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on things. >> a strange set of details. everyone is grateful for the police who came to the rescue in downtown nashville be on our hats go off to them they will get the reward they deserve. -- ♪ >> who did it and why? you're looking at the news conference said to be held right now, fbi giving an update on the investigation into yesterday's shocking christmas morning explosion in downtown nashville. listen to officials. special agent in charge of the fbi, u.s. attorney and nashville lease chief, john drake. they are discussing this horrific explosion 6:30 a.m. yesterday. >> u.s. attorney conference. >> good afternoon. 2020 has been a tough year for nashville. started back in march with the
devastating tornadoes we had that tore through some neighborhoods and continued through the pandemic and this past summer and now this. the bombing christmas morning right here in the heart of our downtown. one thing we haven't heard, we have learned in my time here, they are tough. i want you to know that is the team behind me and we are doing everything we can to find out what happened here, to get the answers you deserve and make sure we are all safe. one of the toughest groups of folks we've got here in tennessee as our law enforcement and first responders. nowhere in my experience in law enforcement has that ever been clear to me and what happened yesterday morning. 6:30 a.m. or so christmas morning, the police officers blocks north of here didn't run
from danger, literally ran to danger. the rv announced it's going to blow up and police said i'm heading toward that. they evacuated the area, call citizens out there. i'm confident their actions are part of why there was less cost of life in this heinous act. yesterday morning, we had task force team together, this is what we do all the time. u.s. attorney's office, we've worked together with federal and state and local partners and that's what started happening yesterday. teams of agents grouped together across agencies, our citizens were calling in. had over a hundred leads and tips come in and every one of those are being followed up by investigators. that is the stage we are at in this investigation and following
every lead we have and we will continue to do so until we find out what's happened. we also have national resources here, department of justice, acting attorney general says the resources we need we can have. fbi and atf their bomb technicians here as we speak, they are north of here in a massive crime scene doing what they do and doing what they do better than anyone else in the world. it is quite a challenge having been up there and seen the sce scene, it's like a giant jigsaw puzzle created by a bond that does evidence across multiple city blocks. they've got a catalog, they've got to put it back together and find out the picture of that puzzle looks like. there's no one better to do it in the folks we got on the ground here in tennessee right now. that is going on as we speak, i
am confident in the team we have to get to the bottom of this and we will find out the story of this individual or individuals, we don't know right now but ultimate scrooge who on christmas morning, instead of spreading joy and sheer spread devastation and destruction. we know how the story ends here, we will stand together and get back on our feet and get businesses back up and running. we will get infrastructure and coverage back up and running and that is what we do in nashville. thanks for your time. appreciate it. >> thank you attorney and to everyone, let me reiterate nashville is safe. we feel and know that we have no known threats at this time against our city. we been in communication and feel pretty good about that. we ramped up our efforts of several hundred of our federal partners hear from the fbi and
ats as well as state and local, which is the tennessee highway patrol and others, we are thankful for their efforts. to business owners downtown, near the federal government is conducting this investigation and as they go through the crime scene, they try to reduce that as quickly as possible to where we can you back in your businesses as soon as possible. we ask that you be patient. it is about 40 things impacted so those buildings will have to be cleared through our coats. if you have any information retaining to this, please contact 61574 crime or fbi.lov fbi.love/nashville. thank you. >> good afternoon. my name is doug nine the special
agent in charge of the metro field office and covers nashville. the fbi, ats, metro nashville police department officers in tennessee highway patrol and other federal and state partners are working around the clock to make sure nashville continues to be a safe place to live and wo work. during the past 24 hours, joint investigative team field nearly 500 tips from those around the national nashville metro area. we appreciate ongoing support and cooperation from the community wish for it to continue. the first thing i want to reiterate chief drake indicated, we have no indication of additional explosive threats. no other explosive devices were discovered during our secondary sweep yesterday. we increased our footprint work quickly and thoroughly as
possible. approximately 250 fbi agents, analysts and professional staff from at least eight surrounding field officers and fbi headquarters. their working shoulder to shoulder with our partners. our team is addressing this case on several fronts. first, our investigator team is turning over every stone to make sure we know as many details as possible to answer the question of who is responsible for this and also to understand why did they do this? this includes behavioral analysis unit in quantico. second, our evidence response teams are committed to documenting and collecting evidence to support the facts learned by the investigative team. we know this affects local businesses and are committed to processing the scene in a timely
but thorough way. we are starting from the outermost perimeter of the crime scene and working our way inward. we hope to have the outer area complete and turned over to the city of nashville within the next day or so. especially so they can conduct inspections. again, i want to think citizens of nashville for their trust in the fbi and federal and state and local partners and also the cooperation of all of our partners who stand here today with me. thank you. >> good afternoon. i'm the special agent in charge for the metro field division. ats has numerous personnel here on the ground working seamlessly with the agencies represented. specifically, the national response team. ats national response team is only a credit for investigative
teams in the country. they are outstanding in what they do. they are made up of certified bomb technicians, forensic chemists, engineers and we have integrated and work seamlessly with the nashville police department and fbi and all agencies involved. just to reiterate what everybody said before me, we had over 500 leads and tips in our job as law enforcement agency is to make sure this community is safe and we are making sure we are following through with each of these tips and leads seamlessly, integrated with no effort at all and no impact, keeping the community safe. thank you. >> at this time, we can answer a few questions. we can't really get into too much detail. we know you have questions but
we will attempt to take a few at this time. >> we can't confirm any individuals or anybody we've identified. we have over 500 investigative leads and following every one of those so there are a number of individuals we are looking at. we are not prepared to identify any single individual. at this time, we don't have any indication we are looking for another subject but again, there 500 leads we are running through so all kinds of individuals we are looking for. [inaudible] >> that is something we are working on right now. [inaudible] >> we do not know at this time but we are working on that and processing it as such.
[inaudible] >> again, we are following up every investigative lead although we do believe there are currently no active threats. [inaudible] >> what kind of a person would do this and how confident are you to find out why? >> i can't answer what kind of person, we are engaging with our behavioral analysis experts, we are hoping to get some answers to them. what was the second part? >> -- find out why. >> i'm fairly confident we will be able to identify an individual or ascertain what has occurred, it will just take us some time. this team behind me and folks in the field are good at what we do. [inaudible]
>> we are working on any assumptions, we are addressing it to rule it out or identify it. [inaudible] >> excuse me? i cannot comment on that. it's just confirmed we have activity going on in that area. [inaudible] >> that's a better question for the mayor. >> okay. [inaudible] >> we are looking at every possible motive that could be involved. >> thank you. thanks, everybody. i will have mayor cooper address the public now. >> thank you, i'll be very brief. i'm grateful to the team behind
us and nashville is dependent on them to do a great job. our resolve is to rebuild and find the culprit, it's very great. i want to introduce and thank them, this is several hundred agents, this is our national best stepping forward to help solve this crime but also the way, and he's and firemen and police have been heroic in this last few days. i want to ask chief, i heard the question about communications, i know he's been in close touch with at&t and our network communications to answer that question about outages and what we can expect going forward but i want to thank the team behind me, count on them to deliver for us in nashville and our own city to commit to rebuilding and i'm grateful to the governor's request to the white house to have a national emergency and
federal help for rebuilding second avenue once the work begins. one other thing we still have a curfew and will until tomorrow afternoon. it's an active crime scene. i encourage people not to come to downtown nashville. let the fbi and federal partners do the work. with that, let me introduce chief swan to talk about communications. >> good afternoon. again, not to reiterate but i think it's important to just note our role right now in the city is to make sure we are working closely with our partners, law enforcement partners to ensure anything they need, logistics wise, we provide for them. as far as tele- communication partners, we work closely with them, at&t to make sure we get communication established back safely. they are here to work 24 hours.
it's a big operation with the building itself. we are trying to at least get generators back in order so mobile phones will be back into operation and we hope within the next day or if we are fortunate, it may take one or two days to get back online but they are here to work with us and we are hopefully, hopeful that we will get that back established. one thing to remember, i know chief drake mentioned, even though we had this incident take place, the city has to go on and we have to make sure all emergencies are met. the city is safe as far as regular duties so that's why we are happy we have federal partners here. we think you everybody and ask for partners, actually the patience of nashville. the partnership downtown as far as business owners and residents owners, we are working to make
sure all water is turned off second avenue and returning electricity off as well to ensure safety of people going in-and-out of the buildings for investigative purposes. [inaudible] >> absolutely. officers responded to a shots fired call. they didn't have any idea what else was going on. typical police car. as they arrived, they saw an rv eating out a message saying it would detonate within 15 minutes. music would play and instead of taking it as a threat and getting resources, they immediately began knocking on doors and coordinated resources to get everyone evacuated and out. had they not done that, i watched a short video of an officer that just moved out of the video frame with the
explosion occurring and knocked into the ground. had they not done that, we'd be talking about people as well the destruction we have so heroic efforts in saving lives. [inaudible] >> as quick as we can, get as many people out as quickly as we could safely and get them somewhere safe and provide them with services so they are not displaced. [inaudible] >> i didn't hear you. [inaudible] i talked to each one of those at the scene, thanked them for their efforts and they just felt it was their job and their honor to serve our city. [inaudible] >> it's a proud moment when we have law enforcement professionals like that, they are not concerned about their
own safety but the safety of our city. we love our city, we are invested in it and it makes me feel good they made the right decision saving lives and didn't worry about themselves as much, it felt really good. [inaudible] >> the announcement i couldn't give verbatim they said they would be a detonation within 15 minutes. the music played and then is at 14 minutes. there was a countdown so they immediately began evacuating not knowing what we had. we called for devices to respond and then it detonated. >> thank you. that's all the time we have a questions. we will be back in touch with you. thank you for staying with us to get critical information out. we will deal with the rest to get to you. you will hear from us again regularly. thank you for sticking with us. >> we are getting the latest from nashville with a long list
of people coming to the microphone special agent in charge with the atf, fbi, u.s. attorney on the mayor of nashville bringing us up to speed on the investigative efforts there after yesterday's blast out of an rv. hello and welcome to america's news headquarter. eric: is a shocking bazaar attack and explosion. one of the investigators focusing on right now? former special agent in charge of the atf, associate at arizona state university for criminal justice. good to see you. not under these circumstances of course. terrorist attack aimed at responding law enforcement or at&t billing, dramatic suicide, they said they are looking for an individual, not a second one. what you interpret from what you heard in the news conference.
>> this is a significant investigative management problem, not a problem but that is the process they are dealing with. at the same time, investigators have to remain agnostic. they can't be fooled into a mode of belief, they have to allow the evidence week. the evidence from these contacts with individuals, with statements, physical evidence, chemical evidence, etc. is massive. it has to be managed, fed into a team making analysis and they make determinations to build a framework of possibilities later on about motive and intent. eric: where did they start? a bin number for axel the world trade center bombing in new york, mohammed, they found the vin number on the axle and got him because of that.
you think that will get to this person? human tissue said to be found by overly not a bystander. >> unfortunately in our country, criminal terrorism bombing has become effective over here. the information is coming at light speed, consuming, you have to eat it one bite at a time. in this case, multiple people. they will have the forensics of the site, explosives, the information from people and they will make analysis and yes, there's so much evidence from the vehicle, delivering axles of devices such as this and information coming in, i'm very confident in the process and partnership they have there in nashville of what's happening, they will have answers pretty quick. not only that but they will be able to construct exactly what the device was, the exact timeline and he was involved.
i think that information will come quickly, they just energy a lot of information they have to be effective. they are not revealing too much because if there is somebody at large, they can never tip their hat is too much they know. eric: they have one, they said there's an individual they are apparently looking at, not a second one. one could perhaps take it from that but we don't know all the information, it's not public. what you take from the fact that it was christmas morning? could go down the line from a religious attack or maybe a domestic disturbance of some sort. what does that say as opposed to another morning and there was a warning that helped save lives? >> a trained investigator knows all those factors are discombobulated. you allow the evidence to speak so instead of wasting a lot of
time going down a premature conclusion as to motive interpreting these things such as being christmas, time of day and an announcement, there are outliers in this case right off the bat and it's unusual. historically, i don't know if it's happened before that i can remember. however, they will yield so much information as they make contact. the framework for who did it, persons responsible and present associated, if it was conspiratorial or not and motive and intent will be clearly that way. that way they don't resource waste resources on something that appears to be obvious. we learn that for example, somebody appears as a hate crime, a bombing of a church when it fact it was insurance fraud or somebody tried to kill their spouse, the investigators must allow, and they are, allow evidence to speak to they can get to who's responsible fastest. the other thing that was time-consuming for them yesterday, they had to ensure
there was not an existing thre threat. secondary devices or a diversion so more vehicle dispose of devices. they are confident there's not an immediate threat to nashville and that's probably the most important thing in the first 24 hours. eric: that is very comforting and i'm sure they will analyze that voice and even the music played in between. finally, i want us to look and think and show as an example the police officers who responded doing their jobs and we heard the police chief said they didn't want any thanks, he was there on her to serve of rita, michael, amanda, james, sgt. timothy miller. bernard, your thoughts on what they did when we hear witticism of law enforcement in this country that's not justified. >> may god bless and our
peacekeepers. as a nation, we have to support them and be grateful and give them the resources they need to protect us because that's what they do. this is a tremendous example. this humbleness is fantastic there are people doing this for across the country but all of us are asleep, home on our holiday and they are doing thankless and getting no thanks and they do it anyway out of sense of duty and community and country. eric: law enforcement is protecting us and they will solve this with the field. thank you. laura. laura: federal investigators are on the ground in tennessee sifting through evidence and christmas morning explosion that rocked nashville. the fbi says they are tracking down over 500 leads. >> we have no indication of additional explosive threats. no other explosive devices were discovered during our secondary sweep yesterday.
we've also increased our footprint to work as quickly and thoroughly as possible. our innovative team is turning over every stone to make sure we know as many details as possible to answer the question of who's responsible for this and also to understand why they did this. this includes our behavioral analysis unit in quantico. second, our evidence response teams are committed to documenting and collecting all evidence to support the facts learned by the investigative team. laura: we want to continue the conversation with judith miller, object fellow at the manhattan city for policy research and also prize-winning journalist and author joining us now thank you for being with us today. a lot to impact with that. we didn't get a ton of new
information but the headline, they've got 500 new leads and they said they did not find any further explosive devices in the area so that is great news but so much of what has happened in nashville is unusual. let's just get your take on the method of the intentional act, the rv, the countdown and warning that a bomb was going to go off and did. >> that's what makes this attack so extraordinary and unusual. someone who's covered far too many bombings both overseas and domestically, i could never remember a kind of broadcast message that indicated two things. one, the counting of the rv suggests this was a premeditated attack. second, the existence of a broadcast countdown message with music, a countdown 15, 14 minutes suggests it was not intended to be mass casualty attack.
we still don't know the very basic elements of this attack. was the terror strike domestic? international? my gut tells me having covered too many of these that it was domestic but we don't know anything about the motive or whether or not there was one individual or more. we are somewhat reassured by the fact that the team you just heard, the fbi, local police, bomb squad said they are not seeing an immediate threat to nashville and suggestions they may look at a single individual or small group. i've never seen an attack like this. finally, i would say i think this response, six heroic police officers who have certainly setback the defunct police movement in this country. laura: i was just on the phone a woman named molly, she was 100 feet away, she heard gunfire,
she didn't hear the countdown. she got out grabbing the color of her dog and running for cover and barely making it out before her walls caved in. when you look at the area where this happened, the actual heartbeat of country music in our nation, right there and we look at where the rv was positioned, we see where that is at&t data center. tell me your thoughts on where this happened and what you thi think. >> i think downtown nashville, someone who wanted to make a statement, a powerful statement. he or she has done so. there are more than 40 businesses damaged or destroyed. there is no doubt the local officials and governors appeal for emergency declaration suggesting nashville has been through a terrible ordeal. it's not only this but it was a summer of sheer health for them. we started in march with a tornado and civil unrest now we
have this. nashville better be tough. so far, we've seen nothing but toughness from them. laura: absolutely. we will continue the conversation with you. thank you so much. always great to have you and get your perspective. thank you so much. eric. eric: from the bombing to concerns about the new contagious strain of coronavirus. is it already here in the u.s.? scientists think yes, it has mutated. with the new strain could be spreading. questions whether the new vaccines can stop. next. ♪
first united kingdom and south africa. now los angeles county scientists are investigating if the new more infection history of coronavirus husband here already silently spreading across socal. this was hospital icu capacity there, close to 0% in some hospitals in the state. more on what they are trying to find out. christina. reporter: l.a. county's public health director said in an interview with the l.a. times yesterday the counties labs have started gene sequencing on samples collected here but it will take at least a week before we know for sure. it's unclear if the new strain is more lethal in the spring wreaking havoc in the u.s. for months but it's potentially infectious which is very concerning. the u.s. is requiring airline passengers from the uk to test negative for covered within three days of the trip and provide test results to the airlines. l.a. county's new investigation
might show the new strain is already here. many travelers say they are willing to take whatever precautions necessary. >> healthwise, it makes sense. kind of part of the coronavirus right now. it's one more thing in 2020. reporter: california just became the first state to record more than 2 million coronavirus cases since the pandemic started. more than 19000 covid patients currently hospitalized statewide. over 4000 our intensive care. >> california is in rice's mode in the health systems. we are breaking records we do not want to break. number of patients. number of patients in our icus and mortality we are witnessing. reporter: l.a. county, the most populous county reported 148
christmas eve, it breaks the record set wednesday with 145 fatalities. health officials say one person now dies every ten minutes in l.a. county in covid. icu availability is at 0% statewide and hospitals are running low on oxygen supplies as er units fill up. public health officials say 8700 more people could die the end of january and los angeles county alone and also telephone is regional stay-at-home order will likely last longer in some areas as new infections continue to search across the state. eric: all right. thank you. laura. laura: we have more now with doctor mark siegel, fox news medical contributor. author of the book, covered, the politics and power of science.
always good to see you and get your perspective. we've heard one of the reasons why the new strain is so concerning is how fast it can spread. how exactly is this different? and what can we do about it? >> people out there need to be reassured by the fact that viruses, especially this kind of rna virus are always changing and mutating. when we hear the word mutation, we get scared and worried but the truth is, it's happening all the time. this particular strain which has multiple changes has been around since october in the uk and has spread to neighboring countries. it's been in the netherlands, denmark and even as far as italy and australia but it's probably here in the u.s. school of hygiene and tropical medicine says it's about 56% more contagious but that's a mathematical model. we don't know for sure. one thing we don't do enough of his laboratory testing to see about different strains so
that's why i'm glad to see l.a. county doing that. laura: i wanted to ask you about your assessment on l.a. county because christina coleman report showed alarming stats as we look at the tally, state officials there saying the rate of acceleration has gone beyond any model and expectation they've had. could it be a double whammy of covid and the new strain? what you think is happening? >> first of all, that is possible. 13600 new cases thursday alone which is exorbitant. so far, genetic testing has not shown it's that strain. if it were, i want to reassure people that as these viruses mutate over the course of a pandemic, they tend to be more transmissible because they want to survive. if a person dies, it doesn't spread so they tend to be more transmissible but also less virulent meaning they are not as deadly and don't because as much severe disease and those no
evidence with this london strength whatsoever that it makes people sick or in its true of the vaccine. it tends to be covered by these vaccines. laura: what are we calling it? i read be 117 and as you mentioned, it has mutations that are different but maybe we should not be alarmed because of something that happened anyway but what are we calling it so when we read it we know what we are talking about can -- is a vaccine we are hearing about your pfizer and moderna, will it protect against the? >> the name you gave is right, the 117, is about 20 mutations occurring but some are the surface proteins we are looking at, the protein we target the vaccine for but vaccine scientists are saying the same thing, it would take so many changes to the service protein before it would affect the vaccine.
the pfizer and moderna vaccines specifically, the ones that are out now, they go for multiple targets on that causing and enormous robust response. almost zero chance it would have vaccine coverage at the time. laura: thank you for being with us as always. great to hear your perspective. see you soon. eric: president trump threatening to veto the coronavirus relief bill. one of limit benefits expiring for millions of americans today. what would he do? what will congress do? what does it mean for us? details next straight ahead. ♪
millions of out of work americans are set to lose their unemployment benefits today. the fate of the coronavirus aid and government funding bill, still at this hour up in the air. more on this from new york city. reporter: troubling news today, eric. 14 million americans are about to lose the real lifeline they have to get through this pandemic. the tune of about $300 a week and federal unemployment benefits. the $900 billion coronavirus package everyone has been talking about. the president is demanding changes, bipartisan support the package would have extended extended unemployment one of its through march at least but if the president does not senate night, which is not expected to, then to pandemic programs will expire at midnight. this impacts 7.3 million workers enrolled in pandemic unemployment assistance, 4.6 million receiving pandemic emergency unemployment compensation and of those, or
the half and still collect on state extended benefits cash-strapped states may have to pitch in and pay half. essentially leaving a ton of already struggling americans high and dry. >> we just get into our savings, living is the as we are, cheaply as we can. >> i don't want to be on government money of all. i don't have any other option as of right now. reporter: president-elect joe biden releasing a statement about all of this around noon today writing as the fitting consequences and says the bill is critical and needs to be signed into law now but also a first step and down payment on more action that will need to take early in the new year to revive the economy and contains the pandemic. the house is expected to meet monday to take up direct payment debate part of the bill on
tuesday, the senate comes back but right now, we're not sure what the senate is going to do to move it along. eric. eric: a lot of people need that help. aishah hasnie, thanks. laura. laura: in nashville after the christmas morning explosion, dozens of businesses damaged or destroyed in the blast. now country music's biggest stars are rallying to support the music city. we'll speak to one of them, next. ♪
investigators still calling for clues after an explosion rocked downtown nashville this morning. it is the latest crisis to strike the music city this year. tornadoes swept through the region in march, killing at least two dozen people and causing massive destruction. the pandemic also turning the city's world-famous entertainment district into a virtual ghost town. musicians rally together to keep the city's spirit alive. joining us now encounters country music singer, thank you for being with us today. we want to start with asking, how is it going? how are you doing?
>> we are doing all right. it's been a wacky year. it is nice to talk to you, laura and eric, by the way. thank you for caring enough about us to keep the story there. i've been watching and you are doing a great job. i know you've been putting up pictures of the officers but if i could take ten seconds, i want to say their names. police chief john drake is great. our police force here is wonderful. it's been a hard year, they've had a lot to deal with but the ones who are heroes or officers gonna, richard, michael suppose, amanda, james wills and sgt. timothy miller. i just want to get their names out there. we appreciate them so much. i was watching john rich, an old
friend of mine and he said it right when he said we take this kind of thing personally. nashville is a very close knit town, not just the music industry but all of us. the music industry this year along with the rest of the industries have just been decimated. it's been really hard look for all of us to take. it's a chain reaction, as you know. the music business, i make my living going out on the road doing shows. the venues are in trouble, closing down. you've got bus drivers, mechanics and people selling t-shirts. truck drivers. it's just been a really hard year. we are looking forward to 2021, i'll tell you that. >> i was looking at your website, i noticed you have a show scheduled tonight, he or you did. are you still playing? >> yes, we are doing the grand
old opry. i did that last night. i'm doing it again tonight. there are two things. they are a constant in nashville, tennessee. the love of god almighty and the grand old opry. it's been going for 95 years. over 5000 consecutive shows. they have never missed a week. this town really has brought together the grand old opry, a unifying thing for all of us. laura: congrats on still being able to play. so many musicians as you know and have mentioned, really struggled. what is the feeling moving forward? that's an important area for nashville. you look at the devastation, will have to keep it really quick. what are your hopes? >> we will reveal, i know at&t is working very hard to get bones back on. second avenue welcome back, it's
a great street with a lot of cool restaurants and nightclubs. the people can get back in the there, apartments. nashville will persevere and come out just fine, no doubt. laura: we are continuing to follow the investigation and bring our viewers very latest on that as we move through the rest of the afternoon. i want to thank you for sharing your heart and what's happening in your town. we know it's deeply personal to you and so many others we are continuing to root for you and we hope this comes to a close and get some answers and you can start the process of the building. thanks for being with us here today. >> thanks for having me. laura: all right, eric. eric: god bless you. god bless, nashville. so when a hailstorm hit, usaa reached out before he could even inspect the damage. that's how you do it right. usaa insurance is made just the way martin's family needs it
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♪ ♪ paul: welcome to this special edition of the journal editorial report as we look back on the highs and lows of the year. i'm paul gigot, and we begin with the 2020 elections which saw a loss for president donald trump but a better than expected showing for republicans in down-ballot races. so are there lessons to be learned from the election outcome, and where do the two parties stand as we a head into the new year. let's ask fox news contributor karl rove. he served as senior adviser to president george w. bush. karl, you know that it's very rare in american history for presidents not to win