News Wrap: Boeing to sell passenger aircraft to Iran; DOJ investigates Orlando shooting

In our news wrap Tuesday, Boeing announced it has signed an agreement to sell commercial jets to Iran’s main airline, representing the largest business deal Iran has made with an American company in over three decades. Also, Attorney General Loretta Lynch traveled to Orlando as the Department of Justice pushed ahead with its investigation into the mass shooting there.

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    Good evening. I'm Gwen Ifill. Judy Woodruff is on assignment.

    On the "NewsHour" tonight: Donald Trump's money troubles. Hillary Clinton outraises him by tens of millions of dollars and attacks him as bad for the economy. His defense? Just you wait.

    Also ahead this Tuesday: Venezuela's desperation. The country's deepening debt and political crisis pushes hungry citizens to riot in search of food.

    And Making the Grade — the latest in our weekly education series examines how to turn students into scientists by ditching textbooks.

  • CHRISTY MATHES, Teacher, Sage Valley Junior High School:

    It's not the child needs to memorize these things. It's the student needs to be able to do some pretty intense stuff. We are actually doing the science.


    All that and more on tonight's "PBS NewsHour."



    Iran has closed its largest deal with an American company in over three decades. Airplane manufacturer Boeing announced it's signed an agreement to sell commercial jets to Iran Air, the country's main carrier. Iran's transportation minister said the sale could be worth up to $25 billion. It marks Iran's first major deal with a U.S. company since last year's landmark nuclear agreement.

    Attorney General Loretta Lynch traveled to Orlando today, as the Justice Department pushed ahead with its murder investigation. Omar Mateen killed 49 people at a gay nightclub there more than a week ago. This afternoon, Lynch visited a memorial at Orlando's City Hall. She signed a note of condolence, and stopped at a display of wreaths honoring each victim.

  • LORETTA LYNCH, Attorney General:

    The message of Orlando that I have seen today, and what the American people have seen in the wake of this horrific assault, is a message of determination to remove hatred and intolerance from our midst, to live our lives freely and without fear and to stay true to the principles of liberty, justice and equality that define America at our best.


    Lynch said investigators are still working to determine whether they missed any warning signs that would have confirmed Mateen was a threat.

    Maine Republican Susan Collins led Senate colleagues from both sides of the aisle today in unveiling a compromise on gun control. The measure, which would bar anyone on the government's no-fly list from buying guns, comes after the Senate rejected four bills from Republicans and Democrats last night.

    Collins said it was time to put aside party differences and end the Senate gridlock.

    SEN. SUSAN COLLINS (R), Maine: All of us are united in our desire to getting something significant done on this vital issue. Surely, the terrorist attacks in San Bernardino and in Orlando that took so many lives are a call for compromise, a plea for bipartisan action.


    But Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas, whose own proposal failed last night, cautioned that people on government watch lists who have not been charged with a crime shouldn't be denied due process.

    SEN. JOHN CORNYN (R), Texas: I remain concerned about a provision on the back end, after you have been denied a constitutional right. But we will see how the votes come out. I think it's a slippery slope when an American citizen is denied a constitutional right without forcing the government to come forward with some evidence on the front end, as opposed to leaving that on the back end.


    The Senate could vote on the gun control compromise bill as early as this week.

    Longtime Pennsylvania Congressman Chaka Fattah was convicted today of racketeering. A federal jury found the 11-term lawmaker guilty of all the charges against him, including fraud, money laundering, and bribery. Prosecutors said Fattah routed federal grant money to nonprofits he controlled, so he could pay off debts from his failed mayoral bid in 2007. The 59-year-old Democrat will be sentenced in October.

    The Obama administration today OKed routine commercial use of small drones, after years of grappling with rules to govern them. The Federal Aviation Administration's regulations mean operators can fly without special permission. The rules require drones to stay within visual sight — visual line of sight, no higher than 400 feet. Flights are prohibited over unprotected people, and pilots must pass an aviation exam at an FAA testing center.

    The U.S.-led coalition today reported only a third of Fallujah has been cleared of Islamic State militants. That assessment comes days after the Iraqi government declared victory, and nearly a month after the Iraqi army launched its offensive there. Meanwhile, in Syria, activists said ISIS militants have now retaken all the territories in Raqqa province that it previously lost to Syrian government forces.

    British Prime Minister David Cameron made a last-ditch appeal to Britons today, urging them to vote to stay in the European Union. It came 48 hours ahead of Thursday's referendum to decide whether or not Britain will remain a part of the E.U.

    Speaking in front of 10 Downing Street, Cameron warned leaving the bloc would be irreversible.

  • DAVID CAMERON, British Prime Minister:

    To put it as clearly as I can, our economic security is paramount. It is stronger if we stay. If we leave, we put it at risk. That is a risk to jobs, a risk to families, a risk to our children's future, and there is no going back.


    The latest poll tilts narrowly in favor of Britain remaining in the E.U., but that support is dwindling.

    Back in this country, strenuous new physical testing for Marine combat posts are weeding out most female recruits. That's according to new data obtained by the Associated Press. The Pentagon opened combat jobs to women six months ago. But about 86 percent of female Marine recruits, or roughly six out of seven women, failed the tests. That's compared to 3 percent of men.

    On Wall Street, stocks finished the day with modest gains after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the Central Bank will remain cautious in raising interest rates. The Dow Jones industrial average gained more than 24 points to close above 17829. The Nasdaq rose six points, and the S&P 500 added five.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour": Donald Trump's campaign cash crunch; the International Olympic Committee upholds an Olympics ban on Russian track and field athletes; revamping science standards for more effective classroom learning; and much more.

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