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Bernie Sanders and his supporters have launched a new political organization called Our Revolution. It seeks to support the next generation of progressive leaders, empower millions to fight for progressive change and elevate the nation’s overall political consciousness. More than 2,600 watch parties were held across the country last night to witness Sanders launch the new organization. But reports have emerged of political tumult within Bernie Sanders’s own team. Over the weekend, eight key staffers abruptly resigned in a dispute over the group’s leadership and legal structure. For more, we speak with Larry Cohen, incoming board chair of Our Revolution, and with Claire Sandberg, former digital organizing director for Bernie Sanders’s campaign, who resigned as the organizing director for Our Revolution.
According to a new report in The Wall Street Journal, if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency, the Clinton Foundation will stop accepting corporate and foreign donations—although an exception may be made for the Clinton Health Access Initiative. The Journal also reports that former President Bill Clinton will leave the board, but that Chelsea Clinton plans to stay on it. But some have called for the Clinton Foundation to be shut down entirely if Clinton wins. For more, we speak to David Sirota, the senior editor for investigations at the International Business Times. His most recent article is titled "Was There 'Pay to Play' at the Clinton Foundation?" We also speak with Paul Glastris, editor-in-chief of the Washington Monthly. He was President Bill Clinton’s chief speechwriter from 1998 to 2001.
Weapons, Pipelines & Wall St: Did Clinton Foundation Donations Impact Clinton State Dept. Decisions?
New questions have arisen this week over Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. On Tuesday, the Associated Press published a new investigation revealing that while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state, more than half of the private citizens she met with had donated to the Clinton Foundation. The AP investigation comes after a three-year battle to gain access to State Department calendars. The analysis shows that at least 85 of 154 people Hillary Clinton had scheduled phone or in-person meetings with were foundation donors. This does not include meetings Clinton held with U.S. or foreign government workers or representatives, only private citizens. We speak to David Sirota of the International Business Times and Paul Glastris, editor-in-chief of the Washington Monthly. He was President Bill Clinton’s chief speechwriter from 1998 to 2001.
- Italy: Death Toll from Earthquake Rises to 247
- Afghanistan: 13 Killed in Attack on American University in Kabul
- Colombian Government & FARC Rebels Sign Peace Accords
- Clinton Slams AP Article About Her Meeting with Foundation Donors
- British Brexit Leader Campaigns with Trump in Mississippi
- Trump Appears to Question His Mass Deportation Plan
- Biden Visits Ankara Amid U.S.-Backed Turkish Offensive into Syria
- Report: Assad & ISIS Have Carried Out Chemical Weapons Attacks
- Report: Baltimore Police Are Secretly Surveilling City from Above
- Report: NYPD Broke Rules in Muslim Spying After 9/11
- Kashmir: Indian Troops Open Fire on Protesters, Killing 1
- Ethiopian Silver Medalist Who Staged Olympic Protest Fears Returning Home
- With Baton Rouge Still Underwater, Gov't Auctions Off Gulf Oil Leases
- Hundreds Rally in D.C. as Judge Delays Ruling in Dakota Access Suit
- Scientists Discover New Planet That Could Be Home to Life
- "Cocks Not Glocks": Students at UT Austin Protest Campus Carry Law
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.