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>> that arizona mom who had been stuck in a mexican jail let out of a mexican prison. more on that on "fox & friends" which starts right now. have a great weekend. >>gretchen: good morning everyone. it is friday, may 31. we start with a fox news alert because we have breaking news overnight. an arizona mom has been freed from a mexican prison after being framed for drugs. >> i'm free! i'm free! i'm free! i'm free! i was innocent, so i was very, very happy. >>alisyn: how were officials able to prove her innocence so quickly? we'll tell you. >>steve: eric holder's efforts to smooth things over with the news media may have backfired. wait until you hear how he plans to apologize. >>brian: everyone from john wayne to ronald reagan has warned them and they
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all made -- they're all made in america. anna kooiman saddling up for a ride and we're doing it live. let it roll. she is just riding out of my life. bye anna. "fox & friends" -- please come back -- starts now. ♪ ♪ >>brian: finishing off the stage with a ratchet set. alisyn, you were peeling
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off the back. >>alisyn: yes, i was here early to bring everybody lone star. it's going to be a great morning. i've been listening to their music all morning long. we have a rockin' concert for you. >>brian: amazing how everybody works to get the stage together, get the lights going and the music we'll be playing and the band is here. >>steve: you ever wonder where between concerts where we keep the picnic table. >>alisyn: where? >>steve: in a parking garage. down the street. yesterday there was a.j. and he had -- >>brian: which one is a.j.? >>steve: really organizing this particular event. he was pushing one of the picnic tails down 48th street out of the parking structure. >>alisyn: he's a vendor actually, a hot dog vendor. >>brian: was there a program for him at hofstra
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where he went to school? would his mom be proud of that? >>alisyn: a fox news alert. finally free overnight, the american mom jailed in mexico on drug charges has been released. this is brand-new video you're looking at of her leaving the jail in mexico. heather nauert is here with this developing story. >> good morning. what a warm welcome she's getting home. moments ago yanira maldonado arrived back home in goodyear, arizona, where she's from. she spoke at a press conference. listen to this. >> i'm free! i'm free! i'm free! i was innocent! so i was very, very happy. first i was very sad because it was -- i was there, because i was innocent. i was told that i would be, you know, sent to another
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prison, a federal prison. my faith and my family kept me going. >> her faith and her family kept her going. last night around 10 p.m. mountain time the mother of seven who had been locked up on drug charges for about a week now walked out of that mexican jail and into her husband's arms. a judge dropping the charges after court officials reviewing video that showed maldonado and her husband boarded a bus in mexico with blankets, a bottle of water and her purse in hand. she was with her husband back to arizona from a funeral in mexico and that's when authorities arrested her. they claimed they found 12 pound of marijuana under her bus seat. thanks to that crucial security video footage it was obvious she could not have carried 12 pound of pot with her in just her little purse. the authorities say she had brought those drugs on board with her. during the entire ordeal
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she repeatedly professed her innocence saying she was framed. the naturalized u.s. citizen was born in mexico and she says she'll likely avoid future trips there, but she still loves her home country. >>brian: it's good to have her out. but do we know who jammed the pot in her seat? >> we don't know that yet. it could have been mexican officials. of course not saying that is absolutely the case. but they have a history of doing that, a long history of corruption where they'll try to get money out of people, especially americans. >>steve: shakedown. good news she's out. >> we'll keep you posted on new developments. >>brian: not going to the hard rock in mexico any time soon. >>alisyn: let's get to your headlines. there's been a big political development overnight. mitt romney returning to the public stage. he tells this morning's "wall street journal" that he's plankton work on ways to -- quote -- "help shape national priorities." he starts next week with a
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three-day meeting for 200 friend and supporters in utah. a brand-new report says u.s. officials told the benghazi medical center to use the name john doe on the death certificate of ambassador christopher stevens. they say it's because they didn't want to draw undue attention to his importance as the u.s. rushed to recover his body. it is believed doctors did not know who stevens was initially. a man speaking arabic used stevens' cell phone to call the ambassador in tripoli but officials were suspicious. they decided not to send a u.s. rescue team waiting at the benghazi airport. a u.s. local sent word to the u.s. embassy that stevens had indeed died. she used her zumba fitness studio as a front as she collected $40,000 in welfare. in a few hours alexis wright will be sentenced in
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maine. 20 counts including prostitution, tax evasion. she videotaped clients including a former mayor at her studio. >>steve: who's zumba-ing who. >>alisyn: a 13-year-old boy from queens the new spelling champ. >> knaidel. >> definition, please? >> german derived yiddish. >> k-n-a-i-d-e-l. knaidel. >>alisyn: he is the new champ after correctly spelling the yiddish word for dumpling. the eighth grader came in third place in the last two years.
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he says he'll spend more time studying physics this summer now that he won his final spelling bee. at 7:22 eastern he will be live on "fox & friends." we will challenge him. can he spell kinnish? >>brian: that's what makes him different. a lot of people when they have an elective they choose auto mechanics. he chooses physics. >>steve: first boy who won since 2008. let's talk about the d.c. scandals. let's focus on the one where the department of justice cracking down trying to prosecute journalism. eric holder yesterday met with a handful of news editors. they have twice as many government officials than journalists. a.p. saying, rosen thing, we probably overdid it.
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going forward, we'reake sure wee circles of officials who have to agree when we issue a subpoena. keep in mind, on the affidavit involving james rosen, it was the attorney general himself who signed off on it. apparently they're going to have to have the attorney general and somebody who knows what they're doing sign off on it. >>brian: not only that, they discussed it as well as sign it. he couldn't say i signed a bunch of documents like hillary clinton said. not attending meetings? fox news and the a.p. did not attend. showing up the "wall street journal," abc, "washington post," chicago tribune, "usa today." here's the good news: word leaked out about what happened at which time it was a good listening tour. are they going to have tighter restrictions? have a high level of review before they go into
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reporters' phone records. he has until july 12 to come up with recommendations for the president. >>alisyn: is anyone else appreciating this meeting he's holding with media representatives about how to have greater transparency and work better with off the record? >>steve: they did change the terms. >>alisyn: fine. their first instinct was we're going to have off-the-record meetings about how to have a better relationship and have more media transparency which is why fox news set it up as well as "the new york times," as you said. there was an act -- it was suggested in 2007 that would have helped with transparency for the media. and in fact at that time senator barack obama was one of the cosponsors of this bill that was supposed to allow for more transparency from the government and for the media to better do its job. but once he became president, barack obama suddenly felt a little bit differently about this act
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that he had once supported. >>steve: so, in other words, barack obama was for the shield act before he was against the shield act. but now he is for the shield act again? oh man, he just outtkeud john kerry. can eric holder survive this particular scandal? there are many people on both sides of the aisle who said it is time for him to go. allen west weighed in on this last night. >> you look at fast and furious, his mishandling of the new black panther voter intimidation case and i think you've reached a tipping point for attorney general eric holder when you start to use your power to go after the media, and you see that not just on the conservative side but also on the liberal side many people calling for him to step down. he's now become a drag shoe on the president. you have had a media that has made excuses for eric holder and really for this entire administration, you know, more times than not.
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and so there is a level of we can act with impunity. there is a level of we're above, you know, the scrutiny of these, the congress and what have you. understand we voted to hold him in contempt for fast and furious. now all of a sudden, you know, you have turned your guns on those who have tried to protect you. and they're not very appreciative of that. >>brian: the wall street writes this is the one scandal the white house fears most. here's why. the media has always been in their corner. in this instance even though the public doesn't care as much, the media does. if you lose the media, they lose any time of momentum for having gains in the mid terms. so that is why something has to happen and that is why look for something to happen. shocking yesterday, or was it the day before, jonathan turley in the "usa today"
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writes an editorial, a somewhat liberal professor in washington, he says no doubt about it. this guy has got to go. he'll be joining us in about ten minutes. >>steve: one of the things we do know, that the journalists and editors did tell mr. holder yesterday, by the way, you overdid it. so, remember they're not giving out any details other than the broad strokes of what happened. that's broadly what happened. >>alisyn: we'll hear from jonathan turley in about three minutes. walter reed became the latest victim of the sequester. we'll explain that. >>steve: get ready to prancercize. the video you have to see. >>alisyn: final - an exercise i can do. for all he.
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>>brian: first he said this: >> with regard to the potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure material, that is not something that i have ever been involved in, heard of or would think would be a wise policy. >>brian: but the justice department confirmed that attorney general eric holder was involved in a decision. in fact he had heard of it, he's in the middle of it,
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to spy on reporters and even signed off on the warrant to peek into the private e-mails of fox news reporter james rosen. now he's telling reporters to come down, here's explanation and let's be chummy together and figure out a way forward. our next guest says game over for eric holder. he's got to go. jonathan turley, professor of public interest law at george washington university. what was the deal breaker for you? >> holder has been criticized for years by civil libertarians for all the policies that we know of, the kill list policy, the president claims he can kill a citizen on his own authority. there is a host of roll backs that holder has overseen. this crossed the rube con, the attack on the free press. the free press is in my view the most important guarantee of liberty in this country.
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the framers viewed it that way. that is why it is in the first amendment. it is there because it is often the press that hold the government accountable, forces them to take responsibility. what's astonishing to me is how the supporters of this president have sort of cast this aside. they belittle the attack on the media. you see them saying well as long as people like rosen weren't prosecuted it is not an attack on the media. that's really ridiculous. the fourth amendment protects against unlawful searches whether or not you're prosecuted or not. the first amendment protects against privileges and protections of the media. >> you point to the fact that the attorney general is supposed to be sin eater for the president. if he's going out on his own, he's hurting the president and he should be out of a job. >> the best thing is not to have sins to eat.
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there is no question that in my view, president obama bears responsibility for these acts. i was astonished when president obama suggested that this was all new to him. for years many of us have been criticizing the administration for the crackdown on whistle-blowers and journalists. this president has brought twice the number of prosecutions under the espionage act for whistle-blowers than all the presidents combined. so it is astonishing for him to say this is all new. but what is even more astonishing is the rather feeble response. this is the president who said he's basically forced out the head of the i.r.s. for targeting conservative groups. his attorney general targets journalists that he sends to a confab with media adjournment, perfectly other worldly. >>brian: you expanded on it in your columnist, jonathan turley saying eric holder has got to go. thanks for joining us.
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>>steve: quick friday morning headlines. new overnight, civilian employees who care for our nations wounded warriors at walter reed medical center in suburban washington will soon be getting furlough notices, furloughed without pay for 11 some days. >> workers at a hotel in chicago will be getting notices for being on strike.
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wages the union argues are now half that city's standard. ali over to you. >>alisyn: the obama administration is being accused of social engineering by taking control of one new york county and changing the zoning so anyone can live there even if they cannot afford it. is this all part of his effort to make america more fair? the westchester county executive is here. rob, great to have you here. your county signed some sort of agreement a few years ago and you agreed to build more affordable housing units in some wealthy suburbs. now h.u.d. wants more units, many more units. what's the problem? >> the county signed an agreement in 2009, we have to build 750 units of affordable housing in mainly white communities based on the census of 2007, $51 million to do that out of taxpayer money. we're complying, doing what the agreement was by the
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previous administration. we're ahead of schedule in building affordable housing as part of the agreement. that is not what this is all about. h.u.d. basically said that. they have written us a letter and said we want us to go over and beyond the agreement, beyond the four corners of the settlement to do things that are not in the contract between the two. and this would require us essentially, they're making a push for us to build many more, 10,000 units at the cost of $1 billion. the biggest issue is zoning. h.u.d. sees skreupblgs -- discrimination and zoning as the same thing. >>alisyn: h.u.d. said to you you are behaving in some sort of racially discriminatory way because you don't want to build more housing units? >> they're saying because a community is white de facto it is segregation and discrimination which is ridiculous. we will never put up with discrimination. i won't. the county won't. but skreupblgs and --
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discrimination and zoning are two different things. zoning says what can be built and where, not who lives this. zoning says the barrier is economics like where th clintons live in chappaqua. >>alisyn: your point is anyone who can afford it can live this. >> absolutely. if there is a real estate agent who is discriminatory, there are laws against that. the county itself is not. what they want us to do is attack local zoning and have any restrictions -- and they put these in letters. i beg people to go to westchestergov.com. you see what is happening in washington, the overreach and control? we've been designee with that. we're the -- we've been dealing with that. we're the epi center in westchester koepbt and they're using housing as their opportunity. there are laws in new york and westchester, plan and
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zone for themselves. if you take away these rules on height, zoning, environmental issues, et cetera, he take it away for everybody. zoning keeps a single-family neighborhood single family. anyone can live there. if you take away those rules on zoning, if your neighbor goes to sell, there could be an apartment complex in the middle of a residential neighborhood, a home depot. >>alisyn: where should people go? >> westchester hud.com. >>alisyn: thank you. the federal government telling our military members in afghanistan no hot meals for you. it is a video everyone is talking about. prancercise. my new favorite exercise. my new favorite exercise. coming up next. look what mommy is having.
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year when its photo was posted. >>steve: why do you have -- that is a grumpy cat. why do you have a problem with people who give animals nicknames? >>alisyn: you don't call your animal cat. you give it a name. >>brian: here you go. if you name your pet tartar sauce, call him that. don't call him something different. >>alisyn: we call him grumpy cat. not the owner. >>brian: we called him that? can we start again? i didn't know. [meow sound] >>steve: i kind of felt bad because when i had a cat back in the day the name of the cat was g. gordon kitty. >>brian: you would not say come here, tartar sauce. >>steve: that wasn't the cat's name. >>brian: thank you. >>alisyn: i'm glad we've
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all agreed now. >>steve: i've got a headache. >>alisyn: i'm going to save you by doing headlines. an important update. a fox news alert, finally free, the arizona mom locked in mexico on drug charges is back on american soil at this hour. here she is at a press conference earlier this morning in arizona. >> i'm free! i'm free! i'm free! i'm free! i was innocent, so i was very, very happy. >>alisyn: this is video of yanira maldonado walking out of a mexican jail last night and into her husband's arms. a judge dropping the charges after reviewing surveillance video which showed her boarding a bus in mexico with only blankets, bottles of water and her purse in hand. the saga started last week. she and her husband were on the way back to arizona from a funeral in mexico when authorities arrested her. they claimed they found this 12 pounds of
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marijuana, under her bus seat. >>steve: new surveillance video shows the minute a truck pulled in front of a train causing a dramatic crash. it happened outside of baltimore. turns out the driver and his company, alvin waste, have a history of poor safety. maryland state police are investigating the company. the crash seen right here -- watch -- kaboom! caused over $600,000 in damage. the truck driver is in serious condition. >>brian: they bravely served our country in afghanistan but marines in camp leather neck will no longer be able to always get a hot meal. starting tomorrow marines working midnight to noon or noon to midnight shifts will lose out. the midnight ration service is one of the few times marines there can be together. the u.s. drawdown is being cited as the reason. >>alisyn: my favorite story of the day.
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forget the treadmill. get ready to prancercise. the unique routine mimics dancing like a horse. you can walk, trot or gallop. i believe she's trotting. >>brian: she dressed up to exercise. that shows it's not exercise. >>alisyn: no, no. that shows how important exercise is. when you wear your pearl necklace and dangley earrings, you take exercise seriously. >>brian: wait a second. she's wearing ankle weights along with her white outfit fit for sunday school. >>alisyn: not everyone can wear white lycra. i have to hand it to her to pull off the white lycra. >>brian: this was done years ago and youtube wasn't out there. prancing might have replaced aerobics. >>steve: the electric slide maybe?
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>>alisyn: i have finally found my summer exercise. >>brian: is this exercise? >>steve: you know why you would like that particular exercise and what she's doing right there, brian, because those pants, the color of tartar sauce. >>brian: good point. not counting the relish. 23 # minutes before the top of the hour. last night the heat won game five of the eastern conference finals. they go back to indiana for game six. lebron james scored 30 points. miami will try to close out the series tomorrow night and advance to a second straight finals against the san antonio spurs who finished in march. ohio state mormon president taking jabs at catholic. gordon g. said he never wanted notre dame to join the big ten conference because the fighting irish head priest could not be trusted. ohio state apologizing for
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that guy's comments. off to a bad start. >>steve: can't trust him? >>alisyn: we have an extreme weather alert for you. another massive storm system spawning at least five tornadoes in america's heartland. this is video of the town of broken arrow, oklahoma. you can see the damage it did to buildings roof. twisters touched down in arkansas. the most active tornado week all year. maria molina is tracking storms today. >> good morning. it's been a very active week so far in terms of severe weather. we've actually received over 800 reports of damaging winds, large hail and even tornadoes all combined. very active, and we are expecting more from that same storm system that's been producing severe weather in sections of the midwest and the plains. i want to show you anywhere from parts of texas up into the great lakes, you could be looking at damaging winds and large hail. the greatest risk area is
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shaded in red across oklahoma city, tulsa and southwestern parts of missouri. heavy rain expected. the ground already saturated. an additional three, four inches of rain. >>steve: maria, thank you very much. meanwhile, 21 minutes before the top of the hour. from race cars to shoot pool, plenty of action this week on and off the curvy couch. >>alisyn: don't worry if you happened to miss a minute of it. >>brian: because here's a look back at a week with -- >>steve: "fox & friends." good morning to you, broadway joe. >> good morning, gang. >>steve: it's national hamburger day, maria molina. >> today is my favorite day of the year. all right. >> clean up. aisle couch.
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>>brian: you want us to take a break? [laughter] >>gretchen: there is somebody who may be taking a break from his job. >>steve: the best never rest. >>brian: have you ever turned up on a kiss cam at a game? >> no kissing, none of that stuff on camera. >>brian: we have some video. can you roll it? >>brian: cheryl cass sew knee was very -- cheryl casone was very good. >> this is why i'm single. >>brian: it's me. not you. >>steve: get your head off your shoulder. >> barbara eden making a comeback. >>gretchen: pretty good. >>brian: you get a letter from bobby brady pretending to be sick. how could you be so gullible to think he could be sick and went all the way to his house? >> a young lady wrote the letter. >>brian: where did i put my pen? >>gretchen: in my pocket.
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>>brian: did you just take my credit card? >>gretchen: it is a magic trick. now you see what happens when i have brian's credit card in my bra. ♪ we're not going to take it ♪ ♪ anymore more >> breaking bones is what i do. >>gretchen: make it easier for me. oh yeah! >>steve: what a week. you brought it up, brian, whether or not charlie the guard would make it where he did kind of a dog thing. >>brian: we were doing a thing where we had to get security because a crowd was building around maria. security was actually in the picture talking to people. >>steve: you miss a little, you miss a lot. >>alisyn: i guess so. coming up congress getting taught how to relax, sleep and even forgive. and you're paying for these
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classes. >>steve: thank goodness. his school got rid of the pledge of allegiance. don't know when exactly but awhile back. the eighth grader who fought back and won. fought back and won. live next. [ male announcer ] erica had a rough day. there was this and this.
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>>brian: a huge as steroid is set to sail past earth. it is so big it has its own moon. it is over a mile and a half wide but it is not a threat to us because we have superman. the government offering congressional staffers lifestyle lessons on your dime. the classes teach members of congress how to forgive, sleep and relax. thanks, tax payer. for more on that and something else. >>steve: an eighth grader who said he hadn't said the pledge of allegiance since elementary school is taking action to change all that. after lobbying faculty and classmates to bring the ritual back to wellesley middle school in wellesley, massachusetts, the pledge has been reinstated. students now have the option every day of saying it. the student behind the pledge fight kyle mckinnon joins us live from the boston area. kyle, good morning to you. >> good morning. >>steve: we've been
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telling the story the last couple of days on "fox & friends." this started when your friend matthew replaced the flag at your school. tell us what happened next. >> he replaced the flag, and my mom brought it up in the wellesley towns men. she talked to me about it and said isn't that interesting. i didn't think a whole lot of it. then i started to think about it more. i said why don't we do anything about it? we replaced the flag. why don't we properly respect it. in my mind, saying the pledge of allegiance, i think is a good way to respect the flag. at the end of the seventh grade i started e-mailing last year's principal and he seemed pretty good with the idea. we didn't get a whole lot done before summer vacation started. this year in eighth grade i started working a lot to get this done. i worked with this year's principal and we sent out a survey to the eighth grade, which is the first big step. about 95% of the students
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said they were either somewhat comfortable to very comfortable saying the pledge of allegiance every day. >>steve: congratulations. the day they kicked off saying the pledge at your school again -- and nobody remembers exactly when they stopped saying it -- you gave a little speech to the kids in your school. what did you say about the flag? >> i said it's just a great way to honor our country and america is a great country. there are so many people that sacrificed their lives for us and for our freedom, and we're free and we should be proud to be americans and we should respect that and we should be happy. >>steve: i understand you also said it's not about politics, it's not about religion. it's about democracy and the right to say it. since you restarted it, what's the reaction been? >> a lot of my friends say good job. some of my friends, they don't even say, and they say good job to me, i'm proud of you.
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you did good. some of my friends come up to me and some people who aren't really my friends say hey, i don't really like this. i don't think this is a good idea. why did you do this? they shouldn't say that because they can just not say it. >>steve: next year you're going to be going into high school. at the high school you go to -- will go to, do they say the pledge? do you know? >> they started saying the pledge before i reinstated it, about a month before. they might have heard about it and wanted to reinstate it because they didn't want to hear from me or they just thought it was a good idea. >>steve: you know what? you're tenacious. it took you over a year to do it but you got the flag salute back there at wellesley middle school in wellesley, massachusetts. kyle mackkinnon, eighth grader, thanks for joining us live and telling your story. meanwhile, straight ahead gibson guitars raided by the feds and given no
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all right. you've seen them on the heads of everyone from john wayne to president ronald reagan and they are made in america. >> we are talking about stetson
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cowboy hats. >> all right. >> anna kooiman took a ride through the factory outside of dallas. thank you very much. and now she's testing them out. she has given up her car service and will now take a horse. >> howdy, anna. >> reporter: thanks for being with us here. we're testing out these stetson cowboy hats today made in america for almost 150 years. these little beauties about a half million are made every single year and shipped. you know what? they take time. about 200 steps they go through between two factories. here's a few of those steps. they're famous in the wild west and no cowboy is complete without them. good hats make steady jobs and the made in america process starts right here. >> the people in garland have been making hats for years. it's just a fabric of the community. >> reporter: stetson began making the hats in 1865 and they
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still use some of the original machinery. can you believe this comes from this? it seems like magic but it's good old fashioned manufacturing. over 350 employees in texas stretch the fabric out until it takes that bucket shape. >> hot water and cold water and you go from this to this. >> reporter: it's not finished yet. >> we're just sanding the brim. >> you are running sandpaper over the top and bottom of the brim. >> giving it more of the cowboy hat finish. >> reporter: with over 2,900 styles, you know they're doing something right. this. >> this is where it gets the stetson seal of approval. made in america. all right. here we go. so they retail between $50 and $5,000 for the top of the line ones that have diamond studs on them. i'm joined by whitney who is a professional barrel racer trying to help me tame the beast. i don't have very much horse
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experience. good morning to you. so mesquite rodeo going on tonight and tomorrow. what is barrel racing exactly? >> you're going to make a cloverleaf pattern. >> lucky four leaf clover. >> you will see how fast you can do it. >> reporter: you don't want to hit the barrels. you say a good time is what? what are you going for? >> low 15. >> reporter: i don't think i could do it in a minute. it's very impressive. how much does it cost to get in and what's the prize? what could you possibly win? >> the entry fee is about $80 and you can win up to $1,000. >> reporter: that would be nice. these stetson cowboy hats are certainly helping us. back to you. >> that looks fun, anna. we'll see you do more tricks later. >> i cannot believe she knows how to ride a horse too. unbelievable. >> your hat is on backwards by
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good morning, everyone. it's friday, may 31. i'm alisyn camerota in for gretchen. thank you for joining us this morning. we have breaking news overnight. that american mom who was locked up in mexico on bogus drug charges has been freed. >> first i was very sad. >> wait until you hear what she was told about bribing the judge. >> he went to the white house 157 sometimes. what was the former commissioner of the irs doing there? you'll hear from the man who once had his job and he speculates. >> meanwhile, how do you spell success?
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>> a-n-a- -- >> that's how you spell dumpling. >> the national spelling bee champ is here to put us to the test. "fox & friends" starts right now. ♪ you're listening to lone star. they are today's featured performers at our all-american concert series if you are in the area in midtown manhattan, drop by. not only will you hear them
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during the 8:00 hour live but as you can see there famous dave's one of our sponsors and they are already cooking up the ribs. >> we go back to 1999 with lone star. more on our history and why they moved on to great success. >> in fact, i think -- we'll have to talk to them when they get here. i think that we were their first national television show when they were launching "amazed" which many people got married to including alisyn camerota. >> no, i didn't. i do like that song a lot and sing it all the time. we want to get to your headlines. we have that fox news alert. finally free. the arizona mom locked up in arizona on drug charges is back on american soil this morning. here she is at a press conference earlier this morning in arizona. >> i'm free. i'm free. i'm free. i was innocent. i was really very happy.
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my faith and my family kept me going. >> here's video yanira maldonado walking out of jail and into her husband's arms. her drug smuggling charges were dropped after surveillance video shows she didn't bring 12 pounds of marijuana on the bus. maldonado said after she was arrested a mexican official told her to plead guilty and a mexican attorney told her she could bribe the judge. the family wired them $5,000 for the bribe. mitt romney is returning to the public stage. he tells this morning's "wall street journal" that he plans to work on ways to "hope shape national he starts next week with a three-day meeting for 200 friends and supporters in utah. also developing overnight, a brand new report says u.s. officials told the benghazi medical center to use the name john doe on chris stevens' death certificate. they did not want to draw undue
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attention to his importance as officials rushed to recover his body. it's believed that doctors did not know who stevens was initially. a man speaking arabic used his cell phone to call. a familiar local sent local to the u.s. embassy that stevens had died and his associates recovered the body. lee harvey oswald rented a room in this dallas home weeks before he assassinated john f. kennedy and now the owners of that home are selling it. it's been in patricia hall's family and oswald showed up a half hour after he shot the president. oswald then shot and killed an officer before he was arrested. no word yet on what the home is selling for. those are headlines. >> a bit of history. all right. meanwhile, an effort by the scandal plagued justice
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department to smooth over relations with the media may have backfired. >> news organizations are split on whether to accept invitations for private meetings with attorney general eric holder to discuss guidelines on targeting journalists on leak investigations. all of the meetings off the record. the new yorker, politico, "the washington post" and "the wall street journal" are accepting. a list of those boycotting is growing. "the new york times," reuters, nbc news, ap, cnn, cbs, huffington post, fox news and the national journal all of them yesterday refusing to send a representative to these meetings with attorney general eric holder. the meetings will continue to take place over the next couple of weeks.
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they're ane effort to engage wih news agencies but not everyone feels these meetings are constructive. >> it's a pr gesture more than a substantive gesture and it won't repair his relationship with the press nor give the american people greater confidence. they need to find a way to have him go. he's been an ineffective disorganized attorney general who has made very bad decisions and demonstrated very bad judgment. >> meanwhile, republican lawmakers on the house judiciary committee are waiting until june 5th for answers to a list of questions for holder about his involvement approaching a search warrant -- approving a search warrant for our own james rosen and if that contradicts his testimony under oath used to a few weeks oago. >> thank you very much. doug used to run the irs when he overlapped the bush administration over to the obama administration, he managed to
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log in 157 visits to the white house which is staggering because he doesn't remember a single one except for one time he brings his family to an easter egg roll. >> that translates to about once every nine days he was visiting the white house. it's logical to ask what was he doing at the white house so much? that's an incredible amount of visits. obviously they must have been working on something or some major project. some people suggested it was obama care that the irs would oversee part of how that's implemented. >> or it could be a concerted effort to crack down on tea party and patriot organizations. >> i don't think they're going to admit that. >> if it was about obama care or the economy, two gigantic things we were worried about at the time, he should have mentioned that. instead he says easter egg roll. >> he was smug and condescending the whole time. you wanted to slap him. >> he did appear that way. we have an interview with a
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fella who used to be the irs top dog. here he is talking about how he when he was with the irs and how tying the irs to obama care is a big mistake. >> what we did do at the time is we had -- you may remember this, bill. in the '04 and '06 election cycle there were allegations that c-3s and churches were organizing on the conservative side in ohio and there's allegations that inner city churches are publicpollti cking the democratic side. they looked at these activities. not the front end process. what happens in cincinnati is they look at applications for exempt status when they come in.
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what i'm talking about are complaints that came in. last year i testified before the committee and i expressed a concern about the service being wrapped up in the affordable care act because of the conversation we're having right now it can create a perception that the irs' duties have somehow changed to such a degree that they lose their historic independence and every commission knows once you walk into the doors you have to assume a total independence. >> you do. more on that later. steven siegel is taking on a new role. >> he's currently in russia teaming up with a group of lawmakers to investigate terrorism overseas and joins us now on the phone to explain. >> hello. >> we know you were instrumental in helping to bring this congressional delegation to russia. tell us how you made it happen. >> i have some good friends in
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russian government and some of them are fairly high up. we have exchanged views on anti-terrorism for a long time. i believe some of the folks here, the world's leading expert on anti-terrorism of this nature and we started discussing this a long time ago. he's been friends with me for many, many years. he wanted to do an official congressional delegation here specifically designated to see if we could meet some of my friends who may be the prime minister or some of these people. >> those are friends in high places. >> steven, i know you were trying to help the american lawmakers with their plan to get them to go to chechnya.
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ultimately they decided not to go to chechnya. some of them didn't like the fact that the guy who runs chechnya who is a friend of yours for the most part has had a tough time with human rights and violated them a number of times. >> why would you say he's violated them a number of times? is that because you believe conjecture or do you have proof of that? have you seen any prove that he's ever violated any human rights? i would like to see that research and i've never seen any prove. i've seen a lot of conjecture and speculation. >> he's been accused of human rights violations. >> accused of, yeah. okay. >> this congressional trip that you helped make happen, we wonder if it was linked at all to researching what was behind the boston bombings. what do you believe was behind it because you do have contacts in the area in that region with this guy.
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you might be able to answer that better than anybody else. >> the fact the matter is that we all had a concerted effort to get over here and discuss with some of the world's leading experts, you know, anything we could glean in terms of intelligence and exchanging ideas on anti-terrorism. i'm trying to now set up a meeting with the president of dagestan. there's speculation that some of these folks would have received training in dagestan. i'm trying to do that since the chechen thing was put on hold or terminated. i mean, the main thing is all of these lawmakers have a deep desire to try to come and glean any intelligence they can on what happened in the boston bombings and of course, you know, see if we can exchange ideas and intelligence on the
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anti-terrorism -- >> do you believe that these che people will continue to target us here in the united states? >> to be honest with you, i don't want to use the word chechen because terrorism is everywhere. there are terrorists in america. there are terrorists in russia. there are terrorists in china. there are terrorists everywhere. and i tried to help this whole delegation out through friends that i have here and connections that i have here because we all have the same mission in mind which is to try to terminate and destroy terrorism anywhere in the world. >> that's a good mission indeed. steven seagal, thank you for joining us on the phone. >> thank you. here's a story you won't hear on other channels. it's the feds that raided gibson guitars. up next, was that politically motivated in our next guest says
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on the heels of the irs targeting scandal, the ceo of gibson guitar company says his organization was unfairly singled out by the federal
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government. here's what he said on our program earlier this week. >> i don't know specifically that it had to do with my political leanings or beliefs, but i clearly believe that someone targeted our company inappropriately. >> somebody targeted our company inappropriately. our next guest is calling on the obama administration to explain the motive behind the raids on this iconic american company. we have tennessee congressman marcia blackburn. we should point out that you have received campaign contributions from the ceo of gibson guitars in the past. you, ma'am, want to make sure that the president does some explaining because it looks like he's got some to do. >> you're exactly right. and when you look at the amount of excessive regulations this administration has heaped on american businesses and then the way they've selectively enforced this, you can look at going back
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to the auto dealership closures right at the first of his administration and then the student loan federalization that took place and then the nlrb in south carolina and the czars so they could circumvent congress and have the czars answer just to the white house. what you see is this selective enforcement and given some information but not all of the information and we're saying, hey, come clean on this. let's explain this. explain why you have selectively picked people out through this enforcement. >> you know, because he's been unable to get some things through congress rather than pass laws, what he's been able to do is run a bunch of organizations and they can regulate companies and what not and that's what they've done in an excessive fashion you say. >> i do. you're seeing this as our committees have done their
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oversight and due diligence. two years of work went into the irs issue that the chairman is leading right now. he's worked on getting this information. you get the antidotal evidence and you start to assemble it and it's coming from different members of congress and so he'll oversee this investigation of the irs. then you have what we have done at energy and commerce and issues with gibson, and all of these are coming into play so we'll have a full plate of looking at this regulation asking the white house to explain why were you doing this? >> the list of grievances get longer unfortunately. congressman marcsmarsha, blackb thank you for being with us. a controversial new proposal some lawmakers should be allowed to snoop into people's bank accounts to make sure they're eligible for unemployment benefits. we'll report and then you're
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welcome back. 24 minutes past the hour. >> first 20 pounds is how much weight mcdonald's ceo lost over the last year eating off his own menu. don thompson eats mcdonald's every day and he works out all of the time. next $10,000 is how much money a 10-year-old boy found in a drawer in a hotel room in kansas city. >> that's where i left it. >> so far no one has claimed the cash. if no one comes forward, the boy will get to keep the dough.
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12 minutes is all the exercise you need each week. i agree. 12 minutes of high intensity exercise can keep you fit and healthy. thank goodness. >> you don't have to prance that much. the national spelling bee title goes to a 13 year old who has struggled with german words at past spelling bees but not this time. >> knaidel. >> german derived yiddish. >> k-n-a-i-d-e-l. >> well played. that's the champion. he joins us now. congratulations. >> thank you very much. >> do you know what a knaidel
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is? >> it's a type of dumpling. >> i would have some celebratory knaidel to celebrate that you are the first boy to win since 2008. what was your secret going into the final round? >> when i went up to spell the word i just concentrated on the word only and not bp winning or anything. >> a michael jordan mantra. you seem so cool. there's the con feta falling from the sky. you've won the spelling bee. you look so cool. what were you thinking after you won? >> when i won i didn't really -- i just wanted to be sure that i had won. it was 11:30 p.m. at that time it didn't really seem real to me. >> when it starts raining
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confetti that means you're the big winner. we saw it last night on espn. >> i stayed up late to watch you last night and i caught your biosegment where you had your robe on talking about difficulty with german derived words and you took the robe off and underneath it you had a miami heat t-shirt. i'm a huge miami heat fan. i missed the game to watch you win last night. who is your favorite player on the heat? >> i actually like shaquille o'neal who is now retired from the heat. >> a favorite of our show as well. >> he's tall. >> putting you through the paces over the last couple days there at the national spelling bee, i understand you have a list of three words you would like to test us on. what's the first word, arvind.
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okay. your first word is croisseant. >> all of us got it. >> why do you have kid gloves on. make it tougher. come on. >> your next word is intelligible. it means able to be discerned or made out. >> this is harder. >> how do you spell it.
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intelligible. >> i think i got it wrong. >> you were missing an i here. >> we need the white boards with spell-check. we should show down a bit. slow down. okay. >> final word. >> easy with the pressure. we're not pros. you taunted him. final word. >> your final word is chihuahua. >> all right. >> i got it. >> you do? >> this is for the win. the other ones were just warmups. >> here's my spelling right here. >> how do you spell it?
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>> taco bell dog. what is wrong with you? >> wait a second. chihuahua. me and maria. >> there's a tie. you are a cool cucumber. >> unbelievable. >> what do you want to be when you grow up? can i say something? you have to get your butt in gear. you're off to a slow start. you have to really focus. >> great trying to spell with you this morning. thanks so much for joining us. congratulations. >> thanks for having me. >> chihuahua. i'm impressed. >> wait. was this supposed to be capitalized? >> it was supposed to be. >> straight ahead, a fox news
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fox news alert. the american mom locked up in mexico on bogus drug charges has just been freed this morning and she is now back on american soil. we go live to arizona for breaking details. >> reporter: emotional scenes here last night as she was finally released after a nine-day ordeal. she was reunited with her husband, gary, on the steps of the prison and two hours later she crossed the border here behind me on the u.s. side of the border town. she had been through a horrible ordeal. once she was arrested aboard that bus she was told she would have to confess to smuggling those drugs or attempting to smuggle those drugs and the family was told it would take a $5,000 bribe to get her released but international support particularly here in the united states started to rally around and that pressure took the toll with the president of mexico himself apparently getting involved. early this morning she held a
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press conference together with her husband and was asked what would she say to those responsible for her incarceration and being held all this time. this was her response. >> to repent. i don't know. to work honest. to find a job. a decent job where they can make a living not putting people innocent people through a nightmare like they did to me and my family. >> reporter: and yanira maldonado saying there was scripture and prayer that kept her going all this time. right now it's about 4:30 in the morning here so she's getting some well deserved rest but later in the morning we expect her to move north to phoenix to be reunited with her youngest children the youngest of whom have no idea what happened to her so a happy reunion and happy end to a story which has really
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gripped the nation. >> thank you. meanwhile, we've got some other headlines for you on this friday and another fox news alert. brand new video out of northern virginia where a small plane crashed in the living room of an apartment building waking a guy up. airplanes do that. at least two people were hurt. one plane passenger and one resident. the plane was headed to philly when officials say it ran out of gas and went down. everyone in the apartment complex has been told to evacuate. can the government spy on you? lawmakers in wisconsin think so. they're pushing a bill that would let the state snoop on private bank accounts. supporters say it will help fight fraud and give back benefits that shouldn't have been paid out. critics say it sets up a dangerous precedent for privacy rights. 14% of unemployment benefits were wrongly paid out over in wisconsin over the last three
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years. a tough question leads to a million dollars on "wheel of fortune." >> we have a million dollar winner. you hit the jackpot. >> the 30-year-old woman won the million dollar prize thursday night and last night on wheel the winning phrase tough workout. only the second person to win a million dollars on the show since the grand prize wedge was introduced back in 2008. and there were only three letters, four letters on the board when she guessed it. >> if you wonder where alisyn camerota is, she's about to reveal herself. >> i sure am. i am out here for our summer concert series. we have a great crowd and we're joined by lonestar. great to have you guys back. the crowd is loving it. it's great to have you guys back on "fox & friends." the last time you guys were on was the year 2007. a lot has happened since then.
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you took a five-year hiatus from the band. how does it feel to be back? >> it's awesome. this is the way it was meant to be for lonestar. a new album coming out called "life as we know it." we have our fans and famous dave's barbecue. it doesn't get any better than this. >> it really doesn't. the crowd is very excited about all of that. so you guys have been together on and off for 20 years. what's changed over 20 years? >> hairstyles more than anything. back when we started we all had long hair and stuff. it gets shorter over the years. the thing that doesn't change is uft just enjoying what we do and hopefully that will show in the new record that's coming out next week. >> what is "life as we know it?" how do you describe it? >> it's a bit of craziness and seriousness and just life as we know it on the road, at home, in
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the studio, out of the studio. the album describes it best as we could say it. >> everyone knows your song "amazed." it's great. how many couples have come up to you guys over the years and told you that's their wedding song? >> if we could have a dollar for every one, we would have retired 20 years ago. >> what are we going to hear today? >> we're going to do some of those songs. we'll do "amazed" and new songs off "life as we know it" cd. there's a couple getting married today in central park. we sang in the back of the airplane for them on the flight. >> we can't wait to hear all of your music. go get some barbecue. let's go back inside to the guys. >> i'm wondering. did they tape that when you were singing that on the plane? >> did the couple tape it when you were singing for them? >> i think it is up on our
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facebook. >> it's on our facebook page. great. we'll check all of that out. >> try to put that on our site. >> we'll try to link to that. okay. that's great. we'll see you in a little while. >> all right. excellent. >> it's going to be fantastic. coming down to 48th and 6th. straight ahead a hard hitting new documentary exposing the corruption of the white house from the clinton era to the president obama era. the man behind it is here next. first, the aflac trivia question. born on this day in 1930, the hollywood icon starred in and directed the oscar winning movies, "unforgiven" and "million dollar baby." could this be easier? >> i need more time. >> think chair. have a good night. here you go. you, too.
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>> why don't you give us those documents? the conclusion i come to is there are things in there hidden that you don't want us to see. >> that scandal continues to rock the white house from three different directions at least. one film is offering the american people better insight into what our government is really up to. the name of the documentary is called district of corruption and exposes decades of government scandal from the bill clinton years through to the
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obama administration. the film is produced by the watchdog organization judicial watch and here with us now is the president of judicial watch. tom, why focus on first off with this administration, why focus on corruption? >> because i think it tells a story so much of what goes on in washington. it didn't begin with this administration. it certainly won't end. it is really severe under this administration. not only the corruption but the lack of transparency which leads to corruption. someone like eric holder who got his start during the clinton administration with all of those scandals, they had the fbi files elicitly taken. it is happening again. >> fast and furious in particular. here's a little of your documentary from fast and
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furious portion of your movie. >> a lot of the media are trying to pretend that fast and furious is not a scandal. watergate didn't have body bags. >> the attorney general of the united states, eric holder, admitted that mexicans were murdered with weapons that our government gave to the drug cartels and more people are going to die because of this. >> so you go on. the american public tuned out on fast and furious. what do you bring new to it? >> we bring a story that will go down in history in terms of the violence of activities by an administration and eric holder lied to congress as his justice department lied to congress for a full year almost about what fast and furious is about and not only that he was held in contempt for refusing to turnover information about that. this scandal is yet to be
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resolved. we still don't know who was responsible and why they continued to lie to congress for a year and now again we're talking about perjury about eric holder and we point out that issues go back a long time before that. and with the stimulus package. everyone is wondering about the green energy and it was supposed to be used to help our economy in free fall. >> the scandal continues. all of the money that designated toward government money that was designated toward private industry, it didn't go to people who had projects but to people who were politically connected. people who were donors to the obama campaign. all of the noise about saving the world it was more about saving obama's donors. >> tom, it's all in your brand new documentary called "district of corruption." you didn't have time to add in
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the irs or what's happening with the justice department and the media. >> it's going to be on axis tv on june 17th. that's going to be the broadcast premiere. >> congratulations. thank you. coming up straight ahead, anna got her stetson and now she's learning to lasso. she's at the rodeo and that's her on a horse. >> reporter: good morning to you. >> you can play this at home. on this day in 1968 mrs. robinson was the number one song. let's listen to it. look what mommy is having. mommy's having a french fry. yes she is, yes she is. [ bop ] [ male announcer ] could've had a v8. 100% vegetable juice, with three of your daily vegetable servings in every little bottle. there's a new way to fightily veglitter box odor.
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>> we answer the aflac trivia question of the day. easy one. clint eastwood. >> you have seen them on the heads of everyone from john
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wayne to president ronald reagan and the whole thing is made in america. we're talking about stetson cowboy hats. you know what? our own anna kooiman went to their factory outside of dallas yesterday to see how they're made and she joins us live. good morning to you. >> reporter: here i am. stetson cowboy hats made in america since 1865. more than a half million of these bad boys made and shipped every single year. they have to go through a long process. 200 seteps. we toured. factory. they are famous in the wild west and no cowboy is complete without one. good hats make steady jobs and the made in america process starts right here. >> the people in garland have been making hats for years and it's just a fabric of the community. >> reporter: stetson began making the hats in 1865 and they still use some of the original machinery. can you believe this comes from
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this? it seems from magic but it's good old fashioned manufacturing. over 350 employees in texas stretch the fabric out until it takes that bucket shape. >> hot water and cold water and you go from this to this. >> reporter: it's not finished yet. >> right now we're just sanding the brim. >> running sandpaper over the top and bottom of the brim. >> reporter: giving it that cowboy hat finish. >> reporter: with over 2,900 styles, you know they're doing something right. the stetson seal of approval. made in america. it's very cool. there are two different factories. one in in garland. retail between $50 and $5,000. look who i found. i found a cute cowboy. this is brady. good morning to you. i told everybody that he was a
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professional lassoer. he said, no, ma'am, i'm a cowboy. good morning. thanks for being with us. i can see you do a lasso real quick. >> yes, ma'am. >> reporter: he's been going fast on you there. you got him. you got him. can i go now? >> first, let's get you up here in position. swing it over your head and look right here at your target. >> reporter: what do i do with my wrist? you can't be all good looks. you got to come through and teach me. >> you're good. you have to see your wrist every time it comes around. just like a baseball. gosh. >> it's obvious that new york has been hard on you. you have to open your hand when you get it to that point you
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have to release it. >> reporter: you will do this tonight at the rodeo tonight and tomorrow. and doing what else? >> calf roping. >> reporter: try one more time. >> one more real quick. my goodness. >> reporter: we need to see you do it one more time. here we go. let's go this way. there he goes. >> that's how you do it. i think anna is having too much fun on this assignment. >> hello, cowboy. >> enjoy yourself out there. >> train the calf not to run away. >> the hat is on backwards. >> how do you know this? >> the tag goes in the back. >> everyone loves a -- >> where's the chin strap? >> a good summer barbecue. can all that fun get you sued?
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fatigue, cough, or sores. you should not start humira if you have any kind of infection. ask your doctor if humira can work for you. this is humira at work. good morning. we have breaking news for you. overnight the arizona mom was freed from a mexican prison after she was framed with drugs. >> i'm free. i'm free. i'm free. i was innocent. i was very, very happy. >> how officials were able to prove her innocence so quickly. >> meanwhile, eric holder's efforts to smooth things over with the media may have backfired. wait until you hear how he plans to apologize in his own special way. geraldo is here to react. >> hot meals about to be taken
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away from our men and women fighting a war in afghanistan. we'll tell you more. "fox & friends" starts right now. ♪ ♪ it's almost more than i can take ♪ ♪ baby when you touch me ♪ i can feel how much you love me ♪ ♪ and it just blows me away ♪ i've never been this close to anyone or anything ♪ ♪ i can hear your thoughts
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♪ i can see your dreams ♪ don't know how you do what you do ♪ ♪ i'm so in love with you ♪ it just keeps getting better ♪ i want to spend the rest of my life ♪ ♪ with you by my side forever and ever ♪ ♪ every little thing that you do ♪ ♪ baby i'm amazed by you >> all right. our all-american summer concert series today the performers of lonestar. they were on the program back in 1999 and premiered this for a national audience and the rest is history. you were talking to them a little while ago. they sang this to a couple getting married in new york city this weekend on an airplane yesterday. >> they said it's on their
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facebook page if you want to check out that impromptu reco recording they did. who hasn't sang this song driving alone in your car. coming home and belting it out. that song is just one of everybody's favorites. >> they're great. >> i have never done that. >> you really haven't? >> i rarely drive alone. >> you're on a lonely country road and i'm just singing about lost love. i got lost for a second. i'm not sure where i am but i know when i hear that song i sing it for the rest of the day. >> thank you, darling. >> sit down right here. you're coming up in a minute. >> that wasn't your cue. >> he can't help himself. >> if you had lonestar, that particular song at your wedding, e-mail us. we have news for you. >> we begin with your headlines
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and a brand new video out of northern virginia. a small plane crashed right into the living room of an apartment. a man was sleeping inside. he was not hurt. three other people were injured. one other resident and two people on the plane. the plane was headed to philadelphia when it ran out of fuel and went down. meanwhile, there's been political news overnight. mitt romney is returning to the public stage. he tells this morning's "wall street journal" that he's planning to work on ways to "help shape national priorities." he starts next week with a three-day meeting for 200 friends and supporters in utah. also developing overnight, a brand new report that says u.s. officials told the benghazi medical center to use the name john doe on chris stevens' death certificate. they didn't want to draw undue attention to his importance as officials rushed to recover his body. it's believed that doctors did not know who stevens was initially. a man speaking arabic used the
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ambassador's cell phone to call the u.s. embassy in tripoli so officials were suspicious so they didn't send a rescue team from the airport. a local sent word that stevens died and his associates recovered the body. they bravely serve our count i ry in afghanistan but they will no longer get a hot meal. the u.s. drawdown is cited as the reason. >> what's up? >> we started in afghanistan. there were no hot meals at all. it was all of the meals ready to eat. it's amazing how they evolved over the years. they pack them with carbs. you can't eat many of them. my brother, craig, is the only person i know who gained weight on those meals in afghanistan.
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but we spent a lot of time there and it's too bad. they should obviously find a way that they can feed these guys in a proper way. particularly when they risk so much. imagine if you're a family member and your loved one, god forbid, something terrible happens with the war winding down and there's no real tactical victory anymore. we are trying to run out the string here. get the afghans up to speed. hopefully they can protect their own country. imagine if you're the last one to die in a theater like that 12 years after it started is tragic. let them at least have a hot meet for goodness stake. >> breaking news over night. that woman, yanira maldonado, she has been sprung from the mexican authorities who said she had 12 pounds of pot under her bus seat. >> everybody gets caught with dope says they're innocent. you start with that. you're enormously skeptical of
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the protestation of innocence initially. in this case as soon as the facts became clear that this was a woman who with her husband, her american-born husband, she's a naturalized american citizen, went for a family affair, why did they take a bus because they were terrified of driving their own vehicle on a mexican road with all of the drug violence they have there. they took the bus. coming back she gets off the bus at several checkpoints. nothing happens. she gets off at an army checkpoint and they come and tell her husband that he's under arrest. he was in seat 42. she's in seat 40. the drugs were found under seat 41. so they arrest the husband. they let him go. he doesn't speak spanish. they take her into custody. she says wait a second, i just sat down there. i'm innocent. they say sure, sure, sure. there's a couple lessons. if you and a loved one are caught in a foreign country like mexico, you have to raise holy hell enormously immediately right then and there. you have to not only state your
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innocence, you have to contact everybody you can and then to get over the skepticism you have to start introducing the evidence. what is it in this case? surveillance video of her boarding the bus. it's clear when she boarded the bus she had no drugs with her. this is bulky marijuana in packages several kilos. 15 pounds worth. it was clear she boarded the bus without the dope. she got off. she was victimized. she was framed by somebody on that bus. someone that disappeared later. the authorities should have known that and there is an indication that they did. why? because the mexican soldiers who were supposed to testify against her at a hearing earlier in the week did not show up. that's the first clue. they didn't show up. then the surveillance video was introduced to the magistrate. the woman is innocent and been framed. >> you don't know anything about the case? >> this is the mom coming forward about what they should
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do next. >> to repent. i don't know. to work honest. to find a job, a decent job, where they can make a living and not putting innocent people through this nightmare like they did to me and my family. >> that makes sense. she's telling the people who planted it to find a good job. >> let's move on to eric holder. >> it was supposed to be off the record but apparently at the end they decided we can tell people what happened in a meeting with news editors. going forward we should broaden the circle of officials that have to sign off on subpoenas as to what happened to james rosen. eric holder himself signed off on james rosen. i hope he learned his lesson. >> do you suggest that he can survive this scandal by learning this lesson? >> it could be too late.
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>> you know, i think this is a slow fuse that's been lit. my prediction if that's what you're asking is that he won't resign immediately because there's not a smoking gun right now. there are implications and allegations and suspicions of perjury and testimony given before congress that was not entirely truthful. that might be ultimately what forces him out of office. i think he'll stick by his friend, the president of the united states, they are very, very close allies. not only in terms of him being the chief law enforcement officer in the united states but best friends and holding each other in high regard. holder will stick on for the time being. he will help, you know, make these rules modernized and put in appropriate safeguards. but i think that by next year -- there's a great surprise that he even stuck around for the second term of the obama administration any way. i think that he will be the one who steps down. in terms of him investigating
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himself, clearly there is a conflict. how do you investigate yourself? >> who knows yourself better than you? >> true. the one thing that -- i always have a moment of -- i just hope that it isn't darrell issa and the oversight committee who investigates this particular alleged wrongdoing because after fast and furious it is clear that that committee has a bone to pick with the attorney general. darrell issa is very highly politicized and there are other republicans and conservatives in the united states congress that can lead this on another committee. >> let's hope it's mainstream media. >> the mainstream media has been stung by this. that's why they are absolutely on board. they all want rules spelled out where the process of reporting is not criminalized and you can't prosecute reporters under the espionage act for doing their job. >> it only took them 4 1/2 years to be alerted. >> it goes back to 2007. >> great to see you.
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>> you too. >> have a great weekend. we'll be watching. >> thank you. i'll be there. coming up, congress getting taught how to relax, how to sleep, how to forgive and you're paying for it. >> fantastic. >> and could your backyard barbecue get you sued? yes. we'll tell you what you need to know before losing everything while you flip burgers. >> is that beer next to him? ♪ (alarm clock buzzer) ♪ (announcer) friskies. now serving breakfast. mommy's having a french fry. yes she is, yes she is. [ bop ] [ male announcer ] could've had a v8.
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>> it's before 9:00 in the morning but it's 90 degrees. it's summer. we'll teach you this morning how not to be sued this summer with peter johnson, jr. >> this is the day to do it. it's a 92-degree day in new york city. flame proof your summer party. don't have your best friend become a plaintiff against you. >> the first thing you say is potential lawsuit is g barbecui. >> 16,000 injuries a year at the grill. 25% of them are children. if you're going to have a party, supervise the party. if you're going to be the party boss, be the grill master. don't let kids near the grill. be careful when lighting the grill. a lot of injuries on lighting the grill. a real potential area for liability and lawsuits. >> if you're going to have a barbecue, you often have beer.
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>> usually. beer, wine, great beers here today. >> we all know we have to be responsible. what's the problem? >> be responsible. you'll be responsible as the homeowner or if it's your apartment under social host liability meaning in 30 states you can get sued if you serve someone too much alcohol and they go out on the road or do something that hurts someone else. so not only will you feel morally responsible, you'll be financially responsible as well and this could be a big, big judgment against you as a result of it. >> pools are great fun. they can also be tragic. what are you supposed to do even with a kiddy pool. >> fifth highest cause of unintentional death in america. ten deaths a day. two inches of pool could take out a baby. pool alarms are essentials. take out diving boards.
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should not be at pools. wall. fences. ensuring that people are safe. no glassware around the pool. someone cuts themselves, you'll be sued as well. >> all right. you know what's really fun? >> it's not. it's not. don't get up. oh my god. look at this. wow. here's the problem with trampolines. they're not covered under homeowners insurance. if a child or adult gets hurt, i've been to steve doocy's house. no one was hurt but he has one. make sure your homeowners policy covers it. they are safe if used properly. if not supervised and you don't have proper screening, people can get hurt. the summer is the most important, funnest time of the year but at the same time don't
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get in the hands of some cruel shark lawyer looking to take your assets. jump. jump. jump. >> peter johnson, jr., revealed that we have a trampoline at our house. thanks a lot. >> i do not have a trampoline. >> thanks. walter reid became the latest victim of the sequester. the new will smith movie. we have our own critic on the case. he joins us next. >> first lonestar performing "what about now?" ♪
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great friday morning headlines for you. she used her zumba fitness studios as a front for prostitution. today she will officially be sentenced in the state of maine. she faces ten months behind bars and the government offering congressional -- a separate story. the government offering congressional staffers lifestyle lessons on your dime. hour long classes teach members of congress how to forgive, sleep and relax. thanks, taxpayer. that has nothing to do with zumba. mr. showbiz, over to you. >> this is all about zumba. it's about the movies. tgif. it means it's time for the movies and time to make your weekend plans. are there magical movies out there worth your dollar? check it out. >> no matter what you think you might know, we'll be three steps, seven steps ahead of you and when you think you're
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catching up, that's where we'll be behind you. get all over me because the closer you think you are, the less you'll actually see. >> i'm going to nail you. >> always be the smartest guy in the room. >> the film critic joins us. first movie, "now you see me" what was it about and what's your rating? >> "now you see me" is about four magicians who pull these heists while rewarding the audience with money. you have this great cast. morgan freeman. it's a film divided into three distinct magic acts. the problem with the movie is the first magic trick is the best of the three. so the movie while it stays entertaining throughout, the other two acts pale in comparison to how amazing the first act was.
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that dropped my rating. it's convoluted and confusing at times. what makes it work is the cast. i gave it a 3 out of 5. worth a matinee. go to the early show. movies are the ultimate magic trick. all filmmakers and actors are are musicians. you believe what you're watching so i talked to jesse eisenberg about movie magic and how they do the famous scene when they switch the handcuffs. >> you are across from each other at the table. you switch handcuffs. how do you do that? how is that done on set? >> i'm wearing handcuffs by i know how to get out of them quickly. i throw them toward him and the camera cuts and they're on its hands. >> it looks like one shot. >> that's a man on the computer figuring it out. all of the magic is possible to do and they taught me how i could possibly do that.
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it would require kind of like catching lightning in a bottle. >> wow. there's another movie that everybody is talking about and that's "after earth." what's your rating? >> this is will smith. everybody knows the director. they are not promoting his name in the ad. his last two movies were critically panned. the thing with this movie is they crash land on earth. it's a survival story. it starts off slow. it's visually limited. as the movie progresses and smith becomes the lead star of the movie, that's when it delivers. it's a so-so sci-fi movie elevated by a great performance by smith. i recommend a matinee viewing on this. 3 out of 5. both movies see early in the day. don't spend full ticket price and go to dinner afterward. 3 out of 5 for both films. >> all right.
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thanks so much. >> thank you, brian. >> coming up straight ahead a controversial new proposal. should lawmakers be allowed to snoop into people's bank accounts to make sure they're eligible for unemployment benefits? we'll report and you decide and we'll look at your account. then, he graduated with 4.79 gpa and he can thank his mom. she drove him to school and waited in the parking lot when she couldn't afford the gas to drive back and forth. that incredible story straight ahead. first, lonestar performing "front porch looking in." ♪
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here's your shot of the morning. this is a special tribute to the many brave heros wounded while serving our country. the wounded warrior project hosting its eighth annual courage awards and brian had the honor of emceeing the event. >> very nice. >> everyone is talking about a generation that worries about themselves and they're on their blackberries and iphones. the generation i see has made world military history and done things that many people thought was impossible to do and when people say, hey, brian, thanks for hosting the courage awards. thanks for hosting the wounded warrior event. are you kidding inding me? i can't believe how honored i am to be asked. >> they do the project where they have a tony snow award, courage award, fantastic. the tough mudder people. they were also honored. it was a wild night. 700 people.
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that's an organization just flat out phenomenal. the va is not able to fill gaps and get to the people and private organizations are able to do it. >> if you want to donate go to woundedwarriorproject.org. brian just does great. the crowd eats it up. he has them eating out of the palm of his hand. he tells jokes. you're just great. >> very nice. >> you know what, brian? you clean up really nice. >> it's the first time my tux paid off. i made the investment and didn't rent it. that was the fourth time i wore it so it's officially worth the investment. >> for now on it's free. a developing story. >> that affects many of our nation's wounded civilian employees who are caretakers at walter reed medical center will soon get furlough notices. they'll be forced to take off one day a week for the next three months without pay.
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walter reed officials say they are unsure how this will affect care of our wounded warriors. does collecting unemployment benefits mean the government can spy on you? some lawmakers in wisconsin say, yeah, it should. they are pushing a bill to let state officials look into your bank account. supporters say it will help fight fraud and get back benefits that shouldn't have been paid out in the first place. critics say it sets a dangerous precedent for privacy rights. a high school student defying the odds to become valedictorian. she didn't have enough gas to drive her son back and forth to school so she spent the entire day in the parking lot waiting. raised him on her own. >> she's always been there for me and supportive and whatever
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opportunities available to you, make sure you take advantage of them. >> he did. he had a 4.79 gpa. is that even possible? he got a free ride to nine schools. he picked harvard. that's a four-year school. >> salute to him and to his mom. >> fantastic. it could be the best invention ever. who needs hands for a hamburger. burger king created the hands free whopper. >> finally. >> this is great. the device lets you chow down while you're doing your nails, trimming bushes, dancing. burger king debuted this commercial in puerto rico. no word yet on if this is coming to america. i want one of those. >> if you go to a drive-through, can you lean your neck out and they fill it up for you. >> no paper. just stick it on. >> i love the idea of eating a cheeseburger while exercising.
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>> i hope people are multitasking. promise me that you will use your hands. we cannot be that lazy as a country. i'm too exhausted to pick up a burger. >> watching tv while eating a burger with your neck. >> didn't we just have to feed you that omelet? >> yes. >> the butler was sick. he twisted his ankle. >> i do like that. meanwhile, let's get to some more developing stories because we have extreme weather. >> good morning. good to see you. good morning. we're talking severe weather across the center of the country possible for today and that's already several days worth of severe weather that we've seen. received over 800 reports of damaging winds, large hail and even tornadoes and 10 out of 17 reported tornadoes just yesterday were out of oklahoma. so very unfortunate and dangerous situation going on out there. today's severe threat from texas to the great lakes. greatest risk area is shaded in red including oklahoma city,
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tulsa. oklahoma, you're under that moderate risk again meaning you could see more violent tornadoes throughout the afternoon and into the evening hours. flash flooding another big concern. several inches of rain from oklahoma up into illinois. watches are in effect. otherwise i do want to mention today new york city it's going to be a hot day. we're talking 90s. perfect day to get into the pool. we are going to get a demonstration here. nice and cool here. we're going to head it over to you. he almost went in the drink. >> i knew he wasn't serious because he usually puts on his swimmies. tell you about basketball last night before clayton gets wet. heat won in game five in the best of seven eastern conference playoffs 90-79. they did it at home. they have a three game to two lead. lebron james took the game over in the third quarter. miami could close out the series tomorrow night but that will be
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tough. forget the treadmill. this is joanna's unique exercise route even. it mimics dancing like a horse and keep in mind when is the last time you saw a fat horse? you can walk, trot or galloping. the florida instructor introduced it in 1999 but failed to take off. i don't know why. now that youtube is here, america is going, hey, put away the other exercise videos. the nordic track and jane fonda which you still use. >> as soon as i put on my he headband. >> anyone who can wear tight white lycra is doing something right. >> she's not sweating. >> all the better.
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>> i'm going to try it out. >> send us a video. straight ahead, things not looking so good for eric holder even some members of the mainstream media turning on him. can he survive? we'll talk about that. but first -- >> let's check in with what's coming up on "fox & friends" tomorrow. i would love to know. >> we're going to do a whole workout. are you with me? we're going to do -- we're not going to do that tomorrow. coming up on "fox & friends" this weekend, are you feeling sluggish from a long workweek like i am right now? we're going to show you dos and don't for sleeping. you may not want to take that nap after all and weddings getting more and more pricey. people spending tens of thousands of dollars to walk down the aisle. how you can say i do without debt like even renting a wedding cake. that's actually an option. and then heidi klum admitting
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an off the record meeting about the press spy scandal and now the calls for eric holder to step down are growing louder. but will the president actually end up showing mr. holder the door? joining us now, new york post columnist michael walsh. earlier on our program we had jonathan turley from washington say he's got to go. and that certainly is not, you know, from the perspective of someone on the right, he's right down the middle. what do you think? >> look at it this way, steve. if what he's done hasn't earned him the door, what does he have to do to get the door? of course he only has to please one guy and that's the president of the united states. they're very close personally. they are very much aligned on policy. and anybody who thinks eric holder is doing this stuff on his own is nuts. this is barack obama's guy. he's going to do what the president wants him to do. >> you know, you make such a good point right there.
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what we've heard over the last couple of weeks is the president of the united states has said the first i heard about it was when i watched it on the news. what they've done is designed this because who insulate the boss and so they're going to be people around him who know what's going on but not going to tell him for deniability purposes. >> when i found out about this i ordered this, that and the other thing. that's just a media sham. any president who is disengaged from the actual work of the presidency isn't much of a president. the question is how engaged is barack obama in the presidency? i do believe people like valerie jared and other guys do what he wants them to do so this -- if reagan was alive, this never would have happened. this isn't that situation at all. this is just media spin and most of the media laps it up any way. >> one of the problems for the
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