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News Wrap: Members of Congress share tributes to John Lewis

In our news wrap Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives honored the late John Lewis -- the man that many referred to as the “conscience of the Congress.” The Georgia Democrat and renowned civil rights leader died Friday at age 80. Also, the United Arab Emirates launched the Arab world’s first interplanetary mission with a spacecraft bound for Mars. The unmanned orbiter blasted off from Japan.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news: Labor unions and racial justice groups held a nationwide strike for black lives to protest against racism and economic inequality.

    Organizers called walkouts in more than two dozen U.S. cities. In New York, protesters rallied outside the Trump International Hotel. They said they have to work, regardless of the pandemic.

  • Tierra Williams:

    We are all standing together and fighting against every single injustice passed our way.

  • Man:

    That's right.

  • Tierra Williams:

    Every time you leave your house to provide for your family and also to save the sick, you are putting your family and yourself at risk, children, elderly, even your neighbors.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Separately, in Portland, Oregon, protesters set fire to the entryway of the federal courthouse overnight in new clashes with federal agents. The mayor and governor demanded the agents be withdrawn. But the Department of Homeland Security said that they will stay.

    We will get much more on the Portland story after this news summary.

    A wealthy white couple in Saint Louis are being charged with openly showing guns during a racial injustice protest. Mark and Patricia McCloskey say they were defending their home. A local prosecutor says that they could have triggered violence. President Trump has condemned the investigation and suggested that he might intervene.

    The U.S. House of Representatives today honored the late John Lewis, the man that many called the conscience of the Congress. The Georgia Democrat died Friday at age 80. He was a legendary figure in the civil rights movement, and his later career in politics spanned three decades.

    This afternoon, lawmakers observed a moment of silence, after senior members of the Georgia delegation from both parties paid their own tributes.

  • Sanford Bishop:

    The world is a better place because John Lewis spent his life pursuing freedom, justice, opportunity, love, and peace for all of humanity.

  • Tom Graves:

    Our nation has indeed lost a giant. And it's times like these that we must be reminded of the shoulders that we stand on, the shoulders of giants like John.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    In Georgia today, state Democrats selected their party chair, state Senator Nikema Williams, to replace Congressman Lewis on the November ballot.

    Investigators in New Jersey say they may have found the gunman who killed a federal judge's son and wounded her husband at their home on Sunday. The judge was not harmed.

    Police say the lawyer Roy Den Hollander was found dead today, apparently by his own hand. He was a self-described anti-feminist and had derided the judge.

    In the presidential campaign, Democrat Joe Biden picked up endorsements from top Muslim-American officials. They include Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.

    The former vice president addressed an online Muslim summit, and vowed to get rid of the ban on travelers from mainly Muslim countries.

  • Former Vice President Joseph Biden:

    Donald Trump has fanned the flames of hate in this country across the board, through his words, his policies, his appointments, his deeds. If I have the honor of being president, I will end the Muslim ban on day one.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Meanwhile, President Trump took part in a roundtable with supporters this evening at his hotel in Washington.

    But in his interview that aired Sunday on Fox News, he would not say if he will accept November's election results if he loses.

  • President Donald Trump:

    You don't know until you see. It depends. I think mail-in voting is going to rig the election. I really do.

    Look, you — I have to see. No, I'm not going to just say yes. I'm not going to say no. And I didn't last time either.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    We will take a closer look at the presidential race later in the program.

    The United Arab Emirates launched the Arab world's first interplanetary mission today with a spacecraft bound for Mars. The unmanned orbiter Amal, meaning hope, blasted off from Japan, beginning a seven-month journey. The mission will study the Martian upper atmosphere and monitor climate change for at least two years.

    And on Wall Street, the tech sector shot higher, leaving the broader market in its wake. The Dow Jones industrial average gained not quite nine points to close at 26680. The Nasdaq rose nearly 264 points, and the S&P 500 added 27.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour": federal agents impose their presence on protesters in Portland, Oregon; Italy's tourism industry struggles to escape the specter of the coronavirus; six months after the pandemic's onset in the U.S., we examine the response; and much more.

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