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thanks for inviting us into your home tonight. that is it for this "special report," fair, balanced and unafraid. make it a great weekend. >> harris: this is the fox report. on the heels of accepting his parties' nomination for president. mitt romney makes his first stop to louisiana to tour the devastation from isaac. within hours from that, an announcement from president obama, he will soon be there as well. tonight, visiting the storm zone. governor romney gets a first-hand look at the aftermath of isaac. >> people around the country know that folks here need help. >> and the danger not over yet. >> as many as 60,000 people on the move trying to get out of the way. >> harris: tonight, the race to prevent a new disaster.
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plus, reaction to the other big speech from governor romney's big night. >> what do you want me to tell romney? i can't tell him that -- do that he can't do that to himself. [ laughter ] >> harris: and a look ahead to the next political party. i'm harris faulkner in tonight for shepard smith. governor mitt romney took a break from the campaign trail today to meet. so victims and heros of hurricane isaac. just hours after accepting the republic nomination for president, the governor flew to louisiana. he toured the flood zone. met with survivors. killed 6 people in louisiana and mississippi. death toll so far. thousands of homes and businesses still have no electrical power. the white house saying president obama will visit the gulf coast on monday. campaign carl cammeron with governor romney today. is he live tonight in new
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orleans. carl, the governor with a very specific goal while he is there. >> sure. one of the things he said he wanted to do by coming here was to bring attention to the situation in order to encourage people to take part in the relief effort through volunteerism and charitable giving. he also wanted to get a briefing and learn and said that repeatedly. he got down here and had a whirlwind two hour race through new orleans. he also went to the town of la feet. the motorcade went through flood zones, neighborhoods, households, seeing businesses and people's homes in 3 to 5 to 6 feet of water. the motorcade rattled past national guard staging operations where they were getting in part for the various different recovery and the work to sort of clean up after all of this. he had an opportunity to speak to bobby jindal the governor of louisiana along with u.s. senator david vitter. his visit did cause consternation to democrats. might be more considerate that the army corps of engineer needs more funding and not government spending cuts. the issue of him coming here
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now fully two and a half, three days before the president. obama will come to new orleans on monday. he is going to cancel events in ohio in order to do that but romney effectively gets here beforehand and to some that looked like an opportunity to upstage him in the wake of his convention last night for mr. romney. he has made it very clear they are going to continue to campaign very very hard here and he welcomes the idea that people would say that he got here first. as one of his partners said last night, when he sees a problem he runs toward it and this is part of illustrating that, harris. >> harris: you mentioned the campaign going on. the democrats kept campaigning during the republic national convention this week. so, what does the g.o.p. have planned for next week? >> well, suffice it to say it falls under the heading turn about is fair play. when president obama went out on the campaign trail to iowa and colorado, republicans took note of that. they will use that as justification for what the people at the republic national committee are now saying most -- bracketing exercise they have ever undertaken. there will be multiple
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surrogates going to charlotte. republic loomaries from around the country not only rebut what the democrats and president obama and joe biden say but also take part in an aggressive sort of positive assertion of the republic agenda as -- republic convention in tampa. there will be -- democrats wouldn't seize fire. [audio cutting out] >> probably answer back as much -- >> harris: all right, we are losing a little bit of carl cammeron there as it is live television and technical things can happen. carl, we appreciate your report. we're going to move on. today two years ago president obama announced the end of operations in iraq. today he went back to fort bliss to mark the milestone. he said this was official visit not a campaign trip they say. signed executive order to expand mental health services for troops veterans and their families. he made this pledge to america's armed forces. >> in a world of serious threats, i will never hesitate
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to use force to defend the united states of america or our interests. at the same time, i will only send you into harms' way when it is absolutely necessary. when we do, we will give you the equipment and the clear mission and the smart strategy and the support back home that you need to get the job done. >> harris: the white house saying the president will be back on the campaign trail tomorrow. of course, next week as we have said, democrats will hold their convention in charlotte, north carolina. tonight, we are getting our first look inside that convention hall. we will go live to charlotte a little bit later inside "the fox report." and now to the most immediate danger for people in the southeast following isaac it is from a dam on the border between mississippi and louisiana. crews pumping water tonight to keep the whole thing from bursting. the dam sits at the southern end of a lake that's about 700 acres or one square mile. it holds back enough water to fill about 4,000 olympic size swimming pools. if that dam fails. that water would come with a
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fury down the river. potentially endangering tens of thousands of people from kent wood, louisiana all the way down to the community of robert. you see it there on the martin. officials say rain from isaac caused the lake to swell and put too much pressure on that 2300-foot dam. >> with the amount of rain that we had for the extended length of time it did cause a problem. >> crews have reduced the threat by releasing some of the water but no one knows for sure if that will be enough or if disaster is unstoppable. steve harrigan live for us in mccomb, mississippi right now near that dam. steve, what's the latest. >> harris, they are working around the clock here. both the army corps of engineers as well as emergency management teams, off to my side they have several pumps going. they are trying to pump that water out night and day as well as build up the dirt there where some had slipped down. this is an earthenned dam. about 2,000 feet long. on the other side of this
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700-acre lake you have backhoes going there trying to cut a slit into that area to the west of this lake. the hope is to release some water gradually perhaps beginning as early as tomorrow afternoon. both methods trying to reduce the pressure on this earthen dam. it's been budging and they are trying to prevent a complete collapse. >> vantage point of this because it kept on raining. now we can fully see where the problem is what kind of effects are their efforts having? >> well, right now the water has receded about 2 and a half feet. most engineers say it's not really because of what they have done but because of mother nature. >> waiting on the lord, first of all, to slow this rain down. that has been done. the rain is not coming. we don't have that much water flow coming down that way. >> the people who live around this dam are hoping their won't be any more rain for a while. but people here fully aware of the fact that hurricane season has at least another solid
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month to go, harris. >> harris: steve, i'm curious about the evacuations because they had been moving people out of the way. are people still in this area? >> they have been going door-to-door and it depends on the situation. there is very few houses in this area. and it's really remarkable how mississippi has performed over the past five or six days. a real contrast with katrina. katrina 230 lives were lost seven years ago. now in mississippi, just one life lost due to this hurricane. and, in part, it's due to the different tools they have. they are communicating in realtime. the governor, emergency workers really on top of things. getting out the word to people and people taking that word very seriously around this dam, harris. >> all that heartache seven years ago at least giving way to a lot of lessons people have learned. steve harrigan, thank you very much. police say a man walked into a supermarket where he worked and started shooting. by the time it was all over, people were dead on the floor. coming up, what we now know about the man blamed for the attack and his background in
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the united states military. also the colorado movie theater massacre. and defense attorneys now claiming the suspect made a very interesting phone call right before it all went down. stay close. [ male announcer ] this is sheldo whose long day setting up the news starts with arthritis pain and a choice. take tylenol or take aleve, the #1 recommended pain reliever by orthopedic doctors. just two aleve can keep pain away all day. back to the news.
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co-workers. the victims said to include an 18-year-old woman who had just graduated from high school this year. so far no word on why he did it. the suspect's uncle says the marine discharged -- the marines discharged him two years ago after he had troubles with depression. new details now coming into fox news about a suspicious phone call that was made just moments before the movie theater massacre in aurora, colorado. yesterday, defense attorneys said the suspect, james holmes called an hour hours line the university of colorado. a hospital there. nine minutes before he opened fire. today, a hospital official confirming somebody called the switch board right around that time but the caller said nothing and hung up. the defense attorney says holmes was trying to reach a psychiatrist dr. lin fenton seen here. remember, first reported holmes previously mailed her a notebook which prosecutors say contained violent descriptions of a planned attack. that psychiatrist took the stand for the first time during a hearing late
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yesterday. police saying james holmes killed 12 people and wounded dozens more in last month's shooting rampage. alicia acuna. prosecutors are trying to get access to that notebook but so far they haven't succeeded. >> not yet, h will likely come down to how that doctor/patient relationship and therefore confidentiality protection between james holmes and dr. fenton is ultimately defined. dr. fenton testified she actually only met with the suspect once and that was june 11th, about six weeks before the shooting. she said she believes that confidentiality privilege ended after one meeting. exactly what the prosecution wants to hear. >> harris: there are a lot of side show issues. bottom line the prosecutor is going to proceed with the case whether they learn the contents of the notebook or not. >> the judge hasn't made a decision yet. and the hearing will continue toward the end of september. harris? >> harris: you know, one of the things we are starting to learn more about alicia, is
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that there was another university that james holmes had contact with. university of iowa had strongly rejected his bid for admission last year. >> that's right. not only rejected it but according to reports the director of the neuroscience program at the university of iowa sent an email after meeting saying that under no circumstance was james holmes to be admitted to the program and no reason, harris, was given for that, harris? >> harris: any controversy donations for the victims of the shooting? >> actually, there is. victims and their families members today said they do feel that some progress has been made. you may remember that earlier this week many of the relatives of those killed or injured held an emotional news conference where they said that of the more than $5 million collected in donations for victims' fund that only a fraction of that money had been distributed. they said it was caught up in a bureaucratic red tape mess that it just added to their pain. well, today a meeting was held at the aurora city hall that included the families. charities and government
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officials. participants said that they were promised a voice in how the funds would be administered and now they feel more hopeful. leaving here feeling that we managed to get the robust voice. do this the right way. they will always have a representative at these meetings, harris? >> thank you very much. public health officials say a deadly virus is spreading inside california's yosemite national park. killed two people and infected four others. experts say rodents spread the virus which can trigger lung problems which include coughing and shortness of breath. there is no cure. investigators say people who visited the park may have become infected while staying inside these tent-style cabins that you see here. tonight park officials reporting reporting 1,000 phone calls a day coming in from people frightened about the outbreak.
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here is what they have done so far. park officials closing a hundred of them. sent out warnings to thousands of people who were at yosemite this summer. and the death toll from the west nile virus now up to 36 people in texas. crews pushing forward with their air assault against the mosquitoes that carry it. we have been reporting west nile hitting texas, especially hard this year and health officials now report the number of cases have more than doubled over the past couple of weeks to nearly 900 in texas alone learning about new infections across the nation. officials in maryland confirming their first west nile death yesterday. the virus now reportedly spreading to mosquitoes all the way to maine. hurricane isaac's path stretching to the coast. one of the busiest travel
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>> harris: many americans dealing with record high gas prices this holiday weekend. a.a.a. reporting spiked 32 cents this month largest increase in seven years. much of the increase happening overnight. just last night after nearly all u.s. oil production in the gulf came to a stand still because of hurricane isaac this week. production expected to get back to normal over the next few days. right now the national average for a gallon of regular $3.83 going into the final big travel weekend of the summer. let's get gerri willis from the fox business network on this now. who is feeling the most pain at the pump? >> seven states over $4 a gallon. they are hawaii, california, illinois, michigan, washington, connecticut and oregon. and just show you how high those prices have gone and how fast. only hawaii had prices over four bucks a gallon last month. this has happened very quickly. the reason you mentioned at the top at that time production in the gulf was stopped almost overnight. but we have also had refining
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problems both on the east coast and the west coast this summer. so that's contributed to the issue. >> harris: that's interesting. when the high gas prices what are the expected are they requesting to do the shinawatra thing? >> 33 million americans will are traveling 58 miles or more. 28 million of those will be driving. that's up 3% from last year. people are saying hey, we don't care. we are going it drive anyway. we are going to see the family. for whatever reason keep moving around. hairs harls my in-laws know i'm cheap i'm taking a staycation. what did the fed chairman say? >> ben bernanke opened the door to stimulus. we weren't expecting this out of his comments from jackson, wyoming. he makes this trek every year. interviewed heavily. he has a big speech. we didn't expect him to say anything specific. he did. oil prices went up 2% as a result of that. expectations now that the door is wide open for more
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stimulus. it's exactly what wall street and washington want. ask quick follow up. how would react to this. jump in oil prices. >> the markets were up 90 points today. they loved it. they thought it was a great thing. that's what they have been pressing for for some time. >> we want more of you. how do we get that? gerri willis. part of the best team in business. catch the willis report 6:00 p.m. eastern and 9:00 over on the fox business network. thank you. american and u.s. airways announcing today they are one step closer to a possible merger. american filed for bankruptcy last year, you may remember. but the ceo of u.s. airways says the two companies have only agreed to start discussions. so expect any big changes at the airport soon. if the companies do merge. analysts say that could lead to higher airfares. but your frequent flier miles should be safe. experts say the two airlines would likely honor both programs. well, if you bought facebook
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mom? the truth is i won 337 million and $4 in the power ball. ha ha. [ laughter ] she said no, you didn't. no, you didn't. i said mother, yes i did. everybody just started coming to the house and that's what they did. >> harris: coming to the house. can you imagine? he will will walk away with $158 million after taxes and after he selected the lump sum option. he says the first thing he bought after the winning ticket, what do you think it was? a pack of bubble gum. my grandma always said life is best lived simply. she is 100,000. -- she is 100 now. she is right. surveying the damage from the sky. investigators trying to figure out how a fan fell to his death at a preseason football game. you are watching the most powerful name in news. fox news channel. shriners hospitals have everything to do with that.
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>> harris: deadly day in houston stadium man from to his death off a fifth floor escalator it happened thursday between the texans and the minnesota vikings. investigators trying to figure out now how it happened but they say it appears to have been an accident. the bank of escalators where it happened now closed for inspection wire going to let all the safety inspector does their work and let everybody collect all the information that they need to collect and move on with the investigations.
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>> harris: two medical treated the man before he was taken to a hospital where he died. look out after the city gets hit by monsoonal rain fox trip across america. nevada, one woman saying the rain was coming down so hard she could hear the interested in waters uprooting boulders and carrying them away. the wet weather causing officials to close roadways outside vegas. police warning drivers not to take any chances. california. a veteran fighter firefighter had a heart attack while battles flames at a church in san jose. said to be in stable condition at a hospital. smoke from the three alarm fire was so thick it produced blackout conditions florida. a woman crashes her suv through a fence right into a backyard swimming pool near miami. police say she lost control when swerving to avoid another vehicle that had run a stop sign i heard a screech and a
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bang and i heard a crash in the backyard. >> harris: the impact sent a jet ski flying across the yard. the homeowner's son rushed out to help the driver. she complained of chest pains but wasn't injured. workers used a crane to hoist the vehicle out of pool. that's a fox watch across america. >> harris: friday night lights all over the place. high school football big in texas. one kicking off season in new 60-million-dollar stadium. the field in allen, texas seats 18,000 fans and comes complete with corporate sponsorships and high definition video screen just like the pros. are there is also an indoor practice facility with area for the school's golf and wrestling teams. look at that that is amazing. school officials reportedly decided to build it despite the down economy saying it will bring a sense of pride that will outweigh the operating cost. the district reworked its budget to afford this thing and more than half of voters backed it.
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i'm harris faulkner in tonight for shepard smith. this is the fox report. today, we got our first look at the sky at the flooding in and around new orleans. this is the area around the hard hit plaquemines parish south and east of new orleans. a lot of homes there under 12 feet of water. rescuers saying they had to save about 100 people who were trapped inside their houses. boy, that sounds familiar from several years ago. today the louisiana governor bobby jindal says teams expect to have 70% of the water drained from the area. a bit of good news for a lot of people difficult week. casey stegall north in saint bernard parish. there was quite a scare at your location a little bit earlier. >> yeah, harris, a scare might be an understatement. we're on the line of saint bernard's parish and plaquemines parish. the line right behind me as the bend of the mississippi river goes there. basically, what happened a chlorine tank was seen
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flooding in the floodwaters. and the sheriff's department here tells me that it was a chlorine tank that had broken away from a water treatment facility, which facility we are not being told at this hour but the good news with that however, is that the tank itself was not leaking because chlorine is extremely beings extremely dangerous. it was not leaking. the tank was able to be secured. but no doubt a number of residents were being kept as a precaution. this happening in the very hard hit of plaquemines parish where there was actually a levee breech on the eastern side of the wednesday, harris it, sent floodwaters into the community of celebrate -- bright weight. it sent people scrambling. >> harris: that's not file video, there are a lot of people who can't get home tonight. >> they can't get home and we're starting to hear some
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people that are frustrated because they were hoping that these floodwaters would have gone down just a little bit. what happened back there in that community is once the levee breached and it filled with water. they intentionally poked holes in the other part of the levee to do a controlled release to try to get some of the water out thereof back into the river. a whole lot faster. and, you know, this is a situation whereas we're talking about seven years to the day hurricane katrina battered this region. it's fresh in everyone's mind. listen to what one person had to say. >> we were in saint bernard during katrina and all of saint bernard flooded was inundated with water. some people chose to rebuild back in saint bernard parish and some people chose to leave saint bernard parish and come to plaque mibs. plaquemines. plaquemines several years to the day got inundated with water again. >> harris, this is just one spot. think about how this is playing out all over this
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region, not just in louisiana, mississippi, parts of alabama as well tonight. >> harris: wow, just think about that you are moving from one location to try to get to the next to get away from what might happen and it happens in that area. i had not heard it in a that detail. thank you. >> they just can't get away. >> harris: mississippi reopening gulf coast casinos now that isaac is a memory there. the states department of environmental quality has closed all state beaches over concerns. debris from isaac may be contaminating the water. that would put a damper on badly needed tourism money and far from the only obstacle people there are facing as you might imagine. they are getting set for the daunting clean up after that storm. phil keating is live in biloxi, mississippi tonight, phil? >> the river's basin, harris, all along the gulf remains swollen and flooded. here in southern coastal mississippi all rivers are expected to crest at levels not seen in several years. which is the river, about 30 homes are in this river front
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neighborhood. well, they all got surrounded by their normally tranquil river. residents resorted to paddling in and out a rugged commute. >> it is odd and it is my commute to work. got the work clothes right here. you know, everyone having to do it. >> how bad is it in there. >> we are used to it. we live on the river sometimes you have got to paddle out but it's worth it. jason just bought and moved into the neighborhood one month ago so this is his welcome to the neighborhood. >> it's been interesting. i have the river completely flowing through underneath my house it's like white water rafting in colorado at my place. >> along the mississippi coast, the biloxi river is seven feet above the flood stage right now. the wolf river also the same. and the other river 6 and a
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half. they are receding. continue to do so just as long as there are no roar rain up north of substance. everyone will get to mop up the mess isaac created all through the this holiday weekend. on the beaches biloxi along the coast they do remain closed as well as debris removal. that's continuing all weekend and also waiting for federal investigators to get down here to make sure there are no tar balls left over stirred up from the two years ago bp oil spill. harris? >> harris: phil keating. thank you very much. remnants of isaac now soaking the mid section of this country. some of the areas suffering from severe drought conditions for months now. chief meteorologist rick reichmuth is with me now. rick, not all good news for those farmers? >> they needed the rain in the spring. at this point their crops are gone. this is actually going to make it a little bit more difficult for them as they are in there trying to till the land. this is good news eventually for the long-term drought. the pictures that you can see of the drought here really devastating and it's cost at
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this point over $77 billion to the he economy this year. this kind of an event. take a look now from pine bluff, arkansas. when you get the rain coming this quickly over drought, it causes major problems and the pictures right here show exactly what's happening. when the ground is that dry, it can't soak up the water that quickly and you end up with scenes like this. but there is more rain to be had from this. it's moving farther north as you go to the maps real quickly and see in areas of iowa and illinois by the time we get to the next couple of days, two day rainfall totals some cases 8 inches. >> all right. i want to talk a little bit now about what's happening in parts of the country and pretty hot temperatures for late august. >> for one thing that happened. we had record-breaking heat across parts of the northern plains. got in around 1:12 while we were dealing with this hurricane we didn't talk about it because of that that was the exact thing that stopped the hurricane from going towards the north. take a look at the temperatures though that we're dealing with for your day tomorrow down across the southeast. they are pretty typical. but it is still humid and it's very hot down across the
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south. >> harris: that is fascinating. that stopped isaac in its tracks the heat that we have been dealing with. you are right. it didn't make headlines because there was so much other stuff going on. hurricane season is not over. you are still naming storms out there. >> yeah. we are going to be naming storms for a while. really active period. hurricane season peeks on september 10th. we are 10 days from the peek of -- peak of it. this is tropical storm leslie. this one could be a player for us. we are going to watch this one for the next few days. this is five days. you notice you go out here four to five days and it kind of gets stuck again we will be dealing with a hurricane potentially affecting bermuda. it's stalled there. there is potential 12 to 13 days big impacts across the northeast of the u.s. with this one. >> harris: i know you will keep us posted. rick, thank you. federal investigators have moved in on one of the biggest mexican drug smuggling suspects in the world the senior advisor of the tijuana cartel. drug gang believed to have
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smuggled thousands narcotics into the united states. the guy had been in mexican prison since 2008. there was a shootout with police in tijuana which is right on the border of california as you know. mexico today extradited him to face charges here in the u.s. and the drug enforcement administration claims his cartel was once one of the most powerful and ruthless in all of mexico. it's weakened in recent years after the arrest or death of most of its senior members. well, he claims he only wanted to set the record straight. a former record seal wrote a new book about the secret mission to kill usama bin laden. getting the word out. now the pentagon reports it may take the author to court. and the speech from last night's g.o.p. convention that has everybody talking. one legendary actor and now one very famous empty chair. the birth of eastwooding and the reaction from the white house and elsewhere when we come back.
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>> harris: pentagon considering legal action against the former navy seal who wrote a controversial raid that killed usama bin laden. the pentagon still working with the department of justice to determine whether the book actually revealed anything considered top secret. the author claims he wrote no easy day because he wants to set the record straight. the defense department claiming the author breached a nondisclosure agreement. his attorney refutes that. as you know, navy seals took out bin laden during a secret raid on his hideout in pakistan last year. governor mitt romney's wife ann says she was surprised as the rest of the country by clint eastwood's speech at the republic national geneva convention. mystery guest. iconic director and oscar winning director and former member of california. ann romney said she and the governor appreciated the support and she did not expect his performance talking to an invisible president obama sitting in an empty chair. >> i didn't know it was coming
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again, i could tell you we are grateful for everyone's support and especially grateful for what a great night it was last night for us. >> harris: here is the reaction from governor romney's running mate congressman paul ryan quote this morning: clinton eastwood is clint eastwood and we are really happy to have his support. putting out this judging clint eastwood through a typical political lens doesn't work. it was a break from the political speeches and crowd enjoyed it 23 million americans out of worker under employed is a national disgrace time for change. end quote. fox report correspondent jonathan hunt was here. this was a major talking point last night and today. >> certainly was. let me start this at 82 clint eastwood could still kick me into the middle of next week. [ laughter ] certainly a lot of democrats say he made their day by acting as a distraction. even some republics, including veteran g.o.p. consultant ed rollins was somewhat
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disappointed by. this listen. >> to get someone like his caliber, probably told him to do whatever he wanted to do and he a probably said i have got an idea. and you just expect it to be superb because everything he has ever done is superb it didn't just work. >> to be terrible surreal, to be frank, if i were in charge of that campaign, whoever decided to put eastwood on there without vetting him and putting something in a teleprompter should be fired. >> when you see paul ryan being asked about it today and romney being asked about it today and the romney campaign putting out a statement specifically addressing clint eastwood's speech. it's hard to argue with the idea, harris, that this did suck up a whole lot of oxygen that might otherwise have gone to mitt romney himself. >> no matter which way you want to look at it politically, there was actually a lot in the speech to fire up voters. >> there was some very good lines in it and spoken by anybody they would have been good lines. listen to this one, for instance, which spoken by
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clint eastwood was nothing other than electric. listen. >> we own this country. [cheers snfment. [] cheers] >> thank you. >> we own it. >> but then there was the slightly rambling side, too. when he addressed the chair with the invisible president obama. listen. >> i just wondered all these promises and then i wondered about, you know, when the -- what? what do you want me to tell romney? i can't tell him to do that. >> it lit up the twitter verse. the twitter handle invisible obama was set up within minutes and within just a few more minutes had tens of
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thousands of followers. president obama's team tweeted right back with this picture saying this seat is taken. and eastwooding became a twitter phenomenon. the eastwooding being the actor pointing at an empty chair. but the bottom line, harris, is this. this was a celebrity endorsement. it's not going to change the election. either way, some people thought it was great. some people thought it was awful. everybody agrees it was memorable and everybody still loves clint especially if you are listening to mr. eastwood, sir. me. i loved it. >> harris: hit a nerve with the obama team to see them tweet back a response. >> they have been tweeting all week on pretty much every speech. >> mr. eastwood, sir. >> sir. >> thank you, jonathan. more than 100 nations support iran's nuclear energy program. that's according to iranian state media. those nations from africa that's a continent.
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asia and it makes up the largest voting group in the united nations and its members met this week in iran's capital of tehran. of course, iran claiming nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. western nations accuse of it of trying to build nuclear weapons. now the u.n. nuclear watchdog reporting iran has doubled the number of nuclear centrifuges and fortified underground bunker. iran suffered up a separate site to hide it at least one person is dead and thousands have been evacuated as a massive wildfire threatens upscale resort area. it's our top story as we go around the world in 80 "around 0 seconds." spain. authorities say the fire broke out late last night near the southern port. strong winds spanning the flames. popular tourist region. at least two people reportedly suffered burns. at last word officials still investigating the cause. extreme heat and dryness have
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made this spain's worse summer for wildfires in more than a decade packed passenger bus slammed in a capital city. six people died. dozens more hurt. police saying early indications the bus driver ignored traffic signals. india. hundreds of villagers now homeless after downpours triggered flooding in a northern state. the heavy monday stiewnel rains damaging crops. rising water flestles a river flowing behind the iconic taj mahal enhancing the view and attracting hoards of tourists. taiwan. ♪ >> harris: hundreds of people hitting the streets to celebrate the annual ghost festival. a 150-year-old tradition honoring dead ancestors compete in a costume contest. winner gets free train ride from the capital to the
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coastal city. that's a wrap on this fox trip around the world in 80 "around 0 seconds." >> harris: now that governor romney and the g.o.p. have had their big moment it's time for president obama and the democrats to get together. they have released this time lapsed video showing crews building the main stage in charlotte, north carolina. what to expect from next week's dnc straight ahead inside "the fox report." introducing share everything. unlimited talk. unlimited text. tap into a single pool of shareable data and add up to 10 different devices, including smartphones and tablets. the first plan of its kind. share everything. only from verizon. get $100 off select motorola 4g lte smartphones like the droid razr.
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>> harris: democrats getting set for moment in the spotlight next week in charlotte. the national convention kicking off on monday in north carolina's largest city where party leaders are hoping to make more inroads with southern voters. president obama narrowly won the state in 2008. the first democrat to do so since 1976. now the campaign hoping for a repeat polls showing the president and mitt romney running neck and neck in north carolina. mike emanuel with the news. putting on a national convention we know we just saw it obviously a huge undertaking. is this group ready? >> harris, they seem to be. they are making the final touches as are our technical experts who are going to allow us to broadcast it live. officials say it was a huge job. it took seven weeks for the
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work crews to transform the time warner cable arena from nba home court to a state of the art convention hall. democrats will take screrpt stage. work crews get three weeks to transform the hall back to the home court of the charlotte bobcats. harris? >> harris: obviously the democrats will fire back at the republicans. what kind of preview did they get today? >> interesting because the republicans essentially labeled president obama during their convention as a nice guy but his policies have failed. we expect that democrats will fire back essentially saying that mitt romney doesn't have any new ideas. today we got a bit of a preview in ohio from vice president biden. >> what they didn't say but for the sack files y'all made and the courage of the president of the united states, all those g.m. plants would be closed. here all across the country. 200,000 auto workers who have been added to the rolls since
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reorganization would not be working. we would have lost a million jobs. [ applause ] that's a small preview of what we would hear when the democrats take charlotte in the coming days. harris? >> harris: mike emanuel thank you very much. vice president biden today taking aim at v.p. candidate paul ryan. he says for linking president obama to the closure of a g.m. factory in wisconsin. he says congressman ryan, quote: wasn't on the level. >> you heard congressman ryan on wednesday night in the stirring speech blame the closing of a g.m. plant in his hometown of janesville on the president of the united states. what he didn't tell you is the plant in janesville actually closed when president bush was still in office. >> harris: all right. let's take a look at the original comments though from congressman ryan. >> candidate obama said i believe that if our government is there to support you, this
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plant will be here for another 100 years. that's what he said in 2008. well, as it turned out, that plant didn't last another year. it is locked up and empty to this day. >> harris: a spokesperson for mr. ryan defending the remarks saying, quote: the president inherited a troubled economy but he has not made it better, he has made it worse with fewer jobs and lower incomes for middle class families. end quote. a judge says all voters in the crucial swing state of ohio will be able to cast ballots on the final three days before the election. the obama campaign and democrats had sued to challenge a state law that limited those last three days to members of the military and voters living overseas. governor mitt romney's campaign has called the lawsuit offensive. ohio's attorney general says he plans to appeal the ruling. he says states should have the right to decide the timing of elections. well, the first man to set foot on the moon laid to rest today. and the moon itself putting on
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>> harris: even the moon has come out to say farewell to the space pioneer neil armstrong as friends and family gathered at armstrong's funeral in cincinnati today. we saw an event that has happened in more than two years. a blue moon rose in the sky this evening. a blue moon is the second full moon in any one monthly period. armstrong, of course, was the first man ever to set foot on the moon taking that giant leap july 20th, 1969. he died last saturday. he was 82. a spokesperson saying there will be a national memorial service in washington on september 12th. and, remember, after he died, his family released a statement telling people "when you see the moon smiling down at you, think of neil
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armstrong and give him a wink. you know, tonight it's almost like the moon is winking back. a cosmic farewell to the man who first set foot on her surface a brave astronaut who came in for peace for all mankind. updating stories tonight. most of the flood water in the storm soaked plaquemines parish should soon be gone. intentional breach of a live there. mitt romney touring a flooded community near new orleans. president obama says he will visit the region monday more than 800,000 people there still without electricity tonight. on this day in 1997. a car crash killed prince diana in paris. forever testimony that
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marriage, as you know. ended in divorce in 1996 calling for raising of aids research. on that night in paris it came to an end. her driver reportedly southwesterning to avoid the paparazzi and their car smashed into a pillar and tunnel wall. diana, her companion and the driver all died that night. an estimated 2 billion people around the globe tuned in to watch her funeral the next week. earlier today. directly above that tunnel. supporters created a memorial. flowers and cards to remember the night when a car crash took the life of a princess 15 years ago today. that is how fox reports on this final day of august, i'm harris faulkner in for shepard smith. we are back same time wh


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