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he comes by about once a week. doorbell cam. >> dana: hello. what a way to kick off a monday. jesse, good luck all week at 7:00 p.m. that's it for us. "special report" coming up next. >> bret: you are talking about dreams. i've had a dream about this handoff any many nights. [laughter] a lot of it involves bears. >> dana: we dream about it too. >> bret: breaking tonight, tens of thousands of migrants making their way toward the u.s. open border as we speak. the panamanian government says most of those travelers are haitian. also new images of americans tax dollars wasted after the biden administration takes new steps to specifically abandon a physical border wall championed
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by the previous administration. we have fox team coverage. bill melugin in southern texas where authorities who are already overwhelmed by the surge are bracing for a new onslaught. we begin with griff jenkins in panama. good evening. >> good evening. we are the first tv journalists to come here to the migrant camp in southern panama. it opened in may of 2020. it's the same way point that most of those 15,000 haitians passed through on their way to that bridge in del rio three weeks ago. we came here to see where the border crisis begins long before it reaches the u.s. a pipeline of haitian migrant streaming toward to the begin south of the american southern border. panama's foreign minister says there are currently 60,000 migrants passing through her country with another 20,000 waiting to cross from colombia. the crossing if through some of
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the most treacherous train on earth. it's a lawless jungle accessible by road, ruled by drug traffickers, smugglers who prey on the migrants. it's the only break in the pan-american highway from alaska to the tip of southern america. >> interpreter: they mention a lot of places. they talk about going down a hill. they also set on some occasions [indistinct] >> for those who perish along the way. the international organization of migration says migrants. the pipeline on the colombian side. as it is being thrown out of their homes to make room for a place to stay for paying haitians. >> interpreter: around 100 homes have been taken from local renters to give them to haitians and around 50 commercial rentals
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have been taken or contracts have been ended to rent to haitians. >> the next stop in their journey? shelters here in southern panama that our cameras got an exclusive look at. >> you saw dead bodies. >> yes. >> so many dead bodies. >> really? >> yes. i was really shocked when i saw them. i was like, wow, just forget about it. we had to do what we had to do. >> bret, the conditions in the camp are hey humanitarian crisis. panamanian officials during the best they can. arriving every day, they are coming through. some 500 leaves on buses that you see behind me. that bus, like many before it, go straight to the costa rican border where they will be let out to continue their journey. the cost for a ride? $40. >> taking off now.
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watch after it. thanks. the biden administration terminating all border wall construction contracts in major crossing areas. that means much of your money spent on construction of a barrier is wasted at least as of tonight. bill melugin is in la joya, texas. >> stunning images monday morning. over 20,000 panels of steel meant for the border wall will continue to sit on used after the biden administration announced on friday it will cancel all remaining border wall contracts in the rgb. between both storage locations, fox news was told there's well over $100 million of materials. >> the crisis right now. tens of thousands of people coming across. where there isn't a wall. he doesn't take a border expert to understand walls work.
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>> here in la joya, texas, where we have watched masses of illegal immigrants crossing in past months, only a little over 2 miles of the planned 20-mile section of the border wall was ever built before president biden halted construction. piles of metal still remain on site. on "special report," former u.s. border patrol chief said the administration was still paying to not do the work. >> for a while it was a most 5 million day between dod and dhs to not build the border wall. >> bret: 5 million a day to not build a wall. >> to not build a wall. >> in encino texas, we embedded with texas state troopers as they hunted for human smugglers. local highways in the rio grande valley are always swarming with smugglers to pick up their human cargo and take them in lint after the illegally. often in areas where there is no border wall to stop them.
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hopes for a border wall now where troopers and border agency they needed badly are all but gone. >> the biden administration has said it's planning to take the unsent funding and use it towards different environmental projects around the area including biological, cultural, natural resource surveys. the biden administration calling on congress to straight up canceled the border wall funding. they say they want that money to go to "smarter" security options at the border instead. >> bret: bill, i was watching earlier today. during one of your shots, they had some migrants coming across in the opening behind you where the wall stops. that's a frequent occurrence, right? >> every week. every trip we have been here since may that has happened right here at the border wall. they come in and they walk right past it. it's just a piece of metal sticking up in the dirt. not connected to anything. unfortunate for border patrol
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agents it's essentially useless because it was never finished. >> bret: bill melugin along the border in texas, thanks. the pentagon's former software chief says china has one like the artificial intelligence battle with the u.s. and is heading toward global dominance. saying that the u.s. has no chance to compete in ten or 15 years. he says china is set to dominate the future of the world, controlling everything to geopolitics. blame sluggish innovation in the u.s. and reluctance of companies such as google to work with the government. he resigned last month in protest against the slow pace of technological transformation in the u.s. military. coming up, a report on how the global microchip shortage is a threat to national security. meantime, news tonight. a navy engineer and his wife will appear in court tomorrow on the charge they sold top-secret information on u.s. nuclear warships to a foreign national.
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federal prosecutors want the engineer to remain locked up. national security correspondent jennifer griffin reports from the pentagon. >> a u.s. navy nuclear engineer and his wife, a high school humanities teacher at a prestigious private and apple's high school sold top-secret information concerning the design of the u.s. navy's virginia class nuclear powered warships in exchange for cryptocurrency to a person they thought was representing a foreign power. in fact, that person was an undercover fbi agent. the couple lived in a quiet neighborhood in annapolis and drove a mini cooper. >> they didn't talk to anybody on the block. they moved here in 2014. we would see them. never said high. >> the navy nuclear engineer had a high-level security threats and worked for that top-secret naval reactor program near the pentagon. in april 2020, he sent the first
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package of classified documents to a foreign government passed the information back to a u.s. defense attache suggesting the country may have been an ally. "i apologize for this poor translation into your language. please forward this letter to your military intelligence agency. i believe this information will be of great value to your nation. this is not a hoax." the criminal complaint says toebee visited washington, d.c., over memorial day, asking his handlers to fly a flag signal from the roof of the embassy to indicate that he was talking to the right people and not the u.s. government. at the first drop in west virginia, "the fbi recovered a blue 16 gigabytes disk st card left by jonathan toebee at the dead drop location. the sd card was wrapped in plastic and placed between two slices of bread on the half of the peanut butter sandwich. the sandwich was inside a plastic bag." toebee and his wife were
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arrested on saturday in west virginia where they will be in court tomorrow. they have two children. the couple could face life in prison. >> bret: jennifer, thank you. stocks were down. lost 250. s&p 500 fell. nasdaq dropped 93. how the global microchip shortage could affect america's national security. will bring you that story. here's what some of our fox affiliates around the cover your covering tonight. fox 12 in portland, oregon. kaiser permanente health care workers to authorize a strike. union leaders can call for a strike at any time issue a ten day notice to kaiser permanente before workers walk off the job. talks 5 in san diego. a small plane crashes in a residential neighborhood killing at least two people. two homes were destroyed in the third damaged. the cause of the crashes under investigation. this is a live look from boston
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and our affiliate. the big story there tonight, the boston marathon. the race was delayed 30 months because of the pandemic. it was held in the fall for the first time in its 125 year history. runners from kenya took first in the male and female categories. that's tonight's live look outside the beltway from special report. we'll be right back. that was quick. and rewarding. i earn 3% cash back at drugstores with chase freedom unlimited. that means i earn on my bug spray and my sunscreen. you ready to go fishing? i got the bait. i also earn 5% on travel purchased through chase on this rental car. that lake is calling my name! don't you get seasick? we'll find out! come on. and i earn 3% on dining including takeout. so much for catching our dinner. some people are hunters. some are gatherers. i'm a diner. pow! earn big time with chase freedom unlimited with no annual fee.
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reported. there are new concerns tonight about the global microchip shortage. it's already affecting your electronics, your cell phones, and cars. they may soon impact this country security as well. state department correspondent rich edson shows us how tonight. >> microchips being manufactured in southeast asia. is it something good for our national security? >> an anonymous expert on computer chips known as semiconductors warns recent supply shortage. we've disguised his face and voice. >> however wins the race for the next generation of semiconductor products eventually will have a major military force on the global stage. >> some in congress share those concerns. >> can you imagine a military conflict or any other cause that would block the 90% of semiconductors made in the world that come from asia?
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>> senator john cornyn of texas cosponsored the $52 million chips for america act to try to turn the tribe. >> literally everything that has been off and on switch depends on semiconductors. >> the u.s. dominates the developments basement manufacturing happens mostly overseas. pandemic related shortages inspired an executive order and the situation seems to be getting worse. a bigger variable: the sensitive manufacturing process. >> as long as no grain of sand falls into the swimming pool. >> a trip inside one of the top semiconductor research institutions in an state requires full decontamination. an electrical fire at a japanese auto chipmaker affected a third of global supplies. semiconductor history is uniquely american. silicon valley is named for the stuff they are made out of. gradual outsourcing helped companies like taiwan's company growth to produce some two-thirds of today's chips. quantitative finance professor george calhoun argues that has
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created a unique problem. >> the chinese leadership has been in my view making a lot of inexplicable blunders. >> imagine for a second if china recaptures taiwan. the most advanced microprocessors. >> our industry whistle-blower notes that a hypothetical takeover of taiwan may be less urgent and the tactics he's already seen deployed. >> a start-up company approached us with a request for funding. we took two weeks to get back to them and they said we already have an offer of 20 million from a chinese investor. >> commerce secretary gina raimondo's urging congress to fund the bipartisan measure to make more semiconductors in the u.s. she says the most alarming statistic is the percentage of leading edge chips made in the usa. 0. bret. >> bret: big issue. rich edson, thank you. in case you missed the special last night on fox news, please join me on fox nation for this
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special documentary called "to rescue the republic: president grant and a nation in crisis." based on my book which comes out tomorrow. some of history's towering figures always seemed destined for greatness. ulysses s. grant was not one of them. >> no one, seeing him growing up, would've ever predicted he would've reached the height he would ultimately reach. his father was a tanner. his mother was a devout methodist who had much of the integrity and the modesty that characterized her son. >> bret: grants father swung an appointment for his son to the u.s. military academy. the spot had opened up when grant's ohio neighbor got kicked out. >> grant did in particular want go to west point but thought if father wants me to go, that's what i'm going to do. he graduated 21st in the class of 39.
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>> bret: grant fought in the mexican-american war and when it ended in 1848, he married julia dent, the sister of a west point classmate, and the daughter of a slaveholding missouri planter. >> grant after the mexican-american war is looking for his place. he's looking for is a way to earn a living and support his family. >> bret: drinking got him drummed out of the peacetime army, and civilian life dealt him one failure after another. that special is available any time now on fox nation. the book "to rescue the republic: ulysses s. grant and the fragile nation and the crisis" debuts tomorrow. facebook signing hosted by shannon bream at 7:00 p.m. tonight. i'll be on tucker's show talking about the book as well. up next, president biden's agenda on the brink. a reason for virginia republicans to be cheerful, and the question that stumped ben & jerry's cofounder.
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>> bret: left-wing climate protesters hit the streets of
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washington today. vandalizing a statue of former president andrew jackson and swarming the white house. the build back fossil free coalition is warning president biden to take its demand seriously. they swarmed just in front of the white house obviously. it wants the president to declare a national emergency and end projects involving fossil fuels. the pressure is growing on president biden to get his party on board to pass his domestic tax-and-spend agenda, the bipartisan infrastructure bill bits still hanging out there. infighting among democrats has kept all of that legislation in limbo. one of the president's top advisors admits hard trade-offs will have to be made. white house correspondent jacqui heinrich has the latest. >> since democrats sail past last month self-imposed deadline to pass the first half of president biden's agenda, they haven't reconciled much on the reconciliation package. even as the new de facto deadline, october 31st, creeps
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up. the white house has been trying to broker a roughly $2 trillion copper mice through progressive still calling for more say moderate senators joe manchin and kyrsten sinema are to blame for the impasse. >> the two of them don't have the same priorities. one of them supports prescription drug pricing negotiations that americans don't have to pay more for their prescription drugs. the other one doesn't really support that. they are not necessarily both being public about it. >> any virtual dnc meeting, even president biden knowledged the gulf between moderates and progressives in his party looms large over his agenda. in the midterms. >> we need to stay together. bound by the values that we hold as a party. here's the deal. we won 2020 as a unified party, and we are looking to 2022. >> republicans betting on implosion. speak i think there's a very good chance that the tax-and-spend bill will collapse because the american public is starting to see what's in it and moderate democrats really do
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understand there on their own. >> progressives who sidelined this bipartisan bill until the social spending is finished are signaling the goalposts could move again. >> we are working towards it but of course deadlines can shift. >> keep five -- key biden allies. >> his leadership will prove to have been successful. i'm optimistic by the end of the year we will look back at what happened in october and november and say it set the stage for a very positive 2022. >> treasury secretary janet yellen admitted this weekend there's a limit to what democrats can spend at some hard trade-offs will need to be made. president biden today downplaying all the drama saying despite "attacks and misinformation" the american people support his plan. bret. >> bret: more with the panel. jackie hanger, thanks. hillary clinton is not leaving the political stage anytime
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soon. saying too much on the line. >> i will never be out of the game of politics. i'm not going to be running for anything. i feel like our democracy is at stake and there's many reasons for that. some of them we saw on the screen with the insurrection. some of them because of the revelations about facebook that creates a world of disinformation instead of one that we can agree on what the facts are. >> bret: clinton also says she believes democrats will reach a deal to pass president biden's economic agenda. the virginia governor's race is in its final months and what once looked like a sure thing in the bluish state is anything but. republican challenger of glenn youngkin is making things tough for former governor terry mcauliffe in his bid to win his old job. chief washington correspondent mike emanuel tells us where things stand tonight. >> with about three weeks to go in the virginia governor's race,
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democrat terry mcauliffe and republican glenn youngkin are in a fight for the finish. the real clear politics average of recent polls has mcauliffe up 3.5 over youngkin. 48.5 to 45. one of the big issues over the race, education. loudoun county, virginia, has been ground zero in the fight against teaching critical race theory and schools. youngkin says critical race theory which links racial discrimination to america's foundations in legal system started being taught in virginia when mcauliffe served as governor. 2015 is the first evidence we find of a state board of education training program where slide decks were used that say we are teaching critical race theory in the classroom. that was in 2015 during terry mcauliffe's administration. >> mcauliffe says that's not the case. >> we don't have critical race theory taught in virginia. he brings this up as a trump
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betsy devos thing on education. >> mcauliffe insists he will improve virginia's schools. >> i'm going to build the greatest education system but electing glenn youngkin, dividing children, dog whistles, creating racist -- it's horrible what's being done. >> mcauliffe raised some eyebrows when he said he doesn't think parents should be telling schools what they should teach. pay 25 continues to fire back at mcauliffe on that point. >> there's a lot of virginia of its has a parent has a fundamental right to make decisions concerning the upbringing, education, and care of the child. that is virginia law. >> joe biden won virginia by ten points and sources on both sides suggest this race is much closer than recent polls suggest. both campaigns will be trying to avoid a misstep in the final stretch which could cost the candidate the election. >> bret: will follow it closely. thank you. the cofounders of ben & jerry's ice cream are trying to explain
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why they are refusing to sell their products and what they called occupied palestinian territory but continue to sell them and states in the u.s. with policies that do not align with their political beliefs. >> we hugely support israel's right to exist. we are against a particular policy. >> you guys are big proponents of voting rights. why do you still sell i screamed in georgia. texas. the abortion ban. why are you selling there? >> i don't know. it's an interesting question. i don't know what that would accomplish. we are working on those issues of voting rights and... i don't know. you know, i mean, i think you ask a really good question. >> bret: he later said it
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>> bret: pharmaceutical giant merck says it's applied for u.s. emergency youth authorization for its drug to treat mild to moderate patients of covid-19. if approved, it would become the first oral antiviral medication for the disease. the company says the drug cut the rate of hospitalization and death by 50% in a trial of mild to moderately ill patients who had at least one risk factor for covid-19. astrazeneca seeking emergency approval for its antibiotic cocktail against covid-19. the company says the drug proven to work as a preventative shot
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in the noninfected was also shown to save lives and prevent severe disease when given as a treatment within a week of the first symptoms. meantime, many workers are choosing to lose their jobs instead of being vaccinated. tonight a soon-to-be employed pilot who works for a major airline tells us why he's making that choice. here is correspondent alexandria hall. >> i'm not afraid. they can fire me. they're going to have to fire me. i'm not going out quietly. >> the first officer currently flies for major u.s. airline. he has no plans to comply with his employer's vaccine mandate. he is feeling and violates his medical freedom and he said hundreds of his callings are with him. >> they can't operate a 10% loss of their workgroups. what we are seeing with pilots and forest retirements that primarily started in 2020, ongoing for the next ten years, most airlines are basing between
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500 and 1,000 retirees. >> thousands of southwest airlines passages remain stranded as mass flight cancellations started saturday. >> my daughter was packing at midnight we found out our flight was canceled. >> the service disruption came days after southwest announced that it would implement a covid-19 vaccine mandate but it's pilots association denies that a job action like plants accounts were used. >> it's an internal process at southwest airlines. pilots are serving our customers picking up extra time. >> southwest joins every other major airline aside from delta requiring workers to be fully vaccinated by december 8. large carriers service government contractors and fall under the presence mandate. it can take at least a decade of training to pilot a major airline jet. some fear airlines will not have time to fill potential vacancies. united airlines was the first
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implement a mandate. they say 99% of their workers have been vaccinated or have applied for a medical or religious exemption. >> bret: thank you. the pilot we spoke to in that report, he will be a guest on tucker carlson tonight. that's at 8:00 p.m. eastern time here on fox. up next, the panel on the covid conundrum over vaccine mandates and the biden economy and what's happening on capitol hill and the national security implications of the global microchip shortage. first beyond our borders. state apartment describes meetings with the taliban over the weekend is candid and professional. state department spokesman says the meetings focus on security and terrorism concerns as well as safe passage for u.s. citizens, afghan partners and other foreign nationals. the u.s. is reiterating that the taliban will be judged by their actions and not their words. slavic and northern china causing a bus to fall into a river leaving at least three people dead and 11 missing. more than 120,000 people have
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>> the job creation in the first eight months of my administration is nearly 5 million jobs. jobs up, wages up, unemployment down. that's progress. >> there are bills to pay. how long can somebody -- >> questions asked every month. >> what's the answer? >> i don't think there is an answer. >> why our public school employees going back to work? stick i don't have an answer. >> the jobs report is another nail in the coffin for moderate democrats. president biden is now a million jobs short of what he promised from his last $2 trillion giveaway. why would you trust him to
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create more jobs? >> bret: a lot of focus on the economy about legislation pending on capitol hill, covid mandates and what that means politically. we have shown you this before. the quinnipiac poll in the approval, disapproval for president joe biden again underwater in this poll in a number of other polls. you look deeper at the issues, even on the coronavirus which he was succeeding at, he's upside down. when it comes to the economy even more so. kind of matching the approval number. if you break out independents, it's much lower. fox news senior political analyst brit hume. ben domenech, publisher at "the federalist." juan williams, fox news analyst. what about this current time? where we are on the economy and how much the administration has to do with it? >> we are in a recovery, no doubt about that. job growth is to be expected.
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when it comes in low, people notice. i think that's part of what we are seeing in these polling numbers. you know, some crises occur to an administration and the president because of that administration's policies. the afghanistan withdrawal is one example. the mass of the border is another. the chip shortage that we are dealing with, the continuing problem with the covid vaccine and the effects on the economy, these are things that happened to this president, in a way. either way they happen, it's up to the president to deal with them. a president who cannot seem to deal with them is going to be in political trouble. i think that's part of what we are seeing now. >> bret: is it happening to him or is it an action by the president that somehow is spurring some of it on? >> i think if you're looking at standard measures, economic measures, seasonal job growth, you would think given what the president has done so far, you would've looked for far better
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numbers coming out of september. the problem with that i think is lack of context. clearly we are still battling the coronavirus and it's still having an impact on our economy. i think one consequence of that is it distorts the normal september back to work fall hiring and layoff patterns. right now we saw more growth in july and august, to go back and up those numbers, more than we would've anticipated. right now it looks like we're going to be going through this for a while. some big, big companies have announced they are not going back until even past january. i was surprised at that. you have to keep that in mind. right now is you stop and think about it from the biden administration perspective, we are under 5% unemployment down from 6.3% in january. that's pretty good. you heard the president say added 5 million jobs under his time.
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again, that's very good. but to brit's point, those numbers can be disappointing. >> bret: jason, critics of the administration would say they are looking towards the prescriptions to the opposite. instead of incentivizing to create more jobs, prospectively think they get the legislation passed, they're going to raise taxes on a lot of these companies. >> yes, that is the plan and that's also the problem. juan points to the unemployment rate. there are two reasons unemployment falls. one is because more people who are looking for work find work. the other reason is because fewer people are looking for work. the problem here is that the latter cause could be what we are dealing with. there are 5 million fewer people working today than before the
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pandemic. the question becomes why is that? why do we have so many job openings and so few people looking for work? the question there is whether there are too many incentives in place not to work. we have ended the supplemental unemployment insurance program. i think we waited too long. we still have lots of checks going out to families with kids, rental assistance and so forth. we have a lot of things in place for people not to return to the labor force. this administration was to increase those incentives. even giving families six-figure income families up to $200,000 incentives not to return to work. that can be a problem going forward, not just in terms of the unemployment rate but in terms of the productivity of the country. fewer people working means we are a less productive country and that could in the long room affect our standard of living.
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>> bret: i have a buddy was a chevy dealer telling me about the chip shortage. he couldn't get cars. more and more people see it but it's not just for getting cars or electronics. it's actually a security threat for the country. take a listen to the gm president. >> the reason why, people don't fully understand, to get profitable, vertically integrated chip manufacturing, billions of dollars to facilitate it which can happen but then you have millions of uses. millions and millions and millions going in there to make it efficient and productive and profitable. anyone automaker, it's a difficult business. but the auto industry in the country come together and do it, it's a big deal. >> bret: you are talking if you do it full out, maybe two or three years before the u.s. is
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able to handle or get a grip on creating some of those chips? >> that's the problem i think we are discussing with the economy as a whole. so many of the fixes that the biden administration wants to bring to bear are things that aren't even going to be wound up within the next calendar year and a half. if not beyond that. with the semiconductor crisis, you see it again a situation where you can't just flip a switch and turn things on. i think this southwest airline situation where you see so many pilots and crew potentially involved in a mass revolt against the vaccine mandate that's been pressed upon them, i fear that type of reaction is going to spread throughout our economy. we really are potentially on the cusp of a number of serious crises that the white house really is dealing with so many in so many different areas. i'm not sure they really have a solution that's going to be able
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to be brought to bear in time to make a meaningful difference for people in the economy in a short term. >> bret: what about the vaccine mandates and how it affects the whole thing? >> the vaccine mandates don't help. anything that incentivizes people not to go to work or be willing to lose their jobs is going to hurt the economy. there's no two ways about it and the workforce participation as jason has pointed out is already a problem. one more thing on the semiconductor shortage. if anything could bring the taiwan policy and the threats to taiwan into sharp focus, that is it. so much of what we get in semiconductors comes from taiwan. we need that production in the near term and possibly belong. if that is cut off, we are really in trouble. >> bret: speaking of that, china policy from the biden administration seems nebulous. it doesn't seem like it's nail down exactly what it is.
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and is brit is talking about, the bombers and jets flying over. it seems urgent. >> yeah, i would say so. the president of taiwan said she is not going to be intimidated by that kind of behavior. the u.s. recently strengthened its relationship with australia, strict in -- strengthened its relationship in terms of literary supplies, semiconductor chips. people in the pan asian basis. trying to say we are united and we are not giving up. when you use the word nebulous, i guess you mean are we going to be more pointed and taking on the chinese and challenging the chinese? i think that's an ongoing issue as to how you do it. clearly we are not interested in bombs and fighting a war with them but i think you have to be very clear about the fact that they are aggressive in terms of
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their behavior in the region and we should not be backing off in my opinion. but i think semiconductors, you've got to believe in american ingenuity. our defense industry is the best of the world. i don't think anyone would contest it. >> bret: the last thing quickly, jason, did you see this ben & jerry's interview? they couldn't answer why they are not selling -- >> [laughs] i don't know what you can add to that. they were really caught flat-footed. >> bret: all right, stand by. when we come back, tomorrow's headlines. kidney disease, or ckd. did you know ckd can lead to kidney failure and dialysis? kidney alert! ckd often has no symptoms until it's too late! help protect your kidneys. call your doctor for a uacr test. it shows one of the earliest signs for ckd.
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♪ ♪ >> bret: headlines with the panel. jason, first to you. >> a major city, bret, austin, texas, jumped on the defund of the police bandwagon a couple years ago and now they are seeing the consequences. violent crime is up, murders have almost doubled since 2019,
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and the police department is having trouble recruiting new cops. i don't think austin is going to be the last big city to learn this lesson the hard way. >> bret: then. >> superman is bi and nobody cares. many comic book industry folks have tried to take advantage of their success at the movies, these types of appeals to woke people and trying to get some kind of new audience for actual comic books. this is just one more attempt to trend on twitter for a day. >> bret: juan. >> baseball rules need to be revised, bret. if you saw last night's tampa-boston game, the ball bounces off a boston player and then over the fence and they stopped the tempo team from scoring. it's in the role books, but it's not right. >> bret: all right, brit. >> democrats proposed new election rules in which people will be allowed to vote by phone and only the vaccinated will be
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allowed to vote. dr. fauci says it's too soon to tell if it is safe to hold the election. >> bret: [laughs] by phone. all right, panel, thank you. tomorrow on "special report," china's latest effort to thwart the international community from discovering the true origins of the coronavirus. that's it for tonight's "special report," fair, balanced, and unafraid. i will be a guest on "tucker carlson tonight," 8:00, 10:00 eastern. jesse watters has fox news prime time all week and apparently he's going to save the world this week. >> jesse: i am and welcome to "fox news primetime." ♪ ♪ i'm jesse watters and tonight we start with thousands of americans left stranded across the country after southwest airlines canceled over 2,000 flights. the company told angry passengers that "air traffic control issues and bad weather were the culprit behind the delays but the people left behind weren't buying it.


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