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News Wrap: Trump suggests torture as anti-terror tactic

March 22, 2016 at 6:45 PM EDT
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) speaks to reporters while touring the construction site of the Trump International Hotel at the Old Post Office Building, following a news conference in Washington March 21, 2016.  REUTERS/Jim Bourg - RTSBJI9

JUDY WOODRUFF: Good evening. I’m Judy Woodruff.

GWEN IFILL: And I’m Gwen Ifill.

JUDY WOODRUFF: On the “NewsHour” tonight: terror in Brussels: ISIS claims responsibility for blasts at an airport and subway, killing at least 30 — how Europe grapples with another deadly attack.

GWEN IFILL: Also ahead this Tuesday: President Obama wraps up his historic trip to Cuba with a promise to bury the remnants of the Cold War.

JUDY WOODRUFF: And preparing for disaster when living near the most dangerous fault line in America.

FAWN SHARP, President, Quinault Indian Nation: So many of our memories are here in this village, and the thought of it being underwater, you know, there’s a lot of trauma to that prospect that a very sacred site could no longer exist.

GWEN IFILL: All that and more on tonight’s “PBS NewsHour.”


JUDY WOODRUFF: The bombings dominated much of the day for the U.S. presidential candidates. Republican front-runner Donald Trump suggested using torture to disrupt future attacks.

He told NBC — quote — “If they can expand the laws, I would do a lot more than water-boarding. You have to get the information from these people” — end quote.

Trump’s rival Ted Cruz went further, calling for police surveillance of Muslim neighborhoods.

SEN. TED CRUZ (R-TX), Republican Presidential Candidate: It’s standard good policing to direct your resources to where the threat is coming from. We should do the exact same thing are radical Islamic terrorism. We need to work proactively with the Muslim community cooperatively, just like when law enforcement is going after gang activity, you work with the community where gangs are located.

JUDY WOODRUFF: On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton called for policies that are — quote — “consistent with our values.” And she told NBC: “It’s unrealistic to say we’re going to completely shut down our borders to everyone.”

Fellow Democrat Bernie Sanders appealed for international solidarity, as did Republican John Kasich. Both parties hold nominating primaries today in Arizona and Utah. Democrats also hold caucuses in Idaho.

GWEN IFILL: A planned courtroom battle between Apple and the FBI never happened today. Instead, federal prosecutors said they may not need Apple to unlock the iPhone used by the mass shooters in San Bernardino. They say an outside party came forward over the weekend and showed the FBI how to access data on the encrypted phone after all.

JUDY WOODRUFF: The new NATO and U.S. commander in Afghanistan apologized today for the American bombing of a hospital last year.

General John Nicholson traveled to Kunduz and met with victims’ relatives and staff at the now-closed hospital. The October strike killed 42 people and wounded dozens more. A U.S. investigation found that it was — quote — “tragic and avoidable,” and more than a dozen military personnel were punished.

GWEN IFILL: In Indonesia, thousands of taxi drivers protested in Jakarta, demanding a ban on Uber and other ride-hailing apps. The demonstration wreaked traffic chaos in the city’s already-congested streets. Cabbies carried banners denouncing the competition as illegal, and even assaulted some motorbike drivers working for the apps.

MAN (through interpreter): Close Uber and GrabCar, please, because we’re suffering losses now. The government said the apps will encourage young people to use public transport. But since GrabCar and Uber came into the market, we have been having a hard time earning a living.

GWEN IFILL: Today marked the second such protest by taxi drivers in Jakarta this month.

JUDY WOODRUFF: The former mayor of Toronto, Canada, Rob Ford, died today, after a career marred by drinking and drug problems. Ford was elected in 2010, but a series of scandals erupted, and he ultimately admitted using crack cocaine. He dropped a reelection bid after being diagnosed with a rare cancer, but later won a city council seat. Rob Ford was 46 years old.

GWEN IFILL: In economic news, Wall Street struggled to gain traction after the Brussels attacks hurt airline and travel company stocks. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 41 points to close at 17582. The Nasdaq rose 12 points, and the S&P 500 slipped about two.

JUDY WOODRUFF: And about 30 of the real-life Rosie the Riveters were honored in Washington today for building planes and doing other vital jobs during World War II. The women, many in their 80s and 90s, took a special flight from Detroit. They wore red and white polka dot head scarves, mimicking the image in the famous “We Can Do It” poster.

Later, they visited the U.S. Capitol and the World War II Memorial. It was all part of Women’s History Month.

GWEN IFILL: Still to come on the “NewsHour”: what the Brussels attacks mean in the global fight against terror; President Obama pressures Cuba on human rights; the difficulties of educating children in foster care; and much more.