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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
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Another terror attack on American soil
Guests: Charles Krauthammer

"We now know the human toll of the Boston terror attack - more than 170 people were hurt and three are dead, including an 8-year-old boy. Terrorists are obviously targeting America and so far U.S. authorities have done an excellent job in protecting us, but it was inevitable that someone would get through. Fox News is reporting that the bombs were homemade, put into a knapsack, and placed in garbage cans. The bombs contained nails and ball bearings, which are designed to maim people. Bombs like this have been used in Afghanistan, but they seem to be homemade with ingredients you can buy at any hardware store. Talking Points believes the perps will be found and brought to justice and executed. If this is an international terror attack, the repercussions will be severe. And if it's homegrown, that will be another stain on American history."

The Factor asked Charles Krauthammer for his sense of the terror bombing and President Obama's description of it as a "tragedy." "Obama is not the first to use the word 'tragedy' to describe events like this," Krauthammer complained. "A bus accident is a tragedy, but an attack on a bus is a crime or an act of war. When the agent is human evil, it's beyond a tragedy." Krauthammer gave U.S. intelligence authorities decidedly mixed reviews. "They've done a very good job in protecting us from terror attacks; this is the first time there has been a successful bombing attack in the U.S. since 9/11. So in that sense we've been well-protected, but the place where our intelligence has been awful is in understanding the big issues like the nuclear weapon issue in Iraq and North Korea. So operationally they've been incredibly good, but not in terms of assessing the potential of our enemies."
Survivors of the Boston Marathon explosion speak out
Guests: Allan Painter, MD

Emergency room physician Dr. Allan Panter was near the finish line watching his wife run in the Boston Marathon when the bombs went off. He recounted his efforts to save a female runner who eventually died. "She had injuries on her lower extremities," Dr. Panter said, "but we could not find any obvious injury to her chest or abdomen, which was kind of puzzling. She was basically in arrest, but we thought she had a faint pulse and we started CPR. We ended up transporting her to the medical tent where, unfortunately, she expired." Panter praised the ordinary citizens who did so much to help scores of maimed victims. "There were bystanders who rushed in, and those are the people who deserve a lot of credit. There was so much help that the medical tent could actually turn people away, which is what you need in this situation."
President Obama and Tax Day
Guests: Monica Crowley and Alan Colmes

The First Family paid an effective tax rate of 18.4% last year on an adjusted gross income of $608,611, but they donated generously to various charities. The Factor asked Monica Crowley and Alan Colmes to opine on the tax situation, particularly the onerous new taxes imposed by some states. "States don't have enough money coming in from the federal government," Colmes groused, "because federal tax rates are lower than they've been practically since the 1950's. We're paying less in taxes as a percentage of our income than we've paid for decades." Crowley rebutted Colmes' argument with math. "This year the federal government will take in a record $2.7 trillion in revenue, but it's never enough for the left. We have a monster federal government, and once you build this monster it becomes ever more ravenous and it constantly needs to be fed. Government at all levels is totally out of control!" Crowley also took aim at President Obama's personal tax burden, saying, "For all of his talk about class warfare and radical wealth redistribution, he never pays one cent beyond what his accountant says he owes." The Factor sadly concluded, "There are more taxes on everything."
Will the GOP get behind Senator Rubio's immigration reform?
Guests: Rep. Steve King

Republican Marco Rubio and the Senate's "gang of eight" have been pushing their immigration reform bill. One of the bill's most vocal opponents, GOP Congressman Steve King, spelled out his objections. "This just won't work," King declared. "You don't need legislation to enforce the border, all it takes is a president who is determined to do that. This bill has instantaneous legalization of almost everybody who's here illegally, which has led more people to come across the borders now to get here before this promised amnesty. President Obama has lawlessly and unconstitutionally announced that he's not going to keep his own oath of office with regard to immigration." The Factor advised King to reconsider the proposed legislation: "You said 'instantaneously,' but there is a probationary period of ten years and that doesn't even kick in unless it's certified that the border is secure. If Republicans don't get back in the game with Hispanic American voters, you're never going to prosper here because of the demographics."
What will happen to the perps behind the Boston bombings?
Guests: Kimberly Guilfoyle and Lis Wiehl

Legal analysts Lis Wiehl and Kimberly Guilfoyle looked back at the punishment meted out to convicted terrorists. "Timothy McVeigh faced eight federal murder charges," Wiehl reported, "and he was executed, but his accomplice Terry Nichols is serving life in Colorado. 'Shoe bomber' Richard Reid tried to blow up a plane in 2001. He pled guilty and is serving a life sentence in the same Colorado prison." Guilfoyle delineated the fate of some other recent terrorists. "Faisal Shazad tried to bomb Times Square in 2010. He pled guilty to ten counts and is doing life without the possibility of parole. 'Underwear bomber' Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab pled guilty in October of 2011 and he is also doing life without parole, and 'Unabomber' Ted Kaczynski pled guilty and is also serving life." The Factor predicted that the terrorist or terrorists in Boston, if apprehended and convicted, will be put to death.
Watters in Boston with reaction from the folks
Guests: Jesse Watters

One day after the terrorist attacks, Jesse Watters went to Boston to take the pulse of some city residents. "I feel really unsettled," one young woman told Watters, while other folks used words like "devastated" and "sick." Asked what should be done to the perpetrators, these were a few of the suggested punishments: "Crucify him" ... "Leave him in a room with me and four of my friends for a while" ... "Hang him upside down and let people beat him to death." Back in the studio, Watters summarized the dilemma many Bostonians are facing. "After 9/11 we immediately knew it was Al Qaeda and bin Laden, so people were bloodthirsty, but here they haven't even identified a suspect. So people don't know who to punch back at."
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
David Goldwasser, Westport, NY: "Mr. O'Reilly, I've never been a fan of yours but I watched your Boston coverage last night. You immediately brought President Obama to task for using the word 'tragedy.' The dictionary defines 'tragedy' as an event causing great suffering. You are splitting hairs."

Ryan Koolick, East Meadow, NY: "Bill, you are correct. The action was a vile attack on innocent Americans. President Obama just can't bring himself to correctly articulate the tone of events."

Rachel Pohorence, Vero Beach, FL: "Mr. O, what happened in Boston is not a 'tragedy.' It is an act of terrorism that should be described in the strongest terms. We don't need to PC this."
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