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howie: president trump demanded a vote on his healthcare bill. but he had paul ryan pull the bill. >> i never said repeal and replace obamacare -- you all heard me up speeches -- i never said repeal and replace it within 64 days. >> an epic collapse by the republicans and the trump administration on what was
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suppose to be their easy lay-up. >> it's an embarrassment for the white house and the republicans. it's not his fault. he's used to dealing with people in deal qus financial incentives. it's impossible to exaj right the enormity of what happened to donald trump today. his presidency effectively ended today. howie: here to analyze the coverage. erin mcpike and mollie hemingway, and joe trippi. if you said this was the end of donald trump's presidency -- >> i wouldn't lump lawrenceo
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donnell in with the rest of the media. it wasn't just the media democrats cast it as a huge victory for them. but it was covered and talked about like a football game. healthcare is supposed to be a very personal issue. now you have people in the country wondering what hhs is going to do to implement healthcare and obamacare. we should be asking the rest of the country what they thought about how it was covered. howie: nobody liked this bill in the end. but do you have the sense many in the press are celebrating the outcome? >> that's what it seemed like. it was such a defeat for donald trump because people want to bring them down. but it's good for the media to cover it's just the level of
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hysteria that goes along with that is a bit much. in november the media coverage tone was democracy is dead. moist's look at these clowns, they can't get a bill passed. it has to do with why people don't take the media seriously when they are exaggerating how bad this is. howie: is it premature to say republicans can't govern when we are 60 days into a new administration? >> lawrence and i agree it was way overboard. this is the first legislative milestone the republicans put out there. 7 years, and it didn't work. a lot of that is their own doing. settings up the artificial deafd line and things like that. howie: what do you have think of
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the finger pointing stories? it's reince priebus' fault? is reince priebus to blame? >> you can't keep this all in one direction because all those different caucuses and different players have a different message. that's why they couldn't agree on next first place. it's now ending up in terms of how they are attack each other and blaming each other. howie: donald trump ran in this campaign as a different republican. he said we don't want anyone to lose coverage and from the day he took office he would be at odds with the most conservative wing of his party. the only question was co-and paul ryan and the white house
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staff pressure the freedom caucus saying we owe this vote to the president. >> there is so much finger blaming and point out what people did wrong. it's why the media coverage helped us understand the die ma'am nict republican party. but it doesn't just become about finger pointing. >> going found, let's see if the media covered this as trump's new hampshire. remember president obama lost new hampshire. how he came out of that and went on to further victory was kind of a big deal, and how the media saw obama grow. we'll see if the media covers this in terms of trump's growth. howie: the president often talks
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about fake news. he announced his decision to pull the bill by calling "the washington post" and the "new york times." he also sat down with "time" magazine. he's going to mainstream media. he's maybe thinking about how he's changing strategy a little bit. >> the president won largely on this art of the deal. and that's why this was such a defeat for him personally. that's a story that isn't getting examined with all the infighting. howie: one person who says it isn't is fault and it falls on paul ryan is judge jeanine. she called for paul ryan to step down as speaker because hours earlier donald trump tweeted
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that people should watch her show. he gave her a promo. reince priebus said that was just a coincidence and the white house didn't know what she was going to say. >> and today he tweeted after the show and pointed at if the freedom caucus and others to deflect from that. what did he know about that if anything. and why did he tweet that people should watch the show. sure it was great for her ratings. howie: another big story, the continuing fallout coverage, charges and counter charges about surveillance, wiretapping the president's original claim. let's take a look at what some common 8ors and others are saying on the air. >> the th. >> donald trump was lying about
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barack obama with the wiretap. >> the liberals still refuse to acceptal simple truth. this not shred of evidence showing collusion between president trump and the russians. none, zero, zip. howie: last monday james comb why it head of the f.b.i. testified there was no evidence to support the president's wiretapping claim aimed at barack obama. do you think all the coverage saying the president was not telling the truth is justified? >> we haven't seen any evidence. it doesn't exist. i think there is hysteria over it. but there is nothing to support his claim. howie: do you think the media constantly tried to fact check or acting a truth squaw drons against president trump and have seeds on this moment to say, we
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finally got them. even the f.b.i. says there is nothing to support the wiretapping tweet. >> the thought that obama personally crawled into trump tower and laid down the wire, then president trump isn't telling the truth. but the media themselves have been involved in receiving leaks you have surveillance from trump official and others and they have been hatchly spreading these around for months. the idea that you would act aghast when someone says we are being watched. howie: this is not exactly a right-left battle where you would expect the liberal side to beat you have on the president and the right to support him.
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but' i don't see any way you can talk about his area. there is no way. if any president of the united states accused his predecessor of essentially a felony, that would be big news that should be covered and may result in his area. but there is a reason for it. the "wall street journal" is right to make that editorial. howie: this is one of the few times you agree with the "wall street journal." devin nunes' said he had new information and he ran over to the white house and briefed the staff. >> what a distraction. howie: this is a fox news alert.
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one person is dead -- one person dead, 14 injured last night after a late-night shooting inside a cincinnati nightclub. >> there are a lot of questions we are exploring and we won't be able to answer everything. but we'll give you what we know up to this point. with me this morning is the mayor, the acting if fire chief, councilmember yvette simpson. my command staff, the special agent in charge of ohio for the atf trevor and i always mess up his last name. also city manager harry black is traveling today web's not able but i have been in contact with him throughout the night and the
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morning and he's fully aware of what's taken place. let me begin by saying last night at about 1:30 a.m., our emergency communications section began receiving calls that shots had been fired with injuries inside the cameo nightclub located at 4601 kellogg avenue. the night unfolded and the initial investigation determined the bar was very crowd. approximately a couple hundred people. and what we know at this point in the investigation, several local men got into some type of dispute inside the bar. and it escalated into shots being fired from several individual. as a result, there were 16
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people that sustained gunshot injuries. one of which is deceased. a total of 15 others that were injured, one in extremely critical condition in addition to that. several others more serious injuries, and some very minor and were released. the individual that was deceased at the scene has been identified, his family has been identified, mr. brian spike a male, 27 years of age. some additional information i can tell you about the incident, this is a very large establishment. they do employ -- howie: a tragic situation? cincinnati.
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violence has become all too common in american cities. we'll go to break right now and on the other side we'll continue our coverage of president trump's not so great w
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howie: before we went to break. i was asking about devin nunes who said he had now information, documents he described, that show president trump's communications were picked up on surveillance of foreign nationals. he went to the white house with this, citing a lot of media criticism. >> he could have picked up the
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phone and called the white house. but he physically went there and went in front than cameras. cnn soon after had a story -- howie: let me get to that in a minute. cnn headlines, devin nunes puts credibility of house committee in doubt. he sort of backed off. what do you make of the way it was covered? >> i don't think it was murky and what he said was interesting. he said there were dozen of reports with information collect on trump transition officials, it didn't have foreign intelligence value. but it was unmasked, and it had nothing to do with russia. this is the house intel chair saying these things and no one ran with it like they do with
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every anonymous claim of russian collusion. that is not good. you should not down play this story. howie: what about the next day, the spokesman saying he didn't know for sure whether trump or members of the transition team were on these communications that were picked up. >> doing it, then walking back, i think it's clear it should have been covered differently. but in the end, it's still the coverage -- the damage he did, i think, to the independence of his intelligence investigation was done because of the way he handled it. >> i don't think it's true he was walking it back. they were trying to be precise. every claim made by a staffer was hyped. he came out with big news. he thought it was so important he went to brief the white house.
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this is significant, and should not -- to have media people be upset that he's speak on the record about it is a weird approach for a publication that loves to take anonymous sources and run with them. howie: a report citing unnamed federal officials about the probe of the trump team and the russians. >> the f.b.i. has information that indicates associates of president trump communicated with suspected russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging hillary clinton's campaign. howie: then a moment later the report went on that some officials believe the findings were premature and based on circumstantial evidence. >> the officials we spoke with said the information is not conclusive and the investigation is ongoing.
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>> what i think is happening is there are people in the intelligence community and the f.b.i. who are really displeased with what's mapping. every time something happens that comes out of the white house, they are leak something to cnn. howie: this wasn't small. >> it's coming out in drips and drabs. >> i thought this was something of a joke. when you go through the words they use. they put this story out indicate, suspected, possible, circumstantial. this story should not have gone to press with that number of caveats. to make that seem more important than what nunes said. >> you can make that case about nunes. he's not sure whether any administration officials were or were not --
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>> we have nobody on the record. yet another cnn story with nobody named. howie: the word i would use right now is murky. but you make good points about the different standards. thanks very much for joining us. erin, stick around. we'll talk about the flack you got for being the only reporter on the secretary of state's plane during this trip to asia.
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howie: rex tillerson refused to taking a press pool on his trip to asia but he did take one reporter, erin mcpike.
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should you have filed pool reports to the rest of the press? >> that was not the decision that was made. it was not decision we made so we stuck to it. howie: the argument is rex tillerson blew up the pool and took you as the editor of the "independent pendan journal rev" >> i have never been a conservative reporter. i'm a straight news and fair report and independent. people can make all the criticisms they want. but it's not true what they are saying. i'm not a shill, and i'm a fair reporter. i have covered a number of presidential cam pains and i covered the white house. i always tried to focus on
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foreign policy and international relations because that's where my interest lies. i think if matt lawye -- if matd gotten the interview no one would have said a thing. howie: do you think sexism was used. >> they said i should be tweeting out as if tweeting was supposed to save journalism. howie: that was an exclusive interview. how did you see the media's treatment of that? >> it was a newsy trip and a newsy interview and we thought
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it would be the right thing to do. but thin heard a number of news organizations traveling with tillerson in the countries chose not to pick it up because they were doing it out of principle. they were ignoring that transcript out of principle. howie: he said he didn't really want the job and his wife pushed him to take it. how many reporontacted you for comment? >> i got nothing until friday. three days in after they started reporting it. i thought that was pretty crazy. some of the reporters who wrote about the story said we realize you are in an unwinnable position. this is awkward for you. but nobody covered that side of it. they only covered it from their point of view. and i think there was some laziness in this.
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howie: joining us now to talk about the media storm over president obama is corey lewandowski. i know you are a savvy guy so you will not sit there and tell me this loss on healthcare is anything but a significant defeat for president trump and
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the republican party. >> this president has been in washington for 64 days. there are creatures of washington who understand how to move legislation bert than the president does. he's the failure of a larger republican leadership in both branches of congress who couldn't get a bill abofd through the reconciliation process. howie: the media take is donald trump is a successful businessman, a deal maker and he knows how to butt heads to get pane outcome an doesn't realize how much harder that is to do in the political world. >> it took bawnl 1 -- it took president obama 16 months to get obamacare done. this president is trying to get
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everything done right away because those are the campaign promises he made. now we'll look at tax reform and a bill for transportation. plus other issues he's going to get done. his budget, his priorities to funds the military and fund the military. howie: it may have been mission impossible because his position on healthcare was different than the conservative caucus. he wanted to keep certain elements of obamacare. it's also job of the president to lead. he thought he could surround himself with staff to could work with congress and get something done. doesn't he have to take responsibility? he blamed democrats when he spoke before the cameras. but this was a gop production beginning to end. >> what the president said on
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the campaign trail and what he's implementing now, we are not going to throw people off healthcare. we are not going to have people on the streets who can't get coverage. we know obamacare in its current form will fail next year. the decision has been made by the members of congress, they are willing to let that happen. i think the president said clearly that would be more devastate together american public than having the repeal and replace he positioned for. my opinion is the president did everything he could over the last three weeks to get everything done. he met are individuals one-on-one. howie: he did a lot. and the stories have reflected that. >> there are 435 different personalities in the house and 100 in the senate. when you move to the right the
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individuals on the left said we can't support this. it's hard to govern. but you have to rely on the leadership of congress. before this bill came to the president's desk, had we buttoned everybody up? what did we put a false time frame on that this had to be done by thursday or friday. howie: look at this "time" magazine cover "is truth dead?" exhibit a is his tweet that barack obama had him wiretapped or surveilled. we can go back and forth on how he may have been surveilled. but he made a charge against the former president and james comey of the f.b.i. testified there is no evidence to support this. >> it's not may have been picked up.
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we know they have been picked up because they were working in trump tower. howie: if you are not targeted. when you are looking at foreign nationals. >> it was a crime to release that information and unmasking that information. incidental pickup is perfectly legal. we know mike flynn was picked up. we know unequivocally his name was released. that's a crime to release that information. if there was a fisa warrant issued for trump tower? question there was one that was denied and one in october that was authorized. who was under the fisa warrant and why was the presidency under investigation. howie: there is a lot we don't know and i take your point that these matters should be taken seriously. but the president started this
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media explosion by making that charge against barack obama on twitter. does president trump need to choose his word for carefully? >> there is no question everything he said is scrutinized. wait sounded like from chairman nunes, there was communications picked up at trump tower that was not related to the russians. howie: should he choose his word for carefully? >> of course. loretta lynch had to personally sign off on this. we haven't heard a word from her. james clapper said something different. james comey said something different. we have not heard from the person to applied for the warrant or signed off on the warrant. howie: neil gorsuch draws
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favorable coverage on his confirmation hearings. but how will the press handle a filibuster.
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howie: democrats are threatening to filibuster the confirmation of neil gorsuch.
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joining us now to analyze the coverage in new york, amy holmes, political analyst for "rasmussen reports." amy, even most legal analysts say neil gorsuch was a good witness, he was funny and charge but he didn't really answer most of the questions. >> that may be true. nearly half of the voters thought opposition to in gorsuch was largely political and 82% of voters think he's likely to get confirmed. there is a broad consensus neil gorsuch is a qualified candidate to sit on the supreme court. this positive coverage has to do with the fact that he has a conservative would be replacing a conservative justice. the coverage would be different if we were talking about
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replacing ruth bader ginsburg. howie: he said he's disheartened by anyone who criticizes judges. >> the interesting thing about the gorsuch nomination is how little coverage it got because of what else is going on. the healthcare debacle got more coverage on both sides and the investigation into russia got more coverage. neil gorsuch probably benefited from the lack of coverage. but it's interesting to see how little people probably know what he was saying because the coverage is virtually nonexistent. howie: cnn and msnbc didn't even take gorsuch's opening statement because they were on the comey
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hearings. is there frustration merrick garland never got a hearing? >> they will bring that up to attack this nominee. but during the campaign hillary clinton refused to promise she herself would renominate mr. merrick garland. howie: but he was president obama's nominee. >> i think the point is you have democrats who are not going along -- they haven't said yes to chuck schumer's threat to filibuster in gorsuch. howie: whether that materializes, do you think the effort will be portrayed in the press as obstructionism or justifiable payback back to the garland nomination next year.
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>> depend on the press you are talking about. howie: the mainstream press. >> i don't any there is a mainstream press that is not opinion either. the reality is nothing * will be portrayed as a conservative hero replacing another conservative hero on the court. it's the president's prerogative to nominate who want on the court. or he will be portrayed as being nominated by an illegitimate president. or because her i garland that he should not get a vote up and down or either. howie: you made a good point. i have never seen a supreme court hearing make so little news. before we go, let's get you in on the healthcare nomination. the decision to pull it to be a
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major defeat, a massive setback. amy, then julie, do you think that that accurately reflects the situation or is it overly dramatization? >> it was a train wreck. the bill had to be pulled from the floor which i think was smart politics. but i don't think it's fair to overlook the fact that i think president trump was showing leadership when said fish or cut bait. vote on this up or down so we can move on to our other agenda items. i think it was unfair to say as we saw in a lot of stories that donald trump won the presidency on repeal and replace. howie: it wasn't necessarily the top issue. the coverage fair or not. >> it's fair republicans in congress have voted 60 times to
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repeal obamacare. if the question mark is what this portend for the other part of the agenda. now that democrats and republicans understand there may be no penalties to crossing this white house. it's -- it create a lot of aggravation from the white house when they have a lot of stuff on the line and were ultimately unsuccessful. howie: after the break. conservative pundit tomi lahren
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howie: tomi lahren is a 27-year-old conservative commentator but her job at "the blaze" is on hold after this comment. >> i can say women should be able to do what they want with their bodies. i can say stay out of my guns and my tbod body as well. >> to hurricanes and i don't agree on a lot. but that is about personalities, the people calling for tomi to be fired. that's not for you to call. howie: beck suspend tomi lahren for a week. glenn beck can employ anybody he wants. but by sidelining tomi lahren
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after her appearance on "the view," he has a litmus test? >> he's allowing her some wrap herself in the first amendment and appeal to a broader liberal base at the same time that like he said, it might be about personalities, necessity may have their disagreements. he also pointed out, this is a recent change and there is a lot of criticism that she subject describes to fake conservatism and she doesn't actually belief some of the things she says and changes her opinions based on what will get the most notoriety to her. howie: beck did employment amy holmes on "the blaze" who is pro-choice on abortion. but with tomi lahren, the left
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is celebrating her. she wants to declare to liberals, i am your worst nightmare. now you have a lot of people on the left rallying to her defense. >> glenn beck is in a touch spot. she says this on "the view" and it's a one-day story. he suspends her and it turns into a week, two weeks, who knows how long the story of will be. he played into probably what she wants by suspending her. howie: she has 3 million facebook followers. she must have expected there would be a strong reaction when she went on "the view." the panel seemed to know in advance she was going to say she is pro choice. do you think this is a stunt on her part to become a bigger star?
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>> that's what some people in the conservative blogsphere are positing. those are the words being used in the christian conservative blogsphere. howie: is this what the media has come to in these days. if tough followers on the right other left, and you take a position on one issue they don't like, they turn on you and savage you on twitter and call for you to be fired? >> the internet has become a lynch mob. she knows that. and she used it and she has probably been a victim of it before. that is unfortunately where we are now. howie: many good things about the web, but the interest necessary has become a lynch mob and too often that's the case.
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howie: radio host alex jones abandoned his conspiracy stheerly about a pizza' restaurant being used as a sex ring. >> our commentary about pizza-gate. i made comments about mr. alefantis i in inlds site regret and apologize.
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howie: weigh in on today's show. give us a like on our facebook page. we are back next sunday with the >> i'm going to go do that. >> go ahead. >> thanks for joining us. >> at this hour, movement on capitol hill. the conservative freedom caucus that fought so hard against the filibuster bill has resigned from that group. republicans plan b for replacing obama care could involve democrats. the presidents staff is calling on the gop. the fox report is now. >> the president's chief of staff staff, reince priebus has told fellow republican said it's time start governing. this after they were not able to repeal and replace the affordable care act. he said the setback will not slow the president


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