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- Obama Does Not Apologize for Secret U.S. Bombing in Laos
- Judge Rules Dakota Access Construction on Sacred Burial Sites Can Continue
- 88 Retired Military Leaders Endorse Donald Trump
- More Questions About Trump and FL Attorney General Pam Bondi
- NYT: Trump Fined Multiple Times for Campaign Contribution Violations
- FBI: Clinton Mobile Phones Were Smashed by Hammer
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- Afghanistan: Taliban Bombings in Kabul Kill 35
- Iraq: ISIS Car Bombing Kills 10 in Baghdad
- Syria: Rescue Workers Say Government Dropped Chlorine Bombs
- Ethiopia: 23 Die in Disputed Circumstances at Addis Ababa Prison
- State Department Calls for Release of Bahraini Activist Nabeel Rajab
- Northwestern Professor Says She's Been Banned from Campus
- Bolivia: Trans Activists Celebrate New ID Cards
Over 1,000 people representing more than 100 tribes are gathered along the Cannonball River by the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to resist the construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline. It’s been described as the largest unification of Native American tribes in decades. On September 3, the Dakota Access pipeline company attacked Native Americans with dogs and pepper spray as they resisted the construction of the $3.8 billion pipeline on a sacred tribal burial site. Saturday was also the first day of a two-week call for actions against the financial institutions that are bankrolling the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline project. A new investigation has revealed that more than two dozen major banks and financial institutions are helping finance the Dakota Access pipeline. The investigation was published by the research outlet LittleSis. It details how Bank of America, HSBC, UBS, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase and other financial institutions have, combined, extended a $3.75 billion credit line to Energy Transfer Partners, the parent company of Dakota Access. For more, we speak with the author of this investigation, Hugh MacMillan, a senior researcher with Food & Water Watch.
Canine Expert Decries "Egregious" & "Horrific" Dog Attacks on Native Americans Defending Burial Site
On Saturday in North Dakota, security guards working for the Dakota Access pipeline company attacked Native Americans with dogs and pepper spray as they resisted the $3.8 billion pipeline’s construction on a tribal burial site. As the video of Saturday’s action went viral, people immediately began comparing the dog attacks at Standing Rock to the violent crackdown against African-American protesters during the civil rights movement. For more on the dog attacks at Saturday’s protest, we speak with Jonni Joyce. She’s an expert in law enforcement canine handling with more than 25 years of experience. She is the head of the consulting firm Jonni Joyce Seminars, International in South Dakota.
Only hours after lawyers representing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed evidence in federal court documenting how some of the Dakota Access pipeline’s proposed route would go through a sacred burial site, the company unexpectedly began working on that very site. As bulldozers cleared earth, hundreds of Native Americans from many different tribes rushed onto the construction site to protect the sacred site. In response, the company’s security forces attacked the Native Americans with dogs and pepper spray. Now the tribe’s lawyer is requesting an emergency temporary restraining order to halt construction on this area of the pipeline. For more, we speak with Jan Hasselman, staff attorney with Earthjustice, who is representing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe at today’s hearing in federal court. And we speak with Dave Archambault, the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
On Saturday in North Dakota, security guards working for the Dakota Access pipeline company attacked Native Americans with dogs and pepper spray as they resisted the $3.8 billion pipeline’s construction on a tribal burial site. On Sunday, more than 500 people marched back to the construction site and held a prayer, mourning the destruction of their ancestors’ graves. Now, later today, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., will decide whether to grant a temporary restraining order to halt temporarily further construction of the Dakota Access pipeline in the area near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. For more on the standoff at Standing Rock, we’re joined by Dave Archambault, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
On Saturday in North Dakota, security guards working for the Dakota Access pipeline company attacked Native Americans with dogs and pepper spray as they resisted the $3.8 billion pipeline’s construction. If completed, the Dakota Access pipeline would carry about 500,000 barrels of crude per day from North Dakota’s Bakken oil field to Illinois, where it would meet up with an existing pipeline that would carry the oil all the way down to Texas. The pipeline has faced months of resistance from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and members of nearly 100 more tribes from across the U.S. and Canada. On Friday, lawyers for the tribe filed documents showing how the very land where Dakota Access would bulldoze on Saturday was, in fact, a tribal burial site. Democracy Now! was on the ground on Saturday, and we bring you this exclusive report.
- U.S. & China Formally Commit to Paris Climate Agreement
- Oklahoma Officials Order Fracking Disposal Wells Closed After Earthquake
- Obama Tries to Convince Asian Nations U.S. Will Ratify TPP
- Obama on Kaepernick: "He's Exercising Constitutional Right"
- Obama Pledges $90 Million to Clear Unexploded U.S. Bombs in Laos
- Obama Cancels Meeting with Filipino President Duterte
- Syria: 40 Die in ISIS Bombings as U.S. & Russia Fail to Reach Ceasefire Deal
- Dakota Access Pipeline Contractors Attack Native Americans with Dogs, Pepper Spray
- NYT: Clinton Raised $50 Million at Elite Fundraisers in Two Weeks
- Did Trump Pay Off FL Attorney General to Avoid Investigation of Trump U.?
- Brazil: Police Attack Protesters at Massive Pro-Rousseff March
- Black Lives Matter Activists Shut Down London City Airport
- Hundreds Shut Down Puerto Rico's Largest Wal-Mart
We continue this holiday special with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston, who’s been reporting on Donald Trump for decades. Johnston first covered Trump in the 1980s while he was working as bureau chief for the Philadelphia Inquirer in Atlantic City. David Cay Johnston later covered Trump at The New York Times. Johnston’s new biography of Donald Trump has just been published; it’s called "The Making of Donald Trump."
Chris Hedges vs. Robert Reich on Clinton, Third Parties, Capitalism & Next Steps for Sanders Backers
During the Democratic National Convention, Juan González and I hosted a fiery debate between the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich about the presidential race. Hedges has endorsed Dr. Jill Stein. Reich is backing Hillary Clinton, after endorsing Bernie Sanders during the primaries. Reich served in Bill Clinton’s Cabinet as labor secretary from ’93 to 1997. He now teaches at University of California, Berkeley.
Judge Denies Hepatitis C Cure for Mumia Abu-Jamal, But Finds Lack of Care in Prison Unconstitutional
A federal judge has denied a request from the former Black Panther and journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal for life-saving medication that could cure his hepatitis C. Last year, Mumia sued to receive an antiviral treatment for hepatitis C after he was placed in critical condition, and officials said he was was not sick enough to be eligible. The medication has about a 95 percent cure rate. But it costs the state about $55,000 for a 12-week course of the drug. Even as the judge denied Mumia’s motion, he also found that Pennsylvania’s hepatitis C protocol for inmates fails to meet constitutional standards and could prolong suffering. We hear reaction from Mumia Abu-Jamal and speak with his lawyer, Bob Boyle, and correspondent Renée Feltz, who has covered these developments.
We continue our look at what the ACLU calls an illegal debtors’ prison in Arkansas by speaking with a former resident who wrote a check for $1.07 for a loaf of bread. She describes how after her check bounced, her debt ballooned with fees and fines to nearly $400, and police officers twice came to her job to arrest her. Since then, she has been caught up in Sherwood’s Hot Checks Department. We are also joined by lawyer Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, who says the woman’s experience is common.
A woman in Sherwood, Arkansas, just spent 35 days in a county jail after she accidentally bounced a $29 check five years ago. Nikki Petree was sentenced to jail last month by a judge accused of running a debtors’ prison. She had already been arrested at least seven times over the bounced check and paid at least $600 in court fines. Her release comes as the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the ACLU and an international law firm have filed a lawsuit to challenge the modern-day debtors’ prison in Sherwood. We speak with Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, who says Sherwood jails people in violation of a long-standing law that forbids the incarceration of people for their failure to pay debts.
Historic Colombian Peace Deal Must Include Women, Address Sexual Crimes on Both Sides, Say Advocates
Could the signing of a historic peace accord in Colombia between the government and FARC rebels bring an end to Latin America’s longest armed conflict? "There’s a long way to go before we see a real development of a strong and lasting peace," says our guest Mario Murillo, author of "Colombia and the United States: War, Unrest, and Destabilization." First, the agreement must be approved in a referendum in Colombia. We also speak with Adriana Benjumea, director of Bogotá-based NGO Humanas Colombia, which promotes human rights and, in particular, women’s rights. "Armed actors who have participated in the armed conflicts in Colombia have committed sexual crimes" that must be addressed, says Benjumea.
- Florida: 70,000 Lose Power as Hurricane Hermine Makes Landfall
- Member of Trump National Hispanic Advisory Council Resigns
- Trump Hires Head of Citizens United to Join Campaign Team
- Melania Trump Sues Daily Mail and Maryland Blog for Libel
- Clinton Wins Endorsements of Two Retired Four-Star Generals
- Pakistan: 14 Killed in Two Suicide Bomb Attacks
- Gabon: 1,000 Arrested in Protests After Contested Elections
- India: More Than 100 Million Workers Strike Today
- Colombia: Coca-Cola, Chiquita Accused of Financing Terrorism
- Japan: Veterans for Peace Join Protests Against U.S. Base on Okinawa
- 2 Florida Hospitals Will Not Bill Pulse Nightclub Victims
- Virginia: "Guccifer" Hacker Sentenced to 52 Months in Prison
- Indiana: Purvi Patel Freed After Feticide Conviction Was Overturned
- Stanford Swimmer Brock Turner Released from Jail After Only 3 Months
- Georgetown to Give Admissions Benefit to Descendants of Enslaved
- 2 NFL Players Join Colin Kaepernick in Refusing to Stand for Anthem
President Obama has appointed seven members to a federal control board that will run the finances of Puerto Rico’s nearly bankrupt government for at least the next five years and restructure nearly $70 billion in debt. The board is made up of three Democrats and four Republicans who will not only approve any budgets created by the island’s politicians, but also attempt to negotiate with the island’s nearly 20 creditors. On Wednesday, hundreds of protesters in Puerto Rico blocked a street in front of a hotel where bankers and business executives were gathering for a conference hosted by the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce. Meanwhile, a new report from the ReFund America Project has revealed firms like UBS, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and Barclays Capital have collected $1.6 billion in underwriting fees from Puerto Rico since 2000 just for refinancing bonds to pay interest and fees on older bonds.
The Brazilian Senate has voted to impeach the country’s democratically elected President Dilma Rousseff from office in what many are calling a coup. The vote was 61 to 20. Rousseff denounced the decision, saying there’s no constitutional justification for her impeachment. In an unexpected twist, the senators voted 42 to 36 to allow Rousseff to maintain her political rights, meaning she can continue to stand in elections and hold public office in the future. Irate opposition senators vowed "to appeal to the Supreme Court" to reverse the decision. Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment ends 13 years of rule by the Workers’ Party in Brazil and brings to power President Michel Temer for the remaining two years of Rousseff’s term. Temer is deeply unpopular and currently under investigation himself, accused of receiving illegal campaign contributions linked to the state oil company Petrobras. We speak to James Green, professor of Brazilian history and culture at Brown University. He is the director of Brown’s Brazil Initiative. Green is the author of several books, including "We Cannot Remain Silent: Opposition to the Brazilian Military Dictatorship in the United States."
Hours after traveling to Mexico City, Trump gave a major speech on immigration in Phoenix, Arizona, where Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump vowed to build a massive wall along the Mexican border and to begin deporting millions of immigrants as soon as he takes office, if elected in November. During the fiery speech, he vowed to deport 2 million people within his first hour in office. According to an analysis by The Washington Post, Trump’s new deportation plan would target more than 6 million individuals for immediate removal. For more, we speak with Carlos García, executive director of Puente Arizona.
Trump's Wall is Tantamount to Act of War: Outrage in Mexico as President Peña Nieto Meets with Trump
On Wednesday, Donald Trump traveled to Mexico City to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who once compared Trump to Hitler and Mussolini. The Mexican president came under fire for inviting Trump to meet with him in Mexico, a move many critics saw as legitimizing Trump’s positions. We speak to Laura Carlsen, director of the Mexico City-based Americas Program of the Center for International Policy.
- After Meeting Mexican President, Trump Vows to Deport Millions Within First Hour in Office
- Hundreds Protest Trump Visits to Arizona and Mexico
- Phoenix Approves City ID Cards for Undocumented Immigrants
- Leaked Memo Tells Democrats How to Deal with Black Lives Matter
- Brazilian Senate Votes to Impeach President Dilma Rousseff
- U.S. and Cuba Resume Direct Flights After 50 Years
- Yemen: U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Airstrike Kills 16 Members of Family
- U.S. Arms Manufacturer to Stop Making Cluster Bombs
- Kashmir: Indian Security Forces Kill 1 Protester; Hundreds More Blinded
- Divided Supreme Court Blocks North Carolina Voter ID Laws
- ND: 2 Stop Dakota Access Construction by Locking Bodies to Machines
- Iowa: 30 Arrested Blocking Dakota Access Pipeline Construction
- 2 Mississippi Universities Lower State Flag over Confederate Emblem
- Chicago: Police Move to Fire 5 Officers over Laquan McDonald Killing
- 22 Immigrant Mothers Resume Hunger Strike at Berks Detention Center