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While polls show Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are among the least popular major-party candidates to ever run for the White House, it appears no third-party candidates will be invited to take part in the first presidential debate next month. The debates are organized by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which is controlled by the Democratic and Republican parties. Under the commission’s rules, candidates will only be invited if they are polling at 15 percent in five national surveys. Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein have both witnessed recent surges in support, but neither have crossed the 15 percent threshold. More than 12,000 people have signed a petition organized by RootsAction calling for a four-way presidential debate. We speak to Green Party presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein. Four years ago she was arrested outside a presidential debate protesting her exclusion from the event.
- Louisiana Floods Worst U.S. Disaster Since Hurricane Sandy
- Aetna to Leave Public Healthcare Exchanges After DOJ Blocks Merger
- Clinton Takes Aim at Trump for Refusing to Pay Employees
- Lawmakers Begin Reviewing Clinton Emails
- Ring-Wing Media Influencer Steve Bannon Now Heads Trump Campaign
- NYT, Guardian Editorial Boards Call for End to Support for Saudis in Yemen
- U.N. Admits Role in Causing Haiti Cholera Outbreak That Killed 9,000
- U.N. to Investigate Claim Peacekeepers Failed to Stop Attacks on Civilians
- At Least Five Police Officers Killed in Bombings in Eastern Turkey
- Australia to Close Manus Offshore Detention Facility for Asylum Seekers
- Illinois Governor Signs Domestic Workers Bill of Rights
- Hate Crime Charges Possible for Oklahoma Man Who Killed Arab Neighbor
- UC Berkeley Chancellor Leaves Amid Criticisms over Handling of Harassment Cases
- Brazil Police Question U.S. Swimmers After Doubt Cast on Robbery Claim
In New Jersey, lawmakers have recently introduced legislation that would require the state’s attorney general to review every death at the hands of law enforcement. One of the key backers of the New Jersey legislation has been Larry Hamm, chair of the People’s Organization for Progress in New Jersey. We recently spoke to Hamm and actor Danny Glover in Philadelphia at the Democratic National Convention.
Hillary Clinton has announced former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar as the head of her transition team. Salazar is a former U.S. senator from Colorado who now works at WilmerHale, one of the most influential lobbying firms in Washington. Some groups have criticized Salazar’s selection due to his vocal support of fracking, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Keystone XL pipeline. In addition to Ken Salazar, other leaders of the transition team include former Obama National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, Center for American Progress head Neera Tanden, former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and Maggie Williams, the director of Harvard’s Institute of Politics. For more, we speak with David Sirota, senior editor for investigations at the International Business Times.
In the latest escalation of the war in Syria, Russia has begun launching airstrikes from an Iranian air base. The New York Times reports this marks the first time since World War II that a foreign military has operated from a base on Iranian soil. The move comes as fighting has intensified around Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. Earlier this month, rebels fighting the Syrian government began a new offensive to break an ongoing government-backed siege of the city. The rebels have been led in part by an offshoot of the Nusra Front, which up until last month had been aligned with al-Qaeda. The International Committee of the Red Cross has described the fight for Aleppo as "beyond doubt one of the most devastating urban conflicts in modern times." The United Nations is warning of a dire humanitarian crisis as millions are left without water or electricity. For more on the humanitarian and medical crisis in Syria, we speak with Dr. Zaher Sahloul, founder of the American Relief Coalition for Syria and senior adviser and former president of the Syrian American Medical Society. He has visited Aleppo five times since the war began.
- Syria: Russia Strikes from Airfield in Iran as Aleppo Fighting Intensifies
- Clinton Transition Team to Be Led by Pro-Fracking Fmr. Obama Aide
- Trump Shakes Up Campaign Staff for Second Time in as Many Months
- Ousted Fox CEO Roger Ailes Advising Trump on Presidential Debates
- Trump to Receive First Top-Secret Intelligence Briefing Today
- NJ Forgave Millions in Trump Casino Taxes After Christie's Election
- Trump Calls for More Police in Wisconsin, Following Uprising
- NYC to Pay $4 Million over Police Killing of Akai Gurley
- 11 Dead in Louisiana Amid Historic Flooding
- More Than 80,000 Evacuated as Fires Destroy Homes Near Los Angeles
- Report: Most Cities Will Be Too Hot for Summer Olympics by 2084
- Yemen: U.S.-Backed Strike Kills 9 Civilians
- Mothers Enter 2nd Week of Hunger Strike at PA Detention Center
As the Olympics continue in Rio de Janeiro, we return to our conversation with sportswriter Jesse Washington of the site The Undefeated and Anthony Ervin, who just became the oldest-ever individual Olympic swimming gold medalist. Ervin is also the author of the new book, "Chasing Water: Elegy of an Olympian."
On Monday, while Trump was speaking in Youngstown, Ohio, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden held a rally in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Scranton is Biden’s hometown. During her speech, Hillary Clinton slammed Trump’s foreign policy positions on Syria and fighting ISIS. But what about her own positions? For more, we speak with Phyllis Bennis, author of "Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror." We also speak with co-founder of the Muslim Democratic Club of New York Linda Sarsour.
Matt Taibbi on Trump's Position on NATO, Russia & his Campaign Head's $13 Million Scandal in Ukraine
During Donald Trump’s speech in Youngstown, Ohio, on Monday, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump reversed his earlier threats to defy NATO treaties, and instead said he would work closely with the alliance to defeat ISIS. For more, we speak with award-winning journalist Matt Taibbi and author Phyllis Bennis.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump invoked the Cold War as he pledged to wage war against what he described as the "ideology of radical Islam" during a speech in Youngstown, Ohio, on Monday. Trump also vowed to institute "extreme vetting" of visa applicants. He also said he’d create a commission on radical Islam, keep Guantánamo Bay open and stop trying people accused of terrorism in civilian courts. For more, we speak with Matt Taibbi, award-winning journalist with Rolling Stone magazine. We also speak with Phyllis Bennis, author of "Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror." And we speak with Linda Sarsour, director of the first Muslim online organizing platform, MPower Change, and co-founder of the Muslim Democratic Club of New York.
- Trump Vows "Extreme" Ideological Test for New Immigrants
- Giuliani Claims No Terrorist Attacks Occurred in Years Before Obama
- VP Joe Biden: "Trump Is Already Making Our Country Less Safe"
- After Uprising, Milwaukee Imposes Curfew for Teenagers
- Louisiana: Death Toll Rises to 7 Amid Historic Flooding
- Pentagon Releases 15 Prisoners from Guantánamo Bay
- Yemen: U.S.-Backed Airstrike Destroys Hospital, Killing 15
- Indian Security Forces Kill 5 Protesters in Kashmir
- Turkey: 7 Killed in Car Bomb Attack on Police Station
- Nigeria: Families Demand Rescue of Chibok Schoolgirls
- Health Officials: Number of 9/11-Linked Cancer Diagnoses Triples
- New York City: Hundreds Mourn Killing of Imam and His Assistant
- NC Officials Ask SCOTUS to Reinstate Discriminatory Voter ID Laws
- Gays Against Guns Protest BlackRock for Investing in Firearms
Ibtihaj Muhammad, who is an African-American Muslim woman, has became the first U.S. athlete to compete at the Olympic Games wearing a hijab. She won a bronze medal Saturday in the women’s team saber fencing. "I remember being a kid and being told that there were things I couldn’t do, you know, whether that be because I was a girl or because I was African-American or because I was Muslim," said Muhammad. "So, to be able to stand on top of that podium and represent our country, and to show, you know, girls out there, to show our youth out there, that they can accomplish anything." We speak to Jesse Washington, senior writer for The Undefeated.
While Michael Phelps dominated the Olympic headlines over the weekend by scoring a historic 23rd gold medal, another American male swimmer has also made history in Rio. Thirty-five-year-old Anthony Ervin became the oldest-ever individual Olympic swimming gold medalist when he won two gold medals for the men’s 50-meter freestyle and the men’s four-by-100-meter freestyle relay. For more, we go to Rio to speak with Ervin, who is also the author of the recent book titled "Chasing Water: Elegy of an Olympian."
The Olympics continue in Rio de Janeiro, where Stanford swimmer Simone Manuel has made history, becoming the first African-American female swimmer to win an Olympic medal in an individual event. After winning, Manuel said, "It means a lot, especially with what is going on in the world today, some of the issues of police brutality. This win hopefully brings hope and change to some of the issues that are going on." Manuel’s win was only one of a number of historic Olympic victories for African-American female athletes over the last week. African-American gymnast Simone Biles scored her third gold medal when she became the first American woman to win the Olympic vault individual. And Michelle Carter became the first American woman to win a gold medal in shot put. For more, we speak with Jesse Washington, a senior writer for The Undefeated. He’s covering the Olympics from Rio.
Protests are continuing in Milwaukee two days after police shot dead a 23-year-old African-American man named Sylville Smith. On Sunday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker activated the National Guard after local residents set fire to police cars and several local businesses, including a gas station, on Saturday night. Seventeen people were arrested. Four police officers were reportedly injured. Milwaukee police say Smith was shot while trying to flee from an officer who had stopped his car. Police Chief Edward Flynn said he had viewed video from the officer’s body camera, and it showed Smith had turned toward him with a gun in his hand after the traffic stop. Many local residents said the tension between their community and the police has been rising for years. Milwaukee is considered to be one of the most segregated cities in the country. We speak with Muhibb Dyer, community activist, poet and co-founder of the organization Flood the Hood with Dreams.
- Uprisings in Milwaukee After Police Kill African-American Man
- Baltimore: 12 Arrested Protesting Fraternal Order of Police Conference
- Clintons Earned $10.6 Million in 2015, According to Tax Returns
- "Zero Dollars": Experts Say Donald Trump May Pay No Income Taxes
- WSJ Calls on Republican Party to "Write Off" Trump by Labor Day
- NYT: Associates Say Trump is Exhausted, Bewildered, Sullen & Erratic
- Ukraine: Ledger Shows $12 Million in Cash for Trump Campaign Chief
- Simone Manuel, Michael Phelps & Monica Puig Make Olympic History
- U.S. Declares Public Health Emergency in Puerto Rico over Zika
- NYC: Community Decries "Assassination" of Revered Imam
- Chicago: Muslim Mother & Daughter Assaulted, Blame Trump for Attack
- Yemen: U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Airstrikes Kill 19, Mostly Children
- Report: Hundreds Killed in Syria Amid Heavy Fighting in Aleppo
- Louisiana: 5 Dead; 20,000 Rescued in Historic Flooding
- California: 1,000 Evacuated from Fast-Moving Wildfire
- Ohio: Transgender Woman Rae'Lynn Thomas Murdered
As conflicts from Iraq to Syria have forced a record 60 million people around the world to flee their homes and become refugees, we speak with Scott Anderson about his in-depth new report, "Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart." Occupying the entire print edition of this week’s New York Times Magazine, it examines what has happened in the region in the past 13 years since the the U.S. invaded Iraq through the eyes of six characters in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan. Anderson is also author of the book, "Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East."
As Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump claims Barack Obama and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton founded the Islamic State by creating a power vacuum when it withdrew from Iraq, journalist Scott Anderson responds with a history lesson about developments in the Middle East since President Bush invaded the country in 2003. "In fact, it was the Bush administration that negotiated the withdrawal of American troops," Anderson says, adding that Trump himself called for the U.S. to leave Iraq as early as 2007.
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter James Grimaldi of The Wall Street Journal, who has covered the Clinton Foundation for years, looks at the relationship between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department during Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state, and what it would be if she became president. Newly released State Department emails include exchanges between top members of the Clinton Foundation and Clinton’s top State Department advisers, including Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills. The FBI reportedly wanted to investigate the Clinton Foundation earlier this year, but U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch pushed back.
- Bomb Blasts Hits Thailand as Nation Moves to Military Rule
- Press Outlets Seek Unsealing of Trump Divorce Records
- Top Trump Aide in NC Accused of Pulling Gun on Staffers
- Clinton: Don't Believe Trump is on Side of "Little Guy"
- Court Strikes Down North Carolina's "Racially Gerrymandered" Districts
- FEC Member Proposes Ban on Foreign Campaign Donations
- DEA Keeps Marijuana as Schedule I Drug Along with Heroin
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- Florida Officer Who Shot Librarian in Training Session Once Let His Police Dog Maul Biker
- 14 Arrested as Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Protest N. Dakota Pipeline
- Ecuador to Allow Swedish Prosecutors to Interview Julian Assange at Embassy
- Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo Hold 2,000th March in Argentina
- India's King of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, Stopped for Third Time Entering U.S.
- Protesters Wearing Trump Masks Run Next to Sen. Ayotte During 5K Race