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In the wake of Bernie Sanders’ upset victory in Michigan, some media commentators have expressed shock Arab-American and Muslim voters in the state voted overwhelmingly for the Vermont senator. In Dearborn, which has the largest concentration of Arab Americans in the nation, Sanders won about 60 percent of the vote. We speak to Linda Sarsour and Mohamed Elibiary.
In the final debate before Tuesday’s primaries in Florida, Ohio, Illinois, North Carolina and Missouri, the four remaining Republican candidates sparred on Thursday in a CNN debate in Miami. Donald Trump defended his remark that "Islam hates us" and brushed aside criticism that his rallies were becoming violent. We hold a debate between Mohamed Elibiary, a Republican Muslim, and Linda Sarsour, co-founder of the Muslim Democratic Club of New York.
- Japan Marks Fifth Anniversary of Fukushima Disaster
- Florida: Nuclear Power Station Leaking Radiation into Sea
- At FL Debate, GOP Candidates Call for More U.S. Troops in Iraq
- Donald Trump Fan Punches Black Protester at Rally
- Washington Post Runs 16 Anti-Sanders Ads in 16 hours
- Flint Temporarily Suspends Sending Out Residents' Water Bills
- Newark, NJ Schools Test for High Levels of Lead
- U.N.: U.S.-Based Companies Violated Arms Embargo Against Libya
- U.N.: South Sudan Gov't Forces Committing War Crimes
- BP Cuts Ties with the Tate, After Facing Protests
- PA: Fracking Company Ordered to Pay for Well Water Contamination
- Montana: Arch Coal Suspends Plans for Major Mine, After Years of Resistance
At last night’s Democratic presidential debate in Miami hosted by Univision, both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders claimed they would be the best candidate to take on Republican front-runner Donald Trump in a general election. Well, the question of which Democratic candidate is best suited to challenge Trump is generating a lot of impassioned discussion and disagreement. We host a debate between Nathan Robinson of Current Affairs and professor Alan Draper of St. Lawrence University.
In a recent article, historian and retired Colonel Andrew Bacevich raised six questions that have been ignored in the 2016 presidential race. Most notably, he says, "Nearly 15 years after this 'war' was launched by George W. Bush, why hasn’t 'the most powerful military in the world,' 'the finest fighting force in the history of the world’ won it? Why isn't victory anywhere in sight?" Bacevich joins us from Boston to talk about the race and these missing questions. His new book, "America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History," will be published next month. He is professor emeritus of international relations and history at Boston University.
In the 2016 race for the White House, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders squared off in a debate at Miami-Dade College in Florida sponsored by the Spanish-language network Univision. The two candidates clashed on issues including immigration, trade policy, Latin America and more. Both candidates vowed not to deport children, while Clinton attacked Sanders for opposing a 2007 immigration bill. Sanders also spoke out against U.S. military intervention in Latin America after being shown a 1985 clip of him praising Fidel Castro. "What that was about was saying that the United States was wrong to try to invade Cuba, that the United States was wrong trying to support people to overthrow the Nicaraguan government, that the United States was wrong trying to overthrow in 1954 the democratically elected government of Guatemala," Sanders said. The debate comes one day after Sanders’ surprise victory in the Michigan primary.
- Florida: Sanders & Clinton Squared Off After Sanders' Michigan Upset
- Donald Trump: "I Think Islam Hates Us"
- Protesters Slam DNC Chair for Fighting Payday Lending Regulation
- Iraq: Pentagon Says U.S. Captured ISIL Chemical Weapons Specialist
- Somalia: U.S. Special Operations Raid Kills 19
- U.S. Volkswagen Head Resigns Amid Emissions Cheating Scandal
- Balkan Countries Close Their Borders to Refugees
- Venezuela Recalls Top Diplomat in U.S. over Sanctions
- Brazil: Former President Lula Indicted on Corruption Charges
- France: Thousands Protest Proposed Labor Reforms
- Nigeria: Oil Workers Strike amid Fears of Mass Layoffs
- WSJ: $50 Billion of Fines Paid by Big Banks for Homeowners Pocketed by Fed. Govt.
As Donald Trump won three out of four states on Tuesday, Republican efforts to derail his candidacy are increasing. The Huffington Post has revealed leading establishment Republican political figures met with top GOP donors at a secretive meeting this past weekend at the American Enterprise Institute’s annual World Forum on a private island resort off the coast of Georgia. Attendees of the event included Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google co-founder Larry Page and Facebook investor Sean Parker, as well as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, political operative Karl Rove and House Speaker Paul Ryan. The main topic of the weekend retreat: How to stop Trump. We speak to Nick Baumann, senior enterprise editor at The Huffington Post.
Bernie, Hillary or Revolution in the Streets? Cornel West, Dolores Huerta & Black Lives Matter Debate
We continue our conversation on the 2016 race with a discussion between Dolores Huerta (a backer of Hillary Clinton), Cornel West (a backer of Bernie Sanders) and Melina Abdullah of Black Lives Matter. We talk about the candidates’ stances on Israel, campaign finance, “superpredators,” trade policy and more.
Black Lives Matter activists have helped make racial injustice and police brutality key issues in the 2016 presidential campaign. But Black Lives Matter has decided not to endorse any presidential candidate. We speak with Black Lives Matter organizer Melina Abdullah. "We’re not telling people not to vote, we’re simply not endorsing any presidential candidate," Abdullah says. "We’re pushing the real revolution. We know that the revolution won’t come at the ballot box."
In the most shocking upset of the 2016 presidential campaign to date, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton in the Michigan primary. Sanders won 50 percent of the vote to Clinton’s 48. During the campaign, Sanders focused heavily on his opposition to what he called "disastrous" trade deals like NAFTA which have hurt Michigan’s manufacturing sector. Opinion polls had projected Clinton would easily win the state by as much as 20 percent. We speak to professor Cornel West, who backs Sanders, and legendary civil rights activist and labor organizer Dolores Huerta, who backs Clinton.
- Sanders Wins Michigan Primary, Shocking the Pollsters
- Donald Trump Wins 3 States; Ted Cruz Takes Idaho
- Report: Pentagon Gives White House Plan to Bomb ISIL in Libya
- U.S. Student Killed Amid Series of Attacks During Biden Visit to Israel
- Officials Say Police Killing of Militia Member Justified; FBI Agents Scrutinized
- Court Orders Baltimore Officer to Testify Against Peers in Freddie Gray Case
- No U.S. Charges for Officer Who Killed Ramarley Graham in His NYC Home
- Ohio: Officer Fired for Calling Suicide of Black Lives Matter Activist a "Happy Ending"
- Women Rally at U.N. to Demand Justice for Slain Honduran Environmentalist Berta Cáceres
- Peru: Indigenous Villagers Release Officials Held Hostage over Oil Spill
- Dr. Quentin Young, Advocate for Single Payer & Physician to Obama, Dies at 92
Honduras is still reeling from last week’s assassination of Berta Cáceres, one of the country’s most well-known environmental and indigenous leaders. She was gunned down in her home early Thursday, less than a year after she won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize. Cáceres is at least the 110th environmental or land defender to be killed in Honduras since 2010 in the wake of a U.S.-supported coup. At the time of her assassination, Cáceres was with Gustavo Castro Soto, another well-known environmental campaigner and coordinator of Friends of the Earth Mexico. He witnessed the shooting and sustained two bullet wounds. Now, human rights activists say the Honduran government is detaining Castro without cause and refusing him permission to return to his native Mexico. We speak with Beverly Bell, longtime colleague of both Castro and Cáceres and coordinator of Other Worlds, a social and economic justice organization.
As voters head to the polls in four states today, with Michigan seen as the top prize, the ongoing Flint water crisis has become a major campaign issue for Democrats. The crisis began when an unelected emergency manager appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder switched the source of Flint’s water to the corrosive Flint River in an apparent bid to save money. Today, in a Democracy Now! exclusive, we broadcast the ACLU of Michigan documentary "Here’s to Flint," produced by Michigan Journalist of the Year Curt Guyette and filmmaker Kate Levy. The film tells the inside story of how local residents, journalists and scientists organized to uncover the water contamination crisis that has sparked congressional hearings, the resignations of public officials and a national debate about the impacts of austerity and infrastructure decline in the United States.
- Pentagon: U.S. Strikes in Somalia Kill 150 People
- Obama Admin Vows to Release Data on Drone Killings
- Tunisia: 54 Killed in "Unprecedented" Attack Near Libyan Border
- Voters Head to Polls in 4 States, Michigan Seen as Key Prize
- Bloomberg Says He Won't Run for President, Fearing Trump Could Win
- Mexican President Compares Trump's Rhetoric to Hitler
- Sanders, Clinton Discuss Abortion at Fox News Town Hall
- Flint Families File Class Action Lawsuit over Poisoning of Water
- Honduras: Activist Who Witnessed Assassination of Berta Cáceres Barred from Returning to Mexico
- Venezuela: Authorities Probe Alleged Massacre of 28 Gold Miners
- Thousands of Boston Public School Students Walk Out over Budget Cuts
- Oklahoma Limits Oil and Gas Waste Disposal After Surge in Earthquakes
- New York: Bill McKibben Among 57 Arrested over Gas Storage at Seneca Lake
- Peace Activist Mary Anne Grady Flores Released from Jail After 49 Days
- International Women's Day Marked Around the World
The race for the Democratic nomination intensified this weekend as Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton at caucuses in Maine, Kansas and Nebraska, while Clinton easily won in Louisiana. So far Clinton has won 658 delegates to Sanders’ 471 during the first 19 primaries and caucuses. In addition, Clinton has secured support from an overwhelming number of unelected superdelegates made up from the party establishment. During last night’s debate in Flint, Michigan, heated exchanges focused on trade policy and bailouts, guns, healthcare and the 1994 crime bill, which was signed into law by Bill Clinton. We are joined by two members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus: New York Congressmember Yvette Clarke has endorsed Clinton for president; Arizona Congressmember Raúl Grijalva was the first member of Congress publicly to endorse Bernie Sanders for president.
The Democratic candidates for president faced off Sunday night in Flint, Michigan, which has been in the national spotlight over the poisoning of the city’s water. The crisis began in 2014, when an unelected emergency manager appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder switched the source of the city’s drinking water from the Detroit system to the corrosive Flint River. Last month, Democracy Now! went to Flint and spoke to residents on the front lines of Michigan’s water wars. Lead contamination in the water supply has forced residents to drink, cook with and even bathe in bottled water, while still paying some of the highest water bills in the country. We then went from Flint to Mecosta County, Michigan, where Nestlé, the world’s largest water bottling company, is pumping millions of gallons of water from aquifers that feed Lake Michigan.
The race for the Democratic nomination intensified this weekend as Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton at caucuses in Maine, Kansas and Nebraska, while Clinton easily won in Louisiana. On Sunday night, the candidates faced off in a debate in Flint, Michigan, which has been in the national spotlight over the poisoning of the city’s water. The crisis began in 2014, when an unelected emergency manager appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder switched the source of the city’s drinking water from the Detroit system, which they’d been using for half a century, to the corrosive Flint River. Soon, residents began complaining of a range of physical maladies. At Sunday’s debate, both candidates condemned the devastation in Flint and laid out their plans for addressing the crisis. We play excerpts of the debate and speak with Democratic New York Congressmember Yvette Clarke, who has just returned from Flint as part of a Congressional Black Caucus delegation.
- Sanders Wins 3 of 4 States in Weekend Contests; Clinton Still Has More Delegates
- Ted Cruz Wins Kansas, Maine; Trump Takes Louisiana, Kentucky
- Trump Vows to Broaden Laws on Torture
- Turkish Authorities Seize Zaman, Country's Largest Newspaper
- Turkish Women Defy Ban, Rubber Bullets to Rally for Gender Equality
- Turkey Meets with EU Leaders on Refugee Crisis; 25 People Drown
- Slovakia: Party with Neo-Nazi Ties Wins 14 Parliamentary Seats
- Iraq: Suicide Bombing South of Baghdad Kills At Least 60
- Yemen: Civilian Casualties Mount Amid U.S.-Backed Bombing
- Average Temperature Briefly Tops 2 Degrees in New Climate Milestone
- Supreme Court Blocks Louisiana Anti-Choice Law, Saving Clinics for Now
- West Virginia Passes Law Letting People Conceal Guns Without Permit
- Former First Lady Nancy Reagan Dies at 94
- Honduras: Thousands Gather for Funeral of Berta Cáceres
Honduran indigenous and environmental organizer Berta Cáceres has been assassinated in her home in Honduras. She was one of the leading organizers for indigenous land rights in Honduras. In 1993, she co-founded the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, or COPINH. For years, the group faced death threats and repression as they stood up to mining and dam projects that threatened to destroy their community. Last year, Cáceres won the Goldman Environmental Prize, the world’s leading environmental award. We hear Cáceres in her own words and speak to her nephew, Silvio Carrillo, and her longtime friend Beverly Bell.