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>> welcome to the journal editorial report. i am paul gigot. partial start on the government underway as the midnight deadline came and went. the president blooming democrats for the standup despite vowing to take the government shutdown. are there any closer to a conference? we have a wall street columnist -- dan, let's talk about this we've had shutdowns of the holidays before. in 95 it was over huge division of government.
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what are at the stakes here? >> excellent question. as friday turned to saturday last night, one quarter of the federal government did in fact turn into a pumpkin. when i woke up the next morning, people are still out there doing their christmas shopping. wrapping christmas gift and getting ready to travel to see their families. so as far as they're concerned i think life is going on as normal. but down in washington, there fighting, not over the funding of the federal government per se, that is a pretext for the battle between donald trump and basically the democrats.chuck schumer and nancy pelosi over the funding of, that is a question. are they funding the wall? or border security? >> they want for security, donald trump wants the wall. i've argued before in this program, a distinction and ultimately it will be over some agreement in which the democrats call border security and the president can call the
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wall. paul: why does the president switch positions? he had agreed everyone thought with mitch mcconnell 's deal to kick this into february and post on this. then he reversed himself, why? >> you are right. mitch mcconnell would not have brought that resolution to the floor if he didn't have the support of the president. he made a huge change. i think part of it was more conservative members in house and freedom caucus basically daring him to shut the government down and saying, as we've heard before it will hurt democrats more even though it hasn't been our experience. paul: well, and it is the political symbolism. correct? basically, trump campaigned on the wall. they find this as a victory for funding for something he can call it wall. chris sure, but we have not moved past the $1.6 billion line that has been in the senate bill the entire time. i think is important to note that even now we have gotten nowhere past that.
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we have mike pence and mick mulvaney last night trying to negotiate a deal but to avoid the shutdown but i think one issue here is that it is not clear what the president is willing to sign. so they are weakened automatically by not really knowing that. >> and kim, the president has been asking for 5 billion. the senate 1.6. some say 1.3. i'm not sure i've talked to people in government that say they can't even spend 5 billion between now and the end of september when the budget -- they couldn't even do it! >> is one of the problems. and that gets to the symbolism. i think what you do see is both sides already, maybe this will go on for a long time. as everyone sits and talks about this, there is already some discussion about splitting things down the middle. you know i think the white house is careful to leave itself open to the possibility of a deal, some meeting in mind, and democrats
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interestingly, they are leaving it open as well. i think it could be where we end up with this if we get a deal. >> is there any vulnerability for democrats on this? i mean they don't take over congress until next month. >> no, for them i think this is a freebie. it helps with what the president said last week. i'm willing to take responsibility for this. i will on this shutdown. he has not reversed himself into saying, is on you. but they feel they have that protection there. they are not running the white house, it is not there demands that are supposedly shutting down the government. so they feel pretty confident right now. >> they do need some direction from the white house. they are sitting over there on capitol hill trying to negotiate over a number. whether it is 1.6 billion or 5 billion. whatever the nature of the wall, security is. but the white house, the reason mitch mcconnell passed the bill earlier in the week and sent all of the sinners home is because he thought he had gotten a signal, a clear signal from the white house that they
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were willing to push it over to february. then the president changed his mind and now all of these people are coming back. that suggests chaos. the white house at some point has to put something on the table. that they can talk around. otherwise you will just see this wheel spinning indefinitely. >> border security though, seems to me that democrats do not want to be seen. to oppose something called border security. that is a major vulnerability. i could see us coming out of this with democrats saying we voted for border security, tax dollars and donald trump say no, they were for wall. and they agree to disagree on what they voted for. >> right paul, we are seeing this debate over what is it wall over what is border security? and so on and so forth. i think the shutdown is made them not as vulnerable to those attacks in the first place because it looks like donald trump cannot govern in the shutting down the government. i don't think there is worried about that is a should be. the time does not appear to be as urgent because lawmakers are basically going back and forth
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from home they will have 24 hours to vote in house before they are called back. so let people have called it quits and it seems that whatever we come up with will be passed on unanimous consent. paul: 70 percent of the government is already up and done financed and by the times are deemed essential maybe only 10 percent shuts down. but the tragedy is for the president. earlier this year he could've had 23 billion for a while. in return for legalizing the so-called dreamers. he did not press that deal.he could have had and he walked away from it. now he's going to have to settle for a lot less. >> and he could be in washington instead -- at mar-a-lago. >> why did he take the deal? >> bull headedness in the end. they disagreements for republicans in the ranks in rather than work hard and try to get someone in the same place in the present just put effort into it.
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and as well know, if you don't the leader of the party fully setting on and pushing people to do something is not likely to take place. paul: it will be even harder to go ahead with nancy pelosi taking over the house. in january. still ahead, defense secretary, james mattis resigns. how the president's surprise announcement withdrawing troops. we look at the global and political fallout when we come back.
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go to vettix.org. defense secretary james mattis announced thursday he would resign at the end of february. the day after the president made the surprise announcement that he will withdraw all u.s. forces from syria. and amid reports he is planning a drawdown in afghanistan as well. both of those moves have been met with opposition from the
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pentagon. and in his resignation letter, secretary james mattis later his disagreements with the president including quote - you because you have the right to have a secretary of defense his views are better aligned with yours. i believe it is right for me to step down from my position. we are back with dan henninger, kim strassel and kate batchelder. you have been reporting on this, kate. it's been building for some time, the disagreements over policy between secretary james mattis and the president. >> that's right. it has been building for some time but a couple of notes here on that. some are arguing basically that james mattis wanted a robust president from syria forever or for some unknown length of time. there's been some internal disagreement among john bolton, national security advisor and james mattis over this. i think what that should tell you is how outside of the norm and how impulsive president trump's decision appears to be to withdraw from syria. because james mattis has had
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sort of a different view than many on the national security staff about containing iran and syria among many other subjects. >> he was more reluctant than say john bolton and pompeo. that's what i have thought all along. >> right. he was more reluctant to start something in syria or to the middle east that the u.s. did have the political will to sustain. paul: so this syria difference is as much about process and in other words, then the ultimate policy. process and assess the president did it so impulsively after apparently a phone call from the president of turkey. and senator dunford, chairman of the joint steves let it be known that he wasn't even consulted in advance. it is very hard for a defense secretary to stay in a job if basically your chief deputy, the chairman of the joint chiefs wasn't even on the decision. right, it is. i think another thing to remember is that where there has been some tension building between james mattis and others in the administration, james
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mattis has had an entire military career and executing decisions that he doesn't necessarily agree with. paul: right. >> i think over the past with the situation has really changed. paul: a right dan, what does this mean? i think this is the biggest change inside the administration in terms of the impact that a lot of people are feeling about how things might go from here on out. what do you think it means for policy going forward? >> well, i think it means that policy will have to be essentially rebooted. you will need a new secretary of defense that will have to come in and deal with the aftermath of the madison resignation. in the big issue here is suggesting it is as much about process as policy.nobody saw this coming. and some may argue well, the president is, makes decisions, he is a strong decision-maker. the problem is an area like this have allies and enemies all around the world who have
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to make calculations based on an event like this. none of our friends in the middle east, israel, saudi arabia, egypt or europe or asia saw this coming.they have not had the decision about withdrawing from syria. we have now lost a secretary of defense. we've had relationships with all of these people and commitments to them. the new secretary of defense is going to have to go around the world, explaining to them what happened and why and whether policy has changed or not. in that time, all of them will recalculate their interest for incidents the kurds, the egyptians, whether they should talk to the russians because the united states were not there anymore the israelis have to make those deletions. i think this will reverberate well into 2019 and shake up our alliances all over the world. >> kim, all that being said. and i agree with what dan said. i would say anyway, and i wonder if you agree that james mattis did this the right way. in the sense that if you really cannot any longer in good
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conscience, implement the president's policies and decisions, given obligation to resign, state your reasons and leave. rather than do i think fighting internally, try to internally, leaked to the media, ways are disruptive or right anonymous op-ed as we saw somebody do that criticizes the administration. this is an honorable step. >> no, this is the way things are supposed to be done. an honorable man. he took absolutely the right decision. even though i think it is a tragedy for the country that he is leaving. i just think that this has to be put in the broader context of what's going on in the white house. which is what makes it a little bit more disturbing and that who lost her we also have a go, chief of staff, john kelly. and by all indications, this is because the president is resisting the advice that he is getting from his secretaries and from members of his cabinet. he wants to be less governed.
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and he makes impulsive decisions like this in syria. that is a little bit worrisome and it does beg the question, who comes in to replace james mattis? is it someone that will be allowed to give sound advice? allowed to execute policy? or is it going to be someone that is more of a token figurehead? and that is a little worrisome especially for that position. paul: kate, what names you here for possible seat defense secretary? >> we know someone like the retired army general jack keane would be in mesquite who knows at this point? i think kim is right that who would want to take the job now that they know the president may or may not be relying on their advice? and maybe undermining them in public. it is a tough question. i don't know the answer to that. paul: thank you all peers still had the president syria decision drawing fire from lawmakers on both sides.we
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will tell you as the troops come home. >> the only reason they are not dancing the aisles into ron is they just -- in tehran, this is a big gift to them. and this is a devastating decision for allies. [grunting noise] i'll take that. 30 grams of protein and 1 gram of sugar. ensure max protein. in two great flavors. ensure max protein. starts with looking buiat something old,nk and saying, "really?" so capital one is building something completely new. capital one cafes. inviting places with people here to help you, not sell you. and savings and checking accounts with no fees or minimums. because that's how it should be. you can open one from right here or anywhere
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withdraw u.s. troops from syria coming via tweet with the president? what we have defeated isis and syria by only reason for being there. this drawing widespread criticism on capital. with lawmakers warning of dire consequences in the middle east. >> is clear to me that if you withdraw now based on the ground, iran is a big winner inside of syria. a corridor between tehran and
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lebanon will exist to funnel weapons and others aligned against israel. most importantly, none of us believe that isis has been defeated. paul: jonathan, senior vice president for research at the foundation for defense of democracy. it is good to see you again. you for being here. what is your take on the syria decision? >> i think lindsey graham is right but i think maybe he is understated the problems that we may see in the future here. undoubtedly, they are set to cash in on the decision. it is probably the most pleased out of all america's enemies and adversaries. to watch the decision unfold. they will be able to establish their land bridge from us and i ran to the mediterranean supporting hezbollah, the shiite militia and there assad regime it's appears not forget we also leaving the russians unchallenged in syria. they will have supremacy in the
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skies and they will be able to do as they please in syria without so much as a challenge from the united states. on top of that one of the things i think a lot of people have ignored here is that the kurds will be left out to dry. the turks right now, are preparing for an onslaught. it is likely we will see a massive battle in northern syria they've indicated as much. you think about it right now, israelis are nervous, probably the jordanians are nervous. the kurds are nervous. there really is not one ally of the united states is cute pleased with this and certainly all of our enemies. paul: let me push back in this sense. i think the president says look, you leave troops there, what is our national interest? and what is your plan? we just have endless war? is that it? and will be fighting everyone's fight? what is your response? >> i get that but i was say the u.s. is not exactly fighting anyone else's battles right now. with 2000 troops in syria. what we've done is established to let everyone know we are not
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going anywhere. and it has been a deterrent. we are not deploying tens of thousands of troops. we are not putting men and women in harm's way on a regular basis over there. it is a statement we are not ready to give up on syria. that is what we've been doing there. i think we have drawn down and i think we should be part of the factor have a minimal presence. we've contained a virus is the way that i would put it.i do not think isis is defeated but i do think it has been contained and we have the ability to contain it at minimal cost. now the president is withdrawing our last line of defense and in the process, likely, dressed in the entire region into chaos. paul: why wouldn't this be seen by some people, as, just nationbuilding again in syria. we will end up being there and will have to occupy the territory for a long time and it will cost a lot of money. is this nationbuilding if we stay there? >> no!
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again, we are looking at 2000 troops. i don't think there's really much of an emphasis at all. our nationbuilding and i believe united states has already declared that we would not take place in nationbuilding as so long as iran was part of a process and aranda certainly still part of the process there. so again, minimal outlay. but again, the idea here was to deter our enemies. and i think that we had done that with a minimal presence. a smaller footprint. and i think that really, through the smaller footprint we were proving donald trump right. and he had made his point that we do not need to send massive numbers of troops. we do not need a manager outlay in the middle east in order to maintain control and now, one fellow sweep he said nevermind. paul: i think one of the things that concerns me most is the kurds. and some of the arabs who are part of this democratic forces because they were taking the casualties on the ground. we could control, whether we
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could help them with aerial cover, with intelligence, with other things that we can do. but without putting her on people in the front lines. but they are taking is casualties and now we are working out and they are going to say what do we do that? it will be tough to get them to help us again. >> that's right. i think the kurds do feel as they been thrown under the bus. certainly, we have to wait and see what the president of turkey does. if he decides to turn up the heat on the kurds. in northern syria, we can see a massive battle and then there is the broader question of whether the united states intervenes or tries to halt the violence. no one is exactly what's going to happen here. i think it is also important to note that if you are a u.s. ally right now, and you are looking at this decision made by the president, you are wondering, whether the president is interested in sticking it out in other places like south korea. like afghanistan. like iraq, now there's a question whether this
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president, whether this united states and pentagon is willing to stick it out with some of his most enduring allies. i think that is really the upshot here. and i think there are a lot of nervous friends of the united states looking around right now. paul: i guess if you combine that with the president may draw done half of the forces in afghanistan, that anxiety will grow more. thank you for being here. >> my pleasure. paul: despite signs of an economic slowdown, anxiety and financial markets. federal reserve raises interest rates for the fourth time this year. to the central bank make a mistake? and what can we expect in 2019? i'm snow. and just like you, the further into winter we go, the heavier i get.
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slowdown in the economy and anxiety and financial markets, the federal reserve wednesday raised interest rates by 1/4 point. and two more increases in 2019. the move comes amid ongoing criticism of the central bank from president trump. the fed chair says political considerations play no role in the decision-making. >> political considerations have played no role whatsoever in our discussions or decisions about monetary policy. with independence that we think is to do our jobs in a nonpolitical way. and we at the fed are absolutely committed to that
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mission and nothing will deter us from doing what we think is the right thing to do. paul: a former director of the congressional budget office. the president of the american action forum. good to see you. thanks for being here. markets really didn't like, as long as i see it the federal reserve decision. you can watch the equities fall as powell was speaking. then the bond markets, yields have also fallen. did the fed make a mistake? >> i don't think so. if they made a mistake, it was over a year ago when they held rates too low for too long. and we did see equity markets as a normalized that has come out and i think that is in the book of what's going on. the real issue is going to be in 2019. there are some signs of weakness in the economy. certainly housing is weak. financial markets indicate tighter conditions.
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the tough decisions are ahead. it wasn't yesterday. speaking with the fed is doing two things. at the same time is raising interest rates and is also withdrawing the bond -- you're getting two kinds of tightening. we have never done this before. at least not in my lifetime. it is something of an experiment. isn't that an argument for the question and going slow? >> i things a great observation. it's what i think has been too little commented on. we've never done this before. and it is hard to translate the rundown portfolio into the equivalent of interest rate increases peewee to see it tightening there's no question about that. i think caution is the right word. but i think that if you've got essentially, zero federal funds rate is not consistent with the kind of growth we have in the real economy. which is close to three percent right now. the hike this week was not a
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mistake. real issue is what happens going forward. paul: how strong is the economy? we're getting conflicting signals certainly financial markets as you say are showing some tension. some cracking, housing not so good. interest rates sensitive. auto sales not so good. but how is the rest of the economy? >> i think it's fair that will slow somewhat but the question as to what? we know that the old normal was something a little under two percent. and the whole goal was to have a set of policies that move that north say 2 and a half or three percent. paul: i was hoping for three for a while! >> i don't know if we will see three but it's largely to do with the trade front. i expected to soften but i think all the chatter about recessions, wildly out of bounds. you cannot have a recession without having the household sector really go south. 70 percent of spending and you be gdp growth every quarter
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now. unemployment is under four percent. i think the chatter about recession is really too much. paul: what about investment? capitol investment. it was one of the big investments i know i made and other people made about, and i think you did too! arguing for tax reform. they been so slow during the obama era of expansion. post crisis. and we thought there was a lot of room to move that up with deregulation, is that working? >> it has moved up. people forget that if you look at year over increases, they are faster now than they were in 2016, 15, 14. if you look at comparisons to projections made before the tax reform we are above projections. i think disappointment has been after a very strong first half of 2018. we have got a really weak third-quarter and people are worried about the fourth quarter. the ceo confidence is down, we get bad monthly data on orders.
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and that is suggesting that while the tax reform did its job, the rest of the policy portfolio -- i would point at trade tensions which is cause a lot to back off. >> they are saying three percent growth in the fourth quarter that would make for the year, over three percent year since 2005 which we are all glad to see. the trade tensions are how you would, more than the fed, is what you would pinpoint for some of the lack of the slowdown in capitol investment and ceo uncertainty? >> that is what we see in the survey data. we never know exactly why companies do exactly what they do but if you look at the survey data, the scaling back comes simultaneously with concerns over the relations with china, for auto tariffs with europe. i think that is the primary culprit. the federal reserve is getting back to neutral. it is not tightening it is
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getting faster than it might appear to be. i think it is hard to blame the fed for raising rates to zero in real terms and economy with three percent that is not a policy. paul: if you got a trade deal with china, it think they would be a big positive effect on that in the markets and the economy? >> i think the business community would have a big exit when the two largest economies on the globe are at loggerheads there is no one comfortable making a decision. and to have them put in the rearview mirror, i think would be a great thing for the economy. i understand the president!, they want to put that in the right terms. and with -- it's attempting to negotiate. getting in the past when we prove things. paul: all right, thank you for being here. when we come back, a federal judge postpones a sentencing of the president's former national security advisor. what the fiasco reveals about
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federal judges to postponed until next year the sentencing of former trump national security advisor, michael flynn. he pleaded guilty to a single count of lying to the fbi over his context with russia. the u.s. district judge, unloaded on the defendant tuesday over his supposed violation of the foreign agents registration act, a crime that michael flynn has not been charged with. back with dan henninger thomas kim strassel and jason riley. kim, what do you make of the judge's unloading on flynn and what are the big takeaways from the sentencing? >> yeah, so, the judge had absolutely no business going there. because as he just mentioned, the general was never charged with fara he is never admitted to breaking fara. beyond that the judge even got
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all of his facts incorrect. suggesting that michael flynn has actually been -- while national security advisor. took the special counsel team to walk back the judge in some of the facts. inappropriate every level. it was useful in that it brought new attention to fara and why we even in the court having this discussion. it's because the special counsel is then using statutes like this to pressure the targets of its probe into pleading to yet other crimes that they might not have submitted. paul: we know that flynn did represent turkey. two of his former business partners had been indicted for violating fara. basically it says you can represent a foreign government but then you have to register as a foreign agent. the accusation is that he didn't register. so that the suspicion is that flynn was worried he might have been indicted by the end it is
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what he pleaded guilty to lying to the fbi on this one count. even if he may not have lied in the fbi and truth. >> correct. he should have register but the reality is for decades now the department of justice is not really enforced fara. usually get a warning letter. the specter the special counsel has taken out this law and is using it to get people and that is one of the big drama moments in the court. and in the last week they say flynn was treated poorly by the fbi, he was not urged of counsel with him. he was not warmed -- warned about lying. some thought he might revoke his plea. so he didn't and the judge at no point but to go forward with this presumption that he was guilty in that regard. paul: what you think about the fbi handling of general flynn? >> i think there's a lot to be disturbed about. first why the obama and
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ministration was investigated. he was fired by donald trump for length the vice president. then pled guilty to lying. to the fbi. that is a crime. he lied to the fbi, i like to the fbi, there are consequences. there can't be a double standard for michael flynn. >> yes, but on the other hand, is such a strange incident. the crime he committed was lying to the fbi about his conversations with russian ambassador kislyak. which were not illegal. paul: the conversations were not illegal? part of his job actually! >> i was not a crime but lying to the fbi was a crime. which really doesn't quite compute why a person would do that. as kim was suggesting, robert mueller his investigation was holding over his head a violation of foreign agent registration act and a couple of days before this court hearing, they indicted two of his associates, looming in the
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background with the possibility that his son was also going to be indicted. my reading was that despite judge sullivans repeated questions but do you really want to plead guilty to this? michael flynn was saying, i am pleading guilty so i can avoid jail time. so i will not be bankrupted by this investigation. and i'm trying to get this behind me. >> i think dan is absolutely right.none of these activities were illegal.but lying to the fbi is illegal. i would also add that this is not the smoking gun that the left thinks it is in terms of proving russian collusion. because again, his activities were perfectly legal. the point here is that you can't lie to federal investigators when they come asking questions. and james comey said he sent today's talk to flynn because they want to find out why he was lying to the vice president about his activities and they knew he was lying. paul: and we know that james comey admitted he wouldn't have gone we are sending agents out
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there without a lawyer but they tried to get fs 13 because and they told him you don't need a lawyer and they never told him he was really the guy under investigation. >> it looks like a set up. also if you go through the transcript, rather the notes at the interview by the two agents, and is actually kind of hard to make that boldfaced lie. what he said was i am talking to representatives from 30 countries, endless numbers of phone calls, asking about this one, i don't entirely remember. i don't think i did that, no, i don't think so. it wasn't as if, it is hard to come away from that and believe that it was a bald-faced lie. again, also too because he had no incentive to do that. and because he probably knew he was under surveillance in
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suggests as much that he knew they had a transcript. paul: thank you to you all. still ahead, the president recommends doing way with obama era guidelines with a firestorm among civil rights groups, we will have more women come back. mom! maria! maria ramirez... mcdonald's is committing 150 million dollars in tuition assistance, education, and career advising programs... prof: maria ramirez mom and dad: maria ramirez!!! to help more employees achieve their dreams. when the white house with his
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long-awaited school safety report recommending among other things that the deferment of education scrapped obama era guidance in reducing racial disparities. the school discipline. the guidelines handed down in 2014 focused on how to identify avoid and remedy what the obama administration calls discriminatory discipline. promoted alternatives to suspension and expulsion. but betsy devos says the policies mean schools are
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reluctant to address unruly students or violent incidents. the president school safety commission that was formed after the february shooting in parkland high school in florida. >> and so jason the right decision? >> long over due. it is very difficult for kids to learn in a school that is in chaos.and that is what obama guidelines have done. schools were fearing the federal government would slap them with a civil rights lawsuit. they feared the expense, the reputation cost of it. if they did not stop suspending more black kids. so that is what schools did. the administrator wanted more racial clarity and who is going to suspend peer. paul: under discrimination laws -- quickly using -- statistically, if you are expelling or suspending more groups in one racial group more
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than another is racial animus. and that is the fault in the reasoning. different groups behave in different ways. we see it inside school, outside of school peer blocks are suspended at higher rates than whites. whites are suspended at higher rates and agents. it doesn't necessarily mean that these groups are being discriminated against. and out and quickly come many of the schools teachers are black, the principles are glass, split ministries are black. what reason to have to be picking on black kids? it is not what's going on. >> bear in mind this was not just the policy they conducted 350 investigations of school systems on this basis. including most of the large urban school systems in the united states. this is an extra ordinary intrusion of the federal government into what typically, normally has been a local responsibility. that they were using the threat of withdrawing federal funds to say you comply with the impact guidelines and we're going to
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investigate you. >> i guess what they use, the use this guidance. a specialty they said that this is not a formal rule but guidance. it is sort of, it is an order you cannot refuse. >> this it is just a dear colleague letter. a best practices. but is not really true but what dan said about conducting investigations, etc. that's why think even if they disagree you should support the education department because they're getting some of the books, he wasn't outlined in statute and basically just roving authority to enforce guidelines they wanted to enforce. paul: when you talk about this terrible shooting incidents at
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parkland, and why isn't this about guns? >> there is something about guns in there. and since that the administration thinks that different states and different localities and different school systems should have different views about guns. whether teachers should be trained to use them or should not be trained and so forth. and it should not be a one-size-fits-all type of solution when it comes to recommending safety regulations on the gun from. i think it is correct. because attitudes about guns do vary. it's a big country if you're out west or down southerly different that is different from manhattan i think. i think it's the right step to take. paul: i guess this will be challenged in court like everything else. and we will see if it can survive. >> is a recommendation so far. they wanted to make it more permanent, they would put in a comment period where they
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actually were heading toward a regulation or guideline stronger than simply a recommendation. it remains to be seen whether the education department will do that. paul: what do you think, will they promulgate a rule or withdraw the guidance and leave it at that? >> i think there's a strong incentive for them to promulgate a route and go through the process that the obama administration avoided. i think that's what they will do. paul: will become back, hits and misses of the week. i landed.
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of the week. kim, first you. >> paul, hit for speaker paul ryan. he gave his farewell address to congress peer this ends 23 years of service in the house where he will consistently nine would not always cheerfully push kids into more consistently principled positions. poverty programs entitlement taxes, he took on a speakership
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job he didn't want but because he was only want to unite the party he managed to get through the career ambition of tax reform, and a life of honor in service. >> is for the weekly standard haggling. this week they published the final issue of more than two decades. it was a reliable source of smart, intelligent, conservative commentary.for arts in politics and culture from great writers. the weekly reminder there is intelligent commentary from the right as an alternative to the mainstream media. i am one reader that will miss her greatly. paul: thank you. kate? >> one group of people who appear to be taking their time off for the holidays or regulators in the state of california. the utilities commission recently proposed a tax on text messages. to pay for more sources for low income individuals. but my hit is for the federal medications commission for
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quickly clarifying that this is not appropriate under current law. paul: okay. and dan? >> a hit to a seasonal christmas song, baby it's cold outside. this song just came under attack from some corner of the me too movement. apparently is about date rape. it is reason number 10 on the billboard digital top 10 list. if this is the new standard of political correctness, after the movies from the 1950s on turner classic movies will have to be banned. you will probably have to empty out the rock 'n' roll hall of fame. paul: empty out? abolish it! >> blow it up! personally, i intend to spend now it's in the years listening to perhaps the best version of baby it's cold outside by rod stewart and dolly parton. [laughter] don't miss it! paul: i want. let's make it number one on the billboard charts. remember, if you have your own hit or miss be sure to tweet
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us. that is it for this week's show. thank you to my panel. thank you all for watching. merry christmas, hope to see you right here next week. >> fox news alert. the united states senate adjourned for the day and will not take any action to end the partial government shutdown until probably thursday.this came after the vice president met with lawmakers on capitol hill. both parties scramble to find common ground. hello everyone welcome to a brand-new hour inside "america's news headquarters". i am mike emanuel in for eric shawn. >> i'm arthel neville. this partial government shutdown. border security and the president's long awaited border wall. both sides are playing

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