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send me your questions or your stories at propertyman@foxnews.com. i'm bob massi. thanks for watching. [ woman vocalizing ] >> this week on the journal editorial report crisis in syria takes another troubling turn as the refugee flood in europe and america and russia moves to prop up bashar assad. as hillary clinton's poll numbers continue to slide, will her e-mail apology be enough to calm nervous democrats, and jeb bush unveils an ambitious tax overhaul and kicks off a debate about economic growth. will it set him apart from the gop pack? find out after these headlines. >> good saturday to you. i'm leland vitter in washington. donald trump is in iowa today to increase his impressive lead on the 2016 pack and the 2016 campaign has already claimed its first victim. rick perry is saying happy
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trails to his presidential bid. your 2016 roundup of who is up, who is down is just ahead. the pentagon is investigating accusations intelligence reports on isis and al qaeda were altered. dozens of cia analysts are laming their information was changed by top officials suggesting the u.s. is winning the war on terror. you're going to hear from former covert operations officer. phoenix police are investigating a man who is being called a "person of interest" but not a prime suspect in a string of shootings on area highways. the mysterious sniper shots has drivers on edge for weeks. could the nightmare finally be coming to an end? we'll go live to phoenix for an update on the investigation. more of these and the rest of your top stories at the top of the hour. welcome to "the journal." editorial report. i'm paul. the obama administration announced thursday that the united states is prepared to take in at least 10,000 syrian
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refugees in the next year. a small fraction of the group flooding into europe. that news comes as the white house says it has deep concerns about reports that russia is deploying military personnel and aircraft to syria. part of what the u.s. fears is a build-up in the keeping bashar assad in power. brettsteins and main street phil mcgern join us with more. president obama said if we stay out of syria, the war will stay away from us. now the war is very much coming to europe and our own shores in the form of refugees and potential terrorists. >> what happens in damascus doesn't stay in damascus, and we're learning it's belated, but want only with the humanitarian catastrophe. more than 200,000 people dead. hundreds of thousands of people leaving the country, but also the strategic vacuum which has
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been the incubator of isis and has become an area of opportunity for iranians, russians, and others. radio we want to be compassionate, bill, but the argument is made we accept more of these refugees, are we giving the ability for more to come and try to come and apply? >> i think definitely. on the other hand, the larger message of the refugee crisis is that if you don't do something to address the instability in this small country, you look at this tiny country, what is it 20 million people before the war started. it's affecting the entire region and spreading into europe. you can accept people. that's the fist step. you have to do something to stem the tide. >> i -- i don't think 10,000 is going to be -- we're going to end up having pressure to accept probably tens of thousands, if not more because it looks like the war is going to get worse. would you accept those refugees? >> i would -- look, bill is exactly right. you have to show -- have you to
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have a humanitarian impulse. in particular syrian christians aren't simply in the crossfires. they're being targeted for elimination. >> what about -- okay. i agree with you, but away about those that would say, look, if i'm a state, al qaeda, they're going to put their own sympathizers or agents in with these people to say that they're -- >> this is a result of not having the policy in the middle east. we react to every little development whether it's isis or so forth, and we don't have a policy. whether we kept the force in iraq, maybe kept isis down and armed moderate syrian rebels, we might not have this. >> more to the point, i think maybe four years ago just not long after the syrian crisis began, we were calling for establishing no fly zones so that bashar assad could barrel bomb his own population. >> that would have been a safe haven for the people fleeing. >> people could have gone to northern sear wra to northern
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syria and rather than having the mass exodus. >> some of our liberal friends are picking up on this idea too. 200,000 later. we welcome their -- >> let's move to russian news, which is big and troubling because they're saying that the u.s. intelligence officials are now saying it looks like not only are russian troops on the ground, but they're preparing for air strikes on behalf of bashar assad. that compliments it for us there. >> since 1947 since we announced the president truman announced the doctrine, it has been our policy to try to keep the russians out of the middle east and in particular out of the eastern mediterranean. >> now they're establishing a basis especially on the city. they're shoring up. they're trying to shore up and trying to enhance their prestige in the region. again, it's a natural result. those vacuums get filled by
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willful and violent people, and that is the moral of the syria abdication. >> so far with the president yielding strategic gains for the right. >> look how this is turning out. refugees flooding wrurp, and putin in a stronger position. i can't help but feel this goes back to the red line. it's the opposite of reagan. reagan -- as a president he said if you use chemical weapons, i will do something. >> how far can assad go? >> not only that, but he said we will bomb. >> we have ronald reagan on the air traffic control to show the kremlin he was serious and soviet union came down. president obama ignored his own red line, and this is what we've got. we've got bashar assad still in power. we have putin in a better position. we've got a refugee crisis threatening europe. >> potential terrorists part of the mix hitting europe and the united states. >> didn't we learn from 9/11
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when there was a plot to bomb us from a remote village in afghanistan that we're vulnerable to what happens overseas? i mean, a series of tiny countries. imagine if this spreads to other parts of the region? >> it's already spread to libya. thank you. when we come back, as her poll numbers continue to sync, clinton aides are promising a new and improved hillary. one with more humor and heart. in the latest reboot, reassured jittery democrats or as a plan b in the works. for my frequent heartburn. because it gives me... zero heartburn! prilosec otc. the number 1 doctor-recommended frequent heartburn medicine for 9 straight years. one pill each morning. 24 hours. zero heartburn.
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>> with supporters becoming increasingly alarmed about the toll the e-mail scandal is taking on her candidacy, hillary clinton this week offered an apology for using a private server during her time as secretary of state. >> in retrospect certainly as i look back at it now, even though it was allowed, i should have used two accounts. one for personal and one for
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work related emails. that was a mistake. i'm sorry about that. i take responsibility. >> that comes as a new poll shows vermont senator bernie sanders leading clinton for the first time in iowa. the latest in a string of surveys that show her losing ground in early states. we're back with bill, wall street journalist, assistant editorial page journalist and lumnist kim straussel. kim, for weeks, months really, the former secretary of state has been saying, look, i did nothing wrong. i had every right to do this. there was no problem following the rules. suddenly, boom, we get this quasi-apology saying i shouldn't have made that mistake as if it was sort of a small matter. what do you make of this apology? it's a sign that she realizes the former strategy wasn't working. >> things are looking bad. she's got two things working against her, paul. one is not just this e-mail scandal, which is dripping along and it seems to get worse for
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her every week with every new revelation. the other thing is what you are seeing out there is a sense that the democratic electorate isn't necessarily sold on hillary clinton and they're looking for an alternative, and so this e-mail scandal is simply fed into that dissatisfaction, and that's why you see bernie sanders rising in the polls and people increasingly asking for joe biden to get into the race. >> she said i apologize for having two e-mail accounts. i should have had one. you know what, that still doesn't account for the private server. i mean, she didn't need to have that. you and i know, you can have two e-mail accounts on your device. >> that gets back to the whole -- two points. just to follow-up on what kim said. this apology came not just at bernie sanders is out front, but if you add the 12% for joe bi n biden, she's really behind in iowa. if you add sanners to biden's percent. the subject is the server, and she didn't answer the question if that clip, and the reason is the server speaks to intent.
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what is a good explanation for the server? >> exactly right. that is where the criminal culpability came in. she mishandled lassfied information. there's no question about that. in order to be charged with a crime, they typically say you must show some intent to have done so. if she knew when she got that private e-mail server that some classified information, she had to know it was going to cross that server and be, therefore, vulnerable to eavesdropping and mishandling. that does suggest intent. >> right. this is why the stonewall may be the best strategy for her because the honest explanation -- >> that isn't working in the polls, james. i'm sorry. >> she has no other option. there really is no good explanation for the server, and you're not allowed beyond the classified e-mail, you're not allowed to just opt out of the federal records act. you're not allowed to opt out of the freedom of information act, but -- >> those are the two laws she was trying to evade. there's no question about that. >> right.
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people know it. i think the most amazing recent polling are the ones our paper reported on friday that several recent polls she is running behind barack obama's 2012 performance among white women. this is essentially the demographic she ought to own. she built her whole candidacy around the historic nature of this run for her. that is about as bad a danger signal as she can get. >> kim, can -- will democrats -- can she lose the nomination if she isn't either indicted or cut some is kind of a plea deal with the have yous department and the fbi because short of that, i have my doubts that the democrats are going to nominate bernie sanders or martin o'malley, the current candidates in the race. >> i think the problem, though, for democrats is that they don't know when or if she could get indicted. i think that is actually helping bernie sanders and the push for joe biden because the democrats' worse nightmare is that they get
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through iowa and they get through new hampshire, they get through south carolina. they get hillary clinton as their nominee, and then the justice department goes ahead and moves and tries to get her to plead to a misdemeanor or act in some way. that is what is inspiring this. can she lose this? i think she possibly could. there is a lot of dissatisfaction out there, and the other problem is that what she has actually done with this server is set up a situation now in which the state department is going to have to continue releasing these emails every month, so the story simply will not go away. >> which is why we had the democrats pursuing plan b as they're now talking about. we're getting some other candidate, joe biden, john kerry. al gore for 15 years after he has narrowly lost to george w. bush is now -- they're talking about al gore. not that he has shown any interest. is a plan b plausible? >> well, the plan b is showing that there's no bench there. the biden boom, as we said
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before, he made two national runs for the presidency, and he came up with zero delegates. this is not a proven winner in this arena. i think it's a question of when -- >> okay. elizabeth warren. you think she may still come in? wow. okay. when we come back, jeb bush calls for an overhaul of the u.s. tax code. unveiling a plan he says will jump-start a sluggish economy. could it help him break out of the republican pack? at ally bank no branches equals great rates. it's a fact. kind of like shopping hungry equals overshopping. only glucerna has carbsteady, diabetes, steady is exciting. clinically proven to help minimize blood sugar spikes. so you stay steady ahead.
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>> my plan will help those that live on their paychecks who haven't seen a raise in a while, and it means the american dream will be possible for millions who have forgotten what it looks like. >> that was jeb bush unveiling his tax reform plan in north carolina on wednesday. the republican presidential candidate is calling for a
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simple clear and fair tax code that he says will help the u.s. economy return to the 4% growth last seen in the 1990s. james, you have you've looked a as have i. what do you make of it? do you like it, and what do you like in particular, if you do? >> i like it's about growing the economy and in a big way. according to the tax foundation it would lift gdp 10% above where it would be over a decade. that means millions of huge jobs, entire wages for american workers. this is really going a long way to the simplicity of a flat tax but it actually, because of the way it's designed, does more for growth than the rand paul flat tax at least according to the tax foundation. >> it doesn't have the low flat tax one ray. it has three rates. it has 100% that means businesses that invest can write off their investments from the start, and what that does, that is aimed at supercharging
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investment in the economy which has been a real weak spot during this expansion. the consumer in the obama recovery has held up pretty well, but business has under invested and this could kick charge that. >> you get the expensing. you get lower rates. you get a promise the irs is not going to tax every dollar worldwide even when it's been taxed overseas. what you're getting is a huge boone to u.s. business growth and incentive for companies. imagine this, to want to be here instead of trying to leave. >> there are some interesting twists, though, to the plan, kim. the populism that he would go after interests for hedge fund, a form of fee income as some people define it and then going after the deduction for borrowing interests for companies. those kinds of specificity usually gets you into trouble when you're proposing a tax reform.
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why is bush doing that? >> this is very shrewd, paul. there's merit when you talk about the deductability, for instance, getting rid of that on business expenses. this is bringing parity between debt and financing. there are strong policy reasons for doing this. politically what this does is it makes it much harder for democrats to attack bush and suggest that is just a big tax plan for the rich because he is taking aim at some special perks wall street has had and there are other aspects of the plan, too, that definitely undercut the talking point that the gop simply caters to the wealthy. >> including a cap on deductions, total deductions you can take if you itemize on your taxes of 2% which means you can use all the various deductions like mortgage interest and others but only up to 2% of adjusted gross income which means some affluent taxpayers are not going to get a big tax cut especially when you include the fact that he removed the deductability for state and
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local taxes off your federal taxes. those of us living in new york and california in high-tax states, that's not going to be popular perhaps there. i guess he's not going to win those electoral states, kim? >> i don't think he was ever necessarily planning to anyway. but this is immensely important because this has been -- you can see when you look at hillary clinton and bernie sanders, this was going to be their main theme, and what he's doing, making the argument that, you know, republicans, if they had any tax plans, it was all about the wealthy and helping them and not the middle class. as james pointed out, the growth aspects of this are going to be phenomenal for everybody, in particular the middle class. and he does definitely insulate himself from that charge. >> i should add that i support removing the deductability of state and local taxes on policy grounds because i don't think that taxpayers and low tax states should end up essentially subsidizing bad tax policy in high tax states. how does the bush plan compare
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to some of the other plans put out there, rubio's or rand paul's and chris christie's? >> it looks like you get the most growth per dollar of tax cuts from the bush plan, although you definitely -- let's talk about rubio. you get a lot of growth out of that but it also costs the government a lot. >> rubio wouldn't even cut dividend and capital gains further than bush. >> you get some very good growth parts of the rubio plan in terms of allowing more business investments, but you also spend a lot of money, spending in washington terms on tax credits or families that don't give you a lot of growth. so that would be the drawback. on the rand paul flat tax, the simplicity is great but it's essentially a value added tax. it's a big tax on business to get that simplicity. >> thanks very much. we'll have a lot more to talk about taxes as the campaign goes along. we have to take one more break. when we come back, hits and misses. if you love shrimp
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time now for "hits and miss misses." kim, first to you. >> a huge hit for u.s. federal judge rosemary collier who this week ruled that house republicans can proceed with a lawsuit against the administration over its lawless implementation of obamacare. as we all know, the white house has been ignoring its own health care statute implementing it anyway, it feels like it. house republicans sued it because it claimed the white house had spent money congress had not appropriated. judge collier's ruling that republicans have standing in this case and can proceed is a huge victory for the separation of the branches, but it's also a reassurance to voters that there may be some check on an executive who gets out of control. >> all right, thank you, kim. william? >> double miss to joe biden. the vice president hasn't
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announced yet, but he's taking a bigger profile. monday he marched in a labor day parade and expressed his anger at the obama/biden economy. later in the week he was up here in manhattan endorsing the $15 an hour minimum wage with governor cuomo. it's a miss for two reasons. one is jacking up the minimum wage is just going to make some workers too expensive to hire and we've seen that. second, the opportunity would have been to tell governor cuomo if he wanted to do something, open up fracking. >> james? >> this is a miss to mcdonald's. more in sadness than in anger. they announced they're doing cage-free eggs for their breakfast meals. i don't think this is the way to deliver an affordably priced, tasty breakfast. on behalf of their customers i'm giving them a miss and asking them to reconsider. >> that's it for this week's show. thanks to my panel and to all of you for watching. i'm paul gigot. we hope to see you here next
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week. donald trump's poll numbers continue to rise in the hawkeye state, and that's where you're looking live right now as a crowd of about 1,000 folks await him. mike emanuel is on the trail with donald trump in boone, iowa. meanwhile, hillary clinton is struggling to deal with plunging poll numbers and a surging campaign opponent in bernie sanders. we'll look at what she did this week to try and turn things around. and this 9-year-old ball catching beagle. that's the beagle. is breaking the record books literally as part of the brand-new list of guinness world records.

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