Democracy Now!
13 Nov 2016

Democracy Now!

  • Allan Nairn Returns to East Timor on 25th Anniversary of Dili Massacre When U.S. Weapons Killed 270+
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 08:53:26 -0500
    Saturday marks the 25th anniversary of the Santa Cruz massacre on November 12, 1991. Journalists Allan Nairn and Amy Goodman were there when Indonesian troops opened fire on a peaceful memorial procession at the Santa Cruz cemetery in Dili. The soldiers were armed with U.S. M16s and killed more than 270 East Timorese. We go to East Timor to speak with investigative journalist Allan Nairn, who has returned to the scene of the massacre, where young people re-enacted what occurred. "There was crying, but it was like a celebration of power," Nairn notes, because the Timorese response to the attack sparked an international movement that led the U.S. to cut off military aid, and East Timor eventually won its independence. "People here are not underestimating their power. Americans, we shouldn't underestimate ours, either."
  • Will Trump's Immigration Crackdown Be a "Cash Machine" for Military & Private Prison Contractors?
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 08:45:35 -0500
    By now, global markets have rebounded after plummeting upon the news of Trump's victory. Stocks of some companies surged, including the largest private prison contractor, Corrections Corporation of America—which recently changed its name to CoreCivic—whose shares are up 43 percent since Trump's victory. GEO Group, another private prison contractor, is up 21 percent. Meanwhile, stocks also surged for many military contractors, including Raytheon, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin and Boeing. We speak with William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, and Seth Freed Wessler, reporter with The Investigative Fund who has been following private detention centers.
  • Where Do We Go from Here? Former Bernie Sanders Adviser & Chicana Organizer Call for Mass Organizing
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 08:31:56 -0500
    As protests against President-elect Trump continued for a second night in cities across the United States, there are increasing reports of threats against Latinos, Muslims, African Americans and members of the LGBTQ community, that many feel are a result of Trump's rhetoric. We discuss the reaction by activists and organizers to Trump's victory with Becky Bond, longtime progressive activist and former senior adviser on volunteer mobilization for the Bernie Sanders campaign. Her new book is "Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything." We also go to the Facing Race conference in Atlanta, Georgia, where we are joined by Chicana feminist Jodeen Olgun-Tayler, social movement strategist and vice president at Demos. She helped organize protests here in New York at Trump Tower. She has helped organize protests in New York City leading up to and after the election, and helped to coordinate the #Our100 campaign's letter to the nation with the co-founders of Black Lives Matter.
  • Millions Sign Onto Call for Electoral College to Award the Presidency to Popular Vote Winner Clinton
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 08:17:46 -0500
    The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads the popular vote by hundreds of thousands of ballots, but she lost the Electoral College to Republican Donald Trump. The last time this type of outcome occurred was in the 2000 Bush vs. Gore presidential race. Meanwhile, electoral reform initiatives are underway to get states to adopt the National Popular Vote bill. The legislation could transform the way we elect the president of the United States. Under the compact for a national popular vote, states across the country have pledged to award their electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the nationwide popular vote. If enough states sign on, it would guarantee the presidency goes to the candidate who wins the most votes across the country. The compact will kick in only when enough states have signed on to reach a threshold of 270 electoral votes. We are joined by John Koza, chair of National Popular Vote.
  • "They Knew What was at Stake": 2016 Latino Voter Turnout Higher for Clinton Than for Obama in 2012
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 08:11:58 -0500
    "Fewer people voted in this election than voted in 2012," notes Juan Gonzlez, journalist and Democracy Now! co-host, but he argues that data from Latino Decisions shows the Latino turnout was actually higher than 2012 in Florida and other key states. Many precincts, including Miami-Dade, saw almost twice the turnout for Clinton than Obama. "They knew exactly what was at stake," Gonzlez says.
  • Headlines for November 11, 2016
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 08:00:00 -0500
    Nationwide Protests Continue for 2nd Night After Trump Election, Paul Ryan Says He's Excited to Work with Donald Trump, Trump Bucks Tradition, Refusing to Let Press Travel with Him to D.C., Anti-Immigrant Lawmaker Kris Kobach Joins Trump's Transition Team, Hundreds of Reports of Racist Attacks in Wake of Trump Victory, Trump Will Take Stand Nov. 28 in Trial over Trump University, Fmr. Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock Indicted by Federal Jury, Turkey: CEO of Award-Winning Newspaper Cumhuriyet Detained, Afghanistan: 6 Killed After Attack at German Consulate, India: 13 People Die in Fire at Garment Factory, Legendary Singer and Songwriter Leonard Cohen Dies at 82
  • Bill McKibben: Trump's Presidency Comes When the Warming World Can Least Afford It
    Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:45:34 -0500
    On the same day Donald Trump was elected, the World Meteorological Organization reported that the five years from 2011 to 2015 were the hottest on record, with hundreds of thousands of deaths likely due to global warming from human activity. The report found human-induced climate change was directly linked to extreme events, including an East African drought and famine in 2011 that claimed over a quarter-million lives, and "Superstorm" Sandy in the U.S. that caused $67 billion of damage in 2012. Delegates at the United Nations climate summit in Marrakesh, Morocco, are expressing panic over Tuesday’s election results, saying President-elect Donald Trump may threaten the future of any international agreement to slow catastrophic climate change. Trump has said he will "cancel the Paris Climate Agreement and stop all payments of U.S. tax dollars to U.N. global warming programs." Trump has also promised to promote coal power and fracking, and says he will allow for oil and gas drilling on federal lands. He has also promised to ask TransCanada to renew its permit application for the Keystone XL pipeline. For more, we're joined by Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org. He's the author of several books, including "Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet." His recent article for The New York Times is titled "Why Dakota is the New Keystone."
  • "Genuinely Terrifying Prospect": Greenwald on Palin, Giuliani & Bolton Serving in Trump's Cabinet
    Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:38:09 -0500
    As Trump heads to the White House, Trump's transition team has assembled a shortlist of who could make up Trump's Cabinet. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie are among those in consideration for attorney general. Christie is also being considered for homeland security secretary, as is Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke. Secretary of the interior might go to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin or oil executive Forrest Lucas. Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich are in the running for secretary of state. Donald Trump is also expected to quickly nominate a conservative Supreme Court justice to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Antonin Scalia.
  • Greenwald on "Democrats, Trump, and the Ongoing, Dangerous Refusal to Learn the Lesson of Brexit"
    Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:33:42 -0500
    Early Wednesday morning, the shock of Donald Trump’s victory spread across the world, sending stock markets tumbling and media organizations scrambling to cover an outcome to the presidential election that most had predicted was impossible. But was a Trump victory really so hard to foresee? We speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, whose recent piece is headlined "Democrats, Trump, and the Ongoing, Dangerous Refusal to Learn the Lesson of Brexit."
  • Glenn Greenwald: Bernie Sanders Would Have Been a Stronger Candidate Against Donald Trump
    Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:18:47 -0500
    On Wednesday, hours after Donald Trump won the presidency, Senator Bernie Sanders issued this statement on Trump's election: "Donald Trump tapped into the anger of a declining middle class that is sick and tired of establishment economics, establishment politics and the establishment media. People are tired of working longer hours for lower wages, of seeing decent paying jobs go to China and other low-wage countries, of billionaires not paying any federal income taxes and of not being able to afford a college education for their kids—all while the very rich become much richer." In his statement, Senator Sanders also said he would work with Trump "to the degree that Mr. Trump is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families in this country." But he said that he would oppose Trump "to the degree that he pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies." For more, we're joined by Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and one of the founding editors of The Intercept.
  • Glenn Greenwald: Why Did Trump Win? Blame the Failed Policies of the Democratic Party
    Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:14:09 -0500
    As President-elect Donald Trump heads to the White House to meet with President Obama today, many in the media establishment are wondering how data journalism’s predictions of this election were so wrong. As early as Tuesday morning, many media outlets, including The New York Times, were predicting Hillary Clinton had over an 80 percent chance of winning the presidency. Those predictions evaporated as soon as the poll numbers began rolling in Tuesday night. For more on the failures of data journalism and the Democratic Party, we speak with the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, one of the founding editors of The Intercept. His most recent piece is headlined "Democrats, Trump, and the Ongoing, Dangerous Refusal to Learn the Lesson of Brexit."
  • "Not My President": Tens of Thousands Take to Streets, Block Freeways & Rally Against Trump
    Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:11:14 -0500
    "Not My President"—that was the chant at protests across the country Wednesday as tens of thousands of people took to the streets to protest the election of Donald Trump, who surged to victory over Hillary Clinton. In California, at least 13 people were arrested as hundreds blocked traffic on two major highways. Thousands more gathered at Los Angeles City Hall, waving Mexican flags and burning a giant effigy of Donald Trump. In nearby Santa Ana, police fired rubber bullets and pepper spray at hundreds of protesters after the crowds took over major intersections. In Oakland, police also deployed tear gas and flashbang grenades against crowds of thousands of protesters. In Seattle, thousands took to the streets for a protest called by Socialist Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, while in Chicago thousands rallied outside Trump Tower. where at least five people were arrested. Protests were also held in Portland, Oregon; Miami, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana; Richmond, Virginia; Austin, Texas; Boston and Philadelphia. Here in New York, as many as 10,000 people surged through streets and surrounded the barricaded-off Trump Tower, where Donald Trump lives. At least 65 people were arrested. Here are some of the voices from the protest in New York.
  • Headlines for November 10, 2016
    Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:00:00 -0500
    "Not My President": Tens of Thousands Nationwide Protest Trump's Election, Students Stage Anti-Trump Walkouts from Coast to Coast, Clinton Concedes to Trump: "This is Painful & Will Be for a Long Time", Exit Polls: Majority of White Female Voters Supported Donald Trump, Trump Cabinet Shortlist: Christie, Giuliani, Sessions & Gingrich, Private Prison Companies' & Military Contractors' Stocks Surge After Trump Wins, New Hampshire Senate Race: Maggie Hassan Beats Kelly Ayotte, Maine Votes for Ranked-Choice Voting, Opening Door for More 3rd-Party Candidates, Report: U.S.-Led Airstrikes Kill 20 Civilians North of Raqqa, Amnesty Calls on Iraqi Gov't to Probe Torture of Civilians by U.S.-Backed Forces, U.N. Launches Probe of U.S. Airstrike in Afghanistan That Killed 30, Expert: Army Corps Assessment of Dakota Access Pipeline was "Seriously Deficient"
  • In Trump White House, Will Mike Pence Become the Most Powerful Vice President in History?
    Wed, 09 Nov 2016 09:43:53 -0500
    According to The New York Times, Donald Trump’s son called John Kasich’s adviser before the Republican National Convention asking if the governor wanted to be "the most powerful vice president in history.” Kasich was told he would be in charge of both domestic and foreign policy. As for Donald Trump’s role, his son reportedly said he would be simply "making America great again." What does this mean for Mike Pence’s role as VP? We look at his record as Indiana governor.
  • Lee Fang: Donald Trump Recruits Corporate Lobbyists to Select His Future Administration
    Wed, 09 Nov 2016 09:39:49 -0500
    Donald Trump may have run as an economic populist, but journalist Lee Fang examines how he has surrounded himself by corporate lobbyists. Fang reports in The Intercept that Trump’s transition team includes Michael Catanzaro, a lobbyist for Koch Industries and the Walt Disney Company; Eric Ueland, who previously lobbied for Goldman Sachs; and William Palatucci, whose lobbying firm represents Aetna and Verizon.
  • "It Might Not Be Good for America, But It's Good for Us": How the Media Got Rich on Trump's Rise
    Wed, 09 Nov 2016 09:29:28 -0500
    Earlier this year, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves openly bragged that the network is getting rich off Donald Trump’s run for the White House. "It may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS. … [T]he money’s rolling in … [T]his is going to be a very good year for us." Moonves went on to say, "It's a terrible thing to say, but bring it on, Donald. Go ahead. Keep going." We look at the media's role in propping up Donald Trump over the past 18 months with three journalists: Lee Fang, John Nichols and Jose Antonio Vargas.
  • What Led to Trump's Victory? From Racial Fear to Economic Populism
    Wed, 09 Nov 2016 09:23:23 -0500
    We discuss what led to Donald Trump's surprise victory with Nikole Hannah-Jones, who covers racial injustice at The New York Times Magazine, and Lee Fang, investigative journalist at The Intercept covering the intersection of money and politics.
  • If Bernie Won Democratic Primary, Would We Now Be Looking at a Sanders Presidency?
    Wed, 09 Nov 2016 09:17:08 -0500
    On election night, Republican Donald Trump claimed victories in battleground states where Democrat Bernie Sanders's campaign found enthusiastic support during the primary. We speak with The Intercept's Lee Fang and Linda Sarsour, Muslim Democratic activist and former Bernie Sanders campaign surrogate, on the outcome of Tuesday's election if Sanders had won the Democratic nomination.
  • In Victory for Immigrants' Rights Activists, Sheriff Joe Arpaio Loses Re-election in Arizona
    Wed, 09 Nov 2016 08:52:02 -0500
    In other campaign news from Arizona, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio lost his bid for a seventh term. Arpaio faces the possibility of jail time, after federal prosecutors announced they are charging him with criminal contempt of court over his refusal to end unconstitutional immigration patrols in Arizona. Arpaio was a major supporter of Donald Trump. His policies have included racial profiling and detaining immigrants in a scorching outdoor tent city jail, which Arpaio once referred to as his own "concentration camp." We go to Phoenix, where we are joined by Marisa Franco, director of Mijente, which helped organize the Wall Off Trump protest at the RNC last July.
  • Trump Biographer Wayne Barrett on Donald Trump's Shocking Rise to the White House
    Wed, 09 Nov 2016 08:37:36 -0500
    We speak about the man who is now America's president-elect with Wayne Barrett, who writes for the New York Daily News and The Daily Beast and has reported on Donald Trump since the 1970s. His 1991 biography of Donald Trump was just republished in paperback with the title of "Trump: The Greatest Show on Earth: The Deals, the Downfall, the Reinvention." He recently wrote a piece for The Daily Beast titled "Meet Donald Trump’s Top FBI Fanboy."
  • Allan Nairn: Did the FBI Hand the Election to Donald Trump?
    Wed, 09 Nov 2016 08:33:42 -0500
    Longtime investigative journalist Allan Nairn responds to FBI Director James Comey's actions that jolted the presidential race a week and a half ago, when he notified congressional leaders that the agency was investigating more emails as part of its probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email system.
  • How Do We Explain to Young People We Have a Sexist, Racist Islamophobe in the White House?
    Wed, 09 Nov 2016 08:32:34 -0500
    "We failed our young people. We failed generations to come," says Linda Sarsour in response to the upset victory of Donald Trump for president after he ran on a campaign to ban all Muslims from the United States. Sarsour is director of the first Muslim online organizing platform, MPower Change, and co-founder of the Muslim Democratic Club of New York.
  • What Happens Now to the Millions of Immigrants Facing Possible Deportation Under Trump?
    Wed, 09 Nov 2016 08:28:22 -0500
    Donald Trump repeatedly attacked immigrants during his campaign for president. We get reaction to his victory from Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and filmmaker. He famously came out of the shadows in 2011 in The New York Times Magazine with his story, "My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant." He is founder and editor of #EmergingUS, founder of Define American, and producer and director of two documentary films, "Documented" and "White People."
  • Just Like After Reconstruction, Trump Vote Highlights White Backlash to Recent Racial Progress
    Wed, 09 Nov 2016 08:26:28 -0500
    "If one studies history, this is not a surprising outcome," award-winning racial justice reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones says about Donald Trump's election win. She points to the Reconstruction era that followed President Abraham Lincoln's assassination, and Richard Nixon's use of the "Southern Strategy" to appeal to racial fears of white voters after President Lyndon Baines Johnson passed key civil rights measures. "Whenever there are great strides towards racial progress in this country, there is a white backlash." She concludes, "There's a lot of soul searching that needs to be done. But I also think this election is very American."
  • A Divided Nation: As Trump Wins Electoral College, Clinton Wins Popular Vote
    Wed, 09 Nov 2016 08:22:17 -0500
    John Nichols, political writer for The Nation, argues Donald Trump's upset victory to win at least 270 Electoral College votes and become U.S. president is the result of an election process that does not reflect the popular will, as his rival Hillary Clinton appears set to win the popular vote. "America has a lousy, messed-up election system, and we count votes really slow," he notes. "What will turn out to be the reality … is that Hillary Clinton will actually beat Donald Trump by perhaps the largest margin that any loser beat a winner by in the popular vote. It will grow quite a bit." Nichols notes President Obama's popular vote tally grew from 225,000 on election night to 5 million, and says he expects mass protests. His new article is titled "These Election Results Will Define America."
  • From the First African-American President to One Supported by the Ku Klux Klan: Trump Wins in Upset
    Wed, 09 Nov 2016 08:16:04 -0500
    Donald J. Trump was elected 45th president of the United States on Tuesday, defeating Hillary Rodham Clinton in a stunning upset that reverberated around the world. Trump carried at least 279 Electoral College votes to Clinton's 218, although Trump appears to have narrowly lost the popular vote. Donald Trump has never held elective office. He opened his campaign in 2015 with a speech calling Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists. Trump has proposed banning all Muslims from entering the United States. He openly mocked his opponents, reporters, Asians, African Americans and the disabled. More than a dozen women have accused Trump of sexual assault, and he was heard in a 2005 videotape boasting about sexually assaulting women. Throughout the campaign, Trump drew the enthusiastic support of white nationalists and hate groups. Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke, who ran unsuccessfully for a U.S. Senate seat in Louisiana, cheered the outcome of the election. Duke tweeted, "This is one of the most exciting nights of my life -> make no mistake about it, our people have played a HUGE role in electing Trump! #MakeAmericaGreatAgain."
  • Headlines for November 9, 2016
    Wed, 09 Nov 2016 08:00:00 -0500
    Donald Trump Elected 45th President of the United States, Hillary Clinton Supporters Shocked by Loss to Donald Trump, Early-Morning Protests Spring Up After Donald Trump Victory, Republicans Retain House and Senate Majority, Republican Sweep Likely to Tilt Supreme Court Balance, Stock Markets in Turmoil as Donald Trump Stages Upset, Long Lines, Voter ID Laws and Fewer Polling Places Suppress Turnout, House Speaker Paul Ryan Confident He Will Retain Leadership Role, Wisconsin: Russ Feingold Loses to GOP Incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson, Florida: Republican Senator Marco Rubio Re-elected, Gubernatorial Races Split Between Republicans, Democrats, California: Kamala Harris Elected as Second-Ever Black Woman U.S. Senator, Voters Raise Minimum Wage, Support Death Penalty, Legalize Marijuana, Minnesota: Ilhan Omar Elected as First-Ever Somali-American Legislator, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Loses Bid for Seventh Term, May Be Jailed, California: Gunman Fires Near Polling Place, Killing 1 and Injuring 2, Orlando, FL Night Club to Become a Memorial to Gun Massacre Victims, World Meteorological Organization Says Recent Years Hottest on Record, Trump Climate Denial Threatens U.N. Climate Change Agreement, Indian Supreme Court Orders Action on Toxic Air Pollution Crisis, North Dakota: Pipeline Company Says It Will Soon Begin Drilling Despite Lack of Permit, Puerto Rico: Protesters March Against Federal Oversight Board
  • Election Day 2000: Bill Clinton Faces 30 Minutes of Questioning by Amy Goodman During GOTV Call-in
    Tue, 08 Nov 2016 08:53:56 -0500
    We dip into the Democracy Now! archive to revisit Election Day 2000, when Bill Clinton was calling radio stations to get out the vote for Hillary for Senate and Al Gore for president. He did not expect to spend 30 minutes defending his administration’s record on the death penalty, the Middle East and racial profiling, among other issues. But that is exactly what happened when he encountered Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman. At one point in the interview, Clinton accuses Goodman of being "hostile and combative." The next day, the president’s aides threatened to ban Amy from the White House. Watch the full interview "here.":http://www.democracynow.org/2004/6/22/bill_clinton_loses_his_cool_in
  • Beyond the Electoral College: A State-Based Plan for Electing the President by National Popular Vote
    Tue, 08 Nov 2016 08:46:14 -0500
    "The path to 270" is the catch phrase used in media coverage of who will win the Electoral College, which raises the question: Will everyone's vote count equally in determining the next president of the United States? Some analysts argue the 2016 election will come down to the same 11 states that decided the most recent presidential contests. Meanwhile, two-thirds of the general election campaign events in the 2016 presidential race were held in just six states. We discuss campaigns for electoral reform with Rob Richie, co-founder and executive director of the electoral reform organization FairVote. He is co-author of "Every Vote Equal: A State-Based Plan for Electing the President by National Popular Vote."
  • Greg Palast in Ohio on GOP Effort to Remove African Americans from Voter Rolls in Battleground State
    Tue, 08 Nov 2016 08:31:24 -0500
    In an on-the-ground report from the battleground state of Ohio, investigative reporter Greg Palast has uncovered the latest in vote suppression tactics led by Republicans that could threaten the integrity of the vote in Ohio and North Carolina. On some polling machines, audit protection functions have been shut off, and African Americans and Hispanics are being scrubbed from the voter rolls through a system called Crosscheck. "It's a brand-new Jim Crow," Palast says. "Today, on Election Day, they're not going to use white sheets to keep way black voters. Today, they're using spreadsheets."
  • 35 States Set to Vote on 160+ Initiatives on Pot, Universal Healthcare, Minimum Wage, Death Penalty
    Tue, 08 Nov 2016 08:13:33 -0500
    As voters in the United States go to the polls, we look at some of the most important decisions they will make—not for president, governor, Senate or congressional races, but on more than 160 ballot initiatives in 35 states, more than in any election in the last decade. Marijuana legalization is on the ballot in nine states, and income inequality and economic insecurity are at the heart of many other measures, along with initiatives on guns, public education, the death penalty and Colorado's Amendment 69, a citizen-initiated constitutional amendment which would finance universal healthcare. We are joined by Justine Sarver, executive director of the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, and Sarah Anderson, director of the Global Economy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, whose article in Truthout is titled "Seventeen Ballot Initiatives to Watch If You Care About Inequality."
  • Headlines for November 8, 2016
    Tue, 08 Nov 2016 08:00:00 -0500
    Voters Head to the Polls Across U.S. on Election Day, Democrats Fight to Take Control of the U.S. Senate, Jill Stein Files Complaint with FEC over Trump & Clinton Super PAC Coordination, Tim Kaine on Dakota Access Pipeline Reroute: It’s the Right Thing to Do, Norwegian Bank DNB Considering Cutting Funding of Dakota Access Pipeline, Iraqi Military: Mass Grave Discovered in Hamam al-Alil, South of Mosul, Brazil: Police Raid Landless Workers Movement's National School, India: New Delhi Engulfed in Worst Air Pollution in 20 Years, Yemen: Less Than Half of Health Facilities Fully Functioning Amid Conflict, Volkswagen Faces Accusations as Its Longtime Historian Departs, Philippines Supreme Court Rules Marcos Will Receive Hero's Burial, Residents Decorate Susan B. Anthony's Tombstone with "I Voted" Stickers
  • Michael Moore: If Elected, Donald Trump Would Be "Last President of the United States"
    Mon, 07 Nov 2016 08:48:47 -0500
    With the presidential election just a day away, we continue our conversation with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore, the director of "Roger & Me," "Fahrenheit 9/11," "Bowling for Columbine," "Sicko," "Capitalism: A Love Story" and "Where to Invade Next." He has just released a surprise new film titled "Michael Moore in TrumpLand." On Thursday afternoon, we spoke with Michael Moore about his new film, in which he suggests that the election of Donald Trump will herald the end of the United States.
  • Disenfranchised by Misinformation: Victoria Law on the Millions Who Can Vote—But Might Not Know It
    Mon, 07 Nov 2016 08:31:48 -0500
    Across the nation, almost 6 million people are prohibited from voting as a result of state felony disenfranchisement laws. Three-quarters of those now prevented from voting have been released from prison and are living in their communities either under probation, on parole or having completed their sentences. African Americans have been disproportionately impacted by the laws. Florida has the highest number of disenfranchised voters—where nearly one in four black adults is disenfranchised. Meanwhile, in Vermont and Maine, prisoners can vote from jail. How will this impact tomorrow's election? For more, we speak with Victoria Law, freelance journalist and author of the recent article, "Disenfranchised by Misinformation: Many Americans Are Allowed to Vote But Don't Know It." We also speak with Malissa Gamble, founder of The Time is Now to Make a Change, a support center for formerly incarcerated women in Philadelphia. She was incarcerated in Muncy, Pennsylvania, and released 13 years ago.
  • This is Voting in 2016: Armed Intimidation Squads, Purged Rolls, 868 Fewer Polling Stations
    Mon, 07 Nov 2016 08:14:20 -0500
    On Saturday, the U.S. Supreme Court restored a Republican-supported law in Arizona banning political campaigners from collecting absentee ballots filled out by voters. In New Jersey, a federal judge decided against the Democratic National Committee in a complaint it brought against the Republican National Committee, ruling that the RNC's poll monitoring and ballot security activities did not violate a legal settlement. But in a ruling hailed by voting rights advocates, a federal judge late Friday ordered county elections boards in North Carolina to immediately restore registrations wrongfully purged from voter rolls. All of this comes as this year's presidential election is the first in half a century to take place without the full protection of the Voting Rights Act. In 2013, the Supreme Court struck down crucial components in Section 5 of the act in a case called Shelby County v. Holder, when it ruled that states with histories of voting-related racial discrimination no longer had to "pre-clear" changes to their voting laws with the federal government. For more, we’re joined by Ari Berman, author of the recent article, "There Are 868 Fewer Places to Vote in 2016 Because the Supreme Court Gutted the Voting Rights Act."
  • Headlines for November 7, 2016
    Mon, 07 Nov 2016 08:00:00 -0500
    FBI Clears Clinton in Latest Probe over Emails, Clinton, Trump Crisscross Nation Ahead of Election Day, Trump Accuses Democrats of Voter Fraud, Arizona Anti-Immigrant Sheriff to Deploy Deputies at Polling Places, Reno, Nevada: Trump Protester Beaten for Holding Sign, Pennsylvania Neo-Nazi Rally Features Signs of Support for Trump, Dylann Roof Mass Murder Trial Opens in South Carolina, Cincinnati, OH: White Police Officer Who Killed Black Motorist Wore Confederate Flag, Photo Shows White St. Louis Officer Posing with Black Man's Dead Body, Iraq: U.S.-Backed Forces Advance on Mosul, Syria: Kurdish Forces Launch Campaign to Capture Raqqa, Oklahoma: Strong Earthquake Causes Major Damage to Cushing, Colonial Pipeline Restarted Six Days After Deadly Explosion, ND Police Tear Gas Native American Protectors Defending Sacred Sites from Dakota Access Pipeline, U.N. Climate Change Talks Open in Morocco, NJ Gov. Christie Denies Involvement After Aides Convicted in "Bridgegate", Jury Finds Rolling Stone Defamed UVA Administrator in Gang Rape Story, Hong Kong Pro-Independence Movement Faces Crackdown, Volkswagen Accused of Cheating on Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Nicaragua: Daniel Ortega Wins Third Consecutive Presidential Term, Janet Reno Dies of Complications from Parkinson's at 78
  • Michael Moore: How I Moved from Supporting Bernie Sanders to Hillary Clinton for President
    Fri, 04 Nov 2016 08:20:10 -0400
    With the U.S. election only days away, Michael Moore has released a surprise new film about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton titled "Michael Moore in TrumpLand." Democracy Now! sat down with the Academy Award-winning filmmaker and talked about how he moved from supporting Bernie Sanders during the primary to now supporting Hillary Clinton. "My hope was that on Tuesday we would have the great decision … between the socialist and the billionaire," Moore says. On Clinton, he notes: "She is a hawk. She is to the right of Obama. That's the truth. … We're going to have to be active."
  • "Michael Moore in TrumpLand": Filmmaker on Donald Trump, White Men & the Sound of Dying Dinosaurs
    Fri, 04 Nov 2016 08:07:43 -0400
    With just days until the election, we spend the hour with the Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore and talk about his surprise new movie, "Michael Moore in TrumpLand," which he performed live before an audience at the Murphy Theatre in Wilmington, Ohio, where there are 25,000 registered voters in the county and only 500 of them are registered Democrats.
  • Headlines for November 4, 2016
    Fri, 04 Nov 2016 08:00:00 -0400
    Turkey: Leaders and 10 Lawmakers of Pro-Kurdish Party Arrested, Afghanistan: NATO Airstrike Kills 30 Civilians in Kunduz, Majority of Voters Disgusted by 2016 Election, Melania Trump Would Tackle Cyberbullying as First Lady, Pakistan: 18 Die After Oil Tanker Exploded, Dozens More Trapped, 200 Refugees Drown Off Coast of Libya in Last 48 Hours, Bronx Man Dies After Being Repeatedly Tased by NYPD Sergeant, Mother of Walter Scott Testifies in Murder Trial of Officer Michael Slager, Colorado: DA to Retry Man Who Served 28 Years After Being Convicted Based on Dream, Harvard Cancels Men's Soccer Team Season over Sex Ratings of Women Players
  • Colonial Pipeline Crisis: It's About a Lot More Than Rising Gas Prices
    Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:54:28 -0400
    We end today's show looking at another pipeline. In Alabama, at least one worker has died and five have been hospitalized after a section of the Colonial pipeline exploded in Shelby County on Monday. This is the second shutdown in just as many months. The column of fire burning from the punctured pipeline reportedly reached 150 feet. This comes after the same pipeline leaked nearly 340,000 gallons of gasoline in Central Alabama in September, forcing the line to shut down for 12 days and leading six governors to declare states of emergency as gas prices rose throughout the region. Since 2006, the company has reported 178 spills and other incidents that released a combined 193,000 gallons of hazardous liquids and caused $39 million in property damage. We speak to David Butler, the Cahaba Riverkeeper. He has traveled to the site of the Colonial Pipeline Company disaster and is monitoring its environmental impacts.
  • The Indigo Girls Launch #NoDAPL Boycott of Pipeline Owner's Major Folk Music Festival
    Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:43:02 -0400
    Many musicians, including Emily Saliers and Amy Ray, better known as the folk duo the Indigo Girls, are now banding together to confront Energy Transfer Partners CEO Kelcy Warren and help stop the pipeline. In addition to owning the pipeline, Warren owns a small music label and is the founder and driving force behind the Cherokee Creek Music Festival in Texas. In addition to raising awareness and funds for the land and water protectors at Standing Rock, the Indigo Girls are organizing musicians to challenge Kelcy Warren directly. Emily Saliers and Amy Ray penned a letter to Warren, which was co-signed by noted artists Jackson Browne, Shawn Colvin, Joan Osborne, Keb’ Mo’ and others. It reads, in part, "[W]e realize the bucolic setting of your festival and the image it projects is in direct conflict with the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline ... This pipeline violates the Standing Rock Sioux Nation's treaty rights, endangers the vital Missouri River, and continues the trajectory of genocide against Native Peoples." The letter concludes, "In order to stay true to our music and respect the Native Nations that are united against the Dakota Access Pipeline, we will no longer play your festival or participate in Music Road Records recordings." We speak to Emily Saliers and Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls.
  • "I Do Not Play for Oil Interests": Jackson Browne to His Biggest Fan, the Billionaire Behind #DAPL
    Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:37:54 -0400
    When Kelcy Warren of Energy Transfer Partners is not building pipelines, he runs a small record label that puts out folk music. In December 2013, Warren's record label, Music Road Records, released the album "Looking into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne." It was a passion project spearheaded by Warren himself, a longtime fan of Browne's. In a press release for the album, Warren is quoted as saying, "I don't know of anybody that admires Jackson more than me." Jackson Browne is now one of 13 artists who signed on to a letter to Warren vowing to no longer play in Warren's Cherokee Creek Music Festival or participate in Music Road Records recordings. In a statement released to Indian Country Today Media Network, Browne also pledged to donate the money he's received and will receive from the album to tribes opposing the pipeline. Browne writes: "I did not know anything about Kelcy Warren's other business as the production of this album went forward. Although as a music publisher there is no legal way to deny permission to a record company to cover a song that has been previously published, I could have dissuaded the artists from appearing on this record had I known." Browne goes on to say, "I do not play for oil interests. I do not play for companies who defile nature, or companies who attack demonstrators with trained attack dogs and pepper spray. I certainly would not have allowed my songs to be recorded by a record company whose owner's other business does what Energy Transfer Partners is allegedly doing—threatening the water supply and the sacred sites of indigenous people."
  • Who is Kelcy Warren, the Texas Billionaire and Folk Music Fan Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline?
    Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:31:02 -0400
    We look at the Texas billionaire behind the Dakota Access pipeline: Kelcy Warren, the CEO of Energy Transfer Partners. Described by Bloomberg as "among America's new shale tycoons," Warren is personally worth $4 billion. He has become a major donor to the Republican Party. During this election cycle, he gave over $500,000 to a super PAC backing former Texas Governor Rick Perry. He also maxed out his donations to House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Energy Chair Fred Upton, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Lisa Murkowski. Kelcy Warren also owns a small music label and recording company, and is the founder and driving force behind the Cherokee Creek Music Festival in Texas. We speak to Sue Sturgis. Her recent piece on Facing South is headlined "Meet the Texas Billionaire and GOP Donor Behind the North Dakota Pipeline Controversy."
  • Standing Rock Chair: Obama Could Stop the Dakota Pipeline Today & Preserve Indigenous Sacred Sites
    Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:14:32 -0400
    President Obama says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering rerouting the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, amid months of resistance from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and members of more than 200 other Native American nations and tribes from across the Americas. "My view is that there is a way for us to accommodate sacred lands of Native Americans," Obama said. "And I think that right now the Army Corps is examining whether there are ways to reroute this pipeline in a way." Meanwhile, on Wednesday, police deployed pepper spray and tear gas against dozens of Native American water protectors during a standoff at Cantapeta Creek, north of the main resistance camp. At least two people were shot with nonlethal projectiles. Video and photos show police firing the pepper spray and tear gas at the water protectors, who were peacefully standing in the creek. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had ordered police to arrest the Native Americans and destroy a bridge that members of the camp had constructed over the creek in order to protect a sacred burial ground they say is being destroyed by construction and law enforcement activity.
  • Headlines for November 3, 2016
    Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 -0400
    Obama Criticizes FBI Director Comey over Clinton Email Announcement, Woman Who Accuses Trump of Raping Her at 13 Cancels News Conference, Louisiana: Police Pepper-Spray Protesters Outside David Duke Senate Debate, Mississippi: Black Church Burned, Vandalized with Words "Vote Trump", Amnesty Accuses Iraqi Militias Fighting ISIS of Torture, Pentagon: 2 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan, Pentagon: U.S. Drone Strike in Syria Kills al-Qaeda Leader, France: Authorities Force Remaining Refugees from Calais Camp, Britain: Court Rules Lawmakers Have to Vote on Brexit, Angela Merkel: Turkey's Crackdown on Press Freedom "Extremely Alarming", Iowa: White Man with History of Domestic Abuse Arrested for Shooting Police Officers, ND: Police Attack Protectors with Tear Gas in Latest Standoff Against Pipeline, Lawmakers Seek Investigation of Colonial Pipeline After Fatal Explosion, GE & Baker Hughes to Merge, Creating 2nd Largest Oilfield Service Company, Michigan: Nestl Seeking to Bottle 400 Gallons/Min. of Lake Michigan Water for Free
  • Shut Down Rikers: Meet Akeem Browder, Who Is Fighting to Close Jail That Took His Brother's Life
    Wed, 02 Nov 2016 08:48:29 -0400
    We continue our coverage of Rikers Island. In October, the Browder family held a memorial service for Venida Browder, who died "of a broken heart" 16 months after her own son, Kalief, hanged himself in his Bronx home after spending nearly three years at New York's Rikers Island jail. In 2010, when Kalief was just 16, he was sent to Rikers Island, without trial, on suspicion of stealing a backpack. He always maintained his innocence and demanded a trial. He spent the next nearly three years at Rikers, even though he was never tried or convicted. For nearly 800 days of that time, he was held in solitary confinement. Near the end of his time in jail, the judge offered to sentence him to time served if he entered a guilty plea, and told him he could face 15 years in prison if he went to trial and was convicted. Kalief still refused to accept the plea deal. He was only released when the case was dismissed. While in Rikers, Kalief was repeatedly assaulted by guards and other prisoners. He also told Huffington Post Live that he was repeatedly denied food by guards while he was in solitary confinement. These experiences traumatized him, and ultimately, after his release, Kalief Browder took his own life on June 6, 2015, when he was 22 years old. For more, we speak with Akeem Browder, Kalief's older brother. He is the founder of the Campaign to Shut Down Rikers.
  • Voices from NYC's Most Notorious Jail: Former Prisoners Speak Out About Abuse at Rikers Island
    Wed, 02 Nov 2016 08:33:42 -0400
    A new PBS documentary, "Rikers," brings you face to face with men and women who have survived incarceration at New York City's largest and most notorious jail. Their stories are told directly to the camera without any additional narration. A dozen former inmates vividly describe the cruel arc of the Rikers experience—from the trauma of entering the island to the extortion and control exercised by other inmates, to the harrowing interactions with corrections officers. They also detail the beatings and stabbings, the torture of solitary confinement and the psychological difficulties of re-entering the outside world. For more, we're joined by award-winning independent filmmaker Marc Levin, director of the new documentary, "Rikers."
  • 9 States to Vote on Marijuana Initiatives: Will They Stop Jailing Young People of Color over Weed?
    Wed, 02 Nov 2016 08:12:06 -0400
    On November 8, 35 states and the District of Columbia will confront 156 ballot initiatives on issues ranging from universal healthcare to gun sale restrictions and death penalty reforms. One of the most contentious ballot initiatives concerns marijuana legalization. After next week's election, marijuana could be legal for medical or recreational use in 29 states. Currently about 5 percent of Americans live in states where they can legally smoke cannabis, but after November that figure could rise to 25 percent. California is the biggest of the nine states casting a ballot on the measure. While other states are voting on medicinal use, Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada are with California in voting on legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. The "yes" vote is currently leading in all five states and is widely supported by young voters from both major parties. California legalized the medical use of marijuana 20 years ago. Polls in California show strong support for Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. We speak with Deborah Small, founder of Break the Chains: Communities of Color and the War on Drugs. Her recent piece for The Root is headlined "How We Can Reap Reparations from Marijuana Reform." She's a longtime advocate for drug decriminalization.
  • Headlines for November 2, 2016
    Wed, 02 Nov 2016 08:00:00 -0400
    Obama: Army Corps Considering Rerouting Dakota Access Pipeline, Cost of Policing Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Swells to $10 Million, #NoDAPL: Protector Red Fawn Fallis Charged with Attempted Murder, Report: Trump Companies Destroyed Documents Amid Court Proceedings, FBI Tweets Docs from 2001 Probe into Bill Clinton Pardon, NYT: Early Voting by African Americans Down Compared to 2012, Iraqi Military Enters Mosul, Takes Control of Mosul TV Station, Morocco: 11 Arrested over Fish Seller Mouhcine Fikri's Death, Fighting Between India and Pakistan Kills 13 Civilians, France: Officials Demolish Calais Refugee Camp, Despite Protests, Venezuela: Opposition Drops Symbolic Trial Against President Maduro, Iowa: 2 Police Officers Shot and Killed in "Ambush-Style Attacks", New York: Workers Detained in ICE Raid in Rochester Launch 7-Day March
  • Morocco: Massive Protests Against Neoliberalism, Privatization Follow Death of Fish Seller
    Tue, 01 Nov 2016 08:49:51 -0400
    In Morocco, thousands of people have been protesting across the country after a fish seller was crushed to death in a garbage truck trying to retrieve fish confiscated by police. Video circulating online appears to show Mouhcine Fikri jumping into the back of the truck to rescue his swordfish, before being crushed to death by its compactor. According to local reports, Moroccan authorities prohibit the sale of swordfish at this time of year. Activists have accused police officers of ordering garbage men to crush Fikri. His death in the northern town of Al Hoceima has elicited widespread anger on social media. The weekend's rallies were called by activists from the February 20 movement, which organized demonstrations during the Arab unrest of 2011. Fikri's death drew parallels to that of Tunisian fruit seller Mohamed Bouazizi in 2010 whose death sparked the Arab Spring uprisings. For more, we speak with Miriyam Aouragh, a Dutch-Moroccan anthropologist and democracy activist based in Britain. She's a lecturer at the University of Westminster in London, and she is writing a book on the February 20 movement in Morocco.
  • Meet Birgitta Jnsdttir: The Ex-WikiLeaks Volunteer Who Has Helped the Pirate Party Reshape Iceland
    Tue, 01 Nov 2016 08:32:44 -0400
    In Iceland, the anarchist Pirate Party made big gains in Sunday's national elections, raising the prospect it will form a coalition government with other left-wing parties. The Pirates won 10 seats in Iceland's 63-member Parliament, up from three in the last election. The Pirate Party hopes to pass the world's first crowdsourced constitution. Its core platform calls for direct democracy, freedom of expression, civil rights, net neutrality and transparency. The Pirates saw their popularity surge in April, after Iceland's prime minister resigned following revelations he and his wife used an offshore company to conceal millions of dollars' worth of investments. Women also won big in this weekend's elections, taking 30 seats in Iceland's Parliament—more than any single party. With female candidates winning nearly half of the seats, Iceland now reportedly has the "most equal Parliament in the world." For more, we speak with Birgitta Jónsdóttir, member of the Icelandic Parliament and co-founder of the country's Pirate Party. She is also a poet, activist, web developer and a former WikiLeaks activist. And she is the chairperson of the International Modern Media Institution.
  • Professor Carol Anderson on Police Killings, Trump, the Clintons & Her New Book "White Rage"
    Tue, 01 Nov 2016 08:19:58 -0400
    Jury selection has begun in two high-profile murder trials of white police officers who killed unarmed black men. In Ohio, former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing shot and killed 43-year-old Sam DuBose last year after stopping him for not having a front license plate. In North Charleston, South Carolina, officer Michael Slager faces a murder charge after a bystander filmed Slager shooting 50-year-old Walter Scott in the back as he ran away. For more, we speak with Carol Anderson, professor of African American studies at Emory University. She is the author, most recently, of "White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide."
  • Democrats Sue Trump & GOP Under 1871 KKK Act for Threatening Voters of Color
    Tue, 01 Nov 2016 08:13:14 -0400
    The Democratic Party has filed lawsuits in four battleground states—Ohio, Arizona, Nevada and Pennsylvania—alleging Donald Trump’s campaign and the Republican Party are "conspiring to threaten, intimidate, and thereby prevent minority voters in urban neighborhoods from voting." The lawsuits cite the Voting Rights Act and the 1871 Ku Klux Klan Act. In its filing, the Ohio Democratic Party write, "Trump has sought to advance his campaign's goal of 'voter suppression' by using the loudest microphone in the nation to implore his supporters to engage in unlawful intimidation." The suits also names Trump adviser Roger Stone and his super PAC, Stop the Steal. Trump has repeatedly urged his supporters to monitor polling booths on Election Day. The North Carolina NAACP has also filed a federal lawsuit Monday seeking an immediate injunction to stop the state and various county boards of elections from illegally canceling the registrations of thousands of voters. The NAACP says African-American voters are being targeted in a coordinated effort to suppress the black vote in the state. For more, we speak with Carol Anderson, professor of African American studies at Emory University. She is author of the new book, "White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide."
  • Headlines for November 1, 2016
    Tue, 01 Nov 2016 08:00:00 -0400
    James Comey Under Fire as FBI Begins Probe of Clinton Emails, NYT: Trump Avoided Paying Tens of Millions in Taxes Using Loophole Later Outlawed, Podesta Emails Show Brazile Shared Questions with Clinton Campaign, Senator Richard Burr Jokes About Putting Bullseye on Hillary Clinton, U.S. Airstrike Outside Mosul Kills 8 Civilians, Including 3 Children, Samantha Power Condemns U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Airstrikes in Yemen, Turkey: Police Arrest Journalists of Award-Winning Cumhuriyet Newspaper, China: 13 Miners Die After Explosion at Underground Coal Mine, Alabama: 1 Worker Dies, 5 Hospitalized After Colonial Pipeline Explodes, ND Agency Requests $4 Million More to Police #NoDAPL Resistance, Australia PM Turnbull Proposes Lifetime Ban on Asylum Seekers Who Arrive by Boat, Lebanon Elects New President After 2.5 Years, Report: Officials Denying Prison Organizer Kinetik Justice Water, Ohio: HS Cheerleaders Under Fire for Racist Banner Against Native Americans
  • Bundys vs. #NoDAPL: Armed White Militia Leaders Walk Free as Native Americans Face Police Violence
    Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:47:58 -0400
    A federal jury in Oregon on Thursday acquitted antigovernment militia leaders Ammon and Ryan Bundy, and five of their followers, of conspiracy and weapons charges related to their armed takeover of a federal wildlife refuge earlier this year. The stunning verdict shocked federal prosecutors, who called the 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge a lawless scheme to seize federal property by force. The occupation forced federal employees onto administrative leave, cost the federal government over $4 million and alarmed local residents. It also angered the Paiute Tribe, which has treaty rights to the land the militia occupied. The tribe says militia members mishandled tribal artifacts and bulldozed sacred sites. Militia leaders Ammon and Ryan Bundy still face federal charges related to an armed standoff in Nevada in 2014. Joining us to discuss the Bundy verdict in light of the ongoing protests in North Dakota are Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, and Steve Russell, a retired judge and professor, citizen of the Cherokee Nation. His latest piece for Indian Country Today Media Network is "Malheur v. DAPL: Jury Nullification or Prosecutor Overreach?"
  • Standing Rock: Dallas Goldtooth on Suspicious Fire Near Resistance Camp & Repression of Movement
    Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:37:55 -0400
    Overnight on Saturday in North Dakota, Native Americans resisting the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline reported a brush fire near their main resistance camp. They say they called 911, but no emergency teams responded. They also say the surveillance planes and helicopters, which have been flying almost constantly over the region in recent weeks, stopped flying about two hours before the fire began. Protectors believe the fire was intentionally lit by people working for Dakota Access. For more, we speak with Dallas Goldtooth, organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network.
  • Did #DAPL Security Worker Wielding an AR-15 Rifle Try to Infiltrate Native Water Protectors?
    Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:31:42 -0400
    On Friday, Amnesty International dispatched human rights observers to North Dakota to monitor the ongoing repression of the thousands of Native Americans resisting the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline. Amnesty's move came one day after hundreds of police with military equipment arrested over 140 people, after attacking them with pepper spray, Tasers, sound cannons, bean bag rounds and rubber bullets. More details are emerging from Thursday, including video footage of a man who appears to be a Dakota Access security contractor holding a rifle, with his face covered by a bandana, apparently attempting to infiltrate a group of water protectors. A Standing Rock Sioux tribal member says he saw the man driving down Highway 1806 toward the main resistance camp with an AR-15 rifle on the passenger side of his truck. Protectors chased down his truck and then pursued him on foot in efforts to disarm him. In the video, the man can be seen pointing the rifle at the protectors as he attempts to flee into the water. He was ultimately arrested by Bureau of Indian Affairs police. Protectors say inside the man's truck they found a DAPL security ID card and insurance papers listing his vehicle as insured by DAPL. For more, we speak with Dallas Goldtooth, organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network.
  • The October Surprise: Michael Isikoff on the FBI's Clinton Email Investigation That Could Jolt Race
    Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:14:44 -0400
    The race for the White House was jolted on Friday when FBI Director James Comey notified congressional leaders that the agency had discovered more emails as part of its probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email system. The emails were discovered as part of an investigation into former Congressmember Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Abedin reportedly stored hundreds of thousands of emails on Weiner's computer, which was seized by the FBI after Weiner allegedly sent illicit text messages to a 15-year-old girl. Comey notified Congress before the FBI had even obtained a warrant to look at Abedin's email. A warrant was reportedly issued over the weekend. On the campaign trail, Donald Trump welcomed Comey's announcement, which came just 11 days before Election Day. Hillary Clinton is not alone in criticizing James Comey's actions. A bipartisan group of former federal prosecutors signed an open letter, writing, "Many of us have worked with Director Comey; all of us respect him. But his unprecedented decision to publicly comment on evidence in what may be an ongoing inquiry just eleven days before a presidential election leaves us both astonished and perplexed."
  • Headlines for October 31, 2016
    Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0400
    FBI Reopens Investigation into Hillary Clinton Emails, Shaking Up Election, WikiLeaks: Clinton Camp Called Nurses' Union "Fringe" and "Not Real", Yemen: U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Attack Kills 60, Syrian Rebels Kill Dozens of Civilians in Attack on Western Aleppo, Morocco: Thousands Protest in Echo of Arab Spring Uprising, UNICEF Report: 300 Million Children Breathe Highly Toxic Air, Trials Begin for Two White Officers Who Killed Unarmed Black Men, Justice Department Shakes Up Investigation of Eric Garner Killing, Amnesty International to Observe Policing of Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance, Armed Dakota Access Worker Reportedly Tried to Infiltrate Native Water Protectors, Labrador, Canada: First Nations Activists Win Protection from Mercury, Honduras: Son of Human Rights Leader Assassinated, Iceland's Pirate Party Poised to Join Government After Election Gains, Italian Earthquake Destroys Ancient Buildings But Spares Human Life, Supreme Court Takes Up First-Ever Transgender Rights Case