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needed a lot of water there during that break. martha: he might have. bill: round two is about to begin. martha: it is. he has said that he always answered truthfully. he will be questioned once again in a heated hearing on capitol hill which continues now. jon: right now brand-new stories and breaking news. a new way to avoid those long lines at the airport. one airline announcing a plan that would allow some passengers to board flights earlier than others, but there is a catch. plus, a man in new mexico accused of kidnapping a four-year-old girl. that child's mother gets in her car and chases him down. the dramatic ending. and how you can rediscover north america without leaving your home. it's all "happening now." and also "happening now" the ousted i.r.s. chief grilled on
pair >> i believe the conclusions are consistent with that. what happened here is that foolish mistakes were made by people trying to be more efficient in their workload selection. >> he was asked multiple times to name names, assign blame but he would not go there. >> the inspector general, what did the inspector general have to say about his findings? >> we know from our reporting this week that a lot of these organizations were asked for the
political affiliation of their top leadership, who their donors are. we know in some cases donor information was leaked in the middle of the presidential campaign, including a california group that was protraditional marriage. so here is the inspector general on some of those questions. >> the i.r.s. requested unnecessary information for many political cases, in fact 987170 cases that received follow-up requests for information from the i.r.s. had unnecessary questions. our evidence indicates that staff at the determination's unit in cincinnati sent these letters out with little or no supervisory review. >> that is a little bit of the detail that the digging that the inspector general's team did to lead to the report released earlier this week. >> the lawmakers there were trying to dig this morning. it seems like they were getting a little bit trust freighted b frustrated by mr. miller's
answers. what are you hearing about that. >> there definitely was frustration because the i.r.s. did not reveal the activity was going on and also for the activity itself. here is a key democrat, charlie rangel. >> regardless of whether democrats or republicans did something like this. the outrage should still be there, is that not correct? >> um, the outrage as to -- >> the abuse. >> yes. >> this section of the law has been abused eye government employees, not by all of them, but by some of them, and our job is to find out who they are. >> reporter: bottom line the tone in the room suggests that most. lawmakers are not going to think that resigning or retiring early is going to be sufficient for what has gone on at the i.r.s. >> frustration swirling about indeed. mike emanuel thank you very much. meantime we have now developments, i'll take this to you jon. jon: in the other scandal rocking the administration this week, the terror attack in
benghazi. new evidence in the white house emails released this week shows the state department's concerns about the failure to act on documented warnings and security incidents in libya. they took out references to prior attacks in benghazi in their talking points after the attack with the agreement of the white house. chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge now with more. catherine. >> reporter: thank you, jon and good morning. there is also a significant gap between the attack on 9/11 and the first emails released about the talking points by the white house this week. these emails were written nearly three days later after that attack, and the speaker of the house john boehner is asking the administration to be completely transparent and reveal all communications leading up to the talking points. the state department consistently takes responsibility for the talk being points on the intelligence community. >> it does confirm that these were cia drafted and cia finalized talking points and that a number of the concerns raised in this building were separately on a different track
raised in that building as well. i leave that to all of you and to others to determine whether it quells the concern, but i think it certainly does put a lot of facts in clarity for people. >> reporter: careful review of the talking point emails reveals significant anxiety at the state department for failing to act on specific warnings from t intelligence community of the rising threat from islamist groups in benghazi and more than 200 documented security related incidents in libya in the year leading up to the attack. this week when president obama weighed in on the talking points controversy he conceded security was not good enough. >> here is what we know. americans died in benghazi. we also know that clearly they were not in a position where they were adequately protected. >> reporter: with congressional committees now investigating multiple scandals including the ripple effect from the i.r.s. controversy a leading house
republican recently told fox that the benghazi attack needs a singular focus of a select committee which can cross committee jurisdictions. >> we have had select committees for terrorism and things like that but we've had a select committee for the house beauty shop? the beauty parlor, we had a house select committee on parking. we had some house select committees on things on things that were almost irrelevant. >> reporter: his point is certainly the attack in benghazi is worthy of a select committee in his 4 opinion. the latest numbers are significant. two-thirds of the republicans in the house have now signed onto the formation of a select committee, jon for benghazi. jon: we will see what happens. catherine herridge, thank you. here is new incentive for you to pack light the next time you fly, at least on american ire tines. that company announcing that passengers who carry one small personal item will be allowed to board their flights sooner.
casey stegall live from dallas forth wort dallas-fort worth airport. how does it work. >> reporter: we've all been there haven't we? you get on an airplane and you wait and wait and wait in the aisle as someone tries to cram that giant bag into the overhead bin. how about when all of the bin space is taken and the people who get on last search around forever trying to find a space for their bag. that is not only frustrating but it's also sliding on time departures. the main reason behind this new policy on american airlines rolled out yesterday. now people who are traveling with just one personal item, meaning a backpack, a purse or a carry-on that will fit under the seat, no roller bags, will get to board after the first class and elite customers but before everyone else, so this is an incentive for people traveling more lightly also to streamline the process.
so these planes can take off on time, jon. jon: has this taken effect yet? are passengers talking about it yet? >> reporter: yeah they absolutely are. american started this yesterday. passengers for the most part are happy. anything to do with decreasing wait times for the flying public is enough to make any general member of the public happy. however, the question remains will this new policy do just that? will it get these planes to take off on time? will it reduce the waiting times? because the reality is more people are carrying their bags with them on board than ever before, and the answer to that is simple, because you have to pay to check it. a new report out from the department of transportation shows that airlines collected a record $2.5 billion in checked baggage fees alone last year. you mix that in with the recent jump in change fees across the major carriers from $150 to $200, paying for food on board,
no doubt interest is a very heavy fee-flying experience these days. jon: i still hate those bags. >> my ticket price wasn't cheech. paying the $25 each way to check a bag, you know, sort of being forced to do that in addition to the actual cost of the flight, it's pretty outrageous. >> reporter: here is a quick catch here. american airlines will allow people to gate check their big roller bags for free to be eligible for this priority boarding process, so only time will tell to see if it's really going to work, and increase these -- the fees that people are paying, jon. jon: casey stegall, at dalla dallas-fort worth. >> reporter: the gate checking is what everybody will do now. jon: it saves time stuffing it up overhead. >> reporter: it does. you don't want to check the bag,
a pay the fee and wait two hours at baggage claim for your bags 0. jon: something has to give. >> reporter: prosecutors using unique evidence to convict this man here of murder after a drug deal gone bad. coming up, how prosecutors say a paralyzed victim was able to identify him. and the obama administration playing defense over three still developing scandals in washington from the i.r.s. targeting conservative groups to the altered benghazi talking points and the ap records grabbed by the justice department. we are going to break it all down with "wall street journal" editor paul gigot. that is coming up next. [ male announcer ] eligible for medicare?
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says he will appeal. prosecutors showed the jury a video interview that they say showed david chandler blinked three times to identify carlos woods as the shooter. they say he shot him over a drug deal gone bad. police in new mexico arresting a man who abducted a 4-year-old girl. the mother chased him down and crashed her vehicle into his car. the girl was found unharmed. scotland yard says they are interviewing persons of interest in the case of madeline mccann. she vanished while on vacation with her family back in tefpb. her family says they have now hope in the women recently being rescued in cleveland. jon: let's turn back to washington now where lawmakers on capitol hill are knee deep investigating three major scandals involving the obama administration. from hearings today on the i.r.s. and its targeting of
conservative groups to benghazi, and the justice department of seizure of phone records from the "associated press." paul gigot is editorial page editor from the "wall street journal." a lot to keep track of in broadcast and in the journal. kind of interesting you and i were talking about this before the break, benghazi hardly elicited any coverage from the press even though four americans died for months. then came the i.r.s. scandal, then that got a bit of a yawn from most in the media, and it wasn't until a media outlet, the "associated press" got targeted that all of a sudden people are paying attention. >> well, the press corp, as you know, we are nothing -- we get angry about nothing more than when the government goes after us. luckily we have the protection of the first amendment. of course it doesn't protect news gathering techniques and that is what the government is going over here. i think the ap scandal is the least important of these, frankly and has the least legal
jeopardy for the administration. jon: on the i.r.s. thing the president has taken firm and decisive action. we are getting a new i.r.s. commissioner. >> he fired a guy who was going to leave next month anyway. i think this is basically just eye wash. it's attempting to show action and give him credit for that, but i don't think it means anything in terms of a scandal. jon: when he stood up there in front much the american people and said i've instructed jack lew and we are accepting the resignation of the i.r.s. commissioner everybody is thinking, okay he's getting tough. as you point out the guy was going to resign in three weeks anyway. >> that's right. the real story here is what we'll find out from the actual people on the ground who are doing this in cincinnati and elsewhere, and the officials and what they said -- why did they do this? what was their motive? who were they responding to? what directions were they getting from up top? what did they think they were doing? jon: there are indications that even their bosses in washington were saying, hey, what you're doing is not really appropriate. you're not supposed to be screening for words like tea
party and patriot. >> right, and then the language was changed. but then in 2012 they changed back because they didn't like that language. so they once again started looking at the conservative groups. congress needs to look into this and find out the timeline, and the motivation, and who actually was investigated, whose applications for tax exempt status were delayed and whose might have been treated more quickly because they might have had the favor of politicians in washington. jon: does any of this - provide any impetus to revamping the entire tax system and somehow shrinking or doing away with this ridiculous agency called the i.r.s.? >> you would like to think so. no question about it. there should be -- it should provide hi impetus to redo the tax code. i don't think that question should interfere with the investigation of tax enforcement. whether or not you reform the
tax code, unless you do with away with the i.r.s. the i.r.s. will always have the obligation for enforcement and they have to do that in a fair and impartial way, regardless of politics. jon: and these are the folks who are supposed to take over the enforcement of obama care. >> 2,000 new people that they requested for to enforce the healthcare mandate. jon: paul gigot from the "wall street journal." you can catch paul on the journal editorial report, it runs tomorrow 2:00pm eastern time as well as 11:00pm and again 3:00pm on sunday. thanks, paul. arthel: jon, thank you. an american arrested in russia. the u.s. efpl basse embassy official accusinged of spying. we will talk with peter brooks with the message moscow is sending. he gained internet fame as a hatchet-wielding hitchhiker who came to the rest view of folks being attacked. now he's been arrested, accused of murder. >> he runs up and he grabs one of them, man, a guy that big can
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jon: right now a man who gained internet fame as the so-called hatchet hitchhiker is now accused of killing someone. did you catch this? >> these two women are trying to help him. he runs up and grabs one of them man. a man that big can snap a woman's neck with a pencil stick. i went up behind him with a hatchet, smash, smash, smash. jon: harris faulkner is at the breaking news desk with more on this strange story. >> reporter: let me just start there for a second because people may wonder, you know it's not often that a manhunt starts off with a well-known internet star. you just saw him in the video, he became a youtube sensation in february after posting that video you saw a clip of.
he claimed he hit a ride with a man and that man attacked a couple of women according to him. he says he jumped in to save the women with a hatchet. everybody in that incident survived. but police say he committed murder since then, and turned up on their radar just this week. we are learning he met a man in times square who was found dead in his new jersey home on monday. the cause of death, blunt force trauma, the suspect the hitchhiker you just saw in that youtube video. >> we've learned he has in the past had the abise the back end of a hatchet. >> reporter: here is a look at kaj now with a new shorter air cut and a tattoo on his neck. police say his friends helped him out this week, gave him a place to stay, took him to a jersey bus station and called authorities. they arrested him at the bus depot without insurance incident. he is 24 years old, homeless,
and now of course in custody for ald murder. back t alleged murder. jon: he wound up on jimmy similar he will's show as a result of that whole strange internet thing, right? >> reporter: he became famous by it. what this might be indicative of too is the fact that he maybe underestimated how famous he was. law enforcement started watching, they saw clues in the video, things didn't really add up. jon: thank you very much harris faulkner. >> reporter: sure. arthel: jon right now new reaction to the capture of an alleged cia agent accused of spying in russia. ryan fogel was arrested in moscow this week. the u.s. embassy official is accused of trying to recruit a russian intelligence agent. the russians releasing video of fogel, showing he had two wigs, a makeup kit, a compass and a map of moscow. "new york post" editorial -- peter brooks is here, he writes, you're saying there is a message
behind moscow's bad hairspray spy buzz. what is the message that moscow is trying to send? the fact is they are very unhappy with our intelligence activities there. and this i think was an opportunity for them to try to embarrass the cia. this was i think there was a lot of thee at trick thee at tricks involved here. the only thing missing was the grouch owe marx glasses. a compass, who uses a compass any more, not some say they are not important but who uses them any more. they through somebody else out in december, a supposed ci, a agent in december. there was no nan fair. i guess we continue to try to recruit russian intelligence officers, and the russians said that is enough. what they did is they had tv cameras there on a stake out, the whole thing was shown on television, so they were sending a message to the cia, we are not
happy with what you're doing here in moscow, we warned you once, now we are going to this level, knock it off. arthel: so you're saying that the alleged cia spy, even if he did get caught he may have not had the crazy wigs and stuff in his possession, that they may have thrown it in to make fun of them. >> that is a possibility. there is a blog out there saying the blond wig he was shown with may have come from a kgb museum, and that it was from an arrest of another american back in the 1980s. i mean it's a terrible wig. arthel: it's an awful wig. >> that is a possibility. it's not quite clear. like i said, i think they tried to make this cia look like buffoons here, and it's unfortunate. arthel: it is unfortunate. hey, look so russia, they are like knock it off, but isn't it the pot calling the kettle black, remember anna chapman got busted a couple of years ago, she was that sex see russian spy. >> right, exactly. the russians are here in the united states especially in the
washington area at cold war levels. we had anna chapman a few years ago. don't forget aldridge aims at the cia, robert hanson at the fbi. spying happens and so does counter spying. but the important thing here is is that we may be very concerned about we are not getting the straight information we need on what is going on in place is like president caucuses, with dagezstan. the russians may not be telling us what we need to know for our own security, we have to go around the official channels to get somebody to tell us this important information. i think our intelligence agencies are probably doing what they need to do to try to keep us safe, so bravo for them. arthel: and indeed the spy games continue. before i let you go, what happens if you are a cia operative or you're a sphaoeu with the fbi and you get
busted? what happens do you get put back on a desk job or reinvent yourself and go out there undercover. >> it's hard. like i said in the column in the "new york post" yesterday he was caught, he won't be aible to come back to russia, certainly it would put a dent in your career. not the sort of thing that you want to happen, so, it's unfortunate for -- this this person was a cia officer it's unfortunate for his career. arthel: because they are doing important work. peter brooks, thank you very much. >> thank you. jon: in a bit the house ways and means committee is grilling some folks from the i.r.s., including that man there, the outgoing head, the guy -- well his head was sort of in the chopping block after this i.r.s. scandal involving extra scrutiny paid to conservative, tea party and patriot groups. he's losing his job, but then again he had intended to leave it early anyway, or leave of it in the next few weeks i should
arthel: welcome back. for most of us north america is home. we spend every day here but you know what? not many of us have experienced just how diverse and spectacular this continent really is. that is about to change. we can all rediscover north america in a ground-breaking television event. it is a seven-part series from the discovery channel. take a look. >> and the winterry foothills of wyoming, deep in the hollow of a fallen tree, a new life begins. a 250-pound black bear has given birth to an eight-ounce cub. she hasn't eaten or had a sip of water since october. yet she will nurse him every
few hours for the next three months, concert having her stored up body fat into milk. mother and cub, sleep in each other's arms, waiting for the seasons to change. all across north america life stirs. a timeless awakening untouched by the hand of man. spring once more. arthel: phenomenal. hugh is the series producer of discovery's "north america". thank you for being here. >> pleasure. arthel: got to tell you watching that bear, you say 250-pound black bear giving birth to an eight ounce cub, i had no idea. >> i know. they get born very, very early. then they spend several months in hibernation before they venture out into the big wide world. arthel: you hear so many stories of about bears and
you don't want to get so close to them. how were you able to capture a fascinating time in that mother bear's life? >> with all wildlife films you have to get a lot of help and assistance from scientists n that particular case we were working alongside scientists monitoring the population of black bears. arthel: where in particular was that. >> that was in west virginia. arthel: west virginia. you say you, talk about north america being unexplored territory as a whole, as a continent. when did you realize this would be a good journey to take us the viewers on? >> people love the continent series. funny enough although north america is one of the most known continents on the planet nobody had done it as a whole series. it was a on just -- obvious one to do the definitive natural history story of north america. arthel: you have done many films about nature, et cetera, what is it that you would say most fascinated you, what you discovered on your journey through north america?
>> well, north america to me is like a world in one continent. it's, you know, extremes of weather. it is extremes of landscape. it has got great diversity of wildlife. i think people will be incredibly surprised exactly how much is in this great continent. arthel: what you're saying is so true, this is home. of course we have wonderful national parks but are some of the places that you are showing in this series, are these places that perhaps we could go as tourists? or are they uncharted territories where it is not appropriate for us to go. >> no, i think anybody could go to any of the places we visited. some of them are really are off the beaten track. you would need a lot of time or money to get there. arthel: what is that? >> that is a mountain goat crossing a stream in glacier national park. arthel: my goodness. glacier national park is your backdrop. that is not a soundstage. those goats are not actors, because of that it took you 3 1/2 years to finish the series?
>> that's right. the thing you have to remember about wildlife they don't like to read scripts. you have to deal with, very unpredictable wildlife behavior, unpredictable weather, the seasons. if you luck out one year, you know, you need more years to sort of build up a, sort of a profile of behavior you're intereed in. arthel: exactly. and i would imagine when you're building up the profile and you're doing all your work, hugh, i'm guessing that these types of productions can only deepen your respect that you have in the awe that you have for nature? >> absolutely. i mean, i lived in the states for two years and i have traveled through a lot of this country but, you know, even when i started this series and over the last two or three years have been blown away by some of the things i've seen here. it is a lifetime of different trips and experiences. arthel: i'm really fascinating. hugh, thank you very much. >> a pleasure. arthel: want to let everybody know discovery channel's "north america",
premears it sunday and run through june 16th. jon, that is fascinating. want to watch the whole thing. jon: love watching those goats jump in the stream. thanks, arthel. there is some incredible new video after wrong-way driver sending another car for a swim. we'll bring that to you coming up. plus, the trial of a female james bond, the woman on the right, accused of murdering the woman on the left, an aspiring model. that trial is now underway. we're getting a first glimpse of the defense and prosecution strategy in this case. our legal panel weighs in next. man: the charcoal went out already? ... forget it. vo: there's more barbeque time in every bag of kingsford original charcoal. kingsford. slow down and grill.
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wrong-way driver situation, sending another car into a pool. i mean that is talking about a carpool. look at this, guys. this is surveillance video from fort lauderdale, florida. watch as a white vehicle, speeding, northbound in the southbound lane, nearly hit as black car pulling into the parking lot, then it slams into a parked car and there it goes pushing the car into the motel pool. boom. authorities had to drain the pool. you can see the wrecked car, the bottom of the pool, thankfully no one was in the parked car or the pool at the time and the driver of this speeding car was taken to the hospital. police did not release her name or why she was in the wrong lane in the first place. >> we'll be presented with cell phone records, numerous photographs recordings and then there is the testimony from the witnesses and it will be through the presentation of witnesses and evidence that you will
learn the facts of this case as they occurred on march 15th. >> i believe that you will find from the evidence that the forensic evidence, the dna evidence, the fingerprints are not conclusive. dna evidence doesn't tell you when it got there or how it got there. there is no evidence that shows that kelly park would have any reason to commit the brutal crime like this. she had no connection to the --. jon: well, testimony is about to resume this morning in a murder trial that is gaining national attention. you just heard opening arguments in the case of the so-called female james bond. kelly soo park is accused of murdering the woman you see on your screen here, model, guiliana redding, five years ago. prosecutors claim park was essentially carrying out a hit. that she strangled young woman in retaliation for redding's father pulling out after business deal. they claim the dna links
park to the crime scene. the defense is arguing that the forensic evidence won't prove park is guilty and she doesn't have a motive for murder. we have fred tecce, former federal prosecutor and carey hackett. a criminal defense attorney. fred, you say the defense as a tough road to hoe here. the women didn't know each other, there was no connection to each other and but there could be no motive for murder but there is something called money, fred. >> there is a lot of tough like that. there is money, you have to think those things out before you tell the jury at. you tell them the people didn't know each other but that woman's dna was in the victim's apartment, on the victim's neck and victim's cell phone and bloody fingerprint. what you're seeing, jon, i will let carrie talk about this, they want you to look over here, there isn't that, no motive element of the crime. look somewhere else. the money lines up.
this man bragged she was a female james bond although i don't think that evidence will come in. jon: the prosecution's theory, that cooley zoo park murdered julianna redding because redd a egg father backed out of a deal. the buy wanted to teach a lesson to his punitive partner. >> that's right. but i think that they're going to have some troublinging park to this transaction that occurred between redding's father and the doctor. i think here the defense strategy is really going to be key and it's going to be important to see whether the defense can get in this alternate story that they say occurred which is that john gilmore, her boyfriend, who was violent toward her, actually committed the killing and not miss park. jon: they don't have the evidence that he was violent toward her, do they? >> right. they don't, jon. >> they have evidence that
he was violent toward her. >> that's what you need, right? they have no evidence to support the theory. it was something made up and the judge precluded it. jon: carrie, what about it, the fred points out, they found kelly soo park's dna on the victim. if these two women never met, how does that happen? >> well, miss park certainly at some point was in that apartment. and we don't know exactly how that the evidence is going to play out or what the defense is going to say with respect to miss park's presence within the apartment but certainly if the forensic evidence is conclusive than she was in that apartment at some time. jon: fred? >> probably like, right before the murder. and the money lines up. this doctor has, was paying this woman hundreds of thousands of dollars. i'll tell you something else, jon. the evidence is that this doctor, i will call him like "dr. no", if he wants to be like james bond, "dr. no" threat the country after the defendant in this got arrested.
you know what we call that where i come from? flight is evidence of consciousness of guilt. a lot of this lines up. it is a good circumstantial case but the defense lawyers like carrie will do the best they can but i think in the end it won't be enough. jon: the defense is trying to distract, the defense is trying to distract and give the jury a shiny object to look at. is that what this amounts to in this case from the defense standpoint? >> possibly. they're trying to show that the evidence is circumstantial and that it is not strong enough to show beyond a reasonable doubt that it was mispark that killed redding. jon: we'll keep an eye on it. carrie hackett, fred tecce. thank you. >> thanks for having me. arthel: interesting case for sure. it is provocative. jon: sure is. they found the victim's body in an apartment where the gas was kept on and a candle was burning. somebody wanted that apartment to blow up. >> yeah, for sure. do you watch "american idol?". >> i haven't for a while. i'm one of those who kind
of --. arthel: that's okay. i will fill you in. jon: okay. arthel: now we have a new "american idol.". we will tell you and mr. jon scott. jon: yes. arthel: and you know, fans had to say good-bye to one of the favorites. they were both favorites. we'll give you details when we come back. >> the winner, of "american idol", season 12, is -- goodnight.
candice glover. [cheers and applause] she wins the title!. ♪ . arthel: i grew gray hairs waiting to hear him say her name. candice glover, was winner of "american idol." it was a tough, tough decision. idol fans saying good-bye to a long time judge. julie banderas here with more. >> three times a charm. a long-time judge randy jackson bid a final farewell, boy did his last show go out with a bang. after trying out for the show three times, america chose vocal powerhouse candice glover, as the next "american idol." the r&b vocalist from south carolina looked stunned when idol
host ryan seacrest announced her name waiting two hours to do so as arthel turned gray. one of the most standout performances, my personal favorite part of the show if you missed it, hearing capped dis, joined by former "idol" finalist jennifer hudson. they sank natalie cole's inseparatable. in words the duet was perfection. listen to this. ♪ . >> reporter: oh, my gosh, if you missed it, you have to find it online. amazing to watch the whole thing the performance bringing audience and judges to their feet and chills to everyone. candice says all her dreams came true last night. >> when i heard my name, i thought, oh, my gosh i will be making a record. i have a single out. people will buy my stuff on itunes like all my fans and i go on tour and get to do all the cool things.
i can't believe like this is happening. >> i can't. >> reporter: runner-up country singer kree harrison also a favorite. didn't walk away disappointed. >> i am feeling great. going through this whole thing, candice and i were talking with each other we're so proud either way. what we wanted in the show was longevity and a career. i feel like i have that now and a following. i feel like i have already won. >> reporter: yo, yo, randy jackson bid a final farewell after being on the show for all 12 seasons. arthel: thanks, jewels. we'll be back, stick around she got a parking ticket... ♪ and she forgot to pay her credit card bill on time. good thing she's got the citi simplicity card. it doesn't charge late fees or a penalty rate. ever. as in never ever. now about that parking ticket. [ grunting ] [ male announcer ] the citi simplicity card is the only card that never has late fees, a penalty rate,
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jon: high noon on the east coast. we begin the second hour with brand-new stories and breaking news. the outgoing head of the i.r.s. getting grilled today by lawmakers looking for information on the agency's targeting of conservative groups . will anyone get fired? or as speaker john boehner asked be sent to jail. jodi arias in tears as her murdered lover's family speaks in open court, and now word that jodi will get a chance to address the jury before they decide whether she should live or die. and she is known as ruby the heart stealer, the young woman at the center of pwer slivio pweio berlesconi's sex trial.
>> lawmakers grill the tax commissioner about targeting conservatives. welcome to the brand-new hour of "happening now" i'm jon scott. arthel: in for jenna lee i'm arthal nevad neval. republicans blasting the administration for using government powers to target political foes and brand-new questions about the former head of the i.r.s. unit which targeted conservatives. she is now in charge of the tax office enforcing obama care. wendell goler is live at the white house. wendell let's start with today's hearing. >> everybody has condemned the actions of the i.r.s., but republicans and democrats disagree about whether they were politically motivated or poorly thought out. while republicans accuse the administration of targeting political foes the outgoing i.r.s. commissioner denied that and the treasury department
inspector general mcchrystal said his investigation did find. republicans are astonished, they are concerned the i.r.s. will gather medical information. democrats tried to discount that. >> the i.r.s. can't access your medical files. is that true mr. miller? >> correct, sir. >> they cannot find out your private medical information. >> that's correct, sir. >> their job in obama care is simply to collect paid financial information on which a determination is made as to whether somebody can get a subsidy for their premiums, is that correct? >> with you are covered and over what period is what we would be getting. >> steven miller is the outgoing acting commissioner of the i.r.s. he was asked to leave a day after the inspector general's report was released. the president has named dan
wilful of the office of management and budget as the flew acting commissioner, he'll serve until the end of the fiscal year. some republicans -rp not happy with that pick. john cornyn r-r says he is a white house insider that will do nothing to restore cough dense in the i.r.s. arthel: thank you very much, wendell goler. jon: for more on the scandals engulf financing the white house and the political fallout let's talk to monica crowley, thee is a fox news contributor and author of "what the bleep just happened." just trust us, that seems to be the word from the outgoing head of the i.r.s. mr. miller. >> now there is mounting evidence as we saw in this morning's hearings that there is more here than meets the eye. this is not just republicans questioning. we have a number of democrats on the panel and elsewhere questioning what the i.r.s. was up to, why they did this. targeting conservative groups, christian groups, jewish groups, other groups that may have opposed the president's policies over a number of years and now
we've got the chairman of the senate finance committee, democrat senator max baucus saying there is a lot more here than meets the eye. there is more to come and there will be a much broader focus as to what the i.r.s. was doing. jon: if you listen to some on the panel this is about republicans leading a witch hunt against the reus and and maybe the obama administration. take a listen to what jim mcdermott had to say. >> the applications were singled out for names and policy positions not for the activities, which is really what they should have been singled out for. some of these political groups were delayed in getting their taxpayer status and that was wrong. much as i dislike the right i think it's wrong to be uneven handed in government application. jon: but the democrats on the panel seemed to take pains to say that this is not about politics. >> oh, sure, yeah, well their spin is going to try to be that
this is some sort of partisan witch hunt on behalf of the republicans. i don't think anybody in america really believes that when they are seeing the evidence laid before them. we have over 500 conservative groups or conservative-oriented groups tar gettered by the i.r.s. contrary, the i.r.s. didn't use any buzzwords on the left. in other words, no groups with the word progressive in their name or organizing in their name were targeted. we also have the barack h. obama foundation which was fast tracked and actually got their tax exempt status in three we can. conservative groups had to wait a long period of time. the democrats can really try to spin this this way, but i don't think it's going to wash because you have all of these facts coming out proving otherwise. jon: even "usa today," which generally has been pretty friendly to this administration. they said in an investigative piece that the democratic or left-leaning organizations sort of had the wheels greased, the skids greased. >> that they actually got a
pass. they didn't go through the normal order, they got fast tracked or a pass. i think on a broader yes, jon the republicans are handling this in the smartest way possible, which is not to turn it into a partisan thing, despite the evidence what we're seeing, that what the i.r.s. was doing is perhaps a completely democratic partisan operation, the republicans are saying wait a minute, let's do this in a slow, deliberate and methodical way. let's question this folks, have a series of hearings and let's let the facts takes where they may. i think that is the appropriate process and that's what the republicans are doing. the democrats can't really criticize here. a number of high profile tkepl kraplts are agreeing with the republicans we need a broader. jon: some democrats mike mcdermott and the media are criticizing. here is what "the new york times" to say. the most pressing question is no longer how to finesse changes in
immigration or gun control but how far they can push their cases against president obama without inciting a backlash of the sort which has left them staggering in the pass, it's almost a warning shot across the republican's bow that you better be careful about how you prosecute and investigation into this white house. >> well i think the bigger point is a good one, that the republicans don't want to seem like they are just swinging wide wildly or going off the rails in these investigations, and whether it's benghazi or the i.r.s. scandal they've been handling it in a very thoughtful and methodical way. jon: the president says there isn't any there, there. >> right. apparently "the new york times" is willing to believe him on this. it seems to me "the new york times" and other leftists didn't quite give the benefit of the doubt to george w. bush, richard nixon or rapbl ronald reagan. they are okay with barack obama, and not doing their jobs, the kind much investigating that they are doing on this scandal and other scandals. jon: we'll see what happens as
the wheels continue to turn. arthel: a fox extreme weather alert. the search continuing for seven people still missing after text as tornadoes. the deadly twisters wednesday night killed at least six people in north texas, injuring as many as 100 and powerful wind up to 200 miles per hour damaged opener destroyed entire neighborhoods. texas governor rick perry is heading to tkpwrapb bury a city devastated by the tornado to survey the destruction there. meanwhile school is canceled in the nearby community of cleburne. according to the national weather service the twister that hit there was a massive ef3. listen to the sheriff describe the aftermath. >> that area has been effected so bad they are not going to have water any time soon. they are not going to have electricity any time soon. those homes that are standing are uninhabit itabl uninch
uninhabitable for the most part. >> i have people missing. we will go until every piece of debris is turned over and no one is missing in there. i don't have 100% of people checked in. i have half a dozen or so missing, we will continue and call it search and recovering. arthel: chief meteorologist rick weymouth is in the fox extreme weather center with more. >> reporter: so far really it's been a pretty calm severe weather season until just the other day. now we'll see a lot more activity over the next few days. they are out searching for the seven missing. the national weather service people are out there investigating how strong the storms were. now they are up to saying 16 confirmed tornadoes. the one in granbury had a small area with ef4 wind damage. likely winds around the 200-mile an hour range with that storm. you put this into motion over the next couple of days this is what is left. it's not that severe. we start to watch the next storm
pulling in across parts of the west. that will be likely the trigger for our largest severe weather outbreak that we've seen hurricane watch this year. the saturday, sunday monday event, a big dip in the jet stream. when you get a big king in it like that there is a lot of energy involved with it. for the first time this year really sticky conditions. the dew point is high across areas of the south. it's been such a cool season. a cool spring that's kept the severe weather at bay. that's all changing right now. and saturday from areas up around parts of minnesota and north dakota all the way down through kansas a swath where we'll be seeing some severe weather. sunday likely a worst day than saturday still for areas of minnesota, stretching across wisconsin and illinois and back down towards oklahoma and seeing this a little bit of this on monday across much of missouri, kansas and oklahoma. a three-day weather event that we're looking at dealing with it this weekend we'll continue to be on it in the fox weather center. arthel: thanks for keeping us updated, rick.
jon: a tkra about what the particular turn in oj simpson's quest for he freedom. the lawyer he says botched his criminal case takes the stand. we are live at the courthouse in vegas with that. and put this one in the dumb criminal file, the revealing 911 call when a crook's cellphone gets dialed accidentally. >> give me a hammer just in ca case. and i have a massive heart attack right in my driveway. the doctor put me on a bayer aspirin regimen. [ male announcer ] be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. go talk to your doctor. you're not indestructible anymore.
snoop this should be interesting. in oj simpson's quest for a new trial his former lawyer takes the stand in a las vegas courtroom. of the same lawyer simpson says botched his case resulting in a 343-yea 33-year prison sentence for kidnapping and armed robbery. alicialicia acuna r-r live from the courthouse.
>> we are seeing a much different demeanor in yale galanter than in 2008 in the trial. he's uncomfortable in the courtroom today. he says he really doesn't want to be here and much more reserved and a lot less of a show man today. perhaps that is because he's answering questions and accusations by oj simpson. oj khraeufpls h claims he was never told about prosecution plea deal offers. he says he shared the information with oj but that simpson turned him down. oj sayings he was intox indicate eld the night of the robbery and galanter didn't present a drunk defense. galanter says oj was not drunk. and oj sayings he wanted to testify at his trial. >> i thought the evidence was overwhelming. i thought walter alexander and michael mcclinton's testimony about oj telling him to bring the guns, i thought richio's statements, i thought it would be suicide.
and oj agreed with that. >> reporter: simpson's attorneys say he may be called back to the stand as a rebuttal witness. there are others who have testified this week that back up oj's version of events. however it should be noted that those folks also have their own beef with galanter. this is exebgt pecke expected to go all days. it's guessing testy in there. attorneys arguing with attorneys in there. galanter is not taking this lightly and getting defensive himself. the judge could rule today or issue a written ruling within 30 days. jon: keep and eye on it for us. alicia acuna, thank you. >> reporter: will do. arthel: jon so you can't make this stuff up. two would be crooks in california did a pocket dial to 911 by accident. the dispatcher could hear someone on the other end of the line, instead of hanging up decided to listen in. >> 9111, state your emergency. 911, state your emergency.
[inaudible] >> holhello? >> hi probably smell of weed so bad right now. >> give me a hammer just in ca case. [inaudible] arthel: it turns out the dynamic duo was breaking into a car looking for drugs. the dispatcher was listening the entire time, like i said and she figured out where the suspects were and sent a patrol car over there to catch them. >> we parked far away, you know. behind me dude, he's following
me dog. >> he's following us. >> wow. what should i do? what did i do? [inaudible] >> you really called 911? this really called 911? dam. arthel: oh, my goodness. so the cops discovering the items stolen from the car and the two are now facing charges including breaking and entering, possession of stolen property, and conspiracy. jon: dude, what did i do? arthel: seriously. jon: that is a line that didn't work. arthel: dude, they are following us, dog. [laughter] jon: another court case that has been occupying the nation's attention, jodi arias puts her lawyers in a difficult position as they beg for mercy to avoid a death sentence she says she would rather die.
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helps him deposit his checks. jay also like it when mother nature helps him wash his car. mother nature's cool like that. citibank mobile check deposit. easier banking. standard at citibank. arthel: we are waiting for court to resume, it's the penitentiary phase for jodi arias convicted of murdering her former boyfriend. the proceedings where are put on hold until monday with no explanation. yesterday jurors were brought to tears as the victim's family described the painful impact of jodi's deadly rampage. >> there are eight siblings, four boys, four girls, and this tragedy has forever changed our
life. losing travis has completely destroyed the overall health of our family. travis was our strength, our constant beacon of hope, our motivation and his presence has been ripped from our lives. our mind are currently stained with images of our poor brother's throat slit pr ear to ear. arthel: arias will likely address the jury monday as they decide whether she deserves life in prison or a death sentence. p yesterday the sheriff gave reporters a look at jodi's jail cell where she awaits her fate. >> a little toilet, a little sink and two bunks. she gets out one hour a day, and either to shower or make a telephone call. there is no tv, no radio. so she can have pencils, and
write and whatever she wants to do, study. arthel: pwhaoepb while we are learning jodi's defense lawyers asked the judge for permission to get off the case shortly after jodi's conviction. the judge has denied that request. fred tecci is a former federal prosecutor. carry hackette is a defense attorney: jodi arias' defense lawyer is saying i want out. his job at this point is at the very least to try to get life in prison for his khraoeupt, his client has gone on television saying, i don't want to die in prison, i'm going to live a long life, i don't smoke, i want to be put to death. carry it just keeps getting more bizarre. tell me do you think there is a possibility that jodi arias will get the death sentence? >> i do, actually. i think that her only shot at -- her defense team's only shot at
getting her life spared in this circumstance is for her to accept responsibility, to plead for her life and essentially tell the family, and tell the friends of travis alexander that she realizes the magnitude of what she's done and she's truly sorry. to have her do this in a way that is believable and credible. after this trial and all of her testimony and the jury not believing her to this point i think that is going to be very difficult. arthel: and then going -- following up on that, i'll go with you now, fred. let's say come monday jodi gets back up on the stand and says whatever crazy stuff that she intend to do, i mean, you know, the prosecutors here, you're going to play that role right now. they are going to say, no, we should put this woman to death. what do you think jodi could say that perhaps might make the judge or the jury, i should say, spare her life and say, no, you're going to rot in that little jail cell that we just showed you pictures of? >> first of all as far as her comments is that she wants the death penalty. now know how you know when jodi arias is lying? her lips are moving.
you cannot believe a single word that comes out of that woman's mouth. and i will tell you, this jury having found that she is a murderer, they don't believe her, they believe that she is a lying, manipulative bad person and are that's how they will filter everything she says. the answer to your question is there is absolutely nothing she can say that will spare her life. arthel: that's what she wants, she wants to die. you know what -- >> no she doesn't. don't believe that for one minute. she spent 18 days on the witness stand lying to this jury. that is not the conduct of somebody who wants to die. she is a manipulative dishonors person. if she says that to the jury she'll get death, and to if she says that she doesn't want to die she'll get death. it doesn't matter. they will filter it, convict her and give her the death penalty. arthel: let's go to the oj trial. we have alicia acuna covering it for us in vegas. so, yale galanter is the big witness today. he took the stand, he, as you
know was oj's attorney back for that trial in 2008. so now yale galanter is up there in his own defense, we are looking at a live shot here from the courtroom. there he is sitting there. and the way alicia acuna described his demeanor inside the courtroom was uncomfort anal, reserved, defensive because he's got to defend himself. it's at this point his word against oj's word. oj says look this guy back then was ineffective as counsel. he didn't tell me there was a plea bargain on the table. he told me i could go to that hotel room and get my stuff and it's all right. having -- guys bringing you back on camera, now, fred and carry, do you think that oj is going to get a new trial or stay with the trial, go ahead. answer for me fred, first. >> no, i don't. i think he's being -- i don't believe him. the testimony was overwhelming. i don't believe that the guy didn't deliver the plea. and as far as i'm concerned even if you believe everything that oj said it's still not enough to be an ineffective assistance of counsel.
i'm torn, i know oj was committed to finding nicole brown simpson's real killer and i've heard raoufplers that tha rumors that that person is in the nevada prison system. so he can keep looking as far as i'm concerned. arthel: tell me your thoughts watching galanter there in court. >> i disagree. i think oj will get a new trial in this case. i think if galanter didn't deliver the plea deal that is an absolute failure on his part of a duty, an obligation that he had to his client and i think that there would have been a good likelihood that oj would have taken the plea deal if conveyed by galanter. arthel: you think oj is going to get a new trial. >> i think so. arthel: it's an evidentiary hearing, it's up to the judge, he'll make the decision. thank you for your input, your insight and we'll keep watching. thanks, guys. >> take care. jon: just in, we got word that the nation-wide powerball jackpot is now estimated to be
$600 million. but don't get too excited if you actually win the thing it's only worth about $377 million. arthel: that's all? jon: of course the government gets its share of it. people have been buying tickets like mad, driving that number up. $600million the new powerball drawing to be taking place this weekend. the obama administration facing possibly its worst week ever with the ongoing i.r.s. chief in the congressional hot seat -- outgoing i should say, as well as major developments concerning benghazi and the a "associated press." but is scandal fatigue already setting in among the main-stream media? we'll ask our question of our news watch panel. plus, bombshell testimony today from the woman at the tenth tere of a sex scandal involving a former italian premiere, slyvio berlesconi.
arthel: a parade of scanned dams tainting the white house keeping lawmakers busy on capitol hill. today they are ripping into the i.r.s. and the justice department could be next to face their furry over the decision to seize phone records of the "associated press." chief political correspondent carl cameron is live in washington. carl, are we going to see the justice department get grilled by congress the way the i.r.s. is getting it away.
>> reporter: almost certainly. the president yesterday says he makes no apologies because use of national security leaks can cause lives. he said he was open to the idea of talking about ways to protect free speech and freedom of the press. republicans are already laying out very feisty ways for a lengthy investigation to soon start. watch. >> this culture of intimidation, this hardball politics tactics, we cannot stand for this and i hope we will be united in condemning this and insuring we get to the bottom of this with significant investigations and hearings from the committees in the senate that have jurisdiction on the matter. >> reporter: there is going to be hearings not only on what went wrong but how in the future they can protect reporters and their sources. while the president tkefpbed the justice department's unprecedented actions he said he's willing to consider taking a look and having a discussion about ways too strengthen journalists protections. >> to the extent that this case, which we still don't know all
the details of, to the extent that this case has prompted renewed interest about how do we strike that balance properly, then i think now is the time for us to go ahead and revisit that legislation. i think that is a worthy conversation to have. and i think that is important. >> reporter: when he was a u.s. senator back in 2000 senator obama supported legislation to strengthen reporters and their sourcers. when he became president he opposed the legislation. freshman florida republican trey raydell has interest dupessed the free flow of information act, the saeuplt october that president obama ko*ep sponsored. there are two house serve tiffs, and two liberals, they are introducing legislation called the telephone records protection act that would prevent agencies from obtaining phone records in
all americans without a court order. and new york senator chuck schumer who came up with what was called a shield bill several years ago is going to bring that out of the dust bin closet. interest has been filibustered to death. he said it would potentially help journalists. some say there is a something in it that wouldn't have stopped the ap. lots of work to be done. jon: president obama facing three bombshell scandals this week as the outgoing head of the i.r.s. faces tough questioning on capitol hill today. this for his agency's practice of targeting tea party and other conservative groups who are applying for tax exempt status. the release of emails related to what the administration said in the days after the terror attacks in benghazi, and how the infamous talking points were created. and finally attorney general eric holder's congressional testimony this week about the justice department's secret surveillance of the "associated
press." seems, though, that scandal fatigue is already setting in among the mainstream media. last night on abc mention of the three scandals was the second-story of the broadcast with a total of 1 minute 44 seconds of coverage. over on cbs the i.r.s. scandal was second and benghazi third on that broadcast a total of five minutes and 38 seconds of coverage. and on nbc mention of the three scandals came in fifth, after a story ondent with historical context on the scandals in 6th place for a total of 4 minutes 32 seconds of coverage. let's bring in our news watch panel, judith miller is a. wink *p winning investigative reporter and author. kirstin powers a daily beast columnist, both are fox news contributors. judy is there scandal fatigue, and how can you have it when we don't know the depth that these things have gone to? >> well, jon, when issues get comma kaeuplted and the press have to do a lot of filling in
of facts that perhaps they haven't bothered to report before, yes, things do get complicated and it makes you tired. but i think whether or not this was the lead item, or the second item on all of the network broadcasts, we have to admit that the mainstream peopled yeah have finally woken up to the trifecta of scandals gripping the country this week. i think we are seeing a kind of improvement in a willingness to at least examine charges that have been around for a longtime but that are now coming back to haunt the president and that he by the way has finally been forced to respond to personally. jon: kirsten, you have said that republicans run the risk of making too much out of all of this. >> uh-huh. yeah. well i think they already have, frankly made a lot of mistakes, in terms of over blowing a lot of the accusations against the white house. and when they do that it makes people tune them out, even the marco rubio clip that was just played right before our se
segment. i gathered he was talking about the ap leak. you know, the republicans have been some of the most aggressive percent crouters persecutors of whistle-blowers, have wanted obama to be more aggressive than he already has been which would almost be impossible, frankly. jon: you're talking about in terms much prosecuting leakers. >> yes, right in terms of prosecuting leakers, which was the point of the ap -- that's what they were trying to do, they were trying to find out who was leaking information to the ap so they could prosecute them. to turn around and start attacking him is such politicizing in a way that i think will make people really tune it out. i think even on benghazi where i think there are a lot of serious questions, by bringing up watergate, by trying to compare it to things that i don't think are fair analogies, they are just -- they are giving an excuse to the people who don't want to cover it. jon: judy there are a lot of people out there who think that the press didn't care much about
any of this until a press organization, the ap became a target. but i mean here is what we know, we know that the white house itself was going to announce that this al-qaida plot to blow up an airliner, the white house was ready to announce that the next day. the ap apparently wrote the story, put the story out there with cia approval and now all of a sudden the white house is angry. >> right. well once again we have questions. what was it that was so damaging or potentially damaging to national security that it required the issuing of telephone -- not a request, a seizure of telephone records from the ap of 20 different lines involving as many as 100 reporters? now that better be one heck of a national security week leak because that is a pretty broad dragnet and we need answers to those questions. and it's very tough because the minute we ask questions like
this the white house, or the justice department inc says it's national security. we can't tell you, we can't discuss can it. that won't wash any more. jon: we will keep an eye on all three of the stories and certainly on news watch tomorrow. thank you both. this great panel will be back tpoerb news watch this weekend, a special one-hour edition, which starts tomorrow at 2:30 eastern time. we cover the coverage. the week's top stories. arthel: "happening now" h the woman at the center of the so-called b u.n. ga-b u.n. ga sex scandal involving former italian premiere hoop silvio berlusconi in court. harris is more from our newsroom. >> reporter: it even has its own hashtag on twitter and people make fun of it. for the very first time we are seeing this woman in sworn testimony, and it's been an interesting day. she isabelle lee dancer nicknamed ruby the heart stealer showing up for the trial of
three people who worked for 0 silvio berlusconi. they are accused of recruiting beautiful young women, specifically miners for prosecution at sexy parties. on the stand today ruby as i guess we should call her here confirmed the sexual atmosphere of those parties giving a volume of details about women, some underage girls pretending to be older, dancing and dressing up. she was given money every time she went to one of the parties after being recruited. she would dress up as a n u.n. while some of the other dancing women were in costume as well, some as president obama. and eventually they all stripped down to their underwear. at one point it got pretty steamy in the courtroom when ruby the heart stealer lifted up her hem line to show how she would flash her lingerie to the men and silvio berlusconi at the parties. with all this hard to believe she was actually original here on the witness list for the defense. obviously they've changed their strategy there as prosecutors are focusing on the fact that
ruby was just 16 years old in her first party appearances. three silvio berlusconi aides include an executive from hid media empire, a former hefp dental assistance and a talent agent. we'll keep yo you posted. jon: a significant medical breakthrough. scientists cloning human stem cells for the first time. and sr-pbs thaand advance that could enable transplants and better treatments. the doctor is here to explain this medical marvel next.
. ee. arthel: "happening now" scientists reporting a major medical breakthrough. using cloning techniques to convert human skin cells into embryonic stem cells. this may mean a host of new medical treatments for serious diseases. dr. david zumati is a memorandum pwerp of the fox medical team and chief of robotics. tell me what the breakthrough is and the biological and medical applications, and what sort of new windows into medical research that this will open. >> this is a huge maimer step in this kind of research actually and it's completely different than the embryonic stem cell which had a controversial and ethical issue that came with
that. this is hefp coming from oregon in the journal cell. they are talker being the ovarian eggs. it's only the egg we are talking about and the foundation of this is on something called somatic nuclear cell transfer. what it means ao is you take the egg, imagine you take out the yoke part of it but leave awful the white and take a piece of skin from the person. you can take his cell and put it exactly where that nucleus was. now all of a sudden you have this stem cell that you can develop, and through tissue engineering now you can start creating heart valves and engineer it to get nerves and muscles. tremendous possibility and breakthrough which is going to help with a lot of people with multiple shra ro phult multiple shra row sus, never disease. if you're healthy and nothing wrong with you you can bank it and that stays in the bank until god forbid if something happens we can go back and reach out to
the stem cells, develop them and engineer them. it's exciting because as a urologist we are not involved that much in it. one of my colleagues actually, from lake forest has done tremendous tissue engineering. we have developed bladders we can put in the abdomen. the thought of creating an oregon for a heart valve and put it back, extremely major advancement. arthel: thank you for breaking it down so nicely, dr. david zumati always good to see you. >> good to see you. jon: those explosive hearings on capitol hill over i.r.s. misconduct. a lawyer for dozens of conservative groups targeted by the tax man joins "america live." what he says the former i.r.s. chief is not fessing up to. plus, here comes the sun, what powerful solar flares, the strongest in year, are doing to us here on earth. we went out and asked people a simple question:
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snoop right now the plight of nasa's telescope tasked with finding a new earth. a nasa administrator says the telescope is not down and out yet as scientists try to figure out a man to fix the planet hunter after a crucial telescope stopped working. the chief astronomer at franklin's institute planetarium is here. what do you think the chances are here of fixing this thing. >> it's hard to say at this moment because the engineers working on this are trying to characterize exactly what the problem is. once they figure out what the real problem is they might be able to figure a way to get what are called reaction wheels that keep the satellite in position, get them working again to continue the mission. if they can't do that then one of the things they have as an
option is to go to doing a different kind of science that doesn't require such accurate targeting. jon: this thing is out there sort of like the hubble space telescope but it's specifically tasked with looking for other earth-like plants out there. >> yes i planets out there. >> it's done a fantastic job. it's looking at 150,000 stars trying to identify planets orbiting the stars doing this all at the tame time. it's been able to identify 2700 candidates and about 800 objects that appear as planets orbiting other stars. it's done a fantastic job so far. the next task of course is to try to identify more earth-like planets. >> mean time our own star, the one we call the sun, is having a bit of inch digestion, it's burping out these well all sorts of things. some pretty bad solar storms erupting on the solar surface, solar flares. >> it's been very intense this past week. there have been four x class
solar flares, the most intense kind we can have, although the scale of them can be higher as well. this is typical for the sun at this particular period. it's right in the middle, right at the peak of its cycle of sun spot activity, and that means that we'll see all sorts of high activity on the sun, a lot of sun spots, big sun spots, big flares and prominencess, and that of course can lead to of course for us more northern lights activity. jon: that is good. the good news too is that a lot of these were sort of pointed away from us, right? >> that is the good thing. they aren't really going to directly effect the earth or effect how relive on the earth. they are not that big but it creates wonderful opportunities. we don't have very much to be worried about at all here. jon: derek pitts good to have you on again. thank you. >> thank you very much. jon. arthel: imagine heading out your back door and finding this. okay. what? we'll see what happened next i g
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he fell cushioned his fall they plan to release him into the ocala national forest. >> he is cute. >> jon: trying to get grub. >> that's all we need. >> jon: thank you for joining us. >> "america live" starts right now. >> megyn: fox news alert. tempers boiling about the scandal at the irs. welcome to "america live," everyone, i'm megyn kelly. we have been watching a remarkable hearing in washington, d.c. just wrapping up moments ago. both republican and democratic members of the house ways and means committee grilling the now ousted irs commissioner, booted about a couple weeks early from his job. steve miller with the blistering barrage of questions, asking him who gave the order to target conservative groups more than two years ago. challenging miller with accusation that's previously lied repeatedly to congress. when asked about this issue in prior appearances before them. and also asking whether the irs shared information on these groups improperly