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>> steve: how much is a shark tooth worth? >> it depends on the quality of the shark tooth. but that one is going for $1,000. >> steve: very nice. don't throw them out. dana, we'll see you at 5:00. peter, thank you. >> dana: thanks for having me. bill: a fox news alert out of florida with the murder trial of the self-described neighborhood watchman george zimmerman getting underway. the judge expected to rule on whether unrelated police calls zimmerman made months before or years before he shot trayvon martin should be allowed in. martha: i'm martha maccallum. the prosecutors are arguing those phone calls are indicative of his state of mind the night martin was killed. the defense objected to the use.
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the prosecution is trying to paint zimmerman as someone who shot the teenager because quote he wanted to. trayvon's martin's parent say all they want is justice. >> if i heard it once, i heard it a thousand times that trayvon martin was unarmed. but the evidence will show you that's not true. trayvon martin armed himself with the concrete sidewalk and used it to smash through zimmerman's head. >> good morning. pops, [bleep] they always get away. these are the words in that
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grown man' mouth as he followed in the dark a 17-year-old boy who didn't know. and excuse my language but those were his words, not mine. [bleep] pops. these [bleep] pops, they always get away. bill: this trial sounds like a firecracker. day two begins with the issue of race in this case. how so? >> reporter: it absolutely does. that's how the day ended yesterday at 4:30 when the attorney started objecting to the state introduction a piece of accepted and entered evidence in this case. this was a 911 phone call made by george zimmerman in his gated community several months before he made the call about trayvon martin.
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>> our neighborhood got burglarized or robbed today and my wife saw one of the kids that did it. he matches his description in the neighborhood right now again. >> reporter: the dispatcher asked mr. zimmerman what is the race of this person and he says black. that's when mark o'mara objected because prior to opening statements judge nelson said the prosecution cannot use the statement "ration profiling." they say there are multiple ways somebody could be profiled. mark o'mara basically suggesting that the prosecution is going around that ruling in a back door way to get these repettive 911 phon phone calls zimmerman . showing there was a pattern of calling about black teenagers in
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the neighborhood. bill: the first witness is on the stand already. who did the state of florida call first? >> reporter: the first witness was the son of tracy martin's girlfriend. trayvon was staying at her place. that wraps he was walking to when he was confronted by george zimmerman. the jury will decide on that. this is a 15-year-old kid who was 14 at the time testifying to the jury they played video games and watched tv all day. also called to the stand was the manager, the cashier of the 7-eleven down the street from the gated community who sold the skittles and the arizona fruit drink to trayvon martin. he was used by the state to suggest there was nothing suspicious about trayvon martin in his eyes. bill: thank you, phil. martha: all of this started back in february of 2012 when the
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police responded to a call of shots fired in sanford, florida. they then came to the scene and found 17-year-old trayvon martin shot dead. a day after the shooting a police spokesman identifies zimmerman as quote the man who fired the gun. two months later a florida prosecutor charged george zimmerman with second degree muer. he then posted bail on april 23. but six week later a judge ordered zimmerman back to jail and revoked his bond. then he posted a new bail amount of $1 million. and he was given a cure t -- gia curfew of 6:00 p.m. to to
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6:00 a.m. in the morning. bill: six of the seats are set aside portray von martin temperatures family. 6 go to george zimmerman's family and six of the seats go to people queuing up for a daily lottery. martha: there are new developments in the nsa leaker case of edward snowden. russia has rejected the u.s. demand to extradite snowden who is believed to be at the moscow airport in an international holding section. russia's foreign minister says russia has nothing to do with snowden and he has not technically crossed the russian border at that airport. so an international game of cat and mouse has begun. it's believed he's carrying with him documents that's reveal more
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spy secrets. interesting stuff we have got on that. bill: a brazen attack on the presidential palace in kabul, afghanistan. militants wearing fake military uniforms. opening fire on security forces. another group of terrorists detonated a car bomb at a separate checkpoint. all this as the media was gathering at the nearby cia head quarters with hah mid karzai who was expected to talk about ongoing peace efforts there. martha: later today president obama expected to deliver a big speech on climate change at georgetown university. he's expected to propose new regulations on carbon emissions and this could hit a major industry, and that's the coal industry. stuart varney joins knee now. this has gotten a lot of
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attention in terms of the focus i can at the moment. what do you think about all that? >> i think it's a big deal. the president is about to kill an american industry. the coal industry. he will addressee athlete students that georgetow georgetn university. he's going inthe state -- he's going to use the environmental protection agency, the epa. he's going to say you have got to cut emissions at the nation's power plants. that will affect the coal industry dramatically. it's not just future power plants, it's current power plants as well. it will eliminate keel jobs and it already eliminated half the value of america many coal industry and it will certainly put up the cost of electricity. it's a very big deal. this is a big speech on a very
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important issue. martha: it's rough for the coal industry. you look at the u.s. auto industry by everybody thought was something that was worthy to be saved and you have the coal industry which has a black mark on it so to speak because the administration doesn't like the way they run their business essentially. >> if the president wants to cut emissions we are doing that already. our emissions are down to 1993 levels because we substituted natural gas for other fuels. if the president wants to reduce co2 emissions maybe he should encourage more fracking for natural gas and get more natural gas into our energy supply and that way cut co2 emissions. but instead he's going after the coal industry. it will eliminate tens of thousands of jobs fairly soon actually. bill: 9:15.
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3 hours of the guy. coal plays a large and vital role in our economy. the u.s. hold the largest coal reserves. that's generates 95% of our electricity across the country. if the coal triin our country is comprises of -- employs 84,000 people. martha: we have more on the irs targeting certain groups for extra scrutiny. we'll ask the man representing many of those targeted groups if he's satisfied with the way this is progressing. bill: the immigration takes another leap in congress in an amendment that would increase the number of officers on the border. senator john corker is the main man on stage for this. he has more on what the plan
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will and will not do for border security. >> please look at this amendment. this is a strengthening amendment. this an amendment that every republican who cares about border security and people on the other side that care about border security should support. i hope everyone will get behind this.
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martha: local officials confirm a tornado did strike in iowa south of iowa city. residents say the whole thing was awful but over in a matter of seconds. >> it was a lot of crashing and a lot of noise. but it came fast it was bret --s pretty clear and it happened rapidly. >> we had hundreds of phone calls from church members, from
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people in the community want to go help. we are trying to figure out a plan of attack if you will how we go cleaning. martha: there is a look at some of the damage. the iowa governor expected to check it out. bill: immigration reform in the senate a step closer to reality. senators approved by a 2-1 margin the so-called border surge to provide billions of dollars for more fencing and high-tech surveillance with the use of drones and imaging cameras. before becoming residents these beefed up border measures have to be in place and america has the e-verify system in place.
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one of the senators behind the amendment is senator bob corker. you are sceptical, be they senators or members of the house. are they going to accept this? >> i don't know how anybody that believes our border needs to be it is an incredible step forward. i do think the bill will come out of the senate with a lot of bipartisan support. hopefully they will make it stronger. yesterday no doubt for all those republicans and all those people across our country that for years have wanted the border to be more secure, yesterday was a huge step forward. i think it was a step forward for an immigration bill overall that meets the needs of this nation.
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i'm excited about where we are and i look forward some seeing it through the duration of this week. bill: there is a lot to go through. chuck grassley said it's time in washington we quit making empty promises particularly on immigration and particularly when we have the experience of 1986. base was part of those promises and we screwed up. >> right. that's why this is such a strong amendment that passed yesterday or went through the first hurdle is because all five of those things you just went through, all five of those things have to be in place. this is one of those things -- we had discussions about triggers that were subjective and people worrying about moving the goal post. i think i said yesterday on your program. i used to build shopping centers and when i was completed and everybody could see it and i was
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paid at that time. in this case on border security, every american will be able to see with their own eyes the 20,000 border patrol agents. the technology, the fencing, 350 miles of that. the e verify. everybody will know. those have to be fully in place. fully deployed before anybody can move to a green scarred status. i'm thrilled with what has happened. i think it strengthens this bill. hopefully there will be other amendments. rob portman has another amendment that will make it even stronger. bill: some on the right believe the senate is going pass a version, the house will pass its version, then you apply an amnesty clause, that passes in the senate and forces the republicans in the house to make a decision and ultimately that
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divides the party. what do you think about that? >> i wake up each day and deal with the thanks at hand. our task is to pass out of the senate a balanced and strong the house has the ability to do whatever it -- bill: understood. but on the politics of it, do you think ultimately this is detrimental to the party? >> there are some people regardless of what an immigration says are always going to vote against us. let's let these two bodies work the way that they should. republicans control the house and nothing is going to get out of there that republicans don't support. let's have a conference. let's deal with this issue. let's not hide in the closet. let's not put our heads under the bed. let's deal with this issue. we have an ability to debate this fully and open in front of america. we are doing that. we passed a landmark border
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security amendment last night. people shouldn't be afraid. bill: you had 67 yesterday. 69 friday. what's the magic number, do you believe? >> i'm hoping we'll improve the bill more this week and get to a place where we can have 70 votes. but i -- bill: are you predicting 70? >> i'm not. i said i thought we could get 15 republicans yesterday and we did. i'm going to keep my record of hitting the target and we'll see what happens the rest of the week. bill: thank you, senator. bob corker from tennessee. we shall see. martha: ed snowden said he planned this whole thing all along. so what is in the other documents that he has? what many the next shoe to drop in this embarrassing international saga. how will it track our enemies to what we are doing? bill: a mystery surrounding a
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bill: a bit more intrigue regarding a journalist's tragic death. he sent an e-mail to friends and colleagues minute before a crash took his life. he sent an e-mail to friend and colleagues urging them to get legal counsel if they were approached by fbi. michael hastings contacted wikileaks lawyer jennifer robinson a few hours before he
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died saying the fbi was investigating him. single car accident. 4:00 in the morning. apparently somehow some way he hit a palm tree, caused a fire in the vehicle and he died as a result. martha: he sent an e-mail to his friend saying i'm working on a big story. you should speak out if you feel anybody is following ow you or threatening you. there are a lot of questions out there this morning. let's go to massachusetts. it's a big day there as they vote for a new senator. democratic congressman edward markey is facing off against gomez. molly line is in massachusetts. how is it looking up there? >> reporter: as you would expect they are casting their ballots and making that final push for the voters all that
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despite we are expecting a low turnout, possibly an historic low. republicans gabbial gomez a -- republican gabriel gomez a former navy seal fought to distance himself from the national republicans. he made his first appearance of the campaign with former senator scott brown perhaps trying to rally the base and recreate a little bit of that magic we saw from browns upset win. ed markey doing a lot of handshaking and he brought us big guns along the course of this campaign. president obama and president clinton. he tried to paint gomez as to conservative for the state of massachusetts and out of touch with the voters. gomez tried to do the same thing with markey saying he spent too much time in washington. he was first electioned to the
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house of representatives in 1976. he has spent more than 3 decades in congress. martha: why the low turnout? >> the secretary of state says they are seeing not as many absentee requests. not as many requests on the web site as far as polling places are concerned and he believes there hasn't been as much interest in the race as there has in previous campaigns. the prediction is there will be 1.6 million voter hitting the polls. that compared to the race brown won when 2.25 million went to the polls. bill: the man brought in to clean up the irs mess is coming out with his details about what his investigation is uncovering and what he is finding is something we'll tell you in a matter of moment. martha: we haven't gotten to this point in congress.
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this is craziness. bill: i said vote for me.
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bill: new irs director danny werfel says the irs's targeting of groups is much broader than
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originally thought or previously reported. what's new in this report. >> reporter: very little other than the targeting was broard and lasted longer than previously disclosed. but the report is a case of the irs investigating itself so many are sceptical of its chief finding. >> fact today they aring is still underway. we have not found evidence of intentional wrong doing by anyone in the irs or involvement in these matters by anyone outside the irs. furthermore there is no current evidence of the use of inappropriate screensers or other types of criteria in other irs operation. >> reporter: groups using the term "progressive" were also singled out about it irs. tea party groups seeking tax exempt status were sent through
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a special screening process while progressive groups were not. >> they picked people who were criticizing the president. that says all you need to know. it's no accident they picked conservative groups, tea party groups giving obama a hard time particularly on palm care. >> reporter: chairman issa said to say there is no evidence of intentional wrongdoing is premature. bill: the organizations that were held up for certification can certify themselves? >> reporter: if they are confident they are within the scope of the law they can self-certify themselves. while it's a good gesture, many tea party, conservatives and pro tea party groups say it can't undo the damage it was done to dull the influence and free
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speech rights of those targeted groups. >> i'm really disappointed that not enough people are saying this is not acceptable. i don't -- it's not enough to just have a congressional hearing then close the books and move on. we need to find out what went wrong and why. everyone is looking for a quick fix. >> reporter: five senior irs officials have been removed from the chain of command since werfel took over. martha: let's bring in jordan sekulow. they are representing 25 conservative groups in the irs case who believe they were targeted by the irs. a lot of folks here this and they say we thought all along they were only targeting conservative grums. this changes the -- conservative groups.
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but this changes the dynamic. >> if you this is a revelation. we haven't had these groups come forward. of course, there could have been some as lois lerner said caught up in the dragnet. but when we see the progressive term used. it's for 501 groups. 501c organizations can't be politically involved. there is no bar for an irs line agent saying one of those groups should get the exemption. but you go to the tea party listing on the be on the lookout list. it has specific instructions. it says when you see these you give them over to the group that was named and the manager. it's an exempt organization technical. that's holly paz and they will handle it. washington will handle it. it was not the same for the
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left. martha: we watched 6 individuals line up and testify before congress about the years of harassment they underwent. was the same thing experienced by any of these progressive grums that did fall into the dragnet or did those groups get speedy resolution in their tax exempt status? >> if they have the question airs let's see them. i think there is one thing that is wrong that they were listing people. but it's another that they took the action to prevent them. not everyone is qualified to be a 51c3. if you are a liberal political group you are likely not qualified. our clients were waiting for years and they have never gotten an answer. not a yes or no. martha: in a way i think if they were screening for political groups. one of their jobs was to figure
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out if there was a political affiliation with those groups. if there is a clear political connection they should not receive the tax exempt status. so they need to go through and see who they need to take a closer look at. >> c3s cannot be politically involved. harbor. the groups that have been waiting. they said they will send a letter out to 80 or so groups. the irs is creating a 60-40 standard by penalty of perjury to get the okay. the rule is 49% to 51% for political versus non-political. the irs creating a new standard and new level of harassment. we are filing an amended
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complaint. martha: the inspector general. this issue came up time and time again. were progressive groups targeted and we heard zipo. why would it be after 30 days of looking into it, why would it be they were? >> there are be on the lookout list but i don't know the groups were mistreated and how far that went. all political viewpoint targeting is wrong, whether the tea party or progressive. if that was happening i encourage those groups to come forward and show people. martha: there ought to be a record of those groups within right? >> absolutely. you would think they would be rushing out to tell us about it. we'll see you later. bill: 23 boy scouts injured in a
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camping trip by lightning. a scout spokesman said some people complained of tingling and burning sensations. the scouts ages 12-16 years old. certainly hope they are okay. new concerns about the security of top secret document ed snowden might have with him today. how much of a security threat could that pose? we'll check it out with ambassador john bolton. martha: imagine a car that is smarter than the driver. how can a car be smarter than mike tobin? >> reporter: all that technology that's getting driver's eyes off the road. ford is using them to reengage them. a demo coming up. ferent today. ferent today. money has to last longer. i don't want to pour over pie charts all day.
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martha: a new report find that speeding is a deadly habit among young drivers. about it doesn't get that attention with all that discussion about texting and driving. a state farm insurance study says speeding was a factor in a third of all fatal crashes that involve teenagers. half of all the fatal crashes involving 16-year-old drivers with 3 or more passengers are
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speeding related. bill: the state of new york, the governor passed a law where you get 5 point on your license if you are caught texting while driving. i think that's the most severe in all the country. martha: there is no way it's going to change. it's a good idea, i think. bill: where is he today in the white house thinks ed snowden is in moscow and could have on him information that could be damaging to the u.s. i have got a ton of questions here. you think he has a strong possibility of having highly classified information with him other than what's been reported already, do you think? >> i think the intelligence community is worried about the quantity and the quality of the information he has on the four
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nsa laptop computers that he purportedly, document he may have and obviously what in his head. there is every reason to think worse case scenario, the sheen tease already downloaded what's on those laptops and interviewed snowden. i'm sure the russians are trying to do the same. bill: what are the concerns you have is snowden may have thought about this for a long time. if he did did he enlist help? >> he already said to the south china "morning post" that he took the job at booz allen specifically to get access to intelligence he could carry away. though he has posed as a lone wolf you have to wonder if he had assistance or help since he has been in the united states. we know since he has been in hong kong he had help and financial assistance from wikileaks. the real question is did he have
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help before he departed. bill: how long did he work there? >> for two years in a variety of intelligence related jobs. that's where he may have picked up confederates who were prepared to assist him to leak our secrets out. what what he has got is well beyond anything that infringes on the privacy of the american citizens. these are intelligence gathering source. it doesn't have anything to do with priech i issues. these are secrets if revealed to adversaries could bravely impair our country. bill: if beijing and moscow had has information how would they use it? >> fit' the actual intelligence they would know what we know about them and they would take steps to try to mitigate harmful effects of what we gathered on them. but the more they know about our
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intelligence method, sources, perhaps, intelligence gathering techniques, the easier it is for them to counter those techniques to avoid communications that we can pick up, to enhance their communication security. all of which means we gather a lot less intelligence in the future and that's very damaging. bill: in a moment i'll get to a bya question. the comien ease said our papers were not in order so he got on a plane and flew to moscow. the russians are saying they can't take custody because the airport is off limit? >> it's all baloney. this is an executive decision to detain somebody. in china if the word had come from beijing snowden would have been in custody in an instant. and the russians he would have been in custody as soon as he opened the cabin door.
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after they get what they want out of him they could make a deal with him. you spill your guts to us and we won't send you to russia. here is a shock. the russians make a deal and they violate it. snowden is in a difficult place. bill: because you ask, ask mr. bold on what you should do to get himback. >> the president should be on the phone to vladimir putin. secretary kerry should be on the phone to his counterpart. they should know consequences follow. i would pull our ambassador back from beijing. i would end restrictions on iowataiwan east officials traveg to the u.s. >> this is worse than a lot of
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people think. mr. ambassador, thank you for your time. john bolton out of washington. shoot an e-mail to hemmer martha: we are awaiting news from the supreme court. bill: americans waiting for answers on terror attacks that killed four americans in benghazi. >> it's been 8 months from an administration that says they are going to move heaven ander to get to the bottom of benghazi and we still have huge gaps. ter? and it tastes good? sure does! wow. it's the honey, it makes it taste so... well, would you look at the time... what's the rush? be happy. be healthy.
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bill: 50 taiwan lawmakers ... check it out. that was just another session of parliament. martha: not the hair pulling. bill require wasn't just the guys. the women throwing water. grabbing the hair. scuffling on the podium. they have a vigorous debate and mass brawl. martha: we just have to duke it out. at some point you have got to say, get over here, sister. bill: a capital gains tax on a stock transaction imposed by the ruling party triggered that. martha: that will tick me off. that will do it. then there is this. new technology to keep you safer on the road could now be in a
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showroom very soon. mike, how does this work? >> reporter: it's amazing. the biggest issue today in road safety is distracted driving. all the texts, cell phones, navigation. stats show 9 people will die today from distracted driving. ford is trying to use technology to reengage the driver. this car is outfitted with a foreign warning system. the radar is shooting forward and it will tell us we are just about to hit an object. we get a heads up display. it should be enough time for a driver to get the foot on the brake. the camera recognizes the lines on the highway. if a driver looks down at a text, start getting sleeping, he
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will get a warning and it will nun the car back into the lane. you can override it and drive. it's not technology driving the car. it's technology trying to keep the drivers engaged and keep their eyes where they need to be. martha: is it an audio warning as well as something visual on the dashboard? >> reporter: that's what a lot of the testing does. they have done a lot in the simulator trying to determine what will reengage them. in this case you get an audio warning. we get an audio warning and visual on the heads up d you get an audio warning. the wheel will vibrate and you get that gent the nudge from the wheel where it nudges the car back into the lane where it needs to be. martha: mike, it's fascinating. thank you very much.
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bill: maybe the car is smarter. martha: you can program your own way if you know what you respond to. you can have my voice in your car go bill, get back in your lane. bill: nsa leaker ed snowden believed to be holed up in moscow. how it's adding to tensions between the white house and vladimir putin. martha: there is a fight over old police calls that were made by the neighborhood watchman george zimmerman. the judge is making a dede significance about whether those will -- the judge is making a key decision about whether those should be allowed.
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against minority to protect their voting power. is that still necessary? as soon as those decisions come down we'll have live coverage and analysis. in the meantime we bring you this. a tense standoff growing between the white house and moscow over nsa leaker edward snowden. snowden. russian authorities are calling the demand to extradite him unacceptable. bill: developments over the past 48 hours strange an already tense relationship between president obama and vladimir putin. and dealing a harsh blow to matters to improve relations with china. >> this guy is with the enemy in the enemy camp and we are letting him go. martha: chief intelligence
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correspondent catherine herridge joins me live from washington. what are the russians saying about snowden this morning? >> reporter: the russian foreign minister is telling the u.s. it's on its own. that edward snowden and his travel plans are his own concerns and not being orchestrated by russia. russia might choose not to arrest snowden being that he's in transit and not being formally processed. russian's foreign minister use the that rationale to say snowden is free to travel as he wishes and he's not formally in russia. he says the u.s. mass to back off on its criticism with russia. >> he independently chose his
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route. he did not cross the russian bored. we consider the attempts to accuse the russian side of violating u.s. laws and accuse us of a conspiracy. there are no ground for american officials to act this way. >> reporter: with snowden claiming he targeted this job at booz allen. it's important to consider whether this government, specifically china and russia have benefited most from snowden's leaks. martha: what about what's being done in congress in might of what we are learning about snowden? >> there has been an important development with seen more r year dem -- with senior democrat patrick leahy to curb section 213, the business records
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section of the patriot act. this measure will narrow the scope of 215 orders by requiring the government to show relevance teen authorized investigation and a link to a foreign group or power. the senator says the bill will also provide some kind of oversight, judicious review and individuals can challenge their phone records in less than an hour's time. martha: catherine, thank you. bill: the international manhunt if you want to call it that for snowden is already threatening the strained relationship with russia. hillary clinton promised to reset our relationship with russia. but putin called the u.s. a parasite because of its huge debt load.
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he said they have a bellicose itch to get involved with other countries in internal affairs. russia arrested an american accuse him of being a spy. and president obama and vladimir putin in an awkward meeting in europe, both of them taking their turns staring at the floor. martha: here is what we know so far about the snowden case. he has disclosed the existence of prism, the name of the program which gives the nsa direct access to the systems of google and facebook and other internet giants. they have been trying to clarify. also they have been collecting telephone records of verizon. snowden told a chinese newspaper
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that the national security agency has been hacking computers in hong kong and china since 2009. what do americans think about the programs? one fox news poll describes the government's today they aring of millions of phone record unacceptable and invasion of privacy. only 32 per see it as a -- only 32% see it as a necessary tool in the fight against terrorism. congressional leaders from both sides of the isle. the meeting primarily about immigration. foreign affairs kornsent wendell goal -- foreign affairs wendall goler ... >> reporter: it got 67 votes in the senate. a few votes short of what
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supporters would push the republican led house. 15 republicans joined democrats to approve a plan to double the number of border control agents in building fence along the border with mexico. it also calls for the use of radar and drones. >> if we get this done, when we get this done. i think every business leader here feels confident they will be in a stronger position to continue to innovate and invest and create jobs and insure that this continues to be the land of opportunity for generations to come. >> reporter: arizona governor jan brewer called the immigration plan a victory for her state. bill: some republicans still oppose this. they are going to put up a fight. >> reporter: mitch mcconnell
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says the border plan still isn't strong enough. they accuse harry reid of rushing to a vote. read wants to wrap up the senate vote to give the house time to act before the august recess. ted cruz calls the border security requirement a figure leaf. >> this bill is not designed to fix the problem. if this bill got passed into law. i guarantee in 10, 20 years we would be back here but instead of 11 million prime minister here illegally we would have 20 million or 30 million. that's not a humane system. >> crews believe the bill gives the homeland security secretary too much discretion over certifying homeland security improvement. martha: congressman paul ryan weighed in on the immigration debate. he says the stronger advancement of border security provisions
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makes it likely immigration reform will pass in the house as well. >> i think making sure we are emphasizing the border will be secured and under control so the rest of the immigration reform can come alongside it makes getting it into law much closer. the senate moved closer to the house's position which makes final legislation more likely. martha: you heard the other day folks thinking it would not pass in the house. paul ryan is signaling maybe it will. what is your take on all of this? i know you have got a lot of opinions on how you feel about this information reform bill. send those to @marthamaccallum and @bill hemmer. weep love hearing from you. this is a hot topic. some people feeling it's time to get something done. others believe this bill doesn't do it correctly. bill: we had senator corker on
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last hour. we heard from you both good and bad after that interview. but this will pick up steam, too. and when it go to the house in the coming weeks and months after that. stinging criticism that president obama's words carry no weight with the world. >> we'll not waiver to see that justice is done with this terrible act and make no mistake. justice will be done. bill: charles crowd hammer and why our enemy nos longer fear the united states. martha: an american business owner held captive inside his business for almost a week. what why he's behind bars' and what's being done to help him. bill: dramatic opening statements in the zimmerman trial. >> this is a sad case. as one of your fellow jurors
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bill: 7 people injured after a bus slammed into a home knocking it several feet off its foundation. authorities in massachusetts say the driver was trapped for more than taken hour. the driver is in serious condition. >> it looks like it may be a medical issue with the bus driver. there are no skid marks. it's clear to see where the vehicle went west on swanson road, went up over a lawn through the hedges into the house. it doesn't appear the brakes were applied at all or perhaps were not working. bill: everybody else suffered minor injuries including 3 children and an adult.
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martha: breaking news out of the supreme court. they made a decision on the voting rights issue before them. it's a huge decision. shannon bream joins us live outside the u.s. supreme court. they made some changes to the way that the voting rights act is viewed. what can you tell us? >> for folks to remember this is about the voting rights act was passed in the mid 1960s. it was passed so certain covered jurisdictions, there are several states and chunks of states where there has been a history of discrimination in the past. because of that if they want to change voting procedures they have to go to a federal court or the justice department. section 4 of the voting rights act figures out or calculate which is going to be a covered jurisdiction. the justices just called section
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4 unconstitutional. they say because of the voting right act, where they are under a penalty and have to get national approval from the justice department or the court to change things, they say things are approaching parity. so it could change everything about how you are decided whether you are a covered jurisdiction. you can get out of it. but our first read on this opinion is it's a major strange to the voting rights act striking down section 4 as unconstitutional. martha: talk to me about what kinds of measures these states have tried to get through in order to change the voting rules in their communities and what this might allow them to do now. >> reporter: is a was explaining about that. if you want to make changes. you have to spend a lot of time and money pitching the federal
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government which can say no. they can say question. but it costs a lot of time and money. so there are places that want to change a polling place, they want to change the location, they can't do any of that without spending the time and money to get the government's permission. they say there has been a huge shift in our population since 1965 and a lot of attitudes and discriminatory measures have been remedied. both sides admitted we are not a perfect country. but many of these places made great stride and they think we don't need to be under these provisions. check us out. there haven't been complaints. we shouldn't still be under this federal law that costs us a lot of time and money to make changes other parts of the country would not have to think twice about. martha: what about voter i.d.? does that come into play here?
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>> reporter: it could come into play. essentially what this section 4 that the chief justice in writing for the majority has called unconstitutional. it decided who will be under these covers jurisdictions. so that's something you would have to ask the federal government about. but deciding you are covered and meet the criteria for being covered. if that's thrown out maybe you are not covered any more. so maybe you can make those changes. those things will take time i'm sure to trickle through as we read the rest of this opinion. but a lot of the jurisdictions covered now. the formula for decided who is going to be covered at this point in its current form is unconstitutional. martha: yesterday we had the affirmative action decision kicked back to the lower court. these are all part of a larger umbrella in terms of equal treatment under the law. and the changes that came what in the late 60s.
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>> reporter: it's true. a lot of what we'll see decided at the court has roots in those things. the conversation about civil rights and who is equal under the law. with the same sex marriage we are expecting to get tomorrow or thursday. but all of those things have a common thread in talking about a couple things. civil rights issues. equality under the law and states rights. that's a big, big theme for a lot of the cases we have seen at the court. martha: shannon, thank you very much. bill: judge andrew napolitano. 1966, the formula was rational, practice and theory. coverage today is based on decade old data and eradicated practices. how does this change? >> the law in 1966 basically said if you are in certain counties in certain southern states, that all laws that
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affect who can vote and how they can vote are presumed unconstitutional unless approved by bureaucrats in the justice department. the court upheld that for temperature years. today the court reversed that and said people who make decisions as who to who can vote and how they can vote in these southern counties and southern states may take their rules and someone can challenge it. it's not presumed wrong just because they are the south and they made the rule. it's a valid rule. it makes it more difficult for people who don't like, we are going to change the place where you vote. we are going to make you come up with a voter i.d. we are going to change the time for voting. things that happen all the time in the north without involvement of the justice department. now can happen in the south. bill: judge, let me ask you two questions. it requires the states with a history of discrimination against minorities to take extra measures to protect their voting
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power. to whom does this apply? alabama? mis? how many states? >> it applies to all states but not to all counties in those states. the real court said that history of discrimination against african-americans is history. it's eradicated. there is no longer any contemporary data that it's still going on and therefore there is no reason to impose this additional burden on those states while not imposing it on any others. bill: the irony of this decision lies in its utter failure to grasp why the voting act has proved effective. that from the dissenting judges. martha: it's almost 10 months later and questions do still remain about what happened the night that four americans died in benghazi. the new action that has just been taken today to try to push
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bill: the former president of south africa in critical condition this morning. nelson mandela receiving treatment for a lung infection. his family visiting him at the hospital earlier today. he's 94 years old. ef was jailed for 27 years under white racist rule and became south africa's first black president after the end of apartheid in 1984. martha: new claims that world leaders as well as our enemies are no longer taking the united states seriously because of president obama's approach to foreign policy. that is the claim of his critics. first here is conservative come
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umist on this charles krauthammer. >> the fact that people don't like the united states is not new. what is new is that these nonlikers have no respect for the united states. as jason indicates, nobody worries or cares about what obama says because it carries for weight. remember how the president said we'll hold accountable those who killed our ambassador in libya? we are going to hold accountable the authorities in syria who have killed so many of their own people? he's talked a hundred times about holding x or y or z accountable. nobody is held accountable and everybody knows that. martha: a powerful statement from charles krauthammer last night. bob beckel joins us, a democratic campaign manager and cohost of the 5. mary katherine ham is an editor at large and a contribute. they are strong words. do you disagree? >> with all due respect to my
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friend and colleague dr. krauthammer i was the assistant secretary of state and i know a little bit about foreign policy. i think he should stick to psychiatry in the middle east which he knows. when you say something like that about the president of united states what did we expect we were going to do? secondly, if the shoe were on the other foot and there was a chinese disassent here do you think we'd extradict him to a place he wanted to go to? martha: you look at syria where the president said that bashar al-assad must go. you look at iran where the president said that we could not, you know, allow nuclear weapons to be continued. you look at benghazi, there is another example where the president stood up and said, we will find the killers of these four people. and mary catherine the point that charles i think was making was cumulative. the snowden bit is the icing on the cake perhaps is his argument what do you think? >> this is aside from what
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exactly i think should be done with snowden because i appreciate the leak and think it's more for the american people to know what is going on here. aside from that i do think that it's a fair question to say we've been practicing this smart power and the reset with russia for five years, and ostensibly it's supposed to payoff at some point and we are supposed to get this kind of cooperation. while you have the president himself meeting with presidents of china and russia and this going on at the exact same time i think that raises questions about exactly how effective that particular policy is. >> i want to point out it was the russians who warned us twice about the guy who bombed the boston marathon. i think it did payoff. martha: yeah you're absolutely right about that. we've talked about that in great detail here. and that clearly should have been paid more attention to on the intelligence front. bob, you know, i want to go back to the big picture here. if we do lose respect, you know, as a nation, if we are not feared to a certain extent by china, or by russia, you know,
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where are we? and i would ask you to point to a place where we're doing better now in these tricky relationships than we were five years ago. can you tell me one place where that is happening? >> nato, eastern europe, the pacific rim of. we are strong with the japanese and the south corey thans more than we've ever been. we are the only power that can take on china in the pacific rim, by the way who are the most dangerous enemy much the united states more than muslim terrorists i think. united states is the one single entity that can tkop that. w do that. there are a number of accords signed by the south koreans and japanese to take on the chinese if necessary. we haven't gotten the killers of benghazi. it's true. we will. iran hasn't gotten a nuclear weapon. it won't. all we are doing is perpetuating our enemies. frankly it's a little bit much -- >> criticizing the president is
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perpetuating our enemies. >> saying the united states is week and kreut sighin criticizing the president, i would never do it to president bush, and it's an insult to do it to barack obama. >> jay karen me spoke on this issue. it was difficult to put together a couple of strong sentences to explain what we're doing here. we are very unhappy with china. russia we are very unhappy with how they are handling this too. what does that mean? how does that translate into any kind of results is the question. >> i can understand that, and i think carney probably frankly has stayed in that job too long. we are in the middle of some serious start negotiations with the russians right now. this has to do with the number of nuclear weapons we have. there are a number of things going on with china on economic issues. we have got to keep the bigger picture in mind. it's not about projecting power, it's projecting results. and i think woolee get results. >> i don't think we get either. >> well that is know the a
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surprise. >> there is language in the immigration bill that gives preference to hong kong and visas, so we are not exactly hitting them where it hurts. >> where do you think that amendment came from? >> it came from a senator. >> it came from a republican, that's right. >> and we haven't been able to change it because the process is so messed up. we are not exactly hitting them where it hurts. we can take the reigns and do some things. there is a basic ineptitude with the intelligence community. >> i love you anyway. it's a good debate. >> we dove you guys too. thank you very much. we'll see you both later. bill: testimony underway in day two of the george zimmerman's case. what prosecutors want to introduce that has defense attorneys saying no chance. martha: you don't see this every day, a guy jumps into the water to avoid getting arrested. how long it took the police -- it looks scary out there. bill: come and get me. martha: did they get him in custody? we'll find out. >> he was actually in and out of the water trying to play a cat
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bill: here we go. fox news alert, take you down to sanford florida, live pictures eurpb side the florida courthouse where day two is underway in the george zimmerman murder trial. earlier today the two sides arguing over whether or not unrelated police calls that zimmerman made in the weeks and months prior to the day when trayvon martin was shot should be allowed as evidence in court.
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prosecutors say those calls are indicative of zimmerman's state of mind the night martin was killed. the defense has objected to the calls being allowed. watch here. >> it's to show that something happened that changed his mind, that caused him refer to the. [bleep] that caused him to call them punks, that caused him to get out of the car and follow him. that's what makes it relevant. bill: bradford coen, a florida-based criminal defense attorney. mark fuhrman a former lapd homicide detective. gentlemen, good morning to both of you. welcome to our panel. should the judge allow the phone calls from the previous weeks and months in evidence or not? >> well my opinion is if the door is not open, and mar mark o'meara's argument was very strong this morning if the door isn't open by the defense i don't think they should come in. the argument that this is what caused him to do something, this
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is his state of mind is ridiculous. the state is stretching here to get the phone calls in to proof some sort of state of mind. what they should have done is sit back, wait to see what the defense cross-examination was and when they brought up something about his state of mind or brought up that he was not a sraeu lengt violent person then at that point they would be relevant. bill: do you think they win or lose on this one. >> i think they lose out right, but if the defense brings it up i think then it becomes relevant and it will come in. the defense has to be very careful, and i don't know if this defense is that careful. it seems like they are kind of making some slip ups here and there. bill: mark fuhrman in idaho you said something very interesting to our producers earlier today. you believe if the jurors decide this case on emotion, suggesting race, that zimmerman will be found guilty. what do you mean by that? >> well, bill, when you look at the opening statements for the prosecution, they are leaning heavily that george zimmerman
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wanted to follow trayvon martin simply because he was a black teenager walking through the community, and he racially profiled him, and that's exactly what they want to be able to insinuate without stating it. that's why these calls -- this is an attempt to bring these calls in because of a frustration that he doesn't use the language in the prior calls, or the elevated urgency that he used the night of trayvon martin. but really when you look at george zimmerman and how many times he called, if daffy duck would have been walking through the condo complex he would have called on him. he was just simply an overzealous neighborhood watch police wanna-be. bill: you say you believe that bradford? >> 100% correct. bill: you think second-degree murder might be too high of a bar in this case. the judge can still introduce manslaughter charges and allow the jurors to consider that?
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is that a possibility? >> i think that they've really over reached with intent in second degree. i think this is a manslaughter case at the most. certainly the state of mind of george zimmerman, if he truly believes his life was in jeopardy and the jury believes that then the prosecution has got a big problem. second degree the problem is more exaggerated. you have to show more intent, and more you inclination to use that weapon before the fight, not during. bill: we have our hand now on one of these 911 calls, bradford. again this is something that may or not be interest dupesse introduced of evidence. the voice you will here will be the voice of george zimmerman and the 911 interview on the other side. >> a black males, two black males in their late teens one wearing a black tank top and
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black shorts and the other one is wearing a black shirt and blue jeans. and they are at the back gate of the neighborhood. bill: apparently that was months before trayvon martin was killed. jurors were not in the courtroom when that was played, bradford. i don't know what that adds or does not add, all the talk yesterday was about the knock-knock joke where the defense opened with a joke about the jurors being on the case because they know nothing about george zimmerman. after lunch awful the cablers are going nuts over this point. and lunch the lawyer came back and apologized because they heard them talking about it. does either side a leg up do you believe? >> opening statements should be focused on where you're headed, where you're going and there are times for jokes even during the most serious cases. i've made jokes during the most serious cases. in this type of case in an opening statement where you're trying to garner trust from the jury i think the knock-knock joke was ridiculous. tkoeupt like to be a monday morning quarterback.
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of it didn't go over well, it wasn't a smart thing to do. it was probably nerves for him to get in there and start opening. i think the state was more succinct in the way they presented the case. i think they shocked the jury by using the words of the defendant which often is used, because they are swear words doesn't pwhaoepdoes it doesn't mean anything. it's the words of the defendant not the state attorney. bill: maybe jurors were nonplussed and perhaps it went over their heads or maybe it had a lasting impact that joke. >> i think it probably had a lasting impact. bill: we'll bring you back. mark fuhrman thanks to you as well. >> thank you. martha: today there is a new push for answers in the benghazi investigation because now four more subpoenas have been issued to try to get people to talk in this case. we are going to tell you who investigators want to speak to, and why. plus, this -- >> they score!
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bill: man what a game that must have been. stanley cup in boston, the chicago blackhawks coming from behind to beat the boston bruins. they score twice in 17 seconds to seal the deal. their second title in four years for chicago. they have a parade on michigan avenue i think on friday. and martha maccallum owes bill hemmer two dollars. martha: two bucks. great for hockey.
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bill: former chicago bulls star scottie pippen is being questioned after allegedly attacking an autograph seeker outside of a restaurant in california. this was in malibu. police say the person was taking photographs as pippen ate with his family sunday. the photographer in the hospital with a head injury. pippen and the bulls not commenting. they won a lot of national championships, world championships, michael jordan. martha: top republican congressman darrell issa issuing new subpoenas in the benghazi terror attack investigation calling on four current and former state department officials to testify about the events that night. four americans were killed in the benghazi attack. he says the obama administration has been slow to give lawmakers
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information on this. a lot of it has been redacted and a lot of the pages they requested they have not received. in a letter to secretary of state kerry he writes this. these persistent delays create the appearance that the department is dragging its feet to slow down the committee's investigation. it does not require weeks of preparation to answer questions truthfully, he says. byron york joins me now chief political correspondent and a fox news contributor. does this get them anywhere? >> there is a public fight between the house and the administration over benghazi. and then there is the behind the scenes fight. this is the behind the scenes fight. what happened was back in april darrell issa wrote a letter to john kerry asking to interview saying there are 13 people i need to interview. nothing happened. issa wrote another letter in may, there are 13 people i need to interview, nothing happened. now it's getting toward the end of june, still hasn't interviewed those.
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he picked four of them two from the diplomatic security systems and two from the committee on eastern affairs. he says my patience is finished, i need to that you can to these people. >> do you think he'll get anywhere with this. >> a house subpoena generally does something. that's why it's important for an opposition party to control one house of congress, so the chairman of the committee can bluster and threaten. when he finally issues a subpoena that actually means something. my guess is he will get to talk to alternate least some of the people he says he wants to talk to. martha: would that be in an open hearing, open congressional testimony. >> part of it will be. some of it could be classified. he believes the state department officials know a lot about the events before and after what happened in benghazi. they knew about the need for security. one of the officials apparently knew moments after this attack that it was the work of islamic
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terrorists, told an ambassador that it was and told a number of people in the days before ambassador susan rice went out and attributed it to the video. issa wants to know about all of that. martha: that was the judgment within 24 hours that it had been a terrorist attack and then we got a somewhat convoluted interpretation of that from susan rice on that sunday. we had greg hicks' testimony before congress it was very powerful. he watched this all unfold as the second most important person in that area. and then it sort of died, went away after that. does this revive it and does this serve darrell issa's wishes to be dogged in this pursuit? >> i don't think it actually revise it. the reason greg hick's testimony was so dramatic is because he was in libya. if we really hear from somebody that was actually in benghazi, that would be dramatic. martha: thank you very much.
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bill: "happening now" rolls our way in a couple of minutes. how are you doing? jenna: wao we have a former cia operative that tells us that ten years ago we could have gone into another country to get the nsa. today there is no way. he'll join us today with his reason as to why. the colorado movie shooting suspect is in court today. will the mental evaluation os hn his murder trial? and a new warning, and new medical screening for baby boomers, we'll explain at the top of the hour. es your family ? backflips and cartwheels. love, warmth. here, try this. backflips and camm, ok!s. ching! i like the fact that there's lots of different tastes going on. mmmm! breakfast i'm very impressed. this is a great cereal! honey bunches of oats. i hear you crunching.
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martha: fox news alert during the break. we want to bring it to you. very interesting. russian president vladimir putin is now speaking out. he's confirming yes indeed the nsa leaker edward snowden is in russia, he says he's in the transit zone of the airport. he says he has committed no crime in russia, and there will
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be no extradition according to some of these reports coming in from ap. we'll see what our president has to say in response to that. bill: the u.s. and japanese military teaming up for a major show of force. adam housley has more. >> reporter: a lot of americans may not realize that building tensions in the pacific, some people will argue are the highest since world war 2 are. there are 24 japanese media outlets that have come here as the japanese have come in force to the west coast to so there are strength in numbers. japanese forces stormed beaches north of san diego at marine corps case camp people ton for a massive three-week joint exercise called dawn blitz. >> we get to know each other and understand how each other operates. we learn from each other. they learn great amphibious skills from marines and we learn a lot from them. >> there are three japanese warships here and over one thousand air, sea and ground
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forces. teaming up with u.s. marines to improve japan's amphibious attack capabilities >> for us it's very important to have a strong relationship with the united states. there is a natural role for the ground self-defense force and the maritime self-defense force and the team in an amphibious capacity. >> forces from new zealand and canada are also here for training that includes beach assault, air and sea ops and training. >> we want to have an independent capability and using this experience and this exercise as part of that. >> the u.s. military says they are shifting focus back to amphibious training after spending the last decade focused on land warfare in iraq and afghanistan. >> we've been ashore a longtime doing what the nation needs us to do. this is for us to be able to get back to our roots. >> reporter: there are seven
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observing countries here. this could be a precursor to bringing the massive rim of the pacific eer size to the west coast. every two years that takes place off of hawaii, thousands of troops from all over the pacific region take part. it may bring it here next time in a year. bill: fascinating to watch. adam housley, thank you. back in a moment after this.
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jenna: martha: a guy in soerpbs
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southern california jumped to the water to get away from the police. he spent eight hours swimming around out there. a special dive team came in and pulled him out. that is one way to go about it. bill: surfing. martha: bye, everybody, see you tomorrow. jenna: hello, we start off with fox news alert, the supreme court striking down a key part of the voting rights act. in ha 5-4 ruling the justices say lawmakers must update the government's formula for determining which parts of the country must seek federal approval for any sort of election changes. this is the 1965 voting rights act and it pertains to 16 states that need federal permission on electoral issues like redrawing district lines or moving a polling station. much more on this developing story, what it means now for votes and elections going forward. that is all coming up on "happening


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