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News Wrap: ISIS car bombs rock Baghdad, killing at least 93

In our news wrap Wednesday, Baghdad was rocked by the deadliest terror attack this year, as three car bombings killed at least 93 people. The Islamic State claimed responsibility. Also, the accused Colorado Planned Parent gunman is declared unfit for trial.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Good evening. I'm Judy Woodruff.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    And I'm Hari Sreenivasan.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    On the "NewsHour" tonight: The GOP wrestles with Donald Trump — a look at the divisions among Republicans, as the presumptive nominee prepares to sit down with Speaker Paul Ryan tomorrow.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    Also ahead this Wednesday: instability in Afghanistan, as the fight rages on against the Taliban in Helmand Province.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    And testing transportation that may be in our future. Miles O'Brien explores the Hyperloop and visits the people working to make high-speed tube rides a reality.

  • BROGAN BAMBROGAN, Hyperloop One:

    We're talking grandma-friendly, dog-friendly, child-friendly. It's absolutely just a simple elevator ride away. You get in, and you arrive at your destination. Ding.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

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

    (BREAK)

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    Baghdad was rocked today by the worst violence this year. Three car bombings killed at least 93 people and wounded 165 more. All of the attacks were claimed by the Islamic State group.

    Sirens blared throughout much of a long and bloody day in the Iraqi capital. The first attack was the worst. A truck bomb exploded at a busy market in Sadr City, a mainly Shiite district. The blast left burned-out cars, charred wreckage and smoldering shops and crews washing down the streets.

  • MAN (through interpreter):

    You can see blood everywhere. They were poor people who were here to earn their living and were killed in cold blood.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    Witnesses say the victims included brides and grooms-to-be at a beauty salon and barber shop getting ready for their weddings.

    And hours later, two more bombings, one at a police station in the north and another on the western side of the city, all of this on a day when Iraqi officials announced ISIS now controls 14 percent of the country, down from 40 percent in 2014.

    The commander of U.S. ground forces in the anti-ISIS campaign said the group is clearly on the defensive.

  • MAJ. GEN. GARY VOLESKY, U.S. Army:

    As the enemy loses more and more terrain, they resort to some of these desperate acts. The security forces in Baghdad have the situation under control.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    But for many in Baghdad, the bombings are in fact proof that security forces do not have things under control.

  • MAN (through translator):

    They say that they have metal detectors to detect explosives. Where are they? How can such car bombs go though checkpoints?

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    It's all fueling deep resentment of the Iraqi government, as political leaders remain distracted by a struggle over fighting corruption.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Islamic State fighters in Syria are also advancing again on the ancient city of Palmyra. Activists report ISIS seized a deserted rocket-launching site about 40 miles away, cutting a highway to Homs, the provincial capital. The militants destroyed temples and other treasures dating back 1,800 years during a 10-month occupation. Government troops recaptured Palmyra in March.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    ISIS is losing its allure for Americans, according to the head of the FBI. James Comey said today the number trying to join the group has fallen to about one a month. That's down from six to 10 a month in the previous year-and-a-half.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    In Brazil, senators debated today whether to suspend President Dilma Rousseff on charges she violated budget laws. A simple majority of the 81 lawmakers could remove Rousseff for up to six months, pending a trial that might make it permanent.

  • ANA AMELIA, Senator, Progressive Party (through interpreter):

    This event and this moment in history show once again that no one, not even a president of the republic, is above the law. The law is for all, and we have the obligation and duty of respecting it. And that is exactly why I will give my vote for the impeachment.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Brazil is facing its worst economic downturn in decades and a sweeping corruption scandal. Members of Rousseff's ruling party argued today she's being made the scapegoat.

  • PAULO PAIM, Senator, Worker’s Party (through interpreter):

    Let's say that she is removed permanently. What will happen? It will not solve the crisis. The crisis will only be solved by elections. That's why I say that the ideal for Brazil would be to call for elections, together with the mayoral elections on October 2.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    If the Senate votes tonight to suspend Rousseff, the country's vice president will become acting president.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    Back in this country, a Colorado judge ruled today that the man accused of attacking a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado is not mentally fit to stand trial. Instead, Robert Lewis Dear will undergo treatment at a state psychiatric hospital until he's deemed competent. Dear allegedly killed three people and wounded nine others at a clinic in Colorado Springs last November. He's charged with murder and attempted murder.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    A former police officer in South Carolina, Michael Slager, now faces federal civil rights charges, in addition to state murder charges, for a shooting that left an unarmed black man dead. The indictment was unsealed today in Charleston.

    Slager allegedly fired eight times as Walter Scott ran from a traffic stop last year. Cell phone video captured the incident. Slager remains free on bail.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    There'll be no more payday lending ads on Google starting in July. The Internet giant says it's banning the ads because the industry is — quote — "deceptive and harmful," often charging triple-digit interest. Google dominates Internet searches and controls the Internet's largest advertising platforms.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    It was easy come, easy go on Wall Street today. Retail stocks dragged the rest of the market down, erasing almost all of yesterday's gains, the most in two months. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 217 points to close at 17711. The Nasdaq fell 49 points, and the S&P 500 dropped nearly 20.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    And a small painting that turned up in a basement and turned out to be a Rembrandt went on display today at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. It's titled "The Unconscious Patient," and it's one of the Dutch master's earliest works. Two people found it last summer as they cleaned out their family's home in New Jersey. No word on how the painting got there.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour": Donald Trump prepares to meet with Speaker Paul Ryan. Can they find common ground?; Taliban gains in Afghanistan's largest opium-producing region; public transportation that goes up to 800 miles per hour; and much more.

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