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Thursday, May 24, 2012
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Talking Points Memo & Top Story
Impact Segment
Week in Review from the Ingraham Angle Segment
Culture Warriors Segment
The Kelly File Segment
The Great American News Quiz
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Pakistan spitting in the eye of America
Guests: Rep. Dennis Kucinich and Rep. Peter King

"Many people believe the USA is in decline, and with a $16 trillion debt we are certainly not the powerful economy we should be. Also, our military has absorbed two ferocious wars in the last decade, so there is a weariness factor in that arena. Recently China challenged America over the dissident Chen Guangcheng, who the Chinese were persecuting. Secretary of State Clinton negotiated his release to the USA and America stood tall. But now Pakistan is doing something far worse â?" it has sentenced Dr. Shakil Afridi to 33 years in prison for helping America find Osama bin Laden. Pakistan convicted him of treason simply because he helped us find the Al Qaeda leader. Everyone from President Obama to Secretary Clinton to Secretary of Defense Panetta has politely asked Pakistan to commute the sentence and send the doctor to this country. Pakistan has refused and publicly the Obama administration has done nothing in the face of that refusal. President Obama must get involved and address the situation publicly; is that too much to ask, Mr. President? I am one who believes that President Obama has done a pretty good job on foreign policy, but there's no question that Mr. Obama is not showing leadership in the case of Dr. Afridi. I am very concerned and believe the administration must act decisively, and publicly, in defending Dr. Afridi. We are waiting, Mr. President."

The Factor invited views of the Afridi situation from two Congressmen, Democrat Dennis Kucinich and Republican Peter King. King accused the administration of exposing Dr. Afridi and putting him in jeopardy. "In the immediate days after the killing of bin Laden," King said, "there were sources in our government talking about DNA samples. Soon after that the Pakistani authorities started locking up health officials, including this doctor. And earlier this year Leon Panetta went on '60 Minutes' and told how the doctor was a CIA asset." Kucinich argued that Dr. Afridi is merely a pawn in Pakistan politics. "The U.S. is putting unlimited drone strikes into Pakistan, there is an election coming up in Pakistan and the government is in trouble unless they show resistance to what the U.S. is doing. He'll get released after the election."
Is President Obama's foreign policy hurting or helping the country?
Guests: Charles Krauthammer

The Factor has given President Obama high grades on foreign policy, but FNC's Charles Krauthammer begged to differ. "The administration talks about these operations because it wants political credit," Dr. K said, "and it talks about them in a way that is unprecedented and unconscionable. As another example, we had a double-agent in Yemen who discovered the high-tech underpants explosives. Because the administration wanted to spike this one in the end zone, it blew the guy's cover and we lost all the future information we would have gotten." Krauthammer posited that President Obama's greatest foreign policy blunder involved Iran. "In 2009 we were given an historic opportunity when the regime of our biggest adversary was hanging by a thread. This could have changed the entire strategic relationship in the Middle East, and what did Obama do? Nothing! He should have spoken out on behalf of the demonstrators and, worse than that, he actually supported the mullahs because he wanted to keep the regime in office."
5-year-old girl being raised as a boy in Maryland
Guests: Laura Ingraham

The Factor asked radio talk show host Laura Ingraham about the 5-year-old Maryland girl who is being raised as a boy. "I happen to know one family that has gone through something very similar," she began, "and it is not an easy situation for a family to deal with. But the concern is that these are children and they can't give informed consent for hormone blocking drugs. A lot of these kids grow out of this gender variance by the time they're adolescents, so if you intervene, especially medically, those kids might grow up to regret it. Let them choose when they're older." The Factor questioned the wisdom of the girl's parents: "I don't understand all this â?" just let Catherine be Catherine, and if she wants to be Jake when she's 18 then she can make that decision. This is an unnecessary drama with two dopey parents."
Gallup: Americans rank what is moral -- and what is not
Guests: Jeanine Pirro and Lauren Green

The Gallup organizations polled a sample of Americans to determine what they think is morally correct. 89% believe birth control is acceptable, 67% are okay with divorce, and 59% believe premarital sex is within moral bounds. On the other side of the ledger, only 38% believe abortion is morally acceptable and 7% are fine with adultery. The Factor asked Culture Warriors Jeanine Pirro and Lauren Green what they found most notable in the survey. "80% of Americans are against suicide," Pirro said, "which I found kind of stunning, especially given the fact that people are living longer and getting sicker. Also, more Republicans think it's okay to have sex outside of marriage than to view pornography. Does that make sense?" Green focused on another issue. "54% say it's morally acceptable to have a baby outside of marriage, but I think it's unacceptable on all levels. Out-of-wedlock births have eviscerated the black community."
Jury ends 5th day of deliberations in John Edwards trial
Guests: Megyn Kelly

Fox News anchor and attorney Megyn Kelly analyzed the John Edwards trial, where the jury continues to debate whether or not the former Senator is guilty of misusing campaign funds. "Usually long deliberations are not good for the prosecution," Kelly said, "so if I were John Edwards I'd be feeling more confident as the days go by. The jury has been asking to review evidence virtually every day â?" this is a really complex case, and it appears the jury is going through this in a methodical way." Kelly also examined the case of Desmond Hatchette, the Tennessee man who has reportedly fathered some 30 children with 11 different women. "He can be put in jail on civil contempt for not paying the necessary child support, and that has happened numerous times. You can put deadbeat dads in jail when there's an order to make them pay child support." The Factor put forth a Solomonic judgment, saying, "If I were the judge, I would put him in jail for one year for each child, which adds up to 30 years."
News Quiz: The Getting Away with Murder Edition
Guests: Martha MacCallum and Steve Doocy

The Factor tested Quiz Kids Martha MacCallum and Steve Doocy on their knowledge of killers who got away with it. Among the questions: "Actor Robert Blake said he couldn't have killed his wife because he left her alone in their car while he retrieved what?" â?¦ "Which celebrity considered writing a book about O.J. Simpson called 'Getting Away With Murder?'" Doocy slaughtered MacCallum, figuratively speaking, to end a torturous four-week drought.
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
John Payne, Mountlake Terrace, WA: "O'Reilly, you are just trying to denounce the Occupiers because their message is a threat to Romney."

Jim Tomlinson, Orlando, FL: "President Obama will remain mum on the Occupiers because they have strong union backing."

Paul Williams, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA: "O'Reilly, please stop describing people who are pro-abortion as pro-choice."

Janet Eisenbach, Hanalei, HI: "America is turning more pro-life because of technology. It is hard to argue that the fetus is not human when you can see it breathing."
Donna Dewitt
Thursday's Pinhead: South Carolina union boss Donna Dewitt, who enthusiastically and joyfully took a baseball bat to a piñata bearing the image of Republican Governor Nikki Haley.
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