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- Secret Service Spoke to Trump Campaign About Comments
- Hillary Clinton: Trump Comments Are "Inciting of Violence"
- Jill Stein Issues Call to "Disarm Trump"
- Clinton Embraces Endorsement of John Negroponte
- Clinton Campaign & Foundation Facing Questions over State Dept. Emails
- Florida: Police Kill 73-Year-Old Retired Librarian During Training Exercise
- Los Angeles: Police Kill 14-Year-Old Middle Schooler
- NC: White Neighborhood Watch Vigilante Kills Black Man Returning from Party
- Missouri: Lawsuit Accuses Cities of Running Debtors' Prisons
- Turkey: 8 Killed in 2 Separate Bomb Attacks in Southeast
- Declassified Documents Show Kissinger Role in Argentine Dirty War
- Filmmakers Demand Probe of Targeting of People Who Film Police
- Wisconsin Court Suspends Ruling Striking Down Voter ID Law
- Texas: Transgender Woman Erykah Tijerina Killed
- India: Activist Irom Sharmila Ends 16-Year Hunger Strike
- Manhattan: Man Scales Side of Trump Tower
In upstate New York, the suspected suicide of 70-year-old prisoner John MacKenzie has drawn attention to how the state is refusing to release aging prisoners who have a low risk of recidivism. MacKenzie reportedly hung himself in his cell at Fishkill Correctional Facility after he was denied parole the previous week. It was his 10th denial of parole since he became eligible in 2000. We speak with Kathy Manley, a longtime lawyer and advocate for prisoner rights who represented John MacKenzie in his court case against the New York state Parole Board. And here in New York, Mujahid Farid is lead organizer with the Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP) Campaign. He founded the group after he was released from prison in 2011, after serving 33 years on a 15-to-life sentence.
In Brazil, the U.S. women’s gymnastics team has pulled off a historic feat, winning the team gold medal by the widest margin of victory since 1960. The five-member gymnastics team is the most diverse the U.S. has ever sent to the Olympics. Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas are African-American. New Jersey-born Lauren Hernandez is of Puerto Rican descent. Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman are white. But Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas and Lauren Hernandez are far from the first American Olympians of color to make history. Today we look at a new documentary that looks at the 17 African-American athletes who, along with noted track and fielder Jesse Owens, defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to participate in the 1936 Olympics held in Nazi Germany. Since then, the story of Owens’s four gold medals has dominated the narrative of African-American achievement in the ’36 Games. We speak with Deborah Riley Draper, writer and director of "Olympic Pride, American Prejudice."
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is being accused of inciting violence against his rival Hillary Clinton following remarks he made Tuesday during a rally in North Carolina. At the rally, Trump said, "Hillary wants to abolish—essentially, abolish—the Second Amendment. By the way, and if she gets to pick—if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is. I don’t know." The comments were widely seen as a call to assassinate Hillary Clinton. The comments sparked widespread outrage from lawmakers, a former CIA chief and the New York Daily News, who wrote: "This isn’t a joke any more. When Trump hinted gun-rights supporters shoot Hillary, he went from offensive to reckless. He must end his campaign."
- Many See Trump's Latest Comments as Call to Assassinate Rival Clinton
- Sen. Susan Collins: Trump Would Make World "More Dangerous"
- Emails Show Ties Between Clinton Foundation & State Dept.
- New York Mag: Roger Ailes Used Fox Funds to Spy on Journalists
- DOJ: Baltimore Police Engage in Illegal, Racially Biased Policing
- Brazil: Senators Vote to Proceed with Rousseff Impeachment
- U.N.: More Than 2 Million in Aleppo Without Water or Electricity
- Yemen: 20 Killed in U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Airstrikes
- Pentagon: U.S. Approves $1 Billion Weapons Sale to Saudi Arabia
- Ethiopia: Dozens of Protesters Killed by Government Forces
- Greenland: Ice Melting May Unearth U.S. Military's Buried Radioactive Waste
- Bolivia: State of Emergency Declared Amid Worst Wildfire in 10 Years
- California: Uncontrolled Pilot Wildfire Swells by 50%
- Mexico: Nearly 50 Die in Mudslides After Massive Rainfall
- UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi Resigns After Student Protests
Murdered by a SWAT Team for Traffic Tickets: Inside the Police Killing of Black Mother Korryn Gaines
In New York City on Monday, over 100 people marched to protest the recent police killing of African-American mother Korryn Gaines in Maryland. On August 1, Baltimore County police killed the 23-year-old mother after what they say was an armed standoff. Police were at Gaines’s apartment to execute an arrest warrant related to a traffic violation. They initially said they entered Korryn Gaines’s apartment with a key obtained from her landlord. But court documents say police kicked down the door. Once the police entered the apartment, Korryn Gaines was live-streaming the standoff via Facebook before her account was shut down. Police say they killed Gaines after she pointed a shotgun at them. Police also say they shot her 5-year-old son, Kodi Gaines, who suffered an injury to his cheek but survived. We speak to protesters in New York and to Charlene Carruthers, the national director of the Black Youth Project 100.
Chicago is once again rocked by protests over police brutality, following the release of video showing the fatal police shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager. The newly released video from police body cameras shows the moments before and after police killed 18-year-old Paul O’Neal on July 28. In the video, police are seen shooting repeatedly at the car O’Neal was driving, which police say was stolen. The video then shows a police officer running over to O’Neal, who is lying face down in a growing pool of blood surrounded by other officers. The officers then handcuff O’Neal with his arms behind his back and search his backpack, as he continues bleeding. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office says he was shot in the back. For more, we’re joined by Michael Oppenheimer, the attorney for the family of Paul O’Neal.
In financial news, British banking giant Barclays Bank has agreed to pay $100 million in a settlement with 44 U.S. states for rigging Libor, the interest rate which underpins trillions in global transactions. British and U.S. authorities have taken action against a number of banks over alleged rate manipulation since 2012. This was the first settlement between a bank and U.S. states. For more, we speak with Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi, who has closely covered the Libor scandal.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump spoke at the prestigious Detroit Economic Club Monday, where he laid out his economic vision. Trump vowed to slash corporate taxes and end the estate tax. He also said he would reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership and renegotiate trade deals including NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement. This comes after Donald Trump announced his economic team, which includes 13 men, no women, several billionaires, an Oklahoma oil baron and one part-time professional poker player. For more on Donald Trump’s speech economic plan and his team, we speak with Matt Taibbi, an award-winning journalist with Rolling Stone magazine. He’s been closely following the Trump campaign. One of his recent pieces is headlined "A Republican Workers’ Party?"
On Monday, protesters interrupted Donald Trump more than a dozen times during a speech at the Detroit Economic Club, in which Trump laid out his economic policies. During the speech, Trump vowed to slash corporate taxes and end the estate tax. He also said he would reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership and renegotiate trade deals including NAFTA. For more on Donald Trump’s speech and the interruptions, we speak with Jacqui Maxwell, a crane operator and a member of the United Auto Workers. She interrupted Donald Trump’s speech at the Detroit Economic Club on Monday.
Lawyers in Pakistan have begun a nationwide strike after dozens of attorneys were slain in a suicide bombing outside a hospital in the city of Quetta in Balochistan, the country’s poorest province. Authorities said at least 70 people died in the attack, including as many as 60 attorneys; 120 were injured. The suicide bombing targeted lawyers who had assembled outside the hospital to mourn the assassination of Bilal Kasi, the president of the Balochistan Bar Association, who was killed earlier on Monday as he headed to court. Kasi had strongly condemned recent attacks in the province and had announced a two-day boycott of court sessions in protest of the killing of a colleague last week. A faction of the Pakistan Taliban, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack and for the murder of Bilal Kasi. ISIS also claimed responsibility.
- Pakistan: Lawyers Strike After Bombing Kills More Than 70 at Hospital
- Trump Economic Agenda: Corporate Tax Cuts, No TPP, Renegotiate NAFTA
- House Speaker Paul Ryan Faces Primary Today in Wisconsin
- 50 Republican National Security Officials Declare Trump "Unfit"
- Former CIA Officer Evan McMullin Says He'll Make Third-Party Presidential Run
- Families of 2 U.S. Personnel Killed in Benghazi Sue Clinton
- Challenger for Wasserman Schultz's Seat Files Election Complaint
- NAACP Leaders Stage Voting Rights Sit-in at VA Congressman's Office
- Chicago Mayor "Reserving Judgment" After Police Kill Unarmed Teen
- Today is the Second Anniversary of the Police Killing of Michael Brown
- Chicago Teachers Threaten Strike If City Tries to Push Pay Cuts
- Barclays to Pay $100 Million to U.S. States over Libor Scandal
- Two Professors, Australian and American, Kidnapped in Afghanistan
- Protests at NY State Parole Board After Prisoner Found Dead
- Japan Marks 71st Anniversary of Nagasaki Atomic Bombing
Julian Assange on the Green Party's Rising Popularity & the November Election: "Anything is Possible"
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange spoke via video stream to the Green Party convention in Houston, Texas, over the weekend about the Green Party’s rising popularity ahead of the November general election. This comes as CNN’s Poll of Polls shows Stein polling at 5 percent—five times more than the 1 percent of the national vote she won in 2012.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange spoke via video stream at the Green Party convention in Houston, Texas, over the weekend. Assange has been confined to the Ecuadorean Embassy in London for more than four years, fearing that if he were to attempt to leave, he would be arrested by British police and ultimately extradited to the U.S., where it is believed there is a sealed indictment against him over WikiLeaks’ release of documents. Assange was speaking with former Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb. He began by speaking about WikiLeaks’ release of 20,000 internal DNC emails.
A New Day & Another Way: Green VP Nominee Ajamu Baraka Urges Progressives to Reject Two-Party System
The Green Party nominated human rights activist Ajamu Baraka to be Dr. Jill Stein’s vice-presidential running mate during the party’s convention in Houston, Texas, over the weekend. Baraka is the founding executive director of the US Human Rights Network and coordinator of the U.S.-based Black Left Unity Network’s Committee on International Affairs. He has served on the boards of Amnesty International USA, the Center for Constitutional Rights and Africa Action. These are excerpts of Baraka speaking in his acceptance speech and at a news conference during the party convention.
In Houston, Texas, Dr. Jill Stein formally accepted the Green Party’s nomination for president at the party’s convention over the weekend. Interest in the Green Party has jumped in recent weeks since Hillary Clinton won the Democratic nomination, defeating Bernie Sanders. In 2012, Dr. Stein ran on the Green ticket and won less than 1 percent of the national vote. But according to CNN’s Poll of Polls, Stein is now polling at 5 percent. The same poll finds Clinton at 45 percent, Republican Donald Trump at 35 percent and Libertarian Gary Johnson at 9 percent. Neither Stein nor Johnson will be invited to take part in this fall’s presidential debates, however, unless they top 15 percent in national polls. For more, we hear excerpts of Dr. Jill Stein speaking at the Green Party convention.
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- Green Party Convention Selects Ticket of Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka
- Kaine Says He'll Oppose TPP over Labor and Environmental Provisions
- Iranian TV Footage Claims to Show Cash Paid by U.S. in Nuclear Deal
- Trump Economic Team: Billionaires, Oil Baron, Poker Player & No Women
- U.S. Nazi Party Leader: Trump Presidency Would Be "Opportunity"
- Brazil: Thousands Protest the Beginning of Rio Olympics
- Turkey: More Than 1 Million Rally to Denounce Failed Military Coup
- Yemen Peace Talks End Without Deal to End 16-Month War
- Iran Executes Nuclear Scientist Who Said He Was Abducted by U.S.
- N. Miami: Therapist Sues Police After He Was Shot Caring for His Autistic Patient
- Washington, D.C.: Dakota & Lakota Teens Protest Bakken Pipeline
- North Carolina Marks 51st Anniversary of Voting Rights Act