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todd: it is monday, august 30th. a fox news alert, we're following two breaking stories this morning, hurricane eye disa battling the louisiana coast, knocking out power to new orleans. we track the monster storm. jillian: there's breaking news we're following this morning in afghanistan, the u.s. intercepting five rockets fired at kabul airport as officials warn our final days inside afghanistan will be the most dangerous. it comes hours after the pentagon successfully carried out a drone strike on a vehicle said to be carrying multiple
suicide bombers. we are hours away from president biden evacuation deadline tomorrow. >> there are hundreds, could be thousands of americans that are going to be left behind in afghanistan. the state department has made a decision that the 31st is the deadline. they're allowing taliban to dictate our foreign policy. any time you allow a partisan political decision designed for a photo op, it will lead to a fatal national security problem on the battlefield injury. jillian: it is the start to another bees week. you're watching "fox & friends first." i'm jillian mele. todd: i'm todd piro. we begin with hurricane ida, a failing the flood gate and bridge collapsed forcing hundreds of residents begging to be rescued. jillian: we have team coverage with steve bender on the ground in lafayette, louisiana and
senior meteorologist janice dean tracking the storm in the studio. we start with jeff paul live from new orleans where the entire city is out of power this morning. jeff, what's the latest? >> reporter: yeah, jillian, all of new orleans and much of the southern part of louisiana is in the dark. we woke up this morning and the power was still out. it went out early last evening. i can tell you, not only is it tough to just see and navigate where you're going but there's debris all over the road and you see images like this as you start driving around, spots like the french quarter, this was a roof that was ripped off the top of a building and it ended up crashing onto a traffic light, snapping the metal traffic light in half there. it's a scene we're seeing play out all over the state, as much of ida was incredibly power and continues to be, especially along the coast.
now, more than 1 million are without power throughout louisiana and because of that, emergency crews are unable to safely get people who need help or rescuing. we're also learning that first deaths involved with hurricane ida, authorities confirm one man was killed in louisiana after a tree fell on his house and we're also hearing about a few hospitals in the area that had their roofs ripped off as well. in normal circumstances the patients of this hospital would be transported to another hospital but because the power is out right now, emergency crews again saying they can't do much right now because it's simply not safe. you go out there, you try to drive around and there's glass and trash cans and anything, parts of buildings laying on the street. so it is incredibly difficult to get around right now and we still have a few hours until the sun comes up. i think that's when we'll really be able to tell just how
powerful and how devastating hurricane ida is and continues to be. back to you. jillian: jeff paul live for us on the ground there. thank you very much. let's bring in fox news senior meteorologist janice dean, live in the weather center. what's the latest? >> it's moving up towards mississippi, alabama and tennessee is going to get part of this as well with several inches of rain. last week, historic rain for tennessee, because of a frontal boundary that brought over 17 inches of rain so i am concerned as the storm continues to move north and east, weakening, we're going to see this as a tremendous rain maker. i want to go back to show you how historic this storm is. so tying the top five storms with hurricane laura which came last year for louisiana, so this state is just storm weary, this is not helping the situation as one of the strongest storms to hit the gulf coast, the u.s. coastline. here are some of the wind gusts we've seen over the last 12 to
24 hours, the city that it made landfall yesterday, we had 153-mile-an-hour sustained -- rather, gusts, so not sustained winds but gusts but the hurricane as it moved onshore had sustained winds of 150 miles per hour and one of the lowest pressures we've ever seen in the gulf of mexico. the advisories we still have hurricane warnings in effect. this is still a hurricane. it is going to be weakening throughout the next 12 to 24 hours and then becoming an area of low pressure but still bringing tremendous amounts of rain over of some of these areas and still at least tropical storm force winds. so the system is still in louisiana, of moving quite slowly and that's another concern is these tropical systems that continue to sort of lumber along, bringing moisture in from the gulf of mexico and bringing flood advisories, flood warnings, flash flooding concerns for all of the vulnerable areas including new orleans, in towards mississippi, alabama, the florida panhandle
and up towards tennessee and kentucky, the northeast, you're going to feel the remnants of the storm for tuesday and wednesday. the greatest flash flood risk right now continues to be southeastern louisiana, in towards mississippi, in towards the tennessee river and ohio river valley over the next 24 to 48 hours. there's the rainfall forecast, i just saw a measurement of over 13 inches. so over a foot of rain in less than 12 hours for portions of southeastern louisiana and it's going to take at least a day or so for crews to get into some of these regions. we won't see the damage until tomorrow and the next day. some of these areas are going to be basically inhabitable and that is the tragedy from the land-falling hurricanes. still with us across areas of the mid-atlantic and northeast by thursday. also, the tornado threat, tropical tornadoes with this, weak tornadoes that could cause structural damage on top of the
catastrophic damage we have already seen from this system. back to you. todd: even if the levees worked, janice, you're mentioning so much rain. it's like you're filling a sink that is plugged up and there's no place for the water to go so it's going to inundate those communities. again, even if levees work. >> correct. yes. new orleans, it's all a pumping system, even if it's just a day with rain, they use that pumping system to get the water out and these pumps are working overtime and it's really going to be a test of the levees and the pumping system, since they were fortified with katrina. jillian: okay. janice, thank you. we are following another big story, the u.s. intercepting at least some of the five rockets targeted kabul's airport overnight. the attack comes on the eve of president biden's deadline for troops to leave afghanistan. todd: ashley strohmier live with the new reporting on this attack. ashley, what do we know? >> reporter: overnight, u.s. officials say several rockets were taken down by an
anti-missile defense system. neither the u.s. or taliban have reported any deaths. the trucks the rockets were reportedly fired from seem seen engulfed with flames. central command said a strike thwarted an imminent isis-k threat, adding we are confident we successfully hit the target, significant secondary explosions indicated the presence of a substantial amount of explosive material. there were no indications of civilian casualties. the new york times reports as many as nine people were killed, including three children. the president, his deadline hours away. hundreds of people lined up outside the airport hoping for their chance to escape. the state department said 250 americans are trying to get out. the administration insists the taliban will not block them. >> 114 countries have made very
clear that it is their expectation that the taliban will permit freedom of travel going past august 31st. we have very significant leverage to incentivize the taliban to make good on its commitments. >> if they do not, we can bring to bear enormous pressure on the taliban with a swift and forceful response. >> reporter: they are considering the proposal for a safe zone in the city for those left behind. jillian: ashley, thank you. todd: yesterday, the 13 american heros killed in kabul came home, the president receiving the remains at dover air force base. jillian: lauren blanchard is live in washington, d.c. as the president faces new backlash. >> reporter: president biden met privately with the families of all 13 service members at dover air force base, the president, first lady, defense secretary,
secretary of state, plus family members and press gathered on the tarmac to witness as 11 of the 13 transfer cases were taken off the c-17 they were brought home on. all but two families gave permission for the transfer to be filmed. the national security advisor told fox news the president will ensure those responsible for the deaths will pay. >> the president will stop at nothing to make isis-k pay for the deaths of those american service members at the kabul airport. >> reporter: president biden stopped by the fema headquarters yesterday for an update as hurricane ida was bearing down on louisiana, while there he refused to take questions ahead of tomorrow's deadline to withdraw troops as republicans in congress are hammering him and his administration for not extending the deadline. >> mr. president, on afghanistan -- >> i'm not going to discuss afghanistan now. >> any time you allow a partisan political decision designed for a photo op of it will lead to a fatal national
security problem on the battle field. >> reporter: a new poll reveals 84% of americans believe u.s. troops should stay in afghanistan until all americans are out. 71% say they should stay until all afghan allies have been evacuated as well. todd, jillian. todd: lauren, thanks very much. jillian: morgan ortagus lays out the difference between how the trump and biden administration dealt with the taliban. >> we hear that president trump negotiated with the taliban as well. that's completely the opposite of what mike pompeo and his team negotiated. first of all, how do you do a successful negotiation? you walk in from a position of strength. when mike pompeo and the team walked into the room they were backed up by a president who released the mother of all bombs, the description for the bomb that's basically right underneath a nuclear weapon in
terms of the capacity, so they had done that under president trump's watch. right. so that's number one. number two, whatever pompeo came into the room, the taliban knew that he was part of the team that took the head off of qassem soleimani, basically the world's biggest terrorist and so he walked in from a position of strength and he said to them on multiple times, you touch one american and then it's your head. todd: a part of the biden administration's policy reportedly included handing over a list of u.s. citizens and allies to the taliban as part of their negotiation was the terror group to help with evacuations. at least 100 afghan evacuees headed to the u.s., also appearing on the terror watch list. what's being done to protect the homeland, congressman james comer he demanding answers from the white house. jillian: he'll join us live along with kat cammack and laura logan. we're coming right back.
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and our allies still desperate to evacuate afghanistan ahead of president biden's tomorrow deadline. jillian: this just ahead of president biden's deadline tomorrow. here to react, kentucky congressman james comer. as you are aware, we all are, the situation has been rapidly deteriorating each day over the last week. do you have confidence we'll be able to get out every american and afghan ally by tomorrow that wants to leave? >> not only do i not have confidence that we're going to be able to get american out, i don't have confidence that the biden administration knows exactly how many americans are left in afghanistan. this has been a disaster. it's been a stain on american diplomacy and i hope that once we have time, once every american who wants to leave afghanistan has been evacuated, that the biden administration will comply with republican request to hold hearings to find
out what went wrong and who we can hold accountable. todd: you heard antony blinken mention 300 american citizens still in afghanistan. that said, there are concerns, congressman, the number of americans there is much higher. take a listen to former naval intel officer, john jordan. >> we're relying on state department numbers. most people don't know this, when americans go to foreign countries, especially risky ones, they're advised to register with the embassy or consulate but are not required to. we don't know the real number of u.s. citizens that are there. todd: do you trust the state department numbers? if not, how many people do you think are in afghanistan, how many americans do you think are in afghanistan? >> i don't trust the state department's numbers. if you think back a few days, the administration, they were estimating tens of thousands of americans were still in afghanistan and then if you subtract the number that we've
successfully evacuated, hundreds isn't what you come up with. you still come up with thousands of americans that are still remaining in afghanistan. so the secretary of state has zero confidence with congress. i don't think the secretary of state has any confidence with the american citizens right now. this is something that the biden administration continues to have absolutely zero transparency, not just with congress, but the american people. so let's hope those numbers are right. but i don't have any confidence that they're anywhere near correct. jillian: before we move on to the next topic, i want to ask about the news overnight, how the u.s. intercepted some of the five rockets that were targeting the airport in kabul, this comes after yesterday was such a sad day for many of us who were watching seeing our heroes return home to dover air force base. that is a situation no one wants to see happen again. how vital is it that we get these next 24 hours right? >> we have to get them right.
we have no more room for error. american lives are at stake. our military personnel, who risk their lives every day, their lives are at stake. and the reputation of the united states military, we spent trillions of dollars in afghanistan. we should be able to not only intercept those missiles but also find who -- find out who launched those missiles and hold them accountable. this is a terrible display of leadership by the biden administration. somebody in this administration needs to be held accountable for all the mistakes but let's hope and pray that over the next 24, 48 hours and beyond that we can evacuate every american safely without the loss of any more american soldiers. todd: meantime, part of the concern now is with regard to our homeland, up to 100 afghans seeking resettlement here in the u.s. have been flagged on terrorism watch lists. you want a hearing on the vetting process for refugees. what questions do you want
answered, congressman? >> i want the administration to be transparent on exactly who you have in custody that are on the terrorist watch list and what are you going to do with those terrorists? we don't want to let those terrorists end up in the united states, we don't want them to end up in any country that's our allies. if they're on the watch list, they need to be deand the and we need to put -- detained and we need to put them at the back of the line and focus on getting every american and our allies to get out of afghanistan a, who wants out of afghanistan or who we promised refuge. these terrorists should be held in a cell and questioned in a transparent manner. the biden administration needs to come to congress and explain to republicans and democrats exactly what the vetting process is, why they were on the list and let's determine what we're going to do with these potential terrorists. jillian: congressman, thank you for waking up early and joining us. we appreciate it.
have a good day. >> thanks for having me. jillian: it is 21 minutes after the hour. still to come, torrential rain and fierce winds batter louisiana as ida comes ashore. we're live on the ground with a new look at the aftermath. todd: with more than a million people waking up in the dark, team rubicon is ready to respond. how they're mobilizing, when we come back.
jillian: welcome back. we are following harp ida's deadly path into louisiana, the now category 1 storm trapping hundreds of people at this hour and is blamed for killing a man when a tree fell on his home. todd: janice dean is tracking the storms in studio, first we go to steve bender live in lafayette, louisiana with the latest on the conditions there.
steve. >> reporter: good morning. we are starting to feel that wind gust here. we are west of where hurricane ida came in yesterday afternoon and so we really just took the wind impact and off and on showers but this is truly a major storm system for coastal louisiana as hurricane ida right before noon yesterday made landfall and just hear the raw power of this storm with sustained winds of 150 miles per hour. typically when a storm makes landfall, it starts to lose strength but this is in the bayou area, the warm water, called the ocean effect where it kept fueling this storm so for hours yesterday afternoon and into the evening we felt hurricane force winds all through coastal louisiana and you'll see videos like this that emerge with homes that had the roof torn off, trees snapping in the wind and of course that led to power outages that are widespread. as of this morning, over a million people are without power
in louisiana, over 70,000 are without power in mississippi, as the system drifts to the east as a category 1. because of the power outages and the flooding, emergency crews are struggling to get to those in need. families are stuck in their homes. we heard of cries for rescue but officials said we can't get out there, the storm is still raging. we will try to get to you when the storm lets up and once the sun comes up, that's when they'll have an opportunity to assess the situation and get to those people. you're looking at the flooding in the area, it's estimated over 70% of la plasse is under water right now, multiple feet of water, and that is the concern as the rain continues with hurricane ida as it has slowly drifted to the north and the east, it's trying to get out and rescue those who are trapped, that's something we'll keep
track of all morning long and get you to latest. back to you. jillian: now let's go to senior meteorologist janice dean, live in the fox weather center. janice, some of the images are so hard to watch. it makes you worry for what we'll see when the sun comes up today and even the upcoming days. >> that's a good point. with the land-falling system, we don't get to go into the really terrible areas until days later. we've got drones that can go up and look at the damage and i fear that once the sun comes up and we can get some kind of visual image of the damage, it's going to be catastrophic. this will be one of the worst hurricanes that's ever hit the coast of louisiana. last year they had four land-falling tropical systems including laura which is 150-mile-an-hour sustained windstorm and of course the fact that the power is out in new orleans is not good either because they rely on that you
power to get the pumping systems working and the water out, because we are below sea level in a lot of these areas and that is the concern. you look at the satellite imagery and things are weakening, right, and that's a good sign but the damage is already done in some of these areas and that's when the reality is going to set in on the sheer scope of this storm. we're still going to deal with flash flooding in southeastern louisiana, mississippi, alabama, even the florida panhandle. tornadoes will be imminent as well. the storm will left northward so tennessee and kentucky, the mid-atlantic and northeast that were hit with henri last week, that will bring flooding concerns to areas as far north as maine. want to make mention, a couple of tornado warn storms that's going to be ongoing throughout the day today as well. todd: as janice mentioned, we will get a better picture of the damage caused by ida so far once
the sun comes up. rescue crews from organizations like team rubicon are spring loaded to help anyone who may be in grave danger. here to discuss, is the director of operations, drew hanna. thank you for being here during a morning like this, we always have you on when there is a hurricane. what are you hearing from crews on the ground right now? >> thank you so much for having me on. right now our crews are positioned as best they can, so as soon as we get to first light they'll be pushing forward. we have two route clearance teams that will be working with state crews to make sure that we're able to open roadways, get the teams in so they can help affected homeowners who are currently trapped in their houses or affected by the storm. our recon teams will move into place to target areas that are hard hit so we can send supplies. we have our nation knoll operation -- national operations center in dallas, we have lots of equipment and personnel ready
to go. todd: how do you respond to a storm like this especially if the levees have been overwhelmed? >> it takes a lot of grit and at tenacity. that's what our organization does. we're positioned whenever requests come in and we meet with capabilities and personnel we have on the ground. the first thing we need to do is get our arms around the scope of the problem. that's why it's so important that we have us tied into the operation centers so we're ready to roll. todd: it appears that prolonged power outages could be one of the legacies of the storm in addition to potential levee breaks. how does your response change in light of the fact that the area might not have power for weeks? >> we tell our deployers they have to be ready to live rough going into these areas post storm. like you said, most of the services we take for granted, clean water, electricity, ready access to fuel and food, a lot
of that stuff is going to take a long time to get restored for those lifelines. our team is there to be self-sufficient. we bring in generators, we pack in meals and we go without showers and everything else that we take for granted in normal day life and so we can help these folks get back on their feet quickly. todd: the storm coming on the 16 year anniversary of katrina. i know rubicon was not around then but what lessons from the aftermath of that storm will you apply to ida? >> i think the things that we need to really look at very closely are how this storm affects especially disparate communities, social mobility is a huge part of how we coordinate our response to make sure we get help to those who need it most and are least able to help themselves. todd: to donate to this effort visit teamrubiconusa.org. you also hear it's not the actual clothes that you can donate, it's not that. give the money to the
organizations and allow them to do the important work on the ground, saving lives. drew, thank you as all. best of luck to you and your team. >> thank you so much for having me. jillian: it is 33 minutes after the hour. the marine relieved of his duties for this video calling out military leadership in afghanistan. >> fighting for 17 years, i am willing to throw it all away to say to my senior leaders i demand accountability. jillian: he's now back with another fiery video. carley shimkus has the latest.
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todd: a u.s. marine resigning in protest after he was punished for sharing his thoughts on afghanistan. normer lieutenant colonel stuart sheller sacrificing his retirement to take a moral stand. jillian: carley shimkus with fox news headlines here with that story. carley: shortly after the attack at kabul airport, the lieutenant colonel posted a video on facebook demanding accountability from military top brass. he says senior leaders let troops down because they failed to take responsibility for the attack. take a listen. >> i have been fighting for 17 years. i am willing to throw it all away to say to my senior leaders i demand accountability. carley: after that video went viral he was relieved of his command but he was still a u.s. marine.
however, he just released another video, saying he has resigned. >> i am forfeiting my retirement, all entitlements. i don't want a single dollar. all i asked for was accountability by senior leaders when there are clear and obvious mistakes that were made. carley: when asked what he was trying to accomplish, he said he wants leadership to admit mistakes because he said that will do a lot more to help soldiers searching for a purpose than what they're hearing right now. todd: we've heard this so often over the course of the last couple weeks, the rank and file, so disillusioned with this leadership and this is quite a move by this individual. think about all the things he's giving up. carley: absolutely, retirement benefits the whole thing, absolutely. jillian: in the meantime, the president was at fema yesterday, talking about the hurricane and at the end of it there were reporters trying to ask him questions about afghanistan and he really wasn't having it. carley: we've seen this from
the president before, where he says to reporters, no, i'm not supposed to take questions, you guys are going to get me in trouble. that's exactly what played out when he was asked a question about afghanistan. take a listen. >> mr. president, on afghanistan -- >> i'm not going to answer questions right now. carley: after kabul collapsed the president didn't take questions following a speech pout vaccinations and you see him turning his back from reporters once again. it looks like he's running away from the problem. jillian: he was there to talk about this deadly hurricane that we're seeing. but he also started speaking at fema talking bouts just coming from dover and talking about our heroes coming back home and so he did discuss it a little bit. there are a lot of differences between him and former president trump and the way that they handle the media is certainly one of them. i don't think that the former president would have shied away from questions about the crisis. jillian: agree. and both things are a crisis,
one at home and one that affects us at home even though it's overseas. todd: the continuous thread of, oh, i'm going to get in trouble, that does not engender any confidence when the leader of the free world continues to say that phrase. you're the president, you're expected to answer questions and as the president you're entitled to give your opinion, not be worried about getting in trouble with your staff. it continues on. nikki haley painting a grim picture of our, meaning the u.s., standing in the world. .carley: she said this led to a moral victory for jihadists who will use it to recruit and how the united states is alien ating the allies. >> look at what our allies are saying around the world. are you watching now that all of our allies are having conversations without us? carley: also take a look at this, the u.k. sunday times,
they say is joe biden up for the job. between the covid surge, migration spike and prospect of more american lives being lost to terrorism in afghanistan, biden's presidency is approaching something pretty close to crisis. i would say we are at the crisis point, guys. todd: we're there. we're at the crisis point. it's sad. you heard people including president trump, the aforementioned president trump saying if biden just did nothing, we wouldn't be in any of these situations we're in right now. you have to have that going through the back of your mind. it's scary times. jillian: thank you, carley. carley: thank you. todd: still ahead, big tech striking again, twitter going after vaccine misinformation, even permanently suspending a former journalist for questioning the effective of the covid vaccine. jillian: terror groups are still allowed to freely use the platform. a federalist columnist joins us live
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jillian: welcome back. we are tracking hurricane ida's raging floodwaters and crippling winds. a failing flood gate and bridge collapse forced hundreds of residents begging to be rescued. ida now a category 1 storm, hitting the gulf coast so hard it reversed the flow of the mississippi river. its winds literally lifted trees
up by their roofs. parts of coastal louisiana, mississippi and alabama under tornado warnings. one person was killed outside of baton rouge when a free fell on their home. more than 1 million people are without power. janice dean is tracking the latest. we continue to follow this. the u.s. intercepting at least some of the five rockets targeting kabul's airport overnight. it is up clear who is behind the attack but there have been no reported deaths. the car the rockets were reportedly fired from seen engulfed in flames. the white house says president biden and his national security team have been briefed on the attack. this comes on the eve of president biden's deadline for troops to leave afghanistan. and just hours after a u.s. drone strike on a vehicle containing at least one suicide bomber in kabul. todd. todd: jillian, mainstream media passing blame for the isis-k atack that took the lives of 13 service members from president
biden to former president trump. an nbc article writing, quote, the architecture of the hayes at this -- hasty withdrawal and chaos that followed was constructedded by the previous commander in chief. here to discuss, columnist from the federalist, eric scary. doesn't the article miss the key point that trump's plan had actual consequences for the taliban if they harmed american citizens? >> right, not only that, when did it become okay to blame your predecessor for any deaths that happen under your watch. i mean, i'm open to the idea, i think most people are open to the idea that this could have been -- maybe it was always going to be bad but when deaths happen -- this was a lot of deaths, when it happens on your watch as president it's hard to shift the blame there and any deaths that happened on president trump's watch, i can guarantee that was his fault, by the media.
the idea that he had to fulfill -- even if he thought it was a bad deal that he was handed by the former administration, the fact that he was bound to it that when he -- throughout the first seven months of his presidency he completely disregarded anything that the previous administration did, had no problem reversing everything that trump did, why did he have to stick with this? this is his watch, it's his responsibility and he has to claim it. i don't care what anybody at nbc says. .todd: will those in the mainstream media who try to spin this in favor of biden be successful or will this be different? >> i think that it's going to be up to voters but they can see very well with their own eyes what happened. it's a messy situation. we should have always expected it to be a messy situation. and yet, we're looking at something that was very deadly, obviously and very serious and this happened under his watch. you look at it and say this
could have been done differently. you see the images. this is very, very bad. i think the voters are going to look at that and say this is not what we thought -- what we signed up for. todd: i spoke with somebody who is very close to me who is very liberal, who hated basically everything that president trump did and said. voted for biden and said if the election was held today, they would vote for president trump. that was shocking to me. and i wonder if to your point that is being echoed throughout not just this individual, but throughout the other 50 states. we will see how this all plays out. meantime, twitter has permanently suspended alex baronson for questioning the effectiveness of the covid-19 vaccine while the taliban and terror groups like isis-k manage to get propaganda onto the platform. here's the tweet from alex baron, talking about the covid vaccine, it doesn't stop infection or transmission, don't think of it as a vaccine, think of it as best as a therapeutic with a limited window of
efficacy and terrible side effect profile that must be dosed in advance of illness. here's twitter's response, it promises to remain vigilant on the taliban accounts it allows. does this example gum to the top of the -- jump to the top of the list when twitter's section 230 immunity goes before congress? this seems the most egregious. >> i hate libertarians but i thought they were on the right side of this, thinking this is a private company, they can do what they want. thinking of the hunter biden story, you think something is different here, the way they're operating the tech giants, saying we're fact checking, looking out for the public's interest. no they're not. you can't fact check something that's a breaking story. in this case, with the reporter, the former reporter -- the reporter your talking about, all
he said was something that scientists are saying, every scientist is saying this. we're saying should we call this a vaccine anymore. the way they say that it operates is not really like a vaccine, maybe we shouldn't call it that. he was doing nothing more than what the science says. the way they're operating, they're another arm of the democratic party, an arm of the government, the biden administration an it's shocking. the whole ruse of we're doing this on behalf of the public's interest, that's a lie. they're trying to tip the scales in a certain way. no, i think that really opens them up to liability when it comes to legal issues. todd: you heard both sides say they want to go after big tech. it's going to be curious if the democrats who have benefited so much from big tech in the last four or five, maybe even longer years, whether they put their money where their mouth is. right now it seems to be very one sided, big tech going after conservatives. be sure to pick up a copy of the
book, privileged victims. thank you for getting up with this on a busy news morning. >> thank you. jillian: a fox news alert now, a large fire prompts evacuations of several california community. the fire started saturday near cleveland national park. you can see flames are nearing several homes in the area. cal fire says it burned 1500 acres. it is 13% contained. a massive wildfire nearing south lake tahoe in california, the fire is just eight miles from the mountain resort town which is usually bus he'lling with -- bustling with tourists this time of the year. the thick smoke and strong winds are making it difficult. the fire has been burning more than two weeks, scorching 168,000 acres, destroying hundreds of homes. todd: celebrity builder chip gains going bald for a great cause. >> chip, you've got great hair.
>> you always said it looks disgusting. >> never seen it this clean. todd: he got his haircut off to be made into a wig for children with cancer. he raised more than $425,000 for saint jude's children's hospital. congrats to him for doing what he did, thank you for doing what he did. there's a teacher telling students to pledge allegiance to the lgbtq pride flag afterremovm her classroom. >> my room does not have a flag. it used to be there. i took it down during covid envelope the meantime, i tell this kid we do have a flag in the class that you can pledge your allegiance to and he looks around and he goes oh, that one? todd: what an odd reaction. she posted the now viral video on tiktok. the school district telling fox news the incident is under investigation. jillian: okay. how about this story. a newlywed couple sends this
$240 invoice to wedding guests who didn't show up for their big day, reading in part, quote, because you didn't call or give us proper notice, this amount is what you owe us for paying for your seats in advance. the incident now going viral, sparking quite a debate. some calling it tacky, others saying it's justified. todd: what do you think? weigh in. jillian: you should give proper notice if you're going or not but i don't know. todd: i don't know if i'd have the you know what's to do that but i will say i was a little ticked, certain people said they would show up and then no he response, no nothing, you're out for the cost of the meal, for all that other stuff. jillian: in theory, they should send you a gift or something anyway. todd: for those people who did this, i'm still waiting. jillian: okay. all right. well, we are following two major breaking news stories all morning long, starting in afghanistan where the u.s. intercepted rockets fired at the kabul airport overnight.
todd: it is monday, august 30th. this is a fox news alert. we are following two breaking news stories for you this morning. now tropical storm ida battering louisiana, knocking out power to the entire city of new orleans. we're tracking the monster storm as it churns inland towards mississippi. jillian: breaking news out of afghanistan a, the u.s. intercepting at least some of the five rockets fired at kabul airport as officials warn our final days inside afghanistan will be the most dangerous. it comes hours after the pentagon successfully carried out a drone strike on