JUDY WOODRUFF: In the day’s other news: The
U.S. Senate returned to work, waiting to begin the impeachment trial of President Trump. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is now expected
to transmit the articles of impeachment this week. She had held out, as Democrats pressed
Senate Republicans to call witnesses. Today, party leaders in the Senate stuck to their
positions. SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY): The Senate was
never going to pre-commit ourselves to redoing the prosecutors’ homework for them, and we
were never going to allow the speaker of the House to dictate Senate proceedings to senators. SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): When Leader McConnell
talks about precedent, he’s talking about witnesses, plain and simple. So the Democratic
request for four fact witnesses and three specific sets of relevant documents is very
much in line with our history. JUDY WOODRUFF: We will look ahead to the impending
trial after the news summary. New Jersey Senator Cory Booker suspended his
campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination today. He said he could not raise the funds
to continue. Booker’s exit leaves a dozen Democrats still
running. China is condemning Taiwanese separatists,
after pro-independence President Tsai Ing-wen won a landslide reelection on Saturday. Beijing’s
top diplomat said today that the separatists will — quote — “leave a stink for 10,000
years.” China claims Taiwan as a maverick province. In Australia, wildfire conditions eased somewhat,
after a weekend of extreme winds and heat. Drone video showed charred bushland destroyed
homes and the empty husks of cars in Victoria state. And the wildfire death toll reached
28. A volcano in the Philippines began spewing
lava today, forcing thousands of people from their homes. The Taal volcano is erupting
about 40 miles south of Manila, the capital. Jane Deith of Independent Television News
narrates our report. JANE DEITH: Taal is one of the Philippines’
smallest, but most explosive volcanoes. It sits on an island in a lake created by a bigger
volcano. The ash has risen so high, it’s created its own weather, including lightning. And this morning, the first lava went up,
leading scientists to warn there could be an explosive eruption within the next few
hours or days. People have been leaving an eight-mile-danger
zone, families, with babies in arms, and bleary-eyed children, most of them heading for Manila,
45 miles away. MAN (through translator): We’re evacuating.
We have left all of our belongings. MAN (through translator): When the volcano
emitted steam, we ran away. The road was crowded. Thick ash and pebbles were falling. JANE DEITH: Morning revealed ashen countryside,
homes blanketed by dust. There are fears of toxic gas and, if there should be an explosive
mix of magma and water, the volcano could rain down shards of glass. Around 16,000 people have been evacuated so
far. The president has promised to visit the area tomorrow. The fear is, these are the
first signs of a violent eruption, like that in 1965. Then, the Taal volcano killed hundreds.
They died as they slept. This time, the authorities want to get everyone
to a safe distance, from which to watch and wait. JUDY WOODRUFF: That report from Jane Deith
of Independent Television News. At least 54 people are dead across Afghanistan
and Pakistan after winter storms brought heavy snow and flash floods. Southwestern Baluchistan
province in Pakistan was hardest hit, when snow closed roads and collapsed roofs. Authorities
in both countries struggled today to clear roads and move people to safety. Back in this country, recovery efforts are
under way after severe weather swept the Midwest and the South, killing 11 people. Roads, cars
and homes in Southeastern Oklahoma were nearly submerged by flooding rain. And tornadoes
leveled homes in Alabama and South Carolina. Meanwhile, the East had record January heat.
It was 72 degrees in Boston on Sunday. Twenty-one Saudi Arabian military trainees
in the U.S. are being sent home after last month’s shooting at a Navy base in Pensacola,
Florida. Another Saudi student killed three people before being killed himself. The FBI
reported today that none of the others knew of the attack in advance, but many had contact
with child pornography and jihadist material. U.S. Attorney General William Barr presented
the findings at a news conference in Washington. WILLIAM BARR, U.S. Attorney General: This
was an act of terrorism. The evidence shows that the shooter was motivated by jihadist
ideology. During the course of the investigation, we
learned that the shooter posted a message on September 11 of this year stating, “The
countdown has begun.” JUDY WOODRUFF: Barr says the Saudis cooperated
fully with the investigation. Major League Baseball’s Houston Astros fired
their manager and general manager today in a cheating scandal. That came after the league
suspended both men for all of next season. It found that the Astros stole signs opposing
catchers make to pitchers in 2017, when they won the World Series and again in 2018. We will get the details later in the program. In economic news, the United States has stopped
officially branding China as a currency manipulator. The Trump administration announced the step
today ahead of signing a trade deal with China on Wednesday. And on Wall Street today, the Dow Jones industrial
average gained 83 points to close at 28907. The Nasdaq rose 95 points. And the S&P 500
was up 22. Still to come on the “NewsHour”: Republicans
and Democrats prepare their strategies ahead of the Senate impeachment trial; our Politics
Monday team breaks down a busy weekend on the campaign trail; Queen Elizabeth looks
for ways to accommodate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they step back from royal duties;
and much more.