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and that's going to do it for me more now. smerconish starts next. i'll be back here in an hour at 7:00 p.m. eastern. see you then. i'm michael smerconish in philadelphia. we welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. you couldn't make this stuff up. after seven years of hobble votes, president trump forced to poll the gop health care bill from the house before it's likely defeat. i'll tell you the real reason i think it failed. plus, this was a big week with regard to the presumed russian meddling in our election complete with the attempted criminalization of u.s. intelligence. so will partisan politics now prevent us from learning the truth and governor arnold
schwarzenegger told me there's a book i needed to read, it's called rat blanked and it tells of how to reshape the map of america. and you know his voice was the simpson, you know his face from, this is spinal tap, but harry sheer is also a legendary political satterist and he's here to turn it up to 11. but first, yesterday on my radio program i said that should the gop health care program go down in flames, it would be due to a failure to answer a basic fundamental question. what was the goal? say what you will about president obama and the affordable care act but it stood for a purpose that everyone, even opponents understood. namely to supply more americans with health care, to establish universal coverage. that was the failure with the republican plan, that there was
no universal objective, no singular purpose, no common denominator other than to dismantle the affordable care act which might be fine, so long as you have a replacement that is capable of explanation. it is, afterall, now an entitlement which people are loathed to giveup. but despite there have been been more than 60 votes to repeal obamacare since it passed, now when it mattered and with control of the white house, the house of representstives and the it senate the gop couldn't get it done. proving that it's far easier to criticize than to govern. if you disagree with my premise tweet me or post a comment on my facebook page and tell me, how would you fill in this blank, the gop health care plan sought to -- what? until that question can be answered with something positive, something proactive, something that builds while it deconstructs then i don't see the public support necessary to get a bill passed through both
houses of congress even when controlled by a party chaffing to repeal it. joining me now is congressman charlie dent. he's a republican who had said that he would oppose the bill. congressman, you know i appreciate it whenever you're here. react to my premise, don't you need to be for something in a circumstance like this? >> yes. when weed the new year and thanks for having me on the show. now that said i wanted to just get back to something here. we started the year -- we started the year talking about repeal only and i cautioned the leadership at the time, a repeal only strategy would be terrible. over the next few years you try to replace it. we would never replace it. it would be took difficult then we moved to a repeal/replace strategy. the replation was just too rushed. there are artificial deadlines.
this debate should have been more about the people who are going to be impacted by our decisions and to reform medicare and to create tax credits for people in the exchanges, this is going to be very hard work. i don't think it could have been pulled off in 60 days. i think to a certain extent we did have an alternative to provide health care in a more competitive -- providing greater choices, more competition and make it a more marketed oriented approach but the idea in my view was fully fleshed out. it was simply too rushed. >> you're a member of the tuesday group, the more moderate republicans. by the way, i'm thrilled to know there is such a collection of individuals in the house of representatives. is it possible to get your group and the freedom caucus on the same page? >> on this issue i don't think so, because i think our goals and objectives were quite different. my reasons for opposition to the
bill had to due with the fact that the medicaid changes were not workable. i have a proposal right here from governor's kasich and snyder and sandoval, four republican governors who expressed real concerns that they weren't going to have the appropriate flexibilities to serve their medicaid population and they were concerned about -- they represented expansion states. they told me, if this happens, if this reform were to happen that the people who would be off of medicaid wouldn't be able to afford insurance on the exchanges because the tax credits would have been insufficient. they would have gone naked. no coverage. there was a failure to build coalitions to help allies to support this effort. the freedom caucus they had other reasons for opposing the bill. >> all right. so if you say that you can't get the freedom caucus and the tuesday group on the same page, is that a failure of paul ryan? i want to show you a reaction
from the right. this was what breitbart looks like this morning and they're calling into question whether paul ryan can survive, discussion about gop replacement to paul ryan as speaker of the house intensifies in white house and congress. is he role in jeopardy? >> no. no, it's not. but the truth be told when john boehner stepped down as speaker more than a year ago, i said that the dynamics that led to john boehner's resignation have not changed. the dynamic of the house conference hasn't changed and that was going to be paul ryan's biggest challenge. those dynamics still must change. the big thing on health care is this. if we're going to have a durable, sustainable health care reform in this country it must be done on the bipartisan baez. their failure was they jammed this thing through on a partisan basis and we've been fighting it ever since.
we as republicans should not make that same mistake. the house could flip and the senate could flip and we'd be back at this fighting ad naus m nauseam. >> so to that point president trump said something that i want to show the audience and have congressman dent react too. roll the tape, please. >> i think the losers are nancy pelosi and chuck schumer because now they own obamacare. they own it 100% own it. and this is not a republican health care. this is not anything but a democrat health care. >> it really frustrates me to see this treated as a hot potato because we're talking about something that keeps people alive. having made that observation, to the president's point, what could democrats do now, if they were motivated -- they have to acknowledge their shortcomings with the affordable care act, what opportunities do democrats have to try and extend an olive
branch and get something done? >> look, as you point out there are democrats, you know, who love obamacare but they no darn well that there are problems that need to be repaired. there are republicans who detest obamacare and know darn well that there are parts of this law that are going to be retained. i think there was one great area of potential collaboration. the democrats know the individual insurance market is broken and obamacare made it worse and the republicans acknowledge that so let's work to repair at the very least the individual insurance market. that's got to be repaired. we can also talk about -- there's some of the taxes paid for as both the republicans and democrats that do not like, the medical device tax, we could find areas of agreement to improve this system. and again, no matter what we do, we have to do it on a bipartisan basis because to get a bill through the senate is going to require at least eight democrats votes there but we need to build
a coalition in the house. if we have some on the hard right who can't get the yes on anything, then of course we need to have democrats help us get to 218 votes. that simple. >> no doubt. i applaud your approach. i think we need more bipartisanship and i think we only solve problems when individuals like charlie dent are willing to reach across the aisle. thank you for that. good to have you back. >> great to be with you as always. thanks. >> tweet me your thoughts at smerconish or post your thoughts on my facebook page. joining me now to further discuss health care and the impasse phil rutger, the detailing the back story of how president trump tried to marshal support for the bill. it's a terrific read and senior correspondent for kaiser health news. mary agnes carry. health care law is tough, right? this is the ultimate sausage factory, isn't that the lesson? >> absolutely, true. it's so hard to get consensus
within your own parties with republicans, it's hard to find policy solutions that work for everyone. it's very, very difficult and i think paul ryan and house republicans and president trump found that out in their efforts to try to overhaul the affordable care act. >> and to your observation, mary agnes, even if this has been successful, it faced doom in the united states senate. >> absolutely. you had moderates there including susan collins of maine, very concerned about the changes in the medicaid funding structure. there were kerchz the subsidies simply wouldn't be enough to help people afford coverage. there were a lot of concerns that faced a lot of opposition in the senate. >> phil rutger, is this really a good bill? that's not michael smerconish asking in your "the washington post" coverage today, that's president trump repeatedly during the course of the last week. explain. >> that's exactly right. it's a question that he asked when the bill was first
introduced back in the beginning of march and it kept nagging at him. he kept asking his advisors again and again is this really a good bill. he couldn't convince himself that it was a good bill and yet he went forward to try to sell it. he was all in for the win. that's what he cared about, the big picture, the big victory. he tried to sell it. this is the guy that wrote art of the deal. he campaigned that he would make beautiful deals like no one else before and this was his big chance to prove it and unfortunately for him, he failed. >> here's the tell as you point out in the post today, he was selling the rare product on which he refused to emblazeen his own name. >> that's right. this was a bill that was created by the house republicans of course in concert with the trump administration but it's not the ideal measure. had the bill passed it would have violated one of donald trump's campaign promises which was that he was going to provide health care coverage for all americans. this bill is congressional
budget office scoring ended up showing would have led to 24 million people not having insurance over the ten-year period after the bill was enacted, so trump was making a lot of sacrifices in pursuit of this broader victory, this win. he wanted something that he could claim as a big victory in his first 100 days and unfortunately he's not going to get it on health care. he's going to look now to tax reform and other issues, but that's going to be very difficult too. >> mary agnes carry, you have a better handle on health care law than anyone. i want to show you a tweet that i sent out yesterday as the president was reacting to having to withdraw this that got a lot of traction. i asked, what insurance company would, all caps, want to begin offering coverage under the aca when all president trump does is trash it? if he's out there saying it's going to implode and it's going to explode and other republicans are saying likewise and i'm
independence blue cross or aetna or some other provider, why in the world do i all of a sudden want to be proactive under the aca? >> i think you raise an excellent point. insurers are going to be looking for insurance either the trump administration or congress to try to find out what sort of marketplace will there be in 2018. what sort of outreach will there be to get people covered, get people to sign up on the exchanges, what kind of support will there be. will there be administrative changes that will help them recover some of their losses. we had a lot of sicker people get in to the marketplace. we've heard these insurers evaluating what they're going to do, their bids aren't do until later in the year. that will be a key question. does the administration try to do anything to keep the insurers in the market or do they not. do thank you see more insurers leave? does that that hurt the next enrollment period and who gets the blame for that? >> and phil to her point, isn't almost a trap being set now for
the affordable care act to continue a downward spiral? >> potentially and trump said in his comments yesterday after this bill failed that it was going to be all on the democrats, that nancy and chuck own obamacare. he's the president of the united states. if something's not working it's incumbent upon him to fix it. he doesn't think this law's is working, he tried to fix it and he couldn't get it fixed and i think the american people over the next few years if they see problems in the health care system are going to increasingly look to the administration to try to make this system better rather than pointing their fingers at the democrats and the minority. >> excellent job in the post today. mary agnes, you've got a better handle on this than anyone i've met. continued good work and thank you both. >> thank you. >> so i asked you after my opening commentary to fill in the blank, the gop health care bill sought to -- what did you reply?
hit me with some tweets. the gop sought to discredit obama. you got to be for something. you got to be positive. is there another that we can show everybody? what exactly did it represent? the gop health care plan sought to -- >> discriminate. negativity is not going to move the ball forward. how about from facebook? it didn't pass but obamacare still needs some tweaks. will it get the help it needs. i agree with you. it's got a lot of shortcomings and i'm someone who bought my families health insurance through the exchanges so i know about this subject. i don't like the fact that all this negativity now is going to cause individuals who could turn it around to stay away from the affordable care act instead of fixing it. still to come the administration and its claims of surveillance fulfilled exactly what general
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family, religion, friendship >> . the latest bomb shell in the russian hack investigation came on friday. house intel chair devon nunes suddenly cancelling the public hearings about the russian hack. this capped a week of back and forth regarding russia and president trump's claim three weeks ago that he was wiretapped by president obama. on wednesday, nunes suggested that trump transition members may have been picked up in kmungsz with foreign intelligence officials. the white house quickly seized this as sub-stanation of the president's tweets on march 4, which, by the way, i don't think it was. in other words, there's nothing in what congressman nunes said
that justifies or substantiates president trump tweeting that president obama was a bad or sick guy who tapped him at trump tower. remember, the critical tweet said that. terrible just found out that obama had my wiretaps just before the victory. nothing found. only somebody not paying close attention will see this as affording president trump a defense of what he said about president obama and it is something that was predicted right here last saturday by general michael hayden former head of the cia and nsa. watch. >> i think where this is going, michael, and i think this is the lifeline, i think the administration is hoping they can grab on to is something that we call incidenceal collection. so i suspect if there is any example of a u.s. identity being unmasked that has any relationship to the trump
campaign or trump tower, and again michael, very normal, very correct, very legal, i think at that point the white house goes, a-ha. i told you so. i think this is where it's going. >> he was pressioned. causing the "the new york times" in a friday editorial to label him a lap dog in a watch dog role. joining me now former homeland security and cnn national security juliette kie yan who also hosts the executive podcast. unpack what you heard from general hayden and how those events played themselves out this week? >> hayden predicted how it would unfolded and maybe the white house saw him and thought this might be our lifeline. so what your viewers have to understand, the law recognizes that there will be incidental
collection. they're following a potential foreign intelligence agent. he happens to call me because we're doing some project forever and therefore whatever i said to him may have been captured. it's specifically designates the potential for incidental collection and protects the u.s. citizen who may not be under surveillance. and so it's like -- it's so normal that the fact that the trump administration would come out and say, a-ha, this the this is the moment and you said it really wasn't the moment i think shows a certain amount of dez pa rags about the investigation and how it's unfolding at this stage. i will say also on nunes it was a meltdown week for him because by friday he was even backtracking from what he said and he needs -- he basically needs to go for having done this. >> i want to show you, show everybody, part of what he said this week after making that trip to the white house. roll that tape, please. >> to me, it's clear that i
would be concerned if i was the president and that's why i wanted him to know and i felt like i had a duty and obligation to tell him because as you know he's been taking a lot of heat in the news media and i think to some degree there are some things that he should look at to see whether, in fact, he thinks the collection was proper or not. >> when he said that he thinks there are things that he, president trump, should look at, i said to myself, lacking your credentials, that's your job. >> yeah. basically nunes has one job and he didn't do it, which is to be the oversight committee to ensure that this election was secure, and that there is no collusion with the trump campaign. a lot of evidence is coming out. we're only talking about one story this week. there was stories about manafort and his past lobbying efforts. by friday there's a story about mike flynn, all these different pieces cut across the spectrum from mere coincidence to
potential collusion and that's what an investigation is about. the idea that, you know, they haven't shown anything yet seems to be the answer by trump supporters. this is what an investigation does. it takes all those different pieces from foreign intelligence wiretap, surveillance, the potential that one of these witnesses and i believe it might be mike flynn is talking to investigators about what he knows, all of those pieces will come together and will see at some stage whether a legal case can be made. >> okay. so now to go back to general hayden being pressioned in saying when all is said and done the white house will try and portray in criminal terms what is the routine collection of incidental evidence, i want to show you president trump seizing the moment. roll the tape. >> do you feel vindicated by chairman nunes coming over here. >> i somewhat do. i appreciated the fact that they found what they found. >> so he now sees vindication
but i remind the audience of the tweet that began all this, three weeks ago today, just found out that obama had my, quote, wires tapped in trump tower. nothing found and in an interview with michael shear at time magazine this week. i had that in quotation marks. i'm paraphrasing but it's a very liberal interpretation what i meant by wiretapping. explain. >> when trump said those tweets or when he wrote those tweets he clearly wanted the american public to believe that president obama himself with no predicate demanded of the fbi that they put wiretaps on trump tower and on trump himself. first of all, you can't do that. there's no way that a president could do that but even assuming that he's right, it would be so -- it's such a hostile statement about the previous administration and i think what's happened this week is it led comey, director comey by
monday to say, look, this is about my investigators and this investigation. i was wrong. i thought comey would not validate that there was a criminal investigation going on or investigation going on about potential collusion with the trump administration it was a jaw-dropping moment and the reason why i believe now comey did that was to protect his agency and to protect the investigation. it's now almost impossible for the trump administration to close down the fbi investigation. they can, you know, sort of be in collusion with nunes which is clearly the case right now but it's almost impossible now for them to have any influence, which is good, over an independent investigation about trump ties to the russian hacking events. >> final thought, just tell me yeah or nay if you agree. whether there was an aiding and abetting of a hacking? that's the legal issue, right? we don't know the answer to that question but when all is said
and done that's the issue. >> that's the issue and on the scale from 0 to 10, zero being these are all coincidences and ten being collusion, i am now at a seven. >> wow. thank you as always. appreciate your expertise. >> thanks. >> all of our scales here go from one to 11 because harry shear is still to come. as always tweet me your thoughts or post them on my facebook page. it's clear as mud that nunes is in trump's pocket and not imposhl. he must go and be investigated for his own russian ties. all i can tell you is i don't think he should have made that trip down pennsylvania avenue and given a briefing to the pennsylvania because that's not his role. his role is to be our eyes and ears and not the president's. up next. it's a political war shack test. i love this. what does this look like? put it up on the screen.
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but in the aftermath of president obama's 2008 election, republicans took the practice to new heights which partly explain it's why today republicans have got 68 of 99 chambers both houses in 35 states, a modern record of 33 governors and trifectas meaning both chambers and the governor in 25 states and due to jerry man derring they will have a decade long vaung. david daily spells it all out. it's a book that was recommended to me by governor arnold schwarzenegger that told me it was right in my wheelhouse and he was correct. rat blanked. the true story between the secret plan to steal america's democracy. joining me now is author david daily. he's a senior fellow for fair vote and former editor in chief at salon.com. david, it's a tale as old as time. so what was different about operation red map?
>> it was a brilliant and effective and incredibly cheap way to take control of the political map for the entire decade. a handful of really safy republican strategist reinvented the oldest trick in the book, the jerry mander in an all together audacious new way with really modern technology that allowed them to draw surgical precise lines of which every single squigle is there for a reason. the goal was to capture state legislative chambers and take control of them so that after the 2010 census republicans were able to lock the doors and have the only hands on the maps when state legislative lines were drawn and then when the congressional lines were drawn for $30 million they took control of the house for a decade. >> i'm going to put up both p.a. 7th and michigan's 14th while
you continue to discuss operation red map. i want to make clear, nothing nefarious or illegal. the democrats were asleep at the switch or they could've done likewise. >> oh, absolutely. the republicans laid out what their plan was going to be an a piece in the "the wall street journal" and rove lays out that there are 117 state legislative seats in 17 states that if the republicans can take them over they would have the ability to draw the lines for 190 of the 435 congressional seats. that's a pretty good advantage when you only need 218 to have a majority. the democratic party lacked both the strategic imagination to come up with this idea on their own but also they could not play defense against it when the republicans laid it out on the op ed page of the largest newspaper in the country.
>> chris jan cowski not a name that i know as well as the public would know karl rove or mary madelyn but he was -- he not only was the architect of this but in your book, rat blanked, he was quite proud of laying it out for you and saying that's exactly what we did. >> yes. this is the political heist of the century, of the decade. for $30 million republicans took control of all of these blue and purple states at the legislative level and then baked themselves in massive control at the house level that has not abated throughout this decade. i would be proud of that as well. it is a terrific accomplishment. on the other hand, it has had true negatives for our democracy. >> no doubt about it and i'm with the governor naturer on this. i want to see professionals have the sharpie in their hand, not the politicians, but quickly
respond to this because i do pay attention to this data and i know that there's the bill bishop big sort argument out there and david wasserman has his whole cracker barrel versus whole foods conversation which speaks to self-swording, driving the bus, not jerry mandering. take my final 30 seconds and respond to that. >> if the lines did not matter this much politicians would not fight so fiercely to control them and to have the pen in their hands. the numbers bear this out. if you look at a state like pennsylvania, 2008 and 2012, the same number of votes for democratic house candidates in both years, 2008 it elects seven republicans and 12 democrats, in 2012 it's 13-5, republican based on the same democratic majorities. you could say that all of the democrats in pennsylvania moved during that period of time or you could admit what actually
happened was that the lines changed. we've been big sorted by big data and big technology. >> and here is the takeaway from rat blanked. those zero elections are of huge consequence. thank you for being here. i'm glad the governor-nator recommended your book to me. >> real pleasure. >> hit me with another tweet before we move on. what do we got? new found respect for you. excellent spinal tap reference slipped in. mark, yes but somebody else i won't name them just e-mailed me and said to me during the break, why can't ten just be made louder and i thought, that person's not old enough to remember spinal tap. in fact, i invited my next guest here after he tweeted me last week. he does dozens of voices for the simpson and plays base in the
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clapper lied under oath at a congressional hearing. why is he a credible source? i was so happy to hear from him i didn't really answer his question. i thought i'd invite him on the program and give him more time. he's an entertainment. he hosts the podcast and radio program, la show. harry shear. thank you for being here. what was it that you were saying to me in that tweet about james clapper? >> well, thank you for inviting me, michael. what i was pointing out was that james clapper was being now presented to the public as a truth teller and of course we know that intelligence personnel are expected to tell the unvarnished truth to their primary customer which is the president and his aids, but when they speak to the public they may, in fact, resort to the old varnish can on occasion and he had testified in a senate hearing, he was asked by senator ron widen of oregon whether there was blanket surveillance
of americans by american intelligence agencies and he said no and of course couple months later the snowden revelations came out and he had to send a note to congress saying, well, i'm sorry about the little thing there. so, you know, we're old enough some us to remember a time very recently when intelligence was weaponized, intelligence people stood up and went to shows like this on meet the press" and told one think tank calculated where 935 lies to get us into the iraqi war. so i'm just suggesting that if -- you know, and this is a story now that is very much like a house of mirrors where intelligence is being talked about and being referred to but never even being revealed. we've seen no evidence of anything but a lot of people giving their opinions and their assessments and my suspicion is
we're living in a house of mirrors right now and everything ends up looking two dimensional. i don't know what that means but -- >> it does indeed. am i misreading harry shear if i think that you are therefore giving the president the burden of -- you're giving him the benefit of the doubt that's what i should say insofar as you've got these intelligence community sources who are saying that his tweet pertaining to his predecessor is without merit. how do you see that issue is what i'm really asking? >> yeah, i know and i'm -- i should be at pains to say that i'm not a supporter of any politician. i think it's very likely according to some people that the president was in violation of the clause of the constitution from day one but congress isn't investigating that. they're investigating this other much merckier stuff. i think benefit of the doubt is not what we have here. we should have more doubt because the picture is very cloudy. one question did occur to me
that i would love to have you or your viewers or anybody else answer. we were told after the snoefden revelations that this did great damage to the country because terrorists were now learning to communicate and not be -- be free of surveillance and yet we're led to believe that russian operatives from probably the most sophisticated intelligence operation in the world were in frequent contact with representatives of a then probably losing presidential campaign and using communications means that opened them up to blanketed surveillance. didn't they know that snowden was living in moscow? they could've called him up and said how do we avoid this. >> i'm going down that rabbit hole maybe they wanted us to know what we know today to ferment more dissent in the united states. >> well, you know, that's where the house of mirrors comes in and it's very hard at that point to know which of these
reflections we're looking at is real. i'm a skeptic, i'm a professional skeptic. i try to spread that particular mode of thought wherever i can because i think it's a useful deterrent to a lot of spin that's going around and has been going around for years. i think -- go ahead, sorry. >> i was going to say, pardon me, final question, do you ever order a pizza as ned flanders? >> ned doesn't eat pizza very much because it's not blessed. >> it's a privilege to have you here, keep tweeting me, okay. i love reading what you send in during the program. >> thank you very much. >> that's harry shear keep let's see what the audience is saying this week. smerconish, seriously, dissemination of incidental info is against the law!
general michael hayden, go back and watch what general hayden said a week ago. he called the events as they would unfold, saying, before it's said and done, the white house will be seeking to portray in criminal terms the collection of innocent incidental evidence. and that's what's happening. still to come, more of your tweets and facebook comments.
together and fix it. but you're absolutely -- you're absolutely right that if, in fact, you're saying that it's six years and they were always voting to repeal it, but they never came up with a plan in all that time, and there's no reason why they can't pass something if they can get their own house in order. another one, what else? "nunes needs to go. he's been compromised and can no longer do his job. lost all credibility." chris, it was a mistake for him to travel down pennsylvania avenue and brief the president of the united states, because that's not his boss in this regard. one more. from -- this is from facebook. general hayden should buy a lottery ticket. yeah, well, lottery ticket is luck. you know, his was nong aknowled skill and i thought he gave us a road map of exactly what was going to transpire. thank you for watching. i'll see you next week. follow me on twitter. right now, get two lines of unlimited data for a hundred bucks.
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breaking news. you are live in the "cnn newsroom." i'm ana cabrera in new york. we begin with this breaking news. right now the u.s. military looking into some very serious allegations that american war planes targeting isis fighters in iraq dropped bombs that may have killed hundreds of civilian people in the northern city of mosul. now, that charge comes from a local official in iraq. the pentagon also investigating this. right now, cnn's pentagon correspondent, barbara starr. what is the latest? >> good evening, ana. it's a confusing picture, it's very serious. the u.s. military