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In our news wrap Friday, Florida officials confirmed that a gunman who killed three people at Naval Air Station Pensacola was a member of the Saudi Air Force. The attack happened in a classroom where the suspect was undergoing aviation training. Also, U.S. unemployment fell to a 50-year low as November hiring picked up steam. Employers added 266,000 new jobs -- the biggest increase in 10 months.
Protesters have shut down Paris and much of France in angry response to proposed pension reforms. The changes, which would unify the current system and increase workers' ability to change sectors, represent the delivery of a campaign promise from President Emmanuel Macron. But French labor unions and other critics fear they will affect retirement age or scope of benefits. Nick Schifrin reports.
One of President Trump's lines of defense in the impeachment inquiry into his handling of Ukraine policy is the theory that Ukraine had intervened in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Trump and his supporters have repeatedly claimed that Ukraine colluded against him. William Brangham talks to Lisa Desjardins for more about this unsubstantiated claim and where it originated.
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week's political news, including how the first House Judiciary Committee hearing on impeachment affected the case against President Trump, what Trump's contentious visit to a NATO summit means for U.S. foreign policy and the fallout from Sen. Kamala Harris' withdrawal from the 2020 race.
An exhibit at South Carolina's Columbia Museum of Art shows Vincent van Gogh in a new light. "Van Gogh and His Inspirations" presents the younger, wayward artist who learned from looking hard at the world -- and the work of artists around him. A private collection of his inspirations is made public for the first time and presented alongside a dozen original van Gogh works. Jeffrey Brown reports.
Farmworkers face major challenges when it comes to staying healthy. They often spend hours daily performing physical labor that taxes the body, while language barriers and lack of employer-paid health insurance complicate their access to care. But the Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center is working on a unique way to improve health care for these workers. Anikka Abbott has the story.
On Thursday, a day after the House Judiciary Committee heard testimony from four law professors on the legal basis for impeaching President Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi formally requested the committee chair proceed with articles of impeachment. She said "the facts are uncontested," while Trump called the inquiry a "big, fat hoax." Lisa Desjardins reports and joins Judy Woodruff to discuss.
In our news wrap Thursday, a U.S. official said Iran may have killed more than a thousand people in a crackdown on mass protests. Brian Hook, U.S. special representative for Iran, cited reports from intelligence analysis and inside the country; President Trump called the situation "horrible." Also, Trump appealed to the Supreme Court to shield his financial records from congressional oversight.
The House Judiciary Committee held its first impeachment hearing Wednesday, receiving testimony from four legal scholars on the constitutional basis for impeachment. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., ranking Republican on the committee, is leading his party's effort to defend President Trump in the impeachment inquiry. Rep. Collins joins Judy Woodruff to discuss disagreeing with Democrats on basic facts.
Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Pa., sits on the House Judiciary Committee, which held its first hearing in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump Wednesday. The panel heard testimony from four legal scholars about the history and precedent for impeachment. Rep. Dean joins Judy Woodruff to discuss politics vs. patriotism and why the evidence of Trump's wrongdoing is "undenied" by House Republicans.
Fifty-five years after co-founding the rock band The Who, Pete Townshend is still at it. The lead lyricist and guitarist says he actually doesn't enjoy performing but views it as an "easy" job necessary to finance his lifestyle and support his family and staff. Economics correspondent Paul Solman sits down with Townshend to discuss aging, surviving child abuse and art's ability to inspire hope.
The exoneration of Ricky Kidd, a wrongly convicted man in Missouri who spent more than two decades in prison, highlights major problems with U.S. criminal justice. As covered in our Broken Justice podcast, Kidd was freed largely due to pro bono legal efforts. Kidd and attorney Sean O'Brien join Amna Nawaz to discuss the overburdened public defender system and how Kidd is turning anger to action.
"Big Mouth," the Netflix show Nick Kroll created with childhood best friend Andrew Goldberg, offers a comedic exploration of the trials and triumphs of adolescence. Now in a second season, the show leverages its creators' experiences with puberty to help teenagers -- and their parents -- feel less alone. Kroll shares his Brief But Spectacular take on blooming late and bringing characters to life.
The impeachment inquiry into President Trump entered a new phase Wednesday as the House Judiciary Committee held its first hearing on the matter. Four law professors testified before the panel about the legal parameters of impeachment: Noah Feldman, Michael Gerhardt, Pamela Karlan and Jonathan Turley. Those selected by Democrats said Trump's conduct was impeachable. Nick Schifrin reports.
In the House Judiciary Committee's first hearing Wednesday, four legal experts shared their perspective on impeachment -- and whether President Trump's handling of Ukraine policy meets the standard to justify it. Lisa Desjardins, who attended the hearing, joins Judy Woodruff and Yamiche Alcindor to discuss the four charges made against Trump, partisan and personal attacks and what comes next.
For additional insight into the House Judiciary Committee's first public impeachment hearing, we turn to Solomon Wisenberg, who was deputy independent counsel during the Whitewater investigation, and law professor Frank Bowman, author of "High Crimes and Misdemeanors: A History of Impeachment for the Age of Trump." Both join Judy Woodruff to discuss the day's developments.
In our news wrap Wednesday, Beijing sharply criticized Congress over a bill blasting China's detention of ethnic Muslims. China's foreign ministry warned the reprimand could affect ongoing trade negotiations. Also, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani again claimed the U.S. helped foment mass protests over gas price hikes but said that some people who had been jailed in the crackdown were innocent.
London's NATO summit was intended to celebrate a critical military alliance -- but ended up highlighting divisions among member nations. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was caught on camera appearing to mock President Trump to other leaders, while Trump openly questioned whether NATO should defend countries that don't pay their share on defense. Special correspondent Ryan Chilcote reports.
The Trump administration is making some major changes to the food stamp program, known as SNAP. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture finalized a new rule expected to end access to the benefit for nearly 700,000 people by enforcing tougher work standards and limiting exemptions. The Urban Institute's Elaine Waxman joins Amna Nawaz to discuss.
Mushroom hunters have long fanned out across the forest floor seeking what can be lucrative and delicious finds for teas, broths and medicinal remedies. But what does climate change mean for the fungi? From the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, Melanie Porter reports on what the foragers of the Arizona Mushroom Society are finding about mushrooms on a warming planet.
After weeks of closed-door and public hearings, the House Intelligence Committee released a 300-page report making the case for impeachment of President Trump, arguing that he solicited the interference of a foreign government in a U.S. election, obstructed the impeachment probe and sought to intimidate witnesses. Lisa Desjardins reports and joins Yamiche Alcindor and Judy Woodruff to discuss.
In our news wrap Tuesday, President Trump suggested he'd rather delay a trade agreement with China until after the 2020 election. New tariffs on Chinese imports could take effect December 15th, but Trump said he wasn't in a rush. Also, a federal appeals court in New York directed Deutsche Bank and Capital One to comply with subpoenas from House committees investigating Trump's business dealings.
President Trump arrived in London Monday night for a NATO summit meant to celebrate the alliance's 70th anniversary. But the meeting's first day was marred by acrimony among at least three member countries, as Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron traded barbs and Macron lamented Turkey's purchase of Russian weapons and invasion of northern Syria. Special correspondent Ryan Chilcote reports.
Three candidates have exited the 2020 presidential race in three days, though more than a dozen remain. On Monday, California Sen. Kamala Harris announced the end of her bid for the Democratic nomination, sharing a video for supporters that referenced some of the challenges her campaign faced amid a field of wealthy candidates. John Yang reports and talks to The Washington Post's Chelsea Janes.
The U.S. opioid epidemic has taken hundreds of thousands of lives. A reckoning for the manufacturers, marketers and distributors of these drugs has now begun -- but despite several multibillion dollar settlements, some states and municipalities say accountability and transparency for the companies is lacking. Casey Ross of STAT News joins Amna Nawaz to discuss Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family.