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you're watching beyond 100 days. donald trump invokes his executive privilege to withhold congress getting more details of the mueller report. the democrats who want to see it in full, unredacted, say the president's stonewalling of their investigations, provokes a constitutional crisis. it's been fun and games this afternoon in the house judiciary committee — the democrats say they will hold the attorney general in contempt, the vote is pending. this hearing is not about the attorney general. this is all about impeaching the president. in this country, no one is above the law including the president of the united states. president trump's finances come under more scrutiny —
a new report shows he lost over $1 billion through the 1980s. also on the programme. iran say it is withdrawing from the commitments it made under the international nuclear deal — a year after the us pulled out. we'll have to wait to see what iran's actions actually are. they've made a number of statements about actions they've threatened to do in order to get the world to jump. and meet archie harrison mountbatten—windsor — baby sussex — who this afternoon met his great grandmother, the queen. hello and welcome — i'm jon sopel in washington, christian fraser is in london. the president is playing hard ball. he is in an arm wrestle with the democrats and their multiple investigations — and as far as he can, he will deny them access to the documents and witnesses they're demanding. today he asserted his executive privilege — the first time he's done so —
to withhold key redacted sections of the mueller report, which congress had earlier subpoenaed. most of those redacted sections were in the first volume, which focused on russia's attempts to interfere in the 2016 election. the chair of the house judiciary committee, jerry nadler, said if he allowed the attorney general‘s conclusions on the report to go unchecked, then it would mean the end of congressional oversight. today it's expected his committee will vote to hold the attorney general in contempt. but mr nadler had this to say about the president's use of his powers. the department seemed open to sharing these materials with us just yesterday, this decision represents a clear escalation in the administration's blanket defiance of congress constitutionally mandated duties. joining us now is ab stoddard — associate editor at realclear politics. let's assume the house does vote
that he is in contempt. what happens? not much. we believe the democrats felt they needed to do this as an act of accountability in the face of the defiance from the entire administration, particularly the attorney general and the president. going forward, they are hoping to hearfrom president. going forward, they are hoping to hear from the special counsel but they know that this act of trying to hold the attorney general in contempt isn't going to make the unredacted version any more on forthcoming than it was. if you listen to the arguments, the politics is quite murky because there are so many details about process but i think went over the heads of the public in their busy days today. at some point, congress has to say its bite is worse than its bark. if it doesn't it sets a dangerous precedent. the role of congress is to provide the oversight
over the executive. there is no question. in the face of contempt, and we know republicans held the former attorney general eric holder in contempt of congress, he continued in hisjob and not much came of it. what the democrats are hoping in terms of your bite is they will be able to prevail in court and be able to get their hands on this grandjury be able to get their hands on this grand jury information and the redacted portions of the robert mueller report. they believe also that people beyond william bar will not defy their subpoenas and they will be able to proceed. this actual day and this one act of contempt, they know, isn't likely to yield anything. the other story everyone's talking about today is mr trump's finances. the new york times has delved into ten years of the president's tax returns from 1985 to 1995, a period in which his businesses lost more than $1 billion. and compare those losses
with comments he made on the record at the time. in 1987 he was down $4.5 million. that year, he told reporters: "i don't do it for the money. i've got enough, much more than i'll ever need." the next year, the losses increased to $46 million. mr trump was still putting a brave face on, "if the world goes to hell in a hand basket, he said i won't lose a dollar." in 1990 — a loss of $400 million. "financially a good year" said mr trump. by 1995 — almost $916 million in the red. he had stopped commenting. but he did have plenty to say today. "this is a fake news hitjob," he tweeted. "you always wanted to show losses for tax purposes. "almost all real estate developers did it — "and often re—negotiated with the banks, it was a sport." ab is still with us.
sport? the president wanted to say that this innocence was a false report, but the old information wasn't true. at the same time provide an explanation for why he did what he seemed to do as a result of what we saw in the document. as usual, he is giving us two conflicting responses but this is really... i think what the white house is pleased about is everyone saying this shows he didn't have the business acumen he bragged to us, it actually shows somebody bailed him out. we know he was borrowing money from the russians in the early 2000, long after american banks would no longer bail him out. this is the question the democrats want to get to, whether or not he is compromised because of the financial help he might have been given by oligarchs
close to vladimir putin or others around the world. that's the question they will stay with, despite the fact the media coverage is around his boasts about his past. this was through the 80s when eve ryo ne this was through the 80s when everyone was making a stack of money. if you look at the industries he was in, they will all making a stack of money. there a tonne of red all the way through the 80s. when you compare that with the image he gave us you compare that with the image he gave us on you compare that with the image he gave us on the campaign trail in 2016, to put it bluntly, he's a bit ofa 2016, to put it bluntly, he's a bit of a con artist. yes. this isn't news, the president inherited a good sum of money, enough of a buffer to make himself a tonne of money. he lost so much money, casinos were run into the ground. he declared ba n kru ptcy into the ground. he declared bankruptcy four times and has boasted about why he thought it was
shrewd to have done that, using the laws at his disposal. today he is talking about the sport he engaged in when he was also taking losses at his businesses. if you count up what he was given and what he borrowed from his family estate, and you look at his business record, he really run most of the things he engaged in into the ground. as donald trump will tell you, everything he's ever done was successful and he's going to continue to talk that way. he's going to hope that the story goes away but also that the people who elected him and think he's a terrific businessman will believe what he says which is that the story is fake. thank you. the thing that fascinates me is the extent to which people will care about this. donald trump, eight of those ten years didn't pay any federal income tax
and donald trump said, i'm smart, maybe it was all a tax write—off for him. through the 80s he was in casinos and airlines but then he goes on to the apprentice and becomes a promotions man through the early 2000 patients and to make a profit. if you —— if they get hold of his last six years tax returns it might look a bit more healthy. a year ago today donald trump pulled the united states out of the iran nuclear deal. in just the past week they have dispatched an aircraft carrier to the persian gulf, and they have scrapped oil waivers for companies trading in iranian oil — they are starving tehran of cash. today tehran responded. president rouhani announced he was partially suspending iran's commitments to the nuclear deal — and within 60 days they will begin enriching and stockpiling uranium again. yesterday the secretary of state mike pompeo binned a planned trip to germany and made an unscheduled visit to iraq instead, to discuss the growing tensions with iran.
today he flew to london to meet his british counterpart jeremy hunt. the iranian decision to resume the nuclear programme puts britain and europe in a tight spot. they are trying to keep the nuclear deal alive, the american pressure makes it unlikely. 0ur diplomatic correspondent james landale was at the press conference. can the iran nuclear deal survive? what are you prepared to do to keep the iran nuclear deal alive? whose side are you one, tehran or washington? on the iran nuclear deal, it's a very important achievement of western diplomacy that despite all the problems we have in the middle east today, iran does not have nuclear weapons and its neighbours haven't responded by getting their own nuclear weapons. secretary pompeo and i are at one in
agreeing it would be a massive step back for that region if it were to become nuclear rise to. i'd seen the letter sent, i think it was intentionally ambiguous. we'll have to see what iran's actions are. they've made a number of statements about actions they threaten to do in order to make the world jump. 0ur diplomatic correspondent james landale is here. there was a certain amount of diplomatic tap dancing today. we are all on the same side said mike pompeo but the europeans are in a bit of a fix. it is a very, very difficult position for them. they are caught between a rock and a hard place. they've got to make a decision about whether or not they are going to try and do more to help iran comply with the deal, persuade its leadership to stay but the deal, to convince then there is an economic benefit in staying with this deal. at the same time as they are under huge pressure from the americans to say you've got to pull out of the deal and if you continue
to give any economic succour to the iranians then your businesses, your banks will suffer. it's a difficult position the iranians have put the europeans in and they've got 60 days before the next deadline. there will before the next deadline. there will bea before the next deadline. there will be a lot of diplomacy between now and then. there was a lot of talk about the chinese company huawei. americans saying they are going to get the uk some room but it's a topic they don't see iter eye on. we are making out he is well known. each country has a sovereign right to make its own decision about how to make its own decision about how to deal with the challenge. the united states has an obligation to make sure places where we will operate, places where american information is and where we have national security risks, that they operate inside trusted networks. we haven't made a final decision. we are considering the evidence carefully but we would never take a decision that
compromised our ability to share intelligence with our five eyes colleagues or with the united states. gavin williamson was sacked the other week for leaking details of what had been discussed within the national security council. the americans know they have an administration here that's temporary, they know theresa may is going and at some point she will be replaced by another leader. but leader may have other views. this isn't a fixed permanent position of the uk here. what will have heard in downing street is secretary of state pompeo raising margaret thatcher and saying what would she have done here? would she have gone wobbly? again, using one of her phrases and allowed the chinese to control the internet of the future, to quote him. the americans have made their position clear but the british are going to play along, it's not going to be an immediate decision. thank
you. today the iranian foreign minister javad zarif was in moscow to meet with russian foreign minister sergei lavrov. the two men urged the european signatories to the deal to take decisive action to save it. iran's foreign minister, javad zarif, said his country was still committed to the deal, despite the decision to pull out of its commitments. 0ur our country and russia have shown oui’ our country and russia have shown our commitment to the deal. many other countries are only declaring it but haven't taken any measures so far. we expect our european colleagues, who volunteered to find a solution to the problem created by the americans, to fulfil their obligations. joining us here in washington now is robin wright — a fellow at the woodrow wilson centre and writer for the new yorker. if this were a medical bulletin, what would you say about the state
of the nuclear deal? critical, serious? mild scratches? somewhere in between mild scratches and deteriorating, let's put it that way. there are a lot of different pieces of moving on the chessboard and you can see that the administration in washington is trying to squeeze the iranians as much as they can. it's deploying a battleship carrier and be 52 bombers out in the region. the ships were headed there anyway but they are claiming there is signs of aggression or plans for confrontations with us troops in the region. this all comes together at the same time and looks ominous, it's reminiscent of the build—up to the iraq war in 2003. he was almost deliberately ambiguous in what he was saying, zarif. does that set
alarm bells ringing? zarif was here two we e ks alarm bells ringing? zarif was here two weeks ago with the un and i saw him four times. his message was consistently we don't want war, we wa nt consistently we don't want war, we want to stick to the deal but we also want to see the benefits we we re also want to see the benefits we were promised in the negotiations. if we don't get them, that puts pressure on the government at home. iran is headed towards its own electoral season, its own political transition and there's a lot at sta ke transition and there's a lot at stake that involves not just the nuclear agreement but the future of a revolution. we've been following the secretary of state over the last few days and there was some speculation there was intelligence which spurred this decision to send the abraham which spurred this decision to send the abra ham lincoln which spurred this decision to send the abraham lincoln to the persian gulf. we had a bit of information on what that intelligence might have been, something about the movement of short—range ballistic missiles. the intelligence reportedly is that
the iranians may be planning to move some short—range ballistic missiles through the gulf. there were concerns about their intentions in iraq, syria, yemen and the persian gulf. we don't know the details and we don't know whether the iranians themselves are engaged in positioning troops because they fear what the us is going to do. you had this psychological warfare that is beginning to play out in the way both sides are deploying their troops in the gulf across the middle east, and the danger there is some kind of incident, accident that spawns a war that i think neither country really wants but with the pressure mounting and a total impasse, the europeans unable to figure out what to do, the danger is it escalates into something really dangerous. you've spent a lot of time following the negotiations in geneva and you've watched the european side of the negotiation. what do they do now? presumably if
the iranians documents they will have to put the sanctions on. the iranians documents they will have to put the sanctions onlj think so. the question is, is there anything that can happen to prevent the iranians from moving forward? the europeans have tried, with a great deal of commitment, they have created a banking instrument that could circumvent the sanctions say european countries could invest or do deals with iran. the problem is it hasn't taken off and european countries have voluntarily decided they don't want to risk the wrath of they don't want to risk the wrath of the us or businesses in the us by continuing their operations in iran. 0ne continuing their operations in iran. one of the things i've heard in washington if they are exasperated that there seems to be no plan b from the americans if the deal falls apart. what then? absolutely. we also see that the three major policymakers, john bolton and mike pompeo and the president, all have
different visions of what they want to see happen. john bolton has made no secret that he wants regime change. mike pompeo has talked about changing behaviour but the president has also offered to meet with the supreme leader of iran and opening negotiations. the question is, what is it the us wants and if there is some kind of confrontation, then what? we will leave that question hanging. thank you. 0n the question of what the us wa nts, 0n the question of what the us wants, is there a split betweenjohn bolton and the president who has made it pretty clear all along he doesn't want to get involved in foreign wars? you've had all sorts of different messages. some would say that is the fog of war. this is getting mixed messages to destabilise people. we've seen that from the president on a range of
issues where we've seen mike pompeo say one thing, and the president saying something different. i think what there is in this city, not for the first time, is a huge amount of uncertainty. prince harry and meghan have named their new baby archie harrison mountbatten—windsor. the announcement came after the new parents introduced the queen and the duke of edinburgh to their eighth great—grandchild at windsor castle. earlier, the duke and duchess of sussex gave us all a first glimpse of the youngest royal — no doubt the first of many photocalls to come. here's our royal correspondent sarah campbell. the first of many royal photocalls. having had two days to get to know baby archie in private, this was the time for his proud parents to show him off. magic, it's pretty amazing. i have the two best guys in the world, so i'm very happy. parenting is great, it's amazing.
it's only been two and a half, three days, but we are so thrilled to have our own bundle ofjoy and to be able to spend some precious times with him as he slowly starts to grow up. nestled in his father's arms, getting a close—up view of the baby's face was tricky, so who does the seventh in line to the throne take after? we're still trying to figure that out. everyone says babies change so much at two weeks, so we're monitoring how the process happens over the next month, but his looks are changing every single day. so, who knows? what do the public make of his name? archie harrison. archie harrison? 0k, not expecting that, not going to lie, i was expecting something more traditional. a good choice, they've gone with something left—field, a bit different, and good for them for going for something that's
clearly their choice and not a traditional royal name. no title, archie harrison, that's it. that surprises me, actually. it's kind of of the time. unaware of his royal status, and unique place as an anglo—american mixed race child at the heart of the monarchy. he slept through this entire photocall. he has the sweetest temperament. really calm. i don't know who he gets that from! yeah. he's been a dream. it's been a special couple of days. thank you very much. thank you so much. thank you. thank you, everybody, for the well wishes and kindness. it means so much. and then it was off to meet the family. meghan's mother doria was present for the first meeting of baby archie and his great—grandparents, the queen and duke of edinburgh, both said to be delighted to welcome
an eighth great—grandchild. tomorrow harry is off to the netherlands for the start of the invicta is. i'm sure he wants to be at home with a newborn. what we think of the name, archie? german origin meaning brave. it's often used in scotland as well and i have to say, this is terrible and i hope it doesn't get me sent to the tower or the palace, i know a lot of people who have named their dogs archie. laughter the jailer is on his way! that's the end of the mbe for you! south africans are voting in a general election that's seen as the toughest test for the governing african national congress since it won the first post—apartheid vote in 1994. the anc is expected to win again — but its reputation has been tarnished by corruption scandals. anc leader cyril ramaphosa says he can fix the party and transform south africa.
asia bibi — the christian woman who was cleared of blasphemy charges in pakistan — has left the country after spending eight years on death row. her lawyer told the bbc that she has arrived in canada, where two of her daughters already live. ms bibi was jailed on charges of insulting the prophet muhammad but acquitted by the country's supreme court last year. uber and lyft drivers in london and new york have been striking to protest their wages and gig—economy conditions. the protests come as uber prepares to list its shares on the new york stock exchange on friday, in what's expected to be one of the year's biggest stock market listings. last night we witnessed one of the greatest sporting comebacks of all time. no superlatives are left to describe liverpool's 4—0 triumph over barcelona. quite superb. so no pressure at all tonight, onjohn sopel‘s spurs side
who travel to ajax trailing by a goal to zero. they were doing quite well in their new london stadium — untiljon flew back to watch them last week, and seemingly put some sort of curse on them. are you banned from tonight's game? laughter it was a long way to travel, 6000 miles, for a football match to watch your team lose. having said that, i wouldn't have missed it for the world. as you know, you want to be there on the big occasions and it was my first time at the tottenham hotspur stadium which was spectacular. the atmosphere is amazing, result not so good. i'm impressed hejumped into the breach tonight. this is beyond 100 days from the bbc. coming up for viewers on the bbc news channel and bbc world news — since winning brazil's election, jair bolsonaro has begun addressing concerns that he spread fake news and misinformation, but we'll be hearing
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this is beyond 100 days. with mejon sopel, in washington, christian fraser is in london. our top stories. democratic lawmakers are voting today on whether to hold the us attorney general in contempt over his handling of the mueller report. the white house hits back, invoking executive privilege over all of the findings. britain's theresa may rejects fresh calls to resign, insisting her first priority is to "get brexit done". coming up in the next half hour... how brazil's culture wars are being waged in the classroom, where there's an increasing focus on discipline and order. and in search of the great outdoors — we meet the man who spent three years touring america's national parks.
donald trump has been holding a cabinet meeting this afternoon. by all accounts, the attorney general bill barr received a standing ovation when he walked into the room. we can't confirm that because it is closed to the press. and just before the meeting, the white house cancelled a scheduled photo—op, which might have allowed reporters to question mr trump on the decision he took today to invoke executive privilege over the mueller report. sarah sanders, the white house press secretary, did issue a statement...
was it an abuse of power? let's bring in constitutional law professor at george washington university, jonathan turley. welcome. thank you. i don't want to betray any confidences, i think i am right in saying that you have just come from lunch with the attorney general. i don't mean you were one of 100 people in ten different tables, just you and him? yes, in fa ct, tables, just you and him? yes, in fact, wejust finished tables, just you and him? yes, in fact, we just finished a tables, just you and him? yes, in fact, wejust finished a great bunch. we have had lunch in the past. since he took the publicjob, we are stuck with chicken wraps from the cafeteria at this point. he was demonstrably content and at ease. i think there is a bizarre situation where the house to the is debating holding him in contempt. but he gave no indication that he was concerned. he feels very comfortable about what he has done. and i think he is eager to have the record out there. he has done. and i think he is eager to have the record out therem must have been such a weird moment,
there are you and he with your chicken wraps, in a corner of the room in the corner of your eye, presumably there is a tv on whether house is debating holding him in contempt. he is a man who has a self regard and self esteem, he can't have ever thought out when he came back into the front side of politics there would be people voting on whether he was in contempt or not? we did without the tv for lunch, it made for a more pleasant lunch. 0bviously made for a more pleasant lunch. obviously this was looming. i don't believe that it really is that pressing on william barr. i know that for a fact. he is a very thoughtful individual, doesn't take these steps without being certain that they are the right steps to take. he feels he has fulfilled his oath to the senate judiciary that he has released has much of the report as he could possibly release. he has justified each of the reductions. his conscience seems quite clear. he is entirely at ease, there is no
concern from his standpoint as to what is happening in the committee. jonathan, i am what is happening in the committee. jonathan, iam not what is happening in the committee. jonathan, i am not a lawyer, you are, so you can robbery tell me, but i would have thought threatening to exercise executive privilege over everything in the report, stonewalling an entire investigation seems pretty indefensible to me. how would a court look at that?” seems pretty indefensible to me. how would a court look at that? i think the position of the justice department is a bit more nuanced in that they don't question that the report itself was a waiver of executive privilege in the scope of the public report. the fight is over what was not in the report. since obviously congress is not going to call robert mueller to just read from the report, they want to ask him follow—up questions. so the position of the administration is that the staff that was not in the report is still technically are subject to executive privilege. the key about today's hearing to keep in mind is that, quite frankly, there are fights here that the congress
can win. there are some claims being made by the white house that i think are not justified. this made by the white house that i think are notjustified. this is the worst possible case for congress to go to court on. i think they are going to lose. 98% of the report was disclosed to congress. that's 2% or less is due to grand jury material that cannot by law be released even to congress. i think the court is going to support bill barr in that. i think that gets us into the minutiae and talking about the president's hope that the public gets bored and it falls behind. 0r you can look at it another way, he is saying that the report completely exonerates him, yet he is opposing any testimony from key witnesses. that kind of undermined his argument. i think it does, that kind of undermined his argument. ithink it does, ithink it isa argument. ithink it does, ithink it is a mistake for him to make these assertions to oppose the testimony of these witnesses. i believe he will lose if he is trying to prevent them from testifying. i don't see the basis for him to say that robert mueller can't testify.
but there is an argument to make as to what he can say in front of the committee. but i do believe that this is an overreach if he is trying to keep them from testifying at all. fascinating, can you come in after your next lunch? do you promise? absolutely! even if it isjust with a chicken wrap! always fascinating to get your insight. i was going to ask you, bill bart was attorney general under george bush, he is well thought of, but tying your colours to the donald trump mast, do you eventually start to worry about your legacy? absolutely, 10096 certain that bill barr would not characterise it like that. he would say that he is doing hisjob characterise it like that. he would say that he is doing his job as the head of the justice say that he is doing his job as the head of thejustice department say that he is doing his job as the head of the justice department and head of the justice department and he is doing what he things is right according to the rules that he has
released so much of the mueller report which he didn't have to. i think he would say that the characterisation in it in a divided, polarised washington is entirely misleading and he is doing hisjob. there is that characterisation by democrats, and you even heard the former fbi directorjames comey saying he found it disappointing today the way that bill barr had reacted. but there is no pleasing all the people all of the time in this washington. no, it is going to be one that rumbles on. here is another one that will rumble on. theresa may is refusing to announce her a timetable for her resignation despite the immense disquiet among conservative backbenchers. last week's local elections proved deeply disappointing for the conservatives, with a loss of more than 90 councils in england. but in response to a call from the tory mp andrea jenkyns to step aside in prime minister's questions today, theresa may said that it was not her that was the problem. this is not an issue about me,
and it is not an issue about her. if it were an issue about me, and how i vote, we would already have left the european union. sticking to the line. the chair of the 1922 backbench committee sir graham brady held a meeting with the pm last night and urged her to set a date. conservative mp nigel evans is a joint executive secretary of the 1922 committee and joins us now. good to see you. i hear you had a meeting this evening. the prime minister has rather thrown down the gauntlet. just like john sobeljust said, you can't please all the people all the time in westminster either. we had our meeting of the 1922 committee. brady told us about the conversation with theresa may last night. she offered to meet the executive committee next weekend, we have agreed that that is probably the best way forward. post that meeting, we will have our meeting again on wednesday at apm. we will decide what course of action we think is in the best interest of the
party. the 1922, just to explain to viewers, it is a committee that meets representing all of the backbench interest of the comparative party at westminster. thank you for that clarification. she has set a new little brexit last night, august one if that slips, which lots of people think it may do, the disagreements between the labour and conservative parties, you can see a scenario where the prime minister would still be there by the conservative conference in the autumn. brexit has had more dates than a turkish food stall. we have another date now. we know that the prime minister has given an assurance that when she gets the first phase through, then she will depart and allow a leadership contest depart and allow a leadership co ntest a nd depart and allow a leadership contest and somebody new to come in and to go on to phase two. but what we are looking for now is some certainty as to what happens if the withdrawal agreement bill doesn't get through. and quite clearly,
august the 1st now is this next new date, and it may well be, it could be kicked down the road even further. that is not what we want. we wa nt further. that is not what we want. we want clarity from the prime minister. that is what i will be seeking when i meet her next week. what has happened since we last met was we have had local elections where the conservative party did incredibly badly. we had a real mauling. and it has also been announced now that we are fighting the european union elections in may the european union elections in may the 23rd, these are elections that we said we would not fight for an institution that we said we would have already left. and that whoever is elected on may the 23rd, we hope they will never have to take their seats, yet we will have spent £150 million in that exercise. and all of the polls are predicting that the brexit party will do incredibly well. they were the party that didn't well. they were the party that didn‘t fight well. they were the party that didn't fight for local elections because they weren't even formed at the time when the nominations had to close for the local elections. then we have the peterborough by—election early on injune as well. these are
all tests for the conservative party, but also for the labour party as well. they did incredibly badly. normally, they would have been the beneficiaries. the conservatives lost a lot of council seats but the labour party lost 83 seats themselves. that is a huge worry for labour mps who leave —— in leave constituencies. nigel, long time no speak. how are you? very well indeed. you spoke about the 1922 committee, do you think they should change their rules? so that you can have another go at toppling theresa may? this is what we are going to be discussing post our meeting with the prime minister next week. we have had one discussion a couple of weeks ago and decided that we would keep the rules as they currently are. but, as i said, we have had the local elections, we will be one step closer to those european union elections. we have had an opportunity to chat to the prime
minister, then we can work out ourselves what we believe is going to be the best course of action. there is one other thing that has happened we just never happened before which is that the chairs of associations and senior officers, over 70 have said that they have no faith in the prime minister, they would now like a vote of no confidence. that will be held on june the 15th. it is an extraordinary meeting of the conservative convention. clearly, thatis conservative convention. clearly, that is another date which the prime minister will be looking very closely at. there is a lot of speculation that the withdrawal agreement bill will actually come before parliament so that mps cannot look to see whether they are going to pass it. if they do pass it, what sort of amendments will be going down? if that happens before the european union elections, and the electorate are going to be better informed as to where the real sticking problem is. is it with the small number of conservatives who haven't voted for the prime minister's deal at all? 0r haven't voted for the prime minister's deal at all? or is it the large number of labour mps? nigel
eva ns, large number of labour mps? nigel evans, good to have you.|j large number of labour mps? nigel evans, good to have you. i forgot how loquacious you are! it is an incredible experience, two weeks until the incredible experience, two weeks untilthe campaign, incredible experience, two weeks until the campaign, what do conservative mps stand on if they don't know if they will take their seats? whenjair bolsonaro won brazil's elections he was accused at the time, he said political correctness had gone too far and that left—leaning teachers had indoctrinated students with ideas about gender and social equality. now thatjair bolsonaro is in power, he's hired conservative ministers to change the way brazilians are educated, but it's not without its controversies. 0ur south america correspondent katy watson begins her report from the capital, brasilia. this is no police academy, just a local school for local kids. but while teachers provide the education, the military police are in charge of discipline. the day begins with the national anthem. then they march off to class.
it is a turnaround for this once violent school, says deputy head deborah. one that was more used to seeing drug traffickers than uniformed officers at the school gate. pupils were rowdy, but now police are here, teachers can get on with teaching. president bolsonaro promised to crack down on violence. the former army officer sees militarisation in schools as a way to achieve that. these kinds of schools have gained traction since the election of jair bolsonaro. from the beginning of the year, there was a pilot project atjust four schools in the capital. by the end of the year, they want to have 60. people wanted a school that could offer more discipline and safety for the kids. and that is a reflection. what i think the federal government is doing is reading what is happening in society, and it is speaking for them.
bolsonaro's government has also promised to get rid of what he sees as leftist influence in schools. limiting sex education, conversations about lg bt relationships, and political discussion in the classroom. teachers and students at this college in sao paulo won't bow to bolsonaro's approach. this is a world apart from the militarised school in brasilia. hugs and kisses are favoured over marching, students sit on the floor for some of their lessons, and have more freedom in how they learn. translation: stopping people from thinking, it is a total step back. we need these open spaces to talk. what the government is trying to do is impose a doctrine because they are not letting people debate, discuss, and believe in other things. student francisco agrees. translation: if you don't know these sorts of things from school age,
then you can end up voting for the wrong person, making the wrong choice. so we have to talk about these things at school. left, right, left, right, they aren'tjust marching orders, they are viewpoints that have been growing further apart in recent months. education has become a political battle ground here. this is beyond 100 days. seeing national parks, all a19 of them. we meet the 33—year—old who set the record for visiting each and every one of them. the question is why did he do it? the nhs is seeing its first sustained fall in the number of family doctors in half a century.
the bbc‘s dominic hughes has the latest. it is 8am and this doctor has just arrived at her practice in plymouth. iam arrived at her practice in plymouth. i am looking to have a busy day with complex consultations. and time to reflect, high demand. with more than 8000 patients on the books, her time is precious. so most patients are consulted over the phone. how can we help today? i have been feeling quite faint, feeling a bit sick. on tuesday i got run over by a car. 0nly tuesday i got run over by a car. only the most pressing cases get seen face—to—face, people like janet who struggles with high blood pressure. there is a crisis in general practice which is very real, it is the worst crisis since 1948. the it is the worst crisis since1948. the future is injeopardy, there is no doubt about that. so at the...
so at the ashton medical centre in wigan, they are trying new ways of working. nurse practitioner trudy law now treats patients that once were seen by a doctor. minor illness, minor ailments and looking at management of chronic illness as well. we work alongside the gps and it also absolutely looks at hospital avoidance. extra money has been promised for general practice. and there are efforts to encourage more doctors to make a career as a gp. and using the skills of staff like trudy is seen as part of the solution. that doesn't mean we are not committed to making sure that we have the right number of gps in this country to look after our patients as they change over the years. but we are also bringing in additional health care professionals to support those gps and nurses as well. dominic hughes, bbc news, wigan. there are concerns the russians have been trying — once again — to interfere in democratic elections
here in europe. american researchers say they have found some 6,000 accounts over a ten—day period, that were posting or amplifying content to sow further division ahead of the upcoming european elections. most of it focused on existing political tensions. so in the uk it was brexit—related content. in france, the accounts posted or promoted references to the yellow—vest protests, as well as president macron's low approval ratings. and in germany, the focus was on the far—right afd party. i'm joined by carl miller, research director from the demos think—tank in london. it is an interesting study, how do you quantify how many of these social accounts are from russia? how do you go about that investigation? you often can't. this is duelling mathematics. there are models of machine only used on one side and others on the other. i can't think ofan others on the other. i can't think of an issue of such importance where academics and researchers, civic
society and journalists are so much in the dark as this. of these things are deliberately hidden. and we are not getting the data from the tech giants we need to begin to get the remotest hand on how big these campaigns are or what the effect they are having are. are you sure it is the russians? no, we are not sure it is the russians. it is difficult to attribute online activity. we have to remember, this strange new form of warfare, through platforms which are frictionless and anonymous. it is truly easy for states to hide where they are coming from. and it is very difficult even for the tech giants to detect where they are. so by indication, we can look at the narratives and assay that it look at the narratives and assay thatitis look at the narratives and assay that it is helping some states or others, but definitively to point at 100, it is so difficult to do. over 6010 days, does that say something?
big tech are our first defiance on this. these are autocratic states struggling with tech giants. there are people in all of them who are trying really hard to sort this out. there is problem be one thing which they are not doing enough of a tool which is beginning to interfere with the plumbing to try to determine how the plumbing to try to determine how the platform works. they are not putting enough friction in their meaning that it is still really easy to set accounts up and still easy to share stuff. in a frictionless environment like that, it makes even information warfare like this flourish. here in washington i have heard the tech leaders coming for leaders saying we are doing everything we can now, we didn't track recognises enough but now we are putting in place a mechanism to stop this. but we don't know how much enough is enough. they could hire ten times more content moderators, they could have ten times more information security professionals is what they have. for sure, they are taking this problem
more seriously than they were a year ago. they have all build their teams up ago. they have all build their teams up very quickly. but until democratic governments themselves really define what enough actually means, how many people they should employ, what legislation should be taken, these are always going to be balanced through the companies against other concerns and other incentives. they really want to grow. and friction as platforms where it is easy to join and share stuff, that is how you maximise growth. this is an issue really concerned with those two incentives that really collide, growth and security and protection. national governments are catching up on this all the time. it has been fascinating, thank you. if you've ever thought about loading up the car and taking that long road trip to escape the daily grind, well, american mikah meyer has gone one better. he's just completed a record—setting, three—year journey around the us, visiting all 419 national parks. he was motivated by the passing of his father, who died from cancer at a young age.
along the way, mikah lived out of a van, and tried to shed light on issues close to his heart. here's his story. taking in the view from the least visited site in the entire national park service. we've just finished a world three—year road trip to all 419 us national park service sites. i travelled to every single state and territory across the united states, almost 200,000 miles in total to visit everything from our national parks to our national seashores, our national reserves and national preserves. everything from hiking mountains to rafting rivers and visiting our most important cultural and historic landmarks in the united states. i was just 19 at the time, and it taught me an important lesson about chasing life while we have it. and that tomorrow is not guaranteed. so i wanted to do something at age 30, something crazy to share with the world, a lesson that i had to learn the hard way.
my worst fears sort of came to fruition halfway through my journey when an organisation that had been sponsoring me wrote me and said that they were pulling their sponsorship, terminating my contract immediately because i was doing too much lgbt outreach. essentially, i was too gay. 0n the bright side, i got messages from thousands of people who said, "this is the first time in my life i have ever seen someone who is gay and outdoorsy like me, and it gives me courage that i can be myself." i probably thought about quitting this journey about once a week. being on a three—year life road trip taught me that the social media does not show all of the parts of living in the van. it was tough, it was cold often, i needed wi—fi, it didn't work. and it was a lot harder than i thought it was going to be. however, living in a van travelling around the country allowed me to see places i never thought i would get to see. everything from alaska to hawaii to our territories and every state in between.
it was incredible to know that for someone who never thought i would leave my home state of nebraska, i have now been to every single state and territory and seen every single us national park. a90 490 national parks, amazing. it is known that the palace of westminster has potential risks like leaking roofs and electrical wiring dating back to the second world war or earlier. lastly, mps agreed that they would vacate the commons and they would vacate the commons and the lords while the repair work is taking place. we are seeing the first images today of the temporary home that has been proposed for mps. these are the pictures. they won't move until 2025, but there is some disquiet because apparently under the new specification that has been put out, the red line, the famous
journalist pub is inside the security cordon. how is that going to work? where will they get their gossip? life without the red lion, you can't quite imagine it! it has been a cool and wet day, the rain welcome by some gardeners and farmers, given how dry the weather has been recently. the rain bearing system is this low pressure sets to the south—west of the uk, the weather fronts pushing their way northwards, followed by a shower clouds. those showers have been widespread across southern parts of england. they have also produced a number of big thunderstorms with some fairly large hail, pea sized hail there earlier in london. looking at the weather picture through the rest of the night, we are going to see our rain bands start moving northwards and slowly sink southwards. all in all, the rain doesn't set up across north—east england. a particularly 5°99y north—east england. a particularly soggy night here. clearer skies to the north of scotland. we will have patches of frost there. 0therwise,
not especially cold through the night. that takes us to thursday and a cloudy start to the day. still with areas of rain first thing in the morning. the rain will tend to transition to showers of the day, those showers becoming heavy, again thundering with a bit of hail mixed in. some are quite slow—moving. probably the heaviest downpours across parts of wales and southern counties of england. further showers in the forecast as well for friday. the remnants of this where the front bring the focus of moisture for those downpours to really get going. with the wind is falling particularly light, the showers will be slow—moving in nature giving some heavy downpours in places. but other places will have a dry day with some sunny spells. beyond that, the jet stream, we see some changes and it gets more amplified. with this ridge of high pressure we get sinking air which will help build an area of high pressure. low pressure meanwhile over northern france will encourage low pressure to form. at the moment, through the weekend we think that alone will stay across
france with the sinking air building this area of high pressure, particularly during the second half of the weekend. so saturday, not a bad kind of day. there will be showers left over, particularly across central and eastern parts of scotla nd across central and eastern parts of scotland and england. the weather becoming drierfurther scotland and england. the weather becoming drier further west with sunshine and starting to feel a little bit warmer in that sunshine. temperatures in cardiff reaching a height of 17 degrees. as the high pressure continues to build through sunday and into next week as well, was he the weather turning dry for just about all of us. it will feel a lot warmer as well the temperatures into the low 20s.
this is bbc news i'm shaun ley. the headlines at 8pm. baby sussex has a name — archie harrison mountbatten—windsor. proud parents meghan and harry chose windsor castle for their newborn son's first photo call. it's magic. it's pretty amazing, and now i have the two best guys in the world, so i'm really happy. meghan's mother was there too as archie was introduced to the queen and prince phillip. he's their eighth great—grandchild. it's getting tougher to get an appointment with a gp. for the first time in 50 years there's been a sustained fall in the number of family doctors. we try to recruit a new gp. there were fewer applicants. the pioneering treatment that saved isabelle's life. antibiotics didn't work so doctors used a virus cocktail