News Wrap: Facebook to tighten rules around political advertising


JUDY WOODRUFF: The storm dubbed Dorian is
a full-fledged hurricane tonight. It struck the U.S. Virgin Islands and passed
Puerto Rico with sustained winds at 80 miles an hour, as it headed for the U.S. mainland. Winds could reach 115 miles an hour when the
storm lands, anywhere from seven South Florida to South Carolina, by Sunday or Monday. We will get a report from the Caribbean after
the news summary. The White House today defended plans to shift
money from hurricane response to immigration enforcement. The move takes $155 million from FEMA, the
Federal Emergency Management Agency. Vice President Pence’s chief of staff, Marc
Short, spoke outside the White House. MARC SHORT, Chief Of Staff to Vice President
Mike Pence: I don’t think there’s a perception that that hurricane relief funding prevents
hurricanes. I think there’s clarity in our administration
what the different pots of resources are for. I will tell you that other administrations
have reprogrammed dollars before. And I think the president and the administration
are proud of our record in responding to hurricanes. JUDY WOODRUFF: Short also denied reports that
President Trump promised to pardon officials if they break the law to build a border wall
faster. The administration did serve notice today
that some children of U.S. military and government employees will no longer gain automatic citizenship
if they are born overseas. The change applies to those born to unmarried
parents deployed abroad when only one parent is an American citizen. It takes effect October 29. New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is dropping
out of the Democratic presidential race. She confirmed her plans late today. Gillibrand championed women’s rights and family
issues, but she failed to do well in polls and didn’t qualify for the next round of debates. We will talk about those debates later in
the program. In Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has
made his boldest move yet to deliver Brexit, even if there is no deal with the European
Union. He won the queen’s permission today to suspend
Parliament before the October 31st deadline for quitting the E.U. The change gives opponents less time to block
Brexit from taking place without a formal agreement. We will take a closer look at also later in
the program. Union members rallied in Hong Kong today over
the firing of airline employees linked to pro-democracy protests. Cathay Pacific Airways has dismissed 20 pilots
and cabin crew in the past two weeks. Hundreds of protesters against the firings
filled a square in the Chinese-ruled city. They carried signs and demanded an end to
political retaliation. REBECCA SY, Former Chair, Hong Kong Dragon
Airlines Flight Attendants Association (through translator): Where’s the freedom of speech
or of democracy or even is it — Hong Kong — just like said, is Hong Kong really dying
or is already dead? It’s very — it’s pathetic. JUDY WOODRUFF: Cathay Pacific insisted it
has to comply with mainland China’s ban on any flights with crew members who were involved
in the Hong Kong protests. Back in this country, Republican Senator Johnny
Isakson of Georgia announced that he’s resigning at the end of the year. Isakson is 74 and is midway through his third
term in the Senate. He cited growing health problems, including
Parkinson’s disease. Georgia Republicans will now have two Senate
seats to defend in 2020. Facebook says it plans to enforce stricter
rules on political advertising ahead of the 2020 elections. The company said today that advertisers must
prove that they represent a legitimate organization and are based in the U.S. The changes tighten procedures initially announced
in 2017. All of this follows revelations that Russians
paid for thousands of fake political ads in the 2016 election. Apple apologized today for letting outside
contractors listen to users talking with digital assistant Siri. The iPhone maker said that, from now on, only
its own employees will listen to recorded snippets of the conversations for quality
control. Facebook, Google and others have acknowledged
that they, too, have reviewed audio of users talking to their digital assistants. On Wall Street today, financial and energy
stocks led the broader market higher. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 258
points to close at 26036. The Nasdaq rose nearly 30 points, and the
S&P 500 added 18. And more than 20,000 people drenched themselves
in red today at the annual tomato-tossing brawl in Bunol, Spain. Revelers hurled 145 tons of over-ripe tomatoes
at each other, covering streets with a sea of red pulp. The Tomatina festival began with battle among
children in 1945. So, still to come on the “NewsHour”: Hurricane
Dorian gains strength over the Caribbean; the trade war comes home — farmers and retailers
feel the fallout of the president’s policies; crisis in the United Kingdom — why the British
prime minister is suspending Parliament over Brexit; the Democratic Party comes under fire
for its handling of how candidates make it to the debates; and much more.

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