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Last week, Donald Trump once again upended his campaign team and named Stephen Bannon, the head of Breitbart Media, to be his campaign chief. Breitbart regularly sparks controversy with headlines such as "Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy," "Trannies Whine About Hilarious Bruce Jenner Billboard" and "Bill Kristol: Republican Spoiler, Renegade Jew." In a new article published by Mother Jones, investigative journalist Sarah Posner writes, "By bringing on Stephen Bannon, Trump was signaling a wholehearted embrace of the 'alt-right,' a once-motley assemblage of anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, ethno-nationalistic provocateurs who have coalesced behind Trump and curried the GOP nominee’s favor on social media." For more, we speak to Sarah Posner and Heather McGhee of Demos.
A new study has found that without action on climate change, the millennial generation as a whole will lose nearly $8.8 trillion in lifetime income dealing with the economic, health and environmental impacts of climate change. The study, "The Price Tag of Being Young: Climate Change and Millennials’ Economic Future," was produced by NextGen Climate and Demos. We speak to Heather McGhee, president of Demos and Demos Action.
A new article in the medical journal The Lancet has concluded much of the Northern Hemisphere will be too hot by 2085 to host the Summer Olympics. Researchers are projecting only eight cities in the hemisphere outside of Western Europe would be cool enough to host the Games. This includes just three cities in North America: Calgary, Vancouver and San Francisco. The list of cities where it could be too hot is staggering: Istanbul, Madrid, Rome, Paris, Budapest, Tokyo, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles—and the list goes on. Extreme high temperatures have already impacted the athletic world. In 2007, high heat forced the cancellation of the Chicago Marathon. At this year’s U.S. Olympic marathon trials in Los Angeles, 30 percent of the runners dropped out of the race due to the heat. For more, we speak with Kirk Smith, lead author of the article and professor of global environmental health at the University of California, Berkeley.
On Tuesday, President Obama visited Louisiana for the first time since the devastating floods that killed 13 people and damaged 60,000 homes. The Red Cross has called it the worst natural disaster in the United States since Hurricane Sandy. While many climate scientists have tied the historic floods in Louisiana to climate change, President Obama made no link during his remarks. However, on Tuesday, four environmental activists were arrested in New Orleans protesting the Interior Department’s decision to go ahead with a lease sale of up to 24 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas exploration and development. The sale is being held today in the Superdome—the very building where thousands of displaced residents of New Orleans sought refuge during Hurricane Katrina 11 years ago. We speak to Antonia Juhasz, an oil and energy analyst, author of "Black Tide: The Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill." She joins us from San Francisco.
- Obama Tours Louisiana Flood Damage, Does Not Mention Climate Change
- 4 Activists Arrested Protesting Plan to Sell Offshore Oil Leases
- Italy: 6.2-Magnitude Earthquake Kills At Least 73
- Global Extreme Weather: Floods, Fires & Heat Waves
- AP: As Secretary of State, Clinton Met with Dozens of Foundation Donors
- Trump: "Impossible to Figure Out Where Clinton Foundation Ends & State Dept. Begins"
- WashPo: Clinton Raised $32 Million at Elite Fundraisers in August
- Guantánamo Bay Prisoner Abu Zubaydah Argues for His Freedom
- NLRB Ruling: Graduate Students at Private Universities Can Unionize
- Afghanistan: U.S. Soldier Killed in Bomb Explosion in Helmand
- Turkey, Backed by U.S., Launches Ground Offensive into Syria
- Kashmir: Another Protester Killed Amid Brutal Crackdown
- Mexico: Journalist Survives Assassination Attempt in Veracruz
- New Jersey: Police Chase 10-Year-Old Boy with Guns Drawn
- California: Judge Persky Recuses Himself from Another Case
- Mothers Suspend Hunger Strike at Berks Detention Center, Citing Intimidation
- West Virginia: After 2-Year Struggle, Strip Coal Mine Shut Down
As the Jabara family mourns the death of Khalid Jabara in Tulsa, Oklahoma, we remember a similar fatal shooting last year in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In 2015, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and her husband, Deah Shaddy Barakat, were shot dead by a white neighbor. Razan was 19 years old, Yusor was 21, and Deah was 23. Police initially said the killings resulted from a dispute over a parking space, but relatives of the victims described the killings as a hate crime. The suspected gunman, Craig Stephen Hicks, has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder. For more, we speak with Dr. Mohammad Abu-Salha, father of Razan and Yusor, and father-in-law of Deah.
In Oklahoma, funeral services were held Friday for Khalid Jabara, a Lebanese-American man police say was shot dead by his next-door neighbor in a possible hate crime. Police say Stanley Majors will be charged with first-degree murder. Majors has harassed the Jabara family for years. The August 12 killing came less than a year after Majors was arrested and jailed for hitting Jabara’s mother with his car while she was jogging. At the time, the mother, Haifa Jabara, already had a restraining order against Majors, after he had threatened and harassed her. But eight months later, Majors was released on $60,000 bond even though Tulsa County prosecutors called him "a substantial risk to the public.” For more, we speak with Khalid’s brother and sister, Rami Jabara and Victoria Jabara Williams.
In North Dakota, more than a thousand indigenous activists from different tribes have converged at the Sacred Stone Spirit Camp, where protesters are blocking construction of the proposed $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline. Protesters say the pipeline would threaten to contaminate the Missouri River, which provides water not only for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, but for millions of people downstream. For more, we are joined by Winona LaDuke, Native American activist and executive director of the group Honor the Earth. She lives and works on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota.
In North Dakota, indigenous activists are continuing to protest the proposed $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, which they say would threaten to contaminate the Missouri River. More than a thousand indigenous activists from dozens of different tribes across the country have traveled to the Sacred Stone Spirit Camp, which was launched on April 1 by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The protests have so far shut down construction along parts of the pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has also sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over its approval of the pipeline. For more, we’re joined by Dave Archambault, chairperson of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. He’s in Washington, D.C., where there is a hearing in the tribe’s lawsuit on Wednesday.
- As Zika Spreads, CDC Tells Pregnant Women Not to Visit Miami Beach
- Florida: Plan to Use GMO Mosquitoes to Fight Zika Sparks Controversy
- Obama Visiting Louisiana Today to Tour Historic Flood Damage
- Wildfires Raging Across Western States Destroy Dozens of Homes
- Donald Trump Doubles Down on His Mass Deportation Plans
- In Appeal to Black Voters, Trump Falsely Claims Crime Rates are "At Levels You Have Never Seen"
- More Emails Show Clinton Foundation Ties to State Department
- Judge: State Dept. Must Set Timeline to Release 15,000 Clinton Emails
- Activists Protest Clinton Fundraiser at Home of Billionaire Haim Saban
- Israel Launches Up to 50 Airstrikes in Gaza Strip
- Lawsuit Says Fox "Operates Like Sex-Fueled, Playboy Mansion-Like Cult"
- Court Blocks Obama Directive Saying Trans Students Can Use Bathroom of Choice
- Afghanistan: 100 U.S. Soldiers Sent to Helmand Capital to Fight Taliban
- Libya: Western-Backed Government Suffers No-Confidence Vote
- Mexico: Teachers Strike & Protest on First Day of School
- Olympic Swimmer Ryan Lochte Loses 4 Sponsors, Including Speedo
A Shocking Story of How a Chicago Cop Killed a Teen -- Then Locked Up His Best Friend for the Murder
In 2012, 19-year-old Tevin Louis and his best friend Marquise Sampson allegedly robbed a restaurant. After reportedly making off with about $1,200, the two ran in different directions. Sampson crossed paths with an officer, who gave chase and ultimately opened fire, killing the teenager. Louis arrived at the scene where his friend was shot, and attempted to cross the police line. He was arrested for disorderly conduct. But in a shocking turn, Louis was eventually charged with first-degree murder in the death of his best friend, even though it was the officer who killed Sampson. Louis was found guilty. He is now serving a 32-year sentence for armed robbery and a 20-year sentence for murder. Louis is one of 10 people with similar cases exposed in the Chicago Reader’s new article headlined “Charged with Murder, But They Didn’t Kill Anyone—Police Did.” For more, we speak with the article’s authors: Alison Flowers, a journalist with the Chicago-based Invisible Institute, and Sarah Macaraeg, an independent journalist and fellow with the International Center for Journalists.
Even before the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen began more than a year ago, Yemen was ranked as one of the poorest countries in the world. But now, a year and a half into the war, Yemen’s health system has broken down, and the population is facing the threat of starvation. For more, we’re joined by Andrew Cockburn, the Washington editor for Harper’s magazine. His latest piece for Harper’s is headlined "Acceptable Losses: Aiding and Abetting the Saudi Slaughter in Yemen." He is author of "Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins."
Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to Saudi Arabia as the Obama administration is facing increasing pressure for its support of the Saudi-led war in Yemen. This comes as up to 100,000 people gathered in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a Saturday to protest the ongoing Saudi strikes and in support of Houthi rebels. Over the past two weeks, the U.S.-backed Saudi coalition has bombed a Doctors Without Borders hospital, killing 19 people, and bombed two schools in northern Yemen, killing at least 14 children. Doctors Without Borders has since announced it will withdraw staff from six hospitals in the north of the country. For more, we’re joined by Kristine Beckerle, a fellow at Human Rights Watch. She has just returned from Yemen.
- Over 100,000 in Louisiana Need Federal Assistance for Flood Cleanup
- Veteran Republican Operative Paul Manafort Quits Trump Campaign
- New York Times: Donald Trump Owes at Least $650 Million in Debt
- Hillary Clinton Hasn't Held a News Conference in More Than 8 Months
- Kerry to Visit Saudi Arabia as Criticism of Yemen War Intensifies
- Thousands Protest U.S.-Backed Bombing Campaign in Yemen
- Turkey: Bombing Kills 50 at Wedding Party
- Turkish LGBTQ Community Remembers Murdered Activist Hande Kader
- U.S. Warns Syrian Government After Strikes Against U.S.-Backed Militia
- Court Upholds Immunity for U.N. in Haiti Cholera Reparations Case
- Philippines: President Duterte Threatens to Leave U.N. over Criticism
- Police Continue to Withhold Information in Case of Korryn Gaines
- Officer Who Killed Philando Castile Returns to Work in Minnesota
- Texas: Court Halts Execution of Man Who Never Killed Anyone
- U.S. Boxer Makes History on Last Day of Rio Games
- Ethiopian Olympic Marathoner Wins Silver, Protests at Finish Line
- Puerto Rico: Activists Disrupt Conference to Protest Tax Exceptions
- Legendary Journalist & Civil Rights Activist George Curry Dies at 69
Dave Zirin: Brazilians are Fed Up with U.S. Olympian Ryan Lochte and Privileged First-World Tourists
Ahead of the final weekend of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian police have accused a group of U.S. Olympic swimmers of vandalism during an incident at a gas station last weekend and say they are now considering whether to recommend charges against them, including gold medalists Ryan Lochte and Jimmy Feigen. The swimmers said they were robbed by gunmen impersonating police officers in the early hours of Sunday as they returned in a taxi to the Athletes Village from a party in the city. However, after an investigation, Rio police said there had been no robbery. U.S. Olympic authorities later apologized to Brazil after two U.S. swimmers who were kept in the country for questioning were allowed to go home. We are joined by Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation magazine, whose recent article is headlined "Ryan Lochte is One of Many Privileged First-World Tourists—and Brazilians are Fed Up."
We get reaction to the State Department’s statement that a plane filled with $400 million in cash for Iran was "leverage" to ensure that five American prisoners held by Iran were released. Republicans, including Donald Trump, have said the money sent in January was a ransom for the prisoners. The Obama administration says it was a pre-planned transfer that was part of the landmark nuclear deal and that the negotiations regarding the two issues were separate. We speak with Shane Bauer, a Mother Jones reporter who spent 26 months in Tehran’s Evin Prison, four of them in solitary, after he and two other Americans, Sarah Shourd and Joshua Fattal, were captured while hiking near the unmarked Iran-Iraq border and then freed after negotiations.
The DOJ’s announcement that it will phase out federal prisons operated by private prison companies will have no direct impact on private immigrant detention facilities, which are operated by the same companies under contracts with the Department of Homeland Security. Detention Watch Network has now called for DHS "to follow suit and break their ties with private prison companies that operate more than half of ... U.S. immigrant detention facilities as a step towards ending detention completely." We get more details from Democracy Now! correspondent Renée Feltz, who notes the detention centers hold people who have committed civil offenses, and children as young as two years old.
Private Prisons May Be Phased Out, But Industry Leaves Trail of Bodies from Medical Neglect & Abuses
News that the Department of Justice will phase out 13 private prisons sent stocks plummeting on Thursday for for the companies that operate them: Corrections Corporation of America, The GEO Group and Management and Training Corporation. We look at the companies’ track record with Shane Bauer, whose 18-month investigation of a CCA prison for Mother Jones recently took up its entire issue. Titled "My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard," it chronicles his time as an undercover correctional officer at Louisiana’s Winn Correctional Center. His most recent article is titled "This Prisoner Hanged Himself at the Private Prison Where I Worked. His Family Says He Didn’t Have to Die." We are also joined by reporter Seth Freed Wessler, who investigated several CCA prisons for the federal government that are now set to close.
In what some are calling a historic change in policy, the Justice Department says it will phase out the use of privately run federal prisons. In a memo describing the policy shift, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates said research showed private prisons "simply do not provide the same level of correctional services, programs, and resources" and "do not save substantially on costs," either. Yates added that government education and training programs for prisoners "proved difficult to replicate and outsource” in the private sector. In the memo, she said as the contracts for 13 private federal facilities come to the end of their terms over the next five years. Some 22,000 federal prisoners out of a total of 193,000 will eventually be impacted by the move. Most are immigrants convicted of crossing the border without permission—charges that currently account for 50 percent of all federal prosecutions. This follows a series of reports by investigative journalists. In our first segment, we speak with reporter Seth Freed Wessler, whose yearlong probe for The Nation and Reveal News uncovered dozens of questionable deaths and years of dire warnings from internal monitors at the private prisons now set to lose their contracts.
- U.S. Justice Department Issues Directive to Stop Use of Private Prisons
- Jeh Johnson Visits Louisiana, Promises Aid for Flood Victims
- California: Blue Cut Fire Continues to Burn Uncontrollably
- "Believe It or Not," Trump Says He "Regrets" Some Remarks
- Clinton Foundation: No More International Donations If Hillary Wins
- State Dept. Admits Timing of Cash Transfer to Iran Linked to Prisoners
- Brazilian Police Accuse 4 U.S. Olympic Swimmers of Vandalism, False Robbery Claim
- Turkish President Says Coup Plotters Working with Kurdish Rebels
- Yemen: Doctors Without Borders Pull Staff After Saudi Hits Hospitals
- Syria: Viral Pic of Boy After Airstrike Draws Attention to Humanitarian Disaster
- Mexican Federal Police Accused of Covering Up Human Rights Violations
- Video of Man's Death in LAPD Custody Surfaces After 4 Years
- Gawker to Shut Down Next Week
- Native Activists Fighting Dakota Access Pipeline: "What We're Doing is in Peace"