NewsHour Weekend

  • Voting machine operator Robin Coffee-Ruff hands a sticker to a voter who cast his ballot at West Philadelphia High School on U.S. midterm election day morning in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 4, 2014.  REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS) - RTR4CT7R
    May 29, 2016  

    The 475 pledged delegates at stake in the Democratic race for the presidential nomination in California will be awarded in proportion to the popular vote. But even if Hillary Clinton loses to Bernie Sanders, she is likely to clinch the nomination, since she only needs 73 to go over the top. Christina Bellantoni, L.A. Times’ assistant managing editor for politics, joins Lisa Desjardins to discuss. Continue reading

  • Medical marijuana plants are pictured as they dry in the Los Angeles area. Photo by Mario Anzuoni/Reuters
    May 29, 2016  

    As the unemployment rate drops across the country, employers are running into another problem – finding potential job candidates who will take and pass drug tests. Even though the country is amid an opioid epidemic, employers say marijuana has been the biggest hurdle. New York Times reporter Jackie Calmes talks to Hari Sreenivasan about her reporting on the issue. Continue reading

  • Shi'ite fighters and Iraqi security forces advance towards Falluja, Iraq, May 25, 2016.  REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani - RTSFX33
    May 28, 2016  

    The Islamic State’s most recent advances in northern Syria are some of the group’s biggest in two years, according to human rights leaders. And for the sixth day in a row, Iraqi forces, backed by U.S. airstrikes, battled militants in and around Fallujah, less than 40 miles from Baghdad. For more on the situation on the ground in Iraq, Washington Post reporter Missy Ryan in Baghdad joins Lisa Desjardins to discuss. Continue reading

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    May 28, 2016  

    More than five million Americans live with Alzheimer’s, a degenerative brain disease, and it is also the fifth leading cause of death for people over 65 years old in the U.S. A new study suggests it may stem from the brain’s past attempts to fight off infections. Rob Moir, one of the study’s authors, joins Lisa Desjardins to discuss. Continue reading

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    May 28, 2016  

    As more and more states struggle with declining rural populations, these areas are experiencing an acute challenge in hiring and retaining lawyers. PBS NewsHour Weekend correspondent Christopher Booker travels to South Dakota to find out about a state program that is offering money to attract attorneys to more remote parts of the state. Continue reading

  • Syrian refugee children stand outside their tents during the visit of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to their camp in Zahrani village, southern Lebanon May 3, 2016. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho - RTX2CNIX
    May 22, 2016  

    Syria’s 5-year-long civil war has killed more than 400,000 people and displaced eleven million more, 5 million of whom have become refugees. But as people flee the humanitarian crisis to places like Europe and Turkey, tiny Lebanon holds the distinction of hosting the most refugees per capita of any country in the world. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Christopher Livesay reports. Continue reading

  • U.S. soldiers from D Troop of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment walk on a hill after finishing with a training exercise near forward operating base Gamberi in the Laghman province of Afghanistan December 30, 2014. Photo by Lucas Jackson/Reuters
    May 22, 2016  

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jey Johnson said “it appears likely” that a U.S. drone strike on Saturday killed the leader of the anti-government Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mansour though it could be days before officials can confirm that. Jennifer Glasse, a freelance reporter now in the Afghanistan’s capital city of Kabul, joins Alison Stewart by Skype to discuss. Continue reading

  • Presidential candidate Norbert Hofer of the Austrian Freedom Party (FPOe) waves to supporters after Austrian presidential election in Vienna, Austria, May 22, 2016. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTSFFHD
    May 22, 2016  

    A presidential runoff in Austria is pitting two men with with diametrically opposed views. Norbert Hoefer is running on an anti-immigration platform and could become the European Union’s first far-right head of state. His opponent, Alexander Van Der Bellen, supports admitting immigrants. Reporter Zeke Turner of The Wall Street Journal joins Alison Stewart from Vienna to discuss the race. Continue reading

  • U.S. President Barack Obama disembarks Airforce One as he lands at Hanoi 's Noi Bai International Airport May 22, 2016. REUTERS/Hoang Dinh Nam/Pool - RTSFE5B
    May 22, 2016  

    President Barack Obama has begun a three-day visit to Vietnam, his first stop on a week-long trip in Asia. The president arrived in the Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi on Sunday in his first visit to the country. Vietnamese leaders want Obama to lift an embargo on selling weapons to Vietnam, while the president is expected to push the Southeast Asian country to improve its human rights record.
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  • Indonesian soldiers search an area following a deadly eruption of Mount Sinabung volcano in Gamber Village, North Sumatra, Indonesia May 22, 2016. Photo By Irsan Mulyadi via Reuters
    May 22, 2016   BY  

    Seven people were killed by a volcano in a northern section of Sumatra on Saturday. The volcano is one of the more active in Indonesia. Continue reading