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Owning The Shutdown; Pelosi Re-elected As Speaker Of The House; House Votes To Re-open Gov’t, Won’t Fund Wall; Handful Of Republican Reject

January 4, 2019

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House Votes To Re-open Gov’t, Won’t Fund Wall; Handful Of Republican Reject

McCarthy As Leader; Bernie Sanders Responds To Allegations Of Sexism,

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<Byline: Jason Chaffetz, Shannon Bream, Leland Vittert, Chris Stirewalt,

Trace Gallagher, Leslie Marshall, Guy Benson, Ellison Barber, Jehmu Greene,

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Things that are really going to secure our border and a wall isn’t going to do it. The majority of people that come here undocumented and stay come via plane. In the State of California, we have sanctuary cities on a state level that have to be addressed. So, I think that quite frankly if they -- if they speak to what the people wanted, elected them to do, and they do pass something that is comprehensive that includes border security without a wall, a physical wall across the southern border with Mexico, I think will be a win for the Democrats because I think that’s echoing the sentiments of the people, so say the polls and the election.

BREAM: Well -- and also in this Rich Lowry piece, Guy, he says that -- he thinks the President probably has the upper hand here but the way this has been ruled out is not working. He says Trump has the better part of the argument. But his lurch into the shutdown with no discernible strategy and his scattered pronouncements make it unlikely that his view will carry the day.

BENSON: Yes. The Democrats are wrong on the merits on the immigration issue in many respects but the President and the Republicans by extension have bungled this entire thing because they have basically said through the President that we’re going to own the shutdown and then yes, we’re going to pass this out of the Senate unanimously. Await, we don’t like that anymore. Now we won’t sign the same thing that we just passed out of the Senate.

It’s sort of a mess when it comes to messaging. But again, I think the Democrats, I agree partially, partially with what Leslie said that there has to be a multipronged approach to this but one of those elements has to be a physical, a physical barrier all along the border. This is something that almost every Democrat voted for in 2006. Voted for years later in the Gang of Eight legislation.

And if Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House is now saying walls are immoral, biological extension should she not be campaigning to have the existing walls torn down as a moral crusade against these horrible barriers? I mean, it’s -- that is ludicrous public policy position.

BREAM: Well, something tells me we’re not going to get that piece of legislation even if she doesn’t give him $1.00 for the wall at all. Guy, Boyd, and Leslie, thank you all very much. And Leslie, you did hear Guy say --


MARSHALL: I was going to ask you, Shannon. Do you have that -- you have that on tape, right? You have that on tape?

BREAM: We do. All right. Thank you all very much. Come back soon.

MATHESON: Thank you, Shannon.

BENSON: Thank you.

BREAM: All right. Republican leaders say Democrats are wasting no time prioritizing abortion and there are allegations tonight it may involve your tax dollars. FOX NEWS @ NIGHT is investigating the language of brand-new legislation how Democrats are trying to reverse a policy that pro-lifers have been celebrating.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Today’s (INAUDIBLE) eliminates a crucial pro-life foreign policy that’s in place today.


BREAM: Jehmu Green and Marjorie Dannenfelser are here with analysis from both sides of this issue live right after the break.


BREAM: This is Fox News Alert. The brand-new Democratic majority has passed legislation they say will end the partial government shutdown. Republican leaders say the bill is dead on arrival to the Senate. There’s no money for the border wall. The president is not going to sign it. But there’s another issue buried in the text that House Republicans are also not happy about. Corresponded Ellison Barber is digging in, she’s got the details for us tonight. Hi, Ellison.

ELLISON BARBER, FOX NEWS CHANNEL CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Shannon. Yes, so the house passed a combined bill to reopen parts of the federal government through September 30th. The vote passed 241-190 with seven Republicans joining Democrats to vote “yes.” The house also approved funding for DHS on an interim basis. But as you said, with no wall funding. None of it is expected to go any further. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell already said the Senate will not consider a bill that cannot pass their chamber and the president will not sign. For most opponents including the White House, they disapprove of this proposal because it lacks funding for a physical barrier on the southern border. But for some, a major concern is abortion.


REP. ANDY HARRIS (R), MARYLAND: Sending money overseas for forced sterilization and forced abortion. That discussion belong in committee, doesn’t belong again, added to a bill under the dark of night with no discussion.

REP. NITA LOWEY (D), NEW YORK: This bill was supported by Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham among other senators.

BARBER: Today’s mini-bus eliminates a crucial pro-life foreign policy --

LOWEY: The United States does not and cannot fund abortions, period.

REP. MIKE JOHNSON (R), LOUISIANA: If what our colleague said is true, then we should just take this provision out of the bill.


BARBER: Protecting life in global health assistant policy, also known as the Expanded Mexico City Policy, also known as the Global Gag Rule. President Ronald Reagan instituted the policy in 1984 and announced it in Mexico City -- that nickname at its core, it prohibits federal funding for non-governmental organizations if they perform or actively promote abortion as a form of family planning. Since Reagan, it’s been rescinded and reinstated a number of times. If a Democrat sat in the oval office, it went away for Republican sat in the office, it came back.

President Trump brought it back and expanded it, applying it to things like the president’s emergency plan for AIDS relief and the malaria initiative. Critics argue there are communities where there is one clinic around. If that clinic loses funding for giving someone at abortion referral, then lot of people might not have access to all the other things they do like making sure people have information related to HIV prevention, bed nets to keep malaria carrying mosquitoes at bay. Supporters, they disagree.

The Susan B. Anthony list of pro-life group says, right now, house Democrats are trying to “foist a radical pro-abortion agenda on the nation by including a provision to get rid of this policy in their proposal to reopen the government. They say, it makes American taxpayers complicit in the exportation of abortion. Late tonight, the house rejected a procedural move by Republicans hoping to get this provision taken out. It would’ve sent the six bills spending package back to committee. That effort failed, 232-199. Shannon.

BREAM: Ellison, thank you very much. OK. So, more on this abortion language inside the House founding bill, so let’s bring in: Fox News Contributor, Jemhu Greene; and the Pro-Life Susan B. Anthony list, Marjorie Dannenfelser.


BREAM: All right. Jehmu, I want to start with this portion of a statement from Marco Rubio today. He says this, “It’s nothing more than far-left wing theater as these policies have bi chance of the passing the same or being signed by the president. I’ve consistently worked ensure that taxpayer dollars are never spent on abortions at home or overseas. And we’ll continue to do so to ensure this bill is defeated. Jehmu, is this more about making a statement, know that it’s not actually going to signed into the law.

GREENE: I think this statement is very clear that this policy is cruel. It was cruel under Ronald Reagan. It was cruel under both Presidents Bush and unsurprisingly President Trump expanded it and made it even more cruel. A few facts that I think are really important to this discussion: there are 230 million women who don’t have access to contraception in this world.

There are 830-something women a day that die from pregnancy-related complications. And the Global Gag Rule that the U.S. has bounced back-and- forth from between Republican and Democratic administrations, one thing that we know for sure is that study show, it does nothing to reduce abortions. And in fact, Shannon, it actually increases the millions of unsafe abortions that happen in the world every year and that leads to many deaths.

BREAM: OK. Let me bring in Marjorie on that point because today, the new president of Planned Parenthood tweeted this: “As a doctor, I know first- hand that abortions bands cost women their lives. Every day, for example, she says 320 Kenyan women are hospitalized and seven die as a result of illegal abortions.” So, how do you respond to Jehmu?

MARJORIE DANNENFELSER, PRESIDENT, SUSAN B. ANTHONY LIST: Well, I would say that I don’t know that Jehmu really understands what the policy is. Here’s what the policy is: it prohibits any funding for any health-related organization that we participate in outside the United States from in any way getting entangled in abortion. It has nothing to do with contraception. Contraception is not touched by this policy at all. It also does not take one penny away from any of those programs that do this. So, what happened today by the new speaker, which she took the day one of her leadership and made this a priority -- contradicting a day one priority of President Trump when he instated this policy.

And really, frankly, just decided to make a statement because everyone knows that this is not going to get through the Senate and everyone knows that the president will not sign this. It was just doing exactly the opposite of what she has said she wants to do as the leader of the Democratic Party which is open up and make -- have a bigger tent on abortion policy. And instead, it’s just the same old story of making Americans pay for abortions and exporting abortions even to other countries undermining their own cultural norms and their own loss and in ways that make it very difficult in our negotiations with them on other issues.

BREAM: OK. I want to bring up a poll from (INAUDIBLE). That was done in January last year. So, it’s a year old. And they asked people how they feel about using tax dollars in any way to be connected to paying for abortions. 60 percent said they oppose or strongly oppose it. 36 percent said they support or strongly support it. So, Jehmu, I mean, where do we go from there knowing that Americans are opposed to any link between tax dollars in promoting or finding abortions.

GREENE: This isn’t about tax dollars funding abortions. And I’m sorry, Marjorie, but I do know this policy and I think the people who know this policy best are the doctors. You just had a segment, Shannon, talking to border control agents, or President Trump talking with border control agents talking about they’re the experts, they have skin in the game, why do conservatives refused to listen to the doctors who are very clear on how harmful this policy is, to the World Health Organization. These are the experts on this issue and yet Conservatives and Republicans feel that their passion around this issue is more important than the science, it’s more important than the health care, more important than the human rights that health care is. And I would say, let’s listen to the doctors.


DANNENFELSER: It comes from countries in all across Africa, all across the Mideast that don’t believe that abortion is legitimate. They think the contraception is but they don’t think abortion is. They don’t appreciate it when we with, in cultural imperialistic ideas go in and try to lobby to overturn abortion laws in their country and undermined the cultural values of those countries. And Americans definitely don’t support abortion funding in this country and they definitely don’t support --


BREAM: We’re out of time and we’re clearly not going to solve this tonight. But we’re glad both of you, we have both voices on either side of this conversation because it’s an important one to have. Jehmu and Marjorie, thank you both very much.

GREENE: Thank you, Shannon.

DANNENFELSER: Thanks, Shannon.

BREAM: OK. A major feat for China’s space industry. Tonight, brand-new pictures from the far side of the moon. And later, the British army actually seeking snowflakes. Stick around for “WHERE IN THE WORLD” on details.


BREAM: This is a Fox News alert. A manhunt is underway in Texas City, Texas. Police say they’re searching for a suspect after three young children were found dead in an apartment. A woman also found injured with a gunshot wound to the head. Authorities are responding to a welfare check at the apartment when they discovered what had happened there. The person of interest, we’re told, is 27-year-old, Juniad Hashim Mahmoud. Check out the picture here. Authorities say, he’s considered to be armed and dangerous at this time, they want to talk to him. Again, three children found dead, a woman with a gunshot wound to the head as well. The search is on in Texas.

Well, the first time ever tonight, there’s a spacecraft on the far-side of the moon they did come from the U.S. Instead, it is the latest achievement in China’s space program. Correspondent Kristin Fisher tells us tonight about a serious challenge to what has long been America’s supremacy in space.


KRISTIN FISHER, FOX NEWS CHANNEL CORRESPONDENT: This is the first picture ever taken from the surface of the far-side of the moon and it was taken by the Chinese Change-4 Probe. The feat puts China on the map as a global space power, on par with Russia and the United States. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine called it “an impressive accomplishment.”

JIM BRIDENSTINE, NASA ADMINISTRATOR: If we’re going to compare awesomeness, I think it’s important to understand that what China just did is a first in human history and that’s awesome. But it’s also true that the United States of America just flew closer to the sun than any country on Earth and we are now in orbit around (INAUDIBLE), which is an asteroid in deep space.

FISHER: But even though the U.S. is still the undisputed leader in exploring deep space, the Chinese lunar landing is a challenge to future American dominance in space, something President Trump has promised to protect with his space force.

TRUMP: We must have American dominance in space.

FISHER: President Trump put the U.S. back on track to return to the moon in about a decade. And the Chinese have announced plans to do the same. A former NASA administrator is worried that the Chinese could win that race, but not the current one.

BRIDENSTINE: What we’re trying to do now something entirely different. This time when we go, we’re going to stay.

FISHER: The U.S. also faces threats in space from Russia and Iran. Iran has publicly announced plans to launch three rockets into space in the coming months. And today, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned the U.S. will not stand by and watch the Iranian regime’s destructive policies place international stability and security at risk. Iranian officials say, they’re simply trying to launch three satellites into space. But the U.S. and its allies worry that perhaps, it’s a disguise for a ballistic missile program. Shannon.

BREAM: Kristin, thank you so much. OK, we talked at the top of the show about how Speaker Pelosi promised bipartisanship when taking the gavel. But her acolytes are sending messages that sound a lot less conciliatory. About an hour ago, one of the brand-new freshman women in Congress, is taking things a step further -- her comments. We’re going to have to bleep them, next. Breaking news, plus, he’s facing 20 years in prison. Tonight, one of Chicago’s most powerful city council member’s has been charged with attempted extortion. We’ll take you to the windy city after the break.


BREAM: A brand-new Congress sworn in and it’s getting heated tonight. During a move on event, today, brand-new Democratic Congresswoman from Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib, had some profane words for President Trump.


REP. RASHIDA TLAIB (D), MINNESOTA: And when your son looks at you and says, mama, look he won. Bullies don’t win. And I say, baby, they don’t. Because we’re going to go in there and were going to teach the (BLEEP)


BREAM: Tlaib was sworn in earlier today to the one of the 116th Congress with a copy of the Quran and in that traditional Palestinian gown. We’ll put her down in the column of impeach. Well, tonight, one of the most powerful city council members in Chicago’s history is facing 20 years in prison. After being charged with attempted extortion. Correspondent Matt Finn is in the windy city with more. Matt?


MATT FINN, FOX NEWS CHANNEL CORRESPONDENT: Shannon, Alderman Ed Burke is the longest-serving member on Chicago City Council, 50 years on the job, considered one of the most powerful men in this city. And today, in federal court, he posted a $10,000 bond accused of extorting a Burger King. Burke has 48 hours to surrender his 23 weapons and a passport.

Five weeks ago, Alderman Burke’s city hall office was raided by federal authorities. A 37-page complaint reveals Alderman Burke is charged with extortion, allegedly trying to force a Burger King into giving business to his private law firm in exchange for the remodeling permits the fast food restaurant chain was seeking in Burke’s ward.

The complaint reveals federal investigators tapped Alderman Burke’s cell phone, recorded phone calls indicating that Burke threatened to play hardball with the fast food restaurant and directed one of the company’s executives to make a $5600 donation to one of Burke’s political friends. He faces up to 20 years in prison. Burke’s attorney says, they look forward to proving the alderman’s innocence in court.

CHARLES SKLARSKY, ATTORNEY FOR ED BURKE: The transaction describing the indictment and complaint, is not extortion or an attempt to extort.

FINN: Burke’s private law firm, formerly represented President Trump’s luxury tower in downtown Chicago, reportedly saving Trump Tower $14 million by appealing property tax bills. Burke is the longest-serving chair of Chicago’s city council finance committee and the sole steward of the $100 million workers (INAUDIBLE) program. But today, outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel said it would be “unacceptable” for Burke to continue. The Chicago alderman has faced federal scrutiny several times before but has escaped charges. The Chicago alderman is controversial for having taxpayer-funded bodyguards and a car and now it’s considered one of the most high-profile names the U.S. Attorney’s office ever reeled in, in the City of Chicago. Shannon.


BREAM: Matt, thank you very much. And the by way, police tell us or we’re getting reports tonight that the story we gave you just a few minutes ago about three children being found dead, woman shot in the head in Texas, a man hunt was on. We’re told that the suspect has turned himself in. We’ll get you more details as soon as we know more.

Meanwhile over in Houston, police are still looking for a suspect in the drive-by shooting death of 7-year-old, Jasmine Barnes, in a Wal-Mart parking lot Sunday night. A number of celebrities have put out money for a reward to try to capture the shooter. And Houston Texans wide receiver, Deandre Hopkins, says that Jasmine reminds him of his own daughter who was announced he’s going to donate his entire paycheck from this Saturday’s playoff game against the Colts to the child’s family to try to help pay for funeral expenses. To everyone trying to bring in that proper perpetrator to law enforcement and everyone who’s helping this family, you’re all our “MIDNIGHT HEROES” tonight. Thank you for trying to get justice for Jasmine. We’ll stay on that case. Most-watched, most-trusted, most grateful you spent the evening with us. Good night from Washington. I’m Shannon Bream.



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