discusses the islamic republic's weekend missile test. iran and moscow said the test is not reach the country's nuclear deal with the west. we begin this hour with the latest upset in the french presidential race. the right wing candidate from swap fillon is under fire -- llon is under fire. it's been reported that penelope fillon was paid 900,000 euros. there were reports his children were paid as much as 84,000 euros. he said he was unfazed and unperturbed.
>> on the hook for nearly one million euros, another bombshell was dropped, claiming that from 's wife françois fillon are nearly twice as much as the amount disclosed by the newspaper last week. the paper puts a number on the salary earned by his children as parliamentary age during his mandate in the senate, 80 4000 euros in total. investigators are now trying to determine whether a knell of the fillon did work as a betweenntary aid 2008-2012. night, the couple returned to their home in paris after being questioned by police specializing in financial crimes. 's kim said the couple
provided police with information that would clear them of any wrongdoing. former prime minister reveal that fillon initiated the interview. >> i'm happy to restore both his -- both his and his wife's honor . disgusting accusations of being played out in the media. expiration of events and based on his responses to the questions posed to him, there's no doubt in my mind that the outcome will be in his favor. the scandal known as penelope gate has not the center-right candidate's campaign off course. opinion polls show fillon losing andnd to marine le pen emmanuel macron. he said he was withdraw from the race if placed under criminal investigation. pen has been le
ordered to pay back 330 thousand euros to the european parliament for misuse of funds. the national front leader, who is also a member of the european parliament, was found to have usinglly paid employees eu funds. she is now refusing to pay back the money.y. they've beeeen part of marine le pen's entotourage for paid and allegedly unlawfully out of eu funds. now the french far right leader has until midnight to pay back eurly 300,000 euros to the parliament. she's accused of paying and aide. -- an when she was carrying out work at the party headquarters. she is due to reinforce some 40,000 euros in february.
she was given a month to provide proof of restitution but failed to do so. she has been ordered to pay back 339,000 euros. she has blamed political opponents in parliament for the affair and says it doesn't make work.to separate her they could dock her paid by 50% until the full amount is recovered. a serious financial blow for the party that is struggling in the campaign. her father ran into similar issues in june. he was accused of misusing resources and ordered to repay 320,000 euros in a separate case. to the united states, and this is not a ban on muslims. that was the message from the u.s. department of homeland security tonight when officials have been trying to clear up some of the confusion about donald trump's travel ban.
travel -- he has temporarily banned residents and nearly all citizens from seven majority muslim countries. this is sparked outrage from around the world and officials say it is an opportunity to review immigration procedures. >> out would like to clarify that the most recent executive this is notit does, a travel ban. it's a temporary pause that allows us to better review the existing refugee and visa vetting system. over the next 30 days we will analyze and assess the strengths and weaknesses of our current immigration system, which is the most generous in the world. provide our foreign partners with 60 days to cooperate with national security requirements. this web you can ensure the system is doing what it is designed to do, which is protecting american people. furthermore, this is not a ban on muslims. laura: donald trump's critics
can be reassured that in four years time they will have the chance to undo most of his policies, if he loses power, that is. but the decisions he will make tonight will stain effect for years. trump is set to name his pick for lifetime job on the supreme court. there are four liberal judges and for conservatives one. his tip to replace antonin scalia a who died last year will tip the balance in favor of the conservatives. fight anyoneed to who is outside the mainstream. our guest is the author of why the supreme court is not a court and its judges are not judges. tell me first of all, how much power does a supreme court justice have in the united states? >> a tremendous amount of power, it turns out. they are the only judges of any high court in the free world that hold their offices for life
. so they never have to worry about being fired or losing their jobs. but we have a long tradition in our country, very different from europe, of supreme court judges the towing many, many important -- the towing many important decisions. there are only nine of them and they last for 40 or 50 years sometimes, so it's very important. said he admired the late judge antonin scalia who is being replaced on the supreme court. what kind of judge was he, and can we expect trump to nominate someone similar? >> i'm willing to go out on a limb that donald trump knows absolutely nothing about what kind of justice scalia was. there is a lot of fake news in the united states about justice scalia. off the bench, he talked the talk of paying a lot of attention to the history and words of the constitution.
but at the end of the day, if you look at his votes, he did what all united states supreme court judges do. they voted their personal values. so this is a lot of rhetoric about a justice like scalia. he voted to strike down state and local laws as often as many of the judges he criticized. i hope it is sourced out a little better than the rhetoric which is very misleading about justice scalia. laura: how much power do the democrats have if they want to picksthis, if trump someone who is completely outside the mainstream, and democrats vowed to stop this, can they actually do that? that it is down to two judges, and both of them are well within the mainstream of american politics in legal circles. the democrats don't have very
much power. it used to be there was a filibuster that would take 60 toes in the senate at 100 have a justice go forward, but the republicans have the votes to end that filibuster, and they probably will if they need to. this point int time because of the unprecedented obstruction by the senate majority leader mitch mcconnell and not allowing president obama for almost a year to have his nominee. that was a first time in american history that a president in his last term was denied a justice in that fashion. laura: is it possible for the seat to remain empty, and what are the implications of that? >> i would love for the seat to remain empty as a personal matter. because our court has so much power, it is a shame when it exercises it for partisan,
political reasons. if they were forever tied at 4-4 , it would be much harder for them to do so. i am in the minority of law professors who feel that way. it has always been this political. in 1803, the first constitutional law case ever involved a huge battle between the two major political parties at the time. decision in the 1850's led to the american civil war and it has been political ever sense. laura: thank you very much indeed for talking to us. is proving to be a politician who is doing exactly what he said he would do on the campaign trail. for some that is refreshing and for others, a nightmare. it has been a whirlwind 10 days as luke now reports. reporter: from the get-go, donald trump had an agenda in mind and was not slow to start
issuing executive orders when he moved into the white house. a regulatory freeze followed from his chief of staff, carrying the same weight as though from the commander-in-chief himself. the following monday, trump claimed he's not just pulling out of the transpacific partnership but looking to revamp the tree freighted -- free trade agreement as well. both pipeline projects had seen months of opposition from protesters. elsewhere he issued a hiring and reinstated the ronald reagan mexico city policy.
just two days after hundreds of thousands marched in support of women's reductive rights. he directed the government to allocate funding to secure the 3200 kilometer southern border with mexico. two days later, trump would sign his most controversial order yet , a 120 day ban on refugees entering u.s. territory, a total ban on those from syria, and a 90 day ban on anyone holding a passport from one of seven .uslim majority nations ,t led to chaos at airports protest worldwide, and the firing of the acting attorney general who questioned its lawfulness. over the weekend, trump reorganize the national security bannon --d made steve
then he taught the white house grip on regulation. the new u.s. ambassador to the united nations, nikki haley, has called the missile test by iran absolutely unacceptable. the u.n. is holding talks after tehran carried out a ballistic missile test over the weekend. the test does not breach the resolution. reporter: an iranian missile , the launch later condemned by the u.n. is a violation of security council resolutions that ban testing weapons cable -- capable of delivering nuclear warheads. this came months after world powers brokered a landmark deal limiting iran's nuclear program.
iran launched a medium-range missile, the first such action since the inauguration of president trump, a harsh critic of the nuclear agreement. the french foreign minister arrived in tehran for a two-day visit. >> france had expressed its concern over continued missile test in the past. >> iran has said it will only use ballistic missiles in defense and never to attack another country. the foreign has warned the u.s. against creating new tension. >> we hope the issue of iran's defense programs, which are out 2231he scope of resolution and the nuclear deal will not become an excuse for political games by the new american administration. >> the eu has warned tehran
against continuing ballistic -- missilets while tests. more details have emerged about french canadian student accused of killing six people at a mosque in québec on sunday. the 27-year-old reportedly rented an apartment nearby, assigned according to police that he may have been targeting the house of worship for a while. he's been charged with six counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder. police say he acted alone. in israel, prosecutors are seeking a jail term of between three and five years for a soldier who shot dead a palestinian assailant as he lay wounded on the ground. he was convicted of manslaughter over the shooting of the men who
had just out and wounded another soldier in the west bank city of heparin -- hebron. prime minister netanyahu called for him to be pardoned. british lawmakers have begun debating brexit dozens of mp standing up to pledge their support for leaving the european union, even if they feel the u.k. will be poor and more isolated as result. the debate will end in a vote on triggering article 50 of the constitution, something prime minister theresa may wants to do by the end of march. parliament'swas first opportunity to have it say on article 50, the bill that would trigger brexit. david davister presented the bill to the house of commons arching it to respect the 52% of britons who voted to leave the block in june. >> it's not a bill about whether the u.k. should leave the european union or indeed how it should do so. it is simply about empowering
government to influence a decision already made, a point of return already passed. reporter: the government is seeking parliamentary approval after the supreme court ruled last week that it could not take the decision to trigger article 50 unilaterally. the eu notification of withdrawal bill is just 143 words long, making it difficult for lawmakers to amend or delay the governor's plan. in any case the bill looks likely to pass the government enjoying the house -- majority in the house of commons and the opposition leader thing he will back the bill. however a lot of backbenchers , anddecided to rebel gearing up for a fight over the details. if the bill passes the commons, after the february recess it will move on to the house of lords where without a majority, the government may come up against more positions. laura: let's get some business
news for you now. will hilderbrandt is in the studio. donald trump was talking tough with carmakers recently. >> he hinted at it with the carmakers, now delivering this tit-for-tat protectionism have heard from him in the past, don't from promising to cut taxes in exchange for pharmaceutical companies bringing jobs back to america. as well as the industry lobbying groups, his message is quite clear. lower prices and boost u.s. production. in exchange he has vowed to speed up fda approval times for new medicines. president trump: were forced and focused on accelerating fda approvals. , weave to get lower prices have to get even better innovations, and i want you to move your companies back to the united states and manufacture in
the united states. we will lower taxes and get rid of regulations that are unnecessary. pharmaceutical companies have had to tread a fine line. >> a crusade against high drug harshestat even his critics can get behind. u.s. president donald trump accused drug makers of getting away with murder earlier this month and vowed to bring down the cost of medicine in the u.s. americans spend more money on prescriptions than anyone else in the world. that's $1100 in year. total drug spending increased by 8.5% in 2015 along. the u.s. health system prevents government from bargaining with pharmaceutical firms. this means big pharma is free to negotiate prices directly with private insurance companies who in turn often asked the costs
down to consumers. justifiedndustry has its often drastic price hikes as necessary to fund research and innovation, get large portions of the prophets also tend to go into marketing campaigns. to reversehe wants the trend by making big pharma compete for the government business, as is the case in europe, for instance. but the president also wants companies to relocate their manufacturing to the u.s., a move that's likely to increase production costs and see drug prices go up once more. shares of the fire six stroke companies that were at the white house today rose today. -- of the five or six drug companies that were at the white house today. the nasdaq and the s&p 500 reached down 2%. investors continue to i company earnings as well as trump's
policies. despite encouraging data from the euros on that showed for the first time, the eurozone grew at a faster rate than u.s. economy for the first time since 2008. suggesting that the recovery may be taking it. thanks to an 8% rise in energy thees in january, despite inflation target of close to but below 2%. eurozone unemployment came in at 9.6% in december, the lowest rate since may 2009. greece maintains the highest rate in the euro area at 23%. france statusng, , near aermany with 3.9% record low unemployment for the
bloc's biggest economy. deutsche bank has been hit with a new fine by american and british authorities. the german lenders to pay on the $630 million over a russian money-laundering scheme. the bank has missed numerous opportunities to detect, investigate, and stop suspicious trade saw $10 billion illegally moved out of russia over four years. dilemma foregal beleaguered deutsche bank. the german bank said it's willing to cooperate and pay over $600 million in fines for its connections to alleged russian money-laundering deutsche bank will pay $425 million to u.s. regulators and $204 million to you k regulators. york's department of financial services said the bank had been aware of a string of red flags facing -- dating back to 2011 and it had numerous opportunities to investigate and stop the scheme. on -- andgation
covered evidence of so-called mirror traits with the bank between 2011-2015. in a statement, the superintendent said the trades like economic purpose and could've been used to facilitate money-laundering. deutsche bank is facing a series of fines and penalties in recent years. earlier this month the bank paid over $7 billion to the u.s. department of justice for its role in ms. selling mortgages which contributed to the 2008 financial crisis. reporter: let's take a look at some business headlines. expectations.ssed net income fell to 1.68 billion dollars but without a masassive write-down, it would have been a 33% improvement.
the oil giant took a $2 billion one-time charge connected to disappointing gas fields in the rocky mountains. china nuclear national corporation has decided against taking a stake in a french nuclear group according to french media. said it wouldte buy out minority shareholders in the interest of the listing the troubled nuclear group. for sadie's and uber taming up, announcing a plan -- mercedes and uber teaming up. uber will take a cut of the revenues while daimler will operate the network. finally, as british lawmakers will debate whether u.s. president trump should be visit, the u.k. state bookies are taking bets. thousands of pounds have been placed but bookmakers say the odds of a u.k. state visit this year are the fastest changing audits regarding the u.s. president but they are not the
01/31/17 01/31/17 [captioning made possible by democracy now!] amy: from pacifica, this is democracy now! >> we had a monday night massacre. sally yates, person of great integrity, who followed the law, was fired by the president. amy: president trump has fired the acting attorney general hours after she refused to defend his executive order closing the nation's borders to refugees and citizens of seven majority muslim nations. many have compared it to the 1973 saturday night massacre