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News Wrap: Controversial Hong Kong security bill becomes law

In our news wrap Tuesday, Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a controversial Hong Kong security bill into law. Beijing lawmakers applauded after passing legislation that punishes secessionist activity in the semi-autonomous territory with up to life in prison. Also, the U.S. Supreme Court has made it easier for religious schools to obtain public funds by upholding a Montana scholarship program.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news: Congressional Democrats scoffed at the president's denial that he knew about allegations of Russian bounties on U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

    The New York Times reported that he received a written intelligence briefing in February, and the Associated Press said the White House first became aware of alleged bounties in early 2019.

    After being briefed by White House officials today, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said, that is information the president ought to have known.

  • Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.:

    There are frequently times where the president of the United States will be briefed along with caveats: This is what the community has to say, this is our assessment, this is the limits of it.

    But you don't deprive the president of information he needs to keep the troops safe because you don't have it signed, sealed, and delivered.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    This afternoon, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said that President Trump has now been briefed on the intelligence related to those reports. But she said that intelligence still hasn't been verified.

  • Secretary Kayleigh McEnany:

    What is briefed to the president is when there's a strategic decision to be made, so, in this case, if there was a strategic decision to be made vis-a-vis Russia.

    Those are the kind of things that are briefed to the president when they are deemed credible. But, in this case, it was not briefed to the president. There is no consensus. It was not credible. But make no mistake, this president will always protect American troops.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, also weighed in on the alleged Russian bounties today. He said President Trump has — quote — "a lot to answer for about the situation."

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden:

    The idea that somehow he didn't know or isn't being briefed, it's a dereliction of duty, if that's the case.

    And if he was briefed, and nothing was done about this, that's a dereliction of duty.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    We will have more on all this after the news summary.

    The Supreme Court has made it easier for religious schools to obtain public funds. The 5-4 conservative majority upheld a Montana scholarship program for private education that makes donors eligible for state tax credits. Montana's highest court previously struck that down as a violation of the state's ban on state aid to religious schools.

    In China, President Xi Jinping signed the controversial Hong Kong security bill into law today. Beijing lawmakers applauded after passing the legislation that criminalizes secessionist activity in the semiautonomous territory with up to life in prison.

    Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, Chief Executive Carrie Lam defended the new law.

  • Carrie Lam:

    The legislation will not undermine one country, two systems, and Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy.

    Hong Kong is a free and diversified society. We respect differences in opinion and strive on reaching consensus. But the one country principle is non-negotiable and could not be compromised, as, without one country, two systems will stand on shaky ground.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    The White House National Security Council today vowed to act against — quote — "those who smothered Hong Kong's freedom and autonomy."

    A judge ruled today that the former Atlanta police officer charged in the death of Rayshard Brooks can be freed on $500,000 bond while his case is pending. Garrett Rolfe fatally shot Brooks at a Wendy's parking lot earlier this month. He faces 11 charges, including felony murder.

    Results from last week's Kentucky Democratic Senate primary race are now in. Former Marine pilot Amy McGrath narrowly edged out progressive Charles Booker. She will take on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in November.

    Also today, Utah, Colorado and Oklahoma held their own primary elections, with several key congressional seats at stake.

    On Wall Street today, stocks closed out their best quarter since 1998, in spite of the economic crisis from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 217 points to close at nearly 25813. The Nasdaq rose 184 points, and the S&P 500 added 47.

    And beloved comedy writer, actor, and director Carl Reiner died last night of natural causes at his home in Beverly Hills, California. Reiner's prolific career spanned seven decades, and touched virtually every entertainment genre, from television to Broadway theater.

    Amna Nawaz takes a look back at his accomplished life.

  • Carl Reiner:

    Mel, let him slice his own baloney, huh?


  • Amna Nawaz:

    From the start, Carl Reiner was a television comedy pioneer, first appearing in 1950 as the sharp-witted straight man on Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows."

  • Carl Reiner:

    Well, look, honey, we're right in the middle of a poker game. That's right.

  • Amna Nawaz:

    There, he met Mel Brooks, with whom he created comedy classics, like this bit about a 2,000-year-old man.

  • Carl Reiner:

    Is that true, sir?

  • Mel Brooks:

    Yes. You want to see my drivers license?

  • Amna Nawaz:

    Reiner created, produced and acted in one of the most celebrated comedies in television history, "The Dick Van Dyke Show." And in the 1970s, he saw success on the big screen, directing films including "Oh, God!" and "The Jerk" with Steve Martin.

    Film was a family affair. His son Rob directed films like "When Harry Met Sally." Carl Reiner's wife, Estelle, had this infamous cameo:

  • Estelle Reiner:

    I'll have what she's having.

  • Amna Nawaz:

    Reiner was actively at work well into his years on sitcoms, in movies like the "Ocean's 11" franchise and on Twitter, where he would share his musings, movie reviews, and political views, right up until yesterday evening about President Trump.

    Back in 2016, Reiner spoke with the "NewsHour" about how his love of comedy was born and how it stuck with him.

  • Carl Reiner:

    My influences in comedy started because my parents loved comedy. My parents always sought out comedies. The Marx Brothers were their favorites. Those people who have a sense of humor get through life more comfortably than those who don't.

  • Amna Nawaz:

    Carl Reiner was 98 years old.

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