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to try to answer secrets of the solar system. katty: welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. war days after president trump issued his immigration order, his homeland security team was sent to do explaining and defending. in europe, the measures are coming under fresh criticism with the president of the counsel listing the trump administration as a threat to the future of the european union. jon sopel reports. jon: 4 days since president vettinggned the extreme policy and the administration is trying to clarify who will be affected and he won't, and what the executive order is and is
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not. it was left to the secretary of homeland security to offer reassurance. on muslims.ot a ban it is to safeguard the american people, our homeland, our values. religious liberty is one of our most fundamental values. jon: donald trump is meeting with leaders from the pharmaceutical industry after delivering a lethal injection to the attorney general. it is being done the monday -- dubbed the monday night massacre. sally yates said she was not convinced the executive order was lawful. as went on "consequently for long as i'm acting attorney general the department of justice will not present arguments in defense of the executive order." this drama was unfolding as protesters have taken to the streets to oppose the ban on refugees coming to the u.s.
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she was fired for defying the president, it was hardly surprising. the language was. "the acting attorney general sally yates has betrayed the department of justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect citizens of the united states." the trail is more used for spies or people who have committed treachery. sally yates said she was doing what she thought was right and upholding the law. this shows us how the trump administration sees dissent and how it will do with it. in essence, you are with us or against us. look at this from her confirmation hearing in 2015. the man asking the questions is donald trump's choice for attorney general. >> if the president wants to execute something unlawful should the deputy attorney general or attorney general say no? have anieve they
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obligation to follow the law, the constitution, and to give independent legal advice to the president. jon: all attention was switched here, the supreme court. the highest court in the land that decides the most contentious social issues: none laws, abortion, gay marriage. whoever the president chooses is there for life. one thing you can be sure of, it will be someone deeply conservative. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. katty: for more i have spoken with a democratic senator from minnesota who is on the judiciary committee. i asked her why she objects to the ban. >> the first thing is this has created chaos. you have refugees that have that havethe rules
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waited for years to get in. they were waiting to get on a plane. there have been denied access. workyou have people on leases, student visas, people frozen in travel that cannot visit a sick parent. it does not make sense. the second piece is security. i believe it was best articulated by mccain and grant who said this is a self-inflicted wound when it fighting terrorism and trying to work with moderates in muslim countries. this does not bode well for us in trying to reach out to moderate elements when we shut down our doors. that is what, i think, is the result and how it is being perceived around the world. katty: the majority of americans -- of americans,
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pointed out by then you and polls, like the ideas of tightening borders. you come from minnesota, which has a lot of muslim immigrants. you hear from trump voters that they like what the president is doing. are veryof all, we proud of our somali population, 100,000 strong. depending on how you ask these asstions, if you tout them security, people do get concerned. when you tout them saying this is someone who is working in the hospital, who has worked there for 10 years, should they be allowed to go home and visit their mom, you will get a different answer. part of this is the effect is brand-new. people are seeing what it means. there is universal agreement from republican senators that as rob portman said, the vetting
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rule was not vetted. if you are a trump or clinton voter, one must agree that this was not done right. that governing by tweet and a quick resolution where you do not consult with law enforcement results in havoc. katty: let me ask you about sally yates, the deputy attorney general that was fired last night. prosecutor.rmer the white house has the law on their side? they were in their rights to have the executive order and to fire sally yates? >> they do have that right, but let's talk about if it is right. if they had consulted with her with her 30 years as a prosecutor, maybe this would have been different. maybe it would have been delayed and they could have done technology changes that they want to do without hurting people that have been playing by the rules. the way he did it to vilify -- sally yates
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who has been a prosecutor here to prosecutor the olympic park bomber case. i worked with her on human trafficking. she got 84 votes in the u.s. senate and has been popular in the jobs she has held. she is not a liberal activist, she is a career prosecutor. betrayed the department of justice, the trade her country when she was dismissed went a step too four and is part of a pattern we have seen from the white house. , and is a part of a pattern we have seen from the white house. katty: are you going to oppose whoever president trump nominates? is a solemn responsibility for someone on the judiciary committee. we will have a hearing scheduled by the republicans. that will be our opportunity to
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ask a host of questions that influence americans in their everyday lives. one of the most important things to remember is that all all of these nominations are on a 51 vote majority margin, the supreme court by the u.s. senate rules is a 60 vote margin. you need to my credit and republican votes. that is important for your viewers to understand. this is an important difference. it better be someone in the mainstream to have democrats even consider voting for them. people are waiting to see who it is. you look at the evidence, weight to see who it is, how the hearing, make decisions. katty: for more on who president trump may take i spoke with rajini vaidyanathan.
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can you fill us in? rajini: we have a large list whittled down to 2 lanes. -- 2 names. hardiman who was appointed by george w. bush to the court of appeals in pennsylvania. he served on the court alongside 's sister, maryanne trump barry, who is said to have given an endorsement. the word in washington is that suchfavorite is neil gor from denver, colorado. serving on the court of appeals there. any say that he is the natural heir to antonin scalia and has a conservative bent. if you look at the decisions, he is or religious freedom and fought to defend the rights of policemen using force. many say that he is the right
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choice that trump will pick. until donald trump speaks at 8:00 p.m. tonight, we don't know which way he will go. katty: in the big picture, how important is this pick for donald trump? rajini: hugely important because of the balance of the court. at the moment there are 4 liberals and 4 conservatives, though one conservatives is often seen as a swing vote. it is important they get another conservative to replace antonin scalia a. after his death, president obama wanted to appoint a justice called mary ireland --merrick garland, another liberal. the republicans resisted that. president trump is now going to be announcing that tonight. during the campaign, he promised voters, particularly conservative, christian voters, who perhaps were not convinced
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he would defend their religious values, he promised to pick someone pro-life with a conservative event. someone -- conservative bent. someone that would protect rights. appeal for some who were not keen on donald trump style, but that he was promising someone that would preserve some of the religious beliefs they believe in, they -- he got there vote. katty: trump supporters are looking for him to fulfill campaign promises. this was one town that helped him win the election. we went back to see how those who voted then feel today. >> ok. ♪
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>> he is not your conventional president, he is not a politician. he is attacking it like a businessman would attack it. >> lights, camera, action. it is all happening. i admire that about him. >> there were so many voters that supported him. really is coming through on his promises, taking them off -- ticking them off one after the other. never expected mexico to give us a check from day one. i think the mainstream media framed it that way. that is not how i took it to mean. the job of his cabinet is to
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make our country, communities, cities safe. ♪ >> i know that mr. trump does not have an exact plan to put on the table. he has repealed it. he needs to work on putting something together. when obamacare came in, it was not perfect on day one either. >> rome wasn't built in a day. from 1900 $25went a month to $2765 a month. that is unbearable. i would stay with my agenda and keep pushing that forward. the crowd size doesn't matter. this is not a testosterone contest. this is what is right for america. >> i get his tweets as he does them. it is fun waking up in the morning knowing that at 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning he sent a tweet and i got it.
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>> i think he is doing fantastic . after four years everyone will look back and see what he has done. i think he will get another four years in office because he will do a fabulous job. katty: supporters of donald trump in hazleton, pennsylvania. other news come the central frenchandidate for the presidential election facing fresh allegations suggesting his wife received twice as much public money as earlier suggested in payment for work she may not have carried out. a french newspaper is saying she was paid close to $1 million. the couple denies wrongdoing. british members of parliament have begun debating a bill to tont england the authority leave the european union. some have promised a vote against allowing ministers to trigger article 50. the government is expected to have enough support for a
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comfortable victory. czechoslovakian foreign minister said that hackers have reports that the emails sensitive information on nato and eu allies. you are watching bbc "world news america." u.s. politics is not the only one going through a tivo. we go to germany where the far right is making gains. the united states is deeply concerned about the escalating violence in eastern ukraine. eastern back rebels and government troops have been clashing for three days. this report is from the frontlines. reporter: they knew hardship before the bombs. now, there is an ugly persistence to europe's forgotten war. even when the soundtrack of
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fighting swells surreal normality persists, as well as resistance. >> we can't sleep. even in a city with a valuable industrial prize, which has seen many battles, it is a new, uncertain chapter. people going about their everyday business while gunfire and artillery is a short distance from here. you can hear it. in the industrial age of the small city there has been a violent stalemate for two years. in that time i have rarely witnessed such a presence from the ukrainian military. in a block that overlooks the stilline and where anna lives with her neighbor's
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children. it is 8 degrees below freezing inside. scary. here is really i have see no solution to this madness." this battle against a russian-backed enemy, they know presidents putin and trump are talking about reconciliation. no one knows what that means for the volatility in eastern ukraine. katty: as we have been reporting, donald trump's thetion had impacts around world. in europe it has emboldened far right parties in france and the netherlands. in germany, they are putting a
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candidate against angela merkel. ginny hill has been looking at the party's support. reporter: europe's right promises a patry audit frame -- a patriotic frame. it can be hard to make a living in germany's north coast. it feels a long way from berlin. in angelae trust merkel. after all, they say she has little time for them. >> they just look after the big cities, but these small communities? no. nothing gets through to us. they have forgotten us. reporter: the news of germany's right-wing party, fd. in 10 voters support a in this region, it is even more popular. the other parties avoid the
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real problems. angela merkel sticks to her views even though she sees what she has gotten us into, like the terror attacks. the victims of the berlin christmas market would still be alive if she had not brought in those people in. his former radio presenter is standing directly against angela merkel in her own constituency. he is unlikely to take her seat, but it is not impossible. >> we have a big problem with radical islam, and we need to talk about it. it is taboo in germany. broke the taboo. look at who is carrying out terror attacks. they are all islamists. yet be the017 may year that europe's political landscape shifts deandre kane ignition. there are also elections in france and the netherlands. the real battles are fought in
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communities like this. people feel left behind by the political establishment. if europe's leaders want to stop the rise of the right, they will have to meet this challenge. reconnect with those voters, it re-gain their trust. a recent display of right-wing solidarity in the german city, they show views and the platform with the french presidential penn.ate madame le they are emboldened by brexit and donald trump's victory. in the shadow of a monument to german unity, their bid for election glory already divides the country. bbc news. so interesting. forgotten and left behind. the exact words we heard from mr. trump's supporters during the election campaign.
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a mystery that has puzzled scientists for years. antarctica is a treasure trove of meteorites. discovered are composed of iron. scientists are convinced there are more iron me your rates. our science correspondent rebecca morelle has the story. rebecca: a space rock hurtles toward the earth. it exploded over central russia in 2013. causing widespread damage. the huge meteorite was later recovered. thousands strike each year around the world. the great wilderness of antarctica is a prime space rock hunting ground. despite extensive searches, one kind of meteorite made from iron is surprisingly scarce.
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now, a new hunt is soon to begin. scientists at the university of manchester are developing high-tech that all detectors based on landmine technology to track down the meteorites. >> if the weather and the technology is going well, we may find these. it will be an extremely exciting experience. it is like the ultimate fishing trip. antarctica's missing iron meteorites have been a mystery. scientists think they have corrected. the theory is they are buried in the ice. as the ice flows, so do the meteorites. when they hit this mountain range, they are forced upward. meteorites made of the most common type go to the surface. conduct andike this sink. they are 30 centimeters, a foot below the surface, leaving be
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g up. this iron meteorite is what we are after. iron meteorites are particularly valuable. >> they provide us with a snapshot of the earliest part of when planets were performing. they say how a number of early were formed. providing information about what earlyrly surly syste -- solar system looked like back then. rebecca: the mission to and arctic will be a gamble, but the team hopes it will pay off. the secrets of our solar system could lie beneath the ice. a foot below the surface, there are meteorites that could tell us so much about the planet we live on and the beginning of the universe. you can find out more of the news on our website. the latest on the immigration ban, the rollout from the
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administration, how they are handling that. you can find me on twitter. i am @kattykaybbc. thank you for watching. do tune in tomorrow. >> make sense of international news at bbc.com/news. >> funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation. newman's own foundation, giving all profits from newman's own to charity and pursuing the common good. kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and aruba tourism authority. >> planning a vacation escape that is relaxing, inviting, and exciting is a lot easier than you think. you can find it here in aruba. families, couples, and friends can all find their escape on the
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island with warm sunny days, cooling trade winds, and the crystal blue caribbean sea. nonstop flights are available from most major airports. more information for your vacation planning is available at aruba.com. >> bbc world news was presented by kcet los angeles.
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