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impeachment will be over probably about mid january. >> all right, lindsey graham abroad saying it's going to be short, sweet and quick and i'll be talking to him on fox business on monday and get his take on things. so don't forget. ♪ . >> three years of political chaos and suddenly a conservative leader scores a big win. socialist policies hit with a crushing defeat, as they make big gains in blue collar areas. are we talking about the u.k. or the united states? good morning, this america's news headquarter, i'm ed henry. and they lay it out on the front page. boris johnson basked in the victory. and they're urging they find closure, let the healing begin. something politicians in america may be seeking soon.
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and his counterpart here, getting the trade deal, pay raise for the military, a vote toward a new family leave initiative and the first step in a trade deal with china. all of this happening while the democrats are focused on impeachment with two articles looming, a stain that no president wants on their legacy. though republicans are trying to turn the spotlight on moderate democrats. they serve in districts won by the president in 2016 and now speaker nancy pelosi's troops may face a backlash. and they say it's their solemn doing for the president's handseling of aid to ukraine. for his part, the president is hoping that the impeachment on socialist tilt will help lead him to a boris johnson style victory in november. and the lawmakers on both sides. >> there's never been a crime in
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this case, they've tried to find a crime starting with the mueller investigation. it's been very clear, and i think you're seeing through this impeachment inquiry, this is a political vendetta. >> i think that the process that we've gone through in the house and all of the other committees that have been involved in investigation and oversight has been conducted in a very important, open, methodical, thoughtful manner. ed: well, there it is all laid out. our correspondent mark meredith is live from the white house and tell us how the president is handling there. good afternoon, mark. >> good afternoon to you, ed. the president is not holding back when talking about the impending impeachment vote in the house. the president firing off several tweets already today and comparing himself to the supreme court justice brett kavanaugh. i want to read you one of the tweets this morning. after watching the disgrateful way that a wonderful man, brett kavanaugh was treated by the democrats and seeing how the same radical left, do-nothing dems are treating the impeachment hoax, i understand why so many dems are voting
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republican. senior administration officials say that the white house is still working on strategy for a likely senate impeachment trial. majority leader mitch mcconnell says he's in constant contact with the white house counsel's office and he didn't think there's any chance that the president will be removed from office. we heard the president said when it comes it a trial, he doesn't care how long it lasts. >> i'll do whatever they want to do, it doesn't matter. i wouldn't mind a longer process because of the whistleblower blower who is a fraud. we're dealing with corrupt people, to use the power of impeachment on this nonsense is an embarrassment to this country. >> that was the president in the evil office yesterday. -- the president from the oval office and he'll be back a down here in d.c. and we'll look to see if the president discusses more what he discussed on twitter.
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ed: another big showdown coming as well in the supreme court before the court. this time over the president's tax returns and a decision that could come in the middle of the 2020 campaign. the president basically asserting that he believes he doesn't have to turn over his tax returns because he says he and his family basically have blanket immunity. >> the president argued that he has no reasons to turn over his tax returns. there are several lawsuits trying to go after it for several years. yesterday the supreme court announcing they will take up this case and a decision is likely to happen in the middle of the presidential election in 2020. that case likely to be decided in june. ed. ed: mark, i appreciate you starting us off. and now let's bring in virginia's congressman. thanks for coming in. ed, great to be with you. ed: where do you think we stand at this hour as we get ready for the full house to vote just a few days from now on two articles of impeachment? >> well, it is sad that nancy pelosi and house democrats are putting their hatred for the president ahead of the
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constitution and the well-being of the country. you know, this holiday season, americans get it. this president is winning. the economy is doing great. but nancy pelosi and house democrats can't let that go. they want to get this president out of office and so they're willing to put at risk all of the gains that we have made in the process. ed: why do you think though that pelosi would be pushing forward if there's no case at all. politically the polls are suggesting battle ground states are as you suggest, turning against impeachment. democrats believe it's a principle stand, that there was wrongdoing here by the president. the president says it's a perfect call with the ukrainian president. do you agree it's a perfect call? >> you know, ever since this president got into office, the liberal left has been gunning for him and so, when nancy pelosi finally decided to go ahead with impeachment, she caved in to the far left.
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she took a case for impeachment without any fact witnesses, she went ahead and muscled it through the judiciary committee, three days of hearings. that's all we had, and this case is not going to make it past the senate. ed: sure. >> and everybody knows it. ed: but congressman, i appreciate the point you just made, but my question was whether or not you actually think the phone call was perfect. >> well, the call speaks for itself. it's a call between two presidents talking about the economy, talking about the work that they were going to do to fight corruption, and you know, when the president of ukraine brought up rudy guiliani, the president responded to that. ed: his personal attorney. >> all in all, what we have is a president who is getting things done for america, who has a great economy and the democrats can't handle his reelection next november so they've got to do what they can to try and remove him from office before he gets
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reelected. ed: and you mentioned off the top, a strong legislative week for him despite chase happening on impeachment. the fact of nancy pelosi within about an hour of having that news conference that they're moving through articles, within an hour, and another victory on usmca which the president has been pushing for so long. is that an admission by democrats that they've finally got to get back to the nation's business? >> well, it kind of under cuts their argument that there's some kind of danger in keeping this president in office. they continue to work with him because they know that he gets things done so when it comes to the usmca, when it comes to a trade deal with china, they're working with him because he is continuing to fight for americans regardless of where they are. they're seeing an improvement in their lives, in their pocket books and their situation and the democrats know it and that's
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why they need to try and derail him because he's headed for reelection in november. ed: last question, congressman. i notice one of your colleagues, kendra horn, basically got elected in a trump district on 2018. she's on the griddle and a republican pac posted a video of here going back and forth with constituents at a town hall and some say why are you not focused on the nation's business. one of the constituents said there's going to be hell to pay if democrats like her vote for impeachment. do you think she's going to hear that message? there are going to be several moderate democrats who bolt from party leadership and vote for this. we have already learned that there are democrats who are going to vote against impeachment. jeff van drew in new jersey, colin peterson in minnesota has voted against the impeachment inquiry, so it wouldn't surprise me if moderates in trump districts across this country end up voting against impeachment. we might not have both articles passed, we might just have one and you know, back when clinton
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was impeached, the claim of abuse of power never passed the house. so we'll see how it goes. ed: all right. >> democrats are running from this because they know nancy pelosi's got no case. ed: all right, congressman, we appreciate you coming in today. >> thank you, ed. ed: have a good weekend. let's get the democratic side of this with a fox news contributor. >> thanks for coming in. >> thanks for having me. ed: pick up where the congressman left off. where do you see your property with moderate democrats? is there a concern that several, not just one or two, but several will fall from the party and make it look for difficult for pelosi. >> i imagine the two that didn't quote for the inquiry will stay in the no column. in the last, we've had one from staten, one from dallas and lamb from staten island.
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and one-- and max is a strong statement. i think it's going to go better than perhaps "the washington post" foreshadowed. they ran a column that moderate democrats were upset there wasn't a chance for a censure vote. maybe they'll split it and vote for one article of impeachment which democrats did. ed: and tried to say i pushed back on it, but didn't go all in. >> which is kind of what happened in 2018 with campaigning when we took back the house. there were a lot of moderate democrats who took nancy pelosi out on your word. if you go to bash me, bash me, and don't get back the gavel. we need the numbers. and the prescription drug pricing bill with the name of elijah cummings this week. ed: and with nancy pelosi and adam schiff both side they wanted bipartisanship. eric ericsson said the people who want the president gone
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claim that the president could kill a man on fifth avenue and the g.o.p. would of his back. this is not actually true. all they need to do is talk to some of the retiring republican congressmen, but the democrats are so convinced of this talking point they're not trying to make a bipartisan case for impeachment. what has your party actually done? there are several, as you suggest, many retiring republicans who might be open to supporting one of these two articles and there's not any democratic outreach, doesn't seem to be. >> i think that will hurd, a former cia analyst and somebody would take this abuse of power and putting our national security at risk and he sits on the intel company and after listening to marie evanovich and
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others, that they're lock step with president trump. i'm not saying he's going to murder someone on fifth avenue, but when you watch lindsey graham during bill clinton's impeachment versus now and mitch mcconnell with sean hannity saying i'm working to make this as short and possible and lock step with the president. what do you do i with that. ed: and mitch mcconnell, he's in the-- the democrats outrage that he's talking with the white house, is that a scandal or a controversy. >> i think it's a controversy. mitch mcconnell is supposed to oversee a fair trial and show up with sean hannity who is a fan of the president, and saying i'm in lock step with the president and i think it makes sense in
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context with lindsey graham, i'm making this as fast as possible. people on the republican side are not interested in dealing with the facts here. ed: jerry nadler's quotes from 1998 are different from what he said then as well. the quinnipiac poll showing that bernie sanders has had a lead with young voters, 52%, 18 to 24, warren at 17, biden at 11. they're all in the distance, but will the young people in 2020 turn out? >> 2018 was a great election year for millennials to turn out. not as good as seniors. have the time to vote and they're in the process and have things like medicare they're interested in protecting, but bernie sanders has consistently maintained this kind of lead with younger voters, 18 to 29-year-old demographic, he's he was lapping hillary clinton, and guess who turned out the vote.
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and i would add that latino voters favor bernie sanders by 10 to 15 points which is a big deal when you look at states like nevada and joe biden. ed: joe biden thinking that african-american voters will be his saving grace. i mentioned boris johnson at the time and joe biden and michael bloomberg said look to their fellow democrats, there's a lesson there, don't go too far left. do you agree with them? >> yes, and i worked on boris johnson's election campaign similar to jeremy corbin. labor made a mistake running with a leader net negative 40, and i don't think that this is a capitalism versus socialism discussion. ed: that was on the ballot. >>, but an unpopular leader, unlike a bernie sanders who has a high rating. an 80 seat majority when boris johnson only needed nine is incredible and people want decisi
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decisiveness. not necessarily bee want to brexit, we want to stop talking about it and labor didn't actually pick a side. they were trying to pick up remainers and levers in the hodgepodge. ed: a warning to 2020 democrats, we'll see if they'll heed it. >> yeah, and to republicans. see if they'll be warned. ed: the voters are angry. all weekend we'll be looking ahead at next week's likely house impeachment. and chris wallace goes one on with one adam schiff and get the white house's side of things from special advertiser pam bondy, and chris will be formed by former fbi director james comey who claims he was vindicated by the ig report on trump campaign surveillance. although the ig said he was not vindicated. check your local listings for the time on your fox affiliate.
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now there are questions about next week's democratic debate. will it go on as scheduled? after all seven qualifying candidates threaten to skip it due to a labor dispute. the 2020 hopefuls say they refuse to cross picket lines where a loyola marymount, where they're taking part this afternoon. good afternoon, ellison. >> yeah, the debate set to take place in los angeles is perhaps in jeopardy as you said because workers there are on strike and they've been picketing since november and at issue are wages and health care. workers represented bayou night here local 11 say the submarine contractor to employs 150 food service workers at loyola marymount university, sodexo, canceled scheduled negotiations. sodexo says they did not leave the bargaining table, but the union says that democratic candidates wouldn't be greeted
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at the debate by a picket line. senator elizabeth warren said she wouldn't cross the picket line even if she had to miss the debate. after that every other qualified for the debate came out publicly and said the same. >> i don't believe we should cross that picket line, so i'm encouraging -- [applause] >> the dnc to try to work this out to find a new location or they're going to have to figure out what -- how they resolve this. >> in a statement, a spokesperson with the dnc said they and loyola marymount learned of this issue friday and adding while he was not a part of the negotiation between sodexo and tom perez, the chairman of the dnc would absolutely not cross a picket line and would never expect our candidates to either. we are working with all stake holders to find an accept rabble
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resolution that meets their needs and will enable us to proceed with next week's debate. the california debate was supposed to take place at ucla, but it was relocated because of disputes there. >> ellison, you're in pittsburgh, tell us about the forum. obviously, pennsylvania is a key battle ground. >> yeah, it's a big deal. so, seven candidates are here today. it was supposed to be eight, but senator cory booker, according to this team. he came down with the flu and he had to back out the forum at the last minute. 11 education groups are helping to host the forum. the focus is public education, equity and justice for all. one of the organizers we spoke to said they have to layout plans for public education because it's an issue that matters. >> will you commit to making the necessary investments in public schools? will you end the school to prison pipeline and there you make sure that our educators and
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school staff are paid the kind of salaries that keep them in the profession? >> it's critical because it is our democracy, it's our parents and students are interacting with people running for office and that's critical for a healthy democracy. >> we've heard from four candidates, four 2020 hopefuls so far today. bennet, buttigieg, and elizabeth warren is talking right now. and we expect to hear from four more before the end of the day. ed: busy day for ellison barber. and president trump, the tradition, army h-navy game. find out who they'll honor in philadelphia. north korea at it again. the latest move as the trump administration works to finally get that dictator, kim jong-un, to stop producing nuclear weapons. stay with us.
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>> president trump will be departing for the white house next hour, headed to philadelphia for the 120th annual army-navy game. think about it, the only game where everyone on the field is willing to die for all of us who are watching. the president is expect today take part in the pregame coin flip. former navy quarterback and pro football hall of famer roger staubach was on fox and friends and reminisced about another president. >> i played in the '62 army-navy game and the most nervous of any game i played there. i was there as '61 as a plebe, you can't play varsity football back then.
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i was thinking, oh, lord, i don't think i can play in this game and president was there, president kennedy and next year, i with an a nervous wreck and we won 35-14. ed: it will be extra special today. the teams will honor three service members killed in a shooting at a florida naval station this month. it was the terror attack. the navy awarded two of them posthumus promotions, that happened this morning and all three were awarded wings of gold and deservedly so. >> the north koreans made a commitment to denuclearize and to cease their long range missile testing and we would hope they would abide by the words, but hope is not a strategy. ed: a top pentagon official laying out hopes for the future. today the regime claims it conducted yet another test at a long range rocket launch site. it may have involved technology
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to improve the inter-continental ballistic missiles. and pyongyang is saying to ease up on sanctions. and voters handed the conservatives a commanding majority in parliament against all odds. johnson now calling for unity after that decisive win. >> want to thank all of you for your incredible hard work. nobody wanted this election to run into christmas, but what an incredible thing you have done, you've changed the political landscape. ed: kitty logan is live in london with more details. good to see you, kitty. >> ed, yes, boris johnson was conducting celebrations in the north of england and of course, it's largely thanks to the voters in the north who would normally many vote for the opposition labor party that boris johnson has such a large majority. on friday we saw him officially
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entering 10 downing street as the next prime minister for the next five years. his conservative party won an 80 feet majority in parliament. that's pretty remarkable and it's going to give him and his party the power to push the brexit bill through finally. it makes it much more likely that the britain will leave the eu at the deadline january 31st next year. not everyone in the u.k. is happy about that. in scotland, they're opposed to brexit and their leader is calling for a second independence referendum. but boris johnson capitalized on the fact that many, many voters were extremely disillusioned with the leader of the labor party, and who are to remain, and they also performed poorly. the brexit party didn't win any seats at all. largely due to tactical voting in favor of brexit.
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now, boris johnson has been repeating the campaign slogan, get brexit done. and it's the election campaign. now the pressure is on him to deliver that as quickly as possible, ed. ed: kitty, thank you. meanwhile, progress in u.s. trade talks with china. what does it mean for your wallet? the americans who could benefit the most if the two sides continue forward. that's coming up. (employee) enterprise car sales has access to over
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speaking in qatar today, secretary treasurer steve mnuchin says they'll fully execute this deal next month and they want to make sure they implement phase one before discussing a phase two of any trade deal. mnuchin also says the u.s. and china will soon release more details on what they've just agreed to. many of the specifics of this deal are still unclear. the trump administration says it agreed to scrap tariffs on about 160 billion dollars in chinese imports scheduled to begin tomorrow on items coming into the united states, like smart phones and toys, other electronics, the u.s. will also cut rates on some existing tariffs that will maintain tariffs of 25% on about 250 billion dollars in chinese goods, in exchange, the white house says the chinese government commit today buy more american agriculture and other products. the white house says china also agreed to structural reforms on protecting trade secrets and technology and on currency rates. those skeptics say they doubt
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china will follow through. republican senator marco rubio tweeted, quote the white house should consider the risk a near-term deal with china would give away the tariff on those that matter the most, sucksdyes, domestic firms, force tech transfers, and blocking u.s. firms access to key sectors. the u.s. complained for years about china stealing american firm's trade secrets and handing over u.s. technology in order to operate in chinese among other complaints. ed: thank you. and a republican handing out humps of pardons on his way out of office, including for some violent offenders. the decision that is sparking outrage from both sides of the aisle. plus, calls for a new investigation. a correspondent marion rafferty has more from the west coast news room. good to see you. >> kentucky governor matt bev vin on the way out of office according to the secretary of
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state's office one pardon a grisly murder, convicted of killing his former lover and stuffing her body in a 55-gallon drum. and in the pardon, the unwillingness of the dna evidence to affirm or not on the conviction. and the family of convicted murderer patrick brian baker, pardoned by beven, raised over 21,000 and made personal donations to governor bevin's campaign and it's not sitting well, calling for investigations from boats sides of the aisle. >> the person who pulled the trigger and killed another human being is free. that person's family raised $21,000 that went directly into the governor's pocket. >> that seems to me, it was
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completely inappropriate. i expect he had the power to do it, but looking at the examples of people who are incarcerated as a result of heinous crimes, no, i don't approve of it. >> bevin denies it played a role, claiming the myriad financi financials are in that decision, are completely false and reprehensible. along with hundreds of pardons he commuted the death sentence of greg wilson to life with the possibility of parole. he was convicted of a 1987 rape and murder, but the governor citing a lack of evidence and incompetent defense and prosecution in the case for his reason for pardoning wilson. now, at least one kentucky state lawmaker plans to introduce a measure next year seeking to amend the state's constitution of stripping governors of power
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to pardon leading up to election and that would have to be approved by the kentucky voters. ed: huge controversy. thank you for that. ahead we go into a complex campaign issue, the climate. 2020 democrats continue to introduce costly plans for climate change. first the green new deal and now michael bloomberg is vowing to shut down all coal plants in america. didn't hillary clinton try that? how did it work out? we'll get into that next. so we're making it easier than ever to become part of our family. that's why our chevy employee discount is now available to everyone. the chevy price you pay is what we pay. not a cent more. family is important to us. and we want you to be part of ours. so happy holidays. and welcome to the family. all: the chevy family! get the chevy employee discount for everyone today.
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guess what? he hedged. >> i don't know how you could possibly estimate a cost of something that is going to stretch out to 2050. no economist or mathematician is good enough to do those calculations in any specificity. ed: he still doesn't have the math and bloomberg talked about replacing all coal plants in america altogether. >> we have a commitment to retire all of them by 2030, and i think given what's happening across the country and the public's understanding of the damage that these plants are doing, not just to the long-term climate change, but to the short-term environmental issues. ed: joining me now is barry worthington, executive director of the united states energy association. barry, i appreciate you coming in today. >> thanks, good to see you. how are you. ed: fantastic. >> great. ed: let's start with the point about eliminating control plants. i remember in that hillary clinton proposed the same and
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didn't go over well in middle america. >> no, no, it didn't. it's not going to go over well now because reality is we need coal as part of our energy mix and in talking about eliminating all coal plants, you're talking about completely ruining communities, regions of the country, and decimating a ways of life for a lot of people. ed: let's go through some of the other plans and i don't want to just focus on michael bloomberg. a global look from you. joe biden, obviously a front runner in some polls. 1.7 trillion goal of net greenhouse gas emissions and pete buttigieg a green new deal, something out there for some time. but the cost, when someone like michael bloomberg comes forward, there's no doubt and you see as well on the screen there, sanders and warren have their plans as well. we're talking, barry, about trillions of dollars. >> yeah. ed: and the bottom line, while there's an issue that needs to be confronted won't middle class families see their taxes go up
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to pay for all of this? >> they're going to see their energy costs go up dramatically and taxes go up dramatically. we're already reducing emission, we have far greater reused emissions in the u.s. than anywhere in the world and producing more energy than we have before. we can get there if we allow industry to deploy technology and keeping costs affordable for consumers and that's the key. ed: obviously we've raised sharp questions how are we going to pay for the democratic plans and rightly so. i've got to ask you, when the industry is doing innovation is going to be the way forward here to deal with climate change. obviously, the secretary-general at the united nations disagrees with you. let's hear from the secretary-general. i'll get you to respond. watch. >> we must ensure the transition
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to low carbon future is fair and inclusive. and that means green and decent jobs. a future of thriving resilient communities, cities and countries, to workers in traditional industries, i have a clear message, those of our leading on climate efforts, we want the same thing as you, decent jobs in a cleaner healthier world. ed: he's saying there's a problem, but almost an olive branch to industry leaders like you. let's meet somewhere halfway. >> well, i have to say, ed, with all due recent to the secretary-general, i spent 40 years in the energy industry, i don't think he has. we've already reduced emissions in the electric power, position, over 2005 levels. that was barack obama's goal in the paris accord for 2025. so, we're ahead of the game in our industry in reducing emission, and we look at
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technologies coming down the road, we're going to need everything because we're going to increase energy consumption globally between 50 and 100% by 2050 so we're going to need all the renewables, we're going to need nuclear, coal and natural gas with carbon capture and storage. we are going to need all technologies that we can deploy. ed: and michael bloomberg faced sharp questions about a cozy relationship with china. i know you and other industry leaders say, look, the focus about critics tends to be the u.s. what about china and them not doing enough here? >> well, china has committed to try some day and that's a commitment that the chinese government made under the paris accord, which is part of the reason that president trump decided to pull out of paris. china is building hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of coal plants, not just in china, but all around the world, and in
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africa and south america and other countries and asia. so, their emissions are going to go up dramatically and the u.s. emissions are going to go down. ed: isn't that amazing what you're saying is here is michael bloomberg, he wants to end coal plants in america and yet he's got this friendly relationship with china and you're telling they're building coal plants around the world. >> they have, absolutely and they're not using the best technology. here in the united states we're using the best technology both to build new facilities and to retrofit, to remodel existing facilities. the chinese are not using the best technology like we are. ed: all right. barry worthington from the industry, appreciate you coming in and giving your views. >> thanks, ed. ed: we'll have you back. they were a bedrock of support for then candidate trump in 2016. evangelical voters, will that happen again? an influential pastor who just spoke to the president joined me next. to help out with chores.
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arlington national cemetery. ceremonies will also be held at other cemeteries all across america. and that's with you feel. meanwhile, the president getting strong support from evangelicals in 2016, but recent polls show he could be losing some ground on that front. and a fox news contributor, pastor, thanks for coming in. >> you'll get to the politics in a minute and you had a chance to visit with the president a little this week. and you told me that maybe the view you saw inside the white house is different for some of the stories out there, claiming that he's brooding and angry about impeachment, it sounds like you saw somebody different. >> yeah, to hear them talking about it, that he would be in the fetal position, and i saw him, he's focused and energized
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and determined he'll win in 2020. i think that every american will be pleased to see that the stock market is moving forward and the judiciary, and he's very positive. ed: where is he with evangelical voters? i've heard polls that there's been slippage. what is from your church and all around the country? >> i travel the country and i told him i believe they'll win by a bigger margin than he won by in 2016. for two reasons, when evangelicals voted in 2016 most of them didn't know donald trump leak i knew him. they voted with their fingers crossed hoping that he would or could keep his promises. this time the president isn't running on compromises, but in accomplish. in areas that matter to
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evangelicals. nearly 200 conservative judges appointed to the federal bench. regard accomplishments in the pro-life, pro religious liberty arena. moving the embassy in israel to jerusalem. these things matter to evangelicals. the other factor at work is, i don't think that anybody expected the democrats to move as far to the left as they have since 2016, especially when it comes to abortion. ed, every democrat candidate now supports unrestricted abortion, until the child is it in the birth canal of the mother. most christian with a conscience are going to find it difficult to support a democratic candidate who supports that barbaric position. ed: and you mentioned judicial nominations. it seems to me the majority leader in the senate, mitch mcconnell was on with my colleague, sean hannity and
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talked about that going through and that's a legacy that will live beyond his presidency. >> yes, 25% of the judiciary has now been appointed by donald trump. that's amazing and think about the fact that in the next term, there's a possibility that he could appoint anywhere from one to three new supreme court justices. that will be a game changer, that will be his legacy for generations to come. ed: that was a big issue as you know in 2016 as well as in the supreme court he'll be essentially on the ballot in 2020. and pastor robert jeffers, thanks for sharing part of your weekend with us. >> thank you, ed. ed: all right, we will be right back with more news. in america, the zip code you're born in can determine your future. the y helps fill the opportunity gap with education programs for all.
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that does it for me today, i'll see you tomorrow morning on "fox & friends," 6-10 a.m., then right back here at noon. have a wonderful saturday. ♪ ♪ >> president trump set to depart for the army/navy game in philadelphia this afternoon, this as house democrats are preparing to vote on his impeachment next week in a series of -- [inaudible] welcome to america's news headquarters, i'm molly line are. leland: cold, rainy here in the northeast. busy day for the president. we'll cover it all. i'm leland vittert. the house vote, if it happens, could pave the way for an impeachment trial in the senate. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell says he wants to move things quickly along after the new year. president trump has said he
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welcomes either a short or a long trial. mark meredith is at the white house with what to make of all of that. >> reporter: the president himself says it has been a wild week here in washington. it's been interesting because the white house has been trying to focus on other issues other than impeachment, things like trade, but there has been so much action happening up on capitol hill. our sources tells us that we could expect a vote wednesday or thursday next week when it comes to impeachment. and while most of the media attention has been focused on the house judiciary committee, administration officials say they're already gearing up for that likely trial this january. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell says he's been in contact with the white house counsel's office, and administration officials are still working to decide who would represent the president in a senate trial. but the president says the decision to impeach could have an impact on congress and future administrations for years to come. >> i'll do whatever they want to do, it doesn't matter. i wouldn't mind a long process. because i'd like to see the
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whistleblower, who's a fraud. so, look, we're dealing with a lot of corrupt people. there was nothing done wrong. to use the power of impeachment on this nonsense is an embarrassment to this country. >> reporter: that was the president in the oval office with the president of paraguay on friday. we are also hearing from a number of republican senators speaking out ahead of that likely trial, this is what republican senator lindsay graham had to say earlier today on a trip overseas. >> this thing will come to the senate, and it will die quickly, and i will do everything i can to make it die quickly. >> reporter: but senate democrats are demanding lawmakers hold off on any judgment. this is a statement from senate minority leader chuck schumer. if articles of impeachment are sent to the senate, every single senator will make sure the senate conducts a fair and honest trial that allows all the facts to come out. it is paramount. >> reporter: we thought we may hear from the president as makes
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his way up to pennsylvania. he's decided to take the motorcade, so we're not going to hear him on the south lawn. but he has been tweeting and talking a lot about impeachment today. leland? leland: mark her divot, we'll check in with you as the president makes his way north. thank you, sir is. molly? molly: joining us now from nashville, republican tennessee senator and member of the senate judiciary committee, marsha blackburn. senator, thanks for joining us today. we early appreciate your time. >> absolutely. molly: the president says he doesn't care how long this trial is. your thoughts as it looks most likely you'll see this happening in the senate. >> yeah. molly, i think the thing to say is it is complete. we know the record coming from the house is very incomplete. they've been hung up on this election interference issue. they continue to forget that this was the obama administration for the 2016 election. so what you will see from the senate is something that is done
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complete, that we're not going to leave are bits and pieces that are not explored. we are going to be complete in this. if it takes us a while, it takes a while. if it is done quickly, it will be done quickly, but we will do it appropriately, properly and with respect to the american voter. molly: the president has said he would like to see the whistleblower. he's long argued that the whistleblower's report was false, and he presumably would like to see the whistleblower answer some questions. what about you? >> hearing from the whistleblower, i think, is important and also from adam schiff's staff who worked with the whistleblower or coordinated or coached him. we would want to hear. that i think it's also going to be a good thing if we can hear from joe and hunter biden as to what happened there. and when you go back and look at the participation of the clinton campaign with the dossier and, of course, in our hearing with
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the inspector general on wednesday, i touched on christopher steele and his being paid by the fbi from 2013 to 2016, then dropped as a trustworthy source but then continuing to feed information to the fbi 13 more times. now, how does all of that tie into the dossier, and who was actually paying for the dossier beginning in june of 2016? those are all questions that on behalf of the american citizen and on behalf of respect for the institution and the process we should answer those questions. molly: yeah. and that that speaks to how sort of the i. g. report which, of course, michael horowitz has urged people to go ahead and read the executive summary could weave into a potential trial that occurs in the senate. i mean, it really has been stunning, some of those things that came out of this report. seventeen significant errors, fbi personnel fell short, so
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many basic and fundamental errors were made. i think even as we look toward this senate potential trial, do you think you'll be able to get some answers regarding what was revealed in this i.g. report as well as some of the other answers you're seeking? >> molly, i think we will. it is unconscionable that the fbi spied on president trump. and think about this, that campaign with trump and pence was is so successful -- was so successful in spite of all this election interference by the fbi. and in spite of the spying and surveilling on u.s. citizens, they were still successful. it is why donald trump will win re-election in 2020. but here is what people should be focused on, and i do encourage reading of that executive summary. they can go to my web site or my facebook page and pull it down. here is what we want to do, is to make certain that we never
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face this, a president or a candidate of either party, that they never go through this again. it is wrong, it is criminal. we will get to the criminal referrals as we get the durham report, and that is going to come to us next spring. i will tell you this, it is an exciting time in the senate judiciary committee in cleaning this up to make certain that all of those involved in this chain of intentional misrepresentation, of malicious activity trying to go in and take down a president, a newly-elected but not yet sworn in president. then, as president, take this guy down. it is wrong, it should never have happened, and donald trump deserves a lot of credit for standing up and fighting against this. you know, the operation should have been called operation take
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down trump. but what this points out is to a lot of tendency -- constituents who i've been talking to since i got home on thursday, molly, they will tell you, this is why they elected him. drain the swamp. get rid of this incestuous relationship where people in these agencies think they are the ones above the law. molly: it's been fascinating to see this unfolding. i was wrapping christmas presents earlier this week watching the impeachment hearings on tv. it looks like there'll be a lot to see in january as well. senator black burn, we appreciate your time. >> good to be with you, thank you. molly: coming up in fact next hour, more reaction from debbie dingell, and "fox news sunday" chris wallace talks to adam schiff. check your local listings for time and channel. plus, howard kurtz talks to former white house press secretary sean spicer tomorrow on "mediabuzz" at 11 a.m.
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eastern. leland: meantime, wall street and american businesses will spend the weekend digesting exactly what phase one of the trade deal with china really means. the president announced it yesterday, cab selling tariffs -- canceling tariffs that would have impacted more than $150 billion worth of chinese goods. those would have gone into effect tomorrow. rich edson now with us covering the state department, joins us on a saturday. nice to see you, thanks for being here. >> reporter: good to be back on the old beat for a little bit. what we're expecting here, this is a real limited trade agreement, what white house officials consider phase one in economic negotiations with china. treasury secretary steve mnuchin speaking in qatar today says this initial agreement will be very good for global economic growth. he wants to insure the two countries implement and enforce this first phase before discussing phase two of any trade deal. president trump says he's looking forward to a better economic relationship with
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china. >> it's going to be one of the great deals ever, and it's going to ultimately lead to the opening of china, which is something that is incredible, because that's a whole big untapped market of 1.5 billion people. >> reporter: many of the specifics of the deal are still unclear. secretary mnuchin says he is expects the u.s. and china to release more details soon. the white house says it agreed to scrap tariffs on $150-160 billion on chinese imports that were scheduled to begin tomorrow on items coming into the u.s. from china like smartphones and other electronics. the u.s. also agreed to cut rates on some existing tariffs that will maintain tariffs on about 25% on $250 billion in chinese imports. in exchange, the white house says china pledges to buy billions more in american agriculture. there are skeptics, senate minority leader chuck schumer in a statement says the president, quote: sold out for a temporary and unreliable promise from china to purchase some soybeans. we've heard this song and dance
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before from china. once again, donald trump cannot be relied upon to do the right thing for american workers and businesses. the administration wants china to stop stealing american firms' trade secrets, quit forcing u.s. companies to hand over technology to operate in china and open up more markets to american business. leland: the chinese promised to do all those things before as well. is in any teeth here in any parts of these deals for the united states? >> reporter: that's a good question, and that's why we're waiting to see more details and why secretary mnuchin had to address that today in doha. leland: thank you very much, sir. molly: north korea saying they have successfully carried out another, quote, crucial rocket engine test. the announcement suggests pyongyang may be trying to provoc the u.s. as president trump's end of the year deadline to resume deadlocked nuclear negotiations approaches. this is north korea's second rocket engine test in less than a week. leland: new orleans has declared a state of emergency after a
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cyber attack led to the shutdown of all the city's computers. the city's mayor has given an update now on yesterday's attack. >> by 11 a.m. the city of new orleans' employees were notified and moving forward closer to about 11:30 a.m. going back to that old p.a. system. this is our what is an official cyber attack. leland: the attack included phishing e-mails meant to obtain passwords. and while ransomware was detected, no ransom demands as of yet. they say, as you can imagine from looking at the people at that press conference, an investigation there is still ongoing. molly: kentucky governor matt bench is defending his -- bevan is defending his controversial decision to pardon hundreds of violent offenders including murderers and rapists. >> reporter: some 400
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offenders, one pardon involving a grisly murder. a man convicted in 1994 of killing his former lover and stuffing her dismembered body in a 55-gallon drum. in his pardon order, bevan citing, quote: inability or unwillingness of the state to use existing dna evidence to either affirm or disprove this conviction. he also paroledded a man -- pardoned a man who made donations to his campaign at a political fund raiser. the pardons are not sitting well with prosecutors in those cases or kentucky state lawmakers with calls for investigations from both sides of the aisle. >> the person who pulled the trigger and killed another human being is free. that person's family raised $21,000 that went directly into the governor's pockets. >> honestly, i don't approve.
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it seems to me it was completely inappropriate. i expect he has the power to do it, but looking at the examples of people who were incarcerated as a result of heinous crimes, no, i don't with approve of it. >> reporter: bevan denies the campaign contributions played a role in his decision tweeting, quote: the myriad statements and suggestions that financial or political considerations played a part in the decision making process are both highly offensive and entirely false. to repeat such uncorroborated rumors and lies is reprehensible. now, along with the hundreds of pardons, bevan also commuting the death sentence of wilson with life to possibility of parole, the governor again citing a lack of evidence and incompetent defense and prosecution behind his reason for pardoning wilson. at least one kentucky state lawmaker plans to introduce a measure next year seeking to strip governors of the power to pardon on their way out the
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door. that proposal would have to be approved though by kentucky voters. molly? molly: maryann rafferty, thank you. quite a list there, appreciate it. leland: follow that. the supreme court has agreed to look at three cases about whether president trump can keep his financial records from congress and also from the new york city prosecutor. the manhattan district attorney's office along with three house committees have subpoenaed records from both the trump organization and the president himself for investigations they are working on, namely his tax returns. the supreme court says they will hear arguments on these cases in march which means a decision will come during the 2020 campaign. stay tuned. molly: four 2020 candidates coming -- . [inaudible] as boris johnson scores big with british working class voters, that's coming up. plus, remembering our fallen heroes during the holiday season -- [inaudible] ♪ ♪
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leland: a fox news alert as the president's motorcade has arrived at joint base andrews. you can see him giving a thumb's up to the press as he heads up the rainy steps to air force one. typically, he takes marine one to fly out, but it is a rainy december saturday as he heads off to the army/navy football game, so took the motorcade out, and we'll watch him wave good-bye from the top of the stairs. molly: second year in a row, kicks off at 3:00. we were waiting to see if the president was going to stop and talk to press, i guess not. heading into the plane. leland: travel pool will be with him through his travels to see if he says anything along the way. molly: as protesters take to the streets, british prime minister
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boris johnson is calling for unity after his conservative party's landslide victory. we have kitty logan who is in london with more on what this victory means for the future of brexit. kitty? >> reporter: hi, molly. first of all, we saw prime minister boris johnson head to the north of england to thank supporters there. why? well, these are the very people who helped give him such a large majority. these are the voters who would normally vote for the opposition labour party. and as a result of this large win, we saw yesterday on friday boris johnson entering number 10 downing street as the next prime minister for the next five years. his conservative party has an 80-seat majority in parliament. that is pretty remarkable, and it will give the government the power to push the brexit deal through parliament finally after many attempts in recent months. this, of course, makes it much more likely that britain will eventually leave the e.u. on the coming deadline of january 31st.
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>> and we have a deal ready to go. can anybody tell me what kind of a deal it is? [inaudible] it's ready. >> reporter: a lot of enthusiasm but not everyone in the e.u. is happy about it. the scottish nationalists, for example, are strongly opposed to brexit. they won a lot of seats this time around. their leader is now calling for a second independent referendum for scotland. boris johnson is set to refuse that. he is in a strong position at the moment, and he's capitalized on the fact that many, many voters in this country were disillusioned with the labour party's jeremy corbyn. liberal democrats who remain, they also struggled, performed poorly, and the brexit party did not win any seats. that is largely due to tactical voting in favor of brexit. and, of course, boris johnson's campaign slow began throughout this election process -- slogan
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had been to get brexit done. there is going to be enormous pressure on him to do that, to get that deal done as quickly as possible. molly: kitty logan, thank you so much. a lot of promises made, it seems like brexit keeps getting further away. thank you, kitty. finish. leland: with that, we bring in former u.s. ambassador to the ajorit and now the next is what will they do with it. of course, they will quickly exit the e.u., and that's going to happen quickly. but it was a, quite a stunning victory. leland: nigel farage of the brexit party over in the united kingdom, probably somebody you've spent some time with as the ambassador, had this to say. we'll listen to him and get your thoughts. >> it's a huge defeat for corbin's form of marxist socialism. a lot of these people were voting conservative are not natural conservative voters. they're doing it over the issue of brexit. whatever corbyn tried to do, in
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the end people said, no, it's brexit. leland: you make the point that the north of england is what switched this election, and so many now are trying to make the comparison from the north of england to the rust belt of the united states. is that fair? >> i'm not sure about that. i think the people in northern england voted for reasons that were important to them. obviously, corbyn was unpopular, his agenda was unpopular, he straddled brexit. those issues are not terribly relevant to our rust belt. immigration was a big issue in that part of the country in the united kingdom. i think there are two different kinds of voters -- leland: what does this mean? >> -- much too much is made of trying to parallel that. leland: okay, fair point. what does this mean in terms of the u.s./u.k. relationship? obviously, theresa may, president trump is a very different relationship than boris johnson, president trump.
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>> obviously, our president and the prime minister have a very close relationship, and i think that will help as they start to carve out a trade deal which, hope any, will come -- hopefully, will come in the next year or so. so, and also you should know that we are -- i think the u.k. is one of the largest investors in the united states as we are in the u.k. so i think that will only strengthen, and it'll be good for both of our economies. leland: in terms of what this could have meant, a labour takeover of the british government, jeremy corbyn would have been a very different, shall we say, partner in this special relationship than boris johnson will be. how important for the united states, for nato, for our relationship with the u.k. is it that corbyn didn't win? >> well, i think very important. corbyn was unpopular, he was way, way out on the left. he had straddled this issue of
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anti-semitism which has bedraggled his party now for a couple of years. i think it was probably very, very good for the united kingdom that prime minister johnson prevailed. lee well, we understand, sir, why you were a diplomat. if you can figure out a way to say straddle the issue of anti-semitism for jeremy corbyn, you are a better man than i, sir. good to see you, thanks for your service to our country, and we'll see you soon. >> thank you. leland: merry christmas to you and yours. molly: former vice president biden is one of several top 2020 democratic candidates in pittsburgh today, as the hopefuls fight to reach union voters in the clearly key swing state. ellison barber is there now. >> reporter: hey, molly. yeah, we've heard from three 20 20 hopefuls so far today. we expect to hear from bernie sanders and former vice president joe biden. more in a minute. ♪
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♪ ♪ lee perhaps with a nod towards the general election, eight democratic presidential or candidates are at an event in pittsburgh today hoping to make way with the union voters at the public education forum. ellison is barber listening to them all in pittsburgh, the union issue becoming quite a thorny one for the dnc. >> reporter: yeah. seven candidates are here today. senator cory booker backed out at the last minute, his team says he came down with the flu. the focus of today's forum is public education, equity and justice for all. msnbc and public education groups are hosting this. one of the organizers we spoke to says the candidates need to lay out their plans for public education because it is an issue that manages to many in education, impacts a whole host of people regardless of their political party. we've heard from three 2020 hopefuls so far today, senator michael bennett, mayor pete
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buttigieg and senator elizabeth warren. four more candidates are on the schedule. on thursday democrats are supposed to debate in los angeles, california, but workers at the university hosting the debate are on strike. every candidate that qualified for that debate says they will not cross the picket line even if it means missing the debate. >> i don't believe we should cross the picket line -- [applause] so i would encourage the dnc to try to work this out to find a new location, or they're going to have to figure out what, how they resolve this. >> reporter: the california debate was originally scheduled to take place at a different university, but they relocated it because of labor disputes at that other school. ing the dnc says that they are working to reach some sort of resolution with all of the parties involved in the current labor dispute, and they say
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they're working toward some sort of solution that upholds the values of the dnc but also allows the debate to proceed as scheduled. leland? leland: ellison barber there in pennsylvania, we'll watch both of those stories. thank you. molly? molly: meanwhile on capitol hill, the house is expected to vote on the usmca trade deal next week. if passed, the agreement could be a big win for dairy farmers who would be allowed to export more dairy to canada and mexico under this agreement. here to talk more on this is cold springs dairy farms owner and president of the maryland and virginia milk producers association, matt hoff. thank you so much for joining us. >> you're welcome. molly: you obviously know a lot about dairy farmers, tell us about your farm where you're coming from. >> my dairy farm is in carroll county which is just south of gettysburg. we have about 1100 cows and about 30 employees. i'm a fifth generation, been there for over 150 years.
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molly: looking ahead to this week, we're expecting some positive news on the usmca. are you happy with what you're seeing? >> we're very happy. this should help bring some more stability back to our markets, increasing our exports. it'd be great. molly: now, dairy farmers have had it tough for a very, very long time, everything from price-setting to import/export considerations. finally this looks good particularly for canada, opening up a new market, new potential. some of the highlights looking forward. >> we'll slowly be able to start exporting more once everything's signed in. and, of course, we have to get it through the senate yet, i guess, and the president still has to sign. i think canada still has to sign their part, but the clock starts ticking at that point. and after six months they'll start opening the gates and allow some exports into canada, and there's provisions to increase that percentage for the next 13 years, i think. molly: i can't imagine you could not have missed it, washington's
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been kind of wild lately. there's, obviously, an impeachment process underway. are you concerned that politics could get in the way of this? >> you know, that's always the case. that's politics in general. i try to stay out of it that way. molly: very smart, very wise. coming as a farmer that's served so many generations in his family and as daughters, you mentioned you had one headed off for more education in canada potentially. what does that mean not just here in america, but this is an international product. >> it is. i mean, you know, we, you know, the u.s. was pretty closed back in the day, and we have increased exports since about 2004. they've ramped up. when canada imposed the tariff i think about two or three years ago, it kind of lowered our prices more. i mean, we need to have more opportunities for our younger generation to come back to the farm. you know, there's really a lot of opportunity out there, you know, with zero unemployment
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basically in our area. molly: milk is one of those products that's such an american staple, you know? and we grow up learning about all of its value, and you represent a big coalition of people that obviously care deeply about this. what are people saying among milk producers and those in the business when you're looking at this deal? >> you know, just opportunity, like i said, to help stabilize the market some because, you know, we've been through five years of very, very low prices. basically, the lowest five years in my lifetime. and, you know, that was after five years of the very best milk prices. so it's, you know, the last five years as compared to the five years before that, the average sized dairy farm in maryland has probably lost $70,000 in income. molly: you have little choice but to prepare for those ups and downs, i suppose. it's great to see real people that are actually in things and understand what's going on and
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not just hear about numbers and congress passing or not passing things. thank you for sharing your story and happy holidays as well. >> thank you very much. molly: yeah. and we wish you well in 2020. hopefully, something can get done -- >> yes. molly: -- and relief will come. that's the real goal, right? thank you so much. matt hoff, appreciate it. leland: molly and senator black burn were talking about this earlier, several members of congress saying the way government agencies ask for and obtain permission to begin surveillance on american citizens needs to change. this following an i.g. report on the origins of the russia probe that was released this week. gillian turner has a look at the possible future of the fisa court. >> reporter: the foreign intelligence surveillance act, known as fisa, is one of the intelligence community's most powerful and controversial tools for gathering information about spies operating in the united states. but now in the wake of inspector general michael horowitz's report, the process is facing an existential crisis. >> i think it's a national security tool we need, but it
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needs to be reformed. >> reporter: the i.g. identified a whopping 17 errors and omissions in the application for trump aide carter page. >> so many basic and fundamental errors were made by three separate hand-picked investigative teams on one of the most sensitive fbi investigations. >> reporter: intelligence sources tell fox news privately they share these concerns and worry the fbi botched a high stakes case that experts say should have been flawless. >> so there's moment after moment of at least bad judgment, bad conduct. there's no way for the fbi to celebrate this as an exoneration. >> reporter: despite the process is run by a super secret panel of judges who hear only the government's side with little independent monitoring of its ruling, most of them kept forever from the public. the fisa court first grabbed the nation's attention in 2013 when nsa leaker edward snowden revealed its secret proceedings. those revelations triggered a nationwide debate about national security versus privacy. the key lawmakers are still
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hashing out today. >> right now it's almost all in secret. exception in very unusual circumstances. and there's no real accountability built into the system. >> reporter: critics accuse the court of rubber stamping nearly every request to snoop that it receives, something lawmakers say needs to change. >> if they're not willing to discipline people who mislead the court, manipulate evidence given to court, it's going to be hard for us to say the court should stay around. >> reporter: the ball is in congress' court. fbi director christopher wray says the bureau's already making some major changes. in washington, gillian turner, fox news. ♪ molly: wreath-laying ceremonies just like this one are taking place in cemeteries all across the country as part of national
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leland: live pictures now at arlington national cemetery. 1:45 eastern. one of the many places around the country where wreaths are being placed on the graves of fallen service members. this comes as part of national wreaths across america which honors those who served and who died in many cases for our country. today's wreaths across america coordinates ceremonies at more than 1600 locations not only across the united states, but overseas as well where so many of our war heroes are buried whether it be in europe or in the pacific. you know, it's amazing, molly, when you think about it -- we'll take live pictures back at arlington as we talk about this. this all started with one man who owned a wreath company, and he donated 5,000 wreaths. and now there are quite literally, as you can see, wreaths across america. and you can help out at wreaths across
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molly: it was 1992, he had a company, of course, and ultimately tried to pay respects, and it just grew and grew and grew from there as you mentioned here in america, also overseas as well. these are just some of the pictures we have from earlier as they were laying the wreaths. but this is happening at other cemeteries all across america. trucks of wreaths are being shipped everywhere, and volunteers show up to make this happen. it's really about honoring veterans, their families, the sacrifices they've made. some gave all, and this can be a very challenging season for people that have lost those that have made that ultimate sacrifice. leland: yeah. 1.8 million wreaths across america, some 600 trucks and also what a lesson to those young kids that we just saw putting wreaths on the graves at arlington of what that means and what each of those graves represents. we'll be right back.
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leland: a major snowstorm is causing you might atrouble for colorado drivers this weekend. even molly line are, from boston, thought this looked cold
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and miserable. the national weather service has issued weather advisories, shocking, and winter storm warnings as you might imagine for parts of the state. some areas could see an additional foot or more of snow by sunday evening, and the snowy conditions have made it difficult for folks hoping to make it so to some of the popular ski resorts this weekend. powder day, get after it. ♪ ♪ molly: a 13-year-old boy has made his first court appearance in connection to the deadly stabbing of a college freshman, tessa majors. jacqui heinrich has more on this developing story. >> reporter: molly, police are still looking for one of the middle schoolers who investigators say stabbed that freshman student to death. yesterday one of the suspects confessed to his part in the crime, and he is just 13 years old. following his testimony, investigators focused on a pond inside manhattan's morningside
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park near barnard college. police say it started as a robbery attempt. the three teens went into the park with the intention of robbing someone and initially set their sight on a man but got spooked. according to police, they then attacked tessa majors, a freshman from virginia. she'd only been in the city for three months. the 13-year-old suspect told investigators he saw feathers come out of her jacket when she was being attacked. they grabbed her, put her in a chokehold and raided her pockets before stabbing her and leaving her bleeding. she made it to the top of the stairs where a security guard spotted her, but she died at the hospital. police caught the youngest suspect after he was spotted in a building near the crime scene wearing the same clothes as the night of the murder when he was seen on camera entering the park with the others. he was arrested for loitering and then confessed, naming two aecom miss. the community though is angry and shaken. >> there should be 24/7 security guards. personally, when i go through
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the park, i almost never see a security guard. >> talking to a lot of my friends in the past couple weeks about how it's getting dark so early, you know, and so i think that's something that the school definitely needs to take responsibility. >> reporter: people who know the teenage suspect expressed shock that he would be involved in something like this. his own mother reportedly died a few years ago, and his aunt and uncle looked devastated at his hearing. the boy said tessa majors fought back and bit him on the finger. he had no prior arrests according to reports. none of the suspects' names have been released yet. majors was reportedly considering a career in journalism. molly? molly: jacqui heinrich, thank you very much. lawyers for the convicted boston marathon bomber are trying to save his life although dzhokhar tsarnaev has admitted to taking the lives of others. he and his older brother set up two bombs at the finish line at the boston marathon claiming three lives and injuring more
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than 260 other. the brothers killed mit police officer sean collier. now his defense attorneys are arguing that his trial wasn't fair. they're seeking new proceedings arguing this past week before the first circuit court of appeals. leland: you've been covering this literally since it happened, since the first bomb went off at the marathon. the question is this: is this sort of normal after death penalty conviction appeals, or is a fair reading of in that they really have some teeth to bite into on this? molly: well, i spoke with one law professor who thinks there is some teeth here, potentially that the case -- at least partially, there were two parts of the case, the conviction phase and the penalty phase, and that potentially these air pell late judges -- appellate judges could decide to begin again. the defense is making three central arguments, that the trial never should have been held in boston, and this is daniel habib explaining why. >> they traumatized an entire
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community whose members together mourned the victims, watched videos of the brothers committing these offenses, sheltered in their homes behind locked doors during the manhunt, celebrated tsarnaev's capture in the streets and together began to heal in the boston strong movement. molly: so they had argued at the time virulently for a venue change and did not ultimately get it. and he also went on to argue that judicial inaction played a role as well as something that the jurors never got to hear, information about a murder, a triple-murder in massachusetts that, they alleged, was committed by the older brother about a year and a half before the bombing occurred. so tsarnaev's lawyers argue that the jury should have known about this murder and also should have known that the younger brother knew about the murder. and part of that was to paint a picture of the older brother being the aggressive one, the one that had the sway in this relationship. a mitigating factor, if you would, when you look at the
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penalty face. leland: he's out at supermax. when do we get an answer? molly: it could be months, but they were very tough on the prosecutors and really went after them about why more questions weren't asked or different questions, that sort of thing. so it will be interesting to see what those three appellate judges come together. leland: wait for that. all right, the white house gearing up its impeachment strategy. the president's on the road. we'll go through that next. ♪ ♪ do you have concerns about mild memory loss related to aging? prevagen is the number one pharmacist-recommended memory support brand. you can find it in the vitamin aisle in stores everywhere. prevagen. healthier brain. better life. . . . ( ♪ )
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so happy holidays. and welcome to the family. the chevy family! get the chevy employee discount for everyone today. leland: welcome back. president trump heading to philadelphia for the army, navy football game. he lands there any moment. meanwhile, lawmakers are spending the weekend preparing for a full house vote on impeachment. that will likely happen next week. number of those representatives
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back in their home districts for the weekend. i'm leland vittert. molly: welcome to america's news headquarters from washington. the president tells reporters he would welcome a trial of any length should impeachment move to the senate. mitch mcconnell says he wants to keep a potential senateal


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