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y hall and held a ceremony honoring our veterans. bunches of kids did this and they sang so many patriotic songs i was so proud. >> david brown's new cd. bill: a new week on a tuesday moaning. the fury ofr nature. flooding washed away cars and in some cases entire homes were lost. i'm bill hemmer. welcome to america's newsroom. martha: i'm martha maccallum. police are calling off a search for 12 individual who are missing in these horrific storms. their vacation home was washed away in a flash flood. the storm spawned tornadoes
across the lone star state. >> oh, my god! >> i'm getting it! i'm getting it! martha: that was a twister spotted in fayette county. at least four homes taken out by those tornadoes. bill: almost all the homes in houston are flooded and cars tossed aside and residents are worried more is still to come. >> we have the lake behind us. if the dam breaks we guess washed away. >> we are just one road over. >> reporter: the lights just went out. bill: this is live in houston texas. the sun is up, the rescues are
ongoing. casey's in kimberly, texas. that's one of the hardest-hit areas. >> reporter: it's also the county where 12 missing were reported. the crews on the ground saying it's no longer a search and rescue mission they are classifying it as a search and recovery. let me show you the blanco river. you can seat water raging. but it has gone on a lot. this water was flowing over the bridge we are standing on this weekend. this river usually floods at 13 feet and this weekend it crested at 40. you can see the power lines and
debris tangled up in the trees. see that home back there? the entire back is just sucked right out. we have seen how powerful the water can be. more than 1,000 homes in this county have been damaged. some have been completely washed off their foundations. austin itself. a rare sight. it was partly under water as all of the creeks and the lakes were inundated with water and spilled over. over 20 swift water rescues carried out. the cleanup operation will take days if not weeks. the forecast at least this area is looking better. we are supposed to see sun today as we move further into the week so things can dry out. >> we just showed aerial pictures before we came to you.
what are you hear being the city of houston and what they are dealing with? >> up to 10 inches of rain fell just yesterday evening in the houston area. when i have that much water coming down in that short period of time you know what happens. look at the aerial pictures coming out of houston. a lot of people had to ditch their cars and leave them on the side of the roadway. schools are closed in houston today and also the city is asking tall non-essential employees to not go to work today, to stay off the roads so the crews can get to work there. the governor of texas has declared a disaster in more than 20 counties across the state. >> casey siegel, thank you live this morning leading our coverage? central texas. >> a homecoming queen was killed on her way home from the prom.
ahisa ramirez was driving home from san antonio when her car was washed away from the raging floodwaters. her car stalled out a few miles from her home. >> she called 911 and called her father but it was too quick. they weren't able to find her until this morning. she was a strong believer so she has her place in heaven. we'll see her again soon. >> reporter: she was a cheerleader, a graduating senior. her aunt says everyone will remember her for her smile. it's a stark warning how quickly these things can change. bill: they are up to 37 counties
so far as disaster areas in the state of texas. and you cannot candy coat it. it's massive. there was a lot of water on the ground when this next storm moved through. meanwhile, three children you are in the an inflatable bounce house when it went airborne on the beach. that reaction says it all. there are kids in there. it happened in south florida. a waterspout hit the bounce house. three children taken to the hospital two treated and released. the third had to stay overnight for observation. >> i was about to die. then the bounce house flew out and i fell in the dirt.
>> reporter: anything hurt? >> my nose and my ribs. >> i was crying and i was oh, my god oh, my god i can't believe this. martha: it feels like we reported on them too many times. last year three children were hurt when the wind picked up an inflatable and carried it 300 feet. the same month as that one two 10-year-olds were trapped in an airborne bounce house. from 2008 to 2010 the number of injuries doubled. that's one child getting hurt about every 45 minutes. not all these are situations where the thing takes off.
but they need to be staked into the ground. bill: they say the one in south florida was. martha: iraq is fighting back. troops are renewing the battle against isis. they are launching a major operation to take back ramadi, which was the big story of this loss we talked about last week. now the military is replenishing its forces and its weapons. there are pictures on the right. they are vowing to get back out there and fight after the reports they dropped everything and ran. conor powell is with us with the latest on this. >> reporter: u.s. officials questioned the iraqi's will to fight. but the fell vowed his security forces would retake that city.
we are beginning to see a counter offensive begin. conventional iraqi army units which performed so poorly are being backed up by shiite militias and pro-government sufficient any fighters. they are saying new weapons will be used that quote will surprise the enemy. that confidence in stark contrast to how badly they performed in the weeks and months around ramadi. they haven't begun to press into the isis held city of ramadi just yet. the bigger question is can the security forces retake ramadi given the level of dysfunction among all the security forces in iraq? it seems a very, very difficult task. bill: this new offensive comes a
few days after trash carter ripped into troops and questioned their desire to fight. >> reporter: the iraqi forces showed no will to fight. they were not outnumbered. in fact they vastly outnumbered the opposing force. yet they failed to fight they have withdrew from the fight and that says to me -- and i think to most of us that we have an issue with the will of the iraqis to fight isil and defend themselves. bill: will this new campaign reinvigorate flawct fight against isis? general stanley mcchrystal is in studio of. we'll talk to him 20 minutes from now. martha: the f.b.i. is now involved after at least every 10 threats were phoned in against
commercial airliners alleging there were chemical weapons on board. bill: an american journalist held in iran, "the washington post" is calling for his release. martha: president obama touting the first memorial day since the end of combat operations in afghanistan. critics taking issue with his tone while the war against isis rages on in the middle east. >> it's the first memorial day that the united states isn't engaged in a major ground war. quit smoking. along with support, chantix (varenicline) is proven to help people quit smoking. chantix helped reduce my urge to smoke. some people had changes in behavior, thinking or mood hostility, agitation, depressed mood and suicidal thoughts or actions while taking or after stopping chantix. some people had seizures while taking chantix. if you have any of these
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martha:ed the f.b.i. investigating anonymous threats that were made against four busy flights yesterday. it started with a phone call from an untraceable line saying there were chemical weapons on board a flight from paris to new york city. planes escorted the plane to jfk. the passengers had no idea what was going on around them. but once they learned about the threat they were shaken up. >> i can't live in fear.
i trust in god and here i am on my way back home. >> i was taking off to go to chicago. so no surprise. >> at least two of the planes were searched at their destinations. bill: isis erases significant u.s. gains in iraq. >> for many of us this memorial day is especially meaningful, it's the first since our war in afghanistan came to an end. the first memorial day in 14 years the united states is not engaged in a major ground war. bill: some are taking exception to that comment. but our next guests will talk
about it. amy stoddard and rich lowry. did you take exception to this speech or are you okay with it? >> every memorial day is meaningful. it gets to how desperate he is to end both of these wars, afghanistan and iraq. these are legacy projects for him. afghanistan is notable. in iraq they said we have to leave, we don't have a status of forces agreement they don't want us there which wasn't quite true. in afghanistan we have every agreement we would want, they are desperate and begging us to stay and the president wants to pull up and leave again. apparently he wants to do the same thing in afghanistan. bill: you have to think he's thinking about that possibility. >> but he's not talking about
it. it's hard not to look at the ease and speed at which isis continues to take territory in iraq. ramadi being the worst latest defeat for iraqi security forces. they save they are going to get it right back. but i think we all have our doubts even the obama administration does. you look at afghanistan. you think is this going to goat way of iraq. the taliban attacked a police compound in southern afghanistan yesterday and killed 20 afghan security personnel. they are pressure foreign fighters using beheading and other telltale signs of al qaeda in the arabia peninsula or of isis. there is a lot of concern this is going to slip away quickly if we don't have a presence there. though it is president obama's goal to leave places and many
americans want everybody home and out of there if you look at what's going on in iraq it's hard to be scared about what could happen in afghanistan. bill: i thought his powerful line was this. few know what it's like to take a bullet for a buddy or live with the fact that he or she took one for you. that's powerful. >> absolutely. that gets at a real ground level, that's what it's about. but in an important way bill, to honor the sacrifice of our troops in iraq and afghanistan, it's not to throw away all they achieved willy-nilly. people predicted if we entirely left and are no longer providing advice and various levels of support that's what would happen. with a fairly minimal troop
force we could have continued to be the backbone of that force which was working well when we were there. bill: amy started this conversation saying the president is desperate to goat out. do you agree? >> it's clear president obama can't wait for his successor to deal with this. we are seeing too many gains in syria and iraq by isis. the clock is running out on barack obama presidency but he's going to have to deal with a new strategy. martha: governor chris christie taking aim at another presidential hopeful. his harsh word for senator rand paul over the patriot act. >> oh, he go down hard.
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>> reporter: d.o.j. and city leaders aren't commenting on the settlement but it could be announced as early as today. this is the end of an 18-month-long investigation. it found a pattern of officers employing unreasonable and unnecessary use of force including deadly force that puts innocent bystanders at risk. we can look at other similar settlements that have been reached in recent years with cities such as seattle albuquerque. martha: do they think it will help calm things down in cleveland? martha: it certainly could but what protesters here and in
ferguson told me is they want to see immediate changes. these are reform the that will take time. it has been almost entirely peaceful in cleveland. over the weekend 71 people were arrested. but for most of those arrests it was for unlawful assembly. 41 churches will be marching through the city. bill: the president saying america's wars are ending but the fighting seems to just be beginning. the taliban strengthening its bloody grip in afghanistan. what are we doing wrong? stanley mcchrystal will answer that and more next. >> where is our commit to the come batting this evil called isis? where is our dedication saying we'll stop this evil and we'll do what's necessary?
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bill: apparently new six-page f.b.i. joint intelligence bulletin obtained exclusively by fox news warns law enforcement and military personnel to beville gent during military events due to a heightened amount of threats. we heard generic warnings like this before. interesting to note here. this was sent one day before the holiday weekend so that would have been last thursday or maybe last friday before the memorial break. catherine is on this. we'll get back to it shortly before this news breaks. >> a massive counterattack on isis is underway in iraq.
we have shiite and sunni forces on the outskirts of ramadi vowing to take that city back after isis -- pushed them out. this is pictures of them receiving boxes of weapons after pretty tough comments from the defense secretary ash carter questioning the will of the iraqi soldiers. >> reporter: the iraqi forces show nod will to fight. they were not outnumbered. in fact they vastly outnumbered the opposing force. but they failed to fight. they withdrew from the fight and that says to me and i think to most of us that we have an issue with the will of the iraqis to fight isil and defend
themselves. martha: retired army general stanley mcchrystal is the author of the new book, team of teams. you heard ash carter's comments. you have got new weapons flooding in. you are concerned with the big picture as are most people. but ramadi as an example. how do we win there, how do you turn this around? >> it's important to understand what happened on the ground in ramadi. if you have one of 27 massive vehicle suicide bombs coming at you which you then explode in your lines. then follow with other forces. it's pretty unnerving. war is not math. war is about confidence. the german saying you talk about the feel of the cloth on your shoulder. what that means is the person next to you. it's pretty understandable the iraqi forces in ramadi got shaken. but secretary carter was talking
about the will of the government of iraq to be strong enough to show the kind of leadership and the kind of internal cohesion necessary here. new weapons are not going to make the difference. if war was math everybody who add up who has the most and you wouldn't fight. but it doesn't happen that way. i think what we are dealing with is a requirement to figure out who is on our team. who is on the iraqi team. martha: the president says we have a vast coalition. then you have the iranian general saying the u.s. doesn't have the will to fight isis. who are we supposed to throw our lot in with here. and the president whose engagement you questioned a long time ago is he engaged in this fight? >> i have to assume the president is engaged. you have got the iraqis saying
dismissive things about the american effort. we have to sort out who the team is. it's going to take the coalition a long time -- isis is a symptom of a wider problem of the region. it will take a coalition. it will take gulf states and turkey and other participants. people want to hear where do we bomb or send special operations man doughs to solve the problem. but this is a long-term problem that has to be carefully knit together by thoughtful people. martha: everything you are describing sounds like a very good remedy to what's going on. but we see countries in this coalition saying we need the united states to lead us. the president as we saw over the weekend was basically patting himself on the back saying this is a good memorial day because we don't have any ground troops fighting for the first time in 14 years.
is the president committed to degrading and defeating isis as he told the american pool in your eyes? >> do we understand the problem and are we going to commit ourselves to do this? this will take a big commitment. it will take more sacrifice. this won't be the last memorial day where we are having to honor people who die who have not yet died. i think it's a question whether across our political spectrum we can come together. martha: you talk about people dieing in the future. should one more person have to die in this fight. do we just want the president to say, we are leaving because we think this is a civil war and we don't want even 3,000
special-ops forces on the ground. >> we are criticized in the region and criticized in the world. but in reality people want and need american leadership from the top they need it on the ground from each american. i think our role in the region is absolutely critical and our troll as a lead -- and our role as a leader. martha: i heard you say you regretted having to leave afghanistan before your job was done there. we are looking at a situation where the taliban is restrengthening. they just surround a police comand command and killed 20 police officers and afghan soldiers. what's going on and will happen if we completely pull out? >> when i arrived in the summer of 2009. i said the problem primarily was
a lack of confidence on the part of the afghans a lack of confidence on the pakistanis that america was committed. so they were charting their own course. we have 46 nations in the coalition and most them questioned if we as a group would stay committed. the afghan population, they are in that terrible place in the middle. you want the government to win. you don't want the taliban to win. so they tend to stay on the fence when they feel threatened to do that. what we have to create in afghanistan is that partnership the president talked about five years ago. a strategic partnership with afghanistan where they are confident they have a long-term friend. martha: how engaged do you think he is? is he on the phone with general austin on a daily basis? you said he was not in regular
contact with you. do you think that has changed? >> i certainly don't know. it's very important to create a team of teams. part of of what i have written in the book, it's hard across cultures the civilian part of the government, the department of state cia they are different cultures internally. then you have the department of defense and inside that it's different cultures. you have got to knit that together where you have a sinue of relationships. zooms so i'm hoping they are having so i'm hoping they have those deep conversations. martha: the question of bowe bergdahl. when you look at what happened there. at what point do you believe he left and you under what circumstances? >> i had been in command about a month or so when he left in 2009. my initial understanding based
upon the reporting i got is that he had walked off intentionally. i do not know if he walked off to be picked up by the taliban or just walked off. we made a massive effort to try to get him back for a couple reasons. one is he was wufns our soldiers. second we didn't want him to get taken by the taliban and put in pakistan. i think he was a confused young man which was my assumption at the time, and that will probably turn out to be the judgment of time. but it became this focus of a prop began today he effort on the part of those who held him and it became powerful against the united states and put us in a difficult position. bill: very interesting conversation there. golden state fans holding their breath after the in's curry
falls on his head. watch this. >> oh, curry goes down hard. land on his back, hit his head. curry appears to be a bit shaken up. bill: curry jumping up for the block. he's down for a few stunned moments. but much to the relief of fans back up on his feet. he's expected to be okay. that was a scary moment. martha: it looks like he rolled on his shoulder which was the best way for him to land rather than on his head. we hope he's okay. pope francis may have missed the
madmen finale. it's been a long time since the pope turned on a television. bill: new jersey governor chris christy slamming rand paul. >> this debate we are having right now about the patriot act and whether we should have strong intelligence around the world is a very dangerous debate because it's being done by people who have no experience dealing with what i have dealt with.
he's an avid soccer fan. but he doesn't watch the games. he doesn't need to. he gets the he scores from one of the swisse every week. so the suisse guard on soccer and the italian newspaper on the news. bill: 15 minute now before the hour. the senate comes back for a special session sunday after lawmakers were not able to get a compromise on key provisions in that law including the nsa's phone data collection program. john sununu, the former governor of new hampshire and chief of staff to george w. bush.
where are you on this debate? what do you think congress should do? >> i think the house passed a pretty good bill. if the senate wants to make adjustments to it they could. what senator paul is doing is working to kill the whole thing. and that's not going to work. we have to have the capacity to stop error attacks before they happen and the patriot act is part of giving us those tools. bill: i want you to listen to governor chris christie as he fraitds it over the weekend. then what senator paul said. >> this debate we are having about the patriot act and whether we should have strong intelligence around the world is a very dangerous debate because it's being done by people who have no experience dealing with what i have dealt with. >> that just wasn't very nice of him. i wouldn't put it that way. i would say i'm a defender of the bill of rights and someone month defends the spirit of the
framers of the constitution. bill: what senator paul would argue, in a time of perceived and -- chaos don't panic. >> he's wrapping himself in the beauty of his rhetoric. you can't have a period of time without the tools in place. senator pails also an advocate of gutting the defense budget. he's in fact to the left of obama on both of those issues. if he wants to have a debate he ought to stand up and have the debate and not just block legislation. bill: the i.g. says they cannot point to a single plot that has been foiled thanks to bulk data collection. >> there is a difference between can't point and would prefer not to make public those that have
been stopped. on the other hand no one can point to a single american citizen who has been personally harmed by this. the concern americans have, particularly specific sections senator paul wants to destroy the lone wolf section that gives the nsa tools to act with folks who are slightly independent of isis. we are in difficult times. we are see isis. we see terrorist acts around the world. we have to remember 9/11, and there is a reason in this high technology world you need high technology tools to deal with terrorists. i think the house did a good job and the senate ought to follow suit. bill: mitch mcconnell says it's a high-threat period. we know what has been tried at home do we really want this law to expire?
he wants the patriot act to stay in place which was different from what was passed overwhelmingly in the house. how do you think they reconcile this? vie * i think both side have good points and specific issues. i think somewhere in between there is a good package. i hope the senate when it come back on the 31st of may acts. >> don't promote me to senator i'm a governor. bill: john sununu, governor. martha: a volcano that has been dormant for 30 years and erupts where dozens of endangers species call home. bill: why the circus is removing
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elephants. but the great thing is we are doing everything we can to insure they will be many generations. >> reporter: to maintain just one asian elephant costs $65,000 a year. martha: a lot of people will miss the elephants in the circus. they are the big drama. a big part of the show. but it looks like they will have a nice place to hang out. bill: we have another place to advice tonight florida. serious concerns about airport security. hundreds of tsa badges used to access high-security areas are missing. what the airports are saying about that and what you need to know about that. martha: peopl stranded in their cars and homes with rescues currently under way. video of what's going on in texas.
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martha: fox news has learned that the fbi and homeland security departments have put the military on heightened alert over new chatter that military bases and events could be new isis targets. big news this morning as we get you more on that. we welcome you to a brand new hour of "america's newsroom." i'm martha maccallum. bill: i'm bill hemmer. good morning. hope you had a terrific holiday weekend. the bulletin obtained exclusively by fox news there is so much social media chatter investigators having a tough time keeping up with all the talk. martha: chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge has more on the fox exclusive. what have you learned? >> reporter: good morning, martha. this bulletin from the fbi homeland security and the national counterterrorism center, the nation's hub for threat analysis says there is no credible threat information targeting u.s. federal holidays and military holidays but it says the threat has significantly increased
suggesting u.s. military bases, locations and events could be targeted in the near term. it goes on to warn quote given the recent up tick in social media usage by violent extremists, we continue to advice current and former u.s. government employees and u.s. military personnel to actively review the online social media accounts for any information that could attract the attention of violent extremists and routinely exercise operational security in their interactions online. the bulletin also states that investigators are increasingly taxed even overkel well manied -- as you mentioned recalling by sheer volume of chatter by those that which to promote isis and its propaganda and those that wish to harm our forces martha. martha: catherine, thank you very much. bill: meantime you have iraqi forces launching a fierce battle to retake ramadi. government forces surrounding the capital city in anbar province from three sides,
scrambling to reverse the biggest military setback in about a hour. former commander of u.s. forces in afghanistan telling us last hour it will take a concerted effort to beat isis now. >> this will take a big commitment. this will take more sacrifice. this won't be the les memorial day where we're having to honor people who died who have knot yet died. it is a question across our political spectrum we can come together. bill: so our national security correspondent jennifer griffin live at the pentagon. with more on this, jenner jennifer who, is leading ramadi attack? >> reporter: popular mobilization committees backed by iran are leading fight. they begun shaping operations including military and rocket barrages into ramadi. the counterattack has not yet begun. the militia battle cry may anger sunnis they're supposed to be
helpings. name of operation refers to a battle that launched the skis itch between the sunnis and shias in the 7th century. >> translator: at 5:00 this morning a convoy of heroes announced the start of the operation through the barrels of their rifles. >> reporter: when we asked a senior u.s. defense official how u.s. war plans, warplanes can distinguish shia militias controlled by the government of iraq and those taking orders from iran the official admitted they can't especially without spotters on the ground, bill. bill: robber will meet the road real soon. jennifer griffin from the pentagon. more on that throughout the week. meantime all eyes on the u.s. supreme court as we await a critical decision that could determine the future of obamacare if the court issues a ruling that would end government assistance to people in 34 states that do not have their own health care exchanges millions could lose their insurance, if so, what then? stuart varney, host of
"varney & company." you will see him in an hour on the fox business network. good morning to you. >> good morning, bill. bill: what is on the line here? >> the got line here if those subsidies are removed in 34 states millions of people will pay more, a lot more. "the wall street journal" says that it is 7.5 million people who will pay more. the urban institute puts it at 9.3 million people who will pay more. the bottom line is again, they pay more. now, bill, for a second, if you think this one through if everybody all these people paying more, a lot will drop out of the system. which means it will be more expensive for everybody else who is left in the system. so the bottom line here, again is is not just the seven to nine million people who will be paying more if the subsidies are removed. it is a whole lot more millions of people who by extension will be paying more as well. bill: okay. a couple things here. "wall street journal" average monthly cost with credits, with plans that have been bought over
the federal exchange, 100 bucks. average monthly cost without the credits with the plans bought over the federal exchange, $350. that is a big difference. >> it is. what they're referring the credits, essentially subsidy directly from the taxpayer going to the health the insured. and it is just going to go up significantly. i'll tell you one more thing that is not going to change regardless of the subsidies being removed or not. and that is the deductibles. if you're in these plans you've got a huge deductible to work off before the insurance actually kicks in. for example, if the average family deductible in these bronze plans, that is the cheapest form of plan, the average family deductible is $10,545, a year. that is the deductible. you have to work that off before the insurance kicks in. that is an enormous amount of money. that won't go down or up, whether or not, regardless what the supreme court does.
so you're stuck with a system where millions of people will be paying more and those already in the system are already paying an enormous amount of money in deductibles. not good. bill: the white house says it doesn't have a backup plan. maybe it does, maybe it doesn't. they're working on some things in congress. it will be a big deal this next month here, stuart. >> very big. bill: see you 11:00 a.m. on fox business. >> thank you, bill. bill: martha has more now. martha: if these subsidies go by the wayside, who will get the blame for that when it comes to the voters? the problem is with the wording of the law and that law was written by democrats. but republicans may end up being the ones who feel the heat if millions of constituents lose their health care. why is that? here to explain jonah goldberg senior editor of "national review" and fox news contributor. jonah, good morning. >> great to be here. martha: 24 out of the 36 states that opted out decided they would not start a state-based
exchange. those are folks who may get punished if this goes the way it may go here. 24 out of 36 have republican governors, right? >> right. so republican governors, first and foremost governors and politicians. when millions of their constituents constituents lose their health insurance because of something members of their party seem to have done, it is funny. there has been this coordination in the media in a lot of places all the blame will fall on republicans in congress when this is lawsuit of a democratic-written bill that went to the supreme court. be that as it may the republicans want to come up with some alternative some way to bail out these unintended victims of obamacare. of the shoddy writing of obamacare. and, republican governors are going to be at forefront of that putting pressure on congress to do something to bail out their citizens. that is understandable because i mean, these people were obeying the law and when they,
fulfilling the health care mandate when they signed up for obamacare. they're going to get the shaft if this thing gets overturned by the court which i think it probably will. martha: i mean, you do, you think it probably will? >> when you talk to most of the legal scholars you know, i talk to about this kind of stuff, they don't want to bet heavy but they say look, just the plain, sort of black letter law of this says the court is probably going to do it. and, the worry in congress, it is funny. white house says that they have no plan b as bill was just saying. the problem with the republicans is they have plan b, c, d e f and can't rally around a single one, a clear alternative that everybody can get behind. like senator ron johnson and bill sasse and other people they have this idea basically extending benefits until 2017. that way no one is left in the lurch and they can turn it into a republican turn it into an issue to debate for the
presidential election which i actually think makes a lot of sense. martha: republicans if they want to come out on top of this situation they need to come out with a very comprehensive plan. as you point out senator johnson has one in the senate they're working on. so we'll see. jonah, thank you very much. >> great to be here. bill: the record rains and flash flooding causing chaos in the state of texas. live look at the houston area where as much as 10 inches of rain fell just last night. that is on top of everything else that happened down there. >> [inaudible] bill: some of these images too are remarkable. state of disaster in effect for half of the state. storms have been blamed for seven deaths so far in texas and oklahoma. 12 people staying in vacation home swept away in rising waters. all 12 are still missing. the outlook for that family is not good.
officials say a rescue mission to find them is over. a recovery mission will begin start today. texas governor greg abbott toured some hardest hit areas. this is some of the reaction when he saw his state. >> we urge all citizens get out of harm's way. don't risk your lives by trying to not evacuate the water that may be rising. bill: well, they're praying for relief. when will they get it? meteorologist maria molina comes up at the bottom of the hour with the forecast. there are thunderstorms out there already for parts of houston. 1000 homes have been damaged or destroyed. 37 counties have been declared a disaster area already. so we'll see if -- martha: desperate situation. as he warns, people stay off the roads and just wait this out. more coming up. meantime american journalist, on trial in iran for espionage. >> we made very clear to the
iranians, that we're concerned about the treatment of americans inside of iran. and, that this continues to be a high priority for u.s. foreign policy. martha: so what is being done here in the united states to convince the iranian government to let jason rezaian go? we'll speak to the editor at the washington post for whom he works. bill: also isis militants appear to have the upper hand as they expand across iraq and parts of syria. are they now getting better on the battlefield as their tactics change? martha: an amazing sight in a popular tourist destination. nature reshaping nature in an evolutionary way. ♪
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july. he has been held under harsh conditions in iran's worst prison. his trial is being held as i said behind closed doors with only his lawyer who was chosen by the court permitted to attend. i'm joined by once again by douglas jell, "washington post" foreign editor. he works jason rezaian works for him. good to have you back doug. >> thank you. martha: tell us more, remind everybody about the circumstances under which jason was taken into custody and put in that prison in the first place. >> jason is accredited journalist, our correspondent there in tehran. he was arrested nine months ago when authorities burst into his apartment and arrested jason and his wife. we know very little about what's happened since then. we know that he is facing very, very serious charges including espionage. we hoped this would be the moment when we would see these charges made public when they would get the scrutiny of the world. instead what is proceeding is happening out of sight and really impossible to know what
is going on in that courtroom. martha: yeah. we have seen in the past in these kinds of cases, that a lot of pressure that is put to bear on the iranian government by the united states has in some cases gotten these journalists freed. and do you feel that enough is being done on his behalf by our government? >> i think the u.s. government has worked very hard to make clear its dismay at the way this case is proceeding. we are grateful for every time they make this case loud and clear. we've reached out to other governments to make the case as well. we hope that kind of pressure from governments, from the media from the public will help to fix iran's attention on the importance of resolving this in a fair and just way. martha: we know his mother mary has spent the last two weeks in iran. as you pointed out his wife is also facing charges in this case. what does his family say? what were they able to learn about his condition and how he
is holding up? >> his wife has been able to visit impederally. his mother mary saw him couple weeks ago t was been a difficult time for jason. it has taken a physical and mental toll on him. he is eager to clear his name. he is innocent and wants to see that recognized but this has been a long, long time under very severe conditions for anybody to bear. martha: when anybody listens to this story, doug you think about ongoing negotiations with iran and there are four americans being believed to be held in iran. we can put their pictures up on the screen. is there any indication that the release of these individuals is part of the deal that is being worked on? >> i don't think there is any indication from either side that there is negotiations underway that are related to the nuclear talks. at same time it is impossible to know what is in the minds of irransians responsible for
holding jason. the really opaque nature of this case the way it proceeded, the timing those make all of us suspect at least in their minds there is some effort to use jason' detention as negotiating tool here. martha: yeah. you know, obviously you look for good signs but the indication they're having this behind closed doors doesn't really tell us that they want this to be transparent at all. i mean, you know, it is quite obvious they want it to be exactly the opposite doug? >> that's right. there have been some cases in the past that would give us hope. there have been some secret trials that led to convictions and ultimately to pardons and releases of journalists. that could be a path that would be followed here but we just don't know. and there have also been cases including the other americans that you mentioned in which convictions have been followed by very long harsh jail sentences without any real prospect of release. that is why the fact that this is happening in secret, without any kind of world scrutiny is so
unsettling and so alarming. martha: we, and you hear really relatively little about these four individuals and we are glad that you joined us again. we want to keep putting this story out there because it is very important. we're dealing with the lives of americans here who are being held as you say with charges that are preposterous. doug, thank you very much. good to have you with us. we have to get these guys home. >> thanks for your attention. bill: 19 minutes past the hour. lawmakers want answers and who should blame them and you should too. more than 1000 tsa airport badges used to access sensitive areas disappear. what is happening and what the airports say about that? martha: is this example of free speech or bad taste at the very least. this t-shirt sparking outrage after it was displayed at a popular retailer during memorial day weekend. >> everybody is entitled to their opinion. and that is what makes a free country but you know, go and
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martha: here we go again. another deal to buy time warner cable. charter communications offering 55 billion in a cash and stock deal that would instantly create one of the largest pay tv and broadband operators in the united states. charter also plans to buy brighthouse networks for more than 10 billion. comcast had a deal to buy time warner last year but that fell apart after federal regulators expressed antitrust concerns with that deal. bill: there are new security concerns in our nation's airports. an investigation by nbc dallas discovers more than 1400 security clearance badges used by tsa agents have vanished. they have gone missing at major
american airports. gerri willis from the fox business network here to talk about this. good morning to you. >> good morning to you. bill: what is the story? >> this is astonishing breach of security, these badges which employees, airport employees use to get inside doors so they don't have to go through the entire security screen coming into work, gone, vanished. tsa says not that big of a deal. security experts say this leaves door wide open to terrorists. bill: tv stations contacted one of the big airports in america one ever them atlanta, one of the biggest airports in the world, yeah, as a matter of fact 1400 badges are gone. >> they're gone. same at san diego. more badges missing. hartsfield that is the atlanta airport, right, biggest airport in the world. 60,000 workers there. they put through 9million people on flights. they are processing millions and millions of people at that very large airport.
keep in mind here yes those pages, they have pictures on them. you use them with a pin. but the concern with security personnel is here what about getting on the tarmac? what about more open areas? you could flash the thing and get right through. these are the kinds of things, opening small, yes, but could be exploited by terrorists. bill: go through numbers here. 60,000 people as you say are employed at the airport in atlanta. >> that's right. bill: 1400 badges disappeared. is it a security issue or not? because some would argue once a badge is missing it is deactivated can't be used anyway? >> i have to tell you deactivated, yes not right away. one airport, not two, not three days went by before those badges were deactivated. why? they wanted to see if they would be turned in, okay? they wanted to see if they would be made good. didn't happen. i have to tell you it sounds like the way these rules are enforced is very lax indeed. as a matter of fact, it is not just the badges that are missing. it is also crew uniforms pilot
uniforms and as you know, in pakistan, crew uniforms were used to lay siege to an airport there. any piece of, any item, whether it is clothing or badge itself that makes people think even for a millisecond you're legitimate walking into the airport is cause for worry cause for concern. bill: that is an interesting point you make there. there is no guaranty that if someone lost a badge they would report it. if they would the badge would be activated. if it is not reported how do you know and what period of time. >> that is a very good question. they're supposed to deactivate them right away. you're relying on a worker, employee to say yes, i don't have that badge. a lot of this is done for convenience right? these workers don't go through full security because they have to get in and out of the facility every single day at least twice right? this stuff needs to be locked down tighter than a drum. we are under assault by terrorists looking for any opening. bill: one last question.
when atlanta reported this missing. what happened after that? >> well the tsa said they should have never given out the information in the first place. no other information would be coming. bill: that's when it stopped? >> a big no, no, no. says tsa. matter of security. don't share the information. but you have got to say the public has a right to know because we have to know whether we're safe or not. bill: thank you gerri willis fox business network. >> thank you. bill: martha what's next? martha: nightmare unfolding for people right now in texas. >> [inaudible] martha: this flooding has turned out to be deadly. it has washed away entire communities and it may only get worse. putting millions potentially in harm's way. bill: there are new concerns isis is now evolving and changing tactics as they fight but will the obama administration strategy evolve as well?
martha: despite being battered by days of heavy rains and flooding texas is now out of danger yet. a lot of roads are closed in and around the houston area. look at the nightmare for these drivers all along the side of there. abandoned cars everywhere. people getting around by severe thunderstorms that have dumped as much as 10 inches of rain on the city. that was just last night. [lightning ] martha: listen to that. national weather service issuing more flash flooding alerts. evacuations are continuing. emergency crews are going
door-to-door in austin getting as many people as they possibly can to safety. meteorologist maria molina is watching all of this. maria, what is ahead is the big question for all these people? >> martha, doesn't look like the wet pattern is not ending anytime soon. we have several weeks with different areas of texas getting hit hard by a lot of heavy rain. parts of red river and oklahoma texas dealing with flooding. we saw houston dealing with flooding late a last night and across austin as well. continuing to see very rainy pattern. what happened over past 24 hours you have this line of storms develop. there were reports of tornadoes with some storms there and very strong winds. as they move eastward on the tail end of that, houston got clipped by it but behind that you saw several rounds of thunderstorms continue to develop and train over the same area. in houston that is why the images are so particularly devastating because they have seen so much rain and saw several rounds of storms late
last night into early this morning. you can see over the past 48 hours very significant rainfall totals have fallen across the state of texas. you can see the shading out there. so the red is already approximately six inches of rainfall. some areas picking up over that, up to 8 inches of it in some areas. locally higher amounts being reported. you mentioned 10 inches. we have flood advisories and watches across southeastern parts of texas. across parts of eastern oklahoma and northwestern arkansas. we've had drought conditions out here from texas to parts of kansas. we've seen a lot of that actually wiped out because of wet pattern we've had in place over last couple weeks martha. the issue is we're getting too much of a good thing in a short amount of time. that is causing all the flooding. the forecast coming up next few days is more rain locally up to four inches. higher amounts can be possible. severe weather another concern out there as well.
martha: everybody stay safe. too many tragedies there already. maria, thank you. >> thank you. bill: from iraq now, baghdad launching the first phase of a military operation against isis to try to and drive the terrorists army out of anbar province. iraqi forces firing artillery and rockets on the outskirts of ramadi. this after isis carried out a complex battle plan to capture the city a week ago, outwitting a much larger force of iraqi troops. retired general stanley mcchrystal just last hour here in "america's newsroom" saying the battle against isis is part of a long-term problem. >> it is going to take a coalition a long time to take care of not just of isis which isn't the real problem. isis is a symptom of the wider problem in the region. it will take a coalition. it will take gulf states. it will take turkey. it will take other participants. that is really the challenge here. bill: john bolton, former u.s. ambassador to the u.n. and fox news contributor live in l.a. today, a new challenge
indeed. i want to read for you something from the "wall street journal" this morning. that deals with isis. the group turns out dozens of formidable new weapons by converting capture of u.s. military army vehicles designed to impervious to small-arms fire to megabombs equal to the payload force of the oklahoma city bombing. that shows you mr. ambassador, an enemy that's evolving. >> i think it shows an enemy much more sophisticated than al qaeda in iraq was before the surge in 2006 and 2007. i think it is clearly more sophisticated politically in its communication strategy and much more dangerous threat. that is why i think the real problem here is not what the coalition looks like. the real problem is with america's overall strategy. president obama says isis is a direct threat to the united states. and he says our strategy should be to degrade and ultimately destroy isis.
well ultimately is a long time away. i think the real strategy ought to be to destroy isis as soon as possible. we have lost valuable time, year-and-a-half really since they broke out of syria took fallujah, took parts of ramadi in january 2014. took mosul in may or june of 2014, almost exactly a year ago. isis is consolidating control over it is territory. we're watching it happen. that makes the ultimate achievement of the goal that the president talks about going to be much more costly. bill: in time you're precisely right about. defense secretary ash carter saying on sunday programs the iraqi forces were vastly outnumbered or they vastly outnumbered the isis terrorists but showed no will to fight. this is what the prime minister of iraq said about all that. they have the will to fight but when faced to onslaught from isis with nowhere armored trucks packed with explosives the effect of them is like a
small nuclear bomb. do they have the will? do they have the strategy? >> no, i suspect secretary cart hears committed the classic washington gaffe of telling the truth inadvertently. the reason the lack of a will to fight is so important is because the iraqi army realizes that it doesn't have the staying power the capability against the fanaticism of isis. they're scared of losing. they're scared of being captured. i don't think there is anything the united states is going to do in the near term to change that around. the attack that is now about to be mounted on ramadi may succeed because of overwhelming numbers, because of unleashing shia militia but i tell you as in earlier battles, with for example, tikrit recently the shia militias go in and commit atrocities almost guaranteed to do. you're simply reinforcing the strategic reality that iraq as a state has ceased to exist. i don't think the united states benefits at all by supporting the baghdad government.
i think it is the handmaiden of the ayatollahs in tehran. we need completely different political military approach here. bill: margaret kocher "wall street journal," state commanders bringing reinforcement to the front lines in iraq. display a high degree of operational security. that goes to the point you made longer they're there the more difficult it is. catherine herridge broke a story here about 45 minutes ago talking about this, this, fbi dhs warning that went out thursday before the memorial holiday weekend. when they talked about we are aware of recent information suggesting that u.s. military bases and locations and events could be targeted in the near term by isis terrorists. now what have you learned on this mr. ambassador? >> well i think we've been worried about for some time about attacks on servicemembers and tear families. both deployed in the region and broader middle east and perhaps here at home because of evidence
we've had for quite some time now, hundreds, maybe thousands of americans and western europeans with valid passports went for tripping with isis in syria and iraq and can come back into europe, come back into the united states without really any way for our border authorities to detect them. i think this is evidence of the fact that isis is a threat to the united states, if not simply a threat to the countries in the region although it certainly is and i think it's the basis for, my belief to defeat isis we need american leadership and much greater participation on the ground than we've got now. it is a harsh reality but there it is. bill: quick follow-on this. is it possible they put this out and make it public because they want to put pressure on congress to get the patriot act done or some form of it done, yes or no? >> i don't think so. i think the president's indifferent to the patriot act. he says he favors modifications in the usa freedom act but this
administration has failed miserably in spaining to the american people why the metadata program and many other aspects of the patriot act have been critical in the war on terrorism. bill: john bolton, thank you for your time. out of los angeles. >> thank you, bill. bill: see you in new york. martha: daughter of the late blues legend b.b. king are now suggesting that their father may have been poisoned. how police are responding. bill: this retailer under fire for selling a t-shirt with the american flag upside down. >> it is a depiction of what we fought for, the greatest generation fought for world war i fought for. >> we'll disgrace the american flag flying it upside down. i condemn them.
washed away. this is houston, texas, for the moment. there are four dead and 12 missing and presumed dead across the state. now there is a report just coming in, a sinkhole closed a runway at dallas-fort worth international airport. air traffic controllers rerouting flights to alternate runways. a handful of flights had to be canceled or delayed mostly due to weather. they have that to deal with and so many other issues. we'll get you back there to let you know about the forecast and let you know whether they're out of the woods or not. martha: meantime clothing retailer pac-sun causing a bit of an uproar with a shirt that the retail chain displayed over, none other than memorial day weekend. great idea right? it's a black t-shirt. predominantly displays the american flag shown upside down across the shirt. photos have gone viral on facebook prompting outrage from veterans and other americans as well. >> i mean i know what it means with the flag upside down. sign of distress.
when you print something like that and you want to make a profit and sell it, it is prettying nor rant. >> i don't see anyone in distress with that shirt. and, as far as i'm concerned anybody that disgraces the american flag is enemy of mine. martha: david webb is the host of the david webb show on siriusxm radio and columnist for "the hill." leslie marshall radio talk show host and fox news contributor as well. welcome to both of you. i hope you had a very good memorial day weekend. a lot of people spent time at parades honoring those who gave their lives for our country. david, bad timing ill-advised, what say you? >> and ironic martha, by the way. i doubt if these brilliant designers and decisionmakers paused at 3:00 p.m. yesterday for a minute of silence to honor those that have fought and died in all of our wars. who by the way preserved their right, idiotic though it may be, to use this form of expression. at the same time they preserved
our right as americans to respond which is when people stood up and said this is unacceptable. what they miss in this also is as you look at anarchist symbol on the sleeve of this shirt. do they not understand those very people that support that symbol the guy foxx wannabes in life would burn or destroy their business and or that shirt in their attack on the free market on america, on capitalism? so basically what we have here is idiotic designer who may have to face a meeting next day or two, when they look at their retail sales numbers, which is the free market does. it responds. people say i won't shop or go there. i may have to have a meeting what did you do to cost this money on the weekend. martha: they apologized to the veterans. >> too late. bill: martha: leslie, how in touch or out of touch these people are putting this in the window. obviously they have the right to do it in this country. once again having right to do
it doesn't necessarily make it the right thing to do. >> i think that the timing was a poor choice. i wouldn't have made that choice. however to david's point, this is exactly part of the freedom that my father and so many other veterans fought and continue to fight for americans to v this freedom all around here. you have the freedom to design it to print it, to sell it, to buy it or to protest and then of course, the store has the choice to continue despite the protests. or not to sell that shirt. what but i have to tell you i'm wondering because the flag upside down does, signal that the country is in distress. politically, some people feel that way. we hear in light of a presidential election coming up, let's take our country back. i'm wondering if there had been a picture of president obama as opposed to a symbol of anarchy on the sleeve if there would have been the same outrage? so i think people look at it hey, this is a slap in the face
to veterans. then again some people with their freedom their first amendment rights, are expressing, i love my country but i think it is in distress. >> i have to disagree with a quick point. martha: go ahead. >> it is about a ship in distress a for the in distress. it has a specific application, from its inception to turn the flag upside down. it is used in a broader context for country is in distress. that is the not appropriate use. so they actually don't understand its use but that anarchist symbol shows you this is one of these stupid, pop culture idiots out there who thought this was a good idea. >> i wonder how much it is a store that really sort of aimed at the youth culture, so kind of a counter cult you are t-shirt -- counter culture t-shirt. you wonder how much depth is there to understanding what is going on in the world. you look way isis is treating makes the american flag look
pretty darn good. those days of counter culture were grounded in something a little bit more substantial than perhaps what we're seeing here. leslie? >> i don't disagree with you, when you look at the consumers of a store like pacific sunwear, pac-sun. and i hear what you're saying as far as the american flag. i mean i love my country. as a woman i could not do that in most countries, what i do for a living throughout the world. but i do believe that even if you don't like it, that we as consumers have the right to make that choice. pac-sun will make the choice as any business would based on revenue. based on future sales of other products. but we have that right there are some people that do feel, david, that the flag upside down is the way they feel about they have the right to feel that way and to express it. and to buy it or not. martha: leslie, david, thank you. we'll see you next time. >> thank you, martha. bill: ten minutes before the hour. not enough time in the day, huh mom and dad? there is a new option for busy
>> "happening now," devastating flooding in texas. houston and austin dealing with torrential rains and rising waters. a home swept away in the town of wimberly is one of many stories. we'll talk to someone who survive ad raging flood. plus senator bernie sanders hold as campaign kickoff event in vermont. the media is reluctant to take his campaign seriously. some analysts say that may be a mistake. we'll explain at the top of the hour. martha: we are look at these pictures coming in from texas.
you can see a rescue underway right now. toe trick in the middle of the water as they try to pull people out of their home. the refresh your recollection of this water 10 inches in just 24 hours, really put this whole section of the houston area of texas underwater and some tragic, tragic stories emerging. deaths as a result of this. including one firm who was the homecoming queen of her high school on her way home trying to get back in these rains. she was swept away. awful, awful story. we'll have more when we get a news conference we're waiting for out of texas. they will bring us latest information coming up at the top of the hour. bill: they need a lot of help. now you are too busy to get the kids to school. there is an app for that but it is not without controversy. claudia cowan live in sausalito california. what is going on here? >> reporter: good morning bill. well it is the next generation of ride sharing. an uber--like service just for
kids. several companies up and running in michigan and california with kid-friendly names, hop skip ride, shuttle. great for busy parents but not everyone sold on modern day cool bus. >> when it comes to busy families needs are different. we wanted to design something for those needs. >> reporter: san francisco based shuttle start ad shut till with mostly women. >> they all go through a set of deep background checks. >> reporter: monthly fee of $9 and fee for each trip they monitor the trip through the company's app. out of booster seat must have cell phone so drivers authenticate the pickup. >> there is gps tracking. parent are notified when the driver is on the way. arrive to the location. depart. drop the passenger off. we also have full monitoring going on by members about of our staff.
>> reporter: kiddie car services are not picking up endorsements from everyone. one conservative family values offer argues they create more concern than convenience. >> this is part of what it means to be a parent. you get your kids up in the morning make sure they're dressed properly the homework is done and you get them to school. >> reporter: but supporters point out the market is driving demand and the idea is catching on. in fact all of these kiddie-like car services are attracting investors. bill, all of the companies we spoke to say they plan to expand. bill: going to happen. claudia cowan thanks. in sausalito today. >> we'll have more on flash flooding in texas. after a weekend of torrential rain, 12 people missing after their vacation home gets washed away. we will talk to somebody who is right in the middle of this situation.
you hear a lot of good things. >> how was your weekend? >> it was wonderful. how was yours? >> a-plus. non-stop. fox news alert on the flooding in texas after rain battered the area new storms on the way today amid a desperate search for survivors. i am jenna lee. >> and i am jon scott. cars houses swept away and evacuation evacuations going on as a flash flood warning has been issued. boats and helicopters are having to be used in some area. 12 people