Wednesday, May 18, 2016

  • Primary drama overshadows congressional contests
    With so much airtime devoted to Donald Trump and the bruising Democratic drama, it’s easy to forget that November will also see pivotal battles for seats in Congress, battles a given presidential nominee could tip one way or the other. Judy Woodruff talks to Stuart Rothenberg of The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report and David Wasserman of The Cook Political Report for more.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2016
    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
  • U.S. will help Libyans beat back Islamic State fighters
    Chaos has reigned in Libya since the deposition of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, with multiple factions vying for power in the North African nation, including the Islamic State. Now, the U.S. has agreed to provide arms to the Libyan government to help it drive ISIS from the region. Judy Woodruff talks to Frederic Wehrey of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace for more on the situation in Libya.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2016
    A member of the force assigned to protect Libya's unity government stands on a road leading to where the government has their offices, in Tripoli, Libya March 31, 2016. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTSCYLD
  • PBS NewsHour full episode May 18, 2016
    Wednesday on the NewsHour, the Obama administration orders sweeping overtime reforms. Also: The battle to drive the Islamic State from Libya, the new Veterans Affairs Department is plagued by old problems, what the presidential race means for November’s Congressional elections, why the Mount St. Helens eruption was a boon for biologists and how Mark Twain pioneered stand-up comedy.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2016
    Dark office with many computers, one lit up
    May 18, 2016
  • When you work extra, you should be paid extra’ — Labor Dept.
    The White House pushed back Wednesday against critics who say its expansion of overtime eligibility could backfire and lead to wage stagnation and job loss. Instead, says Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, it will lift more Americans into the middle class. William Brangham talks with Perez for more.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2016
    Woman handing man money
  • Veterans Affairs Dept. reformers find the fix is not in
    Two years ago, the Department of Veterans Affairs was rocked by scandal, thanks to reports of poor care and months-long wait periods in VA hospitals that led to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki’s resignation and sweeping reforms. But recent reports indicate that the same problems are emerging once more. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Quil Lawrence of NPR about why the new system is plagued by old issues.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2016
    The sign of the Department of Veteran Affairs is seen in front of the headquarters building in Washington, May 23, 2014.      REUTERS/Larry Downing   (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY) - RTR3QKNG
  • News Wrap: Trump reveals his prospective Supreme Court picks
    In our news wrap Wednesday, presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump worked on his conservative credentials by issuing a list of 11 prospective Supreme Court nominees — three women and eight men, all white. Also, National Intelligence Director James Clapper revealed that the presidential candidates have already been the targets of sophisticated hack attacks and foreign cyber espionage.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2016
    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives for a meeting with former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in New York City, U.S. May 18, 2016.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid - RTSEWH3
  • Obama Labor decree makes millions more eligible for overtime
    For the first time since 2004, the federal government is changing the earnings threshold that governs who is eligible for overtime pay. Some Republicans and business advocates warn that the rules change could turn out to be a job killer. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2016
    U.S. dollar bills are seen on a light table at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, November 14, 2014.    REUTERS/Gary Cameron/File Photo - RTX2BDR2

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

  • Strides made, but black-white equality chasm remains — study
    The title of the Urban League’s 40th annual "State of Black America" report is as stark as some of its numbers: "Locked Out: Education, Jobs & Justice." While much has changed, the report finds disparities between blacks and whites have barely budged. Hari Sreenivasan talks to the league’s Marc Morial about why its “equality index” for blacks stands at just 72% of that of whites.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2016
    A large crowd marches from Baltimore City Hall to the scene of unrest earlier in the week, in Baltimore, Maryland May 2, 2015. Thousands of people took to the streets of Baltimore on Saturday as anger over the death of young black man Freddie Gray turned to hopes for change following swift criminal charges against six police officers. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson - RTX1BA9P
  • Endangered butterfly finds salvation in a women’s prison
    You may have heard about how the honey bee’s decline is threatening the world’s food crops. Well they’re not the only pollinators in trouble. The Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly was also facing extinction in the face of its shrinking prairie habitat. But thanks to an innovative breeding program at a women’s prison outside Seattle, it’s making a comeback. Special correspondent Cat Wise reports.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2016
    This Baltimore checkerspot butterfly was the only one to be released after it was gently blown on and hand-warmed, June 23, 2011 in Batavia, Illinois. Seventy-nine imperiled Baltimore checkerspot butterflies were set to be released in the natural prairie and marsh area on the grounds of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Cool and windy weather prevented the release because of the danger of wet butterflies not surviving. (Chuck Berman/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
  • Teaching ‘different is okay’ to combat Islamophobia
    According to a new study, some 50 percent of all Muslim students in the U.S. have been bullied by their peers. In mostly-white St. Cloud, Minnesota — where thousands of east African refugees have relocated — the problem got so bad that Muslim students walked out of the city’s high school en masse. John Tulenko of Education Week takes a look at the intersection of education and Islamophobia.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2016
  • PBS NewsHour full episode May 17, 2016
    Tuesday on the NewsHour, a string of deadly terror attacks leave Baghdad reeling. Also: A fight at Nevada’s Democratic convention between Clinton and Sanders loyalists may signal a greater divide, when education and Islamophobia collide, a look at the state of black America, the Episcopal Church faces change, the checkerspot butterfly’s comeback and scuba divers make an an incredible discovery.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2016
    Members of the Sinjar Resistance Units (YBS), a militia affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), detonate improvised explosive devices captured from Islamic State fighters near village of Umm al-Dhiban, northern Iraq, April 30, 2016. They share little more than an enemy and struggle to communicate on the battlefield, but together two relatively obscure groups have opened up a new front against Islamic State militants in a remote corner of Iraq. The unlikely alliance between the Sinjar Resistance Units, an offshoot of a leftist Kurdish organisation, and Abdulkhaleq al-Jarba, a Arab tribal militia is a measure of the extent to which Islamic State has upended the regional order. Across Iraq and Syria, new groups have emerged where old powers have waned, competing to claim fragments of territory from Islamic State and complicating the outlook when they win. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic SEARCH "YBS TOMASEVIC" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES - RTX2DRS6
    May 17, 2016
  • News Wrap: Senate okays bill to let 9/11 families sue Saudis
    In our news wrap Tuesday, the Senate passed legislation opposed by the White House that would let the families of 9/11 victims sue Saudi Arabia’s government for alleged complicity in the 2001 terror attacks. Also, the NTSB found operator error — a distracted driver — is to blame for last year’s deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2016
    A group of firefighters walk amid rubble near the base of the destroyed
south tower of the World Trade Center in New York in this file photo
from September 11, 2001. This year's anniversary of the September 11
attacks in New York and Washington will echo the first one, with
silence for the moments the planes struck and when the buildings fell,
and the reading of 2,792 victims' names. REUTERS/Peter Morgan-Files

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  • Was Nevada Democratic party fight sign of trouble to come?
    Tuesday saw Democrats in Kentucky and Oregon go to the polls, but the real electoral drama unfolded over the weekend, as Hillary Clinton’s and Bernie Sanders’ supporters clashed at the Nevada state Democratic convention, possibly signaling a greater divide within the party. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Susan Page of USA Today and Jon Ralston of Ralston Live for more.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2016
    Supporters cheer for U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally in Stockton, California, United States, May 10, 2016. REUTERS/Max Whittaker - RTX2DPLB
  • Divers find ancient Roman shipwreck off Israel’s coast
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, two scuba divers made the find of a lifetime — a 1,600-year-old Roman shipwreck off the coast of Israel and a cache of ancient artifacts inside. It was the largest discovery of its kind in three decades. Also, the world’s longest-performing symphony musician, Jane Little, died at age 87 after collapsing on stage during a show.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2016
  • New Episcopal church leader reflects on church challenges
    Last November, the Most Reverend Michael Curry became presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, one of the oldest Christian denominations in the U.S. Curry’s ascension comes at a time of crisis and change, and the church, like most mainline Protestant congregations, is facing declining membership. Judy Woodruff talks to Curry about how he plans to tackle these challenges.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2016
    The Rev. Michael Bruce Curry (facing camera) prepares for his Installation Ceremony, by Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, at the Washington National Cathedral, in Washington, November 1, 2015. Curry becomes the first African-American Episcopal presiding bishop, after previoulsy serving as Bishop of North Carolina.               REUTERS/Mike Theiler - RTX1UA4Y
  • ISIS bombings in Baghdad a new challenge for Iraq’s military
    State fighters unleashed a new wave of bombings Tuesday in Baghdad, attacks that have turned the Iraqi capital into a killing field. The casualties -- at least 200 civilians dead in the last week alone -- have put a new strain on the military, which has recaptured vast swathes of territory from ISIS but now may have to pull units back to secure the city. William Brangham reports.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2016
    Iraqi security forces and people gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's mainly Shi'ite district of Sadr City, Iraq, May 17, 2016. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily - RTSENY2

Monday, May 16, 2016

  • PBS NewsHour full episode May 16, 2016
    Monday on the NewsHour, Donald Trump hits back at David Cameron as Democrats prepare for future primaries. Also: The Supreme Court punts on Obamacare’s contraception mandate, the schism within the Democratic party, Amy Walter and Tamara Keith talk politics, Bosnian Muslims crackdown on radical mosques, the human drama behind gravitational waves and President Obama awards 13 Medals of Valor.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2016
    U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets supporters at the Union of Carpenters and Millwrights Training Center in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., May 15, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein - RTSEF7R
    May 16, 2016
  • Bosnia struggles to hold back radical Islam
    International officials are convinced that Bosnia’s brand of Westernized, moderate Islam is the best possible bulwark against radicalization. The nation’s official Islamic Community is cracking down on rural mosques that it says are too in line with Islamists — but some say the true extremist threat lies in the heart of the capital itself. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2016
    Thousands of Bosnian Muslims gather for an opening ceremony of the King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz mosque in Sarajevo September 15, 2000. The Governor of Riyadh, Prince Selman Bin Abdul Aziz opened the mosque and Islamic complex, believed to be largest in the Balkans, crowing one billion German marks ($442.9 million) worth of Saudi aid to Bosnia during and after the country's war. Prince Selman is on a five-day visit to Bosnia.

  • Obama bestows Medal of Valor to 13 heroic police officers
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, President Obama honored 13 law enforcement officers with the Medal of Valor. One of the honorees was not there to get his — a Philadelphia cop who was killed protecting shoppers during a video store robbery. The award is the highest decoration an American public safety officer can receive.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2016
    U.S. President Barack Obama (R) honors Officer Donald Thompson (L) of the Los Angeles Police Department, who received first- and second-degree burns while pulling a motorist to safety moments before their car burst into flames, with the Medal of Valor at the White House in Washington, U.S. May 16, 2016.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTSEJFP
  • Listening in on the ‘Black Hole Blues’
    February saw one of the most important astronomical breakthroughs of the decade, as a team of scientists “heard” gravitational waves -- a key postulate of Einstein’s theory of relativity -- for the first time in human history. Now, astrophysicist Janna Levin recounts that incredible discovery, and the human drama behind it, in her new book “Black Hole Blues.” Levin joins Jeffrey Brown for more.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2016
  • Will Clinton and Sanders be able to put animosity aside?
    Although the deep divides within the GOP have taken center stage in this election cycle, the Democrats have seen their own fair share of schism. As front-runner Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders prepare to compete for Kentucky and Oregon Tuesday, Judy Woodruff talks to Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., about what to expect post-primaries?
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2016
    U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders addresses the audience as followers cheer and take pictures with their mobile phones, in San Juan, Puerto Rico May 16, 2016. REUTERS/Alvin Baez       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTSEK12
  • Supreme Court punts on Obamacare contraception fight
    Monday saw the evenly divided Supreme Court punt on two major cases, including a religious challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate. The no-decisions prompted President Obama to speculate the GOP’s refusal to consider Merrick Garland’s nomination might be having an effect. Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the supreme drama.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2016
    Supporters of contraception rally before Zubik v. Burwell, an appeal brought by Christian groups demanding full exemption from the requirement to provide insurance covering contraception under the Affordable Care Act, is heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., March 23, 2016.     REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo - RTSEJDO
  • Trump’s teflon presents difficult challenge for Democrats
    Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR join Judy Woodruff to discuss the latest in politics, including the prospects for Democratic unity, Clinton’s enthusiasm problem, Trump’s teflon — and his new war on the New York Times after it dives into his checkered past with women.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2016
  • Hillary Clinton barnstorms Kentucky, looking for big win
    As voters in Kentucky and Oregon prepare to go to the polls Tuesday, Hillary Clinton blitzed the Bluegrass State, hoping to end Sen. Bernie Sanders’ string of primary victories. Sanders himself was in Puerto Rico, where he decried Congress’ approach to the island’s debt crisis. Meanwhile, Donald Trump found himself in a war of words with British Prime Minister David Cameron. John Yang reports.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2016
    U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at La Gala in Bowling Green, Kentucky, U.S., May 16, 2016.  REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein - RTSEJRF
  • News Wrap: Fight for electric power sparks Afghan protest
    In our news wrap Monday, the Afghan capital of Kabul went on lockdown after tens of thousands of minority Hazaras marched through the streets, demanding that a planned multinational power line be routed through their province. Also, the U.S. and other world powers announced intentions to arm the internationally-recognized Libyan government to help it fight the Islamic state and other militants.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2016
    Women demonstrators from Afghanistan's Hazara minority attend a protest in Kabul, Afghanistan May 16, 2016. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail  - RTSEGLE

Sunday, May 15, 2016

  • PBS NewsHour Weekend full episode May 15, 2016
    On this episode for Saturday, May 15, gun violence in Chicago, the nation’s murder capital, is driving a mass exodus of the black middle class. Later, hear how a night mayor in Amsterdam is keeping nightlife peaceful for the city’s residents. Hari Sreenivasan anchors from PBS affiliate station WTTW in Chicago.
    Original Air Date: May 15, 2016
    Alicia Idleburg attends a news conference by "Purpose over Pain", a group of mothers who lost children to gun violence, calling for a stop to shootings in Chicago, Illinois, United States, May 6, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young  - RTX2D6JH
  • Chicago’s murder rates drive exodus of black middle class
    Chicago is the nation’s third most populous city, but holds the unenviable title of being America’s murder capital, with 489 homicides documented last year. And since most of the victims are black, the high murder rates have provoked a gradual exodus of the black middle class. Correspondent Brandis Friedman reports from Chicago.
    Original Air Date: May 15, 2016
  • Why neighborhood demographics are shifting in Chicago
    How does gun violence and neighborhood policing impact life for residents living in Chicago? For more, USA Today reporter Aamer Madhani joins Hari Sreenivasan at WTTW in Chicago.
    Original Air Date: May 15, 2016
    People gather for a candlelight vigil against gun violence in the Englewood neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois, United States, July 3, 2015. Extra police patrols and long shifts were not enough to prevent nine deaths and about 50 injuries from gun violence in Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend, when homicides jump almost every year. Chicago, with 2.7 million people, is the most violent large city in the United States, with poverty, segregation, dozens of small street gangs, and a pervasive gun culture all contributing to the problem. Picture taken July 3, 2015.   REUTERS/Jim Young   - RTX1JA3N