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  • JUDY WOODRUFF: Good evening.

  • I'm Judy Woodruff.

  • On the "NewsHour" tonight: The counting continues.

  • Poll workers tally away, as critical House and Senate races that will decide control

  • of Congress remain undecided.

  • Then: the climate crisis.

  • At a gathering of world leaders, President Biden announces new efforts to cut methane

  • emissions, as vulnerable low-income nations demand more aid.

  • SALEEMUL HUQ, Director, International Center For Climate Change and Development: The developing

  • countries have really been suffering from the impacts of climate change and feel that

  • the developed world, in particular, has not been doing enough to reduce their emissions.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF: And it's Friday.

  • David Brooks and Jonathan Capehart weigh in on the red wave that failed to materialize

  • and what it portends for former President Trump's role in the Republican Party.

  • All that and more on tonight's "PBS NewsHour."

  • (BREAK)

  • JUDY WOODRUFF: Close key races in the U.S. House of Representatives and in the Senate

  • remain uncalled tonight, as election workers continue their count through the Veterans

  • Day holiday today.

  • Lisa Desjardins and Amna Nawaz have our update on where things stand.

  • AMNA NAWAZ: That's right, Judy.

  • We here at "NewsHour" are relying on the Associated Press to make those calls before we report

  • them.

  • But we have had a few more filled in over the last day.

  • LISA DESJARDINS: Right.

  • AMNA NAWAZ: Let's take a look at where the balance of power stands in the House of Representatives.

  • LISA DESJARDINS: Here we are; 211 of the seats called are going to Republicans at this time,

  • 194 for Democrats.

  • And here's everybody in between.

  • Amna, I'm still watching about 23 seats.

  • I will say, just in the last day, there's only been three or four races that have been

  • called.

  • It is slow.

  • And half of those races, Amna, are in two states, California and Nevada.

  • AMNA NAWAZ: Let's take a closer look at some of those key races that could help fill in

  • the rest of that balance of power.

  • Let's go to Nevada first.

  • LISA DESJARDINS: This is sort of one of our weather checks here in Nevada.

  • Susie Lee is gaining more points.

  • This is a Democrat here.

  • And it looks like she's doing better there in Las Vegas, but Clark County still has some

  • ballots remaining.

  • Let's move on to the next race, some races we haven't talked about as much.

  • Here we go in California, House District 13.

  • This is a seat Republican John Duarte is up ahead.

  • He is a pistachio and almond farmer up against Democrat Adam Gray, whose family runs a dairy

  • farm supply business.

  • This is a battle of farmers right now, the Republican just a little bit ahead.

  • Another race I want to look at here in California, this is a Republican incumbent, Ken Calvert.

  • Right now, it looks like he is just ahead by 1,100 points.

  • This is Laura Barron-Lopez territory.

  • This is where she is from.

  • But, look, it's only 53 percent of the vote.

  • If the Democrat, Will Rollins, former prosecutor who said he's running because of January 6,

  • by the way, if he's able to make up this distance, this is one of those races that allows the

  • Democrats still the remote possibility of taking -- keeping control of the House.

  • It's a long shot.

  • This race would have to flip, right now, the Republican winning.

  • One more race to look at where Democrats are doing well, this is Washington state.

  • This is Jaime Herrera Beutler, the Republican's former seat.

  • She was beat out in the primary by Joe Kent.

  • He is someone who is an election generic.

  • He's a former Army Ranger.

  • His wife was killed by an ISIS terrorism bomb.

  • He has blamed the establishment for that.

  • But he has run on a platform of denying the election and January 6 itself.

  • This is Marie Gluesenkamp Perez.

  • She's an auto body shop mechanic and owner.

  • She's winning.

  • This is a surprise for a lot of Democrats, but we still have 30 percent of the vote left

  • in that race to go there.

  • AMNA NAWAZ: Still a ways to go there.

  • Also, we should note, a ways to go in a few key statewide races in a few states you have

  • been keeping track of.

  • Where are those ballots that are still being counted?

  • LISA DESJARDINS: Let's run through these key states.

  • Clark County, Nevada, 50,000 mail ballots still out.

  • We expect an update tonight.

  • Los Angeles County, California, oh, just 800,083 ballots left.

  • AMNA NAWAZ: That's it?

  • LISA DESJARDINS: Mostly mail ballots there.

  • Maricopa County, Arizona, 400,000 ballots, an update expected tonight.

  • Now, how much of an update will we get with these races?

  • We don't know.

  • Will we know the fate of the House of Representatives tonight, tomorrow, Sunday?

  • We don't know.

  • It could be a few more days still.

  • Or we will see.

  • AMNA NAWAZ: The counting continues.

  • This is the process.

  • Patience is key.

  • LISA DESJARDINS: Yes.

  • Patience, everyone.

  • AMNA NAWAZ: Lisa Desjardins, thank you so much.

  • LISA DESJARDINS: You're welcome.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF: In the day's other news: President Biden called on world leaders to take decisive

  • steps against the climate crisis in his opening address at the COP 27 conference in Sharm

  • el-Sheikh, Egypt.

  • He also pledged that the U.S., one of the world's biggest polluters, would meet its

  • target for reducing emissions by 2030.

  • We will have more on this after the new summary.

  • Ukrainian forces swept into the southern city of Kherson today, dealing a major blow to

  • Moscow's war effort.

  • The liberation came after Russia completed its retreat from the region.

  • In the city center, crowds cheered and waved flags as they greeted the incoming Ukrainian

  • troops after months of Russian occupation.

  • YURII NEVOLCHUK, Kherson Resident (through translator): I'm just excited, excited.

  • We knew this day would come that our boys would liberate us.

  • We're very grateful to them.

  • These were nine months of horror.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF: Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called the day historic and said

  • that his first focus was to de-mine the region.

  • Tropical Storm Nicole has now weakened to a depression, dumping heavy rain from Georgia

  • on up to Southern Canada.

  • The storm claimed at least three lives in Florida after making landfall yesterday near

  • Vero Beach.

  • Dozens of hotels and condos northeast of Orlando were forced to evacuate after being deemed

  • unsafe.

  • Some communities in the storm's path were still recovering from Hurricane Ian.

  • KENDRA DOWLING GOODRICH, Property Manager: This was not an area that has ever even flooded.

  • It was a trifecta of Ian, and then a king tide, and then Nicole.

  • And we just didn't have a chance to recover.

  • The tide never relaxed.

  • And so it just compromised every seawall, every dune.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF: The National Hurricane Center also warned that the Blue Ridge Mountains

  • Could see as much as eight inches of rainfall from the storm.

  • There's also a chance of flash flooding as far north as New England.

  • The head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection is being pressured to resign over his handling

  • of the influx of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • Chris Magnus told The Los Angeles Times that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

  • asked him to step down or be fired.

  • He has refused to resign.

  • Sources familiar with the Homeland Security Department's discussions confirmed the demand

  • to the "PBS NewsHour."

  • They told us that there has been dissatisfaction with Magnus' leadership in the post that he

  • has held for less than a year, particularly in the role of law enforcement and border

  • protection.

  • The Biden administration has stopped taking applications for student loan forgiveness

  • a day after a federal judge in Texas blocked the president's debt relief program.

  • The Justice Department has filed an appeal against the ruling.

  • The program was already on hold while a federal appeals court reviews a separate lawsuit filed

  • by six states.

  • The world's third largest cryptocurrency exchange, FTX, filed for bankruptcy today.

  • Its CEO and founder, Sam Bankman-Fried, also resigned.

  • Earlier this week, FTX agreed to sell itself to rival Binance to avoid collapse, but Binance

  • backed out of the deal.

  • All this comes as several federal regulators have reportedly launched probes into FTX over

  • its business practices.

  • On Wall Street today, stocks extended their gains to close out a strong week of trading.

  • The Dow Jones industrial average rose 32 points to close at 33748.

  • The Nasdaq climbed 209 points, and the S&P 500 added 36.

  • And the nation honored its military veterans today.

  • Parades, celebrations and solemn ceremonies paid tribute to the men and women who have

  • served our country.

  • At Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, Vice President Kamala Harris laid a wreath

  • at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and spoke of the sacrifices that generations of veterans

  • have made.

  • KAMALA HARRIS, Vice President of the United States: American service members have sworn

  • an oath not to a person, not to a party, but to the Constitution of the United States to

  • support and defend the principles of liberty, equality, and justice, to preserve and protect

  • our democracy.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF: This also marks the first Veterans Day since President Biden signed legislation

  • expanding health care for service members exposed to toxic burn pits.

  • The White House says more than 137,000 claims have already been filed.

  • Still to come on the "NewsHour": more LGBTQ candidates win office than ever before in

  • the midterm elections; the departure of Twitter executives exacerbate worries over the company's

  • future; younger generations push to preserve a disappearing indigenous language in rural

  • Alaska; plus much more.

  • As we reported, President Biden is at the so-called COP 27 U.N. climate talks in Egypt

  • today.

  • The president pledged new money for renewable energy projects around the world and a greater