Tucker Carlson: Exchange between Clinton staffers "infuriating"

 Tucker Carson told viewers Wednesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that the email exchange between Clinton staffers revealed by the latest WikiLeaks email dump is “infuriating on a whole bunch of different levels.”  Host of Fox & Friends was referring to the email exchange from 2011 between senior fellow John Halpin at the progressive think tank Center for American Progress, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and her communication director Jen Palmieri, in which Halpin and Palmieri bashed Catholics and evangelists.

Tucker Carson stated that had Clinton staffers ridiculed Islam instead of Catholicism, “the president would have a prime time press conference right now, urging all of us to sort of quell  our anti islamophobia.” In Carson’s opinion, Clinton communications director is “maligning the world’s largest religion.”

Fox & Friend anchor argued that its senseless to say that “Catholicism is backwards,” because there are many other “world religions that are far more retrograded on that question than anything that Catholic Church has ever come out with.” Tucker Carlson also expressed his frustration about the lack of media coverage on the WikiLeaks emails.

Krauthammer on Trump’s debate performance: He ‘stopped the bleeding’

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Monday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s performance during a primetime debate Sunday helped keep his campaign afloat… amid dozens of weekend defections from the GOP.

“He prevented the crash last night. He was headed… over the edge, because his party was deserting him,” Krauthammer said. “All those defections, the governors and senators and members of Congress. Remember, when Nixon resigned, it was not right after the Supreme Court ordered him to release the tapes. It was when Barry Goldwater and the delegation from the Congress went to Nixon and said, 'It's over, you've got to resign.' And the next day, he announced his resignation.”

Krauthammer labeled the desertion by Republicans a “flight to the exits,” but said the debate steadied the campaign to a degree.

“It looks as if [Trump] stopped the bleeding,” he said.

Nevertheless, Krauthammer  acknowledged Trump’s leaked audio has cost his campaign much-needed time.

“He's behind… He used a debate that he could have used to close the gap to simply hold the campaign together,” he concluded. 

Krauthammer: Trump must ‘ignore the bate’ in next debate.

Before Sunday’s second presidential debate in St. Louis, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer offered some advice to Donald Trump.

“Ignore the bait,” he said Thursday on Special Report. “He [Trump] should just dismiss all the quotations that he hears the way that Pence did, deny it ever happened and ignore the fact checkers the next day.”

Krauthammer added that although the republican presidential nominee might have lost the first presidential, he felt it wasn’t the route many said it was.

“It was pretty close… but he really threw it away the morning after,” he said.  “When he went down the rabbit hole on Miss Universe and all the other stuff.”

Krauthammer said Trump needed to prepare and focus on Clinton’s weaknesses at the next debate and then “just have somebody remove the cellphone overnight.”

 

Krauthammer: The veto override is not going to make a difference for 9/11 families but will injure the United States

Congress handed President Obama a stinging defeat as lawmakers in the Senate voted to override a veto of legislation that would allow 9/11 victims' families to sue Saudi Arabia over any involvement in the terrorist attacks.  Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer told viewers on Wednesday's "Special Report with Bret Baier" the veto override vote won't probably affect 9/11 families in the way most want it to. 

Krauthammer explained by saying, "I don't think this is not going to make any difference other than give them some kind of outlet...but I do think there will be a long term injury to us on the question of sovereign immunity." 

Those against The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act or JASTA as it is known, argue the new law would take away the tradition of sovereign immunity which could allow citizens of foreign countries to sue members of United States military and others on diplomatic duty when on overseas missions.

Krauthammer elaborated that while it's not the most important issue in the world, sovereign immunity is "irretrievable."

He also lamented on how members of Congress should have shown such steadfast resolve against President Obama a long time ago.  "I wish the Congress had shown the same kind of spine in resisting some of the other or more egregious encroachments," he said. 

With this override coming so late in the president's second term, Krauthammer says "I wish they had had the courage to do something like this on the Iran deal."

 

Krauthammer: Debates are going to hold more importance than ever before

Krauthammer says this year's debates are going to hold more importance than ever before

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer told viewers on Tuesday's "Special Report with Bret Baier"  that the debates are going to be crucial this time around for candidate and voters.

With Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump starting to take a slight lead in some battleground state polls, such as Iowa and Ohio, Krauthammer says "it's getting late early" for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. 

Krauthammer explains that with both candidates being well-known to voters, debates are going to play a bigger role than in years past, especially for Clinton.  "People know who they are...I'm not sure what her advertising advantage is going to be at this point," Krauthammer said.

Past history has shown that debates do not alter the basic shape of the race but Krauthammer predicts this year will be different.  "The importance of these debates is gonna exceed the importance of any debates in any race that we have ever seen."

Krauthammer on Hillary Campaign Health Cover-up: "These people are simply incapable of telling truth."

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Monday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that Hillary Clinton's Campaign should have been honest about the presidential nominee's health from the beginning.  "I think this is another case of the cover up being worse than the crime. If it is what they say it is, this is totally benign.  The should have explained it right away and this just, as everybody can see, it just adds to the  impression that these people are simply  incapable of telling truth."

Krauthammer added that by not telling the truth about simple things makes Hillary look bad.

"They just find a way to make themselves make her look untrustworthy and that's where the damage is." 

Rogan: Trump and Clinton Commander and Chief Forum Performance "a lot to be disappointed about."

Columnist for the National Review, Tom Rogan said Thursday on "Special Report with Bret Baier" that both the Donald Trump and Hillary campaigns should be "disappointed" about their performances on the Commander and Chief Forum Wednesday night. 

“I think both candidates, both campaigns quite frankly have quite a lot to be disappointed about last night."

Rogan said that both candidates had to explain statements they made in the forum the following day.  Hillary Clinton had to set the record straight about having troops in Iraq and Donald Trump stated that he really wasn't for the war in Iraq, despite statements he made to the contrary on the Howard Stern show.

Rogan went on to say that Trump and Clinton used the forum to show how the other candidate was not fit to be the Commander and chief.

"Clearly Hillary Clinton is trying to make that her Pivot, that you can't trust Donald Trump in any sense of sitting in

that situation room on the flip side, Donald Trump saying you can't trust Hillary Clinton because of the decisions she has made."

Rogan said that as the election is heating up and that the candidates will be  "increasingly unrestrained" in the coming days and weeks.  

Confirmed: Russian jet buzzes US Navy spy plane today in Black Sea

Per Lucas Tomlinson, Fox News Pentagon Producer

A Russian jet buzzed a US Navy spy plane today over the Black Sea, a senior defense official tells Fox News.

A Russian Su-27 flew dangerously close to a US Navy P-8 Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft used primary for anti-submarine warfare while on routine patrol in the Black Sea.

The incident occurred Wednesday, but the official did not offer specifics on timing or how close the Russian jet managed to come to the US Navy plane.

In April, Russian jets buzzed a US Navy destroyer in the Baltic Sea, coming within 30 feet of the US Navy ship. 

This latest provocation comes as Secretary of State John Kerry is negotiating a cease-fire with Russia in Syria.

Earlier today, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said Russia is “trying to play by their own rules” and making the situation in Syria “more violent”  while speaking at Oxford University in the United Kingdom.

Carter added, "Russia's actions in recent years - with its violations of Ukrainian and Georgian territorial integrity, its unprofessional behavior in the air, in space, and in cyber-space, as well as its nuclear saber-rattling - all have demonstrated that Russia has clear ambition to erode the principled international order.”

The Russian jet flew within 10 feet of the US Navy spy plane, a defense official with knowledge of the incident tells Fox News.

There is a classified photo of the incident, but a decision has not been made about releasing it yet, the official added.

“[The Russian jet] takes up the whole photo,” said the official describing how close the Russian jet came to the US Navy plane.

Navy Captain Jeff A. Davis, a Pentagon spokesman issued the following statement regarding the incident: “Earlier today (Sept. 7) a Russian SU-27 Flanker fighter jet made an unsafe close-range intercept of a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft while it conducted routine operations in international airspace over the Black Sea.  The intercept lasted about 19 minutes.  U.S. Navy aircraft and ships routinely interact with Russian units in the area and most interactions are safe and professional.  However, we have concerns when there is an unsafe maneuver like this.  These actions have the potential to unnecessarily escalate tensions, and could result in a miscalculation or accident.”

Jeh Johnson to Fox: A lot of confidence in the security of electoral infrastructure

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger held a press conference at Reagan National Airport Wednesday morning. 

Asked by Fox News about recent suspected Russia-based hacking activity that targeted two different state electoral systems, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said the Department has “a lot of confidence” in the security of electoral infrastructure in the United States leading up to the November 8 elections.

Secretary Johnson would not comment directly on the Russia allegations, instead citing the FBI investigation into the matter which he said “is not complete.” Johnson added that he continues to urge state and local election officials to consult DHS for ways to secure their systems and to prevent cyber intrusions, noting that “the Department of Homeland Security is in a position to sure up electoral infrastructure.”

Johnson alluded to the complex nature of electoral infrastructure security given that it stretches several different jurisdictions at the state and local levels, but threw water on any notion that the U.S. government wants to federalize the electoral process.

“That’s not what we do. That’s not our mission,” Johnson added. “What we do in the Department of Homeland Security is offer assistance to anyone who comes forward and asks for it.”

Krauthammer: Trump rising poll numbers not surprising

A new CNN poll shows Donald Trump leading Hillary Clinton by two points, which syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer believes should not come as a surprise.

“I don’t think this is really complicated,” Krauthammer said Tuesday on Special Report. “Every bit of news about her is always about emails, the foundation, the corruption.”

“Of course it’s her numbers declining,” he stated.

Krauthammer told the panel what he found most interesting though was Trump’s support among republicans jumped to 90 percent in the CNN poll after previously being in the high 70s.

“That’s a huge difference,” he said adding “if it shows up in the other polls, that will make a big difference.”

 

 

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