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>> thank you for joining us today. don't forget to set your dvr for 6:00 a.m. eastern every morning so you don't miss a minute. >> trace: have a great day and see you tomorrow. >> stay within yourself, see you on radio. >> sandra: intense moments outside a chicago police station there. protestors gathering overnight demanding the release of suspects accused of looting stores early monday morning. one black lives matter activist justified the looting as a form of restoration. more on that in just moments. first a stunning announcement out of seattle. police chief best stepping down telling officers about her retirement overnight after the city council moved to move forward with defund the department. >> trace: good morning.
the council's proposal would cut 100 officers from the force and slash the department's budget by $3 million falling short of the 50% department reduction many black lives matter protestors wanted. >> sandra: chief best telling her staff in a memo i'm confident that the department will make it through these difficult times. you are the best police department in the country and please trust me when i say the vast majority of people in seattle support you and appreciate you. she is expected to make a formal announcement later this morning. dan springer live in seattle for us. how does this immediately impact the department there? >> i think immediately it is another blow to the morale at seattle police department. carmen best was very popular and well respected among the rank and file coming up through the ranks. more importantly she stood up for them and the rule of law through that whole chop/chaz protest zone fiasco. she has done a lot for the rank and file. opposed leaving the east
precinct that led the opening for that six-block area to be taken over by protestors and defended the use of non-lethal munitions in order to protect officers. best also opposed the cuts to her department made by the council last night. she will lose 100 officers out of 1400 in the department. the council also cut her pay and the rest of her command staff. she called it retaliatory. the council called it just the beginning. >> i think if we really have been able to reach a pretty good initial package that lays the ground work for much bigger transformative change to come in short order. >> the one council member who voted against the measure did so because the cuts weren't deep enough. she was demanding 50% instead of the 2% cuts that passed. the council eliminated the unit that help had clear homeless
encampments. any cuts are left up to the chief. the downtown seattle association ripped the council for caving to protestors. >> i don't think it's very thoughtful in some ways it was petty and hastey. i don't think it will deliver more just policing for black lives in the city of seattle. >> seattle now joins 19 other cities across the country that have taken money away from their police departments in the wake of the killing of george floyd and the pandemic which ripped huge holes in the budgets of cities across the country. >> sandra: dan springer. the many changes happening in that city. >> trace: protestors surrounding a police station in chicago overnight demanding the release of more than 100 people suspected of looting the night before. one black lives matter activist defending the looting as a form of reparations. mayor lori lightfoot put the city on lockdown.
>> what occurred in our downtown and surrounding communities was abject criminal behavior pure and simple. and there cannot be any excuse for it. period. this is not legitimate first amendment protected speech. >> trace: garrett tenney is live in chicago. how were things overnight? >> trace, compared to the night before it was a relatively calm night here downtown. there weren't alarms and sirens going off throughout the night. gunshots ringing through the air and there weren't stores being looted by the dozens overnight. that being said it was far from normal. access to the downtown area was severely restricted overnight. nearly all bridges were raised. express way exit ramps were blocked off and public transportation suspended until 6:00 this morning. more than 100 people were arrested early monday during the looting. last night black lives matter
chicago held a rally in support of those arrested and demanded they be released. one organizers justified the looting and destruction saying the businesses have insurance and whatever was taken is reparation the black community is owed. >> people in this city are struggling through a pandemic. i don't care if somebody decides to loot a gucci or a nike. that make sure that person eats and has clothes. >> at a press conference yesterday chicago mayor lori light foot said the criminal behavior we saw early monday was not folks stealing in order to feed their families but a blatant disregard for the rule of law. jesse jackson are also open -- back here downtown today businesses are continuing to clean up, assess the damage and
to begin the decision making process of when to rebuild or whether to rebuild at all. trace. >> trace: garrett kenny live in chicago. >> sandra: more on that coming up. court releasing more body cam footage of former minneapolis police officers arresting george floyd. that footage showing the moments before, during and after floyd's arrest on memorial day comes from the body cam ras of two of the four offices. >> trace: graham is saying wray deceived lawmakers. he says wray has a lot of explaining to you.
>> how could it be over a year after the f.b.i. interviewed the russian sub source saying the dossier was garbage that the f.b.i. briefed its senate intel committee in 2018 saying basically it's a reliable document. who put that briefing together? christopher wray needs to tell me how that briefing was set up for the senate intel committee. i want to know who gave the briefing, prepared the briefing memo. p briefing memo is a fabrication of what the sub source said. >> trace: senate homeland security committee chairman ron johnson subpoenaed wray on monday. the senator will join us minutes from now. >> sandra: we look forward to that. an unusual scene playing out at the white house yesterday as president trump was rushed out of a coronavirus briefing. watch this. >> records hopefully soon. excuse me?
>> sandra: moments earlier the secret service had shot a man that they believe had a gun just outside of the white house complex. the president returned to the podium just a short time later. >> president trump: do i seem rattled? it's unfortunate that this is a world -- the world has always been a dangerous place. it is not something that's unique. >> sandra: what a moment that was. john roberts was there for all of it and is live on the north lawn this morning. what happened to the suspect? >> sandra, good morning to you. suspect was shot in the torso. our understanding is he is still in the hospital likely to survive according to sources. it was 10 minutes to 6:00. i was out here on the north lawn listening to the president's press conference in the briefing room when we heard two very loud pops bam, bam, that close together coming from the area of 17th street and pennsylvania avenue. the white house perimeter was
never breached out of caution the president was told to leave the briefing room by a secret service agent stationed near him. the press was cleared from the north lawn. a 51-year-old man walked past a unformed officer and told the officer he had a gun. he continued to walk, ran at the officer according to the secret service pulling something from his clothing. he aimed something at the officer. the officer fired his weapon and hit the man in the torso. i counted two shots. both were taken to the hospital. the officer wasn't injured. it is standard procedure. the president was taken back to the oval office and briefed and a short time later he comes up behind me, returned to the briefing room to continue his news conference. >> i would like to thank the secret service for doing their always quick and very effective work but there was an actual
shooting and somebody has been taken to the hospital. i don't know the condition of the person. seems that the person was shot by secret service. >> the man was unarmed the secret service said he appeared to pose a clear and present danger to the officer. i'm told the d.c. metro police department has surveillance video of the entire incident. sources say the secret service is pushing mpd to release the video. >> sandra: the president says he has narrowed his nomination speech location, down to a few locations now. what are we hearing on that this morning? >> he is down to two. one would be here at the white house, the other would be gettysburg where back in 2016, october 22, the president began his closing argument for why he should be elected. and now he may go back there or the white house to make the case for a second term.
listen here. >> president trump: i've been to gettysburg numerous times, it's a national park, it's a national historic site. it is incredible. it's history. it's incredible to me. it was very important place and is a very important place in our country. the white house would be a lovely place to do it also. least expensive place that you could do it would be at the white house. >> the idea the president giving his acceptance speech at the white house is drawing criticism. it's the people's house and shouldn't be the place of a political event but the supporters think it would be the perfect place to begin the argument for a second term as the campaign after the conventions will kick into high gear. >> sandra: we'll look for a final decision on that when it comes. john roberts, thank you. >> thank you. >> trace: presumptive democratic nominee joe biden has spoken to the top contenders for vice president
and a decision is now imminent. biden could announce his choice for v.p. any time now with the democratic national convention just days away. >> sandra: fox news alert now scientists skeptical as vladimir putin now claims russia has developed the world's first coronavirus vaccine. putin says it provides lasting immunity and that his daughter has already taken it. but bear in mind the news comes before anything resembling final trials could be completed to insure the vaccine is safe and effective. only initial trials have been finished and in under two months. an update from the white house on that coming up today. >> trace: violent storms tearing through the midwest downing trees, flipping cars and millions without power. a look at the widespread damage ahead. senate homeland security chairman ron johnson subpoenas the director of the f.b.i. in terms of the russia investigation. could more subpoenas be coming?
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national committee is asking the -- they declined the -- mail-in ballots have witness or notary signatures to the counted. the state waived that rule due to the pandemic. >> we don't want to have a rigged election. when you have the mail-in voting it's very susceptible. it's something that can be easily attacked by foreign countries and by frankly democrats and by republicans. >> sandra: the rnc and republican party of rhode island are pushing for a decision before mail-in ballots go out tomorrow. >> trace: the full federal appeals court in washington will rehear arguments for the decision to dismissal charges against michael flynn. a smaller panel of that court ruled in favor of dropping the case in june. griff jenkins live for us in
washington what do we expect today and what does it mean for flynn's case exactly? >> good morning. this means flynn remains in legal limbo. these 10 judges on the full appeals court in washington will hear the oral arguments over whether judge emmett sullivan who presided over the case has to drop charges against flynn after a 2-1 decision by a three judge panel ordered an end to the case. sullivan asked the full court to reconsider. now both parties today are being asked -- advised to expect questions and be asked about judicial impartiality. recap the flynn case. he twice pleaded guilty lying to the f.b.i. before seeking to withdraw his guilty plea in january and april documents revealed misconduct from f.b.i. agents leading the justice department to drop charges. sullivan refused to grant the
motion. meanwhile allegations of further misconduct in the russia probe continue to surface as senator ron johnson, who will be on this program very soon, has subpoenaed documents from current f.b.i. director christopher wray. wray has already launched an internal investigation. we'll see where that goes and what senator johnson has to say to you. as for this hearing today, a ruling unclear on when we might get one or if it will finally end the long-running case against general flynn. trace. >> trace: not to make connections. when you talk about the general flynn case, the full court of 11, griff, could take weeks to come down with a decision. in the meantime possibility that john durham's report could drop maybe intimating more f.b.i. bad behavior. any chance that these two cases interconnect down the road? >> well, we'll have to wait and see. we are expecting any day now the durham report to come. this month or next month.
we aren't exactly sure. but as we hear more from senators johnson and senator lindsey graham, the chairman of the senate judiciary committee who started talking about these allegations there will certainly be more when it comes to the details of crossfire hurricane and what happened and transpired. we'll have to wait and see if there is any connections, trace. >> trace: griff jenkins, live in d.c. thank you. >> sandra: senator ron johnson is joining us now for more on all of that. good morning, thanks for being here. why have you subpoenaed christopher wray, the f.b.i. director? >> i ran out of patience. my committee -- granted me the subpoena authorization to try and get everybody's voluntary compliance but it hasn't worked. the f.b.i. continues to slow walk our requests for documents that date back years. i sent a summary request to attorney general barr who has
been great. the hang-up is within the f.b.i. back in september of 2019 basically relisting all the requests we had for information and we really haven't gotten squat basically. what we're seeing now is dribs and drabs. the most recent revelation is the document that lindsey graham released sunday that should shock people. a year after the f.b.i. was fully aware of the fact the steele dossier was full of russian disinformation they come before our committees and briefing them falsely that they still had confidence in the steele dossier? this is beyond the pale and the f.b.i. has to come clean and they have to produce documents now based on our subpoena by august 20th. i'm done fooling around. hopefully we'll be able to engage counsel in the white house as well as the attorney general's office to extract the documents out of the f.b.i. this is ridiculous. >> sandra: senator lindsey graham went on with sean
hannity last night and said this. >> on wray's watch the senate intel committee was briefed about the dossier and the russian sub source and the same fashion the fisa court was briefed. very misleading. a year after they knew the russian dossier was no longer reliable, they told the same lies to the congress, not just the court. it's a completely new front of legal liability and i'm going to find out what happened. >> sandra: former deputy national security advisor k.t. mcfarland was on yesterday suggesting by what she shows and what she has seen christopher wray is in deep trouble. is he? >> that briefing was a pre-meditated lie. it wasn't just made a mistake. it was premeditated a year after the steele dossier was used and known to contain russian disinformation. my staff had found those
classified footnotes in the horowitz i.g. report showed that f.b.i. was getting information from october 2016 through february 2017 to show how russia was trying to -- they planted russian disinformation in the steele dossier. we never should have had a special counsel. crossfire hurricane investigation should have been shut down the end of january. here we are the f.b.i. is briefing the senate intel committee a year later. these were premeditated lie. wray will have some explaining to do as well because it was on his watch. >> sandra: and why mcfarland said he was in big trouble she suggested either he knew what was going on, two he turned a blind eye and said don't tell me or three he is incompetent. you are digging to get that
answer. do you have a hunch which it is? >> the exact same thing i said about rod rosenstein. either gross incompetence or trying to hide something or again he simply doesn't recall. we'll hear a lot of the i simply don't recall. it's easier to say than i was involved in wrongdoing. we need these documents and why i issued the subpoena. >> sandra: quickly. is james comey next? >> well, james comey has an awful lot to account for. he has been pretty slippery. he was interviewed earlier and refused to reup his classification so he couldn't answer certain questions. james comey is no white knight here. he has a lot of cup pennsylvania built in terms of what happened. think of the political nightmare we've gone through over the last three years because of the actions of these individuals. this is again something that needs to be exposed. the public needs to know what
happened and people need to be held accountable. >> sandra: appreciate you coming on this morning. come back soon. thank you. trace. >> trace: shake-up in lebanon's leadership a week after a deadly explosion leveled parts of beirut. the prime minister is forced out. what he is blaming for the disaster. plus the ring of fire now living up to its name. how this volcano eruption is affecting nearby communities. (announcer) now more than ever,
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she was the most welcoming person you could ever imagine. her home was the safe place. it was difficult to comprehend how quickly everything kind of spiraled downwards. we didn't even know that she had covid, to a week later, and her passing. the president made a huge mistake in downplaying this virus. there was a lack of leadership, a lack of responsibility, and a lack of resources. i felt like our elderly have not been a priority for this administration, that they don't matter. and, i feel like my grandmother didn't matter. last time i saw my grandmother, we weren't going to be allowed in the hospital. we asked if we could video chat her, and everyone could say a little something. we gathered as a family and we prayed. but the fact that she was alone, it just breaks my heart.
>> sandra: bottom of the hour, time for the top stories. seattle's police chief best stepping down. official announcement is expected later this morning. the decision comes after city council members approved proposals to slash the department's funding. >> trace: baltimore fire department is still on the scene of the deadly gas explosion. the blast killed at least one person and hurt several others. the cause of the explosion remains under investigation. >> sandra: powerful wind and rainstorms causing widespread damage across the midwest. hurricane force winds taking down trees and power lines leaving tens of thousands of homes in the dark. >> trace: fox news alert now. the u.s. recording fewer than 50,000 new coronavirus cases for the second day in a row just days after passing the unfortunate milestone of 5 million total cases. as the white house talks up progress on a potential vaccine.
>> we're in the final phases with a couple of those six vaccine candidates and think we can have hundreds of millions of doses in the next few months alone. >> trace: jonathan serrie is live in atlanta. >> public health officials are concerned that the lower new case numbers may actually be the result of fewer americans getting tested. a lot of people are seeing the long lines and hearing stories of people having to wait days for delayed test results and so it's possible that fewer people are getting tested and that the actual infection rates may be considerably higher. georgia is trying to make the process easier for a test capable of testing 5,000 people a day. health officials selected the location near atlanta's airport in hopes of reversing high infection rates. >> right here in clayton county
we're seeing one of the highest positivity rates in the state at around 20%. that's unacceptable and that's why today is so important. we all know that testing is a key weapon in our fight to stop the spread of covid-19. >> a study on face coverings published found that fleece neck gator or bandanas may make things work by breaking up large respiratory drop let in smaller particles that remain airborne for longer periods of time. cotton masks offer much better protection and n-95 masks without valves were the most effective in preventing droplet spread. because of a relatively small percentage of people around the world have been exposed to this coronavirus health experts say it's unlikely we'll develop herd immunity until a vaccine
becomes readily available. until then it's why it's so important to continue wearing masks and social distancing, trace. >> trace: good advice. jonathan serrie live in atlanta. >> sandra: lebanon's prime minister is stepping down days after the catastrophic explosion that killed more than 200 people and triggered violent protests there. trey yengst is live in the lebanese capital where the explosion took place a week ago. trey. >> good morning. we're less than 24 hours after lebanese prime minister diab resigned along with his entire cabinet and there is growing uncertainty about the future of lebanon. people here today are frustrated following a new report indicating that officials knew there were thousands of tons of ammonium nitrate sitting in the port as recently as last month. that report coming out today in the associated press. i want to show you the scene behind me. complete destruction in the port of beirut.
what you are looking at is the explosion zone where that deadly blast took place on tuesday that killed more than 150 people, wounding thousands more. you can hear off in the distance some music. there are a number of soldiers down here along the port that are guarding the area. the silo that you see there is responsible for 85% of the country's grain so that's one of the major problems here that there isn't going to be enough food for the many people internally displaced in lebanon. we did see protests erupt throughout the weekend. these various soldiers and security forces fired live ammunition at demonstrators. saturday there were people injured and one officer killed. one person who these protestors believe is responsible for many of the lengths the group hezbollah, the head of the parliament. there will be a moment of silence today just after 6:00 and the people of lebanon will
be remembering those who were killed in the blast. following that we do expect more clashes throughout the city of beirut. >> sandra: where is the music coming from? >> the music right now, there are a number of soldiers lined up along the port. they aren't always the most friendly with the media when they're reporting. they want to make sure they know we're here as well. >> sandra: thank you, trey. >> trace: volcano erupts on the island of sumatra sending ash more than 3 miles into the sky covering nearby villages in soot. no reports of injuries or deaths. it has been active since 2010. has seen a spike in activities including smaller eruptions over the weekend. >> sandra: lawmakers want wealthy people to come back to the big apple. many people go to vacation
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>> trace: the college football season might be the jeopardy with less than three weeks to go before the scheduled first game. a recent meeting left many pushing to delay the start of the season due to lingering questions about safety. some college players are now advocating for starting the games on time. they gained a prominent ally when president trump twoeted out his swort. they've been working too hard for their season to be canceled. we want to play. new reaction with lsu head football coach in a few minutes. the power five conferences are buying time here before they have to make that decision.
>> sandra: the #let's play football is getting a lot of attention. people want to see a college football season happen safely. we'll ask coach o about that coming up. all right. meanwhile our big cities taking a big hit in the pandemic. new column is warming it could take a long time for those big cities to recover. the headline reads this. new york and san francisco can't assume they'll bounce back. america's big cities were beginning to struggle before the pandemic led some residents to flee. bill mcgurn joins us now, a former chief speech writer for president george w. bush and fox news contributor. a fascinating discussion and debate happening right now, bill. you are writing about it in the "wall street journal" this morning. who needs billionaires, you ask? aoc demands more taxes and new york governor andrew cuomo says not so fast. he is trying to get those billionaires to come back to the city and she is trying to
tax them more. >> right. it's an insane dynamic in new york. new york has 118 billionaires and the idea of the left, mayor deblasio and aoc who is in congress is to squeeze them even further for the money that new york needs. it will have a shortfall because of covid. but there is no realization as the governor is trying to show them. no realization, these people can move anywhere they want. if you make it too high, the taxes, they'll just go to someplace that treats them better and you will be worse off. less revenue. that's particularly true, i think covid has exposed the weakness of a state like new york or california that relies heavily on a few people at the top to pay the bulk of the taxes. again, that was governor cuomo's point. and the more you rely on them, the more hurt you are if even a handful leave. you will take a big hit to your
revenues. >> sandra: governor cuomo has resorted to begging on this issue to get people back to the city. i'll play it for our audience. >> i talk to people all day long now in the hampton's house, who also lived here. or in their hudson valley house. or in their connecticut weekend house. and i say you have to come back. when are you coming back? we'll go to dinner, i'll buy you a drink. come over, i'll cook. they're not coming back right now. and you know what else they're thinking? if i stay there, they pay a lower income tax. because they don't pay the new york city surcharge. >> sandra: because they are not getting the lifestyle that they were in some cases still are paying for, bill, right? you have to have the incentive to get those people back. billionaire former mayor michael bloomberg said new york city is a luxury.
people were willing to pay more for the high value it provides. the question is whether the wealthy will be able to pay that premium where shootings and murders are on the upswing and rising homelessness. if the governor wants them to come back he will have to offer them more than a home cooked dinner, bill. >> it doesn't look like that's coming given the agitation by mayor deblasio. albany's answer they consider two bills, one a tax on billionaires, another tax on ultramillionaires. they are just increasingly making the state more hostile to wealth. governor cuomo is right on his point about this. however, he is not quite the supply cider that it sounds like. he wants the federal government to raise taxes and send the money to the states. not only would that spare him the political problems with raising taxes, he would get the revenue without making new york
state less attractive. so it's a mess all around and as we've been saying, it is going to be harder for these cities especially now that tens of thousands of people are learning you can keep your job and you don't have to live -- you don't have to live in the new york area. i'm in new jersey but i could be in texas. >> sandra: we're showing beautiful images of manhattan. it is not the image that you see portrayed in the "new york post" these days with moms fearing walking up and down the sidewalks with baby carriages. they fear the lawlessness that is happening in the streets of this city right now, bill. you write about in your piece andrew cuomo taking issue with the soak the rich crowd you call them. like the aoc's who is making this point. listen. >> governor cuomo, we need to pass a millionaire's tax in order to provide for our working families. it is time to stop protecting billionaires and it's time to start working for working
families. >> sandra: is she just not getting it or not seeing the images of crime ridden new york city? >> we have a taste of how aoc regards these things when she killed an amazon deal that would have brought 25,000 good jobs to her district. relying on her judgment on this. in fact, the criticism from aoc and mayor deblasio ought to confirm the wisdom of what governor cuomo is trying to say. >> sandra: it's tough to watch and you get why he is begging them to come back, the governor. he has to talk to the mayor about that one and the aoc's as well. big mcgurn from the "wall street journal." thank you, bill. >> thanks, sandra. >> trace: the u.s. fighting to keep iran from getting more weapons. >> one way or another we will do the right thing and insure that the arms embargo is
so we collaborate ♪ ocean spray works with nature every day to farm in a sustainable way >> trace: a full d.c. appeals court has begun rehearing arguments in the michael flynn case. they'll decide whether to dismiss the charges against the president's first national security advisor, the u.s. district court overseeing the case was ordered to dismiss it. thomas dupree, former assistant attorney general. we haven't gotten an explanation why to full court decided to take up this case. what is your reasoning, sir? >> well, i think the full court
decided to take this up because they were concerned with the initial decision by a three-judge panel. as you know, it was a split panel. it was a 2-1 vote. this is a case that unquestionably raises very important issues. not just for the fate of mr. flynn, but really for the rule of law and what a district judge must do when the prosecution says we want to dismiss a case. so you've got high profile case, important legal issues, split panel decision. all those ingredients made this court want to hear the case before all 10 judges. >> trace: on bank, the full court is broken down like this. seven democratic appointees, three gop appointees, a trump appointee has recused himself on that. i know justice is supposed to be blind, tom, but do you think this should be concerning for michael flynn? >> well, look, the fact that the court decided to rehear the case on bank is certainly a
signal that the court as a whole wasn't happy with the initial panel decision. i mean, you know, i don't want to put a whole lot of weight into which president appointed which judge. in my view i think all the judges are doing their best to apply the law fairly and neutrally. but at the same time this has been such a politically charged case from the get-go. it is difficult for people watching from the outside to do anything other than say well, here is how the vote may likely line up. >> trace: some legal analysts were confused to begin with because they were wondering why this court took up the case in the first place since judge emmett sullivan never made a final decision. >> that's a great point. i suspect that that issue is going to be front and center in this morning's arguments. it seems to me that some of the judges on the on bank court may ask that very question. you all came up to us too soon.
you came up to us in an emergency posture. why couldn't we wait to see what judge sullivan did and then at that point we would decide whether or not we wanted to affirm or reverse him. if they say that mr. flynn will have another bite at the apple. they'll simply say you came knocking on our door too soon. >> trace: i want to play the sound bite from president trump and ask you a question on the back side. watch this. >> president trump: they used the logan act and had it down in writing where president obama and vice president biden were there in a meeting. biden suggested the logan act, which i understand very well. general flynn probably didn't. they used it on him terribly. what they've done to him and so many other people, they've destroyed their lives. >> trace: the president believes michael flynn has set up and talked about the fact he might bring him into the campaign in some capacity. the question becomes the full court is not going to make this decision, tom, for probably several weeks at least, you
know. the decision could come down, you know, they could go back to the lower court, the smaller panel. what does this mean for michael flynn's future and the future of him being part of this election? >> well, unless the full court affirms the panel, which you never know. statistically it would be unlikely. if they did mr. flynn would be free to go. on the other hand, if they disagree with what the panel did, you're right. in all likelihood they would send the case back for further proceedings. mr. flynn and his defense team would have to go back in district court and battle it out and the dust wouldn't settle on this case for weeks if not month and in all likelihood after the election. >> trace: the d.o.j. says the reason they wanted this case dropped is because of bad behavior on the part of the f.b.i. the john durham report supposed to drop sometime in the next three to four weeks and if
there is more bad behavior alleged by john durham, do you think that impacts this case at all? >> i think if durham comes up with more findings and we find ourselves in a universe where there flynn is back in the district court and the justice department has to give an explanation as to why they decided to drop the case, then durham's findings could very welcome into play. that's what makes it so interesting. if we're back the district court we may hear more of a full story for the first time. >> trace: always good to hear from you. thank you. >> sandra: joe biden's big announcement said to be imminent. so who will he choose for his vice presidential nominee? we'll have more on that coming up in a brand-new hour.
>> trace: that is the chicago mayor. >> poor people don't engage in petty theft to feed themselves and their families. >> trace: police say they've arrested at least 100. 13 officers were injured. >> this is straight up felony criminal conduct. >> seattle's police chief carmen best who battled civil unrest for two months is stepping down. >> more likely college football
could get kicked to the curb this fall. >> it will affect a lot of major other programs that the university depends upon. this revenue source. it is devastating. >> sandra: a busy morning here in "america's newsroom." thank you for joining us. first all eyes on 2020. joe biden closing in on his pick for a running mate. his announcement expected at any moment. welcome to a new hour of "america's newsroom," tuesday morning. i'm sandra smith. hi, trace. >> trace: good morning. i'm trace gallagher. the clock is ticking for the presumptive nominee to reveal his choice with the list of frontrunners getting shorter. prominent black leaders warn not choosing a black woman could lose him the election. kellyanne conway says the choice will make no difference. >> the biggest challenge to joe biden is joe biden. that's pretty clear. i don't think anybody he picks
will cure all the flaws at the top of the ticket. i don't see any of them as a major threat but also i think that joe biden has boxed himself in as to going early to say i'm going to pick a woman, i think it could be a big surprise. i have my ideas who he should pick. i'm not giving him any advice. >> sandra: we're live in wilmington, delaware. could we see an announcement from biden today? >> we could. today is most interesting because what is not on the schedule. even though there is so much going on and so many big announcements to make, nothing on the schedule for biden and nothing on the schedule for any prominent biden surrogates. that comes as "the new york times" is reporting the vetting process is complete which squares with what biden told us on saturday that yeah, he has picked a running mate. just hasn't announced it yet. he hosted a virtual fundraiser last night but didn't say
anything about his thought process filling out the ticket and none of the donors asked him, either. an additional tea leaf to read. some of the women rumored on the short list are already listed as speakers at the democratic convention. some are not. some scheduled to speech kamala harris, gretchen whitmer and others. the ones not listed as speakers include susan rice and karen bass. but there is an open slot there for the democratic party's to be announced running mate. could mean something, could mean nothing. sandra. >> sandra: peter, what are prominent black leaders warning the former vice president about? >> that there is only one way for joe biden to win. more than 100 prominent black leaders signed onto a letter
among them celebrities. part of this letter says this. failing to select a black woman in 2020 means you will lose the election. we don't want to choose between the lesser of two evils and we don't want to vote the devil we know versus the devil we don't because we're tired of voting for devils period. biden did recently say there were four women -- four black women under consideration to be his running mate. >> sandra: keep us posted. peter doocy, thank you. >> trace: fox news alert. vladimir putin claiming russia has produced a coronavirus vaccine becoming the first country to grant regulatory approval for a drug to prevent covid-19. scientists around the world are skeptical. amy kellogg live for us in london. amy, how credible is this vaccine? >> hi, trace. the vaccine -- they are saying they haven't been stealing the
work of others. i don't think, trace, that international experts are questioning the science but what everyone seems to be very worried about is that corners may have been cut here and perhaps russian president vladimir putin simply wants to be able to say he won a race. he is so confident in this new vaccine he has given it to one of his daughters. as a result she has ample antibodies. the russians claim they've been working on the double vector technology for six years and it's built on research into ebola vaccines. the new one takes two viruses modified to make proteins from the spikes of the novel coronavirus. the head of the sovereign wealth fund investing in this in russia is just asking for an open mind. russia claims it has been through two of the three phases
in research here, the world health organization is apparently working for pre-qualification on this but russia says it is pushing forward confidently and wants to start administering vaccine to healthcare workers and to teachers in october, trace. >> trace: even the sound bite was being kept under wraps. live in london, amy kellogg, thank you. >> sandra: new york governor andrew cuomo rejecting calls for an independent investigation into nursing home deaths during the height of the pandemic in new york. state lawmakers from both parties have called for a probe into conditions at those facilities and they want to know why they were prohibited in march from turning away residents who had been hospitalized with the coronavirus. there were at least 6400 nursing home deaths from covid-19 in new york state. the front page of today's "new york post" capturing the mood
of the victims' families as they demand accountability. >> trace: tik tok planning to sue the trump administration as early as today after president trump's executive order banning the video sharing app here in the united states. npr reporting the suit will be filed in federal court in southern california where tik tok's american operations are based and the president said he issued the order for national security reason since the app's parent company is based in china and could share user data with beijing. >> sandra: fox news alert with the stand-off with iran. the u.s. trying to block the regime from getting more weapons, pushing for a resolution at the u.n. security council. that would extend an arms embargo against tehran. rich edson is at the state department in the effort to get other countries on board. >> there is a major state department effort ongoing at
the united nations security council to try to prevent iran from buying conventional weapons. the u.s. says expect this week to vote on a resolution that would extend the arms embargo preventing iran from buying these weapons. secretary of state mike pompeo is traveling in europe. he tweeted if the u.n. security council doesn't extend the arms embargo it will make a mockery of its mission to maintain international peace and security. the proposal the u.s. will put forward is reasonable and needed. we will do the right thing. a ban against selling conventional weapons to iran expires october 18th. state department officials saying they're pushing other countries to indefinitely extend the restrictions. american allies support the u.s. effort. european countries are trying to broken a compromise and china and russia oppose extending the embargo. china and russia are waiting to sell iran arms.
unless the administration can bring these countries on board, this effort will fail and iran can start buying conventional weapons in just about two months. >> sandra: the administration says it has no other option? >> there is one other option they're looking at now. secretary of state mike pompeo saying that the u.s. suggest-suggesting the u.s. could impose international sanctions on iran. a controversial move. it is one that is complex but works like this. basically even though the united states trump administration pulled out of the iran nuclear deal the administration argues that since the u.s. signed the deal in 2015, it still has the power to determine that iran is in violation of the agreement and can force automatic international sanctions against iran. other countries have argued since the united states pulled out of the deal it's out and you can't force the sanctions. that could set up another fight at the united nations security council after this week.
>> sandra: rich edson, thank you. live at the state department. >> trace: a huge storm with a powerful punch. hurricane force winds flipping cars, downing trees and knocking out power. plus looting and violence in chicago threatening the survival of local business owners. should they bother trying to reopen if the police cannot protect them? >> to those who engaged in this criminal behavior let's be clear. we're coming for you. we are already at work in finding you and we intend to hold you accountable for your actions. what if i sleep hot? ...or cold?
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nebraska to michigan causing damage. they predict similar storms throughout the week. >> sandra: chicago on edge as the city there deals with rioting, looting, vandalism, gun violence. looters targeting big name stores like gucci and macy's. local shops are at risk and struggling to survive. there is a business owner with a neighborhood restaurant in the heart of chicago's magnificent mile. thank you for being here. i think your story is so important to tell. good morning to you, by the way. your restaurant is nestled right in the heart of the mag mile surrounded by big name stores. you are trying to deal with covid shutdown, here you are trying to emerge and now this. what was your reaction to the violence the other night? >> it was like aghast and you want to act like you're used to it but you're not.
it is very -- it's very scary. this is our neighborhood street. we love it and are proud of it. >> sandra: your restaurant there opened the doors in 1970. your family immigrated to chicago from armenia and to see this happening. i know it's difficult for you. what do you think is the solution? what do you want to see the police and leadership on the ground do about this? >> well, that's a tough question because you have, you know, a lot of moving parts in this. i guess we would like to see the violence stop obviously and life back to normal. how we get there i don't know. i think everyone is trying hard to get there. >> sandra: i'm grabbing the words of this black lives matter organizer. she was quoted talking to the
local nbc affiliate there in chicago saying the rioting and the looting, this is reparations. anything that they wanted to take they can take because these businesses have insurance. but you look at the fact that your restaurant is nestled in between the crime, violence and destruction and you know this is scaring people away from the big city. people are fearing what they're seeing. what does that do to your business? >> well, the streets are empty and this time of year we'd be -- hotels would be full, the streets would be full. yeah, the rioting and the violence is definitely stopping people from coming downtown. and we're a big target down here. business is terrible. business has been terrible for eight months. we have january and february where we do nothing and then
the covid shutdown and now this. yeah, it's been challenging. but we are going to get through it. we're strong here in streeterville. >> sandra: we love that city and want to see it prosper and come out of this. this woman is a black lives matter organizeer. she interviewed with the affiliate there saying i don't care if someone decides to loot a gucci, macy's or nike store that make sure that person eats and has clothes. what is your message to -- as we have video up alongside you of those people who are breaking store windows, taking whatever they want, and while that doesn't directly affect you, it affects your business and your family and your city. what is your message to them? >> well, first of all it does directly affect us. when one thing happens to any of us in this neighborhood it
happens to all of us, not just only happen to your neighbors. maybe my windows didn't get broken but i feel the pain of all of -- of every resident of streeterville and every business and person in chicago it's affecting. i don't think violence is the way to get the message across. if it's for food or for clothing, i do believe there are other avenues than looting and rioting. >> sandra: it's so important to get your voice. you have the perspective of a business owner right in the heart where this rioting occurred. you also are a chicago resident and you live there and raised your family there. your family immigrated there. so you care about this from a business owner and a resident of that city. >> sandra: absolutely. i love this city. the city has done nothing but give to me.
i love this city. i love streeterville. i'm down for the staying here. we aren't going anywhere. we will get through this. my restaurant is open so we're trying. i have people that have worked for me for 30 years. it is hard to look at their faces and see they aren't making the living they used to. we're all trying and everybody -- all the business people, like i said, we all feel the same pain for getting hit. we're a community here and the rioting and the violence, i hope it all stops and i hope it comes to a conclusion that everyone can live with and live peacefully. it's the only way for us to get back to prosperity. >> sandra: an important message from a business owner on the ground in chicago. appreciate you joining us this morning, thank you. >> thank you so much.
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>> sandra: bottom of the hour. time for top stories. president trump talking up the economy. he says he expects it to grow at a record pace in the coming weeks. he is considering cutting taxes on the middle class. >> trace: the president also joining the calls to play college football this season. the season could be on the brink of cancellation because of the pandemic. we'll talk to lsu head football coach about what's ahead. >> sandra: the lone star states remains a hot spot for the pandemic. >> trace: texas seeing a recent drop in covid-19 cases and deaths but one number shows a darker picture. casey stiegel live for us in dallas with more. >> that is the positivity rate in this state according to
public health data. it is soaring across texas. just under 21%. that means that 21% of all the tests being done here come back positive for the virus, which is a record high. at the end of july just a few weeks ago it was around 12%. texas governor greg abbott says anything over 10 is a concern. infectious disease experts say high positivity rates suggest significant community spread of the virus. texas reported more than 290,000 total cases and 8400 deaths. medical teams with the u.s. military remain working in some of the state's hardest-hit areas but overall covid hospitalizations are on the way down. >> two weeks ago it was a zoo. at some point in time i was counting in my unit 45, 50 patients when the army came in and helped us out a lot. they started to take some of
the patients and that relieved some of the pressure. >> many school districts across the state working to distribute technology to parents like laptops and tablets. those items will help get kids up and running for the start of school. lines of more than 10 hours have been reported in some spots just to get your hands on that equipment. a growing number of districts will begin with virtual learning first and then they will gradually transition to in-person teaching. trace. >> trace: casey stiegel live in texas. thank you. >> sandra: in washington there are currently no plans for relief talks for coronavirus between president trump and top democrats in congress. the president tried to get around the log jam saturday by signing four executive orders designed to get money in people's pockets faster. chad pergram live on capitol hill. when could we see the talks resume? >> not any time soon.
there is nobody here this morning. the senate will be here at 11:00 with a skeleton staff. we don't expect anything to happen any time soon. we're in the august recess. the capitol is a void. nobody here. silent. the white house says they're ready to go. senior advisor to the president kellyanne conway. >> they are the ones who left the negotiation table. the president took executive action over the weekend. he knows americans are looking at their rent bills and making sure they have security now and they won't be evicted. >> the executive actions provide $400 of extra benefits each week for those off the job but states must account for a quarter of that money. some states aren't sure that they can afford it or just how fast they can provide the aid. >> give me your timetable? are we talking next week, two weeks, a month? >> i think within the next week or two most states will be able
to execute. >> democrats are very skeptical of that timetable. there is a lot of concern on capitol hill the aid won't get out the door any time soon. >> sandra: do democrats think they have an advantage by waiting this one out? >> they're certainly waiting for the pressure to mount. they think because the aid won't be distributed chuck schumer indicated he thought that these executive order thing you talk to democrats and republicans. they would always prefer to legislate compared to executive action. i would look at republican senators who face competitive reelection bids this fall in swing states in arizona and iowa and north carolina. here is the democratic leader chuck schumer. >> it is so put together with spit and glue that in all likelihood many states won't implement it at all. some have said so. and many more even if they want to implement it will take
months. >> virtually no communication between the white house and congressional negotiators since the talks ceased on friday afternoon. >> sandra: chad pergram live on capitol hill on all that for us. we'll see where it goes next. chad, thank you. >> trace: the tell-all book on prince harry is meghan markle written by two british journalists. they look inside the royal's lives and what led to their decision to leave to monarchy behind and problems meghan had with royal staff members. the authors rely on anonymous sources. the couple deny that they were involved in that. so also some stuff about a night nurse and a necklace. all kinds of little t*id bits. >> sandra: i'm a royal watcher and i pay attention to all of this. tough to know what to believe. at the end of the day they are new parents, newly married and we wish them the best.
i was at the wedding, trace. i covered it. i was in windsor, i was not in the chapel. >> trace: bouncing around los angeles having the time of their lives. >> sandra: we'll continue royal watch. meanwhile, we hear president trump will be meeting with attorney general barr and acting homeland security secretary chad wolfe. what it could mean for possible federal intervention in some cities facing crime waves like chicago. plus we'll be finding out more about the president's plans to help the economy by cutting payroll taxes and what's in store for jobless benefits? national economic council director larry kudlow will be our guest top of the next hour. the president predicting economic growth is about to skyrocket. >> president trump: it is going to grow at a substantial pace based on the numbers we're looking at and more substantial than we originally thought.
>> sandra: simon could you el has a tip for anybody thinking about buying an electric bike. he is said to be recovering after hours-long surgery on a broken back. he crashed his new electric bike while he was still learning to ride it. his accident shining a spotlight on e-bike safety. sales are soaring as people search on new travel options during the pandemic. experts are warning the e-bike is more dangerous than a regular bike because of the power of the motor. read the manual before climbing on is -- >> president trump: it would be a record in the third quarter and interesting it will be a number that will be announced before november 3. >> trace: president trump predicting record growth over the coming weeks as stock
continue to climb. the dow up 305 points above 28,000. second big day of gains in a row. investors hoping for another economic relief package. meantime the president is considering a tax cut for middle income families. let's bring in connell mcshane co-anchors after the bell on the fox business network. i want to put this on the screen from the chief economist at nationwide mutual insurance. he says we are oef in a pretty strong rebound but the hole was dug so deep it will take probably at least a couple of years to dig ourselves out. that comes on the heels of the president saying he sees no reason why we can't have a 20% growth in the third quarter. a bit optimistic in your assessment, or no? >> it might be but also not necessarily contradictory with what you just read from that economist prediction. the perspective the second
quarter we had a biggest contraction in modern history that contracted by almost 33%. when you get into the gdp numbers it can get murky. they annualize them. if we kept that up for an entire year we would have a 30% contraction or in the president's prediction if we had a quarter for an entire year like we're in now we had a 20% growth. we've never had a year like this, more valleys than peaks, it is tough to make those comparisons on a historical basis. the president is right that we'll see a sharp bounceback in this quarter largely because of that big decline that i talked about in the quarter before. how that number pans out we'll see. there are some encouraging signs. one of them the stock market is up again today. you get some of the vaccine news that comes in. mostly from the united states from companies that are
developing on a day-to-day basis. the news from russia today is out there. some of the economic data figures do show a rebound but at the same time, trace, i will say there are signs of concern and one of the big concerns people have is that once we get to the fall, we might have a second wave of economic problems. i think we talked about it on this show last week how a number of people who are rehired over the summer after being laid off have now been laid off again. so depending on how all the stimulus shakes out, a second wave of layoffs is something that is a big concern for a lot of people. >> trace: that would be a big concern for the trump campaign. there is a lot of thought if the economy is booming in october and coronavirus is waning it's good for the president. you talked about peaks and valleys. you mentioned what is happening on the corner of wall and broad and vaccine-related news could be important to that. what about the executive orders signed by the president?
is that a factor in some of what's happening on wall street? >> i think it is, absolutely. it helped out in the market in the late day rally we saw on the dow yesterday which follows through to today. a lot of this kind of remains to be seen in terms of hough it's going to play out. the payroll tax holiday. speculation that because that's just basically for now at least a deferral of those taxes, that employers might be reluctant to follow through on that holiday. we'll see. and there is still some hope out there, although it doesn't look like the most promising of projections that we might see some sort of a deal struck that would be a bigger relief, a larger stimulus. but that said what the president did over the weekend particularly with the enhanced unemployment benefits being extended at a lower level, that does appear to be helping the stock market and the stock market, though, big picture as you know has been helped more
than anything else by the actions over a number of months at the federal reserve. cut interest rates to zero, injected liquidity into the market. we have a dow trading above 28,000 for the first time since late february. i think it's only 5% off an all-time high. amazing given all we've been through. >> trace: you talk about interest rates. i'm reading some of the housing magazines. it is booming. what do you make of that? interest rates that is solely responsible for that? >> it's is a big part of it and the move we've talked about in chronicled day after day from urban environments to suburban environments is 100% real. we see it across the country. most profound in a city like where we are here in new york where you have people that have decided that maybe they were going to make a move in two or three years they've moved it up now. young families.
decided to make the move to the suburbs earlier and it is having a huge impact in terms of home prices and the types of deals being done in suburban areas. it's a trend that is something happening now we aren't 100% sure if it's a sustainable trend or not. when things calm down and when there is a vaccine in place, when people are comfortable going back to work will they be comfortable going back to live in a more urban environment or continue this trend of buying up real estate in the suburbs? a lot is unknown. that kind of speaks to what we're going through here. there are so many unknowns out there, whether the stock market, economy, or some trends in real estate. it is so tough to make a prediction two weeks down the line much less two months or two years down the line. >> trace: connell mcshane fox business. great to see you, thank you. >> sandra: a lot of stocks up as well.
you look at the dow, 327 the gain today. the dow firmly back above 28,000. amazing to see. the s&p 100 is close to an all-time high. the gains continue. 401ks might appreciate these gains if you take a sneak peak at those. the longest winning streak for the dow in nearly a year is 16 months. you have a lot of optimism. talk about a vaccine, coronavirus relief. that optimism is showing up on that big board this morning. >> trace: it is important to note that when we went through this in march the coronavirus thing and the dow plunged and plunged and plunged you had economists saying it might take years for this to come back. here we are 5 or 6% above the all-time highs. it is pretty amazing. >> sandra: it has come back it
was 18,000 at its lows. you've seen it claw back 10,000 points. amazing to watch. an unusual scene at the white house. president trump whisked away by secret service following a shooting in the area. what we're learning about that incident. plus the moment you've been waiting for. the college football season is in doubt as the coronavirus pandemic divides the sport when it comes to playing in the fall. will it happen? coach o, the head coach of the lsu tigers will join us live next. welcome, today's discussion will be around sliced meat. moms want healthy... and affordable. land o' frost premium!!! no added hormones either. it's the only protein i've really melted with. land o' frost premium. fresh look. same great taste.
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young guys might not get it. this is an easy sacrifice. you have to think about that too. man when you're out there you aren't just putting yourself at risk you are putting the team, coaches, really just be smart and safe. in order for us to have a season that's what we have to do. >> sandra: star defensive end jonathan cooper of ohio state. power five conferences scramble, inc. to figure out if they should play in the fall. the big ten could postpone all fall sports. sec commissioner says he will not rush a decision on the conference's football season. we'll ask coach orgeron coach of the lsu tigers. will there be college football in the fall? will you play? >> i do know this. sec is competing whether to play. i do believe we have the best
protocol for our players. they feel safe on campus. we only have a few players that are sick right now. they get the best care. our players want to play. i do believe the sec wants to play. waiting to get the most information and make the correct decision for our football team. i do believe our commissioner will make the right decision. >> sandra: we were showing pictures of your national championship football season. joey burrow weighed in yesterday. he put this out there. i feel for all college athletes right now. i hope their voices are heard by the decision makers. if this happened a year ago i may be looking for a job right now. coach, this is being called a player-led push. what are your players saying? do you have any players who say that they would rather opt out and they don't want to play? >> we had one player opt out because his grandma got sick at home and wanted to spend time
with her. the majority of our football players want the play. jamar chase, one of our best players in the country wants to play. we feel like we have a great team. our teams practiced very well yesterday. we're preparing to play and preparing to win. >> sandra: the president weighed in as well saying this on his twitter account yesterday. also posting video from last season of the lsu tigers and pinned it to the top of his account. the student athletes have been working too hard for their season to be canceled. #we want to play. trending on twitter. the president just gave a new interview to fox sports radio and mentioned you, coach o. he said this. >> president trump: the people in that sport, like incredible people. you know, like some of the coaches like nick sabin and coach o. they are just great people and they want to play football. they know better than anyone else. people don't realize this is a tiny percentage of people that
get sick. >> sandra: you know, coach, you hear that. i will get your reaction to that. but i'm reminded talking about the players and hearing the president talk about you and you've always said that you treat every one of your players like they were your own son. so with parents across the country concerned about what we know about the virus, what we don't know. where is your thinking when it comes to protecting those kids? >> we always will. listen, i have my son i want him to play. i know he will be safe. i want my own son to play. we talk about it all the time. we talk to our parents and i turn on the tv last night, our parents were being interviewed by the news and telling them our players are safer at lsu than when they come home. we believe in coach o and shelly and jack and we believe in dr. o'neil they'll have the
best care. our players want to play. we need to play. i believe that at the end they'll see that the medical people can tell us who can play and we'll compete for our players. >> sandra: what was your reaction to hearing the president in the new interview. the first time you heard it. >> makes me proud. i love president trump. he treated us very well when we went to the white house. i think he is doing a fantastic job. >> sandra: the best case scenario is you play. what is the biggest challenge to protecting your player in a season where football does go on? >> i think -- playing only sec conference game. we control the testing and the travel. i think it's a great idea. i think the sec is going to have a great plan for us to travel. people to come over here and when we do play the games our players will be safe. >> sandra: if you don't play, what is plan b? does it get delayed further, do you play in the go spring or not play at all? >> there are no plans at lsu,
man. we're going forward ahead. >> sandra: what's the communication. what are we waiting on and what's next? when do we know this is happening? you are communicating with the ncaa, you are communicating with the doctors, the leaders of the school. what happens next, coach? >> our athletic director gives me the proper information. i talk to our players. today we have a conditioning drill. tomorrow we have football school. we'll take it one day at a time. i believe we have to wait until students come back to campus. a way to overcome the wave and why we put our season back to september 26th. i think on september 26th we'll be ready to go. >> sandra: we really appreciate you coming on and talking about it. you are practicing every day like the season is happening and go tigers. thanks, coach. >> sandra: i'm looking at that track where you started it, sandra.
we're proud of you. >> sandra: i love that track and i love that school. coach, thank you. appreciate it. keep us posted. >> trace: fox news alert as we get new details about a closed door meeting underway at the white house. president trump sitting down with bill barr and chad wolfe. the focus is the ongoing violence in chicago, portland, seattle, new federal response. we'll bring you any details out of the meeting as we get them. >> sandra: new questions on the timing of bonus payments for laid off workers under president trump's executive order. will the checks start coming in? larry kudlow will join us and we'll ask him next. using their va benefits, veterans who refi at newday can now save $3000 dollars a year with the va streamline refi. at newday there's no income verification, no appraisal, and not a single dollar out of pocket.
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t-push to break the stimulus stalemate now urging to "america's newsroom." good morning, everyone. i'm sandra smith. >> trace: i'm trace gallagher. days after the president's executive orders on unemployment benefits evictions and payroll tax holiday a new effort to restart talks on a coronavirus relief package with members of the trump team saying they are ready to meet and democratic leaders signaling the same. here is kellyanne conway from earlier. >> maybe chuck schumer can use his convention speech next week the announce that he has a relief package with the republicans and white house.
that would be a much better use of his time than whatever inviktives they'll hurl at the president. let's get it done. the president is ready to sign it. >> sandra: john roberts is live with more on the north lawn. good morning. >> a lot happening. hopefully not as much as happened yesterday, though. good morning to you and trace. the president really putting the ball in the democrats' court in terms of coronavirus relief. the executive order and memoranda he signed on saturday upping the pressure on democrats to come back to the table and make a deal or let the president claim all the credit for at least continuing unemployment insurance and some other measures. here is what the president said in his briefing last evening. >> president trump: they're hurting people very badly. this would have been so easy for them to do and i saw that senator schumer said today on a show we should do something. but you know, where has he been for how many weeks have you been negotiating, like four?
and they should do something. >> the president says he is willing to get his team back to the table with democrats. democrats say they are willing to go back to the table if the white house will meet them halfway. senator schumer on the senate floor yesterday. >> democrats remain ready to return to the table. we need our republicans to join us there and meet us halfway. and work together to deliver immediate relief to the american people. we're ready as soon as our republican colleagues have come off this view that it's their way or no way and meet us in the middle. >> the white house not optimistic that anything is going to happen. you never know in washington they might suddenly decide to get together. also happening today the secret service is urging the d.c. metro police department to release surveillance video of
the shooting incident yesterday. an officer-involved shooting. a 51-year-old man told a uniform officer at a vehicle checkpoint he had a gun and after he passed him he ran toward him, pulled something from his clothing and jumped into a shooter's stance. the officer responded by firing his weapon. the incident happened just as the president was in his daily briefing. it interrupted that news conference. secret service agent, i was not far from the president. whisper to him he needed to leave until the threat was assessed. the president went back to the oval office, got briefed and returned to finish the briefing. here is the president here. >> president trump: i would like to thank the secret service for doing their always quick and effective work. but there was an actual shooting and somebody has been taken to the hospital. i don't know the condition of the person. seems that the person was shot by secret service.
>> the man was unarmed. the way he was behaving did appear to pose an imminent threat to that uniformed officer. we'll see if the d.c. police department will release the video. the secret service has miles of video of this entire area it would be up to the mpd to release that video. we'll see if they do it later on today. >> sandra: john roberts at the white house. thank you. trace. >> trace: president trump says he wants to give his convention acceptance speech either from the white house or at the site of the civil war battle in gettysburg, pennsylvania. the president floated the idea yesterday setting off a heated debate on both sides of the aisle. karl rove is the former white house deputy chief of staff under president george w. bush. he is also a fox news contributor and joins us now. karl, always good to see you. either the white house or gettysburg.
both are apparently controversial. some saying the white house is the people's house and shouldn't be used as a campaign back drop. bill crystal, not a fan of the president saying this about gettysburg saying. the good news him speaking there. it is more ludicrous and sickening. the choice of location will backfire and the world will little note nor long remember what trump says there. your thoughts? >> i think there is a problem having the acceptance speech at the white house, which is the people's house and generally kept apart from politics. but in 2000 on his way to the republican national convention in philadelphia, then governor of texas george w. bush made several talks along the way in which were broadcast on successful nights of the convention. the night before he gave his acceptance speech he appeared at gettysburg. he didn't appear on the battlefield itself. there is private property next
to the battlefield. my recollection is he appeared on private property overlooking the battlefields so you could see the monuments in the distance. there is a difficulty on appearing on national park land. you have to go to certain processes. may be difficult to do. if the president decided to accept his nomination of his party he could do so on private land overlooking the battlefield. >> trace: what about those who say using park rangers as political window dressing would be in bad taste, karl? >> if you do it on private land you don't need park rangers. you have veterans or people who have benefited from his policies or surround himself with people that he wants to like in the state of the union address, honor and describe to the american people. so i don't think that you need to -- just because you are overlooking a battlefield
that's part of a national park that you ought to or should be or need to be surrounded by national park service personnel. >> trace: what do you think about democrats taking control of the senate and the possibility of that. the numbers break down this way. they need a net gain of three if joe biden wins the presidency and net gain of four if he does not. your thoughts on this. >> well, we always knew it would be a challenging year for the republicans. they have 23 seats up. some of them are in states like maine and colorado that were lost by the republicans in the 2016 presidential election. i think it's very much up in the air. it will depend on the quality, large part the quality of the campaigns being waged by the individual republicans and it is also going to depend upon the president's standing in the states like arizona and iowa and montana, north carolina and georgia that he won four years ago. if he wins them again the republicans stand a good chance of holding the seats.
democrats have two seats up this year that are at risk. one is largely considered gone. the alabama seat held by doug jones and the other one that's at risk is michigan. the republicans have -- they can gain a little but they have to be careful to make sure they don't lose enough to turn the senate the last line of defense for president trump over to the democrats. >> trace: karl rove always good to see you. thank you. >> thank you, trace. >> sandra: fox news alert and the unrest hitting some of america's biggest cities. protestors on the ground in chicago surrounding a police station demanding police release suspected looters. officers busted more than 100 people over the weekend after widespread looting and rioting at an upscale shopping district
there. black lives matter organizeer saying the looting is justified as those businesses have insurance. >> trace: portland, police declared an unlawful assembly for another night. >> this has been declared an unlawful assembly. leave the area. >> trace: it happened just after 11:00 p.m. yesterday when a group of protestors gathered outside a police precinct. they want the police force and -- they pointed strobe lights at police. president trump says he is ready to deploy the national guard to bring the situation under control. >> sandra: in seattle police chief carmen best expected to formally announce her resignation after the city council voted to reduce the police force by as many as 100 officers and cut millions of dollars from the budget. dan springer is live in seattle with the details. what can you tell us about chief best's resignation?
>> we're expecting chief best to make that resignation official at a news conference three hours from now. last night she called it a retirement in a letter she sent out to her department. she also said that this retirement or resignation will be effective september 2 and that this was quote a difficult decision for me but when it's time, it's time. last night the city council voted to strip $3 million from the police department for the rest of this year which will mean 100 fewer officers. the council also cut the chief's pay along with her entire command team. best and the mayor opposed the cuts there is no plan in place to cover what the officers do. but council members say the plan and deeper cuts to spd will be coming soon. >> the results of this historic transition that we are in right now will enable us to employ the proper professionals to respond with the appropriate resources needed.
social services or medical care or armed response when necessary. >> the layoffs will leave the police department less diverse because the last class of recruits was the most diverse ever in seattle and layoffs are done by seniority. the council eliminated the team that helps social workers clear homeless encampments. it has angered the business community. >> i don't think it's very thoughtful in some ways it was petty and hastey. i don't think it will deliver more just policing for black lives in the city of seattle. >> seattle now joins 19 other cities that have at least partially defunded their police departments since the killing of george floyd sparked protests nationwide. so far the cuts total more than 1.37 billion with new york, los angeles, san francisco cutting the most. the covid-19 pandemic and resulting budget deficits from
the pandemic are certainly contributing also to this rush to cut the budgets of police departments across the country. >> sandra: dan springer, thank you for that. >> trace: fox news alert now scientists expressing skepticism about vladimir putin's claims that russia has developed the world's first coronavirus vaccine. putin says one of his adult daughters has already taken it. researchers around the world raising concerns about safety and effectiveness as russia pushes ahead with its approval process before phase three trials which involve thousands of people. initial trials were finished in less than two months. >> sandra: it's the biggest campaign decision so far. so who will joe biden choose as his running mate? an announcement could come at any moment. when that happens we'll bring it to you live. plus we'll find out more about the president's plans to help the economy by cutting payroll taxes and what is in store for jobless benefits? we will ask national economic
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more than 100 prominent black men called on biden the make the move and denounced what they called unfair criticism and scrutiny of the black women in contention for the job. the former vice president is expected to reveal his pick very soon. >> sandra: all right. meanwhile a lot of looming questions over what happens next as far as stimulus for the american people struggling during this pandemic. you have the dow up 315 points on two things, hope over a coronavirus vaccine and that congress will get together and get something done. larry kudlow can give us an update. the white house economic advisor. what can you tell us this morning? there seems to be optimism on wall street. is something getting done? >> well look, i think -- i agree with the vaccine although we can't necessarily verify russia as reagan used to say. trust by verify. i would add the president's presser saturday night where he announced the executive orders really helped the market roar
yesterday. it was up over 350 points. i think that's continuing today. we have had also good numbers on jobs. just great numbers on the jobs report last friday but even more good numbers yesterday and this morning nfib, small business confidence was down a tad but still holding a high level. the economy looks good. i think the president has given a lot of important assistance to the unemployed and pro-growth measures for those who are working and those who want to go back to work. i think that's helping the story. >> sandra: are we talking about the best option, larry? fox news is reporting this morning and had chad pergram on reporting there has been no communication between the white house and congressional leaders since the discussion ceased friday afternoon. can you tell us if anything has changed on that front? >> what i can say is as the president said yesterday as
secretary mnuchin said, we're willing to negotiate. we are willing to sit down as long as it's a serious negotiation. thus far it has not been serious. the numbers -- democratic numbers are way too high. we aren't going to just split the difference. meanwhile if you look at their plan, sandra, a third of it has nothing to do with covid, okay? it has to do with mile -- nothing to do with covid. that's a democrat wish list. take that out. chop the number down. there is stuff we would like. we would love to extend the payroll protection for small business. we want very much to be able to put additional money in for safe and secure school openings. the president is still open to direct mailing of checks of $1200 per person. those are things that we could talk about, more than willing
to. but the democrats have to change their views and they've got to be -- show us it's a serious matter. >> sandra: okay. mcconnell is saying the democrats blocked this coronavirus legislation. he says the press is covering it like another routine political stand-off. i'll get your description of this moment in a second. first here is chuck schumer reacting to the executive action. president trump's executive order on unemployment benefits is put together in such a sloppy way that it will take weeks or months for states to even implement. millions could lose everything before they ever see a check. republicans must get back to the negotiating table. respond to that, larry. and under this plan laid out by the president, when would americans see that check? >> two points. first of all, we put up -- gop, senator mcconnell put up short term extensions of unemployment and democrats blocked it at least twice. it is silly to say it will take
a long time. they could have gotten that done a week or 10 days ago. the states are in position to increase the unemployment benefits. the $600 plus that came out in march was administered by the states with the help of the labor department. the labor department has put out a number of circulars already saying they will go and help the states in any way possible. this is not that hard. we put out a formula. let me get this straight. some people on sunday weren't listening to what we said or whatever. the states first of all if they give $100 already in benefits, just $100. any state gives $100 they will qualify for the $300 federal plus up. the states will do it. the federal government will put a $300. >> sandra: the states will do it. have you canvassed those states to make sure they can afford it and are willing to.
>> we modified slightly the mechanics of the deal so initially -- states can still if they put another $100 in to raise the benefit more generously that's fine. it's up to them. any state who put in $100 before for unemployment benefits, and every state did. they will qualify for the extra $300. so the baseline of unemployment benefits from states is roughly $400, okay, per person per week. that's the median. on top of that the federal government is going to put in $300, so that will give the benefit overall of $700. that's a tremendous -- there are 16 million people unemployed. they need help. they need assistance and we stand to give it to them. >> sandra: i think the question is can they afford it and willing to do it? >> i'm saying they've already
done it, sandra. in other words, they've already had the benefit program. >> sandra: this is governor cuomo from new york and the arkansas governor hutcheson put out the statement saying we appreciate the white house proposals to provide additional solutions to address the challenges, however we're concerned by the significant costs the latest action would place on the states. address their concerns and react to that statement. >> both of them are friends of mine. we'll work with them if there are any complications. their states are fine. they've already changed their program to meet the cares demand or the cares generosity from last march. they're already on their way. we sometime it will take two weeks to get the checks out. the benefits out. it will be administered by states. it will be $700 per person per week. that's a very big number. second, let's not forget president's payroll tax deferral which will be a wage
hike for middle class americans, a wage hike of roughly $1100 to the 140 million people who are heroes. they've been able to work and they have who are helping. the 16 million unemployed we're helping the 140 million who are working. we want to provide more incentives to work and come back to work and for those who are not employed if they look at these numbers $1100 pay hike is an incentive for them to come back to work. these are crucial items to assist, to help, the grow to economy and i think that's a big reason -- these are big reasons why the stock market is feeling so darn good. >> sandra: it is up 300 points this morning. the dow topping 28,000 for the first time since february. we're watching that. you have a busy day of meetings and a lot of decisions the make. we appreciate the update. thank you. trace. >> trace: the polls are open in wisconsin where voting problems are being put to the test after long lines back in april led to
calls for more mail-in voting. let's get to mark meredith live in the nation's capital. >> voters say wisconsinites are heading to the polls and a lot of people are looking to see how wisconsin handles voting during the pandemic and a preview in november. in april at the height of the pandemic we saw voters facing long lines and confusion in wisconsin over how voting would work or be allowed to vote. today state officials say they're better prepared and rolled out new ways to protect both the public as well as poll workers including facemasks being required for poll workers, people working. facemasks encouraged for voters and hygiene being recommended. drive-threw and outdoor voting and absentee ballots are offered for registered voter for the last several weeks.
as of yesterday wisconsin officials reported sending out nearly 900,000 absentee ballots. so far 506,000 have been returned and filled in. last week the state's election official warned voters not to wait too long to return too long to return their ballots by mail. it may take a week for mail to get from you to your clerk's office. don't wait. wisconsin voters who didn't mail it in they are encouraged to drop them off at the polling places today open until 8:00. the big question is when will the results come in? right now it's anyone's guess. a little faster than a normal election. this is just a primary election. >> trace: we'll be watching. thank you. >> sandra: powerful winds and rain leaving its mark on the midwest. states now dealing with damage in that storm's aftermath plus lebanese leaders stepping down
after a deadly explosion in beirut as a new report claims the tragedy was avoidable and mainstream media painting a bleak picture of the coronavirus pandemic in the u.s. our next guest says much of that coverage can be misleading. "wall street journal" at large host jerry baker will join us on that next. >> president trump: in the united states more than 80% of jurisdictions report declining cases. we're doing very well. you don't hear that too often from the media.
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>> sandra: top headlines at the bottom of the hour. seattle's cop top calling it quits. carmen best emailing her resignation notice to her offices after city council cut 100 police. in her letter she wrote the department will make it through these difficult times. >> trace: powerful windstorm tearing through the nation's heartland snapped trees derecho, straight line winds almost like an inland hurricane. forecasters say the storm traveled 800 miles from south dakota to ohio with winds reaching 100 miles per hour in some places. >> sandra: scientists keepty call after russia claiming it has the first vaccine for covid. vladimir putin says it is safe and his daughter has taken it. medical experts are warning
because russia skipped the so-called phase three trials when thousands of people test the drug to make sure it's effective and safe. here in the u.s. the virus has killed more than 163,000 people. the highest of any nation in the world. our next guest says it's a myth that's the u.s. was the worst at fighting the virus, gerrard baker is a columnist of free expression and hosts "wall street journal" at large on fox business network. what is it you are trying to say here? >> well, the larger point is the media's coverage of the coronavirus in this country has been extraordinarily full of misrepresentations and a lot of dishonesty to be honest. this is perhaps the largest one which is it's generally been said and the general impression is being left by the media the somehow has done badly handling the coronavirus virus, point to 163,000 deaths. the largest number in the world.
by measured by death through population. all deaths are terrible, the u.s. is roughly in the middle of major countries in dealing with this whose numbers we can rely on. if you take the g-7 countries, united states, japan, italy, u.k., france, germany and canada, the u.s. is right in the middle there. in terms of total numbers of deaths per million population. it is doing somewhat better than most of latin america, doing worse than asia. now that is nothing to celebrate. america should be doing much better given our economy and everything else that we have but it is not true that america has been the failure here. that this has been a uniquely american failure story. it is america is doing about as badly as most other countries in the world and better than some. significantly worse than others. >> sandra: go back to the early days of the pandemic, jerry.
you will remember the daily press conferences that so many of the networks were taking. every day from new york governor andrew cuomo calling for ventilators, added hospital capacity. and now we look back at how new york fared through the pandemic, new york state death rate versus global region. deaths per 100,000 and new york tops the list. so should governor cuomo be taking the credit that he seems to for leading his state through this? >> no, of course not. again, this is again the media. i don't blame governor cuomo trying to make the best case he can for himself. but the media are to blame for helping him to it. it is extraordinary for me to read every day much of the media what a great job new york has done flattening the curve. you point out numbers, new york state not just new york, the greater new york city area with
new jersey, connecticut as well and generally more broadly the northeastern united states has among the worst outcomes for coronavirus of anywhere in the entire world. worse than large parts of italy. in the spring we were worried about italy and spain and worse than the u.k. the idea that somehow because finally after four months, five months of lockdown new york has managed to mercifully get the numbers of cases and deaths to low level while in florida and texas cases are higher. the idea that is some great new york success story is complete fiction. there are lots of reasons -- we don't want to overpoliticize it. why they had a high death toll but part of the reason was failures of political leadership in new york. new york has a dramatically higher -- suffered from this much higher than all the southern states in the united states. the republican states that are being so hammered by the media.
florida and texas in particular have had a much better record and so it's just completely false to present this as a greater -- one more thing about new york. new york's economy is flat on its back. >> sandra: throw it up on the screen. new york's unemployment 16% still. florida just over 10. texas at 8.6. >> the real story, sandra, so far, it's early days. nobody should make any definitive statements about this. things can change. as we stand six months into this thing. states like florida and texas have managed to keep the instance of coronavirus and the number of deaths low while maintaining a reasonable level of economic activity. new york and new jersey and massachusetts and connecticut have had some of the highest levels of covid in the world. some of the highest death rates in the world and their economies have been flattened in the process. so they haven't succeeded on either front. florida and texas and some of
the other states have relatively speaking succeeded on both parts and the media is telling us they're the ones who have done such a bad job. >> sandra: we aren't out of the woods yet. appreciate that analysis this morning. thanks. >> trace: fox news alert. lebanon's prime minister announcing his resignation days after a catastrophic explosion killed more than 200 people in beirut triggering violent anti-government protests. trey yengst is live in beirut where protestors are calling for real change. very active where you are now, trace. >> good morning. arrested outside of the parliament building in beirut 30 minutes after a moment of silence was held for the victims of that blast last tuesday. i want to show you the scene here. you can see a number of demonstrators throwing rocks to security forces on the other side of this barrier.
there is growing frustration today following a new report this document saying that government officials here in lebanon knew about the ammonium nitrate. thousands of tons of this sitting in the port and they did nothing about it. that has only added to the tension that erupted across the country in the previous days as we do know the prime minister of lebanon resigned just yesterday along with his entire cabinet. there is a lot of uncertainty where the government heads from here. but i can tell you there is one person, a head of the lebanese parliament that is still in power. this is a name to remember because this is a man that these demonstrators here today have the power to control the country using the group hezbollah. we talk often how this country is run, lebanese president, the
prime minister who just resigned and this head of the parliament. these are the three figureheads here. what we know about the third man is that he has close ties with hezbollah. the head of a party that operates with the lebanese militant group and it was described to me today as the only way to fix the problem would be to cut the head of the snake off and they are talking about the head of the parliament. since that man is still in power we expect to see demonstrations like this throughout the week. security forces any moment you can see them through the barriers here are preparing to fire tear gas at the demonstrators. the lebanese playing being flown across the city. the pain and the grief following that explosion last tuesday still permeates throughout the city. much of the debris behind me -- the response from the blast that took place more than 300,000 here in lebanon. trace. >> trace: i know the chaos around you. can you talk about whether it's
more widespread or is it kind of relegated to right in this area by parliament? >> it often starts in this area next to martyrs square where we saw most of the demonstrations throughout the weekend. stay with me here one second, trace. it often starts in martyrs square and spreads to the surrounding parliament buildings. what we saw on saturday, though, a major concern along with wearing more protective gear today is that the security forces were joined by men associated with hezbollah. [inaudible] trying to avoid that today by staying on the side here. you can see just as we've been talking, trace, the tension is rising. people holding signs and revolution.
[inaudible] there is a chaotic situation. military and security forces on the streets throwing tear gas at demonstrators. >> trace: i know you are -- appears to be in harm's way there. i don't want to get you in trouble. what's the reaction been to the media on the ground there especially your group and on the other side of that wall that these protestors are vandals or whatever you want to call them are throwing rocks at, is there anybody who has been responding? are there people inside coming out and responding to these acts? any forces at all? >> yes, just up the street there are lebanese security forces. off in the distance as you and i have been talking we saw tear gas fired. any minute tear gas will be fired behind us because the
protestors are actually making their way into the area where the security forces are at. just yesterday they were able to tear down one of the barriers. it led to a chaotic scene. as you look up the street you can see the security forces. i need to give instructions to my team. we have to get off the streets. you can see in the distance, trey. the security forces that i'm talking about are preparing to fire tear gas toward the demonstrators. they have arrived at the end of the street and these protestors are now trying to confront them directly. as you look off to the left here there is smoke rising up. one of the protestors threw something that was on fire. i'll let you listen to the scene, trace. it is a remarkable scene. this is an example of what happens on a daily basis here
as these demonstrators are calling for regime change. get back, get back. follow me. follow me. pan the camera right there. you can see tear gas canisters. they're landing on the streets to the left here, to the left. you can see the street here, the tear gas we were talking about. stand by here. the scene here, familiar scene. tear gas, stay with me here. show them the scene here for a second. are you still with me, trace? >> sandra: trey, it's sandra and we're taking in these live pictures with you. we're taking these in together.
>> i'm with you. >> sandra: thank you for your reporting on the ground. go ahead. i'm sorry, the communication is difficult. we appreciate what you are doing. please stay safe. talk about the crippling economy that these people were facing before this explosion and unrest actually happened and how that has greatly affected the people and their obvious criticism of leadership. >> the situation for the lebanese people was deteriorating before this explosion one week ago. we saw hungry people, an economy suffering in the wake of covid-19. there has been a lack of leadership. it's something these demonstrators say has been systematic. oftentimes you hear chants and see slogans against the iranian regime.
they're concerned that hezbollah, the real group in power is getting all the attention while the hungry children and the hundreds of thousands of displaced people are getting no attention. it has been a common theme this week where you see no government officials in the streets. you see no members of the military passing out aid. it is all international and aid organizations. earlier today we spoke with a man near the port where the explosion happened and he brought three of his kids with them. they were two 6-year-old and a 10-year-old. why did you show them this destruction and scene? he said i hope their generation can succeed in the area that we failed. he was talking about the corruption in lebanon. he doesn't want to see what we have seen over the past decade in lebanon happen for his children and he is hoping that he can give them the ideas and the power to initiate that change. unfortunately what we've seen
here today over the past week off in the distance now is often violence that erupts and the violence doesn't often bring lasting change. i think this will shift to another important thing we need to talk about. that is sustainability in these relief efforts. we interviewed unicef over the weekend and 80,000 of the displaced people are children. you have the next generation that have dealt with the trauma of living through this economic crisis and living through an explosion that killed more than 150 people. it feels hopeless to many lebanese we've spoken with. i think that's the next step. the question that many people have because we saw these resignations yesterday from the prime minister and his entire cabinet. still in power you have the president who people have said is a puppet for hezbollah and they are running the regime and you have a shadow government that is allowing the lebanese
militant group hezbollah to operate freely on the ground here and not only affecting internal politics and the people you see in the street today who are many of them now homeless and hungry, but also the external politics. the ongoing tension with u.s. ally israel. we report often along the israel/lebanon border. as we speak now the israelis fear an attack from hezbollah. the demonstrators want the focus to be shifted back to the people. they are willing to do anything to get that done and as bullets were flying tht place we're standing today on saturday, i asked many people is it worth it? they said we have no other choice. sandra. >> trace: trey, it is increasingly imperative that you understand how desperate these people are. if you go back 13 years when we were there covering the war between hezbollah and israel. the people in beirut and lebanon would never have shown
this type of protest or show of support against hezbollah and this is kind of a prime example of the desperation these people, because of the economic and political climate there are under right now because this show of support would have been quashed 13 years ago. now these people seem to be emboldened. >> absolutely. it is a similar sentiment across the middle east. over the past six to 10 months we've reported in places like gaza city where you have hamas and islamic jihad in control and the civilians there say the same thing. they want the focus to be on them. not on the iranian proxies operating in the region. we saw the same thing in baghdad in january of this year. we talked about it often on air when we were on the ground there. to fight hezbollah is operating in a way that is affecting the ability tore civilians who want to live a normal life. who want to simply go to the
park with their friends and family from doing so because it is bringing what many here have described as terror from the iranian regime into civilian life and it is a difficult situation where no one can move forward and there are no answers. when you look at the situation in lebanon, it's only gotten worse in the wake of this disaster and as we speak right now less than a mile away there are still search and rescue crews looking for survivors. dozens of people are still missing. what you hear from the people who lost friends and lost family members is a loss of hope. they feel that there is nothing left. they already had very limited resources and things to work with before this disaster. and their biggest fear -- i can't underscore this enough. the biggest fear that the demonstrators have and that many of the ngos have, the common thread is the aid we're seeing flow into lebanon will
suddenly be cut off when the media leaves and we leave and beirut will still be if ruin and hundreds of thousands of people without homes and there will still be hungry children. if the international community doesn't look for sustainable solutions, this will be the lebanon we see in the coming days, weeks, months, and even years. trace and sandra. >> trace: exceptional reporting on the ground. thank you so much for that. >> sandra: thank you. >> trace: new yorkers are increasingly growing concerned about homelessness and safety as the pandemic slows down city life. an opinion piece in the "new york post" titled the upper west side is falling apart and lefties seem too woke to care. michael goodwin, always good to see you. kyle smith writes i want to put it on the screen if i can.
i don't have my copy here. kyle smith writes in the national review and "new york post" concerning the upper west side. no push for law and order in new york. the next mayor of the city will likely be to deblasio's left, not right. he or she will argue that new york's troubles are the fault of white privilege and whatever upper west sides remain behind will enthusiastically applaud new yorkers, they're not hypocrites, they're masochists. despite the rise in crime and people leaving the city that the new yorkers might move farther to the left, michael? >> that's almost impossible to imagine given there is not much room left on the left to go to. it's a little early to make predictions about the next election. these kinds of events could
galvanize an opposition among the city is overwhelmingly democratic but it has a lot of independents and republicans. if they could ever unite behind the single candidate and build a coalition with disaffected democrats it is possible. that's how rudy giuliani won and how michael bloomberg won. for 20 years those three terms of bloomberg and two for giuliani, those two men built that coalition and it has been fractured here by bill deblasio and the rise of the left again. but you see what was being kept back by giuliani and bloomberg. this kind of mayhem and chaos and irresponsible spending. bad social policies. i would argue with this mayor especially a real indifference to the problems his policies have created. now i think you have a real gulf between the public and police.
far worse than we ever did. i think the police are clearly pulling back. they are not feeling protected by the political class, rightly so. the article in the "new york post" today about upwards of two dozen police sitting in cars while a young woman was attacked by five or six teenagers within eyesight of the police. the police deny that happened but a photographer was there and witnessed it. that kind of incident scares people and it could galvanize the public to say hey, we want to make a course correction here. we want to fix what's clearly broken. no more deblasios or socialists, we want someone to really govern this city. >> trace: to your sense you would think there were lessons learned from the other cities who decided they were siding with the criminals and now deciding maybe that was a mistake? >> well, that's right. i have not heard anybody in new york say boy, we love this.
we love bill deblasio, great job, bill. i think what you have is the activist groups out there cheering this on much as they are in chicago and portland and seattle. i don't see any poll that says this represents the majority of the cities. quite a opposite. we saw a poll over the weekend saying that african-americans as well as others want more police, not less. they want better policeing but they don't want to give up on policing. you see what happens when you do, when you turn off that effort to restrain human behavior, then you see this comes pouring out. people will feel -- the criminal class certainly feels emboldened because they know the police are likely not to arrest them and if they do get arrested the courts will turn them loose almost immediately. so i think we have to change this calculus and i think a new mayor candidate who comes out and says this is what we're going to do will certainly get
a lot of attention among those who are sick and tired of what's been happening. >> trace: the vicious cycle the police sometimes won't engage because they believe the politicians don't have their back. michael goodwin. always good to see you. thank you so much. >> my pleasure. >> sandra: the 2020 race for the white house in the final three months as both candidates are pushing harder in the battleground state with early voting just weeks away. live coverage. presidential election continues right after this. .
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>> trace: proof there turbulence around the world. volatile time for us. >> sandra: it is indeed. we'll keep covering it here on the fox news channel. grate to be with you this morning. "outnumbered" starts now. >> trace: you, too. >> harris: we begin with a fox news alert. seattle's police chief carmen best resigned. in a surprising move, just hours after the city council voted to slash the police budget. decision which would cut 100 police officers and reduce the police chief's salary. chief best announced she will be retiring next month. she told officers in a letter, "i am confident the department will make it through these difficult times. you truly are the best police department in the country. please trust me when i say the vast majority of the people in seattle support you and appreciate you and i look