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last of nine critically endangered giraffes to a sanctuary in kenya. last to catch the boat were mother and calf noel and project 15 month project to save nine giraffes. congratulations warms your heart to see that. >> jesse: does greg want to compare those giraffes to anybody else on news? greg greg who has a really long neck? >> dana: i know someone but i won't say it. >> jesse: just don't do it. "special report" is up next with bret. >> bret: way to stick your neck out on that one, harold. thank you, thanks, jesse. ♪ >> the battle is now joined on many fronts, we will not waiver. we will not tire, we will not falter. and we will not fail. peace and freedom will prevail. >> we already have service members doing their duty in afghanistan today whose parents served in the same war. we have service members who are not yet born when our nation was
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attacked on 9/11. war in afghanistan was never meant to be a multigenerational undertaking. >> bret: two presidents, two messages. good evening welcome to washington. i'm bret baier a monumental decision about america's longest war almost 20 years after troops went into afghanistan, president biden is taking criticism tonight from both sides of the aisle over his announced intention to withdraw all of them by september 11th this year. the last administration, the trump administration also planned to remove forces this year. but there are questions about whether the afghans can prevent the taliban and al qaeda from regaining a terrorist foot hold in the region, specifically inside afghanistan. white house correspondent kristin fisher has details tonight live from the north lawn. good evening, kristin. >> good evening, bret. president biden just made one of the biggest, most consequential decisions of his presidency. a full withdrawal of u.s. troops from afghanistan. president biden says it was not
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a difficult decision to make. >> was it a hard decision to make, sir? >> no, it wasn't. to me it was absolutely clear. >> after 0 years of war, more than 2,000 americans killed and nearly a trillion u.s. dollars spent, president biden says it is time to bring all-american troops home from afghanistan. >> it's time to end america's longest war. >> speak from the same room where former president george w. bush announced those first u.s. airstrikes in afghanistan in 2001, president biden announced a complete withdrawal by 9/11 of this year. >> i'm now the fourth united states president to preside over american troop presence in afghanistan. two republicans, two democrats. i will not pass this responsibility on to a fifth. >> republicans and some democrats argue it's dangerous to telegraph any date to the taliban but, especially that one. >> apparently we're to help our adversaries ring in the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks
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by gift wrapping the country and hand it's right back to them. >> but president biden believes a conditions-based withdrawal would keep u.s. troops in afghanistan indefinitely. >> we cannot continue the cycle of extending or expanding our military presence in afghanistan hoping to create ideal conditions for the withdrawal and expecting a different result. >> the white house press secretary was pressed if there was any chance president biden would delay the withdrawal if the situation on the ground deteriorated. >> he remains committed to the timeline that he intends to set out in his speech. >> president biden unfortunately has chosen the highest risk option available which is to leave no matter what. >> no u.s. troops have been killed in afghanistan since the trump administration struck a peace deal with the taliban. the deal called for withdrawal of u.s. troops by may 1st. now president biden has pushed it back to september 11th, regardless of the date, the head
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of the cia warned on capitol hill today -- >> when the time comes for the u.s. military to withdraw, the u.s. government's ability to collect and act on threats will diminish. that's simply a fact. >> now, this decision will almost certainly come up when president biden delivers his first address to a joint session of congress and that date has finally been set for april 28th, his 99th day in office. bret? >> bret: kristin fisher live on the north lawn, kristin, thank you. more on this with the panel. also breaking tonight tensions extremely high in and around minneapolis again after three nights of violent protests following the killing of daunte wright by a police officer over the weekend. prosecutors say they will charge that officer who killed daunte wright with second degree manslaughter. she has been arrested. all of this comes against the back drop of the trial just down the road for the former minneapolis police officer accused in the death of george floyd. senior correspondent mike tobin
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is, again, in brooklyn center minnesota tonight. >> a mugshot for a veteran police officer, kim potter is charged with second degree manslaughter and facing the possibility of up to 10 years in prison. a statement from the washington county attorney's office says she will be prosecuted vigorously. officer potter abro gate her responsibility to protect the public when she used her firearm rather than her taser. the body camera shows what the former chief described as a fatal mistake, a traffic stop that turned to a struggle. he potter pulled side arm instead of her taser and killed 20-year-old daunte wright. >> i just shot him. >> police say the stop was for expired tag. officers discovered wright had outstanding warrant for possessing a pistol without a warrant. the struggle ensued when wright resisted arrest. they don't accept that narrative. >> it boggles the mind why she would pull him over in the first place or is it the rules are set aside when you are really being targeted for driving while
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black? >> with demonstrators gathering nightly left wing lawmakers like alexandria ocasio-cortez indicted all policing with a tweet, daunte wright's killing was not a random disconnected accident. it was the repeated outcome of an indefensible system that grants impunity for state violence, rewards it with endlessly growing budgets at the cost of community investment and targets those who question that order. >> you are hereby ordered to immediately disperse. >> a protest at the police station again turned to rioting. techniques now standard at anti-cop demonstrations included fireworks, umbrellas, shields and random fires. bricks and bottles hurled at police. police responded with gas and flash bangs. upwards of 60 arrested. >> we are not going to tolerate the activities that we have seen the past couple of nights. >> the mayor of brooklyn center mike elliott says city council banned the use of tear gas he also said the county sheriff is commanding the law enforcement
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response to rioting and curfew enforcement. as you can see another crowd is gathering, another curfew is in place for 10:00 local time. bret? >> bret: mike tobin life in brooklyn center. mike, thank you. the defense in the case of former minneapolis police officer derek chauvin is trying to cast doubt on prosecution claims about the cause of george floyd's death. today a retired forensic pathologist testified floyd died of a sudden heart rhythm problem due to his heart disease. that contradicts several experts who say floyd succumbed to a lack of oxygen while being restrained by police. federal prosecutors are will not charge a capitol police officer who shot and killed a woman who climbed through the broken part of the door during the capitol riot on january 6th. prosecutors say they reviewed video of the incident along with statements from the officer involved and other officers and witnesses. they say they also examined physical evidence from the scene and reviewed the autopsy results.
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cdc experts held an emergency meeting today over concerns about the safety of the johnson and johnson coronavirus vaccine. correspondent jonathan serrie tells us what's being discussed from atlanta. the breaking news this afternoon. good evening, jonathan. >> good evening to you, bret. it's going to be at least another week before the cdc's independent advisory committee of vaccine efforts is able to vote on a recommendation regarding the johnson and johnson vaccine. committee members say they need more time and data. in the meantime, j and j's shots remain on hold. >> state and federal vaccination sites have put the shots on pause tuesday after six incidents, one fatal, involving a rare combination of blood clots and low plate let counts in women. >> jointly cdc and fda were able to identify these rare events and act quickly to alert healthcare providers and the public. >> with more than 7.2 million j and j doses already
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administered, federal health officials today pushed back on criticism that their abundance of caution may actually increase hesitancy among americans already skeptical of vaccines. >> it should reinforce in those individuals how we take safety so seriously. >> with an average of 3.3 million americans getting vaccinated each day, white house officials say they still expect to meet president biden's goal 200 million shots by his 100th day in office. >> we do expect some impact on daily averages as site and transitions from johnson and johnson to moderna and pfizer vaccines. >> some governors were critical of the administration for not giving more advanced notice of the j and j pause and say the one dose vaccine was popular among many of their constituents. >> we have had success with johnson and johnson. we haven't seen any major issues. so i was a little bit taken aback by it. but it is what it is. >> now, to put this in perspective, health officials say they believe the risk here
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is low. and they say that flu-like symptoms after a covid-19 vaccine are common. but they do advise you to seek immediate medical attention if you have received this vaccine and you develop difficulty breathing or severe pain in the head abdomen, or legs, bret? >> bret: one to watch. jonathan serrie, live in atlanta. jonathan, thank you. now capitol hill, intelligence agency chiefs sounding the alarm about threats to the u.s. from china, russia, and iran. they spoke about intelligence challenges at a senate hearing today. congressional correspondent jacqui heinrich shows us tonight from capitol hill. >> from chinese he is mean non-and the origins of covid to iran's nuclear power, russian interference and social media's influence on extremism, intelligence agency heads on capitol hill gave a frank assessment of global threats to the u.s. in the first public hearing of its kind in more than two years. >> the world will face more
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intense and cascading global challenges ranging from disease climate change to disruptions from new technologies and financial crises. >> china dominated the conversation, fbi director christopher ray saying the threat is so persistent and diverse the fbi opened a new investigation about every 10 hours. and is currently working more than 2,000 probes on economic spying alone. a 100 percent increase over the last few years. >> i don't think there is any country that presents a more severe threat to our innovation, our economic security and our democratic ideas. >> the spy agency heads say the congressman government academic institutions and government and is getting better at avoiding detection in part because 90% of u.s. critical infrastructure is privately owned. >> these are no longer a question of if an institution is going to be compromised but when. >> intelligence leaders also shared concerns about russian goals of undermining american
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democracy. but said what they could publicly about plans to deal with it. >> most of my white hair came from serving in russia and dealing with putin's russia over the years. so one thing i have learned is not to under estimate, you know, the ways in which president putin and the russian leadership, you know, can throw its weight around. >> members of the senate intelligence committee received a subsequent classified briefing the press do not attend. but one answer lawmakers did not get what was the origin of the covid-19 virus. director of national intelligence admiral haines described two working theories, contact with infected animals or a lab accident but said there's no conclusion yet. bret? >> bret: we will continue to follow that story. jacqui heinrich live on capitol hill, jackie, thanks. up next, financial history is made crypto currency. we will tell you about the risk and the rewards. first, here is what some of our fox affiliates around the country are covering tonight. fox 5 in new york with the death
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of financier bernard madoff. he died early today at the federal medical center in butler, north carolina. of natural causes. he pleaded guilty to orchestrating a massive ponzi scheme he was serving 150 year sentence. madoff was 82. fox 8 in new orleans as the coast guard asks for help in the search for a dozen workers after a lift boat capsized off the louisiana coast tuesday afternoon. one crew member died and six so far have been rescued. and this is a live look at the santa monica pier from fox 11 our affiliate out there in l.a. the big story tonight the debut of the uniforms to be worn by team u.s.a. at the close ceremony of the tokyo olympics. ralph la ren is the official outfitter. the games are he will scheduled to begin july 23rd. opening ceremony uniforms will be unveiled later. i'm sure we will have that, too. that's tonight's live look outside the beltway from
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>> bret: a former florida tax collector facing criminal charges has been assisting federal investigators about congressman's matt gaetz's alleged encounters with women. "new york times" is reporting joel greenberg told investigators he and gaetz had meetings with women who were given cash or gift next change for sex. gaetz has denied any wrongdoing and has pledged to stay in office. also tonight, florida's two republican senators say the allegations are serious but they are calling it premature to say what should happen next to gaetz. texas republican congressman kevin brady says he will not run for re-election. the house ways and means committee ranking member crites g.o.p. rules limiting such leadership to six terms as one of the reasons. he has been around for a long time from texas. stocks mixed today gained 54. the s&p 500 fell 17. the nasdaq lost 138.
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a look tonight to what many believe could be the future of finance or at least part of it. a digital currency exchange called coin base is making its market debut and bringing with it astronomical valuation. fox business is preview thrvettle was a watershed moment for digital currency today coinbase that digital currency exchange made its debut on the nasdaq direct listing under the ticker coin. it priced last night $250 a share. it opened at $381. it was up 52%. it finished the day at 328. the valuation for this company just around $100 billion. now, unlike other popular debuts that we have seen in the past that have been unprofitable, coinbase makes money through commissions from people who trade digital currency. the company reported revenue $1.8 billion in the first quarter of this year.
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profit for the same quarter expected at 322 million. the verified user base up to 56 million people. but where does coinbase go from here? its success depends on the state of crypto currency. people trade them coinbase does well. if regulation comes in to play, for example, becomes a problem, this company may falter. crypto currencies are popular right now as a hedge against inflation, similar to gold. simply put currencies like the dollar become less valuable when central banks print money and that's when inflation occurs. the difference with crypto take bit coin, for example, if there is a finite amount in circulation then that is one way to preserve value. also crucial mainstream efforts to use digital currency. tesla lets you pay in bit coin. paypal is starting to allow it, too. the city of miami wants to use it for payments as well. brian armstrong has a 20% stake in the company, today at least on paper, bret, he made about
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$20 billion. >> bret: well, that's not a bad wednesday. all right. jackie, thank you. still ahead, where do illegal immigrants go along the super border when they do not want to get caught? we will take you there in a fox news exclusive next. first, beyond our borders tonight. iran's supreme leader says offers being made at the vienna talks over the country's nuclear deal, quote, are not worth looking at. ayatollah khomeini made a speech on the first day of ramadan in iran. as supreme leader he has final say on all matters of state. queen elizabeth ii returns to royal duties four days after the death of her husband prince philip. the 94-year-old british monarch attended a retirement ceremony. the royal family is observing two weeks of mourning for the prince who died friday at the age of 99. martha mccallum will host our coverage of prince philip's funeral saturday starting at 9:00 a.m. eastern time.
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israel marks its national memorial day for fallen soldiers bereaved families, visit cemeteries and attend memorial ceremonies and television and radio shifts programming to somber music and broadcasts of memorial services and documentaries throughout the day about slain soldiers. just some of the other stories beyond our borders tonight. we'll be right back. ♪ nsurance so you only pay for what you need. thank you! hey, hey, no, no limu, no limu! only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪ germ proof your car with armor all disinfectant. kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses.
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♪ >> bret: vice president kamala harris is announcing plans to visit mexico and guatemala on what would be her first official trip abroad. harris is leading the administration's diplomatic efforts on the immigration surge at the southern border. but, she still has no plans to actually visit the border. the administration also said today president biden has no plans for a visit there. tonight a fox news exclusive, we look at where illegal immigrants who are trying to evade law enforcement are crossing in to the u.s. one of the hot spots, the hottest spots is along the rugged arizona border. national correspondent william la jeunesse reports tonight from a praise not often seen on television. >> tucson is the number one in the country for got aways. >> the border patrol focuses on apprehensions. they keep another stat got aways migrants who cross the border and don't get caught. tucson last month apprehended 80,000, 12,000 got away.
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and unlike texas, the majority here are mexican adult males, according to cbp, 38% were previously deported. typically a large group will cross and disperse. agencies catch some, not others. here a group is loaded into a horse trailer providing the opportunity for other groups to cross elsewhere. >> it's like some of these agents are handcuffed and doing their job. >> why here? >> the indian reservation. almost the size of connecticut the landscape remote, rugged and smugglers exploit operational restrictions. >> there are certain things you cannot do on the reservation. >> tribe maintains this is sacred land. >> the federal government's continued destruction of our religious and cultural resources and nothing less the bull dozing of our church ground and our cemeteries. >> this is a popular crossing point with migrants. this is the warning they have as they enter the senor i can't dessert. be careful. don't expose your life to the elements, it's not worth it. >> there is no indian villages
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of 12 miles of here. >> freezing night, blistering days, rescues here are common. thousands enter illegally every day. some die trying. last year the county recovered the remains of 220 undocumented migrants in the tucson sector. arizona, william la jeunesse, fox news. >> bret: and we will continue our reports from the border as that crisis continues. tonight, we take a closer look at what appears to many viewers to be a seismic and long-term shift left on the part of the mainstream media. so is it happening? and, if so, what are the reasons and the ramifications? here's fox news media and list and host of fox news media buzz howard kurtz. >> the media have been accused of decades of liberal bias by richard nixon. >> the press is the enemy, the press is the enemy. >> by george h.w. bush. not so much by barack obama. >> the feeling most people get
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when they hear barack obama i got this thrill going up my leg. >> and by donald trump who hit back hard. >> these are just dishonest, terrible people. i'm telling you that fake, fake, disgusting news. >> have four years of increasingly hostile coverage of trump made the press more reflectively anti-republican now that joe biden is president? it's a difficult question because biden has a less confrontational style but many reporters steam admire him. >> the perception of you that got you elected as a moral, decent man. >> when the "new york post" broke this story of hunter biden's incriminating laptop not only did twitter censor the story and later apologize. >> incredible interference of the right to vote and be heard. >> the managing editor dismissed it saying we don't want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories. the laptop contents were confirmed but now that the president's son is out with a book on his drug addiction, many in the media are sympathetic.
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>> that hunter biden clip, it is really -- it's a gut punch, i mean this really human man nices something that former president trump and the right tried to exploit. >> press has been somewhat tougher on the president after an initially slow start over the crisis of migrant children at the border. >> was it a mistake not to anticipate this surge? >> and the barring of journalists from overcrowded facilities. blocking access to the news media is not leveling with the american people, mr. president. >> but some are still deflecting blame from president biden's policies and pointing at his predecessor. >> the difference here is that a lot of these children are part of a problem that the biden administration inherented from the trump administration. >> now that biden is pushing his second straight $2 trillion bill on infrastructure and more, the coverage has been largely sympathetic. one cnn news headline declaring with an eye on history, biden moves on big, bold and progressive infrastructure package. when new york governor andrew
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cuomo lionized by the press early in the pandemic was found to withhold information on nursing home deaths, the media were slow to pursue it. when a former aid accused him of shower. , which cuomo denies, the network ignored a it and cnn ran two very brief items. it was the "new york times" that tracked down cuomo's second accuser charlotte bennett and cbs that put her on the air. >> do you believe that he was propositioning you? >> yes. >> we shouldn't kid ourselves, a lot of consumers of political finding outlets that basically affirm a lot of their views. >> "60 minutes" drew widespread criticism for a story trying to link a vaccine contract ordered by florida governor ron desantis to a political donation. >> the criticism is that it's pay-to-play, governor. >> it's wrong, it's wrong. it's a fake narrow timothy i just disabused you of the narrative and you don't care about the facts. >> the cbs program refused to air most of the governor's response or to admit the piece was one-sided. it seems clear joe biden is getting an easy ride so far,
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that the media down played the cuomo scandals until they were too big to ignore while being much rougher on g.o.p. leaders as florida's ron desantis. there are important exceptions, of course. but that helps explain why three months after trump left office republican mistrust of the media has reached new lows, bret? >> bret: howie, well done, we will continue to talk about this. thank you. up next, we will bring in the panel. we are going to talk about this with the panel. but we will also get reaction on president biden's decision to withdraw all u.s. troops from afghanistan. ♪ ♪ >> this kind of a pullback is reckless, it's dangerous. >> we can't be the policeman for the world. either. it's not our job. ♪ ♪ stay restless with the icon that does the same. the rx crafted by lexus. get 0.9% apr financing on the 2021 rx 350
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♪ >> aim now the fourth united states president to preside over american troop presence in afghanistan.
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i will not pass this responsibility on to a fifth. i spoke yesterday with president bush to inform him of my decision. i concluded that it's time to end america's longest war. it's time for american troops to come home. >> the consequences, they are pretty obvious. fracture the government, fracture the afghan security force. the possibility of the taliban taking over and an absolute disaster and, what, do we have to go back in and do it again like we did in iraq? >> bret: general jack keane responding there to the decision to pull all troops out of afghanistan by september 11th this year. let's bring in our panel ben domenech publisher of the federalist. leslie marshall democratic strategist and trey gowdy former congressman from south carolina. trey, let me start with you, there are two sides to this join, obviously. the trump administration as we mentioned last night was trying to do this by may 1st. and it was popular politically when the president, the former
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president now, would talk about it on the campaign trail bringing troops home. but there is real concern, especially in the hawkish kind of side of the republican party, about what happens afterwards. >> yeah, bret. i'm glad you brought that up. our response should be the same and luckily for me, mine is i mean, is the war over or is it just our participation in the war over? i mean, i'm not moved by the number 20 years. yes, it's a long time but, bret, so is 17 years. so is 12 years. i mean, there is nothing about 20. is the threat of terror, it was a war on terror. is the terror threat over? what are our intelligence officials telling us? what are our military officials telling us? that's what i want to know. so he has got make the case for why are you doing it and why now? >> bret: leslie, i guess there are some people who said that every time we said it was conditioned-based the conditions never got there and at some
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point the president had to do what biden is doing. however, congressman mike waltz from florida who served as the special forces soldier over in afghanistan multiple times had this to say: >> the last thing i want to see is another 9/11. and the best way that i think to cause another 9/11 to happen is to pull all of our troops out of afghanistan when half the world's terrorist organizations are still there. >> bret: leslie? >> well, if we just look at al qaeda, they are definitely not the al qaeda that we knew on 9/11. the taliban might be stronger, quite frankly, than they were when we first entered afghanistan. but, here's the problem, bret. you know, a lot of vets who fought in afghanistan don't feel that way. and do feel that they are going to be risks whether we stay or whether we go. because, in staying, in our presence there, we do not solve the problems that plague
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afghanistan. i mean, the afghan government wasn't even present for the negotiations which the taliban were. but speaking of, the government is stronger but more specifically, the military of afghanistan is stronger. there are special operations and intelligence are stronger. joe biden didn't just campaign on, this as you know, when he was vice president, he fought former president barack obama and failed about this very issue. so this is something a lot of americans want. certainly there are those i like it seat consistency who are against this in the republican party with donald trump as they are with joe biden. i think it's risky either way. but, we just can't stay there because of a potential threat from an outside terrorist group, al qaeda, more than the taliban which certainly is more of a concern within the borders of afghanistan. >> bret: yeah, and, ben, leslie rightly points out that president trump plowed the political field here, made it a lot easier for president biden to make this decision.
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>> you know, i have had multiple family members serve in afghanistan and what they will tell you, along with many of my friends in this generation who have gone there, is that this is long past the point where we should have left and that there is diminishing returns towards being there and i think that one of the real issues where washington is completely add the with the american people is this war. it has been a repeated problem in terms of anyone who tried to engage in a process that would lead to leaving. president trump had to do it over the objections of all manner of people within washington. he obviously set that may 1st deadline which is now being moved back. and, in talking to some people who are veterans of that conflict today, many of them were telling me that they think that this can kick is only going to lead to future excuses that will keep us in that country for the foreseeable future. that in the interim in the time between now and the 9/11 choice
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of exit, that there will be all manner of justifications made for us to stay there and honestly, i can't really dispute them on that given what we have seen in so many other instances of our foreign policy over the past two decades. >> bret: not only that when you put a date on the calendar and date happens to be 9/11 it seems like some people may take advantage of that or try in afghanistan to change the circumstances. i want to talk about the circumstances on the southern border. we reported trey, earlier that the vice president is heading to guatemala and mexico. the northern triangle countries as well to deal with what she calls the root causes and that's what the president has asked her to do. she is not, however, going to the southern border. the last time she did got southern border she talked about that experience a couple of times. take a listen. >> the president -- what is happening with the detention of these children, the circumstances by which they
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arrived is a human it rights abuse committed by the united states. when i'm elected one of the first things i'm going to do is shut down private detention facility. >> private detention natal currently houses 2700 children. i saw children lined up single file based on gender being walked into barracks. the policies of this administration have been facilitated by laws on the books that allows them to be incarcerated as though they committed crimes. >> bret: so, i mean, is that why they are not going to the southern border because of those soundbites and the experiential number of kids down there now? >> you know, bret, if she is looking for the root cause of our migrants crisis i can save her a trip go to her website. if you want to know why they are coming to the southern border listen to the way democrats have talked about this country party
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no. wall very little border security. decriminalize access. sanctuary cities are fine. you will have to do a heck of a lot to get deported. that's why they are coming, so, she doesn't need to go to guatemala. i can tell belize is doing well. costa rica is doing well. panama that is doing well. plenty of countries in that region they are coming here because of people like her and the way they talk about the issues. >> bret: leslie, i will give you the last word, care to point out that vice president pence focused on northern triangle countries too and those countries working with them not to produce people coming to the southern border but this is different, is it not? >> well, certainly it's different. it's a different administration and a different way. look, we don't want to just write checks to the government. we want to make sure that the people can benefit. how can the people benefit and how do we stop them from coming from el salvador, honduras and guatemala specifically. those countries are ridden with
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crime and poverty. how do we work with these governments and by the way the president of el salvador last week wouldn't meet with a u.s. special envoy. wouldn't even meet with the vice president who should visit all of those countries not just two and certainly should go to the border as well. but, the bottom line is you have to stop the source. and quite frankly, democrat and republican going back haven't done that and hopefully this administration can be successful in that. >> bret: we should also point out we invite vice president harris and president biden to come on "special report" pretty much every week, it's a standing invite. so that continues. up next, is the mainstream media bias getting more intense against republicans and conservatives? you see it? is it happening? that's next. ♪ ♪
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♪ >> three and a half years, do you regret at all all the lying have you done to the american people. >> all the what? >> all the lying? all the dishont. >> when you hear these remarks, suckers, losers, recoiling from amputees, what does it tell you about president trump's soul and the life he leads? >> are you being a sore loser are you a trump adviser? >> the perception of you that got you elected as a moral, decent man, is the reason why a lot of immigrant are come to this country and trusting you with unaccompanied minors.
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>> bret: howard kurtz had a piece earlier in the show about the media and the treatment of president trump and the treatment of president biden. president trump obviously elicited a lot of emotions from some journalists. some journalists who didn't express them before did in the trump administration. did that somehow break the mold and change the dynamic? we are back with our panel, ben, i will start with you, do you sense there is a change that there's more bias against republicans and conservatives because of donald trump? >> i think it's moved well beyond bias, bret. i think that we now are witnessing a situation where people are behaving in incredibly irresponsible manners against the politicians who they view as being really on the opposite side. i mean, can you view this through the lens of president trump. but i think that the experience in recent weeks of ron desantis who has had enormous success in florida during his response to
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covid and was really just smeared in a very obvious way by one of the executions "60 minutes" they had no compunction about it they didn't feel they needed to apologize even with criticism from many people who are within that same media lane, big problem with the report seemed to be that they were so sloppy about it and really made such an obvious mess of it. this is the kind of thing that republican politicians should get used to. it is the new reality and it's not going away. and that should inform the way that they treat these types of questions from the press when there's never going to be any kind of fair shake given to them. they need to approach it with that same level of combativeness and willingness to push back against narratives that are already established and that serve the partisan ends of the democratic party. >> bret: the "60 minutes" piece was one of the bullet point that we kind of put on the wall there. here's a piece of that and what they did in the clean-up.
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>> the criticism is that it's pay-to-play, governor. >> it's wrong, it's wrong. it's a fake anywhere tia. narrative."60 minutes" will notl guise as they should. on their air they have not mentioned this example of media malfeasance even once. >> some viewers, including a retired news man, applauded the story. ron desantis will continue to deny, refute, call your reporting a witch-hunt. can i only hope that you continue to investigate and expose the truth. many more comments condemned our editing and reporting. shameful, biased reporting. that is what you're guilty of. you are no longer journalists but lobbyists and advocates. >> leslie, i know you are a democrat, you speak to a lot of democrats. do you sense that there is a change here? that kind was kind of egregious. >> quite frankly, i have seen a change in journalism and i used to be a journalist. i always say i'm not a journalist anymore. i opine and people forget there
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is a big difference. there is a huge and should be a line in the sand. journalists should get -- ask the questions and get the answers and report the facts. while people like myself strategize, opine, analyze and talk on a talk show about it on radio. but, at the end of the day, i have to say i have seen a difference since president trump was president and in all honesty and i think part of the reason for that, bret, was his attitude toward a free press or lack thereof and his attitude and his treatment of reporters. and i think after that in a sense put them on the defensive. so were they kind ler and gentler to joe biden perhaps because he has been kinder and gentler to them? could be. >> bret: trey? >> yeah, bret, trump may be the last exhibit in the trial but he wasn't the first. look at romney and mccain, they couldn't stand either one of those guys until they started criticizing republicans. they sure as hell didn't like them when they were running for president. the media likes three kinds of republicans the ones that vote with democrats, the ones that lose and the ones that die and
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dying is just a little too much for most of us to curry favor with the media. [laughter] >> bret: all right. we will leaf there but as the story about press that we're going to definitely continue to follow. when we come back, tomorrow's headlines tonight with the panel. ♪ ♪ (vo) ideas exist inside you, electrify you. they grow from our imagination,
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♪ ♪ >> bret: finally tonight, a look at tomorrow's headlines tonight with the panel. ben, first to you. >> kamala harris maintains that putting babies in plastic pods is completely different, nothing alike putting babies in cages. she denounced it from the get-go when she was running for president. this time around, she's going to have to find a way to defend it. >> bret: leslie? >> cancel culture, republicans vowed to boycott corporations
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who signed a two-page ad in "the new york times" opposing discrimination in voting rights. >> bret: ah. there you go, that headline. wonder what paper that is in. trey, you are up. >> just a breyer fires law clerks and hires food tasters as retirement talk swirls by democrats. >> bret: so, the question is, do they nudge him out or don't they? >> it is hard to get rid of somebody who has a lifetime job, so federal judges do not listen to much anybody, but they keep trying. >> bret: panel, that's pretty good. quick headlines. thank you. tomorrow on "special report," republicans are already lining up to take on georgia's newly elected senator, rafael warnock. we will introduce you to one of the potential challengers live on "special report." also, don't forget my five-part
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documentary series "the unauthorized history of taxes quote," streaming on fox nation, getting a lot of hits and response to it already. it really lays out the history of taxes and something everybody should know. i commend it to you. thanks for inviting us into your home tonight. that is it for this "special report." fair, balanced, and unafraid. "fox news primetime" hosted by lawrence jones starts right now. >> lawrence: thank you, bret. i appreciate it. good evening and welcome to "fox news primetime." ♪ ♪ i'm lawrence jones, and tonight, the left is done reimagining policing. they are now in the beginning stages of implementing the radical criminal justice agenda to blow up our current state of policing. that became very apparent today when kristen clarke, joe biden's nominee to lead the doj's civil rights division, testified before the senate. she faced tough questions like "why did you want organize a conference of champion cop killers and domestic terrorists" and "why did you

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