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for tonight. i'm chris wallace in washington. "the story" with martha maccallum is up next. martha, do you guys start with a dance party? >> absolutely. every night. chris, thank you very much. good to see you tonight. we have some breaking news for you this evening on the story. there are brand new text messages obtained exclusively by fox news that reveal a questionable relationship between the top democrat in the russia investigation and a lobbyist representing a russian oligarch. good evening, everybody, i'm martha maccallum and this is the story for tonight. senator mark warner of virginia who held numerous press conferences over the past year promising a fair and bipartisan investigation into president trump's supposed ties to russia was apparently trying to gain access through the russians to christopher steele, the author of the infamous anti-trump dossier writing in part in these text messages that are just being revealed for the first time we have so much to discuss. you need to be careful, but we can help our country.
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fox news chief national correspondent ed henry live with the exclusive details on this brand new breaking story this evening. ed, what can you tell us? >> martha, good to see you. these text messages obtained by fox senator mark warner a democrat as you say who has been leading one of probes. extensive contact with a russian oligarch who offered him access to christopher steele. warner texted he would quote rather not have a paper trail in case he could not seal an agreement with the former british spy. steele has still not agreed to an interview with the panel. warmer began texting with the lobbyist adam wald-on-in 2017 to get the wikileaks founder julian assange to the u.s. to potentially face criminal charges. that went nowhere. the warner's office tells me turned over whatever information he got to the fbi appear in that matter. warner and waldman also exchanged dozens of texts about possible testimony from waldman's primary client the russian
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billionaire who had his visa revoked by the state department in 2006 because of charges he has organized crime ties. which he denies. warner was intent on connecting direct whether i christopher steele without anyone else being in the loop at least initially. an aide to the republican chairman senator richard burr now tells fox he was aware much the contact that warner made but added, quote, i don't believe he was aware, burr, of the content of these text messages that fox is getting. quote: we have so much to discuss. you need to be careful, warner texted. but we can help our country. he sent that to waldman last march 22nd. i'm in text you had waltman whose firm has ties, yes, to hillary clinton. secrecy seemed important to warner on march 29th. when the lobbyist revealed that christopher steele wanted a bipartisan letter from warner and burr. quote: hey, warner texted. can't we do brief off-the-record call today before the letter so i can frame letter? that's what warner texted about steele, who of course,
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put together as you said the dossier. warner added, quote: okay but i would like to do preliminary call, you, me and him, meaning steele, no one else before the letter just so we have to trail to start. want to discuss scope first before letter, no leaks. waldman noted repeatedly steele was concerned about leaks so warner texted back march 30th, quote: we want to do this right, private in london. don't want to send letter yet because if we can't get agreement would rather not have paper trail. now, the committee got the text from waldman i'm told last september. and warner aide acknowledged warner revealed these texts to their colleagues last october because, quote, they realized out of context it doesn't look great. but aides to warner and burr stressed to me today that chairman, mr. burr was in the loop. the senators just gave us this joint statement. bipartisan way. and we intend to continue to do so. leaks of incomplete information out of context by anyone inside or outside
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our committee are unacceptable. the senate intelligence committee has been in possession of this material for several months. the full committee has that access to the material and been briefed on its content and committee investigators are pursued all relevant investigative leads related to this material. we wanted to give that full statement. waldman, who did not return calls today seeking comment runs endeavor group. he signed $40,000 a month retainer in 2009 and 2010 to petition the u.s. government on behalf of that russian billionaire. there are reports that darryl posca sued paul manafort over a business deal has information to share with the u.s. congress but last may both the senate and house intel panels decided not to give darryl legal immunity so so far he has not testified, martha. >> martha: i mean, it's clearly of interest that this has links to paul manafort and also to this lobbyist who has done work for the clintons and, you know, it's potentially at
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least a stream to follow up on that the russians, perhaps, were trying to lay groundwork on both sides of the fence here. >> no doubt about it look, "the washington post" reported last year that the special counsel robert mueller is interested in the fact that there are other emails from paul manafort. promising. give you information before anyone else has it. no one knows whether or not. manafort was trying to wield influence: talk to the oligarch, they haven't gotten that testimony. the bottom line is democrats have spent a lot of time talking about the president's ties to russians, what kind of conversations he and his aides have had. now these text messages got from a republican source close to the committee. it's clearly an attempt by republicans to say hang on a second. the top democrat on this committee also had some questionable conversations about trying to keep some of this secret and, again, i want to stress warner's office was very direct with me in saying they realize
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this doesn't look good out of context as they say. but they insist that the republican chairman was in the loop and that there was no free-lancing going on here to try to get dirt from christopher steele. >> martha: i mean, obviously, they would like to hear from christopher steele and it's clear from these messages that christopher steele, who was probably sensitive about what was being said about him and his reputation at this point didn't want to have any involvement that he might have appear partisan, right? >> right. that's why it's curious senator warner as a democrat has seemed in public to act in bipartisan manner with richard burr, joint news conferences all of that while he was texting, look, let's just keep this between us. i will say that last october warner's office stressed this to me there was a necessary conference where richard burr after seeing these text messages said that me and warner are on the same page. you know, we're trying to get steele to testify. they haven't been able to do that. but this is a wrinkle in all of that tonight, martha. >> martha: yeah it, certainly is and both sides have sort of pointed fingers
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at each other from the house and senate side that the house intel committee has all this friction between the republicans and the democrats and that on the senate side the gentlemen are working everything out with no problems. this sort o put a wrinkle in that. >> question what's going on in private. think about this extraordinary thing where have you this big investigation in the senate and top democrat who is investigating the president now has his own text messages put into the committee record. i have over 20 pages of them. and i'm told, you know, they are marked confidential. not classified, we should say. confidential. they are now in the committee record for this investigation. the text messages of mark warner who is doing the investigating. his messages are now part of the record as well. >> martha: yeah. and waldman is also of interest in terms of what he was working on. >> we tried to get him all day and still hope to talk to him and bring them to you tomorrow night. >> martha: interesting stuff, ed, thank you so much. thanks for being here tonight. here to react to this and a few other things congressman jim jordan a member of the house oversight committee. congressman, you heard ed's
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report. what's your reaction? >> if the senate intelligence committee is so bipartisan, why did senator warner say he just wanted to meet no one else in that meeting except him, the lobbyist, and christopher steele? why did he say he didn't want a paper trail and why was he willing to travel to london privately just to meet with christopher steele? if it's bipartisan it should be bipartisan. >> i understand the statement that came from the chairman but that's the first reaction i have is really? if this is how bipartisan works, then i'm a little confused. >> martha: well, it should be pointed out and i think it was at some point in the report, but this is all happening post inauguration. this is the first four months or so 017. this is while the investigation is beginning. they very much would like to hear christopher steele's side of the story and perhaps senator warner felt he would have, you know, a better rapport with him. i don't know what he thought but perhaps that's what he was doing. >> the text messages themselves refute that because christopher steele is saying i want to do it in
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a bipartisan way. and never forget this is also in the context when they are using christopher steele's work product, namely the dossier to get the renewal that the fisa court. you can say it's bipartisan. they can say it's bipartisan. maybe it still is. that's the first thing that came to mind as i just saw these text messages and heard ed's report. >> martha: i do want to ask you about the other pressing news on the hill tonight and that's whether or not there is going to be a shutdown. what do you think? >> look, we'll see. senator paul is over there giving, i think, a good speech. he did earlier tonight on some important issues. what i know is we shouldn't spend this kind of money. this is close to a trillion dollars, excuse me a quarter of a trillion dollars in new discretionary spending. 230 some billion. and i would bet there is not one republican candidate, one republican member of congress who ran and said i'm going to increase discretionary spending $230 billion if you give us control of the house, the senate and the white house. yet that's what's happening. this is a bad deal. i hope it fails in the that the.
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if it comes back to us i hope we vote it down and send back to them the bill we sent. takes care of our military but doesn't grow government. >> martha: did nancy pelosi put new a bit of a box yesterday speaking so long about daca and perhaps pulling some other democrats along with her. she is making your numbers a little difficult if the house freedom caucus is not on board with this deal? >> well, we will see. i actually hope the democrats vote no. if the democrats all vote no, we have enough votes to stop it and then we can do what we told the people what we were doing to do take care of national defense and security needs not grow the social welfare programs and actually do something that's consistent with republican principles and consistent with the mandate of the 2016 election. i hope all the democrats vote no. if that's the case we will definitely stop this bill. the freedom caucus is against it and so are a bunch of other conservatives in the house republican conference. >> martha: apparently steny hoyer has called kevin mccarthy and asked for 24 hour cr. what do you think of that. >> that shows they may not have the votes and puts us in good position. gist us a chance to still
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accomplish what the election was about in 2016. >> martha: jonah goldberg made a interesting point on "special report" a few moments ago. because of the way the budget rules work, you can't get anything through on reconciliation if you pass these huge increases in spending because in order to do a reconciliation deal, you have to prove that you're not going to add to the deficit dramatically over the next 10 years. he is saying that the tea party agenda is busted with this deal. do you agree? >> well, i think this is entirely inconsistent with what republicans are about, tea party conservatives with about and, frankly so many americans across this country with just good common sense understand. you can't keep piling up deficits that this year will approach a trillion-dollar deficit. you can't keep adding to the debt which is already at $20 trillion. here's the other thing that's so important. just three weeks ago chuck schumer shut down the government because he thought amnesty was more important for illegals than funding our military. here we are with the same exact position funding our troops now just for the full
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year and doing what needs to be doing and we are in such a good position to win and, yet, what's our leadership say? oh, we are going to hatch a deal where we keep growing government and keep doing the same old, same old are that this town is so known for but the american people so despise. >> martha: i think you are right. this is not a deal that people who looked at the election and said okay, well now republicans are going to be in charge of the white house, the house, and the senate ever thought that they would see with absolutely no spending cuts anywhere and a lot of growth in spending and growth in government. >> yep. >> martha: congressman, thank you. good to see you as always. >> you bet. thank you. >> martha: now lisa booth and richard fowler. nationally syndicated talk show host. both are fox news contributors. welcome to both of you. i want to get your reflections on both of these stories, really. so, lisa, let me start with you. your reaction when you look at these text messages and with the understanding that this is all sort of, you know, new information. we're kind of figuring out what was going on here. >> i mean, personally, i think the whole russia-trump
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collusion narrative sort of blew up when we found out that hillary clinton and the dnc were behind the russian dossier. because i think the narrative really just come busted with that considering the fact that the democrats were doing the exact same thing that they're accusing the trump administration of doing. it seems like every single day now we continue to have information come forward that really raises questions about the individuals who have been pointing their fingers at the trump administration for so long. >> martha: richard, what do you think? >> i think you have to separate the memo from what we know from the mueller investigation. there is two different tracts here. what's happening in the house. have you this g.o.p. memo. and then you have the mueller investigation. there is then layers but no clear connection between the three. i think it's very interesting that we have seen these text messages. have you got to give mark warner credit that he was very open to the committee about it. he was very honest about it the idea behind it was he was trying to get steele to sit down and have a conversation with this committee so they could find
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out what steele knew which means this investigation is absolutely bipartisan democrats and republicans are working together to figure out what steele knew, what republicans knew, what don jr. knew. everybody who is involved in this case they are trying to bring to the table. and i think that is a big deal. >> martha: i think what's becoming abundantly clear though is that russians were clearly trying to influence whoever they could get their hands on. >> absolutely. >> martha: they didn't care if it was republicans or democrats. >> absolutely. the most -- the biggest revelation that we also heard from ed henry's reporting there is the fact that manafort was selling access to trump if he became president of the united states. which would speak to the reason. >> that sounds like the clinton foundation to me. >> pardon? >> martha: we also had -- we also had with hillary clinton the clinton foundation clear selling of access with hillary clinton. >> i think like martha just said. >> and president trump fired paul manafort, rightfully so. fired him. >> also the campaign chairman and now we know. >> briefly. >> based on this evidence we are reporting he was trying
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to get access to the white house. >> martha: he has been indicted. >> absolutely. >> martha: he has to deal with his own relationship with russia and who he was trying to make money off of in his position. that's all going to come out. quick thought on potentially another shut down for the government. lisa? and then richard. >> it's frustrating for the american people it seems like a government just cannot function and you have got nancy pelosi sort of holding us hostage. once again, i think it's more for self-preservation than actually caring about getting a daca deal done. there has been a lot of questions surrounding her time as being the minority leader in the house and potentially that coming to an end. i think it's self-preservation. >> martha: rand paul trying to hold hostage as well as jim jordan. >> nancy pelosi wasn't on the floor nor them. >> what you see nancy pelosi doing in the house of representatives. ideologically i'm opposed to pretty much everything rand paul agrees with i agree with him on this. i was watching the speech before i came on on air. the point he made to me that was a salient argument if
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you can't be against deficits yesterday and now for deficits today on want to fact that we could fund all of these programs as he said in his speech if we ended the endless war in afghanistan and bring our troops home. we need to give all of our troops a raise if we ended the pointless war in afghanistan which i think we both agree on both sides of the aisle that there is no chance of winning. >> martha: thank you very much. good to see you tonight. lots going on. stunning new allegations on a scandal that seems to have fallen offer the radar. hillary clinton and uranium one when an fbi informant told congress today that will make you wonder about this whole deal whether the clinton's relationship was a lot more friendly than we thought. we'll talk about it. >> we want to re-set our relationship. >> let's do it together. >> so we will do it together. okay? [laughter] with the capital one venture card, you'll earn unlimited double miles on every purchase, every day. not just airline purchases.
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>> martha: there is new details tonight about the alleged ties between the clintons, moscow and highly controversial uranium one deal. an fbi source on the hill today telling members of congress that russia paid millions of dollars to a u.s. lobbying firm in hopes of influencing then secretary of state hillary clinton. peter doocy with that story lyon capitol hill tonight. hi, peter. >> an fbi informant is now
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talking to congressional investigators about a paper trail that he says shows at least $750,000. three quarters of a million dollars of russian influence over then secretary of state hillary clinton. the informant's name is douglas camel and he claims that the kremlin hired a lobbying firm to essentially make russian uranium more attractive to regulators. this is what the informant and whistleblower says quote the contract called for four payments of $750,000 over 12 months. apco was expected to give assistance free of charge to the clinton global initiative as part of their effort to create a favorable environment to ensure the obama administration made affirmative decisions on everything from uranium one to the u.s. russia civilian nuclear cooperation agreement. but that lobbying firm now claims that that time line does not add up. apco worldwide says. this apco worldwide took
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client work under behalf of tenex in 2010 and 2011. it undertook work from the clinton global initiative from 2008-2016. these projects were totally uncorrected in any way. publicly you will documented from outset legally proper and entirely ethical. any assertion otherwise is false and unfund od. the informant's attorney though victoria toensing said this morning something does not add up and she points to a questionable decision by the committee on foreign investment in the united states. what people ought to be looking at why in this cfius decision made. on its face it's not a good decision. when you consider the fact that bill clinton got $500,000 four months before the decision was made and clinton foundation got $145 million from the people who gained when their stock after the uranium one purchase wept through. i can think it takes some looking into. >> the informant says that he went undercover, met with key players with a video
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camera and that the fbi had seen the footage so it does seem like all this threat about a grand global corruption scheme is just scratching the surface. martha? >> martha: peter, thank you very much. joining me now is david bossie citizens united fox news contributor and that roy harmaria harp state department spokesperson. old news, it's been dealt with. the time line is wrong. in this guy campbell spoke with these different panels today and told his story. he was an informant. he was there isn't it legitimate to hear him out and see if there is anything to it? >> well, martha, the fbi also determined that this informant was not credible and that's why they stopped working with him. they did not think he was giving them good information. >> martha: christopher steele, right? >> zero evidence that any of
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us have seen that hillary clinton was involved in any way with the decision to approve that deal there were nine members of the committee. they voted unanimously. believe me, having worked at the state department the cfius decisions are taken way below the secretary's level. and there is no evidence that she was involved in it in any way, shape, or form. and you heard the statement from apco who said this lobbying firm who said this isn't true. >> martha: that's laid out. there is still hundreds of billions of dollars that the clinton foundation received from russia. when you think about how panicked everyone is about russia. it's interesting to look back to that time period. reset period president obama was saying the 80's called and they want your foreign policy back. how silly it is to be any concern at all about russia. maybe that's more the frame in which all of this happened. >> i think, martha, this is a very good question what
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this person, informant is talking about, definitely needs to be looked into. it needs to be part of a much bigger investigation into the clinton foundation, the pay-for-pay schemes. the $500,000 that bill clinton was receiving four months before the decision. any other ancillary issues and big ones like the clinton email server. so i have been calling for many months, and you and i have talked about this that we need to have a special counsel to investigate this. and i think that this person's claims. these charges that he brings will be, -- should be investigated by an independent arbiter of the facts and let the chips fall where they may. and i would -- i think that that is the only way to get the american people to understand that the clinton investigation new we see loretta lynch and all of the rest that it was swept under the rug by james comey and others and i think that we
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need to have american people understanding this is a fair investigation. >> martha: maria just in terms of the effort to open up business relationships at that point, right? that was clearly on the table and the encouragement of that, i think you do have to, you know, given the concerns that are out there today, look back at all of this and say were we kind of being played with some of this? no? >> well, i have said repeatedly and i will say again tonight, if i were the clintons i would not have run the foundation the way they did, given she was secretary of state and given she was definitely running for president. so i am not going to defend that but i'm also not going to defend the leap then to some sort of, you know, conspiracy theory by some out there that, you know, every dollar they got for something then went into the state department in terms of influencing policy. i think it was clear by 2016 that for many reasons the russians hated hillary clinton and there are a lot of reasons behind that. and so while we should get answers on all these other
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questions, looking forward, which is the most important thing, russia is still threatening our democracy. we should focus on that more than anything else and how to prevent it from happening again. >> and i think part of that is that we need to find out what collusion the clinton campaign had with the russians. so, because they were obviously paying for and financing the steele dossier and working with the russians. look, adam schiff just got played by the howard stern of russia. >> martha: they are certainly coming at all sides to see where the vulnerabilities might exist. thanks, you guys. great to see you both tonight. >> thanks, martha. >> martha: disturbing allegations tonight about a former white house aide accused of abusing two of his exwives. but his resignation did not end the controversy. now, the heat is turning up on general john kelly. is that fair? is that right? next. >> he just decided that the white male employee working for him couldn't possibly beat his former wives
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>> martha: the white house under fire tonight over the lead up to the resignation of a senior aide after allegations surfaced that he was abusive to two of his exwives and a girlfriend.
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white house staff secretary rob porter has lost his job following the explosive claims of this abuse that first started to come to light on tuesday. but there have been some report that some trump administration officials including chief of staff john kelly may have known about this for months. we don't know the extent of what they knew. but they did not make a move to remove him at that point. so the white house is strongly pushing back today, saying that general kelly only learned the full extent yesterday. but that has not stopped many out there from going after him. watch. >> he just decided that the white male employee working for him couldn't possibly beat his former wives because he said he didn't. >> isn't it john kelly's job if he doesn't have all the details to get them? >> john kelly as to everyone in this administration beating up a woman is not a disqualification. >> joined now by ben shapiro editor and chief at daily who wrote about this today and ari
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fleischer, fox news contributor. great to have both of you with us today. ben, obviously the underlying story here is ugly. it does not look good. and the more we learned about it today and went through some of these blogs and information that's out there is a big fall for rob porter. no doubt. he helped righ write the state f the union just a few days and ago now he has lost his job. your thoughts. >> major fall from him. a falwell deserved from the credibility of the allegations and of course got multiple allegations from multiple different women. you have a police action that was filed against him. a temporary restraining order. the real question here is what did john kelly know. and even if he only knew some of the allegation, why would he allow rob porter to get so close to the president? that really is the question to me. it's clear to me that from what kelly has said, what the administration has said he didn't, for example, have access to the photo of the ex-wife who was hit in the face. and once that came out he changed his story. but, when you are in doubt, you have got to keep the president safe from the
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impact of having someone around him who is going to take a fall like this. and it just seems irresponse stoible me if you know anything about these stories to allow anyone with those allegations floating around about them to be that close to the president. it puts the president in a vulnerable position. >> martha: you know, it's tricky. and obviously the way that ben presents it, ari, you know, is from the national security perspective, which is absolutely a valid question to ask here. you know, from the personal side, when you read the account of his first wife, she talks about the fact that everyone loved rob. that everybody always told her how lucky she was. that she was married to him, that he was such a great guy. this is clearly somebody who had a pretty good jekyll and hyde routine going. >> yeah. and i think that's explains why people at the white house said what they said about him. look, this is human nature. it has nothing to do with whether you work at the white house or work in a school or wherever you are. if there is somebody that you know, you admire, you like, you say that and it's reflected in what you think because that's how they
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behave nut office. they may have a totally separate way of acting when they go home and perhaps that's what the case is here. in all fairness to rob porter he has denied this and that is important. we do have to have two sides. i think that would explain it then when people could be so shocked that he is such a great guy at the office. we don't know what he is like at home. and then have you to be precise in your language. when you say was he aware of this? what exactly is "this?" is there a picture with him with a wife who has a black eye or is it allegations of difficulties in a marriage and we don't know all the facts yet? this is where you just have to let the investigators really tell what you do you know? what was precisely conveyed and said? >> martha: yeah. let's play a little bit of the news conference today at the white house talking about how they handled it. >> i think it's fair to say that, you know, we all could have done better over the last few hours or last few days in dealing with this situation. >> martha: the white house accepting some blame there,
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ben? >> i mean, i think that's exactly the right move. one of the rare times i have seen the white house say listen we may have made a mistake here. buy an awful lot of credibility from the press and public when you say listen we didn't have all the information. as we got all of the information it's clear we jumped the gun on this. that should have been their first response we are gathering all of the allegations these allegations are disturbing. the reason john kelly is in some trouble here because he made such a strong defense of rob porter and had to go back on it acknowledging when you make mistakes, a lot of people in politic does that as weakness. that's actually a strength when it comes to the pr efforts of the trump white house. >> martha: ben, in terms of the media reaction, there have been a real pile on for general kelly what he said about daca recipients earlier this week if he had hadn't signed up maybe they were too lazy to sign up for the program there feels like long knives out for him. >> it does feel like that. it feels like there is a feeling that john kelly, if he is the guy who protecting the president and if he is the guy who is not holding the president back, i think the press wanted kelly to be the guy who is holding a
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leash on trump. of course that's not kelly's job. kelly's job is to organize the white house in a better way. feels like vulnerability for kelly now and the press is jumping on it because they would like to seat white house return to something more chaotic as it was earlier before kelly took the reigns. >> martha: ari, last thought. >> that's exactly right what ben said. i have been around washington long enough to know when somebody goes after the staff they are going after the boss. that's what this is about. another way to take a shot at donald trump. it doesn't matter who they're. pick up the staff and go after them because you want to take down the president. in this case, too, i think there is a lot of democrats in the media who don't like john kelly any longer. they liked him when he came in and created order and he was an improvement. now they that they see is he ideologically conservative let's throw him out too. there is a lot of that going on. >> martha: thank you very much. good to see you both. if the past is any indication democrats should expect to win more seats in
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>> martha: here is a head line that's getting political attention tonight quote improving poll numbers give republicans hope that the mid terms might not be so bad. according to the real clear politics average, democrats lead in the generic congressional matchup have been shrinking a bit. but when it comes to individual races, the story is different with the cook political report shifting 21 house races towards the democrats today. so here to help figure this out bevins publisher of real clear politics. tom, good to see you. obviously, it's a long way
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out and a lot can happen. the people doing fundraising and looking to recruit people for these races are watching these numbers very closely, right? >> absolutely. and, look, there are sort of the macroi understand cares. you mentioned the generic ballot trump's approval rating. right track, wrong direction. those are the macro-numbers the indicators that you look at. at the district level you are right, democrats have had very strong recruiting efforts over the past few months and this last release of fundraising numbers they are in a very strong position. and so i think on a district by district level basis, democrats are in a pretty good position. harr march you have to watch for that enthusiasm and intensity and as you point out recruiting they have far more female candidates than republicans do. more military candidates. looking to hone in on places where some people who voted for president trump or the republican candidate last time around might be convinced to be pulled across. >> exactly. there are, i think, 23
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districts that hillary clinton won in 2016 where republican incumbents are battling to hold on this. is going to be certainly historically speaking, republicans are sort of up against it in the house. and they are facing an enthusiasm gap with democrats right now. but, what they do have on their side, we have seen improving numbers on the economy, on the tax cut. i think that's what help contributed to the decrease in the generic ballot number. they also have redistricting in 2010 helped them shore up some of these districts which puts them in a stronger position than they otherwise would have been. >> martha: you have three races you think are the top races to watch right now, california 39, illinois 6 and virginia 10. why are those -- and barbara come stock who is at the end of that list we saw her arguing in favor of not shutting down the government because most of her district works for the government, right? >> right. i picked one in the west. obviously the road to a
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democratic majority runs through california, southern california, pickly. a lot of competitive races. ed recognize's district a district clinton won. retiring. open seat. one of the dem's best pickup students. peter rostrum here in illinois, is he a guy who in 2006 when all of the republicans were getting wiped out he won. so if peter ros ross strum is in trouble the republicans might be in a rough ride. barbara comstock the most vulnerable incumbent. this battle is going to be fought in the suburbs around the country and where democrats have -- they found success in 2016 with well-educated suburbanites and able to make inroads where hillary clinton won or whether republicans can fensd them off. >> martha: economy ticking up and tax reform is what republicans hope will save the day for them. tom, thank you very much. good to see you tonts.
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>> incredibly intimate portraits of our psyches, they know all of our habits and predict things as a consequence of that they have engineered their products to be addictive. >> martha: freaky, author of world without mind the existential threat of big tech talking to us about this from facebook to apple and twitter. big tech companies under growing scrutiny these days, facing similar questions to what the tobacco companies faced 20 years ago. that they are making their product addictive to suck us in for their profit. and are they endangering our health at the same time? just yesterday tech health advocates hosted a conference in washington, d.c. and while the major tech firms did send a few representatives, the major
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ceos were invited. they chose not to attend. joining me now steve hilton host of the next revelation -- revolution. also revelation on the fox news channel. political commentator. welcome to both of you. i have long-said that cell phones and all of these apps and all of this communication is the mowing of our age. even to the point where people use them the same way. awkward moment when somebody would light up a cigarette. now, what do you do? you look at your phone on the elevator or at a restaurant. everybody picks up their phone because they are not smoking cigarettes anymore. it's bizarre the connection, steve that's exactly right. the thing that everyone has to understand that addiction that you describe, that is part of the silicon valley business model it's at the core of what they do. i run a tech company out here in silicon valley. i remember when i was raising money for my start up, the venture capital folk
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that's are pitching to they literally ask you the question how are you going to make it addictive? they use that exact word that's how they generate returns they want to see. the trouble is it's causing real disaster in our society and families and people's relationships but especially amongst children where research has just shown us now the really damaging effect that all this addiction has particularly on young people. it's a social disaster in the making. we have to do something about this. >> martha: it's so destructive. they talk about fomo. fear of missing out. glues them literally to their phones. keep in touch with each other lose the chain from one person to another. they think it's fun but they are kids. they don't realize how much it's addicting them. wenty, in terms of regulation, what form will that take? >> you know, i think have to take some sort of regulation because the kids are really the big issue here. we have an issue when it comes to this digital identity crisis within our nation and for children they start to feel depressed when they see things on social
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media and believe that art is imitating life and going beyond just them feeling depressed. even transcends to suicide. we see 48% of children who use social media more than five hours a day commit suicide compared to 28% who only use it one hour a day. so the policies that we set forth really have to change the ways in which these social media agents are allowing our children do use their phones. what i think is really important here we have to underscore that social media has been good to small businesses but it has completely disseminated the fabric of personal relationship and it can really just quell all the issues of our social fabric. we have to keep that in mind. >> martha: also a political indoctrination come to the fore. changing the news feed and they had less views, right? >> that's exactly right. also, you see the way that bringing those two points together, the addiction and the kind of biased information. you just today we saw reporting in the "wall street journal" about how
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youtube are feeding people videos based on their algorithms, actually take them further in the direction of extreme content and conspiracy theories and it's really distorting our political debates. just one thing i would like to say about the regulation. i have been arguing for many years actually for children we should treat exactly like smoking and ban smart phones for children. i think all parents. >> martha: amen to that. >> it would actually help them enforce the rules. >> martha: we have got to go. we could talk forever about this. thank you, guys. come back. >> thank you, martha. >> martha: quick break and more on the story. more than a thousand workers are starting their day building on over a hundred years of heritage, craftsmanship and innovation. today we're bringing you america's number one shave at lower prices every day. putting money back in the pockets of millions of americans. as one of those workers, i'm proud to bring you gillette quality for less, because nobody can beat the men and women of gillette.
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clearly got everybody's attention. he was held by the authorities as you can see briefly and almost instantly a go fund me page popped up with people who were happy to help pay for any legal fees he might incur. he was released. did he not face any charges. they understood what this man was going through, but the page raised over $30,000. so tonight says he is giving the money to charities that help victims of sexual abuse. writing. this. at the time of the incident, i didn't know that the great brotherhood had done this and i was overcome with gratitude when i found out. i appreciate everyone stepping up to support me but help is not needed for me. so he is helping others. that is the story for tonight. thanks for being here, everybody. we will see you back here tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. tucker carlson is up next. if there ♪ ♪
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♪ ♪ >> tucker: well, good evening and welcome to tucker carlson tonight. george bush spent the first nine years of his retirement saying almost nothing in public and good for him. it's a dignified and restrained posture that is long standing tradition among former chief executives. but nobody is staying silent in 2018 so president bush is now speaking out and he has a cause. seeking amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants that his administration allowed in to this country. the context for his latest remarks was a speech that bush was giving in the united arab emirates. that's authoritarian islamic. alongside him convicted felon and


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