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"downton abbey," and someone was wearing black tie versus white tie, so i'm with you. >> elegant standard for anybody and kids learn respect. we need to teach them that. we don't want to be a country of slobs. >> thanks for watching. here is "america reports." >> john: emily, thank you so much. fox news alert, hang on to your wallet when you go to the pump. new record high for the eighth day in a row. the nationwide average hitting, ca ching, 4.52 a gallon. five bucks a gallon not far away? >> six plus here in california, john. skyrocketing prices come as the biden administration plans to cancel a massive oil drilling lease in alaska, and the strategic petroleum reserve drops to the lowest supply level
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in 35 years. katie pavlich is here to react to the pain at the pump coming up. >> john: begin with the fox news alert, the president speaking moments ago in buffalo as the city mourns the deadliest shooting in its history. john roberts in washington. anita, good day to you. >> anita: good day to you, john. president and first lady travelling to buffalo to grieve with the families' victims. accused gunman surrendering to police after allegedly shooting 13 people and killing ten. investigating the shooting as a hate crime. >> john: president biden condemning the incident as an act of terrorism and calling on congress to take more action on guns. fox team coverage now, leo will join us with his thoughts.
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>> anita: alexis mcadams is live in buffalo, and we have heard from the president today, what exactly did he say? >> good afternoon. he mentioned every single person who died, anita and john by name, gave some information about them, because that's who is important to talk about is the victims. innocent people that went into the grocery store behind me on a beautiful saturday afternoon in new york to do some shopping. they lost their lives because of their skin color. president and jill biden standing by, talking to the families and telling america no place for racism. listen. >> what happened here is simple and straightforward, terrorism. terrorism. domestic terrorism. violence inflicted on the service of hate and vicious thirst for power, that defines one group of people being inherently inferior to any other
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group. >> president biden and the first lady also placing flowers near the shooting scene. taking a moment of silence for those who lost their lives. the president also discussed gun control. the rampage saturday afternoon at this tops grocery store on the city's east side. investigators say the gunman shot 13 people killing ten. first opening fire in the parking lot, and then continuing inside of the busy store. police say the gunman, 18-year-old payton gendron, chose it because of the high black population. he cased it for months and believed the rampage was going on and would have continued if they had not stopped him. sources telling me he left a detailed suicide note for his parents at his house in new york planning what he was going to do. and in the past year, he was
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questioned about threats he made in his hometown, a mental evaluation but was released. community leaders call for tough conversations listen to this member. >> tell the truth that this is not the only racist, not the only white supremacist believer in our country. and have the uncomfortable conversation. >> we are learning -- we are also learning more about those victims, families starting to speak out and sharing their stories. and loved ones of 86-year-old ruth whitfield, just left the nursing home, she visited her family every day, the family grieving. listen. >> my mom was my heart. she was the glue that held our family together. she taught us how to love. >> now the president is still here in buffalo, he had one-on-one meetings with those family members. so many here in the community, john and anita, are calling for
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answers, wanting to know how some of these red flags were missed by law enforcement. that gunman will be back in court on thursday and he's still in isolation on suicide watch. back to you. >> anita: lots of questions there, and you are right, very touching to hear the president talking detail about each one of the ten victims. and we heard a little about their lives, i think that's very important. alexis mcadams, thank you so much. >> john: anita, your heart goes out to the surviving family members of this incomprehensible tragedy. leo, despicable act of racial hatred but there were warning signs about the shooter that were acted upon and then dropped, which ultimately led to him being able to legally buy a gun, and authorities in new york state have to be looking back at this and particularly the family members and saying you had this guy, you let him go, how in the
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heck did that happen? >> well, you are absolutely right, john. first of all, it's a horrific situation, this was pure hatred toward black americans, and hopefully the laws and the justice will take care of this assailant. it was despicable. let me get to the call of your question. the reason why signs were missed as i've said before, family members have to be up front and honest when they see a troubled member of the family who has a mental illness. it's hard to turn your own family member in. and if you want to know why it was missed, because family members and people around this assailant were not honest about the full disclosure of what they know. i find it impossible for this person not to have signalled other members of his family, but family members failed to turn in other family members and this matter never got to a judicial determination. that's why this man was able to buy a gun. >> john: means it never got into
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the background check. the new york post interviewed the owner of the gun store where he purchased this weapon, it was in endicott, new york, robert donald, here is what the post wrote. the background check had not turned up any red flags. he did not stand out, he said of the teen. if he did, i would have never sold him the gun. i don't understand why an 18-year-old would even do this, donald said. i didn't know, i know i didn't do anything wrong, but i feel terrible about it. i mean, you can imagine how the gun store owner feels, and had information been in his background check he never would have got that rifle. >> you are absolutely right, john. don't blame the gun owner. let me be clear, and people watching fox understand this. let me give you an analogy. domestic violence situation, family members don't want to turn in the spouse, retract their statements. so when you have a family member who has a mental illness, do you
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betray that family member by going to the police and saying my son, my daughter needs help, and that's the problem. red flags, john, would never work unless family members are honest about some cases of mental illness in their family. it's considered an act of betrayal. look what has happened in buffalo. >> john: yeah, i know. you think if he had gotten help this would not have happened. this was not the only shooting motivated by hate in the past week. geneva church shooting in california was believed to be politically motivated hate crime, the suspect, david chou is chinese, the congregants were taiwanese, and the suspect angry over the tensions between china and taiwan, and a dallas hair salon as an anti-asian crime.
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how can this be addressed? >> thank you for that question. very clear what i'm about to say. joe biden found the time to go to buffalo and i respect that. what's the motivation. he plays to a particular group of people. he didn't go to wisconsin when darryl brooks shot up people and ran over people based on their white ethnicity, is he going to fly to orange county where those victims are grieving. i'm sick of pandering that the democratic party plays when it comes to the classic scenario, black/white. what about the other areas of hate crimes that you just articulated, what about the subway matter in new york city, that guy shot people. it has to stop. if we are going to attack hate, let's attack all hate, regardless of skin color and i find it embarrassing for joe biden to go to one place, john, and not others. it's insulting to all americans.
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>> john: leo, always appreciate catching up with you. thanks for kicking us off today. >> thank you, john. >> john: anita, regardless of the very salient points that leo was making there, you know, your heart has to go out to the family of, you know, the folks in buffalo killed, the person at the geneva church who was killed, victims of other shootings across the country, so much violence, and closer form later in the program. >> anita: we are, john. a lot to talk about. and important point about leo was saying, family members needing to step forward and say something but it is hard because it's your family and you are trying to protect them. it's a fine line to walk. >> john: some people think i don't want to ruin my son or daughter or whatever's life by turning, you know, telling the authorities that there's a real problem here, but how many lives
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were ruined by the fact it did not happen in this case or the dylann roof case or other around the country. >> anita: too many to count. moving on, homeland security secretary alejandro mayorkas going to the southern border. a new record for migrants crossing the border. and new video showing border agents packing a planeful of migrants they determined did not have a legal basis to stay in the u.s. casey stegall has the latest from laredo, texas. what, if anything, did you hear from mayorkas? >> well, we have not been able to officially broadcast his comments, anita, some confusion back and forth all morning between what is able to be trans missed and sent out to the public. so right now we are expecting he'll make some formal remarks a
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little later on so we have our eye on that. this trip has been very different from many of his others down here to the southern border. he has hop scotched around in many different places across mcallen, the rio grande valley sector, and really putting up this image of rolling up his sleeves and getting out in the field, if you will he has been talking with agents while they have been in the middle of apprehending agents, and then secretary mayorkas visited a section of the wall, observed one of the federal surveillance drones in action. along the way, he has met with members of c.b.p. brass and local law enforcement in addition to a firsthand look at illegal drugs just confiscated, for example, in hidalgo county, texas, sizeable amounts of meth and cocaine. c.b.p. says close to 1.5 million migrant encounters have now been
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reported at the southern border since october 1st, the start of fiscal year 2022, 5 months remaining. more than 96,000 were removed from the country last month. under title 42, which ends in a matter of days, and while in the last hour we have seen a similar sign just like yesterday, a large group of migrants crossing the river, the rio grande river over in eagle pass, texas, and this is video from the flight team drone as it shows you, we are told you this group today is about 250 people. yesterday's group was about 200, they come through at all hours of the day, but mostly in that particular spot, this is something we have seen multiple days in a row, so there's got to be some coordination behind that is what officials tell us. you don't just happen to come across a group that large in the river. so, this just shows once again
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how sophisticated the cartels are and the smugglers working to get not only people but also drugs into the homeland out here. >> anita: and casey, they are bold, broad daylight, so not doing it under the cover of darkness, and i understand that the groups are getting larger. tell us about that. >> yeah, that's right. we have been here for a long period of time reporting on this story, and some days, you know, we might have 15 or 20, some days we get lucky if we are able to capture maybe 100 or so. but now we are starting to see again, 2, 250, even 300, 400 groups at a certain area along the 2,000 mile stretch we share with mexico. so, definitely a problem that we have seen escalating, we have heard the people on the ground here talking about it, we have conveyed it to you, we have seen it with our own eyes and the real question, of course, is
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what happens when title 42 goes away unless a judge intervenes. >> anita: all right, casey stegall live in laredo, texas, thank you for bringing us the pictures. john. >> john: numbers are staggering compared to two years ago. covid had just hit, but the month of april, 2020, only 17,000 people came across the border. prior to that, the high water mark had been 2019, 109,000. so, we are more than double the previous high water mark that was set during the past administration. 178,000 this time last year. so the numbers are just going up. russia claiming another strategic victory. is putin's invasion of ukraine actually falling apart? one military analyst in russia seems to be bracing the russian
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>> anita: welcome back. russian forces take a key port city but the rest of the advance seems stuck in neutral. how poorly is p utin's invasion
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going and are the russian people starting to take notice? general jack keane on that, but first. the f.d.a. is giving the green light for children as young as five years old to get pfizer's covid booster shot. agency saying in a statement kids 5 to 11 can get their first booster shot five months after they have received the primary first two-dose series. decision now heads to the c.d.c. for final approval. >> john: the fight for mariupol is coming to an end, after more than 260 ukrainian soldiers in a steel mill were evacuated and taken to areas under russian control. the last pocket of resistance. jack keane with his analysis, but begin with trey yingst, he's live in kyiv. what do we know about the situation in mariupol? >> good afternoon. more than 260 ukrainian fighters were evacuated from the steel plant in the southern port city
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of mariupol. ukrainian military is confirming the evacuation adding that there are still fighters inside the plant. multiple busses were seen leaving the facility and reportedly heading for russian-controlled territory. as the war in ukraine moves forward in the south and the east, we continue to look for civilians that we have met near the capital during this conflict. >> early march in irpin, firing shells at a bridge where civilians are evacuating. a group are holding a large white flag. >> it was like your life is broken forever. and you have no hope. >> if you can hear behind me, shots going off as people try to flee, the front line each hour is moving as russian forces advance on the ukrainian capital. >> russian forces never made it into the capital, they were stopped by the but left a trail of death and
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destruction. we reconnect through a facebook page. she's now safe in the netherlands with her family. we speak for the first time in ten weeks, as she recalls that terrifying day we first met. >> they were going to shoot but, and my daughter asked me, mom, if we will die it will be quickly and together, and i looked at her and say yes, i think so. >> after going to the train station in kyiv and then to the western city of lviv, she had to make another difficult decision, to send her daughters across the border while she stayed in ukraine. as a government employee, she could not leave without special permission. >> we tried to make it very fast, just i say good-bye, i will find you, don't worry. and i promised my children to
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stay alive no matter what, and to find them. >> she was ultimately able to leave ukraine and reunited with her family in the netherlands. today she is volunteering in the netherlands teaching math and english to young ukrainian refugees. >> john: her story is heartbreaking, particularly when her daughter asked her about possibly being shot, my god, can't imagine going through that. trey yingst, great work again in kyiv. thank you. anita. >> anita: great work from trey, john. bring in retired four star general jack keane, general keane, good to see you. we saw trey's report, it was very moving. but i also want to ask you about the ukrainian troops that have been evacuated. we are talking about a few hundred to 1,000 badly injured
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ukrainian soldiers, some of them even missing limbs. talking about from mariupol in the steel plant. they have been there for countless weeks. russia says they have surrendered. how do you see it? >> oh, well, certainly it is that. i mean, we don't need to play around with words i don't think. listen, they are the heroes of mariupol and deserve are all the respect and admiration that anybody can muster for what they were able to put up with and still some that are fighting there to the end. i actually thought they would likely all die and i'm delighted to see them get out of there. it bears watching, though. russia has a history of killing their p.o.w.s, even though they coaxed them into surrender. and that is a pattern of their history. the fact zelenskyy government is working to exchange p.o.w.s is a good thing, and let's hope that's exactly what takes place here. >> and you are so right, they are heroes and in fact, last night in an address president
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zelenskyy said that, he said ukraine needs ukrainian heros alive out of this. i think every adequate person will understand these words. i want to read something else for you, something very interesting and read it to the audience, too. these are comments from a russian commander, a russian analyst on russian state, says the political position is that in a way we are in full geopolitical isolation. and that practically no matter much we would hate to admit this, the entire world is against us and we need to get out of this situation. to me that seems like a stunning statement for a russian commander to make on russian state tv. now, i don't know if he has to go into hiding now or what, but what is your reaction to what he said? >> well, it's fairly accurate statement and i think that's what makes it so stunning and of course done in the closed iron
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curtain society of russia it's actually an act of bravery on his part. but there's no doubt about that. russia is more isolated than they have ever been. they have more nato troops on their border than they have ever had, and nato is being expanded with finland and sweden. remarkable turn around from february 24th to now, and offensive operations that they have had in kyiv did not work. in kharkiv it has not worked and the donbas region where they are conducting much more limited offensive operation, that operation has stalled. they have one settlement they are going to go after in luhansk and john had been talking about it in the past and it's a major settlement other than the city in the luhansk republic, they'll be challenged to do that. and putin and the number one
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military chief are involved in tactical and operational decisions. and if that's the case, that just adds to the lack of unpredictability about what's taking place on the battlefield. because when you are that far removed and if that is a confirmed report, it's not yet, what truly happens is they are not dealing with reality, they are dealing with desperation and fear of losing, and when you look at what hitler did in 1944 in the last year of the war in his desperate acts of taking charge of the tactical situation, abysmal failure and contributed to considerably more loss of life than was necessary. and certainly putin getting his hand in this could lead the russian military down the same path. >> anita: general jack keane, we have to leave it right there. thank you so much for your insight today and we are watching the southern part of the country there. thank you very much.
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>> great talking to you. >> john: always good to see jack. she was only 17 years old when she went missing on spring break. more than a decade later, the family may have information about the disappearance. and police have a suspect in custody. how did they catch him? >> anita: gas prices in overdrive. how long before the average is five bucks a gallon here in california, and is the white house prepared to do anything about it? katie pavlich weighs in coming up next. >> that's what they are saying, almost $100 to fill the tank up. >> with these prices they got to be fixed. >> president biden needs to, he's the problem with this. u put it all on the line. u do it all. so u bring ubrelvy. it can quickly stop migraine in its tracks within 2 hours... without worrying if it's too late or where you are. unlike older medicines, ubrelvy is a pill that directly blocks a protein believed to be a cause of migraine.
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>> john: police making an arrest after the body of a missing spring breaker is identified 13 years after she went missing. what's behind the breakthrough in the case, that is straight ahead.
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but first -- gas prices hitting a record high for the eighth straight day, peak travel season fast approaching. today's national average hitting 4.52 a gallon, $0.15 spike in the last week. katie pavlich, editor of and 4.52 cents a gallon today. yesterday it was 4.48, last year it was 3.04. 15 to $30 more for a tank of gas, depending how big the tank is, and over time that adds up to real money. >> and john, these are prices everyday americans are seeing to get to work, summer vacation, get the kids to school, and the cost for diesel is, 5.57. i've been doing a lot of travel for various work projects and every time i see a tractor in the field with a rancher or farmer, every time i see the big rigs on the highway delivering
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goods to the marketplace, that's part of the cost going up as well, this war on energy, resulted in every day items going up and when they go to the grocery store or buy appliances they may need for their homes. if you look at the solutions that the biden administration has offered here, now we are seeing the consequences of the policy decisions. they have released oil from the strategic oil reserve, now we are seeing the lowest point since 1987. ask the question, what do we do now for taxpayers who are going to have to foot the bill to refill that reserve, hurricane season is on the way, and a national security emergency, should that occur. >> john: a lot of it was bought when oil was 30 bucks a gallon during the pandemic. but now to replace it, we are over $100 a barrel, it's going to cost a lot of money. jeff bezos is in this incredible fight with the white house, some
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call it a stupid useless fight but intriguing to watch. white house said corporate profits and greed are driving up inflation and the corporations need to pay more in taxes, to bring inflation down. jeff bezos said you are full of you know what, and the white house said this. look, a squirrel, the white house statement about recent tweets, they want to muddy the topic, they know inflation hurts the most needy, administration tried their best to add another $3.5 trillion to federal spending, build back better, they failed. but if they succeeded, inflation would be higher than today and inflation is at a 40-year high. who is right, the who us or bezos? >> bezos is correct, and making the argument the white house does not like, basic economic argument. 3.5 trillion, the administration wants to spend in addition. build back better agenda from president biden started at
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$6 trillion. so 3.5 trillion was negotiated, bargain for that piece of legislation. >> john: fire sale. >> republicans and democrat joe manchin warned it would cause inflation, and the damage has been done. biden administration ignored the warnings they went with the far left bernie sanders socialist push of the economic side of their party, bernie sanders was the budget committee chairman in the senate, ran with that and now the consequences of it and once inflation starts, it difficult to rein it back in, federal reserve said it was not happening, but it's happening, maybe transitory, and now they are saying it may be here to stay and they are trying to blame everybody but their own policy decisions and legislation for the problem. >> john: corporations don't get a free pass, they have been making record profits and they are part of inflation, too.
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>> part of inflation, prices of energy going up, they have to get goods to market. idea they're gouging prices to take advantage of the consumer at a time the government is trying to find more money to justify spending more money is not gonna fly. corporations raised their prices based on the market and as a result of the policies of injecting too much money into the economy, not enough supply, also the energy crisis with diesel fuel which has to be used to take goods to market going up, corporations are basically just raising their prices to keep up with demand and to keep up with their profits. they can keep people employed and keep their businesses running. >> john: interesting to see bezos going after the white house. >> indeed. >> john: he lost the washington post last week, this week -- >> maybe the washington post should do a deep dive why inflation is actually happening. >> john: maybe they will. and anita, more on this in the next hour of "america reports."
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>> anita: it is interesting to see jeff bezos at odds with the white house, but inflation is hitting his workers, all the workers in the warehouse and the drivers, hitting them pretty hard, right? >> john: and we are going to talk to dagan more at 2:00. >> she does not hold back. ok. a break in the case of a missing spring breaker who disappeared more than a decade ago. 17-year-old brittanee drexel went missing in april of 2009 while on a trip to south carolina. investigators say they have now found her body and they have a suspect in custody. nate foy joins us with that story. nate, this is an amazing story of a cold case cracked here. >> horrific, horrific ending to her life. now after 13 years they have arrested the man who kidnapped, raped and murdered brittanee drexel, a long time person of
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interest in the case. take a look at a picture here. 62-year-old raymond moody is held on no bond in georgetown county, south carolina. he has an extensive history. she was identified using dental records and dna analysis. authorities found the body wednesday but made the announcement yesterday, and this is one step closer to closure for her parents. >> this is truly a mother's worst nightmare. i am mourning my beautiful daughter brittanee as i have been for 13 years. but today it's bittersweet. >> it is bittersweet and we have a little more closure than what we wanted. weighing there all out is tough on a dad, tough on a mother. but having faith and hope is what's going to get us through the end result. >> imagine, after 13 years. brittanee was last seen in this surveillance video leaving a
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beach front hotel in myrtle beach. authorities now believe she traveled to nearby georgetown county before moody kidnapped and strangled her. >> obviously justice is never going to be good enough. that's the fallacy in all of this, that somehow we are going to do our very best to see that raymond moody pays for what he's done here, but that is not going to replace brittanee. >> moody's criminal history includes a prior rape conviction. as for brittanee's family, they are asking for privacy during this difficult time. they say there will be two celebrations of life for brittanee. one in her hometown in rochester, new york, and the other myrtle beach. the dates for the celebrations are yet to be announced. back to you, anita. >> anita: a sad story but good to hear from her parents and at least they feel a little bit of closure as they said. nate foy, thank you so much. john. >> john: anita, the frantic
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>> john: a question for you, are we alone in this universe? that's what top defense officials tried to answer in a house hearing today decades in the making. chad pergram is on capitol hill. so, chad, oh, apparently chad just dropped off the line. so, we will try to get him back. but if you had a chance to watch the hearings earlier today a lot
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of fascinating footage out there that was captured mostly by aircraft that were in motion, which was a point of the hearing, as to what is, you know, effect that had. chad, what are we talking about here, new life and new civilizations or something else? >> i wonder if we dropped out because they were watching us here, john. i don't know. i don't know if e.t. has phoned home but the military showed two videos of what could be u.f.o.s, one object dotted away, and another several green triangles. >> a number of events in which we do not have an explanation, and a small handful in which there are flight characteristics or signature management that we can't explain with the data that we have. >> last year the military released unexplained video shot by two navy pilots of a round object hovering off the pacific
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ocean. that still baffles investigators. >> the example that i would say that is still unresolved, that i think everyone understands well is the 2004 incident from nimitz. we have data on that, and it simply remains unresolved. >> lawmakers worry that unidentified flying objects could pose a national security threat, especially if they come from a military adversary. >> if they are developed by an adversary, through some breakthrough technology, they can be very disruptive to our military actions or at least serve as a destruction. >> one lawmaker asked about an incident decades ago in montana. >> icbms were inoperable, and a
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glowing red object ahead. >> they have not looked into that incident, and they used to call the pilots who reported such things as kooks. >> chad pergram, thanks. anita. >> anita: my favorite story of the day, john. well, it is primary day in pennsylvania. a trio of g.o.p. candidates are duking it out. >> john: eye popping number of migrants crossing the border. is the situation about to spiral further out of control? mark brnovich coming up next. no, no, no. they're both invested... in green energy. and also each other. digital tools so impressive, you just can't stop. what would you like the power to do?
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>> anita: welcome back. homeland security secretary alejandro mayorkas making yet another trip to the southern border today, as we learn border agents encountered a record shattering 234,000 migrants in april. arizona attorney general mark brnovich is here, he is also running for senate. good to see you. april numbers of migrant encounters are the highest on record for one month in the history of the department of homeland security, 234,000. but i want to bring up the numbers of migrants removed in
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april, numbers are 113,000 expelled, 96,000, 96,908 of those are because of title 42. i did the math, that's 85%. so, what happens when title 42 goes away? >> well, what happens when title 42 goes away, we will have a record amount of people illegally entering the country as we already are starting to see. because the biden administration is essentially decriminalized and incentivized people coming here. and population like richmond, virginia coming over illegally in one month to the united states. we are on pace to have essentially nebraska or west virginia illegally enter the country this year. overwhelming strain on social services. i was fighting the biden
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administration to give benefits to noncitizens, and cartels, regard amount of not only people but fentanyl and methamphetamine flow into the country. >> real quick, i want to turn to the revelation now of a drug tunnel, a fully operational drug tunnel connecting tijuana to san diego. at least six were arrested, $25 million in drugs seized next to your state. quickly, 30 seconds, what more can you tell us? >> you know, i've been to the board, i was a gang prosecutor. it's not the first time and won't be the last. the biden administration is not taking it seriously. these are sophisticated operations. you could drive a car through them. these are, they hire miners, hire professionals to build the tunnels, and cartels are enriching themselves. we need to do everything we can to get the federal government to stop the chaos on the southern border. >> pictures look like a very
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sophisticated tunnel. mark, thank you for coming, we'll talk to you again. john. >> john: all new at 2:00, how high will they go? the average price of gas creeping closer and closer to $5 a gallon. is the white house doing enough to keep prices down? dagan straight ahead with her thoughts on this. plus, dr. nicole saphier with advice for parents facing the formula shortage, and rafael mangual on the deadly gun violence gripping our cities. the next hour of "america reports." stand by. best time in history to turn your home equity into cash. because home values have climbed to all time highs. and so has your equity. turn it into cash now. the newday 100 va cash out loan lets you borrow up to 100% of your home's value. you could take out more than $60,000. use it to improve your home. pay off high rate debt. pay for big expenses. or put it in the bank for real peace of mind.
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you stay classy, san diego. i'm ron burgundy. >> damn it, who put the question mark on the teleprompter. >> anita: elon musk calling president biden an empty suit. saying the real commander in chief is whoever is behind his teleprompter, and a specific group of people democrats put first, before the will of the american people. >> john: who musk says is really calling the shots and his warning about where we could be headed as a nation. welcome back as "america reports" rolls into a second hour. hello again to you, anita. >> anita: i'm in for sandra today. elon musk sounding off about everything from twitter to inflation and rising prices. the news all new at 2:00. >> john: fox news alert get ready for the day you see $5 a gallon gas and don't do a double
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take. analysts warn we are on track for that being the norm, if it isn't already where you live. this is today's national average of 4.52 a gallon, the eighth straight day of new record high prices with no signs of slowing. >> anita: say it isn't so. according to aaa, six states have average prices above $5 a gallon, california $0.02 above $6. high gas costs are having americans reconsider their plans of transit as the busiest travel season is nearing. >> outrageous. >> not really surprised that prices are where they are. >> it's gonna kill the country, these diesel prices. >> ready to catch the bus. probably cheaper. >> i would get regular, too. 5.99. craziness. >> do i eat or get gas? >> i don't think we are going to make it. too much. i want to sell this car.
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>> john: the road ahead does not look much better. supply likely to get tighter. china aims to end the covid lockdown at the beginning of next month. >> anita: dagen mcdowell is standing by, but grady is live in chicago. are drivers wanting to sell their cars? >> they would rather walk, i think, and i did a double take when i pulled up this morning and saw the price here, 5.25 for a gallon of gas in chicago. the national average today jumped above 4.50 for the first time ever, and prices could keep climbing. gas prices are up $0.15 from a week ago, up nearly $0.45 from a month ago, and a buck 50 from a year ago. a number of factors contributing to this, on top of the war in ukraine and countries in europe
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weaning off russian oil and gas, you have companies in the u.s. producing and refining less crude oil than before the pandemic. experts say some refineries are making less gasoline in favor of more profitable diesel and jet fuel. part of the reason that six states are seeing gas prices above five bucks a gallon. in washington, california, nevada, oregon, alaska and hawaii. some analysts say the rest of the country could soon follow. >> i can absolutely see that because i think there's people in the administration who want that. they think the more you pay for gasoline the more likely people will buy electric vehicles. >> this could just be the beginning of the run-up. prices are expected to increase more heading into memorial day weekend and despite the record high prices, millions of americans still planning to hit the road for the unofficial start of summer, aaa memorial day travel forecast came out and
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they say it will be just under pre-pandemic levels by about 7%, so if you have so many drivers still hitting the road, china coming out of lockdowns like john mentioned, demand for oil and gas still extremely high, and that, anita, could drive up prices even more. >> anita: you have to figure gas prices into your vacation budget now, that's a big part of it, right, grady? all right. >> exactly, unfortunately that's what it has come to. >> anita: it has. thank you so much for the live report. >> john: dagen mcdowell, fox business anchor, a few thoughts on this. put what people are paying back up on the screen. 4.52 today, yesterday 4.38. a month ago, 4.08. a year ago, 3.04. the idea of blaming putin for all of this, looks like it's falling on deaf ears. increasingly people are blaming
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joe biden. >> dagen: as they should, the biden administration has gone to war with natural gas and producers here in the united states. cancelling three offshore leases, one at the end of last year had high demand. but americans just know better. andy is my go-to guy on everything to do with oil production, natural gas production and he expects that retail prices will hit thshgs is the nationwide average, 4.75 a gallon. but john, frankly, i would also pay such close attention to diesel prices. diesel today at a new all-time high of 5.57 a gallon. this is the fuel that moves the economy. and these prices at records today will feed through to broader inflation, particularly food inflation, because everything that is transported in this country by train, truck,
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ship, tractor, and other farmer equipment, all of that runs on diesel. and if you look at just the farm industry in the country, agriculture, that community, diesel engines power more than two-thirds of all farm equipment. transport 90% of its product and one fifth or 20% of its water is delivered via diesel engine. so, this is just not good news. i could go on. i'm gonna shut up and let you ask me questions. >> john: all right. there was a headline that hit a little while ago that the u.s. is going to allow chevron to talk about an oil lease with venezuela state run oil company. so we are now commuting with dictators to get our oil. >> dagen: indeed we are, and the wall street journal has an editorial about it today called "biden's dance with a latin dictator." democrats want to help venezuela
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maduro sell oil while restricting u.s. drillers, and the same thing we have seen over and over again where biden is putting the screws to our energy industry but then turning to opec plus, and asking them to produce more oil. begging saudi arabia who the biden administration has alienated for a myriad of reasons, or even asking canada, and if you are -- if all of this is in the name of climate change, it makes 0 sense. it's a goose egg. because again, it's global warming like the world, and it doesn't make a difference whether that oil derrick is here orover seas. does not matter whether the tail pipe is here or somewhere else. a barrel of oil is a barrel of oil when it comes to the impact on global warming and the climate, and we are more better
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producers in terms of keeping our emissions down than other nations. so i don't -- none of this makes any sense, other than for political purposes. >> john: we have not yet put a bubble over the united states. some crabby people on twitter are tweeting me, you think united states is bad, half of what they are in europe. and the difference between the united states and europe is in the united states we think 100 years is a long time, in europe they think 100 miles is a long way. >> dagen: exactly. and they should thank the united states for the energy that we are now sending to europe who largely in terms of oil imports, particularly natural gas, is reliant on russia. so, one quick thing i'll note in terms of our country. gasoline and diesel inventories are sharply lower than they were a year ago. diesel is 22% lower in terms of what we have in stockpiled, but again, talk about the war on our
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energy sector. our refining capacity is 5% lower than it was two years ago. so the refineries are running full bore if they are not shut down for kind of that presummer maintenance. but why do we have less refining capacity than we did two years ago. >> john: and the strategic petroleum reserve at a three decade low now and we have to replenish it at oil at how much a barrel now? >> the release, the strategic petroleum release from biden, did butkus. oil is more expensive today than when the oil was released. >> john: i love that word butkus. >> dagen: i'm sure i said it wrong. >> john: see you on fox business. >> john: we had charles payne on the other day and retail sales were up in april and there's a lot of people driving, obviously. but he says that's because people are coming out of covid lockdown, they have plans, they are not going to back off, have
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like an end of the world party when it comes to gasoline, but then after the summer is over he expects the consumer habits are dramatically going to change, and that's going to have a big impact on the economy because of the prices. >> anita: i think dagen would probably say that's the chickens coming home to roost, right? >> john: and what have the chickens really got, bumpkiss, right? >> anita: more at 2:00, and update to the controversy of b.l.m.s handling of money and millions unaccounted for. they have been forced to come clean by the tax man. and one of the names that turned up on the b.l.m. payroll is igniting all new outrage. >> john: the feds working out a deal they say could help with the baby formula shortage that has new parents worried about their baby's next meal. but the company that makes it warns it could still take months to get shelves re-stocked. dr. nicole saphier is here with
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>> john: fox news alert on the baby formula shortage and the word is that the best case scenario could be worse than anybody imagined when this all began. the f.d.a. reaching a deal with abbott labs to reopen the factory at the center of the shortage but the company warns it could still take months before shelves are fully re-stocked. in the meantime, the biden administration taking additional steps to try to address the shortage, including allowing more imports of baby formula from overseas. dr. nicole saphier has some advice for parents who say they can't wait months to have this solved. peter, an indication that the
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new action the white house is taking is going to resolve the problem to any degree? >> peter: to a small degree, john, but just some product coming from the necessary vr netherlands and switzerland, and nestle says both products were also being imported, we moved shipments up and rushed via air to help fill immediate need. after that happened, president biden recorded rare straight to camera remarks from behind the resolute desk, something we don't see often this shot with him and it went live on social channels a little while ago. >> i understand how stressful it is for parents trying to find a formula to feed their children. why my administration is doing everything in their power to make more formula available quickly and safely. a top priority for us. >> d.o.j. and f.d.a. are forcing abbott to reopen the shuttered
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migrant factory but will take weeks before production is back at preshut down levels. republican lawmakers are calling for some accountability. >> he ought to call in the top ten people at the f.d.a. and ought to say number one, what happened. and give them about 20 minutes to explain what happened and then the president ought to turn to the top ten people at the f.d.a. and say you have ten days to fix it. >> peter: president biden just landed at joint base andrews, his motorcade is headed back here for afternoon events. he has some events in the afternoon, john. >> john: thank you. >> anita: dr. nicole saphier, fox news contributor. dr. saphier, always great to see you. of course, you are both a doctor and a mother. can these families wait 6 to 8 weeks or more for formula. i understand from peter the white house is allowing some
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restrictions to be lifted, so more formula can come in from overseas, and president biden himself said this is a top priority, but it does not seem to be solving the problem right now. peter did a great job talking about what the white house is going to alleviate the supply. some contaminated 2021 in september, why did it take to mid february to initiate the warning and here we are in may 2022, grocery stores and other stores are saying 80% of supply is nowhere to be found y. did it take such a crisis for the f.d.a. to do something now. peter said it's great they are expediting, using air to get some formula imported, this is not going to have an immediate fix. what needs to happen, you need to remove some tariffs on international formulas so they can come here.
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f.d.a. needs to loosen some restrictions on some of the requirements for formula to get here. and there is a monopoly, you have about four companies that make up about 90% of the u.s. market share. but anita, for parents right now that are very concerned about this, i can understand. but here are a couple things. things you should not do. you should not be diluting formula, you should not be substituting juice for the formula. those are not good for the nutrition, not be giving milk to a very young infant. but things that parents can do, and should all be under the care of a pediatrician, after the age of about six months you can introduce whole cow's milk. but of course, we do get a little concerned that maybe it does not have the amount of iron the child needs. closer to 10 to 12 months, you can introduce a soy milk. but again, there are some nutritional concerns, so make sure the infant is supplemented appropriately, i recommend against parents doing any of these make shifts without having
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the advice of their pediatrician. you have to be flexible, you have to change formula brands but there are some things that parents can do. >> that's good to know. i want to quickly play a piece of sound from f.d.a. chief on the whole issue and who he's blaming. take a listen. >> we need more funding. a total of nine people focussed on infant formula at the f.d.a. and the budget, we got additional four people allocated last year but we need more than that. this is a huge part of the well-being of americans and the most vulnerable young children. very concerned about it. >> anita: the f.d.a. says they need more money, blaming it on that. and more advice for parents out there, they are panicked. >> well, of course. and first of all, my first question, what have the nine people been doing the last six months when we saw the rising
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formula shortage through supply chain issues and the shut down of the abbott plant. every place could always use more funding, seems the nine people dedicated to formula are having 100% failure right now. please try not to panic buy. the doctors have some supplies there. and what one parent is doing does not equate to what another parent is doing. have family and friends look for formula for you. we will see increased supply over the next few weeks. until then, make sure you are in touch with with your pediatrician and make sure your child has enough nutrition. >> anita: all solid advice. thank you very much for that, dr. nicole saphier. we'll see you again.
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thank you so much. >> thank you. >> john: all right, from baby formula, parents, something else to listen to. having more than two children could be too many in terms of how it may affect your brain. the that's according to a new study from columbia university. found parents of two or fewer kids had sharper cognitive function later in life compared to those who had more children. research has said stress about money played a big part in that. they say the findings held up for both moms and dads. i've got two older and two 11-year-olds, losing my mind on both occasions. >> anita: i have one and trying to keep it together, john. >> john: not sure the study was so accurate. i think parents of two and fewer children would acknowledge that their minds are stressed as well. >> anita: exactly. immigration rule known as title 42 will expire in just days.
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in america, evil will not win, i promise you. hate will not prevail. and white supremacy will not have the last word. >> anita: before his remarks, the president met with family members of the victims. ten people were killed and three others hurt when the gunman opened fire in a supermarket in a predominantly black neighborhood of buffalo. authorities are investigating the attack as a hate crime. the 18-year-old suspect pleaded not guilty to one count of murder but will likely face more charges soon. his next court date is set for thursday. >> john: hateful racist beliefs investigators say fueled the suspect in buffalo, makes saturday's shooting stand out for its evil, as the nation sees more violent crime occurring in cities coast to coast. >> anita: hours before the massacre in buffalo. 17 were shot in a single incident in milwaukee, all of them survived. in chicago, 33 were shot over
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the weekend, five killed. >> john: the number of police on chicago police is lower than two years ago. critics say that is a result of progressive policies that demonize police and favor criminals rather than victims. rafael mangual, the horrific shooting in buffalo rightly focussed attention on a horrible hate crime, but across the country many other people are mourning the loss of loved ones in violent acts, whether it be at the hands of people who are mentally ill, criminals, or gangs. the bottom line is, we have got a serious crime problem in this country. >> that's exactly right, and it's much broader than the type of, you know, often tragic but frankly statistically rare and nearly impossible to predict what we saw in buffalo, it's obviously a point that we should focus on and figure out how to better understand the motivations of the shooters,
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hopes of preventing these events in the future. reality is the majority of american gun violence looks nothing like that, and it's a much, much larger problem, one that also deserves just as much focus and that is just as tragic. >> anita: rafael, john mentioned police have been demonized over the past couple of years. what can communities do to change that, do to let people know police are there to protect them. >> well, i think one thing they can do is, you know, take it upon themselves to, you know, extend an olive branch and actually engage with their local police officers and do their part to understand just how difficult the job is. and i think when they get to know their local cops, they are going to see a lot of themselves in their officers. people who have dedicated their entire careers for serving those communities and when you do that you have a little more room in your head for the possibilities that tragic outcomes by mistake
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of people doing a difficult job. >> john: i watched carnegie and international peace online, solving america's one-of-a-kind murder problem, and no other country has seen rising homicide rates like the united states. it was pointed out that also in this forum, that crime is not just limited to big cities like chicago and los angeles, new york. it's in rural states as well. it's basically across the country in terms of this dramatic rise in homicides. so, rafael, what is behind this, across the country? >> well, i think obviously you know, it's a multi-factorial problem. a lot of things good into why gun violence increases at the rate we have seen in the last couple of years. but i think a huge part has been the system make erosion of our criminal justice system. democrats have predickbly focussed on gun control in the wake of the buffalo shooting and
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other events but one of the realities is we have shown we can reduce gun violence significantly. we did it over the course of the 1990s and 2000s and what we need to do is arrest, prosecute and incapacitate the sort of people likely to perpetrate gun violence. now, the problem is the american left is kinds of taking the position they are going to refuse to do that, whether it's progressive prosecution or other reform measures and we need to reexamine the role. >> anita: and when the president visits a city like where it happens, it puts the spotlight on it. should the president visit other cities like john mentioned, chicago, some of these other big cities where we have killing sprees every weekend. >> i think so. i mean, i think the problems there are just as depressing. i wrote a piece for the wall street journal a few months ago detailing more than a dozen cities had matched or broken
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their all time highs in terms of homicide rates or counts in the country in the last two years. 30 cities in total flirting with the numbers. it is a real american crisis and you talked about this problem being national in nature, and that's true. you will find pockets across the country that are dealing with this kind of thing. but it is also a very hyper concentrated problem, such that when you look at a state murder or a citywide murder rate, it understates how bad things are in the small geographical areas, neighborhoods where gun violence is concentrated. and that data is mind blowing and tragic. >> john: always great to get your learned perspective. thanks for coming in today. >> thank you, appreciate it. >> john: as we await a ruling on title 42, the acting director of i.c.e. is on capitol hill asking lawmakers for more money to deal with the anticipated surge in migrants if the policy ends. also today on the hill, lawmakers listening to another pitch for more cash, but this
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one about covid aid, and it's coming from dr. anthony fauci. aishah hasnie has the details. >> a lot of requests for a lot of cash on the hill, and republicans say none of it makes sense. white house is asking requesting for $22.5 billion to help businesses to pay for therapeutic vaccines and for research to prevent future outbreaks. republicans are weary of this for a couple reasons here. one, there is still unspent aid from the $7 trillion already approved by congress, and two, some think all of that spending has attributed to the current inflation crisis. republicans also think the administration is hypocritical. if there is a need for more covid aid, why do they want to lift title 42, which is a covid health policy at the southern
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border. grilling anthony fauci today. >> i'm asking you purely from a public safety standpoint, is it safe to rescind title 42. >> i think given the level of infection at the time, which is right now, i think the c.d.c. decision was a reasonable decision. >> reasonable decision. for now, republicans are stalling the covid aid package until they get a vote on keeping title 42. meanwhile, the acting i.c.e. director as you mentioned john is also asking congress right now for more cash, to support the surge of migrants expected once title 42 is lifted. so republicans say democrats need to get their act together and pay attention to the bigger issues facing the country, and that includes crime and democrats say republicans are not offering any solutions to any of the issues. >> the ice acting director will
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need a lot of money if what lies ahead is correct. thank you. we now want to take you to buffalo where the mayor of buffalo, byron brown, is speaking regarding the horrific shooting at that tops market over the weekend. listen in. >> we are here in this community, and i really felt a strong sense of resolve and commitment in the president to try to bring change as it relates to these kinds of situations. >> some people said tragedies happen and then politicians [inaudible] nothing ever changes. what do you think about that? touched on? >> when it relates, as it relates to gun control in this country, change has been very elusive. there are those in washington who have put the needs and the desires of the gun manufacturers
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ahead, it has to stop. and i think the president will not forget. i think he was moved by what he saw. i think he has a sense of resolve. many of us, some of us that were able to travel with the president live in this zip code. every day i wake up, i leave this zip code to go to buffalo city hall and other parts of this community. every night that i come back home to lay my head down on the pillow i come back to this zip code. so i will never forget, i can't forget. this is my community. this is where i come every day, and this is why i work so hard to make a difference. so, i won't forget, and i won't let others forget what happened here in buffalo, new york, what happened to my friends, what happened to my neighbors, what
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happened to my community. >> the more we learn about the alleged shooter [inaudible] >> radicalization of this individual, the level of hatred in the heart and head of this individual is stunning. it's staggering to know that that kind of hate, that kind of evil, that kind of premeditated evil exists in our nation, exists in the state of new york. i think much more has to be done about social media and hate speech on social media. hate speech that comes out over our airwaves. the president touched on that.
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the president spoke about that, and i am hopeful that more will be done to prevent the proliferation of hate on social media. >> i know that president biden has had the chance to speak directly with you, but what did you make of his comments to the people of the united states and the people of the community of buffalo and just what he had to say to say? >> well, the president said a lot of things, he talked about the fallacy of replacement theory, how nonsensical that is. he called it out. he called out white supremacy, and talked about the evil of that. he certainly talked about guns and something being done about assault weapons and assault weapons falling into the wrong hands in our country, and those
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messages to the american people are critically important. i think the president's resolve. i saw him steel himself during this visit to get something done. i felt it. i think it's powerful and i think it's real. but what was even more powerful to me in this time and in this moment was the moments that the president spent with the families of the victims of this racially motivated heinous attack on this community. and the president didn't hurry through those meetings, did not rush through the people that were hurting and in pain and spent a lot of time individually with families which i think shows his compassion and his commitment to change.
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>> [inaudible] >> i have spoken to some of the police officers and firefighters who were first responders to this scene. i thanked them for their bravery. i thanked them for their heroic actions, for running into this danger as others had to hide and had to run for their lives, if not for the swift response of the buffalo police department, more lives would have been lost on that saturday afternoon. if not for the heroic actions of security officer and retired buffalo police officer aaron salter engaging the shooter and exchanging gunfire with the shooter that ultimately took his life, more people would probably have gotten killed inside the
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store. so our police officers, our firefighters that responded to the scene are heroes. it was a horrific scene. the damage done with the assault weapons taking ten lives was like a war zone. and certainly as human beings i'm sure that has an impact on our police officers and our firefighters. we have encouraged our police and our firefighters who have responded to seek counseling if they need it. to not feel like there's any weakness or anything wrong in talking to somebody about the pain that they feel because they feel pain, they feel anger, and they feel hurt as well. >> thank you, everyone. >> thank you, everyone.
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>> john: that's the buffalo mayor, byron brown outside the tops market where that horrible shooting took place over the weekend. in the wake of president biden's visit to buffalo talking about the situation there, and anita, it's just so heartbreaking and unnecessary what happened, you know, first of all, the environment and atmosphere of racial hatred that permeated this demented person and he was flagged and still able to buy a weapon. >> anita: he was able to evade the red flag laws in new york and people will look into that now. worth noting, the mayor said it could have been so much worse were it not for the heroics of the police officers, the firefighters and the everyday people in the store who tried to subdue the killer. >> john: foreign police officer aaron salter got off a number of
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shots, hit the assailant at least once, it did not do much to him because it hit the sappy plate that he was wearing, along with his kevlar body armor. but took his attention away for a moment, at least, and unfortunately, officer salter lost his life that day. >> anita: such a tragic, tragic incident, john. well, it is primary day in the state of pennsylvania. pennsylvania going to the polls to vote who they want to see running for the ticket running for senate. republican side, dr. oz is facing off against kathy barnette and another in a tight race. on the ground in pennsylvania, very exciting day in the keystone state. >> anita, exciting indeed. we are close to when polls close
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at 8:00 p.m. tonight, and a close, surprising and even vicious tight race among the three candidates for the senate republican nomination here in pennsylvania. we voted up with dr. oz, he's feeling good going into tonight. >> i'm confident we have the momentum. and also the right message. we need to get our mojo back, and leaders understand, pro life, pro second amendment, pro energy and can get the messages heard clearly in washington. >> the oz campaign received a shot in the arm with the heavily sought after endorsement by former president trump and last night trump called into a telerally for dr. oz, this was after trump released a robocall urging voters to support oz who he called smart, tough and a loyal maga person.
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trump attacked kathy barnette as unveted. oz voters told us why they voted for the doctor. listen. >> having donald trump's vote or support really, i think that was a deciding factor. but it was really tough going both ways. it was -- it was a tough choice between dr. oz and kathy barnette. the one thing, i want somebody who is going to be electable. oz has the name recognition. >> hedge fund c.e.o. david mccormick cast his ballot in pittsburgh. he outspent everyone, spending $35 million on tv ads, and making the case he's not only the most electable but the most
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prepared on day one. >> anita: bryan llenas in pennsylvania, it's going to be a nail-biter tonight. looking for you and results later in the day. thank you, bryan. >> john: elon musk making headlines again. this time bashing president biden as his twitter deal remains on hold. he compared president biden to ron burgundy to anchorman, saying in a podcast appearance, the real president is whoever controls the teleprompter, and not his only criticism of the president. edward lawrence has this intriguing story. ed. >> musk, and jeff bezos, love to be in a room with those three guys, bezos, musk and president biden. so one using twitter to criticize joe biden over inflation. one trying to buy twitter and criticizing president trump over inflation. i'm talking about these two guys, jeff bezos, normally a cheerleader for president biden and elon musk who has lost favor
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with the left, since he wants to move twitter to a more free speech platform. >> the obvious reason for inflation, the government treated more money than it had, obviously. so the government cannot just, you know, have, issue checks far in excess of revenue without there being inflation. you know, velocity of money held constant. >> but he went farther, attacked how the president delivers his message. >> it's hard to tell what biden is doing. the real president is whoever controls the teleprompter, you know. like the path to power is the path to power is the prompt to teleprompter. >> make corporations pay their fair share.
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bezos said the wealthy did not spark inflation, but government spending gave us inflation near 40-year high. and white house says bezos, one of the wealthiest is attacking the administration policies aimed at the middle class. and john, the middle class is really being affected by inflation. >> john: because inflation is a regressive tax that hits people the hardest when they are on the lower end of the income scale. edward lawrence for us with that remarkable feud. appreciate it, thanks, ed. mariupol on the brink of russian control as they abandon the steel plant there. >> anita: former g.o.p. aide who is leading a humanitarian effort next.
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>> john: as vladimir putin continues to wage bloody war in ukraine, a house chief of staff is risking his life to help
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others overseeing a strike force providing food, medical and military supplies. stephen moore joins us. good work you've been doing. >> thanks, yeah. >> john: this started off with your desire to get people you know out of ukraine and morphed into something else. tell me about it. >> yeah, on the -- the russians invaded on a wednesday. so i spent a couple of days trying to get people to safety by like trying to hook up people by telegram, people that had a ride and needed a ride. i have dozens of friends in ukraine that i have gotten over the years. they all were having trouble getting out. so i just decided i could do a better job of getting them to safety if i was in country. >> neil: so it's your version of afghanistan. >> my own private afghanistan. >> john: you got a department there and started funneling people out? >> yeah, i got an apartment in southwestern ukraine and used it as a safe house to guide people in. nobody knows what the to do when
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your city is turned into a war zone overnight. so i helped provide them resources to get to safety. >> john: after the refugee flows subsided somewhat, you started to get into the supply business as well. >> yeah, i could have declared victory after three weeks. all of my friends wanted to be safe were safe. but you know, there's so much more to do. for instance, nobody -- not a large number of people were supplying medicines to some of the hospitals at the front and places like bucha. we brought in supplies and saw some horrific things. >> john: yeah, we saw some people there as well. grieviously wounded. what do you make of the resistance of the ukrainian military and the civilians have shown? >> john, they're doing so much with so little. people like you and me. i'm working with a political
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commentator on tv who is now in the fight. they don't have the supplies that they need and they're winning. they're pushing the russians out of places like kyiv and irpine. >> john: the ukraine freedom project is your organization. >> yeah. >> john: thank you. >> thanks so much. >> john: anita, see you tomorrow. thanks for joining us. i'm john roberts. >> and i'm anita vogel. "the story" starts right now. >> martha: good afternoon. i'm martha maccallum. today is the first big day of the elections. today and tonight might be the most dramatic of these early mid-term contests. you have polls up right now in five states across the country. pennsylvania, north carolina, idaho oregon and kentucky. all in the mix on this first big


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