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On Tuesday, President Trump pardoned or commuted the sentences of 11 people he said had served enough time or been treated unfairly. The moves come as the president has sharply criticized the Department of Justice for its handling of the case of longtime Trump advisor Roger Stone. William Brangham talks to two former judges, Harvard Law School's Nancy Gertner and University of Utah's Paul Cassell.
In our news wrap Tuesday, China's outbreak of novel coronavirus may be slowing, with new cases falling below 2,000 for two days in a row. The country is enforcing mass quarantines and increased surveillance. Also, Afghan election officials announced that President Ashraf Ghani won a second term in last September's vote. Results had been repeatedly delayed, in part due to fraud accusations.
Six Democratic presidential candidates will debate Wednesday night in Nevada, with a new face joining onstage. Michael Bloomberg will participate for the first time this primary cycle, as scrutiny over his record intensifies. Lisa Desjardins reports on the candidate's efforts to appeal to minority voters ahead of the Nevada caucuses, and Judy Woodruff talks polling with NPR's Domenico Montanaro.
President Trump is appealing to black voters ahead of November's general election, touting his economic record and arguing Democrats haven't delivered for African American communities. But some of his methods, and those of his supporters, have drawn scrutiny. Judy Woodruff talks to Yamiche Alcindor and Donald Sherman of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington for details and analysis.
In Syria, only one pocket of resistance to the Assad regime remains, in Idlib province. But since late last year, Assad's military has been relentlessly attacking the region, and now, nearly a million people have been forced from their homes in the freezing cold. In a war defined by displacement, this is the largest movement of people in the entire years-long conflict. Nick Schifrin reports.
The Boy Scouts of America has filed for bankruptcy, with officials saying the move is the only way they can deal with the growing number of sexual abuse lawsuits and still maintain scouting programs for its current members. But, as John Yang reports, losing the chance to bring alleged perpetrators to justice is a bitter pill for former members who were abused as Scouts.
At the exhibition "Speechless: Different by Design," touching pieces of art is actually encouraged. As Jeffrey Brown reports, the Dallas Museum of Art show -- created as a collaboration between designers and brain researchers -- explores how people interact with their surroundings and how they communicate with each other.
In our news wrap Monday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is congratulating his forces for major gains in the country's last rebel strongholds. The Russian-backed blitz has recaptured Aleppo and much of Idlib province -- and driven nearly 900,000 people to the Turkish border in freezing weather. Also, in Afghanistan, Taliban fighters kept up their attacks despite a pending peace deal with the U.S.
With the novel coronavirus crisis gripping parts of Asia, thousands of passengers have been quarantined aboard cruise ships. Among them were several hundred Americans, who are now being evacuated back to the U.S., where they will undergo another quarantine in case they are infected with the virus. Amna Nawaz reports and talks to Vanderbilt University's Dr. William Schaffner for insight.
In the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, most of the candidates have fanned out across Nevada, whose caucuses will be held February 22nd. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar, as well as Pete Buttigieg, are aiming to build on their momentum, while former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren hope to push their campaigns in a new direction. Judy Woodruff reports.
NPR's Tamara Keith and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report join Judy Woodruff to discuss the latest political news, including the stakes for 2020 Democrats in the upcoming Nevada caucuses, technical concerns for tabulating caucus results after Iowa's confusion and whether Mike Bloomberg's advertising blitz is delivering him voter support.
Amid growing unrest in Greece, the government there is temporarily halting construction of permanent detention centers for asylum seekers. Tens of thousands of migrants have been stranded in the country for more than four years, since its border with Macedonia was sealed and the European Union failed to find enough alternative destinations. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports.
Journalist and historian Craig Fehrman has written a book called "Author in Chief: The Untold Story of Our Presidents and the Books They Wrote." He sits down with John Yang to discuss the long history of presidential writing, the strategy of publishing a book before an important political campaign and behind-the-scenes glimpses at presidents' personal stories.
Comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short first connected in the 1980s while filming "The Three Amigos" and have remained close friends ever since. For the NewsHour's "That Moment When," Martin and Short join Steve Goldbloom to discuss the moment they met, how they prioritized their relationship and managed to avoid competing with each other and which comedian they would pick to join their act.
It has been 55 years since civil-rights activist, James Baldwin, and founder of the conservative National Review, William F. Buckley, Jr., met for a debate on race in America. That discussion and the lives of the two cultural giants are subjects of a new book, "The Fire is Upon Us." Zachary Green spoke with author and political scientist Nicholas Buccola about how the debate's still resonating.
Arizona has endured two decades of drought, forcing farmers and others there to look for ways to conserve water. In the rural town of Camp Verde, an experimental program is bringing farmers and a malthouse together with the hopes of keeping more water in a local river. Ivette Feliciano reports.
Nevada Democrats on Sunday participated in a second day of early voting ahead of Saturday's presidential caucuses. But voters expressed concerns this weekend over long lines and confusion about voting rules after the state allowed early caucus voting for the first time. Nevada Independent reporter Megan Messerly joins Hari Sreenivasan for more on the voting process and a look at the week ahead.
For the last several weeks, PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs' "No Labels Attached" series has explored how stereotypes are impacting young people through race and culture and in sports. The latest installation looks at misconceptions about LGBTQ youth.
Locally based fishermen who supply the lone Starkist tuna cannery in American Samoa are facing a perfect storm of obstacles that are threatening their economic survival. A battle is now on in the U.S. territory to fend off those looming challenges, from rising fuel costs to international competition. Special correspondent Mike Taibbi reports with support from Pacific Islanders in Communications.
North Macedonia's government has in recent years erected hundreds of statues and monuments in the capital city of Skopje. But while the project, called Skopje 2014, was meant to give the city a facelift and boost national pride and tourism, it has also stirred up controversy. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Christopher Livesay reports.
The year 2020 marks the centennial anniversary for women's suffrage, when the 19th amendment took effect giving some women the right to vote in U.S. elections. And on Saturday, one of the movement's key figures, Susan B. Anthony, would have turned 200. In honor of the famed activist and the women's suffrage movement, a unique event is kicking off this weekend in New York. Karla Murthy reports.
In a continuation of its crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities and states, the Trump administration is planning to use U.S. Border Patrol agents from an elite tactical unit known as "BORTAC" to assist Immigration and Customs Enforcement in detaining undocumented immigrants. New York Times national immigration reporter Caitlin Dickerson joins Hari Sreenivasan for more on the escalation.
President Trump is apparently ignoring Attorney General William Barr's appeal for an end to public statements and tweets about the Justice Department, insisting he has the right to intervene. Also, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe will not be charged with lying to federal officials. Judy Woodruff discusses with Thomas Dupree and Joshua Geltzer, both former Justice Department officials.
In our news wrap Friday, Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman will not be investigated over his impeachment testimony against President Trump, says Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy. Vindman already lost his job with the National Security Council. Also, Turkish-backed rebels shot down a Syrian helicopter near Aleppo, in northwest Syria, where renewed violence has driven more than 800,000 from their homes.
The U.S. has reached a short-term agreement with the Taliban that could pave the way for ending the war in Afghanistan that has endured for nearly 20 years. Under the plan, U.S. forces and the Taliban agree to a temporary cessation of violence and a phased approach to the withdrawal of American troops. But is the Afghan government on board? Nick Schifrin joins Judy Woodruff from Munich to discuss.