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NATIONWIDE MOMENTUM.

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COULDN’T COME TOGETHER.

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RETURNING TO WORK DESPITE

DOCUMENTED RISK FROM COVID-19.

>> THEY TOLD THE WORKERS NOT TO

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TO BE HONEST, THEY WEREN’T

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NOTHING WAS OK.

THAT IS WHEN WE BECAME SCARED

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JUDY: —

STEPHANIE: GOOD EVENING, I’M

STEPHANIE SY.

WE WILL RETURN TO JUDY WOODRUFF

AND THE REST OF THE PROGRAM

AFTER THE LATEST HEADLINES.

DEMOCRATS IN THE U.S. SENATE

TODAY BLOCKED A REPUBLICAN BILL

ON POLICING PRACTICES.

IT WOULD INCREASE INCENTIVES TO

BAN CHOKEHOLDS AND RESTRICT NO

KNOCK WARRANTS.

DEMOCRATS WANT STRONGER

MANDATES.

AHEAD OF THE VOTE, EACH SIDE

ACCUSED THE OTHER OF BAD FAITH.

>> NO FINAL LEGISLATION CAN PASS

WITHOUT 60 VOTES.

IF DEMOCRATS DON’T LIKE THE

FINAL PRODUCT, IT WON’T PASS.

THE ONLY WAY THERE IS ANY DOUBT

THAT THE DEMOCRATS COULD COME TO

THE TABLE IS IF THEY WOULD

RATHER PRESERVE THIS URGENT

SUBJECT AS A LIVE CAMPAIGN

ISSUE, THEN PASS A BIPARTISAN

ANSWER.

>> WHO IS A BETTER GUARDIAN OF

THE CIVIL-RIGHTS OF

AFRICAN-AMERICANS WHEN IT COMES

TO POLICE REFORM?

THE NAACP, OR MITCH MCCONNELL?

IF THIS BILL WERE SUCH A GOOD

PATH TO REFORM, WHY WOULDN’T

CIVIL-RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS FROM

ONE END OF AMERICA TO THE OTHER

SAY, GO FORWARD, MAYBE WE WILL

GET SOMETHING DONE?

BECAUSE THEY KNOW THE BILL IS A

RUSE AND NOTHING WILL GET DONE.

STEPHANIE: THE HOUSE OF

REPRESENTATIVES VOTES TOMORROW

ON A MORE EXPANSIVE DEMOCRATIC

BILL.

THE GOVERNOR OF WISCONSIN

HAS ACTIVATED THE NATIONAL GUARD

AFTER VIOLENT PROTESTS AT THE

STATE CAPITAL OVERNIGHT.

A STATE SENATOR WAS BEATEN UP IN

THE MELEE.

CROWDS TORE DOWN STATUES

HONORING AN ANTISLAVERY LEADER

AND WOMEN’S RIGHTS, AND THEY

VANDALIZED A NUMBER OF

BUILDINGS.

MEANWHILE, THREE WHITE MEN IN

GEORGIA WERE INDICTED FOR MURDER

IN THE KILLING OF AHMAUD ARBERY

LAST FEBRUARY.

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY HAS FIRED A

WHITE OFFICER WHO FATALLY SHOT

BREONNA TAYLOR DURING A NO KNOCK

RAID IN MARCH.

THE DEATH OF A LATINO MAN IN

POLICE CUSTODY IN TUCSON,

ARIZONA, WAS CAPTURED ON A VIDEO

THAT WAS RELEASED TODAY.

THE BODYCAM VIDEO REPORTEDLY

SHOWS 27-YEAR-OLD CARLOS INGRAM

LOPEZ HANDCUFFED AND HELD IN A

FACE-DOWN POSITION FOR SOME 12

MINUTES.

THREE OFFICERS, WHITE AND BLACK,

HAVE RESIGNED, AND THE POLICE

CHIEF HAS OFFERED TO RESIGN.

HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE WARNING

THAT A SURGE IN COVID-19 CASES

COULD SWAMP HOSPITALS IN THE SUN

BELT.

THAT FOLLOWS WORD OF MORE THAN

36,000 NEW INFECTIONS NATIONWIDE

OVER 24 HOURS, THE MOST SINCE

APRIL.

TODAY, NEW YORK, CONNECTICUT,

AND NEW JERSEY ANNOUNCED

VISITORS FROM NINE HIGH-RISK

STATES WILL HAVE TO

SELF-QUARANTINE 14 DAYS.

>> THIS IS A SMART THING TO DO.

WE HAVE TAKEN OUR PEOPLE, THE

THREE OF US, FROM THESE THREE

STATES, THROUGH HELL AND BACK ON

— AND THE LAST THING WE NEED TO

DO IS SUBJECT FOLKS TO ANOTHER

ROUND.

STEPHANIE: MEANWHILE, THE

“WASHINGTON POST” REPORTS THAT

DOZENS OF SECRET SERVICE AGENTS

WHO WERE ON-SITE AT THE

PRESIDENT’S RALLY IN TULSA LAST

WEEK HAVE BEEN ORDERED TO

SELF-QUARANTINE AFTER 2

COLLEAGUES TESTED POSITIVE FOR

COVID-19.

U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM

BARR IS UNDER NEW FIRE TONIGHT

OVER CLAIMS HE PUTS POLITICS

BEFORE JUSTICE.

DEMOCRATS RENEWED THE CHARGE AT

A CONGRESSIONAL HEARING TODAY.

A FEDERAL PROSECUTOR TESTIFIED

THAT SUPERIORS PUSHED A LESSER

SENTENCE FOR AN ALLY OF

PRESIDENT TRUMP.

WE WILL GET THE DETAILS AFTER

THE NEWS SUMMARY.

A FEDERAL APPEALS COURT HAS

ORDERED CRIMINAL CHARGES

DISMISSED AGAINST FORMER

NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR

MICHAEL FLYNN.

TODAY’S 2-1 RULING ENDORSED A

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT MOTION.

THE TRIAL JUDGE REFUSED TO DROP

THE CASE PENDING A REVIEW.

FLYNN ADMITTED LYING TO THE FBI,

THEN ASKED TO WITHDRAW HIS PLEA.

THE U.S. SENATE APPROVED

PRESIDENT TRUMP’S 200TH JUDICIAL

NOMINEE TODAY.

MAJORITY REPUBLICANS ELEVATED A

MISSISSIPPI JUDGE TO A FEDERAL

APPEALS COURT, AS DEMOCRATS

CRITICIZED HIS RECORD ON VOTING

RIGHTS.

REPUBLICANS SAY ALL APPEALS

COURT VACANCIES ARE NOW FILLED

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN AT LEAST

40 YEARS.

THEY ARE STILL COUNTING VOTES

AFTER A FLOOD OF MAIL-IN BALLOTS

IN TUESDAY’S PRIMARIES, AMONG

THE MAJOR UNDECIDED RACES,

KENTUCKY DEMOCRATS AMY MCGRATH

AND CHARLES BOOKER, COMPETING TO

CHALLENGE REPUBLICAN SENATE

MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL.

IN NEW YORK, JAMAAL BOWMAN IS

SEEKING TO OUST FELLOW DEMOCRAT

ELIOT ENGEL, WHO CHAIRS THE U.S.

HOUSE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE.

PHARMACEUTICAL GIANT BAYER WILL

PAY AS MUCH AS $10.9 BILLION TO

SETTLE LAWSUITS OVER THE

WEEDKILLER ROUNDUP.

THOUSANDS OF PLAINTIFFS ALLEGE

IT CAUSES CANCER.

THE U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL

PROTECTION AGENCY SAYS IT IS

SAFE WHEN USED AS DIRECTED.

ROUND UP IS MADE BY MONSANTO.

NASA IS RENAMING ITS

HEADQUARTERS IN WASHINGTON AFTER

MARY JACKSON, THE FIRST BLACK

FEMALE ENGINEER AT THE SPACE

AGENCY.

HER WORK HELPED LAUNCH THE

ORIGINAL ASTRONAUTS AND WAS

FEATURED IN THE BOOK AND MOVIE

“HIDDEN FIGURES.”

MARY JACKSON DIED IN 2005.

STILL TO COME ON THE NEWSHOUR

WITH JUDY WOODRUFF,

WHISTLEBLOWERS TESTIFY ABOUT THE

INCREASING POLITICIZATION OF THE

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT.

QUESTIONS ARISE ABOUT NATO’S

FUTURE, AS THE PRESIDENT LOOKS

TO MOVE U.S. TROOPS OUT OF

GERMANY.

EMPLOYEES AT MEAT PROCESSING

PLANTS FACE THE RISKS OF

COVID-19, AND MUCH MORE.

>> THIS IS THE PBS NEWSHOUR FROM

W ETA STUDIOS IN WASHINGTON AND

IN THE WEST, FROM THE WALTER

CRONKITE SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM AT

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY.

JUDY: IN WASHINGTON TODAY, THE

HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARD

NEW ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE FROM

WITHIN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT.

THAT CAME FROM THE VERY TOP.

LISA DE CHARDIN HAS THE STORY.

LISA: ON CAPITOL HILL, A HEARING

ON WHETHER THE AGENCY WHICH

ENFORCES THE LAW IS ITSELF

BREAKING IT.

TWO CURRENT JUSTICE DEPARTMENT

ATTORNEYS CHARGE THAT ATTORNEY

GENERAL WILLIAM BARR AND OTHERS

— ORDERED SOME INVESTIGATIONS

AND TRIED TO WEAKEN OTHERS FOR

POLITICAL REASONS.

>> ROGER STONE WAS TREATED

DIFFERENTLY BECAUSE OF POLITICS.

LISA: INCLUDING PUSHING FOR A

LENIENT SENTENCE FOR ROGER

STONE, AN ALLY OF PRESIDENT

TRUMP.

EHRMAN ZELENSKY, THE LEAD DOJ

PROSECUTOR IN THE CASE, SAYS HE

WAS TOLD TO BACK OFF A TOUGHER

SENTENCE RECOMMENDATION FOR

STONE.

HE QUIT OVER THE HANDLING.

>> THE ACTING U.S. ATTORNEY IN

THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WAS

RECEIVING HEAVY PRESSURE FROM

THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF THE

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, AND HIS

INSTRUCTIONS TO US WERE BASED ON

POLITICAL CONSIDERATIONS.

I WAS TOLD THE ACTING U.S.

ATTORNEY WAS ADDING STONE A

BREAK BECAUSE HE WAS AFRAID OF

THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED

STATES.

LISA: FOR STONE, ZELENSKY

RECOMMENDED SEVEN-NINE YEARS.

A JUDGE DISAGREED, SENTENCING

STONE TO THREE YEARS IN PRISON.

A FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL WHO

SERVED UNDER GEORGE W. BUSH SAID

THE DOJ AND WILLIAM BARR

OPERATED WITH INTEGRITY.

>> THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IS NOT

POLITICIZED BECAUSE SENIOR

OFFICIALS DISAGREED WITH THE

SENTENCING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR

MR. STONE.

PROSECUTORS ARE SUPPOSED TO SEEK

JUSTICE, NOT PLAY THE SENTENCING

GUIDELINES LIKE SOME SORT OF

PINBALL MACHINE TO SEE HOW MANY

TIMES THEY CAN LISA: RING THE

BELL.

LISA:LISA: THE — THIS COMES

AFTER THE TOP PROSECUTOR IN

MANHATTAN WAS OUSTED.

JERRY NADLER OF NEW YORK SAID

THAT IS PART OF A CLEAR AND

DANGEROUS PATTERN.

>> BARR’S ACTIONS MAKE CLEAR

THAT IN HIS DEPARTMENT OF

JUSTICE, THE PRESIDENT’S ALLIES

GET SPECIAL TREATMENT.

THE PRESIDENTS ENEMIES, REAL AND

IMAGINED, ARE TARGETED.

LISA: ALSO ALLEGING MISUSE OF

POWER, A LAWYER AND — IN DOJ’S

ANTITRUST OFFICE.

HE SAID BARR FORCED UNWANTED

REVIEWS OF MARIJUANA COMPANIES.

>> THE HEAD OF THE ANTITRUST

DIVISION ACKNOWLEDGED AT AN ALL

STAFF MEETING THAT THE CANNABIS

INDUSTRY IS, QUOTE, “UNPOPULAR

ON THE FIFTH FLOOR.”

REFERRING TO BARR’S OFFICES.

LISA: REPUBLICANS PUSHED BACK,

DEFENDING BARR AS FIXING

PROBLEMS OF ANTI-CONSERVATIVE

BIAS.

>> HE IS CLEANING UP THE MESS OF

THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION AND

RESTORING INTEGRITY AND HONOR TO

THE DOJ AND THE FBI.

>> THEY ARE NOT POLITICAL, THEY

ARE RIGHT.

LISA: BUBBLING TENSIONS AMIDST

IT ALL.

WITH REPUBLICANS OBJECTING TO

HOW NADLER RAN THE HEARING.

A PREVIEW OF A BIGGER HEARING

YET TO COME, ATTORNEY GENERAL

BARR IS EXPECTED TO TESTIFY AT

THE END OF NEXT MONTH.

FOR MORE ON TODAY’S HEARING AND

THE DISMISSAL OF CRIMINAL

CHARGES AGAINST MICHAEL FLYNN,

I’M JOINED BY CARRIE JOHNSON,

JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT FOR NPR.

LET’S START WITH THE HEARING.

THESE ATTORNEYS ALLEGE WILLIAM

BARR USED DOJ’S POWER FOR

POLITICAL REASONS.

HOW UNUSUAL IS TESTIMONY LIKE

THIS?

>> EXTREMELY UNUSUAL FOR

PROSECUTORS AT THIS LEVEL TO BE

TESTIFYING AT ALL, LET ALONE

WHEN SOME OF THESE MATTERS ARE

STILL ONGOING.

IN THE LAST 20 YEARS, I FEEL

LIKE IT HAS HAPPENED ONLY ONE

TIME.

IT WAS REMARKABLE ON THAT BASIS

ALONE, BUT THE SUBSTANCE OF THE

TESTIMONY WAS ALSO PRETTY

STARTLING TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE

COVERED THE DEBT — THE JUSTICE

DEPARTMENT AND WORKED THERE FOR

MANY YEARS.

LISA: THIS CAME THE SAME DAY AS

A FEDERAL APPEALS COURT RULED

WITH BARR AND DOJ TO DROP

CHARGES IN THE MICHAEL FLYNN

CASE.

CONSERVATIVES SAY THE RULING

PROVES THEIR POINT ABOUT DOJ

BIAS.

IS THIS A UNIQUE CASE OR IS

THERE SOMETHING MORE TO SAY

ABOUT THAT RULING REGARDING

MICHAEL FLYNN?

>> THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, THE

WHITE HOUSE, AND THE JUSTICE

DEPARTMENT CALLED IT A

SIGNIFICANT VICTORY.

NOTHING ABOUT THE CASE HAS BEEN

NORMAL FROM THE BEGINNING.

IT STARTED WITH THE OUTGOING

ADMINISTRATION, AND THE FBI

INTERVIEWING THE NEW PRESIDENTS

INCOMING NATIONAL SECURITY

ADVISER IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

MICHAEL FLYNN PLEADED LT TWICE

TO MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS, BUT

WHEN HE GOT A NEW LAWYER HE

RECONSIDERED, WANTED TO REOPEN

THE CASE.

THE NEW BRASS AT THE JUSTICE

DEPARTMENT, LED BY BARR, CITED

WITH MICHAEL FLYNN, CALLING ON

LEGAL DEFICIENCIES IN THE CASE.

A FEDERAL JUDGE HEARING THE CASE

HAD SOME CONCERNS ABOUT IT, AND

MIKE FLYNN APPEALED THE HIGHER

COURT.

THE HIGHER COURT SIDED WITH

MICHAEL FLYNN AND WILL ORDER THE

LOWER COURT JUDGE TO TAKE BACK

THE CASE AND THROW IT OUT FOR

GOOD.

LISA: I WANT TO ASK A BIGGER

QUESTION.

THROUGH ALL OF THIS, WE HAVE BUT

— BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES

ACCUSING DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OF HAVING

POLITICAL BIAS.

WHAT IS YOUR SENSE OF WHAT IS

HAPPENING IN THE AGENCY?

IS THERE A CHANCE THAT PEOPLE

ARE BECOMING MORE POLITICAL IN

THIS POLITICAL TIME?

OR IS THAT SOMETHING POLITICIANS

ARE SAYING?

>> DEPENDING ON THE CHANGE IN

ADMINISTRATION, PARTS OF THE

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OFTEN CHANGE.

DIFFERENT ADMINISTRATIONS HAVE

PRIORITIES ABOUT CIVIL RIGHTS

AND THE ENVIRONMENT AND OTHER

MATTERS.

BUT THE KINDS OF ISSUES THAT

HAVE BEEN CROPPING UP OF LATE,

WITH THE DISMISSAL OF THE U.S.

ATTORNEY GEOFFREY BERMAN IN NEW

YORK OVER THE WEEKEND AND THE

PATTERN OF RE-INVESTIGATING

CASES INITIALLY INVESTIGATED AND

CHARGED BY THIS PENCIL COUNT —

THE SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT

MUELLER, SEEMS TO BE UNUSUAL AND

WE ARE SEEING NOT JUST SITTING

PROSECUTORS, BUT FORMER

PROSECUTORS SIGNING LETTERS.

BARR VERY MUCH HAS IN HIS CORNER

THE FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL

MICHAEL MUKASEY, WHO TESTIFIED

ON HIS BEHALF AND SAID THE

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IS FORTUNATE

TO HAVE BILL BARR AT THE HELM.

I THINK MORALE INSIDE THE

BUILDING IS PRETTY ROUGH RIGHT

NOW.

I DON’T KNOW WHETHER WE WILL SEE

MORE DEPARTURES IN ADVANCE OF

THE ELECTION.

WE HAVE SEEN SOME OF THE

APPOINTEES FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP

ANNOUNCED THEY ARE LEAVING IN

THE COMING DAYS AND WEEKS.

LISA: I WANTED TO ASK ABOUT THE

ELECTION.

THAT CAME UP AT THE HEARING.

THE DOJ HAS KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

IN OVERSEEING AND PROTECTING THE

ELECTION.

WHAT HAS BARR SET ABOUT WHAT HE

IS GOING TO DO?

WHAT HAS HE SAID ABOUT SOME

PEOPLE RAISING CONCERNS THAT HE

MAY BE BIASED IN THIS ELECTION?

BARR IS BASICALLY OUTRAGED AT

THE WAY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

HANDLED THE MIKE FLYNN

INVESTIGATION AND A SET OF

SURVEILLANCE ISSUES IN 2016, AND

EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE ATTORNEY

GENERAL BILL BARR BASICALLY SAID

IN ORDER TO OPEN AN

INVESTIGATION AT THE FBI, THAT

CONCERNS ELECTION RELATED ISSUES

OR FIGURES, YOU NEED THE

APPROVAL OF THE ATTORNEY

GENERAL, BILL BARR.

WE ARE GETTING TO THAT TIME IN

THE YEAR WHERE WE ARE CLOSE TO

THE POLITICAL CONVENTIONS AND

ULTIMATELY, THE ELECTION.

ILL BARR HAS POSITIONED HIMSELF

AS THE DECIDER ABOUT OPENING

INVESTIGATIONS.

IN THE NEXT SIX WEEKS OR SO, I

THINK WE WILL SEE WHETHER ANY

POLITICALLY SENSITIVE MATTERS DO

GET CHARGED.

IF THEY DON’T GET CHARGED BY

THEN, I EXPECT TO SEE ANY OF

THAT ACTION HAPPEN EITHER AFTER

THE ELECTION OR NEVER.

LISA: CARRIE JOHNSON OF NPR,

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> THANK YOU.

JUDY: TODAY, PRESIDENT TRUMP

POSTED POLAND’S PRESIDENT, THE

FIRST HEAD OF STATE VISIT SINCE

THE PANDEMIC BEGAN.

THE EASTERN EUROPEAN LEADER

ARRIVED AT THE WHITE HOUSE AS

PRESIDENT TRUMP CONFIRMED PLANS

TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF TROOPS

IN LONGTIME ALLY GERMANY.

A DECISION THAT SPARKED

BIPARTISAN RESISTANCE.

NICK SCHIFRIN HAS THE STORY.

NICK: THE MAN WHO LABELS HIMSELF

THE LAW AND ORDER PRESIDENT

HOSTED THE CANDIDATE FROM THE

LAW AND JUSTICE PARTY.

THE BROMANCE BETWEEN PRESIDENT

TRUMP AND THE POLISH PRESIDENT

IS BETWEEN LIKE-MINDED LEADERS.

>> I BELIEVE HE HAS AN ELECTION

COMING UP AND I BELIEVE YOU WILL

BE SUCCESSFUL.

NICK: BACK HOME, THE POLISH

PRESIDENT IS PLAYING THE TRUMP

CARD FOR HIS RIGHT-WING BASE

DAYS BEFORE AN ELECTION.

HE IS ARGUING LGBT RIGHTS ARE

WORSE THAN COMMUNISM, THE EU

ACCUSES HIM OF ERODING THE RULE

OF LAW.

>> THIS IS A POLISH PRESIDENT

WHO HAS ROLLED BACK DEMOCRACY

AND THE RULE OF LAW IN POLAND.

NICK: ANGELA IS A FORMER STATE

DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL AND

INTELLIGENCE OFFICER NOW AT

GEORGETOWN CENTER FOR EURASIAN,

RUSSIAN, AND EAST EUROPEAN

STUDIES.

>> HE BELIEVES BY COMING TO THE

UNITED STATES AND SHOWING THE

POPULATION THE PRESIDENT TRUMP

VALUES HIM AS AN ALLY, HE CAN

DELIVER A U.S. COMMITMENT TO

POLAND TO PROTECT POLAND AGAINST

POTENTIAL RUSSIAN THREATS.

NICK: FOR YEARS, THE U.S. HAS

BEEN CONDUCTING LIVE FIRE

EXERCISES IN POLAND TO DETER

NEIGHBORING RUSSIA.

THERE ARE NOW 4400 AMERICAN

SOLDIERS IN POLAND AREA TODAY,

PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID THE NUMBER

WOULD INCREASE.

THESE EXERCISES WERE LED BY A

LIEUTENANT GENERAL.

>> IS A POWERFUL CAPABILITY THAT

WILL BE EFFECTIVE AND HELP

CHANGE THE CALCULUS FOR RUSSIA.

NICK: HE BEGAN HIS MILITARY

CAREER WHEN COMMUNIST POLAND WAS

THE LARGEST COUNTRY IN THE

EASTERN BLOC. AS LIEUTENANT, HE

DEPLOYED TO WEST GERMANY, ONE

HAVE — ONE OF 300,000 SERVICE

MEMBERS FACED OFF WITH THE

SOVIET UNION.

TODAY, THERE ARE 35,000 TROOPS

IN GERMANY.

UNTIL 2017, HE COMMENDED U.S.

ARMY EUROPE AND HE IS AT THE

CENTER OF EUROPEAN POLICY

ANALYSIS.

>> THE PRESENCE OF U.S. TROOPS

IN GERMANY BENEFITS THE UNITED

STATES.

GERMANY GIVES US A FORWARD

STATION PRESENCE THAT ALLOWS US

TO CARRY OUT OUR NATIONAL

DEFENSE STRATEGY AND CONDUCT

OPERATIONS IN AFRICA, THE MIDDLE

EAST, AS WELL AS ALL OVER

EUROPE.

NICK: PRESIDENT TRUMP WANTS TO

CUT U.S. TROOPS DEPLOYED TO

GERMANY BY ONE THIRD AND THE

NUMBER OF TROOPS WHO CAN TRAVEL

THROUGH GERMANY IN HALF.

WHAT’S I SAID, LET’S GET —

>> LET’S GET IT DOWN FROM 50,000

TO 25,000 BECAUSE THEY ARE

DELINQUENT.

NICK: U.S. OFFICIALS ARE

FRUSTRATED GERMANY SPENDS 1.3%

OF GDP ON DEFENSE, BELOW THE

PROMISED 2%, AND IT IS RESISTING

EFFORTS TO CANCEL A PIPELINE

WITH RUSSIA.

>> THEY PAY, THE COUNTRY, WE ARE

SUPPOSED TO PROTECT THEM FROM,

THEY PAY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO

THAT COMPANY.

WE ARE SUPPOSED TO PROTECT THEM.

EXCUSE ME?

HOW DOES THAT WORK?

NICK: THE GERMANY REDUCTION IN

FORCES WAS MET WITH WITHERING

BIPARTISAN OPPOSITION.

CONGRESSIONAL OFFICIALS WERE NOT

CONSULTED.

THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES

COMMITTEE’S MOST SENIOR

REPUBLICAN WROTE, IT COULD LEAVE

BEHIND A FRACTURED, DANGEROUS,

LESS STABLE WORLD.

THE HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS’

SENIOR REPUBLICAN END OF

REPUBLICANS WROTE TO PRESIDENT

TRUMP, THE WITHDRAWAL OF

THOUSANDS OF TROOPS FROM GERMANY

WILL PLACE U.S. NATIONAL

SECURITY AT RISK.

>> A 30% REDUCTION WOULD

SERIOUSLY LIMIT OUR ABILITY TO

CONTRIBUTE TO NATO AS WELL AS TO

CONDUCT THE OPERATIONS WE NEED

TO AROUND THIS HALF OF THE

WORLD.

NICK: GERMAN AND NATO OFFICIALS

SAY THEY WEREN’T CONSULTED,

EITHER, AND SOME MILITARY

OFFICIALS SAY THE SAME.

>> I SPOKE TO PEOPLE FROM ARMY

HEADQUARTERS, AIR FORCE

HEADQUARTERS, AND AT NATO, AND

U.S.-EUROPEAN COMMAND.

THEY WERE ALL CAUGHT COMPLETELY

FLAT-FOOTED.

>> THIS IS REALLY NOT HOW THE

UNITED STATES SHOULD BE

CONDUCTING ITS FOREIGN POLICY,

PARTICULARLY ON SUCH A SENSITIVE

ISSUE WITH WHAT WAS ONCE ONE OF

ITS KEY ALLIES.

NICK: THOSE WHO ADVOCATE A MORE

RESTRAINED U.S. FOREIGN POLICY

SEE AN OPPORTUNITY.

>> THE ARGUMENT THAT SOMEHOW WE

NEED TO BE IN EUROPE SO WE CAN

BE INTERVENING ELSEWHERE, FOR

EXAMPLE IN THE MIDDLE EAST OR

AFGHANISTAN, SORT OF BEGS THE

LARGER QUESTION, WHETHER WE

SHOULD BE INTERVENING IN THE

MIDDLE EAST AND WHETHER WE

SHOULD BE CONTINUING TO FIGHT A

WAR IN AFGHANISTAN.

NICK: ANDY IS AN HISTORIAN AND

RETIRED COLONEL AND FORMER WEST

POINT PROFESSOR, NOW PRESIDENT

OF THE QUINCY INSTITUTE FOR

RESPONSIBLE STATECRAFT.

>> THIS INTERVENTIONIST IMPULSE,

WHICH HAS BEEN REALLY THE

DEFINING FEATURE OF U.S.

NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY SINCE

THE END OF THE COLD WAR, SIMPLY

HAS NOT DELIVERED THE GOODS.

I THINK PULLING OUT OF EUROPE,

ENDING OUR SECURITY COMMITMENT,

SHOULD BE ONE PART OF RETHINKING

OUR OVERALL SECURITY POSTURING.

NICK: PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID THE

NUMBER OF TROOPS IN GERMANY

WOULD GO DOWN, WITH SOME GOING

TO POLAND.

>> WE WILL REDUCE OUR FORCES IN

GERMANY.

SOME WILL COME HOME AND SOME

WILL BE GOING TO OTHER PLACES,

BUT POLAND WOULD BE ONE OF THOSE

OTHER PLACES.

OTHER PLACES IN EUROPE.

NICK: A REDUCTION IN GERMANY,

SOME WORRY, WOULD SEND THE WRONG

SIGNAL TO RUSSIA.

>> I DON’T DENY THAT I REQUESTED

THAT THE PRESIDENT NOT WITHDRAW

U.S. FORCES FROM EUROPE.

NICK: SOME WORRY THIS COULD

ANTAGONIZE RUSSIA.

SHE IS THE AUTHOR OF “PUTIN’S

WORLD.”

>> IT IS NOT CLEAR THAT MOVING

U.S. TROOPS TO POLAND IS ANYMORE

IN THE U.S.’ NATIONAL INTEREST

THAN KEEPING THEM IN GERMANY.

NICK: CONGRESS IS DEBATING

WHETHER TO BLOCK THE MOVE.

THE PENTAGON IS WORKING ON

OPTIONS TO REMOVE TROOPS FROM AN

HISTORIC ALLY IN WESTERN EUROPE

AND INCREASE THEM IN ITS EASTERN

EUROPEAN NEIGHBOR.

I’M NICK SCHIFRIN.

JUDY: IT HAS BEEN NEARLY SIX

WEEKS SINCE PRODUCTION RESUMED

IN MOST MEATPACKING PLANTS

ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

MANY WERE SHUT DOWN AMID

CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAKS.

MORE THAN 27,000 WORKERS HAVE

BECOME INFECTED, AND 99 HAVE

DIED.

IN LATE APRIL, PRESIDENT TRUMP

ORDERED PLANTS TO REOPEN, OR

REMAIN OPEN, CALLING THEM

CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE TO

PRESERVE THE NATION’S MEAT

SUPPLY.

FRED RETURNS TO ONE COMMUNITY IN

MINNESOTA WHERE A PORK

PROCESSING PLANT IS BACK ONLINE.

>> HERE IN THE FABLED VALLEY OF

THE JOLLY GREEN GIANT, HE STANDS

TALL AND MASKED, BUT IT IS PORK

THAT REIGNS. THE HUGE MEAT

PROCESSING PLANTS ARE NEARLY AT

FULL CAPACITY, BUT THINGS ARE

NOT EXACTLY JOLLY.

>> WE WILL HAVE TO KEEP WORKING

AND FEAR, BUT WE KNOW WE NEED TO

CONTINUE WORKING.

WE HAVE NO OPTION.

>> IN WORTHINGTON, MINNESOTA,

POPULATION 13,000, THE JPS

FACTORY WAS SHUTTERED BY AN

OUTBREAK THAT SICKENED 100 OF

ITS 21 HUNDRED EMPLOYEES.

THE EFFECT WAS FELT ACROSS THE

REGION, MOSTLY AT FIRST AMONG

HOG FARMERS IN LATE APRIL.

HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF THEIR

ANIMALS HAD TO BE EUTHANIZED.

>> IT IS DEVASTATING.

I LIKE — I WOULD LIKE PRESIDENT

TRUMP TO INVOKE THE DEFENSE

PRODUCTION ACT.

WE NEED TO GET THESE PLANTS OPEN

TODAY.

>> ECHOING THIS FARMERS PLEA,

EXECUTIVES WARNED THE NATION’S

MEAT SUPPLY WAS THREATENED, A

CLAIM SOME ANALYSTS SAY WAS

EXAGGERATED, NOTING THAT IN

APRIL, THERE WERE RECORD PORK

EXPORTS TO CHINA.

>> I SHOULD BE SIGNING THAT OVER

THE NEXT HOUR OR SO.

>> ON APRIL 28, PRESIDENT TRUMP

ORDERED MEATPACKING PLANTS TO

REOPEN AND REMAIN OPEN,

DECLARING THEM CRITICAL

INFRASTRUCTURE.

>> TAKING THE LIABILITY WHICH

FREES UP THE SYSTEM.

>> THE PRESIDENT SAID THIS

SHIELDED COMPANIES FROM

LIABILITY IF THEIR WORKERS GOT

SICK.

IN WORTHINGTON, COMMUNITY

ORGANIZER JESSICA SAYS THE

PLIGHT OF WORKERS NEVER SEEMED A

PRIORITY.

>> FOLKS WERE TALKING ABOUT THE

HOG FARMS THAT WERE LOSING

MONEY.

THE BIGGER ISSUE WAS THEM

EUTHANIZING ALL THOSE POOR HOGS.

THE CONVERSATION SHOULD HAVE

BEEN, HOW CAN WE SUPPORT BOTH

THE JPS EMPLOYEES AND THE HOG

PRODUCERS?

>> SHE SAYS THE EMPLOYEES,

PROVIDE NOT — PREDOMINANTLY

REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS, REMAIN

LARGELY INVISIBLE AND FEARFUL.

SHE SAID MANY LOST TRUST IN THE

COMPANY BECAUSE OF THE WAY IT

ACTED AS MORE AND MORE WORKERS

FELL ILL.

LEADING THE PLANT TO SHUT DOWN.

RAFAEL, LIKE ALL WORKERS WE

SPOKE TO, ASKED TO REMAIN

ANONYMOUS.

>> THEY TOLD THE WORKERS NOT TO

WORRY, EVERYTHING WAS OK.

THEY WEREN’T PREPARED AT ALL.

NOTHING WAS OK.

IT WAS, EITHER YOU WORK OR YOU

DON’T EAT.

>> HE SAYS HE DECIDED TO QUIT

BECAUSE OF A HEALTH CONDITION

THAT LEAVES HIM VULNERABLE TO

COVID.

THESE THREE WORKERS RETURNED.

>> EVERYONE FEELS SCARED.

EVERYONE FEELS LIKE WE DO.

>> JBS DECLINED ARREST — OUR

REQUEST FOR AN INTERVIEW.

IT SENT A VIDEO OF IMPROVEMENTS

MADE AT ANOTHER PLANT IN

COLORADO, WHERE SEVERAL WORKERS

DIED.

THEY HAVE PUT SOME OLDER COVID

VULNERABLE WORKERS UNPAID

FURLOUGH, AND AMONG OTHER STEPS,

REQUIRES EMPLOYEES TO WEAR MASKS

AND FACE SHIELDS AND INSTALLED

BARRIERS BETWEEN WORKSTATIONS.

WORKERS SAID IT FEELS SAFER, BUT

NOT SAFE.

>> PERSONALLY, I THINK THEY

SHOULD MAKE IT MANDATORY FOR

EMPLOYEES TO GET TESTED SO WE

KNOW WHO HAS IT.

>> THE COMPANY SAYS IT TESTS

EMPLOYEES WHO SHOW SYMPTOMS AND

TAKES EMPLOYEES’ TEMPERATURE

WHEN THEY ARRIVE.

THAT IS NO COMFORT TO ANA, WHO

SURVIVED A PAINFUL COVID

INFECTION JUST BEFORE THE PLANT

CLOSED.

>> THEY TOOK MINE, BUT IT NEVER

SHOW THE — SHOWED A

TEMPERATURE.

I DIDN’T SHOW SYMPTOMS.

>> MOST PEOPLE LIKE HER HAVE NO

CHOICE BUT TO RETURN TO WORK,

SHE SAYS.

>> WE HAVE FAMILY WE NEED TO

RAISE.

WE DON’T HAVE SAVINGS SO WE CAN

STAY HOME.

>> MEATPACKING HAS LONG

ATTRACTED NEW IMMIGRANTS WHO

HAVE FEW OPTIONS.

IT IS AN INTENSELY TOUGH

ENVIRONMENT, AS EVEN THIS JOB

POSTING SEEMS TO WARN.

STANDING 10 HOURS A DAY, DOING

REPETITIVE TASKS IN VERY HIGH

TEMPERATURES OR VERY LOW

TEMPERATURES, WITH UNPLEASANT

ODORS.

IT IS SOMETHING LABOR HISTORIAN

PETER RADCLIFFE SAYS MOST

AMERICANS AVOID.

>> THE WORKFORCE IN MEATPACKING

HAS ALMOST ALWAYS BEEN PEOPLE

WHO ARE WITHIN ONE GENERATION OF

HAVING LIVED IN AGRICULTURE.

PEOPLE WHO ARE ABLE TO WORK IN

THAT KIND OF BLOOD AND GUTS KIND

OF ENVIRONMENT.

>> IF IT WAS NOT FOR THE

IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY, THIS

COMMUNITY WOULD JUST SHRIVEL UP

AND DIE.

>> FATHER JAMES CALLAHAN SAYS

IMMIGRANTS SUSTAIN MUCH OF

WORTHINGTON’S ECONOMY TODAY, BUT

HE SAYS THIS SMALL TOWN IS NOT

IMMUNE TO THE RANCOROUS

IMMIGRATION DEBATE.

RECALLING COMMENTS HE HEARD

SINCE THE PANDEMIC BEGAN.

>> BLAMING THE IMMIGRANT

COMMUNITY FOR THE SPREAD OF THE

VIRUS, BLAMING PEOPLE FROM THE

ASIAN COMMUNITIES FOR CARRYING

IT, A WOMAN SAID TO ME SHE IS

NEVER GOING TO EAT IN A CHINESE

RESTAURANT AGAIN.

HOW ABSURD IS THAT?

>> ARE YOU FINDING A LOT OF

THAT?

>> NOT A LOT, BUT ENOUGH WHERE

IT BECOMES DISTURBING.

>> HE WORRIES MEATPACKING PLANTS

IN MINNESOTA AND ELSEWHERE

CONTINUE TO SEE CORONAVIRUS

SPIKES.

SO FAR, FATHER CALLAHAN HAS

PRESIDED OVER FUNERALS IN THREE

COVID RELATED DEATHS OF JBS

WORKERS, TWO OF THEM SINCE THE

PLANT REOPENED.

I’M IN WORTHINGTON, MINNESOTA.

JUDY: AS WE REPORTED EARLIER,

THE REPUBLICAN VERSION OF A

POLICE REFORM BILL STALLED IN

THE SENATE TODAY AFTER DEMOCRATS

SAID IT DIDN’T GO FAR ENOUGH.

TO TALK ABOUT THAT AND WHAT

COMES NEXT, I’M JOINED BY

SENATOR JAMES LANKFORD OF

OKLAHOMA.

HE IS ONE OF THE REPUBLICANS WHO

WORKED ON THE BILL.

SENATOR, WELCOME BACK TO THE

NEWSHOUR.

WE HAVE SEEN PROTESTS IN

THOUSANDS OF CITIES AND TOWNS

ACROSS THE COUNTRY AFTER THE

DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD.

ALMOST ALL OF THEM, CALLING FOR

POLICE REFORM.

WHEN IT COMES TO WASHINGTON, IT

FAILS.

WHAT HAPPENED?

>> GREAT FRUSTRATION TODAY.

SPEAKER PELOSI IN THE HOUSE PUT

TOGETHER A BILL THAT, THEY WANT

TO HAVE POLICE PERFORM.

WE PULLED TOGETHER A BILL TO

HAVE POLICE REFORM.

THE SENATE RULES ARE DIFFERENT

THAN THE HOUSE.

THE MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE CAN

PUT WHATEVER BILL THEY WANT TO,

DOESN’T HAVE TO BE BIPARTISAN.

IN THE SENATE, IT DOES.

BEFORE WE GET ON THE BILL, YOU

HAVE TO HAVE 60 VOTES, THEN YOU

AMEND IT.

ONCE THE AMENDMENTS ARE DONE,

YOU HAVE ANOTHER 60 VOTES TO

MAKE SURE BOTH SIDES ARE HEARD,

THEN YOU PASS IT WITH 51 VOTES.

O

SAY WE BROUGHT 15 ITEMS TO BE

ABLE TO START THE DEBATE.

WE WANT TO OPEN IT UP FOR

AMENDMENTS, AND TO SAY, LET’S

AMEND IT UNTIL WE ARE DONE AND

WHEN WE ARE DONE AND WE AGREE WE

ARE DONE ON AMENDING IT, WE CAN

MOVE TO FINAL PASSAGE.

DEMOCRATS SAID, WE WANT TO DO

THE PELOSI BILL OR NOT DO THE

BILL AT ALL.

THAT WAS THE FRUSTRATION WE HAD.

I AM SURPRISED BY REPUBLICANS

BECAUSE WE HAD QUITE A FEW ITEMS

THAT ARE IN THIS BILL THAT ARE

VERY SIMILAR THE BILL FROM

SPEAKER PELOSI, THINGS LIKE

ENDING CHOKEHOLDS, INCREASING

DRAMATICALLY THE USE OF BODY

WORN CAMERAS, INCREASING

TRANSPARENCY, GETTING ADDITIONAL

REPORTING FROM ALL OVER THE

COUNTRY.

THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS THAT

ARE IN IT, INCLUDING ADDITIONAL

TRAINING AND THINGS THAT ARE

SIMILAR.

IT WAS A SURPRISE THEY DIDN’T

EVEN WANT TO TRY TO AMEND IT.

JUDY: SEVERAL THINGS TO PICK UP

ON.

SENATOR, HARRIS CALLED IT CRUMBS

ON THE TABLE.

DEMOCRATS ARE SAYING IT DIDN’T

GO FAR ENOUGH IN TERMS OF

BANNING CHOKEHOLDS AND NO KNOCK

WARRANTS, THAT IT DIDN’T ADDRESS

THE SENSITIVE ISSUE OF QUALIFIED

IMMUNITY.

SO THERE REALLY WAS DISTANCE

BETWEEN DEMOCRATS AND

REPUBLICANS ON THIS LEGISLATION.

>> 70% OF IT, WE HAVE WIDE

AGREEMENT ON IT.

30% WE DON’T.

IN THE SENATE, YOU OPEN IT UP

FOR DEBATE.

THERE WERE 20 AMENDMENT OPTIONS

THAT WERE ALLOWED, 20 AMENDMENTS

ON THIS AND THEY SAID WE DON’T

EVEN WANT TO AMEND IT, WE DON’T

WANT TO DISCUSS IT, WE ONLY WANT

TO DO THE ONE IN THE HOUSE.

THAT IS THE PROBLEM WE HAVE.

IT HAS BECOME A POLITICAL ISSUE

MORE THAN ANYTHING.

FRANKLY, WE DO BANNED

CHOKEHOLD’S ON IT, WE JUST DO IT

IN A DIFFERENT WAY.

CHOKEHOLDS CAN ONLY BE BANNED

FROM FEDERAL VOTES.

YOU HAVE TO TAKE FUNDS AWAY IN

OTHER WAYS BECAUSE WE DON’T HAVE

JURISDICTION TO BE ABLE TO TELL

WHAT A LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENT

CAN DO.

WE BAN ONE TYPE OF FUNDING, THEY

BAN ANOTHER TYPE, BUT IT HAS THE

SAME RESULTS.

IT SEEMS ODD TO ME TO SAY WE

DON’T BANNED CHOKEHOLD’S WHEN WE

CERTAINLY DO.

WE DON’T GET INTO THE ISSUE OF

QUALIFIED IMMUNITY.

WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO HOLD

POLICE A — OFFICERS CRIMINALLY

ACCOUNTABLE.

IF THEY DO SOMETHING CRIMINAL,

THEY END UP IN PRISON JUST LIKE

ANYONE ELSE.

THE ISSUE OF QUALIFIED IMMUNITY

IS, AFTER THEY HAD A CRIMINAL

OFFENSE, WE WILL GO BACK TO

THEIR FAMILY AND TAKE AWAY THEIR

HOME AND THEIR PENSION AWAY FROM

THEIR FAMILY AFTER THE POLICE

OFFICER IS IMPRISONED.

WE THINK THERE WAS A BETTER WAY

TO PROVIDE ACCOUNTABILITY TO THE

POLICE DEPARTMENT WHERE THAT

INDIVIDUAL FACES CRIMINAL

PENALTIES, BUT IT MAY NOT

CIVILLY PUNISH THEIR FAMILY.

JUDY: WEREN’T THERE, AREN’T

THERE DEMOCRAT SENATORS, ONE

SENATOR SAID HE IS PREPARED TO

LOOK AT THIS ISSUE OF QUALIFIED

IMMUNITY.

SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM SAID HE

IS PREPARED TO LOOK AT IT.

YOU HAVE OTHER DEMOCRATS PAYING

WE ARE PREPARED TO SIT DOWN AND

NEGOTIATE, BUT WE WEREN’T EVEN

INVOLVED, WE WEREN’T ASKED TO BE

INVOLVED BY REPUBLICANS WHEN

THIS WAS DRAWN UP.

>> THAT IS PECULIAR BECAUSE

THERE WAS A LOT OF CONVERSATION

ABOUT THIS.

WE GO BACK TO THE SAME THING

WHEN SPEAKER PELOSI PULLED

TOGETHER HER BILL IN THE HOUSE,

SHE CERTAINLY DIDN’T INCLUDE

REPUBLICANS IN THE CONVERSATION.

WE ARE PULLING TOGETHER A

PROPOSAL FROM THE SENATE WHICH

WE DID HAVE MULTIPLE

CONVERSATIONS WITH MULTIPLE

DEMOCRATS IN THE PROCESS, AND

OLD ITEMS FROM THE DEMOCRATS’

BILL FROM THE HOUSE, AS WELL, TO

INCLUDE IN THIS ONE.

IT ENDS UP BEING A POLITICAL

GAME.

PEOPLE ARE FRUSTRATED, BECAUSE

FROM THE OUTSIDE, THEY SAY WHY

CAN’T WE MAKE PROGRESS?

TODAY, WE WERE FRUSTRATED

BECAUSE WE BLOCKED OFF THIS

WEEKEND NEXT WEEK TO BE ABLE TO

OPEN UP THE BILL TO AMENDMENTS

AND CHANGES, AND ANYTHING THEY

WANTED TO BE ABLE TO DO, WHAT

THEY WANTED TO BE ABLE TO ADD TO

IT OR MAKE CHANGES ON, WE ARE

WELCOME TO DEBATED.

LET’S PUT IT ON THE FLOOR AND

DISCUSS IT.

THAT IS WHY WE BLOCKED OFF TWO

WEEKS.

BUT THEY SAID THEY DON’T EVEN

WANT TO DEBATE IT.

THAT IS FRUSTRATING, TO SAY

THERE WAS A LOT ON THE TABLE,

BODY CAMERAS AND EVERYTHING ELSE

WE HAVE AGREEMENT ON.

LET’S AT LEAST MOVE ON WHAT WE

CAN AGREE ON AND KEEP GOING.

JUDY: SENATOR, WHAT DO YOU SAY

TO AMERICANS LOOK AT — LOOKING

AT THIS AND SAYING WHERE DOES

THIS GO?

IS IT DEAD?

>> I HOPE IT IS NOT.

THERE WAS A MOVEMENT TO THE

NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION,

WHICH IS IMPORTANT.

THAT WAS SCHEDULED ORIGINALLY

THIS WEEKEND NEXT WEEK.

SPEAKER MCCONNELL MOVED THAT TO

THE END OF JULY, BUT SINCE THIS

FAILED, IT GOT MOVED BACK UP.

THAT MEANS THE NEXT TIME WE CAN

TAKE UP THIS BILL IS THE END OF

JULY.

OUR HOPE WAS TO HAVE THIS DONE

BY JULY 4.

THE HOUSE IS COMING BACK INTO

SESSION FOR A COUPLE DAYS AT THE

END OF THIS MONTH.

WE WERE HOPING TO BE ABLE TO GET

THIS OUT AND HAVE THE HOUSE

VERSION PASSED, CONFERENCE IT

BEFORE JULY 4.

WE THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

WANT PROGRESS ON THIS, AND THIS

WAS THE TIME TO DO IT BUT FOR

WHATEVER REASON, THE DEMOCRATS

ARE SAYING AS OF THE END OF THE

DAY TODAY, THEY WANT TO GO BACK

TO COMMITTEE AND HAVE MULTIPLE

HEARINGS AND THAT DELAYS THE

PROCESS SIGNIFICANTLY AGAIN.

NOT ONLY COULD WE NOT GET DEBATE

ON THE FLOOR TODAY, IF THEY WANT

TO GO BACK TO COMMITTEES, WE ARE

NOW INTO SEPTEMBER BEFORE THIS

CAN MOVE AGAIN.

THE HOPE IS, LET’S KEEP

EVERYBODY TALKING AND MOVING,

BUT WE CAN’T GET EVERYBODY AT

THE TABLE.

IF WE CAN SET THINGS ON THE

TABLE AND SAY, LET’S HAVE THAT

DIALOGUE.

JUDY: A FEW OTHER IMPORTANT

ISSUES, ONE IS THE SURGING

NUMBER OF COVID CASES AROUND THE

COUNTRY, ESPECIALLY IN THE SOUTH

AND SOUTHWEST.

WHERE DOES OKLAHOMA STAND RIGHT

NOW?

>> OUR CASES HAVE INCREASED

DRAMATICALLY IN ABOUT THE LAST

10 DAYS.

WE HAD ABOUT SEVEN OR EIGHT

WEEKS OF DECLINE EVERY WEEK.

WE WENT THROUGH PHASE 1, 2, 3,

CONTINUED TO SEE DECLINES, AND

THE LAST 10 DAYS, IT HAS POPPED

BACK UP.

I TALKED TO ONE OF THE

SCIENTISTS EARLY IN THE PROCESS

AND THEY SAID DEALING WITH A

VIRUS IS LIKE PUTTING BOTH HANDS

ON A HELIUM BALLOON AND HOLDING

IT DOWN.

IF YOU LET IT GO, IT IS GOING TO

RISE AGAIN.

UNTIL WE GET A VACCINE, WE ARE

GOING TO HAVE TO MANAGE THIS AS

MUCH AS WE CAN.

I THINK WE WILL HAVE PERIODS OF

REINFORCING TO PEOPLE, WEAR A

MASK, WASH YOUR HANDS, KEEP

PHYSICALLY DISTANCING.

WE HAVE TO KEEP PEOPLE WHO ARE

HIGH RISK AWAY.

IN OKLAHOMA, WE HAVE SEEN THE

NUMBERS RISE ESPECIALLY AMONG

THE YOUNG.

THE MORTALITY RATE HASN’T

INCREASED.

OUR HOSPITALIZATION HAS

INCREASED, BUT WE ARE STILL LESS

THAN 200 HOSPITALIZATIONS IN THE

ENTIRE STATE.

IT HASN’T BEEN A HUGE INCREASE

LIKE WHAT WE HAVE SEEN IN OTHER

STATES.

BUT WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO PASS

THE MESSAGE ON ESPECIALLY TO THE

YOUNG.

JUDY: YOU SAY PEOPLE SHOULD WEAR

A MASK BUT WHEN PRESIDENT TRUMP

A RALLY IN TULSA ON SATURDAY

NIGHT, WHICH YOU ATTENDED, MASK

WEARING WAS NOT REQUIRED.

ARE YOU OK WITH THAT?

>> MASK WEARING IS NOT REQUIRED

IN OUR STATE.

IT IS RECOMMENDED.

I DID WEAR A MASK SATURDAY

NIGHT.

I WAS AT THE RALLY.

THERE WERE QUITE A FEW FOLKS

THAT WERE AROUND WEARING MASKS

AT THE RALLY, BUT IT IS AN

OPTIONAL THING.

THEY WERE DISTRIBUTED TO

INDIVIDUALS AS THEY CAME IN SO

EVERY INDIVIDUAL WAS GIVEN THE

OPTION TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT.

THERE IS HAND SANITIZER,

TEMPERATURE CHECKS AS YOU CAME

IN SO THEY WERE TRYING TO

MONITOR IT.

THE STATE HAS 80 DIFFERENT

TESTING SITES AND THE WORD WAS

PUT OUT EARLY ON, IF YOU ARE

PLANNING ON ATTENDING THE RALLY,

YOU CAN STOP BY ANYONE OF THOSE

TESTING SITES AND GET A TEST

BEFORE YOU GO.

PEOPLE HAVE TO TAKE

RESPONSIBILITY.

JUDY: PRESIDENT TRUMP IN THE

LAST FEW DAYS HAS USED THE TERM

KUNG FLU TO RETURN — REFER TO

THE COVID VIRUS.

A LOT OF PEOPLE IS SAYING — ARE

SAYING THAT IS RACIST.

ARE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH HIS USE

OF THAT?

DO YOU USE THAT TERM?

>> I DON’T.

I DON’T SEE IT AS RACIST.

I SEE A LOT OF ISSUES IN THE

WORLD THAT ARE A LOT BIGGER THAN

WHAT TERM SOMEBODY USES TO

IDENTIFY THIS VIRUS.

THERE WAS A LOT OF IMPORTANT,

REALLY BIG ISSUES THAT WE SHOULD

DEAL WITH.

THAT I THINK IS A DISTRACTION.

JUDY: SENATOR JAMES LANKFORD OF

OKLAHOMA, WE THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU.

JUDY: AFTER THE PANDEMIC BROUGHT

SPRING-TRAINING TO A STOP

MID-MARCH, MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

HAS JUST ANNOUNCED THAT IT WILL

RESUME WITH A SHORTENED SEASON

NEXT MONTH.

AMNA: THAT’S RIGHT.

BASEBALL IS BACK, WITH A TWIST.

THE AGREEMENT WITH THE LEAGUE

COMES AFTER 40 PLAYERS AND STAFF

TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE

CORONAVIRUS IN RECENT DAYS.

HERE IS WHAT WE KNOW.

PLAYERS WILL REPORT TO SPRING

TRAINING ON JULY 1.

THE REGULAR SEASON WILL START ON

JULY 23 OR 24TH.

INSTEAD OF THE TYPICAL 162 GAME

SEASON, TEAMS WILL PLAY JUST 60

GAMES.

THE PROPOSED SCHEDULE INCLUDES

MOSTLY DIVISIONAL PLAY TO

MITIGATE TEAM TRAVEL.

BEYOND BASEBALL, OTHER LEAGUES

MADE MOVES TO GET BACK TO THE

GAME.

THE 2019-20 20 NBA SEASON WILL

RESTART JULY 30 IN ORLANDO,

FLORIDA.

THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE IS

MOVING FORWARD WITH A PLAN TO

RESTART ITS 2019-2020 SEASON.

QUALIFYING ROUNDS FOR THE

STANLEY CUP TOURNAMENT KICKOFF

JULY 30.

WE EXPLORE THE MANY CHANGES IN

THE WORLD OF SPORTS NOW WITH

JOHN.

HE IS A SPORTS WRITER AND AUTHOR

WHO FOLLOWS ALL OF THIS CLOSELY

AND HE JOINS US NOW.

WELCOME BACK TO THE NEWSHOUR.

LET’S TALK ABOUT BASEBALL.

THERE WAS A VERY PUBLIC VOLLEY

OF PROPOSALS AND BICKERING BACK

AND FORTH IN BASEBALL BETWEEN

THE PLAYERS AND THE LEAGUE.

WHAT WERE SOME OF THE MAIN

STICKING POINTS?

HOW FAR DOES THIS AGREEMENT GO

TO ADDRESS THOSE CONCERNS?

>> BASICALLY, THEY NEVER DID

AGREE.

THEY HAD A TENTATIVE AGREEMENT

IN PLACE ON MARCH 26.

THE OWNERS DECIDED THAT WASN’T

GOOD ENOUGH.

THEY WANTED THE PLAYERS TO TAKE

FURTHER CUTS IN THEIR SALARIES,

AND IT BECAME A VERY UGLY

NEGOTIATION ON BOTH SIDES, WHICH

FINALLY ENDED WITH MAJOR LEAGUE

BASEBALL COMMISSIONER ROBERT

MANFRED SAYING, WE ARE GOING TO

GO TO THE AGREEMENT OF MARCH 26

AND ONLY PLAY 60 GAMES.

THE PLAYERS PROPOSED AT ONE

POINT PLAYING 114 NAMES, THE

MORE GAMES THEY ARE, THE MORE

THEY GET PAID.

THE OWNERS WANTED FEWER GAMES SO

THEY COULD PAY THEM LESS.

IT IS A MAJOR ISSUE GOING

FORWARD BECAUSE THE CBA IS UP

AFTER NEXT SEASON, THE CUT —

BUT FOR RIGHT NOW BECAUSE THEY

BICKERED SO MUCH ABOUT THE

MONEY, THEY STILL HAVEN’T

COMPLETELY FIGURED OUT HOW THEY

ARE GOING TO DEAL WITH THE VIRUS

AND TESTING AND WHAT HAPPENS

WHEN PEOPLE TEST POSITIVE, WHICH

THEY ARE GOING TO, AND WHETHER

THEY WILL BE EVEN ABLE TO HAVE A

60 GAME SEASON, EVEN WITH EMPTY

STADIUMS.

AMNA: LET ME ASK YOU ABOUT

BASKETBALL.

THE WNBA WAS SUPPOSED TO START

IN MID-MAY.

THEY POSTPONED THE PLAN.

THE NBA IS MOVING FORWARD WITH A

RESTART.

FEWER TEAMS AT A SINGLE SITE.

THERE ARE CONCERNS FROM THE

PLAYERS NOT JUST ABOUT SAFETY,

BUT IF THEY GET BACK TO THE GAME

NOW, THEY ARE TAKING ATTENTION

AWAY FROM THE NATIONAL PROTESTS

AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY AND

SYSTEMIC RACISM.

WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THOSE

CONCERNS?

DO YOU SEE THE RESTART PLANS

MOVING FORWARD?

WHAT’S I THINK THE RESTART PLANS

WILL MOVE FORWARD.

THERE ARE SOME PLAYERS WHO HAVE

SAID THEY ARE GOING TO OPT OUT.

NATOSHA OF THE WORLD CHAMPION

WASHINGTON MYSTICS SAID SHE IS

NOT GOING TO PLAY BECAUSE SHE

WANTS TO BE INVOLVED IN WHAT IS

GOING ON CULTURALLY RIGHT NOW.

THERE ARE OTHER PLAYERS WHO HAVE

TALKED ABOUT THAT.

BUT THEY ARE GOING TO PLAY.

THEY ARE GOING TO PLAY IN ONE

PLACE.

THE NBA WILL BE AT DISNEY WORLD

IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA, WHICH IS

RIGHT NOW IN THE MIDDLE OF

ANOTHER OUTBREAK.

THE WOMEN ARE GOING TO PLAY IN

BRADENTON, FLORIDA.

THEY WILL HAVE SHORTENED

SEASONS, THE WNBA 22 GAMES.

THE NBA WAS A MOST 90% THROUGH

IT SEASON AND RATHER THAN SAY WE

WILL START WITH THE PLAYOFFS,

THEY ARE GOING TO BRING 22 TEAMS

INSTEAD OF 16 TO ORLANDO FOR ONE

REASON, AND THAT REASON IS THAT

ZION WILLIAMSON WOULD NOT HAVE

BEEN ON A TEAM THAT QUALIFIED

FOR THE PLAYOFFS.

THEY WANT HIM ON ESPN AS MANY

TIMES AS POSSIBLE.

THAT IS WHY WE WILL SEE THE END

OF THE REGULAR SEASON BEFORE WE

START THE PLAYOFFS.

AMNA: EVERY PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE

IS FIGURING THIS OUT AS THEY GO,

AS IS THE REST OF THE COUNTRY.

IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT WOMEN’S

SOCCER IS DOING, THEY ARE BACK

TO PLAYING.

MEN’S SOCCER SAYS THEY WILL

RESTART SOON.

HOCKEY, STILL VERY MUCH FIGURING

OUT, TAKING A MORE CONSERVATIVE

APPROACH.

THE REST OF THE COUNTRY HAS

CHANGED.

DO YOU SEE SPORTS IN THE U.S.

EVER BEING WHAT IT WAS?

>> THAT IS A QUESTION I DON’T

THINK ANY OF US CAN ANSWER.

WE DON’T KNOW HOW EXTENSIVE THIS

IS GOING TO BE.

WE ARE SEEING NOW IN A LOT OF

PLACES, THAT STATES OPENED UP

TOO SOON AND THE DISEASE IS

SPIKING AGAIN.

FLORIDA BEING ONE OF THOSE

STATES.

I THINK IT WILL TAKE A LONG

TIME.

IF THERE IS A FOOTBALL SEASON,

IT IS GOING TO BE WITH EMPTY

STANDS.

THE NFL MAKES SO MUCH MONEY OFF

TELEVISION, THEY CAN AFFORD TO

PLAY WITHOUT PAYING TICKET

HOLDERS.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL, DO YOU JUSTIFY

BRINGING STUDENTS TO PLAY, BACK

TO CAMPUS TO PLAY FOOTBALL IF

THE REST OF YOUR CAMPUS ISN’T

OPEN?

THAT IS A QUESTION THEY ARE

FACING RIGHT NOW, AND THAT IS A

$4 BILLION QUESTION BECAUSE THE

TV MONEY IS SO HUGE IN COLLEGE

FOOTBALL.

IT IS ONE OF THOSE DEALS WHERE,

IF SOMEBODY SAYS TO YOU THEY

KNOW THE ANSWERS, EITHER THEY

ARE A LOT SMARTER THAN ME OR

THEY ARE LYING.

TAKE YOUR PICK.

AMNA: A LOT WE STILL DON’T KNOW

AND A LOT OF SPORTS FANS OUT

THERE WAITING FOR THOSE ANSWERS.

AT THE SAME TIME, HOPING

EVERYONE STAYS SAFE.

JOHN, BACK WITH US TO TALK

SPORTS.

THANKS FOR BEING WITH US.

>> THANKS.

JUDY: AS THE PANDEMIC WEARS ON

AND PROTESTS OVER RACIAL

INEQUITY PICKUP, YOUNG PEOPLE

MAY BE LOOKING FOR BOOKS TO

LEARN MORE AND FIND SOME

DISTRACTION FROM THE TOUGH

REALITIES OF THE WORLD.

JEFFREY TALKS TO A LEADING

WRITER AND ADVOCATE FOR YOUNG

PEOPLE’S LITERATURE ABOUT HOW

SUMMER READING LISTS MAY REFLECT

THE TIMES.

THE CONVERSATION IS PART OF OUR

ONGOING ARTS AND CULTURE SERIES,

CANVAS.

>> AS THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

AMBASSADOR FOR YOUNG PEOPLE’S

LITERATURE, HE 60 JASON REYNOLDS

IS USED TO SHARING HIS PASSION

FOR READING AND WRITING.

>> THESE DAYS WE LOOK ON THE

INTERNET FOR THE USE TYPES OF

THINGS BUT THIS IS THE GREATEST

THING EVER.

>> THIS IS ONE OF THE REGULAR

TALKS HE DOES ON SOCIAL MEDIA

FOR HIS RIGHT RIGHT RIGHT

PROJECT.

IN A NORMAL NONPANDEMIC TIME, HE

MEETS WITH STUDENTS AROUND THE

COUNTRY.

HE IS THE AUTHOR OF 13 BOOKS FOR

YOUNG PEOPLE THAT HAVE SOLD MORE

THAN 2.5 MILLION COPIES.

HIS MOST RECENT WAS A NATIONAL

BOOK AWARD FINALIST.

HE HAS RECENTLY COWRITTEN AN

ADAPTATION FOR YOUNG READERS OF

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNING

HISTORY.

I SPOKE WITH JASON RECENTLY AT

HIS WASHINGTON, D.C. HOME AND

BEGAN BY ASKING WHAT HE LOOKS

FOR IN BOOKS TO UNDERSTAND THE

WORLD.

IN THESE UNUSUAL AND DIFFICULT

TIMES.

>> I’M ALWAYS SEARCHING FOR

HUMAN STORIES.

I THINK ULTIMATELY, HUMAN BEINGS

ARE HUMAN BEINGS’GREATEST

INSPIRATIONS AND INFLUENCES.

RIGHT NOW WE ARE INUNDATED WITH

BRILLIANT PIECES OF NONFICTION,

WHETHER IT BE ACADEMIC TOMES OR

ESSAYS. THAT IS IMPORTANT, BUT

FOR ME, I AM SEEKING EMPATHY,

I’M SEEKING SOMETHING TO ATTACH

ITSELF TO THE CHEMICAL NATURE OF

WHO I AM AND CHANGE ME AS A

PERSON.

THE BEST WAY TO DO THAT FOR ME

IS THROUGH FICTION.

>> THINK ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE

SEEING THE DEATH OF GEORGE

FLOYD, THE PROTESTS GOING ON,

ALL OF THE WORLD EXPLODING

AROUND THEM.

WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND?

>> THERE IS A BOOK CALLED “BLACK

IMAGINATION” BY A WOMAN NAMED

NATASHA.

IT IS NOT TECHNICALLY A BOOK FOR

YOUNG PEOPLE, BUT I THINK YOUNG

PEOPLE COULD GAIN A LOT FROM IT.

IT IS A COLLECTION OF NOTES AND

MOMENTS BY PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT

FAMOUS, SAYING HOW THEY FEEL

ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS TO BE BLACK

AND THE BEAUTY OF BLACKNESS.

THERE IS A COLLECTION OF SHORT

STORIES THAT I LOVE AND I’M

HONORED TO BE A PART OF CALLED

“BLACK ENOUGH.”

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS

WE CAN DO RIGHT NOW IS HUMANIZE

BLACKNESS AND HUMANIZE CULTURE.

RIGHT NOW, PEOPLE ARE LOOKING AT

BLACK PEOPLE AS SORT OF PETRI

DISH SPECIMENS BUT WE ARE HUMAN

BEINGS LIVING NORMAL LIVES, AND

THAT BOOK SHINES A LIGHT ON

THAT.

I THINK “HONEY I LOVE” BY ELOISE

GREENFIELD, THIS IS FOR LITTLE

KIDS.

IT MIGHT BE ONE OF THE BEST

PICTURE BOOKS, COLLECTION OF

POEMS FOR LITTLE KIDS.

IT IS THE BEST.

THE ILLUSTRATIONS ARE BEAUTIFUL.

>> WHAT ABOUT THE PANDEMIC,

WHICH IS STILL WITH US?

IT HAS UPROOTED YOUNG PEOPLE’S

LIVES.

>> THERE IS A BOOK CALLED “DRY.”

I WAS THINKING ABOUT WHAT I

WOULD WANT YOUNG PEOPLE TO READ

DURING THE PANDEMIC AND THERE

ARE LOTS OF BOOKS SPECIFICALLY,

THAT I KNOW OF, ABOUT PANDEMICS

FOR PEOPLE BUT THIS IS AN

INTERESTING STORY BECAUSE IT IS

ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE

NATURAL WORLD TURNS ITS BACK,

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE ACTUALLY

START TO USE UP THE RESOURCES

AND ALL OF A SUDDEN, THERE IS NO

MORE WATER.

WHAT HAPPENS TO US AS PEOPLE?

WHERE DO WE GO?

WHAT KIND OF NATURE COMES OUT OF

US?

WHO WE BECOME WHEN WE HAVE TO

FIGHT FOR NATURAL RESOURCES?

LOTS OF US ARE AGAINST THAT

RIGHT NOW BECAUSE THE PANDEMIC

FORCED US TO BE UP AGAINST IT.

I WOULD SUGGEST THAT I WOULD

ALSO SUGGEST A COLLECTION OF

POEMS BY A BRILLIANT POET, “DEAF

REPUBLIC.” THIS ISN’T

CATEGORIZED FOR YOUNG PEOPLE BUT

I THINK YOUNG PEOPLE CAN GRAPPLE

WITH THESE POEMS.

THEY ARE ADDRESSING WHAT HAPPENS

IN A WORLD WHEN NO ONE CAN HEAR.

FOR A LOT OF US, THIS IS WHAT IT

FEELS LIKE.

>> WE ARE COMING INTO SUMMER,

THE TIME WE THINK OF USUALLY AS

ESCAPE READING.

I WONDER IF YOU CAN EVEN THINK

ABOUT ESCAPING BECAUSE OF THE

HEAVY THINGS WE HAVE BEEN

TALKING ABOUT.

>> THERE ARE BOOKS THAT ARE

ABOUT ESCAPE THAT YOU CAN LOOK

TO, BOOKS LIKE LAMAR GILES’ “THE

LAST LAST DAY OF SUMMER,” ABOUT

KIDS SPENDING THE SUMMER IN

VIRGINIA THAT GO ON A WHODUNIT

MAGICAL FANTASY.

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE CREATE

OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO

ESCAPE INTO WORLDS THAT ARE NOT

LIKE THEIR OWN.

I THINK THERE ARE WAYS WE CAN

HAVE SUMMER ESCAPE BOOKS,

ESCAPIST BOOKS THAT ALSO BUMP UP

AGAINST OUR REALITY.

THERE ARE BOOKS LIKE “A SONG

BELOW WATER.” THIS IS A FANTASY

NOVEL BECAUSE I DON’T THINK WE

TALK ENOUGH ABOUT FANTASY AND

SCI-FI, I THINK WE LIVE IN A

WORLD THAT IS TOUCHING FANTASTIC

ELEMENTS AND SORT OF THE FUTURE

OF SCI-FI AND WHAT THE WORLD

LOOKS LIKE AT THIS IT CHANGES —

AS IT CHANGES.

THIS IS ABOUT SIRENS, THE IDEA

OF THE SIREN’S SONG AND YOUNG

WOMEN USE THE SIREN’S SONG AND

HOW THEY USE IT TO CHANGE THEIR

COMMUNITY.

IT IS BEAUTIFUL AND BRILLIANT.

LASTLY, THIS ISN’T A BOOK THAT

IS GOING TO CATAPULT YOU INTO

SOME OTHER WORLD, BUT IT IS A

BOOK THAT I THINK IS AN

IMPORTANT READ JUST BECAUSE IT

IS ABOUT LOVE AND FAMILY AND

STRUGGLE AND RECONCILIATION.

WHO DOESN’T WANT TO READ ABOUT

THAT?

>> SOME READING FOR OUR TIME FOR

YOUNG PEOPLE AND ALL OF US.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

JUDY: WE WANT TO TONIGHT —

CLOSE TONIGHT MEMBER IN ONE OF

OUR OWN, MET THE HEART OF THE

NEWSHOUR FAMILY.

— A MAN AT THE HEART OF THE

NEWSHOUR FAMILY.

FEW PEOPLE HAVE HAD AS MUCH OF

AN INFLUENCE ON THE NEWSHOUR AS

LESS CRYSTAL — LES CRYSTAL.

HE CAME TO US AFTER A CAREER AT

NBC WHERE HE SERVED AS EXECUTIVE

PRODUCER OF THE NIGHTLY NEWS.

THEN, PRESIDENT OF NBC NEWS.

HE JOINED JIM LEHRER IN 1983 TO

EXPAND THE HALF-HOUR REPORT INTO

THE MCNEIL LETTER NEWSHOUR.

THE FIRST NATIONAL NIGHTLY NEWS

CAST DO SO.

>> THE HALF-HOUR HAD BEEN VERY

SUCCESSFUL.

BUT I THINK THE APPETITE IS

THERE TO YOU MORE — DO MORE

THAN JUST A SINGLE SUBJECT.

>> THE SHOW WON A PEABODY AND

ENEMIES.

— AND EMMYS. AS EXECUTIVE

PRODUCER OF THE SHOW, HE GUIDED

GENERATIONS OF JOURNALISTS TO

TELL THE MOST IMPORTANT STORIES.

HE WAS DRIVEN TO GET TO THE

TRUTH, AND TELL STORIES FROM

ACROSS THE GLOBE WERE OFTEN

IGNORED.

TO US, HE WAS A GREAT BOSS,

SMART, KIND, AND GENEROUS WITH

HIS WISDOM AND TIME.

LINDA WINSLOW WAS THE SHOWS JET

— DEPUTY EXECUTIVE PRODUCER.

SHE SUCCEEDED LES AS EXECUTIVE

PRODUCER.

>> HE HAD AN AMAZING ABILITY TO

RELATE TO OTHER PEOPLE AS HUMAN

BEINGS, NOT AS WHATEVER THEIR

JOB DESCRIPTION SAID THEY WERE.

THE ENTIRE NEWSHOUR STAFF WAS

ONE BIG EXTENDED FAMILY AS FAR

AS HE WAS CONCERNED.

HE SHARED OUR JOYS, HE ATTENDED

OUR WEDDINGS, HE MADE OUR BABIES

SMILE.

AND HE MOURNED OUR LOSSES.

HE WAS, IN A WORLD — IN A

WORLD, A REAL MENSCH.

JUDY: A LOVING HUSBAND, FATHER,

AND GRANDFATHER, LES HELPED

CREATE THE NEWSHOUR FAMILY.

TOGETHER WITH JIM AND ROBIN,

THEY INSTILL THE PASSION THAT

REMAINS THE CORE OF THE PROGRAM.

>> LES WAS A JOURNALIST, A

LEADER, AND A DECENT HUMAN BEING

WHO TOOK ME UNDER HIS WING AS A

MENTOR AND A COLLEAGUE AND FOR

MANY YEARS AS HIS FRIEND.

>> HOW WOULD I DESCRIBE HIM?

SWEET, CALM, SUPPORTIVE,

DETERMINED.

LES EXPECTED THE BEST FROM US

AND BECAUSE OF HIS OWN KINDNESS

AND SKILL, WE WANTED TO GIVE HIM

THE BEST.

JUDY: HE WAS THE CONSUMMATE

EDITOR.

>> HE WAS INFURIATINGLY

SCRUPULOUS, PORING OVER SCRIPTS

LIKE A MEDIEVAL SCRIBE.

HE COULD BE IN THE MIDDLE OF

FIVE CONVERSATIONS AND HE WOULD

TAKE YOURS ANTI— AND YOURS WAS

THE ONLY CALL IN THE WORLD.

WHO LOVES THEIR BOSS?

I’M NOT EXAGGERATING, IN THE

CASE OF LES CRYSTAL, EVERYBODY

DID.

JUDY: HIS DEMEANOR DEFINED HIS

LEADERSHIP STYLE.

>> IT IS HARD TO SEPARATE THE

PROFESSIONAL LES FROM THE

PERSONAL, BECAUSE HE WAS ALWAYS

CALM.

HE WAS A ROCK OF STABILITY,

WHETHER IT WAS A STRESSFUL TIME

WHEN WE WERE IN A WAR ZONE AND

HE WAS GIVING US INSTRUCTIONS,

OR WE WERE JUST SITTING AND

CHATTING, HE WAS ALWAYS THE

SAME, STRONG, ROCK OF STABILITY,

AND JUST WONDERFUL.

JUDY: WHEN HE STEPPED DOWN AS

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, HE TOOK ON

THE ROLE OF PRESIDENT OF

PRODUCTION.

IN THIS JOB AND EVEN AFTER

OFFICIALLY RETIRING, HE DEVOTED

HIS LIFE TO ENSURING THE

FINANCIAL BACKBONE TO KEEP THE

NEWSHOUR STRONG.

HE WAS A DEAR FRIEND TO ME AND

EVERYONE HE TOUCHED AT THE

NEWSHOUR.

LES CRYSTAL DIED AFTER A LONG

STRUGGLE WITH BRAIN CANCER, AND

THEN PNEUMONIA.

HE WAS 85 YEARS OLD.

IT IS HARD TO SAY GOODBYE TO

HIM.

WE ARE OVERWHELMED WITH MEMORIES

TODAY.

TO HIS WIFE AND THREE CHILDREN,

AND HIS GRANDCHILDREN, WE SEND

OUR LOVE.

THE NEWSHOUR WOULDN’T HAVE

BECOME THE NEWSHOUR WITHOUT LES

CRYSTAL.

I’M JUDY WOODRUFF.

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EVENING.

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