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northeast. it is all "happening now" ." ♪ >> jon: but we begin with what is another action-packed day for the president. mr. trump just arriving. number one on a two state tour, looking to the second hour of "happening now," i'm jon scott. >> heather: i'm heather childers in for jenna lee, nice to have stuck around with you. pack to say the least, the president getting out of washington, heading to michigan then tennessee appeared he's scheduled to speak in just over an hour after meeting with automakers in detroit. the president expected to announce plans to reevaluate obama era fuel efficiency requirements and new cars and trucks. invention i, mr. trump moves on to nashville where he is holding another campaign style rally. it all comes as the white house response to a report last night on his 2005 taxes. this basic let's bring in adam lambert, senior political analyst for the national journal and sarah westward, white house
correspondent for the "washington examiner" ." the president has a set time and time again that he cannot release his tax returns because he is under audit. that being the case come how much did the revelations last night heard him? >> at least in the short term, the revolutions last night maybe only helped him politically speaking. when we first heard this news was coming out not to be back last night, a lot of people were expecting a real bombshell in ended up being just two pages from a 2005 tax return that really did not provide us with a whole lot of new information, so in the short term, you could call this a win for president trump politically speaking. in the long term, this only provides us with more questions than answers. it certainly come he will continue to be dog about why haven't you released your tax returns, but at the same time, it's going to get overshadowed pretty quickly by some of the debates happening on capitol hill over healthcare and the russian investigation and the budget. in the short term, i don't think there is real damage done here to the president. >> jon: thus returns again
more than 10 years old, they'd proved that he paid a higher effective tax rate than a lot of people including many of his most outspoken critics. >> exactly. i think the headline of the evening came from the fact that this scoop was overhyped then this group itself. it really fed president trump's narrative that the left-leaning media is out to get him at any cost because this did appear to be a case of hyperbole for the sake of partisanship. look them in the long term, it actually undermines democrats argument that it is a matter of national security for trump to release his tax returns peered all along, democrats have been suggesting that president trump could be hiding something nefarious like tax delinquency or foreign debts, and only their release of his tax returns could prove otherwise. but the fact that the first glimpse of his tax documents we got showed that actually, he was a faithful american taxpayer undercuts their ability to come in the future, say that trump is likely hiding something.
>> jon: does this change the dialogue in washington right now? does it change the narrative with so much else going on on capitol hill right now? >> i don't think this really does a whole lot to move the ball forward, especially looking at it from a long-term perspective, i think this is not going to stop anybody who wants to see trump's tax returns, all of them and full from continuing to push them to do so. of course, this is hunting democrats have been pushing ever since he got into the presidential race. i think right now, this is not at the very top of their priority list. again, we are in a huge debate over health care. you have the russian investigation. the tax returns are part of that, but they are going forward with the investigation without them. you have the budget debate coming up as well. i think this will, barring any new revolutions, sort of fade back into the background over te next few weeks. >> jon: i'm reminded when harry read took to the will of the senate and proclaimed that he believed then candidate mitt romney had not paid any income tax. there was the same kind of noise
now around president trump, but he paid a pretty hefty price tag or a tax bill at least in 2005. >> exactly peered by and large, this issue has been litigated in the court of public opinion. there are lots of people out there who would prefer to see president trump's tax returns, but it is not an issue that is preventing people from continuing to support president trump. listed because of a lot of frustration and heartburn on the campaign trail, but the longer he is in office without releasing his tax returns, the more he accomplishes without having to get around to publish his financial documents, the more this issue will fade into the background, you don't really see bipartisan calls for the release of his tax returns like you did at first on the campaign trail. it is really confined to his political opposition. it is no longer an issue that consumes the public. >> jon: he said people just don't care. does this effectively prove he is right? >> i would not go quite that far. again, this is a very small
piece of the puzzle in terms of trump's tax return. i guess republicans can make the argument that a lot of voters did not care enough at least in the sense that they still voted for him to be president obviously, but i still think this is something that is going to continue to -- she's going to continue to face fire over it but at the moment, it is not the type priority. >> jon: the white house sent out its own versions of the returns ahead of the breaking of the story on msnbc. does that suggest, sarah, some people are saying that somehow the white house was complicit in releasing this information? >> we really have no evidence to suggest it was a trump himself or a member of his team that leaked the tax return spirit i know that is a theory that has been floating out there. this seems to be a case of the white house getting ahead of the story, being proactive, trying to take the wind out of msnbc's sales before this went to air so that they would be less intrigue
over what exactly was in the tax returns. that is something the white house has been slow to do in the past when a negative story was about to pop, they have not exactly been prepared with a response. this is may be showing some growth in the press shop that they were able to handle it. >> jon: sarah westwood and adam from the national journal, thank you. >> thank you. >> heather: now to a fox news alert on the presidents wiretapping claims with the chair and ranking member of the house intelligence committee both saying that they have seen no evidence that president obama ordered wiretaps on trump tower during the campaign. there committee is of us getting the wiretapping angle as part of this probe into russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. fbi director james comey will testify to the house intel community on monday, we learned that today, but he's also expected to comment about all of this today. chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge is live for
us in washington. bring us up to speed with the latest on the investigation. >> the issue is coming to a head with three senators now saying they could get an answer from fbi director james comey as early as today. a short time ago, the leadership of the house intelligence committee held a news conference on capitol hill saying they want to know whether intelligence collection on russian targets also ensnared american citizens who have special protections under the law to shield their names. >> what i remain concerned about is whether or not there is additional incidental collection we are not aware of, and then if any of that information was put into any type of intelligence reports, and then whether or not additional names were unmasked. >> i think it is certainly inappropriate part of our oversight to make sure that the agencies are following the correct procedures when it comes to unmasking any names of americans that may be gathered through incidental collection. >> here's why that matters in this case. incidental collection happens when a foreign target such as
the russian ambassador is tapped and the phone calls and text messages of an american citizen are picked up based on our reporting here at fox news, we believe former national security advisor mike flynn is backing this claim but they want to know if other americans were involved. >> heather: what do we know about this new deadline on friday? >> the congress meant sent this letter to the fbi director james comey, cia director mark d mack mike pompeo -- so many directors in this story. and the head of the nsa mike rogers and given them this friday deadline asking how many american phone calls were picked up and whether the rules were followed in every case. both congressmen emphasized this morning that they see no evidence to back up the presidents tweet from march 4th alleging wiretaps of trump tower. democrat adam schiff criticized what he said were evolving explanations from the white house. >> first, we don't want to talk about this, we're giving it to the intelligence committee. then, we are not sure if there
is any they are there. then, may be he meant something different. too maybe it was a tv or microwave, to may be, no, we fully believe the president will be vindicated in his claims of wiretapping. >> we also learned today the fbi director as you mentioned at the top and the nsa director have agreed to testify publicly on monday. the committee leadership said they think that they have got an agreement for form admission officials, cia director john brennan, director of national intelligence james clapper in the deputy attorney general sally yates will testify the following week. let me explain a little bit about why this appears pretty strategic. my experience is that you always want to have the benefit of the person who is currently in the job testify first then you are able to kind of measure or gauge your testimony and that looks like that's what's going to happen here with the back-to-back hearings, one on
monday then the next the following week. >> heather: catherine herridge bringing us up to speed. you're right, a lot of people involved in this to say the least. >> jon: a decorated navy admiral now at the center of a bribery and corruption investigation that includes 25 officers overall. retired rear admiral bruce loveless and eight other high-ranking naval officers just picked up here they are now charged with accepting bribes in the form of lavish gifts, love 3 luxury travel in the services of prostitutes all from a singapore paste defense contractor. federal of educators said they did so in exchange for classified information. national security correspondent jennifer griffin live at the pair to eat pentagon with this story. >> federal agents expand across the six states to arrest eight naval officers charged in the u.s. navy's growing "fat lender" by billy dulac bribery scandal p of the naval officers were indicted for per dissipating and as you mention wild sex parties
in asia with prostitutes and expressive hotel rooms involving down here in jan lavish dinnerss of million of dollars in excess charges to the u.s. taxpayer. among the stars, recently retired rear admiral bruce loveless, a former top naval intelligence officer in the pentagon. he was arrested at his home in california tuesday. his security clearance has been suspended since 2013, a source of embarrassment for the navy's top intelligence officials who for years were unable to view classified material. loveless and other senior military officers accepted bribes to steer navy contracts from a singapore-based defense contractor leonard glen franchise, a 6'3", 350-pound contractor known as "fat leonard." he was lord to san diego and arrested three and a half years ago. in 2011, "fat leonard"'s firm won deals valued at $200 million to supply u.s. navy ships
throughout the pacific. according to the charge sheet, officers on board the uss blue ridge, the flagship of the seventh fleet, in one case took part in "a raging multi-day party with a rotating carousel of prostitutes at a manila hotel in 2008." a year earlier, when the blue ridge and its officers arrived and manila, "fat leonard" hosted another party involving "historical memorabilia related to general douglas macarthur used by the participants in sexual acts." that according to the indictment. roughly 30 admirals remain under investigation, already two dozen officers have been charged in the case, hundreds market still faced indictment making this the u.s. navy's largest bribery case in its history. >> jon: a classified information involved if the movement of navy ships, where they were headed and where they would be at any moment. >> absolutely. >> jon: unbelievable pure jennifer griffin, thank you. >> heather: attorney general jeff sessions calling for a
crackdown on crime. the areas he is targeting to reverse with the attorney general describes as a troubling trend. plus, all eyes on hawaii, the battle over the presidents revised travel ban, federal court taking a hard look at the new executive order just hours before it goes into effect. a live report from honolulu. when your pain reliever stops working, your whole day stops. awww. try this. for minor arthritis pain, only aleve is fda approved to work for up to 12 straight hours with just one pill. thank you. come on everybody. aleve. live whole. not part. check this sunday's newspaper and save over $20 on products from aleve. remember when you said men are supeyeah...ivers? yeah, then how'd i get this... ...allstate safe driving bonus check? ...only allstate sends you a bonus check for every six months you're accident free. silence.
>> jon: conservative groups backed by some republican lawmakers are advocating the complete repeal of obamacare. freedom works is right now holding a rally in washington, kicking off its month of action. the group says it wants to hold republicans who have claimed they want a complete repeal of the aca accountable for their words and for their actions. we will keep you updated. >> heather: but not to another fox news alert. with president trump's revised travel ban such a go into effect at midnight, a number of states are moving forward with a last
ditch legal challenge. william la jeunesse is live for us from the federal courthouse in honolulu. tough assignment there. >> heather, you know essentially president trump has three games today. he asked a win all three. one loss would mean the travel ban would probably not take effect tonight at midnight. in the case here in hawaii, it is similar to those in washington state and maryland in that it seeks a federal court injunction to stop the presidents executive order, which, of course, suspends immigration from sudan, syria, iran, all state sponsors of terrorism, and the failed states of libya, small you, and yemen. it would stop all refugees for 120 days and reduce the number of refugee admissions from 110,000 down to 50,000. the legal experts we spoke to said given judge derek watson, obama appointee, very democratic state politically and culturally, it is very possible they will not win here, but they the groundwork for potential appeal probably to the
supreme court based on presidential authority. hawaii's argument is this. number one, it just commits on the basis of nationality, evaluates the criteria that congress set up to evaluate potential terrorists and because only muslim nations are involved, it just remains on religion, and finally hurts hawaii's economy and denies muslims already hear the right to have family visits. >> hawaii does not speak up about this cremation on national origin, we are dishonoring and disrespecting what past generation has gone through. >> the trump administration says this is not a muslim ban since 90% of the roads muslims are not affected, but the countries were chosen not on the basis of nationality, but because they can't or will not provide the necessary documentation for reliable background checks. as far as hawaii's economy is concerned, that is speculative because they don't even measure
the number of visitors coming from those countries because it is so small that it could actually be zero, i was told. as for the plaintiff, the administration says his mother-in-law has not even visited for 12 years, another 90 days is not representing emotional harm, and besides, she has not been denied a visa. basically, you've got the case and maryland, arguments have already been heard, the judge may or may not issue a ruling today for this case starts in two hours, in the washington state case starts around 5:30 eastern so we may not know until quite late today whether or not the band will in fact take effect, and of course that is underpinning the foundation of the campaign that donald trump randy peered back to you. >> heather: absolutely. i bet you will let us know as soon as you find out anything, thank you. >> jon: for the first time ever, u.s. officials bring a criminal case against russian criminal officials indicting to russian intelligence officers in the cyber attack that compromised half a billion email
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>> heather: "happening now" come attorney general jeff sessions saying he wants to get tougher on crime. sessions addressing a group of law enforcement officials in virginia, stressing the importance of keeping violent criminals and drugs off the street. >> my fear is that this crime rise is not a blip, but it could be the beginning of a trend, and if we act effectively now, we can stop this trend from rising. >> heather: sessions is also
calling for violent criminals to receive longer prison sentences. ♪ >> these ties that judge neil gorsuch has to a secret millionaire in the right wing causes he supports are very troubling. the fact that he is eerily reminiscent of john roberts, one of the most active right wing judges we have seen means that judge neil gorsuch has a lot of questions to answer for. >> jon: it was senate majority leader chuck schumer this morning discussing the democrat strategy when it comes to president trump's supreme court nominee, judge neil gorsuch. democrats have been on the fence since the election, as you know, trying to delay confirmation of many of the president's nominees, stop the repeal of obamacare and threatening to shut down the government over the budget. it is just part of what our next guest suggests is an emerging strategy in an article titled "the new party of no."
how a president and a protest movement transformed the democrats. charles homan wrote that, he joins us now, politics editor for "the new york times" magazine. pretty fascinating to see what has happened. many think back to november 7th, democrats were expected to sweep into control of the senate, they were going to put hillary clinton in the white house and maybe even make a run at the house of representatives. that did not happen, so where does that leave them now? >> it's been a really fascinating transformation to watch just beginning from that moment when so many of these people look up the next morning in a world they did not expect to wake up in to where we were as, i would say, early february probably wear a sense of what the party could and maybe should be doing in his current capacity and minority sort of unfold, and that is interesting to see shape up. you see much more sort of agreement that a lot of the dash with the party should be doing right now is presenting a
unified front and how it addresses the trump admitted she should. you are seeing some interesting arguments in terms of how they should do that. >> jon: judge neil gorsuch won pretty easy confirmation to the court of appeals, but now he is up for the supreme court come all of a sudden to democrats, he is anathema. >> i think there are a couple different on him. there were guys like jeff merkley of organ that before there was even a nominee on the table said that the democrats should oppose him on principle because of the merrick garland nomination last year. i think you also have people who object to him as chuck schumer will say, on the grounds they do not believe there is evidence he will be sufficiently independent in his assessments of the trump administration. i think you have those two things in confluence now along with this notion that maybe the best way for the democrats is to be pushing these fights. >> jon: the fascinating thing for me is democrats are talking about the possibility of shutting down the government no
now. >> i think there is a sense, and people talk about this carefully, they do plan to stand for a clean funding bill next month when that is in front of the senate. that would mean pushing back on the idea of funding for the border wall, for instance, or if there's any attempt to defend any aspect of planned parenthood, they have spoken of really standing on that and putting the ball in the court of the republican leadership to decide what they want to do. >> jon: are they rejecting the idea that elections have consequences? >> i don't think it is quite that so much as this notion that -- there are moves the republicans were willing to make an opposition that the democrats have been less willing to make. there is a reassessment of the long-term value of that kind of posture. i think they would put the argument a bit differently. they would probably say, if you are trying to pass essentially legislative projects through these technical means, it is fair game to stand against them. you could certainly read it multiple ways.
>> jon: i guess chuck schumer is the most powerful democrat in the land right now. how does he compare with harry reid in terms of, well, harry reid was a wily tactician. can chuck schumer measure up, is he? >> it's interesting if you look at where harry reid had been in recent years, he was in the bush administration and similar circumstances and learned a fair amount from that experience. also temperamentally, he is different and how he approaches. chuck schumer was much better known as a dealmaker and somebody who was interested in finding ways to make these things happen through negotiation, and they both approached after the election, i think they probably believed not do similar things about what the democrats proper posture relative to the trump admonition ration would be but had a very different sense about how to go about pursuing that. chuck schumer came in basically saying that we would like to work, be happy to work with
trump on something like an infrastructure bill if the following conditions are met, and we are going to put the ball in his court in terms of those conditions whereas harry reid was clear about really arguing there were certain lines they should not necessarily be crossing, and they should not necessarily be cooperating at the time. >> jon: kind of interesting how things have changed. charles has written about in the near times magazine, and you were going to want to watch bret baier this evening because chuck schumer, the new york democrat and senate minority leader will join brett there on "special report" here you will want to hear what senator schumer has to say. charles, thank you. >> heather: the justice department filing charges against four people including two russian intelligence officers and two criminal hackers. a massive cyber attack on yahoo that happened back in 2014. ahead, come how the u.s. is making history in that case. plus, we are getting a look at some of president trump's leaked tax returns and who some think may leaked them.
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department of justice has leveled cyber crime charges against russian government officials in its history. the charges stemming from the 2014 hack of yahoo in which the hackers gained access, as you said, to 500 million yahoo accounts. named in the indictment are dmitry dokuchaev and igor sushchin, russian nationals at a canadian, who was arrested by canadian authorities. the u.s. does not have an exhibition treaty with russia, the fate of the other three remains unknown. what is remarkable is that the first two were both members of the russian fsb, the successor to the kgb, the russian spy agency and they work for a unit that was tasked with working hand-in-hand with the american fbi to crack down on cybercrime, international cybercrime piedmont official here today said it was beyond the pale.
>> as our indictment alleges and as we have reason to really believe based on our evidence, they were asked the man acting in their capacity as fsb officials. >> asked if it was naive for the fbi to be reckoned with this unit of the fsb and whether it was such cooperation to continue within the agencies themselves embarked on one of the most profound hacking operations in history of cyber operations like this, here's what one fbi official had to say. >> i think that is a challenge. something we will continue to work at. i think this case is going to be a great test of that so we can gauge the level of cooperation we get from them. >> it was apparently the intention of this operation to cast as wide a net as possible and then look into subsets of that 500 million, people who might work for the military or for the diplomatic corps and then gain access through spearfishing and through cookies to their .mil or .gov accounts
where they could do more damage. a separate hacking into yahoo of 1 billion accounts remains active right now, they say it could be unrelated to this hacking operation. back to you. >> jon: doug mckelway, thank you. ♪ >> heather: two pages of president trump's tax returns from 2005 leaked to the media. the returns revealed the president has made $150 million and paid $38 million in taxes that year. the white house calling the publishing of the returns illegal. but there is also speculation that the president himself may have leaked them. fox news anchor and attorney gregg jarrett joins me now with more on that. and give for joining us. first of all, let's say the white house is saying that it is hogwash, the president did not leak these himself. let's take a look at the tweet he did send out. "does anybody really believe
that a reporter, who nobody ever heard of, "went to his mailbox" and found my tax returns? nbc news fake news!" so was it illegal for msnbc to publish or air his tax returns? >> technically, there is a statute on the books that says it is a felony to publish or air unauthorized tax returns paired however, the supreme court has said, wait a minute, there is a broad first amendment protectio protection. as long as a journalist does not engage in illegality in obtaining it. so as long as rachel maddow and david johnston who apparently received this document did not steal it, then there is no crime, and they violated no law. rachel maddow, on the other hand, managed to humiliate and embarrass herself with this much-hyped social media preshow run up, then a build up for 20 minutes on the front end of her show, than in the end
delivered what "the washington post" described as a nothing burger. >> heather: she got slammed on twitter for sure. what about the person who actually leaked the tax return, is that a legal? >> absolutely, somebody committed a crime, no doubt. the statute basically is if someone stole it through hacking or someone at the irs grabbed onto it and leaked it to somebody else, that is absolutely a felony. it is punishable by several years behind bars. the attorney general should investigate to get to the bottom of it. >> heather: let's move onto another subject, the chairman in raking democrat on the house intelligence committee say they have not seen any evidence supporting president trump's drink do not claim that president obama had his phones tapped during the campaign. but house leaders say they still want to see evidence from the justice department, meantime fbi director james comey may reveal some of those answers to a senate committee, the director expected to announce whether the agency is investigating any connections between that trump campaign and the kremlin.
what do you expect to hear? >> we learned in january already there was a counterintelligence investigation by our federal government, the nsa, cia and treasury department. the only question is was the fbi involved? we may learn today or next monday at another hearing. the question about wiretapping actually may have been the conflation of two different subjects. was there wiretapping or surveillance of russian officials and agents? yes, we do that all the time. where were trump associates heard on that surveillance or wiretaps? we know the answer is at least one of them was, michael flynn. were others? probably. the president seems to have conflated wiretapping and surveillance of russians with wiretapping of the trump tower, so all of that needs to be sorted out. >> heather: in today's news conference, we learned that devin nunes is very concerned
about what incidental collection and the unmasking of the names. >> because that is a crime. even if u.s. citizens are heard on wiretaps of foreign officials, the names of those citizens are supposed to be kept confidential, and leaking them or letting them out is a crime. >> heather: gregg jarrett joining us, thank you. >> jon: democratic leaders are speaking out against president trump's and supreme court nominate judge neil gorsuch. what they could do to block his confirmation. plus a new faction in the republican party as opposition to their health care plan grasp it when leading republican gives us his take on the controversial bill next whoa, this thing is crazy.
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and remove a controversial provision. >> i think after six years, we ought to fix it. we should not put a band-aid on it. i think the ryan plan is a band-aid with a bunch of insurance company bailouts and it does not fix the system. >> it is not the obamacare replacement plan. it is not the obamacare repeal plan we've been hoping for. this has been said as he sat in the wrong direction. if anything, it's a missed opportunity. >> every republican 50 month ago voted for the clean repeal, why is it okay to say at campaign time we will do this then once you get an office, wait a minute, we have to change what we told the voters we're going to do. i don't think that is why they sent us here. let's pass that then move on to do the other things we have to do to fix it. >> jon: for more on the state of the republican health care bill, we have house majority leader congressman kevin mccarthy. congressman, how confident are you that this bill or something very close to it is going to pass the house and the senate?
>> is going to pass. it's gone through two committees already, not run republican has voted against it. energy and commerce and ways and means is a microcosm of the caucus, you have freedom caucus, tuesday group members, they all voted for it. this is the ledge later process. members want to be involved in it, they are involved. they want to put more ideas, but more ideas. and any senator that wants to deal with it, this is how legislation works. we pass in the house a bill, then the senate can take up whatever bill they want and make any adjustments they want to it. i look at it as the best way to go forward. >> jon: as i am sure you will know, prominent republican from south florida says this in a couple of tweets she just put out. "i plan to vote no on the current hca bill. as written, it leaves it too many of myself or to district uninsured. as it stands, it will cut much needed help for south florida support and elderly population. need a plan that will do more to protect them."
how do you reassure members of congress like her? >> remember, you still have to go through a budget committee and rules committee. remember why we are here. now because of obamacare, which in essence did two things, exchanges and expansion of medicaid, now in america, one-third of all america only has one provider. you've got some states like tennessee with humana pulling out, 16 counties with their provider then you have a bill that punishes you even though you cannot get healthcare because you don't have healthcare. our premiums continue to rise. the 23 co-ops created, 18 of them have already collapsed. medicaid is on an unsustainable path. so do we ignore it and let that collapse or do we do something about it? i believe when you look at the cbo report -- and remember, they did not get it analyzed peer this is phase 1 of 3 phases, they did not do phase ii or phase three. i think when everyone has all of the information before them,
when it finishes going through the final committee, you will find the republicans will be together, passing this bill. >> jon: one of the questions observers are putting out there is exactly what is the goal of this healthcare reform? are you trying to save the federal treasury money, reduce the budget deficit, are you trying to maintain the number of people who have healthcare coverage, are you trying to reduce premium costs for individual insured? is that all three? >> is exactly what we told the american public what we would do. we are going to lower premiums, give you better healthcare at a lower price and let you make the decisions in where your healthcare is going to go. let you decide where you want to go with healthcare, not a government one-size-fits-all. you know when you look at the cbo report, what does it say? it's going to lower the premiums by 10%. it gives individuals the choice. that is part of the number why they said fewer people may be having healthcare because we do not mandate it upon an
individual. they get to have that decision-making. then we provide them with a tax credit so the individual can go into the market, the market will have more choice which will help competition bring the cost down, but they get to decide what they want, not dictated from government. at the end of the day, lower premiums, better quality, and individual deciding their own, i think those are the principles that the american public want in a healthcare system, and this is what the plan provides. >> jon: i know you are on the house side, but you have problems in the senate as well. rand paul, ted cruz, mike lee, tom cotton, they have all expressed reservations about this. you are confident this will pass. >> yes, in the great thing about being a senator come you are elected to legislate as well. so when the bill comes to the senate come if you have an idea or amendment, bring it forward. we cannot allow the premiums to go up, people losing their healthcare across the country were only one-third of every county in america, 1,022 only
have one provider? that is not right. we were promised we could keep our doctors. that was not right. we were promised premiums would go down. that is not true. we've got to do something different, empower the individual, lower the premiums and give better quality, and this is the plan that can solve it. >> jon: congressman kevin mccarthy, majority leader in the house of representatives. good to have you on, thank you. >> heather: coming up, major announcement expected from president trump on fuel standards, and we are live in michigan awaiting mr. trump's comments at the american center for mobility on the heels of his roundtable with ceos and union workers. and new york city may have dodged the burst of that powerful winter storm, but other places not so lucky. rick leventhal is live in bethlehem, pennsylvania, for us. >> the national weather service taking some heat today for failing to let big cities know that the storm might not be and likely would not be as bad as
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>> jon: the nation's largest city may have dodged a blizzard yesterday, but that was not the case for parts of pennsylvania left digging out today from as much as two feet of snow. rick leventhal is live in bethlehem, pennsylvania, . >> some controversy because the national weather service now admits that it knew by monday afternoon that this storm would not deliver the heavy snow first predicted for big cities like new york and boston, philadelphia and washington, but decided not to report that to the public out of extreme caution because people might think the storm will not be as bad and my get complacent. in fact, this was a monster for
millions of people, just not in those big cities. it dumped up to two feet or more from pennsylvania to vermont, grounding 6,000 flights yesterday and 1,000 more today, knocking out power for roughly a quarter million people and being blamed for as many as six deaths, including an elderly man hit by a snowplow in connecticut and a 16-year-old girl who lost control of her car on an icy road and hit a tree in new hampshire. those hazardous condition still exist. roads are extremely icy today, a winter storm warning now and in effect for eastern pennsylvania, including here in the lehigh valley until 8:00 tonight. a couple more inches expected along with high winds which could blow a lot of the existing snow and drift back onto the roads and the temperatures below freezing, so that icy condition is expected to remain for quite some time. again, much of the northeast still frozen over peer here in bethlehem, they are starting to dig out and hoping that by the weekend at least much of this stuff will melt away. >> jon: let's hope. rick leventhal and bethlehem, thank you. >> heather: really cold right
>> jon: we are awaiting a speech from president trump. we will talk to geraldo rivera about president trump's tax return. that should be interesting. meantime, in our final 30, a whole new kind of hotel opening near tokyo. it's equipped with 140 robots. yes, robots like those dinosaurs will check you in. others will clean your room, no tipping necessary. >> jenna: little weird. then these three puppies abandoned in atlanta rescued by a state trooper. they were all quickly adopted.
>> jon: i can see why. >> jenna: we can end on puppies. >> jon: thank you for joining us today. >> jenna: "america's news hq" starts right now. >> melissa: president trump in michigan to speak on the auto industry. i am melissa francis. he is expected to address environmental regulations on automakers. we're going to bring you those remarks when they happen. in the meantime, we are watching wall street and possible action by the federal reserve today. right now the dow jones industrial is checking in at above 44 points right there. the fed is expected to raise interest rates by a quarter point. that is the expectation. what does it mean for you though? let's bring in jerry willis for fox business network. so the folks at home that sounds like a lot of gobbly