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an episode of "the five." that's it for us. "special report" with bret baier up next. >> bret: donald trump picks his son-in-law. this is "special report" ." coming to you tonight from fox news world headquarters in new york, welcome to a special two hour edition of "special report." i am bret baier. one thing is clear about president-elect donald trump. he is not afraid to stir up controversy. his latest pick for a major white house job is doing just that. it comes as senators prepare for hearings on some of trump's other.
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>> good evening, john. >> good evening. a big decision today and a big announcement today. for the first time in decades a u.s. president will appoint to his death a member of his own family. jared kushner was named late this afternoon to be a senior advisor. raising a number of questions whether, under federal law, trump can make the appointments. jared kushner is 1 of 4 people trump trust the most, along with kushner's wife and his sons. it was kushner who put the lien campaign machine behind trumps campaign together. to get kushner in the white house the trump transition is turning to a 1978 law it argues exempts the president from the federal antinepotism statute. kushner's attorney consists that the justice department -- trump appears confident kushner will
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be joining him at 1600 pennsylvania. trump is also confident about his cabinet appointment. for the first time this year, emerging from the golden elevators in trump tower to meet the press. predicting everyone of his cabinet picks will be confirmed. >> going great. confirmation is going great. i think they will all pass. i think every nomination, they are at the highest level. >> trump was talking jobs, meeting with the ceo of china's alabama. plan to create 1 million jobs in the u.s. over five years. we had >> we had a great meeti. >> earlier trump was tweeting about the chrysler expansion. "it's finally happening. plans to invest $1 billion in michigan and ohio plans, adding 2,000 jobs." trump also welcomed bernard
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arnott. talking about creating american jobs. >> one of the great men. >> what trump wouldn't talk about today is the intelligence report that fingered vladimir putin behind the hack of the d&c. >> does he accept that the russians were behind the hacking campaign? >> well, sure. he's not denying that entities in russia were behind this particular hacking campaign. >> trump insists he will work to improve relations with russia, tweeting "having a good relationship with russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. only stupid people or fools would think it's bad." >> bret: trump pledged to drop more about wednesday. he will hold his first full on press conference since july
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july 27th. >> bret: 136 days ago. thank you. getting word in from the pentagon. jennifer griffin saying the trump administration has asked the trump transition team has asked bob work to stay on as deputy secretary of defense. according to two well-placed sources, work would stay on, continuing the government -- the pentagon not commentating. that would be the deputy secretary of defense. the president-elect met with mitch mcconnell today head of the start of those confirmation hearings. mcconnell's challenging democratic complaints that the process is going too fast. chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel is on capitol hill. >> we had a good meeting about the senate agenda which includes
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confirming the cabinet appointments. >> majority leader mitch mcconnell in new york made the case for getting the work done so i knew president will have key members of his team. >> everybody will be properly vetted, as they have been in the past and i'm hopeful it will get up to six or seven, particularly the national security team in place on day one. >> mr. trump's nominees for secretary of state, defense secretary, and attorney general jeff sessions have been making the rounds with senators. as many as nine of the president-elect's nominees are expected to have confirmation hearings this week. a senior transition officials said all of them have their paperwork in with the office of government ethics. this afternoon, the senate democratic leader complained the pace is too quick. >> jamming these hearings into one or two days, making members run from committee to committee, makes no sense. >> schumer took a letter that
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mcconnell had sent to harry reid in 2009 2009 askingr conditions to be met before nominations move forward. schumer updated the names and dates and returned the letter to mcconnell. minnesota democrat senator amy clover jar noted that some of the dash >> how are we ever going to be able to question them about it even if we get it before the vote. it is putting the cart before the horse. >> senior advisor to the president-elect called the minority party desperate. >> looks like the democrats are going to go full along with obstruction and trying to embarrass some of these nominees. >> republicans are trying to put pressure on democrats up for reelection in 2018, asking if they will pose real questions or just play politics. >> bret: mike emanuel on the hill. thank you. do you think donald trump's nominees will encounter any
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resistance in the senate? that me know on twitter. use the hashtag #specialreport." charles krauthammer is in washington. good evening. i want to start with the jared kushner announcement. "jared has been a tremendous asset in trusted advisor throughout the campaign and transition and i'm proud to have them in a key leadership role in my administration. he's been incredibly successful in business and politics. he will be an invaluable member of my team. execute an ambitious agenda, putting the american people first." does this become a problem, as he is his son-in-law? >> it's an invented problem. the most famous case of appointing a close family member, of course, is bobby kennedy. there was a lot of consternation at that time. the brother of the president. attorney general is a big job,
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very important. he proved to be one of the great assets, we know, in the cuban missile crisis. i think we've become rather relaxed about it. antinepotism laws to prevent the king from appointing all kind of incompetent relatives, that's not the issue. there are conflicts. i think there are problems having to do with the businesses that jared has. and the problem that he and other nominees to high positions could have a conflict of interest. as for nepotism, i don't think it applies. i think the law probably is on the side of trump. we had hillary, who worked on hillary care for her husband. i think those rulings at the time clearing her made a president that says it's okay to use a close relative in high positions. i expect it's a one-day story. >> bret: the transition team and the legal team helping them
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suggest that the president, when he's president, will have a lot of leeway according to the law, of whom we appoint in the white house, not necessarily cabinet positions. what about the confirmation hearings? there will be a flurry, nine hearings in three days. democrats suggesting they already have a number of targets, including rex tillerson and jeff sessions. it starts tomorrow. your thoughts on this. >> i think the strategy is a good one. flood the zone. i think it's a very good idea. you can count on a guy like mitch mcconnell, who is a master of procedure, to have all these nominees going through at the same time so that one story overlaps on the other. rather than giving the democrats a chance to hone in on one, to dominate the news with one, i think this is going to make it a lot easier. the democrats are going to have to be careful. one of the things that helped
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them lose the election was that they had insisted they were in charge and nothing got done in the congress. part of it was the result of obstructionism. they tried to blame the republicans for it, but if they are seen as doing nothing but trying to stop for the sake of stopping, to obstruct for the sake of obstructing, i don't think it's going to work. they ought to choose one or two targets, one or two issues. scott pruitt, epa. if you want to make an issue of the environment. there's a lot of popular support for the liberal position on that. go after that and make it the issue. if you are going to try to go after all at once, it's going to look insincere and pure politics as usual. i think it will go against the democrats. >> bret: and democrats don't have the numbers because of
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democrats. 2013, harry reid changing the rules, saying that 51 was the number, not 60, for cabinet nominees. >> i think the republicans should start every session with an expression of gratitude to harry reid for having made this very easy. it was a mistake from the beginning to blow up the filibuster rule. harry wanted to get, particularly some democrats on the first court of appeals in washington. as a result, they blew up. they used the nuclear option, and it will now hamper them. they will not be able to stop these nominees, and if they try to use a filibuster against the supreme court nominee, i could see the democrats -- the republicans, mcconnell going harry reid on them and making it a straight upward on -- up or down vote.
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>> bret: we will follow every element and timeline. thank you. this is a fox news alert. the iraq war veteran who admits gunning down five people at the fort lauderdale airport on friday was in court today. this is a developing story. in another part of florida, an intense manhunt underway for a murder suspect accused in the deaths of two police officers. phil keating is live in fort lauderdale. >> good evening. $60,000 reward is being offered for anyone who can help get this accused cop killer captured. the manhunt is on for this man. a career criminal, markeith loyd. accused of killi girlfriend last month. someone this morning recognized him from news coverage of that inside a walmart, called 911.
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that's when deborah clayton confronted him, triggering a shoot-out where she was hit multiple times and died at the scene. a short distance later, a sheriff's captain spotted markeith loyd. he then carjacked a driver and drove off. a motorcycle cop looking for loyd was cut off by another driver and died in the crash. two fallen officers in orlando, compounding the tragedy. here in downtown fort lauderdale at the u.s. courthouse behind me this morning, fridays accused airport shooter had his first day in court. three days after terror, panic, chaos erupted in and around the fort lauderdale -- hollywood airport, esteban santiago arrived in federal court.
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he is accused of killing five people and wounding six. inside the courthouse dressed in a red present jumpsuit and shackled at the wrists and ankles, he appeared timid and jittery, clenching his jaw or muttering. he barely made eye contact and provided yes-or-no answers to the judge. he is charged in federal court with committing an act of violence at a airport, using a firearm to commit the crime, and causing the death of a person. >> i heard pop, pop. people immediately were running. they were like, run, run, run. >> all or partially captured on surveillance video. the gunman calmly walking and aiming at passengers. two months before the carnage, the fbi says they opened a file
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on esteban santiago. he walked into the anchorage fbi office to report that his mind was being controlled by u.s. intelligence agencies. >> the fbi says no ties to any terror group were found. santiago was sent for a mental health evaluation. local police confiscated his 9 millimeters handgun and returned it to him 31 days later after he was cleared. 29 days later, he was on his way to fort lauderdale with a one-way ticket. investigators say that santiago admits to the shooting, checking his weapon in his luggage, retrieving it in baggage claim, loading it in the bathroom, and taking lives. santiago served one year in iraq and was discharged four months ago from the alaska national guard. tonight santiago remains in the custody of u.s. marshals here in broward county. he will return here the u.s. courthouse next tuesday. that will be for his detention hearing when the magistrate will
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either issue bond or deny bond. >> bret: phil keating live in fort lauderdale. overseas. israeli officials are trying to find out how a palestinian truck driver was able to use his vehicle as a weapon, killing for soldiers. security is heightened with officers checking drivers and searching vehicles throughout east jerusalem. an american naval ship fired warning shots at iranian vessels yesterday. the latest escalation in the dangerous game of chicken iran seems to be playing with u.s. ships. we have the latest from the pentagon. >> at 8:00 a.m. sunday morning, four iranian boats came within 900 yards of the uss mahan. the destroyer was forced to fire
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three warning shots. the mahan fired .50-caliber bullets in the direction of the vessels, whose sailors were manning their weapons. the missile destroyer was escorting warships. ironic's revolutionary guard corps has been conducting an annual exercise, stimulating maneuvers to shutdown the entrance entrance to the gulf. there are no u.s. aircraft carriers in the middle east. the uss george h.w. bush has been delayed by six months due to sequestration budget cuts. mark warner wrote to the head of the navy late last week. "the absence of an aircraft carrier harms our capabilities and limits some of our military flexibility to quickly respond
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to any number of unforeseen events that may arise." unforeseen events like an increased in ballistic missile tests. u.n. security council resolutions have done nothing to halt iran's missile tests or ongoing proliferation of weapons. in iran, lawmakers voted to expand military spending to 5% of the budget. the u.n. security council weighs a last-minute push by the nuclear watchdog to send 130 tons of natural uranium to iran with the hope that the transfer will keep iran committed to the nuclear deal. this was first reported by the ap. >> such transactions were always anticipated throughout process. natural uranium is an internationally traded commodity. it's not usable in its natural form for building a nuclear weapon. >> the concern among nuclear
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deal skeptics is iran could hold on to the natural uranium until the restrictions begin to expire. it could be enriched for ten simple nuclear bombs, according to some experts. that wouldn't be possible under the current monitoring your arrangement. >> bret: jennifer griffin, live at the pentagon. with just days left in his administration, president obama is sending more troops to afghanistan. a navy spokesman says 300 marines will go to train, advise, and assists afghan security forces in their battle against the taliban. the u.s. and nato formally ended their mission two years ago but thousands of troops remain. iraqi troops made their way to the tigris river, running through mosul. it's their deepest advancement to take the city. troops control the eastern side of one of the cities five
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bridges, all of which have been disabled by u.s.-led air strikes. up next, what the start of the trump administration means for the u.s. economy. news from our fox affiliates. fox 2 in detroit, a second executive from volkswagen is facing criminal charges in the scandal over emissions testing. a top engineer is accused of programming diesel powered vehicles to turn on pollution controls during testing, then turn them off afterward. the company has agreed to pay $15 billion in penalties and reparations. fox 40 in sacramento, sacrament, california. weekend storms topple a famous pioneer cabin tree. the tree is known for the hole that allows visitors to walk through it. the hole was hollowed out in the 1880s. this is a live look at tampa. college football's national championship game.
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>> bret: the lawyer for a pharmaceutical executive on trial for allegedly distributing tainted medication says his client is not responsible. he is charged with causing the deaths of 25 people in part of a national meningitis outbreak. they say management knew their negligence and shoddy work could cause death. stocks today were mixed.
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the dow lost 76. s&p 500 was down 8. the nasdaq gained 11. let's talk more about them or gets and the prospects for the u.s. economy under a trump administration. joining us, melissa francis and charlie gasper reno. good to see you. the president-elect and his meeting today. >> we had a great meeting. jobs. you just saw what happened with fiat. they are going to build a massive plant. we are very happy. jack and i are going to do some more great things. >> we were specifically talking about creating supporting 1 million small businesses, especially in the midwest. small business on the platform selling products.
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american services to china and asia. we are pretty big in asia. >> he is talking about supporting 1 million jobs. his spokesperson said they are going to create 1 million jobs. what about this? >> the message coming from donald trump is unmistakable. people argue about, are these jobs real, new, where they coming here anyway? he is sending a message that jobs are number one in importance to him. to create that, he's creating an environment with low taxes and less regulation. we need to see the follow-through. we need to see it work. this is the tone he's setting in the beginning. >> tone is good. there's a huge p.r. aspect. a lot of these jobs -- i don't know about the jack ma stuff. half -- more than half of the jobs came when obama was in office. as journalists we have to go and hold donalds feet to the fire. some of this is good.
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i like the fact that he is ignoring hollywood. president obama kissed up to hollywood and beat the hell out of business. donald trump is doing the opposite. he is ignoring hollywood and embracing business. hold his feet to the fire. a lot of this is baked in. so many crosscurrents. low taxes, less regulation. he's threatening a trade war with china. that's why the markets are all over the place. if you look at some of the spending, he's looking to blow out the deficit. he is talking about the good parts of obama, infrastructure spending. the economy could go negative. >> we are hearing on capitol hill, they are already talking the tax deal. >> this is why we've come up to 20,000. we have gotten there so quickly on the dow, just crossing 19,000 at the end of november. now we have seen a pause. there's a lot of good sentiment
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out there. the idea that trump is going to support them, he understands what it takes to make a business work. the flip side is when he's talking about expanding the size of the navy, something we heard about recently, and the other spending like infrastructure, you have to pay for those. it's not totally clear where that's going to come from. the market wants to see, how are you going to pay for this? isn't really going to happen? you see the run up and the slight hesitation. >> at the end of the obama economy, if you will, the final jobs report. 4.7% unemployment. your thoughts. >> good topline numbers. scratch below the surface and they get squarely. gdp growth is marginal. average. massive underemployment. that's the problem with obama-
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obama-nomics. >> is it cautious optimism or exuberance? >> it's closer to exuberance. it's on the back of the worst recovery we've seen on record. we've been so weak over the course of the obama presidency. recently we have seen them pick up. it's the backdrop of terrible growth. there is relief and excitement and we're going to need -- >> cautious optimism. the trade stuff is bad. it could hurt the economy. >> we were nice to each other. we were tame. i yell right back. >> bret: thank you very much. getting a look at more documents from the fbi investigations of the hillary clinton email scandal. this comes as one of the key players in the alleged hacking surrounding the election tries to take russia off the hook.
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>> the founder of the wikileaks compared the reports to politically charged press releases. nat hentoff julian assange had his internet access cut off. using an audio line today, he emphasized the conclusion that none of the stolen emails from democrats, including clinton's campaign manager, were doctored. assange provided no new evidence about who provided the documents. >> in relation to john podesta emails and the dnc leak, i'm not in the business of any government. they are not state parties. the note >> the report says
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vladimir putin's intelligence >> they will support comprehensive legislation. >> seems pretty clear to me that wikileaks got it from the russians. didn't affect the outcome but they try to interfere in our elections. you should let everybody know in america, republicans and democrats, that you are going to make russia pay a price for trying to interfere. >> tomorrow the chairman of the senate intelligence committee will hold the first of a series of meetings to assess russia's activities. this will be the first time the public has heard from the intelligence community leadership since last friday. >> bret: what are we learning about the clinton emails? >> the fbi released another 299 pages from the clinton email investigative file. one exchange shows frustrations among fbi agents after the state department challenge whether the emails contained sensitive information. "you are about to be drug into
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an issue on classification of the clinton emails." the the dash other records showt by july 2016 the fbi had opened a full investigation, not a security review. as hillary clinton told the public. >> bret: let's get some analysis from tucker carlson. "tucker carlson tonight up" debuts this evening. good evening. longer lunch today? >> much longer. thank you. >> bret: congrats on the new time and the new show. talk to me about where you think the state of the democratic party is right now. is this a party essentially in the wilderness? trying to find out which way to go? >> for sure. unwilling to do the hard work of figuring it out. i have seen where the party
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coalesces around a common loathing. the key to running any party is to figure out what you have in common with the components of the party? vote for us and you get what? they haven't decided on that. it's tough. maybe that's why they are avoiding it. it's going to happen. >> bret: what do you think about chuck schumer saying we are going to stop everything, we are going to fight on every front. we are going to put up a delay on these nominations. what about that strategy? >> it's not much of a strategy. they are under pressure from donors. i don't think schumer has a bad personal relationship with trum trump. this election, from day one, was framed by a lot of people as a moral contest between good and
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evil, virtuous and sinful. it's hard to walk back from that. the guy, i'm going to work with him now. this is the fruit of that rhetoric. it's hard to undo it once you get going. >> bret: what do you think the messages from president obama in his farewell address tomorrow night? he admitted over the weekend that he had some issues with the democratic party losses this past election cycle. >> the subtext will be the same. america isn't worthy of me. you had a chance. one of the greatest transformative figures in history and you blew it because you are small minded and dumb, unlike me. i assume that will be the subtext. that typically is the point he is making. >> bret: tonight, at 9:00 p.m., the first show. do you have a good lineup? should we tease anything? >> starting with glenn beck. played an interesting role in this election. we talked about that and about his life.
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tom friedman from "the new york times" who has been a great explainer and champion of globalization part i want to talk about how that has turned out great it's going to be great. >> bret: congrats and good luck. the senate prepares to discuss, debate, or fight over president-elect trump's cabinet nominations. we will set the stage with our new york panel when we come bac back. tiki barber running a barber shop? yes!!! surprising. yes!!! what's not surprising? how much money david saved by switching to geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more. who's next?
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>> going grades. confirmation is going great. i think they will all pass. i think every nomination will be -- they are at the highest level. >> i'm optimistic that we will be able to get up to seven nominees on day one. >> jamming these hearings into one or two days, making members run from committee to committee, makes no sense. >> i want somebody who's not a
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knee-jerk, gut reaction, let's drop bombs on everybody. >> the american people have a right to know if they are going to be entering into these offices with conflicts of interest. >> bret: it's a cornucopia of confirmation hearings on capitol hill this week, as you take a look at the calendar. you have quite a few. jeff sessions, attorney general. general kelly, homeland security. rex tillerson, secretary of state. betsy devos, education. mike pompeo, cia. elaine chao. thursday you've got wilbur ross and ben carson. what about this and what lies ahead? william mcgurn, mainstream columnist for "the wall street journal." lisa boothe, columnist with the "washington examiner" and eboni williams. great to see you. bill, what do you make of this? >> business as usual. democrats are in the minority. senator schumer would like to make a show of it. i think what they are hoping for is that in the paperwork they might find some kind of
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financial problem or conflict that would force them to withdraw. or during the hearing, someone would miss state something. senator mcconnell pointed out they confirm seven in president obama's first term. >> good strategy to throw them all together? >> it's the way things are done. trying to get them through quickly. senator mcconnell says they will have the paperwork before the vote. so they will have the information. it is normal posturing. >> bret: ebony. >> i agree with charles krauthammer earlier. democrats should be more targeted in their approach. i think it's going to be jeff sessions. i think they are going to make a loud argument to make their legitimate questions looming particularly around civil rights issues. if confirmed as attorney general, he will be running a civil rights department. i think it's important that those questions are asked and people get some type of answer.
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>> bret: the sub context, ebony, is that he's a racist. you can't have him. >> that's one argument. i want to be more precise and say when he was offered up for a confirmation for a federal bench seat 30 years ago, sure. it happened. the determination was that there were racial insensitivity issues that were concerning. americans want answers to the questions. >> bret: they are going to have some supporters speaking out. i want to mention this. senator schumer sent a letter to mitch mcconnell. it's a letter that harry reid received from mitch mcconnell, then senate minority leader, and 2009. it essentially says, and he crossed out harry reid and put mitch mcconnell, schumer data, today and sent it back. it says "before we go forward, let's have these things. fbi background checks, ethics
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review, financial disclosure statements. interviews." schumer making the point that this stuff is not in. >> as bill pointed out, this is politics as usual. it is not rare to hold this many confirmation hearings in one da day. what senator mitch mcconnell has been saying is that republicans joined democrats in nominating seven on the day president obama was inaugurated, five that week, and 13 were done on voice vote without recorded opposition. the reason why the republicans are making it difficult for them is because by spreading them so thin with everything this week, president obama's farewell speech, whether it's the fact that president electron is going to address the press on wednesday by jamming through all these republican nominees, it is marked tactically because he's making it very difficult for the democratic party to try to focus on as many, at least as they
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have alluded to, making it so that they have to pinpoint a couple people they're going to to focus on specifically. >> there are rules in the senate and one of them is that anybody can step up and say this is not working for me. a lot of these committees have conflicts. senators on another committee that's holding a confirmation hearing at the same time. they could say let's slow this thing down. >> they could. the question is, do the democrats who are already in the minority in the senate, and they have a lot of seats coming up in two years, do they want to go down that road? i'm not sure a lot of them do. i agree with eboni. senator sessions is the target. >> bret: more than rex tillerson? >> they are going to ask legitimate questions but we have to say it's not just questions. it's answers. there are some good answers for jeff sessions. i think the hope is you create the question mark around someon someone. when the republicans confirmed
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tim guyton her and he owed back taxes. >> bret: there is usually one who stumbles. nobody thought in 2009 that tom daschle was not going to make it through but for taxes -- he didn't make it. >> i can't imagine what the problems he had for his judicial confirmation issue, senator senator sessions will not be prepared. i'm looking for an opportunity. if her going to go under the premise of a race problem for senator sessions, i think this will be an opportunity to clarify. i know what the argument is against jeff sessions. i'm looking forward to the argument for him. >> bret: is there any other person who stands out in far -- as far as vulnerability? >> potentially tillerson. it republicans need a simple majority to move forward with their nominations.
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>> bret: the move in 2013 by harry reid. >> potentially if they are able to pick up some republicans on tillerson. that's where they've created the most noise at least in regards to his stance on russia and questioning the stance. i think ultimately this is noise from the democratic party because this is all they are left with at this moment. >> they have 52 votes going into this confirmation, the g.o.p. i don't expect anyone not to be confirmed but i think these conversations can prove valuable. >> bret: here is bob corker on the process. he spoke very eloquently. [laughter] >> apparently not available currently. >> bret: he raised some concerns about a couple of these. he needs to ask hard questions we republicans are saying we are going to ask the tough questions. >> you have hearings to ask questions.
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i think mr. tillerson is the most interesting. not being a politician, we don't really know what his views are. people assume he's pro-putin because he did deals in russia. it's it's a legitimate thing to find out what his view of russia is, his view of our relations. he doesn't have the track record, the political record other people do. >> apparently senator corker wants to weigh in. >> much of the repeal piece is about making a political point. much of it is about drawing a line for people like me who care about our country's deficit. throwing $116 billion in a mud puddle to make a point is something we can overcome. >> senator corker not talking about cabinet nominations. coming up, the fight over obamacare. stay with us.
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♪ >> if the republicans can come up with a system that ensures more people, cheaper, better, i will be the first one -- >> you don't think they can do it? >> i'm skeptical he can do it, mainly because, for seven years, including when we first tried to pass health care, i said, if that doesn't work, tell me what does. >> the first thing you got to do, repeal this law, replace it. let's go back to the beginning of replacing it with reforms that actually focus on lower cost and putting patients in charge of their health care decisions with their doctors. >> it would be ideal if we could do it all in one big action. but look, it may take time to get all of the elements of the replace in place.
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>> bret: obamacare repeal and replace. a big topic up on capitol hill. our last fox news poll asked the question, do you believe donald trump truly rolled repeal and replace obamacare? yes, 68%. no, 24%. do you want him to do that? and they are, you see the breakdown of democrats, republicans, independence, all voters. and there is a split, obviously. we are back with the panel. the political reality of being able to do it all together. >> sure. not likely. i think that a sound mind can understand why that would be impossible. here is the issue. you could argue that there is one thing obamacare did do successfully, that is granted ge coverage to other people. some might argue that is the only thing it did. i am very interested in something that works better, has better premiums, is more affordable and better coverage. but what do you do with those 20 million people, bret that will happen in between time, between the repeal and what the replacement looks like?
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at if the g.o.p. successfully me the argument that they are the party of the people, which i would submit that was the argument of that is why they won in big numbers, you have to consider those people in those repeal and replace process. look, i think people are afraid. for donald trump, this is a 24, a one political promise they have made, they will fix this thing, they will get rid of it. it is also an economic boost. if they do it right, they can take a patron of the economy. the problem is, the repeal part, easy enough. when you have it, then, it is like getting rid of nuclear waste. it can kill you unless to you t the right way. that is what they are trying to find out, they are trying to find a way to get to a market oriented system, where there are prices and so forth. i think that can be done. i think the key for the republicans, there is all sorts of traps along the way. forward momentum. you get one part in place, it will make the other parts more easy to get. >> bret: you have democrats,
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lisa, saying, once they do this, it is they are his. and they will call it trump care. it will be like holding the old maid and that card game. and you are the one who has got it. >> sure. republicans are looking at the 2010 election. i think it cost democrats 5.8 percentage points, at the polls. you're looking at the democrats have voted for it. only 27 met are still left in the senate. of course, they are looking at that from a political lens. to bill's point, it was a president-elect trump to try to drive for the process. right now, republicans lack of consensus and what to do, limitation with budget reconciliation. we are talking about something that is very common gator. very, very complex. 2700 page bill with tens of thousands regulations and rules, a law that redirects one fifth of the united states economy and a law that has been in place since 2010. as eboni pointed out, some of it is very, very big. we are looking at something that is very complex. i think that is the reason why republicans are having a difficult time coming to
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consensus. >> bret: sure. they have some time. they have had a few campaigns on this very issue. here is senator cory booker from the house. >> if you are going to repeal this law, which is going to punch many americans into health crisis. this is akin to shoving someone off a cliff. as they are falling down, saying, don't worry, we will figure this out. >> our leaders had said, nobody is going to get the rug pulled out from underneath him. you first have to go and got to the law, though. then, you start putting in place reforms. >> there are republican plans, eboni, one of them is senator rand paul. he has talked apparently the president-elect, who will come on our show tomorrow and talk about that. there are others. >> certainly. that is really my only big concern, bret. i think repeal makes complete sense to make politically. there is a policy component. senator paul's plan has to be considered. but it has been a wild, it has been six years, i think many
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of us are wondering, where is the opportunity from the g.o.p. to be for active and aggressive with those replacement plans. >> bret: do you think this message is going to resonate and president obama's farewell address in chicago tomorrow? >> i think so. he met with democrats up on the hill. look, let's be clear. if democrats could have a fix this, they have it all these years. they are so happy to get rid of it. they think the republicans are going to not be able to fix it and they will blame them for the old pushing grandma down the stairs. but the one reason for the delay, the staggered implementation, republicans don't want to make the mistake that the democrats had. you have to pass the bill to find out what is an edge. they have to sell every part of the replace to the american people. that takes time. >> bret: do you think the plan originally was the camel's nose under the tent and that it didn't work because hillary clinton lost? they weren't able to expand it to single payer or whatever? >> it is a government first
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solution. i think government first solutions don't work. maybe they wanted a single payer in the end. but it didn't work. people are unhappy, they have grown in their unhappiness. it is the great republican challenge and opportunity to fix this thing. not just to go back to the status quo before, but to go to something better. we didn't have a marketed health care before. it was all distorted by the tax code and employer subsidies. this is a big challenge. >> i agree. this is an opportunity for the g.o.p. as someone who is not happy with obamacare, obama would've prefer to see a real replacement, having to pick between, do i pay a penalty or an out-of-control premium. it is a ridiculous position. >> i do think it will take president-elect trump. it will be difficult to find the political will and the political backbone to get this done. there are political ramifications. i think it is going to take the leader of the top, president-elect trump, to drive consensus and to move this thing
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forward. >> bret: panel, thank you very much. that is it for our number one of "special report." guess what, we have another hour to come. the latest news continuing the ongoing manhunt in florida. stay with us right here after the break. we will be back.
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>> bret: this is fox's alert. i am bret baier, for the second hour of "special report." manhunt is underway in central florida for a person suspected of fatally shooting in orlando police officer. there is a second place fatality related to this search. we are watching all of that tonight from here in new york. good evening, rick. >> good evening. a tragic day for law enforcement in orlando. one officer gunned down, a second dying in a motorcycle crash. a $60,000 reward is not being offered for information related to the capture of markeith lloy lloyd, mossadegh reported 20 times on various charges. already wanted for the murder of his pregnant ex-girlfriend
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before the shooting of the officer this morning. the incident began when a shopper recognized him in a walmart store just after 7:00 a.m., that citizen went outside and told the officer, who is in the parking lot, putting bags in her trunk. master sergeant deborah clayton moved toward that store to confront him, but he allegedly came out firing, at least 12 rounds, hitting her three times, killing the recently married a 17 year veteran. she was able to return fire before she was gunned down but authorities say lloyd escaped unharmed. >> i want to reassure the community that the orlando police department and our surrounding agencies are dedicating every available resource to catch this criminal. and we will catch this criminal and we will bring him to justic justice. >> bret: during the third, by hundreds of officers is forming neighborhoods northwest of orlando, and orange county sheriff's deputy became a second fatality to you today, when his motorcycle slammed into a van. he was just identified as deputy
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first class norman lewis, an 11 year veteran. u.s. attorney general led wow loretta lynch says there will be no rest until lloyd is in custody. >> fbi, atf, and the u.s. marshals service are actively assisting with the search for this perpetrator. we will be there for our state and local partners, as they have been there, and so many important ways for us. of course, as we continue to investigate this devastating incident. >> orlando's mayor declared a day of warning, on this, it also happens to be national law enforcement appreciation day, bret. >> bret: we will follow it. thank you. checking political headlines tonight, president-elect donald trump has chosen has a son in law for a senior advisor bowl in the white house, but there are questions over the legality of the move. the transition team is saying it is perfectly legal. jared kushner is married to trump's daughter, ivanka trump. president-elect trump talked jobs today with the ceo of a major chinese company. he reportedly has a plan to
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create a million jobs in the u.s. within five years. earlier, the president-elect thanked chrysler with plans to invest in michigan and ohio, creating cut some 2000 jobs. tomorrow, the first of the senate confirmation he hearings, the president-elect met today wh senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, both men say they are confident of the agenda and the nominations. >> the president-elect and i had a good meeting about the senate agenda, which of course, includes confirming the cabinet appointment, getting further down the road toward repealing and replacing obamacare, we talked about the senate agenda. how we are ready to get going once he gets down there. >> i think they will all pass. i think every nomination will be at the highest level. jack was even saying, they are the absolute highest level. >> bret: the intersection between entertainment and politics was a bumpy road last
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night in hollywood. chief correspondent shows us what happened when several people at the golden globe awards took on the president-elect. >> it's award season in hollywood and thus, the annual chance for celebrities to plunge into politics. and a plunger they did. >> this is the golden globes, one of the few places left where america still honors the popular vote. >> that a swipe by host jimmy fallon at donald trump select and victory set the tone. but it was meryl streep receiving a lifetime achievement award who turned an entertainment award show into something approaching a political rally. >> hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners. if we kick them all out, you will have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts. >> she also took aim at the tone of the trump campaign. >> disrespect invites disrespect. violence insights and violence. when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.
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>> donald trump hit back, using his favorite stage, twitter, to call meryl streep, quote one of the most overrated actresses in hollywood." , hillary flunky who lost big. while his advisor, kellyanne conway, advised hollywood, it is time to accept the election results and heal the divide. >> i am concerned that somebody with a platform like meryl streep is also, i think, inciting people's worth instincts when she won't get up there and say, i didn't like it. but let's try to support him and see where we can find some common ground. >> with award season just getting underway, it seems likely there will be of more rr than less criticism over the next few weeks. >> were never a celebrity gets up and it awards a show, they have this big platform. it is a long-standing tradition that almost every show will have some sort of either social, cultural, or political statement. >> so, hollywood is unlikely to let up on trump and the president-elect is unlikely to let up on almost anyone.
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given that he even used twitter to mock fellow republican arnold schwarzenegger's rankings as the new host of "celebrity apprentice." bret. >> bret: jonathan, thank you. let's get a reaction out of this controversy. dana perino is co-a host of "the five" of it, along with juan williams, also cohost of "the five." well, what about this? >> i think it was utterly predictable. you had the sound bite from somebody's income it is a time-honored tradition. they are always going to do it at the award shows. when i work for president bush, you could buy that there was good to be some sort of slap against her publicans. but i think is unfortunate, kellyanne conway was heading against us, instead of playing to type in playing the role, there wasn't any way to break out of that. so, both meryl streep and donald trump were talking to their bases. he is going to punch back. we know that. that was coming. but it would have been an interesting time for either meryl streep or donald trump to maybe just move a little bit
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beyond that face covering, to say, i look forward to working with you. let's get together on something else. that is how you really can advance a policy agenda. come next friday, when the inauguration is complete, then, we get from campaigning to governing. i think a lot of this, hopefully, will subside. >> bret: if you look at the polls at the election, the exit polls, hollywood is disconnected from a lot of the country. but this pushback from donald trump on twitter. i mean, are we going to see this, do you think i'm a going forward the president trump? it. i remember when he was on, i think it was "60 minutes," he said he was going to tone down the use of twitter. but that has not been the case. it appears now, given his success with it, the fact that it has such an effective mechanism -- >> bret: a pulpit. >> you are watching it, we know bully pulpit, when we say typically, talking about the presidency of the united states, and the fact that he can or she
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can speak to us as the american people. here, trump isn't speaking. it is 140 characters. in the case of his attack on meryl streep come it was a string of 140 characters. but the same effect. he just gets it out there, it was around the press, has the present chasing him. it gets through to his audience very effectively. with regard to meryl streep, let me say, i think that unlike you dana, i think this is the start of cultural wars on steroids. i don't think it is going to die down with the inauguration. i think you are going to see people who are protesting, especially women, going at trump at a very harsh manner. i don't think, just like we talked about twitter, i don't think it is going away. >> bret: as of the message that you got from the election that people, no matter their party, want to see things done? they want to see things across the finish line? they want to see washington work? >> meryl streep double down on what hillary clinton said. she said, when hillary clinton was called on saying, the basket of deplorable's to describe
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supporters of donald trump, she said, oh, i really stepped in it. but meryl streep basically took that and said people who watch football and mixed martial arts are the only thing that you are going to get. the kind of condescension doesn't help at all. in fact, if you want to look at in terms of success, just from a numbers point of view, especially football, the nfl, much more successful than anything in hollywood. to be when i asked tucker earlier, juan, by the state of the democratic party. it is the party in the wilderness, and search of a core? >> i think it is. it is interesting to me, right now, if you look at the democrats, they have a weak bunch. you think i'm aware is the new leadership, the new face of the party coming from? partly come i could be president obama for remaining in the game as a player. he is relatively young, 55, he will be in washington. you start to look across the country, time and again, what you are seeing, people who want to fight against the trump agenda, whether they are using state government, or the offices come in terms of an attorney
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general's office, and the case of california. i think the base of the party, right now, it is still engaged in fighting, resisting donald trump. and that is the core. now, is that core sufficient to reconstitute and ever when recollections again? that is a good question. i don't think they were effective in dealing with donald trump. >> bret: is the pushback on these confirmation here raised to fire up the base? is it to raise money? what is it? >> i think it is all of those things. the leadership, as you have seen come off the democrats, since the election, they elected people that are all of the same. they are inside, washington insiders. they all talk alike. they're using the same thing after they have used since the 1980s about her publicans wanting their grandmother to eat cat food. you can see this coming. there is nothing new. i feel like they are not matching the moment or the message. certainly, not with the messenger. when president obama gives his farewell address tomorrow night, he can also help set a tone for how he is going to conduct
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himself going forward. how he wants his legacy shaped. maybe you are right. a sort of raining on my new year's optimistic parade here. if there is going to be a culture war to be hot, i think donald trump has the upper hand. not only does he have the bully pulpit, he has both houses of congress, they will wait be able to get a lot of things done. what will matter is what kind of results they can show. if they can do that, the democrats will remain in the wilderness. the one how much would you select being press secretary with an active twitter from donald trump? >> well, i think it is comparing apples to oranges. when i left the white house in january of 2009, i didn't even have a twitter account. so, the tools of communication have changed so much in eight years. it is hard for me to imagine george w. bush tweeting out in the morning. it's just not something that i would ever -- >> bret: the message strategy for the day's a little difficult. it >> you know what my motto is,
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embrace the chaos. chaos is what you are going to get. all these liberals who say that donald trump, stop tweeting, why would he give up his most effective tool? is not going to do that. embrace the chaos. try to match them. they are not matching the moment or the message or even a communication tool to be able to utilize those things that can help them advance or deny donald trump's agenda. >> i think the reception to meryl streep's remarks last night and hollywood has been overwhelming. they like it. >> bret: she stood up. she is meryl streep. >> they put down donald trump for saying she is and has been and a hillary flunky because obviously, meryl streep is without question, one of america's greatest actresses. you see that perception. i think that tells you something about the political instinct that you are asking me about, democrats in the woods. these are major democratic supporters, or member, she campaigned for hillary clinton. big donors all on the west coast. you will see those people, sort
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of dig in and take pride in resisting donald trump. >> they were totally ineffective. >> i don't know that it is ineffective. we are sitting here tonight talking about her. her message, to my mind -- >> bret: michigan, wisconsin, pennsylvania, the places that matter the selection -- >> one of fallon's jokes was all about the electoral college. this was the only place in america where we still respect the popular vote. america has never elected presidents based on the popular vote. that was a mistake that they made. >> bret: we could keep this going for a long time. >> we have fun with it. >> bret: thank you very much. confirmation hearings for president-elect donald trump's nominees begin tomorrow. at first, general john kelly for homeland security secretary. and senator jeff sessions, there talked about earlier, for attorney general. that one could be a little toug tough. chief legal correspondent shannon bream tells us why. >> high quality man. >> the day before
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president-elect donald trump's attorney general has them to what promises to be a contentious hearing, jeff sessions has his full conference. in 1986, he was nominated to become a federal judge, and it turned into a bruise and come on successful battle. the same allegations of racism are coming this time. it's legal defense fund says that it is quote inconceivable that he should be entrusted with the oversight of our civil rights laws. >> to put him in charge of department of justice is like putting the fox in charge of the henhouse. >> sessions has been criticized for presuming voter fraud charges against three african-americans in alabama during his time as a u.s. attorney there. they were acquitted, though, the son of tour of two of the defendants says he is not a racist. he was presented with evidence by local district attorney that he relied on and his office presented the case. that is what a prosecutor does. i believe him when he says that
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he was simply doing his job. sessions has passionately denied the most egregious allegations against him, that he used derogatory, racist terms. he has not denied that he may have called the end naacp and aclu un-american. saying that labeling these groups would have been wrong. supporters say he is a man of integrity who fought for desegregation, work to make sure that a kkk member was executed, and won a $7 million judgment against the klan. >> there is an attempt by some to demonize people and call them racist when there is actually no proof for it. let me say clearly, senator sessions is not a racist. >> several of sessions colleagues from across the aisle remain unconvinced. senator brown says he already told sessions he won't vote for him. today, the senate judiciary committee, who once called a sessions, actually wonderful to work with, wrote a scathing piece appearing in
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"the boston globe, come outling all the times he says he refused to work on measures to protect women, and members of the lgbt community. sessions that he walked into the 1986 hearings unprepared for what he called and orchestrated a smear job. we are told he has undergone numerous practice rounds this time. of course, he is well aware of the accusations he'll face. bret. >> bret: shannon, thank you. a follow tonight in the story we told you about last week. congressional democrats plan to rehang a piece of artwork depicting police officers as pigs. republican california congressman duncan hunter had removed it from a capitol hill wall, but the congressional black caucus objected and said returning it to the exhibit is a proud statement and defense of the first amendment. president obama will deliver his good-bye addressed to the nation tomorrow night from chicago. but he is already defending his two terms against unexpected assault from the new incoming administration. correspondent reports from the
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white house tonight. >> he is leaving office in less than a couple of weeks, but president obama is still defending his party's performance at the ballot box for the past eight years. >> they didn't come out to vote. >> well, you know, they came out to vote for me. >> a point of reference to the oft criticized campaign of democratic campaign hillary clinton, who failed to attract enough voters to beat donald trump. a second time mr. obama has made the suggestion that if he ran, there would be a democrat in the white house in 2017. >> i am confident in his vision because i am confident that if i had run again and articulated it, i think i could have mobilized a majority of american people to mobilize behind it. >> the opposite may in fact be true, after all, it was on the president's watch that some 1000 democratic seats were lost in the congress, senate, governors and state houses. >> i take some responsibility for that. i think that some of it was
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circumstances. if you look at what happened, i came in in the middle of the worst financial crisis since the great depression. >> while the crisis may be overcome of the fallout was so pronounced, it arguably helped propel donald trump to victory. and any 2016 election when eachf the six states that surround mr. obama's home state of illinois voted republican. and it is there, and his adopted hometown of chicago, for the president will address the nation tuesday evening. a city besieged by violence and seemingly bypassed by the president's self-described successes over the past eight years. >> rahm emanuel is the mayor, the buck stops there come in terms of what is happening in the city. the president is certainly coming there has some responsibility for the policies that have been in place. >> the president is committed to delivering a forward-looking speech that will examine briefly the significant progress that our country has made in the last eight years. he will spend more time talking
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about for the present is necessary to confront the challenges that lie ahead. >> 3550 shootings in chicago last year, bret. out of that, 762 homicides, more than new york and los angeles combined. bret. >> bret: at the white house briefing room. kevin, thank you. most members of the u.s. military taking part in a survey about president obama have an unfavorable view of the departing president. a poll published by the military times indicates just 18% of those questions have a very favorable opinion of the president. about the same percentage said to somewhat favorable, 12% are neutral. 22.5% are somewhat unfavorable, and 29%, as you see, very unfavorable. former president obama will be former at the time that he takes his traditional final plane trip on the plane serving as air force one, shortly after the
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inauguration ceremonies. that is the word today from the white house. the outgoing first couple will fly to chicago. but then, will return later to their washington, d.c., home. those new digital assistant devices can be incredibly useful and convenient, but they can also leave your information exposed. that is next. and also, three days in january. that changed america in 1961. anything meant to stand needs a stable foundation.
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♪ >> bret: convicted charleston church shooter dylann roof made good on his promise to call no witnesses in his own defense during his death penalty trial. the 22-year-old defendant rested his case today in the sentencing phase of his federal trial. jury deliberations begin
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tomorrow. he faces either life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death penalty. the trade-off between convenience and privacy is one of the recurring themes of the times we live in, of course. tonight, another example of how high-tech can help help make your life a dream or a nightmare. here is correspondent casey stegall. >> what is the weather? >> currently, 36 degrees of intermittent clouds. >> from getting your own personalized weather forecast... >> alexa, play classical music. he >> to playing music on cue, digital personal assessments like amazons at alexa and apples siri can perform a growing numbr of tasks by just saying the com. >> it is good at isolating the person who is speaking. >> what's more, your voice prompts are often recorded, stored, and analyzed, to help the gadget adapt to you. but most tech experts warned the convenience of never having to lift a finger can come with a
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trade-off. >> for an average user, such as you or your friend, you would never know that it is recording. >> the small wi-fi enabled device may know so much about you it could even hold clues to an unsolved murder. authorities in bentonville, arkansas, have asked amazon for help after they have recovered an echo inside a crime scene. >> they believe that it is possible that some of the events that took place in the night in the early morning hours of this murder could have been recorded. >> amazon says it will not release customer information from its servers, unless the company is legally required to do so. it's a bit reminiscent of the fight between law and apple over unlocking the iphone belonging to the san bernardino government. >> doesn't matter if it is amazon, apple, google, microsoft, or samsung. pretty much anything with voice recognition software opens you
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up to privacy concerns, many of those features, however, can be disabled if you check with the manufacturer. bret. >> bret: thank you. here to discuss the concerns about digital assist products and privacy is tom kellerman, ceo of strategic cyber ventures. he joins us tonight in washington. tom, thanks for being here. i want to play a sound bite from the national intelligence director, clapper, from the hearing just last week. the alarming thing he said about what we face when it comes to respect cyber security. >> cyber will be a challenge for the u.s., the intelligence community, and our national security for the foreseeable future. we need to be prepared for that. adversaries are pushing the envelope. since this is a tool that doesn't cost much, and sometimes, it's hard to attribute. >> bret: there are multiple stats here but there are some reports saying that we are
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attacked 500,000 times a day by cyber attacks enter code caused some $2 trillion in 2019. tom. >> we are dealing with a cyber insurgency. a cyber insurgency that began about 20 years ago up through orchestrated efforts by both the chinese and russian governments. what has changed is not hackers from around the world are colonizing u.s. cyber space because there is a myriad of attack tools that allow them to take over and commandeer everything from networks at banks to these home personal assistants that allow them to essentially come i easily burglarize you are stock you as an individual. >> bret: when they talk about the internet of things, that is what we are talking about, right? anything that is tied to the internet, a camera, one of these devices, pretty much anything that is hooked up to the web? >> most everything that was hooked up to the web. this is highly problematic because most individuals do not know how to secure their homes, their devices, or their corporate networks. more attention needs to be paid by the manufacturers to allow
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individuals to toggled on security rather than how to build security on top of the device. in doing that, some basic security premises need to be espoused. the you should change your password your sentences. you should update your devices every week. you should use a security software and all your devices. you should turn your device off when you're not using it. >> bret: this is scary to a lot of people. they live their life connected to the internet. but frankly, we are all vulnerable. >> we are all vulnerable. if you are a powerful person in today's world, you are even more exposed because you are being hunted not only by criminals and by miscreants come about by nationstates themselves who are trying to penetrate your devices so that they can leapfrog into those devices of people who trust or communications. it is an absolute imperative that the president-elect take this issue more seriously and invest in a cyber security of the united states of america. >> bret: when i listen to that hearing, tom, i heard the officials say, we really don't have a broader strategic plan in response to a lot of this.
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we don't have to set up to be able to analyze this. while, what has taken so long? where has the past administration been on cybersecurity and stepping up its efforts? >> insufficient attention and insufficient strategic that has been given to cyber and cyber security for years now. there have been a married effort reports that have recommended state actions that could be taken, for they have been diluted, if not dispelled by the powers they didn't want the unintended consequences of any new push from the government vis-a-vis whether it be regulation or investment strategy. i think the time has come to recognize cybersecurity as a national and economic security imperative. as evidenced by the recent russian activity, we should recognize and appreciate that we are being colonized in cyberspace. for the manufacturers of the world that are forcing us online and forcing the internet into our homes through these myriad of mechanisms that are amazing, they need to add more security to those devices and teach the users how to increase their security should they be more of a target in today's environment.
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>> bret: and its nationstates, it's not just russia, it's china, we have seen china with the opm, the personal management hack that left social security and identification vulnerable for some 20 million americans. >> the chinese have been coming at us for years. they have thrown the kitchen sink at us, for that matter. they are nowhere near at worrying in and staying in visual like the russians are. now, you are seeing other rogue nations like iran, syria, north korea, who have cyber attack capabilities because they have been trained by consultants from overseas and because they have downloaded various weapons that are available on the dark web forums that speak russian or chinese, for that matter. we need to really appreciate the fbi, the dni, the cia, and the dod, they are completely overwhelmed because that is portions of american cyberspace starting from your refrigerator that has a new wi-fi connection all the way through your corporate network, have backdoors in them, that have been put in the years before.
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>> bret: tom, we appreciate your time. it is something that we really want to keep track of here on "special report." we will be doing that this week. thank you. also, all this week, we are previewing our special coming up this sunday on the transition between president dwight eisenhower and john f. kennedy. there are some parallels to what is happening with this year's presidential changeover. >> eisenhower, by draining the swamp, so to speak, he intended to restore a sense of well-being and normalcy and america. that was something that he was pursuing as a republican. he felt that he was an alternative to the democratic program. ♪ speak of the eisenhower era is often painted as a sleepy time, where most americans i'm quiet, prosperous lives. but in fact, it was a roiling time in american history.
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the cold war had begun and the nuclear age was upon us. for all the surface calm, it was an age defined by anxiety. no one knew of if another war d start, one that could and humanity. throw in domestic issues, civil rights, and recessions, and fee '50s weren't always the happiest days. some think they were. and that is why those three days in january, a transition from eisenhower to kennedy, from republican to democrat, from the old guard to the new frontier, for a crucial time in our history. >> the turnover, the keys to the closet, probably gave him some pause. he didn't know kennedy very wel well. there was a lot of rhetoric during that campaign that allowed led him to be concerned about perhaps the beginning of a period where fear would play a much bigger role in national life. >> bret: this sunday's program
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is called "three days in january." it is based on my new book of the same name, "three days in january." dwight eisenhower's final mission. that is out tomorrow. the special debuts 8:00 p.m. sunday night. the book is available at all booksellers, as i said, locking tomorrow. president-elect donald trump makes a big higher. he is keeping it all in the family. our panel in washington will discuss when we come back. ♪ what's the best way to get
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♪ >> i will let president-elect trump select whomever he would like to have around him, obviously, that is what he will do. i can tell you as president obama and all of us in the senior house of the white house went to great lengths to comply with the strict ethical requirements that the american people expect president obama takes great pride in the fact that there has not been major scandal overe eight years that he has been in office. >> bret: josh josh earnest at e white house today reacting to the news that jared kushner, donald trump's son-in-law, is going to be named, or has been named, is a senior advisor in the new trump white house. he is believed to be one of the four people that trump trust the most, along with his wife, trump's daughter, and his sons, eric and don, jr. we begin there. let's bring our panel from washington. steve hayes, editor-in-chief of the "weekly standard.
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amy stoddard, associate editor of "nuclear pollen . you expected jared kushner to be a part of this somehow, is this an issue, is it raising any eyebrows in washington? >> well, so far, i think people who know trump world know that he is really the final word, he is a calming influence on donald trump, he doesn't make a move without a son-in-law. i think this is probably on balance a good thing. it's not a surprise to anybody who has been watching the campaign closely and the transition. i think he is going to clear the nepotism threshold by not taking a salary and according to ethics experts so far, they are impressed with his efforts to separate from has many business deals, unlike his father-in-law, who has not seemed to take those steps yet. i think, so far, jared kushner is clearing the appropriate path. i think people are impressed by
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him and hope that he will be helpful to donald trump and governing. >> bret: the trump transition legal team says that they shouldn't have a problem because it is a white house appointment and not a cabinet nominee. the law is pretty specific on that front. but you mentioned the financial untangling that we have yet to hear really a lot about from the president-elect. he was asked about it today by reporters at trump tower. >> can you talk a little bit about the separations emma detangling yourself up from your economic? >> we will talk about it on wednesday. all i can say is it is very simple. >> 500 businesses -- -- >> very, very easy to do. it's really very simple. >> bret: we don't have the best audio and trump tower to hear interviews. but mercedes, is this going to be a problem, we will hear from the president-elect the day
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after tomorrow and what is billed as his first news conference in quite some time. >> remember, there was a news conference scheduled back in december that he was going to be addressing these issues. he ended up postponing this press conference until today -- until wednesday. obviously, i think that the legal team, they are taking their time to ensure that trump is able to detach himself from his company, where the sons would be in charge, and where he could focus solely on being the president of the united states. the bigger issue will be that donald trump and eric trump really have to step back and not be involved with these meetings of any of the foreign leaders or anything of that sort that would show any sort of conflict of interest. i tell you, the democrats are going to be watching this very closely. if there is even an appearance of a conflict of interest, this is where they want to go after them. similar to what happened with republicans going after the
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clinton foundation. >> bret: as a real estate developer, it is not exactly like selling stock, it is much more difficult to unwind all of this? >> i think what you heard from donald trump there in the lobby of trump tower, it's not as simple as he would've suggested it is. it is much more complicated. i think there is a reason it has taken this long to do this. i hope that he gets to the end. i agree with mercedes entirely. this is going to be one of the areas where democrats are going to focus most closely on with the trump administration, with the president-elect is doing. on jared kushner, i think ab is right. by all accounts, he is somebody who is regarded as very smart, very thoughtful, somebody who has ties to all of the different factions within the trump white house and the trump administration. he is seen as a sober minded voice in the debates that are likely to take place over the next several years. they can get beyond whatever questions there are about him
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being trump's son-in-law and have him as a serious voice in the white house amazed discussions. >> bret: ab, what about this confirmation hearing, where democrats are as they prepare for the beginning of these hearings, where they do not have the votes to really stop these nominees? >> i think they know they don't have the votes to stop them. unless there is the unknown, the unforeseen, scandalous fact that emerges, you know that that has happened in the past, it could happen to anyone of them. that could derail them. this bunch, looks like none of them will have any stumbles on the way to confirmation. the democrats will use the process to obviously prosecute the case against trump. they will ask him about his views on russia, his business conflicts of interest. all sorts of things. particularly, obviously, the national security team will be under pressure to answer for sort of the trump worldview, isis, what are his plans for russia's involvement in syria,
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and on and on. those questions have yet to be answered by trump himself. so, they will be in the hot seat for that. who could make for some uncomfortable moments. i think democrats have to pick their battles. they have to decide what questions, lines of questioning they want to pursue. what is the smartest, keenest, shrewdest issues to go after, and which nominees are the best to ask those questions. if they harass all of them, no one is going to listen to any of that. on the other hand, the office of government ethics is asking, basically criticizing the transition team for not filling out their paperwork. i'm not, i'm completely with the democrats. they should holler as loud as they can until that stuff is in. it's absently perfunctory and it is required, they need to cement those papers. it >> bret: mercedes, who is most vulnerable and these confirmation hearings? we often see, no matter the administration that is in coming, one to stumble along the way. sometimes, it is a past history, sometimes, do something that in.
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as you look at the list here, is there one or two ago that you think will be most targeted? >> there is one or two. i think rex tillerson will be not targeted but questioned on the republican side. remember, they just need these 51 republicans to vote, a solid group, in terms of these nominees. i think for brecht ellison, the question of the russian sink sanctions, that is a big question for senator john mccain and lindsey graham, if they get one more person on board, like marco rubio, to stop us how many come of this could be problematic. i think you have to see rex tillerson, who come in the past so that he opposed russian sanctions, figure out how he is going to respond now that he become the top diplomatic diple united states. the other one would be tom price. with the republicans be concerned about plans that he would move forward in terms of defunding planned parenthood are pushing forward a more conservative agenda and that agency? i think those of the two to
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watch. i still believe that the republicans will coalesce around these nominees and confirm them. i think at the end of the day, they know that trump needs to push forward these nominees and start day one with a solid group of cabinet appointments so he can get his agenda moving forward. >> bret: same question, quickly, steve come on the vulnerabilities and who do you think democrats most go after? >> i think they're likely to be three. i would add to mercedes' list. mike pompeo as the cia director. not because he's likely to lose or the nomination is in jeopardy, only because they will use that hearing to blow up this question about russia that we have all been talking about for the past several weeks. on rex tillerson, i think mercedes is right. that is something place that democrats will look to make an argument, to make an issue, his relations with vladimir putin with russia, there was a story in "usa today" about exxonmobil doing business in iran contrary
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to u.s. sanctions back in 2004-2006 time frame. he will get questions about that. i think tom price, as well. chuck schumer has made no secret of the fact that he wants to go after tom price. they have got a target on tom price. i think that is as much about having a debate about obamacare and setting the president for the coming argument that you will see between democrats and republicans on how to handle obamacare. they want to start the debate in this process. i think that is the real reason they will go after tom price. if moderate republicans are concerned about tom price, i would suggest that they are conn is mislaid. tom price is a smart, thoughtful guy. he won't have any questions as a doctor answering any challenges he gets on the questions of obamacare, the substance of the issues. >> bret: look for those moderate democrats, who are up for reelection in red states, to be leveraged, perhaps, by the incoming administration.
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soon. >> bret: president obama on his successes, and his mind, during his administration, as we get ready to hear his farewell o tomorrow night. we are back with a panel in washington. mercedes, your thoughts on the obama legacy and how he is framing it ahead of this speech in chicago. >> the obama legacy of one of gridlock in dealing with congress. obviously, he couldn't even get through and pass tax reform or criminal justice reform. these are bipartisan issues, should have been a no-brainer for the president. obviously, it always comes across as a president working solo. i think secondly, his signature legislation of obamacare, the fact that he talked about that it would be a quality and affordable health care for americans, that turned out to be false. when you have the fact of skyrocketing premiums throughout the country, and many individuals come up one in five only have access to one insurane
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company or one insurance carrie. then, you go into the foreign policy perspective, which is a legacy, one which, what we have seen, is instability, more instability in the middle east. obviously, the vacuum of leadership and libya. you talk about syria, the fact that we have ongoing wars in iraq, afghanistan, although the president president campaign on the fact that war would end in iraq and afghanistan. so, i think for the president, he is trying to make his last cry to the american people and say, basically, what is coming forward, we need to fight against it, fight against trump. this is not what we normally see in terms of presidents, like george w. bush, who ended up having to paint oil. i think it becomes a challenge for president obama. >> bret: president obama has had an evolution on how he has talked about the election. here he was talking about democrats and what role he may have played.
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>> i take some responsibility for that. i think that some of it was circumstances. if you look at what happened, i came and in the middle of the worst financial crisis since the great depression. what that meant was, in 2010, there were a lot of folks who were still out of work. there were a lot of folks who have lost their homes or saw their home values plummet. their 401(k) supplement. we were just at the beginning s of the recovery. whoever is president at that point is going to get hit and his party is going to get hit. >> bret: ab, what do you think we will hear tomorrow night? >> as we have noted here before, president obama is enjoying a way to long victory lap to where where he talks about his accomplishments and how there is are better. and as i said, i think the
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people who really love him personally and will be focused on the speech tomorrow night, not too many others. what i noticed in the interview which was interesting, he is going further in his implicit criticism of hillary clinton, using the word "spirit," "excite." he is basically think i'm a look, we just didn't get our voters out. they weren't excited. i think he also talked about how he wants to get in and be someone in the party that can excite the new generation and bring in new voters again to the coalition, which he took credit for always doing. he said, i have always frighten people into the process. while he said, i'm responsible for that, i take some responsibility for decimating my party. on the other hand, he wants this leadership role where he is still all they have got. i think he intends to sort of put down a marker that he is going to help try to put this party back together. while he has this different opinion of how it went down, i think he wants to contribute to it, even though it is in the
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ashes. the clintons are gone. i think that i'll be listening for his talk about the future and how he can start a new democratic party. i was surprised by that. >> bret: steve. >> if you go back to the question that you played from george stephanopoulos at the beginning of this segment, he asked him about an interview that president obama gave where he said he wanted to change the trajectory of politics in america and he pointed to ronald reagan as a model. in that same interview, president obama said that he wanted to make the next generation of americans excited about government service, to show them that the government could not only be a benign force but a force for good and an act in government is something that young people should inspire to serve in and that americans of all political stripes should admire. on that, he has failed. the president has not restored faith in government. government -- faith in government is at all-time lows. even lower than it was in the
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post-watergate crisis. all of the discussion of president obama's legacy come on that, his exquisite goal, he has failed. >> bret: panel, thank you. that is it for the panel. next up, one college swim team goes viral. mone hundredts thousand times a day, 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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all seems beautiful to me. >> bret: finally come at night, when the georgia tech mensa swim team had their meat canceled last weekend due to winter weather decided they weren't going to be sidelined by little snow. you can watch as they dived right in and relate anyway in the snow and of course, on youtube. >> go! go, go, go! [laughter] >> bret: there, you see the backstroke. in the snow. then, we have the relay, of course, and the breath stroke comes next. and the diving. you have the butterfly, which is apparently very painful. then, the freestyle wraps it up. who knows. that is strange.
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thanks, everybody. that is it for this "special report." the first to our show. fair, balanced, still, unafraid. tucker carlson is at 9:00 p.m. "the o'reilly factor" is next. >> bill: "the o'reilly factor" is on tonight. >> mandatory five year prison sentence for aggravated felons who are deported and then come back. who on earth would oppose that law? >> bill: 42 democratic senators did. now, case law will be reintroduced into congress. with donald trump behind it. we will have the inside story. >> the declassified report came out yesterday. it has proven that donald trump is indeed putin's manchurian candidate. >> bill: charges continue that president-elect trump is too soft on the russian leader, putin. what does brit hume think of that? he will be here. >> how thrilled argue about trump's inauguration? >> i'm ecstatic. >> bill:

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