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and south carolina. >> bill: you'll be on the couch at 12 eastern. >> shannon: i'm going to be on "outnumbered" and you'll see who the one lucky guy is. >> bill: see you tomorrow, everybody. "happening now" starts right now. >> jon: a fox news alert on the most excited stomach expensive house race and history. the outcome could have big implications for the 2018 midterms. good morning, i'm jon scott. >> julie: i'm julie banderas. both are picking a replacement for tom price today who joined the trump administration. he joined as health and human services secretary. most polls now show a dead heat between republican karen handel and jon ossoff. both parties trying to turn a
selection into a referendum of sorts on president trump, the outcome could be signed of things to come next november. while house bigger told paul ryan america's newsroom he is optimistic, he does say turnout is key. >> i really think it's who best fits this district and karen handel clearly fits -- she is from the district, the democrat is not. that's what it comes down to. i feel pretty good going into the evening. republicans just have to come home, they have to vote, they have to turn out and that's what you have to turn out. >> there's a lot of pressure for both parties. they see this is a must-win election. this district, george's sixth district has been electing
establishment republicans by comfortable margins. however, democrats spot an opportunity for president trump's struggle back in november. >> president trump only wanted by 1.5% and that is what this is all about and that's why there are so many national forces at play in this race, so much national money pouring into this, particularly on the democrat side. >> with campaign spending topping $50 million, an all-time record for a u.s. house race and much of that money is coming from out of state, the airwaves in the atlantic area have been saturated with campaign ads. democrat jon ossoff has been campaigning as a moderate, but conservative groups are trying to link him to the liberal wing of his party. >> now the unhinged left is endorsing and applauding shooting republicans. when will it stop?
it won't if jon ossoff wins on tuesday because the same unhinged leftist sharing last week shooting are all backing jon ossoff and if he wins, they win. stop them, stop them now. stop jon ossoff. stop nancy pelosi. vote karen handel for congress. >> that was a third party add by principal pack. it is so incendiary that both the office off and the handle campaigns have condemned it. both campaigns condemning that ad, but it demonstrates that share emotions that are going into this race. the turnout has been steady all day, perhaps the bigger story is what we've seen in terms of early voting in this race, more than 140,000 people were more than a quarter of all the registered voters in this
district have already cast early ballots. >> julie: that certainly does play the polls a bit, so we'll have to wait and see. a lot of coverage here for us. keep it right here on fox news channel. bret baier will have election coverage with a special addition of special reports at 11:00 p.m. eastern time. steger on fox. >> jon: breaking right now, new reaction to the tragic death of the 22-year-old american, otto warmbier. his family announcing that the university of junior student died yesterday. less than a week after his return from north korea over the young men had been prisoner for 17 months, reportedly comatose almost the entire time. president trump offering few clues to his response. >> i just wanted to pass on word that otto warmbier has just passed away. he spent a year and a half and north korea, a lot of bad things
happened, but at least we got him home to be with his parents, where they were so happy to see him, even though he was in very tough condition, but he just passed away a little while ago. that's a brutal regime, and will be able to handle it. >> jon: james rosen joins us now from the state department. >> good afternoon. how to handle it exactly? formulating his response to the death of otto warmbier, the trump administration must now navigate the imperatives of u.s. policy toward north korea, not to mention china, but also the growing and specific response to this specific incident from within congress and elsewhere. otto warmbier, an american citizen was murdered by the kim
jong-un regime. the final year of his life, he lived the night where in which the north korean people have been trapped for 70 years. forced labor, masturbation, systematic cruelty, torture, and murder. >> we could bring this regime down with chinese cooperation, we need to convince china it's in their interest to end the north korean regime and the nuclear threat that it poses across east asia. the >> president trump appeared visibly moved by the death of warmbier, following a one hour trial on convictions of subversion. he was returned to the united states in a comatose state. one diplomatic recourse that could potentially be pursued was hinted at in congressional testimony by the secretary of state last week after news of warmbier's release. >> evaluating whether we should put some type of travel visa restriction on north korea, we
have not come to a final conclusion, but we are considering it. >> we will be hearing from the secretary of state shortly when he meets the four news cameras with the president of ukraine, will also be hearing from a new state department spokesperson at 2:00 p.m. with a scheduled briefing of the state department press briefing. of course, heather is a familiar face to this network. >> jon: everyone is waiting for some kind of response to his death. james rosen at the state department, thank you. >> julie: now new info on that deadly attack outside a mosque in london. officials identifying the suspect who they say was unknown to them before he drove a van into the crowd worshipers killing one person on monday. it is the third attack in as many months hitting a pedestria pedestrian. theresa may calling on everyone to respect each other. >> we have no place for this hatred and we need to work
together as one society come as one community to drive out this evil that is affecting so many families. >> julie: benjamin hall's live in london with the very latest. >> we know a number of details about this attacker, who he was, where he came from, but still, police looking for those links to far right groups. what pushed him to carry out this crime is anyone's guess at this point. 47-year-old darren osborne lived and new whales and that's where he rented the van where he used to run over the people 140 miles away. one man died at the scene. he was saved from the angry crowd by locals who protected him. he said he wanted to kill all muslims. neighbors described the father of four as aggressive and strange, saying that he recently split from his partner and he
had a drinking problem. his mother also spoke today. >> it's a terrible, terrible shock and is not just robbing a bank. it's an atrocity and i can't cope with it. i can't. >> what pushed them to act is unclear at this point. the mosque was once notorious for extremism. it was connected to richard reid and the 2003 plot to make the poison races. it closed in 2005 and has since been called a model mosque. we were out there yesterday, speaking to the community, they were really pulling together and saying the attack on one was an attack on all. back to you. >> julie: benjamin hall, thank you so much. >> jon: police are looking to alaska for clues in a murder mystery in southern ohio where eight people were killed,
execution style nearly a year ago. plus senate republicans trying to hold a vote on the health care bill before the fourth of july holiday, but how will the senate plan to stick with house conservatives who want to complete repeal of obamacare? >> we are very pleased the senate is moving forward on health care reform. obamacare is in the middle of a tailspin. it's literally collapsing before our eyes
>> jon: right now, new information on crime stories. the fbi following a $10,000 reward on information leading to the arrest of stephen pouch was wanted for murder in the boston area. authorities say he leads the young bloods, he is considered armed and dangerous. police are looking for information on people who may have been on the eighth victim and last year's mass killings and rural southern ohio. authorities say those four might be living in alaska now.
they want details and any interactions they may have had with the ohio victims. plus authorities say a man charged with murder and the death of a muslim teenager in virginia was angry after getting into a fight with one of her friends. darwin torres is accused of tacking 17-year-old with a baseball bat near her mosque. >> will be available to us in the public more than ten hours before we have to vote for it. since our leader has said, a republic and later that there will be plenty of time for a process where people can make amendments, you need time to prepare those amendments. >> i think we will have ample opportunity. >> will be more than ten hours? >> we will have ample opportunity to read the memo and bill. >> i rest my case. >> julie: republic and democratic leaders there of the senate facing off on obamacare. senator mcconnell hoping to hold a vote on the health care
bill by next week before the july 4th holiday. juan williams writes in the hill, even if the senate bill gets 50 votes once the deal is public, it will still have to survive a conference committee with the house freedom caucus hardliners. is it any wonder the senate republicans want to keep it secret? juan williams joins me. first of all, they are trying to keep it secret. they've done a pretty good job, but what concerns me most is there are 13 men said to be any secret meetings. no women writing this new g.o.p. health bill in the senate. first of all, why? >> speaker mcconnell really wants a core group that he can manage, because it's shepherding all 52 members of the republican senate caucus is so difficult because you got hardliners who really are more in sync with the house bill and then on the other side, you have moderates who are way out of line with the freedom
minors. and then you can't lose the votes because of her publicans lose three votes, democrats will uniformly vote in opposition. >> julie: it last night, senate democrats had a plan and essentially their goal was more transparency and they sort of want to hold this vote off. they believe that voting before the fourth of july holiday is root unrealistic and it should not be rushed. how did lovelace plan go? >> it worked because it's expanding. what it did was call attention to the fact that these negotiations are taking place behind closed doors. what we've seen so far as the democrats screaming at the doctors, the insurance industry, nonprofits saying how come you guys are joining this debate? how come you aren't calling attention to the fact that it's closed-door? what they're doing is calling attention to the fact that it's ongoing. the pressure is on to meet the july 4th deadline and putting
pressure on mitch mcconnell, the republican senate majority leader to allow the democrats amendments that could slow down the bill potentially and cause them to miss the july 4th deadline. >> julie: you just mention mitch mcconnell, he only has two votes to spare, but he cannot necessarily rely on those more moderate voices that help the bill go through in the hous house. >> you mean hard-line votes. >> julie: the moderate voices that he is hoping to come forward and get a bill passed, he can't rely on those in the senate. >> not at all. we're talking about people like collins from maine, we are talking about people -- co->> julie: who was kicked out of these meetings >> julie: it does more harm to keep them out because now they're going to feel like they're being excluded. >> the contrary thought would be once they are told, this is what
we can do, you have to get on board. we need you to be a team player. mitch mcconnell making the argument, once we get this done, then that opens up a legislative time to do to such an important issue as tax reform. >> julie: you mentioned an article about the kaiser family foundation poll and it shows two things. it shows that just a person of the public believe that the senate g.o.p. health care plan should go forth. 49% favor obamacare. that's the highest favorability since the bill passed since 2010. why now are american supporting obamacare? >> i think people see -- at the contrast is the house bill and the idea is that you're going to do away with guarantees for medical bills for the poor, medicaid and you'll have some changes to medicare, these are things people don't want. you do away with protections or
pre-existing conditions, all of a sudden, people are thinking, what about caps? no, we are going to do away with caps on spending. the public is reacting negatively to the house bill and that's why it's at 8%. >> julie: americans still support, i want to show you some of these benchmarks if you will. heinrich blue cross blue shield has requested premium rate. minuteman health, has requested a rate hike of 30% and north carolina, blue cross blue shield is proposing a 22.9% rate increase.
there has to be a loophole here in which these premiums don't necessarily need to continue to rise, they can become a bit more affordable and is the g.o.p. able to do that and push tax reform of the same time? >> you are asking so much. there are so much pressure, plus it's behind closed doors. as you point out, the polls don't favor of this. the key thing here, what we have is a situation, obamacare had over performed. now with several of the major insurance companies pulling out, you have the remaining companies pumping up their numbers, increasing what americans have to pay and terms of premiums. that's what's going on. you have obamacare sabotaged, but at the same time, --
>> julie: he's referring to the elderly. >> senator mcconnell is trying to increase subsidies for the poor. is it enough of he appeals to the moderates that once you go to a house conference as we were discussing earlier -- at the moment, it looks like the two sides are still full or part. >> jon: they're not look in the southwest right now.
he should have been brought home that same day. what happened to auto is a disgrace and i spoke with his family. it's incredible what they've gone through. he should have been brought home a long time ago. thank you all very much. >> jon: fox news alert now on the closely watched and hotly contested congressional race in georgia today. with voters deciding between republican karen handel and democrat jon ossoff, it is the most expensive race ever in the history of the u.s. congress. that is being seen of a test of strength. the g.o.p. has held the seat for nearly 40 years. the president barely won the district in november and the polls are predicting a nail-biter of a finish.
both candidates sound optimistic about their chances. the >> look at what's going on in washington right now. it's not delivering results, it is not improving quality of life, it's gridlock, it's chaos. now more than ever, geordie should elect some fresh leadership. >> the last day of campaigning is always about turning out our voters, making sure that we have a solid turn out. i feel really, really good about that. >> jon: joining us now is david avella. and brandon hall. we have a break coming up and i need a quick thought from each of you and then we'll get two more after the break, but "the new york times" describes this as quite possibly the most consequential special election since watergate. is it? >> the democrats have taken every poker chip they had and even borrowed a few from the players on each side.
this is a big deal for them. if they lose today, they will be 0-4 and special elections because let's not forget, there's a special election in south carolina's fifth district. they have to get a victory. what are they going to keep going back to their base and sa say? americans like winners so they'll keep saying to their base, you keep giving us all this money, but we are going to keep losing elections because the reality is, no matter who wins this election, republicans don't control congress tomorrow. >> jon: brandon, i suspect you see this differently. >> what's at stake here today is a deeply red district that's overwhelmingly republican. it's a close election and the race should never be close. there are 71 districts in this country that are more democrat it. i'm a republican in one of those
71 districts. i'm watching this race and i'm very nervous at the race is even close. >> jon: you to have done a great job of underselling expectations for your sides. we are going to talk more about this race and also touch on that race in south carolina right after this. if you have medicare parts a and b and want more coverage, guess what? you could apply for a medicare supplement insurance plan whenever you want. no enrollment window. no waiting to apply. that means now may be a great time to shop for an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan,
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brandon hall. brandon, you said this ought to be a deeply red district, but it's one that president trump won by just one and a half points. your guy ought to have a pretty good shot. >> there is no question and he does have a pretty good shot. i would much rather be jon ossoff heading into election day today. he is either slightly ahead are tied in almost every poll coming out. he's done a fantastic job. i like his chances. >> jon: let me play for you senator ted cruz's reaction. >> eventually a democrat may when one of these. special elections are unpredictable, but it is
important to show up and turn out. they to use this as a dagger to stop the conservative agenda, to stop obamacare repeal, to stop tax reform, to stop the reasons why the american people gave us a republican president. if you care about that agenda, if you care about strong conservatives and the supreme court, it matters to win the elections. >> jon: is that kind of message resonating in georgia's sixth district? >> clinical party democrats and republicans tend to overstate the significance of the special elections. millhouse race next year will spend $30 million. none will get the attention of those particular races spending. karen handel is going to win.
let me add to this that political media didn't know 16 minutes after the election in november who was going to win. how will they think they can predict what's going to happen in 16 months is unfathomable. they don't know it's going to happen. i'm reminded of the line that losers don't legislate. if jon ossoff doesn't win, you'll do nothing to move the national agenda. republicans have the majority. we have 16 months. it doesn't matter what the democrats do, what they think they're going to spend or what they say, if republicans deliver on creating jobs and keeping people economically secure, will
not only win today, we will win next november. >> jon: talk about the nearby south carolina's fifth district race, the seat that mick mulvaney left open when he became a director of office and management. you have ralph norman. how do you like your party's chances there? >> will win this race. this is a head scratcher other than maybe democrats were trying to suggest that they put this in play because they're worried about the georgia sixth. what message are they sending to democratic voters? give us money so we can give up in a race that we don't think we have a chance, but we may want to pretend like we have a chance. republicans will win. >> the spotlight today is going to be on georgia sixth. if i'm republican and one of the 71 districts, that's more
democratic than the georgia sixth district, i'm very, very nervous right now about this race. >> jon: brandon hall and david avella, thank you. >> julie: in the wake of a fourth terror attack this year, britain is taking a step towards policing the internet where officials think many people are becoming radicalized. your brussels to have balance of free speech and security in cyberspace. in the real world, london mirror saying he is part of the people responded. >> the fact that the citizens from the community made a citizens arrest and stop this man. when things were getting very heated, we can understand why, a man did a very good job of coming things down and made sure that doses can be done. and should be done by due process, rather than taking the law into their own hands. >> julie: joining me now is
the research director of the program on extremism and the george washington university. thank you very much for talking to us. the fact that the citizens were trying to restrain the suspect at the time and they were held back by someone who prevented them. they wanted to beat this guy to a pulp. the hatred and the level of hatred that is building because of these extremist attacks. how can they add column to an inflamed situation? >> it might be important for them to stress calm, provide context to the fact that in the end, it's still a free country, being a muslim in britain. as one of those places you can practice your religion.
we can't control every extremist that carries out an act, but he is not representative of the society. >> julie: when you say bring calm, that is so much easier than done. it is typical, especially during the whole month of ramadan that these sorts of attacks are more frequent. british security member wallace said authorities were aware of rise and fall activity, but they were not aware of the suspect prior to this attack. are these types of attacks preventable and how do you root out the types of evil that osborne was before planning these thing? the >> after attacks in the wes west, you see immediate responses that are more low-level than what we saw. easy firebombings. this is the most extreme response we've had so far and what can be done about it again,
just like the attacks on the london bridge come out one of the guys in the van, it's going to be pretty hard to stop them from carrying out the attacks. he hasn't exhibited any type of clear extremism. they are not yet sure of any links he has had extremist networks. had he had extremist links, he may have been on the radar, but it's perhaps a little bit of investigating. >> julie: thank you very much for talking to us. >> jon: ups shipping prices on the rise. the package on your doorstep could cost more depending on when you ordered it. that's coming up
student died shortly after north korea sent him home after nearly 18 months of captivity, most of that time we understand was spent in a coma. he came back to ohio and a coma. his heartbroken parents announced yesterday that their son has passed away. general jackie keane told martha maccallum last night, there's no question the u.s. needs to retaliate. >> there was a murder committed by the north koreans. they usually take our people as hostages, use them as a bargaining chip. something went wrong here. i suspect they overstepped their bounds and killed this youngster. nonetheless, one thing that will help us pull -- one thing that will help us will strengthen our resolve. a toughened us up a little bit.
>> jon: i'm joined now by robert charles, former assistant secretary of state to colin powell. what is the diplomats reaction to the death of otto warmbier? >> first of all, i think we all grieve for that family. it demonstrates the savagery and the barbarism that's attached to that regime. i also have the greatest respect for general keane and what he just said. i think there are five or six options short of a military response and we should look at all of them. the first one is essentially using this as a moment to educate the world. yes, cut off american travel to the country, second look at sanctions, but we've had seven rounds of sanctions on the last 11 years and so you're going to have to rambles up substantially to make a difference. third, look at cyber. i won't go into a lot of detail, but there are a lot of options we could show him that there is vulnerability as a result of something like this.
they could be greater vulnerability vitamins are to recoil or pull back and some these ambitions. finance is probably the biggest one both illegal and legal finance is where the pressure point is. john bolton is right, he could do things that were more aggressive, we have to start with the overruns of the latter before they reached the child. and finally, china. i think we need to stop china and its tracks and say you're complicit in this kind of activity. this is a small crisis within a much larger crisis and well we were gone ballistic missile defense and we work on our own military contingency options in case every thing else breaks down, you have a moral obligation and this is with the trump foreign policy has been about, setting a new moral tone, creating international accountability. you have a moral obligation to weigh in with us to stop this regime from essentially spinning out of control, which is what it did when it murdered an american
citizen. >> jon: we have seen the trump administration is not afraid to change the direction of diplomacy. we saw that with the cruise missile attack. are you advocating big change with the north koreans? >> absolutely. i think both general keene and john bolton are right. this policy is a brand-new foreign policy. it's more of a return to the reagan era. the bottom line is this foreign policy as defined by three or four things. bilateral trade relationships, kinetic force and the shootdown of the su 22 which had bombed some of our allies. the third that president trump
is clearly linking economic and security policy overtly which is smart. the last thing they're doing which is a big change, they're willing to change the entire board up and say reevaluate what moral leader and international accountability looks like and that's what they did in cuba. very strong, very positive. in my view, it's the right direction. whenever you change course markedly and we did a u turn here between obama and a more reagan like trump policy. when we do that, you greet a riptide. there will be controversy and people will say now, why are we changing? the big obligation on the white house is to stay the course and to explain to the american people why moral leadership is what this country has represented back to its founding's. north korea is the latest example of having to assert leadership, but the world needs to follow because we are leading in the right direction.
>> julie: new information. some states are now raising gas taxes to pay for transportation improvements. california being one of them just passing a 12-cent gas tax hike that could bring in more than $5 billion per year. william la jeunesse is live in los angeles to explain. >> julie: the question is, what do you hate worse? high taxes or feeling like you just went nine rounds with mike tyson on your way home?
america is essentially one pothole. they see this as an opportunity to raise gas taxes. as a consequence, the highway trust has broke. we are not building new roads or fixing money that we have, but rather than wait for the feds, some states are jumping in. five states raise their taxes this year, california up to about $0.47 a gallon, montana, tennessee come up about a nickel, indiana and south carolina, a dime. almost half the states raise their taxes the last five years, average $0.31. the highest pennsylvania 59, alaska the lowest at 12. >> we have more vehicles on the road, we have vehicle mileage travel has gone up a round the country and our vehicles are becoming more fuel-efficient so we are purchasing less gas per
mile or usage of the road. >> there is nothing more fundamental in the business of government and making sure the roads and bridges don't fall apart. they are falling apart. >> here in california, some republicans want to repeal that gas tax and watch what happens when the top democrat confronts petitioners who are trying to gather -- [indistinct] >> the president says he's considering it, so don't be surprised if we see a rise in the gas tax pretty soon.
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>> jon: julie and i are back in an hour. "outnumbered" starts now. >> kennedy: this is a fox news alert on a high-stakes election going on right now in georgia. washington is watching. this is "outnumbered," i'm kennedy in here today, the cohost of after the bell on fox business network, melissa francis, chief legal correspondent, shannon bream is here as well as spn anchor, trish reagan and today's #oneluckyguy, he is the former trump transitio