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you're watching beyond 100 days. 12 hours after the worst mass shooting in american history and there is still no indication of why he did it. 64—year—old stephen paddock fits none of the profiles and his brother says he had no religious or political motive. he killed at least 58 people and injured 500 more when he opened fire on a concert in las vegas. as the country woke up to the news that it had suffered yet another mass shooting, it was a sober president trump who addressed the nation. it was an act of pure evil. nearly two weeks after hurricane maria, many residents of puerto rico still don't have power or clean water. now there's a political fight over whose fault that is. also on the programme: violence and protest in catalonia. 90% who voted in sunday referendum called for independence from spain — so what now? "everyone is sackable" says the uk finance minister, philip hammond,
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but is it better to keep boris in the tent — or kick him out? get in touch with us using #beyond—one—hundred—days. hello and welcome. i'm katty kay in washington and christian fraser is in london. tucson, newtown, san bernardino, orlando, and now add las vegas to that list. once again, dozens of families are grieving. last night's mass shooting at a concert on the vegas strip has already earned the really grim distinction of being the worst in american history. and 12 hours later there's still no indication of motive. 64—year—old stephen paddock was a retired accountant who lived on a golf course. on thursday, he checked into the mandalay hotel and into a room with a perfect view of the concert venue below him. he'd brought with him more than ten rifles. last night, from his elevated position, he fired his automatic weapon on a huge crowd below him.
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we have no idea why. james cook begins our coverage. in the cold nevada desert, country music is warming the crowd. the time is 10.08pm. gunfire the crowd, 22,000 strong, is uncertain. it takes a moment, a deadly moment, before they realise they are under attack. gunfire by now, a second round of bullets is raining down. there is a pause. the gunman is reloading again. he is high above them in a hotel. panic follows, a scramble to live. we hit the ground and just lay there and hung onto each other. fired another 30 rounds. and then quiet. and then what we were doing was that
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every time he stopped and was reloading, we got up. then he started shooting again and we hit the ground. by now, this seems that are at once urgent and familiar. they are americans, and they know the drill. run. one woman found refuge behind some vending machines. we were sitting ducks. you could hear the bullets coming closer. then it would get quiet and he would reload. and then they would start going again. there was a girl standing right behind me, about two feet, and she got shot in the stomach. everybody thought at first it was just firecrackers. and then everybody... it kept going more and more. we felt the shots and then we ran to the hangar, to the airport.
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and we just kept running. it was... once we got out the back, we started seeing the people that were shot and the people that were dead. that's when it hit me, that this was real. police now know the gunman is in the hotel. explosives ready, they prepared to go in. he is dead, apparently having taken his own life. and he has left a city in chaos. the hospitals are overwhelmed. there are not enough ambulances. we need to get people to the hospital, ok. with hundreds wounded, a desperate call rings across the airwaves. please donate blood.
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there were people hiding underneath my car for cover. there was a gentleman that was shot, and he said, can you help me? i put him in my car. i had six people in my car. people without shoes, running just to get away. there is other urgent work, identifying the gunman. he was stephen paddock, a 64—year—old man from mesquite, an hour's drive from the las vegas strip. he checked into the hotel on thursday. as far as his history and background, we haven't completed that part of the investigation yet, but we located numerous firearms in the room he occupied. the president has been in office for less than a year, but he knows the drill as well. it was an act of pure evil. the fbi and the department of homeland security are working closely with local authorities to assist
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with the investigation, and they will provide updates as to the investigation and how it develops. for a western democracy, the united states has seen an astonishing amount of horror like this. but even here, this is carnage on a different scale. america's mass shooting disease now feels like a plague. james cook, bbc news, las vegas. our north america correspondent james cook reporting there from las vegas. we've been speaking to james for the latest. james, at least 58 people dead, 500 have been injured. the numbers are staggering. what are you hearing from hospitals there? the numbers are staggering, as you say. this attack, which happened just next to mccarran international airport, with the gunmen shooting from the
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mandalay bay hotel just the gunmen shooting from the mandalay bay hoteljust there, has left this city completely stunned. the hospitals have been struggling just to treat those who are wounded, and certainly the ambulance service was overwhelmed and last night. we saw that there were queues of ambulances rushing to the hospital, and people just couldn't get to an ambulance, some of them. they were loading sometimes two or three critically wounding people into the back of cars, commandeering vehicles to get them the treatment they desperately needed. it's the scale of this that is so stunning. we have seen, i'm sorry to say, so many massacres before in the us, but the scale of this one is just terribly breathtaking. another thing that strikes me, having reported on so many of these, if that usually 12 hours later there are some sort of red flags that emerge about the shooter. there seems to be nothing
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about him in this case. it's interesting. 64 years old, a retired accountant, we are told. somebody who liked flying and had a pilot ‘s licence. he was living out his life ina licence. he was living out his life in a retirement home about an drive from here. police there say they have not had any significant interaction with him at all. people seem to be talking about a quiet character. perhaps there was something wrong with him that we didn't know about, something may just have slipped inside him. police are saying they do not know of any links to any international terrorist organisations. they are describing this as a lone wolf attack. the fbi is taking the lead in trying to determine what drove him to do it, if indeed we can ever fathom that.
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in his last text his brother, it was extraordinarily mundane, asking about the welfare of his mother and what he was up to. we know he was in this hotel since thursday. that's right. he apparently checked into the hotel on thursday. we know he had an incredible cache of weapons in that room on the 32nd floor, from where he was spraying bullets onto the defenceless crowd below. more than ten weapons, clearly a huge amount of ammunition as well. the survivors have talked of how the gunfirejust kept survivors have talked of how the gunfire just kept going. survivors have talked of how the gunfirejust kept going. he survivors have talked of how the gunfire just kept going. he would reload and it would keep going, again and again. really, it'sjust been a terrifying and horrific experience for those people there. they are rarelyjust beginning to come to terms with what happened to them last night. i have seen people walking around this city dazed.
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james cook in las vegas for us. so here we are, once again, returning to the tragically familiar debate over gun deaths in the united states. the president, who has been a staunch defender of gun ownership, blamed "pure evil" — but his speech was as notable for what it didn't include as what it did. there was no reference to terror or to gun laws. the former secretary of state, john kerry, echoed the view of many outside america when he wrote this... our north america editor, jon sopel, has been looking at the reaction. america has been on alert for an act of terror, but not from someone like this. a 64—year—old white man living in a retirement community, who liked to gamble and enjoyed country music. but what turned stephen paddock into america's deadliest mass killer is still a mystery. there is not even anything i can say. imean... how do you... i mean, my brother did this. this is like it was
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done, like he shot us. if he had killed my kids, i couldn't be more dumbfounded. from the white house this morning, the president sought to bind the wounds of a nation. in moments of tragedy and horror, america comes together as one. and it always has. until now, the worst shootings were a nightclub attack in orlando, where omar mateen killed 49 people in an act inspired by so—called islamic state. before that were the killings at virginia tech university, where 32 people were killed. but in terms of shock, surely nothing eclipses sandy hook in connecticut, where 25 six and seven—year—olds were killed at their elementary school. an act of brutality so shocking that it moved the then president to tears. they had their entire lives ahead of them.
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birthdays, graduations, weddings. kids of their own. today, the two senators from connecticut sought to reopen the age—old debate on gun control. chris murphy saying... while senator richard blumenthal said: the gun industry in america is huge. but so are the numbers of deaths. some 30,000 die each year from gunshot wounds. yes, some are accidental, and many are suicide, but a large number of homicides, too. however, the all powerful gun lobby, the national rifle association, has been successful in warding off moves to tighten up gun ownership laws. and in president trump, they have a true friend.
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as your president, i will never ever infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms. never, ever. cheering and applause in his address to the nation, donald trump said the american people would be seeking explanations. but the one issue he didn't touch upon was whether gun control could have played a part. the nra believes the way you stop a bad man with the gun is to have a good man with a gun. but how that would have helped in the circumstances of las vegas last night, is anyone's guess. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. we are going to look at different parts of this awful story — but we're going to start with the investigation. michael bouchard is the former assistant director at the bureau of alcohol, tobacco and firearms. hejoins me now in the studio. let
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me start with that reportjust there. i was down at virginia tech andi there. i was down at virginia tech and i remember people there, people saying that if there had been people with guns, it could have been prevented. but in this case, it couldn't have been prevented with people with a gun on the ground. couldn't have been prevented with people with a gun on the groundm couldn't have been prevented and less somebody had a gun in the room with him or outside the door. it took more enforcement several minutes to ascertain where the shots we re minutes to ascertain where the shots were coming from, put the forces together, and unfortunately he committed suicide. you do courses on active shooter situations. you've seen the evidence that has come out of las vegas. what do you make of what happened there? one of the first things i teach is situational awareness. always have an escape plan, no matter where you are. one of the things we are going to learn
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from this scenario, unfortunately a lot of people were killed or injured, and some of them could have escaped unharmed had they not hit the ground automatically and just fled. you hear run, fight, flight, but in this case running was the only option they had. on the video, you hear they were told to get down. that was the only option they had. at group level, it's hard. once you know shots are coming from up above, laying on the ground, you are a stationary target. people will recognise that you can secure the venue, this concert, and the immediate perimeter, but what you can't do is police in a hotel like that, which has thousands of guests a week, what people are bringing into the hotel. right. this is a soft target. the guard is down.
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people are having a good time. no one in their right mind would think shots would be fired from a quarter ofa mile shots would be fired from a quarter of a mile away or more from a room ina of a mile away or more from a room in a hotel, so this brings it to another level. we can keep securing venues, but the criminals keep thinking of other ways to get soft targets. they keep moving outward. you can set up a perimeter, and they will set themselves up outside the perimeter. so it's very difficult. the brothers are in that report said, in the extended interview, said, in the extended interview, said that you should go out and find out who sold him those weapons. how likely is that? atf is researching where these weapons came from. they are certainly going to find out where they bought the firearms. if they bought them from a federal firearms licence fee, they will probably know that today. if you bought them from a private sale,
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where there are no records, that will be more difficult to try to reconstruct who had the firearms before him and how they got into his hands. michael bouchard, thank you for coming in. let's bring in the counter—terrorism and intelligence expert, matthew levitt, of the washington institute. it does seem this has been ruled out by the fbi as an act of terrorism, oi’ by the fbi as an act of terrorism, orforeign terrorism by the fbi as an act of terrorism, or foreign terrorism at least. how can they do that so quickly? it's clear that they found quite quickly that this was a loan attacker. when the islamic state claimed responsibility, this was just the islamic state trying to remain releva nt as islamic state trying to remain relevant as it faces defeat on the battlefield. it has about as much legitimacy as claiming responsibility for recent hurricanes. in a case like this, you
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are able to run down quite quickly who the individual was, who his girlfriend was, where he came from, how long he'd been in the hotel, what his background was. we will know more details about how they felt comfortable saying that in the next few days, but it is not surprising. is the debate over whether this was foreign terrorism oi’ whether this was foreign terrorism or domestic terrorism a relevant debate, or a relevant part of the investigation? it's relevant to the policy debate. first, there are some in this administration who think that the primary threats to the us is from abroad, from international terrorism. we have had domestic terrorism. we have had domestic terrorism in the past, but it isn't the primary threat. we need to come to terms with the fact that we need to terms with the fact that we need to deal with problems of every kind, domestic orforeign. to deal with problems of every kind, domestic or foreign. we to deal with problems of every kind, domestic orforeign. we have laws on
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the books that enable us to deal with international terrorism, but we don't have parallel laws to deal with domestic terrorism. we designate groups as global terrorist entities, which gives us authorities to prosecute people, for example for material support terrorism. we don't have parallel laws for domestic terrorism. when we think of how to counter violent extremism in this country, we are not ready to tackle every aspect of that, for example people who have mental health problems who commit actions like this. we need to get our heads run all of this. the threat is there. the fbi director told congress last week that there are around 1000 domestic into vested ——
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investigations, as many as they are looking at internationally. are the fbi constantly looking at the domestic threat? absolutely. the comments were new and important. in the past the fbi have talked about 1000 cases related to the islamic state across all 50 states. the fact there is at least as many domestic cases should be a wake—up call for policymakers and the public. we are not at the point yet where most people, including many in the administration, are willing to accept that this is a crisis we are facing domestically. as i have said previously, take for example the travel ban. there may be reasons to have the travel ban, but not because it isa have the travel ban, but not because it is a terrorism concern. so far the people who have come from abroad and carried out terrorism in the united states were not radicalised
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before they got here. radicalisation happens here in the us both from an international and domestic perspective. the total number of guns in the us is thought to be around 300 million. gun deaths are rising to more than 15,000 last year. this year there have been over 11,000. add all of those deaths together, and you will see there have been over 52,000 since the start of 2014. that is more than the total death toll of coalition troops in afghanistan and iraq since the war began in 2001. more civilian deaths this year than the number who died at war in 16 years. well, gun ownership is an important political issue in the us. ron christie is the former advisor to president george w bush and is in san francisco.
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it is very hard for people outside the country to look at what happened in las vegas and think that the conversation in america wouldn't today all be about gun control. we've been through this before and we've seen that the laws don't change. good afternoon. that's exactly right. our hearts and our prayers and our deepest sympathies for those who have been killed by this senseless tragedy and those who are recovering. inevitably, there will be conversations in congress and among the political class who will be saying, can statutes be enacted and laws be put forth that can put forward a sensible solution? u nfortu nately, can put forward a sensible solution? unfortunately, i don't believe laws are going to do this. it is the hearts and minds of people rather than specific legislation that will prevent tragedies like this happening again. but the
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counterargument would be that australia and uk were changed gun laws and reduce the number of mass attacks in those countries because of those laws. are you saying laws would make no difference? there are sensible steps. we could have universal background checks to ensure that those who are legal able to purchase five rounds have an investigation behind them. —— purchase firearms. the second amendment is very clear about the ability to bear arms, and i don't think, short of amending our constitution, that significant legislation would prevent what happened in las vegas.|j legislation would prevent what happened in las vegas. i don't profess to know the laws in the us on gun control, but it seems to me that different states have different regulations. some are tighter than others. nevada seems to be more lax than others. this has to be done at a federal level. absolutely. as i
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was just saying, i a federal level. absolutely. as i wasjust saying, i believe a federal level. absolutely. as i was just saying, i believe there are steps that could be taken. universal background check for one. we need to see what states are good lab retrieved for good gun control legislation and see if we can copy that at federal level. we need to have a rational and sober conversation in light of this tragedy, and ensure that we take steps that law enforcement have what they need to take people off the streets, and taking a long look at the legislative path to see if there isa the legislative path to see if there is a different way forward. thank you very much. for the moment, thanks for talking to us. it seems like whenever anything happens in the us, the solution seems to be to go out and buy more guns. the shares of the second biggest gun company we re of the second biggest gun company were up 6% today. american outdoor brands gained nearly 7% on the stock
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market today. their shares are booming. that happens after every mass shooting. there is always a conversation about whether we should have more guns oi’ conversation about whether we should have more guns or less guns. there isa have more guns or less guns. there is a real disconnect from people outside the country and inside. i have become incredibly sceptical that america will ever change its gun control laws, even though public opinion supports things like what ron was saying and tighter control background checks. this is beyond 100 days from the bbc. coming up for viewers on the bbc news channel and bbc world news — as president trump dedicates a golf trophy to hurricane victims, what do the thirsty, hungry and homeless on puerto rico make of the gesture? and after a fractious and violent independence referendum, what next for catalonia? why the spanish region is now asking for the international community to intervene. that's still to come. good evening. it is shaping up to be
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a decidedly mixed week of weather. there will be some scenes like this and some spells of sunshine around at times, as we saw in northumberland earlier today. i suspect there will be more scenes like this. strong winds, cloudy skies and outbreaks of rain. some outbreaks of rain in southern areas at the moment. this weather system clipping the south of england. this area of pressure causing strong winds in scotland. and some showers continuing to feed into north—western areas. any rain will clear away from southern areas to leave clear spells. in the south, winds fairly light and temperatures will get away. tomorrow, lighter winds than today. still breezy in northern areas and a scattering of
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showers in northern parts. many places will be completely dry. at 4pm, some showers for orkney, shetland, northern and western areas of scotland. northern ireland having a decent day. some spells of sunshine and patchy cloud. across england and wales, a similar story. good spells of sunshine around. temperature is nothing to write home about. wednesday, southern areas should be largely dry once again with some spells of sunshine. a weather front sliding into with some spells of sunshine. a weatherfront sliding into northern and north—western areas. showers across the far north of scotland and the wind is picking up to the far north—west again. temperature is no great shakes again. some uncertainty about the forecast through wednesday night. this area of low pressure likely to slide through some central
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areas of england and wales. some potentially wet weather for some. we will keep you up to date over the next couple of days. at the end of the week, a bit more quiet. some spells of sunshine, but feeling fairly cool by day. the rest of the week, generally cool, wet and windy speu week, generally cool, wet and windy spell midweek, but some sunshine as well. this is beyond 100 days, with me katty kay in washington — christian fraser's in london. our top stories — president trump says a mass shooting at a concert in las vegas is an act of pure evil. at least 58 people are now known to have been killed. police identify the gunman as 64—year—old local man, stephen paddock — the mass shooting is the bloodiest gun attack in modern american history. president trump will lead a moment of silence at the white house shortly. this is the scene now. we
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will take you there life. coming up in the next half hour — we report from the hurricane—hit us territory of puerto rico where president trump is due to visit — what sort of reception will he get? catalans continue to protest after spain refuses to recognise an independence referendum — what next for catalonia? let us know your thoughts by using the hashtag... america is focused on las vegas today, but the us territory of puerto rico is still struggling from the damage of hurricane maria. the storm hit nearly two weeks ago. president trump flies there tomorrow after criticism the relief effort hasn't gone well. today the island's governor said fuel supplies are finally getting to more people on the island. this is critical as the power system was largely knocked out by the hurricane and people are depending on generators which need fuel. but the us military said the number of people without access to clean
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drinking water increased over the weekend. aleem maqbool is in puerto rico — here's his report from ponce. you can see where that victory is? that's where the kitchen is over there, and the bathroom. this man points out the rooms of his home. there would otherwise be little way of telling what was here before hurricane maria to shreds. so this is where you work? my goodness. explain what happened. is where you work? my goodness. explain what happenedlj is where you work? my goodness. explain what happened. i heard the noise and i said to get down. we got down... noise and i said to get down. we got down. . . what noise and i said to get down. we got down... what is incredible is that luciano and his wife were in the house when the house was destroyed, trapped in the living room for several hours before they could escape, miraculously on half. the rain and the water came in... but they have lost everything. while they have lost everything. while they have lost everything. while they have heard us relief workers are on the island, they help us come their way yet. i think it came in
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four days or three days ago. i haven't seen any american people to come and help. because everything is stuck in one area. in the airport. i don't know what is going on. but on the other side of town, the americans havejust the other side of town, the americans have just arrived. the other side of town, the americans havejust arrived. on the other side of town, the americans have just arrived. on a mission to one particular building... the reason the us military and emergency workers have come here is because it is an old peoples home, about two hours outside of the capital. this is the first time people here have seen any help at all and they have been living without power and water since the hurricane. struggling up the stairs, we found this woman. she said she felt isolated since the hurricane, especially since communications are still down. hurricane, especially since communications are still downm was terrible. nothing, nothing. nothing to eat. no water. no light. nothing to eat. no water. no light.
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no innovators. and i live on the second floor. her neighbour, orlando, maybe one of the few who has been visited by american relief workers in the town. but he was scathing about the us response on this us territory. i think if we we re this us territory. i think if we were not in possession, but if we we re were not in possession, but if we were a state, we would have been treated differently. nobody has been here in the last ten days. isn't that proof enough? after visiting the old peoples home, the americans left town. here, it is neighbours and the church doing most of the work. providing clothes and food where people have none. "glory to god" says the pastor of this church, "thank god we are here to help". for many, no one else has come to help. they are just waiting for life to
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get better. on saturday, the president posted 18 tweets on puerto rico. several of them focused on the mayor of sanjuan who had criticised the relief effort. in other messages, he heaped praise on the military but blamed... you guessed it, fake news! yesterday, at the golf, the president dedicated a trophy to the hurricane victims. puerto rico and the people of
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florida who have really suffered over this last short period of time with the hurricanes. i want to remember them and we are going to dedicate this trophy to all of those people who are going through so much. we love them, they are part of our great state and great nation. let's go back to our political a nalyst let's go back to our political analyst ron christie. 18 tweets in 11 hours. my phone kept buzzing whenever he tweeted. does he protest too much? you know, i have to say, i was doing the same as you, wondering my why my phone kept buzzing. you say, my goodness, you are the president of the usa, what are you doing to eating these things on a sunday? -- tweeting. particularly the mayor of the capital, i see her knee deep in the water with a bullhorn? the objects are bad when you see the mayor wandering through
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the streets looking for survivors and looking to help people. you juxtapose it with the president of the us, on his private golf course in bedminster, new jersey. the us, on his private golf course in bedminster, newjersey. you think, do you optics that you are putting out? these people need help and the tweeting and the optics are terrible. you work in the bush administration, you know the damage that hurricane katrina and the response to that did to president bush. even his most ardent supporters would like to see the us government working effectively, they wa nt to government working effectively, they want to see that this great superpower can get things done. and the evidence of two weeks now since maria, is that america is weak when it comes to this response? is that a problem for president trump?|j it comes to this response? is that a problem for president trump? i think so, the response to hurricane katrina, warranted or not, crippled
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president bush for the remainder of his presidency. it remains to be seen if we can get the supplies necessary from porto rico. we have a lot of people who are not showing up to work, less than one third of the puerto rico national guard dispensing water and needed materials. i do not know if this is president trump's problem but the buck stops with him. he is the leader, a of people think the us response to puerto rico has so far been inadequate. and a wild hunch, i imagine that if you had the president here, you would tell him to stop tweeting about this, especially about fake news and the mayor of san juan? are you kidding me? it's beyond comprehension, when i sit there, and it keeps buzzing... and you go, the president is at it ain! and you go, the president is at it again! go back to work, get off the golf course, get to dc and coordinate the efforts of the american people so they have greater
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faith and better things to do rather than twitter. and over the weekend we saw the talking points the white house sent out to republican strategists, putting a new spin on this, can you turn the story around? i think this, can you turn the story around? ithink so, this, can you turn the story around? i think so, i'm always nervous of talking points. isaw i think so, i'm always nervous of talking points. i saw the talking points you reference. rather than taking a victory lap, rather than saying how good things are, i thought we should focus on the recovery effort and rebuilding rather than taking political credit. yes, puerto rico will get the needed resources and tools. let's remove politics. let's not take a victory lap. that is why the white house should be calling ron christie!” think they have already called him! he keeps turning his phone off! well we we re he keeps turning his phone off! well we were fair on the health secretary tom price finally went. it wasn't a
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great surprise, he's not as rich as steven mnuchin, he was only going to pay for his seat, that wasn't good enough? it is insane. this comes from tom price, when he was in congress, they said the obama administration was wasting money. for goodness' sake, you take a private plane from washington, dc to philadelphia. by the time we go to the airport, you are already there on the train. it's a distraction. as a white house staffer, it's not about you, it's about the president. with a high—level secretaryjetting around and wasting $1 million, so far, $1 million, it is time to go. you are fired! the mayor of san juan and tom price have something in common. they bring bad headlines and they need to be dealt with! it's good to see you. banks let's go to
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the south lawn of the white house. we have a live picture of the one—minute silence which is about to happen. you can see the president and the first lady coming out, and the vice president mike pence walking onto the lawn. let's listen bell tolls studio: you were watching the president and the vice president, and their spouses, on the lawn of the white house, observing the moment of silence for the people killed in the attacks in las vegas. of course, today, we think of the
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family is killed and those still in hospital. 500 odd were injured over the course of this attack in las vegas but it has been interesting to watch the president's response through the day. textbook presidential reaction to this mass shooting, comments in the white house carefully scripted, talking about unity and thanking first responders, what you would expect a president of the usa to do. very different from the reaction he gave to the mass shooting in san berna rdino to the mass shooting in san bernardino and orlando last year where he was handed a tram. now he is the president —— when he was the candidate. and there was no ad—libbing, straight from the prompter. as you say, a very different tone. before they came out, the press secretary sara sanders was talking but now, they say it is not the time to talk about guns, there is a time and place for political debate but now it is time
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to unite as a country. now if you were following the vote in cataluna yesterday you will no doubt have seen the pictures of the violence and in a number of instances the police brutality which has been condemned across europe. 900 people were hurt in the fighting as police tried to prevent the referendum from going ahead. more than 2.2 million people are said to have voted, just under half of the electorate. and around 90% of them, according to the catalan authorities, voted for independence. the spanish prime minister mariano rajoy is unmoved, he said today the catalans had been fooled into taking part in an illegal vote. here's tom burridge. in a school where people voted, they were repairing the damage where police officers forced their way in. this woman played us the screams of those inside when spanish national police tried to drag her and others out. "you feel completely helpless," she says, "still in shock that the police could carry out such violence."
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yesterday, across this region, the spanish state moved in to disrupt catalonia's disputed referendum. national police officers fighting localfiremen. for madrid, a bid to disrupt an illegal vote with violence. this morning, those who want independence took to the streets. there's no doubt that the violence by police yesterday has made these people more determined that their region can break away from spain. but the more important question is what impact those images will have on wider catalan society, and public opinion across spain. digesting the news in hospitalet on the edge of barcelona — many here originally from other
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parts of spain, like manuel, opposed to independence. he says yesterday's referendum was illegal. "we all lose after yesterday," andres martinez told us, but he would be happy with a vote if madrid agreed. but watch her determination, early yesterday, when the local police allowed these people to vote, people who've lived through troubled times in spain before. many savoured a controversial but historic moment. tom burridge reporting there from barcelona. stinking with compper coded european
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challengers... one of the many challenges in the ongoing brexit negotiations is the uk government's apparent indecision about what it wants. how much should it pay to leave, how long should any transition period last and what are the uk's red lines across which it will not budge? in the opposing camps are two of the most powerful people in the cabinet, the foreign secretary borisjohnson and the chancellor of the exchequer philip hammond. and the divisions have never been more apparent than in the run up to this week's conservative party conference in manchester. today it was the chancellor's turn to take centre stage. we are leaving the eu, not leaving europe. our economic future will remain closely linked with the eu for many good reasons. but our political future will be our own. our eu partners can go their way. we wish them well. but we will not be joining them on a voyage to ever closer union. we must resolve the short—term challenge of the
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uncertainty around this process. by accelerating the talks and delivering a time limited interim period of about two years, for our businesses to adjust. our objective is to make britain safer, stronger, and richer. as the prime minister said in florence ten days ago, that objective is what will guide us in our negotiations. that was philip hammond earlier. ben wright is at the conference in manchester. a a lot of talk about the gloom that descended over the conference. i was looking at ruth davidson's comments. she said that the party needs to man up she said that the party needs to man up and recover from the nervous breakdown it has been suffering since the election. yes, undoubtably one of the current stars of the conservative party. also, looking at the different factions within it in terms of brexit, one of those arguing without any qualification that the uk needs to stick as
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closely as possible to its current economic arrangements with the eu after brexit. that is very much her pitch, she does not care how it is done that there needs to be continuity. on the other hand, boris johnson, the foreign secretary, is there, outspoken as always. saying this transition period, two years after we left the eu from march 2019 onwards, it cannot last a second longer than two years. staking out a jadhav brexiteer position. —— a harder brexiteer position. in terms of ha rd harder brexiteer position. in terms of hard details, there is not much we have learned so far. i was following philip hammond around some of the fringe events this evening, business groups were queueing up to say that they need clarity on how the transition will work and what kind of future relationship you see working between the eu and uk. we are all poised as businesses to make decisions now about how we invest. we need certainty. philip hammond
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understands and he has that but i'm not sure he got the answers —— they got the answers they need. the tory party seems to be a snake pit at the moment. what are the chances conference can resolve differences you were talking about, can they hashit you were talking about, can they hash it out between them?” you were talking about, can they hash it out between them? i think they are getting through to wednesday afternoon with us little sad as possible and a few —— with as little sad as possible and as few divisions as possible. an agenda going forward that is more than brexit, we haven't had a lot of meat around alternative issues on the table. brexit is the defining issue of the government and will be for a number of years. some of the rhetoric surrounding it is very familiar. what people want are the fa cts . familiar. what people want are the facts. and details. there was more after the prime minister's speech in florence which seems to have helped
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in terms of nudging negotiations with russell is on. there is real frustration within the tory party and the government that the pace is too slow. and the clarity that the businesses want in terms of the final brexit arrangement is not there and cannot be there until the eu decides to start to talk about the future economic relationship with the uk. you are right, there is a depressed atmosphere here. last year, they had a majority. they've lost it and it is a government looking for direction and a bit of purpose. i think the mood may live tomorrow, tomorrow it is boris di! something will happen tomorrow, yes! -- it is something will happen tomorrow, yes! —— it is boris day! something will happen tomorrow, yes! -- it is boris day! let's get more on our top story — the mass shooting in las vegas that's left at least 58 people dead and more than 500 injured. president trump is calling the violence an ‘act of pure evil.‘ addressing the nation from the white house, he praised the police for
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responding quickly to prevent further loss of life and ordered that flags be flown at half mast in honour of those killed. here‘s some of what he had to say. my my fellow americans. we are joined together today in sadness, shock and grief. last night, a gunman opened fire ona grief. last night, a gunman opened fire on a large crowd, at a country music concerts in las vegas, nevada. he brutally murdered more than 50 people and wounded hundreds more. it was an act of pure evil. while we have been on air, the white house press secretary sarah sanders has given a response to the answer to the question of gun control. todayis to the question of gun control. today is for consoling survivors and mourning those we lost. our thoughts and prayers are with all of those individuals. there is a time and place for political debate but now is the time to unite as a country. i think one of the things that we do not want to do is try to create laws
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that will not stop these things happening. looking at chicago, you had over 4000 victims, but they have the strictest gun laws in the country. it hasn‘t helped there so we have two, when the time comes for those conversations to take place, we need to look at things that may have a real impact. sarah sanders in the last few minutes. an update now from las vegas. our correspondent david lee is there. the police car behind you there. it seems to me that the swat team that got there did an extraordinary job, that the swat team that got there did an extraordinaryjob, locating the 32nd floor, they had explosives and got through the door and probably saved and got through the door and pro ba bly saved cou ntless and got through the door and probably saved countless more lives? yes, i think that has been the general mood here. last night, we saw huge amounts of panic, of course. we saw overnight a lot of
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sadness over what happened but today, since i‘ve been stood outside one of the main hospitals here, there is a sense of appreciation for many of the first responders, whether it was the people dealing with the gunmen or the surgeons and doctors working here. there is a real sense that a very good job was done by those who need to do a good job. although the tragic number of people who have died and those left with serious injuries is extremely sad, ido with serious injuries is extremely sad, i do think there is a sense of slight positivity out how las vegas, asa slight positivity out how las vegas, as a city, reacted to this. is there any more news on the shooter, what he was doing in the weeks leading up to the shooting, any information that would put some sort of profile ofa that would put some sort of profile of a mass shooter onto this figure? quite a discussion today, painting a
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picture of who this man was. we have had picture of who this man was. we have ha d rece ntly picture of who this man was. we have had recently that he was a gambler, spending a lot of money on gambling. we do not know how successful or u nsuccessful we do not know how successful or unsuccessful he was with that gambling. while we find things out about his life, there are no details that would come anywhere close to suggesting that would be a motive for what happened here last night. we have seen family members of stephen paddock coming out and saying that this is a complete surprise to them. we heard his brother, saying it does not seem like the brother he knew. his niece wrote on facebook about how this incredibly out of character and surprising act from this man. i think piecing together why this happened is going to take some time. dave,in happened is going to take some time. dave, in las vegas, thank you. it‘s interesting, this is often the case in mass shootings, in my experience, that the family is totally surprised
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and they‘ve got no idea that this will happen, that this person had it in them. often there is no criminal record into the actual event itself. i think what it shows is on several levels how incredibly hard it is going to be to prevent attacks like this. people having guns in this concert would not have prevented this man on the floor. you cannot stop people taking things into a hotel and if there is no profile, what do law enforcement guy won? and what do law enforcement guy won? and what we do learn is that mass killers are normally extraordinarily normal. and that seems to be coming out yet again. normal until the event itself. that‘s all from us, we will be back tomorrow. good evening. it is shaping up to be a decidedly mixed week of weather. there will be scenes like this,
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spells of sunshine around at times. as we saw in northumberland with this weather watcher earlier on today. i suspect there will be more scenes like this, strong winds and cloudy skies, and outbreaks of rain. some outbreaks of ring in southern areas at the moment. this weather system fits into the south of england. low—pressure providing strong winds, especially across northern scotland where overnight we could have gusts of up to 70 mph and showers continuing to feed into north—western areas. any rain will clear from southern areas, leaving clear from southern areas, leaving clear spells and towards the south, the winds for fairly light. temperatures will dip away. a chilly night in the countryside. tomorrow, lighter winds than today. still breezy in northern areas. in northern parts we see scattered showers. they should be fairly light, and in many places will stay com pletely light, and in many places will stay completely dry. at four o‘clock in the afternoon, we see showers for orkney and shetland, and in eastern
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scotland, it will be largely dry. 20 degrees in aberdeen, northern ireland have a decent day. spells of sunshine and patchy cloud. in england and wales, a similar story. fairweather cloud, spells of sunshine, nothing to write home about with the temperatures. on wednesday, southern areas will be largely dry with spells of sunshine. we will see a weather front sliding into northern and north—western areas. showers in the far north of scotla nd areas. showers in the far north of scotland too. wind is picking up towards the north—west later in the day. temperatures 12—16d. some uncertainty about the forecast as we go through wednesday night. this area of low pressure is likely to slide across central areas of the british isles which could bring wet and potentially very windy weather for some. we keep a close eye on that and will keep you up—to—date. stay tuned to the forecast over the next few days. at the end of the week, things quietened down. more
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dry weather. spells of sunshine feeling fairly cool by day and there will be some chilly night ‘s too. the rest of the week is generally cool the rest of the week is generally cool, wet and windy spells midweek. there will be some sunshine too. der lurid this is bbc news, the headlines at eight. at least 58 people killed and more than 500 injured after a gunman opens fire on a crowd attending a music festival in las vegas. all of a sudden, we heard "p0p, p0p: p0p: p0p: pop," countless times, and we all thought it was firecrackers, and then it kept on going, then he fired for a bit and fired another 15 or 20 rounds, and that‘s when we realised it was a fully automatic, sounded like a high—powered rifle. gunfire panic gripped the crowd as people tried to flee,
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while the gunman fired from his room on the 32nd floor of a nearby hotel. the gunman has been named as 64—year—old stephen paddock, who lived in the state.
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