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Sep 11, 2016 5:30pm PDT
: in his home on long island, an hour from new york city, ken george keeps a box of mementos from his time as a first responder to the september 11 terrorist attack on the world trade center. >> first night i was there i was walking there and i took pictures. my eyes were burning, man the smell was unbearable. that's all the ash, and it's like papers flying in front of you that you can actually touch. >> reporter: in 2001, george worked for the new york city department of transportation, which sent him to ground zero. he wears sunglasses for sensitivity to light. >> i thought i was going to be like blocking traffic. for the first couple of hours, i was on bucket brigade, passing buckets around, stuff like that. >> reporter: removing debris? >> yeah, debris, or whatever we found. i wound up stepping on, i say a torso, part of a torso. >> reporter: so you were finding body parts? >> a lot. a lot of body parts. >> reporter: george worked 750 hours on site, exposed to airborne toxins and dust, rarely wearing a mask over his face. he developed a bad cough, and his doctor diagnosed him with
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Jul 10, 2016 5:30pm PDT
-year-old paul george is a third generation dairy farmer who voted to leave the e.u. >> i believe that our government will look after cornwall just as well as the e.u. has been looking after it. >> reporter: george sells all his milk to a european cooperative called arla, which pays george 20% below the price of his production costs because global milk prices have been depressed for years. ironically, an e.u. subsidy helps him stay afloat. it's called the "single farm payment," which is paid to a farmer based on how much land he owns. george says the one size fits all approach isn't fair and that the subsidy should be based instead on how much farmers produce. >> i don't value the basic payment scheme in my business as highly as some other people. however, every little does count at the moment, and no, i wouldn't want to be without a support package. i think it's supporting the less efficient farmers more so than the more efficient farmers. >> reporter: rather than a handout, george is hoping milk prices may rise. >> the e.u. money is welcomed in any form, of course it's welcomed. i'm
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Nov 7, 2015 5:30pm PST
illnesses out of jail. and actor george takei-- his personal journey from "star trek" to broadway. next on pbs newshour weekend. >> pbs newshour weekend is made possible by: corporate funding is provided by mutual of america-- designing customized individual and group retirement products. that's why we are your retirement company. additional support has been provided by: and by the corporation for public broadcasting, and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. from the tisch wnet studios at lincoln center in new york, hari sreenivasan. >> sreenivasan: good evening, and thanks for joining us. the head of egypt's investigation into last week's russian airliner crash in the sinai peninsula said today while the plane was on auto-pilot, the cockpit recording registered a noise in its last second. >> all scenarios are on table. it may be the lithium batteries or one of the passengers, it may be an explosion in the fuel tank, it may be fatigue to the body of the plane. it may be that something exploded. >> sreenivasan: the head of the investigation told reporters t
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Nov 1, 2014 5:30pm EDT
. >> reporter: it's exactly what's happening to democrats in state after state. as with george w. bush back in 2006, the president's unpopularity-- he's barely above 40% nationally and well below that in key senate battlegrounds-- is proving to be a very heavy burden. in alaska, senator mark begich, son of a congressman, is being hammered by dan sullivan for his votes supporting president obama. >> he pretted much voted with the president on just about everything. >> reporter: in colorado, senator mark udall, son of a congressman, nephew of an interior secretary, is trailing cory gardner in the polls. >> the brand of politics divides us. it keeps us from fixing obama's failures. >> reporter: in arkansas, senator mark pryor, whose father was governor and senator, is struggling against congressman tom cotton. >> a vote for mark pryor is a vote for more of barack obama's policies. >> what a way to wake nupt morning! >> reporter: what links these campaigns is the same question: can the family ties of these incumbents help define them as local champions, rather than as allies of an unpopula
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Jul 12, 2014 5:30pm PDT
are concerned that number will drop even lower if the st. george proposal succeeds. >> that is not fair to the children who remain behind. >> reporter: belinda davis, a local activist with three children in the baton rouge schools, is vowing to prevent the creation of the new city of st. george. >> you were automatically going to be creating a city that is less diverse than the one you are leaving. and we have all kinds of specialized services in schools that we are able to provide, because of the size of our school district. >> i mean, this is about lives, there is about potential that we are squashing by continuing to carve up our school districts, that we could do wonderful things together. we are stronger as one than we are broken up into pieces. >>> the former british leader tony blair met in cairo today with egyptian presidentialsysy in an effort to end problems with israel and hamas. in iraq, government forces and slight militias are battling for control of a military base 60 miles north of baghdad. gunmen killed at least 20 people in the capital today, almost all women. >>>
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Aug 27, 2016 5:30pm PDT
chipping away at the injustice of h.b.-2." judge schroeder, appointed by president george w. bush, also said the plaintiffs are likely to succeed at trial this november in arguing that h.b.-2 violates title-nine, the federal law that prohibits gender discrimination in schools. today, hillary clinton received her first official national security briefing, as the democratic presidential nominee. the two-hour session with intelligence officials occurred at an f.b.i. office in westchester county, new york, near her home. republican presidential nominee donald trump received his first security briefing earlier this month. trump campaigned today in iowa, now rated by the associated press as one the six closest" toss up" states in the election. the other close states are florida, ohio, nevada, new hampshire and north carolina. >> sreenivasan: members of the university of north carolina community react to this week's ruling on the state's h.b.-2 law. learn more at www.pbs.org/newshour. >> sreenivasan: with the economy occupying a central place in this year's election, both presidential candidat
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Jun 4, 2017 5:30pm PDT
arts and sciences, nine george foster peabody awards, the broadcast equivalent of the pulitzer prize, three george polk awards, and the dupont-columbia golden baton. he's introduced us to some of the world's most remarkable people in his one-on-one interviews and shared with us a world of ideas.
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Jan 24, 2016 5:30pm PST
, and serves as a recruitment tool for america's enemies. president george w. bush opened guantanamo in 2002 to hold foreign fighters captured overseas, mainly in afghanistan, in the war on terror that began on 9/11. for the past 14 years, "miami herald" reporter carol rosenberg has covered guantanamo full time, spending more than a thousand days on site. she sat down yesterday with the newshour's hari sreenivasan to discuss the legal and logistical obstacles to president obama's goal. >> there were at one point 780 men there, now we have less than a hundred, i think 91 or so as we talk, and that might change. but why are people still there? >> people are still at guantanamo because despite president obama's desire to close it, congress won't let him am congress has decided that guantanamo should continue to exist. members of congress like guantanamo. and they have systemically thwarted his efforts to close that detention center in cuba. closing guantanamo at this stage and the obama administration view is really moving guantanamo to u.s. soil. the idea is not to open the cages and l
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Sep 26, 2015 5:30pm PDT
president george w. bush. >> sreenivasan: for years, the british government has reportedly tracked and stored billions of records of internet use by british citizens and people outside the u.k., in an effort to track every visible user on the internet. that finding comes from the intercept website, which is publishing findings from national security agency contractor edward snowden's leak on government surveillance practices." intercept" reporter ryan gallagher wrote the story and joins me now, via skype, from brighton, england. first of all, explain the scale of surveillance that was happening from the british equivalent of the n.s.a., the g.c.h.q. >> well, the skill is quite phenomenal. i mean, it's hard to translate it when you just see the numbers. but you're talking about 30 to 100 billion metadata records of phone calls and e-mails every single day, so vast, vast quantities of information they're sweeping up. and they're talking by 2030 having in place the world's largest surveillance system, surpassing what the n.s.a. and u.s. has built. >> sreenivasan: when somebody hears that
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Aug 30, 2015 5:30pm PDT
parks and across the famed route 66. she rode past the jefferson memorial and the george washington bridge into new york city. she stopped to sell the roses and took days off. >> i stopped in place he i felt connection with. >> muller has more possibility for using solar energy. >> upgrade from traditional bikes to lesser bikes and the evolution of a bike route solar docking station so you could get to work get your bike give you a walk a charge and at the end of the day hop back on and get back home. and finally tonight for the last time a businessman has been arrested for trafficking in so-called blood diamonds and allegedly enslaving people to mine them. the vims rights group has arrested michel delere are for his actions in south africa 30 years ak. friday night's houston gas station of a schaeffer's deputy, police arrested miles yesterday, after finding gun casings that matched the crime scene. i'm hari sreenivasan. thanks for watching. captioning sponsored by wnet captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org >> pbs newshour weekend is made possible by: corporate fun
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Jun 22, 2014 5:30pm EDT
. her conviction was later overturned on appeal. >>> earlier george zimmerman relied on stand your ground to be acquitted in the death of a teenager trayvon martin. in moscow today russian president vladimir putin expressed support from cease-fi cease-fire ukrainian sources. they conferred about the lingering crisis. for more about the situation in ukraine we're joined by andrew. let me ask you, what is life like now that we have you here. does it seem like a city at the heart of a crisis? >> you know, allison, this has been happening for a little while now. i think there are towns more at the epicenter of the fighting and in places like slovyansk, rebel stronghold not far from here. life has changed a lot. there's serious problems with water, lack of electricity. you know, more than 200, more than 300 people have been injured in the fighting so far. donetsk feels very empty, quiet. a lot of closed shops and a lot of people who found a way to get out of the city for the summer. >> it's interesting that you should mention that because i was surfing moscow times website and there's a
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Feb 16, 2014 5:30pm PST
to believe that it's a celebration of two of america's greatest presidents, george washington and abraham lincoln. >> massive deal. ♪ who's your founding father >> in the rear view camera. >> despite of what almost everyone believes tomorrow is not a national holiday known as president's day. even the department of interior apparently isn't in on the secret. under a federal law passed in 1968, the third monday of february was officially designated as washington's birthday. no mention at all of honest abe. >> lincoln has never had a national holiday devoted to him. >> harold holzer is a lincoln scholar and author or editor of 35 books and a consultant on "lincoln," the academy award winning film of 2012. >> same discord that greeted much of reconstruction. even though dead at the time he was considered the northern interloper who would impose federal control on the sunny south. while there was a washington's birthday that was a federal holiday, lincoln never made it. he was only a state by state holiday. >> and today only four states designate lincoln's birthday, february 12th, a
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Jun 25, 2017 5:30pm PDT
of down to the wire legislation. one in two vote margin, president george w bush got his prescription drug plan through the house with one vote to spare, obama's and his healthcare eill needed 60 votes in the senate to overcome a filibuster. that's what's happened and that reflects political popularization. they're reluctant to see the president fail. >> whose idea of party versus country and what you should put first, how does it play out in this vote? >> r you can see it dramatically. who is the most endangered. he said he's not on this bill because of medicaid. a pro trump will luggage a 7 figure media bite against him, and what happens now is for him and for the other republicans who expressed reluctant. when it comes down is mitch mcconnell looking for ways to pacify concessions any time you concede to the moderates the conservatives don't like it >> from politics to policy when you look into the meat of it. house or senate version, huge constituencies that will be hurt by it. the poor, the elderly. who wins going forward or is this just a calculation of figuring out the bare min
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Jun 15, 2014 5:30pm EDT
iraq like so much else. did tony blare and george bush do a good or bad thing for iraq? >> translator: they have brought nothing but destruction to the country, says this suni fleeing from mosul. >> translator: but said this man, removing sedan was a good thing. whatever it causes, this country has been steeped in violence for so long now that nobody seems to know who can make it stop. channel 4 news northern iraq. >> for more about the situation in iraq, we are joined now by phone from northern iraq by jane, a reporter. what have you seen today? >> reporter: north of iraq closer to mosul, it's quite tense. that ranges from the towns and villages and disputed territory between mosul and the kurdish capital. it's weird driving there. you notice the tension has increased. there was a school just a little while back where desks were piled on top of each other. they cancelled classes and final exams. the school we passed was occupied by kurdish security forces. there were other place where you could see the iraqi army had taken check points where they used to patrol kurdish forces. the ir
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Nov 23, 2014 5:30pm EST
this morning with abc's george stephanopoulos, president obama said the interim deal reached last november had slowed iran's nuclear program. >> the good news is that the interim deal that we entered into has definitely stopped iran's nuclear program from advancing. so it's been successful. >> but a deal would be a rollback, wouldn't it? >> well now, so the question is, can we get to a more permanent deal? and the gaps are still significant. >> sreenivasan: the president also commented on how a nuclear deal might change overall relations with iran. >> what a deal would do is take a big piece of business off the table. and perhaps begin a long process, not just between iran and us, but the relationship between iran and the world, and the region begins to change. >> sreenivasan: we'll have more about the negotiations after the news summary. in afghanistan, a deadly suicide attack. at least 45 people were killed and dozens more wounded when a bomber targeted spectators at a crowded volleyball tournament in a province of eastern afghanistan. no one immediately claimed responsibility.
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May 4, 2014 5:30pm PDT
it? >> it's the wage george bailey did business in the film "it's a wonderful life." old fashioned personal banking. when jesse went to first tier to talk about a loan modification to delay payments to deal with the problem and get the business back on track, the bank had incentives to be flexible. at least it did until the financial crisis came and first tier failed. hundreds of banks went under during the financial crisis and businesspeople like jesse lost the bankers they'd been doing business with in some cases for years. they found themselves doing business with strangers who didn't have a vested interest in making sure they were successful. on a friday night in january 2011 jesse learned that regulator hs shut down first tier and the federal deposit insurance corporation had taken over. and from that day on, it was a nightmare. and for a while, we had employees who couldn't cash their paychecks. it was a mess. >> meanwhile, he was getting letters about the loan for the hotel project from the fdic and others. each one left him with a different impression of who was in charge o
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Jun 5, 2016 5:30pm PDT
, george grove, bill zorn, rick dougherty, and paul gabrielson. with special guests al jardine of the beach boys, barry mcguire, formerly of the new christy minstrels, timothy b. schmit of the eagles, trini lopez,
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Jul 5, 2014 5:30pm EDT
jumbo jet taking off flew dangerously close to a delta airlines jet landing at george bush intercontinental airport. >> we have a 2344. >> all right. check left. 5,800, a boeing 777. >> the faa says the pilot of the singapore airlines plane after his initial climb did not level off as required. the faa says it is take additional steps to ensure that all pilots are aware of the rules. >> california's leading chicken producer, foster farms is recalling 170 different chicken products. this after the federal government linked chicken produced by that company to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened some 600 people in 27 states and puerto rico. >> the company disputes that its chicken led to the illnesses, it says it has issued the recall in, quote, the fullest interest of food safety. also in california, the highway patrol says it is investigating a graphic video that shows an officer straddling and repeatedly punch ago woman on the side of the freeway. the video was captured by a passing motorist on tuesday. he distributed it to the media. >> the highway patrol officials sai
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Jan 10, 2015 5:30pm PST
whether to try to seek an indictment. george zimmerman, who, in 2013 was acquitted in the shooting death of trayvon martin, is in trouble with the law again. he was arrested last night for aggravated assault in connection with a domestic violence incident. during a court appearance this morning, bond was set at $5,000. zimmerman was also ordered to stay away from the woman involved. he reportedly was involved in two similar incidents in 2013, but no formal charges were ever brought. a judge in santa barbara, california, has admitted into evidence internal files from the boy scouts of america documenting sexual abuse allegations within the organization, which means they could become public. the judge is presiding over a lawsuit brought by a man who alleges he was sexually molested when he was a 13-year-old scout. internal boy scout files previously made public showed that the organization failed to report a third of all abuse allegations to police. the proposed takeover of family dollar stores by rival discounters is running into opposition. attorneys general from 20 states have joi
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Mar 6, 2016 5:30pm PST
reunited once more." former president george w. bush, added, "that devotion was matched only by her devotion to our country." >> sreenivasan: for more on the life of nancy reagan and her influence on her husband's presidency, i am joined by presidential historian richad norton smith. he is in grand rapids, michigan. i grew up in an era where just say no was how i would probably have my first contact with nancy reagan, right. but she was also far more influential behind the scenes, tell us a little bit more about that? >> i think that is true. i think in many ways the history of the reagan presidency is still being written in part because the full extent of her influence is far from known. i think she took some pains to conceal it. to give you an example, ronald reagan was really as a gielless, friendly, trusting an individual as his public image suggests. and those are wonderful qualities in a human being. but in a president, they inevitably impose a burden, a come pens tore burden, if you will, maybe on a chief of staff or in some cases on a spousement and that was part of the unwr
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Aug 16, 2014 5:30pm PDT
team of college students found thousands of artifacts from the mid-1700s near lake george in upstate new york. the area was the scene of military activity for nearly a quarter century, starting with the french and indian war in 1755, through the american revolution. among the objects found were uniform buttons and musket balls. >> sreenivasan: the first governor in texas to be indicted in a hundred years, those were the headlines late last night about governor rick perry and what a grand jury says was his abuse of power. to explain what's behind it all is tony plohetski from the austin american statesman. let's talk about the incident in question. what is it that rick perry allegedly did that was an abuse of his power? >> reporter: well, it all started more than a year ago in april, 2013. the sitting district attorney here in travis county, rosemary lindberg, was arrested and charged with drunk driving. two months after that, while the legislature was finishing their session, governor rick perry was about to sign the state's budget and during that time, he is accused of sending word
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Apr 20, 2014 5:30pm PDT
you. >> this is "pbs newshour weekend sunday." >>> with william, kate and prince george making headlines around the world as they travel, the british monarchy is currently riding a wave of popularity. but in spain, the monarchy there is finding public support in shorter supply. itv's matt frey reports. >> reporter: the gold paint on the palace gates may look a little chipped these days. the shutters weather-worn. the royalty looking out from these windows may be gratified by the reassuring sight of a throng of schoolchildren on the dutiful trip round the palace. >> who wants spain to be a republic? that's practically everyone. >> they do not. >> they do nothing? >> they do some things? >> nothing. it is about image for spain. >> reporter: there was plenty to embolden an underage republican in spain. for instance, the reason why king juan carlos is walking with sticks is that he fell while hunting elephants on safari in botswana in the company of his mistress. and then had to get a hip replacement operation. it wasn't the choice of prey or the infidelity that upset the public, i
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Jun 29, 2014 5:30pm PDT
reported that george zimmerman had used in's stand your ground law as the basis for his defense during his trial for shooting trayvon martin. stand your ground of not used by zimmerman's defense. we regret the error. >>> the obama administration has decided to try the man accused of orchestrating the 2012 terror attack in benghazi, libya, in the nation's capital. that attack left four americans dead including ambassador chris stevens. we're joined now from washington by michael schmidt of the new york times. so this is pretty unusual for several reasons. let's just talk first off having the venue in d.c. there's already some pushback. this is a very expensive proposition. >> yeah. typically in the past since post 9/11, these terror trials have been in new york or in alexandria, virginia. there's a real advantage to having them in new york because the jail is actually connected to the courthouse by a tunnel so you don't have to move the suspect every time on a -- in a car that he has to appear in court. we saw this yesterday when the hearing was over, a big motorcade came flying right o
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Feb 6, 2016 5:30pm PST
national committee and was an election lawyer for the campaigns of george w. bush and mitt romney. he says this year's rules are a mixed bag of proportional and winner-take-all states. >> there is a period of proportionality, in this case it's the first 14 days in march, must be states dividing up their delegates proportionally. but other than that, the states can do it pretty much any way they want to. >> reporter: if you want to see just how critical such rules can be, look back to 2008. when republican john mccain won early winner-take-all primaries in big states like florida, new york, and new jersey, he got all the delegates, helping him secure the nomination in early march. on the democratic side, although hillary clinton won most of the big states, like ohio and pennsylvania, because of proportional rules, she took home only a handful more delegates than barack obama did by finishing second. obama, on the other hand, campaigned hard in small states, like idaho and kansas, and won such a huge proportion of votes, he actually went home with a larger surplus of delegates than clinton d
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Mar 21, 2015 5:30pm PDT
. george killed the serpent the christian militias are depicting crushing the isis snake. do you think this is a religious war? >> i think it has become a religious war, yes, because the atrocities they are committing are based on their beliefs. and the fact that you can push christians back so far but when we do pick up the sword, we fight back. and we are doing it so far for our faith, we're doing it so far for our beliefs. >> reporter: but for the moment, at least, life in alqosh has returned to something like normal. what does this town mean for you? >> this town signifies a victory. i mean, at one point, this town was completely abandoned except for one person, sometimes two. but now, i mean, the church bells ring again here; people go about their business; people live here. that's the biggest thing. as you can see, shops are open, business is back, people are going to school. this signifies one of the few victories we have right now. what's terrorism? terrorism is a disruption of your daily life. and i know these people are resilient. they've been able to say, "hey, look, w
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Jan 7, 2017 5:30pm PST
underlinee end of his second term will continue a tradition started by george washington in cc1 test messa that's all for this edition of pbs newshour weekend. i'm hari sreenivasan. good night. captioning sponsored by wnet captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org >> pbs newshour weekend is made possible by: bernard and irene schwartz. judy and josh weston. the cheryl and philip milstein family. the john and helen glessner family trust-- supporting trustworthy journalism that informs and inspires. sue and edgar wachenheim, iii. barbara hope zuckerberg. corporate funding is provided by mutual of america-- designing customized individual and group retirement products. that's why we're your retirement company. additional support has been provided by: and by the corporation for public broadcasting, and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. steves: the latin quarter is the core of the left bank, as the south side of the seine river is known. this has long been the city's university district. in fact, the university of paris, a leading univers
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Oct 9, 2016 5:30pm PDT
common people if you have no experience in what's ailing them? >> reporter: president george h.w. bush was clearly confused by what she was asking. >> well, i think the national debt affects everybody. >> you, on a personal basis-- how has it affected you? >> has it affected you personally? >> i'm not sure i get-- help me with the question and i'll try to answer it. >> well, i've had friends that have been laid off from jobs. >> tell me how it's affected you, again. you know people who've lost their jobs and lost their homes? >> reporter: bill clinton, by contrast, quickly reached out for a personal connection. >> when a factory closes, i know the people who ran it. when the businesses go bankrupt, i know them. >> reporter: the format, unhinged from lecterns and tables, allow the candidates much more movement. but this can be a double-edged sword. in 2000, vice president al gore decided to move into governor bush's personal space, perhaps to create a sense of dominance. but watch: that non-verbal gesture proved to be the most memorable moment of the entire debate. >> reporter: in the 2
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Feb 25, 2017 5:30pm PST
... >> reporter: in the mid-1990s, president bill clinton appointed former u.s. senator george mitchell to broker peace talks, which culminated in the 1998 good friday agreement that formally ended the troubles, and set up a power-sharing government between protestant unionists and catholic nationalists. today, 21 miles of "peace wall"" still separate catholic and protestant communities in belfast-- a lingering division reflected in northern ireland's brexit vote. while the united kingdom as a whole voted to leave the european union, 56% of northern irish voters wanted to remain. the vote also split along sectarian lines, with 85% of northern irish catholics preferring to stay in the e.u., compared to 40% of protestants. perhaps the most contentious issue raised by brexit is the future of the 300-mile border dividing northern ireland from the republic of ireland. during the troubles, parts of it were heavily fortified with military features, that stood as physical reminders of ireland's partition by the british. the 1998 good friday agreement transformed the border between northern ireland
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Jan 30, 2016 5:30pm PST
americans who join isis. >> reporter: seamus hughes, deputy director of the george washington university's program on extremism, is the co-author of "isis in america: from retweets to raqqa." ey are not finding it atd they mosques and community centers. >> reporter: hughes says radical messages online are like an echo chamber. >> we look at about 300 accounts of americans we believe to be isis supporters online over a six-month period, and what we saw is, they didn't hear dissenting voices, they only heard what they wanted to hear. they were only pushing the propaganda that they believed in. so, when you have people trying to interject themselves into the conversation, they were quickly pushed out. >> reporter: last year, hughes monitored an alleged isis supporter, an ohio man who called himself "lone wolf" on twitter. twitter regularly suspended his account, only to see "lone wol"" return again and again. the user was eventually arrested after he allegedly released the home addresses of u.s. soldiers and urged people to kill them. >> it's very hard to try to figure out when s
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Jul 4, 2015 5:30pm PDT
or emails, france used this ship to send a message to george washington that help was on the way. the messenger was marquis de lafayette. >> the word that lafayette is bringing with him as that ambassador basically is that an army will be arriving, an expedition of 5,000 soldiers and, critically, a navy, as well. >> sreenivasan: adam hodges- leclair is re-enacting the role of marquis de lafayette, the famed frenchman who lobbied king louis xvi to support america in the revolutionary war. france provided much needed naval power to help turn the tide in defeating the british. it was the french navy that helped ensure the british surrender at yorktown. >> we declared our independence in 1776, but four years later the war was really uncertain. the french had come and supported us, and they were giving arms and equipment, but naval support was critical. so, a ship like this arriving with a fleet coming after it carrying lafayette, again symbolically, bringing that message of support was a real game changer. >> sreenivasan: this $21 million ship, which set sail from france in april, will ma
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Aug 13, 2016 5:30pm PDT
george lucus. he was 81 years old. that's all for this edition of "pbs newshour weekend." i'm william brangham, good night. captioning sponsored by wnet captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org >> pbs newshour weekend is made possible by: bernard and irene schwartz. judy and josh weston. the cheryl and philip milstein family. the john and helen glessner family trust. supporting trustworthy journalism that informs and inspires. barbara hope zuckerberg. iii. rporate funding is provided by mutual of america-- designing customized individual and group retirement products. that's why we are your retirement company. and by the corporation for public broadcasting, and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. ♪ norberg: banwari lal sharma is a happy man. he and his family are celebrating the marriage of his oldest daughter. but as a child, banwari often went to sleep hungry, and as a boy ran away from his home, desperate to find work in the city. mannem madhusudana rao was once labeled "untouchable," a member of india's lowest caste. growing up,
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Apr 8, 2017 5:30pm PDT
, thank you, both. >> thank you. >>, mr., hari. >> sreenivasan: former president george w. bush is calling on congress to continue funding for pepfar, the plan he launched for aids relief. in an op-ed in today's" washington post," mr. bush said since the program began in 2003, mainly in africa: pepfar also screens women and girls for the h.p.v. virus that causes cervical cancer. with bipartisan support, pepfar received $6.8 billion last year. when it comes to humanitarian aid for africa, traditionally, it has meant taxpayer-funded programs like pepfar or privately-funded shipments of medical supplies, food and other goods. a non-profit organization called givedirectly is pioneering another approach in eastern africa: giving cash unconditionally to the needy. the latest project involves providing what's called a" universal basic income," whereby every adult in a designated area receives a regular cash payment. in tonight's signature segment"" newshour weekend" special correspondent christopher livesay reports from kenya. >> reporter: magline awino ndiwa lives in a rural village in western k
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Nov 5, 2016 5:30pm PDT
ricardo reyes, both republicans who worked in the george w. bush administration. they wrote a "new york times" op-ed in september appealing to fellow republicans in safe states to swap their votes with people in battleground states. >> people were telling us that they were going to stay home because their vote didn't matter. that makes no sense. >> if you live in california, your vote is going to count in a state that does not have as much influence as ohio or florida or pennsylvania. we need to figure out a system that allows everyone to participate fully. >> reporter: reyes and stubbs launched a vote trading web site called "trumptraders," which has over 15,000 users. >> you tell us who you are voting for, tell us where you live and you give us your email address. >> reporter: they then find you a partner to swap votes with. >> there's no contract, it's just the honor code. and it's more than just the honor code; it's me talking to you, it's me talking to my friends in florida and ohio. >> reporter: their web site also offers a two-for-one special. for example, if you want to vote for
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Sep 3, 2017 5:30pm PDT
a good samaritan's boat that rescued them, along with their three-year-old son, george, a dog and two cats. not knowing where they would go, she posted the video to facebook. >> so sad to leave our home behind but grateful for this brave man to picked us up. now what, question mark? we don't know. >> reporter: and you still feel that way? >> and i still feel that way. >> reporter: mariana says her streets were clear until the city released water from two reservoirs, an effort to keep antiquated dams from buckling. >> that's the part i just can't get over, why weren't we warned? >> reporter: are you angry with the city of houston? >> i just don't understand why the communication wasn't better. they should have known that the neighborhoods behind the bayou were going to be severely affected. yet, nobody said anything to us. why? that's not okay and i want answers. i feel like the sacrificial lamb. >> reporter: residents of a nearby, flood-ridden neighborhood that is also under an evacuation order took time this weekend to protest being barred from starting to repair their homes. >>
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Sep 17, 2016 5:30pm PDT
defense secretary for presidents obama and george w. bush said today donald trump is "unqualified and unfit "to be demander in chief. writing in the "wall street journal," gates said trump is stubbornly uninformed about the world and temperamentally unsuited to lead or men and women in uniforms. gates joins other republicans who have come out publicly against trump. but he also said clinton, like trump, has not seriously addressed how she thinks about using military force or the criteria she'd apply before deploying troops. that's all for this edition of "pbs newshour weekend." thees again for watching and thanks again to our friends here at ketc in sluice for hosting our broadcast. i'm hari sreenivasan. good night. captioning sponsored by wnet captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org >> pbs newshour weekend is made possible by: bernard and irene schwartz. judy and josh weston. the cheryl and philip milstein family. the john and helen glessner family trust. supporting trustworthy journalism that informs and inspires. sue and edgar wachenheim, iii. barbara hope zuckerber
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Mar 12, 2017 5:30pm PDT
christopher booker has more. >> reporter: the actions taken by the george w. bush administration in the aftermath of the september 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, were, according to author mary graham, a recalibration of the role of secrecy in open government. a president who championed limited government approved the secret detention of foreign terrorist suspects and the eavesdropping on phone calls of american citizens. >> when his detention policies and interrogation policies and surveillance policies began to be revealed, this was then a few years later, i thought there must be some ground rules. there must be a law that tells us what a president can do behind closed doors in an emergency. but it turned out there really were no laws. one thing about our system of governance that makes secrecy so interesting is that there's really no way that to stop a president from doing something illegal, unethical, or just plain foolish behind closed doors. >> reporter: in her new book," presidents' secrets: the use and abuse of hidden power," graham finds modern presidential secrecy is paramount in
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Apr 27, 2014 5:30pm PDT
putin told former president george w. bush in 2008. you have to understand, george, ukraine is not even a country. >> that also fits closely with putin's recent remarks in a call-in program. >> translator: i would like to remind you that what was called novorecea, donetsk, and odessa were not part of ukraine back then. these territories were given to u krin crane by the soviet government. new russia toic describe an area that's an arc larging change and that's just one small point in historical background that he's giving up, but it seems to be a justification to the russian people about taking further aggressive actions. when you start talking about novorecea on top of everything else and it is unclear what putin's next plan is going to be, including the big of the question of all whether those tens of thousands of russian troops masked on the ukrainian board will invade or not, like they have throughout history, ukrainians will have to wait and see what a more powerful nation will do. >> it was always a pawn between great powers throughout its history and that, i think, is something t
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Dec 20, 2015 5:30pm PST
president george w. bush's re-election campaign did in 2004, when it looked for supporters in heavily democratic districts in the key swing state of ohio. in earlier times, this would have been futile; but now the bush campaign could find supporters scattered throughout hostile territory, kind of like finding raisins in a bowl of raisin bran. >> and so, the bush campaign and the republican national committee made a concerted effort between george bush's election in 2000 and his re- election in 2004 to build the infrastructure to make this work in politics. and one of their big things was saying, "yeah, let's, let's figure we know that even in the...the least republican county in america, 15%, 20% of the votes are...are ours. and i, if we know how to go find those people, we can be targeted and lower the risk of...of inadvertently mobilizing the wrong people." >> reporter: bush won ohio by 2%; a loss there would have cost him the presidency. it was a lesson the underdog barack obama campaign took to heart in the 2008 democratic contest. >> yeah, necessity is the mother of invention. >>
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Nov 17, 2013 5:30pm PST
visitors. as once were the ancestors of us founding father and first president, george washington. george washington's family, before they left england, were connected with mine. the washingtons were frequent visitors here. socially, they were great friends of my family. narrator: for the first time, this most elegant of england's homes throws open its doors... allowing us to share the upstairs and the downstairs. secrets of althorp, the spencers.
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Nov 6, 2016 5:30pm PST
and north carolina. donald trump campaigns in five states today -- starting in iowa, which george w-bush won in 2004, but mitt romney and john mccain lost. later, trump was scheduled to visit minnesota, michigan, pennsylvania, and virginia. he told supporters earlier today, he's "the outsider." >> if she ever got into the oval office, hillary and her special interests would rob our country blind-- that's what she's been doing. >> stewart: we're going to check in on both campaigns, and we begin in cleveland, ohio, where" the newshour's" john yang is following the clinton campaign. >> that's right, as they flew here from philadelphia, the communications director for the campaign spoke to reporters. she said we have seen director comey's latest letter to the we're glad to see that as we-- glad to see that he has found, as we were confident that he would, that he has confirmed that the conclusions that he reached in july, and we're glad that this mat certificate resolved. we're told that the fbi went through the emails that they found on anthony weiner's lap dop found that most of the e
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Feb 5, 2017 5:30pm PST
george w. bush appointee, applies nationwide and has stopped customs and border control agents from refusing admittance to immigrants and refugees with proper visas. it has also cleared the way for visa holders to board flights from overseas bound for the u.s. iraqi fuad sharef, who worked for a u-s contractor in iraq, took off from istanbul, turkey, today, with his wife and three children, en route to nashville. >> yeah, we are very excited. we are very happy. we are...finally, we have been cleared. we are allowed to enter the united states. >> sreenivasan: with the ban blocked, cleared citizens from the affected countries have begun arriving at u.s. airports. hundreds of protestors of the immigration ban gathered this weekend outside president trump's home in palm beach, florida, where he and the first lady are spending the weekend. in interviews on four networks today, vice president mike pence said the administration disagrees with the ninth circuit appeals court and will pursue appeals in other venues. >> president trump's made it clear that our administration is going to put t
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Apr 29, 2017 5:30pm PDT
. ronald regan's tax cuts were well on the way through the legislative process. and george w. bush's tax cuts and education plans were as well. i think they would have been better on historical grounds to say, look, we're not playing this media game. it's a ridiculous measurement. come back to us in a few months and see where we are." >> given your skepticism of what the first 100 days tell us what, have we learned? >> i think there are two things. in economic terms the idea that trump was going to be a populist president has to be cleared off the board. he said during the campaign, there are going to be higher taxes on the rich. it will hurt me. every proposal in that one-page set of bullet points, points the other way. what remains of populist approach is his attitude towards trade, those wicked foreign countries eating our lunch, and on immigration. but on economic grounds, this is a classic conservative republican presidency. the other thing i think we can see is the idea that trump was going to radically change how he decides is also, i think, a nonstarter. this is a unique presiden
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Sep 10, 2016 5:30pm PDT
conspiracy to carry out attacks on new york city landmarks like the george washington bridge and the united nations headquarters. >> i think the most memorable, historically significant thing about it for me is the degree to which it indicated what was coming. >> reporter: michael mukasey was the judge who presided over the trial and used his discretion to sentence abdel rahman to life behind bars. >> it was not a great ordeal or a tough call. >> reporter: but mukasey worries the public disclosure of evidence at that trial aided america's enemies. >> the government was required to serve a list of unindicted co-conspirators that it knew about, and they did. one name on that list was osama bin laden. very few people had ever heard of him at the time. we later found out that within ten days or two weeks after that letter was served on the defendants, it had found its way to khartoum, where bin laden was then living, and so that he was aware not only that the government knew about him but also who else the government knew about. >> reporter: after bin laden soldiers truck-bombed u.s.
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Aug 26, 2017 5:30pm PDT
administration of george w. bush. the pardon was unusual in that arpaio had yet to be sentenced and had not expressed any remorse for his crime, nor was any pardon application submitted for justice department review. this is the first pardon by president trump, and it comes much earlier into his time in office than the first pardons by previous presidents barack obama or george w. bush. some arizona republicans, including a former governor, applauded the pardon, while others like senator john mccain said the pardon "undermines" mr. trump's claim "for the respect of the rule of law." democratic senate leader chuck schumer denounced the pardon, saying arpaio "systematically" targeted latinos, which schumer called the "definition of racism and bigotry." another controversial, senior white house staffer has been fired. sebastian gorka worked on national security issues, but many critics had questioned his expertise and credentials. he appeared frequently on tv to defend mr. trump's policies, particularly on immigration. gorka had been allied with top trump strategist steve bannon, who was fired
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Oct 21, 2017 5:30pm PDT
a national emergency declaration by president george w. bush following 9/11. the air force, which is active in combat operations against isis overseas, currently has a shortage of 1,500 pilots. a pentagon spokesman says the call up could be spread out over three years. more than a month after hurricane maria left the u.s. territory of puerto rico in tatters, 83% of residents, or three million americans, still have no electricity. 35%, or more than one million people, have no reliable drinking water. two-thirds of puerto rico residents now have phone service. more than 4,000 people are still living in shelters. in the u.s. virgin islands, utility officials say power will finally be restored on st. john next week, while a quarter of customers on st. thomas have electricity. tonight's hurricane relief benefit concert in texas will bring together all five former american presidents. the concert will raise money for efforts in puerto rico, the virgin islands, texas, and florida. both bushes, bill clinton, barack obama, and jimmy carter will attend the event at texas a&m university. the
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Mar 14, 2015 5:30pm PDT
ollivant, former national security council director for iraq during the presidencies of george w. bush and barack obama. he is a senior national security fellow at the new america foundation and a partner at mantid international. so first, why the pause in fighting? >> well we're not sure. that's a single-source report. we're not confident that is what's happening. although knowing what's going on in the fog of battle is often difficult. what we do know is the battle has been going fairly successfully. it's possible they've taken a pause to call for more reinforcements. but in general they've opinion pushing through the city of tikrit, and we do expect them to control it in days to, you know a week or 10 days at the outside. >> sreenivasan: you know, i referenced a comment from army general martin dempsey, he said this week any fight against isis is a positive thing but he worried: >> that's a legitimate concern. the good news today is that the initial indications are good. we have a front page story in the "wall street journal" today about the sunni residents around tikrit being overj
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May 30, 2015 5:30pm PDT
. it all started when i saw the 1943 film "girl crazy", with music by george and ira gershwin. i loved the songs in that film so much i wrote a fan letter to ira gershwin. he answered me and we became "pen pals" for several years. through ira i met johnny green the longtime head of the mgm music department winner of 5 academy awards and the compo
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