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>> stay curious. ♪ [applause] >> and now, "bbc world new" laura: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i ama laura trev a key member of the british prime minister's cabinet resigns, casting more doubt on laeresa may's brexit pand how long she can stay in her job. the bipartisan meeting in washington ends abruptly. the t esident says he won' businessith democrats until stop -- accusation stop flying. pr. trump: instead of walking in happily to a meeting, iopalk in to pele who said i was doing a cover-up. i don't do coverups. laura: i plus, tact of war
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on art. a new exhibitth explores how fighting in vietnam affected american artists of the era. laura: welcome to our viewers on public television here in america it was a tumultuous day for britain's embattled prime minister. a key member of her cabinet qu, saying she no longer belies mrs. may's approa will deliver brexit. andrea leadsom is the 21st minister to resign over brexit, and she dido on the eve of european elections. with a backlash among conservative lawmakers, speculation is rife on how much longer she can last. our political editor laura kuenssberg has theetails. laura k.: not just this morning, but for many mornings, andrea leadsom had doubts on her mindth about prime minister's version of brexit.
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ms. leadsom: i'm looking carefully at the legislation and making sure it delivers brexit. thanks very much. laura k.for this eurosceptic, a less cheery goodbye from vernment tonight. in a letter to number 10, ms. leadsom wrote, "i do not believe we will be a sovereign u.k. throseh the deal. nd referendum would be dangerousldivisive." and criticizing colleagues who had been on the other side of the debate, she said there had been a complete breakdown in collective responsibility. it was already a painful day for theresa may. >> laura k.: eurosceptic ministers were absent from their normal supporting her at prime minister's questions. then watched as andrea leadsom walkg in half an hour late, having been with other brexiteers who have fears about
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theresa may's version of brexit. at lunchtime theresa may had to try, probly in vain, to explain her new brexit compromise thatp's already tried to strangle. prime min. may: we can bring an end to the months and years of increasingly bitter argument and division that haveraolarized and zed our politics. we can move on, move forward, and get on with the jobse were sent here to do, what we got into politics to do. that is what we can achieve if we support this new deal. mr. corbyn: it is now clear that the bold new deal the prime minister promised is little more than a repacversion of her three-times-rejected deal. the rhetoric may have changed, but the deal has not. this government is too weak, too divided to get the couut of the mess they created. laa k.: look how empty the place was, though. almost as if no one is really listening anymore.
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>> in proposing this folderol, is she going thrgh the motions, or does she believe in it? >> this deal is dead stop the charade, and let's get on with putting the decision back to the people once and for all.>> the country decided to leave the eu. it is as simple as that. prime min. may: the british people voted to leave. i have been trying to leave the european union.fo i'm lookinard to voting a fourth time to leave the european union. the withdrawal agreement bill. laura k.: this backing probably in vain. >> the w saying no to everything on the table just because it is not our favorite dish. laura k.: with her plan shredded, theresa may's authority is sinking if not sunk. >> the people i spent my time wi mainly are the moderates and the center conservatives, and the feeling is very much that we have come to the end of the road for this prime
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minister. >> we have oy got a few months left until the deadline in october. we need a new leer and new team to deliver that. .aura k.: things are changing fast for theresa m in the last hour, a member of the cabinet told me this would have to be the end of the line. another said theresa may won'st eyond monday.nc backrs have been plotting to oust her for months and our meeting again right now. they agreed with number 10 that the prime minister will meet the party top brass on friday morning. but even her most loyale defenders concat could be to say goodbye. >> i don't think the prime minister needs to be told anything. i think the prime minister is aware of the mood of the party. i don't think the prime minister needs to be told anything. she will be doing a loof the talking during that meeting. laura k.: a routine meeting or the palace fhe prime minister tonight. very soon she wi sweep through
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those gates for d e last time gone for good. laura t.: laura kuenssberg reporting. for more i was joined by the bbc's gary o'donoghue, who spent years covering westmster. gary, can you explain to our viewers around the world why the a test cabinet resignation is so ominous for thery? gary: andrea leadsom is one ofbr the keiteers during the live campaign who stayed inside the tent, remained inside the tent, was part of the process oe trying to pushsa may steel desk theresa may -- trying to push theresa may's deal through the house of commons. it in a sense gave theresa may some real brexit credentials, if you liay. now she isg that the deal on offer does not preserve british sovereignty, she hates the idea or possibility of a second referendum. acre importantly, she is saying that the whole appto government has broken down. this is not justn attack on the policy, this is an attack on the person of the prime nister. of course, ms. leadsom has
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leadership ambitions of her own. she ran against theresa may herself three years o ago ay pulled out after an ill judged interview ind which she se would make a better p.m. because she had children. laura: if mrs. may is forced oud by thef the week, what does that mean for brexit, whichl is currently delayed un halloween? gary: in a sense it doesn't change anything. britain is still leaving the eu on the 31st of octoberor without a deal. that remains the deadline at the moment. what happens on friday is crucial. if she decides to resign then and there, there are a couple of options. it does trigger a leadersh t contest with conservative party. they may not want to have that because that is a whole long process. a dozen names could be in the fray. they have to whittle that down and put it out to the membership of the country. that t coue weeks or months to happen. they may choose a caretaker or acting prime minister.
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iculty is the confidence -- they have got to demonstrate aen have the conf of the house of commons, the constitutional principle on which you govern in britain, and the labour party want to test that. if confidence in the house of commons, you have a general election. laura: speaking of electio, britons goes to the polls morrow to vote in europe elections that they thought they would never have to go in because we were supposed to have left. how could the result of that affect this very fragile situation? gary: i think that is baked in now. everyone is expecting the conservative pluty to get ably hammered. one poll had them coming in fifth behind the green party, and in british politics that is incredible. it looks like the brexit par, set up by nigel farage, the standardbearer for brexit, isin to do very well. that will give mp's food fort thou terms of the public. how will they judge anyone if akin to a general election -- is itame to a general
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ection quickly who is not dead set on taking britain out of theu? laura: why has the brexit process been so painful? gary: because the country is split down the middle, quite as simple as that. the vote was very close. yes, it was a majority, bco people have hardened in their views. there is no middle ground. in somways it is not surprising that parliament is paralyzed by the whole process. laura: gary o'donoghue, thank you so much for joining us. we will bring yoloall of the deents over brexit in britain as the week goes on. well, political fireworks are not exactly confined to the u.k. here in washington, a rare attempt at bipartisanship ew upafter a few minutes. house and senate leaders met the president at the white house to talabout a $2 billion infrastructure plan. when the house speaker said beforehand that mr. trump was engaging in a cover-up, things went downhill radly. the bbc's nick bryant reports.
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nick: this wild day in washington began with a meeting of democrats on capitol hillg amidst increaslls for an impeachment inquiry into donald trump.se democratic houpeaker nancy pelosi opposes that, thinking it would backfire politicbut she did level this explosive charge against the president. rehe pelosi: no one is above law, including the president of the united states, and we believe the president of the unitedtates is engaged in a cover-up. in a cover-up. nick: the next scene played out at the wte house, where a planned meeting on infrastructure between nancy pelosi and the president lasted less than five minutes. donald trump was apparently seething, and soon after stepped into the rose garden, not to mend fences, but to mount a barbed attack. pres. trump: things are going well, and i said let's have a meeting on infrastructure, that is one of the easy ones. and instead of walking in , happily into a meetiwalk in to look at people who have just said that i was doing a cover-up. i don't do coverups.
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you people know that probably better than anybody. nick: in this he sai said, the actions switched to capitol hill, nancy pelosi trying to be the grownup in the rim and appealo a power higher than the president. rep. pelosi: i pray for the president the united states and i pray for the united states of america. nick: thmueller report did not establish conspiracy between the trump campaign and t kremlin, but nor did it exonerate the president obstruction of justice. so this bitter row goes on and ll all the way to next year's presidential election. one think there is broad agreement on is the urgent need to prepare america's decrepit infrastructure. sbut in the nation' capital, the ongoing fallout from the muelle investigatio causing governmental paralysis. nick bryant, bbc news, washington. laura: for more on the bitter back-and-forth, i spoke with the bbc's anthony zurcher.
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anthony, the president abruptly ended this meeting. is he really not going to work with democrats until they stop investigating him? anthony: there is no way to tell. donald trump has done this before, walk out of a meeting -- he did this during the shutdown negotiions, and then he backed away from his demands when it was obvious he would not get his way. that very well could happen here as well. he is drawing a line, but it is difficult to imagine him to nd anyway out without backing down. he needs some sort of legislative accomplishment going into the 2020 election andmo ats do, too. laura: he is very cross with the investigation, and tonight a federal judge has rejected the president's attempt to block of naa congressional subpetting his financial records, theer second time has been such a ruling in a week. what is the significance of this? dothony: democrats in congress putting pressure old trump, investigating his finances. that could explain some of this, some of this outburst of 14 twdts this morning from don trump on the investigation, the
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impromptu press conference. he could be feeling pressure knowing that democra are getting closer to getting their hands on his tax returns, and the case today was about deutsche bank and capital one nk handing over his records and the other was donald trump's accounting firm handing over their records. democrats say this is a long gal battle but they are one step closer to getting an inside look at donald trump's finances. laura: the fact that they arett g somewhere with their investigations, does that blunt the call for impeachment by some members of the democratic party? anthony: nancy pelosi is trying to head that off at the pass. she tried to thi morning, but i think there are people within the democratic caucus see donald trump stonewalling, who see how he behaved ae press conference today, talking about no negotiation whatsoever until the investigations end. well, that is not going to ppen. in fact, that could instigate some democrats to push forward on impeachment, and an impeachment process could give them even more powers to demand
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documents and issue subpoenas and bring people into testify before congress. laura: democrats a republicans had said they thought they could work together before today on trying to lower the ice of prescription drugs and also on infrastructure. if they can't, are we seeing the blame game ahead of the 2020 election? thony: the idea was to pass something. democrats want to pass soothing, donald trump once -- donald trump wants to pass something. slhave some sort of leive accomplishment they can run on in 2020. if they can't, the campaign will be about assigning blame. there are other things congress needs to do besides infrastructure. they n raise the debt ceiling. all of these are important and i they -- an they have to be passed by both timbers of congress and signed by a esident or we are lookin at a financial crisis. laura: is it gridlock all the way? anthony: it looks like it. thiss what happens with divided government in this town. laura: anthony zurcher, thank you so much for joining us.
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anthony: my pleasure. laura: in other news from around the world, the u.s. muslim convert captured in afghanistan 0n 2001 and sentenced to years in jail is to be released early. john walker lindh, known as the icam taliban, served 17 years of his sentence at federal prison in indiana. his parents said he made a mistake going to afghanistan, where he joined the taliban. the telecoms giant huawei has expense to another setback with the u.k. computer-chip designer to t suspend business wi chinese firm. the bbcas seen internal cuments which instruct employees to halt all contacts with huawei to comply with u.s. trade restrictions. huawei sayss it -- it is under pressure as a result of politically motivated desions. an norwegian soccer player has been named the bbc's woman
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football player of the year. it is based on votes from fence around the world. e shs withdrawn from the norwegian national team, protesting what she calls a lack of respectem for fe players. she will be competing in the women n -- she wi be competing in the women's world cup in france next month. you are watching "bbc world new. amer still to come on tonight's program, if baseball is america's favorite pastime, what do ballparks tell us about u.s.u cities and culre? voting for a new european parliament kicks off on thursday. due to the deadlock in the u.k. over departure from the eu, britain is taking part even though that is not supposed to reporter: the street is lined with market stalls from all over the world, the caribbean and the mediterranean.
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olivel of store -- an store wit garlics, artichoke, find these, and they came italy, greece, portugal as well. he is standing as a candidate in elections in london for the new remain party, called change u.k. >> brexit is a disaster. it will be a disaster. we can already see it is falling apart. having a one-fifth share as britain did is extremely effective. bloc is an awful lot more power and influence than being theoretically sovereign under a. -- on your own. goinger: a lot ofuckus on becausef nigele, faragne of the most familiar faces in .he entire brexi debate;.
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you hhe brexit party,av to thank the government conservatives and lae opposition r party's for, having to? we found somethin five weeks ago so we are very new. if you vote for something in the general election and they don't deliver, something has gone wrong. i sense that the mood in the country now for change and reform and a different kind of politics is later th it has ever been. reporter: these elections are not going to resolve anything, but they will tebl the main eshment parties what the british people think of how they handled the brexit zika and whethethe new parties are here to stay. to the brexitdle saga and whether the new parties are here to stay. balaura: if ba is the ultimate american metaphor, what does the ballpark tell us about america's culture and cities?sa a lot, s author paul goldberger, whose new book
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"ballpark" looks at how the design of the stadium reflected the time it was built. earlier i spoke to him about the architecture and social fluences at work. thank you for being with us, paul goldberger. whato the very earliest baseball parks and their design tell us abamt divisions in ica? paul: baseball tells us a lot about america. it tells us that people are -- thatri ans are deeply connected to their cities and irplay tames there, not somewhere else, and that in fact, all of the economic and class struggles that have beenpa of america are also very much part of the history ofba base. laura: fenway park and wrigley field are often called the cathedrals of baseball. but what does their design reflect? paul: they are places where people come together and celebrate being together.
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part of the idea of my book is to say that the ballpark is really one of the great forms of american public space. in an age when we don't come together enough, when virtual thgs often get in the way physical reality, having great places that everyone feels a sense of cmon purpose in and enjoys being together in, that is an incredible thing. laura:aul, ebbets field was the home of the brooklyn p andrs, and then they moved to los angeles. what did that tell us about the tren that time?n culture of paul: the move of the brooklyn dodgers to los angeles was a critical part of the 1950's, i think, because it was a time when americans were rejecting their cities. they cared much more about the convenience of the automobile and being able to drive along the motorway quickly thane. anything e adlot of the fans of the old brooklyn dodgersoved to the suburbs. they thought of ebbe field as a decrepit, dirty old relic left
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in the center of the city that they did not want to visit anymore. by moving to los angeles, the dodgers were opting for what they thought was the new modern world. laura: and so what do the most modern ballparks in america like atlanta tell us about where we are going as a country? paul: atlanta, which is the latest major-league ballpark to open in 2017, was one of the t that starts a whole ne phase. ballparks have been moving back to the city since 1992, when baltimore opened its new ballpark.at but nonta moves again outside of the city, not tos acres and ac asphalt with parking in it. instead, to a kind of make-believe themepa city. in one way they are still lding onto the idea of baseball as something you go to
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in an urban environment, but it is a make-lieve urban environment. it is not the real one of a real city. laura: paul goldberger, thank you so much for joining us. paul: thank you. as aa: the vietnam war period of intense conflict for americans serving abroad and the time of division at home. these crosscurrents affected american art. for the first time, a groundbreaking exhibit in washingtonst explores how ar responded to the turbulent vietnam years.ie jane o'n went to see. iene: to many americans, vtnam still means one thing, war. and to fully appreciate its emotional and psychological impact in america, you probably had toe there. >> hey hey, lbj, how many kids did you kill today? jane: well, the artists in this exhibition were.st >> it shows arin real time grappling with the events
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unfolding and showing they changed our practice towards the arthowed a changing practice towards the more socially and politically engaged. what we see is a huge explosiond ferent artistic approaches. jane: this was the first u.s. conflict to be televised, and artists reflected that immediacy. much of the work here is visceral, uncensored. facts and information became the material for art, blurring the lines between real life and artistic expression. the artist kim jones served in the marines. back in the states, he turned his experience into a performance when performance art was in its infancy. >> it meant going out into public spaces. jane: and he wore this. >> yes. he was covered in mud. many veterans remember the red mud of vietnam. to me, "mud man" speaks to the
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challenges of putting togeer wartime experiences in civilian life. jane: today, artist activism is nothing new, but in the 1960's it was shocking.or auy was being challenged across society, and artists wert no diffepushing boundaries and asking questions about the war, its moral footing, and human cost >> a painter whose work i'm standing in front of he said, "paintings don't change wars. they sw feelings about war." i think more than just perhaps protesting the war, what we e are how artists were feeling about the war. it reflects the feelings of many americans at that time. jane: from 1965 to the evacuation from saigon of the last american troops in 1975, nobody really knew how the war would end. this exhibition captures that uncertainty and marks the
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