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captioning sponsored by newshour proctions, llc >> woodruff: good evenin i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight: another challenger appears. i sit down with former republican congressman joe walsh to find out why he's breaking party ranks to run against president trump. then, reclaiming their voices. billionaire sex offender jeffrey epstein is dead, but his victims sh on with their fight for justice. plus, while the world watches io despern as the amazon burns, a look at brazil's presidentth jair bolsonaroman many blame for fanning the flames of destruction. >> he has weakened ae environmental agencies in brazil that were responsible for
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ing, monitoring, and sending people out to make sure that deforestation wasn't happening. he has basically upended all of those institutions. >> woodruff: all that and more on tonight's pbs newshour. >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: life well-planned. learn more at raymondjam.com. learn more at
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them. u it's also pretetting to see how many lives he's devastated and to see how long this went on for, annobody did anything about it. >> woodruff: we'll talk to a reporter who has been in tay's hearing, later in the program. a federal judge in kans city has blocked a missouri law that bans most abortions after eit weeks of pregnancy. the new statute had been scheduled to go into effect today. but the judge issued the temporary restraining orderil a lawsuit challenging the law plays out in court. tropical storm doriaew past barbados today without causing serious damage and headed toward aserto rico. the storm is forto pass over or near the u.s. territory tomorrow afternoon, at near- hurricane strength. today, people in san juan stocked up on supplies. some said they endured hurricane maria in 2017 and want to be ready this time.sl
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>> ( tred ): water and the necessities in case this thing comes and hits us, so it doesn't catch us without anything. i didn't prepare for me,ia but this tor this, i'm preparing. >> woodruff: officials in puerto rico have already declared a haate of emergency. we'll get a firs report later in the program. lice in hollywood, florida said today they expect more arrests in connection with a dozen deaths at nursing home. it happened during hurricane irma in 2017. the storm knocked out power and air coitioning, and the victims died of heat exposhee. on monday,ome administrator and three nurses were charged with malaughter. the facility was shut down after the storm. >> home land security said today they're shipping $270 million from femea, th federal emergency management agency anr accounts. the money will pay for housing
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migrants and processing asylum cases faster. in iran president hassan rouhani todaynt rejected presirump's unofficial offer of in-person talks. president trump said monday that he was open to m nuclear standoff between the two countries. but in tehran, rouhani said thap could only if the u.s. rescinds economic penalties on his country. >> ( translated ): lift the sanctions. all the sanctis against the iranian nation which are illegal, cruel, and wrong, alould be lifted. if the u.s. liftthese sanctions and respects the nation of iran, well, then the situation would be different. >> woodruff: the trump administration re-imposed sanctions after withdrawing from the iran nuclear deal last year. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu has fired off new warnings to iran and its lebanese ally, hezbollah. an israeli air strike killed two of the group's fighters in syria on sunday. hezbollah also blamed israel for
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strikes inside lebanon. the militants' leader nasrallah has threatened retaliation. but today in jerusalem, netanyahu said his country will defend itself. >>rd translated ): i hhat nasrallah said. i suggest to nasrallah to calm down. he knows well that israel knows how to defend itself and to pay back its enemies. i want to tell him, and to lebanon, which hosts this organization that aspires to destroy us, and i say it also to qasam soleimani - watch what you say, and be careful about what you do. ha>> woodruff: the israeli confirmed the air strike inside syria. they say it disrupted iranian plans to attack israel with drones. they hree not claimed onsibility for any strikes inside lebanon. at least 40 migrants are missing and feared dead off the coast of libya. the united nations' refugee agency said toda were bound for europe when their boat capsized. at least 65 were rescued. most were from sudan.
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u.n. officials say 859 migrants have died trying to cross the mediterrann this year. inconomic news, china's foreign ministry insisted it knows nothing of any new phone calls with u.s. officials to discs trade. both president trump and treasuryecretary steven mnuchin said monday that there had been such calls. and, on wall street, jitters over the trade war-- and interest rates-- sent stocks lower. the dow jones industrial averago lost almost 12ts to close below 25,778. the nasdaq fell 26 points, and the s&p-500 slipped nine. still to come on the newshour: a conversation with republican joe walsh-- why is he running against president trump? jeffrey's epstein's victims and the long fight for justice as the amazon is engulfed byes flthe story of the man
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whose policies helped spark the flames. and much more. from trump supporter to trump ngallenger. former illinois ssman joe walsh recently announced he will take on the incumbent president in the 2020 republican primary. >> walshained national attention in 2010 when he was elected to the house of representatives as a member of the tea party. he served oneerm, lost his rey hrebg bid and until yesterday hosted a conservative talk show. joe joins us now. thank you for joining us. >> thank you for having me, rudy. >> why are yoning for pesident? >> i believe we have a president
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that's unfit to be president. i was hoping a republican p.uld step it's important for the republican party and more important for the counti . wheny something like that, judy, it's a important charge. i think we ha ie someothe white house that is unfit. someone who liees virtually ery time he opens his mouth. someone so i remember rat i can right now he's almost tweetg the country into a recession. i think it's a fairly urent situation. >> woodruff: in 2016 you were a enthusiastic supporter of his. what drew to him in the first eplace? >> thele who voted for donald trump were the same people who voted for me, they're the same people listening to me on the radio. they were upset and angry about what is happening at the border and people in the country illegally. the republican party was gehrally out of touch with issue. trump touched that issue, tapped that issue. it was important to me and my
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listeners. >> woodruff: is that the main reason, immigration? >> i think that'sheggest issue that got donald trump elected. it was one of the biggest issues i was concerned about and my listeners and voters were concerned about. i believe the system was broken ands thay i went in at 2010. both pties were broken the political system was broken edown. peoplet trump to washington to shake it up and drain the swamp and all of. that the problem is all he has done is disrupt and hast done anything to fix. >> woodruff: you stayd with himn supported him for a number of months, as president, what did you not see in the beginning that was there to you later? >> judy, thims sound odd. if it is, i apologize. when i voted for trump i didn't love him, i didn't like him. he wasn't hillary. i figured.i ought he was sort of a goof.
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i figured he would hire few good people and a few good things would happen when hebe firsme president i did the good trump/bad thumping. i praised him when it was good and criticized him when he wasn't. it became apparent to me the first year, what he said he lied to the american people all the time. that bothered me no matter what your politics are. last year in helsinki when he stood in frnt of the wod and said i believe that guy putin and not my own people i got ahead of myself with a tweet. to me that waofs an ac disloyalty and the final straw for me. >> woodruff: what would change if joe walsh was president. what policy would be different from youpolicy from president trump? you say you a tkpwraoeu with hi- >> on a number of issues.
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let's go back to the issue that got him elected, what i care about. the border. he ran on that issue, you know you report on it the situation at the boarder is a bigger messh when he was elected. why? all he talked abs out a wall. a wall, wall, wall and mexico ip going y for it he hasn't done anything. we have a humane crisis. that has nothingo to dwith a wall. >> james: you said you would close the border. would you be tougher than people coming into the country than the president has been? >> anyone coming in illegally i would be tougher. >> james: would you separate children and their parents at e border? >> no, that's the second piece. people coming into the country illegally there has to be no exception. people coming here to claim asa um, that is gal thing to do. thtotally different group of people. e people now, that's the biggest crisis at the border,
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those people have be delt with humanely and quickly as we can deal with their asylum claims. >> woodruff: as you know the president wants to cronck dow asylum claims and want people to go back to the countries that they came from during the asylum claim. >> anyone around the world hasgh the to come here and claim asylum. this is daa funntal difference judy. it's our responsibility to hear the claims. we do a lousy job now of doing. that we have to devote the resources to deal with those quic cr. >> woodrufmate change, where are you on climate change? do you believe humans have a roll in it and should take action? >> yes to the former. on urgent action i don't know. certainly on action. the first ste judy, myrty the republican party has to acknowledge it's a issue and a problem this. president won't. i don't think he understands the
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issue. it's a issue the republican party needs to get onboard with and lead on. >> woodruff: for example would you take steps making busess upset, it may cost jobs. >> i would be very careful, d i'm not trying to be vague, judy. the first step is for a republican president to acknowledge it's a problem, man contributes to the problem, and let's bring the important people together. including business, businesses and figure out things that need to be done. before we do anything to impact the american economy we have to make sure we have the accurate data. >> woodruff: what about gay rits, same-sex marriage. i'm jumping around for these important issues to many voters this. is an administration that has taken steps to, in many waysd cracn on and reduce benefits for people who, who -- or allow some discrimination against people who happen to be gay. where do you stand on that.
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>> same-sex marriage is the law ofhe lan that's the way it is. we accept it. when it comes to gay rights, this administration has been very tough on transgender and gays serving in theit mily. anyone who can qualify to serve in the mil gay, straight or transgender should be able to serve. >> woodruff: abortion? >> pro life.: woodruu have said in the past with no exceptions even if thefe lif the mother is at stake. >> i'm pro life with no exception. that's between the mother and the doctor. i believe the row v.. wade issue has to be dealt with. >> woodruff: joe walsh, you have made outspoken statements, you have apogized for a number of them the last recent days and weeks. when did y start to think some
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of the staeuplgts were wrong? i just want to ask. for example y said president obama is a muslim. you said he was bon outside of the united states. >> no, i never said. that. >> woodruff: well, you sounded sympathetic to the birther -- false statements. >> absdyolutely. that's a important distinction. i was never part of the birther movement. you're right on a number of occasions i said barack obama i a muslim. i wrote an opt-ed inhe new york times two weeks ago saying president trump is unfitnd someone should challenge him. i apologized for my rll in putting a unfit conman into the white house. i weno washington in 2010 to raise hell. i was part of tea party fight. i let that policy fight become a pers i got involved in the
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demonization of my political opponents. i believe that helped lead to this president. >> woodruff: when did you decide that was wrong? >> a year or so after president trump gotti elected. i'm oy hesating because after president trump was elected. day by day, week by week, month byonth went by looked at him, listened to himnd, thought oh my god is is that what i sounded like back in the day? is that what i sound like on the radio? his eleion has been my road to this moment and i deed i wouldn't engage in the personal destruction. woodruff: you also said you have the right to say blacks are lazy. >> yes. not that i believe blacks are lazy. >> woodruff: why would you even say that. >> a big' issuem so passionate about is free speech. people beleing o say what they want to say.oo >>uff: my question is why
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would you even say that a group of americans based on their rac- >> i would of said white people are lazy. >> woodruff: but you didn't. >> i know. dudy, if you go through my 40,000 tweets a pretty bad or horrible job offending a lpet ofple. look i was a radio talk show host, i felt a big parof my job was to provoke and get people thinking about a number of issues. again often times i went over the line. >> woodruff: do you believe that any minority in this country is lazy or should be discriminated against? you say all of your vigeews have ch >> no, no. my views haven't changed. i haven't believed tha certainly some things that i have said have been pretty, pretty aggressive. no, those are not my v.ie that is just the way i unfortunately pushed the energy too often. >> woodruff: joe walsh, running for president, the republican
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nomination. thank you. >> judy, thank you. >> woodruff: when accused sex trafficker jeffrey epstein took his own life in a new york jailo celleeks ago, some of his victims were among the first to react, with outrage that he'd robbed them of their day to faci in court. but, as amna nawaz reports, day, many of those women did have the chance to tell their stories to a judge. >> nawaz: more than a dozen of cstein's accusers spoke at a hearing in a federrthouse in downtown manhattan today. several described how epstein hacoerced them as minors t sex with him, then pressured seem with money and other tactics to continung him, and, in some cases, other wealthy men. the women expressed anger an t frustration trauma they'd endured, but also a spirit of solidarity. attorney gloria allred, who
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represents a number of the accusers, applauded th resolve. >> jeffrey etein's death, whether it was a suicide or murder, does not end the case, does not end their fight for justice. it does not end their feeling that they were manipulated, victimized and that they were child victims of mr. epstein. so today, they spoke truth to power, they spoke truth to what happened to them. >> nawaz: renae merle has been covering the story for the washington post and joins us from new york. >> welcome to the news hour, rene. afteyou monitored the court room precedings all day to dayde ribe what you saw and heard from the women today. >> well, what i really saw was a lot of emotion. yes, the victims were angthat epstein has evaded justice, in their eyes, bygommitt
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suicide. there was also a lot of tears as people explained how they were affected by his abuse.ms this slike a turning point for them. yes, he wasn't, epstein wasn't in the room but they were there w gether and really talking about hois impacted them. it was very personal and emotional scene. >> give me a sense of the level of detail some of the women went into. wa for some the first time speaking publicly about what they suffered? >> yes, several of the women said they came foriwardply because the plan at an fedpreral ecutors brought up the case. they thought for the first time they would have a chance to take their complaints to court. they told their stories for the first time. some went into aphic detail in telling the stories of how epstein had raped them. one woman talked about going to his island when she was 16 or 17
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years old and being called to his room late at night. what happened after there. how it impacted her life for a l realg time. some was really graphic detail of the abuse that went on. >> rene n recent we ieks the a lot made about whyme many won were reluctant coming forward for many years. going up against a powerful man. it's reported today many are not using their real names and submitted statemts under jane dough. why do you think that is? >> part is they wanted to avoid theublic spot light. they said it was really difficult, some were still dealing with the idea they were vic tills. they blamed themselves fora really long time and didn't understand where they fit into this narrative. that it was wrong what happened. that they had beemanipulated.
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in dealing with all of those things some women are just at different phases of the process then others. >> you metioned some ha come there frustrated that they weren't able to get stice in some way. with he straoepb no epstein nowe charges fomirmally dised. is there any sense that there will be any form of justice for these women. >> yes. so the criminal case against epstein is obviously done this. r.se is far from ove there are still investigations going intop estein's death. investigations how he secured such a settlement deal in florida ten years ago. invest vations. there is potential civil case into his assets. he's said to be worth a hundred what will happen to the assets out this.
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ehis case will go on for som time even after his death. >> you mentioned a lot of the women came forward tohare their own stories and be heard in public for the first time. did any e a sense of what they would like to see happen next? >> well, several turned to the prosecutors and said this isn't over they want the prosecutors to continue the investigations. the prosecutors said they would there would be charges, they would like to see charges against others involved. some of epstein's friends tat they said helped recruit them for the sex trag.fficking rin they want more charges to continue, this case to continue in a criminal wa looking at co conspireers to. >> for many of the women coming forward today do you think we will hear more from them in the future as other investigati.s unfo >> i wouldn't be surprised. one of the things i heard from people is that, you know, while epstein thought he was winning
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by taking his lif'te he wa they felt hope for the first time in a rely long time. they felt a power in being able to stand together, that theyki weren't ba down anymore. there was almost a rally among these women, they had a shared exrience, and for the firs time they were standing together in a major way. there were dozenof women there. about 16 people. many others were there and didn't spak. they have this, a group now they can rly on for comfort. >> rene merle reporting for the washington post. you have been following this story far from over. thank you for being with us today. clear >> woodruff: stay with us.
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ming up on the newshour: in the path of danger. a still-vulnerable puerto rico braces for another tropical storm. president trump pitches his property for the next g7 summitu how much is he profiting from the presidency? and namaste in school. the impact of yoga in the lives of students. as thousands of fires rage through the amazon, brazil's president has reignited a plomatic war of words that could threaten millions in aid to fight them.em murphy, of "independent television news," reports on the political dispute unfolding and the blaze in the world's largest rainforest. >> reporter: they are the children of the amazon and now young victims of its fires. far from the flames, it is the smoke which is harming them, with hundreds being treated for its effects. baby nicolas is a month and a half old. his mother became so worried his cough, she decided t risk further smoke inhalation to
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get him to hospital. at night he can't breathe at all, she tells me. he coughs and struggcause of what's happening. i'm so frightened. her fears are shared by regiane martins. her daughter sophia is asthmatic and always struggles when there are firein the region, but this year her symptoms are so much worse. "i'm not just worried for sophia," she tells me. "i'm a teacher. i worry for my pupils." "there has been a real increase in the number of children who are sick. we can't just stay inside, but outside makes them ill." with air so smoke-logged you can smell and taste the pollution, hospitals across the region are busy. >> they feel hurt in the throat. difficulty of breathing, you know, coughing. these are the most common symptoms they feel. >> reporter: and this is simply because of the amount of smoke in the atmosphere.
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>> yes, it is two things: the weather that is dry and thee. sm >> reporter: yet as the res burn, the power play of international politics risks distracting from the crisis itself.az ian president jair bolsonaro rejecting millions from the gacnations amidst sations of colonialism. acron offers aid from ri countries to the amazon. he says, "why, do they have an eye on the amazon? what have they wanted there for so long?" that accusation was rejected by the french leader, who insisted world protection rather than world control s at the heart of the offer. president bolsonaro sees the amazon very much as brazil's possession to be protected or exploited as he sees fit. however, these fires are a global crisis and of a sca he may not be able to control them alone. >> woodruff: emma murphy for itv
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news. now we begin our series on the threats to the amazon rainforest. historic levels of deforestation and, this month, record-setting fires have sparked global outcry. ndna nawaz recently traveled to brazil to betterstand what's driving the devastation. tonight, their first report, with the support of the pulitzer center, examines the role played by brazil's president, jair bolsonaro.aw >> naz: he's been dubbed the" trump of the tropics," both for his surprising rise to power and for a history of controversial and offensive speech. president jair bolsonaro swept into office in january, promising to jumpstaailing economy by fighting widespread corruption and high levels of violence in brazilian cities. y. there was a political vacuum left in the coun >> nawaz: latin america expert monica de bolle at the peterson institute, says for boo, the timing of his candidacy was crucial to his win
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>> people re looking for somebody who could effectively tell them a good story about how they were going toet rid of corruption, and also about how they were going to reduce crime and violence. >> nawaz: over his 27 years in congress, bolsonaro built a reputation for holding far-right views and a thundering disdain for political correctness. like in 2003, when he told a fellow brazilian lawmaker she was not worth raping. the former army captain has long praised brazil's former military dictatorship; he's said he'd be incapable of loving a homosexuad son, and advoc for the use of firing squads to kill suspected criminals. but last september, bolsonaro became a target of violence himself- while campaigning for president. he survived, saying god saved him to lead brazil, then cruiseo ictory weeks later by tapping into national outrage over a massive corruption scandal, known as operation car wash. the years-long probe uncovered a
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vast and unprecedented web of political and corporate ntcketeering. several lawmakers to jail, including former president lula da silva. public backlash against the establishment was swift, and severe. >> brazil's democracy, while people still believe in it, they think it's been shaken to its core because of this corruption scandal. >> he was pretty much the right person to appear at the righ c time for theditions that were set in the country, but far from being the kind of leader that brazil actually needs to get over a lot of the prlems that it has. >> nawaz: but now eight months into bolsonaro's presidency, those problemstill linger, says eduardo viola, a professor of international relations at the university of brasilia. >> he's governing a lot over tweets. and like trump, more or less. and so this many times create crisis. >> nawaz: the most recent
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crisis? the anti-corruption candidate now faces his own corruption scandal. geaked messages and audio collusion between prosecutorsan a then-judge, now bolsonaro's handpicked justice minister. an effort, critics say, to keep former president lula locked up on corruption charges, and out last year's election. recently bolsonaro, who was elected with 55% of the vote, has seen his support start to slip. polls show only about brthird of elilians now view his presidency posit but the president still enjoys strong support and loyalty from his base. thousands of bolsonaro supporters took to the streets earlier this summer, a rpro- governmelies around brazil. this one, in sao paolo. >> ( translated ): i voted for change. because it's this way that he conquered the masses. >> i think if he can do half of what he said he would do. then yes he could succeed if there is no corruption.
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>> ( translat): now i see a person more honest, patriotic to command our country, the proposals that he places, everything is beneficial for our population. >> nawaz: but one group tracking bolsonaro's rise andhetoric with concern is the environmental community. t re is a dangerous combination of anti-science discourse and anti-environmental discourse. n az: mercedes bustamente is a biologist and professor at the university of brasilia. she says bolsonaro's push to open up the amazon rainforest for more agriculture and mining, threatens both the battle against global warming and brazil's image and legacy as an environmental leader. >> brazil has made huge progrese inast years trying to reduce deforestation rates in the amazon. and as the economic situation in brazil is not that good, the main argument is thaten ronmental protection is stopping brazilian economic growth. >> nawaz: bolsonaro's administration has already overseen historic lef deforestation-- rolling back
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regulations on protected areas a in the amazon, slashing the cydget of brazil's main environmental agy 24%. >> he has weakened all of the environmental agencies in brazil that were responsible for licensing, monitoring, and just sendg people out to make sur that deforestation wasn't happening. he has basically upended all of those institutions. >> nawaz: but one policy turn- around by bolsonaro has given environmentalists hope: his reversal on a campaign promise to pull out of the landmark paris climate accord, signed by almost every nation in the world. >> believe me this is not what we need. >> nawaz: if that pledge to pull out of the international climate agreement sounds familiar, it's because president trump made it first. >> i was elected to represent the citizens of pittsburgh, not paris. >> nawaz: trump and bolsonaro i have forged ological bond
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over the last year. >> are the two really that similar? >> yes, they are. i mean he was a lot inspired by ae trump electoral campai the election of trump and the way trump governs. th>> i don't thinkt's alto fair to call him the trump of the tropics, because he's verymu a product of brazilian politics but of course some of these ndmilarities in terms of tactics and if he's cominger stress for some reason, his inclination to always find something else to sort of deflect the attention away from the cosue that he's ng under stress for are indeed similar. >> nawaz: another similarity? bolsonaro keeps his family close. his three adult sons are all elected officials.e st visible is eduardo, a congressman often seen by his father's side, and often serving as his foreign envoy. last summer, he accompanied his father to washington, d.c. in june, to the g20 summit in tokyo. how much influence does he have over h father? >> in terms of foreign policy?
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a lot. i mean the influence of eduardo bolsonaro, all the sons is very strong in the president. it>> nawaz: while in the c city of brasilia, i asked congressman eduardo bolsonaro what similarities his father shares with president trump. how so, how are they s? >> they do not care about the politically correct. the same way that they speak with their friends, they are going to speak with the press. >> nawaz: congressman bolsonaro, now under consideration to be brazil's ambassador to the unitedtates, staunchly defends his father's past remark including him insulting a political rival's looks by saying she wasn't worthy of ing raped. >> nawaz: you don't deny your father said this about the woman, about a political rival? >> no, because she attacked first him. >> nawaz: what about the comments about having a tmosexual son? he'd never be ablove a homosexual son. >> i am sure, if i would be a
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homosexual, my father will love me, for sure. >> nawaz: there were, a surge in attacks during the ele against l.g.b.t.q. members here in brazil. two trans women were murdered during that time, and there was yodirect link to their killers being supporters o father. do you worry abouthat? >> really not. i think my father got stabbed. he's the victim. people sometimes tryo do this kind of relation. >> nawaz: this is separate from the attack on your father though. is was related to things that he had said. >> do you think the l.g.b.t. sent someone to stab my father?z >> ndo you? >> i don't know. the poll numbers have been sagging recently. >> nawaz: are you worried that he's losing support? >> no, no, no, i don'tt
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this way. i think that to fix brazil after 13 years of socialism, we are not going of months. a couple it's a long way that we have to s,run, and i think four yet will be the first step. >> nawaz: presidenbolsonaro has moved quickly to redefine brazil's place in the world, but his move in the amazon are already sparking internationalco backlash, acing to monica de bolle. and she says the economy will determine the fate of the bolsonaro presidency. bril is in a very, very delicate pla right now. because you have this economy that's not that's not taking off, and the levelof unemployed people, very high unemployment rates, and rising inequality, that's obviously going to lead people to at some point think, "wegu we voted this in because we thought he was going to turn the situation around, and it's actually not happening. >> nawaz: bolsonaro's challenge? work within the very institutions he derides, as he tries to deliver on the campaign hipromises that propelled into power.
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for the pbs newshour, i'm amna nawaz, in brasilia, brazil. >> woodruff: puerto rico is under hurricane watch late today, as tropical storm dorian bears down on the island. residents and government agencies are again bracing themselves for the blow, just under two years since hurricane maria ravaged the island, leaving much of its power grid, water systems, and other infrastructure in tatters. for a look at how the island's government is preparing and its citizens are stocking up and hunkering down, we turn too danica c the associated press. >> woodruff: danica, help owe, thank you for joining us. what is the latest the hurricane center is saying this storm. >> they adjusted the forecast a little bit. now the storm will affect the central part of puerto rico and
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the southwest region and heavy ra on the north coast. >> james: are they saying how strong the storm they expecit to be? >> it remains near hurricane rength. it hen down graded the last couple of days. at the beginning it was a cagory one rricane. now it's suppose to be near hurricane strength. >> woodruff: what are people doing to prepare on the island? >> a lot. a lot of people areoing last-minute prup rations. shelves have been stripped of water but therere supplies island wide. they're buying food and diesel for generators and cars. they're securing items that are rving as roo. those with blue tarps as roofs are seeking shelter. >> woodruff: what about the government? you have a new governor. she has only been in office foru three weeks. how is the puerto rican government preparing?
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>> correct.e new governor had her first press con france last night. she read from a document of about nine pages outlining everything the government aencies are doing and how they're better equipped this time around compared to hurricane marie afpl maria. she noted the power company has $122 million of inventory. compared to roughly the 22 million available during marie afplt she spoke about generators, 100-watt radioses and other equipment theas governmentought since the category four storm struck. >> woodruff: she is saying they're preter prepared the they were for maria. >> correct. she said new equipment has been bought, communications have improved. they learned their lessen from hurricane maria and they're
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better prepared. >> woodruff: danica, we know there was a lot of damage to the island, the infrastructure. how much does that affect the ability for puerto rico to prepare for a hurricane? >> there are about 30,000 homes with blue tarps for roofs. that's nearly two yers after usria. about nine thoand to thirteen thousand are located in the region where the storm is expected to impact. in addition to the blue roofs there are power outsoages. areas it's daily, others it's weekly. over all the powier d is unstable. many worry, even though it's not a hurricane cominr way the tropical storm force winds andns heavy raill lead to power outages. >> woodruff: what happens to those people living in the houses with the very, the flimsy roofs the blue tarps. where do they go. >> that's a good wh a good ques.
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>> some are sheiking shelter. some stay with neighbors and friends. they'rworried about the aftermath. their roofs leak with minor rain storms. dorian is expected to dump between 3-6 inches of rain. up to 8 inches in isolated areas. they worry about the future of the homes they tried tobuild after maria. >> woodruff: what about over all. hat alk the people you tao saying, here we goere is another storm? how concerned are they? >> they're very concerned. one person i interviewed this morning said we're all prepared. we bought our water we bought fuel for the generators for those who afford them. in the end it's mostly in the hands of the government. many feel the government failed them in 201th7. 're worried about, you know, another failure this time around despite governor auring peoe they are well prepared with better equipment and better communications.
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that the storm won't be as strong as maria. they're all a onert. people, you know they will be well protected. >> woodruff: we will follow this and report on it in the hours and days to come. in the meantime we wih all of the people of puerto rico the very best. danica coto with the associated press thank you. >> thank you, very much. >> woodruff: president trump suggested this week that he is considering hosting nextear's g7 meeting with world leaders at his miami golf resort. lisa desjardins has more on why those comments are raising some eyebrows. >> desjardins: it sounded like a sales pitch, but from a presidential podium. the washington post's david farenthold has been reporting on mr. trump's business interests since before the 2016 election, and joins me now. >> let's start first of all, david, what the president told
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reporters about why hehinks his resort in florida is a gooda or the g7. >> we have many hundred of acres in terms of parng, in tems of all of the things you need the ball rooms are among the bige in florida, and the best. it's brand new. m they wan people wanted it. from my stand point i wone't mak any money. in my opinion i won't make any t ney. i dont to make money. i don't care about making money. >> president trump is unique in many ways. he ownsts rescross the country. what issues would this rase for the g7 on property the president owns. >> tw categories. one is ethic. constitution prohibits presidents taking payment from foreign governments. the foreign leaders who come toh g7 summits are accompanied
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by dozens of people. they pay for hotel rooms and the venue would go to him this. is the use of presintial power creating revenue for him self. the other is logistical. most are so heavily secured on a lands and small resort towns you can wall off. here you can not do that. it among industrial parks on the western side of miami thraoefplt is the logistical quesoon securing something big and sprawling into a big city. >> let's lk at this for a minute for the u.s. constitution clause. person holding any fice of profit, generally meant to be ac ive of the u.s. government, shall without theco ent of congress access any -- from any foreigstate. this is one of two clauses. do we know if it's illegal for foreign governments to conduct
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business that the president ns. where is this fight in court right now. >> you are rightwe don't know for sure this. is a dusty untouched area of federal hraufplt no president has gotten close to the line here, until trump who has jumped over the line. so now they're looking at what the founding fathers meant. three lawsuits were filed. two have been dismissed on the grounds that people that brought them. the one remaining was filedy congressional democrat. that is stilli gong if trump ap paelz it to a higher cort to dismiss it does this mean just a plane old bribe of trump doing a favor payment for a ballroom or hotel room. the courts haven't ruled on tt yet. >> i want to ask you about
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trump's business in general he says he doesn't care about money. do we know if his businesses have lost money since beingen pres >> we don't know the number. he has hundreds of individual companies. we know many are doing poorly. the golf course inl forida has had a rough run and profitability has dropped 70% are. they making money or losing money over all, they haven said. i don't know. >> let's talk about the resort specifically. 's a sprawling resort. four golf courses. some 700 rooms. certainly logistically it would provide space for the world leader looking at this in another way korbgs there not be an advantage for a president hosting world leaders on his own turf. why shouldn't he be able to do that. >> i talked with people today who are specialized in organizing summits. they said there are some
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advantages. one is it's divided into eight or ten vlas,ngs of hotel rooms. you can do that to housedu indi countries and security staffs don't run into each other it's self contained gand once dinitaries are on the property you can keep them there. ther disadvance ages. stose to the miami airport putting rections on flights. it's not an eye land. it's surrounded byei nghborhoods where someone could launch an attack, drone or mortar. if yoant to secure the area you have to remember serv sevenr more of the most powerful people there.world will be >> you have a new story touching on this. attorney general bar h barr hasn a reservation he's putting on for him self here. what concern is that? >> yes have documents william
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barr has resthervee presidential ballroom at the trump hotel in december. healls it a family holiday party. it's not illegal as far as i know this. is a qustion as far as the preuz. we have talked about the president combining thena per and political. the presidency and his business is. is a case someone he has rewarded in an official capacity is now giving president trump a personal award. barr says he didn't do it as a favor. he tried to get a room at thet marrirst. the fact using u.s. power to he trump is now using money to help trump. >> thank you for joining us. >> thank you
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it's tt time of year. hool is starting across the country. it can be a stressful time for kids and parents. one non-profit program, "yoga for youth," is designed to help students combat anxietand practice relaxation in schools and community centers. this story was produced by teachers and students who participated in pbs newshour student reporting labs' annual summer academy and is part of our regular series, "making the grade." >> i was getting, you know, rejection letters from scholarships and programs i wanted to do, and i was applying to colleges, so it was extremely overwhelming and str. >> as a teenager, i really wanted to please everyone. i just wanted everyone to be happy. when you do that, you are not happy yourself. >> we're going to do this with our eyes closed. >> reporr: after seeing his students struggle, northwood high school art teacher dharma
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atma singh started using yoga to help them cope with anxiety.as >> iaving a tough day with kids, and i pulled out my yoga mat and i sat down and started doing some, some meditation, but i had forgotten to lock doors. and two of my roughest kids camh rolling througdoor. and i said, "sit down. i'll show you." and so t number of kids started expanding. >> reporter: for dharma's former students, briannan and marley, yoga gave them a new lease on life during the most difficult time of eir high school careers. >> a lot of our kids, fact, i would say most of our kids are in crisis in one form or another. we have a lot of anxiety, stress, trauma that happens in lifeand kids who are teenagers, it's a difficult time of transitiofor them, anyway. >> reporter: now, dharma hopes to share his yoga practice with rs throughout montgomery county public schools in maryland. he uses a curriculum devoped by yoga for youth, a nonprofit
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organization working to bring yoga and mindfulness tents across the country. emily cord, an elementary school teacher, is attending dharma's workshop. >> it helps me be more mindful about what's going on in students' lives and really think about how i can support them better through different stretches or exercises to deal with these challenges in the lives. >> i go to school in an appalachian area where public schools are pretty low funded, ere's a lot of problems. after college, i'm hoping to take a year to save anget my yoga teacher training. >> reporter: dharma says his ultimate goal is to spread his message of peace and love to everyone who needs it. >> yoga for youth provides them with tools in their tool belt to be able to self regulate and to manage themselves to make goodsi des. to, you know, deal with their stress, their anxiety, their pressures that they have to deal with on a daily basis. >> meditation has helped me to find empathy for aider range
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of people. >> reporter: for pbs newshour student reporting labs, i'm damien henson in silver spring, maryland. >> woodruff: and that was from north wood high scho, thank you tonight on the newshour online. at the end of summer, it can sotimes feel like there's nothing to watch on television, but there are plenty of women's sports in full swing. we have some recommendations online now at www.pbs.org/newshour. all that and more is on our web sitewww.pbs.org/newshour. and that's the newshour for tonight. i'm judy woodruff. join us online and again here tomorrow evening. for all of us at the pbs newshour, thank and see you soon. >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> babbel. a language learning app that uses speteh recognition nology and teaches real-life conversations. >> consumer cellular.
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