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  • JUDY WOODRUFF: And now to the day's other news, and there was some.

  • Hundreds of new tornado victims were left sifting wreckage from the Kansas City area

  • all the way to Pennsylvania.

  • Tuesday's storms made 12 straight days with at least eight confirmed twisters in the U.S.

  • That had not happened in nearly 40 years.

  • We have more details on all this after the news summary.

  • The state of Israel will have to have an unprecedented second election this year.

  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed in his efforts to form a coalition government

  • by tonight's deadline.

  • His conservative Likud Party had made a strong showing in last month's initial election,

  • but Netanyahu could not assemble a majority in Parliament.

  • That was partly due to his own corruption scandal.

  • Iran's supreme leader has again ruled out any negotiations with the United States, amid

  • heightened tensions.

  • Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a new statement today, apparently overruling Iran's president.

  • Earlier, Hassan Rouhani had told his Cabinet that talks might be possible, if Washington

  • ends sanctions on Iran and complies with the 2015 nuclear accord.

  • HASSAN ROUHANI, Iranian President (through translator): Whenever they stop cruelty against

  • our nation, put aside the cruel sanctions, stand up for their commitments and return

  • to the negotiating table, which they left themselves, the road is not closed for them.

  • The road is open.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF: Meanwhile, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton blamed Iran for recent

  • attacks on tanker ships in the Persian Gulf and on a Saudi oil pipeline.

  • Bolton visited the United Arab Emirates, and said any further attacks will draw -- quote

  • -- "a very strong response from the United States."

  • China's tech giant Huawei is asking a U.S. court to rule immediately on the legality

  • of barring its sales to the U.S. military and contractors.

  • The motion was filed late Tuesday with a federal court in Texas.

  • Huawei argues that it is being unfairly punished.

  • The Trump administration says that Huawei is a national security threat.

  • Separately, a former leader of the Tiananmen Square protests in China urged the West today

  • to make trade privileges contingent on Beijing's human rights record.

  • Wang Dan spoke days before the 30th anniversary of that deadly crackdown on the protests.

  • He said that the goal must be to end the Communist Party's unchallenged rule in China.

  • WANG DAN, Former Tiananmen Square Protest Leader: I know a lot of Western countries

  • don't want to ruin their relationship with China, and they don't want to see any regime

  • change happen in China.

  • But I have to say, if there's no regime change, nothing can be resolved.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF: It is believed that Chinese troops killed hundreds, and possibly thousands,

  • in the 1989 massacre in Tiananmen Square.

  • In Venezuela, the government has made a rare admission of just how bad things are.

  • The nation's Central Bank reports that Venezuela's economy contracted 22 percent in the third

  • quarter last year and inflation soared to 130,000 percent.

  • Some three million people have fled Venezuela as their economy crashes.

  • Back in this country, Democrats criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for

  • saying that the Senate would fill any Supreme Court vacancy that occurs in 2020.

  • In 2016, McConnell blocked action on Merrick Garland nominated by President Obama, arguing

  • that the vacancy should be filled only after that year's presidential election.

  • His office says the difference is that the White House and the Senate were held by different

  • parties in 2016, but not now.

  • The Democratic National Committee has toughened standards for its second round of 2020 presidential

  • debates in September.

  • Contenders will have to register at least 2 percent in four approved polls.

  • They also have to raise funds from at least 130,000 donors across 20 states.

  • It is an effort to winnow a field of two dozen candidates.

  • And on Wall Street, stocks fell again, as investors sought refuge in bonds, amid worries

  • about slower growth.

  • The Dow Jones industrial average lost 221 points to close at 25126.

  • The Nasdaq fell 60 points, and the S&P 500 slipped 19.

  • Still to come on the "NewsHour": what is fueling a rare string of 12 days straight of tornadoes

  • across the U.S.; how the politics of Washington are shaping conversations outside the capital;

  • plus, art and augmented reality collide in a series of murals depicting the dangers of

  • climate change.

JUDY WOODRUFF: And now to the day's other news, and there was some.

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