News Wrap: Heavy rains, border police meet refugees in Macedonia

GWEN IFILL: The United States will take in another 10,000 Syrian refugees in the budget year starting next month. White House officials announced the plan today. They said President Obama wants to pay for it with $4 billion that's already been budgeted. The U.S. has accepted about 1,500 Syrians since civil war broke out in their country more than four years ago.

Thousands of refugees and migrants entering Europe faced new misery today, heavy rain that fell across much of the region.

We have a report from Jonathan Rugman of Independent Television News.

JONATHAN RUGMAN: They are leaving Greece behind them, heading for Macedonia in the thousands. Many of them are Syrians, and there's no sign this exodus will stop.

At the border, a refugee camp, about 4,000 sodden people were waiting to cross today, if only the Macedonians would let them in. The border guards are overwhelmed by the numbers. The refugees are overwhelmed by the journey they have just endured. Families with young children are allowed through.

But as both sides stand bedraggled in the pouring rain, the situation spins out of control. A member of the Macedonian riot police lashes out, his way of keeping order. And amid the screams from frightened women, a small girl adds to this downpour by bursting into tears.

The crowd is told to sit in the mud and wait. Eventually, it is allowed through, this is thought to be the biggest wave of people so far here, though the U.N. says more than 20,000 more are expected in the next two to three days.

Today, Macedonia said it was thinking of building a fence to stem this human flow. And so the race to get here in time seems likely to intensify, the race to take a train north into Serbia and then on to Germany in the desperate hope that all this heartache and danger might be worth it.

GWEN IFILL: There was also turmoil along Hungary's border with Austria, as Austrian rail authorities announced their system was overwhelmed and halted all trains. The Iran nuclear deal cleared its major hurdle in Congress today, effectively guaranteeing it will take effect.

Senate Democrats blocked Republican efforts to vote on a resolution disapproving the deal, but party leaders kept arguing even after the voting ended.

SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY), Majority Leader: Democratic senators just voted to filibuster and block the American people from even having a real vote on one of the most consequential foreign policy issues of our time. It's telling, it's telling that Democrats would go to such extreme lengths to prevent President Obama from even having to consider legislation on this issue.

SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV), Minority Leader: The inane response is, you're filibustering us. I know a lot about filibusters, because we have had to file a cloture more than 600 times because of filibusters by the Republicans. Never in the history of the country has there ever been anything close to that. Now what were most of those filibusters on? On motions to proceed.

GWEN IFILL: In a statement, the president called the Senate vote — quote — "a victory for diplomacy and for national security." But House Speaker John Boehner said Republicans on his side of the Capitol will use every tool to derail the agreement, including possibly a lawsuit.

A former State Department worker has refused to talk to Congress about setting up Hillary Clinton's private e-mail server when she was secretary of state. Bryan Pagliano appeared today before a House committee investigating the attack on U.S. diplomats in Benghazi, Libya. As expected, he cited his constitutional right against self-incrimination.

The presidential campaign erupted into a kind of verbal food fight today, with Donald Trump at its center. The Republican front-runner made GOP rival Carly Fiorina his latest target. In a "Rolling Stone" magazine profile, he belittled Fiorina's appearance and said, "Can you imagine that the face of our next president?" Trump insisted today he was talking about Fiorina's persona and not her face.

But Republicans and Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, condemned the crack. Clinton spoke in Columbus, Ohio.

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON Democratic Presidential Candidate: We hear from candidates on the other side about turning back the clock on women's rights.

And there is one particular candidate who just seems to delight in insulting women every chance he gets. I have to say, if he emerges, I would love to debate him.


GWEN IFILL: Trump also went after Republican Ben Carson for questioning his religious faith. He said Carson wasn't much of a doctor and has no chance of being elected.

And yet another rival, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, branded Trump a carnival act who would kill Republican chances of winning the White House.

The trials of six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray will stay in Baltimore. A judge denied their motion today for a change of venue. Gray died last April in police custody, triggering protests, riots and curfews.

New York City's police department is investigating how former tennis star James Blake was arrested by mistake. A witness misidentified Blake yesterday as a suspect in a credit card fraud ring. Police then pushed him to the ground and handcuffed him. Today, Commissioner William Bratton apologized and said he wants to know why Blake was roughed up, among other things.

WILLIAM BRATTON, Commissioner, New York City Police Department: We were also concerned administratively with the failure to make any notification of the arrest and detention of Mr. Blake. Mr. Blake was inappropriately arrested and detained in handcuffs for a period of time.

GWEN IFILL: The officer involved in the arrest has been stripped of his badge and gun while officials investigate.

In Japan, a tropical storm that dumped unprecedented rainfall left the central part of the country reeling. Twenty inches fell, touching off heavy flooding around the city of Joso, forcing more than 100,000 people to flee. Fast-moving torrents swept through the region north of Tokyo, sweeping away homes and trees. Helicopters had to pluck scores of stranded people off rooftops.

A scorching heat wave smothered much of California again today. Temperatures headed toward 100 degrees in Los Angeles and 90 around San Francisco. The heat has generated record demand for power to run air conditioning, and forced thousands to go to cooling centers.

And on Wall Street, stocks managed modest gains. The Dow Jones industrial average added about 77 points to close at 16330. The Nasdaq rose nearly 40 points, and the S&P 500 moved up 10.