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Democracy Now
Sep 18, 2020

Trump Calls Howard Zinn's Work "Propaganda." Hear the Legendary Historian in His Own Words.
This week President Trump described the work of the legendary historian Howard Zinn, who died in 2010, as "propaganda" meant to "make students ashamed of their own history." But Zinn believed the opposite, that teaching the unvarnished truth about history was the best way to combat propaganda and unexamined received wisdom. We air excerpts from a 2009 interview with Zinn in which he explained his approach to education. "We should be honest with young people; we should not deceive them. We should be honest about the history of our country," Zinn said.

Democracy Now
Sep 18, 2020

As Fires Rage Across the West, Trump Bails Out Big Oil & Picks Climate Denier for Top Role at NOAA
As climate-fueled wildfires continue to ravage the West, the Trump administration has tapped a well-known climate change denier for a top position at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. University of Delaware professor David Legates has written papers calling for more fossil fuel emissions and has had his work supported by the Robert Mercer-funded Heartland Institute and Koch Industries, as well as major gas companies. He was recently hired as NOAA's deputy assistant secretary of commerce for observation and prediction. We speak with David Goodrich, a former top climate scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, who says Legates's appointment goes against the overwhelming consensus of the scientific community. "You have about 97% of the scientists disagreeing with the position of Dr. Legates," says Goodrich, who served as director of NOAA's Climate Observations Division from 2009 to 2011. We also speak to David Goodrich about his latest book, "A Voyage Across an Ancient Ocean," in which he examines the impact of the fossil fuel industry through an epic bicycle journey from the Alberta tar sands to the Bakken oil field of North Dakota.

Democracy Now
Sep 18, 2020

Trump vs. Masks: Attacks on CDC, Doctors & Scientists Undermine a "Pillar of Pandemic Control"
As the official United States death toll from COVID-19 approaches 200,000 people, we speak with infectious disease expert Dr. Monica Gandhi, who says President Trump's refusal to promote face masks has made the pandemic much worse. "Masks are a pillar of pandemic control. They are incredibly important," says Dr. Gandhi, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, as well as a division head at San Francisco General Hospital. "There is no country in the world right now that has been fighting masks like this, especially at the presidential level. If we could have started mask wearing, consistent mask wearing, at the beginning, we would have averted deaths and cases."

Democracy Now
Sep 18, 2020

Headlines for September 18, 2020
White House Scuttled Plan to Mail 650 Million Face Masks to U.S. Households, NYC Schools Delay In-Person Classes Amid Staffing Shortages and Coronavirus Fears, CDC Watered Down Coronavirus Testing Guidelines Over Objections of Scientists, Trump Coronavirus Adviser Threatens to Sue Stanford Doctors over Criticism, WHO Warns of "Alarming" Coronavirus Transmission Rates Across Europe, U.S. Billionaires Added $845B to Net Worth Since March as Pandemic Exposed Racial Inequities, Court Halts "Drastic Operational Changes" at USPS, Warning of Widespread Disenfranchisement, Ex-Coronavirus Task Force Aide Endorses Biden, Citing Trump's "Disregard for Human Life", Bolivian Leader Who Seized Power in Military Coup Drops Presidential Bid, Aides of Kremlin Critic Alexei Navalny Say Banned Nerve Agent Found on Hotel Water Bottle, Amy Dorris Becomes 26th Woman to Accuse Trump of Sexual Misconduct, Lawsuit Alleges Rampant Sexual Violence Against Women in Florida Prison, Report Finds Pattern of Abuses Against Pregnant Asylum Seekers at ICE Jails, House Passes Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, Utah Officer Charged with Assault for Ordering K9 to Attack Black Man, Trump "Patriotic Education Plan" to Counter "Left-Wing Indoctrination" in Schools, Condemned Federal Prisoner Asks Americans to Rethink Death Penalty

Democracy Now
Sep 17, 2020

Daniel Ellsberg Warns U.S. Press Freedom Under Attack in WikiLeaks' Julian Assange Extradition Case
Legendary Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg says Julian Assange's extradition hearing in London could have far-reaching consequences for press freedoms. The WikiLeaks founder faces an ever-evolving array of espionage and hacking charges related to the release of diplomatic cables that revealed war crimes committed by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Assange faces almost certain conviction, if extradited, and 175 years in prison. "The American press has remained in kind of a state of denial for 40 years, really, since my case, that the Espionage Act has wording in it that could be aimed directly at them," says Ellsberg, who testified in Assange's defense at his extradition trial via video stream from the United States. "Now the American press is staring right down the barrel at the use of the Espionage Act against American journalists and publishers for doing journalism."

Democracy Now
Sep 17, 2020

After Fire Destroys Moria Refugee Camp in Greece, Demands Grow for Relocation, Not Another Camp
We get an update on the massive fire at the Moria refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece, which has left 13,000 refugees and migrants from Afghanistan, African countries and Syria without access to shelter, food or sanitation. The fire has raised concerns about a coronavirus outbreak and comes as migrants protest their living conditions during the pandemic. Some of the asylum seekers — many of them women and children — are demanding they be allowed to leave the island of Lesbos, but the Greek government is refusing to relocate most people displaced by the fire to the mainland. "The calculation of the Greek government was, in my opinion, to really break people's spirit," says reporter Franziska Grillmeier, who joins us from Lesbos.

Democracy Now
Sep 17, 2020

A Crisis Made in America: Yemen on Brink of Famine After U.S. Cuts Aid While Fueling War
The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is deepening amid the pandemic and cuts to international aid from the United States and its allies, leaving millions of Yemenis facing famine after years of a brutal U.S.-backed, Saudi-led bombing campaign that has devastated the country. CNN's senior international correspondent Nima Elbagir says what is happening in Yemen is not a natural disaster but a "man-made catastrophe" directly tied to U.S. policies. Elbagir says, "Not only is the U.S. profiting from the war by selling weapons to the UAE and Saudi Arabia," but it is also ignoring the impact on civilians. We also feature her exclusive CNN report, "Yemen: A Crisis Made in America."

Democracy Now
Sep 17, 2020

Headlines for September 17, 2020
Trump Sidelines Science as He Contradicts CDC Director on Vaccines and Masks, Israeli Journalists Quarantine After White House Staffer Tests Positive for Coronavirus, Big Ten Football to Resume with Plans to Study Hearts of Student-Athletes Infected with COVID-19, Oxfam: Wealthy Nations Bought Up More Than Half of World's Coronavirus Vaccine Contenders, Hurricane Sally Brings Record Rainfall and Massive Flooding to Gulf Coast, Attorney General Barr Sought Sedition Charges for Racial Justice Protesters, HHS Spokesperson on Medical Leave After Rant About Left-Wing Militants Preparing for Insurrection, Homeland Security Secretary to Defy Subpoena, Won't Testify to House Committee, Senate Confirms Two More Anti-Choice Judges to Lifetime Appointments, Nebraska Shop Owner Indicted for Shooting Death of Black Lives Matter Protester, Lawmakers Demand Investigation of Reports of Forced Sterilizations at Georgia ICE Jail, Supreme Court to Weigh Trump's Plan to Exclude Undocumented Immigrants from Census, Barbados Will Remove Queen Elizabeth as Head of State to "Leave Our Colonial Past Behind"

Democracy Now
Sep 16, 2020

Noura Erakat: Trump's Bahrain-UAE-Israel Deal Won't Advance Palestinian Peace & Will Up Repression
As the Trump administration celebrates deals establishing diplomatic ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, we speak with Palestinian American legal scholar Noura Erakat, who says Trump's "peace" agreements are a sham. "This is not about advancing any kind of meaningful, enduring peace, but instead about entrenching a geopolitical alliance that would otherwise increase oppression for people of the Middle East," says Erakat, assistant professor at Rutgers University and author of "Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine."

Democracy Now
Sep 16, 2020

Mychal Denzel Smith on Breonna Taylor, Defunding Police, Systemic Racism & His Trump-Era Depression
Journalist and author Mychal Denzel Smith joins us for a wide-ranging discussion on the uprising against racist police, the upcoming presidential election and why he says a Biden win won't cure his Trump-era depression, and his new book, "Stakes Is High: Life after the American Dream." Denzel Smith questions whether arresting and charging the police officers who killed Breonna Taylor, a core demand of many protests in the wake of her death, represents justice, despite the historic settlement between Louisville and her family. "The only way to prevent another instance of the situation that took Breonna Taylor's life is to defund, dismantle police departments across the nation," Smith says. He argues defeating Donald Trump in November will not solve systemic racism, inequality or the climate crisis. "What Joe Biden has offered thus far is not a transformative enough agenda to be able to face those issues."

Democracy Now
Sep 16, 2020

Continue to Say Her Name: Breonna Taylor's Family Wants Cops Arrested After Historic $12M Settlement
The city of Louisville, Kentucky, will pay a historic $12 million settlement to the family of Breonna Taylor, more than six months after police shot and killed the 26-year-old Black emergency room technician in her own apartment and Taylor became a household name as part of the nationwide uprising in defense of Black lives. It is one of the largest payouts ever for a police killing of a Black person in the U.S. The city will also institute major reforms to the police department responsible for Taylor's death. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced the settlement at a press conference, where he was joined by members of Taylor's family. We air excerpts from the remarkable press conference.

Democracy Now
Sep 16, 2020

Headlines for September 16, 2020
Louisville, KY Reaches Wrongful Death Settlement over Breonna Taylor's Killing by Police, Trump Says "Herd Mentality" Will Make COVID-19 "Go Away", LSU Coach Says Most Football Players Have Already Caught COVID-19, Meatpacking Executives Drafted Trump's Order to Keep Plants Open Amid Pandemic, India Surpasses 5 Million Cases as Coronavirus Infections Skyrocket, Catastrophic Flooding Feared as Slow-Moving Hurricane Sally Makes Landfall in Alabama, Record-Shattering Fires Continue to Shroud Western U.S. in Smoke, ICE Prepares to Deport Jailed Immigrant Who Says She Was Forcibly Sterilized, Israel Signs U.S.-Brokered Deal Normalizing Relations with UAE and Bahrain, Trump Admits to Plotting Assassination of Syria's Bashar al-Assad, Contradicting Past Denial, Top Pentagon Official Disputes Reports That Russia Paid Taliban Bounties for Dead U.S. Soldiers, Documents Show Rochester Police Tried to Cover Up Killing of Daniel Prude, Demonstrators in Lancaster, PA Get $1 Million Bail for Protesting Police Killing, House Report Condemns Boeing and Federal Regulators for Deadly 737 MAX Crashes, Scientific American Endorses Joe Biden, Saying Trump "Rejects Evidence and Science", University of Illinois Hospital System Workers Strike for Better Pay, Safe Staffing and PPE

Democracy Now
Sep 15, 2020

Pandemic Profiteering: Amazon Caught Price Gouging as Jeff Bezos's Wealth Soared to $200 Billion
The online giant Amazon has made an extraordinary amount of money during the COVID-19 pandemic, as many people shelter at home and shop online. A new Public Citizen report documents how Amazon set prices for essential products during the crisis at levels that would violate price gouging laws in many states, and marked up some products by as much as 1,000%. "This is an ongoing thing. They are doing this currently. They've been doing it throughout the pandemic," says Alex Harman, competition policy advocate for Public Citizen and author of the report. "They are looking to maximize profit during a pandemic."

Democracy Now
Sep 15, 2020

Colonization Made California a Tinderbox: Why Indigenous Land Stewardship Would Help Combat Climate Fires
We examine California's history of forest management and how a century of fire suppression has made the current climate fires even more destructive. For thousands of years, Native American tribes in California would regularly burn the landscape to steward the land, but colonization led to the suppression of these tactics and decades of misguided policy. A return to these Indigenous practices could help better steward the land and foster greater climate resiliency, says Don Hankins, a pyrogeographer and Plains Miwok fire expert who teaches geography and planning at California State University, Chico. "If we all work together and we use the same mindset in terms of process, being able to use fire within the landscape, we can start to put fire back in at the scale that it needs to be for the right ecological and cultural purposes," Hankins says.

Democracy Now
Sep 15, 2020

"Mass Voter Disenfranchisement": GOP Ramps Up Assault on Voting Rights Across U.S. Ahead of Election
With just seven weeks to go before the U.S. presidential election, the battle for the White House is increasingly being fought in courts across the country. From Wisconsin to Florida, Pennsylvania to Colorado, judges are making major rulings deciding who gets on the ballot, how a record number of mail-in ballots are handled and distributed, and who ultimately gets to vote on November 3. Ari Berman, senior writer at Mother Jones and author of "Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America," says Republicans are carrying out a nationwide attack on voting rights aimed at keeping a shrinking white minority in power. "This is the Republican Party's game: Don't do anything for the American people, make it as hard as you can to vote, and then put in place judges who will then uphold those new voter suppression laws."

Democracy Now
Sep 15, 2020

Headlines for September 15, 2020
Trump Doubles Down on Climate Crisis Denial as West Coast Burns, World's Largest Vaccine Maker Says It Could Take 5 Years for Universal COVID-19 Vaccination, Trump Calls COVID-19 "The Plague" in April Interview with Woodward as He Called for U.S. to Reopen, Nevada City Fines Venue That Hosted Trump Rally Which Violated State's Coronavirus Restrictions, Appeals Court Gives Trump Greenlight to End Immigration Protections for 400,000 TPS Holders, Whistleblowing Nurse Says Georgia Immigration Jail Performing Forced Hysterectomies, Palestinians Form Unified Front as Israel, UAE and Bahrain Sign Deal Normalizing Relations, Migrant Ship Capsizes in Mediterranean, At Least 24 Killed or Missing, Refugees in Greece Protest Dire Conditions as Many Remain Unsheltered After Moria Fire, Protests Continue in Belarus Despite Widespread Reports of Torture, Mistreatment by Security Forces, Alexei Navalny Posts Instagram Photo as He Continues Recovery from Poisoning, Yoshihide Suga Poised to Become New Japanese Prime Minister, Record Heat Sweeps the Globe as Massive Ice Chunk Falls Off Largest Remaining Ice Shelf in Greenland, Brazilian Pantanal, World's Largest Wetland, Suffers Devastating Loss of Wildlife from Historic Wildfires, Hurricane Sally Threatens Gulf Coast with Potentially Lethal Floods and Storm Surges, NOAA Taps David Legates, Notorious Climate Change Denier, for Top Role, HHS Spokesperson Caputo Goes on Facebook Live Rant, Warns of Armed Insurrection, Sedition in CDC, Judge Blocks New Trump Immigration Restrictions, Says DHS's Chad Wolf Is in His Role Unlawfully, Protests in Lancaster, PA, After Fatal Police Shooting of Man with History of Mental Illness

Democracy Now
Sep 14, 2020

"Trump Is Criminality Personified": Rev. William Barber on Protecting the Vote & Mobilizing the Poor
With less than two months before November, the Poor People's Campaign has launched a push to register tens of millions of poor and low-income voters, who could decide the fate of the election. "Voting is power unleashed," says Rev. Dr. William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign and president of Repairers of the Breach. "We've got to train the people on the power of the vote, the power to protect the vote, and the power to shape public policy by the vote." The initiative is called MORE, which stands for Mobilizing, Organizing, Registering, Educating People for a Movement That Votes.

Democracy Now
Sep 14, 2020

"These Are Climate Fires": Oregon Firefighter Ecologist Says Devastating Blazes Are a Wake-Up Call
President Trump has said little about the wildfires raging in California, Oregon and Washington for three weeks, other than to suggest poor forest management was primarily to blame. But the states' governors are pushing back and directly linking the fires to the climate crisis. "These are climate fires," says Timothy Ingalsbee, an Oregon-based wildland fire ecologist and former wildland firefighter who now directs Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics, and Ecology. "Though some scientists hesitate to attribute a single event to climate change, these are exactly the conditions predicted by climatologists."

Democracy Now
Sep 14, 2020

Pandemic, Wildfires & Heat Wave: Undocumented Farmworkers Face "Triple Threat" as West Coast Burns
As devastating fires burn across the West Coast, some of the most vulnerable people are farmworkers — many of whom are undocumented. Despite the risks of the pandemic and the climate-fueled fires, many feel they have to keep working even if that means working inside evacuation zones. The state of California has repeatedly allowed growers to continue harvesting despite evacuation orders putting workers at great risk. Estella Cisneros, legal director of the agriculture worker program for California Rural Legal Assistance, says farmworkers who speak out against unsafe working conditions risk losing their jobs. "Farmworkers have continued to work during this whole time, despite fears of contracting COVID-19 in the workplace, despite fears of getting heat stress while they're at work, and now despite fears of the dangers that wildfire smoke brings," Cisneros says.

Democracy Now
Sep 14, 2020

Headlines for September 14, 2020
Historic Climate-Fueled Wildfires Kill 35 People, Burn 5 Million Acres Across West Coast, Trump Holds Packed Rally as U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Near 200,000 , ICE Flew Migrant Prisoners to Virginia, Fueling Outbreak, to Skirt Rules on Flying ICE Staff, WHO Says World Saw Biggest Daily Rise in Global Cases, Court Blocks Floridians with Unpaid Felony Conviction Fines from Voting, Trump Defends Police Killing of Portland Anti-Fascist Activist, Palestinians Decry Israeli Normalization Deals with UAE and Bahrain, Intra-Afghan Peace Talks Kick Off in Doha, Salvadoran Ex-Colonel Convicted for 1989 Murder of Jesuit Priests, Lawmakers Launch Impeachment Proceedings Against President Martín Vizcarra, Protesters in Pakistan Demand Change After Two Violent Rapes, At Least 50 Dead in DRC After Heavy Rains Trigger Gold Mine Collapse, Georgia Sheriff's Deputy Fired After Video Shows Him Beating Black Man, Two L.A. Sheriff's Deputies Survive Shooting; Local Reporter Attacked and Arrested for Covering Protests, Congress to Probe Series of Deaths at Fort Hood Military Base, Veterans Face Down Pro-Trump Caravan, Defend Massive "Defund the Wall" Street Mural, Charlottesville Tears Down Confederate Statue Near Site of 2017's "Unite the Right" Rally, Portland, OR Becomes First U.S. City to Ban Corporate Use of Facial Recognition Surveillance , Oracle Beats Out Microsoft to Take Over TikTok's U.S. Operations, Naomi Osaka Wins Second U.S. Open, Keeps Focus on Black Lives

Democracy Now
Sep 11, 2020

What Went Wrong with AstraZeneca's Vaccine Trial? CEO Only Shares Details with Investors
As the world races to find a COVID-19 vaccine, one of the most promising vaccine trials has hit a major roadblock. AstraZeneca paused its Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trial after a woman in the trial developed severe neurological symptoms consistent with transverse myelitis, or inflammation of the spinal cord. Details were only revealed during a CEO call with investors, and "everyone was left to guess what went wrong," writes Ed Silverman, senior writer at the health news site STAT, which broke the story. Silverman says the halting of the U.K. trial raises several issues, including whether pharmaceutical companies are being pushed to move faster than is safe. "Is the FDA being pushed to authorize or approve a vaccine faster than it should?"

Democracy Now
Sep 11, 2020

Barbara Smith: The U.S. "Functions with White Supremacy as Its Engine." Here's How We Dismantle It
Since the police killing of George Floyd in May sparked a nationwide uprising against police brutality, armed white supremacists have taken to the streets of U.S. cities in response to Black Lives Matter protests. Organizing against systemic racism has been met with apparent attempts by the Trump administration to cover up white supremacist violence. We speak to legendary Black feminist scholar Barbara Smith, founder of the Combahee River Collective, about her proposal for an antiracist program called the Hamer-Baker Plan — named for Fannie Lou Hamer and Ella Baker — to eradicate white supremacy in the U.S. "I'm not just talking about white supremacist groups or organized white supremacy," Smith says. "What I'm talking about is a system that actually dictates and shapes every aspect of life in the U.S."

Democracy Now
Sep 11, 2020

Costs of War: After 9/11 Attacks, U.S. Wars Displaced at Least 37 Million People Around the World
As the United States marks 19 years since the September 11 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, a new report finds at least 37 million people in eight countries have been displaced since the start of the so-called global war on terrorism since 2001. The Costs of War Project at Brown University also found more than 800,000 people have been killed since U.S. forces began fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan and Yemen, at a cost of $6.4 trillion to U.S. taxpayers. "The U.S. has played a disproportionate role in waging war, in launching war and in perpetuating war over the last 19 years," says report co-author David Vine, a professor of anthropology at American University.

Democracy Now
Sep 11, 2020

Headlines for September 11, 2020
500,000 Evacuated Across Oregon as Record-Shattering Fires Rage in Western States, AstraZeneca CEO Warned Investors of Vaccine Recipient Who Became Ill, Trump Admin Fines Pork Processor $13,500 for Lapses at Plant Where 1,300 Contracted Coronavirus, India Records Another Record Daily Coronavirus Toll, Senate Coronavirus Relief Bill Fails as Another 857,000 File New Unemployment Claims, Amazon Accused of Price Gouging After Raising Prices Up to 1,000% During Lockdown, Philadelphia Activists Defy City Order to Vacate Encampment for Unhoused Residents, Joe Biden Says He May Further Increase Military Spending If Elected, Trump Rallies Thousands of Maskless Supporters at Michigan Campaign Event, Portland Mayor Orders End to Police Use of Tear Gas as Thick Smoke Blankets Oregon, Witness Says Police Shot Portland Homicide Suspect Without Warning, Attempting No Arrest, 35 Arrested as Los Angeles Police Use Tear Gas Against Anti-Police-Brutality Protesters, Senior New York Police Officer Accused of Invasive and Degrading Body Cavity Searches, Houston Fires Four Officers Who Fired 24 Bullets at Man in Mental Health Crisis, Eight Killed and Hundreds Injured in Colombia Amid Protests over Police Killing, Mexican Feminists Occupy Offices to Demand End to Femicides, O'odham Activists Arrested for Trying to Halt Construction of U.S.-Mexico Border Wall, Federal Court Blocks Trump Order Excluding Immigrants in 2020 Census, 13,000 Asylum Seekers Left Homeless in Greece After Fires Engulfed Refugee Camp, Rio Tinto CEO Steps Down Amid Furor over Company's Destruction of Aboriginal Sites, Standing Rock Water Protector Red Fawn Fallis Leaves Federal Prison, Kansas City Football Fans Boo Moment of Silence for Equality as NFL Season Opens

Democracy Now
Sep 10, 2020

"Democratic Public Health": Big Pharma Relies on Developing World While Limiting Access to Treatment
We look at the history of clinical vaccine trials and exploitation of vulnerable people in the U.S. and India, which recently surpassed Brazil as the country with the second most infections worldwide. Kaushik Sunder Rajan, an anthropologist at the University of Chicago, says there is a documented history of "ethical lapses that were serious" and lack of accountability in vaccine studies in India. "The critical issue here is not whether vaccines are good or bad, but … even more, I would suggest what is at stake is a democratic public health," he notes.

Democracy Now
Sep 10, 2020

COVID Vaccine Trials Seek Black & Latinx Participants, But History of Medical Apartheid Sows Mistrust
As President Trump pushes to release a coronavirus vaccine before the November election, a National Institutes of Health report details how the process could be slowed by a lack of participation in vaccine studies by African American and Latinx people, many of whom mistrust the U.S. healthcare system due the history of racist medical exploitation. "The written history of medicine, the canon, has been carefully curated to elide the experience of African Americans," says medical ethicist Harriet Washington, author of "Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present."

Democracy Now
Sep 10, 2020

"This Is Climate Change": West Coast Fires Scorch Millions of Acres & Blot Out the Sun
The skies of the Bay Area and Northern California turned a dark orange as 90 major fires burn in the western United States, from San Diego to the Canadian border. At least seven people have died as a result of the fires, which have already burned 2.5 million acres in California alone. Despite heavy coverage in the mainstream media, however, few outlets are highlighting the link between the blazes and the accelerating climate crisis. "The fact is that TV news is completely abdicating its responsibility when it comes to telling the truth of what the West is dealing with right now," says Leah Stokes, assistant professor of political science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a researcher on climate and energy policy. "This is climate change. It's not rocket science. And when will the media start calling it that?"

Democracy Now
Sep 10, 2020

Headlines for September 10, 2020
Wildfires Destroy Oregon Towns, Bringing "Apocalyptic" Orange Skies to West Coast, Human Activity Blamed for 68% Drop in Animal Population Since 1970, President Donald Trump Acknowledges Downplaying COVID-19 Threat to U.S. Public, Biden Blasts Trump's "Life-and-Death Betrayal of the American People" on COVID-19, Bob Woodward Blasted for Withholding Trump's Comments on COVID-19 for Months, NIH Director Says Politics Shouldn't Trump Science in Vaccine Development, UW-Madison Halts In-Person Classes After 1,000 Students Test Positive for Coronavirus, India Reports Record Daily Coronavirus Infections as Global Death Toll Tops 900,000, DHS Whistleblower Claims He Was Ordered to Downplay Risks of White Supremacists, Facebook Engineer Quits "An Organization That Is Profiting Off Hate", Mike Pence to Join Fundraiser Hosted by QAnon Conspiracy Theorists, Massive Fire Erupts in Beirut Port, Site of August's Catastrophic Explosion, Mexican Crime Reporter Julio Valdivia Found Murdered and Decapitated, Thousands of Farmers Storm Mexican Dam That Diverts Water to United States

Democracy Now
Sep 09, 2020

"Unforgetting": Roberto Lovato's Memoir Links U.S. Military in Central America to Migration Crisis
We look at how decades of U.S. military intervention in Central America have led to the ongoing migrant crisis, with Salvadoran American journalist Roberto Lovato, author of the new book "Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution in the Americas." Lovato recounts his own family's migration from El Salvador to the United States, his return to the country as a young man to fight against the U.S.-backed right-wing government responsible for grave human rights violations, and his embrace of journalism to tell the stories of people on the margins. "I'm unforgetting a history of not just El Salvador, but the United States and of myself," says Lovato.

Democracy Now
Sep 09, 2020

175 Years in a U.S. Prison? Extradition Trial of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Begins in London
As the long-awaited extradition hearing for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gets underway in London, his legal adviser, Jennifer Robinson, says the case could set a chilling precedent for press freedoms around the world. "He faces 175 years in prison for doing his job as a journalist and a publisher. That's why this case is so dangerous," says Robinson. Assange faces numerous charges, including under the U.S. Espionage Act, related to the release of diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks that revealed war crimes committed by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. He faces a possible life sentence if he is extradited to the U.S.

Democracy Now
Sep 09, 2020

Headlines for September 9, 2020
California Governor Has "No Patience for Climate Change Deniers" Amid Historic Fires, Report Estimates Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Led to Quarter-Million COVID-19 Cases, Peru COVID-19 Death Toll Reaches 30,000, Senate Republicans Abandon New Stimulus Checks Despite Economic Crisis, Tropical Storm Rene Forms, Continuing Record Atlantic Hurricane Season, Sudan Under State of Emergency as Nile River Flooding Sets Records, Senegal's Capital Partially Submerged Following Record-Shattering Rainfall, Trump Extends Offshore Drilling Bans in Republican-Led States, DOJ Seeks to Defend Trump from Rape Accuser's Defamation Lawsuit, 13-Year-Old Autistic Boy Shot by Salt Lake City Police After Mother Calls 911 for Help, Rochester Police Chief and Commanders Resign over Police Killing of Daniel Prude, Thousands Flee as Fires Consume Refugee Camp in Greece, 10 Killed in Roadside Bomb Attack Targeting Afghan Vice President, Pentagon to Draw Down U.S. Troops in Iraq, Report: U.S. "Global War on Terror" Displaced at Least 37 Million People, Press Organizations Demand Justice for Murdered Pakistani Journalist Shaheena Shaheen Baloch, Michael Cohen's New Book Recounts Donald Trump's Racist Diatribes, DHS Identifies White Supremacists as Most Lethal Threat to U.S., Graduate Students Strike in Michigan, Form New Union in Arizona, Thousands Join Two-Day Scholar Strike to Protest Racism and Police Violence

Democracy Now
Sep 08, 2020

Quid Pro Quo: Did Trump Help Kill Anti-Corruption Probe in Guatemala to Aid Reelection Bid?
Iván Velásquez is a Colombian prosecutor who headed the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala from 2013 to 2019, a powerful U.N.-backed commission formed to investigate corruption in the country and supported by the Obama administration. But Velásquez and other investigators were expelled from the country after the Trump administration agreed to withdraw support for the commission in apparent exchange for Guatemala's support of Trump's immigration and Middle East policies. The details of that quid pro quo between President Trump and Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales are detailed in a new investigation by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. We speak with reporters Aaron Glantz and Anayansi Diaz-Cortes.

Democracy Now
Sep 08, 2020

"Loss of the Entire Community": 6 Months Later, Trauma of Breonna Taylor's Killing Remains
Filmmaker Yoruba Richen, director of The New York Times documentary "The Killing of Breonna Taylor," says the 26-year-old EMT's killing was not just a devastating blow to her friends and family, but a "loss of the entire community." Police officers in Louisville, Kentucky, fatally shot Taylor during a raid on her home in March, part of a botched drug investigation. Richen says that in visiting Louisville and speaking with Taylor's loved ones, she "personally felt the trauma that we endure as African American people" as a result of police killings.

Democracy Now
Sep 08, 2020

The Police Can't Be Judge, Jury & Executioner: Filmmaker Yoruba Richen on Killing of Breonna Taylor
Months after the police killing of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, new details have emerged about the final moments of the 26-year-old EMT's life and the police raid that brought it to a violent end, as detailed in a New York Times documentary that includes dozens of interviews and a review of more than 1,200 new photos of the crime scene. Taylor, whom police shot five times in her own home on March 13, has since become a household name and rallying point in the national movement for racial justice. The police officers responsible for her death have not been charged. We speak with Yoruba Richen, director and producer of "The Killing of Breonna Taylor," who says the case exposes the systemic violence at the heart of U.S. policing.

Democracy Now
Sep 08, 2020

Headlines for September 8, 2020
Record-Breaking Wildfires and Heat Scorch California, Rochester Protests Continue as Mayor Promises Changes After Police Killing of Daniel Prude, Major Drug Companies Pledge to Not Rush COVID-19 Vaccine as U.S. Cases Top 6.3 Million, India Becomes Second Most Infected Country; Spain First European Country to Surpass 500,000 Cases, Belarusian Opposition Leader Resists Expulsion at Border with Ukraine After Reports of Abduction, Alexei Navalny Out of Induced Coma as He Continues Recovery from Poisoning, Extradition Hearing Resumes for Julian Assange in U.K., Hundreds of Rohingya Refugees Arrive on Dry Land After Months at Sea, Duterte Pardons U.S. Marine Convicted of Killing Transgender Woman, U.N. Calls Saudi Sentences in Jamal Khashoggi Murder a "Parody of Justice", Trump Lashes Out at Pentagon Following Report He Called U.S. Soldiers "Losers" and "Suckers", Trump Goes After Gov't Antiracism Training, Threatens to Cut DOE Funding over Use of 1619 Project, Prosecutors Drops Case Against Curtis Flowers After Six Trials and 23 Years Behind Bars, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy Under Fire over Reports He Made Employees Donate to GOP Candidates, CA Judge Halts Trump Effort to End Census Collection Efforts Early, Climate Activists Target News Outlets for Failing to Truthfully Report the Climate Crisis, Beloved Peace Activist and Lawyer Kevin Zeese Dies at the Age of 64

Democracy Now
Sep 07, 2020

Freedom Struggle: Angela Davis on Calls to Defund Police, Racism & Capitalism, and the 2020 Election
In a Democracy Now! special, we revisit our June 2020 interview with the legendary activist and scholar Angela Davis about the uprising against police brutality and racism launched in May after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The protests have helped dramatically shift public opinion on policing and systemic racism, as "defund the police" becomes a rallying cry of the movement. Davis is professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz. For half a century, she has been one of the most influential activists and intellectuals in the United States and an icon of the Black liberation movement.

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Sep 07, 2020

Cornel West & Ben Jealous on Whether Progressives Can Push Joe Biden Leftward If He Defeats Trump
In a Democracy Now! special, Harvard professor Cornel West and Ben Jealous, president of People for the American Way and former president of the NAACP, discuss the 2020 DNC, Joe Biden's vow to fight systemic racism and "overcome this season of darkness in America," the historic nomination of Kamala Harris as his partner on the ticket, and how the convention was a showcase for a broad anti-Trump coalition, including prominent Republican figures given plum speaking slots, but few voices from the party's insurgent left wing. "At this moment, with the decline and fall of the American empire, it looks as if the system is unable to generate enough energy to seriously reform itself. It remains sanitized, superficial," says Dr. West. "I want fundamental change." Jealous says Biden is someone progressives can work with and pressure. "The theme of this convention was really one of unity," he notes. "This is a time when we have to come together to defeat a president who is the most evil, the most corrupt that any of us have seen." We originally interviewed West and Jealous last month as the DNC ended.

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Sep 04, 2020

"We Are the 99%": Occupy Wall Street Activist & Author David Graeber, Dead at 59, in His Own Words
Upon the death of acclaimed anthropologist and anarchist David Graeber, we feature his 2011 interview on Democracy Now!, two days after the Occupy encampment began. Graeber helped organize the initial Occupy Wall Street protest and was credited with helping to develop the slogan, "We are the 99%." "The idea is the system is not going to save us; we're going to have to save ourselves," says Graeber. "So, we're going to try to get as many people as possible to camp in some public place and start rebuilding society as we'd like to see it." He also discusses how his influential book "Debt: The First 5,000 Years" makes the case for sweeping debt cancellation.

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Sep 04, 2020

"Death Is on the Ballot": Lessons for the US, 50 Years After Allende's Socialist Revolution in Chile
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the election of socialist President Salvador Allende in Chile, a significant moment in the history of political revolutions. We speak with Chilean American author, human rights defender and poet Ariel Dorfman, who was cultural and press adviser to Allende's chief of staff in the last months of his presidency, about how the revolution used peaceful means to bring about radical change in Chile and beyond. "Allende's revolution, which was a peaceful revolution, was the attempt to put the resources of the country and the future of the country into the hands of the majority," Dorfman says.

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Sep 04, 2020

How Fascism Works: Trump's "Law & Order" Is Lawlessness, Fueling Racist Violence & Chaos
As President Trump openly embraces the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon and promotes "law and order" while refusing to condemn armed followers of his who target antiracist protesters, we speak with Jason Stanley, Yale philosopher and scholar of propaganda, author of "How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them." Stanley says Trump built a cult of personality within the Republican Party, as evident during the Republican National Convention, and has moved the United States steadily into authoritarianism during his term. "Fascism is a cult of the leader who promises national restoration in the face of supposed threats by leftist radicals, minorities and immigrants. He promises only he can save us," Stanley says. "In the RNC, what we saw is we saw a cult of the leader."

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Sep 04, 2020

Headlines for September 4, 2020
Key Model Projects 410,000 Dead in U.S. from COVID-19 by January 1, Trump Mocks Biden for Wearing Mask During Pandemic, COVID-19 Cases Surge on College Campuses, Amnesty: Over 7,000 Health Workers Have Died During Pandemic, 1,300 in Mexico, U.S. Marshals Kill Anti-Fascist Activist Suspected in Fatal Portland Shooting, Rochester Suspends Seven Officers Tied to Death of Daniel Prude, D.C. Protesters Condemn Police Killing of Black Teenager Deon Kay, Biden Visits Kenosha, Wisconsin, to Meet Family of Jacob Blake, L.A. Airport Workers Stage Die-In Calling for Benefits for Laid-Off Workers, Attorney General Barr Refuses to Criticize Trump for Urging Supporters to Vote Twice, Report: Trump Called War Veterans "Losers" & "Suckers", Portuguese Youth Sue European Countries over Climate Crisis, Massive Oil Tanker on Fire Off Coast of Sri Lanka, White Professor Admits to Pretending to Be Afro-Latina for Years, Prominent Trans Activist Killed in Mexico, Anthropologist & Occupy Wall Street Activist David Graeber, 59, Dies

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Sep 03, 2020

Healing Needs to Happen: Kenosha Native Rep. Mark Pocan on Trump's Visit & the U.S. "Policing Problem"
As Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden heads to Kenosha, Wisconsin, to meet with the family of Jacob Blake, we speak with Congressmember Mark Pocan, who was born and raised in Kenosha. "Clearly, what happened — someone shot in the back seven times, close range, in front of their children, by the police — was another example of the policing problem we have in this country," Pocan says. He also discusses Attorney General Barr's attacks on mail-in voting, his proposal to cut the Pentagon budget by 10% to make more funds available for COVID-19 and unemployment relief, and calls for those behind the homophobic smear campaign in the Alex Morse primary to be fired.

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Sep 03, 2020

Putin "Can't Afford to See Belarus Fall" as Protests Calling for Lukashenko's Ouster Enter 4th Week
Mass protests entered their fourth week in Belarus to demand the ouster of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, who claimed victory in the country's August 9 election that critics say was rigged. But Lukashenko shows no sign of backing down, and authorities have responded to protests with violence and arrests. Sadakat Kadri, a human rights lawyer and writer, says Russian President Vladimir Putin is invested in keeping Lukashenko in power. "He can't afford to see Belarus fall," Kadri notes.

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Sep 03, 2020

"Where Is the Accountability?" 23 Deaths at Fort Hood Prompt Commander's Removal, New Investigation
The top commander at Fort Hood is removed from his post, and the U.S. Army has launched an investigation, after a series of murders and accusations of sexual abuse at the base, with 23 deaths at Fort Hood this year and 13 soldiers disappeared, killed or who died by suicide. In April, the remains of soldier Vanessa Guillén were found near the base, and the main suspect in that case killed himself in July shortly after he was accused of her murder. Her case sparked national outrage about sexual assault in the military and led to the introduction of legislation to make it easier for military personnel to report sexual assault and harassment. "Rape culture, systemic racism, corruption and impunity has been really part and parcel in the Department of Defense for decades," says Air Force veteran Pam Campos-Palma, who leads the Vets for the People project, adding that Congress must provide proper oversight of the military.

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Sep 03, 2020

Headlines for September 3, 2020
CDC Urges States to Be Ready by Late October to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccine, Iowa Sen. Ernst Spreads COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories as Cases Soar in State, U.S. Pulls $62 Million in Funding for World Health Organization, U.S. Sanctions Top ICC Prosecutors for Investigating U.S. War Crimes, Trump Campaign Aide Justifies Vigilante's Killing of Black Lives Matter Protesters, Trump Moves to Cut Billions in Federal Aid to Cities, Citing "Anarchist Jurisdictions", The Killing of Daniel Prude: Naked Black Man Suffocated After Police Put Hood Over His Head, California Police Officer Charged with Shooting Dead Black Man in Walmart, Did an L.A. Sheriff Deputy Kill a Teenager as Part of Police Gang Initiation?, In Violation of Law, Trump Urges North Carolinians to Vote Twice, Lara Trump Campaigns with Self-Described Islamophobe GOP Candidate Laura Loomer, Federal Appeals Court Rules NSA Bulk Collection of Phone Records Is Illegal, Germany: Russian Dissident Alexei Navalny Poisoned in Russia by Nerve Agent, Trial Begins in 2015 Attack on Charlie Hebdo Newspaper, Calls Grow for U.S. to Halt Deportation of Ugandan Pastor Steven Tendo, Reparations Lawsuit Filed over 1921 Massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Sep 02, 2020

Kenosha Journalist Quits over Coverage of Jacob Blake Protests, Citing Ignorance, Lack of Diversity
The mainstream media's role in perpetuating racism has come under increased scrutiny during the nationwide uprisings against injustice, leading to resignations and firings at news outlets across the country and calls for more diverse newsrooms. Daniel Thompson, the former digital editor at Kenosha News, says that's what led him to quit his job after his news outlet ran a misleading headline and article about a peaceful Jacob Blake protest that focused almost exclusively on one speaker's threat of violence. "Now more than ever for the media, it's important to try to give a full, accurate picture." says Thompson. "I don't think the situation happened out of any malicious intent. I think it was simply ignorance and a lack of diversity or diverse voices that were part of the decision."

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Sep 02, 2020

"We Feel Betrayed": NYC Reaches Deal with Teachers to Reopen Schools & Avert Strike, But Is It Safe?
New York unions representing teachers and principals have reached a deal with the city over how to reopen the largest public school system in the United States, averting a planned strike by educators. "We feel betrayed, and we feel as if it's an inadequate plan," says Aixa Rodriguez, a Bronx-based high school teacher. We also speak with education writer Eric Blanc, who says New York has failed to learn the lessons of other school districts that reopened too quickly without adequate safety measures in place against COVID-19. "When educators in New York are saying it's not safe to go back, that's not just born out of paranoia; that's born out of looking at what happens when you open schools," says Blanc.

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Sep 02, 2020

The End of Oil? Pandemic Adds to Fossil Fuel Glut, But COVID-19 Relief Money Flows to Oil Industry
As the coronavirus pandemic contributes to a glut of fossil fuels, groups like Greenpeace are calling on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden to ban fossil fuel interests from his campaign and administration, if he wins, even as he recently declared at a campaign stop that he "will not ban fracking." We discuss the politics of fossil fuels with reporter Antonia Juhasz, who says the end of oil could be near, and look at how the industry has profited from the COVID bailout. "The pandemic has taken essentially every weakness that already existed in the oil industry and then made each of them much, much worse, leaving the oil industry in a situation where I would argue it is at its weakest since its inception," she says.

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Sep 02, 2020

Headlines for September 2, 2020
U.S. Refuses to Join Global Effort to Develop COVID-19 Vaccine, NIH Panel: No Evidence Convalescent Plasma Works Despite FDA Approval, Florida Cuts Ties to Quest Diagnostics over Delay in COVID-19 Tests, Faced with Possible Teacher Strike, NYC Delays Reopening Schools Until Sept. 21, Russia Surpasses 1 Million COVID Cases; India Becomes New Epicenter, Trump Travels to Kenosha But Never Says Name of Jacob Blake, Trump Spreads Conspiracy Theories About Biden, "Dark Shadows" & Thugs on Airplanes, Sheriff Deputies in L.A. Shoot Dead Black Bicyclist Stopped over Alleged Bike Violation, Over 50 Black Former Franchise Owners Sue McDonald's for Systematic Racism, CDC Orders Temporary Halt to Residential Evictions to Slow Spread of COVID-19, Green New Deal Co-Author Sen. Ed Markey Defeats Joe Kennedy in Mass. Primary, Sudan Suffers Devastating Flood as Nile Rises to Highest Level in Over 100 Years, Rwandan Dissident Portrayed in "Hotel Rwanda" Abducted in Dubai to Face Charges, ACLU Warns of Dystopian Nightmare as U.S. Moves to Collect More Biometric Info from Immigrants, Top Commander at Fort Hood Demoted over Series of Killings & Disappearances, Trump Denies Suffering from "Mini-Strokes" Amid Questions over His Health, Extinction Rebellion: Over 90 Arrested at Climate Actions in London

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Sep 01, 2020

Hurricane Laura Floods ICE Jails in Louisiana as Asylum Seekers from Cameroon Strike over Conditions
People held in immigration jails in Louisiana report horrific conditions and continued mistreatment after Hurricane Laura devastated the area. Immigrants detained at the LaSalle and Jackson Parish jails say that after the storm, the two facilities have flooded with urine and feces and lack electricity, clean food or water. Many of those protesting the conditions are from Cameroon, and refugee rights groups, including the Cameroon American Council, are demanding an investigation into conditions. "The current immigration system is based on the racist practices, the white supremacy of 400 years," says Sylvie Bello, founder of the Cameroon American Council, one of the leading immigration advocacy groups working with Black and African communities in the U.S. She says it's vital during a time of "racial reckoning" to fight for Black immigrants in ICE detention.

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Sep 01, 2020

Kenosha Police Under Scrutiny for 2018 Case of Chrystul Kizer, Black Teen Jailed for Killing Abuser
We look at how the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, has brought renewed scrutiny to another case from 2018: that of Black teenager Chrystul Kizer, who faces charges of killing her alleged sex trafficker, a 34-year-old white man, when she was just 17 years old. Court records show Randall Volar had a history of sexually abusing underage Black girls that was known to the Kenosha police, but he remained free for months. In June 2018, Kizer says she shot and killed Volar in self-defense after he drugged her and tried to rape her. Kizer was freed from jail on $400,000 bail in June but is still fighting her case. "It really says a lot about the police force there, the prosecutors there," says Washington Post reporter Jessica Contrera. "Chrystul is at the center of this case that says everything about the sexual trauma that so many young Black girls go through when they are trafficked."

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Sep 01, 2020

Meet the New Yes Man on Trump's COVID Task Force: Dr. Scott Atlas Wants U.S. to Adopt Herd Immunity
As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States passes 6 million, with a death toll of over 183,000, the Trump administration is loosening coronavirus restrictions, fast-tracking vaccine approval and disregarding safety tests, and now one of Trump's top medical advisers is pushing for the country to adopt a controversial "herd immunity" strategy, raising alarm among public health officials. Washington Post health reporter Yasmeen Abutaleb says Dr. Scott Atlas is not an epidemiologist and was brought on specifically because he would back President Trump's position "about how the pandemic was going, that the threat was receding, that the country should reopen." We also speak with Yale epidemiologist Gregg Gonsalves, who argues the U.S. is already following an "implicit" herd immunity policy. "They realize it's politically toxic, so they don't want to use the phrase, but if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it is a duck," he says.

Democracy Now
Sep 01, 2020

Headlines for September 1, 2020
Trump Heads to Kenosha, WI After Defending White Teen Who Killed Two People, Cops Who Kill, Biden Blames Trump for Recent Violence as Trump Defends Violent Supporters in Portland, Progressive Groups Call on Biden to Ban Fossil Fuel Interests from Campaign and Admin, KY Prosecutors Offer Breonna Taylor's Ex-Boyfriend Plea Deal to Name Taylor in Drug Case, Trump's Newest Pandemic Adviser Reportedly Pushing "Herd Immunity" Strategy, Honduran Man Dies of COVID-19 in ICE Jail, Reports: Hamas and Israel Reach Deal to Cease Hostilities, Imprisoned Turkish Human Rights Lawyer Dies After 7-Month Hunger Strike, EPA Rolls Back Rule Protecting Waterways from Toxic Coal Ash, Senator Ed Markey Faces Challenge from Rep. Joe Kennedy in Massachusetts Primary, House Dems to Subpoena Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, Appeals Court Denies Justice Dept. Bid to End Case Against Michael Flynn, Appeals Court Says House Dems Cannot Compel Former WH Counsel Don McGahn to Testify, Naomi Osaka Wears Face Mask with Breonna Taylor's Name at U.S. Open

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Aug 31, 2020

White Supremacist in the White House: Ibram X. Kendi on Trump's Calls for "Law & Order" in Kenosha
In Part Two of our interview with Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University, we air excerpts from the families of Jacob Blake and George Floyd at the massive protest marking the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington, and discuss President Trump's planned visit to Kenosha, Wisconsin, as he blames Democrats for violence during protests there and in Portland, Oregon. "Racism has spread to every part of the body," says Kendi, comparing U.S. racism to cancer, "and then we have a president who is claiming that it doesn't exist."

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Aug 31, 2020

Remembering Chadwick Boseman: Ibram X Kendi on Legacy of "Black Panther" Actor, Cancer & Anti-Racism
Tributes continue to pour in for beloved actor Chadwick Boseman after his death at age 43 following a private four-year battle with colon cancer. Boseman is best known for his iconic role as King T'Challa in the groundbreaking "Black Panther" — the first mainstream Black superhero movie and a smash hit that earned more than $1 billion at the box office. He is also widely acclaimed for his portrayal of major historical figures such as Thurgood Marshall, James Brown and Jackie Robinson. Boseman's death has highlighted the higher rates of colon cancer among Black men and the links to systemic racism. "Cancer, like heart disease, there's all sorts of racial disparities, just as there are with COVID-19 deaths," says professor Ibram X. Kendi, cancer survivor and director of the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University. "What is happening in our society that is causing so much Black death? Why is Black death so normal?"

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Aug 31, 2020

Remembering Chadwick Boseman: Ibram X. Kendi on Legacy of "Black Panther" Actor, Cancer & Anti-Racism
Tributes continue to pour in for beloved actor Chadwick Boseman after his death at age 43 following a private four-year battle with colon cancer. Boseman is best known for his iconic role as King T'Challa in the groundbreaking "Black Panther" — the first mainstream Black superhero movie and a smash hit that earned more than $1 billion at the box office. He is also widely acclaimed for his portrayal of major historical figures such as Thurgood Marshall, James Brown and Jackie Robinson. Boseman's death has highlighted the higher rates of colon cancer among Black men and the links to systemic racism. "Cancer, like heart disease, there's all sorts of racial disparities, just as there are with COVID-19 deaths," says professor Ibram X. Kendi, cancer survivor and director of the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University. "What is happening in our society that is causing so much Black death? Why is Black death so normal?"

Democracy Now
Aug 31, 2020

Remembering Chadwick Boseman: Ibram X. Kendi on Legacy of "Black Panther" Actor, Cancer & Antiracism
Tributes continue to pour in for beloved actor Chadwick Boseman after his death at age 43 following a private four-year battle with colon cancer. Boseman is best known for his iconic role as King T'Challa in the groundbreaking "Black Panther" — the first mainstream Black superhero movie and a smash hit that earned more than $1 billion at the box office. He is also widely acclaimed for his portrayal of major historical figures such as Thurgood Marshall, James Brown and Jackie Robinson. Boseman's death has highlighted the higher rates of colon cancer among Black men and the links to systemic racism. "Cancer, like heart disease, there's all sorts of racial disparities, just as there are with COVID-19 deaths," says professor Ibram X. Kendi, cancer survivor and director of the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University. "What is happening in our society that is causing so much Black death? Why is Black death so normal?"

Democracy Now
Aug 31, 2020

Headlines for August 31, 2020
Protests Continue in Kenosha as Officials Plead With Trump To Cancel Visit, One Dead in Portland as Pro-Trump Rally Clashes With Anti-Racist Protesters, U.S. Covid-19 Cases Top 6 Million, Deaths Top 183,000, Under Pressure From Trump, FDA Admits It Might Approve Vaccine Before Trials End, Gaza Extends Lockdown, India Reports Record Daily Numbers as Global Covid-19 Cases Top 25 Million, Chadwick Boseman, Beloved and Ground-Breaking Actor, Dies at 43 After Battle With Cancer, "Get Your Knee Off Our Necks" Rally Held on 57th Anniverary of March on Washington, Mustapha Adib Set to Become New Prime Minister of Lebanon, Anti-Government Protests Continue in Belarus Amid Crackdown on Press and Dissent, Hundreds of Refugees Stranded in Mediterranean as Banksy-Funded Ship Evacuated, Mass Protests in Mauritius as Environmental Toll From Oil Tanker Spill Worsens, Sudanese Government and Darfur Rebel Groups Sign Peace Deal, U.N. Warns Life of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege Could be At Risk, Record Flooding in Pakistan Kills At Least 13, Submerges Much of Karachi, Jailed Immigrants in Louisiana Report Unlivable Conditions in ICE Jails After Hurricane Laura, Black National Convention Tackles Elections, Abolition, Trans Rights, Disability Rights & More, Dems Denounce Decision by DNI to Halt In-Person Election Security Briefings, Family of Layleen Polano Awarded Record $5.9 Million in Settlement Over Her Death

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Aug 28, 2020

Hurricane Laura Devastates Gulf Coast, Laying Bare Climate Crisis, Environmental Injustice
Hurricane Laura has slammed ashore as an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm, bringing sustained winds of 150 miles per hour to the Gulf Coast. The strongest storm to hit Louisiana in over a century, Laura made landfall near the border of Louisiana and Texas. At least six people have been killed. Residents near Lake Charles were told to stay indoors with windows and doors shut when a chemical fire broke out at a Biolab plant. Hilton Kelley, the executive director of the Community In Power and Development Association, says local communities are dealing with multiple crises amid the devastation of the hurricane. "People are ingesting all of these dangerous toxins and at the same time dealing with COVID-19 and the extreme heat," he says.

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Aug 28, 2020

Hurricane Laura Devastates Gulf Coast, Laying Bare Climate Crisis, Environmental Racism
Hurricane Laura has slammed ashore as an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm, bringing sustained winds of 150 miles per hour to the Gulf Coast. The strongest storm to hit Louisiana in over a century, Laura made landfall near the border of Louisiana and Texas. At least six people have been killed. Residents near Lake Charles were told to stay indoors with windows and doors shut when a chemical fire broke out at a Biolab plant. Hilton Kelley, the executive director of the Community In Power and Development Association, says local communities are dealing with multiple crises amid the devastation of the hurricane. "People are ingesting all of these dangerous toxins and at the same time dealing with COVID-19 and the extreme heat," he says.

Democracy Now
Aug 28, 2020

Historian Rick Perlstein on the RNC & Trump's Dangerous Propaganda Driving People to Violence
President Donald Trump formally accepted the Republican Party's nomination on Thursday before a crowd of about 1,500 on the South Lawn of the White House. In defiance of social distancing guidelines, attendees sat shoulder-to-shoulder with few people wearing masks. Trump spoke as the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus neared 180,000 — by far the highest total in the world — and repeatedly defended his administration's handling of the pandemic. Trump warned of chaos and violence if Joe Biden becomes president, but made no reference to the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, or the killing of two protesters in Kenosha by a 17-year-old Trump supporter. We speak with historian Rick Perlstein, who says Trump paints a "picture of the world that bears no resemblance to reality" and that he has driven people to act violently.

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Aug 28, 2020

Jacob Blake Shooting Shines New Light on Death of Michael Bell, Killed by Kenosha Cops in 2004
In light of the police shooting of unarmed African American father Jacob Blake, we look at the past misconduct of the Kenosha police department. In 2004, Kenosha police killed white 21-year-old Michael Bell in front of his mother and sister. The Kenosha Police Department conducted its own review of the incident, and within two days completely exonerated the officers. Bell's father, Michael Bell Sr., commissioned an independent inquiry that found the police account of the incident to be forensically impossible. "It was really hard for me to believe that a uniformed person would do that," says Michael Bell Sr., who claims the Kenosha police department "covered up the true facts of the case."

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Aug 28, 2020

ACLU Demands Resignation of Top Cops in Kenosha for Racism & Brutal Response to Jacob Blake Protests
The ACLU of Wisconsin is calling for top Kenosha law enforcement officials to resign in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, who was left paralyzed below the waist after a white officer shot him in the back seven times. The shooting has sparked mass protests in Kenosha and around the U.S., bringing renewed attention to racism and violence in the Kenosha police force. A damning video of Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth has surfaced from a 2018 news conference, when he described Black people accused of shoplifting and crashing a stolen car as "garbage people that fill our communities that are a cancer to our society." We speak with Chris Ott, executive director of the ACLU of Wisconsin, who says both Beth and Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis need to go. "When police and law enforcement go into communities in this militarized way, this heavy-handed way, it just inflames tensions, makes things worse and creates dangerous new situations," says Ott.

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Aug 28, 2020

Headlines for August 28, 2020
Trump Assails Biden's "Socialist Agenda" in RNC Acceptance Speech Riddled With Lies, CDC Projects Official U.S. Death Toll Will Top 200,000 in September, Two Navajo Sisters Who Worked as Frontline Health Workers Die of COVID-19, Alabama Professors Ordered Not to Warn Students of Exposure to Infected Classmates, Hurricane Laura Leaves Path of Devastation in Louisiana, Triggers Chemical Plant Fire, Hurricane Topples Confederate Monument that Lake Charles Officials Refused to Remove, Jacob Blake, Left Paralyzed by Officer's Bullets, Reportedly Handcuffed to Hospital Bed, Teenage Militia Member Charged Over Shooting Deaths of Kenosha Protesters, ACLU Demands Resignation of Kenosha Police Chief and County Sheriff, Ronnie Long, Wrongly Convicted by All-White Jury, Freed After 44 Years in Prison , Baseball, Basketball and Hockey Games Postponed as Players Protest Police Violence, Thousands to March on Washington on Anniversary of MLK's "I Have a Dream" Speech, U.S. Jobless Claims Continue to Shatter Pre-Pandemic Records, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Resigns, Citing Poor Health, Indigenous Protesters in AZ Block Border Wall Assembly Site, Trump Administration Considered Using "Heat Ray" Against Asylum-Seekers in 2018, Cameroonian Refugees on Hunger Strike Denounce Inhumane Conditions at Louisiana ICE Jail, Body of Missing Fort Hood Soldier Elder Fernandes Found Hanging From Tree, Fifth Federal Execution of 2020 Back On Despite Lower Court Ruling on Lethal Injection  Drug

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Aug 27, 2020

"Authoritarian Nightmare": John Dean Helped Bring Down Nixon over Watergate. He Says Trump Is Worse
As President Trump is set to accept the Republican Party's formal renomination for president amid ongoing scandals and multiple crises, we speak with John Dean, who served as the White House counsel for President Richard Nixon from 1970 to 1973. His testimony during the Watergate scandal helped bring down Nixon. His new book is "Authoritarian Nightmare: Trump and His Followers." "I worked for the last authoritarian president we had," Dean says. "Trump is of a different cut than Nixon. … He's going to make Nixon look like a choir boy before it's all over."

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Aug 27, 2020

Law and Order? VP Mike Pence Ignores Police Violence & Stokes Division on Third Night of RNC
Vice President Mike Pence headlined the third night of the Republican National Convention, focusing largely on preserving law and order and attacking Joe Biden. We play excerpts of the comments made by Pence, who made no mention of police brutality or the recent police shootings that have sparked protests across the U.S. Pence also failed to mention the white gunman accused of killing two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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Aug 27, 2020

"The Games Will Not Go On": Pro Athletes Strike for Black Lives, Bringing Leagues to Grinding Halt
Professional athletes are taking part in unprecedented collective action in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and against police violence, bringing basketball, baseball and soccer leagues to a grinding halt. The protests and calls to recognize systemic police brutality also extended across tennis arenas. Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation and host of the "Edge of Sports" podcast, says the actions constitute "a sports strike wave" for racial justice. "It's more than a boycott. It's them withdrawing their labor," Zirin says. "It's not just an example for racial justice protesters around the country. I think it's a challenge to the labor movement as a whole."

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Aug 27, 2020

"On a Hunting Spree": Wisc. Rep. David Bowen Says Cops Turned Blind Eye to White Militias in Kenosha
The police shooting of Jacob Blake has sparked massive protests across the country and in Kenosha, where a white teenager opened fire on Black Lives Matter protesters and killed two people. Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old self-declared militia member and avid Trump supporter, was apprehended in Antioch, Illinois, after fleeing Wisconsin. He has been charged with murder. Wisconsin state Representative David Bowen, who has attended racial justice protests in Kenosha, says he "witnessed firsthand" how freely organized white supremacists targeted protesters without interference from law enforcement, and accuses police of giving Rittenhouse the "Dylann Roof treatment," managing to arrest him without incident, while unarmed Black people are frequently met with deadly force. "This is Exhibit A and Exhibit B of why we need to transform law enforcement and public safety in Wisconsin and in this country," Bowen says.

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Aug 27, 2020

Headlines for August 27, 2020
Hurricane Laura Hits Louisiana with 150 MPH Winds, "Unsurvivable" 20-Foot Storm Surge, Mike Pence Tells Republican National Convention, "We Will Have Law and Order", Kenosha Police Officer Who Shot Jacob Blake ID'd as Rusten Sheskey, 17-Year-Old Trump-Supporting Militia Member Charged with Murdering 2 Protesters, NBA, WNBA, MLS and MLB Games Postponed as Players Protest Police Shootings, Trump Administration Officials Pressured CDC to Weaken Coronavirus Guidelines , Coronavirus Cases Hit Record High in Burma; Doctors Strike in South Korea Amid Outbreaks, Just Two States Are Distributing Trump's Promised Unemployment Supplements, Only Native American on Federal Death Row Executed Over Objections of Navajo Nation, White Supremacist Terrorist Gets Life in Prison for New Zealand Mosque Shootings

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Aug 26, 2020

"Hatemonger": Author Jean Guerrero on Stephen Miller, Trump's White Nationalist Immigration Henchman
A new book on Stephen Miller, the architect of the Trump administration's unprecedented attack on immigrant communities and the immigration system, describes the White House adviser as a dangerous man bringing white nationalist ideology to the highest levels of government. "This is what shapes the immigration policy," says Jean Guerrero, author of "Hatemonger: Stephen Miller, Donald Trump, and the White Nationalist Agenda." Miller, descended from Jewish immigrants, has been obsessed with fighting multiculturalism since his teenage years and has steadily climbed the right-wing political ladder to become one of Donald Trump's most trusted associates. He is credited with many of Trump's most vicious anti-immigrant policies, including separating immigrant children from their parents. "Stephen Miller primarily has been targeting families," says Guerrero. "It becomes clear that for Stephen Miller, this is not about national security, this is not about keeping out criminals. This is about reengineering the ethnic flows into this country to keep Brown and Black families out."

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Aug 26, 2020

RNC Night 2: Trump Loyalists & Family Members Ignore COVID Death Toll & Flout Election Laws
At the second night of the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, speakers largely ignored the devastating public health and economic crisis facing the country as the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus nears 180,000 and tens of millions of Americans are out of work and struggling to pay for food and housing. We feature excerpts from the night, which included praise for President Trump's actions in the Middle East and more dire warnings about a Joe Biden presidency, as well as several speeches that appear to violate the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from using their office for partisan political activity.

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Aug 26, 2020

Two Shot Dead in Kenosha as Armed Militias Confront BLM Protests over Police Shooting of Jacob Blake
Protests continue in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where police shot an unarmed Black man in the back seven times as he was getting into his car, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Jacob Blake was reportedly breaking up a fight before police shot him, and the shooting was witnessed by his three young children. On Tuesday, the situation escalated further when at least one white gunman opened fire on a crowd of Black Lives Matter protesters. Two people were killed, and a third was injured, as police continued a violent crackdown on protesters demanding justice for Blake. We speak with Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes, who says the police response to Blake was completely unjustified. "There's no way that any officer could look at that video and say that that's the way policing should happen," he says. "We need police departments, sheriff's departments to acknowledge that there is a real problem in the culture of policing."

Democracy Now
Aug 26, 2020

Headlines for August 26, 2020
Two Killed as White Militia Member Fires on Black Lives Matter Protesters in Kenosha, WI, Family of Jacob Blake Demands Arrest of Officers Who Shot Him in the Back, Black Lives Matter Protesters Shot At While Marching in Pennsylvania, Republican National Convention Speakers Continue to Flout Hatch Act Ethics Laws, CDC Quietly Drops Test Recommendation for Asymptomatic People Exposed to COVID-19, Far-Right Militia Leader Ammon Bundy Arrested at Idaho State Capitol, Argentina Posts Record Coronavirus Toll; COVID-19 Resurgent in Europe, Hurricane Laura Could Become Category 4 Storm Ahead of Gulf Coast Landfall, Lebanese Border Residents Say Israel Dropped Cluster Bombs, White Phosphorus, African Continent Declared Free of Wild Polio, Belarus Arrests Opposition Leaders as Teachers Join Anti-Government Protests, Federal Judge Strikes Down Trump Rule Making It Harder for Soldiers to Become Citizens

Democracy Now
Aug 25, 2020

"A Human Tragedy": Wildfires Reveal California's Reliance on Incarcerated Firefighters
As climate-fueled wildfires engulf California, tens of thousands of firefighters have been deployed across the state to combat the blazes amid a record heat wave and deadly pandemic. We look at how more than 1,300 incarcerated firefighters — who are annually deployed to the frontlines in California for just $1 an hour — are fighting back the blazes as coronavirus outbreaks in state prisons limit how many are available to fight the fires, and lay bare the state's reliance on prison labor to control its ever-growing wildfire season with an exploitative system many have called slave labor. "What they're not saying is we lack the incarcerated firefighters … [who] make up the backbone of the firefighting department," says Rasheed Lockheart, who was a firefighter at San Quentin State Prison until his release in January.

Democracy Now
Aug 25, 2020

Trump Is No Aberration: Veteran GOP Strategist Stuart Stevens Says Racism Is Party's "Original Sin"
As party loyalists gather for the Republican National Convention, a group of veteran Republican operatives who want to defeat President Trump have launched a $4 million advertising blitz targeting voters in swing states. The anti-Trump ads are funded by The Lincoln Project, a super PAC that can raise and spend an unlimited amount of money. We speak with longtime Republican political consultant Stuart Stevens, a senior adviser to The Lincoln Project who worked as a strategist on five Republican presidential campaigns, about Trump's takeover of the party and efforts by so-called "Never Trump" Republicans to prevent his reelection, and why he says "race is the original sin of the modern Republican Party."

Democracy Now
Aug 25, 2020

RNC Opens with Baseless Trump Claims of Rigged Election & Warnings About Socialism and Unions
The Republican National Convention opened in Charlotte, North Carolina, with dire warnings that a Joe Biden presidency could destroy the country. We feature excerpts from President Trump's surprise speech after he was formally nominated for a second term, claiming without evidence that Democrats are planning to steal the election, and other speakers throughout the evening who repeatedly praised Trump's handling of the pandemic even as the U.S. coronavirus death toll passes 177,000.

Democracy Now
Aug 25, 2020

Headlines for August 25, 2020
Trump Claims Dems Trying to Steal Election, Biden Will "Destroy" Country, as RNC Kicks Off, WI Calls in National Guard as Protests Intensify over Police Shooting of Unarmed Black Man, FDA Head Says Plasma Treatment Results Were Overstated as Schools Grapple with Reopening, Hong Kong COVID-19 Patient Becomes Reinfected; Reports of Brutal Repression in Xinjiang Pandemic Response, Gaza Goes into Lockdown After New COVID-19 Cases; Libyan Doctors Warn System Can't Cope with Pandemic, Death Toll in Climate-Fueled California Wildfires Climbs to 7 as 600 Blazes Burn Across the State, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy Fails to Answer Basic Questions About the Mail by House Dems, Questions Mount over Possible Deal for U.S. to Sell F-35s to UAE After Normalization Deal with Israel, Bangladesh Still Reeling from Massive Floods Which Submerged One-Third of Country, Activists Say U.K. Detention of Refugee Children Unlawful, Appeals Court Says Rights of Ronnie Long Were Violated When He Was Convicted for Rape 40 Years Ago, NY Attorney General Investigating Trump Org. for Inflating Assets; Seeking Testimony of Eric Trump, TikTok Sues Trump over App Ban, Reports: Jerry Falwell Jr. Resigns from Liberty University After Pool Attendant Affair Story Breaks

Democracy Now
Aug 24, 2020

QAnon: Trump Embraces Far-Right "Deep State" Conspiracy Theory Deemed a Threat by FBI
As the Republican National Convention gets underway this week, we look at how the party has openly embraced the far-right conspiracy theory known as QAnon, which claims, among other things, that President Trump is secretly at war with a deep state cabal of Satan-worshiping elites who run a child sex trafficking operation. Trump has retweeted messages from supporters of the conspiracy theory and recently spoke publicly about it for the first time, describing QAnon believers as "people that love our country." "At this point, it's reached full spread, that we really can't ignore it anymore," says Angelo Carusone, president of Media Matters, who notes 20 "full QAnon adherents" are on the ballot in November.

Democracy Now
Aug 24, 2020

Steve Bannon, Former Trump Adviser, Allegedly Stole Funds for Private Border Wall Plagued by Erosion
President Trump's former campaign CEO and White House adviser, Steve Bannon, is his sixth close associate to face criminal charges by the Department of Justice. Bannon and three others are accused of defrauding donors to We Build the Wall, a private effort to build a wall along the Mexican border, and redirecting funds to fund their own lavish lifestyles. We follow the money and look at how an investigation last month showed a private wall project the funds were used for is already eroding and could be in danger of falling into the river. We speak with Perla Trevizo and Lexi Churchill, two reporters at the ProPublica-Texas Tribune investigative unit.

Democracy Now
Aug 24, 2020

"The Damage Has Been Done": Historian Says Trump's Postmaster Has Undermined Faith in 2020 Election
The battle over the future of the United States Postal Service is intensifying, with a record number of mail-in ballots expected to be cast in the 2020 presidential election, and Democrats and Republicans locked in a fight over the future of the agency. Historian Philip Rubio, who teaches at North Carolina A&T State University and worked as a mail carrier for two decades before that, says decades of political interference have caused a "manufactured crisis" at the U.S. Postal Service. "The damage has been done," Rubio says of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's changes. "I think he's discouraged a lot of voters who were hoping to vote by mail to vote safely and securely because of the pandemic."

Democracy Now
Aug 24, 2020

Headlines for August 24, 2020
Raging California Wildfires Displace 120,000, Burn 1.2 Million Acres, FDA Approves Blood Plasma Treatment as U.S. COVID-19 Death Toll Tops 176,000 , Countries Grapple with Second Wave, as South Korea Warns Country Is in "Grave Situation", House Passes Bill to Halt Changes at USPS as Fears Mount over Mail-in Ballots, House Passes Bill to Provide Emergency Funding for USCIS as Agency Plans Major Staff Cuts, Belarus Protests Continue Demanding Resignation of President Lukashenko, At Least 17 Killed in Colombia Over Deadly Weekend, At Least 14 People Killed in Twin Bombings in the Philippines, U.S. Troops Withdraw from Camp Taji in Iraq, Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny in Coma in German Hospital, Hurricane Laura Kills at Least 9 People in Caribbean as It Heads to Southern U.S., on Heels of Storm Marco, Protesters in Lafayette, Louisiana, Demand Justice for Trayford Pellerin, Shot Dead by Police, Protests Erupt in Kenosha, Wisconsin, After Police Shooting of Jacob Blake, "Alt-Right" Groups Attack Antifascist Protesters in Portland, Oregon, New Law in Tennessee Would Criminalize BLM Protesters, Strip Them of Their Right to Vote, Protesters Take to the Streets of Charlotte, NC as RNC Kicks Off , Longtime White House Adviser Kellyanne Conway to Step Down, Trump's Sister Calls Out President's Family Separation Policy, Lies and Cruelty in Audio Tapes, Lori Loughlin Gets Two-Month Prison Term for College Admissions Bribes, Golden State Killer Sentenced to Life in Prison Without Parole

Democracy Now
Aug 21, 2020

Cornel West & Ben Jealous on the DNC and Whether Progressives Can Push Joe Biden Leftward
Harvard professor Cornel West and Ben Jealous, president of People for the American Way and former president of the NAACP, discuss the 2020 DNC, Joe Biden's vow to fight systemic racism and "overcome this season of darkness in America," the historic nomination of Kamala Harris as his partner on the ticket, and how the convention was a showcase for a broad anti-Trump coalition, including prominent Republican figures given plum speaking slots, but few voices from the party's insurgent left wing. "At this moment, with the decline and fall of the American empire, it looks as if the system is unable to generate enough energy to seriously reform itself. It remains sanitized, superficial," says Dr. West. "I want fundamental change." Jealous says Biden is someone progressives can work with and pressure. "The theme of this convention was really one of unity," he notes. "This is a time when we have to come together to defeat a president who is the most evil, the most corrupt that any of us have seen."

Democracy Now
Aug 21, 2020

"Light Is More Powerful Than Dark": Biden Vows to Fight COVID, Climate, Racism & Economic Meltdown
We air highlights from Joe Biden's highly anticipated speech on the final night of the Democratic National Convention, in which he formally accepted the Democratic presidential nomination, focused on the dangers of President Trump's reelection and pledged to address the four simultaneous crises of systemic racism, the pandemic, the economic downturn and the climate crisis. "United, we can and will overcome this season of darkness in America," Biden said. The 25-minute speech was delivered from his home state of Delaware.

Democracy Now
Aug 21, 2020

Virtual 2020 DNC Wraps with Calls for Empathy, Unity & a Broad Coalition to Rally Around Joe Biden
The 2020 Democratic National Convention has wrapped up, with speakers on the final night including California Governor Gavin Newsom, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and 13-year-old Brayden Harrington, who talked about how Joe Biden had personally helped him with his stutter. We air highlights from the evening's addresses.

Democracy Now
Aug 21, 2020

Headlines for August 21, 2020
Joe Biden Accepts Presidential Nomination, Pledging End to "Season of Darkness", CDC Director: Up to 60 Million U.S. Residents Were Infected with Coronavirus, White House Declares Teachers "Essential Workers" as Unions Threaten Strikes over Coronavirus, Stock Markets Surge Even as 1.1 Million U.S. Workers File New Unemployment Claims, Protesters Call on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to #MakeBillionairesPay, Postmaster General to Face Congressional Grilling over "Sabotage" of Postal Service, Massive California Wildfires Leave 5 Dead, 700,000 Acres Burned, Steve Bannon Arrested, Charged with Pocketing Private Border Wall Funds, Federal Judge Rules NY Prosecutors Can Subpoena Trump's Tax Records, Iraq Is "Open for American Business," Says Iraqi PM in Meeting with Trump, Prominent Iraqi Women's Rights Activist Reham Yacoub Gunned Down in Basra, Israeli Military Attacks Gaza for 10th Consecutive Day, Newly Released Bodycam Footage Shows Two Deaths at Hands of Phoenix Police, Portland's Nightly Anti-Police-Brutality Protests Continue to Face Police Violence, Black Lives Matter Groups Protest New York Police Union's Endorsement of Trump, Uber, Lyft Win Temporary Stay of Order to Reclassify Contract Drivers as Employees

Democracy Now
Aug 20, 2020

Before Kamala Harris, There Was Charlotta Bass: Remembering 1st Black Woman to Run for VP in 1952
Senator Kamala Harris is the first Indian American and first Black woman to be nominated for vice president on a major party ticket, but, as many historians have noted, Harris is not the first Black woman to run for vice president. That distinction belongs to the journalist and political activist Charlotta Bass, who was the editor of The California Eagle for nearly 30 years, one of the country's oldest Black newspapers, which covered women's suffrage, police brutality, the Klu Klux Klan, and discriminatory hiring and housing practices. Bass joined the Progressive Party ticket in 1952 on an antiracist platform that called for fair housing and equal access to healthcare. Bass's exclusion from the public narrative signals a tendency to "sideline Black radical politics," says author and historian Keisha Blain.

Democracy Now
Aug 20, 2020

Abolitionist Derecka Purnell on Historic Kamala Harris VP Pick & Why Black Progressives Feel Torn
Senator Kamala Harris has formally accepted the Democratic vice-presidential nomination, becoming the first woman of color to run on a major party presidential ticket. But even as she makes history, many Black progressive women remain ambivalent, says Derecka Purnell, a human rights lawyer, abolitionist and columnist for The Guardian newspaper. "It's just unfortunate that you have to protect someone because of their identity … while at the same time if you care about the masses of Black people, the masses of poor people, the masses of immigrants in this country, you know that you have to speak truth and be honest about their record," Purnell says.

Democracy Now
Aug 20, 2020

"I Know a Predator When I See One": Kamala Harris Takes Aim at Trump, Accepts Historic VP Nomination
Senator Kamala Harris has formally accepted the Democratic vice-presidential nomination, becoming the first woman of color to run on a major party presidential ticket. We feature part of her historic speech.

Democracy Now
Aug 20, 2020

"Don't Let Them Take Away Your Power": Obama Slams Trump at DNC & Warns U.S. Democracy Is at Risk
On the third night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, party leaders argued that U.S. democracy is at risk if President Trump is reelected in November, with a lineup of speeches from former Congressmember Gabby Giffords, senator and former presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren and former President Barack Obama, who grew emotional describing the stakes of the election and urged people not to "let them take away your democracy." We air excerpts from the night's events.

Democracy Now
Aug 20, 2020

Headlines for August 20, 2020
Kamala Harris Accepts Democratic Party's Nomination for Vice President, Hundreds of Wildfires Choke California, as Coronavirus Sidelines Prisoner Firefighters, U.S. Records Nearly 1,300 New Coronavirus Deaths as PPE Shortages Persist, NYC Teachers' Union Threatens Strike If Schools Reopen Without Safety Measures, New Zealand Deploys Troops to Enforce Quarantine; Zambian Vice President Positive for Coronavirus, Emails Reveal Swedish Epidemiologist Urged Coronavirus Spread to Attain Herd Immunity, Iran's Official COVID-19 Death Toll Passes 20,000 as Trump Pushes for New Sanctions, European Union Readies Sanctions Against Belarus as Authoritarian Ruler Digs In, Russian Opposition Activist Alexei Navalny Falls into Coma After Apparent Poisoning, Israel Assaults Gaza Strip for Ninth Consecutive Night as Palestinians Protest Israel-UAE Deal, Biden Campaign Attacks Palestinian American Activist Linda Sarsour over Israel Boycott, President Trump Embraces Supporters of Far-Right QAnon Conspiracy Theory, Facebook Bans Anti-Fascist and Anarchist Groups Along with QAnon Conspiracy Pages, Supreme Court to Hear Trump Admin Challenge to Affordable Care Act on Nov. 10, Cincinnati Reds Broadcaster Suspended over Anti-Gay Slur, Michigan Agrees to Pay $600 Million to Flint Water Crisis Victims

Democracy Now
Aug 19, 2020

Return to Sender: Amid National Outcry, Trump's Postmaster General Drops Plans to Gut USPS — For Now
After massive public outcry against cuts to mail service ahead of November's election, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has announced he will suspend changes to the U.S. Postal Service until after the election, when a record number of voters are expected to cast ballots by mail. President Trump has admitted he's working to undermine the USPS in order to make it harder to vote by mail in November. We speak with Lisa Graves, executive director of the policy research group True North Research, who says Louis DeJoy is "the most partisan person, in 100 years at least, to head the Postal Service" and warns that U.S. democracy is at stake. "We need to really hold this Postal Service accountable."

Democracy Now
Aug 19, 2020

Sunrise Movement: Dems Must Address Climate Crisis as DNC Drops Pledge to End Fossil Fuel Subsidies
The Democratic National Committee has dropped a pledge to eliminate tax breaks and subsidies for the fossil fuel industry from its party platform, after a DNC spokesperson said the amendment was originally included in "error," despite both Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris supporting it on the campaign trail. Varshini Prakash, co-founder and executive director of the Sunrise Movement, says it is "disappointing to see" Democrats back away from the pledge, but adds that as long as social movements sustain pressure, "it will be a priority for the Biden administration, should they win in November." Prakash also discusses hopes for a Green New Deal, the importance of Kamala Harris's place on the ticket and the lack of young voices at the DNC.

Democracy Now
Aug 19, 2020

"We Will Make Biden Do It": Economist Darrick Hamilton on Pushing the Next Admin to the Left
As Democrats coalesce around Joe Biden ahead of the November presidential election, we speak with economist Darrick Hamilton, a former Bernie Sanders supporter who took part in the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force, about where the Democratic Party is headed on economic policy. Hamilton says that while Biden's policies are not as radical as the moment requires, he can be pushed by social movements. "We will make Biden do it," Hamilton says, quoting Franklin D. Roosevelt on the need for activists to pressure lawmakers. "But first and foremost, Donald Trump needs to get removed."

Democracy Now
Aug 19, 2020

Ady Barkan, Medicare for All Activist Dying from ALS, Urges Biden to Adopt Universal Healthcare
As the Democratic Party formally selected Joe Biden as its nominee for president at the virtual Democratic National Convention, one of those who joined in the call to elect him was activist Ady Barkan, who is paralyzed and unable to speak due to terminal ALS. Barkan is a leading advocate of Medicare for All and has publicly challenged Biden, who does not support Medicare for All. "We live in the richest country in history. And yet we do not guarantee this most basic human right. Everyone living in America should get the healthcare they need, regardless of their employment status or ability to pay," Barkan said, using computer assistance.

Democracy Now
Aug 19, 2020

Dems Formally Nominate Joe Biden for President, as DNC Features Republicans & Sidelines Progressives
Joe Biden is the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, after he was formally picked by the party to challenge President Trump in November on the second night of the virtual Democratic National Convention. We feature highlights from the night, which featured speeches from 17 so-called rising stars in the Democratic Party, including voting rights activist Stacey Abrams, who unsuccessfully ran for Georgia governor in 2018, as well as Democratic heavyweights like former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. For a second night in a row, the DNC prominently featured the voices of Republicans and former Republicans backing Biden, including John McCain's widow Cindy McCain, former defense secretary and Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who helped make the case for invading Iraq in 2003 by lying to the United Nations about Iraq's nonexistent weapons of mass destruction. The night ended with a keynote address by Jill Biden.

Democracy Now
Aug 19, 2020

Headlines for August 19, 2020
Joe Biden Formally Wins Democratic Presidential Nomination, Postmaster General Promises to Suspend Service Cuts Until After Election, Notre Dame Cancels In-Person Classes Amid COVID-19 Outbreak Linked to Party, Coronavirus Death Toll from U.S. Prisons and Jails Tops 1,000, World Health Organization Says Young People Are Driving Coronavirus Outbreaks, Malian President Deposed in Military Coup Following Weeks of Protests, Senate Intelligence Committee Alleges Trump Campaign Associate Was Russian Agent, Far-Right Activist, Banned from Twitter over Racism, Wins Florida House GOP Primary, RNC to Feature St. Louis Couple Who Threatened to Shoot Black Lives Matter Protesters, Trump Issues Posthumous Pardon to Suffragist Susan B. Anthony, California Under State of Emergency as Heat Wave Sparks Wildfires, Federal Judge Halts Trump Admin Rollback of Transgender Healthcare Protections, Anti-Choice Ethics Panel Convened by Trump Recommends Against Fetal Tissue Research

Democracy Now
Aug 18, 2020

19th Amendment Turns 100: Fight for Voting Rights Builds on Centuries of Struggle Led by Black Women
As this year marks 100 years since the ratification of 19th Amendment to the Constitution guaranteeing women's right to vote, we look at the connection between the movement for women's suffrage and the movement to abolish slavery. Many states created laws to continue to deny women the vote, and African American women were subjected to the same Jim Crow laws already used to deny the vote to African American men. "To look for African American women and their history of the vote in 1920 is to miss the important chapter that begins in 1920 and doesn't culminate until the Voting Rights Act is adopted in 1965," says author and Johns Hopkins University history professor Martha Jones, whose forthcoming book is "Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All."

Democracy Now
Aug 18, 2020

Julián Castro Ran for President on a Police Reform Platform But Wasn't Invited to Give DNC Address
The Democratic National Convention faces criticism over the lack of diversity in its primetime programming during this year's virtual event, even as Latinx voters are slated to make up the largest bloc of nonwhite voters in 2020. Only a handful of Latinx speakers and no Muslim speakers are appearing during the broadcasted convention, while Republicans like former Ohio Governor John Kasich were given slots. "There were 35 primetime speakers, and only three of them were Latinx, and I raised a concern about that," says Julián Castro, former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and the only Latinx candidate in the race. "I don't think that represented the beautiful coalition that the Democrats put together."

Democracy Now
Aug 18, 2020

"His Only Preexisting Condition Was Trusting Trump": Daughter Speaks at DNC After Dad Dies of COVID
One of the most memorable speeches of the opening night of the virtual Democratic National Convention was delivered by Kristin Urquiza, who said her father, a supporter of Donald Trump, died after believing the president's assurances that the coronavirus was under control. "My dad, Mark Anthony Urquiza, should be here today, but he isn't," she said. "My dad was a healthy 65-year-old. His only preexisting condition was trusting Donald Trump — and for that, he paid with his life."

Democracy Now
Aug 18, 2020

Bernie Sanders: 2020 Election Is a Fight Against Trump, Authoritarianism, Greed, Oligarchy & Bigotry
Calling the 2020 election "the most important in the modern history of this country," Senator Bernie Sanders, in his speech to the Democratic National Convention, urged people to fight "against greed, oligarchy and bigotry" by voting President Trump out of office in November. "We need Joe Biden as our next president," Sanders said.

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