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welcome to our viewers innd america and arhe globe. it is the day after the fourth of july, but there are still fireworks coming out of the white hothe. the head oepa, scott pruitt, steps down. his resignation follows a series of scandals that have dogged his tenure. president trump announced it in his usual fashion, by tweet, saying "i have accepted the resignation of sco pruitt. within the agency, scott has done an outstanding job ani will always be thankful to him for this." he has been the subject of numerous stories which have called into question his conduct. for more on this most recent shakeup, i am joined by the north america reporter. starting with you, this has been going on for a long time. why has he decided to resign
now? >> i think you was pushed to the white ntuse. 12 diffenvestigations were in the tipping point. there was a w york times story that the firing of an aid he disagreed about meetings wanted deleted from .e public reco it was an accumulation of scandal after scandal, and the white house tolerated it as they liked the policies he was implementing at the epa, but this was presidents this vision he said this was enough. jane: there is no mention of any of the scandals in his resignation letter. expecldthat from do trump. he will focus on the positive. there is a lot ofo onservatives ought he was doing a good job. he was trimming regulations and essent power of the agency that many, including pruitt when he was in oklahoma, objected to. increasingly, pruitt was getting
bogged down by scandals. it was taking time to rebut the investigation. congress, the inspector general, officeent accountability inquiry, thosey were taking a has power to do what they hired him to do. eventually, it reached apo tippg t. jane: why had he enjoyed the presidents confit dents -- confidence or so long? >> when you talk to energy lobbyists around the countot, they love pruitt. there was when i was emailing with who wanted to fight to keep him in there. they rolled their eyes at these ethical lapses. yet blind spots all over the place, trying to get his wife a misuse of taxpayer money. but i think if you talk on policy, lots of conservatives were very happy because they
were gutting environmental regulations across the country and ifou are an oil or coal lobbyist, that was good policy. at is what they wanted to see. his departure, will we see any changto the policy? >> andrew wheeler, who was confirmed to be taking over, i don't think he is going to change anything. he was aoal industry lobbyist before taking this position. he has experience within the epa . he served under george w. bush. at least he knttle more about the bureaucratic politics involved and how things work. he may actually be more effect of in -- effective in shaping then scott pruitt. advocates say scott pruitt was smart and effective, but he butted heads constantly with the career employees of the epa. jane: what do you think are the chances of a confirmation
hearing at this point? >> i think it is unlikely right now. the president is going to try to positionin an acting through the midterm elections. you will have a supreme court fight likely nois fall with a nee coming next week, and a new agency had. especially the environmental protection agency, that would be a polarizing debate. i don't think the white house wants to have it. i think emma kratz will push and say to me you need to t somebody in front of the senate th is confirm-able. i think it will be a months long process. we don't even have a head of veterans affair. this will get more and more tolitical the closer we ge november. there will be some pressure. andrew wheeler said he doesn't want the job. it will be interesting to see if he is in the mix or if trump goes outside and tries to pull another outsider into his
cabinet. this is going to heighten the polarization in washington, make it a really long summer because remember, this is a busy time ahead. to ask you about the tone of the resignation letter. unrelenting attacks are unprecented and have taken a toll on all of us. what you make of that? he is not admitting anything. >> i am not surprised. he is fashioning himself as pbeingsecuted. he was confronted in a restaurant having dinner, like several t othmp officials have been, on his personal time. the allegations weighed on him. will't think he acknowledge this because he sees a -- himself as being in the right. i think he wants to run for office. you will see him going back to
oklahoma trying to run for the senate or the governor. he has ambitions to be president. this puts a damper on it, but i don't think this is the last of scott pruitt because this letter and his commentanhave been de jane: thank you for joining me. police say a british couple is in critical condition and were exposed to a nerve agent. at happened when they touched a contaminated item. it is t same nerve agent used in march to attack sergei s kripal and his daughter. a>> this is durgis and store and sells very, seen on ccp buying drinks. inhours later, she was intensive care. she and charlie fell ill within hours of each other, and they remain critical in hospital. like all their family members, charlie's brother is hoping her -- hoping for positive news.
>> h i love him to bits.er. i don't want anythg to happen to him. yet, it has. how would you deal with that? it is heartbreaking. >> the couple became contaminated when they handled the poison, according tola sc yard, which is heading the investigation. counterterrorism officers are working with the local forces.ro four months on the skripal poisoning, police are once again trying to reassure the public. >> our top priority now and always will be the saf everybody across the community. to that end, people in ensbury and salisbury will see an increase in the number of police officers and resources available. >> charlie wast a church social on saturday in the hours before he collapsed.
>>hey looked a bit out of sorts. you could sense there was something not right. one woul possibly alcohol.as we don't know for sure. >> this footage shows him being taken to the hospital. dawn sturgis had already been admitted. a friend describes this. >> she is a happy, caring, loving person. she looks after everyone, really. i could sit here and talk, and her and charlie are potentially fighting for tir lives. >> a number of locations where its believed the couple we before they collapsed are cordoned off. they fell ill hours apart at charlie's flat. also closed is a center near and a local branch of boots, the chemist. inis sry, a hostel, john baker house, and the queen elizabeth gardens have been closed.
the gardens are close to a shopping center, and a bench where the skripals were found collapsed. the skripal home is nearby. the medical team that paeated the sk are fighting to treat the new victims. this is an expanding police onvestigation. the biggest quesare, where and how were the couple poisoned? jane: i discussed this case with a former cia agent based in russia. thanks for coming in. the police say they are keeping anpen mind, but what is the likelihood these instances are linked? >> it is highly likely they are linked. i would suspect this is tied to attack and perhaps the assassin, if that is what it was, discarded the material and
somebody came across it, which is unfortunate. jane: four months apart. ivw does this stuff stay a for so long? x one of the men involved in making it moved to the states and i saw some interviews with him. stuff.owerful it was meant to be weaponize din the cold w, to be able to ght nato. riearly, this is not run-of-the-mill ma. it is a nerve agent that is incredibly powerful. >> why would the russians use it? theret m be easier ways to carry out anti assassi. >> that is what we don't know. it is either some sort of signal to somebodyh, whether to r russians in london to keep mouths closed internal signal to peoplen arod puat if you oppose the government or betray the government in some way, you will get yours. it is not clear to me why, exactly. think the second
incident complicates our helps the investigation into the original attack? >> my guess will be it will help, in the sense that it should be easier to find the material now, where it was discarded, and piece together what may have happened on that werewhen the skripals attacked. it will hurt in the propaganda battle. the russians are in the denial stage, putting out information because the world cup is going on. they are saying these people haveti no conn. diplomatically and politically, it may be harder but in terms of trying to figure up what happened, it will help. jane: do you think the second incident should prompt some kind of additional action against russia? >> i would think so. in some ways, if this was a professional assassination attempt, it is unacceptable. if it was done in such sloppy way that a number of other
people that weren't targeted die western governments have to take that seriously and respond in some fashion. jane: how worried should people be? >> that is hard to say. i feel for the people around salisbury, tourists who might go there, because they will worry for the most part, average people shouldn't th worried, but doesn't mean it is acceptable. jane: thanks, john. >> my pleasure. jane: a quick look at the day's other news. nearly 50 people are missing after a boat and a yacht capsiz off the shore of thailand. 80 people have been rescued so far, but their efforts are being hampered by strong winds and waves. the health and human services secretary
estimates thousands of children have been separated from their families. this includes 100 children under the age of five. it is a higher number than that number released by t do.rnment a fews authorities in thailand are trying to decide how to rescue 12r boys and thotball coach who have been trapped in a eyooded cave for almost two weeks. re trying to pump as much as her as they can before it rains. jonathan has the latest. y >> how long will thestay down ere? the boys are now getting care and food, but the authorities are debating whether to risk bringing them out quickly or waiting, possibly for months. dozens of volunteers are helping the vy divers. this is an exhausting and sometimes dangerous operation. this television actor is one of
them. water is the main obstacle, he says. if we can get the water level down, the boys can be brought out. but while a massive pumping effort is reducing it in t first section, it is having less effect deeper in, where the boys are trapped. t so thei army has been taking equipment to the other end of the mountains to try to lower the water table closer to their ocation. they have a numberideas they want to try. their first effort haseen to divert the stream which feeds the underground pools. we followed them up. along pipes laid in the past few days. this creek has dried up. a week ago, itas filled with water. this project, with all these pipes, is definitely having an
impact. higher up, we were shown the newly d bui. work like this is going on all over these mountains. no one is sure yet how much ther can ing down the water that is t bloche boys'escape orth whether ey will win the battle against the imminent monsoon rain. they just know that they have to try. jonathan head, bbc news, thailand. jane: in southern syria, government forces are continuing to push ahead as they try to recapture territory from the rebels. thing has forced up to 325 thousand civilns from their homes according to the u.n. refugee agency. it is one of the last rebel ldstrongin syria.
our middle east editor has been back to eastern gh out what happened to the people who livedhahere. >> timpassed. seven dark years. the war is not over, but it is changing. in thepring, the regime won the battle of damascus, smashing the last rebel enclaves. for the war weary, it is kind of peace. the great suits in the old city survived and -- unlike the suburbs, where the fights for damascus was lost and one. this is the last major rebel enclave to fall. even the graveyard is in ruins,i by shells. the firepower of the syrian army and its russian allies was. overwhelming the heavy guns have been moved to other battlefields. no one shoots now when you walk past the empty ruins.
life never stopped her now, they can live it in the sun. whenhe war was being fought, they retreated underground into cellars and tunnels. they were built to last by skilled enneers. the regimes as prisoners of the rebels were forced to do the diing. some tunnels are wide enough for vehicles. one area used as a carpark was burnt out in the last thys of siege. in this section, the system goes down four levels in deep concrete basements. there are jail cells and closeco by, thand center for the dominant rebel group.n the commanderse bunker thought they were going to win,
and for a while, it looked as though it might happen. in 2015, the russians intervened and since then, everything has changed. present assad and his generals, who were ostracized by the western world, by the saudis and others, are now ttting closervictory. guns quiet, grandparents were checking their home for the first time in six ars. it was even worse than thisug couple t. it wasn't just their flat or the block. the entire neighborhood was gone. around 12 million pe, half syria's prewar population, have fled their homes. >> it has happened to everyone,
not just us. we have lost everything we have ever worked for. the apartment was all we had. >> it is god's will. god protects the sdiers and the president. everything is much better now. >> thousands of people, someor -- from the losing side, are in camps without even ruins tosi th some of e men said this camp was a prison because they are not allowed out to work. people were desperate to talk despite our usual military and civilian minders. they were frantiabout the 100 men who were taken away six days earlier. >> we arrived at this place 20 minutes ago and there are lines of people queuing up to tell their stories. stories about family members going missing,en being taken, women being very worried about
the state they may be in now. >> we are here under an international guarantee. they say the young men are fine. but where are they? we need to know. we came out of one crisisot to land in r. >> one mother claimed her 15-year-old son and husband had eden taken. the authorities dehat and said the missing men included killers and others on the run from army service. >> they took my son, left his wife and child and me. we want bashar al-assad to give our young men amnesty. mail was killed in when he was 21. his father says he forgives his killers. this bereaved father says only forgiveness will heal syria but
he accepts some in the camps fear the state. o i understand the famili the young men who were taken to detention centers to fix their problems are scared because of the human rights people. they are putting pressure on the syrian government, like the chemical weapons. >> the war blew through douma for six years. it has moved on while the president and his allies deal with their remaining enemiesdo uma is one fragment of theec wrge of syria. it might be too late to put this country back together. jeremy bowen, bbc news, damascus. jane: a conflict with consequees that will be felt
for many years to come. for millions of americans, a new nedlix series can lead to g old-fashioned binge watching. viewers in india are getting a chance to see original series. sacred games combines crimes and passion. two of the key ingredients for any successful run. the market in india is competitive. will the new program help make a breakthrough? it is not uncommon to seebo llywood stars on the red carpet. but this is a premier that is different. sacred gamess the first series made by netflix in india. adapted from a critically acclaimed novel to make to set -- it is set in the da underbelly of mumbai, where politics and crime come together. it was announced in india as it works to make a dent in a promising but competitive
market >> we are commissioning more shows and films in india relative to the time we have been in market than any other territory outside the u.s. >> netflix is facing fierce competition. homegrown apps like hot star are dominating the market. amazon prime, which entered the market last year, has more customers than netflix. o muit comes down to price. the cheapest package offered by netflix is more than double that in hot stars. the video streamg market in india is valued at $300 million and that is expected to more than double by 20 22. sohe battle to sign up new customers will only keep going. jane: it is amazing how mh our
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening. i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight: scott pruitt is out. the environmental protection chief resigns after a cascade of allegations about his ethical conduct. euen, as the u.s. government says it plans tote families, meeting the imposed court deadline, lawsuits over the mistreatment of children in custody. and, "behind rebel lines," in yemen. just who are the rebels, and whe are embers of congress so concerned about the war? >> in fact, this war i unauthorized, and it is in fact unconstitutional. >> woodruff: all that and more,t on tonig's pbs newshour.