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with you, you would have to drag me. this hilarious video has one person saying this is me every monday morning. i know exactly with the owner is going through, my poodle wants to be pampered and cater ground as well. >> greg: that's it for us, i'm good to keep eating. special report is next. >> john: good evening and welcome to washington, i'm in for bret baier. breaking tonight, the united states making a startling and serious accusation against russia, officials say the kremlin has active plans to fake an attack on the russians in ukraine in order to start a war. steve harrigan has the details from ukraine. >> the pentagon laid out what it says is russia's plan to start
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and where with ukraine. the creation of videos using actors that pose as ukrainians using u.s. weapons to kill russians. >> we believe russia would produce a very graphic propaganda video which would include corpses and actors that would be depicting mourners and images of destroyed locations as well as military equipment at the hands of ukraine. >> russia has repeatedly accused the u.s. of hysteria over the situation and reacted angrily over the u.s. decision to send a 3,000 troops to allies in eastern europe saying the move is a destructive step, this comes as nato officials warn of the massive rush and build up of ukraine's northern border in belarus where it's expected to reach 30,000 troops. >> we have seen a significant
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movement of russian military forces into belarus. this is the biggest russian deployment there since the cold war. >> the turkish president offered to hold talks between moscow and kiev. >> turkey is ready to do what it can to end the crisis between two friendly countries which are also neighbors on the black sea. >> when you talk to people about a russian invasion, many who are closely connected by generations of family find it hard to imagine. >> our countries are tightly connected, i don't know how they can attack a brother nation. >> at the russians to attack, this driver says he will fight. >> i think our people have a positive attitude and everyone will fight for their country to defend it. >> despite the threat of war those trains still run on time, allied costs about $0.25.
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>> john: thank you. president biden made a trip to the nation's largest city today which is the epicenter of america's growing crime crisis and the war on law enforcement. we have coverage for you this evening, david spunt with the justice department plan for new rules governing law enforcement, an example of just how counterproductive local policies are in dealing with crime. we begin with white house correspondent jacqui heinrich. she's on the north lawn. >> for months the president has faced pressure to address this crime surge in the white house has always returned to the same viewpoints, covert relief money available for cities to hire more cops, proposed funding for community policing and doj teams dedicated to gun trafficking but today the president finally announced new plans. >> the department of justice directed every u.s. attorney in the nation to increase resources dedicated the violent crime and
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extend the program on untraceable weapons. even though president biden never echoed calls from some democrats to defund police he's being blamed for not doing enough to stop it. >> the answer is not to defund the police, is to give you the tools, training, the funding to be partners, the protectors, and the community needs you. >> 16 major cities shattered records for homicide rates. republican senator says the problem starts at the top writing police officers knew they were under attack, retirements went up by half, resignations increased by nearly one fifth in one year ago nypd retirements nearly doubled. the results were predictable and catastrophic. honoring two of new york's finest done down during a disturbance call. >> futures cut short by a man with a stolen block with 40
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rounds. speak of the president pay to the crime surge more is about guns and criminals. >> i want to crack down on the flow of firearms use to commit violence, that it is taking on and shutting down robust gun dealers. it's about doing background checks. >> biden did not address progressive district attorneys who have come under fire for soft on crime policies. even new york city mayor eric adams took a bail shot at manhattan dal [. >> we did not have those who are focusing on public safety in the room when we made those reforms. >> with biden quiet, pro-police groups are getting louder planning a rally outside his office tomorrow. the white house has refused to weigh in on new york's bail reform law or the law that raised the age of reminders to be charged criminally. just last week a 16-year-old in new york city charged with shooting a cop was released free
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on bond, the mayor blamed bail reform. >> john: we'll be watching that rally tomorrow as well. jacqui heinrich checking this off tonight on crime, new restrictions and protocols are in the works for law enforcement tonight, the biden administration considering a crackdown on some of the tools and practices used by federal agents at a time when morale and law enforcement is that dangerous levels. correspondent david spunt reports from the justice department. >> crime is high an officer morale is low, top officials at the justice department are working on a presidential executive order aimed at making multiple changes to policing, fox news reviewed a draft document confirmed by sources familiar with the order scheduled to be released sometime in the coming weeks, likely march. the first page of the draft weighs out a theme, it is time we acknowledge the legacy of systemic racism in our criminal
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justice system and eliminate the racial disparities that endure to this day, doing so serves all americans. the order in the work for months applies to federal law enforcement officers. fbi, dea and atf to name a few, several on the federal level tell fox news they are anxiously awaiting the final documents, the white house keeping it close to the best. >> we agree a law is more permanent than executive orders but we have not finalized or have a preview of exactly what it would be. >> the draft focuses on behavioral accountability and adds new resources for mental health services for the stressed officers. at the same time the proposal directs the department of justice to establish the national law enforcement accountability database to track officer misconduct. the draft is not cut funding, it changes policy ordering federal agencies across the spectrum to ban choke holds, reform the body worn camera policy and restrict
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the use of no knock entries. >> though aimed at the federal law enforcement community this proposed executive order could serve as a model for local police departments big and small across the country, with federal law enforcement officers association and the national fraternal order of police have no comment until they see a final order. >> john: i'm sure we will hear from them soon. david spunt from the justice department. we have another example of just how difficult it can be for police to actually enforce the law. correspondent dan springer in seattle shows us some amazing images. >> a man driving a stolen toyota kept ramming a squad car in tacoma last week after a minute of burning rubber and bashing the cop car, the suspect managed to hit other cars and drive off. the police chief defended the inaction setting a new state law severely limiting one cars
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domestic cops can give chase. >> if you choose not to stop and you turn your emergency lights off and you go the other direction. >> police in washington state can no longer pursue them as they have probable cause a suspect in the vehicle has committed a violent crime. car theft statewide is up 50%, and fort orchard at some 500%. seems like this were a suspect drives past police on the sidewalk and is not pursued. >> what has changed significantly is the environment that has created this brazen contempt for the law. it's in bold and criminals. >> 30 states past police reform laws following the killing of george floyd, five of them limited pursuits propelled the mounted crime units are frustrated. >> is justice for the lawbreakers but not for the people who are trying to do the right thing every day. >> prosecutors say the men who stole this car and is still free
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is wanted for five auto thefts in just the last year and is charged with a host of crimes including assault with a deadly weapon. some who support the new law think cops are confused when they say they are handcuffed on pursuits. >> we think who is saying that is misinformed and needs clarity from the ag's office. >> the officers whose squad cars were getting ramped there could have pursued the suspect because the d.a. ended up charging him with felony assault but that proves confusion surrounding these laws. there are two new bills introduced in the legislature that would give cops more leeway, both would face an uphill battle. >> john: thank you. fox news has obtained unsettling footage of a brazen carjacking not far from the capitol building. [screaming]
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a doorbell camera capturing the harrowing moment, the woman screams for help as her mercedes coupe is taken away by a man armed with a knife. her child had been in the car, the woman and child were not seriously hurt, the suspect remains on the run. historic plunge in the stock price of facebook's parent company, meta was down 26.4%, that raised more than $230 billion in market value. spotify slumped 15.5% after the streaming service gave investors a week forecast for a closely watched measure of its earnings. the broader market took a swoon as well but dowell losing 513, the s&p 500 was down 112, the nasdaq fell 539 pip of the price of gasoline is on the march again, aaa reports that national average for a gallon of regular unleaded is currently $3.41, that's about a dollar per gallon
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higher than the average price one year ago. gasoline prices have been on the rise for 22 straight days. up next, u.s. special operations takes a leading terrorist off the battlefield, plus republicans getting ready for what they believe will be a big midterm resurgence, they are gathering in utah to talk about it. here's what some of our fox affiliates around the country are covering tonight.
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in chicago where a former police officer who fatally shot a black teenager is released from prison after serving less than half his sentence. jason van dyke was in prison for three years and four months for the murder of laquan mcdonald. he was released on good behavior. activists are calling for him to be charged federally. box 5 in san diego as a man opens fire inside a greyhound bus killing one person and injuring four others. the butte county sheriff's office says the suspect fled the area but was later taken into custody. this is a live look at nashville, one of the big stories box 17 is covering tonight, dolly parton will host this year's academy of country music awards. unannounced cohosts will join her in las vegas for that show. nominations are expected to be announced next week. we will be right back. with 25% more concentrated power. alka-seltzer plus. ♪ oh, what a relief it is ♪ so fast! also try for cough, mucus & congestion. we gotta tell people that liberty mutual customizes car insurance so you only pay for what you need, and we gotta do it fast. [limu emu squawks] woo! new personal record, limu! only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty, liberty, liberty, liberty. ♪
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>> john: border patrol agents say they took fire while trying to save an illegal immigrant who was drowning. members of mexico's military and cartel members were engaged in a shoot-out when a man fled the fight and try to cross the rio grande into the united states. a border patrol agents jump in the water to try to save the man from drowning but was fired upon. agents returned fire, no one on either side is believed to have been hit. police say a man arrested outside the supreme court last year has returned to the same area. authorities say dale paul melvin was taken into custody last october. fox news congressional correspondent chad pergram reports he was not prosecuted.
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officials say he returned today and parked his vehicle in front of the court again, police say they have been talking with melvin. ♪ ♪ intimates spotlight on the midterms which will be here before you know it, republicans are gathering in utah for their first major meeting of the new year. at issue, how to retake control of congress, governorships and eventually two years from now, the white house. senior national correspondent rich edson is in salt lake city tonight. >> seen republican party leaders are in salt lake city for their winter meeting planning for what they expect will be a successful 2022 midterm election season. one where former president donald trump donald trump has endorsed several primary challengers who lagged behind their republican opponents and raising money. representative liz cheney has far surpassed her trump endorsed a primary challenger in fund-raising all while there is
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an effort at this republican national committee meeting to push house republicans to remove her and congressman adam kinzinger from the house republican congress. >> we don't necessarily embrace the idea of a big tent. >> representative cheney told us "i'm a constitutional conservative and i do not recognize those in my party who have a band of the embrace donald trump peer kelm history will be their judge." in october 2020, and nbc poll found republicans supported the former president over the party. by last month that flipped to 56-36 for the g.o.p., republicans are also focused on 2024. the g.o.p. says the commission is no longer impartial, party leaders want changes like at least one debate before early voting begins and preventing commission members from publicly disparaging candidates.
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the ball is in their court on whether or not they're going to enact these changes but the committee is going to decide how we are going to move forward. >> party leaders are also evaluating where they are going to hold the convention. milwaukee, pittsburgh, and here are finalists. the revolution committee is just about to start meeting right around the corner from here, that is where they will determine the specifics of these measures on adam kinzinger and liz cheney and whether to walk away from the commission of the presidential debates. >> john: thank you so much. ♪ ♪ breaking tonight, president biden says a special operations mission in syria resulted in the death of a man in charge of isis. while there are no reported american casualties, there were several civilian deaths in the operation. jennifer griffin has been following the story from the pentagon, she joins us now. >> u.s. officials describe the
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rate as incredibly complex and dangerous, a two our special operations command of operation that was planned starting in december with characteristics reminiscent of the bin laden raid. >> this sends a strong message to terrorists around the world, we will come after you and find you. >> the target who administration officials called conti abdullah. >> he was every bit as evil and every bit as committed to attacks on the united states and our partners, he was more of an operational planner and director of operations. >> instead as the u.s. forces approached, he detonated a large amount of explosives. >> we were able to identify his body through fingerprints and dna analysis.
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>> he lived on the third floor and relied on careers and lives on the second floor to operate his global terror network, he never left his home and only went to his rooftop occasionally to bathe. local syrian rescue workers said they removed 13 bodies from the compound, many of them women and children, president biden gave the final orders tuesday morning in the oval office opting for a commando raid using ground forces given the number of civilians nearby. a special operations black hawk helicopter experienced mechanical issues and was destroyed by the u.s. military. hajji abdullah is one of the legacy isis leaders who established the so-called caliphate in 2014 and was responsible for the and rape of in iraq. >> isis has reconstituted as an asymmetric threat, their desire
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to harm us is as intense as ever. >> the mood in the situation room overnight, tension and relief when some children came out of the compound. help both the president and the vice president were in the situation room for the entire made. when it ended, president biden said god bless our troops. >> john: god bless our troops indeed. jen griffin at the pentagon tonight. up next the dirty little secret behind gain of function studies. major developments of the national immunity front. beyond our borders, government soldiers burned down hundreds of homes. and a sweet and joins other european nations in saying it will remove coronavirus restrictions. the swedish prime minister says the rules will be dropped on february the 9th, the government will allow people to return to
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>> john: the pandemic has put a spotlight on the murky world of research into what's called a gain of function. it is a world of secrets, limited oversight and unclear purpose. state department correspondent benjamin hall has a report tonight. >> gain-of-function research conducted at the wuhan lab has widely been suspected as a source of the pandemic. >> what they were doing at the wuhan institute of virology was taking dangerous, scary viruses and making them scarier. >> today it continues around the world with little oversight funded by u.s. taxpayers. nih who approves the funding saying "while such research is inherently risky, the risk of not doing this type of research and not being prepared for the next pandemic is also high. "there have been repeated allegations and denials that such research was funded in wuhan. >> you are entirely incorrect that the nih has not ever and does not now fund
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gain-of-function research in the wuhan institute. >> that debate is semantics. nih watered down their definition of gain of function over the last decade, the now color to research involving enhanced potential pandemic pathogens and they were able to avoid that classification after eco-health alliance argued these particular viruses did not spread among humans even though that's exactly what they were planning to do with them. >> there were lots of warnings that chinese science was becoming an increased threat to the rest of the world. >> there is growing focus on nih funding because the committee who oversees it is confidential and its members anonymous. in 2017 it had been downgraded to an advisory committee making final funding decisions right back with the nih. the state department says they work with another country is to best research practices and nobody knows what research china is carrying out. >> china is in many ways a wild west of scientific research.
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>> republican congressman today called the seven scientists who have reversed their opinion on whether a lab leak was likely to get evidence on their own pick of these are same scientists who thought it was likely and after talking to dr. fauci change their opinions. >> john: thanks. we have a fox news exclusive for you tonight, let's bring in dr. marty makary, health policy expert in fox news contributor, he has results on a new study in natural immunity which is a major issue when it comes to vaccine mandates. this is a letter, you are off or up and you put together a study here and what you look at antibody prevalence among people who were in the study. what you found was among 295 unvaccinated patients who tested positive for covid, antibodies were present in 293 of them, or 99.3%. do we know what the clinical significance is of this? doesn't confer immunity?
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>> we think it does, one of the open discussions we have of public health officials is whether or not prior covid infection, that is natural immunity gives you a strong antibody response and is it durable? we found those levels were very much at the neutralizing level. they were in the same range as that of vaccinated immunity but they were more persistent. they were constant and stayed at a constant level for up to 22 months, nearly two years and that is simply because that is a time period in which covid has been abound for us. is not that it will fall off a cliff after 21 months. this does answer an open question that we have had and we also looked at omicron and found natural immunity is 66% effective against omicron compared to vaccines at about 16% effective after a primary series and 35 to mecca 45% with a booster.
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>> john: one of the biggest questions you prompted is what should we do about public health policy? the hill said the cdc is finally beginning to recognize natural immunity and saying it's time to update vaccination policies in school or work entry requirements across federal and state and county requirements not exempting those with prior infection was always unfair, now it is unscientific as well. added to the body of research that is out there, what does your study suggest about where we should be going with public policy when it comes to prior infection and conferred immunity. >> there have been over 40 major studies on natural immunity throughout the pandemic from cleveland clinic and many other institutions. this study simply affirms all of those results and does suggest the duration is strong. the cdc's old data shows that natural immunity is three times more protective than vaccinated immunity alone at preventing hospitalizations and five times more protective against getting it.
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when businesses fired those with natural immunity for not complying with the vaccine mandate, they fired those least likely to spread the infection in the workplace. they deserve an apology and they should be reinstated and we need as a country to recognize natural immunity and give credit towards immunity requirements like israel and europe. we should probably change the lexicon from the vaccinated to unvaccinated to the immune and not immune to be more medically precise. >> john: i have 30 seconds left and i want to ask something else. what is going on in europe right now, the decline in omicron confections, we are seeing a lot of european countries open back up again. sweden is the latest to do it as we reported just a few minutes ago. i'm left to wonder what's wrong with us? >> we have painted ourselves into a corner and we have the cdc educating on every aspect of american life, people are highly dependent on that guidance, we need to get to some common sense recommendations to apply to all respiratory pathogens. if you have been exposed, where
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a high-quality mask for a while, if you're around someone vulnerable, if you're sick, stay home. that applies to all respiratory pathogens. >> john: it's good to see you. up next, winter weather strikes across much of the country, we will have a live report from one of the areas hardest hit, stay with us. we have to be able to repair the enamel on a daily basis. with pronamel repair toothpaste, we can help actively repair enamel in its weakened state. it's innovative. my go to toothpaste is going to be pronamel repair. who's on it with jardiance? we're 25 million prescriptions strong. my go to toothpaste we're managing type 2 diabetes... ...and heart risk.
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alright. y'all know when they say your home is a reflection of you? well helene found herself in a lamp. no joke. i got a fancy grown up lamp
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to make me feel like a fancy grown up. mhm. adulting ain't easy. ooh! check this one out. waffles loves her dog bed. we can hardly get her out of it. she's kind of a diva. yes, waffles! living your best life. [woof] i'm telling y'all there's no place like wayfair to make your home totally you. ooh! i want that. >> john: a major winter storm is spreading rain, ice, and snow across much of the country denied, widespread reports of transportation issues and power outages, let's get the latest from fox weathers robert ray, he is in columbus, ohio, and all that's missing is a dog sled to. >> you got it exactly right, it has been the trifecta of this winter weather storm here, we haven't had rain, freezing rain, sleet, and now snow and a mix.
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over 2,000-mile path starting from texas to the southern plains to the midwest to the northeast affecting over 100 million people in the area. check this out. this is the sleet that has fallen and some snow on top. you go way down town, that's the ice, that is the issue. come over here, let's show everybody the roads, the conditions have deteriorated throughout the day and you can see underneath this fluffy snow is the sleet and the ice down here. that is the problem on the roadways and the interstates. you get out there and nobody knows what's underneath. outside dayton, ohio, the interstate closed in both directions. cities like dallas, oklahoma city, chicago, memphis, st. louis and here in columbus in the state capital all affected with this swath of the winter storm, an amazing system affecting so many different areas. travel, you're thinking about
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it, stop it. don't think about it until at least tomorrow afternoon and to top it all off, this system has produced tornadoes down in alabama. what a winter it has been so far. >> john: a little bit of everything, robert ray and columbus. i won't say stay warm, clearly you are freezing. as the super bowl approaches, the national football league is in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. sexual harassment and workplace discrimination getting a look tonight on capitol hill. congressional correspondent chad pergram is here with more on that. >> bad week for the nfl, former miami dolphins coach brian florez is suing the league, he alleges discrimination. he says his interview with the new york giants was a sham, the teen had already picked someone else to coach, the week got worse. former employees of the washington football team told a house committee at the football club has a toxic work environment. >> the harassment and objective
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of the cheerleaders was constant. women were used as sex objects rather than dignifying human beings. >> another former employee accused the team of directing saleswomen to dress in revealing clothing when marketing suites to potential clients. >> the nfl has a sexism and a racism problem, it refuses to seriously address. >> the team just rebranded itself as the commanders, it had been known as the washington redskins until two years ago. a whistle-blower democrats invited to the meeting -- used unsavory language to criticize sportscaster hannah storm, he tweeted mexican people don't celebrate the fourth of july pick of the g.o.p. accused democrats and wasting time with the meeting. speak of this hearing is a farce and we should be looking at
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inflation, the economy, afghanistan, this committee is turning into a joe mccarthy commission and we should not do that. >> congress has historically intervened with the team, the late senate majority leader harry reid routinely railed against the name of the team and native american senator block the team from using federal land for stadium unless they dropped washington redskins. >> john: chad pergram with all the latest emma thank you. up next howard kurtz, leslie marshall and matthew continetti on the president biden's plans to address the crime crisis, the special operations mission to get the isis leader, and the lack of coverage and a new report about lockdown effectiveness, stay with us. try boost® high protein with 20 grams of protein for muscle health. versus 16 grams in ensure high protein. boost® high protein also has key nutrients for immune support. boost® high protein. [zoom call] ...pivot... work bye. vacation hi! book with priceline.
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♪ ♪ >> we are saying sos, we need your help. we have to stop the flow of illegal guns in our city. 6,000 guns were moved up the street last year, close to 4,006 since i've been in office, yet they keep coming throughout this entire country. >> we are not about defunding, we are about funding and providing the additional services you need beyond someone with a gun strapped to their shoulder. we need more social workers, we
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need more mental health workers. >> john: president biden in new york city trying to shrug off the notion that he's soft on crime. you heard the new mayor of new york city eric adams talking about the problem of gun crime pickle let's bring in a panel of fox news media analyst howard kurtz, leslie marshall, and matthew continetti fellow at the american enterprise institute. you can be forgiven for having whiplash to a degree because all this talk on the left about defunding the police has now become about refunding the police but the president is focused almost exclusively on guns today, it doesn't really tell the whole story. >> it doesn't tell the whole story and it won't be enough to stop this big political problem that is emerging on the democratic side. when you look at the public opinion data we show republicans are winning the crime issue. republicans deal with crime better than democrats. part of that is the defund of the police slogan from a couple years ago, part of that is done
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in politics that people just don't think guns are the issue, criminals are the issue. would buy it and will need to do is eventually turn against these soros progressive nonprosecutors in the cities like alvin bragg in manhattan who are purposely not going after low-level offenders and until he does at this problem will continue to grow. >> john: less time we had andy mccarthy on "america's newsroom" -- that's not my program, that's dana's program -- america's reports, you're missing the full picture here if you focus on gun crime, listen here. >> if not a single gun came into new york city, they already have plenty of an arsenal to feel crime from now until the end of time. the issue is not guns per se or guns coming across state lines, it's allowing police to take proactive measures to stop crimes from happening and to promote and project the idea
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that the rule of law still applies. >> john: he's saying you can go after guns all you want but if these prosecutors continue to be soft on crime and not allow the police to do their jobs, crime will continue. >> i wrote a piece for fox the week before on this and i somewhat agree with andy and with matthew as well. guns are a problem especially the ghost guns but it's not the only problem. crime like many other issues in our country is multifaceted, comprehensive and you need a comprehensive multifaceted plan to go forward. one of the things you need is money, a lot more of it, a lot more cash infusion in states and cities to hire more police officers, to help with community nonviolence programs that they need assistance especially in a city like new york and we are seeing over 1.6 billion and the department of justice, we are seeing more money come from the president. i have to say as a democrat i almost want to chuckle when
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somebody says jill biden is soft on crime pickle i remember all the grief he got for being too tough on crime 26 years ago with that crime bill. >> john: i'm impressed by that rare moment of agreement, marshmallows and chocolate -- i'll be right back. in a fox news op-ed, she said to control criminals responsible for this plague, we cannot accept a slap on the wrist for armed burglary. it may be a burglary now but next time life may be lost, we are incentivizing crime and ushering violence when we don't hold criminals accountable for their actions, a murderer should never roam the streets go these people are not being held in jail, they are back out on the streets again. >> a lot of states and cities have policies that are way too lenient and this is a ticking political timebomb for the democrats. joe biden is vulnerable because he hasn't been able to pass his police reform bill, his gun legislation -- he's promising some new money. my agree that he puts that in 1994 crime bill but the fact is
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this -- violent crime is primarily a local law enforcement problem. yes, big city mayors and pas, some of them have utterly failed to. him the fact is that no president can solve crime on the streets of new york and chicago, los angeles, san francisco. you can throw some money but police departments don't know what to do. >> john: let's go to the hajji abdullah raid, here's what president biden said. >> last night's operation took a major terrorist leader of the battlefield and sent a strong message to terrorists around the world. we will come after you and find you. >> john: your thoughts on this. on the surface it looks good but people have some concerns that we couldn't do it everywhere, particularly afghanistan. >> remember the over the horizon capability we were promised in afghanistan has not emerged. i applaud the president for this raid which demonstrates that islamic terrorism continues to be a great threat to our national security and i think
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it's a good demonstration of the range of effectiveness of the american military in the midst of these manifold crises in ukraine, iran, and china and taiwan. >> john: i want to jump to ukraine as well. troubling news out of the pentagon today, john kirby the spokesman for the pentagon saying that russia looks like it is going to mount a false flag operation as a precursor to drawing itself into war with ukraine, listen to what he said to. speak of the russians are likely to want to fabricate a pretext for an invasion which is out of their playbook. we believe that russia would produce a very graphic propaganda video which would include corpses and actors that would be depicting mourners and images of destroyed locations as well as military equipment at the hands of ukraine and the west. >> john: our allies in the united kingdom were worried about this as well, the u.k. foreign office saying we have high confidence russia is
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willing to engineer a pretext blaming ukraine in order to justify a russian incursion. are we ready for this? >> i think we are ready for this, we have the greatest military in the world and this is an area where we both have democrats and republicans come together, bipartisan support even know that doesn't make headlines. we know russia doesn't want to be looked at not only by ukrainians but by the international community as an invader, so what did they do if they put out this false flag video and say ukraine struck first? we're just defending ourselves. we have seen this happen elsewhere in the world, sadly it is very effective, perhaps the u.k., the united states and other allies will come forward i would imagine in the coming days. speaking of this, it might put russia on alert that the jig is up, we already know your game so don't play it. >> john: we'll see if that has any effect, i want to go to you with something here, the lack of coverage by the mainstream media of this bombshell report that came out of johns hopkins the other day that showed only a
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0.2% decrease in deaths from coronavirus because of all of the lockdowns. marty makary was saying on tucker carlson, johns hopkins didn't even put out a press release, what's going on? >> it goes against the media narrative and i did a quick google search to see you cover this johns hopkins study, i came up with daily mail, "new york post," pb stations in gainesville and san diego. a lot of major news organizations didn't want to embrace the idea that everything we all went through in 2020, locking down, mask mandates and the like may have had very little effect on the death rate although there are also questions about hospitalizations and this was a study of studies. i think the fact no press release was put out and nobody jumped on it says that a lot of people in journalism didn't want to hear this. i think the winds have shifted now, nobody in 2022 wants to go back to the lockdown policies of the past. >> john: as we were pointing out earlier with countries like sweden now joining other
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european nations and lifting all coronavirus restrictions, the pressure is going to be on our political leaders to do the same thing. good to see you, we'll see you again soon. up next to a report salute, stay with us. (burke) this is why you want farmers claim forgiveness... [echoing] claim forgiveness-ness, your home premium won't go up just because of this. (woman) wow, that's something. (burke) you get a whole lot of something with farmers policy perks. [echoing] get a quote today. ♪ we are farmers. bum-pa-dum, bum-bum-bum-bum ♪ allergies with nasal congestion overwhelming you? breathe more freely with powerful claritin-d. get fast relief of your worst allergy symptoms including nasal congestion, so you can breathe better. claritin-d. breathe better.
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♪ ♪ >> john: and finally tonight, a "special report" salute, a 10-year-old boy's dream came true when he was sworn into his 100 law enforcement agency. d.j. daniel has terminal brain cancer and spinal cancer but that has not stopped him from reaching his goal. it is part of an effort to bring awareness to childhood cancer and we are told there was not a dry eye in the room for this induction ceremony. d.j. is not done yet, either. dozens of other law enforcement agencies are still waiting to
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swear d.j. daniel in. look at that. tomorrow on "special report," as the olympic games get underway in china, we will look at how olympic sponsors are on the hot seat. thank you for watching "special report." i'm john roberts in washington. i will see you again tomorrow on "america reports." jesse watters, "primetime" starts right now. take it away. >> jesse: thanks, john. love little d.j. ♪ ♪ remember the year 1990? it was a great time for many across the country, including me, who at 12 years old had peaked athletically. the 49ers were lifting the lombardi trophy after capturing their fourth championship in ten years. the holiday classic "home alone" was taking the nation's box office by storm. >> i can't seem to find my toothbrush so i will pick one up when i go out today. other than that i am in good shape.