News Wrap: Kremlin says it must O.K. Putin-Trump transcript before release


JUDY WOODRUFF: In the day’s other news — and
there was some — the Kremlin insisted that
U.S. officials need Russia’s consent before
releasing transcripts of President Trump’s
phone calls with Russia’s President Vladimir
Putin.
The White House has limited access to those
records, as it initially did with a call to
Ukraine’s president.
Congressional Democrats are now pressing for
the Putin transcripts.
The two front-runners in Afghanistan’s presidential
election claimed victory today, even as vote-counting
continued.
Saturday’s turnout was low, but many Afghans
defied Taliban threats of violence to cast
ballots.
They received the trademark finger ink for
voters.
By today, the country’s chief executive, Abdullah
Abdullah, declared himself the winner.
So did the incumbent president, Ashraf Ghani,
as his running mate counseled patience.
AMRULLAH SALEH, Afghan Vice Presidential Candidate
(through translator): Whatever the outcome
will be, we should wait for it and accept
the judgment of the election commission.
Let’s not confuse the nation of Afghanistan
by making casual judgments.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Ghani and Abdullah have governed
under a power-sharing deal negotiated by the
United States after the disputed 2014 election.
In Haiti, fresh violence erupted today, as
thousands heeded calls from opposition leaders
to press President Jovenel Moise.
Crowds set fires, police fired tear gas, and
gunfire broke out.
It was the latest in three weeks of demonstrations
over an economic crisis and allegations of
corruption linked to the president.
Authorities in Hong Kong are bracing for new
protests as mainland China marks the 70th
anniversary of the communist state on Tuesday.
It follows another weekend of violent demonstrations
in the city, as protesters battled police
with fire bombs.
Some Hong Kong lawmakers decried police tactics.
TANYA CHAN, Pro-Democracy Party Lawmaker:
The police brutality, in fact, it’s escalating
and extremely disturbing and brutal.
And, at the same time, you can see that a
lot of — under a lot of different situations,
the use of force is unnecessary and disproportionate.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Meanwhile, Reuters reports
that China has effectively doubled its security
forces in Hong Kong to as many as 12,000.
Beijing had billed the deployment as part
of a routine rotation of troops.
It’s been nearly a year since the murder of
Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi,
and the president of Turkey says that he still
wants answers.
Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi Consulate
in Istanbul last October.
In a Washington Post guest editorial today,
Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed what
he called a shadow state within the Saudi
regime.
Meanwhile, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin
Salman told CBS that he takes full responsibility,
but he denied that he ordered the killing.
Back in this country, California became the
first state to let college athletes hire agents
and make money from endorsements, starting
in 2023.
Governor Gavin Newsom signed the measure into
law today.
But the NCAA, overseeing college sports, has
warned it would give California schools an
unfair recruiting advantage and says that
they may be barred from competition.
Republican Congressman Chris Collins of New
York resigned today, ahead of pleading guilty
in an insider trading case.
Federal court records said that Collins will
enter the plea tomorrow.
He is accused of tipping confidential information
about a bio-pharmaceutical company to his
son and then lying to the FBI.
Texas Congressman Mac Thornberry is now the
20th House Republican to announce he is leaving
office.
He said today that he will not seek reelection
in 2020.
Thornberry was first elected in 1994.
He is the ranking member on the House Armed
Services Committee.
On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average
climbed 96 points to close above 26916.
The Nasdaq rose 59 points.
And the S&P 500 added 15.
And opera great Jessye Norman died today in
New York after complications from a spinal
injury.
She made her international debut in 1969,
and her vibrant soprano made her a worldwide
star and a winner of four Grammys.
Here she is in concert singing the spiritual
“Great Day.”
(SINGING)
JUDY WOODRUFF: Jessye Norman was 74 years
old.
Still to come on the “NewsHour”: presidential
candidate Cory Booker on his self-imposed
fund-raising deadline; our Politics Monday
team breaks down the latest on the impeachment
inquiry; China’s rapid technology boom raises
questions of a surveillance state; and our
latest “NewsHour” book club author, Sally
Rooney, discusses her breakout debut novel.

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