Analysis, background reports and updates from the PBS NewsHour putting today's news in context.
Analysis, background reports and updates from the PBS NewsHour putting today's news in context.
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Xi Jinping celebrates China’s rising power — and his own
Watch Video | Listen to the Audio HARI SREENIVASAN: President Xi Jinping opened China’s twice-per-decade Communist Party Congress today with a lengthy list of his achievements during his first five-year term, and his vision of where he hopes to take his nation. But beyond the words, Xi is asserting power like no Chinese leader in decades. William Brangham reports. WILLIAM BRANGHAM: The applause, the music, it was a reception befitting the commanding role that Xi Jinping has taken since...
Rep. Gallego: Democrats are going to protect U.S. — and your paycheck
Watch Video | Listen to the Audio JUDY WOODRUFF: Now to our series of conversations on the future of the Democratic Party. I sat down with Democratic Congressman Ruben Gallego in the studios of Cronkite School of Journalism here at Arizona State University. He has represented Phoenix in Congress since 2015, and is a Marine Corps veteran who served in the Iraq War. I began by asking him what’s at stake in the fight over health care. REP. RUBEN GALLEGO, D-Ariz.: Well, what’s at stake is...
How did consoling Gold Star families become political?
Watch Video | Listen to the Audio HARI SREENIVASAN: We move from Congress to the controversies swirling around the White House. John Yang has more on the day’s politics. JOHN YANG: Thanks, Hari. We turn back to the president’s exchange with that family of a soldier killed in action earlier this month and the president’s role in the bipartisan effort to stabilize the health insurance market. For that, I’m joined by Karine Jean-Pierre. She’s a senior adviser to MoveOn.org, a contributing...
The battle for Mosul is over, but this hidden ISIS danger could lurk for years
Watch Video | Listen to the Audio HARI SREENIVASAN: But first: The de facto capital of the Islamic State, Raqqa, in Syria fell yesterday to U.S.-backed forces. However, the largest city the militants once held was Mosul in Iraq. They were ousted from it in July after a brutal 10-month-long fight that killed thousands. Now a new major task: finding and destroying the ISIS mines, booby-traps and bombs that litter the city. Special correspondent Marcia Biggs reports from Iraq. MARCIA...
Escaping Harvey Weinstein was a ‘cat-and-mouse game,’ says Katherine Kendall
Watch Video | Listen to the Audio HARI SREENIVASAN: Let’s turn to the continuing fallout and reaction to the Harvey Weinstein story. Yesterday, Weinstein resigned from the board of his production company following numerous revelations of sexual harassment and several allegations of assault. More than three dozen women have said Weinstein harassed them. While Weinstein has admitted to behaving inappropriately, he has said he didn’t physically assault anyone. One of those women is...
Witnessing the collision of two neutron stars is a ‘textbook changer.’ Here’s why
Watch Video | Listen to the Audio HARI SREENIVASAN: Astrophysicists and astronomers all over the world are celebrating a golden moment this week, the announcement of a scientific finding that has Nobel Prize written all over it. They witnessed the collision of two incredibly dense neutron stars and found a scientific Holy Grail in the process. It provides further proof that Albert Einstein was a genius, relatively speaking. The findings help us understand the universe better, and, as a...
California program offers cash to reduce gun crimes
Watch Video | Listen to the AudioBy Megan Thompson Read the full transcript below: MEGAN THOMPSON: 30-year-old Rohnell Robinson grew up in Richmond, California, just northeast of San Francisco. This industrial city of 100,000 was once considered one of the most dangerous cities in the nation. ROHNELL ROBINSON: A lot of the stuff that goes on around here — drugs, killings. MEGAN THOMPSON: Robinson was only 14 when police caught him selling marijuana – the first of many run-ins with the law...
She’s 91 but she feels 15. Here’s her secret
Watch Video | Listen to the AudioHARI SREENIVASAN: Finally, another installment in our brief but spectacular series. Tonight, we hear from 91-year-old Flossie Lewis. A former English teacher, she now lives at the Piedmont Gardens Senior Living Community in the Bay Area. Lewis keeps busy by writing fiction and offers us insight on what it feels like to grow old. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) FLOSSIE LEWIS, Writer: Getting old is a state of mind. Now, I’m 91. I’m badly crippled, but I still think I’m...
As Trump tries to coalesce GOP, Obama urges ‘scrutiny’ of candidate
Watch Video | Listen to the AudioFriday saw presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump try to organize party leaders behind his upcoming presidential bid, but the real estate mogul faced more major defections from lawmakers still unwilling to embrace his controversial candidacy. Meanwhile, President Obama weighed in on Trump’s rise to the top of the Republican party for the first time. John Yang reports. The post As Trump tries to coalesce GOP, Obama urges ‘scrutiny’ of candidate appeared first...
News Wrap: U.S. job growth lower than expected
Watch Video | Listen to the AudioIn our news wrap Friday, the latest numbers from the Department of Labor show that the U.S. economy added 160,000 jobs in April, short of the 215,000 many economists predicted, while unemployment remained flat at five percent. Also, early reports indicated that Labour party candidate Sadiq Khan will be elected as the next mayor of London, the first time a Muslim has held that office. The post News Wrap: U.S. job growth lower than expected appeared first on...
In Alberta’s heartland, wildfire forces thousands to flee
Watch Video | Listen to the AudioSince Sunday, a wildfire burning in the heart of Canada’s oil country has forced nearly 100,000 residents to flee their homes for safety, creating the largest mass evacuation in Alberta’s history. Friday saw evacuees being ferried from the fire’s path via airlift and land convoy as the blaze spread across more than 300 square miles — five times its original size. Hari Sreenivasan reports. The post In Alberta’s heartland, wildfire forces thousands to flee...
Puerto Rican economic disaster leaves residents struggling
Watch Video | Listen to the AudioFor years, the Puerto Rican economy has been in decline, and the U.S. territory is now on the brink of disaster, with $72 billion of overall debt and an unemployment rate twice that of the mainland. As the island’s government is forced to suspend funding for vital services, hundreds of Puerto Ricans are leaving every day, while those who remain struggle to stay afloat. Jeffrey Brown reports. The post Puerto Rican economic disaster leaves residents...
Resolute Sanders on strategy, foreign policy and the outlook for the DNC
Watch Video | Listen to the AudioThough the battle for the GOP nomination ended with Donald Trump’s victory, the fate of the Democratic party’s candidacy is still in question, as trailing contender Sen. Bernie Sanders has vowed to fight on until the DNC convention. Sanders joins Judy Woodruff to discuss his superdelegate strategy, Hillary Clinton’s criticism of his foreign policy experience and what could happen if he loses. The post Resolute Sanders on strategy, foreign policy and the...
Shields and Brooks on Trump’s nomination triumph, and why the Democratic race isn’t over
Watch Video | Listen to the AudioSyndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week in politics, including what Donald Trump’s ascension as the GOP’s presumptive nominee means for American politics, the fate of the Republican party after Trump, why Hillary Clinton hasn’t been able to finish off Sen. Bernie Sanders and the role of “big ideas” in this election cycle. The post Shields and Brooks on Trump’s nomination triumph, and...
A contemporary composer considers the musical legacy of Johannes Brahms
Watch Video | Listen to the AudioSaturday will mark the 183rd birthday of the celebrated German composer and pianist Johannes Brahms. A complicated and utterly self-guarded man, Brahms liked to claim that his music didn’t flow from his heart, but the soulful and passionate nature of his compositions tells another tale. For more on what makes Brahms’ music so beautiful and enduring, Jeffrey Brown talks to composer Rob Kapilow. The post A contemporary composer considers the musical legacy of...
As Trump outlines White House goals, signs of division in his party
Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: Republican Donald Trump gets back to campaigning tonight, now that he’s virtually wrapped up the GOP nomination for president. But as he works to win over voters, he faces new resistance from leaders in his own party. The latest example came today from Paul Ryan, speaker of the House of Representatives. We begin our coverage with John Yang, who’s covering tonight’s Trump event in West Virginia. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) JOHN YANG: For Donald Trump,...
News Wrap: More towns evacuate amid Alberta wildfire emergency
Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: Good evening. I’m Judy Woodruff. HARI SREENIVASAN: And I’m Hari Sreenivasan. JUDY WOODRUFF: On the “NewsHour” tonight, a new dynamic on the campaign trail: HARI SREENIVASAN: Also ahead this Thursday, no more e-cigarettes for minors. The FDA announces new age requirements in a crackdown on unregulated tobacco, while California raises the legal age for smoking to 21. JUDY WOODRUFF: And, planning a vacation? How airlines are battling over...
Skyrocketing teen use of e-cigarettes leads to new regulations
Watch Video | Listen to the AudioHARI SREENIVASAN: There’ll be no more e-cigarette and cigar sales to people under the age of 18. Federal oversight of the growing industry was announced today by the Food and Drug Administration. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) HARI SREENIVASAN: They’ve been around since 2006, but until now, they were largely un-regulated. E-cigarettes turn nicotine into an inhalable liquid vapor, but without the tobacco in regular cigarettes. WOMAN: With blue e-cigs there’s no tobacco...
Trump the leader of the free world? Two GOP perspectives
Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: Now, back to the race for the White House. As we reported, House Speaker Paul Ryan today became the highest ranking Republican yet to say he’s not ready to support Donald Trump. We examine the divisions the Trump nomination is driving with two conservatives on either side of the split. We start with a Trump supporter, Representative Tom Marino who joins us from State College, Pennsylvania. Congressman Marino, thank you for joining us. You...
How a low-cost airline cashed in on cheap flights to paradise
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