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Psychiatrists "Deeply Concerned" by Trump's Instability Call for Urgent Mental Health Evaluation
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:48:33 -0500
We continue our interview with someone who's led a discussion of mental health professionals who are deeply concerned about President Trump's psychological instability. Dr. Bandy Lee is a forensic psychiatrist on the faculty of Yale School of Medicine who organized the "Duty to Warn" conference at Yale and edited the best-selling book, "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President." _Dr. Bandy Lee declares that she is not representing the views of Yale University, Yale School of Medicine or Yale Department of Psychiatry._

The Growing Case for Impeaching Donald Trump, From Lawlessness and Corruption to Abuse of Power
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:29:33 -0500
On Thursday, another Democrat endorsed articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, a resolution presented in November by a half-dozen Democrats accusing Trump of obstruction of justice and other offenses. Democrat Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire is the latest official to join the effort and is one of 12 House Democrats who represent a district won by Trump in 2016. This comes as a petition for impeachment launched in October by Democratic donor Tom Steyer has garnered more than 3.5 million supporters. At least 17 communities around the country are now on record calling for impeachment proceedings against Trump. "It is not acceptable to say that we will simply kick the can down the road and wait until after an election cycle to lay the groundwork for the impeachment proceedings," says constitutional attorney John Bonifaz, co-founder and director of Free Speech for People. "We need to be laying that groundwork and making this call now."

Medics, Observers & a Journalist Face 50 Years in Prison in First Trial of J20 Inauguration Protests
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:12:52 -0500
Final arguments are underway today in Washington, D.C., in a case that could shape the future of free speech and the right to protest in the United States: the first trial of the nearly 200 people arrested during President Donald Trump's inauguration. As demonstrators, journalists and observers gathered in Northwest D.C. after the inauguration on January 20, some separated from the group and vandalized nearby businesses and vehicles. Police officers then swept hundreds of people in the vicinity into a blockaded corner in a process known as "kettling," where they carried out mass arrests of everyone in the area. The first so-called J20 trial could go to a jury as early as today, and involves six people, including one journalist, Alexei Wood, a freelance photojournalist. The defendants face multiple felony and misdemeanor charges, including multiple counts of destruction of property. Evidence against the defendants has been scant. We get an update from Jude Ortiz, a member of the organizing crew of Defend J20 and the Mass Defense Committee chair for the National Lawyers Guild. He's been in court throughout the first J20 trial.

Headlines for December 15, 2017
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0500
In Major Blow to Free Internet, FCC Votes to Repeal Landmark Net Neutrality Rules, At Break with Trump, Tillerson to Urge Diplomacy with North Korea at United Nations, Nikki Haley Claims Iran Violated Arms Agreement, But Experts Say Evidence is Lacking, Republicans' Plan to Overhaul Tax Code in Peril as Rubio and Lee Threaten to Vote No, Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold Won't Seek Re-Election, Amid Sexual Harassment Revelations, Screen Actors Guild Awards to Feature All-Women Presenters for Acting Awards, Eighth Round of U.N.-Sponsored Peace Talks on Syria Collapses, Mexican & U.S. Officials Meet to Discuss Military & Intelligence Cooperation, Caravan of Central American Mothers Search for Their Missing Children in Mexico, Argentina: Protests Force Lawmakers to Suspend Vote on Slashing Pensions, Rwanda Accuses French Military of Complicity in 1994 Genocide, Trump's Highest-Ranking African-American Adviser Out at White House, Largest Landlord in U.S. Sued for Violating Fair Housing Act, Ohio Senate Passes Bill to Make Abortion Illegal in Cases of Down Syndrome

U.S. Support "Vital" to Saudi Bombing of Yemen, Targeting Food Supplies as Millions Face Famine
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:51:33 -0500
In Yemen, the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition has bombed a Houthi military police camp, killing at least 30 people, most of whom were imprisoned inside the camp. One official said at least 35 bodies had been recovered from the blast site so far. The Saudi-led coalition has escalated its bombing campaign in recent days, following the killing of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Days before his death, the longtime leader switched sides in the ongoing war and threw his support behind the Saudi-led coalition. He was then killed by the Houthis. The U.S.-backed, Saudi-led bombing campaign has devastating Yemen's health, water and sanitation systems, sparking a massive cholera epidemic. The Saudi-imposed blockade has prevented critical food, water, medicine and aid from reaching civilians. The United Nations has warned that over 8 million people are "a step away from famine." For more, we're joined by award-winning journalist Iona Craig, journalist who was based in Sana'a from 2010 to 2015 as the Yemen correspondent for The Times of London. Her new piece for The Guardian is titled "Bombed into famine: how Saudi air campaign targets Yemen's food supplies."

Meet Jessica Leeds, Who Recalls Being Groped by Trump & Is Calling for Congress to Investigate
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:24:57 -0500
Amid the mounting number of lawmakers calling on President Trump to resign over multiple claims of sexual harassment and assault, we speak with one of Trump's accusers. This week, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand became the fifth senator to call for Trump to step down. Three of the 16 women who have publicly accused Trump of sexual harassment held a press conference Monday in New York, demanding that Congress take action. The women shared accounts in which they said Trump groped, fondled and forcibly kissed them. Trump responded in a tweet that they were "false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don't know and/or have never met." We speak with Jessica Leeds, who said Trump groped her in the first-class cabin of a commercial flight. She recently retired, after working 30 years as a stockbroker, and is a mother of two and grandmother of eight.

Republicans Agree on Tax Bill "Of, By and For the Political Donor Class" with Tax Cuts for the Rich
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:11:42 -0500
Republicans in Congress say they have reached a deal on final tax legislation that will overhaul the U.S. tax code, dramatically impacting not only household income, but also healthcare and domestic spending. The plan would slash taxes by nearly $1.5 trillion, with the vast majority of the cuts benefiting major corporations and the richest Americans, including President Trump's own family. A final vote could take place next week. We speak with David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and founder and editor of DCReport.org.

Headlines for December 14, 2017
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0500
Republicans Reach Deal on Tax Legislation to Dramatically Benefit Rich & Corporations, Roy Moore Refuses to Concede in Alabama Senate Race, Three Women Accuse Music Industry Mogul Russell Simmons of Rape, PBS Suspends Host Tavis Smiley Amid Sexual Harassment Accusations, Salma Hayek: Weinstein Harassed Me & Threatened to Kill Me, Kentucky Rep. Kills Himself After Being Accused of Sexually Assaulting Teenager, NY Gov. Cuomo Introduces Bill to Bar Domestic Violence Perpetrators from Buying Guns, Lawmakers Refuse to Confirm 2 Trump Nominees for Lifetime Federal Judgeship, D.C. Judge Throws Out One of Felony Charges for Six #J20 Protesters, Greece: Workers Stage 24-Hour General Strike to Protest Austerity, Yemen: U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Airstrike Hits Police Camp, Killing 30, Disney to Buy Parts of 21st Century Fox for $52 Billion, Mexican Journalist Emilio Gutiérrez Detained by ICE & Threatened with Deportation, London: Survivors of Deadly Grenfell Tower Fire Gather for Memorial at St. Paul's Cathedral, Haiti's Beloved Troubadour Emmanuel "Manno" Charlemagne Dies at 69

Major Education Victory in Philadelphia as Parents, Teachers & Activists Reclaim Control of Schools
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:46:51 -0500
We look at a major education victory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where parents, teachers and activists mounted a successful campaign to reclaim control of their local public school system after then-Pennsylvania Governor Mark Schweiker declared it financially distressed in 2001. Under the plan, dozens of Philadelphia public schools closed, and the city saw a spike in charter schools. Community groups responded by forming a coalition to pressure Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney to return control over the School District to local voters. Last month, Mayor Kenney heeded organizers' demands and called for the dissolution of the commission. This came as the city also elected civil rights attorney Larry Krasner as district attorney, who campaigned in part on ending the school-to-prison pipeline. We speak with Helen Gym, a longtime community activist and now a Philadelphia city councilmember, and Kendra Brooks of the "Our City, Our Schools" coalition as well as Parents United. She is the parent of two children who attend Philadelphia district schools.

FCC Set to Roll Back Digital Civil Rights with Thursday's Vote to Repeal Net Neutrality
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:33:33 -0500
The Federal Communications Commission is set to vote Thursday on whether to repeal the landmark net neutrality protections passed under President Obama in 2015. Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers treat web content equally and do not block or prioritize some content over others in return for payment. The move could allow internet service providers to cut speeds and jack up prices, and drew a record 22 million comments to the FCC, which critics say the agency has not fully reviewed. "We're talking about the future of media here and who has access and control and whose voices are valued, whose stories are told, whose stories are dehumanized," says Joseph Torres, senior adviser for government and external affairs for Free Press, the national media reform organization.

No Moore! Doug Jones Rides GOP Storm to Senate in Victory That Could Add Momentum to #MeToo Movement
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:13:04 -0500
In a stunning upset, Democrat Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore in the controversial race to fill the Alabama Senate seat left vacant by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. With 100 percent of the vote tallied, Jones led Moore by nearly 21,000 votes, a margin of 1.5 percentage points. With Jones in the Senate, the Republicans' majority will narrow to 51-49, endangering Trump's agenda and possibly ushering in a Democratic wave in next year's congressional elections. Roy Moore has so far refused to concede the race, and on Tuesday night called for a recount. We speak with Pema Levy, political reporter for Mother Jones who has covered voter turnout and suppression in the tight race.

Headlines for December 13, 2017
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0500
Democrat Doug Jones Wins Alabama Senate Race with Overwhelming Support of Black Voters, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Slams Trump's "Sexist Smear," Saying "I Will Not Be Silent", Trump Signs Massive $700 Billion Military Spending Bill, Palestinians Continue Protesting Trump's Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel's Capital, Reports: Ethiopian Forces Crack Down on Oromo Protests, Killing up to 15, Philippines: Duterte Wins Congressional Approval to Extend Martial Law in Mindanao, Internet Pioneers to FCC: "You Don't Understand How the Internet Works", Argentina: Thousands Take to Streets to Protest WTO Meeting, World Bank Says It Will Stop Financing Upstream Oil and Gas After 2019, Grand Rapids, MI: Family Demands Answers After Police Handcuff, Detain 11-Year-Old Black Girl

Rep. Gutiérrez on Passing the DREAM Act, Deaths in Puerto Rico & His Aspirations for the Presidency
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:47:35 -0500
In one of the biggest immigration rallies of the year, thousands rallied last Wednesday on Capitol Hill to demand Congress pass the DREAM Act before the end of 2017. About 100 people were arrested in an act of civil disobedience, including our guest, Illinois Congressmember Luis Gutiérrez, Democrat of Illinois. He is a member of the Judiciary Committee and co-chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Last month, he announced he will not seek re-election next year, after 13 terms in the House, in order to focus more on the recovery in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

Cecile Richards: Mike Pence is "Orchestra Master" of Assault on Women's Rights Under Trump
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:34:00 -0500
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards says the first year of President Trump's administration may be the worst year for women of any administration in United States history. But, she notes, it has also been a year of organizing and resistance by women and their allies.

Roy Moore Attacks Doug Jones over Abortion Rights, Deflecting from Child Molestation Accusations
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:26:15 -0500
In Alabama, voters are heading to the polls today in a special election for a U.S. Senate seat that pits Democrat Doug Jones against Roy Moore, an anti-abortion candidate who has been accused by at least nine women of sexually harassing or assaulting them when they were teenagers—one as young as 14. We get response from Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards and Samantha Holvey, a former Miss USA Contestant who is one of 16 women who have accused President Trump of sexual misconduct and grew up in the southern United States.

Meet the Miss USA Contestant Accusing Trump of Sexual Misconduct as Senators Call for Him to Resign
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:13:27 -0500
Five senators are now calling on President Trump to resign over allegations that he sexually harassed or assaulted women, and 56 House lawmakers with the Democratic Women's Working Group are calling for a congressional investigation into the allegations. This comes as three of the 16 women who have publicly accused Trump of sexual harassment held a press conference Monday in New York, demanding that Congress take action. We speak with one of them: Samantha Holvey, a former Miss USA contestant for North Carolina when Trump owned the pageant. We are also joined by Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and we play an excerpt from the Brave New Films documentary "16 Women and Donald Trump."

Headlines for December 12, 2017
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0500
Right-Wing Leaders Rally for Alabama Senate Candidate Roy Moore, As Polls Open, Alabamians Face Voting Hurdles, Women Accusing Donald Trump of Sexual Abuse Call for Congressional Probe, Lawmakers Demand Accountability over Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Trump, Famed Chef Mario Batali Takes Leave Amid Sexual Abuse Allegations, New Yorker Correspondent Ryan Lizza Fired over "Improper Sexual Conduct", New York City Mayor Says Bomb Blast an "Attempted Terrorist Attack", Israeli Forces Fire on Protesters with Live Ammunition, Iraq Declares Victory Over ISIS with Military Parade in Baghdad, Nepal Communist Parties Set for Majority in Parliamentary Elections, Argentina: Activists, Journalists Barred as World Trade Organization Talks Open, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Dies at 65, Trump's Lawyers Demand Special Counsel to Probe Russia Special Counsel, Washington: Tacoma Protesters Halt Natural Gas Plant Construction, Families Separated by Immigration Laws Meet at U.S.-Mexico Border Wall

Amid Worst Winter Wildfires in California History, Farmworkers Are Laboring in Hazardous Air
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:55:42 -0500
In California, drought-fueled wildfires raged toward Southern California's coastal cities over the weekend. The fires have scorched some 230,000 acres of land and forced nearly 200,000 people to evacuate. At least one woman has died so far. The wildfires are already the fifth largest on record in California history. Climate experts say the intensity of the winter blazes is linked to climate change. Authorities have warned residents to stay inside because of the dangerous air quality caused by smoke and carcinogenic ash from the fires. But a number of farms have stayed open, sparking concerns that farmworkers are laboring in hazardous conditions without proper equipment. Last week, volunteers handing out free protective masks to farmworkers say they were kicked off some farms, despite the fact that the pickers were asking for the safety equipment. For more, we speak with Lucas Zucker, who was evacuated last week due to the wildfires. Zucker is the policy and communications director for CAUSE—Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy—and he helped distribute respirator masks to farmworkers who had to continue working despite the hazardous air quality conditions. We also speak with Democratic California State Assemblymember Monique Limón, who represents Santa Barbara and Ventura County.

NAACP Head: Roy Moore Is Using Racial and Religious Fearmongering to Sway White Alabama Voters
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:49:38 -0500
As Alabama's special Senate race on Tuesday nears, criticism is mounting over Republican Roy Moore's refusal to step down from an increasingly tight race meant to fill the Alabama Senate seat left vacant by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Moore was twice ousted as Alabama's chief justice—first in 2003 for refusing to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments in the rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building. After being re-elected, he was again ousted in 2016, for ordering his judges to defy the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling legalizing marriage equality. He was a proponent of Trump's racist and discredited "birther theory" about President Obama. He has compared homosexuality to bestiality. He said Minnesota Congressmember Keith Ellison shouldn't have been allowed to be sworn into Congress using a Qur'an, which he compared to "Mein Kampf." In 2011, Roy Moore proposed eliminating all constitutional amendments after the 10th, which includes amendments prohibiting slavery and the amendments giving women and African Americans the right to vote. We speak with Derrick Johnson, president and CEO at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and Chokwe Antar Lumumba, mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, and a longtime activist.

Black Leaders Boycott Trump Photo Op at Civil Rights Museum: "Why Should Our Legacy Be Tarnished?"
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:35:11 -0500
In Mississippi, many black community leaders boycotted the opening of two new civil rights museums on Saturday in protest of President Donald Trump's presence. Those who boycotted the events included African-American Democratic Congressmembers John Lewis of Georgia and Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, who wrote in a joint statement, "President Trump's disparaging comments about women, the disabled, immigrants, and National Football League players disrespect the efforts of Fannie Lou Hamer, Aaron Henry, Medgar Evers, Robert Clark, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, and countless others who have given their all for Mississippi to be a better place." We speak with NAACP President Derrick Johnson and Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba. Both boycotted some of Saturday's events in protest of Trump's presence, which Johnson called "an affront to the veterans of the civil rights movement."

On Eve of Alabama Senate Election, a Look at Roy Moore's Racism, Homophobia & Religious Fanaticism
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:13:59 -0500
Democrat Doug Jones and Republican Roy Moore are locked in a tight and increasingly controversial race to fill the Alabama Senate seat left vacant by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The election is on Tuesday. A Democrat hasn't won a U.S. Senate race in Alabama for 20 years. Polling shows the two candidates are neck and neck, despite Moore being accused by at least nine women of sexually harassing or assaulting them when they were teenagers. President Donald Trump has repeatedly endorsed Roy Moore, including on Friday, when he held a rally in Pensacola, Florida, which is 20 miles from the Alabama border and in the same media market as Mobile, Alabama. Roy Moore has had a long and highly controversial political career in Alabama that's been marked by racism, homophobia, Islamophobia and religious fanaticism. Over the weekend, the Doug Jones campaign orchestrated a massive get-out-the-vote effort, particularly targeting African-American voters. A number of prominent African-American politicians, including New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, Alabama Congressmember Terri Sewell and former Massachusetts Democratic Governor Deval Patrick, all campaigned for Jones over the weekend. For more, we speak with Peter Montgomery, senior fellow at People for the American Way. His most recent piece is headlined "There's More Than One Roy Moore Scandal."

Headlines for December 11, 2017
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0500
Doug Jones & Roy Moore Neck and Neck on Eve of Alabama Senate Election, Israel Attacks Gaza Strip, Killing 2 and Injuring At Least 25, Two Dead, Hundreds Injured as Palestinians Protest U.S. Decision on Jerusalem, Protests Erupt Worldwide over Trump Decision on Jerusalem, NYC: Explosion Rocks Port Authority Subway Hub During Morning Commute, Mesa, Arizona, Police Officer Acquitted in Shooting Death of Hotel Guest, 200,000 Evacuate Amid Fifth-Worst Wildfires in California History, Two Senators Demand Trump Resign over Sexual Assault Accusations, Black Leaders Boycott Civil Rights Museum Opening in Protest of Trump's Attendance, Honduras: Thousands Demand U.S. Support Full Recount of Contested Presidential Election, El Salvador: Judges Refuse to Free Woman Imprisoned After Giving Birth to Stillborn Baby, Philippines: Thousands March to Demand Duterte's Resignation on Int'l Human Rights Day, Nobel Committee Awards Peace Prize to Nuclear Abolition Group ICAN

"The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump": Psychiatrist Dr. Bandy Lee on Growing Mental Health Concerns
Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:49:07 -0500
Questions over President Donald Trump's mental health continue to grow, following his speech on Wednesday where he slurred his speech and mispronounced words during an address on Israel. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded Thursday to the mounting concerns by announcing that Trump has scheduled a physical health exam. Meanwhile, Pentagon leaders last month told a Senate panel they would ignore any unlawful order by the president to launch a nuclear strike. The testimony came as part of the first congressional hearings in more than 40 years on the president's authority to start a nuclear war. We speak with Dr. Bandy Lee, a forensic psychiatrist on the faculty of Yale School of Medicine and an internationally recognized expert on violence. She edited the best-selling book, "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President." _Dr. Bandy Lee declares that she is not representing the views of Yale University, Yale School of Medicine or Yale Department of Psychiatry._

No Democracy Here: Ousted Honduran Pres. Zelaya Says 2009 U.S.-Backed Coup Led to Election Crisis
Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:13:04 -0500
In an exclusive interview, former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted in a 2009 U.S.-backed coup, says U.S. actions led to the current political crisis in Honduras. The government continues to withhold the results of the November presidential election, which pitted U.S.-backed President Juan Orlando Hernández against opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla. Massive protests erupted after the government-controlled electoral commission stopped tallying votes when the count showed Nasralla ahead. Zelaya now heads the opposition LIBRE party, which is part of the Alliance Against the Dictatorship coalition led by Nasralla.

Headlines for December 8, 2017
Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0500
200,000 Forced to Evacuate Uncontrollable Wildfires in Southern California, Protests Across Palestine After Trump Says U.S. Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's Capital, Democratic Sen. Al Franken Resigns in Face of Sexual Harassment Accusations, Republican Rep. Trent Franks Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Investigation, USA Gymnastics Doctor Larry Nassar Sentenced to 60 Years for Child Pornography, African-American Lawmakers to Campaign for Alabama Senate Candidate Doug Jones, White Cop Michael Slager Sentenced to 20 Years for Murdering Walter Scott, Report: Nearly 1,000 More People Died in Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria, Hundreds of Protests Nationwide Demand FCC Keep Net Neutrality Rules, Reps. Lewis & Thompson Won't Attend Civil Rights Museum Opening in Protest of Trump's Attendance, Hundreds Rally Outside Brooklyn Courthouse to Demand ICE Stop Arresting People at Court, LA Weekly Bought by Shadowy Group of Investors, Who Fired Nearly All Staff Members, Colin Kaepernick Accepts Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship

High-Profile Women Break the Silence on Sex Assaults, But Low-Wage Workers Still Vulnerable to Abuse
Thu, 07 Dec 2017 08:48:17 -0500
On Wednesday, Time magazine announced the 2017 "Person of the Year" goes to the women who have spoken out against sexual assault and harassment, sparking an international movement. It called the group "the Silence Breakers" and included Hollywood actresses, journalists, farmworkers and hotel cleaners. We look at how sexual abuse also thrives in low-wage sectors like farm work, hotel cleaning and domestic work, where workers are disproportionately women of color and immigrant women and are highly vulnerable to sexual harassment and sexual violence. We speak with Tarana Burke, founder of the "Me Too" movement and one of the women featured in Time's new issue. She founded the organization in 2006 to focus on young women who have endured sexual abuse, assault or exploitation. She is now a senior director at Girls for Gender Equity. We are also joined by Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter and strategy and partnership director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and by Mily Treviño-Sauceda, co-founder and vice president of the National Alliance of Women Farmworkers. She is a former farmworker and union organizer with the United Farm Workers.

"Settlers in the White House": Palestinians Denounce Trump Jerusalem Order & Protest in Day of Rage
Thu, 07 Dec 2017 08:23:15 -0500
As Palestinians protest President Trump's announcement that he would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and begin moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, we go to East Jerusalem to speak with Budour Hassan, a Palestinian writer and project coordinator for the Jerusalem Center for Legal Aid and Human Rights, and speak with Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace. We are also joined in Ramallah by Hanan Ashrawi, Palestinian politician and scholar.

PLO Leader Hanan Ashrawi: Trump's Jerusalem Order Violates Int'l Law & "Destroys" Chance for Peace
Thu, 07 Dec 2017 08:12:02 -0500
Palestinians are protesting in cities across the West Bank and Gaza Strip after President Trump announced Wednesday that he would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and initiate a process of moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The announcement sparked a massive international backlash, with leaders of Britain, France, Iran, Jordan, Egypt, the Arab League and other nations all criticizing the move. Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it an "important step toward peace." We go to Ramallah to speak with Hanan Ashrawi, Palestinian politician and scholar. She was elected an Executive Committee member of the Palestine Liberation Organization in 2009, becoming the first woman to hold a seat in the highest executive body in Palestine. She also served as the official spokesperson of the Palestinian delegation to the Middle East peace process.

Headlines for December 7, 2017
Thu, 07 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0500
Trump Announces U.S. Recognizes Jerusalem as Capital of Israel, Sparking Protests, House Further Deregulates Concealed-Carry Legislation, Despite Mass Shootings, House Votes Not to Impeach President Trump, Growing Chorus of Senate Democrats Call on Sen. Franken to Resign, John Conyers III Faces Questions About Domestic Violence Arrest, Report: Flynn Told Associate Sanctions on Russia Would Be "Ripped Off" After Trump's Election, Trump Calls for End to Saudi Blockade in Yemen But Continues to Back War, Experts Warn California's December Wildfires Are Linked to Climate Change, Thousands Rally to Demand Congress Protect Immigration Programs, NAACP Calls on Trump to Skip Civil Rights Museum Opening, Calling His Presence an "Affront", Pentagon Says Military Plans to Accept Transgender Recruits Starting Jan. 1, Australia Legalizes Marriage Equality

Daniel Ellsberg Reveals He was a Nuclear War Planner, Warns of Nuclear Winter & Global Starvation
Wed, 06 Dec 2017 08:17:26 -0500
Could tension between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un bring us to the brink of nuclear war? As tensions ramp up, we discuss what nuclear war would look like with a former nuclear war planner and one of the world's most famous whistleblowers—Daniel Ellsberg. In 1971, Ellsberg was a high-level defense analyst when he leaked a top-secret report on U.S. involvement in Vietnam to The New York Times and other publications, which came to be known as the Pentagon Papers. He played a key role in ending the Vietnam War. Few know Ellsberg was also a Pentagon and White House consultant who drafted plans for nuclear war. His new book, published Tuesday, is titled "The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner." We speak with Ellsberg about his top-secret nuclear studies, his front row seat to the Cuban missile crisis, whether Trump could start a nuclear war and how contemporary whistleblowers Chelsea Manning and Ed Snowden are his heroes.

Headlines for December 6, 2017
Wed, 06 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0500
Trump to Declare Jerusalem the Capital of Israel, Despite International Condemnation, Rep. John Conyers Resigning Amid Multiple Sexual Harassment Accusations, Trump Stands By Endorsement of Roy Moore, Accused of Sexual Assault & Harassment, NYT: Harvey Weinstein Built "Complicity Machine" to Facilitate His Rape & Sexual Harassment, The Intercept: Erik Prince Pitched White House Plan for Global Network of Private Spies, Honduras: Opposition Calls for Runoff or Full Vote Recount as Political Crisis Continues, Yemen: U.S.-Backed Saudi Coalition Intensifies Bombing Campaign After Saleh's Death, Trump Jr. to Testify to House Intelligence Committee; Mueller Revokes Manafort's Bail, Russia Barred from 2018 Winter Games over Accusations of Systemic Doping, Explosive Wildfires in California's Ventura County Force 27,000 to Evacuate, Indigenous Activists Protesting Plans to Open Arctic to Oil Drilling, Colin Kaepernick Awarded Sports Illustrated's Muhammad Ali Legacy Award

Honduran Riot Police Refuse to Carry Out Crackdown on Opposition Protests After "Illegal" Election
Tue, 05 Dec 2017 08:38:04 -0500
National police in the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa—including elite U.S.-trained units—refused to impose a nighttime curfew Monday night that was ordered by incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernández after days of protests over allegations of fraud in the country's disputed election. The move comes after at least three people were killed as Honduran security forces opened fire on the protests Friday night in Tegucigalpa. Protests erupted last week after the government-controlled electoral commission stopped tallying votes from the November 26 election, after the count showed opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla ahead by more than 5 percentage points. The commission now says Hernández has pulled ahead of Nasralla, by 42.98 percent to 41.39 percent, after a recount of suspicious votes. This comes as Nasralla and international observers are calling on the Honduras electoral commission—which is controlled by President Hernández—to carry out a recount. We speak with Allan Nairn, award-winning investigative journalist; Sarah Kinosian, a Honduras-based reporter; and Congressmember Jan Schakowsky, who represents the 9th District of Illinois. Her op-ed published in The New York Times is headlined "The Honduran Candidate."

Native American Tribes Join to File Lawsuit Against Trump Attack on Bears Ears National Monument
Tue, 05 Dec 2017 08:21:53 -0500
Five Native American tribes have joined to file what they are calling an historic lawsuit against President Donald Trump, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and several other members of the administration. The move came just hours after Trump visited Utah Monday, where he announced his plan to open up protected federal lands to mining, logging, drilling and other forms of extraction. The plan calls for shrinking the 1.3 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument by more than 80 percent and splitting it into two separate areas. Trump would slash the state's 1.9 million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by 50 percent. Bears Ears National Monument was created in 2016 by then-President Barack Obama. President Bill Clinton created the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in 1996. The national monuments were designated under the century-old Antiquities Act, a law meant to protect sacred sites, artifacts and historical objects. We speak with Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk, a member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and former co-chair of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, and with Bob Deans, director of strategic engagement at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

ACLU Vows to Keep Fighting as Supreme Court Allows Trump's Mostly Muslim Travel Ban to Take Effect
Tue, 05 Dec 2017 08:14:44 -0500
The Supreme Court handed a victory to President Donald Trump Monday, when it allowed his latest travel ban to go into effect even as legal challenges continue in lower courts. The administration can now fully enforce its new restrictions on travel from eight countries, six of them predominantly Muslim. The ruling will bar most citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea from entering the United States, along with some groups of people from Venezuela. We speak with Lee Gelernt, an ACLU attorney who presented the first challenge to Trump's travel ban order, resulting in a nationwide injunction.

Headlines for December 5, 2017
Tue, 05 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0500
Supreme Court Allows Trump's Latest Travel Ban to Take Effect, Trump Administration Withdraws U.S. from Global Migration Compact, Trump Orders Largest Rollback of Federal Land Protection in History, Protesters Target Republican Congressional Offices over Tax Bill, Trump and RNC Back Roy Moore Senate Bid Despite Sex Abuse Accusations, Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold to Return Sex Harassment Settlement Fee to Taxpayers, Texas Rep. Joe Barton to Retire from Congress over Affairs, Michigan Rep. John Conyers Expected to Remain in Congress Despite Sex Abuse Claims, Netflix to Resume "House of Cards" Without Kevin Spacey, New York Ballet Chief Peter Martins Removed over Sex Harassment Claim, Former WNYC Host John Hockenberry Accused of Sexual Abuse, Bullying, Vice Media Fires Three Employees over "Verbal and Sexual Harassment", California Lobbyist Accuses Lawmaker Matt Dababneh of Sexual Assault, Honduras: Police Refuse to Enforce Curfew as Election Protests Rage, Yemen: Rebel Video Shows Body of Former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, North Korea Says U.S. War Games Put Peninsula on "Brink of Nuclear War", Trump Administration to Allow More Cluster Bombs, Trump's Lawyer Claims the "President Cannot Obstruct Justice", Trump Adviser K. T. McFarland Falsely Said She was Unaware of Russia Contacts, India: Toxic Smog Returns to New Delhi, California Wildfire Explodes North of Los Angeles, Threatening Homes, German Pilots Ground Flights to Protect Afghan Asylum Seekers

Honduras: Protesters Defy Military Crackdown and Flood the Streets to Protest Alleged Vote-Rigging
Mon, 04 Dec 2017 08:47:40 -0500
Tensions are rising in Honduras, where security forces have opened fire on protesters over the weekend, killing at least three people and injuring dozens more. On Sunday, tens of thousands of people poured into the streets to protest what many are calling an electoral coup d'état against opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla. Protesters accuse the electoral commission of rigging the vote in favor of incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernández, who is a close U.S. ally. For more, we speak with Zenaida Velasquez, a Honduran human rights activist and one of the founders of the Committee of Relatives of the Disappeared in Honduras. We also speak with Matt Ginsberg-Jaeckle, a member of La Voz de los de Abajo and one of the founding members of the Honduras Solidarity Network. He has been in Honduras for over a week leading a human rights observation delegation.

Rep. Ellison Condemns Apparent Election Tampering in Honduras & Calls for Halting U.S. Military Aid
Mon, 04 Dec 2017 08:40:11 -0500
In Honduras, tens of thousands of protesters poured into the streets Sunday to denounce alleged election fraud and to support opposition presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla. Last week, the electoral commission paused the counting of the votes when incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernández was trailing opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla, head of the Alliance Against the Dictatorship. On Friday, Hernández's government suspended constitutional rights and imposed a military curfew. For more, we speak with Minnesota Democratic Congressmember Keith Ellison.

Rep. Keith Ellison Says Franken & Conyers Should "Examine Their Conscience" over Sexual Harassment
Mon, 04 Dec 2017 08:33:13 -0500
On Capitol Hill, Democratic Congressmember John Conyers and Democratic Senator Al Franken are both facing calls to resign, after multiple women accused both men of sexual harassment and unwanted sexual contact. Army veteran Stephanie Kemplin says Franken cupped her breast at a USO event in 2003 as the pair posed for a photo, refusing to let go. Radio broadcaster Leeann Tweeden posted a photo showing Franken appearing to place his hands on her breasts over her Kevlar vest while she was sleeping on a plane in 2006 as they were both coming back from a USO tour. Meanwhile, Rep. Conyers is facing multiple accusations he sexually harassed or groped women—charges he denies. Among his accusers is Marion Brown, who said Conyers invited her to a Chicago hotel room in 2005, where he appeared in his underwear and demanded she touch him sexually. She says she was fired when she refused. For more, we speak with Minnesota Democratic Congressmember Keith Ellison.

Rep. Keith Ellison: GOP Tax Bill Would Reorder Society & Create "Hereditary Aristocracy" for Rich
Mon, 04 Dec 2017 08:14:03 -0500
On Saturday morning, Senate Republicans passed a nearly 500-page tax bill that will have dramatic impacts not only the U.S. tax code, but also healthcare, domestic spending and even oil and gas drilling. The plan would cut taxes by nearly $1.5 trillion. Major corporations and the richest Americans, including President Trump and his own family, would reap the most dramatic benefits. Overall, the bill is expected to add $1.4 trillion to federal budget deficits over the next decade. The bill passed the Senate 51 to 49, with every Democrat voting against the bill and all Republicans voting for it except for Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee. We speak with Minnesota Democratic Congressmember Keith Ellison. He's the first Muslim member of Congress. Ellison is also the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee.

Headlines for December 4, 2017
Mon, 04 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0500
In Rushed Vote, Senate Passes Sweeping Tax Bill Benefiting Wealthiest, Michael Flynn to Testify Following Plea Deal with Special Counsel, Honduras: Protesters Denounce "Election Fraud" Amid Stalled Returns, Yemen: Former President Ali Abdullah Saleh Reportedly Killed by Houthis, Syria: 27 Civilians Dead in Attack on Damascus Suburb, Israel: Tens of Thousands March Against Prime Minister Netanyahu, Trump to Decide Whether to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel's Capital, Malta: Suspects Arrested over Murder of Anti-Corruption Journalist, Utah: Thousands Protest Trump Plans to Scale Back National Monuments, Billy Bush: "Of Course" It was Trump's Voice in "Access Hollywood" Tape, Arnold Schwarzenegger Cancels Appearance Amid Protests over Sexual Abuse, New York Met Suspends Conductor James Levine over Sexual Abuse Claims, Walmart Drops T-Shirt Calling for Lynching of Journalists   , CVS to Purchase Aetna in Healthcare Mega-Merger, Australian Lawmaker Proposes to Partner During Marriage Equality Debate

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