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

Hong Kong is an ’embarrassment’ for Xi Jinping: Scissors


YEAR NOTE. WE SAW THAT TEN YEAR YIELD RISE. MELISSA: JACKIE, THANK YOU. SO, WILL TRUMP STRATEGY IN CHINA WORK? JOINING MINA FROM AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE CHINESE EXPERT DEREK. DEREK, WE ARE GOING TO SHOW PEOPLE WAS GOING ON AT THE AIRPORT IN HONG KONG. THIS HAS BEEN ONE OF THE BIGGEST FACTORS GOING ON OVERNIGHT. RIGHT NOW THE AIRPORT A SHUTDOWN. THEY ARE WAITING FOR THE NEW DAY OVER THERE. WHAT YOU THINK THAT WILL BRING?>>HONG KONG — WHETHER THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT THINKS THERE IS PROTESTERS IN CHINA IN SYMPATHY WITH WHAT IS GOING ON IN HONG KONG. IF IT IS JUST HONG KONG, CHINA CAN STAY OUT OF BED AND LET THE PROTESTERS EXHAUST THEMSELVES AND GET TIRED OF THE DISORDER. BUT IF YOU SEE MERE PROTESTS IN CHINA SAYING WE STAND WITH THE HONG KONG PROTESTERS, WE WANT FREEDOM, WHATEVER THEY ARE LOOKING FOR, THAT IS WHAT WILL TRIGGER A CHINESE REACTION. OF COURSE WE DON’T KNOW EVERYTHING THAT IS GOING ON IN CHINA. WE WON’T NECESSARILY SEE IT. MELISSA: THE PREACHER WE ARE LOOKING AT, THEY REOPEN THE AIRPORT. PEOPLE ARE FILING IN THERE IN AN ORDERLY MANNER. IT STARTED LIKE THIS YESTERDAY AS WELL. THEY THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE A NORMAL DAY AND AS TIME WENT ON MORE MORE PROTESTERS SHOWED UP AT THE AIRPORT. THIS IS QUITE A SWITCH. HOW DOES THIS ALL BALANCE OUT WITH EVERYTHING THAT IS GOING ON WITH THE PRESIDENT IN MAINLAND CHINA? THE DOES IT DISTRACT PRESIDENT G XI JINPING FROM WHAT HE IS HABITED AND PRESIDENT TRUMP DOES IT MAY BE GIVE HIM MORE RESOLVE AS HE NEEDS TO LOOK TOUGH EVERYWHERE.>>AGAIN, I THINK THE QUESTION, HONG KONG IS A LITTLE BIT OF AN EMBARRASSMENT FOR HIM. I DON’T THINK IT MATTERS THAT MUCH. THE QUESTION IS WHETHER THERE IS UNHAPPINESS WITHIN CHINA ITSELF. OTHER STUDENTS WHO WILL SEE THEM PROTESTING IN CHINESE CITIES? THAT FEAR IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR XI JINPING. IF THAT IS WHAT HE’S WORRIED ABOUT, IF HE IS WORRIED ABOUT HONG KONG HE HAS PLENTY OF ROOMS. IF HE’S WORRIED ABOUT SPREADING DISCONTENT IN CHINA HE HAS TO TAKE A HARD-LINE.>>WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THE MOVE TO DELAY THE TARIFFS TODAY. DOES IT MAKE IT FEEL LIKE HE BLINKS?>>I THINK IT IS A DOMESTIC POLITICAL MOVE. I DON’T THINK IT’S ABOUT BACKING DOWN TO CHINA. I THINK THE PRESIDENT WAS VERY UPSET WITH CHINA COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO. HE ANNOUNCED NEW TARIFFS MORE QUICKLY THAN OTHERS WOULD HAVE OTHERWISE CHOSEN. AND TO NOW HE IS REALIZING LOOK, I CAN GET TO THOSE TARIFFS LATER. I WANT TO REASSURE EVERYONE, I WANT TO TAKE CHRISTMAS OFF THE TABLE IT’S A POLITICAL ISSUE, NO DEMOCRAT CAN CRITICIZE ME FOR RUINING CHRISTMAS. SO I THINK IT IS A DOMESTIC POLITICAL MOVE. I DON’T THINK HE BLINKS IT TO CHINA. HE MAY HAVE LINKED TO AMERICAN POLITICS.>>IF YOU LOOK AT THE BALANCE TO ALL OF THE AGREEMENTS GOING ON, HOW DO YOU SORT THAT OUT. THE USMC A, THAT IS A WIN. WHEN YOU LOOK AT MEXICO AND CANADA, THEY ARE ABLE TO GET THAT OVER THE FINISH LINE. IT IS SO CLOSE TO BEING DOWN. ALSO TRYING TO MAKE A DEAL WITH THE U.K. HOW DOES IT ALL SORTED OUT IN YOUR MIND AND ALL THESE DIFFERENT FRONTS? HOW WOULD YOU SCORE IT?>>I STUDIED CHINA AND I SEE CHINA AS A THREAT TO VARIOUS WAYS TO THE UNITED STATES AND ALSO A HORRIBLY REPRESSIVE REGIME. WE HOPE WE DON’T SEE THAT IN HONG KONG, BUT WE COULD. TO DEAL WITH MEXICO AND CANADA WE HAVE DEALS WITH THEM BUT THEY’RE NOT DICTATED THEIR SHIPS. BRITAIN OBVIOUSLY ISN’T. WE MIGHT HAVE A DEAL WITH THE JAPAN, THEY ARE ANOTHER DEMOCRACY. I DIVIDE THIS UP AS YOU MAKE THE DEALS WITH COUNTRIES THAT ARE BETTER RUN COUNTRIES AND BETTER FRIENDS FOR THE UNITED STATES.

Rudy Giuliani is putting together a ‘counter-report’ to discredit Mueller


BUILDING A REPORT TO COUNTER AND QUESTION THE LEGITIMACY OF ROBERT MUELLER’S RUSSIA PROBE. INCLUDING WHETHER, QUOTE, THE INITIATION OF THE MUELLER PROBE WAS LEGITIMATE OR NOT. LET’S BRING IN HARVARD LAW PROFESSOR, AND HE IS THE AUTHOR OF THE BLOCKBUSTER BOOK “THE CASE AGAINST IMPEACHING TRUMP,” ALAN DERSHOWITZ. WHAT’S GOING ON?>>WELL, I THINK IT’S EXACTLY SYSTEM. THE MUELLER PROBE HAS ONLY HEARD ONE SIDE OF THE STORY. REMEMBER, GRAND JURIES DON’T SIDE OF THE STORY. AND IN AN ADVERSARIAL SYSTEM, BOTH SIDES OF THE STORY HAVE TO BE HEARD. SO I THINK IT’S A GOOD THING FOR AMERICA, IT’S A GOOD THING FOR JUSTICE, IT’S A GOOD THING FOR TRUTH FOR THE TRUMP TEAM TO BE BEARING THEIR SIDE OF THE STORY — BARING THEIR SIDE OF THE STORY, AND THEN THE COUNTRY REPORT IS IT’S ILLEGAL FOR MUELLER TO DISCLOSE GRAND JURY TESTIMONY. AND SO HE’S GOING TO HAVE TO WRITE A REPORT EITHER WITHOUT DISCLOSING WHAT HE HEARD IN THE GRAND JURY OR HIS PROSECUTORS HEARD IN THE GRAND JURY, OR HE’S GOING TO HAVE TO GET SPECIAL PERMISSION FROM THE COURT TO DISCLOSE THIS MATERIAL. AND THE REASON WE DON’T PERMIT DISCLOSURE OF GRAND JURY MATERIAL IS BECAUSE IT’S ALWAYS ONE-SIDED. AND SO IT WOULD BE UNFAIR TO RELY ON WHAT WENT ON IN A GRAND JURY AS THE WHOLE TRUTH. BE — AND YOU KNOW IT’S COMING — IS THAT THE WHITE HOUSE IS TRYING TO UNDERMINE THE INSTITUTIONS OF THE U.S. DEMOCRACY. THE INSTITUTIONS OF DEMOCRACY REQUIRE AN ADVERSARIAL SYSTEM. YOU CAN’T HAVE DEM CROSS WHEN YOU — DEMOCRACY WHEN YOU PRESENT JUST ONE SIDE. ELIZABETH: YOU THINK THE SPECIAL COUNSEL –>>EVEN IF I — ELIZABETH: YEAH, GO AHEAD. I DIDN’T APPROVE OF IT FOR CLINTON, I DON’T APPROVE OF IT NOW. EVEN IF THIS WAS AN ORDINARY LEGITIMACY OR TO CHALLENGE THE COVERAGE OF HOW WELL IT WAS DONE OR TO CHALLENGE THE TRUTH OF WHAT’S IN THE REPORT. THAT’S THE ESSENCE OF DEMOCRACY. IT WOULD BE EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE OF DEMOCRACY IF THE PEOPLE JUST TELEVISION NOW PEOPLE ARE CALLING TRUMP AN UNINDICTED A, THERE’S BEEN NO INDICTMENT THAT EVEN MENTIONS OR REFERS TO TRUMP. IT WAS AN INFORMATION, NOT AN INDICTMENT AGAINST COHEN. AND SECOND, WHAT COHEN HAS SAID HEARSAY. SO, YOU KNOW, WE HEAR ONE SIDE ALL THE TIME FROM MUELLER, AND NOW IT’S TIME TO HEAR THE OTHER SIDE. MAYBE MUELLER WILL BE MORE PERSUASIVE. IT’S A CLASH OF ADVERSARIES, THAT’S THE WAY THE SYSTEM SHOULD WORK. ELIZABETH: DO YOU THINK THE MUELLER PROBE IS ILLEGITIMATE?>>NO, I DON’T THINK IT’S THINK IT’S UNLAWFUL. THERE ARE SOME VERY, VERY RESPECTABLE SCHOLARS WHO BELIEVE THAT, BUT ON BALANCE I THINK IT’S LAWFUL. I JUST THINK IT’S ILL-ADVISED, AND I THINK THAT EVERYTHING THAT’S BEEN INVESTIGATED COULD INSPECTOR GENERAL, THROUGH EXISTING INSTITUTIONS. YOU DON’T NEED SPECIAL COUNSEL. ELIZABETH: YOU KNOW, GIULIANI’S REPORT COULD BE 100 PAGES PLUS. TAKE A LOOK AND SEE ON THAT. LET’S GET TO THIS STORY, REPUBLICANS NOW CRITICIZING PRESIDENT TRUMP’S COMMENTS AT A RALLY LAST NIGHT IN INDIANA LET’S TAKE A LOOK.>>BUT OUR JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND OUR FBI HAVE TO START DOING THEIR JOB AND DOING IT RIGHT AND DOING IT NOW. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE ANGRY. TO STAY OUT, BUT AT SOME POINT IF IT DOESN’T STRAIGHTEN OUT PROPERLY, I WILL GET INVOLVED, AND I’LL GET IN THERE IF I HAVE TO. YOU CAN HAVE THE BIGGEST STORY ABOUT HILLARY CLINTON, I MEAN, LOOK AT WHAT SHE’S GETTING AWAY IT. LET’S SEE. ELIZABETH: ALAN, REPUBLICANS ARE CRITICIZING THESE COMMENTS SAYING IF HILLARY OR OBAMA MADE THOSE SAME COMMENTS, THEY’D BE BLASTED FOR IT. YOUR TAKE ON THAT.>>WELL, I DON’T LIKE THE PRESIDENT SEEKING TO CRIMINALIZE THE CONDUCT OF HILLARY CLINTON. YOU KNOW, IF HILLARY CLINTON HAD BEEN ELECTED PRESIDENT AND THEY WERE TRYING TO IMPEACH OR INVESTIGATE HER, I’D HAVE WRITTEN THE SAME BOOK CALLED THE CASE AGAINST IMPEACHING CLINTON. I THINK IT’S A MISTAKE TACTICALLY, LEGALLY, MAKING CRIMES OUT OF POLITICAL DIFFERENCES. SO I’M VERY MUCH AGAINST EFFORTS TO TRY TO CRIMINALIZE THE CONDUCT OF HILLARY CLINTON — ELIZABETH: WELL, IT’S NOT POLITICAL DIFFERENCES, IT’S ABOUT THE E-MAILS, RIGHT? SO THAT’S WHAT THE PRESIDENT, I THINK, IS REFERRING TO, THE CLINTON FOUNDATION.>>OF COURSE. AND THE PEOPLE ON THE OTHER SIDE SAY IT’S ABOUT THINGS THAT TRUMP MAY HAVE DONE. EACH SIDE IS TRYING TO WEAPONIZE OPPONENTS — ELIZABETH: THAT’S THE POINT, YES.>>I WANT DISARM. I WANT TO SEE NO CRIMINALIZATION EXCEPT IF THE EVIDENCE IS OVERWHELMING THAT A CRIME OCCURRED. HILLARY CLINTON WAS CLEARED BY THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT. HER CLEARING MAY HAVE COST HER THE ELECTION, BUT SHE WAS CLEARED, AND I WOULD NOT REOPEN

Israeli ambassador reacts to upcoming visit from Omar, Tlaib


VIOLATION OF U.N. SANCTIONS. LIZ: LET’S BRING IN THE U.N. AMBASSADOR. THE PRESIDENT WAS TWEETING ON THE SQUAD TODAY SAYING THEY ARE A GROUP OF TROUBLE MAKERS, YOUNG, INEXPERIENCED, NOT VERY SMART. THEY ARE AGAINST HUMANITARIAN AID AT THE BORDER AND ARE NOW AGAINST I.C.E. AND HOMELAND SECURITY. SO BAD FOR THE COUNTRY. YOUR TAKE ON WHAT THE PRESIDENT IS SAYING.>>IT’S VERY TROUBLING TO HEAR WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT JEWS IN AMERICA AND WHAT THEY ARE SAYING TO ISRAEL. CALLING TO BOYCOTT ISRAEL. ACTUALLY I’M HAPPY THEY ARE COMING TO ISRAEL. MAYBE THEY WILL GET A CHANCE TO LEARN SOMETHING. WHEN I READ THEIR TWEETS, THEY WILL SEE DEMOCRACY IN ACTION WHEN THEY COME TO ISRAEL. LIZ: WHAT IS THE REACTION INSIDE ISRAEL TO THESE TWO INDIVIDUALS?>>TO ALLOW THEM TO COME HERE OR NOT. MAKE A SHOW, NOT REALLY TO LEARN, UNFORTUNATELY. BUT ALLOW THEM TO ENTER THE COUNTRY. WOULD BE ABLE TO SHOW THEM THE BEST. BUT I THINK THEY WOULD COME AND CONTINUE TO INCITE AGAINST ISRAEL FROM ISRAEL. LIZ: DOES ANYBODY IN THE MEDIA ASK THEM WHY YOU ARE NOT STANDING UP FOR DEMOCRACY GIVEN THEY ARE VOWRNLTDED BY SO MANY ENEMIES.>>I THINK WE SHOULD HAVE A DEBATE AND THEY CAN LEARN SOMETHING, THEY SHOULD READ A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE HISTORY OF ISRAEL AND THE STRENGTH OF OUR DEMOCRACY BEFORE CRITICIZING IT. BOYCOTTING ISRAEL, WE HELP SO MANY COUNTRIES, OUR TECHNOLOGY HELPS SO MANY AMERICANS. LIZ: REPRESENTATIVE TLAIB AND OMAR SUPPORT THE BDS MOVEMENT THAT JUST CAME UP IN CONGRESS. 17 INDIVIDUALS ARRESTED, SOME OF THEM SENTENCED TO DEATH IN IRAN. THE PRESIDENT DENIES IT.>>DON’T BELIEVE WHAT THE PRAWNIANS ARE SAYING. THEY ARE — WHAT THE IRANIANS ARE SAYING. THEY ARE REACTING AND TRYING TO GET THE ATTENTION OF THE EUROPEANS TO SPEAK TO THE AGREEMENT. I CALL ON THE EUROPEANS TO FOLLOW THE LEADERSHIP OF PRESIDENT TRUMP. IN THE U.K., THEY JUST TOOK A BOAT AND ARE HEARING IT. THEY SHOULD APPLY MORE SANCTIONS AGAINST THE IRANIANS. LIZ: THE QUESTION IS, IS IT TIT FOR TAT, TANKER FOR TANKER GRAB. HERE IS GENERAL JACK KEANE WHO SAYS IRAN DOES NOT EVER WANT TO SHOW WEAKNESS.>>THE IRANIANS, YOU HAVE TO STAY FOCUSED ON WHAT’S DRIVING THEM. THEY ARE LIKE THE CHINESE AND NORTH KOREAN COMMUNISTS. THEY HAVE AN AUDIENCE AT HOME THEY HAVE THEIR HANDS AROUND THEIR THROAT. THEY NEVER WANT TO SHOW WEAKNESS. SO THE UNITED STATES SHOOTS DOWN ONE OF THEIR DRONES. IT’S A FACT, THEY DENY IT. THEY ARE RETALIATING AGAINST THE BRITS. THEY WANT TO DEM CRATE NOT JUST TO THE REGION, BUT TO THEIR PEOPLE AT HOME, THAT THEY ARE STILL POWERFUL.>>THE IRANIANS WANT TO RENEGOTIATE. SO THAT’S WHAT THEY ARE DOING. THEY WANT TO GET THE WORLD’S ATTENTION. EVENTUALLY THEY WILL UNDERSTAND THEY HAVE TO CHANGE THE AGREEMENT. MAYBE IT’S TIME TO SPEAK ABOUT GUIDELINES FOR A NEW AGREEMENT. LIZ: A LOT OF THIS IS FOR DOMESTIC CONSUMPTION INSIDE THE

9/11 first responders react to Jon Stewarts’ fiery testimony


THANKS FOR JOINING US. THE COMEDIAN ASK JON STEWART TEARING INTO LAWMAKERS, CRITICIZING SOME FOR NOT EVEN SHOWING UP TO A HEARING INVOLVING THE 9/11 VICTIMS COMPENSATION FUND.>>WE ARE AN INCREDIBLE METAPHOR, THIS RIMES, FOR THE ENTIRE PROCESS. GETTING HEALTHCARE AND BENEFITS FOR 9/11 FIRST RESPONDERS HAS COME TO. BEHIND ME A FILLED ROOM OF 9/11 FIRST RESPONDERS. IN FRONT OF ME, A NEARLY EMPTY CONGRESS. SICK AND DYING, THEY BROUGHT THEMSELVES DOWN HERE TO SPEAK. AND NO ONE — SHAMEFUL IT’S AN EMBARRASSMENT TO THE COUNTRY AND A STAIN ON THIS INSTITUTION. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES FOR THOSE WHO AREN’T HERE. BUT YOU WON’T BE. BECAUSE ACCOUNTABILITY DOESN’T APPEAR TO BE SOMETHING THAT OCCURRED IN THIS CHAMBER. BLAKE: THAT WAS THE IMAGE RIGHT THERE. WE REACHED OUT TO THE OFFICE OF THE MEMBERS WHO SIT ON THAT COMMITTEE. OF THE 15 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, TWO WERE NOT PRESENT FOR THE ENTIRETY OF THE HEARING. THE ABSENT MEMBERS WERE CONGRESSMAN SWALELL AND ANOTHER FROM PENNSYLVANIA. OTHERS WERE COMING IN AND OUT. THE REASON WHY YOU SAW THAT ROW OF EMPTY CHAIRS IS BECAUSE THE FULL COMMITTEE DOESN’T MEET UNTIL TOMORROW. WITH ME ARE TWO FIRST RESPONDERS WHO WERE AT THAT MEETING TODAY. GERALD, JAKE. THANK YOU FOR JOINING ME. THE JOHN STEWART CLIP THAT HAS BEEN PLAYING OVER AND OVER SAYING HOW CAN YOU NOT EVEN BE HERE FOR THIS HEARING IS SOMETHING THAT GRABBED ATTENTION. BUT THE OTHER PART IS HOW HAVE YOU GUYS NOT FUNDED THIS VICTIMS COMPENSATION FUND.>>HE’S BEEN SAYING THAT ALL ALONG, THIS IS THE THIRD TIME WE HAVE BEEN COMING OUT ASKING FOR THE FUNDING. LAST TIME WE GOT THE MEDICAL BENEFITS. A FIVE-YEAR PROJECTED COST. UNFORTUNATELY BECAUSE OF THE AMOUNT OF VICTIMS THAT PUT IN FOR THAT MONEY, IT’S RUNNING OUT QUICKER THAN EVER THOUGHT WOULD HAPPEN. WE ARE MORE THAN A YEAR OUT FROM WHEN IT’S SUPPOSED TO EXPIRE AND THEY CUT THE FUNDING.>>THESE ARE FOR THE FIRST RESPONDERS WHO WENT INTO THE ASH AND RUBBLE. THEY HAVE GOTTEN VERY SICK AND DIED IN SOME CASES, CANCER, YOU CAN GO DOWN THE LINE. AND WHO WANT AND NEED THIS MONEY, AND IT WILL RUN OUT NEXT YEAR. ARE YOU CONFIDENT WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE, THIS IS JUST CONGRESSIONAL THEATER AND THEY WILL FUND THE MONEY FOR THIS FUND?>>WE HAD TO COME DOWN HERE IN 2015. IT IS A PROCESS. I’M CONFIDENT IN THAT WE’LL NEVER QUIT. WE’LL NEVER FORGET OUR MEMBERS AND WE’LL NEVER FORGET ANYBODY ELSE WHO RESPONDED. SO WE’LL CONTINUE TO WASH THE HALLS OF CONGRESS UNTIL THE PROPER FUNDING IS ALLOWED.>>I WANT TO PLAY ONE CLIP REAL QUICK FROM THE RANKING MEMBER OF THIS COMMITTEE, JON STEWART CALLING OUT THAT MEMBER NOT COMPARABLE TO A NATURAL DISASTER.>>YOU GUYS ARE OBVIOUSLY HEROES AND 9/11 WAS A BIG DEAL. BUT WE HAVE A LOT OF STUFF TO DO. WE HAVE TOIK MAR THERE IS MONEY FOR A VARIETY OF DISASTERS. BUT THIS WASN’T A HURRICANE OR TORNADO. AND THAT’S YOUR JOB ANYWAY. BLAKE: DO YOU HAVE THINK CONGRESS IS LOOKING AT THIS THROUGH THE RIGHT LENS?>>MOST OF OF THE TIME, YES. BUT WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO THE MONEY AND WHERE IT’S GOING TO COME FROM, THAT WAS THEM COVERING THEMSELVES OR TRYING TO DETRACT FROM NOT COMMITTING WHOLEHEARTEDLY TO GIVING US THE MONEY, FUNDING IT FOREVER.>>JOHN IS SUCH AN ADVOCATE FOR FIRST RESPONDERS. HE’S SO PASSIONATE IN WHAT HE DOES FOR US AND FOR ALL FIRST RESPONDERS. OBVIOUSLY YOU CAN SAY HE WEARS HIS EMOTIONS ON HIS SLEEVE. BLAKE: THANK YOU BOTH FOR COMING

Democrats fear Warren, Bernie splitting up the far-left vote


MELISSA: AS THE 2020 RACE HEATS UP CONCERNS GROW ANNOUNCE DEMOCRATIC VOTERS THAT SANDERS AND WARREN OF SPLIT THE FAR LEFT VOTES, IOWA STATE VOTERS EXPRESSING WORRIES. JOINING ME NOW. MAN MADISON, WHAT DO YOU THINK OFS THEORY?>>THEY HAVE HAD TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT IT FOR A WHILE, AS WE GET CLOSER TO CAUCUSES AND PRIMARIES, THE CANDIDATES BETTER BE WORRIED. YOU LOOK AT FAR LEFT POLICIES, THEY WON’T GET A LOT OF SUPPORT WITHIN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. MEDICARE FOR ALL IS A GREAT EXAMPLE. YOU TALK ABOUT MED CAR YOU TALK ABOUT MEDICARE FOR ALL AND USING YOUR PRIVATE INSURANCE, THE NUMBERS GO DOWN. MELISSA: WHY ARE ELIZABETH WARREN’S NUMBERS SURGING?>>I THINK SHE IS GAIN SUPPORT, AT THE BEGINNING A LOT OF PEOPLE IN DEMOCRATIC PARTY UNDERRING — UNDERESTIMATED WHAT SHE WOULD BE ABLE TO DO. SHE IS GETTING OUT SPECIFIC POLICIES, SHE DOES GAIN A LOT OF SUPPORT. WHEN PEOPLE GET OUT TO VOTE IT THE SPLIT THE VOTE, AND IT MAY BE SOMEONE MORE MODERATE NEXT YEAR. MELISSA: DO YOU THINK THAT JOE BIDEN CONTINUES TO STAY IN THE LEAD? IT HAS BEEN SOLID SINCE HE GOT IN INSPITE OF THE GAFFES, AND YESTERDAY HE STILL HANGING ON TO THE LEAD?>>DID IS INTERESTING, THIS IS SOMETHING A LOT OF US DIDN’T EXPECT. ESPECIALLY WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN LAST FEW MONTHS. I DON’T THINK IT IS TOO LATE FOR ANOTHER CANDIDATE TO JUMP IN AND STEAL THE SPOTLIGHT, WE NEED TO KEEP AN EYE FOR SOMEONE COMING IN AND POTENTIALLY WINNING. MELISSA: WHO WOULD IT BE? WARREN IS ONLY PERSON WITH SPARK, MAYOR PETE HAS BEEN POPULAR BUT HE CAN’T GET REAL NUMBERS, WHO DO YOU THINK COULD DO THAT?>>THERE WAS A LOT OF TALK ON MICHELLE OBAMA. SHE SAID THERE ASK A ZERO PERCENT CHANCE SHE WOULD JUMP IN. IT COULD BE OUT OF LEFT FIELD, YOU LOOK AT A LOT OF PEOPLE FROM THE BEGINNING THAT PEOPLE THOUGHT WOULD GAIN MORE TRACTION, OROURKE IS POLLING AT BOTTOM 5.

Iran announces it seized another oil tanker in Persian Gulf


ELIZABETH: WELCOME BACK YOU ARE WATCHING FOX BUSINESS NETWORK, WE’RE AT BOTTOM OF THE HOUR. IT IS THIRD INCIDENT IN TWO WEEKS, AMID RISING TENSIONS WITH IRAN. WE’RE JOINED FROM JERUSALEM.>>U.S. AN SANCTION IRAN FOREIGN MINISTER LAST WEEK, AND IRAN SLAMMED SANCTIONS AS RIDICULOUS AND ILLEGAL. U.S. DISAGREES. DOUBLING DOWN ON HIS CRITICISMS OF SANCTIONS AGAINST HIM AND HIS COUNTRY, AS IRAN CLAIMS THEY SEIZED ANOTHER TANKER IN PERSIAN GULF. SEIZED A FOREIGN TANKER, DETAINING 7 CREW MEMBERS ON WEDNESDAY, IRAN SAID IT WAS AN IRAQI SHIP, ILLEGALLY SMUGGLING 700,000 LITERS OF FUEL. THEY CLAIM ST NOT AFFILIATED WITH THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT, HE SAID THIS WAS A PRIVATE TANKER. IN HAS BEEN A LOT OF TENSION IN PERSIAN GULF, U.S. HAS PUSHED FOR AN INTERNATIONAL MARITIME SECURITY INITIATIVE, FOCUSED ON PROTECTING COMMERCIAL TRANSIT IN THE GULF, UK ANNOUNCING THEY WILL JOIN U.S. NAVY IN THOSE EFFORTS, GERMANY ALREADY SAID THEY WOULD NOT JOIN A U.S.-LEAD MISSION IN PERSIAN GULF IN PART THEY BELIEVE U.S. POLICY OF MAXIMUM PRESSURE IS A BAD ONE, AUSTRALIA SAID THEY ARE GIVING CONSIDERATION TO JOINING THE U.S.-LED MISSION. ELIZABETH: THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>FOR HIS EXPERTISE, JOINING ME NOW, RETIRED FOUR-STAR GENERAL JACK KEANE. WHAT NEXT STEP DO YOU SEE HAPPENING FROM THIS.>>I DON’T THINK THAT STRATEGY THAT THE IRAN AN ARE THAT THE IRANIAN ARE USING WILL SUCCEED, THEY ARE ATTEMPTING TO CREATE AN ECONOMIC CRISIS BY INTERRUPTING FLOW OF OIL THROUGH THE PERSIAN GULF, THEY SABOTAGED 6 TANKERS, IT BACKFIRED ON THEM BECAUSE THEY GOT CAUGHT, IT DID NOT DISRUPT THE FLOW OF OIL, HERE, BECAUSE THE COALITION IS FORMING, I DON’T THINK THEY WILL BE ABLE TO SUCCEED, THAT WILL PUSH BACK ON THE IRANIANS, THEY DON’T WANT TO GET INTO A GUNFIGHT WITH U.S. OR INTERNATIONAL AIRCRAFT FIGHTER AIRCRAFT OUT THERE OR PROTECTION SHIPS. THAT NUMBER ONE. EVERYTHING THAT IRANIANS HAVE TRIED BACKFIRING, THEY ARE TRYING TO DO STRATEGIC — STRATEGICALLY PUT PRESSURE ON U.S. TO REMOVE SANCTIONS BECAUSE OF CRISIS THEY ARE TRYING TO CREATE, AND ISOLATE THE UNITED STATES, THEY ARE MORE ISOLATED POLITICALLY, DIPLOMATICALLY AND ECONOMICALLY, EVEN WHEN THEY TRIED TO BLACKMAIL EUROPEANS WHEN INCREASING URANIUM ENRICHMENT. THEY REJECTED IT. SO, THE UNITED STATES HAS MORE PEOPLE WORKING WITH IT THAN WHEN THE CRISIS BEGAN. AND THAT IS SOMETHING THE IRANIANS DID NOT ANTICIPATE. ELIZABETH: QUITE A DEVELOPMENT, A GREAT POINT. BY THE WAY, HOW MANY TANKERS CAN IRAN SEIZE TO CREATE A CRISIS? WHEN U.S. OIL BOOM IS LOWERING PRICES, YOU KNOW. HOW MUCH — WHAT AFFECT CAN THAT STRATEGY HAVE? I WOULD LIKE TOO SWITCH GEARS. THIS STORY IS IMPORTANT. CHINESE STATE HACKER NOW SUSPECTS OF TRYING TO HACK INTO THREE ELECTRIC UTILITY IN U.S., WE DON’T EN THE NAMES ARE LOCATIONS, THIS IS AN ACCUSATION, CYBER PROS, AT PROOF POINT SAY THAT EVIDENCE JUST POINT TO CHINA, TRYING TO DO A HIJACK OF THE UTILITIES, YOUR REACTION?>>CHINESE ARE PROLIFIC IN THEIR PENETRATION OF U.S. CAPE CAPABILITIES. RUSSIA DOES SOME OF THIS AS WELL, IRAN TO A LESSER DEGREE, AND NORTH KOREA TO A LESSER DEGREE. BUT THE CHINESE HAVE SIGNIFICANT INTEREST IN THIS A LOT ISIC MORING A AND PROBE — EXPLORING A AND PROBING. IF WE GOT INTO A CONFLICT WITH CHINA THEY WOULD CONDUCT MASSIVE CYBERATTACK ON U.S. INFRASTRUCTURE, FINANCE, TRANSPORTATION. AND UTILITY TO TRY TO SHUT US DOWN AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. SO A LOT OF THIS IS WITH THAT IN MIND. THEY DO MILLIONS OF PROBES A DAY, IN TO UNITED STATES NOT THOUSANDS OR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS, MILLIONS, THAT IS THE REALITY OF WHAT IS TAKING PLACE HERE. ELIZABETH: YOU MAKE A POINT BECAUSE, TO — WHAT YOU SAID, A LONG SIDE THAT WE HAVE NORTH KOREA AGAIN TODAY LAUNCHING TWO SHORT RANGE BALLISTIC MISSILES FROM WEST COAST THAT IS FOURTH MISSILE TEST IN ABOUT TWO WEEKS, WHAT IS YOUR REACT TO THAT STORY.>>NORTH KOREANS, THIS IS AGAIN PART OF THEIR PLAYBOOK. THEY TAKE BELLIGERENT ACTS, RHETORIC TO SUPPORT IT, THEY WANT THAT AS LEVERAGE PRIOR TOGOING INTO THE NEGOTIATIONS BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE IT WILL HELP THEM IN TERMS OF THE GOALS THEY ARE TRYING TO ACHIEVE. THE HANOI SUMMIT BLEW UP IN THEIR FACE, THEY EXPECTED TO GET SANCTION RELIEF, THEY GOT NOTHING. EVERYTHING THEY HAVE BEEN DOING SINCE WITH REACT TO THAT ABJEC FAILURE. I DO BELIEVE THAT ADMINISTRATION SHOULD CALL THIS OUT, I DON’T AGREE WITH PRESIDENT MINIMIZING SHORT RANGE MISSILES, BECAUSE THEY HAVE DO CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE TO SOUTH KOREA, AND JAPAN. WE HAVE TO BACK OUR ALLIES IN THAT SITUATION. THIS IS PREPARING FOR NEGOTIATIONS. ELIZABETH: WE HAVE A MILITARY BASE THERE?>>WE HAVE A MILITARY BASE IN SOUTH KOREA, RIGHT? CORRECT?>>WE HAVE MANY MILITARY BASES IN SOUTH KOREA, ONES NEAR SEOUL WE PULLED BACK FROM. WE USED TO BE UP AGAIN THE DMZ, THIS SITUATION IS TENUOUS. BEING WITHIN 75 MILES OF SEOUL, NORTH KOREA LONG-RANGE ARTILLERY AND ALL THEIR MISSILES CAN DO CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE NOT JUST TO THE MASSIVE CITY IN SEOUL BUT TO

China allows US rice imports amid trade war


♪>>FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER AND IN A SIGN OF POSSIBLY THAWING RELATIONS, CHINA HAS SIGNALED IT IS OPEN TO IMPORTING RICE FROM AMERICA. RICH EDSON IS IN WASHINGTON WITH AN UPDATE.>>GOOD EVENING, JON, AND THAT’S ACCORDING TO THE CHINESE CUSTOMS OFFICE, THE LATERS IN A — THE LATEST IN A SERIES OF GESTURES BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES. THE U.S. RICE PRODUCERS CALL THIS ANNOUNCEMENT AN IMPORTANT MILESTONE IN A MORE THAN DECADE-HONG FIGHT TO SECURE ACCESS TO CHINESE CONSUMERS. IN A STATEMENT, U.S. RICE SAYS, QUOTE: AS WITH OUR ALL OUR DEALINGS WITH CHINA, THE DEVIL’S IN THE DETAILS, AND WE HAVE MANY QUESTIONS INCLUDING WHEN THE FIST SALES WILL BE MADE, BUT THIS IS DEFINITELY GOOD NEWS FOR OUR PRODUCERS AND MILLERS. CHINA STILL NEEDS TO ANNOUNCE A LIST OF AA PROVED AMERICAN RICE MILLS, IT’S ALMOST UNCLEAR HOW MUCH AMERICAN RICE CHINA WILL IMPORT. IT ALSO BUYS RICE FROM OTHER ASIAN COUNTRIES. THE U.S. AND CHINA HAD PREVIOUSLY RAISED TARIFFS ON HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF IMPORT ON EACH OTHER’S COUNTRIES, THEY’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF A 90-DAY NEGOTIATING WINDOW WHERE BOTH HAVE AGREED TO HOLD OFF ON INCREASES AND OFFER GOODWILL GESTURES. CHINA HAS SAID IT WOULD RESUME BUYING AMERICAN SOYBEANS. THAT NEGOTIATING PERIOD ENDS MARCH 1ST, THOUGH ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS HAVE SAID THEY WOULD CONSIDER EXTENDING IT IF THE TWO COUNTRIES HAVE MADE ENOUGH PROGRESS. CHINESE AUTHORITIES SAY U.S. AND CHINESE NEGOTIATORS WILL HOLD THEIR FIRST FACE TO FACE MEETINGS NEXT MONTH SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING MET EARLIER THIS MONTH IN ARGENTINA. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SAYS IT IS CONFRONTING CHINA’S RAMPANT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY THEFT AND WHAT IT CALLS ABUSIVE TRADE PRACTICES. JON: THIS IS ONE OF MANY, MANY STEPS, BUT WE DON’T HAVE ANY QUANTITIES, WE DON’T HAVE ANY ORDERS. AT THIS POINT IT’S JUST AN OPEN DOOR, AND WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO.>>Reporter: EXACTLY, AND THIS HAS BEEN A NEGOTIATING POINT BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND CHINA FOR A DECADE NOW. IT’S A BIG STEP AT LEAST SPECIFICALLY TO RICE PRODUCERS, BUT THEY’RE EVEN SAYING THEY NEED TO SEE MORE FROM THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT BEFORE THEY CAN ACTUALLY START SELLING TO THAT BIG MARKET. JON: THANK YOU, RICH. JOINING ME NOW IS FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR FRED BARNES. FRED, GOOD TO SEE YOU.>>THANK YOU. JON: SO THESE TALKS ABOUT RICE IMPORTS GO BACK MANY, MANY YEARS TO SPECIFIC DISCUSSIONS THAT REALLY PREDATE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. DO YOU SEE THIS AS A VICTORY FOR HIS ADMINISTRATION OR JUST PART OF A LONG, ONGOING PROCESS?>>WELL, IT’S PART OF A LONG, ONGOING PROCESS, AND IT’S BEEN CALLED A GOODWILL GESTURE BY THE CHINESE. I DON’T THINK THE CHINESE WILL BE BRINGING A LOT OF GOODWILL WHEN THE TRADE TALKS RESUME IN JANUARY. THEY ARE TOUGH NEGOTIATORS. THEY DO NOT WANT TO LOSE THE ADVANTAGE IN TRADE THAT THEY HAVE WITH THE U.S. AND SO MANY OTHER COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD. AND PARTLY BECAUSE OF UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES WHICH THEY PURSUE. I THINK THE U.S. DOES HAVE SOME ADVANTAGES HERE. REMEMBER — [LAUGHTER] REMEMBER, THERE ARE TWO ISSUES THAT TRUMP HAS BEEN TALKING ABOUT FOR DECADES, AND HE REALLY CARES ABOUT. ONE OF THEM, OF COURSE, IS IMMIGRATION, AND THE OTHER ONE IS TRADE. AND SO I THINK HE’S GOING TO BE A TOUGH NEGOTIATOR, AND HE’S HIRED ONE TO BE HIS CHIEF GUY, BOB LIGHTHIZER, WHO IS, I THINK, TOUGHER THAN ANY OF THE TRADE REPRESENTATIVES THAT OTHER PRESIDENTS HAVE HAD IN RECENT YEARS. JON: THIS SEEMS LIKE SORT OF A BABY STEP TO ME, FRED –>>EXACTLY. JON: NOT A LOT OF MEAT ON THE BONE. ARE YOU WORRIED THIS IS REALLY FLUFF? [LAUGHTER]>>WELL, I’M NOT NECESSARILY WORRIED, BUT I THINK IT IS FLUFF. I THINK YOU HAVE THAT QUITE CORRECTLY. AND, LOOK, IT JUST LOOKS LIKE SO MUCH MORE THAN IT IS. I DON’T THINK IT WILL CHANGE, REFLECT ANY CHANGE, ANY SOFTENING IN THE CHINESE TRADE PRACTICES OR THE WEIGHT THAT THE CHINESE NEGOTIATE THAN WE’VE SEEN BEFORE. THEY’LL BE AS TOUGH AND MEAN AS EVER. JON: WELL, YOU KNOW, THE CHINESE ARE COMING OFF A REALLY TOUGH QUARTER ECONOMICALLY. DO YOU THINK THAT CHANGES THE DYNAMIC OF THESE DISCUSSIONS AT ALL?>>WELL, THAT’S A GOOD QUESTION THAT I DON’T KNOW THE ANSWER OF. YOU WOULD THINK NORMALLY WITH ANOTHER COUNTRY AND MAYBE ANOTHER ISSUE IT WOULD, BUT WITH THE CHINESE I SUSPECT NOT. I MEAN, TRADE IS SO CRITICAL TO THEIR STATURE IN THE WORLD AND TO THEIR SELF-ESTEEM AND TO THEIR WEALTH AND POWER THAT I THINK THEY’RE GOING TO BE JUST AS HARD, AS HARD A PERSON TO BARGAIN WITH AS WE’VE EVER SEEN. JON: THESE PAST FEW WEEKS THE CHINESE HAVE TALKED ABOUT PHONE CALLS OVER THE HOLIDAYS AND PROGRESS BEING MADE ON THE PHONES AND AN UPCOMING MEETING IN JANUARY. DO YOU FEEL OPTIMISM IN THIS PROCESS? IT DOES SEEM TO BE MOVING AT A MORE ACCELERATED RATE.>>WELL, IT DOES. OPTIMISM, I WOULDN’T SAY THAT, BECAUSE THESE ARE STILL THE CHINESE, AND THESE THINGS THAT YOU TALKED ABOUT — THE PHONE CALLS AND SO ON — THEY DON’T AMOUNT TO MUCH. IF ANYTHING, THE CHINESE, OF COURSE, RECOGNIZE THIS IS THE STUFF THAT’LL GET IN THE AMERICAN PRESS, AND IT’LL LOOK LIKE, OH, BOY, ALL OF A SUDDEN WE’RE GETTING ALONG THERE. THIS IS GOING TO WORK OUT FINE. I THINK IT WILL WORK OUT TO AMERICA’S ADVANTAGE, BUT IT’S GOING TO TAKE AN AWFUL LOT, IT’S GOING TO TAKE A HUGE STRUGGLE, AND BOTH TRUMP AND HIS NEGOTIATOR, BOB LIGHTHIZER, ARE GOING TO HAVE TO WEATHER A LOT OF CRITICISM FROM THE MEDIA AND FROM AMERICANS AS THIS GOES ON. JON: YEAH, THIS IS GOING TO BE A

Trump admin to roll out restrictive new green card policy


IMMIGRATION OFFICIAL ANNOUNCING A NEW RULE MAKING IMMIGRANTS IN THIS COUNTRY LEGAL POSSIBLY INELIGIBLE FOR GREEN CARDS IF THEY ARE RECEIVING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE.>>PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ADMINISTRATION IS REINFORCING THE IDEALS OF SELF-SUFFICIENCY AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. ENSURING THAT IMMIGRANTS ARE ABLE TO SUPPORT THEMSELVES AND BECOME SUCCESSFUL HERE IN AMERICA. I’M CERTAINLY NOT PREPARED TO TAKE ANYTHING DOWN OFF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY. WE HAVE A LONG HISTORY OF BEING ONE OF THE MOST WELCOMING NATIONS IN THE WORLD. MELISSA: WITH ME NOW IS THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION’S KELSEY BOLAR. YOU SAY THIS ISN’T THE FIRST TIME WE HAVE HAD THIS KIND OF A RULE IN PLACE.>>ABSOLUTELY. HI, MELISSA. I THINK EVERYBODY JUST NEEDS TO TAKE A DEEP BREATH WHEN IT COMES TO THIS POLICY. LOOK, THIS IS ACTUALLY SOMETHING THAT HAS EXISTED IN OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS FOR DECADES. WHAT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS DOING IN THIS CASE IS CLARIFYING THIS RULE BECAUSE THERE REALLY WASN’T THAT MUCH CLARITY BEFOREHAND. AND REALLY, THE MESSAGE IT IS SENDING IS THAT IF YOU’RE COMING TO THIS COUNTRY, IF YOU WANT TO IMMIGRATE HERE, YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO SUSTAIN YOURSELF AND NOT ADD TO OUR PUBLIC SPENDING, OUR DEBT PROBLEM, WHICH WE KNOW CONGRESS IS NOT VERY CAPABLE OF HANDLING THEMSELVES RIGHT NOW. LOOK, IT IS IMPORTANT TO POINT OUT WE ALSO STILL HAVE OUR ASYLUM PROCESS. WE ARE WELCOME TO REFUGEES. THOSE SYSTEMS DID NOT CHANGE. I THINK SOME OF THE OUTRAGE, THE PUBLIC BACKLASH AGAINST THIS NEW RULE IS REALLY MANUFACTURED. MELISSA: THESE ARE PEOPLE THAT ARE TRYING TO IMMIGRATE FOR ECONOMIC REASONS; RIGHT? THAT’S WHAT THIS IS KIND OF ABOUT. IT’S INTERESTING IF YOU LOOK AT GERMANY FOR EXAMPLE, WHERE THEY HAVE THIS POLICY, AND THEY HAVE BEEN CRITICIZED AMONG THE MOST IN THE EU, THEY ARE TRYING TO GET PEOPLE THERE SO THEY CAN WORK, THEIR REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE BEING ABLE TO SUPPORT YOURSELF, ALREADY HAVING HEALTH INSURANCE, YOU HAVE TO PROVE YOU PURCHASED HEALTH INSURANCE FOR YOURSELF AND YOU HAVE TO SPEAK THE LANGUAGE. CAN YOU IMAGINE IF PRESIDENT TRUMP PILED ON ALL THREE OF THOSE STANDARDS AND SAID THAT IMMIGRANTS NEEDED TO HAVE THOSE AT THE SAME TIME? NOBODY IS YELLING AT MERKEL THAT SHE’S BEEN XEEN — XENOPHOBIC?>>AS IT RELATES TO IMMIGRATION POLICIES THAT WE SEE IN EUROPE, IN GERMANY, AS YOU JUST MENTIONED, DENMARK IS A REALLY INTERESTING COUNTRY TO ALSO LOOK AT BECAUSE ALTHOUGH THEY DID ELECT A NEW DEMOCRAT SOCIALIST PRIME MINISTER, SHE’S VERY TOUGH ON IMMIGRATION LAWS, FAR MORE TOUGH THAN WE ARE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. THEY ARE CAPPING THE NUMBERS, AND WE HAVE TO REMEMBER, PUT THIS INTO PERSPECTIVE, THE UNITED STATES LETS IN MORE IMMIGRANTS THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE ENTIRE WORLD. MELISSA: YEAH, WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THE SITUATION THAT WE SAW WITH THE I.C.E. RAIDS THAT WENT IN THE CHICKEN FACTORIES IN THE SOUTH? I KNOW ABOUT HALF OF THE PEOPLE THAT WERE PICKED UP WERE RELEASED FOR HUMANITARIAN REASONS SO THEY COULD GO HOME AND CARE FOR THEIR CHILDREN. AT THE SAME TIME, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS SAYING THAT THIS WAS NECESSARY IN ORDER TO PROSECUTE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE RUNNING THOSE PLANTS. I MEAN, THE BUSINESSES WHERE — I’VE VISITED PLANTS LIKE THIS IN THE PAST. IT IS GRISLY, DIFFICULT WORK, AND THE IDEA THAT THEY WERE HIRING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS MAKES YOU THINK THAT THEY WERE EITHER, YOU KNOW, PAYING THEM LOWER WAGES OR THEY WANTED TO HIRE PEOPLE THAT WEREN’T IN THE POSITION POTENTIALLY TO COMPLAIN ABOUT, YOU KNOW, TERRIBLE WORK CONDITIONS, POSSIBLY. WHAT DO YOU THINK?>>RIGHT, WELL I DON’T THINK IT’S FAIR TO DEMONIZE I.C.E. AND OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS WHO ARE A PART OF THIS AS WE HAVE SEEN PLAY OUT IN THE PAST COUPLE OF DAYS OR WEEK. THIS WAS PLANNED IN ADVANCE, AND LOOK, IF YOU COMMIT ANY OTHER CRIME IN THE UNITED STATES, AND YOU HAVE CHILDREN, YOU WILL AT LEAST TEMPORARILY BE SEPARATED FROM THEM. IT APPEARS THAT THEY DID HAVE PLANS IN PLACE WHERE THEY RELEASED THE PARENTS, IF THEY HAD SOLE CUSTODY OF THEIR CHILDREN. AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE CAN’T BE A SOVEREIGN NATION IF WE DON’T HAVE IMMIGRATION LAWS, AND THAT MEANS WE HAVE TO ENFORCE THEM. WE HAVE TO SEND THE MESSAGE THAT

Russian nuclear reactor explosion shrouded in mystery


MELISSA? MELISSA: THANK YOU FOR THAT, JENNIFER. JOINING TO US GET HIS TAKE ON ALL OF THIS IS RETIRED ARMY GENERAL JACK KEANE. HE IS A FOX NEWS SENIOR STRATEGIC ANALYST. GENERAL, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS EXPLOSION?>>WELL, THE RUSSIANS ARE NOTORIOUS FOR HAVING BELOW STANDARDS IN TERMS OF SAFETY AND MAINTENANCE. AND THEY CLEARLY HAVE GREAT SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS, AND THEY’VE ALWAYS BEEN ABLE TO DEVELOP ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS, AND THAT’S CLEARLY WHAT THEY ARE TRYING TO DO HERE, BUT THEY’VE HAD PROBLEMS WITH THIS SYSTEM IN THE PAST, AND FOR OUR VIEWERS TO UNDERSTAND, IF YOU CAN PUT A SMALL NUCLEAR REACTOR IN A CRUISE MISSILE, THEN YOU HAVE ACTUALLY TAKEN AWAY THE RESTRICTION OF RANGE, AND IT CAN CIRCUMNAVIGATE ANY PLACE ON THE GLOBE, AND IT PROVIDES A HUGE ADVANTAGE TO SOMEBODY WHO OWNS THAT WEAPONS SYSTEM. SO THAT’S WHAT IS AT STAKE HERE. MOST OF OUR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS ARE QUITE SKEPTICAL ABOUT THE ABILITY TO ACHIEVE THIS KIND OF NEW TECHNOLOGY BREAKTHROUGH. MELISSA: YEAH, I MEAN, THEY PUT OUT A VIDEO EARLIER THAT WE LATER DETERMINED WAS DOCTORED SAYING THEY HAD THIS TECHNOLOGY, AND AT THE TIME, YOU KNOW, FOLKS WERE SKEPTICAL. WHAT DOES THIS EXPLOSION TELL YOU ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THEY EVER HAD THAT WEAPONS CAPABILITY OR, YOU KNOW, WHAT DOES IT MEAN IN THAT SENSE?>>WELL, THEY NEVER HAD THE CAPABILITY. THAT WAS A COMPUTER-GENERATED VIDEO, HAVING NOTHING TO DO WITH ACTUAL REALITY, AND IT WAS ASPIRATIONAL TO BE SURE, AND IT WAS DONE IN CONCERT WITH PUTIN’S STATE OF THE UNION, AND INTERESTING ENOUGH, AS THIS MISSILE WAS CIRCUMNAVIGATING PART OF THE GLOBE, IT FOUND ITSELF INTO FLORIDA AS ITS ULTIMATE DESTINATION. THERE’S A LOT OF HUBRIS SURROUNDING ALL OF THAT. I THINK PUTIN CLEARLY OVERSELLING THE TECHNOLOGY THAT IS STILL IN ITS ASPIRATIONAL STAGES. MELISSA: A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK WHEN THEY HEAR OF THIS ACCIDENT. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE FALLOUT OF THIS?>>THEY HAVE HAD PROBLEMS BEFORE. RECENTLY ONE OF THE MUNITIONS PLANT BLEW UP. THEY LOST ONE PERSON, 14, 15 OTHERS EVACUATED. THIS WAS A WEEK OR SO AGO AND 16,000 PEOPLE WERE EVACUATED AND THEN LAST MONTH, THEY HAD A FIRE ON A NUCLEAR-POWERED SUBMARINE AND 14 SAILORS WERE KILLED. BACK IN 2000, WE KNOW THEY LOST NUCLEAR POWER TO AN UNDERWATER EXPLOSION AND THE ENTIRE CREW HAS PERISHED. THEY HAVE ISSUES. AS YOU MENTIONED, THERE ARE NOTABLE ONES. THEY DON’T ABIDE BY INTERNATIONAL SAFETY STANDARDS. THE UNITED STATES SETS THE STANDARD WHEN IT COMES TO NUCLEAR POWER SAFETY STANDARDS. MELISSA: CAN I ASK YOU REAL QUICK BEFORE WE RUN OUT OF TIME. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THE PROTESTS THAT WE’RE SEEING THAT ARE GOING ON IN RUSSIA? YOU KNOW, DOES PUTIN HAVE THE IRON GRIP THAT WE THINK HE DOES? WE’RE SHOWING SOME VIDEO OF IT RIGHT HERE NOW. HE CELEBRATED 20 YEARS IN POWER LAST WEEK. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THE PROTESTS? BIG DEAL OR NOT A BIG DEAL?>>I THINK IT IS A VERY BIG DEAL. OBVIOUSLY PUTIN IS AN AUTHORITARIAN. HE RUNS A REPRESSIVE REGIME. HE CONDUCTS A MASSIVE INFORMATION CAMPAIGN AGAINST HIS OWN PEOPLE, TRYING TO MAKE — APPEAR THAT LIFE IS BETTER THAN WHAT IT IS, BLAMING THE UNITED STATES FOR EVERY PROBLEM THAT THEY HAVE, AND HERE WHAT THESE PEOPLE ARE UPSET ABOUT IS HE’S DENYING OPPOSITION POLITICIANS THE RIGHT TO RUN FOR THE CITY COUNCIL IN MOSCOW. AS HE HAS DONE IN OTHER LOCAL AND STATE GOVERNMENTS. THERE’S BEEN PROTESTS ALSO IN OTHER CITIES IN SUPPORT OF THIS, AND THIS IS THE FIFTH PROTEST THAT’S TAKEN PLACE IN MOSCOW. WHAT THEY HAVE DONE, AND WE DON’T HAVE A LOT OF VIDEO ON IT, IS THEY HAVE VICIOUSLY BEAT BACK THESE PROTESTS. THEY HAVE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF POLICE IN MASS WITH BATONS BEATING BACK THESE PROTESTERS. THEY’RE ALSO GOING INTO THEIR HOMES AND ARRESTING THEM. THEY’VE GOT HUNDREDS OF THEM IN THE JAILHOUSES, AND THEYRE GAVING THEM IN SOME CASES EIGHT-YEAR SENTENCES FOR CONDUCTING — GIVING THEM IN SOME CASES EIGHT-YEAR SENTENCES FOR CONDUCTING WHATEVER WHO HAS OBSERVED IT HAS SAID IT’S BEEN A PEACEFUL CIVIL PROTEST ON THE PART OF THE DEMONSTRATORS. MELISSA: WOW, SOMETHING TO WATCH FOR SURE.