Christie on promising entitlement reform: ‘I’m proud I’m the only one of 17 saying it’

New Jersey Governor and presidential hopeful Chris Christie (R) said Thursday on “Special Report” that he’s proud to be the only Republican candidate promising to reform the country’s entitlement programs.

“I will run on it, cause I’ve been talking about it. It was the first speech I gave,” he said, “And I’m proud I’m the only one of 17 saying it, and I hope the others will follow.”

Christie says many voters he’s spoken to agree with him in recognizing the system must be changed.

“I ask people, ‘If you make over 200 thousand dollars a year in retirement income and have four, five million dollars saved, do you really need a social security check? And I will tell you most of the people I talk to in Iowa and New Hampshire shake their head that they don't need it,’” he said, adding, “They know it’s a problem. They know it in their heart, and they don’t have any leaders who are willing to stand up and say it.”

Christie went on to say that, if elected, he will lead Capitol Hill legislators to action.

“You need a strong president who’s going to tell Congress what they need to do. If we wait for Congress to lead, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives,” he concluded.

Hayes: Hillary's apology: She doesn't mean it

Steve Hayes,  Senior Writer for The Weekly Standard told viewers on "Special Report with Bret Baier" that Hillary Clinton's latest apology on her email controversy was inauthentic.

"This explains the shift from defiance to contritrition, It's totally contrived,  she doesn't mean a word of it." said Hayes

The former secretary of state insisted for months that owning a personal server, stored at her home, was allowed and that she had done nothing wrong. The controversy has dogged her since and became a liability as her popularity in the polls took a dive.

Hayes said Mrs Clinton maintained her innocence and even blamed her political enemies as far back as Bill Clinton's days in the White House, "She hinted several times that this was all  part of the vast right wing conspiracy. She's going back to the defense she used in the 1990's to defend her husband. "


Russia undeterred after Kerry phone call, continues flights to Syria

Just three days after Secretary of State John Kerry phoned his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, over the weekend to voice his “concerns” about the “imminent” buildup of Russian military forces in Syria, Russia appears undeterred.

Multiple U.S. officials who have reviewed the latest intelligence in Syria tell Fox News that the U.S. military is tracking multiple fights of Russia’s largest military cargo plane, the Antonov An-124 Ruslan, better known by its NATO codename, “Condor,” including one flight Tuesday morning into Lattakia, a port city along the Mediterranean controlled by the Assad regime, and home to Russian military forces.

This is the first time in months the U.S. military has seen flights of the large Russian transport planes, said one official who called this development “very troubling.”

In a statement released Saturday after Secretary Kerry’s call with Foreign Minister Lavrov, the State Dept. warned that Russia’s continued actions could “further escalate the conflict” and “risk confrontation with the anti-ISIL Coalition operating in Syria.”

This appears to be an abrupt change in policy from last week when the Pentagon and State Dept welcomed Russia’s increased involvement in Syria.

“We would welcome anyone who wants to help in the coalition against ISIL,” said Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook Thursday.

"There's a 37-some-odd-country coalition that's taking the fight to ISIL. We would welcome Russia to be more involved in that effort," said Mark Toner from the State Dept. press briefing last week. 

Steve Hayes: New emails will put Clinton deeper into hot water

Weekly Standard columnist Steve Hayes told viewers Monday on "Special Report with Bret Baier" that the latest batch of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails - set to be released Monday by the State Department - will only put the candidate deeper into hot water.

"It's definitely having an effect," the Fox News contributor said of the email scandal.  "If you listen carefully to the defense we're hearing from Hillary Clinton supporters - it's really no defense at all."

The State Department said Monday that 150 of the emails set to be released are being censored or redacted because they contain information that has since been deemed classified - an issue that Hayes says will become "a huge problem" for Clinton.

"They're saying now, this stuff is still so sensitive that we can't make it public now," Hayes said.  "Well, surely it was more sensitive when she was serving as Secretary of State, and when the information was presumably much more contemporaneous. That's a huge problem for her, there is no good explanation for it, and I continue to think that's why we're not hearing an explanation from her."

Katrina Anniversary

By Katy Ricalde

I spent most of my young life in a small town in South Carolina. To me Clemson will always be home. As a kid I always found it funny that anyone that asked my parents where they were from would always get the same response—“New Orleans, Louisiana,” they would say with pride. I remember once looking at my dad and saying, “but you have lived in South Carolina for 15 years—you are from South Carolina.”  He just looked at me and said, “No-I am from New Orleans and I always will be.”

Hurricane Katrina hit my junior year of college. Two of my uncles were firefighters in the city and my aunt was a nurse. While the rest of my extended family (4 grandparents, 2 aunts, 2 uncles, a young cousin, and 2 dogs) escaped the storm to our home in South Carolina (joining my immediate family of 5, plus 3 dogs) the rest stayed behind to see how they could help—to do their jobs. After all, how bad could it be? They had all survived many a hurricane.

We all know the damage the storm caused—it really was devastating to the city and our house guests stayed for almost 2 months. In the end, nearly all suffered damage to their homes— My aunt, uncle and cousin lived in a FEMA trailer parked outside their home while they rebuilt from the damage a large tree caused—but they were very fortunate compared to so many others along the Gulf Coast.

Growing up we always spent Thanksgiving in Louisiana and Katrina certainly wasn’t going to stop my parents from breaking tradition. We drove through the Lower 9th Ward –where most of the damage from Katrina occurred due to the levee—and I remember thinking it looked like a ghost town. The electricity was still down and the bright neon graffiti on the homes- left by rescue workers marking survivors (or deceased) found inside—really stood out.

I remember seeing a deceased dog—a German Shepard—folded in half over a fence as it had clearly tried to escape the flood waters.  I remember driving by hundreds of homes and seeing people’s belongings—everything they owned-water damaged and piled high on lawns.  And I remember the feeling I had--one of shock and a total lack of understanding for how a city in America could still look like that so many months later.

My parents drove us past the hospital I was born in and the first house they shared as a couple and as new parents-or at least what was left of it. I knew the bond to the city they have and will always call home only grew stronger that day. 

Below are a few photos I took on that Thanksgiving day in 2005—a day I was reminded of what it truly means to be thankful. 


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Krauthammer on a potential Biden run for office: ‘It could create a real challenge [for Clinton]’

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Wednesday on “Special Report” that former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who has been dogged by questions about her email, sees a viable challenger for the race to the White House in Vice President Biden… and she has reason to worry.

“The reason she had to cut short her vacation, the reason she is scared is, up until now, no matter how bad things got, there was no alternative,” Krauthammer said. “She had no opponent.”

As Biden mulls over a presidential run,  President Obama’s press secretary stopped short of saying the commander-in-chief would endorse his vice president if he declares his candidacy.

“The words coming out of the White House… earlier in the week was pretty ominous [for Clinton],” Krauthammer said, “[The president said] choosing [Biden] was the best decision Obama ever made, when obviously he chose Hillary as well. So it was a signal.”

Krauthammer went on to say that could spell trouble for the Clinton campaign.

“If she loses Obama’s support, if there is only a hint or a rod to the previous Obama supporters, bundlers, et cetera that his choice of successor is Biden, it could create a real challenge,” he concluded.



National Geographic Presents Warlords of Ivory

The upcoming September issue of National Geographic magazine features the story of a special investigation into Africa’s illegal elephant poaching and ivory trade, to answer the questions, "who exactly is killing the elephants and why?".

It is also the subject of National Geographic Channel's "Explorer: Warlords of Ivory" August 30th documentary. Investigative reporter Bryan Christy commissioned the creation of life-like artificial elephant tusks (they had to smell, feel and look like the real thing), which he implanted with a hidden GPS device to track the world's elephant poachers and see the road the ivory travels. It is a fascinating investigation, a crime story, making the direct connection, for the first time, between ivory and terrorism (you probably remember when the group Invisible Children shot to fame after its video "Kony 2012" went viral? This investigation connects poaching to Kony).

If you think about it, the average person has no idea that there is a definitive connection between these beloved animals and terrorism and while most people can easily name a drug lord or a mafia boss, very few people could name a wildlife trafficker. Just a few days ago, while the world was preoccupied with the killing of Cecil the lion (due, in part, to the fact that Cecil's killer has a name and a face), 5 more elephants were poached for their ivory and the news didn't make headlines because there is no criminal, no face, to place the blame on. It is National Geographic's hope that Christy's investigation will change this trend.


Ingraham: “It’s a long way to the nomination”

Laura Ingraham told viewers Friday on “Special Report” that when it comes to assumptions about Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, “It’s a long way to the nomination. We’ve got a year.”

Her comments came ahead of a Donald Trump pep rally in Mobile, Alabama Friday evening. The Trump campaign said that 42 thousand people had RSVPs to the event, which would make it a record crowd for either party in this campaign cycle.

Ingraham also predicted a massive pushback from the Bush campaign in the months ahead.

“They’re prepared to do whatever is necessary to terminate any problem that comes to the floor and Donald Trump is a problem,” Ingraham said. “And so I think we can plan to see with a huge Bush largesse - they have money to blow and they are going to raise a lot more if necessary.”

Hillary Clinton in "panic mode"

Jason Riley, columnist with the Wall Street Journal said on "Special Report" that the Hillary Clinton campaign is in "panic mode," as they try to tamp down the latest controversy over classified emails.

"We know they're in panic mode because they keep telling us they're not in panic mode," Riley told viewers.

Riley pointed out that the email issue has dogged her in recent weeks, eclipsed policy announcements aimed at helping the middle class, "The media isn't talking about Hillary Clinton's plan to reduce college costs, plans to address income inequality. They're talking about her server and her email."

The former secretary of state held a news conference yesterday fielding questions about top secret communications, refusing to directly answer a question about whether she had the server wiped clean.

"That news conference was a disaster; I think they're in damage control mode," concluded Riley.




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