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On June 30, President Obama signed into law the PROMESA bill, which will establish a federally appointed control board with sweeping powers to run Puerto Rico’s economy. While the legislation’s supporters say the bill will help the island cope with its debt crisis by allowing an orderly restructuring of its $72 billion in bond debt, critics say it is a reversion to old-style colonialism that removes democratic control from the people of Puerto Rico. But does Puerto Rico really owe $72 billion in bond debt—and to whom? A stunning new report by ReFund America Project reveals nearly half the debt owed by Puerto Rico is not actually money that the island borrowed, but instead interest owed to investors on bonds underwritten by Wall Street firms including Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley. While the Puerto Rican people are facing massive austerity cuts, bondholders are set to make mind-boggling profits in what has been compared to a payday lending scheme. For more, we speak in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with Carlos Gallisá, an attorney, politician and independence movement leader. And in New York, we speak with Saqib Bhatti, director of the ReFund America Project and a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. He is co-author of the new report, "Puerto Rico’s Payday Loans."
More than 84 people are dead in Nice, France, after an attack on a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day in the city in the French Riviera. Witnesses said a man in a large truck deliberately drove into a massive crowd watching a fireworks celebration. The truck continued driving a mile, mowing down people in the crowd. No group has taken responsibility for the attack. French media have identified the driver of the truck as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a French man of Tunisian descent who lived in Nice. Earlier today, French President François Hollande announced he would extend the state of emergency put in place after the Paris attacks which killed 130 people eight months ago. We go to France to speak with Palestinian-American playwright Ismail Khalidi in Nice and French human rights and civil liberties activist Yasser Louati in Paris.
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- U.S. Presidential Hopefuls on France Attack: "We are at War"
- Trump VP Pick Mike Pence Fought Against LGBT & Reproductive Rights
- Case Western Students Protest School's Decision to House Cops During RNC
- Oxfam Calls for End to U.S. Embargo in Cuba
- Iraqi Demonstrators Return to the Streets to Call for Ending Corruption
- LGBT Rights Group Puts Up Billboard Near RNC Showing Cruz Kissing Trump
With the national political conventions beginning next week, protests against police brutality continue to sweep across the country in the wake of the fatal police shootings of African Americans Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Racial justice has been one of the core issues of the 2016 presidential election cycle. With the Democratic and Republican parties decided on their nominees—former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and real estate mogul Donald Trump—many are asking: Which will most push for racial justice? The answer, at least to Princeton professor Eddie Glaude, is neither of them. We speak with Eddie Glaude, chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University, and his son, Langston, who is an undergraduate at Brown University. Eddie Glaude said, "Those of us who are not in the battleground states, those of us who are in blue states or red states, we should just leave the ballot blank."
After the fatal police shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, Princeton professor Eddie Glaude sat down and wrote a letter to his son. It began: "Dear Langston, I thought of you when I saw the son of Alton Sterling weeping at a press conference. It was the latest of a string of haunting public rituals of grief. The police had killed another black person. His cries made me think of you." His son later wrote back, and the two went on to publish their exchange publicly in Time magazine. We speak with both father and son: Princeton professor Eddie Glaude and Langston Glaude, a Brown University undergraduate student.
Protests against police brutality continue in the aftermath of the police killings of two African-American men, Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota. We look at how people who record police violence have themselves been targeted, harassed, arrested and even imprisoned. In Baton Rouge, store owner Abdullah Muflahi was detained after he recorded Sterling’s death on his phone. Meanwhile, an Air Force veteran in Atlanta named Chris LeDay was arrested and held for 26 hours after he posted video of Sterling’s death. We speak to former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper.
A Facebook Live video has gone viral of a black female police officer speaking out against police violence. "If you’re afraid to go and talk to an African-American female or a male, or a Mexican male or female, because they’re not white like you, take the uniform off!" said Nakia Jones of Warrensville Heights, Ohio. "You have no business being a police officer, because there’s many of us that will give our life for anybody, and we took this oath, and we meant it! If you are that officer that’s prejudiced, take the uniform off and put the KKK hoodie on, because I will not stand for that!" We air the video and get response from former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper.
On Wednesday, President Obama met at the White House with law enforcement officials and civil rights leaders. President Obama hosted the meeting one week after the fatal police shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, and the killing of five police officers by a sniper in Dallas. While the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile made national headlines, they were not isolated incidents. According to a count by The Guardian, at least 37 people have been killed by police in the United States so far this month. That’s more than the total number of people killed by police in Britain since the year 2000. Overall, police in the United States have killed a total of 585 people so far this year. We speak to former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper, author of the new book "To Protect and to Serve: How to Fix America’s Police."
- Obama Hosts Meeting of Civil Rights & Law Enforcement Leaders
- Fresno PD Releases Video of Fatal Shooting of Unarmed Man
- Philando Castile Family to Sue over Fatal Police Shooting
- NBA Star LeBron James Calls on Athletes to Condemn Police Violence
- Cleveland Opening Up Extra Courts and Jail Space Ahead of RNC
- ACLU Sues Baton Rouge Police After Mass Arrests During Protests
- Newspaper Questions Baton Rouge Police Account of "Threat to Kill Police"
- U.S. Army Reviewing Honorable Discharge of Dallas Sniper Micah Johnson
- U.K.: One of Brexit's Biggest Backers, Boris Johnson, Named Foreign Secretary
- Detroit: Artists Fight Felonies for Painting "Free the Water" on Tower
- Yale Drops Charges Against Dishwasher Who Destroyed Racist Window
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Two years ago this week, Eric Garner died in Staten Island after officers wrestled him to the ground, pinned him down and applied a fatal chokehold. The man who filmed the police killing of Eric Garner, Ramsey Orta, is now heading to jail for four years on unrelated charges—making him the only person at the scene of Garner’s killing who will serve jail time. Last week Orta took a plea deal on weapons and drug charges. He says he has been repeatedly arrested and harassed by cops since he filmed the fatal police chokehold nearly two years ago. We speak to Eric Garner’s daughter, Erica Garner, and Matt Taibbi, award-winning journalist with Rolling Stone magazine. He’s working on a book on Eric Garner’s case.
Last week, an Air Force veteran named Chris LeDay posted the first video of the police shooting of Alton Sterling to go viral. LeDay obtained the video from a friend of a friend. He shared the video with some 10,000 followers on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Soon after the video went viral, LeDay says he was detained at his job at the Dobbins Air Reserve Base. Police then led him from his job in shackles and held him for 26 hours. He was then released after paying $1,200 in traffic fines. LeDay now feels his job is in jeopardy.
For the past week, protests against police violence have spread across the country. Tens of thousands have taken to the streets. Hundreds have been arrested. The protests began in the wake of the fatal police killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Today we look at a side of the Baton Rouge story that has received little attention: what has happened to the individuals who filmed and distributed the shocking videos of Alton Sterling’s death. The videos show a Baton Rouge police officer pinning Sterling to the ground outside a convenience store, then pointing a gun at his chest and opening fire. One of the videos was filmed by Abdullah Muflahi, the owner of the Triple S convenience store where Sterling died. He recorded it on his cellphone. Muflahi has filed a lawsuit against the city of Baton Rouge, the Baton Rouge Police Department and four of its officers. The lawsuit alleges the police took his phone, locked him for hours in a police car and seized his security camera footage without a warrant. The lawsuit also contends Muflahi was prevented from making a phone call to his family or an attorney. He is seeking damages for false imprisonment and the illegal taking of his property, as well as for release of his store’s security camera footage. We speak to Abdullah Muflahi and his attorney Joel Porter.
- Dallas: Obama Calls for Unity in Wake of Killings of Police
- Los Angeles Police Cleared in Police Killing of Redel Jones
- Sanders Endorses Clinton: "She Will Be the Next President"
- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Slams Donald Trump
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- Republican Party Platform: Cut Abortion Funding, Build a Wall, Reject Marriage Equality
- David McCullough on Trump: "Vulgar, Mean-Spirited, Unhinged"
- Britain: Theresa May Takes Over as British Prime Minister
- China Rejects Ruling in Dispute with Philippines over South China Sea
- Amnesty Says Enforced Disappearances Have Increased in Egypt
- Yale Worker Destroys Racist Stained-Glass Panel: "It's 2016; I Shouldn't Have to Come to Work & See Things Like That"
President Obama is speaking in Dallas, Texas, today at a memorial service for the five Dallas police officers killed by a sniper Thursday evening. Dallas authorities said Micah Johnson, the sniper, managed to amass a personal arsenal including a semiautomatic SKS rifle, bomb-making materials, bulletproof vests and ammunition. Over the weekend, President Obama warned that the easy access to guns nationwide has exacerbated divisions between the police and local communities. We speak to Gerald Horne, an expert on the Second Amendment from the founding of the Ku Klux Klan to the Black Panthers. Horne is a professor of history and African-American studies at the University of Houston.
Ahead of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, the television and film actress Shailene Woodley has launched a cross-country caravan campaign to bring people to the DNC in Philadelphia. Dubbed the "Up To US Caravan to the DNC," Woodley is hoping to bring grassroots activists—including many Bernie Sanders supporters—to the DNC. Woodley appeared in the TV series "Secret Life of the American Teenager" and has starred in films including "The Divergent Series" and "The Fault in Our Stars." She received a Golden Globe nomination for her role as Alex King in "The Descendants," in which she starred alongside George Clooney.
The Democratic Party platform committee held its last meeting in Orlando, Florida, over the weekend ahead of the party’s convention at the end of this month. The meeting of Clinton and Sanders delegates resulted in what’s being called the most liberal Democratic platform in a generation. The draft platform still needs to be ratified at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, but it is already widely being touted as a victory for Sanders. Sanders appointed five members to the committee earlier this year, including scholar and racial justice activist Cornel West, leading environmentalist and 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben and Minnesota Congressmember Keith Ellison, who chairs the House Progressive Caucus. The new platform includes Sanders’ call for a $15-per-hour minimum wage, Social Security expansion and a carbon tax to price its impact on the environment. We speak with award-winning documentary filmmaker and Sanders delegate Josh Fox. He’s the director of "How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and is now playing on HBO.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today at a joint rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The rally comes less than two weeks before the start of the Democratic National Convention. Clinton assumed the mantle of the party’s presumptive nominee after winning the California primary in June, but Sanders refused to concede the nomination in part to give his campaign greater power to push the party to adopt a more progressive platform. On Sunday, Sanders sent out a release praising the adoption of what he called the "most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party." We speak to Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN). He was one of the five people picked by Bernie Sanders to serve on the Democratic National Convention’s platform committee. "It takes a position in favor of $15 and a union for a federal minimum wage. It takes a position on a whole range of things, including the environment, that are progressive steps forward," Ellison said. "What do we not achieve? A complete opposition to fracking, we don’t have that. What is else not achieved? There are some things on some foreign policy fronts that I think would and could be better, some saber-rattling with regard to Iran that I don’t think is helpful."
- Obama to Speak at Dallas Memorial for Slain Police Officers
- After Dallas, RNC Organizers Eye Ohio's Open-Carry Laws Warily
- Donald Trump: "I am the Law and Order Candidate"
- Republican Party to Endorse Trump's Wall Along U.S.-Mexico Border
- Bernie Sanders Formally Endorsing Hillary Clinton Today
- Protests Continue Nationally Against Fatal Police Shootings
- Baton Rouge DA Steps Down from Sterling Case, Is Friends with Cop's Parents
- Dallas Police Chief to Anti-Police Brutality Protesters: "Join Police"
- British PM Cameron to Resign Wednesday; Theresa May to Take Power
- Pentagon to Deploy 560 More U.S. Soldiers to Iraq
- Airstrike Destroys Another Hospital in Syria, Killing 3
- U.S. Transfers 3 Guantánamo Prisoners to Italy and Serbia
- Former Black Panther Wins Settlement After 22 Years in Solitary
More than 300 people were arrested over the weekend as protests against police brutality erupted in more than a dozen U.S. cities over the fatal police shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Philando Castile’s death comes on the heels of massive protests over another fatal police shooting in Minnesota last year: the police killing of Jamar Clark. Authorities say Clark was shot in the head after a scuffle with officers who responded to a report of an assault. But multiple witnesses say Clark was shot while handcuffed. For more, we speak with Minnesota Democratic Representative Keith Ellison. He is also one of the five people picked by Bernie Sanders to serve on the Democratic National Committee Platform Drafting Committee.
As protests against police brutality spread across the United States, a shocking new joint investigation by The New York Times and The Marshall Project looks at a little-examined part of the criminal justice system: the horrific, and sometimes fatal, private prison extradition industry. Each year, tens of thousands of fugitives and suspects—many who have never been convicted of a crime—are entrusted to a handful of small private companies that specialize in transferring the men and women across the country. After reviewing thousands of court documents and interviewing more than 50 current or former guards and executives, two reporters with The Marshall Project uncovered cases of two prisoners dying of perforated ulcers, another woman who was sexually assaulted and a third who had to have both legs amputated from complications of untreated diabetes. For more, we speak with the two reporters, Eli Hager and Alysia Santo, as well as Roberta Blake, who was arrested in 2014 after not returning a rental car on time, and a former private prison guard, Fernando Colon.