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because of all of them. it was about dirks bentley, see him tonight on the cmas. that's it. next is special report. >> in the face of a republican route in the midterm elections, president obama says he will work with the republicans when he can. this is special report. good evening, i'm bret baier. republicans surpassed even their own best-case scenario, recapturing the senate and picking off host of governors races that few predicted. but president obama says he's still plowing ahead with his plans, including an executive order on immigration. more on that in just a second. first, you may notice a new look
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for us here at special report, our graphics are one of the few places where things in politics have gone from red to blue. and this entire hour will be different as well. as we have limited commercial breaks thanks to our sponsor for the hour, norfolk southern. ed henry is at the white house with president's reaction to the election. we begin with carl cameron in louisville, home of the next senate's presumptive majority leader. >> reporter: it was a very big night for republicans, they now, republicans are governors in 30 of the nation's 50 states. the highwaouse majority is at i biggest majority since 1929 and in the senate the republicans will have the majority by numbers. and they won by margins bigger than anyone thought possible.
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>> after winning re-election by 15 pointses, republican senate leader mitch mcconnell said today that with the majority next year, republicans will go after obama care and big government spending using the power of the purse. >> you can look for us to go after those kind of thing through the spending process, which i think is our best tool in our governmental system. >> republicans will push for energy legislation and approval of a keystone xl pipeline. the employment figures connected with keystone are stunning if we could just get going. >> he said what they will not do. >> we're not going to be shutting down the government or defaulting on the national debt. but he says he's looking to work two president. >> i think my attitude about all this is trust, trust but verify, i mean, let's see, the american people have spoken.
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they have given us divided government, the question for the president and the speaker and myers is what are you going to do with it. >> it will be possible for them to -- the gop held all of its senate seats. >> the tide is turned and the era of the obama-reid gridlock is over. >> not only did republican incumbent hold off pat roberts in kansas, but he beat him handedly by more than ten minutes. in georgia, david perdue successfully held off democrat michelle nunn by more than eight points. >> we have made it clear tonight that we wanted to stop the failed policy of this administration and harry reid. >> reporter: in iowa, the president won twice, colorado where the president won twice and north carolina where we won once. mark pryor lost to republican tom cotton in iowa.
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>> i will use politics as an instrument to unite us, not a weapon to divide us. >> reporter: the president also won new hampshire twice and that ration went to democrat jeanne shaheen over massachusetts republican senator scott brown. she was the only democratic incumbent in a serious senate race to survive. >> i promise you i will work with anyone in the senate, democrat, republican, independent. to get things done, to help new hampshire's working families and our small businesses. >> house republicans increased their majority, at the beginning of the year, they set a goal of 12 pickups but revise it it down to as few as six. last night they picked up 13. despite the lopsided victory, polls showed both sides equally unpopular with nearly identical favorable and unfavorable ratings. asked how they felt about the obama administration, the majority of americans said they were angry and dissatisfied compared to the majority who were satisfied and enthusiastic.
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realistically, lawmakers have only nine months to get anything done, by next summer, the presidential race will begin to consume everything in washington for the next campaign cycle. >> carl, thank you. now to the president's push back on what most consider a referendum on his presidency. here's chief white house correspondent ed henry. >> last time democrats lost the chamber in congress, he called ate shellacking. this time he says he needs a stiff drink. >> i would enjoy having some kentucky bourbon with mitch mcconnell. >> the president's point was he will improve his efforts to reach out to the senate majority leader, though the president did not give an -- suggesting the vote did not carry much weight because midterms are a small slice of the electorate. >> as president, i have a unique responsibility to try and make
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this town work, so to everyone who voted, i want you to know that i hear you. for the voter who is chose not to participate in the process yesterday, i hear you too. >> reporter: his infamous comment that his policies were on the ballot. >> i think the president laid the ground work for this election to be a referendum on his policies. he said his policies, every single one of them were on the ballot and hopefully this will be a message and a humble request that the president get with the new leadership in congress and start getting things done. >> reporter: while the president did sketch out several areas where he think he is can work with the republicans, like ebola, isis and early childhood education. he's also said that he's set to antagonize republicans to take unilateral action to allow several million immigrants to stay in the country. >> before the end of the year, we're going to take whatever lawful actions that i can take that i believe will improve the functioning of our immigration system, that will allow us to
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surge additional resources to the border. >> reporter: and over the course of an east room news conference that ran 73 minutes, he would not take personal responsibility for the blowout or cite a single thing he would do differently. >> it sounds like you're doubling down on the same policies and approach you have had for six years. my question is why not pull a page from the clinton playbook and admit that you have to make a dramatic shift in course over these next two years. >> what i would like to do is hear from the republicans to find out what it is they would like to see happen. and what i'm committing to is making sure that i am open to working with them on the issues that -- where they think there's going to be cooperation. >> reporter: one area he's looking for by partisanship, the president reveals he's asking congress for a new authorize of force against isis, as he stopped short of declaring the
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u.s. has the upper hand. >> i think it's too early to say whether we are winning because as i said at the outset of the isil campaign, this is going to be a long-term plan to solidify the iraqi government, to solidify their security forces. >> reporter: at least 28 senator who is voted for the health care law will not be around until january. as for other demands like approving the keystone pipeline, the president would not commit, stopping short of just how much he will compromise. let's get some analysis on the new look senate and the president's reaction to it. joining me are syndicated columnist george will and political analyst brit hume. >> the president said this didn't really have anything to do with him which sounded like a
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un -- then he went on to use the term several times, it's this town that people are mad about, because stuff doesn't get done. 8 $30 billion stimulus is not chopped liver, the dodd-frank -- such legislation, 75 and the affordable care act was the largest expanse in the entitlement act in 50 years. >> when you hear the president say he wants to hear what republicans have proposed, he wants to hear their agenda. he basically said, if the republicans have some ideas that i like, i'll listen to them. well, thank you very much mr. president and ed's question basically resulted in an answer,
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i'm not doing anything different on my end. >> including plowing ahead with an executive order on immigration. >> it remains to be seen how much he thinks he can actually do. from a republican point of view, like some sweeping amnesty, i'm not sure it will be that, but obviously that's something we'll be thinking about. >> how about mitch mcconnell's press conference, which is much more interesting, he was talking about about the republican base, saying curb your enthusiasm, you can fantasize about the government you would like to have or you can deal with the one you've got, and no matter who controls the presidency or the house, james madison, meaning the constitutional architecture, the separation of powers controls washington and there are limits to what we can do. >> think about this, bret. this night last night, was a considerable triumph for mish mcconnell, not just because he won re-election by a wide margin, i would say roughly
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double people imagine he might win at best. >> 16 points. >> almost 16 points. and not just because he will be the new majority leader, but because of what he had to put in place and what he did put in place to bring that about. he was basically public enemy number one at the beginning of this cycle, not just among the democrats, and labor certainly poured a lot of money into kentucky to try to beat him as did other democratic interest groups, but within an element of his own party on the hard right, they despise the guy and they sniped at him up until the very end, as recently as a week ago. he beat that guy, matt bevin, the businessman, he wasn't a terrible candidate. he beat him, thrown he beats this -- and remember, across the board, we had a slate electable republican nominees for the senate. mitch mcconnell and his team had a lot to do with the selection of those candidates, the learning curve of those
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candidates, the disciplining of the message that those candidates used, he basically transformed the slate and the atmosphere in which these republican candidates won and i think also to create an atmosphere in which it would be easy to work with his colleagues than it did before. >> you mentioned the press conference today for mitch mcconnell, a lot of the questions focused on ted cruz and the possible rift in the republican party between the far, you know, right, the conservative side and the moderates. what do you think can get done and are republicans on a different mindset as they come into this new conference? >> i think it probably will be an irresistible impulse to send obama the repeal of obama care. then the president says, if there are changes, a, that make it better, republicans fear that further embedded in american life he will accept those and there must be changes that do not go to the structure of the act. one thing that you could
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probably get veto proof majorities, is to repeal the medical devices tax. but that's important to the financing of it. does the president consider that part of the structure of the act and therefore untouchable? >> does this change washington? does it change the dynamic? >> that remains to be seen. it's going to change the atmosphere for sure in the sense with harry reid not there, it will tend to block all of this legislation that republicans are producing. i want to add one further point about ted cruz, ted cruz was out campaigning for these candidates that mitch mcconnell and his team helped select. and ted cruz has always had more of a following in the house than he did in the senate, even before now. so it remains to be seen if he'll be the kind of pied piper that he was four years ago when there was a government shutdown. we still have a few races out there that are undecided, chief
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congressional correspondent mike emmanuelle has that part of the story tonight. >> in fairfax county, virginia, election volunteers -- looking for any irregularities that may have come out of the vote mag sheens. republican challenger ed gillespie trailed -- after offering an alternative to obama care in october, last night it came down to about three-quarters of a point, gillespie trailing by -- >> i owe it to the voters of virginia, owe it to all of you to make sure that the outcome is final before we make any final decisions on this end. >> i wish him well and i wish his family well, and i hope he will stay involved in virginia and national politics. >> in louisiana as expected the race between incumbent democrat mary landrieu and gop bill
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cassidy is heading for a december runoff. both appeared eager to draw a contrast for voters right away. >> six debates, six hours, one hour for each year of a senate term. >> she has said that she would vote for obama care again tomorrow. i look forward as your next senator to repeal and -- >> the incumbent is holding out hope absent tee ballots will help him save his seat. >> what's starting tonight is that we are taking back our country, we're retiring harry reid. >> and that is one bit of certainty with republicans winning enough seats to regain the majority. what is left is an opportunity to add to it. bret? >> will the republican wave make any difference in your life?
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let me know at several governor's mansions will be under new management as part of this republican midterm wave. >> reporter: massachusetts -- >> you stood here and you waited all night. >> reporter: maryland. typically bastions--tuesday was a good day to be a republican candidate for governor. the gop held florida, republican rick scott winning reelection over return turned democrat charlie crist. and in the critical swing state of ohio -- >> that's called the new republican party.
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>> reporter: republican governor john kasik considered by some to be a 2016 presidential contender won a second term. republicans won michigan and wisconsin keeping scott walker alive for a white house run as well. >> we understand that true freedom and prosperity doesn't come from the mighty hands of the government, it comes from empowering people to live their own lives and control their own destiny through the dignity that comes from work. >> and they flipped illinois, president obama's home state, one of the few where he campaigned for the democratic candidate. pat quinn is the only democratic governor to lose his seat. >> are you ready for a new direction? are you ready to bring back illinois? the president also stunk in maryland, with another painful blue state loss, where
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republican larry hogan took the race from incumbent senator larry brown. >> tonight the voters showed that they were completely fed up with politics as usual. >> new jersey governor chris christie, head of the new jersey governor's association had some big number numbers. appears on fox this morning, christie said that was a referendum on president obama's failed policies and the voters spoke. >> their citizens look to their governments, especially when you have a vacuum of leadership in the who is. >> many of the campaigns were to say the least acrimonious and incredibly close, martha cokley refused to congress seed this morning, leaving her election night hotel without addressing supporters, but republican charlie baker stayed, speaking after midnight about the nail biting numbers. >> and as i watched those numbers come in, i kept
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thinking, this is going to end badly for one of us. >> reporter: it didn't end badly for baker, who's already reaching across party lines in a state dominated by democrats. >> we certainly planned to lead as representatives of 100% of the people of the state as well. >> reporter: races for governor in alaska and vermont have not been called, but republicans have made a net gain of three governorships, democrats have made one pickup in pennsylvania. voters in alaska, oregon and the district of columbia have approved legal recreational marijuana use. florida voters failed to get enough support to pass a medical marijuana proposal. four states approved increases in the minimum wage, alaska, arkansas, nebraska and south dakota. and a person hood amendment in colorado was defeated. up next, after a very short break. maria bartiromo with the
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economic -- here's what some of our fox affiliates across the country are covering tonight. fox 13 in salt lake city, utah it with the election of the first african-american republican woman to congress. mia love won utah's heavily republican fourth congressional district last night. fox 5 in new york, which reports yankees alex rodriguez has admitted taking steroids. a miami herald report says that a-rod confessed to federal agents in january. rodriguez sat out last season on suspension and is set to return next spring. and fox 2 in st. louis, one of the stories there tonight is an ice cream celebration of america's finest. the flavor of the month at baskin robins is first class camouflage, the company will donate a portion of each scoop sold on veterans day. do not go far, we will be back in just 40 seconds.
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poors hit new records highs. now joining us from our sister network, fox business network's maria bartiromo to talk about what the landslide means to the economy. >> the anticipation that the divided government will meaning things will start to get going for the economy and these two groups will be able to get things done. one easy fix, according to business is that the business community feels that the regulatory environment will be alleviated a bit. up until now, businesses have been sitting on cash, unable to spend it or put it forth for hiring because they were afraid of what was around the corner. for example, jp morgan, for one, the largest bank has set aside more than $20 billion just for regulatory issues, lawyers fees, litigation, that money of course could be going elsewhere in terms of creating jobs, putting it to work, in terms of investment and infrastructure. there's a feeling of relief on
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wall street and in the business community that the regulatory environment that has caused something of a choke on business will begin to get alleviated from the affordable care act, the epa rules, dodd-frank, all of this has forced businesses to basically sit on cash. you've got some $2 trillion on balance sheets across the country right now as businesses wait to see the uncertainty be lifted. another issue that people are talking about are what can get done, one of the big things that people are talking about is the keystone pipeline, that seems the easiest to get done quickly because it does have bipartisan support. tax reform is a little trickier, although the president did say today that he would like to explore what is possible in terms of tax reform. if businesses feel that corporate rates will come down, the base will be broadened, they will feel that they can in fact put more money into hiring people. by the way, bret, i should tell you that history shows the stock
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market during midterm elections has gone up from november to the springtime, in the double digits, going back some 20 years during midterm election years. >> that's really interesting. and thanks for coming on last night, it was a lot of fun. >> marimaria, don't miss her on business network. current lawmakers get one more shot. so what can we expect out of a lame duck congress before next year's republican reboot? chief national correspondent jim engel has some answers tonight. >> the aptly named lame duck session of congress will be short this year, probably about a month. >> i don't think the lame duck is going to last very long, there are going to be a lot of members who just want to get out of dodge. this has been an unhappy election especially as far as the democrats. >> reporter: many issues should be left to the new congress
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which begins january 3, but says the lame duck will do what it must. >> things that are necessary to operate the government, certainly the appropriations bill is one that will be front and center. >> reporter: and providing the necessary money to combat ebola, many also believe their support to make sure defense is properly funded, while the u.s. is trying to stop radical islamists mar rauding through the middle east. there are other items, such as extending key tax breaks about to expire. >> some of these are popular, such as the mortgage interest deduction and the child tax credit. >> while democrats still control the senate, such as nominations for judges as well as a replacement for attorney general eric holder. >> the scuttlebutt is that president obama would like to nominate tom perez, the labor secretary, there's going to be a lot of opposition for republicans. there's going to be great controversy over judicial
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obligations. >> reporter: home state senators have some power to block judicial nominees from their state, by senator moran notes that after senator majority leader harry reid pushed through historic rule changes in the senate, it left republicans with little leverage for cabinet nominees. >> when the rules were changed, republicans don't have much to say about the confirmation of executive officers when only 51 votes from required. >> reporter: the most explosives issue is the president's promise to hispanic leaders that he would take executive act shin to legalize many illegal immigra immigrants, but then delayed it until after the election infuriating some hispanic lawmakers. >> but republican leaders issued a warning about unilateral action. >> it's like waving a red flag in front of a bull to say if you guys don't do what i want, i'm
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going to do it on my own. >> mcconnell says that will poison the well to pass any serious immigration reform in congress. the governor monitoring group judicial watch says the obama administration's irs never tried to recover so-called missing e-mails about the agency's targeting of conservative groups. the agency says it did not undertake any significant efforts to find e-mails concerning former your buer crow rat's lois learner's actions. >> thanks to all of you, we are heading to washington. >> republican joni ernst is making history as the first female ever elected to congress
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by iowa voters. she did so with the help of many gop heavy hitters. rand paul, chris christie and marco rubio were able to lay their own 2016 ground work. jeb bush penned a letter that landed in iowa -- >> the const has been going on for the better part of a year. chris christie's successful efforts as leader of the charge to get more republican governors elected, scoring surprising wins in places like massachusetts and maryland. >> he campaigned for the candidates and most of all he gave them money and thereby earned chips from these new governors or governor elects that he can cash in when he runs
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for the gop nomination. >> here in kentucky, it's a referendum, not only on the president, but on hillary clinton. >> paul's twitter account retweeted a kentucky news anchor's treat that said crowd goes wile for @senrandpaul. cheers for him. >> with tough lasses for clinton backed democrats, sab doe says she'll start any 2016 effort at a distinct disadvantage. >> when your candidates lose, the ones you put some chips on, you don't get advantages in those states when you're running for president. because they're not around in public office. they can't help you as private citizens in the way in which they can hip you in high elected office.
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>> exit polling shows thatllary favorite among democrats. among mike huckabee, rick perry, jeb bush, rand paul and chris christi. >> now some fresh pickings from the political grapevine, executives from a turkish cosmetics company used one particularly hairy man to sell their hair remove products. but they should have done their home work. their poster boy is khalid sheikh mohammad. the al qaeda militant seen her after his arrest on terror charges in 2003 is being held at guantanamo bay and faces the death penalty if convicted. the cosmetics companies says, quote, we don't know that he was
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a terrorist, the guy is quite hairy so we thought his body was good for our ad. we featured him for his hair, not terrorism. two pastors and a 90-year-old manage in florida face a fine and possible jail time, their crime? feeding the homeless. ft. lauderdale has new laws dictating standards for where and how food can be given to the poor. among the requirements, a toilet must be available, along with the meal. the 90-year-old founder of love thy neighbor arnold abbott says that's one stipulation he simply cannot meet. the charges could bring a 60-day jail sentence. abbott says he is prepared for more challenges tonight as he prepares food for the homeless on a ft. lauderdale beach.
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michael jordan said he's a hack, man, i'd be playing all day with him, i never said he wasn't a great poll legs, i just said he's a blank golfer. there is no doubt that michael is a better golfer than i am. of course, if i was playing twice a day for the last 15 years, then that might not be the case. he might not -- he might want to spend more time thinking about the bobcats or the hornets. a low blow the nba team owned by jordan is off to a slow start with a 1 and 3 record. president obama says he will learn in the next three to four weeks whether the west can get a deal with iran over it's nuclear program. that's just one of the big foreign policy items many americans may have overlooked during the runup to the midterms. national security correspondent jennifer griffin has been keeping track of it all for you
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from the pentagon. a report or a warning contains images you may finding disturbing. >> while the nation's leaders were campaigning, the world's problems didn't stop. nuclear talks with iran, a simmering cold war in europe, a belligerent north korea, and in china depressed oil prices. as the new congress arrives in washington, these issues will need to be debated, strategies applied and budgets passed. a november 24th deadline looms as deadlocked negotiators seek a way to deal with iran's 28,000 pounds of uranium and it's 19,000 centrifuges, on tuesday, iranians burned the american flag flag to mark the 35th anniversary of the u.s. embassy takeover. this as u.s. military commanders are reminding the pentagon that the u.s.'s pivot to asia may
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require a bigger nave, meanwhile north korea may have learned how to miniaturize a nuclear weapon. >> they have had the right connect chuns, so i believe they have the capability to have miniaturized a device at this point. >> reporter: pro democracy protests in hong konging shook the country -- but china's military has indicated it's willingness to consider going on the offensive. >> nobody in the united states paid attention last october when chinese state media across its main platforms talked about the ability of chinese submarines carrying ballistic missiles with nuclear weapons, their ability to target the united states. >> reporter: meanwhile russia is conducting what could be considered practice runs for a new cold war in europe. nato has intercepted russian aircraft 100 times so far this year. three times last week, russian bear bomber pilots approached sweden and great britian, forcing nato to scramble jets
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forcing a warning from the extreme allied commander. >> what you saw this week was a larger more complex formation of aircraft carrying out a little deeper and i would say a little bit more provocative flight path. >> in afghanistan, nato returned control of bagram over to the afghan military. >> taliban isn't defeated, when the marines left helmand province, the taliban was still on the battled field. >> images of isis fighters sweeping across iraq and syria, slaughtering anyone who stands in their path have -- at the end of what until now was thought to be america's longest war. elsewhere war is spreading in north africa. >> libya is in an almost ungovernable state. >> you be in tunisia there is hope, in the first part of the
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arab spring from were a fruit seller set himself on fire nearly four years ago -- but a massive suicide bombing on the border between pakistan and india served as a reminder this week that these two nuclear armed states are always one button away from war. >> jennifer griffin at the pentagon. please plan to stick around after special report tomorrow night. greta van sustren has an exclusive interview with andrew tahmooressi, following his release from seven months in mexican captivity. here's a preview. >> i was thinking, hopefully these guys are going to be considerate and caring and understanding. but, you know, i started feeling the things just something shift, there, you know. they were very helpful and then
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it shifted and then i knew, this is could be bad. >> don't want to miss this interview, on the record, 7:00 eastern tomorrow. although it didn't seem to play a big part in this election t climate change issue isn't going away any time soon, whether you believe it in or not. dan springer reports there is new information out there that might affect how you and others feel about it. >> a big swathe of the north pacific is warmer than average. >> noaa scientists have co-authored a study that's turned into a hot button over man-made global warming. it says a 1 degree increase is not do to greenhouse gas, but more specifically, nature, mainly wind over the pacific ocean. >> you can explain most of the temperature variations from one year to the next, from one decade to the next and even over the course of the whole 20th century, with changes in the winds. >> most of the warming happened
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pre1940, before co2 was present in the atmosphere. >> but geologist con easter brook hajd others who have long challenged man's role in the climate says research is a game changer. >> it certainly happens to validate and confirm many of the things we have been saying about the data that shows that co2 is not the driving influence but with other things that has to do with oceans and the sun. >> their main point like politics, weather drivers are local. a former colleague at the university of washington agrees. >> global warming is not global uniform. there are some place where is the greenhouse gassing was stronger than others. there's some places where natural variability is stronger than others.
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>> climate research is so charged politically and this one is no different. the scientist declined an on camera interview saying he's already getting backlash from some in the pro global warming community who may be facing a sea change on climate change. the republican wave crested and then crashed here in washington, after last night's midterm election, the president's reaction and what can get done. we'll talk about the results, with a supersized panel in just one minute.
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wre have an obligation to change the -- we're going to go to work and actually pass
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legislation. >> what we're going to make sure that we do is to reach out to mitch mcconnell and john boehner who are now running both chambers in congress and find out what their agenda is. congress will pass some bills i can not sign. i'm pretty sure i'll take some actions that some in congress will not like. that's natural. >> the reaction from both sides to the big republican wins last night in the midterms, as you look at the exit polls, a couple of questions, first of all, the status of where the country is, the direction of the country, take a look at the exit poll here, 65%, the country's heading in the wrong direction, 31% in the right direction. the most important issue as we have seen in many midterm elections the economy at 45%, health care 25% and there you see illegal immigration 14%. you heard the president say today that he's moving forward with this plan for his executive order. let's bring in steve hastes senior writer for the weekly
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standard. mora rice, and syndicated columnist charles krauthammer. i have had my coffee. laura. thoughts? >> well, it was a wave, and wave i define as all the close races or almost all of them breaking in one direction, and that certainly happened. i think the most sfint thing is that iowa and south carolina, they all fell, plus a bunch of blue state governors, i think there's a lot of searching for the rubble for lessons for democrats today about why they weren't able to hold on to more. i think what you saw, what was particularly impressive is that republicans didn't just rely on a good map, they actually went to school and fixed some problems that they had had in the last two cycles. they made sure tea party candidates did not get the nomination, they learned to talk to women in different ways. and i think they really corrected a lot of their past mistakes, now it's up to the
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democrats to do the same thing for the next cycle. >> let's talk about the president today, charles and this press conference and what was said and what he didn't say, i mean he was unapologetic. and he said he's going to plow forward, but try to work with republicans where he can. >> and he played as the puzzled observer. he was asked about the meaning of the election, and he said i don't want to leave to others the reading of tea leaves. was this really a subtle result? was this sorl of cot of complicd nuanced? this was the worst wall to wall, unmistakable, unekwif cable shellacking that you will ever see in a midterm election, and it happened on almost every level, the republicans now have the largest majority since 1929 in the senate, the democrats have lost several, probably nine, and by huge margins, mcconnell is supposed to be neck and neck, he won by 15 points,
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arkansas 18 points. and then the -- the one excuse the republicans had is well this election was played on their home turf, on red turf. maryland, massachusetts are not exactly red states. all of them elected shockingly republican governors. the economists call this a massacre and obama said, i don't read tea leaves. and remember, what he said about the election. it's about his policies, everywhere, every single one. of course it was about him, of course it was hiss ideology and the execution of his leadership. this was a wall to wall rejection of obamaism and he pretended that this was an election that didn't have a lot of meaning because two-thirds of the electorate didn't show up. >> he started the press conference sort of grumpy and annoyed and ended feeling very
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which wi wistful. he came out and said a shellacking or -- >> it was a good night. >> so he wanted to say it was a good night and pretend as charles said, that it was a subtle thing that others would have to look over with fine toothed combs. and as you mentioned, he was still defiant, he's not going to change anything, he's still in a bit of denial, and so are the democrats. what you hear privately from them last night and today is it's all his fault. what you hear publicly is our voters don't come out in midterms so it doesn't matter. they haven't figured out what mistakes they're going to have to fix before 2016 and then 2018. >> take a look at the president on "meet the press" and then today. >> i think elections matter, i think votes matter, if democrats hold the senate, i think that
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should get republicans to once again -- >> you think that sends a national message? >> i think what it does is to send a message to republicans that people want to get stuff zone. >> so the thirds of voters who chose not to participate in the process yesterday, i hear you too. part of what i also think we have got to look at is the 2/3 of people who are eligible to vote and just didn't vote. >> said it a couple of times. >> yeah, he obviously thought that that was a significant point, because he said, he mentioned ate couple of times. >> he said i think votes matter. >> but he seems to believe that he represents every single one of the 2/3 of the american people that didn't show up and vote and that he's going to continue his policies because that's what they want despite the fact that they didn't show up. i think it's very telling, that ap reports that the white house has spent most of the day teeth gnashing over what to call this. that's what you do if you have
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absolutely no idea how to respond. who care what is you call it. it was as charlie said, this decisive historic repudiation of president obama of his policies as he said it. and you've got a white house that's worried about how to label it and you've got a president that pretends nothing went wrong. he stood up in front of the press corps who said i know this was this vote yesterday and you all can determine what the results are, but i have been the same president as i have been for the past six years, he said obama care, the law is working well. this is a president who doesn't want to understand what just happened. >> mara, take a look at the president and mitch mcconnell today. >> i feel obliged to do everything i can lawful with my executive authority, to make sure that we don't keep on making the system worse, but that whatever executive actions that i take, will be replaced
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and sue planted by action by congress. you send me a bill that i can sign and those executive actions go away. >> it's like waving a red flag in front of a bull to say if you guys don't do what i want, i'm going to do it on my own. i hope he won't do that, i do think it poisons the well for the opportunity to address a very important domestic issue. >> this looks like it's heading to a lagger head here. >> i think it is, and it's interesting, when mitch mcconnell laid out the things where he said there could be cooperation, and there were a lot of olive branches today, despite what happened last night, i thought today was a pretty interesting day with a lot of talk about reaching across the ailes. >> we have heard a lot about that before and it's never materialized. >> but mitch mcconnell said that a lot, he said we can work on trade, we can work on tax reform, he didn't talk about immigration as a priority for him.
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because yes, it's true, the republicans will be really, really angry if president obama goes ahead as he has promised and do executive action on immigration. but mitch mcconnell now has a larger republican group in the senate, most of whom campaigned against amnesty and so does john boehner, in other words i think the center of gravity in the republican party on this issue has moved farther and farther away from immigration reform. >> any form of legalization, yeah. >> i think the president's threateninging this because he wants to do it and i think he's all the more anxious to go ahead and do this because it makes him relevant, it makes him the center of the universe again, he's not a happy man that he was asked for a year by his own democrats to stay away and be invisible. this is a guy who doesn't enjoy being invisible and, look, what are we talking about tonight? a little bit on the election itself, and now about what he's going to do. he's back in the game, he's
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relevant now. this is exactly why he wants immigration. republicans have to resist the temptation, this is impeachment bait or all kinds of nonsense, do >> but he said it, he made it perfectly clear that he's itching to do it and it could come within days, i agree with brit hume. but i also agree with mitch mcconnell that it is a red flag in front of a bull. so after he left office, republicans said, no, that won't work either. whether it's border security only, or something in the middle. or come up with their own bill
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and say we met you in the middle. now they have votes to go ahead and do it. >> he said he was willing to work the republicans on it. he said when he announces immigration reform--he said that republicans -- executive action stops, which at best gives him the benefit of the doubt. constitutional confusion, the framers are turning over in their graves right now and the president is going to lead on that and the congress could pass something that he might sign later. >> all right, we're going to pause, we're going to catch our breathe because it's not that long, this break. we're going to come back with more with our expanded panel, 40 seconds. .
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big day? ah, the usual. moved some new cars. hauled a bunch of steel. kept the supermarket shelves stocked. made sure everyone got their latest gadgets. what's up for the next shift? ah, nothing much. just keeping the lights on. (laugh) nice. doing the big things that move an economy. see you tomorrow, mac. see you tomorrow, sam. just another day at norfolk southern. repudiation basically of the president's policies, but also hillary clinton's, hillary clinton and bill clinton have been all over it out as if they are somehow
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better for democrats. well, in kentucky they were soundly rejected. >> senator rand paul thinks he is going to it be running against hillary clinton or something. in fact, he tweeted out some pictures of candidates that hillary clinton campaigned with over this entire campaign season. and each one had #hillary's losers. i think rand paul is making a point here. we're back with the panel. marah, clearly, he is kind of running ahead of the game. >> he wants to be be rand vs. hillary anyway he can see that big smirl on hillary's face in those pictures. she did exactly what she wanted to do. she got a lot out of all of those losing races. don't kid yourself. >> really? >> she showed up. >> positive midterm losses for hillary? >> i think that hillary benefits by having an all-republican congress. i'm not saying that's what she wanted. it clarifies things in washington. she can push off against the republican congress. she doesn't have to defend harry reid anymore. i mean.
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>> there is one benefit, potentially, that martin o'malley did not get the lt. governor anthony brown in maryland. that's a weakening thing for a 2016 candidate. they lost florida. they lost ohio in the governor's races. that's a machine. >> she wanted a republican senate. i wrote about that today. she absolutely -- rand paul and the tea party express sent out all those lists of the people she campaigned for. she only wanted to help them. getting elected wasn't important. she wanted to be there with them. 45 appearances in less than 60 days and did what she had to do. they all owe her now. she wants to run against the crazy republican congress. >> she doesn't want to defend harry reid. she doesn't want to defend president obama. she wants a republican congress to run against for the next two years. it's much easier for her campaign. >> what excuse does al-alison lundergan grimes now have in kentucky. >> it doesn't matter. she showed up. she was a democrat. she is a party girl. >> look, she can take her --
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alison lundergan grimes and throw it away. it makes no difference. >> she is supposed to be a key player. >> look, this was a bad night for barack obama. it was a bad night for hillary clinton because it was a bad night for big government liberalism. this is what she has to embrace is barack obama. she was part of the administration. she has to answer for his foreign policy. >> i understand that. >> she is going to try to run away from his domestic policy. she is in a horrible position now with the voters having rejected it as divisively as they have. >> if you think politicians for not office matter more than rejection of her basic philosophy of governance. i disagree with you. >> how about this? look at arkansas, every congressional seat in arkansas is now republican. arkansas, clinton home country now is a republican state, even at the congressional level. and the governor's office and the clintons spent a lot of time trying to put mark pryor across the finish line. >> look, showing zero coat tails is is not a good way to start a presidential
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campaign. she showed zero coat tails. rand paul he said the indoor record for the shortest interval between one campaign and another. i think it was 8 seconds between the end of that one until he launched against hillary. >> i want to go down the line favored races of the night of the campaign. >> yeah, i think wisconsin governor was interesting for a number of reasons. we have talked about it a lot. i think the fact that scott walker won his third race in four years. he won it because he told the voters he was going to do something. he went in and did it. it was a difficult thing for him to do. he took on entrenched interest. he won, and he won this election with almost the same vote total as he won the 2012 recall, which i think really says something. i think it sets him up to run in 2016. >> marah. >> i think colorado really incapsules the entire republican strategy this year. republican establishment intervened early. got rid of ken buck. their chosen candidate ken gardner obviously better candidate got. in corrie gardner understood he had to change his approach to female voters.
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he disavowed his support for the personhood amendment. supported over-the-counter birth control. planned parenthood also supports. and, he didn't win women but he ate into the gender gap. that -- and so he had a very successful year. i think they proved that a state that has been blue is now purple again. >> a.b.? >> i was most entertained by iowa. you looked at one of the most-o-bruce braley the democrat lost. he lost his house seat to republicans and he lost his senate seat. this was not a race that was on the republican's radar screen. the democrats could have kept it blue. he was the least disciplined candidate. joni ernst not the most dynamic speaker but the most disciplined. iowa sending first woman to congress. first female combat veteran in congress. she was made famous saying she grew up castrating farms -- i mean hogs on a iowa farm. >> she may have castrated a farm too. >> bruce braley was just a bud candidate. it's an exciting outcome for
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iowa. >> he i love her slogan, we're going to make them squeal. there was a hell of a lot of squealing last night. the race i liked the most was the one in maryland where i live where the lt. governor, anthony brown, was considered such a shoe-in. no one spoke about the maryland race. no one. you didn't hear a word. and the republican, larry hogan, came out of nowhere. he won by 8 points. this tells you -- the reason i like it, it shows the extent of this political event into the bluest of the blue, maryland. it was a nuclear explosion. >> panel, thank you very much. that wraps up the panel, an extended panel. the three major election models all predicted that democrats would lose control of the senate. while some states were obviously toss-ups the republican victory was, you know, semi inevitable. 9 5% "the washington post." but that didn't stop many on the left from making some bold predictions.
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>> i think we will hold the senate. democrats are going to prove the pundits wrong on election day. when we keep the senate. >> i think we are going to hold the senate. >> i don't agree with the oddmakers. i predict we are going to keep the senate. >> what might be a glimmer of hope for democrats. >> it's not over yet. >> they think they are going it win south dakota. they think they have got iowa locked up. hold phone. >> i think they have a chance because they know how to g their voters to the polls. >> there is a a very good chance that african-americans will make sure that democrats hold the senate. >> michelle nunn, the democrat seems to have real momentum there in georgia. >> so you're telling me there's a chance? [sigh] yeah! >> the free beacon putting that together. thanks for inviting us into your home tonight. that's it for this single sponsor "special report." goes fast, doesn't it? fair, balanced and unafraid. don't forget to drop me a tweet at bret baier. thank you all for making us the number one network to go to on election night.
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not just on cable, but broadcast as well. greta goes "on the record" right now. and "special report" online, if you haven't been there, check it out, it goes online in seconds. it's a big night right here on the record. tonight, iowa republican senator elect joni ernst who just wrestled the seat away from the democrat she is here to go "on the record." plus texas governor elect greg abbot and karl rove and many more. yes, republicans are back in power in the senate. expanding power to the house biggest majority since the truman administration. what does this all mean? karl rove joins us. nice to see you, karl. >> great to see you. >> all right, karl, having the senate goes republicans means what? it now gives republicans control of the legislative process on the hill it means we will probably get a budget passed in reasonably good order. it allows them to begin to move things out of the house and to have at least a hearing in the senate and to begin to identify things that will garner enough


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