ISIS affiliate expands territory in West Africa
Feb 17, 2019 4:26
While President Trump is declaring military victory over ISIS in Syria, an Islamic terrorist group in West Africa is gaining territory in northeast Nigeria and surrounding countries. Wall Street Journal reporter Drew Hinshaw joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the how the Islamic State West Africa Province is growing as counter-terrorism efforts in the region decline.
How Venezuela’s political crisis began and what’s next
Feb 17, 2019 6:01
The U.S. and dozens of other countries are pressuring Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to resign and allow Juan Guaido to take over. Monday, President Trump is expected to address the escalating political crisis in Venezuela during a speech in Florida. How did the crisis begin and what’s next in the region? Columbia University's Christopher Sabatini joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss.
Academy Award-nominated film ‘End Game’ examines end-of-life care
Feb 17, 2019 6:45
The Academy Award-nominated documentary "End Game" looks at different approaches in palliative care for people with terminal illness. The film follows medical practitioners, patients, and their families, as they tackle the difficult questions that arise during end-of-life care. NewsHour Weekend's Hari Sreenivasan sat down with the film's directors, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, to learn more.
Pope sends ‘signal’ by defrocking ex-cardinal for sexual abuse
Feb 16, 2019 4:57
Pope Francis has defrocked ex-Cardinal and Archbishop Theodore McCarrick after officials at the Vatican found him guilty of sexually abusing both minors and adults.The announcement made Saturday comes less than a week before international church leaders meet to address the sexual abuse crisis in the church. Rev. James Martin, editor-at-large for America magazine, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss.
Violent protests in Haiti may mean a humanitarian crisis
Feb 16, 2019 4:32
Violent protests in Haiti against the government are threatening the country with a humanitarian crisis. President Jovenel Moïse is refusing to resign, there is mounting debt, and allegations of corruption. Both the U.S. and Canada are warning citizens not to travel to haiti and some tourists are stranded there. Miami Herald reporter Jacqueline Charles updates Hari Sreenivasan on the situation
On the front lines: One doctor’s decades-long fight to heal Haiti
Feb 16, 2019 10:12
A devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti created an unprecedented health crisis that led the U.S. to grant Haitians Temporary Protected Status. But with the Trump administration's plan to eliminate TPS, 60,000 Haitians living in the U.S. may be deported. NewsHour Weekend's Ivette Feliciano reports on one doctor's efforts to confront Haiti's health challenges amid a possible influx of deportees.
Which funding sources does Trump plan to use for wall money?
Feb 15, 2019 6:05
President Trump declared a national emergency Friday over immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border, so he can redirect billions of dollars to build additional sections of wall there. Trump plans to take roughly $6 billion from the Defense Department and millions from other sources. Judy Woodruff talks to Yamiche Alcindor about expected legal challenges and why the president's data is problematic.
News Wrap: Upon court order, ICE stops force-feeding 2 detained asylum seekers
Feb 15, 2019 4:24
In our news wrap Friday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has stopped force-feeding two asylum seekers at an El Paso detention center who had been on a hunger strike. Also, the top Pentagon official says the U.S. will not abandon the fight against ISIS, despite plans to leave Syria. In Germany, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the U.S. will “continue to support” the coalition.
California attorney general calls Trump’s national emergency ‘reckless’
Feb 15, 2019 4:31
Several states and organizations are preparing legal challenges to President Trump’s national emergency declaration over immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border. One of them is California, whose attorney general, Xavier Becerra, talks to Amna Nawaz about why Trump’s “reckless” action inappropriately reallocates taxpayer money, is without precedent and could violate the Constitution.
Kobach: Illegal immigration constitutes emergency under ‘extraordinarily broad’ act
Feb 15, 2019 5:26
Although some Republicans have criticized President Trump's national emergency declaration, others endorse it. One of them is Kris Kobach, former Kansas secretary of state, who talks to Amna Nawaz about the “extraordinarily broad” nature of the National Emergencies Act, why a wall is a "force multiplier" and how we don’t know the true volume of illegal drugs coming across the U.S.-Mexico border.
What should happen to thousands of foreign ISIS fighters?
Feb 15, 2019 4:47
In Syria, U.S.-backed Kurdish forces are retaking the final territory of the Islamic State. As the caliphate dissolves, however, what will happen to the 40,000 foreign fighters who joined the terror group’s ranks over the past few years? Many of them have been detained, but the path for prosecuting them, and preventing them from driving an ISIS resurgence, remains unclear. Nick Schifrin reports.
Why Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg believes he’d make a good president
Feb 15, 2019 7:41
Pete Buttigieg, Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, recently announced he has formed an exploratory committee to consider a run for the presidency in 2020. Only 37 years old and with no federal government experience, Buttigieg might seem an unlikely candidate. He sits down with Judy Woodruff to discuss tax policy, his new book and why he believes his generation's voices aren't being heard.
Shields and Brooks on Trump’s national emergency, Democratic platform shift
Feb 15, 2019 11:28
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to analyze the week in politics, including the president’s national emergency declaration, how congressional Republicans are reacting to it, the 2020 presidential field and whether Democrats are pushing their platform too far to the left.
Oscar nominee Regina King says ‘Beale Street’ a reminder of black resilience
Feb 15, 2019 6:32
Set in New York City in the 1970s, “If Beale Street Could Talk” is the film adaptation of a James Baldwin novel about Tish and Fonny, a devoted young couple almost torn apart by racism and wrongful imprisonment. Jeffrey Brown sits down with actress Regina King to discuss her Oscar-nominated performance as Tish's mother in the film, pledging to work with women and the hardest thing about parenting.
Trump and Congress gear up for a fight over national emergency plan
Feb 14, 2019 8:13
Congress is preparing to send a government funding package that contains a compromise on allocations for border security to President Trump, who has announced his intention to sign the bill. However, Trump also plans to declare a national emergency in order to access additional money for a border wall. Judy Woodruff talks to Lisa Desjardins and Yamiche Alcindor about what comes next.
News Wrap: Pence blasts European allies over Iran nuclear deal
Feb 14, 2019 5:53
In our news wrap Thursday, Vice President Pence criticized European allies for staying in the Iran nuclear deal, saying they were intending to break U.S. sanctions against Iran. His remarks came at a conference discussing peace and stability in the Middle East. Also, the Senate confirmed William Barr as attorney general. He previously served in the role under former President George H.W. Bush.
Why Trump’s national emergency plan could present a ‘major constitutional test’
Feb 14, 2019 7:51
After signing a congressional funding bill, President Trump plans to declare a national emergency to obtain additional money for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. But would such an executive action be lawful? Judy Woodruff speaks with former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta about who decides what constitutes a national emergency and whether the president is attempting to circumvent Congress.
In upcoming interview, McCabe describes ‘panic’ at DOJ after Comey firing
Feb 14, 2019 6:38
Andrew McCabe, former acting FBI director, says in an upcoming interview he feared President Trump would undermine the investigation into Russian election interference once Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. John Yang talks to NPR’s Carrie Johnson about McCabe’s claims of “panic and alarm” in the Justice Department, Trump’s reaction and the latest revelations in the special counsel’s probe.
Parkland teacher who survived shooting calls arming faculty ‘asinine’
Feb 14, 2019 12:11
Thursday marked the first anniversary of a deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Across the country, Americans paused to observe a moment of silence in honor of the 17 lives lost in the tragedy. Amna Nawaz talks to Sarah Lerner, one of the teachers at school during the crisis, about how she has coped and why having a gun wouldn't have helped her.
Political, business dynamics prompt ‘stunning reversal’ on Amazon NYC headquarters
Feb 14, 2019 8:48
Amazon abruptly announced Thursday that it will not build a headquarters in New York, after some local politicians expressed strong opposition toward the company’s plan. The “stunning reversal” is a major blow to the politicians who helped broker the deal, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Judy Woodruff talks to J. David Goodman of The New York Times.
On Valentine’s Day, a dating coach’s advice for modern love
Feb 14, 2019 2:46
Matthew Hussey is a dating coach, columnist and New York Times bestselling author. In today's world of apps and short attention spans, Hussey says being "more demanding" can actually lead to greater success. On this Valentine’s Day, Hussey shares his brief but spectacular take on modern love and romance.
Congress scrambles to iron out complicated funding legislation
Feb 13, 2019 7:38
Congressional negotiators revealed more about a proposed funding deal Wednesday, but President Trump has yet to indicate whether he'll sign it. With just two days left before a second government shutdown would take effect, the pressure is on to hammer out the legislation's details. Judy Woodruff talks to Lisa Desjardins and Yamiche Alcindor about potential sticking points and "political theater."
News Wrap: House votes to limit U.S. involvement in Yemen
Feb 13, 2019 6:21
In our news wrap Wednesday, the House rebuked President Trump by voting to limit U.S. involvement in the war in Yemen. The measure would end U.S. military assistance for a Saudi-led bombing campaign against Iranian-backed rebels. Plus, as President Trump seeks to up the pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, the House Foreign Affairs Committee chair criticized Trump's "saber rattling."
Senate Republican signals opening for contractor back pay, in critical hour of negotiation
Feb 13, 2019 7:30
While a tentative bipartisan agreement exists to fund the government and avoid a second shutdown, more work must be accomplished quickly to meet Friday's deadline. Senate Majority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., talks to Judy Woodruff about the outlook for President Trump to sign the bill if it passes and whether Republicans would support back pay for federal contractors affected by the shutdown.
Democrat-led cities and states move toward universal health care on their own terms
Feb 13, 2019 9:11
Health care continues to be a top political issue. While some congressional Democrats consider universal health coverage, state and local governments are already pushing ahead with proposals to corral costs and broaden access to care, including for the undocumented. Special correspondent Sarah Varney shares stories from California and New York, two states pursuing ambitious health care agendas.
Where the Democratic candidates stand in the race to 2020
Feb 10, 2019 4:02
NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Jeff Greenfield puts the week in politics into perspective -- from the lack of moderate or self-identified centrists in the Democratic presidential race so far, to what the blackface controversy in Virginia says about race relations in America. Also, one of the stories you might have missed--what the current farm economy may mean for President Trump.
Returning to the small town that Walmart left behind
Feb 10, 2019 8:05
For nearly 20 years retailers in downtown Winnsboro, South Carolina struggled to compete with Walmart's cheap products and one-stop shopping. As we reported in 2016, Walmart closed its supercenter there three years ago, one of 154 stores it shuttered across the country that year. NewsHour Weekend's Christopher Booker returned to see what life after Walmart is like for the small American town.
Consumers may lose protections in proposed payday lending changes
Feb 10, 2019 4:27
In a major win for the payday lending industry which gives quick loans at exorbitant interest rates, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is proposing changes to regulations that protect borrowers from being trapped in long-term debt. Ken Sweet, Associated Press’ business reporter, joins Hari Sreenivasan for more.
The tense U.S.-Iran relationship, 40 years after the Islamic Revolution
Feb 9, 2019 5:17
This month marks the 40th anniversary of the Iranian revolution when Ayatollah Khomeini returned to establish an Islamic republic and toppled the U.S.-backed regime of the Shah. Suzanne Maloney of the Brookings Institution joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the history of U.S.-Iran relations, Iran’s economy, and what’s next.
Border wall funds debated by Congressional committee
Feb 9, 2019 4:13
A bipartisan group of Congress members working on a deal to avoid another partial government shutdown next Friday are still negotiating some major issues including the funding amount for increased border security and number of detention beds. Annie Karni of the New York Times joins Hari Sreenivasan for an update on the talks.
Modern construction in Rome yields ancient discoveries
Feb 9, 2019 5:08
Work on Rome’s new state-of-the-art subway line near the Colosseum has been plagued by delays, but it’s also unearthed a surprise treasure trove of thousands of artifacts, including a Roman military barracks and an ancient home with more than a dozen rooms featuring frescoes, mosaic floors, and other decorations that are nearly intact. NewsHour Weekend Special correspondent Christopher Livesay reports.
Frustration erupts on both sides at Whitaker’s House testimony
Feb 8, 2019 1:59
Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker insisted Friday he hasn’t “interfered in any way” in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. His much-anticipated testimony came before a contentious hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, now led by Democrats. Lisa Desjardins reports.
News Wrap: Supreme Court blocks La. law restricting abortion providers
Feb 8, 2019 6:30
In our Friday news wrap, the Supreme Court has temporarily blocked a Louisiana law that would have required abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, which abortion rights advocates say is an effort to shut down clinics. Meanwhile, U.S. humanitarian aid headed for Venezuela arrived at a Colombian border city.
Why Bezos’ accusations against the National Enquirer are a ‘big deal’
Feb 8, 2019 7:42
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is accusing the National Enquirer of extortion and blackmail. Bezos says its parent company, AMI, tried to deter him from investigating how the tabloid obtained intimate photos of his extramarital affair. The New York Times' Jim Rutenberg tells Amna Nawaz about AMI CEO David Pecker's relationship with President Trump and how Bezos' ownership of the Washington Post factors in.
Remembering iconic Michigan lawmaker Rep. John Dingell
Feb 8, 2019 2:46
Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., passed away Thursday at the age of 92. He was the longest-tenured member of Congress, serving for nearly 60 years before retiring in 2015. The son of a 12-term congressman, Dingell was known as a dealmaker particularly passionate about healthcare reform, which his father had proposed in the 1940s. Judy Woodruff looks back at his long and prolific career in the House.
Saudi crown prince threatened to harm Khashoggi in 2017, says New York Times
Feb 8, 2019 5:12
The New York Times reports U.S. intelligence recorded Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman saying in 2017 that he would “use a bullet” on Jamal Khashoggi if the journalist didn't stop criticizing the Saudi government. Meanwhile, Congress is "furious" over the Trump administration's response to Khashoggi's murder. Nick Schifrin talks to Lisa Desjardins and Times reporter Mark Mazzetti.
This grieving family wants pharmaceutical companies held accountable for opioid deaths
Feb 8, 2019 9:36
An estimated 400,000 Americans have died as a result of opioid use. But grieving families say the national response to the health crisis is inadequate. In her coverage of the epidemic, Associated Press reporter Claire Galofaro profiled Cheryl Juaire, who lost her son to a heroin overdose in 2011. Galofaro and Juaire talk to William Brangham about how they are trying to increase opioid awareness.
Shields and Brooks on Virginia turmoil, Supreme Court abortion ruling
Feb 8, 2019 11:21
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks analyze the week in politics, including chaos at the highest levels of Virginia government, the effectiveness of congressional investigations, the Supreme Court’s abortion ruling and the legacy of Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich.
Singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves on using music as an escape
Feb 8, 2019 7:25
Country music singer and songwriter Kacey Musgraves is nominated for four awards at this weekend's 61st annual Grammy Awards. Just 30 years old, the Texas-born musician is enjoying her journey in the music industry -- and doing it on her own terms. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Musgraves to discuss how she wants to defy expectations for both the country music genre and herself.
News Wrap: House panel debates forcing Trump to disclose his tax returns
Feb 7, 2019 6:27
In our news wrap Thursday, a House Oversight Panel is reviewing whether President Trump should be forced to disclose his tax returns. Meanwhile, the House Judiciary Committee approved a tentative subpoena for acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker after he said would not testify before Congress about the Russia probe unless the subpoena was dropped.
Virginia political turmoil leads to moment of reckoning for Democrats
Feb 7, 2019 10:03
With two Virginia state leaders admitting to wearing blackface and another accused of sexual assault, Democrats are debating not only a change in leadership but what their party stands for. Amna Nawaz is joined by Washington Post reporter Eugene Scott and Harvard University historian Leah Wright Rigueur to discuss this moment of reckoning in American politics.
Is the U.S. entering a new arms race with Russia?
Feb 7, 2019 8:42
The U.S. has withdrawn from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, saying Russia was violating the arms control deal that dates back to the Cold War. Now, Russia plans begin to building mid-range nuclear missiles. Nick Schifrin speaks with Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Andrea Thompson about whether the U.S. can avoid a new arms race.
Why Democrats say the U.S. needs a Green New Deal to combat climate change
Feb 7, 2019 6:40
Democrats on Thursday introduced what they are calling the Green New Deal. The plan would require the U.S. government to reduce carbon emissions by overhauling how we get around, how we power our buildings and how we grow our food. William Brangham speaks to Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., who is co-sponsoring the resolution with freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York.
How an economist’s idea to create kidney transplant chains has saved lives
Feb 7, 2019 9:55
What happens if you need a kidney transplant and don’t know someone who is a biological match? A Nobel prize-winning economist has a solution: transplant chains. Donors agree to give to a stranger in exchange for a kidney for their loved one, but it has to start with someone willing to give without getting anything in return. Paul Solman has the story of two donors who volunteered to do just that.
How a culture of secrecy covered up the abuse of nuns in the Catholic Church
Feb 7, 2019 6:14
Pope Francis is publicly acknowledging for the first time that clergymen have sexually abused nuns. Private reports that were sent to top Vatican officials, but not publicly reported on until much later, indicate the abuse goes as far back as the 1990s. John Yang speaks to Associated Press reporter Nicole Winfield about why it took so long for the accusations to come to light.
Caroline Clark’s brief but spectacular take on using technology to speak
Feb 7, 2019 4:18
Caroline Clark was diagnosed as deaf at the age of two. Born into a hearing family, she reflects on her relationship to words and how she turned to technology to help her speak. Clark now works with the Baker Institute, providing speech therapy for children, and offers her brief but spectacular take on being deaf.
News Wrap: Iraqi president objects to Trump’s comments on monitoring Iran
Feb 4, 2019 4:24
In our Monday news wrap, Iraqi President Barham Salih slammed President Trump for suggesting U.S. troops might stay in Iraq to monitor Iran, saying Iraq had not been consulted about the possibility and that U.S. troops are in Salih’s country solely to fight extremist groups. Meanwhile, leaders from 10 European Union states backed opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim president.
The racist role of blackface in American society
Feb 4, 2019 12:07
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam now says he is not pictured in a 1984 yearbook photo of people in blackface and Ku Klux Klan costumes, although he admits he wore blackface on a separate occasion. Regardless, he is facing calls to resign. Yamiche Alcindor talks to Duke University’s Mark Anthony Neal and The Atlantic's Vann Newkirk about the role of blackface in America's fraught racial history.
Scotland’s Sturgeon on why failure to reach a Brexit deal would be ‘catastrophic’
Feb 4, 2019 9:51
The United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union in just seven weeks but still has no plan for the departure. In fact, Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's first minister, says the UK is “not remotely prepared” to extricate itself from the EU. Sturgeon sits down with Amna Nawaz to discuss the dire implications of a so-called hard Brexit and why she is advocating for a new Scottish independence vote.
Tamara Keith and Amy Walter on Northam scandal, State of the Union expectations
Feb 4, 2019 9:11
NPR's Tamara Keith and Amy Walter from the Cook Political Report join Lisa Desjardins to discuss the week’s political news, including a call from Democratic leaders for Gov. Ralph Northam to resign, the broader implications of the Northam scandal for our American conversation on race and what to expect from President Trump’s State of the Union address.
Why New England Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick is football’s ‘greatest tactician’
Feb 4, 2019 5:33
The New England Patriots have won their sixth Super Bowl. It was a contest between the oldest coach-quarterback duo, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, and the youngest, the Los Angeles Rams’ Sean McVay and Jason Goff. It was also the lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever. John Yang talks to Washington Posts sports columnist Sally Jenkins about the detailed discipline of the Belichick-Brady "perfect storm."
At Washington’s Arena Stage, a dramatic interpretation of Vladimir Putin’s rise
Feb 4, 2019 5:44
A new play showing at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., chronicles the rise of a young Vladimir Putin to power in Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union. "Kleptocracy," written by Kenneth Lin, offers a glimpse into Putin’s confrontation with oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky and explores what might have happened if Russian power had fallen into different hands. Jeffrey Brown reports.
Author Dani Shapiro on the power and danger of family secrets
Feb 4, 2019 3:13
After taking a DNA test on a whim, author Dani Shapiro discovered that her beloved late father had not been, in fact, her biological parent. She had been conceived using a sperm donor, and as was common at the time, the real story of her conception was kept secret. Shapiro shares her humble opinion on why not knowing the truth can cause more pain, rather than less.
Calls for Virginia governor’s resignation grow
Feb 3, 2019 6:12
Two days after a racist yearbook photo emerged, Ralph Northam, Virginia’s Democratic governor, refuses to resign even as members of his own party demand he step down. In his press conference on Saturday, Northam denied being in the photo. Judith Browne Dianis of Advancement Project, a national civil rights organization and Richmond- based radio host Roben Farzad join Megan Thompson for discussion.
Earth’s most massive living thing is struggling to survive
Feb 3, 2019 5:42
What looks like 47,000 separate trees spread out over 106 acres in Utah are actually all offshoots from a single, massive Aspen tree root. It’s known as Pando and it is believed to be the largest living organism on Earth. But scientists say that overgrazing by deer and elk is now threatening Pando's survival. NewsHour Weekend's Christopher Booker reports.
As U.S. cedes leadership on climate, China steps up
Feb 3, 2019 4:51
Since taking office, President Trump has withdrawn the U.S. from the Paris accord, questioned climate science, and sought cuts to clean energy research. Meanwhile, China has become the world's biggest investor in green technology. In a new book, "Will China Save the Planet?" Natural Resources Defense Council's Barbara Finamore argues China could become the world's next leader climate change.
Virginia governor denies he is in racist photo, refuses to resign
Feb 3, 2019 4:37
Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam reversed course on Saturday and denied he is one of the people in a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook. Despite demands for his resignation from members of his own party, Northam said he would not step down. Annie Linskey, a reporter for The Washington Post, joins Hari Sreenivasan from Richmond, Virginia to discuss.
As pressure mounts in Venezuela, military support helps Maduro hold power
Feb 2, 2019 4:45
Thousands of people took to the streets as president Nicolas Maduro and his rival and self-proclaimed leader of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, held competing rallies in Caracas. Even though Guaido enjoys support from countries including the U.S., the Venezuelan military continues to support Maduro. Joshua Goodman of the Associated Press joins Hari Sreenivasan.
Bringing new cuisines, building structures, refugees rebuild American cities
Feb 2, 2019 5:28
Throughout the country, refugees have rebuilt and revitalized many small cities and towns that are facing slowing economies and declining populations. Adam Bedient, whose film “Mahira Patkovich: A Refugee Rises” highlights the impact of Bosnian refugees in Utica, NY and Andrew Lim of New American Economy, a bipartisan research and advocacy organization for immigration reform join Hari Sreenivasan for more.
Italy’s government targets town known for taking in migrants
Feb 2, 2019 6:51
For 20 years, the small Italian town of Riace has been a beacon for several thousand immigrants from around the world. But Italy's new populist government has recently lodged charges against the town's longtime mayor for aiding illegal migration, and is cutting off funds to refugees who have bolstered Riace's population. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Christopher Livesay reports.
News Wrap: Trump says ‘good chance’ of declaring emergency over border wall
Feb 1, 2019 5:28
In our Friday news wrap, President Trump says he’s closer to declaring a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, a move that could let him use defense and other funds to build a physical wall there. Also, the Midwest's brutal cold blast has finally begun to subside. Weekend temperatures may rise 80 degrees from extreme recent lows, which caused widespread disruption and at least 25 deaths.
Critics say U.S. withdrawal from INF could spark a new arms race with Russia
Feb 1, 2019 5:01
The U.S. announced Friday it's withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or INF, due to Russia's alleged violation of its terms. Russia counters that the U.S. is the one breaking the pact. If the two countries can't come to an agreement, they risk backtracking on a deal that helped ease Cold War tensions. Nick Schifrin reports on whether the move could spark a new arms race.
How growth in manufacturing jobs drove January’s strong economic results
Feb 1, 2019 6:25
The U.S. economy added 304,000 jobs in January, according to new economic survey data. Although the government shutdown pushed the unemployment rate higher, the payroll report shows that hiring was much stronger than expected. John Yang talks to Neil Irwin of The New York Times and Danielle Paquette of The Washington Post about what the numbers mean and why manufacturing jobs are so important.
Sec. Azar on how new proposal ‘brings transparency’ to drug pricing
Feb 1, 2019 9:24
A new rule bans pharmaceutical companies from providing rebates to middlemen and insurers in exchange for choosing their drugs. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar also called on Congress to pass a new prescription drug discount plan that would apply to all patients, even those without government-funded coverage such as Medicare. Sec. Azar joins to Judy Woodruff to discuss the details.
How fallout over Colin Kaepernick’s protest still affects the Super Bowl
Feb 1, 2019 5:30
Two compelling NFL teams will face off in Sunday's Super Bowl, concluding a season that saw TV ratings rebound from several years of decline. But the fallout over Colin Kaepernick’s protests, and the league's response, still lingers. Amna Nawaz talks to Michael Fletcher of ESPN’s The Undefeated about the "troubling racial dynamic" between NFL owners and players and how it affects their fans.
Shields and Brooks on Northam photo scandal, abortion and border standoffs
Feb 1, 2019 13:27
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks analyze the week in politics, including the uproar over a racist photo on the medical school yearbook page of Gov. Ralph Northam, D-Va., the furor erupting over state legislation related to third-trimester abortions, hope for resolving the border wall standoff and the widening 2020 field of presidential candidates.
How self-taught photographer Gordon Parks became a master storyteller
Feb 1, 2019 6:13
Photographer and journalist Gordon Parks used his camera as a tool to help the world understand the experience of African-Americans in the U.S. A current exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, titled "Gordon Parks: The New Tide," examines the first ten years of his career, and exhibit curator Philip Brookman sits down with Jeffrey Brown to share more about the artist's life and work.
Midwest sees all-time low temperatures due to polar vortex
Jan 31, 2019 2:53
Extreme winter weather in the Midwest has left at least 15 people dead. Power outages and extreme stress on utility systems added to worries in Chicago and Detroit, while in Wisconsin, emergency shelters sought to offer the homeless refuge from the cold. A respite from the record-breaking deep freeze is expected this weekend, as the cold air moves east. Amna Nawaz has more on the weather crisis.
News Wrap: At least 15 detained migrants staging hunger strikes, ICE confirms
Jan 31, 2019 4:33
In our Thursday news wrap, President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi faced off over funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump tweeted his frustration toward congressional Democrats, while Pelosi said determining border security policy requires a “cost-benefit analysis.” Also, at least 15 detained migrants are staging hunger strikes, with some being force-fed through nasal tubes.
Why the EU is helping Iran avoid U.S. sanctions
Jan 31, 2019 6:35
U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal in 2018 meant that Iran didn't receive some of the billions of dollars of economic benefits it was promised when it entered the agreement. Now, France, Germany and the U.K. have formed a company intended to direct funds and goods to Iran, bypassing U.S. sanctions. Nick Schifrin talks to David O’Sullivan, EU ambassador to the U.S., about their motivation.
Chris Christie on why he would have made a better president than Trump
Jan 31, 2019 8:24
Former Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., was one of many Republican candidates who ran for president in 2016. After pulling out of the race, Christie became a vocal supporter of President Trump, a longtime friend. Christie joins Judy Woodruff to discuss his new book, “Let Me Finish,” which Democratic adversary he thinks Trump should fear in 2020 and why he would have made a better president.
After shutdown, what’s next for border security negotiations
Jan 28, 2019 7:50
Thousands of federal employees went to work Monday for the first time since before Christmas. The 35-day partial government shutdown ended Friday after President Trump signed an agreement to fund closed government agencies for three weeks, while Congress continues to negotiate over border security. But will that be enough? Lisa Desjardins and Yamiche Alcindor join Amna Nawaz with the latest.
News Wrap: Chinese tech giant Huawei faces U.S. criminal charges
Jan 28, 2019 4:52
In our Monday news wrap, Matthew Whitaker, the acting attorney general, says special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is close to completion. Whitaker said he’s been fully briefed and hopes to receive the final report as soon as possible. Also, Chinese tech giant Huawei now faces U.S. charges of stealing trade secrets from T-Mobile, as well as violating sanctions on Iran.
Rep says ‘it’s possible’ Democrats would support more than $5.7 billion on border security
Jan 28, 2019 6:22
Lawmakers have three weeks to devise a border security plan that will satisfy President Trump, who threatens to declare a national emergency or shut down the government again if they fail. A bipartisan group of 17 legislators will work to draft legislation. One of them, Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., joins Amna Nawaz to discuss evidence-based solutions, the asylum process and humanitarian aid.
U.S. and Taliban peace talks make progress toward ending war in Afghanistan
Jan 28, 2019 10:36
The draft framework of an Afghan peace deal: If the Taliban agree to a cease-fire, working directly with the Afghan government and preventing terror groups from using Afghanistan as a base for planning attacks, U.S. forces will withdraw. John Yang talks to the International Crisis Group’s Laurel Miller and the Center on International Cooperation’s Barnett Rubin about this "complicated" process.
Washington state’s measles outbreak coincides with low rates of immunization
Jan 28, 2019 6:38
Washington state is experiencing an outbreak of measles, with 35 confirmed cases in a single county. The disease's flare-up is reinforcing concerns about insufficient immunization in some communities. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health about why measles remains a serious disease and how to address misinformation within the anti-vaccination movement.
For hundreds of thousands of U.S. asylum seekers, a ‘life in limbo’
Jan 28, 2019 3:38
The U.S. has a backlog of hundreds of thousands of immigration cases. José represents one of them: After fleeing violence in his birth country of Nicaragua, he requested U.S. asylum and passed a credible fear interview. But with a scheduled hearing in immigration court canceled due to the government shutdown, his future here is uncertain. Tomeka Weatherspoon of Houston Public Media has the story.
Tamara Keith and Amy Walter on shutdown fallout, 2020 presidential race
Jan 28, 2019 7:55
NPR’s Tamara Keith and Amy Walter from the Cook Political Report join Amna Nawaz to discuss the resolution of the partial government shutdown, what the latest polls show about support for President Trump, new entrants to the 2020 presidential race and Democratic congressional ambitions.
Cindi Leive’s brief but spectacular take on female power
Jan 28, 2019 3:38
Journalist and women’s advocate Cindi Leive was “Glamour” magazine’s editor in chief for 16 years. She reflects on the well-known phenomenon of men interrupting women and engaging in other dismissive treatment, at everyday places of work all the way to the Supreme Court. This is her brief but spectacular take on female power.
Last school year, 4 million students were on lockdown
Jan 27, 2019 4:38
During the last school year, more than 4 million students participated in at least one lockdown, most often in response to a perceived gun or violent threat, a Washington Post report found. And these perceived threats, psychologists say are causing students trauma. Reporter John Woodrow Cox joins Hari Sreenivasan for more.
In South Africa, tribal communities feel threat of titanium mine
Jan 27, 2019 10:06
In South Africa, tribal communities living on the country's famous strip at the Eastern cape called the Wild Coast worry that a proposed multi-million dollar titanium mine will trample their homes. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Martin Seemungal reports.
Ebola patients stranded by violence in Democratic Republic of Congo
Jan 27, 2019 4:12
An Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is growing, the World Health Organization said Friday, having killed 436 of more than 700 infected. This region also volatile, where health workers are attacked and armed conflict is preventing emergency responses for treatment. International Rescue Committee’s Stacey Mearns joins Hari Sreenivasan for more.
Venezuela spiraling with political, economic crises
Jan 26, 2019 4:31
As Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó continues to hold rallies across the nation after declaring himself ‘acting president,’ international pressure is mounting on Nicolás Maduro, who was sworn in for a second term after an election riddled with fraud. The New York Times reporter Ana Vanessa Herrero joins Hari Sreenivasan from Caracas for more.
What Roger Stone’s indictment could mean for Trump
Jan 26, 2019 4:38
President Trump’s long-term advisor Roger Stone was indicted Friday for allegedly coordinating with WikiLeaks to find damaging information about 2016 presidential competitor Hillary Clinton. New York University professor Ryan Goodman says it’s a move that could also implicate Trump himself, if federal investigators find that he encouraged the cover-up. Goodman joins Hari Sreenivasan.
Tattooed, Mexican-American and female: Classical maestra keeps symphony in tune
Jan 26, 2019 8:06
Among more than 20 of the major U.S. symphony orchestras, only one woman has the top job of principal conductor. But women are making better gains in the nation's smaller ensembles. Jessica Bejarano is leading the San Francisco Civic Symphony, as well as the path for other women like her trying to reconfigure gender roles. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Joanne Elgart Jennings reports. This is part of an ongoing series of reports called “Chasing the Dream,” which reports on poverty and opportunity in America, and is supported in part by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
Invasive Asian carp: an expensive menace but a surprising entrée
Jan 26, 2019 4:06
Asian carp are fast-growing invasive species that for decades have pushed out native marine life up and down the Mississippi watershed. But as state and federal officials spend hundreds of millions of dollars to stop Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is serving them for dinner. NewsHour Weekend's Megan Thompson reports.
How ‘pressure mounting’ on Trump led him to make temporary deal
Jan 25, 2019 7:04
On Friday, President Trump announced a deal to reopen the government for three weeks. The funding plan does not include immediate money for a border wall. It will allow Democrats and Republicans to negotiate a longer-term solution without the shadow of the shutdown hanging over them -- in theory, at least. Lisa Desjardins and Yamiche Alcindor join Judy Woodruff with the latest.
Of temporary funding deal, Rep. Lujan says ‘we’re all moving forward’
Jan 25, 2019 5:35
After President Trump reached a deal with Congress to reopen the government and fund it for three weeks, “we’re all moving forward,” says Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M. He talks to Judy Woodruff about what he sees as the administration’s “lack of empathy,” why the president should take responsibility for the shutdown and anticipating a “robust conversation” about border security.
After indictment, pressure on Stone is ‘significant,’ says former prosecutor
Jan 25, 2019 8:57
Former Trump adviser Roger Stone has been indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller on seven counts, including obstructing an investigation, making false statements and tampering with a witness. The indictment focuses on the relationship with WikiLeaks head Julian Assange and damaging emails released by WikiLeaks. Nick Schifrin reports and discusses with former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti.
News Wrap: Trump administration’s new asylum policy takes effect
Jan 25, 2019 3:36
In our news wrap Friday, the Trump administration began returning Central American migrants seeking legal asylum to Mexico while their cases are processed. Because the U.S. has a backlog of 800,000 asylum cases, the process can take years. Plus, signs of progress toward peace emerged in Afghanistan, as the Taliban named one of its co-founders to join negotiations with the U.S.
For federal workers, temporary funding deal may yield only temporary relief
Jan 25, 2019 7:11
Although the government will reopen for at least three weeks, the shutdown’s economic consequences for federal workers, government contractors and businesses have already been felt around the country. For perspective on this enduring impact, Amna Nawaz is joined by LaJuanna Russell, whose human resources firm contracts with the government, and Brad Hufford, a grant manager at FEMA.
Shields and Brooks on shutdown resolution, Roger Stone indictment
Jan 25, 2019 11:56
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week in politics, including the deal to reopen the government temporarily, the president’s falling approval ratings and the indictment of former Trump adviser Roger Stone.
What’s next for popular podcast ‘Ear Hustle,’ now that co-host has left prison
Jan 25, 2019 7:39
In 2017, the NewsHour reported on the first podcast produced entirely from inside of a prison. “Ear Hustle” offers a rare look at inmate experiences, from race relations to sharing a tiny cell. One of the show’s co-hosts was released in November, and Jeffrey Brown went back to California to catch up with him and find out what’s next for the hit podcast.