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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.
As Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders prepare for tonight’s debate in Brooklyn, one issue expected to come up is the Israel-Palestine conflict. New York state, which holds its primary on Tuesday, is home to the largest Jewish population in the world outside of Israel. Sanders made headlines recently when he mistakenly told the New York Daily News editorial board that 10,000 civilians died in Israel’s assault on Gaza. Sanders said, "I don’t remember the figures, but my recollection is over 10,000 innocent people were killed in Gaza. Does that sound right?" According to the United Nations, the actual civilian death toll was at least 1,473. Last week, former Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren, who now serves in the Israeli Knesset, said Bernie Sanders owes Israel an apology. Oren accused Sanders of a blood libel. A blood libel is a false, centuries-old allegation that Jews were killing children to use their blood in religious rituals. During a recent CNN interview, Sanders described Israel’s response in Gaza as "disproportionate." Clinton defended Israel’s actions, saying, "When you are being attacked, with rockets raining down on your people, and your soldiers are under attack, you have to respond."
- 100 Arrested at "Democracy Spring" Protests Against Money in Politics
- 36,000 Verizon Workers Walk Off Job in One of Largest U.S. Strikes in Years
- NYC: Verizon Workers Among 27,000 at Sanders Rally in Washington Square Park
- Occupied Wall Street Journal Returns with Pro-Sanders Edition
- Pittsburgh: Hundreds of Anti-Trump Protesters Clash with Supporters
- Trump: Democratic & GOP Nomination Processes are "Rigged"
- Regulators Warn 5 Major U.S. Banks are Too Big to Fail
- Zika's Link to Microcephaly Confirmed; White House Says Congress Has Failed to Act
- Peabody Energy, World's Largest Private-Sector Coal Firm, Files for Bankruptcy
- Former Senator Gets Call from White House on Secret "28 Pages" About Possible Saudi Role in 9/11
- Report Finds Rampant Racism in Chicago Police Department
- Protesters Call for Thorough Investigation of "Panama Papers" Law Firm
- Report: FBI Sought to Break Encryption Used by Animal Rights Activists 10 Years Ago
- Journalist Matthew Keys Sentenced to 2 Years for Sharing Login Info with Anonymous
On Monday, John Kerry became the first secretary of state to visit Hiroshima, the Japanese city destroyed by a U.S. nuclear bomb on August 6, 1945. Three days after the Hiroshima bombing, the U.S. dropped another nuclear bomb on the city of Nagasaki. Hundreds of thousands were killed. The United States is the only country ever to drop an atomic bomb. Kerry offered no apology for the U.S. nuclear attack but called for "a world free from nuclear weapons." Despite his remarks, the Obama administration has been quietly upgrading its nuclear arsenal to create smaller, more precise nuclear bombs as part of a massive effort that will cost up to $1 trillion over three decades. We speak to Marylia Kelley. Her group, the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, just published a report titled "Trillion Dollar Trainwreck: Out-of-control U.S. nuclear weapons programs accelerate spending, proliferation, health and safety risks."
By the time the next president takes office in January, U.S. troops will have been in Afghanistan for over 15 years. It is already the longest war in U.S. history. Just last week, local authorities said U.S. drone strikes killed 17 civilians. According to the United Nations, the number of civilians killed or injured in Afghanistan has risen to a record high for the seventh year in a row amid violent attacks by the Taliban and the self-proclaimed Islamic State. The United Nations said more than 3,500 civilians were killed and more than 7,400 wounded in 2015. More than 2.5 million Afghans are living abroad as refugees. Many have attempted to make it to Europe, where country after country has closed its borders to new refugees. A controversial new EU-Turkey plan has just taken effect calling for all newly arriving refugees to be deported back to Turkey. What role should the United States be playing in resettling refugees from Afghanistan? We speak to Stanford professor Robert Crews, author of a recent piece in Foreign Policy titled "America’s Afghan Refugee Crisis."
As Hillary Clinton seeks to defend her role in the 2009 Honduras coup, we speak with Dana Frank, an expert on human rights and U.S. policy in Honduras. "This is breathtaking that she’d say these things. I think we’re all kind of reeling that she would both defend the coup and defend her own role in supporting its stabilization in the aftermath," Frank says. "I want to make sure that the listeners understand how chilling it is that a leading presidential candidate in the United States would say this was not a coup. … She’s baldly lying when she says we never called it a coup."