News Wrap: Record floods submerge the Midwest


JUDY WOODRUFF: Good evening. I’m Judy Woodruff. On the “NewsHour” tonight: A powerful cyclone
makes landfall in Eastern India, as the government evacuates over one million people from the
coast. Then: A new rule regulating testosterone levels
in female athletes raises questions about the relationship between gender and sports. And it’s Friday. Mark Shields and David Brooks join us to talk
about Attorney General William Barr’s testimony and lack of testimony, and President Trump’s
hour-long phone call with Vladimir Putin. Plus: a legendary couple of American music,
Gloria and Emilio Estefan, on their decades-long artistic and romantic partnership. GLORIA ESTEFAN, Musician: We’re on the same
page. We rarely differ when it comes to business
or music. So, if you don’t argue a lot, that really
makes it for a great, great life. JUDY WOODRUFF: All that and more on tonight’s “PBS NewsHour.” (BREAK) JUDY WOODRUFF: A
monster grade 5 storm has slammed into India’s eastern coastline. The cyclone made landfall in the state of
Odisha. Winds gusting up to 127 miles per hour ripped
through trees and shattered glass doors. We will take a closer look at all this, at
the scope of the devastation, right after the news summary. Here in the U.S., record-breaking floods in
the Midwest have now claimed the lives of at least four people. In Iowa, the Mississippi River swelled nearly
23 feet in Davenport, breaking the record set during the Great Flood of 1993. Floodwaters also inundated communities farther
south in Burlington. Meanwhile, in Dearborn Heights, Michigan,
flash flooding submerged cars, as families evacuated their homes. In economic news, the U.S. job market shattered
expectations in the month of April. The Labor Department reported that U.S. employers
added a net 263,000 jobs last month. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate fell to a
five-decade low of 3.6 percent. That’s down from 3.8 percent. And wages rose 3.2 percent from over last
year. The president’s top economic adviser, Larry
Kudlow, welcomed the robust jobs report today outside the White House. LARRY KUDLOW, Director, National Economic
Council: The strength in jobs and wages is coming from the middle and the lower middle. It’s the blue-collars. It’s what I call Main Street. And the increase in wages similarly, not the
level, mind you, but the increase, is much faster than white-collars. JUDY WOODRUFF: Today’s better-than-expected
jobs report sent stocks soaring on Wall Street. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 197
points to close at 26505. The Nasdaq rose 127 points, and the S&P 500
added 28. Also today, Vice President Pence joined President
Trump in calling for the Federal Reserve to lower interest rates on account of the strong
economy. President Trump spoke by phone with Russia’s
President Vladimir Putin today for more than an hour. He said they didn’t discuss potential Russian
meddling in the 2020 elections, despite intelligence community warnings about it. But Mr. Trump told reporters in the Oval Office
that the two did speak about special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian election
interference. DONALD TRUMP, President of the United States:
We discussed it. He actually sort of smiled when he said something
to the effect that it started off as a mountain and it ended up being a mouse. But he knew that, because he knew there was
no collusion whatsoever. JUDY WOODRUFF: President Trump said much of
their phone call focused on the political crisis in Venezuela, and he stated that Putin
wasn’t looking to get involved. But that contradicts comments that U.S. Secretary
of State Mike Pompeo made Tuesday, when he blamed Russia for convincing Venezuela’s President
Nicolas Maduro to remain in Venezuela. Moscow backs the Maduro regime, while the
U.S. supports opposition leader Juan Guaido. The chairman of the Judiciary Committee in
the House of Representatives, Jerry Nadler, has set a new Monday deadline for Attorney
General William Barr to hand over special counsel Robert Mueller’s full, unredacted
report. In a letter, Nadler threatened to hold Barr
in contempt if he doesn’t comply with the request. The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in
Eastern Congo has now surpassed 1,000 people. The country’s health minister said attacks
on treatment centers have undermined containment efforts; 85 health workers have been wounded
or killed since January. The outbreak began back in August, and is
the second deadliest in history. In Britain, there has been a Brexit backlash
at the polls, with nearly all the votes tallied from Thursday’s local elections. More than 1,300 of Prime Minister Theresa
May’s Conservatives lost their seats, along with over 80 lawmakers from the opposition
Labor Party. Meanwhile the pro-European Union Liberal Democrats
won more than 700 seats in the party’s best showing since 2004. Its leader hailed the outcome. VINCE CABLE, Leader, Liberal Democrats: Well,
I’m just celebrating a really great result here, Chelmsford, Essex. But this is a story across the country. You know, the Liberal Dems were written off
at one point, but we’re coming back very, very strongly. Every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a
vote for stopping Brexit, absolutely clear, unambiguous, honest. JUDY WOODRUFF: Prime Minister May conceded
that the election results have sent a message to the Conservative and Labor parties to — quote
— “just get on and deliver Brexit.” A federal court in Cincinnati has ruled that
Ohio’s congressional map is unconstitutional. It determined the district boundaries were
manipulated by Republican mapmakers to their advantage, and ordered that the map be redrawn
for the 2020 elections. And a passing to note. Peter Mayhew, the British-born actor made
famous for his role as Chewbacca in the original Star Wars films, has died. The furry Wookiee warrior was the loyal companion
to Harrison Ford’s Han Solo. Though Mayhew was always in costume, his guttural
roars became iconic. Peter Mayhew was 74 years old. Still to come on the “NewsHour”: a deadly
cyclone makes landfall over coastal India; new revelations about the FBI’s counterintelligence
investigation of the Trump campaign; the Trump administration expands the rights of health
care workers to deny treatment on religious grounds; and much more.

Comments 11

  • Yeah unemployment rate is low because people are having to work multiple jobs just to get by.

  • Obama pulled us out of the funancial hell hole that Bush put us in. We had no way to go but up! Trump loves taking credit for our present success but he actually is going to drown us again!

  • Where’s the story about OUR floods??

  • Reported as spam or misleading.

  • What a bunch of fake news from a tranny newscaster.

  • Lose the decoration! I had to jump to 3:34 just to get past the noise. Did I skip any real content? I'll never know.

    News, not noise!

  • The flooding is a vital aspect to the formation of Ohio Island.

  • Just old fashioned news. Nice! Too bad it stopped.

  • More time was spent on recognizing the 1% sponsors than on the flood news!

  • Nearly half of this content is advertising.

  • There is no difference it’s all bleak because of transgression we can lead in helping each other in this country stop classifying people as white collar and blue collar we’re Americans made in God’s image . When our government figures out that every person has value and their financial system is ruining all our lives by the way it’s ran they will finally move forward!!!🤔Love right now,Wholly holy, artist Aretha Franklin!

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