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anyway, remember, dress safely on halloween. dvrs -- whatever. never miss an episode of "the five." "special report" is up next. >> a real show. president obama said he never did like his own plan to train rebels in syria and cites climate change as an example of his global leadership. this is "special report." good evening and welcome to washington. i'm bret baier. president obama insists that russia is making what he calls unforced errors in the poker game over syria and the middle east. the president says vladimir putin is overplaying an already bad hand while the u.s. stands pat, focusing on the president's leadership in areas such as climate change than the iran nuclear deal. kevin cork has today's top story
from the white house. >> reporter: ask about the failed program to train and equip syrian fighters, president obama told "60 minutes" sunday that he never believed in the plan in the first place, despite its billion and a half price tag. >> this is why i've been skeptical from the get-go about the notion that we were going to effectively create this proxy army inside of syria. >> reporter: but if you're so skeptical of the strategy, which already has cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars, he certainly didn't show is in 2014. >> tonight i call on congress again to give us additional authorities and resources to train and equip these fires. >> reporter: but with fewer than a dozen fighters to show for its investment, the white house last week scrapped the program, a move ridiculed by critics, including russian president vladimir putin, saying, they should have given that money to us. we could have used it more effectively in fighting international terrorism.
in fact, they have been faekd while they continue to fight bashar al assad. the russians say they've hit isis hard with 55 sorties over the last 24 hours. putin says the president's plan is deeply flawed. >> if you think running your economy into the ground and having to send troops in in order to prop up your only ally is leadership, then we've got a different definition of leadership. my definition of leadership would be leading on climate change and international accord with potential we'll get in paris. >> he says they're not engaged in a proxy war with moscow, but the pentagon says 50 tons of small arms and grenades were air dropped by the u.s. to syria over the weekend. this on the heels of reports that u.s.-made 71 bg toe missiles were also shipped to syria to battle assad.
the president insists that they're ramping up against assad out of fear. >> if we continue to wring our hands and be absorbed by our own fear of that escalating conversation, and we're still unwilling to instill fear in our adversaries, russian aggression is going to increase in the middle east. >> bret, the president was also asked why he went ahead with the syrian fighter program that he obviously doubted. he said part of his duty as commander in chief is to try different things. a very expensive experiment in this case. bret? >> kevin corke on the east lawn. thank you. outcry over bombings that injured 97 at a peace rally. the governmecitizens are accusi government of turkey to not be
behind the deadly attack. >> reporter: across turkey, funerals and protests as the investigation continues into saturday's bomb blast at a peace rally in the capital of ankara believed tov have been carried out by two male suicide bombers, long at odds with the government. they have hinted at isis and kurdish separatists as possible suspects. >> translator: some dna testing is being done.a determination o bomber's profile on how they reached the square and carried the bomb. >> they think it might be the work of the turkish government which is looking to reclaim its position. they came out after meeting with the prime minister on sunday and linked the carnage to turkey's
stepped-up security in syria. with more than 2 million syrian refugees having crossed the 500-mile border into turkey, and russian airplanes violating turkish air space last week, they have felt the effect of this civil war perhaps more than any other country. >> there are regional powers who do not want to see turkey intervening in syria. that would go as far as the iranian turkish syrias. >> they have been enforcing heavy-handed tactics to be used in the run-up to the parliamentary election. >> for accusations of allegedly disseminating terrorist propaganda. >> for the obama administration,
a partner in the isis campaign still presents another unwelcome complication in washington's already unchallenged effort to reclaim territory in the islamic state and departure on bashar al-assad. they were among two killed in kabul, afghanistan. a french and brazilian contractor also died. it's believed the chopper hit a monitoring balloon. steps against accused soldier bo bergdahl is up to the attorney general. the officer who presided over the most recent hearing is recommending the case be referred to a misdemeanor level forum with no prison time or pun t -- punitive discharge. he was in prison before being traded for five of their
prisoners. who will be in charge of the house remains uncertain tonight. we have the latest on the search for a speaker. >> reporter: senior republicans want this congressman to be the next house speaker. he has passed multiple times on the opportunity to run, yet an intense lobbying campaign to draft him as halted the contest for house speaker. if paul ryan decides to run, he's the heavy favorite to succeed speaker john boehner. one analyst says there are three compelling reasons why the gop vice presidential nominee would oppose the speaker job. >> one, he has young kids and would like to go to their soccer games. number two is he really would like to work on tax reform as chairman of the ways and means committee. the third reason may be the most important, and that is he knows he's going to have to deal with nancy pelosi, and that puts a target on him with the conservative base. >> reporter: if he runs and ascends to the speakership, ryan will inherit boehner's position
and problems. perhaps the most challenging task in winning the speakership position and governing house, convincing the freedom caucus to support him. >> he's a great communicator, someone our program needs. >> he also needs rule changes. despite announcing countless times ryan is running for speaker, his spokesman says, quote, before you ask, nothing has changed, and i don't anticipate any news this week, unquote. republicans keep asking ryan to consider running. if he doesn't, it comes back to the republican candidates who have issued an interest. jason chaffetz says he's also running but he hopes ryan runs. >> lawmakers approaching
deadlines on government spending, the debt ceiling and transportation funding. still unclear? how republicans plan to address these issues, how much will they court democrats for votes, and whose responsibility is that going to be? bret? >> rich, thank you. senior political analyst brett hume is here with his analysis that paul ryan may be the next speaker. >> paul ryan may be good for the job, but he would be foolish. that's because the house is ungovernable. they are numbered at a dozen, but take the question of the government shutdown, something they always seemed prepared to allow. the supporters contend the famous 1995 shutdowns under then-speaker newt gingrich were a great success and led to a balanced budget and welfare reform. but listen to what gingrich
himself wrote about the first shutdown, quote, we not only lost the battle of the legislation itself but the far more important one for the public's approval, end quote. the second one, quote, sears in the public's mind a deep expression. they also argued that the one in 2013 paved the way for a manslaughter later. but a gallup poll taken near the shutdown found that the american party's favorablgt rating. the party recovered only after the shutdown ended and was quickly followed by the disastrous rollout of obamacare. with people who support such tactics, olding veto power, would you want to be speaker of the house? >> we talked about this environment. people are mad, they're angry, they're anti-establishment. these lawmakers in this freedom
caucus, and stand up pho something and do something. this is their interpretation of that. >> there's about 40 of them. that's undoubted how they feel. there's also 207, who are the true republicans and whose wishes should be heeded, the 40 or the 207? which raises another question. these people are fond of calling others rhinos. but if 207, the republicans, are going one way and the other 40 the other way, who are the ryan owes? republicans? colorado is rolling in tax dollars because of legal marijuana. fox 13 in memphis with a scheduled court appearance tomorrow for a man accused of killing an off-duty police officer. lorenzo clark is charged in the death of terrence eldridge.
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has fixed technology problems that delayed hundreds of flights sunday. southwest has not said what caused those issues, but says there is no indication hacking was involved. while legalized marijuana has come under attack, it appears to be a success in colorado from a tax revenue standpoint. alicia kunye tells us tonight in denver those numbers keep getting bigger. >> reporter: according to the colorado department of revenue, the end of summer brought banner sales for the marijuana industry in the state. in august recreational and medical dispenseryes brought in a combined $100.6 million, a record since pot was made legal here in 2014. the sales before that in 2014 tallied a little less than $50 million. what does all this mean? consider this. in the fiscal year 2014 to end of june 2015, colorado became the first state in history to
bring in more marijuana tax revenue than alcohol. >> i think people are realizing it's no big deal and there is a source of income to be had, for various reasons. >> reporter: and even though the obama administration has signalled a hands-off approach to approving federal law in states that have legalized pot, it is clamping down on illicit operations. >> people come in from out of state thinking because marijuana is legal under state law in colorado, that, well, maybe their marijuana operation won't be noticed, because people said, oh, it's just another marijuana operation. >> reporter: the u.s. attorney's office in denver recently targeted off-the-books growing operations which resulted in 32 arrests and seizure of nearly 37 plants. oregon's cannabis business counsel said their operations are hurting the medical
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campaign tonight. >> reporter: as hillary clinton heads to the win las vegas with her democratic rivals, president obama raised more questions, telling cbs' "60 minutes" he didn't know she had a private server, though he also went to bat for clinton, jumping ahead of the fbi's investigation of the server. >> it is important for her to answer these questions to the satisfaction of the american public and let them make their own judgment. i can tell you this is not a situation in which america's national security was endangered. >> the public is not satisfied according to a pre-debate cbs news poll. 71% of registered voters believe her use of a personal server was not appropriate, up 7 points in march despite pushback. republicans have their own travel after kevin mccarthy's g gaffe about benghazi.
an aide said he was fired for failing to focus on clinton's e-mail. they denied that saying this committee always has been and will be focused on the four brave americans we lost in benghazi. yet clinton allies knows the strife has handed clinton a gift. >> we said all along this was politically driven. >> the vice chair was disinvited from vegas after criticizing the party for holding four debates in iowa and new hampshire. democratic socialist center bernie sanders who drew huge crowds said they can use one of his tickets. clinton its treating him a bit condescendingly, saying he should just wait for a job in the clinton administration. >> he should just be ambassador
to paris or something. >> reporter: cnn, who is hosting tomorrow night's debate, says they have another spot ready to go if vice president joe biden wants to jump in last minute. someone else told me he thinks he's in but it will be after the debate. jeb bush says he'll probably get bored wi -- donald trump says he'll probably get bored with the debate and tune it out. he thinks others will, too, since they're not involved in it. at the no labels conference in new hampshire aimed at replacing partisan gridlock with problem solving, donald trump got concession demanding results. when asked how he would retire the federal debt, the audience had no answers. >> we're going to stop our
deficit. we're going to do it very quickly. oh, how? are you ready? number one, we have tremendous cutting to do. in addition to that, i'm going to bring millions of jobs back into this country. okay, darling? thank you. >> reporter: as he tried to quickly move on, the next question went to his tone which he said he may soften when rivals quit. >> i'm wondering if the attitude you use on the campaign trail will soften at all if you become president. >> when it becomes a much different situation, you'll see i'm much less divisive. >> ted cruz is at 9. in iowa, ted cruz was candidly trying to recruit defectors from trump and others. >> for that matter, we're competing for the support of every candidate, whether it's jeb bush, rand paul, mike
huckabee, marco rubio. >> chris christie argued that getting things done is not surrender. >> right now in washington, d.c., we have an attitude that says if you're willing to compromise, you are a capitulator. that's not the case. >> the next president needs to get the democrat and republicans to make trade-offs. >> they think the answer is to be more liberal or conservative. a guilty verdict for an american journalist in iran. we'll talk about what comes next when we come back. i tried depend last weekend. it really made the difference between a morning around the house and getting a little exercise. only depend underwear has new confidence core technology for fast absorption and the smooth, comfortable fit of fit-flex™ protection. get a coupon at depend.com
. a "washington post" reporter held for more than a year in iran has been convicted of spying charges. senior foreign affairs tell us where things stand right now. >> reporter: iran has cast its verdict. 39-year-old "washington post" reporter and american citizen jason rezaian has been found guilty of espionage and other related crimes after a closed door trial. the details of these alleged events have not been made public, but he could be sentenced to 20 years in jail. >> it reaffirms to us that iran
is a very dangerous country. >> reporter: rezaian worked for the "washington post" since 2012. he and his iranian wife were arrested in 2014. she was later released. for nearly 15 months, rezaian has been kept in iran's notorious evan prison. he has been kept in solitary confinement and has become ill. >> it's just a tragedy that an innocent man, an accredited journalist, a good person, has become a victim. >> rezaian is not the only american held in iran. also in jail is pastor radini, rumani, and it's believed robert levinson. they are working for their release. >> we are not going to quit working for our americans in iran. >> reporter: they thought when th
they negotiated the iran nuclear deal, the releases should have been put on the table. the white house said it didn't want to link the two issues in trying for the release. it is a breakthrough, though, that rezaian's tireless mother and family would be grateful for. the post said they would file an appeal. there is also talk of a pardon, even granting of bail, for the sake of human rights. also being floated by iran, swapping the american prisoners for iranians convicted of breaking sanctions held by the u.s. so far that's been no deal. bret? >> greg in london, thank you. an american journalist is back home after a nearly two-year deal in egypt. mohammad fami, who used to work for al jazeera, was confined to three years in prison for coverage bias of the now banned muslim brotherhood. he released federal pardons last month. benjamin netanyahu says palestinian claims of jewish plans to take over a sensitive
jerusalem holy site are an absolute lie. that story line has led to weeks of renewed violence, and there was more today. correspondent connor powell reports from jerusalem. >> reporter: security video capturing yet another stabbing attack in jerusalem's older city. tensions continue to mount as they push for action in the compound, a holy site for both jews and muslims. an international agreement prohibits jews but allows them to visit. it is a red line, this palestinian says, that no one should cross. angered by israeli efforts, palestinians have unleashed a nearly daily wave of stabbing attacks by jews, killing four. israeli settlers adding to the tension of a firebomb in july, killing a young child and his parents. clashes with israeli forces have killed nearly two dozen
palestinians, including several attackers. this latest wave of violence comes as palestinians are increasingly frustrated with a massive growth of israelly settlement in the palestinian territories which have surged during netanyahu's time in office. fears have been so far dismissed by israeli police who say the assaults have been carried out by lone wolf attackers. >> our focus at the moment is finding potential terrorists that want to act tomorrow morning by using computers and social media. >> reporter: international mediators from russia, the eeu, the u.n. have been canceled as they argue over how to calm the situation which seems to be rapidly deteriorating. >> conor powell in jerusalem, thank you. president obama says he's right and that vladimir putin is making a big mistake.
we have ramped up our military assistance to sitter ya -- the syrian opposition. tonight i call on congress again to give us additional authorities and resources to train and equip these fires. the strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us while supporting partners on the front lines is one that we have successfully pursued in yemen and somalia for years. >> we're working hard with our coalition partners to train a moderate syrian opposition force who can take part. >> the strategy is the right one. >> there is no doubt it did not work. i've been skeptical from the get-go about the notion that we were going to effectively create this proxy army inside syria. >> president obama in "60
minutes" and there you see the timeline from the beginning of this effort to train and equip syrian rebels on the ground. in the meantime, russian president vladimir putin has his own thoughts about the $500 million the u.s. spent on that program, telling russian state media, quote, they wasted $500 million. they should have given that money to us. we could use it more effectively in fighting international terrorism, no doubt about it. with that, let's bring in our panel. steve hayes, writer, julie pace. julie, there is a lot to unpack from that interview on "60 minutes," but specifically on sitter ya part and the whole effort where the president said he was never really behind it from the beginning. >> it's interesting because it is true that this president has been skeptical about the united states' ability to create a ground force in syria. that's why he early on didn't arm syrian rebels to try to
fight assad. at the same time, he did approve this $500 million equip mission. typically when a president does something like that and it becomes a failure and that's obvious, you'll hear him saying, well, maybe i totally wasn't behind it, but the buck stops with me, i'm president. you're not hearing that from this president. he is essentially wiping his hands of had program, and we didn't hear a lot of that skepticism when he made the decision to move forward with this. >> not only that, he's also challenged on russia, saying russia looks strong in the middle east. he said that in a different way. take a listen. >> reporter: you said a year ago that the united states of america leads were the indispensable nation. mr. putin seems to be challenging that leadership. >> in what way? >> the russians are conducting military operations in the middle east for the first time since world war ii, bombing the
people that we are supporting. >> if you think that running your economy into the ground and having to send troops in in order to prop up your only ally is leadership, then we've got a different definition of leadership. my definition of leadership would be leading on climate change and international accord with potential we'll get into paris. >> charles, the president leaves you staggered. did you see the way he said "in what way" as if, what kind of weird question is this is that we're not leading in the middle east? look what's happened in the last week. the iranians today launched and test aed a guided missile. a few weeks ago they sent su suli adi, the leader of the guards in moscow illegally weeks after the signing of the iranian accord to plan what is now the
iranian russian alliance fighting on the ground in syria. they have sentenced an american journalist as a gratuitous slap in the face. the russians take over air space in syria, tell us by sending a general to our embassy in baghdad, saying in one hour we're going to be in the air, you get out of the way. and, of course, we get out of the way. they attack our allies so we're now under furious attack from russian aircraft and we are leaving them out to die on their own, and obama seems to see absolutely nothing going on, because he's leading on climate change. everybody in the region, adversary or ally, can see the united states being not just pushed away and in retreat but humiliated, and the allies are the ones who relied on us ever since fdr and they are wondering where do they go. where do they go? the leaders all end up in moscow trying to make some kind of
arrangement with the real power of the region. >> in the meantime, steve, the pentagon confirmed today that 50 tons of ammunition and weapons have been air-dropped into syria, hopefully in the hands of syrian rebels that we like, but it's happened. and the kurds in iraq are still having a tough time getting u.s. equipment and ammunition. >> who knows where those weapons are going. the president and his advisers have said repeatedly they don't want to be involved in a proxy war in the region, and yet here we are dumping these weapons, which the president had said on "60 minutes," support for moderate rebels isn't going to work. this is a policy that's in total chaos. you wonder why you haven't seen more democrats defend the president's foreign policy? that example last night is a good example, or is a good case as to why they're not, because it sounds like what president obama just said, where he says in effect, yes, we spent $500
million on training these syrian moderates. >> they only spent about 50. >> budgeted $500 million. they weren't competent enough, i would argue, to spend the entire amount. this is the president, in effect, pretending what's happening is not happening. we see this again and again, the examples of charles suggesting make a good case. look at the argument the president is making on vladimir putin right now, pretending that everybody in the world knows this is not in putin's interest when putin thinks it's in their interest and we're seeing this emerging coalition between iran, syria and russia grow and strengthen literally on a daily basis. >> julie, the other thing the president said is that america is safer. he was asked if the world was safer. he said america is safer. i think there are democrats who would say that's a tough argument to make. >> it's at the very least a tricky argument to make, especially when you've had the
administration talk so much about the threat of foreign fighters in syria and the middle east. which really is a concern you don't hear a lot about anymore. it's one of those things you have to be careful you say because one event can happen that can change the way that statement is viewed. >> the worst part is he's not just stumbling around because of a policy he never believed in, it's the overarching theory which he actually articulated. he said, quote, over time, the community of nations will all get rid of isis. there is no such thing as a community of nations. the tooth fairy has a stronger reality. there is no community unless he means the u.n. the u.n. can't repel, you know, an army of the smallest country in the world. he's completely powerless, has been for 50 years. what is the community of interest, say, between north
korea, britain, togo and argentina? there's none, but he seems to believe the arc of history is long but tends towards justice, so one day, maybe in 100 years or 200 years when the middle east is rubble, millions are dead and scattered around the world, justice will be served. but he's the president of the united states. he's operating in the present. but he believes in the community of nations. the u.s. has been for peace and liberty and he says, nope. it's not our job. it's the community of nations. >> also in that context he said there was a 60-nation coalition that was opposing -- or at least not supporting putin. well, that's mistaking the process of diplomacy with the results of diplomacy. no one cares about the existence of a coalition, it's what you do with the coalition. i think charles is exactly right. that's the mistake he's making. >> we've seen him do this again and again. the iran deal is an argument in
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i did not enail my classified material to anyone. >> a federal government watchdog has dimpled -- determined there was classified information. >> total lack of accountability. >> they are playing it it off as a partisan witch-hunt. >> now you have the fbi and "new york times." >> knows are not partisan organizations. >> you think the measure public is that stupid? >> the republican national committee you is responsible for the content of this advertising. >> well, that's the new rnc ad ahead of the democratic event in las vegas tomorrow night.
let's take a look at the latest polls. hillary clinton with a pretty big lead over bernie sanders joe biden if he gets. in he has not gotten in yet obviously. the rnc real clear average in this race and also see roughly the same lead, early states is a different story. we're back with the panel, steve. >> so the question i have going into the debate tomorrow night is just how much of an issue either benghazi or these emails will be. not necessarily because of the questions that are posed to secretary clinton by the moderators but what the other candidates do with this here you have this scandal that's consumed her campaign for the better part of the last six months and her opponents step very gingerly around these issues without making direct ache says. as you have heard in that ad you have accusations made by reporters including reporters relatively friendly to secretary clinton that will be, he think, another big question.
another big question is how does bernie sanders do in basically his big debut on the national stage. he has a huge devoted i would say small following. how does he play in a bigger arena and standing next to secretary clinton. >> the clinton campaign is capital louiseing on what has been a very tough stretch for the benghazi committee, including this latest revelation with with a former benghazi staff and the allegations made in person this weekend. >> this has become a partisan investigation. i do not know the reason for the hyperfocus on hillary clinton. i'm trying to be objective on this. hillary clinton has a lot of explaining to do. we, however, do not need to shift resources to hyperfocus on hillary clinton. >> and trey gowdy the chairman responds in a statement he will be on greta tonight. because you i do not know him and do not recall speaking to him i cannot
recall whether he was instructed to focus on clinton nor would he be a credible person to speak to on my behalf. this committee has always been focused on four brave americans we lost in benghazi and provide the final credible accounting on the terrorist attacks for the american people. long story short the clinton campaign is hopping all over. >> they think they have a pretty good week on this issue after summer and fall on a lot of bad issues. one of the things folks told me today that the reporting that you have seen and the mccarthy comments will keep a lincoln chafee, jim webb, other candidates on stage from going after her on benghazi. i don't think it will keep them from going after her on the email somebody like martin o'malley has nothing to lose. >> whats was striking again that 60 minutes interview to hear the president say about the email situation he didn't know she had a private email server and, quote: i don't think it
poses a national security problem. it didn't pose a national security problem. meantime, the fbi, as far as we know, is continuing an investigation into that very thing. >> right, he kind of jumped ahead of this had it been another issue, he would have said there is an ongoing investigation. i can't speak about this as he did when his administration is under attack like the irs or other scandals. you know, i can't talk about this until everybody has forgotten about it it here he jumped ahead and he spoke about it. look, i think he is sort of covering for her in some way. wasn't a big defender of her. he didn't want to make news by cutting her openly or by defending her blindly. i think that was a little bit of an overstatement. as for the other candidates. o'malley has a lot to lose, ambassador or a cabinet position. so, i don't expect he will do it. they are not going to go after her on benghazi and i don't expect he had will go after her on emails either. the reason is mccarthy, i hate to say, this he handed her the ready out.
you have to say everybody knows, they have admitted it that this is a partisan issue. there is nothing real here. people have can follow that easily. and have a harder time on the details of the emails. >> on the claims from the former staff himself, i find it odd that he is now citing as a reason for his dismissal something he didn't bring up in the formal proceedings since he was fired in june number one. number two as i have said on this panel before, i have been struck with members of the benghazi committee how focused they have been on benghazi. everybody else was focusing on emails. in my conversations with them, they kept bringing me back to the benghazi questions which, is certainly at odds with the way that democrats are going after the committee today. >> the other thing is that new emails have surfaced and turned over to the committee in the past couple of weeks, about a thousand of them on libya and benghazi. that's it for the panel. stay tuned to seat importance of striking a pose in the newsroom.
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he i have stared at that monitor many times. >> that is it for "special report." fair, balanced and unafraid. greta goes "on the record" right now. tonight "on the record" senator marco rubio is here to go "on the record." the 2016 republican can dalton for president making a strong push as the top tier of candidates. but, first, the fight in syria. also triggering feuds between the united states and russia and in contentious tv interview president obama pushed back against claims that russia is now the dominant leader in the middle east. >> you said a year ago that the united states -- america leads. we are the indispensable nation. mr. putin seems to be challenging that leadership. >> in what way? >> let's think about this. >> he has moved troops into syria for one. >> yeah. >> he has got people on the ground. >> right. >> two, the russians are conducting military operationsn