News Wrap: Obama renews case for TPP; more DNC resignations

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (not pictured) speak during a press conference at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 2, 2016.      REUTERS/Joshua Roberts - RTSKQH3

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GWEN IFILL:  In the day’s other news:  The president also made a renewed pitch for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the trade deal he’s pushing in the face of growing opposition.  Both presidential candidates oppose it, but Mr. Obama warned against trying to pull back on trade, and away from globalization.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:  To try to pull up a drawbridge on trade would only hurt us and hurt our workers.  So, the answer is to make sure that globalization and trade is working for us, not against us.  And TPP is designed to do precisely that.

GWEN IFILL:  The president also played down Russia’s possible role in hacking the Democratic National Committee’s e-mails.  He said it only adds to an already long list of differences.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  There’s more fallout from those Democratic Party e-mails that showed staffers favoring Hillary Clinton and disparaging Bernie Sanders.  The Associated Press reports the DNC’s chief executive has resigned, and two other staffers also quit today.  Party chair, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, resigned last week.

GWEN IFILL:  In Syria, rebels accused government forces of a new chemical weapons attack today.  They say a helicopter dropped barrels of toxic gas in Idlib province, near where a Russian helicopter was shot down Monday; 33 people were affected.  Video posted on social media showed victims being treated with oxygen, but it’s unclear what kind of gas was used.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  Thousands of mourners in Normandy, France, attended a funeral mass today for a murdered Catholic priest.

Father Jacques Hamel had his throat cut by Islamic State militants last week.  Today, an archbishop led a solemn public ceremony inside the Rouen Cathedral to pay tribute to the cleric.  He was later buried in a private service.

GWEN IFILL:  The death toll has climbed past 90 across India, after a week of monsoon flooding.  A million other people have been forced to flee.  The flooding has caused heavy damage across three states in the northern and eastern parts of the country.  It follows two straight years of widespread drought.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  Back in the U.S., New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton is stepping down.  He led the nation’s largest force in the 1990s, and returned to the position in 2014.  He said today he’s leaving at a time of extreme tensions between police and minorities, but said he’s confident in the department’s future.

WILLIAM BRATTON, Commissioner, New York City Police Department:  The mistrust of the criminal justice system, particularly by our minority communities, the immigration issues that are so paramount at the moment, the anger directed at our Muslim community, we, I believe, in New York City at this time are better prepared than anyplace else in America.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  Bratton has been hailed for cutting crime, but criticized over incidents of alleged excessive force by police.  James O’Neill, currently the New York City department’s top chief, will take over as commissioner.

GWEN IFILL:  And Wall Street slipped on lackluster auto sales and falling oil prices.  The Dow Jones industrial average lost 90 points to close at 18313.  The Nasdaq fell 46 points, and the S&P 500 gave up 13.

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