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confirmation process i had the distinct honor of having 95 personal meetings with 97 sitting senators. and we had substantive and engaging conversations about my approach to judging and about the role of judges in the constitutional system we all love. as a brief aside, i will note these are subjects about which i care deeply. i have dedicated my career to public service because i love this country and our constitution and the rights that make us free. i also understand from my many years of practice as a legal advocate, as a trial judge, and as a judge on a court of appeals, that part of the genius of the constitutional framework of the united states is its design, and that the framers
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entrusted the judicial branch with the crucial but limited role. i have also spent the better part of the past decade hearing thousands of case and writing hundreds of opinions and in every instance i have done my level best to stay in my lane and to reach a result that is consistent with my understanding of the law and with the obligation to rule independently without fear or favor. i am humbled and honored to continue in this fashion as an associate justice of the supreme court of the united states, working with brilliant colleagues, supporting and defending the constitution, and steadfastly upholding the rule of law. but today at this podium my mission is far more modest. i'm simply here to give my
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heartfelt thanks to the categories of folks who are largely responsible for me being here at this moment. first, of course, there is my family. mom and dad, thank you not only for travelling back here on what seemed like a moment's notice, but for everything you've done and continue to do for me. my brother is here as well, you have always been an inspiration to me. as a model of public service and bravery and i thank you for that. i love you all very much. [applause] to my in-laws, pamela and gardner jackson who are here today, and my sisters in law and brothers in law, william and dana, gardy and natalie, thank you for your love and support. my daughter, you paulia and layla, i bet you never thought you could skip school by
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spending a day at the white house. this is all pretty exciting for me, but nothing has brought me greater joy than being your mother. i love you very much. [applause] patrick, thank you for everything you've done for me over these past 25 years of our marriage. you've done everything to support and encourage me and it is you who made this moment possible. your steadfast love gave me the courage to move in this direction. i don't know i believed you when you said i could do this but now i do. [applause] and for that i am forever grateful. and the family category, let me briefly mention the huge extended family, both patrick and my own, who are watching this from all over the country
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and the world. thank you for supporting me. i hope to be able to connect with you personally in the coming weeks and months. moving on briefly to the second category of people that warrant special recognition, those who provided invaluable support to me professionally in the decades prior to my nomination, and the many, many friends i have been privileged to make throughout my life and career. now i know that everyone who finds professional success thinks they have the best mentor, but i truly do. i had three inspiring jurists for whom i had the privilege of clerking. judge patty saras, judge bruce, and of course justice stephen breyer. each is an exceptional public servant and i could not have had better role models for thoughtfulness, honesty, integrity and principle.
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my clerkship with justice breyer in particular was an extraordinary gift and one for which i have only become more grateful with each passing year. justice breyer's commitment to an in dependent, impartial judiciary is unflagging and for him the rule of law is not merely a duty, it is his passion. i am daunted by the prospects of having to follow in his footsteps and count myself lucky indeed to be able to do so with even the smallest amount of his wisdom, grace, and joy. exceptional mentorship of the judges whom i clerked has proven especially significant for me during this past decade of my service as a federal judge. and of course, that service itself has been a unique opportunity for that i must also thank president obama who put
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his faith in me by nominating me to my first judicial role on the federal district court. [applause] this brings me to my colleagues and staff of the federal district court in washington, d.c. and the d.c. circuit. thank you for everything. i am grateful for your wisdom and battle tested friendship through the years. and special thanks to all of my law clerks, many of whom are here today who have carved out time and space to accompany me on this professional journey. i am especially grateful to jennifer gruda, by my side since nearly the outside of my time on the bench and has promised not to leave me as we take this last big step. to the many other friends i have had the great good fortune to
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have made throughout the years, from my neighborhood growing up, from miami palmetto senior high school and especially the debate team, from my days at harvard college where i met my roommates, they are truly my sisters. to my time at harvard law school and the many professional experiences that i've been blessed to have since graduation, thank you. i have too many friends to name, but please know how much you have meant to me and how much i have appreciated the smiles, the hugs, and the many atta-girls that have propelled me forward to this day. finally, i would like to give special thanks to the white house staff and the special assisstants who provided invaluable assistance in helping me to navigate the confirmation
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process. my trusted sherpa, senator doug jones was an absolute god send. [applause] he was an absolute god send. he is not only the best storyteller you would ever want to meet, but also unbelievably popular on the hill which helped a lot. i'm also standing here today in no small part due to the hard work of the brilliant folks who interact with legislature and other stakeholders on behalf of the white house, including luisa terrel, mona boyd, andrew bates -- [applause] i am also particularly grateful for the awe-inspiring leadership
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of white house counsel, dana remis. of paige herwig, where is paige? and ron klain. they led an extraordinarily talented team of white house staffers in the herculean effort that was required to ensure that i was well prepared for the rigors of this process and in record time. thank you all. [applause] thank you as well to the many, many kind-hearted people from the country and around the world when have reached out to me directly in recent weeks with messages of support. i have spent years toiling away in the relative solitude of the
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chambers with my law clerks in isolation, so it's been somewhat overwhelming in a good way to recently be flooded with thousands of notes and cards and photos expressing just how much this moment means to so many people. the notes that i've received from children are particularly cute and especially meaningful because more than anything they speak directly to the hope and promise of america. it has taken 232 years and 115 prior appointments for a black woman to be selected to serve on the supreme court of the united states. [applause] but we have made it. [cheering]
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we have made it, all of us, all of us. and, and our children are telling me that they see now more than ever that here in america anything is possible. [applause] they also tell me that i'm a role model, which i take both as an opportunity and as a huge responsibility. i am feeling up to the task primarily because i know that i am not alone. i am standing on the shoulders of my own role models, generations of americans who never had anything close to this kind of opportunity but who got up every day and went to work
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believing in the promise of america. showing others through their determination and, yes, their perseverance that good, good things can be done in this great country. from my grandparents on both sides with only a grade school education but instilled in my parents the importance of learning. to my parents who went to racially segregated schools growing up, and were the first in their families to have the chance to go to college. i am also ever buoyed by the leadership of generations past who helped to light the way. dr. martin luther king, jr., justice marshall and my personal heroine, judge constance baker.
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they and so many others did the heavy lifting that made this day possible, and for all of the talk of this historic nomination and now confirmation, i think of them as the true path breakers. i am just the very lucky first inheritor of the dream of liberty and justice for all. to be sure, i have worked hard to get to this point in my career and i have now achieved something far beyond anything my grandparents could have possibly ever imagined. but no one does this on their own. the path was cleared for me so that i might rise to this occasion, and in the poetic words of dr. maya angelou, i do
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so now while bringing the gift my ancestors gave. [applause] i -- i am the dream and the hope of slaves. so as i take on this new role i strongly believe that this is a moment in which all americans can take great pride. we have come a long way toward perfecting our union. in my family it took just one
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generation to go from segregation to the supreme court of the united states. [applause] and it is an honor, the honor of a lifetime for me to have this chance to join the court, to promote the rule of law at the highest level and to do my part to carry our shared project of democracy and equal justice under law forward into the future. thank you again, mr. president, and members of the senate, for this incredible honor. [cheering]
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>> john: emotional moment there for judge ketanji brown jackson, when justice breyer steps down, the first african american to be an associate justice in the highest court of the law. the ceremonies on the south lawn of the -- are so beautiful. and in florida, some say parents should not have a say deciding what kids learn in school but parents are pushing back. >> charlie hurt will dig into the issue, and congressman michael waltz, brian kilmeade, and set your d.v.r. now and watch it back later today. >> john: begin "america reports" with the battle over the borders. white house dismisses a plan to
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move illegal immigrants to the nation's capital which the bus load. >> i'm shannon bream in for sandra smith. jen psaki calling a plan a publicity stunt. >> john: new video showing the extent human smugglers are going to to sneak people into the united states. authorities in texas stopping a driver with a wooden crate on the back of his truck that had at least one illegal immigrant inside of it. >> shannon: and another migrant surge at the southern border when the biden administration ends title 42 next month. it stopped some people from entering the country during a pandemic. >> john: bill is live at the border in rio grande city, texas. bill. >> good afternoon to you, we are in front of the border wall the state of texas started building
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last year, we want to give the viewers a live look and update how construction is going. this is rio grande city, i'm told the first 1.7 mile stretch of this texas wall is now about 98% complete. we have a couple of live cameras, i'm told the wall panels here, more than 1,000 of them, they are 30 feet high. built again on texas land with texas money. i'm told the last work left to do is fill in gaps, drainage, lighting, and electrical work and good to go. and the texas governor greg abbott promised the wall once the feds announced they would not do the border wall. this is about ready to be finished here. a quick look at how it's going. and then talk about the human smuggling incident off the top, this is from texas d.p.s., troopers pulled over a truck with a gooseneck trailer and wooden crates on the back of it. they unscrew the crates, they
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were drilled shut, 21 migrants locked inside and screwed inside the crates. no way of getting out. they were complaining they could not breathe. the driver was a confirmed gang member, he was arrested and charged with human smuggling. and two separate u-haul trucks, 39 in total. locked inside the back, both drivers arrested, both u.s. citizens. and a third incident out of eagle pass, texas, a big rig trailer was stopped at a checkpoint, a k-nine got a hit, in the back of the truck were 11 migrants, with no ventilation. and late yesterday we were in mission, the national guard was conducting mass migration drills, and saw dozens of migrants cross illegally walked
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to a processing area. and earlier today, the d.h.s. secretary mayorkas had an interesting comment, what d.h.s. believes is the biggest threat to the u.s. homeland. take a listen. >> what we in the department of homeland security have assessed the greatest terrorism-related threat in the homeland is the threat of domestic violent extremism and the most prominent threat is the threat of white supremacists. >> so again, mayorkas said the biggest threat to the homeland, white supremacy. and when title 42 drops next month, they say it's going to be chaos. the cartels have six weeks of planning to get migrants across the border. they say when the day comes, expect them to push huge volumes of migrants across and when border agents are busy with the paperwork and processing, the cartels will then push massive amounts of drugs across the
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border. back to you. >> john: a lot of talk already they are getting prepared to do that. bill, in the rio grande valley. thank you. got more on this coming up, shannon. texas department of public safety is going to be joining us about what they are expecting down there. >> shannon: and governor desantis said they are going to send them to delaware. >> john: and in arizona, suing to stop title 42, and the senators are saying put a pause on this. >> shannon: and maybe we should listen to that one. russian forces carrying out two major strikes overnight, including a deadly missile attack on a train station filled with ukrainians trying to evacuate in eastern ukraine. comes as kremlin spokesman has
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admitted that russia has suffered a significant amount of casualties during this invasion. complete coverage with florida congressman michael waltz standing by what the u.s. should be doing to further help the ukrainians, but first to alex hogan live in lviv. hello, alex. >> death toll is rising from this violent attack on a railway station where civilians were waiting to escape. ukrainian president zelenskyy says thousands of people were there at the time and again, i do want to caution that some of these images are quite graphic. 50 people have now been killed, among them five were just children. and zelenskyy says that 300 people have been wounded. bodies lying there in the streets next to their luggage. these were passengers, these were workers, again trying to escape this region, which all of this took place on the east side of the country. the most highly contested area where russia is shifting its
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target and where the u.n. says it will likely only get worse. >> luhansk and donetsk, this is the central gravity of the war and also the essential place civilian evacuations and humanitarian assistance. >> the military governor of the luhansk region has been urging residents to flee while they still can to prevent another scenario, like the situation in mariupol, where tens of thousands are trapped. russian forces claimed they have successfully captured the city center of mariupol, according to the institute for the study of war. ukrainian forces, however, are holding their ground in the southwestern side of the city, including holding on to the port. in the north near the horrific killings and sites we have seen in bucha, three new mass grave sites to bury the hundreds of bodies found. ukrainian general staff of the
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armed forces warning a possibility of new attacks taking place from belarus, the e.u. is slapping belarus and russia with sanctions and they have also targeted as many as $33 million in frozen assets. these are airplanes, boats, artwork, and at the same time, evacuations continue, and shannon, we are finding out that 5,000 people have been saved from various cities just in the last day. >> shannon: every rescue and every attempt, so dangerous, but so valuable. alex, thank you very much. >> john: shannon, congressman michael waltz, great state of florida. at the touch screen, this is where the attack was on the train station yesterday. and an area north of that a rallying point for russian forces as they start to move into the donbas region. this is aerial photograph, the
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rail line and the train station there, and as we can see as well, this is the aftermath of what was going on there. when you see what russia is doing to the civilian populations in this region, what does the united states need to do to help ukraine out? >> this is the russian way of war. what they did in afghanistan and chechnya, syria, now they are doing it here. the difference is the entire world can see it. we need to help the ukrainians, one, phase one, defend against this new offensive. ukrainians have a tough choice to make because most of their military is stacked in the east. the russians are trying to outflank them. but also keep the ukrainian military fixed and penned around kharkiv and kyiv. that's going to be very tough for the ukrainians to manage. we need to give them, continue to give them greater defensive weapons. general milley was talking about how effectively they are using
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land mines. >> john: as you are talking about that, the next map here. and more than 50 people have died. this is where the fighting really is concentrated now, and russia is trying to reinforce this area here. i imagine that the ukrainians are going to try to send forces from elsewhere to try to meet them here as well. >> most of their army, two-thirds of their army is in this area along the world war i style trench lines from the first invasion in 2014. russians come here and a faint around kyiv to keep the ukrainian army fixed and not be able to rescue the rest of its military here. >> john: if you start to move ukrainian forces toward the east in donbas here, do you leave kyiv potentially open for another attack from the forces regrouping in belarus. in terms of what we should be doing, writing in "the washington post" said the west
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should step up assistance and provide kyiv with heavier weapons to resist a savage new assault in the southern part of the country. slovenia announced they are going to give 300 surface to air missiles. >> they were waiting for us to backfill with the patriots. >> john: we have so much stuff to give them. >> the british are giving armored vehicles. harpoon anti-ship missiles, and we have to move faster. but importantly, i would personally -- give them offensive weaponry, stop the false distinction between offensive and defensive. >> john: the overall map, you were saying before we went on,
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give them something, in belgorod, they lit the fuel depot. >> if we leave the russian logistics unfetterred, they can push and push and push more men and material and i would like to see, this is the longer term, give them the offensive weaponry, not only to hit logistics but are we prepared, what does victory look like, ukraine taking back crimea, and restoring their borders or is this white house really just giving enough to move the trench lines and settle into a stalemate. >> john: and armistice and then north and south korea. >> i fear it's the latter and then putin in 3, 4, 5 years, another chunk. that's not acceptable. >> john: good to have you in.
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>> shannon: more on ukraine coming up with former pence national security advisor keith kellogg, the general will join us in just a bit. ohio and texas set to follow in florida's footsteps with new parental rights bills with kids education. about you now the biden administration may be ready to step in. charlie hurt here in just a moment but first mark meredith has more. >> president biden's education secretary says it's possible his department may challenge florida's parental rights law but only if students start filing complaints arguing their civil rights are violated. the law enacted by governor ron desantis last month requires teachers of younger elementary students avoid discussing certain issues. critics have been trying to call it don't say gay, but the law says classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade three or a manner not age appropriate.
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gay rights groups claim it's discriminatory but the governor says it's necessary if they want to keep teachers focussed on the curriculum instead of politics. slamming the desantis bill, labelling it a political stunt. >> what it's doing is creating division, a problem where one did not exist. i've been in education for two decades. teachers are not teaching young children information the way it's being exaggerated. >> the white house is also criticizing the measure, multiple other states are following the lead. ohio, louisiana. >> nowhere in the bill does it mention that you cannot say the word gay. what it says is you have to teach age appropriate education, period. >> late yesterday alabama legislature approved a measure similar to florida, bans
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teachers, kindergarten to 5th grade from discussing sexual orientation. that bill will now head to the governor's desk. >> sandra: overall reaction, not only to the bills proposed and passed, but the way it's portrayed in the mainstream media. >> my goodness, we have seen a lot of distortion in the media, especially over the last five years. i don't think we have ever seen quite the distortions over this issue, and i mean, it's really appalling and i think it does an enormous disservice to the republican -- the parents' ability to make wise decisions. what you find out, when parents sit down and learn about the bills and read the bills they realize they have been lied to about it and these are important issues. and listen to somebody like cardona sit there and claim this is a problem that doesn't exist,
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this is what turns off parents. what turned off parents in virginia, in the glenn youngkin race, idea with government officials and school administrators, school board members lecturing parents oh, stop talking about this, stop worrying about this, this is a problem that does not really exist and the parents are saying wait a minute, i saw the instruction, i know it's going on. stop telling me it's not a problem when clearly it is a problem. >> shannon: if it's not a part of the instruction or something parents should be fearful about, then it shouldn't worry the other side that there is a ban on having these conversations if they don't already exist. i want to put up something, apparently from one new jersey school district. these are distributed, suggested lesson plans, and like the first and 2nd grade. you may feel you are a boy even if you have body parts some people may tell you you have girl parts. or you are a girl and some
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people tell you are boy parts. suggested lesson plans for young age group. i would imagine most wants would want to have those, if they have them, at home. >> absolutely. and this is beyond just predatory grooming, but psychological torture of children and teachers paid by taxpayers, paid by the state government. it's appalling, and i think it's one of those issues that as we saw in virginia that cuts so far -- so cleanly across partisan lines, and politics and group people by, cuts across everything. everybody cares about their children, wants them to get a good education and nobody wants the children to be preyed upon by really sick demented people like this. >> shannon: charlie, great to see you, my friend. are democrats inviting a political weak spot that they
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don't need to be going into the fall, parents think it's too young but i have the right to know what my parents are hearing. >> john: as a parent of 11-year-olds going into grade six, they just started to take health at school, you know, getting into that age is appropriate i think to start introducing them to it but kindergarten to third grade, that's a little young. >> shannon: we'll see what voters think in the fall. >> john: a big issue in november, along with other things as well. a huge scandal at the secret service, two men accused as posing as federal agents are expected to make their second appearance in court. they are accused of bribing secret service members with free apartments, iphones, flat screen tv's and more. one was assigned to protecting the first lady, was not on the detail. another one assigned to the residence. david spunt is live at the justice department with the latest on all of this.
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david. >> the mystery deepens with the story, we will find out more in a couple hours when the two men head to federal court for a detention hearing. one of the men claimed to have connections to the pakistani intelligence service. he also had visas to iran and pakistan on his american passport. i want to show you a picture of both of these men. they were arrested wednesday night. they pretended for two years to be homeland security agents. authorities say they wore uniforms, introduced themselves as agents, really played the whole part, john, according to court filings, they gave expensive gifts to secret service agents, including rent free apartments worth around $40,000 a year each. we have new photos just released in a court filing out in the last hour and a half shows when they were arrested, agents found firearms, as well as array of tactical gear, ammunition, body armor, handcuffs, d.h.s.
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patches, a drone and training manuals. a binder with a list of every resident in their apartment complex. the men were nabbed wednesday evening in a raid not far from nationals park. we know one suspect tried to give a gun to a secret service agent, according to authorities who protected first lady jill biden, though in contact at some point with president biden, potentially i'm told. four secret service employees on the case have been placed on paid leave, one was assigned to protect the vice president's residence, not kamala harris personally. but john and shannon, the big story, not so much the motive, the motive was infiltration of law enforcement. where did the money come from to fund the lavish gifts. that's what we are hoping to find out more. another court hearing in two hours. >> john: and how did the secret service personnel think
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something is wrong with all of this, or maybe they didn't care. we'll find out. david spunt, thank you. more and more democrats in tight midterm races speaking out about president biden's decision to lift the rule letting immigration officials turn back more migrants during the pandemic. title 42, it will be rescinded on may 23. lieutenant christopher oliveras with the texas department of public safety. great to be with you again, a sense of what the effect is going to be on the border, take a look at the list of names, mark kelly, sinema, rafael warnock, joe manchin, these are all democrats, some of whom will be in difficult races coming up in november, saying hold on. don't get rid of this just yet. we are not ready, we don't have anything to back it up.
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what are folks in texas saying about it? >> good afternoon, great to be with you. what you mentioned earlier, cancellation of title 42, we are going to see mass influx of illegal immigrants across the border and right now there is no plan or strategy in place by the federal government in preparation for that. what that's going to do, allow essentially anyone, they are doing it right now, to continue coming across our borders but more, focus on the most is those individuals that, the ones across the borders as well, i'll share numbers with you. the first five months, october 1st to february, close to 400,000 encounters along the border. this fiscal year, we are six months in already, we are well over 1 million encounters and over 300,000 got-aways for the first six months of this fiscal year. it shows you with title 42 in place and the reinstate mexico
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policy in place, goes to show you what's coming our way when title 42 is canceled. >> john: the frightening aspect of the numbers, it has the democrats breaking with the president who wants to get rid of title 42 and other democrats who say it was inhuman, and leave the administration unprepared for a surge at the border. and sinema said, it's current the plans for end of title 42 are not adequate. and jon tester saying it's expected to cause a significant increase in migration to the united states and put more pressure on an already broken am is. what do you expect, lieutenant, the cartels are doing in preparation for this thing coming off on may 23? >> well, john, they have been doing it from the beginning since last year. profiting off the border crisis, making well over $100 million a month, it's a multi-million
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dollar trade. human smuggling. the fact it's announced that title 42 will be canceled come may 23, they are using the message to their advantage. it's a continued profit for them, their business, and they will use the message to have the immigrants come across the borders. texas has to step in and take the mess necessary measures and expand measures because of this. >> john: cartels are sending the message. counter message from the biden administration is the same now as it was before, which is now is not the time to come. listen here. >> we are enforcing our laws at the border, but we are also doing it -- attempting to do it in a humane way and so this is not again the time to come. >> you have to say clearly don't come. >> yes, i can say quite clearly don't come, don't leave your town or city. >> folks in this region who are thinking about making that
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dangerous trek to the united states-mexico border, do not come. do not come. >> we'll see what happens. and obviously we are taking steps to convey that this is not the time to come. >> john: now is not the time to come. is that strategy working? take a look at the numbers here. fiscal year 2021, when the message was being pushed by the white house, 1,734,686 people came across the border. then the got-aways, probably about 400,000. certainly brings up einstein's talk about insanity, expecting a different result. >> we were hearing the messages last year, and record numbers last year, and now, it's very obvious that that messaging is not working right now, and the cartels, the criminal organizations are using it to their advantage and will profit
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off the crisis until there is accountability in place or strategy in place by the federal government to take action. >> john: a lot of people are predicting disaster come the beginning of june. thank you for helping to protect this country, thank you for your service, we appreciate it. >> thank you, john. >> shannon: round 3, 6, or 7? as democrats push for another round of covid relief spending. economists are warning how more stimulus could drive the u.s. into a recession. jerry baker sounds off on why it's dangerous for the biden administration to throw more money at the problem. >> john: and lawmakers calling for the justice department to look into how black lives matter is handling millions of dollars that they have received in donations. could this spell the end for the scandal-ridden organization? >> they basically use black americans for profit. what have they done for the black community? where are the community centers, where is the improvement to education?
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>> shannon: pushing for more spending in the name of covid as president biden pleads for another covid relief bill. jerry, good to see you on this friday. >> thanks for having me. >> shannon: we have six rounds, what has been spent before. billions, trillions upon trillions of dollars now so jerry, what does it mean if we add to that bottom line and do another package? >> a lot of that spending was excessive, we knew particularly the relief bill passed just over a year ago in march of 2021 as you can see there, nearly $2 trillion, a lot of the columnists warned, a lot of that was in the form of stimulus checks going into the pockets of
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americans. when you pull that money into an economy with inflation, it's going to make it worse. we did that, inflation, already rising because of the effects of the pandemic, inflation really, really accelerated. what we now need to do, the covid emergency thank god is essentially over, there are still continues to be a concern, continue to be cases rising, but the need for federal spending we had in 2020 and 2021 is absolutely gone. and any more spending will do what the spending did last year, push inflation higher and that means, shannon, the federal reserve will have to raise interest rates, it has started to do and more rates rise, and many economists are predicting we will have a recession. >> shannon: and one said this, we no longer see the fed achieving a soft landing, instead a more aggressive tightening of monetary policy
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will push the economy into a recession. tell us what you think the odds of that are and what will it mean to the average american and expenses? >> soft landings are like unicorns, everyone wants to see one but they are rare. 7.9%, it will go higher in the next few months. when the federal reserve tries to push inflation down it uses instead of a sledgehammer, raising interest rates. that generally has the effect every single time the fed has done this, slowing growth and it's very, very hard to get the growth to slow just enough that you get inflation down without tipping the economy into recession. so that's the risk, and if it happens, we are already seeing, shannon, with inflation at 7, 8%, wage rises at 5%, americans are seeing wages squeezed. spending power from the wages is not matching inflation. now we are going to see more,
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continued inflation and going to start to see pressure, downward pressure on the economy, particularly on wages, and people will have to pay more for mortgages, paying more for energy costs and everything else. with interest rates going up, the rest of the economy will be squeezed harder and if this happens and we all have to happen it doesn't, it will be a very, very unpleasant economic shock for all americans. >> and already people are reporting in the polling, including fox business, they worry inflation and the economy, those are at the top of the list. they say for them personally, families are not doing well financially, not moving in the right direction so a political component as well. we know democrats are scrambling to turn things around before they face voters in the polls in the midterms. is it possible to do economic policy to have a short-term lift? >> it is. you can stop doing things like spending too much money, by the economy does not need. we could have done much, much more in terms of improving the
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energy picture by encouraging u.s. energy producers to get oil and gas out of the ground instead of discouraging them, which has helped to produce the energy shortage we are facing and the increase in prices. the federal reserve will have to raise interest rates. so there are options out there but need to be pro growth, need to be in favor of making sure the people have are month of their money to spend and making sure the u.s. economy is productive in all the ways that it can be, and that it has been as recently as a couple years ago. >> shannon: gerry baker, thank you so much. a lot of what he suggested is at odds with the way the administration views the policy and what they are willing to exercise and not. >> john: the fed in san francisco said the amount of money we have been putting in for covid relief is responsible for three points, and yet they want to spend more money?
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>> shannon: and some has not been spent. >> john: only on paper at the moment. tiger woods proving he still has what it takes with amazing return to the masters, shooting one under par, putting him on the leader board as he goes into round two. teeing off just moments ago. steve harrigan has the assignment i have always wanted to have but never managed to swing. live at augusta national in georgia. >> wind picking up, the late tee times could be a challenge. remarkable day one performance by tiger woods. one under par, three birdies, two bogeys. this 14 months after a devastating single car crash, 17 months, no competition, comes to augusta, the most challenging tournament in the world, best players, not only is he going to play, but he is going to contend and he's doing exactly that. tied for tenth on the leader
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board. grimaced a few times after a couple wayward drives. tiger said the pain in his right leg is part of a new reality he has to deal with but he is thankful to be here. here is tiger. >> with all the hard work in my leg, it's going to be difficult for the rest of my life. that's the way it is. but i'm able to do it. and that's something i'm very lucky to have this opportunity to play and not only that, play in the masters and have this type of reception. >> another solid round today and he should make the cut before this tournament began. tiger said the real challenge would not be playing golf, but simply walking the course for four days. a good round today, that would be exactly his challenge. john, back to you. >> john: i broke my leg in 2002, and somewhat the same way he did. his was much worse and it still gives me problems. so i still can't believe he's out there being competitive. it's just amazing, steve.
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>> it is an amazing comeback. >> john: and you have an amazing assignment. enjoy the weekend. how do you get that assignment? >> shannon: it's a beautiful one. we need to put our names in for the lottery drawing next time. and another buddy gets to go to the kentucky derby. >> john: his injuries were so catastrophic, everybody thought that's it. but he's out there, making it happen. >> shannon: surgery after surgery, and great for the sponsors to have the eyeballs with tiger there. dramatic return from the dark side of the moon, legendary rock band pink floyd releasing its first new song in nearly three decades in support of ukraine. take a listen. by the way, samples of the ukrainian born singer "hey hey
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rise up." all proceeds will go to support ukraine humanitarian relief. >> john: david gilmore has not lost it. >> shannon: and a lot of creative folks doing those things. >> john: white house secretary jen psaki takes the podium in just moments. could hear moments on the c.d.c. confusing definition of close contact when it comes to covid. how a kiss does not qualify as close contact. along with the looming chaos at the southern border and brian kilmeade joins us how the black lives matter movement is spending millions in donations on real estate. why the purchase of this sketchy secret mansion is leading to growing calls for a federal investigation into the controversial group. that and arizona attorney general mark brnovich, and mark
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you're probably thinking that these two are in some sort of lover's quarrel. no, no, no. they're both invested... in green energy. and also each other.
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digital tools so impressive, you just can't stop. what would you like the power to do? >> john: brand-new at 2:00, is b.l.m. s.o.l.? supporters expected black lives matter to put donations to a good cause. instead the big wigs were putting on the ritz. inside look at the multi-million dollar mansion they tried to keep a secret. >> shannon: and sketchy details do not stop there. a price jump, and the effort to keep the big buy under wraps with a little help from a law firm that might sound familiar to you because of links to hillary clinton and the infamous dossier. >> john: and the scandal, even the liberal media is shocked. welcome back as "america reports" rolls into a second hour. i'm john roberts in washington. good to be with you again.
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are you awake? >> shannon: i am, and will be until 1:00 a.m. eastern time. there have been questions about b.l.m. and finances for a long time. since their secret mansion slipped into the news even left wing outlets like jezabel are demanding answers. >> john: anyone who questions this is left with an smear. and all the talk of d.c. begin with a kiss, covid, a kiss of hypocrisy coming from the left. with the white house insisting there was no close contact when covid positive nancy pelosi kissed the president on the cheek. >> shannon: the rules for thee here in d.c. does not stop there. kamala harris maskless over the senate yesterday, that appears to be a violation of the c.d.c. guidance because the office confirmed the v.p. was in close
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contact with a staffer. >> john: peter doocy live in the briefing room, i expect you have a question or two about this today? >> i have a whole page, john, and moved to 2:30, they are telling us the vice president and the president have tested today and both tested negative. but a few hours ago heard from the communications director and she was saying they don't know how long it's going to remain the case. >> it is possible he will test positive for covid at some point and we are in a very different place for example when they held the event for justice barrett, to say we have vaccines, we have treatments, you know, the president is vaccinated and double boosted and so you know, protected from severe covid. >> they are telling us the vice president will stick to the ten-day, wear a mask everywhere you go c.d.c. guideline, but she presided over the vote without a mask on and earlier today a hug
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to the recently confirmed supreme court justice without a mask on. that hug today follows tuesday's kiss where speaker pelosi planted one on the president just before we learned she tested positive for covid. but the white house insists that the kiss not close contact. >> how can you guys say president biden was not a close contact with speaker pelosi when there is video of the speaker kissing him? >> well, peter, the way that it is defined is by the centers for disease control, the c.d.c., and their definition is 15 minutes of contact within a set period of time, and within six feet. it did not meet that bar. >> and so far even though two members of the cabinet have tested positive for covid, several others were here at events indoors at the white house where speaker pelosi was just before we learned she was positive, no plans to change the
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president's schedule, at least not yet, john. >> john: we look forward with the press secretary coming up. >> shannon: the kiss has to stay for 15 minutes. if you kiss and run -- >> john: we were talking off camera. if somebody put a big -- a smacker on you and it only lasted for about 15 seconds, not 15 minutes, but you knew they had covid, would you be concerned you might get infected? >> shannon: i would be a little nervous. the white house can say these are c.d.c. guidelines and we are abiding with those. now that i tshat is the questio americans have been asking the last couple of years, some feels inconsistent or does not match up with common sense, soe have questions. >> john: the c.d.c. guidance is kind of casual contact like this, right. it's not the intimate sort of contact. i would think if you breathed in somebody's face as you were coming up to kiss them, you just
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might transfer enough virus to get infected. >> shannon: so far, the good news is no, the president tests negative. >> john: but you test negative until you test positive. >> shannon: and sometimes there is a lag there. a multi-million dollar mansion in california we were never supposed to know about. b.l.m. tried to keep the house purchase a secret. but new york magazine said alleged donor funds bought it in october of 2020, and enlisting help to keep the deal under wraps, the law firm linked to the hillary clinton campaign efforts to smear donald trump. >> john: seven bedrooms and bathrooms, according to a real estate listing, and even hosted the likes of humphrey bogart and marilyn monroe. b.l.m. says the home will be used to further their mission but republicans are crying foul and crying on the feds to take a closer look into the matter. brian kilmeade is "fox and
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friends" co-host and "one nation," new york magazine goes after democrats, right? >> always, constantly, i don't know what kind of new york magazine your paperboy drops off, but i have a different one, john. but having said that, that is significant. they don't wake up every day wondering how to take down a democratic cause. >> john: i was kidding. >> i know. and black lives matter comes out and rolls out in 2020 in a major way and not only millions of dollars, evidently have 60 million left, many have done the math, including professor riley, and they think it's more like $10 billion they have. the question is, where is this money? are they in individual chapters and how dare you use money without explaining why you need a $5 million mansion, like you need another one in canada, another one in atlanta, and when asked about this, you are called
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a racist for inquiring, i think people have to just stop knuckling under when you are wrongly called about this, and then when asked, why weren't you more transparent, oh, we were doing repairs on the house. really? there is no record of repairs on the house back to 2017. evidently they replaced the roof, you know, which happens in the past. think about all the causes this money could be going to. where is the corporate outrage from nike and others, who wrote big checks, nba and nfl, individuals who give 5 or $10. why aren't they angry like if this was a military organization or evangelist think they will be saved if they give money, that's in scandal. where is the accountability here. where is the curiosity. >> shannon: sean campbell, who
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wrote the piece for the new york magazine, what he says about himself, he never thought he would be attacked that way. he's a black man raised by a single black mother and has had police guns trained on him at one point. so he said this is one of the hardest pieces he had to do because of where the facts took him and then be called racist and sexist was a surprise to him. >> my opinion on this. especially after george floyd, a lot of people we talk to want to help. how do we fix this, move this country even further forward? we are not perfect, we try to be, admirable, most say this is the deal, this is our country, leave it. we say let's get it better. so how to -- go to this organization. when st. peter's takes off their shirt at the miraculous run and says black lives matter, looked at the court of the nba, you see black lives matter on the side. mr. and mrs. america want to help, and they go yeah, i can count on that organization. let's give it to them. and they'll be siphoning off
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locally and now finding out the worst possible thing for charities in general, and for nonprofits. that the money seems to be at the very least upon first blush, to be wasted on somebody's lifestyle makes us feel like we are duped and hurts the cause because there are things that need to be done to help every community, especially the black community. >> john: and a california congressman wants to open an investigation on this, something unusual about the deal. the house sold for $3.1 million and then six days later, b.l.m. bought it in a cash deal for $5.8 million. they used an l.l.c. that was registered under an office that happens to be the same office as the perkins coy law firm here in washington, d.c., which we all know from the unverified dossier about russia and donald trump, and so there's a question as to
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wait a minute, why did the price go up almost $3 million in six days and what happened to that money? >> if you look at the website, they don't look like a company or a corporation or non-profit or charity that is out to help the black community. they look like a company that are married to marxism, hates the nuclear family, not too fond of america. i'm not sure that reflects african americans in america, i will let them speak, but time to take a second look and why wouldn't there be scrutiny? remember the scrutiny on the tea party by the i.r.s.? i know they didn't have $60 million hanging out. people -- come clean, and want to know how much money will go to democratic causes and political events. because are you giving money to help the black community?
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and are you really helping the next democratic candidate big and small? i think that should be something documented somewhere, don't you? >> john: well, brian, we will take your advice and we will look into it. brian, always great to see you. do you have any more work to do before you good home, or are you done for the day? >> kudlow, and watch at 8:00 and 11:00, and then in between both the show and the repeats, i'm going to read shannon bream's book, it's a best seller. i have to find out what america cannot get enough of. >> from a best seller guy himself, you have more jobs and more best sellers than anybody i know. >> john: brian, quit being lazy, get back to work. >> sorry to hear about your leg. >> shannon: some inside the white house are whining the press is not doing enough cheering on the president's achievements. wait until you hear the latest complaint. plus, remember this? >> now is not the time to come. >> people should not make the dangerous journey. >> do not come.
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decades. >> big win for the white house and democrats. >> shannon: media overflowing with praise getting ketanji brown jackson over the finish line. confirmed to the supreme court, not enough saying the media should spend more time covering president biden's wins and cheerleading along with him, overlooking the crises weighing in on the white house. live on the north lawn, hey, jacqui. >> shannon, good to see you. yesterday's vote confirming ketanji brown jackson, the white house saw that story of worthy as a one, above the fold news, as it were. but when playbook, or politico playbook put the story third in their newsletter it came behind stories about two other biden staffers and the white house sounded off about it.
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communications director went on to twitter, said an historic confirmation, judge jackson is justice jackson, historic low unemployment claims, and putin's price hike. can't find coverage of it in the newsletter that purports to report on the white house. and chris marr who sometimes fills in at the podium, said berner, you probably did not read far enough down in the "news"letter. and snapped back, responding to berner's tweet with a screen shot calling the vote a major victory for biden and alex thompson replied with respect that's not true, screen shots of positive reporting. it's not the first time the white house has made it known they don't like how the press, specifically politico play book is covering them. rain klain in december tweeted
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an opinion column, saying they tweet biden as badly or worse as trump, like biden dithers, biden tries to calm nerves about 2024, the case for why biden is screwed. but it not like biden gets no positive media coverage at all. >> joe biden really has in some respects restored the soul of our nation. that was his task. >> anyone understand how hard your job is? >> i think the press is failing. they are treating him unfairly. ought to have been a dividend for returning truth and decency to the white house and we didn't get that, didn't get it at all. >> this white house has no problem reaching out when they feel they are not being represented accurately, it's unclear whether there was a private conversation in this incident. shannon. >> shannon: jacqui heinrich, thank you so much. >> john: the white house appears to have a major messaging
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problem with the migrant crisis, the issue, nobody is buying what they are saying, not even some members of the president's own party. at least eight senate democrats joining republicans in a bid to stop president biden from ending a trump border policy that allows officials to turn back a large number of migrants. no coincidence half of the democrats you see are up for re-election this year, including one from our next guest's own state. let's bring arizona attorney general mark brnovich into the picture. put the two pictures up on the screen, attorney general, both of your senators from the great state of arizona, have signed on to legislation saying you can't rescind title 42 on may 24, we have to delay at least 60 days to figure out something to replace it with. the reality is pretty striking. >> john, thank you very much for having me on. let me begin by saying that i
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think mark kelly represents the interests of the cartels, that's why we call him cartel kelly, he has done absolutely nothing to prevent arizonans from being hilled and harmed by the border crisis that's occurring. the cartels have seized operational control. we have talked about the record amount of fentanyl and methamphetamine flooding in here. the millions of people that have crossed illegally. the only thing apparently that has gotten his attention and allowed him to finally break with chuck schumer, he probably recognizes that biden's own estimates are that once title 42 is lifted, we will see a record surge, possibly more than 500,000 people illegally try to enter the country in a month. those are the optics mark kelly is worried about. he's not worried about arizona or what's going on or how many taxpayer dollars we are spending, how many lives are lost. what he's worried about is his own political future and shame on him for not caring about
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arizonans sooner. >> john: i'll put the numbers on the screen and how many people across the border. you and louisiana and missouri are suing the biden administration trying to stop them from scrapping title 42. and they say -- >> everyone's front door. record amount of drugs, you know, fentanyl, methamphetamine coming into the country. we know just last year 100,000 people, john, died from drug and fentanyl opioid overdoses. so, this is killing americans and when the cartels seize operation control of the border, it's not just making money off the drugs in the country, but smuggling people. so we are empowering the cartels by failing to security the border, that's going to make it less safe. >> john: you mentioned the
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number of people coming across the border when title 42 comes off on may 23, unless it's stopped. number of people every day, february of 2022, 5891 people. july of 2021, it was 6,890 per day. now customs and border protection is predicting 18,000 people could come across our border every day at the peak. that is enough people to fill madison square garden every day. it's enough people to fill at&t stadium in dallas every four days, and enough people to fill every nfl stadium in the united states over the course of the summer. that's a lot of people. >> and it's stressing the system, not only do we talk about the costs of human lives and overdoses and crime, but let's not forget. just about six weeks ago i was at the u.s. supreme court arguing against the biden administration for revoking the public charge rules. what the democrats have done,
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joe biden has done, not only decriminalized but incentivizing and the hard working taxpayers, in arizona, louisiana, missouri, you will pay a cost in dollars as well because the biden administration is having you subsidize their far left progressive open border policies, and so you know, shame on the democrats of washington, d.c. i guess they are finally seeing religion, but like why people can't stand politics and don't trust d.c. they have left it gone unchecked for a whole year, millions of people, crime rising, drugs coming into the country and now just because they are up for re-election they are finally going to say something about it? shame on the democrats, shame on chuck schumer for putting progressive interests above the interests of hard working americans and shame on cartel kelly for cow towing to chuck schumer. >> john: one thing is for sure, they are getting ready to flood across the border when it comes
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off, no question about that. mark brnovich, hang with us, we would like to come back to you after the white house briefing. we are expecting questions on this. we were stunned last year when 200 some odd thousand people came across the border. it could be 540,000 in the height of this year. >> shannon: it keeps on growing. and he mentioned last year, and the policy changes have made a difference in rolling back some of the trump things but this is going on, as you and i know covering washington a long time and nobody seems to have the stomach to try to find some long-term solution and there has to be benefit to both parties they are not doing more about it. these are human beings. >> john: filled up madison square garden every day with illegal migrants. >> we are one of the other news outlets down there, we are covering this every day. >> john: others will be. >> shannon: they are not going to have a choice soon.
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and another atrocity in ukraine. a train station attacked, casualty count continues to grow, it is heartbreaking and now putin's forces are on the move again. a look at what he could be planning next. >> john: and the riots that destroyed kenosha, the g.o.p. scoring a big win, first-ever of its kind. did the crime crisis in other cities lead to a red wave in november? we have that story coming up.
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russian forces as they try to engage in this pinzer movement in the donbas movement and cut off ukrainian forces. this is a satellite of where that railway station is, the main rail line here, and the station in there, and the results of that attack were just absolutely tragic. i don't want to stay on this picture too long, but the fact that russia is doing this now, and also they are acknowledging that they have taken big losses. that seems to be two things that don't necessarily go together. >> they don't, john. first of all, the attack is absolutely horrific, and that's p utin's way of doing business. killing civilians hoping to bring zelenskyy to the negotiations table, i believe. but what happens in kyiv when he defeated front line units, very good units, and refit, rearm,
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reconstitute. a time we need to help zelenskyy with more equipment. there is not a diplomatic or economic solution in the near time. it's going to happen on the battlefield and the ukrainians have proven against the russians that they can beat them. and you don't have to beat the whole russian army, but segments of it. that's what happened in afghanistan and i don't know why we are not supplying more example. poland has 350 t72 tanks. president biden, pick up the phone, and call the president of poland and say we have 350 drivers, we will backfill poland as we have agreed to with 250 abrams tanks, bring in more multiple launch -- rocket launch systems to fight the fight. if he defeats putin here in the eastern part he has defeated the russian army and i think he can do it. focusses on mariupol, not allow them to consolidate in the east, he can do it.
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>> john: fred believes putin's goal is fight for a draw and sign an armistice with ukraine, not a peace agreement, and maintain control of these areas. sort of like a north/south korea type thing. >> that may be what putin may want but i don't think zelenskyy is going to do that anymore. they have developed generational hatred to what they are doing, and areas around ukraine. i think they are going to fight to the finish and i don't blame zelenskyy at all. this is the time for the west, the time for the united states, not to put troops on the ground, to give them everything they need to defeat the russians. they have proven them do it. they have beaten the front line units. >> john: the nato map here, we have in right about there, we have u.s. forces together with polish and other nato forces engaging in military exercises. is that an indication -- i'm sorry, more down in this area. is that an indication to russia
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that hey, we are on your doorstep and we are ready to go, so don't come anywhere near us? >> it's not only there, we have them in latvia, estonia and lithuania as well. he's not going to go against nato. a lot of things wrong with putin but not do it. >> john: and you don't think he's going to throw a nuke anymore. >> not anymore. that's gone by the wayside. i think he will try to beat conventionally, we need to load up zelenskyy. >> john: back to this map if i could. the kremlin mouth piece said yesterday russia has suffered heavy losses and the two things, attack on the train station and saying we have suffered heavy losses, telling your people back home, hey, we are winning but the same time you are saying we are losing all of these people. i thought that was an unusual acknowledgment. >> the russians are playing a
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mind game. trying to move in on zelenskyy's brain and say look, we are killing your civilians, your women and children. you need to come to the peace table. he's doing the reverse. hardening his positions. hardening the ukrainian positions as well. they are not going to budge off that. >> how is it going to play in russia for him to say we have lost a lot of troops, maybe 15, 20,000, maybe more than that. >> he lost more here than in the ten years in afghanistan and front line units. not bad units, good units. he's gone to reserves. called up reserves, troops out of georgia and syria, mercenaries, he's got a man power and a training problem and this is the time for zelenskyy, if we support him he can close the deal. what i mean by that, finish off the russian army in ukraine and send them home. >> john: two-minute warning for the white house briefing. come back to this map, the czech
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republic has sent in tanks, slovenia, the s300 missile system. why aren't we giving them more heavy weapons? t72 tanks are great, s300, take down russian aircraft. but still holding back. why are we holding ba being? >> i think we are hoping that we don't escalate because we are concerned about what the russians are going to think. i don't care what they think. a chance to reset the battle field in eastern europe and western europe for the next 2, 3 decades and zelenskyy is on, he's on the edge of winning this fight, which is shocking to the entire world but he can do it. let's let him close the deal. everything he needs to fight and win, and i think that's where president biden, he keeps talking about nato, he needs to pick up the phone and call people like president duda. and olaf scholz and boris johnson, give them everything they need. >> john: shannon.
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>> shannon: kenosha, wisconsin turned into ground 0 for black lives matter riots a couple summers ago and now flipped red. county electing the first-ever republican executive. casey stegall has more for us. >> a swing county inside a swing state, the g.o.p. touting as a big win in kenosha. samantha kirkland this week the first woman and the first republican ever elected to a county executive job. she's currently serving as a state representative and will now oversee the county's budget, includes law enforcement and emergency management dollars. departments obviously that have been under close public scrutiny in recent years, particularly in that state. >> public safety is a big concern. we are located between illinois and, or chicago and milwaukee and crime is something that
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people are concerned about in our area. >> hard to forget these images after prolonged riot and demonstrations devastated parts of that community. you remember back in 2020, more than 100 businesses were damaged, looted or burned, causing more than 50 million in damages. for political context, back in 2016, the county voted for a republican presidential candidate for the first time since richard nixon. president trump then won the county again in 2020, despite narrowly losing the state of wisconsin, but analysts say, shannon, this could mean things are looking up for the g.o.p. there. >> shannon: casey, thank you very much. and we alluded to the fact about real life issues, how safe people feel in their communities, put food on their table or roof over their head or gas tanks filled. it could have an impact this fall. >> john: i think law and order will be a big issue on november 8th, people are looking
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at the country, like new york city where mayor adams came in with such promise and has been having such a tough time getting a handle on crime, and happening so many other places. you want to feel safe and vote for people you think can keep you safe. >> shannon: law and order. >> john: november 8th a big day. twitter's newest member facing pushback, elon musk, concerns grow that he is not going to be woke enough. >> shannon: more on that. >> that's right. twitter confirming to fox they plan to host elon musk for a no holds barred q and a session with employees after an outcry. a sample of complaints made on twitter slack, internal messaging board. quick question, if an employee tweeted some of the things elon tweets they would likely be subject of an h.r.
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investigation. are board members held to the same standard and then this. we know that he's caused harm to workers, the trans community, women and others with less power in the world. again, i'm reading from an internal memo board at twitter. how are we going to reconcile this decision with our values, those comments first reported by the way by "the washington post." twitter based in san francisco is run by jack dorsey until november, supporter of black lives matter, took action against donald trump for his tweet supporting capitol hill rioters, known as a liberal or outspoken corporate culture. musk regarded as a libertarian, pulled up stakes in california and moved to texas and moved his company, too. founded tesla, presumably would give him some currency with
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liberals but i guess that has not happened. musk quietly amassed a 9% stake in twitter this year and was asked three days ago to join the board and tweeted that he would like twitter to have an edit button. >> john: we'll be watching that one. jen psaki at the white house taking questions now, let's jump in for that. >> what we have seen over the course of the last six weeks or more than that has been what the president himself has characterized as war crimes, the intentional targeting of civilians. yet another horrific atrocity committed by russia, striking civilians trying to evacuate and reach safety. we are going to support efforts to investigate this attack as we document russia's actions and hold them accountable. and help ukraine defend their country. obviously the targeting of civilians would certainly be a war crime, and we have already called a range of the actions we
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have seen to date a war crime but will support efforts to investigate what happened here. >> changing topics, officials have said publicly on tv suggesting it's possible the president could get covid. prepare the public for the possibility of the president getting covid? >> we are trying to be as transparent and direct about the american people, about the fact that while the president takes a range of protocols, we have a range of protocols in place here that are aligned and even beyond the c.d.c. requirements. those include as we have outlined here many times in the past, testing before you see the president, testing before you travel with him, social distancing when possible. we believe we have the tools and protocol to address this point. we are in the virus, but like
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anyone else, the president made test positive for covid and while we have seen an increase in recent, i would note while we have seen an increase in cases around people, i should say some of us may know, i would also note that cases remain down, 95%, since the height of omicron. that is fact, that is data, even as we have seen cases of people we know. but what is important for the american people to know is that he has taken a range of precautions as we all have, but he's also taken steps like getting the second booster like last week in public and his doctors are comfortable that he could continue to carry out his duties because of all these steps and precautions and protections he's taken, and we certainly, that's one of the reasons we encourage the rest of the american public to do the same. >> the first time we have heard an official describe it as a
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possibility the president could get covid, do you think it's more possible with the outbreak in d.c. right now? >> no, it's a possibility. cases are down 95% across the country since the height of omicron. cases are up in washington, d.c., they are far below the cases where they were in omicron. but also the case that despite all the precautions we take and even with the president double boosted, he could test positive for covid. many people in the white house have, many people in the press corps have, that is a possibility and we want to be transparent with the american public by that. >> you have at least 18 politicians and people close to the president who have now tested positive this week. you reiterated the extra precautions to keep him safe from the extra masking and testing protocols. but just to be safe, have you considered maybe cutting down the big indoor events or scaling back, changing part of your tactic with the event? >> clearly we did the historic
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event today outside, in part to ensure that we could have a huge number of people on the south lawn celebrating the confirmation of justice ketanji brown jackson, and also we know having events outside is better for safety protocols, no question about that. what's important for the american people to know and understand, because of all the steps we have taken, because the president is double boosted, because -- obviously he has access to the best healthcare in the world, but his doctors have assessed these are risks that can be taken. we risk assess like everybody in country and it's important for him to be able to continue his presidential duties. now and even if he tests positive in the future, just like americans out there in the country are taking their kids to school, they are going to the grocery store, maybe they are making a decision to go to dinner. this is a time where we are certainly living with the virus but we have a range of tools at our disposal to do that. >> thanks, jen.
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a couple of quick questions of oil and one on the election. administration is considering easing sanctions to allow oil imports from venezuela as a way to replace banned energy shipments from russia. can you talk about considerations? >> i'm not aware of that being under consideration. >> ok. at the moment, is it going to perhaps be considered for going forward? >> it has not been, i'm not aware of that. >> and one other one on when -- in india, delivered a warning to india to not raise purchases of russian oil. and we were wondering if perhaps sanctions along similar lines are being considered for other nations asking them to keep purchases of russian oil only limited to previous levels -- >> i would not characterize it as a warning nor did we at the time. he had a constructive conversation and made clear while the decision of each individual country, including
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india to determine whether they are going to import russian oil, it is only 1 to 2% of their imports. about 10% of their imports is from the united states. and so he conveyed of course they should abide by sanctions, which are not related to that decision, but also we would be here to help them diversify and move towards even reducing further beyond the 1 to 2%. >> is that decision perhaps relayed also to other countries asking them to perhaps follow the same guidelines? >> we convey every county to abide by sanctions and a range of european countries, as they work to diversify their energy sources we are here to assist in those efforts, and a range of steps we have taken, and l.n.g., natural gas and moving some resources from asia and other places and ensuring there are options to, for any country that wants to to diversify their energy sources. >> and french election. are you watching the french
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elections coming up this sunday perhaps with any concern especially with the rise the far right candidate running against macron? >> we are watching elections but no prediction what the outcome will be and once there is an outcome, i'm sure we will speak to it. >> understanding it's a fluid situation but the atrocities in bucha serve as accelerant toward the latest sanctions package. >> announced two days ago, yes. >> any sense the strike we saw this morning will also accelerate talks on additional sanctions between coordinated allies? >> a couple days ago, the sanctions package a few days ago was augmented as a result of the atrocities in bucha, and we will look at the continued atrocities
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and assess sanctions, consequences and additional security systems, so working with the allies to date, and i'm certain given the video footage we have seen on airwaves across the world and photos that this will be a part of the discussion that our national security officials are having with our counterparts moving forward. >> on the s300, it's been fairly apparent for the last several weeks that that was a process that you guys were engaged in. i know you are deliberately ambiguous as to some of the other processes that may be taking place. is it fair to say there are multiple other tracks down the line for other weapon systems, how can you characterize how far along you are compared to where you are now with the s300 on other systems? >> so, one, i mean, part of our objective here and the s300s are an example of that, to see we can get the defense equipment ukrainians are trained on and
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know can be effective moved to ukraine. so we are of course grateful to slovakia and work closely with slovakia to meet their defense needs and part of our considerations looking at the lists of requests the ukrainians have, what do we have access to here in the united states, there are systems we may not have access to or we may not have the systems, so how can we work with countries and the world like slovakia to meet those needs. so there are a range of those conversations happening with partners and allies at the same time. i will tell you often it is the preference of the partners and allies not to be public about the conversations and at times the preference of the ukrainians and we certainly respect that. >> one final one. a pretty historic 24 hours for the history of the supreme court, for the country. we have seen the president speak publicly. can you talk about what he's been like behind the scenes, delivering on the campaign pledge, first african american
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woman on the court, how he's been with staff? >> sure, i'm going to try not to ugly cry about this day, we were all doing on the south lawn. look, i was with the president before he went out, i was there on time, i did not run out as you would have seen. i was with him before when he was reviewing his, doing his final review of his remarks and what he was reflecting on is, and you saw some of this in his speech, were the number of people whether people who work at the white house, part of his every day, you know, stewards or others who have commented to him how significant this moment is and in a place where you are trying to make it through every day, and every day is history in many ways. history can be heartbreaking and many days it has been. history can be exhausting and many days it has been, and history can be joyful and today was a joyful day in history, and that is certainly how the president was. you saw his granddaughter,
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naomi, he talked about in the speech, she was there also for a brief greet with justice jackson beforehand and he made an effort to also introduce the new associate justice to some members of his close staff who just were inspired by the significance of today as well. so i would say there was a deep recognition of this moment of history, a joy in reaching it, and i think we have all been saying to each other in the hallways, no one can steal our sunshine today because that's how everybody is >> to follow up on that committed the family spent any time with the family? >> i think as the family was with her for that. >> okay, got it. 3 a question from katie earlier this week about other
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precautions that they may or may not have been a part of. >> that would be the preemptive step, and he is not immunocompromised, so he is not taking that. >> is he taking any other medication that could help? >> well, i don't actually know. other than what we have heard about other people taking prophylactics to prevent that. >> is he taking anything that you know of? >> there are not others who have been immunocompromised. he is not taking it, but other than that, he obviously got the booster when he was eligible. and you know, we take additional steps like socially distance meetings when possible in order
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to protect him as much as well. >> also, it is said that there's intel on information of journalist being targeted. you have any information or a warning that you are sharing with american journalists at this time covering the war? >> well, first of all, we value the role that american journalists from around the world have played in bringing light in bringing to light for a lot of people in this country, this war, what is happening and the horrors of the war, it has had a direct impact in the united states. we recognize the war of journalism in war zones and we also work very closely with
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leaders of news organizations, including keeping members of the media organization safe. it is still an active war zone. we are still concerned about americans. we knew from the beginning and terms of specifics, we have talked publicly about this, of course, that president vladimir putin and the russian culture was intending to target civilians and others including journalists that could be part of that. but i don't have anything, any new intelligence or anything beyond that. >> thank you. >> thank you. sue mech when it comes to regulations for covid-19 can you tell me more? >> the cdc says do not go to places where you are unable to wear a well fitting mask.
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so why are they giving the new supreme court justice a big hug without a mask? when she was outside? >> yes. >> do they say that they can give hugs outside? >> we know, peter, that outside, you can benefit significantly being outside, that's why we had the event outside today. i will tell you that the vice president has been wearing a mask inside when there was a private meet and greet they were all wearing masks. she was playing an important role in confirming the confirmation of the first black woman of the supreme court. as was on camera, peter. and let me finish my answer here. and others saw that she was socially distance overseeing that confirmation as of yesterday. >> so this is not a case of
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rules for some and not for others? >> the vice president were amassed inside today, both with the president and her staff and other people outside at the event she was socially distanced for 99.9% of the event and she had an emotional moment which was understandable mech in regards to border crossers, so they can be tracked and so they can check in, is there any plan to give smart phones to u.s. citizens who want them. >> should we not be tracking migrants who are regularly crossing the border, or do you have an alternate suggestion as to how they should be tracked? >> today is your moment. >> well, it would be great if anybody wanted a free phone and a free monthly plan could get
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one. >> well, when we talked about this the other day, what i noted was we have a range of individuals that regularly migrate to the country in order to ensure that they are meeting notice to appear obligations and that they are appearing in court, phones is one of them, also ankle devices and a range of tracking devices, 80% of individuals of noncitizens released at the border under prosecutorial discretion have received a notice or are still within the window to report. and there are smart phones, there's global positioning. >> does the president have any plans to figure out what these small towns were bracing for with a major influx in migrants next month? by making his first ever trip to the border?
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