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oming to an end. the ringling brothers circus gets ready to close. welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. president trump spoke out for the first time since a special counsel was appointed to take over the russia investigation into any potential ties with his campaign. he reiterated his view that the entire affair was a witchhunt and denied ever asking the fbi director to end his investigation into michael flynn. the president is not happy with the scrutiny he continues to come under over his link with russia. pres. trump: the entire thing
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has been a witch hunt and there is the collusion between myself and my campaign. i can always speak for myself and the russians, zero. i think it divides the country. we have a divided country because of that and many other things. reporter: the major development is the appointment of robert mueller to oversee the russian investigation. he is a man renowned for his independence, having been appointed by george w. bush, and being asked to serve on by barack obama. his appointment has received support from many on both sides of the aisle. >> probably the best thing that has happened is that the deputy attorney general did appoint bob mueller, a man of impeccable integrity, to act as special counsel. that is of some comfort to all of us. >> i believe that the professionals of the justice department to do their jobs independently, objectively, and thoroughly.
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i believe that the special counsel, robert mueller, helps them do that. >> some of the president after critics complain that robert mueller has not been given enough power. what is he investigating? it breaks down into three main areas. russian influence on the election, looking at possible hacking and leaks, russian collusion with the trump campaign, meetings with financial ties between the two, and obstruction of the russian inquiry, looking at whether donald trump tried to get the former fbi director to drop key parts of the investigation. after the president fired the last man leading the inquiry, the russia investigation can get back on track. there are many who feel that donald trump is not behaving like a man who wants that. senators were
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briefed by the deputy attorney general rod rosenstein. many came out to speak. our reporter was on capitol hill following it all. what have we learned? reporter: the briefing, the closed door session, has lasted about an hour. there are two main takeaways. the first is what some democrat etc. does have been saying, that rod rosenstein told them that he -- he to that james comey would be fired the day before he wrote that memo, setting up edge -- the government's justification for letting james comey go. he is said to have told them that he was not pressured into writing that memo. a little bit more information from the senators in that meeting about the nature of the investigation from the special counsel. bang -- set sen. graham: he said in a to treat it
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as though it may be a criminal investigation. the biggest legal changes that mr. mueller will proceed with the idea of a criminal investigation versus a counterintelligence investigation. jane: everybody on the hill wants to talk to james comey, but that looks unlikely. where has the appointment of a special counsel robert mueller left congressional investigation? reporter: those investigations will continue, but there is concern here in congress about what they can do now that there is a special counsel. senators such as lindsey graham worry that the appointment of a special counsel will mean that they cannot ask james comey to testify before congress. they don't want to be seen as interfering. or is concern that the special counsel could hamper the congressional investigation. official counsel does not have to make the investigation public unless there is an indictment or
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a charge. they are doing a lot of the work behind closed doors. some raised concerns because congressional investigations are more open, information is shared, witnesses are invested -- are invited to testify. there is concern that it will not be the same level of transparency, though people from both sides of the political aisle have welcomed the appointment of robert mueller, and say that they think he will do a solid job. jane: thank you very much. the latest from the hill. the wild week in washington is one of the main topics of "time" 's latest additions. we just learned this afternoon that president trump did not fire james comey because of a recommendation from the justice department, contrary to his earlier assertions. it sounds typical of the chaos that you are talking about in your latest article. how does this happen? way, it isthat, in a
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typical of a white house that seems to shift minute by minute based on a president who makes up his mind on the fly. president trump himself came out, after originally saying he made the decision at the recommendation of rod rosenstein. he even came out and said, no, this is some thing i decided to do before. in his press conference this afternoon, he i treated the attorney general's decision that she attributed the attorney general -- he a tribute the attorney general as for decision for that decision. jane: he is supposed to keep the record straight and keep everybody on message. why can't they control him? reporter: one of the things we tried to do is flip the frame and focus on the attitude when the president is uncontrollable. ly, in the white house,
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the message will be sent, they will go and carry out the message. here, it changes on a day-to-day basis. the president has brought conversations and long periods of unstructured time with outside advisors. they feed him ideas. he prides himself on working improvisation ali. it is a -- improvisationally. it is a habit that worked for him running the trump organization. it has had a different effect on the white house. jane: what effect has it had on the government? reporter: it has tested institutions. for people like rosenstein and vice president pence, all the way up to general h.r. mcmaster's, these are people trotted out to make statements on behalf of the president. when you work for the white house you have loyalty to the , loyalty to the way institutions are run and to your own integrity.
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this is something they have to grapple with an all-time. jane: -- with in real-time. jane: is there an answer to it? reporter: i think the answer is no. there has been lots of talk about a staff shakeup. that is some thing the president has been weighing. he has been talking to allies outside the government about. because of the difficulty of working for president trump, there is not a large pool of candidates queuing up to take these positions over. there stuck with the team that they have until they have proved that they are ready to stabilize the ship. jane: he is on his first foreign visit. could we see a changed man when he gets back? reporter: i doubt it, but they hope some. jane: thank you for joining me. for more on the reaction to this week, my colleague kathy k spoke with leon panetta for her
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program, "100 days plus." kathy: as you look back at the last 10 days, have had the firing of mr. comey, the revelation that donald trump give secrets to russian officials. and reports that he tried to interfere into the investigation. how damaging is all of this for the president? >> i do think there is any question, but a number of serious issues have been raised by these incidents involving the possible violations of law. whether it relates to the flynn investigation or the comey oring, the issue of whether
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not the president released classified information to a foreign adversary, all of those are issues that need to be investigated. the deputy attorney general did appoint bob mueller to act as special counsel in this issue. that is of some comfort to all of us in this country. katty: mr. panetta, it looks like mr. trump protected mr. flynn, put him in as national security advisor, out of some sense of loyalty. he felt he had a right to interfere into the probe by firing mr. comey and putting some kind of pressure on mr. comey, not to investigate mr. flynn. does this raise questions for you about what -- not whether there is some nefarious deal between the trump administration and the russian government, but whether mr. trump has the character or the temperament to make a success of his
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presidency. >> we know that president trump lacked political experience, experience in governing, did not fully understand or appreciate the rules and laws that are involved when you are president of the united states. it shows in the way that he behaved. it was more the behavior of somebody who operates in the real estate industry in new york city, as opposed to the president of the united states. there are a lot of questions about the behavior that doesn't take into consideration the concerns about violating possible laws here. he was acting more out of the personal concern for what was happening to somebody like general flynn. president of the
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united states, your first responsibility is to protect and enforce the constitution of the united states and the laws of this country. the president has not appreciated the level of responsibility associated with his office. in in you were brought 1994 to the bill clinton's chief of staff. they got into trouble and you were the men brought in to oversee the reboot. you think someone could come in and get them back to business? >> it is not impossible but a lot depends on whether or not the president of the united states is willing to change the way that he behaves in that office. a new team ofoint individuals that are experienced in politics, appreciate the laws
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and how you deal with congress and the different institutions of our democracy, and is willing to listen to that person, it's not impossible. he has a strong national security team, for example. he does seem to want to listen to them, which is good. can he do the same thing when it comes to domestic issues that relate to the laws of this country? that is the question. that will determine whether he survives in office. panetta talking to katty kay. president trump will embarq on an ambitious foreign trip including four countries in eight days. the first stop will be saudi arabia. saudis are feeling very
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pleased that president trump has chosen three ad to be his first stop on the foreign visit. a even told me that it was coup, thatdiplomatic the president would be stopping here first. this will be the mother of all welcomes. president trump will meet all of the leaders of the gulf arab states. they are probably saying that 37 kings, presen -- presidents, and leaders will be here. from the very start, when president trump came to power in the white house, they were among his biggest supporters, making light of the controversy over the travel ban, which became a
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muslim ban, saying that they believe president donald trump is a leader they can do business with. economic,political, the fight against terrorism, what they see as iran's destabilizing behavior. they see this as a partnership. they are worried that all of the theroversies back home ofver alleged mishandling of intelligence will overshadow this visit. end ofportantly, the what had been a strained relationship under president obama. plowed intoer pedestrians and times square, killing one woman and injuring two dozen others. authorities say there is no sign of terrorism. he is being tested for drugs and alcohol.
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>> this is a scene that immediately makes new yorkers are the worst. a car plowing into pedestrians at crowded times square. witnesses described how the out-of-control honda spent the wrong way along 7th avenue, traveling three blocks and hitting 23 people, before crashing and bursting into flames. one young woman did not survive. reports say that a bouncer from a nearby restaurant and ticket agent were among those who helped police subdue the driver as he tried to flee the scene. authorities believe the incident is not terror-related. they have identified the driver as a 26 your old u.s. citizen from the bronx, and a former number of the navy with two prior arrests for drunk driving. while they believe this is an isolated incident, they are reinforcing key sites around the city as an abundance of caution to reassure nervous new yorkers.
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laura is a ticket agent who works in the area. shouting, oh my gosh. people were running. his will always be a city slightly on edge, but a knife -- tonight, relief that it was not what people fear. jane: still to come tonight, the founder of fox news, roger ailes, died at age 77. he is being remembered as an innovator and controversial figure. toe: do you find it hard know what you can and cannot recycle? you are not alone. the worst items to recycle-named and shamed with pringles and others topping th li -- the list. >> we are running short of holes
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in the ground to swallow our rubbish, yet landfill sites are peppered with products that are supposed to be recyclable. why? so many products have several different types of materials in their packaging and that can make them almost impossible to recycle. recycler's enemy number one. the plastic lid. the foil top. the foil interior. the cardboard sleeve. the metal bottom. it's a nightmare. these bottles. there are different plastic in the base of the bottle than the top. what is going to stop us dumping complex passages -- packages straight into the bin? prince charles is launching a $2 million prize to stimulate more
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environmentally friendly designs. packaging is made from one type of material, very recyclable. a can of coke. billion scope -- billions is to go -- this example in japan is the kind of idea we want to get from our competition. the straw can be re-housed back into the packaging, stopping it from leaking into the environment. reporter: as we carry on shopping, manufacturer say that they want to help the environment. they say they are interested in new ideas for packaging. >> it was announced today that roger ailes, former chief executive of the fox news channel has died.
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he resigned in july after allegations of sexual harassment. while the end of his career was crowded and controversy, he is being remembered for the way he transformed cable news. >> even as we mourn his death, we celebrate his life. >> fox news reporting on the death of the face of tv news. >> roger, rest in peace. >> back in a moment. >> for years, roger ailes was a republican media strategist before he was recruited to head fox news. >> you are lying. >> i'm not lying. don't call me a liar. >> you are lying. >> what he created was confrontational, entertaining and conservative. attracting people unhappy with the mainstream media so much that within years fox was
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winning the rating source. >> i want to support everyone who are victims of sexual harassment. >> his downfall came when female employees came on board to say he had sexually harassed them. it piled so high that roger ailes resigned but soon after a powerful friend came to his defense. pres. trump: he has been a friend of mine for a long time. some of the women who are complaining, i know how much he has helped them. i have found him to be a very good person. reporter: there is the question that roger ailes had a massive impact, not just on the media wednesday but the political wednesday. the debate will go on as to whether his influence will be seen as entirely positive. ate: roger ailes, who died 77. it has been known as the greatest show on earth but after 146 years, the ringling brothers circus is shutting down. goes to sue the
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closing moments for those who called the circus their home. >> ringling brothers and barnum and bailey circus are older than coca-cola, we are older than baseball. for ask -- for us to come to a close, it is sad. >> writing a canon onto the arena floor, it is powerful. smiling before i get in, is and as i get down to where the can and cannot -- where the crowd cannot see me, i stop smiling. i am focused, 100%. the word i think of is "attack." >> go! [applause] between cities, we travel and live on a train. we are like professional
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gypsies. it is such a unique lifestyle. that is one of the most nostalgic elements of this show coming to a close. this lifestyle is coming to an end as well. there is a culture we are losing that is 146 years deep. >> we are devastated. the performers are all out of work. hopefully, something else will come up where it's similar. if not, you'll always have these amazing memories. i'm glad i could be a part of it. >> we are feeling very bittersweet. bitter because we do not want the show to end. and sweet because we got to do it at all. leav -- therface
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circus leaving town. you can find that story and all the day's news on our facebook page. check out twitter as well. img o'brien. -- i am jane o'brien. tune in tomorrow. ♪ >> make sense of international news at >> funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation, and kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. ♪ >> 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 >> "bbc world news" was presented by kcet, los angeles. ♪
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening, i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight, president trump claims to be the victim of a witch hunt as the justice department appoints a special counsel to investigate possible russian ties to the trump campaign. then, we travel to iran ahead of a pivotal presidential election. plus, part two of our look at how gender stereotypes influence the jobs we take. meet the football coach who teaches second grade. >> everybody looking like, hey what you doing here? you know, this isn't p.e. or anything, and i'm just like, i know. it's reading and how to teach kids how to read and that's what i'm here for, to learn that. >> woodruff: all that and more


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