Jim Lehrer returns to hosting the Newshour after an aortic valve replacement, June 26, 2008.
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Jim Lehrer returns to hosting the Newshour after an aortic valve replacement, June 26, 2008.


Captioning sponsored by MacNEIL/LEHRER PRODUCTIONS>>Lehrer: GOOD EVENING, I’M JIM LEHRER. AND I HAVE RETURNED AND RECOVERED, AND I WILL HAVE A FEW WORDS ABOUT THAT AT THE END OF THE PROGRAM TONIGHT. MEANWHILE, ON THE NEWSHOUR, THE NEWS OF THIS THURSDAY; THEN… TODAY’S SUPREME COURT DECISION TO LIFT THE HANDGUN BAN IN WASHINGTON, D.C. MARCIA COYLE OF “THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL” EXPLAINS, AND TWO LAW ENFORCEMENT EXPERTS REACT; A REPORT ON TWO ECONOMIC STORIES– ANOTHER BIG RISE IN OIL PRICES AND NEW LOWS ON WALL STREET; AND A NEWSHOUR LOOK AT A CALIFORNIA TOWN FACING TOUGH TIMES. PLUS REACTION TO DEVELOPMENTS TODAY IN THE U.S. ATTITUDE TOWARD NORTH KOREA’S NUCLEAR PROGRAM. AND WITH THE ONGOING SUPPORT OF THESE INSTITUTIONS AND FOUNDATIONS. AND.. THIS PROGRAM WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING. AND BY CONTRIBUTIONS TO YOUR PBS STATION FROM VIEWERS LIKE YOU. THANK YOU.>>Lehrer: A SHARPLY DIVIDED U.S. SUPREME COURT TODAY ISSUED A LANDMARK DECISION ON GUN RIGHTS. BY FIVE TO FOUR, THE JUSTICES STRUCK DOWN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA’S STRICT BAN ON HANDGUNS, EVEN IN THE HOME. THE COURT ALLOWED THE CITY TO LICENSE GUNS, AND IT NOTED THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS IS NOT UNLIMITED. JUSTICE ANTONIN SCALIA WROTE: THE DECISION DREW PRAISE AND CRITICISM FROM THOSE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ARGUMENT.>>WE’RE EXTREMELY PLEASED. WASHINGTON, D.C. WILL NOW BECOME A SAFER PLACE AS WELL AS A MORE FREE PLACE. WE ALSO FULLY EXPECT THAT THIS WILL PUT AN END TO OTHER ATTEMPTS, PERHAPS, TO READ RIGHTS OUT OF THE CONSTITUTION BY HAVING ALL KINDS OF INVENTIVE THEORIES. THE FACT IS, THAT THE BILL OF RIGHTS TODAY IS IN FULL EFFECT AND THAT MUCH HAS BEEN REINFORCED.>>AS MAYOR OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA I THINK I SPEAK FOR THE NEAR UNANIMOUS POPULATION HERE IN THE CITY WHEN WE SAY WE’RE DISAPPOINTED. WE WISH THE RULING HAD GONE THE OTHER WAY, BUT THAT WE STAND HERE AND WE RESPECT THE COURT’S POWER TO MAKE THIS RULING AND THEIR DELIBERATIONS THAT GOT THEM TO THIS POINT.>>Lehrer: THE FOUR DISSENTING JUSTICES COMPLAINED THERE WAS NO BASIS FOR TODAY’S DECISION. JUSTICE STEPHEN BREYER WROTE: THE DECISION ALSO DREW REACTIONS FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES. DEMOCRAT BARACK OBAMA SAID HE FAVORS AN INDIVIDUAL’S RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS, BUT ALSO THE GOVERNMENT’S RIGHT TO REGULATE THEM. HE SPOKE IN PITTSBURGH.>>I BELIEVE IN THE SECOND AMENDMENT AS BEING AN INDIVIDUAL RIGHT AND HAVE SAID THAT CONSISTENTLY. I ALSO THINK THAT INDIVIDUAL RIGHT IS CONSTRAINED BY THE RIGHTS OF THE COMMUNITY TO MAINTAIN ISSUES WITH PUBLIC SAFETY. I DON’T THINK THOSE TWO PRINCIPLES ARE CONTRADICTORY AND, IN FACT, WHAT I’VE BEEN SAYING CONSISTENTLY IS WHAT THE SUPREME COURT ESSENTIALLY SAID TODAY.>>Lehrer: REPUBLICAN JOHN McCAIN WELCOMED THE COURT’S DECISION. HE SPOKE ON HIS CAMPAIGN BUS OUTSIDE CINCINNATI, AND HE SAID OBAMA INITIAY BACKED THE GUN BAN. HE SAID IT’S PART OF A PATTERN OF FLIP-FLOPS.>>WHETHER IT BE ON HIS PLEDGE ON PUBLIC FINANCING OR HIS POSITION ON THE SECOND AMENDMENT OR ANY OTHER ISSUES, HE IS CHANGING HIS POSITIONS.>>Lehrer: WE’LL HAVE MORE ON THE SUPREME COURT’S GUNS DECISION RIGHT AFTER THIS NEWS SUMMARY. IN ANOTHER FIVE-TO-FOUR DECISION TODAY, THE COURT STRUCK DOWN THE SO-CALLED “MILLIONAIRE’S AMENDMENT” TO THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAW. THE MEASURE ALLOWED POLITICAL CANDIDATES TO ACCEPT LARGER DONATIONS WHEN WEALTHY OPPONENTS SPEND THEIR OWN MONEY. THE JUSTICES RULED THAT VIOLATES THE FIRST AMENDMENT. A BARRAGE OF BAD NEWS LEFT WALL STREET REELING TODAY. THE DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE LOST 358 POINTS TO CLOSE AT 11,453, THE LOWEST IN 21 MONTHS. THE NASDAQ FELL NEARLY 80 POINTS TO CLOSE AT 2,321. OIL WAS A MAJOR FACTOR; IT GAINED MORE THAN $5 TO FINISH JUST UNDER $140 A BARREL, AFTER OPEC’S PRESIDENT SAID IT COULD HIT $170 THIS SUMME WE’LL HAVE MORE ON THE ECONOMY LATER IN THE PROGRAM TONIGHT. A SUICIDE BOMBER IN IRAQ TODAY KILLED THREE U.S. MARINES AND AT LEAST 20 IRAQIS. THE BOMBER ATTACKED TRIBAL SHEIKS OPPOSED TO AL-QAEDA AS THEY MET JUST WEST OF BAGHDAD. TO THE NORTH, AT LEAST 18 IRAQIS DIED IN A CAR BOMBING IN MOSUL. 60 MORE WERE WOUNDED. AT LEAST 13 AMERICANS AND SCORES OF IRAQIS HAVE BEEN KILLED IN BOMBINGS THIS WEEK. THE U.S. AND NORTH KOREA MADE MAJOR MOVES TODAY IN A LONG- STANDING NUCLEAR STANDOFF. THE NORTH KOREAN GOVERNMENT HAND OVER AN ACCOUNTING OF ITS NUCLEAR WORK INVOLVING PLUTONIUM. IN TURN, PRESIDENT BUSH ANNOUNCED HE’S LIFTING TRADE SANCTIONS AND TAKING NORTH KOREA OFF A LIST OF NATIONS THAT SPONSOR TERROR. BUT THE PRESIDENT SAID HE’S “UNDER NO ILLUSIONS” ABOUT TRUSTING THE COMMUNIST RULERS IN PYONGYANG.>>IF NORTH KOREA CONTINUES TO MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICES, IT CAN REPAIR ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. IF NORTH KOREA MAKES THE WRONG CHOICES, THE UNITED STATES AND OUR PARTNERS IN THE SIX PARTY TALKS WILL RESPOND ACCORDINGLY. IF THEY DO NOT FULLY DISCLOSE AND END THEIR PLUTONIUM, THEIR ENRICHMENT, AND THEIR PROLIFERATION EFFORTS AND ACTIVITIES, THERE WILL BE FURTHER CONSEQUENCES.>>Lehrer: THE NORTH KOREAN DOCUMENT OMITTED ANY INFORMATION ON THE COUNTRY’S URANIUM PROGRAM OR ITS SUSPECTED NUCLEAR AID TO SYRIA. BUT CONSERVATIVE OPPONENTS OF THE DEAL CONDEMNED IT. FORMER U.N. AMBASSADOR JOHN BOLTON CALLED IT “SHAMEFUL”. HE SAID: WE’LL HAVE MORE ON NORTH KOREA LATER IN THE PROGRAM. VIOLENCE SURGED IN AFGHANISTAN TODAY. MILITANTS KILLED THCOALITION TROOPS AND AN AFGHAN INTERPRETER NEAR KABUL. IT WAS THE LATEST SIGN OF ESCALATING VIOLENCE THERE. IN WASHINGTON, U.S. DEFENSE SECRETARY GATES BLAMED CEASE- FID THE GOVERNMENT OF PAKISTAN.>>THE ABILITY OF THE TALIBAN AND OTHER INSURGENTS TO CROSS THAT BORDER AND NOT BEING UNDER ANY PRESSURE FROM THE PAKISTANI SIDE OF THE BRDER IS CLEARLY A CONCERN. I THINK THAT’S THE AREA THAT THE… THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED WITH THE PAKISTANI GOVERNMENT.>>Lehrer: A TOP U.S. GENERAL REPORTED THIS WEEK THAT ATTACKS IN EASTERN AFGHANISTAN ARE UP 40% THIS YEAR. THE PRESIDENT OF ZIMBABWE SAID TODAY HE IS OPEN TO TALKTH THE OPPOSITION PARTY. ROBERT MUGABE SPOKE A DAY BEFORE A RUN-OFF PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. THE OPPOSITION LEADER, MORGAN TSVANGIRAI, HAS WITHDRAWN FROM THE RUNOFF, SAYING HIS FOLLOWERS FACED A CAMPAIGN OF TERROR. AT A RALLY TODAY, MUGABE SAID AGAIN HE WILL NOT POSTPONE THE VOTE, BUT HE INSISTED HE IS WILLING TO TALK.>>WE REMAIN OPEN TO DISCUSSION. IF THERE ARE ANY PROPOSALS THAT THE OTHER PARTIES WOULD WANT TO MAKE TO US IN GOOD SPIRIT WE WILL LISTEN TO THOSE PROPOSALS, DISCUSS THEM WITH THEM. BUT NOT BECAUSE WE ARE BEING DICTATED TO BY THE OUTSIDE WORLD. THE MOMENT THE OUTSIDE WORLD STARTS DICTATING TO US, WE WILL NOT PROCEED.>>Lehrer: TSVANGIRAI SAID IF MUGABE DECLARES HIMSELF THE WINNER AFTER THE RUN-OFF, THEN THERE IS NOTHING TO NEGOTIATE. THUNDERSTORMS PLAGUED THE FLOOD ZONE IN THE U.S. MIDWEST TODAY. FORECASTS CALLED FOR MORE RAIN ACROSS PARTS OF MISSOURI, ILLINOIS AND IOWA. THE STORMS RAISED NEW CONCERNS ABOUT LEVEES ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER IN A SERIES OF TOWNS ABOVE ST. LOUIS. AND WILDFIRES RAGED ON IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA; ONE THREATENED 500 HOMES NEAR THE TOWN OF BIG SUR. THAT’S IT FOR THE NEWS SUMMARY TONIGHT. NOW… THE SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN THE D.C. GUN BAN; OIL PRICES GO UP, THE STOCK MARKET GOES DOWN; A CALIFORNIA TOWN HIT HARD BY THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN; AND NORTH KOREA ACCOUNTS FOR ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAM.>>Lehrer: JUDY WOODRUFF HAS OUR SUPREME COURT STO>>Lehrer: AGAIN, THE OTHER MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS OF THE DAY: THE U.S. SUPREME COURT STRUCK DOWN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA’S BAN ON HANDGUNS IN A VICTORY FOR INDIVIDUAL GUN RIGHTS; STOCKS PLUNGED IN THE FACE OF A NEW RECORD HIGH FOR OIL AND CORPORATE PROFIT WARNINGS. THE DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE LOST 358 POINTS. AND A SUICIDE BOMBER IN IRAQ KILLED THREE U.S. MARINES AND AT LEAST 20 IRAQIS. AND, BEFORE WE GO TONIGHT, A FEW PERSONAL WORDS, IF I MAY; MOSTLY, THERE ARE JUST TWO– “THANK YOU.” THANK YOU FOR THE MESSAGES OF CONCERN AND ENCOURAGEMENT THE LAST TWO MONTHS. I WANTED TO RESPOND PERSONALLY TO EACH, BUT THERE WERE TOO MANY– THOUSANDS OF THEM, AND STILL COUNTING. I READ EVERY ONE OF THEM; THEY MATTERED VERY MUCH TO ME. THERE IS NO MYSTERY ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED– THE AORTIC VALVE IN MY HEART WENT BAD AND IT WAS REPLACED, SKILLFULLY AND PERFECTLY. I WILL BE EASING BACK TO WORK, A COUPLE OR SO DAYS A WEEK AT A TIME. SO PLEASE DON’T THINK ANYTHING’S GONE WRONG AGAIN WHEN I TURN UP MISSING. FOR THE RECORD, ONE OF MY DOCTORS SAID A VALVE PROCEDURE LIKE MINE IS KNOWN TO MAKE A PERSON FEEL AND ACT TEN YEARS YOUNGER. STAY TUNED. FOR NOW, WE’LL SEE YOU ONLINE, AND AGAIN HERE TOMORROW EVENING WITH MARK SHIELDS AND DAVID BROOKS, AMONG OTHERS. I’M JIM LEHRER. THANK YOU. THANK YOU AND GOOD NIGHT. F THESE INSTITUTIONS AND FOUNDATIONS. AND… THIS PROGRAM WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING. AND BY CONTRIBUTIONS TO YOUR PBS STATION FROM VIEWERS LIKE YOU. THANK YOU. Captioning sponsored by MacNEIL/LEHRER PRODUCTIONS

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