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Special Report: Obama's Controversial Policy of Immigrant Family Detention Could Expand Under Trump

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:48:12 -0500

We look at one of the most controversial policies President Obama passes on to Donald Trump: family detention. Since 2014, thousands of Central American women and children seeking asylum have been held in private jails. Despite complaints of medical neglect and poor oversight, the Obama administration resisted calls to end the practice. Now, advocates worry Trump could expand it, with even less oversight. Democracy Now! correspondent Renée Feltz reports from the Texas-Mexico border.

Insane Clown President: Matt Taibbi Chronicles Election of "Billionaire Hedonist" Donald Trump

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:25:15 -0500

As a new study by Oxfam finds the world's eight richest men control as much wealth as the poorest half of humanity, the group says it is concerned that wealth inequality will continue to grow following the election of Donald Trump, whose Cabinet members have a combined wealth of nearly $11 billion. We look at the rise of Trump, and those joining his administration, with award-winning Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi. His new book comes out today, titled "Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus."

Trump Attacks Civil Rights Icon John Lewis on MLK Weekend; Watch Lewis Recall Bloody Sunday 1965

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:15:33 -0500

At least 42 Democrats plan to boycott Donald Trump's presidential inauguration this Friday, after Trump used the weekend to attack civil rights icon John Lewis. On Friday, Democratic Congressmember Lewis questioned the legitimacy of Trump's election during an interview on NBC News. Early on Saturday morning on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, Donald Trump hit back at Lewis on Twitter, saying he was "All talk, talk, talk - no action." Trump's comments sparked a massive national backlash. Congressmember Lewis is a civil rights legend. In 1965, he was beaten almost to death by Alabama state troopers as he attempted to lead a voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. The images from what came to be known as Bloody Sunday helped galvanize support for the Voting Rights Act signed into law months later. Congressmember Lewis described what happened on Bloody Sunday during a 2012 interview on Democracy Now!

Headlines for January 17, 2017

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:00:00 -0500

Outrage and Inaugural Boycotts Follow Trump Attack on Rep. John Lewis, Private Donations to Trump Inaugural Committee Top $100 Million, Protesters Nationwide Launch Campaign to #InaugurateTheResistance, Thousands Rally in Cities Across U.S. Against Trump Deportation Plans, Tens of Thousands Protest Planned Repeal of Affordable Care Act, HHS Nominee Tom Price Faces Accusations of Insider Trading, Trump Communications Appointee Steps Down Amid Plagiarism Revelations, Report: Treasury Secretary Nominee Steven Mnuchin Worth $400 Million, Oxfam: World's Richest Eight Men as Wealthy as 3.6 Billion Poorest, Justice Department Finds Rampant Civil Rights Abuses by Chicago Cops, Cleveland: Officers to Face Disciplinary Charges in Tamir Rice Death, Yemen: Death Toll from U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Campaign Tops 10,000, Iraq: U.S.-Allied Forces Push Deeper into Eastern Mosul, Obama Administration Sends 10 Guantánamo Prisoners to Oman, North Dakota: Rubber Bullets and Tear Gas Fired at Water Protectors, White House: "Stark Difference" Between Chelsea Manning, Ed Snowden

Newly Discovered 1964 MLK Speech on Civil Rights, Segregation & Apartheid South Africa

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:30:00 -0500

In a Democracy Now! and Pacifica Radio Archives exclusive, we air a newly discovered recording of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On December 7, 1964, days before he received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, King gave a major address in London on segregation, the fight for civil rights and his support for Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. The speech was recorded by Saul Bernstein, who was working as the European correspondent for Pacifica Radio. Bernstein's recording was recently discovered by Brian DeShazor, director of the Pacifica Radio Archives.

Black Democrats Say Testifying Last In Sessions’ Hearing Is Like Being Sent To "Back Of The Bus"

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:49:41 -0500

On Wednesday, at the second day of confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump's pick to lead the Justice Department, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions faced unprecedented criticism. But only one Republican on the committee remained to listen. If the others had stayed, they would have heard the voices we bring you today. New Jersey Democrat Cory Booker's testimony marked the first time a United States senator has opposed a fellow senator's nomination for a presidential Cabinet post. He was joined by Congressmember Cedric Richmond (D-Louisiana), head of the Congressional Black Caucus, who said the decision to have three black members of Congress testify at the end of the hearing was the equivalent of being sent to the "back of the bus." We play the full comments made by civil rights legend Congressmember John Lewis (D-Georgia), who also testified Wednesday against Senator Jeff Sessions's confirmation for attorney general.

Trump's Pick for Defense Sec'y Made Millions in Defense Industry After His 2013 Retirement

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:40:35 -0500

During the confirmation hearing for retired General James "Mad Dog" Mattis, several senators asked whether he would support Defense Department projects in their home states, including Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts). Mattis had a 41-year military career before he retired in 2013, and Politico reports his financial disclosure statement says that he is worth more than $10 million. Some of his wealth was garnered after he retired when he worked for General Dynamics, among other companies. We speak with retired Colonel Andrew Bacevich and Aaron Glantz, a senior reporter at Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting.

Defense Secretary Nominee James Mattis Pledges to Enforce Iran Nuclear Deal Criticized by Trump

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:32:14 -0500

Donald Trump's pick for defense secretary, retired General James "Mad Dog" Mattis, testified at his confirmation hearing that Russia remains the "principal threat" faced by the United States, taking a much harder line than the president-elect. He also said he supports the Iran nuclear deal, which Trump has repeatedly criticized. We get response from Trita Parsi, founder and president of the National Iranian American Council whose forthcoming book is titled "Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Legacy of Diplomacy," and from Andrew Bacevich, retired colonel and Vietnam War veteran.

James Mattis Calls for U.S. Military to Be More Lethal at Defense Secretary Confirmation Hearing

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:16:00 -0500

President-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of defense, retired General James "Mad Dog" Mattis, testified Thursday at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Mattis's 41-year career in the Marine Corps included field commands in the Persian Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan. He led U.S. troops during the 2004 battle of Fallujah, earning himself the nickname "Mad Dog" Mattis. In May 2004, Mattis ordered an attack on a small Iraqi village that ended up killing about 42 people attending a wedding ceremony. He went on to lead United States Central Command from 2010 to 2013, but the Obama administration cut short his tour over concerns he was too hawkish on Iran. We host a roundtable discussion, starting with retired Colonel Andrew Bacevich, author of "America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History," and Aaron Glantz, a senior reporter at Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting whose latest investigation is headlined "Did defense secretary nominee James Mattis commit war crimes in Iraq?"

Headlines for January 13, 2017

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:00:00 -0500

House Poised to Vote to Repeal Affordable Care Act, House Vote on Healthcare Repeal Follows Narrow Senate Passage, Senate Votes Down Amendment to Allow Sale of Cheaper Canadian Drugs, Defense Secretary Nominee James Mattis Calls Russia Biggest Threat, Dr. Ben Carson Won't Rule Out HUD Money for Trump Businesses, CIA Nominee Mike Pompeo Reverses Position on Torture, NSA to Share Vast Data Trove with All U.S. Intelligence Agencies, Christopher Steele, Author of Trump-Russia Dossier, Goes into Hiding, DOJ Inspector General to Probe FBI over Clinton Email Investigation, Trump Names Rudy Giuliani to Cybersecurity Post Despite Conflicts, Trump Taps Two More Former Goldman Sachs Employees, Human Rights Watch: Trump Among Authoritarian Populists Posing Threat, U.S. to End "Wet Foot, Dry Foot" Cuban Immigration Policy, Neskonlith First Nations Leader and Activist Art Manuel Dies at 66

Investigation: Did Trump's Defense Secretary Nominee James Mattis Commit War Crimes in Iraq?

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:54:26 -0500

Today, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for defense secretary, James "Mad Dog" Mattis, faces his Senate confirmation hearing. Mattis reportedly received his nickname "Mad Dog" after leading U.S. troops during the 2004 battle of Fallujah in Iraq, where he is accused of carrying out war crimes by our guest, Aaron Glantz, a senior reporter at Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting.

Do Exxon's Climate Denial & "Trail of Carnage" on Human Rights Make Tillerson Unfit for State Dept?

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:37:35 -0500

At the Senate confirmation hearing for secretary of state nominee and former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, he refused to answer questions about the oil giant's long history of denying the science of climate change, telling Senators that scientific literature on climate change is "inconclusive."During the hearing, human rights concerns were also raised repeatedly. Tillerson refused to label Saudi Arabia a human rights violator, and avoided condemning Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte over thousands of extrajudicial killings carried out under Duterte's so-called "war on drugs." We are joined from San Francisco by oil and energy journalist Antonia Juhasz.

Committee to Protect Journalists: Watch Out for "Leak Investigations" Targeting Journos Under Trump

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:26:55 -0500

During his press conference on Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump lashed out at reporters. He slammed CNN as "fake news," called BuzzFeed a "failing piece of garbage" and refused to answer questions from CNN's Jim Acosta after his outlet reported that top intelligence officials had briefed Trump, President Obama and top lawmakers over claims that Trump representatives met repeatedly with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign and discussed the hacking of the DNC and the email of Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta. BuzzFeed later published a dossier, prepared by British former intelligence officer Christopher Steele, which contains unverified allegations, including a charge that Russian officials have a sex tape from 2013 involving Trump and hired sex workers. For more on the incoming Trump administration's relationship with the press, we are joined by Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Trump Ignores Ethics Experts Urging Him to Divest from His Businesses & Puts Sons In Charge Instead

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:14:45 -0500

At his first press conference since July, President-elect Donald Trump addressed questions about his business interests and asserted that, as president, he would be exempt from possible conflicts of interest. The Trump Organization is an umbrella company for his hundreds of investments in real estate, brands and other businesses. But Trump said he would not follow advice from ethics experts to divest or create a completely blind trust, and instead announced he will hand over management of the Trump Organization to his sons. The head of the Office of Government Ethics slammed President-elect Trump's plan to separate himself from his business, calling it "wholly inadequate." We get response from John Wonderlich, executive director of the Sunlight Foundation.

Headlines for January 12, 2017

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:00:00 -0500

Secretary of State Nominee Rex Tillerson Questioned on Climate Denial, Attorney General Nominee Jeff Sessions Opposed by Senate Colleague, Trump Assails Journalists in First Press Conference Since July, Ethics Chief: Trump's Plan "Wholly Inadequate" to Prevent Conflicts, Trump to Name Supreme Court Nominee Within Two Weeks of Inauguration, Transportation Secretary Pick Elaine Chao Breezes Toward Confirmation, Protest in Senate Office Building Marks 15 Years of Guantánamo Prison, Pentagon Chief Nominee James Mattis Faces Opposition over Waiver, Trump Taps Nonveteran to Head Veterans Administration, FBI Chief Won't Comment on Trump Inquiry, Weeks After Revealing Clinton Probe, Turkey: Parliamentarians Brawl over Presidential Power Amendments, Volkswagen Executives Indicted as Company Ordered to Pay $4.3 Billion, Chelsea Manning Reportedly on "Short List" for Presidential Commutation, Slain Civil Rights Leader Medgar Evers Honored with Historic Landmark

Will Obama Grant Clemency to Puerto Rican Independence Activist Oscar López Rivera?

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:56:38 -0500

Congressmember Luis Gutiérrez says he has lobbied for President Obama to grant clemency to Puerto Rican independence activist Oscar López Rivera, but has so far not received a strong response. López Rivera has been in prison for about 35 years, much of the time in solitary confinement. In 1981, he was convicted on federal charges including seditious conspiracy—of conspiring to oppose U.S. authority over Puerto Rico by force. He was accused of being a member of the FALN, the Armed Forces of National Liberation, which claimed responsibility for more than 100 bombings to call attention to the colonial case of Puerto Rico. In 1999, President Bill Clinton commuted the sentences of 16 members of the FALN, but López refused to accept the deal because it did not include two fellow activists, who have since been released. In a rare video recording from prison, Oscar López Rivera said the charges against him were strictly political.

We Challenged President Obama, He Listened & Acted: Rep. Luis Gutiérrez on Obama's Farewell & Legacy

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:50:57 -0500

We get response from fellow Chicagoan, Congressmember Luis Gutiérrez, on key achievements highlighted by President Obama during his farewell presidential address, which took place at Chicago's McCormick Place convention center Tuesday night. "Healthcare is important. It's a basic fundamental human right. It's not a political right. … There are 20 more million people covered by healthcare. Ironically, large numbers of rural white Americans that had no access to healthcare were the primary beneficiaries of Obamacare. So, I'm excited," Gutiérrez says. "Could we have done more? Could we have reformed our immigration system? Absolutely."

Rep. Luis Gutiérrez on Why He Will Boycott Trump Inauguration & Will Instead Join Women's March

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:37:54 -0500

We speak with Democratic Congressmember Luis Gutiérrez about why he will not be attending the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump and instead plans to go to the Women's March on Washington the following day. "We need to come together because when women are attacked, we all are attacked," Gutiérrez says. "When women win, we all win." He is a member of the Judiciary Committee and is the co-chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Rep. Luis Gutiérrez & Rev. William Barber on AG Nominee Jeff Sessions’s Racist, Xenophobic Record

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:17:28 -0500

On Tuesday, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. attorney general faced more than nine hours of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, during which he denied being a racist and tried to distance himself from Trump's most extreme promises. As he faced questions, Republican Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama was repeatedly disrupted by protesters who chanted "No Trump! No KKK! No fascist U.S.A.!" Sessions has previously opposed legislation that provides a path to citizenship for immigrants, questioned if the Constitution guarantees citizenship to anyone born in the United States, and declared same-sex marriage a threat to American culture. He also voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, opposed the Voting Rights Act and has a history of making racist comments. We get response from Congressmember Luis Gutiérrez (D-Illinois), co-chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and from Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP and Moral Mondays leader.

Headlines for January 11, 2017

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:00:00 -0500

Unsubstantiated Report: Russia Has Compromising Material on Trump, Protesters Disrupt Sessions' Senate Confirmation Hearing, Tillerson Confirmation Hearing Begins; DeVos, Pompeo, Ross & Puzder Hearings Delayed, Workers at Puzder's Restaurants Report Wage Theft, Sexual Harassment, President Obama Gives Farewell Speech in Chicago, White Supremacist Murderer Dylann Roof Sentenced to Death, Fox News Anchor Accused Bill O'Reilly of Repeated Sexual Harassment, Afghanistan: 30 People Killed in 2 Bombings in Kabul, Yemen: U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Strike Kills 5 Near Elementary School, Sept. 11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows Co-Founder Rita Lasar Dies

New Intercept Exposé Uncovers SEAL Team 6's Ghastly Trail of Atrocities, Mutilations, Killings

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:41:02 -0500

A stunning new exposé published today in The Intercept about the elite military unit SEAL Team 6 reveals a darker side of the group best known for killing Osama bin Laden. National security reporter Matthew Cole spent two years investigating accounts of ghastly atrocities committed by members of the unit, including mutilating corpses, skinnings and attempted beheadings. According to sources, senior command staff were aware of the misconduct but did little to stop it—and often helped to cover it up.

Florida Prepares to Expand Gun Rights After Second Mass Shooting in Six Months

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:27:51 -0500

Accused airport gunman Esteban Santiago could face the death penalty for charges that he killed five people when he opened fire in a crowded Florida baggage claim terminal. Friday's shooting came as Florida lawmakers were preparing to consider legislation to loosen prohibitions on firearms by eliminating some of the state's "gun-free zones," which currently include airport terminals. We go to Florida to speak with Thomas Gabor, author of "Confronting Gun Violence in America." His new opinion piece for the Sun Sentinel is headlined "Expanding gun rights won't save us from more mass shootings." We also speak with New York Times reporter Richard Pérez-Peña, co-author of the article, "In Year Before Florida Shooting, Suspect's Problems Multiplied."

ACLU & NAACP LDF: Jeff Sessions Unfit to Defend Civil Rights & Enforce Discrimination Laws as AG

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:11:20 -0500

The first of a two-day confirmation hearing for President-elect Donald Trump's controversial attorney general nominee begins today. Republican Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama faces questions from his colleagues on the Judiciary Committee, where he serves as chair of the immigration subcommittee. Trump's pick has drawn widespread outrage because of Sessions's opposition to the Voting Rights Act, support for anti-immigration legislation and history of making racist comments. We are joined by David Cole, national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, who is set to testify at Sessions' Senate hearing, and with Kyle Barry, policy counsel with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and co-author their report opposing Jeff Sessions's nomination.

Headlines for January 10, 2017

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:00:00 -0500

Trump Names Son-in-Law Jared Kushner as White House Senior Adviser, NYT: Kushner's Dealings with Chinese Company Spark Concerns, Confirmation Hearings Begin for Jeff Sessions & John Kelly, Protests in Dozens of Cities Demand Lawmakers Reject Trump Nominees over Climate Change, Turkish Parliament Debates Measures to Extend Erdogan Rule to 2029, Pentagon: U.S. Troops Launched Ground Raid in Syria, Volkswagen Executive Arrested in Miami over Emissions Cheating Scandal, NY: Anti-Drug-War Activist Anthony Papa Wins Pardon, 8 Jewish Community Centers Across U.S. Evacuated After Bomb Threats, U.S. & Cuba Sign Accord to Work Together to Prevent Oil Spills in Gulf

Repeal & Run? Republicans Move to Axe Obamacare, But What Will Replacement Look Like?

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 08:49:24 -0500

Republicans in the newly sworn-in 115th Congress are moving swiftly to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's signature healthcare law. By a vote of 51 to 48 last week, the Senate approved a procedural measure clearing a way for a budget resolution that could repeal major sections of the law. The charge was led by Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who admitted his party has not yet decided how to replace the Affordable Care Act. "The Republicans' rebranded version of the Affordable Care Act will be much meaner and skimpier," says Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, a primary care physician. She is a lecturer at Harvard Medical School. "It will have much more in the way of copayments and deductibles, particularly for poor people who are unable to afford it." Woolhandler is a professor at CUNY-Hunter College and the co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program.

Protests Erupt in Kentucky After GOP Supermajority Passes Extreme Anti-Choice, Anti-Union Bills

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 08:37:23 -0500

In Kentucky, hundreds of demonstrators packed into the Capitol building Saturday to protest the state Legislature's passage of a slew of controversial bills, including an anti-union "right-to-work" law and extreme anti-choice legislation that bans abortions after 20 weeks and requires a woman to have an ultrasound before having an abortion. The surprise emergency legislative session Saturday came after Republicans seized a supermajority in the House of Representatives, giving the Republicans control of the House, the Senate and the governorship for the first time in Kentucky state history. On Saturday, the Legislature also repealed a law that had guaranteed higher wages for workers on publicly financed construction projects. We go to Louisville, Kentucky, for an update from Richard Becker, a union organizer with Service Employees International Union, and we speak with Lisa Abbott, a community organizer with Kentuckians for the Commonwealth.

Senate Hearings Begin for Wealthiest Cabinet in U.S. History Despite Lack of Vetting

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 08:16:03 -0500

A barrage of Senate confirmation hearings is set to begin Tuesday for what could be the wealthiest Cabinet in modern American history. This comes despite concerns that ethics clearances and background checks are incomplete for several of President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet picks. "Each one of these people, by themselves, would be an outrage in any other administration. But the totality of what we're seeing from the Trump administration has no precedent in American history," says Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, which has just launched the website to track the corporate connections and conflicts of interest of Trump Cabinet appointees. We also speak with Richard Painter, professor of corporate law at the University of Minnesota. He was the chief White House ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush from February 2005 to July 2007.

Headlines for January 9, 2017

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 08:00:00 -0500

Confirmation Hearings to Begin Before Trump Nominees Finish Ethics Clearances, Fort Lauderdale Alleged Shooter is Iraq War Vet with History of Domestic Violence, After Briefing, Trump Denies Russian Hacking Affected 2016 Election, U.S. Tanks & Troops Head to Eastern Europe Amid Tensions Between U.S. and Russia, Hundreds Protest as KY Legislature Passes Anti-Union, Anti-Choice Bills, Iraq: At Least 20 Killed in 2 Suicide Bomb Attacks in Baghdad, Syria: Dozens Killed in Fuel Truck Explosion; Airstrikes Near Damascus & in North, Israel: 4 IDF Soldiers Killed in Palestinian Truck Attack, Brazil: Dozens Killed in 2 More Prison Uprisings, Mexico: Massive Nationwide Demonstrations Protest Fuel Hikes, Texas: 2 Arrested Locked to Machinery to Delay Trans-Pecos Pipeline Construction, Florida: 7 from Food Not Bombs Arrested Feeding People in City Park, New York: Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant to Shut Down by 2021, South Dakota: Residents Hold Vigil for Murdered Trans Woman Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow, Former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani Dies at 82, Meryl Streep Rails Against Trump in Golden Globes Achievement Award Speech

"This is Not a Coup, But It's Not Normal": Trump Picks 3 Generals for Top Foreign Policy Posts

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 08:48:18 -0500

As President-elect Donald Trump's key nominees for Cabinet and Cabinet-level positions include three generals, we get response from Gordon Adams, professor emeritus at American University's School of International Service, who recently wrote in The New York Times about "Donald Trump's Military Government." Confirmation hearings for retired Marine General John Kelly as homeland security secretary begin Wednesday. The hearing for retired General James "Mad Dog" Mattis as defense secretary has yet to be scheduled. As national security adviser, retired Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn does not have to be confirmed by the Senate.

Glenn Greenwald: U.S. Intel Chiefs Alleging Russian Threat Have History of Deceiving the Public

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 08:41:06 -0500

Journalist Glenn Greenwald examines the track record of intelligence chiefs, including CIA Director John Brennan, FBI Director James Comey and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who are meeting today with President-elect Donald Trump to give him a classified briefing on alleged Russian cyberthreats.

What Impact Will Trump Presidency Have on Freedom of Edward Snowden & Julian Assange?

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 08:25:19 -0500

In our extended conversation, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald responds to claims NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's revelations helped Russia, and examines what actions the Trump administration may take against him and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. "Exactly the same playbook was used against [Daniel] Ellsberg that is now being used against Snowden, which is to say, 'Don't listen to these disclosures. Don't regard this person as a hero for exposing our corruption and lawbreaking. Focus instead on the fact that these are traitors working with our enemies,'" says Greenwald. "And just as it was completely false in the case of Ellsberg, so too is it completely false in the case of Snowden."

Glenn Greenwald: Democrats Eager to Blame "Everybody But Themselves" for Collapse of Their Party

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 08:14:08 -0500

As Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifies at a Senate hearing on Russian cyberthreats ahead of a highly classified briefing today with President-elect Donald Trump, we speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, who has faced an onslaught of criticism for questioning the premise of Russian hacking of the U.S. election. "Because Democrats are so desperate to put the blame on everybody but themselves for the complete collapse of their party, they're particularly furious at anybody who vocally challenges this narrative," Greenwald says. "And since I've been one of the people most vocally doing so, the smear campaign has been like none that I have ever encountered. I have been accused of being a member of the alt-right, of being an admirer of Breitbart, of being supportive of Donald Trump, of helping him get elected and, of course, of being a Kremlin operative."

Headlines for January 6, 2017

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 08:00:00 -0500

GOP Lawmakers Planning to End Federal Funds to Planned Parenthood, Six Confirmation Hearings, Trump News Conference Scheduled on One Day, Trump Taps Former Sen. Dan Coats as Director of National Intelligence, Intelligence Chiefs Testify That Russia Meddled in U.S. Election, Trump to Seek Funds for Border Wall from Congress, Not Mexico, House Votes to Condemn U.N. over Resolution on Israeli Settlements, Israelis Threaten Judges over Manslaughter Conviction of IDF Soldier, Chicago: Hate Crimes Charges for Teens in Torture Video, Texas: Lawmakers Propose Anti-Transgender "Bathroom Bill", Mississippi: Mesha Caldwell Killed in First Trans Murder of 2017, North Dakota: Water Protector Opposing Pipeline Resists Grand Jury, Turkey: Suicide Car Bomb in Izmir Blamed on Kurdish Militants, Turkish Officials Release Photo of New Year's Massacre Suspect, Syria: Car Bombing in Jableh Kills 11, Shakes Ceasefire, Protesters Fight Trump Inauguration Committee for Permits

Glenn Greenwald: Mainstream U.S. Media is Culpable for Disseminating Fake & Deceitful News on Russia

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 08:45:23 -0500

We are joined by Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and one of the founding editors of The Intercept. His latest article is headlined "WashPost Is Richly Rewarded for False News About Russia Threat While Public Is Deceived." In it, he writes, "Any story that bolsters the prevailing D.C. orthodoxy on the Russia Threat, no matter how dubious, is spread far and wide. And then, as has happened so often, when the story turns out to be false or misleading, little or nothing is done to correct the deceitful effects."

Glenn Greenwald on "Dearth of Evidence" Linking Russia to WikiLeaks Release of DNC Emails

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 08:33:34 -0500

We speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Glenn Greenwald as the Senate Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on alleged Russian cyber-attacks and top intelligence officials are briefing President Obama on a review of evidence that Russia hacked the email servers of the Democratic National Committee. President-elect Trump will be briefed on Friday. This comes as he is supporting statements by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that Russia was not the source for the mass leak of emails from the Democratic Party.

NAACP President on Dylann Roof's Lack of Regret for Massacre: "It's About the State of America"

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 08:28:06 -0500

This week Dylann Roof faces a possible death sentence for murdering nine black worshipers at the Emanuel AME Church in June of 2015. As Roof acted as his own attorney in a brief opening statement during the sentencing phase of his trial, he offered no apology and no explanation for his massacre, telling jurors he was psychologically fit to stand trial. In the prosecutor's opening statement, they quoted excerpts of a racist manifesto written by Roof while he was held in a Charleston jail, in which he wrote, "I would like to make it crystal clear I do not regret what I did. ... I am not sorry. I have not shed a tear for the innocent people I killed." We get response from Cornell William Brooks, president and CEO of the NAACP, who is also a civil rights lawyer and a minister.

After Arrest, NAACP Pres. Calls for More Civil Disobedience to Oppose Sen. Sessions as Att'y General

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 08:13:39 -0500

Resistance to many of President-elect Trump's Cabinet picks who face Senate confirmation hearings in the coming weeks entered a new phase Tuesday when NAACP President Cornell William Brooks and five other civil rights leaders were arrested during a sit-in at the office of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, demanding he withdraw his name from consideration for attorney general. Trump's pick has drawn widespread outrage because of Sessions's opposition to the Voting Rights Act, support for anti-immigration legislation and history of making racist comments. Fresh from his arrest, we are joined by Cornell William Brooks, president and CEO of the NAACP, who is also a longtime human rights advocate, civil rights lawyer and minister.

Headlines for January 5, 2017

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 08:00:00 -0500

Republican Lawmakers Launch Bid to Repeal Affordable Care Act, Sen. Bernie Sanders Fights Entitlement Cuts with Giant Trump Tweet, Wall Street Journal: Donald Trump to Overhaul Intelligence Agencies, Trump Cites Assange Claim That Russia Not Behind Leaked Emails, BuzzFeed News: FBI Did Not Independently Examine Hacked DNC Servers, Donald Trump Taps Wall Street Lawyer Walter Clayton as SEC Chair, Trump Press Secretary Draws Protests at University of Chicago, Charleston: Dylann Roof Unrepentant for Emanuel AME Church Massacre, Chicago: Police Arrest Four Teens After Torture Video Posted Online, North Carolina: High School Officer Body-Slams 15-Year-Old Girl, Iraq: U.S. Troops Join Mosul Assault as Thousands Flee, GOP Senators Sponsor Bill to Move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, Egypt: Activist Ahmed Maher Freed After Three Years in Prison, Leonard Peltier Prosecutor Joins Calls for Obama to Grant Clemency, Defiant French Volunteer Faces Prison and Fines for Aiding Migrants

American University Removes Leonard Peltier Statue After FBI Letter Amid Urgent Push for Clemency

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 08:52:20 -0500

As pressure mounts for President Obama to grant clemency to 71-year-old Native American activist Leonard Peltier before he leaves office, American University took action on Tuesday to remove a 9-foot statue of Peltier from its campus. The move came after a Fox News report on the artwork and a letter from the FBI Agents Association to the school's president. We speak with Rigo 23, the artist behind the statue.

Privacy Advocates Warn of Potential Surveillance Through Listening Devices Like Amazon Echo, Google Home

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 08:44:43 -0500

Privacy experts are keeping a close watch on the case of a Bentonville, Arkansas, man who was charged with murder after prosecutors obtained a warrant to receive data from his Amazon Echo, a voice-activated device that is always listening and often recording. James Andrew Bates says he's innocent of the murder of Victor Collins, who was found strangled in Bates's hot tub. Prosecutors hope to search audio recordings on Bates's Amazon Echo for clues. So far, lawyers for Amazon have refused to comply with the warrant, but the case has drawn national attention and alarmed civil liberties groups. We speak with Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

Trump Treasury Pick Steven Mnuchin's Bank OneWest Accused of Widespread Misconduct

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 08:32:13 -0500

Trump's pick for treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, faces scrutiny for his role at OneWest, a bank which has been called a "foreclosure machine" that profited from the collapse of the housing market. We speak with The Intercept reporter David Dayen, who exposed a memo that reveals Mnuchin's bank may have engaged in "widespread misconduct" while foreclosing on homeowners. It argued OneWest was guilty of a host of infractions, including backdating mortgage documents to speed up foreclosures and manipulating the results of home auctions, and urged California's attorney general to sue the bank.

Rep. Grijalva: Power of the People Key to Stopping Repeal of Obamacare & Worst Instincts of Trump

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 08:23:45 -0500

We get response from Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Arizona) to Republican congressmembers' efforts to make it easier for Congress to cede federal control of lands, repeal Obamacare and dismantle the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. "Those of us that are in Congress that are opposed to what's going on are a voice," Grijalva says. "But the real power in holding back some of the worst instincts of Trump and the majority in the House and in the Senate is going to come from people themselves."

New Trump Immigration Memo Revives Call for Obama to Pardon All Undocumented Immigrants, Extend DACA

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 08:10:32 -0500

A newly revealed memo from President-elect Donald Trump's transition team sheds light on his plans to reverse immigration policies put in place by the Obama administration, and asks for data on recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This comes as more than 100 members of Congress sent a letter to Obama in December asking him to take action to protect their names and private information. "We all asked these young people to come forward, willingly and voluntarily, and guaranteed them that the information about themselves, and, more importantly, their parents and relatives in this country that might or might not be undocumented, would be protected," says our guest Rep. Raúl Grijalva, Democrat of Arizona and co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. We also speak with Cesar Zamudio, a freshman at Columbia University who is an undocumented immigrant and a recipient of DACA.

Headlines for January 4, 2017

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 08:00:00 -0500

After Widespread Outrage, Republicans Ditch Effort to Gut Ethics Office, NAACP Leaders Arrested During Sit-in at Sen. Jeff Sessions' Office, Turkey Extends State of Emergency for Three More Months, 6,878 Iraqi Civilians Killed in 2016, Israeli Soldier Caught on Video Executing Palestinian Convicted of Manslaughter, New Puerto Rican Governor Promises to Push for Statehood, Anchor Megyn Kelly Leaving Fox to Join NBC, Imprisoned Journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal Wins Hepatitis C Treatment, South Carolina: Sentencing Trial Begins for Murderer Dylann Roof, NY Gov. Proposes Free Tuition at Public Colleges for Some Students