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Leading Republicans have continued to criticize presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for attacking a Mexican-American judge. Trump has said the judge should recuse himself from a lawsuit against the defunct for-profit Trump University, because his Mexican heritage represents a conflict of interest, since Trump wants to build a wall on the Mexican border. We get a response from Kevin de León, president pro-tem of the California Senate, and Los Angeles city councilmember and former California state legislator Gil Cedillo.
California Senate President Pro-Tem Kevin de León and Los Angeles City Councilmember Gil Cedillo debate who is the best candidate to take on Donald Trump. De León has backed Hillary Clinton and was with her last night in Long Beach when she was named by AP to be the presumptive Democratic nominee. Gil Cedillo is backing Bernie Sanders.
Ahead of the California vote, Donald Trump is facing criticism for downplaying the state’s historic drought. He recently blamed the lack of water in some communities on environmentalists who are "trying to protect a certain kind of three-inch fish." We get a response from Kevin de León, president pro-tem of the California Senate.
"Highly Inappropriate": Sanders Backer Slams AP, NBC for Calling Democratic Race Before Today's Vote
On the eve of the California primary and six other contests, the Associated Press and NBC News shook up the Democratic race for the White House last night by announcing Hillary Clinton had reached the number of delegates needed to capture the nomination, beating challenger Bernie Sanders. Both news organizations reached that conclusion based on unofficial polls of unelected superdelegates. If the projections stand, Clinton would become the first woman to ever be the presidential candidate of a major political party in U.S. history. Sanders criticized the move. "According to the Democratic National Committee, what they should not be doing is lumping pledged delegates, i.e. real delegates, with superdelegates, who may or may not change their mind, but who do not vote until July 25th," Sanders said. We host a debate between Kevin de León, president pro-tem of the California Senate, and Los Angeles city councilmember and former California state legislator Gil Cedillo, who has been campaigning with Bernie Sanders.
- AP & NBC Say Clinton Seals Democratic Nomination; Sanders Questions Tally
- Rubio Criticizes Trump's Comments on Judge: "It's Wrong, and I Hope He Stops"
- Defying Staff, Trump Orders Surrogates to Double Down on Criticism of Judge
- BuzzFeed Nixes $1.3 Million Ad Deal with RNC, Citing Trump Campaign
- Brazil: Chief Prosecutor Calls for Arrest of Senate President and Other Top Officials
- U.N. Removes U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Coalition in Yemen from Child Killer List, Despite Toll
- Turkey: Car Bomb Kills 11, Wounds Dozens in Istanbul
- Watchdog Highlights Role of Lapis Lazuli in Destabilizing Afghanistan
- Nuclear Activists Speak Out During Dept. of Energy Tour over Nuclear Waste
- Muslim Man Attacked, Severely Beaten Outside NYC Mosque
- Black Teenager Dies of Asthma Attack While Being Chased by White Youths Yelling Slurs
- Judge in Stanford Sexual Assault Case Faces Recall Campaign
- Black Lives Matter Activist Jasmine Richards Faces Sentencing in "Felony Lynching" Case
Music legend John Legend reads Muhammad Ali’s speech against the Vietnam War in 1966. "Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam, while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights?" Ali said. John Legend’s reading appears in the film "The People Speak," which is based on Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove’s "Voices of a People’s History of the United States."
We talk about the life and legacy of boxing champion and activist Muhammad Ali with educator and writer Ishmael Reed, author of the book, "The Complete Muhammad Ali," which was published last year. Reed is a recipient of the MacArthur "genius" award and is currently a visiting scholar at the California College of the Arts.
Thousands are expected to gather in Louisville Friday for the funeral of Muhammad Ali, one of the world’s most iconic figures of the 20th century. He was considered by many to be the greatest boxer of all time, but he will also be remembered for his activism against racism and war. In 1966, Ali announced his refusal to fight in Vietnam. After his conscientious objector status request was denied in April 1967, he refused induction. Ali’s title was taken away from him, and he was sentenced to a five-year prison term. He appealed all the way to the Supreme Court, and in 1971 his conviction was finally reversed.
- Muhammad Ali Dies at 74; Champion Boxer Remembered for Activism
- Clinton Wins Puerto Rico Primary; Protesters Denounce Support for Debt Bill
- Clinton, Sanders to Face Off in California and 5 Other States
- Trump Doubles Down on Attacks on Judge's Mexican Heritage
- Trump: "It's Possible" Muslim Judge Would Be Biased, Too
- Mitch McConnell Refuses to Say If Trump's Attack on Judge is Racist
- Texas AG Moves to Gag Official Who Says He Was Ordered to Drop Trump U. Probe
- NPR Photographer, Translator Killed in Afghanistan
- Somalia: Radio Producer Shot Dead in Mogadishu
- Oregon: Fire Chief Hopes Derailment Will Be "Death Knell" for Oil by Rail
- NY Gov. Cuomo Signs "McCarthyist" Executive Order to Divest from Groups Aligned with BDS
- Switzerland: Voters Reject Basic Income Proposal
- Peru: Wall Street Favorite Leads over Ex-President's Daughter in Presidential Race
- Mexico Accused of Crimes Against Humanity in U.S.-Backed Drug War; PRI Loses Hold in State Races
- Victim Reads Powerful Letter to Ex-Stanford Swimmer Who Sexually Assaulted Her
Seven years ago, Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed became a hero of the climate justice movement with his impassioned pleas to address global warming. But recently Nasheed has largely been silenced after being ousted in a coup and then jailed by his political opponents. He has just received political asylum in Britain and joins us today.
Kalief Browder, who spent three years in jail in New York without ever being convicted of a crime, took his own life nearly one year ago, on June 6, 2015. In 2010, when Kalief was just 16, he was sent to Rikers Island on suspicion of stealing a backpack. He spent the next nearly three years imprisoned at Rikers, even though he was never tried or convicted. For nearly 800 days of that time, he was held in solitary confinement. A new piece in The New Yorker details how Kalief actually learned how to commit suicide at Rikers, after seeing another prisoner attempt to take his own life. The piece also details how, before taking his own life, Kalief recounted prison guards goading him on during suicide attempts, saying, "If you don’t jump, we’re going to go in there anyway, so you might as well go ahead and jump, go ahead and jump." We speak with reporter and author Jennifer Gonnerman, who first recounted Kalief Browder’s story in 2014 in her article for The New Yorker, "Before the Law: A boy was accused of taking a backpack. The courts took the next three years of his life." In her latest piece, Gonnerman details Browder’s experiences with suicide attempts at Rikers. "His description of Rikers and his time on Rikers was almost as if it were a school for suicide," Gonnerman says.
Former U.S. Army Reserve Chaplain Captain Chris Antal reads his resignation letter to President Obama. "I resign because I refuse to support U.S. armed drone policy," Antal wrote. "The Executive Branch continues to claim the right to kill anyone, anywhere on earth, at any time, for secret reasons, based on secret evidence, in a secret process, undertaken by unidentified officials. I refuse to support this policy of unaccountable killing."
An unlikely voice has emerged challenging the drone warfare program: former U.S. Army Reserve Chaplain Captain Chris Antal, who spent time based in Afghanistan. In April, he wrote an open letter to President Obama detailing his reasons for leaving the U.S. Army Reserves, citing his opposition to the administration’s use of drone strikes, its policy on nuclear proliferation, and what he calls the executive branch’s claim of "extraconstitutional authority and impunity for international law."
- California: Scuffles Break Out After Trump Rally in San Jose
- House Speaker Paul Ryan Endorses Donald Trump
- Report: Trump Held Private Meeting with GOP Strategist Karl Rove
- Trump: Judge's Mexican Heritage Represents "Conflict of Interest"
- Clinton Attacks Trump: "This Is Not Someone Who Should Ever Have the Nuclear Codes"
- Sanders Criticizes Clinton's Stance on Fossil Fuels
- Sanders: DNC Rejected Nurses' Union Leader for Platform Committee
- German Parliament Recognizes 1915 Armenian Genocide
- Texas: Fort Hood Flooding Kills 5 Soldiers; 4 Missing
- Flooding Closes Louvre Museum in Paris, Kills 6 in Germany
- Brazil: Suspended President Dilma Rousseff Addresses Women's March
- ACLU Sues Alabama over Law Treating Abortion Clinics Like Sex Offenders
- UCLA Suspect Killed Ex-Wife in Minnesota Before Shooting Professor
- NYC: Hundreds of Macy's Workers Rally to Demand Fair Contract
- Tests Show Prince Died from Opioid Overdose
- Longtime Prisoner Mohaman Koti Dies at 89, 2 Months After Release
A leader of the independence movement in Western Sahara died Tuesday. Mohamed Abdelaziz was the leader and co-founder of the Sahrawi people’s Polisario Front movement, which has demanded independence ever since Morocco took over most of Western Sahara in 1975. He was 68. A 16-year-long insurgency led by the indigenous Polisario Front ended with a U.N.-brokered truce in 1991. The resolution promised a referendum on independence, which has yet to take place. Morocco is only willing to grant limited autonomy to the disputed region. Eighty-four countries as well as the African Union recognize Western Sahara as an independent nation. In March, Morocco expelled U.N. staffers from Western Sahara after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon referred to Morocco’s rule over the region as "occupation" during a visit to refugee camps in the Algerian town of Tindouf, located in southwestern Algeria. The expulsion of the 84 U.N. staffers has put at risk the ceasefire between Morocco and the Polisario Front. We speak to Sidi Omar, ambassador-at-large of the Polisario Front, and University of San Francisco professor Stephen Zunes.
Black Lives Matter Activist Convicted of "Felony Lynching": "It's More Than Ironic, It's Disgusting"
In Pasadena, California, Black Lives Matter organizer Jasmine Richards is facing four years in state prison after she was convicted of a rarely used statute in California law originally known as "felony lynching." Under California’s penal code, "felony lynching" was defined as attempting to take a person out of police custody. Jasmine was arrested and charged with felony lynching last September, after police accused her of trying to de-arrest someone during a peace march at La Pintoresca Park in Pasadena on August 29, 2015. The arrest and jailing of a young black female activist on charges of felony lynching sparked a firestorm of controversy. Historically, the crime of lynching refers to when a white lynch mob takes a black person out of the custody of the police for the purpose of extrajudicially hanging them. In fact, the law’s name was so controversial that less than two months before Jasmine was arrested, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law legislation removing the word "lynching" from the penal code. We speak with Richards’ lawyer, Nana Gyamfi, and Black Lives Matter organizer Melina Abdullah. "Her conviction is not only about punishing Jasmine Richards, but also is the lynching," Abdullah says. "So it’s really disgusting and ironic that she’s charged and convicted with felony lynching, when the real lynching that’s carried out is done in the same way it was carried out in the late 19th, early 20th century, where it’s supposed to punish those who dare to rise up against a system."
Federal prosecutors in Minnesota announced Wednesday that no charges will be filed against the two police officers involved in the shooting death last fall of Jamar Clark, an unarmed 24-year-old African American. Clark was shot in the head after a scuffle with officers who responded to a report of an assault. However, multiple witnesses say Clark was shot while handcuffed. Clark’s death sparked a series of protests in Minneapolis, including a weeks-long occupation outside the 4th Police Precinct and a protest during which white supremacists opened fire on a group of Black Lives Matter activists. We speak with Lena K. Gardner, co-founder and organizer of the Minneapolis chapter of Black Lives Matter. "There’s a very specific interpretation of events that happened in order to protect the officers," Gardner says. "I believe that the system is set up to protect officers, to ensure that their version of events is given more credibility."
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is facing scrutiny this week after questions emerged over what happened to millions of dollars he allegedly raised for veterans at a fundraiser in January. Trump held the fundraiser on January 28 after he refused to take part in a debate organized by Fox News. At the time, Trump claimed he had raised over $6 million, but a recent Washington Post investigation revealed that only about half of the money was actually paid out to veterans groups. Soon after the Post article was published, Trump began cutting more checks. More than a dozen veterans’ groups reported receiving money from Trump over the past week. On Tuesday, Trump held a press conference to defend his actions, and lambasted the press. Outside the press conference, members of the group Vets Vs. Hate protested. We speak to one of them, Iraq War veteran Julio Torres.
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- Regional Diplomats Oppose Action Against Venezuela at OAS
- Minnesota: Officers in Killing of Jamar Clark Will Not Face Federal Charges
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