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On Wednesday, 23 people were arrested protesting Spectra Energy’s fracked gas pipeline in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. Longtime climate activist Tim DeChristopher was one of about 30 people who ventured onto the Spectra pipeline construction site in an attempt to nonviolently stop work. Local residents and politicians have long opposed the West Roxbury Lateral pipeline, which they say is dangerous for the pipeline to run alongside a quarry where there is frequent blasting. During the action, DeChristopher and 11 others climbed inside the pipeline trench and refused to budge for almost two hours before being forcibly removed by firefighters. DeChristopher drew a comparison between the trenches of the gas pipeline and the mass graves recently dug in Pakistan in anticipation of a climate-fueled heat wave.
We turn now to an act of civil disobedience on climate change in the West Roxbury neighborhood of Boston. On Wednesday, a dozen protesters with the group Resist the Pipeline were arrested for nonviolently lying down in a trench being dug by Spectra Energy for its pipeline. Several more were arrested for trespassing on private property. The action sought to draw a connection between pipelines like Spectra’s and a mass grave that was dug last month in Pakistan in preparation for a deadly heat wave. For more, we speak with Karenna Gore, director of the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary.
"It’s not been easy for me. It has not been easy for me. I started off in Brooklyn. My father gave me a small loan of a million dollars." Those were the words of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump during a town hall event last year in New Hampshire. Today we look back at Trump’s rise to power and how he profited from his father’s deep pocketbook and political connections. Decades before Donald Trump became a household name, his father Fred Trump emerged as one of New York’s most prolific real estate developers, building more than 27,000 homes in Brooklyn and Queens. In 1927, Fred Trump made the news when he was arrested at a Ku Klux Klan riot in Queens. We speak to Wayne Barrett, considered the preeminent journalist on Donald Trump. As a reporter at The Village Voice, Barrett began reporting on Donald Trump in the late 1970s. Barrett’s 1991 biography of Trump was just republished as an ebook with the title of "Trump: The Greatest Show on Earth: The Deals, the Downfall, the Reinvention."
Funerals have begun in Turkey for some of the 42 people killed in a triple suicide bombing Tuesday targeting Turkey’s main airport in Istanbul. The attack also left 239 others injured. Authorities said three attackers arrived at the airport’s international terminal by taxi and blew themselves up after opening fire. The airport is the 11th busiest in the world. No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but Turkey’s prime minister said the initial probe pointed to the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or Daesh. A senior Turkish official told the Associated Press the three suicide attackers were nationals of Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. Earlier today, Turkish police raided 16 locations in Istanbul and detained 13 people on suspicion of involvement in the attack. Turkey has seen an uptick in bombings since last year, when the United States began using Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base to carry out bombing raids in Syria and Iraq targeting ISIS strongholds. We speak to Koray Çaliskan, associate professor of political science at Bogaziçi University in Istanbul.
- Senate Passes Bill to Create Control Board to Run Puerto Rico Economy
- Turkey: Funerals Begin for 42 Victims of Airport Attack
- Trump Rally: Talk Show Host Refers to Elizabeth Warren with War Whoops
- Neo-Nazis to Attend RNC to "Defend" Donald Trump Supporters
- Afghanistan: 30 Police Officers Killed in Taliban Attack
- Report: U.S.-Led Airstrikes in Iraq Kill 250
- 6 Honduran Police Indicted in U.S. on Drug Trafficking Charges
- Denver: Woman Killed by Estranged Husband at Alliance Center
- FBI Seeks to Withhold Public Records on Orlando Massacre
- Two Trans Women Become First to Win Major-Party Congressional Primaries
- 23 Activists Arrested Protesting Spectra Pipeline in West Roxbury, MA
- Philadelphia: 5 Arrested Blocking Highway Demanding End to Deportation
We continue our conversation looking at student debt. A stunning 42 million people now owe $1.3 trillion in student debt. A new investigative report published by Center for Investigative Reporting peels back the layers on this trillion-dollar industry. The article, titled "Who Got Rich Off the Student Debt Crisis," follows what happened after the federal government relinquished direct control of the student loan program and opened it up to banks and profit-making corporations. We speak to Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist James Steele and Saul Newton, who was profiled in the article. Saul dropped out of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point because of rising costs and student debt.
In Florida, a jury has found former Chilean army officer Pedro Barrientos liable for the murder of legendary folk singer and activist Víctor Jara in September 1973. In the days after dictator Augusto Pinochet seized power in a U.S.-backed coup, Víctor Jara was rounded up, tortured and shot more than 40 times. Barrientos has lived in the United States for more than two decades and is now a U.S. citizen. The Jaras sued him under a federal civil statute known as the Torture Victims Protection Act, which allows U.S. courts to hear about human rights abuses committed abroad. The Guardian newspaper called the verdict "one of the biggest and most significant legal human rights victories against a foreign war criminal in a US courtroom." We speak to Víctor Jara’s widow Joan, his daughter Manuela Bunster and Dixon Osburn, executive director of the Center for Justice and Accountability, which represented the Jara family.
On Monday, in the most significant victory for abortion rights in a generation, the Supreme Court struck down provisions of a sweeping anti-choice law in Texas. In a 5-3 ruling, the justices rejected provisions requiring abortion clinics to meet the costly standards of hospital-style surgery centers and mandating that doctors obtain admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The impact of Monday’s landmark ruling is already reverberating throughout the country. On Tuesday, justices rejected bids by Mississippi and Wisconsin to revive admitting privileges requirements similar to the one in Texas. Meanwhile, Alabama’s attorney general has announced his state will stop trying to defend its own admitting privileges requirement in wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling. We speak with Stephanie Toti, who argued the landmark Texas abortion case before the Supreme Court.
The U.S. Senate is expected to vote as soon as today to set up a federally appointed control board with sweeping powers to run Puerto Rico’s economy to help the island cope with its crippling debt crisis. The bill, known as PROMESA, passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 297 to 127. In the Senate, Robert Menendez has led the opposition to the bill. On Tuesday, he waged a four-hour filibuster to protest the bill.
- Turkey: 41 Killed in Triple Suicide, Gun Attack at Istanbul Airport
- Supreme Court Rejects Bid to Revive Anti-Choice Laws in Mississippi, Wisconsin
- Jeremy Corbyn Loses No-Confidence Vote Among Labour MPs
- Trump Likens TPP Trade Deal to Rape: "That's What It Is"
- Sanders: Dems Should Oppose TPP, Embrace Progressive Agenda to Defeat Trump
- New York: Progressive Zephyr Teachout Wins Democratic Congressional Primary
- Senate Democrats Block Zika Funding Bill Laden with GOP Measures
- 6 Democrats Stage Protest to Demand Gun Control
- House Republicans Release 800-Page Report on Benghazi Attacks
- U.N. Secretary-General Calls Israeli Blockade of Gaza "Collective Punishment"
- California Voters to Consider Marijuana Legalization in November
- California: Oakland Bans Coal Shipments, Quashing Plans for Massive Terminal
In West Virginia, at least 23 people have died in once-in-a-thousand-year flooding. West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has declared a state of emergency in 44 counties and has deployed the National Guard to help with search and rescue efforts. A number of people remain missing across the state. The severe rainfall inundated large parts of the town of Richwood, submerging cars and the first floors of many houses and businesses. We speak with Bob Henry Baber, the mayor-elect of Richwood, West Virginia, and the first member of the Mountain Party to be elected to public office in the state.
Wildfires are raging up and down the state of California. At least two people have died, and hundreds of homes have been destroyed. We speak to Ken Pimlott, the director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and a 30-year fire service veteran. He joins us from Sacramento, where temperatures hit 107 degrees on Monday, one degree shy of the record.
Extreme weather is sweeping across the United States, from scorching heat in the Southwest to uncontrollable wildfires in California, to deadly flooding in Appalachia. In West Virginia, at least 23 people have died in once-in-a-thousand-year flooding, and a number of people remain missing across the state. Meanwhile, wildfires are raging up and down the state of California. At least two people have died, and hundreds of homes have been destroyed. May was the 13th straight month to smash global temperature records, amid increasing human-fueled global warming. We speak with Michael Mann, a professor of atmospheric science at Penn State University. Mann was in Phoenix last weekend to testify before the Democratic National Platform Draft Committee meeting.
Actor Jesse Williams is best known for his role on the TV show "Grey’s Anatomy." On Sunday night, he earned a standing ovation when he addressed the BET Awards. As he accepted the Humanitarian Award, Williams paid homage to police shooting victims, including Rekia Boyd, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice, who would have turned 14 on Saturday. "Police somehow manage to de-escalate, disarm and not kill white people every day," Williams says. "We are going to have equal rights and justice in our own country, or we will restructure their function and ours."
In the most significant victory for abortion rights in a generation, the Supreme Court has struck down provisions of a sweeping anti-choice law in Texas. Justice Anthony Kennedy joined Justice Stephen Breyer and all three women justices on the Supreme Court, condemning the restrictions as an undue burden on access to abortion. We speak with lead plaintiff Amy Hagstrom Miller about the historic victory and what it will take for shuttered clinics to reopen.
- In Major Victory for Abortion Rights, Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Anti-Choice Rules
- Supreme Court Rules Against Gun Ownership by Domestic Abusers
- Supreme Court Ruling on Virginia Gov. McDonnell Could Make It Harder to Prosecute Corruption
- Thousands Rally to Support U.K. Opposition Leader Corbyn as He Faces No-Confidence Vote
- Elizabeth Warren Joins Hillary Clinton on Campaign Trail
- Report Finds Surge in Dark Money at State and Local Level
- Florida Jury Finds Former Chilean Army Officer Liable for 1973 Murder of Víctor Jara
- Report: U.S. Airstrikes Killed At Least 7 Taliban Hostages
- Protesters Arrested Calling for Halt to Deportations in Connecticut, Georgia
- Texas: Dimmit County Officials Reject Proposed Immigrant Detention Center
- Volkswagen Agrees to Pay $14.7 Billion over Emissions Cheating Scandal
- Former Indiana University Student Charged in 2 Rape Cases Gets No Prison Time
- Judge in Brock Turner Case Oversees Harsher Sentence for Latino in Similar Assault
- Stonewall Inn Becomes 1st National Monument for LGBTQ Rights
- Trailblazing Basketball Coach Pat Summitt Dies at 64
Between 2009 and 2011, Shane Bauer spent nearly two years locked up in an Iranian prison as one of the jailed American hikers. Last year, he went back to jail—this time as an undercover journalist working as a guard at a private prison in Louisiana. In a stunning new exposé for Mother Jones, Bauer chronicles the four months he spent undercover last year as a guard at Louisiana’s Winn Correctional Facility. Winn is the oldest privately operated medium-security prison in the country and sits in the state that holds the distinction as having the world’s highest incarceration rate—more than 800 prisoners per 100,000 residents. During Bauer’s investigation, Winn was run by the Corrections Corporation of America, the nation’s second-largest private prison operator. Bauer’s story offers a never-before-seen look at the for-profit prison industry, exposing conditions that include violence among inmates, poor medical and mental healthcare for even the sickest prisoners, mismanagement and lack of training for staff.
Global stock markets have plummeted in the days since Britain voted to leave the European Union. More than $2 trillion was wiped off global equity markets on Friday in the biggest daily loss ever. Earlier today, the British pound hit a 31-year low. On Friday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke in Scotland at the Trump Turnberry golf course. He celebrated the Brexit vote. "When the pound goes down, more people are coming to Turnberry, frankly," Trump said.
Britain remains in a widening crisis days after voters chose to leave the European Union. British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced his resignation. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is facing a coup within his own party as more than a dozen members of his shadow cabinet have resigned or been sacked. Scotland has announced it will take any steps needed to stay inside the European Union, including possibly holding a second independence referendum. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is headed to Brussels and London to discuss the political and economic upheaval caused by the Brexit vote. To make sense of what’s happening, we speak to longtime British journalist Paul Mason, who has worked at the BBC and Channel 4. His new book is titled "Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future"
- U.K. Crisis Widens After Brexit Vote; Corbyn Faces Coup Within Labour Party
- Conservatives Win Most Seats in Spanish Elections; Podemos Comes in Third
- California: At Least 7 Stabbed in Clashes Between White Nationalists, Counterprotesters
- Columnist George Will Leaves GOP over Donald Trump
- Senate Majority Leader McConnell Refuses to Say If Trump Qualified to Be President
- Guardian Journalists Barred from Trump Event in Scotland
- DNC Platform Committee Rejects Proposals Against Fracking, TPP, Israeli Occupation
- DNC Platform Includes Historic Call to Repeal Anti-Choice Hyde Amendment
- Pope Francis: Catholic Church Should Seek Forgiveness from Gay People, Women
- Millions Pay Homage to Orlando Victims in Pride Events Across U.S.
- Black Lives Matter Pulls Out of San Francisco Pride over Increased Policing
- Iraqi Forces Claim Control of Fallujah
- Report: CIA, Saudi Weapons Meant for Syrian Rebels End Up on Black Market
- Somalia: Cabinet Minister Among 15 Killed in Hotel Attack
- West Virginia: 25 Killed in Floods; Federal Disaster Declared
- Jesse Williams Gives Powerful Address on Racism at BET Awards