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."


Jack Quinn & Michael Mukasey on 9/11 Bill

Ahead of tomorrow’s expected veto by President Obama, Bret Baier took a fair and balanced look at the 9/11 Bill, holding back-to-back interviews with Jack Quinn (an attorney representing the 9/11 families) and Judge Michael Mukasey.

Quinn told Bret that the 9/11 families are “incredibly distressed” that President Obama would veto the bill, but is “absolutely confident” that Congress will “overwhelmingly” override it. When asked about a letter written by top officials (including Judge Mukasey) arguing the bill would undercut sovereign immunity protection, Quinn described those suggestions as false because “sovereign immunity is not an absolute.” “The conflation, the confusion that the judge [Mukasey] and his colleagues in the administration make between what the United States does to prevent terrorism and what other countries do to support terrorism is a very dangerous proposition,” Quinn said.

On the other side, Mukasey argued that while he has sympathy for the 9/11 families, “we don’t want to hurt ourselves in an effort” to try to help them. Mukasey also said “there has been no such determination” that the Saudi government was involved in the 9/11 attacks. Overall, Mukasey’s view is that the United States has “the most at risk from the notion not that another country is going to do the same thing as was done in this bill, but rather that they're going to use this as the excuse to undercut sovereign immunity.”


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."

Pentagon wants 500 more US troops for Iraq

By Lucas Tomlinson

The US military is seeking to add another 500 US troops to Iraq in addition to the 400 that arrived over Labor Day Weekend, two military officials tell Fox News.

In July, the Pentagon received approval to raise the troop number in  Iraq to 4,647 troops in Iraq from a previous authorization of 3,870 in January.

If President Obama signs off on the military’s plan for more troops, the number would grow beyond 5,000.   There are other US troops inside Iraq that the Pentagon claims are on “temporary” assignments, although some of these deployments last up to one year in country.  Counting these troops, the new forces going to Iraq will push the number of American forces on the ground in Iraq to over 6,000 troops unofficially.

The new US troops in Iraq will remain in an “advisory” capacity officials say, but US troops have increasingly found themselves in danger in Iraq.

In addition to the rocket attack suspected of containing a “mustard agent,” earlier this week, nearly 500 US troops at a base 25 miles south of Mosul have been attacked four times in the past week in conventional rocket attacks, normally one to two rockets at a time, Fox News is told.

An official with knowledge of one of the attacks said one rocket landed “real close” to US troops.  “There is a real danger,” US troops face in Iraq right now, the official said.

Three US service members have been killed in Iraq fighting ISIS.

Officials said the planned deployment 500 additional troops would not be going Qayyarah Airfield, the base 25 miles south of Mosul, but elsewhere in the country as the US military ramps up efforts to support Iraqi forces in a ground assault on Mosul expected to kick off in the next few weeks.

A senior defense official confirmed to Fox News that Iraqi forces had successfully made it to the center of Shirqat, a key supply hub for ISIS forces 60 miles south of Mosul. 

Fox News Electoral Scorecard Map - Clinton Maintains Electoral Lead

We have certainly seen a tightening race over the last month, but Clinton still maintains an electoral lead. Clinton remains ahead in enough states to give her an electoral victory even though her grip on several states has weakened.

Since late August, Trump has trimmed Clinton’s polling leads in states such as Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and Virginia. However, Clinton maintains sufficient polling average leads in those states for us to think they are still leaning in her direction. We’ll continue to watch for further tightening in the polls before we rate any of those as Toss Up contests. Wisconsin might be the first of these to slip back to being a Toss-Up state, but it’s not quite there yet.

We’ve avoided bouncing back and forth on Florida and Ohio by maintaining our Toss Up ratings on those states over the last month, expecting the polling margins to tighten, as they have, compared to what we were seeing in August.

And you might see others rating them as Lean Republican or even Toss Ups, but we still see South Carolina and Texas as being solidly Republican at this time.

2016 Scorecard


If Clinton were to win the states we’ve rated Solid Clinton along with the states we see as leaning in her direction she’d have 273 electoral votes. A presidential candidate needs only 270 Electoral Votes to win the presidency. If Trump wins the Solid Trump states along with the states currently seen as leaning in his direction he’d come away with 164 electoral votes. The Toss-Up states, not currently in either candidate’s column, hold another 101 electoral votes.

The 2016 Scorecard map shows whether we think the state is solidly in a candidate’s column, leaning toward one candidate, or currently a toss-up state.  The solid states are not currently thought to be competitive, the leaning states are still competitive but one candidate appears to have an edge, and the toss-up states are races where neither candidate has a clear advantage.

Mean Tweet Monday: Bret's tan is so bad he looks like a bag of BBQ Fritos!

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.  

Krauthammer: Expectation management out of control for Clinton & Trump

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer believes the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump campaigns are “out of control” when it comes to discussing each other’s candidacy.

“Either side needs to be a little bit careful,” Krauthammer said Wednesday on Special Report.

The discussion occurred after a clip played of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange telling Sean Hannity Tuesday night that Hillary Clinton was lying about not recognizing classified markings on emails and there’s the possibility of more Clinton leaks soon.

“The democrats are rightly afraid of what shoe could drop,” said Krauthammer. “The expectations are building that there’s a bombshell.”

Krauthammer added because Clinton has painted Trump as a sort of “Doctor Strangelove mad man” all Trump has do is show up at the debates and not froth at the mouth and he’ll have won it hands down.”


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.”



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