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Exit polls show Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton two to one among veterans, and analysts say they may have delivered the presidency to Trump because of the high percentage of veterans in Wisconsin and Michigan. "He never made really explicit promises beyond the promise that if you could not get an appointment quickly from the [Veterans Administration], that you could go see a private doctor," says longtime veterans’ affairs reporter Aaron Glantz. "This has a lot of people worried that he will dismantle the VA system, which was built up over many generations, a national network of hospitals and many dedicated professionals who are real specialists in the needs of people wounded in war."
Expert on Trump Business Conflicts: "There are Hard Ethical Questions in Life. This Not One of Them"
Ethics experts say President-elect Donald Trump must divest from his businesses to avoid conflicts of interest. "There are hard ethical questions in life, and this is not one of them," says Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, who has written that "Trump’s Conflicts of Interest are Unprecedented in American History." Also with us in San Francisco is Aaron Glantz, senior reporter at Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, where his latest investigation is headlined "Trump’s Indonesia hotel deals hint at his form of foreign relations."
President-elect Donald Trump kicked off his victory tour Thursday by touting his involvement in Carrier’s decision to keep some jobs in the U.S. instead of moving them all to Mexico. Carrier is a multibillion-dollar company, and the Pentagon is the largest customer of its parent company, United Technologies. Trump said the deal for Carrier to keep the jobs in state reportedly includes a $7 million incentive package with tax breaks and reduced regulations. Meanwhile, about 1,000 workers for the company in Indiana will reportedly still lose their jobs. We speak with Public Citizen’s president, Robert Weissman.
- Trump Picks Ex-General James Mattis for Defense Secretary
- At Rally in Cincinnati Trump Repeatedly Attacks Media
- Sanders: Trump Carrier Deal Sets Dangerous Precedent for All Workers
- Trump Considers Current & Former ExxonMobil CEOs for Secretary of State
- Trump Issues Support for $3.8 Billion Dakota Access Pipeline
- Minneapolis: Protesters Lock Down to Demand Wells Fargo Divest from Dakota Access Pipeline
- Canada: Mohawks Blockade Oil Freight Trains from Crossing Their Land
- Chippewas Sue Canadian Supreme Court over Enbridge Pipeline
- Students Hold 2nd Day of Action Demanding "Sanctuary Campuses"
- Pentagon Says Strike Killed 2 Dozen in Syria, But Groups Say Death Toll Much Higher
- French President Hollande Will Not Run Again in Next Year's Election
- U.N.: Burma Army May Be Committing Crimes Against Humanity Against Rohingyas
- Obama Admin Challenges Ruling Blocking Extended Overtime Bill
- Cuba Continues Nine Days of Mourning for Leader Fidel Castro
Donald Trump has tapped conservative billionaire Betsy DeVos to serve as education secretary. DeVos is the former chair of the Michigan Republican Party and a longtime backer of charter schools and vouchers for private and religious schools. In response, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said, "In nominating Devos Trump makes it loud and clear that his education policy will focus on privatizing, defunding and destroying public education in America." Since 1970, the DeVos family has invested at least $200 million in various right-wing causes. DeVos’s father-in-law is the co-founder of Amway, and her brother is Erik Prince, founder of the mercenary firm Blackwater. For more, we speak to former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch, Center for Media and Democracy Executive Director Lisa Graves, and elected member of the Detroit Board of Education Tawanna Simpson.
Amnesty International is calling on the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the violent police crackdown against Native American water protectors and their allies fighting the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline at Standing Rock in North Dakota. The call comes after Amnesty sent a delegation of human rights observers to witness the crackdown, which has included police using rubber bullets, tear gas, concussion grenades, sound cannons, water cannons in subfreezing temperatures, and other military-style weapons that have injured hundreds of people. We speak to Cornel West about why he is soon heading out to Standing Rock to show solidarity.
In Charlotte, North Carolina, people took to the streets Wednesday night to protest the announcement that police officer Brentley Vinson will not face charges for fatally shooting African-American father Keith Lamont Scott. We talk to Cornel West about the Keith Lamont Scott case and the national issue of police brutality.
In the wake of Donald Trump’s election victory over Hillary Clinton, some progressives are now pushing a shake-up of the Democratic Party’s leadership in efforts to reform the party. But Cornel West says he doubts the Democratic Party can be reformed. During the Democratic primary, West endorsed Bernie Sanders. Sanders later picked him to serve on the Democratic platform committee. After Hillary Clinton won the nomination, West made headlines when he endorsed Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. For more, we speak with West about the Democratic Party and what organizing looks like in the wake of the election.
President-elect Donald Trump has announced a handful of new Cabinet picks with deep ties to Wall Street. On Tuesday, he named Steven Mnuchin to be treasury secretary. Mnuchin is a former executive for Goldman Sachs, where his father also worked. Mnuchin’s hedge fund also played a role in the housing crisis, after it scooped up the failing California bank IndyMac in 2008. Under Mnuchin’s ownership, IndyMac foreclosed on 36,000 families, particularly elderly residents trapped in reverse mortgages. Mnuchin was accused of running a "foreclosure machine." Trump has also picked billionaire private equity investor Wilbur Ross to be commerce secretary. Ross specializes in flipping bankrupt companies for profit, often buying the U.S. companies at low prices and then selling them to overseas investors. He and his companies have sometimes engaged in the very practices Donald Trump rails against: shipping jobs and factories overseas. For more on these picks, we speak with Cornel West, professor emeritus at Princeton University. During the Democratic primary he endorsed Bernie Sanders. After Hillary Clinton won the nomination, West made headlines when he endorsed Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein.
- 4 Arrested in Charlotte Protests After DA Says No Charges for Officer Who Killed Keith Lamont Scott
- Second National Day of Action for "Sanctuary Campus" Movement
- "Day of Jewish Resistance": 30 Cities Protest Trump Strategist Stephen Bannon
- Trump Heads to Indiana, Where He Claims to Have Saved 1,000 Jobs
- Nancy Pelosi Retains Position of House Democratic Leader
- Amnesty Demands Justice Dept. Probe Violent Police Crackdown at Standing Rock
- ND Approves $7M More to Police #NoDAPL & Threatens to Fine People Bringing Supplies to Camp
- Report: Obama's EPA Watered Down Key Study of Fracking and Water Contamination
- Colombian Congress Approves New Peace Deal with FARC Rebels
- Yemen: Number of Suspected Cholera Cases Increases Amid War
- Australia: Protesters Demand Gov't Close Island Refugee Camps
- Planned Parenthood Challenges Anti-Abortion Laws in AK, MO & NC
- Texas to Require Fetal Remains Be Buried or Cremated
- Nicaragua: Police Open Fire on Campesino Caravan en Route to Capital
- Bolivia: Thousands Protest Water Shortages as Some Flee to Peru in Search of Water
- Demonstrations Planned in Major Cities for World AIDS Day
"American Elections Will Be Hacked.’" That’s the title of a recent article in The New York Times by our next guest, the leading cybersecurity and privacy researcher Bruce Schneier. Schneier warns, "Our newly computerized voting systems are vulnerable to attack by both individual hackers and government-sponsored cyberwarriors. It is only a matter of time before such an attack happens." Schneier is a security technologist and fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society and author of the book "Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World."
Donald Trump also sparked controversy on Tuesday when he made two unconstitutional proposals in a single tweet, writing, "Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag–if they do, there must be consequences–perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!" The Supreme Court has ruled twice that flag burning is protected under the First Amendment. The Supreme Court has also ruled it’s unconstitutional to strip people of citizenship for most crimes, including desertion. We speak to Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig, who once clerked for Antonin Scalia.
As we continue to talk about the U.S. election system, we turn now to Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig, who sparked debate over the issue of the Electoral College with his recent op-ed published in The Washington Post titled "The Constitution lets the electoral college choose the winner. They should choose Clinton." Lessig is a Harvard Law professor who briefly ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 2015. He also is the author of "Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress—and a Plan to Stop It."
Jill Stein: Recounts are Necessary Because Electronic Voting Invites Tampering, Hacking, Human Error
Former presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein is continuing her efforts to force recounts in three states: Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan. But on Tuesday the effort faced a setback as a Wisconsin judge refused to order a statewide hand recount. Instead, the judge ruled that each of the state’s 72 county clerks can decide on their own how to carry out the recount. Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin by less than 30,000 votes out of 2.8 million cast. The result was even closer in Michigan, where Trump won by just 12,000 votes. Stein is expected to file paperwork in Michigan by today’s deadline to request a recount there. More than 130,000 people have donated more than $6.5 million Stein’s efforts—that’s nearly double how much Stein raised during her presidential effort. We speak to Jill Stein.
- Trump Picks Billionaire Steven Mnuchin, Operator of "Foreclosure Machine," for Treasury Secretary
- Trump Picks Billionaire Wilbur Ross for Commerce Secretary
- Trump Picks Elaine Chao for Transportation Secretary
- Trump Proposes Doubly Unconstitutional Punishment for Flag Burning
- Protests in 340 Cities Demand $15-an-Hour Minimum Wage
- Journalist & Activist Barrett Brown Released from Prison
- Kashmir: Independence Rebels Attack Indian Army Base, Killing 7
- Brazil: 10,000 Protest Austerity as Senate Approves Cap on Federal Spending
- Central American Mothers Search for Children Missing in Mexico
- Canada: PM Trudeau Approves 2 Major Tar Sands Pipelines
- Al Gore: Dakota Access Pipeline is an "Absolute Atrocity"
- Australia's Great Barrier Reef Has Worst Die-Off on Record
- 3 Killed by Fires in Tennessee, 3 Die in Alabama Tornado
- South Carolina: Judge Allows Dylann Roof to Represent Himself at Trial
- Arizona: Guatemalan Woman Detained at For-Profit Eloy Center Dies in ICE Custody
- Former Black Panther Sundiata Acoli Denied Parole After 40+ Years in Prison
In the wake of Donald Trump’s presidential election victory, many Sanders supporters now wonder if he would have been the stronger candidate to face Donald Trump in the general election than Hillary Clinton. Sanders is now working to rebuild the Democratic Party from inside and out. Earlier this month, he was elected to a leadership position in the Senate as the new chair of outreach for Senate Democrats. In addition, Sanders is leading the push for Congressmember Keith Ellison to become the next head of the Democratic National Committee. But would Sanders himself run in 2020? On Monday night, Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman sat down with Senator Sanders for his most extensive broadcast interview since the election at the Free Library of Philadelphia, where she asked him whether he might "feel the Bern" again in 2020.
Cuba has begun nine days of mourning following the death of revolutionary leader and former President Fidel Castro, who died Friday at the age of 90. In Havana, tens of thousands of people lined up to pay their respects to Castro, who launched the Cuban revolution to oust the U.S.-backed Cuban dictator, Fulgencio Batista, and went on to lead Cuba for nearly a half-century. On Monday night, Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman sat down with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for an interview in front of a live audience at the Free Library of Philadelphia, where he spoke about the life and legacy of the revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.
Green Party presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein has filed a lawsuit in efforts to force ballot recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. On Monday night at the Free Library in Philadelphia, Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman sat down with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders to speak about the recount effort.
In the wake of Donald Trump’s election victory, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has vowed to fight against Trump’s proposed policies to build a wall across the entire length of the U.S.-Mexico border, to reinstate a database for immigrants from majority-Muslim countries and to deport millions of undocumented immigrants. On Monday night, Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman sat down for an interview with Senator Sanders, who spoke about what it looks like to hold Trump and the Republican Party accountable.
While former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remained silent on the ongoing fight against the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline at Standing Rock in North Dakota, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has been a vocal supporter of the water protectors. As winter sets in and the water protectors continue their struggle to stop the pipeline, Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman asked Sanders about the Dakota Access pipeline struggle at a sit-down interview at the Free Library of Philadelphia on Monday night.