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congress. but there's not even a hint he's leaving the march. that's it for today. have a great week and we'll see you on next fox news sunday. this week on the journal editorial report supporters scramble to defend hillary clinton as questions grow over her private e-mail use. but do democrats have a backup plan in case her presidential ambitions implode? plus benjamin netanyahu makes his case against a nuclear iran but can congress keep the administration from cutting a bad deal? and the future of obamacare now in the hands of a sharply divided supreme court. so what's next if the subsidies don't survive? welcome to the journal editorial report. well, she's reportedly set to
launch her presidential bid as early as next month but revelations this week that hillary clinton used a private e-mail account to conduct official business during her four years as secretary of state is reportedly adding to concern in some liberal circles that putting a clinton on the ticket in 2016 may not be the democrats' best move. so just how much legal and political trouble could hillary be facing? and do democrats have a backup plan if her candidacy runs aground? let's ask. wall street journal columnist and deputy editor dan haeger. editorial board member dorothy reveniwitz. to you first, dan, days after the revelation i am still shocked that she did this kind of thing. why on earth would a woman with that experience do something like that? >> well because the clintons, as usual, think that the rules aploya apply to everyone else and not to them and they make them up as they go along.
the thing you address here, stuart is the bloodless political calculation. as she famously said what difference does this make? is this going to hurt her. bill clinton went through eight years of the presidency with all of these sorts of things happening and he got re-elected, it didn't hurt him. i think what that taught us was the powers of the presidency are enormous. once you're in that oval office, you can get away with virtually everything. but you've got to get in there first. if we had known everything about bill clinton before he was elected president, i think it would have been very difficult for him. so hillary clinton suddenly has all of this landing on her just as she is about to announce for the presidency. and at the margin -- look, you want tremendous enthusiasm for a presidential candidate, and it is eroding for her. this is a serious, serious political problem for the democrats. >> james come on in. how worried are the democrats? do they have a plan b? >> well, do they have a plan b
is a very odd question because normally it's not a question at this stage of whether there's a plan. what's the republicans' plan a? there is none. there are a bunch of candidates contending in a primary. people always say the republicans are the ones that pick the next guy in line. yeah, they do but after the primary. so there should be a lot of unease by the democrats about this coronation that the party seems to have gone along with in deference to the clinton machine. we've seen a lot of defenses as well, but some of them are rather mild defenses that you know, people -- i think they're trying to decide what to do here. >> all right james, here's the key question. how many senior democrats are now looking elsewhere other than hillary clinton? >> not very many openly but i suspect behind closed doors they are talking about it and worried about it. >> dorothy, i'm going to run a sound bite from hillary clinton as she appeared before emily's
list and then i want your comment. roll tape. >> don't you want to see more women running for congress who will follow in the footsteps of barbara mikulski and champion equal pay and equal opportunity? and i suppose it's only fair to say don't you some day want to see a woman president of the united states of america? >> i was dying to roll that tape and get your reaction. >> there is the key. what we're facing now is a huge question. what will the electorate do faced with this big test. will you pick someone who represents our first chance at the presidency? will women of america do this? will they be driven by gender politics -- will gender become the force that racial politics was in the last election? so the question is, this is the
presidency of the united states. and what we know about hillary clinton, which we did not know about, as dan said about bill clinton, going back to the first huge ethics scandal the travelgate. there's no time to represent everything that went on in this horrendous moment in the clinton administration. it went on forever. and this produced her famous comment, the great right wing conspiracy. >> did she just play her best card? >> yes. >> which is the woman presidency card? was it a desperation move? >> no. i think it's -- i think it is simply just in it. it is a part of her to believe that she is going to run this. the question again is the american electorate, are they going to make this choice that we are going to vote for somebody entirely because of this political correct point we
need a woman in the white house. the presidency of the united states with this history. >> well look we are a long way from the nomination. the democrats have to be worried whether there is more to come, either from the e-mail scandal or the clinton foundation. how many time bombs are out there waiting to go off on the road to this coronation? >> a lot. i'm being pejorative here, i would suggest a lot given the history of the clintons. james, come in please. >> and there's one other problem with the woman president card, as you put it which is one of the groups among which mrs. clinton is unpopular is the progressive, the left wing wing of the democratic party. their favorite is senator elizabeth warren who is the same sex as mrs. clinton. >> that is true james. now, what about the timeline for her declaration going for the presidency? is that going to be affected by the fund-raising scandal and the e-mail scandal? james. >> well, we heard a week or so
ago that she was going to announce in april. we haven't heard anything to contradict that. i'm not sure what she would gain by postponing an announcement other than perhaps it allows her to lie low and avoid questions. but i don't know that she's benefiting from lying low and avoiding questions. i would guess she announces in april unless she decides there's a tipping point and is not going to run at all. >> why am i absolutely convinced that we will return to this subject on numerous occasions in the future. >> because it's the clintons. >> so right. when we come back, an impassioned plea from benjamin netanyahu as a deadline looms for iran's nuclear agreement. did the prime minister change any minds on capitol hill, and can congress move quickly to keep the administration's deal-making in check? >> the greatest danger facing our world is the marriage of militant islam with nuclear weapons. to defeat isis and let iran get nuclear weapons would be to win
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serious case against the iran deal. and at the moment i think you know for instance, in the senate you have senator bob corker who has introduced a bill that says the senate needs to be able to vote to approve this deal once it's announced. and he now in the past days has got 64 members of the senate signed on. that means there's a lot of democrats who have decided that they want to sign off on this bill. and i think part of that is the result of prime minister netanyahu expressing the seriousness of what we are committing ourselves to in this deal with iran. >> john kerry has been in the gulf and it seems like arab governments now agree with netanyahu. >> "the wall street journal" had two very interesting stories this past week in which they are publicly saying, the saudis, the qataris, united arab emirates they feel they're being thrown under the bus by the united states in this deal with iran, a sworn enemy.
why is the u.s. elevating iran in their region in such a dangerous way. >> before we leave the speech, i do want to show you one brief item that occurred within the speech. it is former speaker nancy pelosi. i think she turned her back on prime minister netanyahu. there you have it. she's turning her back. that happened several times. i'm rolling this videotape quite deliberately before i invite dorothy raninowitz to pass judgment on what we have just seen. >> well, it's only a foreshadowing of the very strange comment former pelosi made which she was moved to near tears by the israeli president's condescenton and failure to respect. the failure to respect the intelligence of your audience has been the prime exhibit of
the obama administration. i kept thinking all the way down the list the prayer breakfast in which you compare the crusades with the greatest horrors of the 20th century, islamic fundamentalists, you can keep your doctor if you want it on and on and on and on, nothing but embarrassment. and then let us conclude we have the president of israel coming before congress grateful to receive at last some huge blowup of truth which has been in scarce supply in washington, and that is what you saw on the faces of those congress people. the recognition that they are listening to the real thing. democrats and republicans, i watched that speech many times. so we can say, ask yourself this. he comes to america to put forth
this enormous danger all of the world is facing from a nuclear armed iran and what is the white house busy doing? something you have heard all week. they are busy in this extraordinary opera, this pettish aria of disgrace directed -- >> dorothy, i do hope i never cross you. that's a fact. mary, bring us up to date with congress. what's going to happen? dan has told us senator corker has 64 votes in the senate to make sure any deal with iran goes through congress. >> 67 would be veto proof. >> where does it go from here, mary. >> there's never been a significant arms control agreement with congressional approval, a major deal. congress also imposed a series of sanctions on iran, so congress wants to be involved. there's a bipartisan coalition, as dan explained, that needs to be involved, i think will be involved. i think netanyahu's speech put democrats in a very difficult position. this was a methodical, powerful
accounting not just -- it didn't just expose rouhani as not a moderate but also laid out how iran has a vast nuclear infrastructure how they have hid that infrastructure, how the sunset clause would legitimatize them as a nuclear power. all of these facts will make it very, very difficult for democrats to approve the kind of deal obama is doing. >> 30 seconds dan. wouldn't it be true to say that prime minister netanyahu alerted everyone to the danger and congress really did listen? >> they did listen, but i think nancy pelosi's behavior has done some political damage to the democrats. national security will be a voting issue in the next presidential election and she's making it seem as if the democrats are not interested in taking it seriously. when we come back all eyes are on the supreme court and two justices in particular, as they weigh the future of obamacare. so what's next for those 8 million people if the subsidies don't survive? ally bank no branches equals great rates. it's a fact. kind of like mute buttons equal danger.
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a sharply divided supreme court heard oral arguments this week in a case that could determine the future of president obama's signature health care law. with the fate of federal subsidies for nearly 8 million americans appearing to rest in the hands of just two justices we're back with dan and james, joe rego also joins the panel. james, do you first, if i may, wrap up those oral arguments, please. >> well, i think we learned three things from thehe oral arguments. first, we have no idea where john roberts, the chief justice stands on this. his questions were completely unrevealing of his inclinations. second, the four democratic nominees to the court have all made up their mind we're aggressively defending the administration's position and we're making arguments that the
administration itself was not making arguments that have been made in various press commentaries. and third, we learned that one of those arguments an argument involving federalism the relationship between the federal government and the states has some appeal to justice kennedy, who's the second potential swing justice here. although it's an argument that cuts both ways. the liberals want to argue that it means they have to accept the administration's interpretation of the law but i think it could also point the way for another constitutional challenge to obamacare. >> okay. joe, two questions. number one, what does it mean if the subsidies are struck down. and b, do the ripsepublicans have a plan if the subsidies are struck down? >> the big question for republicans are wlrhether they're going to try to repair the damage or allow this damage to grow. if you look at the subsidies, obama's rules and mandates
artificially increase the cost of health insurance. the subsidies are supposed to offset some of that. if the subsidies go away what republicans are saying is all right look, the problem is the rules and mandates. let's get rid of those. they're calling it the freedom option. then they're saying let's restore some kind of subsidy not an obamacare subsidy but a reformed one to make a downpayment on some of these health care changes that we'd like to see in maybe the next administration. >> if that's the republican plan, wouldn't it have to go through congress and, therefore, be subject to a presidential veto? >> it would definitely be subject to a presidential veto. but if the subsidies are overturned, you're going to haveu're going to have a lot of disruption, a lot of turmoil in the health care market. and president obama will really need something from congress maybe they can strike a deal. not putting any money on it, but you are seeing some kind of development of a coherent republican alternative. >> interesting.
dan, the governors of the states if the subsidies within those states are struck down, do the governors have a new approach? >> they definitely do not have a new approach. relying on the republicans in he rep the congress to come up with an alternative to obamacare. the politics of this are just going to be overwhelmingly difficult for the republicans if it's turned down. remember the obamacare rollout, how bad that was for the ollout democrats. you're talking about ann insurance system.e talk it's complicated. you're talking abouttinsu subsidies an and things liked that. and people who have insurance under obamacare if it's d will overturned, will immediately turn to ripepublicans and say what do i do in the next week? they have not shown themselves think able to manage t much of anything wellemselves politically in the last five years. the question is are they going years to be able to take on this huge political challenge as joe has been describing it. >> if the supreme court strikes down these subsidies, it is essentially taking away something which has already been sure. given on a mass scale and that's is ta
a very difficult thing to do. . >> thehe republicans need a repu substantive answerbl to this and athey really good political answer. >> jay one more time, would you hazard a guess having listened to the oral arguments, and i know i'm putting you in a s difficult position, would you hazard a guess as to how this decision comes down? >> no, because chief justice roberts was completely delfic. he gave no clue where he was going. the best i can do is quote th something that he wrote in the 2012 case that upheld obamacare against a constitutional cas challenge. he said it's not our job to protect the people from the ple fr consequences ofom political decisions. now, that would tend to mill at a time in the direction of if congress passed a statute that is -- that has senseless and a sta disastrous consequences it's not upup to the supreme court to reinterpret the statute in order for the whole law to make sense. >> tough to interpret. >> i don't have much confidence in that as a prediction. >> okay, james.o inte we have to take one more break.in
great rates for great rides. geico motorcycle see how much you could save. time now for "hits & misses" of the week. mary, you are first. >> i'm going to give a big miss to netflix. the biggest cheerleader for government internet regulation. this week the cfo came out and said the company was hoping that there might be a nonregulated solution to the nonproblem of the internet. the problem is stuart, when you invite the government in to help, you're always asking for trouble. i think that netflix should have known better. >> good one. joe? >> well, stuart, congress in its wisdom banned sledding down capitol hill. now, this is allegedly to prevent lawsuits but you can just see some politician coming out like dean wurmer in "animal house" saying no more fun of any
kind. this week washington had a snow day. hundreds of kids defied the ban and snowed down the hill. this is a hit for rebellion against petty government control. >> this is why i like this show. you deal with hillary, obamacare, netanyahu and then sledding down the hill in the capital. >> needless to say, a miss for barack obama. we all know about the energy boom. well, the united states is now producing so much oil that there will soon be nowhere to store it. storage tanks are literally overflowing with oil. now, you might say why don't we just sell this overseas where they need oil? well, guess what there's a federal law that forbids selling this kind of law and there is no way barack obama is going to turn around that law. >> so that is a miss to barack obama? >> for not helping the united states exports. why not? maybe we could bottle this stuff and drink it. >> remember, if you have your own hit or miss be sure to tweet it to us @jer@fnc.
thanks to all of you for watching. you can catch me weekdays on the fox and business network. we do hope that you can join us next week. hello i'm marcell neville time for sunday house call. >> and i'm eric shawn. welcome as always. joining us, dr. david samadi, chairman and professor of urology and also chief of robotic surgery. >> and dr. marc siegel, professor of medicine at nyu's langoen langone medical center. good to see you both, docs. >> talking about health, this month is colon cancer awareness month. did you