In our news wrap Thursday, Islamic State suicide attacks killed at least 31 in Baghdad in what Iraqi officials say were a response to the government’s military campaign to recapture Fallujah. Also, Israel dispatched hundreds of additional troops to the West Bank and revoked entry permits for over 80,000 Palestinians after a Palestinian gunman killed four in Tel Aviv.
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Good evening. I'm Judy Woodruff. Gwen Ifill is away.
On the "NewsHour" tonight:
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:
I know how hard this job will be. That's why I know Hillary will be so good at it.
President Obama officially endorses Hillary Clinton shortly after meeting with Bernie Sanders, who signals he will support Clinton, too, after the last primary is over.
Then, we sit down with the secretary of homeland security, Jeh Johnson, to talk airport security and the state of the terrorism threat.
And how the musical classic "Porgy and Bess" is bringing a historical perspective to the once segregated city of Charleston, South Carolina.
MARIAN GREENE THOMPSON:
This production coming at this time, it's needed. We need to know history. There are parts of it that we don't like. But we need to know, so that that can help us move forward.
All that and more on tonight's "PBS NewsHour."
They were rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008. Now President Obama has formally announced his support for Hillary Clinton to be his successor.
At the same time, Bernie Sanders suggested he's prepared to end his campaign and work for Clinton once the final primary takes place. We will have a full report after the news summary.
In the day's other news: Islamic State suicide attacks killed at least 31 people in and around Baghdad. Dozens more were wounded in the attacks. One targeted a majority Shiite neighborhood and another an army checkpoint 12 miles outside the capital. Iraqi officials said the bombings are counterattacks to the government's military offensive to recapture Fallujah.
Israel sent hundreds of additional troops into the West Bank today after Palestinian gunmen killed four people in Tel Aviv. The Israelis also revoked entry permits for more than 80,000 Palestinians to cross into Israel. Meanwhile, security forces raided one of the suspect's homes. and they cracked down on workshops suspected of making homemade guns like those used in yesterday's attack.
Back in this country, the House of Representatives moved to address Puerto Rico's debt crisis. A bipartisan bill will create an independent financial control board and restructure some of the island's $70 billion in debt.
Supporters, including Republican Jim Sensenbrenner, said it's the only option.
REP. JAMES SENSENBRENNER (R), Wisconsin: Let's get Puerto Rico back on track. And this is a way to do it with some help from the oversight board. Puerto Ricans are going to have to do this themselves. They haven't been able to do it without a tap on the shoulder. Too bad there's an oversight board but that's the only game in town.
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats also backed the bill. But some conservatives complained that it amounts to a federal bailout. Others, like Democrat Luis Gutierrez, who's of Puerto Rican descent, argued that it takes too much authority from local officials.
REP. LUIS GUTIERREZ (D), Illinois: Let me suggest to you that, if you give power to a control board unelected and unsupervised by anyone here, be careful. Be careful. Remember Flint. Remember the poisoning of the people and what the control board did there. That is exactly we should suspect will happen.
Puerto Rico has a $2 billion debt payment that's due on the 1st of July.
Change is coming to the Pentagon's century-old promotion system. Currently, troops who don't advance to a higher rank within a designated time frame are pushed out. Today, Defense Secretary Ash Carter called for exceptions to the timeline in order to keep high-tech experts and other specialists. He also wants to let the services schedule promotions on merit, rather than seniority. Some of the proposals will need congressional approval.
Thousands of people turned out today in Louisville, Kentucky, for a prayer service for Muhammad Ali. Muslims and members of other faiths gathered in an arena to begin two days of remembrances for the boxing legend. It's part of a memorial plan designed by Ali himself. The three-time heavyweight champion will be laid to rest tomorrow in an interfaith service also in Louisville.
And on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average lost just under 20 points to close at 17985. The Nasdaq fell 16 points, and the S&P 500 slipped three.
Still to come on the "NewsHour": what's next for Bernie Sanders after President Obama endorses Hillary Clinton; the secretary of homeland security talks long airport lines and terrorism threats; Making Sense of why power corrupts; and much more.