News Wrap: Virginia becomes 38th state to ratify Equal Rights Amendment

JUDY WOODRUFF: In the day’s other news: President Trump signed phase one of a long-awaited trade agreement with China. Beijing pledged to increase its purchases of U.S. farm products and other goods. But U.S. tariffs on $360 billion in Chinese imports will remain in place for now, as the trade negotiations enter their second phase. […]

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With Virginia ratification, where does the Equal Rights Amendment go from here?

JUDY WOODRUFF: This year marks the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in this country. People may not know it, but the fight to instill equal rights regardless of sex in our U.S. Constitution is nearly as old. That fight became a big part of the national conversation in the 1970s. Yesterday, […]

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Barrasso: Senate GOP can ‘absolutely’ remain impartial while coordinating with White House

JUDY WOODRUFF: Returning to our top story, impeachment, the Senate will begin looking at the House’s case against the president this week. But questions still remain about what that trial will look like. Lisa Desjardins is back with more details. LISA DESJARDINS: Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have been arguing over whether or not […]

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News Wrap: Erupting volcano in the Philippines forces residents from their homes

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 […]

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Mississippi inmate deaths expose a corrections system in crisis

AMNA NAWAZ: Within just one week, in prisons across Mississippi, five inmates have died at the hands of other prisoners. The killings have highlighted a system with serious problems, even beyond just this brutal violence. William Brangham has more. WILLIAM BRANGHAM: That’s right, Amna. Those deaths were just the tip of the iceberg. From staffing […]

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‘Circe’ author Madeline Miller answers your questions

NICK SCHIFRIN: Next, Jeffrey Brown has the December selection for our Now Read This book club. JEFFREY BROWN: She was a relatively minor character in one of world literature’s earliest and greatest epics, “The Odyssey,” but in a novel published in 2018, Circe is at the center of story, telling her own tale of sorcery […]

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Why Iraq’s government has been unable to find a new prime minister

AMNA NAWAZ: In Iraq, months-long protests in major cities led to the resignation of one prime minister, bowing to demands for reform. But political leaders have been unable to name a replacement, leaving protesters as animated as ever. “NewsHour” correspondent Lisa Desjardins takes a closer look at how the protests have led to the current […]

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Behind the troubling rise of uninsured American kids

JUDY WOODRUFF: More than a million children have fallen off public health insurance programs since December 2017. For some of those children, their parents may have new jobs that come with health coverage. But researchers also see a troubling rise in uninsured children and say the Trump administration’s efforts to vet families is a big […]

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As the year concludes, 2020 Democrats look to Iowa and beyond

JUDY WOODRUFF: In the final days of 2019, the Democratic presidential candidates hit the campaign trail, hoping to head into the new year with new momentum from last week’s debate, before voting begins, just six weeks away. REP. ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ (D-NY): Senator Bernie Sanders. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) JUDY WOODRUFF: The crowded field crisscrossing the country. […]

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Americans are drowning in medical debt, so this nonprofit is buying — and forgiving — it

JUDY WOODRUFF: And on another health care story, Congress is still trying to work out a compromise on a different pocketbook issue, eliminating surprise medical bills. The problem can drive many people into deep debt. Our economics correspondent, Paul Solman, has a report on that debt and a unique effort to help people in need. […]

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