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News on The 700 Club: March 29, 2017

As seen on "The 700 Club," March 29: Trump's last 24 hours: Ending Obama's energy strangle, and Russian salad dressing. Wait... what?; Undercover journalists now face felony charges for exposing Planned Parenthood, and more. Read Transcript


[CHORD]

Hey, welcome, folks, to this edition of "The 700 Club."

I'm pleased to welcome Wendy back from the toils of Haiti.

My first time--

Yeah, how was it?

--with that beautiful island nation.

Well, did you know they have huge mountains there?

Did you know they have some of the highest

mountains in the Caribbean?

No, I didn't.

I was shocked.

It's beautiful, isn't it?

It was beautiful.

Yeah.

I was with a group called Cross Catholic.

And they do a program called the Joy Box.

We stayed at an orphanage, Pat.

There are so many orphans--

economic orphans-- in Haiti.

Mm-hm.

Their parents might be alive.

Yeah, yeah.

But they simply can't feed them.

Can't put them through school.

So they drop them off at the orphanage.

But the people- they're still--

they're so resilient.

They're still recovering from Hurricane Matthew.

They're beautiful--

And--

--people, they really are.

Yeah.

And we're there, too.

CBN, of course, is there.

Oh, big time.

Operation Blessing has got a huge stuff going down there.

But that's good.

I'm glad you were there.

They've had all kinds of disease.

There was a UN troop that brought in that terrible virus.

And they'd never had it before.

And they polluted the water.

And I mean, it's been--

they just-- it's constant suffering.

Yeah, you see the UN trucks everywhere in Port Au Prince.

Yeah, well they--

We landed in Port Au Prince.

But then we took a bus like three hours down

along the coast.

And it took a while to get down there.

But--

Well, you know, it was so beautiful.

When you think about it, Napoleon

was willing to trade the whole Louisiana Purchase for Haiti.

WENDY GRIFFITH: Wow.

I mean, it is gorgeous.

Really.

I mean, that was his choice.

He said, OK, I'll sell you all that stuff that you got

on the Mississippi-- that's the Louisiana Purchase--

I'll sell you all that.

I want to keep Haiti.

WENDY GRIFFITH: Yeah, I don't blame him.

So Haiti was so wealthy, they had--

I mean, no offense to Louisiana.

I got a lot of friends down in Louisiana.

Well, they had all that sugar.

They had everything.

But they got little or nothing now.

It's desperate.

But I'm glad you're back.

And you didn't get sick.

You didn't catch any of those diseases.

No.

It was nice and hot there.

Got lucky.

We ate well.

Great food down there.

Well, I'm glad.

So it was fun.

Well, you know, the war on coal

that President Obama decided he wanted

to destroy the coal industry.

So he set out to do it.

Thousands of jobs at risk.

Probably billions of dollars' worth of economic value

wiped out by the stroke of the Obama pen.

Well, a new sheriff is in town.

And he says, no, it is a new era.

I'm going to make good on my campaign promise.

I'm going to revive the coal industry.

And I will bring back jobs to West Virginia.

Hallelujah.

Can I say hallelujah?

PAT ROBERTSON: Hallelujah.

[CHUCKLING]

Well, despite their failure last week,

both the president and Republicans in Congress

say they're looking for a way to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Efrem Graham has the story.

With today's executive action, I am taking historic steps

to lift the restrictions on American energy,

to reverse government intrusion, and to cancel job-killing

regulations.

[APPLAUSE]

EFREM GRAHAM: And with the stroke of a pen,

President Donald Trump signed a sweeping executive order

to roll back most of President Obama's climate change legacy.

The order calls for a review of the Clean Power Plan, which

restricts greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power

plants and strikes rules mandating

climate change be considered in federal policymaking.

It does not address the 2015 Paris Climate Change

deal to cap greenhouse gas emissions.

During the campaign last year, Trump

accused President Obama of waging a war on coal.

The White House says the measure will produce new coal mining

jobs.

But the president's critics question just how many.

And environmental groups are promising

to fight the president's actions in court.

Still, the Trump administration is pushing forward

with the president's ambitious agenda.

If you guys give me a reason to recuse myself,

I might consider it.

EFREM GRAHAM: Even in the face of ongoing pressure

and questions about ties between President Donald Trump's

associates and Russia, something the White House denies.

There is no connection.

You've got Russia.

If the president puts Russian salad dressing on his salad

tonight, somehow, that's a Russian connection.

REPORTER: Do you still want to repeal

Obamacare, Mr. President?

EFREM GRAHAM: And despite Republicans' failure

to pass their health care bill last week,

the president remains hopeful he will get a health care

bill through Congress.

But after that failure, as House Speaker Paul Ryan put it--

Obamacare is the law of the land.

It's going to remain the law of the land until it's replaced.

EFREM GRAHAM: But Ryan says Republicans have not

given up on repealing and replacing Obamacare.

Ryan says the various Republican factions

who split over the bill last week

are talking with each other.

He told reporters, quote, "We are all

going to work together and listen together

until we get this right.

It's just too important."

Efrem Graham, CBN News.

Thanks, Efrem.

I advise the president-- and I think others are,

too-- wait till fall.

The premiums are going to go up dramatically

on people's health insurance.

The deductibles are going to rise dramatically

on people's health insurance.

The cost of small businesses because of Obamacare

is going to be crippling.

The hue and cry across the nation

is going to be deafening.

And all of a sudden, those Democrats who are laughing now

at the president are going to have

to eat their words because they own it.

They own the whole thing.

It is a Democrat initiative.

They put it through without Republican votes.

They have not voted in any shape or form for repeal.

And now they're going to be stuck with what they've got.

And if the president's got any sense--

and I'm sure he's got plenty of it--

he's going to sit back and let the thing

fall of its own weight till fall and then wait for the cry

from out in the hustings.

And he'll say, I'm now hearing the cry of the people.

and we're going to get this job done.

And at this point, they need a complete overhaul.

They need to forget what the Senate would do or not do.

They're going to say, look, here's the deal.

We're going to take away all those mandates.

We're going to take all those restrictions away.

We're going to completely repeal Obamacare.

And we will put in place a bill that meets

the needs of all the people.

And then they'll take it to the Senate.

And if the Democrats in the Senate want to block it,

then from that point on, the people will look.

And they say, these are the ones who

voted to bring these onerous regulations back on us.

That's smart politics.

Let's see if they do it.

Well, the president has also taken some his heat

to his plans to cut government spending.

But some people in Washington think those spending cuts

could even go deeper.

John Jessup has this.

Well, Pat, how about getting rid

of entire federal departments and government agencies?

Those are some of the recommendations being proposed

as the government adds to the growing

national debt every year.

Paul Strand has the story.

We spend money like it's M&Ms.

PAUL STRAND: Economist Stephen Moore advised Donald Trump

during the presidential campaign to make huge cuts

and save taxpayers money if he won the White House.

They're tax dollars.

When they're wasted, that's stealing from taxpayers.

PAUL STRAND: That's why Moore says

he would wipe out the entire Department of Education--

the wasted money and the fact it has no constitutional business

in the education field.

Education is a state and local responsibility.

We don't want the federal government

sticking its finger in all these state and local decisions

on schools.

We spend $50 billion a year at the federal level

on education spending.

And that's bureaucrats down the street from here.

PAUL STRAND: Very expensive bureaucrats,

says Kentucky Congressman Tom Massie,

who's sponsoring a bill to kill the Department of Ed

and their jobs.

There are 4,500 bureaucrats here

in Washington, DC, that make an average of $105,000 apiece.

That's over twice the average teacher salary in Kentucky.

PAUL STRAND: Since states and local districts

already take care of education, he

says a federal department is redundant and unnecessary.

When I started school as a youngster in public school

in Kentucky, there wasn't a Department of Education.

Yet education existed.

PAUL STRAND: And that's not the only cabinet-level department

Massie and Moore would kill.

Both would get rid of the Department of Energy.

You know, our energy policy should be two words--

free market.

We don't need to have government choosing one form of energy

over another.

PAUL STRAND: Massie says, don't even tax Americans

for such departments.

I mean, a lot of it's spent on the bureaucracy.

We would be better off not even collecting those taxes

and bringing them to Washington, DC.

PAUL STRAND: Massie is also co-sponsoring a bill

to wipe out the Environmental Protection

Agency, though he's quite the green believer, himself.

I live off the grid.

My house is powered with solar panels.

Yet people think because I want to eliminate

a federal bureaucracy I'm against the environment.

That couldn't be further from the truth.

I'm for freedom.

And I'm for allowing people to make personal decisions.

PAUL STRAND: But the congressman is offended by the waste

and overreach of the EPA.

Running around, writing their own laws.

They have their own police force.

They buy weapons and ammunition.

PAUL STRAND: Moore points out just

getting rid of the vast redundancies

across the federal government could save a ton of money.

Did you know there are 56 different job-training programs

in Washington?

There are 48 special-education programs.

Why not consolidate them, put them under one roof?

That's what a business would do.

PAUL STRAND: Both Massie and Moore

point out Washington has no authority

to do much of what it does with these bureaucracies.

You could make an argument that my friend Walter

Williams makes--

one of our great economists-- who

says, 2/3 of what the government does

isn't even sanctioned in the US Constitution, which

means it's unconstitutional.

PAUL STRAND: And the present power structure in Washington

might be the first in decades to do something about it.

Many bureaucrats are probably shaking in their boots,

knowing that this businessman president, paired with both

a Republican House and Senate, may actually

be ready to shrink government rather than see it grow.

Paul Strand, CBN News, reporting from Capitol Hill.

Thanks, Paul.

And, Pat, as you said at the top of the show,

there's a new sheriff in town.

WENDY GRIFFITH: [CHUCKLES]

Well, he's going to round up some of them bad hombres-

and put them in the stockade.

You know, that Department of Education--

I mean, if you go back in history,

where did it come from?

Well, when Jimmy Carter was running for president,

the majority-- at least a substantial block--

of the delegates at the Democratic National Convention

were from the labor--

I mean, the education union.

And so in order to placate them, he

said, I will give you a special department of government,

the Department of Education.

And they funded it initially with $10 billion.

That number, I think, has grown to somewhere

in the neighborhood of $80 billion to $90 billion.

Reagan tried to do away with it.

Others have.

But it gets bigger and bigger and bigger.

And so what's being proposed is do away

with the whole blessed thing.

And what was said--

education is very well done in the states.

Why do we need a federal bureaucracy?

We don't.

Same thing with the Department of Energy.

You don't need it.

It used to be off the grid.

Now it's back on.

And so you can go down the list of all the terrible things that

are being done in Washington that

waste billions and billions of your dollars

and run the debt up to the $20 trillion level.

We've got to do something about it.

So sooner or later, I know that--

you know, as one friend of mine said,

when the pigs start to squeal, turn up the grease.

They're squealing like crazy because all those jobs

are at stake.

You're looking at over $100,000 a piece for all of those jobs.

Of course, they're going to squeal.

But they've got to be done away with.

It's just one of those things.

It's got to be done.

Well, there's something else coming up.

And it looks like that the majority leader of the Senate

is going to be faced with a choice.

Harry Reid, when he was majority leader,

did something that was--

he pulled what was called the nuclear option in order to jam

through the Senate a whole lot of left-wing court judges--

judges from the-- actually, not the lower courts

but the appellate court level.

And he put a whole bunch of them in office,

over the objections of the Republicans

because they were not allowed to filibuster.

It was a strictly majority rule.

They call it the nuclear option.

Well, it looks like Chuck Schumer of the Democrats

has been screaming, I'm going to filibuster.

Well, if he filibusters, then Mitch McConnell

is going to have to say, nuclear option--

bang.

[CLAPS]

And if that happens, that means that the way

will be open for all the other judges

that President Trump wants to put in.

And we've got several openings when they come.

It means he can put into the court--

I think the next one is going to be a very fine jurist.

It's on the top of the list.

And there'll be others beside.

But we're going to have a revolution in the courts.

And if the Democrats insist on filibustering,

insist on this kind of obstructionism

on a man like Gorsuch, what would they

do for somebody else?

Well, John has that story.

Pat, as you were saying, the stage

is set for what appears to be a Senate

showdown over the president's Supreme Court nominee,

Judge Neil Gorsuch.

The vote has been scheduled for April 7.

But more than half of Senate Democrats

oppose Gorsuch's nomination.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

says it will be an uphill climb for the judge

to get the 60 votes he needs to be confirmed.

That could mean the Senate Republican leadership would

have to invoke what's called the nuclear option, allowing

Gorsuch to be confirmed with just a simple majority.

Republicans say they don't want it to come to that.

But they'll do so if necessary.

Well, the two pro-life activists who

produced undercover videos involving Planned Parenthood

have been charged with 15 felonies in California

for privacy violations over their secret recordings

and for using fake identities.

David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt

face a felony count for each person they secretly recorded

and another felony charge for criminal conspiracy.

The action comes eight months after similar charges

were dropped in Texas.

While California's attorney general

says the pair violated privacy laws,

Daleiden's Center for Medical Progress

calls the charges "bogus," adding

that they will show unreleased videos of Planned Parenthood's,

quote, "criminal baby parts enterprise."

Well, every year, Israeli archaeologists

dig up thousands of artifacts.

But where do they go after scientists study them?

CBN News Middle East Bureau Chief Chris Mitchell

found the answer.

This is the place where at the end of the day,

all archaeological findings in the country come to rest.

CHRIS MITCHELL: CBN News got a rare look

at just a part of many artifacts,

such as large water jugs like the ones filled with water

Jesus turned into wine.

DEBORA BEN AMI: We here see an assemblage

related to the period of the life of Jesus.

Vessels common in the houses of the Jewish society

in Jerusalem, combining limestone vessels,

large vessels, small vessels, different vessels,

and ceramics.

Every year, there are something like 30,000 to 40,000

new artifacts.

We are conducting around 300 excavations per year.

CHRIS MITCHELL: Archaeologist Gideon Avni

says those excavations over the last 20 to 30 years

have greatly increased our knowledge about life

during the time of Christ.

We can reconstruct today what happened

to an average person during the time of Christ

from the minute of his birth till his burial.

CHRIS MITCHELL: One rare find is this stone from a synagogue

at Magdala, home to Mary Magdalene, where

Jesus could have preached.

And there's more.

Recently, archaeologists found nine ancient copper coins

where workers were widening the main road between Jerusalem

and Tel Aviv.

These coins show one of the major aspects

of Christian pilgrimage to the Holy Land,

where tens of thousands of people

were coming from all over the known world of this time, all

of them coming to follow in the footsteps of Christ,

using the road system climbing to Jerusalem.

CHRIS MITCHELL: Although archaeologists hesitate

to say their work proves the Bible,

they maintain it provides evidence of life

during Biblical times.

GIDEON AVNI: If you are speaking about New Testament,

so archeology very much reinforces

the narrative and descriptions of the Gospels,

providing physical evidence.

CHRIS MITCHELL: And if you can't make the trip to Israel,

Avni says you can soon go online to see these artifacts tell

the story of the land of the Bible.

Chris Mitchell, CBN News, Jerusalem.

And, Pat, bringing the stories of the Bible to life.

Wonderful.

When I was there some years ago, I

was given a luncheon by the then prime minister, I guess he was.

At that time, I think he was the foreign minister or defense

minister.

And they gave me a vase.

And it's from 1800 BC, the same time of Abraham.

Wow.

My goodness.

And it could be Abraham could actually have used it.

So I mean, it's so precious.

I don't want to even bring it out, it's so beautiful.

But it's 1800 BC.

I would have been afraid to put that on an airplane.

Well, I'm--

You got to--

I'm afraid to put it anywhere, that it might fall and break.

But I mean, I now realize what a repository

they have with these beautiful things.

WENDY GRIFFITH: Now I really want to see it, though, Pat.

I really want to see it.

Well, one day I'll bring that so you can see it.

But from the days of Abraham.

All right.

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