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patrick kennedy about their uncle's legacy. don't want to miss it. that's it. have a great week. see you next "fox news sunday." >> "fox news sunday" is a presentation of fox news. this week on "the journal editorial report" obama care panic. the president gets an earful from senate democrats nervous that obama care will hurt their hopes for re-election. and chris christie's landslide. easily re-elected as new jersey's governor. and winning the majority of women. and hispanics. but is he a model for the gop? all that. plus, america's schools get their report card. find out who's making the most improvements. >> i am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me. >> welcome to "the journal editorial report."
i'm paul gigot. as more obama care problems plague the white house, president obama now apologizes that americans are losing their health care coverage when he originally promised they would be able to keep it, period. now even democrats are admitting that healthcare.gov should be shut down until it's fixed and made that proposal to kathleen sebelius this week. >> you've indicated that delays health care for a lot of people. and i appreciate that, but if you want more time, why not just get it done right? >> and this week, 16 democratic senators met with the president at the white house to express their concerns about the health care glitches. 12 of those senators voted for the affordable care act in 2010 and face re-election next year. joining the panel this week, "wall street journal" columnist, dan lettinger. editorial board member joe rego and washington columnist kim straso. this is not a president who apologizes for much.
recently, he just said we're going to grind it out. i think that's a direct quote. we're going to grind it out on obama care. why the switch on the apology? >> i think after what are he's been through with obama care the last two weeks and that meeting with the 15 senators, he had to stop the political bleeding on this problem. he had to do something. so he's apologized to the american people. problems remain that are going to be very difficult to reverse. first of all -- >> do you think that apology's sincere? is this just a tactical shift to try to say i feel your pain? >> i think it's a tactical shift. i feel your pain. this is president as you just said who said you can keep your policy or your doctors, period. that statement was false period, okay. he can't reel that back no matter how much they try to rewrite it. speaking of rewriting, these 15 senators i think are now themselves literally only discovering what was in the law. they knew the broad outlines but they didn't understand the law
to work was going to require some people lose their policy or lose their doctors so that the costs saved there could be transferred over to the law's other provisions. i think if they understood that, they, themselves might not have voted for it. they can't reel that back. that is the law as the white house says over and over. >> kim, how much panic is there, if that's not too strong a word, among senate democrats? because there was a lot of hand holding. the president in the white house saying, don't worry, we're going to get this fixed by the end of november. this is temporary. this will all be over. just a short-term problem. are they -- do they believe them? >> paul, you can smell the fear rising up off the pavement down here in washington. there's a lot of nervousness. that being said, there's a little bit of a double begame going on here. you have growing numbers of senate democrat, house democrats jumping on board with legislation to delay or change or make sure that people can keep their health insurance. on the other hand, they have been told by the white house
that this website is going to be fixed by the end of november. >> right. >> so i think some of them are stringing this out. they're hoping it does get fixed before they, in fact, have to pull the pin on any of that legislation. now, if it doesn't get fixed by then, they're going to be in a much tougher spot. but the groundwork is being laid to actually make some big moves here. >> that's the thing, i mean, i don't see them, any of these democrats, proposal real substantive changes to the bill. or even for that matter a substantive delay in the bill. these are token gestures. well, we'll just wait for six weeks before the enrollment period or something. or we'll delay the penalty for a few weeks. none of that addresses the real heart of the legislation. that's the problem. >> no, that's right. what you're going to see, next week, for instance, is house republicans are going to try to actually put them on the spot, exert some pressure. so, for instance, house republicans are going to have a vote on legislation guaranteeing people can keep their existing health coverage for another year if they want it.
we'll see how many house democrats vote for that. if that vote is big enough. there could be pressure on the senate to do that as well. >> i would say there will be 20, 30, maybe more house democrats who will vote for that as political cover. i want to ask joe about a sentence the president said on his policy statement. he said, obviously, we didn't do a good enough job in terns of how we drafted the law, crafted the law, unquote. wait a minute. they knew exactly what they were doing when they crafted the law. am i wrong? >> no, actually, he's sorry they're mad they're losing their policies. i'm sorry you feel that way. >> "if i offended you at all, i apologize." >> this bill is designed to destroy those policies. that's why they're disappearing. this is what they wanted to do all along. they decided those policies were inferior. even if people preferred them and they wanted to get rid of
them and substitute in new policies that are government approved. >> they wanted to destroy the individual insurance market as it currently exists, fade away. that is to drive everybody in the exchanges. that was the point of all this. we had a cancer patient this week, edie, write in our paper in california, that she may be in danger of losing her oncologist. >> right, just very limited choices in the exchange's narrow networks. so she wrote, for example, that in the exchange policy, she couldn't go to m.d. anderson. >> houston cancer center. >> renowned cancer center in texas. so it really just disrupted her care for a stage 4 cancer patient. and we're seeing that nationwide, state to state, not just california. >> dan, briefly, i think the democrats, senate democrats have to break here before the president will even consider any substantive changes. you agree with that? >> yeah, i think so. he's going to have to be under
tremendous pressure. really, paul, as joe is suggesting, this law is structured in a way that's going to make it very difficult to revise or break apart at this stage. >> yeah, it will either be a delay, i think, or nothing much is going to happen. when we come back, new jersey votes for chris christie again. what can the republican party learn from his re-election? hi, i'm terry and i have diabetic nerve pain.
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majority of women and hispanics, two key demographics. that helped president obama win re-election. we're back with washington columnist kim strassel and our political diary editor, jason riley, and editorial board member, dorothy rebinowits. kim, a lot of talk about governor christie now on the left and the right. is he a model for republicans, how to win? >> aspects of what he has done definitely are a model for how republicans want to win. look, the idea for any party is you've got to expand the tent, and christie's way of doing that has been to -- a lot of it has been about tone and message, paul. he's actually a fairly conservative governor, but he does attempt to reach the other side. he talks to all voters. he had a good ground game up in new jersey, went out to a lot of different communities all during his first term, to make sure they knew what he accomplished. as a result, you saw it in those final poll numbers. he did well with a lot of the
communities the republicans have struggled with. he made the tent bigger. >> okay, but how much of this, jason, is about christie's personal, unique personal/political talents that aren't translatable nationally? >> he is a charismatic guy. he also shows you can go out and get minority votes. you can go out and get young voters. you mentioned latinos and women. he also increased his numbers among blacks and among young people age 18 to 29. i mean, by double digits. i mean, this is what the gop needs to do. and he did it, he said in his speech, you know, you have to go to places where you're not comfortable. not just places where you're comfortable. he can't just show up six months before the election and start then. i think the mindset of too many republican candidates has been to write off large segments of the voting public. just lost to them. lost to the gop. and christie shows even in the era of obama, you can go out and get minority votes if you're willing to go work for them.
to go into those communities, introduce yourself and not let your opponent paint a picture of you. >> dorothy, you listened to the governor's victory speech. do you think it suggest, a man ready to go national? >> i think he's hard to beat in terms of charisma, but also a man who could use a little touchup and a little listening to. >> how so? >> it was a very self-regarding speech. it was shocking -- >> a little too much about me, me, me? >> me, me, me, yes. and it was a sense you don't hear all that often in christie. this plays against an era where we have a president who does nothing but use the personal pronoun. i, i, i. i sent these troops. >> that's right. if you're running as a republican, you don't want to sound like that. you want to be a contrast. >> you want to be the guy he normally is, down to earth fellow, instead of the symphony of exiltation about new
jerseyans into which he falls now and again. this is a speech he should be watching before he goes on the campaign trail. i have great hope for christie's capacity to learn. >> so, jason, what do you think? i've listened to the governor. a couple of times. he can be very compelling but he also tends to go on and on and on and on. >> politicians are no -- >> but it's a particular kind of indiscipline that i think can get you into trouble. everybody thinks it's a great 20-minute speech when it's a 30-minute speech, they think, how can i get out of here? >> that's why we have the long primary process. he'll get tested. he'll learn how to tighten his game a little bit and i think he'll get better as he goes forward. but i think he has a very compelling case to make here. this is a very blue state. this is a state obama won by double digits. >> democratic state. >> he came out -- he comes out of this race with a running start, and i think particularly his ability to appeal to different demographic groups can
go a long way. >> the liberals, kim, are already saying his appeal is that he's a moderate. and that is not a conservative like all those other crazy republicans in washington. so how does he bridge that in a republican primary, to be able to persuade conservatives who are the bulk of the primary voters? >> yeah, i mean, christie's problem here, and he is relatively conservative for the party. but, you know, being from new jersey and having to work in that environment, the reality is he steps back. some of the reforms he's done have not been as striking or as far reaching as, for instance, what scott walker did in wisconsin in terms of government reform. i think what you see happens is he settles into this second term, you're going to see a pivot from chris christie. he'll be more aggressive about putting out things that really do resonate with the republican base on taxes and government reform. maybe some areas where he's been a little weaker, for instance, the environment climate change. he might try to do something there. >> okay. >> and try to position himself.
>> all right. kim, thanks. when we come back, new education reforms in washington, d.c., and tennessee have taken effect. find out how well schools in those regions have improved. next. , have improved next. [ coughs, sneezes ] i have a big meeting when we land, but i am so stuf [ male announcer ] nyquil cold and flu liquid gels don't unstuff your nose. they don't? alka seltzer plus night fights your worst cold symptoms, plus has a decongestant. [ inhales deeply ] oh. what a relief it is. [ female announcer ] feed a man a cookie and he eats a cookie. ♪ feed him a fresh baked cookie and he eats a much, much better cookie. bake the world a better place with nestle toll house.
the nation's report card is out. the latest result is the national assessment of educational process shows students in tennessee and the district of columbia made the biggest improvements in math and reading at the fourth and eighth grade levels. what are those school districts doing that sets them apart from the rest? i'm join by michelle ree, former d.c. school chancellor
and founder of studentsfirst.org. welcome back to the program. great to have you here. >> thanks for having me. >> so as you look at the results, let's deal with the top line first, nationwide. it looks like there's not as much progress between 2011 and 2013 as we would like nationwide. do you agree with that? >> that's right. the results were relatively flat. i mean, we saw a little bit of an uptick here and there, but overall the nation is not gaining ground in the way we would want to see it. >> okay. now, let's focus in on where there was progress. two of those states, well, district of columbia, where you were the former school's chancellor and tennessee. what do you think explains their rather remarkable progress? tennessee catching up to almost the national average and the district, as you know, having been among the worst school districts in the country. >> these are both jurisdictions that have struggled in the past pretty significantly with large numbers of kids in failing schools. and while we can't attribute directly any one policy to the gains we have seen, we have to
look at these two places and say what were they doing? >> right. >> if you ask that question, it's very clear both of these states are places that, one, invested in teacher effectiveness. they really prioritized that by putting in place doesn't pay structures that recognized and rewarded the best teachers in the classroom. they put in place rigorous teacher evaluation systems and invested heavily in professional development. the second thing both of these jurisdictions did is put in place high standards. both of them were early adopters of the common core standards which are a set of internationally benchmarked standards that will make sure the kids catch up with the rest of the world so we're no longer 25th in math. >> let's dig into teacher evaluations a little bit. one of the keys seems to be you've got to link teacher evaluation to student performance. that is you have to link them to actually do you see student progress on tests? is that a key in both states? >> that's absolutely right.
when i was the chancellor in d.c., we had a circumstance where only 8% of our children in eighth grade were on grade level in mathematics. when you looked at the performance evaluations of adults in the system, 98% were rated as doing a great job. >> everybody was a genius. >> that's right. you had this total disconnect. d.c. and tennessee were the two jurisdictions across the country that actually implemented the model first, which said we have to link how well students are doing, how much they're growing to a teacher's evaluation. i think we're beginning to see the fruits of that. >> you talked about rewarding good teachers with extra pay, but how did you weed out in d.c., ineffective teachers, which can be a big part of the problem for many students? how do you decide who stays and who goes? >> right. well, it's important to note when you put in place a teacher evaluation system, you can't look at teachers through any one lens. you actually have to look at them through multiple lenses,
and so what both d.c. and tennessee did was implement teacher evaluation systems that looked at, one, student growth, but, two, classroom observations. three here in tennessee, they're using student surveys to link to teacher evaluations. you have to look through multiple lenses at a teacher's performance overall. when teachers are not performing where they need to be, when they are rated as ineffective, there have to be real consequences. >> well, in d.c., if you were rated ineffective, a teacher was rated ineffective, you could be removed the first year. if you were minimally effective, you got a year to shape up. >> correct. >> and then -- but you could be removed that second year. one of the things that's striking in d.c. many of those labeled minimally effective decided, i'll leave on my own. >> right. >> so that was a significant incentive for -- to sort the good from the bad. >> that's right. stanford and the university of virginia just did a study on the
evaluation system and the pay-for-performance system that d.c. put in place. and what it said was that because the higher performers were being paid a whole lot of money, the district was retaining them at higher rates. which is what you want. for those at the bottom of the scale, ineffective teachers and minimally effective teachers, because they knew it was -- you know, they had to either improve or leave, you saw a lot of low performers sort of choosing to leave. but what you also saw was that the district invested money and resources and time into making all teachers better. ensuring there's good professional development options. so a lot of the teachers in the middle all improved their performance which is exactly what you want to see. >> all right. i remember writing about your fight in d.c. to get this through, and a lot of the unions really -- the teachers unions really fought it. how can we spread this success in d.c. and tennessee, this model, elsewhere around the country? >> i think what you need is courageous politicians.
you know, any time you are really disrupting the status quo, you're implementing significant change that people are not used to, you're going to get a lot of pushback. >> right. >> in tennessee, both governor haslam and commissioner have been moving forward on aggressive reforms but they're also facing a tremendous amount of opposition. you have to be able to push through that as politicians and say, you know what, even though some adults might not be happy with this, this is what is good and right for kids. it's ways what's going to produce better outcomes for children. >> all right. michelle rhee, thanks so much for being here. we'll be watching what happens. we have to take one more break. when we come back, our hits and misses of the week. it's not the "fumbling around with rotating categories" card. it's not the etting blindsided by limits" card. it's the no-game-playing, no-earning-limit-having, deep-bomb-throwing, give-me-the-ball-and-i'll-take- it-to-the-house, cash back card.
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incognito and teammate jonathan martin who blew up the nfl by accusing mr. incognito of bullying him. i mean, give me a break. these are guys who spend all day sunday taunting, whooping and whacking each other nearly sense lens. bullying? a miss. >> this is a miss for the toronto mayor ford who admitted to smoking crack cocaine while in office, yet he refuses to resign. he says his heavy drinking drove him to smoke crack which for some of us is a second reason. >> yes, that's reassuring. >> in any case, there's no recall process in toronto. the city council cannot remove him. unless he grows a conscience, it looks like toronto will be stuck with him until the end of his term next year. >> the national academy of science reported this week there's $8.8 billion planets in the milky way about the same size of earth, about the same distance from a sun-like star. that means you could sustain water, oxygen, maybe life somewhere else. this is a hit for al gore and
paul krugman and all the other doomsayers out there. maybe there's hope after all. >> we've got a place to go. all right. that's it for this week's show. thanks to my panel and all you for watching. i'm paul gigot. hope to see you right here next week. again, with a fox news alert. american aid is now on its way to the philippines. hello, i'm greg jared. welcome to "america's news headquarters." rescue crews sifting through the rubble in search of survivors. after a supertyphoon battered the tiny pacific islands on friday. and now, the secretary of defense chuck hagel ordering the u.s. military pacific command to help with the search and rescue efforts there. hundreds are confirmed dead. the death toll expected to rise into the thousands. david piper following developments, streaming live from bangkok, thailand. david? >> reporter: hi, greg. yes. as was feared,