On Tuesday, voters headed to the polls for midterm election primaries in North Carolina, Indiana and Ohio. Republican contenders backed by the Washington establishment, like Senate candidate Thom Tillis in North Carolina, and incumbents like House Speaker John Boehner, made a good showing. NewsHour political editor Domenico Montanaro joins Gwen Ifill to make sense of the results.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he has pulled his military forces from Ukraine s border, and called on pro-Russian separatists to postpone their planned secession vote. However, the White House imposed further sanctions, saying there s no evidence of the retreat. Judy Woodruff gets insight from Angela Stent of Georgetown University and Stephen Cohen of New York University.
PBS NewsHour economics correspondent Paul Solman traveled to Cuba in 2001 to report on the economy's early flirtations with capitalism.
A small team of U.S. specialists will head to Nigeria to help efforts in locating more than 270 girls who were kidnapped from a boarding school -- a provocative attack that has drawn international outrage. To examine expectations for U.S. assistance, Jeffrey Brown talks to Jon Temin of the United States Institute of Peace and Heather Murdock of The Christian Science Monitor.
In our news wrap Wednesday, Thailand s constitutional court ordered Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to leave office. The court ruled that she had abused her power by transferring a top official to another position purely for political benefit. Also, Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen said that the economy is rebounding after an exceptionally long and severe winter.
Tonight on the program, we take a look at Russian President Vladimir Putin, who announced that he was pulling back Russia's military troops from Ukraine's border. Also: Republicans gaining foothold for Senate primary showdowns, the U.S. and U.K. pledge support in finding abducted Nigerian schoolgirls, a look at harnessing boys' strengths in academics and Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jabra.
Deadly unrest continued in Nigeria, where hundreds of people were killed in another militant attack. The uncertain fate of more than 270 abducted schoolgirls continues to haunt the country and the girls community in particular. The U.S. and U.K. are sending military and intelligence specialists to help aid their return. Rageh Omaar of Independent Television News reports.
The war in Syria seems to be tipping in favor of Assad's forces, despite some rebel strongholds. Ties to extremists among some rebel factions have made the U.S. wary of offering military support. But the chief moderate political force opposing Assad, the Syrian Opposition Council, has been granted diplomatic status by the State Department. Margaret Warner interviews SOC representative Ahmad Jabra.
In its most comprehensive report on climate change yet, the White House forecasts the likely negative effects facing each of the eight regions in the U.S., from drought in the Southwest, to stronger storms in the Northeast. The administration is expected to cite the warnings when it lays out new regulations this summer. John Holdren, science advisor to the president, talks to Gwen Ifill.
Signaling a new public health emergency, the World Health Organization warns that if polio is not completely eradicated it could become endemic again. Worldwide, 74 cases of the crippling disease have been confirmed this year, with Syria, Cameroon and Pakistan leading with the most occurrences. Jeffrey Brown learns more from Dr. Jon Andrus from the Pan American Health Organization.
Tuesday on the NewsHour, the U.S. government s comprehensive new report on climate change finds the effects are already occurring and will get worse. Also: China s Internet giant takes a step into U.S. financial markets, efforts to wipe out polio suffer a major setback, why most elementary schools have stopped teaching cursive writing and how to navigate the princess culture as a parent.
A Chinese e-commerce giant called Alibaba filed an initial public offering that many experts say could rank among the largest ever. The company operates multiple businesses, including some akin to Amazon or eBay. Judy Woodruff talks to Paul Sweeney of Bloomberg Industries about the risks and reactions to Alibaba hitting the U.S. financial markets.
Starting in the 1970s, and under the recent implementation of the Common Core, a former pillar of elementary education has been largely forgotten. But there s a feeling that learning cursive still has value, even in the age of typing and texting. The NewsHour's April Brown reports from North Carolina, one of a handful of states that's moved to make learning the formal, curlicue letters mandatory.
In the last few decades, a multi-billion dollar industry has evolved around princess stories and toys. But in contrast to this pink and purple girlie world are alternatives emphasizing more diverse interests and portraying different kinds of heroines. Gwen Ifill talks to author Peggy Orenstein and Angelica Perez of the Ella Institute about the influence of modern marketers and media on girls.
In our news wrap Tuesday, Islamist militants have reportedly abducted more girls in Nigeria s northeast, in addition to the some 270 schoolgirls kidnapped last month. Men went door-to-door, taking girls ages 12 to 15, said witnesses and police. Also, the White House defended the Veterans Affairs secretary amid allegations that up to 40 veterans died while waiting for help at a hospital in Phoenix.
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