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many republicans and others have raised questions about how committed president obama is, to one of the core beliefs that led to the founding of this country. religious freedom. judging by his administration's action, and inaction. chief legal correspondent janet bream is here to look at how the state department is or is not standing up for the right to worship. >> on the same day that the syrian observatory for rights, that isis chained people to ancient ruins in palmyra and blew them up. house republicans are asking what people are doing to protect religious minorities. the focus was on isis and which
allied groups working with it are specifically targeting christians for extermination in the middle east. republican say time is of the essence and the u.s. should be doing more to help those in immediate danger. >> if people are targeted for extermination, targeted for genocide, we should make them a priority to offer the safe haven of the united states. which we are so proud of. that we have in the shining light and the refugee to the world. >> in recent years, the state department has identified combatting climate change and fighting for lgbt rights around the globe as top priorities. well today, members questioned whether there's also a real commitment to fight for religious freedom. the administration has taken heat for leaving a key position, vacant for years. rabbi david saberstein holds the title and assures lawmakers that the state department takes the global issue seriously.
>> it is very hard to get traction and to change long-ingrained practices and policies. >> would you. >> that these countries have. >> would you say -- >> that we are doing extraordinary things here i am prepared to try to defend to you. >> there were heated moments regarding pastor saed abidini, a pastor being held in iran because of his faith and why the administration didn't insist that he be freed in conjunction with the iran nuclear deal. saperstein said negotiations were ongoing at every part of the talks. rescuers are trying to reach hard-hit areas of the earth quake-hit areas of pakistan and afghanistan. the death toll is approaching 350 and is expected to go higher. the director of the c.i.a. says that the hack of his personal email account shows
everyone is vulnerable on the internet. john brennan told an audience in washington today, he was upset by the publication of sensitive data, including his contact list, and his wife's social security number. >> i was certainly outraged by it. i certainly was concerned about what people might try to do with that information. >> a self-described high school student, unhappy with u.s. foreign policy, has claimed responsibility. for that hack. we will see a man about a horse. and his efforts to supposedly save them, next in the grapevine. if you love shrimp like i love shrimp, come to red lobster's endless shrimp... ...for as much as you want, any way you want it... sweet, spicy, and crispy. like wood-grilled teriyaki shrimp... ...and buttery garlic shrimp scampi.
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the united states has the capability of doing this, and it's in our economic and national security interest that we do it. i will be that kind of president and i hope you want that kind of president for our country going forward. announcer: right to rise usa is responsible for the content of this message.
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defend they have a policy or protocol. when you bring things to the public that prove they do not follow said policy protocol, they simply say, whoops, it did occur. but we've done nothing wrong. blm says it has taken steps to prevent a similar incident. and will no longer deal with davis. the u.s. attorney's office declined to proceed with any civil or criminal charges. the u.s. military has spent about $470 million supporting afghan local police units. with another $420 million expected to be spent through 2018. but in the inspector general questions whether it's money being well spent. quote supplies ordered for the alp are often diverted, delayed, of inferior quality or heavily pill ferred. politics have come into play, quote some alp personnel have been used inappropriately as body guarding for afghan government officials. the i.g. calls for the oversight of u.s. funds to be improved and
a plan for the future transmission, sustainment and dissolution of the police units. finally, arkansas's legalized marijuana push may be undone in part by poor grammar. the state's attorney general rejected a ballot proposal to legalize marijuana, citing numerous issues including sloppy drafting. quote amending the arkansas constitution is a serious matter that merits greater attention to detail than evidenced by the proposal, which contains several errors of spelling and syntax that tend to obscure its meaning. i urge you to read the proposal to locate and correct such errors. president obama is calling for smarter policing and more common sense sentencing as part of his effort to improve the justice system. the president spoke to police chiefs in chicago today. during a time when officers are facing a difficult 21st century challenge. correspondent kevin corke
explains from the white house. >> already under pressure to protect the public, and because of cell phone video, increasingly under intense scrutiny. that's what president obama said today about and to the largest gathering of law enforcement leaders in the country. lauding their service and sacrifice. >> thank you. >> the president using the chicago gathering to announce plans for criminal justice reform. amid the growing gulf between some communities and police. >> we've got to resist the false trap. that says either there should be no accountability for police, or that every police officer is suspect no matter what they do. neither of those things can be right. >> the president says he wants the criminal justice system to be smarter. more effective. fairer and include so-called common-sense gun safety reforms. specifically the white house wants to see changes in sentencing guidelines. and to rethink the approach to handling nonviolent offenders.
all while seeking brought bipartisan support. the call for reform comes amid a rift within the administration over comments made by fbi director james comey, who has twice in recent days said the recent uptick in crime in some cities is likely the result of a ferguson effect. where law enforcement officers act more restrained over fear of being recorded on video. >> i spoke to officers in one big city. at a precinct house who described being surrounded by young people with mobile phones, video cameras rolling as they step out of the car, taunting them. asking them what they want and why they're there. they described a feeling of being under siege. >> the evidence that we've seen so far doesn't support the contention that law enforcement officials are somehow shirking their responsibility. >> comey's remarks come as the white house attempts to end decades long policies of mass incarceration. the administration says federal prison populations declined in 2014 for the first time since 1980. republicans say now's the time
for change. >> the president's support for the idea of criminal justice reform, it seems like the time is right. >> cornyn and fellow senator from the state of new jersey, cory booker are part of a bipartisan group seeking change and frankly, brett, dollars and cents appear to be at the heart of many of those calls, 2.2 million people are behind bars in american jails this year at an annual cost of $80 billion, brett. >> kevin corke live on the north lawn. stocks were down, the dow fell 42, the s&p 500 and the nasdaq both lost about five points. republicans go after the president's tax man. and pursue a budget deal with the president. we'll talk about both things with the panel, when we come back.
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>> i don't believe you. >> that's fine, we can have a disagreement. i'm willing to stand on our record. i'm willing to remind you it was not buried in 27 pages. most of that 27 pages is exhibits, when asked about the cuss toefdian -- which we knew for one day. >> being forthcoming is to say -- you know what, investigators, congress who is investigating -- >> will you let him answer a question? >> i didn't ask him a question. >> that was a bit heated back in june of last year. and john koskinen now if the spotlight again. the irs commissioner facing impeachment proceedings, in the house of representatives. now this comes after this week, where the department of justice decided not to go after criminally, lois lerner, you remember all of the back-and-forth that the bureaucrat, and what she did or did not do. here's the statement by jason chaffetz, commissioner koskinen violated the public trust. he failed to comply with congressionally-ished subpoena.
documents were destroyed on his watch. impeachment is the appropriate tool to restore confidence in the irs and protect the interests of congress. democrat elijah cummings says just as in the benghazi and planned parenthood investigation, it appears the facts don't matter to republicans. this ridiculous resolution will demonstrate nothing, but the republican obsession with diving into investigative rabbit holes that waste tens of millions of taxpayer dollars while having absolutely no positive impact on a single american. calling this resolution a zunt or a joke would be insulting to stunts and jokes. the irs late tonight with a statement -- the irs vigorously disputes the allegations in the resolution. we have fully cooperated with all the investigations. with that, we'll start there. let's bring in our panel. syndicated columnist george will. mara liasson and sind caugsyndid columnist charles krauthammer.
>> therefore the to buttress the separation of powers they had to give this power to the legislative branch. no one who has loomed at the timeline can believe that the irs has been cooperative. and no one who has looked at what we will smilingly call the justice department investigation conducted by an obama contributor, believes that the justice department was seriously interested in the misbehavior that the obama administration has said was outrageous, but there's not a smidgen of evidence of wrongdoing. nothing happened and the people who caused it to happen were renegade people in cincinnati. now, mr. cummings thinks there's nothing to look into here. there are three reasons for doing this. mr. koskinen is not going to be convicted in the senate because two-thirds of the senate are not going to vote to remove him. but by having an impeachment hearing it will test of power of the media to continue ignoring the story. it will reassure republican voters that electing a
republican congress has some consequences. and it will alert the irs that there are costs in embarrassment at least, to when they do what they manifestly did. >> here's what some people who oppose this move would say. you know it's not going to get through. you know the end result. why do this, despite what george says, why go forward? >> well, those are questions are being raised not, by republicans, not just by democrats, but by republicans. if you believe that you should prove to republicans as george just said, the base of your party, that you were elected to do things like this hold the irs' feet to the fire, then this is a worthwhile exercise. if you think that the job of the republican party is to look beyond its base, especially in an upcoming election year, to show that it can act on things that the broad majority of americans care about, then maybe this is a rabbit hole. >> i mean that same argument could be made about repealing obamacare. >> sure. >> thaw know it's going to get
vetoed. >> this not going to end well. republicans have demonstrated, if they've demonstrated anything, republicans in the congress have shown they have no ability to conduct successful investigations of this administration. and everything they have touched has failed or back-fired. even benghazi, where they had prima facie evidence of new data showing that hillary clinton had said to the egyptian ambassador, a day after the incident, that had nothing to do with the video and spent the next week or two telling that to the country and to the father of one of those who fell. the most damning evidence i can imagine, it's something you would have started a hearing with and would have had tremendous impact and they didn't succeed. they ended up, the image is the way it's been received, she had a triumph. if you can't score on that you're not going to score on this. george admits it's not going to pass through the senate. this is a waste of energy. if the intent is as chaffetz
says to restore confidence in the irs, you know how you do that? you win the white house, you appoint a new irs commissioner and then you get an uncompromised doj to go in and to prosecute lois lerner. >> final word? >> well the irs is the most intrusive and potentially punitive and by now objectively politicized institution of government. and this is the only way at this point it can be exposed and punished and they can proceed. >> house speaker john boehner outgoing in the president of the united states today. >> having listened to our members and listened to the american people, we have a budget agreement. the agreement isn't perfect by any means, but the alternative was a clean debt ceiling increase without any additional supporter for our troops and without any entitlement reforms. >> it's an actual bipartisan compromise, which hasn't been happening a lot in washington lately.
locked in two years of funding for budgets that finally free us from this cycle of shut-down threats. >> here's the budget deal, the bullet points. raises the debt ceiling through march of 2016. sets a budget parameter for the next two years. it offers some long-term entitlement reforms to the social security disability insurance program. ssdi. it would prevent a spike in medicare b premiums for millions of seniors, these are the positives and it would adjust spend caps by $80 billion equally divided between defense and domestic spending. mara, it seems like this is a fast-track in the house. but we're hearing late tonight that rand paul says he's going to filibuster on the floor. i'm sure he'll be joined by others like ted cruz. >> the republicans running for president, probably not going to vote for this and they certainly have a chance, especially rand paul, whose stock has been dropping to get back in the limelight. i think this will pass eventually. i think this is john boehner's gift to paul ryan. he's saying look i'm going to take this off the table for you.
paul ryan gets to save the process by which it arrived at stinks and he has the best of both worlds, his fingerprints aren't on it. but once again, you know, republicans and democrats made a deal. and that's the only way this thing was pushed forward. >> john boehner said he was cleaning the barn. is how he put it here's paul ryan today about this plows. process. >> i think this process stinks. this is not the way to do the people's business. and under new management, we're not going to do the people's business this way. we're up against the deadline, that's unfortunate. but going forward, we can't do the people's business. as a conference, we should have been meeting months ago to discuss these things, that have a unified strategy going forward. >> so george, the process stinks but we're going forward with it right now. >> the best thing about the deal is it is presumably the last of its kind. we shall see for a while. because the congress knows that if it's going to restore its power and our constitutional
architecture, it has to restore the power of the purse. the only way you do that is by having regular separate appropriation bills. by which you can punish the executive branch and put a leash on it without shutting down the government. which means the whole process has to be built from scratch. and the house is where it has to start. and it has to start with the new speaker. >> i agree. it can't start now. boehner is falling on grenade. i think he's doing a good thing for the country. there are marginal issues here. the best part of the deal is slightly increasing defense spending. the best of all is that ryan is going to have a clean slate to do big things, tax reform, entitlement reform and restoration of regular order. that's his job for 2016. >> well in congress the house approved the reauthorization of the export/import bank, it was 313 to 118. 186 democrats voted for it along
with 127 republicans. the 127 republicans would make up what's called the majority of the majority. the old hastert rule for legislation. that paul ryan said he would return to if he becomes speaker. the xm bank going through with reauthorization. next up, is president obama about to increase american involvement in the fight against isis? and put boots on the ground in syria? ♪
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are we going to fight with people who want to take us down or are we going to provide them military help? >> our train and equip program. >> the answer is no. >> the answer is no. >> is supportive of people. >> so let me just -- >> well, there is a lot of questions about that action in syria. well defense secretary said on capitol hill caught people's ears are we won't hold back in supporting partners in attacks against isil or conducting such actions directly whether direct on the ground.
in iraq or syria. are they getting more aggressive. we're back with the panel. charles, front page story about this. we saw the raid in iraq. is this an administration that has decided to change its policy? >> no. it's not changed anything. the policy is. presidency. no involvement in the ground, yes, a commando raid here and there. that's been happening all a the time and this idea of increasing the air strikes. why haven't we increased them up to now? there is no strategy in syria. there is none in iraq. the idea is to stay out of trouble and to get it to the next president: this administration is so weak that it's in the same hearing. asked about a deliberate step we took in the south china sea to send a destroyer within 12 miles of illegal chinese island. and the secretary refuses to
officially say if happened. >> let's listen to that real quick. we have that sound bite about china. >> the news reports all day are about a u.s. destroyer naming the destroyer, going inside the 12-mile zone. around theist these islands. why would you not confirm or deny that that happened? >> well, i'm going to not be coy with you. i don't like in general the idea of talking about our military operations, but what you read in the newspaper is accurate, and but i don't want to say more than that and i don't want to say when. >> well, and how we operate anywhere in the world. >> sorry to step on your bunch -- punch line there the point of doing this is to announce to the world that we don't recognize chinese sovereignty here. you don't then deny or refuse to acknowledge that it happened.
diplomacy: can't do it. it's simply incomprehensible. >> i think he acknowledged it and read in the newspaper is correct. that's acknowledging it happened. he didn't want to go further. >> why shouldn't he go further. >> the chinese know exactly what we did. >> we are telling the world, of course the chinese know. but we are saying we are going to not recognize and a we are going to defy the chinese claims and that they need reassurance. it's all about psychological reassurance. if the secretary won't give it, what are other countries in the region to think about that? >> well, i think the fact that we did it sends a message. and the countries that want to get that message know what's going on there. >> george? >> this is a reminder of why events 5,000 miles apart in the middle east and in the south china sea indicates there is a consensus in this town of discord that we need a bigger navy.
half the world's sea tonnage passes through the south china sea is and related straits. and i know that on a number of our officers admiral harry harris is the head of the pacific command has been itching to do this because this is what our global navy is the only force in the world that can guarantee freedom of the seas. someone on fox news today suggested that perhaps it's not clear that the president approved this. this is a presidential level decision. and we ought to give him some credit because this is not a weakness. this is a real challenge. >> is this administration getting more aggressive when it comes to foreign policy actions? is this about president obama's thinking about his legacy. gotten through to the white house. >> i don't know exactly what motivated it. i can tell you if you look at all these examples it adds up to more aggressive action. maybe not as aggressive as
his critics wanted. if ash carter says straight out we are going to do more on the ground directly in iraq against isil or syria. in the south china sea. i mean, it sounds like president obama wanted to be the president who left iraq but he doesn't want to be the president who left iraq in a mess. >> the big news today is that we are now going to invite iran into the negotiations on the future of syria. we are effectively handed over to russia and to iran and we are out of the game. that's our real strategy. >> that is it for the panel. stay tuned to see something one late night show found out about one presidential candidate.
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