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the unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile blasted off and delivered a single reentry vehicle to target 4200 miles away in the pacific ocean. it's the second such launch from the central california based in the last seven days. north korea is confirming its holding another american citizen for allegedly plotting against the communist country. 58-year-old accounting instructor at pyongyang university of science and technology. he was stopped as he and his wife trying to get on a flight to china. north korea has not given a reason for the arrest. kim is the third american currently in north korean custody. tonight, senior foreign affairs correspondent greg palkot talks with a north korean defector. >> one of the best-known defectors from north korea and at 37, one of the most outspoken about the controlling north korean regime of
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kim jong-un. >> controlling people. to >> after fleeing north korea in 1997 when she was in her teens and following difficult years in china, she finally made it to south korea on the west. her book "the girl was having names, referring to her aliases is a global bestseller. per ted talks beach has been viewed online 13 million times but she talks about slavery under the rigid regimes of kim jong-un's father and grandfather she witnessed executions, indoctrination, and a famine in the 90s which left a million dead and abandoned. she was also taught about enemy number one, america.
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>> fast-forward to today and president trump's talk about korea. the challenge is delivering on the rhetoric. she says north korean leader kim jong-un is a dangerous foe with nukes and missiles and repression. the killing this year of his half-brother, a warning. still, she holds onto a dream. do you think sometime in your life you'll be able to go back? >> i strongly believe it. >> aside from trying to kill them, the regime brands defectors as liars. >> bret: great story.
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thank you. rebel leaders bolted from today's peace talks. the idea of establishing safe , discussed yesterday between president trump and vladimir putin seems to be gaining some traction. correspondent john huddy has the latest. >> the twisted and charred metal in the street burned. a car bomb attack in northern syria, a country ravaged by war. >> and result of the bombing, five data in more than 12 injured. >> the attack happened a few miles from the turkish border, a region blackened by syria's six year civil war. today, the fourth round of peace talks attempting to reach a sustainable stain cease-fire.
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u.s. delegation involved in the talks along with diplomats from russia, iran, and turkey. opposition leaders are demanding once again that syria's government stops bombing rebel held areas. vladimir putin said russia and the syrian regime would hold flights over specified zones if all sides of respect a cease-fire. talks focused on creating so-called safe zones in syria to ensure their a cease-fire holds. zones where fighting would be stopped and monitored by international observers. the civil war resulted in the death of more than 300,000 people and the displacement of more than 11 million people. the safe zone plan has white house supports. >> translator: we discussed it with mr. trump over the phone yesterday. as far as i understand, the american administration supports the idea. >> problems have started in the
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talks. opposition leaders walked out of a meeting today, protesting they say russian air strikes on civilians and accusation russia denies. talks are scheduled to continue tomorrow and another attempt to bring both sides of the table. >> bret: john huddy, thank you. puerto rico's governor has announced aucturing of some of the territories data. the decision to go through the courts is a process similar to bankruptcy. it will protect puerto rico from several lawsuits filed yesterday when a freeze on litigation expired. stocks were mixed. the dow gained 8. s&p 500 lost 3. federal reserve keeping interest rates right where they are. let's get some analysis from our fox business network. how does the fed see the jobs
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market? >> they addressed it strongly. the good news is they don't see it, at least at this moment, slowing down like they see the economy. borrowing of money remains cheap because the fed announced that rates will stay historically very low. the fed statement indicated they see the pace of economic growth slowing. the latest gdp number was seven tenths of a percent. economy still trying to pull itself out of the quicksand. that is not president trump's fault or any other president. the first quarter is widely seen as the weakest of the year for a host of reasons. it has to do with the way the government collects data. however, president trump has said if something close to what he's proposed as a tax plan were to be passed, growth would spike to about 3%. treasury secretary mnuchin said
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it would take time to reach that. everyone is looking toward the next fed meeting in june. wall street traders are going to bet there's a chance of a rate hike next month but even with republicans controlling the house and the senate, we've seen divisiveness. tax reform is not guaranteed. that leaves the fed scrutinizing every piece of data. may jobs report out friday. the conundrum is that the fed addressed the jobs report saying even as economic activity slowed, job growth is strong. >> bret: quickly, today. we saw the health care bill being talked about, as they looked like they were getting more votes are closer to it, looked like the market took an uptick. the house passed a spending bill pay that close to the senate. could it affect markets? >> i would say absolutely. lately you've seen that news out of d.c. is affecting the
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stock market. news that the house was voting on a spending bill, it hit right before the market closed and while we didn't see any dramatic spikes, the dow, which have been negative most of the day, kind of clawed its way into the green and stay there. nasdaq and s&p cut their losses. now we wait for the senate. tomorrow there might be interesting moves in the market. >> bret: with health care pending. liz, thank you. american airlines is cutting the already sparse legroom for travelers in economy class. trimming two more inches between seats in some sections. it can add more seats to its new boeing 737 jetliner. that will leave as little as 29 inches of space. united airlines is said to be considering such a move. speaking of flying, scientists in florida are trying to do something about mosquitoes before the summer hits. correspondent phil keating tells us about a new approach to an old problem.
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>> the florida keys will have 40,000 mosquitoes a week flying into take their own vacations. >> you can hear them. 1,000 male mosquitoes in this cube. >> she has 20 tubes full of mosquitoes. >> this looks like a good spot. >> she walks this test site. part industrial, part residential, blowing the mosquitoes into the air to find a female inmate. >> they might be annoying if they are flying around. 1,000 right next to you. i'm not annoyed but you might b be. like i just ate one. >> these mosquitoes come from kentucky. they have been fed a natural bacteria which serializes the males. males don't buy it, just the females. that leads to the mad science grades because that's the key advantage. self delivery.
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they find females and when they made, it doesn't kill the females but their eggs don't hatch. >> the mosquito population should then shrink. this species of mosquito can affect humans. zika virus linked to birth defects in babies. the mosquitoes thrive in south florida. the wet season begins in less than a month. mosquito experts are eager to see how effective these tubes will be. >> we have beautiful weather. if there was no mosquito control, it would be detrimenta detrimental. >> last year, there was a similar release but with genetically modified mosquitoes. that generated opposition. since this year's test involved bacteria and not gmos, no bite
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back. >> bret: could a vote on becoming tomorrow? will ask the panel next. first, medal of honor recipient has died. in 1967, in vietnam, he engaged four enemy aircraft despite being low on fuel. in order to assure the safety of others. he spent almost six years as a prisoner of war. the congressional medal of honor society states there are only 74 living recipients of the military's highest honor. the co constipated? trust #1 doctor recommended dulcolax. use dulcolax tablets for gentle dependable relief. suppositories for relief in minutes. and dulcoease for comfortable relief of hard stools. dulcolax. designed for dependable relief.
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>> they have put it forth to make it look like we've improve the bill. no, it doesn't improve the bill. >> it would provide additional
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funds directly into the high risk pools. >> as if it's enough to provide support for pre-existing conditions. >> i am anxious to vote yes. i'm anxious to see what the senate will do with the product. >> trumpcare cannot pass the senate. to my republican colleagues, i ask why would you risk a "yes" vote? >> we need to take it and do it. i think it passes. >> we've been gaining votes and that's been a positive development. >> bret: meetings are continuing. we cannot say whether they are going to try to vote on repealing and replacing obamacare. the health care bill tomorrow in the house. we can say a lot of meetings happened today, the vice president was on capitol hill, as well as hhs secretary. there was some optimism as you look at the dow. i mentioned it with liz claman. around noon there was word that
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two key votes came over. there was indication the dow liked the news. they are moving. let's see how much bread let's bring in the panel. mollie hemingway, jonah goldber goldberg, carol lee. carol, your sense. after the meeting at the white house, is their sense that this is going to come to fruition? >> they feel better about it. i was at the white house today. there was a lengthy meeting. they seemed to have reached a compromise that they feel they can thread the needle with this. pretty significant promises, saying preconditions would be, they guarantee everyone who needed the provision, it wouldn't change. they admitted they don't know exactly what effect would be on premiums. they were optimistic about this.
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they've had a tough go so far on the presidents legislative priorities. they would very much like a vote. then it goes to the senate. >> bret: talking about the pre-existing conditions. this is a big problem for moderates in particular. the president referenced at this weekend. fred upton from michigan offered an amendment and here he is explaining what it does. >> it's our understanding that the $8 billion over the five years will more than cover those that might be impacted. as a consequence, it keeps our pledge for those that would be otherwise denied because of pre-existing illnesses. the guess is that should a state decide to go for a waiver, there would be fewer in the beginning than the end of the five years. >> bret: keep it simple, jonah. the bill puts people in high risk pools, and that's their
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solution for pre-existing conditions. if they slipped through the cracks, this amendment provides money to make sure they are covered. >> frankly i find the whole thing kind of bizarre. fred upton has been talking for years now about doing precisely what he's spent the last week opposing. it's a bizarre, hypocritical position. the g.o.p. moderates seem to have bought into this been put out an aggressive style by the obama administration that the key issue is pre-existing conditions. that that's what kept people from getting insurance, when that was a tiny fraction of the issue. the real issue is pre-existing economic conditions. but pre-existing medical condition poles better. republicans seem 12 bought into it. tom macarthur from new jersey, a lot of states already have guarantees about pre-existing conditions that have have been
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for decades. even if they got a waiver from obamacare, it wouldn't affect anybody with pre-existing conditions. it's a weird poll testing complaint of convenience rather than dealing with the actual issues about getting more people insured. >> bret: here is raul labrador on that issue. >> you in the media have been reporting that were not taking care of people with pre-existing conditions, and that's not absolutely -- that's absolutely false. our bill creates what's called an invincible risk pool where everyone's premiums are going to be going down and some people's premiums are going to be subsidized by the government, and those people are going to be people with pre-existing conditions. >> the question of polling is interesting because people actually don't support having these big provisions for pre-existing conditions when they understand how expensive it is and how little it actually has to do with health outcomes. there's something utterly bizarre about not understanding
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economics 101 about insurance where you need to be paying into it for a long time, not having free riders who come in and pay once they need medical care. and then also there's not an understanding that people who cost more in terms of what their insurance costs are should be sharing a bigger share of the burden. that doesn't mean to have two pay all of their burden or bankrupt them but it's a basic schematic of insurance. this is an interesting change. >> bret: democrats are howling. senator schumer on the floor talking about the amendment. >> we don't even know if the new version would survive the rules under reconciliation. the amendment to allow states to drop pre-existing condition requirements, very possibly it violates the byrd rule. if the moderate group in the house gets an additional amendment to deal with the very same issue, that may violate the byrd rule as well. >> bret: before everybody at
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home glazes over, the byrd rule, to be clear, from "the washington post." senator robert byrd, democrat from west virginia, advocated for rule to prevent anything that doesn't directly change the level of spending revenue where the changes are incidental to the policy from being passed under reconciliation. it's known as the byrd rule and any senator can raise a point of order under it to challenge a policy's pertinence to the budget. the byrd rule is largely what policymakers, passing them. reconciliation enables the republicans to vote through with 51 votes and not 60. >> what you described as one of the many challenges this legislation is going to have an most of the senate by republicans can only afford to lose two senators and whatever process takes place in the senate, however they change the bill. obviously it has to go back to the house and they have to reconcile it. they are in the beginning of a
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long process and i think what's happened is that the white house has wanted something, some movement on the legislative agenda that they have put a lot of stock in this one, but it's just the beginning. >> bret: and the other day, the leader of the palestinian authority meeting with the president would have been the top. >> it's been like this for 103 days. it's a newsy environment. >> bret: is the middle east peace talks, the president said it might not have been as tough as it has been. i believe we can get it done, and he says let's prove them wrong. and abbas says okay? >> it is delightful to see this level of optimism. it's good people are beginning to make some movements, and we will see how things go. >> he raised expectations today in terms of his ability to get a deal. >> bret: next up, the head of
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the fbi talks about influencing the presidential election and other things. ..her things.
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♪ >> why didn't you just sue the investigation as you would normally with no public announcement? >> to restart in a hugely significant way, potentially finding the emails that would reflect on her intent from the beginning, and not to speak about it, would require an active concealment in my view. concealing in my view would be catastrophic. this is terrible. it makes me mildly nauseous to think that we might have had some impact on the election. but honestly, it wouldn't change the decision. >> i do think there was a third door available to you in late last year just before the
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election. that was to confirm the existence of an ongoing investigation about the trump campaign. >> my judgment was consistent with the principles i've always operated under. that was the right thing to do. >> bret: fbi director james called me saying also in the testimony that the "capper" for him was when attorney general loretta lynch met with former president bill clinton on that tarmac. then, he was asked about some specific information by senator chuck grassley. >> the email reportedly provided assurances that attorney general lynch would protect secretary clinton by making sure the fbi investigation didn't go too far. how and when did you first learned of this document? also, who sent it and who received it? >> that's not a question i can answer in this forum, mr. chairman, because it would call for a classified response. >> to the fbi interview the person who wrote the email? if not, why not? >> i would have to give the same
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answer. i can talk about that in an unclassified setting. >> bret: that obviously raised some eyebrows. we are back with the panel. a mollie. >> jim kobe is very good at these self-righteous answers. it was really interesting how many questions he didn't answer and he had lots of answers for what happened with a clinton email situation. he didn't have a lot of answers about the russia investigation. i thought lindsey graham had a very deft line of questioning when he asked them, do you still stand by the statement that the trump campaign wasn't spied on? he said absolutely. he said, did you get a warrant, a fisa warrant on carter page? he said, i want to answer that question. he didn't answer it, partly because were not supposed to talk about fisa warrant, but partly because it would completely contradict what had said. he also mentioned there were material inconsistencies between what comey had told had been in dianne feinstein in private meetings and the information they were getting from the justice department's. this was the more interesting part for my perspective.
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>> bret: jonah. >> first off, let me say that i am nauseated by director comey's misuse of the word nauseous. more broadly, -- >> bret: thank you for the grammarian element. >> the thing that i find flabbergast dating, and at it brought back and triggered the campaign, why aren't they in jail? i have friends and family who have intelligence, have security clearance, that would be carted out of the building in handcuffs for doing a fraction of, in comey's words, sending thousands of emails to anthony weiner, who, let's just say, there are things in his life that make them susceptible to manipulation and blackmail. for them to be printed out. >> bret: let's listen into that, where he is asked about that moment.
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>> was there classified information on former congressman anthony weiner's computer? >> yes. a speaker presented to them? >> has been a spouse, who might have it in, appears to have a regular practice of forwarding emails to him. i think to print out for her so she could deliver them to secretary of state. >> bret: to jonah's point, that is strange. >> what this hearing did was underscore a couple of things. one, we are still relitigating the election, the president is constantly doing that and hillary clinton was out this week and now call me. that has not exited the stage. also, there is a growing frustration with comey on many levels. what he did in the campaign, deck democrats think he should have talked about the russia investigation. yet, he is now in this position
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for the white house still has confidences with him. he is in the middle to a certain extent. i think there is also a general consensus among members on the hill that they are not getting enough information from him, he is not disclosing, it is not consistent. generally, everyone would like for this russia investigation to wrap up rather quickly because it is taking up all the time on capitol hill, it is a cloud over the white house. >> bret: let me play want to sound bite on the russia side. this is senator lahey. >> president trump again said the hacking of the dnc and other efforts to influence the election could have been china. could have been a lot of different groups. is that contrary to what the intelligence community has led? >> we have high confidence that the russians did the hacking of the dnc and the other organizations. >> bret: he went on to say that he thinks russia still involved in american politics. >> another thing that was interesting that was revealed during this hearing, was that there is a complaint at the justice department saying they
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should have registered as a russian agent because they were taking money from russia at the same time they were preparing the dossier against trump, a dossier that was used to secure a fisa warrant. lindsey graham asked if that is how they meddled in the election against donald trump or that was explosive. grassley is asking for more information on fusion gps being a russian agents. he is not getting the information from comey or the fbi. >> bret: bottom line, we are not done with us. next up, did stephen colbert cross the line in his rant against ..ainst
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♪ >> mr. trump go by your presidency, i love your presidency. a colored disgrace the nation. the only thing smaller than your hands is your tax returns. you can take that anyway you want. you attract more skinheads than free rogaine. the only thing your mouth is good for is being vladimir putin's plea pollster. >> bret: that rant has gotten a lot of attention. the white house press secretary said he will not dignify it with a response. cbs has not commented, neither has the house speaker, the house minority leader. we are back with the panel. mollie. >> it's fine to mock a president. it is something that should be done, especially noticeable after eight years of nobody doing that. but she should make sure that you are funny when you are do it and you shouldn't lose your moral high ground when you do it. people are right to criticize the president for his rhetoric and has insults. it's impossible to do that when
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you actually make him look like a sunday school teacher by comparison. it was disappointing from cold air who likes to present himself as a practicing catholic who generally tries to find a good and at other people. it was not good. >> bret: some people have pointed to president obama speaking out about rush limbaugh and the sandra flack incident and his call for apology. your thoughts? >> there is plenty of calls for stephen colbert to apologize about this. you hear these sorts of things from comedians often. they will go to the line ogre over the line. the thing that is startling about this it, it is not something that people expect on network television. >> they don't expect it in part because it is a wide audience that doesn't want to be pandered to like some niche left-wing bunch of maroons. i agree with mollie about this, free speech, a wonderful thing
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about our country. i think what galls me is the bravery about it. this whole contrived notion that he was rushing to the defense of the cbs family member nonsense. there is nothing brave about this. he is pandering to his biggest fans and pretending like it's courageous. it's shabby. >> bret: yes or no? apology happen? carol? >> i think you will hear something from him. >> i hope so. i hope it is genuine. >> bret: thank you, panel. no online show tonight. sorry about that. we'll be back next week. thanks for inviting us into your home tonight. that is it for this "special report." fair, balanced, and unafraid. "the story" hosted by colleague, martha mac >> it is thursday, may 4th is "happening now" in emergency meeting at buckingham palace, queen elizabeth convening her
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♪ we take a walk ♪ >> the son not quite shining, in new york city, you are watching "fox and friends" first on thursday morning, appreciate you joining us. abby: thanks for starting your thursday with us. and emergency meeting at buckingham palace with the entire royal staff. jon: health concerns over the queen and prince philip. abby: what do we know about this meeting? >> reporter: we know the staff meeting is due to take place at buckingham palace just about now