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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> brangham: good evening. i'm william angham. judy woodruff is away. on the newshour tonight, power in numbers-- what's next aft more than a million demonstrators march through hong kong amid threats of a military crackdown. then, our politics monday team breaks down the white house's take on fears of a recession, gun safety legislation, d the latest moves from the democratic prary trail. plus, community heing takes center stage-- how a work of theater is pulling back the curtain dividing police officers and people of color. >> we had one, you know, story on one side, and one story on anothe the police story and the story of people of color, and we're like, well, this is really one story that needs to be connected. >> brangham: all that and more on tonight's pbs newshour.
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>> this program was made possible by the corporation forl broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> brangham: new york city has fired the white police officer involved in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man, eric garner, back in 2014. garner's dying words-- "i can't breathe"-- galvanized ana onwide protest. today, new york's police commissioner sd officer daniel pantaleo caused an "irreversible tragedy." garner's daughter said the fight for justice isthar from over. spoke at separate news conferences. >> in this ce, the unintended
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consequence of mr. garner's death must have a consequence of it's own. therefore, i agree with the deputy commissioner of trial's legal findings and recommendations. it is clear daniel pantaleo can no longer effectively serve as a new york city police officer. >> eric garner was killed five years ago. it took five years for the officer to be fired. i don't want anotherric garner. i will do everything in my power to never see another eric garner. >> brangham: in 2014, grand jury refused to indict pantaleo on state criminal charges. and last month, the u.s. justice department declined to charge him withederal civil rights violations. california governor gavin newsom signed a new law today, prompted by police killing of minorities. the new standards allow deadly force only when it is necessary to prevent imminent death or injury to an officer or to bystanders. law enforcement organizations backed the measure aer winning concessions on the law's wording. attorney general william barrre haved hugh hurwitz as
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acting director of the federalpr bureau oons. that follows the suicide by jeffrey epstein at a federaler detention cen new york. epstein was being held on charges of sexually abusing teenage girls. barr gave no reason for today's move but he had complained of serious problems at the prison. in afghanistan, attacks in theth eastern part ocountry today wounded at least 66 people.t officials saidleast 10 explosions struck the city of jalalabad. that followed saturday night's suicide bombing at a wedding in .abul, that killed 63 and wounded nearly 2st the islamie group claimed the kabul attack, and afghan president ashraf ghani vowed revenge today, in a televised address. >> ( transled ): unfortunately, the enemies of our country are very cowardly and weak that they carried out a brutal terrorist attack on a wedding part they targeted a completely civilian place and attacked our children and women. and in a brutal way they shed
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the blood of our countrymen. >> brangham: all of this came as afghanistan today marked 100 years of independence from britain. air strikes in northwestern syria struck a turkish military convoy today, fueling new tensions in the region. syrian officials accused the turks of shipping guns to a rebel to the last rebel stronghold in syria. turkey said the convoy was boun turkish outpost inside syria.an an irauper-tanker sailed for greece overnight, after being held for a month in gibraltar. the british territory had t detained tker for allegedly shipping oil to syria, in violation of european sanctions. iran denied any such intention. u.s. officials wanted the vessel seofed again, but iran warne "heavy consequences" if that happens. the unit states has flight- tested a medium-range cruise missile for thmofirst time in than 30 years. it came two weeks after the u.s. and ssia withdrew from a 198 treaty that banned such weapons.
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the pentagon says sunday's test involved a navy "tomahawk" that carried a conventional warhead, fl 300 miles and struck it target. two democratic members of congress condemned theli government today for denying them entry. in her st. paul, minnesota district, representative ilhan omar urged other lmakers to go in their place. michigan representative rashida whtlaib tearfully explaine she refused to visit hergr palestiniadmother, after being granted an exception. it came with strict limits on any public statements. >> through tears, at 3:00 in the morning, we all decided as a family that i could not go until i was a free american united states congresswoman coming there not only to see my grandmother, but to talk to palestinian and israeli organizations that believed my grandmother deserved human dignity as much anyone else does. >> brangham: israel says it barred official visits by omar and tlaib over their support fol the boycott-isovement.
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sudan's ousted president omared al-bashir appen a court today in khartoum to face rruption charges. a police detective testified that bashir admitted receiving millio of dollars from saudi arabia over the years. meanwhile, the country's military and pro-democ leaders announced a new, joint ruling council. conomic news, president trump urged the federal reserve today to cut interest rates by at least one percentage point. and, wall street rallied as tech and financial stocks surged. the dow jones industrial average gained 249oints to close at 26,135. the nasdaq rose 106 points, and the s&p 500 added 35. and, in paris, work to repair notre dame cathedral resumed for the rst time in nearly a month. but this time, workers took protective measures and wore disposable clothing to prevent lead contamination. cln-up crews also scrubbed nearby streets. the april fire at the medieval
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landmark melted hundreds of tons of toxic lead. still to come on the newshour: nearly two million people take to the streets in hong kong-- what's next for the pro- democracy push? fears of lost medical care aftea plannenthood is forced to give up millions of dollars in funding.a speaking witrvivor of child sexual abuse as new york makes it easier to prosecute offenders. s ere the democratic presidential hopefand-- the race for the nomination heats up. and much more. >> brangham: twitter and facebook announced today the suspension of more than 200,000 accounts. the companies believe they're linked to the chinese government and were allegedly spr disinformation. that alleged social media influence campaign was designed to tarnish hong kong's democracy protest movement,
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ver the weekend the power it wields in sheer numbers. special correspondent bruce harrison was there. >> reporter: despite weekendwa downpours, it the sea of umbrellas that flooded the streets of hong kong. underneath: nearly two million hong kongers in a sweeping show of force for democracy in the chinese territory. the wave of demonstrators kept a relative calm, a rare batch of protests absent of clashes with police. hong kongers welcomed the placid p>>f demonstration is very useful, because it is peaceful, and it is it will do no harm to others. i think it is it is a way to express ourselves to the government. pr reporter: the hong kong police sang theises, too. >> the protest that took place on sunday, shows if prrs are peaceful, rational and orderly, the police will not and ha no reason to intervene.
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violence >> reporter: but despite the relative calm between demonstrators d hong kong authorities, beijing escalated its military presence this weekend in shenzen, neg kong's border with the mainland. and today, china's foreign minist again blasted the protest movement. >> ( translated ): it has been more than two months since the demonstratioim and violent al activities took place in hong kong. hong kong's legal system, social order, economy and livelihood, prosperity and stability and international image have all been seriously impacted. it turns out that the so-called democracy and freedom withoutth e rule of law and order will only lead to anarchy and social >> reporter: yesterday, president trump warned that if mainland frustration were to g,become force in hong kon it would jeopdize a u.s. trade deal with beijing. >> no, i think it'd be very hard to deal if they do violence.
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know, i think there'd be tremendous political sentiment not to do something. e, because i think we can end up doing a very good deal >> reporter: meanwhile, some hong kong businesses are embracing the democracy movement. like this bakery, wh showing support with traditional chinese delicacy "mooncakes," featuring pro-democracy slogans. customers think it's a small way to support something bigger than thselves. ( translated ): fight for wpet hong kong le deserve. our generation didn't do our job and this caused a burden to the younger generation. ear mind, they know exactly a what they want. as reporter: but beijing h its supporters in the semi- autonomous territories, too. ekcounter-protestors this d say they've had enough. >> ( translated ): we cannot tolerate this kind of action any more. you can express your political opinion but you cannot put it into violence. you cannot affect other people's normal life. it's the bottom line.
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>> reporter: while there's optimism sday's protest mark's a turning point away from the often violent demonstrations, rythe peace here is still fragile. protesters say the current detente provides theovernment a rare window to answer their demands. but if not, the street clashes may return. for the pbs newshour, i'm bruce harrison in hong kong. >> brangham: it can get lost am, much of his larger agen but president trump and his administration have taken a number of steps to restrictod retive health care through the federal government. planned parenthood has been a central target. as yamiche alcindor tells us, new rules could mean a big change in how much money it and other groups receive. >> reporter:ore than 1.5 million low income women in the u.s. rely on planned parenthood for reproductive hlth
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services. many use the group's clinics for birth control, pregnancy tests and std screenings. but access to this care could be at risk. planned parenthood and other organizations that provide abortion counseling are facing a deadline to comply with new federal funding rules. in february, the trump administration announced the policy. it would bring importanges to what's known as title x -- the government's only federal funding program dedicated to family planning for lower-income women. in order to get that funding, planned parenthood and other groups could not provide referrals for abortion servicese the ed to fierce backlash, and then lawsuits including from planned parenthood. the group serves about 40 percent of the country's four million title x patients. while the decision is being appealed, planned parenthood officials say they will pull out of the program. >> we believe trump admin is doing this as an attack onod retive health care and to keep providers like planned parenthood from serving ourti
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ts. we will not be bullied into othholding abortion information from our patient patients >> reporter: in 2017, nearly 4,000 clinics nationwide received title x fundi >> alcindor: the decision is expected to be heard by a federal appellate court later year. some futher insight on the potential impact. s rah varney of kaiser health news has covered tr the newshour. thanks so much for being here. millions of women are going to be impacted by this new title ten rule. how might that affect access to abortion and access to other mediol services prvided by planned parenthood and other groups? >>s you machinessed, planned parenthood provides medical care to about 40% of the four million bumen ho are in the title ten program. the impact is likely to be much greater. so today's announcement focused on planned parenthood withdrawing from the title ten program but a handful of oer states say they will withdrawn, maine, washington, illinois, new york and maryland have all said
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bat rather than abi these new rules that the trump g ministration has put out that they will no lor accept title ten money as well. so the impact of this is going to be much greater than just the women and some men who go sto these plan the parenthood clinics. >> you are talking about the impact. how might this new titleten rule also impact planned parenthood's ability to operate clinics across the country and patients seeking services. and how might these groups make up the machine they are going to lose from title ten? >> in terms of sources of nding title ten makes up about 19% of the budget for title ten clinics overall. so you can imagine that will be a pretty significantos planned parenthood today would not say how they mr. planning oe making uponey it is clear that at least for the short term these clinics are not going to close right away. most likely wht you will see, i have been talking to people who run these programs in different states around the country today and what they generally say is that women will start to pay more out of pocket when they go
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to these linniks. right now tighten ten is by its ve low income women. there are a kiss proportionate number of women of color who get services at these clinics. many clinics might charge them more to see their physicians and nurses. some clinics may be forced to layoff medical taf so therefore thwait time for accessing services will be much larger. we will alsroo pbably see a change in the types of services women can get. one of the tngs that di interesting in the last counsel elf years is after obama care came intolay and man draited that birth control be a covered benefit, that you no longer had to be a covered copai man women got these long-acting birth control methods like iudds which en quite expensive, up to $700. we saw a lot of w income women move on to theetion longer acting meds of pirlt control which is very effective n some cases almost 100 percent effective. so now you can imagine a woman going to a title ten clinic. no longer is able to get that
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reduced price or free price for an iud and at the same time the clinic won't have the money thag st needs t out and stock those iud's. so you end up with tia sit where many women will no longer be accessing the kinds muchlo er-term birth control which we know have reduced unintended egnancies and teen pregnancies. you saw in texas a number of years ago we dd seat unintended pregnancy rate gup and the ortion rate went up there as well. >> what can you tell us about how these groups with religious ties, how they might benef from this new title ten roll back from the trump administration. >> there is one particular group called the obria medical group that is positioning itself t take over from planned parenthood to provide a national network of clinics i this new administration, this new era of women's reproductive health care. all the the obria medical group. they do not provide any birth control other than fertility awareness method, no pills, iud's or condoms.
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they do testing, pap smeer but they don't do any type of traditional birth cotrol or ortion. >> that groups wants to see itself as the new planned tell me about how this new title ten rule factors into then broader from the trump administration to take on the access to abortion and planned parenthood? >> well, this is really part of the trump administration and g rticularly vice president mike pence really makod on a promise that they campaigned on which was to really remakes womeproductive health care in the united states. so it's not just about turning off the spig ot to access to abortion but really changing the pes of bifort trol that women are on, the types of education that children receive around birth control so there has been a big shift towards abstinence funding. we have seen a number ra digsal religeus protections and a roll back of an obma errule that required that employers offer birth control to their s ployers. so t really part of a much broader agenda that thison
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administraas been implementing ever since it took office. >> thank you so much, sarah varney of kaiser health news. >> thank you. >> brangham: people who have been sexually abused as children often find it takes years to come to grips with what they've endured.he by more often than not, they're blocked from taking legal action against those responsible because of stateli laws that the time when such lawsuits can be filed. but as lisa dejardins reports, st last week, new york became the latest of more than a dozen states to change those limits.es >>rdins: new york state's new law is particularly sweeping. now, individuals can file civil lawsuits over childhood sexual abuse until they are 55 years old. the limit had been 2 it also allows anyone of any age one year past.e a case from the this aows for a flood of
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lawsuits, including against the catholic chu and, in the case we will discuss tonight, rockefeller university, in manhattan. this year, the school knowledged the late dr. reginald archibald sexually abused childrein his care at the university's hospital, touching and fondling them for no medical reason. he often took photos of them nake the number of children abused potentially in the thousands. archibald worked in pediatrics for four decades, starting in 1940. he died in 2007. jennifer freeman is an attorney with the mars law firm, which is representing some 550 plaintiffs in these new lawsuits. one of those plaintiffs is gail coleman, who saw dr. archibald several times as a child, starting in 1974, at age 11. thank you ladies, jennifer, let me just start with you. this is an historic law what isa the potescope of this and what could this mean for abuse survivors.ly >> this tr is landmark legislation. and it means that anyone at ay
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age can truly come forward in the special look back window and get their child sex abuse claims addressed. >> what happens, they still must go througthe traditional procedure, is that right? .he steps to go through court. >> absolutely rig you still have to prove your case no matter what. and that involves telling your story. that involves getting documents lich as with the cat church, the secreted file, the boy scouts ineligible files and the documents tht rockefeller university has already identified. >> gail, what es this mean for you, this opportunity? >> this means that finally i can hold rockefeller university accountable for its role in what happened to me. they left me alone with a pedestrian file. pedophile and even their own investigators have found that people complained to them, years before i walked through that door and they me a choice, they chose to protect archibald instead of m and the thousands of other children that he molested. there needs to be consequences
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for that choice. >> there was even a grand jury case in 1960 against dr. archibald and the university knew about , till dismissed it. one thing i notice about your lawsuit, somef o these plaintiffs preferred not to be named and ud initials instead. but you were named and here you are in publiy s it important for you to be fully named and public about this. >> i think it important for survivors to come forward. o en we don't because we feel shame. but we're thvictims. we don't have anything to be ashamed about. the shame really belongs t people who molested us and with the institution to let it happen. and i think the more that people talk about it, the mre clear it becomes what the scope is. and that's how we start protecting children in the future. >> and it takes so much to talk about. i am really especially cterested in this case bause i done think if has gotten a lot of national attention. in new york it hase madlot of
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headlines but i'm curious, what do you think people should knowt ab dr. archibald, who you called a monster when we were talked just before. >> he was a monster. he abused theac ft that we, that i, i was a child. i was 11 years old. and he was a doctor. and he was a well respected disok tor. and as a child especially t is very hard when a ctor is holding out what he is doing as for dical purposes t is hard to believe it is not true even if it doesn't feel right. 's beused his position. >> he left children often alone, while telling parent there was someone else with you and apparently lied to whe parents l and the university. >> but the university had some knowlease. he has nowd away, long since dead. what do you want to happen here? what do you hope these lawsuits do? i hope that these lawsuits will hold rockefeller uniy
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accountable and i hope they do it in a way that is so quengs, that other institutions are going to have to take notice and are going to have to make sure that they have policies and procedures inace to make sure that this doesn't happen to any other child on their watch. >> the other thing that i want from this lawsuit is he took pictures of me. and i want to find out wha happened to them. are they still out there? who has seen them. are the negatives still out there. if they r i want them back.ju don't know. and the fact that they may still be out theatre, th is an ongoing revictimmization for me. it means this isn't just in the passhe when i was a child, it is still happening to me. >> and this is the case for hundreds, thousands of people at he saw. talk about what difference this could make for children in age future what kind of mess this sensed, jennifer, this is a man who passed away.f someese institutions are facing possible bankruptcy
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because of the amount of lawsuit. the insurers are worried about being able to pay all of these claims. what do you think this does, how does this protect children. >> this will as gail said, encourage or require the spheutions-- institutions to protect children to makthsure they are not alone with a prild to make sure that black ground checks arperly made to make sure that procedures are followed. and also make sure thaet peo are just aware that these things can happen in anyunfortunately in any youth-searching organization. tothere has to be attentio this. >> the idea that ultimately the financial consequences could be so enormous that all theed constitutions o take notice of this problem. >> absolutely. >> i have a bier question out power. in all of these cases we've seen institutions that have been ven rated, authority figures who are also ven rated use that power to prey on children oto cover up people who have preyed on children. how does thigeat that
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culturally. do you have hopes there will be cultural changes as well, gail. >> i do. i think that the more people who come forward and the more clear it becomes how broad the scope of the sexual be is, hopefully as society loudly condemns it, even children will feel more mfortable coming forward and feel that they will be believed and as i saithe shame, that america is profound but hope mee that will becss. >> has it started to become less. i know you are just a few day into. this but how is it feeling even this week? thet is somng you probably didn't imagine could happen. >> well, tha.t's rig it has been very helpful that through this process i have me other survivors. it's been very helpful to talk to them. and the other thing is the mere we arerning about rockefeller and what they knew, and how early t iy knew it,m
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just becoming angrier and angrier. >>ut is tre that if they had done the right thing as of 160-of 1 when the grand jury investigation was going on, they had a grand jury s&p. they should have taken notice, if they had done that nearly 90 percent of these victimizawoos neved have happened. >> jennifer freeman, gail, thank you both very much. a very important conversation. thank yous for keeping it on the national radar. >> thank you very much for listening. >> braham: we turn now to the 2020 presidential campaign, where democratic candidates who've struggled to break ouof the crowded field are trying to re-focus their campaigns. massachusetts senator elizabeth warren, meanwhile, is sing in in iowa today, warren set out to
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how she handled her claims to nationallive american ancestry, that as she addressed a native amedecan preial for numb sioux city, iowa. >> i know that i have >> i know that i have made mistakes i am sorry for harm i have cau i have learned a lot. >> reporter: elsewhere this weekend, other candidates worked to reach minority voters. south bend mayor pete buttigieg was in hartsville, south carolina: >> south carolina you've got a thumb on the scale of presidential politics right now >> reporter: three leading candidates campaigned across the tstate this weekend, tryi shore up black support in this key eay voting state. vermont senator bernie sanders introduced a sweeping, progressive criminal justice plan ahead of his weekend swg through south carolina the sanders plan ends cash bail and civil asset foreiture, bans for-profit prisons,he abolthe death penalty, legalizes marijuana and creates a prisoners' bill of rights: which includes ending solitary confinement and guaranteeing felons the right to vote. meanwhile in new hampshire... >> i'm running for president because i believe we need a new
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vision with new leadership and a >> reporter: ...a handful of 2020 hopefuls pitched themselves to first in the nation voters at a sunday picnic. for his pa, president trump made clear he believes a possible economic downturn is the gravest threat to his reelection. yesterday, before leaving his new jersey golf club, he downplayed those fears: >> i don't think we're having a recession. we're doing tremendously well. >> reporter: and today he blamed democrats for stoking the concern, tweeting: "democrats are trying to "will" the economy to be bad for purposes of the 2020 election." and that brings us to politics monday. i'm here with tamara keith from npr. she also co-hosts the "npr politics podcast." and joshua johnson, also from npr. he's the host of "1-a." welcome to you both, politics monday, nice to have the mub lick media gang around the table. d be.e way it sho power to public media. >> brangham: joshua, we sawe some of leading candidates
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and what they were up to this past weekend but there are still a dozen plus candidates trying to break out to get their head above water, to get their name what do you make of the different efforts these candidates are trying out. >> it is kind of hard for me to draw comparisons because 2020 will be so different than 2016. you have the debates which already have a built-in attrition effe where ndraising and individual campaign contributions are going to play a factor so we will see some attrition of that, of people who aren't able to marshal enough grass roots support. also we're in a different calender, iowa, new hampshire typically important but california is part of supertuesday and as a former san francisco i'm really interested to see if people the west koases are able to uh-huh aw, we want to pull the party in this directn and blow the whole field up. >> that would be huge, california. >> it would be. and also the demrats are trying to learn the lesson of 2016 and make sure every single demographic that they have an in-roads in shows up to the polls. the last thing they want is to a haeefers edge-cases in
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2020 that allow donald trump to be r so part stf just retail stump politics getting people like knee. nod part of it is getting democrats to saatter who the nominee s i will show up in imnovember. >>we saw a couple of big proposals out of bernie and to a lessg deree elizabeth warren over the weekend. again, issues they seem to be wanting to make this an sue-driven campaign. is that really the strategy? >> certainly for the pimary. all the candidates, almost all of them have a lot of plns. even you go to andrew yang's website, he has like a hundred different proposals on different things. elizabeth warren, her campaign slogan is essentially she's got a plan for tht bernie sanders of course had the criminal justice plan he came out with. and so ys, this say campaign where in the primary, they are talking about plans. but here is the thing about the general election. president trump has swn
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virts virtually no interest in policy details at any point in his pre tsidency. idea that there could be a debate where they would stand up there and you know, reallytr e ideas. >> hash out the complexities of climate change or som >> it's not going to happen that way. but in terms of sending a signa abat you care about in the democratic primary field, a way to send a signal to voters that you care, that you feel what they are feeling is to have a plan for that. >> one of the things that the president see to be signaling is that he does seem to be nervous that an economic downturn could imper ill his chances. at a rally he said if you all don't re-elect me your economy will go in the toilet. >> your 401(k) will go the option. >> yeah, that is the axom of politics, that the economy determines who wins the presidency. do you still believe that that is true? >> well, kitnd of, i's not just
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the economy, and i agree wih kau, that the stock market is not the economy t is the way that steultal investors view the economy. i think it is more about prosperity. remember what donald trump's wholetteos, image was in 2016, i'm a billionaire, a i businessmanow how to get stuff done. i will make deals for the american people. my prosper thity becomes your pros pitter, make america great again. so in so far as his base feels that it is yesp proous under a trump administration and can continue to prosper rrlsd of the tariffs and negotiations with china and everything else, is he probably stii okay. i thin has more to do with sentiments. abraham lincoln once said with public sentiments nothing ask fail, without it nothing ask succeed, as long as the sentiments is there and the feeling that we are still going to be prosperous, yeah, he tweets too much, i wish he wouldn't spar with theedia too much. but i'm still okay economyically,e may be find
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despite these indicators. >> brangham: is that your sense too. >> a lot of tru voters sa that thing. he could tweet less, i don't like the things he stays bu look at my 401(k). well, if your 401(k), if you doked at your frairk last thursday, the sa that he had that rally that i covered, then you might be a liit concerned. and if there is well a recession ming and there is no way at this very moment to know that. and at the momenthere is historically low unemployment and all of these other things, that is-- a recession is an incredibly hard thing to run on. and tht is why he is concerned. that is why a white house official told me that they-- the official didn't say that this is why they are doing it but a white house official ad sy that they are considering other potential tax cuts. and that, you know, the reason the president is bad gerri his own fed chairman on twitter, demanding a rate cut and quantitative easing is because
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the president is concerned about what a potential economic downturn, slowdown or recession could do for his re-onelec chances. >> brangham: i want to turn to the issue of guns. just two we cans after el paso and dayton. and in the immediate aftermath of those tragedies as we've seen so many time there was talk of background checks and red flag laws and let's take those nasty magazines out of crculation. but now it already seems 14 days out that that talk is starting to dissipate. the president was askabout this the other day. listen to what he had to say. congress is working on that. they have bipartisan cominmittes woon background checks andr various othethings. and we'll see. i don't want people to fore geth this say mental health problem. but just remember this, big mental problem and w have a lot of background checks right now. >> brangham: joshua, it seems like we are already moving to sort of sequester this as not an issue that we are really going to worry about or talk about or legislate anything about.
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>> well, this-- we have come to this before. remember the mass shooting in las vegas and we talked about banning bump stocks there are also a few different factors herehe one is thatstudents from parkland are not quiet about this at all. they are stihell working heund scenes so i think the grass roots effect may manifest. two is t fact that ths there was such a racially hateful common ent to the el paso shooting which bri these other cultural fault lines that also have to do with the president and his rhetoric, so th makes this a little hotter. the third one is the mental health con ent. there is novidence to sub stand yaitd that people with any mental health issue ae more likely to que murder and when utah you can about men tral health, where is thehresh hold. are you talking about someone who is being diagnosed who is being treated, who is being medicated. for what medication, are you going to screen people before hand because they can buy certain kinds of guns, what type, do you take the ones they have i mean i don't talk about this much.t take med kaitionz for anxiety and depression and have since -9d beginningk of the
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year. >> am i not allowed to own a fire arm because i take clonopin an well brut written, and why, and how do i appeal it. it begins to become a rabbit hole that may have legitimate policy answers. but is that really where we want go and ithat where the debate fall as part. if you are a strong supporter of the second amendlent, is the ou want to end up in or focus on your right to own aju fire arm i feels like it has the potential to de generate into details and thn everyone ignores gun violence again until someone else dies. >> brangham: joshua johnson, tamara keith, thank you. >> you're welcome. >> you got it. ha >> bra we began the show with the eric garner case and the firing of a new york city alice officer, which beca flashpoint for larger issues involving law enforcement around the country. portland, oregon has had its own history with racial
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discriminations d tensions with the police. there's a new effort underway to address those issues. special correspondent cat wise reports on a theater company's attempt to change the city's racial ecolo through the arts, so tspeak. it's part of our ongoing series on arts and culture, canvas. >> reporter: on a recent morning, an old fire station turned playhouse was packed with theater-goers. but this was not a typical theater crowd-- it was a who's who of oregolaw enforcement: police officers, f.b.i. agents, district attorneys, and judges. they were joined by prominent community and civil rights leaders. >> thanks everyone. i'm a little overwhelmed. just looking out and seeing who is in the room. >> reporter: kevin jones and his wife lesli mones are the co- founders of the august wilson red door project, a portland- based arts organization. >> this is bob or robert day,re red deputy chief of the police department and our
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partner in crime. >> we really believe there is an opportunity hebe, some work to one on behalf of the black community and on the criminal justice system. >> reporter: over the last few edyears, the three have fon unusual partnership to spark new conversations, and ways of thinking about, race relations in portland, and they're using the divide.help bridge the >> when you're talking aboutsu of race you can't just say we're all going through the same thing because we don't. >> stopping you because you are black is against the law. profiling you is against the law. are you saying i'm breaking the law? >> reporter: the performance that day was a collect first-person monologues from two differenalplays. one isd "hands up." it was written by african tamerican playwrights aboir life experiences and being racially profiled by the police.
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>> they slammed me to the ground. one of the officers had his foot on the back of my neck, the other pointed a gun to the back of my head a said, ¡move one inch and i'll blow your ( bleep ) head off. oh i went into survival mode. i tried to convince was one of the good ones.>> eporter: the other play is called "cop out" and it too tells personal stories of police officers and the challenges they ce at work and when they take off the uniform. >> i used to think there was nothing about being a cop would shake me up. but when you arrive on scene and watch your partner pull an infant out of a microw because his meth-head father couldn't stop the kid from cryi, your lens gets colored >> reporter: we were there forme the first he monologues were performed together .st >> we had ony on one side, and one story on the other side: police and people of colli and we'r this is really one
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story that needs to be connected. i it's where these stories intersect that is for us the greatest chance of finding the truth. >> we're not dividing the story into two sides right? good guys and bad guys. on both sides we have a group of people who feel that their stories are not being told that they are being vilified that they're you know being shunned and nobody wants to really hear their story. >> reporter: "hands up" was originally commissioned in 2014 " theaterew black fest" oup in new york following the police shooting death of michael brown in ferguson, missouri. >> i'd like to start with a show of solidarity, if you would alla raise your arms straight up in the air. >> reporter: during a monologue
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called "how i feel" the audience is asked to keep both hands raised during the enti performance. >> hands up! >> don't shoot!ds >> hp! >> don't shoot! >> reporter: more than 12,000 in "hands up" have seen " in the last few years-- but the producers also wanted to tell the stories of police officers. they contacted deputy chief day thenead of the police traini division and asked for his help. >> his voice quivered and he said he said to us you could d that. wow. that would be amazing. >> reporter: playwrights from around the country, many of them s black, interviewed officd wrote monologues about their experiences. they also spent a day going through police training. >> they showed us what they face day to day and it chged me. i was blown awayy the kinds of instantaneous decisions they need to make. i felt the vulnerability in what they do. >> the only reason i carry a gun
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is for protection, primarily mine, sometimes yours, sometimes in a highly specific circumstances, like an active shooter, and, nope that's about it. >> reporter: for 66-year-old- jones, some of the monologue hit close to home. he's had more than 100 encounters with law enforcement, ranging from being questioned to arrested. but he says his views of the police have evolved. >> that was what was in the back ofy mind when i said to bo day three years ago that ¡i want to tell you your story' because in your story i'm going to find my story. i'going to find the commonality and then you know we'll we will become closer and i will see you beyond whiteness and you'll see mey beyondackness. and we will be two human beings. >> reporter: that newly forged human connection has had a big impact. >> it's changed my life, my
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world view is different, my relationships are different. re>> reporter: day, who re earlier this year, spent nearly three decades with the police bureau. >> we're touching on sort of the third rail conversations of race and policing. ani think there are conversations that are happening in african-american familico in homes anunities and i know they're happening in police communities because i've heard i've been a part of them i'v seen them. but they're not happening publicly and they're not happening generally cross with each other because of the sort of high voltage nature of them. so that the theater allows us to put it all out there, we can speak what has been left unsaid. >> we get calls from newly settled white residents aboutou 'suspibehavior' all the time. we get there and see it's an older black male and he's just walking to his mailbox. >> reporter: actor bryant bentley understands the complexities on both sides. he performs roles in houds up and co
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and in real life he's worked i law enforcement and has also been racially profiled by police. >> what i want is really for those to put a mirror everyone to put a mirror in your face and do a self check and really ask some serious questions you know. i know the hardest thingor someone, even a black person, is to ask yourself, ¡am i a racist? >> reporter: those involved wibe the project eve what they are doing may be a model for tackling other issues that divide americans. and they're hoping to perform the combined monologues around the country starting later this year. for the pbs newshour, i'm cat wise in poland, oregon.
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>> brangham: now, a detroit artist is making beauty out ofdo abd spaces. special correspondent mary ellen geist reports. it's part of our "canvas" series.co >> reporter: hocking wants to transform detroit's empty spaces into something
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extraordinary. >> a lot of the artworks i do are playing with the idea of taking something you have aut stereotype aor maybe a stigma, transforming it into something else so it becomes loftier. >> reporter: hocking has spent the last two decades creatinit sculptures aspecific works by salvaging industrial materials from detroit's neighborhoods and usingbu abandonedings as his canvas. >> early on wasted material was free, i was broke, but then later it just became clear that i wanted to use this material beuse i really would like change people's thinking about things, and maybe change their perspectives on what they think of as wasted material, and decay, and abandonment. >> reporter: hocking's installations look like ancient monuments or temples, and are closely tied to the creation, decline and rediscovery of the city he has lived in his entire life.
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for his latest work hocking has transformed an empty riverfront warehouse into an installation entitled bone black. >> this place was built on theve and the use of boats. therts a phenomenon in detroi that's been going on for twenty years now, which is peake their boats that they can't afford anymore, that they don't want to deal with anymore and they dump them i call them shipwrecks. ed>> reporter: hocking mov3 shipwrecks into the warehouse, and thexhibition takes its name from a pigment made by charring animal bones. >> it's probably one of detroit'oldest industries, that no one ever has heard of. >> reporter: the warehouse, the boats and the pigment combine to tcreate an installation t gives a viewer the impression of standing on the bottom of body oaof water looking up at bts floating overhead. the materials fromone black will be transformed one more
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time when the exhibition ends. >> the thing that started these kinds of projects is that they were dumped illegally and they're trash. a huge part of these kinds of projects for me is that when everything is done, these boats will all be properly disposed of. >> reporter: hocking says he knows he will lose his ability to create lae scale installations as detroit's empty spaces are developed. and that may be the next transformation in scott hocking's work. >> this time is about to go. i'm not out of spaces yet. manythere's just not tha left like this now. >> reporter: for the pbs newshour i'm mary ellen geist in detroit, michigan.ng >> bm: and that's the newshour for tonight. i'm william brangham. for all of us ur the pbs newsthank you and see you. soon >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: a la learning app that ua babbel. uses speech recognition technology and teaches real-life conversations. daily 10-15 minute lessons are voiced by native speakers and are at babbel. babbel.com.
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