Donald Trump on Eminent Domain: I Think It's Wonderful

Businessman and presidential candidate Donald Trump sat down for an extended interview with Bret for Special Report. Here is the entire exchange on eminent domain--share your thoughts with us here or via Twitter @BretBaier.

Fox Debate at a Glance

By Jay Boyd, Fox News Summer College Associate
The first Republican Presidential debate hosted by Fox News had everything: Donald being Donald, one-liners to remember, and a war of words that ended up taking on a more personal tone.
From the very first question asked by Bret Baier, we had a feeling that this wasn’t going to be just another debate. Donald Trump refused to rule out a third-party run, even though Baier pressed him, saying that experts believe the move could almost certainly hand the race to the Democrats. Trump stood by his words. The real estate mogul and businessman knows he strikes a chord with people because of his ability to speak his mind, and he ensured that trend was continued.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush addressed questions ranging from Iraq to Common Core, both of which are issues that could be pivot points in his campaign. Pundits believe he was able to answer those questions effectively, thus playing par for the course. Bush has long been the favorite of the Republican establishment, and most experts believe his performance last night did nothing to hurt that position. 
Governor Scott Walker came into the debate 3rd in the polls, garnering support from various sectors of the party. Walker and Marco Rubio came into the debate with the highest favorability ratings among the Republican candidates, and the general consensus is neither did much to hurt those positions. Governor Walker stayed strong with his convictions on social issues, along with presenting a one-liner on Russia and China knowing more about Hillary Clinton’s emails than the US government. The crowd cheered in approval.
Many today feel that the big winners were from a selection of John Kasich, Rubio, Chris Christie, and political rookie Ben Carson. Kasich had the home-field advantage with the debate taking place in his home state of Ohio. He provided what some felt to be a compassionate answer to the question of gay marriage, in saying he loved people for who they were, not because of their stands on issues. If this was your introduction to Kasich, which it was for a majority of Americans, he made sure you knew about his record, which includes being the architect of the most recent balanced budget in Washington, D.C.
Senator Rubio delivered his personal message of being the child of immigrants who saw America as an opportunity, a staple of his campaign. He moved to appeal to the working class through his discussion of his parents’ financial difficulties, and he sought to present himself as an example of what the American Dream can resemble. In spite of being the youngest presidential candidate, many believed Rubio displayed the presence of a seasoned contender.
Dr. Ben Carson announced himself to America at the debate, demonstrating his demure yet compelling approach to the race, and he was full of memorable one-liners. When discussing his medical background, Carson mentioned he removed half a brain at one point. Immediately following, he quipped, “although you would think if you go to Washington, someone had beaten me to it.”
Perhaps the most unforgettable moment of the debate was when the discussion turned to the NSA, spying, and phone records. Chris Christie laid out his opinions on the issue, saying it’s impossible to delineate between terrorists and civilians if you don’t know whom the terrorists are. Senator Rand Paul, viewed as the champion of the Libertarians, lambasted Christie, telling him to “get a warrant” and “use the 4th Amendment”. Christie snapped back at Paul, saying he “[sits] in a subcommittee just blowing hot air”. But, the war of words had to be cut off once it took on a more personal level, with Christie slamming Paul’s campaign strategy.
This combative nature became a theme for Senator Paul, who came out with guns blazing, picking fights with Christie and Trump, and calling out the Donald multiple times. Paul slammed Trump for his potential independent run (should he lose the nomination) and his previous donations to campaigns such as those of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner.
Not to be outdone, former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina gained high marks for her performance in the “Happy Hour” debate earlier in the day on Fox.  Many felt she was clear and concise in her presentation and provided some off-the-cuff statements about Hillary that could live on should she move up in the polls, as some feel may happen after her performance. 
As a result of this debate, we can expect the polls to tighten up. The Hunger Games Primary has only just begun. 


Perry on Obama efforts to reestablish relations with Cuba: ‘This is just throwing the Castro brothers a lifeline’

Republican presidential candidate and former Texas governor Rick Perry (R) said Wednesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that President Obama’s efforts to thaw the diplomatic freeze with Cuba are the wrong approach.

“We've seen this president not being able to connect the dots often. We see it in Iran. We see the same approach in Cuba, and how we're dealing with it,” Perry said. “The Cuban people are not any better off with this deal at all. In fact, I would suggest to you this is just throwing the Castro brothers a lifeline.”

If elected president, Perry said he’ll reverse steps the Obama administration is taking to formally reestablish diplomatic relations with the island nation,

“I think the next president of the United States obviously has an opportunity to come back in and using sanctions and other types of diplomatic ways to deal with the Castro regime,” he said, adding, “Until you see the people there getting the freedoms they deserve, I wouldn't try to normalize anything with them.”

Fox News Reporting - Crossing Jordan – Escape From Terror

When America leads from behind, who meets our enemies head on?  Jordan’s King Abdullah gives Fox News Reporting unprecedented access to his life and country. Go on patrol with the Jordanian military at the front lines with ISIS and the Syrian regime.  Hear the heartrending stories of Christians and Muslims fleeing torture, massacre and chemical weapons.  And in an exclusive Fox News investigation, learn for the first time about a modern-day underground railroad delivering persecuted Christians into America.  Right now, King Abdullah is fighting two wars at once, both for religious tolerance—will he fight on alone, or will America stand up as well.
Please tune in Friday, June 26th, 10pm EDT with additional airings Saturday, June 27th, 8pm ET and Sunday, June 28th, 9pm ET

Fiorina: “In a difficult time, sometimes difficult decisions are necessary to compete”

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina told viewers Thursday on Special Report that when it comes to her record as CEO of Hewlett-Packard, “I led HP through a very difficult time.”  

“In a difficult time, sometimes difficult decisions are necessary to compete,” Fiorina added. She cited positive statistics that proved the company’s success during that time including that it doubled its size.

Fiorina also reflected on the current economy and job market challenges.

“I think what we have to realize in the 21st century is that we have to compete for every job and honestly we're shooting ourselves in the foot all the time,” she commented. “The complexity of our tax code and our regulatory structure is now destroying more businesses than we are creating in this country, which means we're destroying jobs.”

President Obama says the Supreme Court has no business messing with healthcare law

President Obama says the Supreme Court has no business messing with his health care law. The comment comes as the Justices consider what to do about language in the law that would seem to make a key element of Obamacare illegal.

Bret sits down with former Governor John Sununu

Technology: How far is too far?

Technology these days is nothing short of amazing, but when it comes to breaking news situations like we saw this week with the Amtrak train derailment that took the lives of eight people we have to ask ourselves--how far is too far?
In the days before camera phones and live streaming apps like periscope and meerkat we relied on the local or network news to find out what was happening, but now everyday citizens are the journalists--whipping out smart phones live on the scene often before offering to lend a hand. We have become a culture obsessed with being in the know and now our cell phones are capturing events as they unfold. 
The Amtrak derailment is not the first time this has happened and it certainly won't be the last. More notably, the horrific video and images of vicitims falling from the burning towers of the World Trade Center on September 11th come to mind. 
This is not to say people don't rush to help in times of disaster as we certainly have seen many examples of this.
Also, we have to think about those instances when a photo or video from the scene of an accident was all we had to go on--what if the indivudual at the crash of the Hindenberg in 1937 had put the camera down in hopes of assisting? We wouldn't have the inconic images today--
This is a debate that will only continue to grow as technology advances--it's a thin line to walk and we have to be careful. The question is if you find yourself at the scene of breaking news with a camera in hand how will you react?
Let me know what you think on twitter @katyricalde.

Parents of Boston Bombing Victim Advocate Life Imprisonment, not Death Sentence

By Ford Fischer, Special Report College Associate

“We were there. We lived it. The defendant murdered our 8-year-old son, maimed our 7-year-old daughter, and stole part of our soul,” write Bill and Denise Richard in the Boston Globe. Despite the loss of one child and the injury of another, they insist that they do not want the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Tsarnaev was found guilty on all 30 counts related to the bombibg and subsequent violence when he and his brother, Tamerlan, tried to escape. Many of these federal charges carry a maximum sentence of death. With the second phase of the trial beginning soon, the defense will present jurors with evidence that Tamerlan’s influence over Dzhokhar was responsible for the crimes, and that he should only be sentenced to life in prison. The government will argue that the crimes were heinous and that Dzhokar was remorseless.

However, the Richards want to see the death penalty taken off the table altogether. “We urge the Department of Justice to bring the case to a close,” they write. “We are in favor of and would support the Department of Justice in taking the death penalty off the table in exchange for the defendant spending the rest of his life in prison without any possibility of release and waiving all of his rights to appeal.”

Death penalty cases tend to be followed by years of appeals, costs, and strenuous legal processes. The family believes that this would keep the defendant in the spotlight and make it impossible to begin healing. “We believe that now is the time to turn the page, end the anguish, and look toward a better future — for us, for Boston, and for the country.”

Massachusetts residents are overwhelmingly against the death penalty. In the case of Tsarnaev specifically, one poll says that only 26 % of Bostonians want to see him executed.

The death penalty was abolished in Massachusetts in 1984 and hasn’t been used since 1947. However, the sentence is possible in this case because the charges are brought federally. 

What do you think? Should Tsarnaev receive the death penalty or life in prison?

Off the Vine: The Grapevine stories you missed!

Busy week in news as the 2016 lineup is filling up. Here are some of the stories that just missed out on being a part of the Grapevine.

By Phil Vogel, Special Report Producer

Feeling Low: Troop Morale is low -- really low. More than half of 770,000 soldiers are pessimistic about their future in the military and a similar number are unhappy in their jobs according findings obtained by USA TODAY. The physical health numbers were not pretty either -- only 14-percent say they are eating right and getting enough sleep. Since 2009, the Army has spends $287-million on a campaign to make troops more optimistic and resilient.  As part of the program, all soldiers -- including National Guard and reserves -- must fill out confidential questionnaires that measure resiliency. The army says the formulas used in the report are obsolete and will continue the positive psychological effort.

2016 Copy Editors Needed: Last week, we told you about Rand Paul's campaign website launching with "Education" misspelled (spelled it Eductation). This week, it was Hillary Clinton's turn for an embarrassing typo. The official press release announcement read, "Her work going door-to-door for the Children’s Defense Fund to her battling to create the Children’s Health Insurance Program, she’s fought children and families all her career." There is an important word missing there -- it was quickly fixed and the Presidential candidate got it right during her speaking engagements this week

Complexity Costs: Americans spend $32-billion to comply with the complicated tax system. And that is only the out-of-pocket cash - the National Taxpayers Union Foundation total the lost hours of productivity at 6.1 billion hours -- costing the economy $234 billion. 94% of returns were done with some kind of assistance -- I know mine was.

Old Habits Die Hard: Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid must have been feeling nostalgic when he walked into the majority's weekly lunch on Tuesday. The problem is the Mansfield room is the lunching-domain of the Republicans now. The Nevada democrat quickly realized his mistake and exited through another door telling reporters, "wanted to check out the food."

Blast from the Past: Oddly enough, this week was not the first time a mailman has flown a small copter by the Capitol. On May 19, 1938, John Miller demonstrated the feasibility of a shuttle airmail service as part of National Airmail Week. Don't believe me? Here is the picture of proof from the Library of Congress.



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