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Monday, January 28, 2013
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Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton friends forever
Guests: Brit Hume

"It was a disappointing interview on '60 Minutes' last night; I didn't learn very much, in fact I didn't learn anything. Summing up the interview, we live in a world that is incredibly complicated and dangerous. Good to know. I respect '60 Minutes' and Steve Kroft and I don't know why he didn't ask hard questions. You don't have to be disrespectful, all you have to say is, 'Mr. President, why did your Secretary of State not go on the Sunday shows to explain what happened in Benghazi?' Here's another one: 'Mrs. Clinton, when did you learn about the assassination of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, and why didn't you hold a press conference when the intelligence community told you it was a terrorist attack?' But I don't think Steve Kroft even cares about Libya, and most other national media don't care either. So we the people are not going to be told what happened over there. The truth is that the assassination of the Ambassador and three other Americans has not engaged the American people. The President and Hillary Clinton know that, and they also know that the national media adores them."

The Factor was joined by Fox News analyst Brit Hume, who disputed President Obama's claim that Hillary Clinton has been a "great" Secretary of State. "She has worked hard and has traveled all over," Hume said, "but the list of achievements that can be attributed to her is not long. How well has the 'reset' with Russia worked out? How are things between Arabs and Israelis? How about Iran and North Korea? I'm not saying she hasn't tried hard, but I don't think she's 'great.'" Hume also expressed disappointment with the "60 Minutes" segment. "The whole interview seemed to be devoted to their relationship and, guess what, they have a great relationship. I've admired Steve Kroft but he's never been very tough on President Obama."
Did we learn anything from the "60 Minutes" interview with President Obama and Hillary Clinton?
Guests: Sally Quinn and Judith Miller

Veteran reporters Sally Quinn of the Washington Post and Judith Miller of Fox News also evaluated the "60 Minutes" interview. "I just spoke with Steve Kroft," Miller said, "and he said the only constraint on that interview was one of time. He had 30 minutes and he knew he could either concentrate on their relationship or he could concentrate on foreign policy substance. She had just spent hours testifying on Capitol Hill and he didn't think he was going to be able to advance that story." Quinn theorized why President Obama decided to do the joint interview. "The worst-kept secret in Washington is that Hillary Clinton and the State Department do not make policy. She has gone around the world being the face of the United States and it's been frustrating for her. Partly this was a reward for doing this, and partly it was a thank you to Bill Clinton, who worked very hard for the President. I thought it was fascinating television to watch the two of them together." The Factor strenuously disagreed, saying, "Most Americans probably wanted substance and not the Jimmy Kimmel show."
Will Republicans get behind immigration reform?
Guests: Juan Williams and Mary Katharine Ham

With immigration reform near the top of President Obama's agenda, The Factor asked Mary Katharine Ham and Juan Williams to summarize the debate. "Immigrants generate economic activity," Williams declared, "they hike GDP and they create jobs. Something like 18% of American small business owners are immigrants and , in addition, they pay taxes." Ham warned that immigration legislation will find resistance on both sides of the aisle. "I don't think this is a magic pill for Republicans and I'm also a little curious about President Obama wanting to pass this, for four years he didn't raise a finger. Parts of the left may defect, including labor unions." But The Factor characterized immigration reform as a political winner: "66% of Americans in a Fox News poll support a 'pathway to citizenship,' so any sitting President, especially a liberal guy, is going to get on this train for political reasons."
Teddy Turner, son of media mogul Ted Turner, running for Congress as a Republican
Guests: Teddy Turner

The Factor welcomed 49-year-old Teddy Turner, a South Carolinian running for Congress. Turner explained how he became a man of the right when his father, billionaire Ted Turner, is a liberal Democrat. "My dad asks me that all the time," he said. "If four years at The Citadel, a military college, and two years in the Soviet Union don't make you a conservative, nothing will." Turner described his childhood the son of a very famous public figure. "My dad was pretty tough, he made us work hard and learn the value of a dollar. And our dinner conversations were pretty incredible, we were always talking about pretty heady issues. He was very conservative and his change came later in life. I'm very conservative and we don't agree on a lot of politics."
Bobby Jindal: The GOP "must stop being the stupid party"
Guests: Karl Rove

Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal has urged his fellow Republicans to articulate ideas and "stop being the stupid party." Fox News analyst Karl Rove opined on Jindal's remarks. "I think he's right," Rove said. "He was talking about Todd Akin of Missouri and Richard Mourdock of Indiana and their terrible comments on abortion. The Republican Party can't simply be in mindless opposition to Barack Obama, it has to offer a vision of the future that is attractive and compelling for Americans. We are a growth and opportunity party, we believe in limited government and restraining spending and cutting the deficit because that increases the opportunity to spread prosperity more broadly." Rove also ridiculed the "60 Minutes" interview with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama as "powder puff journalism."
Should we shame overweight people into getting fit?
Guests: Adam Carolla

A bioethicist named Daniel Callahan has suggested that Americans should use shame to pressure obese folks to shape up. Adam Carolla actually endorsed that idea. "I'd like to expand the shaming," he said, "to welfare moms and deadbeat dads and people who think it's a good idea to fly in flip-flops. I want shaming to keep society in order." Carolla conceded that obese Americans are already shunned and ridiculed. "I think fat people are going to get beat up by society no matter what, society gets its pound of flesh out of these people, in this case it's a pound of blubber. But eventually, when there are more of them than there are of us, they'll literally crush us." The Factor questioned the fairness of ridiculing chubby folks: "An American who's overweight could have a health issue, and it's a personal choice to look the way you want. Should they be scorned for that?"
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Sherry Kohnke, Tinley Park, IL: "Bill, you're right! Lou Dobbs does have hair like Troy Donahue."
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