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With the presidential election less than five weeks away, the explosive new documentary "America Divided" explores inequality in America. The show follows high-profile correspondents as they explore aspects of inequality in education, housing, healthcare, labor, criminal justice and the political system. Oscar-winning hip-hop artist Common returns to his hometown of Chicago to examine disparities in the criminal justice system. Actress Rosario Dawson travels to Flint, Michigan, to investigate the man-made disaster behind the city’s water crisis. And legendary TV producer Norman Lear investigates gentrification and displacement in New York City and goes undercover to expose racial discrimination in housing. For more on this groundbreaking series, we speak with the three creators of "America Divided": Rick Rowley, Solly Granatstein and Lucian Read.
While 2016 is on pace to become the warmest year on record, climate change has been largely ignored at the presidential and vice-presidential debates so far. We look at Donald Trump’s history of climate change denialism. He has called it a scam and a hoax. In 2012, Donald Trump tweeted: "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive." We speak to Guardian journalist Oliver Milman and Michael Mann, a distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Penn State University.
States of emergency have been declared in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas as Hurricane Matthew barrels toward the Southeast coastline. More than 2 million people have been urged to evacuate their homes. The record-breaking storm has already killed at least 26 people in Haiti and four in the Dominican Republic. The storm is soon expected to hit the Bahamas and then strengthen as it moves toward Florida. Meteorologists are predicting Matthew could be the strongest hurricane to hit the United States since Wilma in 2005. Many scientists are saying climate change has intensified Hurricane Matthew because warmer ocean waters help create stronger hurricanes. Matthew is already the longest-lived Category 4 or 5 hurricane in the Eastern Caribbean on record. To talk more about Hurricane Matthew and climate change, we speak to Guardian journalist Oliver Milman and Michael Mann, a distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Penn State University. His latest book, co-authored with political cartoonist Tom Toles, is titled "The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy." Mann is also author of "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines."
- 2 Million Urged to Evacuate as Hurricane Matthew Barrels Toward U.S.
- Former NSA Contractor Charged with Stealing Classified Documents
- Officials Confirm Yahoo Secretly Scanned Emails for Gov't Surveillance
- CNN: Trump Appeared in 2 More Softcore Porn Videos in 1994 & 2001
- Donald Trump Invested in Companies Behind Dakota Access Pipeline
- D.C. Appeals Court Hears Suit Seeking to Block Dakota Access Pipeline
- Colombia: Gov't and FARC Ceasefire to End October 31
- Women's Boat to Gaza Seized by Israeli Military
- Israel Approves 300 New Settlement Homes in Occupied West Bank
- Poland: Lawmakers Back Down from Abortion Ban, Following Protests
- U.N. Court Rejects Marshall Islands' Suit Against Nuclear Powers
- U.N. Calls for Probe of U.S. Drone Strike in Afghanistan That Killed 15
- "I Can't Breathe": Video Shows Jail Guards Pinning Down, Pepper-Spraying Man Before His Death
- Fox News Under Fire for Racist Segment About Asian Americans
- António Guterres Picked to Succeed Ban Ki-moon as U.N. Secretary-General
Vice-presidential candidates Virginia Senator Tim Kaine and Indiana Governor Mike Pence squared off Tuesday night in the only vice-presidential debate. Ahead of the debate, Democracy Now! hosted a roundtable with a number of guests, including Columbia University law professor Katherine Franke, who chairs the board of the Center for Constitutional Rights, and historian Andrew Bacevich, a retired colonel and Vietnam War veteran. His latest book is "America’s War for the Greater Middle East."
Vice-presidential candidates Virginia Senator Tim Kaine and Indiana Governor Mike Pence squared off Tuesday night at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, in the only vice-presidential debate, which was moderated by Elaine Quijano of CBS News. Third-party vice-presidential candidates were excluded from the debate. On Tuesday night, Democracy Now! aired a special "Expanding the Debate" broadcast, where we gave Green Party vice-presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka a chance to respond to the same questions in real time as the major candidates. We continue to broadcast parts of this expanded debate here.
On Tuesday night, vice-presidential candidates Virginia Senator Tim Kaine and Indiana Governor Mike Pence sparred over the economy, foreign policy and healthcare during the only vice-presidential debate. Democracy Now! hosted a roundtable of guests, including Columbia University law professor Katherine Franke, who directs the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law. She spoke about Governor Mike Pence’s record on one of the most contentious campaign issues this year: reproductive rights and the religious views of Pence and Kaine.
Vice-presidential candidates Virginia Senator Tim Kaine and Indiana Governor Mike Pence squared off Tuesday night in the only vice-presidential debate, where they discussed everything from Donald Trump’s tax history to their running mates’ foreign policy platforms. Democracy Now! expanded the debate by giving Green Party vice-presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka a chance to respond to the same questions posed to Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence. After the debate, Democracy Now! hosted a roundtable of guests, including prize-winning investigative journalist Allan Nairn, who gave his response to the three candidates’ answers.
Vice-presidential candidates Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Tim Kaine faced off in Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, Tuesday night in their first and only debate before next month’s election. Third-party vice-presidential candidates, including Libertarian William Weld and the Green Party’s Ajamu Baraka, were excluded from the debate stage under stringent rules set by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which is controlled by the Democratic and Republican parties. On Tuesday night, Democracy Now! aired a special "Expanding the Debate" broadcast, where we gave major third-party candidates a chance to respond to the same questions in real time as the major candidates. The Green Party’s Ajamu Baraka joined us live from Richmond, Virginia. Baraka is a longtime human rights activist and the founding executive director of the U.S. Human Rights Network and coordinator of the U.S.-based Black Left Unity Network’s Committee on International Affairs.
- 11 Feared Dead in Caribbean as Hurricane Matthew Hurtles Toward U.S.
- South Korea: Typhoon Chaba Kills 5, Now Heading Toward Japan
- Vice-Presidential Nominees Tim Kaine & Mike Pence Squared Off in Debate
- Fight Breaks Out Between Trump Supporter and Protester at AZ Rally
- Indiana: Police Raid Voter Registration Office
- Bill Clinton: Obamacare is "The Craziest Thing in the World"
- Report: Yahoo Secretly Scanned Emails of All Users for NSA & FBI
- DOJ Subpoenaed & Imposed Gag Order Against Signal Maker
- Charlotte: Police Release Full Body Cam Video of Keith Lamont Scott Killing
- New York City: Not a Single NYPD Cop Is Wearing a Body Camera
- Poland: Up to 6 Million Women Protest Proposed Abortion Ban
- Mexico: 2 Students from Ayotzinapa Teachers College Killed by Gunmen
- Mexico: Women Raped by Mexican Police Bring Case to Int'l Court
- Minnesota: Thousands of Nurses Continue Strike into Second Month
Donald Trump has threatened to sue The New York Times for publishing leaked pages from his tax returns, and the paper’s executive editor, Dean Baquet, said he would do so even if it meant risking jail time. We speak with two investigative journalists who report on Trump’s taxes and describe his legal threats in letters and phone calls, and their reaction. "Mr. Trump, especially given the positions he’s staked out ... would represent a really significant threat to the tradition of an independent free press in the United States," says David Barstow of The New York Times. "I think Donald Trump represents a clear and present danger to the liberties of the people, to the idea of the First Amendment," agrees David Cay Johnston, now a columnist for The Daily Beast.
With just over a month until Election Day, The New York Times has dropped a bombshell report that suggests Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump may have avoided paying any federal income taxes for 18 years. Trump’s campaign has not challenged the authenticity of the leaked tax documents used in the story. We get the details from three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Barstow, who led the Times’ investigation, and David Cay Johnston, another Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and author of the new biography, "The Making of Donald Trump."
- NY Attorney General Orders Trump Charity to Stop Fundraising
- NYT: Trump Organization Nearly Collapsed in 1980s
- Vice-Presidential Nominees to Square Off Tonight in Debate
- NH Sen. Kelly Ayotte "Misspoke" in Referring to Trump as Role Model
- Hurricane Matthew Could Wreak "Catastrophic" Damage in Haiti
- United States Cuts Off Syria Ceasefire Talks with Russia
- Turkish President Erdogan Moves to Extend State of Emergency
- WashPo Reporter Jason Rezaian Sues Iranian Gov't over Imprisonment
- MSF Marks First Anniversary of Deadly Kunduz Hospital Bombing
- EU Reaches Agreement with Afghan Gov't to Deport Afghan Refugees
- California: Dash Cam Video Shows Cops Plotting to Run Over Man
- Los Angeles: Protests After Two Fatal Police Shootings
- Illinois Suspends $30 Billion in Investments with Wells Fargo
- #NoDAPL: Land Defenders Disrupt Gubernatorial Debate, Shut Down 5 Construction Sites
- Ireri Unzueta Carrasco Wins DACA Renewal, After DHS Denied Her over Activism
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Close to 100 scientists have signed onto a letter decrying inadequate environmental and cultural impact assessments for the Dakota Access pipeline, calling for a halt to construction until such tests have been carried out. The $3.8 billion pipeline has faced months of resistance from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and members of more than 200 tribes from across the U.S., Latin America and Canada. We speak with Lisa Graves, executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy, on the connection between oil and gas companies and the Republican Attorneys General Association. "What we have disclosed through our open records request and other investigations is the incredible role of oil companies ... in basically getting influence with these attorneys general," says Graves.
Part of Ava DuVernay’s new documentary "13th" looks at how ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, has played a central role in the expansion of the U.S. prison system. ALEC has worked with states to write legislation promoting the privatization of prisons in addition to pushing for harsher, longer sentences. We speak to Lisa Graves, executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy.
Ava DuVernay’s new documentary chronicles how our justice system has been driven by racism from the days of slavery to today’s era of mass incarceration. The film, "13th," is named for the constitutional amendment that abolished slavery with the exception of punishment for crime. The United States accounts for 5 percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of its prisoners. In 2014, more than 2 million people were incarcerated in the United States—of those, 40 percent were African-American men. According to the Sentencing Project, African-American males born today have a one-in-three chance of going to prison in their lifetimes if incarceration trends continue. We speak to Ava DuVernay. Her previous work includes the hit 2014 film "Selma." With "Selma," DuVernay became the first African-American female director to have a film nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
Colombians Reject Peace Deal in Stunning Referendum, Advocates Cite Climate of "Intimidation & Fear"
In Colombia, voters have rejected a peace agreement between the government and the nation’s largest rebel group in a shocking turn of events that threatens to prolong the nation’s 52-year-old civil war. By a razor-thin vote of 50.2 to 49.8 percent, Colombians rejected the peace deal hammered out with the FARC guerrilla movement and signed just days ago by President Juan Manuel Santos. It was a stunning upset for a referendum that was expected to pass overwhelmingly. We speak to Mario Murillo, a longtime Colombian activist and author of "Colombia and the United States: War, Unrest, and Destabilization."
- Colombian Voters Narrowly Reject FARC Peace Deal in Stunning Upset
- Trump May Have Paid No Taxes for 18 Years, 1995 Tax Returns Show
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- Reporter Says Trump Used C-Word Slur in 1980s After Critical Story
- Clinton Tape: Sanders Supporters "Living in Their Parents' Basement"
- Hurricane Matthew Threatens Haiti, Forces Guantánamo Evacuation
- Syria: Hospital Struck in Aleppo as U.N. Chief Decries "War Crimes"
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- France: Police Fire Tear Gas, Water Cannons at Refugee Camp Protests
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- El Cajon, CA: Videos Released Showing Police Killing of Alfred Olango
- Charlotte Police to Release All Video of Keith Lamont Scott Killing
- New York: Man Who Filmed Eric Garner’s Choking Death by NYPD to Report for Prison Term
- Alabama Chief Justice Suspended After Resisting Same-Sex Marriages
- Report: Pentagon Paid PR Firm for Phony al-Qaeda Videos in Iraq