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makes your mind spin. >> the most generous man in the world. i challenge anybody to tell me somebody more generous. >> the most generous man in the p pita jungle. >> that's it for us. "special report" is next. will see you later. this is a fox news alert. the obama administration takes aim at russia. announcing economic sanctions and more over interference in the u.s. election. good evening. welcome to washington. as promised the white house didn't hold back naming names and slapping several individuals with punishment. it's a bold step and not unlike some other big foreign policy moves we have seen from this administration in the waning days of the obama presidency. we have team coverage. rich edson with the continued fallout from the surprise move not to back israel at the u.n. senior foreign affairs correspondent greg palkot.
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peter doocy with donald trump's reaction. but we begin with kevin cork on the steps the obama administration is taking to punish russia. good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you. the kremlin all but guaranteeing president obama's parting shot at vladimir putin will not be the final shot in this brewing cyber showdown. 72 hours, that's how long nearly three dozen russian diplomats have to leave the country. after the united states expels them in response to the alleged russian cyber hacking activity leading up to the 2016 election in november. president obama saying in a statement, quote --
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the white house has not been shy about accusing vladimir putin of orchestrating the hacks which were revealed by wikileaks and exposed allegations of democratic party in fighting and a concerted effort by party officials to boost the candidacy of eventual party nominee hillary clinton. >> our bottom line is what russia has been engaged in in the last few months and years is unacceptable. it's outside the norms of diplomatic behavior. the president is sending a message today. >> reporter: while gop leaders agree the russians needed to be pun punished, the method and timing got a lukewarm response from ryan who said --
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for their part, the russians snapped back immediately ridiculing president obama in a tweet from their uk embassy. writing -- experts warn while sanctions and expunlsions are easy to spot, american's cyber response could be felt by the russians for years, well beyond the end of the obama presidency. >> these things don't always have the immediate consequences like a bomb going off or bringing in a fighter jet and bombing in a certain area. it's a different type of warfare with different types of ways that you measure it. >> reporter: the kremlin has said tonight that president vladimir putin will order an appropriate retaliation for the u.s. moves today. a parting shot at a -- i guess a president that won't be in
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office for much longer. >> we will talk about it with the panel. kevin cork live with the president in hawaii. the president-elect is not keeping quiet when it cops come this. he is weighing in on twitter. but how his reactions can be turned into policy is in question. peter doocy has our report from inside mar-a-lago. >> reporter: in the last one minute we got donald trump's response for the first time to president obama's announcement about a punishment for russia for alleged election day interference. the statement says this, it's time for our country to move on to bigger and better things. in the interest of our country and its great people, i will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation. that's consistent with what the president-elect has been saying
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about this issue. but also up in new york during the transition. it's also consistent with his repeated attempts to completely turn american foreign policy around 180 degrees. the iran nuclear deal, china's currency manipulation, isis, all things candidate donald trump talked a lot about. but president-elect donald trump hasn't been lately. that's because instead of crafting policies to address the problems, the next president has been doing a lot of reacting to moves the current one has been making. almost always taking the exact opposite position. like with russia, the obama white house punished them for allegedly interfering with the american election. but mr. trump, no supporter of sanctions telling reporters last night, he wasn't so sure they were involved. >> i think we ought to get on with our lives. i think the computers have complicated lives greatly. the whole age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what's going on.
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>> reporter: it's the same split on israel, which didn't get a ton of attention on the trail from mr. trump. but has been an issue he has used to hammer his predecessor. >> i think israel has been treated very unfairly by a lot of people. look at resolutions in the united nations and look at what's happened. they are up for $20 reprimand and other nations that are horrible places, horrible places that treat people horribly haven't even been reprimanded. >> reporter: officials acknowledge there's one president at a time. as they wait to see what the 44th makes on his way out of office, they are promising quick reversal of many unpopular policies. >> we're not sure how long it will take. on day one alone, there's going to be an unquestionable demarcation for this administration. change is coming to washington, d.c. i think it's not just going to be the first 100 days. it's the first hour, the first day, the first week, the first month. the first 100 days, the first year, the first term. it's not going to stop.
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>> reporter: it was a relatively quiet day here. until we got that response to the russia announcement. transition officials tell us to expect a flurry of activity in the next few days as they fill the four remaining cabinet level positions. all of the deputies and announce who america's next batch of ambassadors are going to be as well. >> peter doocy, thank you. the fraying relationship between the u.s. and israel is spreading across washington and around the world. many are weighing in and taking sides after secretary of state john kerry tried to explain why the u.s. did not veto a u.n. resolution condemning israel. rich edson reports from the state department tonight on the continued fallout from the u.n. vote. >> reporter: a u.n. security council resolution condemning israel's settlement building. it prompted charges from the israeli government the obama administration orchestrated an anti-israeli condemnation at the
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u.n. an exhausted denial and explanation yesterday from the secretary of state john kerry. another response from israeli prime minister netanyahu and now reaction from washington to israel. >> we do not teach our children to make molotov cocktails or throw stones. there's no hate or incitement being taught anywhere in our schools. that's what we're up against. >> reporter: the secretary of state's argument, the possibility of a two state solution is slip agway. one where israel lives peacefully next to a palestinian state. israel's expanded settlements kerry argues is one of the much impediments jeopardizing it. he spent most of his speech criticizing the settlements. support for kerry's speech from many. france's foreign minister said it's clear and committed and reinforced the urgency to implement this. germany and jordan also offered praise. many in the u.s. congress, even democrats, have criticized kerry's address. >> it's easy for us to sit and
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point fingers and say the israelis should do this, the israelis should do that. by the way, i didn't hear very much from john kerry about what the palestinians need to do. it's easy for us to do it. they are living in a very dangerous area with their butt on the line. >> reporter: john mccain says -- as mccain points out, u.s. foreign policy towards israel will change dramatically as the trump administration assumes power. likely making kerry'semphatic vy its animosity. the state department is reacting to some of the criticism, particularly from the minority leader chuck schumer who says that the administration's actions have emboldened extremists on both sides. to that a state department
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official says, stating uncomfortable facts doesn't embolden extremists. dangerous steps on the ground by both sides do that. >> from the state department, rich edson, thank you. the u.s. military says it's possible civilians were killed in mosul today. the military says a coalition strike hit a van loaded with isis fighters in who was determined to be a hospital parking lot. an investigation into the matter is planned. this comes as u.s. led air strikes helped iraqi troops push into mosul as the fight to retake the city continues there. smoke rose across the city in explosions and machine gunfire could be heard as forces pushed into several neighborhoods. today's assault comes after a lull in the operation and more than two months into the offensive to recapture the final isis held city in iraq. a potential breakthrough tonight in the syrian civil war that has ravaged the country for six years and left hundreds of thousands of people dead.
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tonight a cease-fire throughout the entire country is in effect. in an agreement reached without the united states. >> reporter: it could be the first cease-fire in the nearly six year long syrian civil war with the remotest chance of working. announced today by vladimir putin, it calls for the syrian government and many opposition groups to lay down their weapons. >> translator: this is a notable result of our joint work. if it's by the defense and foreign ministries, our partners in the region. >> translator: syria announced a nationwide halt in fighting which has left hundreds of thousands dead and millions displaced in syria and around the world. rebels agreed. >> translator: the sicease-fire covers all the syria. >> reporter: excluded from the deal isis and the syrian branch of al qaeda, both very active. still, the fact several principal supporters from both
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sides, including turkey, which backs the rebels and the backers of syria and its president assad and russia and iran have agreed to halt their offensive activities, including the just finished fighting in aleppo, is significant. >> the nature of this deal, the people who have struck it i think makes it distinctive and interesting. >> reporter: left out in the cold, the obama administration. even though it had been very active backing those same moderate rebels. and has been involved in u.n. sponsored syria talks in the past. however, when it comes to a future administration -- >> translator: i would like to express the hope that when donald trump's administration comes on duty, they would also be able to join these efforts. >> reporter: the president-elect has been supportive of russia's role in syria and against obama's support of the rebels. there is anti-u.s. sniping from nato member and u.s. ally turkey. they claim the u.s. has been arming isis and kurdish forces in syria, denied by washington.
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>> translator: unfortunately, the coalition forces do not keep their promises. >> a message from the state department called the cease-fire a positive development and hope through future talks which would include in part assad, that the agreement would be implemented and respected. also admitted that the u.s. was not a part of the negotiations. >> thank you. joining me to talk about everything from the economic sanctions placed on russia to the cease-fire deal reached without u.s. input, john bolton, former u.s. ambassador to the u.n. so let's start with syria. that's where greg left off. the u.s. wasn't part of what they reached now. russ russia's foreign minister says once trump takes office, he is welcome to take part in the talks. what does that say to you? >> it says come into my parlor said the spider to the fly. that's par for the course. i'm not going to hold my breath
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on this cease-fire. i think this is basically about putin trying to get closer to turkey to wasnean them away fro the nato alliance, which would be a defeat for the united states. i don't think it will have any substantial affect on the ground in syria. i think it shows russia's continued effort to extend its influence in the region which it has done far greater than anything in the 50 years since sadat expelled the soviets. every extension of russian influence in the middle east is negative for american national interest up to and including the air bass. i think finding ways to limit and eventually remove russian influence in the region which is troubled enough for all kinds of reasons should be the highest priority. >> okay. now we have the factor of the new sanctions today against a number of individuals and
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organizations. 35 russian intelligence officials being kicked out of this country, two russian compounds being shut down. we're told there will be things we don't know about publically, maybe cyber operations. that's done with the administration leaving in three weeks. how does it set up relations for a trump administration with russia? >> i think they're all reversible, if that's what he wants to do. what the president announced today was incoherent and inadequate. which is typical of this foreign policy. his first mistake was to muddy two things. the hacking, the attempt to meddle in our elections on the one hand with the harassment of american diplomats in moscow. i don't doubt the russians are doing. and the expulsion of 35 of their people, undoubtedly intelligence operatives, is acceptable. to lump it together confuses the cyberattack issue. by the way, with the time difference, we may wake up tomorrow morning and find 35 american diplomats have been
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expelled from moscow very inconvenient at the beginning of a new administration i might point out. specifically, on the cyber issue, these sanctions are pitifully inadequate. we have frozen assets of named individuals and organizations in the united states. how many russian intelligence officials do you think have assets in the united states? they won't be able to shop on fifth avenue. that's going to break their heart. targeted sanctions are almost always inadequate and these are. as for the statement by president obama that other unspecified actions will be taken in the future, this president has no credibility when it comes to that. obviously, you are not going to reveal what you will do. but it is important not only to retaliate against russia for this and many other previous cyberattacks, but to do it in a way that deters them from engaging in this activity in the future. one critical component of that kind of strategy is not just to harm them but to shame them.
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to say in public, this is what we have done and we have the capability to do more. because it shows that russia has suffered a penalty for this action and it tells everybody else in the world specifically china and others that they better not think about it either. >> if you think the sanctions and everything else announced today really are somewhat toothless, why now? what is the motivation for this administration? russia has done all activities whether it's related to crimea, other hacking or leaking intrusions that we have known about for a long time. why now as they are walking out the door? >> it's hard to understand what the point is. if you are worried about the vulnerability of the united states and specifically the u.s. government to foreign cyber intrusions, again, whether it's russia, china, north korea, iran, you name it, this should have been a policy going back let's just say roughly eight years to begin to create both offensive and defensive capabilities that lead to
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structures of deterrence. i'm not interested in endless back and forth over this kind of activity. i want it clear to the russians, the chinese and others that they shouldn't engage in it. because if they do, they will pay a price far greater than whatever pain they inflict on us. this is a new world. but it's a world that we're going to have to live in. just as we use positions of strength to deter hostile activity in more conventional military areas, we need to do it here as well. this is not a law enforcement problem. this is not a problem that's solved by another executive order. this is going to be solved by inflicting sufficient pain on the aggressor that they don't do it in the future. >> i want to make sure that i ask you before you go about the u.n. vote. our abstention, our refusal to veto something we could have with regard to israeli settlements. the prime minister says there's evidence the u.s. actively promoted this resolution. he says there's evidence he will share with the new administration. secretary kerry and others at the state department have
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continuously denied they drafted or recruited folks to put this resolution forward. there's a lot of wiggle room in the language. so far, a lot of denials from this administration. >> i don't trust the denials at all. i suspect that what the israelis have is intercepts of communications by other security council members. not the united states communication but other countries reporting on their discussions with u.s. diplomats up to and including john kerry. i certainly hope without harming anybody's sources and methods of intelligence, they can be made public. i don't know whether the u.s. led this effort. but the state department, john kerry, obama were in it from the beginning. this has been talked about for close to two years. what obama might do in the period between our election and our inauguration. in the last six months, people have written about it, people have speculated what this resolution would look like. there was no doubt the united states signalled at the
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appropriate time if that's the draft you go with, we will not veto. that's when it happened. >> it sure did. ambassador, great to see you. thanks for joining us. tempers flare over the announcement of two new national monuments. first here is what some of our affiliates around the country are covering tonight. in phoenix, the state supreme court is set to decide whether hundreds of thousands of arizona workers will get a boost in their pay in the new year. the voter approved measure would raise the minimum wage to $10 on january 1. several groups are asking the court to block the increase citing the lack of a new funding source as required by the state constitution. a discussion is expected by the end of the week. in houston where two national guard soldiers died after their helicopter crashed into the water during a routine training flight wednesday. military officials identified the men tonight as 32-year-old dustin mortonson and 33-year-old lucas lowe. both soldiers were highly
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trained professionals and expressed their sympathies to the victims' families. a live look at boston. the story tonight, the republican governor weighing a si six-month delay in the marijuana law. it would mean a delay in opening of retail pot shops until mid 2018 instead of january of that year as originally planned. it would not affect provisions already in effect, including possession and use of limited amounts of marijuana. that's tonight's live look outside the beltway from "special report." we'll be right back. the long brown path before me leading wherever i choose. the east and the west are mine. the north and the south are mine. all seems beautiful to me.
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president obama has made another move trying to cement his legacy as an
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environmentalist. some are decrying his actions believing the steps within days of leaving office show he is trying to bind the hands of president-elect trump. the controversy over the president's legacy grab. >> reporter: with a designation of two western land masses as national monuments, the president offered a parting gift to environmentalists and a parting shot at political rivals. >> it's devastating. an arrogant land grab. the size is bigger than the state of delaware. the president just unilaterally came in and grabbed more than 1.35 million acres. >> reporter: that 1.35 million acres will now be called the bears ears national monument. the second will be the gold butte national monument. the white house says it will protect -- harry reid said --
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utah's governor was not. >> how do you look at it in utah other than a punishment to the people of utah when we were opposed to it? >> reporter: it's not just the governor. but that state's entire congressional delegation and all local elected officials who oppose the designation. the administration claims many native americans support the move. >> there have been some instances where some of the sacred things were sacred sites were desecrated and destroyed. >> we are our own government. we have the right to speak over our ancestral lands. >> reporter: support from native americans is disputed. >> when i met with the president of the navajo nation about a year and a half ago, he didn't know where bears ears was. >> reporter: critics contend neither does the president. in a tweet, the white house used the wrong picture of arches national park. it prompted orin hatch to tweet back. if you take 1.3 million acres of utah land, use the right photo.
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with hundreds of other moves by the present administration, the new congress hopes to enlist the support of the new president to undo this one. back to you. >> thank you, doug. the dow drops 14. the s&p 500 lost a fraction today. nasdaq was down six. the united states has established itself as the strongest military in the world. now some say more must be done to keep it that way. lucas tomlinson reports on what the air force reports it must get to keep up with global demand. >> reporter: earlier this year, top air force officials sounded the alarm saying they were 700 pilots and 4,000 mechanics short. now they warn the problem is worse. the air force chief of staff now says he needs 30,000 airmen. in a statement general david golfein said -- the former head of air force
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intelligence says it's not just the airmen needing a boost. >> we have a geriatric air force. we have bombers and tankers over 50 years old. trainers over 40 years old. we have fighters and helicopters over 30 years old. this is a terrible situation to be placed in when we have a world of every expanding threats. >> reporter: officials say they need more forces to bolster nuclear, intelligence, space and maintenance jobs. earlier this year, the general called the pilot shortage alone a crisis. >> the reason i believe it's a crisis, air superiority is not an american birth right. it's something you have to fight for. >> the air force has been at war since desert shield. the wing has been at war for 25 years. >> reporter: at the start of the gulf war, the air force had 134 fighter squadrons. that number has been cut to 55. the air force is conducting nearly 70% of the strike missions against isis and 90% of
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the midair refuelling missions. the air force is not the only service that wants to grow. the navy says it wants to increase its fleet by 30%. threats around the world intensify. today, the navy has 273 ships and submarines. a new study says it needs 355 in the future. the vanguard of the growth is in more attack submarines, like this los angeles class boat seen here in pearl harbor needed to counter what officials in the pacific say is a growing chinese threat. the army and marine corps have expressed a desire to grow and get spare parts for their equipment. >> lucas, thank you. most of us give to charity in hopes of making a difference for a particular cause. in some cases, your donation may never even reach the people you thought it would. the problems with using a third party to help fund-raise. >> reporter: american households on average donate $3,000 a year to charity.
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regulators say about half doesn't go to charity, however, but rather to the professional fund-raisers and telemarketers they hire. >> there's many cases where there's a fund-raising contract where 85% to 90% of the money is going to the professional fund raising company. >> reporter: to test that we examine's california's registry of trusts. in many cases charities raised thousands but got little back. some actually lost money. two campaigns in 2014 for the covenant house raised $66,000. but they got billed for $209,000. they said it used a telemarketer to convert current donors to ongoing monthly donors but ended the program this year. in 2015, the environmental defense fund ran seven campaigns. two made nothing and four lost money costing it tens of thousands. in a statement the edf said they were designed to attract new
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supporters, not raise funds. they are not alone. in 2015, 24% of charities in mostly national campaigns took home less than 20 cents on the dollar. 21% lost money all together. >> we think it should be that it shouldn't cost them more than $35 to raise $100. that's our standard for reasonableness. >> reporter: that's a high bar. over the last three years, almost 80% of u.s. charities failed to keep at least 65% of their donations. it's legal. as the u.s. supreme court ruled state ks cannot regulate how mu they keep. don't give to charities you don't know. don't be fooled by familiar names. don't be pressured. don't give cash. don't give money over the phone. give directly to a charity you know. >> good advice. thanks. debbie reynolds died wednesday just one day after the death of her daughter carrie fisher. the movie icon was probably best known for her role alongside
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gene kelly in "singing in the rain." her son says the actress began experiencing breathing problems wednesday as they were discussing funeral arrangements for fisher. in the moments before she fell ill, she said, i want to be with carrie. she was 84. coming up, the obama administration hits russia with sanctions over election interference. is it too little too late? our panel weighs in next. a post using the hashtag "#justrobbedthesafe" so, what are we supposed to think? switching to geico could save you a bunch of money on car insurance. excellent point. case dismissed. geico. because saving fifteen percent or more on car insurance woo! because saving fifteen percent or more on car insurance is always a great answer.
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our bottom line is that what russia has been engaged in is unacceptable. it's outside the norms of diplomatic behavior. the president is sending a message today to tell them to cut it out. >> that's eric schultze from the press team. steve haze, editor of the weekly
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standard, karen tumeltie for "the washington post," molly hemingway, the federalist and charles krauthammer. welcome to you all. steve, what do you make of this? my in box was filled up with reaction from capitol hill. both sides of the aisle, mostly from republicans saying, we're glad to see it. why are we eight years in the presidency and now getting these? >> it's a good question. first i think we should make a point of clarification. this was not a hack of our electoral system. >> correct. no votes were hacked. >> senior administration officials on the white house call today said that, acknowledged that, made that clear. russia did not hack the voting system. having said that, what the white house tried to say was a series of bad behavior over years from russia both with respect to diplomatic activities and the this hacking of democratic entities led them to do this. it's not a very convincing turn for president obama to present himself as a new hawk on russia.
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this is the president who accommodated russia, i would argue, for 7 1/2 years, starting with the reset, going on to what he allowed the russians to get away with in syria, looking at ukraine where we were going to isolate russia for its incursions into the crimean peninsu peninsula. we offered them off ramps they did not take. now you have the president acting tough. it's nice he is finally acting tough to vladimir putin who has been threatening our interests and aggressively expanding his reach for years. but it's too little too late. >> on this particular question, which is the hacking, he is more of a hawk than the incoming president. i think that the sanctions are in part an effort to continue to isolate donald trump who has expressed doubt that in fact russia did this. also to sort of box him in. because it is difficult to
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imagine, but not impossible to imagine, that he would want to roll back any of these sanctions, the president-elect issued a statement a few moments ago saying we need to move on, repeating yesterday's but also saying he will meet with intelligence officials to talk about exactly what they know. that is moving him. >> can i say to jump in quick, what you just said, the president of the united states is moving to isolate donald trump. >> the new president. >> not vladimir putin. for 7 1/2 years. but isolating his successor. that's incredible. i agree with the criticism of donald trump that he should be more concerned about vladimir putin to be sure. but that's an incredible thing. if the president of the united states is moving to isolate his successor. >> let me read you -- let me read you the full statement from donald trump. it's time for our country to move on to bigger and better things. nevertheless, in the interest of our country and its great people, i will meet with members
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of the intelligence community to be updated on the facts of the situation. they laid out a lot of facts today. the dhs and fbi together tracking what they show -- they say shows the exact links to russian intelligence getting involved whether they were leaking or hacking. there are different definitions there. doing things that were intended to influence voters in the country going into the presidential election. >> they did release a report. it more asserts russia was involved as opposed to lays out how russia is involved. i think people are waiting for good information to know exactly how russia was involved, exactly what the nature of the meddling was, clearly people want to give the impression that this was an election hack or hacking of the voting as opposed to ongoing russian meddling. >> leaking information that may have been unsavory for democrats or for john podesta, chairman of the hillary clinton campaign. >> during this administration, we had the hacking of opm by chinese people where --
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>> millions -- >> more than 21, 22 million americans was released. very sensitive personal information. opening people up to blackmail. that was not treated as a five alarm fire like this s. it's important we get a little bit of perspective. we should be dealing with all of our cyber security threats not just ones that set people off because of how it relates to trump and putin. >> how does this set up the putin/trul putin/trump relationship? >> i think it's a mistake for trump to try to keep downplaying this. it doesn't help him. it makes him look defensive. it's not going to have any affect on the outcome. once there's a change in presidencies, this is not going to be a major issue. the sanctions are so ridiculously small and tit for tat. you can be sure the russians will expel an equal number of americans. i've been told one of the safe houses are going to be shutting down in virginia, was shut down by reagan 30 years ago and it reopened. these are revolving door stuff.
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this is mad magazine spy versus spy and not much more. the timing is ridiculous. if you are going to it, do it when it happens. you don't say to vladimir putin during an election, cut it out. this is adolescent. you say, there will be consequences and you make them stick. i think it's a fairly trivial affair. look, the russians, they stole our mail. they read our mail. they published our mail. that's called espionage. you are not supposed to do that. do you it, we punish you. that should have been done 18 months ago. you send a signal to the chinese, iranians and others, we will punish you. this is a slap on the wrist. it will pass. there's no reason for trump to downplay it. i think he thinks it impugns his legitimacy. some democrats would like people to think that. i think he's overplaying the significance. let it go. >> how does this factor into the
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conversation that rex tillerson the nominee to be secretary of state is likely to face in the senate when he goes up there to defend himself and talk about why he is the right guy, he has been known for lobbying against sanctions saying they are often not effective, they have affected work he has done as the head of exxon with regard to drilling and projects in russia. how will this factor in to that conversation? >> he should face tough questions about both his own personal experience with vladimir putin having received this friend of putin or friend of the russian people award in 2013 and also mike pompeo will receive no doubt difficult questions, challenging questions on these suggestbjects. it's important to point out the administration is not just that they have -- have been accommodating the russians on this stuff. republicans in congress have been pushing the obama administration consistently for 7 1/2 years to take further steps. tom cotton and others tried to p insert language into the intel authorization act that would have just sought to enforce
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existing rules about how diplomats from russia traveled around the country. they are not allowed to travel more than 25 miles from diplomatic outposts without seeking permission or notifying the state department. the obama administration refused to enforce existing rules and pushed back hard on republicans in congress trying to push them to do so, suggesting that the russians would find this action provocative if we merely enforced our rules. i think it's important that we understand the context for this new toughness from president obama. >> with respect to what senator cotton had proposed, there's a letter that came in response. i don't think it has been pub c public. we don't need what you are suggesting. it was about pushing back against russian interference saying, we have methods and things in place. this is unnecessary. there was a push to do more. >> this is an opportunity for donald trump to sort of pivot as he says to move on past this to frame it in a broader context. that might be an opportunity
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since there's republican support for that on the hill. >> molly? >> it's funny four years ago we had people making fun of mitt romney for saying that russia was a huge threat. i think it was obama or the dnc that said the '80s called, they want their foreign policy back. it feels like we are back in the '80s. >> with syria and other things in play, that relationship with russia is going to be front and center when inauguration day comes. charles, you are up first next time. next up, a decision that has a lot of people questioning the president's real intentions. da, sending oxygen to my muscles. again! so i can lift even the most demanding weight. take care of all your most important parts with centrum. now verified non gmo and gluten free.
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there are parts that are worth preserving.
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but 1.35 million acres, bigger that be the state of delaware, are you kidding me? it's one of the biggest land grabs in the history of the united states. it was done this midnight monument in the waning hours of the obama administration. i just hope and pray that donald trump, the president-elect himself, on day one will take this thing down. it's just so fundamentally flawed at every level. >> we are back with our panel to talk about a couple of national monument designations the president made. utah officials and others have been negotiating over this for years and have been asking the president not to do it. 1.35 million acres in one and the other is around 300,000 acres. a little development today that when i think it was the white house tweeted out about it, they use used the wrong picture.
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>> charles, they're not happy in utah tonight. >> look. you have to ask yourself, if this is such a great idea, then why didn't he nationalize all of nevada and all of utah? it would have been a stronger, a better idea. this is a president -- there's half a dozen things in a unilateral way when he is no long area countable. this is anti-democratic as you can get. you were in office for eight years. you got your mandates. on all of these issues, go back to the settlement vote, go back to the arctic shutting and the atlantic, guantanamo, releasing the next to land handful, he is doing these things that have been rejected by his own party. then he doesn't have the courage of his own convictions, getting them done to lock in his successor. it's very anti-democratic. i don't know about the merits of the case. i would imagine that allowing
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mixed use and some exploration would be a good thing for the country. but obama sees himself as the god hovering over the country dispensing goodies to the extent that he has control. he figures, i've got control here. no one can stop me. >> lawmakers have been signaling trouble for years, have been saying they worry because as soon as these designations are made, then the federal government controls the land. they worry about lack of energy exploration or lack of control as the state over the millions of acres.
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lawmakers are telling a different story. >> there's a context here which i think is very important for people who don't live out west to understand. the federal government controls more than 25% of all land. controls more than 50% of all land west of the rockies. it controls 85% of the land in nevada. this is something that people out east just don't understand how much the federal government controls these parts. they say they will be careful to make sure that local use applies and people can have input into the matters. that's different from the reality. there are rebellions going back many decades of local people rebelling against how the federal government wants to allow land to be used. it can sometimes erupt into violence. this is actually related to the issue that we saw out in oregon in the remote part of oregon where people seized a federal facility after the federal government -- they were letting people use federal land and when local people burned sagebrush on there to deal with invasive
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species and do fire control because the federal government wasn't doing it, they get in trouble. it leads to this standoff where people died and there were trials and whatnot. this is a huge issue. because people are consulted doesn't mean everybody will be happy. there's no theory of constitutional governance that lets one man take this land without a congressional vote. >> the question of whether it's reversible -- charles raised. that's questionable. he is using this executive power under something called the antiquities agent. he used it 29 times, more than any other president other than inauguration. their there are court decisions that suggest that while the president has the power to designate monuments under this act they may not have the power to undesignate monuments under it. so once done, this may very well be and probably is permanent. >> steve, we have senator lee also talking about trying to undo and it won't
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stand, obviously exploring his options. >> i think senator lee and others are optimistic that if it can't be undone entirely, and it might be able to be, that at least it can be narrowed. there is legal precedent for narrowing the scope of the taking. what's interesting is the antic quitanticanan tickets act. why this president was given broad power and it's been so abused. it's basically become something that environmentalists can use to urge the president, usually a democratic president to make colossal land grabs in order to circumvent congress who has the power actually to protect these things. so i think looking forward from this, one of the things that might result -- certainly i think the trump administration will seek to narrow at the very least land h. some talk depending on how talk to you can protect with several other hundred acres
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not 1.3 million-acre. certainly they will try to narrow it. they might try to undo this. raised the profile of this antiquities act republican county with a republican president will look to prevent future presidents from doing these kind of land confiscations. >> charles, i believe it was the utah attorney general who already said they are planning a lawsuit. he maybe that's how this act is initially challenged. >> and it reminds you of what the attorneys general have done in the case of the e.p.a. with the land are a grab, the waters of the united states rule where essentially the feds are taking control of a pond left behind by a rainfall, and what it does is kind of liberal overreach, starting with e.p.a., obama care. you can look anywhere you want. created a backlash that has now been growing. i though in the end it can undo more than just what obama did. i think it can sort of roll back the loopholes that have been used by liberals,
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environmentalists and others to get outcomes that were never intended in legislation. and that have been sort of seized by the executive. i think this could be a real opportunity to undo a lot of the damage not just done in the obama years but for the last 50 or 100 years. >> and certainly we know that there was pressure by environ meantists for the president to deliver more and express some disappointment that he doesn't done more during his presidency. maybe a parting gift. >> the ocean is a pretty large body. not trivial. bigger than a bear's ears. >> we understand there may be more to come before is he done. we will stand by and see. all right, coming up, a teenager tries out her basketball skills on the streets of new york. and it goes viral. but maybe not for the reason she might have happened. stick around. ♪ ♪
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>> finally tonight, you never know what you'll encounter on the streets of new york and one teenager found if you are adventure cruise a moment in your life can actually go viral. check this out. [ laughter ] >> gillian turner said she was eating pizza with her cousin when she saw street baller monty fresh facing off caught off toward by tv skills. asked if she wanted to get in on the action. she agreed. said she felt pretty good about her own bhaivel skills. she never planned to take a tumble for the whole world to see. she said that fall was legit. i believe her. and now she is just embracing the viral fallouts. as we all should when things like that happen. you never know when you are
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going to get schooled by someone. kind of like being hustled by the pool player. monty is the real deal. that is it for "special report." "tucker carlson tonight" starts next. ♪ ♪ >> good evening. i'm ed henry in tonight, again, for tucker carlson and sometimes you just have to give president obama credit where credit is due. bear with me on this. today president's aides say he took bold aggressive action against russia. ordering sanctions and retaliation against alleged russian interference in the 2016 race. sure there are skeptics wondering whether the president who along with his one-time secretary of state hillary clinton, of course, pushed that button on the russian reset and trying to look tough and salvage some kind of legacy on the way out the door. this is where the credit comes. in i mean, i also covered the previous presidential race in 2012 and the president was way, way ahead of the curve in calling out russia as a major national security threat, right?


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