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Special Report Grapevine: Protecting Our Borders From The YMCA

Clean Streets?: Detroit's financial woes are well publicized, but you may not have heard that the crime has dropped big time.  Compared to last year, robberies are down 37%, break-ins have dropped 22%, and there has been a 30% decline in carjackings.

One opinion-- "Part of the drop in crime and robberies in particular is because criminals are thinking twice that citizens could be armed."

That is not the NRA chairman or the gun lobby..this is from Detroit's police chief James Craig who also cited good work from police investigators is part of the crime decline. One gun control advocate isn't buying the story from the police chief, saying it is a complicated issue.

"Our position is, more guns equals more crime."

Taking it to the Streets: Arizona congressional candidate Adam Kwasman was trying to protest the arrival of immigrant children to a small town. While giving a speech to the crowd  a bus arrived and the Republican tweeted a picture of a yellow school bus saying, "Bus coming in. This is not compassion. This is the abrogation of the rule of law."

The candidate approached the bus before letting it continue.

The problem? The bus was full of YMCA campers..not illegal immigrants. Kwasman later apologized for the mixup.

The Name Game: Finally, the Washington Redskins may have their day in court but if they enter one judge's domain the team's name is not welcome. In a footnote  Judge Peter Messitte took a stand, "The Court will refrain from using the team name...referred to hereafter simply as "the Washington Team."

The name may not be welcome on TV either. The head of CBS Sports has not ruled out banning the team's name, saying they will likely leave it up to the announcers. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell echoed that --"We don't dictate to our broadcast partners how they cover the game. That's their decision."

The owner of the Redskins Dan Snyder has vowed not to change the name. 

Mitt Romney in 2016?

Even though Mitt Romney has said he has no plans to venture into the 2016 presidential race, ardent supporters still feel he is the person who should occupy the White House.  But Romney appears to be a reluctant draftee, telling Fox News last month "no thanks... I'm not running."  Romney is not completely out of campaign-mode, however, appearing last week with New Hampshire senatorial candidate Scott Brown.  A recent Quinnipiac poll listed Barack Obama as the worst president since WWII and 45% of respondents think the country would be better off if Romney had been elected president in 2012.  Chief Political Correspondent Carl Cameron reports from Washington tonight for Special Report on the push for Mitt to run again.  

Do you think Mitt Romney should run again in 2016?

Amazing Choreographed Wedding Dance

We may be biased, but this is the best choreographed wedding dance we have ever seen here at Special Report. Tim and Pat Baier shared a mother-son dance at Tim's wedding in Nantucket in June. The dance started out like your normal, sweet, mild wedding dance..but about 40 seconds in we see that the Baier's really can break it down on the dance floor.

Congratulations to Tim and Samantha on their wedding and THANK YOU for leaving us with this incredible video for years to come! We know Tim and Sam will enjoy showing this to their kids someday--

Fresh Pickings From The Political Grapevine

Foot In Mouth: The Senate's top Democrat is taking ridicule tonight after being burned by his own racial politics. Majority Leader Harry Reid expressed outrage over last week's Hobby Lobby ruling by the Supreme Court allowing religious exceptions for the Obamacare contraception mandate.

"The one thing that we are going to do during this work period is to ensure that women's lives are not determined by virtue of five white men. This Hobby Hobby decision is outrageous."

Of course the problem is five white men did not write the decision. The majority included Justice Clarence Thomas, who is in fact African-American.

Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain tweets --@THEHermanCain: Harry Reid's Koch addiction is making him see white people... Harry: Clarence Thomas is black!

Baking Limits: Federal government nutrition guidelines could cost big money for local schools and extra curricular activities that rely on food sale fundraisers. In Tennessee state officials are limiting such events to just 30 days per school year in order to comply with the federal law's vague reference to infrequent. The Tennessean reports even state education leaders are frustrated.

"If somebody wants to object to federal intrusion in what's going on in schools I think this would be an ideal place to target."

Another official mocked the rules allowing healthy food sales--"If I thought I could generate revenue selling carrot sticks, I could tear it up."

Not All Press Is Good Press: Finally, If you are on the run from the law you probably should not agree to have your picture published in the newspaper. Jacob Close posed for a photo to accompany his opinion on the Washington Redskins name controversy in a Pennsylvania newspaper feature. Police saw the picture and arrested him for an outstanding warrant for jumping bail. His opinion on football team? Keep the Redskins name, but change the mascot to a potato. 

Center Seat: Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) on Border Crisis

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Special Report Grapevine: Yogurt and Yoga..same thing, right?

Get It In Writing: Apparently the Environmental Protection Agency is not too concerned with killing trees. Since 2009 the Obama EPA has issued 2,839 new regulations or about 1.5  a day. That works out to be about 25,000 pages worth of rules and regulations. For the sake of comparison that is about 19-times as many pages as the Gutenberg Bible. The EPA regulations contain around 15-million words which is 23-times what the Bible holds  and dwarfs the 4,543 words contained in the US Constitution.

Do As I Say, Not As I Do: Speaking of the environment, A Greenpeace executive is under fire for not practicing what the group preaches. The Guardian writes the group's director of international programs commutes on a 250 mile flight to get to work  several times a month. Greenpeace says it does not want to outlaw flying, but does want limits because "The growth in aviation is ruining our chances of stopping dangerous climate change."

One Greenpeace volunteer told the Telegraph that he finds the flights  almost unbelievable.

Namaste:  DC councilman Marion Barry has taken a strong stance against a tax on yogurt in the District and even took a swipe at a fellow councilman for proposing it. The problem? Such a tax does not exist. Barry was asked about the yoga tax not yogurt. The Yoga tax is a nearly 6% levy  on all fitness memberships and it passed the council today with Barry's support.

Unorganized Crime: Finally, a Minnesota burglar could not have made it much easier for the police. They say Nicholas Wig broke into a house and made off with credit cards, cash, and a watch, but not before he took the time to log on to Facebook using the computer in the house he broke into and forgot to log off. Local reports say the homeowner worked with the police to catch Wig who could face up to 10 years in prison.

Special Report Grapevine: Professor fired for calling global warming unproven science

Don't Agree? You're fired!: A University professor has been fired from the progressive group Institute for Policy Studies for publicly calling global warming unproven science. Caleb Rossiter is a self-described progressive activist who has taught classes on the misuse of statistics in the climate change debate.

He says ""If people ever say that fears of censorship for 'climate change' views are overblown, have them take a look at this. Just two days after I published a piece in the Wall Street Journal calling for Africa to be allowed the 'all of the above' energy strategy we have in the US the Institute for Policy Studies terminated my 23-year relationship with them because my analysis and theirs 'diverge.'"

Rossiter says officials at the institute have refused to explain their decision further.

Using an I-Pad during a debate..cheating or just keeping everyone honest?:  The moderator was not pleased when New York Congressman Charlie Rangel pulled out his tablet to counter his opponents during a recent event.

Moderator: "Congressman, are you Googling during this debte?"  

Rangel: "No I just wanted to show what he was picking out was inconsistent"

Moderator: "But it's not fair because they don't have their devices"

Rangel: "Oh I was going to show it to them, but you are right."

Rangel went on to tell the audience to fact check opponent's statements against the voting record.

Twitter Oops: Besides jumping out of a perfectly good aircraft in celebration of his 90th birthday, Former President George HW Bush received calls from many world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin. Though the official Kremlin Twitter missed one very important letter in publicizing the phone call --

"Vladimir Putin congratulated George W. Bush on the 90th anniversary."

The Tweet was eventually deleted and another corrected version was published.

Business insider reports  The Russian President also sent a gift.. painting of the elder President Bush as a young Navy ensign.


Special Report Grapevine: Hershey vs. Hershey

Food Stamp Fraud: The FBI has broken up what it calls one of the largest food stamp frauds ever. 54 individuals are charged with defrauding tax-payer funded welfare programs of more than $18 million. The individuals set up grocery stores which were approved as official vendors. The stores facilitated the illegal trading of cash for the benefits meant only for food. The US is attempting to seize $20 million dollars in bank accounts and assets. The FBI Special Agent in charge says rooting out fraud is paramount--

"The families and their children who truly need and rely on these programs count on that law enforcement protection and the taxpayers demand it."

An UBER back-fire: This week taxi drivers in some of Europe's largest cities took their feet off the gas and clogged traffic  in protest of Uber-- an American owned car service. The protest back-fired big time. With the help of a full page newspaper coupon Uber's App registration skyrocketed 850% --the most since the company lunched in London two years ago. The car service is also under pressure here in the US,  including being issued a Cease and Desist order in Virginia. Uber has ignored the request, calling it shocking.

Hershey vs. Hershey: One is a state senator and the other is an international chocolate company. Stephen Hershey is running for re-election and is being sued for his campaign sign. The sweets company claims the sign is too close to its classic chocolate bar and could give the impression that the company supports the state senator.

Hershey calls the lawsuit a reach against his freedom of speech saying people are not confused into thinking he is selling food products. The battle between Hersheys dates back to a 2002 county commissioner campaign. 



On The Show

A U.S. official says American fighter jets and drones conducted nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday, even as Islamic State militants threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued strikes. The militants released a video yesterday showing U.S. journalist James Foley being beheaded.

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