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c-span. >> here's a look at our live coverage friday on c-span. at 11 a.m. eastern, white house trade advisor, peter navarro, talks about economic policy and national security at the center for strategic and international studies. secretary robert wilke talks about his priorities for his department. and in the evening, urban development secretary, ben carson talks about his department. c-span2, a discussion on monetary policy and financial regulation live from the brookings institution at 9 a.m.. and a preview of the east asia summit being held in singapore next week at 12:30 p.m. next, on washington journal, we take your phone calls and look at today's headlines.
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then we are joined by molly reynolds from the brookings institution and david barker from the american university center for congressional and presidential studies to discuss how president trump might work with a divided house and senate. and look at how other presidents have done in the past. look at what other presidents have done in the past. ♪ host: on this friday, november 9, flags remain at half staff in honor of the 12 people killed by the california gunman wednesday night. congress prepares to return to session next week. gun policy will be part of the discussion. there is also the issue that house democrats plan to hold a vote on protecting coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and this comes on the heels of exit polling following tuesday's election that percent -- that suggests 69% of americans want changes in health
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care. how should the u.s. health care system be changed? if you are on medicaid, 202-748-8000 is your number. if you are uninsured, it is 202-748-8001. if you are insured through the affordable care act, 202-748-8002 and everyone else, .our number is 202-748-8003 if not by phone, you can weigh in at social media, @cspanwj is our twitter handle and you can post a comment at our facebook page. it is facebook.com/cspan. good morning. here is one of the stories in the wall street journal on health care. the election gives health care law a boost. shifted the landscape across the country, strengthening the position of the affordable care act and resulting in a divided congress that could mean the most changes unfold at the state
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level. health care was the number one issue among voters in this election according to an ap survey. to roll to gop efforts back the law and many americans care deeply about coverage for pre-existing conditions. the journal writes the split between red and blue states mean statehouses will pursue opposite directions in health care. supporters of the aca claim victories even in some conservative states. here is what democratic leader in the house nancy pelosi had to say earlier this week following the election about health care. [video clip] >> from the beginning, we focused on health care. two years ago today, the day after the election, not the same date, but the same day after the election, everyone came together and said, we see the urgency and want to take responsibility and that gave us the opportunity to
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protect the affordable care act. that was essential to the health and national security of america's working families and we knew it would be a target of the trump administration. sunday, we had mobilized many of the groups outside. together.e this was our focus. watch -- to host: there is more about this storyline in the papers. the washington post has the headline medicaid expansion propelled by the power of citizens is a big election winner. three states expanding medicaid and we have julie on the phone, chief washington correspondent for kaiser health news. explain for us first a reminder.
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what is medicaid, what does it do and who does it serve? host: medicaid is the federal state program that -- guest: medicaid is the federal state program that gives low income people health insurance. you had to have low income and fit into some other category, a child or pregnant woman or someone with a disability or a senior and have low income to get medicaid. after the affordable care act, basically it said you have to have low income to be able to qualify. the supreme court in 2012 said that very major expansion should be optional for the state, it is not a requirement. so far, most of the states, but not all of them have accepted that. the other thing the affordable care act did was said the government would pay the vast majority for the expansion because they knew in 2010 that states did not necessarily have enough money for their share so the affordable care act said if
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you expand medicare -- medicaid, we will pay 100% of that for the first three years and now it is phasing down states will still only have to pay 10% of the amount for expanding medicaid. including the result of what and what istuesday likely to happen because of that, we are down to somewhere around a dozen states that have not expanded. host: take us to tuesday night because you write medicaid is seeing the biggest enrollment 800,000ce 2014, nearly new people will be eligible. what happened in some of the specific states on tuesday? guest: we should go back to last year when rather than fight among this among governors and state legislatures, in maine, they put it on the ballot and voters say should medicaid be expanded and they said, yes, rather convincingly.
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there were complications, the republican governor refused to implement it. that embolden advocates to put it on the ballot in even redder states. there were ballot questions in utah and idaho and nebraska. utah hasn't quite been called yet. everybody assumes it will pass. there are three more very red states that have not, but for considered expanding medicaid that are on their way to doing just that. you also have a democratic governor in wisconsin, which had all and wisconsin is an odd case because they already provided medicaid up to 100% of poverty. host: what is the price tag on
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all of this? the expansion of medicaid around the states? guest: even when the affordable care act expansion is fully phased in, states will have to pay 10% of the cost. states generally pay depending on how wealthy the states are, they could pay as much as half the cost. it is still quite a good deal for states to expand because they only have to pay 10% at the most of what it would cost. that can still be a lot of money if there are a lot of people eligible. there have been a lot of fights about how to pay that additional 10%. in montana, there was a ballot measure that failed. montana expanded medicaid a couple years ago but what was on the ballot was a way to pay for the state's share through a hefty tobacco tax. the tobacco tax put an enormous amount of money into montana and that failed. advocates say they will try to
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find a way to finance the expansion so as not to let it go away. the financing, even though most of it is coming from washington, there is a financing issue for a lot of states. host: you are also writing about tuesday, following up on the election. midterm results say health is important to voters, but no magic bullet. what are you saying? guest: there are a lot of democrats who ran very hard on health care. voters thought health care was important and yet, in a number of states where democrats pushed hard on this, missouri, tennessee, florida, of course we don't know. indiana, the democratic senate -- some cases incumbent senators lost. it wasn't enough to push democrats over the top everywhere although it was a fairly important issue -- very important issue according to voters. host: julie rover, thank you --
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julie rovner, thank you for your time. let's get right to your calls on health care. how should u.s. health care be changed? we start with bill in virginia on our line for all others. good morning, bill. caller: good morning. thank you for taking my call. one of the things i wanted to oftion through this process medicaid expansion is the issue focusing on the cost on the .upply side cash challenging to get increase the pu -- increase the shortf people who are in -- insured. significant lag --
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supply side of the equation and constraining cost on the supply side may be getting more doctors through medical school and lowering the cost of medical schools and addressing the issue. also, with prescription drugs, i don't think they are doing enough to address the cost side of the equation. host: ok, thanks. calls to something we are likely to hear about next year. the president has spoken about it. nancy pelosi has spoken about it as well. david is in oregon, david is uninsured. tell us your situation. , can i state a couple of facts before i get into my position? host: sure thing. americans were pretty healthy. i think this is a less important
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issue than many of the ones we ever seem to talk about. care,or a fact on health , the mentalmistaken portion of our health care for basisnot on a socialized medicare -- i and may be missing one or two, but the vast majority of americans are already insured on a socialized basis. i am thinking about 67% and most of them are healthy. host: when were you last insured and what has been uninsured meant to you?
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uninsured affected me many years ago when i had a lot more assets than i had now. that is the major issue, the bankruptcies that occur because some people fall through the crack's, so to speak, in our present system. host: armstrong creek, wisconsin, dave calling on the line for all others. caller: thanks for taking my call. i would like to see some sort of single-payer system. i am on medicare myself and we could pattern it after the canadian system, which is done by provinces and backed by their federal government. i think improvements on medicare could be made like we could negotiation drug prices. it's not aber,
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product -- it is right now treated like that. that is my viewpoint on it. itnow i will talk about being expensive, but we are paying a lot more than any other country that uses a single-payer system and we are getting poor results. that is all we have to say. host: thank you for calling. some other voices via our facebook page. one viewer writes get rid of insurance of -- and save medicare for all. failed to repeal and replace, he lost the house. obamacare is the law of the land for at least two more years. we will get some more facebook postings at tweets going in a couple of minutes. we hear from alan in west virginia.
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you are on medicaid, good morning. caller: thank you. yes, i am on medicaid. . have an insurance i am fortunate and they have the business about pre-existing conditions. what we have here is the hallmark of freedom blue that i that id from the time had my first pacemaker replacement and the treatments i cancer, ior prostate have had repeatedly had to call out wheretraight and they kept seeing -- saying on known -- unknown provider even
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when the provider had been recognized before. this is true -- i don't know if i want to give the specific names of places, on frederick street comedy oncologist -- street, the oncologist with my regular family physician who has a satellite from bluefield regional medical center -- in listed as it was having come from a different satellite that was ineligible. in the case of another one -- actually two, it was a misspelling of the name and this is with the chemotherapy. this did not happen once, it happened three times in succession. each time i received a
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particular shot of the chemotherapy, i received both chemo and radiation. the doctoring with that gave me the radiation treatment. host: the question is how should health care lobby changed, can changed, can you take your experience and put it into a nutshell. what would you like to see change about your experience? caller: there is one doctor i did not mention. i investigated how much this happened as much as it could. it was a bind between bill matrix, which the billing of the hospital and the insurance of the and the offices doctors, each is claiming the error, be it the spelling of the name, the location of the thing, or the doctor's number coming
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from the other and there is no ability on my part to trace back exactly where the mistake is. host: thank you for sharing your situation with us. one of the states that has expanded medicaid, here is a map of the u.s. 37 states in blue have expanded medicaid in recent years. there are 14 states in the orange that have not adopted the expansion and one of them is mississippi, as you can see. kathleen, mississippi, calling. you are insured through the aca, correct? caller: yes. host: what has your experience been like? 2002,: ever since obamacare came in. i was hurt on the job. wanted -- every two weeks i
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and had to goctor to surgery. left-hand carpal tunnel. ever since obamacare came in, i go to the same doctor. if the doctor's office is an open, i go to the emergency room. everything i do, i still go through the affordable care act. host: that being said, is there anything you would change as the -- to the system as you see it? caller: fix it. don't take all the money out of the affordable care act. fix it. host: we did find some of the other facebook postings we were
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talking about. mark writes remove government interference and allow consumer driven marketplace. julie saying single-payer, it is not a mystery, look at the rest of the developed world and kirk writes put the hospitals in check, they are killing health care. three dollar appointments for office visits, no wonder health care is bad. back to congress, congress -- pre-existing conditions will top the democrats agenda. they will take over the house of representatives. ause democrats planned a hold vote early next year of protecting coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. testing commitments to such protections, they speak about harvest and richard neal, the democrat from massachusetts will .hair ways and means next year such a vote should happen immediately upon democrats resuming control of the house, this what -- this would be the
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successfuluel to the midterm strategy of focusing on health care and attacking republicans relentlessly over their attacks to repeal the aca, which included landmark pre-existing condition protections. mitch mcconnell of kentucky held the briefing for reporters this week where he talked about the prospects for challenges. house is notatic going to be interested in that. there are serious problems with obamacare that need to get fixed. they raise the phony issue of whether we were for or against pre-existing conditions and i suspect it may have worked some places even though they tried to define health care about that issue. i think all of our candidates who subsequently won were able to make clear to the voters that everybody we knew was in cap -- in favor of covering
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pre-existing conditions. solve theic doesn't problem. we need to address that on a bipartisan basis. host: mitch mcconnell from earlier this week. nicole calling from virginia. good morning. caller: good morning. host: tell us how you think the health care system should be changed moving forward. caller: something needs to be done about the cost of prescription drugs. i have ms. income, iob, a good have what most people would probably think is a good insurance plan. let's say your income is over the feeling. they won't tell you what it is because it is regulated by the federal government.
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if you are over the ceiling -- nobody can pay that. i don't care what you are making. something needs to be done about the cost of prescription drugs. host: you think the white house and congress can get together on that? caller: i don't know. i would like to have hope. i don't even know what needs to be done. i don't even know why it is like that to begin with. host: a topic i am sure we will be covering further. let's go to joe in indiana. you are uninsured. tell us your story, if you could. caller: first of all, i wanted -- theyitch mcconnell call it the democratic party, it's actually the democrat party
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. that i workto say hard. i think the president got a bad rap. you need the insurance that you should get. you don't need the obamacare cadillac health care plan. that fitsd the plan -- and if you are
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[inaudible] the people who think they should -- aying $2000 every month [inaudible] host: thank you for calling. vivian at twitter disagrees with one of our earlier callers about
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americans being healthy. vivian writes the fact is most americans are not healthy. over half the population is diabetic or prediabetic and that leads to problems in health care. we will do this for 35 more minutes. how should u.s. health care be changed in the future? looking for your thoughts on -- and opinions on things. democrats are promising early votes in the house on this issue and we have john from boston. john is on the line. good morning. caller: you want rules to be changed? i was in the hospital with a nurse that came in with a clipboard. it turned out i had bronco pneumonia. i told her it was really none of her business and step aside. when i got there, i was operated on and in the hospital for nine days. the only way we can change what
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you want to do is to have a monitor. a health monitor in every hospital in the united states to get rid of these miscreants pretending to be nurses. these nurses are not qualified to go through the medical chain. they are a disruption and i want to tell every senator that if they don't mind their business why they are wondering in shadowing -- shattering the idea of what these people are therefore. they are in pain, they don't .now what to do health care does not get what they pay for. host: john from boston, thank you for calling. lots of other news on this
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friday, including pictures from california. this is the new york times -- a sheriff's deputy was killed at on borderline bar and grill wednesday. numerous other vigils were planned for thursday around thousand oaks california including this gathering below the photo at a performance arts center near city hall. these are photos in the new york times and one story says the usa suffered 307 mass shootings in 311 days. here is the headline in usa today. ,07 mass shootings in 311 days they are pointing out that is about one per day this year. that is in usa today. washington times, gunman in bar exhibited clear warning signs, mental health a concern. if you go back to the editorial
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page, they write enough is enough again. after the pulse nightclub shooting, democrats stage an unprecedented sit down to call attention to debate gun reform. in january, they will have the votes to do more than just protest. pass commonsense legislation such as comprehensive background checks, gun safety research, and a ban on assault weapons. we will spend the final hour of this friday addition of "washington journal" talking about guns and what is happening in the country and what you think should happen, if anything, in congress and elsewhere. back to health care, lewis in georgia, uninsured. thank you for waiting. caller: probably going to have to have major cultural changes to have health care. host: what do you mean by that and what kind of changes? caller: going to have to have to have changes in the food culture, going to have to have changes in the way people think
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of entertainment, like sports. going to have major changes in the field of how we think of transportation. people need to get out of cars and going to have to get on bicycles. host: take one or two of those. you talk first about food. what are you saying? caller: we live basically on sugar, processed food. we have to go to natural foods, how we produce food. is there a way to get people to do what you are suggesting they do and that is eat less sugar? caller: i cannot do it, but there is a fellow that can. host: does government have a role in that area? food? caller: yeah, to a degree. host: you also talk about sports, entertainment,
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transportation. what else are you saying? caller: sports. look how many injuries you have in sports, football, a game developed in war. u.s. civil war. out of beating the hell each other seven days a week and you want to know why the culture is messed up. think about it. done,i thought you were sorry, lewis. we did understand the point. exit polling from cnn, they talk here about health care. health care of the u.s. needs major changes. -- major changes are needed, 24%. no changes at all, 24%. jean on the line.
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tell us your thoughts of what you would change, if anything, in the u.s. health care system. caller: i am on medicare and i pay a pretty good premium for my supplement to medicare and i -- i try to find cheaper supplement -- they turned me down because i have a pre-existing condition. i didn't know they could do that, but they can. that is what i am giving information about. people think they cannot turn you down. host: what happens next for you then? caller: i have to stay with the company i am at and pay a pretty good premium because i have no other choice. other insurance companies if i change will refuse me. host: thank you. we have met on the line from -- matt on the line from maryland just outside d.c.
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--ler: i wanted to point out as i understand, there are a couple different kinds of medicare -- not the ones that are pure government. medicaidedicare and and i want to mention this is what bernie sanders wants to put people on. it is an excellent idea. i have medicare alone and i am on disability as well. i have been on it for a while. i am currently 57. i have never -- just to clear up some myths, i have never had to wait for surgery. they like to tell you that, that is not true. i did not have to go to a witch doctor. andnt once to john hopkins
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for another one in georgetown. that, first of all, i would like to clarify. been turned down for anything. what i am saying is i realize some people have medicare and -- one of the conditions you are -- way down line making dirt to get medicaid. what i wanted to point out is not only does bernie sanders for cover everything everyone like medicare and medicaid would, but he wants to put dental in as well. the dental lobby has been really
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themselveskeeping exempt from having to participate. that is what bernie sanders wants to do. in other words -- by the way, i for a prescription and you cannot argue with that. the republicans have created myth after myth about this and it is just not true. i am not fabricating any of this. host: thank you for calling. rick scott, the governor of florida who is running for that senate seat is suing election supervisors now in florida over the vote count. this is a look at the tampabay.com. it says in a piece a visibly frustrated governor scott accused unethical liberals up
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trying to steal a u.s. senate seat from him. the campaign filed a lawsuit against election officials in broward, palm beach county in southeast florida for allegedly trying to release voting tabulations. he was outside the governor's mansion last night and here is what he had to say [video clip] hourshas been over 48 since the polls closed and broward and palm beach county are still counting -- finding and counting ballots. the supervisors, brenda snipes and susan bucher cannot seem to say how many ballots still exist and where these ballots came from or where they have been. the people of florida deserve fairness and transparency and the supervisors are failing to give it to us. should beidian concerned there may be rampant fraud happening in palm beach and broward counties. host: that is governor scott last night in tallahassee. the tampa times goes on to say
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three statewide races hang in the balance -- results trickled in from around the state. in the race for governor between republican ron desantis and andrew gillum, the margin shrank .rom .52% to .44% thursday in the range for a machine recount, desantis' lead more point, is one the most significant sway in the commissioner of agriculture -- the day started with vicki freed trailing by about 4000 votes and by the time the governor started speaking, she was ahead by 2900 votes. massive recounts happening in the state of florida. we will continue to watch that story for you. the fate of the senate -- the future of the senate hanging in the balance.
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joy in georgia, good morning. what should be changed about the health care system? caller: the problem i have is you always discuss the medical care, but you never discuss your sons, your daughters that go to medical school for 10, 15 years and it seems that the people seem to think they are obligated to take care, which they are not -- that is why they go to medical school, they care. also, they are put out of the system of making any kind of money because they are going to school for 10 to 15 years making -- spending that time not making money going to medical school. when they get out, people don't realize their role and they have to be paid also. you complain about the money the never or nurse make, but
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complain about a football player or basketball player that has a rubber ball running up and down a field making millions of dollar and a doctor selling a foot on at fixing your heart condition and he is not supposed to make money and they are the ones that keep this country -- it is a job. -- paying fork the other half of the country -- they have got to be paid, it is a job. about medicalk care for these kind of people and the doctors and what they put up with. andle coming in on drugs they have to deal with having to try to get them out of their drug infested life. think about them sometimes
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this and ialways need to pay for aspirin. .t really irritates me .e need doctors that is my comment on that. host: anna is waiting on the line for new castle, delaware. good morning to you. caller: hello. theyon medicare and i wish would at least go on and get the beyond 65.e i did not go on medicare until i was 71. is hard enough. i am 82 years old and i said, i don't know -- i don't know where obama's brain was when he took $216 billion out of medicare and
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$700 billion out of social security and a have the audacity to tell us they are going broke. i wonder why if they keep their damn hands out of it, they would be able to supply all of us what we paid into it and i just got my letter saying my medicare would be going up this year and i got my supplemental, it went -- $252.50 a month. went down.tion plan it went to $72. it was $76. i said i don't mind paying $252.50 a month. if i have to go in the hospital, the person in the bed next to me on medicaid. that is the part that makes me mad.
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i stood in line waiting for my prescriptions and the lady said it would be $318 and the lady a set of may said i only paid $.50. i thought, yeah, that is the reason i am paying $318. host: on twitter, we have to regulate big pharma, it is not justing yours -- cures, drug dependency. timothy is calling from harpers mill, in new york. good morning, timothy. caller: we do not get the treatment -- we do not get the treatment we need to get the cure of disease is we need. host: what is needed specifically that is not there? caller: i have gone to doctors and they said medicaid would not and i have treatment
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saidto dentist and dentist they will not do what i need done. host: anything else, timothy? caller: yes, i feel it is ridiculous that we are giving andcaid to illegal aliens stuff like that. all that money going to illegal aliens, not to citizens. host: on the line from hackettstown, good morning. caller: thank you for taking my call. i really like c-span. perhaps everybody would be happy if the average american was eligible for the same benefits and plan as congress has. there would be no argument on either side.
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i am sure congress would never say they deserve a better plan than the average american. i also feel that -- has anyone ever really done a study about all the dollars sent into insurance companies between employees and private individuals and employers -- employees to see if that would be enough to fund a single-payer system? because there is a whole lot of dollars out there. host: thanks a lot for colin, anthony. more news this friday morning. a judge blocked the keystone xl pipeline. federal judge blocking the controversial oil pipeline thursday saying the trump administration's justification for approving it last year was incomplete. a major victory for environmentalist and indigenous groups.
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overturn the permit for the canada to texas pipeline, which the president signed shortly after taking office. the decision throws into doubt the future of the 179 mile keystone xl, which has been a lightning rod in national energy policy. we will see what the next move is in that. an appeals court ruled against the president on ending daca. a federal euros court ruled -- a federal appeals court ruled president obama cannot end the program. this is a panel of the u.s. court of appeals for the ninth circuit. they a grade -- agreed with the decision in january that trump lacked authority to eliminate the program. court rulespears against trump on ending daca. just more of the big -- many
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stories we are covering this morning. lots of news. in the meantime, albert, we go back to your calls. caller: i am here to support bernie sanders as single-payer. i was in germany and got sick and was hospitalized for four days. i got very excellent care. when the water days were over, they discharged me and there was no bill. as much spending half per capita on health care as we are. anybody in the country that gets sick gets taken care of it as far as doctors are concerned, if you go to medical school in germany, the tuition for any higher education -- there is no tuition. if you want to be a doctor in germany, you don't have to worry about student loans or things like that and i don't think most americans realize how things
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are. i think it is true in other countries. they talk about venezuela and socialism. venezuela has nothing to do with that. take a look at germany and scandinavia and see how things are done. ee is calling from okeechobee, florida. good morning. caller: good morning. pet peeve i have had for years now between the medicaid and medicare. i am on medicare and what really irks me for a long time is why these people who don't put a dime into the system are sitting back and collecting welfare and food stamps, they get medical care. surgeries,pensive their health care, their nctors, there eye care, ose care in full and we are
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suffering out here. i have a son that has to pay $200 a month for one pill and these people getting all this free stuff, they can have a $500,000 piece of surgery and taxpayers pay for this and those of us paying -- we are dying out here. i would like to know why they are getting more than the ones who are footing the bill. host: what is reasonable? you are saying just cut them off? caller: they should not get any more than anybody else. we get the basics. anything over than that, we are in deep debt. i am in debt. i have been in and out of the hospital. they should not be getting any more than the people paying their bills. the taxpayers are paying for these people and they are than anybody else and that is not fair. tony in sarasota,
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florida. i was ai want to say veteran when my son became diabetic. army.8 years in the he was a five-year-old when he became diabetic. i had nothing. i tried to get on programs and i day.leeping five hours per i struggled and people say it is so easy to get on these programs. it is not. know, insulin pen is $300 a month. he takes two types of insulin. you have to have strips, a kit.
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every month, this has to be purchased. to say so many people don't realize the realities of how the system .orks . think it is policies some have more and some have less. i have more now. , in i get out of the army struggled and medicaid, i did not qualify for medicaid or medicare for my son and some people vote out of interest. immigrantsy these are getting free medicare, that is not true, that is a live prey to they don't qualify for it. people need to know the truth to make things right. everybody should be on the same
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sheet of paper and really start voting within interest and actually help one another out. i did not want a handout. i know i wanted my son to live. i am just saying, it is policy. these politicians, they are bought and sold by the lobbyists . we have to get together and do something better. host: thank you for calling from sarasota. time for a few more calls. debra katz -- democrats for liberty writing republican say they support pre-existing conditions although they have voted dozens of times against them. sandy writes we are america, yet we are told we cannot afford to provide basic health care. we always find funding to feed the war machine, don't we? universal health care is the only way to save this
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unsustainable for profit system. we spent -- rights we spent $75 million on lottery, that solely funds medicaid. maybe there is reaction from other viewers today. some other names in the news, kyrsten sinema inches ahead of y as the racemcsall continues. another batch of ballots posted to the official count from the arizona secretary of state changing the race for senate. martha mcsally holding a lead of just 2200 votes according to results on the arizona secretary of state's website. ryan zinke, his name is in the news. he is preparing to leave trump's cabinet. he has been exploring potential roles with fox news, the energy
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industry, or other businesses among growing signs he will leave president trump's cabinet as he faces probes into his ethics. back to health care. gavin from illinois. good morning. caller: good morning. comments.ple quick i think the health care system first has to rein in the insurance companies that donate millions to congress and help write the laws pertaining to health care and the insurance companies that charge exorbitant malpractice insurance fees for the doctors which inflates the price of medical care and lastly, big pharma. donating hundreds of millions of dollars to congress and they change their prices
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overnight, which would -- which we have seen in past circumstances. basically, it all centers around the insurance companies, in my opinion. host: thank you, gavin. kobe on the line from maryland. what would you like to say? caller: i am calling in because i think universal health care or a single-payer system is the best way to make sure everybody in myalth care because opinion, i don't think health care should be tied to the amount of money a person has. i think it is a basic human right. as one caller said before, he believes if you had medicaid, you should only get the basics. what happens if somebody gets cancer? people go bankrupt in america because of their medical bills. that is something you don't see in other industrialized countries. host: anything else? caller: that would be it.
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host: let's hear from eddie in l.a. eddie is a medicaid recipient. thank you for calling us so early. what is your experience -- what has your experience been like so far in medicaid? caller: to tell you the truth, it is sad to hear americans really judging each other should have a life. he shouldn't get more than me, they should not get this. listen. excuse me. our government showed us the other day that in the middle of a war fighting against another country, that they would give that country the largest military aid in history. i am talking about saudi arabia. spending a -- quit trillion dollars a year on killing and started spending a trillion dollars on healing, we have been in the country fighting almost two decades.
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we don't know why, they cannot justify it. this is supposed to be a christian country that is supposed to forgive. a whole new generation of killing and we are worried about each other having health care. we should be worried about we are killing other people and spending that money on us. spend the money to heal and stop spending it to kill. host: down to our last couple of calls. eleanor from oklahoma city. good morning to you. like you., i i have been watching you for a long time. host: we like you, too, for calling in. your response please. caller: we should have medicare for all because we already have medicare for all. can i explain what i mean? i hear these people calling complaining about who they think is getting something for free on medicaid. the largest recipient group of medicaid are older white women who never worked because if you
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don't work and pay into medicare, you don't get medicare. -- sitting in these nursing homes, they are on medicaid. you can inherit your husband's social security, but not medicare. they are -- we already have medicare for all because we have people on medicaid. those older people who live to be 100 years old who have been on medicaid 20 and 30 years -- if you want to talk about a drain on someone -- of someone getting something for free, but we don't have a problem with them. we have a problem with this stereotype of minorities on stereotype getting something for free. since we are already putting people's health care into medicaid who never put in it, the older people, let's have medicare for all. that is effectively what we already have. host: moving forward, medicare
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for all, how do you pay for that? caller: how are we paying for giving the medicaid when they never paid into it? however we are paying for medicaid right now, we are effectively doing the medicare for all. maybe we need to either increase the insurance premiums -- we --y pay 1% out of our pay 1.3% for the medicare and that gives us medicare when we turn 65 until we die. either increase that percentage of the premium for medicare and that lottery system somebody talked about sounded ok and the money we are spending on some things that maybe we should not be spending on, maybe we could dump it into their. there. we are already on medicare for all. host: one other name in the news .s justice ruth bader ginsburg
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she had a fall in her office and broke a couple of the ribs. the injury is a reminder that the court could change. they write her hospitalization for fractured ribs is a stark reminder of president trump's reminder to shape the court. ginsburg is 85, fell in her office wednesday evening after experiencing discomfort overnight, she was admitted to george washington university hospital and realized -- revealed she fractured three ribs on her left side. while there were no indications her injury was serious enough to prompt her from cutting down, she lined up clerks through the 2020 term. another better confirmation fight could happen before the end of trump's first term. justice stephen breyer turned 80 this summer. linda from new york. what is the name of your town? caller: waterfleet.
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host: in response -- in response to an earlier caller that a lot of people have medicaid and haven't put into the system, i am a person that worked up to 2 and three jobs in my life in order to make a full pay and stretch the wages. i have become disabled. i think there are a lot of people like me who appreciate it and have put it into the system and work hard. from one last call massachusetts. good morning. caller: thank you for taking my call. i called in as uninsured. i don't have any insurance, but i am a physician myself. being an alien 2011, there have been some problems in terms of
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getting insurance. this is not the point. myviding services that office and house calls, it is end. to see aspects from my an one of the callers from vermont mentioned that system needs to be single-payer. there is no question about it. government should monopolize on it. i found after i had been in the country for 28 years, for some reason people are so afraid of that i founda word american society quite religious in a variety of aspects. it is a giving society. this is a major human rights.
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i really do think health care has been becoming so businesslike, doctors are being employed. i am the last solo practitioner in this town. when i make a referral, the patient of mine to a group, every single doctor in that group and's up seeing my desk ends up -- every single doctor in that group ends up seeing my patient. i think there needs to be a strong primary care model employed as the other social democratic countries in europe for example. host: thank you to everybody that called on health care in this first hour. we are to take a short break. when we come back, we are good
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to talk -- going to talk about the history of presidents working with opposition parties. our guest will be american universities david barker and molly reynolds of the brookings institute. we will be right back. this is "washington journal." >> join c-span sunday, veterans day, live at 4:30 a.m. eastern for the 100th anniversary of the end of world war i with french president emmanuel macron speaking at the arctic triumph
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-- arc de triomphe. guests include loyola university and michaelmosher case in. iesident trump at world war ceremonies in paris. live from arlington national cemetery government our live coverage continues at 5:00 p.m. eastern with the liberty awards honoring president george w. bush and laura bush on american history tv on c-span3. documentingent film the journey of a soldiers remains from france to the
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national cemetery. france, northeastern the final resting place for over 14,000 american soldiers. at 8:00 p.m. eastern, the president trump at world war i ceremonies in paris. >> it occurred to me that there might be something all these presidents have in common. they were forgotten but significant in some way. , constitutional law professor michael gerhardt talks about two of his books. did ahink bill clinton lot to merit his own impeachment. i think he knew members of
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congress were looking for him to make mistakes, and when he made those mistakes and testified under oath in a way that was false, and for which he was later held in contempt for perjury, bill clinton made his impeachment most inevitable -- almost inevitable. "washington journal" continues. host: we thought it would be a good time to talk about presidents and congress. at our table this morning, david barker, director of american university center for congressional and presidential studies. we are also joined by molly reynolds at the brookings institution. basic question. is it typical in the midterm election of the party controlled
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by the president would change hands in the house or senate? guest: it is. the president's party almost always loses in a midterm let election -- midterm election. host: why is that? guest: people have seen what the president has done is two years in office and are looking for something a little different. that is what we saw on tuesday. it is more or less what we expected. democrats picked up the house. host: his divided government a good thing? what is the typical impact? guest: it is a mixed bag. democratically speaking, it is consistent with the founders' ideas of splitting
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power across the branches so no individual branch exercises too much power. the flip side of divided it produces a lot of luck in we already have a lot ofgridlock -- produces a lot gridlock. we already have a lot of gridlock. have just about all a full hour. we are going to get histor ical comments in modern history on similar changeovers. what struck you most about the election? guest: i think it was more or less what we were expecting. the president's party tends to lose seats in the house.
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in the senate, we are still trying to figure out what exactly happened. we have races in arizona and florida uncalled. democrats were facing a tough map. having three pickups for republicans in the senate is what political science tells us to expect this midterm. guest: in this age of polarization, historically incumbent senators have not lost when they have the wave at their back. some were speculating that even in this bad map year that people like joe donnelly and claire mccaskill and bill nelson could hold onto their seats. now it appears all of us have
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lost -- of those have lost. host: moving forward, how does posturing change? the president looking for congress and congress looking at the white house? guest: it can go either way. bill clinton in his first state of the union address said the era of big government is over, took a conciliatory posture to try to work with them and improved his standing with the public as a result. other times he will see more of a defensive posture, which is what we started to see yesterday. u.s.,the climate in the we can anticipate a more aggressive posture going forward. host: we have a couple of minutes of tape to watch from nancy pelosi postelection and president trump postelection. we will get your thoughts.
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[video clip] >> the president made clear that if democrats launch investigations, any chance of bipartisanship is off. do you think this could jeopardize your responsibility to legislate? >> we don't plan to abandon our responsibilities for .ccountability, oversight this doesn't mean we go looking for a fight, but it means if we see the need to go forward, we will. that will be the work of our committees. every committee has oversight responsibility. has a big commerce oversight responsibility. the concerns the president may have with the judiciary committee, intelligence ,ommittee, oversight committee there are a number of committees defending on how we go down the
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path, financial services committee, homeland security committee. shamed as ae are nation by a policy that takes babies out of the arms of their mothers, that builds tents and all the rest to house people and the separation of families. we want to look into that. we hope to do so aggressively having oversight. if it requires a subpoena, i hope not, but so be it. >> i really respected what nancy said last night about partisanship in getting together and uniting. andused the word uniting bipartisanship. that is what we should be doing. we can look at us. they can look at us. we can look at them.
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it will go back and forth. it will probably be very good for me politically. i think i am better at that game than they are actually good we will find out. -- then they are actually. we will find out. you can't do this simultaneously. if they are doing that, we are not doing the other. just so you understand. we won't be doing that. what happens is we send it to the senate, and we will get 100% democrat support and some republican support. if it is good, i believe we have republicans that will help with the approval process. they will really help with the approval process. it really could be a beautiful bipartisan situation. if we won by one or two or three five, that could not
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happen. we have a lot of things in common on infrastructure. we want to do something on health care. they want to do something on health care. there are a lot of great things we could do together. we will get the democrats, and we will get the republicans were some of the republicans. i will make sure we send something up that republicans can support, and they will want to make sure they send something that democrats can support. host: what did you hear there? guest: i thought it was telling that when asked the question, leader pelosi led by emphasizing the degree to which democrats plan to conduct aggressive oversight in the house. we have heard a fair amount about this on the campaign trail in the last several days. i think that is clear where democrats intend to go. from the president, we heard this notion that if democrats do
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oversight, he is not going to work with them legislatively. i was never terribly optimistic we were going to see a lot of legislative progress on much of anything in the next congress if we had divided control between the democrats and republicans. president trump indicating he would be less likely to work with democrats if they do oversight, i don't think it is going to affect how democrats proceed. host: what do you see in terms of best case and worst-case scenario and what with the factors the? -- be? guest: i agree with molly. i don't think there is going to be terribly much done. the last congress was not terribly productive. mentionedtrump infrastructure. if we are going to be
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optimistic, there is a place you could say potentially there is something they could work together on, but usually whenever we get down to the details, the two parties have very different ideas of what it means to do and infrastructure bill. we will see. worst-case scenario is that something comes back in the mueller report that emboldens democrats to the point that they want to pursue impeachment proceedings. host: molly reynolds, one of the headlines on tuesday night, the urban-rural divide deepens. what is going on? guest: as we look around the country, we can see that many of the pickups democrats made in the house were in suburban districts, and that rural areas continued to tend to vote for republican candidates. several of the democratic senators that lost seats represent states with very large rural populations.
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i'm thinking of claire mccaskill, heidi heitkamp. this is a big divide in american politics that we are going to need to figure out what to do about. persistit stands to going forward. i think that will be a big challenge. host: at the same time, david barker, there is a headline in the new york times, death of the midwest democrat has been greatly exaggerated. what has happened in this area? guest: in 2016, this is the big story, the so-called democratic blue wall crumbled in wisconsin, ohio, pennsylvania. that was the story. hillary clinton lost ohio by nine percentage points, which ohio was one of the bellwether swing states for a long time. heading into the selection, people have been watching this, the degree to which democrats
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have come back into the full. -- fold. the jury is still out. we saw baldwin win reelection in wisconsin, sherrod brown win in the, mike dewine win governorship in ohio, and pennsylvania seems to be doing better for democrats. democrats continue to face a challenge going forward with ruralional white folks in and rust belt areas without college degrees. that divide looks to be getting deeper and deeper. host: do you want to add to that? that, whileing on white voters without college degrees have been moving away from democrats, we have seen evidence that white women with college degrees have been moving towards the democrats. in 2016, white women with college degrees voted for
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democrats 51%. this year is about 59% in exit polls. we have crosscutting changes going on. it is not clear exactly how it will shake out. guest: it is remarkable. we are seeing a realignment before our eyes in terms of partisanship with regards to education. 20 years ago, republicans were the country club party. people with college degrees were more likely to be republicans. 15 years ago it is even. now, if you have a college degree, you are about 20 percentage points more likely to vote for democrats. if you have an advanced degree, it is even more likely. we're talking with david barker, director of the center of congressional and presidential studies at american university. thank you for joining us for the first time. molly reynolds, who has been here before, is a government studies fellow at the brookings
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institution. both of you were at postelection events we covered this week. you can check our website to see some of those folks and others. full numbers, which we will put at the desk phone numbers, which we will put at the bottom of the screen. we have the first call now. let's get to that. then we will get to historic clips from presidents of the past couple decades. rebecca, you are first. welcome to the program. caller: hi. that thented to say democrats -- i used to be a democrat. i turned to a republican two years ago. i support president trump and judge brett kavanaugh, supreme justice brett kavanaugh.
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they are not happy. the democrats are not going to be happy because they really wanted to win both the house and senate so they can begin impeachment of our president as well as supreme justice brett kavanaugh. i was just listening to a comment by nancy pelosi, saying how we should be a country ashamed of ripping babies out of the mother's arms, and yet we have become a country that is not ashamed of having babies ripped out of the womb of their mothers at seven and eight months gestation. i have seen little ones born at seven and eight months. a lot of them survive. for people to not think they feel any pain, and for someone to crush your school and dismember you -- skull and dismember you and suck you out
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of your mother's womb with a vac, it is very sad how we determine where one person's life matters and the other one doesn't, and then we go to bed and sleep with it. host: rebecca on the line. thank you for calling. david barker, let's start first with her comment about impeachment. is that something you see happening? what are the dynamics speaker pelosi would have to be thinking about now that she is back in the leadership presumably? guest: there are a number of democrats with a base that would like to see that happen, and some newly elected democrats in the house that ran on that. that is not what i would characterize as the median opposition within the chamber, and certainly not of the leadership. speaker pelosi has gone out of her way on several occasions
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over the past year to say that would be inappropriate at this point, that they do not have any plans to do that. part of the reason for that is i am sure they remember what happened in 1998 when republicans decided to pursue impeachment of president clinton. clinton went from a mediocre popular president to extremely popular because the entire democratic party rallied behind him. that is likely what we would see again here. they would not be able to remove him in the senate anyway. i find it highly unlikely the democrats will do that. if you look at what most house democratic candidates were talking about on the campaign trail, it was not impeachment. healthoverwhelmingly care. there has been great data from the folks at westland about the issues talked about on campaign ads. the ads run for democrats were
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60% about health care. that is the issue this was about. it was not about house democrats promising they would pursue impeachment. host: the new york times talks about this. word for now. even many americans who dislike at effortsill balk to remove a sitting president. they have a big editorial. they are saying impeachment should not be one of the steps the democratic leadership should take. from go to rob on the line colorado. caller: mr. trump has already done away with jeff sessions. what now? he is going to appoint this new gentleman so he can try to block anything that comes out of the mueller investigation. what is going on with this?
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guest: let's hear what is going on with this. there is an associated headline in the washington post that says, in the wake of the midterms, trump takes aggressive stions to settle old cores. guest: it has been no secret that president trump been unhappy with jeff sessions for a long time. he has been criticizing him severely in ways that we have not seen a president to for a member of his own cabinet for over eight years. -- over a year. as to what that means, it is hard to say? one has to assume that part of what occurs interview with -- matthew whitaker's interview with president trump was that he would not recuse himself. he has already said he would
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not. the urban comments over the past year that suggest he believes the investigation is a witchhunt . there is certainly a chance that whitakeristration via would try to hamstring that investigation. the extent to which they do that would probably trigger a response from the democrats. host: with the democrats taking over the house, they now have oversight authority. they can decide what gets looked at. tell us what you are expecting to see. real range ofs a things democrats will investigate in the house. some of it will be about president trump himself. the prospective chair of the house ways and means committee says he intends to pursue getting president trump's tax returns. beot of it i think will beyond that and will be about
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the conduct of the executive branch more generally over the past two years and not president trump himself. things like the development of the policy that led to family separations at the border. why did the justice department choose not to defend the affordable care act in court? things that have to do with president trump but are not tied to his personal behavior directly. host: let's go to rob in north carolina. caller: how are you doing? host: good morning. caller: this guy -- why do we --get about all the things before he was elected -- tax returns, the list goes on and on. with the house being taken back by the democrats, are we going to be able to do anything to stop this guy? is it going to be more of the same? guest: i think one thing that is important to remember about
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oversight and investigation is a lot of their power comes not from just the information they uncover, although that can be very important. there may be actual information in trump's tax returns of consequence, but a lot of it is situation, what does it mean for the president's approval and the two parties moving forward. one challenge for democrats moving forward in the house is to make sure that the oversight they do is careful and solid if they want to avoid the charges that were levied against republicans during the obama administration around things theybenghazi, making sure proceed and a more responsible way. take a modernto historical look at things. it may not be a perfect
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comparison, but some are comparing this current situation to bill clinton when he was president dealing with the republican congress in the house of representatives when he was impeached there. here is bill clinton after the 1994 midterms when republicans took back but the house and senate in the so-called republican revolution. [video clip] >> a lot has changed since yesterday. what hasn't changed is the reason i was sent here in the reason that members of congress will be sent here, to restore the american dream and to make this country work, this government work, this city work for the interest of ordinary americans again. that is what the american people expect of us. last night, they said they were not satisfied with the progress we had made. they said democrats have been in control of the white house and congress.
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they said they were going to make a change. they did make a change. they still want the same goal. i pledge today to work with all the members of congress, especially the new republican leadership to achieve that goal if they will work with me, and they have pledged to do so today, then we can make great progress. we should be optimistic and work to make that optimism real. host: what happened after that point in congress and the white house in 1994? --it is worthngs noting the difference between the present in the 1990's and the one we have now in terms of style. president clinton was good at being contrite. following 1994, clinton did move to the center. he tried to find ways for him and the republicans to
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work together. they did. they worked together on a friday of things. -- a variety of things. at the same time, the moment clinton's popularity turned around was after the government shutdown. there was a government shutdown inr funding and other things 1995. gingrich believed clinton would cave on that. when he ultimately did not, republicans took the blame. their popularity sank and clinton's rose. that was part of the turnaround to his reelection. host: we heard president trump say this could possibly be a beautiful relationship. do you see him moving toward the center or the democrats? guest: one of the things that makes it more difficult to project what trump might do is that unlike president clinton, trump himself doesn't have one
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terribly strong policy , and toce of his own the extent that he does, sometimes they don't align with what congressional republicans want. he mentioned infrastructure. if i were to pick a couple of issues where maybe there is some possibility for bipartisan legislating, infrastructure would be one, prescription drugs would be another. we have seen president trump is quite hard to pin down as a legislative actor. that makes it very difficult to know what to expect. host: if you are mitch mcconnell, what are you thinking moving forward? guest: i think you are biding your time for some extra years. mcconnell has been around long enough and smart enough to lot of not expect a legislative achievements over the next couple years. one thing they can continue to do that they don't need the
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house for is continue to confirm judges. the makeover of the judiciary under this administration has been genuinely remarkable. the most conservative court from top to bottom that we have seen since the gilded age maybe. that is going to continue. host: they don't -- guest: they don't need to work with democrats on that. that is something majority leader mcconnell can do with just republican votes. host: the house is back next week tuesday for the lame-duck senat session. it includes and of year government funding because we are under temporary funding until the first week of december. we have a caller on the line from new york. but would you like to say about congress -- what would you like to say about congress? to say i would like
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think joe manchin is going to start running for president right away. he is a democrat that was elected in one of the brightest states in the country -- reddest states in the country. in 2020, the argument should be that people like kamala harris and cory booker and elizabeth warren are too extreme. he should present himself as a democrat who could have appeal to a broader swath of america. of course, trump is going to be primaried by somebody like yan.ch or r he might get knocked off. if you look at the possibility of trump versus mansion, i think there are a lot of these suburban white women that you talked about that would probably find manchin more appealing than
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trump. this is something to kick around. full disclosure, i'm a person of conservative views, independent, and i am very happy that trump was elected and pretty much in agreement with much of what he has been doing. the last thing i want to say is that it seems to me every time the news media talks about the surging gave to the mob up through central america to the border that they often seemed to say that it is just a oy on his part to rally his base. i believe it is heartfelt. the news media, which is an adjunct of the democratic party, pretty much, insists it is racist to be against illegal immigration, or it is
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xenophobic as if those of us that do not support the multiculturalist agenda are inherently racist, nativist, xena phobic. host: thank you. what did you hear? guest: a couple of things. i think the caller can be -- i find it unlikely that president trump is going to be "prim aried." his standing within the republican party is much stronger than when he was elected. his support among republicans is higher than we have seen among incumbent than we have seen a long time. while there may be many who would like to see a kasich candidacy, i find that unlikely. ted kennedy try to do it to jimmy carter. he failed. carter was less popular than
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trump is now. thereespect to manchin, has to be some indication that the candidate actually wants to run. i have not heard anything like that from joe manchin. there are other candidates that fit the same profile the caller was talking about that might have more interest. guest: the caller brought up senator manchin. it can be hard to discern a pattern in terms of what house democrats win versus which didn't in red states. montana voted against confirmation and won. heidi heitkamp voted against confirmation and lost. it is really difficult in the aggregate to tell a clerestory
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about exactly what it -- a clear story about exactly what it is that helped democrats in red states win from a policy perspective. i think it comes down to individual candidates and their connection. host: speaker gingrich on the contract with america in 1994 midterms. [video clip] >> we have issued a contract. the democrats ran marshall's showing us signing -- commercials showing us signing the contract the the president showed it. at the end of that contest, the american people voted for the side that had offered a contract. every time you have had an
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election that clear-cut, the word that has always been used to describe it is a mandate. if this is not a mandate to move in a particular direction, i would like someone to describe to me what a mandate would look like. it seems clear to me that we have a decisive mandate to keep our word. we are going to do after the election what we said we were going to do before the election. this will of course come as a shock to washington. host: the advantage newt gingrich had was a significant higher than what speaker pelosi will have? guest: one thing to remember is that this marked the end of a 40 year period of democratic control of the house of representatives. becomeelosi stands to speaker after just eight years
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out of power. what has changed in american politics and 1994 is the more frequent shift in control between the two parties in terms of control of the house and senate. that is a big historical difference. facing leading a majority that has been the majority much more recently than any other republican had in 1994. guest: the other thing that is different in 1994 they won the senate as well. the democrats don't have the senate. a third thing is that part of the reason they were able to win so many see in 1994 is that there had been a lot of southern democratic hold overs from when the south have been very conservative. you have the folks that had been democrats, but they had been conservative. -- 1994ked the moment
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marked the moment when the southern realignment finally took hold. that sorting has already occurred. the country's extremely polarized on partisan grounds in a way that it was not even in the 1990's. it is hard for either party to make a lot of progress. host: denise on the democrat line. caller: good morning. i would like to make a comment. it is amazing to me that the president stood there in front of the american people and told them i will not do anything for this country if the democrats do their job. if they do their job and investigate me, i will not do anything for this country. to be theed in
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president of this country and look out for its people. he is not doing that. it is amazing to me that he actually told them that if they do their job, that he will not work with them at all. i would like to make a statement that in a lot of the states where nators won, where they won, the congress, the republicans won in the senate, you have a lot of democratic congress that won in the same states. thank you. host: let's start with david barker on this. she is pointing out the fact that what she heard the president make was a threat to democrats. have you heard that kind of dynamic in recent presidents addressing congress? guest: no. we have been talking a lot about the 1990's and the clinton
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situation. that is probably the case that is most similar to this one. you have such heavy investigation that could potentially lead to impeachment. the important thing about term is thatinton he was working with republicans every day on bipartisan legislation that precisely the same time republicans were pursuing impeachment proceedings. that is not likely to happen now. host: the same question, is president trump capable of doing this? guest: one of the big changes we have seen between the clinton era in the current era is the increasing polarization of the parties and the degree to which getting anything done under the best circumstances in congress is harder than it was in the 1990's. we have seen over the past two years that president trump is not a present of particular legislative skill himself. one thing we think about often in terms of the president
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getting things done in congress is it matters how popular the president is. he continues to be unpopular nationally. he cannot give folks a lot of local cover to ask them to take unpopular votes. there are a lot of things that make this situation quite different. guest: i just want to add that it is both sides. rhetoric aside, it is unlikely that a lot of democrats want to do a lot of cooperating with the president and give him anything that could be viewed as a win heading into reelection. host: republican donald, what would you like to say to our guests? is and how bad truck much he has destroyed one thing or another. if you think about it, when truman was in, we were in the korean war. jfk got us into the vietnam war.
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at this time, there been over 200 combat troops killed in vietnam. killed.nd where 58,000 he went into cuba with no reason. that is still in effect after all these years. by this time, clinton had fired missiles into baghdad, killing civilians. that is not the only thing clinton did buy a long ways. when obama was in, we kill people in libya and syria. they think trump is such a bad person, open your eyes. if you want to find out about jfk, get on the internet. fadk dr. feel good, fiddle
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dle, the murder of the president, south vietnam, you will see what a bad president really looks like. we had to take our defensive missiles out of, what country was it? one of the countries we still talk about today to get kris ev tor to take -- krusch cuba.issiles out of callerone thing that the brings up is what if any changes we might see in the context of the trump administration's foreign-policy. we know from looking at exit full data that american voters are not nearly as interested in foreign-policy issues as they are in domestic policy issues. this is a place where perhaps house democrats try to push back
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against something the trump administration has done. they may find some allies in interesting places in the senate. there has been a growing group of senators who have expressed concern about the conduct of the conflict in yemen. we have talked a lot about domestic politics in comparisons to the past. i will be interested to see what happens on foreign-policy. host: there's also trade policy. congress, locates that --split congress nafta.ates guest: the republican party was more pro-free-trade. that changed in the 1990's. i feel like we are talking about clinton too much. that was one of the significant
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shifts of the new democrat, how open he was to international markets. that continued throughout the obama administration. democrats have been divided on trade at the same time republicans have moved in the other direction. you see the situation where the traditional adam smith free market capitalistic party that is the republican party at the rank-and-file level is significantly more protectionist than democrats. this creates opportunities for strange bedfellows and partnerships. it is hard to see how that plays out. host: we have a couple of calls waiting period i want to go back to 2006, -- waiting. i want you back to 2006, when president bush took back but the senate and the house.
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[video clip] >> this is a close election. result wase not too close. it was a thumping. the people expect us to work together. that is what they expect. as i said, there comes responsibility with victory. that is what nancy pelosi told me this money. she said she wants to work together. so do i. that is how you deal with it. this is not my first rodeo. this is not the first time i have been in a campaign where people have expressed themselves. learned that if you focus on the big picture, which is our nation and issues we need to work together on, you can get stuff done. host: did the people get what they want in 2006?
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did they get stuff done? guest: there was some legislative productivity in the last two years of the bush ministrations. firstwere nancy pelosi's two years as speaker. one big difference between that case and what we're looking at now is george w. bush was not going to appear on the ballot again. those were the last two years of his presidency. he did not need to think about positioning himself for reelection in the same way i expect donald trump will. guest: i agree with that completely. it makes a difference in terms of first term or second term. if trump was not going to be running again, democrats would perhaps be more willing than they will be. they don't really want to give him any wins as it stands. caller: good morning. i watch your show every morning.
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i'm a first time caller. i have a comment and then a question. the cnn reporter at the news conference was way out of line. it was ok to ask the question, know, go on and on -- you other people were in the room. after all, he is speaking to the president of the united states and should show respect to the president. , i am sorry for the lady and gentleman. david said something about college-educated voters, and they tend to vote democrat. significance of the college educated voter because there are more of us out here making a living with our hands and working hard then there are college educated people?
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do the college educated people democrat, orjust explain a little bit about the college-educated vote. thank you for taking my call. host: tell us what happened in the selection. continuation of what we started to see in 2016 and the trend before that. it is remarkable. you think about the different things that define him across press andicans -- republicans -- democrats and republicans. race has divided the parties, gender to a lesser extent. there has been a gender gap. religion. education.nge is when we were growing up, education was correlated with republican party identity.
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now it has completely flipped. the reason for that is it has to do with attitudes towards cultural issues. college-educated voters tend to be more multicultural when it comes to race and ethnicity. that is the story. it is a big divide. host: in the washington times, democrats complain about still leadership in the house -- stale leadership in the house. no lawmakers have challenged pelosi. much has been made about their age. extents like this, what is the experience nancy pelosi would bring important? guest: i think it is very important. about 40% of the current house democratic caucus has never served in the majority.
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in the new congress, it will be closer to half. don't knowmocrats what it is like for their party to get to set the agenda, to decide what committees work on what things. given that democrats will be trying to position themselves well for 2020, the question of experience on the part of their leadership is quite important. that is part of why we have not necessarily seen a firm alternative to pelosi emerge. host: there was a tweet that said there are 10 incoming freshman and 12 incumbents who said they would not support policy. the question is how many would vote for another candidate on the floor. the difference between what you say and what you might actually do in early january. guest: i think it is highly unlikely in this particular
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moment with this being another year of the woman, the me too etc., the kavanaugh stuff that in the midst of all that democrats would choose to remove speaker pelosi from her position. i think such an effort would go badly. host: let's speak to dewana in virginia. good morning. caller: i just want to say i am a proud democrat all my life. this is the first time that when i voted, when we were voting for our representatives, my first time showing up and going to vote was to vote against donald trump. i will never referred to him as president. he is unfit to be president of anything to me. donald trump is a sexist and a racist.
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with jim acosta, donald trump needs to apologize for how he treated jim acosta. i don't think jim was out of order. i think donald trump is out of order. we need the media. there is nothing wrong with the media. trump saying the media is wrong way oft is just his saying don't listen to them, listen to me. cbs, cnn, ic, appreciate the media. thank you for letting me voice my opinion. host: thank you. any thoughts? guest: one thing the caller brings up that is not quite, among american voters is the degree to which her feelings about the president are what are modeting her other
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choices. we have seen over time an increase in the number of voters in go to the polls and presidential years vote for the president and house and senate candidates at the same time. down to the state legislative level, how you feel about the president correlates with what party you support. this is really indicative of a broader trend in american policy. host: with respect -- guest: with respect to the media, it seems increasingly like president trump and jim acosta and other members of the media have a symbiotic relationship. they seem to need each other. trump needs the media as a foil people.e "enemy" of the he becomes more popular to his
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base. many of the media organizations are really succeeded in their coverage of him nonstop. 2010, republicans won obama's firstnt midterm elections. here is what speaker boehner had to say. [video clip] >> we are humbled by the trust the american people have placed in us. we recognize this is a time to roll up our sleeves and go to work on the people's priorities, reforming the way congress does its business. it is not just what the american people are demanding, it is what they are expecting from us. the real question is, are we going to listen to the american people? republicans have made a pledge to america.
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our pledge is to listen to the american people and to focus on their priorities. that is exactly what we are going to do. last night, the president was kind enough to call me. we discussed working together on the american people's priorities, cutting spending, creating jobs. we hope he will continue to be willing to work with us on those priorities. the new majority in congress will be the voice of the american people. i think we clearly expressed that last night. we are going to continue and renew our efforts for a smaller, less costly, and more accountable government in washington, d.c. nine -- d.c. host: what were the results after that election? the republicans held the house but not the senate.
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there was a democrat in the white house. john boehner learned there were a lot of divisions within his own conference to proceed on negotiations with the senate and white house. we want to watch what extent do those divisions emerge within the democratic caucus in the house. i think in general the democratic caucus is more unified than the republican conference under john boehner was. president obama at that point i think used the word shellacking. worddent bush used the thumping. let's hear from president obama. [video clip] >> this is something every president i think needs to go through. the responsibilities of this office are so enormous, and so many people are depending on what we do, and in the rush of trackty sometimes we lose
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of the ways that we connected with folks that got us here in the first place. -- now, i amhing not recommending for every feature i'm sure there are easier ways to learn these lessons. it this is a growth process. the relationship i have had with the american people is one that built slowly, pete at this incredible high, and during the last two years as we've gone through some very difficult times has gotten rockier and tougher.
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it is going to have more ups and downs during the time of me being in this office. perspective, he is right in that his was more of a shellacking then trumps. seats instead of 40. that has to do with structural differences. if you look at the generic ballot difference, the overall advantage that democrats had in this election, the advantages were greater this time. there are those structural differences that affect how we perceive the outcomes of these things. host: we have time for more calls for our guests. good morning. caller:host: thank you first be-
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c-span. i appreciate the insight from your guests. we just elected a new member of congress. brings a pretty forthright and honest. it i think it's astounding that we can't count ballots. when i was a child we put a man on the moon. talk get a smart phone and face-to-face with someone in hawaii. for some reason, people can't cap -- count ballots. a solution tor be this? it just seems like we've made , but countingides ballots and election is pretty basic. i don't get it.
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host: let's hear from our guests on that point. guest: one thing this color highlights is the decentralized elections.h we do it's largely done at the state and local level. one thing that means is different localities and states make different choices how to conduct elections. in some places where is our are a lot of mail-in ballots, there are rules about when they have to come in. it can take a long time. california, it takes a while to open all the envelopes and count all the ballots. that's right. we can call hawaii and talk face-to-face. we could do elections like that as well.
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this could be determined instantaneously like american idol. there is probably a better reference than that. there are concerns about that. ballots, have mail-in as molly pointed out, this is done at the state level and that costs money. a lot of state budgets are extremely tight. election reform is not usually at the top of the list in where to expend resources. host: good morning. caller: good morning. thank you for taking my call. i want to make a comment that -- he said they
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don't want to give anything that looks like a win to the president. i think there is a difference between the two parties. when mitch mcconnell took ontrol, the block obama everything. now your guests and the democrats are going to do the same thing. this is something the republicans did. when the congressman says the reason the democrats don't want to nominate him is because they want to keep the seat open. republicans did that in the lower court.
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they are accusing the democrats of the same thing. andsten to rush limbaugh cnn. same,ou say all are the you're not pointing out. there are a couple of different themes there, the concept of giving the president a win. guest: i agree that we can choose to be optimistic and it remains to be seen whether or not this congress will work with the president or blocking the way the republicans did to obama. the reason i'm not optimistic is what we see and pulls with voters across the country is something has changed over the 10 -- past 10 years. more polarizede
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than the democrats. the republicans hated democrats more than democrats hate republican. democrats had more willingness to compromise. we have seen those numbers change. or they are equal passion and intensity of negative aspects toward the other side is heavier on the democratic side. that makes me think of one question, the executive pen. president obama used it quite often when things were not moving in congress. you expect to see president trump do more of that? guest: i do. we saw the executive action in the first two years of office. one notable difference between the obama administration and the trump administration is we've where number of instances
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the actual execution of the executive action has been poorly rolled out and mismanaged with lots of court challenges. i expect a lot more of that. we saw that with the travel band -- fan and daca. host: our thanks to our guests. thanks to both of you this morning for spending an hour with us and giving us your insight. we will take another short timeout. we have about 50 minutes left. we will talk about gun issues and whether that will factor in your 2018 vote. we will talk about some of the actions in the states. if you think gun issues will be a factor when you went to the
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polls, called december. (202) 748-8000. wasn't,s number if it (202) 784-8001. we will be right back. >> saturday, the southern festival of books from nashville with adam parker and his book "outside agitator. that's followed by a discussion of the political divide with jennifer cavanaugh and michael rich. our coverage continues with elliot born. reagan, thepitz on american journey. magazineork times talks about her book to obama
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>> out of the tribalism is the story of the moment. it's filling the vacuum of local tribes area -- tribes. all those things are being undermined by technological history. on c-span2is weekend book tv. >> washington journal continues. host: we are talking more about gun issues and if they were a factor in your vote tuesday night. we will keep the phone numbers on the bottom of the screen. , call the topes number. if you think gun issues were not much of a factor, call the number down below.
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we look forward to talking to you. one of the big stories came out of washington state. this is the headline. washington voters approve one of the toughest gun legislations. now brand is join us by phone, -- natalie brand is joining us iphone. explain what the new talent measure is going to do. guest: good morning. to purchasethe age semi automatic rifles from 18 to 21. it requires an advanced background check, that's let's required for handguns. there would be a state background check required. there is a 10 day waiting period.
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--re is an issue with stave safe storage, making it a potential the only if the gun owner does not secure their .irearm in a safe if a child or someone gets a hold of it and uses it. host: how did this come about? how much support didn't have to get onto the ballot? how did it come to be? guest: it had a pretty overwhelming when with 60% of the voters saying yes to this. this is a conversation that's been going on for quite some time. comprehensiveless version of this measure stalled in the state legislature, not enough lawmakers they're supported the measure. campaign to get
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it on ballot as a citizen initiative launched. a few hundred thousand signatures. there was a campaign to get it on the ballot. it passed all of those hurdles and it had a pretty resounding victory on election night. host: we are looking at a map from the seattle times. you can see the color green and lou. green mean just. we are talking mostly about the eastern part of the state versus the western. note: what interesting to is the most populated counties support of this initiative. even the more purple swing counties said yes to this. it was the rural counties that said no. county, which is the most
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liberal county in washington, more than 76% passed this measure. if you go to lincoln county on the east side which is very rural and not very many voters, 75% said no. urban ruralclear divide. pierce county,t those are very purple counties , both lot of swing voters republicans and democrats. it had more support than some of the other progressive initiatives on the ballot, which currency.ne on the that was defeated.
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overall, a lot of these purple counties said yes to this new law. host: we are talking to natalie 5 in seattle.ing this past with 60%. where did the money come from on the pro side and on the negative side? raised ais measure million,re than $5.5 mostly from a handful of wealthy and local politically active players in the seattle area, that includes a venture capitalist and the late paul allen was a top donor. money from the every town for gun safety. , they opposition side
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raised a little more than $600,000. biggestnot one of our money initiatives on the ballot. dollars wereons of reported to some the other measures. less moneyon, overall and more of a grassroots campaign across both sides. because the group that was backing this has had a lot of success with gun related measures, they had a big initiative in 2014 and 2016. they have a track record of success. be very appeared to grassroots. not a lot of television advertising. it was more door to door and rallies, a lot of students were
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involved after the parkland massacre. they were trying to sign up voters. manager of this was just 22 years old. night, my election generation has been defined by gun violence and that inspired him to get involved and act. host: what about legal challenges? what have you heard about legal push back? guest: we can expect legal challenges. there were legal challenges when they tried to get on the ballot. that is one avenue for people to pursue. challengeslar legal by the nra after florida passes legislation following parkland. the attorney general of the
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state, he will have to defend this initiative. he was of a supporter of the measure. sided, the courts have with the actors of the initiative. brand, thank you for explaining the measure for us. we appreciate it. washington, it's the only measure on the november ballot. it passed in washington by over 60%. that happened the day before the mass shooting in california in thousand verse. this is the l.a. times website today. thousand oak's graves 12 victims. it can see people here lighting candles at the vigil in thousand oaks.
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we are going to take our first call on the topic. are in georgia. go ahead. caller: no, it wasn't on the ballot. the youngcongratulate lady that was just speaking about gun violence. combat veteran and i hate guns. i know that opinion is more radical than most people. that's really all i have to say. host: a little bit more of the moon in thousand oaks. the mourners still saying, channeling their reef and anger into a familiar melody. and thele fell silent
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trees on the lawn. eight prayer from circle that marked the first night of memorials in thousand oaks. 20 hours after a gunman eight pr circle that shot 12 people. despite a fast-moving brush fire that forced evacuations from hundreds of homes, they pack three events in then terry -- the tourette county -- inventor ura county. we have denise on the line from washington. what do you want to say about the gun issue? caller: i live in the state of washington. i am very proud of our state. i voted for the gun initiative.
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i think every state in the nation should do that. host: were you surprised that it passed and got above the 60%? caller: i guess i was a little surprised. our state is so wonderful and all the kids in our schools were so proud that we are protecting kids in our state. host: what impact will it have? will it be effective? yes.r: it will be very effective. we have schools in our neighborhoods. one of these schools had an incident where a teacher had to get a gun away from a student. we are very proud of that teacher. host: what do you make of the pushback regarding second amendment rights and this can be
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very restrictive and have damage to the right? caller: i don't think so. we have rights, we all have rights. we all have to be safe. host: what would you tell others who might be trying similar initiatives in the future? caller: listen to the young people. it sounds like it was a 22-year-old person that did this for us. host: anything else? caller: no. i'm just very proud. i voted yes. host: james is on the line from massachusetts. good morning. caller: good morning. i am 90 years old. mentalworked with illness issues.
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years of my time to medicinal government in different positions. gunather taught me to use a when i was 10 years old, a rifle. i had a rifle in my home. kept the regular part in one place and the bolt in another. children have a way of getting into things they shouldn't get into. guns isnal feeling on i'm in favor of the second amendment. unrestrictedve rights to bear arms. the situation in the world today is different than what our founders wrote the constitution. significantlye
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more lethal and different than they were then. my feeling is the biggest part of the problem with guns is the fact that people with mental illness have access. list of notice in the that there guns would be a study of mental illness in giving the person the right to purchase an arm. i had a relative with mental illness that wanted to get a gun at one time. it just doesn't make sense. somehow weay that illness on mental the gun issue and go back to what the founding fathers set
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that theyation, wanted a good education for everybody, but they wanted for things in there, history, language, mathematics. the most important one was ethics. schools and focus on mental illness with respect to firearms are the two things would help to reduce the number of mass shootings that we've seen in this country. host: thank you for calling. gunman in the killing rampage exhibited clear warning signs. the motive behind the massacre in california remains a mystery. the shooter was a marine veteran. he exhibited clear warning
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signs. south fort branch writes to us, it proves the veteran administration still failing veterans with ptsd. thatave us all from nightmare. bart is in indiana. good morning. caller: thank you so much for taking my call. my heart goes out to the people of thousand oaks. that was a horrible tragedy. , legislation is very important. and affected my vote. legislate gun safety.
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i am sorry to those who believe you can. seen, you have to have a willing participant that follows the law. the law can be the law. unless you have a willing participant that will follow the law, they are irrelevant. everybody knows you can't drink and drive. how many drink and drive? that's michael point. michael point.s wholed -- that's my point. we need to figure out why people are going bonkers and kill people. we talked about ptsd. soldiersn a lot of over the years. my dad fought in korea.
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was inh grade teacher omaha beach. they didn't have ptsd. sudden, i'm almost going to say it's an excuse. you serve in the military and you want to get guns and kill people. i'm just not buying it. causingon't buy was kids to want to get guns and kill people. it's not video games. host: what is it then? caller: that's just it. we need to know what it is. i don't know what it is. fore have been guns around hundreds of years. this, gexample of gordon liddy wrote a book. you could go down
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to a hardware store, buy a shotgun, walked out with it and walked down main street. now, if you are a kid with a toy gun, cops are going to run and shoot you because they think you are a violent felon. goteed to figure out how we here. that's the whole thing. you can legislate until you are blue in the face. whyl we get to the crux of people want to the so violent, they will take guns. i don't care what kind of again it is. i'm not going to use assault rifle because that's the most lunatic thing i've heard of.
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to pick on the m-16. many 14get about the that fires the same rounds. my point, what is causing people to kill people? we need to figure that out. everybody is so agitated. everybody is so against others. look at what happened to tucker carlson. escalatingfind was the violence, this antagonistic property. i don't know how to do that. that's my opinion. host: thank you for calling. we want to get some more viewers in. issuestalking about gun in your vote. call (202) 748-8000 if you had
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guns in mind as you voted tuesday. if no, (202) 784-8001. we look to more comments. this is bob from louisville. caller: thanks for taking my call. i was listening to that guy from indiana. saying, i got seven guns in my house. not one of them has ever left my house and killed anybody. they just sit there. that's what i'm saying, it's not the guns that are killing. they've got to try to do something to find out these people that are mentally deranged. they should let the doctors get them and put them away.
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don't let them have a gun. i've got a gun and i haven't killed anybody. usa today, tragedy strikes america again. they have a chart that explains all of that just below the full. in 311 days,tings almost one per day. the opinionon page, cops on then leaves firing line.
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the opposing view is coming from eric pratt. we have nancy pelosi, the
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presumed incoming speaker once again in the house. abouts on cnn and talked her thoughts on the issue as she prepared to take over leadership of the house. >> is there a chance for bipartisan action from congress that will help address the shootings? >> i join you in expressing sorrow over this mass shooting and the loss of the share. in this congress, there is bipartisan legislation to have common sense background checks prevent guns going into the wrong hands. it doesn't cover everything. it will save lives. speaker to bring it to the floor. it has bipartisan support.
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he would not bring it to the floor. >> why? >> i think he knows it would pass. if there is bipartisan support, why would anybody not wanted to pass? >> we have bipartisan support for the dreamers, for comprehensive immigration reform. act, they just won't bring up the bills. we will now that we have the majority. >> you think it could get passed in the senate? >> i hope. public sentiment is everything. you can do almost anything with it. i think our strength is in the public involvement. host: congress will be returning for the lame-duck.
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what are your thoughts? caller: it's a very important issue. it's just a simple thing we have control. my wife, buy a gun for it took me an incredible amount of time. you just can't walk in somewhere and get a handgun. it's really hard to get something to kill other people. we've been hunting for 200 years. people understand why have to say there's a problem with handguns killing people or rifles killing people. host: on to martha now. what would you like to say?
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caller: i just want to say that mes are not an issue for because criminals are going to get guns. representatives who will do something about the mental health situation. we are going to have to start looking at ourselves. host: what can be done? all, we have to start looking at the truth. how many women commit these crimes? not very many. not very many. how are we raising our boys to do this? host: we're listening. caller: what are we teaching our boys. why is this an answer to problems. women don't see that as a choice. angry, theyreally don't kill a bunch of children
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at a school. why don't women do that? we need to put money into it. we need to take away the stigma. is in olympia, washington. how did you vote on that initiative? caller: i voted no. i'm a veteran. i believe that i fought for people's rights to bear arms. 18, you are tried as an adult. one of the other things that was big on this was the security of the weapons. now they are telling me i have to look for safe's to store my weapons. in my own home. it's infringing on
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my rights. i'm just really upset about how this went down. the midterm election may have exposed a shift on gun control. advocates did not get all the winds they were hoping for, but they were good for supporters of stronger gun laws. it's a notable victory nonetheless. gun control advocates report time and money in specific candidates. they saw some wins in this area.
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the guardian follows up on what been going on in florida, which had the parkland shooting and the pulse nightclub shooting. headline says pain for parkland students. one young person said they were shaking with anger. february 17oting in people dead. gun control made some issues.
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part of the sentiment is a lot of the younger people realize they may have lost this battle and they have a long uphill battle to go. back to your calls. were gun issues a big factor? caller: yes.
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i voted against because i don't to own it's right something to kill people. i don't believe in murder of any kind. host: anything else you want to add? caller: a lot of the shootings are caused by young kids, frustrated males on antidepressants and such. they become suicidal from these prescription meds. i don't know if you've ever been prescribed them, they cause thoughts that make people hurt themselves and others. they basically become sociopaths. i dealt with some suicidal thoughts when i was on prescription medication. i see where they are coming from. regards for their
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lives or others. host: thanks for calling. activists gun control flip a seat. his son was shot six years ago. they flipped a long time gop see in atlanta. aey are talking about 58-year-old first-time candidate for congress who jumped late georgia race in the sixth. she will join the new democratic house majority from a district once held by newt gingrich. crystal is calling from maryland. hello? are you there? go ahead. caller: maryland. host: go ahead.
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caller: i think the problem with gun violence is the breakup of the family. these kids are told everything is going to be ok. 50% of families are breaking up. they are guided by schools mainly left-leaning. they are programming to think guns are dangerous. control necessary to our government that could get out of hand. the biggest people with fear of guns are politicians. if you take our guns away and we will risk for -- resort to explosions. we to make sure our kids feel safe and taken care of. host: thank you for calling.
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more of your calls on this issue, were guns and issue in your vote. mike is calling from louisiana. caller: i did vote to you can keep a gun. i know the reason people act and do what they do. it's online. it's the microwave weaponry they shoot at our subconscious mind. it's a silent weapon for silent wars. you know that. i'm a veteran. i know how they play against russia. when we got to the psychotropic weapons, and attacks our subconscious every day. it tells you everything. they won't admit that. that, they have to learn how to turn them off. you've got the cell phones on the same frequency.
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that is declassified. it's online. i know it works. i have to listen to it on tv every day. people get on drugs and they will be able to tap of your subconscious. host: david is in edmond, oklahoma. i am looking at the capitol building in the background. i've heard the callers calling in. argumentshat the although they are all sincere, they just seem absurd to me. guns are a cat that's out of the bag. statistically, there are more guns in circulation than the population of the united states. we are not going to keep guns out of anyone's hands. what we need to do now is focus
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this on security. in the office building behind you, federal courtrooms, airports, we don't care about these mass shootings because security stops the guns from getting into those buildings. extended to schools for a lot of people. one of the pushback's is the cost. how do you pay for all that security? caller: that was exactly my next point. this has to fall on the gun manufacturing industry and the owners of firearms. the price has to go up. have to footrers the bill for the security. host: more news coming out of
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the federal government. e-cigarettenning curbs as they see a surge in teenagers they been. ing.ap the washington times, trump to honor world war i anniversary. he is headed to paris later today.
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he will attend weekend ceremonies commemorating the 100 years. he will meet with the french president on saturday for discussions on trade, security, other topics before visiting one of the battlefield at cemeteries in france. sunday, he will attend an armistice day cemetery with other world leaders. we will follow the president and we will let you know that we will be live twice from paris on sunday. one will be at 5:00 a.m. eastern time. it's the welcoming ceremony. the actual ceremony we just talked about here that's happening in paris will be at 5:00. the president will go elsewhere in paris. he will make a speech. that's it 9:00 eastern time. we hope you will watch.
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there was no gun issue expressly on the ballot and neither of the candidates stressed it. i voted a straight democratic ticket. i know that there are a lot of democrats who embrace the notion of gun control. constitutiont the second amendment is not inhibit the congress or the legislature from regulating gun commerce. concerned that there has been no causal link between the various proposals like so-called checks and assault style weapons.
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the actual infliction of violence that we see, the violence is horrible. i totally agree we've got a problem in this country. i don't know there are .egislative solutions to it i'm concerned about background checks. what are we looking for on the background checks? how are we going to tell? do we exclude all young males who have had not -- not had a date in five months. specifico be more about what we are proposing to and what result we expect from it. host: thank you for calling. fromrd is calling michigan. go ahead. the tactical weapons,
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anything that shoots over five shots should not be sold on the market. when you go hunting, you have a five shot rifle. a pistol should be a revolver that holds six shots. not a pistol you can put a 30 shot clip in. i do a lot of hunting. ak-47s deer with hunting. host: thank you, leonard. the new york times has a story about the new acting attorney general. he was a boss who held courts in disdain. he wants a spout the view that courts are supposed to be the inferior branch and criticized
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the supreme court power. he declared them unconstitutional. this is when he sought the republican nomination for senator. he declared them unconstitutional. he believes that judiciary has more policy over public policy. this established the power of judicial review. a russia recusal is unlikely. himselflikely to recuse from overseeing the investigation. that remains unclear. how much of an impact he might have on the program, he criticized it before arriving last year as the chief of staff to jeff sessions. thursday democrats called for his recusal of the
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investigation. the president this morning on his way to france spoke about this story. i did speak to him about it. i don't know matt whitaker. he has a great reputation. somebody fromught the outside. i didn't want to do that. what i did it very simply was take a man who worked for sessions. he's a highly respected man. do a greats going to job. he's there in enacting position. from what i hear, he's a very strong her's and alli. -- personality. have whether you
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factored guns if your vote on tuesday. good morning. i'm calling about the gun control. i think we all should have our guns. i think the problem is these kids are on drugs. i think we to get the stolen guns off the street because criminal is going to rob somebody's house and steal their gun. three weeks ago, i had a problem with somebody trying to break into my house. i knew him. i had my pistol in my hand. grandkids drugy dealers. i told him i was going to shoot him. there were people going around
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my car. they are on drugs. they need to have mental health. they need to do something about the mental health with these people. they are jealous of kids in school that don't have this problem. host: thank you for calling. obama's a morele is coming up next week. she said she will never forgive trump for endangering her family. she discusses her dislike of him and personal details of her life.
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a lot of other details and other topics. this is something you will hear about in the coming days. sue is calling from michigan. what would you like to say? there is a problem in school with bullying. the teachers and principals need to have some say in what happening in school and take care of it. parents are not taking care of their kids. they expect teachers and babysitters to do it. problem is there are
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no consequences for your actions there is in a case to go to court that doesn't get pleaded down. maybe if there was a real consequence, people would think twice. host: thanks for calling. charles, you get the last word on the gun issue. was -- it was a big factor in my vote. i don't think guns are the problem. i think mental health is the problem. we have let people out because we don't want to lock them up. help, it is hard to get them help. we have closed in missouri a lot hospitals and gone to
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outpatient. even in outpatient, it is a hard time if they need help. i think that is the problem. host: ok. the voice of charles. thank you everyone that called in the last hour. we talked about guns and health care, trump and the new congress, meaning the democrats in control in the house. we thank you for weighing in on all of those topics. we welcome you back tomorrow as we do every day, 7:00 a.m., for a new edition of "washington journal." see you back here tomorrow. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
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>> a look at our live coverage today on c-span. what test of trade and industrial policy peter navarro discusses economic policy and national security from the center for strategic and international studies at 11:00 am eastern. veterans programs for the year ahead. live from the national press club at 1:00 p.m. eastern. this evening, housing and urban carsonment secretary ben speaks. that is live at 8:00 p.m. eastern. join c-span sunday, the veterans day, live at 4:30 a.m. eastern for the 100th anniversary of the end of world war i with french president emmanuel macron speaking at the arc de triomphe.
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a special call in program about what was hoped to be the war to end all wars with loyola university professor john moser and georgetown university history professor michael kaden. live coverage of president trump and melania trump at world war i ceremonies in paris. at 11:00, the wreath-laying ceremony at the tomb of the unknowns from arlington national cemetery. our live veterans day coverage continues at 5:30 p.m. eastern with the liberty awards honoring president george w. bush and laura bush. historians narrate the 1921 silent film documentary the journey of a world war i soldier's remains from france to arlington national cemetery. we visit the
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american cemetery in northeastern france, the final resting place for over 14,000 american soldiers. re-air p.m. eastern, the of president trump at the world war i ceremonies in paris. sunday, veterans day, on c-span and american history tv on c-span3. >> looking ahead at the midterm congress,impact on democratic national committee chair tom perez talked to the christian science monitor about the results. his conversation with reporters is an hour and 10 minutes. linda: i think we are about to start. i am linda feldman, washington bureau chief of the christian science monitor. our guest today is democratic national committee chairman tom perez. this is his second appearance at a monitor breakfast. thank you so much are coming. i think the timing is pretty

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