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  • ICE detentions bring profits to Louisiana, but at what cost?

    Oct 20 2019

    The rapid expansion of ICE detentions in Louisiana has injected depressed rural communities with a new source of income while increasing profits for private companies. With more than 51,000 migrants detained by ICE, upwards of 8,000 are being held in Louisiana jails and prisons. Joanne Elgart Jennings reports in the second of a two-part series in partnership with The New Orleans Advocate and ITVS.

  • Liberals face uphill battle after Trudeau's controversies

    Oct 20 2019

    Canadians are heading to the polls on Monday to vote in Parliamentary elections. But after four years in power and a string of recent controversies, current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his majority Liberal Party are facing a tough race against Conservative and progressive challengers, who are campaigning on a platform of change. Special Correspondent Benedict Moran has a preview.

  • ICE detainees held in rural areas, far from legal assistance

    Oct 19 2019

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is currently detaining more than 51,000 people. But with detention centers near the U.S.-Mexico border at capacity, more than half of those detainees are being held in remote prisons and jails, often far from legal representation. In the first of a two-part series, Joanne Elgart Jennings reports from Louisiana in partnership with The New Orleans Advocate.

  • John Hodgman's new book explores the gift of losing status

    Oct 19 2019

    From frequent flyer programs to customer loyalty rewards to secret clubs, there are many ways some Americans chase status. But to author and comedian John Hodgman, losing that status can be as illuminating as the journey. Hodgman recently spoke to NewsHour Weekend's Christopher Booker about life since becoming a "very famous minor television personality" and his new book, "Medallion Status."

  • Fighting abates in northern Syria, but political and humanitarian crises endure

    Oct 18 2019

    The battleground in northeastern Syria appears to be quieting, after a cease-fire between Turkish forces and Kurdish fighters got off to a rocky start. But will Turkey keep its word -- and was the U.S. pullout from the region appropriate? President Trump's decision to withdraw troops has drawn bipartisan condemnation, with Sen. Mitch McConnell calling it a "grave mistake." Amna Nawaz reports.

  • News Wrap: Mulvaney's Ukraine comments prompt GOP criticism

    Oct 18 2019

    In our news wrap Friday, President Trump is facing new criticism from Republicans over the issue that launched the impeachment inquiry. Rep. Francis Rooney of Florida said acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney cannot erase comments about tying military aid for Ukraine to an investigation of Democrats. Also, a bomb exploded in an eastern Afghanistan mosque, killing at least 62 during Friday prayers.

  • Mexico failed to capture the son of 'El Chapo.' Can it contain drug cartels?

    Oct 18 2019

    Mexico's president defended his security forces Friday for releasing the son of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman after they caught him, when members of the cartel opened fire and seized soldiers. Analysts say the failed raid casts doubt on the Mexican government's ability to contain drug violence. Nick Schifrin reports on the significance for the U.S. fight against illegal narcotics.

  • Pilot messages reveal 2016 concerns over safety of Boeing 737 MAX

    Oct 18 2019

    Boeing is facing new questions about its dealings with federal safety regulators over the grounded 737 MAX jet. At issue are 2016 messages from a Boeing pilot who says he lied to officials about a flight-control system now linked to two deadly crashes. The FAA wants to learn what else Boeing knew about the flaw -- and when. Amna Nawaz talks to David Shepardson of Reuters, who broke the story.

  • John Kasich on supporting impeachment and the question Trump voters should ask themselves

    Oct 18 2019

    Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich served in public office for over three decades. But in his new book, "It's Up to Us," he calls on the American people to pay less attention to the president and political drama in Washington -- and more to their own actions and communities. Kasich sits down with Judy Woodruff to discuss President Trump, impeachment and the 'gifts' that let us move the country forward.

  • Shields and Brooks on Trump's Syria 'blunder,' impeachment outlook

    Oct 18 2019

    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week's political news, including how the impeachment inquiry is affecting President Trump's support among Republicans, fallout from Trump's handling of northern Syria and the military advance by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the changing dynamics of the 2020 presidential race.

  • A groundbreaking exhibition finally tells the stories of Native women artists

    Oct 18 2019

    "Hearts of Our People" is the country's first ever exhibition devoted solely to the works of Native American women. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts assembled the retrospective, which is currently at Nashville's Frist Art Museum and will visit Tulsa and Washington, D.C. in 2020. Jeffrey Brown reports on how the show brings attention to a realm previously "not at all addressed in the art world."

  • How these 2 astronauts took a giant leap for womankind

    Oct 18 2019

    NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch conducted the first all-female spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Friday. The occasion represented a momentous milestone for the space program, which long disregarded women. Meir and Koch held a news conference from space, during which President Trump called them to offer congratulations. William Brangham reports.

  • Turkish ambassador to U.S. disputes that Erdogan agreed to a 'cease-fire'

    Oct 17 2019

    Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Thursday about Turkey's military offensive in northern Syria. They agreed to a five-day pause in the operation, but disagreed about whether or not it constitutes a "cease-fire." Judy Woodruff reports and sits down with Serdar Kilic, Turkish ambassador to the U.S., to discuss.

  • How the Trump impeachment inquiry and Senate trial could unfold

    Oct 17 2019

    There was confusion around the words of the Trump administration's acting chief of staff Thursday. Mick Mulvaney first connected the delay of military aid to Ukraine with an investigation into a DNC server in 2016 but then said the two were unrelated. Meanwhile, EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland testified on Capitol Hill. Lisa Desjardins reports and joins Judy Woodruff and Yamiche Alcindor to discuss.

  • News Wrap: Nor'easter knocks out power to 400,000 in Maine, Massachusetts

    Oct 17 2019

    In our news wrap Thursday, New England is cleaning up after a powerful nor'easter lashed the region with heavy rain and wind gusting to 90 miles an hour. Some 400,000 customers in Maine and Massachusetts lost power. Also, about 25,000 teachers and staff are striking in Chicago, the nation's third-largest public school district. They're demanding better pay and smaller classes, among other changes.

  • Congress mourns Elijah Cummings, veteran lawmaker and civil rights advocate

    Oct 17 2019

    Veteran Congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland died early Thursday at age 68, after suffering long-standing health problems. The Baltimore Democrat was a highly regarded figure in both political parties, known for his advocacy on civil rights issues. Cummings was chair of the House Oversight Committee and had been playing a central role in the impeachment inquiry. Amna Nawaz reports.

  • The EU approved Boris Johnson's Brexit plan -- but will Parliament?

    Oct 17 2019

    European Union leaders unanimously backed a Brexit deal with the United Kingdom on Thursday. The next major hurdle is for British Parliament to approve the agreement -- no easy feat for Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Nick Schifrin reports and talks to Chatham House's Robin Niblett about how the deal would handle the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland and the outlook for passing it.

  • In tentative UAW deal, GM trades cash bonuses for future flexibility

    Oct 17 2019

    A month-long strike by the United Auto Workers appears to be nearing an end. The organization's leadership approved a tentative deal with General Motors on Thursday, but workers will remain on the picket line until rank-and-file members vote on it over the next week or so. William Brangham reports and talks to Micki Maynard, a journalist who covers the automotive industry, about the details.

  • How big data is transforming creative commerce

    Oct 17 2019

    Big data is disrupting nearly every aspect of modern life. Artificial intelligence, which involves machines learning, analyzing and acting upon enormous sets of data, is transforming industries and eliminating certain jobs. But that data can also be used to appeal more directly to what customers want. Special correspondent and Washington Post columnist Catherine Rampell reports.

  • Syria and impeachment put Trump on defensive as House condemns pullout

    Oct 16 2019

    President Trump on Wednesday dismissed criticism of his withdrawal from northeast Syria and the ensuing Turkish incursion, but a bipartisan vote in the House condemned his action. The fallout comes as another key witness testified in the impeachment inquiry. Amna Nawaz reports, then talks with Nick Schifrin and Yamiche Alcindor to track the developments and impact on Trump's agenda.