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that's it for us. "special report" next. this is a fox news alert. i'm bret baier in washington. we have several breaking stories tonight. first, donald trump has officially won the electoral college vote and will become the 45th president of the united states on january 20th. the republican easily surpassing the 270 mark and held off what was a desperation move by some democrats to overturn the results of the november election. while the official result was never in doubt, there is considerable doubt tonight about what kind of threats around the world the new president will inherit. europe is once again in the throws of terror tonight. what appears to be terror attacks in berlin, germany,
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ankara, turkey and switzerland have left several dead. the holiday season brought to a halt in the german capital after a truck rammed into a christmas market in berlin, killing at least nine people and injuring several ours. in ankara, a gunman assassinated russia's ambassador to turkey. four people have been detained following that assassination. and in switzerland, a country where shootings are rare, a shooting attack on a mosque frequented by somali immigrants leaves several wounded. we have fox team warning. some of the images you may see are disturbing. aimy kellogg is live in italy with the latest on the assassination in turkey. we begin in london with kitty logan following the deadly truck attack on the berlin christmas market. >> reporter: good evening. i have talked to a spokesperson in berlin from the police there. they tell me they are still
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determining whether this was an accident or an intended attack. they are investigating at the scene there. they tell me a large truck veered off the road, a busy road in the center of berlin. it drove on the pavement around 8:00 p.m. local berlin time. it hit the market, rolled part way back on the road. you see it's on the side of the road. the latest we are hearing about casualties, nine people were killed. one of those killed was the co-driver of the truck. he died in an ambulance on the way to hospital. police now saying he was a polish national. that truck was registered to a polish company. we don't have more details than that. we hear that the owner is claiming the truck was hijacked. police not confirming this. this christmas market in the center of the old western city of berlin. these markets popular with the public. that entire area was likely very busy at that time of the evening ahead of the christmas holidays. while police are urging people
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to stay at home, they say there's no immediate threat elsewhere in the city. other christmas markets remaining open tonight. of course, authorities in europe have repeat lid warned about potential terror attacks during the holiday season. the state department christmas markets in a recent warning. of course, this brings back memories of the attack in nice last summer. we are waiting for more details to come out of the berlin investigation. we have heard that prosecutors will take over the investigation. >> kitty logan, thank you. we will head back for breaking details. authorities in turkey say the man who gunned down the russian ambassador today shouted in eair arabic, god is great. amy kellogg is live tonight in italy.
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>> reporter: hi. reports out of turkey are that the gunman was an off-duty 22-year-old riot police officer. that may explain the serious fatal breach of security at an art gallery where the russian ambassador had been set to speak. the killer, clean shaven and well dressed, clearly did not raise suspicions. he stood very close to that russian ambassador listening to a few minutes of his remarks before firing eight or nine shots into his back. the gunman did shout allah akbar and went into a political rant before security shot him dead. he said, don't forget syria, don't forget aleppo. threatening all with a quote in the suppression to die one by one. u.s. state department says whether there's too many speculation about who may have been involved in this, today is simply the time to mourn the victim. >> this man was assassinated in
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cold blood. there's a family who is in groo grief. this is an assault not just on this individual but on the act of diplomacy itself. he was speaking at an art gallery. >> reporter: he was a career diplomat. he served as the soviet ambassador to north korea. he had been in turkey since 2013. vladimir putin knew him personally. said he was a good hearted person. putin called the murder a clear provocation aimed at undermining the improvement and normalization of russian-turkish relations as well as undermining the peace process in syria promoted he said by, quote, russia, turkey, iran and other countries. russia from the start called the murder an act of terror. >> translator: there's only one possible response to this. the strengthening of the fight against terror and the bandits will feel it themselves.
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>> reporter: several other people were shot in the attack. there's no word on their conditions. turkey's president did speak with president putin after the attack. he also agreed that it was a provocation and an attempt to drive a wedge between the two countries. he said it will have the opposite affect. >> amy kellogg, thank you. authorities in switzerland are looking for a person who opened fire at a mosque. police told a newspaper that three people had been injured. the perpetrator is said to be on the run. let's get analysis and perspective on all that's going on in europe and what it means for us here as this country prepares for a new president. sebastian gorka is a national security expert. your thoughts as we have these various incidents happening on the same day? >> well, it is yet again
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verification there isn't a front line. it's when you leave your house in the morning. the front line is an art gallery. the front line is at christmas festivities in berlin. the fact is, europe is at war. america is at war. the jihadis are already in place. we saw that this is perhaps the most agrievous example of insider threat. this is a police officer. this isn't somebody who came off a boat yesterday out of syria. this is somebody who clearly was trained with a weapon, was carrying a weapon. that is perhaps the most insidious potential threat that we have to face. >> over to berlin, you have a number of articles that talk about this warning ahead of time. november 17, an article says the most recent edition of islamic state's magazine causing an international stir. the feature that's drawn the most attention is an article encouraging more vehicular assaults.
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also an advantage of vehicular assaults is that the means of attack are legal, easier to obtain than guns or explosives. those plotting do not have to take risks that make them vulnerable to detection and arrest. the vehicles can be borrowed or rented making it inexpensive. others had articles warning of christmas market attacks as well. >> yes. don't forget the sand bernardino attack occurred during a christmas party at the office where the couple worked. the symbolism is very important. this is the infidel holiday that they are attacking. to your previous point, isis has learned from al qaeda's mistakes. al qaeda was obsessed with spectacle and killing as many people as possible. ironically, 9/11 was perhaps too successful. 3,000 people in 102 minutes. isis said it's not about more
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people. let's just do classic gorilla warfare. you don't have to build a bomb. you don't have to steal a gun. get in a vehicle, just mow down the infidel. they said in the publication you mentioned, mow the infidel down like grass. what did we see in nice? almost 100 people killed. somebody has taken that to germany. >> what about this very cautious from authorities getting to the point that this is terrorism? >> it's become a joke. it's like a bad snl skit. you have seen it on twitter. could it be terrorism? could it be related to jihad? when a man is shouting allah akbar, when you see a tactic that comes straight out of the trade craft of al qaeda, of isis being used, what are we waiting for? the longer -- it was interesting. a former intelligence officer said the longer the authorities don't provide the name of the suspect, the higher the likelihood it's a jihadi attack.
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what are we finding? >> this is one of the reasons donald trump had success on this topic. what do you think specifically changes in the early days of a trump administration dealing with this threat worldwide? >> i think it's very obvious what's going to change immediately. if you read the best advice i can give you is anybody who wants to know what's going to happen, read the youngstown speech. if is his plan for defeating the jihadi threat. the first thing i can guarantee having read that, having read flynn's book, he is now the national security adviser to donald trump, the first thing that's going to happen is the jettisoning of political correctness. this idea that the enemy calls themself jihadis and we're not allowed to, that ends the evening of january 20th.
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the politicizing of the intelligence cycle will be finished. >> as always, thank you. >> thank you. today's shooting coming one day ahead of a meeting between foreign ministers from turkey, russia and iran about the syrian war. more evacuations are taking place today in aleppo. as a fragile cease-fire holds. connor powell has the update tonight from our middle east newsroom. >> reporter: after a week of chaotic efforts to evacuate thousands of desperate people from aleppo, today dozens of buses left the war torn city. more than 7,000 people braved freezing temperatures and boarded convoys out of aleppo. we left this man said to escape the shelling. all the houses were damaged. among the ee va evacuees, orpha posted a video plead ing for hep
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as well as a 7-year-old and her mother who gained international recognize with their twitter account which offered a description of the brutality of this syrian war. the evacuations from aleppo began last week. but were halted by diplomatic rang ling and attacks on the convoys. in recent months sh, the assad regime launched an offensive to retake aleppo. his victory is unlikely to end the civil war. but it's a major blow to rebels and their backers. >> translator: those in favor of the draft resolution -- >> reporter: with the bloodshed showing no signs of letting up, the u.n. approved a plan to send monitors to prevent mass atrocities from being committed.
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the u.n. monitors will arrive well after the evacuation of aleppo is completed. once they are there, they will have no ability to stop the violence, just to report back to the u.n. about what they see. >> connor powell live in our middle east newsroom. thank you. in an election season unlike any other, it's hardly surprising that one of the most routine elements of this process would also be interesting. democrats still stunned over the come from ahead loss by hillary clinton had one last slim hope against donald trump. in the very thing they despise, the electoral college. it was never to be. by late afternoon, official word that donald trump had officially surpassed the necessary 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency officially and become the 45th president on january 20th. we have fox team coverage. peter doocy is in florida.
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we begin with james rosen and where the voting stands right now. >> reporter: good evening. two faceless electors cast votes against donald trump. it was the lone star state that put the president-elect over the top. around 200 protesters in harrisburg braved freezing temperatures and tall odds in their quest to deprive president-elect trump of the votes he needed. >> i'm here today because i feel like it's last chance we have to really save this country. >> reporter: inside, amid jeer, pennsylvania's 20 electors cast their ballots for the republican who last month flipped their usually blue state to red. >> the vote for president of the united states was 20 votes for donald trump and the vote for
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vice-president, 20 votes for pence. >> reporter: so it was around the country with small protests in each of the 50 capitals doing little to slow the trump juggernaut. the first ten states he won that participated in the electoral college balloting, none witnessed any defections. the first so-called faithless elector popped up in maine, to switch his vote to bernie sanders. one texas elector said he would vote for john kasich. kasich encouraged all 18 to cast their vote for the governor's former rival from the gop primary. >> it's an important responsibility. and as we cast our vote today for the president-elect, donald trump, then sometime in january we will have an inauguration and we will have a new president. >> reporter: bill clinton, no stranger to the electoral college, cast a vote for his wife as an electior from new york. democratic electors in colorado, another state mrs. clinton won,
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employed litigation tactics to the end to become unbound from voting for her as state law requires. it was part of a convoluted plan to lure pro-trump electiors int defecting. all nine of the votes went for the democratic nominee, even after one voted against mrs. clinton, only to be replaced by another who voted for her. >> this has been a vast exploration in sour grapes. the democrats lost this election because hillary clinton was a flawed candidate who failed to campaign effectively in the states that mattered. >> reporter: in washington state, three electors bound to vote for mrs. clinton instead voted for colin powell, a fourth for a native american elder. the republican secretary of state said she will work with the democratic attorney general to see that the four faithless electors are fined as state law provides, up to $100. >> thank you. president-elect trump is at
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his florida compound tonight putting the finishing touches on his list of top advisers. peter doocy is there with the latest. >> reporter: the president-elect has two spots in his cabinet to fit. agriculture and veterans afairs. a new name emerged as a contender to win the nomination for v.a. secretary. thad allen. he is known for his role responding to hurricane katrina and the oil spill. others in the running include former massachusetts senator scott brown, war veteran and fox news contributor pete hegset. the team announced vincent viola will be nominated as army secretary. he is the billionaire businessman and owner of the florida panthers who graduated from west point, trained as a ranger infantry officer and
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donated to the army after 9/11. this weekend, south carolina republican mick mul veiny was announced as the next administration's desired director of the office of management and budget. that's notable because this possible next director of the budget office is a well-known supporter of big budget cuts. the president-elect isn't just bringing new people aboard. he is bringing a long time member of his personal security detail with him to washington, keith shiller has literally been by mr. trump's side for years. apparently doesn't plan to go too far. transition officials said today the secret service will still be responsible for the next president's safety. the president-elect is now lamenting that liberals have been unreasonable in complaining about the electoral college process. and some electors reported being threatened. if my many supporters acted and threatened people like those who lost the election are doing,
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they would be scorned and called terrible names. mr. trump told those supporters on saturday at the final thank you tour event in alabama, the foundi ining fathers had them i mind when they set up the electoral college. >> at the time, they didn't want everybody going to boston and new york and everything else would be forgotten. now it's the same thing. it's genius. >> reporter: we learned the president-elect had dinner saturday night here with carlos slim, the mexican billionaire that mr. trump once accused of bankrolling attacks against him that were published in the "new york times." slim said he thinks trump's policies could benefit mexico's economy. trump aides say it was an effort to turn the page. >> peter, thank you. up next, for all the talk, some of the reasons hillary clinton really lost the election in key states coming up. first, here is what some of our affiliates are covering tonight.
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charlotte, as north carolina outgoing governor confirms he will call a special session so legislators can repeal a law limiting protections for lgbt people. today the charlotte city counsel repealed an ordinance that republicans blamed when they passed a state law. in new orleans, the mayor says settlements over deadly police shootings after hurricane katrina amount to $13.3 million for 17 plaintiffs. a spokeswoman for the mayor's office says it involves lawsuits over the deaths of three people killed in two separate police shootings after the 2005 hurricane. a fourth person was fatally beaten by an officer shortly before the storm made landfall. a live look at dallas. one of the big stories there tonight, no fine for the dallas cowboys player who celebrated a touchdown last night by jumping into a large salvation army red kettle.
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he was flagged for excessive celebration and predicted he would probably have to pay a fine. the nfl said today there would be no punishment. elliott said he will make a donation to the salvation army anyway. that's tonight's live look outside the beltway from "special report." we'll be right back. have a higher risk of stroke due to afib, a type of irregular heartbeat not caused by a heart valve problem. but no matter what path i take, i go for my best. so if there's something better, i'll go for that too. eliquis. eliquis reduced the risk of stroke better than warfarin, plus had less major bleeding than warfarin. eliquis had both. don't stop taking eliquis unless your doctor tells you to, as stopping increases your risk of having a stroke. eliquis can cause serious and in rare cases fatal bleeding. don't take eliquis if you have an artificial heart valve or abnormal bleeding. while taking eliquis, you may bruise more easily... and it may take longer than usual for any bleeding to stop.
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president obama continues to set records for pardons and commutations. he issued 154 commutations and 78 pardons today. it's most individual acts of clemency granted by a president in a single day. 395 were serving life sentences. the white house says they are
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all deserving of a second chance. president obama is spending this week vacationing in hawaii. he will have plenty of time to spare beginning a month from tomorrow. before that happens, he still has to deal with the chinese government that's cranky about the way his successor is behaving. kevin cork is traveling with the president and reports tonight from honolulu. >> reporter: even as conversations continue to secure the return of the underwater drone that was taken, questions remain about the future of u.s.-china relations. the white house response has been muted, donald trump has made no secret of his opinion tweeted, we should tell china we don't want the drone they stole back. let them keep it. >> translator: first i want to say that we don't like this word stolen. it's incorrect. i think what's important, no matter if it was salvaged or what else did you say, dragged out of the water, the key is that china's navy had a
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responsible and professional attitude. >> reporter: from the outset of his campaign, trump saved much of his rhetoric for beijing. >> for five months, i did nothing but speak about how china is ripping us off. >> reporter: statements then and now have giben rise to concerns that his administration could dramatically alter u.s.-china relations. his acceptance of a phone call from the leader of taiwan sent shutters through diplomatic channels from washington to beijing, who have agreed on a one china policy. even president obama has acknowledged a fresh set of eyes on u.s.-china relations could be beneficial for both countries. >> america benefits from some new perspectives. and i think it should be not just a prerogative but the obligation of a new president, examine everything that's been done and see what makes sense and what doesn't. >> reporter: what doesn't make sense say analysts is business
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as usual. from hacking u.s. infrastructure to china's unabated aggression in the south china sea to the nearly $300 billion annual u.s. trade deficit. >> the consequences is a very big deal. president-elect trump i think is going to make sure there are consequences when we have these incidents in the future. >> reporter: administration officials tell us that the return of the drone could come as soon as tuesday at a yet to be determined location in the south china sea. though a destroyer will likely be the type of vessel to pick it up, the mechanics of that retrieval remain unclear even tonight. >> kevin cork on a tough assignment in honolulu. thank you. a federal judge has ordered the public release of the search warrant that fbi au i agents us reopen the hillary clinton e-mail investigation. the public has a right to see it. democrats blame fbi director james comey and his late october
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announcement about the search for new evidence in the long running scandal for hillary clinton's election loss. with the november election now six weeks behind us, it's time for the postmortems, the analysis of why what happened happened. some of the reasons hillary clinton lost that you might not be hearing too much about from the clinton folks. >> reporter: it was a simple piece of advice to a key democratic constituency. >> you want to give me a good sendoff? go vote. >> reporter: not enough did. from the perspective of many democrats, blame for the loss lies with fbi director comey and wikileaks and russia. >> a foreign adversary intervened into our democratic institution. and tried to tilt the election to donald trump. >> reporter: in a suggestion that denial is at the heart of democrats' blame, carl rogue paraphrased their talking points. >> we didn't lose the election because we lacked a compelling message. we didn't lose because we had a
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lousy candidate, because we were far too left wing, because we were status quo in a year which people wanted change. >> reporter: exit polls bear out much of what he said. 62% felt america was on the wrong track. clinton won 89% of the black vote, it was short of president obama's 93% in 2012. while clinton outperformed trump among latinos by 38 points, she fell short of obama's 44-point edge four years ago. blaming russia, comey and wikileaks may be appealing for democrats, knowing clinton won the popular vote by almost 3 million, a flip of 80,000 votes in a few states might have produced a different outcome. >> usually when you get more votes you win. not in this case. >> reporter: he acknowledged what few will. >> she may have been admirable and articulate and thoughtful. but there was always a sense that she wasn't going to be able to motivate people the way her husband did or obama did. >> reporter: that might have
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been overcome with a more aggressive campaign schedule. trump made a third more visits in the final weeks. his huge crowds of working class whites were dismissed by democrats. >> we made fun of the trump rallies. 20,000 people. clearly that was a mistake. >> reporter: the clinton campaign may have committed the classic mistake of battle, fighting last war by focusing on tv ads and door to door campaigning. all as dissatisfaction with immigration and centralized government was bubbling up in the u.s. and abroad. >> thank you. tonight we continue our series of reports on first 100 days of the donald trump administration. this evening, we are talking education. it is another area where the new
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president is raising either hopes or fears of big changes. >> k-12, it sounds like he wants to treat it as a business model, which concerns me. >> reporter: these two take advantage of a california law allowing them to send their two oldest kids to a forming arts skill. it's a better fit. but with the 10-year-old attending a public school, they wonder what impact a trump presidency will have on public school funding. >> if we want all students to succeed, we need to make sure all students have those same resources. >> we want every child, every single child, low income, we don't care where they are, where they live, every child in america to be able to attend the public, private, charter, magnet or religious school that is right for them. choice. >> reporter: that word choice is
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the backbone of president-elect trump's k-12 education agenda. in a speech outlining his school choice plan, he said his first budget will turn $20 billion of existing federal dollars into block grants for states with more money going to the ones with school choice programs in place. each state will then decide how to distribute the money which trump said he would like to see go toward financial aid for kids living below the poverty line. from where the existing money comes isn't clear. his commitment to making school choice an option is evident. >> with betsy at our side, i know we will make great strides in fixing our broken schools all over the country. >> it's time to make education great again. >> reporter: betsy, who was declining interviews ahead of the process, is a billionaire former michigan gop chair and school choice advocate who also echos the bring education local
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sentiment trump championed throughout his campaign. >> the answer isn't bigger government. the answer is local control. it's listening to parents and it's giving more choices. >> reporter: she was never a teacher. she did make the michigan charter school movement her mission by supporting legislation redirecting public funds since the early '90s. there are nearly 400 charters in the state today. two-thirds of which are run by for profit entities. >> betsy is an eye delodge. she believes that school should be a business. >> reporter: a union president cites data from the report card which shows michigan charter schools score lower than their traditional public counterparts. >> it's that simply about whether there's charters or not. it's about do we hold all schools that get taxpayer money accountable, and do those schools actually work for children? >> we cannot reform traditional
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public schools from within. >> reporter: this man is with a school choice group. even though he supported hillary clinton, he liked trump models of creating competition. >> when traditional educators know there's competition and there is someone providing a good product and that parents warm up to that and embrace it, it makes a huge different. >> i agree with the idea of some options for kids going where they want to go and for funding the following. i think that how it's implemented is really important. if you have competition and one is doing better than the other, you don't create an environment where the one public school goes out of business because it still needs to serve that community. >> reporter: the u.s. doesn't have a national standard for education. that's in the hands of states be requiring each to adopt some type of challenging standard. 42 states are using common core. a curriculum donald trump and betsy betsy devos want to end. that with common core receiving
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no federal funding, its future remains to be seen. >> thank you. there are just four reports left in our 15-part series looking ahead to the first 100 daze of the trump presidency. tuesday we focus on corporate taxes and bringing jobs back to america. watch all parts of this series on our home page, markets closed up. the dow gained nearly 40 points. it inches closer to the 20,000 mark. the s&p was up four. the nasdaq finished ahead 20. terror in europe. it will soon be president-elect trump's problem. we will talk about what's happening and what we know when the panel joins me after the break. that's me.
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>> translator: the investigation of the truck continues. we know that the co-driver in the truck died. the rescue workers couldn't help the co-driver anymore. the suspect was arrested nearby a few hundred meters away from the scene of the attack. >> we were in the market. as we were leaving the large truck came through. it went just past me, past my girlfriend. i think it missed me by three meters. i saw one guy being dragged away with blood on his face. i helped several other people lift the side of one the stalls up so they could pull two other people from under. >> one eyewitness there in berlin as the truck plowed through christmas market. at least nine are dead. 50 people injured. the interior minister is saying that the suspect was arrested and is believed to be the driver of the truck. they are not officially calling
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it terrorism. but saying that a lot points to an attack. you have the attack in turkey, the assassination of the russian ambassador to turkey also happening today. donald trump just moments ago tweeting, saying today, there were terror attacks in turkey, switzerland and germany. it's only getting worse. the civilized world must change thinking. switzerland is a shooting in a mosque in zurich. let's bring in our panel. george will, mercedes schlapp and charles lamb. okay, george, thoughts on this day and what we're seeing about the threats evolving? >> if the president-elect is right and all three of these were terror attacks, it's not clear that -- how they link together. let's assume and stipulate it was a terror attack in germany. in zurich, it was an attack on a
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mosque. in turkey, it seems to have been an attack on the russians who are paying the price, their ambassador is for russia intervening in the civil war in syria. they have one thing in common. that is they are approximate to the middle east. europe is not separated by a broad ocean as we are. i would say that -- the ranking of national security threats, terrorism still ranks a distant fifth for the president-elect to deal with. below iran, below north korea, below china and the south china sea and the dismemberment of a european nation, nuclear armed putin. these awful attacks as they are are a long way from us and a long way from being the most serious threat that the president-elect faces. >> we haven't seen something as brazen as that attack in ankara in quite some time. a turkish policeman who shot the
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ri russian ambassador. he was shouting, don't forget aleppo, don't forget syria. a 22-year-old member of the riot police squad. he was killed in a shootout. stark to see this. we're not airing the actual footage which is airing other places. >> this targeted assassination clearly is showing the pressure that exists between the russia -- russia obviously having its impact in aleppo where they are marginalizing isis in that area. with that being said, i saw photo photos that isis was able to take control of the russian military base. you are seeing this tension between russia, between isis and then, that puts pressure on the russian-turkish relations which back in november of 2015, the turkish shot down the russian plane, which created a lot more tension in that area. the key will be how will putin
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try to ensure that there is security amongst the diplomatic offices which he said he will do. that will not stop isis from going after russia. >> you know, it's a wonder this didn't happen sooner, given how brazen, extensive, one-sided russia's intervention has been. i don't know if it's isis or some other extremist group that's tired of standing by and letting russia get off scott free. this was bound to happen. i would have a similar point in germany, assuming -- we don't know 100% sure, but it looks like the truck attack on nice. it looks like the car attack on ohio state university that occurred in this country. there have been a number of people who have come in to germany and become radicalized or were already radicalized when they came in with the wave of refugees and have committed other crimes prior to this one.
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i would say that for merkel, this is another indication of how important it's going to be for her political future and the stability of germany to somehow get control of this security situation. these christmas markets are all over germany. many of them in berlin. every little town has one. i have to imagine everybody feeling a little nervous that theirs might be targeted as well. >> they are soft targets, george. france has issued a warning for christmas markets to be wary. on november 23, a security official was quoted in the daily mirror saying this. the entire continent is vulnerable to attack as we have seen in france, germany and belgium. particularly in the run-up to christmas. it's a christian period of festive 'tis bringing together large crowds of soft target civilians. this is our issue. we are a free people that are
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soft targets, frankly. fighting that is often very difficult. >> it is difficult. one thing we don't have that europe has -- the european dish cities. the ghettoes where muslim immigrants live together with the satellite dishes, keeping them in touch with constantly the culture, including some of the extremist culture. we in this country simply don't have that. >> quickly. >> also, let's look at the european intelligence services. the failure of surveillance, to track many of the terrorist suspects. the limited resources. that's one of the reasons why you see in the case of the paris attacks that there wasn't enough french officials to basically be able to monitor many of these jihadists in the area. i think you are seeing similarity happening in germany, in the uk. i think that what's happening is they are not sharing that information afek toueffectively
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>> is it going to be tough to -- for the incoming president to differentiate how his administration deals with these terror threats from overseas differently than the way the obama administration did? >> president-elect trump seems to be placing a lot of emphasis on let's do different rhetoric. let's call it islamic terrorism. that will make a difference. okay. if you had called whatever happened today islamic terrorism right when it happened, how much difference would that have made in terms of what did you? simil similarly, if you want to bring force to bear on isis, which is his prescription, you will have to look at the experience of putin in syria. that will inevitably bring on backlash from the other side. >> next up, the electoral college and why hillary clinton lost. you might not be hearing it from the clinton folks. as a control enthusiast, i'm all-business when i travel...
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>> the meeting of the 2016 presidential electors is now convened. the secretary of state, the honorable jesse white, proclaims this day, the 19th day of december of the year 2016 as a day fixed for convening the electors of this state to cast votes for president and vice president of the united states. [shouting] [chanting shame] >> at this point how many possible faceless electors are there out there that might jump ship. >> we are very confident that everything is going to be very smooth tomorrow. >> and everything did fall in line. there really wasn't any doubt that it would. but donald trump will be the
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45th president of the united states. the electors have voted. texas put him over the top 270 needed there are only a couple incidences where faithless electors voted otherwise. this is a statement from the president-elect today marks historical landslide in our american democracy. i thank the represents a movement that many hard working men and women stood behind and made possible with this historic step we can look forward to the bright future ahead. mercedes, what about all of this? >> all i can say is that i think my children will be able to see the electoral college process in action because normally it's just a ceremonial event and this has become the most highly dramatic electoral college system that we have seen in
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our lifetime. so, you know, again, you have seen the protesters go out. michael moore wanted to pay republican electors their fine if they were to vote against trump. but at the end of the day, we have seen the process work out. this is about voting in america's president not california's president. this is why we don't have a popular vote system. >> right. a lot of popular votes that went to hillary clinton actually did come from california. if you look at the electoral votes 306 to 332. but on the popular vote, if you look at the final popular vote, can you see the rcp average of the last polls and there you see 46.8, 43.6. those are the final polls before election day and then the final actual results and you see, chuck, that plus or minus 3%, which is what most polls are in the margin of error pretty much got it there on the popular vote. >> yeah. they did nationally although certain states that were important don't seem to have
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followed the polls. on the other hand, what you just showed us is interesting little statistical by product of an election that was not carried out on a national level but was rather carried out on the level of 50 states plus the district of columbia in the contest for electors who cast their interesting ballots today. yes, there were just a few of faithless ones. >> we should point out a couple went from hillary clinton to bernie sanders. >> i was just going to say that bernie got a couple of votes. what i think this shows, look, it's true that everything went according to plan but a little blip here and there in the faithless electors. that's pretty unusual in our history. it doesn't even go that roughly or narrowly. i think in their own small way these little glitches in the electoral vote today, people trying not to cast them and being a gentleman up in minnesota, a democratic elector tried to vote for bernie and was replaced by alternate. they are in some way symptomatic for real unrest in the country. for a lot of people this
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election is something to relitigate. >> right, for a lot of people, including the clinton campaign, george, they still have not come to grips with any other reason why they have lost other than either jim comey's letter or russian interference. >> well, and the president, in his npr interview said it's a message problem and i'm going to coach them so they will do better in the future. now, this is a man who has presided over the worst losses in his own party of any two-term president. senators, governors, members of the house. a thousand state legislative seats and he says well now i'm going to share my magic with the rest of my party. i don't get it he has been the most loquacious president in our history. can any of the three of you think of a memorable sentence in the last 8 years? try. >> thinking about that let me also just say on this john podesta point and there is a certain quantity of what they really think happened, that they really
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do blame comey and then there is a certain kind of convenient argument here. because inside democratic circles a lot of people are blaming john podesta. a lot of people are blaming this campaign for mistakes that they made that were avoidable that could have saved -- if they would have avoided them would have saved the election. of course it's very much in john podesta's interest to throw the blame off on things like jim comey and the election. >> i think for the democratic autopsy they are going to rewrite the politics for dumbies book because at the end what you are seeing is the fact that they did not do effectively the get out the vote in these battleground states like michigan. they ignored the ground game intel. and i think that that really cost them the election to a certain extent where they ignored these battle ground states and really did not listen to the people on the ground. >> thank you, panel. next up, monday's mean tweets. ♪ a post using the hashtag "#justrobbedthesafe"
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. >> finally tonight it's monday time for mean tweets
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from denise livin' goode. you are handsome but the personality of a nat on camera, i think that's g-n-a-t. i wish someone would goose you would laugh out loud. i do laugh on this show. pushing fake news for days he and fox are the hacks. kelly worth says bret baier has been in the tank for trump. he has no integrity. maybe you could reach out to blue fans. bret looks like a puppet who wished so hard to be a real boy. i like that one. looks like he does kung fu with saturday. looks like a guy who looks like a jack lantern on people who look like things. i don't know who it was i'm not that orange. real austin sims bret baier the worst of fox news the worst i'm sorry.
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bret is by far the worst on fox news. sometimes you need chicken and broccoli before you get desert. that's the news. thanks for inviting us on tonight. that's it for "special report," fair balanced, sometimes exciting and unafraid. ♪ >> welcome to "tucker carlson tonight." we begin with a fox news alert. electoral college voting is underway. 538 electors gathered in the their respective state capitols to cast their votes for president as per the constitution. just a short time ago donald trump surpassed the needed 270 votes to secure the white house. it is now official. even at this late hour, some are desperately trying to invalidate the results of november's election and find a way to elect someone other than donald trump. dana has been a leader in this effort. the founder of the official electoral college petition to stop donald trump and he helped organize today's protest. he joins us now. daniel, thanks for coming on. >> thanks for having me, tucker. >> so here'


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