By Mary C. Rydzeski
BRIAN'S OPENING THOUGHTS
Brian dives into the latest news coming out of London, where a British soldier was beheaded by an Islamic extremist. "For those who think that Bin Laden is dead and the war is over, if you were not convinced the Boston bombing, if you were not convinced some of the follow-up arrests and the shooting in Orlando of somebody else involved in the Boston bombing, you should be convinced now."
Greg Palkot, Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent based in London, talked to Brian about the reaction in London from the beheading of a British soldier in broad daylight by two machete-wielding Islamic extremists. "This city and the whole country are quite shaken by this," Palkot said.
Brian's co-host on FOX & Friends, Steve Doocy, talked to Brian about yesterday's IRS hearing and why Obama's ratings have not plummeted after three major scandals. Doocy explained that this is due to low information voters getting their news from outlets that have not covered all three scandals: "When it comes to the low information voter, the person who gets some of their news from The Daily Show, or Entertainment Tonight, or just the local paper, how many networks are actually covering three of those scandals?" Doocy asked.
Chris Wallace, anchor of FOX News Sunday, weighed in on the IRS scandal. "The thing that's surprising to me... it used to be that if you were called up before congress, you were scared and you acted contrite," Wallace exclaimed, "Somebody said it's sort of like calling up the IRS... customer service when you have a question and they treat you so arrogantly and dismissively on the phone. That's the way they're treating members of congress. I'm a little surprised at it."
Logan Beirne, author of Blood of Tyrants: George Washington and the Forging of the Presidency, talked to Brian about George Washington's courageous fight for liberty. "His greatest strength was his perseverance; he would never give up," Beirne said.
Brian also asked Beirne how Washington handled some issues we still have today such as treating foreign combatants. "Washington had a very interesting approach," Beirne explained. He said that originally, Washington was morally opposed to torture and treated foreign combatants very well. But as he saw the brutality that was inflicted upon the American prisoners, "searing irons, amputations," he switched his mentality.
Former Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush, author of Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight, KARL ROVE, weighed in on the IRS hearing yesterday. He weighed in on Lois Lerner pleading the fifth, and said, "She's... a lawyer herself, so what made her think that she could get away with this? I don't know!"
Uma Pemmaraju, America's News Headquarters host, weighed in on President Obama's upcoming national policy speech today. Pemmaraju questioned the timing of this speech: "We already knew this information. Why now? Why put this out there in a way to show that the president is really focusing on the 'war on terror'?"