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As North Carolina and Mississippi have passed sweeping anti-LGBT laws, with similar measures under consideration elsewhere, we look at a landmark law Utah passed last year that goes the other way. You might not expect it of one of the reddest states in the nation, but last year Utah was the only state to advance statewide nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people. Backed by the Mormon Church and passed with a Republican supermajority, the new law, dubbed "the Utah compromise," sought to protect LGBT people from housing and employment discrimination. We speak with two people who played a key role in the law’s passage: Utah Democratic State Senator Jim Dabakis, the only openly gay member of the Utah Legislature, and Troy Williams, executive director of Equality Utah.
Voters head to the polls today in New York for both the Democratic and Republican primary in one of the most closely watched races of the election. But millions of New Yorkers won’t be able to vote, thanks to the state’s restrictive voting laws. The state has no early voting, no Election Day registration, and excuse-only absentee balloting. The voter registration deadline for the primary closed 25 days ago, before any candidate had even campaigned in New York. Meanwhile, independent or unaffiliated voters had to change their party registrations back in October—over 190 days ago—to vote in today’s closed Democratic or Republican primaries. Meanwhile, WNYC is reporting there are 60,000 fewer registered Democrats in Brooklyn and no clear reason why. This comes as a group of New Yorkers who saw their party affiliations mysteriously switched filed a lawsuit seeking to open the state’s closed primary so that they can cast a ballot. We speak to The Nation’s Ari Berman, author of "Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America."
On Monday, the 100th Pulitzer Prizes were announced, and Puerto Rican composer, director and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda won the Pulitzer for best drama for the Broadway musical hit “Hamilton,” a retelling of the story of Alexander Hamilton that features all actors of color. We get reaction from Representative Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL).
Last week, Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe proposed reopening a U.S. military base in Puerto Rico as Congress considers legislation to address Puerto Rico’s debt crisis. For decades, Puerto Rico was host to a slew of U.S. military bases, where the Navy conducted bombing practices and war games, dumped old munitions, leading to lasting environmental damage, and napalmed the island. We speak with Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL), who has been arrested protesting the U.S. military bases.
Journalist and immigrant rights activist Jose Antonio Vargas was also in the Supreme Court during Monday’s oral arguments in the case, United States v. Texas. The case pits the Obama administration against 26 states which filed suit to block Obama’s action to protect more than 4 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist famously came out of the shadows in 2011 in The New York Times Magazine with his story, "My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant."
The Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in what’s being called the most significant immigration case in decades. The case pits the Obama administration against 26 states led by Texas. The states filed suit to block Obama’s program DAPA, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, which would protect more than 4 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. Following the death of Antonin Scalia, the court is divided with four liberal justices and four conservatives. A 4-4 split would leave in place a 2015 lower court ruling that threw out the president’s executive action. We speak to Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL), chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
- New York Voters Head to Polls Today in Closely Watched Primary
- #DemocracyAwakening: 300 Arrested in D.C. to Protest Money in Politics
- Hundreds of Refugees Feared Dead After Boat Capsizes in Mediterranean
- Syrian Opposition Quits Peace Talks Amid Assad's Ceasefire Violations
- Afghanistan: Taliban Attack in Kabul Kills 28
- Ecuador: Death Toll from Earthquake Rises to 413
- Texas Gov. Declares State of Emergency Amid Unprecedented Flooding
- Israeli Police Say 21 Injured in Bomb Explosion on Jerusalem Bus
- L.A. Public School Opens District's First Gender-Neutral Bathroom
- Maryland: Black Trans Woman Keyonna Blakeney Murdered
- Chicago: Father Takes Sanctuary in Church to Protect from Deportation
- Baltimore Youth Wins Goldman Environmental Prize
- Pulitzer Prize Awarded to AP Investigation "Seafood from Slaves"
Update: On Monday afternoon the all-woman Associated Press team won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for this investigation.
Is seafood on the menu tonight? Well, there’s a chance it might have been caught by a slave. That’s what the Associated Press uncovered when reporters traveled to the remote island of Benjina, Indonesia. They found workers trapped in cages, whipped with toxic stingray tails for punishment, and forced to work 22 hours a day for almost no compensation. We speak to two of the Associated Press reporters who broke this remarkable story, Robin McDowell and Martha Mendoza. We caught up with them last week in Los Angeles just before they headed to the University of Southern California to receive the 2016 Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting for this remarkable series.
More than 900 people have been arrested over the past week on Capitol Hill in a series of unprecedented protests against the influence of big money and corporate lobbying in politics. More civil disobedience is scheduled for today. The arrests began last Monday during an event organized as part of a wave of actions dubbed Democracy Spring. Another protest began on Saturday under the banner of Democracy Awakening. We speak to one of the key organizers of Democracy Awakening, the Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP.
- A Coup in Brazil? Lower House Votes to Impeach Rousseff
- Earthquake in Ecuador Kills 272, Injures More Than 2,500
- 42 Dead, 110,000 Displaced by Japanese Earthquake
- Ash Carter Visits Baghdad as U.S. Expands Military Operations in Iraq & Syria
- Human Rights Watch Accuses Turkey of Shooting Fleeing Syrian Refugees
- Pope Francis Brings 12 Syrian Refugees to Vatican After Visit to Lesbos
- In Vatican Speech, Bernie Sanders Condemns Economy for the 1%
- Hillary Clinton Calls Out Hedge Funds for Profiting Off Misery in Puerto Rico
- George Clooney Hosts Clinton Dinner, Then Admits Sanders is Right About "Obscene" Money in Politics
- Tax Records Show Sanders Earned $205K in 2014; Clinton Earned More in Single Speech to Big Bank
- Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Obama's Immigration Executive Action
- Saudi Arabia Threatens to Blackmail U.S. If Congress Passes 9/11 Bill
- Tariq Ba Odah Began a Hunger Strike at Guantánamo in 2007, Finally Released with Others
- Report: Joint U.S.-Afghan Night Raid Kills 12, Including Three Children
- 140 Civilians Killed in Ethiopia by Gunmen from South Sudan
- War Tax Resisters Organize Day of Action Against Military Spending
Police arrested more than two dozen people at the anti-Trump rally in Manhattan Thursday night, including Democracy Now!’s own videographers, Charina Nadura and Juan Carlos Dávila. They were taken into custody as they attempted to film the protest, and held for hours. After being released, they spoke out about what happened.
As Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders faced off in Brooklyn, about 1,000 New Yorkers rallied across the East River in Manhattan to protest Republican front-runner Donald Trump. Protesters gathered outside the Grand Hyatt Hotel, where Trump spoke at a Republican gala. Democracy Now! was there and spoke with some of the anti-Trump protesters.
Robert Scheer v. Torie Osborn: A Heated Debate on Sanders vs. Clinton with Two Longtime Progressives
We host a debate on the 2016 election between two longtime progressives: Robert Scheer, a veteran journalist, and Torie Osborn, a progressive activist. Scheer worked for almost 30 years with the Los Angeles Times, where he interviewed several former U.S. presidents, including Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. Osborn has served as Northern California director for the National Organization for Women and was the first female executive director of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.
During Thursday’s debate, Bernie Sanders repeated his assertion that Israel used disproportionate force during its 2014 assault on Gaza that killed nearly 1,500 Palestinian civilians. "If we are ever going to bring peace to that region, which has seen so much hatred and so much war, we are going to have to treat the Palestinian people with respect and dignity," Sanders said. "I believe the United States and the rest of the world have got to work together to help the Palestinian people. That does not make me anti-Israel."
During Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate, Hillary Clinton questioned Bernie Sanders’ judgment and how prepared he is to be president, citing his recent interview with the New York Daily News editorial board. Clinton said Sanders had trouble "answering questions," including one about his core issue, breaking up the banks. But is that true? Daily News columnist Juan González took part in the paper’s interviews with both Sanders and Clinton.
In their most contentious debate of the campaign, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders met in Brooklyn, New York, last night, days ahead of Tuesday’s crucial New York primary. Sanders is hoping to pull a major upset in New York and keep his streak of victories alive. He has won eight of the last nine contests. But Hillary Clinton, who served six years as a senator from New York, maintains a lead in the polls. On Thursday, they sparred over Wall Street, saving Social Security, Israel, guns and more.
- Workers Strike in Over 300 Cities in Record Fight for $15 Action
- Sanders, Clinton Spar over Minimum Wage at Brooklyn Democratic Debate
- 1,000 Protest Trump in NYC; 2 Democracy Now! Videographers Arrested
- Trump Campaign Manager to Avoid Prosecution for Battery
- Brazil's Supreme Court Rejects Bid by President Rousseff to Avoid Impeachment Vote
- GOP Senator Calls for Reopening U.S. Military Base on Puerto Rico's Vieques Island
- Report: UC Davis Spent $175,000 Trying to Scrub Reports on 2011 Pepper-Spraying of Students
- Dozens Arrested as UMass Amherst Students Demand Fossil Fuel Divestment
- Microsoft Sues DOJ for Right to Inform Users of Spying
- Canadian PM Introduces Bill to Allow Doctor-Assisted Suicide
- Activists Occupy Canadian Gov't Offices to Demand Action on First Nations Suicides
- Mexican Woman Crosses Border with U.S. Citizen Children to Reunite Family
- Mexican Soldiers Charged in Torture; Witness Says Federal Police Present as 43 Students Disappeared
Stanford University students are demanding change in faculty diversity. Stanford’s faculty is 73 percent white and 73 percent male, while less than half the undergraduate student body is white. The student diversity effort, called Who’s Teaching Us?, grew out of Stanford’s Asian American Activism Committee in 2014 when the Stanford English Department denied tenure to a queer Asian-American scholar, a trusted mentor among the student community. The movement has since expanded to include all students of color and marginalized identities. Who’s Teaching Us? recently issued a list of 25 demands to the administration, including increased diversity among faculty and the curriculum, residential space and other programs that meet the needs of students of color, and divestment from institutions that harm marginalized communities. We speak to Stanford student Maya Odei and LaDoris Cordell, a retired superior court judge who spent 19 years on the bench in Santa Clara County in California. She is former assistant dean at Stanford Law School and former vice provost of Stanford University.
A federal judge in Oregon has rejected an attempt by the U.S. government to dismiss a landmark lawsuit over the government’s failure to take necessary action to curtail fossil fuel emissions. The lawsuit was filed by Our Children’s Trust on behalf of 21 young people—all under the age of 21. They argue that the federal government is violating their constitutional rights to life, liberty and property by enabling continued exploitation, production and combustion of fossil fuels. In his ruling, Judge Thomas Coffin wrote, "If the allegations in the complaint are to be believed, the failure to regulate the emissions has resulted in a danger of constitutional proportions to the public health." We speak to plaintiff Aji Piper, a 15-year-old 10th grader, and Julia Olson, executive director and chief legal counsel for Our Children’s Trust, which filed the lawsuit.