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>> dana: merry christmas, everybody here with the "the five." we'll see you back here tomorrow. we have a christmas day special for you. merry christmas, everyone. good night. ♪ >> good evening. welcome to washington. i'm mike emanuel in for bret baier. president trump railed against house speaker, nancy pelosi, saying that she hates republicans and all the people that voted for him in the election. this comes after a christmas eve message for the troops. in bethlehem, thousands of christians gathering in celebration at the traditional birthplace of. we will have a live report from there in a moment. we begin tonight with impeachment at limbo and the politics of frustration. correspondent, rich, west palm beach, florida, following the president. good evening, rich. >> yeah, good evening, mike.
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president trump calling american service members stationed around the world tonight. we also focus on events here and around the united states. >> president trump: she hates the republican party. she hates all of the people that voted for me and the republican party. >> rich: house speaker, nancy pelosi is stalling the senate trial, holding onto impeachment articles. >> it's hard to imagine a trial not having documents and witnesses. if it doesn't have documents and witnesses, it's going to seem to most of the american people that it is a sham trial, a show trial, not to get at the facts. >> rich: democratic senator, chris murphy tweeted "open the trial without witnesses. then, when the trial begins, they will tell us how different
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this is and we can't have witnesses. "republicans call impeachment a political charade. the president also addressed federal officials who prosecuted his former advisors. he refused to rule out a party for roger stone. the court convicted him at last month for obstructing an investigation and lying under oath. >> president trump: i think it's very tough what they did to roger compared to what they do to other people on their side. i think it's very tough. hopefully they are going to do something about it. speak to pfizer crud fisa courte federal wiretaps. the president also touted an updated agreement with mexico
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and a limited deal with china, which he says he could signed very shortly. >> mike: tensions rise ahead of the possible christmas gift from north korea. one leader that seems optimistic is president trump. those comments coming after a christmas message for american forces stationed around the world. reports from the pentagon. >> the commander and chief started his christmas eve by thinking u.s. forces deployed around the world. >> president trump: americans can celebrate christmas in safety. >> he sees the one year after president trump spoke to thousands of american troops, currently some 500 rema. >> these troops are here to
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defeat the remnants of isis. they are looking for isis and partnering with commandos in syria. he sails home to the south china sea. the pentagon is also keeping an eye on north korea. >> president trump: maybe it's a nice present. maybe it's a present where he sends me a beautiful vase as opposed to a missile test. >> welcome it's christmas eve in the u.s. in a previously unreported episode, with korea fired off a muscle more than two years ago that came close to the united.
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mike. >> mike: lucas live at the pentagon. lucas, thanks a lot. let's bring in our panel a little early tonight. katie, news editor, steve clemons, editor at large for "the hill." merry christmas paired happy hanukkah. great to have all of you. the president clearly has impeachment on his mind. figure he has impeachment on his mind. he has a lot on his mind. the national security interests of the united states very much of the year on how he responded to north korea. you see him distracted, but you see the promise of other really important issues on the table. i'm glad he's thinking about them all. >> mike: president trump spoke today about house speaker, nancy pelosi. let's hear the response. >> president trump: she is a tremendous disservice to the country and she's not doing a good job.
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we lose one republican votes in the house. the decision is going to be made by mitch mcconnell. he has the right to do whatever he wants. he's the head of the senate. >> mike: katie, your thoughts. >> she has tried to put herself as a fair arbitrator of what's going on in the house. this had to be something that was bipartisan. clearly, that has been completely pushed to the side in terms of what has happened in recent weeks. as the president said, no republicans voted for impeachment. they did not vote for impeachment. she's put that argument aside. she's also been arguing that this is about the constitution. while, there are many things in the constitution that she is required to do. one of them is to send the articles of impeachment for a trial. everyone is entitled to a speedy trial in the constitution. so, she keeps claiming that this
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is not about politics. this is not about democrats going after the present. it's about when the right thing. she is withholding the articles to try to do dumb i get what she wants >> mike: it struck me that the democrats had all the power in the house and now have very little to presented. nancy pelosi may be trying to help with a little bit of leverage for chuck schumer. is it working? >> it's not going to work. it isn't working now. democrats who were in difficult districts to win, districts that voted for donald trump back in 2016 are all very concerned about what's going on here. but then they wanted to move on from that. they wanted to be able to go back to their districts and say, hey, yes i voted for impeachment because i thought that what he did was wrong. i just proved that i can work with him on these trade deals, on prescription drug costs. a lot of issues that will be tough all across the country.
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pelosi's game here really doesn't serve them. what it does serve are the interests of democratic donors and the hard-core of her base that views all of this as increasing the likelihood of asterisks or new information coming forward that could potentially break this thing wide open. it is not going to happen. >> mike: there is the issue of the north koreans. as for the commander in chief, he doesn't seem to be showing them that he is sweating it at all. take a listen. >> president trump: i may get a vase. i may get a nice present. you don't know. you never know. >> otherwise, he would respond. his credibility is on the line. i have very little doubt that he will, indeed, do something. i think the united states would be careful, need to be careful about what response we take. there's a range of options and of course we are going to
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telegraph this. >> mike: steve, how alarming. pick a thing it's very alarming. i think one of the most difficult thing, after watching this country for a very long time, is they don't like to be ignored. they want to have the focus of attention on them. right now, there hasn't been much going on with diplomacy between mike pompeo and kim jong un. so, i think that if there is a gift, i think it is very important, because you have other allies in the region. that alliance is very much geared around also dealing with the rise and emergence of china. so, this is an inflection point. if the rocket test happens and if donald trump is blase about it, it really harms our relationship to the region and it gives a green light to china to misbehave.
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>> that's true, and china has been assisting north korea in getting around sanctions imposed by the u.n., by the united states. so that's one issue. but the other is that they have actually been meeting with the north koreans and doing things with the united states has not been involved in in terms of how we increase our leverage on north korea, giving too much in return for nothing. the president has been successful at preventing testing for a while now. however, if it goes forward, there do have to be consequenc consequences. when the united states decided to take away their joint military exercises with south korea as the wage moved forward, there was a test during that time, but if kim jong un decides to move forward, i think the president has patients, but not as much as kim jong un would like. >> there were short-range missiles. it's also a straightforward thing to fire a missile into the
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air. combining those two things is very typical. hitting when you want to come of is very difficult. americans are going to feast today and tomorrow in ways that north koreans can only dream of under kim. this is an attempt to distract for what he has done to that nation and to beat his chest and the only way that he can. >> mike: all right, panel after a great start. we'll get back to you guys a little later. thank you. let's take a look at midnight mass in bethlehem, where it's already the very early hours of christmas day. a correspondent, trey, is outside the service there. good evening, trey. >> good evening, mike. here in bethlehem, it is now christmas and there are participants inside the basilica of the nativity behind me participating in that midnight mass. it's being attended by palestinian president, moc. they saw the latin patriarch
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make his way from jerusalem to bethlehem. there were boy scouts. there were bagpipe players and people from around the world attending. earlier in the week, fox news did have an opportunity to look at a new relic that arrived from vatican city. take a look. >> bethlehem is marking the christmas holiday with the new arrival from the vatican. a piece that supposedly laid in. >> after 1,400 years, a piece of the original crib comes back to bethlehem. >> in the days leading up to christmas, thousands have gathered at the church of the nativity in bethlehem to celebrate the birth of and offer prayers of peace.
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it is symbolic to christians across the globe and they believe that it provides evidence that jesus was born in bethlehem. >> those participants still taking part in that midnight mass as we speak. there are many in the region hoping for a christmas miracle. so far this year, no clear progress has been made for this peace plan. >> mike: trey, thanks a lot. on a short trading day, the market, the dow lost 36. the s&p 50 500, a fraction. the 30th high closing of the year. next up, new york's governor rejecting a bipartisan bill with a combinatio condemnation of th. man: sneezes
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more highly qualified judges. >> go to a speech featuring president trump and odds are you will hear about his judicial apartments. >> i think president obama. he gave me 142 openings. >> since coming to office, the president has installed 187 federal judges on the bench. today, there are 78 vacancies with 38 nominees pending. many of those judges have come under scrutiny. >> we have to immediately start putting judges on the bench to fill vacancies so that we can revert the horrific nature. >> and now, andrew says that those trump appointed judges in his home state will not be able to perform marriages. he just vetoed a bipartisan bill that would allow them to perform
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marriages in new york. >> he says "president trump does not embody who we are as new yorkers." there's also new backlash from lgbtq rights group. one-third of more than 50 circuit court judges nominated by trump, "demonstrated a history of lgbt bias." >> the president has made it no secret that not only are judges a top priority for him, but he wants voters. it puts them from lower level benches to the supreme court front and center in an upcoming election year. >> mike: things a lot. it looked back at the events leading up to president trump's
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impeachment. first "beyond our borders" tonight. it was a bumpy year for great britain. she is referring to brexit and the royal family's setbacks. those problems i include chris prince andrew. in hong kong, a not so silent night for protesters. clashes continued christmas eve as demonstrators wore santa ha hats. police responded with tear gas. the protesters are demanding greater democratic rights and will likely continue to demonstrate into the new year. in syria, eight are dead after a missile hit a school building. activists say the attack happened in the northwestern part of the country. syrian forces launched last week after weeks of attacks that have
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>> the russia scandal and throughout three years of his president dominic presidency, was set in motion in july, after an australian diplomat contacted the fbi about an encounter with trump campaign foreign policy advisor. papadopoulos told him that he would assist the trump campaign with damaging information about presidential candidate, hillary clinton. with that information, the investigation launched. the gears were than in motion and the question had been planted. were individuals with the trump campaign coordinating with the russian government with interference activities? >> he has resigned in the controversy over some consulting
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work. >> he began to build his cabinet. >> decision day for donald trump. the president-elect to make his major national security. enraging democrats and delighting conservatives. he met with gerrit kershner. they later exchanged text and phone calls. president-elect, trump, praise putin's decision to not retaliate, tweeting "i always knew he was very smart." at the beginning of 2017, in intelligence report, he stated that vladimir putin ordered a campaign aimed at the u.s. presidential election with the intent to help president-elect, trump's election chances. >> if there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the trump
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campaign communicated with the russian government over the course of this campaign, what will you do? >> i'm not aware of any of those activities. >> why would there be any contact between the campaign? >> this is all a distraction. it's all part of the narrative to delegitimize the election and question the legen legitimacy os presidency. >> it was revealed that he had misled vice president pence about his conversations with the ambassador. the fbi's investigation expanded. >> the fbi as part of our counterintelligence mission is investigating the russians attempt to interfere in the elections. that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the trump campaign and the russian
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government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and russian's efforts. >> well, certainly, in my view, the greatest threat of any nation on earth, giving their intention and capability. >> and then -- >> a bit of a stutter on a tuesday afternoon. the president has fired james comey. >> i was going to fire him. there's no good time to do it, by the way. in fact, when i decided to do it, i said to him myself. i said, "you know, this russia thing with trump and rush is a made-up story. it's an excuse by the democrat democrats." >> within days, john appoints former fbi director, robert mueller to serve as a special counsel to continue the investigation. >> there is no collusion between
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certainly myself and the campaign, but i can only speak for myself and the russians. >> after his firing, a meeting between russian foreign minister in the oval office. >> was he telling the russians that firing comey was taking off legal and political pressure? >> chris, that's not my interpretation. i think what the president was trying to convey to the russians is, look, i'm not going to be distracted by all these issues that affect us domestically. >> after reports the special counsel's probe was widening, president trump tweets "i am being investigated for firing the fbi director by the man who told me to fire the fbi director." the investigation became a family affair after news of an
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undisclosed meeting between donald trump jr., kushner, and russian lawyer, natalia. they had primarily discussed a program about the adoption of russian children. >> did you ever meet with any other person from russia that you know question marks the i don't even know. i probably met with other people from russia. >> it wasn't a formalized meeting or anything like that. in the grand scheme of things, how busy we were, it was much more important. >> fast forward to december, michael pled guilty to making false statements to the fbi, admitting that he lied to fbi agents during his interview about two discussions he had before president trump took office. as the new year begins, democrats continue to raise alarm bells. 's the 25 says, if you want to blind yourself, then you can
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look the other way." during the 2016 presidential election. james comey talks to us about the controversial text messages in which they were revealed to call the president a loathsome human. >> if you know back then when you are in charge of the investigation and you saw those texts, the level of -- >> i would have removed them. >> as the scandal continued, a number of top officials faced consequences. former trump lawyer, michael cohen. among those who received prison time. her attorney general, jeff sessions was shown the do door. just hours after the midterm elections, president trump's attorney general is cleaning out
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his desk at the president's request. >> and february, william barr was sworn in as the new attorney general. he stated that the investigation found no evidence that any american coordinated with the government election interference. democrats fight back. >> there is ample evidence of collusion in plain sight and that is true. >> because of the concern for most people is the compromise. whether it is russia or anyone else. >> they allowed the media to go so far off the rails. particularly those cable networks and also newspapers pretty much prohibited them from ever being heard. they constantly fed each other these conspiracy theories and told each other that they were on the right track every time they advanced it further and never really had to confront anybody who questioned or challenged them in any way.
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>> in april, a redacted version of the speech 26 was released. they confirmed extensive efforts for the russians to joshua in may, to be 20 testifies before the senate judiciary committee. >> i do have people helping me review the activities over the summer of 2016. >> days later, he assigns john durham, a united states attorney in connecticut to open a separate investigation into the origins of the trump investigation. robert mueller speaks out, carefully emphasizing that his report did not exonerate the president. >> if we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. >> can you you give me an example other than donald trump?
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their innocence was not conclusively determined. >> i cannot. >> okay, while -- >> this past fall, attorney general barr, a criminal inquiry. the power to subpoena witness testimony. the white house and congress anxiously await the results. it's subsequence surveillance came out. >> we are deeply concerned that so many basic and fundamental errors when made by three separate handpicked investigative teams on one of the most sensitive fbi investigations after the matter had been briefed to the highest levels of the fbi. >> i was overconfident in the procedures that they had built over 20 years. i thought they were robust
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enough. it's incredibly hard to get a fisa. they were sloppy. they should have at least been discussed and characterized differently. in washington, bret baier, fox news. >> mike: racing against the clock to get those last-minute gifts. we go live to the windy city when we come back to check on the crowd. ♪ those obstacles that limit a company's growth. i try to find companies that turn these challenges into opportunities. but by going out in the field, and meeting management, suppliers, competitors. in the end, it's these unique companies with creative business models that will generate value for our investors. that's why i go beyond the numbers.
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are just looking for some last-minute deals or they simply procrastinated. this year, the national retail federation estimates that it's going to be a very strong finish to the holiday shopping season. it kicked off with a bang over black friday weekend with some 190 million shoppers, a 15% increase from last year. the national retail federation estimates the average american chopper will spend roughly $1,050 on holiday shopping this year. far from the average shopper, jolly old saint nick, himself, agreed to a very quick sitdown interview this evening. santa claus tells a special report he's got a big night ahead, but he's also looking forward to some r&r. >> santa, we've got some questions for you. >> sure appears big i feel if you see so many pictures on social media of kids crying. what are the thoughts running through your mind when they start crying in your lap question marks because there's nothing you can do. they are afraid. i don't know.
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my guess is that when they look at you on tv, he is this big. >> we were talking to a bunch of last-minute shoppers today. a lot of parents who say they are running out to get toys as well. does not assist you in your efforts? >> it does. it does immensely. it helps me out. he gives me a lot more time to go other places. >> what is santa going to do tonight when he goes back to the north pole? >> take a break. get in the hot tub. >> mike here in chicago, it's nothing like the north floor right now. almost 50 degrees outside. instead of drivers having to fight through ice and snow, this warm weather might encourage them to make a last-minute -- to the store, mike. >> mike: great job with that exclusive and well done on the escalator, brother. live in chicago. her christmas. shopping is part of the modern celebration of christmas, but
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the meaning is much older and deeper than that. religion correspondent come out lauren green looks at the original story. >> the bright lights of today's christmas traditions are a stark contrast to the dark engineers of the first christmas, the birth of. >> the real power, the real authority is in that -- >> in his book, "the character of christmas" he takes readers on a journey through the nativity narrative, shining the light on the people and places who may not be so well known or understood. mary's strength of faith to endure the shame of being pregnant while not properly wed is often forgotten. >> he is a very n noble charact.
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he would bear some shame, because he didn't put mary away as an unwed mother. >> frankincense, a symbol of beauty, and -- and then there are the shepher shepherds. they are more than just extras iin a scene. >> throughout the scriptures, the main metaphor that god uses for faithful leadership and the kind of leader that he is, david says, "the lord is my shepherd." jesus would later call himself the good shepard. >> pointed to a beacon that the bible says "in whose light can be seen true light." " >> mike: thanks very much.
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>> all of those candidates who say, you know, we don't need bold ideas, you don't have to energize young people. you aren't going to have the kind of turnout that you need in order to defeat trump. >> we are not going to beat donald trump with an equal and opposite donald trump. >> i have every reason to be resentful and angry at the republicans. >> all i know is that my poll numbers are the highest they've ever been. >> mike: heading into a presidential year, let's take a look. nationally, you've got vice president, joe biden leading the pack, but a lot of this race will come down to those early stakes. you've got pet.
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editor at large for the hill. here we are at christmas time. >> you've got elizabeth warren and bernie sanders trading people back and forth. we see her number slip a bit. you see bernie surge right now. those willing to identify with more of a centrist are lining up behind biden. you've got an interesting contest in both wings of the party. you see nothing to resolve those wings between the party right now. >> mike: katie, your thoughts. >> yeah, based on the early state polling, there's no quick nominee at this point. i mean, peter buttigieg completely hits a wall when it comes to south carolina.
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they don't need to worry about iowa and new hampshire, but there is a momentum issue. elizabeth warren had a moment where she was gaining momentum. she's desperately trying to hold onto that, which is why you saw her attack pete buttigieg. when it comes down to where this whole thing goes, democrats are still having a very hard time figuring out where they're going to be able to solidify their support against donald trump. the president has been able to take a large chunk of the formerly democratic base. you have a number of manufacturing jobs, gaps in oil in places like michigan. those people say, look, i'm a democrat. i didn't just vote against hillary clinton. i voted for president trump. i plan to again. they haven't been clear about how to get those voters back. >> mike: take a listen to thi this. >> it is time for a wealth tax
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in america. wealth tax in america. >> the economy is on fire. well, she is going to treat it like a fire and bring the trucks into hose it all down. i don't think that we want to hose the economy down. would like to keep it lit up. >> mike: your 2020 thoughts? >> biden has continued to stay above by having the kind of well built up support that he has in a lot of different communities, particularly among african-american voters. i think the real thing the democrats need to deal with is the possibility that bernie sanders could go a lot further in this race than they would like to think. he does excite a lot of young people. he has been one of the oldest and most consistent progressives in the country over the last several years. he has a lot of respect in the community. i think that often times in this whole process, his chances were
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played down by a washington conventional wisdom that looks as bernie as the cranky old grandpa when in reality, he is someone who is has a lot more support across the country. >> mike: we put something across the finish line. it also gives president trump something to run on. >> both sides win. those who want to be critical of president trump say it's not that different. but essentially, the business community had a lot invested in the canada-mexico relationship. president trump can deliver for the business community. nancy can deliver for the labor community. >> it also makes it a little bit easier, not that it will be easy for the senate in 2020, just 2020. she was getting attacked for it. now she can deliver on that is
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something that the president has been pushing through. of course, and all of these counties, the president will be campaigning in, the democrats again are trying to take it ba back. he is trying to force democrats to give him a win on the economy, which is a very tough thing for them to argue against. >> wanted it be nice if you could have families come together to celebrate as one? that's the thing that i am hopeful for and i hope will will see more of. >> mike: all right, panel thanks. when we come back, a traditional holiday greeting with a not so traditional twist. ♪ (wheels screeching) (clapping) (sound of can hitting bag and bowl) (clapping) always there in crunch time.
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that's why there's otezla. otezla is not a cream. it's a pill that treats plaque psoriasis differently. with otezla, 75% clearer skin is achievable. don't use if you're allergic to otezla. it may cause severe diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting. otezla is associated with... increased risk of depression. tell your doctor if you have a history of depression or suicidal thoughts or if these feelings develop. some people taking otezla reported weight loss. your doctor should monitor your weight and may stop treatment. upper respiratory tract infection and headache may occur. tell your doctor about your medicines and if you're pregnant or planning to be. otezla. show more of you. >> on this christmas eve time for a tradition. family holiday creating from the regular anchor of the show brett bear. nevery christmas we have been
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doing this greeting from my family to yours a decade, is that right? >> yea. >>iomerry christmas and happy new year >> merry christmas. >> [laughter]. louder. >> happy new year! there you go. >> wish you a merry christmas. >> and we do. forcefully. >> paul 7 and a half. daniel is 4 and a half now and my love low wife amy i will not tell you how old she is. >> try one more time. >> doing this eight years i took over a special report january fifth 20 zsh upon 9. fair. balanced and not afraid.
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ready. wishing you a merry christmas and bless exclude beautiful new year >> have a molly jolly christmas special holiday and an amazing new year yoochl nice and keep it fair, balanced and unafraid. >> during the second tick we surprised the boys with their christmas gift from santa and mrs. clause. a colden doodle puppy. >> i think i hear. bells. that's santa. >> santa claus and mrs. clause. >> your boys have been good >> had is the new member of the family. >> we are not sure of a name what do you think. >> teddy a girl temperature is a girl. >> cocoa. merry christmas. happy new year. the newest member of the bear family is cocoa.
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extremely cute. thank you for inviting us in your home upon tonight. merry christmas, happy chanukkah. good night from washington see you tomorrow night. [music] hi. welcome to fox nation all american christmas at fox square. we are glad you are joiningous this special night. have a great show planned with great stories that will fill your heart with faith and inspiration like a bible study. >> match that and we will have fun conversations, too. like when it is too early to put up christmas decorations. check it out. santa claus