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of africa, bringing healing and hope. my husband and i have a chance to go. i don't know if greg would be allowed. thank you for watching. "special report" is next! saving the most controversial for last, the u.s. supreme court ends its session with two significant rulings for gay rights. this is "special report." good evening, i'm bret baier. gay rights advocates are celebrating tonight. the supreme court finished up its term with a pair of 5-4 rulings that while complicated left pro-gay marriage forces claiming victory. correspondent shannon bream has our coverage tonight. >> reporter: the supreme court handed same-sex marriage advocates two significant wins, first striking down a portion of
the defense of marriage act which blocked same sex couples, even if legally married in their respective states, from collecting various federal benefits. writing for the majority, anthony kennedy said, quote, the federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose comes the purpose to disparage and injure those whom the state by its marriage laws sought to protect in person hood and dignity. scalia was unconvinced by the majority assurances that this decision wasn't passing judgment on the underlying issue of the legality of same-sex marriage. therefore bypassing the wilf individual states and voters. quote, we might have covered ourselves with honor today by promising all sides of this debate it was theirs to settle and that we would respect their resolution. the court has cheated both sides. edie windsor, the original plaintiff, cried when she heard the news. >> to justices of the supreme court, thank you foray firming
the principle of equal justice under the law. >> reporter: former press bill clinton that signed doma into law today applauded the court's decision, along with president obama who also had pivoted on the issue. defense secretary chuck hagel pledged to immediately begin determining how the pentagon will roll out federal benefits for legally married same sex couples. in a second ruling, the court found supporters of prop 8 measure which amended the state constitution to recognize marriage between only one man and one woman did not have legal standing to defend the statute after state officials refused to do so. what's left is the district court's decision which struck down prop 8. >> today is a great day. we entered this building, always see those words, equal justice under the law. and today we're closer to that equality. >> reporter: traditional marriage advocates point out same-sex marriage is still up to the state and urge their supporters to stay engaged. >> i think the message is very
clear, if you do not pro-actively act to protect marriage, activists, politicians and judges will redefine it from out from under you. >> reporter: officials in california say they will soon direct county officials to begin issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples, but the 9th circuit has to lift a stay in the case. it is a technical state the attorney general asked the court to take immediately. bret? >> more with the panel. thank you. there's still no sign of nsa leaker edward snowden in cuba, ecuador, iceland, or any place else, actually. he is believed to still be at the moscow airport. meantime, ecuador is reigning in expectations it may welcome him as a political refugee any time soon. catherine herridge has tonight's update. >> reporter: the state department tried to dismiss ecuador's demand the obama administration explain in writing why the nsa leaker edward snowden should be denied asylum. >> will the united states be
submitting a written request to ecuador? >> we will continue to be in discussion with them. >> reporter: ecuador foreign minister said it could take months for the nation to decide, comparing the snowden case to that of the case of julian assange, living at the ecuadorian embassy in london. >> it took time to make the decision with assange. >> reporter: the russian embassy told fox a transit visa is good for 72 hours. theoretically, it should expire today. after that, a traveler needs a tourist visa. the state department said a one way flight to the u.s. is another option. >> that's the travel document we are prepared to issue, an individual accused of serious crime. >> reporter: after snowden was a no show on the monday flight to cuba, they say there are no current reservations. the russian president used colorful language to say the
u.s. government is more light than heat. >>translator: dealing with snowden is the same as sheering a piglet, too much squealing, too little will. >> reporter: it could be the difference between the original espionage charges and higher crimes. >> the end result is probably a life sentence potential on either charge. if there's a treason charge, it carries a death sentence, it is a constitutional crime. >> reporter: hong kong's confusion over his full name was the excuse the authorities used not to act. there were inconsistencies on his middle name and the u.s. didn't provide a passport number. a justice department spokesman said the technicality didn't prevent them from arresting snowden under terms of the extradition treaty, bret. >> interesting, thank you. another irs scandal comes to light and another irs bureaucrat takes the fifth. the embattled taxation continues to be rocked by allegations of misconduct. correspondent doug mcelway has the latest.
>> i respectfully decline to answer any questions. >> reporter: the second time in recent weeks, senior irs manager evoked fifth amendment rights, a pattern that fuels perception of an agency in deep crisis. >> the irs to me is an institution that is terminally ill. >> reporter: the latest scandal involves the largest contract, strong castle incorporated for new computers in 2012. its president won two government minority contracts by claiming his business was in a disadvantaged area of washington, d.c., but he hired neighborhood students from catholic university as employees. he also won another contract because he claimed to be a disabled vet. his wound? an ankle twisted in football at the u.s. military academy prep school 27 years ago. a committee report shows he wrote on his contract application, quote, these are crosses that i bear due to my service to our great country. it prompted this reaction from double amputee congresswoman tammy duckworth, iraq war veteran. >> i am glad you would be able to play football again, shame on
you, mr. cost 'til oh. >> reporter: his close friend greg roseman, they found kinship in homophobic texting detailed in the report.is still employede irs. >> can you issue a statement by 5:00 today as to how someone that used this language in official capacity as a government employee is still employed and enjoying a paycheck? >> we are having discussions with our general counsel. >> reporter: friday, the committee will vote whether it believes lois lerner waived her fifth amendment rights by claiming the fifth, and moments later proclaiming her innocence. she remains under subpoena. >> we will follow it. thank you. the u.s. economy grew as a slower rate than first thought in the first three months of the year. gdp was up in an annual 1.8% clip. it was first announced to be 2.4%. experts say consumers spent less than estimated.
that didn't stop wall street today from a second straight day, positive day. the dow surged 150 points today, the s and p gained 15, nasdaq up 28. the man in charge of u.s. forces in africa the night of the terror attacks in benghazi, libya told his side of the story today. it apparently did not make the obama administration look any better. chief correspondent mike emanuel has more. >> reporter: in a closed door briefing looking into the military response to the benghazi attack september 11th, retired general carter hamm, then commander at africom, said he was not consulted when they reviewed preparedness for 9/11 anniversary. >> the biggest take away was that no amount of heroic effort could overcome the white house's lack of preparedness on september 11th, the day the attacks took place in benghazi. >> reporter: the white house put out a statement september 10th about then white house
counterterrorism adviser convening numerous meetings to review security measures and quote, steps taken to protect u.s. persons and facilities abraid, as well as force protection. today they heard from hamm, former head of special ops in africa, and steve gibson, in libya last september 11th. in addition to figuring out what went wrong, there was focus on lessons learned. >> our priority is making sure whatever mistakes are made, they don't happen again and we learn from those actions. >> reporter: much is known about the response to benghazi came from whistleblower's testimony in front of the house oversight committee last month. >> how did the personnel react to being told to stand down? >> they were furious. i can only say, well, i will quote lieutenant colonel gibson, he said this is the first time in my career a diplomat has more balls than somebody in the military.
>> reporter: he says there was no stand down order, but the call was made that security forces had to protect tripoli inste instead. >> those places that were in a position of harm, potential harm, and ultimately harm in benghazi to american lives, we learn today he was not told to stand down but in fact he was told to stay. >> reporter: in response to general hamm, white house spokesperson says the pentagon and joint chiefs were consulted ahead of the 9/11 anniversary, the white house says typically combat and the commanders wouldn't participate in those meetings. >> thank you. join me friday, 10:00 p.m. eastern, for a special look where we are in the libya investigation. benghazi, the truth behind the smokescreen. 10:00 p.m. friday. abandoning a tool to fight terrorism to soothe hurt feelings, that's later in the grapevine. up next, is the u.s. getting ready to pull the trigger literally in syria? "i'm only human" ]
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an ominous milestone tonight for syria. an activist group says the death toll in the civil war there has surpassed 100,000. also today, the u.s. is pressing its case that the assad regime has crossed its line. what is the u.s. going to do about it? here is national security correspondent jennifer griffin. >> reporter: the u.s. military quietly built up forces on the border with syria, alerting congress last week that 1,000 of 5,000 u.s. troops deployed to jordan for recent military exercises will remain behind to man f-16 fighter jets and defensive patriot missile batteries. today, the chairman of the joint chiefs suggested some u.s. trainers could be sent to lebanon to deal with the spillover from syria. >> when you say would we send the united states army or military into lebanon, i am talking about teams of trainers and i'm talking about
accelerating military sales for equipment for them. >> reporter: americans aren't sure the u.s. should arm syria's rebels, which consist of some islamist factions. 66% of those polled disapprove of obama administration's decision, only 24% approve. >> my concern has been that ensuring that syria's airplanes don't fly addresses 10% of the problem in terms of casualties in syria. and if we conduct a no-fly zone, it is an act of war, and i would like to understand the plan to make peace before we start a war. >> reporter: it has been three weeks since the white house announced its intention to aid syrian rebels militarily. since then, no one in the administration will confirm what it has or has not done in light of that commitment. >> i think our options f for assisting the removal of assad and development of a democratic government there, i think our options have
decreased. >> reporter: at the u.n. today, officials said the u.s. and britain documented ten cases in which the assad government used chemical weapons since march. bret? >> jennifer griffin at the pentagon. president obama arrived in africa a short time ago. chief correspondent ed henry is traveling with the president, he is live to preview this big, expensive trip. hello, ed. >> reporter: good evening, bret, you're right. the expenses have certainly been raised as a question and criticism out there. the president has gotten used to the fact that outside developments have been overshadowing his second term agenda, and some new ones now in the last 24 hours dealing with the possibility of nelson mandela's health shaking up the agenda of this trip, and supreme court decisions back in washington. the president was aboard air force one on the way to senegal as the court decisions came down. we are told he was monitoring it online, but his internet connection literally went down on air force one just as the
first decision on gay rights came in. he had to get briefed by a staffer in washington, the phone lines we're told were still working on air force one so he was up to date on all of it. we will watch closely how he speaks out on gay rights, whether he speaks out strongly on that issue, because two of the stops, senegal and tanzania, it is punishable by jail time. he brought his family, the first lady, two daughters. he faced criticism that the cost of the trip could reach up to $100 million. that's why they've already cut back on a safari they were going to go on. bottom line, white house aides make no bones about him being here. this is why president bush traveled here, president clinton traveled here because of economic ties and trade possibilities, and in terms of nelson mandela's health, the bottom line is that they don't want to be disrespectful in any way, they're going to let all of that play out. if his health takes a turn for the worst, white house aides have contingency plans to cut the trip short.
bret? >> ed henry, live in senegal. thank you. still ahead, high stakes hypocrisy over the keystone pipeline. a huge filibuster takes down what would have been one of the toughest abortion laws in the country. now the legislature is being called back. we'll explain next. what's the biggest number you can think of? a trillion billn zillion! that's pretty big. how bout you? 10. ok...how bout you? infinity! can you top that? infinity and one!
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tomorrow. another of the president's agenda items is not fairing too well among participants in the fox news poll. 58% want some or all of obama care repealed. that's up from previous surveys. 36% want to cap or expanded pool. it consists of 40% democrats, 30% republicans. rick perry ordering lawmakers back for a second special run on abortion laws. >> reporter: pro-choice disrupters disrupted the senate on a bill that would impose some of the toughest abortion restrictions in the country. >> i am here to stand up for what i believe in. >> reporter: senate bill 5 would ban the procedure after 20 weeks of pregnancy, making texas the
12th state to do so. but this bill would require clinics to upgrade their facilities to become ambulatory surgical centers. physicians would need admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinics. >> we're going to make sure the doctor provides for their immediate care if they have a complication. >> reporter: the texas bill comes after the murder conviction of philadelphia abortion dr. kermit gosnell, whose clinic was called a house of horrors. many democrats and opponents argue the bill would actually hurt women, claiming that all but five of the state's 42 abortion clinics would be forced to close because they could not afford the upgrade and are too remote to meet the hospital requirement. >> some rising on the floor today to humbly give voice to thousands of texans who have been ignored. >> reporter: democrats staged a marathon filibuster.
senator wendy davis spoke for more than ten hours. the voltes were cast 19-10 in favor of it passing, but time had already run out. >> not doing anything under normal procedures. normally i could walk over, look at a record vote. i don't know. >> reporter: lieutenant governor david dewhurst claims because of chaos and noise of the protesters, the bill could not get signed in time. he called the group, a quote unruly mob. late word this afternoon, governor rick perry has now called for another special session to begin july 1st. meantime, a new national journal poll shows that americans narrowly support a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, 48-44%, while an earlier gallup poll showed wide support for legal abortion, but only in the first three months. bret? >> casey, thank you.
pro-football star aaron hernandez is in jail and out of a job tonight. hernandez, now a former new england patriot tight end has been charged with murder and weapons crimes after being taken from his home in handcuffs this morning. a former acquaintance was found dead about a mile from hernandez's home last week. shortly after today's arrest, the patriots announced they had released hernandez. artin e of the prosecution's key told her on the phone he was being shofollowed shortly before was killed. george zimmerman is on trial for second degree murder in the death of the unarmed african-american teenager. zimmerman claims self defense. also today, a former neighbor of zimmerman testified she heard a voice cry for help, followed by multiple gunshots. only one shot was fired in the fatal encounter. how much is your college diploma worth if it contains a spelling error or two?
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democratic congressman jim mcdermott of seattle sent a letter to the fbi director robert mueller saying the ad is quote, not only offensive to muslims and ethnic minorities, but it encourages racial and religious profiling. the seattle times notes the 16 wanted terrorists on the ad are of varying ethnicities. seven from african countries, four from the philippines, one each from malasia, chechnya, three american born. all terrorists tied to various attacks. virginia's radford university is in process of reprinting 1500 diplomas because of two spelling errors. virginia is missing the last i and thereto missing an e. they say it was human error of that manually being entered. the same error occurred on
diplomas to class of 2012, who graduated in the fall, but it appears no one reported the mistake. and finally, one man's effort to beautify the nation's capital has left him in hot water with d.c.'s metro transit system. henry doctor anonymously plants flowers in areas he feels are in need of a little help. he recently put seeds in 176 empty flower boxes outside a d.c. metro station. he tells "the washington post" metro officials threaten him with arrest, fines or imprisonment if he waters or weeds the plants. metro says it is because they're planted on a steep incline where doctor could fall and hurt himself. doctor says he had no trouble getting to the boxes to plant the flowers, he says he will honor metro's wishes but is concerned the flowers will die. from flowers to something else that comes from the ground, oil, and the curious case of one man dedicated to derailing a
project touted as a major job creator. john roberts has the story. >> i am tom sire, thank you for coming today. >> reporter: he is a billionaire capitalist turned environmentalist, top obama donor, wants to kill the keystone xl pipeline. >> we can't afford 40 to 50 years of development of a humungous oil reserve, twice as bad. >> reporter: he tries to have it both ways, the company he built made millions off oil investments, including pipeline giant kinder morgan that wants to double the pipeline. >> the fact is he has billions of dollars of investments through his hedge fund in fossil fuels. now he's launching this campaign against keystone, when his holdings will benefit from the killing of keystone.
>> reporter: he launched a campaign to torpedo keystone. he argues if they're not built, canada won't develop the oil sands, keeping a lid on greenhouse gases. he curiously leaves out reference to kinder morgan transmountain pipeline, which if expanded will carry more sand crude than xl. >> i think anyone that can make millions off a project that they have, that will only happen if the keystone pipeline is killed, yeah, you have to look at it, and i am a little suspicious. >> reporter: stire says he has no financial interest in killing keystone, and wants to green investments, no more oil. but a spokesman indicated that will take time. in a statement to fox news, saying the did i vestment has been taking place consistent with the applicable legal
requirements. keystone or not, canadian officials are determined to develop the oil sands, get the crude out, which means ships, trains, trucks, methods keystone supporter say increase greenhouse gas emissions. putting a bullet in xl, environmentalists may be shooting themselves in the foot. >> thank you. long time massachusetts democratic congressman ed markey has been promoted. he won yesterday's special election for u.s. senate seat vacated when john kerry became secretary of state. markey had 55% of the vote to 45% for republican gabriel gomez. and anthony weiner is leading in the race for mayor. he resigned after a sexting scandal. he is five points better than christine quinn. the new black panther party member seen holding a club at a
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it is a great day for america. our plaintiffs now get to go back to california and together with every other citizen of california marry the person they love. >> i truly believe that every vote counts. we feel today that the supreme court's decision invalidates those votes of 10 million people that came out to say they believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. >> two big rulings by the u.s. supreme court, both of them 5-4, both of them causing gay rights advocates and supporters to celebrate tonight because they were big wins. first on prop 8, this is the california law, statute voted on in referendum by california voters that banned gay marriage in california. this is what justice roberts wrote in that opinion. we have never before upheld the standing of a private party to
defend constitutionality of a state statute when state officials have chosen not to, we decline to do so for the first time here because petitioners have not satisfied their burden to demonstrate standing to appeal the judgment of district court, ninth circuit, was without jurisdiction to consider the appeal. judgment of ninth circuit is vacated, the case is remanned with instructions to dismiss the appeal for lack of jurisdiction. short answer to that, the supreme court kicked it back to the lowest court which ruled prop 8 was unconstitutional. on doma, defense of marriage act, it, too, rendered unconstitutional by an opinion by anthony kennedy, doma's principal effect is to identify and make unequal a subset of state sanctioned marriage. the principle purpose to impose inequality, not for other reasons like governmental efficiency. let's bring in the panel. steve haze, susan mill began,
contributing editor u.s. news and world report, syndicated columnist, charles krauthammer. steve, these are two big wins for gay rights advocates tonight. >> there's no question. the doma ruling in particular is the bigger of two wins, in part because of the way justice kennedy laid out his argument, which seems to set up further court battles in the future in which proponents of gay marriage will basically say this is unconstitutional because we think the states cannot ban gay marriage any longer. you saw from justice scalia -- i thought justice kennedy's reasoning, it felt as you read his opinion, he started at the conclusion, he wanted to be for gay marriage, and in effect looked for or searched for reasons to come to that
conclusion. >> susan, on doma, it essentially is saying gay couples from states where it is legal can now receive federal benefits, married federal benefits. it does not effect the 37 other states that do not have gay marriage, at least not yet. >> right, it doesn't, and marriage has always traditionally been left to the states. i think what will be interesting to see is whether the obama administration rewrites the rules so if you're married in a state where they have gay marriage and move to another state where they don't have gay marriage, whether you can continue to get the benefits. what if you get married in massachusetts and retire in florida, as people want to do. would your spouse get social security benefits for same-sex marriage. so it may not matter that much. it matters symbolically for people if they can or cannot get married in a particular state, but most benefits are federal benefits, they're not really state issues. that's what's going to matter. >> charles, your thoughts on the overall picture? >> overall, the decision i think
will inevitably lead to overturning of all of the laws in all the states that disallow gay marriage, and it is in the rationale of the kennedy opinion. the kennedy opinion that says that the states are sovereign on the issue of marriage and thus the federal government cannot impose its definition on the states. if kennedy had stopped with that, it would have been a conservative decision, it would have been essentially a way of saying status quo prevails, those states that allow it will allow it, those will do otherwise. but he had a second rationale, federalist. the second rationale was the reason the federal government cannot discriminate in states in which it is allowed between a gay couple and a straight one is because it undermine's equal protection clause, so it is a form of discrimination. so the logic of that is why is
it only discrimination if you discriminate against a couple, a gay couple in a state that allows like new york and not a discrimination in a state that doesn't allow, like texas. it doesn't even allow the marriage in the first place. so in this opinion i think it is absolutely inevitable seed of turning over, nationalizing gay marriage in a way that rowe nationalized and abolished abortion laws. >> in a sense as justice scalia read the dissent, kennedy in the prop 8 case is in the center. he says in the end what the court fails to grasp or accept is the basic premise of the initiative process, and it is this. the essence of democracy is that the right to make law rests in the people and flows to the
government, not the other way around. short answer here, steve, this case was essentially thrown out for jurisdiction reasons because the california state government chose not to pursue the appeal, once the first court shot down the state statute voted on by californians. >> right. >> doesn't that empower or give power to state governments and whatever party they are to say you know what, we don't agree with this referendum, so we're not going to defend it, and thereby take the power away from the people. >> yes, i think that's exactly what it does, i think it sets a precedent in that respect, particularly with respect to california, which has a robust system of referenda and initiatives. if you're a conservative and want to put something on the ballot now, why would you think about spending all of the time and effort and resources it would take to put something on the ballot when the state can in effect potentially negate it by
saying we're not going to enforce it. it will be interesting to see if it applies to california or more broadly. >> susan? >> i mean, the whole proposition system in california has always baffled me, it is amazing how many things they let people weigh on that are contradictory. don't want taxes raised but spend money on this. there's always been that tension there. i'm not surprised that justice roberts came down the way he did. they don't want every boez oh coming before the court saying i don't like this law and i am taking it to the higher court. the jurisdictional issue is important to the courts. >> and the two decisions are contradictory on that issue. they argue that they're going to toss or punt on the proposition 8 because the government wouldn't defend it. but they have an extensive ruling on doma where the federal government wouldn't defend it. that is an obvious contradiction. all it means is they weren't interested in having a fight over prop 8 and they were interested in having a fight
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>> most of them think it is a complete ban on abortion, it will not. it will protect the health of women in texas. >> they're vulnerable, don't always ask questions, don't know the doctor, we're going to imme have a complication. >> state senator wendy davis from fort worth filibustering little more than ten hours, getting some help from the crowd in the chamber there, pushed the deadline past where they could pass the abortion bill in texas, and the governor is calling back lawmakers for a special session to do just that. we are back with the panel. susan, your take on the back and forth. it looks like just by numbers, they have the votes to move it through now. >> now that he is calling the special session, surely they'll have it. it was handled badly. i have to give props to texas for making somebody filibuster, instead of doing what they do in the senate, threaten a
filibuster, make somebody get up and talk. but the effort to literally shut a woman up on the floor does not look good for the party, and it look good for the party, and it pro-choice on abortion. you can come down on that issue either way. that what is not a good idea. looking like you are bullying a woman or telling a woman you are basically two stupid to make a decision on your own or two emotion to make a decision without somebody walking you through it it what they did on the floor makes the party look bad steve, the bill itself has been a confusing issue for some folks. it does not ban abortions across the board in texas. it banned the procedure after 20 weeks of pregnant indianapolis. that's the 12th state to do so. require clinics to upgrade their facilities to become ambulatory surgical centers and they need admitting privileges at hospital within 30 miles. that basically is in direct result of the gosnell situation in philadelphia. >> right. and i think, you know, as
others have pointed out. i mean these are similar laws that are prevalent throughout western europe. we have seen similar laws in states here. i think the gosnell comparison is apt for another reason it was absolutely fascinating last night as i was on my computer looking at twitter to seat number of journalists who started tweeting about this filibuster and with, i think, enthusiasm and got people to tune in, watch the live broadcast of this. there is no issue on which reporters are more one sided than on the issue of abortion. and we saw that certainly we saw that in spades with the gosnell question when day after day, fox was doing reports, others were doing reporting on what was happening in the trial. i mean, it was real news in terms of news, absolutely riveting stuff that was happening in the courtroom. it was largely ignored by the mainstream media here you have one woman standing up talking about something. i would say mischaracterizing in some respect what is this law
was doing and the national political reporting scene explodes with enthusiasm for her efforts. >> bret: charles? >> well, it's an evening of procedural analysis. so i would say that neither the republican leadership nor the democrats distinguished themselves on procedure. they did not exactly allow her to go unmolested in the filibuster. there were a lot of interruptions and they tried to get her off the floor. on the other hand, when you heard wendy davis speak about the people expressing themselves in the gallery, well, that's a mob expressing itself. the people are represented on the through elections. democratic elections. that's the voice of the people. and the mob in the gallery prevented a vote. that's not how you want to conduct business in any state. and that's why i think it's absolutely right that the governor has recalled the senate and they are going to have a real vote on this. >> bret: quickly, this is
governor perry's call to a special session july 1st. i'm calling the ledge later back into session because too much important work remains undone for the people of texas. we will not allow the breakdown of decorum and decency to prevent us from doing what the people of this state hired us to do. but political fallout. you think? >> yeah. i mean i agree with charles. i don't like people disrupting a session at all. but i just think that the take away from that is not even on the substance of the bill itself. it's more than just banning borings after 20 weeks. basically affectively closing a lot of clinics. they looked like they were trying to shut up this female legislature. that does not look good. >> bret: that is it for the panel new take on obedience training. >> ♪
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>> bret: finally tonight, arkansas has a new program to help prisoners to get them to teach dogs. as with anything there may be a fallout. >> the department of corrections had in mind when it started the paus and prisons in tucker. rescue dogs are paired with inmates who teach them basic obedience and social skills. >> who is better than social skills than a prisoner, really? you knew this was going to happen. here is one of the dogs in the program. look at this dog. watch this dog. he is stealing a wallet. look at this. look at this. takes the money out. look at that now, look at this dog. this dog learned how to break into a house. and watch what this dog does. this dog goes in. this s. amazing. hot wires the car. look at that.
this is a bad -- look at that the dog takes off. >> bret: that is it for this "special report." fair, balanced and unafraid. "special report" online with a new look starts right now. >> shepard: from new york, i'm shepard smith. on any other night, we could begin fox report with news that an nfl player is now charged with an execution-style murder. which today the new england patriots aaron hernandez was. or with the dramatic and confusing testimony of the prosecution's star witness in the most watched murder trial in this nation, which came today in central florida. or with the greatest living civil rights leader in the world, on life support, which tonight nelson mandela is. and we'll get to all of that, but the history books will remember this day for landmark supreme court rulings on civil rights. as the president put it, in america, discrimination is no longer enshrined in la