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Today, we go to Flint, Michigan, for a Democracy Now! special on the ongoing Flint water crisis. In 2014, an unelected emergency manager appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder switched the source of the city’s drinking water from the Detroit system, which they’d been using for half a century, to the corrosive Flint River. Soon, residents were complaining about discolored and foul-smelling water, which was plagued by a host of problems. First, the water was infested with bacteria. Then it had cancerous chemicals called trihalomethanes, or TTHMs. A deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, which is caused by a water-borne bacteria, spread throughout the city, killing 10 people. And quietly, underground, the Flint River water was corroding the city’s aging pipes, poisoning the drinking water with lead, which can cause permanent developmental delays and neurological impairment, especially in children. Since the news about the lead poisoning broke last October, a slew of Michigan public officials have been ousted, the FBI has opened an investigation, and a special counsel for the Michigan Attorney General’s Office has announced top officials, including Governor Rick Snyder, could face criminal charges, including manslaughter. Well, this past weekend, we went to Flint to learn the remarkable story of how the governor and other officials ignored residents’ complaints for a year and a half, and how the city fought back—with protests, citizen journalism, a new mayor and a massive resident testing project.
- Obama Says He Will Tap "Indisputably Qualified" Candidate for Supreme Court
- Poll Shows Sanders, Clinton Tied in Nevada Ahead of Caucus
- U.N. Says Yemen Faces "Humanitarian Catastrophe" with Over 6,000 Dead
- Cuba and U.S. Sign Deal to Restart Commercial Flights for 1st Time in 50 Years
- Utah: Author Terry Tempest Williams Buys 1,750 Acres of Oil & Gas Leases to Block Drilling
- South Dakota Could Become 1st State to Pass Anti-Transgender Bathroom Bill
- Chicago: 12 Arrested After Blocking Traffic to Protest Deportations
- Providence College Students Stage Sit-in over Racism on Campus
- Boutros Boutros-Ghali, 1st U.N. Secretary-General from Africa, Dies at 93
"Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise": First Film on Writer and Activist Chronicles an Extraordinary Life
In a Black History Month special, we remember the life and legacy of the legendary poet, playwright and civil rights activist Maya Angelou. For the first time, a documentary has chronicled her remarkable life. She was raped as a child and refused to speak for five years. She went on to become an accomplished singer and actress, then worked with Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. After King’s assassination, with encouragement by the author James Baldwin, Angelou penned "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," her first of seven autobiographies. In 1993 she recited her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at Bill Clinton’s first inauguration. She was the first poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961. We air highlights of Angelou’s work and speak to the co-producers and directors of the film, "Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise," Rita Coburn Whack and Bob Hercules, as well as Angelou’s grandson, Colin Johnson.
- More Republicans Join Vow to Block Supreme Court Justice Nominee
- 4 U.S. Journalists Released from Detention in Bahrain
- Egypt: Investigator in Italian Student's Death Previously Tied to Torture, Killing
- Bernie Sanders Protests DNC's Lifting of Ban on Lobbyist Donations
- Sanders Questioned over Reparations Stance at Minneapolis Forum
- Bill Clinton: "We are All Mixed-Race People"
- Rep. John Lewis: I Didn't Mean to "Disparage" Sanders' Civil Rights Role
- Former President George W. Bush Hits Campaign Trail for Brother Jeb
- Brazilian State Suspends Larvicide Use After Reports Point to Microcephaly Link
- Mexico: Pope Francis Asks for Forgiveness from Indigenous People in Chiapas
- U.K. to Ban Boycotts by Public Institutions in "Attack on Local Democracy"
- Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood Reopens After Deadly Attack
- Kendrick Lamar Performs in Prison Garb and Chains, Wins 5 Grammys
At Saturday’s Republican debate in Greenville, South Carolina, Donald Trump and Jeb Bush had a tense exchange over former President George W. Bush’s record in Iraq. "Obviously, the war in Iraq was a big, fat mistake," Trump said. "George Bush made a mistake. We can make mistakes. But that one was a beauty. We should have never been in Iraq. We have destabilized the Middle East." Jeb Bush responded: "I am sick and tired of him going after my family. … And while Donald Trump was building a reality TV show, my brother was building a security apparatus to keep us safe. And I’m proud of what he did."
We talk about the legacy of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the leading conservative voice on the Supreme Court for decades. "What’s not really being said as much as it should be is just how devastating his legacy is," says Kimberlé Crenshaw, law professor at UCLA and Columbia University. "Justice Scalia was a person who effectively bludgeoned the life out of the living Constitution, the Constitution that gave us desegregation, that gave us women’s rights, that gave us environmental protections and political access."
Nearly 30 years ago, Antonin Scalia was approved by the Senate in a unanimous vote. Analysts are projecting a much tougher road for the next nominee. We look at four potential nominees: California Attorney General Kamala Harris, D.C. Circuit Judge Sri Srinivasan, Ninth Circuit Judge Paul Watford and Eighth Circuit Judge Jane Kelly.
With Saturday’s death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the most important conservative voice on the Supreme Court in decades, the nation may be heading into a constitutional crisis. Senate Republicans are vowing to block President Obama from filling Scalia’s seat. His death will also have an immediate impact on how the now eight-person court will rule in several key cases on the docket this term, including abortion, contraception, unions, voting rights, affirmative action, immigration and the status of Puerto Rico.
- Antonin Scalia, Top Conservative Supreme Court Justice for 30 Years, Dies at 79
- Afghanistan: Record 11,000 Civilians Killed or Injured Last Year
- Syria: Airstrikes Hit 2 Hospitals; Saudi Arabia Sends Warplanes to Turkey
- U.N. Tally: Over 80,000 Refugees Arrive in Europe in First 6 Weeks of 2016
- Report: Saudis Using Banned, U.S.-Made Cluster Bombs in Yemen
- Bahrain: 4 U.S. Journalists Arrested Amid Protests on 5th Anniversary of Uprising
- Pope Francis Takes Aim at Drug Cartels, Corruption in Mexico Visit
- U.S., Cuba to Seal Deal Allowing Commercial Flights
- Israeli Authorities Kill 5 Palestinians, Wound 6th After Alleged Attacks
- Haitian Lawmakers Choose Former Aristide Minister as Interim President
- Haitian Democracy Activist Patrick Elie Dies at 66
Acclaimed writer Ta-Nehisi Coates made headlines this week when he said on Democracy Now! that he would be voting for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Coates had previously penned a widely read article criticizing the Vermont senator for saying he did not support reparations for slavery because it was too "divisive" an issue. But on Wednesday, Coates said he is voting for Senator Sanders anyway. After his appearance was picked up by news outlets, from CNN, MSNBC and BBC to The New York Times, Ta-Nehisi Coates published a follow-up for The Atlantic titled "Against Endorsements," writing that his "answer has been characterized, in various places, as an 'endorsement,' a characterization that I’d object to. Despite my very obvious political biases, I’ve never felt it was really my job to get people to agree with me." In Part 2 of our conversation with Coates, whose book "Between the World and Me" won the National Book Award, Coates elaborates on who he would like to see elected, and much more. "If I could have anything—you know, and this is across the board for any presidential candidate—I would have a greater acknowledgment of history in our policy and in our affairs," Coates says. He also discusses the Black Lives Matter movement, Bill Cosby and the growing number of actors and filmmakers pushing for a boycott of the Oscars after no actors of color were nominated for a second year in a row.
This week’s endorsement of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president by the Congressional Black Caucus political action committee prompted some confusion due to a lack of familiarity with the PAC. We look at the many lobbyists who comprise its board, including those who work for Purdue Pharma, the makers of highly addictive opioid OxyContin, and others who represent Philip Morris and Wal-Mart, the largest gun distributor in America. We also speak with the CBC PAC’s chair, Rep. Gregory Meeks, who notes the PAC "also includes the labor groups, labor organizations," and argues, "We in the Congressional Black Caucus have to raise money so we can elect folks. But if you look at how the Congressional Black Caucus votes, no one can say that they don’t vote in a very progressive way." Our guest Jeffrey Sachs, a leading economist, notes it is important to understand "what this endorsement meant" and adds, "Our politics has been corrupted by the money. That’s why our policies are so bizarre."
During Thursday’s Democratic debate, Bernie Sanders picked up on a point that Hillary Clinton made during last week’s face-off in New Hampshire about her admiration for former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. "She talked about getting the approval or the support or the mentoring of Henry Kissinger," Sanders said. "Now, I find it rather amazing, because I happen to believe that Henry Kissinger was one of the most destructive secretaries of state in the modern history of this country. … I am proud to say that Henry Kissinger is not my friend. I will not take advice from Henry Kissinger." Clinton responded that Sanders has failed to answer questions about whom he would have advise him on foreign policy. Sanders told her, "Well, it ain’t Henry Kissinger. That’s for sure." We get reaction from economist Jeffrey Sachs, whose recent article is headlined "Hillary is the Candidate of the War Machine," and from Congressmember Gregory Meeks, Democrat of New York and chair of the Congressional Black Caucus political action committee, which has endorsed Hillary Clinton.
Democratic presidential candidates Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faced off Thursday night in the first Democratic debate since Sanders’ decisive victory over Clinton in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary and drew sharp distinctions between each other on everything from foreign policy to how they plan to pay for the programs they’ve proposed, to campaign finance reform. Our two guests respond. Reacting to Clinton’s claim she helped negotiate a ceasefire in Syria, Jeffrey Sachs argues, "She has backed a CIA-led attempt at regime change that has led to a bloodbath there." Sachs is a leading economist and the director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, whose recent article for The Huffington Post is headlined "Hillary is the Candidate of the War Machine." He adds that, domestically, Clinton "is basically saying the status quo is just fine." But New York Congressmember Gregory Meeks, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus political action committee, which has just endorsed Hillary Clinton, says Sanders has promised change that he will be unable to deliver. "If you’re running on just a dream, and not how you can do something in reality, then I think that is misleading the American people," Meeks says.
- Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton Face Off in Milwaukee, WI
- Sanders Campaign Raises $6 Million in 24 Hours After NH Primary
- Kerry & World Leaders Meeting in Munich About Syria Conflict
- Turkey: Offices of Two Pro-Government Newspapers Firebombed
- Pentagon: U.S. Carries Out 20 Strikes on ISIL in Afghanistan in 3 Weeks
- NYPD Officer Liang Guilty of Manslaughter in Death of Akai Gurley
- NYPD Tracked Civilian Cellphones Without Warrant 1,000 Times
- More People Worldwide Will Own Cellphones Than Have Running Water by 2020
- Oregon: Armed Occupation of Malheur Refuge Ends in Surrender
- Democrats Introduce Keep It in the Ground Act into House
- Morgan Stanley to Pay $3.2 Billion to Settle Allegation of Fraud
- Flint: Emails Suggest Snyder Withheld Lead Test Results for 6 Days
- Protesters to Australia Gov't over Asylum Seekers' Relocation: #LetThemStay
- Chicago: DACA Mother Reunited with Family After Deportation
The Department of Justice said Wednesday that it would sue the city of Ferguson, Missouri, to force the city to adopt police reforms negotiated with the federal government. This comes a day after the Ferguson City Council voted to change a proposed consent decree to reform the police and courts. The agreement was negotiated between city officials and the Department of Justice. Ferguson city officials said it would cost too much to implement. A Justice Department probe following the August 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown found police and courts in Ferguson routinely engaged in a pattern and practice of discrimination against African Americans. We speak to Jeffrey Mittman, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri.
With Bernie Sanders’ double-digit victory over Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary and near tie with her in last week’s Iowa caucuses, it would seem that the race for the Democratic nomination would be neck and neck. But that is not the case. In New Hampshire, Sanders trounced Clinton 60 to 38 percent—but they split the delegates evenly thanks to unelected superdelegates siding with the former secretary of state. Overall, Clinton sits far ahead of Sanders when you factor in these superdelegates—the congressmen, senators, governors and other elected officials who often represent the Democratic Party elite. We speak to Duke professor David Rohde and Matt Karp, assistant professor of history at Princeton University and contributing editor at JacobinMag.com.
After the New Hampshire vote, the focus of the Democratic race has largely become South Carolina. Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are making concerted efforts to win the state’s African-American vote. The Congressional Black Caucus PAC is expected to endorse Clinton today. Meanwhile, on Wednesday Sanders met with the Rev. Al Sharpton in Harlem and received an unexpected boost when acclaimed writer Ta-Nehisi Coates announced on Democracy Now! that he would vote for the Vermont senator. We talk to Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) about why she has not yet endorsed either candidate. She also points out today’s Clinton endorsement is coming from the Congressional Black Caucus political action committee, not the Congressional Black Caucus.
A year ago today, President Obama sought congressional approval to attack the self-proclaimed Islamic State. The request came six months after the U.S. began bombing Iraq and Syria. The resolution imposed a three-year limit on U.S. operations but did not put any geographic constraints. It also opened the door for ground combat operations in limited circumstances. However, Congress has yet to hold the constitutionally mandated debate and vote on the war against ISIL. Instead, the strikes have been carried out using an outdated authorization passed by Congress in 2001 in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Now, over 20 members of Congress have sent a bipartisan letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan calling for a debate and vote on the multibillion-dollar war raging in the Middle East. We speak to one of the signatories, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA). She’s the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Peace and Security Task Force and the former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.
- Justice Dept. Sues Ferguson to Force Criminal Justice Reform
- Cleveland Bills Family of Tamir Rice $500 for His Ambulance Ride
- Federal Grand Jury Examines Death of Eric Garner
- Oregon: FBI Agents Encircle Remaining Occupying Militia Members
- Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie Drop Out of 2016 Presidential Race
- Sanders and Clinton to Face Off in Wisconsin Debate Tonight
- 30,000 Stranded at Syria-Turkey Border as Aleppo Under Assault
- 11.5% of Syrians Killed or Injured Since 2011
- Two Yemeni Journalists and Three Children Killed in Saudi Airstrikes
- Nigeria: 58 Killed in Suicide Bomb Attacks in Dikwa Refugee Camp
- London: Thousands of Taxi Drivers Stall Traffic in Uber Protest
- Mexico: Dozens Dead in Clash, Fire at Monterrey Prison
- Mexican Journalist Survives Attack, 1 Day After Another Journalist Found Dead