News Wrap: Former first lady Nancy Reagan dies at age 94
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HARI SREENIVASAN: Good evening. I’m Hari Sreenivasan. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff are away.
On the “NewsHour” tonight: Democrats sparred in the troubled town of Flint, Michigan, while Ted Cruz plays catchup, winning the same amount of states as front-runner Donald Trump over the weekend.
Also ahead, we remember Nancy Reagan. Judy Woodruff sat down with the former first lady in one of her last interviews.
NANCY REAGAN, Former First Lady: I think I was a little bit more realistic about people than — than he was. And that was my contribution.
HARI SREENIVASAN: And how security agencies are screening the thousands of refugees pouring into Europe after the Paris attacks.
BERNDT KORNER, Frontex: We are just trying to investigate whoever is apprehended, whoever is brought to the offices, check them through the databases, perform the necessary security checks in order to prevent that anything slips through.
HARI SREENIVASAN: All that and more on tonight’s “PBS NewsHour.”
HARI SREENIVASAN: In the day’s other news, tributes poured in today for former first lady Nancy Reagan, after her death Sunday in Los Angeles. President Obama ordered flags flown at half-staff, and, at a meeting, he took a moment to offer praise.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: As somebody who has been lucky enough to have an extraordinary partner in my life as well, I know how much she meant, not just to President Reagan, but to the country as a whole. He was lucky to have her. And I’m sure he’d be the first to acknowledge that. So, she will be missed.
HARI SREENIVASAN: Mrs. Reagan will lie in repose on Wednesday at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. The funeral will be Friday. We will have more on Nancy Reagan, in her own words, later in the program.
The news of Mrs. Reagan’s death came as former President Jimmy Carter announced he no longer needs treatment for cancer. He said his latest MRI showed no signs of melanoma that had spread to his brain at one point. The former president is 91. He’s been on a newly approved drug that helps the body target cancer cells.
The Pentagon now says a U.S. drone strike killed more than 150 Islamist militants in Somalia. Saturday’s attack hit a training camp for Al-Shabaab fighters, about 120 miles north of Mogadishu. A U.S. military spokesman says they were getting ready to launch a large-scale operation.
Heavy fighting broke out today along Tunisia’s frontier with Libya, when dozens of gunmen stormed a border town. Authorities reported 53 dead in Ben Gardane near beach towns popular with tourists. Battles raged into the night before the army regained control. Tunisia’s president said it was the work of Islamic State extremists out of Libya.
PRESIDENT BEJI CAID ESSEBSI, Tunisia (through interpreter): This is an unprecedented attack, planned and organized, and whose goal was probably to take control of this area and to announce a new emirate.
HARI SREENIVASAN: Extremist attacks in Tunisia killed dozens of tourists last year.
And, in Pakistan, a suicide bomber killed 11 people and wounded 15 in the northwest town of Shabqadar. The bomber blew himself up after guards stopped him from entering a court. A Pakistani Taliban group said it was revenge for the execution of a man who killed a provincial governor.
European leaders convened in Brussels today, searching for a way to shut off the flow of migrants. As they did, hundreds more kept arriving in Greece, but they’re now blocked from advancing any farther.
James Mates of independent news reports from Brussels
JAMES MATES: They came to Europe in search of safety and a better life. What they found is a tent city on a bleak hillside, with hostility and razor-wire fences now springing up across a continent that they believed was the promised land.
And as they shiver on Greece’s northern border, the continent’s leaders are meeting 1,500 miles away, in turn threatening and haggling over how to stop anymore from coming.
CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL, Germany (through interpreter): I just want to respond to how we can reduce migrants for not only a few countries, but for all countries, including Greece. It can’t just be about closing something. We need to find a sustainable solution together with Turkey, as well as putting an end to illegal immigration and improving the living conditions of the refugees.
JAMES MATES: It is this man who appears to now hold the keys to Europe, the prime minister of Turkey, who can stop migrants coming or can agree to take them back, but at a price, six billion euros and a promise his country can soon join the E.U.
AHMET DAVUTOGLU, Prime Minister, Turkey: And Turkey is ready to work with the E.U. Turkey is ready to be a member of the E.U. as well. And, today, I hope this summit, which we will not focus on the irregular migration, but also Turkey’s accession process to E.U.
JAMES MATES: But these were the scenes just this weekend in Istanbul after an opposition newspaper was shut down by an increasingly authoritarian government. Without the bargaining chip of refugees, Turkey would be nowhere near E.U. membership.
But here they are today seated around the E.U.’s top table, the Turkish flag on the wall, an ever-growing list of demands being presented, knowing that, for as long as the refugees keep coming, they hold the whip hand.
HARI SREENIVASAN: Late today, Hungary said it will veto any plan to resettle asylum-seekers directly from Turkey.
Back in this country, the average bonus on Wall Street fell 9 percent last year, to just over $146,000. The New York Comptroller’s Office says it’s because profits in the securities industry were down sharply, and bonuses are tied to those profits. Overall compensation for Wall Street workers, including salary, actually rose 14 percent. It’s now nearly $405,000, a record.
On Wall Street today, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 67 points to close at 17074. The Nasdaq fell eight points, and the S&P 500 added a little less than two points.
Still to come on the “NewsHour”: our Politics Monday duo on the increasingly controversial race for the White House; remembrances of a first lady, the legacy of the late Nancy Reagan; European leaders seeking a new solution to the migrant crisis; and much more.