Friday, December 11, 2015

  • How Speaker Ryan is retooling the GOP agenda
    In his first four working weeks, new Speaker of the House Paul Ryan presided over passage of a $600 billion defense bill, a bill to tighten screening of Syrian refugees and a five-year highway bill. Political director Lisa Desjardins offers a closer look at Ryan’s agenda, then joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the funding deadline.
    Original Air Date: December 11, 2015
    House passes year-end spending bill. Photo by Reuters and Gary Cameron
  • U.S. nuclear workers gave their lives in the Cold War
    More than 33,000 men and women who worked at nuclear facilities have died from related illnesses, and more than 100,000 Americans were diagnosed with cancer and other diseases after helping build the country's nuclear stockpile. That toll had never fully been revealed until a year-long investigation by McClatchy News. Jeffrey Brown speaks to McClatchy’s Lindsay Wise.
    Original Air Date: December 11, 2015
    The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant, where the U.S. suffered its most serious nuclear accident in 1979, is seen across the Susquehanna River in Middletown, Pennsylvania in this night view taken March 15, 2011. U.S. regulators should press ahead with approving construction licenses for new nuclear power plants despite Japan's nuclear crisis, President Barack Obama's top energy official Energy Secretary Steven Chu said on Tuesday.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst    (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENERGY DISASTER ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS) - RTR2JXZE
  • Shields and Brooks on the GOP’s Trump problem
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's comments on banning Muslims from entering the U.S., a campaign surge for Sen. Ted Cruz, plus assessing Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s first month on the job.
    Original Air Date: December 11, 2015
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  • American Muslims feel singled out amid a climate of fear
    In the wake of recent terror attacks, American Muslims have been weathering a backlash. In Texas, a group has been protesting in front of an Islamic center, brandishing rifles. In Pittsburgh, a Moroccan immigrant taxi driver was shot by a passenger asking about the Islamic State. The NewsHour’s P.J. Tobia reports on how rising fear and political rhetoric is affecting Muslims across the country.
    Original Air Date: December 11, 2015
    Demonstrators shout during a "Freedom of Speech Rally Round II" outside the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix, Arizona May 29, 2015. More than 200 protesters, some armed, berated Islam and its Prophet Mohammed outside an Arizona mosque on Friday in a provocative protest that was denounced by counterprotesters shouting "Go home, Nazis," weeks after an anti-Muslim event in Texas came under attack by two gunmen.    REUTERS/Nancy Wiechec - RTR4Y3N8
  • News Wrap: Congress buys time with short-term spending bill
    In our news wrap Friday, Congress sent President Obama a short-term spending bill to fund agencies through the middle of next week, buying more time to negotiate a $1.1 trillion long-term tax and spending bill. Also, chemical industry giants DuPont and Dow Chemical announced they are merging to become three separate companies.
    Original Air Date: December 11, 2015
    Speaker Paul Ryan announced late Tuesday an agreement between congressional leaders and the White House on a year-end tax and spending package that would fund the government through the 2016 budget year, raise domestic and defense spending, and increase the deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars by extending numerous popular tax credits without paying for them. Photo by Gary Cameron/Reuters

Thursday, December 10, 2015

  • Rita Moreno has the time of her life on stage and screen
    Actress and singer Rita Moreno fought typecasting and industry pressure to go on to be the first Latino to win an Oscar, Tony, Emmy and a Grammy. Moreno gives her Brief But Spectacular take on a lifetime in show business.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2015
    Kennedy Center Honoree actress and singer Rita Moreno walks the red carpet before the Kennedy Center Honors at the Kennedy Center in Washington December 6, 2015. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan - RTX1XHI1
  • Is this job-creating foreign investment project too good to be true?
    In northeastern Vermont, a half-billion dollar development is helping to transform a lagging economy into the state's job-creation leader. It seems like a win for tourists and for foreign investors, who put up the money in return for green cards for themselves and their families on the EB-5 visa program. Are these investors getting what they paid for? Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2015
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  • New education law shifts federal influence over public schools
    After years of debate, President Obama and Congress have finally agreed on a new education law. The Every Student Succeeds Act, the successor of No Child Left Behind, still requires annual testing of some students, but it does not give the federal government the power to impose penalties on underperforming schools. Alyson Klein of Education Week joins Judy Woodruff for a closer look.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2015
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  • For Yazidis, the dangerous path to Europe seems safer than a return home
    The refugee's journey to Greece is perilous; so many have drowned trying to reach Europe's shores from Turkey. But more frightening for many Yazidis is the prospect of returning to Sinjar in Iraq, where the Islamic State captured their villages in 2014. Special correspondent Jane Arraf reports.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2015
    A volunteer from the Yazidi sect who have joined the Kurdish peshmerga forces walks after Yazidi people loot houses with vehicles in Sinjar, Iraq November 16, 2015. Before it was overrun by Islamic State, Sinjar and the surrounding villages were home to about 200,000 people, mainly Kurdish and Arab Muslims - both Sunni and Shi'ite - as well as Christians and Yazidis, a faith that combines elements of several ancient Middle Eastern religions. Now the town is largely deserted. But in a row of houses used by Islamic State fighters, there were signs of recent occupation: a smell of rotting food, and foam mattresses and pillows laid on the floor. Picture taken November 16 2015. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari - RTS7Y6M
  • House report questions legality of Bowe Bergdahl transfer
    Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee have released a new report on the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for releasing five Taliban inmates at Guantanamo Bay. To discuss the findings, Gwen Ifill talks to Rep. Vicky Hartzler, chair of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, and Loretta Sanchez, a member of the House Armed Services Committee.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2015
    A sign announcing the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl hangs in the window of a store in Hailey, Idaho, on June 1. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images
  • Bowe Bergdahl debate reignites with 'Serial' season, House report
    For the first time, Bowe Bergdahl's version of his experience is being heard publicly. On the podcast "Serial," the Army sergeant explains why he left his post in Afghanistan without permission before being captured by the Taliban. A prisoner swap for Bergdahl sparked criticism. Now House GOP members have just released a new report. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2015
    Facing up to life in prison, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl talks about his decision to walk off a base in Afghanistan in the first episode of the "Serial" podcast. Photo by U.S. Army via Getty Images
  • News Wrap: Geneva on high alert over terror warnings
    In our news wrap Thursday, officials say the search is on for two to four suspects with possible links to the Islamic State group, amid new warnings of possible terrorist attacks in Geneva. Also, the U.S. military is attempting to explore the expansion of its ability to fight the Islamic State beyond Iraq and Syria.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2015
    A County of Geneva police officer stands guard outside Cointrin airport in Geneva, Switzerland, December 10, 2015. The Swiss city of Geneva raised its alert level on Thursday and said it was looking for suspects who national officials said had possible links to terrorism. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy - RTX1Y3VF
  • North Face founder fought to build a park in Patagonia
    It's a new Chilean national park with the best features of Yellowstone, Yosemite and Grand Teton, and without the traffic or wait lists. It's also the brainchild of outdoor gear and apparel mogul Doug Tompkins, who gave up business for a life outdoors before dying this week in a kayaking accident. Special correspondent Mike Cerre reports from Patagonia.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2015

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

  • Polls offer a snapshot, but not always reliable predictions
    Early polling often doesn't reflect who goes on to become president (think Howard Dean or Newt Gingrich). These days pollsters acknowledge they are wrestling with a sea change in polling methods that's making it harder to collect a sample opinion of Americans. Judy Woodruff reports as part of a collaboration between The Atlantic and the PBS NewsHour.
    Original Air Date: December 9, 2015
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  • Blocked by the Balkans, where will migrants stranded in Greece go?
    Greek riot police closed down a temporary transit camp used by refugees and migrants after Balkan countries like Macedonia closed their frontiers to those seeking passage who do not come from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Where will the rejected migrants go now? Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports.
    Original Air Date: December 9, 2015
    A stranded Pakistani migrant walks away from the Greek-Macedonian border, after failing to cross over, near to the village of Idomeni, Greece December 5, 2015. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis - RTX1XC9Q
  • What's different about this challenge to affirmative action?
    Should race be a consideration in college admissions? For the second time in three years, the Supreme Court justices are considering the constitutionality of that question. Gwen Ifill examines the opposing viewpoints with Richard Kahlenberg of the Century Foundation and Janai Nelson of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
    Original Air Date: December 9, 2015
    Abigail Fisher, the plaintiff in Fisher v. Texas, speaks outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington December 9, 2015. The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared closely divided over the future of affirmative action in college admissions as the justices considered a challenge to the process for picking students used by the University of Texas at Austin. The court is weighing for the second time a challenge to the system used by the University of Texas at Austin brought by Fisher, who was denied entry to the entering class of 2008. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  - RTX1XYBY
  • Living with stress for too long may be giving kids asthma
    The number of Americans diagnosed with asthma has grown dramatically, with high-crime cities being hit especially hard. In a joint report with The Detroit News, special correspondent Indira Lakshmanan examines emerging research that indicates stress, abuse and violence may play as big a role as physical factors in triggering both asthma attacks and the development of the chronic disease.
    Original Air Date: December 9, 2015
    Dr. Elliott Attisha asks eighth grader Jalen Herron, 13, to breath deep after he received two breathing treatments and medication to help control his asthma during an appointment at Thirkell Health Center, a Henry Ford Health System clinic within Thirkell Elementary School in Detroit, Michigan on October 7, 2015. Photo by Brandy Baker / The Detroit News
  • What Trump’s divisive talk means for the GOP
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been a font of controversial remarks, most recently on denying Muslims entry into the country. How does Trump’s divisive rhetoric affect the rest of the party? Judy Woodruff speaks to Jonathan Martin of The New York Times and former Rep. Vin Weber, R-Minn.
    Original Air Date: December 9, 2015
    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign stop in Spencer, Iowa December 5, 2015. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich - RTX1XCF2

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

  • What the first round of test results say about Common Core
    The Common Core standards raised expectations for students across the board. This fall, results are coming in for the first time, and in many places, they've been disappointing. John Tulenko of Education Week reports.
    Original Air Date: December 8, 2015
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  • Why Salem bought in to witchcraft hysteria
    In 1692, the colonial town of Salem, Massachusetts, became caught up in a fervor over alleged witchcraft. In her new book “The Witches,” Stacy Schiff explores what led a group of Puritans to execute 19 people. She sits down with Jeffrey Brown to discuss why the events still captivate us centuries later.
    Original Air Date: December 8, 2015
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  • Supreme Court mulls representation in ‘one person, one vote’ case
    Who should be counted when states divvy up their territory for representation: all residents or only those who can vote? The Supreme Court heard arguments on Tuesday involving the very nuts and bolts of how American democracy works. Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the case.
    Original Air Date: December 8, 2015
    A television news assistant (C) runs to his co-workers with printed copies of U.S. Supreme Court decisions as soon as they are released at the court building in Washington June 22, 2015. Over the next week, the court will release its decisions on some of the most-watched cases of the term, including rulings on gay marriage, the death penalty and the Affordable Care Act.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTX1HLWV
  • Are politics of fear driving anti-Muslim sentiment?
    The threat of attacks at home can drive divisive and dangerous rhetoric. How do we keep our fear in check? Gwen Ifill explores that question with Ronald Brownstein of The Atlantic, Dalia Mogahed of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding and Khaled Beydoun of the Barry University School of Law.
    Original Air Date: December 8, 2015
    A demonstrator waves during the "Freedom of Speech Rally Round II" across from the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix, Arizona May 29, 2015. More than 200 protesters, some armed, berated Islam and its Prophet Mohammed outside an Arizona mosque on Friday in a provocative protest that was denounced by counterprotesters shouting "Go home, Nazis," weeks after an anti-Muslim event in Texas came under attack by two gunmen.  REUTERS/Nancy Wiechec - RTR4Y3NW
  • Number of foreign recruits to ISIS booms, but not in U.S.
    As U.S. officials worry about attacks inspired by the Islamic State group, a new report says the number of foreign fighters traveling to Iraq and Syria has increased dramatically in the past year. Judy Woodruff learns more from Richard Barrett of the Soufan Group and Rukmini Callimachi of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: December 8, 2015
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  • Should Congress rein in this controversial visa program?
    The EB-5 visa program allows foreign developers to obtain green cards, provided they invest $500,000 to $1 million. The program is up for reauthorization in Congress, and as economics correspondent Paul Solman reports, there is some controversy over whether or not the program should continue.
    Original Air Date: December 8, 2015
    A Costa Rican immigration officer sticks a visa extension to last for 15 more days into a Cuban passport in Liberia, Costa Rica, November 26, 2015. Thousands of Cubans remain stuck on the Costa Rican side of the border with Nicaragua after Managua refused at a regional summit on Tuesday to open its doors to a wave of migrants heading for the United States. Fearing the recent rapprochement between Havana and Washington could end preferential U.S. policies for Cuban migrants, thousands of people from the Communist-ruled island have been crossing into South America and traveling through Central America hoping to reach U.S. soil.   REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate  - RTX1W0S6
  • Politicians grapple with how to fend off terror threats
    In the wake of the San Bernardino shootings, the question of how to respond to terror is dominating Congress and the presidential race. The House reviewed the visa waiver program, and Democrats called for greater gun control measures. Meanwhile, lawmakers and the Obama administration rebuked Donald Trump, who called on Monday for a ban on all Muslims entering the country. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: December 8, 2015
    WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 08:  Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) (C) and members of the House GOP leadership, including Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (L) and Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), hold a news briefing following the weekly Republican Conference meeting at the U.S. Capitol December 8, 2015 in Washington, DC. The House is preparing to vote on legislation that would deny visa-free travel to anyone who has been in Iraq, Syria or any country with significant terror activity in the past five years and changes to the visa waiver program, which allows citizens from 38 countries to travel to the U.S. without a visa.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Monday, December 7, 2015

  • How an environmental group is trying to clean up China's pollution problem
    China, the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, has paid a great environmental price for becoming the world's factory. But experts say there is growing political will in Beijing to tackle the crisis. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on how a non-governmental group is trying to reduce industrial pollution by promoting transparency and accountability.
    Original Air Date: December 7, 2015
    People wearing protective masks ride bicycles in the morning on an extremely polluted day in Beijing, China December 8, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon - RTX1XN9E
  • News Wrap: Climate deal negotiators move into critical phase
    In our news wrap Monday, negotiators on a global climate deal began the second and final week of the UN conference in Paris. A draft agreement was released over the weekend, which left all of the critical disputes unresolved. Also, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders outlined his own climate plan, which aims to cut U.S. carbon pollution 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030.
    Original Air Date: December 7, 2015
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the Mashable/UN Foundation "Earth to Paris" Summit during the COP 21 United Nations conference on climate change at Le Petit Palais in Paris, December 7, 2015. REUTERS/Mandel Ngan/Pool - RTX1XL9C
  • After Obama speech, 2016 candidates call for tougher stance
    The 2016 presidential candidates were quick to share their reactions to President Obama’s Oval Office address on the San Bernardino shootings and fight against terrorism. Gwen Ifill takes a closer look at the responses with Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR, as well as how each of the candidates say they would tackle the Islamic State threat.
    Original Air Date: December 7, 2015
    Sen. Ted Cruz called the prisoner swap another sign of Obama’s weakness on the world stage.
Photo by Yuri Gripas/Reuters