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gwendolyn had encounter with russian grizzly. animals are great i took the next photo with it behind her. >> greg: that's what i call a bear. that's a real bear. >> dana: bret baier, "special report" suspect next but it's with john roberts. hi, john. >> john: dana, i have a kidney for you any time but like pete my liver is shot. >> dana: i will try to take care of my own. thanks. >> john: thanks. see you tomorrow morning. ♪ hey, good evening and welcome to washington. i'm john roberts in for bret baier tonight. breaking tonight, president biden says he is willing to negotiate on how to pay for his massive job creation plan. but he insists it has to be paid for. this evening we will look at how much money the president want to spend where he is going to get that money and how many jobs are expected to be created. the numbers don't quite add up. white house correspondent peter doocy starts us off tonight. hi, peter. >> pete: good evening, john. the biden administration is
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starting to use summer holidays as goal posts. covid safe gatherings they want by the fourth of july. progress on an infrastructure package they want by memorial day. >> this is a blue collar, blueprint. >> and there is some wiggle room for how high he will raise corporate taxes. >> i'm willing to negotiate that. >> the president wants to 21 to 28. joe manchin a smaller hike 25%. which makes him a powerful man. >> i think he is in a position in a 50/50 senate to get whatever he wants. >> one key biden ally in congress is guessing the current $2.25 trillion white house proposal may be too big to pass. >> i do think that there is an opportunity here for us to come together around a smaller package and by smaller i mean hundreds of billions of dollars that is directly targeted at hard infrastructure. >> president biden is still
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thinking big. >> it's the single largest investment in american jobs since world war ii? how many jobs is that? >> moodies suggest it would create 19 billion jobs. >> a close review of that moody's report behind the forecast that even without this multitrillion dollars plan, the u.s. economy is projected to create 16 million jobs over the next decade anyway. and with the plan, fewer than 3 million additional jobs which fox business calculates out to about $830,000 per job. >> they see the american economy creating 19 million jobs. and that's 2.7 more than if this bill doesn't pass. >> the big p.r. push for white house officials is redefining infrastructure as being about more than roads and bridges to include replacing lead pipes. >> there is hundreds of flints all across the america. >> green innovation. >> imagine a world where you and your family can travel coast to coast without a single tank of gas or on a high speed train
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close to as fast as you can go across the country in plane. >> all funded by new taxes on businesses. >> i'm not trying to punish anybody, but, damn it, maybe it's because i come from middle class neighborhood. i'm sick and tired of ordinary people being fleeced. >> tonight i have confirmed with a white house official that tomorrow president biden is going to take a combination of steps to improve background checks for guns. i've also confirmed he plans to nominate as atf director that gentleman on the screen david chip map, a former atf agent and current gun control advocate. john? >> john: we will looking forward to your reporting on all of that tomorrow. peter doocy from the white house tonight. peter, thank you. president biden is coming under heavy criticism tonight for the racial overtones of his comments about georgia's election law. that criticism comes amid the growing outrage in the state and elsewhere over the loss of the major league baseball all-star game.
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correspondent steve harrigan is in atlanta for us tonight. >> president biden's choice of words to describe georgia's election law is drawing ire from republicans. >> the president has made a very serious accusation. he has said everybody who believes in having an i.d., showing an i.d. before you vote is a racist. >> biden's rhetoric hearkens back to the days of the segregated south. >> these new jim crow laws are just antithetical to who we are. >> south carolina senator lindsey graham says he has heard enough. >> i think it's cheap. i think it's sick for the president of the united states, joe biden, who has been a friend for years to say that what they are doing in georgia is jim crow .0. >> jim crow was a pejorative term for african-americans used to describe laws that disenfranchise and physically segregated blacks in the south until 1965. the three-day baseball all-star event is estimated to bring
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inasmuch as $100 million leading many small business owners in atlanta disappointed. >> it is going to devastate black owned business, minority business who had a piece of the pie into that stadium. >> these corporate ceos they don't understand that they don't understand the impact on the day-to-day, week-to-week financial situation that these people are in, especially coming off of cody. >> former mlb commissioner fe vincent said moving the game was a mistake writing in the "wall street journal." major league baseball can't become a weapon in the culture wars, a hostage for one political party or ideology. many georgia democrats who say the new law unfairly restricts voting access for people of color also oppose business boycotts as the solution mayor keisha lance bottom says she plans to take executive action to mitigate the law's effect in atlanta.
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the mayor warns that the loss of this game might be the first of many come knows to fall in georgia. john? >> john: steve harrigan live for us. thank you so much. ohio congressman jim jordan says a border official tells him the current immigration surge is unlike anything his agency has ever seen. a group of g.o.p. lawmakers toured the area for the past two days. also tonight, in a dramatic turn around, it appears president biden wants to resume building the wall along the southern border. this evening we continue to look at the human effects of the humanitarian crisis, the homeland security department says there are now more than 20,000 children in its care cerpted alex hogan in is in mission texas, tonight. >> in the border wall debate some residents are in the middle living between the real border rio grande river and half built wall blocking their roads and land with no word on future plans. department of homeland security
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secretary mayorkas reportedly telling employees those gaps could soon get filled. press secretary jen psaki says for now that depend on the specific area. >> federal agencies are continuing to review develop a plan to the president soon. it is paused. there is some limited construction that has been funded and allocated for but it is otherwise paused. >> congresswoman ilhan omar tweeting it's shameful and unacceptable for potus to consider the construction of trump's xenophobia and racist wall. >> jim jordan group of republicans speaking about their tour today. >> the surge currently at the border is unlike anything they have ever seen, sheriff a while back in jackson county says this is complete chaos that we're witnessing now. >> a special enjoy to the northern triangle will return from his trip to guatemala and el salvador tomorrow after discussing root causes of these mass migrations. politicians meeting bordering
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agencies as well as families at the heart of the issue. >> the -- it is not because i long for the american dream, but because i have a little girl who is there. >> in the growing immigration debate, the stories of children cut through the noise. >> new faces of humanitarian challenge more than 19,000 kids are unaccompanied in u.s. facilities. >> and again that number has now jumped to 20,000 children and california early this morning border agents stopped ms-13 gang member el salvador entering the country with a group of migrants back here in the rio grande valley border agents say they had their busiest day this year stopping more than 3,000 people. john? >> john: the border security is national security argument gaining steam quickly. alex hogan for us in mission, texas. alex, thank you. stocks were mixed today. the dow gained 16. the s&p 500 was up 6 to a record close.
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the nasdaq lost 10 today. an update tonight on democratic efforts to severely limit or do away with the filibuster in the senate. congressional correspondent jackie heinrich reports that they may have actually found a way to do it through a loophole in the rules. >> green light from parliamentarian elizabeth mcdonough allowing democrats to pass new legislation simple majority budget simple reconciliation new path to pass hind's agenda without republican support working around the filibuster the 60 vote threshold that would otherwise require bipartisan support. >> the ayes appear to have it. >> following criticism biden's big infrastructure plan deals with much more than roads and bridges. republicans fear democrats will use reconciliation to accomplish far reaching progressive priorities. they are holding out hope that democrat will maybe fracture. >> they have a really, really narrow majority in the senate and hopefully there will be some
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democrats who share our views. >> senator joe manchin is also leading a resistance to six to seven moderate democrats saying earlier this week president biden's spending bill won't pass as it's written. democrats haven't yet moved to use reckon rec son sillation claiming they want to try to work across the aisle first. if they can't get g.o.p. support and use reconciliation their own the parliamentarian strike out like when she nixed the $5 minimum wage from the covid relief bill. >> i don't think we are going to be able to do immigration reform to background checks through reconciliation. >> mcdonough's guidance that chuck schumer can use rec son sillation to budget more than once is salt in the wound for republicans who made similar efforts in 2001 but told by the former parliamentarian they could only pass one tax bill that budget year. not exactly apples to apples but not to rankel the g.o.p. and after president biden called for unity, republicans are miffed the democrats are beginning work on what has been
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a bipartisan issue by gauging what they can accomplish on their own. >> when lawmakers return next week the biggest question here will be how united the democrat are and whether the republicans are in good faith. the g.o.p. may be more incentivized to participate if they can pull moderate democrats to their side, john. >> john: we will have more with this on the panel tonight. jackie heinrich, thank you. the trial of the former minneapolis police officer accused in the death of george floyd continues to focus on the technique that officer derek chauvin used to restrain his suspect. today an expert on the use of force said chauvin had his knee on floyd's neck and was bearing down with most of his weight the entire nine and a half minutes. yesterday that same expert who was a sergeant in the los angeles police department and prosecution witness said the force used against floyd was excessive. chauvin's attorney insists video footage indicates his client did not have his knee on floyd's neck the entire time.
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up next, vice president harris is supposed to be in charge of southern border diplomacy. but is she doing anything? first, here's what some of our fox affiliates around the country are covering tonight. fox 16 in little rock as arkansas lawmakers override the republican governor's veto of a ban on gender confirming treatment and surgery for transgender youth. arkansas becomes the first state in the nation with such a law. opponents are promising to sue. fox 2 in san francisco is as the school board reverses its decision to rename 44 schools whose namesakes, it said, were linked to racism, sexism, slavery or other injustices. the border also passed a resolution committing to reopen schools in the fall for all students kindergarten through 12 for full-time in person learning five days a week. and this is a live look at new york from fox 5, the big story there tonight former trump aid andrew cuomo says he is considering a run for governor of new york.
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andrew giuliani is the son of former new york mayor and trump attorney rudy giuliani. that's a live look outside the beltway from "special report," we'll be right back. ♪ thank you! hey, hey, no, no limu, no limu! only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪ - hi, i'm steve. - i'm lea. and we live in north pole, alaska.
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♪ >> john: the number of americans fully vaccinated against the coronavirus has now surpassed 6 million. the cdc says the u.s. cases of covid are approaching 31 million in total with almost 555,000 deaths. a top official at the european agency says there is, what he called a causal link between astrazeneca's coronavirus crack seen and rare blood clots. the official says it is unclear what the connection is. he says the benefits of taking the shot still outweigh the risk of getting covid-19. dr. anthony fauci says he feels confident in current indications of the enduring efficacy of covid-19 vaccines but fauci says emerging coronavirus variants are a worrisome wild card
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factoring into the calculation of whether booster shots might be needed some time down the road. the federal government is expanding covid-19 vaccine access to all federally qualified community health center. there are roughly 1400 of those facilities nationwide. they serve communities both hardest hit by the coronavirus and the ones most difficult to reach for vaccination. more american colleges and universities are requiring student vaccinations for in person classes next fall. brown university in rhode island and saint edwards university in texas are the latest to make that call. many critics of president biden's border policy are asking tonight where is vice president harris? she is supposed to be in charge of diplomacy concerning the migrant surge but neither harris nor the president have actually been to the border. the vice president appears focused on other matters. white house correspondent kristin fisher takes a look for us tonight. >> thank you, mr. president, for having the confidence in me and there is no question that this is a challenging situation.
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>> it's been exactly two weeks since president biden announced that his vice president kamala harris would lead the diplomatic efforts to address the root causes from migrants from mexico and the northern triangle. >> specifically the root causes and not the border there is some confusion over that. >> so far the vice president has not held a single press conference since assuming her new role nor has she traveled to any of the countries that she is now the diplomatic lead on. harris did spend easter gheekd a border state her home state of california. >> i'm so excited to be here. >> on monday she traveled to oakland to tout the american jobs plan. >> everybody here got vaccinated. >> and on tuesday she visited a vaccination site in chicago where she also made a quick trip to a bakery. >> while she was there like many americans she got a snack. i think she is allowed to do that she was there to talk about covid. >> harris also talked on the phone to the president of guatemala last week and the president of mexico today. but she did not accompany the administration special envoy for
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the northern triangle on a trip this week to guatemala and el salvador. now the governor of texas and the attorney general of arizona say it's time for harris to visit the border. >> i want to make sure that the vice president fully appreciates and sees that this is a crisis. it's not a politically manufactured event. >> despite this lack of visibility from the vp on this issue, the white house insisted today it is still a priority. >> absolutely an issue that she remains committed to and is the lead on. >> the white house press secretary was pressed again today about when the vice president might finally be taking a trip down south. jen psaki said she didn't have an update just yet but that she is sure it would be soon. john? >> john: kristin fisher in the brady briefing room for us, thank you, kristin. americans are beginning what promises to be a contentious national discussion over the largest change to our tax system in almost 30 years. we thought it a good time for some historical perspective. tonight part one of a series based on bret baier's upcoming
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five part documentary the unauthorized history of taxes. bret starts with how the founders viewed taxes and what they saw as your fundamental rights as an american. ♪ for most of the -- taxes were lower than in the home country. land was plentiful. and opportunity there for the taking. but as so often happens throughout history, the cost of waging war changed the tax system. >> 1756 to 1763 had the french and indian war. after that england is in huge debt so when in the 1760s britain started taxing the colonists. they wanted to know per their 17th century rights where is our representation in parliament? it didn't exist. that problem was not solved. the american revolution of 1775.
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>> bret: throughout the colonies measures now rebelled against the new taxes. >> the founders had two very important notions about taxation. number one taxes should be low. they really were a burden and they should be kept to answer in up in. number two, you should have a say in the taxes you actually pay. this notion of taxation from afar the king of england that wasn't going to fly anymore. >> i think there is a sense that americans don't want to be overtaxed and they don't want to be unfairly taxed. one of the slogans of the revolution itself was no taxation without representation. that meant there are these people over there far away in england and they shouldn't be telling us what to do especially since we don't have a chance to participate. they didn't say no taxes ever. they didn't say no taxation. they said no taxation without representation. >> bret: founders embraced the concept he that rights are god-given and perceived the founding of the state. government is created by the people not vice versa. in their view, government's sole purpose is to help secure the rights of its citizens which
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include property rights. >> the american view of taxes flows directly from life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. taxes are an infringement on your liberty. they are taking something from you without you having a choice and they diminish diminish your pursuit of happiness. you don't have as much money and might be stopping you from doing things you would like to do because now too expensive. if you believe you are endowed with the right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. can you get a little republicanly when the tax system doesn't look like. that's a very different view of the universe than saying first and foremost is the king and the king decide what the king needs and you get what's left over. >> bret: tomorrow, a side of alexander hamilton you didn't see on broadway as our "special report" clips of this special continue. tune in sunday night for fox news channel's one hour special fox nation presents the unauthorized history of taxes. the full five-part documentary series drops on fox nation next
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week. john, back to you. >> john: looking forward to that, bret, thanks so much. the sheriff of los angeles county says the february suv crash involving tiger woods was caused by excessive speed. >> estimated speed of the first area of impact were 84 to 87 miles per hour. and the final estimated speed when the vehicle struck the tree was 75 miles per hour. >> john: while woods was traveling at nearly double the posted speed limit he was not given a citation. the sheriff says there were no signs of impairment. woods sustained what were called life threatening leg injuries. he is said to be in florida recovering from multiple surgeries. coming up next, the backlash against the backlash over the georgia election bill. companies supporting the china olympics are now feeling the heat. >> we cannot give beijing that global platform flying the american flag and turning an eye to everything that they have done. ♪ ♪
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says nursing homes were required to submit the number of residents who died from covid-19 at least once daily new york state department of health says it is working on a response. cuomo's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. there are growing questions tonight will whether the u.s. will boycott the winter olympics in china over that country's human rights record. also tonight, critics of the backlash against the georgia law are taking on several companies involved who are supporting those olympic games. here is state department correspondent rich edson tonight. >> 15 olympic partners, including some of the most popular global brands like general electric, visa, and air b and b. they are sponsoring nebs year's winter games in beijing and they are now targets for demands to boycott the olympics. >> we just cannot have that. we cannot give beijing that global platform flying the american flag and turning an eye
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to everything they have done. >> also on the list of olympic sponsors coca-cola and dow which have joined in voting laws in the united states. just as a state department released animal human rights report detailing nearly 80 pages of rights abuses in china including former prisoners there who, quote, reported they were beaten, raped, subjected to shock. forced so sit on stools for hours. hung by the wrist. deprived of sleep, force fed, forced to take medication against their will. fox news asked the state department whether agreen just human rights abuses in china are enough for the townhouse call for a corporate boycott. >> i'm not going to offer advice to u.s. companies from this podium. what i can say is that when it comes to the issue of beijing olympics, that's something that we're consulting closely with our allies and partners. >> senior state department official clarified that the administration also a not discussed a joint boycott with allies. republicans are comparing that
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with president biden's support for moving the major league baseball all-star game out of georgia over its new voting law and mlb's partnerships in china to grow the game. senator rick scott adds, quote: biden supports moving the mlb game out of georgia yet refuses to call to move the olympics out of communist china which is committing genocide against the uighurs. >> china's government has warned against any effort to boycott the olympics. the u.s. olympic and paralympic committee says team u.s.a.'s young athletes should not be used as political pawns john? >> john: the white house press secretary also pushing back against the idea that we're discussing a boycott with our allies. rich edson at the state department. rich, thanks. what used to be called the cold war between the united states and the then soviet i couldn't tell union is really cold tonight. frigid, in fact. that's because russia is expanding its military presence in the arctic. national security correspondent jennifer griffin shows us tonight from the pentagon.
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>> exercise in late march the pentagon took notice. no military had ever carried out a feet. each subcan carry 16 ballistic missiles. >> we are monitoring it very closely. nobody wants to see the artic as a region become militarized. >> as rising temperatures and climate change cause polar ice to melt artic and new valuable sea lane. new commercial slight photo so he russia expanding military base notice artic, adding 50 posts that it shuttered at the end of the first cold war. experts worry the russian bear is seeking a new cold war testing state of the art weapons like this hypersonic antiship michelle launched by the northern fleet and developing the poseidon an unmanned stealth nuclear powered cruise missile that can travel 6,000 miles along the sea floor.
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>> it is designed to be undetected. >> this hypersonic weapon seemed like a joke when vladimir putin first introduced did coilly during a cabinet meeting three years ago. now military experts are taking it seriously. >> it is an under sea drone that goes across the north atlantic and if it would explode radioactive explosion it would create a tsunami if you will along the east coast. >> russia is developing a series of weapons that are very concerning from the standpoint of the united states. >> vice admiral robert oversaw the pentagon's top secret spy satellite for four years. >> the artic is actually smaller and a terrific shortcut whether you are in an aircraft or underneath the surface of the ocean and also for intercontinental ballistic missiles this goes back to the cold war. >> not to be out done the u.s. air force recently deployed four b 1 palmers to an artic base to norway for the first time. >> last week nato scram neld 10 jet to intercept bombers fly not
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guilty north atlantic ocean. a rare show of force near the artic, john? >> jenna: jennifer griffin at the pentagon tonight. thank you. some other stories beyond our borders tonight. an iranian ship believed to be a base for the paramilitary guard core is attacked. iran is not saying hog staged the assault. the ship has been an anchored for years. death toll for mud slides in indonesia rising to 140. officials say dozens of people are still missing. heavy rain continues to pound the region and hamper the search. french wine makers burn candles and straw to protect their vineyards from sharp spring fossth s fros. more cold nights raising fears of serious damage and lost wine production. up next the panel on president biden's massive spending plan and just how many jobs it might create. ♪ ♪
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>> i've heard from my republican friends say -- many of them say it's too big. they say why not focus on traditional infrastructure. fix what we have already got. we are america. we don't just fix for today. we build for tomorrow. >> many have commented that it's large. it's bold it's necessarily large. because, frankly, we are behind. and we have neglected for too long important investments in our infrastructure. >> john: president biden and secretary laying out plans to spend more than 2 trillion-dollar on infrastructure and more. let's bring four panel harold ford jr. former tennessee congressman and ceo of empowerment and inclusion capital. morgan ortagus and bill bennett. morgan, let's start with you. because the president today said that he is expanding infrastructure beyond its
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typical scope. it's more than bridges, airports water systems, he want to expand to include child and elder care affordable housing research and development and climate change and more only 62 billion dollars of more than 2 trillion would be spent on traditional infrastructure. is that a plan he can sell to america? >> so far no. i mean, i think the communications have been very oddly all over the place you have had varying job numbers. transportation secretary pete buttigieg had to admit that that 19 million jobs number may not be totally accurate. so, you know, it's funny, we talked about this last week on the show and harold actually brought up that we needed a bipartisan infrastructure bill because we needed to compete with china. and i actually totally agreed with harold on that last week. this is where i think many republicans are confused. there is an appetite to revamp our infrastructure to compete with china. there are many things where
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biden could have made good on his inaugural address where he promised to bring people together to work in a bipartisan fashion. this would have been the perfect opportunity to do so. especially after a covid spending bill that was just ridiculously and needlessly large and wasteful. but the biden team is once again shunned the opportunity to be bipartisan, shunned the opportunity to stand up against china and their comm strategy is all over the place. >> john: how about that harold ford jr. it looks like it's going to go through a rec done sillation process or nuke the filibuster to get it through on strictly partisan vote. unity is not in the cards here though the president says he wants to work with republicans. >> thanks for having me on. i did say that i thank morgan for the kind words. i believe that any bill any law that is passed with bipartisan support in any space or sphere is a more sustainable one for a lot of reasons. sometimes you find yourself having to go a different route.
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look, the 20th century was won by america because we built an incredible coalition and consensus around the notion of advancing democracy and freedom across the european continent and around the globe. the 21st century in the first 21 years we are seeing that a big part of this is going to be decided by who is best positioned to compete and win against china? do we make the right investments in advanced manufacturing? will we make the right investment in advanced manufacturing artificial intelligence and robotics? those are things that i think every american participate in. we distinguished between roads, bridges broadband as opposed to child care. access to basic economic necessities. we are not looking at this the right way. the blue collar, blueprint for american growth recognizes that every american community in the midwest, the south, across the country has to be able to compete. i like where he started.
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i might add roy blunt said that the republicans started 700 billion. they said they can take 30% of what he wanted. 700 billion is 2.25 trillion. i think we can find compromise somewhere between that or even closer to 2 trillion. >> john: let's get bill bennett in here you talk about competitiveness the president wants to tax rate to 28% would then be 32.5% way above china the highest in the organization of economic cooperation and development countries, bill. >> yeah, that's not competing successfully with china to pick up on what harold ford just said. so there is a real problem there. why do you want to handy be cap handicap the american economy. funny business about the jobs numbers. you know, it's going to produce 19 million jobs. well, no, not really, maybe like 2.7 million jobs the other 16 million will be produced no matter what happens even if nothing happens.
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this is like the talk show host i met in seattle who told a radio host he and rush limbaugh had -- got to straight then out. of course you can. a lot of people can't do the math right now including biden. >> john: all right, well, listen, let's leave it there. because coming up next, we want to talk about the georgia election law fallout and the possible u.s. boycott of the china olympics is it just talk or might it actually happen? ♪ ♪ so you only pay for what you need. thank you! hey, hey, no, no limu, no limu! only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪ the lexus es, now available with all-wheel drive. this rain is bananas. lease the 2021 es 250 all-wheel drive for $339 a month for 39 months. experience amazing at your lexus dealer.
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♪ >> for-profit operations and businesses are speaking up about how these new jim crow laws are just antithetical to who we are. >> i think it's sick for the president of united states, joe biden who has been a friend for years, to say that what they are doing in georgia is jim crow 2.0. >> major league baseball didn't have any idea what the bill actually did. obviously jen psaki and president biden don't know it either. >> john: the battle continues over georgia's new voting law and boycotts at least by major league baseball and potentially some other companies as a result of that.
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let's get back down it with our panel and start with harbled ford jr. the president continuing to push the notion that this is jim crow law. is this jim crow 2.0? >> you know, i think that we sometimes rush to racialize things a bit. without first laying out all the facts. let me be clear. i think the sport of hank aaron and jackie robinson shouldn't be criticized here. >> the relates is this bill doesn't do the two things. ensure thawing have checks and balances in an election. remove the authority and oversight from the secretary of state. and gave it to the state legislature. and went buy more voting machines. democrats will have to largely give in on the notion that we should have some voter i.d., voter requirement -- voter i.d. requirements whether you vote in person or mail-in. this jumping the gun that corporations have no right to say that they believe access to
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the ballot is fundamental and fair is the right thing to do. and north carolina they did this several years ago and they waited six months to change a civil rights law change they made to the bathrooms there they lost $4 billion. why would you give up this level of investment whether you think baseball is right or wrong, just change the law and do the things that you want to do without hurting people's access to the ballot. >> john: morgan there has been a support of the boycott mlb and moving the all-star game out of georgia to denver. at the same time the president has not weighed in on boycotting the olympics. in fact the white house did weigh in today saying we are not going to boycott the olympics. listen to what jen psaki said followed up by the former u.n. ambassador nikki haley here. >> our position on the 2022 olympics has not changed. we have not discussed and are not discussing any joint boycott with allies and partners. there is no discussion underway of a change in our plans
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regarding the beijing olympics. >> he refers to the georgia law as a jim crow law, yet, he is not doing anything about literal slavery happening in china. america should be leading the charge on the chinese boycott. >> john: is there a double standard at work here? >> yeah, nikki haley was absolutely right. what's going on in china is not about politics. it is genocide. we have a number of reports of women that are being forced to have abortions. forced sterilization. i mean, we really have to peel back the layers here and look at what is actually happening. it's either a genocide or it's not. and the administration should ask themselves would you hold these same olympics, would you attend these olympics if they were in darfur. would you attend if they were in myanmar. you wouldn't? what's the point of attending them in china and also, i should note, if you look at the chinese communist party daily rhetoric about the olympics, they are incredibly threatening to any country or any entity to would
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boycott or would not attend. and so while they are having this over the top rhetoric and threatening, we are once again capitulating and it's befuddling to me. >> john: bill, your thoughts on all of this? >> yeah, well, two things. one, do an experiment and decide who is right. play president biden talking about china. play president biden talking about georgia. interest is nor dripping contempt for georgia. more disdain for georgia than for the murderous regime in china. this is what biden has been doing for a long time. he is a classic knee jerk liberal i come from new york. i know a lot of them. he criticized texas for being than thrall. you remember the comments in virginia he said to a black audience they he want to put you back in chains. jim crow thing. jim crow on steroids does he have any idea what he is talking about when he is talking about jim crow? this is terrible. for him to make these comparisons and faulk about georgia in this way and not to
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make the point that morgan just made is not sick. it's reprehensible. it's terrible. it's part of his anti-southern bigotry which he has had for a long time. i will send him my history book. i won't charge him for it. i will send him my history book or anybody else's history book and harold ford didn't answer the question. i have a lot of respect for harold. he did not answer the question whether there was jim crow or not. it is not jim crow. certainly not jim crow on steroids. president biden, it is the united states of america. you are talking about. not some murderous regime. >> john: harold, do you want to pick up on that. >> look i said we are too quick to racialize things and i, maybe i'm not answering the question the way that the secretary wants me to answer it. but i will say expand access to the ballot, restore the oversight and if i were governor of that state, i would not want to lose billions and billions of business investment and sporting event revenue. there is a way to solve this. be constructive, be smart and be a leader and get it done.
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>> he didn't lose it. he didn't lose it. he didn't lose it. >> fred ridley the chairman of the augusta national golf club when asked about it said what we need to do talk communicate let the democratic process works as the masters begin tomorrow under a cloud of controversy. we will see if people are willing to talk or if they're going to keep yell at each other. stay where you are, panel. when we come back, tomorrow's headlines. ♪ ♪ are you managing your diabetes... ...using fingersticks? with the new freestyle libre 2 system, a continuous glucose monitor, you can check your glucose with a painless, one-second scan. and now with optional alarms, you can choose to be notified if you go too high or too low. and for those who qualify, the freestyle libre 2 system is now covered by medicare. ask your doctor for a prescription. you can do it without fingersticks. learn more at freestyle libre 2 dot u.s. ♪♪
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wouldn't care to more u.s. companies urge support for the $2 trillion infrastructure plan, realizing this is a great down payment against china. i don't know if we should go to the olympics or not, but i like beating the chinese anywhere. at the marketplace, the map, i hope they do the right thing on that front. >> john: we will be behind it when it comes to the corporate tax rates if this goes through. to bill, finish us off. >> one thing for harold, it was major league baseball that pulled the trigger. of the constitution reserves the states and state legislatures the right and responsibility to set rules for elections. my headline tomorrow is, this outcome i hope, fires back at joe biden's knee-jerk southern bigotry. this is not the precivil war south, one of the most vibrant and dynamic parts of the country. if this country is going to be saved, i think it's going to do that. >> john: thank you so much.
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