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morning i decided to leave a love note for erika on her coffee which i make in the morning it's a regular thing on days when i don't have regular tv i sleep in she makes the coffee. try to send her a little note. it's been 21 years together, wonderful. >> judge jeanine: wonderful. >> greg: when i'm in d.c. i do that to bret baier. [laughter] you should see the smile on his face. >> bret: i have nothing. i have nothing. i have nothing. congratulations to the expanded "the five" by the way. best lead-n tv. thanks, greg. >> greg: thank you. >> bret: good evening, welcome to washington. i'm bret baier. two major stories breaking tonight as president biden closes out his first year in offers. the american economy is experiencing its highest inflation rate in 40 years, since 1982. consumer prices jumped 7% in december from a year earlier. increasing the pressure on the president to do something else.
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this comes as the covid pandemic surge is putting enormous pressure on the u.s. economy. also tonight a scathing rhetorical attack on president biden from senate minority leader mitch mcconnell who said he didn't even recognize his old friend yesterday. what was yesterday? president biden's fiery speech in atlanta about voting rights and the filibuster. at one point in this speech, the president said whoever opposes that legislation, no matter the reason, can be compared to racists and segregationists of the past. chad pergram has that standing by but we start with today's economic news. white house correspondent peter doocy starts us off live on the north lawn. good evening, peter. >> peter: good evening, bret. people waiting for prices to go down are going to have to wait a while because white house officials are saying that prices are going to moderate over the course of 2022. the year that just started. and around here they are conceding that projections about the economy, recovering from the pandemic, were off.
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>> when it comes to something like the supply chain challenges, those manifested more significantly than people were anticipating. >> pete: prices are up, up, up. 7% higher last month compared to december of 2020. rising at the fastest rate since 1982. >> it's a multipronged challenge. >> searching for a silver lining, white house officials are making this point. >> wages are growing for people at the bottom. >> republicans have a counter point. >> even though people's wages have gone up, their wage gains are being wiped out by this inflation. >> as inflation increases, the president's approval falls to just 33% in the new quinnipiac poll down from 36% in november. biden has claimed for months this is a priority. >> my laser focus is on growing the nation's economy and creation jobs. >> peter: the something that bare shelves biden has trended recently as supply chain issues persist. >> they don't care that store shelves are empty. in fact, they have denied that
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the store shelves are actually empty. >> that includes the shelves carrying at home covid tests in many places. >> all of this covid so-called covid relief, the money didn't go for testing where it was supposed to go. >> whatever happened to the website where the white house says people can request some of the 500 million free at home tests? >> the website should be available -- should be online by this weekend. >> peter: thomas is on leave from johns hopkins and will be the white house testing czar in charge of coordinating all those free tests once they have been ordered. >> the contracts are just closing today, and the next couple of days. >> after nearly a year in office the administration may now mail people n-95, or kn 95 masks. >> right now we are strongly considering options to make more high quality masks available to all americans. >> though they are trying something new. even as the president insists the country is on the right track. >> i would say we have made a great deal of progress in the last few weeks.
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>> and tomorrow we are told to expect an update from president biden about the white house's covid-19 response. and we will be listening to see if he is updating the language that he uses. remember, it started out as we're going to shut down the virus. and then i recently asked him whatever happened to that and he said well, we have to beat it back before we shut it down. but, in the weeks since, covid-19 has spread faster than ever. bret? >> bret: peter doocy live on the north lawn. thanks. let's see how the inflation surge is affecting americans like you all across the country. senior national correspondent rich edson is here in the washington area at a grocery store tonight. good evening, rich. >> good evening, bret. and throughout the washington, d.c. area this week, we had plenty of reports and are seeing some pretty empty grocery store shelves. entire sections of salad, meat, eggs, for example, were bare, pretty tough if you are on a keto diet. grocery store workers in the area we spoke with say last week's weather in the northeast
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delayed shipments, that's on top of worker shortages and the omicron covid-19 surge. >> honestly, it looks like march of 2020 and everybody was stockpiling and the shelves were bare. >> looks like a soviet during 1981, horrible. >> meat, egg, dairy, certain breads are out. vegetables. all fresh items. >> and many of the d.c. area stores that were empty monday and tuesday are largely stocked this evening. though shoppers are reporting shortages at stores across the country. fmi is a trade group representing grocery stores and food suppliers. they told us the food supply is healthy, though, quote a combination of several factors from labor and transportation shortages to recent extreme weather events. continues to impact the movement of food through the supply chain. these issues can be difficult for grocery stores to predict, as they are often -- we have the
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loudest ambulances in the nation. i kid you not on that front. but also back to this story, bret, there are other trade associations saying that they have got other issues that they have to confront. >> we heard reports from companies talking about they have had more positive tests in the past two weeks than they had in all of 2020. those positive tests are taking people off the front lines. it's forcing companies to shut down manufacturing lines. preemptively and it's leading to just simply not enough supplies. >> now, the consumer brands association says grocery stores typically have a 5% to 10% of their items out of stock at any given time. right now that unavailability number, according to that group is around 15%, especially when it comes to food. bret? >> bret: there is a surplus of sirens. rich edson here in d.c. rich, thank you. stocks were up today. the dow gained 38. the s&p 500 finished ahead 13. the nasdaq rose 35.
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now to what we mentioned at the top. senator mitch mcconnell's repudiation of president biden's remarks in atlanta yesterday concerning voter reform and a change to the senate filibuster. as aggressive as president biden's speech was, senator mcconnell's pushback was pretty much as firm as he gets on the senate floor grernl correspondent chad pergram on capitol hill again tonight. >> profoundly, unpresidential. >> senate minority leader mitch mcconnell on fire. the president's rant, rant yesterday was incoherent, incorrect and beneath his office. >> mcconnell berated his former senate colleague for kowtowing to the left on voting rights. >> i did not recognize the man at the podium yesterday. >> president biden ignited mcconnell's ire after a rally in georgia to support voting
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rights legislation. the president hounding moderate democrats to alter the fbi just to pass those bills. >> i support changing the senate rules, whichever way they need to be changed, to prevent a minority of will senate blocking action on voting rights. >> the president pointed to the capitol riot as justification for approving. >> attempt at a coup. the with the right may have been the most offensive of all. >> talked about domestic enemies? rhetoric unbecoming of a president of the united states. >> mr. biden is trying to push democrats, like joe manchin and kyrsten sinema. into supporting a filibuster change exclusively for voting rights. still democratic leaders haven't converted their target audience. >> we are trying to come to a place. we're not there yet. >> but at least one moderate democrat is on board.
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>> if we need a carveout to address voting rights, i'm there, and i will do it. >> democratic whip dick durbin says it's possible the president's remarks went too far. when asked about mr. mcconnell's criticism, biden said, quote: i like membership mcconnell. he's a friend. a vote on the filibuster could come between now and monday. bret? >> bret: chad pergram live on the hill. thanks. we are going to bring in our panel early tonight. guy benson, host of the guy benson show on fox radio. susan page, washington bureau chief at "u.s.a. today" and former education secretary bill bennett. bill, you heard senator mcconnell's speech and reaction to president biden's speech. your thoughts? >> shock, i think. that's what a lot of people are experiencing. the joe biden i knew and i knew him pretty well, he was the charming of the committee that confirmed me as the first drug czar. and this is not the joe biden
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that i knew what's the right movie invasion of the body snatchers manchurian candidate? i don't think anybody has explained what happened to joe biden. but to start to call your opposition jefferson davis to talk about segregationist not only does joe biden have his own problem in a regard given his history, but these are awful things to say and mcconnell was right to respond. as we used to say how far can did you go? and how far can biden go in all of this? >> bret: susan, it is noticeable, the tonal change from president biden in the last two speeches. january 6th and then the one in atlanta. much more aggressive. much more fiery and obviously this one raised a lot of eyebrows when comparing anybody who opposes this legislation, which by the way includes several democrats we believe to some of those historical
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figures. >> well, i think on both of these issues on the issue of january 6th and what happened, and on voting rights, the president has very strong views. i think his audience with that speech yesterday was not mitch mcconnell. i don't even really think it was joe manchin and senator sinema. i think his audience were the most loyal base democratic voters who have been upset that he hasn't made voting rights a higher priority in his administration. and who wanted to hear him give a very tough speech about it. so, he did that, i think, for that audience. not for the audience that was on the senate floor today. >> bret: yeah, one person, guy, who didn't hear it in person was stacey abrams who it's her issue. it's her state. she is running for governor, a progressive who chose not to be there saying there was a scheduling issue. but, again, it's the president's coming to your state, you usually figure out the schedule. you wonder not about the tone but about the votes. and so far the votes aren't
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there. >> they're not. i think the scheduling conflict is hard to believe for stacey abrams for the reasons that you outlined. the votes are not there. so this was just a profession of impose tent political rage by the president performing, as susan says for his base, but words have meaning and he's the president. and two of the least excitable senators in washington are mitch mcconnell and mitt romney. and both of them have council to the floor in the last 24 hours or so and absolutely lit up joe biden for saying what he said. bill asked who is this joe biden? it's the same joe biden that told a black audience in 2012 that mitt romney and paul ryan might reenslave them if they won the election. he sometimes has this streak and, bret, i went back earlier today and i rewatched part of president biden's then president-elect biden's victory speech after he won the election. part of what he said was this, quote: we are not enemies. we are americans. this is the time to heal in
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america. what is our mandate? meaning him for after his election, i believe that it is this, he said: americans have called on us to marshall the forces of decency. they want us to cooperate. that's the choice i'll make. that's how he campaigned. that's what he said when he won. and here he is screaming about racism and segregation and enemies of the country. it's disgusting. >> bret: just before the show, at the white house, we heard from the chief economic adviser brian deese about inflation and it's a big problem. take a listen. >> we have seen a number of unanticipated outcomes. when it comes to prices, we have said consistently is that this is a global phenomenon. it is connected to the pandemic. certainly the supply chain challenges that have evolved over the course of time through the delta variant and over the course of the fall. >> bret: there has been an evolution from transitory to
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inflation is here. if you look at the year over year prices, bill, they are significant and the numbers we got today continue to say it's not going to leave overall up 7%. but, gasoline 49%. used cars, 37.3%. food at home 6.5%. your thoughts on inflation and how this administration is dealing with it? >> well, unanticipated mr. deist says. but, it was anticipated by a lot of people. maybe not by mr. deist. look, this is class warfare at its worse. the millionaires who bank roll, you know, the democrat party and there are more millionaires democrats now than republicans. 7% doesn't bother them. for people that are living on a tight budget? you bet. by the way there is connection between that and the empty shelves. when you can't buy the goods that you want, that you are used
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to buying, sometimes you have to pay more for a different product. and that added to inflation. you know, the price of gasoline, talk about a self-inflicted wound, we had the xl pipeline. we had all sorts of things cancel by biden. and, you know, what can i say? what was the poll number you gave, bret? 32%, 33%? >> bret: let's put up that poll quinnipiac university the overall approval number 33%. disapprove at 53%. among independence, susan, approval 25%. 18 to 34 approval, 24% just 43% of democrats approve of biden's performance. those are as bad as they get and they have been pretty bad poll numbers. >> and they are related, i think to inflation which people are reminded of every time they go to the grocery store, buy a tank of gas. it's due to covid.
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the difficulty, the failure to get covid under control. the feeling that we're heading into all these problems with sending kids to school and reopening businesses. i think all of that has combined to create big political problem for president biden. is he going to be finishing his first year in office with not an approval rating that is really under water. and a real concern to those who support him as well as those who oppose him. >> bret: we will talk more about that later on with the panel. thank you very much. up next, the u.s. and nato say no to russia's demand for new security concessions. we will tell you what all that means. first, here's what some of our fox affiliates around the country are covering tonight. fox 2 in detroit as person accused of killing four and injuring seven pleads not guilty on school shooting charges. ethan cruethan crumbly appeared. not guilty.
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are los angeles, california democrats take the first step toward establishing a government run healthcare system that would replace private insurance in the state. the proposal cleared a legislative committee in the state assembly. still a long way from becoming law. faces strong opposition over its costs. in fact, california voters would have to approve a massive income tax increase to pay for it all. this is a live look from phoenix, from fox 10, our affiliate out there. a big story in arizona tonight. an afghan refugee has arrived safely there with the help of an air force veteran he once worked with overseas. has sam ahmari helped tony short during insider attack in afghanistan in 2014. short was able to return the favor by working with a nonprofit to bring ahmari to the u.s. to escape the taliban. that is tonight's live look outside the beltway from "special report." we'll be right back. ♪ ♪ all you have to do is call.
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♪ >> bret: the u.s. is placing new sanctions on north korea over its nuclear weapons program.
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the penalties on six north koreans, one russian and enat this time deemed responsible for procuring goods for that program come after a series of north korean missile launches, including two since last week. the u.s. and nato are rejecting russian demands for security concessions as tensions remain high over ukraine and russian troops are still massed there along the border. senior foreign affairs correspondent greg palkot tells us what that means tonight from brussels. >> showdown at nato headquarters in brussels. nato secretary general salten berk wendy sherman along with representatives of all 30 countries u.s. led alliance facing off with the foreign and defense ministers of russia. which with 100,000 russian troops on the border poised for invasion along with other meetings this week war and peace in europe was front and center. >> how close are we to a new armed conflict? >> there is a risk for new armed
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conflict in europe but that's exactly why the meeting today, and all the meetings take place this week are so important. because we will do what we can to prevent the new armed conflict. >> there is no movement on two of russia's key demands that nato accept no new members including ukraine and that u.s. and other nato troops and their weapons curtail activities inen eastern europe. the u.s. and its allies said no to both. >> we were basically saying to the russians, some of the things you have put on the table are nonstarters for us. >> despite new threats of consequences, there was also no commitment from russia that it would pull its troops back. there was more talk about arms control limiting military exercises and improved communications. but no sign that would actually satisfy russian president vladimir putin. the russians today got the last chilling word. >> in a very frank and direct way, we pointed out the further worsening of the situation might lead to the most unpredictable
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and hardest consequences for europeans security. >> there is also talk here the nato headquarters in brussels about further discussions between the two sides beyond another meeting planned at the end of tomorrow. the thinking for now at least, talking is better than fighting. bret? >> bret: greg palkot in brussels, greg, thank you. up next, just how safe are your children in america's schools during the omicron surge. we will have that story. first, beyond our borders tonight, tennis store novak djokovic is blaming human error for a mistake in his visa paperwork as he awaits a final decision from australia's government on whether he will be deported over a coronavirus vaccine exemption. djokovic is the top seed and defending champion at the australian open which begins next week. a commotion aboard an american airlines jet in honduras as a passenger breaks into the plane's cockpit during boarding. video posted on twitter shows the man trying to jump out of the cockpit window. he was eventually taken into custody by local law enforcement
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there. and sweden is helping some citizens pay their electric bills as energy prices rise. qualifying households can be compensate about the equivalent of 220 u.s. dollars per month on bills from december through february. the winter just some of the other stories beyond our borders tonight, we'll be right back. ♪ the heat is on ♪ the heat is on ♪ the heat is on ♪ it's on the street ♪ the heat is ♪ on ♪ unlimited cashback match... only from discover. among my patients, i often see them have teeth sensitivity as well as gum issues. does it worry me? absolutely. sensodyne sensitivity & gum gives us the dual action effect
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by talking to your doctor about twice-daily xiidra. like i did. i prefer you didn't. xiidra. not today, dry eye. >> bret: as the omicron variant races through the country, the keep schools open and going to school is top of mind in most school districts. but how safe are the kids in school? correspondent mark meredith has that story tonight. >> schools should be the first place that's to open and the last places to close. >> while the cdc director insists america's schools are safe, the decision over whether to stay open, given the latest covid surge is being made on the local level. >> it's so chaotic because you are in school one day and then for two days you are out of school. >> to stay open the cdc recommends schools require masks for both students and staff regardless of vaccination status. it suggests districts embrace shorter quarantine periods and recommending kids stay three feet apart. but in arlington, virginia, near
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the nation's capitol parents tell us schools often pick and choose which prevention strategy to follow anna chenoweth is a parent and member of the activist group for parents. >> top level you see the cdc implement something and don't see the own school district implement it and it causes great confusion and ultimately it's the kids who are paying the price for that. >> some republican governors have rejected the cdc's guidance claiming states states and not the feds have a better handle on what's needed. white house believes more testing will solve staffing shortages. today it announced it will distribute more rapid tests directly to schools. >> these 10 million tests available each month will awho you have schools double the volume of testing they were performing in november. >> some lawmakers wonder if the confusion impacting schools come from washington. republican senators roy blunt and richard burr are demanding education second miguel cardona explain what exactly his department is telling schools. they write, quote: we have
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appreciated your past efforts to keep schools open but clearly more must be done. >> later this week the cdc is expected to give schools more guidance on what they are calling test to stay protocol which allow students to stay in school even if they come in contact with someone who is covid positive as long as they undergo regular testing and wear a mask. bret? >> bret: mark, thank you. there is increasing momentum tonight on capitol hill to put a limit or possibly prohibit stock ownership or trading by congressional lawmakers. republicans are signaling action should they win back the majority. some progressive democrats are also now on board. here is chief washington correspondent mike emanuel. >> if republicans win the majority in the house in november, g.o.p. leader kevin mccarthy is considering new limits or an outright ban on lawmakers holding and trading stocks and equities. >> bring back faith in congress. the speaker of the house has all the power. she can determine what bill comes to the floor, whether it gets marketed up or not.
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and what does her husband do? he invests not just buying a stock. he buys options. >> a rising star in the democratic side fired back at the house g.o.p. leader. >> we certainly aren't going to be lectured on ethics by kevin mccarthy, of all people. >> the issue has heated up on capitol hill after a published report revealed at least 54 members of congress from both parties in 2021 violated that law designed to stop insider trading and prevent conflicts of interest. >> i haven't seen what mccarthy said. but i don't own any stocks. and i think that's the right thing to do. >> late today, democratic senators jon ossoff and mark kelly introduced legislation banning stock trading by members of congress. it would require lawmakers, their spouses, and their children to put stocks into a blind trust while the member is in office. >> i'm an advocate for banning stock trading by members of congress who make policy, who
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have access to information and economic forecasting and banning stock trading by their spouses. >> new york progressive congresswoman alexandria ocasio-cortez tweeted last month: there is no reason members of congress should hold and trade individual stock when we write major policy and have access it sensitive information. house speaker nancy pelosi who has come under scrutiny defended the freedom to trade. >> this is a free market and people -- we are a free market economy. should be able to participate in that. >> moments ago we learned missouri republican senator josh hawley is planning to offer his own bill it would prohibit members of congress and their spouses from holding, acquiring or selling stocks during their time in elected office it would not apply to dependent children but, perhaps a couple of legislative options, bret. >> bret: that's one to follow. mike, we learned late today the january 6th select committee is asking house minority leader kevin mccarthy to cooperate with that investigation. what more do we know?
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>> democratic chairman bennie thompson says mccarthy likely has information relevant to the facts, circumstances, and causes of the january 6th attack. mccarthy was reportedly in communication with then white house chief of staff mark meadows in the days prior. thompson notes mccarthy on january 6th reportedly urged former president trump to take action to stop the riot. and the select committee has interesting getting out what mccarthy has described as a very heated conversation with mr. trump as the incident was taking place. finally fox has confirmed that former trump white house press secretary kayleigh mcenany appeared virtually before the january 6th committee today. bret? >> bret: kayleigh mcenany, a fox news contributor. mike, thank you. new data from the southern border indicates an alarming number of illegal immigrants who have essentially disappeared inside this country. here is correspondent bill melugin from la joya, texas. >> with a smile and a wave,
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migrants cross illegally into la joya, texas tuesday morning. it's a scene that also a played out here repeatedly during this border crisis. and now, for the first time, new dhs data reveals how many migrants never reported to ice after they were released from federal custody with a notice to report or ntr. between march and august, dhs says they released over 104,000 migrants with ntrs but only 50,000 checked in with ice. more than 47,000 migrants never reported to ice and another 6600 hadn't reported at the time. the numbers, add ton what the biden administration previous claims about migrants. >> they are not intending to stay here for a lengthy period of time. >> ntrs have since been discontinued and wisconsin senator ron johnson says they were a failure. >> the notice to report was a new innovation in the democrats' open border policy. we warned this we didn't think people were going to show up, actually just report on their own volition. >> meanwhile, in laredo on
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tuesday, texas dps pulled over this truck and found 27 illegal immigrants being smuggled in the cab of the vehicle. the driver, a u.s. citizen from houston, was arrested and charged. and right here in the rio grande valley, border patrol arrested four sex offenders in just 48 hours. including this previously deported mexican national with a record in texas that includes continuous sexual abuse of a child, an aggravated sexual assault of a child. bret, border patrol in del rio sector recently announced that they arrested more than 30 migrants from uzbekistan, four from tajikistan, four from syria and one from -- in northwest africa. send it back to you. >> bret: bill melugin again along the border. thank you. up next, is the mainstream media finally sees the pandemic in a different light? maybe one familiar to conservatives? we'll take a look. >> they have come to realize it's probably going to be endemic. they have come to realize there
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♪♪ >> bret: judge given green light to virginia. the prince's lawyers constitutionality of the lawsuit in august. tonight we examine host of fox news media buzz howie kirk tell us how many are coming around to the idea endless shutdowns and mandates may not be the answer. >> it's a sea change in pandemic politics. captured by the left leaning atlantic magazine some 2022 democrats are sounding like 2020
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republicans. some liberals now say even with new covid cases averaging three quarters of a million each day, the country must move away from lockdowns and restrictions. >> you have a lot of anger and pundits who are basically conceding a little bit to conservative media or to critical media or i understand media about the way that people were demanding shifts in the way that these numbers were covered. >> with omicron infections generally mild. president biden needs to confront his party's special interest groups about the shut down mentality says "the washington post" columnist it's his own democratic constituencies trump haters who refuse to let go of the culture war over the virus holding country hostage. >> cook. >> the media should reflect one
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thing that may be driving the coverage many prominent and vaccinated media figures have gotten only chron. >> i'm so tired of being tired and afraid of this, i am. we all have got to figure out how we can live our lives and navigate it code trump voters or southerners or anyone really at large looked down upon. and i think that is the real shame. >> there is emerging media consensus that we have to learn to live with the virus as the deadliest risk. the challenge for president biden is being portrayed in the press as clinging to all policies that no longer match the moment. bret? >> bret: howard, thanks. former senate majority leader harry reid is being remembered by friends and colleagues tonight as he -- his body lies
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in state at the u.s. capitol. the casket carrying the nevada lawmaker arrived in the capitol this morning as president biden, senators and others came to the rotunda for a ceremony close to the public under covid-19 protocols. >> to see him lead and legislate was to see a master at work with a brilliant strategic mind, commanded respect for his senators. history will remember him as one of the most consequential senate majority leaders of all time. >> few have shaped the workings of this building like our dear friend from nevada. few have dedicated their lives to the work of the people quite like harry did. and today our feelings of both loss and gratitude are immense. >> reid served 30 years in the senate, including a decade as democratic leader. he died last month at 82 after a four-year battle withbreak
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cancer. with pancreatic cancer. up next the u.s. and nato is a no to russia.
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>> it's a stark choice for russia. they can engage in diplomacy,
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deescalate, ensure that tensions are reduced. or they can take a path of invasion, coercion, subversion, who knows what they will do. and they will face very steep, very grave costs. >> bret: u.s. deputy secretary of state wendy sherman talking about the talks in geneva with russia which essentially ended with agreeing to more talks. axios writes it this way talks may have bought time. it's unclear how russia which has massed more than 100,000 troops on the border with ukraine will be able to climb down from its red lines and avert a devastating war. we are back with the panel. guy, susan, and bill. guy, we are not getting much nuances from these talks. russia is still where russia is along the border with ukraine. >> yeah, and when we talked about this on the panel monday, bret, we were discussing carrots and sticks and seems like so far
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after one round of talks the carrots haven't done much or impressed the russians. the question is does putin view the sticks as credible and enough to deter him? maybe we will discover that in the next weeks or months or whenever the talks are going to be. one political note briefly, bret, i had to take note of this week. there are reports that the biden administration, the state department deployed some officials to capitol hill earlier in the week to lobby senate democrats against a ted cruz sanctions bill on that nord stream 2 pipeline that putin, of course, wants very badly. the administration might say we need space in time to let diplomacy work, that's premature. i do wonder how that type of action might have been covered under the previous administration given some of the narratives that were out there. >> bret: exactly. ted cruz tweeted, susan, he said: protect american interest. defend our allies, sanction putin's pipeline now. here is senator bob menendez on
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that. >> i don't think that sanctions on nord stream 2 at this point in time. if we have the mother of all sanctions against him personally and russia which is what my legislation will do then ultimately that is a real deterrent. >> bret: susan? >> there is an argument that senior administration officials have made to reporters this week that one should wait until russia invades before levying that very serious sanction against. not that they wouldn't do it ever. but they think it's not the moment to do it until they have got military action by russia to sanction against. this has been a big dilemma. we don't know what putin's intentions are or if he desires to have a way to step down. maybe is he making these nonnegotiable demands that we
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say are out of the question rejected so that he has a pretext to invade. and we presumably will find out pretty quickly because a window for invasion is right upon us. >> bret: whatever putin's motives are or his end goal here, bill, it's not good for the u.s., right? >> >> no it isn't. we can fix that putin and russia is a third world country with nuclear weapons. and we gave them this opportunity with the nord stream pipeline let the oil flow in the united states russia will be in bad shape. i don't believe we should let a few hundred ukrainians die before we hit the ultimate sanctions button. put it all on them. let's remember, this is really not a significant country anymore in terms of world power.
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there are really only two now. china and the united states. this petty bully has to be stopped in his tracks. terrible mistake approving that pipeline early on. i don't know if it makes the top five the biden's mistakes but it was a big one. >> bret: talking about the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic. there has also been a an evolution in how the president talks about his opponents on the other side of the aisle. take a listen. >> i will always seek to work together with them. the power of unity sit down and find ways to work together. >> we'll do it by keeping the faith and doing it together. >> do you want to be the sign on the side of dr. king or george wallace? do you want to be on the side of john lewis or bull conner? do you want to be on the side of abraham lincoln or jefferson
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davis! >> bret: guy, it's pretty striking. >> it really is and at the top of the show, peter doocy's report quoted the president as saying that he has the laser focus on the economy and covid. and he flew down to georgia and gave that shockingly dishonest and demagogueic speech. that is not a laser focus on the claims he claims he is focused on the american people can tell he has a 33% approval rating in quinnipiac, maybe he should change things up a bit. >> bret: susan, only a few second. did that speech in atlanta and this firm focus on the voting rights legislation? do you think it moved any needles with sinema, manchin, any of those other concerned moderate democrats? >> no. i don't think it did. i think there is no realistic path ahead for the administration to and the democrats to get that voting rights legislation through congress in the foreseeable future. and that speech did not change that reality.
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>> bret: finally tonight, giving back as a family. luke and kimberly armstrong both serve at the naval facilities engineering systems command and they grew up in military households as their own family grew with two young kids they wanted to find a way to give back to veterans. they discovered of the semper canine charity, an organization that rescues shelter dogs and trains them to be service animals for disabled veterans. so the entire family took classes to become k 9 coaches. the family has helped train two dogs so far with more on the way that is a cool story. congrats. and thank you for your service. tomorrow on "special report," we expect to have rulings from the u.s. supreme court.
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we could find out the fate of president biden's pandemic mandates. we are on scotus watch here on "special report" tomorrow. thanks for inviting us into your home tonight. that is it for this "special report," fair, balanced and still unafraid. "fox news primetime" hosted by rachel campos-duffy starts now. rachel? >> rachel: thank you, bret and welcome to "fox news primetime." i'm rachel campos-duffy. tonight we start by rewinding the tape back to 1982. it was a beautiful time in america, full of rubiks cubes, cabbage patch kids and cd players. ronald reagan was settling into to first time as president. and et smashing box office records on the way to becoming the country's number one movie. michael jackson cementing himself movie icon with the release of his legendary album thriller and the san francisco 49ers were starting a