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and check out our website at i'm bob massi. i'll see you next week. [ woman vocalizing ] this week on "the journal editorial report" answer e-mail woes continue to mount and poll numbers continue to drop as hillary clinton still inevitable? or time to take bernie sanders seriously? and with iowa just over a week away, donald trump and ted cruz slug it out for the top spot while other republican candidates set their sights on a strong finish in new hampshire. a look at who's spoised to break out of the granite state pack after these headlines. zliv from america's news headquarters, shovels and snow plows getting a heavy workout after one of the biggest snowstorms to hit the east
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coast. crews out in force today trying to dig out from as much as three feet of snow in some places. many major cities lifted their travel bans earlier and some mass transit systems are slowly get back on-line. the blizzard blamed for at least 20 deaths so far. and we are just getting breaking news from israel. reports say shimon perez rushed to the hospital with chest pains happening one week after suffering a heart attack. the former president and prime minister is considered one of the founding fathers of the state of israel. shimon perez is 92 years old. i'll see you at the top of the hour for more news alongside eric shawn. back to "journal editorial report." welcome to the journal editorial report. i'm paul gigot. fresh worries for the clinton campaign as new reports reveal that the former secretary of
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state's private e-mail server contained information classified at levels higher than previously known, including a level meant to protect some of the government's most important secrets. this as polls show the democratic presidential race too close to call in iowa and bernie sanders opening up a big lead in new hampshire. with her chief rival claiming this week that hillary is no longer the inevitable nominee. >> when we started we were in 3% in the polls. we were 50 points behind. today, the inevitable candidate does not look quite so inevitable as she did 8 1/2 months ago. >> joining the panel this week "wall street journal" columnist and deputy editor dan henninger, washington columnist kim strosle and assistant editorial page editor james freeman. kim, start off with these new e-mail revelations about hillary clinton. how serious are they? i frame it by putting it this way, michael mccasey, the former
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attorney general of the united states, a republican, said this week in our pages that he thinks that these new charges combined with everything else warrant a criminal charge against former secretary clinton. >> they arguably do because what we found out this week is that the inspector general for the intelligence community sent a letter to congress saying that clinton's server contained some of the most top secret stuff you could have in the united states, including references to what are known as special access programs, which are often technology programs about military technology. why this matters, paul, is because it puts a lie to senator clinton's or clinton's argument that none of this information was classified at the time. you don't have military weapons programs that are unclassified and later becomes classified. >> but kim, the response from the clinton campaign look, this is just -- these are u.s. officials quoted just the drone program, right. everybody knew about the drone
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program because it had been the targeting of terrorists by drones because it had been reported in the press. what's your response to that. >> we don't know exactly what are in these e-mails and how detailed these conversations were. what information was sitting there available to any chinese hacker. the reality, regardless of whether or not some senators have mentioned the drone program in public, it remains one of the most guarded secrets in the government and she's a government official who was supposed to protect those secrets. >> one other important point here, paul, we may not know what's in the e-mails but the fbi does and ultimately as michael mukasey pointed out in the article this call is going to be made by fbi director james comey whether or not to proceed. what that means is a huge cloud is hanging over the head of both hillary's campaign and the democratic party as well. they've got to be worried, this happened at some point when they least need it. >> all right. let's turn to the challenge, james. hillary's problems, clinton's
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problems, are part of the explanation for sanders doing better. people are worried about it as dan said but know she has this ethical cloud over her head. how else do you explain the sanders' surge? >> well, he certainly has gotten a free ride in media terms. he has not been seen as a serious competitor to this point so his past positions, his philosophy has not been examined in detail. for younger voters who have flocked to him in the democratic party, probably not learning in school as much as maybe earlier generation did -- >> don't know who debs is, his great socialist of a century ago, his hero. >> i think they may be largely ignorant of the enormous pain and suffering caused by marksism over the last century or so, but i think this is the kaelg for the clintons. hillary clinton ran left to try to blunt this problem. it didn't work. now she's in the center. i think bill clinton maybe will have to tell us why markism
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doesn't work. >> your problem is, hillary clinton has tried in the last week to say that bernie sanders is well to socialsist. it hasn't worked and she's pulled back in and said, and saying well my esteemed opponent bernie sanders, really puts some good ideas on the table, just impractical, so that -- the line of attack you suggested isn't working. >> there's a lot of education that has to be done because again, i think socialism is not the dirty word it should be and used to be. i think this is a job probably not for hillary but bill to explain markism and why it doesn't work. >> what about the electability? that i have to hear, by the way. the electability issue is the one that bernie is focusing on now saying look, i do better head to head against trump than clinton does. that's true in our poll. those polls, these surveys so far out from the election don't really mean all that much, but it does suggest to some democrats and maybe sanders without the ethical baggage,
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could be a stronger candidate. >> i think there are other forces in play here. to me, extraordinarily ironic, hillary clinton was defeated in 2008 by a candidate running under the banner of hope and change. effectively that's what bernie sanders is doing again. he is an idealistic socialist and that appears to younger people who are still wedded to the idea of hope and change and the idea that hillary clinton would be defeated or challenged again by the obama base that was assembled in two elections, must really be a hard pill for her to swallow. >> one thing about bernie sanders he does have to win iowa. >> yeah. >> and new hampshire if he doesn't win there, his momentum -- >> 30 points ahead in new hampshire. >> he has to win both and that's the crucial point. if he does that he hurts her. if he doesn't win that, i think she rolls. all right. still ahead, with iowa just over a week away, ted cruz and donald trump trade blows over establishment ties and
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with just over a week to go donald trump and ted cruz are locked in a fierce battle for first place in iowa. and on the campaign trail this week, the two continue to trade blows. questioning each other's big bank connections and conservative credentials. >> low interest loans, low interest, and now he's going to go after goldman sachs. doesn't work that way. goldman sachs owns him. remember that, folks. they own him. >> if as a voter you think what we need is more republicans in washington to cut a deal with harry reid and nancy pelosi and chuck schumer, then i guess donald trump is your guy. that's what the washington establishment is saying. >> all right. so they are competing to say who's the bigger phony in claiming to be an outsider. i kind of think they're both right but what do you think in
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terms -- who's winning this argument? >> look i think it's a little draw although it does show when you start throwing the word establishment around it's up to anybody to get to define what that actually means. what's really happening here, look, they're trying to appeal to the same group of voters, which are this primarily electorate that is unhappy with businesses usual and they're looking for the most authentic candidate. so that's who they're pitching to. i think you saw some other things this week, sarah palin's endorsement of donald trump, that's something that i think probably is less of a help to donald trump than it is a hurt to ted cruz. >> i agree. >> those are the people he really wants to get and she's authentic to those people. she appeals to those people and she's saying donald is the real thing more than cruz. >> i agree with that. in the sense that cruz wants to suggest that he's the only legitimate fighting conservative and palin really dented that image because she has a reputation, whatever you think of her, as a fighting
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conservative. >> but i think conservatives, people who want the government to be smaller, to spend less, do less, if the choice is trump and cruz they've got to rally around cruz. >> okay. >> down the line on every issue. and this idea that it's disqualifying to take loans from goldman and citibank, donald trump routinely did business with mafia controlled companies. his explanation is either, you know, a combination of i didn't know, i didn't really have a choice, i mean, i think as a president you want someone who stands up to mafia controlled companies not who goes along to get along. >> the issue is trump scoring points against cruz by saying look, he got low interest loans from the big wall street banks that were bailed out, even though you're running against the big wall street banks. tarnishing cruz's image as an outsider. >> i don't think anyone should want to get down in the mud and fight with donald trump because he's too good at mud wrestling.
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ted cruz was running a campaign targeted at so-called red state conservatives, real conservatives, but was also trying to run to get the red meat conservatives, shut down the government no matter what. guess what? donald trump has stolen the red meat from him. he is better at that and very upset at it and now launching these strange attacks against trump. it's a losing proposition for cruz to attack at that level. >> yeah, kim. >> it's not even the banking question. he's got a new ad out too in iowa where he is saying that ted cruz is a hypocrite in essence on immigration, showing him and some of these votes and positions that he had in the past in which he sounded as though he was in favor of legalizing americans and now he says he's not. it's a very hard-hitting ad and i think has put cruz a little on the defensive because his strategy up to now was to not attack donald trump. he's had to change that, coming out and doing it, but not doing it as aggressively as donald and in that regard trump may have an
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advantage. >> "national review" magazine rallied several conservatives to say donald trump is not a real conservative and should oppose him. >> that's for sure. >> news flash, that's not news that donald trump does not have a coherent philosophy and "national review" and those people who made immigration opposition to immigration a litmus test of the republican nomination created the room for donald trump to run through. they made it possible for him to come emerge as an anti-immigration candidate. now they tell usook what we created. we don't like it. >> yeah. i mean it's -- it's shocking. when you look back at the 1980 campaign and watch ronald reagan and george bush debating who is going to be more welcoming to immigrants and what a strength they are to this country you realize what a terrible turn the republican party has taken on that issue. now if you have a choice, trump and cruz, we talked about shutting down the government. tactics were not good.
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cruz shut down the government to stop obama care. trump has promoted a health system worse than obama care. more government control. >> by downplaying national security by downplaying economic growth and saying immigration is the biggest issue out there, what they did is they said that marco rubio you're not conservative nerve enough, none are conservative enough for this group. now they're telling us we don't like that, maybe one of these other people are acceptable. >> trump said when he gave his announcement speech taking on immigration he was surprised what pick-up there was and said he just ran with it after that. >> absolutely. still ahead, ted cruz and donald trump slug it out in iowa other republican candidates are banking on a strong finish new hampshire. who's poised to break out of the pack in the granite state when we come back. rust. every day you read headlines about governments and businesses being hacked, emails compromised, and intellectual
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as donald trump and ted cruz fight to the finish in iowa, many of the other republicans presidential candidates have their sights set on new hampshire. hoping for have their sights set on new hampshire hoping when voters head to the polls in just over two weeks. while trump maintains a clear lead in the granite state, the scramble for second place is on. so, dan, do you see any of these other four candidates breaking through? . >> yeah, i think any of them could fall. the polls are based on relatively small samples. if you do the margin of error, it's hard to know who is in the lead for the second spot. these candidates are all professionals, christie, rubio, and jeb bush. they are making strong presentations on behalf of their own campaigns. they've also gotten to the point
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where they've got to start attacking each other and knock each other down. >> that's what is happening. let's get a flavor at that by looking at jeb bush's attack through the super pac on john ca kasich. >> voted for massive defense cuts and defended the process that closed pease air force base. even had the worst rating on spending of any governor in america, republican or democratic. john kasich, wrong on issues. >> here's the kasich response. >> jeb bush once stood tall. before his campaign sank like a rock and he started slinging mud on fellow republicans. john kasich did cut state spending and turned a deficit into a surplus, brought jobs
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back from mexico and china. that's john kasich. >> so kim, what do you make of that exchange? >> look, what is happening here, jeb bush is using his super pac as going after pretty much every candidate out there. >> right. >> what he's trying to do, look, john kasich is making the pitch out there that he's a governor who made a difference. bush is trying to tarnish that reputation. i think that john kasich is -- you know, his report is pretty good in ohio. >> it's excellent. >> it's excellent. he's having a tougher time with the pitch, it's a bit of a weird one. he's sort of appealing. more moderates than independents, trying to get them to come because they can in new hampshire. you see them actively going after some of those people. that's something that could help them in new hampshire but you've got to wonder if it's a success in the more conservative states when he gets down the road. >> you know, the super pac, usually they would go after the front-runner. these super pacs are not going
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after that. they are going after the middling part of the pack. he's spending money against rubio and kasich. could it mean that none of these guys are able to break out? >> yeah. i think jeb bush has a good record in florida. he still could break out. but if he only succeeds, if he doesn't break out and only succeeds in having a super pac destroy the other potential contenders to trump, i think it would be a great disservice to the country. i agree. john kasich is better than his rhetoric and you might see that going forward. he actually has a very good story to say to conservative voters. he hasn't spent a lot of time telling it yet. >> what about governor christie taking offense on the attacks, claiming that they are common core attacks and that he wrote a check to planned parenthood. those attacks do begin to hit
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christie a little bit. >> i guess it's a mixed story. on the planned parenthood thing, christie -- this is not an easy political decision for a poll significance in new jersey. he vetoed it again and again and got legislators to uphold his veto. that's a win for him for pro-life voters. on the common core stuff, it's harder to say christie is an opponent. his education department has been dragging along and now they are changing the name but really it's common core. >> they all hope to break out because they want to emerge as a third candidate to cruz and trump. in the process of attacking each other, they may make it more likely that cruz or trump is the nominee. >> i completely agree, paul. a lot of it is negative advertising, miss ski mouse, chris christie supported common core. in toto, i think they are diminishing the four of them
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against the two top guys. >> all right. thank you, dan. thank you all. we have to take one more break. when we come back, hits and misses of the week. red carpet ready. my man, lemme guess who you're wearing... toenail fungus!? whaaat?!? fight it! with jublia. jublia is a prescription medicine... ...used to treat toenail fungus. use jublia as instructed by your doctor. jublia is workin' it! most common side effects include... ...ingrown toenail, application site redness,... ...itching, swelling, burning... ...or stinging, blisters, and pain. oh!! fight it! with jublia! now that's a red carpet moment! ask your doctor if jublia is right for you. visit our website for savings on larger size.
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most common side effect is nausea. being a non-smoker feels great. ask your doctor if chantix is right for you. time now for our hits and misses of the week. kim, start us off. >> a hit to illinois governor bruce ronner for standing up to one of his state's larger public employee unions. the union's contract open more than a year ago and negotiated in good faith over a reformed contract. it's hoping to wade out the governor or break him. instead, he went to a state labor relations board and asked the authority to make a final offer and force them to accept it or go on strike. he knows this is vital to the state's finances. so it's good to see him standing up. >> james? >> paul, this is a miss to the beer cops at the u.s. treasury and in state liquor commissions. you probably know the most
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expensive ingredient in taxes is beers and they are also telling what wafers and there's a new hampshire brewer was told they couldn't find the order soothing because it applied to medical benefits. and the murder rate in the united states rose 6% in the first half of 2015. now we're called fbi director james comey who gave a very famous speech citing the ferguson effect which the pressure was causing the cops to pull back. barack obama gave a speech saying people shouldn't use data to fit their agenda. well, paul, it looks like bo president obama is past the graveyard here. >> i think our viewers can
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appreciate that here. >> remember, if you have your own hit or miss, tweet it to us. that's it for this week's show. hope to see you right here next week. millions of americans along the east coast digging out this afternoon after 2 feet of snow was dropped and cost at least 20 lives. crews have been working to clear snow now that the storm has made its way out. travel bans if a few places have been lifted but much of the mid-atlantic region remains critical after the storm's aftermath as thousands of travelers are stranded both on the roads and in the air. hello, everyone. welcome to "america's news headquarters. i'm eric shawn. >> and i'm arthel neville. streets flooded on the jersey


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