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jon: these are the young people in central brussels outside the stock exchange and making their voices heardtoday. there's a manhunt underway and we've been talking about that and the brothers have been found connected to this bombings to patty again, nice to see you pick up . >> happening now starts right now. jon: we begin with a fox news alert on massive manhunt continues for prime suspects in the deadly brussels terror attacks welcome to happening now, i dread on. reporter: on andy huntsman in for jenna lee google the city of brussels on lockdown as investigators identify three suspects including a man described as a nicest on maker. his dna was discovered on an explosive belt from the paris terror attacks last november he wants live coverage with national securitycorrespondent jennifer griffin but first let's get to john hardy in
brussels, the very latest there . >> . reporter: at the hunt for the suspects you mentioned continues, the morning does as well. behind me we've been showing this all morning. a it's the memorial celebrating what's going on in the central gaza in downtown brussels. there are memorials set up and this is an example of one euro candles, flowers, people lighting candles thousands of people showing up all day there was a moment of silence earlier and i've got to tell you, abby and john it was quite powerful. it was absolutely silent coat you could hear a pin drop. a bit of an exaggeration but it gives you an idea how quiet the show of support, the solidarity you're getting to the latest, as far as the hunt for the suspect, you mentioned that isis bomb maker. his name is najim laachraoui girl it was reported that he was arrested, he was one of the three in that tv video from the airport. the those turned out to be
inaccurate reports. he is on the hunt right now. the police believe he was supposed to carry out a third bombing at the airport but basically bailed on the operation and instead leaving a suitcase full of explosives behind. najim laachraoui is said to be connected to the terrorist bomber salah abdeslam who was arrested friday and again, najim laachraoui is described as a bomb maker. of the two suicide attackers, one has been identified as ibrahim el-bakraoui bureau he is in the middle of that airport surveillance camera picture officials say they found a laptop in an apartment with with his last will and testament essentially, his suicide note bureau his brother khalid el-bakraoui carried out
the metro attacks bureau initially it was believed that he was the third person in that picture from the video on the far left bureau it turns out that person is an unidentified unidentified but khalid el-bakraoui carried out the metro bombing pure overnight police conducted numerous raids throughout brussels, picking up on making chemicals, also a bomb, a nail bomb. males those rates continue. the security operation continues as well. the airport here in brussels remains closed. it remains shut down. that will be the case through the rest of the day and anything possibly through tomorrow as well. also there's limited transportation. most of the metro system has been shut down as well. back here on the ground in the central plaza in downtown brussels, as i talked about thousands of people have been showing up all day undeterred by yesterday's terrorist attacks and today officials say the death toll is 31 people killed and more than 270 others
injured. many of them critically. john? jon: john huddy life from brussels. thank you. abby: so many powerful people out in the streets today. now to the us effort to defeat isis bureau despite obama's efforts to accelerate the war against the islamic state it turns out there air force dropped more than 30 percent fewer bombs on isis last month bureau national security correspondent jennifer griffin is live at the pentagon with more on this. what are you hearing? reporter: news strike data from the air force shows the number of bombs dropped by coalition on isis drop to an eight month low in february. this as obama repeatedly pledged to accelerate the war against isis to destroy the group but last month there were 36 percent fewer bombs dropped on the isis compared to a november high in the air war. about 1000 fewer bombs. yesterday on capitol hill the defense secretary and chairman of the joint chiefs bowed to
ramp up efforts to destroy isi . >> we've increased strikes on kathy pose, oil revenues and sites associated with its ambitions to develop and use chemical weapons bureau we're in the process right now of bringing forward recommendations for increased capability as a result of operations in mosul, raqqa and elsewhere. reporter: one reason fewer bombs have been dropped is that last month the air force ordered its t-1 bombers back to their bases in the united states for maintenance. despite flying just three percent of the strike missions againstisis, the b1's have dropped 40 percent of the bombs today. the air force plans to deploy b-52 bombers next month to pick up the pace but in the meantime there is a bomber gap . last night the pentagon announced it had invested in air strikes against an al qaeda camp in yemen killing thousands of fighters. the president has authorized numerous rights against isis
and al qaeda training camps outside iraq and syria. defense secretary asked carter will speak at west point and we will bring you highlights. abby: thank you. jon: now to america's election headquarters and the brussels terror attacks. with all the presidential candidates turning their focus to national security as voters went to the polls inkey western states. the issue of national security seems to play to the strengths of donald trump on the gop side and hillary clinton on the democratic side. both coming out big winners in delegate rich arizona bureau joining us now, daniel had injured, deputy editorial page editor for the wall street journal and erin blake , political reporter for the washington post. welcome. obviously the nation, the world's eyes are focused on what happened in belgium.
it may have changed the tenor of this race a little bit. erin, to you first bureau each leading candidate on the republican side came home with a state victory. ted cruz in utah, donald trump in arizona. did this make the race any more clear? >> if anything it basically continued the race on the path it was already on your ted cruz looked like he was going to win states going forward. the question is can he win the right kinds of states where he's actually going to close the delegate margin at this point? utah was not the big prize last night. he did get a majority which meant he won all the delegates there but arizona was a bigger state. it was a primary state. donald trump on it which means you won 60 percent of the vote last night so as far as donald trump's path to the 1237 delegates he needs to secure the republican nomination, he actually had a very good night on that front because he exceeded the amount heneeded . jon: you say that trump also proved something in terms of the percentage of the vote that he wants.
>> that's right. he has had the so-called ceiling at around 35 percent but he did well in arizona. he got 40 percent seven percent of the vote but we did get conflicting singles last night which is that in utah ted cruz got 70 percent of the vote bear and donald trump finished third. in addition there was an interesting poll earlier from the desert news in utah suggesting most republicans there and this is the most republican state, say they will not vote for donald trump. that they would stay home. we still have conflicting signals and as aaron suggests, the momentum of this thing goes forward and now it goes into the north where trump probably is going to do well and ted cruz has to show he can win in a state like wisconsin or pennsylvania or new york. he hasn't done that yet. jon: i suppose erin both of these guys, ted cruz and donald trump would like to see john kasich get out of the race. if that were to happen could one of them surge out in front?
>> it's a good question and it's one that ted cruz's campaign is concerned about now. the ideal has been a long time that the fewer candidates you can have facing donald trump, the better chance they will have of winning. there have beenpolls that show ted cruz wins in a head dad race with donald trump if it's the two of them. other polls have shown a different picture. it's not terribly clear. i think if it does come down to two candidates it's going to be a close race but if you are ted cruz you don't need a close race. you need to start winning. you need to start beating him a lot more if you're going to catch up in the delegate count.
now the best thing cruz is hoping for is to hold trump just short of that delegate majority , bring this to the convention and hope for the best. jon: jeb bush is out with his endorsement of ted cruz, too little too late or will it be meaningful? >> it's meaningful in the sense that it doesn't merely reflect animosity toward donald trump. i think it reflects concern inside the republican party over whether trump can beat hillary. there were two major polls out this week that show hillary had a double-digit lead over trump in head-to-head . while she was very close with ted cruz. the election does not end when the republicans get a nominee, it ends in november so the real thing that has modeled this situation is the party trying to decide which of these two can best behillary clinton in november and that just isn't clear at this point . jon: here's what he posted on his facebook page. i'm talking about jeb bush now. he says, i wanted you all to be the first to know that today i am endorsing ted cruz for president. ted is a consistent, principled conservative with dennis rated the ability to appeal to voters and win primary contests including yesterday's utah caucus. i guess erin, why now? jeb bush has been out of the race for a while. it's an endorsement he could have made a week or more ago. >> he's the latest in a long line, and increasingly long
line.rubio has said nice things about cruz. lindsey graham who said nasty things aboutcruz in the primary now supports him , is going to raise money for him. mitt romney last week. we need to step back and look at how amazing it is that the establishment is rallying to ted cruz. this is donald trump's greatest trick in this race is to make the republican establishment suddenly be okay with and support ted cruz for president because if there's anybody in the senate republican caucus establishment doesn't like it's ted cruz. this is the guy who antagonized them long before donald trump came around so the fact that these guys are now rallying around cruz in a very desperate way i would add is a remarkable reflection of the unpredictable ability of this race but it's basically all the establishment can do at this point to try to stop the momentum of donald trump and try to bring this nomination to somebody else, be it ted cruz or an unnamed other candidate.
jon: rallying around ted cruz or possibly being dragged kicking and screamingto try to support ted cruz , that might be another way of putting it. when you stack the two of them against hillary clinton because it looks like that's going to be the race eventually in november, that will be the decision. either ted cruz or donald trump versus hillary clinton. how do they pan out daniel? >> i think as i said trump looks like he's in double digits behind hillary in head-to-head at this point but that means only people are going to keep their eye on donald trump. he does have to expand his face as he did in arizona. he has to show he can pull in his column some of those people who resolutely say they will not vote for him and if there is one candidate out there who has shown he can pull off that kind of miracle, it is donald trump. for that reason he will continue to dominate the news as we all watch to see whether he can begin to unify not just the republican party but the general electorate in his
column. jon: cruz for his part has to start beating donald trump if he wants to have a prayer of getting the delegate count that needs or i suppose the possibility of an open convention you. >> yes, and he has a chance to do it. as dan noted, this race is going to start going north. there's a lot more western states to vote. cruz has done relatively well in the west, mostly in caucus statesbut he also on a primary in idaho . as we start going in that direction, if cruz can show he is a western candidate more so than he was in other regions, he had a disappointing showing in the south for instance. he can clear this gap. jon: erin and daniel, stick with us for a moment. i want to bring the viewers of fox news alert. this is paul ryan, speaker of the house. he's delivering a big speech today on the state of politics in the us. let's listen in.
>> i also want to thank all of you for coming here today. i want to thank kevin brady, my friend, the chairman of the ways and means committee. for hosting us here today. i had theprivilege of joining this committee in my second term the seat was right behind these flags . and it's a perfect setting for what i want to talk with you today about. because it is here in this committee that we debate some of the biggest, most consequential issues. we debate our tax code. healthcare. trade and entitlement reform, welfare reform. this is a big deal to be onthis committee . people who strive to get on this committee and understanding the privilege and responsibility that came along with it, we took our jobs very seriously here in this committee. and we always held ourselves to a higher standard of decorum. we treated each other with respect. we disagreed often and fiercely so that we disagreed without
being disagreeable. i speak of this in the past tense only because i no longer serve here in the ways and means committee. but it almost sounds like i'm speaking a different time, doesn't it? it sounds like a scene unfamiliar to many in your generation. looking around at what'staking place in politics today , it is so easy to getdisheartened . how many of you find yourselves just shaking your head at what you see from both sides of the aisle these days? you know, i see myself in each and every one of you. i came here as a curious college intern trying to get a sense of everything. trying to figure out where to take my own life. i would always ask more older, more experienced people, what did you know now that you wish knew you knew when you were my age? here's my answer to that question. here's what i know now that i
want you to know. that you cannot maybe see yourself today and this is not just a lesson for young minds but a message for all americans to our political discourse, both the kind that we see on tv and the kind that we experience among each other, it did not use to be this bad and it does not have to be this way. now a little skepticism, that is really healthy. but when people distrust politics they come to distrust institutions. they lose faith in government. they lose faith in our future. we can acknowledge this area but we don't have to accept it. and we can't enable it either. my dad always used to say you are either part of the problem or part of the solution. one or the other.
so i have made it my mission to speak, to raise our days and aim for a brighter horizon. instead of talking up what politics is today i want to talk him with you about what politics can be. i want to talk about what our country can be, about what our founders envisioned it would b . america, america is the only nation founded on an idea, not on an identity. that idea, a beautiful idea. the condition of your birth does not determine the outcome of your life you are right are natural, they are god-given. they are not coming from government. it was a beautiful idea that had never been tried before. early on our funders fought to establish a suitable order.
they decided we would not maintain this idea by force. and the first federalist chapter in the first federalist paper, alexander hamilton wrote that in politics is an absurd aim at making congress by fire or sword. instead we would govern ourselves with the people's consent. again, there was no manual for how to do this. that's why we call this whole thing theamerican experiment . it isstill the american experiment . they made each other and they made those who came after to uphold the constitution. every generation sense has inherited this responsibility. leaders with different visions and ideas have come and gone parties have risen and fallen. majorities and white houses on and lost but the way we government endures through debate, not disorder. this is the one thing about our
country and this is one of the most importantthings about our country that makes it the greatest on earth . i must admit, i didn't always find this idea so exciting when i was young. i came to washington unsure of what i was going to do with my life and then i ended up working for a guy named jack kemp. you may have heard of him. he went on to represent the people fromwestern new york but he was quarterback for the buffalo bills . one of the great quarterbacks of his time and then he represented the buffalo area in congress from 1970 to the 1980s. he served in the cabinet under president hw bush and like me he was one of our party's nomineesfor vice president. i first met jack kemp exactly where you would expect, at tortilla coast . it was true. i was waiting tables.
like you i had student loans. i had a few jobs and i was a waiter and i waited on jack kemp. i didn't bother him that day. i told a friend one day i would love to have a chance of working for that man. as luck would have it such an opening came up. the thing about jack was that he was an optimist all the way. he refused to accept that any part of america or the american idea could ever be written off. here was a conservative willin , no, he was a conservative eager to go to america's bleakest communities and talk about how free enterprise would lift people out of poverty. these were the areas of the country that had not seen a republican leader in years if ever. i have a chance to come to jack on some of these visits. i saw how people took to him. he took new lessons from each experience. he found common cause with poverty fighters on the ground. instead of a sense of dread, at that time i was given a sense of purpose. jack inspired me to develop my professional life and public policy. it became a vocation to me.
ideas, passionately promoted , put to the test. that's what politics can be. that's what our country canbe . it can be a confident america where we have a basic faith in politics and our leaders. that songs like a long distance from where we are right now, doesn't it question mark it can be a place where we have earned that faith. all of us as leaders. all of us and leaders can hold ourselves to the finest standards of integrity and decency instead of playing to your anxieties, we can appeal to your aspirations. instead of playing the identity politics of our base versus their base we unite people around ideas and principles. and insteadof being timid , we go bold. we don't just resort to scaring you, we dared to inspire you. we don't just oppose someone or
something, we propose a clear and compelling alternative. and we don't just when your support. we win the argument. we win your enthusiasm we win hearts and minds. we demand to do what needs to be done to protect the american idea. in a confident america, one of the most powerful man in american politics, the speaker of the house. jon: urging people on capitol hill and elsewhere to have a little more kindness if you will. a little more amity in politics. let's get back to dan hettinger. i should mention this speech is going to be streaming live if you would like to continue to watch it live on fox news.com. daniel hedger, still with us. editorial page editor for the wall street journal.
erin blake, reporter for the washington post. abby asked me an interesting question and i don't have the answer daniel. what is the speaker ryan trying to get out of that speech? >> this is a remarkable speech that paul ryan is giving. it's obviously a cry from the heart. very emotional. and i think what speaker ryan is trying to convey is that we should be a little more carefu about what we are doing right now with our politics. that you cannot continue to bang and bang on established institutions, the political system or congress without running the risk you are going to break them down he's trying to describe the basis of those institutions, why politics can be good and he's trying to change the tenor of what is going on in politics right now. this is just paul ryan.this is the speaker of the house of representatives. we had to bring the party back together, the conservative freedom caucus was in revolt against john weiner and i think ryan is just beginning to suspect that if we go too far were going to lose the baby
with the bathwater so he's giving this very emotional speech trying to raise the level of politics and get people to focus on what is important. jon: erin, do you agree first of all and secondly can it work? >> i'm skeptical. i'm skeptical about the kind of reaction that voters and this is about donald trump, let's not mince words here. he hasn't said donald trump so far but that's that subtext of all of this. until i think leaders, paul ryan has been critical of donald trump before but he still says he would support him as the republican nominee. established republicans keep saying that donald trump is going to be a bad candidate for them. that he says things he shouldn't but they also say they would support him in the general election. i think people who are supporting donald trump see that and they don't think republican leaders are serious about this. if they support the guy in the general election they must not think he's that bad so i think until we, speeches are great and this is obviously a very heartfelt one but i think
there's a disconnect therebetween what what republican leaders are saying about donald trump or hinting at and what they are actually prepared to do as far as what happens in the general election. jon: fascinating. what comes next? we shall see. erin blake, daniel had injure, thank you both. abby: breaking now, police in belgium launch an all-out manhunt for the prime suspect in this week's deadly terror attacks as well as several other people with possible links to the plot. how did this plot unfold? apparently in plain sight. for that let's turn to his son, co-author of transport, inside the on author of terror. we appreciate it. let's start with that very question. are you surprised these terrorists had basically been living in plain sight in
brussels for who knows how long building bombs inside their home, planning these attacks. all the while there were warnings of something likethis happening not just in europe but specifically in this city. how did authorities miss it and should we be alarmed? >> ithink we should be alarmed . authorities in belgium did not see this coming . after the paris attacks, the fact that belgian nationals were involved and the fact that belgium had become a hotbed for jihadists in europe is is like the tenor of europe in the sense that in reference to the town of mosul where many isis fighters come from and elgin had become that in the heart of europe. authorities should have seen that coming and theyshould have been prepared . not only that, they struck inside an airport and in a subway. that shows they were not prepared, that they should have expected this and should have prepared for it.
abby: is ice is one step ahead of us? you talk about these migrations happening in europe over the years, the super cells, many that we probably don't know about. how do we catch up with what with they are doing? how do we win this fight? next it is ahead of everyone not only in europe but in the region which is an area where isis operates more intensively and people are surprised when isis goes inside baghdad which is well protected and strikes and sometimes takes territory for a few hours. the irony is that all these countries involved in the fight against isis seem to be more thinly stretched then isis is in the sense of, sometimes it seems like some countries don't have enough security forces to protect areas like airports and subways. and this attack for these
attacks to be precise in belgium apparently were being prepared for a while and coordinated and isis knew that, they basically chose their targets and went and did it despite the fact that one of the ringleaders if you like was busted and arrested only four days before that attack. abby: hassan, isys wants us to think twice before we get on the subway, before we board a flight. they want us to be worried about our families boarding a train. this is exactly how they want us to be living. you study isis. you understand their thinking more than most of us. what are they telling themselves today? are they saying they are winning? >> indeed. there are two things to say here. the way isis looks and views humans and he social cohesion
in the west, they view social cohesion as a target just like airports and subways. let's say they attack muslims and increase tensions in us and europe. that itself is disruptive for these countries because a single act of hostility in american street or european streets counts because if isis kills a few people in libya and iraq and syria it doesn't really matter a lot but there's already unrest and chaos and there's the loss of human life but people are used to these attacks. europe matters more. isis wants to increase social tension because they want to be destructive to embarrass these countries and disrupt social cohesion as i said .
abby: when it hits brussels it hits very close to home. thank you for being with us today. we appreciate it. make sure you tune in this friday, march 25 at 10 pm eastern when colonel oliver north and lace band and bring you a special warstory, fighting isis right here on the fox news channel.jon: as police in belgium the hunt for clues and the suspects behind this weeks attacks , why our next guest says the global community is failing to address the root of the problem. you're here to buy a car.
suspect. this week's terror attacks let's take a look back at president obama addressing the generalassembly in 2014 >> islam teaches peace . muslims the world over aspire to live with dignity and a sense of justice. and when it comes to america and islam there is no us and them, there is only us because millions of muslim americans are part of the fabric of our country. jon: in a recent speech our next guest's", islam is not a religion of peace. there are ways in interpreting islam that could make it something other than a call to war. but even these benign constructions do not make it a
call for peace. the writer of those words, andy carty joins us on the phone. he's a former federal prosecutor and a fellow withthe national review institute. he's also a member of ted cruises national security advisory team . also the prosecutor who handled the case against the so-called blind sheik, aldo rockman in new york city, the man convicted of the first bombing of the world trade center. controversial words andy and in some circles they might not be well received but what do you mean when you say that islam is not a religion of peace? x i think john, part of any religion is doctrine and this is like candy on islam, this is what islam said. if you read the koran, other sources of scripture, there's clearly a belligerent construction of islam built into literal islamic scripture and that's the reason that jihadists and islamists who are aggressively against the west justify their actions in scripture and it's part of the
problem we have in arguing against that, i think is twofold. number one, it's not our job as the west to define what the true islam is. we should stop doing that because it's just distracting efficient national security policy making you but the other problem we have is that when the jihadists reliance scripture, they're relying on what is literally said. when reformers and others have a contrary interpretation, we can all hope the contrary interpretation sunday becomes the dominant one but it's a big problem when the aggressive people are relying on the literal word and the reformers seem like they are dancing on the head of a pin in the way they interpreted. jon: you have practical experience in this area having as i mentioned prosecuted the
blind sheik, the guy who was responsible for the first bombing of the world trade center back in 1993. that's what led you to undertake this course of study? >> yes, well think about this. i like the blind sheik who we tried to portray to thepublic as somebody who was a wanton killer , who was at best perverting islam, why was he able to have such authority over jihadist circles throughout the world? with all the maladies he had blindness, totally incapable of doing anything thawould be useful to a terrorist organization. he couldn't build a bomb, he couldn't carry out attacks. the only thing he could do was lead it and why was that? because he was a doctor of islamism, graduated from the university, a student of sunni islamic learning since the 10th century and the global authority on sharia which is islamic law and yet somehow we carried on as if the united states government knew more about islam than he does. jon: when it comes to the
approach in the fight against isys, you recently wrote this in the national review. the administration recently conceded that it has no strategy to deny the islamic state which has taken responsibility for the brussels attacks their sanctuary in raqqa. let's be clear. if isis is orchestrating attacks from syria and iraq, that is an american national security challenge, not just the civil war in a faraway place. american national security problems cannot responsibly be delegated to other forces will carry out our defense and war fighting responsibilities for us. this is our problem. you are suggesting we need to go at isis with more military force then we have used to this point. >> i'm a believer in the doctrine that bush had the week after the 9/11 attacks. maybe even more than president bush himself was but you can't allow jihadist networks to have
safe haven any place on earth if they're using the safe haven as a launchpad for attacks against the united states. and then if the attacks are on our homeland, that's not something you can delegate to the kurds to take care of. that's our problem. jon: andy mccarthy, i'd love to have you back on to talk more about it. a fascinating perspective. thank you. abby: the presidential candidates weighing in on the bombings in brussels. on taking direct aim at president obama whose traveling overseas or a lack of attention to these terror attacks. >> i isis has declared jihad. they have declared their intention to murder. >> these were coordinated attacks. it's deeply distressing. >> i'm a little surprised that the president is going to a baseball game and if i were president i would of cut short my visit.
>> in my opinion this is just the beginning. it will get worse and worse because we are lax and we are foolish. abby: for more on this let's bring in simon rosenberg, the president of the new democratic network and a former advisor to president clinton and a strategist and formerhuckabee communications manager. welcome to the show, thank you for being with us . we just laid some sounds they are, governor kasich, strong words against obama saying you're hanging with the castro brothers at a baseball game when the country is morning what happened in brussels. you have a lot of peopletoday scratching their heads wondering who is advising the president telling him this looks good . >> the optics are horrible. why would he be sitting at a baseball game when the world is quite frankly concerned, terrified about terrorist attacks. he is cozying up to castro. he treats them better than he
does netanyahu but that's a different story.i was in a room full of democrats on another network and they were looking at with me with their mouths open saying why is the president actually going to a baseball game and sitting there talking to espn as opposed to coming back to this country and reassuring the american people that the united states is winning this fight against these jihadists, against these terrorists. instead he's in a communist country with adictator at the helm watching baseball. it just looks horrible . abby: it seems this happens time and time again when a big event happens, a tragic event the president is absent. he's mentally, it seems he's not there and physically he's not there. >> addie, come on.
you had a previous segment where you discussed how one of the goals of terrorism is to disrupt regular activity. he's the president of the united states. he's got lots of responsibilities around the world and what happened in cuba, this is a big deal. the entire world almost went to war 50 years ago in cuba and we are now working to reconcile something that has been a big foreign-policy challenge for the united states. it was appropriate what he did yesterday. it's appropriate for him to continue on to argentina where he is today. he can do more than one thing at a time and i recognize, the bigger issue about whether we are fighting an effective war against isis is separated i think from what happened to the president in my mind over the last couple of days. i think he did the right thing. we cannot allow the president to be terrorized and disrupt normal activity .>> they are separate and you can do more things but you're at a baseball game and commenting on the world stage on terrorism? that's what's so silly about this and for him to make some claim about, the whole point of terrorism is to disrupt our lives. that's not the point of
terrorism. the point of terrorism is to kill people and blow things up and the fact is, after you do that, yes people are concerned and it does disrupt their lives but he looks completely disconnected sitting there talking about a serious issue facing the entire world at a baseball game. you can separate the two but get out of the stands. go to a podium and had a conversation with the american people and the world about what this country should be doing. abby: i want to get both your thoughts about this when candidates are speaking out after the attacks in brussels. crews coming out strongly saying that we should patrol muslim communities in the united states. simon, this is something we haven't even heard donald trump say before. should he be in hot water for this statement? >> i think the great challenge we have now is the only way we are going to defeat isis is through extraordinary cooperation with muslim states in the middle east and our european allies and in the last few days you have republican candidates insult muslims which is going to make it harder for us to coordinate effectively against isis and donald trump is even talking about ending
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abby: we want to bring in simon rosenberg, president of the new democratic network and a former campaign advisor for clinton. a former huckabee campaign communications manager. welcome back to the show. as we were talking about the candidates responding to the attacks in brussels yesterday, ted crews coming out really the strongest we have heard him on terrorism saying we should patrol muslim communities in the united states. he's gotten some criticism for that. you think it's fair? >> i'm not sure it's fair but look, he pulls every day and he
understands donald trump owns this issue. you remember donald trump famously said we should ban muslims from coming to this country. pundits freaked out. they said this was a bad move, would ultimately sink this campaign as they've said many times. instead his poll numbers went up and he ended up winning several states in large measure, the gop resoundingly agreed with donald trump. he said this was an issue we agree with, that we should ban muslims. people can be upset with that i understand but in times of war and make no mistake we are at war, you want someone decisive and concise concise and his message is, we don't want muslims here. i'm going to keep them out. were going to build a wall, keep out immigrants and destroy isis. it's simple, it's clear. i understand there's nuance on both sideshe's being cleared and people are gravitating to that message. you can't trump trump . cruises doing that here but i think he's going to fall short. abby: we will leave it there. always fair and balanced. thank you we appreciate it.
jon: of fox news business alert. terror attacks like those in brussels aredesigned to chill individuals and financial markets. is it happening? it depends on your investment. no big changes to major averages but some travel stocks took a hit. joining us from oursister channel , foxbusiness network, lauren seminary . >> investors are going numb. they are going numb to these repeated acts of violence and acts of terrorism. some european stock markets including belgium fell 20 points. they were up yesterday and some of them closing higher today. european markets now closing. stocks beat not the most our travel and leisure related . among companies hit today, american airlines, united, marriott, priceline and trip advisor. investors in those stocks are worried about heightened travel alerts. you've already noticed the step up security at airports and train stations. the travel warning now affecting the entire european
continent but overallinvestors at the corner of wall and brian, downtown manhattan so close to the site of the 9/11 terror attacks are largely able to shake this off . it's something we've seen before and now the dow jones industrial average is down by about 60 points and not 160 points. the nasdaq down right now as well. some reason stocks are modestly lower is nike selling off on disappointing revenue. oil prices are down. the energy department just reported a massive building crude supply and you have to remember volume is like. markets close friday for good friday ahead of easter. jon: lauren seminary, thank you. we will be right back. versus oral b. get healthier gums in 2 weeks guaranteed. innovation and you. philips sonicare. save when you buy the most loved rechargeable toothbrush brand in america.
court where arguments wrapped up in a few minutes ago in a controversial case involving obamacare. at issue, the contraceptive vision. catholic group says it violates their freedom of religion. shannon breen live at the supreme court with an update. reporter: i just kept out. you may be able to hear with competing groupsdemonstrating outside the court. there are several religious groups that have stepped forward to challenge this mandate. the government says we made an accommodation for you group . you sign a form then it authorizes a third party to provide this through your health plan. they say that's not good enough. they say essentially it's hijacking their health plan they are paying for and forcing them to be complicit in something they objective. there's a lot of back-and-forth today. several of the justices used that word hijacked but there was significant pushback from those who said listen, you have to draw the line somewhere. there are religious groups who in a society are going to have objections and it doesn't mean you can operate free of
anything you don't feel like doing. i talked to one of the sisters of constance about this. she says a lot of people don't realize there are already millions of americans exempted from some of these plans. here's what she told me. >> i don't think the average american realizes that one third of americans are exempt from this so we just represent a relatively small group of employees in the united states. were only between two and 2000 employees. if 100 million americans can be exempt from this from reasons of cost and convenience, why not a small group of employees of a religious ministry on grounds of conviction, religious conviction? reporter: that is what all this boils down to. the government says it will have a compelling interest to make sure everyone in this country wants to access contraceptives will be up to do that seamlessly and without cost where do you draw the line? that's what this court is going to have to decide. the eight justices, where they
draw the line between balancing a religious objection and everybody here agrees that you think the little sisters and other are sincere in their objection but exempt from interest and making sure contraception is available. john? jon: with no and tillman scully on the bench i suppose a tie is possible. reporter: absolutely and it made a difference not having a voice. he would have been a very spirited participant in the discussion. jon: absolutely. shannon breen, thank you. abby:coming up in the next hour, to arrest following a high-speed chase in texas. the suspect accused of carjacking and armed robbery. how they were finally caught plus , a firsthand look at how new york city police work to prevent terror attacks. >> two boyfriends, three jobs... you're like nothing can replace brad. then liberty mutual calls, and you break into your happy dance. if you sign up for better car replacement™,
rescues. also the goal is to educate the public about poor conditions in those nasty puppy mills. >> i have a golden retrieverrer. he is my best friend. he has his own instagram account. golden george. best snuggler of all time. see you back here in an hour. "outnumbered" the starts right now. harris: we begin with a fox news alert. massive manhunt underway for several suspected terrorists in the brussels attacks, including a man seen with two homicide bombers at the airport. and we're waitings to hear directly from president obama with a joint news conference in buenos aires in argentina. it has already started. president obama is set to speak next. we're monitoring this. we'll bring you news from there immediately as it happens this is "outnumbered." i'm harris faulkner. here today, andrea tantaros. news editor for town hall.m,