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in 1918, my grandma watched the habsburg eagles being pulled down from the buildings. in 1939, my aunt saw the nazis pulling in. in 1968, my dad stood here with his bare hands against the soviet tanks. in 1989, it was my generation's turn. steves: so you were here. tell me what happened. -in november '89, a student march headed for this square, kicked off two weeks of demonstrations. for 14 nights, this square filled with 300,000 people. each night, 300,000 people here. and on the last night, václav havel, the playwright, who would become our next president, announced from that balcony the resignation of the communist government. -wow. -suddenly, we were free. steves: and without a shot, the communist era had ended for the czech people.
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car for all to see, including snacks. laura: welcome to world is america. first the was a follow-up from two grits blocking the president's travel ban from taking effect. think in the white house budget, which laid out its priorities for the ahead and what is on the chopping block. to top it off, the senate intelligence committee said in a statement there is no indication trump towers is subject to surveillance as the current president has claimed. our north america editor followed it all for us. >> st. patrick's day is being celebrated in washington, but donald trump does not seem to be enjoying the luck of the irish
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as his problems pile up. remember his claim in a series of tweets that barack obama had tapped his own and his predecessor was sick and had? the president gave an interview in which used to buy the claim. pres. trump: wiretap covers a lot of things. i think you'll find some interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks. >> today, the senate intelligence committee flatly contradicted him. based on the information available to us, we see no indication that trump tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the united states government, either before or after election day 2016. and defend her still today ♪ >> last night in nashville, tennessee, with just hours to go before his second attempt the travel ban to come into effect, bad news. a judge in hawaii blocked the measure again in a frustrated mr. trump let rip.
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pres. trump: we're going to fight this terrible ruling. we're going to take our case as far as it needs to go, including all the way up to the supreme court. win.e going to we're going to keep our citizens safe. mainlyban from the muslim countries has strong support among the country who to the president to the rafters. the governing in america requires you to work within the checks and balances of the u.s. constitution. and there may be similar battles to come over the president's budget, which was unveiled today. her proposes a big boost in spending for the armed forces and border security, but major cuts to overseas aid and the environment and the democrats say domestic programs which help the most vulnerable. >> billions of dollars a defense affecting jobs, clean energy am a and life-saving medical research. it will leave our nation
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weekend. >> no content use donald trump of not being true to his election promises. returning an easy campaign pledge into something more concrete is turning out to be extremely difficult. his most eye-catching proposals are stuck in thick, judicial, and legislative mud. bbc news, washington. laura: from or at least of elements, i spoke every time ago with the associate editor for the hill. ,ow does he get the travel ban for the second time, been blocked by judges -- how does he get that out of the mud? >> it is a real quandary for the white house. they hope this revised travel ban, which is more narrowed and focused, would pass legal muster. we saw out of the gate before it even took effect at midnight, a judge blocking it. it is a blow to them. back to the drawing board to see how they can fight this in the courts in what avenue they
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pursue. laura: if it ultimately goes to the supreme court come is interesting the judges that ruled last night and today, they were using the administration's own words against them. >> that's right. it is not even just the text of the original travel ban, but the media reports, the white house aides out there, the advisors -- rudy giuliani, using words like muslim ban and trying to draw comparisons between the first band in the second one. those judges have used all of that peripheral commentary to really explain their decisions. laura:'if we turn to the presidents claim, that trump tower was wiretapped by president obama, that is the day we have the senate intelligence committee saying they do not seen indications. where does the president have to go now with his claim? >> we saw today the white house pushing back trying to say there are multiple examples of wiretapping. really, there's some
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equivocation here because it was very clear the president's first tweets this month he was accusing president obama of literally wiretapping trump tower. they have walked back from that claim, but they do not want to admit they were wrong. we will see where it goes from here. the house and senate panels both agree to have not seen any evidence from that. we are waiting to see any evidence from the white house. laura: what does it do to the president's political capital when he is this big push to trying get health care reform through? >> it is something that detracts away from that am a but the arguments say there is a lot of pressure on the white house with the gop policy right now for health care reform that any other distraction might be good for them because there is so much pressure. that being said, the wiretapping is not good for them now weeks down the road still tried to explain it. laura: so much going on, including the unveiling of the budget. what does that tells about the administration's priorities? is described as an america
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first budget, trying to keep closely to what the president proposed throughout the campaign. it brings a lot of deep cuts to a lot of major departments -- epa, 31% cut. 20% cut in the state department. that translates into brings up dollars they would like to see taken out of these federal agencies. at the same time, lawmakers propose their own budgets traditionally. this serves as a guidance for lawmakers. we've seen a lot of republicans y were not going this way. laura: thank you. we heard the budget proposes intercut to the environmental protection agency. once again, a on the ministrations controversial approach to climate change. we have a report from florida. >> the southern coast of florida has long been america's playground. the destination for millions of tourists each year. the waterfront home of some of the most prized real estate in the country.
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but the sunshine state has become a gorgeous front line in the fight against global warming. rising sea waters and recurring flooding risks turn i'm a beach into a modern-day atlantis, a city submerged by water. even on sunny days, if you get inundated because seasonal king tight spring the ocean to people's doorsteps. now is a construction site. as the city builds pumping stations and raises roads. miami beach is going to disappear. i don't tell that all of these people building these new houses and apartments. they don't want to hear it. they are in total denial. >> a local resident gave us a tour of the newly built flood defenses which scientists fear will be obsolete in just a few decades time. the u.s. projects water levels could rise five feet by the end of this century. but america's new commander-in-chief is a climate change denier. >> our so-called president
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thinks it is a hoax, a chinese hoax. mean, i can't believe it. i live in the middle of climate change every day. we're so affected here. how dare the leader of this great country say it doesn't exist. it is impossible. we can't be thinking this way. the people around him cannot be thinking this way. >> just up the coast is the presence luxury florida mansion mar-a-lago. because of the winter white house am a but it is also a climate change ground zero. donald trump has repeatedly rejected the science of climate change. even though it is estimated that over the coming decades, rising sea waters could inundate a quarter of his very own luxury estates. 25% of those who voted for him nationwide believe that climate change is caused by human activity.
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are going at the moment, are you happy? >> very happy. >> supporters like barbara agree 100% with the president. >> the sea level rise is so minute, you can't even count it. go to miami beach other communities, and their being flooded regularly. >> well, maybe the sand -- maybe it is sinking what the high-rises. that is just my guess. what do i know? >> you don't think it is climate change? >> no, i don't think it has anything to do with it. >> miami ranks second in terms of properties at risk of global warming. the politics of climate change in america is by no means as clear-cut as the science. florida demonstrated that you can deny its very existence and still reach the white house. bbc news, miami. laura: even the winter white
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house is at risk from rising sea levels. well, from the environment to diplomacy. rex tillerson is currently on a tour of asia. he declared 20 years of diploma failed to get north korea to scrap its nuclear program. in japan, he said a new approach in tackling pyongyang is needed. yes not specified what that might be. more from tokyo. this report does contain some flash photography. >> the sorts of international meetings between top diplomats are usually pretty -- anything interesting is only said once cameras are kicked out. but at his press conference today, rex tillerson was refreshingly blunt. in his assessment of attempts to stop north korea from getting nuclear weapons. >> i think is important to recognize the diplomatic and other efforts of the past 20 aars to ring north korea to point of denuclearization have
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failed. so we have 20 years of failed approach. >> mr. tillerson is right. 20 years ago, north korea had a handful of short range missiles and no new their weapons. today, it has a whole family of missiles including one that may be capable of hitting alaska. it has carried out five nuclear tests. it may be on because of developing another warhead to put on those missiles. the question remains, what can be done to stop them yet though -- what can be done to stop them? launchedh north korea its most advanced missile to date, capable of being fired without warning. the country's young dictator appears utterly undeterred by the threat of more sanctions. that he is ever more spectacular missile tests destabilizing the whole region. this week south korea began allowing the u.s. to deploy this, its most advanced antimissile system.
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in japan, prime minister a knows his country is equally vulnerable. he may soon be asking his u.s. ally to do the same here. blunt speaking on north korea from the new administration. in other news from around the world, suspected letter bomber has exploded at the headquarters of the international monetary fund in paris, injuring one person. anddevice was homemade deliver the regular mail. because a day after possible bomb addressed to the german finance minister was intercepted by officials. a great far left group -- greek for left group claimed responsibly. at least eight people injured in a shooting at a school in the southern french town. the attacker was armed with a rifle, handgun, and grinning, was reported to have been involved with the dispute with the headmaster. it is not being treated as a terror attack. a 17-year-old student has been arrested.
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region's prime minister theresa may has rejected a call for a second referendum on scottish independence saying now is not the time will stop scotland's minister has called for a second vote. the prime minister said the whole of the u.k. should focus on his relationship with the eu the organization conservation has agreed to donate more than 400,000 hector's atlanta chile for the creation of national parks in patagonia. christine thompkins that has ,een founded the organization said he does believe that national parks were one of the greatest expressions of democracy. tourist narrow skipper on mount edna in sicily when it unexpectedly arrested. 10 people were injured and a bbc news crew was filming at the time. molten rock shot 200 feet into the air and caused a shower of debris. is the third time in under three
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weeks that aetna has arrested. bbc science correspondent rebecca morelle was there with this report. >> i was with the bbc group filming a lava flow from a recent spate of volcanic activity. snowhe law the mixed with causing a first a small explosion -- lava mixed with snow at first causing the small explosion, then a larger one. it pelted us with rocks and boulders and steam. everyone ran trying to reach the snowmobiles. to get to safety. with cuts andleft
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burns and bruises. >> have you seen the others? >> a guide suffered a dislocated shoulder. a volcanologist with is that it was the worst incident he had experienced during his 30 year career, and that we were lucky that no one was left serious injuries. dramatict aetna's corruption, the third in three weeks. you're watching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonight's program -- congao you get when two spent from opposing parties to the open road? thanks to a snowstorm, we found out. susan did not have an easy time follow her passion for the planets. going up in kenya, the country has two astronomers and fining a telescope was honest and possible. now having achieved her dream of becoming finished on number of a susan dedicates her life to
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encouraging youngsters to reach for the stars. >> we want to expose them to science because we believe science can be used as a tool for sustainable development and we need -- that was the reason to try to get to them as young as four years and give them questioning. my name is susan murabana. i am an astronomer and do astronomy outreach. i was never really interested in astronomy, but i always loved science in school and math. it when i was doing my first degree, i joined a group of astronomers. we had basic science. i was taken back to my days in school and wished someone had come or a group head, and talked
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to me about science. so i wanted to give kids something that they missed. usedally, august had never a telescope. i did not know the night sky. i did not think people like me were interested in the night sky. i was like the lone ranger. but with time, i got to learn a lot. i got to meet people, got to study astronomy. in the last 2.5 years, we visited hundreds of schools. we were trying to reach us many schools as we can all of her kenya and other parts of the continent. laura: from sailors to socialize, with your fan or not, tattoos have left indelible mark on many cultures.
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now major exhibit in u.k. seeks to dispel the bad boy image of tattoos and reposition them as a fine art. we take a look. >> tattoos, as you know, are all the rage nowadays. there's more choice than ever. you have the geometric allover design, star wars, stormtrooper, and of course, your classic. i was pleased as punch. back in the late 1970's, he made artisticg tattooing punks. now a major museum celebrating his art form. times have changed. >> the perception has changed because there is so much fantastic artwork out there. i mean, every genre and subject is covered with tattooing now. they're so much beautiful stuff. there is not a stigma like there used to be attached to it anymore. >> is this shift in the
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perception of tattoos that the exhibition charts as well as taking on with the curators feel are common misconceptions. >> we start with dispelling myt that captain cookhs brought touching back to britain. britain people have been tattooing for hundreds of years before it we see that evidence where people were going to have an little used when going out on the 1600s. in this is one of my favorite parts of the exhibition. we're tried to challenge the idea that tattooing is gender or class-specific. it is not just people getting tattooed, but also who is tattooing as well. >> jessy night was once the target in a sharpshooting act in the circus. >> it must've been hard for her tattooing in what was predominately a man's world at the time as early as the 1920's, 19 30's, 1940's. her art is so beautiful and has a feminine quality to it. with 100ition finishes
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hands, a snapshot of what is happening in britain. i think it shows not just the diversity of styles, but the truth beauty and just equality of tattoo art now. >> not everybody will agree with that appraisal. some see them as a symbol of moral decline. in image this exhibition seeks to alter by presenting them as artistic sensibility. >> of course, mine was not a real tattoo. he said if i just rub it with -- low? will now to the roots of that reached across the political divide. went to congressman from texas will hurd and beto o'rourke had travel plans ruined by this week's blizzard, they jumped in a car together and drove 1600 miles to the nation's capital. what happened along the way was streamed live and" of following. fresh off their trip, we caught up with the pair on capitol
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hill. >> ♪ east bound and down, rolling up -- >> just days ago these the more mere acquaintances, political rivals. >> ♪ short time to get there -- >> it has resulted in a bipartisan bromance. >> part of the drama is, one, are we going to get to vote in time. we only have 36 hours. two, are we going to be a little long with each other? >> big coffee. >> they drove through the night, catching the attention of the divided nation. >> sarah, i need to sleep but i cannot turn us all. that is so funny. >> they live streamed their debate, taking questions on health care, border control, the threat of terrorism -- a townhall on wheels. >> do we define the department of education? >> no. >> there were sing-alongs. >> ♪ where the best of friends --
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>> and doughnuts. a whole lot of doughnuts. >> cheers, buddy. >> the also took the r2-d2 are -- odd detour. gates of graceland. >> when you see there's a cool urkeressman mike beto o'ro the nose a lot of interesting stuff about is a gore a fit guy like beto who likes to eat doughnuts. >> how many donuts do you do week? >> i'm not a big doughnut eater. i just like them. >> this is the high-tech map i worked on last night. >> i'm supposed to be the cybersecurity geithner we did not work the camera properly or this bigger -- and we couldn't work the camera properly or the speaker. >> ♪ >> as they raced to d.c., thousands tuned in and phoned in
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with travel advice to help them make it in time for their vote in congress. >> i'm still disappointed by the way you thought we weren't going to get there on time. >> hey, we made it. >> we have plenty of time, obviously. >> 36 hours, 30 minutes is not a lot of time. >> can his burgeoning partnership work out in washington? >> bipartisanship is not a dirty word. don't be afraid to reach and go beyond what you have always talked about or what we think about is democrat or a republican. and i think america is going to reward you for that. >> that is bipartisanship right there. god bless you, america. >> adios. >> the bipartisan bromance. may they be able to change the culture here in america. you can find much more on
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening, i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight, president trump's "hard power" budget proposal slashes funding to the e.p.a. and state department among other government agencies, while major increases go to border security and defense, a look at his efforts to restructure government spending across the board. then, the high stakes surrounding the president's revised travel ban. two federal judges freeze the new executive order hours before it was to take effect. and, while people with disabilities are still systematically sidelined for jobs, why one company is making an effort to hire more. >> as opposed to possibly a neurotypical person that may try

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