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right in. >> richard: go to instagram, catch my daily updates and instagram. it's amazing. >> jesse: welcome back. that is it for us tonight. we'll see you back here on monday. [laughter] "special report" is up next. >> bret: i have nowhere to go with my microphone goes down. thanks, jesse. china targets a $60 billion worth of u.s. goods for new tariffs in the latest skirmish in the trade war. the president's top diplomat says north korea is still violating numerous u.n. security council resolutions. whatever happened to the year of the woman? remember that political movement? this is "special report." ♪ good evening and welcome to washington. i'm bret baier. tonight, it is china's turn to threaten new tariffs in the emerging trade war with the u.s. beijing is talking about penalties on $60 billion of american goods. that unpleasant possibility
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comes as the administration touts a code, but not great, july jobs report. chief white house correspondent john roberts joins us with the numbers. good evening, john. >> of the president's chief economic advisor, larry kudlow, said today they traded talks with china are going nowhere, in fact, he says the white house says that even heard from china about it for weeks. there were some promising signs of a continued strong economy today, though, even if those numbers were somewhat tempered. the jobs numbers for july came in lower than expected. 157,000, versus a projected 195,000. but the white house one reason to celebrate. pointing out may and june's numbers were revised upwards, and the outlook for economic growth is good for you to speak strong. professional services, an appointment with don, very nice report. but to the gdp model, preliminaries, predicted 5%. i mean, i would be happy with three. they are predicting five. we are off to a good start.
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>> one reason the numbers were lower than expected, 32,000 jobs were lost in the toys and games sector, and effective toys 'r' us closing its retail stores. unemployment also dipped below 4%, coming in at 3.9, just two tenths of a point above a 50 year low set in 1969. at the same time, the white house was touting employment news. china made some use of its own. announcing it will hit $60 billion worth of american goods with tariffs at five to 25%. the retaliation stood in sharp contrast to what the chinese foreign minister said, meeting with secretary of state mike pompeo today. >> translator: cooperation is only the correct choice for the united states and china. it's the universal expectation of the international community. >> u.s. officials are not optimistic about the prospect that talks with china will bring about a breakthrough. one reason why president trump is considering upping the ante in his next possible route of tariffs against china.
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>> the president is impatient. he has said to our team, take a look, take a look at raising the tariff on the last 200 from ten to 25. take a look. he's impatient. to speak about a campaign rally in wilkes-barre, pennsylvania last night, president trump acknowledged tensions with beijing. >> right now china is not too happy with me. but i have great respect for president xi and i have great respect for china. it is not their fault that our leaders were stupid to. >> the president also took aim at the russia investigation and again carpet about how his nose his helsinki meeting with vladimir putin was reported for reported. >> we are being hindered by the russian hoax. it's a hoax, okay? but i got -- and everybody said, wow, that was great. a couple of hours later, i started hearing these reports, they wanted me to walk up,
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here's a podium, they wanted me to walk up and go like this -- >> president trump left an open question whether a showdown over immigration reform and wall funding would lead to a government shutdown before the election. but he vowed it will happen if he doesn't get what he wants. >> i'm a little torn myself. i would personally prefer before. but whether it's before or after, we are either getting it or we are closing down government. we need border security! >> on china trade, june's trade deficit numbers added urgency to the president's call to revise the u.s.-china trade relationship, it grew, surpassing last year's record trade deficit with china of $375 billion. bret? >> bret: john roberts live on a soggy north lawn. john, thank you. stocks were in the green today, the dow gained 136. s&p 500 finished at 13. nasdaq was of 9.
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for the week, the dow was up a fraction, s&p 500 rows of three quarters of a percentage point. nasdaq jumped almost a full percentage point. the defense for one-time trump campaign chairman paul manafort will begin. its cross-examination of of their clients former accountants monday. that accountant testified today. she very much regrets falsifying manafort's tax return. manafort faces charges of bank fraud and tax evasion that could put him in prison for the rest of his life. this is the first trial brought by the special counsel, robert mueller, looking into alleged collusion between the trump campaign and russia. two things that will not be mentioned in this trial. north korea is still violating united nations security council resolutions, despite warming relations with the u.s. that is the word from the secretary of state mike pompeo tonight. senior foreign affairs correspondent greg palkot takes a look at the efforts. >> back to singapore, secretary of state mike pompeo at a
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meeting with reagan organization there. some two months since the trump-kim summit, the focus remains north korea. >> we appreciate their ongoing efforts to support. peace and stability in the region, support the rule of law and the south china sea, and to enforce sanctions on north korea. >> pompeo sang north korea's behavior is inconsistent with kim jong un's pledge to work forward to denuclearization, noting, "we can see we still have a ways to go to achieve the ultimate outcome we are looking for." >> as a secretary said, we are a little ways off. i think it's important to be copper cautiously optimistic. >> north korea returning the remains of u.s. service members is seen as good. with the bad behavior. patel mike pompeo was referring to includes the north making longer-range missiles capable of hitting the u.s., and producing material for new nuclear bombs. >> it doesn't seem to be the activities of a government that is about to fully abandon its missile and nuclear programs. there is bad behavior by
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others. treasury department sanctioning a russian bank for doing a significant transaction with the north. new reports of north korean workers there. both in defiance of a u.n. ban. pyongyang's foreign ministers of the conference as well. no word on whether secretary pompeo will meet with them. further he might deliver a response, why does officials say president trump has written to a letter kim jong un sent earlier this week. u.s. ambassador to the united nations, nikki haley, backing up pompeo, saying in a statement today, "don't always do the final, fully verified to denuclearization of north korea, there can be no easing of sanctions. bret? >> bret: thank you. secretary of state mike pompeo also said the clock has run out on turkey to release a captive american prisoner -- i'm sorry, captive american pastor and other u.s. prisoners. so far, turkey's standing firm. correspondent richardson has the latest tonight from the state department. good evening. >> good evening, bret. secretary stayed mike pompeo pressed the turkish government
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in person today, meeting with tn minister earlier today. for nearly two years, turkey has detained american pastor andrew bronson. speaking to reporters after his meeting with other foreign minister, the guitar he pompeo said, "it's pretty straightforward. they have been holding these folks very long time. these are innocent people. pastor branson is an innocent pastor and they need to let him return to the united states and they need to let our locally employed folks, everyone needs to be let out." the state department official says turkey has detained or deported dozens of americans, mostly u.s.-turkish dual citizens since the july 2016 coup attempt and turkey is still holding what the official describes as a small number of americans. the u.s. has pressed for pastor brunson's release and is losing patience. president trump has been tweeting about the case and this week, the treasury department sanction two senior turkish officials over his detention. the turkish government has been
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demanding the u.s. turnover pennsylvania-based cleric. turkey blames him for inciting that to attempt. turkey has criticized those u.s. sanctions enacted earlier this week. they say it doesn't help trying to repair a u.s.-turkish relationship, one that has deteriorated over this issue with pastor brunson. amongst several other issues. bret? >> bret: rich edson at the state department. thank you. senate democrats say they plan to begin meetings with the president's pick for the u.s. supreme court after their recess. but if you think that constitutes a thaw and the partisan bickering over judge bret kavanaugh, think again. you congressional correspondent mike emanuel on the new democratic plan. >> democrats intend to launch a new strategy on the nomination of judge bret kavanaugh when senators returned to town later this month. fox has confirmed the vast majority of senate democrats will abandon their boycott of meeting with judge kavanaugh. they are expected to press them to join them and calling for and supporting the release of all of his files from his time in the
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bush white house. >> now we have somebody that is extraordinary, as you know, judge kavanaugh. >> democrats are crying foul after the national archives announced it wouldn't be able to produce all of judge brett kavanaugh's documentation until late october. still, the senate judiciary committee is expected to hold the kavanaugh confirmation hearing in september. leading republicans essay democrats will still have more than enough to review. >> if you were to stack up all of these, it would be taller than big-band, taller than the statue of liberty. >> for context, $70,000 were produced for john roberts' confirmation. 173,004 elena kagan. and 182,000 for neil gorsuch. judiciary chairman chuck grassley has requested some 900,000 documents for kavanaugh, which is why it will be a time-consuming process. there is some criticism that democrats don't want to review the documents. they have already made up their minds. >> we will not rest until brett
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kavanaugh is defeated! >> experts say kavanaugh's lengthy paper trail helps reassure conservatives he's reliable, but provides a challenge with democrats. >> it does allow the senators on the judiciary committee to have a lot of fodder for questions for him. he goes in with a burden to show that he will respect president. >> others addressed the democrats' request is excessive and installed tactic. >> senate democrats are in a fishing expedition. they are seeking the documents that are least likely to provide any inkling of his thinking on legal issues. >> the white house as many of the democrats who say they will now meet with kavanaugh have already public opposed him. officials there say democrats are still seeking millions of relevant documents. >> bret: had a long way to go. thank you. up next time a new report about that shooter at the las vegas concert massacre. you want to see this. first, here is what some of our fox affiliates are covering tonight. fox 40 in sacramento, we get a look at some of the record from
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a massive wildfire in northern california. experts say the fire burned so hot at its peak it created a cyclone of flames that reached 143 miles per hour, ripping through that region with the force of a destructive midwest tornado. the national weather service says the fire we were all uprooted trees and tore roofs from homes. fox 10 in phoenix with her tornado comparison also being applied to severe storms, sweeping through that region. several homes were destroyed and many were left without power by the second monsoon storm to rip through that area in four days. and this is a live look at orlando from our affiliate, fox 35. one of the big stories they are, nasa has assigned astronauts who will ride the first commercial space capsules into orbit next year. they will bring human lunches back to the u.s. space acts and following are shooting for a test flight of these capsules to the international space station by the end of this year or early
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♪ >> bret: we are learning more tonight about the man police say he was behind last fall's massacre at a country music concert in las vegas. the biggest question of all is still unanswered. you correspondent jonathan hunt is live in los angeles tonight with the results of the latest law-enforcement report. good evening, jonathan. >> good evening, bret. the somewhat disturbing bottom line here is that after ten months of investigation, the motivation for the massacre is as much a mystery today as it
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was on day one. >> we have been able to answer the question of who, what, when, where, and how. what we have not been able to definitively answer is the why stephen paddock committed this act. >> paddock open fire from the 32nd floor of the mandalay bay hotel, killing 58 people attending a concert. he spent several days bringing in an arsenal of weapons and ammunition to the hotel but as seen on the security camera footage cover nothing about his luggage caused alarm among hotel employees. while he had complained to friends about feeling constantly in pain or fatigue and his doctor described him as "odd and possibly bipolar," nothing about his behavior raised any red flags. >> by all accounts, stephen paddock was an unremarkable man. 's movements leading up to october 1st didn't lead to any suspicion. an interview with his doctor
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indicated signs of a troubled mind but no troubling behavior that would trigger a call to law enforcement. >> paddock with a high-stakes gambler's bank balance had dropped from $2 million in 2015 to half a million by september, 2017. he had paid $600,000 to casinos, $170,000 to credit card companies, and had spent $95,000 on weapons and ammunition. the report found paddock acted alone. no suicide note or manifesto was found. there was no evidence of radicalization or links to any terrorist organization. the sheriff also said today it was hard for him to even say that shooter's name during the press conference and he does not intend to do so again, adding, "i will remember the act and the victims but i will not remember the suspect." bret? >> bret: jonathan hunt to live in l.a. thanks. an engineering firm assessing
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the condition of a dam in lynchburg, virginia, says it has found no seepage and it is therefore considered stable at this point. residents of more than 100 nearby homes have been evacuated and those orders are still in effect tonight by the national weather service says up to 6 inches of rain fell within hours yesterday, filling college like beyond capacity. the service as a failure of the college lake dam code for flood parts of lynchburg with 17 feet of water and just 7 minutes. ♪ in tonight's "whatever happened to" segment, the woman's political movement by the most recent iteration begins shortly after president trump's inauguration. now its effects are showing up on balance everywhere this midterm season. tonight, correspondent anita vogel looks at where the movement has been and may be where it's going.
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>> they came from all walks of life to protest donald trump selection. women disappointed there would be first female president fell short at the poll and so a movement was born. >> we are absolutely thrilled to see so many women running for office in 2018. >> there is no way to put the genie back in the bottle. once that women's march happened, and women seemed to understand that they didn't just need to march, they needed to vote, and then they needed to run for office. >> from a possible first native american woman to be elected to congress, to a young community organizer in new york no one had ever heard of, female candidates are now lining up. for the upcoming midterms, a total of 476 women have filed to run for the house of representatives. more than 300 are still running. on the senate side, 54 have filed for 36 and still in the hunt. 62 women have entered governors races and more than 2,000 are
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targeting seats in state legislatures. >> we need women and every single position. >> so more women are heading to the classroom to learn how to run for office and how to win. >> what we are teaching them as how to really speak with power, how to talk about why you are the best person for the job, how to resonate with voters, how to raise that money. >> i've seen what women can do. >> aaron heads up vote, run, lead, which attracts progressive candidates. >> i'm young. i have time to figure out how i want to say what i want to say, how can i best of my message out there. her speakable public and women have their own groups. in california, it's the marian bergeson series. >> i don't think anyone should assume that it's easy to run for office, whether you are democrat or republican. >> rito took the class and won her latest primary. >> i've done is four times. i can almost be a joke, people could say, she's running again, but you know what, each time i run, i learn. speak but the key is turning out
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votes, and while there are a record number of women were running for office this year, mostly democrats, as of 2016, only about 25% of elected positions in the u.s. were held by women. bret? >> bret: thank you. up next, a look at how forensic scientists are trying to identify remains of u.s. service members return to this week from north korea. first, beyond our borders tonight, gaza's hamas rulers led to several thousand palestinians in a protest along the frontier with israel today. it occurred as egyptian efforts intensified to try to broker a broad truth between the islamic militant group and israel. gaza officials say a 25 euro palestinian was killed and 90 were wounded by israeli army fire. israel says palestinians crossed that frontier and through mack bombs across alberta. two suicide bombers attacked a shiite mosque in eastern afghanistan during friday prayers, killing at least 29
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people and wounding another 81. a provincial spokesman says heavily armed attackers disguised in burqas worn by conservative afghan women opened fire on private security guards outside that mosque. then they slept inside the mosque and set off their explosives, around 100 worshipers. the opposition party in zimbabwe says it will challenge the results of monday's presidential election. the party leader calls the election of the current president a vote stolen from the people. zimbabwe's president says the election was free, fair, and credible. just some of the other stories beyond our borders tonight. we'll be right back. ♪ allstate agents riding sweep. call one today. are you in good hands? you wouldn't accept an incomplete job from any one else. why accept it from your allergy pills? flonase sensimist relieves all your worst symptoms,
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♪ >> bret: this is a fox news alert. a federal judge is ordering the trump administration to restart in full the deferred action for childhood arrivals program, better known as daca. it is a political blow for the president who wants to phase out
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the obama era program. the judge denied is delaying implementation of this order until august 23rd to give the government time to appeal. but again, daca will have to be restarted according to this ruling. we'll see the fallout over that from the administration and coming hours and days. scientists are coming through boxes of remains delivered from north korea that are supposed to be from u.s. service members missing since the korean war. tonight, how experts are using various items to try to make those identifications. correspondent dan springer take a look. >> eager to provide answers to the many families who lost servicemen in the korean war whose remains are still missing, a team of scientists, historians, and archaeologists, wasted on time and examining the new remains just turned over by north korea. among the items that are not bones, which can help solve the 65 euro mystery, helmets, partial uniforms, part of a weapon, and one authentic dog
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tag which will be given to the soldiers two sons next week. >> we've already contacted the next of kin of the individuals on that dog tag. we've told them that we have the dog pig. but also, again conveyed to them that we don't know until we do the analysis, whether their family member's home. >> that further analysis will include an array of tools. north korea gave locations for where the remains were found. that will be cross-referenced with major battlefield and known plane crash sites involving the 7600 servicemen killed in korea whose remains are still missing. it will also include cutting edge forensic technology, such as stabilized isotope testing of the bones, that can produce amazing results. >> they can pinpoint the geographical region based upon the diet, the water, in both your adolescent years, as well as your early growing years, and that can differentiate very quickly and straightforward whether these are american or caucasian that was raised.
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>> north korea's cold climate bodes well for extracting dna from the bones returned. the key in about two-thirds of the positive identifications made by the defense p.o.w. m.i.a. accounting agency. 90% of the families are still missing servicemen have provided a dna sample for comparison. scientists will also be looking for clavicle bones, which are as unique to individuals as fingerprints. for years, the department of defense took a chest x-rays to screen recruits for tuberculosis. tuberculosis. those x-rays are on file for a majority of the still missing. some either notifications may be done in a month but most will take much longer, even years. in seattle, dan springer, fox news. >> bret: perhaps no one in washington has a bigger and more daunting job then the new head of the veterans affairs department. robert wilkie was sworn in earlier this week. tonight, he talks exclusively with national security correspondent jennifer griffin about the challenges ahead.
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>> when robert wilkie raised his right hand and agreed to to to serve as the next veterans affairs secretary, he did so knowing he was entering a storm front. he is the fourth head since a nationwide scandal rocked the v.a. for years ago, involving secret weight lists, systemic neglect, and veterans dying while waiting to see a doctor. >> this is an institution that has been buffeted by continuous body blows for a number of years. >> political sniping and inefficiency continue to plague the second largest government department that is supposed to serve 9 million veterans. >> when i walked into the building, i heard some of the people who work in this building talking about how bad morales and that was while i was waiting in line for security. what are you going to do to tackle the bad morale? >> i fall back on my military life in order to be a commander, you had to walk your post. there are 370,000 employees in this department, probably 100
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bad eggs at about 370,000. i spent the last day and a half just walking around this building. >> doing something he says his predecessors rarely did, eating in the cafeteria with the v.a. staff. in an exclusive interview, his first since becoming secretary, wilkie pushed back on persistent rumors that trump administration wants to privatize the v.a. >> does the president want to privatize the v.a.? >> the president wants to deliver the best care possible. >> which includes giving vets more choice to see private doctors and avoid long waits or long drives to be a facilities while having the federal government pay for it, a program called veterans choice that started in 2014. it's now part of the v.a. mission act. >> it makes no sense to me that we require someone to travel, let's use a state like montana, where the distances are
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enormous -- six or 700 miles round-trip. they pass a lot of doctors along the way. we need to bring those doctors into the veterans system. >> secretary wilkie was shocked to find out the v.a. was stiffing some of those private doctors by not paying all of its bills. >> we don't get a hold of what we owe americans who are providing services to our veterans, then the entire system collapses. >> wilkie downplayed reports that he is planning to sign line trump loyalists who used the months since his predecessor, david shulkin, was fired by the president, to purge longtime veterans affairs and staff contributing to a siege mentality. >> there's a headline this week of "the washington post" that you are planning to remove those political appointees who were part of that purge. is that true? >> no. in fact, i haven't moved anybody. >> he did not rule it out. >> is part of any new leadership organization, you come in with a team, you come into a ss, you come into rearrange.
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>> firing those who have given the v.a. a bad name isn't always easy. for instance, the disgraced director of the washington v.a. had to be rehired after being fired, even though under his watch, it was found that inventories were so mismanaged that doctors would have to run out med procedure and borrow them from neighboring hospitals after patients were already under anesthesia. >> do you agree with that decision? what are you going to do about that? >> the laws have changed since that time and the laws and i'll you the authority to override most of what i would consider to be the normal bureaucratic protections for those in those situations. >> wilkie's biggest problem off the bat, more than 20,000 civil servants have left the v.a. since the start of the trap at administration. top jobs remain empty after 15 months. the v.a. is short 33,000 doctors and nurses. >> in an organization that is 370,000 strong, that represents about 9% of the force.
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compared to health systems in the private sector, where they have on a daily basis, 15, 16, 17% vacancies, that is not bad. however, we are going to go crazy trying to fill all 33,000. >> defense secretary jim mattis chose a wilkie to serve on his close combat attacks force in his previous role of the pentagon. now the new v.a. secretary may need those skills to survive at the v.a. >> your predecessor was fired by a presidential suite. are you worried that that might be your end as well? >> no. the last thing i will pay attention to it as any of the usual washington back and forth. this president has been magnificent me. >> in washington, jennifer griffin, fox news. >> bret: continuing to follow the v.a. china makes another big threat for more tariffs against the u.s. exports. we'll get reaction from the panel plus breaking news about
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♪ >> bret: rainy day at the white house and breaking news late on a friday. district court judge u.s. district d.c. has ruling on daca, saying the administration has to restart this program, the deferred program that had been set aside. the administration wanting to
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stop that. the judge seeing the court simply holds that if the dhs, department of homeland security, register reason the program, or to take any other action for that matter, it must give a rational explanation for its decision. the assertion that a prior policy is illegal accompanied by a hodgepodge of illogical or post hoc policy assertions simply will not do. the court therefore reaffirms its assertion that daca's rescission was unlawful on must be set aside. breaking news, let's bring them in. byron york, chief political correspondent of the "washington examiner." mollie hemingway, senior editor at ""the federalist," and charles lane, opinion writer for "the washington post." byron, in part, possibilities? >> a bunch of decisions we have seen against daca. this judge has been saying the same thing. you got to give a better explanation for rescinding daca. a number of republicans have been saying, no, we don't.
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daca was enacted by president obama on his executive authority. it can be rescinded by president trump on his executive authority. one more effectiveness, though, there has been a lot of talk about deal on capitol hill for daca legalization in favor of the wall or some other policies the president wants. democrats don't need the deal. the courts are going to keep daca alive and possibly restorative. they are doing their work for them. >> bret: mollie, it seems like it's common sense that this thing was not set up legislatively, and would need to come if it had to go forward, so reading between the lines, the federal judges looking for a better explanation? >> the constitution gives the authority for this type of program to congress. congress is the one that should be doing this. a very similar type of program that president obama had was ruled unconstitutional in state attorney general challenged. it would be exactly the same situation with this one.
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it seems kind of unbelievable that you would be told that this is something that can't be done. president obama didn't have the authority to do this, but somehow, that was okay but when president trump tries to correct that issue, by resending it, then he can't do it. >> bret: this is delayed until august 23rd to allow this administration to appeal it, likely will, and then we go onto the next court battle. >> i find it interesting because justice kennedy's resignation took effect just a couple of days ago, july 31st. now we don't have nine people on the supreme court and we were in for quite some time. it will be a tie, 4-4, the supreme court if it comes up. that means that this judge's ruling would stay in place. in other words, the supreme court has ruled it out of the action, out of the game, if that is where president trump was hoping to get his way. >> bret: president trump at this rally talking about immigration, specifically about border security. >> and i understand it. i'm a little torn myself.
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i would personally prefer before, but it's whether before or after, we are either getting it or we are closing down government. we need border security! we need border to sit security! >> bret: talking about a government shutdown either before the midterms are after. the bottom line, so massive deal including daca and border security, doesn't look to get moving before them in terms. >> certainly doesn't look like it's happening before but it's very difficult to do a shutdown after. i think president trump is trying to signal the importance of this issue and undermined elected representatives how important it is for a huge part of their race. >> bret: i want to turn to china tariffs. take a listen to this. >> right now china is not too happy with me. >> china is in trouble right now. their economy is lousy. investors are walking out. the currency is falling. china better take president trump's efforts to solve the unfair and illegal
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trade and their tariff problem, lack of reciprocity, technology stealing, ip theft, they don't take president trump seriously. >> we help help the trade policy makers in the united states will be cool-headed and listen to the voice of u.s. consumers and pay high attention to the voice of the american business community. >> bret: this comes in a backdrop of a july jobs report, 157,000 jobs added in july, unemployment rate edging down, 3.9%, down from 4%. the changes since trump took office. again, we put these up every once in a while but it's pretty interesting, the real gdp growth obviously the biggest mover there but also a couple of other changes. and then, the trade imbalance with key u.s. partners. china, e.u., mexico, and canada, and it's pretty clear the deficit with china is $33.5 billion. the question is, the patient's factor that we talked about on the panel many times afraid to speak is more threatening for the president.
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if you make a graph of the tariffs the president has threatened versus the ones he has enacted, an enormous difference between the two. now on the other hand, as far as political approval, going after china on trade was a promise the president made over and over in the campaign. it was one of his biggest campaign promises. we have a lot of documentation from the u.s. trade representatives about all of china's trade offenses, forced technology transfers, intellectual property theft, all of that stuff. going after china is actually a good idea and it makes a lot more sense than going after the e.u. or mexico or canada. so i think you are going to keep hearing more and more of this. >> bret: mexico and canada, i'm hearing they are close on nafta and that they could be a couple weeks away from wrapping up that deal. if that's true, and they get that done, that will relieve a lot of the pressure for some of these farmers and others. >> it's important to remember what happened with the e.u. last week. china was trying to cut a deal
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with the e.u., they've been unable to. we were able to do this. that is key. if you believe the term strategy is ultimately low tariffs in dealing with china's unfair trade practices, they are doing these high tariffs as a way to get to low tariffs. so the question really is, are you okay with china's system of stealing intellectual property, their state control of so many businesses, unfair barriers, or do you want to change the situation? if you want to change the situation, trump is trying this sort of risky tariff approach which you are not hearing a lot of suggestions from people who don't like it. >> bret: in the meantime, the realclearpolitics average of the president's job approval on the economy is approved. 50.3% disapprove, 42.4%, 7.9 spread there, average of recent polls. i mean, people are feeling pretty good about what he's doing on the economy. >> that is why i don't think china will make any kind of concession before the midterm election. because as that chinese
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officials sort of indicated, i hope the president will listen to the voice of his consumers on his business community. translation, we are trying to encourage political backlash against this president's trade policy and we are going to see if that works. if the president and his party take reverses, in the fall election, i think it is going to make the chinese feel vindicated that he was less popular than he seemed to. and vice versa. >> a recent poll showed that business owners, 71% approve of tariffs on china. even among the business community, it is not just that people are opposed, some people support the idea of going after them. >> bret: the question is how that translate politically and we don't yet know. >> the more you focus on china, the batterers politically. they know mike there is no doubt it played a part in his getting elected and can be used by republicans in 2018. >> bret: china. next up, the lightning rod. a fight over the president supreme court effect, where we are, north korea, plus, winners and losers. ♪
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we are back with the panel. where are we? >> this paper thing is a classic opposition technique. you claim there is this giant trove of secret documents that could tell you everything you need to know and disqualify this candidate and the republicans are trying to cover it up. you see some version of this in most confirmation battles, and this one, cavanaugh left a huge paper trail, more than a decade as a federal judge. but looking after the bush white house, i think this is a democratic attempt to sort of try all the controversies of the bush years, war powers, enhanced interrogations, signing statements, tying them all around kavanaugh's neck and see if it works. >> bret: the clinton investigation, ken's door, he worked with ken starr. >> this is entirely foreseeable, bret, the fundamental dilemma this poses for the democrats is that there are certain senators whose jobs might be at risk if they voted no on brett kavanaugh because they are from red state states. this is essentially a delaying tactic, a procedural objection, not a subject of objective, that
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allowed those red state dems to avoid taking a position on brett kavanaugh as long as possible. in that sense, it's more than your usual delaying maneuver because it meets the specific needs that the party has two avoid pushing the senators into a dilemma. >> bret: the president on north korea last night. >> they are not testing any more nuclear! they haven't had a test in nine months! you know what else? they are not sending rockets over japan. the media is going to treat me finally, still good. >> if you look at the news today, as reported u.s. intelligence reports that additional progress is being made by north korea on its nuclear production. it's time that the administration follow through with additional sanctions on north korean individuals. >> bret: doesn't seem like that is where they are going to be. >> i think they are applying new sanctions, including the one on russians helping on north korea. sanctions are a great way to go. one of the people he's working with the national security council on this topic as an
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expert and how to use sanctions to accomplish your goal. two things to be simultaneously true, things are much better with north korea than they were a year ago and a lot more needs to be done and you really need to verify anything that's getting done. but we had some good progress this week with the return of these american bodies, that apparently were done with no conditions attached to it, and so we have two deter but keep engagement going, so we can get to a solution. >> bret: winners and losers. down the road. >> my winter eight jeong, a blog or hired by "the new york times" editorial board, despite an extensive history of racially charged antiwhite hate speech on twitter. despite calls for her firings, "the times" is standing by her, proving that an ugly online past is not damage a career. on the other hand, the loser is "the new york times," which has opened itself up to charges of hypocrisy in this matter. they fired, just this year, a new editorial board member within hours or for less than wt
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jeong did. >> winner, a stunning victory in tennessee for the gubernatorial primary over two establishment candidates. it shows that voters are still excited by outsider candidates, who don't have a political background. my loser is senator dianne feinstein, one of the top instigators of the trump is a russian agent collusion theory. she was being driven around for 20 years, we learned this week, 20 years by staff member who was sharing information with the chinese while she was heading up sensitive intelligence investigations in the senate. >> bret: winner or loser? >> my winner, apple, whose market capitalization reached a record $1 trillion this week. not bad for a company which, love them or hate them, was almost bankrupt a mere 20 years ago. my loser is the ohio state aesthetic program, which has all kinds of problems, starting with the accusations of sexual misconduct by a doctor for the wrestling team, and now football coach urban meyer is under
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suspension. terrible week for ohio state, may be some michigan people are feeling good about it. >> bret: oh, man. my winner, the panel, for getting through that quickly. when we come come back, notable quotes. ♪ guys. i think he might need some support. yes start them off right. with the school supplies they need at low prices all summer long. save $200 on this dell laptop at office depot officemax. save $200 on this dell laptop with advil liqui-gels, what bad shoulder? what headache? advil is relief that's fast strength that lasts you'll ask... what pain? with advil liqui-gels
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>> bret: finally tonight, notable quotable's. >> i hope you jump a lot. thanks to our tariffs, our steelworkers are back on the job. >> four or five years of
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sustained 3% growth at least. >> it's not an order. the president is not obstructing brady's fighting back. >> we would be out of our minds if we but the president up for that raid >> door preconditions. >> we do not leave our humanity behind when we reported for duty. >> we are very few mentally family separation. that was a low point for me as well. >> you are either getting it or we are closing down government. >> we will pass her metal detectors without a blip, buzz camara bell >> i lost a daughter. >> we don't know who will come off these planes today, but we do know they are heroes, all. >> earlier this morning, we removed 32 pages and accounts from facebook and instagram. >> our democracy itself is in the cross hairs. >> we are aware that russia is not the only country. >> george ellis said enough is enough, we don't convict people because they have a lot of money and threw it around. >> president trump is going to war with the powerful koch
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brothers. >> i will leave now because i am boring you to death. >> bret: one week. that is be 25. fair, balanced, and unafraid. "the story" gets hosted by my friend, harris faulkner, starts right now. >> harris: have a great weekend. we begin with breaking news. we may never have an answer for this. [screaming] [gunshots firing] >> harris: today, police issued the final investigative report on that october massacre in las vegas. saying the case is now closed with those frustrating and mystifying results. >> we have not been able to definitively answer the why stephen paddock committed this act. without a manifesto or even a note to answer q

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