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On Tuesday night, vice-presidential candidates Virginia Senator Tim Kaine and Indiana Governor Mike Pence sparred over the economy, foreign policy and healthcare during the only vice-presidential debate. Democracy Now! hosted a roundtable of guests, including Columbia University law professor Katherine Franke, who directs the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law. She spoke about Governor Mike Pence’s record on one of the most contentious campaign issues this year: reproductive rights and the religious views of Pence and Kaine.
Vice-presidential candidates Virginia Senator Tim Kaine and Indiana Governor Mike Pence squared off Tuesday night in the only vice-presidential debate, where they discussed everything from Donald Trump’s tax history to their running mates’ foreign policy platforms. Democracy Now! expanded the debate by giving Green Party vice-presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka a chance to respond to the same questions posed to Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence. After the debate, Democracy Now! hosted a roundtable of guests, including prize-winning investigative journalist Allan Nairn, who gave his response to the three candidates’ answers.
Vice-presidential candidates Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Tim Kaine faced off in Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, Tuesday night in their first and only debate before next month’s election. Third-party vice-presidential candidates, including Libertarian William Weld and the Green Party’s Ajamu Baraka, were excluded from the debate stage under stringent rules set by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which is controlled by the Democratic and Republican parties. On Tuesday night, Democracy Now! aired a special "Expanding the Debate" broadcast, where we gave major third-party candidates a chance to respond to the same questions in real time as the major candidates. The Green Party’s Ajamu Baraka joined us live from Richmond, Virginia. Baraka is a longtime human rights activist and the founding executive director of the U.S. Human Rights Network and coordinator of the U.S.-based Black Left Unity Network’s Committee on International Affairs.
- 11 Feared Dead in Caribbean as Hurricane Matthew Hurtles Toward U.S.
- South Korea: Typhoon Chaba Kills 5, Now Heading Toward Japan
- Vice-Presidential Nominees Tim Kaine & Mike Pence Squared Off in Debate
- Fight Breaks Out Between Trump Supporter and Protester at AZ Rally
- Indiana: Police Raid Voter Registration Office
- Bill Clinton: Obamacare is "The Craziest Thing in the World"
- Report: Yahoo Secretly Scanned Emails of All Users for NSA & FBI
- DOJ Subpoenaed & Imposed Gag Order Against Signal Maker
- Charlotte: Police Release Full Body Cam Video of Keith Lamont Scott Killing
- New York City: Not a Single NYPD Cop Is Wearing a Body Camera
- Poland: Up to 6 Million Women Protest Proposed Abortion Ban
- Mexico: 2 Students from Ayotzinapa Teachers College Killed by Gunmen
- Mexico: Women Raped by Mexican Police Bring Case to Int'l Court
- Minnesota: Thousands of Nurses Continue Strike into Second Month
Donald Trump has threatened to sue The New York Times for publishing leaked pages from his tax returns, and the paper’s executive editor, Dean Baquet, said he would do so even if it meant risking jail time. We speak with two investigative journalists who report on Trump’s taxes and describe his legal threats in letters and phone calls, and their reaction. "Mr. Trump, especially given the positions he’s staked out ... would represent a really significant threat to the tradition of an independent free press in the United States," says David Barstow of The New York Times. "I think Donald Trump represents a clear and present danger to the liberties of the people, to the idea of the First Amendment," agrees David Cay Johnston, now a columnist for The Daily Beast.
With just over a month until Election Day, The New York Times has dropped a bombshell report that suggests Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump may have avoided paying any federal income taxes for 18 years. Trump’s campaign has not challenged the authenticity of the leaked tax documents used in the story. We get the details from three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Barstow, who led the Times’ investigation, and David Cay Johnston, another Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and author of the new biography, "The Making of Donald Trump."
- NY Attorney General Orders Trump Charity to Stop Fundraising
- NYT: Trump Organization Nearly Collapsed in 1980s
- Vice-Presidential Nominees to Square Off Tonight in Debate
- NH Sen. Kelly Ayotte "Misspoke" in Referring to Trump as Role Model
- Hurricane Matthew Could Wreak "Catastrophic" Damage in Haiti
- United States Cuts Off Syria Ceasefire Talks with Russia
- Turkish President Erdogan Moves to Extend State of Emergency
- WashPo Reporter Jason Rezaian Sues Iranian Gov't over Imprisonment
- MSF Marks First Anniversary of Deadly Kunduz Hospital Bombing
- EU Reaches Agreement with Afghan Gov't to Deport Afghan Refugees
- California: Dash Cam Video Shows Cops Plotting to Run Over Man
- Los Angeles: Protests After Two Fatal Police Shootings
- Illinois Suspends $30 Billion in Investments with Wells Fargo
- #NoDAPL: Land Defenders Disrupt Gubernatorial Debate, Shut Down 5 Construction Sites
- Ireri Unzueta Carrasco Wins DACA Renewal, After DHS Denied Her over Activism
- Folk Singer and Radio Host Oscar Brand Dies at 96
Close to 100 scientists have signed onto a letter decrying inadequate environmental and cultural impact assessments for the Dakota Access pipeline, calling for a halt to construction until such tests have been carried out. The $3.8 billion pipeline has faced months of resistance from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and members of more than 200 tribes from across the U.S., Latin America and Canada. We speak with Lisa Graves, executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy, on the connection between oil and gas companies and the Republican Attorneys General Association. "What we have disclosed through our open records request and other investigations is the incredible role of oil companies ... in basically getting influence with these attorneys general," says Graves.
Part of Ava DuVernay’s new documentary "13th" looks at how ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, has played a central role in the expansion of the U.S. prison system. ALEC has worked with states to write legislation promoting the privatization of prisons in addition to pushing for harsher, longer sentences. We speak to Lisa Graves, executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy.
Ava DuVernay’s new documentary chronicles how our justice system has been driven by racism from the days of slavery to today’s era of mass incarceration. The film, "13th," is named for the constitutional amendment that abolished slavery with the exception of punishment for crime. The United States accounts for 5 percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of its prisoners. In 2014, more than 2 million people were incarcerated in the United States—of those, 40 percent were African-American men. According to the Sentencing Project, African-American males born today have a one-in-three chance of going to prison in their lifetimes if incarceration trends continue. We speak to Ava DuVernay. Her previous work includes the hit 2014 film "Selma." With "Selma," DuVernay became the first African-American female director to have a film nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
Colombians Reject Peace Deal in Stunning Referendum, Advocates Cite Climate of "Intimidation & Fear"
In Colombia, voters have rejected a peace agreement between the government and the nation’s largest rebel group in a shocking turn of events that threatens to prolong the nation’s 52-year-old civil war. By a razor-thin vote of 50.2 to 49.8 percent, Colombians rejected the peace deal hammered out with the FARC guerrilla movement and signed just days ago by President Juan Manuel Santos. It was a stunning upset for a referendum that was expected to pass overwhelmingly. We speak to Mario Murillo, a longtime Colombian activist and author of "Colombia and the United States: War, Unrest, and Destabilization."
- Colombian Voters Narrowly Reject FARC Peace Deal in Stunning Upset
- Trump May Have Paid No Taxes for 18 Years, 1995 Tax Returns Show
- Trump Lashes Out at Former Miss Universe with False Sex Tape Charge
- Reporter Says Trump Used C-Word Slur in 1980s After Critical Story
- Clinton Tape: Sanders Supporters "Living in Their Parents' Basement"
- Hurricane Matthew Threatens Haiti, Forces Guantánamo Evacuation
- Syria: Hospital Struck in Aleppo as U.N. Chief Decries "War Crimes"
- Ethiopia: 52 Die as Police Crackdown on Protest Spawns Stampede
- France: Police Fire Tear Gas, Water Cannons at Refugee Camp Protests
- Hungary Referendum on Migrant Quotas Falls Short Amid Low Turnout
- Texas Withdraws from Federal Refugee Resettlement Program
- El Cajon, CA: Videos Released Showing Police Killing of Alfred Olango
- Charlotte Police to Release All Video of Keith Lamont Scott Killing
- New York: Man Who Filmed Eric Garner’s Choking Death by NYPD to Report for Prison Term
- Alabama Chief Justice Suspended After Resisting Same-Sex Marriages
- Report: Pentagon Paid PR Firm for Phony al-Qaeda Videos in Iraq
Report: Donald Trump Violated US Embargo on Cuba in 1990s Even as He Called Castro a Brutal Dictator
A new investigation reveals Donald Trump’s businesses violated the U.S. embargo on Cuba and secretly did business there in the late 1990s and then tried to cover it up. The investigation draws on internal company documents showing Trump’s company, then called Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts, spent at least $68,000 in Cuba during a secret business trip to Havana. At the time, it was illegal under U.S. law to spend any corporate money in Cuba. We speak with Newsweek senior writer Kurt Eichenwald, who broke the story, headlined "Donald Trump’s Castro Connection."
"Finally, we have an example of the U.S. Congress putting U.S. citizens above the relationship with the Saudi government," says CodePink’s Medea Benjamin in response to the vote by Congress to allow Americans to sue Saudi Arabia over the 9/11 attacks, overriding President Obama’s veto of the bill. The legislation would allow courts to waive claim of foreign sovereign immunity after an act of terrorism occurs within U.S. borders. "If innocent families [of drone attacks] were able to take the U.S. to court instead of seeing joining ISIS or al-Qaeda as their only resort, that would be a very positive thing." Benjamin is author of the book "Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection."
We speak with 350.org’s Bill McKibben about how the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and members of hundreds of other tribes from across the U.S., Canada and Latin America have resisted construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, even as police carrying assault rifles responded to them with armored vehicles, tear gas and helicopters. "We cannot pump more oil," McKibben says. "Frontline communities, and particularly indigenous people, have been in the forefront of this climate fight." He also discusses Hillary Clinton’s failure to take a stance on the project and how some unions have supported the resistance.
"We are under attack from climate change—and our only hope is to mobilize like we did in WWII," says Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org, in an extended interview in our New York studio. "It’s not that we need to go to war with climate change, it’s that we are under siege." This comes as 2016 is on track to be the hottest year ever on record and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has said if he is elected, he will weaken the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, abolish President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, promote fossil fuel exploration and recruit oil and gas executives to lead his Cabinet.
- U.N. Calls Aleppo a "Humanitarian Catastrophe" as Ceasefire Talks Fail
- India Evacuates Thousands After Strikes Kill Pakistani Soldiers in Kashmir
- Israel: World Leaders Attend Funeral of Former PM Shimon Peres
- New Jersey: Hoboken Train Crash Kills One and Injures Over 100
- Climate Scientists: Earth on Track for 2°C Temperature Rise by 2050
- Earth’s Atmosphere Passes 400 Parts Per Million of Carbon Dioxide
- ExxonMobil Lawsuit Cites Decades-Long Cover-Up of Climate Change
- El Cajon, CA: Family of Unarmed Ugandan Refugee Killed by Police Calls for Protests, Video Release
- New York: Undercover Officers Spied on Black Lives Matter Activists
- Wells Fargo CEO Grilled at House Hearing over Fake Account Scandal
- USA Today Editorial Board: Donald Trump Unfit For Presidency
- Hillary Clinton: Donald Trump Apparently Broke Cuban Embargo
- Philippines' Duterte Likens Himself to Hitler, "Happy to Slaughter" Millions of Drug Addicts
The Obama administration is threatening to cut off diplomatic talks with Russia on Syria in the wake of a devastating bombing campaign by the Syrian government and Russia in the city of Aleppo. On Wednesday, the two largest hospitals in East Aleppo were forced to close after being hit by airstrikes. The Russian-backed bombing of Aleppo intensified after a ceasefire collapsed 10 days ago. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that the situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo has become worse than a slaughterhouse. We speak to Syrian activist Osama Nassar in East Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, and Yasser Munif, a Syrian scholar at Emerson College who specializes in grassroots movements in Syria.
The shooting of Alfred Olango in El Cajon, California, is just the most recent in a string of police shootings of primarily men of color with mental illness or disability. Just last week, police in Charlotte, North Carolina, shot and killed Keith Scott, a 43-year-old father of seven who reportedly had suffered a traumatic brain injury during a motorcycle accident in 2015. In July, a police officer in North Miami contends he mistakenly shot an African-American behavioral therapist, Charles Kinsey, when he was aiming for Arnaldo Rios Soto, a 26-year-old autistic man. We speak to John Snook, executive director of the Treatment Advocacy Center. He is co-author of a recent study that found people with mental illness are 16 times more likely to be killed during a police encounter than other civilians.