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the ugly. are you a late night snacker. researchers say it can wreak havoc on your biological christ. >> in 2004 passion of the christ came out on this very day. just a snippet for you. "fox & friends" starts now. bye. good morning. it is wednesday, february 25. i'm elisabeth hasselbeck. a fox news alert. justice is served. late last night eddie ray routh found guilty in the american sniper trial. >> we just want to say that we've waited two years for god to get justice for us on behalf of our son. >> the breaking details from the late-night verdict for you straight ahead. >> for the first time emotional testimony from the wife of chris kyle. >> it's kind of hard not to put some of it together. i haven't heard from him and then a police officer
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shows up. >> how taya kyle learned her husband was killed and more from her gripping testimony in texas. >> it was a 16 hour nine-mile swim to save his life. video of the moment a former nfl player made it to shore. >> how far out were you? >> about ten miles. >> you were about ten miles out when you fell off? >> it was 1:00. >> 1:00 in the afternoon. >> what time is it now? >> almost 5 in the morning. >> the incredible video you have to see. it's going to be a huge show. mornings are better with friends. >> i'm stacey dash. you're watching "fox & friends," and they are not clueless. >> stacey dash will be on with us in a short time but let me tell what you's happening now. let's get to the fox news alert. the man who killed american sniper chris kyle and his friend chad littlefield
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found guilty of murder in texas. >> heather childers with the breaking developments. >> eddie ray routh will spend the rest of his life in prison for murdering navy seal chris kyle and his friend chad littlefield at a texas gun range two years ago. >> we the jury find the defendant eddie ray routh guilty of the following offenses: capital murder as charged. >> the 12-person jury taking less than three hours to unanimously convict routing -- convict routh of capital murder late last night, a life sentence with no chance of parole. the victims' family crying, holding hands in court grateful, they say, to finally have closure. >> welch waited two years -- we've waited two years for god to get justice for us on behalf of our son and as always god has proved to be faithful. and we're so thrilled that
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we have the verdict, that we have tonight. >> listen to this. in his victim impact statement, littlefield's father speaking to his son's murderer directly saying this: you didn't know chad's name when you brutally murdered him. now you will have the rhett of your wasted life to remember his name. his name is chad littlefield. and then he spelled out his son's name. chris kyle's wife, taya not in court when the verdict was read. she stormed out during closing arguments cursing and slamming her hands on a wall as defense attorneys blasted routh's mother for manufacturer -- never mentioning her son's history of vioilence before he was taken to a gun range. now we're hearing chilling audio hours after the murders.
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>> i had to. you know that situation. >> eddie ray routh's attorneys planning to appeal that conviction. >> thank you for the latest. >> the jury reached the sniper verdict in under three hours and chose to deliberate last night rather than waiting until today as previously scheduled so what was why the minds of the jurors. joining us now is arthur aidala. arthur, you were working through the night and this morning after hearing the verdict, it was under two and a half hours. were you surprised they came to this decision so quickly? >> no, not at all. what i was surprised with was after a long day yesterday of closing arguments and tedious instructions by the judge in my experience the jurors usually say when begin a choice do you want to go home and start deliberating in the morning or do you want to start right now? when they said we want to
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start right now -- i think it was 6:00 or something like that -- to me it was like okay they know what they want to do. elisabeth, here's the thing. the judge gives the jury a lot of rules and instructions but sometimes people don't necessarily follow them to the letter of the law. and there's a lot of like, even if there is not obvious conversations there's eye rolling, body language there's indications to each other like we're not going with this defense of insanity because it's just not there. what people have to understand is a criminal defense attorney, these lawyers are assigned. they get a call from the judge saying we need you to represent this person. you go in. steve, there's nothing to do. this is what we call an elongated plea because there is no defense. you do the best you can with what you have. they sat up there with a straight face, put their defense out there and it took the jury around two hours to say that's not happening. >> ultimately the jurors
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rejected the insanity claim. clearly this guy pulled the trigger. they knew that. they knew it was brutal. but then to watch, for instance, we were showing a moment ago, in that room the confession. when you hear the guy say he did it, it's hard to put the genie back in the bottle. >> how about this? they both get shot in the back with what's called citizenship pelling which -- what's called stippeling it's within 12 inches. you can't say it was self-defense. chris turned around in a way that got -- no. they were executed assassinated. >> with chad littlefield in particular, they point out in the impact statement, not only did you shoot him, he was still alive, you walked over and shot him in the head and shot him in the face. >> chad is maybe the person we hear about the least and his story is maybe even more sad. he was just hanging out with his bud divment he --
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buddy, who is chris. he's 36, he's married, he's got a child. >> people are going to look at, as we look at the trial, look at the impact statement and find out more of what happened we're going to be looking at why this guy was loose and why the dallas v.a. said you're a danger to yourself you're a danger to yourself, you're a danger to others. here's a bucket of pills and go about your day. >> there will be a national reaction to this in an appropriate way saying we need to do more due diligence before we decide to release someone, before we allow someone who is going to help him take him to a firing range. that is not exactly like going to a petting zoo. >> emotions are running high particularly when everyone heard taya kyle's description of the last time she spoke to and saw chris kyle. watch this. >> at the house and we were both trying to hurry and get to where we were supposed to go. he had gone around the house one way to try to find me and i you know
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like comedy eventually we found each other in the hallway. you know he just said he was inviteing chad to come along. >> you said chad was at the house? >> chad to have an extra set of eyes. then he -- he said make sure this guy knows that chad can be trusted 100% so that he's comfortable saying what he wants he wants to say. then we said we love each other and kissed and hugged like we always did. >> she was not in the courtroom when the verdict was read. she stormed out during closing arguments because essentially they said about the mother of eddie ray routh, you really should have told chris kyle that the guy was violent.
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>> to be honest with you, i don't know why that got her upset. she cursed she hit the wall. >> i get it totally. the mother is looking out for her son, but knowing he's dangerous she sent him out with chris with a gun. >> i thought she was upset at the lawyer for even saying that because that's usually what happens versus the facts of what she said. the facts of what the lawyer is saying is true. why would you do that if you know your child has this issue, why didn't you take steps? it makes you think of the killer of all the children in connecticut. the mom knew that the child -- and she's teaching him how to shoot. a little bit of common sense here folks. >> what are the spobts of an appeal -- the possibilities of an appeal? >> the one issue about the peel is -- appeal is the american sniper movie is all over the place, they say there is no way our guy
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can get a fair trial right now, right here. can we either have a change of venue or can we have a little bit of an adjournment? let the oscars finish, let this die down so the jurors don't have this in their mind. there was no opportunity for there to be any sympathy. >> who makes that decision? >> the defense attorneys. they have to. it would have been inappropriate if they didn't. the judges made that decision. no, this is going to be forward. that will be grounds for the appeal. >> in the courtroom he evidently from a to z never showed any emotion upset, anger, smirking, nothing. what does that mean? >> i don't think it is going to play that big of a role. what i noticed was when a client that you're claiming has some sort of mental disease or defect is going to be incarcerated it is lawyering 101 that you ask the judge, while he's incarcerated i'm asking the court mark his papers for mental treatment.
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put him in the treatment section. don't put him in the general population. that didn't happen here. but maybe in texas things happen differently. >> we mentioned that taya was not in the courtroom for the verdict reading. someone who was a friend of chris kyle, marcus luttrell, this is what he posted. justice served for chris and chad littlefield's family. you thought you had ptsd before, wait till the boys in t.d.c. find out you killed a texas hero. >> how long after a verdict before a sentence? >> in texas there is no other sentence. normally there is a couple of weeks and the defense attorney is pointing out mitigating factors. we've seen it in jodi arias, where there is a period of time. here the judge is
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handcuffed. this is the only sentence that could be handed down so he handed it down. >> thank you arthur aidala for the analysis. meanwhile, we have other headlines. >> good morning. hope you're off to a good day. we start with another fox news alert. sweater -- southwest airlines grounding planes to inspect a hydraulic backup system. they canceled 80 flights yesterday but most of those grounded planes will in fact fly later today. southwest made an unusual agreement with the feds to let the planes keep flying for a maximum of five days while all those inspections are being worked out. as promised, president obama has brought a swift veto to the keystone pipeline bill. the administration maintains that legislation bypassed the state department's analysis of the pipeline's benefits. now it's up to congress to override it. it would take a two-thirds vote in the house and senate to get that done and
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some democrats say they're prepared to do that including senators joe manchin and claire mccaskill. senator mcconnell says a vote should happen before march 3. >> obamacare enrollees received the wrong tax data. 50,000 people who filed returns based on incorrect subsidy information will now not have to file amended returns. the i.r.s. says won't collect underpayments due to -- says it will collect underpayments do due to that glitch. >> insult to injury. more christians killed this time women and children. former arkansas governor huckabee just got back from the middle east. he'll join us next.
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a fox news alert. new reports this morning claiming that isis has abducted at least 150 christians, women and elderly predominantly after sweeping through villages in northeastern syria. many are women and children as well. former arkansas governor mike huckabee just got back from the middle east. he joins us now. governor, we were talking during the break. how close were you in the last week or so to an isis camp? toip we -- >> we were probably two and a half miles from an isis camp as we stood on
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position on the golan heights, 250 yards from the syrian border which surprises americans to understand how close in proximity things are in the middle eat. it was very safe where we were but from where we stood in the golan heights i could hear almost ten different explosions going on in the civil war at syria across the border. they were very audible and i don't have that great of hearing any more but i could still hear them very clearly, at least ten explosions from cannons and other conflicts in syria. >> you are not surprised these isis murderers kidnapped 150 mainly women children and elderly who were christian. it's not because they were brunette. it's because they were christian. >> there is a specific target towards christians and jews. you see it in copenhagen, you see it in paris, in the middle east. if you're a christian or you're a jew you're a target. granted, these uncivilized
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savages of isis killed a lot of muslims as well but they're killing them in the name of radical islam and no matter what the president says they're not motivated because this is from the boy scout handbook. they're motivated because they believe that under their version of the koran they're supposed to kill anybody that doesn't convert to their brand of islam. and the president's going to have to understand where this is coming from, and this is not random vioilence. it's not workplace violence. it's religious hate and cleansing to get rid of anyone who doesn't agree with them. >> i'm glad you talked about the religious aspect of it because while some try to dismiss isis -- there is no connection to islam -- isis, the islamic state, is very islamic. >> it is very islamic. the name islamic state, where does that come from? it comes from their adherence to the belief that they're right, everybody else is wrong and because they're wrong they should all be murdered. this is an insidious
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threat. when the president says that we're getting on the upper side of it, that we're winning, i don't know what map he's looking at. i don't know who he's talking to in the middle east. but he's living in different reality if he thinks that somehow isis is going away. >> somebody needs to get off their high horse and go over there and try to do something about it because now we've got 150 more kidnapped victims over there and they're all christians. governor, thank you for joining us early this morning on this wednesday from florida. thank you, sir. >> thank you steve. >> coming up on this wednesday, a man with a one-way ticket to somalia busted at an american airport with a fake passport but it's what police found in his pocket that is stunning. hillary clinton's potential competitor fires the first shot. >> like hillary clinton, i too have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles around the globe. but unlike hillary clinton i know that flying is an activity, not an accomplishment. >> carley fiorina takes aim
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on camera. look at this. police dash cam capturing the moment a house is blown to smitherines. it injured 15 people. the explosion caused by apparently a natural gas leak raining debris as far as 175 feet away. a cruise ship trapped at sea by dense fog returns to port in tampa. the ship carrying ohio
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state football coach irving myer along with thousands of fans was forced to sit offshore for a day and a half because of the fog. everybody gets a refund. nice. elisabeth, brian. >> political fireworks are flying after potential 2016 hopeful carly fiorina made these remarks about hillary clinton, saying this. >> like hillary clinton, i too have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles around the world. but unlike hillary clinton i know that flying is an activity, not an accomplishment. >> so does fiorina have a point? fox news contributor stacey dash weighs in. stacy, what do you think about those comments? >> i think she was right. and i think it's fantastic that we the republican party have a woman that is very accomplished. she ran one of the largest companies in the world, and she's successful. and we're lucky to have
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her. and i hope she does run. >> i think it's the only female on the republican side that looks like she is running. >> she went on to say that despite clinton's extensive travel every place in the world is more dangerous than six years ago. what do you think about this? hillary clinton also said she would encourage a purple face of problem solving between parties sort of a blending of political thoughts. watch. >> we have so many big issues we have to deal with that unless we really can come together and have a national conversation about those issues, we're not going to make the progress we make. i'd like to bring people from the right left red, blue, get them into a nice warm purple face where everybody is talking and where we're actually trying to solve problems. you know, that would be my objective if i decide to do this. >> well, yeah, i think that's what's needed. our leader right now is not doing that. >> is she?
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>> i don't think so. i don't trust anything she says. >> do you feel pressure to, if she indeed is the candidate in 2016 to vote for her because she's a woman. you've expressed you felt pressure before to vote for president obama because he was black. >> i didn't feel pressure. i got blacked into it because i thought what a wonderful thing. it's time for us to have a black president. he could unite us in such a profound way but instead he divided us. so that didn't work out very well. i will never do that again. i will vote for the person that is best suited for the job. >> which is interesting too because we're trying to find out how hillary clinton will run because we know her so well. 96% of the time when she was a u.s. senator she voted with the democratic party. in the big picture when she wants to find that purple space she's got to sell that credibility. there's a problem with that. >> and that comment she made when she was on trial about what difference does it make, i was just baffled, couldn't believe she said that. then bumping her head and
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ebony magazine featured women making moves and featured you as number nine. they said, quote her conservative clueless political slants spark controversy making dash notoriously trendy for all the wrong reasons. >> i think they're the right reasons. i stand up for what i believe in and i won't stop. you know, if voting for someone because of the content of their character is wrong, then i'll be wrong. >> okay. stacy from the fox tells us what's going on. thanks so much. i look forward to the book. maybe we'll get an advance book. >> "there goes my social life" or there goes my book. stacy, thanks. coming up, t in the american sniper trial is next. up next hear from one of chris kyle's close friend who explains why this trial was so important for the entire country.
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eddie ray routh will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole. the jury spending an unprecedented three hours deciding to convict him of murder. >> it was short. routh's lawyers tried to argue that he was insane when he shot kyle and littlefield at a gun range in texas two years ago but the jury didn't buy it. routh's attorneys now planning to appeal and they certainly have plenty to use as ammo for appeal. all they have to do is say we couldn't get a fair trial here in texas and the biggest movie in the world right now "american sniper" about this guy; it would be impossible. although that was brought up pretrial, the judge said it's not a factor. so let's see if it goes anywhere. >> when they originally tried to move it based on the location there a jury of ten women and two men after just three hours -- and many people thought they would take the night and come back with a verdict. taya kyle was not in the room for the verdict reading. there were some supporters in the room, of course.
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one being marcus luttrell navy seal who posted on facebook that justice was served in a message to routh. >> taya left the oscars in order to be at the trial on monday. they canceled everything monday. on tuesday when the closing arguments finished they went to dinner and came out with this verdict. we watched it a little bit on megyn kelly. martha mccallum filled in. a former navy seal and friend of chris kyle, here's why he said the trial was important. >> in the military we celebrate accountability. i think it's something washington, d.c. and the private sector could embrace a little more. accountability is when you do something wrong you need to be held accountable for that. i have great faith and confidence in the american people and jurors and i trust that accountability and justice wins and i think it's something our leadership could look at
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and go accountability is important and it's something our military loves and admires. >> clint is absolutely right. in fact, the d.a. in the closing arguments made the accountability argument. the d.a. urged the jurors don't let this guy off the hook for the shootings after a lifetime of looking in the case of eddie ray routh for excuses for his antisocial behavior. said quote, this defendant gunned down two men in cold blood in our county. find him guilty. two and a half hours later they did. >> we heard for the longest time this wasn't about ptsd but they didn't want to bring that out until the trial was over. we heard the mom even though she cares for her kid, should have known this guy is dangerous having a favor to bring her son who you know is dangerous who you pled to keep in a hospital is flat-out wrong. corey robinson said our prayers with taya, thankful
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for this closure, still so tough. hash tag chris kyle. hash tag never forgotten. you've been voicing out. on facebook wes writes my prayers for mrs. kyle. may she find peace and consolation that only comes from god. >> we'd love to hear from you. you can tweet us or facebook us. >> we have a lot going on this morning. heather nauert with headlines. >> good morning to you all. another red flag raised at minneapolis airport as a guy is arrested with a fake somali passport. police say a 39-year-old man was trying to hop on a one-way flight to somalia but his poorly faked passport kept him off. now the f.b.i. is involved because he had a piece of paper in his pocket with the name and address of a contact in syria and that is raising serious concerns that this guy could have been headed there to fight for isis. the man has been arrested before for making terror threats. while he's been sentenced to over a year in prison
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he says he still plans to leave the united states. more to come on that. it was a 16-hour nine-mile swim to save his life. we told you this story but now we're getting brand-new video in of the moment that the former nfl player rob konrad made it to shore. take a look. >> how far out were you? >> about ten miles. >> you were about ten miles out when you fell off? >> yes. been swimming since 1:00. >> 1:00 in the afternoon. >> what time is it now? >> almost 5 in the morning. >> initially some critics slammed the former dolphins star saying he made it up. konrad says he prayed to god after he fell from his boat -- it was a 35-foot boat -- he was trying to reel in a fish as he was hit by a large wave. lucky to be alive. bad news for fans of the movie "50 shades of grey." >> mr. grey will see you now. >> well, we won't be seeing much of him.
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reports surfacing that the star of the movie jamie dornan will not reprise his role as christian grey because of his wife. the 32-year-old spouse is apparently uncomfortable with the graphic sex scenes in that movie and does not want him to appear in the sequel. one massachusetts guy cashing in on winter. kyle warring launching a website called ship no yo.com to send snow to people in warmer climates. for $86 you can get snow sent to your front door. he insulates it so it doesn't melt. some might melt in transportation but he says it's enough to make a snowball. what do you think about that? >> thank you. that's a great business for us. >> brilliant. states in the south declaring a state of emergency ahead of snow, slight and ice again today,
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expected to slam areas all the way from georgia to north carolina. >> i hope you're wrong. several inches of snow in the forecast for parts of michigan. >> maria molina -- for parts of mississippi. >> maria molina is tracking the snow. >> some states could be looking at as p -- much as six to eight inches of snowfall. i want to start out with high temperatures for today. it is another day where the forecast will be well below average. you're looking at highs in the teens for cleveland and minneapolis. we have winter storm warnings stretching from parts of northeastern texas through arkansas, louisiana all the way through the southern parts of the state of virginia. it is an entire zone that will be looking at that storm system producing not only snowfall quite heavy at times for some areas, especially high elevations, but a mix of freezing rain and sleet that will be possible. we're looking at concerns for icy roadways out there. be careful. we have a storm underway
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across parts of texas and into southwestern arkansas early this morning. let's head back inside. >> maria, thank you very much. coming up on this wednesday, you remember president obama's former pastor, the reverend jeremiah wright. >> doesn't ring a bell. >> knows what it means to be a black man living in a country and a culture that is controlled by rich white people! >> now i remember. >> the reverend's worries aren't over yet. now his daughter has just been arrested. find out why. >> a reporter giving some heat to potential candidate scott walker for praying to god. ♪ ♪
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got a couple of quick headlines for you. the daughter of president obama's former pastor jeremiah wright heading to jail after allegedly violating her bond. federal prosecutors arguing that gerry wright participating in a ghost payrolling scheme in indiana after her money laundering conviction last year. oh boy. veterans affairs secretary mcdonald apologizing after claiming he was in the special forces. he was not. >> in an attempt to connect with that veteran to make him feel comfortable i incorrectly stated that i too had been in special forces. that was wrong and i have no excuse. >> no. the lie, by the way, angered some veterans groups that say a lie is a lie. others have accepted the apology and want mcdonald to focus on froarnlg --
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reforming the v.a. good luck on that. so far not so good. >> talk about luck, if per chance scott walker would throw his hat into the ring in 2016 some would say he's got luck in his corner. he's coming out in a lot of polls, scott walker said this in an interview. the "wall street journal" reported, he said i'm still trying to decipher if this is god's calling. you've got to be crazy to want to be the president of the united states. to look at what it does to a person and a family you've got to be crazy but you should only do it if you feel god has called you to get in there and make a difference. >> one political reporter tweeted this out, governor walker's office was unable to provide any crypt of -- any transcript of his conversation with god. >> then he got into a
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little give-and-take with people on-line. he later tweeted i don't pretend i can talk to god but perhaps scott walker can. then he asked serious question: can you define god's will from that prayer? scott walker said he's trying to. i'm not sure he did. eventually he apologized for those crazy issue but last night scott walker took issue with people. >> people care about growth, care about reform they care about safety. they want to know what is a prospective candidate likely to do when it comes to making sure every american can live their piece of the american dream? what are they going to do to make people safe from radical islamic terrorism around the world? those are the things people care about. i think the reaction i had to some of those so-called got-cha questions are those other things are not things people care about. >> unbelievable. since he came out with that fine speech in iowa that
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was well received and on top of a lot of people's minds because he earned so much money, he's got a great base because he was able to win two elections, three overall, but on the next election because they helped him bounce back against a recall but scott walker saying what is going on here? a question about evolution. where does that come from? a question about what religion the president of the united states is, i don't know if he's a good christian or not. >> and slamming for his own american past for not finishing college, they went after him there. to your point, this reporter was put back in a twitter corner saying i actually thought this was more amusing than anything. i'm sorry. >> it is interesting barack obama, martin luther king both stated they got guidance from god. they were never mocked by the media. yet some taking shots at scott walker who by the
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way there is a quinnipiac poll coming out scott walker 25, ben carson 13, bush at 10 nobody else above 5. >> national? >> in iowa. >> explaining why they're aiming at scott walker there. >> exactly. he is now officially the front-runner because the mainstream media are out for blood. 11 minutes before the top of the hour. a school chancellor spends her days lobbying against scott walker on your dime. should your tax dollars be spent like that? we'll talk about it. >> the verdict in the chris kyle trial. it came back in just over two hours. did the "american sniper" the film have anything to do with that verdict? we'll talk about that as well.
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. we the jury find the defendant eddie ray routh guilty for the offense of capital murder as charged. >> the american sniper killer sentence today life in prison without parole. did the success of the movie and publicity of the case impact the jury's decision. here to debate it defense attorney and criminal defense attorney. thank you both for joining us
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here at "fox and friends." big day here. with this verdict. how much of a role did the film play into it? i'll start with you. >> i mean, i have to say, i don't think a lot. i think that this man was loved in the community. he was known in the community. did the film enhance that? maybe. he was already known there. and i don't think that it really affected it. the facts in the case are very clear cut. it's not as if the jury had a lot of room to say well, maybe this -- no, these were very clear cut facts here. this man went and killed these two men at close range in a gun range and admitted it. it's not there wasn't a lot here that could really influence them. the film, everyone knew about him anyway. >> let me ask you this it's 430 million there was the film grossed. nominated for six oscars, you say did it have a role? >> absolutely not. i'm going to elyou as far as a legal opinion is concerned, this
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will have no effect on appeal. judges are very specific when they ask the jurors questions. even if you know the film and the case, will you put aside what you know and only go on what's on the evidence in the case. if the jurors individually say they will, it is presumed under the law that's exactly what they did. we have confidence in the law presums though jurors did exactly what the law said. in all the years i tried cases as a prosecutor and defense attorney have found jurors have actually followed that strukz unless there is evidence to the con contrary now reversal in the case. the evidence was solid from the beginning. this was not an easy insanity defense. in the end the appellate courts will say the defense was overwhelming. >> the timing in which the jurors came back with the verdict were you surprised?
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>> i wasn't. when we see cases, we cases often, we try cases you get a sense of it. even when you're watching from outside. i got a sense that there was nothing here. they put on one expert for the insanity defense. was he insane legally? no. jurors can't be fooled. jurors are regular people who take their job very seriously. i agree. that, you know, a jury will come in and say i'll do what the judge tells me. i'll put that aside and i'll listen to the facts and evidence. here there wasn't much more to do. >> the evidence was clear? >> it was bad for the defense in this case their defense expert admitted -- this is what prosecutors do all the time when they cross-examine defense experts. he admitted the facts that were given to them by the defendant were inaccurate. if they're inaccurate, remember the defense has to prove the case by convincing evidence. . that was a death knell to their defense. >> thank you for joining me
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add breathe right to your cold medicine shut your mouth and sleep right. breathe right. and look for the calming scent of new breathe right lavender in the sleep aisle. good morning. today is wednesday february 25th. i'm elizabeth hasselbeck. a fox news alert. justice for american sniper chris kyle. his killer's insanity defense shot down by a texas jury. >> we just want to say that we've waited two years for god to get justice for us on behalf of our son. and as always -- >> emotional reaction from family and fellow navy s.e.a.l.s pouring in this morning. >> for the first time we are hearing the emotional testimony from chris kyle's wife, taya. >> i called and didn't get an answer. then i texted are you okay, i'm getting worried. it's hard not to put some of it
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together that i haven't heard from him and i'm worried. and i haven't heard from him and a police officer shows up. >> the tape remained under wraps until this morning. meanwhile, what makes this critic of wisconsin governor scott walker different from all the rest? she collects her salary from taxpayers. isn't that interesting? we got a busy two hours kibing off right now. you're watching "fox and friends" live from new york. >> you're watching "fox and friends," the number one morning cable news show in america. >> welcome to studio e live. >> we're going to get right to that fox news alert for you. the man who murdered chris kyle and his friend found guilty by a texas jury.
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what can you tell us this morning? >> elizabeth, good morning, i can tell you emotions ran very high inside that courtroom yesterday. all of the family members of the victims crying and holding hands as the decision came down. there was one person that was notably absent from the verdict being read. that was taya kyle the wife of chris kyle. she stormed out of the courtroom during the defense closing arguments, slamming her hand on the door as the defense attorneys hit on once again whether eddie routh's mother should have disclosed her son's previous violent past to the kyle family, which she did not. taya has been here for every single bit of this trial. in fact, she was the very first witness to take the stand. watch her describe the last time she saw her husband alive. >> i said may maybe make sure this person that chad can be
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trusted 100% so he's comfortable saying what's he wants to say. he said i definitely will. and then that we loved each other. and gave a kiss and hug like we always did. >> the jury comprised of ten women and two men deliberated for only about two and a half hours last night before rendering the guilty verdict for the 27-year-old former marine. routh was also sentenced last night. it was an automatic life in prison without the possibility for parole. >> live in texas, thank you very much. peter johnson jr. joins us now to give analysis. we knew he murdered him. he admitted it. caught on tape. did anything surprise you about what went down last night? >> you know, i thought it might have come in even a little quicker based on the testimony that we heard in the case. >> two and a half hours?
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>> obviously, the decedent, mr. kyle and mr. littlefield well-respected people in that community. there's always a residual of support and affection for victims of crime. and i thought that on a lot of counts the defense counsel didn't make the point they needed to make in terms of insanity. the point was, that the defendant had in fact suffered from delusions in the past. i was talking with a colleague here earlier today, there should have been, in my view, not to second guess the lawyers, a cavalcade of witnesses doctors to talk about the fact that they believed that he was insane. >> they brought one witness. >> i read the testimony, and in some ways, it was persuasive. in other ways it absolutely wasn't. >> do you think the jury -- you say you thought they might have come back quicker. do you think the jury, going in the jury room. they thought to themselves if we
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say he's not guilty he could go to a mental institution. >> it depends on how well they know the law. i believe jurors want to be fair. but if they're aware that when someone says that to another juror,b they have a consciousness of that. they say i don't want to make a mistake. i don't want another family to be victimized in this way. >> it's interesting because they did have a lot to go with, the defense. they say that his own sister said he's been haunted by demons his whole life. the prosecutor psychiatrist said he didn't have ptsd but shows signs of schizophrenia. kyle tweeted out himself this guy is straight up nuts. >> they talked about that in the closing here. i'm not making the case that he was legally insane. i am making the case that there were a lot of potent issues that
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could have been mobilized. it raises a lot of issues. what is the veteran's administration doing with mentally ill veterans? they're not doing a good job. there is too many suicides and homicide. there's too many untoward events. the kyle family has been victimized. they lost their father and husband and at the same time been vilified by people i believe to be insane. like jesse ventura. >> many in the military community furious that someone like routh could use ptsd as an excuse. >> that's right. that becomes an issue for a jury. if they invalidate the insanity issue and they get mad at the defendant and he's trying to use it, especially when he really didn't see action that can have an effect. >> next people looking into the appeal. the defense already said they're going to appeal this. do they have a good case?
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they made it clear, we don't think we can get a fair trial in texas. >> i've had some commentators, i think that's a phony issue. if you're a respected member of the community, if you're a famous person, if you're a servant of the people as chris kyle was and the other decedent, then you should be entitled tool the same measure of justice as quick as everybody else. justice delayed and justice denied. >> unless you're in that courtroom, now we get to hear what taya said was her last conversation with chris kyle. she knew something was different this time. he's taken out dozens of troop members who were coming back from battle. not this time. listen. >> it didn't seem like normal chris. >> normally going out there, especially a place like rough creek it's beautiful. usually he's making their day and he knows it. which is what you know, that happened earlier.
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he thought that he sounded really excited to go. he thought he was doing a good thing. >> he sounded a little irritated when you talked to him that afternoon. >> it was very short and it wasn't like short hey you're interrupting a good time. it was short like i wish i could say more because i'm not going to because there are people around. >> she wasn't in the courtroom at the time because she got up during closing arguments. she was upset they invoked her husband's name when they were talking about the mother of routh should have mentioned, by the way, he is unstable. >> and the defense is making the case that we talked about at one point, elizabeth what was the reason the mother allowed her son to go with chris kyle on that day. the defense is saying even the prosecution had an awareness he shouldn't been out on that particular day based upon his mental illness. it's a time of healing for this
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family today, though. >> a fellow s.e.a.l. team said this. justice served for chris and the littlefield family. routh, you thought you had ptsd before wait till the prisoners find out you killed a s.e.a.l. >> the jury didn't buy a insanity defense. #americansmiep sniper. >> he was trying to tend to a weaker brother of his. and this is what happened. the jury has spoken. they said he's not nuts, go to jail. do your time. you killed a great great american hero. >> two of them. >> two of them. that's right. >> thanks peter. it's 7:10 here in new york city. >> we start right now with another fox news alert. southwest airlines now grounding
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128 planes out of concern that those planes were potentially unsafe for flight. the airline had failed to inspect backup hydraulic systems which are used to control the plane's rudder if the main system fails. after canceling 80 flights yesterday, most of those grounded planes are expected to fly today. the feds also agree to let southwest keep using more than 100 planes without inspection as long as they are checked by sunday. more on that as we get it. then another fox news alert, this brand new video coming in to "fox and friends." it shows the iranian military launching missiles on what appears to be a u.s. aircraft carrier. it's a replica used for drills they say. u.s. navy officials say the mock aircraft was a quote elaborately barge that was built last year. iran's war games also included shooting down a drone and planting undersea mines. now the drills are often used for propaganda. we spoke to officials who say
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and i just hope and i pray that the families get some peace and resolution from this. because they've been dealing and carrying this very heavy burden of the loss of their loved ones and this trial for two years now. it's not gotten any easier for them. >> you know, something else, they kept saying he had ptsd and that's what happens when you go to war. a lot of people and other less educated channels are starting to blame war for this and ptsd for the violence. what's the reality as you know it. >> anybody who comes back from war comes back fundamentally changed at the core of that change is post traumatic stress. anybody can suffer from that whether it's combat trauma or being in a car accident. post traumatic stress disorder is not a reason for anybody to go out and kill two people. it's not a reason whatsoever. i think to attribute the murder of chris kyle and chad littlefield to post traumatic stress is unfair to the families
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and to the victims. and it's also unfair to the thousands of veterans that strubl with combat trauma everybody who don't commit crimes. >> absolutely. as you look at what's happened with this trial, you also find out in looking into routh's background that his mom knew he was dangerous to himself anderts. he was diagnose said that way. the dallas v.a. took him out in the wilderness with a basket full of meds. what's your answer to that? >> anybody who is wired in to what's happening in the v.a. right now knows we need to transform the v.a. at a basic level and make sure we're putting the needs of the veterans before the needs of this giant bloated bureaucracy that is the v.a. route is the prime example of this. he should have been in an inpatient facility not out on his own. it's important for people to remember that just because the verdict is in and the case might be closed, the healing process
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for the families is still very much happening. we have to make sure we keep them in our prayers. >> and the good news is it's out there and on the big screen, $300 million it's made at the box office already you and chris were on the road together about your books. what is your reaction to the public's reaction to the success of american sniper. >> it earned over $300 million at the box office. i think the american people want to hear more stories that celebrate selfless service and honor on the battlefield. now that these wars are coming to a close. it's important for americans to learn what we go through on the battlefield and at home. the movie does just a briliant job of capturing life not only on the battlefield but also what it's like at hope. >> meanwhile coming up incredible video you have to
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alumni against scott walker. rebecca encouraged to push back against his plan. and telling them to have a significant negative effect on uw madison and its students. our next guest, a student of the yunt says this is a political ploy. good morning to you. what were the emails that you came across? >> good morning thank you for having me. so initially when the governor's proposal came out. responses started coming from our student government and the chancellor from our administration, and they were -- they had a common theme and a common tone. it was one sided. to paraphrase and sum it up. they thought the sky was falling, that the system was not going to be able to operate as it should anymore. because of the governor's proposal. >> sure, and you know there are some ties to the president that some are saying that rebecca
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blank my have. let's look at the salary. scott walker's salary $1473.28. the chancellor pulling in nearly $495,000 and benefits. when she makes three quarters of her salary on taxpayer money to not present the other side, to students, you say is what? >> i think it's completely irresponsible. as someone who makes three times what the governor of the state makes. i think it's reasonable for the taxpayers of the state and the students that are paying tuition to go to the university to question how efficient and how effective the system is operating. >> you say if you are going to present both sides you have evidence. you sent out an email don't rush to conclusions. what are the positives with fairness now, what are the positives that relate to your university? >> she sent out those emails, we decided to spntd.
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breaking news overnight fth the man who shot american sniper chris kyle and his buddy chad littlefield. guilty of murder in text. heather childers is here with more. we knew he was guilty of murder and he admitted to it t. we didn't know if he was getting insanity. >> admitting to it made the difference. he will now spend the rest of his life in prison for murdering navy s.e.a.l. chris kyle and his friend chad littlefield at a texas gun range two years ago. >> we the jury find the defendant eddie ray routh guilty for the charge of murder. >> the 12 person jury taking less than three hours to unanimously convict routh late last night. showing no emotion as the judge handed down his sentence. life in prison with no chance of parole. the victims and families holding hands in court grateful to
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finally have closure. >> we've waited two years for god to get justice for us on behalf of our son. and as always god has proved to be faithful. and we're so thrilled that we have the verdict that we have tonight. >> so hard for all of these families. listen to this, in his victim impact statement littlefield's brother speaking to routh directly, calling him a quote, american disgrace and saying your claims of ptsd have been an insult to every veteran who served with honor disgracing a proud military with your cowardice. >> chris kyle's wife not in court when the verdict was read. she went out during closer arguments as routh's mother mentioned never mentioning his
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problems to kyle before taking him to a gun range. >> i killed man today. it was a need. i had to. to get out of that situation i was in today. >> eddie ray routh's attorneys planning to appeal. it came down to whether he knew what he did was wrong. apparently jurors determined he did. >> thank you. one of the prosecution witnesses and expert sds look this guy was suffering from some sort of personality disorder because he smoked too much weed and drank too much booze. routh's attorney said he was schizophrenic and did not know what he was doing. ultimately the jury said he was responsible for what he did. >> right. big question because of the success of american sniper has some people saying did it impact
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the trial at all did it impact the verdict. when you look at the success of the film we sat down with two attorneys who debated it. who said the movie and fame did not impact the jury and his colleague agrees. >> he was already known there. i don't think it really affected it. the facts in the case are very clear cut. it's not as if the jury had a lot of room to say maybe this maybe that. no, these were very clear cut facts here. this man went and killed three two men at close range in a gun range and admitted it. it's not there wasn't a lot here that could really influence them. the film, everyone knew about him anyway. >> it's interesting is for some reason, this new yorker magazine according to the new york post got ahold of routh and said why did you shoot him. one of his responses was i shot littlefield because he was thinking back didn't shoot. i guess littlefield not only was he texting they were worried
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about this clown, but they were -- he was also pulled back to watch him. what actually happened for when they were observing him to him getting the drop on them, we're probably never know. >> we had the privilege of talking to a veteran who trained bradley cooper in the film. when he saw the -- a scene in the film, we spoke with him earlier, following the verdict he said this justice has been served in texas. thoughts and prayers with the kyle and littlefield families. >> we asked you what your comments were. richard wrote this on facebook. i'm glad to see they blamed routh and not the gun. >> that would have been tough. >> gaven says justice has been served for chris kyle and chad littlefield. rest easy you guys were true heroes. >> the district attorney in the case summarized.
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she says look this is not insanity. this is just cold calculated capital murder. routh is guilty of that murder. he was not insane by any means. ultimately the jury felt that way. they went in the jury room, about two and a half hours later, he's going to wind up in prison the rest of his life. >> if you watch the movie you see the actual scenes from the roadways of the funeral when the car is going by. you see how the whole town was lit up. you understand the impact he made. i would love to see something positive come out of this whether it's a chris kyle day. from the moment he was shot, everyone wanted to know what happened to this guy. then out comes the movie, then comes the trial. now you can probably have that day. >> many people waking up to a feeling of justice. >> good morning, a group of people that are certainly not seeing justice and that is now christians in the middle east. a fox news alert to bring you now. we have new reports this morning out of syria, claiming that isis
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has now abducted at least 150 innocent christians there. members of the terror group ripping men, women and children from their homes in syria, heavy fighting is being reported in northern syria where the christians were taken. former arkansas governor mike huckabee back for the middle east, he talked to us earlier today about this religious targeting. take a listen. >> specific targ toward christians and jews whether you see it copenhagen, paris, you see it in the middle east. if you're a christian or if you're a jew, then you're a target. >> the syrian captives fates is unclear this morning. our state department says it demands their release. it was a 16 hour, nine mile swim to save his own life. look at the brand new video. from the moments just after the former nfl player rob konrad made it back to shore. >> how far out were you?
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unbelievable. and lucky to be alive he is. did you hear about this one? espn pulling the plug on the anchor after getting into a fight with penn state students who wanted to make recognition for their efforts raising money for pediatric cancer. he said pitiful to one of the students who tweeted him about $13 million that was raised. students started fighting back. he did not back down saying again, get your money back. you didn't learn how to read. psu students are pitiful because they're psu students. he finally apologizes saying he was stupid and childish. those are your headlines. that's getting a ton of comments. >> what does he have against penn state? these are people raising money for pediatric cancer. >> there are children -- that's just cruel. thank you heather.
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chris kyle and his friend chad littlefield found guilty of murder. the defense claimed the former marine suffered from ptsd and was psychotic at the time forcing the jury to determine whether mental illness played a role. let's talk to dr. keith ablow. you were here in the studio yesterday. what's the number one thing that strikes you boult what the jury decided yesterday in texas? >> the number one thing that strikes me is how loathe juries are to exceed to the insanity plea, even when it makes sense. because they're not sure what that implied. they're not allowed to be hold, listen this could be decades and probably will be decades in a locked psychiatric facility. they have it in their minds this man could go free in 30 days. i think they're just scared to do what's right. this wasn't right. >> so you think he was insane? >> well, i don't know. brian, you tell me.
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he thought that a giant tapeworm was eating him. he thought pig people were going to take over the earth. he thought his co-workers was going to roast him and eat him anda machine at work was going to roast him. >> what about the idea of cannabis induced psychosis. if someone is taking them they're choosing to take marijuana, weed, whatever it s your thoughts? >> sure. well, here's the thing, i mean this is a man who was hospitalized several times in the v.a. system with psychosis. it wasn't called drug indeesed psychosis. it was called ptsd or as the expert witness in the defense testified paranoid schizophren ru. can these things be calmplicated by drug use? should we expect the family of the chris kyle my sue the v.a.
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hospital of releasing this american, maybe they should. maybe something would change. >> when the defense is making the argument about ptsd a number of people served from we don't know whether that's coming from because he never saw action. >> the defense may have been better off with a different diagnosis. diagnosis is fairly fluid anyway. was it the stress of of seeing dead bodies. all these hospitalizes and the fact he said he killed these men in order to save the world or other people fits. >> just real quick because we're up against it here, the thing the prosecutor says he ran and apologized. it shows he knows what he was doing. >> having to kill people because you think you need to kill them to save the world you might apology to the family. do you know where most psychiatric patients are today?
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25g9. i'm elizabeth hasselbeck. a fox news alert. justice for american sniper chris kyle. his killers' insanity defense shot down by a texas jury. brand new testimony just released from chris kyle's wife, taya. >> then we said we loved each other. and gave a kiss and hug like we always did. >> emotional reaction from family and fellow navy s.e.a.l.s pouring in this morning. war games, brand new video of iran attacking what looks like u.s. warships. what are they up to and why now? breaking details live from the white house. >> i thought we were talking peace with them. that's odd. the guy from "50 shades of grey" is 50 shades of gone. he says blame my wife. that's intriguing. mornings are better with friends. >> i'm julianne moore and you're
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watching "fox and friends." welcome aboard. i apologize brian, to you and elizabeth. i smell like a camp fire. >> you absolutely do. >> did you have to go into the wildlife of the city streets. which is kind of like the wilderness. >> if we had smell vision right now, i would smell like lighter fluid and sawdust. >> a little hint of bacon. >> we have a busy wednesday morning. we have a lot to tell you. to our top story this morning if you went to bed early, you don't know this, american sniper's chris kyle's killer charged with murder. >> we have the breaking development. good morning to you. >> good morning. it took this jury about two and a half hours only to reach a verdict. they had three options to consider. guilty not guilty, or not guilty by reason of insanity. clearly, the jurors were not
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buying that whole argument that eddie ray routh was insane at the time of these murders and that he did not know that what he was doing was wrong. the defense, frankly, had an uphill battle the whole time here because their client confessed to the murders. remember that? as a texas ranger interrogated him the night he was arrested. it was all caught on tape. it was played for the jury. listen to what the 27-year-old described when he told his sister what he had done after he dropped by her house following the crimes. >> i killed men today. it wasn't a want to it was a need. i had to to get out of that situation i was in today. >> he had to he says. routh was sentenced minutes after the verdict was read. life in prison without the possibility of parole. of course, the defense is able to appeal which is typical in these kinds of cases.
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eddie ray routh showing zero emotion when that verdict was read. >> your heart goes out to chad littlefield's family too. during the victim impact statement, the father at one point looked directly at routh and said you didn't even know my son's name when you murdered him. and then he spelled his son's name. he said, he just spelled it out. chad littlefield. so powerful. so emotional and justice for the families. >> and littlefield's mom saying we waited two years for god foogive us justice on behalf of our son. we're so grateful toov the verdict we have tonight. >> what we did not hear -- we sautea kyle took the stand. we did not hear what she had to say. here's a little of the emotional testimony. she was there for i believe, day one spelling out who chris kyle was and what happened the day he
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died. listen. >> we were at the house. and we were both trying to hurry and get to where we were supposed to go. al and so he had gone around the house one way to try to find me. and like comedy, eventually we found each other in the hall way. you know he just said he was inviting chad to come along. he said chad had come to the house. >> chad was at the house. just to have an extra set of eyes. and then he -- then i said maybe make sure that this guy knows that chad can be trusted 100% so that he's comfortable saying whatever he wants to say. he said i definitely will. and then we said we loved each other. and gave each other a kiss and hug like we always did. >> the reason that tv image and the sound are available today is
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because up until the verdict, no sound was allowed out of the courtroom. she was not in the courtroom taya kyle last night when the jury reached its decision because she stormed out midclosing arguments because she was upset the defense attorneys had invoked her husband's name when they were talking about, you know routh's mom really probably should have told chris kyle that the son was violent. suggesting perhaps some couple responsibility on the part of the mother. >> they had mentioned people around the family for the last two years. this happened february 2, 2013. don't believe ptsd, and don't believe and don't believe what you hear that this guy actually served in battle. then we hear that he served overseas and in haiti. but they knew he was unbalanced. it seems if you listen to -- look at what the sister said and the mom said there were desperate cries because this guy
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was dangerous to himself and others. two days after being sent to the v.a. hospital in dallas, he's let out. >> in that courtroom yesterday watts a friend of chris kyle. he posted this after the jury reached their decision. justice servesed for chris and the littlefield family. routh, you thought you had ptsd before. wait till the guys in tdc find out you killed a s.e.a.l. >> greg abbot took the twitter. he wrote justice chris kyle's killer convicted of capital murder. #americansniper. what happens next, well the defense is going tew pealo appeal. they're going to say routh couldn't get a fair deal because of the american sniper movie, so big. where is it going to go? >> nowhere. >> we'll keep you posted. >> six minutes past the top of the hour. we have a fox news alert. >> brand new video in to fox news shows the iranian military
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launching missiles on an elaborate fake u.s. aircraft carrier. >> kevin corke is live at the white house with what those drills could be all about. what do you know? >> good morning. this is not novel. think back to december. we saw the iranian revolutionary guard conducting drills. but what is interesting about this latest drill is as you pointed out, there's a replica if you will of a u.s. aircraft carrier. take a look at the pictures and really we saw speed boats in the video, all attacking this so-called aircraft carrier as they conduct a drill titled great prophet 9. all this is happening amid u.s. iranian nuclear talks. netanyahu has been a critic of the iranian regime. the timing of that speech drawing criticism from the government. most notably susan rice.
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>> the acceptance by prime minister netanyahu is on both sides, there has now been injected a degree of partisanship. it's destructive of the fabric of the relationship. >> i asked the white house press secretary about the ongoing u.s. iranian talks yesterday in the press briefing. and the criticism that's happening on the ground in israel. he said he didn't want to unpack the details. he didn't want it to be unveiled in the public. he is sensitive to the criticism. speaking of benjamin netanyahu i regret the decision to appear before congress has been -- i that could threaten the survival of my country. we will be watching very
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carefully as this continues in the middle east. the strait, trafficking up to a third some argue to a fifth, either way a significant amount of oil passing through that part of the country each and every day. any exercises will get attention from the white house. >> thanks. and as everybody knows and the secretary of state kerry said yesterday, it's leaked out there's a idea to have a deal. what would that be from a peace partner when you're blowing up a pseudo american ship. >> the two that will be fired, the coast to see ballistic missiles can cover 270 clum kilometers of distance. >> this is propaganda. the iranians are showing -- look, great satan, we can take you out. if we want to. we don't want to right now
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don't screw with us. >> that's the message that's supposed to win over people that the iranian administration can be trusted, i think you want to go back to your marketing team and say come up with a plan b. this is why people are scared about any type of deal this administration is going to do especially led by secretary kerry. >> things going on here in the yoourns. we start with another fox news alert. southwest airlines grounding 128 of its planes out of concern that they were potentially unsafe for flight. the airline had failed to inspect backup hydraulic systems that are used to control the rudder at the plane's main system fails. after canceling 80 flights yesterday, most of those grounded planes are expected to fly today. the feds also agreeing to let southwest keep using more than 100 planes without inspection as long as they're checked by sunday. we'll have more on this as we get it. also developing this morning, he bought a one way ticket to somalia, but he didn't
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get very far. a 39-year-old guy was arrested at the minneapolis airport with a fake somali passport. now the fbi is involved. this guy had a piece of paper in his pocket with the name and address of a contact in syria. and that is raising some serious concerns he was planning to go to syria to fight for isis. he has been arrested before for making terroristic threats. he has been sensed to over a year in prison for out standing warrants charges. as promised president obama has brought a swift veto to the keystone pipe line bill. the administration maintains that the legislation by-passed the state department and typical protocol. it's up to congress to override that veto. it would take two thirds vote in the house and senate to get that done. some democrats say they are prepared to do that. just not enough of them.
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senate majority leader mcconnell said the vote should happen some time before march 3rd. some bad news of sorts for "50 shades of grey" fans. >> mr. gray will see you now. >> so actually, the fans won't see this mr. grey again. reports are surfacing that the star of the film will not reprise his role because of his wife. the 32-year-old spouse is apparently uncomfortable with the graphic sex scenes in that movie and she does not want him to appear in sequels. >> good for her for telling him how she feels. >> did she read the book? >> she let him do the first movie. >> maybe she didn't know how graphic it was. >> i think it was nice that she spoke up and he is honoring her wishes. >> you would want your spouse not -- >> yeah. >> the movie has gotten a lot of bad publicity. now there probably won't be another one. >> thank you. >> i think there's going to be another one. it's made so much money.
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>> 100 shades of green, it made so much money. >> lots of colors to choose from. up next the man who helped chris kyle write his book, american sniper reacts to the news of last night's conviction. >> brand new video, the moment former nfl player rob konrad realized he had survived that boating accident. >> you were about ten miles out when you fell off? >> i've been swimming since 1:00. >> it's almost 5:00 in the morning. >> the story in his own words straight ahead. ♪ fact. fast-acting advil is designed with an ultra-thin coating and fast absorbing advil ion core technology stopping headaches and other tough pain. fast.
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a fox news alert. the verdict is in. eddie ray routh. the man who killed american sniper chris kyle and his friend chad littlefield found guilty of the murders of both men. we knew he did it, we didn't know if he would get insanity or not. the man who helped chris kyle write his story which is still the top five in the country on the best seller list. your reaction to this verdict coming in two years after the
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incident. >> i think the reaction is one of both sorrow and relief that finally the littlefield and kyle families can have some closure on the subject. i think that just this hanging out there for taya and her family as well as chad's family was a huge burden on them. it's nice we've got justice. i know things are finally done and they can move on with their live sglz we can finally hear what taya was saying on the stand. she was saying when she talked to chris on the shooting range he was very tense. he was usually very happy when he brings these soldiers out like that. what's your reaction to that? do you think he knew he was in trouble? >> it's hard for me to imagine the reason being is, because chris was such a warrior. if he really had an inkling this guy was any danger to himself or chad. i can't imagine a scenario where he would let his guard down. he had been through so much war
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and the battles he had fought in various parts of the world. it's difficult for me to think this was anything other than a drop back shot which is the verdict and the evidence found. he was shot in the back by this guy. so i just don't think that chris saw a credible threat. if he would have, i think he would have been ready for the shot. >> we see in the movie chris kyle's movie procession. we see how the town came out and the flags were flying. with his passing as we examine his life i get the sense the country is mourning for the first time. >> i think so as well. remember something, it wasn't just the town that that funeral procession went through. that was 200 miles of freeway that the governor of texas shutdown down. it was the most amazing events i had ever seen or heard of. there was hundreds of thousands of texans that were lining that freeway the entire distance in a driving rain storm to honor
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chris kyle. when i saw that, i thought his message is far greater than just chris. it's one of huge support from this country and from the texans for the men and women of our military. i was extremely proud of chris and of his country when i saw that tribute to him. we cannot forget that. >> they showed it and they showed it at the box office and your book. thanks so much for joining us this morning. >> thanks for having me on. i appreciate it. remember chris's vision for the troops. >> 40 minutes before the top of the hour. isis has found a way to cash in on american sniper. we'll explain in just a moment. are teachers using kids as political pawns. elementary school students sending letters to lawmakers echoing union talking points. coincidence? ♪
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f indiana is against you. now, the teachers claim their students were doing research on an ongoing dispute over who should take eerve the state's board of education. parents find that hard to believe. here to weigh in is the director of out reach with communication with hoosiers for quality education. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> this teacher says that she gave the kids an assignment they did the research themselves. and then she forwarded them on to lawmakers and what not. what do you think about this? >> yeah, we think that when we saw the letters, we were shocked. you know i am a mother and a former teacher. and as a mom, you know, i just thought how offensive these letters are to parents.
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no teacher should ever put a child in this position. >> so what's you're suggesting is this teacher or teachers or we don't know who exactly used these students as political pawns to push their agenda? >> it really looks that way. when you look at the letters they definitely have a lot of the same language and talking points and misinformation for sure. >> since you're talking about the similarities, we're going to put up one of the letters from one of the children a 5th or 6th grader writes 1.3 million people elected glenda ritz so she needs her poier back. it's time they listen to the 1.3 democrats and republicans who voted for her. >> well, you know, the teacher says they were not coached it does seem a little convince
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didn'tal it's the same language. >> all of the letters have the same talking points and the same misinformation. >> the other thing about this that if you read them and we encourage people to do just that, is what fifth and sixth grade kid types like that and says those kind of things? it sounds so adult. it sounds like they're acting as a stenographer for someone who wants to get a message out. >> sure. if you talk to fifth and sixth graders about things like testing and teacher evaluations i'm sure their honest opinions would be different than what showed up in the letters. >> really quickly, this happened in newindiana. did the teacher get in trouble snl. >> we haven't heard anything. as far as we know calls have not been returned. >> maybe somebody is watching in indiana right now and we will get answers.
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you were sleeping. the man who killed american sniper chris kyle and chad littlefield found guilty of capital murder in texas. >> not insanity. routh will now spend the rest of his life in prison without parole. a jury spending less than three hours before deciding to convict him on the same day. >> routh's lawyers tried to argue he was insane when he shot kyle and littlefield at that texas gun range two years ago. the jury didn't buy it. routh's attorneys is planning to appeal. here is what you're saying. >> justice served. god bless the kyle and littlefield family. >> i'm glad the murderer will spend the rest of his life in jail. i hope he lives a long time. >> from duck dineynastydynasty chris and chad, rest in peace. texas put your killer away for life. so painful. >> they knew each other.
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we will also hear the emotional reaction from the mom of chris kyle's friend. >> we will turn to heather nauert. >> related to that story you have all heard of american sniper. have you heard about jihadi sniper? there's a new isis propaganda film and it's trying to ride on the coat tails of the blockbuster hit based on chris kyle's life. this is a three minute video. it claims to show one of the group's snipers taking out long range targets. the sniper's identity and his kill record not revealed. terror feels being stoked along our northern border after police find a mysterious bunker dug out yards from a sports arena in toronto. the tunnel is described as a sophisticated one with reinforced wood framing. it's tall enough for a adult to walk through. police also found a generator in that bunker along with a set of
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rosary beads that were nailed to the wall. there was concern this could be used for terrorism. it has since been filled in. officials say it posed no threat at this point. interesting. it was a 16 hour, nine mile swim to save his own life. brand new video from the very moments after former nfl player rob konrad made it to shore. take a look here. >> how far out were you? >> about ten miles. >> you were about ten miles out when you fell off? >> i've been swimming since 1:00. >> 1:00 in the afternoon. it's almost 5:00 in the morning. >> swimming all that time and he came upon an officer after he emerged from the water. initially some critics slammed the former dolphin star saying he made up the story. konrad said he prayed to god.
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he fell out the boat. this italian fisherman landing this really ugly cat fish. measuring 8'9" long and weighed nearly 260 pounds. it may be the record for the biggest ever. it's called the wells cat fish. it can grow up to 13 feet but it's rarely seen. that coming out of italy. yuck. i don't think i'd want that one. >> is that real? >> apparently. generally we put true stuff in the news. >> thanks. now to a fox news alert. listen to this, southwest airlines grounded one fifth of their fleet. this after failing to apparently inspect backup hydraulics systems used to control the rudder of a plane's main system if it fails. >> i think you need it. this morning infaathe faa saying
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they're okay to fly. >> where are we at now with southwest? >> reporter: good morning. lots of headaches earlier this morning, about hafrllf a dozen flights were canceled from orlando international airport. but i do have some good news all the flights right now are scheduled on time. which is perfect timing so my photograph could pan to the crowd, checking in their bags. the line snakes all the way to the back. it's unclear if those six flights that were canceled earlier this morning were due because they missed the inspections or if it was weather related. flights going to chicago, dallas louisville pittsburgh and san antonio. all of those were canceled. those were the 6:00 and 7:00 morning flights. southwest airlines is expected to cancel up to 19 more flights across the country today as the planes get the federal inspections they missed. 80 southwest flights across the country were canceled yesterday.
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and so far southwest grounded more than 100 planes. that's about one fifth of its fleet. a southwest spokesperson says they're expected to finish a good portion of their inspections this morning. and like you guys mentioned, those inspections includes checking the hydraulic systems. back in 2009, southwest was flyingfly fine $7.5 million for failing to inspect planes for cracks in their fuel system. the faa did allow southwest to resume flying while inspections are done. all morning long, i was speak ing with passengers and they weren't too worried about flying this morning. others, a family was really freaked out. that said one of their flights was canceled going to chicago. al and they didn't know, of course, if it was due to the failed inspections. southwest sent us a statement. they said, quote, the safety of our customers and employees remains our highest priority.
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we are working quickly to resolve the situation. again, it seems like things are flowing nicely now here at orlando international airport. all the flights seem to be on time. >> very thorough report. we thank you very much. so southwest. safe to fly. >> getting back on track. >> still not assigned seats. >> it works out for them just fine. no one has to talk you scott walker made a speech in iowa and resonated with a lot of people. suddenly the governor has won three elections over the last three years is one of the front runners in a huge republican field. since then he has been targeted by everybody. >> he was in tennessee i believe. and he made a statement that was reported by the wall street journal when asked what was going to happen in 2016. he said i'm trying to defirecipher if this is god's will. you got to be kradsy but you
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should only do if you feel god has called you to get in there and make a difference. >> the president has said he has gotten guidance from god he was not mocked by the media. when scott walker, a republican talks about god, an editor with political wire, in a snarky tweet, he wrote this, governor walker's office was unable to provide any transcripts of his conversations with god. he went on to tweet. i don't pretend i can talk with god, perhaps walker can. serious question can you define god's will from that prayer. scott walker says he's trying to i'm not sure he can. >> he was met with criticism from people of faith. he continued to shoot back until he said he was sorry. eventually put a twitter corner. >> a poll came out, scott walker
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can you get your financial house in order? we have the author of a book we'll call rich b. a simple 12 step plan for getting your life together. you're bold in the book but you have to take bold moves against debt. we know we have to prioritize to pay down debt and set up a schedule. you say, get your rates down, and you can actually call the credit card company to do this. >> it drives me crazy when people don't call up their credit card and negotiate their apr. everything is negotiatable. take a time out every single quarter. i call my cable companies utility companies and i ask for a lower rate. most often they will throw you a bone versus losing you as a customer. >> when you look at a credit card with $100,000 balance and 15% apr when you see what happened after three months, you're up to $1,520.
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>> you're owing half as much as you borrowed. compoinding interest is the eighth wonder of the world. when it works against you it's devastating. >> you emphasize in the book you should consolidate. >> don't cut up your cards because you are missing out on creating credit for yourself. i like to keep the card open and put a consistent bill that you're going to pay anyway. >> okay, now is becoming a rich b for men, too? >> only for brian and steve. they can be our honorary rich bs. it's about inpowering women to live the life they want. >> you say don't forget the pain. >> don't forget the pain. i talk about my stories
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a fox news alert. friends and family reacting to the news the man who shot "american sniper" chris kyle. and his friend chad littlefield found guilty of murder. >> this is an emotional day for the mother of navy s.e.a.l., mark lee. lee was the first s.e.a.l. killed in iraq. he was portrayed in "american sniper" and a close friend to
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chris kyle. >> mark's mom joins us. i saw you at the premier in new york. i remember you were emotional then. what's it like today? >> same thing, it's bittersweet. relieved. glad that justice has been served but it doesn't bring chris back it doesn't bring chad littlefield back. we miss them very much. i am so proud of the state of t, that they gave a quick decision there. and that the families could at least put this part behind them and begin to continue through the grieving process. we miss them so very much. >> your son, mark lee was the first navy s.e.a.l. killed in iraq. stepped in the line of fire to protect his brothers there. we thank him for that sacrifice. watching this trial and knowing the friendship that he and chris kyle had what would you like, in terms of message to have come from this trial to the american people about our veterans? >> well, i think first and
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foremost, i'm glad if did come out it was not ptsd. that the murder was going through, that the truth came out about -- his intentions there and the horrific thing he did that day. also, we need to focus we need to move forward. that's what chris would want us to do. that's what mark and chad would want us to do and not get stuck. so we continue we had great examples in mark and in chris, chris's motto was to serve those who served us. mark's motto was to pass on the kindness and love the precious gift of human life. we have our marching orders. we continue to stay in the fight in the memory of these two men. make sure that our men and women who have served are taken care of. we watch that in the movie, that scene that came through of the struggles they've had. we've been at combat over a decade now, and our men and women who have gone over there and seen combat and been in the
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action do not come back the same people that went over. it is our responsibility as a nation to make sure we are there for them that we're taking care of them. that's part of what we're doing at our foundation. making sure the families know we will never forget the sacrifice. that they know we're taking care of their needs whether physical or emotional. we do know who pays the price for our freedom. we want them to know we love and appreciate them. >> i'm sure now that we've got a verdict we're going to go forward and we will be examining the fact that this eddie routh was part of the v.a. system for a while and wound up on the street. a lot of people said he was not in the right condition to do that. now our condition is going to turn to the v.a. >> parter of this situation, there were issues before he went in the military. so to put any of that as an excuse for what his actions for
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what he did is just, not okay in my book. but there are major issues at the v.a. that we need to make sure that we're changing that system. you know at this point, for me it feels so bad i feel like we should close the v.a. start over again. give our men and women cards they can go find you know, the doctor, the specialist they need that are going to meet their needs. it's a fiasco what's going on at the v.a. i hear on a daily basis from men and women who served saying i can't get help or i sat for three hours at a doctor's appointment. we need to make sure. they've given so much and sack rifaced greatly. >> thank you very much for joining us today to talk about chris kyle and your son as well. >> you bet. >> we will keep mark in our hearts. >> thank you. >> god bless you. >> coming up, three more stories you need to know about before you head out including this,
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it's time for your one more for the road. speens pulling the plug on keith olbermann. he was taken off the awaves for a week after getting in a fight with penn state students who wanted recognition for their efforts raising money for pediatric cancer. he called them pitiful in a response to a tweet touting the school's $13 million fundraiser. students fired back but olbermann did not back down. saying get your money back, you didn't learn how to read. psu students are pitiful because they're psu students. he got suspended. >> one man cashing in on winter. a man in massachusetts launched
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