Jane Velez-Mitchell

Jane Velez-Mitchell takes a stand on the biggest topics of the day that people across the country are buzzing about.

Police release controversial 'Thug Cycle' video

Police release controversial 'Thug Cycle' video

Uproar spreads as a police union in Omaha, Nebraska posts a controversial video to their facebook page. In the video, adults can be heard ordering a diaper-clad toddler to repeat x-rated profanities and teaching to swear. The police union labeled the video as "The Thug Cycle," saying they have an obligation to educate the public about the "terrible cycle of violence and thuggery."

Our expert panel debates whether this police union was right to post the video or whether they went too far.

Miracle the only hope for brain-dead teen?

Miracle the only hope for brain-dead teen?

Jahi McMath went to the hospital to have her tonsils removed. After the surgery, everything seemed fine. The young girl's family said Jahi was alert and talking when she woke up, even asking for a popsicle for a sore throat. And then tragedy struck. While still in the ICU, Jahi began bleeding profusely before going into cardiac arrest, the family said. Three days later, doctors declared Jahi brain dead.

Jahi's family fought with the hospital and courts over whether or not Jahi should remain on a ventilator, saying they saw signs of life in the 13-year-old girl. Tonight, a lawyer for the family said Jahi has been released from the hospital and is now in an undisclosed facility where she is receiving antibiotics and nutritional support.

Animals stranded in extreme weather

Animals stranded in extreme weather

As people across the country huddle indoors to escape arctic temperatures, millions of animals are stranded out in the cold.  Critics say the approximately 45 thousand wild horses that have been rounded up by the government's Bureau of Land Management are in grave danger.  These horses hide from the cold in nooks and crannies when they're in the wild.  Now, they're stranded in holding pens out in the open.

We reached out the Bureau of Land Management for comment, and the Bureau's Jeff Krauss responded:

Jahi McMath released from hospital

Jahi McMath released from hospital

Jahi McMath went to the hospital to have her tonsils removed. After the surgery, everything seemed fine. The young girl's family said Jahi was alert and talking when she woke up, even asking for a popsicle for a sore throat. And then tragedy struck. While still in the ICU, Jahi began bleeding profusely before going into cardiac arrest, the family said. Three days later, doctors declared Jahi brain dead.

Jahi's family fought with the hospital and courts over whether or not Jahi should remain on a ventilator, saying they saw signs of life in the 13-year-old girl. Tonight, a lawyer for the family said Jahi has been released from the hospital and is now in an undisclosed facility where she is receiving antibiotics and nutritional support.

Congressmen challenge gov's war on wildlife

Congressmen challenge gov's war on wildlife

Finally, some progress for the embattled wild animals of the American west.  I have been saying this on this show for years:  I believe the USDA's wildlife services is a cruel program that forces taxpayers to fuel the vicious killing of millions of wild animals for the benefit of select businesses like the cattle industry.  

Now, two congressmen, a republican and a democrat, are saying the government needs to get rid of this agency.  We've got a deficit in this country, our education system is languishing, and we're funding the senseless slaughter of animals?  These two congressmen are alleging that wildlife services is wasteful.  They can't figure out where some of the millions the agency spends each year is going.  And even worse:  They claim wildlife services breaks the law by killing protected animals.  Because of these allegations, the USDA has agreed to investigate Wildlife Services.

Jane visits wild bird fund

Jane visits wild bird fund

Jane found a pigeon in distress and took it to the Wild Bird Fund’s new wildlife rehabilitation and education center in New York.  She was so impressed that she went back for a tour of the center. For more information visit wildbirdfund.org

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'Duck Dynasty' star ignites firestorm

'Duck Dynasty' star ignites firestorm

In an interview with GQ magazine, "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson made anti-gay remarks and compared gay sex to bestiality. The quote in GQ reads “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”

READ MORE: Roasted 'Duck': Phil Robertson's hairy road to fame

Grandma: 'Just pray for Jahi, please'

Grandma: 'Just pray for Jahi, please'

Jahi McMath went into the hospital to have her tonsils removed. Three days later she was declared brain dead.  The 13-year-old was having the surgery to help with her sleep apnea, weight gain, short attention span and uncontrolled urination.  The surgery seemed to go well at first, with Jahi alert and talking after the procedure. But then something went wrong.

Jahi was rushed to the intensive-care unit. Jahi’s grandmother said “there was way too much blood.” Jahi’s oxygen levels were low and she went into cardiac arrest.  A CT scan later revealed that two-thirds of Jahi’s bran was swollen.  Jahi’s uncle told CNN, “Now she is 100% brain damaged. Medically dead.”

Hero dog saves man from subway

Hero dog saves man from subway

A scary story with a happy ending.  When Cecil Williams, a 61-year-old blind man, began to faint on the platform of a Manhattan subway station, his loyal guide dog Orlando started to bark and tried to pull him back from the edge of the train tracks.  But Cecil lost consciousness and fell, and Orlando fell in after him.  Orlando barked and licked his owner's face in an attempt to wake him up.  As a train approached, witnesses screamed at the motorman to slam on the breaks.  He slowed the train, but the first two cars ran over Cecil and Orlando, who were luckily positioned between the rails.  Cecil suffered a few cuts and scrapes, and Orlando was up and moving just after the accident.

This miraculous story had a tragic twist--Orlando is about to turn 11 years old, which means that he’ll have to retire as a guide dog and Cecil’s insurance will stop paying for his care just next month.  Cecil said he didn't have the money to care for Orlando himself, so he was going to be forced to give the dog that he calls his best buddy up for adoption.

Routine surgery ends in life support

Routine surgery ends in life support

Jahi McMath went into the hospital to have her tonsils removed. Three days later she was declared brain dead.  The 13-year-old was having the surgery to help with her sleep apnea, weight gain, short attention span and uncontrolled urination.  The surgery seemed to go well at first, with Jahi alert and talking after the procedure. But then something went wrong.

Jahi was rushed to the intensive-care unit. Jahi’s grandmother said “there was way too much blood.” Jahi’s oxygen levels were low and she went into cardiac arrest.  A CT scan later revealed that two-thirds of Jahi’s bran was swollen.  Jahi’s uncle told CNN, “Now she is 100% brain damaged. Medically dead.”

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