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coverage tomorrow. maybe you'll be back in new york and ainsley you'll be doing the after the show-show. >> it's breaking news. >> bill: thank you. our breaking news coverage continues live in austin, texas where the suspect behind a string of deadly bombings is himself dead. police say he was killed when he detonated a device once confronted by officers and the fbi warning there could still be package bombs that have not been recovered and we're getting more information from his roommates. welcome to our breaking news. i'm bill hemmer inside live "america's newsroom." >> sandra: i'm sandra smith. here's what we know. the suspect killed 20 miles north of austin. police are not releasing his name but said he's a 24-year-old white male. the motive also still unclear.
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>> bill: police are saying the suspect is likely behind five explosions in central texas going back to march 2. three died and four seriously injured in the blasts. >> sandra: police warning other package bombs cowl still be out there. >> we don't know where the suspect has spent his last 24 hours and therefore we still need to remain vigilant to ensure that no other packages or devices have been left in the community. so as we go through the day today, we want the community to remain vigilant. we need your community to remain vigilant and if you see something that looks suspicious or out of place or something that gives you concern, call 9-1-1. >> bill: that press conference happened three hours ago and now
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with chief correspondent jonathan hunt. give us a sense of what's around you. >> reporter: we've had a night of high drama and a morning of great relief. we are in round rock, texas about 20 miles north of downtown austin and the red roof inn is where they tracked the suspect. when they got here he was in his vehicle and they wait ford s.w.a.t. teams and as you look along the service road and freeway is where they boxed in his vehicle and as officers began to make an approach, he dead -- detonated some sort of device. it was that device that killed the suspect. while the police have their man, what they don't have is a reason why he carried out these
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bombings. listen here. >> that's the one thing we don't have right now is a motive behind this. we do not understand what motivated him to do what he did. and that will also be part of the continuing investigation as we try to learn more about him and understand why he took the actions he did. >> reporter: now, we're also seeing some police activity this morning in the austin suburb of pflugerville. we understand from the governor that's where the suspect lived and did have roommates. we believe police are moving in and obviously want to question the roommates, find out what they knew about the suspect. all we know that is being released publicly as you said he's a 24-year-old white male. >> bill: so based on what we know, jonathan, go ahead and piece this together, how did they track him down?
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>> reporter: a lot of coordination between federal and local law enforcement agencies. good old fashioned police work. when they got their break is when the suspect started using fedex to send some of the packages. we were at the fedex store at sunset valley and we have the videotape of that, we counted at least a dozen ceiling-mounted security cameras. once they knew he had gone there they had a mine of information and the suspect was wearing a wig and gloves but clearly they were able to identify him and able to move forward. the governor talking again today. >> two very important things before we can put this to rest. one, we don't know if there are
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other bombs and where they may be because this individual may have by mail or placement put other bombs out there so everyone needs to remain vigilant to make sure they don't pick up a package -- >> reporter: and that is the strongest message we're getting from pretty much every official here. they don't know how many bombs this guy had built. they don't know how many bombs he left in what locations around austin. there remains the possibility that there could be other packages out there. so they do not want anybody to let down their guard at this point. but clearly, the bottom line, bill, this is a good day for austin. >> bill: jonathan, thank you. we'll be back with you. live this morning, jonathan hunt. >> sandra: the suspect's death puts an end to nearly a monthlong horrific stretch that left the city on edge.
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the first bomb detonated march 2 killing a 39-year-old man. then it was 10 days later another explosion occurred. this one a package inside a home killing a 17-year-old boy and injuring a woman. >> bill: in the same day across town, another bomb badly injuring a 75-year-old woman and this past sunday, two men seriously injured in a blast triggered by a tripwire. >> sandra: and yesterday a package bound for austin detonating inside a fedex facility outside san antonio while at the same time a suspicious package was found at a fedex terminal near the austin terminal. >> bill: and police tracked him down outside round rock where he detonated a bomb while in his car. with that behind us, what next?
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ron hosko, former assist director of the fbi of the criminal division. you've been listening all night and morning. >> the authorities in austin have done an excellent job alerting the community to the threat and asking for their vigilance repeatedly. they have to go through his data and cell phone history and anything that tracks him in the community to look in the areas to see did he put out another tripwire package, something that is lurking, laying in wait for another innocent victim. >> bill: march 19, two days ago, when they picked up the surveillance camera. it appears based on what we know now, ron, that was the tip that police needed to lead them to the vehicle at the hotel to watch him. would you agree? >> yeah, they were badly in need of tips and include and the sunday press conference they
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just gave this week was a sign to us they needed more information and tips included. they were plead the community. they were talking to the suspect himself to get him to communicate. to me that was a sign they needed information. they clearly got it when he started to deal with fedex and ran with it quickly. it's a great day for law enforcement in texas. >> bill: what about the two roommates? >> they'll do a meticulous search related to this suspect and look at his communications, the internet, how did he learn this and was anybody aiding and abetting, buying component, helping him in any way that was witting and knowledgeable. >> bill: some believe the amount of activity increased because he
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felt under pressure. typically in cases like this is that how it goes? >> these guys are relatively few ib america and i'm not talking about something putting together a rudimentary pipe bomb with black powder but someone building complicated devices. we know from ted kaczynski the unabomber and eric robert rudolph, it looks like a lot of them had a particular inspiration and motivation. yet to be seen what this guy's was. he's a young man. was it just to sew chaos and watch the show? >> bill: we'll come back to you when we get more news out of tch texas. >> sandra: kristin nielsen will be appearing in front of the
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committee on election security on a state level. catherine, do we expect the secretary may address the recent events in austin? >> reporter: we expect some lawmakers to have questions nor homeland security secretary. she's been getting regular briefings on the austin bombings and the question will be if they were acting alone or had assistance and they'll have a security homeland security official for the state's voting system. we had the committee announce findings yesterday about their recommendations and one is they want to see federal money go down to the states to have them shore up that security network around the voting system and they announced those findings on the hill yesterday.
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>> our desire to be able to fully fund the elections within an individual state but it's a state's responsibility. if there's incentives we can put in place to spur them, it's the people of the states going to their state leaders and saying we want our election to be secure and to be able to take care of it in their own state will be the primary piece. >> reporter: aware of the best practices and equipment available. >> one of our recommendations is we figure out how to aud it and what states get the help when requested. >> reporter: they want to see state systems and have a back-up paper ballot for validation and want to see a threshold established so election interference would be declared a hostile effect allowing the government to take immediate and
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meaningful action against cyber actors. >> sandra: thank you for that. >> reporter: your welcome. >> bill: and we'll get updates on the two roommates and what they're looking for and whether there are more bombs out there. in the meantime, facebook's under fire as mark zuckerberg is facing growing calls to testify on data abuse in the 2016 election. what's the truth in all of this? analysis next. plus this. >> i had a call with president putin and congratulated him on his electoral victory. >> sandra: president trump facing criticism for congratulating president putin on what is seen as a fraudulent election victory. cory lewandowski will join us at the bottom of the hour. >> bill: and republicans setting records for raising money all
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active measures investigation we've seen the power of social media and the data mining used by the platforms, large social media platforms how it can be used and abused. i think it's important we come in and sort that out. i hope we'll hear from all the social media platforms including mr. zuckerberg. >> bill: many calling on mark zuckerberg to testify on the hill after a firm collected data on 50 million facebook users and the social media giant calling it a violation of policy. i want to bring in guy benson a fox news contributor. we're all aware when we're online people are capturing your data information and following your search history and following you. and facebook sells its data to anybody. sounds like they're a general
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store so long as you have the money to pay. i'm wondering if cambridge went public and said we were work the clinton foundation, whether or not there'd be calls on the hill. >> i think if there's going to be hearings on the hill with mark zuckerberg called up to testify, and i'm fine with that, there should be investigations into how they were used and how they operate not just in the 2016 campaign but dating back to other campaigns as well. we saw just in the last few days a top obama campaign official from 2012 saying look, we did a lot of this stuff. it's now five, six years ago and some was against facebook's rules and they recognized what we were doing at some point and chided us after the fact saying we like you guys, we're on your side so we let it slide but don't do it again. that's a line of questioning zuckerberg should answer for.
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your point is well taken. it would be useful for the american people to understand with more specificity how their information is tracked and used by tech giants. >> bill: for some it may strike them the following way, strike one on russia. now it's big data, big tech. here's the second pitch on how you lost an election a year and a half ago. >> yeah, i think some of this is more excuse making from the democrats. are they happy when their side using it when they were micro targeting voters and was lauded as genius and cbs news reporting evidently the data gathered by this particular firm was never accessed and used by the trump campaign. there's one thing to focus in
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on. >> bill: small details. i'm being sarcastic. >> i'm with you on the sarcasm. it should matter. it's a legitimate story. i don't think it's the trump angle people in the media want it to be. what i read and based on everything i'm gathering about this story, what does concern me is the possibility that this firm, cambridge, sort of defrauded people in terms of what they thought the information would be used for. people were told it was for purely academic research and ended up in the hand of a political organization. >> bill: maybe in the end that's the story that comes from this. facebook's statement if the data exists it would be a violation of policy. and apparently there was an agreement to destroy the data but we don't know how many of these companies have done a
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personality test and what they do with the data after 2015. tracking that down's going to take a long time. final point here, we haven't heard from zuckerberg. i imagine he's getting ready to do a long post on facebook and that will explain what he knows. last statement. we have to run. >> there'll be hostile tough questions from both sides of the aisle and he's one of the most powerful people in the world, frankly. he deserves some scrutiny. show up, answer questions and if there are abuses, fix them. >> bill: guy benson in washington. nice to see you. >> you too. >> sandra: authorities still trying to piece together the motive behind the deadly austin bombings. the multiple bombings in the past weeks. this as officials warn other suspicious packages could be out there. a former police chief is here to weigh in next. plus, how a quick-thinking security officer at a school stopped a gunman and prevented a
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>> bill: so we're getting updated now on two women taking legal action over alleged affairs with president trump. stormy daniels passed a lie detector test in 2011 where she claimed to have an affair in 2006 and she is suing over a non-disclosure agreement and a playboy model filed a lawsuit for a tabloid that paid her for rights to her story but did not
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publish that story. ms. mcdugeal said she was not fully informed. and one judge allowing a defamation lawsuit against the president and she claims she was groped on multiple occasions dating back to 2007. >> in the past 24 to 36 hours we started getting information of interest on one person we continued to work on and develop and as we continue to do our investigation this person of interest ultimately moved to be a suspect. >> sandra: authorities releasing little information on the austin bombing suspect who detonated himself with a device as the officers zeroed in on him in the
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wee hours in the morning. this as officials warn more explosives may be out there. let's bring in a former chief of police and incident commander for the boston marathon bombing, there could still be packages out there and he may not have been working alone. >> absolutely. they have to find out if anyone was supporting him and where he had been in the last couple days, every location his gps or cell phone shows he's been and check package doors, fedex, ups, to make sure he didn't send devices elsewhere. it's good the immediate threat is over but there's work to do and follow-up to find out if there's other threats out there
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and how this happened, who supported him, how he did it and why he did it. >> sandra: it's interesting to hear how crucial the last 24 to 36 hours were. it was a day and a half, three days ago there were no major leads as to who was carrying out the crimes. >> the chief mentioned this individual may have been on the radar screen. i think maybe some enforcement, or questions or some action taken by law enforcement may have made him go forward to a bold move so going to a fedex facility where he'd be video taped, that action, he had to have realized, would jeopardize his anonymity and it appears that's what happened. >> sandra: as they're warning us this morning, this investigation is still ongoing.
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what will they be look for now? what does the investigation look like going forward now that he's dead? >> they'll go back and figure out where the components came from, if it was just him alone, where did he obtain the knowledge. he has a versatility of bomb strategies that's not the norm. one people have one way of doing things and stick with it. he clearly changed the sophistication of a movement and motion-sensored device is not the average individual putting this together and how'd he get the knowledge and was there support out there as well. and we'll have to look at the investigation. whether anything's missed. what went right. a lot seems to have gone right between the coordination from local, state and federal and let's make sure the next incident occurs, let's replicate that and in the future let's find them quicker should anyone
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else take this type of action. >> sandra: and part of the investigation is trying to figure out what the motive was. >> absolutely. i hope it's not other cases recently where we don't know what me motives were. it helps the victims and families in our community to figure out why somebody did something. not that there's justification but information the mind set of the individual is helpful in healing. trying to figure out why this happened and what caused this individual to do this, what the purpose of his attacks were would be something we'd hope to discover as soon as possible. >> sandra: and we hope in the coming minutes, hours and days we learn more in austin. meanwhile, they're urging residents to still be vigilant and call 9-1-1 if you see anything suspicious. daniel linsky, thank you. >> bill: meanwhile, the start of a critical hearing on the hill.
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homeland security secretary kirstjen nielsen testifies. plus this, check it out. >> it's clear to me we're not sending the right message to putin about his behavior in our own backyard and had a chance to reenforce some allies and we missed that opportunity. >> sandra: that's some of the criticism president trump is facing for congratulations vladamir putin for what is seen as a rigged election. cory lewandowski is next. >> putin has been elected and that's not something we can dictate to them how they operate. we can only focus on the freeness and fairness of our election. something we fully 100% support.
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>> bill: the senate committee
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about to hold a hearing and there on the spot is kirstjen nielsen. she will testify with her predecessor, jake johnson which should be interesting. republicans will come from one angle, democrats from another. meanwhile the bombings in texas can come up today. we're monitoring all this and give you headlines from inside the hearing room. stay tuned for that and waiting on more news out of austin texas. it's been in the news all night long. still a lot we don't know. >> sandra: what a morning. a lot of breaking news coming pin thank you for being us. and president trump facing criticism for his decision to make a phone call and congratulate the russian president, vladamir putin for his victory in what many see as a sham election. the white house cited the importance of communication win all countries including russia. >> i had a call with president putin and congratulated him on
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the victory. his electoral victory. the call had to do also with the fact that we will probably get together in the not too distant future. >> we're going to continue to maintain the position we've had and be tough when necessary. at the same time, we want to continue to have dialogue so we can work on some of the issues that concern both countries. >> sandra: joining me now is cory lewandowski chief strategist for america first action and author of the best-seller, let trump be trump. cory, people asking why did he make the call in the first place and more why congratulate vladamir putin on what many see as a sham election? >> it with a bit that long ago when president obama c congratulated vladamir putin and
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we didn't get the media outcry. he said he will work with leaders around the world where there are interests of the united states and there are interests when it comes to ridding isis in syria and continuing the economic sanctions on north korea and bringing kim jong-un to a position to denuclearize. and a message from our president from someone we need to work with is acceptable. >> sandra: and mitch mcconnell he said calling vladamir putin would not be high on my list. john mccain saying an american president does not lead the free world by congratulating
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dictators by congratulating them on sham elections. he's facing criticism. >> i remember when president won and leaders called him and bureaucrats said we don't take that phone call and we don't recognize taiwan and he picked up the phone and took the congratulatory call from the president of taiwan. why don't we want to have a relationship with other countries when it's in the best interest of the united states and we can work together for a common goal like stopping kim jong-un or getting rid of isis. i don't think senator mcconnell or mccain would be opposed to those things. >> sandra: the president went on a twitter storm over the weekend. in one tweet he said the mueller probe should have never started in the first place. in some of the latest tweets from the president this morning,
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corey, he is citing alan dershowitz yesterday a harvard law professor and quotes him on the twitter account he said whether a crime exists or not i'm still opposed. president trump was right when he said there should have never been a special counsel appointed because there was no probable cause for crime, collusion or otherwise or obstruction of justice so stated by harvard law professor, al and dershowitz. as trey gowdy says if you have nothing to hide, answer the questions. >> the white house has done that and made available every individual who's worked in the administration. i think what the president's frustration is, and i think it's a fair frustration, is the investigation has been going on north of a year, almost a year and a half. we have spent millions of taxpayer dollars.
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there's been no collusion shown between the trump campaign and russia and russian officials. i was there. it didn't happen. what is fair at this juncture and what alan dershowitz is saying let's find a definitive date to end this. either we find collusion or close it and move upon i think it's a reasonable request. >> sandra: cambridge analytica what do you know of the data mined that many are under fire for the misuse of the data? >> i can't tell you anything about it. i can tell you when i ran the trump campaign cambridge analytica was not one our vendors. i had no interaction with them other than they came to us and asked us if we wanted to use them as a vendor. i told them nop >> sandra: jared kushner told
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forbes facebook and digital targeting were the most effective way to reach the audiences. now the white house seems to downplay the role it played. >> i do think every campaign tries to target individuals based on a model of who they believe would be their most ideal voter. and what that looks like is hey, here's a person that would seem to fit the mold of a trump voter based on demographic, education, et s etcetera and they try to build a model and facebook is a place the campaign tried to do that. >> sandra: interesting stuff. we'll see where that goes. a lot of people want mark zuckerberg to shut down and answer questions. >> and he should. >> sandra: you believe he should testify? >> absolutely. he's no better than anybody else and should be able to come to congress and answer what took place. people have the right to know if they're information was not used properly. >> sandra: corey lewandowski. good to see you.
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>> bill: we have this fox news alert. the associated press citing law enforcement sources and the news service is now naming the austin bombing suspect as mark anthony condit. police have not officially released his name but that's being reported on the a.p. he was 23 or 24 years old and said to be a white man and still no word on the motive and no clear indications about his roommates and we await more on that. in the meantime, president trump hitting back in the special counsel and firing former fbi deputy director, andrew mccabe by jeff sessions is on the mind of kentucky senator rand paul. he's hear live to react. >> sandra: and president trump looking to rally arguing there's no such thing as a red state democrat. >> once democrats get to washington, they always do the same thing.
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>> there's no such thing as a blue dog democrat. a red-state democrat or a conservative democrat because they are all pelosi democrats. weak won crime, weak on terrorism, and weak on national defense. >> bill: president trump slamming democrats while saying republicans may need to move further to the right in order to get some wins in november. i want to bring in our panel. fox news contributor, richard fowler and brad blakeman.
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where are you? are you snowed in? unbelievable. we're in a new set and surround ed by windows and feel like we're in a snow globe. his point is democrats are moving more to the middle and that's a danger zone. >> we saw that last week in the special election in pennsylvania '18, where connor lamb was basically a republican in democrat clothing. look, these guys will try to benefit off trump's accomplishments. we can't let them get away with it. but we're raising money. they're raising not as much money to defend more seats. history is against us. since the civil war, the party in power of the white house typically loses about 31 seats and two seats in the senate. we can't afford history to repeat itself. the one good thing we have with us say record. the democrats will try to co-op
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that. >> bill: richard, from the democratic perspective, you think about the race from illinois last night, do you find candidates in your party moving further left and trying to out flank and be more liberal? >> i think they're trying to frame up the democratic party and candidates. it's impossible. have you individual candidates running individual races. connor lamb ran a race for the pennsylvania '18. the race in the illinois third is won in the illinois third. what we'll do in the midterm election is run candidates that sound like the district. it's a deal we try to co-op trump's agenda is an alternative fact. connor lamb said the tax gi giveaway was for the rich. >> bill: does it get away from
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the left and move to the center? >> you're looking at it from a macro level and we're looking at it from a micro level. we're going to run races that look like the district. >> bill: brad, what about that? connor lamb did really well in southwestern p.a. >> the democrats feel it will be the recipe for success in november. anytime they can align themselves with the accomplishments of the president and get away from the hard left issues that are so divisive. we know in off-year elections people have to be motivate to come out to the polls. we have to sell our message people are better off today than under obama. look, we have unemployment that is basically full employment. we're about 4%.
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we have no inflation. people are feeling much better about the future. and they vote with their pocket books. if we sell a good optimistic economic message it's something the democrats cannot hope to do because they didn't vote for any of it. >> they're not selling it, number one. number two, we're a party that believes in work people and that's who we'll stand by. if you look at the alabama race, virginia and new jersey governor's race and pennsylvania 18th, we ran by candidates that stood by working-class people and understood the cost of health care is to high and prescription drugs interest are too high and we'll win in november. >> bill: 24's the magic number in the house. history tells you 31 is usually the way it goes. >> get ready for the wave. >> bill: richard, thanks, brad, thanks. >> the blue wave like my blazer. >> bill: enjoy the white wave
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behind you. >> sandra: lawmakers are scrambling to pass a spending bill before the friday deadline as president trump blame the democrats. we'll have senator john thune next. never being satisfied never being satisfied and always working to be better.
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>> sandra: well, it's spring and with it comes the fourth nor'easter in four weeks. it could be the most significant and disruptive snow storms this week. our meteorologist joins us with the bad news from the fox news weather center. >> we're calling it a four-easter. it will be from d.c. up to boston. snow totals from 6 to 12 inches in some cases over that depending on the bands and in new york city heavy snow and 31 degrees and could be our biggest snowfall events all season. philadelphia getting freezing rain and snow in d.c. they could get several inches of snow and a couple inches in boston depending on where the exact track sets up. but right now, this forecast model shows snow in the forecast along the i-95 and it's going to be lasting throughout the midday into the afternoon into the evening and then into the
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overnight for parts of new england. it's a big deal. look at the snowfall totals, 6-12 easily and some areas could get 18-24 inches. this is a big deal. in some cases we'll shatter snowfall reports. and real quick, sandra, we have a big storm system in southern california. two big storms on both coast. we'll be following it in the fox weather center. >> bill: it's spring. we're watching the senate intel committee hearing room on homeland security and kirstjen nielsen testifying at the moment. and breaking developments in the texas bombing investigation. police reportedly identifying the suspect as mark anthony conditt.
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what was he motive? the questions remain at this hour.
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>> sandra: a fox news alert. the austin bomber suspect is now dead. i'm sandra smith. >> bill: i'm bill hemmer. >> sandra: you were missed yesterday. >> bill: homeland security secretary kirstjen nielsen praising officials for their efforts on the hill. >> i want to express the thanks to the first responders on the package bombing case. we've been in close contact with those on the ground and though the situation appears to be over we urge the public to remain alert and report suspicious package. >> bill: the serial bomber now
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identified as mark anthony conditt, 23 or 24, not confirmed, has terrorized austin for weeks. they received critical information. they tracked the 24-year-old at a hotel 25 miles from austin where he set off a bomb inside his car as the s.w.a.t. team had him surrounded. >> late last night and early this morning, we felt confident this was the suspect in the bombing incident that took place in austin. we had surveillance teams looking for the suspect and we ultimately located the vehicle this suspect was known to be driving and witnesses told us he was driving and in fact we found that at a hotel right up the road here in round rock. we had multiple officers from both the police department and our federal partners that took up positions around the hotel
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awaiting the arrival of our tactical teams because we wanted to have ballistic vehicles here to attempt to take the suspect into custody as safely as possible. while we were waiting for those vehicles to get here, much time had passed and the vehicle start to drive away. we began following the vehicle again waiting to get the tactical vehicles here to make a stop. however, the vehicle ended up stopping on the side of the road behind us. as members of the austin police department s.w.a.t. team approached the vehicle, the suspect detonated a bomb inside the vehicle knocking one of our s.w.a.t. officers back and one of our s.w.a.t. officers fired at the suspect as well. the suspect is deceased and has
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significant injuries from a blast that occurred from detonating a bomb inside his vehicle. >> sandra: for more on this let's bring in texas lieutenant governor dan patrick. thank you for come on with us, sir. we now know the killer is dead. >> he is dead. this is incredible police work. i know we've said it this morning several times and we'll keep saying it but i can't over emphasize it sandra and bill. countless lives will have been saved from future bombings from this evil person. the agencies did a great job and the federal government and texas state police and texas rangers and the texas police department. you have to think about this, sandra, every police officer always puts himself in harm's way investigating or being involved in a criminal activity but when you're taking on a bomber and when the s.w.a.t.
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officers surround him between 2:00 and 3:00 in the morning he could have thrown a pipe bomb at them or had his car or area booby trapped. they put their lives on the line. thank goodness they were not hurt. incredible detective work. we received an update from law enforcement. early last evening around 6:00 to 6:30 central time, we got a call from law enforcement that said they'd zeroed in on this person and was a person of interest and after he was seen on cameras at the fedex location they pieced it together and within hours they'd identified his home and had his home under surveillance and had two vehicles and they tracked him. incredible work.
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>> sandra: a lot of pieces to that puzzle to this speedy capture of this suspect. but what ultimately the biggest piece. what ultimately led them to him? >> i would say it's a combination of all the work over 19 days. when they saw the video, they said that matches someone we'd been looking at. it took both pieces. once he changed his pattern instead of planting bombs in front of homes, he went to mail a bomb, that exposed him to the cameras and video and we saw the vehicle. it was both pieces of work. great detective work and heroism by the law enforcement officers. i want to remember people of two names, steven house the man with a daughter killed by the bomber and draylen mason who was going to get a music scholarship to
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u.t. who will never get a chance to walk on that campus and this was evil at its worse. this bomber would have killed, women, children, injured a woman -- it didn't matter. black, white or brown. he attacked everyone. again, by getting him last night, we have saved countless lives. you all have done a great job of reminding everyone today in the austin area, still be careful. >> sandra: what is it like on the ground because we heard the dhs secretary commenting on this at a hearing saying the public must remain vigilant. >> vigilant, yes. >> sandra: have authorities been able to rule out anyone else working with this killer? >> they haven't ruled anything out but at this point they do not have other suspects at least at the last briefing i've received. he lived with one or two other
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people but we didn't know if he made the bombs in the house or elsewhere. maybe at this hotel. these are things we're going to learn. right now, we have as governor abbott said early on fox, we have the master mind. he's dead. this is great police work. it's good we erased evil but we have to find out the motive and if there's other accomplices. people have to remain vigilant. we don't know if he planted more bombs until the time they got him there were hours in there. so please, if you're in the greater austin area, still be very vigilant as you were this time yesterday and anyone just be suspicious of packages because he could have mailed a bomb anywhere. we don't know that yet. >> sandra: and you mentioned the two roommates. how will the investigation proceed looking into anyone else
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who may have been helping him or working along side him? >> well, i think based on what you've seen from the combined law enforcement, they will be very thorough. it is my belief base on information i have, they found the other vehicle, he was using a second vehicle, because someone under surveillance they questioned him and found out this evil, low-life person was use a second vehicle. it led the tip to find the second vehicle last night and again it happened between t2:00 and 3:00 in the morning that they captured him and he was dead. again, we mourn the victims. >> sandra: certainly. >> bill: >> but we praise our heroes in law enforcement. >> sandra: heroes indeed working
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so swiftly and strategically. what a story in the wee hours of the morning surrounding his car as he then detonated an explosive device. dan patrick, lieutenant governor of the state of texas. thank you for coming on this morning. >> thank you, sandra. >> bill: this is going on the hill. senate intel committee on a hearing on election security. former secretary jake johnson is there. dhs secretary, kirstjen nielsen also testifying at the moment. peter doocy is live on the hill for headlines. what are they telling, you pe r peter? good morning. >> reporter: it comes after the senate intel committee recommended the best way, in their opinion, to protect future elections is to go back in time and start using paper ballots not connect to wi-fi. this bipartisan group of senators is calling for a shout out to any bad actors who may be playing -- planning to interfere
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with an election. the election has to stay a state-led effort and have to offer extra efforts like experts and money. and it follows more than a year of of their probing interference by russia in 201 including the worry now from the dhs is the number could grow this year. >> we have no evidence votes were changed as a result of their efforts. however, the threat of interference remains and we recognize that the 2018 midterm and future elections are clearly targets for russian hacking attempts. >> reporter: you can see how important it is to the united states senate because it's one
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of the only hearings happening today. about everything else on the hill has been rescheduled for a snowstorm that is very disruptive that came to town around dawn. the government is technically closed but the hearing is on. bill. >> bill: thank you, peter. peter doocy watching that for us. thank you, sir. >> sandra: meanwhile, former secretary j. johnson at the hearings defending the obama's administration's 2016 election interference. >> we were beating the drum pretty hard beginning with a conference call i had with every state secretary -- secretary of state on august 15. the good news is by election day, 33 states actually came in and sought our cyber security assistance and 36 cities and countieses came in and sought our cyber security assistance in the time permit.
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clearly, senator, as we look back on the experience two years later and we have a clearer picture of the full extent of what the russian government was doing, there could have been additional efforts made but i'm satisfied at the time this was a front-burner issue for me. >> sandra: responding to election interference saying it was a front-burner issue for them. >> bill: and we know, and it's been said repeatedly, no votes were changed as a result of this. we emphasize that for the integrity of our own democratic system it's important to keep in mind they may have tried, and will try again. and the white house has said repeat lid -- repeatedly they have a plan in order and people are responsible to keep the election safe.
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there are calls for mark zuckerberg to step down after the cambridge analytica fallout. and we don't know if zuckerberg or cheryl sandberg if and when they'll testify. what can we expect from them? we'll tell you. >> sandra: and many disagreeing with the mccabe firing. how rand paul is respond. >> bill: and if you're just joining us, the austin bomber suspect in texas is dead. what led to the final explosion that ended his life overnight. >> was his goal to terrorize or did he have some other type of agenda? obviously, there was terror. what we need to find out and i think we will find out is did he have a different agenda other than terror. and that we don't know yet.
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>> sandra: a fox news alert, officials expect to meet with officials today and they're not the only committee demanding interviews after reports the firm allowed them to grab your personal data and make ads to target you during the election. here's senator john cornin weighing in. >> we've seen the power of social media and the data mining used by the large social media
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platforms how it can be used and abused. i think it's important we come in and sort that out. >> sandra: an editor for the washington times is on with us and fox news contributor charlie hurt. thank you for joining us. it's got parties wanting answers and wanting to know what facebook knew, when they knew it. should mark zuckerberg testify? >> i think he will whether he wants to or not. you're right, it's an interesting issue. it's one i think is amazing congress is only now getting concerned about. i remember in 2004 covering the howard dean campaign which was one of the first presidential
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campaigns that utilized the internet and information in a way -- in a campaign that made it a powerful tool. then we saw it again come up in 2008 with president obama in 2012 where they used not only the data on the internet but also the social networks like facebook, twitter. kind of weaponize them to a degree that was effective. we have a federal elections commission that claims to oversee all this and regulate how much is spent and how much candidates use and collect from people. the idea is to put sunshine on all this. and this creates a whole big problem because of course, if you go on facebook and endorse some candidate on facebook, is that an in kind contribution? all these questions have not been sorted out and congress is just coming to it now. i'm concerned because the reason
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they're coming to it is because of the trump campaign -- >> sandra: i wonder what changes are coming, charlie, based on what the outcome is. dianne feinstein weighed in saying if the industry won't solve the problems themselves, we'll have to solve them with legislation. i don't think that's the most desirable course but you can't have 50 million people lose data this way and then use the data as a weapon during an election. so 15 -- 50 million people. that's a lot of people and we don't know what where the data is today. >> and it's not a data breach in a traditional sense. it was basically information handed over to cambridgia cambr -- cambridge analytica and it
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puts facebook on the hook and makes them culpable in this. if they want to go after them for that it could be very expensive. >> sandra: i'll tell you whose holding them accountable, shareholders. the stock lost more than 2% in the story breaking and low-level staffers meeting with congressional committees. charlie hurt, thank you. >> bill: 21 past the hour now. austin police urging people to stay vigilant saying the bomber could still have planted explosives before killing himself. >> sandra: and president trump calling out democrats saying they're the main reason nothing gets done in congress as lawmakers scramble to pass a spending bill. senator john thune joins us with his reaction. >> a vote for democrats is truly a vote for open borders.
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conditt. i want to bring in buck sexton. he lived in a home with his parents. >> so far the biographical profile is unremarkable. he grew up in the austin area. was home schooled, went to community college. people say he was a loner. we didn't have early indicators like in the aftermath of the shooter at parkland where everybody said we knew he a huge problem and so far we're being told, quiet, relatively polite. nothing about a political proclivitiy and we have an i.d. and digging into it more but his background doesn't raise red flags. >> bill: my sense is on the investigative side they knew who they had probably two nights ago based on the video recovered
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march 19. if that's the case, they had his name and knew where he lived and have more information than they've hold it at the moment. >> austin p.d. did a good job of preventing information getting out prematurely to the public in how far along they were in the investigation. it seemed they had a sense he was a person of interest and then moved to the suspect category. that may have coincided with the fedex drop off and that was on the radar and then they got the guy and were able to track him likely using cell technology. >> bill: to put a fine point on that. police were able to track him down at the drop-off store where they obtained this surveillance video. so that was a key component in this investigation. >> yeah, and i think that was also part of the time line shift. the fedex issue come up and
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there's still the issue whether there are other packages out there. until we get clarity on that everyone has to maintain a sense of heightened vigilance. >> bill: you did a lot of this work from new york city. from an investigative standpoint when you consider he had two roommates, what are they doing now behind the scenes? >> i worked on the counterterrorism side and they'd be speaking to anyone around the individual to get a sense as to whether, first of all, they were involved in some way so there's the possibility of criminal jeopardy for some of the people they'll be talking to and then just to get a better sense of the profile of this suspect and how, if anything, law enforcement or anyone could have intervened beforehand to try to stop this from happening. what we've seen so far this was not somebody who was a bright neon sign of trouble. this is somebody who based on the preliminary findings we've
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seen, a loner, quiet, and not a lot on social media yet. usually that's the treasure trove of information that gets kicked open right away. >> bill: does it make the case more difficult? >> it makes it more difficult to understand why he did what he did. people treat social media like an ongoing diary or are a disconnect and we see this with jihadist. they like to go in navy chat rooms and will tell other people this is what i want to do. they like to brag about it. there's a malignant narcissism so far they like to display. with this guy we haven't seen it so far. i wonder if we'll have a neighbor or family member saying they were worried. >> bill: we don't know when the next press conference will be but it will be valuable. thank you, buck sexton.
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professor alan dershowitz. the president is quoting harvard professor alan dershowitz. rand paul, first, you weigh in on mueller. where do you think this is going, senator? >> i agree with the tweet by alan dershowitz -- >> bill: to be clear, it was from the president quoting alan dershowitz. >> i agree with the president quoting him that the prosecutors have run far afield for what they're empanelled for and get down a wild goose chase and i think special prosecutors have too much power. i would not have appointed mueller. now that it's going it's more difficult to end but there's no reason why mueller should be investigating things other than russian collusion. if there is no russian collusion, he should wind up, close his investigation and move on.
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what i don't like is they can subpoena your business records for the past 20 years and if you didn't fill out a form correctly with the irs you'll be convicted of something unrelated to russia. if there's no russian collusion, let's move on. >> bill: do you have a sense where it's going? >> i haven't seen evidence of russian collusion and i don't believe there was russian interference. did they try to influence our election, yes. what should we do, work deatoger to protect our electoral process. instead it's a witch hunt now that's become very partisan. now we're seeing people from the intelligence community turning out to be left-wing democrats and exposing the president and we have to be careful how much power we give to those in the
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intelligence community. >> bill: the president sent this week, when the full extent of your moral turpitude becomes known you'll take your place and you may scapegoat andy mccabe but america will triumph over you and you said what's disgraceful is attacking the bill of rights and the freedom of every american. you don't like the policies of john brennan, why did you write that? >> i think he'll go down in history as a partisan and now in the transition of law enforcement of trying to be even keeled. i'm upset with what he said about the president and that he was a big advocate of basically unlimited surveillance of americans where they were collecting millions and millions
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of americans' data and searching the data without a warrant. that was john brennan and james clapper. so these people will go down in history as not only not caring about the biffle -- bill of rights and inserting themselves and why we need more control over the intelligence community. and i think they should never be searching in americans' records without a warrant. i continue to advocate that nobody, nobody on either side in the intelligence community should search an american's record without a warrant. >> bill: going back to kentucky, where you call home, think the deep state's alive and kicking? >> we've seen so many biassed people. we have john brennan attacking the president in a personal way and james clapper attacking the president -- >> bill: i'll give you another
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one, from the u.n. there was a comment saying whoa, i didn't realize what i stirred up and tried it clear it up with another tweet. people on the out side are trying to figure out out. >> in the deep state there are facts that tells you there's an uncontrollable deep state in the intelligence community. only eight people are allowed to know what's going on and the eight people that oversee them have typically been a rubber stamp for the intelligence community. i want more oversight. i think all of congress should know more about what the intelligence community is doing and absolutely we should have judicial oversight. meaning judges should have to grant warrants to look at
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americans' information. lisa page, peter strzok are they still allowed to access information. do we have people that hate the president allowed to access information about the president or the president's supporters. >> bill: last question on the big data companies, where are you on that now? i don't think people don't know people are watching when they go online. >> with regard to the private sharing of data, so when you log on and do a search on google or anything and search for shoes and later on shoes pop-up, most acknowledge that's how the internet works. are people giving too much data
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on facebook, that's a judgment their customers have to make and there's a way to prevent them from having your data and that's not to share it with them. i think the push-back will go back and forth but i think congress should stay out of it. if customers have a problem with facebook they can quit or if they breached their contract they can sue facebook. >> bill: that's very interesting. why do you think congress has jumped on this as quickly as they did? >> congress always tries to get in the middle of stuff but most the time is unseamly. it becomes a kangaroo court. as far as russia it's all kangaroo court. there's a real investigation with mueller and the investigation but all the stuff congress does is to puff themselves up and act as if they're doing something. but i don't like the idea of bringing facebook before congress because i think it's a matter between the customers of facebook and facebook. congress doing it, it's unseemly
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what he did in georgia and ukraine and what he's done in the baltics and in london poisoning people with the nerve gas say criminal activity. i wouldn't have a conversation way criminal. >> bill: chuck grassley strong words, the republican from iowa. >> sandra: and add that to other republicans including mitch member connell and john mccain who have had harsh criticism to the president's phone call. >> one thing they do great is obstruct. they're great at obstruction. they're wonderful at sticking in a block. they rarely break up though i think we'll break them up a little bit because a lot of them are saying nice things about me on certain states we won by a
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lot and they running in races, you know about that, right? but they really are a block. they just vote no. i don't think people want that when it comes time to elect >> sandra: president trump blasting democrats while at a fundraiser for republicans lashing out against democrats in congress and to nancy pelosi suggesting republicans are in good shape heading into the midterms. joining me is south dakota john thune. would you agree, senator, in good shape heading into midterms. >> democrats? >> sandra: no, republicans. . >> i think we're in good shape. i think what people focussed on when they start thinking about elections, which is early, it's a ways off, they think with the economy and their pocket books and whether their lives are better now or two or four years ago.
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if you look at every indication, unemployment's at a 17-year low last month in february, more people entered the workforce than have in 40 years. over 800,000 people and that will affect the way people vote. >> sandra: the president placing blame on democrats calling them obstructionists. >> the things have gotten done has been in spite of democrats. the president has been instrumental in making sure he's getting nominees up here we can process. what we have seen from the democrats is historic levels of obstruction particularly on the president's nominees. if you go back to the previous four administration in the first year of those four administrations combined, there were 32 nominees filibustered by
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the opposing party. this president has had 78 already. so we spend a lot of our time working through filibusters and waste time on nominees we could use to work on other things. >> sandra: there's a lot of work to do before the friday deadline and passing the spending bill. will that happen? >> i think it will. it's always challenging and you're dealing with democrats who use these opportunities as leverage to get more spending. this is how they grow government. they use every opportunity to fund the military and things we think are important, fund the border, they use it to increase their social services. we're trying to get the necessary votes to pass a bill in the house that does the important things we need to do like taking care of our military and dealing with the opioid
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crisis and infrastructure and things like that. but obviously dealing with democrats who have a tremendous amount of leverage makes it challenging because in every case what they advocate for is more spending and government. >> sandra: it's a question a lot of folks at home have as well, how do they keep getting to this point. another deadline. have to fund the government or it's going to shut down. it seems we keep getting here. >> we do. of course this all starts with the budget process and what's happened in the time we've been the majority is the democrats blocked appropriations bills so we end up with a pile-up at the end of the year. it has to change. i'm a big advocate of budget reform. i think we have to transform the way we budget. it would change the way washington works more than anything else we can do. we need to move aggressively to change that. >> sandra: and real quick, senator, if i could get you to weigh in, you just heard chuck grassley weighing in on the
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president's phone call congratulating putin on his election victory. a lot of members of your party have spoken out taking issue with that phone call. did you have a problem with it? >> i'm not sure why the president felt he need to call and congratulation vladamir putin on what was a fake election. i think most of us don't see that as necessary. obviously it's a decision the president ultimately makes. but i think his advisors were advising him against it but in this circumstance i'd listen to advisors. >> sandra: i know there's weather there in washington. senator thune thank you for coming on this morning. >> bill: fox news, dozens are dead after an attack overseas. another bombing in a capital city that's dealt with this for far too long. details on who's behind the attack coming up next. for all the eyes that get itchy and watery near pollen. there's flonase sensimist. it relieves all your worst symptoms
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>> six minutes away on "happening now" terror ending in austin, texas. we now know the name of the suspect but what was his motive? we hope to learn more. and the deadline fast approaching for a new spending bill. how close are lawmakers and what's in it for the military? we'll talk to senator james enhof about that and it may be spring but another major winter storm is hammering the east coast. how long will it last? how bad will it get? all ahead, "happening now." >> bill: thank you, john. at least 29 are dead, dozens injured after a suicide bomber blew himself up in the crowded part of kabul. benjamin is watching this for us. >> reporter: it's a latest in
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the series of attacks by the terrorist group and they seek to divide the country at a crucial time for u.s. presence on the ground and the future of the country itself. the latest attack was carried out by a lone suicide bomber who targeted a crowd of hundreds who gathered to celebrate the start of the persian new years festival. isis claimed responsible soon after it happened. the death toll has risen to 52 with 52 wounded but the number is sadly expect to rise. the crowd gathered outside a shia shrine with young people singing and celebrating. everything and they now seem to focus on attacks in the city. u.s. and afghan officials say it's an response to airstrikes and military strikes which have pushed them back to rural areas.
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in the last week we've seen general dunford, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff visit ahead of the offensive. that's when the taliban will launch more attacks in the country. what we've seen is the u.s. pull troops and hardware out of iraq after the fight against isis has come to an end. moving it to afghanistan. expect there to be real pushback business the tal ban -- tal i ban. >> bill: thank you for that. >> sandra: a suspected serial bomber is dead. we now know his name and a live report from the scene, coming up.
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>> bill: you have to think these investigators in texas know a lot more than we know at the moment here. they have been on this guy's tail for a moment. we have the name and age, et cetera. >> sandra: dude dose to them. >> bill: indeed. a lot of folks with a lot of
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relief. we are waiting for those updates out o austin. >> sandra: "happening now" starts right now. >> jon: and we start with this fox news alert as we learn the name of the austin bombing suspect. the 23-year-old man identified as marc anthony condit. police say he died early this morning after he blew up an explosive inside his vehicle as the swat team closed in. good morning to you on this wednesday. welcome to happening now. i'm jon scott. >> melissa: i'm melissa francis. investigators believe conditt was behind all the bombings in the austin area the last 19 days. they are still searching for answers. >> that's the one thing we don't have right now is a motive behind. this we do not understand what motivated him to do what he did, and that will also be part of the continuing investigation as we try to learn more about him and to understand why he took the actions that he did.


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