Up In Flames: British Embassy Apologizes for Tweet

The British Embassy in Washington, DC is apologizing following a social media blunder over the weekend.

The Embassy tweeted out a photo of a cake featuring a tiny reproduction of the White House, complete with both British and American flags and surrounded by lit sparklers. The tweet read: "Commemorating the 200th anniversary of burning the White House. Only sparklers this time!"

As you may imagine, many Americans did not find the tweet amusing and thus they felt the need to issue the following apology about three hours later:

Some of the responses the tweet immediately garnered included: "WWHHAATT??? Is this suppose to be funny?" "I think this is in extremely POOR TASTE,"  "This means war," and "Good to know the US isn't the only country with a mentally deficient diplomatic corps that doesn't know how to tweet."

The tweet refers to August 24, 1814 when British troops set fire to the White House during the war of 1812 in retaliation for the American attack on the city of York in Ontario, Canada. President James Madison and first lady Dolley Madison escaped unharmed, but the White House was ransacked before the fire was set. 

Today, the United Kingdom and the United States enjoy what many coin a "special relationship." The phrase was coined to describe the close political, diplomatic, cultural, economic, military and historical relations between the two countries.

So what do you think? Was the tweet composed in poor taste or should it be written off as a harmless joke?


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Bret Baier Accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Bret was nominated by his friend Tripp Donnelly of RepEquity and he gladly accepted and plans to donate to the ALS Association. Bret now nominates James Rosen, Ed Henry and Chuck Todd--they have 24 hours. Tweet them @JamesRosenFNC, @edhenryTV and @chucktodd to encourage them to accept Bret's challenge!

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Ebola Fears Continue

An Ebola quarantine center in Liberia was raided over the weekend when a group of armed men went on a looting spree.

Officials say angry residents in the West Point slum broke into the clinic, stealing items including medical equipment, blood-stained sheets, and mattresses, all while claiming “there’s no Ebola” in Liberia.

As many as 20 Ebola patients also fled during the attack and there are now increasing fears of the spread of the deadly virus through one of the capitol’s largest slums.

According to the World Health Organization, Ebola has killed more than 1,000 people in West Africa so far-- making it the worst outbreak in history.  They also say the disease has been vastly underestimated and will require “extraordinary measures” in order to be contained.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning the public against products sold over the internet claiming to treat or cure the Ebola virus.

The FDA has received numerous complaints from consumers regarding fraudulent drugs, dietary supplements, and other items geared towards the treatment of Ebola.   

“Individuals promoting these unapproved and fraudulent products must take immediate action to correct or remove these claims or face potential FDA action,” the agency said.

There are some experimental treatments in development, but the FDA warns they are in the early stages and not yet available for purchase. Currently, there is no known cure or treatment for the Ebola virus.

The World Health Organization also released a statement saying, “Recent intense media coverage of experimental medicines and vaccines is creating some unrealistic expectations, especially in an emotional climate of intense fear.”

Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, the two Americans currently being treated in the U.S. with Ebola, were given experimental treatments and both show signs of a slow recovery. While this is a positive sign, officials stress that Ebola is not a significant threat to the U.S. and consumers should be wary of people trying to take advantage.

Special Report Guest: Karwan Zebari

Tonight on Special Report Bret Baier sits down with Karwan Zebari, the acting director of Congressional and Academic Affairs of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), to discuss the latest coming out of Iraq. 
Zebari is the highest KRG official in Washington, DC and supervises all relations between the KRG and U.S. Congress. Zebari also develops academic initiatives and programs with universities and academic institutions nationwide on matters related to Kurdistan. He can provide insight on the situation on the ground--
If you have a question for Karwan Zebari please tweet us @BretBaier or post via Facebook at facebook.com/bretbaiersr using #AskBret . Your question might just end up on our air! 


GOP wins come at a price

Tea Partiers and conservative DC-based super PACs have targeted seven GOP senators in Republican-leaning states they hoped to replace in this year's primaries. All of the Republicans in the cross hairs have won their primaries. 

Tennesee Senator Lamar Alexander was the last, and Thursday's Tennessee primary marks the first time since 2008 that every GOP Senate incumbent has been re-nominated.

But the win of the "establishment" comes at a financial expense - the Senators who have been challenged have spent millions of dollars in this year's primaries - money they'd prefer to have now to spend running against Democrats.

We have the very latest for you tonight on Special Report with "Campaign Carl" Cameron.

Live Free or Die: Obamacare in New Hampshire


A lesbian opts out of Obamacare, questioning why she should pay for reproductive care she doesn’t want or need. A grandmother loses her doctor, and takes on the government. An entrepreneur worries about layoffs, and a young doctor retires rather than dealing with Obamacare. But a young unwed mother of two champions the subsidized benefits of the law. These are some of the stories we tell from the first year of Obamacare in a state that boasts about its independent spirit - Live Free or Die - and is a microcosm of the troubled rollout of the health care law, highly relevant to the national experience. And to the balance of power in the Senate.  As much as Democratic Sen Jeanne Shaheen wishes the law were designed differently, a Fox News investigation shows how she has had a hand in health care reform for decades.

Dr. Tom Frieden, Centers for Disease Control Director

This Week in Health News

The two American health workers infected with Ebola have been brought to the United States for further treatment. The Ebola virus has killed nearly 900 people in West Africa and there is still no cure to be found. Both patients were given an experimental drug, zMapp to boost their immune system in hopes to fight off the deadly virus. They remain in a specialized isolation unit in Emory University Hospital.  At a press conference on Thursday, the CDC issued a travel advisory for nonessential travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, the three countries engulfed by Ebola. The CDC has staff at 20 U-S airports and border crossings to evaluate travelers with signs of dangerous infectious diseases. British Airways issued a statement on Tuesday suspending all flights to and from Liberia and Sierra Leonne until August 31. There is word that the two patients are improving and doctors are confident that the virus will not escape.

During these hot summer months, the last thing anyone wants to worry about it being able to drink water, shower or brush their teeth. On Saturday, the mayor of Ohio issued a water ban that had hundreds of thousands of residents in both Ohio and Michigan scrambling for drinking water. The contamination of the water most likely resulted from the algae found in Lake Eerie. Truckloads of bottled water were delivered throughout the state and the Ohio National Guard used water purification systems to produce drinkable water. No serious illnesses were reported from drinking the contaminated water, however some people did experience vomiting, cramps and rashes. The water ban was lifted early Monday morning after six new tests results came back without a trace of the toxin.

Ending on a lighthearted note, Google is partnering with Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis to create a contact lens that helps people suffering from diabetes and other serious illnesses. The smart lens could end up replacing glucose monitors for diabetics in addition to reading glasses for those with vision problems. The lens is designed to measure the glucose levels in tears using a wireless chip and glucose sensor. In terms of other sicknesses, the lens can also retrieve other symptoms of illness by monitoring levels of cancer-detector chemicals found in tears.

The CEO of Novartis announced in a statement, "looking forward to working with Google to bring together their advanced technology and our extensive knowledge of biology to meet unmet medical needs. [The project]  is a key step for us to go beyond the confines of traditional disease management, starting with the eye."

This invention could be the start to a brighter and more comfortable life for many people! Who wouldn't want that?

Attack in Afghanistan

A man in an Afghan Army uniform opened fire Tuesday at a military base, killing a U.S. general officer and wounding 15 people.

Pentagon spokesman, Rear Adm. John Kirby, said that the assailant fired into a group of international soldiers at the Marshal Fahim National Defense University at Camp Qargha, a base west of Kabul, and was subsequently killed.



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