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dana. >> i like what eric did sun camping. global warming. >> that's it for "the five." see you tomorrow. "special report" is next, my favorite! as president obama introduces new climate change regulations, one of his aides calls for a war on coal. some lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say that translates to a war on jobs. this is "special report." good evening, i'm bret baier. president obama wants sweeping new regulations to expand renewable energy and limit pollution from coal fired power plants. one of the people the president listens to on such matters is less subtle, calling for a war on coal. that has republicans and some coal state democrats fired up. we will talk live with west
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virginia democratic senator joe manchin in a moment. first, the president's new plan. here is chief white house correspondent ed henry. >> reporter: repeatedly wiping sweat from his brow at a sweltering georgetown university, president obama flatly declared the planet is warming and issued a call to arms, unveiling a sweeping climate change plan that bypasses congress, using his executive power to get the environmental protection agency to force tough new regulations on coal fired power plants. >> so the question is not whether we need to act. the overwhelming judgment of science, of chemistry and physics and millions of measurements has put all that to rest. >> reporter: republicans insist the science is not so clear and declare new government red tape will lead to higher energy prices for consumers. >> in this economy, the last thing we need to do is to have a national energy tax that will discourage hiring and make energy even more expensive.
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>> reporter: republicans also pounced on what they believe to be the president's real motive today, a so-called war on the coal industry. after an unexpected moment of candor from white house climate adviser daniel shrag. director of the center for the environment. he said politically the white house is hesitant to say they're having a war on coal. on the other hand, a war on coal is exactly what's needed, infuriating senate mientd leader mitch mcconnell. >> declaring a war on coal is tantamount to declaring a war on jobs. it is tantamount to kicking the ladder out from beneath the feet of many americans struggling in the economy. >> reporter: the president insisted another part of the plan, pouring more taxpayer money into renewable energy technology will grow the economy while protecting the environment. >> today we use more clean energy and natural gas, which is
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supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs. >> reporter: new regulations could wreak havoc on power plants. >> he needs to take his foot off the neck of energy creators, job creators, allow this sector of the economy to prosper. >> reporter: carbon emissions dropped last year more in the united states than in any other industrialized nation. because of things the obama administration put in place. china and russia thumb their noses at cutting their own use of coal. the obama administration continues to weigh whether to approve keystone pipeline from canada to texas. mr. obama added a new wrinkle, suggesting he will only approve the pipeline if the should east show it will not increase greenhouse gas emissions. >> allowing that pipeline to be built requires a finding that
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doing so would be in our nation's interest. and our national interest will be served, only if this project does not significantly he c exacerbate the problem of carbon. >> reporter: transcanada noted a five year review of this project repeatedly found the president's criteria will be met. >> ed henry, thank you. let's get reaction from a key democratic senator from a major coal producing state. joe manchin joins us. >> thanks for having me. >> your reaction to the president's speech and the new regulations? >> it is just so irresponsible. we're looking for an all-in energy policy that secures our nation, makes us less dependent on foreign oil or foreign energy and we can do that, but we have to use everything we have, in balance with the environment and economy, that's all we ever
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said. if you look at this in the big picture, 8 billion tons of coal burned in the world. talk about the environment and climate, a little about geography, the globe is round and climate is all around, if they believe that we stop burning coal in america completely, 1 billion tons a year, one-eighth the consumption of the world, we will clean up the environment. they believe the world is still flat. really, it will be a killer of jobs. bottom line, eia, part of the energy department for this president and this administration basically says they're depending on coal, well up until 2040. 35 to 37%. why do you want to shoot yourself in both feet and try to run the marathon tomorrow? >> senator, what about specifically what does it do to the economy in your state and other coal producing states if all of this is rolled out in fairly short order?
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>> it is devastating, not just to the state of west virginia, all the coal states and to the economy of the united states of america. that's what we should be doing. when someone says a war, have a war on sluggish economy, a war on job growth, how do we get things moving again, war on competitiveness so we can compete with the world in the global market. that's what we should be declaring war on and get people back to work. they're declaring war on jobs, on american jobs. basically the people should say a prayer every night for a coal miner that gave you the life you have. we answered the call every time and we'll continue to, and we're just asking for balance, level playing field. >> we often as we debate these things in washington forget the people involved. i talked to a number of coal miners in that industry in west virginia at the end of last year. take a quick listen to this. >> it would bring separation to tight knit communities, i work with a lot of people within the
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community outside the coal industry. >> a lot of generations that live in these communities where your mom and dad live here, grandparents live here, aunts, uncles, all of them may be in a different form of the coal mining business, but when it goes, the community is gone. people are going to have to leave. >> you feel like you're completely under attack. >> we are begging for the right to work, all we're asking for, not asking for favors, handouts, not asking for concessions. all we're asking for is the opportunity to work, pay taxes, provide electricity and provide for our families. >> senator, the president said today that this is a change for the country, to move and get off these fuels that cause so much problem for the environment, you listen to those folks, what do you think? >> is he going to get the other people in the world, 7 billion people using 7 billion tons of coal that we're not using? how is he going to change them? how about our trading partners, get involved there, you want to
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clean up the environment, have them use the technology we're using today. none of this makes sense whatsoever. they're asking us to meet standards that are unattainable because it hasn't been, you know, the design and all that has not been perfected, the technology, and we're supposed to meet and hit a moving target. bret, all i have said, we have coal plants today and we have utility companies that would retrofit if they were allowed to, but they have to go to a standard that's not even attainable in today's market and technology, so you know what they do? they stay right where they are and do nothing. >> i want to ask two more quick things. one, the president said today and many people support him, environmentalists on the left, 12 warmest years in history have come in the last 15 years, he went into a litany of problems from climate change down the road to his advisers and many scientists. he said 97% of scientists. are you concerned about climate change? >> sure, we all should be
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concerned about climate change. with 7 billion people in the world, we have all added to that. but when you put it on the back of one industry and the one that's brought the greatest living and life-style in the world as far as the industrial world, defeating, defending us when we had a war, coal industry has been the backbone of america. with that said, we have cleaned up the environment more in the last two decades, period he is talking about, than ever before. >> quickly, senator, before i let you go, i would be remiss if i didn't ask about gun legislation and where it stands, will you have another vote before the end of this year? >> i hope so. we're talking and working with people, it is common sense background check. only thing i said, bret, if you're a law abiding gun owner, we're not selling our gun to a stranger or to someone mentally insane or to a family member not worthy of it, we're not going to do that. makes sense there's a commercial transaction. we want to know. we're not infringing.
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if they'll look at the bill and gun owners like myself, we have given more rights and expanded rights of the second amendment more than ever before. this is a balanced bill that works well, makes sense, something we should do. in my state of west virginia, 75%, these are gun households, 75% agree this makes sense. >> is it going to come to a vote? >> hope so. i am sure hoping for it. >> senator, thank you. >> thank you, bret. appreciate it. a major blow tonight to one of the landmark civil rights laws. the supreme court ruled in a 5-4 decision that key provision of the voting rights act cannot be enforced until congress redraws the enforcement map. correspondent shannon bream with what this all means. >> i am deeply disappointed, deeply disappointed with the court's decision in this matter. >> reporter: echoing the words of president obama, attorney general eric holder said the supreme court provision finding the voting rights act
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unconstitutional is not the end of the issue. under the 1965 law to prevent discrimination against minority voters, all or part of 15 states are required to get permission from the federal government before making changes to their elections procedures. today, the supreme court held the formula created to determine which jurisdictions should be under that preclearance requirement is outdated. writing for the majority, john roberts said nearly 50 years later things have changed dramatically. coverage today is based on decades old data, eradicated practices. covered jurisdictions in all or part of the 15 states are free from obligation to seek clearance from the federal government. >> our laws are one size fits all, not separate laws for georgia and arizona that places like new york and idaho don't have to comply with. i think a great constitutional order has been restored today, and that's a wonderful thing for our system of government. >> reporter: in a lengthy,
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pointed dissent, ruth bader ginsberg said it can hardly be described as an exam plar of restrained and moderate decision making. quite the opposite. civil rights leaders like jesse jackson called immediate -- >> you'll have fewer blacks, fewer women, fewer latinos, less free and equal because of this decision. >> reporter: in today's opinion, the chief justice is free to come up with a new formula to determine who is engaging in discrimination at the voting level, but cautioned any remedy congress comes up with must address current conditions, not those of the past. several leaders both sides of the aisle spoke out, saying they're willing to take up that task. >> shannon bream, thank you. another court case getting attention, prosecutors in the
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george zimmerman, trayvon martin case. they say the calls will show zimmerman's state of mind. the defense says the calls are irrelevant. he is accused of second degree murder for the shooting of unarmed african-american teenager trayvon martin. zimmerman says it was self defense. still ahead, now that the senate immigration bill cleared a big hurdle, what's next. straight ahead, the super power tug of war over the nsa leaker. did you know, your eyes can lose vital nutrients as you age? [ male announcer ] that's why there's ocuvite to help replenish key eye nutrients. ocuvite has a unique formula not found in your multivitamin to help protect your eye health. ocuvite. help protect your eye health. ... you thought wrong. seize the summer with up to 50% off hotels at travelocity. icaused by acid reflux disease, relieving heartburn, relief is at hand. for many, nexium provides 24-hour heartburn relief
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russia is saying a great big nyet over the nsa leaker. vladimir putin says edward snowden is at the moscow airport and is not going to be extradited to the u.s. new fox polls indicate americans by 2 to 1 believe snowden is a misguided criminal and not a hero. there are concerns, meantime, about the long lasting effects of the snowden dispute on american relations with russia
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and china. chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge takes a look. >> reporter: the russian president seemed to enjoy the united states diplomatic predicament. >>translator: mr. snowden is a free man. the sooner he chooses final destination, better for him and us. >> reporter: secretary of state john kerry responded to russian claims that the nsa leaker edward snowden is outside their jurisdiction. >> we simply call on them to know they don't have to enforce the law, certainly could allow him to be subject to the laws of our land and our constitution which he is a citizen of. >> reporter: senior russian officials are backing that snowden is in transit, has not been processed by customs and immigration to remain in russia, and there's a warning for washington. >> attempt to accuse the
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russians of violating laws and conspiracy. accusations of threat in our direction, there are no reasons for them to act in this way. >> reporter: before the end of the month, the state department offered nothing on whether the men are talking. >> i don't have call to that level. >> reporter: counterterrorism officials tell fox news known terrorist groups have begun to alter the way they communicate in the wake of the leaks. although the principles of surveillance were known, terrorist groups have new information to keep communications private. >> it is not just about leaking information from my viewpoint, it is much bigger than that. it puts american people, american soldiers at risk, soldiers, sailors, marines, all at risk. >> reporter: they say the former contractor was in this well beyond the nsa and may have pulled documents before his last
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job at booz allen hamilton. intelligence and state department officials say it is suspected he downloaded intelligence that was more wanted by them. there was a taliban attack today. militants tried to storm the presidential compound near the embassy in kabul. the taliban says all eight of its personnel were killed. the interior ministry in afghanistan says three guards died. nato forces say there were likely just three attackers. coming up later, is immigration reform a done deal or dead on arrival? one of the republicans digging into the benghazi attacks says enough is enough, we want answers and we want them now. from z [ male announcer ] this is the age of knowing what you're made of.
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committee investigating last fall's terror attacks on u.s. facilities in libya has run out of patience. oversight and government reform committee chairman darrell issa is no longer asking state department bureaucrats to talk. mike emanuel fills us in. >> reporter: almost ten months after the benghazi attack ended with four americans dead, darrell issa issued subpoenas for four state department officials, from bureau of diplomatic immunity. they all worked in areas where accountability review board found deficiencies leading to lack of security. >> the top two were identified for transfers and sanctions. in the case of near east, the top two weren't held accountable.
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>> reporter: issa notes house oversight has been seeking the interviews for months. persistent delays create the appearance that they're dragging its feed to slow down the committee's investigation. >> so far, juror kerry has continued delay, deny, then stonewall. >> we reject that, have been cooperating all along. the department has shown unprecedented cooperation. we spent thousands and thousands of man-hours complying with dozens of requests from congress. >> reporter: the fox news poll revealed 69% surveyed say president obama should have ordered military response to help americans in benghazi. 71% say congress should keep investigating benghazi. among concerns for the oversight committee members like jason chaffetz, over time, memories fade. >> you seek the truth, these people know what happened before the terrorist attack, they know what happened the night of the attack, and we want them to be truthful and explain to us what
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happened, how those decisions were made. >> reporter: all indications are it will take place in coming weeks following subpoenas. state department officials say they were discussing dates with the committee. >> mike, thank you. join me friday, 10:00 p.m. eastern, for a special look where we are in the libya investigation, benghazi, the truth behind the smokescreen. friday at 10:00. on scandal watch, the irs inspector general says lax oversight let them buy wine, romance novels, baby clothes. some were used to buy online pornography, but those cards were said to be on cl hill and will talk about special scrutiny for progressive, religious groups.
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attorney general eric holder should testify before the house judiciary committee, discussing the investigation of journalists. those taking part in fox news polls want congress to continue investigations into justice department situation and the scandals involving the irs, nsa, and benghazi. one note on the makeup of the polling sample. self identified, 40% of those polled said they were democrats, 35% republicans, 22% independents. those scandals i mentioned have weakened the faith of most people, especially in the irs mess. weakened the faith in government. my colleague james rosen took part in a discussion today about the justice department surveillance. rosen was named, of course, as possible co-conspirator, flight risk in that investigation of national security leaks. he was asked today if it has negatively effected his work. >> i like to think that my
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skills as a reporter will enable me to prevail and i like to think that for every source you might lose due to this kind of situation, there will be others you gain for this kind of situation, depending how you conduct yourself. >> no grapevine tonight. we can tell you where the highly controversial immigration reform bill is headed next. stay with us. es lets you connect up to 25 devices on one easy to manage plan. that means your smartphone, her blackberry, his laptop, mark's smartphone... but i'm still on vacation... ...stilln the plan. nice! so is his tablet, that guy's hotspot, thentern's tablet. the intern gets a tablet? everyone's devices. his, hers, oh sorry... all easier to manage on the share everything plan for small business. connecting more so you can do more. that's powerful. verizon. get the blackberry q10 for $199.99.
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bipartisan immigration reform legislation received a big boost last night with democrats and several republicans joining forces on one amendment. chief political correspondent carl cameron tonight tells us where we go from here. >> reporter: the compromise border security amendment would more than double border agents, complete 700 miles of fence, cost $30 billion, having easily cleared the 60 vote procedural hurdle. the amendment's adoption by early wednesday is all but certain. that will set up the full bill final senate passage requiring 51 votes by end of the week. >> i have been saying it for weeks. if we added more border security to the bill, we would pick up more support. >> reporter: conservative opponents say it is weak on border security and enforcement and grants amnesty to those here illegally now. john cornyn is the leadership's top vote counter. >> this bill is dead on arrival in the house of representatives.
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>> reporter: tennessee senator co-authored it. >> i don't know how anybody believes the border needs to be more secure, this is an outstanding achievement. >> this bill is not designed to fix the problem. if this bill got passed into law, in 10, 20 years, we would be back here, instead of 11 million here illegally, we would have 20 or 30 million. >> reporter: the tea party patriots began efforts to recruit tea party primary candidates to run against republican incumbents that support that senate immigration bill. if it passes the senate, next challenge is the house where different reforms are drafted with tougher border security and enforcement provisions. nobody knows if differences between the two plans can ever be resolved. there's progress this week, but still many, many battles ahead. >> thank you. a handful of encouraging economic reports, home prices up 12% in april from a year earlier. new home sales rose in may by
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2%. consumer confidence is at its highest point in more than five years. that was all the welcome news on wall street. the dow picked up over 100. s&p 500 gained 15, and nasdaq ahead 27. there were plenty of things to do on an early summer day in massachusetts, apparently for most people, voting for a new senator is pretty far down that list. correspondent molly line is live in newton. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, bret. the turnout in massachusetts is expected to be historically low as voters head to the polls to decide what's been described as a rather lackluster race. republican candidate gabriel gomez, a businessman, former navy s.e.a.l., political newcomer had a short window of special election to introduce himself. >> this election is about the future, not the past. we have to get rid of the cynicism, fiscal mismanagement and hyperpartisanship.
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>> reporter: he aimed to portrays his opponent, representative markey, who spend three decades in congress as a long time washington insider. in a state where democrats outnumber republicans 3-1, markey tried to paint gomez as out of touch with base voters on guns and central issues. >> i think we delivered a message that really differentiated my candidacy from gabriel gomez, and i think we're going to see that reflected in the vote tonight. >> reporter: gomez kept a distance from national party conservatives, held an election day rally, featuring former senator scott brown, whose upset win more than three years ago is one republicans would like to repeat. >> i will never forget the love and support you gave me, i am asking you to do the same for gabe gomez. >> reporter: winter of 2010 is not the summer of 2013. >> both candidates, democrat and republican here, they have all of the charisma of lurch from the addams family.
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this isn't catching fire, people will stay home. >> reporter: massachusetts officials estimate fewer than 3% will show up at the polls today, that's the lowest turnout for a senate election in modern history. roughly 650,000 fewer voters are expected to vote in this race over the scott brown race that occurred a few years ago when he was driving his pickup truck all across the state. >> molly line in newton, mass. we will have the results of that here on fox news channel. lawmakers visited children's national medical center in washington, d.c. house majority leader eric cantor led a bipartisan group on a tour, representatives met with patients and families, discussed prioritizing pediatric research in a tough fiscal environment. >> ultimately, we all know the driver disproportionately of debt and deficit are unfunded
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liabilities connected with entitlement programs. there's been a lot of disagreement about how to address that. this money actually can be translated into addressing that. it is through cures. if you cure disease, you no longer have to spend dollars toward treating the symptoms and patients of those diseases. up next, president obama's aide says the administration should try to put the coal business out of business. what about that? the politics of it, the policy of it. we will ask the fox all stars when we come back. uh-oh! guess what day it is??
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we have a monopoly on what is a very hard problem, but i don't have much patience for anyone that denies this challenge is real. we don't have time for a meeting of the flat earth society, sticking your head in the sand might make you feel safer, but it is not going to protect you from the coming storm. >> declaring a war on coal is tantamount to declaring a war on jobs. it is tantamount to kicking the ladder from beneath the feet of many americans struggling in today's economy. >> today near georgetown university president obama was giving a climate change speech, this after one of his senior aides, somebody who he listens to on climate change had this quote in "the new york times."
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everybody is waiting for action. the one thing the president really needs to do now is to begin the process of shutting down the conventional coal plants. politically the white house is hesitant to say they're having a war on coal. on the other hand, a war on coal is exactly what's needed. what about this? let's bring in the panel. steve haze, senior writer for weekly standard. and syndicated columnist charles krauthammer. >> let's look at the facts. global temperatures have been flat for 16 years. the iaea declared the united states has reduced co 2 emissions more than any other country on earth since 2006. our emissions now are at the 1992 levels, 20 year low. so at a time like this, also with high unemployment, a very sluggish economy, hanging on the edge, the president wants to introduce legislation that everybody understands, a
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regulation, that everybody understands is intended to kill coal. the regulations on the books already have made it impossible for an american to open a new plant. what it is going to do is destroy the existing plants. this is why it is nuts. china and india are opening a new coal plant every week. this is going to have even if you believe in global warming, this will have zero effect on the climate. you shut down the coal industry here, it is exploding in the rest of the world. all we're going to do is dismantle our industry and essentially in effect shipping it overseas. and one last item, the president said well, in that case, of course, he is going to persuade, get other countries to join us. china has made it absolutely clear, india as well, the west has a century and a half advance and it is not going to arrest the development, lifting the chinese and indians out of
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poverty to please us. here is a president can't get snowden out of -- can't get china to turn over one edward snowden. he is going to get china to arrest its industrial development as a way to please him? zero chance. >> the president says it is time to lead on this issue. you heard from senator manchin on the show earlier. obviously the president perhaps couldn't do this, rolling out the regulations before the election. >> i don't think he could have done this. this has been a very long time coming. a long time since the supreme court gave the epa the ability or right to regulate carbon emissions. it has taken a long time for the president to get here. he wanted to do it a long time, sees it as part of his legacy, he couldn't pass legislation through congress, that's why this is regulatory, also why it packs a smaller bang for the buck than if it was legislation. however, the politics of this, the short term politics of this make it difficult for red state,
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coal state democrats up in 2014 in the senate to louisiana, arkansas, certainly west virginia, i think democrats kissed that good-bye. >> ofa and other groups that support the president say don't talk about those particular policies? >> i think it is going to be very tough. i think it will be hard. i think the president sees this as his legacy. he wanted to do this. this is a big deal to him. although i do think there are political risks for his party, you know, he wants to go ahead and do it. >> steve? >> i agree with mara. i think it makes it difficult for red state democrats. republicans will hit them and hard on this issue, should make them defend what the president is doing here. look, go back to what charles was saying, the president demonizing his opponents, people raised questions about this, mit scientists about the settled science, he can do that because he is proposing executive
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action. it is not going to win him any undecided people. nobody is going to be persuaded by those arguments. if you go back and look historically, there are times we had consensus the other way. other people mentioned you go back to the 1970s, had basically a consensus on global cooling, but it wasn't sort of a consensus, wasn't people thought it in the abstract, "the new york times" reported major cooling of the climate is inevitable. news week said meteorologists almost unanimous we will see dramatic effects because of global cooling. here we are 40 years later, the president is employing that same argument, weeding out skeptics from having debate, wants to shut off debate. >> want to talk about fox news polls about presidential approval. undoubtedly tied to the scandals the white house is dealing with. you see the slide since june,
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2012. 43% to 51%. independents are interesting. june 2013, compared to previous years, down to 31% of independents. one last issue, keystone pipeline. listen to the president on that today. >> but i do want to be clear, allowing the keystone pipeline to be built requires finding that doing so would be in our nation's interest. and our national interests will be served, only if this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution. >> charles, didn't get a lot of clarity there. >> he is implying he is going to turn it down because the canadian oil is heavy oil, and it won't have any difference, because if we don't accept it, if the pipeline is not built, it is going to go west, it is going to end up in china. >> he is implying he will approve it. i think he is saying state
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department did an analysis that said it didn't have significant impact on carbon emissions, tar sands oil will be mined anyway in canada, canada will get it to market somehow. we are not the only route. keystone is not the only route. he is laying down a predicate, starting to explain how he is going to make his decision. if you read the state department report, they don't seem to think it will have significant effect. >> it is the argument i just made, that it won't have any effect, and that would be a rational argument. it would be unusual if obama adopted it, and i would welcome it. >> bret, i am with you, i don't have any idea what he is implying. >> it will take awhile, no matter what happens. next up, what exactly did the supreme court do today and do to the voting rights act? i want to make things more secure. [ whirring ] [ dog barks ] i want to treat mo dogs. ♪ our business needs more cases. [ male announcer ] where do you want to take your business? i need help selling art.
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. >> bret: you are looking live at the u.s. supreme court. by the way renovations ongoing. that's why it looks like that on the front side. today a lot of action there in a 5-4 decision saying that under the 1965 voting rights act law that designed to prevent essentially discrimination against minority voters, all or part of 15 states had to get permission from the federal government as a part of that law before making changes to their election procedures. here is what john roberts wrote in the opinion, his opinion: there is no denying, however, that the conditions that originally justified these measure no longer characterize voting in the covered jurisdictions. justice ginsburg in the dissent said the court's opinion can hardly be described as exemplar of restrained and moderate decision making. quite the obvious. uberous -- hubris is a fit
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word for today's demolition of the voting rights act. the president was deeply disappointed. >> yes. first of all, i do think it was an activist big bold decision. i think the proper place for this was congress. of course, congress was unable to come up with anything. congress should have reauthorized it and updated it as the court said, you know, changed the criteria to be more modern. they didn't so the court stepped in and did it now, in terms of the actual. >> bret: -- wait a second they said we're not going to rule on this. congress should pass a law on this. so we are sending it to congress. effectively since congress can't do that politically it then -- >> -- it nullified. congress is not going to update the criteria for the voting rights act. john roberts said you can't use the criteria from 1965. okay. the actual practical political effects of this, i think are unclear. i think it's fair to predict that there might be fewer majority/minority
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districts in these states, in these preclearance states which means there will be fewer african-american members of congress. however, it also might make some of these other districts more competitive. because, what you did when this you made these majority and minority districts you packed democratic voters into these districts which made the others safer for republicans. maybe those will become more competitive. it's just unclear. >> i agree it's unclear what the on-the-ground impact will be. i don't believe this is activist decision. if you go back and look at the court's previous rulings, they originally said the original voting rights act section 4 and 5 were justified because they acknowledge that it was, in their words, an extraordinary intrusion on state sovereignty precisely because of the situation as it existed in 1965. so they sought to repair that with that statute. what they have done today is basically say that those conditions no longer apply; therefore, the law is not justified in that extraordinary intrusion.
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i think they basically just set it back and after seeing the progress that the country has made over the past 40 years. >> we have got to remember in 2006 when this was reauthorized it got tremendous bipartisan support and signed by george bush. >> because there was no incentive in congress to ever vote against anything like this. and that's where i think you are right that i don't expect members of congress to be eager to pick this up. it's a touchy political issue. >> bret: you had many african-american lawmakers and activists saying this was a dagger in the heart of the voting rights act. other analysts said, you know, you look at the demographics politically of who is getting elected in the deep south and that has changed dramatically. >> dagger in the heart of a bill that succeeded whose time has come and gone. the conditions as chief justice wrote are radically different in five of the six states the original southern states to whom all of this was applied, the rates of voting among blacks is higher than it is
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among whites. this is a classic case of reactionary liberalism. hanging on to all the successes of the mid last century without recognizing that conditions are radically different and some things have to change. this one has succeeded. >> bret: that is it for the panel. stay tuned for a new meaning to the traveling press. [ female announcer ] it's simple physics... a body at rest tends to stay at rest... while a body in motion tends to stay in motion. staying active can actually ease arthritis symptoms. but if you have arthritis, staying active can be difficult. prescription celebrex can help relieve arthritis pain so your body can stay in motion. because just one 200mg celebrex a day can provide 24 hour relief for many with arthritis pain and inflammation. plus, in clinical studies, celebrex is proven to improve daily physical function
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>> bret: finally tonight, russian president vladimir putin announced today that nsa leaker edward snowden remains at the moscow airport. up until then his exact location was still a mystery. but some members of the media spent time and money confirming where he was not on a flight to cuba. >> several journalists are on board who hoped to interview him. >> a reporter who did get on board even tweeted the empty seat where snowden was supposed to be sitting. >> that's right, somehow edward snowden's layover in moscow ended up with a russian journalist 12 hour flight to cuba that edward snowden wasn't even on all so they could collectively get 12 exclusive photos of an empty chair. >> bret: we were not one of those. thanks for inviting us into your home tonight. that is it for this
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"special report," fair, balanced and unafraid. >> shepard: this is "the fox report." tonight, an emotional day in court as the trial of george zimmerman. see the crime scene photos that sent the young boy's parents out of the room. plus, the high school dropout turned cia spy and leaker spends another night as a free man. thank you, russia. russian president told the world no den has been hanging out at moscow airport. >> asked the government to consider all options to expel him to return him to the united states. >> shepard: president putin said russia shah is not sending him back. tonight the options for bringing ed sno