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Keith Ellison Loses DNC Chair Race After Smear Campaign over His Support for Palestinian Rights

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:52:20 -0500

Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez has been elected to lead the Democratic National Committee, beating out Minnesota Congressmember Keith Ellison in a contentious second-round vote that is seen as determining the future of the Democratic Party. Congressmember Ellison is the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the first Muslim elected to Congress. He was widely backed by supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders and the Democratic Party's more progressive wing. Perez was backed by the party's establishment, including President Obama. He becomes the first Latino head of the Democratic Party. After Saturday's contentious vote—which marked the first time in more than 30 years that the outcome was not known ahead of balloting—Ellison's supporters erupted in protest, chanting "Party for the people, not big money." We speak to Zaid Jilani, staff reporter at The Intercept. His latest article is "Keith Ellison Loses DNC Race After Heated Campaign Targeting Him for His Views on Palestine."



Rev. William Barber on the "Season of Hate & Political Violence" Under Trump

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:44:47 -0500

The Southern Poverty Law Center recently revealed the number of hate groups in the United States has tripled in the past year in part due to Donald Trump's candidacy and election. Rev. William Barber of the NAACP in North Carolina responds to the rising hate across the country.



We Will Not Be Intimidated: Philly Rabbi Decries Desecration of Over 500 Graves at Jewish Cemetery

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:40:54 -0500

In Philadelphia, some 500 headstones at a Jewish cemetery were toppled or damaged in the second apparent incident of vandalism at a Jewish cemetery in about a week. On Sunday, in a show of solidarity, members from the local Muslim and Quaker community joined Jewish Philadelphians at the Mount Carmel Cemetery to restore the burial grounds. The apparent vandalism in Philadelphia and at a Jewish cemetery last week in St. Louis comes after a surge of bomb threats against Jewish community centers across the country. We speak to Rabbi Ari Lev Fornari of Kol Tzedek Synagogue in West Philadelphia.



Rev. William Barber: The NAACP Will Boycott North Carolina over HB2 & Voter Suppression

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:27:27 -0500

The NAACP has announced it would not hold its convention in North Carolina and urged an international boycott of the state to protest North Carolina's anti-trans bathroom bill and a series of anti-democratic actions taken by the state's Republican Legislature. The civil rights group described the move as the first step in an economic boycott that could be expanded in North Carolina and replicated in other states that enact laws limiting voting rights and protections for gay and transgender people. North Carolina's House Bill 2, known as the "bathroom bill," bars transgender people from using the bathrooms that match their gender identity. The NAACP has also accused Republican legislators of committing voter suppression and racial gerrymandering. We are joined in Raleigh, North Carolina, by the Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP. He's the author of "Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement."



Committee to Protect Journalists: Trump's Attacks on Media Will Be Felt by Journalists Around World

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:14:37 -0500

On Friday, the White House took the unprecedented act of barring The New York Times, CNN, Politico, the Los Angeles Times, the BBC and several other news organizations from an off-camera briefing known as a gaggle. Meanwhile, several right-wing news outlets were allowed to attend, including Breitbart, The Washington Times and One America News Network. Just hours earlier, Trump repeatedly attacked the media, describing it as an "enemy of the people." Then, on Saturday, Donald Trump announced he would not attend this year's White House correspondents' dinner. The last president to skip the dinner was Ronald Reagan in 1981. At the time, Reagan was recovering from an assassination attempt. We speak to Robert Mahoney, deputy executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists.



Headlines for February 27, 2017

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:00:00 -0500

Tom Perez Beats Out Keith Ellison in DNC Chair Race, Trump Again Attacks Media as White House Bars NYT, CNN & BBC from Gaggle, Trump to Skip White House Correspondents' Dinner, Sean Spicer Tries to Crack Down on Leaks by Randomly Checking Staffers' Phones, Trump to Give First Address to Congress Tuesday, Son of Muhammad Ali Was Detained, Questioned at Florida Airport, Caitlyn Jenner to Trump on Rollback of Trans Protections: "This is a Disaster", Trump's Pick to Head Navy Withdraws over Business Interests, Father of Slain Navy SEAL Refuses to Meet with Trump, Trump to Order Budget with Increase in Military Spending, Cuts to Domestic Programs, Israel Rejects Work Visa to HRW's Israel and Palestine Director, As Many As 500 Headstones Desecrated at Jewish Cemetery in Philly, Florida Mosque Set on Fire in Intentional Act , "Moonlight" Wins Oscar for Best Picture, Oscars: Best Actress Winner Emma Stone Wears Planned Parenthood Pin, Oscars: Mexican Actor Gael García Bernal Denounces Trump Border Wall, Best Foreign Film Winner Asghar Farhadi Boycotts Oscars over Muslim Ban, Oscars Host Jimmy Kimmel Repeatedly Ridicules President Trump



NFL Star Michael Bennett on Refusing to Go to Israel, Black Lives Matter & His Love for Angela Davis

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:36:41 -0500

In a Democracy Now! exclusive, we speak with Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, who made headlines when he pulled out of an Israeli government-sponsored trip to Israel for NFL players. We are also joined by Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation magazine. The two discuss the role of sports in politics, including Olympian John Carlos, as well as Colin Kaepernick's support for the Black Lives Matter movement that inspired players throughout the country at all levels to take similar actions.



John Dean: The Difference Between Trump & Nixon is Trump Says Publicly What Nixon Said on Wiretap

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:27:15 -0500

We compare President Donald Trump's attitude toward the media to that of President Richard Nixon with Nixon’s former counsel, John Dean. "The big difference is, Trump is doing this right out and challenging the First Amendment, one of our most important because it involves freedom of the press and freedom of speech," Dean says. "Anything that he doesn't like, any reporting, he calls being an enemy of the people … It's just ludicrous. And it's troublesome that he would try to sway the press by using the bully pulpit of his office to intimidate them."



As Calls Grow to Impeach Trump, Former Nixon Counsel John Dean Sees "Echoes of Watergate"

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:12:56 -0500

President Trump has been in office for only 36 days, and there is already a growing chorus of voices calling for his impeachment. This comes as CNN and The New York Times report White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus sought unsuccessfully to have the FBI refute news reports that Donald Trump's campaign advisers were in frequent contact with Russian intelligence agents ahead of November's election. The allegations have drawn comparisons to former President Richard Nixon's 1972 discussion with aides who used the CIA to push the FBI away from investigating the Watergate burglary that later led to his resignation. We speak to someone who has been at the center of the unraveling of a presidency and a vote for impeachment: President Richard Nixon's White House counsel, John Dean. He is the author of several books, including "The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It," "Conservatives Without Conscience" and "Broken Government: How Republican Rule Destroyed the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches."



Headlines for February 24, 2017

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:00:00 -0500

North Dakota: Police Raid Pipeline Resistance Camps, Arresting 33, DHS Secretary Denies Deportations are a Military Operation, Contradicting Trump, Trump Suggests He Will Seek to Expand U.S. Nuclear Arsenal, Justice Department to Reverse Obama's Hands-Off Policy on Marijuana, DOJ Will Reverse Obama Plan to Phase Out Private Prison Contracts, Top Trump Adviser Steve Bannon Makes Rare Appearance at CPAC, Kansas: Indian Man Shot Dead by Man Shouting Racial Slurs, Customs Agents Demand IDs from Passengers on Domestic Flight, Malaysia: Banned Nerve Agent VX Used in Assassination of Kim Jong-nam, CNN: Reince Priebus Sought FBI's Refutation of Russia Report, Pentagon Plan Would Extend U.S. Troop Deployment in Iraq Indefinitely, Chief Digital Officer Gerrit Lansing Dismissed After Failing FBI Check, Philippines Police Arrest Senator Critical of Bloody Drug War, Former CIA Officer Arrested in Portugal for Kidnapping Cleric, Japan: Okinawan Activist Opposed to U.S. Military Base Denied Bail, Puerto Rican Students Strike Ahead of Looming Cuts to Education



Madison, Wisc. to Pay $3.3M to Family of Tony Robinson, a Black Teenager Shot by Police

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:57:41 -0500

In Madison, Wisconsin, attorneys for the family of an American-American teenager who was shot dead by a city police officer have reached a $3.35 million settlement. Nineteen-year-old Tony Robinson was unarmed when officer Matt Kenny forced his way into an apartment following a "disturbance" in 2015. He was shot seven times. Prosecutors declined to charge Kenny, and he was cleared by the Madison Police Department's Internal Affairs unit. This week's settlement is the largest ever for an officer-involved killing in Wisconsin.



Days After Pruitt Becomes EPA Head, Newly Released Emails Show His Ties to Koch Bros. & Energy Firms

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:46:51 -0500

Thousands of pages of newly released emails reveal how EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt closely collaborated with oil, coal and gas companies backed by the Koch brothers to roll back environmental regulations during his time as Oklahoma attorney general. The documents were released just days after Pruitt was sworn in as the new head of the EPA, the agency tasked with curtailing pollution and safeguarding public health. Last week, Senate Democrats unsuccessfully attempted to postpone Pruitt's final confirmation until the emails were released, but Republicans pressed forward and confirmed him in a 52-46 vote, largely along party lines. As Oklahoma attorney general, Pruitt sued the EPA 14 times. The trove of new documents shows how energy companies drafted language for Pruitt's Attorney General's Office to use to sue the EPA over environmental regulations. We speak to Lisa Graves, executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy, which successfully sued for the emails to be released.



We Have to Keep Fighting: Water Protectors Vow Continued Resistance to #DAPL as Main Camp Is Evicted

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:31:02 -0500

In North Dakota, the main resistance camp set up by Lakota water protectors fighting the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline has been largely vacated after protesters were ordered to leave the camp on Wednesday. Police arrested around 10 people. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the North Dakota governor had imposed a noon eviction deadline for the hundreds of water protectors still living at the resistance camp. Prayers ceremonies were held on Wednesday, and part of the camp was set on fire before the eviction began. Water protectors say the resistance camp sits on unceded Sioux territory under the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie and that they have a right to remain on their ancestral land. A couple dozen people remain at the camp. The ongoing encampments in North Dakota were the largest gathering of Native Americans in decades. At its peak, more than 10,000 people were at the resistance camp. Earlier this month, construction crews resumed work on the final section of the pipeline, after the Trump administration granted an easement to allow Energy Transfer Partners to drill beneath the Missouri River. We go to Standing Rock to speak with LaDonna Brave Bull Allard and Linda Black Elk.



"Kids Will Be Harmed by This": Trump Admin Rolls Back Protections for Transgender Students

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:16:04 -0500

The Trump administration has rescinded key protections for transgender students in public schools. The move reverses President Obama’s landmark decision last May to order public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms matching their chosen gender identity. The Obama administration had threatened to withhold funding for schools that did not comply. According to press accounts, there was a split in the Trump administration over the issue between Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The New York Times reports Devos initially resisted signing off and told Trump that she was uncomfortable because of the potential harm that rescinding the protections could cause transgender students. At a meeting on Tuesday in the White House, the president sided with Sessions and pushed DeVos to drop her opposition, which she did. We speak to Chase Strangio, staff attorney with the ACLU's LGBT & AIDS Project.



Headlines for February 23, 2017

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 -0500

North Dakota: Eviction of Pipeline Resistance Camp Underway, Trump Administration Rescinds Protections for Transgender Students, White House Delays New Ban on Refugees and Muslim Travelers, Mexico's Foreign Minister Blasts U.S. Immigration Policy, Mexican Man Commits Suicide Minutes After His Deportation from U.S., Texas: ICE Removes Woman with Brain Tumor from Hospital, Republican Lawmakers Face More Angry Constituents at Town Halls, Emails Show Cozy Relationship Between EPA Head and Energy Executives, Supreme Court Halts Execution of Texas Prisoner, Citing Racism, Anaheim, California: Off-Duty Officer Fires Pistol Near 13-Year-Old, Iraq: U.S. Forces Join Fight to Capture Western Mosul from ISIS  , U.N. Requests $5.6 Billion in Aid to Prevent Famine for 20 Million, White House Tries to Shield Top CIA Official from Torture Testimony, Thousands Evacuate Homes in San Jose, California, Amid Heavy Flooding, Richmond, California, Approves Trump Impeachment Resolution



FDR Rejected Anne Frank Twice as a Refugee, Advocate Urges Trump Not to Close U.S. Borders Again

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:56:24 -0500

As President Trump prepares to issue a new executive order barring all refugees and visitors from seven majority-Muslim nations, we speak to Steven Goldstein, the executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect. He reflects back on how FDR twice denied permission for the Frank family to come to the United States as refugees to escape Nazi-occupied Amsterdam.



White House Refuses to Condemn Rise of Islamophobia as Radical Right Enters Political Mainstream

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:46:20 -0500

The Southern Poverty Law Center has revealed the number of anti-Muslim groups in the United States tripled last year, from 34 in 2015 to 101 last year. The Southern Poverty Law Center and other groups have said hate groups have been energized by the candidacy and then election of Donald Trump. On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer dodged a question about why Trump has not spoken out against anti-Muslim attacks. We speak to Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center.



Anne Frank Center: Trump's Remarks on Anti-Semitism are Too Little, Too Late

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:38:24 -0500

Eleven Jewish community centers across the country were hit by another wave of bomb threats Monday. It was the fourth wave of nationwide bomb threats against JCCs in the last five weeks. In total, 69 threats have been reported against 54 JCCs. Meanwhile, at a cemetery in University City, Missouri, the gravesites of more than 100 Jews were vandalized over the weekend. For weeks, President Trump has faced increasing criticism for failing to denounce anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim threats. On Tuesday, Trump briefly addressed the recent wave of anti-Semitic threats. We speak to Steven Goldstein, executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect. The group posted a statement on Facebook titled "Mr. President, Your Too Little, Too Late Acknowledgment of #Antisemitism Today is Not Enough."



Advocate: Trump's Deportations are Possible Because Obama & Congress Failed to Protect Immigrants

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:31:52 -0500

The White House is moving to greatly expand the Department of Homeland Security’s authority to deport millions of undocumented immigrants and to increase the number of immigration and Border Patrol agents by 15,000. We look at how President Obama's deportation practices set the stage for today's new crackdown. During his time in office, Obama deported a record 2.7 million people. In 2014, the head of the National Council of La Raza, Janet Murguía, called Obama the nation’s "deporter-in-chief." We speak to former Department of Homeland Security attorney Margo Schlanger and attorney Cesar Vargas, co-director of DREAM Action Coalition.



"A Deportation Force on Steroids": Millions of Immigrants Could Face Removal Under New Trump Rules

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:15:34 -0500

The White House is moving to greatly expand the Department of Homeland Security’s authority to deport millions of undocumented immigrants and to increase the number of immigration and Border Patrol agents by 15,000. Under rules issued on Tuesday, almost any undocumented person in the country could be detained and deported, even if they have never committed a crime. A traffic violation or mere suspicion of committing a crime could now be grounds for deportation. Any immigrant who cannot prove they have been in the United States for over two years could be deported without a hearing. Any migrant, regardless of their nationality, who crosses the southern border will be deported to Mexico while they await deportation hearings. The memos also call for the prosecution of parents who seek to reunite their family by using smugglers to bring their children into the country. We speak to University of Michigan Law School professor Margo Schlanger, who served as the head of civil rights and civil liberties at the Department of Homeland Security, and Cesar Vargas, co-director of DREAM Action Coalition. He is New York state's first openly undocumented attorney.



Headlines for February 22, 2017

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:00:00 -0500

White House Gives DHS Power to Execute Mass Deportations, Activists Unfurl "Refugees Welcome" Banner on Statue of Liberty, Dozens Fired for Participating in "Day Without Immigrants", After Criticism for His Silence, Trump Condemns Anti-Semitism, Standing Rock: Lakota Protectors Vow "Treaty Stand" to Resist Eviction Today, Angry Crowds Confront Republican Lawmakers at Town Halls, CIA Analyst Edward Price Resigns in Protest of Trump, Supreme Court Hearing Case of Mexican Teen Killed by U.S. Border Patrol, Israeli Soldier Who Killed Wounded Palestinian Man Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison, British Muslim School Teacher Blocked from Flying to U.S., Federal Judge Blocks Texas from Defunding Planned Parenthood, Milo Yiannopoulos Resigns from Breitbart Amid Controversy



#StopTrump: Protests Erupt Across Britain as Lawmakers Debate Canceling Trump's State Visit

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:50:17 -0500

Nearly 2 million Brits have signed a petition calling on President Trump's official state visit to be canceled. On Monday, thousands of protesters gathered outside Parliament in London as British lawmakers debated whether to deny Trump a formal state visit. We speak to Asad Rehman of Friends of the Earth International. He spoke at the protest in London yesterday.



A Message to Trump from a Swede: My Real Concern is Rise of Militant Anti-Muslim Neo-Nazis, Fascists

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:35:43 -0500

President Trump is doubling down on his false claim that Sweden is struggling with immigration-related security problems, after he faced widespread criticism and ridicule for appearing to invent a terrorist attack in Sweden. Former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt responded to Trump's claim by tweeting, "Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound." There has been one recent terror attack in Sweden: Three neo-Nazis attacked a Gothenburg asylum center in January with a homemade bomb. One person was seriously injured. According to The Independent, the suspects were members of the Nordic Resistance Movement, which opposes non-white immigration to Sweden. We speak to Mattias Gardell, professor of comparative religion and head of the Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism at Uppsala University in Sweden.



Black Edge: New Yorker's Sheelah Kolhatkar on Wall Street's Biggest Insider Trading Story in History

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:27:53 -0500

According to a Bloomberg investigation, the general counsel for Steven Cohen's infamous investment firm oversaw some of the Trump transition team's staff picks for the Justice Department in November. Cohen's firm, SAC Capital, was the subject of one of the biggest insider trading investigations in Wall Street's history. This fascinating history is chronicled in New Yorker staff writer Sheelah Kolhatkar's book "Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street."



A Champion of the People or Wall Street? Trump Pushes to End Dodd-Frank & Consumer Protection Agency

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:15:29 -0500

As the Trump administration enters its second month, Republican lawmakers have begun a legislative attack on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which was created in response to the economic crisis a decade ago. The bureau was created under the Dodd-Frank legislation, which is also coming under attack by Republican lawmakers and the White House. Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to repeal a Dodd-Frank anti-corruption measure requiring oil and mining companies to disclose payments to governments. He has also vowed to chip away at other parts of the legislation. We speak to Sheelah Kolhatkar, a former hedge fund analyst who is now a staff writer at The New Yorker. She is the author of the new book "Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street."



Headlines for February 21, 2017

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:00:00 -0500

"Not My President's Day": Thousands Rally Against Trump, Brits Protest Against Trump as Lawmakers Debate Canceling His State Visit, Trump Names General H.R. McMaster as National Security Adviser, Trump Doubles Down on Lies About Sweden, 4th Wave of Bomb Threats Hit 11 Jewish Community Centers Nationwide, Honduras: Indigenous Leader José Santos Sevilla Assassinated, Ecuador Presidential Race Likely Headed for Runoff, UNICEF Warns 1.4 Million Children in 4 Countries at Risk of Famine, Russia's Ambassador to U.N. Dies Unexpectedly in New York City, Standing Rock: Water Protectors Face Feb. 22 Evacuation Deadline, Uber Facing Allegations of Sexual Harassment from Former Engineer, Milo Yiannopoulos's Book and Speaking Invitation Canceled, Historian and Antiwar Activist Marilyn Young Dies at 79



"For-Profit President": A Look at How Trump Is Pushing Wholesale Corporate Takeover of the Gov't

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:50:38 -0500

There has been a wholesale corporate takeover of the government. That's the conclusion of a new report coming out today by the watchdog group Public Citizen. The report looks at how corporate America has benefited from Trump's first month in office. Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon, is now secretary of state. Goldman Sachs alum now serve several top posts: Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary, Stephen Bannon as Trump's chief strategist and Gary Cohn as director of the United States National Economic Council. Trump has also signed executive orders to help undo the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law and repeal rules requiring financial advisers to give advice based on their customers' best interests. We speak to Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen.



George Takei on 75th Anniv. of Internment of Japanese Americans & Why Trump is "The Real Terrorist"

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:34:39 -0500

Seventy-five years ago yesterday, on February 19, 1942, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which forced more than 120,000 men, women and children of Japanese descent into internment camps. This included nearly 70,000 American citizens. Over the weekend, "Day of Remembrance" events were held across the country to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the internment of Japanese Americans and legal residents. Many people are asking if history can repeat itself. In 2015, Trump defended his proposal for a total and complete ban on Muslims entering the United States and compared it to the actions of FDR. We speak to the legendary actor and activist George Takei, who grew up in an internment camp.



Did Jeff Sessions Foreshadow New Immigration Crackdown in a Memo Before Becoming Attorney General?

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:27:54 -0500

McClatchy is reporting the harsh new draft orders signed by the Department of Homeland Security were largely endorsed by then-Sen. Jeff Sessions months before he took office as attorney general. We speak to McClatchy reporter Franco Ordoñez.



Daniel Ramirez Medina's Lawyer: "Absolutely No Evidence" to Support DREAMer's Continued Detention

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:21:25 -0500

On Friday, a Seattle judge ruled not to release 23-year-old Daniel Ramirez Medina from the Northwest Detention Center at Tacoma, even though Ramirez, who was arrested by ICE agents more than a week ago, has permission to live and work in the United States under President Obama's DACA program. Ramirez has been in the United States since he was seven years old. For more on his case, we speak with Tim Warden-Hertz, the directing attorney for the Tacoma office of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. We also speak with Franco Ordoñez, White House correspondent for the McClatchy Washington Bureau. His latest article is "DHS chief proposes prosecuting parents of children smuggled into U.S."



DHS Memos: Speed Up Mass Deportations & Prosecute Parents Who Help Undocumented Children Enter U.S.

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:17:17 -0500

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has drafted and signed sweeping new guidelines to speed up the mass deportation of undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States. The memos instruct federal agencies to begin hiring 10,000 more Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, as well as 5,000 more Border Patrol agents. They also detail plans to accelerate deportation hearings and to expand the number of people prioritized for removal from the United States. McClatchy is reporting hundreds of thousands more undocumented immigrants in the United States would be subject to what’s known as expedited removal proceedings to get them quickly out of the country. According to McClatchy, children who arrived in the United States as "unaccompanied minors" would no longer be protected against deportation, and their parents would be subject to criminal prosecution if they had paid human traffickers to bring their children across the border. For more, we speak with Franco Ordoñez, White House correspondent for the McClatchy Washington Bureau. His latest article is "DHS chief proposes prosecuting parents of children smuggled into U.S."



Headlines for February 20, 2017

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:00:00 -0500

DHS Head Signs New Mass Deportation Guidelines, Seattle: Judge Refuses to Order Release of DREAMer, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Members Forced Out of Meeting with ICE, "What Has He Been Smoking?": Fmr. Swedish PM on Trump's Suggestion of Attack in Sweden, Trump Tweets Media is "Enemy of the People"; McCain Responds: "That's How Dictators Get Started", Anti-Trump Demonstrations Continue Nationwide, February 17 General Strike Sees Dozens of Protests Nationwide, Thousands to Rally in Britain as Lawmakers Debate Canceling Trump's State Visit, 160,000 Rally in Barcelona to Demand Spain Accept More Refugees, Scott Pruitt Confirmed as Head of Environmental Protection Agency, Trump Meets with 4 Candidates for National Security Adviser, NYT: Amid Concerns over Loyalty, Trump Struggles to Fill White House Posts, Trump's Sons Attend Opening of Trump Golf Club in Dubai, Somalia: Suicide Car Bomb Kills 39 in Mogadishu, Iraqi Army & U.S. Military Launch Fight to Retake Western Mosul, Iran Warns U.S. Not to Send More Troops to Syria, 1,500 Anti-NATO Activists Protest Outside Munich Security Conference



Does New Labor Secretary Nominee Alex Acosta Have the Perfect Résumé to Sabotage a Federal Agency?

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:51:25 -0500

President Trump has named longtime Republican lawyer Alex Acosta to be his new nominee to head the Labor Department after his first pick, fast-food CEO Andrew Puzder, withdrew Wednesday. We look at Acosta's record with Alan Pyke, an editor with ThinkProgress, who argues Trump's backup choice "has skeletons in his closet, too." Acosta has drawn scrutiny for his time as a division leader at the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division under President George W. Bush, where he oversaw a senior official who hired conservative lawyers who were actively opposed to the division's mission, including the prosecution of voting rights violations and police abuse. In 2004, he played a key role in Bush's final push to win the state of Ohio by backing Republican election officials accused of seeking to suppress voter turnout among blacks and Latinos.



Denver Church Gives Sanctuary to Immigrant Mother Facing Deportation: "We Are Not Breaking Any Laws"

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:43:02 -0500

We go to Denver to speak with Reverend Mike Morran, senior minister at First Unitarian Society of Denver, where an immigrant mother of four has has taken sanctuary to avoid deportation. "We believe that we are not breaking any laws by having her in the church," Rev. Morran says. He describes how the church came to host Jeanette Vizguerra, and explains their protocol for how to respond to immigration agents if they come to arrest her.



Undocumented Mother in Sanctuary in Denver Church: I've Paid Taxes for 20 Years, Why Hasn't Trump?

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:35:45 -0500

We go inside the First Unitarian church in Denver to interview Jeanette Vizguerra, an immigrant mother of four children who has taken refuge there out of fear she would be arrested and deported to Mexico if she went to her scheduled check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Vizguerra came to the U.S. from Mexico in 1997 and is one of the founders of the Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition. She previously won five postponements of deportation, but said she doubts she could win a similar reprieve under the Trump administration.



Why Did ICE Arrest & Imprison a 23-Year-Old DREAMer and DACA Recipient Living Legally in the U.S.?

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:23:49 -0500

President Trump said he would "show great heart" when considering whether to deport recipients of DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. So why is Daniel Ramirez Medina sitting in jail? We look at the case of a 23-year-old father who was detained by ICE one week ago in Des Moines, Washington, even though he has permission to live and work in the United States under DACA. His supporters have maintained a vigil at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington, where he is being held. It's a private detention center owned by the for-profit prison company GEO Group. We go to Seattle, Washington, to speak with Councilmember Lorena González, a civil rights attorney who is the city's first Latino councilmember.



In First Solo Press Conference, Trump Attacks Media, Claims Admin Running Like "Fine-Tuned Machine"

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:14:38 -0500

On Thursday, Donald Trump held his first solo press conference as president. He began by announcing he had nominated Alexander Acosta to be labor secretary nominee, but then soon began an extended attack on the media, accusing CNN and other outlets of peddling fake news. We air excerpts of the press conference, which went on for 77 minutes.



Headlines for February 17, 2017

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:00:00 -0500

President Trump Assails Media in Combative, Rambling News Conference, "Day Without Immigrants" Protests Target Trump Immigration Crackdown, President Trump to Issue New Order on Refugees, Muslim Travelers, Protesters Call for Release of DACA Recipient Daniel Ramirez Medina, Trump Opponents Stage Nationwide "Strike4Democracy", Trump Nominates GOP Lawyer Alex Acosta as Secretary of Labor, Protests at Hearing for Ambassador to Israel Nominee David Friedman, National Security Nominee Declines "S*** Sandwich" Cabinet Post, Oklahoma Judge Orders EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt to Make Emails Public, EPA Employees Campaign Against Scott Pruitt's Confirmation, Pakistan: Suicide Blast at Sufi Shrine Kills 77, Injures Hundreds, Pentagon Admits It Used Depleted Uranium Munitions in Syria, House of Representatives Moves to Defund Planned Parenthood, Florida Supreme Court Halts Law Requiring Abortion Waiting Period, Harlem Library Named for Civil Rights Icon Harry Belafonte



Glenn Greenwald: Trump Seems to Be Committed to Escalating Violence in Yemen

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:57:32 -0500

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has warned journalists and lawmakers against criticizing a botched raid by U.S. commandos on a Yemeni village last month that left 25 civilians and one U.S. Navy SEAL dead. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reports the January 28 assault killed nine children under the age of 13, with five other children wounded. The attack came as the United Nations appealed for $2.1 billion in emergency aid to Yemen, warning 12 million people face the threat of famine brought on by a U.S.-supported, Saudi-led war and naval blockade.



Trump Is Asked About Rising Anti-Semitism in U.S., He Responds by Boasting About Election Victory

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:47:54 -0500

During Wednesday's press conference, President Trump was asked about a rise in anti-Semitic attacks and vandalism across the U.S. An Israeli reporter asked, "What do you say to those among the Jewish community in the states and in Israel and maybe around the world who believe and feel that your administration is playing with xenophobia and maybe racist tones?" Trump responded by bragging about his election victory.



Greenwald on Trump-Netanyahu Meeting & How Israel Is Turning into an Apartheid-Like State

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:43:24 -0500

President Donald Trump on Wednesday ended a long-standing U.S. commitment to the establishment of a Palestinian state, saying he had no preference for either a one-state or two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The remarks came as Trump welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House, and represented a break from 20 years of official U.S. support for an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel. We speak with Glenn Greenwald, who says, "Donald Trump is empowering some of the worst extremists in the world when it comes to Israeli policy."



Greenwald: Empowering the "Deep State" to Undermine Trump is Prescription for Destroying Democracy

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:31:42 -0500

Some supporters of Trump, including Breitbart News, have accused the intelligence agencies of attempting to wage a deep state coup against the president. Meanwhile, some critics of Trump are openly embracing such activity. Bill Kristol, the prominent Republican analyst who founded The Weekly Standard, wrote on Twitter, "Obviously strongly prefer normal democratic and constitutional politics. But if it comes to it, prefer the deep state to the Trump state." We talk about the deep state with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, co-founder of The Intercept.



Greenwald: Democrats Seem to Consider Snowden's & Manning's Leaks Evil & Leaks Under Trump Heroic

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:23:03 -0500

Over four years ago, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden warned that he or other NSA analysts could spy on anyone, even the U.S. president. "I, sitting at my desk, certainly had the authorities to wiretap anyone, from you or your accountant to a federal judge, to even the president, if I had a personal email," Snowden said in an interview with Glenn Greenwald in Hong Kong. We talk to Greenwald about the difference between how Washington reacted to Snowden's leaks and today's leaks about Gen. Michael Flynn.



Glenn Greenwald on Flynn-Russia Leaks: Highly Illegal & Wholly Justified

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:15:49 -0500

While congressional Democrats and some Republicans are pushing for probes into President Trump's ties to Russia, Trump has focused largely on going after those who have leaked information to the press. On Monday, Trump's national security adviser was forced to resign after The Washington Post reported on leaks of classified intelligence revealing that Flynn had engaged in talks with the Russian ambassador to the United States during the transition period, while Barack Obama was still president. In a tweet this morning, Trump wrote, "The spotlight has finally been put on the low-life leakers! They will be caught!" On Wednesday, he wrote, "Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?).Just like Russia." We speak to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept.



Headlines for February 16, 2017

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 -0500

President Trump Not Committed to Israel-Palestine Two-State Solution, Lawmakers Want Transcripts of Michael Flynn Russia Calls, Report: Agencies Withhold Intelligence from Trump over Leak Concerns, Senior General Warns U.S. Government in "Unbelievable Turmoil", Secretary of State Tillerson in Talks with Russian Counterpart, Report: Russia Deploys Cruise Missile, Violating Arms Treaty, Fast-Food CEO Andrew Puzder Withdraws as Labor Secretary Nominee, Report: Pentagon Considers Deploying Ground Troops in Syria, Yemen: U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Coalition Strikes Kill 10 Civilians, Iraq: Suicide Bomb Blast in Baghdad Kills 15, Wounds Dozens, Malaysia: Three Arrests in Murder of DPRK Leader's Half-Brother, Texas: ICE Agents Detain Immigrant Seeking Domestic Abuse Protection, Colorado: Undocumented Mother Seeks Sanctuary in Denver Church, Senate Set to Approve Tea Party Lawmaker as Budget Director, Democrats Seek Delay on Scott Pruitt EPA Confirmation Vote, Trump Science Adviser Candidate Calls Climate Science a "Cult", Standing Rock Sioux Sue for Halt to Dakota Access Pipeline, Patients' Advocates Seek Life-Saving Generic Hepatitis C Drugs, Journalist Jeremy Scahill Cancels HBO Appearance to Protest White Nationalist



The Stephen Miller Story: From Pestering Latino Students in High School to Drafting Muslim Ban

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:45:41 -0500

A new investigation by Univision shows how President Trump's senior White House policy adviser, 31-year-old Stephen Miller, was well known at his Santa Monica High School for heckling his fellow Hispanic classmates, including telling them to speak only English. He's now best known as one of the architects behind Trump's Muslim travel ban. For more, we speak with one of Miller's former classmates, Cynthia Santiago, the first Latina president of the school's Associated Student Body and now an immigration defense lawyer who has been helping people impacted by Trump's travel ban. We also speak with Univision reporter Fernando Peinado. His recent piece is titled "How White House advisor Stephen Miller went from pestering Hispanic students to designing Trump's immigration policy."



Trump Security Protocols Questioned: Mar-a-Lago Resort is Not the White House Situation Room

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:41:12 -0500

On Tuesday morning, President Trump tried to divert attention from the resignation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn by saying the "real story" was "illegal leaks," and asked whether there would also be leaks as he deals with North Korea's recent ballistic missile test. But Trump's handling of potentially classified information about the launch already appears to have been compromised—by his own actions. On Saturday, as the news of the test broke, Trump and other White House officials were dining in the restaurant at the Trump-owned Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where Trump was hosting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for the weekend. As Trump and top officials moved to coordinate the United States' response, other Mar-a-Lago diners gawked at the scene. Some even posted pictures of it on Facebook. For more, we're joined by California Democratic Congressmember Ted Lieu.



Rep. Ted Lieu to Introduce Bill Requiring a Psychiatrist in White House

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:38:54 -0500

Dozens of mental health professionals recently wrote a letter warning that President Trump is displaying "grave emotional instability." Now, one lawmaker has introduced a new piece of legislation that would require a psychiatrist in the White House. For more, we speak with that lawmaker: California Democratic Congressmember Ted Lieu.



Rep. Lieu: The White House Lying & Stifling Dissent on Yemen Raid is Step Toward Authoritarianism

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:35:00 -0500

Trump's White House has warned journalists and lawmakers against criticizing a botched raid by U.S. commandos on a Yemeni village last month that left 25 civilians and one U.S. soldier dead. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reports the January 28 assault killed nine children under the age of 13, with five other children wounded. William "Ryan" Owens, a veteran member of SEAL Team 6, also died during the raid. The White House continues to claim the raid was a success. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has said that anyone who criticizes the raid should apologize to Owens's family. For more, we speak with California Democratic Congressmember Ted Lieu.



Rep. Lieu on Kellyanne Conway: White House Should Not Be Used for Enriching the President's Family

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:30:58 -0500

The Office of Government Ethics says counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway committed a "clear violation" of federal ethics rules when she used a TV appearance on "Fox & Friends" last week to market merchandise sold by President Trump's daughter, Ivanka. Her endorsement of Ivanka's products came after Trump tweeted from his official government account blasting Nordstrom for dropping Ivanka's product line. Trump is also facing a lawsuit alleging he is in violation of the Constitution's Emoluments Clause for his foreign conflicts of interest. For more on these conflicts of interest, we speak with California Democratic Congressmember Ted Lieu.



Trump & Spicer Blame Russia Scandal on "Illegal Leaks" Rather Than Lies by Senior Officials

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:27:12 -0500

President Trump initially responded to former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's resignation Tuesday morning by tweeting, "The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N.Korea etc?" Later on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer also tried to make the story about "illegal leaks." For more, we speak with California Democratic Congressmember Ted Lieu.



What Did Trump Know & When Did He Know It? White House in Crisis over Flynn & Russia Scandals

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:15:33 -0500

The Washington Post reports the White House is in "full-blown crisis" following the resignation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. On Tuesday, the White House admitted that Trump knew "for weeks" Flynn had discussed sanctions in a call on December 29 with the Russian ambassador and then lied to Vice President Mike Pence and other top White House officials about it. The New York Times and CNN are now reporting phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald Trump's presidential campaign had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the lead-up to November's election. The Times reports U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted the communications around the same time they were discovering evidence that Russia was trying to disrupt the presidential election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee. Lawmakers are now calling for an investigation. For more, we're joined by Democratic Representative Ted Lieu of California.



Headlines for February 15, 2017

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:00:00 -0500

Trump White House in Crisis After Flynn's Resignation, Gov't Watchdog: Conway Violated Ethics Rules with "Free Commercial" for Ivanka Products, Trump Scraps Rule Requiring Oil Company to Disclose Payments, In Meeting with Netanyahu Today, Trump May Abandon Two-State Solution, Seattle: ICE Arrested DACA Recipient Daniel Ramirez Medina, Scientists: Climate Change Exacerbated Oroville Dam Crisis, Report: Sea Ice Around Antarctica at Lowest Point Ever Recorded, Bolivia's Drought State of Emergency Hits 100 Days, Russia Says It Will Not Relinquish Control of Crimea, HRW: Syrian Gov't Repeatedly Used Chlorine Gas Against Aleppo Residents, China: Protests Erupt Against $6.7 Billion Aluminum Plant, Dominican Republic: Two Radio Journalists Killed, WSJ Faces Criticism over Favorable Coverage of Trump, White House Gives Credentials to Far-Right-Wing Gateway Pundit, Humana to Pull Out of Obamacare's Public Exchange in 2018



Criminalization & Trump's ICE Raids: Two Immigrant Rights Organizers Facing Deportation Speak Out

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:44:45 -0500

The Department of Homeland Security is saying the number of immigrants arrested over the past week has risen to 680. Raids were reported in at 11 states, including California, New York, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Wisconsin. To talk more about who is being targeted, we are joined by two prominent immigrant rights advocates in New York. Both of them are also immigrants whose criminal records put them at risk of deportation. Abraham Paulos is executive director of Families for Freedom. Ravi Ragbir is executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City. Ragbir faces deportation when he goes to his ICE check-in on March 9.



FCC Under Trump: Net Neutrality & Internet Freedom Face New Attack

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:34:37 -0500

We turn now to look at President Donald Trump's newly appointed chair of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, who has begun to attack net neutrality rules and other consumer protections. In a series of actions earlier this month, Pai blocked nine companies from providing affordable high-speed internet to low-income families, and withdrew the FCC's support from an effort to curb the exorbitant cost of phone calls from prison. He has also said he disagrees with the 2015 decision to regulate the internet like a public utility. We speak Jessica González, deputy director and senior counsel at Free Press. González was formerly on the FCC's Open Internet Advisory Committee and Diversity Committee.



Clayton Thomas-Muller: Rising Fascism in U.S. Is Emboldening White Supremacists in Canada

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:29:25 -0500

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's visit to Washington came just weeks after a Canadian man shot dead six people at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City. The shooter, Alexandre Bissonnette, was a supporter of Donald Trump and far-right-wing French politician Marine Le Pen. Trudeau condemned the massacre as an act of terrorism. Donald Trump, however, made no comment about the attack. We speak to Clayton Thomas-Muller about the rise of racism in Canada.



Crossing the Northern Border: Immigrants in U.S. Flee into Canada Seeking Refuge from Trump

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:27:15 -0500

A growing number of asylum seekers are braving freezing temperatures in an attempt to cross from the United States into Canada. Several refugees have suffered frostbite after trekking for hours in sub-zero weather, and aid organizations are overwhelmed. Many of those seeking refuge in areas including Manitoba come from one of the seven countries targeted by Donald Trump's anti-immigration executive order. They say they are worried about being deported if they remain in the U.S. We speak to Clayton Thomas-Muller in Winnipeg, Manitoba.



Pipeline Partners: Trudeau & Trump Meet as They Push for Keystone XL & Other Big Oil Projects

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:14:32 -0500

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the White House Monday for the first time since Donald Trump took office. In a joint news conference, Trump and Trudeau discussed trade, national security and immigration policy. During a White House press conference, neither president talked about oil pipelines, despite their joint support for building new ones. Last month, Trudeau welcomed the decision by Donald Trump to move ahead on the Keystone XL pipeline project. Trudeau has also come under fire by environmental activists for approving two major pipelines: Kinder Morgan's $5 billion Trans Mountain pipeline and the $7.5 billion Enbridge Line 3 pipeline. We speak to Clayton Thomas-Muller, a leading organizer and writer on environmental justice and indigenous rights. He is a campaigner at 350.org and a member of the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba, Canada.



Headlines for February 14, 2017

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:00:00 -0500

Michael Flynn Resigns as National Security Adviser, "Holy Moly!": Diners Watch as Trump Handles N. Korea Missile Launch in Public, Senate Confirms Steven Mnuchin to Be Treasury Secretary, Hundreds of Fast-Food Workers Protest Labor Sec. Pick Andrew Puzder, Senate Confirms David Shulkin as Head of Veterans Administration, Trump's Muslim Ban Suffers Two More Legal Blows, Milwaukee: 20,000 March for "Day Without Latinos, Immigrants and Refugees", U.S. Blocks Fmr. Palestinian PM from Serving as U.N. Special Rep. to Libya, Pakistan: Suicide Attack Kills 13 in Lahore, Fmr. Black Liberation Activist Zolo Azania Freed After 35 Years