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the freeman foundation. by judy and peter blum kovler foundati pursuing solutions for america's neected needs. and by contributions to this pbs stion from viewers like you. thank you. america. reporting from new york city i am laura trevelyan. america's attorney general on the defensive. bill barr f oes questionsn response to protes more.vernment on the front lines in houston, we have a special report from inside a coronavirus unit. the chief doctor calls himself a covid hunter. >> everything i get surprised with. every day something new comes out. ura: the college experience
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without the college. how first-year students feel aboun remote learning iheir uncertain future. for all of you watching on pbs and around the globe, welcome. there are more than 4.2 million coronavirus cases in the united ates and almost 100 50,000 people have died. this has putuge strain on families and the nation's doctors andse n the united memorial medical center in houstonve's doctors been on the front lines for months. >> please, come in. welcome to the covid union. >> joseph is chief of critical care here. most of the hospital has been taken over by coronavirus patients.
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this old ward was convertednto covid on icu, but within a week, they ran out of space and expanded. they nowe have thvid units. >> this is a small community hospital. 80% of the patients they see don't evenave health insurance. the doctors say it is all about timing. if they came any later, many of them wouldn't make it. >> fm the new york experience, from the italy experience, if you put a tube in someone's throat the chance of them leaving the hospital are 20%. the chances of my patients leaving the hospital are 90%. >> the are boring a hole in this man's neck to insert a tube into his windpipe to save his vocal chords. he has been here f two weeks. if they don't do this, he may never speak again even if he recovers. un they call me a covidr. cothd hunter.
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really, by dault, we became e covidologists. i am in innsive care doctor, an emergency doctor. all the specialties i have, they apply perfectly to coronavirus. >> in theattle against this inble disease that has killed nearlyop 100 50,000 in the united states, he is leading an opposing my. >> i have never seen an illness that is so tricky. every day, there is a new thing, something new comes up. >> the days are long and lonely for the patients with no family or visits allowed. the patient's can only identify who is attending them by the ctes hanging around their necks. >> she is one of my nurses. >> this nurse was at work here when she tested positive for covid-19. >> f this is my othily. to not be out there with my family is weird.
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to be on this side, it is like, i am trying to figure out what i >> he is saturating, 80 8%. >> the medical team takes a break to review the progress of their patients. who isnd respog to treatment, who is cooperating, who is anxious. eth youngest patient is 18. the oldest is in her 80's. amazing.ks this guy was not supposednd to e arou. >>rihe doctor and the team to use -- avoid the use of ventilators. the experimental treatment combines commonly used drugs in a cocktail to combat the inflammatory damage caused by the virus. >> five of us know the protocol that allows us to decrease the need to get on the rpirator. >> nearly 60% of the patients at the hospital ar latino and the impact on hispanics across texas is greater.
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this professional chauffeur is almost heading home but he doesn't plan to return to work anytime soon. he tells me coronavirus is real, and people who don't take care of themselves will die. the medical team describes this as a good week. patientsre improving here, but more than 1000 people e of coros every day in the u.s. and cases are rising in at least 30 states. laura: as doctors and nurses battle to treat coronavirus patients in houston and elsewhere, the nation's top infectious disease specialist had to defen himselfoday. dr. anthony fauci says he is not misleading the public und any circumstances. after president trump retweeted messages critical of dr. fauci were joined by an epidemiologist and sior fellow at the federation of american scientists. thanks for joining us.
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what is it doing in terms of hampering the efft to fight coronavirus? the president being publicly at odds with dr. fauci? >> i think there was a fight withinhi our leadeof people who are trying to tell people lot of do causing grie it is sucking valuable energy and oxygen from the public conversation for people to listen about masks and mandates.r when there isonfusion of the top, people don't know where to turn. people turn toisinformation. altogether, this is exactly a playbook of what not to do in a pandemic. laura: the new york times is reporting tonight that the coronavirus task force says therere1 states where restrictions should be reimposed as the president's urging states to reopen. it is confusing. >> yes, it is, because the truth
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is, a lot of these cases are inu thesway hotspots. with any wildfire, you have to douse fire and isolated. to do that, we either need mask mandates, and more rapidly we need lockdowns again. these lockdowns can't be willy-nilly. they have to be fast. failure to move fast is what led firstbeing here in t place.laura: does it look to yos ough the midwest is going to in terms o sunbelt spiking cases? >> it is looking that way. the epidemic is growing much u.s. states.the southern sunbelt the states are setting new records and also hospitalizations, which, the because the cdc has been kneecap of that data. the u.s. is like a ship.
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unlike europe, wherehere is borders, the u.s. has no borders. if one ship with one comrtment tkes water is sinking, the whole ship start sink. this is why the u.s. is in this terrible situation. laura: we are doing more testing, but it is taking ages to get the results. what impact does that have in terms of mapping the pandemic? >> testing delays actually really hamper i it is not how much you test, b when you test and when you get results. early testing and early results gets you the ability to isolate earlier, the ability to contact trace earlier before they expose mo people, and isolating right now is the key thing. a lot of people are not listening to rules that, if you back you should isolate andsults quarantine yourself. people are not doing that. they are spreading it and altogether, this is actually c rting our pandesponse.
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laura: thanks for being withs tonight. >> thank you. laura: we are a nation of laws, not of men, so said john adams, the secondresident. the u.s. attorneyileneral got a ng in washington today. the democrats questioned his use of the law and federal agents deployed in american cities. he faced hostile questioningit from pal opponents as republicans were supportive. it was a contentious day. >> an appearance in congress by attorney general william barr was alwaysoing to be confrontational. democrats accuse him of aiding the president in using the justice departmenty as a hig politicized plank. >> black liv>> matter. one issue they focused on what's t deployment of outside federal forces orand, oregon, after the killing of george floyd. the forces have been accusedvi f
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behang like secret police so donald trump can say he is tough on law and order. something the air al orney generongly denied. >> take portland, the courthouse is under attack. the federal resources are inside the perimeter around the courthouse defending it from almost two months of daily attacks, where people march to the court, tried to sin entrance a fires, they have thrown thingsnd used explosives. >>he attorney general was questioned about the momen peaceful protesters were forcibly removed from lafayette square close to the white house just before the president went to pose in front of a church. >> when did you first learn the the park and go to st. john's church? >> i would like to respond -- >>stnswer my qn. my time is limited. >> i learned some time isth -- n afternoon that the president might come out of the white house later -- and laternhe
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afternoon i heard he would go to the church. >> so it was necessary the park be cleared -- .> that had nothing to do with the plan to move -- park be cleared that it get done and u said get it done. >> the hearing is dominated by grandstanding of, both parti in many ways a taste of things to come ahead ofct the en. republicans portraying democrats as dangerous when it comes to law & der, democrats focusing on perceived unethical behavior and incompetence by the president. laura: for more on all things political, we areoined by the former advisor to president george w. bush and a bbc analyst. the attorney general was robust, but did he change any minds? >> good evening. i don't think he changed any minds. wasn't think the hearing out changing minds. it was about setting up the
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battle lines for the november ection. republicans were defending the attorney general, defending the president. the attorney general was under attack by the democrats, but at the end of the hearing, i walked away t thinking only thing i learned was that we have a new u.s. attorney in texas who is looking at the unmasking, the revealing of classifie information about people in the trump administration that we found out in the hearing tod. other tha that i don't think we learned a thing. laura: speaking of the election, joe biden said today he will na his runni mate next week. how significant is that, his vice presidential pick? >> there is a mixed bag in the united states. on o hand, people say it is the most important decision the presumed nominee can make. the otheride of the coin says it is not thait important. s important to the american nominee chooses someo who is able to step in as the president
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the united states should that presumptive president be unable to fulfill their duties. that is why this is so important to me, of who does joe biden lieve is the next most qualified person to be the president other than himself? laura: interesting point. wrangling over the coronavirus bill on unemployment benefits for millions of americans. it hangs in the balance. everything expires thifriday. >> never say never in washington, butpa senator rand walked out of the meeting withhe treasury secretary the chief of staff and said, i didn't realize i was going to the big government spending meeting. was the wrong meeting. republicans and democrats need to find a way to come together and save the american rkforce. you have nearly 20 millioop who are going to have their benefits expire, $600 per week might not sound like much to politicians but it is a lot of money in the pockets of those
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survive right to laura: is yr guess that republicans will fold under pressure because it is an election year? >> republicans always fold. fo is the one thi i give democrats credi they always stay unified. the republicans play a good game but at the end, they backed down. i expect that is what will happen. senate republicans are offering a $1 trillion package. the house has somethingike $4 trillion. trillio we find a $3 package before all is said and done. laura: i know you are baseball fan. i had pleasure of going to a nats game with you. tell us what is going on with the cancellation of these baseball games tonight becauor players haveavirus. >> major league baseball doesn't have a clue d what they ang. if you look at my favorite sport other than baseball, the national hockey leagu you look at major league soccer, they are quarantining players. they have the meta-bule.
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they have them playing in one city. baseba has players going home, players on airplanes, going to fferent cities. at do they expect to happen? i want america'tinational past tcome back. it is past time for the quarantine players and save the season, but it seems to me discretion is the better part of of baseball are looking atutives dollar signs rather than the coronavirus itself. laur thanks so much for joining us tonight. in other news from around the world, the trumpat administrn will not accept ne applications for the deferred action for childhood arrivals program known as daca as it considers canceling the program. the program provides protection for hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the u.s. as children. the ministration lost a case in the supreme courttast month ab the legality of the m.prog president trump has vowed to end it. twitter ban dfoald trump, jr.
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tweeting for 12 hours after his father touted. hydroxychloroquine as a preventive measure against ronavirus despite medical studies that indicate the contrary. a spokesperson says twitters action was proof that big tech is killing freedom online. the emmys were announced today. olivia coleman -- olivia coln is nominated for "the queen." "watchmen" leas. the nominati the virtual awards ceremonwill be held on september 20. america.watching bbc world news still to come, college and the ever of coronavirus. we hear from three students about their hopes and fears for the fall semester.
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scientists in australia say nearly 3 billion animals we killed or displaced by wildfires last summer. this report from -- this report does contain distressing images, a warning for you. >> red skies and toxic smoke. the picture of australia's black summer. the scale of devastation, still unfolding. this mega blaze swept across every australian state from september to february, scoarhing an area as big as england , killing at least 33 people and destroying thousands of homes. thry count's unique wildlife has been dealt a shattering blow leonard's and kangaroos stunned the world. now -- koalas and kangaroos stunned the wofld. the scalhe damage is even more shocking. --rly 3 billion mammals, met
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reptiles, birds and frogs died. oscientists have said it of the worst wildlife disasters in modern history. laura: thousands of university students in the u.s. are facing an uncertain fall. schools grapple with how to reopen safely. incoming first-year students who thought they were going to be on us must decide if it i worth the money to take online classes. we have been talking to three students. >> anxious, angry, frustrated. >> i'm concernedis >> everythinp in the air. it sucks. not knowing. >> this is usually what a typical u.s. llege experience looks like. tbu it won't be like that for most incoming freshmen this year. >> i found out on march 26ha i was accepted to my dream school, berkeley.
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hopefully, this fall i will be attending classes at howard university as a psychology major and a prelaw track. i am really excited. howard was one of my top picks. >> back in december, i was cepted by three art schools. i decided to go to rhode island school of design. >> many students face a tgh decision, attend college or defer. >> deferment isn't something that i went to college hoping to do, but if it is somethinge and family have to do to adjust to our circumstances, it is not something that is being taken. >> i am not considering feing classes. even if they are not in perso theim reason ise. i just think i don't have a specific plan for my gap year.
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if we weren't o be ont deferring campus. i have also thought about it because it is a lot of money to and a lot of pe think itlass just do classes at a community college near home. >> even if they attend, what will college >> i am optimistic in genal, but i have to say without the pes of a vaccine, i don't believe life as usual will be possible. >> being on campus, i was definitely so excited for all the cool -- all the culture. ward is an hbcu. homecoming is celebrated worldwide. it is definitely something i was looking forward to, but there are a lot of rumors that even if we are on campus, we won't be able to have that. we already lost prom an
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graduation. so losing homecoming would definitely suck even more. >> we have talked about how our freshman events areoing to be. i'm pretty sure that most of them can be held regularly, because most of them involve social gatherings, but ieally hope the school can come up with good alternatives for these events. they are really essential for freshman experience. >> until the fall, they are glued to their computers waiting laura: chloe kemp on how their -- kim on how there is no certainty for students. during lockdown.hwhile air six-year-old u.k. search for magazines representing young black girls like faith. when they couldn't find any, they designed their own. it is already selling thousands of copies. >> hello.ports.
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my name is. faith >> she is only six years old, and is one of the edito of the uk's first magazine aimed at black curls. -- black girls. faith's mother went shopping for magazines to keep herau dter occupied. it was at this point they realized there was a gap in the market. >> we decided to do a magazinehe which reflecteand other girls like her. eth are a few mothers that have bought the magazine is a surprise for their daughters. me ofhem have never seen a black girl on a front cover before. >> this girl looks like me. >> leading figures within the magazine industry are aware of the problems around diversity. >> i think genuineivsity is not just about covers, it is about culture. and really using this moment as an opportunity to look at the
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brands we work for, look at our teams and take the learnings from the past few weeks owfollg the black lives matter movement. >> after the tragic death of george floyd in ameca, it looked like the launch of the magazine was under threat. >> i didn't think i could launch a magazine which told black ildren they could b anything they want to become a when we had seen such a sad day. people were asking, what can we do to support the black itcomm? the responswas amazing. there was one time when the magazine was selling 1000 per day. i was somebody that had been trying so hard to get into publishing from a young age. i left the industry bause there was always that glass ceing that i couldn't ge through. i am happy and proud. >> the fact that she created a magazine fore girls that picking it up, that is awesome.
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we are concernede thatn't look at how diversity and content is being tackled now for future generations. this means maybe that six or seven-year-old won't pick up a magazine and won't read that content because it is not lent to them. >> she was struggling with what hee looked like. it is a journeyas gone on skin tone, to love everything about herself. it is the most amazing thing. >> if you are out there, friends, i want to say hi. laura: faith cost achievemen chicken lovers and rejoice.natics the kfc crockeit the m confused? so were we. as of today, you can buy a pair of shoes, crocs, that her deck -- decorated like chicken and
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smelled like chicken. this can be your for your $60 per pair. it brings new meanings to the phrase wing tips it is for charity. i am laura trevelyan. news america.hing bbc world take care and have a great night. ♪ narrator: funding for this presentation of this prodeam is proby... language specialists teaching spanish, french and more. raymonjames. the freeman foundation. by judy and peter blum kovler foundation; pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and by contributions to this pbs station from s like you. thank you.
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woodruff. on the newshour tonight, questions of justice. attorney general william barr testifies before congress on the use of force against protesters and allegations of the politicization of the justice department. then, congress struggles to finn common g as the current round of covert relief is set to expire. plus, rethinking college. covid-19 raises questions about the costf living on campus amid lawsuits over full tuition for remote learning. universities to rethink their business model, everything how th serve students, and


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