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thank you for watching and make sure you follow on social media, special report with bret baier coming up. ♪ >> bret: turmoil inside the white house, push back on trump's transgender man and a stall to senate plans for health care overall. coming you tonight from the white house, where it looks like the trump administration is getting closer and closer to cleaning house over leaks within the administration itself it's getting interesting tonight. over on capitol hill, the senate cannot move forward with a planned vote over rama on health care because lawmakers don't even have plans yet. as another wild day in washington. if the that began overnight in a
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single tweet between new white house director anthony scaramucci, he's not backing down and reportedly getting vulgar with his attacks on other people in the administration. a breakdown with what went down between two of the president's top aides and really an amazing story that began just in the last few minutes. >> amazing and vulgar at the same time, you'll hear a great deal about this. were talking about anthony scaramucci having a conversation with a reporter, a reporter that he called and we understand he wasn't telling them it was off the record or background anyway. it was blue to say the least, this is just one quote. ryan's previous is an expletive, paranoid it's it's frantic, -- let's be blunt.
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we understand alice intrigue is par for the course. if it becomes burdensome and consistent, it can undermine the messaging. that's especially important when the trump administration is trying to get on message for the first time. >> they are american heroes and we salute them. >> even as the president saluted the bravery and loyalty of the officers who stopped a gunman from shooting steve's gleason others at softball practice last month, it was his loyalty being called into question. >> does the president had confidence in a chief of staff? >> i've addressed this question, if the president doesn't then he'll make that decision. we all serve at the pleasure of the president and if he gets to a place where that isn't the case, he'll let you know.
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reince priebus is under fire after being accused by new white house communications director anthony scaramucci of licking his financial disclosure information to politico. if in light of the week of my financial disclosure later, he denied he was singling out reince priebus tweeting wrong. all senior administration officials are helping to end illegal leaks. >> if he wants to explain he's not a leader, let him do that. let me tell you some thing about myself, i am a straight shooter, i will go right to the heart of the matter. >> he's making clear that even though these documents are eventually precurable, publicly, somebody doesn't want him here. somebody is trying to get in his way and to scare him off from working here which is a huge mistake.
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>> politico denied the form was leaked citing public records of availability. if priebus is on thin ice, he joined jeff sessions under increased present all. the steady barrage of twitter takedowns haven't gone unnoticed. >> the president of the united states is a strong leade leader. he is determined to move this country in the direction it needs to go to make us great again, and he has had a lot of criticism. he's steadfastly determined to get his job done then we are all about to do our jobs and that's what i intend to do. if >> the president's tweets yesterday stating transgender service personnel would no longer be allowed to serve in the u.s. military caught some senior pentagon officials by surprise. joint chief of staff chairman has informed service members that there will be noted modifications to the current policy until the president's direction has been received by
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the secretary of defense and the secretary has issued implementation guidance. speaking at the national press club today, army chief of staff said he learned about the president's decision through the media. >> we will work through the implementation guidance when we get it and will move from there. >> h.r. mcmaster the national security advisor called the defense secretary jim mattis while he was on vacation to tell him about the president's decision, he was none too pleased about the social media rollout of the policy. secretary of defense ash carter disagrees with the new policy. >> bret: heard it from the pentagon that mattis was aware of dunford's statement when it came out ahead of time. have we heard anything about this new yorker piece, but the courts that we are saying about the dustup from the white house? >> because it happened so late in the day, their to quiet.
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a senior administration official said that some folks are feeling uneasy to say the least. >> bret: many of you may be wondering why i'm here at the white house, it's something we hope to do at least once a week going forward. as some of the biggest stories come out of this building behind me. it's a change of scenery from our studio up on the hill, i'd also like to invite some of the senior administration officials, even the president himself if he wants to come outside and talk to us here, it's much easier right on the sidewalk. maybe being outside here will make it more enticing to make it a short walk for an interview. i will say it's a lot hotter than the studio itself. other news, we could be just hours away from an obamacare overhaul or a collapse. at this hour, the senate has yet to enter a vote-o-rama, it will culminate on a final vote on the senate's plan for repealing obamacare. the reason the vote-o-rama
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hasn't started yet, they don't have the votes on a final plan yet. chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel is settling in for a long night on capitol hill, brings us the latest of elements up there. >> for republican senators said they are a "no" on the senate health care reform effort unless they get assurances that whatever passes the senate goes to a conference with house lawmakers. that's significant because four senators could kill this effort. the idea behind a skinny repeal is getting rid of the most unpopular aspects of obamacare. the mandates and some of the taxes and sources suggest in the mix is a one year defund of planned parenthood. >> the whole purpose here is to find the things that met the criteria of the bill that 50 or more of us would be for and i don't know why we couldn't accomplish that. >> a bold prediction from a
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member of the senate republican leadership suggested this skinny repeal of obamacare could have the votes. president trump turned to twitter to turn up the heat on lawmakers. some republicans are expressing a sense of urgency. >> i told my people the first chance i get, i'm going to vote to repeal. i'm going to vote for it, i'm going to be on it like a hobo on a ham sandwich. >> the two moderate main susan collins and alaska lisa murkowski who voted against the initial motion to proceed. she confirmed that she had spoken with the president and interior secretary ryan ziggy, he threatened to withhold a federal aid from alaska. >> i did have a confrontation the mic conversation with the secretary. he told me what i already knew which was that which was that
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the president wasn't pleased. if >> collins expressed outrage. >> it's very concerning, she is doing her best to represent her constituents. >> another major challenge for republican leaders as opponents of health care reform have spent nearly $15 million attacking their efforts. while outside supporters of this g.o.p. push haven't spent any money according to advertising analytics. democrats sound like they're preparing for a late night fight. >> mr. president, this isn't again, this isn't a joke, it's not hot potato. were talking about people's lives. we don't have time for phony amendments or phony bills. you don't play games with the health care of the american people. >> the message from the white house it is time to get the job done, there's clearly a
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need for more negotiation or else lawmakers would be voting. >> bret: we will know what time line some point about the vote-o-rama? >> i've heard some buzz about 8:00 tonight or later, they're trying to see if they've got the boats to go forward. bottom line we do expect it to go forward at some point this evening and obviously these four senators coming out in the past few minutes has thrown a curveball. if speaker riordan comes forward and says will go to conference on the bill, one would assume they would be a lot closer to voting. >> bret: will be watching every moment, will be watching tonight senate vote-o-rama whatever happens closely here at special report. where things stand at live 11:0 11:00 p.m. eastern, i'll be moving here from the north one of the white house over to the senate side of the capital where all the action will be unfolding real time, we may have some live interviews as it's happening. iran launched a rocket carrying a satellite toward space in a
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move that's raising many alarm bells around the world. the move comes as just the latest in a string of provocations from foreign powers this week. chinese jets buzzed a u.s. spy plane, a u.s. navy warship fired warning shots at an iranian boat that was getting too close for comfort and yesterday we anticipated another missile launch of north korea on the anniversary of armistice day. it may have been delayed due to bad weather. while we await another launch from the north, we focus now on iran. the trump administrations push to step up policing from that country. >> iran has launched another long-range rocket, this one carrying a satellite toward space, that's according to u.s. officials. iran's market development, funding of foreign fighters, cyber attacks and other destabilizing behaviors is disrupting international security, the u.s. claim that violates the spirit of the
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nuclear agreement. >> we believe what happened overnight it in the morning is in the violation of the spirit of the g cpa. >> 's administration continues to adhere to it but it's now pushing to strongly enforce the agreement. secretary of state rex tiller's and has informed house speaker paul ryan the u.s. will work with allies to address what he calls the considerable flaws in the iran nuclear deal. the u.s. will now also push for inspections of iran military sites to test the strength of the nuclear deal. that's according to a report in the associated press. >> it's absolutely necessary to get an accurate inspection of those sites because we want to make sure according to the language of those deals, they're not undertaking any activity related to nuclear weaponizatio weaponization, projects, design, and research. >> at the state department looks to the international atomic energy agency to monitor iran's
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compliance. the trump administration has done so twice. the president said it will talk about the subject in 90 days but i will be surprised if they were in compliance. as a trump administration examines u.s.-iran policy, north korea celebrates the 64th anniversary of the armistice pausing at fighting in the korean war. threatening the u.s. as it launched a ballistic missile early this month. >> the u.s. senate is voting right now taking a break from health care on a sanctions bill for iran, north korea, and russia. as for the success of that north korean rocket launch with a satellite, u.s. military is casting doubt on that because it says it has detected no new object in space. >> bret: a senate panel was told today a russian lawyer at the 2016 trump tower meeting is
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directly tied to president putin's government as new revelations come to light about the obama administration's alleged targeting of the trump transition team. chief intelligence correspondent katherine harris has the exclusive look at the sheer volume of the so-called unmasking requests during the presidential campaign. >> the republican chairman of the house intelligence committee devin nunez updates the nation's intelligence chief on the status of the unmasking investigation. three of the intelligence agencies received subpoenas and may explicitly naming three top officials of the obama administration. a former cia director john brennan, former national security dump visors susan rice and samantha powers. in what appears to be a reference to powers, one official with no apparent intelligence function made hundreds of unmasking requests during the final year of the obama administration.
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there were no meaningful explanations as to why they needed and how they would use this information. during public testimony in american who had done business in russia claimed the lawyer with donald trump, jr., jared kushner and paul mena fort was directly tied to moscow. >> she's worked for the fsb, the successor organization to the kgb. >> anticorruption investigator will browder testified that she was moscow's point of contact for repealing sanctions. president putin retaliated, at the 2016 meeting. >> nobody was talking about adoption, they were tugged by the repeal sanctions so that russian torturers and murderers could travel in america. >> and american opposition research firm to smear him, the
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same firm commission the unverified siliceous and i trump. >> spreading false information about browder and his lawyer adding the president and his allies are trying to smear them because the firm investigated trump's ties to russia. on the unmasking allegations, they were in the context of the national security position advising president obama and she has been unambiguous about the congressional investigation. a spokeswoman for rice said unmasking was done for intelligence, not political purposes and there was no immediate response from brennan. >> bret: thank you. up next a war on gangs here at home but first as we had to break we mentioned it at the top of the show, president trump awarded medals of a valor to officers who helped stop the bloodshed at the congressional baseball practice last month, something that happened here in the east room of the white house earlier today. the president honoring alexandria police officers
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nicole, kevin job and alexander jessen. both bailey and greiner were injured in that attack last month in which a gunman also wounded house majority whip steve scalise. he was discharged from the hospital tuesday. >> the assault on june 14th reminded us that evil exists in this world, but it also reminded us that heroes walk in our mids midst. that love triumphs over tragedy, and that our resolve is stronger than ever. ♪
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>> bret: welcome back to the north one of the white house. while his future as the nation's top law enforcement officer is in some want doubt here at home. attorney general jeff sessions flew to el salvador looking for ways to crack down the brutal street gang ms-13. correspondent reports tonight on a targeted crackdown. >> in april, four young men turned up dead and along island park, police say it was a brutal scene. ms-13 members allegedly attacked the young men with knives, wooden clubs, and machetes. one man escaped, the other four did not. last week, officials announced the arrest of 17 people in eastern new york, fort tied to the quadruple homicide, the others accused of crimes running the gamut from murder, assault, racketeering, all allegedly members of ms-13. on friday, president trump heads
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to long island and is expected to discuss the gangs he stopped about four months. >> ms-13, get them out of here. >> he set to join him. >> pledging to the police officers and the fbi and homeland security and stands with them in the war against ms ms-13. >> many of its members back to el salvador where attorney general jeff sessions visited. many members are first-generation el salvador in americans. >> part of the trademark throughout the country and not just here is to pray on recent immigrants. they engage in acts of violence, they engage in acts of savagery against those who can't defend themselves. >> long island, new york, isn't the only place grappling with the notorious gang. roughly 21 miles from the white house in february, the
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fairfax police department arrested and charged five people with the murder of a 15-year-old named demetrius rivas. roughly 30,000 ms-13 members in the world, around 10,000 are here in the u.s. one law enforcement official tells fox news it's not that ms-13 is a new problem, but the violence is now more brazen. right? >> bret: my colic tucker carlson will get the attorney general's response to the tweet aimed at him. we'll have an exclusive interview at 8:00 p.m. eastern. for the first time in the u.s. and this story would have been covered a lot more had all of the washington news not happened today, for the first time, scientists have edited the genes of human embryos. it's a big step in a
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controversial practice that someday could help babies avoid diseases. it's also one that critics fear could turn people to creating designer babies. >> according to the report in the mit technology review, this man has gone further than any u.s. scientist before, editing human dna. in research not yet published, the oregon health and science university dr. apparently change the genes in many human embryos successfully eliminating disease. the report concludes the experiments are a milestone on what may conclude to be a journey to the birth of the first genetically modified humans. reaction has been missed. mixed. it creates life to destroy life in pursuit of a perfect life. it comes from a horrible mentality, situational killing, dangerous and is chilling. others see it as a step is
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curing genetic disease. >> by having the ability to rewrite genetic code, we could erase mutations that give rise to terrible diseases. the put in a healthy copy for a gene and completely eradicated from that family street. >> in a controversial report, the national academy of sciences concluded after more research, trials for this experimentation may have a place to help parents who both carry a gene that would guarantee a child having a genetic disease. many worry this could feed a desire not just for a healthy baby but one genetically designed to be more gifted. >> in the search for absolute perfection, this has been destroying life. that's where we draw the line. >> the embryos in the research were destroyed after just a few days, none were ever implanted. for those doing the scientific work, that is the ultimate goal. congress passed a law two years ago prohibiting the government from funding this type of gene editing research but that's had
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no effect on the portland scientists, they are forging ahead with some $20 million in private donations. some think the first genetically altered baby could be just a couple years away. >> bret: the boy scouts leaders apologizing to anyone who took offense over the politics president trump inserted in his speech tuesday night at the annual jamboree. chief executive michael sir baugh wrote the political rhetoric was never their intent while also noting the boy scouts have invited every sitting president since 1937 to the jamboree. on the markets today, the dow rose to 86 for another recordish. the s&p 500 lost to, the nasdaq dropped 41. just moments ago received the first official comment, about we heard from anthony scaramucci in the new yorker report. i sometimes use colorful language, i will refrain in this arena but not to give on the
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up to the presidents. >> bret: that's anthony scaramucci, were here at the white house today. we'll try to get him to come over and talk to us. he has released that tweet we've brought you, he is responding to an article to reporter ryan lizza in which he didn't know whether he was on the record, there were a lot of quotes about rides previous. the who leaked the details of a dinner of the white house and then it gets very vulgar in this article that we won't go into too much detail about about a number of different officials saying at one point he's going to fire them all. white house senior official responded to fox news producers just said this.
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with federalist bring on our panel, mercedes schlapp with "the washington times" ." in syndicated in syndicated colt charles krauthammer. we've all covered washington, we've often said this there's not been anything like this. >> we've had rivals for power but we've never seen anything that this so public a muscle vulgar, threatening violence against leakers, threatening to fire them. it's extraordinary. do you think this hurts anthony scaramucci with president trump or does it help him? he's pushing back so strongly but clearly this is just one more example of something happening in the trump administration that we have just
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never seen happen before. >> bret: and the tweets that we referenced earlier, scare much he said he sometimes uses l language, he's a new yorker. >> being a new yorker is no excuse, this is the degradation of the presidency. none of us have ever seen this. the reason is it's not to be done. that kind of language is not to be used. particularly when it's infighting at the white house. the fact of the president is allowing all of this going on, i think it means it rests with him. he's the only one who can restrain this. he's the guy who can through the swamp in the white house but this is really disgraceful. >> bret: moments ago, sarah huckabee sanders said there is no official comment from the white house on these comments that have been printed. >> i think it's left a lot of us in shock, i think it's trying to
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understand here that you had him come out last week, very polished come of being very open talking to the press. i think it's important to remember that journalists are not therapists in a very important to remember the rules of the game. off the record, what does that mean? figuring out that component as well. i think part of that comes with experience. i think scaramucci would've had more opportunity to do less talking and more organizing the white house. he came into purge and the president was not liking the way the messaging was coming out. here's the problem when you have stories like this, it continues to be a distraction and talk about what matters to the president. it was health care reform, tax reform, getting jobs back for americans. i think this is one of those unfortunate incidents and a mistake that was made early on. >> bret: this article that i referenced is getting a lot of attention but so is a wall street journal photo that was
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tweeted out and was part of the interview they did with the presidents. there you see the stare down that was real, not photoshopped in the oval office between reince priebus on the left and scaramucci on the right. where does this go from here? kenneth reince priebus, out from this and somehow remain a credible steering of the trains coming out of the office if it's this battle behind the scenes? >> you can't hide the body language, they had previously during their interview been seated next to each other on a couch but you certainly see it seems like they're going to have guns drawn in the next minutes. i think it's hard to imagine both of these individuals survive on the white house staff. i think scaramucci in the moment is in the president's favor, but we'll see sean spicer finally left a thousand times he
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predicted he was about to leave. reince priebus, there's an expectation that he's going to resign but it doesn't happen until it happens. >> bret: we welcome senior officials to come out here to special report. we'll talk more about this and talk about the attorney general. you'll hear the whole interview at 8:00, we'll be back right after this break
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us to do our jobs and that's what i intend to do. >> bret: the message being there i'm not leaving. if the president wants to get rid of me, he'll have to tell me that. if were back our panel, as you hear more senators and lawmakers coming to his defense on capitol hill. >> this is a man who wants to keep his job, he will say nary a bad word about the president. he draws a lot of sympathy. i can see why the republicans around him are rallying to his support, as you pointed out last night he's getting some support from democrats. but what counts is the support is getting from republicans. i think the president understands this is not an ordinary cabinet member, this is not an ordinary appointment. this is a guy who was with him at the beginning. the guy who was the touchstone for trump's conservatism and a lot of people on board.
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i expect -- he was a dead man walking. i expect the president is going to back off and look what he's got inside the white house. he's got a fire storm going on there. i think you'll handle one of the time, not to. >> bret: i mention the senators coming to his defense, not only senator grassley sang were not going to hold a hearing, here's senators sasse and a grandma. >> i'm here to offer a word of humble advice to the presidents. if you're thinking of making a recess appointment to push out the attorney general, forget about it. the presidency isn't a bowl and this country isn't a china shop. >> if jeff sessions is fired there will be holy hell to pay. any efforts to go after mueller could be the beginning of the end of the trump presidency unless mueller did something wrong. >> bret: mercedes? >> the g.o.p. senators are sending a direct message which
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is limiting president donald trump's political options in terms of what would happen to an attorney general jeff sessions. what's kind of surprising to me is the fact that when you look at sessions and his record so far, that department is one of the departments very much in action, pushing forward the president's agenda whether it's sanctuary cities, dealing with ms-13. there is activity happening under the leadership of sessions. conservatives are rallying around sessions and they believe the political fallout if he were to be fired or resigned would be ten times worse than what we saw with the firing of james comey. >> bret: i want to turn to the transgender issue. we have reported that the national security advisor h.r. mcmaster called the secretary of defense tuesday night to tell him the decision that the president had made and then tweeted out the next
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morning. the chairman of the joint chiefs sent out this memo to the pentagon staff that we are told he was aware of that said there is no change as of now. a tweet is not an official declaration and right now the policy is the same until the secretary of defense says differently. >> pretty amazing both times to have a major politician denounced twitter and then have them nation's top military officer say until i hear it from the pentagon chief, were not going to implement anything. this is a message from the nation's top military officer to the president of the united states. there are no words. >> bret: very quickly, what does that say to the rest of the world? >> this is as close to insubordination as you can get and it's justified. if you don't put out so cynically a change in policy that the military has not approved. i think it's a warning to the president that he should be careful. it tells the rest of the world
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that there's disarray inside the white house, with the attorney general, it's now spreading to the military end of this administration coming apart. >> bret: debate, votes, the future of obamacare hanging in the balance, will go live to capitol hill for a status check as you look live there and get the panel's reaction to what's happening at this minute after this (vo) dogs have evolved, but their nutritional needs remain instinctual. that's why there's purina one true instinct. nutrient-dense, protein-rich, real meat number one. this is a different breed of nutrition. purina one, true instinct. 'saved money on motorcycle insurance with geico. goin' up the country. later, gary' i have a motorcycle! wonderful. ♪ ♪ i'm goin' up the country, baby don't you wanna go? ♪
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>> bret: you're looking live at the senate floor, top senate republicans at this hour demanding a guarantee that the house negotiate any health care reform bill with them or they will kill a skinny version of the bill, especially their demanding they go to conference committee. peter doocy is live at capitol hill where things stand
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right at this minute, good evening. >> right at this minute, four republican senators are threatening their leadership saying they will sink tonight's vote unless they are promised by the speaker of the house paul ryan that whatever they pass tonight, a skinny bill never actually becomes law until house negotiators sit down with senate negotiators in a conference to fix it. >> i'd rather get out of the way and let it and have a half asked approach where it is now our problem. were not good to do that with our boat. >> white house legislator director told me that he would expect that vote to be a close one. he would expect the vice president to cast a tiebreaker again likely after midnight a few minutes after market short left the hill i caught one republican senator who still hadn't been briefed by leaders on what they will be voting on tonight.
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>> do you think leadership should have shown you guys the skinny bill sooner? >> i think everybody has a pretty good idea what's in it. >> another republican tried to turn the tables on democrats to vote no on everything today by introducing something progressive, like a single-payer health care coverage. medicaid for all into daring democrats to go on the record in favor of it. most democrats voted present so i asked the senator why he think they would not commit. >> this is where bernie sanders wants to go. instead of really saying there for it or against that they voted present. they chickened out. >> as for that skinny bill, it is not popular with senators tonight but they may pass it anyway as long as they get a promise that it never actually becomes the law. until they actually figure out what they want the law to be at the conference, obamacare remains in place.
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if >> bret: live on the hill, we're back with the panel. first it to you, thoughts as we get ready possibly for this vote-o-rama but right now it's stalled until their counting heads. >> clearly the democrats are the party of no and you have some who are the party of maybe. i think what you're looking at is the senators want to make sure this process keeps moving along. i think that they are hoping to buy time by pushing it it along to the conference committee and hoping they can make the skinny bill a little bit plumper. that's the approach right now. of course a skinny bill most likely will not become law because the house members will want to add more provisions to what the senators would vote on. the mere fact that these republicans remain so divided
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and they can only find common ground on a few provisions is very telling it very troubling because of the fact that the republicans made a promise of the american people that they were going to repeal and replace obamacare. >> bret: you are looking at senator langford on the floor delivering a speech. there aren't senators who are little bit more optimistic than we are hearing, here's senators kennedy and blunt. >> some members both democrat and republican were like the lion and "wizard of oz." now's the time. you either support the affordable care act in or you t and i don't. >> the most likely thing to happen today would be to look at the individual mandate, the employer mandate, eliminate those mandates would be a significant step. i think there very well might be 52 republicans prepared to do
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that. >> vice president pence will be up there past midnight and there's some images of cats being rolled out at the hill. >> there's no way for the senate to pass the bill and prevent the house from passing it and it becomes law. i hope the supreme court is doing really well today because the other two branches of government have looked truly dysfunctional. >> i love the fact that the senators would say they would support the final bill on the condition that it can't become law. isn't there a pattern here? that's exactly what republicans did two years ago when they passed repeal knowing that obama would veto it. then you have that great report from peter doocy saying that the introduction of a bill to go to single-payer which is what emma kratz ostensibly support, they wouldn't touch it with a 10-foot
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pole knowing that it would destroy the budget. the bad faith on all parts is astonishing but it reflects the fact that nobody has any idea what to do with the health care system. >> bret: do they get to conference? >> bill get skinny and the go to conference. >> i say no. >> i'm optimistic, yes. >> bret: we will have you covered from capitol hill, we've got it all lined up tonight as these votes, the vote-a-rama is happening, will be live with correspondence, will have live interviews. we didn't get a senior in administration official at the white house, maybe next time. the hits were coming fast and furious in d.c. today, but were not talking about here at the white house. along with support, chantix (varenicline) is
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>> bret: welcome back to the north lawn of the white house. finally tonight, a franchise home run record for the hometown team here in washington. the washington nationals on fire this afternoon against the milwaukee brewers. eight home runs, tying the franchise record from 1978 when the team was based in montreal. that also matched two majorly best orchids. in the third inning tying for the most consecutive home runs of four. think about that. four home runs in a row. imagine being there. in the most home runs ever in inning with five home runs. final score 15-2. finance one. the national trumpet the national sit well on top of the nl east. charles krauthammer usually goes to these games. of the games, not to go to, this was not a good one, charles. >> bad choice. but oh the glory. with the white house on fire, the congress in chaos, and the world going to hell in a
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handbasket, we need happy news like this. this is why god created basebal baseball. late on the sixth day. [laughs] >> bret: this is the prediction right now after watching what you watched today. the washington nationals, world series this year quest mix because they will be in the series. they may not win it, but who cares after today's game? >> bret: think about that, four home runs in a row. charles, i know you will be at the next game i'm sure. we have a lot of game left to play here in our coverage. we have all the things happening at the white house, we've got you covered. but as you look to capitol hill and the senate floor, we can tell you that things are moving forward, but we don't know when. it's believed that at about 8:00 p.m. eastern time they will start with called the vote-a-rama. he sees senator langford continuing on the senate floor. we will be there at 11:00 p.m. eastern time for a special edition of "special report" with all of the news. coming up next, sarah huckabee sanders joins martha maccallum for "the story."
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then tucker carlson will be on with the attorney general jeff sessions from el salvador. thanks for inviting us a deer home tonight. that's it for this "special report" from the white house. fair, balanced, and unafraid. stick with fox news for the latest. >> we all come and have a chance to voice those ideas, voice those perspectives, and have a lot of healthy competition. with that competition you usually get the best results. the president like that type of competition, and encourages it. >> martha: breaking tonight, the president "likes that kind of competition," in a moment the press secretary will be her to explain that comment and also to to respond to a profanity laced tirade that was given by her new boss. he has put out another tweet to try to explain that. that's anthony scaramucci, and that is our top score tonight. it all started last night, when politico published an article