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do. >> dana: kennedy's more thing was fabulous. >> kennedy: rihanna's last name is fenty >> bret: has the republican effort to kill obamacare come back from the dead? bodies and wreckage from two natural disasters. could the u.s. really shoot down a north korean missile? this is "special report" ." welcome to our number two of our expanded edition of "special report." i am bret baier in washington. republicans in the senate are trying to come up with enough votes to finally put a stake in the heart of own obamacare law they have failed to kill for almost a eight years. they are fighting each other over what to do exactly. president trump believes this proposal could be successful. >> i think it has tremendous
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support. i think it's actually much better than the previous shot which was very sadly let down. again, we've been hearing about repeal and replace for seven years. i thought i would go to the oval office, sit down at my desk, there'd be a health care bill on my desk, to be honest. it hasn't worked out that way. i think a lot of republicans are embarrassed by it but i have to tell you i think they are going to do a great job. if this happens, it will be a good thing for the country. >> bret: chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel is live on capitol hill. good evening. >> aids to senate senate majority leader mitch mcconnell said he tends to bring the graham-cassidy built the floor next week. a race against the clock for votes is underway. >> i don't have any big announcement. that i can share with you. >> there is a lot of attention
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on alaska republican senator lisa murkowski. the bills lead sponsor says the time to attract democrats is over. >> there is zero possibility in a bipartisan manner to replace obamacare. i'm not interested in continuing it. murkowski, john mccain, susan collins with the three republican senators who defeated health care form in july. within end of the month deadline to do this, pressure is building on undecided republicans. president trump is pressing them for a different outcome tweeting "i hope republican senators will vote for graham-cassidy and fulfill their promise to repeal and replace obamacare. money directed states." because there are many concerns i have about the graham-cassidy proposal. they include the fact that they make fundamental changes in the medicaid program for the first time in more than 50 years. stick with the president is also
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pressuring the kentucky senator who says he has a "no" ." "rand paul is a friend of my but he is such a negative force when it comes to fixing health care. graham-cassidy bill is great." because this is not repealed. it's not what we promise. this is not the last chance. we'll have more opportunities. >> then there is the late-night attack from hollywood. >> your child with a pre-existing condition will get the care he needs if and only if his father is jimmy kimmel. otherwise you might be screwed. >> if he understands the bill, he's wrong. it will increase coverage and protect those with pre-existing conditions, particularly those states that don't have the benefit of medicaid expansion. >> talks in the senate between lamar alexander and patty murray broke down. they were trying to come up with a way to fix obamacare by the end of the month but alexander said they couldn't find consensus. >> it's unfortunate. we had a chance to do something
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important, historic, bipartisan. now we are moving toward another partisan approach. no cbo score, no hearings. >> the breakdown of the talks means the only option to address health insurance market issue short term will be graham-cassidy, trying to make it a binary choice between obamacare and a new plane. plan. >> bret: do you think republicans will repeal obamacare? let me know on twitter @bretbaier. use the hashtag #specialreport or on facebook at hurricane maria dropped to a category 2 storm but the damage has already been done in the caribbean, puerto rico is especially hard hit with virtually no electricity on the islands. steve harrigan is live in san juan. good evening. >> good evening, and grim and stunning situation here when you
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consider this island of 3.5 million people, a u.s. territory, it's virtually entirely without electricity. they have put in a curfew starting from right now until 6:00 a.m. that curfew is scheduled to go through saturday. there have been no reports of looting but certainly a potentially combustible situation where you have the entire island without power, no visible sign of police or guards on some people and very desperate situations with damaged houses and short on food and water. the situation here has develope developed. >> bret: that sometimes happens in the middle of storms. steve harrigan, the satellite dropping. we will head back to steve if we get him back. another natural disaster. rescue efforts continue among the ruins in central mexico. 225 people confirmed dead so fa far.
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yesterday 7.1 magnitude earthquake. she's correspondent jonathan hunt is in mexico city. >> bret, we are standing at one of the staging post for the hundreds of official rescue workers and the hundreds of civilian volunteers who are involved in what is a desperate operation now to find anybody who may have survived beneath the rubble of the 40 or so buildings that collapsed here in mexico city. they have gathered here. the bikes you see may look incongruous but they are often the quickest way to fury workers in and out of the rescue site. about half a mile in front of me is this school which collapsed. that's the focus of so many efforts here in mexico city right now. 30 children at least confirmed dead, and there could be up to another 30 underneath the rubble
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of the school. there is the hope, however faint it may be, that a couple of those children may have survived. that's why they are digging so desperately, so urgently to see if they can pull any of those children alive from the rubble. it's a similar scene around mexico city. we stopped at one building today on our way here to the school. it was a five-story apartment building. it's now pancake down into what would be about two stories. some 40 apartments in the building. a desperate search for survivors in one of the southern suburbs. in downtown mexico city, similar scenes playing out. president pena nieto says this remains at the moment a rescue operation and will remain so until the authorities are absolutely certain there is no possibility that anybody else could be alive. until that time, they will keep
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digging in the hopes they may pull out more survivors. the death toll officially as of tonight stands at 223. it seems inevitable that will go higher. president trump spoke with president pena nieto by telephone today. he extended condolences of the united states and offered whatever assistance the u.s. can give. there are american teams on the ground here, the los angeles county fire department has sent its urban search and rescue team. they are doing what they can to help the mexican people recover from what's obviously devastating 7.1 earthquake. >> bret: jonathan hunt live in mexico city. thank you. amazing to see the rescuers holding up their hands and tell everyone to be quiet as they listen for children's voices under that crushed school. we will follow the story. president trump says he's made up his mind about what to do about the iran nuclear deal. he's not telling. the tease comes as iran's
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president hits back at president trump's tough talk yesterday. john roberts is in new york. >> good evening. president trump has often been accused of having a thin skin but he clearly got under the skin of iran's president hassan rouhani with a scathing indictment of the iran's government yesterday and this threat to withdraw from the obama-era iran nuclear deal. president trump would not say what he will do but did say he has made a decision on whether to scrap the so-called jcpoa, the iran nuclear deal. >> i will let you know. >> as a candidate, president trump promised he would cancel the iran deal but his administration has recertified it twice. faces another 90 day renewal in october. in his speech to the united nations general assembly yesterday, the president ripped the agreement and seemed to
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suggest changes could be forthcoming. >> frankly that deal is an embarrassment to the united states, and i don't think you've heard the last of it. believe me. >> iran's president hassan rouhani addressed the united nations today, insisting iran is living up to its side of the agreement, criticizing president trump as a neophyte on foreign policy. >> translator: it will be a great pity if this agreement were to be destroyed by rogue newcomers to the world of politics. the world will have lost a great opportunity. >> rouhani took the opportunity to respond to president trump's harsh assessment of iran as a corrupt dictatorship. >> ignorant, absurd, hateful rhetoric filled with ridiculous baseless allegations. >> bulgaria's president, a fan of president trump's election but who was -- also close to
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russia, urged iran. >> joint conference of plan. >> members of the president's administration, the secretary of state and national security advisor, are also urging the president not to scrap the agreement. an administration source tells fox news that doesn't mean the president can't take other actions against neuron such as tough new sanctions for its support of terrorism and other destabilizing activities. >> president trump also kept up the push for middle east peace, meeting with the palestinian president and jordan's king abdullah as he did with israel's prime minister yesterday. the president said he is trying hard to attain the self are unattainable. >> we had an important juncture. there is a small period of time and we are going to see we can do. that can be no promises obviously. so many people have talked about it and it's never happened. we are fighting very hard. >> president trump got some back
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up to the policies he articulated in the speech to the united nations general assembly yesterday from u.k. prime minister theresa may who, in her speech, urged the united nations to banded together to reign in north korea's nuclear program and in a shocker, threaten to withhold 30% of the u.k.'s contribution to the u.n. unless the world body undertakes a much-needed reform. they want john roberts live in new york. south korean leaders are calling president trump's threat to destroy north korea of ferment concrete stance for peace and safety. that threat coming of north korea attacks. not everyone feels the same way. senior foreign affairs correspondent greg palkot reports from seoul. >> u.s. troops continue exercises in south korea. the region and the world are reeling from president trump's comments on tuesday that the u.s. would totally destroy north korea if it was forced to
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defend itself or its allies from kim jong un's nuclear weapons and missiles. allies were positive, south korea said it was a side of america's strong resolve. >> translator: i highly appreciated the position that all options are on the table. >> kim jong un's other neighbors were not so pleased. >> security council resolutions calling all parties to stay committed to peacefully resolving the korean peninsula issue through a political and diplomatic approach. >> we don't doubt the united states has the capacity to do something very destructive, but i paid attention to another part of the president's speech when he said he respects sovereignty and equality in international relations. >> asking if service members would be called on, the defense secretary weighed in. >> we continue to press on the diplomatic level, and that includes economic sanctions of course. at this time, we must also
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recognize the somber reality that military options must be available. in order to protect our allies and ourselves. >> some think north korea will be kept in mind by the president's. others think it will reject it or just be confused. >> may believe mr. trump is unpredictable. he's not ready to go to war or use force. >> you think they think he could be bluffing? >> caught in the middle are the residence. >> he has a good idea i think. >> you think he has a good idea? >> no. it will destroy everyone here in seoul and in korea probably. >> we just got our first response from north korea. it's not pretty. coming from the south korean news agency, they are quoting
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north korea's foreign minister who has arrived in new york for the u.n. sessions. he says, this is a quote "the threat of president trump is the sound of a dog barking." the foreign minister is scheduled to speak on friday before the u.n. expect more of that. game on. bret. >> bret: always interesting responses. greg palkot in seoul. thanks. the president and his people say the u.s. has many military options to deal with north korea but shooting down a missile really one of them? national security correspondent jennifer griffin is that the pentagon. good evening. >> it's like shooting a bullet with another bullet. many question if they can. >> >> haven't shot them down because we can't shoot them down. especially the missiles that are going over japan or -- they are too high for our interceptors. and they would have to be aimed pretty much directly at the defensive systems in order for us to have a chance of engaging
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them. >> north korea fired a missile last week that flew 480 miles above japan but the missile interceptor did not reach that high. if the north korean missile were heading directly toward japan, that system may have worked in the terminal phase. but the u.s. could not have shot the missile down midflight. last week's missile flew over japan in 8 minutes. the air force general who oversees america's nukes says it's really a policy decision. >> there are technologies out there we could deploy. there is nothing that would do my heart anymore good then to drop a missile back on the person who launched it. >> ships would have to be almost up to the north korean coast, may be in north korean waters, to take a shot. >> this is a game of minutes. the detection, the initial
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detection of a launch, in terms of seconds. keeping in mind the entire flight time from north korea to the united states is well under an hour. >> the thaad missile defense system may give seoul a false sense of comfort. it can't protect all 25 million people. it's 48 interceptors are designed by time for a military response to an attack but could be easily overwhelmed by hundreds of north korean missiles. after president trump's speech yesterday, the pentagon expect more tests for more three or right now senior leaders tell me there are few good options to stop them. >> bret: jennifer griffin live at the pentagon. thank you. california's latest effort to try to stop president trump's border wall. that's
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>> bret: attorney general jeff sessions within california tonight, the state that is filing multiple lawsuits against the trump administration, including one to stop the border wall. william la jeunesse joins us live from the southern border. he spoke with the democratic state attorney general about the lawsuit as well as the issue of protecting the u.s. border. >> this is part of the wall, the fence. that's the whole ring. that's a lighthouse. that's the pacific ocean. california has filed multiple suits against the trump administration. the latest is to try to stop the extension of this fence going east towards arizona. the fence stretches about 700 miles. most was built without an environmental review. the president directed homeland security to replace and extend
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the barrier and fill some gaps. california says the feds need an environmental waiver. that is expired. they need a full impact statement which takes about five years to complete. opponents accuse the state of grandstanding. >> you could put the border wall up right now. the environmental rules be. the national security of the united states. >> california doesn't have the responsibility to protect the united states of america and the same way the federal government does. we can protect our borders. i believe we will be successful. we will not yield to those kind of political lawsuits. >> the attorney general was here to speak about another part of border security, drug interdiction. they helped locate about 500,00g from colombia. the bulk of the drugs come over the border. the attorney general says this is a work in progress.
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>> you want to talk about metrics. three years ago we were maybe stopping 10%. we have tripled it. that's only 30%. what does it take to get to 70, 80, 90%? resources. >> we have a high availability of drugs, low prices of drugs and greater purity of drugs. these three factors are bad for law enforcement. >> in 2005 congress gave the federal government broad authority to build the fence without environmental review. that was challenged, and the supreme court declined the case. it doesn't mean some federal judge might not hold up the construction of the wall for a period of time. >> bret: william la jeunesse along the southern border. thank you. health and human services secretary tom price is under fire tonight for some recent flying with a high price tag. a spokeswoman at hhs does not dispute a report in "politico" same price opted for more
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expensive chartered aircraft last week costing tens of thousands of dollars while other travel options appeared available. his predecessors have flown commercial. hhs spokeswoman says price tries to fly commercial whenever possible but that commercial airlines are not always feasible. adding prices putting a priority on traveling outside washington to meet with the american peopl people. she adds the travel department checks every possible source for travel needs. imagine losing your vehicle because you had a handful of bullets in your possession. it really happened to one man, and it's driving the push for major changes in asset forfeiture laws. doug mckelway has the story. >> two years ago, kentucky farmer and onetime g.o.p. statehouse candidate serrano was driving his new ford f2 50 truck to visit relatives in mexico.
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customs agents halted him, demanded his cell phone, asking why are you taking pictures. >> i wanted the opening of the bridge. i was going to take the opening of the bridge, the entrance of the bridge. that's all i wanted to do. >> they searched his truck and found five bullets that he forgot to remove. he is a concealed carry permit holder. he was detained but never arrested. customs seized his truck, telling his attorneys it was subject to the government civil asset forfeiture program because it was used to transport munitions of war. two years later, they still have it. >> i'm making payments of $673 a month. >> the program dates back to english law that american colonists rebelled against. codified in the fourth amendment prohibitions against unreasonable searches and seizures. forfeiture was revived in the 1930s era prohibition and again in the 1980s war on drugs. continues on to this day. >> it's astonishing that civil forfeiture as a policy we have in this country.
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it's totally unjust. it's unfair, and i think it's unconstitutional. >> the police just take it and say you prove to us this is ist drug money. >> one of the cash seizures i had had plans for a methamphetamine laboratory. they had documented intelligence. laypeople selling cocaine, people involved in cartel activity. >> many contend the program's abuses outweigh the benefits. critics were outraged this summer when jeff sessions ended obama era restrictions that blocked forfeiture without a warrant for criminal charges. this month and a rare show of bipartisanship, conservative republicans join democrats to rollback sessions' undoing of the obama-era reforms. >> asset forfeiture is a crime against the american people committed by their own government. >> in practice and principle, forfeiture is a violation of the
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fourth amendment. >> the senate is poised to act but many say what's needed is a supreme court test case. mr. serrano is suing customs to get the truck back in and the policy of civil forfeiture once and for all. >> bret: thank you. up next, why the incumbent senator from alabama is having such a tough time winning his own party's nomination. here's what some of our fox affiliates are covering. fox 43 in harrisburg. pennsylvania's credit rating was downgraded by standard & poor's. it cites the state's deficit and history of late budgets and making the decision. the downgrade comes as lawmakers argue over how to resolve a roughly $2 billion deficit. fox 7 in austin. the texas house speaker calling for the removal of a plaque at the state capital honoring the confederacy. the republicans has the text on the plaque is not accurate. it advocates teaching that the civil war is not a rebellion and that slavery was not the underlying cause.
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live look from new york from our affiliate fox 5. one of the stories there tonight. federal prosecutors asking the judge to sentence anthony weiner to around two years in prison for engaging in illicit text messaging with a 15-year-old girl. prosecutors filed papers urging the judge to send a message at anthony weiner's sentencing on monday. that's the live look outside the beltway from "special report." we'll be right
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>> bret: where less than a week away from alabama's republican senate runoff. it's turning out to be a close race and more divisive than anyone anticipated. correspondent jonathan serrie shows us from alabama. >> the red-hot senate races bringing out the big guns. president trump and vice president pence both announcing visits to the state to stump for luther strange.
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>> i only met mitch mcconnell a few months ago but that were relationship, working relationship with me in a unique position in washington. >> strange, pointed to fill the seat when jeff sessions became attorney general, considered a g.o.p. establishment favorite. >> if strange wins, it's a feather in trump's cap but a bigger feather in mitch mcconnell's cap. >> spending by the senate majority leader super pac has topped $4.7 million. >> luther strange fights for our conservative values every day. >> the moore campaign is fighting back with an antiestablishment message. >> drain the swamp. send mcconnell a message. roy moore. >> here, the seat of the county which trump won with nearly 90% of the vote, people are genuinely excited about his upcoming visit to alabama. residents we spoke with say the president's endorsement in the u.s. senate race is unlikely to sway their vote.
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>> i like trump, but i am not voting for strange. i like his christian values, roy. and i think that's what this country needs. >> a favorite among christian conservatives, roy moore, a populist and defender of the constitution enjoys the support of mo brooks and former trump advisor steve bannon. >> i think people know me. they know i am not running against donald trump. i have supported things donald trump stands for. >> the winner of next tuesday's primary runoff is favored to win back the december general election in this solidly red state. the battle is not so much between republican and democrat as it is between the various factions of the president's supporters. >> bret: more on the race with the paddle. candidates for governor in virginia are sparring over the economy and the confederacy. one of the gubernatorial general elections this fall. allison barber looks at that race tonight. >> the two candidates running
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for virginia governor squared off at a televised debate. on the left, ralph northam. pediatric neurologist who once served in the army. on the right, ed gillespie, former chair of the rnc, counselor to president george w. bush and launched an unsuccessful bid for senate seat in 2014. the race is close with gillespie trailing northam. the leader of glaspie's party is not particularly popular among virginia voters. 53% say they disapprove of the job president trump is doing. 74% say the president is not a factor in their vote from governor. >> it's a little bit surprising. i think the polling result provides a lesson for the continuation of this campaign for the northam campaign. if he's the focus so heavily on the trump administration trying
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to tie ed gillespie to donald trump, it appears that's just not going to be enough to get him the governorship. >> in the subject of president trump came up. >> if i could talk about some policies. >> gillespie pivoted. >> he could say i am nancy pelosi and i could say he's donald trump and we could have that debate but it's not going to get another job created. >> the focused it on other topics like the economy and confederate monuments. >> my view is the statutes should remain and we should place them in historical context. >> personally i think the statues will be better placed in museums with historical context. i am leaving that up to the localities. >> the current given her -- governor of virginia is a democrat and overall voters are pretty happy with the way things are. two-thirds said they are satisfied with the direction of the state. >> bret: thank you. federal reserve policymakers say they will probably raise
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interest rates one more time this year. the revising their projection for economic growth for 2017. from 2.2% to 2.4. they are cutting their inflation prediction from 2% by the end of next year to 1.9. markets finished mixed. dow up 42. s&p 500 gained 2. nasdaq lost 5. can republicans finally repeal obamacare and what is in the bill? we will analyze the chances and the substance with the panel when we come back.
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>> the vast majority of republican governors are on board. they want the money. they want to get health care out of washington. >> i characterized the bill as shift and shaft. >> they like the fact that people are paying attention to hurricanes and earthquakes in
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daca and that they might be able to speak this buy. >> he said he wants coverage for all, no discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, lower premiums for middle-class families had no lifetime caps. the new bill does none of those things. >> he's wrong. it will increase coverage and protect those with pre-existing conditions. it specifically says that there is adequate and affordable coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. >> bret: this is the battle going on on capitol hill now. the latest effort to repeal obamacare with this cassidy-graham bell. senate majority leader's office is saying he will bring it to the floor. here's what's in it. block grant obamacare subsidies and medicaid expansion to the states. repeal obamacare individual and employer mandates. repeal the obamacare medical device tax. strengthen the ability for states to waive obamacare regulations. protect patients with pre-existing medical conditions. that obviously was a lot of the
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focus of the criticism today. let's bring in the panel. stephen hayes, editor-in-chief of "the weekly standard." mollie hemingway, senior editor at "the federalist" and charles lane, opening writer for "the washington post." let's talk about the substance. what this bill does and what he doesn't do. >> this bill does not repeal and replace obamacare. it keeps most obamacare taxes and spending but block grants to states after 2020. the main selling point is flexibility. lindsey graham making the argument that states are going to be able to do they want, they can experiment in the manner they want. if blue states want to move toward single-payer, they can do that with their obamacare dollars. if red states want to move to more market-based reforms, they can do that. >> bret: the ultimate federalism. >> the strongest argument in favor of the bill. leave it to nancy pelosi when there are plenty of criticisms democrats could offer to mischaracterize why republicans are doing this when and how they are doing it.
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it has nothing to do with hurricanes and sneaking it through. it has everything to do with the fact that republicans can't do this via reconciliation after september 30. >> bret: "the federalist" will probably say it's not the ultimate federalism. >> that's the big argument. it allows flexibility in the states. they can do they want. you can see which ideas work better. there's a little bit of an inherent bias cooked in. if you want to move towards single-payer you don't need a waiver from hhs. if you want to test out market reforms, you do need a waiver. with that being the case and the need for the changes to be taken place pretty quickly within 18 or 24 months, you might see a rush toward the easier to accomplish changes, move toward more single-payer as opposed to getting a real chance to try out some of these more exciting market-based reforms. >> bret: the biggest criticism is the pre-existing conditions would be left up to the states. cassidy points out that if the state wants to change, it must establish there is adequate and
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affordable coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. >> everything will end up depending on what hhs determines adequate and affordable coverag coverage. the argument would be the obamacare regulations are much more rigid. less wiggle room. there is another wrinkle which is some of the blue states senators are pointing out that under the funding formula lindsey graham has worked out, there medicaid would be a little bit less generous. red states would go up. i think that's a sweetener lindsey graham put imprecisely for some of those red states which is maybe why some of their governors are on board. you have governors, and it's important to note the republican states that have expanded medicaid or nervous about what this would mean. talking about nevada, ohio. they would be pressuring their senators. because of the way the money works out, they are going to be
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pressuring their senators to make sure at the least their state doesn't end up with less money they have now. >> bret: there is a sense of optimism or at least increasing optimism on the hill about the numbers. they are still not there. we've been down this road before. >> i think we might characterize it as forest optimism. there is nowhere else to go. this is still a bank shot. i think you talked to republicans and they will say we feel solid with 46, 46, 48 vote. rand paul is a most certainly a "no." susan collins sounds like a "no." dean heller, who had opposed some of the earlier reforms is a cosponsor of the measure. but lisa murkowski, rob portman, shelley moore capito, senators like that are up in the air.
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john mccain who had given some signal he might be in favor of it, it's a bill that's proposed by one of his very .. he made to oppose the earlier attempts at reform, that he wants it done through regular order. it's not going to be. i think it's a very dicey proposition for this to pass in the optimism, it's cute but i'm not sure it means it's going to pass. through on the other stipulation that arizona governer ducey is behind it. mollie, you're counting heads. >> i think more optimistic than steve. rand paul apparently is the only republican who meant it when he said we are going to repeal obamacare. he's not supporting it because it does not repeal obamacare. i think anyone else other than susan collins, everything evers
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pretty flexible. there is a lock to sweeten the deal. >> bret: i have seen a lot of interviews with senator paul and he voted for the skinny repeal but yet he's not voting for this. this skinny repeal was not repealing obamacare either. >> it gave a pathway toward repeal and it was a move toward, the republicans have been claiming for years they're going to repeal obamacare. replaced isn't part of it. at least there was something to that bill, some movement that could be made in ground on which you would claim to keep going. republicans weren't telling the truth when they said they were going to repeal obamacare so the question becomes what's the best way to have government handling these things. for a lot of conservatives, block grants are the way to go. >> bret: the namesake of the law, the former president. >> when i see people trying to undo the hard-won progress for the 50th or 60th time, it is aggravating. it frustrates.
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and it's frustrating to have to mobilize every couple months to keep our leaders from inflicting real human suffering on our constituents. >> bret: of course he doesn't talk about the fact that the law itself is imploding and a lot of these states. >> because some of us don't think it is imploding and a lot of states and the defects have been exaggerated. without a cbo score. i recall john mccain saying he wanted regular order and bipartisanship. something that's being left out is the bipartisan effort that was going between lamar alexander and patty murray. that seems to be over. it will be interesting whether lamar alexander can be brought on board for this bill, given his position on that one. >> bret: if you talked with state that is seen premiums go up 125%, you don't think that's -- >> we are talking about the premiums increasing on the individual market and major coverage advances through medicaid expansion which is what this targets.
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>> of course obamacare is not perfect. >> massive overspending. rand paul voted for a bill that was 100% of obamacare funding. this keeps 90% of obamacare funding and he opposes it. he's got some explaining to do. >> bret: tough political races in alabama and virginia.
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the one who will be in the building from the great state of alabama in the u.s. senate? that is what a g.o.p. primary senate runoff is all about. roy roy moore, luther strange.
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president trump supporting luther strange, tweeting just in the past minute "alabama is so lucky to have a candidate like big luther strange. smart, tough on crime, borders and trade. loves the vets and military." president is heading down on friday. the polls in alabama, roy moore and luther strange at 35.4. molly, this is something. >> i think a lot of people think this has a lot to do with donald trump supporting one candidate over the other but i think people are forgetting how much fatigue and anger there is over the governor bentley situation. he had an affair with a staffer and used government resources to cover it up. people feel luther strange with two involved with that. he promised he would investigate bentley. no investigation happen. i think that's a more telling
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issue dividing people. donald trump coming into campaign for him will probably be huge. he is well loved. we will see what happens. >> bret: it's kind of look at the bannon versus the other part of the party. sebastian gorka, sarah palin doing an event for roy moore and the president and vice president doing an event for luther strange. >> has donald trump become establishment? i think mollie is right. local dynamics are going to mean more than the national dynamics but it's been fascinating to watch the primary unfold. you've had three candidates making the argument alabama voters they are more like donald trump. they are closer to donald trump and they will be more faithful to the agenda. mitch mcconnell who's been at odds with donald trump on several things as of late, ran ads in favor of luther strange. making the argument he would be
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more supportive of donald trump than mo brooks or roy moore. roy moore could lose in a general election and he could win. >> and away we shouldn't be too surprised this is happening. there is some precedent in past election cycles on the republican side. very passionate, out there kind of very conservative primary candidates capturing the imagination of their local electorate. christine o'donnell in delaware. and it drives the establishment crazy. what he demonstrates is in politics, and low turnout elections, off years, a guy who has the excitement in the movement behind him, and roy moore does. roy moore has his people.
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this stands on the ten commandments impresses folks in alabama. there are a lot of republicans who are in the voting booth every time to send a message to their party establishment. that's who he's attracting. >> bret: it's so interesting to add the trump dynamic. drain the swamp and how that fits. mollie, the average in virginia. the governor's race. ralph northam and ed gillespie, the republican. northam appears to have a lead here but this is a purple state and it's going to be an interesting race. speak of the fate -- you've seen republicans polling poorly to fy are at nearly a tie. the fact that gillespie is close is making people attention. he has great name recognition. the guy is running against is not very well-known. on the issues, ed gillespie is a
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northern virginia republican. usually you get the republicans from deeper in the state and the democrats running from northern virginia. he's a northern virginia guy, friendly with business. >> bret: he almost won the senate seat. when we come back, a police officer on the beat starts
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>> bret: finally tonight, a wisconsin police officer stone restaurant customers when he
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decided to take over for the band there. ♪ >> bret: officer jonathan landis had been patrolling on foot nearby. he says he's been playing violent since he was three. he used to work as a professional musician and teacher before joining the police department. he says he found the restaurant after hearing a violin in the distance and then he filed them. imagine that! nice job! thanks for inviting us into your home tonight, that's it for this "special report." fair, balanced and still unafraid. no online show tonight, we will heather: thursday, september 21st, iran threatening to raise the stakes to nuclear levels as the obama era nuclear deal -- >> the president has been quite
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clear and articulate as to his concerns about the agreement itself. >> donald trump now ready to take action, we are live in washington. >> we will do it the right way, >> the president throwing his support behind the new bid to repeal obamacare. if it passes how will the healthcare system change? we are breaking all of this down. >> oh my goodness. >> or in your home plate. a toddler hit in the face by a 105 mile-per-hour foul ball. one of the most storied franchises in major league baseball demanding change. ♪
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♪ rob: live look at midtown manhattan, you are watching "fox and friends" first on thursday morning. heather: another busy one on tap. a brand-new threat from iran, the nuclear deal begins to unravel. donald trump has not announced whether the us will the agreement. rob: the president will focus on escalating tension and the mess with north korea as it meets with leaders of japan and south korea. heather: the latest developments from dc. >> reporter: donald trump


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