News Wrap: Senate committee delays vote on Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson

In our news wrap Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee postponed its vote on Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson until next week, a federal judge found former President Trump "more likely than not" committed crimes in connection with the U.S. Capitol riot, President Biden laid out his proposed spending blueprint, and Shanghai went in a phased lockdown to control a COVID outbreak in China.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news: A federal judge found former President Trump may well have committed crimes in connection with the U.S. Capitol riot.

    The judge in Southern California spoke in a ruling that ordered John, Eastman, a Trump adviser and California lawyer, to turn over e-mails to a select congressional committee. U.S. District Judge David Carter wrote — quote — "The court finds it more likely than not that President Trump corruptly attempted to obstruct Congress on January the 6th, 2021."

    A Trump spokesman call the ruling — quote — "absurd and "

    President Biden laid out his proposed spending blueprint for the coming fiscal year, including higher taxes on the very wealthy and more money for police. It totals $5.8 trillion, with a deficit of $1.1 trillion.

    At the White House, the president said his budget embodies American values, including his call for a so called billionaire's minimum tax.

  • President Joe Biden:

    The last few years were very hard, stretching them to the breaking point. But billionaires and large corporations got richer than ever. A firefighter and a teacher pay more than double, double the tax rate that a billionaire pays. That's not right. That's not fair.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    The president floated some of his tax ideas in last year's budget plan, but to no avail. Republicans said this new budget falls short on boosting defense and cutting deficits.

    The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has postponed its vote on Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson until next Monday. Republicans sought the delay. They said they're still missing confidential sentencing documents to help them evaluate Jackson's record. Democrats want the full Senate to vote on the nomination before a spring recess begins on April 8.

    On the pandemic, China's largest city, Shanghai, went under a phased lockdown today to control a growing outbreak. The country's financial hub ordered mass testing for 26 million residents, as police in hazmat suits closed bridges, tunnels and roadways. And there was public disagreement on whether the lockdown should have come sooner.

  • Zhou Xiaozhao, Shanghai Resident (through translator):

    I feel it came a little too slow. It would have been better if we had acted earlier. It has been more than 20 days since risk control and management efforts began.

  • Gao Ge, Shanghai Resident (through translator):

    I am not surprised about the lockdown because the outbreak spread suddenly this time. Of course, the state and the government have done a good job.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    The lockdown is China's most extensive since the initial outbreak in Wuhan two years ago.

    In India, millions joined a nationwide two-day strike today aimed at government economic policies. Protesters blocked streets in major cities. Their demands include a higher minimum wage and universal social security coverage for who are not in unions. The strike had little apparent effect in New Delhi and Mumbai.

    The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the second deadly attack in Israel within a week. It happened Sunday, when a pair of Arab gunmen killed two police officers and wounded four people in Hadera. Police then killed the attackers.

    The Sunday shootings came ahead of today's historic meeting in Israel with four Arab nations that have normalized relations with the Israelis. The focus was on dealing with Iran and peacemaking with the Palestinians. Foreign ministers from Morocco, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt were joined by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The Israelis hailed the gathering.

  • Yair Lapid, Israeli Foreign Minister:

    This new architecture, the shared capabilities we are building intimidates and deters our common enemies, first and foremost, Iran and its proxies. They certainly have something to fear.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    The Palestinians said that all such meetings are worthless if they don't address Palestinian statehood.

    Back in this country, Wall Street made modest gains after oil prices dropped 7 percent and interest rates on bonds fell. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 94 points to close near 34956. The Nasdaq rose 185 points, more than 1 percent. The S&P 500 added 32 points.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour": Tamara Keith and Amy Walter discuss the latest political news; we look back on memorable moments from the Academy Awards; plus much more.

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