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The Mailbag:‘Thief’ ‘Liar’ ‘Old White Men’ Lend Us Your Ears

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The words in the headline in quotes are from emails from viewers received in the Ombudsman's Office after the first NewsHour segment of an already controversial and potentially historic agreement had aired Tuesday evening. Continue


Do labor-saving robots spell doom for American workers?

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The onslaught of automation that's replacing human workers -- from golf caddies to bank tellers -- may be putting us on a path to humanitarian crisis, says Jerry Kaplan, author of "Humans Need Not Apply." As technology grows and jobs become obsolete, income inequality and poverty could follow for millions of Americans. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports. Continue


Cincinnati police chief: Body cameras should be required

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The killing of Sam DuBose in Cincinnati is not the first time the city has been rocked by an officer-involved shooting. Back in 2001, another event triggered five days of riots. Gwen Ifill speaks to Cincinnati police chief Jeffrey Blackwell about the city’s changes in policing and how the latest death has stirred up old feelings. Continue


Rio’s waters could make Olympic athletes sick

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In the coming weeks, trials and test runs begin for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. An investigation by the Associated Press has revealed that athletes will be swimming and boating in waters dangerously contaminated by sewage, viruses and fecal matter. William Brangham learns more from the AP’s Bradley Brooks. Continue


PBS NewsHour full episode July 30, 2015

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Thursday on the NewsHour, investigators work to determine whether debris found on the island of Reunion is from missing flight MH370. Also: Cincinnati’s police chief on the latest fatal shooting, a Free Syrian Army commander trained by the U.S., how robots threaten American jobs, a look at crumbling infrastructure, contaminated waters for Olympic athletes and performance artist Marina Abramovic. Continue


States struggle with needed transportation fixes

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Potholes, vulnerable bridges, a lack of sidewalks -- following years of cutbacks in federal transportation funding, states are feeling the pinch. In Oregon, the NewsHour’s Cat Wise explores pressing infrastructure funding needs, like alternative forms of transportation, traffic reduction measures and preparing for a massive earthquake that many predict will hit in the state within 50 years. Continue


Footage of DuBose death contradicts indicted cop's claim

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Ray Tensing, a white police officer, was indicted on murder charges for killing Samuel DuBose, a black motorist, during a traffic stop for not having a front license plate. Tensing said he was dragged by the car and forced to shoot DuBose, but body camera footage revealed a different sequence of events. Gwen Ifill learns more from Sharon Coolidge of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Continue


PBS NewsHour full episode July 29, 2015

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Wednesday on the NewsHour, a white police officer is indicted for killing a black motorist in Cincinnati. Also: What the death of a Taliban leader means for peace in Afghanistan, the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO on the growing Russian threat, a new discovery at the historic Jamestown settlement, 50 years of Medicare and Medicaid and a reunion for a family out of touch since World War II. Continue


NATO Commander on the ‘major threat’ of Russia

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Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe, joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the alliance with Turkey against the Islamic State and why Russia poses a major threat in Europe today. Continue


Why is word of Mullah Omar’s death coming out now?

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The Taliban's supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar was confirmed dead by a spokesman for Afghanistan's intelligence agency, which claims that he died two years ago at a hospital in Pakistan. Although Omar has not been seen publicly since 2001, the Taliban was issuing statements in his name as recently as two weeks ago. Judy Woodruff talks with Jessica Donati of Reuters. Continue


Will debris help narrow search for MH370?

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Even though it seems more and more likely that the debris recovered on the island of Reunion is part of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, many questions still remain. Judy Woodruff learns more from science correspondent Miles O’Brien and Van Gurley, whose company Metron helped investigators find Air France Flight 447 off the coast of South America. Continue


Debris may be first trace of missing Malaysian plane

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A large piece of debris that washed ashore on the island of Reunion is being sent to a French military lab. Aviation investigators will determine whether it's the first trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, missing for more than a year. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue


Marina Abramovic: Performance art can change your life

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Four years ago, artist Marina Abramovic sat in the Museum of Modern Art for 716 hours and 30 minutes for a work called “The Artist Is Present.” Abramovic offers her Brief but Spectacular take on the value of good performance art, personal reflection and finding your place in the world. Continue


Rebel commander: U.S. calling in strikes on ground in Syria

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Special correspondent Jane Ferguson introduces us to a Free Syrian Army commander who has received training by the U.S. The injured rebel said he's eager to rejoin the fight after U.S. and Turkey intensify their efforts against the Islamic State. Continue


News Wrap: CDC finds 1 in 5 adults in U.S. has a disability

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In our news wrap Thursday, a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 53 million Americans are living with a disability. Rates are highest in Southern states and higher among Black and Hispanic adults. Also, the Senate sent a bill to President Obama authorizing a three-month patch in funding for the nation’s highways and transit systems. Continue


Gwen's Take: The Third Term Myth

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"The reality of the 22nd amendment, which limits the president to two, 4-year terms in office, was set aside in favor of speculation over what it might take for Mr. Obama to seize one more term." Continue


A Catholic enigma found in a grave at Jamestown

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In 2013 archaeologists discovered the remains of four early colony leaders buried 400 years ago at the Jamestown settlement in Virginia. On top of one of the graves was a silver box resembling a religious artifact, presenting a mystery for researchers. Jeffrey Brown learns more from James Horn of the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation. Continue


How do we ensure Medicare and Medicaid longevity?

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Fifty years since Medicare and Medicaid were established, the programs cover the health care needs of more than 120 million Americans. But new projections underscore worries over long-term sustainability. Judy Woodruff speaks to two former secretaries of the Department of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius and Louis Sullivan, about the successes and challenges. Continue


NATO steps up Ukraine mission in response to Russia

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There's been a spike this year in Russian air incursions near NATO countries, including the U.S. NATO countries have stepped up military exercises in Ukraine and across the Baltic states in response to Russia's actions. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue


Treasure hunters strike gold off Florida coast

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In our NewsHour Shares video of the day, divers made the find of a lifetime in shallow waters of Florida’s Atlantic coast – more than $1 million worth of sunken Spanish coins and treasure. Continue


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