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Report from Puerto Rico: Death Toll Higher Than Reported Amid Water Shortage & Health Crisis
On Capitol Hill Thursday, Democratic lawmakers accused President Trump of neglecting millions of U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. New York Congressmember Nydia Vela'zquez, who was born in Puerto Rico, said the White House showed far more urgency responding to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which devastated parts of Texas and Florida -- two states that voted for Trump.
Amid Tensions with North Korea, 51 Countries Sign Ban on Nuclear Weapons Despite U.S. Opposition
Amid tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile tests, 51 countries have signed the world's first legally binding treaty banning nuclear weapons. It prohibits the development, testing and possession of nuclear weapons, and using or threatening to use these weapons. None of the nine countries that possess nuclear weapons signed the measure, including Russia, Britain, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Meet Dulce Garcia: DREAMer & Immigration Lawyer Who Is Suing Trump for Ending DACA
Six recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program sued the Trump administration in a San Francisco federal court over its plans to rescind the program. The lawsuit argues the Trump administration failed to follow proper administrative procedures in rescinding DACA and that revoking the program violates due process laws.
Monday, September 18, 2017(1 comments)
Naomi Klein Warns Europe May Water Down Paris Accord to Win Support from Trump
We may end up with a situation, worst-case scenario, where Europe or other players succeed in watering down the Paris Agreement in order to get the U.S. back, and actually fail at that, but, from the interests of the oil industry, it's a great scenario, because it means that this agreement, which is--has been signed by the vast--by almost every country on Earth, becomes weaker.
Former DOJ Civil Rights Head: Jeff Sessions Is Implementing an Anti-Civil Rights Agenda
It's been six months since Attorney General Jeff Sessions was sworn in as head of the Department of Justice. In that time, Sessions has managed to undo nearly every aspect of Obama's civil rights legacy. We look at how Sessions is using the Justice Department to roll back decades of progress on civil rights, voting rights, LGBT rights and police reform.
Wray Confirmed as FBI Director as Questions Swirl over His Past Record & Close Ties to Big Business
If you look closely at the career paths of people like Wray, Loretta Lynch and Andrew Weissman, it's astonishing but a sort of a network analysis of all the cross-reporting relationships since the 1990s show that there's a relatively small group of maybe a few hundred people who have been percolating around the Justice Department, and through the revolving-door system connecting them to major Wall Street firms.
Monday, July 31, 2017(2 comments)
Is Trump Trying to Sabotage the Nuclear Deal to Lay Groundwork for War with Iran?
The White House appears ready to abandon the landmark Iranian nuclear deal in favor of what experts say could lead to war with Iran. The New York Times reported last week that President Donald Trump has instructed his national security aides to find a rationale for declaring that Iran is violating the terms of the accord.
Friday, July 21, 2017
Sen. McConnell Plans Vote on Repealing Obamacare Despite Lacking Enough Support from GOP Senators
Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced the Senate will vote next week on whether to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement -- even though the bill currently lacks enough Republican support to pass. McConnell's announcement came after President Trump invited all 52 Republican senators to the White House for lunchtime talks aimed at reviving stalled efforts on healthcare.
Bernie Sanders: The Democracy Now! Interview
In a Democracy Now! special, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders sat down with Amy Goodman at the Free Library of Philadelphia in late November in his most extensive broadcast interview since Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton just weeks earlier.
Bruce Springsteen's Trump Warning: Nominee's Narcissism Threatens Democracy
In an interview with Channel 4 in Britain, Bruce Springsteen shared his thoughts on the race. "Donald Trump's going to lose, and he knows that. He knows he's going to lose. And he's such a flagrant, toxic narcissist that he wants to take down the entire democratic system with him if he goes," Springsteen said. "And the words that he's been using over the past several weeks really are an attack on the entire democratic proces
Jill Stein to Bernie Sanders: Run on the Green Party Ticket & Continue Your Political Revolution
In many ways, the Democratic Party creates campaigns that fake left while it moves right and becomes more corporatist, more militarist, more imperialist. This is why we say it's hard to have a revolutionary campaign inside of a counterrevolutionary party. That's why we're here as the Green Party to build a place where a revolutionary movement can truly grow with a political voice.
Could the 2016 Election Be Stolen with Help from Electronic Voting Machines?
At midnight or whenever it is on election night, those two guys can go in there with an IT person and flip the outcome of an electronically counted vote within about 60 seconds. So all this millions and millions of dollars, people out campaigning and so on, can be negated by an electronic vote flip late at night on election night, and there is no way to verify what's happened.
Naomi Klein: Obama Is Beginning to Sound Like a Climate Leader, When Will He Act Like One?
Under new Environmental Protection Agency regulations, U.S. power plants will be required to cut emissions by 32 percent from the 2005 levels by 2030. In addition, new power plants will be required to be far cleaner, which could effectively prevent any new coal plants from opening. President Obama defended the regulations, which are expected to be challenged in court.
WikiLeaks Launches Campaign to Offer $100,000 "Bounty" for Leaked Drafts of Secret TPP Chapters
Despite the Senate vote approving a measure to give President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, opposition to the deal continues to mount ahead of this month's House vote. Critics, including a number of Democratic lawmakers, oppose the TPP, saying it will fuel inequality, kill jobs, and undermine health, environmental and financial regulations.
Freed CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Says "I Would Do It All Again" to Expose Torture
In a wide-ranging interview, Kiriakou says, "I would do it all over again," after seeing the outlawing of torture after he came forward. Kiriakou also responds to the details of the partially released Senate Committee Report on the CIA's use of torture; argues NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden did a "great national service," but will not get a fair trial if he returns to the United States.
Thursday, January 15, 2015(3 comments)
"Circus of Hypocrisy": Jeremy Scahill on How World Leaders at Paris March Oppose Press Freedom
Jeremy Scahill said, "While horrifying and reprehensible, these incidents represent a relatively minor threat to Western society. In terms of the actual threats facing our society, this doesn't even rank in the top five. And so, to have this kind of a reaction is not only a waste of a tremendous amount of money, but it is going to encourage, I think, future acts of terrorism."
Tuesday, December 23, 2014(7 comments)
Ex-Bush Official: U.S. Tortured Prisoners to Produce False Intel that Built Case for Iraq War
Since the release of Senate findings earlier this month, the assumption that the CIA's torture program's sole motive was post-9/11 self-defense has gone virtually unchallenged. There has been almost no recognition that the George W. Bush administration also tortured prisoners for a very different goal: to extract information that could tie al-Qaeda to Saddam Hussein and justify the invasion of Iraq.
Glenn Greenwald: The NSA Can "Literally Watch Every Keystroke You Make"
After the last seven months reporting, everybody should know by now that the goal of the NSA really is the elimination of privacy worldwide -- not hyperbole, not metaphor, that's literally their goal, is to make sure that all human communications that take place electronically are collected and then stored by the NSA and susceptible to being monitored and analyzed.
Is Edward Snowden a Hero? A Debate with Journalist Chris Hedges & Law Scholar Geoffrey Stone
Edward Snowden's decision to leak a trove of secret documents outlining the NSA's surveillance program has elicited a range of reactions. Among his detractors, he's been called "a grandiose narcissist who deserves to be in prison. To supporters, Snowden is a hero for showing that "our very humanity [is] being compromised by the blind implementation of machines in the name of making us safe.