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News Wrap: Judge rules campaign statements are fair game in Trump University civil suit

November 10, 2016 at 6:45 PM EST
In our news wrap Thursday, President-elect Donald Trump still faces legal troubles over his now-defunct Trump University. A federal judge in San Diego refused to issue a blanket ban on using campaign statements as evidence in the civil lawsuit, which goes to trial Nov. 28. Also, on Tuesday night, anti-Trump protests erupted in at least 10 cities across the country.
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HARI SREENIVASAN: In the day’s other news: The Trump rally carried Wall Street to a new record. Investors bid up bank shares, amid hopes for an easing of financial regulations. That sent the Dow Jones industrials to close to a new record, gaining 218 points to finish near 18808. The Nasdaq fell 42 points as money shifted out of tech stocks, and the S&P 500 added four.

JUDY WOODRUFF: The president-elect still faces legal troubles over his now-defunct Trump University. It’s the subject of a civil fraud lawsuit, and, today, a federal judge in San Diego refused to issue a blanket ban on using campaign statements as evidence. The case goes to trial on November 28, but the judge urged both sides to settle, given, as he said, all else that’s involved.

HARI SREENIVASAN: Tuesday’s election has sparked a wave of protests against the outcome. At least 10 cities saw demonstrations last night, with more to come tonight.

PROTESTERS: Not my president! Not my president!

HARI SREENIVASAN: That refrain echoed across cities throughout the country overnight, from New York, to Kansas City, to Seattle, Washington. Thousands of protesters, mostly young people, condemned the election of Donald Trump.

In Los Angeles, they blocked major highways, slowing traffic to a crawl. And, elsewhere, they burned a papier-mache effigy of the president-elect.

WOMAN: We cannot tolerate that man as a president of this country. I will not. I will never accept this.

WOMAN: This is a protest advocating love and that there are good people out here in this world that want to fight for equality.

HARI SREENIVASAN: There was some scattered violence. Crowds in Oakland, California, set fires in roads and broke windows of businesses. Police responded with tear gas.

All told, more than 100 people were arrested nationwide. The Trump camp dismissed the protesters. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani spoke on FOX News this morning.

FORMER MAYOR RUDY GIULIANI (R), New York City: The reality is, they’re a bunch of spoiled crybabies. He should find a way to listen and talk about it and then say to them, look, you’re overdoing it. Take a while and evaluate my presidency a year from now.

HARI SREENIVASAN: White House spokesman Josh Earnest said President Obama believes in nonviolent protest, but also that, in his words — quote — “We’re Americans and patriots first.”

Demonstrations carried into the day, including walkouts by high school students in some places. More protests are set in several cities tonight as well.

NATALIA ARISTIZABAL, Make the Road New York: We are not going to stay quiet. We’re not going to go back to closets. We are going to go out on the streets and continue to fight for our rights.

HARI SREENIVASAN: Natalia Aristizabal is with the immigration rights group Make the road new York, which claims about 20,000 members.

NATALIA ARISTIZABAL: This is actually for our communities and for us to be able to have a space that is safe, but that allows us to yell and to shed our anger and tears, but do it together, because that’s the only way that we’re going to get through this.

HARI SREENIVASAN: Her group plans to march Sunday in Manhattan.

JUDY WOODRUFF: There’s also more reaction overseas to the Trump victory. The president of the European Commission called for clarity today from the president-elect on trade, climate change and NATO. Jean-Claude Juncker spoke in Berlin, and noted that Mr. Trump has voiced doubts or criticism on all three issues.

JEAN-CLAUDE JUNCKER, President, European Commission (through translator): We expect the designated U.S. president to be clear on what his intentions are. We would like to know how things will proceed with the global trade policy. We would like to know what intentions Mr. Trump has regarding the alliance. We must know what climate policies he intends to pursue, and all this must be cleared up in the next few months.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May spoke with president-elect Trump by phone. Her office says that he invited her to visit him soon.

And South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye had her own phone chat. Candidate Trump had talked of withdrawing some U.S. forces from the South. Today, Park’s office quoted him as saying, “We are going to be with you 100 percent.”

HARI SREENIVASAN: A top adviser to the president-elect caused a stir over Israeli settlements today. Jason Greenblatt told Israeli Army Radio — quote — “West Bank settlements are no obstacle to peace.” That would be a marked departure from longstanding U.S. policy.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Back in this country, a man accused of exploding bombs in New York City and New Jersey had his first appearance in federal court. Ahmed Khan Rahimi is facing terrorism charges for the September attacks that injured 30 people. He didn’t enter a plea today. Rahimi was born in Afghanistan, but is now a U.S. citizen.

HARI SREENIVASAN: And the man who bills himself America’s toughest sheriff has been turned out of office. Longtime Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio lost his reelection bid on Tuesday after 24 years in office. He’d gained prominence for his aggressive stance on illegal immigration. But he also sparked federal investigations of alleged racial profiling.

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