish state gang databases. so there is clearly a lot that those members of congress in this unveiling want to do away with as far as public safety.
brad? >> this is dead on arrival. and it's left-wing radical craziness. the good news is, democrats will stand up against this and certainly republicans won't support it. that serious consideration in the media and in the press and even amongst democrats is very troubling. this is a wake-up call for america. we don't defund our police in the name of social justice, this is crazy. we don't get rid of gang databases who run rampant in our city, and taking over neighborhoods, we protect neighborhoods. this is letting the inmates run the asylum. this is not a public policy that will have any benefit to the people that it has even intended to protect. >> sandra: i want to pay a bit
now to this letter that has been written. they signed an open letter calling for the end to cancel culture. harry potter author j.k. rowling, gloria steinem and others penned a letter saying, the brief exchange of information and ideas, the lifeblood of liberal society is daily becoming more constricted. they go on to say, where do you stand on that cancel culture that seems to be accelerated in this day? >> she has spoken out in a bad way against the lgbt qi a+ community. but what i think is a culture of accountability. if you do something wrong then you should be held accountable. we are not canceling people because they wake up in the morning and say hello, these are people who are doing things rooted in racism and sexism. these are people who need to be
held accountable so if people are opposing cancel culture than my question to you is, how do you hold something accountable. people need to be held to a standard when they do think that it is a detriment because of their race, color and creed up. >> in that letter they talk about a tendency to dissolve complex policy issues in a blinding moral certainty. braddock? >> this is just crazy talk. again, they use their platform as a way of picking people down. and we talk about erasing history and taking down statues and doing it by their will. not the will of the people. they are petitioning or having meetings or town hall events or consideration letting the voters decide. it isn't run by a mob in the streets and if you disagree with
them, you are a racist. if you disagree with them, you are somehow a homophobe. this is crazy talk that hopefully is nothing but talk but we are seeing it being acted out in the streets and it's time to end it in the streets. there's got to be a rule of law. >> it's a fascinating letter written by many notable names on the left and they insist and intolerant climate are the words they used have plagued both sides of the aisle. wendy and brad to come and pray both of you this morning. thanks for your time. ♪ speed when we are getting our first look inside a tell-all book about the trump family written by the president's niece. mary trump is the author of you can quote too much and never enough, how my family created the world's most dangerous man. the book coming out two weeks earlier than expected and david spent is in washington with th
that. >> the white house is clearly not happy about this book release, members of the media got an advanced copy. and that's about a a family full of dysfunction and also alleged family secrets and alleged private conversations. you mentioned mary trump, marielle trump is the niece of president trump, a clinical psychologist and is the daughter of the late fred trump jr. she's been largely estranged from the president's immediate family, perhaps one of the most explosive allegations, paid a friend who she names in the book to take his s.a.t. score to help him take his s.a.t. test i should say too often get and writing in part that much easier to pull off in the days before photo ids and computerized records. donald who never lacked funds paid his buddy well.
the president went to fordham and then transferred to penn but he claims in his book he wanted to use his s.a.t. score to help them get into pin. at the end of the book she touches on her uncles response to covid-19 and says the coronavirus task force briefings were full of "self-congratulation, demagoguery and ring kissing. before donald takes any rebuke as a challenge and doubles down on the behavior that drew fire in the first place, the white house john is pushing ba back. >> this is it like any other book out there if you ask me which is pushing to anybody, especially those who aren't under oath, as long as they are out there to get the president. >> despite several attempts to block the book it is again set for release next tuesday july 14. john? >> john: she is a president's
niece, daughter of his older brother, but his older brother has sort of had a falling out with the president's own father. there's been a lot of bad blood over the years in that family. >> no question, there has been. fred trump jr. was her father and he was known to struggle with alcoholism and died at age 42 in 1981. so there was certainly a lot of bad blood in the family and she said she didn't see her cousins, the president's children for many years. she also recounts in 2017, dinner at the white house, a family dinner, she said it was a first time they she had seen many of her cousins. speed limit we will be hearing much more about that book in the weeks ahead. >> sandra: we got a brand-new supreme court ruling out right now for the two catholic schools
over workforce discrimination claims. shannon, good morning. >> we got that and got another one of the opinions we had been waiting on. this is the little sisters of the poor. our viewers have to be familiar with their story by now. they are in order of nuns who pay care for elderly people who don't have a means for hospitalization. they've gone back and forth with the federal government for ten years now over the regulations that came from the affordable care act, forcing them to take part in providing cost free contraceptives to their employees as part of obamacare. they have long said it is in direct conflict with their faith at least several of those different times with birth control. in a decision we just got from the court, and the majority of the decision, an end the
administrative impose contraceptive mandate. otherwise a majority of the court agreed in principle that these exceptions for the nuns are good and will stand. after multiple trips to the supreme court, a win for that order of nuns. >> sandra: shannon bream with that breaking news coming in from the courts. please stand by. >> joining us now, fox news senior analyst budget andrew napolitano. is it fair to judge to characterize this as a separation of church and state issue and in this case, the church one. >> very fair and beautifully stated. the other case to which saundra and shannon alluded out to do with whether or not a catholic
school could fire higher or promote the catholic faith or interfere. the courts cannot interfere when someone is hired, fired or not promoted because of an alleged infant and fidelity. it's a shame, it's the second time the nuns have been to the supreme court. remember the affordable care act passed without a single vote to spare in the house of representatives and the only way that it passed was to put a religious exemption in there. the religious exemption says, you do not have to provide contraceptive and abortion services to your employees, if that violates your religious beliefs. well, the little sisters of the poor have twice been challenged on that and now after today, twice then vindicated by the supreme court. this is a victory today by the
trump administration which issued rulings saying, you don't have to provide abortion or contraceptive services in the health care that you offer to your employees if such services violate your religious beliefs. the state of pennsylvania challenge that and the state of pennsylvania lost. so now not only the little sisters of the poor, but any person with an identifiable religious belief who employs others when the belief prohibits paying for somebody else's abortion or birth control does not have to pay for it. >> john: if you to wonder how much money they have spent, money that could have been used for other purposes. these are nuns who have taken at wall vow of poverty. and they've spent a lot of legal fees. >> fortunately there is a law firm named after the great roman catholic saint which does
receive a charitable donation. it's a nonprofit law firm from all over the country and the thomas more society which is the name of the law firm, actually, it represented the nuns in this case and does represent priests who are challenging governor murphy in new jersey and governor cuomo in new york for thanks to the charitable nature of good-hearted people, those cases can be litigated effectively all the way to the court. >> thank you john and thank you judge. shannon, i know you've had a chance to dig into these rulings, what more could come from the supreme court? >> we don't know when we will get the next round of opinions but now we are down to three and include very critical decisions that folks across the world are
waiting on and could shed a lot of light on the president's financial picture as we go into the election this fall. two cases in which house committees in one of the cases and in another case, trying to get access to the president's financial records and possibly his tax reforms as well. so we think it will be coming this week, and we will let you know, we will be standing by as soon as we get them. >> sandra: shannon bream, thank you for that. >> john: a new test, can twist and that jeffrey epstein case. prosecutors now focusing on possible videotape in the hands of his former girlfriend. what they are looking for. plus, the push to reopen schools in the fall. what's he going to take? former education secretary margaret spelling joins us, ne next. >> parents around america,
open the schools to get them open, and it's very important. a very important for our countries and very important for the well-being of the student and the parents so we will be putting a lot of pressure on, open your schools in the fall. >> sandra: president trump wanting kids to go back to school. child health experts are saying it's important for their development along with their social, emotional and emotional well-being. really appreciate your time this morning. we talk to you margaret during the darkest days of this pandemic about looking out, and what it might look like to actually send our kids back to school and how you safely do that, social distance and mask wearing. what is it going to look like and can we do this? >> we can and we must. we are trying to balance health and safety with the need to educate a generation of students, our future workforce and our citizenry.
and we can do it. it will take a lot of creativity and a lot of interaction and communication with parents. it will take a lot of contingency planning that we can and we must do it. >> sandra: so the president this morning and a new tweet was pointing out other countries that have reopen schools, and then he went on to threaten may cut off funding if we don't open. how can we look at some other countries and their models and the success or lack thereof that they have had at putting their kids back to school, margaret? >> we are learning a lot. i don't know any governor or any policymaker who thinks it's a good idea to keep kids out of school. the federal government is a minority investor in our public schools so it really is a local decision. it might be governors and superintendents and all my interim policymakers are working to the details of getting this done. they know that it is essential
to operate the business community and its essential for the generation of their own workforce. so they will learn from others but i don't think we need to threaten. as parents when we come to our children we hope that politics are not playing a part in opening or reopening our schools. betsy devos went on fox news channel's last night and she talked about what she described as fearmongering on all of this. listen. >> kids have got to continue learning, and there has got to be a concerted effort to address the needs of all kids and adults who are fearmongering and making excuses have simply got to start doing it and turn their attention to what is right for students and their families. >> sandra: an update to the coronavirus task force team, we
will hear from the doctors. on their advice for being able to do this. dr. redfield in the past has said we do believe that kids can return in some capacity safely. alex azar is saying, we can do this. but then, we have to listen to the doctors about where we are and if this could get worse or if there is a second wave. it's an incredibly difficult balance. >> exactly. if there's a case that breaks out or a teacher is infected or whatever, here is what will happen. here are your options. i don't see people fearmongering, i think people legitimately trying to answer and balance the risk between safety and education and i think we are seeing a lot of responsible thinking around the country from our educators and our governors.
>> sandra: the president is saying everybody wants it. here is that united teachers of dade county on florida state order to reopen schools. cochran's emergency order and a school reopening plan which must be negotiated is based on public health measure is progressing to phase two, which is a decline in prevalence of covid-19 infection. based on current trends it appears unlikely we will be moving into phase number two which means a reopening plan would be virtual. margaret, i don't have to tell you we've already heard from many colleges who have already decided to do virtual learning in the fall, some for the entire academic year. can we improve on virtual learning? because you talk to parents and it was difficult in many places and we are worried about our kids' future and getting them back in the classroom. >> very much so. we can and we will improve on online learning, it was really an experiment in the spring and schools had worked hard to try to get that access, as well as
the curricular support that students need to so we have got to get our kids back to learning productively and making progress especially our minority students for whom the risk is pretty severe. >> sandra: what are you hearing from teachers? they want to get the kids back and they fear that they are missing out on a lot of the academics. but also some teachers saying they are scared to go back. some of them are older and they will be exposed to younger kids who might be carrying the disease but could easily spread it. final thoughts? >> i think there are concerns for their own safety and for the safety of their students. people get into teaching are people who love children and so i think they, too, are trying to balance issues. again a place where policymakers needs to say, here are the rules of the road, here's what happens
if you get sick, here are the vacation issues and the sick leave issues, and i think people want information. they want certainty and they need to know what we have fought for as leaders. there's been a lot of that going on and a lot of that happening in the next few weeks. >> sandra: communication is so important from the governors of the states to relay that information as it comes in, margaret spelling, we appreciate your time this morning, thank you. >> john: protesters keeping up calls for police reform, and our next guest says the first step should be an open and honest discussion on crime. former pennsylvania governor edmund dell joins us on that, next. new microban 24
>> sandra: police have arrested eight people near lafayette square. charges are resisting police officers and arrest. this continues across the country for police reform. my next guest writing about this and a swing and op-ed. i believe that to achieve what we need we must have a frank and open discussions by policing and crime in the way that we produce police force is that protect and serve. a former chair of the dnc, good morning to you and thanks for being here.
what is your broad thinking on this? jump into the conversation here as we continue to see unrest in some cases across the country and the debate continues. >> more importantly than me being governor or mayor, i was district attorney for eight years and i was an assistant d.a. for six years. when i was district attorney i started the first police misconduct unit and we didn't prosecute policemen for excessive use of force. what i want the community to understand is we won't be able to change this until we have open dialogue between police who have walked the beat and dangerous situations for police, and the community themselves. the community has to express their concerns and their fears to the police, and those are judgments where they have four
or five seconds to decide what to do and how difficult it is. and excessive use of force. it wasn't black-and-white, it was gray. the community has to understand, and you get a call there is domestic disturbance, you don't want to send a social worker out but very often, it's a husband and wife. so we've got to have the community understand what the police undertake daily and at the community that has an unfortunate track record and a number of bad policemen. if i were the mayor of the big
city, i would sponsor every district and every district would have two or three meetings with two or three or four different shifts of policeman. and what their fears and what they can do to best be. >> sandra: i want to move on because all of this does make the election coming up in november. joe biden putting two of his top aides up to the front of his campaign in that state. obviously it's a crucial swing state. what is important on the ground for the people of pennsylvania? >> while the big issue of course is the turnout. and then the question is, they
got their mind made up, who gets them to the polls and biggest and highest numbers? the trump organization does a tremendous job. first of all, people in their 30s and 40s, they have to replicate that and it then, that turnaround is extraordinary and donald trump won by less than 10%. so it can be turned around but it's not going to be easy. >> a very important message.
a fascinating headline, biden should not debate trump unless he goes on to put two conditio conditions. and they have a clear picture, and only coming out of the debate. they would be able to make a fair judgment between the two candidates. so basically if the conditions should be, the president should release a tax return to fact-check the debate on air if it should happen. can you imagine this gaining traction in the biden camp? >> that's a wish list that will never happen in politics ever. but i'd like to comb my hair and a pompadour tomorrow but that's not going to happen, either. there can be fact-checking after
the fact or people who get fact-check after the fact. as far as a tax returns go, you can't start putting conditions on about a debate. if you put that position on by that debate, you have to put other conditions on maybe the next debate. look. joe biden can bring up the fact that donald trump has been the only american president that hasn't released his tax returns to the people. he said it's because it's being audited. this is the longest audit in the history of the world and by the way someone who is on to say it gives power to the irs. but you can't put the missions on the debate. you can't see them stack up and, okay.
>> john: an independent audit of facebook civil rights records is out this morning. the final report finding "significant setbacks on matters related to hate speech, misinformation and bias. charles payne is a host of "making money" over on spn and right now facebook is not making as much money as it used to because of this advertising boycott from big advertisers. is this audit going to change any of that do you think? >> it might. there are changes going, remember this is a two year audit and it admits that there
were in adequate actions taking. but this whole thing is essentially back to where it's started. if you think you have 900 large companies boycotting, they still have 8 million advertisers. i think mark zuckerberg is taking this seriously but some of the demands that are being foisted upon him, he simply not going to go for. i'm not sure that they will have a sea level executive, he's running the company and running a business and i think he will try his best. he has tried his best not to stay neutral and not to get into the game of deciding who is not telling the truth, but while most folks are applauding these efforts, i'm not sure how much change will ultimately come out of them. >> john: i want to put up a
list, and levi strauss, pfizer, unilever, adidas and microsoft. then, a quote from sheryl sandberg about the results of this audit, she says we have clear policies against hate and we strive constantly to get better and faster at enforcing them. we have a long way to go but we are making progress. so the idea is that facebook values free expression and allowing people to make free expression, the question is whether you can squelch some of that through some of the methods that are detractors or demanding. >> and whether you want to squelch all of that, you have some folks who work within facebook saying that a maga
facebook is squelching. but you mentioned of those big gains, they need to advertise on facebook and they will be back. >> john: charles payne, good to see you. >> sandra: thank you john. a new report claiming the former girlfriend of jeffrey epstein, will it help her avoid a lengthy prison sentence? inflammation in your eye might be to blame. looks like a great day for achy, burning eyes! over-the-counter eye drops typically work by lubricating your eyes and may provide temporary relief. ha! these drops probably won't touch me. xiidra works differently, targeting inflammation that can cause dry eye disease. what is that?
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jeffrey epstein might have dirt on an member of the british royal family. guillen maxwell allegedly has secret video footage of prince andrew. the allegation here comes from christina luxenberg who is actually a distant relative of prince andrew but he also was a powell of ghislaine maxwell and jeffrey epstein. she says that video exists, >> i guarantee that ghislaine has dirt, whether the tapes actually exist or not is a whole other
story. but before shake seems like a canary, the defense team will have to answer this question. is the case against her strong or weak? because if it's a weak case, in other words if they don't have much against her except for the allegation in the words of people who are making those allegations, she is not going to readily give up tapes or any dirt that she has because why would she? the other thing you have to keep in mind they executed a search warrant either then or at some point in the future and they get their hands on these tapes than they are worthless to her from the defense standpoint. >> john: the former warden of the correctional, she has to be
placed on suicide watch immediately and that jeffrey epstein didn't kill himself, it was all the rage. she is a target and needs to be protected while she is, yes. >> john: jonna spilbor, thank you. >> sandra: and fox news alert, the white house coronavirus task force is expected to speak a short time from now. much more on all of this as we begin a brand-new hour. we will be right back. you can lower your payments by this time next month without having to verify your income, without getting your home appraised, and there's no money out of pocket.
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>> sandra: fox news alert about 30 minutes from now, mike pence is set to hold coronavirus task force briefing at the department of education as president trump reviews his push to reopen schools this fa fall. good morning, john. >> and on jon scott. on that, fox news chief legal correspondent and anchor a fox news at night, shannon bre shannon bream. >> if they've been waiting on
this, it's a 7-2 decision. they've been fighting this battle for years, and they will get a win today. the trump administration tried to change the regulatory framework to help them so that they could opt out of this mandate. they provide at cost free access to contraception for their employees. a number of different employers have objected to specific ones that they consider to be equivalent to the abortion. and justice thomas has said they've been working for 150 years the federal government has arrived at a solution that exempts the little sisters from the source of the complicity based concerns which is the
administrativelimposed. if done properly, it works and it's a solution. we did have two dissenters, justice ginsburg and justice sotomayor as well. justice ginsburg writes in her defense, destructive of the women's health amendment, this court leaves women workers to fend for themselves and see contraceptive coverage from sources other than their employers. out of their own pocket. this is the second of two decisions today that were based on the issue and the idea of talking about religious liberty. the other dealing with workplace cases and catholic schools which were beings sued by former employees. it can't be used as a pretext for discrimination and that is how critics see these two
decisions today. >> sandra: more from you on the fox news channel. shannon bream, inc. u. >> john: a fox news alert as we await vice president pence at the education department where he is set to lead the white house coronavirus task force briefing at the bottom of the hour. this as the number of cases spikes in hot spots across the country with the u.s. now close to 3 million infections under overall. at the same time, democrats are being accused to keep them closed. they will we are pushing to public schools to get them open.
over the last 24 hours the white house has been ramping up and starting with that daylong panel discussion. the pressure campaign continued with a pair of tweets with the president and in the first one she essentially threatened to withhold federal funding from schools who choose not to reopen in august or september. sheik tweeted in germany, denmark, sweden, and the dems think it would be bad for them, and it is important for the children and families that may cut off funding.
with the cdc on their very tough and extensive guidelines i will be meeting with them. this pressure to reopen schools admits a spike of cases across the sun belt, and hospitals which are at or nea near capaci. dr. fauci is describing the current state of the pandemic is not good at. >> we are still knee-deep in the first wave of this, and i would say this would not be considered a wave. it was a surge or resurgence of infections and we went up and it never came down to baseline and now our surging backup so it is a serious situation that we have to address immediately. >> but the president is pushing back on this. in an interview he said and they
meet in about half an hour. >> we will be carrying that live. kristin fisher at the white house. >> third first i want to throw you to some sound from the mayor of new york city, bill de blasio, just a few moments ago talking about reopening schools and describing what he sees possibly happening. watch. >> when we know that health and safety mean social distancing and therefore we have to use a lot more space for fewer kids, it makes it very clear the approach we will use is splendid union. learning. that means at some point in the week you are learning in person in the classroom and at other points in the classroom you are learning remotely. we all know that remote learning is not perfect but we've also seen a lot of kids benefit
greatly from it. >> sandra: so blended learning. we will see what the governor of new york andrew cuomo has to say because they've been at odds with some of these decisions. >> as kristin mentioned in her piece the white house has wrapped up the order that came out of the white house yesterday about foreign exchange students with the panel that they had at the white house yesterday. this is very much a hot-button issue and as with all things now and the coronavirus, it's very political. the country is really split. pulls a week ago show 50% of folks are somewhat or very uncomfortable with reopening schools in the fall and a lot of districts are coming up with this idea of blended learning. but as trump and others have pointed out, there are plenty of folks including the american a pediatric association that came out and said we need to get kids back to school. it's better for them from a
psychological standpoint, and an education standpoint. the president is using all the tools at his disposal to try to make this happen. >> sandra: this is so incredibly important, a few moments from now in that briefing begins. meanwhile we talked to the former education secretary margaret spelling last hour. what happens if we do get our kids back to school in the classroom for some form of in person learning and that you learn of a positive case with a teacher or student, and she said this. >> that's why it's important to tell parents now that we have fought through contingencies. if there's a case that breaks out or a teacher is infected or whatever, here's what's going to happen. here are your options as a parent for online or in person or a combination. i don't see people fearmongering, i see people allegedly trying to answer and,
they have accused some of the fearmongering over the need to get people back to school. but some are fearmongering and she says a lot of it is politics. >> and, and now they are saying trump is trying to kill the ki kids. they are trying to strike the balance between public health and getting kids back in school. trump has clearly staked out his position on one side even to the point where he's disagreeing publicly with his own cdc and the guidelines that they have put out and their argument obviously is, we don't take these kind of precautions even for the flu and the kids are more susceptible to the flu than they are the coronavirus according to all the data that's
available and that's why we are making this push. we will see how this plays out. obviously it's not an issue that's going away as we are just a couple of months from schools reopening. >> sandra: we will see how far the president is looking to reopen. final thoughts on the international students problem that the president is saying? he sang at the colleges go to online learning and online classes, the online students should leave. elizabeth warren said kicking international students out of the u.s. during a global pandemic because our colleges are moving classes online for physical distancing herd students. it's senseless, cool, and a xenophobic. ice and the dhs must drop this policy immediately. what do you think about the trump administration's plan to say if you are and international student and online learning then you should return to your home country? >> this is another tool that the
trump administration is trying to put pressure on colleges in this case to get kids back physically in schools and learning in november. this is not -- foreign students often pay, this is billions of dollars for a lot of state university systems around the country and that's why the trump administration i think is using this as leverage to try to again push the issue forward in their direction. >> sandra: these are bowls seen as ways to pressure colleges on reopening. 20 minutes from now we will learn more from the task force, tom bevan joining us on that this morning, thank you. john? >> john: growing concerns in congress, the loans for small businesses are going to companies that do not need federal aid. montana senator steve gaines joins us and asked to respond. plus new york city mayor bill de blasio under fire over his budget cuts to the
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>> for several decades, a lot of hard work done by a lot of people. i lay the problems in new york city solely at the feet of bill de blasio. he has it eviscerated the police department in the future is quite frankly very bleak in new york. certainly for the next 18 months on the de blasio administration. >> sandra: ray kelly blaming new york city mayor bill de blasio. saying the mayor's policies have eviscerated and demoralized. that's a billion-dollar cut to the nypd budget. the reference for him to step down is coming from lee zeldin
obviously can the situation improved like that or will it only get worse. that's the crawling back of the nypd and it's tough to see what might be done. sandra, i have never seen a time where there was such a universal chorus of people demanding one specific leader of the city when mayor de blasio resigned. on the new milestone of death by violence and discussion. and, this is the 2020 that we have come to really see every single night on the evening news
as looters and rioters and shooters which continue to act with impunity on the city. this is probably not going to end and at any point in the next 18 months while mayor mayor bill de blasio is in office. >> sandra: lee zeldin is asking him to step down. in this tweet is that homicide shootings and the crimes continue spiking in nyc and the quality of life is taken in by a beating. cops are being thrown under the bus on the radical left is in charge and destroying the city. the city won't make it through the rest of his term. do you join in calls for mayor de blasio to step down? it's clear that they don't let confidence or the desire to do the job he was elected to do. i was an announcement that
new york city schools have decided they are not even going to open full-time in the fall. we see every single night a new milestone of shootings and of murders, and hearkening back to the 1990s these are all real cities because of his inability to take action. >> sandra: we will learn more about the school openings in a minute about your city may not be the only ones that have some sort of partial opening. but meanwhile here is the nypd chief of crime control and on monday, they talked about what was happening and what we can do. >> most of our powers were taken
away. knowledge is power. we have the knowledge. we don't have the power. >> sandra: that was michael a patry, what did you think of that? >> look at this year-long systematic rollback of the nypd. it started with the bail reform and then there was a deliberate push to let people out of rikers island. then we saw a policy of permissive lawlessness while people who did, and then we rollback our proactive policing units, specifically the anticrime unit. now we have just on top of the perp and they are guilty of a the knowledge is there.
>> sandra: joe borelli, great to have you on this morning. >> lawmakers on both sides of the aisle calling for tighter restrictions as they debate the next coronavirus relief package. political out with his article titled "congress wary on future aid it as well-connected businesses rake in millions. montana republican senator steve daines is a member of the finance committee. it turns out that some of the companies that have gotten all kinds of money from the paycheck protection program are big law firms, lobbying firms and even kanye west's clothing lines. senator, how do you prevent a repeat of that? >> the next package that we pass in congress needs to focus on jobs, family and kids and getting students back to school in the fall, and health care. that's what we will be working on. i'm also very focused on
stopping the pandemic. i was a chemical engineer and i used to work on fda approved products and launch them. as we were working on that package i offer the provision last march that would allow us to take six months off the timeline to get the vaccine and the incredible therapeutics to market by the fall instead of next spring. that would make all the difference in the world and encourage what we are hearing, that we will have vaccines working in parallel with manufacturing and fda approvals. they will be tested thoroughly and we are manufacturing in parallel. the background that i had with procter & gamble that took six months off the timeline and i think we will have these vaccines available for the american people, made in america vaccines, by the fall sometime. >> john: you are also joining with senator cory booker of new jersey, obviously with a bipartisan plan to help
black-owned businesses get through this pandemic. what's the proposal and why is it so important to you? >> this is very important. here you have a republican working with a democrat from new jersey, cory booker. we are focused on the small businesses that are underserved and under banked and may not have this banking relationship. it will also drive the administration of these grants to the community level instead of at federal government level. in montana our bread and butter come at the core of our economy are the small businesses, 20 employees or less and that's what it's focused on. a small businesses that need the help but don't have great big compliance departments or accounting departments, typically it's a mom or dad running a small business like a coffee shop in billings or a small veteran owned furniture maker in bozeman. that's who we are going to target here with this plan i have with cory booker.
>> john: i number of your fellow republicans have said they planned to stay away and jacksonville because of coronavirus concerns. have you made a decision? >> we will cross that bridge when we come to it but i'm looking forward to an exciting event, and i support president trump and i expect that there will be a lot of enthusiasm. we will watch this day by day, and we will be supporting the president and supporting the victory for a second term. >> steve ames, republican senator from montana. thank you. >> sandra: we are moments away from the coronavirus task force briefing on the vice president is set to leave that from the department of education in washington a few minutes from now. we will bring that to you live
>> sandra: fox news alert, live at the department of education in washington where any moment mike pence will be leading the white house coronavirus task force briefing. this as there was a new complication related to the virus and there was a new study out showing it could cause dangerous neurological problems including delirium, brain and for inflammation, nerve damage or stroke.
joining us now, the founder of metropolis pain medicine and author of coronavirus made simple. we await the white house coronavirus task force team. we have a lot of questions obviously and we want to know if kids can go back to school safely in the fall. we are seeing spikes across the country. but to this new study, what are we learning? >> we can separate the effects of coronavirus into two categories. there is a direct medical problems where the virus attacks the body and there are indirect and most of these issues are coming up now and the study is related to the immune system. as the virus sort of attacks the
person which is attacking, and they are sometimes confused and out of it. if you have a family member that is showing symptoms like that and you are in an area where there is a lot of new coronavirus cases, that might be a sign that they have it. either way they should get evaluated. if you go further into the spectrum, let's say people have more of these symptoms, and don't just look for the classic shutdowns that we've been hearing but, if people show other signs of symptoms they might need treatment earlier for their immune system pretty much acting up. >> sandra: i want to put a new york post headline up on the screen in the middle of this pandemic. here's the headline. the u.s. congress is out of the world health organization. there is a statement from senator bob menendez who is among the critics of that
decision saying that congress received notification that the president, to call the president's response to covert chaotic, and it leaves americans sick in america alone. what did you think about this decision? >> i think we need cooperation in general to fight the virus. the whole world is fighting it and that being said, i think even most people at home, and those are financial decisions to make. i think it's going to take several years to know who knew what and when. i think you know, it makes sense to look at where we are spending our money and where we needed to
to fight the virus. >> we will hear from the administration and how we get back to school. and there will be some kind of hybrid response to schools, kids only returning for some days of the week and there will be a mix of in class and virtual learning in the fall. we will see what the governor of new york has to say about that. but what can you see happening at this point? >> i think as we are trying to reopen the economy, i haven't seen my daughter since march because for me and my husband, we have to work. i see patients also face to face so we don't have a child care option if day care is closed. some places are saying that the city or government can provide day care for certain folks but that's very limited. i think for most people who have a child or elderly parent or a pet, they will need some form of
care services in the schools provide that. for others, the schools also look for child abuse and all kinds of other issues that are affecting people. i expect those rates to go up based not only on our employment numbers going up but also studies coming out of china that child abuse and domestic abuse went up several months ago as a coronavirus take affect. we might need some more regulation and some compromises in terms of the social distancing and what people are going to do. is it possible to have more nurses in the schools and does it possible to have more protective gear and others in place? without child care services or schools there will be more disparities so let's think about ten or 15 years from now. already we have social upheaval and a lot of civil unrest going
on, imagine the difference and the people who had access to internet and lots of computers. they had a nanny and other personal tutors who could help them with the virtual online learning. versus people who don't have computers, who don't have the money to have internet at home and who can't do that kind of studying. there's a tremendous disparity between those and those groups will find it very difficult to find jobs. it's difficult to bring those two groups together. >> fascinating perspective from a medical doctor and a parent with what is happening in this country. that's progressing the task force to not just look at the medical aspect of defeating the virus but also the impacts of kids and not getting back into school. great to have you here this
morning. >> john: a dramatic story of survival in california, cruise rescue a 15-year-old boy lost for more than 30 hours in the sierra nevada forest after his father was shot and killed in an apparently random attack. it happened on the july 4th weekend while they were on and off road trip and investigators have suspected a gunman. >> john, 15-year-old jack grossman and his dad dr. ari kirschman set off from their home around 9:30 a.m. last friday excited to take their new jeep off-loading. dr. grossman was dead and jack was running for his life. they were on a trail near downey ville california and stopped to ask for directions, but instead of helping them that man began shooting. dr. grossman apparently tried to drive away but was hit and
killed by a bullet. the jeep crashed to a halt and jack jumped out and ran. he hiked for about an hour desperately trying to find a spot where he could get a cell phone signal in the remote tahoe national forest and he was eventually able to dial 911 telling the operator his dad had been shot and he was lost in the vast forest. more than 24 hours later, rescuers finally reached him. he was scared, hungry and thirsty but otherwise in good condition. family members meantime i've been paying tribute to dr. kirschman. >> he was not the author in clinical trials for life-saving medication. >> they are wondering what on earth drove the shooter to open fire on people he never meant. >> a random psycho.
>> the suspect was arrested after a shoot-out with police officers and he was named by police as john thomas come conway. he's also believed to have shot two other people in the same area. >> john: what a sad story. >> the department of education where we are expecting vice president mike pence to lead a coronavirus task force meeting, likely to get an update on can we safely get kids back to school in the fall. the president has renewed a push to do so saying we want to open quickly and beautifully in the fall. we will put pressure on our governors to reopen, very important to our country, students and parents. the cdc would be issuing new documents and a guidance and the mayor of new york city is
talking about this hybrid opening for new york city public schools. we are likely to hear more about that from the department of education and mike pence will be reading that briefing. we are hearing there is some movement in the room so we might see that begin shortly. all of this as we anticipate dr. burks, dr. fauci and dr. redfield from the cdc to discuss what it would take to get people back into that in class learning environment. social distancing and massacring they've talked about, cdc guidance obviously coming into play here as mayors in cities across the country and we will hear from the briefing room and just a moment. we will take a quick break and be right back.
country. as we look to the task force briefing, and washington led by our vice president mike pence. we will take a quick pause. mike pence is now speaking, the >> we are focused on the mission to save lives. meet the needs and our state and health care workers to protect the vulnerable and safely reopen america, and reopen america's schools. as you will hear today from admiral brett gerrard, at this point we have tested more than 39 million americans. among those of more than 3 million americans have tested positive and more than 1.3 million americans have recovered. sadly, more than 133,000 americans have lost their lives and our sympathies are with all of the impacted families. while we mourn with those who mourn, because of what the american people have done,
because it of our extraordinary health care workers around the country, we are encouraged that the average fatality rate continues to be low and steady. days earlier this week it was actually 90% lower than at the height of this pandemic. again, it's a credit to the sacrifices the american people have made, the extraordinary work that are health care workers are doing and we pledge this task force working in partnership with governors all across the country and we will continue to work our hearts out. 24 hours a day to continue to keep our losses low. in just a few moments, dr. deborah birx will outline the data we are seeing around the country. we are tracking literally tracking literally state by state and county by county. but as she will describe in a moment we are actually seeing early indications of a percent of positive testing flattening in arizona, florida and texas.
governors in each of those states have taken strong steps to flatten the curve and we will describe and we are beginning to see indications of the curve is flattening in arizona and florida. we are beginning to see declining numbers of emergency room visits as well. we are talking about those states particularly impacted and we are starting to see the first indications and what we are able to do in the northeast and we are putting into practice those mitigation efforts and we are beginning to see indications that they are having, we are focused on the states were more than half of the new cases have
arisen, and have received encouraging reports even through this morning. strong supplies, and ppe and hospital capacity remain strong. it governors across the region are for personnel. we have been processing a request to deploy over 1,007 the doctors and nurses and medical personnel. at this point roughly 525 doctors and nurses are on the ground in arizona, california and texas and we are processing an additional amount. we have made it very clear as you will recall, we deployed at the presidents direction personnel to new york, and
connecticut and michigan to louisiana, and in the process of doing that again. and to make sure that those dedicated doctors, nurses and health care workers have the relief that they need as we see cases arising in various communities across the sun belt. we had that conference call yesterday with the nation's governors and we are in the process of continuing to send every week. they are being implemented and well received. we are also issuing renewed guidance on preservation and reuse of ppe. again, what we are hearing not just speaking to governors but talking directly to hospitals is that frankly, because of the historic effort that president trump president trump implemented, the spin up of
millions of supplies of gloves and masks and face shields as well as their construction of ventilators -- we now have 59,000 ventilators in our supplies. ppe we hear remains very strong but we are encouraging health care workers to begin now to use some of the best practices that we have learned and, it's the focus on the states have everything they need when they need it and we are working closely with the governors to make that a reali reality. the department of education as we see to the needs of our states and focus on the health care of the american people, we are working to reopen america. president trump convened a summit of education leaders, and as the president made clear yesterday, it's time.
it's time for us to get our kids back to school. in the summit yesterday gave us an opportunity to outline and to learn what we might be able to do there. in a few moments i will ask secretary devos about the approach the secretary of education is taking to bring their schools back online and also hear from dr. bob redfield who has been literally, since early in this pandemic providing guidance to schools and will be issuing additional guidance next week. i wan wouldn't pass the opportuy though as a vice president and someone who's been married to a school teacher know for 35 years just to say thank you to all the teachers out there. from early in this pandemic, teachers learn how to do the distance teaching and did a remarkable job. often times having to care for
their own families and make sure their own children as studies were happening. we also want to say thank you to the parents, and become educators for all the kids. it's been remarkable when you see all that our kids have been able to accomplish during this difficult time. but what we heard again yesterday from educational officials, and what we heard from the american academy of pediatrics. it's absolutely essential that we get our kids back into classrooms for in person learning. we can't let our kids fall behind academically. but it's important that the american people remember that for children who have mental health issues and for special needs children, for nutrition, children in communities facing
persistent poverty, the school is a place where they receive all the services. so this is not just simply about making sure kids are learning and advancing academically but for their mental health and well-being and physical health for nutrition. we have to get our kids back to school. we are absolutely determined to working partnerships with our states and give the guidance for states and communities to be able to safely reopen our schools. the cdc will be issuing new guidance next week as part of a five-part series of recommendations and will give all new tools to our schools. what dr. redfield made clear yesterday and i'm sure he will make clear it again today is, we are here to help.
it's not a substitute for state and local laws, rules and guidance. we are here to assist with the shared objective which i think is shared by every parent in america which is what we want to get our kids back. we want to get them back in the classroom, and we want to get those kids learning in person once again. as congress is still in reserves, recess, we are already in discussions about additional potential support. we are able to remind governors that $13.3 billion is available in the cares act for states and able to assist them as they roll out and restart schools across of the country. at the present moment, we learned yesterday that only 1.5% of those funds has been drawn down and we have are urged governors to take advantage of that. our efforts as i said are to save lives, protect the most
vulnerable, and safely reopen america and safely reopen our schools. we are reopening america. the jobs report lesser as they spoke with nearly five and they do their part to put -- finally get back to work. and we all have a role to play to slow the spread and protect the most vulnerable and safely reopen our country and our schools. i would close before i turn the podium over to dr. birx for her report to simply say thank you to the american people, thank you for what you've done so far. thank you for the way you've put the health and well-being of not just family members and friends but strangers, bull that you
didn't even know first. keep doing what you're doing. practice good hygiene, wash your hands, wear a mask wherever state and local authorities determine its indicated or wear a mask where you can't engage in social distancing. this is a role that each of us can continue to play, and americans are doing just that so we want to encourage you on and tell you that we are going to continue to do our part. i'm absently confident, and it's what's striking so deeply, and the american people know what needs to be done and we know we can do it. we have flattened the curve before, and we have slowed the spread before and we can do it again. we will all do our part and all do it together. with that, dr. deborah birx and
then we will get a report before we move on to other >> thank you, mr. vice president. if i could have the first slide please. i know some of you watch what i wear, so i'm wearing this specially today. this came from the salt river tribe. masks can be a fashion statement. i want to thank the salt river tribe. it was a real pleasure to be out and speaking to individuals around the united states about the issues that they are facing with covid-19, to be able to meet with communities, hospital personnel, african-american communities, hispanic communities, and our proud tribal nations. that was a privilege last week. i want to start with arizona, just to pick up where the vice president left off. that orange line is the number of tests performed, and the blue line is the test positivity. now that it's at the level of the state. arizona does have three counties that we are tracking very closely.
obviously the largest one being phoenix and maricopa county. this shows that the blue line, which is a seven-day average, and thank you to the data team for these wonderful slides, the seven-day average is showing some flattening. i find that encouraging. also equally encouraging at this point, because we know the test positivity rate is the first thing to increase and we are hoping that it heralds stability in arizona of at least reaching a plateau in their curve. the red line represents the emergency room visits for any of the covid-like symptoms. this is also an early indicator, and we find that encouraging. the next slide does show the counties that we are tracking. obviously the largest county being maricopa county with the largest number of infections, but clearly there's issues in yuma and pima. the weekly reports to go to governors, this is what the report looks like.
this is alaska's, on the front page is our interpretation of what we are seeing relevant to their epidemics with specific recommendations related to where we see them as far as being in a danger zone. they are coded by yellow and red, and it follows that they see everything you're seeing on that first report, warning boxes, and then each of the counties are represented. so they have, in one place, five pages from the white house and task force that summarizes what we are seeing. that goes out weekly. next slide, please. this looks at florida. you can see in the same way the red lion early suggestion of decreasing emergency room visits for the symptoms of covid, and some stability starting in that blue line. hoping that heralds stability in the number of daily reported cases. we went through a holiday weekend, and holiday weekends
can impacted on both ends. underreporting through the weekend and catch up reporting on monday, tuesday, and wednesday after the holiday weekend. this shows that counties of florida that we are tracking. these are the top ten counties in florida. you can see each of them have a different profile. i want to draw your attention to the counties across the bottom that are more difficult to see. some of those represent jacksonville and other large metros, including tampa, when the governor talks about how they were steady and low for a long period of time after reopening. this is where that is reflected, clearly there was something that happened. those that we are looking into across the board. whatever happened in florida happened across the sun belt, and all of the curves and all of the findings are mirrored. if you remember early on in march and april we were talking
about the new york metro followed by boston, followed by philadelphia, then chicago, and new orleans was with the new york metro. it was a series of individual curves. in this case, whatever occurred occurred almost simultaneously across the south. we are investigating that very closely to see the etiology behind that. that can help us as an early warning signal but also help and guidance to the american people what we are asking them to do. next slide, texas. you can see texas is in a similar situation with their blue line. we are watching this very closely across texas. next slide. but i think all of you know that there is a series of major metros in texas with significant increase in cases, from houston to dallas to san antonio to el paso, and the mcclellan area. the governors get this type of report with specific recommendations, and then finally california.
we can see -- next slide, thank you. again, a long time of stability, but this increase in the numbers of tests positive and rapid increase in cases. next slide. you can see the majority of the issue is in the los angeles area, although we see this the riverside, imperial, sacramento, and now san francisco with an increased number of cases. i want to finish with where the vice president started with the sacrifices of the american people. in that recommendation, very clear recommendations that, when you have a county with these types of cases, we are recommending everyone using a face covering. i think the studies now that have been done showing that cotton face coverings work, that does open up the ability for us to all have individualized face coverings that express our personality. in addition, i think the work these governors have done, asking the american people to stop going to bars, to close the bars, to move to outdoor dining,
to decrease indoor, any kind of indoor gatherings, again. to all the americans out there who are in these four states, and the states, the report, we are in the red zone. there's other ones we have that zone. it's really asking the american people in those counties and in those states to not only use the face covering, not going to bars, not going to indoor dining, but really not gathering in homes either. decreasing those gatherings back down to our phase one recommendation. which was 10 or less. thank you. >> thank you, mr. vice president. since we are bragging on our face coverings, this was made by a small religious community in pennsylvania who were helped by the public health service. they hand-sewed these four are
officers to match the uniforms. i think of this proudly and i think that community everythingg will day. i want to cover three quick topics. first is where we are numerically. the vice president already said we are now topping 39 million deaths across the country. the states really crush their goals in june. it is about 12.9 million in june. cdc numbers have finalized that it is about 16 and a half million tests for june. congratulations to almost all the states who made their goal, exceeded their goal. we are doing very well right now, between 600,000 and 700,000 tests per day. we topped a number last week and we are averaging about 626,000 tests per day. we continue to shift. we are right with swabs and media, the states tell us what we need, we work with them to set those goals based on their state testing plans after technical assistance by