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kennedy, we will be watching for you tonight. ask everyone and now here is "america reports." >> john: emily, thank you so much. i don't forget funder as well. only on fox, and up look down like a close look at the crisis as we see a record-setting surge of migrants entering the country illegally. john roberts in washington, double duty for both of us. >> sandra: what a friday it is, we've made it this far. fox news is getting this exclusive look at the day-to-day challenges that these agents continue to face. we are on board for a ride along. that happened last night with the national border patrol council and a delegation led by house republican whip steve scalise. all of this as we learn more about the cost of caring for migrant children in the u.s. custody. brand-new numbers showing the federal government is spending at least $60 million per week, john, to house them.
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>> john: we have team coverage, mark daniels met with alexander my archive yesterday and he will join us in moments. >> president biden: the mic >> sandra: alex hogan his life at the texas border to kick things off. >> we just got off of vote with texas dps end of course we are here with this delegation ten congressmen who are here to talk about what they are seeing on the border. we have a live drone where we can give you an aerial view of this part of the country. right now, we are seeing thousands of migrants, last month alone 172,000 people cross the border into the u.s., 19,000 children. last night we were able to go out with border patrol and they showed us the ins and outs of what they see every single day. of course, all of these congressmen and women were there with us and we do have a
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statement from steve scalise who is a house republican whip and he said that this is happening every single day. if you are not heartbroken by that you don't realize a devastating impact that this is having on people and these stories calling on the president to come down himself. we were out there last night with border patrol, initially it was dark. we were there for about three hours in the middle of the night and without the lights on it was pitch black. we were able to hear people in the forest, in the weeds. we stopped and there was a group, they were actually all strangers who had banded together for solidarity in numbers. there was a 17-year-old i talked with, he was crying. his whole goal was to make it to north carolina to eventually find his mother. he had been traveling for one month, taking trains and boats and walking, doing whatever he could. he had scratches all over his body. they found a 7-year-old girl who was traveling by herself and they brought her in in their group to be able to protect her.
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when they got there last night he asked me, which way is america? he didn't even realize he had made it to u.s. soil so those were his first steps are arriving in the u.s. and his first conversations eventually figuring out that he had made it. a very tearful moment. this is a sad reality of what we see every single day on the border, these children are caught in the crossroads. it's not the politics that they are facing but rather the desire to be with their family. we know many cases of children in u.s. facilities, they do have at least one relative and 40% of them, that relative is their parent or guardian. sandra and john? >> john: when you go out with texas dps on those gunboats, what is their perspective -- obviously these are state even season. what's their perspective on how the federal government is dealing with this? >> what we are hearing from them pretty much across the board, people are frustrated. they feel overwhelmed and they
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thought that february was a lot, then they thought that march was a lot and now they are seeing even more. they are excited that people are here, the congressmen are holding a press right now to talk about the issues that they need help with. on the other hand, they do feel cautiously optimistic and hopeful that something will change, but not certain at this point because so far what we have seen is just the numbers continue to increase. i will say however they all expressed sadness for these children because they realize these are not kids who are waking up to decide what to do this journey by himself, but rather being told to do it or thinking, based on other people's reaction, they will be able to do this safely and this is not a safe journey for children. we have seen them arrive with injuries and much worse. the idea that they can do this trip and be reunited without any danger or violence along the way is not an idea that these agents and dps are hoping is continued.
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>> sandra: quick last question, our fox team giving that overview, let drone view of mission, texas. we got these on along the border. then, take us a little bit more insight of what we are seeing with these images. he was a delegation with flashlights and we know he spoke with a sense of urgency at the number of children in just a matter, and every human in the number of children that they were saying the rats that were coming over. when steve scalise was talking about this, you got the sense of urgency when then he called and railed on the current administration from. not getting down there. >> you can't look at these children and imagine children similar ages and thinking about them doing that at the exact same age. and it doing it with any
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supervision, any protection. there's no street lights. the children were walking, hoping they would run into someone. eventually they ran into us, and i think this is an emotional moment for some of the people that were able to see this alongside of us. it's something you can see in video but experiencing it to hunt having these conversations with people are devastating exactly what they will. >> sandra: good stuff. we appreciate your are reporting from there and will continue to check in with you. >> john: of the problems of the border differ depending on what country you are in. there are similarities across the southern border but, people coming across a border is a bigger problem in some areas. let's bring in sheriff marked animals, a big stretch of his county is right there along the border. he met with homeland security is secretary mayorkas during his visit to the border.
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sheriff, what did you tell the secretary yesterday? >> hello john, i love sandra. thanks for having me again. my self handful border sheriff's and western sheriffs convened in el paso to speak with secretary mayorkas. it was at candid conversation and very passionate and driven, and i will just share with you, there were was frustration to include myself that was shared with the secretary for lack of intervention, and we challenged the secretary to work with us, we need to be working together to solve this. >> john: you provided us with some pictures of some of what you are seeing down there and even mentioned at the top of that scum of the problems with the border sometimes differ. there are common problems but you also get different problems depending on which area of the border you are in.
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these are pictures of drug cartel smugglers? >> these are pictures of the cartel smuggling people into the united states and what's unique about this john is the fact that they are outfitted the same exact way from water bottles to blankets, they are outfitted before they even enter the u.s. that shows how organized and coordinated the efforts are. that is smuggling in my county on almost a daily basis. >> john: one thing i was interested to read in the last few hours, you are a member of the homeland security advisory committee. you were appointed back in 2018. he was suddenly removed from that council as were all of the other council members. what's that about? >> there were 29 members removed, and i won't go into detail as we are enclosed doors on that but this is a nonpartisan committee appointed
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by 29 people, were removed en masse or even removed. and it the only thing i could think of and the only thing i've seen when i brought this up was truly political. time will tell if this goes forward, he wants to get back into the community with it which i support 100% but time will tell if that action comes true. >> john: sheriff dannels, you've been outspoken about the problems at the border and your county as well, do you think that has something to do with it? >> one could wonder. my letter on march 26 when i received a letter from the secretary, it was an honor to address you. the second paragraph, it terminated me for my appointment in washington, d.c. so i thought the application of dismissal was poor.
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i thought, we are here to help this country, not on political base but a public safety base. one could think that and conclude that. >> john: thanks very much for your service, don't let the door hit you in the you know what all the way out. we talked with brandon judd and he sees a real disparity between the outrage to what we see now. listen to what he told us earlier today. >> they are deplorable conditions and it makes me sick that under the trump administration they were politicians yelling and screaming about kids in cages but yet we are putting these kids in the exact same facilities and it's mom. that lets you know this is politics, it doesn't matter how these kids -- what condition these kids are under, it's politics and that's disgusting. >> john: sheriff dannels, just a few seconds left.
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is there a double standards in terms of what we are voicing in outrage at the border? >> i would agree. this is theater. on the backs of humanitarian public safety -- >> john: all right, good to talk to you. >> sandra: president biden set to issue an executive order creating a panel to study changes to the supreme court and that could mean packing the courts. george washington university law professor jonathan truly joins us now. he's also constitutional law expert. from what we know so far, what should we take away from what we are learning about this commission will study changes involving three dozen people, mostly academics with a couple big names in there.
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christina rodriguez, professor at yale law school, they will chair the commission. what does all of this tell you? >> a lot of this has been rather incoherent because joe biden and so opposed to court packing scheme's and that's what some of the people on this commission and many others have called for. there's a difference between performing and packing. decades ago i recommended expanding the court but that's not what is being discussed here. that was the election that many academics call for packing the court. even the democrats a majority on the court in the short term. they haven't been subtle about that. one harvard professor said if we are going to make substantial changes we need to get control of the supreme court and then he said, republicans, but once that is set, they will never win an election again.
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there's this idea of passing transformed legislation but also patrolling the court so it didn't strike that legislation down. what's interesting is that the american people want little of this. the majority opposed court packing schemes and the highest they've gotten in popularity is about 30%. when you talk to liberal faculty is obviously that percentage is much higher and many of these want a muscle play to control the court in conjunction with controlling both houses of congress. >> john: jonathan, this came up in the white house briefing just a short time ago, peter doocy talking to jen psaki about this. >> to follow-up on questions about the supreme court action today, president biden wants that in 1983 he thought court packing was -- he thought that court packing was a bonehead idea when fdr tried it so why ask a panel now to see if it's a good idea?
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>> including the pros and cons on exactly that issue. but they will also be talking about the court rule and constitutional system, and justices on the court, and a court case election rules and practices. the makeup of this commission which was vital for the president was, there are progressives on the court, conservatives on the court, people present different opinions and different points of view and then they will have the report at the end of 180 days. >> the u.s. government is reportedly sending $60 million a week. we want we go on to immigration there but you heard what she said about court packing. justice breyer said the advocates of court packing should think long and hard about the risks. this is a quote from "the washington post," the court authority depends on the trust the court is guided by legal
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principle and not politics. he added structural automation can only feed that letter perception further eroding that trust. so you have a member of the supreme court saying, go slow on this because you may not like the way it ends up. >> this is one of the disappointing aspects of the start of the biden administration. and this is yielding again to the most extreme voices on the left, and that the academic world. these are professors that never objected to the makeup of the core when it was controlled by liberal majority. suddenly this became an urgent matter to redesign the court. >> sandra: jonathan turley, we appreciate you joining on that. breaking news as we learn more about the biden plans to the
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supreme court. and chris wallace will be joining us next hour, he brought up justice breyer which that same "washington post" report does point out that liberals have been lobbying breyer, 82 years old, to retire. obviously if that were to happen in a timely fashion, you are talking about big changes, sooner than later to the court. and just this week, justice breyer was speaking at harvard and warned against expanding the court saying it could make the court more political and could undermine trust in the institution. >> john: and the topic of briar came up at the white house briefing. a question was asked, and jen psaki said the president's view is that the supreme court justice has the ability to make his own decision. >> sandra: and that he does. we will leave there. stacey abrams has come out publicly against the mlb all-star game be moved from atlanta. but, what she's saying something
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>> john: has several current and former staffers for new york governor andrew cuomo reportedly worked on his book on the pandemic but did not volunteer to do so. if true, it would mean government resources were used to produce a four profit book which is against the law.
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he reported he thought the book was part of their normal jobs and that it was not "optional. the stuff we volunteered to help with the book did so on their own time. not so fast, sandra. >> sandra: it seems that every day the news keeps getting worse for cuomo and we will continue to cover it. >> john: layer after layer of this onion. indeed, we will move on to biden's infrastructure plan which would come with corporate tax hikes which could mean massive job losses right here in the u.s. the association of manufacturers finds that 1 million jobs would be lost in the first two years of the imposed increase in taxes. let's bring in charles payne. it's so good to have you here, feel like it has been a little while. so tell us what we need to know here as far as what joe biden in
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terms of raising taxes for this massive infrastructure to plan and all kinds of things, spending is through the roof right now. what does that mean for jobs right here at home? >> that was a national manufacturing, an assortment and less incentive to work, businesses leaving america, and remembered during the obama biden white house we learned the term inversion. we are an american corporation and somewhere in this country were fooling in other countries so they can get a lower tax rate. what's amazing to me is that janet yellen is now working as the secretary of treasury on what they call a global minimum
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tax. it's a crazy idea but the fact that she is working on this is an admission by the administration that 28% tax rate would be uncompetitive in the global economy. >> sandra: is there a number you could agree to? gary cohn formerly under the trump administration has even gone on the record saying the trump administration dropped too low come out the corporate tax rate to 25%. we have robert wolf and he said 28 is too high. 25 he says would be a good number. is there any number higher than it is today that you think could work and be beneficial? >> when the trumpet administration was working on this and anyone asked what i thought, i said 24%. though i think there's some room to edge it up, but again, we are talking about anyone who
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compares this to the 1950s for instance to say, we have much higher taxes. europe was in rubble, japan was in rubble, we were the only game in town for a long time and we kind of squandered that over a period of time. the rest of the world has gotten hip to the fact that it's competitive. by the way, that race to the bottom of global taxes going down coincides with a billion people around the world joining the middle-class. it's food for thought. >> sandra: you mentioned that piece in "the wall street journal," biden's tax plan about that tax rates to the bottom. playing with the tax competition, the problem with apologies to mark twain, the progressive lie about the petition has made its way around the world before it put its shoes on. progressive tax policies are economic losers which makes them electoral losers, too.
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final thoughts? >> it's bewildering that -- imagine arlington saying we will take our rate from 12% to 22% so america can keep jobs. it's just nuts. it doesn't make sense for anybody. you want on economy that is generating jobs, generating innovations, you want generating optimism. you don't do that with sky high taxes. >> that puts a combined global torque corporate tax rate in the world and puts us at the absolute highest. that's another combination, no matter your party affiliation. >> if it's business friendly, it will be job friendly and wage friendly. we got a lot of competition nipping at our heels and we
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don't want to lose our position in this world. >> great point, we do not want to lose you. we will see you at 2:00 on fcm. always good to have him on the program. great perspective and gave him a number. he did talk to the trump administration during the trump years and they were asking him his thoughts on things. he told us he just suggested 24% for the corporate tax rate which would be a number of they agree to. joe biden says he is open to negotiation. rising democratic star stacey abrams denying she played any role in the decision to move the all-star game out of georgia. but is she telling the whole story? charlie gasparino sounds off on this. >> sandra: plus the flags at buckingham palace lowered today after the death of prince philip. a look back at his life and legacy of the british royal. we will have that for you, next.
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>> john: some of the top stories that we are watching for you this friday, the rapper dmx has died at the age of 50. his family confirming the grammy nominated performer, born earl simmons, died at a hospital in white plains, new york, after suffering a heart attack last week. he had been on life support for days. >> sandra: the cdc reporting more than 400,000 people have been infected with the brazilian variant of covid. >> john: and warehouse workers in alabama unionizing close to failure. the vote started last night and is already tilting in the company's favor. the president of the union organizing amazon workers says the company needs to be responsible for its illegal and egregious behavior.
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for more on these and more, download the fox news app, scan the qr code on your screen or go to sandra? >> sandra: people around the world reflecting on prince philip's life following his death today at 99 years old. a live look at buckingham palace where people have been gathering to honor him throughout the day. prince harry is reportedly coming back to england to go to his grandfather's funeral which would be his first return since leaving his royal duties. i had to look twice to make sure it wasn't windsor, that was a live look at windsor. having just paid a visit to windsor castle, it popped up on the screen and i recognized it. i always appreciate your deeply personal look at the royal
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family as you have so intimately grown to know them over the years, taking photographs of them. we have sacks that we are going to put up while you join us that you took yourself. first year of your reflections on this day in his passing. >> sandra, it's a sad day for this country because of howard is now in morning and she was married to philip for 72 years. most of us don't live that long but they been together, she fell in love with him when she was 14 and finally he is gone. now you've heard, the whole country now is sad because he was a great constant for the queen. he was brilliant for the queen and brilliant for the country. speak >> sandra: these are wonderful images you brought to us of him sitting with the queen. he was sportsman, love to life and lived a long life. we are now getting where that prince harry may be coming back
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to england in the coming days to attend his grandfather's funeral. we don't know about his wife, obviously they have been in the news quite a bit. and of their grandchildren, she's heavily pregnant so we don't know if they will be attending. what will the ceremony look like? >> it's next saturday and they will have a service at westminster abbey. then the duke's coffin will go by train to windsor and he will be buried at five more. frog more or where the royals are buried, and of course they will be in this country at the moment there is an amount on the amount that can attend the funeral. so it will only be immediate family. so that's a good excuse for meghan not to come.
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a >> sandra: these are wonderful photographs. it stuck out to me this morning reflecting on his life, there was a pvc royal correspondent who weighed in on the moment and talked about prince love having what he described as a huge contribution with respect to the queen's long grain. his leaf in her importance and role as queen and helping her fulfill it and his duty to support her. it was such a big statement. >> this man was on the worship when the japanese surrendered. captained his own warship and give up a career in the navy to support the queen. for the last 65 or 70 years he has walked behind the queen, talking to the mayor, the
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governor's wife. he always is counseling at always advising. they do the crossword together every day. that's how they are. >> they truly have a beautiful love story having read so much about their history. i really appreciate you joining us this afternoon and our condolences to the royal family and to your country as you mourn the loss of prince philip. thank you for your time. >> thank you sandra. >> sandra: and thanks to arthur for sharing this wonderful images. it's amazing to sit down with him as i did for over an hour when i was there and i just picked his brain about these personal moments and exchanges that he shared with the royal family over the years. he saw wills and harry grow up and he has so many lovely stories to share. >> john: when you consider that elizabeth and harry were married in 1947, that really is a blessing.
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now to a more difficult topic, a shooting at a texas business left one person dead and several others injured and now the state trooper who chased the suspect is in serious condition. what police are saying about the alleged gunman, just ahead. >> sandra: and former nfl player philip adams accused of killing five people before he killed himself. police are now searching for a motive. but, were concussions a factor? what we are learning. >> i think the football messed him up. because, you know, i don't think he ever did anybody any harm. i don't know what happened. plus you could get an average of $50,000 cash. that's money for security today and money for retirement tomorrow.
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♪ ♪ >> sandra: florida governor ron desantis suing the biden white house and the cdc took a cruise ships back in business here in the u.s. he claims there is no rational
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reason to shutdown the industry for more than a year. florida's destination cruise capital and he says the shutdown has harmed tens of thousands of floridians who depend on it for their livelihood. john, i have to tell you, if you know somebody who likes to cruise, they really like to cruise. they do it once a year or every year and they bring their family. it's been tough, it's been shut down for over a year and many of those people, and i know one, i have a sister who does this. at the book at a year in advance and what happens is the cruise industry reschedules those, then re-cancels and read books. it's been messy and hard especially economically for the companies. >> john: i remember when i was in india with the president a year ago february i ran into americans who are about to embark on a year-long cruise. i wonder if they went ahead and embarked on that? because that's when coronavirus started. stacey abrams says she urged the mlb commissioner bob man fred to keep the all-star baseball game in atlanta.
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but sources told fox news that manfred's decision to relocate came in large part after discussions with groups tied at two abrams, al sharpton and lebron james. charlie gasparino is a fox senior correspondent and he joins us now. set the brain and who is a spokesperson for stacey abrams said this. in a single one-on-one conversation with an mlb senior advisor abrams urged the lake to get the all-star game in georgia and to speak out against the law when they do. what are you hearing? >> he gave me that statement, too. it is true as far as it goes. when you look at bob man fred come with the commissioner's perspective, here's why he moved it out of atlanta according to my sources. he really believed based on the pressure he was getting from activists including stacey abrams to support, overtly support their voting rights
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cause and attack the georgia law. it may be even support hr one, the nationalization of voting rights. man fred it really believed that the league was basically going to be an addendum to the voting rights in georgia and that's what the all-star game would have become. it was scheduled to become an all-star game coming out of the pandemic, a celebration of the great hank aaron, as you know, the great atlanta braves ballplayer, and one of the greatest players that ever lived. that was supposed to be at but it transformed itself into the political thing based on the conversations that stacey abrams had with his office, lebron james as people had with his office, and from what i understand all sharpton was involved as well. he also spoke with a lot of players and i can't tell you of the players union or players themselves were being influenced, but i can tell you
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that he felt the least political thing he could do was move the game out and say, i don't want any part of this. i think if he made a mistake, and i could actually see the logic there. the all-star game would have been a political messaging platform for a stacey abrams, and that lebron james. that's essentially what they wanted, even if they wanted it to stay there. they wanted the all-star game to be a messaging. where he aired was when he made an overtly political statement in his weak rationale. if you look at it, you basically attacked the georgia voting law and you probably shouldn't have done that. baseball should not be getting involved directly in politics and that's why he has some fan problems. >> john: it's interesting to see the difference between baseball and the augustine national golf club who is hosting the nationals this week. they basically said, these are
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not things for us to decide but would like to see people talk about this, communicate this and let's work together to left everybody up. major league baseball, the all-star game is not for another few months, they had time to work this out rather than just knee-jerk dragging the ball game over to denver. >> listen, i don't want to be a flack for rob manford. but look at it from his perspective. the president of the united states came out and said the georgia voting law was of racist and jim crow on steroids. he then came out and said we should move the game out of georgia. the head of agusta didn't have that sort of pickle to work out of. i'm not supporting what he did. obviously if it was me i would have said we need to not be political. but he was dealt a really rough hand and he thought the best way to get out of it was to move the game out.
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>> john: well he's going to hear a lot about it. charlie gasparino, as always, great to see you. good reporting. >> sandra: good stuff there, john. is there anything we should know about happening in d.c.? lots of sirens. >> john: it's just the typical daily run here. you know stacey abrams has voiced her strong criticism of this voting bill but according to the national review back in 2011, abrams was reducing early voting in counties because of cost concerns. abrams legislation cut the days from early voting from 45 to 21. it could be a cost prohibitive burden.
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>> one minute he was on the phone with the commissioner and the next minute the game was moved. he didn't tell him on that call. fascinating story. president biden meanwhile, the white house making more big moves which leads to a historic chain. a chris wallace with more on that. >> john: and after more of a year of waiting, theme parks are reopening for some around the country but it will look a little different because of the pandemic. we will take you to six flags, coming up next. ♪ ♪ ed. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪
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>> sandra: theme parks are reopening across the country, and by opening the doors they were able to hire thousands more workers. lydia, who was life at six flags in jackson, new jersey? it sounds like things are happening there. >> hi, sandra. it's all the familiar sights and sounds and smells a funnel kick here at six flags. take a look, we have a lot of people coming here to enjoy the park on this friday. it is a little bit of a different experience this time around because masks are required and capacity here at new jersey is limited to 50%.
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the changes are not interfering with the patrons enjoying it today. listen to this. is it different before then before the pandemic, is it affecting your enjoyment at all? >> it's not different. >> i think it's easier because it's outside and the vaccine distribution, it is a lot safer. i feel safe here. >> when amusement parks had to close last year the industry lost about 41% of its jobs, people employed across the country were out of work. most of those jobs are expected to come back particularly in florida and california. six flags here in new jersey actually tells me that their staffing and level of employment did not change for seasonal adjustment to, they menace keep everybody here, so that's good news here. but regardless, everyone at the park that's working here is delighted to welcome back so
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many people that season. >> sandra: you are bringing life to our friday with all this activity. you know, kids with masks are okay, as long as they can have fun. they don't seem to complain much about it. the people getting on road hazards or fully embracing the experience today? >> the lines are different, you can actually shorter. they don't have to wait as long as the rights, and it's the fastest span the second tallest rider, the kingdom, roller coaster, and, if you see people out there trying to have fun.
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and hard to think for a direct result of racism not a single mention of democratic leaders and officials who represent those cities and states. >> the reaction coming up from paris to and are just moments away but first david lee miller and new york with detailed announcement the cdc says that racism is an epidemic affecting public health and that the agency is now taking steps to address this problem. in a statement that was posted on the agency's website cdc director says covid-19's parties drew attention to entrenched, systemic and structural barriers that prevented people of color from getting proper health care. according to dr. wilensky racism is a serious public health threat that directly affects the well-being of millions of americans. according to the cdc at black men have a 5.7% shorter expectancy, life expectancy than whites and for women it's 4.3%
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less. heart disease is 24% higher and death caused by cancer, 13% greater. fox contributor dr. marc siegel says addressing the disparity in health care is long overdue. >> this is a wake-up call for the health care disparity we are seeing in the country that needs determine some of the work. >> the cdc says the director will address covid-19 funding to expand investments in minority communities and foster greater diversity within the organization. it's also launching a website that is called racism and health to encourage further discussion, and accountability for progress. dr. wilensky says confronting the impact of racism is not going to be easy. in order to do so, the agency will now have to overcome what amounts to centuries of discrimination.
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john? >> john: david lee miller and new york city. thank you. >> sandra: let's bring in paris dinardo, our national spokesperson. it's great to have you here, looking forward to getting your thoughts for some it was reported there by david lee miller. it's a big discussion that's being had right now that the cdc is blaming racism for the problems that we are having with covid and minorities, saying it's a serious public health threat. what did you think when you heard that? >> first of all, thanks for having me. my mom's name is sandra so i think anyone named sandra's fantastic. but when i heard the statement from the cdc director i was appalled because instead of focusing on health disparities which we should do because they are real, and covid highlighted those, the cdc is doing the bidding of the biden administration by once again inserting race, racism and
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calling people racist. that's the democrat and biden administration playbook. it's not, and i think america should stand up and ask the question if these districts have been represented for so many years are systemically racist, does that make the democrats who are in control racist as well? i think the cdc should focus on the communist party of china. covid-19 came over to this country and has infected the world and they should be focused on that. that issue alone is why we have seen so many people died. disproportionately in the black community but it's not the fault of racism, it's the fault of china. focus on that, stand up to china and stop calling everybody everywhere racist, it's wrong. >> sandra: pete buttigieg spoke a short time ago about racism as it's tied to covid. let's listen.
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>> there is racism physically built into some of our highways and that's why the jobs plan had dollars specifically committed to reconnect some of the communities that were divided by these dollars. >> sandra: so he specifically now injecting racism into our transportation system, into our infrastructure. if we look at these multitrillion dollar plan, the biden administration is playing out. i want to redo this quote. if you are in washington i'm told the history of the highway is one that is built at the expense of the communities of color in the d.c. area. he has, and you've probably heard them talk about this. he is suggesting that there are highways that should be rerouted because they were built to go through minority communities because we shouldn't ink that they should be bothered by the inconvenience. but he makes the case that racism then, by doing that, lowered the value of homes in those areas. in the infrastructure plan he
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suggesting that some of those highways should be rerouted so they don't adversely affect some of those minority communities. i just wondered paris if you put thoughts into that, what some of the unintended consequences could be? if you rewrite reroute highways, what are some of the economic hits that those communities could take? >> it could be a tremendous hit. and they say that light rail lines and businesses and homes that are near the light rail lines will actually increase in value. so there are businesses that want to be near metro and it goes both ways but ultimately, i wish biden and the harris administration would focus on planned parenthood. talk about systemic racism, that's something that has systemically been impacting the black community, that organization has been killing black lives from its origin. and yet they stay in lockstep
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behind it and supported. be honest, be transparent and be respectful of the fact that racism is not something that is impacting everybody everywhere, in everything that we do and everything we are as a country. i want them to stand up to planned parenthood and then have an honest conversation with american people. have a conversation about the people that are in charge of the communities and democrats that are making these decisions and ask, are they racist? they aren't going to do that because they are playing politics with people just like they are doing in georgia and it needs to stop. >> sandra: is could to get your voice in all this. come back soon. and say hello to sandra, your mother. >> john: it's a difficult conversation because clearly minorities suffer health problems to a much greater degree than other ethnic groups to. and what do you do about it? that's the big question. some developments in several
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stories on the investigative front. and california come at the family of a missing mother of three is taking matters into their own hands after they say they had lost all faith in the search. in south carolina, police say they are baffled as to y a and former nfl player killed five people including a doctor, his wife and their two grandchildren before killing himself. and in texas the motive is also a mystery after a gunman opened fire at a cabin killing one person and injuring several others including a state trooper. let's go to the scene, christina: live in bryan, texas, outside of college station. what's the latest there? >> i talked to a number of people who live and work around here and they said the shooting is surreal. they described yesterday as a tragic and sad day for the community. as for the state trooper who was shot, he is juan rojas tovar, listed in serious but stable condition. he is listed in this condition
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following surgery last night. the suspect has been identified as 27-year-old larry bolin of grimes county, is an employee of where it happened. that's near texas a&m university. officers say he used a handgun two oh shoot multiple kents more employees yesterday afternoon. one person was killed at the scene, five others were injured to come to in critical condition and one was able to be discharged from the hospital. witnesses say bolin may have been targeting certain people. >> gunshots, running, people falling and screaming. i felt like he came with the intent to harm somebody from the jump. he was looking for the right person in the right time.
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>> authorities arrived on the scene within minutes of the shooting but bolin was able to flee the scene and get away which led to a massive manhunt, and that is when the state trooper was shot. he was eventually taken into custody almost an hour later. he was arrested in a small community about 25 miles away from the initial crime scene here in bryan, texas. at this point, police are still trying to figure out a motive for this attack. the suspect has been charged with murder. he is being held on a $1 million bond and we are also learning that more charges could be filed today. john? >> john: to puzzling situations there in texas and south carolina. christine: with the latest on that. >> sandra: next up, the former nfl football player who police say killed five before turning the gun on himself. the big question is, why did he do it? >> john: plus, the mystery over a missing mother of three.
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>> sandra: at the search for a missing mother of three in california is intensifying, and the family says they have lost all faith in the investigators. >> it's reported today that surveillance video from a neighbor's house reported around 10:00 p.m. which sounds like six gunshots the same night that she had an argument from her husband
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the same night she went missing three months ago. yet the family says the police are to show that mike is slow in this. the suspect on the evidence as to how, why and specifically when she vanished. >> they have camera surveillance from all the neighbors, they have over 100 hours to review. at three months later you are still looking at those hours reviewing the videos? something's got to give. >> she loves her family, she loves her kids. >> this weekend volunteers will search for a body. police claim they've done 47 interviews and issued 12 search warrants including the home she shared with her husband, larry. now an attorney retained by my his family claimed she planned to meet with a divorce attorney the day after she disappeared.
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immediately following her disappearances, there was a hole punched in a door where she had been hiding from larry for several days. the hole had been freshly repaired when i got there, in the house, the windows had been opened and that fans were on full blast. >> her husband had residue on his hand, but he has not been arrested or charged with any crime or any involvement in the disappearance. it's a mystery and saw carolyn were police say a former nfl player killed five people before taking his own life. the sheriff saying he has no clue what drove the former football player to kill. jonathan's areas live in a southeast newsroom with the latest on all of this. still a huge mystery, jonathan, surrounding this whole thing. >> yes.
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philip adams suffered multiple concussions during his six season career with the nfl, according to published reports and whether those injuries may have contributed to the crimes at this point is speculation, but i can say he's a good kid, i think the football messed him up. authorities found a 33-year-old player dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot in his parents house in rock hill, south carolina, but not far from where he shot a prominent doctor, his wife, and their two grandchildren, and a air-conditioning technician. a second technician was critically injured who called his employer who then called 911. >> we are a heating and air conditioning company, and our two technicians are there, one can't talk, he screaming i've been shot, i've been shot. i asked him where the other was
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and he said he'd been shot also. >> people are laying flowers outside of the doctor's office. despite earlier reports the sheriff says there is no evidence to suggest adams had been a patient of dr. leslie. the doctor surviving relatives issued a statement saying that their hearts are bent towards forgiveness and peace. >> john: at the motive the shooting may have died along with adams, we don't know. sandra, such a terrible tragedy. adams just went there and shot everybody that he saw. >> sandra: that's a mystery. i know they will continue to investigate, hopefully we learn more. meanwhile, the funding for police departments is having on the national police department. we will weigh in on that next.
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>> john: democrats still pushing to defund police departments even as crime spikes and cities from coast to coast. now we are seeing the toll that it's taking on cops. >> sandra: but first, just some of the outrageous numbers. atlanta homicides are up 59% from the same time last year. >> john: is for the midwest, same story as minneapolis, homicides already up 55%. >> sandra: up big numbers in portland, and this is not a typo. homicides are up about 1600 from the same period last year. >> john: a staggering increase. dan springer will have more on that situation in just a moment but first to mark meredith on the fallout from the defund police movement is making things very difficult for police forces around the country. >> good afternoon. i'm in there is a shift for
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police oversight power around to the public. we are seeing that from a number of different measures this past week including a statewide use of force standard also expanding the public's acts, access to police disciplinary files. punishment for officers who have excessive force on the record as well as body cam is being mandated statewide in maryland by 2025. it will also be up to the states governor larry hogan to decide whether or not to design these proposals into law. right now, no final decisions. on police advocates say departments nationwide are struggling to find new officers and they argue that it's the constant criticism, negative media attention and renewed efforts to punish public servants which are pushing people to look past this. >> we are attracting people to this profession and at the same time we see people leaving this
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protection . profession. >> new reforms will simply weed out the bad officers and keep the good ones here. either way morale will certainly be an issue that many are dealing with both big and small as crime continues to surge in some places. >> john: is no question, it will be. mark meredith, thanks so much. >> sandra: after cutting millions of dollars in thousands of jobs from its police department portland has become one of the poster children for the spike in crime. that city now averaging two homicides every single week. at that rate, it will double last year's total which it is the most and a quarter despite all of that, the city is not planning to beef up its police force and instead will hire unarmed park rangers, we are told to. dan springer has the details on that. >> after saying portland police must be given $2 million in emergency funding to stem the violence, mayor ted wheeler backed down to a city council that refuses to give police a
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nickel. they are willing to spend $6 billion on community groups already getting city grants and a higher 24 unarmed park rangers. all they carry is pepper spray and a radio and their training does not include intervening in armed conflict. just last saturday to rangers were literally run out of chapman square park downtown. a man with a paintball gun and a machete threatened to kill them so they fled to. once to safety, they called the police who made an arrest. >> park rangers aren't really going to have that kind of an impact. that's not what they are trained for, not what they are hired for, they don't even have ballistic vest for protection. >> this year there has been 288 shooting incidents and 25 merges putting the city on pace for 100 homicides which would shatter the high mark of 70. the city is assembling a new gun violence unit to replace the one that was eliminated during the funding back in the summer but it will be smaller and pull from a depleted and frankly
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demoralized police department. in fact the chief said yesterday sandra that he's not sure he can get people to sign up for this new gun violence task force. >> sandra: park rangers to stop crime. >> john: jason rantz joins us now from seattle. you heard what dan springer was saying about the rise in homicides, so far there are 20 homicides in the city of portland, the first ten weeks of this year, it was 26 in all of 2018 which was the last year before that defund the police movement started going in earnest. is it a logical conclusion that if you take money away from police forces then crime will go up? >> they specifically got rid of the gun violence reduction team and then gun violence skyrocketed. there's clearly a correlation between these things and it goes beyond the defunding of the police departments. we also now have a culture that is actively attacking policing in a general sense. you decide against in large part
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people that are committing these crimes, this is the end result. we are no longer punishing people who are breaking the law. we are going incredibly light on repeat offenders and then we pretended to be shocked that they continue to be repeat offenders. >> john: it you probably heard mark meredith report where he talked about what was going on in maryland, where the legislature is looking at repealing the law enforcement officers bill of rights. it also dumped some bills on governor larry hogan's desk and he said he hasn't had time to go through them. he said "we haven't even had time to read what they slept together. they basically put poison pills with some of the worst possible stuff along with positive reforms. even these reform bills are ripe with politicking. >> absolutely. that's a lot at once, the
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controversial issues that will make policing incredibly more dangerous than the officers themselves. not just in maryland but all across the country, we are dealing with it in washington state where they are getting ready to ban the use of tear gas during riots. no longer can you use a nonlethal tour comic tool to break up a dangerous riot where there is risk of imminent death, you are now sending individuals into the riot with what? handguns and a baton. that doesn't lead to safer policing. they have to understand what it is they are doing, the officers are leaving in droves and that there are lot of open vacancies right now, vacancies for these positions. who would want to be a cop right now in this country? >> you also have to wonder who would want to be a park ranger, if you are getting chased out of
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a the park by a man with the machete. but the fact that the city council denied ted wheeler, ted wheeler's request for a $2 million in emergency funding to try to beef up the police department. you talk about morale in the police department but the departments themselves try to find people to fill the gaps of the officers who are leaving. what kind of situation is that leaving them in? >> leaving them in the neck an y difficult one. you have, i believe the number was a little under 100 up officers who are getting ready to retire this year. so obviously you have to fill that pool somewhere. you don't have enough police officers to safely patrol the city of portland. again, these are numbers we are seeing across the country. what that means is, not only is it more unsafe for those of us who live in the cities but it's unsafe for the officers who don't have enough backup when they do have to go into
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emergency situations. a lot of these cities, especially in the pacific northwest. you are one or two major moments away, major incidents away from being completely understaffed. and it will cost lives. that's a huge issue. >> john: jason rantz, great to get your input on things. it's shocking what's going on in portland where they are trying to fill the gap of police officers with park rangers? >> sandra: and now they are asking for body armor as he heard dan springer report a moment ago. you hear about the detailed planning, it very clearly states that they are supposed to enter with positivity and talk people through things and keep a positive environment. if that changes or the problem escalates, what happens. they call the police. >> john: i'm not quite sure how you talk to an armed man with a machete positively without having something to defend yourself with if he comes after you.
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>> sandra: it is something. resident biden just took the first step towards packing the nation's highest order. we will tell you how he's going about it with chris wallace, right after the break. plus turn your home equity into an average of $50,000. money for security today. money for retirement tomorrow. refiplus from newday usa. the lexus es, now available with all-wheel drive. this rain is bananas. lease the 2021 es 250 all-wheel drive for $339 a month for 39 months. experience amazing at your lexus dealer. keeping your oysters business growing
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that was quite a look back. that was october 2020, chris, joe biden then and now. what does this tell you his intentions are with the court? >> was interesting, shortly after that when there were so many questions about whether or not he would -- and of course this was all happening when it ruth bader ginsburg had died and president trump had named amy coney barrett to succeed her, he finally came up with this answer. well, i am appointed a commission. which is a way of saying, i'm not going to tell you. and i don't know if it will get too far down the road as to what this means. and this will be a disappointment to people that want to pack the court, and then
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the president has to decide, and the demand for others, i don't know that i could get the rule change to do so. there's one other factor that's worth mentioning and that is that there is an interesting opponent to the idea of adding to the number of justices on the court and that is the top justice of appointed by a democratic president to come up the most senior member, stephen breyer. he said i think it could be a big mistake to expand of the court because if we do it will reduce people's trust. don't just think it's a political venture when a republican president comes in, they will add to the court to make it a republican majority and when a democrat comes and he will add to the court to make it a liberal majority. >> sandra: and he said that a
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speech at harvard justice tuesday, made his point against doing so. to that point, he's 82 years old. here's the political headline, activist breyer, give us your seat. activists are launching a petition drive to urge prior to make way for a new justice appointed by president joe biden. could that happen? >> it's up to one person. justice breyer. generally speaking, justices decide on their own when they want to leave the court and they certainly as traditionally do not like being pressured by somebody else. on the other hand, one has to assume that in his 80s, stephen breyer would certainly be in the front of his mind on the fact that ruth bader ginsburg stayed on so long that when she passed away her replacement was named not by a democratic president who would have appointed somebody who favored her view of the court, but by donald trump who
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appointed somebody, amy coney barrett probably is diametrically opposed to ruth bader ginsburg on a lot of these issues. so you might think that it might well be that stephen breyer will retire either this year or next year. interestingly enough, justices retire in june when the court session ends. they are saying no, retire or at least announce you are going to retire now so that it can give president biden and his fema i had in placement. remember, if a single democrat were to pass away in the senate, this now becomes a republican majority in the senate. so they may need to strike when the iron is hot. >> sandra: i'm looking forward to your so this weekend with everything happening at the border. you got texas governor greg abbott coming up, this will be an interesting interview, i look forward to it. >> thank you, yes.
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we will talk about the border, we will talk about guns and we will also talk about covid to because you know they've lifted a lot of restrictions. despite a lot of people saying, that's too soon, texas is doing pretty well on covid. lots to talk about an exclusive interview. >> sandra: that's a great point, we look forward to it and it's great to see you. all great stuff and of course the interview with pete buttigieg, we watch that this weekend. >> john: the one thing i do know about supreme court justices, they don't like being told they need to retire. coming up next, the city in california that's looking to pay as homeless to clean things up. >> sandra: and china putting pressure on the u.s. to cut iran some slack. but it's not the only area where the communists are looking to pull biden's wings. morgan ortagus' next and she is live with us, next.
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>> john: china trying to put its mark on a foreign policy in the china administration pipe pressuring the biden administration to drop sanctions on iran. that as the united states looks to reopen the nuclear deal.
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morgan ortega and it's good to see you. china is trying to take a driver seats here, and oh, by the way, china just signed and operation with iran. >> it's interesting because china is a signatory to the jcpoa but they have not been biting value you as sanctions on iran since the beginning of the biden administration. it seemed don't think we have seen it, and this is pretty well known, china is buying nonlisted oil, black-market oil and they are not enforcing u.s. sanctions against china. i think this is something that we need to have oversight on this issue. it's interesting that they are asking for the sanctions to drop considering they are not abiding by them and secondarily moving on to the strategic long-term
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deal that the chinese and iranians have assigned. there has been a lot of actual backlash in the people of iran, they are not happy necessarily about this arrangement. i will say it's something to watch because it is one of the bigger forays than china's meaning to the middle east which has been dominated of course by u.s. and russian influence especially over the last decade. of course the chinese do business in the middle east and they are making a big power play politically that we haven't seen yet. >> john: they have a way of getting what they want to come up to. a growing concern for china is that they may be making a move to take back taiwan. the u.s. policy has strategic ambiguity. if we do that, we will do something and not tell you what it is. that was a policy put in place when china was weak. does that policy and need to be toughened up? >> yes.
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"the new york times" book about about this morning addressing a bipartisan consensus of people looking for us to clarify that strategy. the strategic ambiguity i think has worked for a long time, and i was at the state department with mike pompeo, and when we saw that we knew that we would have to look at taiwan, or the previous administration, high ranking officials. we started to send strong signals, and clearly the chinese have shown that they are willing to break to buy economy. one has to look no further than hong kong. and i have to tell you, the taiwanese are tough. i visited them before and their leaders have a pretty nationalistic rhetoric that they are going to fight for their
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autonomy under democracy. so the big question is, will america? >> john: is likely that the chinese wouldn't do anything before the beijing olympics. but i guess all bets are off after that. the budget requests are out, $715 billion for the pentagon, 753 billion in overall national security spending. that's the face of this emerging chinese threat, it should be higher? >> one of the things i've tried to say is i've tried to relate to the chinese communist policy, it's much bigger than one party. that's important for your viewers to know that biden's budget is effectively a cut of the defense budget. it also goes against the national defense strategy, and
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he has called for about a 20% increase in nondiscretionary spending. unfortunately this budget talks about china from a rhetoric perspective but there is no there, they are, when you look at the defense budget. >> john: not surprisingly, bernie sanders thinks it's too much money. morgan ortagus, always good to see you. >> sandra: we head to the u.k. next to paying our respects to fit prince philip. we talked about his life and legacy and also what to expect from prince harry's reported return to the u.k. that's me. that's money for security today or retirement tomorrow. that's me.
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>> john: my favorite story of the day. sometimes things don't go right even for the world's best golfers. take a look. rory mcilroy thinking he found the perfect target. hits his father in the back of
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the leg. >> i knew it was my dad when i was aiming at him. probably 30 seconds before. maybe autograph a bag of frozen peas. >> sandra, maybe if he got his father to stand on every green holding the pin, the day might have gone better for him. >> sandra: he really got him. better grab a bag of frozen peas. >> john: that will leave a mark. >> sandra: they have a neat relationship. they're fun to watch. all right. we'll leave that there. a live look now, john, from england. people continue to gather there to honor prince philip. prince harry will likely return for his funeral. and luisa james joining us. the last time i saw you was for
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the most recent royal wedding for harry and meghan a couple years ago. now prince philip has passed. our condolences to the royal family. how will he be remembered? >> as the queen's life-long companion. 73 years at her side, which is incredible. he was her strength and stay all of these years. and for other members of the royal family who spoke about as he was somebody that they looked up to advice. he wasn't afraid to speak his mind and be honest. what has been forgotten perhaps with the focus on the younger members of the royal family, what a man he was in his own right and what he achieved in his own life apart from his amazingly successful naval career. he set up numerous schemes for young people, he carried out more than 20,000 engagements, wrote books, kept fit.
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really, in his own right, he was an incredible man. here in this country, it will be hard to find a right way to remember him in the middle of a pandemic, which restrictions us all. >> sandra: a formal naval officer. a polo player. he was always in good health. just in present years his health began to slide. 99 years old. he had heart surgery earlier this year. 73 years as you mentioned, the prince and queen elizabeth had been married. he passed away in windsor castle this morning. it's where he was throughout the pandemic. really where he hunkered down. he will be known as a family man. four children, ten great grandchildren he leaves behind. >> you're right. he spent the last year or so at windsor castle. he had brief journeys to other palaces and castles.
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mostly he was there with the queen in bubbles, him and the queen and the small number of staff through the pandemic. it was the most amount of time that they spent together for many, many years. normally they spend time a part. she was often at windsor castle and buckingham palace. so they've had time together as a couple. he might not have seen much of his family the last year. that's very sad. the same predicament a lot of people have find themselves down in. i think the royal family will be conscious of that. that's why they've asked people not to attend the funeral or gathering in the streets. they don't want this to be seen that they have any special privileges, that his funeral is any different from anybody else's. >> sandra: a remarkable long life lived. we appreciate you joining us. great to see you. thank you. >> thank you. >> sandra: and it was a long life and he will be remembered
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in this royal author reporting prince harry, his grandson, may make his way over. he's been in the news a lot lately. >> john: we'll keep following that. a week saturday. >> sandra: indeed. i'm sandra smith. >> john: and i'm john roberts. i'll see you tonight filling in for bret baier. "the story" with martha starts right now. >> martha: thanks, john and sandra. good afternoon. i'm gillian turner in for martha maccallum. right now on "the story," you're looking live at mission, texas where republican makers are being briefed. they're there to assess deteriorating health conditions in what is called a major humanitarian crisis. we'll bring you live updates. and this caps off a week that saw the most unaccompanied


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