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predecessor for not doing more about russia's meddling in the u.s. election, but in doing so president trump also seems to be acknowledging for the very first time that it's not a hoax, that it did happen. well, he's tweeted about it three times over the last 24 hours. here's one from about 30 minutes ago. quote: since the obama administration was told way before the 2016 election that the russians were meddling, why no action? focus on them not t, i assume he's referring to trump there. so what he's referring to as well is a washington post report that alleges back in august, three months before the election, president obama had received a chatfied cia -- classified cia report with evidence of vlad pair putin's -- vladimir putin's direct involvement in the these cyber attacks and that they were intended to hurt hillary clinton and help mr. trump. the obama administration went back and forth about what to do, how to respond. in the end, they settled on
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sakss and a covert cyber attack which the next administration, the trump administration, would be responsible for carrying out. but president trump is saying that it was all too little, too late. listen. >> well, i just heard today for the first time that obama knew about russia a long time before the election, and he did nothing about it. but nobody wants to talk about that. the cia gave him information on russia a long time before they even, you know, before the election. and i hardly see it. it's an amazing thing. >> reporter: so not only is he attacking the his predecessor, but also the media as well. not all that surprising. jamie: yeah, we've seen that before. how are former obama administration officials responding? >> reporter: well, some are saying that it's not fair to to judge their actions in 206 based on -- 2016 based on what we now know in 2017. others are really placing the blame back on mr. trump for
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calling this election rigged and the reports of russian meddling a hoax. president obama's former deputy national security adviser, ben rhodes, is also weighing in. he did so earlier today with this tweet. he said: what did trump say when obama administration issued statement in early october on russian meddling? he spent weeks calling the election rigged. but keep in mind another former senior obama administration official told the washington post that he felt like his administration, the obama administration, had choked in its response to russia. james? jamie: all right, kristin fisher, live on the north lawn. thank you. arthel: president trump attacks his predecessor, the white house has also been lobbying against a bipartisan senate bill placing a new round of sanctions on russia. the senate just passed that bill even though mr. trump argues
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part of it steps on his power as president. allison barber has more now from washington. allison? >> reporter: congress is considering imposing sanctions on russia in response to alleged meddling in the 2016 election, and as they do that, lawmakers are talking about a report from "the washington post" claiming the obama administration knew about the meddling months before americans headed to the polls. representative eric swalwell, a democrat from california, told the publication "the hill" the obama administration's response to russian meddling was inadequate in the months leading up to the election. saying, quote: i think they could have done a better job informing the american people of the extent of the attack. republican senator john mccabe had even -- john mccain had even stronger words. the arizona senator released a statement saying the story in "the washington post" shows that the obama administration, quote: failed to deter russian aggression. mccain then writes. the obama administration failed
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to impose any meaningful cost on russia for its attack on american democracy last year, a failure sadly that has not been rectified yet by the current administration or by the congress. mccain went on to push for legislation that would sanction russia. the senate overwhelmingly passed legislation to strengthening current sanctions against moscow and add new ones on individuals who are allegedly engaged in corruption. >> the united states should not be afraid to engage with russia. but we can't look the other way or, worse yet, reward putin after he directed an assault on our democratic institutions. responding to russia's assault our democracy should be a bipartisan issue that unites both democrats and republicans in the house and the senate. the house republicans need to pass this bill as quickly as possible. >> reporter: the bill is in the house right now, and that's where the trump administration is reportedly lobbying against parts of the bill, arguing it could preempt presidential authority. arthel?
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arthel: okay. allison barber in washington, thanks so much. jamie: now to the battle over health care. senator dean heller of nevada becoming the fifth republicans to declare his opposition to the gop health care plan. this comes a day after ron johnson, mike lee, rand paul and ted cruz said they would not vote for the bill in its current form. vice president pence available to cast a tie-breaking vote, the gop needs at least 50 of its 52 lawmakers in the upper chamber to embrace the bill in order for it to pass. garrett tenney is live in washington with the latest. garrett? >> reporter: james, no ott only do you have five republicans who are currently a no, a number of others have expressed concerns they have, so republican leadership certainly has a lot of work to do over the next few days to turn those no votes into yes. right now that effort includes looking at what changes can be made. the five republicans, again, who have said they will not vote for
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the bill without changes are ted cruz, mike lee, ron johnson, rand paul and dean heller. yesterday heller did not hold back with his own criticisms of the bill. >> the biggest lie in health care in the last ten years was if you like your doctor, you can keep it. that was the biggest lie in health care. he's -- here's the second biggest lie, premiums are going down. there isn't anything in this piece of legislation that will lower premiums. >> reporter: and if leadership can't win those senators over with changes, there's also political pressure. within the last 15 minutes, president trump tweeted: i cannot imagine that these very fine republican senators would allow the american people to suffer a broken obamacare any longer. and then earlier today vice president mike pence tweeted: this is our moment. now is the time. every moment obamacare survives is another day america suffers. the pro-trump pac america first policies is seeking to make an example out of dean heller and
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has launched a campaign, an ad campaign against the nevada senator who's up for re-election next year. even if republicans don't have the 50 votes for this bill to pass, majority leader mitch mcconnell appears determined to hold a vote this next week and essentially dare gop lawmakers to vote against replacing obamacare. senate leadership is still hopeful though that they will eventually be able to get the 50 votes they need to pass. >> this is not a perfect bill, and i understand senator paul's concerns, and i share many of them. but we have to deal with the art of the possible here. it's not going to be something each one of us are going to like standing alone, but i think this is the best we've been able to do with the hand we've been dealt, and we can't, we can't afford to fail. >> reporter: and a lot of republicans are also waiting to hear the congressional budget office's analysis of the bill including how much it costs and how it will impact both insurance coverage and premiums. those figures will play a big role in whether or not other
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senators can get behind it. jamie: garrett tenney live in washington, thank you. arthel: for more on this, we go to kimberly add kips, she is the chief reporter and columnist for the washington herald. >> hi, arthel, how are you? arthel: is there a ninth inning strategy that senate majority leader mitch mcconnell can put into play to salvage the senate bill and get it to the house? >> that all depends, i think it's going to be tough. you laid out how very narrow this path to passage is for republicans. i think when that cbo score comes out, that's going to play a major role. the last few versions of the republican plans that we have seen out of the house have really come out with terrible cbo scores that predicted tens of millions of people, fewer people with coverage, rising premiums especially for older americans. these things have made it very unpopular among americans according to several polls that are out there.
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actually, obamacare is far more popular and on the increase compared to this republican plan. so republicans have to figure out a way to present a plan that will actually lower premiums and will actually lead to more coverage and not less x. this bill doesn't appear to do that. arthel: you mentioned a really good point, kimberly, and that is it has to face the scrutiny of the congressional budget office first which majority leader mcconnell is expecting to have a score for the draft sometime early next week. and the cbo has faced its own scrutiny with some suggestions of political bias. how reliable is the cbo's assessment of the health care budget, and the analysis be manipulated by lawmakers for their own political spin? >> well, everything can be spun in washington. and you're right, republicans have spun the cbo. looking at obamacare and seeing how father off that original score was -- far off that
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original core was. the biggest problem aside from the cbo are you have republicans who are at no, and they're at no for different reasons. some of them don't like the cutbacks in medicaid and the, threatens the expansion under obamacare in a lot of states. you have others that don't think it's conservative must have, that it doesn't repeal and replace obamacare as senator rand paul said. he's right, it doesn't repeal and replace obamacare. is so sort of trying to appease one is going to lose support in another. it's going to be a really care any, careful needle that mitch mcconnell's going to have to thread, and it's tough to see how he gets there. arthel: rnc chairman work romney was on this morning. let's listen. >> extended a hand to democrats to work with us on this. you're going to have in the next year 70% of the counties in this country have little or no
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choice. premiums are going up at a rapid pace. you've got eight million people that are just paying the finds, so they're not getting insurance anyway. we have to find a solution to this problem. arthel: are we there yet, kimberly? can republicans and democrats work together to find a solution? >> well, i think that's the only way that we're actually going to get a solution that fixes the very, very real problems with obamacare. i think the republicans trying to push through a bill through reconciliation is just as problematic as when the democrats did that seven years ago. i think the democrats are not off the hook here. i think they should come forward and come up with real, strong ideas about how to fix these problems as opposed to just holding press conferences to rail against republicans and complain about their plan. i think they're going to have to come together to fix this. arthel: and finally, kimberly, you know, senator rand paul's saying, listen, we need to make a better bill that's going to take longer than a week to to get there.
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is it a big concern of these senators who have to go home over the fourth of july recess and face constituents without a resolution? i i this -- i think having no resolution is better than a bad one. if they ten back and say, look, we're going to come up with a real plan to fix problems, i think voters will be much more reespeciallyive to that than pushing through a bill especially if it comes with a score that's dire. i think that it will work to their advantage. and republicans can say to democrats, hey, okay, come to the table. let's see what ideas you have and sort of hold their feet to the fire as well. >> i have to leave it there. thank you. >> thank you. jamie: london now i realizing the depths of its fire safety crisis as four public housing towers are evacuated after fire inspectors found the buildings unsafe due to issues with fire doors and insulation. nearly 30 other london buildings failing similar fire safety the tests. all of this, of course, in the
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wake of that fast-moving fire ten days ago at grenfell tower, a high-rise, that killed 79 people. kitty logan has more from london. >> reporter: or hi, james. well, there's been more misery for londoners living in high-rise buildings. hundreds were evacuated late last night. officials say their homes are no longer safe to live in. resident cans from four large tower blocs were seen leaving late last night with the few possessions they were able to pack in a hurry. people from at least 600 apartments were affected. local officials told them they may not be able to return home for up to four weeks. while fire safety standards are improveed. these are people on low incomes who depend on state housing, so many don't have a lot of options of where to go. last night they were offered a mattress on a floor at a nearby gym. some then opted to stay in their homes, but local officials say these buildings are a fire risk.
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fire safety inspectors say tests prove the external cladding on these buildings is not fire resistant. there are also problems inside with fire doors and gas pipes. local government officials have been urgently checking similar apartment blocs. the prime minister says authorities are acting fast to to avoid another tragedy like the deadly fire at grenfell. 79 people died in this high-rise buildings in west london just ten days ago. the fire spread with horrifying speed, trapping people who'd been sleeping in their apartments. it's suspected the material covering the building contributed to the intensity of the fire. police now say they're considering a manslaughter investigation and possible criminal charges for those responsible for installing it. police say they're considering a manslaughter investigation and possible criminal charges for those responsible for installing it if it's proved unsafe buildings materials were knowingly used.
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and now the government says that 34 high-rise buildings around country have failed five safety tests. now people living in similar buildings are understandably very nervous as more buildings are tested. james? jamie: kitty logan reporting from london, thank you. i was in europe when that fire erupted, and it was just so unsettling to watch. arthel: it could be anywhere, but we know we're dealing with unapproved materials possibly in that fire. jamie: potentially. arthel: okay, james. and something else that's troubling is a new report suggesting opioid-related deaths is have nearly doubled in the u.s. recently, and now with lawmakers looking to reform health care, there are new concerns about how those struggling with opioid addiction will fare if the senate bill becomes law. plus, the assad regime showing mercy? ahead of how hundreds of prisoners are tasting freedom ahead of the muslim holiday. also, our closest ally in
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about a rare display of mercy from the regime of basharal as saturday in is syria where authorities have released nearly 700 prisoners ahead of the feast that marks the end of the muslim holy month of ramadan. some of those released had been imprisoned for up to five years. 91 of those releases are women. at the same time, syrian rebels backed by the u.s. released some 200 isis members said to have served in non-violent roles for the group. james: that's puzzling. another rare development in the syrian civil war, military intervention by israel. the israeli air force released this video of airstrikes conducted earlier today which reportedly destroyed two syrian government tanks and killed two syrian soldiers. the strikes were launched after nearly a dozen pro jekyll tiles landed across the border on israeli territory without causing any injuries or damage.
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joining us now to discuss the syrian conflict which has claimed over 400,000 lives, is retired general richard newton. general, thank you for joining us. this isn't the first time the israelis have waded into the syrian conflict. should we expect yet a further widening of this war? >> hi, james. good afternoon. it's good to be with you. i see this, this, if you will, strike from the israeli aircraft demonstrating their air power capabilities really as part of their resolve to protect their sovereignty. i think you'll find the israelis are really not anxious to really get themselves embroiled or involved with the syrian conflict, and so this is not particularly uncommon from past actions. and so i don't see this as anything significant other than them just trying to protect their own sovereignty in this case. james: there was a moment just a few days ago where u.s. forces,
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i believe, shot down a syrian government fighter plane, and the russians responded by saying, in essence, if any coalition aircraft strayed beyond a certain point in the skies, they would respond similarly. here is the white house press secretary, sean spicer, speaking recently about the state of u.s./russian cooperation, what we call deconfliction in this conflict. >> describe the current state of american/russian relations. >> i don't know what word -- i mean, they have -- we maintain, you know, i'll give you a good example. we continue to have deconfliction with them in syria. i think that's a positive thing. i think we enjoy normal diplomatic relations with them. and as the president has said very, on numerous times that if we can find areas of agreement with russia -- especially with respect to the fight against isis, you know, safe zones in syria -- then we'll do it. but it's got to be on terms that
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are in the best interest, in our national interests. james james despite that talk of cooperation, that was a bracing threat for us to receive from the russians. are we in a new cold war, general, and do we see any potential for this becoming a hot one? >> james, i believe i wouldn't necessarily call it a new cold war, but in the syrian conflict itself you've got a number of factors involved here. first and foremost is the united states striving to defeat isis and also bring about with its coalition partners to make more stable region for the mideast region as well. but the point is, is that russia involvement is significant here based on the ratcheting up of potential hostilities. it could be just a day or two ago russia launched reportedly missiles into western part of syria. you recall as you mentioned last sunday when two u.s --
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[inaudible] shot down an su-24 -- james: please continue, general. >> we had a shootdown at an iranian drone and so forth. so the challenges are going to be one of not only communication, but challenges are going to be based on intent and understanding our u.s. national interests are there. we need to demonstrate our capability to deter but also to defeat isis, but also to make sure that we effectively lead this coalition against the defeat of isis can -- and that we insure that russia is -- we want them to be allied with us in defeating this isis threat, and we need to make sure that we bring them along as best we possibly can. last point, if i may -- james: please, quickly. >> we do have an open hotline with russia, and we need to make sure we maintain that hotline so nothing terrible happens between u.s. and russian forces. james: all right.
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great analysis from lieutenant general richard newton, retired from the u.s. air force. we appreciate your insights. arthel: meanwhile, a devastating scene in asia right now. the latest on the effort to rescue more than a hundred people buried by a landslide. and wildfires spreading out west. we're going to tell you where crews are having the most difficulty protecting homes from the flames. ♪ ♪ when my doctor told me i have age-related macular degeneration, amd, he told me to look at this grid every day. and we came up with a plan to help reduce my risk of progression, including preservision areds 2. my doctor said preservision areds 2 has the exact nutrient formula the national eye institute recommends to help reduce the risk of progression of moderate to advanced amd after 15 years of clinical studies. preservision areds 2. because my eyes are everything.
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here with his assessment is dr. michael baden, leading forensic pathologist. welcome to the set and thanks for joining us. will this health bill make the opioid crisis worse? >> absolutely. we're in a real epidemic, at the beginning, and if we don't do something in treatment, in research, in trying to diminish in the amount of drugs that are being pushed on the public by the pharmaceutical companies and doctors who are not prescribing properly, it'll with be a lot worse next year and the year after. 60,000 deaths are more than all the deaths in afghanistan, vietnam and iraq in the past years. james: probably not, actually, vietnam was 58,000 deaths of american service members alone -- >> is it? james: be that as it may, it's still a very serious crisis. let's look at some of the grim statistics with this crisis. the number of open yoid-related
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deaths, 33,000 plus. the average number of overdose deaths on any given day, 78. the percentage of chronic pain patients who tend to overuse opioids, 20-21%. you just mentioned the nexus here between doctors who are prescribing painkillers and fentanyl and things that have opioids in them, perhaps overprescribing them. can and you mentioned the pharmaceutical companies which are making them available to the doctors. >> right. james: is one sector more culpable in your view? >> well, i think the pharmaceutical companies are more culpable because they have huge amounts of lobbyists. they get doctors to give lectures and to prescribe the drugs. so they're also culpable. but we're -- in 1914 the harrison act made heroin and cocaine, opium illegal. there's never been this much of
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a epidemic in the 104 years as there is now by far. and one of the reasons is that all of these new oral opiates that you can get -- which weren't so available in the 1970s when we had a big heroin epidemic in new york. it was all by needle. causes, makes it very easy to get addicted to the opioids on the street and from doctors. james: so "special report" recently ran a five-part series, and my installment looked at solutions. one thing we found was in a small township in ohio, they have a program where trained counselors are dispatched to the scene of an overdose, and they get to the victim within just a short time of that, and they persuade them to remain in treatment, and it's had an 80% retention rate for those people staying in treatment. are there other programs that you would recommend like that? >> yeah. i think the problem is most overdose deaths occur without
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anybody being there to call 911 or to call a counselor. so the ones that are still alive, i think there is a drug that can help prevent death if somebody's already overdosed. but in the whole time that it's been around, the number of addicted people have increased. james: dr. michael baden, thank you. the trump administration maintains this bill that's being debated in the senate would not have an adverse impact on opioid crisis. let's throw it over to arthel. arthel: firefighters in utah battling a massive wildfire, the flames here the town of brianhead. they grew about 5,000 acres overnight and mow covering around -- now covering around 38,000 acres. at least 13 homes have been destroyed. >> they know what they're doing. we need to stay out of their way. they're trying to protect everyone's homes, our lives. it would be foolish for us to stay and risk our lives and their lives.
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>> fire of this magnitude with this much energy out there just does what it wants, and it's very susceptible to those winds. and so it has continued to push it in multiple directions. arthel: about 700 homes have been evacuated. no word of anyone hurt. and people in a mountain village in china desperately searching for loved ones after a massive landslide buries dozens of homes. at least 15 people are dead, more than a hundred more still missing beneath the rubble. will carr is live in our west coast bureau with the latest on in this. >> reporter: arthel, the landslide hit around six a.m. on saturday morning. pretty much everyone in the village was asleep when an avalanche of rocks and mud came crashing down on the entire area. the disaster hit in the schezwan province, a mountainous part of china about 1200 mile toss the southwest of beijing. rocks smothered dozens of homes
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and one hotel, authorities estimation there was enough debris to feel 3,000 olympic-sized swimming pools. at least five people are dead, but that number could continue to spike. more than a thousand rescuers have raced to the area as we continue to hear reports of villagers who are awake and alert under the rocks. some have been using cell phones to get help, others are tapping stones against the rock to that emergency crews can hear them. this is an area that's prone to disasters. a devastating 7.9 earthquake took place in 2008 that killed around 90,000. a landslide in 2013 buried around 40. another in 2014 killed at least 11 people. as the search for the survivors continues, rain is in the forecast for the next three days, and that could significantly hamper the rescue effort. arthel. arthel: will carr, thanks so much. james? james: all right. the republican efforts to repeal and replace obamacare creating new uncertainties for the health care industry and, of course, its patients.
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♪ james: welcome back to america's news headquarters. terrified residents rescued in washington, d.c. this morning. about 200 people have been displaced from the four-story come mention, at least one resident and four firefighters sent to the hospital with minor injuries. the fire broke out around three a.m. and burned about 55 units. it is still unclear what caused the fire. arthel: well, james, the city in the rust belt region now hoping legalized pot will help secure its financial future, cutbacks in the steel industry during the late 1980s devastated braddock, pennsylvania. but city leaders believe medical
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marijuana could bring jobs roaring back. bryan llenas is live in our new york city newsroom with details. >> reporter: look, braddock, pennsylvania, is emblematic of struggling rust belt communities looking for or new, innovative ways to bounce back. they point to canada as an example of why marijuana could be the answer. >> braddock had really kind of hit the bottom in terms of 90% of its populations were gone, none of the playgrounds were open, and it was considered a violent place that you avoided. or. >> reporter: braddock, pennsylvania, once a booming teal town, has been a bankrupt or act 47 municipality since 1988. mayor john fedderman believes medical marijuana could bring back jobs and help revive the troubled town. >> it could provide enough financial assistance to pull us out of act 47, it could create a magnet kind of business that would bring in other support businesses. it would put us on the map. >> reporter: it's a formula
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that's worked in smiths falls, canada. >> we recognized that we have to be new and innovative and open to new ideas if we're going to try and transform the future of this community. >> reporter: the town of 9,000 lost of 600 jobs when hershey moved to mexico. a new industry moved in. >> this is the cannabis flower. that's a couple weeks away from being harvested. >> reporter: the abandoned a factory is home to canopy growth incorporated or tweed. the facility employs about 300 people, and business could triple next summer when canada is set to legalize recreational marijuana. >> we have hope that we didn't have before. >> reporter: now, pennsylvania awarded its first medical marijuana permits this week to a dozen communities. unfortunately, braddock was not chosen. but they hope that they're next. arthel. arthel: fascinating. very interesting, bryan. thank you very much. james: while the senate works on ironing out a fix -- a plan, i
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james: security forces in saudi arabia derailing a terror plot at one of islam's holiest places. the interior ministry saying three terror groups were planning an attack on the grand mosque in mecca yesterday. saudi security say they shot live rounds at a suicide bomber who later blew himself up inside a home. that explosion injured nearly a dozen people. security forces also arrested five people in connection to the terror plot. >> when legislation does come to the floor, it will present the senate democrats with another opportunity to do what's right for the american people. they can choose to keep standing by as their failing law continues to collapse and hurt more americans, but i hope they will join us instead to bring relief to the families who have struggled under obamacare for far too long. >> it is a job killer too. it is estimated that the house bill would lose 1.8 million jobs. there are changes in medicaid. many more hospitals will have to close.
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when a hospital closes in your area, it's a bad thing for the health and well-being of the community. arthel: party leadership from both sides of the aisle weighing in on the latest health care bill to come out of the senate. the debate comes as we learn of more insurers dropping out of state marketplaces including two of the four insurers in indiana. now, all of this amaid growing concern about -- amid growing concern about the gop health care bill's impact, possible impact on the insurance industry. joining me now is the ceo of avi health care solutions. mr. rashid, thank you for being here. and if we could, i want to get right into the senate bill. let's start here, sir, absolutely, with the pros and cons of reducing federal funding of medicaid expansion by 2024. that's, what, in accept years. and making medicaid expansion local, a state-by-state choice. the pros and cons. >> well, there's no question that the health care system needs to be improved.
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there's no question about that. it's very costly. one in six dollars in our country are spent on health care. the idea of giving states more authority over their health care in their state, i think quite frankly, is a good idea. because, you know, the health care system in pennsylvania's quite different than california or iowa. and i think the states tend to know more about, you know, what's right for their citizens than people in washington. the problem with that idea, however, is that the states have limited resources. and to cap them and say, you know, you're going to get x amount of dollars regardless of what happens could be a little bit dangerous. but at the end of day, i think the states are in a better position to decide. arthel: okay. we move here now, the senate plan calls for getting rid of employer and individual mandates. let's focus on the latter, if you will. and if you get rid of the individual mandates, should the plan enforce incentives for people with chronic conditions
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to follow doctors' orders for treatment, for education to prevent them from getting sicker, thus overburdening emergency rooms and the need for more extensive care and, in effect, placing a greater financial burden on taxpayers? >> yeah. well, i spent my whole career as a health care insurer, and people not following suggestion and advice is a big problem. i mean, i talk to doctors every day and, you know, statistics are that about 65% of physicians' orders are not adhered to. and this crosses the board from poor people to rich people, black and white, all kind of people, you know? and that costs the system money. so i don't think incentives are a bad thing. you don't want to be draconian with the incentives, but we put incentives in place on emergency room utilization and sent people to do the right thing and call their doctor rather than just running to the emergency room. people who have diabetes, you know, eat better. exercise.
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if you follow those, follow that advice, you'll do better. but, you know, unfortunately some people ignore the advice and just continue to abuse the health care system. so incentives are good, but you can't just be draconian about it. you can't just throw people out on the street. arthel: i understand that. how how do you get people to adhere to the medical advice? >> it's tough. at my company we've made a career, we made a business out of doing a better job of connecting people with their doctors. and so they would follow the doctors and understand what the doctors are saying. that's a huge problem in our system. i mean, people just -- they don't follow what the doctor says. arthel: but if you connect the patients with the doctors, that could help. let's move on. what's your assessment of -- let's just try this on for size. what's your assessment of the federal government getting out of the insurance business? privatizing health insurance, you know, and let americans shop around for the best premiums and e dedeductibles, create competition which would force
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insurance companies to offer better prices? kind of like we do when we're searching for plane tickets or hotels. could this work with health insurance? and would you need to grandfather in a certain group? >> well, i'm a strong believer in privatization. for 30 years my company worked with the government, state government and the federal government, and we took those programs off of their hands, and we were able to save them hundreds and hundreds of billions of dollars. documented that we were able to save the government in terms of -- and the quality of care went up. so we know that it works. and it works in health care, it works in many industries where the american private enterprise system can do the job better. now, there needs to be controls, and i don't think anybody would argue with that. there needs to be monitoring. but incentives work and private enterprise works. so i think that could work. arthel: but if private enterprise works, why is it that everybody's not tapping into that?
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>> well -- arthel: when it was available. yeah. >> well, private enterprise did not design the system that we're working in now. private enterprise is trying to work with the system. and, again, what we did over and over again was go to the governors and go to our congress people and say, listen, here's a better way, here's a better way. and many times they will listen. and when they listened, we were able to safe them a lot of money. sometimes they wouldn't listen for other kinds of reasons, but it can, it can be done, and it is being done in certain parts of our economy. arthel: i have a follow up, but i have to move on. i want to go here. the senate bill also limits federal support for the overall medicaid program. so if you're currently depending on medicaid, what should you be worried about? >> you should be worried about losing your insurance. i mean, fixing the health care system -- you will not fix the health care system by kicking people off of insurance. they're going to be sick regardless of whatever law we pass. and without insurance they're
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only going to get sicker. arthel: i think we lost mr. rashid's feed there, but i think we got a chance to cover quite a bit of the questions, james, that i think a lot of people are wondering. you know, it's a complicated issue, and we tried our best to reduce it to some sort of understanding where people can just get those simple questions answered, people at home who are watching. jake james heaven help us that it's members of congress that are going to be doing all the crafting for us. arthel: he said, listen, in his company they would go and talk to congressmen. he says you can do this with privatizing health insurance, so maybe they should go do some more talking to congress, i don't know. but that was michael rashid, ceo of ari health care solutions. james: thank you, arthel. there's lots more news ahead including the latest efforts by president trump to score his first major legislative victory despite defections from what is now a gang of five senate republicans who have announced their opposition to the health care bill. a critical test on capitol hill
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>> the republican quest to repeal and replace obama care facing an even steeper climb as
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dean hiller of nevada becomes the fifth republican senator to oppose the senate's healthcare bill saying he will not vote for it as it stands now. hello and welcome to a brand new inside america's news headquarters. i'm arthel neville. >> hello james rosen. >> great to be with you. i'm sitting in for eric shawn. mitch mcconnell already faces a battle with little margin for error as he tries to bring his health bill up for a vote next week. now with conservatives and moderates within the g.o.p. at loggerheads republicans are looking for common ground that will help them reach the magic number of 50 votes needed for passage. garrett tenney is tracking the latest developments from washington. it seems common ground hasn't been so easy to find for g.o.p. law makers. >> it hasn't, james. right now it looks like this healthcare reform bill will be no exception to that. republicans hold 52 seats in the senate and they need at least 50 votes for this to pass, but already as you mentioned, five g.o.p. senators have said they
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are a no vote unless changes are made. those five are ted cruz, mike lee, ron johnson, rand paul and dean hiller. yesterday heller slammed the draft version of the bill. >> i'm telling you right now, i cannot support a piece of legislation that takes insurance away from tens of millions of americans and hundreds of thousands of nevadans. lastly the goal of healthcare reform should be to lower costs here in nevada and i'm not confident, that it will achieve that goal. >> heller and the four other senators have all said they are still open to changing their minds if changes are made to address their concerns. the senate is somewhat limited in which changes it can make though because they are using the special process known as budget reconciliation allowing them to pass wit a simple majority rather than 60 votes but also precht prevents them from including provisions that don't directly affect the budget. they are still optimistic they
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will make enough changes to get the 50 votes they need for the bill to pass. >> this is not a perfect bill. i understand senator paul's concerns and i share many of them. we have to dweeef with the art the -- but we have to deal with the art of the possible here. i think this is the best we have been able to do with the hand we have been dealt. >> even if the mitch mcconnell doesn't have the 50 votes he appears determined to hold a vote this week and force lawmakers to essentially go on the record with their vote to either replace or to keep obama care. james? >> and we should point out garrett that the reason 50 votes are necessary instead of 51 is because the white house has vice president mike pence to break any potential tie votes if necessary. and speaking of the white house, those republicans who were balking at this healthcare bill are also getting pressure from the white house; correct, garrett? >> they are. you know, if the carrot doesn't work, president trump and his allies are not afraid to use the stick. this past hour the president tweeted this i cannot imagine
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that the very fine republican senators would allow the american people to suffer a broken obama care any longer. and yesterday, after senator heller announced he couldn't support the current bill, the protrump pact america's first policies announced it was launching an ad campaign against the nevada senator essentially saying if you are not with us, you are with nancy pelosi. james? >> garrett tenney, thank you. the president likes to talk about andrew johnson, his model might be lyndon johnson as in gentlemen we're not leaving this room until we get a deal. >> we will see. meanwhile at this hour as president trump and the first lady will be leaving the white house for a wedding. the couple is attending nuptials for treasury secretary steve mnuchin. president trump has also been firing off accusations at his predecessor. mr. trump yesterday slamming former president obama in a tweet regarding russia's interference in the presidential election.
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kristen fisher is live at the white house with more. hey, kristen. >> this stems from a washington post report in which a former senior obama administration official was quoted as saying that i feel like we sort of choked in our response to russia. well, president trump is now seizing on that remark. he just posted on twitter, quote, obama administration officials said they choked when it came to acting on russian meddling of elections. they didn't to hurt hillary. back in august, the three months before the election, president obama received a highly classified cia report with evidence of russian president putin's direct involvement in these cyberattacks and that they were intended to hurt hilary clinton and help mr. trump. over the next five months, the obama administration reportedly went back and forth about what to do and how they should respond, ultimately settling on sanctions in december, but president trump is now pouncing on their delayed response and so are other republicans.
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here's a congressman just this morning. >> this whole russia dust up that the democrats keep kicking dirt on and trying to create more and more smoke out there, this happened during obama's watch, he was the president of the united states. and the homeland security department tried to come in and help the democrats. guess what? the democrats refused their help. >> now, former obama administration officials are arguing that it's unfair to judge their actions in 2016 based on what we now know in 2017. replacing the blame squarely back on president trump for calling the election rigged. for months president trump has been fairly reluctant to definitively say whether or not he believes that russia did indeed meddle in the 2016 election. but with all of these tweets, over the last 24 hours, three over the last 24 hours, he does
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appear to be at least somewhat acknowledging that that did indeed happen. arthel? arthel: so tell us more about president trump's plans for tonight, kristen. >> well, he's got a very fancy wedding to go to here in d.c. it's the wedding of his treasury secretary steve mnuchin and he will be going there after spending most of the day at his golf club in virginia. and you know, arthel, there was just a little bit of an issue on the way out there to the golf club this morning. one of the cars in the presidential motorcade not the president's car, but another car in the motorcade got a flat tire. really proving arthel that, you know, hey even the secret service can get a flat tire. arthel: can you change a flat tire? you probably can. >> no, no i cannot. i would fail at that. arthel: all good, neither can i. kristen, take care. meanwhile staying on capitol hill, yet another political firestorm over russia. critics saying the obama
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administration was too slow and too lenient in its response once the central intelligence agency reported to the president on moscow's meddling in last year's election. this stems from a bombshell report in the washington post saying president obama and his officials pulled their punches. lawmakers now expressing their frustration and ellison barber has more on this part of the story. ellison? reporter: congress is considering imposing sanctions on russia in response to alleged meddling in the 2016 election. and as they do that, lawmakers are talking about a report from the washington post, claiming the obama administration knew about the meddling months before americans headed to the polls. representative, a democrat from california, told the publication the hill the obama administration's response to russian meddling was inadequate in the months leading up to the election, saying quote i think they could have done a better job informing the american people of the extent of the
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attack. republican senator john mccain had even stronger words for more than one administration. the arizona senator released a statement saying the story in the washington post shows that the obama administration, quote, failed to deter russian aggression. mccain then writes the obama administration failed to impose any meaningful cost on russia for its attack on american democracy, last year, a failure sadly that's not been rectified yet by the current administration or by the congress. mccain went on to push for legislation that would sanction russia. the senate overwhelmingly passed legislation to strengthen current sanctions against moscow and add new ones on individuals who are allegedly engaged in corruption. >> the united states should not be afraid to engage with russia. but we can't look the other way or worse yet, reward putin after he directed an assault on our democratic institutions, responding to russia's assault on our democracy should be a bipartisan issue that unites
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both democrats and republicans in the house and in the senate. the house republicans need to pass this bill as quickly as possible. >> the bill is in the house right now. and that's where the trump administration is reportedly lobbying against parts of the bill, arguing it could preempt presidential authority. arthel: ellison barber, thank you very much. james? the push in congress for stiffer sanctions on russia for its meddling in our election is likely to intensify following publication of that 10,000 word washington post story recounting how intelligence about russia's actions reached president obama last august, but the commander-in-chief, not wishing to appear to be meddling in the election himself, quietly approved only fairly limited responses. president trump responded in an interview with our own pete on fox and friends >> well i just heard today for the first time that obama knew about russia a long time before the election, and he did nothing about it. but nobody wants to talk about
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that. the cia gave him information on russia a long time before they even, you know, before the election. and i hardly see it. it's an amazing thing. in other words, the question is if he had the information; why didn't he do something about it? he should have done something about it. but you don't read that. it's quite sad. >> tracking this and much else in the nation's capitol is chief congressional correspondent for the washington examiner by way of full disclosure, we relate here that susan's husband is a fox news correspondent and my beloved office mate in washington. susan, do we see these disclosures about how the obama administration handled the russian meddling impacting the ongoing probes in congress and by the special counsel bob mueller? >> well, it raises this really important question about what actions the obama administration took to try to counter this cyber hacking. i will tell you from capitol hill, that this is actually not
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new. john mccain and other lawmakers have been talking about cyber hacking from russia, north korea, china, for months and months. long before trump was elected. and they have made the case that the obama administration was not doing enough and didn't have a counteroperative plan to try to stop this, or try to punish the foreign operatives who were pulling this off. so this is not really new. and so when we hear that they knew about it, that doesn't surprise me at all. there's been murmuring on capitol hill about this for a long time. but trump raises the very important issue. why not let's look a little bit at what the obama administration -- what was their responsibility in all of this because all we hear is about trump russia, trump russia, so i think politically it's smart for him to raise that issue. but there's a second important question here, which is that obama's not president anymore. so what is donald trump going to do about this? and you just had the package on that -- on the legislation that's now sitting in the house
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that would punish russia and of course it would limit the president from lifting sanctions on his own unilaterally. >> we will see if he will be willing to sign that. you mentioned trump russia and trump russia, the russia story is probably the single-most aggravating factor in president trump's rather rocky relationship with the news media rekaent cently with the briefings -- recently with the briefings being diminished in frequency and now going to audio only. some news organizations including fox news have retained the services of sketch artists to see what's happening in the briefings. do we see this relationship ever getting better? >> i think it is about trump trying to resume control over the message. at this point, i think from their perspective, these daily briefings have not reflected well on the trump administration. they've served to showcase certain reporters and they've basically, you know, honed in on these back and forths that are
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not, you know -- that look like confrontations between the media and the trump administration. they are aired live daily on all the cables and i think they see it as not helpful to them and they want to regain control of the message. one way to do that is just kind of tone it down a little bit, limit the on camera briefings, and have, you know, these that are pen and pad only. that's what we have a lot on capitol hill when the lawmakers want to have a more civil tone, they kick the cameras out, and it is just pen and pad. we have endured that on capitol hill for years. we haven't hired a sketch artist. we just go in, listen, take notes. i don't see it as a big deal, frankly, but i understand from the perspective of a news reporter, a television reporter, that, you know, this is really important to get these on camera exchanges with sean spicer or sarah huckabee, but i don't think that it's flattering or helpful for the trump administration. i think it serves them better to actually limit these at this --
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limit these at this point because they have turned into kind of a live circus on the cable news networks instead of something that it used to be which is more informative. >> some of that reflect the personality of sean spicer, but some of that might also reflect the difficulty of serving in sean spicer's role when you have a president who could five minutes after the briefing tweet something out that totally contradicts him. 20 seconds, susan. >> that's exactly right. you make the best point here if he's going to be tweeting live to his followers and to the public, you have to question the relevancy or whether it makes sense to have these on camera briefings when it's going to look like they are contradicting each other or they are not going to know the latest because he just tweeted something out. it almost makes more sense to just limit them because frankly i think it's been -- i think they have been unhelpful and you probably may not agree with me for the trump administration, helpful for us as reporters and for television but less helpful for the administration. >> susan, of the washington
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james: an iranian group with an impressive track record of exposing secret nuclear sites of the iranian regime has trained its sites on that country's ballistic missile program. at a news conference the national council of resistance of iran leased maps and -- released maps and satellite imagery, with indications of 42 different locations above and below ground. the group says the force of the iranian revolutionary guard core oversees the production and testing of missiles and the group says iran is actively collaborating with north korea even maintaining residential quarters for north korean technicians near this command
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center for the production of liquid fuelled missiles. >> the whole objective of the ballistic missile program of iran is really two-pronged, one is to certainly when it comes to shorter range missiles to threaten their neighbors in the region as they have been doing or displaying, but the real goal is to actually build the nuclear war head with ability to carry the nuclear war head with a longer range. james: here to assess these reports, former deputy director general of the international atomic energy agency. now senior advisor at the foundation for defense of democracy. doctor, thank you for joining us. your response to this latest disclosure of information from this group? >> this really warrants a closer look when we look at the history of the iranian program of the cooperation between north korea
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and iran. and we should also look at it in the context of the briefing which this organization gave a couple of months ago and when they talked about it. so i think it's a very good starting point for them to lock deeper into this issue -- look deeper into this issue. >> you have written recently about your old organization, the branch of the united nations which has weapons inspectors that are supposed to be verifying that iran is complying with the nuclear deal you wrote recently they made a political decision that they weren't going to look into further into iran's possible military for its nuclear program. how do you have any confidence that disclotures -- disclosures like this will be followed up by the iaea? >> that was a political decision done in december 2015. it came with a caveat it said if there is new information surfacing then they will open
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the file and investigate further. and i have to also -- we have to keep in mind that there were quite a lot of open issues so when we put two things together i think there's enough for them to look. >> you have also written, doctor, on potential violations of the nuclear deal by iran. in your view right now as we sit here and we speak, is iran living up to the iran due clear deal? -- nuclear deal? >> well, the comprehensive plan of action are very general. i would not say that iran is in not compliance with its nuclear -- but on the other hand iaea cannot prove that everything is okay and all nuclear material is under their verification.
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>> do you observe any shift in approach to all of this from the trump administration? after all president trump campaigned very strongly saying not that he would rip up the iran nuclear deal but that he would police it so closely that the iranians don't stand a chance. he made it very clear and the secretary of state tillerson has made it very clear they don't like the deal but do you see any real shift in approach here from this administration? >> i think this is still something which we are waiting, we are waiting for the review and when that is done in a few weeks' time then we will see if there's a real change. >> former deputy director general of the national atomic energy agency, one of the most respected weapons inspectors and technicians on this subject in the world, now with the foundation for defense of democracy, we thank you, sir. >> thank you for having me. arthel: very interesting. members of congress breathing a sigh of relief as the condition of congressman steve scalise continues to improve. now, one lawmaker is working on
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a new bill introduced on capitol hill would allow lawmakers to carry concealed weapons, except on the grounds of the u.s. capitol or in the presence of the president and vice president. it comes in the wake of last week's shooting targeting the republican congressional baseball team in arlington, virginia, in which four people were injured, including house majority whip steve scalise of louisiana.
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a lawmaker who saw his colleagues get shot sponsoring the bill, and he explains how it works. >> the congressional self-defense act merely empowers congressmen and senators under certain circumstances to be able to carry concealed weapons. they would have to purchase it. they would have to get the kind of training that they believe was adequate in order for them to be adept at using a firearm. now, it might be we need to do some version of both. i don't know. but it's becoming clearer and clearer that congressmen and senators are indeed high-profile targetings, and we ought at a minimum have a right to defend ourselves. >> joining me now is republican congressman arrington of texas. congressman, thank you for being with us this evening and afternoon. >> greetings from west texas, arthel. it is good to be with you. arthel: are you in lubbock? >> the hub city, home of buddy holly and the red raiders. arthel: i know texas. i went to school in austin and
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lived in houston and dallas so i love texas. let me get to this important bill. what do you think of congressman bo brooks' bill? >> well, i think he's right in principle. we need to be able to protect ourselves. you can beef up security and no doubt there's being a comprehensive review by capitol hill police and other law enforcement agencies on how they can do a better job, especially when you have such a high concentration of high-profile people in high risk situations, but at the end of the day, i think that the best thing we can do is make sure that we have our constitutional rights to keep and bear arms and protect ourselves. and by the way, where i would take exception with mr. brooks, who is a good man, is that this shouldn't be something that's special for members of congress. we need americans to be able to protect themselves. i mean, the same day this
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happened, you had an incident at a ups facility in california in san francisco where people actually died. so there are mass shootings and the rise of terrorist attacks. we need to make sure that people, citizens have their fundamental right to keep and bear arms protecting themselves and their community. i think that's the best strategy going forward. arthel: by the way, pardon me, it is congressman mo brooks. so you're suggesting, congressman arrington, that listen, not just congress, congressional members and lawmakers, you are saying everyone should have the right to carry concealed weapons. i know texas is a state that is on board with that. i'm sorry for the second part of this, do you feel, though, that there could be land mines in place with everybody carrying concealed weapons, what could go wrong? >> what could go wrong is that the good guys have a harder time getting firearms to protect themselves.
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they have a harder time moving throughout the country because of a lack of reciprocity. i mean, look, we have reciprocity, for example, with driver's license. that's not a fundamental right as we articulated in the declaration endowed by god and secured by our government. but being able to protect yourself from the bad guys is. and i'm supporting a bill that will allow for that reciprocity, and i believe it will get to the house floor. we will see what happens from there. but yeah, we as congressmen, members of congress and other elected officials should be able to carry, but i don't think that should be something reserved just for elected officials. there are plenty of folks quite frankly if you are traveling to the nation's capitol, and you're walking the mall, you need to be able to protect yourself from a mass shooting at the lincoln memorial or at the washington monument or anywhere else.
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so this shouldn't be reserved just to members of congress. this should be reserved to the american people who are all endowed with those sacred rights. arthel: i may get back to this if i have time, but let me ask you this, is there a different solution that you would like to offer? would it help to tone down the rhetoric on capitol hill? >> well, you know, even before this incident, arthel, i would say that we need to tone down the rhetoric. i don't think it's helpful, for example, i heard that hilary clinton is talking about how many people would actually die on account of the healthcare reform bill coming out of the senate. that's not helpful. you know, we have people that are unstable and not sane and who cannot handle that kind of information, who take it and say well, this is a righteous cause now. i can save thousands of people if i take matters into my own hands. i mean, we've got to be more responsible. but long before these incidents,
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i thought we needed to change the culture of washington, and i actually introduced my second piece of legislation with a democrat from a very liberal district in california, former obama administration official, me being from a conservative district in texas and a former george w. bush official, so we did that because of relationships and friendships. i'm committed to that. i think my freshman class is, and we have to change the culture. we've got to change the tone. it is like planning a -- it is like planting a tree, the best time to do that is 20 years ago and today we're starting today, and i hope that will bear fruit in the near future. arthel: i hope it does too, congressman, because i think there's a lot of rhetoric and name calling and, you know, shots across the bow and everything that's just not really good for getting the job done there in d.c. and not good for the country. but we have -- >> i agree. arthel: thank you congressman in texas. don't mess with texas. >> great to be with you. arthel: thank you. want to let you know that you
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can see more of that interview with congressman brooks and his new bill on watters world airing at 8:00 p.m. eastern right here on the fox news channel. james: security concerns all over the globe, arthel, a massive evacuation in london. residents in more than 600 homes forced to leave their apartment buildings immediately in the wake of the deadly public housing high-rise fire in the shepherds bush section of london that killed at least 79 people. kitty low gone has more from -- logan has more from london. good evening, kitty. >> hi james. there's been more miss r-- there's been more misery for lon dores living in high-rise buildings. -- londoners living in high-rise buildings. they had a few possessions that they were able to pack in a hurry. people from at least 600 apartments were affected. local officials told them they may not be able to return home for up to four weeks while fire
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safety standards are improved. now these are people on low incomes who depend on statehousing and many don't have a lot of options of where to go. last night they were offered a mattress on a floor at a nearby gym. but local officials say these buildings are a fire risk. fire safety inspectors say tests prove the external on these buildings are not fire resistant. also problems inside with fire doors and gas pipes. local government officials have been urgently checking similar apartment blocks. the prime minister says authorities are acting fast to avoid another tragedy like the deadly fire. 79 people died in this high-rise building in west london just ten days ago. the fire spread with horrifying speed, trapping people who had been sleeping in their apartments. it's suspected the material covering this building contributed to the intensity of the fire.
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police now say they are considering a manslaughter investigation and possible criminal charges for those responsible for installing it, if it's proved unsafe building materials were knowingly used. and now the government says that 34 high-rise buildings around the country have failed fire safety tests. now, people living in similar buildings are understandably very nervous as more buildings are tested. james? james: nervous indeed, kitty logan, thank you. arthel: the british parliament under cyberattack. officials investigating a possible hack after discovering that someone had tried to access parliamentary user accounts. the hackers were targeting parliamentary e-mails. westminster closing down remote access to the system as a precaution. members of parliament relying on text messaging to communicate urgent information as the investigation into the attempted hacks continues. james: we're all just one hack
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away from ruin, i think. arthel: it is really true. james: a u.s. air force plane fell from the sky and it landed upside down. an update just ahead on the condition of the two crewmembers who were on board. plus controversy in california over plans to fix aging roadways. sounds pretty noncontroversial; right? we will tell you what got folks so upset about it. stay with us. >> there's nothing more fundamental in the business of government than making sure the roads and the bridges don't fall apart. and they are falling apart. it's something that's always
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arthel: more unrest in venezuela amid the worsening political crisis there that began three years ago over chronic shortages of basic goods and other economic problems. thousands of protesters converging on an airbase and tearing down a metal fence surrounding it. demonstrators also throwing
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rocks and setting fire to vehicles with security forces firing tear gas to break up the crowd. there are reports of some injuries. the country's socialist president praising the military for standing by the government. james: the u.s. air force is investigating after one of its world famous thunderbird planes flipped over during practice for an air show. the air force said the captain had a mishap when trying to land at the dayton international airport yesterday. both the pilot and the other airman on board are thankfully doing fine. the air force says the weather was good. so it's not quite clear yet what caused that plane to go belly up. arthel: and congress showing little progress towards passing tax reform and new infrastructure spending. so some states are taking matters into their own hands. five states this year raising taxes on gas to pay for rebuilding the roads and other spending needs. of course many people are not happy to see the higher prices
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at the pump. william la jeunesse has more. >> you want to have a screwed up state with a bunch of potholes? go ahead. but that's insane. reporter: california governor jerry brown is leading a pack of states raising their gas tax this year. >> states across the country are facing infrastructure issues. their roads and bridges are aging. >> the federal government first imposed a penny a gallon gas tax in 1932. today it's 18 cents, but hasn't increased in 24 years. with gas prices now exceedingly low, 28 states raise their gas tax in the last five years to an average of 31 cents a gallon. the lowest, alaska, at 12 cents. pennsylvania the highest at 59. followed by california at a soon to be 58 cents a gallon. >> if one or two of these lawmakers are removed over this horrendous tax increase, that that will send a message to the others. >> in california 58% of voters
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oppose brown's gas tax increase. watch what happens when a top democratic official confronts those gathering signatures to recall a gas tax supporter. >> [inaudible]. >> when gas prices top $4 a gallon, a federal tax increase was political suicide. today, bipartisan group in the house, the chamber of commerce, and labor all support a tax increase, something the president said in may even he would consider. in los angeles, fox news. james: a touching moment caught on camera in a fifth grade classroom when a special guest surprises the students with a visit all the way from the front lines. stay with us. beyond is a natural pet food
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james: the trump administration dealing with sensational leaks on what seems like a near daily basis. now cia director was saying he thinks intelligence leaks are on the rise partly due to what he calls the worship of leakers like edward snowden. he also addressed criticism of president trump alleging that the commander-in-chief is disinterested in hearing the facts from the intelligence
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community every day. this during an interview with msnbc. >> president trump is incredibly demanding of the intelligence community, asks us incredibly difficult questions, and counts on myself and other leaders to deliver those answers for him. he is an avid consumer of the products we provide. thinks about them and comes back and asks great questions and then perhaps most importantly relies upon that information. james: and he reaffirmed that the trump administration is focused on stopping leaks of any kind from any agency and pursuing those responsible. arthel: well, a classroom of 5th graders in up state new york got a surprise visit from someone very special. the students had face time with a u.s. army sergeant stationed in afghanistan. they were expecting to video chat with him one last time yesterday. instead guess what? he showed up in their classroom in person. >> we've been telling them all day that he was in tennessee and
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we were going to do our last video chat with him. so they were just in total shock. i saw some of my kids, you know, doing the whole oh my gosh, like can't believe it. >> probably the best experience i have had in a long time. the look on their faces was worth the trip home, absolutely. arthel: and the students had been exchanging gifts with the servicemen. one of the gifts a signed american flag is now on display at the front of the school. very very nice. to business now, minorities make up the fastest growing segment of the world of women owned businesses, but compared to other groups, they seem to face extra hurdles in getting funding. a new program aims to give more minority women the keys to success by teaching them how to overcome such barriers. joining me now is linda bradley dunn, so good to have you here. this year the odyssey network business retreat odyssey media
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awarded recipient, a female entrepreneur, $25,000 with a matching $25,000 offer giving it $50,000, very impressive. basically this female entrepreneur will get into specifics. there she is. >> absolutely. arthel: she won the odyssey pitch contest. so talk to me, if you could, about ways to find money. if you can't quite make it to one of your fantastic, you know, programs and your retreats, and how do you find the seed money to anyone watching and how much of a return must you offer or promise? >> well, that's a great question that you asked me because everyone didn't have to come to my retreat. first of all, there's a lot of pitch contests out there, but they don't train you how to pitch. so one of the reasons that multicultural women are not participating in these pitch contests is they are afraid.
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so we taught people on-line, so whether you apply for the contest or not, you gained the knowledge of how to sit in front of your banker, how to go to companies and say i'm worthy of your money. we didn't ask for a return. we asked for your heart. and one of the things that i have learned is people still loan to people they like. and it's very important to be authentic and tell your story. but get the training on how you tell that story. arthel: so if i can't make it to your retreat, ki get it on-line -- i can get it on-line? >> absolutely. the coca-cola company made it possible that i trained over 5,000 women on how to be in a pitch contest. arthel: quickly, what's the website in case anyone wants to tap into that? >> odyssey the training is still up on line and free. arthel: excellent. we talk about kim roxie, the female entrepreneur who won the pitch contest. what was about it her pitch that grabbed your attention?
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>> one of the things that's important is i did not judge. we had seven of the best judges from around the country. it was a unanimous decision that she won. the first thing they said was she was authentic. she said that make up should reveal you. it shouldn't be applied. and her heart organic make up for women of color, and the person that came very close to her has organic cat food and dog food being sold right now on so from organic pet food to beauty and make up to a clothing store, each of those women walked away with a significant amount of money. arthel: absolutely. you know, i want to take a look at a most recent survey of women, business owners which was leased in may this -- released in this past may but it covers in 2012. in 2012 women were majority owners of 9.9 million businesses which generated 1.4 trillion in sales and employed over 8.4 million individuals.
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there were 27.2 million businesses in 2012, women owned firms made up 36% of all the businesses. but still we're talking about women are still underrepresented. which areas in particular? are there any particular areas? >> the most important thing to know is -- and other people who do studies, we don't even register. there are so few dollars given out to women of color. and many of the reasons that people use is well they don't know how to to apply -- apply. they are not trained how to apply. we really need to take advantage of alternative funding, that's a really important thing to think about. the sba has micro loans. then there are family foundations that care a great deal about this issue, just thinking of going into your normal and traditional bank is a mistake. looking for alternative funding and the biggest is ask family and friends. ask 100 people you know to loan you a thousand dollars.
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arthel: what if you can't pay it back? i've got to go they just told me. >> no problem. you got to pay it back if it's a loan. if not, apply for a grant. arthel: the website again is odyssey mc -- >> dot com. >> great tips. linda bradley dunn and i like the way you make it seem easy which is good. >> get rid of your fear and go for it. >> and we will be right back. smoking with chantix. i tried to quit cold turkey. i tried to quit with the patch; that didn't work. along with support, chantix (varenicline) is proven to help people quit smoking. for me, chantix worked. it reduced my urge to smoke. compared to the nicotine patch, chantix helped significantly more people quit smoking. when you try to quit smoking, with or without chantix, you may have nicotine withdrawal symptoms. some people had changes in behavior or thinking, aggression, hostility, agitation, depressed mood or suicidal thoughts or actions with chantix.
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>> this was a great honor thank you for having me, arthel. arthel: i enjoyed having you here mr. james rosen. come back again when eric shawn is out. james: you bet. arthel: stick around. kelly wright is up next with the fox report. >> republican senators struggle for common ground on a healthcare bill, president trump is slamming its predecessor over russia's interference in the election. i'm kelly wright in for julie banderas and this is the fox report. president trump visiting his golf course in virginia after answering questions in an exclusive interview with fox news to air tomorrow. the president accuses president obama of knowing what russia was up to, and quote, doing nothing. it comes as a report from the washington post says the former president was slow and cautious in responding to russia's meddling. now, even some democrats are piling on to mr.


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