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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodrf: good evening. i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight: another challenger appears. i sit down with former republican congressm walsh to find out why he's breaking party ranks to run against president trump. then, reclaiming their voices. billionaire sex offender jeffrey epstein is dead, but his victims push on with their fight for justice. plus, while the world watches in desperation as the amazon burns, a look at brazil's president jair bolsonaro, the man many blame for fanning the flames of destruction. >> he s weakened all of the environmental agencies in brazir
thatresponsible for licensing, monitoring, and sending people out to make sure that deforestation wasn't happen bg. he hically upended all of those institutions. >> woodruff: all that and mores on tonight's newshour. >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: life well-planned. learn more at raymondjames.com.
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those words is not here to hear them. it's also pretty upsetting to see how many lives he's devastated and to see how long this went on for, and nobody did anything about it. >> woodruff: we'll talk to a reporter who has been in today's hearing, later in the program. a federal judge in kansas city has blocked a missouri law that bans most abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy.e w statute had been scheduled to go into effect today. but the judge issued the temporary restraining order while a lawsuit challenging the law plays out in court. storm dorian blew past barbados today without causing serious damage and headed toward puerto rico. thstorm is forecast to pas over or near the u.s. territory tomorrow afternoon, at near- hurricane strength. today, people in san juan stocked up on supplies.me soaid they endured hurricane maria in 2017 and wa to be ready this time.
>> ( translated ): water and the o cessities in case this thing comes and hits us, doesn't catch us without anything. i didn't prepare for maria but this time, for this, i'm preparing. >> woodruff: officialserto rico have already declared a state of emergency. we'll get a first-hand report later in the program. police in hollywood, florida said tod they expect more arrests in connection with a dozen deaths at a nursing home. it happened during hurricane ma in 2017. the storm knocked out power and air conditioning, and the victims died of heat exposure. on monday, the homead nistrator and three nurses were charged with manslaughter. the facility was shut down after the storm. >> home land security said today they'rein shi$270 million from fema, the federal emergency management agency and other accounts. the money will pay for housing
migrants and procmessing asy cases faster. in iran president hassan rouhani today rejected president trump's unofficial offer of in-person talks. president trump said monday that he was open to meeting on the nuclear standoff between the tw. countr but in tehran, rouhani said that could happen only if the u.s. rescinds economic penalties on his country. >> ( translated ): lift the sanctions. all the sanctions against the iranian nation which are illegal, cruel, and wrong, should be lifted. if the u.s. lifts all these sanctions and respects the nation of ir, well, then the tuation would be different. >> woodruff: the trump administration re-imposed sancons after withdrawing fr the iran nuclear deal last year. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu s fired off new warnings to iran and its lebanese ally, hezllah. an israeli air strike killed two of the group's fighters in syria on sunday. hezbollah also blamed israel foi
strikes lebanon. the militants' leader hassan nasrallah has threatened retaliation. but today in jerusalem, netanyahu said his country wille itself. >> ( translated ): i heard what nasrallah said. i suggest to nasrallahlm down. he knows well that israel knows how to defend itself and to pay back its enemies. i want to tell him, and to lebanon, which hosts this organization that aspires to destroy us, and i say it also to qasam soleimani - watch what you say, and bcareful about what you do. >> woodruff: the israelis have confirmed the air strike inside syria. they say it disrupted iranian plans to attack israel with drones. they have not claimed responsibility for any strikes inside lebanon. at least 40 migrants are missing and feared deaoff the coast of bya. the united nations' refugee agency said today they were bound for europe when their boat capsized. at least5 were rescued.
most were from sudan. u.n. officials say 859 migrants thhave died trying to cros mediterranean this year. in economic news, china's nyreign ministry insisted it knows nothing ofew phone calls with u.s. officials to discuss trade. both president trump and treasury secretary stevensa mnuchi monday that there had been such calls.n and,ll street, jitters over the trade war-- and interest rates-- sent stocks lower. the dow jones industrial average osst almost 121 points to below 25,778. the nasdaq fell 26 points, and the s&p-500 slipped nine. still to come on the newshour: a conversation with republican joe walsh-- why is he running against president trump? jeffrey's epstein's victims and the long fight for justice. as the amazon is engulfed by
flames, the story of the man whose policies helped spark th flames. and much more. from trump supporter to trumpng chal. former illinois congressman joe walsh recently ataounced he will on the incumbent president in the 202republican primary. >> walsh gained national attention in 2010 when he was elected to the house of representatives as a member of the tea party. he served one term, lost his rey hrebg bid and until yesterday hosted a conrvative talk show. joe joins us now. thank you for joining us. >> thank you for having me, judy. >> why are you running for pesident?
>> i beieve we have a president that's unfit to be president. i was hoping a republican would step up. dt's important for the republican party ore important for the country. when i say something like that, judy, it's a imortant charge. i think we have someone in the white house that is unf someone who lies virtually every time he opens his mouth. someone so i remember rat i cani t now he's almost tweeting the country into a recession. i think it's a fairly urgent >> woodruff: in 2016 you were a enthusiastic supporter of his. what dr to hi in the first place? >> the people who voted for donald trump were the same people who voted for me, they're the same pple listening to me on the radio. they were upset and angry about what is happening at the borper anople in the country illegally. the repubcan party was generally out of touch with the issue. ump touched that issue, tapped
that issue. it was important to me and my listeners. >> woodruff: is that the main reason, immigration? >> i think that's the biggest issue that got donald trump elected. itwas one of the biggest issues i was concerned about and my listeners and voters were concerned about. i believe the systemas broken an that's why i went int 2010. both parties were broken the political systemas broken down. people sent trump to washington to shake itup and drain the swamp and all of. that the problem is all he has done is disrupt and nasn't doe anything to fix. >> woodruff: you stayd with him and supported him for a number of months, as president, what did you not see in the beginning that was there to you later? >> judy, this may sd odd. if it is, i apologize. when i voted for tump iidn't love him, i didn't like him. he wasn't hilly. figured.
i thought he was sort of a goof. i figured he would hire a few good people and a few good things would happen when hee first became psident i did the good trump/bad trump thing. i praised him when it was good andze critihim when he wasn't. it became appare to me the first year, what he said he lied to the american people all the time. that bothered me no matter what your politics are. last year in helsinki when he stood in front of de world an said i believe that guy putin and not my own people i got ahead of myself with a tweet. to me that was an act of disloyalty and the final straw for me. >> woodruff: what would change if joe walsh was preatdent. olicy would be different m presidentolicy fro trump? you say you a tkpwraoeu with hi-
>> on a number of iss bs. let's ck to the issue that got him elected, what i care about. the border. he ran on that issue, you know you report onht te situation at the boarder is a bigger mess than whe was elected. why? all he talked about was a wall. a wal wall, wall and mexico is going to pay for it he hasn't done anything. we have a humane crisis. that has nothing to a do wi wall. >> james: you said you would close the border. would you be tougher than people coming into the country than the president has been? >> anyone coming in illegally i would be tougher. >> james: uld you separate children and their parents at the border? >> no, that's the second piece. people coming into the country illegally there has to be no exception. people coming here to claim asylum, thais a legal thing to do. a totally different group of peope .
those peoow, that's the biggest crisis at the border, those people have to belt dea with humanely and quickly as we can deal with their asycllum ms. >> woodruff: as you know the president wants to crack down on asylum claims and want people to go back to the countries that th came from duing the asylum claim. >> anyone around the world has the right to e here and claim asylum. this is fundamental dference judy. it's our responsibility to hear the claims. wea o lousy job now of doing. that we have to devote the resources to deal with those quicker. >> woodruff: climate change, where are you on climate changeu do y believe humans have a roll in it and should ta action? >> yes to the former. on urgent action i doon't w. certainly on action. the first step, judy, my party the republican party has to acknowledge it's a issue and a problem this. esident won't. i don't think he understands the
issue. it's a iss the republican party needs to get onboard with and lead on. >> woodruff: for example would you take steps making businesst upset, may cost jobs. >> i would be very careful, and i'm not trying to be vague, judy. the first stepr is fo a republican president to acknowledge it's a problem, man contributes to the problem, and let's bring the important people together. including busseiness, busin and figure out things that need to be done. before we do anything to impact the american economy we have to make sure we have the accurate data. >> woodruff: what about gay rights, same-s marriage. i'm jumping around for these important issues to many voters this.d is aninistration that has taken steps to, in many ways crack down on and redbeuce fits for peoe who, who -- or allow soe discrimination against people who happen to be
gay. where do you stand on that. >> same-sex marriage is the law of the la that's the way it is. we accept it. when it comes to gayights, this administration has been very tough on tra gays serving in the military. anyone who can qualify to serve in the military. gay, straight orsg trder should be able to serve. >> woodruff: abortion? >> pro life. woodruff: you hae said in the past with no exceptions even if the lfe of the mother is at stake. >> i'm pro life with no exception. that's between the mother and the doctor. i believe thew ro v.. wade issue has to be dealt with. >> woodruff: joe walsh, you have made outspoken statements, you have apologized for number of them the last recent days and
weeks. when did you start thi some of the staeuplgts were wrong? i just want to ask. for example you said president obama u a mslim. you said he was born outside of the united states. >> no, i never said. that. >> woodruff: well, you sounded sympathetic to the birther -- false statements. >> absolutely. judy, that's a important dineinction. i waer part of the birther movement. you're right on a number of occasions i said barack obama is a muslim. i wrote an opt-ed in the new york times two weeks ago saying president trump is unfit and someone should challenge him. i apologized for my roll in putting a unfitnman into the white house. i went to washington in 2010 to raise hell. i was part of the tea party fight. i let thaict polfight become a personal fight. i got involved in the
demonization of my political opponents. i believe that helped lead to this president. >> woodruff: when did you decide that was wrong? >> a year or so after president trump gotltiected. i'm only hesitating because after present trump was elected. day by day, week by week, month by month went by i looked at him, listen him, and thought oh my god is is that what i sounded like back in the day? is that what i sound like on the radio? his election has been my road to this moment and i decided i wouldn't engage in the pesonal destruction. >> woodruff: you also said you have the right to say blacks are lazy. >> yes. not that i believe blacks are lazy. >> woodruff: why wld you even say that. >> a big issue i'm so passionate abt is frespeech. people being able to say what they want to say.
>> woodruff: my question is why would you even say that a group of americans based on their rac- >> i would of said white people are lazy. >> woodruff: but you didn't. >> i know. judy, if you go through my 40,000 tweets i did a pretty bad or horrible job offending a lot of people. look i was a radio talk show host, i felt a big part of my job was to provoke and get t peopinking about a number of issues. again often times i went over the lne. >> woodruff: do you believe that any minority in this country is lazy or should be discriminated against? you say allf your views have changed. >> no, no. my views haven't changed. i haven't believed thartt. nly some things that i have said have been pry, pretty aggressive. no, those are not my views. that is just the way i unfortunately pushed the energy too often.
>> woodruff: joe walsh, running for president, the republican nomination. thank you. >> judy, thank you. >> woodruff: when accused sex trafficker jeffrey epstein took , s own life in a new york jail cell two weeks ame of his victims were among the first to react, with outrage that he'd robbed them of their day to fac. him in cou but, as amna nawaz reports,y today, m those women did have the chance to tell their stories to a judge.: >> nawre than a dozen of epstein's accusers spoke at a hearing in a federal courthouseh in downtown tan today. several described how epstein coerced th as minors to have sex with him, then pressured them with money and other s to continue seeing him and, in some cases, other wealthy men. the women expressed anger and thfrustration at the traum'd endured, but also a spirit of solidarity.a
attorney glolred, who represents a number of the accusers, applauded their resolve. >> jeffrey epstein's death, ether it was a suicide o murder, does not end the case, does not end their fight for justice. it does not end their feeling that they were manipulated, victimized and that they were child victims of mr. epstein. so today, they spoke truth to power, they spoke truth to what happened to them. >> nawaz: renae merle has been covering the story for the washington post and joins us from new york. >> welcome to the news hour, rene. after you monitored the crt room precedings all day to dayt describe wu saw and heard from the women today. >> well, what i really saw was a lot of emo yes, the victims were angry that epstein has evaded justice, in
their eyes, by comitting suicide. there was also a lot of tears as people explained how they were affected by his abuse. this seems like a turning point for them. yes, he wasn't, epstein wsn't in the room but they were there together and really talking abt how ths impacted them. it was very pernaand emotional scene. >> give me a sense of the level of detail som e of themen went into. was this for some the first time speaking publicly about what they suffered? >> yes, several of the women said they came forward simply because the plan at an federals prosecutought up the case. they thought for the first time they would have a chance toak te their complaints to court. they told their stories forhe first time. some went into graphic detail in tethe stories of how epstein had raped them. one woman talked about going to
his island when she was 16 or 17 years old and being called tohi room late at night. what happened after there. how it impacted her life for a really long time. some was really graphic detail of the abuse that went on. >> rene n recent weeks there is milot made about why many women were reluctant co forward for many years. going up against a powerful man. it's reported today many are not using their real names and submitted statements under jane dough. doe. why do you think that is? >> part is they wanted to avoid bthe pulic spot light. they said it was really difficult, some were stig ll dealth the idea they were vic tills. they blamed themselves for a really long time and didn't understand where they fit intois arrative. that it was wrong what happened. that they ha been manipulated.
in dealing with all of those things some women are just at different phases of the process then others. >> you mention some hadome there frustrated that they weren't able to get justi in some way. with he straoepb no epstein nowe dismissed.mal is there any sense that there will be any form of justice for these women. >> yes. so the criminal case against epstein is obviously done this. case is far from ovethr. e are still investigations going into epstein's death. investigations how he secured such a settlement deal in florida ten years ago. invest vtions. there is potentia civil cae into his assets. he's said to be worth a hundred mill wn dollars. whl happen to the assets
out this. this case will go on for som me even after his death. >> you mentioned a lot of the women came forward to sha their own stories and be heard in public for the first time. did any give sense of what they would like to see happen next? >> well, several turned to the prosecutors and said this isn't over. they want the prosecutors to continue the investigations. the prosecutors said they would there would be charges, they would like to see carges against others involved. some of epstein's friends that they said helped recruit them ing.the sex trafficking they want more charges to continue, this case to continue in a criminal way looking at co conspireers to. >> for many of the women coming forward today do you think we will hear more from them in the future as other investigations unfold. i i wouldn't be surprised. one of the thin heard from people is that, you know, while
epstein thought he was winning by taking his life he wasn't. they felt hope for the first time in a really lotinge. they felt a power in being able to sandogether, that they weren't backing down anymore. there was almost a a rallymong these women, they had a shared experience, anfor the first time they were standing together in a major way. there were dozens of women there. about 16 people. many others were there and didn't speak. they have this, a group now they can rely onr comfort. >> rene merle reporting for the washington post. you have been following this story far from over. thank you for being with us today. clear
>> woodruff: stay with us. coming up onhe newshour: in the path of danger. a still-vulnerable puerto rico braces for another tropical storm. president trump pitches his property for the next g7 summi just how much is he profiting from the presidency? and namaste in school. the impact of yoga in the lives of students. as thousands of fires rage nirough the amazon, brazil's president has red a diplomatic war of words that could threaten millions in aid fight them. o emma murph"independent television news," reports on the political dispute unfolding and the blaze in the world's largest rainforest. >> reporter: they are the children of the amazon and now young victims of its fires. far from the flames, ihe smoke which is harming them, with hundreds being treated for its effects. baby nicolas is a month and a half old. mother became so worried about his cough,rihe decided to
further smoke inhalation to get hito hospital. at night he can't breathe at all, she tells me. he coughs and struggles because of what's happening. i'm so frightened. her fears are shared by regiane martins. her daughter sophia is asthmatic and always struggles when there n, butres in the reg this year her symptoms are so much worse. "i'm not just worried for sophia," she tells me. "i'm a teacher. i worry for my pupils." "there has been a real increase in the number of children who are sick. we can't just stay inside, but outside makes them ill." with air so smoke-logged you can smell and taste the pollution, hospitals across the region are busy. >> they feel hurt in the throat. difficulty of breathing, y know, coughing. these are the most common symptoms they feel. >> reporter: and this is simply because of the amount of smoke in the atmosphere.
>> yes, it is two things: the weather that is dry and the smoke. >> reporter: yet as the fires burn, the power play of nal politics risks distracting from the crisis itself. brazilian president jair bolsonaro rejecting millions from the g7 nations s idst accusati colonialism. >> macron ofrs aid from rich untries to the amazon. he says, "why, do they hhee an eye on tmazon? what have they wanted there for so long?" that accusation was rejected by the french leader, who insisted world protection rather than world control was at the heart of the offer. president bolsonaro sees the amazonery much as brazil's possession to be protected or exploited as he sees fit. however, these fires are a global crisis and of a scale he may not be able to control them alone.
>> woodruff: emma murphy for itv news. now we begin our series on the threats to the amazon rainforest historic levels of deforestation and, this month, record-setting fires have sparked global outcry. amna nawaz recently traveled to bril to better understand what's driving the devastation. tonight, their first report, with the support of the pulitzer centexamines the role played by brazil's president, jair bolsonaro. >> nawaz: he's been dubbed the"m of the tropics," both for his surprising rise to power and for a history of controversial and offensive speech. presid into office in january, promising to jumpstart a failing economy by fighting widespread corruption and high levels of violence in brazilian cities.he >> was a political vacuum left in the country. >> nawaz: latin america expee monica de bo the peterson institute, says for bolsonaro, the timing of his candidacy was crucial to his win.
>> people were looking for somebody who could effectively tell them a good story about how they were going to get rid ofon corrupand also about how they were going to reduce crime and violence. >> nawaz: over his 27 years in congress, bolsonaro built a reputation for holding far-right views and a thundering disdain for political correctness. like in 2003, when he told a fellow brazilian lawmaker she was not worth raping. the former army captain has long praised brazil's former military dictatorship; he's said he'd be incapable of loving a homosexual heson, and advocated for tse of firing squads to kill suspected criminals. but last september, bolsonaro became a target of violence himself-- stabbed inilhe stomach whcampaigning for president.ve he survid, saying god saved him to lead brazil, then cruised to victory weeks later bypp ing into national outrage a overassive corruption scandal, known as operation car wash.
e years-long probe uncovered a vast and unprecedented web of political and corporate racketring. lawmakers went to jail, including former president lula da silva. public backlash against the establishment was swift, and severe. >> brazil's democracy, while people still belie in it, they think it's been shaken to its core because of this corruption scandal. >> he was pretty much the right person to appear at the right thtime for the conditions at were set in the country, but far from being the kd of leader that brazil actually needs to get over a lot of the problems that it has. >> nawaz: but now eight months into bolsonaro's presidency, those problems still linge says eduardo viola, a professor of international relations at the university of brasilia. >> he's governing a lot over tweets. and like trump, more or less. and so this many times create crisis. >> nawaz: the most recent
crisis? the anti-corruption candidate now faces his own corruption scandal. leaked messas and audio allege collusion between prosecutors and a then-judge, now bolsonaro's handpicked justiceni er. an effort, critics say, to keep former president lula locked up on corruption charges, and outar of last election. recently bolsonaro, who was elected with 55% of the vote, has seen his support start to slip. polls show only about a third ow brazilians view his presidency positively.en but the presidstill enjoys l strong supportoyalty from his base. thousands of bolsonaro supporters took to the streets earlier this summer, at pro- government rallies aro brazil. this one, in sao paolo. >> ( translated ): i voted for change. because it's this way that he conquered the masses. >> i think if he can do half of what he said he would do. then yes hcould succeed if
there is no corruption. >> ( translated ): now i see a person more honest, patriotic to command our country,pr thosals that he places, everything is beneficial for our population. >> nawaz: but one group tracking bolsonaro's rise and rhetoric with concern is the environmental community.da >> there is erous combination of anti-science discourse and anti-environmental discourse.ed >> nawaz: me bustamente is a biologist and professor at the university of brasilia. she says bolsonaro's push to open up the amazon rainforest for more agriculture and mining, threatens both the battle against global warming and brazil's image and legacy as ann ronmental leader. >> brazil has made huge progres in the last yeying to reduce deforestation rates in the amazon. and as the econoc situation in brazil is not that good, the main argument is thatl environmentaotection is stopping brazilian economic owth. >> nawaz: bolsonaro's administration has already overse historic levels of deforestation-- rolling back
regulations on protected areas inin the amazon, and slashthe budget of braz's main environmental agency by 24%. >> he has weakened all of the environmental agencies in brazil that were responsible for licensing, monitoring, and just sending peopleut to make sure that deforestation wasn't happening. he has basically upended all of those institutions. >> nawaz: but one policy turn- around by bolsonaro has given environmentalists hope: his reversal on a campaign promise to pull out of the landmark paris climate accord, signed by almostvery nation in the world. >> believe me this is not what we need. >> nawaz: if that pledge to pull out of the international climate agreement sounds familiar, it's because president trump made it first. >> i was elected to represent the citizens of pittsburgh, not paris. >> nawaz: trump and bolsonaro
have forged an ideologond over the last year. >> are the two really that similar? >> yes, they are. i mean he was a lot inspired by the trump electoral campaign and the election of trump and the way trump governs. >> i don fair to call him the trump of the tropics, because he's verydu much a p of brazilian politics but of course some of these timilarities in terms of t and if he's coming under stress for some reason, his inclination to always fi something else to sort of deflect the attention away from the issue that he's coming under stress for are indeed similar. >> nawaz: another similarity? bolsonaro keeps his family clos his three adult sons are all elected officials.ib the most v is eduardo, a congressman often seen by his father's side, and often serving as his foreign envoy. last summer, he accompanied his father to washington, d.c. in june, to the g20 summit in tokyo. how much influence does he have over his father? >> in terms of foreign policy?
a lot. i mean the influence of eduardo bolsonaro, all the sons is very strong in the president. >> nawazwhile in the capital city of brasilia, i asked congressman eduardo bolsonaro what similarities his father shares with president trump. how so, how are they similar? >> they do not care about the politically correct. the same way that they speak with their friends, they are going to speak with the press. >> nawaz: congressman bolsonaro, now under consideration to be brazil's ambassador to the united states, staunly defends his father's past remarks,ud ing him insulting a political rival's looks by saying she wasn't worthy ofd. being ra >> nawaz: you don't deny your father said this about the woman, about a political rival? >> no, because she attacked first him. >> nawaz: what about theut comments aaving a homosexual son? he'd never be able to love a
homosexual son., >> i am su i would be a homosexual, my father will love me, for sure. >> nawaz: there were, a surge in attacks ring the election against l.g.b.t.q. members here in brazil. two trans women were murderedha duringtime, and there was a direct link to their killers being supporters of your father. do you worry about that? >> really not. i think my father got stabbed. he's the victim. people sometimes try to do thi kind of relation. >> nawaz: this is separate from the attack on your father though. r this wated to things that he had said. >> do you think the l.g.b.t. sent someone to stab my father?? >> nawaz: do y >> i don't know. the poll numbers have been sagging recently. >> nawaz: are you worried that
he's losing support? >> no, no, no, i don't see it x is way. i think that to azil after 13 years of socialism, we are not going to fix it in a couple of months. it's a long way that we have to run, and ihink four years, it will be the first step. >> nawaz: president bolsonaro ths moved quickly to redefine brazil's place in world, but y arking international onbacklash, according to ma de bolle. and she says the economy will determine the fate of the bolsonaro presidency. brazil is in a very, very delicate place right n. because you have this economy that's not that's not taking off, and the levels of unemployed people, very high unemployment rates, and rising inequality, that's obviously going to lead people to at some point think, "well we voted this guy in because we thought he was going to turn the situation around, and it's actually not happening. >> nawaz: bolsonaro's challenge? work within the very institutions he derides, as he tries to deliver on the campaign promises that propelled him into power.
for the pbs newshour, i'm amna nawaz, in brasilia, brazil. >> woodruff: puerto rico is under hurricane watch late today, as tropical storm dorian bears down on the island. residents and government agencies are again bracing themselves for the blow, just under two years sincee hurricanria ravaged the island, leaving much of its power grid, water systems, anduc other infrasre in tatters. for a look at how the island's government is preparing and its citizens are stocking up andwe hunkering downurn to danica coto of the associated press. >> woodruf danica, help owe, thank you for joining us. what is the latest the hurricane center is saying about this storm. >> theadjusted the forecast a little bit. now the storm will afct the
central part of puerto rico and the southwest region and heavy rain on thnorth coast. >> james: are they saying how strong the storm they expect it to be? >> it remains near hurricane strength. it has been dn graded the last couple of days. at the beginning it was a category one hurricane. now it's suppose to be near hurricane strength. >> woodruff: what are people doing to prepare on the island? >> ta lo. a lot of people are doing last-minute prup rations. shelves have be stripped of water but there are supplies island wide. they're buying food and diesel for generators and cars. they're securing items that are serving as roofs. the with blue tarps as roofs are seeking shelter.uf >> woo what about the government? you have a new governor. she has only been in office fore about thweeks. how is the pue rrtoican
government preparing? >> correct. the ne governor had her first press con france last night. she read from a document of about nine pages outlining everything the government aencws are doing and ho they're better equipped this time around compared to hurricane marie afpl mria. she noted the power company has $122 million of inventory. compared to roughly the 22 million available durings marie afpl spoke about generators, 1-watt radioses and other equipment the government has boughtnce the category four storm struck. >> woodruff: she is saying they're preter prepared thene theye for maria. >> correct. she said new equipment has been bought, communications have improved. they learned their lessen from
hurricane maria and they're better prepare d >> woodrufica, we know there was a lot of damage to the island, thest infcture. how much does that affect the ability for puertrico to prepare for a hurricane? >> there are about 3000 homes with blue tarps for roofs. that's nearly two years after maria. about nine thousand to thirteen thousand are located in th region where the storm is expected to impiot. in addto the blue roofs there are power outagesea some arit's daily, others it's weekly. over all the power grid is unstable. many worry, even though it's not a hurricane coming our way thet tropicalrm force winds and heavy rains will lead to power outages. >> woodruff: what happens to those people living in the houses with e very, the flimsy roofs the blue tarps where do they go. >> that's a good wh a good ques.
>> some are sheiking shelter. some stay with neighbors an friends. they're worried about the aftermath. thr roofs leak with minor rain storms. dorian is expected to dump between 3-6 inches of rain. up to 8 inches inolated areas. they worry about the future of the homes they tried t rebuild after maria. >> woodruff: what about over all. what are the peoe you talk to sayi, here we go, here is another storm? how concerned are they? >> there very concerned. one person i interviewed this morning said we're all prepared. er.bought our wat we bought fuel for the generators for those who afford them. in the end it's mostly in the hands of the government. many feel the govdernment fai them in 2017. they're worried about, you knowt another failuis time around peoplee governor assurin they are well prepared with better equipment and betteat
communns. that the storm won't be as strong as maria. they're all on alrt. people, you know they will be ll protected. >> woodruff: we will follow this and report on it in the hours and days to come. in the meantime we wisall of the people of puerto rico the very best. danica coto with the associated press thank you. >> thank you, very much. >> woodruff: president trump suggested this week that he is considering hosting next year'st g7 meetingworld leaders at his miami golf resort. lisa desjardins has more on why those comments are raising some eyebrows. >> desjardins: it sounded like a sales pitch, but from ati presid podium. the washington post's david farenthold has been reporting on mr. trump's business interests since before the 2016 election,n joins me now. >> let's start first of all,
david, what the president told reporters about why he thinks his resort in florida is good idea for the g7. >> we have many hundred of acres in terms of parking, in terms o all of the things you need the ball rooms are among the biggest in florida, and the best. it's brand new. they want, myople wanted it. from my stand point i won't mae any money. in my opinion i won't make any money. i don't want to make money. i don't care autoaking money. >> president trumpqu is uniin many ways. he ownse resorts across country. what issues would this raise for the g7 on property the president owns. >> two categories. one is ethic. constitution probits presidents taking payment from foreign governments. the foreign leaders who come to
the g7 summits are accompanied by dozens of people. they pay for hotel rooms and thu revenue go to him this. is the use of prewesidential creating revenue for him self. the other is logistical. most are so heavily secured on a lands and small resort towns you can wall off. here you canot do that. it's among industrial parks on the western sidof mimi thraoefplt is the logistical g something so big and sprawling into a big city. >> let's look at this for a t minute f u.s. constitution clause. no person hoding any office of profit, generally meant to be ah executive ofu.s. government, shall without the o consentf congress access any -- from any foreign state. this is one of two clauses. do we know if it's illegal for
foign gornments to conduct business that the president where is this fight in court right now. >> you are rig kht, we donow for sure this. is a dusty untouched area of federal hraufplt no president has gotten close to the line here, until trump who has jumped er the line. so now they're looking at what the founding fathers meant. three lawsuits werfiled two have been dismissed on the grounds that people tharot ught them. the one remaining was filed by congressional democrat. that is still going if trump ap paelz it to a higher court to dismiss it does this mean just a plane old bribe of trump doing a favor or payment for a bal or hotel room. the courts haven't ruled on tha yet. >> i want to ask you about
eral.'s business in gen he says he doesn't care about money. do we know if his businesses have lot money since being president. >> we don't know the number. he has hundreds of individual companies. we know many are doing poorly. the golf course in h floris had a rough run andit prility has dropped 70% are. they making money or losing money over all, they haven't said. i don't know. >> let's talk about the resort specifically. it's a sprawling resort. four gf courses. some 700 rooms. certainly logistically it would provide space for the world leaders. looking at this in another way korbgs there not be an advantage folda president hosting wo leaders on his own turf. why shouldn't he be able to doth . >> i talked with people today who are specialized in organizing summits.
they said there are some advantages. one is it's divided into eight or ten villas, wings of hotel you that to house rooms. individual countries and serity staffs don't ru into each other it's self contained and once dignitaries are on the property you can keep them vaere. there are dise ages. close to the miami airport pun ing restrictionsights. it's not an eye land. it's surrounded by neiborhoods where someone could launch an attack, drone or mortar. if you want to secure the area t you haveo remember serv seven or more of the most powerful people in the world will be th>>ere. ou have a new story touching on this. attorney general bar ha barr han a reservation he's putting on for him self here.
what concern is that? >>ves we hae documents william barr has reserved the presidential ballroom at the trump hotel in december. he calls it a family holiday party. it's not illegal as far as i know this. is a question as far as the preuz. we have taeked about president combining the personal and political. ess presidency and his bus this. is a case someone he has rewarded in aiaoffcapacity is now giving president trump a personal award. barr says he didn't do it as a favor. he tried to get aoom at the marriot first. the fact usng u.. power to help trump is now using money to lp trump. >> thank you for joining us. >> thank you
it's that time of year. school is starting across the country. it can be a stressful time for kids and parents. one non-profit progroga fopyouth," is designed to h students combat anxiety and eractice relaxation in schools and community ce this story was produced by teacrs and students who participated in pbs newshour student reportinlabs' annual summer academy and is part of our regular series, "making the grade." >> i was getting, you know, rejection letters from scholarships and programs i wanted to do, and i was applying to colleges, so it was extremely overwhming and stressful. >> as a teenager, i really wanted to please everyone. i just wanted everyone to be happy. when you do that, you are not happy yourself. >> we're going to do this withey ou closed. >> reporter: after seeing his students struggle, northwoodl
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by yoga for youth, a nonprofit organization working to bring yoga a mindfulness to students across the country. emily cord, an elementary schoo, teacs attending dharma's workshop. >> it helps me be more mindful about what's going on in students' lives and really think about how i can support them better through different stretches or exercises to deal with these challenges in their lives. >> i go to school in anap lachian area where public schools are pretty low funded, and there's a aft of problems. r college, i'm hoping to take a year to save and get my yoga teacher training. >> reporter: dharma says hisis ultimate goao spread his message of peace and love to everyone wog needs it. >>for youth provides them with tools in their tool belt to be able to self regulate and to manage themsves to make good decisions. to, you know, deal witr stress, their anxiety, their pressures that they have to deal with on a daily basis. >> meditation has helped me to
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