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ringing in the new year with day one of obamacare. will it be a happy year for an embattled president? this is "special report." and good evening, i'm john robertson for great bear. the first day of the new year, love it or hate it america is operating under a new set of rules for health care. the fact officially -- the affordable care act went on line with the start of the new year but one of the key kpoendents did not make the journey. molly henneberg has our top story. >> reporter: president obama's
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legal team has until friday morning to submit a response to supreme court justice sonia sotomayor who last night before joining in the ball drop in new york's time square, over turned an appeal courts decision and said that the obama administration has to hold off on enforcing the obamacare contraception mandate on nuns. the little sisters of the poor, a denver based order of nuns oppose birth control and do not want it included in health insurance for their employees who help in nursing homes for low income people, 30 nationwide. >> in the course of one year they would see one-third of the budget being eaten up by fines to the irs, $2 million in fines if the obama administration get its way. >> reporter: but the obama administration said it made accommodations for nonprofit groups, including little sisters of the poor, allowing them to opt out if they sign a piece of paper claiming the exemption.
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a white house official said today in response to the decision, that the administration is confident that our final rules strike the balance of providing women with free contraceptive coverage while preventing nonprofit religious employers to religious occasions with -- objections from having to pay for coverage. the little sisters of the poor said they are worried it will require the government to have some other insurer provide coverage. >> they are saying if you sign this permission slip and you do that or we'll fine you millions of a year. >> a white house official tells fox if the little sisters sign the exemption form, neither they nor the catholic organization that provides their health insurance will have to provide covera coverage, nor will either entity
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be fine. >> i'm sure they would rather have the assurance on the court on that? >> they are waiting. obamacare has been saddled with glitching since october and now that it is in effect what can we expect? mike emanuel takes a look at day one. >> there are a lot of people getting good health care in 2014. >> kathleen sebelius has a business related new years resolution with much of obamacare, including the individual mandate taking effect. fred upton said the law itself cannot be fixed. >> the bottom line is they were never ready for primetime. people across the country are getting sticker shock. they are seeing huge increases in the deductibles and that means it will be out of pocket costs in addition to the higher premiums they had. >> and critics say there is a bad misconnect with the government sending bad information to insurance companies and people finding out when they use their benefits
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they aren't covering. kathleen sebelius said there will be complicated exchanges. >> there are millions of people who change their insurance coverage every day but we've done a lot of outreach with pharmacies and doctors and hospitals and consumers and hope to make the transition as smooth as possible. >> not surprisingly, democrats, including those at the white house, are emphasizing those receiving health coverage who haven't had it up until now. >> if somebody in their family gets sick they can see a doctor and get access to qualify health care coverage that is available in the greatest country in the world. >> and that brings kmangs of medicaid to treat the poor to cover a wide range of people. nearly 4 million more people have been added to the program and with 25 states and the district of columbia expanding medicaid, the numbers are expected to surge. >> medicaid is the worst health
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insurance program in the country and we just expanded it from roughly 50 million or a little more americans to maybe another 16 or 20 million depending on how many people move into the system. >> lawmakers like chairman upton said they will continue oversite in 2014 and expect there will be anger after americans discover they lost coverage they like and their doctor and health care is now chaos. >> the full story yet to be told. thank you so much. president obama will spend little time mourning the paging of 2013 and he is in hawaii right now and no doubt making big plans for a better year in 2014. wendell goler is traveling with the president. >> reporter: at his year-end news conference, barack obama faced the tough questions. >> has this been the worst year of your questions. >> have to tell you, julie, that is not how i think about it. >> it is hard not to with the disastrous rollout of his
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government shutdown and the bipartisan agreement hammered out by paul ryan and senator patty murray avoids that. but the nation's debt ceiling will need to be raised in the spring and republicans will want deficit reduction in exchange for it. the president said he is not in the mood for bargaining. >> no, we will not negotiate for congress to pay bills that it has aaccrued. >> reporter: which raises the questions why republicans would want to give him extended job benefits for a raise in minimum wage. >> if he wants to work with us on getting jobs created on getting the economy back on track, we have a lot of really good ideas and solutions we've put forward, he just refuses to want to discuss how to get that done. >> reporter: if the question is how much bipartisanship we'll see this year, the president's latest hire doesn't answer it. former clinton chief of staff pedesta started work by apologizing for a past comment comparing tea party members to
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the 29 in johnstown who poisoned themself. >> wendell goler. happy new year to you. about 40,000 new state laws take effect across the country, including the usual suspects such as gun control and minimum wage raises and unusual items like these. media icon reports that minors in illinois and oregon can no longer be allowed in tanning salons without a doctors note. and in oregon, new moms can take their placenta home from the hospital and in addition to the baby. and in california students can use school bathrooms consistent with their gender identity, regardless of their actual sex. and the most controversy is in colorado where it is now legal to buy and use marijuana for recreational purposes. dan springer shows us how that
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is going. >> colorado rang in the new year on a rocky mountain high. plor than a year after voters legalize recreational marijuana, the first legal pot sales ever in the u.s. were made. >> i know the rest of the nation is watching and the whole world is watching. i feel like this is the beginning and the end of cannabis prohibition. >> 34 stores opened across the state with names like curb button and cloud nine. you can buy up to an ounce and nonresidents are limited to a quarter ounce. it arrives with plenty of uncertainty. the city of denver has a website to vote into the dos and don'ts like don't smoke in public or on the ski runs or carry it at the airports. what is not known with how companies will deal with workers who legally light up at home and the federal government which still treats it as a schedule one drug, the same as heroin but is allowing the colorado experiment for now. >> they are watching closely. it is very important that the marijuana does not cross state
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lines, that marijuana does not end up in the airports, that marijuana does not end up in the hands of children, and that the quantities really do stay limited. >> washington state legalized pot in 2012. the government is still choosing groerz and severals with launch expected by summer. similar initiatives are in another handful of states, including california, most americans think marijuana should be legal and we are seeing states starting to consider these policies. lawmakers and voters from portland, oregon to maine are watching what is happening. >> now that legal pot is open for business, we'll find out how big the market is and how much tax money it will generate. but critics contend it won't come close to making up for the projected surge in things like drug driving, teen use and other drug addictions. >> dan springer for us tonight. thank you so much. coming up, we'll take you to some of the most potly disputed
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territory in the world. but first fox 9 in minneapolis on an early morning explosion and apartment fire that left 14 people injured, six of them critically. fox 5 in new york city with the inauguration of new mayor bill de blasio. former president bill clinton administered the oath of office. and this is a live look at los angeles from our fox affiliate kttv, the big story there tonight, up the rode in pasadena where they held the annual tournament of roses parade today and are playing the rose bowl game right now. but don't turn away. that is tonight's live look outside of the beltway from special report. we'll be right back. [ coughs, sneezes ] i have a big meeting when we land, but i am so stuffed up, i can't rest. [ male announcer ] nyquil cold and flu liquid gels don't unstuff your nose. they don't? alka seltzer plus night fights your worst cold symptoms, plus has a decongestant. [ inhales deeply ] oh. what a relief it is.
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the passengers and crew of the russian ship trapped in the antarctic ice could be on their way home soon. they got together earlier in a tent on the vessels top deck and
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sang a song they had written about their adventure. but we have just learned that the weather there is improving and rescue operations are expected to get underway shortly. the plan is to use a helicopter from a chinese ship to take the passengers and some crew members off the ice-bound research vessel. the united nations said violence claimed the lives of almost 8,000 iraqi civilians in 2013, the highest annual death toll in years. todadents of one bagdad neighborhood were assessing the damage from two fatal car bombings on new year's eve. pope francis rang in the new year with hopes people will accept each other's differences. he told the crowd at mass that enemies must recognize they are brothers and he said, quote, we are all children of one heavenly father. nowhere are those differences between people more stark than in areas claimed by both israel and the palestinians. tonight correspondent leland vitter takes us to one such
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place which could be placing a new round of struggle. >> reporter: jus call -- jews call it the temple mount just above the wall, where they say is the original tem poll. and then the dome of the golden rock, a holy of holy place for muslims. both sides view it as worth fighting for. aerial sherone backed by police sparked a blowing up of buses and firing back, leaving thousands dead. today there is a tense calm. television cameras are banned for fear of upsetting the balance. so we visited as tourists. in the early morning, nonluz limbs you are allowed -- nonmuslims are allowed. and this is the dome of the rock where muslims believe mohammed made his trips from heaven from
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and over there is alaska mosque and a number of palestinian muslim organizations are named for it that send suicide bombers all over israel fighting to liberate this ground from the israelis. israelis seized jurisdiction over police who enforce a strict rule against all nonmuslim prayers. during our visit, muslim women started screaming when glick was caught praying. he was soon led away under the protection of israeli police. we caught up with him later. >> when jews go up to temple mount, they are attacked. >> glib want equal access to the plaza and the right to pray there, no matter the possible deadly results. >> the reasonable reaction to any kind of terror in the world is not to take away from those who are attacked, but to prevent
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violence. >> in jerusalem's old city, muslims see the mosque as their last refuge, viewing jewish demands for action of nothing more than taking more of what s is -- theirs. >> they want to take away everything. they want to build a temple over the dome. >> how does this make you feel? >> we can't do nothing about that. >> except to fight for this hallowed ground, called by whatever name that continues to be a reason for spilling blood for both sides. in jerusalem's old city, leland vitter, fox news. >> the health of aerial sharon has taken a turn for the worse. the 85-year-old has been in a coma since suffering a stroke back in 2006. a spokesperson at the hospital said his condition has deteriorated in the past few days. still ahead, krauthammer,
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her husband said mrs. bush is in great spirits. a grown up version of the make a wish effort, and laura ingle shows us how it works. >> reporter: two years ago breast cancer patient lori jane was preparing to die. >> i was given two years to live, maximum. >> reporter: but today she and her family are on the trip of a lifetime. they are in florida, thanks to for pete's sake, a charity that sends cancer patients and their families on vacation. >> we will give up to seven days and pay everything related to it. fly you there, get your rental car, give you tickets, give you cash. >> marcy started the charity after her husband was diagnosed with cancer in 1998. >> our lives consisted of
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doctor's appointments, tests, hospitalization, surgery, therapy and radiation and all of a sudden, we just stopped everything. >> the couple's family and friends sent them to the caribbean just before pete died in the following year. >> it was really that gift of time that i cherish. >> reporter: now for pete's sake helps others take a break from cancer. the nonprofit sends more than 100 patients plaus their -- plus their families on trips every year. each vacation costs around $5,000. for lori jane, the trip is priceless. >> when we go home, we're going to go home feeling better, standing taller, knowing that we're not a statistic to a disease, we know that we are a family that has walked a path that not too many families have walked and stronger on the other side. >> lori's cancer has spread to her liver and bones but she believes doctors will soon
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confirm she is in complete remission. >> good news. laura, thank you so much. still ahead, new year's predictions from charles krauthammer, steve hayes and a.b. stoddard. >> and up next, a part of washington that you have probably never seen. er ] hands were made for playing. legs, for crossing. feet...splashing. better things than the joint pain and swelling of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis. if you're trying to ma, now may be time to ask about xeljanz. xeljz (tofacitinib) is a small pill, not an injection or infusion, for adults with moderate to severe ra for whom methotrexate did not work well. xeljanz can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. seris, sometimes fatal infections and cancers have happened in patients taking xeljanz. don't start xeljanz if you have any infection, unless ok with your doctor. tears in the stomach or intestines, low bod cell counts and higher liver tes and cholesterol levels have happened.
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the washington, d.c. area is one of the most visited destinations in the world. but there are a lot of places that most people never get to
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see. my colleague bret baier takes another look at one of those. >> we continue our special report tour of places in washington by taking you to the presbyterian. -- to the presbyterian. i used to work in this case. over 25,000 people work here. . there is a lot you don't see. you remember 9/11, let's start there. >> we are here at the pentagon memorial, this is the chapel and i'm here with corporal adam jones. tell us about this memorial here. >> our indoor memorial commemorates the 59 victims aboard the aircraft and the 125 personnel who lost their lives working inside of the building. a couple of different things you can see on the left hand side the purple heart who was awarded to the military members who lost their life. the only second time it was awarded for attack.
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the other was pearl harbor. this medal would be the civilian counterpart, awarded to the civilians who lost their life here as a similar oath to active duty military. the names of all 184 victims are on the two panels behind you and on the table in the center, you see three books, they contain pictures and short narratives written by the families. but the center book actually contains 184 blank white pages, the pages are here so visitors and employees can simply sign their names or even write a few short words of condolence or sympathy to the families. and when we fill up these 184 pages, they are taken out and sent off to the families as well. >> wow. as we go out here, the plane would have crossed into here and basically -- what, half of this went away? >> yes. so that is a stop sign you see there. it is 317 feet from the outside
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wall and that is essentially where the nose of the aircraft stopped. the black box or transponder of flight 77 was found right next to where the stop sign sits today. and it ultimatelyner pen -- never penetrated the right hand section and that is the original construction from the 1940s. >> and the black marks? >> they look like smudge marks and they are left over smudge marks from the jet fuel raging on the side and no one has ever painted over them. it is a favorite place to eat lunch. you can see the new building on the left and the scorch marks on the right to see how far the pentagon has come during this day. >> amazing. how many tours do you give? >> between five and seven a day. >> about how many have you begin? >> about 1800. >> amazing. >> absolutely. >> this is the only place to see
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one history in the whole hallway. there are a lot of stories behind the secretaries. ron mcnamara, he has a history. >> he was the secretary of defense first under kennedy and then under linden johnson during the big build-up in vietnam and certainly those years that he was secretary from '61 until '68 saw an enormous troop level increase in vietnam. later in his recent writings he has, in fact, admitted that some of the decisions he made were probably in error and so he's probably the only secretary that has admitted that they made a mistake. >> and there is a hallway full of secretaries? >> absolutely. >> i covered this guy not when he looked like this. don rumsfeld. here he is, the younger don rumsfeld, covering the 13th secretary of defense. >> he is famous for many
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reasons. he was the youngest and the oldest secretary of defense and also the only one that served twice as a secretary of defense. so he's got a very storied hi history and you see in this portrait a young rumsfeld during the nixon years and later on we'll see the rumsfeld that was here during 9/11. >> let's walk down the hall here. >> and down the hall, here he is. and as you point out, he has the choice of the background here? >> each secretary of defense chooses their background as do the joint chiefs of staff. rumsfeld chose the 9/11 he was in the building when the plane hit on 9/11, felt the building shake. according to the standard operating procedure, he was supposed to exit and go to raven rock which is their headquarters. he chose not to follow what he said he was going to do. he sent his deputy sand rumsfeld
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went out across the building where the plane hit and helped rescue wounded. >> i was out there later that day and those images of him were quite something. and traveling the world with him was quite something. he was a character. >> absolutely. he says what he means. >> security has always been a big concern but since 9/11 even moreso. this place is like a big city so there is a whole operation behind the scenes to make sure it is secure. >> the ieoc is the public safety answering point for the pentagon. we receive indications of potential threats to physical security or infrastructure. we process those inputs and then we disseminate that information for proper response to mitigate those possible threats. >> it is essentially 9/11 for the pentagon? >> it is. >> you have a lot of different elements but on this side of the house you are looking at
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cameras? >> that is correct. we are monitoring or camera network and access control systems as well as intrusion detection to make sure those that are aujed to come into the build and those to access certain spaces, those are the folks getting into those spaces, preventing others that are not authorized and intrusion protection, to prevent the breach of security around the perimeter. >> so you have a lot of moving parts? >> we do. you think it of as a small city, we are the 9/11 center servicing that community. >> what is an average day here? >> that is a tough question. i don't know there is an average day. every day has its own idiosyncrasies that get thrown into it. you take those variables and you synthesis them and then respond to them. >> a look behind the scenes on
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call or go online for more information. what the obama administration is saying, you sign this permission slip, that provides the things that says your faith can't persist in, you do that or we'll fine you millions of a year. that is what they've said in court over and over again. and that is what the law says and that is what we hope the supreme court will not allow. >> the legal counsel for the beckett fund which filed the suit on behalf of the little sisters of the poor which led to sonia sotomayor issuing a mandate. we have stephen hayes, and a.b. stoddard and charles krauthammer. a.b. start us off, is it a
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surprise? sonia sotomayor had a busy night. >> i was surprised at the injunction. i thought if it was going to happen, it would have happened earlier. i do think that this is problematic, even though the administration said if they sign an exemption, they are exempted. i think at this point they are not certain they still won't be fined. it is in -- it is not happening in advance of obamacare. all of these debates took place way in advance of this law becoming a reality. now it is real and people have been hearing about it nonstop since october 1st. sticker shock. doctor shortages. not the right hospitals. losing coverage and everything that you thought you could keep. this is going to be, i think, politically very difficult for democrats if this drags on, because they'll have to defend it going into an election year when the rest of obamacare is so unpopular.
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>> the recent numbers 2.1 million but forbes magazine did an analysis of those who have lost their insurance as a result of the new restrictions in obamacare and that number is about 6 billion people. >> yeah, and we should be careful about saying 2.1 million people enrolled. it is not clear at all that those people have enrolled -- >> or paid their premium. >> well that is the key. and cms yesterday, or maybe the day before on a conference call, when asked to break the number down further, the 2.1 million down further, declined to do so and make distinctions between those who have signed up or in effect put the product in their shopping cart online and those who have made a payment. the payment is key. that makes you enrolled. and by not agreeing to provide that information, it makes a mockery of their repeated claims to be transparent and eager to provide information. >> charles, the contraceptive
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mandate, do you think this will be discussed by the whole supreme court. sotomayor have asked for a response by friday l. it get -- will it get to the panel? >> i think it will. i think they had kind of a solution where they said, you wouldn't have to purchase the contraceptive coverage, you would get it for nothing and the insurers would have to provide it. a., the question is where does the government get the authority to order and ensure a private company to give something away, and second, it doesn't really help if you are a nun, and this is truly offensive, this is obviously a ruse and the lord can see through it. and in washington they promulgated a rule where if you are a church, you are exempt. that is how a secularist
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understands religion and that is what happens on sunday. and if you remember the little sisters of the poor, your whole life is a charity and that is a expression of your religion, they don't understand that. and it is just a job. it is not religion, and thus you are subject to a mandate that should never have been in there. i think it will be an issue and it compounds all of the other stuff, people losing coverage and doctors and sticker shock and all of that. but this is a matter of offending people of conscious in a way that entirely unnecessary. i think it will haunt them. >> do you think it will pass constitutional muster, a.b.? >> i don't know what will happen, what the next legal decisions it will take. it is unclear. but i think that charles is right, no matter what is decided in the political arena, this debate is going to offend a lot of people because of the back drop of basic widespread arrange die about -- anxiety about this law. >> but i think we are likely to
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see an interesting debate on how for-profit and nonprofit organizations are treated. you have 18 of 20 nonprofits that have applied for this injunction to have it be granted, but in the past sonia sotomayor denied hobby lobby on a similar kind of request for an injunction for that kind of relief. >> it is easy to deny, but it is hard to deny the little sisters of the poor. >> i don't think it is easy. >> but in terms of a., the constitution, but also public relations. >> well p.r. is terrible to deny the little sisters of the poor. i think the hobby lobby case has momentum behind it. the government is basically arguing that you give up your religious freedom once you engage in business and that doesn't make sense on its face. >> there will be a lot of cases we'll be hearing about. steve said a moment, ab and charles, you have to be careful about the numbers and one of the numbers we don't know is of the
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supposed 2.1 million people registered for health care, how many are young people? and if you look at that study out of harvard it found 57% of young people are against obamacare. >> you notice if you ever have a number that looks favorable to obamacare, like the 2 million, it is immediately announced and it is exactly pointed -- point one is an economist showing a sense of humor. it is 2.1, but they have no idea how many are enrolled or they tell us and they have no idea are the young and the healthies. a release of information which is highly suspicious. >> and the health and human services kathleen sebelius said we are only halfway through the six month enrollment period and we don't know how many people entered the pools to separate
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out the risk until six months from now. >> the start is today but the deadline is march 31st. so we want to talk about your predictions for 2014 and what are the big stories so stay with us. we're coming right back. this is for you. ♪ [ male announcer ] bob's heart attack didn't come with a warning. today his doctor has him on a bayer aspirin regimen to help reduce the risk of another one. if you've had a heart attack, be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen.
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i think 2014 needs to be a year of action. we have work to do to create more good jobs, to help more americans earn the skills and education they need to do those jobs and to make sure those jobs offer the wages and benefits that let families build a little bit of financial security. >> the president in his end of the year press conference at the
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white house just before christmas, telling us what he wants to see in store for the year ahead. but what does 2014 potentially hold. let's check back with our panel. a.b., start us off. >> i don't think it will be a year of action like the president wants it to be. i think things the "new york times" best selling list for a little while longer. >> charles appreciates that very much. >> i think the economy is going to get better slowly but flatly and better than last year. i think the republic divide is going to get worse. i think the democrats are going to run out of time defending obamacare and join republicans in bigger numbers and calling for partial repeals and repairs to the law i have so many. i think obamacare clearly will remain a big problem for the white house. i think democrats will have a tough time defending it. the white house in theory needs 7 million people to sign up to actually enroll by march 31st. i think they will end up at least 2 million short of
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that number. and that will cause additional problems. i think democrats will lose the senate. next fall. primarily because of obamacare and the challenges that they have. overseas, i think we are almost certain to see israelis strike on iranian nuclear facilities. >> really? >> yeah. >> what gives you such confidence? >> because iran is pushing forward the interim deal that the united states was party to. not going to do much to slow them down and israel stays as the next threat. >> hold there because i know you have got more. charles? >> i agree with a.b., obama active agenda is dead on arrival. his polling numbers are going to hover around the 40. with that, if you are a lame duck, you only hold one of the two houses, you are not going to get any run on that agenda. i do think it will be the great ironies that it will be senate democrats who drive the stake through
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obamacare historic repudiation of liberals of their own singular achievement. >> concerned about it. >> i'm not sure it will be an abolition but something like a postponement. it's being hollowed out day by day. i think what might be the key event would be the republicans, i think are going to introduce a no bailout provision, because the insurers -- because of the add versz selection, the absence of the young and the healthys and the low enrollments are going to be hugely in the hole as a result of these exchanges and going to be hurting. they are going to need a bailout. i think if you are a senate democrat, you are up re-elections coming up in the fall, i don't see how you support a bailout without it. i think obamacare is hollowed out. i think it could be a really historic defeat. i think in the end, probably, i think steve is right, the republicans are probably win the senate, although it could be a tie in which case the vice president will be extremely busy man in the senate. >> certainly will be.
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>> right up until elections day in 2016 that will hamper his campaign. >> a.b., do you, as you look into the future, see obamacare really being as a mill stone around the neck of a lot of democrats? >> you know, if things turn out well for the law, i don't think it's going to happen in 2014. it doesn't mean that it can't. i just think that the challenges facing it this year are so great, it's such a scary transition for most americans, losing their doctor, watching their price rise, not knowing if their employer, who covered now is going to dump them at the end of when the employer mandate kicks. in all of these not having the hospital they have always gone to. all of these issues. so even in the long run if not enough people enrolled in the system balanced and affordable, i don't think it will be in 2014. >> with that, pick up the rest of the hayes list. >> i'm fairly confident that i will not end up losing the weight that i just resolved to lose. i'm going to get a steak after the show tonight and that's off to a bad start.
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>> my final prediction and i say this also with a fair amount of confidence, i don't think charles krauthammer will be asked to come back to the white house and spend time with president obama in 2014. >> what makes you think that? >> it's extremely safe bet. i will make one prediction that whenever you host this show, the cups will be drained of water because otherwise i have to wear a wet suit. >> if you missed it last night, i spilled most of a cup of water on charles and really surprised turned to wine. >> one thing that i think is an interesting story to watch for 2014 is we saw it today in colorado, going to soon happen in washington state. legal sales of marijuana did colorado and washington state know something else that the rest of us don't get that if you legalize it you end the narcotics gangs control of it and you reap some pretty healthy -- and there is 13 other states in which people are pushing for
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that. >> i really think that just like what's changed with gay marriage so rapidly is going to happen with the legalization of drugs because people are going to realize that it -- the price will go down. we won't be spending our taxpayer dollars prosecuting people who buy and use marijuana and its just probably not a good expenditure of taxpayer dollars. >> i'm not sure it is all upside. yes i think it will have upside. two down sides. a lot of people, especially young ones, who can't get it legally but obviously will the way they get beer now, are going to be stoned in the street and that's going to be unpleasant. secondly, they are going to have an issue with driving. you have no way to measure it it, unlike alcohol. how are you going to control that? we will see unintended effects which is why it is good to have it in certain states and have it as an experiment. >> panel, thanks so much for joining us. happy 2014 for you. we have a lot to discuss between now and next january.
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finally tonight, we gig bag into the assault. a among our favorites of a bear sighting in northeastern, ohio. as you can imagine a bear running loose in the suburbs of cleveland is terrifying. not quite as terrifying as one local news station covered it. >> early sunday morning right here along miles road, a jogger saw what they throughout was a black bear, immediately called police. when police showed up, no sign of the bear. >> a few minutes later, the bear was spotted behind this home in moreland hills. this recreation identifies how witnesses say the bear escaped into the woods. [ laughter ] >> something you you might see in colorado after the
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legalization of pot. and you thought? >> the panel is going to get together and we are going to start a chain of restaurants colorado called munchies. >> all right. that's it for "special report" tonight. i'm john roberts. good night from washington. >> this has been a disaster for the administration. the president was really nailed on this one. >> it's a mess it is a total catastrophe. >> if you like your healthcare plan, you will be able to keep your health plan, period. >> the president so deliberately mislead, he has a huge credibility problem. >> our focus is jobs. we can can walk and chew gum at the same time. not a game, crime. it's murder. >> macho game. i want to see the president of the united states say something. i get more grief than the taliban gets. i get more grief than al qaeda gets. >> i did not