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Updated 2017-07-28 06:32
The Rolling Resistance: Meet Three Disability Rights Activists Fighting to Save Healthcare
Disability activists across the nation are staging historic protests in Washington, D.C., and other cities to fight the Republican effort to strip healthcare from tens of millions of people. On Tuesday, as the Senate voted to open debate, 31 protesters in the gallery were arrested, while 64 more, many in wheelchairs, were arrested in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building. The protests are continuing as Senate Republicans move forward with their attempts to repeal Obamacare. We speak with disability rights attorney Stephanie Woodward who has been arrested 16 times in recent weeks, community organizer Ola Ojewumi, and hip-hop artist Kalyn Heffernan, who recently occupied the Denver office of Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO).
What Role Should the Military Play in the Fight for Transgender Rights?
While President Trump's ban on transgender people from military service has been widely criticized even by fellow Republicans, it has reignited a debate within the LGBT community. Some have questioned whether the discourse on transgender rights should be broadened to include a critique of militarism. "Trump's transphobia is disgusting, like his defense budget," trans activist and scholar Dean Spade wrote yesterday. "The liberation we are working toward requires that we fight for vets and everyone else who gets exploited and abandoned for U.S. military imperialism, but not that we participate in rhetoric that celebrates the U.S. military as an employer or ties trans well-being to military service." We speak to Dean Spade, who is a professor at Seattle University School of Law, as well as Fiona Dawson, creator of the media project TransMilitary. She attended the protest outside the White House on Wednesday following Trump's announcement.
The First Openly Transgender Infantry Soldier in U.S. Army Speaks Out on Trump's New Military Ban
In a move that shocked even the Pentagon, President Donald Trump has barred transgender people from serving in the military. He made the announcement via Twitter on Wednesday. The move could impact as many as 15,000 servicemembers. The New York Times reports Defense Secretary James Mattis only learned of Trump's plans on Tuesday. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said he learned of the policy change through Trump's tweet. Politico is reporting Trump may have made the snap decision in an attempt to secure congressional funding to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. A spending bill—which included money for the wall—was facing possible defeat in the House because some Republican lawmakers wanted to ban Pentagon-funded sex reassignment operations. We speak to Staff Sergeant Patricia King. She was the first infantry member to reveal she is transgender. King has served in the Army for 18 years, including three active combat deployments to Afghanistan.
Headlines for July 27, 2017
President Trump Tweets Ban on Transgender People Serving in Military, Senate Republicans Mull "Skinny Repeal" of Affordable Care Act, Ex-Tea Party Lawmaker Pete Hoekstra Named Ambassador to Netherlands, Yemen: Cholera Cases Top 400,000 as U.N. Appeals for Humanitarian Aid, U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Coalition Blamed for Attack That Killed 42 Migrants, Iraq: Thousands of Displaced Mosul Families Unable to Return Home, NYTimes: Trump May Expand Afghanistan War to Exploit Mineral Wealth, France: Human Rights Watch Says Police Abusing Migrants in Calais, Minneapolis Police to Require Officers to Use Body Cameras, Austin, TX: 15 Immigrant Activists Arrested at Sit-in Protest, El Paso, TX: Four Migrants Found Dead at Rio Grande Border Crossing, New York: Bronx Teen, Jailed at Rikers for Over a Year, Bailed Out
Joshua Green on How Bannon's Experience with Video Gamers Gave Rise to the Alt-Right
Journalist Joshua Green talks about how Steve Bannon used his experience in the video game industry to use Breitbart News to mobilize young, largely white men. "The reality is, Fox News' audience was geriatric and no one was connecting with this younger group," Bannon told Green. Bannon's hires at Breitbart include Milo Yiannopoulos, who has been widely accused of being a white nationalist. "Watch Part 1 || Joshua Green on the 'Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump & the Storming of the Presidency":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/26/joshua_green_on_the_devils_bargain"Watch Part 2 || Joshua Green on How a Racial Theorist Tied to Mussolini & Hitler Influenced Steve Bannon":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/26/joshua_green_on_how_steve_bannon
A Look at How a Racial Theorist Tied to Mussolini & Hitler Influenced Steve Bannon
Journalist Joshua Green talks about two men who influenced Steve Bannon's philosophy: the Italian philosopher Julius Evola, whose ideas became the basis of fascist racial theory, and René Guénon, who developed an anti-modernism philosophy called "Traditionalism." Green writes about Evola and Guénon in his new book, "Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency.""Watch Part 1 || Joshua Green on the ‘Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump & the Storming of the Presidency’":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/26/joshua_green_on_the_devils_bargain"Watch Part 3 || Joshua Green on How Bannon's Experience with Video Gamers Gave Rise to the Alt-Right":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/26/joshua_green_on_how_bannons_experience
Joshua Green on the "Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump & the Storming of the Presidency"
We turn now to look at the man many credit with helping Donald Trump become president: Steve Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News. During the early days of the Trump presidency, many suggested Bannon, Trump's chief strategist, was pulling many of the strings in the Oval Office. We speak to journalist Joshua Green about how Bannon took his hard-right nationalist politics from the fringes of the Republican Party all the way to the White House. Green has been closely following Bannon's career for years. In October 2015—before Bannon joined Trump's campaign—Green dubbed Bannon the "Most Dangerous Political Operative in America." His new book is "Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency.""Watch Part 2 || A Look at How a Racial Theorist Tied to Mussolini & Hitler Influenced Steve Bannon":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/26/joshua_green_on_how_steve_bannon"Watch Part 3 || Joshua Green on How Bannon's Experience with Video Gamers Gave Rise to the Alt-Right":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/26/joshua_green_on_how_bannons_experience
Is Trump's Base Turning on the President over His Humiliation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions?
President Trump is continuing to publicly humiliate his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions, who was the first senator to endorse Trump during the 2016 race. On Twitter, Trump described Sessions as "beleaguered" and "very weak." At a press conference on Tuesday, Trump said he was "disappointed" Sessions had recused himself from the probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Meanwhile, Breitbart News and other right-wing outlets are openly criticizing Trump's treatment of Sessions. We speak with Joshua Green of Bloomberg Businessweek about the latest news plus his new book, "Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency."
In "Dangerous" Move, Republicans Push to Strip Healthcare from Millions Without Holding Any Hearings
As protesters shouted "Kill the bill! Kill the bill!" Senate Republicans voted Tuesday, by the narrowest of margins, to open debate on repealing Obamacare. Vice President Mike Pence broke a 50-50 tie in the Senate. Two Republican senators—Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska—joined Democrats in voting against the motion to proceed. Republican Senator John McCain cast a decisive vote to open debate, after flying in from Arizona, where he is being treated for brain cancer. But hours later, the effort to repeal or replace Obamacare faced another setback, when nine Republicans joined Democrats in rejecting the first healthcare proposal. We speak with Joshua Green of Bloomberg Businessweek about the latest news plus his new book, "Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency."
Headlines for July 26, 2017
As Debate Begins, Senate Republicans Vote Down First Healthcare Bill, "I'd Rather Go to Jail Than Die Without Medicaid!": Nearly 100 Arrested as Senate Debates Healthcare, President Trump Continues to Humiliate Attorney General Sessions, AG Sessions: DOJ to Refuse Federal Grants to Sanctuary Cities, Kushner Testifies in Closed-Door Session with House Intelligence Committee, House Votes to Block White House Efforts to Weaken Russia Sanctions, Trump Ramps Up Threats Against Iran in Speech in Youngstown, Ohio, Senators Collins and Reed Caught on Hot Mic Worrying Trump is "Crazy", Palestinians Vow to Continue Protests Against Israeli Security Measures at Al-Aqsa Mosque, 26 Afghan Soldiers Killed in Taliban Attack on Military Base in Kandahar, Syria: 18 Civilians Reportedly Killed Amid U.S.-Led Offensive in Raqqa, Philippines: Duterte Threatens to Bomb Indigenous Filipino School, Chile: Hundreds March to Demand Legalization of Abortion
The Rebellions That Changed U.S. History: Looking Back at the 1967 Newark & Detroit Uprisings
Fifty years ago this month, rebellions broke out in the cities of Newark and Detroit. It all began in Newark on July 12, 1967, when two white police officers detained and beat an African-American cabdriver. Shortly after, on July 23, police officers raided an after-hours club in an African-American neighborhood of Detroit, sparking another mass rebellion. Forty-three people died in Detroit, and 26 were killed in Newark, while 7,000 people were arrested. The rebellions reshaped both Newark and Detroit and marked the beginning of an era of African-American political empowerment. We speak with Larry Hamm, chairman of the People's Organization for Progress, and Scott Kurashige, author of the new book, "The Fifty-Year Rebellion: How the U.S. Political Crisis Began in Detroit."
Sonia Nazario: The Tragedy in San Antonio is "Predictable Outcome" of Trump’s Immigration Crackdown
With 10 people dead in San Antonio, Texas, following a human smuggling attempt, we look at how the U.S. border crackdown is contributing to human trafficking and increases in death among immigrants fleeing violence in Central America. We speak with Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and board member of Kids in Need of Defense.
Death of 10 Migrants in San Antonio Spotlights Humanitarian Crisis Unfolding on U.S.-Mexico Border
Ten immigrants have died and 29 remain hospitalized in San Antonio, Texas, where dozens of undocumented immigrants were discovered packed in the back of a sweltering tractor-trailer. The youngest victims were just 15 years old. When the group of migrants was discovered in a Wal-Mart parking lot in San Antonio, eight men were already dead. Two more men died later, and 29 remain hospitalized. We speak with Eddie Canales, director of the South Texas Human Rights Center.
Headlines for July 25, 2017
Republican Senators Slated to Put Healthcare to a Vote Today, Kushner to Testify for Second Day About Trump's Ties to Russia, Trump Intensifies Attacks on Sessions; Cruz & Giuliani Floated as Replacements, Iowa: 2 Catholic Workers Say They Sabotaged Dakota Access Pipeline, 2 Arrested as Protesters Blockade Kinder Morgan Terminal in Richmond, CA, San Antonio: 10th Migrant Dies After Dozens Found in Back of Sweltering Truck, Pakistan: 26 Killed in Suicide Bomb Attack Claimed by Pakistani Taliban, Israel Removing Metal Detectors from Al-Aqsa Mosque After Massive Protests, Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbi Blocked from Traveling to Israel, Philippines' Duterte Vows to Continue Bloody Drug War, Detroit Judge Halts Deportation of 1,400 Iraqis, Former Navy Sailor Sentenced to 40 Years for Murdering Trans Woman Dee Whigham, Baltimore Teens Build "Bad Batch" App to Tackle Drug Overdose Epidemic
Newly Declassified Documents Confirm U.S. Backed 1953 Coup in Iran Over Oil Contracts
Newly declassified State Department documents show oil contracts played a key role in the U.S.-backed 1953 coup in Iran that led to the overthrow of the democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh. "What the documents show is actually the importance of oil in the coup," says Professor Ervand Abrahamian. "The conventional wisdom is, oh, it was all the Cold War scare, communism. But here you see, actually, very occasionally, when Eisenhower intervenes in a discussion, it’s about question of oil contracts and so on and how nationalization would disrupt the whole international framework and would be a threat to U.S. interests, oil interests, elsewhere."
"Incoherent Policy": U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Iran Even as Trump Admits Iran Following Nuclear Deal
The State Department has announced new sanctions against Iran over alleged support for terrorism and Iran's ballistic missile program. The move will blacklist 18 people accused of having ties to Iran's military, freezing any of their U.S. assets. The new U.S. sanctions came just after the Trump administration begrudgingly certified that Iran has complied with its obligations under the Obama-brokered nuclear agreement. According to the magazine Foreign Policy, Trump has instructed a group of trusted White House staffers to make the potential case for withholding certification of Iran at the next 90-day review of the nuclear deal. We speak to Ervand Abrahamian, a retired professor of history at Baruch College, City University of New York. He is the author of several books, including "The Coup: 1953, the CIA, and the Roots of Modern U.S.-Iranian Relations."
"A Forgotten Crisis": Yemen's Aid Workers Speak Out About the World's Worst Humanitarian Disaster
"An absolute shame on humanity." That's how the international aid organization CARE is describing the deepening humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The number of cholera cases in Yemen has now topped 368,000, with 1,828 deaths. The World Health Organization estimates some 5,000 Yemenis are falling sick daily—and Oxfam projects the number of suspected cases of cholera could rise to more than 600,000, making the epidemic "the largest ever recorded in any country in a single year since records began." We speak to Shabia Mantoo, spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, or UNHCR, in Yemen, as well as Kjetil Østnor, Oxfam's regional manager for the Middle East and Yemen.
Criminologist Phil Stinson: Police Shoot & Kill About 1,000 People Every Year in U.S.
As outrage grows in Minneapolis over the killing of an unarmed white Australian woman, we look at the staggering number of fatal police shootings in the United States. For more, we speak with Philip Stinson, criminologist and associate professor at the Criminal Justice Program at Bowling Green State University.
Minneapolis Police Chief Resigns over the Cop Shooting of Unarmed Woman. Will the Mayor Be Next?
Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau has resigned amid growing protests over the police killing of unarmed Australian woman Justine Ruszczyk. Many residents are now calling for the resignation of the mayor, Betsy Hodges, saying the killing of Ruszczyk, which came after she called 911 twice to report a possible sexual assault near her home, shows an institutional problem with the city's police. We speak to Samantha Pree-Stinson, an organizer with the Twin Cities movement to end police killing and police brutality and a Green Party candidate for City Council in Minneapolis.
Headlines for July 24, 2017
U.N. Security Council Holds Emergency Meeting as Violence in Palestine Kills 7, Oxfam: Yemen's Cholera Outbreak May Become "Largest Ever Recorded", 9 Migrants Die After Being Crammed into Sweltering Truck on Journey to U.S., Reuters: ICE to Launch Nationwide Raids Against Undocumented Teenagers, Kushner Testifies to Senate Committee as His New Filings Reveal 70 More Assets, Sean Spicer Resigns as Anthony Scaramucci Becomes New Communications Director, Senate Parliamentarian: GOP Plan to Defund Planned Parenthood Violates Byrd Rules, Afghanistan: Taliban Suicide Bomb Attack Kills 35 in Kabul, Polish President to Veto Judicial Reforms After Massive Protests, Germany: Thousands March in Berlin for Annual LGBT March, Minneapolis Police Chief Resigns After Shooting of Unarmed Australian Woman, Tennessee Judge Under Fire for Shortening Sentences for Prisoners Who Get Sterilized, Undocumented Mother Nury Chavarria Takes Sanctuary in Connecticut Church
As Trump Touts "Made in America" Week, Indonesian Workers Toil Away Making Ivanka Trump Apparel
While President Trump is promoting "Made in America" week, we turn now to look at a recent investigation by The Guardian that revealed workplace abuse, grueling production targets and deplorably low pay at an Indonesian factory that makes clothing for Ivanka Trump's label. Many of the female workers at the factory in West Java say the pay is so low that they live in constant debt and can't afford to live with their own children. We speak to journalist Krithika Varagur in Jakarta, Indonesia's capital.
Sen. McConnell Plans Vote on Repealing Obamacare Despite Lacking Enough Support from GOP Senators
Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced the Senate will vote next week on whether to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement—even though the bill currently lacks enough Republican support to pass. McConnell's announcement came after President Trump invited all 52 Republican senators to the White House for lunchtime talks aimed at reviving stalled efforts on healthcare.
Has Jared Kushner's Failed Deal with Qatar Fueled Trump's Stance on Gulf Diplomatic Crisis?
Special counsel Robert Mueller is expanding his probe to include President Donald Trump's business activities, as well as those of his associates, including his son-in-law Jared Kushner. We examine how Kushner tried but failed to get a half-billion-dollar bailout from Qatar. Is that failed deal influencing Trump's handling of the Gulf diplomatic crisis? We speak with Ryan Grim of The Intercept. His piece is titled "Jared Kushner Tried and Failed to Get a Half-Billion-Dollar Bailout from Qatar."
Criminalizing Critics of Israel: Congress Considers Sweeping Bills to Fine & Jail Backers of BDS
U.S. lawmakers are seeking to criminally outlaw support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel. If a proposed bipartisan law is passed, backers of BDS could face up to 20 years in prison and a million-dollar fine. We speak to Rabbi Joseph Berman of Jewish Voice for Peace and Ryan Grim of The Intercept. His latest article is titled "U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel."
Headlines for July 21, 2017
Bloomberg: Special Counsel Investigating Trump-Russia Business Ties, The Independent: Over 40,000 Civilians Died in Battle for Mosul, Iraq, Civil Liberties Groups Decry Bills to Criminalize Boycotting Israel, Senate Committee Advances Nomination of Christopher Wray as FBI Chief, Justice Department to Revive Civil Asset Forfeitures by Police, Senate Bill Would Reform Money Bail System, Another Kalief Browder? Bronx Teen Seeking Trial Languishes at Rikers, Senate Confirms Judge John K. Bush, Who Compared Abortion to Slavery, ExxonMobil Fined $2M for Russia Sanctions Breach Under CEO Tillerson, Activists Demand End to U.S. Support for Bloody Philippines Drug War, Poland: Protests Erupt as Ruling Party Moves to Control Courts, Morocco: Demonstrators Defy Protest Ban to Demand Reforms, Two Dead, Hundreds Injured as Earthquake Strikes Off Turkish Coast, Report: Trump to Name Coal Industry Lobbyist as EPA 2nd-in-Command, Haitian Immigrant Jean Montrevil Remains Free After ICE Check-in
Married to the Mob: Investigative Journalist Craig Unger on What Trump Owes the Russian Mafia
A new exposé and cover story in the September issue of the New Republic, titled "Married to the Mob: What Trump Owes the Russian Mafia," examines how the Russian mafia has used the president's properties to launder money and hide assets. We speak with the author, investigative journalist Craig Unger.
"Trump and the Russian Money Trail": Trump's Ties to Oligarchs Go Back Decades
President Trump on Wednesday said he never would have nominated Jeff Sessions to be attorney general had he known Sessions was going to recuse himself from a Justice Department investigation into alleged ties between Russia and Trump associates. One Russia expert says the smoking gun indicating a quid pro quo between Russian money and Trump may lie with a little-known case that was abruptly settled involving a holding company linked to the Russian elite. Prevezon's lawyer is Natalia Veselnitskaya—the same Russian woman who initiated the now-infamous meeting with Donald Trump Jr. last June. We speak with author and Russia expert Seva Gunitsky, associate professor of political science at the University of Toronto.
Rights Advocates: Trump's Commission on Election Integrity Set Up as a Pretext for Voter Suppression
As the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity held its first meeting this week, many voting rights advocates worry that the commission will lay the groundwork for a nationwide voter suppression effort. We speak with Katherine Culliton-González, a civil rights lawyer and senior counsel at Demos.
David Cay Johnston: GOP Budget Redistributes Money to the Rich & Helps Make U.S. a "Police State"
On Wednesday, the Republican-controlled House Budget Committee approved its 2018 budget resolution. The budget aims to rewrite the tax code to favor the wealthy and to slash funding for Medicare and Medicaid. It would also add another $30 billion to Trump's record-setting $668 billion request for Pentagon spending. The budget faces opposition from both moderate and conservative Republicans. We speak with David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and founder of DCReport.org.
David Cay Johnston: Trump is "Appallingly Ignorant" on Healthcare & Puts Greed Above Human Lives
The Congressional Budget Office has warned that 32 million Americans would become uninsured over the next decade if Obamacare is repealed without an alternative in place. Seventeen million would become uninsured next year alone. The analysis also found the cost of a medical insurance policy would increase 25 percent next year and double by 2026. We speak with David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and founder of DCReport.org.
Headlines for July 20, 2017
Republicans Plan Vote on Obamacare Repeal Without Replacement, Over 150 Arrested at Capitol Hill Protests Against Obamacare Repeal, Trump "Election Integrity" Commission Faces Voter Suppression Charges, Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner to Testify to Senate, Trump Criticizes Attorney General Sessions over Russia Probe Recusal, Sen. John McCain Diagnosed with Malignant Brain Tumor, Supreme Court Upholds Trump Ban on Refugees Entering U.S., Syria: CIA to Stop Arming Syrian Rebels, Cameroon: Soldiers Accused of Torture at Base Used by U.S. Troops, China: Reporters Covering Liu Xiaobo Death Intimidated, Followed, Chinese Government Appears to Block WhatsApp Encrypted Messenger, Baltimore Police Officer Caught on Video Planting Drugs, Minneapolis: Officer Who Shot 911 Caller Heard "Loud Noise", Betty Dukes, Who Led Largest-Ever Gender Bias Lawsuit, Dies at 67
Activist & Father of Four Faces Deportation to Devastated Haiti Because of Decades-Old Conviction
Jean Montrevil came to the U.S. from Haiti with a green card in 1986 at the age of 17, but a mistake he made when he was a teenager could now lead to his deportation. Last month, he went to his first check-in under President Trump. Without any advance notice, he was detained, handcuffed and processed to be deported, until calls from his supporters apparently prompted immigration officials to release him. On Thursday, he must check in again, and he's concerned he will again be detained. We are joined by Jean Montrevil in studio, along with his eldest daughter, 18-year-old Janiah Heard, and his lawyer, Joshua Bardavid. "Watch Part 2":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/19/part_2_haitian_immigrant_father_of.
Gaza on Verge of Collapse as Israel Sends 2.2M People "Back to Middle Ages" in Electricity Crisis
Israeli-imposed restrictions have limited electricity in Gaza to barely four hours a day, creating a humanitarian catastrophe for its 2 million residents. In 2012, the World Health Organization warned that Gaza would be uninhabitable by 2020. The U.N. now says the area has already become unlivable, with living conditions in Gaza deteriorating faster than expected. We go directly to Gaza to speak with Raji Sourani, an award-winning human rights lawyer and director of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights in Gaza. We also speak with Tareq Baconi, author of the forthcoming book, "Hamas Contained: The Rise & Pacification of Palestinian Resistance." He is a policy fellow at Al-Shabaka, The Palestinian Policy Network.
Dr. Carol Paris: We Must Make It Toxic for Politicians to Not Get on Board with Single Payer
As the Republican healthcare bill collapses, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he'll now try to push through legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act and wait until after the 2018 midterm elections to propose a replacement. Meanwhile, proponents of a single-payer healthcare plan are organizing to urge Congress not only to stop the effort to repeal Obamacare, but to pass a bill that would guarantee Medicare for all. We speak with Dr. Carol Paris, president of Physicians for a National Health Program. She was arrested Monday during a protest against the Republican healthcare bill.
Headlines for July 19, 2017
Trump to "Let Obamacare Fail" After Republicans Fail on Health Bill, Al Gore Voices Support for Single-Payer Healthcare, House Budget Plan Guts Health and Welfare Spending, Boosts Military, President Trump Held Second G20 Talk with Russian President Putin, 8th Person at Don Jr. Meeting with Russians is Accused Money Launderer, State Department Moves to Shutter War Crimes Office, Yemen: 20 Civilians Killed Near Taiz as Saudis Block U.N. Flight, Saudi Arabia: Religious Police Arrest Woman for Wearing Miniskirt, Gaza Health Service Near Collapse Amid Electricity Cuts, U.S. Sanctions Iran After Certifying Compliance with Nuclear Deal, Moroccan Court Hands Down Harsh Sentences to Western Sahara Activists, Turkish Prosecutor Remands Human Rights Activists on Terror Charges, Venezuelan President Condemns White House Sanctions Threat, Cincinnati: No Retrial for White Officer Who Shot Black Motorist, Seattle Storm WNBA Team Partners with Planned Parenthood
Still Not Free: New Documentary "Life on Parole" Follows Former Prisoners Navigating Early Release
As more states try to reduce their prison population by placing more people on early release, The New York Times and "Frontline" profile four former prisoners as they navigate challenges faced during their first year on parole. We meet with some of them and speak with director Matthew O'Neill and journalist Shaila Dewan, the national criminal justice editor for The New York Times.
Amnesty Accuses U.S. Coalition of War Crimes in Mosul: Scale of Death Much Higher Than Acknowledged
Amnesty International's new report entitled "At Any Cost: The Civilian Catastrophe in West Mosul, Iraq" states the U.S. coalition may have committed war crimes in Mosul. We speak with Nicolette Waldman, co-author of the report and the Iraq researcher at Amnesty International.
The Ultimate Hypocrisy? Trump Plan to Renegotiate NAFTA Resembles TPP Deal He Withdrew From
The Trump administration has released their plans for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. Observers say they are surprisingly similar to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which Trump withdrew from in one of his first acts as president. As the White House kicks off its "Made in America"-themed week, labor leaders say the new NAFTA plan worsens protections for workers and would be "the ultimate in hypocrisy." "There's enough vagueness in the descriptions that it's unclear ... if we are going to reduce the offshoring of U.S. jobs, the pressure downward on wages in all the countries," says Public Citizen's Lori Wallach. She also notes that "[Trump] has refused to divest his business interests. He's refused to disclose what his full investments are in Mexico and Canada."
Headlines for July 18, 2017
Senate Republican Healthcare Plan Has Collapsed, For Now, Top Gov't Ethics Watchdog: U.S. is "Close to Laughingstock", White House Releases Plans for NAFTA Renegotiation, U.N. Urges Iraqi Gov't to Stop "Collective Punishment" of ISIS Family Members, South Korea Invites North Korea to Hold Military Talks at DMZ on Friday, Gaza Electricity Crisis Continues Amid Sweltering Summer Heat, Japan: Up to 700,000 Tons of Fukushima Waste Could Be Dumped in Pacific, Texas: White Former Cop Indicted for Murdering 15-Year-Old Jordan Edwards, MN: Justine Damond Killed by Police After Calling 911 to Report Possible Sexual Assault, Amid Missing Paperwork, Tens of Thousands Might Have Student Debt Erased
From Pence to Price: How Big Tobacco Gained Massive Influence Under Trump, Plans to Expand in Africa
From Vice President Mike Pence to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, a new Guardian report exposes how tobacco companies have gained unprecedented influence in Washington since the Trump administration came to power. Politicians with deep ties to the tobacco industry now head the U.S. Health Department, the top attorney's office and the Senate, even as tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death. The series also looks at how U.S. and British tobacco giants are trying to expand their global market, especially across Africa. We are joined by Jessica Glenza, health journalist for The Guardian.
In Precedent-Setting Trial, Lawyers Say Arizona's Ethnic Studies Ban is Discriminatory & Illegal
We go to Arizona, where a hearing is underway that will decide whether a ban on ethnic studies which eliminated the Mexican-American studies program in Tucson schools is unconstitutional. In 2010, Arizona passed a controversial law banning the teaching of any class designed for a particular ethnic group that would "promote resentment toward a race or class of people." Following the passage of the bill, then-Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal ruled in 2011 that the Mexican-American studies program violated the state law, despite an independent auditor's finding showing otherwise. The Tucson Unified School District ultimately suspended the acclaimed Mexican-American studies program in 2012 under the threat of losing up to $14 million of funding if they allowed it to continue. We are joined by Richard Martinez, one of the attorneys representing the families challenging the law.
How Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Undermines Civil Rights & Favors Predatory Lenders Over Students
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, joins us to discuss recent developments with billionaire Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, a longtime backer of charter schools and vouchers for private and religious schools. DeVos said earlier this month that she wanted to return the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights "to its role as a neutral, impartial, investigative agency." An official with the office came under fire last week after she said that most campus rape claims amount to two young people who are "both drunk." Meanwhile, attorneys general in 18 states are suing DeVos and the Department of Education over a rule to protect student loan borrowers that was set to go into effect on July 1, until DeVos announced a "reset" of the rule, known as "borrower defense to repayment."
Outrage Mounts as Saudi Arabia Plans Imminent Executions for 14 Accused Pro-Democracy Protesters
As President Trump vows not to let human rights concerns interfere with U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia, the country is set to execute 14 men, including Mujtaba'a al-Sweikat, who was only 17 when he was sentenced to death five years ago. He had planned to visit and attend Western Michigan University but was detained by airport authorities in Saudi Arabia for allegedly attending a pro-democracy rally earlier the same year. We speak with Maya Foa, director of the legal charity Reprieve. We also speak with Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, which is speaking out against the planned execution.
Headlines for July 17, 2017
Under Trump, Civilian Casualties Surge in U.S.-Led War on ISIS, Saudi Arabia: 14 Young Men Facing Execution for Participating in Protests, Republicans Delay Vote on Healthcare Bill as McCain Recovers from Surgery, At Least 8 People Attended Trump Jr.'s Meeting with Kremlin-Linked Lawyer, Trump Faces Protests at U.S. Women's Open at Trump National Golf Course, Trump's Approval Rating Plummets to Historic 70-Year Low, Turkish President Seeks to Extend State of Emergency for 3 More Months, Tens of Thousands Protest Corruption in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela: Millions Participate in Opposition's Unofficial Referendum, Puerto Rico: Oscar López Rivera Joins Protests Against Toxic Coal Ash Dumping, Arizona Court Hears Case over Ban on Ethnic Studies in Tucson Schools, Hundreds Participate in 18-Mile March to Protest National Rifle Association, Groundbreaking Iranian Mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani Dies at 40
Oscar-Nominated Actor James Cromwell Speaks Out Before Jail Time for Peaceful Anti-Fracking Protest
Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell is reporting to jail at 4 p.m. today in upstate New York after he was sentenced to a week behind bars for taking part in a nonviolent protest against a natural gas-fired power plant. Cromwell says he'll also launch a hunger strike. He was one of six activists arrested for blocking traffic at the sit-in outside the construction site of the 650-megawatt plant in Wawayanda, New York, in December of 2015. The activists say the plant would promote natural gas fracking in neighboring states and contribute to climate change. James Cromwell is known for his roles in some 50 Hollywood films, including "Babe," "The Artist," "The Green Mile" and "L.A. Confidential," as well as many television series, including "Six Feet Under." Democracy Now! spoke to him Thursday along with one of his co-defendants, Pramilla Malick. She is the founder of Protect Orange County, a community organization leading the opposition of the fracked gas power plant. She ran in 2016 for the New York state Senate.
Rep. Keith Ellison on GOP Healthcare Plan, Bill Targeting Muslims & Philando Castile Settlement
As Senate Republicans unveil their latest healthcare bill, they face opposition within their own party as well as sustained grassroots resistance to their plans. Eleven interfaith leaders, including the North Carolina NAACP president, Reverend William Barber, were arrested Thursday outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office in the latest series of demonstrations, We go to Capitol Hill to speak with Minnesota Democratic Congressmember Keith Ellison, deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee. Ellison, the first Muslim member of Congress, also discusses today's vote on a controversial proposal by Arizona Republican Congressmember Trent Franks that calls for identifying "Islamic religious doctrines, concepts or schools of thought" that could be used by terrorist groups, and the $3 million settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit of Philando Castile.
"Care in Chaos": New Documentary Uncovers Rising Tide of Attacks on Abortion Clinics Under Trump
A new documentary by Rewire chronicles the rising tide of harassment and violence against abortion providers and clinics under the Trump administration. Called "Care in Chaos," it features Calla Hales, director of A Preferred Women's Health Center, one of the busiest abortion clinics in North Carolina. She faces a gauntlet of harassment, threats and physical violence just to do her job.
Justice Neil Gorsuch Ends First SCOTUS Term Voting Consistently on Court's "Most Conservative Side"
We speak with Rewire legal analyst Jessica Mason Pieklo about how Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch emerged as one of the court’s most conservative justices as his first term came to an end in June.
New GOP Healthcare Bill Still a Huge Tax Cut for the Rich, Gutting Women's Care & Slashing Medicaid
A revised Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would gut Medicaid, give massive tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans and defund Planned Parenthood, making it harder for women to access breast cancer screenings and basic reproductive services. The revised bill is largely similar to the previous Senate bill, including plans to slash more than $700 billion from Medicaid by 2026. The Congressional Budget Office is expected to complete its assessment of this latest bill by early next week. Republican Senate leaders are pushing for a vote by the end of next week. We speak with Jessica Mason Pieklo, a legal analyst and vice president of law and the courts at Rewire.
Headlines for July 14, 2017
GOP Unveils Revised Health Bill to Gut Medicaid While Cutting Taxes, The Guardian: Under Trump, Big Tobacco Holds Unprecedented Influence, In France, Presidents Macron and Trump Seek Common Ground, Trump Makes Sexist Comments About French First Lady Brigitte Macron, Education Department Leaders Blasted over Sexual Assault Comments, Iraq: Videos Show U.S.-Backed Soldiers Executing Men in Mosul, Syria: Families Flee Raqqa as U.S.-Backed Assault Intensifies, Brazil: Former President Lula to Fight Conviction, Run for President, Brazil: Congressional Panel Proposes No Charges for President Temer, Imprisoned Chinese Activist and Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo Dies at 61, Federal Judge Expands Exemptions to Partial Trump Travel Ban, Trump Wants Transparent Border Wall to Protect Against Falling Drugs, California: Bakersfield Teen Assaulted by Police, Mauled by K9 Dog