Saturday, February 4, 2017

  • Trump cabinet posts left vacant
    Entering President Donald Trump’s third week, only five members of his cabinet have been sworn in, including the secretaries of State, Defense, Homeland Security and Transportation. The heads of 15 other departments are awaiting Senate confirmation. In addition, hundreds of staff positions remain vacant. Roll Call Reporter Niels Lesniewski joins Alison Stewart from Washington to discuss.
    Original Air Date: February 4, 2017
  • Reassessing U.S. relations with Ukraine
    On President Donald Trump’s call list Saturday was Ukraine President Poroshenko. The conversation comes after a week of some of the worst fighting in the last two year between Ukrainian and pro-Russia separatist fighters killed 30 people. Alison Stewart is joined by Professor Timothy Frye, chair of the political science department at Columbia University, to talk about international relations.
    Original Air Date: February 4, 2017
  • Armed citizens patrol the Arizona-Mexico border
    President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border as the first step to fulfill a campaign promise. Saying the U.S. government has failed to secure it, a group of armed citizens are patrolling a nearly 400-mile stretch of desert land that separates Arizona from Mexico. NewsHour Special Correspondent Nick Schifrin reports.
    Original Air Date: February 4, 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017

  • Areas of Mosul still under siege, but signs of life return
    Iraqi forces, backed by U.S. support, have retaken one side of the city of Mosul. Now a military offensive to recapture the rest of the city -- where hundreds of thousands of civilians are still trapped -- is expected to start at any time. And yet, a short distance away, signs of life are returning to the city. Special correspondent Jane Ferguson and videographer Alessandro Pavone report.
    Original Air Date: February 3, 2017
  • Why one Muslim Marine is inviting questions about his faith
    Standing on a city street, Mansoor Shams holds a sign that reads: “I’m a Muslim and a U.S. Marine. Ask anything.” The former Marine has been traveling around the nation, inviting those curious to ask him about his experiences. NewsHour joined Shams in Baltimore to listen in on his discussions and hear why he’s so eager to discuss his faith with strangers.
    Original Air Date: February 3, 2017
  • Trump and the GOP take aim at Obama-era regulations
    President Trump punctuated his first two weeks in office with a push to begin deregulating the financial industry. Meanwhile, Congress is using a seldom-used law to target recent rules set by the Obama administration, including environmental protections and gun control. William Brangham and Lisa Desjardins join Judy Woodruff for a closer look.
    Original Air Date: February 3, 2017
  • Will new sanctions, statements escalate tensions with Iran?
    New U.S. sanctions were applied to people and companies tied to Iran’s ballistic missile program. The National Security Adviser released a statement saying that the international community has been "too tolerant of Iran's bad behavior" and that the administration wouldn't tolerate "provocations." Hari Sreenivasan talks to Karim Sadjadpour of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
    Original Air Date: February 3, 2017
  • News Wrap: Trump seeks rollbacks on financial regulations
    In our news wrap Friday, President Trump signed an executive order directing the Treasury Department to look for ways to roll back the Dodd-Frank Act's regulations, and signed a memorandum aimed at blocking a retirement savings regulation that makes brokers put clients' interests first. Also, the Labor Department reported that U.S. employers added 227,000 new jobs.
    Original Air Date: February 3, 2017
  • Shields and Brooks on Democrats’ Gorsuch dilemma
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times Columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including President Trump’s pick of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court, and the tough choice for Democrats on how to respond in light of GOP obstruction on Merrick Garland, plus the controversial refugee and travel ban and more.
    Original Air Date: February 3, 2017
  • New film brings prophecy of James Baldwin into today’s world
    James Baldwin was one of the nation’s most prominent novelists, social critics and civil rights activists of the 20th century. Now his critiques of racism and segregation are the subject of a new Oscar-nominated documentary titled, “I Am Not Your Negro.” Jeffrey Brown sits down with director Raoul Peck to discuss his tribute to a man he sees as a civil rights prophet.
    Original Air Date: February 3, 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017

  • News Wrap: Tillerson urges State to put aside differences
    In our news wrap Thursday, newly sworn-in Secretary of State Rex Tillerson praised the work force at the State Department and said he understands their frustrations with the new administration, but urged employees to set aside any political differences with President Trump. Also, two more Cabinet nominees -- Mick Mulvaney and Scott Pruitt -- advanced to the full Senate for confirmation.
    Original Air Date: February 2, 2017
  • Trump vows to scrap rule on religious groups and campaigning
    President Trump used the annual National Prayer Breakfast to reignite an old campaign promise: to change the tax code to allow churches and other tax-exempt groups to openly campaign for political candidates. John Yang reports on that and more.
    Original Air Date: February 2, 2017
  • How this educator is guiding Liberian girls toward school
    Liberia has had more than its fair shares of challenges, and is trying to rebuild after enduring a devastating Ebola epidemic and civil war. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro meets an American woman who has made her home in Liberia, started her own school and now provides education and scholarships for girls.
    Original Air Date: February 2, 2017
  • How Warren Buffett’s fortune goes directly to those in need
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, when billionaire businessman Warren Buffett announced he was giving away much of his fortune, letters began pouring in from people asking for help. His older sister has taken on responding to their pleas as part of the Letters Foundation.
    Original Air Date: February 2, 2017
  • When does tough diplomatic talk go too far?
    Barely two weeks into his term, President Donald Trump has shaken up global affairs through unilateral moves, blunt talk and tweets. What does President Trump’s aggressive approach mean for relations with other world leaders? Judy Woodruff speaks with two former State Department officials, James Jeffrey and Wendy Sherman, about the broader implications for the world stage.
    Original Air Date: February 2, 2017
  • Why we shouldn’t forget that U.S. presidents owned slaves
    "When you sing that this country was founded on freedom, don’t forget the duet of shackles dragging against the ground my entire life." This how poet Clint Smith begins his letter to past presidents who owned slaves. In honor of Black History Month, Smith offers his Brief But Spectacular take on the history of racial inequality in the U.S.
    Original Air Date: February 2, 2017
  • What went wrong in the deadly raid on al-Qaida in Yemen?
    President Donald Trump authorized a raid in Yemen over the weekend with the goal of targeting an al-Qaida stronghold. Details of the planning and execution have come under scrutiny; a Navy SEAL died, a transport aircraft had to be destroyed and civilians were likely killed. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with David Sanger of The New York Times and Richard Atwood, director of International Crisis Group.
    Original Air Date: February 2, 2017

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

  • We why’ve been underestimating deadly cervical cancer
    A new research analysis suggests the mortality rate of cervical cancer is higher than we thought, especially among African-American women. Miles O’Brien talks with Dr. Jennifer Caudle of the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine about the findings, as well as the racial disparities in health care.
    Original Air Date: February 1, 2017
  • Can a cleaner cookstove save lives?
    Nearly half of the world’s population cooks using stoves that burn fuel like wood or charcoal, creating harmful -- even deadly -- smoke when inhaled. In Ghana, where cooking with wood is the norm, there’s a study underway to find out whether cleaner, more efficient cookstoves can reduce the toxic health effects to those most at risk: women and their babies. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: February 1, 2017
  • Political battle begins for Gorsuch confirmation
    President Trump is touting the man he wants to join the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, named the night before at the White House. The president vowed to push him through, urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to use the "nuclear option" if Senate Democrats filibuster. Many Democrats are still outraged by Republican obstruction of President Obama’s choice. Lisa Desjardins reports.
    Original Air Date: February 1, 2017
  • Vice President Pence talks Gorsuch, travel ban and Bannon
    Vice President Mike Pence joins Judy Woodruff for his first television interview since assuming office to discuss political tensions in Congress over a new Supreme Court nominee, why he believes the president’s travel ban by executive order is an effective way to fight terrorism and won’t violate religious freedom, the influence of Counsellor to the President Steve Bannon and much more.
    Original Air Date: February 1, 2017
  • News Wrap: Trump honors Navy SEAL killed in Yemen
    In our news wrap Wednesday, President Trump flew to Dover Air Force Base to honor the first U.S. serviceman killed in combat since he took office, as the remains of William "Ryan" Owens, a Navy SEAL arrived for a special ceremony. Also, the White House also issued a warning today to Iran, following the test launch of a ballistic missile.
    Original Air Date: February 1, 2017
  • Finding clues of the high court’s future in Gorsuch’s record
    Who is Judge Neil Gorsuch, the man who could shape the conservative direction of the Supreme Court for decades? Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal and Nina Totenberg of NPR join Miles O’Brien for a closer look at his record and the coming fight over his confirmation.
    Original Air Date: February 1, 2017
    File photo of Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch by Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

  • What Trump’s Gorsuch nomination means for the Supreme Court
    President Donald Trump has made his choice, but will Democrats vote to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court? How would Gorsuch reshape the court, after months with an open seat. Judy Woodruff and John Yang report.
    Original Air Date: January 31, 2017
  • News Wrap: Spicer defends firing of acting attorney general
    In our news wrap Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer rejected criticism of the decision to fire Acting Attorney General Sally Yates for directing Justice Department lawyers not to defend President Trump's immigration order. Also, Senate Democrats forced delays on three of the president's cabinet nominees, including attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions.
    Original Air Date: January 31, 2017
  • Bringing women conductors to the front of the orchestra
    In the highly traditional world of classical music, one seldom sees women conductors. Among more than 20 of the nation's largest orchestras, only one is led by a woman director. Jeffrey Brown reports from the Dallas Opera, where an intensive institute for female conductors aims to lead a new movement.
    Original Air Date: January 31, 2017
  • The legal arguments for and against Trump's immigration ban
    Lawsuits have challenged President Donald Trump's executive order that temporarily prohibits immigrants and visitors from seven countries. Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University and Neal Katyal, former acting solicitor general under President Obama, join Miles O’Brien to discuss whether Trump's policy violates the law or Constitution.
    Original Air Date: January 31, 2017
  • Does Trump’s immigration ban miss the greatest threat?
    Is the U.S. safer after President Trump's executive order temporarily prohibiting entry by citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries? Michael Leiter, former director of the United States National Counterterrorism Center, joins Judy Woodruff to discuss why he says the order misunderstands how current vetting works and how the order may instead alienate counties against the U.S.
    Original Air Date: January 31, 2017

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