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Democracy Now! is an independent daily TV & radio news program, hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González. We provide daily global news headlines, in-depth interviews and investigative reports without any advertisements or governm


Green Party's Jill Stein on Obstacles to Vote Recount: "This is Not What Democracy Looks Like"

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:53:03 -0500

A Wisconsin judge is set to decide if a recount of the state's presidential vote can proceed. We speak with Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein, who has requested recounts in three states where Donald Trump narrowly beat Hillary Clinton: Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. But Stein has faced obstacles in all three states. Today's hearing in Wisconsin comes after two pro-Trump groups, the Great America PAC and the Stop Hillary PAC, filed a federal lawsuit seeking to stop the recount process. Meanwhile, in Michigan, a judge has already halted the recount. Another hearing will be held in Pennsylvania today to decide if a recount there can begin.

SEIU President Mary Kay Henry Stands by Support for Clinton over Sanders in 2016 Election

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:49:41 -0500

The Service Employees International Union faced criticism for endorsing Hillary Clinton in November 2015 even though many labor activists saw Senator Bernie Sanders as the candidate with a stronger record on labor issues. Sanders was an early backer of the Fight for $15 movement, while Clinton faced criticism for her time serving on the board of Wal-Mart. SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry says she did not make a mistake in endorsing Clinton so early in the campaign.

"Call Out the Lies": SEIU Head Defends Union Leader Who Challenged Trump on False Carrier Job Claims

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:48:10 -0500

Donald Trump attacked union leader Chuck Jones on Twitter this week, after the president of United Steelworkers Local 1999 appeared on CNN criticizing Trump for breaking his promise to Carrier workers in Indiana. "I am proud of what Chuck Jones did," says Mary Kay Henry, international president of the Service Employees International Union, which represents 2 million workers in healthcare, public and property services. "We're going to need to stand up and speak out and have each other's backs and call out the lies of this administration and make it crystal clear that we're not backing down."

Trump's Labor Pick, Fast-Food CEO Andrew Puzder, Opposes Minimum Wage Increase & Paid Sick Leave

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:36:44 -0500

President-elect Donald Trump has picked fast-food CEO Andrew Puzder to become the next secretary of labor. Puzder is a longtime Republican donor who has been a vocal critic of raising the minimum wage, the Fight for 15 movement, expansion of overtime pay, paid sick leave and the Affordable Care Act. Puzder is also an anti-choice activist who has been accused of domestic violence. We get response from labor leader Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union, which represents over 2 million workers.

Oakland Fire Survivor: Create Affordable, Safe Living Spaces & Stop Treating Artists Like Criminals

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:14:59 -0500

Mourning continues in Oakland after the death of at least 36 people in a fire at the Ghost Ship warehouse, where the victims were overwhelmingly young artists, activists and community organizers. Many local artists and tenants' rights activists say the fire is a symptom of a failed urban housing policy where rising rents have forced people to live and make art in sometimes hazardous spaces. "We need safe spaces to be able to come into the light and to stop treating artists like criminals," says our guest, Nihar Bhatt, a Bay Area DJ and record label owner who survived the warehouse fire but lost seven friends.

Headlines for December 9, 2016

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:00:00 -0500

Trump Picks Fast-Food CEO Andrew Puzder as Labor Secretary, Democrats Say They'll Try to Block Scott Pruitt as EPA Head, NYC Real Estate Agents Pitch Trump's Secret Service as Trump Tower Amenity, Today Marks 3 Years Since Syrian Activist Razan Zaitouneh's Abduction, Amnesty: Half a Million Displaced in Turkey Amid Gov't Crackdown, South Korea Parliament Votes to Impeach President Park, Egypt: Human Rights Groups Denounce Arrest of Activist Azza Soliman, Scientists Warn Giraffes are at Risk of Extinction, Paris: Public Transport Free for Third Day to Combat Air Pollution, The Guardian: More Than 1,000 People Killed by Law Enforcement in U.S. This Year, Supreme Court Rules 4-4 Not to Halt Execution of Alabama Man, Standing Rock: Masked Men Threaten Water Protectors: "North Dakota People Are Going to F*** You Up", Cameroon: Police Kill 4 Anti-Government Protesters, Philippines: Families Denounce Extrajudicial Killings Ahead of Human Rights Day Saturday

Constitutional Lawyer: It's an "Outrage" That Judge Halted Michigan Presidential Election Recount

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 08:48:16 -0500

On Wednesday, a federal judge ordered Michigan's Board of Elections to stop the state's electoral recount. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith said he would abide by a court ruling that found that former Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein could not seek a recount. Goldsmith concluded, "A recount as an audit of the election has never been endorsed by any court." Stein has pledged to continue to push for a recount. Michigan is one of three battleground states where Stein had demanded a recount. The other two states are Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. President-elect Donald Trump narrowly defeated Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton in all three states. For more, we're joined by John Bonifaz, attorney and political activist specializing in constitutional law and voting rights. He was one of a group of leading election lawyers and computer scientists calling for a recount in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Meet the Republican Elector Who Is Refusing to Vote for Trump

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 08:36:37 -0500

A Republican member of the Electoral College has come out saying he will not vote for President-elect Donald Trump when the Electoral College convenes December 19. Christopher Suprun, a paramedic from Texas, wrote in an op-ed published in The New York Times on Monday that Trump is "not qualified for the office" of the presidency. He goes on to write, "The election of the next president is not yet a done deal. Electors of conscience can still do the right thing for the good of the country. Presidential electors have the legal right and a constitutional duty to vote their conscience." Suprun is the first Republican member of the Electoral College to publicly announce he won't vote for Trump. Meanwhile, a group of Democratic electors is trying to block Trump by encouraging electors of both parties in every state to unite behind a yet-to-be determined consensus Republican candidate. They've dubbed themselves the "Hamilton electors" after Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, who they say intended the Electoral College to safeguard the presidency. For more, we speak with Christopher Suprun.

The End of the EPA? Trump Taps Climate Change Denier & Fossil Fuel Ally Scott Pruitt to Head Agency

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 08:14:20 -0500

President-elect Donald Trump has announced he will nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt is seen as a close ally of the fossil fuel industry. In 2014, The New York Times revealed that Pruitt and other Republican attorneys general had formed what the paper described as an "unprecedented, secretive alliance" with the nation's top energy producers to fight Obama's climate efforts. Senator Bernie Sanders said, "Pruitt's record is not only that of being a climate change denier, but also someone who has worked closely with the fossil fuel industry to make this country more dependent, not less, on fossil fuels." For more, we speak with May Boeve, executive director of 350 Action, and Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch.

Headlines for December 8, 2016

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 08:00:00 -0500

Trump Picks Oil & Gas Advocate Scott Pruitt to Head EPA, Trump Picks Retired Gen. John Kelly as Homeland Security Secretary, Trump Attacks Carrier Union Leader Who Says Trump "Lied His Ass Off", Syria: Gov't Forces Continue to Seize Parts of Eastern Aleppo, Indonesia: 6.5-Magnitude Earthquake Kills More Than 100, Philippines: Waves of Extrajudicial Killings Continue, Aided by U.S. Funding, HRW: Remnants of U.S. Weapons Found at Site of Yemen Airstrike That Killed 30 Civilians, SC: Testimony Begins in Murder Trial of Dylann Roof, Report: Border Patrol Uses Desert as "Weapon," Leading to Death & Disappearance, Texas: For-Profit Detention Centers Continue Holding Families, Despite Judge's Ruling, ACLU Michigan Sues Customs & Border Agency over Warrantless Searches, Ilhan Omar Speaks Out After Islamophobic Attack After White House Meeting, Portland to Tax Companies Whose CEOs Earn More Than 100 Times Workers, Palestinian Activist Rasmea Odeh Wins New Trial

Housing Advocate: It's Scary That Trump HUD Secretary Pick Ben Carson Thinks Poverty is a Choice

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:47:13 -0500

Donald Trump has picked retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson to serve as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD. Trump picked Carson even though the doctor has no experience in housing or urban policy. Last month, Carson told The Washington Post, "Having me as a federal bureaucrat would be like a fish out of water, quite frankly." For more, we speak with Jumaane Williams, New York city councilmember for District 45 and chair of the city's Housing and Buildings Committee. He has spent much of his career fighting for affordable housing.

Noam Chomsky & Harry Belafonte in Conversation on Trump, Sanders, the KKK, Rebellious Hearts & More

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:13:17 -0500

On Monday, over 2,000 people packed into Riverside Church in Manhattan to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Democracy Now! It was an historic occasion in part because it marked the first time Noam Chomsky and Harry Belafonte appeared on stage together in conversation. The two have been longtime champions of social justice. Chomsky is a world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author who gained fame in the 1960s for his critique of the Vietnam War and U.S. imperialism. He is institute professor emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has taught for more than 50 years. Harry Belafonte is a longtime civil rights activist who was an immensely popular singer and actor. He was one of Martin Luther King's closest confidants and helped organize the March on Washington in 1963.

Headlines for December 7, 2016

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:00:00 -0500

Syrian Gov't Forces Seize Up to 75% of Eastern Aleppo from Rebels, U.S.-Backed Iraqi Military Advances on Mosul Center in Fight Against ISIS, Obama Gives Final National Security Address, Trump Fires Michael Flynn's Son from Transition Team for Sharing Fake News, Trump Meets with NC Gov. Pat McCrory Today, NYC: Dozens Protest Outside Wells Fargo Pipeline Symposium, Standing Rock: Protectors Demand Police End Roadblock Amid Blizzard Evacuations, North Dakota Officials Shut Down Pipeline After Oil Leaks into Creek, Canadian Minister Apologizes for Threatening to Deploy Troops to Quell Pipeline Protests, Montana: Thousands of Geese Die After Landing on Toxic Water of Open-Pit Mine, Israel Deports African Theologian over BDS Advocacy, Colombia: Kidnap, Rape & Murder of 7-Year-Old Girl Sparks Protests, Greece: Riot Police Attack Protesters at Anti-Police Brutality March, Louisiana: Man Arrested for Killing Fmr. NFL Player Joe McKnight, After Outrage, Ohio Lawmakers Pass Severe Anti-Abortion "Heartbeat" Legislation, Former Black Panther Maliki Shakur Latine is Free After 37 Years

Patti Smith Dedicates Song to Oakland Fire Victims & Young People Who Died on Frontlines of Struggle

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:54:09 -0500

The legendary singer, poet and author Patti Smith performed two songs Monday night at Riverside Church celebrating Democracy Now!'s 20th anniversary. She opened with "Peaceable Kingdom," a song she wrote for Rachel Corrie, the American activist killed by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza in 2003. Smith dedicated the song to the young artists who died in Friday's fire in Oakland, as well as young journalists and activists who have lost their lives.

Juan González on 20 Years of Democracy Now! & Keeping Dissident Alternative News Alive

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:50:01 -0500

Award-winning reporter and longtime activist Juan González has been a fixture of Democracy Now! since its first broadcast more than 20 years ago. A former organizer with the Young Lords and a longtime reporter for the New York Daily News, Juan González spoke Monday night at Democracy Now!'s 20-year celebration at New York City's historic Riverside Church about the need to keep alternative news alive.

Actor & Activist Danny Glover: We Must Organize in the Spirit of Martin Luther King Jr.

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:46:25 -0500

On Monday night, actor and activist Danny Glover spoke at Democracy Now!'s 20th anniversary at Riverside Church—the very same place where civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his historic speech against the Vietnam War in 1967. As Danny Glover addressed more than 2,000 people, he called on the crowd and the country to organize once again in the spirit of Martin Luther King.

Harry Belafonte to President Obama: Free Native Activist Leonard Peltier Now

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:45:07 -0500

On Monday night, legendary musician, actor and activist Harry Belafonte joined Democracy Now! at New York City's historic Riverside Church to celebrate the program's 20th anniversary. As he addressed the crowd, he celebrated the recent victory by Native Americans fighting the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline at Standing Rock in North Dakota and called on President Obama to free Native activist Leonard Peltier before he leaves office.

"Welcome to the Fourth Reich": Legendary Actor Harry Belafonte on the Election of Donald Trump

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:41:02 -0500

On Monday night, legendary musician, actor and activist Harry Belafonte addressed more than 2,000 people who had gathered to celebrate Democracy Now!'s 20th anniversary at New York City's historic Riverside Church—the same location where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. came out against the Vietnam War in 1967. The son of Jamaican immigrants, Belafonte grew up on the streets of Harlem and Jamaica. In the 1950s, he spearheaded the calypso craze and became the first artist in recording history with a million-selling album. Along with his rise to worldwide stardom, Belafonte became deeply involved in the civil rights movement and was one of Dr. King's closest confidants. Belafonte spoke about Donald Trump's election.

From Climate Change to Nuclear War, Noam Chomsky Warns of Literal Threats to Our Survival

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:27:45 -0500

On Monday night, Democracy Now! celebrated its 20th anniversary at the historic Riverside Church in New York City. Among those who addressed more than 2,000 attendants was world-renowned linguistic Noam Chomsky, who spoke about the two most dangerous threats the human species faces today: the possibility of nuclear war and the accelerating destruction of human-fueled climate change.

Noam Chomsky: Trump's Climate Change Denialism Will Accelerate Global Race to Destruction

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:18:16 -0500

On Monday night at Riverside Church, world-renowned linguist and political dissident Noam Chomsky spoke at Democracy Now!'s 20th anniversary celebration in New York City. He spoke in front of a live audience of more than 2,000 people about the dangers of Trump's climate change denialism—and what it means for the future of the human species.

Noam Chomsky: Trump's Victory Recalls Memories of Hitler & Fascism's Spread Across Europe

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:12:26 -0500

On Monday, over 2,000 people packed into the historic Riverside Church here in Manhattan to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Democracy Now! Democracy Now! first went on the air on the eve of the 1996 New Hampshire primary. The date was February 19, 1996. The show began as a radio show on a handful of stations. Today, over 5,000 episodes later, Democracy Now! airs on over 1,400 TV and radio stations across the globe. Among those who spoke at Monday night's celebration was Noam Chomsky, world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author, who spoke about Donald Trump's election.

Headlines for December 6, 2016

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:00:00 -0500

Mistrial Declared in Murder Trial of White Cop Who Shot Walter Scott in the Back, Republican Elector Says He Will Not Vote for Donald Trump on Dec. 19, Florida Voters Sue for Presidential Election Recount, Mismatched Ballot Numbers Hamper Michigan Election Recount, Trump Meets with Former VP Al Gore to Discuss Climate Change, WashPost: Pentagon Buried Study Revealing $125B in Bureaucratic Waste, Israeli Parliament Moves to Legalize Thousands of Illegal Settlements, Western Sahara: Media Activist Walid Fatal Sentenced to 14 Months in Prison, Veterans at Standing Rock Ask Forgiveness for Military's Crimes Against Native Americans, Trump Advisers Propose Privatizing Native American Reservations, Flint Residents Warn Lead-Poisoned Water Still Undrinkable, Muslim Transit Worker Attacked, Pushed Down Stairs in Latest Hate Crime, Oakland Residents Mourn Deaths of 36 Artists, Activists in Warehouse Fire, Baltimore Shuts Down Artists' Space Bell Foundry, Georgia Slated to Execute William Sallie Tonight

"Financial Disaster": Could Dakota Access Pipeline Lose Its Contracts with Oil Companies on Jan. 1?

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:50:59 -0500

Throughout November, protesters held dozens of demonstrations worldwide at banks to demand they divest from the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline. Already, the largest bank in Norway, DNB, has been pressured to sell its assets in the companies behind the pipeline, and it's considering whether to terminate three separate loans the bank has made to finance the project. Meanwhile, a new report has exposed the "Rickety Finances Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline." Published by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis and the Sightline Institute, it spotlights a potential economic weakness of the project: the January 1 deadline by which Energy Transfer Partners had promised oil companies it would have completed construction. Missing the January 1 deadline opens up the possibility the pipeline company may lose its contracts with oil companies. We speak with co-author Clark Williams-Derry, director of energy finance at the Sightline Institute, and Michael Vendiola, member of the Swinomish Indian tribal community who helped organize a protest at Wells Fargo in solidarity with Standing Rock and with the Canadian First Nations resisting another major oil pipeline—the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion project.

Tara Houska: Denying #DAPL Permit is "Momentous Occasion," But We Must Remain Vigilant

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:41:53 -0500

On Sunday, celebrations erupted at Standing Rock after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it had denied the Dakota Access pipeline company a permit to build the final segment of the $3.8 billion project and would study a possible reroute of the pipeline. But what alternative routes will be considered? What will the process of an environmental impact statement look like? Can this decision be reversed once President-elect Donald Trump takes office? And what's next for the resistance movement? To answer some of those questions, we speak with Tara Houska, national campaigns director for Honor the Earth. She is Ojibwe from Couchiching First Nation.

As Thousands of Vets Descend on Standing Rock, U.S. Army Backs Down and Halts Pipeline Construction

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:29:47 -0500

The announcement from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that it would deny a permit to Energy Party Transfers to drill under the Missouri River came as thousands of Native and non-Native military veterans descended on Standing Rock, vowing to form a human shield around the water protectors, who have faced an increasingly violent police crackdown. We are joined by Remy, a Navy veteran and member of the Navajo Nation.

Standing Rock Sioux Chair Hails Army Corps of Engineers Decision to Reroute Dakota Access Pipeline

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:13:45 -0500

In an historic win for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota and the environment, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the pipeline, a permit to drill underneath Lake Oahe on the Missouri River—officially halting construction on the Dakota Access pipeline. The project has faced months of resistance from the Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota, members of more than 200 indigenous nations from across the Americas and thousands of their non-Native allies—all concerned the pipeline's construction will destroy sacred Sioux sites and that a pipeline leak could contaminate the Missouri River, which serves as a water supply for millions. We get reaction from Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II.

Headlines for December 5, 2016

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:00:00 -0500

Army Denies Dakota Access Pipeline Company Permit —Halting Construction for Now, Report: Trump-Taiwan Call Planned, Intentionally Provocative, Trump Taps Fair Housing Critic Ben Carson to Head HUD, Trump Broadens Search for Secretary of State, Michigan Set to Begin Presidential Recount, 33 Die in Massive Fire at Artist Collective in Oakland, Fidel Castro's Ashes Interred Next to Cuban Independence Hero José Martí, Green Party Takes Austrian Presidency, Defeating Far-Right Freedom Party, Italy PM Announces Resignation After Referendum Rejected, Louisiana Man Set Free After Fatally Shooting Ex-NFL Player in Road Rage Incident, Jurors to Resume Deliberations in Michael Slager Trial, 500 Immigrant Women & Children Released from Family Detention in Texas, U.S. Priest Assassinated in Guatemala Declared a Martyr by the Vatican, NC Man Arrested After Shooting at D.C. Restaurant at Center of Fake "Pizzagate" Story, Trump Takes to Twitter to Criticize SNL's Portrayal of His Twitter Use, Mike Pence's New Neighbors Greet Him with Rainbow-Colored Flags

Can the U.S. Detain Immigrants Indefinitely? Supreme Court Hears Case as Trump Prepares for Office

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:48:08 -0500

Promises by President-elect Donald Trump to deport millions of immigrants have drawn new attention to whether they can be detained indefinitely as they fight their cases. Currently immigrants have no right to a bond hearing. This is different from U.S. citizens who face trial in criminal court and can have a judge examine their case and determine if they should remain in jail until it is resolved. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court held a hearing on this issue in a case that could give immigrants the same right. We speak with Alina Das, a professor at the NYU School of Law, where she co-directs the Immigrant Rights Clinic, and with Hilarion Joseph, who was held for three years and two months in immigrant detention without a bond hearing when he faced deportation after his conviction for transporting weapons. He won his case and was released, and this year he became a U.S. citizen.

Bankers Behind "Great Foreclosure Machine" Join Trump's Cabinet as Treasury & Commerce Secretaries

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:42:54 -0500

We look at two of Donald Trump's Cabinet picks: Steven Mnuchin for treasury secretary and Wilbur Ross for commerce secretary. Mnuchin has deep ties on Wall Street, including working as a partner for Goldman Sachs, and his hedge fund played a role in the housing crisis after it scooped up the failing California bank IndyMac in 2008. Trump's commerce secretary pick, Wilbur Ross, is a billionaire private equity investor who specializes in flipping bankrupt companies for profit, often buying the U.S. companies at low prices and then selling them to overseas investors. He and his companies have sometimes shipped jobs and factories overseas—practices Donald Trump has railed against. We are joined by David Dayen, whose recent article for The Nation is "Wilbur Ross and Steve Mnuchin—Profiteers of the Great Foreclosure Machine—Go to Washington."

John McCain Tears into Reporters Who Exposed Deceptive Recruiting at For-Profit University of Phoenix

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:38:17 -0500

At an Armed Services Committee hearing on Wednesday, Senator John McCain attacked reporting by our guest, Aaron Glantz, on the University of Phoenix's deceptive recruiting practices that prompted the Pentagon to put the for-profit school on probation for deceptive recruiting practices. The move was welcomed by consumer advocates and veterans groups. We air an excerpt of the report for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and get Glantz's response.

Veterans Helped Trump Win, But Critics Warn He May Dismantle Their Public Medical Care

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:33:26 -0500

Exit polls show Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton two to one among veterans, and analysts say they may have delivered the presidency to Trump because of the high percentage of veterans in Wisconsin and Michigan. "He never made really explicit promises beyond the promise that if you could not get an appointment quickly from the [Veterans Administration], that you could go see a private doctor," says longtime veterans' affairs reporter Aaron Glantz. "This has a lot of people worried that he will dismantle the VA system, which was built up over many generations, a national network of hospitals and many dedicated professionals who are real specialists in the needs of people wounded in war."

Expert on Trump Business Conflicts: "There are Hard Ethical Questions in Life. This Not One of Them"

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:24:09 -0500

Ethics experts say President-elect Donald Trump must divest from his businesses to avoid conflicts of interest. "There are hard ethical questions in life, and this is not one of them," says Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, who has written that "Trump’s Conflicts of Interest are Unprecedented in American History." Also with us in San Francisco is Aaron Glantz, senior reporter at Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, where his latest investigation is headlined "Trump's Indonesia hotel deals hint at his form of foreign relations."

Trump's Deal That "Saved Jobs" at Carrier Based on a $7 Million Tax Break & Reduced Regulations

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:13:06 -0500

President-elect Donald Trump kicked off his victory tour Thursday by touting his involvement in Carrier's decision to keep some jobs in the U.S. instead of moving them all to Mexico. Carrier is a multibillion-dollar company, and the Pentagon is the largest customer of its parent company, United Technologies. Trump said the deal for Carrier to keep the jobs in state reportedly includes a $7 million incentive package with tax breaks and reduced regulations. Meanwhile, about 1,000 workers for the company in Indiana will reportedly still lose their jobs. We speak with Public Citizen's president, Robert Weissman.

Headlines for December 2, 2016

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:00:00 -0500

Trump Picks Ex-General James Mattis for Defense Secretary, At Rally in Cincinnati Trump Repeatedly Attacks Media, Sanders: Trump Carrier Deal Sets Dangerous Precedent for All Workers, Trump Considers Current & Former ExxonMobil CEOs for Secretary of State, Trump Issues Support for $3.8 Billion Dakota Access Pipeline, Minneapolis: Protesters Lock Down to Demand Wells Fargo Divest from Dakota Access Pipeline, Canada: Mohawks Blockade Oil Freight Trains from Crossing Their Land, Chippewas Sue Canadian Supreme Court over Enbridge Pipeline, Students Hold 2nd Day of Action Demanding "Sanctuary Campuses", Pentagon Says Strike Killed 2 Dozen in Syria, But Groups Say Death Toll Much Higher, French President Hollande Will Not Run Again in Next Year's Election, U.N.: Burma Army May Be Committing Crimes Against Humanity Against Rohingyas, Obama Admin Challenges Ruling Blocking Extended Overtime Bill, Cuba Continues Nine Days of Mourning for Leader Fidel Castro

Public (School) Enemy No. 1: Billionaire Betsy DeVos, Trump's Pick for Education Secretary

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:43:33 -0500

Donald Trump has tapped conservative billionaire Betsy DeVos to serve as education secretary. DeVos is the former chair of the Michigan Republican Party and a longtime backer of charter schools and vouchers for private and religious schools. In response, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said, "In nominating Devos Trump makes it loud and clear that his education policy will focus on privatizing, defunding and destroying public education in America." Since 1970, the DeVos family has invested at least $200 million in various right-wing causes. DeVos’s father-in-law is the co-founder of Amway, and her brother is Erik Prince, founder of the mercenary firm Blackwater. For more, we speak to former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch, Center for Media and Democracy Executive Director Lisa Graves, and elected member of the Detroit Board of Education Tawanna Simpson.

Cornel West: I Am Heading to Standing Rock to Show Solidarity with Historic Indigenous Uprising

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:37:27 -0500

Amnesty International is calling on the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the violent police crackdown against Native American water protectors and their allies fighting the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline at Standing Rock in North Dakota. The call comes after Amnesty sent a delegation of human rights observers to witness the crackdown, which has included police using rubber bullets, tear gas, concussion grenades, sound cannons, water cannons in subfreezing temperatures, and other military-style weapons that have injured hundreds of people. We speak to Cornel West about why he is soon heading out to Standing Rock to show solidarity.

Cornel West on Keith Lamont Scott Case: Yet Again an Officer Gets Away with Killing a Black Man

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:30:28 -0500

In Charlotte, North Carolina, people took to the streets Wednesday night to protest the announcement that police officer Brentley Vinson will not face charges for fatally shooting African-American father Keith Lamont Scott. We talk to Cornel West about the Keith Lamont Scott case and the national issue of police brutality.

Cornel West: Unlike Bernie Sanders, I'm Not Convinced the Democratic Party Can Be Reformed

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:23:50 -0500

In the wake of Donald Trump’s election victory over Hillary Clinton, some progressives are now pushing a shake-up of the Democratic Party’s leadership in efforts to reform the party. But Cornel West says he doubts the Democratic Party can be reformed. During the Democratic primary, West endorsed Bernie Sanders. Sanders later picked him to serve on the Democratic platform committee. After Hillary Clinton won the nomination, West made headlines when he endorsed Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. For more, we speak with West about the Democratic Party and what organizing looks like in the wake of the election.

Cornel West on Donald Trump: This is What Neo-Fascism Looks Like

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:13:51 -0500

President-elect Donald Trump has announced a handful of new Cabinet picks with deep ties to Wall Street. On Tuesday, he named Steven Mnuchin to be treasury secretary. Mnuchin is a former executive for Goldman Sachs, where his father also worked. Mnuchin’s hedge fund also played a role in the housing crisis, after it scooped up the failing California bank IndyMac in 2008. Under Mnuchin’s ownership, IndyMac foreclosed on 36,000 families, particularly elderly residents trapped in reverse mortgages. Mnuchin was accused of running a "foreclosure machine." Trump has also picked billionaire private equity investor Wilbur Ross to be commerce secretary. Ross specializes in flipping bankrupt companies for profit, often buying the U.S. companies at low prices and then selling them to overseas investors. He and his companies have sometimes engaged in the very practices Donald Trump rails against: shipping jobs and factories overseas. For more on these picks, we speak with Cornel West, professor emeritus at Princeton University. During the Democratic primary he endorsed Bernie Sanders. After Hillary Clinton won the nomination, West made headlines when he endorsed Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein.

Headlines for December 1, 2016

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:00:00 -0500

4 Arrested in Charlotte Protests After DA Says No Charges for Officer Who Killed Keith Lamont Scott, Second National Day of Action for "Sanctuary Campus" Movement, "Day of Jewish Resistance": 30 Cities Protest Trump Strategist Stephen Bannon, Trump Heads to Indiana, Where He Claims to Have Saved 1,000 Jobs, Nancy Pelosi Retains Position of House Democratic Leader, Amnesty Demands Justice Dept. Probe Violent Police Crackdown at Standing Rock, ND Approves $7M More to Police #NoDAPL & Threatens to Fine People Bringing Supplies to Camp, Report: Obama's EPA Watered Down Key Study of Fracking and Water Contamination, Colombian Congress Approves New Peace Deal with FARC Rebels, Yemen: Number of Suspected Cholera Cases Increases Amid War, Australia: Protesters Demand Gov't Close Island Refugee Camps, Planned Parenthood Challenges Anti-Abortion Laws in AK, MO & NC, Texas to Require Fetal Remains Be Buried or Cremated, Nicaragua: Police Open Fire on Campesino Caravan en Route to Capital, Bolivia: Thousands Protest Water Shortages as Some Flee to Peru in Search of Water, Demonstrations Planned in Major Cities for World AIDS Day

Cybersecurity Expert Bruce Schneier: American Elections Will Be Hacked

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:49:34 -0500

"American Elections Will Be Hacked.'" That's the title of a recent article in The New York Times by our next guest, the leading cybersecurity and privacy researcher Bruce Schneier. Schneier warns, "Our newly computerized voting systems are vulnerable to attack by both individual hackers and government-sponsored cyberwarriors. It is only a matter of time before such an attack happens." Schneier is a security technologist and fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society and author of the book "Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World."

Former Law Clerk: Antonin Scalia Is Turning in Grave over Trump's Threat to Jail Flag Burners

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:46:32 -0500

Donald Trump also sparked controversy on Tuesday when he made two unconstitutional proposals in a single tweet, writing, "Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag - if they do, there must be consequences - perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!" The Supreme Court has ruled twice that flag burning is protected under the First Amendment. The Supreme Court has also ruled it's unconstitutional to strip people of citizenship for most crimes, including desertion. We speak to Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig, who once clerked for Antonin Scalia.

Lawrence Lessig: The Electoral College Is Constitutionally Allowed to Choose Clinton over Trump

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:35:50 -0500

As we continue to talk about the U.S. election system, we turn now to Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig, who sparked debate over the issue of the Electoral College with his recent op-ed published in The Washington Post titled "The Constitution lets the electoral college choose the winner. They should choose Clinton." Lessig is a Harvard Law professor who briefly ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 2015. He also is the author of "Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress—and a Plan to Stop It."

Jill Stein: Recounts are Necessary Because Electronic Voting Invites Tampering, Hacking, Human Error

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:14:02 -0500

Former presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein is continuing her efforts to force recounts in three states: Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan. But on Tuesday the effort faced a setback as a Wisconsin judge refused to order a statewide hand recount. Instead, the judge ruled that each of the state's 72 county clerks can decide on their own how to carry out the recount. Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin by less than 30,000 votes out of 2.8 million cast. The result was even closer in Michigan, where Trump won by just 12,000 votes. Stein is expected to file paperwork in Michigan by today's deadline to request a recount there. More than 130,000 people have donated more than $6.5 million Stein's efforts—that's nearly double how much Stein raised during her presidential effort. We speak to Jill Stein.

Headlines for November 30, 2016

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:00:00 -0500

Trump Picks Billionaire Steven Mnuchin, Operator of "Foreclosure Machine," for Treasury Secretary, Trump Picks Billionaire Wilbur Ross for Commerce Secretary, Trump Picks Elaine Chao for Transportation Secretary, Trump Proposes Doubly Unconstitutional Punishment for Flag Burning, Protests in 340 Cities Demand $15-an-Hour Minimum Wage, Journalist & Activist Barrett Brown Released from Prison, Kashmir: Independence Rebels Attack Indian Army Base, Killing 7, Brazil: 10,000 Protest Austerity as Senate Approves Cap on Federal Spending, Central American Mothers Search for Children Missing in Mexico, Canada: PM Trudeau Approves 2 Major Tar Sands Pipelines, Al Gore: Dakota Access Pipeline is an "Absolute Atrocity", Australia's Great Barrier Reef Has Worst Die-Off on Record, 3 Killed by Fires in Tennessee, 3 Die in Alabama Tornado, South Carolina: Judge Allows Dylann Roof to Represent Himself at Trial, Arizona: Guatemalan Woman Detained at For-Profit Eloy Center Dies in ICE Custody, Former Black Panther Sundiata Acoli Denied Parole After 40+ Years in Prison

Will We Be Feeling the Bern in 2020?: Sanders on Whether He'd Ever Run for President Again

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:50:52 -0500

In the wake of Donald Trump's presidential election victory, many Sanders supporters now wonder if he would have been the stronger candidate to face Donald Trump in the general election than Hillary Clinton. Sanders is now working to rebuild the Democratic Party from inside and out. Earlier this month, he was elected to a leadership position in the Senate as the new chair of outreach for Senate Democrats. In addition, Sanders is leading the push for Congressmember Keith Ellison to become the next head of the Democratic National Committee. But would Sanders himself run in 2020? On Monday night, Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman sat down with Senator Sanders for his most extensive broadcast interview since the election at the Free Library of Philadelphia, where she asked him whether he might "feel the Bern" again in 2020.

Bernie Sanders on the Life and Legacy of Late Cuban Revolutionary Fidel Castro

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:44:22 -0500

Cuba has begun nine days of mourning following the death of revolutionary leader and former President Fidel Castro, who died Friday at the age of 90. In Havana, tens of thousands of people lined up to pay their respects to Castro, who launched the Cuban revolution to oust the U.S.-backed Cuban dictator, Fulgencio Batista, and went on to lead Cuba for nearly a half-century. On Monday night, Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman sat down with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for an interview in front of a live audience at the Free Library of Philadelphia, where he spoke about the life and legacy of the revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.

Bernie Sanders on Green Party's Effort to Force Recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan & Pennsylvania

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:42:23 -0500

Green Party presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein has filed a lawsuit in efforts to force ballot recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. On Monday night at the Free Library in Philadelphia, Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman sat down with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders to speak about the recount effort.

Sanders on Trump: We Need to Think Every Day How to Mobilize People to Defeat This Horrific Agenda

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:32:26 -0500

In the wake of Donald Trump's election victory, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has vowed to fight against Trump's proposed policies to build a wall across the entire length of the U.S.-Mexico border, to reinstate a database for immigrants from majority-Muslim countries and to deport millions of undocumented immigrants. On Monday night, Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman sat down for an interview with Senator Sanders, who spoke about what it looks like to hold Trump and the Republican Party accountable.

Bernie Sanders on the Dakota Access Pipeline & Treaty Rights Violations by U.S. Government

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:28:45 -0500

While former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remained silent on the ongoing fight against the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline at Standing Rock in North Dakota, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has been a vocal supporter of the water protectors. As winter sets in and the water protectors continue their struggle to stop the pipeline, Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman asked Sanders about the Dakota Access pipeline struggle at a sit-down interview at the Free Library of Philadelphia on Monday night.

Bernie Sanders: "I Was Stunned" by Corporate Media Blackout During Democratic Primary

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:21:47 -0500

When Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders first launched his campaign, the mainstream media called him a fringe candidate and largely ignored his campaign. But during the Democratic primary, the independent, self-identified socialist shocked the nation by winning 22 states and about 45 percent of pledged delegates while challenging Hillary Clinton, who began her campaign with the support of the entire Democratic Party establishment. Many Sanders supporters now wonder if he would have been the stronger candidate to face Donald Trump in the general election. On Monday night, Bernie Sanders sat down with Amy Goodman for an interview in front of a live audience at the Free Library of Philadelphia and spoke about the corporate media, the Democratic primary and when he began to "feel the Bern."

Democracy Now! Special: Bernie Sanders on Trump's Victory & the Need to Rebuild the Democratic Party

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:11:43 -0500

In a Democracy Now! special, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders sat down with Amy Goodman at the Free Library of Philadelphia on Monday night in his most extensive broadcast interview since Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton two weeks ago. He began by speaking about Donald Trump's election night victory and the need to rebuild the Democratic Party.

Headlines for November 29, 2016

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:00:00 -0500

In Major Offensive, Syrian Gov't Seizes Control of Northeast Aleppo, Cuba in 9 Days of Mourning Following Fidel Castro's Death, Trump Picks Anti-Obamacare, Anti-Abortion Rep. Tom Price to Be Health Secretary, White Supremacist Richard Spencer to Speak at Texas A&M University, Colombia: Plane Crash Kills 76, Including Journalists & Soccer Players, Tens of Thousands #Fightfor15 on National Day of Disruption, National Lawyers Guild Sues Morton County Sheriff, Police for Excessive Force, 2,000 Vets to Head to Standing Rock as North Dakota Cuts Off Emergency Services to Camps, Canada: First Nations Fight Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion, South Korea's President Offers to Resign Amid Corruption Scandal, India: Thousands Protest Prime Minister's Monetary Devaluation, Attack at Ohio State U. Leaves 11 Injured Before Attacker Shot Dead, Jimmy Carter Calls on Obama to Recognize Palestine Before Leaving Office

Will Trump Roll Back Efforts to Normalize Relations Between Havana & Washington?

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:52:03 -0500

President-elect Donald Trump has condemned the thawing of relations between the United States and Cuba, and after the death of leader Fidel Castro, he called him a "brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades." Trump has also vowed to withdraw from diplomatic relations if he believes his new demands go unmet in the future. We speak with Peter Kornbluh, co-author with William LeoGrande of "Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations Between Washington and Havana."

How Fidel Castro Showed Latin America There was a Way to Resist U.S. Imperialism

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:48:00 -0500

As we revisit the life and legacy of former Cuban President Fidel Castro, we examine how Cuba's revolutionary ideals spread throughout Latin America. The failed invasion of the Bay of Pigs was widely celebrated as the first defeat of imperialism in the Americas, notes Lou Pérez, professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He says, "that victory just reverberated across Latin America and, perhaps more than anything else, suggested that a people resolved, with a leader resolved, with a capacity to resist intervention, perhaps it was indeed possible."

The Untold Story of Cuba's Support for African Independence Movements Under Fidel Castro

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:34:43 -0500

Across the developing world, former Cuban President Fidel Castro was viewed as a hero who stood up to the United States and assisted Marxist guerrillas and revolutionary governments around the world. In the 1970s, he sent Cuban troops to Angola to support a left-wing government over the initial objections of Russia. Cuba helped defeat South African insurgents in Angola and win Namibia's independence from South Africa in 1990, adding pressure on the apartheid regime. After Nelson Mandela was freed from prison in 1990, he repeatedly thanked Castro. We feature excerpts of Castro speaking about Cuba's role in Angola and South Africa, including a clip of his first meeting with anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, and speak with Bill Fletcher, a founder of the Black Radical Congress, and Peter Kornbluh, director of the Cuba Documentation Project and co-author of "Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations Between Washington and Havana."

After Surviving 600 Assassination Attempts & Outlasting 11 U.S. Presidents, Fidel Castro Dies at 90

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:12:50 -0500

We host a roundtable discussion on the life and legacy of Cuban revolutionary leader and former President Fidel Castro, who died Friday at the age of 90. He survived 11 U.S. presidents and more than 600 assassination attempts, many orchestrated by the CIA. Castro died 60 years to the day after he, his brother Raúl, Che Guevara and 80 others set sail from Mexico in 1956 to begin what became the Cuban revolution to oust the U.S.-backed Cuban dictator, Fulgencio Batista. The revolution would inspire revolutionary efforts across the globe and lead Castro to become one of the archenemies of the United States. Our guests are journalist and activist Bill Fletcher, a founder of the Black Radical Congress; Peter Kornbluh, director of the Cuba Documentation Project and co-author of "Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations Between Washington and Havana"; and Louis A. Pérez Jr., a professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of several books, including "Cuba: Between Reform and Revolution."

Headlines for November 28, 2016

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:00:00 -0500

Fidel Castro, Leader of Cuban Revolution, Dies at 90, Trump Claims Millions of Illegal Voters Cost Him Popular Vote, Clinton Team Joins Jill Stein Effort for Election Recount, Trump Taps Billionaire Charter School Advocate Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary, Israel Praises Nikki Haley Pick as U.N. Ambassador, Trump Aide Criticizes Romney as Potential Secretary of State Pick, Army Corps of Engineers to Close Access to Standing Rock Protest Camp, Jackson Browne Plays Anti-DAPL Concert in North Dakota, U.N.: Half a Million Children Live in Besieged Areas, Pentagon Reports First U.S. Combat Death in Syria, Obama Moves to Expand Military Operations in Somalia, Israel Announces Plan to Build 500 New Settlement Homes in Jerusalem, 47th National Day of Mourning Held on Thanksgiving at Plymouth Rock