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♪ judy: good evening. i am judy woodruff. on the "newshour" tonight. the tipping point. world leaders convene to combat the climate crisis as extreme weather events grow more frequent and deadly. then abortion battle, the future of texas restrictive abortion law hangs in the balance as skeptical supreme court justices hear arguments about. plus, a critical election. the virginia governor's race looks as if it could be close. whether it is or isn't, the results are being watched from one end of the country to the other. and facing judgment. a high profile trial begins in wisconsin following several shooting deaths during last year's violent protests. all that and more on tonight's
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by the corporation for public broadcasting and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. stephanie: i am stephanie sy. we return to the full program after the latest headlines. on day one of the united nations climate summit in scotland, governments and private donors announced plans to invest $1.7 billion to help indigenous committees protect tropical forests. earlier in moscow, president biden appeal for the world to act now -- in glasgow. president biden: there is no more time to hang back or sit on the fence to argue amongst ourselves. this is a challenge of our collective lifetimes. the existential threat to human existence as we know it. and every day we delay the cost of inaction increases. stephanie: the president also apologized for the u.s. pulling out of the paris accord on
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carbon emissions during president trump's term. biden recommitted the u.s. to the agreement. today, his administration released a strategy for the u.s. to run entirely and clean energy by 2050. we'll return to the climate summit after the new summary. the official worldwide death count from covid-19 crossed 5 million today. topped by 746,000 in the united states, the highest of any nation in the world meanwhile in new york city, some 9000 municipal workers, 6% of the city's workforce, went on unpaid leave for failing to get vaccinated. mayor bill de blasio said that is far fewer than feared. >> i want to thank everyone who got back said i know people had questions or thank you for getting vaccinated, clear contingency plans have been in place but as you can see from the numbers vaccinated, different reality than some fear. stephanie: elsewhere, a judge in chicago blocked a city mandate for police to be vaccinated by december 31st. a majority of the u.s. supreme
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court signaled it would allow abortion providers to challenge a strict new texas law that ba ns most abortions. but the justices gave no indication of when they might rule and whether they would block the law which went into effect in september. we will get details later in the program. a key congressional moderate is warning philadelphia -- fellow democrats against acting oa giant domestic spending bill. senator joe manchin complained today there is still too many questions about the measure which totals $1.75 trillion. his vote would be critical in the evenly divided senate. >> i for one will not support a multi dollar bill without greater clarity about why congress chooses to ignore the serious effects of inflation. and debt, that have are an economy and existing programs. stephanie: instead manchin demanded they vote first on an infrastructure bill that totals
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$1.2 trillion. it passed the senate last summer. the leader of house progressive democrats said today she is now prepared to vote for the infrastructure bill, citing president biden's word that the social spending bill will also come up for a vote this week. in if the op a, rebels from -- in ethiopia rebels appear to be advancing towards the capital. ethiopia's prime minister called for national unity and authorities in addis ababa grounded out ethic -- rounded up ethnic tigrayans. meta, the company that runs facebook says he canceled 1000 media accounts, linked to nicaragua and the political party of the countries president ortega. nicaragua will have a presidential election this sunday. the company says it is a classic example of patrol farm tempting to manipulate public discourse after protests against
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the government in 2018. americans airline canceled hundreds more flights today making nearly 2300 since friday. the company blamed bad weather and a shortage of flight attendants. southwest airlines had similar problems last month. still to come, how will the u.s. up in court come down on texas restricted abortion l aw? what the governor's race in virginia pretense for the two political parties. a wisconsin murder case gets its day in court. and much more. ♪ >> this is the pbs "newshour," from weta studios in washington and in the west from the walter cronkite school of journalism at arizona state university. judy: in his remarks to global leaders today, president biden said that climate change is quote" ravaging the world."
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that message is likely to be delivered with -- repeatedly at the u.n. summit. leaders, researchers, and activists all say that humans are at a tipping point to reduce emissions. and pressed the need for meaningful action. but getting commitments that translate to real change is no small left. we report on the stakes of thiss summit. >> in a small belgian town, heavy machinery finishes what the floodwaters started. >> [speaking french] >> this situation, it is difficult for me. >> he knows his home is next. it's the only house he has ever known. >> i am sentimental and emotional. i was born in this house on december 5, 1946. >> it's pain that was shared across belgium and germany this summer where catastrophic floods killed more than 200.
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6000 miles away in the philippines, 61 year old -- fears she and her family will face a similar fate. theirh ome swept away in a flood. >> [speaking tagalog] >> the rains are terrifying so we decided to evacuate early. and the last typhoon it was difficult to get out. this time we did not want the waters to rise and get caught in again. >> across the pacific ocean, that same month, friends gathered in olympia, washington, to mourn the death of one of the hundreds who died in a brutal heat wave. >> i brought extra water and implored him to drink it. i could tell he was gravely affected by the heat. >> south of them on the same coast in the same summer, the caldor took chris's home. >> everything that we owned, everything that we build is gone. the only thing that is left standing is the chimney.
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>> four lives among millions more distorted and lost this year alone in the impacts of climate change. a warming atmosphere is not the sole cause of these disasters but the evidence grows clearer every day that fossil fuel emissions make these calamities more frequent, more severe, more deadly. >> i'm delighted that so many of you have joined us here in glasgow. >> this is what is facing leaders for nearly 200 countries over the next two weeks in glasgow. can those emissions be curtailed? and can it be done in time to avoid the worst outcomes of climate change? >> there is a huge amount of -- it's hard to put into words because the burden on these policymakers could not be any greater. >> this doctor is a climate science at the georgia institute of technology, one of the lead authors on a recent climate report which showed emissions
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rising much faster than previously known. she says these cop26 negotiations could be historic. >> this is something that is a clarion call for our generation and future generations for centuries to come. really we're going to be deciding what futures we are bringing down upon ourselves largely over the next decade and in part that can be distilled to this most historic year of international ambition or lack thereof. >> back in 2015, and the paris agreement, 196 nations pledged to reduce their emissions enough to keep warming below an additional 2 degrees celsius compared to the preindustrial era. the planet has already warmed over one degree since the 19th century. the hope in paris was to keep warming to just 1.5 degrees. beyond that threshold, scientists say the punishing and lethal effects of climate change will only get worse. here's how back in 2015
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princeton university's michael oppenheimer stressed the urgency. >> if we do not start with rapid emissions reductions and substantial reductions, we'll pass a danger point be one which -- beyond which the consequences from many countries on earth will become unacceptable and eventually disastrous. >> at the conclusion of the paris talks, president obama expressed optimism that the world understood the severity of the crisis and was acting. >> i think we are going to solve it. the issue is just going to be the pace and how much damage is done before we are able to fully apply the brakes. >> but in the six-year sense, the world has only stepped on the gas. apart from a brief dip during the early days of the pandemic, global emissions have continued to set records. more than half of all the carbon that has been put in the atmosphere was done in just the
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last 30 years. global temperatures are also continue to rise. the last seven years have been the warmest seven years on record. >> it's time to say enough. enough of brutalizing by diversity -- bio diversity and enough of killing ourselves with carbon. enough of treating nature like a toilet. enough of burning and mining our way deeper. we are digging our own graves. >> a report released by the u.n. last week said that at this pace, the world will blow past those harris targets and hit2.7 degrees celsius of warming by the end of the century. >> it is really important to realize just how little we have tipped the scales in our global climate system and how these -- devastating effects we are seeing today. we have warmed 1.1 degrees celsius since the pre-industrial era. to double and triple the kinds
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of impacts we're seeing, that is a 2 or 3 degrees celsius world, and not is not a world that would be remarkable-- recognizable to those of us sitting here today. already reeling from the effects of a 1.1 degree celsius world. >> unrecognizable to us? >> yes. >> right now climate change is forcing massive migrations. one recent analysis said climate-related events drive twice as many people from their homes as war and violence. two weeks ago the pentagon, the white house, dhs, and the director of national intelligence all echoed this ncerned that "the climate crisis is reshaping our world and that these migrations could trigger political instability and conflict." providing aid to these vulnerable nations be another topic in glasgow. the world's major polluters have failed to fully deliver a promised $100 billion yearly font to help these countries
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adapt and survive in a warming world. >> build back better. green economy. blah blah blah. net zero by 2050. blah blah. >> the global climate movement has continued to press for action, including the swedish teenager greta turned burke who has been excoriating world leaders for unkept promises. greta: this is all we hear from our so-called leaders. words. words that sound great, but so far have led to no action. >> we have to make strong commitment to reduce emissions by 2030. >> as negotiations in glasgow hope to forge the safest possible future, those on the front lines continue to suffer the very ugly president of a warming world. judy: and william joins me know. what a stark picture that report is painting, william.
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these meetings, huge gathering of leaders and activists that goes for two weeks. what is expected will come out of this in practical terms? william: it's important to know that glasgow is. a continuation of this process paris set this goal of let's do everything we can to keep warming of the planet from going above an additional 1.5 degrees celsius. this meeting in glasgow is a check in for all the nations to come together and say, are we cutting emissions enough to stay under that threshold? it's sort of a way to stiff en the global spine. one complication is that all of these pledges are voluntary. there is no builtin enforcement mechanism. no one will be waitingor a treaty or a pact to be signed. it is really what happens in the weeks and months afterwards that we will know whether or not these countries took themselves seriously. judy: so, how likely is it that we're going to see some measure
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of success, some semblance of real success? william: there is real hope but there are a lot of dark clouds on the horizon. the u.s.'s position, in particular, there is no doubt that joe biden in glasgow with the weekend -- weakened hand. last week a major climate tool was taken out of his toolbox by joe manchin. the build back better has some elements that are for climate tools but we know that manchin is dubious about that so it is difficult for the united states to cajole other nations and sake act boldly on this issue -- and say act boldly on this issue. the same issue applies to other major emitters. china, india, brazil. their leaders were either not at glasgow or their pledges thus far have not gotten us anywhere near where we need to be. the important thing to take away from all of this is that the gulf between what we know needs to be done and what nations have pledged to do is unbelievably fast. narrowing that chasm is the
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goal. judy: wow. we are going to be watching it. you are going to glasgow next week. you'll be reporting from there for us through the end of the two weeks. thank you, william. >> you're welcome, judy. ♪ judy: two months ago today, the nation's toughest restrictions on abortion took effect in texas. effectively ending access to the procedure there. today, that law reached the highest court in the land again. john yang begins our coverage by reminding us how we got here. john: the law bans abortions as soon as ultrasound detects cardiac activity. the only exception is for a woman's medical emergency. there are none for rape or incensed. >> the vast majority of women by the time they know art they are
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pregnant will not be eligible for an abortion in texas. last month, we visited marva sather at the nonprofit williams health clinic where she's director of clinical services. the lobby of the abortion provider was empty and staff feared legal risks for just working there. that is because the law is enforced by private citizens empowered to bring civil suits against anyone for even helping a woman get an abortion. if the suit's successful, the person who brought it gets a cash award. >> we have a $10,000 bounty on our heads now. john: in september of five justice majority of the supreme court allowed the law to remain in effect. rebea is the senior legislative associate for texas right to life, the anti-abortion group that helped draft the law. >> this is holding up abortion industry accountable to make sure they are not profiting off of killing pre-born children. john: today's challenges were
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brought by sadler's whole women's health and the biden administration. this is the first case where the super court reshaped by the death of ruth bader ginsburg and the addition of three justices nominated by former president donald trump. marcia coyle, our chief washington correspondent was in the courtroom today for oral arguments and she is in the studio now. welcome. we should make clear at the outset that today's arguments were not about abortion rights. what were they about? >> they really boil down to whether, well, who can sue to challenge this law and whom do you sue? you have the united states -- the right to sue the state of texas, and you have to abortion clinic, whole women's health saying it has a right to sue state court judges, state court clerks, the attorney general, and others who may try to enforce this law. so, that's what we were hearing
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today for nearly three hours of arguments. two separate cases joined by the fact that both involve texas's anti-abortion law. >> the justices probed the limits of the argument on both sides. at one point, john roberts asked the texas solicitor general about that provision that gives someone whouccessfully brings a suit $10,000. >> assume that the bounty is not $10,000 but $1 million. do you think in that case -- the chill on the conduct at issue would be sufficient to allow federal court review prior to the end of the state court process? >> even if the amount of this ancient -- i agree with you $1 million to be tremendous. no number would suddenly cause the federal courts to become more open. >> it is not a question of the
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federal courts. it is a question of anybody having the capacity or ability to go to the federal court, because nobody is going to risk violating the statute because they['ll be subject to suit for $1 million. >> this goes to an issue that was raised several times during the argument and that has to do with the chilling effect of the law on anyone seeking an abortion or trying to challenge an abortion, bu tmostly seeking an abortion or violating the law and getting an abortion, and what they stand to be liable for. it is a lot of money, $10,000. $1 million. in several justices were concerned about the chilling effect, and how this law in particular could be used by other states, not just in the abortion context, but to disfavor certain constitutional rights, gun rights, religious rights, on and on. >> ended another point -justice-
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at a another point justice samuel alito push the u.s. solicitor general about the remedy they are seeking which is to bar texas state judges from even hearing these cases. let's take a listen. >> it is unprecedented and it is contrary to our system a state -- our a case. how can you enjoin a judge from performing the adjudication of a case that can be filed before the judge >> the state court judges in texas are being utilized by texas to effectively create an apparatus that is so lopsided, so procedure related anomalous and hostile to constitute the protected content that the mere assistant of the suits -- existence of the suits creates a constitutional harm. >> this, again, is going to who can be sued under this law. and the united states sued tex as.
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but it did get an injunction in the lower court that included no only the state of texas but state court judges, state court clerks, individuals who may be involved in trying to enforce the law through civil suits. and i think the solicitor general here was trying to show how the state can't say, i don't enforce this law when there is a whole chain of authority that can go all the way down to the fact that they have enabled private citizens to sue abortion providers, anybody who aids an abortion. >> from the questioning, and a sense of where the court is headed on this? >> i am always reluctant to do predictions. but i had a sense that as the argument proceeded, may be majority of justices became more sympathetic to whole women's health, the abortion clinic, going forward with this challenge in the lower courts. that's about all that would
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happen if they ruled for whole women's health. >>the court will be hearing a case about abortion in five weeks and how might that affect the timing of the decision on this? >> the court expedited really sped up how it briefed and hurt the ark missed today in these two cases. on december 1, they take up mississippi's 15 week abortion ban in which the state of mississippi has asked the supreme court or urged it to overturn its abortion rights decisions roe and planned parenthood versus casey. i dont' know. i would expect that maybe the court will issue a decision in today's cases fairly quickly since they can deal with the true challenge to roe and casey in the mississippi case later. >> marcia coyle. thank you very much. >> my pleasure, john.
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judy: it is election day eve in many parts of the country. the virginia gernor's race in particular has become a big name, big dollar fight. it pits a former chairman of the democratic party against the former co-ceo of a private equity firm. it is also a test of democrats' enthusiasm as well as the trump legacy in a swing state. one lightning rod issue has emerged -- public schools. >> a fall day in northern virginia. time for wine and catching up with friends. >> there is so much food here. >> in the final days, before the state's gubernatorial election, some time to talk politics too. >> i was more focused on presidential elections, not realizing at the time how important local and state elections are. >> for this group of moms, that
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means the politics of education. >> i am kontaveit edition -- confrontational and i will stand up for our children. our kids have been politicized and that is not ok. >> women like this from virginia suburban counties are critical for both republican glenn young can and democrat terry mcauliffe on. tuesday suburban voters in the state narrowly backed donald trump for president in 2015, before swinging to joe biden last year. now polls show the race for governor is a dead heat. in northern virginia, deciding issue for a quarter of voters is education. the ten point jump from september alone. you are a swing voter >> yeah. i'm a swing voter. >> dana jackson whose daughter is in high school is an independent. she's voting republican this year and she sees others like her. >> have some friends that are -- who never voted red in their life. and this time they voted every red box.
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they were -- >> >> they opposed president trump, but here they are voting for the republican candidate because of schools. >> yeah. because of schools. schools have been the great equalizer. >> during the last year as the pandemic force classrooms to go virtual, she helped organize rallies to reopen schools. >> i think our children's lives are at stake literally. our children were locked out of school and it was detrimental to this area and detrimental to all of the states that had lockdowns for children. >> that debate has flared at school board meetings across the country. after contentious meetings over the summer, northern virginia's loudoun county instituted a new policy. that dozens of people wanting to speak to the school board now file in one at a time and address a mostly empty room. >> how stupid do you think parents do? >> the anger was palpable it lacks weeks meeting. most were upset about two recent
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sexual assault. >> this. system puts children last >> as well as vaccine mandates. >> we will not remic which are right to privacy, o ur -- we will not relinquish our right to privacy and our parental rights to care for our children as we see fit. >> and the idea of critical race theory. >> would you stay quiet when your white child -- his head in shame? >> we have got to win because our children cannot wait. >> both men vying to be the state's chief executive have taken up the education mental. >> we have got to take our education system to the next level. >> democratic mccullough faust to raise teacher pay and expand pre-k program but something else he said about education has haunted him. >> i don't think parents should be telling schools what they should teach. >> terry went on the attack against parents. >> republican youngkin a
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businessman and father of four has pushed for choice. >> parents have a right to make decisions on their children's education. >> some parents, like todd kaufman, whose daughter is a high school senior, say youngkin twisted mcauliffe's words. he wants parents to have a sabr thing's day-to-day classroom decisions are for educators. >> parents that have never joined the pta and never been involved in the school all of a sudden are upset that there is public school -- that's how that works. there are experts for a reason. we elect a school board for reason. we trust that they are the experts. >> he feels so strongly he and others formed a group. they go to school board meetings to push back against conservative concerns that he things republicans are manipulating for the election. >> folks -- run on frea. -- on fear. youngkin -- it's based on
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misinformation and is based on downright lies. doesn't really matter. >> democrats hope this new ad could actually help them. >> it was some of the most explicit material you can imagine. >> this mother is talking about 20 more since book "beloved," saying that she wanted a warning about his violent passages. the obok was part of a college level course. soon after the ad ran, mcauliffe's campaign started handing out "beloved." >> it has been endorsed by trump nine times. >> mcauliffe is trying to tie youngkin to trump. a political science professor at virginia tech. >> may be that as a lesson the republican party has learned and taken to heart is trying to sof ten the stance, soften the image that some really started to associate with the republican party by the very facts that
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trump had been in office for four years. because virginia is trending democratic, this should have been a race really that was perhaps more easily in favor of mcauliffe. >> at stake is not just the states political landscape but national momentum. that's why mcauliffe has campaigned with big names like president biden and vice president harris. they know virginia is the most important blue game the party has had in, a foothold in the south -- in recent years. what happens here would either given democrats a side of relief or give republicans a bold new playbook. ♪ judy: jury selection began today and a highly washed murder trial in kenosha, wisconsin.
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the trial will revolve over questions over protests in 2020 that led to riots and whether the defendant recklessly shot people or acted in self-defense. stephanie sy begins with this report. >> we are going to pick a jy to try terminal case. stephanie: yle rittenhouse is accused of killing two people and wounding another with an ar 15 rifle in late august last year. now 18, the chargers range from murder to reckless endangerment. rittenhaus pled not guilty claiming self-defense. the shooting happened during a time of racial unrest in kenosha, wisconsin. three days earlier, jacob blake, a black man, had been shot seven times by a white police officer. blake survived but was left paralyzed from the waist down. the officer who shot him was never charged. the shooting occurred nearly three months after the police killing of george floyd and sparked protests, some of which
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became violent with buildings set on fire and intense clashes with police. on the third night of protests, kyle rittenhouse, then 17, left his hometown in illinois and crossed state lines. he joined other heavily armed vigilantes who said they'd band together to protect businesses. ritten house for shot joseph rosenbaum in the head. rosenbaum seen wearing a red shirt before he allegedly chased and lunged at rittenhouse was not armed. moments later video footage captured rittenhouse being chased and having objects thrown at him. he falls and then shoots at the protesters surrounding him. anthony huber is killed. rittenhouse also shoots -- who was wielding a handgun. hours later, accompanied by his mother, rittenhouse turned himself into police. following his arrest he garden
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support from gun rights activists and far right groups such as the proud boys. fundraisers help to pay for this $2 million bill and legal defense. and, during a white house press briefing, then president trump suggested rittenhouse acted in self-defense. president trump: he was tried to get away from them, it looks like and he fell and then they very violently attacked him. i guess he was in very big trouble. he probably would have been killed. >> the judge overseeing the case acknowledged the charged climate that surrounded the incident. >> this case has become very political. those of you who were selected for this jury who are going to hear for yourselves the real evidence in this case. stephanie: the trial is expected to last two to three weeks. let's break down more of the key issues at play in the trial. i'm joined by milwaukee-based criminal defense attorney craig -- thank you for joining the "newshour."
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this trial has been more than a year in the making. as it gets underway, what are you looking out for? >> timing is key for both sides in this case. i think that the prosecution probably wants to draw out the timing, the events in question to make them a little longer than the defense would like. i think the defense is going to try to draw the juries focus to the events in a shorter timeframe right to the offense -- events as they present and whether mr. rittenhouse engaged in self-defense. the prosecution might want to move the timeframe outward to ask questions like, what situation did he place himself in leading up to those offense, and what occurred before those events took place? timing i think is going to be interesting as we get into presentation of evidence. stephanie: we know that the defense is saying kyle rittenhouse was acting as self-defense in those chaotic moments that you described. in the simplest terms, what is -- what does his legal team
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need to show to prove that? >> they do not need to show anything the prosecution needs is proof that mr. rittenhouse acted in self-defense.. it's an affirmative defense in wisconsin, self-defense. it is a justification. so, if any evidence is raised by the defense that mr. rittenhouse acted in self-defense, that's either through cross examination or presentation of testimony, then the prosecution then takes on the burden to disprove self-defense beyond a reasonable doubt to the jury. and self-defense in kindn of sentence or two is whether mr. rittenhouse reasonably believed that his actions were necessary to prevent interference with this person or prevent an assault on his person. when lethal force is used, as it was in this case, deadly force, then there is a requirement that the defendant reasonably believes that that force was necessary to prevent lethal force against himself. stephanie: this is already such
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a fraught case, with political battle lines drawn and during a pretrial hearing, the judge said he does not want the men rittenhouse kyl described as victims but then he said the money killed could be described as -- rioters. did it hand the defense an early advantage? >> i am not positive did. the first part of the ruling is consistent. i have been in this judges court before. he always mixon ordered that nobody shall be referred to as a victim -- he always makes an order that nobody is referred to as. a victim until a crime is determined the judge is simply deferring to that premise. on the second part, the judge did make the ruling and said until it's supported by the evidence. so, nobody is going to use terms rioters or -- looters until the attorneys provide evidence. i think we will see that play out. stephanie: in questioning
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potential jurors, the assistant district attorney asked, can we all agree that human life is more valuable than property? does that give us insight into the prosecution strategy? >> sure. i think a defense claim will be that mr. rittenhouse was there to protect property in kenosha. that is the reason he came up from illinois. the district attorney is engaging people's feelings about that. and he got into that a little bit. there was not a discussion on that but it was introduced during the jury selection and that will be introducing that is the evidence was forward. stephanie: a criminal defense attorney. thank you for joining us on this first day of the kyle rittenhouse trial. >> thank you. ♪ judy: advance warnings of violence ignored. an unprepared capitol police force. a president for for three hours refused to tell the mob to
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disperse, and hundreds of personal threat against election officials across the country over the past nine months. these are just some of the findings in a new three-part investigation by the washington post into the forces that led to the insurrection at the u.s. capitol. here to walk us through it is one of the more than two dozen reporters who worked on the project. a senior washington correspondent, philip rucker.w thank you for being here. there is already been so much reporting on january 6, why did the post decide to do an additional deep accounting? >> a couple reasons. thanks for having me here. first, there was more information to learn. we talked to more than 230 sources in the government and other key officials involved in the run-up to january 6th. the aftermath, we reviewed thousands of pages of court documents and other internal records at the fbi and the
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justice department found out scores of new details about what led to the attack, the aftermath and most important think some of the red flags that were ignored by the fbi, the doj and other agencies int ehda ys before january 6. judy: let's start with the red flags because the report says red flags were everywhere beforehand. that this was carefully planned from one end of the country to the other. what's an example of one of those? >> for example, on december 20, the fbi got a tip that there had been a threat made against lawmakers and specifically senator mitt romney, the utah republican, who was enemy numero uno for president trump your people were planning to wage violence against these lawmakers. the fbi deemed it not a significant enough case to warrant further investigation or action. there was a thought within the fbi and within other law-enforcement agencies that the people coming to washington
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on january 6 would not actually be as violent as they turned out to be. those red flags were ignored. judy: this was the plan they saw to sneak guns into washington. there was conversation online about that. >> there was. even the morning of january 6, we learned -- from a review of the u.s. park police that hundreds of demonstrators, trump supporters were gathered at the washington monument and the lincoln memorial and they were not just gather for peaceful protest. a man we seen with a pitchfork. there were others carrying gas masks and other battle gear. there were backpacks that were left unattended. all these are red flags for law enforcement and yet they decided not to ask in those hours before what we saw happening at the capitol. judy: and another disturbing finding, senior law enforcement, senior leaders and law enforcement were taking care not to do or say anything that might aggravate the president. this ended up in some instances of creating a bigger problem. >> that is exactly right.
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they did not want to get on the president's bad side politically. they were wary of what happened six months prior at lafayette square in the black lives matter protests where there was the sense that the military had become a political proper president trump. there were sensitive to any decision that -- by law enforcement could be seen. judy: hence, the. >> exactly. judy: the delay in getting the national guard to the capitol. in the aftermath you describe how unsubstantiated claims of fraud are now not only believed by so many americans. they are being actively promulgated and promoted by some in the media. and one example of that, and we have a clip of it, is that this is fox news today starting to stream a new series of reports by its anchor tucker crossing arguing that january 6 was actually an act of patriotism. >> we are dealing with an
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insurgency in the united states. terrorism and white supremacy is the most lethal threat to the homeland. >> i'm a white nationalist. me? >> fbi. hands up. >> they have begun to fight a new enemy and a new war on terror. >> white supremacy. >> false flags have happened in this country. >> ♪ glory glory hallelujah ♪ >> one may be january 6. judy: they are saying there has been way too much focus on an attack on the capitol. what they were trying to do was save the country. >> it is really ridiculous argument because we all witnessed what happened on january 6. it played out on live television for us to see and through our reporting in this investigation we learned even more harrowing details about the violence that happened inside the capitol. those are the facts and it is so important for every american to understand exactly what happened on january 6 so that we can save
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our democracy going forward, preventing an attack like that in the future. judy: as we mentioned, so many americans that are still are saying when they are asked about this in polls and surveys that they are either not sure what to believe or they just can't believe that it is what, what many in the press of said it is. >> that's a shame. but the reason for that doubt i think is because former president trump in the 10 months since january 6 has tried to sow doubt, trying to promulgate the big lie that he had won the election when in fact he lost and this continues to be a fantasy for many of his supporters. judy: and a growing belief, even when it is false. phil rutger, part of this reporting team at the washington post. thank you very much. >> thank you so much. ♪
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judy: it is a busy week in politics with elections, a global climate meeting, and more. here to talk about it all our politics monday duo. amy walter of the cook political report with amy walter and tamera keith of npr. tam, just thinking back for a minute to what phil rutger of the washington post was saying. an enormous amount of detail reporting on what happened at the capitol on january 6 but there is still an enormous amount of disbelief out there about it. in fact, the poll that we do with npr and with marist, one of the questions we asked was whether people think refusing to concede an election harms democracy. 86% of democrats agree. only 56% of republicans, pointing directly back to what
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former president trump has been saying. >> so, conceding an election, when you lose is a fundamental part of how american elections work. it's a fundamental part of our democracy. sometimes our elections are close, sometimes they are messing but when the loser concedes, it's over. in the case of this last presidential election, the loser still has not conceded. at a really, he probably recently said -- at a rally, he said, i have never conceded. the challenge for the washington post, the challenge for all of us going forward is that there is no longer a shared set of facts. there wasn't an independent commission that all americans could rally behind. it is not clear that there would ever be an independent commission. that at this point in our divided state all americans will be able to rally behind. but the institution of the press broadly speaking has been so degraded in the eyes of the public that they aren't, people
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are not turning to the washington post to solve whether this happened or not. and as phil said, we all saw it on live tv, and yet there has been a rewriting of history that has happened so rapidly. judy: we have almost never seen anything like this. >> this is the challenge of our time, at least in the for siebel future, because we are so deeply divided -- for the foreseeable future. blue and red america getting information sources from two different places. we know that for the future elections will be very close. we are going to have a lot of elections that look like 2016 on 20, where it could come down to 10,000 votes, 5000 votes there. so, the fact that you have a significant portion of one party saying, if that happens and we are on the losing side, we just are not going to accept it. that is very, very problematic because again, the idea that we will get into landslide territory, where its really
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clear, one side cleans the other sites -- the other side's clock, that is not happening. judy: which brings us to the elections that are taking place tomorrow. people have been voting in virginia and new jersey. tam, governors races, but it is expected, especially in virginia, this could be a close contest. not going to ask the two of you who you think is going to win, but i'd love to know what are you going to be looking for tomorrow? >> one thing i'm looking for is what you just mentioned which is that virginia has changed its voting laws to make it easy or to vote early and to vote absentee. more than one million people have already voted absentee in the state. now traditionally, republicans have been really good at the early voting machine. but it's turned on its head. and democrats are now emphasizing early voting and republicans are emphasizing same-day voting, which is why you have former president donald trump holding a rally tonight
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for glenn youngkin trying to get republicans to show up. the former president has sent out four statements so far today about glenn pyeongchang, telling people to get out and vote and raising the specter of fraud int he election which there is no specter of fraud in the election. glenn youngkin said he will accept the results. i think this transformation where republicans are really counting on same-day voting more than ever is leading to an interesting dynamic. the only other thing i am watching for is whether these contentious school board races that we heard about earlier this, the focus on schools, whether in areas that have had the most contentious issues around schools, whether their turnout is higher and whether youngkin is able to get into what has been democratic charger. -- democratic territory. >> a lot of these are in
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suburban areas where democrats in the last five or six years have really don exceedingly welle. we're going to get a chance to see if the movement in the suburbs, like those women that we saw, whether that was a trump centric movement or whether it is more, i t's more long-standing than that. turnout is going to be critical in terms of the enthusiasm gap. donald trump does not need to call in to get people to turn out and vote on the republican side. it is democrats who have much more for turnout situation rightn ow. the enthusiasm leagging- - lagging. the bigger challenge depending on what the margin is, it is not simply of terry mcauliffe wins or if glenn youngkin wins, it is how close this race is. if virginia gets a cold, a democrat -- and it suggests that i you are a democrat sitting at a much more
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purple or red leaning state, this is going to be a very challenging time. if the environment looks like it is today, this time next year. judy: a lot of close races. we will talk about new jersey. they are also voting tomorrow. very quickly a question on what they were reporting on, the p lanet for all humankind, but what about at stake for president biden, who's gone the re at a time of lack of movement in washington. >> he wants to say that america's back. he's saying that america's leading and at the g20 everybody wanted to talk to him. they wanted to know what america is doing, but this country has had a one term president and another o ne term president and there has been a 180 in terms of climate change. congress is somewhere else. right. and he certainly president biden
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acn get all of his agenda in the next three weeks and we will all say, there it is but it is not as ambitious on climate as president biden wanted to be, at least in the current support. >> to your point, the two sides see climate in an entirely different way. if you are foreign leader and you see united states come to the table, you know if this is a democrat they will pull climate on the top of the agenda. if it is republican, it will not be on the agenda. you see that not just from the presidents but from voters. this is back in january but pew asked a question about your priorities. what do you think congress and the president should do? democrats by more than 40 points said climate versus republicans. so, yes, if you are world leader you have to be thinking, i don't know. how much should i trust that the thing is going to happen. the president even apologizing for his predecessor pulling out
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of the paris agreements. there may be more talk like that in the next coming years. judy: i keep thinking about greta turnburg scolding world leaders. what a sene. -- what a scene. thank you both. and that is the "newshour" for tonight. join us online and again here tomoow evening for all of us at the pbs "newshour" thank you and please stay safe and we will see you soon. >> major funding forhe pbs "newshour" has been provided by -- >> landscape has changed and not for the last time. the rules of business are bei reinvented. with the more flexible workforce. by embracing innovation, by looking not only at current opportunities but ahead to future ones. . resilience is the ability to pivot again and again for whatever happens next. >> people who know know bdo.
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