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News on The 700 Club: July 26, 2017

As seen on "The 700 Club," July 26: Trump: Transgenders will not be allowed to serve in the military in 'any capacity'; Senate health bill clears key hurdle. What now?, and more. Read Transcript

Hey, welcome folks to this edition of the 700 Club.

What it's going to be a day of amendments.

The Senate will be loaded was amendments, open to amendment,

everybody can bring amendments.

It's going to be a zoo, if it isn't already,

it's going to be worse.

Everybody, Democrat, Republican can bring amendments

to the floor and it will be a delaying tactic

and it will be wild.

Anyhow, yesterday they at least passed

the resolution to keep talking, and that's about all they did.

They had several votes that voted down, overwhelmingly,

the bill that was on the floor.

They don't like that.

The one that is going to come up apparently

is to replace Obamacare.

But they don't say what to replace it with.

And they're not sure who's going along with it.

But the senator from Alaska is against the thing

and the senator from Maine is against it.

And it's doubtful they'll have enough votes to get anything


Nevertheless, they-- yesterday was a major step forward

and we'll see what happens.

But I tell ya, after seven years, seven years of voting

constantly to repeal year after year, overwhelmingly,

the Republicans said we are going to repeal Obamacare.

Then they've got a President who will sign it into law

and they say oh now we're getting serious.

I'm not sure we want to do it.


Well the Senate barely passed a measure just

to open debate on a new health care bill.

And Vice President Pence had to pass the tie breaking vote.

Abigail Robertson brings us the story from Washington.

ABIGAIL ROBERTSON: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

narrowly won the tense battle over formally bringing health

care up for debate on the Senate floor

so that a new health care bill can finally be discussed

and amended.

But the war over actually passing a measure

to repeal and replace Obamacare rages on.

This Is just the beginning.

We're not out here to spike the football.

This is a long way.

GOP lawmakers have campaigned for years

on repealing and replacing Obamacare.

And many worry about the consequences

in the 2018 elections if they miss this opportunity.

ABIGAIL ROBERTSON: Senator Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski

voted against letting debate begin on a health care bill.

And that made Senator John McCain's dramatic return

to vote in favor of it, after being diagnosed

with an aggressive form of brain cancer,

critical to getting the motion approved.

But McCain was quick to say this doesn't

mean he will vote for the GOP health care bill,

as it stands now.

I will not vote for this bill as it is today.

It's a shell of a bill right now.

We all know that.

ABIGAIL ROBERTSON: McCain encouraged his colleagues

on both sides of the aisle to work with one another

and compromise on issues for the good of the American people.

We're getting nothing done my friends.

We're getting nothing done.

Let's trust each other.

Let's return to regular order.

We've been spinning our wheels on too many important issues

because we keep trying to find a way

to win without help from across the aisle.

ABIGAIL ROBERTSON: McConnell agrees with McCain

that the parties need to come together.

But he says some issues, like health care,

are just more partisan than others.

As of now, it is unclear whether senators

will vote on a bill to just repeal Obamacare or repeal

and replace it.

But they're dedicating this week to having an open amendment

process that lets senators offer their ideas to change the bill.

Leadership hopes that process leads

to a health care bill that has enough GOP support to pass.

We're going to sort this out in a thoroughly open amendment

process in a situation where 51 votes can change the bill.

ABIGAIL ROBERTSON: The president says

he's proud of the efforts of Senate leadership

and acknowledges health care is very complicated.

Though he's optimistic they'll get it done.

I believe now we will, over the next week or two,

come up with a plan that's going to be really, really wonderful

for the American people.

President Trump says he has his pen in hand

ready to sign an Obamacare repeal and replace bill,

or just plain repeal, whenever it hits his desk.

Reporting from Capitol Hill, Abigail Robertson, CBN News.

Remember the big thing they're talking about, if they repeal,

it'll be a two year delay while they get their act together.

So they're all just it's amazing.

Something that everybody has said

we hate and now they've got the chance to do something about it

and they're so so timid about it.

It's just you know, courage--

what was that book that Kennedy wrote?

Profiles in Courage.

Don't you wish they'd do it so.

Well, at least they're going to talk.

It's more than we had yesterday Right?

Well they'll talk.

There will be plenty of talk but everybody,

everybody can make amendments.

So the Democrats will offer 50 amendments, 70 amendments, 100

amendments, and they'll all have to debate every one of them.

Take a vote on every one of them.

You talk about delaying tactics, it's going to be a zoo.

Trust me.

President Trump has another major concern

on his plate, the future of his attorney general.

You know, I really believe that the President and I'm

one of his fans.

But I declare, you don't beat up one of your aides publicly.

You go privately, get him into the Oval Office, shut the door,

and say look, Jeff I'm really disappointed because,

and then you talk to him.

But you don't keep doing this thing out in public.

You just don't and it's humiliating.

And here was a strong supporter, and a man

who was honored in Congress.

I think that recusal has hurt the president terribly.

Without the recusal there might not

have been an independent counsel.

A lot of things have happened and I'm

sure the President is really miffed at what went on.

But nevertheless, it happened, and you do it in private, sir.

Efrem Graham has that.

Pat President Trump hasn't taken a clear stand on

whether or not Sessions will remain as his attorney general.

At a recent news conference, and on Twitter,

the President expressed disappointment in his decision

to appoint Sessions.

The President has criticized him,

calling him very weak for recusing himself

from the federal investigation on Russia.

He also says Sessions could be tougher

on leaks coming from intelligence agencies,

and on crimes committed by Hillary Clinton.

In the Rose Garden Tuesday the President

was vague about Sessions future.

Very disappointed with the Attorney General.

But we will see what happens, time will tell.

Time will tell.

Sessions has reportedly said he

has no plans of stepping down.

US officials say North Korea will

have a nuclear capable intercontinental

ballistic missile by next year.

The Washington Post is reporting the Pentagon's Defense

Intelligence Agency says quote "Reliable nuclear capable

EICBM program could be developed by 2018."

South Korean officials have made similar predictions.

The communist regime has threatened a nuclear strike

on quote "The heart of the US if it tries to remove King Kim

Jong-un as leader."


I've said before, I say it again,

our NSA is unparalleled in the world in cyber activity.

And we have the ability to just totally frustrate

everything they're doing over there from a cyber standpoint.

We can make their machines run in the wrong direction.

We could blow up an ICBM on the launch pad.

We could blow it up as it begins it's ascent.

That's when it's the most vulnerable,

before-- before it gets altitude and gets speed.

It's just taking off slowly off the launch pad.

And we've got to develop technology,

and I think we've got it.

If we don't have it, we should have it,

that can shoot one of those things down.

But we cannot allow them to continue this nuclear game

they're playing.

We've got to do something about it.

But we, obviously the war in Korea is distasteful,

and they could decimate Seoul, which

is right across the border from North Korea.

It would be a terrible thing.

But they cannot hold us hostage to this terrible rhetoric.


Pat, scientists are attempting to build DNA from scratch.

Researchers at New York University

are working to create custom made DNA that will

be inserted into living cells.

The changes-- this changes how the cells

work and could provide treatments for diseases.

The research could open the door to allowing scientists

to someday create entirely new organisms.

Also on the horizon is redesigning human DNA.

Not to create genetically altered people

but to put synthetic DNA into cells for better health.

But some people consider remaking human DNA


And the scientists plan to get guidance

from ethics experts, as well as the public,

before they go forward with trying it.

Could football be bad for the brain?

A new study from the Journal of the American Medical

Association looked at the brains of more than 200

diseased former football players,

including more than 100 who played in the NFL.

Mark Martin has this story.

MARK MARTIN: Mike Adam Lee spent half a dozen years in the NFL

as a running back in the 1970's.

He recently retired from sportscasting

and is living with what he says doctors

believe may be chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE.

The only thing that I remember was

that he said you have symptoms that are concurrent with CTE.

CTE is a progressive, degenerative brain disease

associated with repeated head trauma.

Currently, it can only be confirmed after death.

MARK MARTIN: Adam Lee says life is up and down.

He fights against the depression, frustration,

and forgetfulness with exercise, diet, and cognitive


He also relies on the support of friends and family.

We've got sort of a fraternity of players

who just call each other up wherever

we need it and, for lack of a better phrase,

talk each other off the ledge you know.

And because you do-- you do really

get paranoid and depressed.

MARK MARTIN: In a new study published

in the Journal of the American Medical Association Dr. Ann

McKee of the V.A. Boston health care system

in the Boston University CTE center

studied the donated brains of deceased former football

players who played in high school, college, and the pros.

Doctors examined their brains for signs of CTE

and the relatives of players provided information

about athletic histories, mood, and cognitive symptoms.

Pathologic evidence of CTE was found

in 177 of the 202 former players, a whopping 87%.

That includes 110 of the 111 NFL players

whose brains were studied.

The main results were there was

a shockingly high percentage of CTE amongst the brain donors.

That is, we found 110 out of 111 former NFL players

had diagnostic lesions of CTE at autopsy.

We found 91% of college players, and we

found even evidence of CTE in some high school

players, about 3 of 14 or 21%.

So this says to us that CTE is a problem.

It is a problem associated with football.

MARK MARTIN: The study says it has several limitations.

Researchers say it's important to remember that brain bank

donors don't represent the overall population

of former football players.

Adam Lee wants the game of football to be safer.

Whether they can do that over a period of time

in the next 20 years, I'm not certain.

I don't think anybody is certain.

So what I would like to see going forward

is a comprehensive, collective determination

to solve the CTE problem.

That is, how can we diagnose it in young players

so they can stop playing when they're already

developing signs of it.

And how can we treat it in players

that are concerned that they already have it.

These, to me, are enormous public health concerns

that we need to address right away.

MARK MARTIN: Mark Martin, CBN News.

The study doesn't necessarily mean all football players will

get this brain disease, but playing

the game could raise the risk of getting it.

And if you did play and may have some of the symptoms,

you should certainly see a doctor.


You know, my father bragged about the fact

that he played four years of college football

without a substitute in the days.

And if you looked at the helmet they wore,

they were strips of leather patched together.

They weren't these big things that they wear now.

And apparently he lived without any CTE.

He died at about 83, 84 years old, however old he was.

But he was a very vigorous man.

I noticed no symptoms or anything like that.

So whatever they were doing in those days it didn't hurt him,

but today it's really bad.

I think you know you lead with your head.

You don't protect your head when you're playing football.

I played football in high school and you

just you just bang away as fast as you can.

You throw yourself at somebody.

You try to make a tackle whatever.

If they come through with their knees

and they catch you in the chin well that's to bad.

But you know I've seen it but, Thank the Lord,

I was spared that.

But it's one of those things that, especially

with young players, their brain's

are very malleable and very subject to danger.

And it is something that that song that Willie Nelson wrote

Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys,

well I think mamas don't let your babies grow up

to be football players.

WENDY GRIFFITH: There's a lot of Moms that don't want that.

Maybe back when your dad played, maybe they

were more gentlemanly players.

Maybe they didn't try to kill each other.

Well they had people of the same skills set.

Now you've got some of these guys coming

who are just brutes.

They're 270, 280 I mean then six, seven, or eight--

I mean you know we had guys from the neighborhood

that you grew up with and they weren't as big and strong.

The ones today are so strong.

And you're making so much money

you feel like you've got to perform

and you've got to maybe you know--

Well I say you know that the NFL not for a long.

Life expectancy is six years.

That's all they can have in the NFL.

It's so brutal.

It's like a train wreck.

These [INAUDIBLE] when a guy is running full speed,

with all the speed he's got, and he weighs 280 pounds,

and it's all muscle, and he comes and hits the other guy,

I mean that is quite a collision.

And if he hits their head, oh well.


PAT ROBERTSON: So, OK so let's get--

what do a-- what do we play?

Even in soccer they're hitting--

they hit-- the kids are hitting the ball with their heads

you know.

That's giving them CTE all right.


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