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>> shepard: this is the fox report. tonight, word of problems at the polls. who ordered the extra large ballot? plus, new exit polls on primary night in the land of lincoln. >> i'm going to get the nomination. we're going to defeat barack obama and we are going to take back this great country. >> shepard: rick santorum says he is hoping for a big surprise tonight. >> that will fundamentally change this election like no other contest to date. >> shepard: the battle for illinois and beyond. new concerns about the mission in afghanistan. >> my question is why are we still there? >> this force is committed into a strategy that i think will work. >> shepard: the u.s. soldier accused of killing innocent men women and children. >> the investigation will be thorough. >> shepard: tonight, the latest on the exit strategy. plus, the pilot who gave his life to save five sky divers.
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and 75 years after amelia earhardt vanished over the south pacific. >> her legacy resonates today. >> shepard: secretary of state hillary clinton helped launch a new search for an american icon. but, first from fox this tuesday night. one hour to go until the polls close across the state of illinois. and we're watching the results from our fox news exit polls. and tonight they are showing. this mitt romney is winning among voters who say electability and the economy are their top priorities. and more than half of illinois voters tell us the economy is their number one issue. our exit polls show rick santorum is the top choice of, quote, very conservative voters. but when it comes to strong supporters of the tea party, mitt romney has a slight lead. we'll go into the numbers in more detail in just a moment. illinois is the biggest primary prize since florida. 54 delegates up for grabs tonight. but rick santorum is eligible to win but 44 of them.
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paper work problemsy the again. we are also hearing about trouble with some those ballots. steve brown has the latest on that and more from our exit polls coming up in just a moment. first to carl cammeron. campaign carl in illinois. it really sort of sounds like the expectations game wrapped up in what the two candidates are saying today and they tell a lot of the story. >> when candidates begin to make predictions and talk about the outcome, it's usually a pretty good sign of what they expect. in this case today rick santorum's top aides have said they do not expect to win illinois though they do hope to pick up delegates. they recognize that illinois may prove to be more romney country than rick santorum. by by contrast, romney aides, in fact mitt romney says he expects to win. when pushed and when his strategists are asked by what margin, they say not double digits. they are down playing it to perhaps 9 or 7. we had an opportunity to speak with mr. romney earlier today
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when he was making a visit to the google headquarters for what they call a hangout. i asked him about it he was quite confident. listen. >> across the state over the last several days we are seeing large crowds a lot of enthusiasm. i'm getting a very clear indication we are getting greater and greater support here. i think over the last several days we have seen people come back to me and get behind our campaign. it's a campaign about re-taking our economy, getting people back to work. >> based on exit polls, based upon the way the campaign-out candidates have been campaigning. romney is looking quite strong in chicago land. cook county and the so-called collar counties that ring greater chicago. and mr. santorum doing very strong in the more rural and southern and western parts of the state. it looks like it could be a long night, however, as you point out, shep, there are some ballot problems in some places. they may have to hand count some of the votes. >> shepard: we will get to that rick santorum has been saying for a couple of weeks now that he could beat newt gingrich -- beat mitt romney
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if newt gingrich would get out of race. they haven't worked very hard in illinois is he getting that one-on-one matchup he he has been seeking. >> it's a case of getting what you ask for. he has been suggesting that it would be nice if he got out of race so he could the tea party voters around him. happening in illinois as it appears now. it may be that the man on man battle that rick santorum sought could be less of a victory. polls in recent weeks that would what would happen taking newt gingrich out of the surveys and measuring rick santorum against romney. it appears his absence would be negligible. this may not be the type of test of head-to-head battle mr. romney that mr. santorum wanted if romney comes out with a victory tonight. >> shepard: carl, thanks very much. people in illinois will be casting their ballots through the end of this news hour. so no official results to
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report just yet. exit polls from today are giving us a very good sense of what's driving the vote in illinois. and, for that, let's turn to steve brown. is he live in nape perville tonight with some of those results. hello, steve. >> hello, shep. yes. santorum had a coal miner grandfather who became a u.s. senator from pennsylvania. romney's background from michigan and massachusetts more appealing to affluent and white collar voters. and, of course, newt gingrich he was speaker of the house in the 1990s. who is in sync with illinois voters on this primary day. take a look at exit polling numbers one more time. gingrich and santorum are about right on the issues. fewer give romney that satisfactory grade. in addition, almost one third finds santorum too conservative. while 43% think romney is not conservative enough. illinois has an open primary. anyone registered can vote here in president obama's home state. and independents made up about 25% of today's primary voter. they could vote democratic in the fall but today 46% of them
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chose romney compared to santorum's 24%. paul finishes slightly ahead of gingrich. 15% to 14%. in some states, a large majority of the republic voters are evangelical christians. here they are 41%. as did he last week in alabama and mississippi, santorum leads getting 45% of their votes to romney's 36%. gingrich captures 12%. paul 7%. no matter how they voted today, a majority 67% think romney is the most likely to defeat obama in september. 22% think santorum is the man for the job. exit polls will be telling us more and more especially when they get mixed with some the results coming out later tonight. >> shepard: more exit polls in main. steve, i understand problems at the polls today with proof when it comes to ballots size does matter. >> oh, and, indeed it does. one small dime. the edge of a dime. that's about a 16th of an inch
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and today that was a problem. in 24 illinois counties and in the illinois' second largest city. the stiff aurora at least some of the ballots were a 16th of an inch too wide. that meant after they filled in the ovals they didn't fit into the optical scanning machines. as problems go for election officials that was a new one on them. >> i have never had that happen before. we have run smooth voting machine here when we open doors. but this morning just that much, curled up on the edges in the ballot box would not take them. >> we're told that some election officials trimmed the edges to make them fit. some are hand counting them. some are reconstructing ballots it all means that vote totals will probably be a bit delayed. shep? >> shepard: sounds like it. steve brown live nape perville, illinois tonight. much more to come in this evening. heck in live at rick santorum's headquarters which is not even in illinois. plus, lawmakers getting a chance to question the top commander in afghanistan for the first time since a u.s. soldier was accused of going
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door-to-door killing women and children in the middle of the night. so what did he have to say about the exit strategy and how things are going in afghanistan? we're live in d.c. with that from the journalists of fox news on this tuesday fox report. ♪
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>> shepard: primary night in illinois. mitt romney trying to get closer to clinching the demonstration. lots of voters apparently don't mind if the race drags on for a while. in our fox news exit polls. 68% say they want their candidate to win. no matter how long it takes: fewer than one third say hurry up and get it done even if their guy loses. we will go live to rick santorum's election night rally inside fox report. first, the top u.s. commander in afghanistan testified today that the military is on track to achieve its goals in afghanistan. that's despite last week's alleged massacre of afghans and several other recent big
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problems. marine general john allen was on capitol hill today for a progress report on the war. it's the first time he has spoken with lawmakers since that u.s. soldier was accused of killing at least 16 afghan men, women and children. that came in the wake of riots that erupted across afghanistan last month after u.s. troops reportedly burned a muslim holy books on a u.s. base. today lawmakers pressed general allen on whether the pentagon should accelerator troop withdrawal which is now scheduled until december of 2014. >> whens did -- does the congress have the testimony that someone will say we have done all that we can do. bin laden is is dead. >> our goal beyond ensuring that al qaeda cannot use afghanistan for international terrorism is to provide security to the state for the development of democratic institutions and ultimately economic opportunity. >> shepard: democratic institutions, economic opportunity. 10 years gone now. we still have no idea what a
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victory would even look like. jennifer griffin with the news in washington tonight. jennifer, is there a sense that things might move along more quickly now? what did you take away today? >> what's interesting is some republic lawmakers, not just democrats, seem to be losing patience. if we get into 2014 and see that president obama or republic president and afghans are not trained where they need to be and we are spending money. we are losing lives, will you be honest with the next administration and say to the next administration you need to stay to the timetable because we have done all we can do? >> i will be honest with you now and i will be honest with that next administration. i mean it's my obligation. it's my moral obligation to ensure that this force is resourced and committed into a strategy that will work. if i think that's coming off the rales, congressman, i will let you know that. >> late today, the chairman of the house armed services committee congressman buck mckean said general allen
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assured him he was not getting pressure from the administration to speed up the transition to afghan forces or to withdraw forces before the end of 2014, shep. >> shepard: back to the civilian massacre in afghanistan. word today that the u.s. troop who is responsible for this or is believed to be responsible for this can be charged as early as thursday; is that right? >> that's right. that is according to his lawyer. some lawmakers suggested today that staff sergeant robert bales may have simply succumb to combat stress. they wanted assurances from general allen that the army would not, quote, throw this soldier under the bus. >> the investigation will be thorough, and we do operate from a presumption of innocence. it is the nature of who we are. >> and now we are getting more details about who staff sergeant bales is. according to a financial regulatory board, bales was found libel for bicing a retired ohio investor for millions of dollars before he
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signed up for the army a few months after 9/11, shep. >> shepard: jennifer griffin live in washington. thank you. a huge earthquake rattled mexico today. especially central part of mexico 7.4. sent people running to the streets in the capital city. many folks saying they have never felt a quake as strong as the one that shook them today. we're told people as far away as florida could feel the tremors. so far no reports of any deaths or very serious injuries. the epicenter in this one, southern mexico, a few hours east of the popular resort city of al can a pock co. the quake shook the ceiling and halls of this high rise apartment building here. this next picture used to be a bridge before it collapsed in the quake and crushed at least one car. this is a map from the national earthquake information center in colorado. a geologist there says those red lines connect the epicenter to every seismic lab that detected the quake. the white house today
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>> shepard: it's primary night in illinois. exit polls showing mitt romney is winning the majority of higher income voters in today's primary there. 48% of those who make $50,000 a more going with romney. 32% backing santorum.
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top two contenders now waiting on the complete results from today's votes. the polls will close in 40 minutes. we have updates from america's election headquarters throughout the hour. president obama set to make his first visit to the demilitarized zone that divides north and south korea. white house officials announced today that the visit will happen this sunday it will come during a three day trip to seoul, south korea on topics include nuclear security and trade. the last four u.s. presidents have all visited the dmz. president obama's trip is set to be the first since george w. bush back in 2002. of course, it comes amid tense times with north korea which recently announced it would move ahead with a planned long range rocket launch despite u.s. and other objections. ed henry with the news. is he live at the white house. this summit that's coming up in seoul, man, it comes in the middle of tense times, ed. >> it really does, shep. north korea threatening to move forward with that missile launch that comes after they
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had sort of had a handshake agreement with the u.s. that they were going to sort of suspend nuclear activities in exchange for some food aid. now there is a lot of questions about kim jong un, the new leader, still very young. taking over after his father kim jong il passed away just a few mobs ago. he baby saber rattling. a lot of confusion around the world whether is he going to go after south korea. they are obviously still technically at war after all these years. the president going on the dmz on the border there sends a strong signal about a u.s. ally in south korea. according to jay carney. take a listen. >> the efforts that the united states and other countries have undertaken to try to secure nuclear materials and to try to prevent dangerous regimes from acquiring nuclear weapons have been very robust. and that effort will continue for as long as president obama is in office. >> important to remember,
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america still has 28,500 u.s. troops in south korea right now. all those tensions are going on. got u.s. troops right there, shep. >> house announced during "studio b" today, ed, that the president will be meeting with president ju of china on monday. you wonder if syria will come up with all the blocking china has been doing. >> you are right. syria will come up. ♪ just meeting with president who o.o.ho jintao. these meetings on the sidelines with president obama is a chance to try to bring china and russia along. they have been blocking any u.n. action, any major u.n. action to deal with the crisis in syria. u.s. officials getting very impatient because of the slaughter of the syrian people that's going on right now, shep. >> shepard: ed henry on the north lawn at the white house. iran's top leader warned if any nation attacks his country that his country will respond on the same level. he referred to both the united states and israel.
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as you may know iran has a modern military with missiles, jet firefighters, the navy and on and on. of course, israel has threatened to attack iran over fears that the iranians could be building a nuclear bomb. the two countries are less than 600 miles apart. the obama administration maintains that diplomacy is still the best solution to this crisis and in a video today. president obama appealed to the iranian people claiming their leaders are using technology to repress them. >> increasingly, the iranian people are denied the basic freedom to access the information that they want. instead, the iranian government jams satellite signals to shut down television and radio broadcast. it sensors the internet to control what the iranian people can see and say. the regime monitors computers and cell phones for the sole purpose of protecting its own power. >> shepard: president called it an electronic curtain and said the world will welcome iran if it fulfills its obligations. how the iranian people will see that though is really
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>> shepard: secretary of state hillary clinton today endorsed a new effort to find the remains of aviator amelia earhardt. she disappeared over the south pacific without a trace 75 years ago now. experts say a closer look at a picture taken just months after her plane vanished shows what may her aircraft's landing gear in waters near these remote islands. earhardt was the first woman to fly alone over the atlantic ocean. she was missing during her attempt to be the first woman to fly around the world. private donations nonprofit group funding this research. today secretary of state hillary clinton called her an inspiration. >> she embodied the spirit of an america coming of age and increasingly confident, ready
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to lead in a quite uncertain and dangerous world. >> shepard: a renowned oceanographer is advising this new search. a 101-year-old great grandmother from utah just set a new world record as the oldest woman to do a tandem paraglide. the folks from guiness books made it all official today. she actually took the flight last year on her birthday, four generations of family watched from the ground as she jumped out of the plane with her instructor. she says she wanted to paraglide because her 75-year-old son did it. i'm shepard smith. this is the fox report. it's the bottom of the hour, time for the top of the news. and half an hour to go now until the polls close in illinois. and our fox news exit polls show that mitt romney is doing very well among voters who say they want a candidate with experience, who can beat president obama. rick santorum getting support fromoters who say they want a true conservative with a
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strong moral character. let's take a live look at romney headquarters. seanberg, illinois. it's a little early for the crowds to be showing up. that's just outside chicago. rick santorum is watching the returns in another state. mike emanuel is live in santorum headquarters in betsburg, p.a. santorum blasted away at mitt romney saying he doesn't have much of a record to run on here. >> that's right. rick santorum got feisty on 00 radio today with lauer ingraham. santorum said mitt romney is not a conservative. >> he had a horrible record on job creation. he created a blueprint for obama care -- he talks about his private sector experience all the time because his public sector experience is pathetic. >> when asked about illinois, santorum said he didn't know how it would go tonight pointing out he was at one point behind in mississippi and alabama and went on to win there. so clearly not signaling to
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his supporters any preview of what's happening tonight, shep. >> shepard: rick santorum, of course, is from pennsylvania. tonight, why are you and he in gettysburg? >> well, essentially, he wants to turn the page on illinois quickly, recognizing that this race in illinois would be a tough one for him there. >> not just to pivot out of illinois into the big east contest on april 24, pennsylvania is one. to try to refocus the narrative on economic freedom. there is probably no better place, given the symbolism of gettysburg and lincoln than going to gettysburg, pennsylvania. >> bottom line, he also needs to defend his home turf. a lot of people are expecting that the race will tighten as it gets closer to election day, noting that folks here in pennsylvania are worried about electability in the fall. santorum aides note that a president from illinois gave a
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pretty darn good speech here at the gettysburg address and they note that santorum will talk a lot about freedom. similar to lincoln tonight. shep? >> shepard: mike emanuel in gettysburg p.a. tonight. thank you very much. context and perspective from ed rollins who is with us now. he is was a member of the reagan administration. campaign manager for mike huckabee and michele bachmann and fox news political analyst and contributor. because the polling isn't done, the voting isn't finished yet, we wouldn't want to characterize this contest in anyway except to say that rick santorum is hoping for a surprise tonight. do you expect surprise. >> at the end of the day, the momentum has been going romney's way, and part of that is he spent $12 million to $1 million. television does work. negative television is working against santorum. this is ending up being like groundhog day repeat every week. romney obviously does well in the city. he does well among those who want electability and santorum
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does well among conservatives and the rural areas and the south. going to gettysburg the last time i looked in 1860 the gettysburg address and what have you, the south lost. and the south is where his strength will be. he has a race, santorum on saturday in louisiana. he will probably win that one. then you go through a period here where there is nothing happening. i don't see any progress. what i see is people getting bored with this race. >> shepard: the ratings would suggest exactly that do you see a path for rick santorum? is there a possibility. >> there is no path for him to get to 1144 delegates. at this point in point, no one is getting turned on by this race. i think it's one of these where the inevitability of romney is becoming more and more evident. it's not going to be bringing conservatives to his side which he needs to do. he needs to tone down his rhetoric. he can't be beating up both gingrich and santorum and hope his voters are going to support him overwhelmingly which he needs to the fall. >> shepard: he wants newt
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gingrich out of this race. he has said it his campaign has said it at least. without super pacs, the casino magnet who is funding his campaign he would have been gone a long time ago. >> both santorum and gingrich would have been gone. neither have campaigns or real resources at the end of the day gingrich loves the limelight. why should he go away. he is not going to get invited to your show if is he a noncandidate. they will stay in as long as they can. >> shepard: is there a hierarchy within the republic establishment that's beating on doors going come on, already? >> everybody is cheering for that but no brokers. the day of brokers is over. the governors who have some impact are not getting into this race. i think most people just aseem it's going to dribble on until romney gets the 1144. >> is there an upside for republics in the g.o.p. here of this protracted campaign? >> i don't think so. my sense is the president is spending a lot of money and sort of dominating the agenda. we ought to basically be making our case against him.
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not against each other. i think that's the failure of this so far. >> shepard: is newt gingrich and for that matter is rick santorum working against the g.o.p.? >> they are not working against the g.o.p. they are beating each other up. i think the reality here is nobody cares about the past. nobody cares romney governor bain capital nobody care what is gingrich did and nobody cares what santorum did in the senate. people care about the future. are you a serious candidate who can basically move this economy forward? that's what we have been talking about. >> shepard: you say they are beating each other up. follow metaphor laying blood i don't know the sidewalk isn't good for anybody. >> i don't think so. >> shepard: this isn't good for the party? >> it's definitely not good for the party. it's turning people off. turning the die hards off. we need to get our energy geared towards president obama. >> shepard: is it your sense that rick santorum and newt gingrich know this and, if so, where? >> i think we're getting down to a point where they do not like mitt romney. what mitt romney has done with them with the negative campaigning he has done over the last several months has
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turned them off and turned off their supporters and they are going to stay until the bitter end. >> shepard: ed rollins the bitter end comes in tampa in august. >> long ways away though. >> shepard: it is. ed rollins. >> thank you. >> shepard: new below to opposition fighters in syria. according to activist groups the syrian army is in control of an eastern city brings battles with the opposition. rebels quit fighting and hid in homes long fight would destroy the city and kill even more civilians. but there are also reports of continued clashes in the capital city of damascus. home to a number of embassies and top level syrian security offices. we can't confirm any of that meanwhile, syria's ally, russia, is apparently shifting its tone on bashar assad's regime. russia today said it's ready to support a united nations resolution endorsing kofi annan's plan for stopping the blood shed as long as there
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>> shepard: nearly a month after a neighborhood watchman shot and killed an unarmed teenager in central florida, a grand jury in that state will now hear the case. and it comes as the u.s. justice department and the fbi step in to investigate. you'll recall this man, one george zimmerman says he shot and killed that 17-year-old in
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self-defense but witnesses say that is not how it went down. as it turns out all that teenager was carrying tell the was ice tea and a bag of skittles. today on abc's good morning america the teen's girlfriend says she was on the phone with the victim as the shooter approached him. >> he said [inaudible] >> shepard: somebody pushed him, the head set fell and she told him to run, she says, moments before george zimmerman shot him dead. a lawyer for the victim's family again called for police to arrest the shooter. there are a half million online signatures in a petition to make an arrest happen. the man who did the shooting is a free man as fox reports tonight. the suspect in a string of deadly shootings in france may have recorded the murders on
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video. that's according to investigators who also warned the killer could strike again. according to police, a gunman yesterday shot to death three children and a rabbi at a jewish school in southern france. we're told the murderer shot the victims in the head from such close range that the gunfire burned their skin. today, the french president nicholas sarkozy took part in a moment of silence. >> shepard: a french prosecutor says he believes the suspect has attacked three times so far. one shooting every four days since march the 11th. several french paratroopers died in the other attacks. "the fox report's" correspondent jonathan hunt has been following this story. no signs that police are anywhere near an arrest in this case. >> nothing they are telling us publicly leads us to believe that they're close to an arrest here. but they do appear to be narrowing the focus of their investigation. looking very closely at neo
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nazi groups and individuals. because of the ethnicity and religious background of all the victims. they are also looking at possible military links because of the apparent calm and discipline of the shooter. leaving no d.n.a. traces, keeping motorcycle helmet on throughout the killings. french officials have talked about the possibility of a lone wolf type of operation. terrorism experts here have said that they believe there could be some sort of terror group training involved. listen. >> he could have been prepared, trained, financed, directed, by another group. by a larger group of people. could have been trained overseas. you know, given the level of skill and i believe also the level of calmness or the degree of coolness with which this was perpetrated it, seems that this is a person who is highly skilled. >> >> as you mentioned, shep, shootings have happened every four days which is going to make friday a tense day indeed
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in france. >> appreciate the analysis. of course we have no idea who this guy is if he was trained anywhere. we do know they're looking at similarities or at least to find out whether insulation came from -- inspiration from that crazy shooter in norway. >> he killed 77 people, many of them children in an awful massacre in norway. he chased down many of his victims in the same way that this shooter appears to have done. but even more interesting to investigators he recommended in a manifesto he posted online that anyone who wanted to join his battle against what he called multiculturalism film their attacks. he said in that manifesto and i quote: this extremely small and light weight field camera is used to document your operations. some governments may seize the movie after you are neutralized and publish it while others may bury it or even destroy it to protect the
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multi-can youcan youculturallis. they seemed to have just been cold blooded, meticulously planning the attacks and killing with ruthless efficiency. a single bullet to the head in every single case. >> shepard: you wonder if he did make this video if he will release it online. >> that's what they're looking at. no traces so far. >> shepard: there is dramatic new video of the moments leading up to the death of an hot air balloon pilot. he was floating with a group of sky divers and they say the pilot spent his final seconds saving their lives. >> oh my gosh. >> go on. just go on. you got it ready, set -- >> shepard: that was four days nag central georgia. officials say they just found the hot air balloonist body or one of them. -- one of the cops says that the sky divers on board say a thunderstorm started to roll in there when folks from the ground road in and told the pilot to have his jumpers bail out. >> he said a couple of times
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is he like, you know, you guys are lucky you are getting out but, you know, we thought for sure he would probably just land it down. >> shepard: moments later the balloon got sucked up into the clouds they tell us and then plummeted to the ground. we're told the pilot radioed on the way down saying he didn't think he was going to make it house republicans today released a budget proposal. we will tell what you it could mean for your taxes and why democrats are blasting it customers complaining about a major glitch in the brand new ipad. you have heard about this? we will tell what you a consumer watchdog has now found coming up. and waiting for the primary results in illinois. polls close in just 13 and a half minutes. your finances can't manage themselves.
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polls close across the state of illinois 10 minutes from now. we are learning code names for two of the candidates. mitt romney goes by javelin, perhaps because that was a make of car from american motors back in the 1960's, i don't know. romney's father george ran that company. rick santorum tells fox news his code name is petrus nickname peter. name of grandfather and son. president obama's secret service code name by the way is renegade. now you ask sleep well. house republicans who don't like the budget that president obama released last month today responded with one of their own, kind of. as you might imagine the g.o.p. plan would cut spending and lower taxes. conservatives have denounced the president's plans for tax hikes on the wealthy.
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as you might also guess democrats rejected this new proposal. they claim it favors corporations over folks to get medicare and medicaid political observers say there is not a chance in the world it will ever become law. the chief washington correspondent jim angle is in the newsroom. hello. >> hello, shep. sweeping reform of taxes to medicare as part of his proposed gujt. budget. he became with the favorite repealing the president's health care law and moving into tax cuts. collapsing six tax brackets into two. leaving 10% and 25% rate and reducing the corporate rate to 25% as well. the international average. >> get rid of the tax shelters and lower everybody's tax rates get faster groh. do it in a revolutionary way cleaning up loopholes in the tax. >> the budget would reduce
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spending 5.3 trillion more than the president's budget. >> look at where our country is headed. look at where the president and his budget is taking the country. >> the republic budget is a prescription for economic decline and for shedding the social safety net. >> paul ryan has long searched for ways to keep medicare from collapsing in trillions in unfunded liabilities. he would change nothing for those over 55. while future seniors would have a choice among competing plans. >> allows seniors, will allow seniors the opportunity to stay on the current medicare program if that's what they desire or voluntarily move to a different program through a premium support process. >> now, democrats oppose such changes saying they would end medicare as we know it republicans argue medicare as we know it won't survive without changes. so the battle lines are drawn, shep. not just in congress but in the elections and ryan says republicans owe it to the country to give voters a choice of two voters, that he
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has done. shep? >> shepard: jim angle live in washington tonight. jim, thanks. of course both sides say they are in agreement the government needs to do something about the nation's massive debt. of course whether you do that in the middle of economic recovery with unemployment this high is another matter. anyway, new numbers show just how quickly the debt is growing. according to the latest information from the bureau of public debt, the u.s. concernly has more than $15.5 trillion in outstanding debt. you can see how it shot up in the wake of the recession. growing more during the past three years of this administration than it did during all 8 years of president bush's administration. new testing shows apple's brand new ipad is hot. i mean like when you touch it, it's hot. way too hot. the watchdog group "consumer reports" checked out the tablet after lots of customers complained of overheating. engineers played action game on ipad and ipad two and used thermal imaging camera to compare the temperatures on
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each. testers say parts of the new ipad reached 116 degrees. it's a dry heat. about 12 degrees hotter than the ipad 2. in a statement apple claims the ipad 3, which they don't want us to call it but the new one operates, quote, well within our thermal specifications. the ink is dried and the super bowl mvp peyton manning is now a broncho, thank you very much. next reaction from peyton manning himself and where tim tebow could be heading now. that's next. was shaped before you lost your first tooth? ♪ the first five years are forever. that's why pnc created grow up great, a $350 million, multi-year initiative that began in 2004 to help prepare kids from birth to age 5 for school and life.
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>> shepard: now call first son of mile high manning. peyton manning today made it official is he a denver broncho. held a news conference and manning slashed his jersey a bright orange number 18. yes, he he will wear 18. five years, $96 million. and despite season ending neck surgeries last year, peyton says he is ready to go. >> i am here simply to be a
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teammate, looking forward to getting to know my teammates and to do whatever i can to help this team win in whatever role that is. that's all i want to do. i'm looking forward to starting that right away. >> shepard: so what about tim tebow? the bronchos say they have not decided yet. in this picture, i'm told he is saying, jesus, please help me win the super bowl. and up walks peyton manning. i don't know. fox news election alert. the polls close in 90 seconds in illinois and our fox news exit polls show mitt romney is winning a key group of voters, independents are backing him over rick santorum by more than 20 points. those exit polls show romney is doing well with voters who say electability and the economy are their top priorities. rick santorum ahead with very conservative voters but he is trailing mitt romney among strong supporters of the tea party. though not by much. much more to come in just moments from now when the voting wraps up in the land of lincoln. and on this day in 1966,
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somebody walked into a london sports exhibit and walked out the front door with the famed world cup soccer trophy. reportedly made of seven pounds of pure gold and in london ahead of that world cup tournament in england. guards were supposed to be there around the clock and they weren't. brazillians claim nobody in their country would ever steal it because even the criminals love soccer so much. the highly embracing taper ended a week later when a dog named pickles found the trophy in a garden. cops arrested one suspect. in 1983, roberts stole it again. in brazil. still a soccer thief got a foot in the door 46 years ago today. and now you know the news for this tuesday, march the 20th, 2012. o'reilly will be up next. but the moment we have a call to make in the state of illinois or important analysis, bret baier will jump in. i'm shepard smith for the journalists of fox news. thanks for having us into your place tonight. this is

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