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Friday, March 24, 2017
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Eric Bolling
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GOP Healthcare Bill Pulled
Eric began with the dramatic news out of Washington, where President Trump and Speaker Ryan withdrew their health care bill rather than see it voted down. Republican Senator Rand Paul, a vocal opponent of the proposed bill, entered the No Spin Zone with his reaction. "I still have a great deal of optimism that we will repeal ObamaCare," he insisted, "because nothing has united Republicans more. We are united on repeal, but we are not as united on the replacement part, so I hope both sides will continue to talk. President Trump has been very open to many of our ideas but we just didn't have enough time. There are some great ideas for replacement that will lower the cost of insurance for people. We are open to making a deal, but this was 'ObamaCare Lite.' We can start over with repeal as the basis." Senator Paul advised President Trump to pursue both health care reform and tax reform.
Democrats Rejoice
Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and other Democrats were exuberant after the GOP health care bill failed, but President Trump said the Democrats are losers because they fully own ObamaCare. Eric spoke about the issue with Fox News correspondents Kevin Corke and Mike Emanuel. "Democrats have been sitting back and watching," Emanuel reported, "and they were happy to see this fall apart before their very eyes. It was a very tense day here on Capitol Hill before the president finally called it quits and pulled the bill. But people here are giving the president a lot of credit for working so hard." Corke theorized that President Trump could actually benefit from Friday's vote. "If you are looking for winners and losers, Speaker Ryan and the Republicans are the losers in the short term. But in the long term, I think the president may not end up being the bad guy. If ObamaCare falls apart or doesn't live up to its promises, that could be a net positive for President Trump and the Republican Party."
The Art of the Failed Deal
How will the health care debacle affect Donald Trump's presidency? Eric posed that question to conservative columnist Adriana Cohen and Democratic strategist Jessica Tarlov. "This is a win for America," Tarlov declared, "but it is not a win for Donald Trump. Today 24-million Americans got to keep their health insurance. I hope this will be an opportunity for Democrats and Republicans to work to fix ObamaCare. Donald Trump threw his capital behind this, he tried to bully Republicans into backing him, so it is not a win for him." Cohen put forth a far different opinion. "I definitely think it's a win for Donald Trump because if premiums had gone up, it could have cost him and the Republicans the election. We actually dodged a bullet in my opinion. This could have hurt him and I think it's good for him to pivot to areas where he can win like tax and regulatory reform."
Brawl over Trump Surveillance
Republican Devin Nunes and Democratic Adam Schiff, both ranking members of the House Intelligence Committee, have been sparring over allegations that intelligence officials may have eavesdropped on Donald Trump and his transition team. Fox News correspondent Catherine Herridge reported the latest. "The committee confirmed today that they are recalling the FBI and NSA directors," she said, "and it will be a closed, private briefing. Republican Chairman Nunes wants to get more answers from the FBI and NSA director before he questions former Obama administration officials."

Eric continued on the subject with foreign policy analysts Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer and Gillian Turner. "There are a lot of sensitive methods now being discussed behind closed doors," Shaffer said. "Closed hearings allow you to disclose what methodologies were used for surveillance and who the authorities were. This will reveal exactly which keystroke unmasked which name, and we will learn who authorized the wide dissemination of the information that was leaked to the New York Times. Someone is going to get caught for unmasking information illegally." Turner reiterated that identifying Americans caught up in surveillance is against the law. "Even if intelligence on President Trump and his communications got swept up incidentally in foreign intelligence collection, it is perfectly legal. But you cannot identify people by their names and then circulate it through the intelligence community. This all comes back to national security leaks, which are crimes."
Maryland Madness
Just days after two illegal immigrants allegedly raped a 14-year-old girl in Rockville, Maryland, that state's House of Delegates voted to make Maryland a 'sanctuary state' that shields illegal immigrants from federal authorities. Eric was joined by Maryland State Delegate Keith Haynes, who endorsed the sanctuary situation. "The state of Maryland has been progressive," Haynes began, "when it comes to issues of immigration. We are putting forth this legislation to restore trust between the community and law enforcement. The horrific incident in Montgomery County really doesn't have an immigration component. Local law enforcement could not detain these individuals, who had no criminal records or gang affiliation." Fox News contributor Steve Cortes was incensed by that rationalization. "As an Hispanic and the father of teen girls, this story horrifies me. One of these men was caught at the border and should have been returned, but instead he was released and went to Maryland, where authorities decided to put this grown man in class with a 14-year-old girl. These two illegals should never have been here in the first place! Liberal elites love to talk about 'social justice,' but police on the street have to live with the carnage." Eric concluded, "This is the reason sanctuary cities are not popular and are dangerous."
The Week That Was
Eric was joined by political journalists Erin McPike and Bob Cusack, who identified the week's biggest stories. "The health care law is the biggest story of the year so far," McPike asserted. "This is something Republicans have been working on for years and they failed miserably. Who knows where the party goes from here?" Cusack agreed that the health care law was far and away the week's major event. "Speaker Paul Ryan guaranteed that this bill would pass, but it did not. This was a disaster for the GOP, a devastating defeat. Democrats are gleeful right now and the question is how Republicans pick up the pieces." McPike and Cusack both predicted that next week's biggest story will revolve around the alleged Trump surveillance and what happens in the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.