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President Trump on Sunday ordered the withdrawal of nearly all 1,000 U.S. troops from northern Syria as Turkey continued a military offensive against Syrian Kurds that has left the region in chaos. For more on the escalating military offensive in Syria, Sarah El Deeb, a reporter for the Associated Press, joins Megan Thompson from Beirut.
For years, the nation known until recently as the Republic of Macedonia has worked to gain NATO and European Union membership, with efforts blocked by Greece because of a dispute over its name. But in February, the country adopted a new name, North Macedonia, and is hopeful the name change will open the door for membership. Special correspondent Christopher Livesay reports.
President Trump saw cracks in support among congressional Republicans last week, following his decision to pull back troops in northern Syria and amid allegations he withheld military aid to Ukraine for political gains. The busy week in politics comes as Democrats prepare for the latest presidential debate set for Tuesday in Ohio. Jeff Greenfield joins Megan Thompson for some analysis.
Kevin McAleenan is leaving his post as acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security after six months on the job, President Trump announced Friday. During his short tenure, McAleenan oversaw an agency that has moved to drastically curb entry of asylum seekers into the United States. Zolan Kanno-Youngs, homeland security reporter for The New York Times, joins Megan Thompson to discuss.
Iowa is a powerhouse producer of corn and soybeans. But all the industrial farming has come at a cost to the environment. Today, there's a growing number of farmers adopting more sustainable practices in a bid to save Iowa's precious soil and water. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Mark Bittman reports as part of our "Future of Food" series, supported in partnership with the Pulitzer Center.
For nearly 40 years, John Barelli helped secure one of the most precious collections in the world at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He recently spoke to NewsHour Weekend's Megan Thompson about his extraordinary career and new book, "Stealing the Show: A History of Art and Crime in Six Thefts."
Marie Yovanovitch, the former Ukrainian ambassador forced from her position in May, testified on Capitol Hill Friday despite being denied permission to do so by the State Department. In her prepared opening statement, Yovanovitch blasted the Trump administration for leveraging "unfounded and false claims" to justify her ouster. Lisa Desjardins reports and joins Judy Woodruff and Yamiche Alcindor.
In our news wrap Friday, the U.S. and China reached a partial trade deal after 15 months of disagreement. President Trump agreed to suspend a tariff hike scheduled to go into effect Tuesday, and China pledged to buy up to $50 billion in U.S. agricultural products. Also, more than 100,000 people are under evacuation orders as a wildfire rages in Southern California. At least two people have died.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed received the Nobel Peace Prize this week for his work lifting the country's state of emergency, granting amnesty to thousands of political prisoners and increasing the role of women in political life. But his most significant accomplishment was making peace with neighboring Eritrea. Amna Nawaz talks to the Center for International Policy's Salih Booker for more.
Susan Rice served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and national security adviser in the Obama administration. In a new book, she shares her story of raising kids while navigating some of the country's toughest foreign policy and national security issues. Rice joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the Trump administration's stance toward Syrian Kurds and bridging her family's political divisions.
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week's political news, including President Trump's attitude toward Kurds in Syria and stance toward Turkey's Syria offensive, testimony from the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine and how the prospect of impeachment affects the race among 2020 Democrats.
The Tippet Rise Art Center in southern Montana is home to stunning sculptures, architecture and classical music. But instead of traditional museum or concert hall walls, its artworks are surrounded by natural wonders. And its organizers make a conscious effort to attract not only global art lovers but local residents of the rural area, as well. Jeffrey Brown reports.
In a surprising twist within the impeachment inquiry of President Trump, two associates of Rudy Giuliani who were to appear before Congress this week were instead arrested at the airport on charges of violating campaign finance law. According to law enforcement, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman exhibited "corrupt behavior." Yamiche Alcindor and Lisa Desjardins join Judy Woodruff to discuss.
In our news wrap Thursday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy denied President Trump sought to blackmail him over military aid to Ukraine. Zelenskiy also vowed that his country would investigate whether Ukraine interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Meanwhile, Apple has removed an app that helped Hong Kong protesters track police movements amid a backlash from Chinese state media.
The power is still out across a wide swath of Northern California. Officials from utility company PG&E are conducting a planned blackout to reduce the risk of wildfire from high winds mixing with dry weather. But anger is building among the many residents who don't agree with the timing or logic of the outage. William Brangham reports and talks to Matthias Gafni of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Turkey continued its military assault into northern Syria on Thursday. Aid agencies warn that nearly half a million people near the border are at risk from the violence, which is drawing criticism from many U.S. officials. Amna Nawaz reports and talks to Sinam Mohamad, U.S. representative for the Syrian Democratic Council, and Soner Cagaptay of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
In a new book, Pulitzer winner James B. Stewart explores two controversial recent investigations by the FBI and the Justice Department: Probes into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server when she was secretary of state and Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Stewart talks to William Brangham about how his research contradicts President Trump's "deep state" narrative.
November marks the 50th anniversary of public television's "Sesame Street," a cultural landmark widely praised for its approach to children's programming. But beyond the songs and fun, "Sesame Street" does some serious work for those in need, providing special support and guidance for military families and addressing topics like autism and addiction. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
In our news wrap Wednesday, Turkish forces crossed the Syrian border, hours after their warplanes carried out airstrikes targeting U.S. allied Kurdish forces. Siobahn Kennedy of Independent Television News Reports. Also, Democratice presidential candidate Joe Biden for the first time said that President Trump should be impeached.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he was on President Trump's call with the leader of Ukraine and that "it was consistent with what President Trump has been trying to do to take corruption out." Pompeo sat down with Judy Woodruff to discuss the call at the center of impeachment inquiry into the president, as well as pulling troops out of Syria and China's crackdown on Muslim minorities.
More than five weeks since Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas, the complexities of the storm and the recovery are in some ways just beginning to reveal themselves. But scientists also say the long game for the Bahamas is very uncertain, just as the certainty grows linking climate change and a greater frequency of strong hurricanes. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien reports.
A strongly worded letter from the White House on Tuesday informed House Democratic leaders that it will not be complying with the impeachment inquiry, and called the entire process illegitimate, in part because the full House has not voted to authorize it. To understand the White House's legal argument, William Brangham talks with former House Intelligence Committee staffer Jamil Jaffer.
In Nevada, a majority-Latino, majority-female union reflects the changing face of U.S. organized labor and the state's increasingly diverse population. Last year, the union was also the most effective Latino voter turnout operation in the state, where Democrats won up and down the ballot. John Yang reports on what this voting bloc wants to hear from the 2020 candidates.
Wednesday marks the 100th anniversary of a notorious moment in baseball's history: when the White Sox lost to the Cincinnati Reds in the 1919 World Series, provoking a scandal that stained the sport's reputation. Now, as Stephanie Sy reports, a very different story about the players' motivation is coming out.