News Wrap: Gunman who killed 3 at Fla. air station was member of Saudi Air Force


JUDY WOODRUFF: U.S. unemployment has now fallen
to a 50-year low, as hiring picked up steam. The Labor Department today reported that the
unemployment rate dropped to 3.5 percent in November, down from 3.6 percent. Meanwhile, employers added a larger-than-expected
net of 266,000 new jobs last month. That is the biggest increase in 10 months. Today’s strong jobs report 10 stocks soaring
on Wall Street. The Dow Jones industrial average surged 337
points to close at 28015. The Nasdaq rose more than 85 points, and the
S&P 500 added 28. Florida officials have confirmed that a gunman
who killed three people today at Naval Air Station Pensacola was a member of the Saudi
Air Force. The attack happened in a classroom where the
suspect was undergoing aviation training. Several people were wounded, before an officer
shot and killed the suspect. Governor Ron DeSantis said authorities are
investigating several possible links to terrorism. GOV. RON DESANTIS (R-FL): The government of Saudi
Arabia needs to make things better for these victims. And I think that they — they’re going to
owe a debt here, given that this was one of their individuals. When you have a foreign national involved,
you know, particularly in that part of the world, the investigation is obviously going
to be different than if it were just somebody from a local community. JUDY WOODRUFF: In Washington, President Trump
said that Saudi King Salman had called to offer condolences and assistance. DONALD TRUMP, President of the United States:
The king said that the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter,
and that this person in no way, shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people,
who love the American people so much. JUDY WOODRUFF: This was the second deadly
shooting at a U.S. military base this week. The first happened at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard
in Hawaii on Wednesday. A U.S. Navy sailor fatally shot two people,
before killing himself. Military officials said today that he had
been unhappy with his commanders and was undergoing counseling. The White House is refusing to take part in
the House of Representatives’ impeachment proceedings against President Trump. White House counsel Pat Cipollone — Cipollone,
that is — wrote a letter to the House Judiciary Committee’s chairman, Jerry Nadler, and demanded
an end to the inquiry, calling it — quote — “completely baseless.” Meanwhile, House Republicans said today that
they want to hear testimony from Hunter Biden, the former vice president’s son, from House
Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, and from the anonymous whistle-blower. The death toll from a migrant boat that capsized
off Mauritania rose to 63 people today. The vessel was headed to Spain’s Canary Islands
when it ran out of fuel Wednesday and overturned off Africa’s west coast. Some 150 migrants were on board. Most were from nearby Gambia. The U.S. sanctioned three Iraqi military — or,
rather, militia leaders today over the killing of anti-government protesters. The men are accused of leading Iranian-backed
paramilitary groups that shot at demonstrators. More than 400 people have been killed since
October in a crackdown on protests demanding reforms. Today, a senior State Department official
left open the possibility of imposing more sanctions. DAVID SCHENKER, U.S. Assistant Secretary,
Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs: We’re not done. This is an ongoing process. These designations don’t prejudice future
designations. And we will be doing further designations
in the future. JUDY WOODRUFF: In Central Baghdad today, thousands
of protesters flooded the streets demanding the formation of a new government. Later, Iraqi officials said that an attack
targeting those demonstrators killed at least 15 people. Lebanon’s outgoing prime minister appealed
for international aid today, amid the country’s worst economic crisis in decades. Prime Minister Saad Hariri sent letters to
several countries, including the U.S., asking for help in securing credit lines. For months, thousands of protesters have taken
to the streets across the country to accuse the government of mismanagement and corruption. China today canceled planned tariff hikes
on U.S. pork and soybean imports amid ongoing trade negotiations. In September, Beijing had promised to lift
the duties, in the hopes of securing an agreement. Washington is set to impose a new round of
tariffs on $160 billion of Chinese goods on December 15. Oil prices surged today after OPEC reached
a deal committing to some of the deepest oil output cuts this decade. At a meeting in Vienna, the group’s oil-producing
countries and their ally Russia agreed to cut an extra 500,000 barrels per day through
the first quarter of next year. The move aims to prevent an oversupply and
to boost oil prices. North Carolina Republican Congressman George
Holding announced today that he’s retiring in 2020. His Raleigh area district now leans heavily
Democratic, after a court ordered the congressional map be redrawn. Meanwhile, California Congressman Duncan Hunter
said today that he will resign at the end of the year. He faces charges of misusing campaign funds. There are now 23 House Republicans who are
not seeking reelection next year. Still to come on the “NewsHour”: France comes
to a halt, as the nation erupts in protest over President Macron’s pension reform; how
a fringe conspiracy theory about Ukraine gained currency in the Oval Office; Mark Shields
and David Brooks break down a week that brought us even closer to impeachment; and much more.

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