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a big 8:00 show. then at midnight, a live show at midnight. ben carson and john kasich are in. some big stuff post debate. >> that's it for us. hope to see you. obstruction of justice, and a cover-up. new charges in the intel scandal about the obama administration's campaign against isis. this is "special report." good evening. welcome to washington. serious allegations of a cover-up inside the pentagon with a chairman on capitol hill charging key evidence in the isis intelligence scandal has been destroyed. the pentagon's inspector general and congress have been investigating complaints by intelligence analyst that's their reporting on isis was altered on its way tim chain of command to make president
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obama's campaign against the terror group look so successful than it really was. >> we begin with chief intelligence correspondent on the stunning new allegations of a cover-up. >> it's a very serious and credible charge coming from the republican chairman. reading from a prepared statement, he said evidence was destroyed at u.s. central command. >> we have been made aware that both files and e-mails have been deleted by personnel at centcom. >> during the annual global threats hearing, they heard that nearly half of the analysts who oversee 20 nations see serious problems. >> it seems like analysts concerned at centcom, it is something that can't be ignored. >> we looked at the different views. >> would you consider the 40% to
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be snush? is this a normal -- i would consider that insurely high. >> a source chloe to the investigation, the centcom analysts were appreciated. among the planl. after the u.s. air campaign began in august 2014 the way progress was measured changed. they said analysts were told to page a more upbeat picture. a former intelligence officer who has worked with centcom analysts. >> the conflict is between the real truth they stated and what the end results presented to the national leadership. >> on iran, the nation's intelligence chief fetched lifting the sanctions in january freed up money for bad actor, including the islamic
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revolutionary guard and its special forces unit. ? some money flowed, particularly the cuts. some money has flown to them but not as much as they wanted to. >> and the file stolen from the office of personnel management, president obama and ping. >> i think the jury is out. we have seen some reduction but i don't think we're in a position to say at this point whether they're in strict compliance. >> privacy, intelligence officials voiced concern that the files would be used to access government systems with the goal of corrupting the data so that its integrity is in doubt. this would be the cyber integrity of growing up the network. >> well, president obama made a rare visit to the state department today to meet with
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his national security team for a session that included a review of the stalled plog rest in the isis campaign. good evening. >> as you know, the president will take those meetings around the washington area. most recently he met with them at the penn and at the national counter terrorism center. today did he so again meeting with his team team at the u.s. state department. it was a chance to discuss the ongoing battle against isis and the cease fire they're trying to work out. >> this remajoins a major fight. isil is entrenched using.
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>> them as human shields. even where isil has been drichbl out, it leaves behind utter devastation. >> the president speaking at this very hour. part of a long ranging strategy to get together to talk about the financial, the military and the strategic and even the diplomatic effort against isis. >> the president's visit comes on a day when his top diplomat was grilled on capitol hill. this time. branding christians for genocide. >> it really got heated today on the hill. secretary of state john kerry. he finally said, something needs to be done quickly about that designation but he suggested his department would have to do, more, quote legal leg work before that could be made. this is without a doubt against christians all over the world.
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now in the cross hairs of isis supporters, apparentlily the heads of facebook and twitter. mark zuckerberg and jack dorsey appeared in a 25-minute video. the video depicts them being targeted by bullets. the cal fate army said it was responsibilitying responding. and a lawsuit in six states over obamacare. they filed the suit wednesday. it says that nothing in the affordable care act's language provided clear notice that states would have to pay a fee. the states wanted the fees stopped and refunded for what they've paid. president obama will get his meeting to discuss nominating to
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fill the supreme court seat. they will meet wems. the republican leadership put out a statement saying they will tell him directly that they will not move on a nomination until after the election. now to politics. donald trump strikes back. mitt romney's suggestion after he suggested that the tax returns could be hiding something. a new poll shows the businessman w way. tonight showdown between gop. >> reporter: the pressure is on texas senator ted cruz tonight in his home state. texas has 155 delegates up for grabs. the biggest prize.
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the latest mondpolls. cruz supporters knows he needs to win texas to remain plausible. some have suggested shifting to rubio if he come up short. it is a big night for rubio, too. rubio has yet to win a state and neither has john kasich. >> washington lobby i haves are rushing to crown marco rubio. but national polls show john kasich is the one who beats hillary clinton by 11 possibly. >> in the latest poll, he is being trumped. john kasich's political guru tweeted, quote, with the florida implosion, marco rubio needs to withdraw from the case.
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john kasich is also trailing. the and he needs to do the right thing and suspend his campaign. trump as the undisputed front-runner is being called out by romney. he warned the back tax returns could contain a bomb several. >> he is now pushing me on tax rurnlgs. don't. and countered. what is he hiding? trump's rivals are piling on. >> an awful lot of people speculate that he hasn't made as much money as he says. who knows? >> a l. >> we don't have anything to hide there. >> five candidates will be dpading in houston.
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it is their tenth debate thus far. they all have a tremendous amount riding on this and know the trajectory could set the outcome for super tuesday. mexico's former president weighing in. >> i'm be going to pay for that wolf. he should pay for it. he has the money. >> true to form, donald trump tweeted out a spoms. saying visitantie fox used the f-word. front-runner hillary clinton broke ranks with the president today. it here the latest on the race from south carolina. >> reporter: hillary clinton
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today broke with president obama by declaring to try a trial balloon. she is against the governor from bei being. >> i sure hope the president clueses a true progressive who will stand up for the values and the interests of the people of this country. >> moments later, governor sandoval issued a statement saying he told the white house he no longer wants to be krt. a democrat needs to replace justice scalia. >> we still need the voting rights act to be enforced. too many people are being deprived of their rights. to vote in this country. >> this fits right into a strategy that the liberal wenlt buzz feed dubbed scorch the earth. a.
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the path to the central elect n election. in reality, nobody is that excited about hillary clinton. and young voters, women and men. the foot soldiers of any democratic party movement are not coming around. cleanse appears to be marching or the a decisive victory over bernie sanders here in saturday's south carolina primary. yet she is still struggling the generate enthusiasm. when i look at this crowd i don't think there's any way to lose. >> he's shifted his focus in super tuesday. last night he drew 6,800 people in tulsaa with 2,800 more waiting outside. trying to hedge his bets. >> we'll do everything we can to
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make sure that billionaires do not buy election. >> he'll be back why one more time. without some big victories next week, sanders may have a hard time keeping up in the delegate count. >> thank you. up next, fox 11 in los angeles where a fast moving brush fire in the hillsides of malibu prompted evacuations of several homes. no structures were damaged in that fire. fire officials say one woman was severely injured while fighting the blaze. fox 13 in memphis, more than 385,000 people have voted so far with republican voters outpacing democratic voters.
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man 1: he just got fired. man 2: why? man 1: network breach. man 2: since when do they fire ceos for computer problems? man 1: they got in through a vendor. man 1: do you know how many vendors have access to our systems? man 2: no. man 1: hundreds, if you don't count the freelancers. man 2: should i be worried? man 1: you are the ceo. it's not just security. it's defense. bae systems.
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four people in virginia are dead after severe storms battered the east coast wednesday night. a 2-year-old child was among dead in virginia after a tornado ripped through the town of waverly. elsewhere, a funnel cloud left a path of destruction. in all seven people were killed in that storm system. the battle between privacy and security took central stage on capitol hill today and in court. the fbi director tamped down expectations that unlocking the san bernardino shooter's phone would set a precedent. while apple tells the court, doing so would be dangerous. adam housley reports on the
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ongoing battle for los angeles. >> apple fires back, making a motion to require the company to work with the fbi to access an iphone belonging to the san bernardino terrorist syed rizwan farook. in the legal brief, among others, that the company grant the first amendment rights and that the fbi is seeking dangerous power through courts. company ceo tim cook in an interview with abc about apple's fight with the feds said unlocking the iphone will be bad for america. >> there's a lot of bad guys in the world. you don't need to look further than what has happened to our own government. millions of people have had their personal information stolen by hackers. >> it comes on a day james comey testified before the house intelligence committee saying he understands the desire for encryption technology but he
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worries about long term implications and the harm it could have. he stress that had the justice department's battle with apple is the hardest question he's seen in government. >> when i hear corporations saying, we're going to take to you a world where no one can look at your stuff. that's great. i don't want anyone looking at my stuff. law enforcement, which i'm part of, really does save people's lives. >> federal sources tell fox, they believe the iphone contains information that connects farook to others who may have helped he and his wife in the attack that killed 14 and injured 22 in a christmas party in december. congress is looking to get involved. there is a growing call for a bipartisan commission that would include the tech industry and law enforcement. >> i don't think it should be up to one judge to decide on the encryption policy going forward. this isn't about one case. >> as the encryption battle
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ramps up, there are multiple reports that apple is creating an operating system that would make it impossible to work around. it comes as animal ri members may file an amicus brief tomorrow. the obama administration is speeding up its efforts to help puerto rico. the white house is they know financially strapped country gain access to nearly $400 million for infrastructure projects in hopes it will spur economic growth. puerto rico has $72 billion in public debt that the governor says the unpayable. the dow was up 212 points today. the s&p 500 was up almost 22. next up, with south carolina coming up.
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hillary clinton is banking on a strong turnout from the african-american community in democratic contests going forward. strength with black voters helped her in nevada. but can that sustain her going forward? or will younger black voters be swayed by bernie sanders's message? fox news senior correspondent geraldo rivera went to get a sense. >> the next president of the united states, senator bernie sanders. >> in the most basic turn, they have something others do not. black people who represent an overwhelming majority of those expected to vote in the democratic primary on february 27th. and a whopping 90% of black
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people in south carolina approve of the way president obama is handling his job. >> what we're going to do in this election is to make sure we have a democrat in the white house to succeed president obama to keep our progress going. >> secretary clinton worked hard to tie herself to her former boss. even before he got burned in nevada, bernie got the memo. go black or go home. >> i was told that african-americans had to be with the other candidate. >> the reverend pastor represents bernie's black home. that he can create the same black split among democrats that now exist among whites. so hillary has the black establishment and morgan freeman. >> we need action now. >> and stands with the president against those who would undo his achievements. just like she's always stood
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with others. >> but bernie has danny glover. >> when bernie gets in the white house, he will do the right thing. >> but can bernie bridge the racial gap? >> can hillary clinton rely on the black vote to sustain her in the south carolina primary? >> the vast majority of the political structure of the state, the democratic structure is hillary. >> the democratic party and the united states of america will be best served with the experiences and know-how of hillary clinton. >> with all due respect to elder statesmen hike congressman jim clyburn, what about younger black voters? >> will it be hillary or bernie? >> bill clinton came out trying to be the first black president but barack obama is our first black president. the saxophone don't get us no more. bernie sanders has been standing with black lives matter and
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other groups that we feel mean a lot to us. hillary clinton, we like bill. not necessarily we like hillary. >> like campuses across the country, in charleston we couldn't find a single hillary supporter. >> i'll be voting for bernie sanders in the 2016 presidential race. he doesn't have a super pac and i feel like getting money out of politics is extremely important. >> i'm going to vote for mr. sanders. i believe that he is, he sticks with the notion of equality in our country very, very well. and i see a lot of integrity in him. >> bernie sanders. i feel as a student he has my best interests at heart. >> what about hillary clinton? >> i don't know about hillary. i went to a presidential debate on mound pleasant and bernie sanders is just the man. he is saying things that is getting everybody fired up. >> i'm not sure how he'll do everything he promised but wee we'll see. >> when you look into a woman and the eyes of her two
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daughters and explain why their daddy was shot. >> attending this very important conference on bridging the gap. it is very historic here, the division between black and white. on the democratic side, hillary clinton counting on the african-american vote to sustain her. do you think that her faith is well placed? >> the african-american block has been a reliable voting block for the clintons. i know from when i talk to democratic friends who believe she has to stop the bleeding here. absolutely. i think that's what will happen. >> south carolina is much different. >> state senator agrees. >> i think the majority of the electorate, young and old, will be voting in large number for secretary clinton. and here's why. we know her. she's been with us on the issues. she's not a stranger. >> america's long struggle with race is far from finished. >> i think what is important for
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secretary clinton to do is she really has to hone in that message that will resonate. not just african-americans, but white americans and latino americans as well. >> the latest surveys out of south carolina indicate older african-american vote letters prove secretary clinton's saving grace in south carolina. but as that young man said going forward. she has a. ture road to go. >> the question is are there enough young voters to give bernie sanders the nod? >> it doesn't look that way. especially remember that these mid-march primaries to the end of, to the beginning of april, first week in april, they fall right in the middle of spring break which means the college kids won't even be around to vote. next up, a cover-up at
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the fight will remain tilt but we will continue to draw on all assets of our national power. diplomacy, homeland security, law enforcement and the strenlds of our communities. and i am confident we will prevail. >> president obama at the state department a short time ago talking about the fight against isis. meantime, new shocking allegations from the chair of the house intelligence committee that evidence has been destroyed. and the investigation into intelligence, at u.s. central command. >> it is vital that this committee protect and seriously consider the testimony of the many whistle blowers who provided information to us. for example, we have been made
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aware that both files and e-mails have been deleted by personnel at centcom. and we expect the department of defense will provide these and all other relevant documents to the committee. >> in this hearing it said, they said nearly half the intelligence analysts at u.s. central command said there are serious problems with the integrity of the work. let's bring in our panel. judge andrew napolitano. charles lane, opinion writer for the "washington post," and singled indicated columnist charles krauthammer. if you think back to all the focus on the pre iraq war intelligence and all of the uproar about what was coming through chain, about who knew what. you look at this. this is a big deal. >> it is a big deal. i'm sorry to say i think it will go nowhere in the obama administration.
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if the president's purpose was, to justify the behavior, they are not going to prosecute the people that did that shading. there's only 11 months ago. these are prosecutable events. the willful destruction of information that the government requires be kept. particularly if they believe it is about to be subpoenaed by the congress or any other subpoenaing authority. don't look for anything other than political outrage and editorial outrage over this and the next 11 months. i have to say it is very hard to know what to make of the statements we just heard. the story in iraq that you just heard, the hyping of intelligence to justify an invasion. this would have been the opposite of hyping of intelligence. the downplaying of intelligence to justify it. >> it would make it more rosie. a better picture.
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down playing the threat. the threat was exaggerated in the case of iraq. so when he says the e-mails have been destroyed. we don't know what they are or would have been. we don't know when they say 40%, we don't know how many that is. is that four out of ten or 40 out of 100? we have to say after watching the benghazi investigation fizzle, i'm unsure what they're going to produce out of this. >> on principle you cannot have particularly the military. these presumably not political appointees. were shading evidence and crumbing it and perhaps hiding it and deleting it. as for the practical effect, i believe the president when he said it didn't affect his decisions. he knew what was going on. i think the reason it would have no affect on his decisions, with
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or without shaded intelligence, he believes that this in the end really doesn't matter. this is a man who believes the arc of the moral universe and it tends toward justice. why get all upentity ukraine, even the rise of isil. this is all 20th century stuff. invading other countries. taking territory. particularly in the middle east, he calls it a quagmire. he thinks the russians winning there war are hurting themselves. putin has no idea what to make of such a president on the other side of the table. so for obama, whether the jeng was cooked or not, it wouldn't really matter. he is doing practically nothing and he will continue to do it until the end of his term. he thinks in the end, it is quick sand.
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why get involved? >> i want to talk about this effort to get into the phone of the san bernardino shooter, one of them. and apple's pushback on this. today company argued that it violated the first amendment rights, that the fbi is seeking dangerous power through the courts. that was part of the argument made by apple. >> i read the briefs that apple filed by a friend of mine and probably yours. ted olson. a first rate legal argument. the law in the western part of the united states where the will be argued in california is very clear. if forced speech is not permitted and software is speech. so without getting too into the first amendment weeds, for the government to say you will create this software for us, is the equivalent of you will give us these words, even though you
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don't want to articulate twlem the first amendment says we are not permitted to compel you to do this. big picture is, can the government an sent a statute from the congress, conscript a private corporation to work for the government against their will? by private i mean not owned by the government. >> here's the doj statement today. the justice department's approach to investigating a prosecuting crimes has remained the same. the changes come in apple's reason decision to reverse the longstanding cooperation is that complying with all writs act orders. law enforcement has a longstanding practice of asking the court to require the stance of a third party, in fektuating a search warnl. they will respond appropriately in court. >> if apple had a h in a drawer what they want, they would have to turnett over. >> this is a really interesting
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move by apple and ted olson to make this about the rights of the corporation. corporations are people? >> corporations are people, too, as opposed to the rhetoric about the individuals and toners of the iphone. it might win in court. i'm not sure if that is a winning point for apple among the american people. we're talking about an individual who is clearly guilty. and there is clearly material evidence in there and that individual happens to be dead. so his rights are beside the point here. so i just thought that was clever. but possibly in the court of public opinion, not that popular. >> i find this a weird and bizarre argument. the government is asking, what we're saying is if the government asks for a key into a place where information is that could save a lot of people. you are compelled to turn it
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over. if the government asks you to make the key, it is a whole different thing. i'm not sure i understand the distinction like that. and why it ought to matter. i think the thing is can you be compelled to do anything? once you concede that if you have a key, you have to turn it over, i'm not sure what the creation means. imds the political argument. once i create a back door, it will spread. everybody will have it and we'll all be less secure. that's a reasonable argument. but if that's not the argument being made in court, i don't understand what leg apple has to stand on. >> to his point it does seem people are talking over each other. the fbi and the doj, they are saying one time. this thing. it is not a back door for eternity. if there is information on that phone that could save other people's lives, isn't that compelling? >> so two responses. why did the government wait two
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and a half months if there's information only phone that could save other people? >> they were trying to get in it. >> they got to the point they had to stop. if you do it too many times, it will destroy -- >> i would have tried one, two, three, four. >> no less in authority on the internet and on gathering jen than michael heyden explained this morning. once lose that key, it's there, its foot sprint there and people can hack into it and save so much secure information on the internet. even the government's information. >> it's there. it is where? in the phone? >> somewhere on the internet in a hackable location. >> it's not on the internet. i don't understand this argument. >> you have to ask tim cook. >> next up. 2016 and the trouble with texas. nexium 24hr is the new #1 selling frequent heartburn brand in america.
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♪ no, you're not ♪ yogonna watch it! ♪tch it! ♪ ♪ we can't let you download on the goooooo! ♪ ♪ you'll just have to miss it! ♪ yeah, you'll just have to miss it! ♪ ♪ we can't let you download... uh, no thanks. i have x1 from xfinity so... don't fall for directv. xfinity lets you download your shows from anywhere. i used to like that song. donald trump and marco rubio and ted cruz have none shown us their back taxes. we have good reason to believe that there's a bombshell in donald trump's taxes. >> nobody has been bringing it up except for mitt romney. the reason he brings it up is that he lost in the last
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election and lost very badly. i don't know why he is bringing it up, but tax returns are very complicated. >> i do think mitt has a good point that the voters are entitled to know before they vote. i will release the remainder of what we have this week. >> i will release them. they are not very complicated. they are just not very exotic but we will release them, sure. >> tax returns. now it's a big issue ahead of this g.o.p. debate tonight. mitt romney tweeting out today we thinks the donald doth protest too much. show voters your back taxes. #what is he hiding? donald trump unleashed his twitter machine mitt romney who was one of the dumbest and worst candidates in the history of republican politics is now push 'ing me on tax returns. dope. and then he had this. a picture. signing a recent tax return. isn't this ridiculous? and then saying i'm going to do what mitt romney was totally unable to do, win.
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we're back with the panel. judge? >> i think it's a popular issue to demand of people seeking the presidency that they show their tax returns. even though we saw donald trump's tax returns. they are three feet high would take an expert to go through them. it's irresponsible of mitt romney to use a phrase like "there might be a bombshell in there." this is a donald trump technique that he is using on donald trump. you might see how donald trump reacted to it but to suggest that there is something in there when, presumably, governor romney has not seen donald trump's tax returns, i think, is irresponsible. started a great debate. >> it's not a donald trump technique. it's actually a harry reid technique. that. >> was used on mitt romney. >> remember this? so he says well, he doesn't pay any taxes. we haven't seen the tax returns. then asked last year about it here is harry reid then
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and now. >> the word is out that he hasn't paid any taxes for 10 years. let him prove that he has paid taxes because he hasn't. >> i don't regret that at all. >> some people have even called it mccarthy-ite. >> well with, call it whatever you want. romney didn't win, did he? >> romney didn't win, did he? >> who does that sound like? >> justifies the means i suppose. that, unfortunately, colors my perception of what mitt romney has just done. i think it's playing as a little bit of establishment despoor ration. they bring out mitt mitt romney out of retirement to take on donald trump as part of his push back against him and first thing out of the box he does something like this which obviously reminds everyone's of own kerr if you feel about tax rushes and i don't think the blow has landed at all. >> charles, we sat at this very panel and talked about this very tactic saying where's the beef on the
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harry reid charge? >> well, i mean harry reid -- is a perfect example as we just saw of situational ethics. we won, who the hell cares? i think -- the tax issue is always a low road. a low tactic. it's always been. but this is a year in which it's been 100 percent low tactics and low road. now all a the sudden everybody is scandalized? didn't we hear a candidate say a few months ago you know that cruz, i really want to help him out about where he was born because he could be ineligible and i'm sure the democrats are going to come after him. so let's clear it up. this has been going all the way through. the reason it comes up is because everything else they have thrown at him has not worked it worked on romney because he was ashamed of his wealth and he hid it in the end. there wasn't anything to hide. it will be interesting to see how it works on trump. what you can say pure solid
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is a purely political analysis on the outside it puts him on the defensive for a day and it changes the narrative. if you are a trump or a cruz and you are their campaign manager, that's what you want. >> no rubio. >> rubio and cruz. >> so as we head into the debate we can expect some fireworks on this. take a look a. at a couple of polls. monmouth has a poll out. one poll again and then florida, the quinnipiac poll really made some headway, raised some eyebrows, i guess, with the rubio people and others. again, one poll. but donald trump up big in the state of florida. senator rubio's home state. >> that would be absolutely devastating to senator rubio. i don't know how he could have a loss of that magnitude in his own state. if the numbers stay where they are. if texas numbers stay where they are he lives to another
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day. >> it's close the latest poll in ohio with kasich. >> what those numbers show with trump drifting up in the 40's in various states maybe that cap of 35 wasn't a cap after all. it wouldn't surprise me at all if he ran the table in the south. >> rubio not just if he loses his own state by, what, 16 points that he is now? if he loses by half a point, it's over can't lose. it's winner take all. it would be the end of his campaign one way or the glory it will be exciting. you never know what will happen this election season. stay tuned for son's prank on unsuspecting mom. what makes this simple salad the best simple salad ever?
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every day. she has got good hands. i like the one where she just went okay. thanks for inviting us into your home tonight. that's it for "special report," fair, balanced and unafraid. greta goes "o right now. tonight, "on the record," florida senator marco rubio may have big4l trouble at home. self-crossing his fingers he will win in florida. that's where he lives. that's who he represents. and yet right now in a new florida poll donald trump is clobbering marco rubio. likely voting republican voterss trump in command. marco rubio behind can anyone possibly catch up and outshine trump in the sunshine state in will florida go trump? nice to see you?


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