Summary of PBS NewsHour full episode, October 13, 2022

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On October 13, 2022, the PBS NewsHour aired a full episode discussing the House Select Committee's investigation into the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The committee had subpoenaed former President Donald Trump to question him about his actions leading up to the attack, but he had not yet agreed to testify. The episode also covered the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's hearing on the same topic, which focused on the threats to democracy posed by President Trump and his associates.

  • 00:00:00 The House Select Committee investigating the events on January 6 voted to subpoena former President Donald Trump. The move is likely the last major action from the panel before the upcoming midterm elections. The committee's aim is to question the former president about his actions leading up to the attack on the U.S. Capitol two years ago. The move will also likely set off a new court battle.
  • 00:05:00 The PBS NewsHour aired a full episode on October 13, 2022, discussing the committee's investigation into the January 6 attack that injured House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The committee subpoenaed the Secret Service and obtained thousands of documents that revealed that the Secret Service knew months in advance about a planned attack by the Proud Boys.
  • 00:10:00 The hearing focused on evidence of obstruction of justice by President Trump and his associates. Former Justice Department official Mary McCord said that if the president testifies, he risks perjury and legal trouble. Jamil Jaffer, a law professor at George Mason University, said that if people around the president are making phone calls to prevent him from testifying, that could be obstruction of justice.
  • 00:15:00 On October 13, 2022, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence held its ninth hearing on the events surrounding the January 6, 2020, presidential inauguration, which saw violence and vandalism committed in response to alleged election fraud. The hearing focused on the threats to democracy posed by President Donald Trump and his associates, and the committee's efforts to hold them accountable. The day's other news included the U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to appoint an independent arbiter to examine classified White House documents and the Florida jury's decision to spare Parkland school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz from the death penalty.
  • 00:20:00 The death penalty was imposed on a man for the murder and killing of 17 people. Inflation increased sharply in September, meaning Social Security recipients will get their biggest cost of living adjustment in 40 years. Israeli police fired stun grenades, tear gas, and live rounds after Palestinian protesters threw stones and fireworks in East Jerusalem. Major street confrontations erupted across East Jerusalem overnight, with Israeli police firing stun grenades, tear gas, and live rounds. The trouble started after a suspected Palestinian gunman killed an Israeli soldier this week.
  • 00:25:00 The three jurors who said that the mitigating factor of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, which was presented by the defense, outweighed the aggravating factors present voted for a life sentence for the shooter, instead of the death penalty. The sentencing was put off until November 1, and the judge has no discretion in imposing the sentence.
  • 00:30:00 Inflation is still above 8 percent, and it's at a 40-year high, with prices rising for housing, medical care, new cars, air travel, and more. Economist Diane Swonk is here to look at what's behind this persistent inflation.
  • 00:35:00 Today's cost of living adjustment will increase the average income of Social Security recipients by $1,700 per year. This comes as Medicare premiums dip just a bit too, and will help to chip away at the rise in rents experienced by many seniors.
  • 00:40:00 The Biden administration announced a plan late yesterday to provide a legal pathway into the country for more than 20,000 Venezuelan migrants, but simultaneously send thousands of others who enter the U.S. illegally back to Mexico. The new humanitarian parole program is much more narrow than the Ukrainian program enacted earlier this year, and Venezuelans will not be eligible for it if they have been removed from the U.S. in the past 5 years or have crossed the border illegally in the past year.
  • 00:45:00 The 2022 U.S. Senate election in Wisconsin is critical to determining the balance of power in the chamber. Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes, a Democrat, is trying to unseat Republican incumbent Ron Johnson. The two candidates face off in their second debate tonight. Barry Burden, a political science professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, says interest in the race is not necessarily about enthusiasm for either candidate, but more about fear of the other side winning.
  • 00:50:00 In this week's episode of PBS NewsHour, reporter Judy Woodruff interviews Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson and Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes about their campaigns. Johnson attacks Barnes for his record on crime, and Barnes responds by saying Johnson is afraid to talk about crime. Johnson's campaign did not respond to requests for an interview or information about his public schedule. Meanwhile, abortion has become a central issue in the race, with Barnes saying Johnson will hurt people if he is elected to the Senate. Johnson's supporters say inflation is due to overspending and say they still try to keep their friendship above politics.
  • 00:55:00 The "NewsHour" covers the news of the day.

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