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♪ [applause] jane is bbc world news america. from washington, i am jane o'l'brien. the are down to the wire in brussels. with 8 days to go, a delay to brexit may be on the table but there is a short if attached.ll >> the bill ive parliament time to consider the results of the referendum. jane: new zealand is banning assault rifles in the wake of attacks on two mosques in chrichurch. she has taken american politics by storm, but can alexandria ocasio-cortez turn enthusiasm in action? ♪
jane: welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. it looks like it's going to be a long night in brussels. there has beenalks of an extension to the march 31 deadline but only if the prime mch 29 deadline, but only if the prime minister can get her plan through parliament. the bbc's political editor laura kingsburg starts our coverage. laura: this could have been her last lap of the red carpet, the final summit before next week's planned goodbye. instead, theresa may appeared to ask for a pause to delay. p.m. may: a short extension would give parliament time to
make a final choice that delivers on the results of the referendum. >> what if it fails? p.m. may: what matters is that we recognize that brexit is the decision of the british people. need to deliver on that we are nearly three ars on from the original vote. laura: it sounds so e mple. the prnister asking for just a little bit more time but it is anything but. she is struggling with disbelief here and frustration and resentment at home. not her. eu's call, if mp's say yes to the deal, might be fine. but rely on that? not yet. >> [inaudible] >> we can discuss an extensionif t is a technical extension in case of a yes vote on the negotiation -- agreement we negotiated during two years.
in case of a no vote, directly,d it will everybody to a no deal option. >> we have the speaker saying he doesn't want a new vote, young claude juncker saying he doesn't junckerjean claude saying he doesn't want a new deal. we are trying to find a solution. >> it's not her mistake that we are where we are. too many people have played party politics on this issue.op my his that the u.k. parliament will do the sensible thing and vote yes. >> there is huge resistance to the deal that has been voted down twice. for those who want a referendum and those in brussels. some of theupport that was there for the deal is now slipping away.
>> there are those who moved opposition to a vote for the deal, who are now saying everything is back on the tablet the sin has changed. the prime minister has asked for a delay. many of us do not want a delay. we went to keep rer word. >> tas outrage after the prime minister pointed the finger at parliament. >>setting those she needs on side. ll of you are doing your best. this should not be and will not prove to be a matter of any controversy whatsoever. >> there is no escape from the controversy. brexit is ofhe greatest importance and the greatest sources of division. for the labour leaders too, a shadow division. >> we are looking for alternatives and to build a majority in parliament that can agree on a future constructed -- constructive economic relationship with the european unn. we have been discussing how this
could come about and we have been trying to reach outere. aslaura: er than it sounds. after three years this, the prime minister finally looks like she is among friends, but the scale of the political challenge is a clear and urgent foe. jane: a brief time ago i spoke with amanda slope, senior fellow at the brookings .institution. . as the leaders debate this extension, what are they most >> they are most concerned about the fact that there is still no clarity how theresa may will get a deal through parliament. the initial expectation going into today's meeting is that there would be a short, technical extension. contingent on her getting the deal through parliament next atek. given the reality t is unlikely for her to get the deal through parliament, leaders don't want an emergency
summit next week to work out another delay before the deadline, which is why they are looking at the possibility of a longer extension into may. jane: what would that do? amanda: it would essentially kick the cliff edge from march 29 to may. would provide more time for theresa may to get her vote through parliament, but there it no majin parliament for any form of deal. once you remove the cliff edge, it removes some of the immediate urgency to ratify a deal. m jane: so withoority, the deal can't go through. what happens then? is it ju brexit on march 29? amanda: i think it is unlikely we will see a hard brexit on march as. parliamentast a symbolic vote saying they don't support
that. i don't think eu leaders want that. i think there will be some sort of extension, but it doesn't mean we won'be in the same position several weeks from now with no deal. one possibility is it cod allow some time to have a more managed hard exit? >> how much is her job tied toe tcome of next week's vote? s assuming taker allows a vote. amanda: i think it is likely that the speaker would allow the vote to happen. he is not looking to obstruct the will of parliament and could make the argument that, given these conversations this week, there would be some change in circumstances. even if there isn't a specific change in the deal.ly we are also lio see more amendments being introduced by individual members of parliament. calling for more indic votes or a more confirmatory referendum.
saying we will pass may's deal if it can go to referendum. there is also questions about may's future. nce won a vote of no-confi from her party in december. they cannot challenge her for another year, but there could be pressure from within her cabinet and the opsition leader could call a vote of no-confidence in her government. jane: amanda, thank you for joining me. . new zealand will ban all types of semiautomatic weapons and assault rifles folwing the attacks on two mosques in christchurch. the prime minister me the announcement less than a week after 50 people were killed and many more injured. ecthe suis thought to have modified his weapons to hold more bullets. from christchurch, rupert hayes reports. rupert new zealand's prime : minister moved swiftly and decisivelyo outlaw the types of weapons used to slaughter 50 muslim worshipers in christchurch.
>> the guns used in this distinguishingad atures, first the capacity and the delivery. they had the capacity to shoot azntinuously, they also had large capacity mes. rupert: this official showed me how the current new zen laws allowed the christchurch killer to acquire llapons that ki so many people. >> the same basic firearm without the freestanding pistol grip with a small capacity magazine, this is a 5-round, is classed as a standard firearm. by fitting a high-capacity magazine to this firearm, have created a weapon or a rifle that can have a 20-round or 30-round magazine. rupert: that is with the shooter
did?gh he bone of these and put it in one of these? >> exactly.ch he purased or procured from somewhere a high-capacity magazine and fitted it illegally to a standard category firearm. rupert: this is one of the legally purchased guns used in the christchurch attack, and the highheapacity magazines that t killer purchased separately. on his farm north of the new zealand capital in wellington, john hart saw those pictures and made an immediate decision. >>he weapon i have will be taken out of circulation until it is destroyed. >> for me, it is not about demonizing the legal gunowners. they may feel threatened by this. itout removing a class of weapon that could enable this to happen again. that i something we have to come together as a country about. back in his gun shop, wayne chapman accepts that change is cong.
hope in the shooting community is that people who understand fearms and are involved in the community are involved in the discussion. rupert: unlike in the united states, wayne says new zealanders see gun ownership as a privilege and noa right. when the new law passes, he will hand in any of his weapons that do not comply. jane: let's havek a l the day's other news. more than 70 people died in iraq ask about worst transport accident in decades. the ferry was pack with families celebrate in the kurdish new year. brazil,er president of michel temer, has been arrested on charges of corruption.
mr. temer denies anyrongdoing. now to politics in the u.s.. setident trump appears to again foreign by tweeting. after 52 years, it is time for america to recognize israel as a israe golan heights. over that is being seen as a win for benjamin netanyahu, who is facing a tough reelection and will be at the white house next week. molarre on that and the investigation, i spoke a brief time ago with ron christie, former advisor to george w. bush. how should the policy tweets be viewed? very often either the president or someone in his administration has to walk them back. ron: i think these are very aspirational tweet. this is what he would like the
policy to be but we are banned by the united nations. is runs afoul of the u.n. resolution that. has been pass yes, israel anexxed the south after the war and have taken it since 1981 but the united statee ha careful not to tread on this.m if i'adimir putin, i might say, if israel gets the golan heights, i have the go-ahead to take crimea. if i'm netanyahu, i might say that the president of the united states has switched after 52 years of policy and is giving me a shot in the arm from a polical standpoint. for e israeli prime minister he is loing at this as a fait a compli. the united states congress will be hearing on this issue shortly. jane: mr. trump said yesterday that he doesn't care if the mueller investigation is made public. what could he do to stop it?
ron: the president of the united states has the ability to exert executive privile. in other words, there are privileged communications between him and his aides to develop policy. he could look at the mueller report and say, this is confidential, this is privileged. therefore, i will redact that. the mueller report could come out, but if the president cides to exert privilege, he could black the whole thing out. jane: the political consequences would be outrageous? ron: huge. saw this in the supreme court with richard nixon when he tried to exert executive privilege, and that got many in congress tm sabe impeachment is the right thing to do because the president is tbeing to hide
hind executive privilege. jane: what can we expect when the report comes out? ron: after spending two years and several million dollars, robert mueller will be looking at ways to say that the trump administration and or its closest associates have come clwee to russia. don't know the extent. it will give congress the opportunity to look further. this could put a cloud over the administration heading into the president's reelection bid. if i'm donald trump, i anticipate it is not going to be good news. jane: more than 70 people have -- jane: stillco to on tonight-esque above program, it is all the news that is fit to print but sometimes stories in the new york times need legal help. we will talk to the man who makes it happen. almost a week after the tropical cyclone swept through southern
africa, a few -- rescue teams are still struggling to meet -- to reach survivors. s hundreds of thousa the region are in need of urgent fo assistance. . in mozambique, it covered 3000 square kilometers. hundreds of thousands argein need of ur food assistance. they have now launched an appeal to get to those mon in need. >>ery community that we pass, we see the same --desperate families searching for the missing. >> i'm not even sure if anything will come out of this. i didn't want to me back again today but my heart is sore. i had to come back to or him. >> in another place, we found this fathelooking for his two children. he was looking for them with his bare hands. >> i am about to cry. even finng them dead is better
so that i can bury them nicely. my heart is failing and my eyes are full of tears. >> in this part, you can see the full extent of the devastation and it stretches for mil. the people tell me that on friday night, there was a deadl mixtur rain, wind and granite boulders that came raining down on the homes taking away their loved ones. one search party has found the remains of a child. many more remain buried under the boulders. a small road has been opened so equipment can get into the area. some othe people say that they want food and water. above all, they want to find the
missing. bylineou won't see his on the front page of the new york times,. t he is the secret weapon behind every story. david mcgraw arguefor access to government secrets through es forurt, checks arti liable, and receives email from people who might not like what they read. he has released a new memoir called truth in our times, and he joined me earlier to discuss freedom of press during the trump era. david, thank you for joining mee as a l what is the biggest threat to the press? david: there are a lot. we could talk about security ors how the ent ranting about how to change the liable laws or press conferences turned into reality tv. rue thing i focus on in the book is this constanteat of fake news and enemies of the people. i think that is an attempt to delegitimize the press. it doesn' matter how free the
it is not believed, it can't move public opinion. interestingly enough, the trump effect has forced me into the type of role we are doing todaye to speak about issues, to start a public conversation. it is not so much about changing the law. i don't think the law will change. i just think that it is so welre established the first amendment. i am ccerned about this idea that fake news is actually working. sounds like the search for truth but it is the opposite, it is an imitation to label and dismiss. t we need a public t kidiscerning, that is asng hard questions, that is going to look at a lot of sources. that is what i am here to advocateho for. janedo you do that when the majority of americans don't read a newspaper? david: it begins much earlier.
somebody wrote me a note saying why aren't you g a young adult book? i am barely able to write an adult book, but she isight, education is crucial. continuing to talk about fake news is crucial for journalists. for those of us on the corporate and legal side, we have to be talking to amany people as we can about it. there isn't going to be an easy solution. getting to this problem took a long time. jane: you have had to face challenges from the president himself. what is that like? do you get intimidated? david i am fortunate to work for : a company who has taken the position that we are notlioing to settll cases for money in the united states. i don't have to worry about spending too much or should we settle or back down. that gives me courage to keep going. at the same time, most of the people who write to me are notot
big who are trying to intimidate. they are people who have whatey hink is a legitimate beef with the press. i should hear them out. if we have got something wrong, we should correct it.pe the really believes in that and that is what we do. when it looks to me as a matter of intimidatg, we have to respond in kind. jane: thank you for joining me. she is often seen as a hero for ise left and a villain to the right but one thinor sure, alexandria ocasio-cortez has made an impression on american politics. the 29-year-d was elected in a democratic wave that ushered in a number of female freshmen. her social media following is the envy of most celebrities, but with that fame comes scrutiny. charlotte sat down with the congresswoman for a wide-ranging interview for this week ask
about cover story and i spoke to her short time ago. charlotte, thank you for joining me. you describe her as the wonder woman of the left and the wicked witch of the right. how does she see herself? charlotte: i think that she sees herself as a 29-year-old woman doing her best to do a good b. this is her first big, high-stakes job. she is trying to do best by her constituents. shelf thinks of hers a humanist trying to get it done. jane: she is also responsible for pulling her party to the left how much of a liability is her y?me for the democratic pa charlotte: what people forget when they talk about this is she isn't the president, she's not running for president, she isn't the speaker of the houe has no official leadership position in her party. she just has a rhetorically powerful position. she is essentially an activist with a congressional pin.
she is pulling her colleagues to the left by expanding the parameters of debate, by intrucing bold ideas that th have to sign onto or explain why they haven't. some of her colleagues are nervous about a imary challenge from the left, which some of her allies may csider doing, though she has tried to distance herself, but it also not very hard foher moderate or conservative colleagues to go back to their constituents and say,e listen,e both members of congress, i don't take orders from her, i work for you.ja : it is an interesting you say that she represents the point. politics of the possible, not the practical. how much change can she make? charlotte: this is a great question. the answer depends on the tiframe. in the next two years, is there going to be medicarell and
a green new deal? no. that isn't going to happen with republicans in control of the white house and the senate. if you look at her ide on a 10 year timeframe, it is possible that democrats might see some serious traction on those issues. this is what i mean by she is re of an activist than a statesman and i don't mean that in a pejorative way. she is focused on expanding the realm of possibility, not necessarily on working within what is politically possible in this exact moment. jane: thank you for joining me. charlotte: thank you for joining me. jane: she is a real conundrum for the dcaocratic party. she harness all of that energy? to see what we are working on at any time, check us out on
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening. i'm judy w ndruff. on tshour tonight: president trump signs an executive order tying universityesearch grants to campus free speech protections. th, a shift in decades of american policy in the middle east. the president says the u.s. will recognize israeli sovereignty overhe golan heights, one of the world's most disputed territories. plus, a culinary guide to the persian new year. an iranian chef on how food can help usher in spring >> for the last 35 years, i cooked outside of iran. but i had this fantastic dre to go back to iran. i want to cook with the cooks.nt i wao