In our news wrap Thursday, President Trump said at a Cabinet meeting that Mexico has a year to stop the flow of migrants and drugs into the U.S., after previously threatening to close the border this week. Also, the House voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act despite opposition from the National Rifle Association, which objected to a rule barring violent offenders from owning guns.
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Investigators in Ethiopia are blaming the plane, not the pilots, for the Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people. They said today that a faulty sensor on the Boeing 737 MAX 8 triggered a nosedive. The planes have since been grounded worldwide. We will explore the findings later in the program.
President Trump has changed course again on his threat to close the U.S. southern border. He initially warned he would act this week, unless Mexico did more to halt a surge of migrants.
Today, at a Cabinet meeting, he said Mexico now has one year to stop the flows of migrants and drugs.
We're doing it to stop people. We're going to give them a one-year warning. And if the drugs don't stop, or largely stop, we're going to put tariffs on Mexico and products, in particular, cars. And if that doesn't stop the drugs, we close the border.
In turn, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the U.S. House of Representatives will sue to block the president from shifting funds to pay for a border wall.
The U.S. House voted today to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, over the opposition of the National Rifle Association. It centered on a provision that bars violent offenders from owning guns, even if they are not a spouse or domestic partner. Most Republicans, including Congressman Ben Cline of Virginia, argued that the bill went too far.
Rep. Ben Cline, R-Va.:
Domestic violence is a problem and we must take action to confront it. It was disappointing that the legislation was taken from what was a bipartisan consensus, and turned into a partisan document that went far beyond the underlying legislation that was allowed to expire.
Democrats defended the gun provisions as commonsense measures.
Debbie Dingell of Michigan warned supporters not to be bullied by the NRA, as opponents jeered.
Rep. Debbie Dingell, D Mich.:
We're not taking away due process. All it does is say that, if someone has been convicted, convicted, as an intimate partner, that they wouldn't have access to a gun. And if someone has been convicted of stalking…
Rep. Debbie Dingell:
You know what? You can't shout down a woman.
The House will be in order.
The legislation now goes to the Senate.
The House gave final approval today to ending U.S. involvement in the five-year war in Yemen. It already passed the Senate, but not by enough to override a promised veto by President Trump. The U.S. supports a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen fighting rebels aligned with Iran. Thousands have been killed, and millions are facing starvation.
In New Zealand, police announced today that the accused gunman in the Christchurch mass shootings will face 50 murder counts. The 28-year-old Australian is also being charged with 39 counts of attempted murder. The attacks last month targeted worshipers at two mosques.
Australia's Parliament has voted to send social media executives to jail if their platforms stream real-world violence. Lawmakers said that it is a response to the attacks in New Zealand. The gunman live-streamed his assault on Facebook, and it spread online before being taken down.
Today, we are legislating against the weaponization of social media. We're introducing a tough regime against the misuse and abuse of online platforms. The approach of this government to the online environment is that the rules and norms that apply in the physical world should also apply in the online world.
Under the new law, social media and Web hosting companies could also face a fine of up to 10 percent of their global revenues.
Back in this country, Texas will now bar all clergy from the state death chamber before executions. That is already the policy in most death penalty states. The change in Texas, announced Wednesday, is a response to the U.S. Supreme Court. Last week, it blocked a Texas execution because officials barred the condemned man's Buddhist spiritual adviser.
Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan announced today that he is running for president. The nine-term Democrat from the Youngstown area touted his appeal to working-class voters. In 2016, Ryan tried unsuccessfully to replace Nancy Pelosi as then the House Democratic leader.
Colorado Senator Michael Bennet has announced that he has prostate cancer, but that he still wants to join the Democratic presidential field. Bennet revealed last night that his prognosis is good, and that he plans to have surgery this month. He says he will launch his presidential bid if he is found to be cancer-free.
Pope Francis has named Atlanta's Catholic Archbishop Wilton Gregory to be archbishop of Washington, D.C. He replaces Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who resigned last year after being accused of shielding pedophile priests. Gregory promised today to rebuild trust.
Archbishop Wilton Gregory:
I cannot undo the past, but I sincerely believe that, together, we will not merely address the moments where we have fallen short or failed outright, but we will model for all the life and teaching of our lord, Jesus Christ.
Gregory will be the first African-American to lead the high-profile Washington Archdiocese. He is to be installed on May 17.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints today repealed two rules that targeted gays. The rules banned baptisms for the children of gay parents, and made same-sex marriage grounds for expulsion from the faith, widely known as the Mormon Church. The rules were adopted in 2015. The church said today that it still opposes gay marriage and relationships.
President Trump confirmed today that he plans to nominate Herman Cain for a seat on the Federal Reserve board. Cain formerly ran Godfather's Pizza and he ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.
On Wall Street today, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 166 points to close at 26384. The Nasdaq fell three points, and the S&P 500 added six.
Still to come on the "NewsHour": concerns over the attorney general's summary of the Mueller report; an official report on the crashed Ethiopian Airlines jet; a Syrian city tries to move on after the harrowing fight to remove ISIS; and much more.