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sunday".♪ ♪ [music] >> welcome to the journal editorial report. i am paul gigot. a meltdown on the political left this week after starbucks former ceo, 0howard schultz, said he is considering a run for president in 2020 as an independent. democrats immediately went on the attack insisting it would all but guarantee president trump 's reelection. he responded telling dana perino that they are overreacting. >> it's a very strong possibility that lifelong republicans who have no place to go if there is a left-leaning liberal progressive democrat, they will vote for donald trump. it is very possible if they had
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a better choice, someone in the middle who can speak to their values, they would vote for someone like me. paul: let's bring in wall street journal columnist and deputy editor, dan henninger, mary anastasia o'grady and james freeman. james, howard schultz is a lifetime democrat. >> yes. paul: are you surprised that he is suggesting he might run as an independent? why do that? >> i think he's seeing an opportunity here where poyou ha a democratic nomination process that seems currently built to anoint a progressive extreme left as he is wondering if maybe, there is still a place for liberals in the american political system. we don't want to go all the way to venezuela type -- paul: you mean kennedy liberals and even bill clinton? >> right. not long ago there was ideological diversity within the party. and maybe it is an independent
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run but who knows! maybe he does well as an independent. he ultimately gets democrats to start thinking maybe they ought to move to the center too. paul: interesting. dan, independence, the last one to run, you know him well. abraham lincoln. he ran as a republican but that was the last one that has won a presidential race. so it is a real long shot. >> it is a real longshot but some how i think it was inevitable that people in the center get very upset at the parties, they think they do not represent them. and howard schultz brings to mind another famous defector from the democratic party. ronald reagan. remember ronald reagan famously said i don't need the democratic -- i did not leave the democratic party the democratic party left me. that is what howard schultz is saying. i no longer feel affiliated with the democratic party. and i think within the last election, with how well bernie
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sanders did, they feel this is their moment. they have taken over and most democratic presidential candidates are adopting left-wing things like medicare for all. and howard schultz just says, i am left out. i'm going to run down the center and as an independent. paul: what you think of his early message, mary? he stressed the deficit and debt and saying we need to get control over that. and a kind of cultural unity. let's stop dividing people. kind of a classic centrist message. do you think they could sell? >> it sounds really healthy to me. and james says that he sees an opportunity. i think he sees a lack of why he's ty which is going where he's going. i think he would rather run as a democrat. but basically, there is no room sifor someone that thinks the w he does. which is basically, to consider that market, have an impact on whether we can create wealth spand continue to be prosperous and help people that are less
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fortunate than well-to-do people. those are all of his themes. those themes do not sit in the democratic party. paul: are you guys being unfair? and i asked this to the tdemocrats because mike bloom berm is in many ways centrist, he probably is going to run. they certainly looking hard at it. the former governor of virginia might run, john delina, congressman from maryland. these are people that we would think more or less, centerleft. they think they can win, why can't schultz? >> i think he's made the judgment which i think recent history would suggest is correct. that the party and you look at who the leaders are. you look at all of the senators -- still come on, who are they? >> will talk more about kamala harris, cory booker, elizabeth warren. bernie sanders, the extreme left ran very well in 2016. so he is thinking that nominating process is not the way to go and we are making these reagan analogies but he is not a centrist.
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he is going -- if he wants to take this he will have to move toward the center. >> that is was so interesting with what he is doing because he puts this on the table and he is immediately attacked! you know, the idea he talks about, the fact that he is from the left. that is just reinforcing what his theory is. which is that you know, these people, who are leaving the democratic party do not want to have anything to do with the ideas i have. paul: he is in a tip of the 70 percent tax rate that some democrats are pushing. he says that is a bad idea. he says, medicare for all will do it with private insurance and he said that is un-american. pretty strong statement, i would agree with that too. but it is certainly not true of american history. and the left is really going after him. i guess the question is, if they are so confident in their ideas, why do they have to
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attack him like this? >> well, in part because i think the democratic party, at least the left believes that right or wrong, donald trump is so unpopular that whoever they nominate by default will become the next president. anyone but trump. they say with donald trump and the suburbs they have to run toward that and therefore, we do not want any dissent or argument about our ideas. how you expect to get over the next nearly 2 years without a debate about ideas like medicare for all or 70 percent marginal tax is a mystery to me. but at the moment, that is their motto. paul: i don't think it is a guarantee that he would take but i think that he could take some from donald trump. we come back, the president insisting that he is on the same page as is intelligence officials when it comes to north korea and the islamic state. but is there a growing foreign
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policy in the administration and the gop? we will ask general jack keane, next.
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carnation breakfast essentials®. >> senate when senate republicans dozed overwhelmingly back a warning against the present evidence of premature withdrawal of american troops from syria and afghanistan. the resolution sponsored by mitch mcconnell. declares that the islamic state hecontinued operations in both countries poses a serious threat to the us. it comes as a draft report from the pentagon to inspector general says the terror group will regain territory lost in syria in a matter of months. without military pressure. and just days after the present on intelligence officials. an apparent break with the white house on key positions including the continuing threat from isis and the middle east. jack keane is chairman of the
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institute -- good to see you again thank you for coming. let me ask you quickly about the inf treaty. the decision that was made to withdraw on this treaty with russia on intermediate forces in europe. good move? >> absolutely. i give it taministration some credit for standing up against clearly, the headwind of ever walking away from a nuclear treaty because on the surface of it it looks like you are endangering world peace. paul: right. >> so, what's really the issue here? russia is violating this treaty over six years.do negotiating for months trying to get back in compliance. they do not want to do it. and the ehypocrisy and get out of it. that's the right call. and second, is the only chance of actually renegotiating a treaty that makes sense and would also include the chinese. so yes, the right move. paul: let's move on to the senate vote. i referred to this in the opening.
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that is 48, i think it was or 43 republican senators voting for resolution. wanting the administration or warning them not to dwithdraw from afghanistan and syria. what to make of that vote? is it a big thing for the president? >> i was surprised by it. clearly it has led by majority leader mcconnell who reobviousl has been a loyal to the president of issue. then congress is exercising their will appropriately. pulling out of syria prematurely, clearly, puts us at risk because they will regain territory. this is the fastest growing terrorist organization in the history of the world. they went from 700 iraqi fighters to close to 40,000 in 18 to 19 months. today heavy resiliency to grow and strengthen numbers again and repeat what they have done? absolutely. we have a tendency, ever since
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9/11, to underestimate these radical islamists. to think that they are defeated is a far cry from reality. i totally agree with this amendment. in the overwhelming passage. paul: i think the president would respond and say look, why should we, why should the united states always be the one to go into these neighborhoods and clean it up and keep pressure on isis and how long will we have to do that? why what the iraqis take care of it? when will the turks take care of it? why not anybody else take care of it? >> we do this because it is a threat to the american people. the principle of fighting radical islamists in their backyard from mapresident bush obama, varying degrees after this current ripresident is a sound principle. and the amount of forces involved are just modest. paul: 4000 soldiers intelligence officers and such, is that it?
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>> 2200. we are fighting the arabian peninsula in yemen.su several hundred. and they are a threat to us. we are doing the same thing in libya. several hundred. we are off the coast of east africa against al-shabaab. all because these threats could harm american citizens. and it is modest. afghanistan is the same thing. the counterterrorism force we have afghanistan and the intelligence committee is several hundred. keep it there appear let's ensure there is a known safe haven formed again. and the casualties are modest and light fortunately. paul: the mask about afghanistan. the senate also warning the president about getting out of that prematurely. and you know he's been, he's got his negotiators negotiating with the taliban. there is talk that they are making progress there. what are you going to be looking for to see if we are
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moving out to precipitously? a few things. their general momentum we've not seen before. largely due to a couple things. one, pakistan is in the game at here. they shifted their policy. in their national interest they want this stalemated war to end. the economy is in the tank. they have been resource in the taliban, al qaeda and isis are growing and they look at those two organizations just like we do. there a potential threat to them. now they are interested in actual piece. the second thing is that the taliban have tried the last two years everything they could throw at the government and the army. police assisted by the united states to bring it down and they can't. so it is stalemated. north can the government defeat them. here's the real issue. there is no adiscussion with t afghan president. if you're going to have peace treaty, there will be some kind of sharing that takes place. whether it is territory, government, it has to place with the afghan government. and yes it has not taken place.
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and the most significant ni obstacle to actually having an effective peace treaty. paul: there is a danger that we will undercut the afghan government and pull out and say hey, all yours gentleman! you can take care of this. i mean that will be very dangerous because if the ap taliban did happen to then go on the march, that would be, results will be on the president's resume. >> absolutely. that is the same thing we did in vietnam. we negotiated with them. they said part of the deal was protecting sovereignty of south vietnam. we signed a peace treaty and a couple years later they invaded south vietnam. if we do that here, if we buy into the taliban said offer, that we are not going to negotiate a peace treaty until you pull all of your troops out, it is a huge mistake and a concession that should ibnever ever be made. that would be foolish and
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irresponsible. paul: thank you general. appreciate it, good discussion. when we come back, i made a democratic revolt, in venezuela, some of the american left are showing their support for the maduro regime. denouncing what they e call a u.s. coux. this is jc... (team member) welcome to wells fargo, how may i help? (vo) who's here to help with a free financial health conversation, no strings attached. this is the avery's with the support they needed to get back on track. well done guys. (team member) this is wells fargo. p3 it's meat, cheese and nuts. i keep my protein interesting. oh yea, me too. i have cheese and uh these herbs.
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democrats have their back but some of the after criticizing the spirit including vermont senator bernie sanders that says quote - we must learn the lessons of the past and not be in the business of regime change or supporting -- ascoup we have in the past. we have been inappropriately intervening we must not go down that road again.we are back with dan henninger and mary anastasia o'grady. this democratic rising, where are we? how are the forces coalescing? >> the opposition is doing reasonably well. and so the country and outside the country they're getting a lot of support. of course there are 39 venezuelans that want the dictatorship gone. but there also getting an enormous amount of support from around the world. and you know, this is framed by a lot of people that do not like the u.s. as a u.s. led coup but in fact what is an effort to restore democracy, is
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very y venezuelans with aggressive participation by a latin american democracy on the receiving end of the migrant crisis. by canada, by europe, and by a number of organizations like the oas, organization of american states and so forth. paul: and venezuela maduro support comes down critically to the military. is there any sign that his support there is cracking? >> not yet. i don't think iin any significant way. but i think they will begin to feel the pressure as the lsanctions that the u.s. put on oil shipments start to kick and because that is a lot of money that will no longer go to the regime and the regime uses that money to pay ilthe military. paul: where will the money go? >> ill be put in escrow for the new government. paul: for venezuelans? >> yes, there is no embargo on oil but it will going to an account which will be used by the new government to rebuild the democracy. paul: said the bet is that over time it will squeeze the
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ability of maduro to pay the military. the military will begin to suspect, we may be on the losing side here. >> right. >> and then start to break. what about the ability of cuba and russia and china to come in and fill that >> i don't think that ability so strong but what i do worry about is that they will i mean, cuba particularly has trained the intel and these sort of rapid response brigades on motorcycles and so these are paramilitary. and these gangs i think will hang around even if there is a transition and that is why think we'll get into the danger of either terrorism or you know, some kind of civil war that sort of thing. i think the rank and file of the military and even mid-level officers are very much wanting to break. but they are scared because in the past, you have these uprisings in venezuela but in the end, when they are put down, those are the guys that
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get hung so they are very careful about making that step right now. paul: dan, let's move to u.s. policy. we talked a little about u.s. support for juan guaido and his colleagues. there is some opposition of that in the united states as we show, bernie sanders, went is the nature of this opposition to u.s. policy? we have not sent the 82nd airborne down there. >> not all. it is very interesting there was a quote - we put from bernie sanders citing past involvement shall we say, of the united states and central america and guatemala, nicaragua. bernie sanders is talking about incidents that took place during the cold war, back in the 1960s and the 1970s. and the granddaddy of them all, the apposition of this is vietnam, democrats have thought this ever since. was interesting now is that while bernie sanders was around for that, the people also
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criticizing our involvement in venezuela are people at congressman in california, or anastasio ocasio-cortez. these are people that were either not born during the cold war or were in grade school so they talk about things like red diaper baby spewing out of vietnam diaper babies whose foreign policy dates back to those years. and they are opposed to virtually any meamerican involvement against what is explicitly a left-wing ogovernment as the maduro government is. paul: there's a lot to be said in my view for letting the venezuelans actually take their own country back. i mean we need to support them as much as we can. i like the sanctions policy and all that but if they can do it themselves, i mean it will be a landmark for them and then it would remove any idea that omye somehow the u.s. played anymore but a supporting role. class i think that's exactly what's been happening. and maybe that's why they are so frustrated. because they see that the venezuelans are doing this and
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another interesting that we should keep in mind is that many of these people who are rebelling against the dictatorship come from the left! the real brutality here is happening in the poorest neighborhoods all over venezuela. people are being slaughtered and dragged after prison. these are people who alexandria ocasio-cortez consider her constituents. you know on a global sense. she doesn't care about them! paul: mary and dan, thank you. and, harris embracing single-payer healthcare.but will medicare for all and the elimination of private health insurance appeal to voters in 2020? ve got to tell you something important. it's not going to be easy.
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and you don't have to go through the process of going through an insurance acompany, having them give you approval, going through the paperwork , all of the delay may require. who of us have not had that situation we have to wait for approval and the dr. says well, i'd enough your insurance company will cover this. let's eliminate all of that, let's move on. paul: that idea while popular on the left, could prove to be a tough sell in the general election. a new poll by the kaiser family foundation shows that while 56 percent of americans say they favor medicare for all, the support drops to 37 percent when respondents are told that it's eliminating private health insurance companies, we are back with dan henninger, james freeman and wall street journal editorial writer, a child -- kate. what would this do we too. >>, harris is in trouble here for being honest. with that it would eliminate private health insurance and involve the entire country into
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a single-payer plan. which means the government sets rates for services, and decide how much drugs will cost. significantly medicare you be part of this new medicare for all. but if your private insurance from your employer that's gone away. >> your plan would be canceled. this is a novel experiment. >> they would say, does it, the uk does it but all kinds of other advanced economies do it, why can't we do it? >> first of all we have a much larger population than other countries that do it and they have more diverse populations from a health profile point of view. but also we just spend a lot on healthcare and we would take all of that out of the private economy and put it in the government. paul: alright so how much support is there among democrats for this? >> i think some of the 2020 contenders on the left have
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gone a little out in front of their skis because you have kamala harris, cory booker, elizabeth warren, kiersten gillibrand, all signed onto the medicare for all bill that bernie proposed. and i think they expected that this would not cause them any political problems. and as kamala harris learned this week, voters are not so sure they are excited about this as she is. paul: it is fascinating, dan. they really gone for this. and i guess they must believe that this is now one of those litmus test issues for an awful lot tof democratic voters in t primaries. if you're going to win the left wing land of the primaries, you're going to have to go there. ha>> yeah. they also assuming that we are going to go is with highly motived emotional issues have no prospect whatsoever of ever becoming reality. paul: wait nohoa minute -- >> 20 million people in the private sector. we are never transitioning to medicare. we can even transition to obamacare!there is no chance
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of doing this. paul: we still have obamacare, dan! [laughter] >> this is an idea they feel drives voters, if you just ask you for r medicare for all, 50 percent say yes. the minute you put in detail in like the end of private insurance, support drops in half. but this is all aimed at the primary voters in the democratic party. >> interesting that howard schultz criticizing, mike bloomberg and interestingly, the minnesota center amy klobuchar which is probably going to her present. ashe says is going to for let' start with age 55 and now of course 65 and older. she moved it down to 55. so she is going to position yourself a little different a. >> and another one is sherrod brown, ohio senator also thinks may be the full medicare for all, it's medicare for none actually. that goes away too is no government program comes in but i think some democrats probably
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listening to pollsters that are same for a while, don't say single-payer. that's where this false medicare for all message came from. they realize that when you tell people, no deductibles, no copayments, no premiums, access all the time. it all sounds wonderful into you start talking about the details. $32.6 trillion price tag on bernie's plan. over 10 years. a massive amount. now he promises lots of benefits but it hinges on him radically reducing the amount that they pay healthcare providers. there is no guarantee people would want to keep practicing medicine in the us. paul: in vermont the people's republic of vermont tried this. they looked at it a few years back when president obama was in office and they gave up the idea. tell us about it. >> right. i mean they gave up on the idea before it even got off the ground because it will require a huge new payroll tax
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increase, huge income tax increases and the 32 trillion that james just mentioned, we would d have to basically doubl tax receipts about the individual and corporate side. to pay for medicare for all. so especially we talk about other countries that, why can't we do this? maybe we could but maybe we don't want to double tax or make the trade-offs and access. paul: thank you all pearsall had the president voicing optimism as trade negotiations with china continues. so just how close are the two sides to a deal? >> we may trauma this progress. it does not mean that you will have a deal but i can say there's a tremendous relationship and warm feeling and we've made tremendous progress. for a single dad, and back pain made it hard to sleep and get up on time. then i found aleve pm. the only one to combine a safe sleep aid, plus the 12 hour pain relieving strength of aleve. i'm back. aleve pm for a better am. we know that when you're spending time with the grandkids
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comprehensive. we want to make a deal become and be proud of for years. not renegotiate where we left things out.
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whether it's intellectual property or any of the other wothings we discussed all the time. we want to try and have everything included. paul: that was president trump thursday express optimism that the u.s. and china can reach a comprehensive trade deal. othe president say he expects meet again with the chinese leader xi jinping leaders of month to help resolve any outstanding issues the chinese delegation held talks with american negotiators in washington this week. as the two side scramble to reach a deal ahead of a march 1 deadline. when the trump administration is set to raise tariffs on $200 billion worth of chinese goods. derek scissors, a resident scholar at the american enterprise institute and author of the china global investment tracker. good to see you again. thank you for coming. how close do you think the two sides are to a really good deal? >> to a really good deal? i think they iare very far awa. to an announcement?
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i think we will get announcement of a deal pretty soon. no matter what you think of the quality of the announcement, that is only the beginning. president trump just said for years to come. and that is the right perspective. enforcement of a deal with china where they are saying we will protect intellectual property better will take years. i do think we get announcement in february or march. i think the deal is going to take years to evaluate and i'm extremely skeptical it will turn out to be -- paul: you are skeptical because you think the china intentions and history of abiding by any deal are extremely suspect. i think that is your point, correct? >> right. there is china's history which as you said is suspect. also the fact that xi jinping has been in power for six years now and has shown no interest in protecting private property or promoting economic competition. so we are relying on him to change his spot and i think it's unlikely. paul: looks to me the ministry
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shall not settle this time just for a deal that says okay, by more of our goods, natural gas and soybeans. they are attempting as part of the framework to get a deal that protect american intellectual property. no more stealing secrets. he orstops cyber theft for example. you cannot use the regulatory system in china, is a understanding if that is what they are focusing on? >> yeah, i think that ministration is trying to do the right thing. i'm not criticizing the u.s. approach. i may criticize the ministration if they end up being gullible about orchina's policy but we are trying not just to make this about purchases. not just a short-term boost in u.s. exports but the ability to sell into the chinese market for years to come because the chinese market is not so protected. the ability to remain competitiveness because that
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shanties are not stealing our trade secrets. they've been doing that until now because they're gaining from it we have to take away those gains. paul: well, okay. the u.s. botrade representative says this is all about, he says this week, enforcement, enforcement, enforcement. your point is clearly on his mind. how do you build that into a framework? >> yeah, again, i think that ministration is talking about the right things and making about the right things. private as well as public. we have a big problem on the enforcement side and he is well aware of that. he is the united states trade represents and they have certain enforcement powers. treasurer has ceother enforceme powers, commerce has other enforcement powers. we do not have a unified enforcement mechanism. it's not been a big issue to now but as the president said repeatedly, we want a record break, a history making comprehensive deal that our
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enforcement mechanism is in different pieces. it's a challenge on the american side regardless of what china does. paul: okay, i want to talk about china's incentives. which i think are actually better than they have been in recent years. and that is because china's economy is slower to grow, growth is tslowing down. xi jinping needs to maintain rapid growth. you can agree or disagree with the president's tariff strategy but there's no question that the strategy has got their attention. i mean, when you look at the balance of u.s. and china incentives to do a deal, have they tipped in favor of the u.s. negotiating position? >> i think they have up to a point.i agree with you china's economy is slowing purely of serious structural problems to deal with. there is pressure on their balance of payments, they got a lot of hard currency from the united states and really nowhere else. they need to maintain that. however, it would be much more reassured the chinese were
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engaging in reform at home. in other words, if they thought we have the economic problems, we did change our economic policies at home. then changing them for the sake of negotiation with u.s. would make perfect sense. they're not doing that so there is more pressure on china, that is true. the administration support is created more pressure but china is not voluntarily doing these sorts of things on their own. which means they will be very reluctant to do them for us. paul: yeah but could xi jinping and economic visor say look, with to do this is part of the deal, so let's use that as a wedge for reform. >> that's possible. again, you really like someone that has a history of reforming. one of the reasons we made a wto agreement with china that had positive and negative effect in the united states, we are dealing with then, a reformed government. this is not a reformed government. maybe they are looking for an
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excuse to reform but xi jinping seems like he's had a lot of power last six years and he really did not need an excuse. [laughter] paul: thank you. appreciate it. when they come back, and heothe trump judicial nominee getting the kavanaugh treatment. we have details next.
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>> another trump judicial nominee get brett kavanaugh treatment and poured over year book to democrats are employing a similar tactic. scarring writings including operas from the school newspaper in an attempt to sink her nomination. kate is back with details paper first before we get to naomi,
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or to ask about an episode this week where the white house had not resubmitted for nomination to the ninth court of appeals. meanwhile he got word that they were trying to decide whether or not to nominate judges. >> on white house they do scramble after the editorial went live. but they did not renominate one nominee to the ninth circuit, patrick was given a district judgeship instead and was obvious he demoted from the ninth circuit. let me suggest they were trying to get some negotiation with harris and feinstein over nominees but it kind of blew up when people found out about it. and then they rushed out this renomination. i think on the point of patrick who has written about the 40-year-old gay filipino
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american who happens to believe in the original interpretation of the constitution. i think left really saw him as a terrifying prospect and i didn't want to have to vote against him. paul: why did they ethen, a district judgeship is a position but is not something that is the been from which you pick supreme court nominee so i give them that succession? >> and at the we have an answer on that. especially since the replacement nominee was another excellent pic, kamala harris and dianne feinstein, they're not satisfied with any. paul: they got nothing. they got nothing for it. now is talk about nemoi rao. she has run the president's the regulatory efforts from the white house, office of -- she is 10 years teaching at george exmason law school. she is an expert on the administrative state and
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regulatory law. which is perfect for the d.c. circuit. so why do democrats dislike her? >> because of politics are conservative. it is as simple as that. to prove that they have to go scouring through things that she wrote for her college newspaper? just as kavanaugh was 17 years old when his offenses were committed. presumably. this just shows the depth to which the democrats have gone to this point. and it kind of suggests the reality of their opposition. i mean, look at nemoi rao. this is an indian american woman that supposedly is the embodiment of the american liberal and progressives say they want now. but because she is a conservative, because she might be going on to a federal court, they are going to take her down with a personal attack. not a substantive attack but a personal attack on her background. paul: james, i edited the student newspaper. i have to tell you, i do not
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know that i could defend that record! [laughter] i did not write editorials, i did some but not too many. but you are a kid! >> the writings might have been the least controversial things published on campus that year. [laughter] also, advising people to avoid becoming intoxicated is probably advice a lot of parents will be giving their kids.t' paul: that is one of the things that she wrote. that they don't like. >> look, is a testament on the fact that in her professional career of a few decades now, they could not find any problems. distinguished law professor, highly successful executive in the federal government basically, running this important job and especially in this era. reviewing the cost and complexity of federal relation. she's done a phenomenal job. they fear her on the d.c. circuit because i get to rule on a lot of regulations. could be looking at obamacare
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or other cherished policies on the left. paul: going back briefly, to this episode this week. does it suggest anything about the white house 's, the efficiency of the judicial nominations machinery now in ecthis two years? >> i think that we agree that the judicial records have been pretty sterling and the trump administration for the first two years.no need to reinvent the wheel on this. if they were another supreme court opening, they would just be no room for error. hopefully they have learned from this episode. paul: and we do not know. could be that ruth bader ginsburg, she had a difficult operation. but if she were to resign we have a fight going forward. they better have their act together. thank you. we have to take one more break. when we come back, hits and misses of the week.
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misses of the week. kate? >> paul, my hit this week is for john bolton's note pad. many might have noticed earlier this week that he briefed the press, the national security advisor briefed the press on venezuela with a note pad that said 5,000 troops to columbia. that has launched a massive press freakout. depending on who you asked, it was either a leak, some strategy or chaos in the administration. my hope is john bolton is a pretty shrewd guy. i'm sure he knew what he was doing. let's take a deep breath on that. this is a hit on nfl quarterback tony romo who is now a broadcaster, he's been able to predict plays before they happen with an amazing accuracy rate of 68%, phenomenal. and a media pundit who knows the subject matter he's covering is really welcome and rare. paul: that's what happens when you're raised in wisconsin. mary? >> paul, a miss this week for
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the virginia governor who said that if a baby survives the gruesome procedure of a late-term abortion, the next step on what to do with a live infant should be up to the mother and the doctor. you know, abortion advocates used to say that this procedure was all about a clump of cells, but as science and comments like this i think show us, proabortion advocates are interested in making it legal to get rid of a life. paul: all right, dan? >> well, hold on to your hats. we're giving a hit to the u.s. department of veteran affairs. that's right. amid the chaos, believe me -- paul: first time in history that's ever been a hit. >> amid the chaos of the government shutdown, the va was getting something done, issuing new rules allowing more veterans to have access to private clinics and hospitals. until now, they have been trapped inside the va system. so good for the va and good for the trump administration for getting this done. paul: thank you, dan. that's it for this week's show. thanks to my panel. thanks to all of you for
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watching. i'm paul gigot. we hope to see you right here next week. eric: we begin a new hour with a fox news alert. the pentagon announcing that it is deploying nearly 4,000 more troops to the southern border. this as president trump says, quote, everything is on the table, when it comes to possibly shutting down the government again. or declaring a national emergency if congress does not fund its border wall. hello everyone. i'm eric shawn. this is a brand new hour of america's news headquarters. arthel: i'm arthel neville. the president from his home in florida, calling congressional negotiations on border security a quote waste of time if they don't include funding for a border wall. mr. trump saying there is a good chance he will declare a national emergency and go around congress i

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