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welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. both political parties in the u.s. have high-profile members facing allegations of sexual misconduct tonight. a broadcaster has accused democratic senator al franken of groping her in 2006. meanwhile, in alabama, republican senate candidate roy moore faces new allegations of inappropriate conduct with teenage girls. moore says he won't drop out of the race, and at a press conference earlier today, he blamed the senate's top republicans for meddling in the election. roy moore: many of you have recognized that this is an effort by mitch mcconnell and his cronies to steal this election from the people of alabama, and they will not stand for it. they overcame $30 million and voted me in the primary, and now they are trying a different tactic.
laura: roy moore there. for the latest, i spoke a short time ago to our correspondent rajini vaidyanathan, who is in birmingham, alabama. we saw a very defiant roy moore there tonight at the press conference. but nine women have now made accusations against him. is he even answering the latest allegations? rajini: well, at that news conference, he emphatically denied the allegations, and as you say, he was very defiant. now, it wasn't really a news conference. it was actually a meeting of faith leaders, and he was preceded by a number of different pastors and other people from churches who were singing roy moore's raises, saying he had been framed, and discrediting what the women had said. when roy moore finally took to the stage, not only did he deny the allegations, but he also said there is no way he is quitting this race.
he said, "i will quit standing when they put me in a box and lay me in the ground." and then when it came to the opportunity for reporters to ask questions, no one wanted to ask about anything but the allegations, so his spokesperson said, well, he is not going to ask anything unless you ask about the issues in the election. of course, laura, this has become the issue. laura: you have been speaking to the voters of alabama. what impact is all of this having on the race that should be an easy win for the republicans? rajini: yes, this is solid red territory, a safe republican seat. what is interesting is not too long ago we heard that the republican alabama steering committee has issued a statement endorsing roy moore, so they are still very much backing his candidacy here locally. that puts them at odds with the republican leadership in washington, d.c. as for voters, i was in
montgomery yesterday and the day before and i spoke to republican voters there. all of them i spoke to there were very much behind roy moore. they said they did not believe what the women were saying and question why it had taken so long for them to come forward with the allegations, and believe this is all part of a democratic conspiracy to undermine his candidacy. but here in birmingham, alabama, all the republicans i spoke to, more than half a dozen, say they -- all the republicans i spoke to bar 2, more than half a dozen, say they are considering whether they would vote for roy moore in months election, and they believe he should step aside. perhaps the tide is turning somewhat now as more women have come forward with these accusations. but it is worth remembering here there are a lot of conservative evangelical voters who are squarely behind roy moore on issues like abortion. and so they will still turn out for him, and so i wouldn't rule out his chances of winning just yet. laura: rajini, thank you for joining us from alabama.
and on the other side of the political aisle, democratic senator al franken was forced to apologize today after a broadcaster accused him of unwanted sexual advances. leeann tweeden claims the former comedian turned senator groped her as she slept and forcibly kissed her while they were on a tour to entertain u.s. troops overseas. she released this photo taken in 2006, before he entered politics. i was joined by reid wilson of "the hill." al franken has apologized for his behavior, but can he survive an ethics investigation? reid: it is an open question whether he can survive in the long-term. his initial apology was very weak and it did not address the issue. even fellow democrats jumped on the statement and said it was not enough. he had to do more. he came out later and called for an ethics investigation into himself, not something i've seen a sitting u.s. senator do.
but that tells you about the gravity of the moment and the fact that when these allegations come up in this day and age, they will be dealt with swiftly and severely. laura: so you talk about the gravity of the moment. here in washington, congress has been a last bastion -- i remember when i was an intern use ago, it was referred to as the last plantation. but will we see a change in behavior amongst lawmakers in this post-harvey weinstein moment? reid: i don't think al franken will be the last lawmaker accused of something like this. there have been stories in recent days about a significant number of lawmakers themselves accusing colleagues of sexual harassment. they have not named names, but you can imagine that is not far behind. a number of state legislators around the country have taken new steps to enact stricter training regiments and reporting requirements. congress is moving towards the same thing. however, that means there are more names that will come out.
laura: right, but all of this is overshadowing what should be a big deal for republicans, the house passing its version of tax cuts. that goes to the senate. what fate will await it there? reid: there are 52 republicans in the senate now. we will see what happens with the alabama election. but because there are so few republicans in the senate and the majority is so narrow, they will have to work very hard to keep together a diverse ideological caucus, and they will have to find as many delicate balancing acts as they possibly can, which means there will be changes from what the house version looks like. the ultimate version that passes, if anything does pass congress, will look a lot more like what the senate version looked like than the house version, because the majority in the senate is so narrow. laura: but by shoving health care into the senate version, to try and release cash to pay for tax cuts, have republicans complicated their task? reid: they certainly have, and
this is one of the balancing act they will have to strike. to get some of the more conservative of votes in the senate, senators rand paul, mike lee, they will have to placate or do something that might endanger the votes of the moderates like susan collins or lisa murkowski. already one republican, ron johnson from wisconsin, has said he does not support the cuts. if they lose 2 more, they have lost the battle. laura: reid wilson, thank you for joining us. reid: thank you. laura: there is confusion tonight in zimbabwe over the .ate of robert mcgah mugabe on wednesday it seemed that the army seized power, but today mugabe was photographed shaking hands with the military chief. it is unclear if the man who has ruled for 37 years will step aside or try to cling on. the bbc's africa correspondent reports from zimbabwe. reporter: he is a frail 93-year-old under house arrest. but tonight new photos of robert mugabe do not show a broken man. far from it.
the generals may have seized power in zimbabwe, but now they want mr. mugabe's blessing. it is a surreal time for a troubled country. on the streets of the capital, we found only a few hints of the military coup, and for the most part, an anxious calm. so what is going on? in a sense, this is all about mrs. mugabe. the army intervened to hear -- the army intervened here purely to stop her from succeeding her husband as president, a dramatic move in a power struggle that is steadily intensifying as mr. mugabe has grown older. today, as convoys are spotted rushing between rival camps, his the aim is to cut a deal that sidelines grace mugabe and allows the president to step down with at least some dignity. >> mugabe needs to be persuaded to resign.
that is the obvious route to take. if one starts taking the impeachment route, trying to get the parliament to vote, this could be a long and protracted process, and the outcome could be uncertain. reporter: as the haggling continues, we head far out of harare to a poor neighborhood. judge the mood. you can really feel the sense of anticipation here. many zimbabweans are ready to celebrate the departure of the only president they have ever known. and yet, people are also very aware that politics is a dangerous business, and there's a lot of fear here. are people still scared here? >> people are very much scared. reporter: even now? >> even now. reporter: which is why you don't see celebrations? >> of course. reporter: do you think that can change? >> uh -- [laughter] yeah, it can change.
reporter: many here blame mr. mugabe personally for the struggle their lives have become. has he been bad for business? >> yes. reporter: why? >> more tourism, more jobs, more schools. reporter: but this seems little appetite for vengeance. in fact, plenty of zimbabweans still respect mr. mugabe. >> we don't blame the president. we blame the criminals surrounding him. they are the ones making the situation very bad. reporter: but back in harare, some of mugabe's oldest rivals now fear he will dig his heels in. >> in the interest of the people of zimbabwe, mr. robert mugabe must resign, step down
immediately in line with the national sentiment and expectation. reporter: and so for now, a nation waits and wonders if and when zimbabwe's smiling prisoner will accept defeat. bbc news, harare. laura: zimbabwe waiting tonight for change. saudi arabia has denied it is carrying out a blockade of the mn, where millions of people are on the brink of famine. in an interview with the bbc, the saudi foreign minister rebels for the crisis. saudi arabia has blocked access to crucial port to cut off supplies to the rebels, but the united nations has said many good diet unless they receive -- many civilians could die unless they receive medicine and food. these present reports -- leased to -- lyse doucet reports. lyse: yemen now on the brink of
a greater catastrophe. 10 days ago, all of its air and sea ports were shut tight saudi arabia, and the yuan is warning that untold thousands of innocent victims will die if aid doesn't enter now. today in riyadh, i sat down with the saudi foreign minister. the united kingdom and your other allies have called for the immediate resumption of you -- u.n. eight flights to yemen and the opening of the port. >> we have said that these measures are temporary to make sure we have mechanisms to prevent the smuggling of weapons and missiles, and within a matter of days we reopen the ports. lyse: the u.n. as a said every day is a day too long. they need the main red sea port opened immediately. >> the houthis destroyed the cranes and charge money, ransom for every ship that docks. the houthis proceeded to steal
the humanitarian assistance offloaded and fund their war machine. riyadh --war reached and the war reached riyadh november 4. houthi rebels fired this long-range listed mistral. saudi arabia -- long-range listed missile. saudi arabia called it an act of war. will enter this port until the u.n. controls it. >> what would you do if a ballistic missile hit london heathrow airport? wouldn't you take precautions to protect your people? lyse: with all do respect, the united nations says all sides theguilty here, causing deaths of civilians. but the overwhelming majority are because of the bombardment by the saudi-led coalition. hollings were in yemen this week and they saw the results of the saudi-led coalition bombardment. our more steps going to be taken to protect civilians? >> we have taken steps where
there are complaints and we make amends. this is something the houthis don't do. with all due respect to the statistics people have been throwing up, we take issue with it. we have consistently said that we take issue with the way the statistics were gathered and compile. lyse: it sounds like this is going to go on for a very long time, and with great human cost. >> we hope not. we we can't allow -- but can't allow a radical militia with links to iran to take over yemen, a strategically important country that his neighbor to saudi arabia, and launch ballistic missiles at us. this is not going to happen. we have said this from day one. lyse: from day one, yemen has in this brutal proxy war. only a political solution will end it, but every day it's people keep paying a heavy price. news, riyadh.bc
laura: so much of suffering there in yemen. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come, and i just wait for thousands of haitians living in the united states. where -- will their legal right to stay here be renewed? russia has called the world anti-doping agency's decision to maintain the country's two-year suspension unfair. oncedent putin's spokesman again denied that russia was involved in sports doping. monthsa ruling comes before the winter olympics in south korea and will test the resolve of the international olympic committee, which has resisted calls to ban russian athletes. our sports correspondent reports now. it was russia's moment to shine, but evidence of state-sponsored doping at the sochi winter olympics continues
to leave the state on the country's sporting character. russia's hopes of covering its name suffered a blow today. the world anti-doping agency thinks not enough has been done something wants access to the moscow lab suspected of being the hub of its doping operation, weres said senior figures involved in a cover-up. mainly political rather than normal procedure. i'm not sure that either of them are, but that's a different argument. but they haven't been fulfilled. reporter: but russian authorities insist they are continuing their anti-doping reforms. >> we're doing all of our best to progress among the whole of russia. intervention, education, result management. just under three
months to go until the winter games begin in south korea, russia's have are ruled out of taking part. the final decision is due in mid-december. but the international olympic committee must also make its decision, ruled that will leave a sporting superpower out in the cold. richard conway, bbc news. laura: more than 300,000 people from central america and haiti who live in the united states could lose their legal right to be here. temporary protected status, tps, is given to people after natural disasters in their home country. now those with tps are on the front line as the trump administration reforms immigration policies. for years, recipients were not sent back to unstable countries, but the program ended for those from nicaragua recently. haitians have been told the
decision on their status is coming soon. reporter: she has called new york home for seven years. after the devastating 2010 earthquake in haiti, the single mother lost everything. she started over again in the united states thanks to the tps program. for decades, it has provided short-term work permits and refuge to those fleeing after disasters or war. the policy for haiti has been extended several times, but is now under threat as the administration aims to crack down on immigration, leaving her future uncertain once more. >> crying every day. knocking your head to know what you are going to do, where you are going to go, how you are going to make it. it is not easy at all. i just keep praying and asking
god to do a miracle. reporter: new york has one of the largest haitian communities in the country. its temporary protected status is revoked for those with no other path remaining in the country, so they will have to in the shadows, and that could leave thousands of additional people here undocumented and living illegally. the program was never meant to be permanent. still, immigration attorneys are scrabbling to help their clients stay where they build new lives. >> these tps nationals have developed roots in the united states. they have had u.s. citizen-born children here. they have worked here, paid taxes, paid into social security, paid into medicare, paid into medicaid. it is very difficult to tell them that they are not welcome anymore. reporter: countries in the western hemisphere have several -- faced renewed challenges since the earthquake, including cholera and hurricanes.
the department of homeland security says that conditions have improved enough for immigrants to start planning their return. but some on capitol hill believe it still too early to go back, and have introduced a bill to help them stay. >> haiti is in extreme dire straits. it is a fragile ecosystem in terms of health care, housing, in terms of opportunity. there are 50,000 individuals, which is a drop in the bucket when you look at a nation of our size. reporter: but she says she and her son don't even have a door they can knock on back in haiti, and feel blessed with their life in america. >> i just like every day, thinks it was a good day. reporter: but she can't help but wonder how long it will last. laura: the biggest archaeological museum ever built opens next march.
it will be home to the complete contents of king tutankhamun. a is hoped that it will give much-needed boost to the egyptian tourist industry. our middle east correspondent orla guerin has more. orla: in the shadow of the pyramids, egypt is crafting a new home for the treasures of the past. the grand egyptian museum will showcase more than 100,000 artifacts. precious cargo has been arriving slowly and carefully, packed for protection against heat and vibrations. this crate holds a gilded funerary bed from the collection of king tutankhamun. over the past three years, more than 40,000 objects have been transferred here. but when the museum opens, the star attractions are going to be items like this connected with the boy king, and the entire contents of his tomb is being transported here.
>> here we have this from the tomb of tutankhamun. it is fantastic puzzle work that our colleague is doing here. orla: priceless relics are being restored in climate controlled laboratories on site. the museum director give us a sneak preview of exhibits being returned to their former glory. >> this is the way it was displayed until now, and our young, talented staff was able to rebuild these sandals and to show new details that turned them into a new attraction. orla: and there will be more than 3000 new attractions from the tutankhamun collection on show for the very first time. >> they will gain insights about the lifestyle of tutankhamun --
his footwear, his garments, his weaponry, his shields, objects that he used in daily life. one will see tutankhamun in a totally new light. orla: the artifacts here are getting the kid glove treatment, but it hasn't always been like this, not even for tutankhamun's golden death mask, damaged by maintenance staff at the museum in tahrir square. after knocking off the beard, they glued it back on crudely. it took german experts 2 months to repair it. but so far, the transfers to the new museum have gone smoothly. ancient masterpieces unveiled on camera just to prove it. egyptian officials say it is as if their ancestors are helping out and beckoning the tourists. orla guerin, bbc news, cairo. laura: definitely worth the trip
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening, i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight, house republicans pass a massive tax overhaul bill-- a look at what's in the far-reaching plan and the long process forward. then, minnesota democratic senator al franken is accused of sexually harassing a woman 11 years ago while the two were on a u.s.o. tour in the middle east. and, as president trump pushes an america first approach, what limiting foreign trade could mean for the nation's economy. >> we have the largest single economy, but we're only 330 million people, this is a world of seven billion. if you want to make something really big, really innovative like the 787, you need the entire global market you need acce