Joe diGenova says Mueller’s testimony is going to be ‘worthless’


LOU: I’M PLEASED TO SAY JOINING US TONIGHT VICTORIA TOENSING WITH THE CRIMINAL DIVISION OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND JOEDIGENOVA, FOUNDING PARTNERS OF THE DIGENOVA AND TOENSING LAW FIRM AND CELEBRATING TODAY THEIR 38TH ANNIVERSARY, AND I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW MUCH WE ALL APPRECIATE YOU SHARING THE DAY WITH US AND THE EVENING. THANKS SO MUCH AND CONGRATULATIONS.>>THANK YOU, LOU. LOU: LET’S START WITH — [LAUGHTER] WELL, WITH THE SUPREME COURT. IT DIDN’T LOOK SO SUPREME TODAY, DID IT, VICTORIA? IN A 5-4 DECISION, A RULING THAT HOW THE CENSUS BUREAU CAN CONSTRUCT QUESTIONS? WHAT’S NEXT, WEIGHTS AND MEASURES FOR THIS COURT?>>AND THIS IS WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT THIS PRESIDENT, LOU. WHAT OTHER PRESIDENT OF EITHER PARTY WOULD HAVE SAID, THIS IS AGAINST ME, LET’S SEE, HOW CAN WE PUT OFF THIS CENSUS SO WE CAN FIX IT? THAT’S WHERE HIS BRAIN IMMEDIATELY GOES. WHAT DO WE DO THAT WE CAN GET IT RIGHT? AND THE IRONY IS, AND I WON’T GET IN THE LEGAL WEEDS, BUT THERE WAS A CASE ABOUT GETTING DEFERENCE, GIVING DEFERENCE TO AGENCIES, AND ROBERTS WENT ALONG WITH THAT. AND NOW YOU’RE NOT GIVING DEFERENCE FOR A CENSUS QUESTION FOR GOSH SAKES? TALK ABOUT INCONSISTENCY, THAT’S JOHN ROBERTS. LOU: IT IS THE JOHN ROBERTS. AND, JOE, IN THE OBAMACARE HE TORTURES THE WORD “FINE” SOMEHOW INTO A TAX AND SUSTAINS OBAMACARE. THERE IS — THE MAN IS INVENTIVE AND ACTIVIST, AND I CAN’T FIGURE OUT HOW HE WAS EVER CONSIDERED A CONSERVATIVE.>>WELL, WHAT YOU SAW TODAY WAS PURE SOPHISTRY. HE SAYS THAT THE MOTIVE OF THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE WAS VERY IMPORTANT. BUT IN OBAMACARE HE SAID THE MOTIVE OF THE PRESIDENT WASN’T IMPORTANT. THE FACT THAT THE PRESIDENT SAID IT WASN’T A TAX DIDN’T MATTER. WHEN THE CHIEF JUSTICE SAYS, WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT? I THINK IT’S A TAX. SO WHAT YOU HAVE IS INCONSISTENCY. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, SOFT FIRST TRY — SOFT FIRST TRY. THE CHIEF JUSTICE JUST WANTED TO STICK HIS FINGER IN THE PRESIDENT’S EYE. IT’S DEMEANING TO THE COURT, AND IT’S EMBARRASSING, AND HE SAYS THERE’S NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN JUDGES? BALONEY.>>YEAH, THE KAVANAUGH HEARING SHOWED THAT. LOU: YEAH, UNFORTUNATELY AND DRAMATICALLY. LET’S TURN TO ROBERT MUELLER WHO SAID THAT THE REPORT OF THE SPECIAL COUNSEL WOULD BE HIS TESTIMONY — [LAUGHTER] AND AS HAS HAPPENED TOO OFTEN OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST TWO AND A HALF YEARS, MUELLER REVERSED HIMSELF AND IS BOGGED DOWN, IT SEEMS, IN PARTISAN POLITICS. YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT WHAT WE CAN EXPECT ON JULY 17TH AND WHY A SPECIAL COUNSEL IS BEHAVING LIKE THIS, VICK TORE CRA? — VICTORIA?>>WELL, BECAUSE HE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT HE’S DOING. I THINK HE’S REALLY LOST IT, AND ANDREW WISEMAN IS RUNNING THE SHOW. BUT IT’S GOING TO HAVE TO BE BOB MUELLER THAT’S SITTING THERE IN FRONT OF THE TV CAMERAS. HE’S GOING TO HAVE TO GET HIS WITS ABOUT HIM, WHICH HE SURE DIDN’T HAVE WHEN HE DID THAT BIZARRE PRESS CONFERENCE FOR, WHAT, 16 MINUTES OR WHATEVER IT WAS. BOY, I HAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS FOR HIM. ONE IS COULDN’T YOU FIND ONE REPUBLICAN LAWYER TO PUT ON THAT TEAM? LOU: AND, JOE, WHAT DO YOU THINK? WILL THIS WITCH HUNT EVER END? WILL ROBERT MUELLER EVER GO AWAY, OR WILL HE BE A PERENNIAL GUEST ON LATE NIGHT TELEVISION, NEWSCASTS AND, OF COURSE, HOUSE COMMITTEE HEARINGS?>>WELL, JERRY NADLER, THE MUM BLER, IS GOING TO BE QUESTIONING BOB MUELLER, THE CADAVER. IF YOU’VE WATCHED MUELLER, HE BARELY FUNCTIONS. HIS TESTIMONY IS GOING TO BE BASICALLY WORTHLESS. HE MAY WANT TO ANSWER SOME OF THE QUESTIONS AND HE MAY EVEN TRY TO GO BEYOND THE FOUR CORNERS. THE REAL DAMAGE IS GOING TO BE DONE THE NEXT DAY WHEN THEY HAVE TESTIMONY FROM WEISSMAN AND HIS AIDE WHICH WILL BE DONE IN EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH UNLIMITED QUESTIONING. THAT’S WHEN THE DAMAGE TO PRESIDENT IS GOING TO BE DONE. BOB MUELLER IS NOTHING MORE THAN A FIGUREHEAD. THIS HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE WEISSMAN INVESTIGATION, AND IT’LL BE THE WEISSMAN TESTIMONY.>>BUT THE DAMAGE TO PRESIDENT ISN’T BECAUSE THESE GUYS KNOW SOMETHING THAT’S DAMNING, IT’S BECAUSE ANDREW WEISSMAN MAKES STUFF UP.>>THEY’RE GOING TO LIE.>>HE JUST CREATES CRIMES OUT OF WHOLE CLOTH.>>THEY’RE JUST GOING TO LIE. LOU: BOTH HE AND MUELLER HAVE AN ESTABLISHED RECORD OF DOING PRECISELY THE SAME THING –>>EXACTLY. LOU: AND WEISSMAN, YOU KNOW, PARTICIPATING IN THE DESTRUCTION OF 85,000 JOBS AT ARTHUR ANDERSON WITHOUT EITHER CONSCIENCE OR, BY THE WAY, LAW AS A BASIS FOR HIS ACTION. IT’S STUNNING STUFF. VICTORIA, IT’S ALWAYS GREAT TO SEE YOU. WE THANK YOU VERY MUCH. JOE, THANK YOU, SIR.

Herman Cain: The Fed needs to be more aggressive


YEARS BELOW THE 10-YEAR, JOHN, I WILL GET TO YOU IN A SECOND, I WANT TO GET TO HERMAN CAIN, HERMAN, YOU’RE A BUSINESSMAN, YOU WERE AT LEAST — YOUR FLAME WAS BEING THROWN OUT THERE AS BEING ON THE FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD, WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS MARKET AND THE ECONOMY AT THIS POINT?>>FIRST OF ALL, GLOBAL ECONOMY IS COMPLEX AND I DON’T RECOMMEND ANYONE REACTING TO ONE SINGLE METRIC, BUT WHAT I BELIEVE THAT ALL OF THESE METRICS AND ALL OF THE MOVEMENT AND THIS INVERSION IT SUGGESTS THAT THE FEDERAL RESERVE SHOULD ACT SOONER RATHER THAN LATER, THEY HAVE A HISTORY OF ACTING LATER THAN SOONER, BEFORE THINGS GET REALLY, REALLY BAD I BELIEVE THAT THEY SHOULD BE MORE AGGRESSIVE, THAT’S WHAT IT SAYS TO ME AND IF I WERE ON THE FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD, THIS IS WHAT I WOULD BE SCREAMING TO THE REST OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD GOVERNORS.>>HERMAN, THIS IS KRISTIN ANDERSON FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER, YOU KNOW, IN ADDITION TO THE ISSUES REGARDING INTEREST RATES AND WHAT THE FED SHOULD DO, YOU ALSO HAVE THE ISSUE OF TRADE MOVING OUT THERE WITH EVEN WITH TODAY, LOOK, WE ARE GOING TO SUSPEND SOME OF THE TARIFFS ON CHINA FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS STILL TRADE DISPUTE WITH CHINA IN PLACE AS WELL AS QUESTIONS ABOUT WHETHER USMCA WILL GET PASSED. WHAT IS YOUR OUTLOOK FOR WHETHER THIS ECONOMY A YEAR FROM NOW WILL, YOU KNOW, WE KNOW THAT THE PRESIDENT RIGHT NOW DOES PRETTY WELL IN POLLS WHEN ASKED ABOUT HOW THE ECONOMY IS DOING, WHAT’S YOUR OUTLOOK FOR POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS FOR ALL OF THIS LOOKING FURTHER DOWN THE ROAD?>>I DON’T BELIEVE WE WILL BE IN A RECESSION A AREA FROM NOW, I REALLY DON’T, SECONDLY, WHAT THE PRESIDENT IS DOING IS NEGOTIATING WITH CHINA, CHINA HAS BEEN A DIFFICULT FOR YEARS, THEY HAVE GONE BACK ON SOME OF THEIR AGREEMENTS, BUT CHAOS, WE HAVE SEEN IN HONG KONG, IT’S NOT ABOUT AIRPLANES, IT’S ABOUT A 1997 AGREEMENT WITH THE CHINESE COMMUNIST GOVERNMENT THAT THEY MADE WITH THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THAT CHINESE COMMUNIST GOVERNMENT WENT BACK AND BROKE IT. THAT’S WHAT THE DEMONSTRATIONS ARE ALL ABOUT AND WHAT THE PRESIDENT IS DOING, HE’S DEMONSTRATING THERE’S A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN. WE PREVIOUSLY HAD HAD TOO MANY PRESIDENTS AND TOO MANY ADMINISTRATIONS THAT WOULD JUST ROLL OVER WHENEVER CHINA WANTED TO DO SOMETHING, HERE IS ONE OTHER POINT, BUSINESS PEOPLE WILL ADJUST TO THESE VARIATIONS AND PRICES WHETHER THEY ABROAD OR HERE AT HOME. THAT’S WHAT THEY DO, THEY ADJUST, I’M NOT THAT CONCERNED THAT THIS WILL SPIRAL OUT OF CONTROL. DAGEN: POLITICALLY HERMAN, YOU RAN FOR THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION, THE PRESIDENT IS IN A TOUGH SPOT AND I WANT TO BRING KRISTIN BACK IN HERE BECAUSE, AGAIN, THE AMERICAN VIEW OF CHINA HAS — HAS WORSENED, 60% OF AMERICANS HOLD NEGATIVE VIEW ON CHINA AT THIS POINT UNFAVORABLE OPINIONS HITTING 14-YEAR HIGH, THEY SEEM TO BE BASED ON THE PEW RESEARCH POLL WITH THE PRESIDENT, BUT IF THE ECONOMY WEAKENS GOING INTO A PRESIDENTIAL YEAR, THAT LEAVES HIM IN A VICE?>>I THINK IT WILL LEAVE HIM IN A VICE BUT HERE IS THE THING, I BELIEVE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE REFLECTING THE STATISTICS YOU GAVE ABOUT BEING MORE UNFAVORABLE TO CHINA, THEY ARE FIGURING CHINA’S MODUS OPERENDI, WHAT THE PRESIDENT IS DOING LEVERAGE TRADE TALKS MAYBE TO GET 3, 6 OR 12 MONTHS FROM NOW, THAT I BELIEVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SEE WHAT’S GOING ON AND THEY ARE ON HIS SIDE, MANY OF THEM KNOW THAT HE HAS TO PLAY HARDBALL WITH CHINA IF WE ARE EVER GOING TO GET ANYTHING AND IN THE PAST WE’VE NEVER GOT ANYTHING SUBSTANTIVELY. DAGEN: HERMAN, I WANT TO BRING KRISTIN, KRISTIN IN HERE ABOUT THE PRESIDENT HAS — HE HE IS A MASTER AT COMMUNICATION, LIKE IT OR NOT, AND THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN SINCE LAST YEAR REALLY SETTING UP JAY POWELL AT FAULT, DOES THAT WORK?>>OVERALL PRESIDENTIAL JOB APPROVAL NUMBERS ARE BY THE STRONG ECONOMY, IF WE GET TO A YEAR FROM NOW AND THE ECONOMY IS NOT DOING AS WELL, WHAT IMPACT DOES IT HAVE ON HIS REELECT AND BY BEING ABLE TO SAY, LOOK, PEOPLE ALWAYS GIVE PRESIDENTS MORE CREDIT AND MORE BLAME FOR THE STATE OF THE ECONOMY THAN PROBABLY WARRANTED BUT BY BEING ABLE TO SAY, LOOK, IT’S THE FAULT OF CHINA, IT’S THE FAULT OF CONGRESS, IT’S THE FAULT OF THE FED THAT THE ECONOMY IS NOT DOING WHAT IT SHOULD BE, DON’T LOOK AT ME, LOOK AT THEM, HE’S TRYING SET UP A SITUATION WHERE HE CAN DIVERT BLAME FOR SOME BAD ECONOMIC NEWS IF THAT’S WHAT WE ARE LOOKING, 12, 18 MONTHS FROM NOW. DAGEN: HERMAN, YEAH, CONTINUE.>>I WANTED TO ADD ONE OTHER POINT TO WHAT SHE JUST SAID. DAGEN: YES, SIR.>>POLITICALLY, THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN BEAT UP, CHALLENGED, LIED ON IN EVERY WHICH WAY YOU CAN FROM A POLITICAL STANDPOINT BUT HERE IS WHY I BELIEVE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE HANGING IN WITH THE PRESIDENT, HE JUST CONTINUES TO DO HIS JOB AND PEOPLE SEE THAT. I BELIEVE THAT THAT’S ONE OF HIS GREATEST ASSETS, HE IS NOT DETERRED OR SLOWED DOWN BY ALL OF THIS RHETORIC AND ALL OF THESE ATTACKS THAT ARE COMING FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL DEMOCRATIC WANNA-BES AS WELL AS ELECTED DEMOCRATS. DAGEN: I WANT TO ASK YOU THIS HERMAN, THE NFL AND SOCIAL JUSTICE, THE NFL HAS — IS BRINGING ON JAY Z TO SMOOTH OVER ISSUES REGARDING SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EXPAND THE NFL’S ENTERTAINMENT OFFERINGS LIKE MAKING THE HALF-TIME SHOW BETTER, I WOULD SUGGEST NEVER, EVER HAVE MAROON 5 BACK, THAT’S COMING AFTER THE ANTHEM PROTESTS FROM COLIN KAEPERNICK, WHERE DOES THIS GO FROM HERE, YOU THINK?>>I THINK THAT YOU HAVE TWO DIFFERENT CULTURES, YOU HAVE THE CULTURE OF THE NFL ORGANIZATIONS AND THE PLAYERS THAT MAY BRING TENSIONS THAT MOST OF US DON’T EVEN KNOW ABOUT, THEN YOU HAVE THE GENERAL PUBLIC, WE DON’T SEE ALL OF THIS STUFF THAT MAYBE THEY ARE FEELING AND SEEING OTHER THAN SEEING PEOPLE THAT WANT TO KNEEL DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM, SO JAY Z’S IMPACT, I CAN’T PREDICT WHETHER IT’S GOING TO BE POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE AND FOR THE NFL ORGANIZATIONS AND NFL TO SAY THAT WE WANT TO DO A BETTER JOB AT HALF TIME SHOWS AND ENTERTAINMENT AND ALL OF THAT, SOBEIT, YOU KNOW, IT DOESN’T IMPACT THE GENERAL PUBLIC, THE GENERAL PUBLIC STILL WANTS TO KEEP POLITICS OUT OF SPORTS, THAT’S HOW WE RELAX, THEY WANT TO JUST KEEP IT OUT. HERE IS AN IMPACT I REALLY CAN’T

Democrats act like money grows on trees: Grover Norquist


FILLED. LIZ: THE 2020 DEMOCRATS FAILED TO MAKE THE CASE THAT BIGGER GOVERNMENT RAISES PEOPLE’S INCOMES. IT DOESN’T. IT RAISES TAXES FOR THEIR POLICIES.>>WE HAVE SEEN THIS BEFORE. IN 1984 WALTER MONDALE RAN A CAMPAIGN DURING THE ECONOMIC GROWTH OF REAGAN AND THEIR CAMPAIGN WAS THIS IS A BICOASTAL RECOVERY. ONLY A FEW PEOPLE ARE RECOVERING AND ALL OF MIDDLE AMERICA IS SUFFERING. IN POINT OF FACT YOU SAW WAGE INCREASES, 4 MILLION JOBS CREATED IN ONE YEAR. AND WITH JOB CREATION, HIGHER WAGES AND THE ECONOMY DOING WELL, AND YOU SEE THIS FROM BUSINESS AND INDIVIDUAL. OPTIMISM ABOUT THE FUTURE. THE DEMOCRATS ARE SAYING WHO ARE YOU GOING TO BELIEVE, ME OR YOUR LYING EYES, YOUR OWN PAYCHECK. YOUR OWN JOB. THIS IS A TOUGH SELL. AND MONDALE CARRIED ONE STATE. LI THE NEAR UNANIMOUS VERDICT FROM THE MEDIA THE DEMOCRATS MOVED SO FAR LEFT THEY COULD LOSE TO TRUMP NEXT YEAR. “THE WASHINGTON POST,” I AM LEFT WITH THE FEELING THAT THE CAMPAIGN MAY LEAVE US ESPECIALLY ILL-INFORMED. THE NUMBER THEY USED ABOUT INCOME INCOME INEQUALITY LEAVES OUT SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICAID AND MEDICARE.>>THIS HAS BEEN A WEAK SERIES OF PROPOSALS. THEY ACT AS THOUGH MONEY CAME FROM TREE. AND THEY ARE JEFF GOING TO SPEND IT WITHOUT TALKING ABOUT WHERE THEY RAY IT. THEY SAY IN A THROWAWAY LINE WE ARE GOING TO REPEAL THE REPUBLICAN TRUMP TAX CUTS. THAT MEANS EVERY AMERICAN CAN LOOK AT THEIR TAX RETURNS FROM ’18 AND ’18 AND CALCULATE, HOW MUCH IT WOULD COST THEM. AVERAGE $2,000 SAVED BECAUSE OF REPUBLICAN TAX CUTS. LI THE AMERICAN VOTER ONCE ASPIRATIONAL OPTIMISTIC POLICY. THAT’S WHAT THE VOTER IS LOOKING FOR. THE BIG POINT THE NEXT CAMPAIGN WHEN THEY ARE RAISING THEIR HAND

American businesses are worried about China 2025, not the trade deficit: Carlos Gutierrez


FORD’S ALLEGATIONS AGAINST KAVANAUGH DATING BACK TO THEIR HIGH SCHOOL YEARS. LET ME GET TO THE PRESIDENT TRUMP TRADE WARS.>>>AT THE FORMAL SPEECH OF THE UNITED NATION HOURS AGO, CHINA VENDOR THAT IT WILL NOT BE BLACKMAILED ON TRADE. THAT WAS RIGHT AFTER THIS MORNING WHEN FORMER TREASURY SECRETARY ROBERT RUBIN WEIGHED IN ON PRETENSIONS DURING A Q&A SESSION WITH THE MAN CHINA SENT IN PLACE OF PRESIDENT XI. FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER SPOKE ON THE COUNCIL OF FOREIGN RELATIONS. HAD A CHANCE TO PRESENT THEIR ON CHINA’S INSISTENCE THAT THE US BUSINESSES HAVE A CHINESE PARTNER IF THEY WANT TO DO BUSINESS IN CHINA. EVEN SECRETARY RUBEN SAID THE MAN WHO DEALT FOR YEARS UNLESS LISTEN TO THAT EXCHANGE.>>IT IS NO SURPRISE THAT THE US GOVERNMENT SPECIFICALLY, TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, WOULD LIKE CHINA TO DROP THE REQUIREMENT THAT AMERICAN BUSINESSES WANT TO DO BUSINESS IN CHINA HAVE TO HAVE A CHINESE PARTNER. THE CONCERN IS THAT THE CHINESE PARTNER MAY, LET THEY BORROW, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. WILL USE A NICE WORD THERE. IS CHINA WILLING TO DROP THIS REQUIREMENT IN THE SPIRIT OF, AS YOU SAID AT THE BEGINNING OF YOUR SPEECH, GETTING US CHINA RELATIONSHIPS BACK ON TRACK? THANK YOU.>>[INAUDIBLE] [INAUDIBLE]>>IF YOU SPEAK TO AMERICAN COMPANIES TODAY IN ORDER TO GET ACCESS TO CHINA AND MORE AREAS THEY’RE REQUIRED TO ENTER AND PARTNERSHIPS OR TRANSFER TECHNOLOGY AND THAT’S UNDERMINING BUSINESS SUPPORT FOR THE AMERICAN CHINESE RELATIONSHIP. LIZ: WHEN HE DIDN’T ANSWER MY QUESTION, WE GOT THE ASSIST FROM RUBEN. WE NOW GET IN THE SYSTEM FORMER COMMERCE SECRETARY CARLOS IN A FOXBUSINESS EXCLUSIVE. HE SAID TO US THAT AMERICA SELF IMAGINES SUSPICION ABOUT CHINA IS A SERIOUS STRATEGIC MISJUDGMENT. IS THIS SELF IMAGINES THAT THEY ARE UNFAIR IN TRADE OR IN DOING BUSINESS WITH THE AMERICANS?>>THIS IS PART OF THE DISCUSSION AROUND THE STRATEGIC DOCUMENT AND NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY THAT WAS ISSUED. IT BASICALLY SAID CHINA’S RISE WILL IMPACT THE US. IT’S A DIFFICULT THING TO DO TO TELL SOMEONE THAT YOU WANT TO KEEP THEM DOWN. THAT IS THE WAY CHINA DID IT. BUT YES, THIS IS THE BIG ISSUE AND CHINA 2025 WHICH IS THEIR PLAN TO HAVE THEIR OWN DATA AND TO KEEP DATA LOCALIZED – THAT IS WHAT WE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT. WERE TALKING ABOUT TARIFFS AND SO THERE ARE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS HERE. ONE IS THE TRADE DEFICIT IN THE OTHER IS CHINA 2025. BUSINESSES ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE 2025, NOT THE TRADE DEFICIT. LIZ: BEFORE CHINA 2025 US BUSINESSES THAT WENT INTO CHINA WERE FORCED TO GET A PARTNER AND GIVE UP OR EXCHANGE TECHNOLOGICAL KNOW-HOW AND PROPRIETARY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. THAT IS WHAT I WAS ASKING. WOULD THEY BE WILLING TO DROP THAT IN ORDER TO END THE TRADE WAR BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT I THINK PRESIDENT TRUMP WOULD LIKE TO SEE IN CHINA IS NOT BUDGING ON THAT.>>HE SAID THAT THERE HAS BEEN NO LEGISLATION ON THAT. HERE’S THE . LIZ: TALK TO [INAUDIBLE] THEY’VE ALL HAD THEIR STUFF TAKEN.>>AND WHAT TO DO HAPPEN IS THEY GET A PARTNER IN THE US COMPANY AND THAT PARTNER GOES OFF AND BUILDS HIS OWN PLANS. THE QUESTION IS . LIZ: THEFT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY.>>RIGHT, BUT WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL THAT THE JOINT VENTURE PARTNER IS THE MEMBER OF THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT AND GET THAT WE BLOW THAT SOMETIMES. THAT MEANS THE GOVERNMENT. LIZ: YOU WERE ALSO THE CEO OF KELLOGG’S, THE CEREAL COMPANY, FARMERS ARE NOW DEALING WITH A TRADE SITUATION WHETHER IT BE WITH CANADA, MEXICO OR CHINA AND US SOYBEAN SUPPLIES ARE RISING TO 11 YOUR HIGH BECAUSE CHINA NOT EXACTLY BUYING OUR SOYBEANS BECAUSE OF THE BATTLE SO HOW WILL THIS AFFECT CONSUMER PRICES?>>IS A BIG HIT FOR FARMERS BECAUSE OF EXCESS INVENTORY AND TOO MUCH PRODUCT. THAT IS GOING TO MAKE PRICES COLLAPSED AND THE QUESTION IS THE TOBIN DOLLAR SUBSIDY THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS PUT IN PLACE, IS THAT ENOUGH TO OFFSET WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HAVE A COLLAPSE IN FARM PRICES.

The Future of Farming & Agriculture


Over the next two decades, a technological
wave will revolutionize the efficiency of farms all over the world. It can’t come
soon enough. By the year 2050 the human population will be nearly 10 billion—which means we’ll
need to have doubled the amount of food we now produce. This is an examination of the agricultural
innovations coming down the pipeline that will help get us there. The industry has undergone major developments
over the last century. 100 years ago, farming looked like this. Today, it looks like this.
And tomorrow, it will look something like this. These changes have allowed many of us
to do other things with our lives. In 1900, 10.9 million agricultural workers produced
the food for 76 million people. Today, just 6.5 million workers feed 321.4 million Americans. Two factors were most responsible for this
surge in productivity: engines and the widespread availability of electricity. Today, the innovations on our immediate horizon
include autonomous pickers—UK researchers have already created one that gathers strawberries
twice as fast as humans, the challenge will be creating robotic pickers that can switch
between all kinds of crops; Robots or drones that can precisely remove
weeds or shoot them with a targeted spritz of pesticide, using 90% less chemicals than
a conventional blanket sprayer. For the organic farmer, they could zap the
weeds with a laser instead. This could have a big impact, the UN estimates that each year,
between 20 and 40% of global crop yields are destroyed by pests and disease.
Tiny sensors and cameras will monitor crop growth and alert farmers on their smartphones
if there’s a problem, or when it’s the best time to harvest;
The BoniRob can take a soil sample, liquidize it, then analyze its pH and phosphorous levels—all
in real time; As a proof-of-concept for all this autonomous
farming technology, researchers at Harper Adams in the UK plan to grow and harvest an
entire hectare of Barley without humans ever entering the field.
Companies like Agribotix have already commercialized software that analyzes drone-captured infrared
images to spot unhealthy vegetation. Then, like a real life game of “Sim-Farmer,”
the grower is alerted on their device when a troubled area is identified. Machine learning
will regularly improve the system’s ability to differentiate between varieties of crops
and the weeds that threaten them. Not to be left out, a company called Mavrx
contracts 100 pilots to fly light-aircraft that are outfitted with multispectral cameras
on data-gathering missions over large farms throughout the country;
For an even wider view, PlanetLabs operates a fleet of CubeSats that take weekly images
of entire farms from space to help monitor crops;
Other companies are creating analytics software to act as farm-management systems, allowing
growers of all sizes to deal with this new tsunami of data;
And The Farmer’s Business Network combines data from many farms into one giant pool to
give its members the power of macro-level insights that have traditionally only been
available to corporate mega-farms; Vertical farms are essentially warehouses
with stacks of hydroponic systems to grow leafy greens. They’re sprouting up in cities
all over the world where fresh produce — and land — is scarce. The key obstacle here
is the cost of energy, and the toll using a lot of it takes on the environment. The
upside is that artificial lights and climate controlled buildings allow crops to grow day
and night, year-round, producing a significantly higher yield per square foot than an outdoor
farm. For now though, only expensive, leafy greens like lettuce — or herbs like basil
— have proven profitable in the vertical system. And the jury is definitely still out
on whether this is truly and environmentally-friendly technique;
One possible solution is to use blue and red light wavelengths to optimize photosynthesis
and turbo-boost growth—a technique tested by researchers at project Growing Underground,
an experimental farm operating in old World War II bomb shelters underneath London;
Another advancement in indoor farming is the Open Agriculture Initiative, which aims to
create a “catalogue of climates” so temperature and humidity can be set to recreate the perfect
conditions for growing crops that would normally come from all over the world, locally instead.
This is an attempt to tackle the “food miles” issue. When produce is shipped around the
world it creates unnecessary CO2 emissions. Just look at a where a few of the items you
eat today were cultivated to understand how big of a problem this is.
The millions of people entering the middle class every year in developing countries are
demanding tens of millions of pounds of additional meat. These ideas aim to get the most from
every animal. Who would’ve thought Fitbits could be for
livestock too? Cows are being fitted with smart collars that monitor if they’re sick
or, if they’re moving around more, which is a sign of fertility;
Researchers at Scotland’s Rural College are analyzing cow breath. Exhaled ketones
and sulfides reveal potential problems with an animal’s diet;
Thermal imaging cameras spot inflamed udders to provide earlier treatment to combat a bacterial
infection known as mastitis, one of the costliest setbacks in the dairy industry;
3-D cameras that quickly measure the weight and muscle mass of cattle so they’re sold
at their beefiest; Companies have even begun positioning microphones
above pig pens to detect caughs, giving sick animals the treatment they need a full 12
days earlier than before. Less antibiotics are used if fewer animals become ill for shorter
lengths of time; And a system of just three cameras, developed
by researchers in Belgium, tracks the movements of thousands of chickens to analyze their
behavior and spot over 90% of possible problems; Here’s a stat that I found eye-opening:
consumption of farmed fish has now surpassed our consumption of beef. Researchers are working
to increase the types of fish that are raised. Aquaculturists at the Institute of Marine
and Environmental Technology in Baltimore are developing an artificial ecosystem that
mimics ocean conditions so that saltwater fish farms can be built inland. This would
allow millions of landlocked people to be able to enjoy fresh fish, instead of consuming
frozen fish grown or caught on the coast that have to be shipped thousands of miles in refrigerated
trucks that use a lot of energy. The most exciting thing about this experimental
fish farm is that it’s actually a closed system that creatively uses three sets of
bacteria in different ways to so it doesn’t produce any waste and even powers itself.
[Dr. Yonathan Zohar]: “This is the world’s most sustainably produced fish. The system
is completely and fully contained. There is zero interaction with the environment. There
is no waste. Zero waste goes back to the environment, which is the big problem with aquaculture
today.” This revolutionary technique could be critical
for saving species in the wild, like rapidly depleting bluefin tuna populations, without
curbing the appetites of sushi lovers like me; Another ingenious approach from a company
in California are proteinaceous fish food pellets made from the bodies of a bacteria
that grow by consuming a combination of methane, oxygen, and nitrogen. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization
estimates that 2 billion people consume insects as part of their diet. [Insect eater]: “I eat insects like this
because they provide nutrition. The nourish the body, they are not too fatty but have
lots of good ingredients. If you eat these all the time, you will get sick very rarely.” Bugs are among the cheapest, most nutritious,
environmentally-friendly sources of protein. So there’s a growing movement to find new
ways to incorporate them into food products that can be marketed in a way that doesn’t
gross people out. Some examples are protein powder and insect
flour. But even if insects never make it onto many of our plates, they can still help us
a lot as animal feed; On the other end of the alternative protein
spectrum is lab grown meat. In 2013 the first hamburger was made from muscle cells grown
in a lab in the Netherlands, followed by a meatball grown by a California company called
Memphis Meats. These grabbed headlines, but production costs need to come way down before
we’ll be buying synthetic meats in significant quantities. [Dr. Mark Post]: “So it’s better for the
environment. And we need much less resources to actually produce it so that we can produce
much more meat with much less resources so that we can feed the entire planet. And we’ll
probably look back at this time as sort of barbaric, that we still killed animals and
used animals to such a degree for our meat consumption.” Human survival on earth has, by necessity,
driven us to use–and change–the world around us. Some of our most powerful innovations
are aimed at solving problems we ourselves create. As climate patterns change and human
population rises, the prospect of a global food shortage becomes increasingly dire–it’s
a threat that even the deployment of millions of autonomous farmer-bots would be unlikely
to solve. But where man-made machines may fall short, bacterial machines may very well
prevail…bringing me to the technology that can continue to deliver the biggest increases
in crop yield: genetic modification. Scientific breakthroughs like CRISPR, genomic selection,
and SNP’s now allow single letters within a gene to be precisely edited. Unlike older
methods of genetic manipulation, like transgenic modifications that made uncontrolled alterations
to large regions of DNA, CRISPR — a gene editing system repurposed
from bacteria — more closely mimics the process of random mutation. This process is
critical for environmental adaptation, Darwinian natural selection, and — ultimately — evolution.
While this fact alone may not placate the most passionate anti-GMO advocate, highly
precise techniques, like CRISPR should help ease the legitimate health and environmental
concerns that have thus far curbed significant commercial investments. But not everyone is
sitting on the sidelines. Two large agricultural companies, DuPont and
Syngenta, have used genome selection to develop two new, drought-tolerant strains of corn
called AQUAmax and Artesian. Then there’s the NextGen Cassava project
led by Cornell University, in partnership with research institutes all over Africa,
that aims to “significantly increase the rate of genetic improvement in cassava breeding
to unlock the full potential of this staple crop that’s central to food security and
livelihoods across Africa.” Genetically improving the cultivation of other
crops that haven’t been modified yet could additionally lead to huge yield increases
for millet and yams, for example; Rice, one of the world’s most important
crops, has seen its yield plateau—meaning that, for years now, the maximum amount that
can be grow on, say, an acre of land has not increased.
The C4 Rice Project — a massive global collaboration between 18 biology labs spread across four
continents — is trying to change that. Their goal is to genetically engineer a new strain
of rice so that its photosynthetic process works more like maize, which would — theoretically
— turbo boost its yield by 50%. And, of course, it’s not just crops, pig
lines are being altered to make them immune to an illness that costs American farmers
$600m a year. While it is hard to predict which of these
developments will have the greatest impact on food production, we should be pursuing
all of them. The use of genetic technologies will, inevitably, prove essential for tackling
what would likely be an insurmountable challenge, sustainably doubling our global food supply.
The good news is that some of the world’s most creative scientists, engineers, farmers,
and innovators are working on solutions for this problem, even as you watch this video. This piece was based on articles that recently
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Dan Bongino: Comey’s legacy is a stain on the FBI


BAGS AND TAKING DEEP BREATHS, INDEED. JOINING US NOW, FORMER SECRET SERVICE DAN BONGINO. COULD YOU BELIEVE THE ARROGANCE OF THAT PERSON? HE DOESN’T REALIZE WE KNOW WHAT HE DID, AND WE KNOW WHEN HE DID IT?>>YEAH. LOU, THE EUPHEMISMS GAME, SPYING, SURVEILLANCE, YOU KNOW, UNAUTHORIZED, UNDOCUMENTED VIEWING OF PEOPLE, WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT, IS A MAGIC ACT FOR IDIOTS. AND COMEY LIKES TO PLAY THAT LITTLE GAME WITH PEOPLE. EVERYBODY’S CALLED THIS SPYING, LOU. SPYING AS BILL BARR SAID APPROPRIATELY IS A FINE ENGLISH WORD THAT DESCRIBES EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED. AND LET’S JUST WITH CLEAR HERE, LOU, THE EVIDENCE IS OVERWHELMING THAT JIM COMEY’S A LIAR. THEY USED NATIONAL SECURITY LETTERS, USED FOREIGN SPIES TO GATHER INTELLIGENCE ON TRUMP. THAT’S ALREADY BEEN REPORTED ON OTHER OUTLETS, BY THE WAY, LEFT-LEANING OUTLETS, RIGHT? THEY USED A FISA COURT — LOU: WHAT DO YOU MEAN IT’S BEEN REPORTED ON LEFT-LEANING OUTLETS? IT’S BEEN REPORTED ON THIS OUTLET –>>I’M JUST TALKING ABOUT THE FOREIGN SPIES. I MEAN, EVERYONE FROM “THE NEW YORK TIMES” ON. “THE GUARDIAN” AND CNN HAVE ALREADY REPORTED A YEAR AGO ON THE FACT THAT FOREIGN SPIES, YES, SPIES, LOU, WERE FEEDING INFORMATION TO SPIES IN THE UNITED STATES ABOUT THE TRUMP PEOPLE. I MEAN, I CAN PULL THE ARTICLE UP ON MY PHONE RIGHT NOW AND SHOW IT TO YOU. IT’S OUT THERE FOR EVERYONE TO SEE. NOT TO MENTION ONE FINAL POINT, THEY USED AN ACTUAL SPY ALREADY REPORTED ON BY “THE NEW YORK TIMES.” I DON’T KNOW WHAT COMEY’S DOING. HIS LEGACY ‘S ALREADY A STAIN ON THE FBI. LOU: [INAUDIBLE] BECAUSE HE’S DOING THE SAME THING.>>WHAT’S THAT? LOU: HE IS SITTING THERE SPEWING NONSENSE TALKING ABOUT WE INVESTIGATE, AND THEN YOU HEAR COMEY PARROTING ALL HE SAID BEFORE THE COMMITTEE YESTERDAY, YOU KNOW, DEBATING THE SEMANTICS, THE ETYMOLOGY OF ALL OF THIS. THESE PEOPLE ARE OUT OF THEIR MINDS. WHO DO THEY THINK THEY’RE KIDDING? AND — [INAUDIBLE CONVERSATIONS] WHEN BILL BARR SAID PERFECTLY GOOD ANGLO-SAXON WORD, I WANTED TO CHEER BECAUSE HE’S SPEAKING PLAINLY, DIRECTLY. BECAUSE HE HAS A HIGH IQ AND THE ABILITY TO DO SO. THESE IDIOTS WHO RUN AROUND SPEWING LATIN DERIVATIVES ARE USUALLY JUST THAT. I WON’T REPEAT THE WORD THAT I JUST USED.>>YEAH. [LAUGHTER] THE SHAME OF THIS WHOLE THING, LOU, AND I’M WITH YOU 100%, AND I’M GLAD YOU BROUGHT UP CHRISTOPHER WRAY YESTERDAY. HE SOLD US OUT. THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO REASON TO PLAY THIS GAME. CHRISTOPHER WRAY IS ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS IN THE COSMOS. HE HAD THE ABILITY YESTERDAY TO REESTABLISH FAITH IN THE FBI AND COME OUT AND SAY, LISTEN, A VERY SIMPLE ANSWER, LOU. ALL HE HAD TO SAY THERE’S AN INVESTIGATION GOING ON RIGHT NOW INTO SPYING, YES, SPYING. WE’RE LOOKING INTO IT, AND MS. SHAHEEN, WHO HE WAS TALKING TO, THE DEMOCRAT SENATOR, WHEN I GET TO THE BOTTOM OF IT, I WILL BE BACK HERE AND HAPPILY TALK ABOUT IT. WHAT DOES HE DO? I WOULDN’T USE THE WORD SPYING. THEY WERE PERFECTLY CONTENT WITH USING THE WORD SPYING WHEN THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT THE PATRIOT ACT WITH GEORGE BUSH. IT’S RIDICULOUS. LOU: SO WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE CADILLAC ARE MEMORANDUM AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT AND THEY SEALED IT, CHRISTOPHER WRAY TOOK RESPONSIBILITY FOR SEALING IT TWO WEEKS AGO, AND INSTEAD OF SHARING THE DOCUMENTED KNOWLEDGE, FIRSTHAND, OF THE FACT THAT THE STEELE DOSSIER HAD A POLITICAL MOTIVATION — OH AND, YES, A DEADLINE OF NOVEMBER 6TH I BELIEVE IT WAS, 2016. ALL OF THIS HAS BEEN SEALED FOR 25 YEARS BY THAT SAME FBI THAT WAS ENGAGED IN SPYING.>>YEAH. NO WORRIES, LOU. CHRISTOPHER WRAY SAID WE COULD SEE THE MEMO IN 2041. I COULD BE DEAD BY THEN, GOD FORBID. 2041. THE MEMO, SO THE AUDIENCE TOTALLY UNDERSTANDS AND COMPLETELY GETS WHAT THIS IS, THIS IS PROOF POSITIVE THAT THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT KNEW CHRISTOPHER STEELE’S INFORMATION USED TO SPY ON DONALD TRUMP WAS POLITICAL INFORMATION. IT WAS NOT LEGITIMATE INTELLIGENCE. THEY KNEW IT BEFORE THE FISA WAS ISSUED. AND NOW LISA PAGE’S TESTIMONY, THE FBI LAWYER WHO WAS WORKING ON THIS, MAKES A WORLD OF SENSE WHEN SHE SEEMS GENUINELY SURPRISED UNDER OATH IN CONGRESS THAT THE SAME SOURCE THEY WERE USING, STEELE, WAS ALSO REPORTING TO PLACES LIKE THE STATE DEPARTMENT AND, I BELIEVE, TO THE CIA TOO. JOHN BRENNAN WAS THE PUPPET MASTER OF THIS WHOLE THING, AND I BELIEVE HE PLAYED THE FBI FOR FOOLS, AND COMEY BOUGHT INTO IT. LOU: YOU KNOW, AND I HAVEN’T RULED OUT A STRONG ROLE FOR THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT YET EITHER. AND MY GUESS IS YOU HAVEN’T EITHER.>>NO, LOU, BUT THAT’S NOT EVEN IN DISPUTE. I DON’T KNOW WHY — WHY WOULD YOU EVEN RULE THAT OUT? “THE GUARDIAN” AND CNN OF ALL PLACES HAVE ALREADY REPORTED ON THIS. YOU KNOW, THE FACT THAT THE BRITISH FED INTEL TO THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT ABOUT THE TRUMP TEAM IS NOT IN DISPUTE. I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHY THIS IS CONTROVERSIAL. CNN — [INAUDIBLE CONVERSATIONS] LOU: JUST WANTED TO SEE YOU GO BANANAS.>>YES, YOU GOT ME TO GO BANANAS. [LAUGHTER] IT DRIVES ME CRAZY E WHEN HOSTS, YOU KNOW, OUT THERE WHO ARE AFRAID TO TOUCH THIS STUFF. IT’S ALREADY BEEN REPORTED ON THAT THE BRITISH INTEL SPIED ON TRUMP. THIS IS NOT CONTROVERSIAL. YOU GOT ME GOOD ON THAT ONE, WELL DONE. LOU: I THOUGHT I WAS DISGUISING MY QUIVERING, TREMBLING HANDS –>>I’M GLAD IT’S STILL EARLY AND I DON’T HAVE TO GO TO BED AFTER THAT. I’M ALL EXCITED NOW. [LAUGHTER] LOU: KEEP IT THERE. I’M GLAD YOU TOOK IT PERSONALLY. THAT 25 YEARS UNDER SEAL, YOU’LL MAKE IT, DAN, YOU’LL MAKE IT.

Iran threatens to surpass nuclear deal limits in 10 days


NEIL: ALL RIGHT. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MOMENTS WHERE IRAN ALWAYS ARGUED WE DON’T HAVE ANY NUCLEAR PRODUCTION GOING ON BUT THEY ARE ALREADY PROMISING TO RAMP IT UP NOW THAT WE RIPPED UP THE DEAL. YOU DO THAT THINK BUT YOU SAID YOU DIDN’T HAVE NUCLEAR — I KNOW. NOI. I’M DONE. WE HAVE THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE MEMBER, OHIO REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN MIKE TURNER HERE IN THE FLESH. GOOD TO HAVE YOU, SIR.>>THANK YOU. NEIL: THEY ARE BRAGGING ABOUT WE ARE GOING TO EXCEED THE LIMITS, BREAK THIS DEAL. THAT’S ALL BUT A GIVEN. WHAT DO YOU THINK?>>WELL, I JUST RECENTLY MET WITH THE LEAD INSPECTOR WITH THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY THAT’S OVER THE DEAL WITH IRAN. IRAN HAS BEEN DOING A NUMBER OF THINGS THAT ARE APPROACHING OR PREPARING FOR BREAKING THE DEAL, ALL IN DIRECT OBSERVATION OF THE IAEA. IT’S SOMEWHAT BEEN ANTICIPATED THEY WERE GOING TO BE GOING DOWN THIS PATH. AS YOU KNOW, THE DEAL ITSELF HAD THREE MAJOR FLAWS. IT WAS LIMITED IN ITS TIME PERIOD, MEANING THERE WERE THINGS THEY WERE GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO ANYWAY IN TEN YEARS WHEN THE DEAL HAD BEEN CONSTRUCTED, IT DID NOT INCLUDE MISSILES, DID NOT INCLUDE MALIGN ACTIVITIES THE ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN CONCERNED ABOUT AND IT ALSO HAD A VERY LIMITED INSPECTION REGIME. THAT’S WHY THE ADMINISTRATION THROUGH A MAXIMUM PRESSURE CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN TRYING TO BRING IRAN BACK TO THE TABLE TO RENEGOTIATE THIS DEAL. CLEARLY, AS IRAN CONTINUES TO ESCALATE ITS ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA, IT’S BRINGING IT CLOSER AND CLOSER TO EVERYONE REALIZING THE DEAL IS PROBABLY NOT GOING TO BE RENEGOTIATED AND CONSEQUENTLY — NEIL: THEY RAMP IT UP. ARE YOU CONCERNED THAT WAIT A MINUTE, FAULTY OR PROBLEMATIC AS THE DEAL WAS, AT LEAST SOMETHING HELD IT TOGETHER. NOW THERE’S NO SWISS CHEESE, NOTHING.>>WELL, IRAN CLAIMED THEY WERE GOING TO COMPLY WITH THE DEAL AS LONG AS THE EUROPEANS COMPLIED WITH THE DEAL. THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE SOME EXPLAINING TO DO AS TO WHY THEY WOULD BE NOW BREAKING A DEAL THEY HAD COMMITTED THEMSELVES TO. BUT THE DEAL ITSELF IS FLAWED. THEY WOULD HAVE HAD A PATH THAT WOULD HAVE — WE WOULD HAVE BEEN FACING A NUCLEAR IRAN SO IT’S VERY TIMELY THAT WE BRING THIS FORWARD AND WITH POMPEO AND THE ADMINISTRATION’S MAXIMUM PRESSURE CAMPAIGN. I DO THINK THERE’S OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALLIES OF THE UNITED STATES AND IRAN TO COME TO THE TABLE. IT MAY GET NOISY FOR AWHILE BUT I THINK IF OUR ALLIES COME TO THE TABLE WITH US, IRAN SHOULD BE ABLE TO COME TO THE TABLE. NLT NEIL: ON THAT FRONT, YOU DON’T DOUBT THE EVIDENCE OUT THERE THAT IRAN WAS AND IS BEHIND THESE TANKER ATTACKS AND OTHER THINGS? I MEAN, SOME OF OUR ALLIES APPARENTLY WANT MORE PROOF. WHAT IS IT?>>I DON’T. I THINK, YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE QUESTIONS YOU HAVE TO ASK YOURSELF IS WHO ELSE IN THE AREA WOULD HAVE BEEN DOING IT AND WHO ELSE IN THE AREA HAS THE MEANS TO DO IT. NEIL: THE CYNICAL VIEW IS SOMEONE COULD SET IT UP TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE THEM.>>THESE ARE FAIRLY SOPHISTICATED ATTACKS. NEIL: WHY WOULD THEY DO THAT? WHY RISK OUR WRATH?>>THEY WERE ALREADY DOING COVERT MALIGN ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THEY ARE SORT OF SURFACING AS BEING EVIDENCED, AS DOING THESE ACTIVITIES, A CLEAR DOTTED LINE. I THINK IT’S CLEARLY TO SHOW THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY THAT THEY DO INTEND TO THROUGH AGGRESSION AND ATTACKS IN THE AREA, CALL ATTENTION TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, THEIR DISPLEASURE THAT THEIR ECONOMY IS TANKING, IT’S NOT GROWING AS A RESULT OF U.S. SANCTIONS. THEY ARE HAVING GREAT DIFFICULTY IN CONVINCING ANYBODY TO INVEST IN IRAN. THEY ARE NOT A VERY GOOD BUSINESS PARTNER. NEIL: CHINA COZYING UP TO RUSSIA, I KNOW MIKE POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE, IS SAYING THE ADMINISTRATION IS CONSIDERING A FULL RANGE OF OPTIONS ON IRAN. DO YOU KNOW WHETHER AN OUTRIGHT ATTACK IS AMONG THEM?>>YOU KNOW, I THINK THE SECRETARY HAS RIGHTLY SAID MILITARY OPTIONS WILL BE PRESERVED BUT AT THE SAME TIME — NEIL: NOT MILITARY OPTIONS ALONE.>>RIGHT. IF YOU ONLY LOOK AT THE ISSUES OF IF IRAN SHOULD ATTACK OUR ALLIES, OR ATTACK THE UNITED STATES, WE JUST RECENTLY IN THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE HAD A DEBATE, THE DEMOCRATS BROUGHT FORWARD AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD HAVE PROHIBITED ANY MILITARY ACTION OR RESPONSE TO IRAN. THIS WOULDN’T EVEN ALLOW US TO PROTECT ISRAEL OR TO PROTECT OUR NATO ALLIES. I THINK — NEIL: THEY PULLED THAT.>>RO KHANNA FROM CALIFORNIA. NEIL: SOMEONE MUST HAVE GOTTEN IT.>>ONCE WE BEGAN HAVING THE DEBATE AND THE CHAIRMAN SAW THE DIFFICULTIES THIS AMENDMENT WOULD HAVE PROHIBITED OPTIONS FOR THE UNITED STATES, TOOK IT OFF THE TABLE. WE WILL HAVE THAT DEBATE AGAIN AS IT COMES, AS THE BILL COMES TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. BUT I THINK POMPEO THROUGH HIS MAXIMUM PRESSURE CAMPAIGN IS USING ALL OPTIONS OF SANCTIONS, WORKING WITH ALLIES, WORKING WITH OUR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS TO PLACE PRESSURE ON IRAN AND THAT’S CERTAINLY THE WAY TO GO. NEIL: SANCTIONS IS THE WAY TO GO RIGHT NOW.>>AT THIS POINT, EVEN THE SANCTIONS ARE INCREASING, TIGHTENING, AND THAT I THINK

Democrats have turned politics into a farce: Varney


YOU. AND NOW THIS.>>WHAT AN EMBARASSMENT. THE DEMOCRATS TURNED POLITICS INTO A NAME-CALLING FARCE. THEY JUST CAN’T CONCEAL THEIR HATRED AN CONTEMPT FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP T WAS ALL ON FULL DISPLAY THIS WEEK WITH THE BARR HEARINGS. LOOK AT THIS, JUST PLAIN SILLY. REPRESENTATIVE STEVE COHEN EATING FRIED CHICKEN IN THE HEARING ROOM, IMPLYING THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WAS A CHICKEN FOR NOT SHOW UP FOR ANOTHER ROUND EVER INSULTING SLANDER. I CALL THAT JUVENILE. THINGS TURNED SERIOUS WHEN SPEAKER PELOSI SAID MR. BARR HAD LIED TO CONGRESS. THEM’S FIGHTING WORDS. WHAT WAS THE LIE EXACTLY? LET ME TRY TO EXPLAIN IT. BOB MUELLER SAID HE HAD SOME MISGIVINGS ABOUT BARR’S SUMMARY OF HIS REPORT. LATER BARR SAID HE DIDN’T KNOW WHETHER MUELLER SUPPORTED HIS SUMMARY. THAT IS WHAT SPEAKER PELOSI CONSIDER AS LIE. ON THIS, HANGS THE FUTURE OF THE REPUBLIC. DEMOCRAT LEADERS HAVE THROWN A TEMPER TANTRUM, ALL RIGHT? ENTER KIM STRASSEL “WALL STREET JOURNAL” COLUMNIST. TODAY SHE WRITES, THAT WHAT REALLY RATTLED THE DEMOCRATS IS MR. BARR’S INVESTIGATION OF HOW THE RUSSIA PROBE GOT STARTED IN THE FIRST PLACE. OW OH. THAT SPELLS TROUBLE. HE IS LOOKING AT THE DOSSIER, WHICH HILLARY CLINTON FUNDED. HE WANTS TO KNOW WHO LEAKED CLASSIFIED DETAILS OF THE PROBE. THAT IS A CRIMINAL OFFENSE. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IS ON IT. ONE LAST POINT. “THE NEW YORK TIMES” REVEALS TODAY THAT THE FEDS DID INDEED SPY ON THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN IN 2016 IS. WHO ORDERED IT? WHO KNEW ABOUT IT? ALL OF THIS EXPLAINS WHY THE DEMOCRATS ARE FURIOUS AT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL. HE IS GOING TO FIND OUT WHAT SOME VERY POWERFUL PEOPLE WERE

The disarming case to act right now on climate change | Greta Thunberg


Translator: Akinori Oyama
Reviewer: Peter van de Ven When I was about eight years old, I first heard about something
called climate change or global warming. Apparently, that was something
humans had created by our way of living. I was told to turn off
the lights to save energy and to recycle paper to save resources. I remember thinking
that it was very strange that humans, who are
an animal species among others, could be capable of changing
the Earth’s climate. Because if we were,
and if it was really happening, we wouldn’t be talking
about anything else. As soon as you’d turn on the TV,
everything would be about that. Headlines, radio, newspapers, you would never read or hear
about anything else, as if there was a world war going on. But no one ever talked about it. If burning fossil fuels was so bad
that it threatened our very existence, how could we just continue like before? Why were there no restrictions? Why wasn’t it made illegal? To me, that did not add up. It was too unreal. So when I was 11, I became ill. I fell into depression, I stopped talking, and I stopped eating. In two months, I lost
about 10 kilos of weight. Later on, I was diagnosed
with Asperger syndrome, OCD and selective mutism. That basically means I only speak
when I think it’s necessary – now is one of those moments. (Applause) For those of us who are on the spectrum, almost everything is black or white. We aren’t very good at lying, and we usually don’t enjoy
participating in this social game that the rest of you seem so fond of. (Laughter) I think in many ways
that we autistic are the normal ones, and the rest of the people
are pretty strange, (Laughter) especially when it comes to
the sustainability crisis, where everyone keeps saying
climate change is an existential threat and the most important issue of all, and yet they just carry on like before. I don’t understand that, because if the emissions have to stop, then we must stop the emissions. To me that is black or white. There are no gray areas
when it comes to survival. Either we go on
as a civilization or we don’t. We have to change. Rich countries like Sweden
need to start reducing emissions by at least 15 percent every year. And that is so that we can stay
below a two-degree warming target. Yet, as the IPCC
have recently demonstrated, aiming instead for 1.5 degrees Celsius would significantly
reduce the climate impacts. But we can only imagine
what that means for reducing emissions. You would think the media
and every one of our leaders would be talking about nothing else, but they never even mention it. Nor does anyone ever mention the greenhouse gases
already locked in the system. Nor that air pollution is hiding a warming so that when we stop burning fossil fuels, we already have an extra level of warming perhaps as high as
0.5 to 1.1 degrees Celsius. Furthermore does hardly
anyone speak about the fact that we are in the midst
of the sixth mass extinction, with up to 200 species
going extinct every single day, that the extinction rate today is between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than what is seen as normal. Nor does hardly anyone ever speak about
the aspect of equity or climate justice, clearly stated everywhere
in the Paris Agreement, which is absolutely necessary
to make it work on a global scale. That means that rich countries need to get down to zero emissions
within 6 to 12 years, with today’s emission speed. And that is so that people
in poorer countries can have a chance to heighten
their standard of living by building some of the infrastructure
that we have already built, such as roads, schools, hospitals, clean drinking water,
electricity, and so on. Because how can we expect
countries like India or Nigeria to care about the climate crisis if we who already have everything
don’t care even a second about it or our actual commitments
to the Paris Agreement? So, why are we not reducing our emissions? Why are they in fact still increasing? Are we knowingly causing
a mass extinction? Are we evil? No, of course not. People keep doing what they do because the vast majority
doesn’t have a clue about the actual consequences
of our everyday life, and they don’t know
that rapid change is required. We all think we know,
and we all think everybody knows, but we don’t. Because how could we? If there really was a crisis, and if this crisis was caused
by our emissions, you would at least see some signs. Not just flooded cities,
tens of thousands of dead people, and whole nations leveled
to piles of torn down buildings. You would see some restrictions. But no. And no one talks about it. There are no emergency meetings,
no headlines, no breaking news. No one is acting
as if we were in a crisis. Even most climate scientists
or green politicians keep on flying around the world,
eating meat and dairy. If I live to be 100,
I will be alive in the year 2103. When you think about the future today,
you don’t think beyond the year 2050. By then, I will, in the best case,
not even have lived half of my life. What happens next? The year 2078, I will celebrate
my 75th birthday. If I have children or grandchildren,
maybe they will spend that day with me. Maybe they will ask me about you, the people who were around, back in 2018. Maybe they will ask
why you didn’t do anything while there still was time to act. What we do or don’t do right now
will affect my entire life and the lives of my children
and grandchildren. What we do or don’t do right now, me and my generation
can’t undo in the future. So when school
started in August of this year, I decided that this was enough. I set myself down on the ground
outside the Swedish parliament. I school striked for the climate. Some people say that I
should be in school instead. Some people say that I should study
to become a climate scientist so that I can “solve the climate crisis.” But the climate crisis
has already been solved. We already have
all the facts and solutions. All we have to do is
to wake up and change. And why should I be studying for a future
that soon will be no more when no one is doing anything
whatsoever to save that future? And what is the point of learning facts
in the school system when the most important facts given by the finest science
of that same school system clearly means nothing
to our politicians and our society. Some people say that Sweden
is just a small country, and that it doesn’t matter what we do, but I think that if a few children
can get headlines all over the world just by not coming to school
for a few weeks, imagine what we could all do
together if you wanted to. (Applause) Now we’re almost at the end of my talk, and this is where people
usually start talking about hope, solar panels, wind power,
circular economy, and so on, but I’m not going to do that. We’ve had 30 years of pep-talking
and selling positive ideas. And I’m sorry,
but it doesn’t work. Because if it would have, the emissions would have gone down by now. They haven’t. And yes, we do need hope, of course we do. But the one thing we need
more than hope is action. Once we start to act,
hope is everywhere. So instead of looking for hope, look for action. Then, and only then, hope will come. Today, we use 100 million
barrels of oil every single day. There are no politics to change that. There are no rules
to keep that oil in the ground. So we can’t save the world
by playing by the rules, because the rules have to be changed. Everything needs to change — and it has to start today. Thank you. (Applause)

Fox News panel breaks down Trump’s new feud with Omar, Tlaib


♪ ♪>>WE WILL NOT ALLOW TO ISRAEL PEOPLE WHO WORK TO DELEGITIMIZE THE JEWISH STATE.>>THE GOVERNMENT AND PARTICULAR PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU ARE BEHAVING LIKE A DICTATORSHIP IN THE SENSE THAT THEY CAN’T TOLERATE DISSENT, THEY CAN’T TOLERATE CRITICISM.>>THEY ARE SO ANTI-JEWISH, I DID SPEAK TO PEOPLE UP THERE. I DON’T ENCOURAGE OR DISCOURAGE.>>IT SETS A HORRIBLE PRECEDENT FOR ISRAEL IN MAKING THIS DECISION. WHY WOULD ANY COUNTRY MAKE A DECISION TO DENY A UNITED STATES CONGRESSMAN ACCESS TO THEIR COUNTRY? DO THEY NOT BELIEVE THE UNITED STATES HAS DONE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT FOR ISRAEL?>>John: WE ARE BACK WITH OUR PANEL. THE CONGRESSMAN THERE, A DEMOCRAT IS JOINED BY VIRTUALLY EVERY OTHER DEMOCRAT IN BLASTING PRESIDENT TRUMP AND BENJAMIN NETANYAHU FOR THIS DECISION, HOW SAYS THE PANEL?>>FROM THE ISRAELI SECURITY STANDPOINT POINT OF VIEW, THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO SAY ACTUALLY, IF YOU ARE SUPPORTING SOMETHING THAT IS MANIFESTLY AGAINST THE ISRAELI NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS IN TERMS OF ECONOMIC BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT, THAT AIMS TO — BUT THE YOUNG PROGRESSIVE ELEMENTS THAT ARE COMING IN AND NOW WITH THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS HAVING TO SURROUND THESE TWO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, THERE IS A CHALLENGE THAT IT FORCES THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY TO COALESCE IN A WAY THAT PERHAPS MAKES THEM MORE ANTI-ISRAEL.>>John: IT WAS INTERESTING TO HEAR A MEMBER OF THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY BLASTING ISRAEL FOR NOT LETTING HER, NOT LETTING HIS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS INTO THE COUNTRY — SHE’S BEEN BLOCKED FROM COMING INTO THE UNITED STATES.>>THERE IS A WIDESPREAD REJECTION OF BORDERS AND NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY THAT WE ARE SEEING IN SOME GROUPS ON THE LEFT. THE FIRST QUESTION THAT NEEDS TO BE ANSWERED IS WHETHER ISRAEL HAS THE RIGHT TO DETERMINE WHO COMES INTO THEIR COUNTRY AND THEY HAVE A LAW FORBIDDING ENTRY TO NONCITIZENS BOYCOTTING ISRAE ISRAEL. THEY WERE WILLING TO PROVIDE THESE EXCEPTIONS TO THESE TWO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS BUT THEN THEY FOUND OUT THE ITINERARY OF THESE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHICH THE AMBASSADOR TO THE U.S. DESCRIBED AS A BDS CIRCUS. FINDING OUT THEY WERE COMING NOT AS AN OUTREACH MISSION OR TO FIND FACTS ABOUT ISRAEL BUT TO DO SOMETHING THAT WAS SO POLITICAL, IT WOULD BE DIRECT VIOLATION OF AN ISRAELI LAW, THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO DO THIS. IT’S UNFORTUNATE BECAUSE IT’S GOOD FOR PEOPLE TO VISIT ISRAEL TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COUNTRY AND UNDERSTAND THE COMPLEXITY OF THE SITUATION THERE, NOT JUST ABOUT ISRAEL BUT THE PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES AS WELL. ONE HOPES SHE WILL BE ABLE TO VISIT UNDER DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCES.>>John: SOME REPUBLICANS HAVE SUGGESTED THIS IS A BAD MOVE, SENATOR MARTHA McSALLY IS NOT AMONG THEM. LISTEN TO HER TAKE ON ALL OF THIS.>>RASHIDA IS A PALESTINIAN WHO IS COMING TO VISIT HER COUNTRY, HER FAMILY, HER VILLAGE, HER FATHER AND HER MOTHER, THEIR ROOTS ARE PALESTINIAN. HER GRANDFATHER, HER GRANDMOTHE GRANDMOTHER, THEY ARE FROM PALESTINE AND THEY TALK ALL THE TIME ABOUT HOW SHE IS PALESTINIAN.>>ISRAEL HAS A RIGHT TO DECIDE WHO CAN COME UNDER THEIR COUNTRY, I LOVE ISRAEL, I’VE BEEN DEPLOYED TO THE MIDDLE EAST FIVE TIMES AND I THINK BOTH OMAR AND RASHIDA TO TLAIB, THEIR A AND RASHIDA TO TLAIB, THEIR T AND RASHIDA TO TLAIB, THEIR O AND RASHIDA TO TLAIB, THEIR S HAVE BEEN DANGEROUS.>>John: INTERESTING POLITICS ON BOTH SIDES.>>IT’S IMPORTANT TO SEPARATE THE POLICY FROM THE POLITICS. ISRAEL IS A SAYING WE’RE GOING TO BOYCOTT THE BOYCOTT HERS AND THIS BDS MOVEMENT HAS ANTI-SEMITIC ROUTES AND IT’S RADICAL. THESE ARE THE FIRST TWO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO HOLD THOSE ANTI-ISRAEL VIEWS. THEY HAVE DONE THIS WITH OTHER ALLIES OF OTHER COUNTRIES, THE POLITICS ARE MUCH MORE TRICKY FOR ISRAEL. THEY RELY ON BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN CONGRESS, ESPECIALLY DEMOCRATIC SUPPORT. ALL THE ISRAEL VOTES RELY ON THE MAJORITY DEMOCRATS. YOU ARE LOSING THAT BIPARTISANSHIP.>>YOU THINK ISRAEL SHOULD NOT HAVE BANNED THESE TWO.>>THEY ARE LOSING THE P.R. BATTLE, THAT’S A LOT OF THE GAME FOR THIS ISSUE.>>PEOPLE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE EFFORTS AND THERE’S A LOT OF TOLERANCE OF LICATA MOVEMENTS ON THE AMERICAN LEFT. IT’S IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST THOSE MOVEMENTS AND THE HARM THEY CAUSE INSTEAD OF JUST TOLERATING MEN.>>THIS WAS NOT GOING TO BE AN OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION.>>THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY BEING A NECESSARY ALLY FOR LONG-STANDING SECURITY STRATEGY IS SOMETHING I THINK MEANS IT’S ON THE BALANCE EVEN IF THE BDS THING IS A BIG PROBLEM.>>WE HAVE ALSO BANNED ISRAELI PARLIAMENTARY MEMBERS, A MEMBER OF THE KNESSET WAS NOT ALLOWED TO COME BECAUSE OF THE VIEWS HE HELD.>>IT’S IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT TRUMP WAS A BIG PROPONENT OF NOT LETTING THESE TWO MEMBERS TO GO TO ISRAEL. HE WANTED THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY TO BE REPRESENTATIVE OF TLAIB AND OMAR’S VALUES. THERE’S CERTAINLY NOT A LOT OF SUPPORT IN ISRAEL FOR THESE TWO BACKBENCHERS ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE. THE NETANYAHU GOVERNMENT ORIGINALLY SAID IT WAS OKAY FOR THEM TO COME. TRUMP TWEETED OUT THAT HE WOULD VIEW THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE AND HE QUICKLY SAW BACKTRACKING FROM