News Wrap: Israeli election exit polls show Netanyahu may return to power

In our news wrap Tuesday, Israel held national elections and exit polls show former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may be returning to power, the man accused of attacking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other state charges and Halloween night gun violence in Texas claimed the life of Grammy-nominated rapper Takeoff of Migos.

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  • Amna Nawaz:

    We begin in Brazil, where President Jair Bolsonaro spoke publicly today for the first time since his reelection defeat. But he did not concede the election, and did not call off protests by his supporters.

    Jane Ferguson has our report.

  • Jane Ferguson:

    It was as close to a concession speech as Brazil was going to get.

    In his first appearance since losing the bitterly fought election nearly two days ago, Brazil's soon-to-be former President Jair Bolsonaro struck a proud and defiant tone, emphasizing his party's gains in Congress.

  • Jair Bolsonaro, Brazilian President (through translator):

    Our robust representation in Congress shows the strength of our values, God, homeland, family, and freedom. We have created many leaders throughout Brazil. Our dreams continue more alive than ever. We stand with order and progress.

    I have always been labeled as anti-democratic, and, different from my accusers, I have always played within the limits of the Constitution. While president of the republic, this citizen, I will continue to follow all commandments from our Constitution.

  • Jane Ferguson:

    Bolsonaro, a close ally of former President Donald Trump, shocked many with his silence after the race was called for his leftist opponent, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, known as Lula.

    But, in Bolsonaro's 44-hour absence, his supporters have continued filling the void with noise. Truckers flooded hundreds of major roads in most of Brazil's 26 states, protesting his loss and perpetrating the false notion that the election was fraudulent.

  • Jair Bolsonaro (through translator):

    The current popular movements are the fruit of indignation and a feeling of injustice about how the election process took place. Our methods cannot be those of the left, which have always harmed the population, such as the invasion of property, destruction of heritage, and restriction of the right to come and go. The right has really emerged in our country.

  • Jane Ferguson:

    And though Bolsonaro refused to mention Lula's name, his supporters had plenty to say about him.

  • Evanilso Jaba, Protester (through translator):

    He should be in jail and not contending for an election. Brazil is ours. We don't accept such mismanagement, a thief like Lula, who robs our nation and today wants to come back to power.

  • Jane Ferguson:

    Some knelt on roadsides to pray for the outcome's impossible reversal. The highways they blockaded shut off access to the country's largest airport and started to impact the essential transportation of food and fuel.

    But the Supreme Court soon ordered federal highway police to begin forcibly removing people.

  • Marco Antonio Territo, Intelligence Director, Federal Highway Police (through translator):

    Since Sunday, we have been working on this protocol that was passed, starting with negotiations, as well as dialogue, and, if necessary, the use of the shock force.

  • Jane Ferguson:

    Across the world, leaders reacted to the victory. President Biden called Lula, who led the country for two previous terms before being jailed on later overturned corruption charges, to offer U.S. backing.

    His office said he commended — quote — "resilient democratic institutions following free, fair and credible elections."

    Back in Brasilia, it was left to Bolsonaro's chief of staff to say what the outgoing president would not.

  • Speaker (through translator):

    The president has authorized me to begin the transition to President Lula.

  • Jane Ferguson:

    That transition completes two months from today, on January 1, 2023.

    For the "PBS NewsHour," I'm Jane Ferguson.

  • Amna Nawaz:

    Israel has held national elections today, and former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may be returning to power. He is still on trial for corruption, but exit polls show his right-wing bloc had a stronger-than-expected showing and could win a bare majority in Parliament.

    This is Israel's fifth election in less than four years.

    The man accused of attacking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband, Paul, pleaded not guilty today to attempted murder and other state charges. David DePape appeared in a San Francisco court. He was ordered held without bail. DePape also faces federal charges of assault and attempted kidnapping.

    Families in Florida got the chance today to confront Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz. His 2018 attack killed 17 students and staffers. At today's sentencing hearing, some cursed Cruz, while others wished him a painful death. They included Eric Wikander, whose son Ben survived, but needed seven surgeries, and Debra Hixon, whose husband, Chris, died trying to save students.

    Eric Wikander, Father of Parkland Shooting Victim: We hope that you, the monster who did this to our son, endure a painful existence in your remaining days. Whatever pain you experience in prison, unfortunately, will be a fraction of what Ben endured.

    Debra Hixon, Wife of Parkland Shooting Victim: I wish nothing for you today. After today, I don't care what happens to you. You will be sent to jail. You will be getting your punishment. You will be a number. And, for me, you will cease to exist.

  • Amna Nawaz:

    The hearing concludes tomorrow. A jury could not agree on a death sentence, so Cruz will be given life in prison.

    Halloween night gun violence has claimed the life of Grammy-nominated rapper Takeoff. One third of the group Migos and born Kirshnik Khari Ball, he was fatally shot outside a bowling alley in Houston early today. He was 28 years old. Hours earlier, in Chicago, a drive-by shooting injured up to 15 people, including three children, aged 13, 11, and 3 years old. There have been no arrests in either case.

    In Ukraine, Russian rockets and drones struck more cities and towns today. Meanwhile, in Kyiv, pockets of power and water service were restored after Monday's barrage. Thousands of people across Ukraine are enduring rolling blackouts. Officials say Russia's intensified shelling has destroyed about 40 percent of Ukraine's energy systems.

    Top officials in South Korea have apologized after a crowd surge killed more than 150 people celebrating Halloween. Police received multiple warning calls Saturday night, as tens of thousands of people crowded a nightlife district in Seoul. Today, the head of the national police said officers failed to intervene.

  • Yoon Hee Keun, South Korean National Police Chief (through translator):

    I feel a heavy responsibility for the disaster as police chief. I feel an infinite responsibility for public safety, and we will do our best to prevent such a tragic event from happening again.

  • Amna Nawaz:

    Meanwhile, hundreds of abandoned shoes and other personal items were laid out at a badminton court in Seoul. That allowed the victims' families to collect their belongings.

    India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi today visited the site of a collapsed pedestrian bridge where 135 people died on Sunday. The disaster took place in Modi's home state of Gujarat. He called for an extensive investigation into the cause of the collapse.

    New breakouts of COVID-19 roiling China. Authorities held visitors inside Shanghai Disney for hours today. Park security formed lines to prevent anyone from leaving until they tested negative. The testing regime includes more than 400,000 people across the city.

    Back in this country, the Supreme Court rejected Senator Lindsey Graham's bid to avoid testifying in a Georgia probe of the 2020 election. It centers on attempts by then-President Trump to overturn the state's results. Graham is a South Carolina Republican. He argued that, as a senator, he cannot be forced to testify. The court said he's free to object to individual questions.

    Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts put a hold today on turning over former President Trump's tax returns to a congressional committee. That gives the full court time to weigh Mr. Trump's emergency appeal filed on Monday. The House Ways and Means Committee is investigating his compliance with tax laws.

    And on Wall Street, stocks struggled a day before the Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates again. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 79 points to close at 32653. The Nasdaq fell 97 points. The S&P 500 slipped almost 16 points.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour": Representative Liz Cheney talks with Judy Woodruff about threats to American democracy; U2 singer Bono discusses his long career in music and activism; plus much more.

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