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>> battery powered trimming. get it, it's trimming up the shrubs. we'll get it cleaned up. >> see you tomorrow, everybody. >> bill: good morning, everybody, 9:00 in new york city. breaking news on two major stories dominating our nation's capital at this hour. one on politics, the other on war. fox news confirming house speaker paul ryan will not seek reelection. this as president trump targets russia and syria in a series of new threats as we draw closer to a deadline on a decision about assad and chemical weapons on the ground in syria. big morning here already, folks. as we kick off what will be a jam-packed morning >> sandra: i'm sandra smith. you'll remember president trump said he would make a decision on military action in syria within 48 hours. that deadline is inching closer. >> bill: as we watch that
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capitol hill house speaker paul ryan will be in front of reporters one hour from now as we learn about his future and fate as that news comes in today. >> sandra: peter doocy is live on capitol hill. what are you hearing? >> we're hearing that the speaker of the house, paul ryan, does not plan to seek reelection in his district in wisconsin but he does plan to stay on until january and this is going to come as a surprise to a lot of members, a lot of the rank and file in the republican conference who are set to meet now any minute we've been watching them file in across the hallway here. a lot of the republicans tasked with trying to maintain the house majority were expecting to lose some seats in competitive districts but were not expecting to lose the speaker of the house. every indication that ryan has given he has said to this point that he plans to stay on as speaker. now apparently that has an expiration date. only will be the speaker until
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january. the question becomes who will succeed ryan? the next two behind him in leadership are the house majority leader kevin mccarthy and majority whip steve scalise. neither has said yet they would want to be the speaker. the attention will shift to who then becomes the third most powerful in the united states government between president trump and vice president pence? >> sandra: peter doocy on that breaking news. >> bill: immediate reaction now senator john thune the republican live from the hill. good morning to you, senator. quick notice here the news is breaking. what do you have to add on paul ryan's future? >> well, i think that, you know, it's something that has been talked about for a long time and obviously he has a young family. i think probably wants to spend more time with them. i'm sure the speaker of the house, which i have think is the hardest job probably in the world, is eventually sort of wears on you.
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but he is a great talent. incredibly bright, smart guy. strong policy mind. somebody who has made a huge difference in the time he has been here. a real loss for the institution and our country. >> bill: have you spoken to him? >> not since the news broke. i don't think he has confirmed it yet. if the reporting is accurate, then it sounds like that's a direction which he is headed. i certainly am grateful for his service to the country. he came into the congress just two years after i did. he was a really young guy at the time. he have has accomplished a lot in the amount of time he has been here. tax reform the crowning achievement and something that he was very dedicated and committed to getting done and a great win for the american people. >> bill: he won his reelection by 35 points, senator. i don't know if he is being threatened there in a primary or if there is a challenge from the left that is seen as credible right now. there has to be another reason for his departure. what do you think that is?
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>> i don't think that's it at all. i think he is in great political position in the state of wisconsin. but i do think that he has been at this now for the better part of 20 years and in a position that is incredibly stressful and with a young family that, you know, his job requires him to be away from them a lot. sometimes these decisions end up being very personal. he is young enough. if he wants to get back into politics at some time in the future he can do that. i wouldn't be surprised if that were the case particularly with respect to some national office in the future. >> bill: what do you think his relationship is like today with president trump? >> you know, i think that's been -- that's been a little bit of a difficult marriage from the beginning. they're very different in terms of temperament and character but somebody who i think recognized that president trump presented an opportunity to get some things on the agenda done and they have been. i think it's been very productive in this first year
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of president trump's presidency working with speaker ryan and leadership on capitol hill and a real record of accomplishment. you have to look at the record, what they've been able to get done together. in terms of their personalities they're very different people and i think that's been true and everybody has known that from the beginning. >> bill: one more question. we brought you on to talk about facebook. another hearing starts in 15 minutes. thank you for bearing with me on this. when you look at the landscape for maintaining the majority in november, we know it will be razor tight and democrats could take control of the house. how much of that is a factor right now with colleagues of yours on the house side when they consider their own fate and future, senator? >> i think that our republican colleagues in the house. i talk to a number of them on a regular basis are very aware of the prospect -- political prospects going into 2018, the fall election. nobody wants to be in the minority in the house of
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representatives. it's a very difficult place to be. at least in the senate when you are in the minority you have powers under the procedures in the senate that give you outsized influence relative to that position. the house it's a hard thing. i think everybody is acutely aware of the importance doubling down their efforts to maintain that majority in the house. for the good of the country we've got to do that. believe me, it's on the minds of everybody over there. the margin is very narrow. a number of retirements and a difficult political environment in a mid-term election. >> bill: mark zuckerberg is before a house committee in a 55 minutes. 49 senators in one room. today 43 house members in the same room. i don't know how you thought it went yesterday or what comes of it ultimately but it seems like the one answer that wasn't answered in front of your panel yesterday is what happens with the data of millions of people when they are given a third party apps? there is an agreement they delete that information three
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years ago. i did not hear a clearance whether or not facebook executives know what happened to that data as of today. did you answer that question? >> i think you'll have an opportunity to further clarify that. he said they have agreements with these third party vendors that they destroy this data. but i have to assume and i think most people do that because some of these contractors that they were doing business with violated the terms of that agreement, that some of that user information is out there and that's one of the things that i think he has to address going forward. one of the things that came out of this, bill, i thought there was general consensus on. what constitutes consent? when somebody agrees to the terms in the user agreement should there be more firewalls and safeguards so people know how their information is going to be used. there were other questions that didn't get answers yesterday and shed light in the future, how pervasive and widespread the problem was.
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not just cambridge analytica but other companies they're doing business with. >> bill: that's the nut of all of it, too, in the end. i have to run. is facebook a technology company or a media company, senator? >> i think that question came up yesterday and i think increasingly they are platform versus publisher, have they become somebody who actually is involved in influencing public opinion? i think -- i think he pretty much answered that question yesterday, too. they're a publisher. they're in the business that you are in, in a different way but for sure. >> bill: thank you, senator, come on back. john thune answered a lot of questions. a show stopper yesterday. dick durbin republican sir, will you tell us where you stayed last night and name the hotel? there was a long pause and he said no. i thought it was a revealing moment. >> sandra: a lot of things changing this morning. we're awaiting for paul ryan to speak potentially at the top of the next hour and the facebook house hearing happening in a
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few moments as well. another major story breaking this morning. president trump is up and firing off tweets about the situation in syria with a stern warning for russia. he says missiles will be coming for syria in response to the alleged gas attack that killed 40 people. white house correspondent kevin corke is live from the north lawn this morning. what's the latest? >> it is interesting. the white house would love to have international consensus over what to do the problems in syria. as an official told me this morning there comes a point where you have to say it's insufficient to wait when you are dealing with a monster. the president dealing with the bashar al-assad regime and his primary backers from moscow. the president active on social media this morning saying this. russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at syria. get ready, russia. they'll be coming. nice and new and smart. you shouldn't be partners with a gas-killing animal who kills his people and enjoys it.
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that drew this response from the spokeswoman from the russian foreign min is try. smart missiles might fly towards terrorists. clearly sandra you were on the air then last april when the u.s. fired dozens of missiles into syria, a direct response to the assad government's slaughter of the syrian people. just yesterday in new york the u.n. nikki haley implored the world body to act and speak with one voice to stop assad and the russians. now, for the white house perspective officials here acknowledge that while the drumbeat of war may grow louder the call to rein in the assad regime is an important one. >> the president has been clear. we're working with our partners and allies and our national security team to look at all options. and as we've said all options are on the table. i am not going to get ahead of anything the president may or may not do.
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>> bill: sarah sanders, i want to add this quickly and just got this from the pentagon. u.s. military official telling him the department does not comment on potential future military actions. no surprise there. clearly they know something has to be done to rein in the assad regime. back to you. >> bill: more breaking news. military plane going down overseas from overnie. everyone on board are dead. details on this developing story where and why it happened in a moment. plus there is this. >> the key at this point is really identifying what additional relevant information is out there, turning it over as quickly as we can. >> sandra: u.s. attorney john laush is stepping in to ensure the house judiciary committee gets documents after the justice department misses a deadline. jim jordan joins us next to discuss that move. >> bill: it is deadline day for
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>> bill: breaking news awaiting house speaker paul ryan. we should see him in 45 minutes. fox news confirming he will not
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seek reelection. jim jordan, member of the house judiciary and oversight committee with me now. we had other topics in mind. let's react to paul ryan. >> paul is a great guy. served our country for 20 years. impact on policy areas in a big way. of course the most recent and probably the biggest is the tax reform bill done last year that's been great for the american people. what i hope happens over the next six months we continue to work on the big ideas he championed. things like welfare reform. let's make a difference and help families and taxpayers across this country. >> bill: we'll see on that. john boehner stepped down after his papal conversion. what's the conversion for paul ryan now? >> i don't know. you would have to ask paul. i know again it's a tough job and i know that one of his big achievements and big focuses in his time in congress has been trying to get the tax reform
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done. trying to get tax cuts done for the american family. he was able to accomplish that. we all were. maybe that's the thing he wanted the leave on. i don't know. you would have to ask paul. we appreciate his service over the last 20 years. >> bill: who will be the next house speaker then? >> it's too early to talk about that. what i do know is whoever is in leadership should be focused on one thing, doing what we told the american people we were going to do, let's be honest. that didn't happen a few weeks ago when this omnibus spending bill was passed. it was not consistent with what the american people sent us to do. we didn't fund things we said we were going to and spent money on things we shouldn't. that needs to change. >> bill: it might be an effort to do a little claw back on that money spent. do you think it's possible? >> let's hope so. we should have been dealing with spending four weeks ago. i hope we can call some of it that and get savings for the
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taxpayer. it's one of the biggest spending bill we've ever seen. >> bill: you get an earful. >> as well we should. >> bill: john laush is working on the documents and trying to important cure those for you and others. he seems like he is on the job and ready and willing to work with you and others. this is what he said. listen to this and i'll ask you specifically about what he is doing next. roll it. >> it was made very clear to me by the attorney general giving me this task we're produce documents quickly. the d.o.j. refusing to hand over anything and congress has an obligation to do their job which includes oversight. what my job will be is to insure we have a better process than we've had. >> bill: seems like he wants to work with you. mark meadows disagrees. they have had all the relevant documents. why not turn those documents to
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congress? let us do our job, the d.o.j. has been of little or no help to congress in this investigation. you met with him yesterday. what do you think? >> mark and i met with him. he is a nice guy. the response from the department of justice has been pathetic. what's the approximate universe of documents we're entitled to and the steps involved going through that process to get it to us. they couldn't even tell us the redaction policy. what does and doesn't get redacted and how the process works? when do you think you'll get us the documents we're entitled to and they couldn't answer that. it has been terrible the kind of response we've received thus far. for goodness sake let's hope john can improve the effort over there. it can only get better. >> bill: doesn't sounds like he changed your mind, did he? >> i'm a skeptic based on what we've seen the last five months. let's see if they can improve.
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we're entitled to the documents to get answers for the american people. never forget what the f.b.i. did. they took an opposition research document and took it to the fisa court to get a warrant to spy on a fellow citizen with the trump campaign. didn't tell the court the author of the document and christopher steele broke a cardinal rule and talked to the press. they did all that and now you won't give us the documents that led up to all that? come on. let's get the information. >> bill: if you lose the majority in november, do you lose the authority to pursue the evidence you're looking for? >> it will be harder but look, the american people want answers to this question. the f.b.i. did this. peter strzok and lisa page all the text messages we've seen where they talk about an insurance policy and their -- the american people want answers to get questions. it's hard to get answers if you
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can't get the information. >> sandra: we could be hearing from president trump on syria at any moment now. commander-in-chief is fired up this morning calling out russia, syria and anyone else he believes could be responsible for that deadly chemical weapons attack near damascus. we'll speak to a general right after the break. this farmer's morning starts in outer space. where satellites feed infrared images of his land into a system built with ai. he uses watson to analyze his data with millions of weather forecasts from the cloud, and iot sensors down here, for precise monitoring of irrigation. it's a smart way to help increase yields, all before the rest of us get out of bed. you wouldn't accept from any one else. why accept it from your allergy pills? flonase relieves your worst symptoms including nasal congestion,
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you know what's not awesome? gig-speed internet. when only certain people can get it. let's fix that. let's give this guy gig- really? and these kids, and these guys, him, ah. oh hello. that lady, these houses! yes, yes and yes. and don't forget about them. uh huh, sure. still yes! xfinity delivers gig speed to more homes than anyone. now you can get it, too. welcome to the party. >> bill: news of the hour, paul ryan will not seek reelection. the house speaker's statement. five key points. this will be his last year as a member of the house. he will serve out his full term, retire in january. ready to devote more time to being a husband and father. being speaker is a professional honor of his life.
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press conference 40 minutes from now when he meets with members of the house and also addresses reporters. so that is all going down for house speaker at one time on the ticket with mitt romney to be the next vice president of the united states. did not win there. succeeded a very popular speaker in john boehner when he stepped aside. he pursued fiscal and tax reform his entire professional life. going back to the mid 1990s, that has been his sole pursuit in washington, d.c. officially in his role as speaker that will end in the coming months. stand by. we're waiting for paul ryan live here on "america's newsroom." >> sandra: president trump promising a response to the deadly chemical weapons attack in syria and this morning he gave a little more clarity about what he plans to do tweeting russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at syria. get ready, russia, they will be
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coming. nice and new and smart. you shouldn't be partners with a gas-killing animal who kills his people and enjoys it. joining me now retired general anthony tata. author of the novel "reaper, ghost target." thank you for coming on this morning. a lot has changed since you were last here. the president has a huge decision to make here and put a time frame on it. the deadline is sort of up. he promised a strong response one to two days. what is the president's next move? >> sandra, great to be with you. i think what you see here is a president who is enforcing our national security strategy, one that calls for the elimination or prohibition of the use of weapons of mass destruction to include chemical weapons and international order based on the rule of law. that has longstanding been our
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national security strategy. president is enforcing that particularly with regard to the use of wmd that can spread around the world through multi-national terrorist groups. what we've got going on is the application and synchronization of the elements of national power. diplomatically we proposed a u.n. resolution where we wanted to identify syria as a proponent of chemical weapons and to take action and russia vetoed that yesterday as they've done 12 other times in defense of syria. so this is just ridiculous. and so russia has now asked for more time to prove that chemical weapons have been used. they're trying to stave off military action. the quote you read is information warfare between the u.s. and russia and the president is being very forceful and very strong in leadership with regard to
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telling russia don't take us on here. we have a coalition and we're going to enforce the international law. then of course the military element of power. we have air force bases and naval bases around there and carrier strike group coming into the med. we have everything moving in the right direction. >> sandra: the uss harry s. truman will leave norfolk, virginia today, general. what can you tell us about that? >> well, you know, we've got the sixth fleet in naples, italy already there and air force bases all around europe and army bases with apache helicopters and that type of thing and we also have multi-national allies that can come in and support us. the fleet with the truman coming over will take a few days for them to get there but at the end of the day those aircraft will be available very shortly to join in the action
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and it also tells me that this may, a, take a little longer and be a more sustained effort than before when we launched 58 crews missiles. >> sandra: i want to ask you about our relationship with russia. you are saying this president is sending a very strong message clearly via that tweet this morning telling russia get ready. the president also tweeted this. our relationship with russia is worse now than it's ever been including the cold war. there is no reason for this. russia needs us to help with their economy. something easy to do and we need all nations to work together. that last sentence is really key, right? what about other nations stepping up here, general. >> that's exactly right. you've got the kingdom of saudi arabia saying they may participate. you have france saying they'll participate. u.k. you've got israel that has already participated.
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as we build this coalition, that's so key on a diplomatic front and hidden in that tweet is the term economy and that's the fourth element of national power. it was really brilliant of president trump to put that in there because the russian economy is in the tank right now in part due to oil and part due to sanctions that are on them. so that was an olive leaf hidden in a tweet to russia. this is a very good response. i think we have coming and i think the president is playing it just how he ought to here, very forceful with using all the elements of national power to get the best result. >> sandra: great to get your thoughts and perspective this morning. thank you for coming on the program. >> bill: very important story there. another one. 9:30 in new york. ready for round two with facebook. mark zuckerberg is back in 30 minutes. he is live on the house side. we're on stand by for that.
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>> bill: here we go. another day here. a battle on wall street. the markets turned lower, the futures market once the word came out from the white house about the threat to syria that involved russia and so we're watching this and waiting for the potential for a military strike on syria. when it happens we don't know. off 200 points at the open after a day in which mark zuckerberg was talking about the future of technology and the internet which have driven so many of the stocks higher and higher. see what he has to say coming up in 30 minutes and what the president has to say also because just because you say
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it's 24 to 48 hours when does that happen? when is that clock running? >> sandra: the market has been reacting to that deadline and lack of response thus far is causing some uncertainty. word we've been using a lot this week has been weighing on stocks. down 197 points in the overnight session. it was down a lot more than that. so some of those concerns eased i guess you could say for now. we'll keep watching it. meanwhile here is a look inside that hearing room where facebook ceo mark zuckerberg with testify. one of the biggest questions republicans raised is regulation and whether the government should move to rein in facebook. >> given what's happened here, while we should let you self-regulate, what would you tell people in south carolina that given all the things we just discovered here is a good idea for us to rely upon you to regulate your own business practices? >> well, senator, my position
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is not that there should be no regulation. i think the internet is increasingly important. i think the real question as the internet becomes more important in people's lives is what is the right regulation. not whether there should be. >> would you as a company welcome regulation? >> if it's the right regulation. >> do you think the europeans have it right? >> i think they get things right. >> have you ever submitted -- would you work with us in terms of what regulations you think are necessary in your industry? >> absolutely. >> sandra: interesting stuff. charles payne is the host of making money with charles payne. you were watching every minute of this. it was fascinating television. >> these are my notes from watching last night. >> sandra: i think those resemble bill's. how do you think he did? >> i give him a b. wall street gives him an a. the stock rallied throughout his testimony. his net worth went up another $3 billion. i believe the net conclusion
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right now is that there won't be any significant new regulations put on this company. >> sandra: these are live pictures. mark zuckerberg has just arrived on capitol hill today. yesterday he faced a senate committee. today he faces a house committee. another hearing will begin expected to last over four hours. another grilling for the founder of facebook. you are saying wall street gave him an a. the stock had the single biggest one day gain in over two years. they are applauding the efforts of the ceo to answer questions. that talk of regulation doesn't spook the markets? >> well, it could be the sort -- two ways, first of all if mark zuckerberg inconclusive about how to track people on different devices that's the dark cloud that gets people concerned. there were serious can concerned expressed.
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responsible for content. in the past they didn't say that. all their rivals, others in the space like the google and twitters of the world are saying we're not responsible for any of this. he is saying they're responsible for content which acknowledges some sort of fiduciary responsibility. maybe some guidelines. one republican who said the industry should try to come up with some standards themselves. >> sandra: i think mark zuckerberg might like the regulation. there was that moment with senator kennedy yesterday. his exact words, not mine. your user agreement sucks the senator said. there was talk of a monopoly. is facebook a monopoly? lindsey graham pressed him on this. >> is there an alternative to facebook in the private sector? >> yes, the average american uses eight different apps to communicate with their friends
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and stay in touch with people from emails. >> with the service you provide. is twitter the same as what you do? >> it overlaps. >> you don't think you have a monopoly? >> certainly doesn't feel like that to me. >> okay. >> sandra: was it me or an uncomfortable pause and answer and chuckles. >> a couple points like that. they're unique in what they do. last year in america their user growth stopped growing. during the fourth quarter they were the same. instagram is a hotter spot right now. to your earlier point about the barriers to entry. we don't want to make them too high. at this moment somebody is in their garage tinkering with something that could compete with facebook down the road. in the meantime there are still privacy concerns. the fcc investigating whether they violated the dissent decree. the terms of the users terms
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zuckerberg acknowledged it is long, virtually no one reads it. do we understand what our rights are? >> sandra: that's a great point. a lot of us don't know what we're signing for when we click the button. two billion users worldwide. what an opportunity for him to sit there in that sort of setting and try to regain the trust of his users. >> this is just the beginning of a somewhat -- could be a long journey because remember again that dark cloud will be over them and the election is on the horizon. everyone is watching to see what they do. ted cruz was fantastic yesterday pressing them on censorship. i'm glad someone did that. >> sandra: charles payne. thank you. you'll be taking notes on this hearing, too? four hours. >> bill: he did not answer the question if you log off of facebook do they stop tracking you. >> he may not know.
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he is not a code or anything like that. he is not a real engineer per se but he is a great businessman. but again harris was the last one to hit him on that. both sides of the aisle want to know. listen, are you tracking us? if you are, we would like to know because we are the product. >> bill: i'll have any staff get back to you. how many times did we hear that? wrigley field, 98-year-old decked out in cubs gear on tuesday. players of the final four team showing their support for her. there we go, right on. nicely done. >> sandra: i love it. i hope she enjoyed the view of the ivy there. loved some time in wrigley field. you've been, right? >> yes, absolutely. it is vintage. >> sandra: all right. we are following more breaking news this morning. this one a military plane crash claiming the lives of everyone
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on board. what officials are now learning about this tragedy. details straight ahead on that. >> bill: more reaction on paul ryan's news and what is happening with devin nunes. what he says he will do if the d.o.j. and f.b.i. doesn't turn over a document he has requested. we'll get our panel on this next. >> we're at a boiling point again where we need this. a two-page document. it is only -- it's less than two pages. if the record wasn't that every time they hide something from us that then we find out it was really bad and they hid it from us.
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>> bill: if you're just joining us, a lot of news popping now. awaiting paul ryan 15 minutes from now. he will make a statement on his future. fox news confirming he will not seek reelection. he will leave congress in january. i want to bring in our panel now. former deputy assistant for president george w. bush brad
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blakeman and richard fowler, radio host. let's go to paul ryan. a lot of guys and women and members of congress on the republican side are bailing now. what explains paul ryan's decision as we await his announcement? >> history is not kind to the party that holds the white house. typically since the civil war the party that does loses as much as 33 seats in the house. we have a 24-seat majority. we can't afford to lose those kind of numbers and on average we lose about two seats in the senate. we hold two seats. we can't lose that, either. >> bill: let's be clear. he would win reelection in wisconsin. >> he was. whether or not he wanted to remain a mere congressman and not possibly the speaker i think may have influenced his decision. >> bill: richard, what do you think? are democrats looking at a door of opportunity here? >> democrats are definitely looking at a door of opportunity. we still have to win the races.
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the wisconsin first district was more competitive than the pennsylvania 18th that democrats won last month. number two, the bigger problem for republicans here is paul ryan was a fundraising force and now that he is a lame duck speaker after the 10:00 hour when he makes this announcement republicans are going to be in a world of hurt. they won't be able to raise the money they need to maintain the seats to win the house of representatives. that's the bigger problems republicans will face as they go into a very tough mid-term election cycle. >> bill: we have seven months to chew on that and you'll help us along the way. another big topic right now. the president is tweeting about syria earlier today. a strong message to vladimir putin and russia as well buried in that message. brad, you've got the drumbeat of war happening and we don't know when it takes place. however, there is an ongoing debate. do you wait until you get the support of france and britain on your side?
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it looks like theresa may is a hold-out on this. she wants evidence that assad is responsible. and before you get evidence you have to have teams on the ground in that town, come back for your verification. if that's the case it gets delayed for some time if there is military action. the way i read this today theresa may in that conversation yesterday was not in full cooperation with president trump. what is your read? >> well, to quote margaret thatcher, to george h.w. bush, don't go wobbly. lead or get out of the way. no doubt syria used chemical weapons. we don't have months or a year to determine definitively to the satisfaction of others that this was done. all you have to receive is the children that died. this is the m.o. of assad. we've seen it before. we need to go in there and send a clear message as president trump has done before. this is not about starting a war, this is about ending a war. there is a war already going on. >> bill: richard, what do you
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think? >> i tend to agree with brad on this particular point. we have to stop assad. he has got to get out. we have to save these people. we've got to do it because that's what americans do and what our country has always done. i understand the shakiness of theresa may. those citizens are war we're and they've been in the situation before when the u.s. led them to the iraq war with faulty evidence. they want to see the evidence and want to be sure. in this case i think the evidence is very stone cold that assad is gassing his people. >> bill: if you don't do anything now he will do it again we all agree on that. >> absolutely. >> bill: quickly, gentlemen, 15 months down the road. this is your bernstein moment. where is the russian collusion, richard? do you have it today for our viewers? >> listen, i am not part of the mueller investigation team. i thif he is doing a stellar job finding if there is or
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isn't collusion. the most credible investigation team out there. we have to let mueller and his team do their job and get out of the way. we have to get out of the way and let them do their job. >> bill: now is your moment. >> i'm not an impeachment democrat or that says -- i'm a democrat says that mueller is one of the best prosecutors in the country and given the space to do his job. >> bill: richard, thank you. brad, thank you. talk to you real soon. >> sandra: we're minutes away from that grilling on capitol hill. facebook's co-founder and ceo mark zuckerberg back for more after five hours of intense questioning yesterday in the senate. what can we expect in the house hearing today? that begins in a couple minutes and wild weather in southern florida. what people saw in the fort lauderdale area next. trusted battery in your noise cancelling headphones? maybe not. maybe you could trust you won't be next to a loud eater. (eating potato chips loudly)
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>> sandra: a deadly military plane crash taking place in algeria today. their defense ministry saying the plane was carrying soldiers and their families. the aircraft went down shortly after take-off. 257 people on board were killed. the cause of the crash is under investigation. >> bill: awful news there.
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sunshine state getting wild weather. look at this from florida. heavy rain falling. a water spout forming off the shore in lauderdale. two tornadoes were spotted in that city. look what is happening outside as the seasons change. >> sandra: we complain about our weather here. >> bill: we complained about that a lot. >> sandra: then it will be so hot we'll be dying for snow again. we're awaiting paul ryan, the speaker of the house. he is going to be announcing publicly in just a few minutes he will not be running for reelection. this has been confirmed. he spoke to his staff this morning. in fact, the president just sending out a tweet a few minutes ago. >> bill: speaker paul ryan is a truly good man writes president trump. while he will not be seeking reelection he will leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question. we're with you, paul.
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they did not have the greatest of relationships early on. paul ryan came around. they forge what has been a generational change for tax reform in america and the two of them made that happen. >> sandra: and he is expected to make this announcement shortly but he is also expected to say that he will not retire until january agreeing to serve out his full term. we'll see if that happens and what he has to say about that when he faces reporters in just a few minutes. meanwhile as you are seeing the split screen we're awaiting paul ryan on the left. on the right this is the house hearing where mark zuckerberg has already arrived and expected to face lawmakers for yet another grilling on capitol hill. four hours of questioning it is expected to be. >> bill: i thought yesterday was fascinating. you and i talked about it earlier. if you want to get an idea what is happening in the future, listen to what mark zuckerberg is talking about. he founded the company, he built it, he is 15 years ahead of all of us when it comes to technology and the internet.
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>> sandra: a big day of breaking news on capitol hill this morning. we're about to hear from paul ryan as fox news confirms he won't seek reelection in november. plus mark zuckerberg back on the hill for round two of questions after getting a little roughed up on capitol hill yesterday. what do you think, bill? >> bill: fascinating. >> sandra: welcome to a new hour of "america's newsroom." >> bill: the paul ryan news shifting the political -- democrats foix on taking the house in november. facebook's founder facing a grueling marathon. that begins in moments. senate lawmakers had it yesterday raising the possibility of new regulations to rein in the social network and protect millions of users.
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big questions about technology, the internet that only grows bigger and more important in our lives. a preview now in d.c. garrett, good morning to you. we're watching both stories now. what are you hearing with regard to the republican from wisconsin about paul ryan and this imminent announcement? >> bill, this is something paul ryan has been thinking about for a while going back to 2015 before he became speaker of the house. he was never interested in this job and it took a lot of persuasion for him to accept it. he still has three kids at home. in the past hour paul ryan's office said he is ready to devote more time to his family. the statement reads this morning speaker ryan shared with his colleagues this will be his last year as a member of the house. he will serve out his full term, run through the tape and then retire in january. ryan's retirement creates a bit of chaos for the gop ahead of the mid-term elections. a lot of folks remember the
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turmoil after john boehner retired. the top two candidates to replace him are mccarthy and scalise who had this to say a short time ago. >> i've spoken with paul and ultimately the speaker will be giving some comments later today. i think that's his prerogative. we have to focus on keeping this majority because we're doing the things that we were elected to do to get our economy back on track. >> of course if the republicans fail to keep the majority the leadership race for the house speaker position would be a mute point because it would go to democrats. >> bill: another big day for mark zuckerberg. >> that hearing is about to get underway as well and expected to be another long day for the facebook ceo. he has a bit of a tailwind after yesterday' senate hearing. most accounts he performed well accepting responsibility for facebook's mistakes, vowing to
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make changes. the tech giant received tough questions from senator ted cruz who accused facebook of political bias. >> are you aware of any ad or page that has been taken down from planned parenthood? >> senator, i'm not but let me just -- >> how about move >> i'm not aware. >> any democratic candidate for office? >> i'm not specifically aware. i'm not sure. i'm very committed the making sure facebook is a platform for ally daoes. it's an important founding principle of what we do. >> he understands where those concerns come from given that silicon valley is an extremely left leaning place. investors certainly seem to be pleased by his performance as well. facebook shares up more than 5% at closing. >> bill: fascinating to watch. we're on standby today.
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>> sandra: let's bring in the senior writer at the weekly standard and a fox news contributor. good morning. thanks to you both for being here as we await the breaking news we'll keep our eye on paul ryan as he is expected to step up to the microphone at any moment on capitol hill and make this announcement publicly. guy, what is everybody saying and what is the reaction in d.c. this morning? >> unquestionably a seismic event in washington the 2018 election cycle. there are immediate political consequences and i think shorter to medium term policy consequences as well for speaker ryan stepping away. but you know that there was already a lot of speculation about whether the republicans would be able to hang onto their house majority in november. i think the sitting speaker of the house stepping away makes that picture look a lot bleaker and sends that signal not only to republican candidates and donors but also sitting members who might be eyeing the exits
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themselves thinking about joining the exodus and the retirements. i suspect this is a major retirement and it won't be the last one on the republican side. i'm not saying the democrats are measuring the drapes just yet but the likelihood of the gop holding the house as things now stand seems slim given this writing on the wall. >> sandra: he has said, not on that stage yet, but that he will serve out his full term. that was according to what he told his office in a statement this morning. as we await this, guy does make a good point, john. in talking about that fight for the gop to keep control of the house. how does it change things? >> well i think this underscores the fact the congressional gop agenda is pretty much over in terms of substantive legislation that not only passes the house and the senate and makes it to the president desk and signed into law. most of the conservative changes they could get they got.
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back with the tax reform bill. obviously there are important bills but they'll be keeping with the status quo and this retirement underscores that fact. if paul ryan thought he could enact sweeping legislation on the future he would stick around and do what he thought he could. i think he has gotten most of what he can get and this will affect the 2018 elections. >> sandra: we have mark meadows chairman of the freedom caucus speaking on capitol hill. let's take him for a second. >> at this point to ask for support. i don't know that anybody was planning on this. >> do you think he would have retained the speakership had the next election resulted in -- >> we'll pop out here a little bit. >> i don't think that -- that those actions were happening in earnest. >> do you think the leadership race should be decided before the mid-term elections? >> well, i think who the next
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speaker will be will certainly be decided before november. not in fact but probably in practicality. >> bill: on a different subject, the mueller investigation is also a huge story this week with expectations of what the president might do. how is the gop conference here on that issue? should he fire rosenstein? how would the conference chair react. >> the president is not talking about firing mueller. >> sandra: you are listening to congressman mark meadows responding now to a question of possibly firing robert mueller, that is not what he is talking about. >> i don't normally comment on my conversations. i do talk to the president on a regular basis and i can tell you is not talking about firing bob mueller. now, is he very frustrated with the process and the fact that this continues to go on and that there is no evidence of collusion? certainly. but there is no discussions, not last week, not the week
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before that and not even yesterday about firing bob mueller. >> what about rosenstein? >> really at this particular point it's members of congress who have a bigger problem with rod rosenstein, myself included. that he is not giving us the documents and he is not doing his job. if he is not going to do the job he needs to go and find one that he will do. and so the frustration with the a.g. and the deputy a.g. is probably more focus of congress and it probably makes the president's dissatisfaction pale in comparison. >> can you guys hold them in contempt? >> absolutely. they have not complied with the subpoena and should be held in contempt. if they can't get it right. here we are. it is interesting. here we are today and i met with the new person that they have at d.o.j. they can't tell us how many documents they'll deliver, when they'll deliver it, how they redact. those are three questions that they've had five months to
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answer and they can't answer it. it's appalling. >> nunes last night talked about impeaching christopher wray. >> that's in the tool box. hopefully they will comply long before we have to go that route but it is in the tool box that we have there. certainly contempt of congress is the first step. >> scott pruitt. do you think he should resign? >> absolutely not. scott is doing a great job. this town is filled with all kinds of you shouldn't do this and shouldn't do that. you can pull up any rock and find somebody that shouldn't be doing something but scott pruitt is doing his job. his job is safe and i'm here to tell you the president is not going to get rid of him and i wouldn't recommend that. >> does it hurt the president's drain the swamp message? >> i think certainly any member of his cabinet should be responsible in terms of being fiscally responsible, ethically responsible, and yet at the
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same time they make better stories than they do reality. >> the future of ryan, the speaker leadership. does the next leader need to come from the house freedom caucus? >> i don't see the next speaker necessarily coming from the house freedom caucus but certainly the freedom caucus having a voice in leadership decisions and the agenda is certainly important. we represent a broad swath of the american public. we represent millions upon millions of people who have been forgotten by this town and so to suggest that it should be just a footnote, a side bar in terms of what we're doing would not be appropriate, either. >> have you considering running for the leadership position? >> it's not on my bucket list but delivering on the agenda for the american people. that's normally for somebody else to consider. >> are you saying no? >> i'm saying that leadership is not on my bucket list. >> it sounds similar to paul ryan said.
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he wasn't interested in speaker. >> that isn't a flat out no. >> at this point there has been zero consideration to run for speaker. >> thank you. >> sandra: you've been listening to congressman mark meadows. chairman of the house freedom caucus stopped in the hallway at the capitol. paul ryan will not run for reelection but went on to answer questions from reporters about the possible firing of robert mueller by the president. he said that is not what the president is talking about here. our panel is still with us. john mccormack, guy benson. want to bring you back in as we continue to look live at the hill where paul ryan is expected to step up and publicly announce he will not be running for reelection. what a crazy morning. john, i'll begin with you as you were just listening to mark meadows react to the news on paul ryan but also the big news for the white house this morning as well. what is next in the mueller probe.
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>> i think if you want to combine those two stories, if any dramatic actions do happen paul ryan is now more free to do whatever he thinks is necessary in the event if robert mueller is fired. that the house could end up looking at impeachment or something like that. so again it's a very crazy day. i think paul ryan feels like he accomplished what he could in the time he was there. people like mark meadows have been very upset with ryan and the spending bills he passed. ryan built his career on the idea to reduce the deficit and disappointed in the fact that all the bills he passed have increased the deficit. his team say he mapped out a blueprint to get spending under control. the republican legacy for the last year or so has been to increase spending, not decrease it. >> sandra: you know, reaction is pouring in all over the place as you mentioned earlier, guy. it looks like pete king, kevin brady are weighing in on ryan's
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decision to not seek reelection and they are saying that it is their understanding this is a family decision on the part of the speaker. we also have reaction coming in from the left this morning. nancy pelosi has reacted to this announcement that we are awaiting here. the speaker has been an avid advocate for his point of view and the people of his district. despite our differences i -- democrats are hopeful he joins us to work constructively to advance better futures for all americans. my colleagues and i wish paul the best in the next chapter of his career. >> sandra: pretty -- seeing how quickly we move on in this city. so paul ryan hasn't even come up to the lectern and made this announcement himself and the questions from mark meadows are you running for speaker? what comes next? that's the nature of politics, i get it. to go back to something john was talking about a moment ago.
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i don't doubt for one second the sincerity of speaker ryan when he says he wants to go home and be a father to his kids who are still in school as he has been a weekend dad for a long time doing this difficult job that he didn't even really want in the first place at least within leadership and the speakership but i also suspect knowing paul ryan, having gotten to know him over the last number of years he is ideologically committed to a few ideas. one is entitlement reform. that's hugely important, vital issue for the country in the future. if he felt like he had a reasonable chance or even a glimmer of hope of getting something like that accomplished in the next let's say 2 1/2 years, i have think he might have convinced himself to stick around for another term. but this again the decision that he has made signals to me he has looked at the situation and determined even if the house remains in republican hands and the winds shift before november and he had a
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chance of becoming a remaining speaker, the facts on the ground given the senate, given the president, the key things that he wants to get done that could be a legacy builder for him weren't going to get done. that probably hastened his exit and made this decision for him a little bit easier. >> sandra: and continued reaction coming in this morning. this really did take d.c. by surprise. kevin brady, the republican from texas, is weighing in saying that he achieved so much in such a short time, john. he said he is so grateful for the optimism and leadership of the speaker. the main reason we have the tax plan, and that he is leaving. someone else weighing in saying it is because of his young family. he believes in family and serving this country with class and integrity. >> that's fair. there can be multiple reasons for someone to step down in a situation. i agree with guy that the family issue really has weighed on his conscious. his father died when he was a
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teenager. the idea of him being away from his kids bothered him. he would take his weekends at home. he has been able to get his fundraising done during weeks when they are not in session in congress. he has been pretty effective as a fundraiser. >> sandra: i'll stop there. the speaker we're starting to see movement there on capitol hill. bill. >> bill: here we go with paul ryan age 48 from the first congressional district of wisconsin as speaker of the house expected to announce that this will be his final term and here we go. >> good morning. i wanted the share with you a little of what i just told my colleagues a few minutes ago. you realize something when you take this job. it's a big job with a lot riding on you and you feel it but you also know this is a job that does not last forever. you realize that you hold the office for just a small part of our history. so you better make the most of it.
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it's fleeting. and that inspires you to do big things. on that score, i think we have achieved a heck of a lot. you all know that i did not seek this job. i took it reluctantly but i have given this job everything that i have. and i have no regrets whatsoever for having accepted this responsibility. this has been one of the two greatest honors of my life. the job provides incredible opportunities but the truth is, it is easy for it to take over everything in your life. and you can't just let that happen. because there are other things in life that can be fleeting as well. namely, your time as a husband and a dad, which is the other great honor of my life. that's why today i am announcing that this year will be my last one as a member of the house. to be clear i am not resigning, i intend to serve my term but i
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will be retiring in january, leaving this majority in good hands with what i believe is a very bright future. it's almost hard to believe but i have been a member of congress for almost two decades. this is my 20th year in congress. my kids weren't even born when i was first elected. our oldest was 13 years old when i became speaker. now all three of our kids are teenagers. and one thing i've learned about teenagers is their idea of an ideal weekend is not necessarily to spend all their time with their parents. what i realize is if i'm here for one more term, my kids will only have ever known me as a weekend dad. i just can't let that happen. so i will be setting new priorities in my life but i will also be leaving incredibly proud of what we've accomplished. some of you know my story.
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my dad died when i was 16. the age my daughter is. and i just don't want to be one of those people looking back at my life thinking i spent more time with my kids when i know if i spend another term they will only know me as a weekend father. so i'm really proud of what we've been able to do. when i took this job, one of my conditions was that we aim high and we do big things, that we fashion an agenda that we run on that agenda, that we w*irn an election and execute that agenda. i'm so proud that is exactly what we have done and what we are doing right now. we've accomplished so much since then. probably the two biggest achievements for me are first the major reform of our tax code for the first time in 36 years. which has already been a huge success for this country and something i've been working on my entire adult life. second something i got much more invested on since becoming speaker is to rebuild our
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nation's military. and after tax reform addressing our military readiness crisis was a top priority we got done last month as well. these are lasting victories to make this country more prosperous and secure for decades to come. there are so many other things that we have gotten done and of course i'll look back proudly on my days at the budget committee and ways and means committee. i don't want to be too sentimental here. i'm not done yet. i intend to finish the year, to run the tape. some of you wonder why i can't just do the normal politician thing which is to run and retire after the election. that's what i'm told is the politically shrewd thing to do. just as my conscience is what got me to take this job in the first place, my conscience could not handle going out that way. i pledged to serve the people of wisconsin the first district honorably and in order to serve the people honorably i have to serve them honestly and for me
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to ask them to vote to reelect me knowing that i wasn't going the stay is not being honest. so i simply cannot do that. so that's why i'm announcing this today. again, i am proud of what this congress has achieved and i believe its future is bright. the economy is strong. we've given americans greater confidence in their lives and i have every confidence i'll be handing this gavel on to the next republican speaker of the house next year. i said earlier i didn't want this job at first. most of you know this. i actually didn't. but i have to thank my colleagues for giving me this opportunity and this honor. i am really grateful for it. i also want to thank the people of southern wisconsin for placing their trust in me as their representative for the past 20 years. i've tried to bring as much wisconsin to washington as i can in that time. it's been a wild ride but it has been a journey well worth taing to be able to do my part
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to strengthen the america idea. that pursuit is never ending. much work remains but i like to think i've done my little part in history to set us on a better course. thank you. sherman. >> will you remain as speaker? >> yes. >> you think it's tantamount for you -- >> most speakers don't go out on their own terms. harry reid last session did th. he announced he wouldn't run again and stayed on as senate leader. that's what i'm going to do. >> tax cuts and tax reform legislation, you say you'll consider it to be your greatest achievement. you aren't sticking around for its biggest consequence, trillion dollar deficits. what is your response to that. >> entitlement reform is the one other great thing i've spent most of my career working
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on. i'm proud of the fact that the house passed the biggest entitlement reform bill. do i regret that the senate didn't pass it? yes. from all the budget i've passed normal ao*idsing entitlement reform and the house passing it i'm proud of that fact. of course, more work needs to be done and it is entitlements. that's where the work needs to be done and i'll keep fighting for that. over here. >> mr. speaker did the chance that you might not be speaker come november if democrats take the house factor into the decision? >> no. none whatsoever. i'm not a guy who thinks about it like that. this really was two things. i have accomplished much of what i came here to do and my kids aren't getting any younger. if i stay, they are only going to know me as a weekend dad and i can't do that. that's it right there. >> the impact of your announcement on the 2018
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mid-terms and perhaps sending a signal that the house is lost to republicans. >> i gave it consideration but i really do not believe, whether i stay or go in 2019 is going to affect a person's individual race for congress. i really don't think a person's race for congress will hinge on whether paul ryan is speaker or not. i don't think it affects it. if we do our jobs, which we are, we'll be fine as a majority. i'm grateful for the president to give us a chance to get this stuff done and grateful we have unified government, the president with his victory gave us so we get all these big things done. we'll have a great record to run on. we have a great economy and accomplishments. more to do. i really don't think the american people are going to want to have the gridlock the democrats are promising. i think we can get this done. >> on the president, he has been openly talking about firing bob mueller, potentially firing the deputy attorney general. what are your thoughts on that?
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>> my thoughts haven't changed. we have a rule of law in this country. the principle we all uphold. i have no reason to believe that will happen. i have assurances it won't. i've been talking to people in the white house about it. >> who do you think would be -- would mccarthy >> i have great confidence in the leadership team. i came with a big gulf in leadership when i came here. i think we have a fantastic leadership team. i have more thoughts on this. i think this is not the right time to get into this and i'll share those thoughts later. that election is in november. it is not something we have to sweat right now. >> your decision influenced by the way president trump has changed the character of washington >> not at all. i'm grateful for the president to give us this opportunity to get the country on the right track. the fact that gave us the
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ability to get this stuff done makes me satisfied i've made a big difference and he has given us that chance. i'm grateful to him for that and that's how i see it. thank you very much, everybody. >> bill: house speaker paul ryan will leave his post in january. says it would not be honest to the people in his home district if he would seek reelection and resign after the election. a number of things said. talking about how much he accomplished. the republicans have a bright future. encouraging them to aim high. didn't want to become a weekend dad to his three kids and his wife back home in janesville, wisconsin. a town that he has used throughout his entire political life to refer back to as the symbol of what he represented and wanted to get done. entitlement reform was passed in the house but not the senate. a critical thing for paul ryan. he will talk about the no vote by john mccain repealing and replacing obamacare. a vote that failed by one on
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the floor of the sen alt at 2:25 tt morning. a major blow to house speaker paul ryan. he believes repealing and replace would have saved billions of dollars in entitlement reform. with the tax package you also get drilling in anwr. something overlooked. it has debated. the drilling is part of that tax package. one of the accomplishments he will leave congress with knowing he did his best for in his words the american people. guy benson is with us, john mccormick, howard kurtz and off we go. >> sandra: he made his decision very clear saying i'm not resigning. i'm retiring. he said he does intend to serve his full term which means he will not be done until january. >> it's hard to argue with the reasons that he just laid out for stepping away from this whole process. and the story about his family. i think that's compelling.
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i think it's true. the one word of regret that we heard was about entitlement reform and not getting that done and probably not having the prospect of getting that done particularly without his leadership in congress on that particular issue. we alluded to that moments ago. but he can say as many times as he wants and he will that he is confident the republicans will hold the majority and the democrats prospects of taking over factored not at all in his decision. the fact of the matter is the real poll tick is many people will suspect beneath the surface it had to have been a factor on some level. he might be right that no one's individual race aside from his will hinge on whether or not he happens to be speaker of the house. but it does send a signal to people who give money to the party, to people who might jump into competitive races and to people who are in congress currently and thinking about the future of the majority of whether it might be time for
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them to follow his lead. he is putting on the best face he can to try to hold the republican majority in the house. >> sandra: your point is well taken. hard to argue with the reasons he is providing behind this, right, john? he doesn't want his kids to only know him as a weekend dad. he has a young and big family and made it clear he loves his time back in his home state of wisconsin. as far as the future of his party he said i have every confidence that i will be handing the gavel to the next republican speaker of the house next year. >> that remains up in the air. ryan is probably right in the sense that this isn't going to be the biggest factor in the fall elections. the president's job approval will matter more. it has beening up a little bit. republicans can stand to lose the popular vote by 7 points and still cling to their majority. i do think paul ryan's
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retirement will hurt fundraising to some degree. a retiring speaker doesn't have the fundraising ability that a sitting speaker has with the intention of -- his team will argue we have tons of money and broken all sorts of records. i think it's a fair point. >> bill: howie, you live in that town. what do you think the impact is for a man who is so familiar with everything that has been happening for the extent of this trump administration? >> well first of all, paul ryan is that rare politician who does want to spend more time with his family. he is sincere in that. he wasn't forthcoming about the fact that it has been very frustrating for this house speaker to work with president trump. when we talk about entitlement reform it's a shorthand for a bunch of things. he is a classic smaller government, conservative who had to watch a huge spending bill be signed. he is asked in news conferences
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what about this or that presidential controversy. i think it was undoubtedly a factor and also we have to ask this question. john boehner resigned in frustration as speaker. now paul ryan in part is resigning in frustration as speaker. is the house gop so divided can anybody bring the caucus together? you have a conservative faction. >> bill: paul ryan spoke with the president. how do you think the relationship was? it was rocky in the beginning but they found a way to work together. >> they found certain issues where they could work together. i have seen too many news conferences where reporters say what about stormy daniel or mueller. paul ryan didn't want to talk about it. you can't reform the budget without medicare and medicaid. they were at odds. in the back of his mind may had
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he might have had to give up the gavel anyway. he was a reluctant speaker. >> bill: tough to be speaker in the leader of the republican party. do you find that to be the case or the normal course of action for politics in washington >> republicans are consistently frustrated that they can't accomplish what they want to accomplish. several reasons for this. the filibuster in the senate means that you need democrats to buy in on most legislation and also furthermore using the mechanism you can which is a simple party line vote using the budget reconciliation process there isn't necessarily consensus. we saw that on efforts to repeal and replace obamacare as you pointed out with john mccain voting the bill at the very end. at the end of the day that might go down as one of the biggest failures of this congress. >> bill: not a small bill. >> the failure to repeal and replace obamacare will go down as a bigger failure. i think ryan is right he moved
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the cause of entitlements along. the math will catch up with us. he shows it isn't the third rail of politics. the house republicans voted on that, held their majority back in 2012 and 2014. he showed that i don't think that entitlements was the reason that romney and ryan lost in 2012. they did fine with seniors. a big frustration that when he is actually in power and republicans have universal control they couldn't get any movement on that. i think eventually just the numbers will catch up with us. >> bill: very interesting. guy reflect on that and reflect on the spending bill signed a week ago and as i ask that question mitch mcconnell is about to come out. when that happens on the floor of the senate we'll take our viewers there when it relates to the paul ryan matter. guy, you have right now -- shall we listen? here is mitch mcconnell. >> like a true leader paul stepped up to the plate. he answered his colleague's call with the earnest, selfless and focused approach that has
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defined his entire career in congress. the results have been beyond impressive. capping off a remarkable 20-year career in congress his speakership has yielded one significant accomplishment after another for his conference. his constituents in wisconsin as well as the american people. true to his career, long reputation for pro growth economics he helped lead the way on last year's once in a generation rewrite of the nation's tax code. thanks in large part to his personal passion and expertise, tax reform became a reality and our economy is charting a new course toward greater prosperity and greater opportunity. on its own this generational accomplishment would secure the speaker's legacy as a transformational conservative leader. it is far from the only fruit of his speakership. his leadership was vital to
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securing everything from the largest year-on-year increase in defense funding in 15 years to the remaking of the way we treat and find cures for rare diseases. what's more, paul has paired that ambitious agenda with good cheer and unflagging commitment to serve all americans. amidst all the stresses and pressures of leadership, paul's optimism and energy never faded. it's been a sincere pleasure and real inspiration to work alongside this humble servant and happy warrior. i'm glad we can count on his continued leadership throughout the rest of the year. our work together is far from finished. i look forward to collaborateing closely these next months to implement more of the pro-opportunity and growth agenda. the american people are counting on us to keep advancing it. now on another matter yesterday the senate confirmed the first
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of six nominees slated for consideration this week. the district judge for the eastern and western districts of kentucky. >> sandra: you are listening to mitch mcconnell saying 2 1/2 years ago paul ryan was drafted by his colleagues to lead them through a new era. the speaker himself talking about his biggest accomplishments. major tax reform and overhaul of the u.s. tax code and rebuilding our nation's military is what he will hold near and dear to his heart as he has announced that he will not be running for reelection. >> bill: 2 1/2 years is a churn and burn project. paul ryan will leave in january. our panel is still with us. also at this time mark zuckerberg is in the house committee. he is now taking questions. this after hours of testimony yesterday and again today. this will run for hours today, folks, yet again. how will these house members draft up the questions and answers that we heard on the
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senate side yesterday? this is fascinating stuff. let's drop on in now. zuckerberg on the hill. >> policies allow ads, including ads that depict violence or threats of violence. i'm not sure where the threat was based on what he tried to post. >> congressman i'm not sure, either. i'm not familiar with that specific case. it is quite possible we made a mistake and we'll follow up afterwards on that. overall we have -- by the end of this year we'll have about 20,000 people at the company who work on security and content review-related issues. but there is a lot of content flowing through the systems and a lot of reports. unfortunately we don't always get these things right when people report it to us. >> chair recognizes the lady from california for four minutes. >> good morning, mr. zuckerberg.
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first i believe that our democratic institutions are undergoing a stress test in our country. and i believe that american company's something to america. i think the damage done to our democracy relative to facebook and its platform being weaponized are incall kuhlable. to influence an election is deeply offensive and very dangerous. putting our private information on offer without concern for possible misuses i think is simply irresponsible. i invited my constituents to participate in this hearing today by submitting what they want to ask you and so my questions are theirs and mr. chairman i would like unanimous
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consent to place all their questions in the record. so these are a series of just yes, no questions. do you think you have a moral responsibility to run a platform that protects our democracy? >> congresswoman, yes. >> have you users of facebook who were caught up in the cambridge analytica debacle been notified? >> we're starting to notify people this week. we started monday, i believe. >> will facebook offer to all of its users a blanket opt-in to share their privacy data with any third party users? >> that's how our platform works. you have to opt in to sign in to any app before you use it. >> let me just add it is a minefield in order to do that. and you have to make it
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transparent, clear, in pedestrian language just once this is what we will do with your data. do you want this to happen or not? so i think that this is being blurred. i have think you know what i mean by it. are you aware of other third party information mishand lynnings that have not been disclosed? >> no but we're investigating everything. >> what does that mean? >> it means we're going to look into every app that had a large amount of access to data in the pass before we lock down the platform. >> you aren't aware. >> there are tens of thousands of apps. >> i only have four minutes. was your data included in the data sold to the malicious third parties? your personal data? >> yes. >> it was. are you willing to change your business model in the interest of protecting individual privacy?
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>> congresswoman, we have made and are continuing to make changes to reduce the amount of -- >> are you willing to change your business model in the interest of protecting individual privacy? >> congresswoman i'm not sure what that means. >> i'll follow up. when did facebook learn that cambridge analytica's research project was actually for targeted psycho graphic political campaign work? >> congresswoman. it might be useful to clarify what happened here. >> i don't have time for a long answer, though. when did facebook learn that? and when you learned it, did you contact their ceo immediately? and if not, why not? >> congresswoman, yes, when we learned in 2015 that a cambridge university researcher associated with the academic institution that built an app that people chose to -- >> we know what happened with them. >> i'm answering your question.
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when we learned about that we -- >> in 2015 you learned about it. >> yes. >> you spoke to their ceo immediately? >> we shut down the app. >> did you speak to their ceo immediately? >> we got in touch with them and asked them -- demanded they delete any of the data that they had and their chief data officer told us that they had. >> the lady's time has expired. now the gentleman from illinois. >> thank you for being here, mr. zuckerberg. i want to thank facebook, you streamlined our congressional baseball game last year and we have the managers here and i was told that because of that we raised an additional $100,000 for d.c. literacy and feeding kids and stuff. the other thing is i usually put my stuff up on the tv. i don't want to do it very much because it's my dad and i would
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be mad if he went international. he is on facebook and 88 and good connecting with the kids or grandkids. i just got my mother involved on an i-pad. she can't handle a keyboard so -- i did this last week. in this world activity i still think there is a positive benefit for my parents to be engaged on this platform. but there are issues being raised today and so i'll go into a couple of those. facebook may develop access to user and friend data your main update was in 2014. the question is what triggered that update? >> congressman, this is an important question to clarify. so in 2007 we launched the platform in order to make it so people could bring some of their information and some of
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their friends' information to have a social experience. this created a lot of innovative experiences, new games, companies that you are familiar with like netflix and spotify. it allowed social experiences in their apps. unfortunately there were also a number of apps that used this for abuse to collect people's data so -- >> you identified there was possibly social scraping going on. >> there was abuse and that's why in 2014 we took the step of fundamentally changing how the platform works. so now when you sign into an app you can bring your information and if a friend has also signed into the app then the app can know you are friends so you can have a social experience in that app. when you sign into an app it no longer brings information from other people. >> let me go to your announcement of audits. who will conduct an audit. are there other cambridge
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analytics out there? >> good question. we'll start by doing an investigation internally of every app that had access to a large amount of information before we lock down the platform. if we detect suspicious activity at all we're working with third party auditors. i imagine there will have to be a number of them because there are a lot of apps. they'll conduct the audit for us. >> we hope you would bring in a third party to help us clarify and have more confidence. the last question i have is in yesterday's hearing you talked a little about facebook tracking and different scenarios including logged off users, please clarify how that works? >> thank you for giving me the opportunity to clarify that. one of the questions is what information do we track and why about people who are not signed into facebook? we track certain information
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for security reasons and for ads reasons. for security, it's to make sure that people are not signed into facebook can't scrape people's public information. you can even when you aren't signed in you can look on the information that people have chosen to make public on their page to share with everyone. no reason why you should have to be logged in but we don't want someone to be able to go through and download every public piece of information even if someone chose to make it public. it doesn't mean it's good to allow someone to aggregate it. even if someone isn't logged in we track certain information, how many pages they access as a security measure. the second thing we do is we provide an ad network that third party websites and apps can run in order to help them make money. and those ads similar to what google does and the rest of the industry does is not limited to people just on facebook. for the purposes of that we may also collect information to make it so those ads are more relevant and work better on
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those websites. there is a control or the ad targeting. they can turn it off. we don't allow people to turn off the measurement that we do around security. >> the gentleman's time has expired. >> that was one of the outstanding issues from yesterday if you are logged onto facebook whether or not they can track what you do. the clarification seems to be that facebook is doing this to protect the user. howard kurtz back with us. you heard it. is that a fair explanation? >> i think it was a very carefully-phrased explanation. the thing about mark zuckerberg as a witness here he is not really getting tough questions. he certainly didn't in the senate yesterday. he has his talking points. he regrets the mistakes of the past, try to do to it in the future but not shedding much light on privacy concerns. these issues have been raised for years. they have oef refused to do anything about it.
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now he is on the hot seat. i think the nature of these congressional hearings is not pinning him down. >> sandra: but an opportunity to explain him and his company and reassures investors and users of his services because the stock yesterday had a single biggest one-day gain in over two years. watching it this morning it was down a decent amount before he started speaking and it has started coming back up again. >> bill: these lawmakers haven't landed a scratch on zuckerberg. it hasn't been a grilling, a graduate seminar. good news for facebook. he didn't get pinned down. these technology waters run deep and they will for a long time. howie, thank you so much. more breaking news now. watch this story in syria getting reports about the russians leaving a certain port as russian troops move into a certain town in syria. that's coming up next live when
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>> bill: breaking news. syria, president trump ramping up the rhetoric warning russia that missiles are coming to syria after an alleged chemical attack that killed at least 40. here is the tweet from earlier today. russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at syria. get ready, russia. they'll be coming, nice, knew and smart. you should not be partners with a gas-killing animal who kills his people and enjoys it. david lee miller live in the middle east bureau with more on this. exclusive images just released to fox that deal with the russian military in syria. explain that. >> that's right, bill. the region now bracing itself for what could be u.s. air strikes as a result of the
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reported use of chemical weapons by the bashar al-assad regime. it appears the russians have a significant presence on the ground in syria are prepared for the possible strike. satellite images show recent activity at the syrian port of tartus. 11 russian battleships could be seen at the port. now at this air they're presumed to be at sea. hours ago a single russian submarine remained. the u.s. military is also on the move. the uss donald cook left cyprus on monday and within striking distance of syrian targets. the uss truman is headed to the region. european air traffic controllers have been put on high alert regarding possible military action in syria. airlines have been told to prepare for disruption of
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navigation equipment and some airlines have rerouted flights. the uk and france are calling on the international community to respond to syria's alleged use of chemical weapons. one year ago the u.s. was alone in launching air strikes in syria in response to deadly nerve gas. any attack now would likely involve a coalition and could last for several days. although diplomatic efforts at the u.n. are deadlocked when it comes to authorizing an investigation into the reported chemical attacks. the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons says it is soon going to send a fact-finding mission to the scene. the russian military, though, insisting that they have found in evidence regarding the use of chemical weapons. russian official efs have said the videos that have been seen around the world were reportedly staged. the world health organization meanwhile says that its sources on the ground estimate now as many as 500 people sought help
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for symptoms that were consistent with the use of chemical weapons. >> bill: when you talk about the coalition response with london and paris involved here, are those leaders united in their response yet or are some perhaps theresa may that want more solid proof that it was indeed assad? what's the reading on that now? >> more and more, bill, they appear to be speaking with one voice. in fact, there are now reports that france may actually lead any type of military action. one reason for that we are told is that there will be no parliamentary approval required in france if, in fact, there are going to be air strikes. it looks like if there are air strikes this time, the u.s. will not be going it alone. >> bill: david lee miller live in jerusalem. in new york meanwhile, a very important point at the end. if you have macron and theresa may on board you almost get the
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sense, if they are in lock step it could come at any moment. there is apprehension at this point yesterday on that agreement. if that's true, then stand by. >> sandra: general tata told us what a strong message the president is sending to russia. to watch the developments is fascinating and see the world now responding in the way it is is important. busy breaking news days in washington a busy couple of hours. you are looking at mark zuckerberg now, his second day of testimony on capitol hill. more of this coming up in moments. >> tech: at safelite autoglass
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third party during that testimony in congress today. >> we await a decision in syria and the president's next move. thank for joining us. "happening now" starts now. >> a fox news alert on two big stories out of capitol hill. facebook's ceo, mark zuckerberg back in the hot seat. this time he faces a fresh round of questions before the house energy and commerce committee. yesterday's questioning raising the possibility of new regulations to rein in the social network's power. we'll monitor that and bring you the highlights as they happen. >> this as fox news confirms house speaker paul ryan won't be seeking re-election in november. the announcement sending shock waves across the capitol. the move could shift the political landscape as democrats focus on regaining control of the house. ryan says ser


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