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- 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.
Although Thursday’s Republican debate was held in Detroit, the Flint water crisis was only brought up once, thanks to a question from Fox News moderator Bret Baier. Marco Rubio responded by praising Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. "The politicizing of it, I think, is unfair," Rubio said, "because I don’t think that someone woke up one morning and said, ’Let’s figure out how to poison the water system to hurt someone.’ ... I give the governor credit. He took responsibility for what happened."
After initially refusing to condemn an endorsement from former KKK leader David Duke, Donald Trump has faced a series of questions about why his campaign has been so embraced by Neo-Nazis and Klansmen. We speak to Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University in San Bernardino. Levin talks about encountering Trump supporters at a recent rally held by a chapter of the Klan in Anaheim known as the Loyal White Knights, or LWK.
In an extraordinary day for the Republican Party, the GOP’s past two presidential nominees, Mitt Romney and John McCain, denounced Donald Trump, saying the current Republican front-runner is a danger to the nation and the party. "Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud," Romney said. "His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University." Hours after Mitt Romney spoke, Donald Trump came under more criticism at a debate in Detroit, but all three of his remaining challengers vowed to support him if he wins the nomination.
- Detroit: Hundreds Protest 11th GOP Presidential Debate
- FBI Arrests Trump Campaigner over 2014 Bundy Ranch Standoff
- Japan: PM Abe to Halt Construction of U.S. Military Base on Okinawa
- Democrats Mount Pressure on Judiciary Chair Chuck Grassley
- FBI Evaluating Criminal Investigation of ExxonMobil
- With Warming Temps, Train Must Haul Snow to Anchorage for Iditarod
- NASA Releases Photos of Snowcapped Mountains on Pluto
- Husband of Woman Shot in San Bernardino Backs Apple in FBI Standoff
- South Africa: Court Rejects Pistorius' Appeal of Murder Conviction
- Texas: State Trooper Brian Encinia Formally Fired
- Argentina Pays Paul Singer's "Vulture Fund" $2.4 Billion
- Coalition of Immokalee Workers Launches National Boycott of Wendy's
- Radical Lawyer, Author and Publisher William Schaap Dies
The New York Times has published a major two-part exposé titled "The Libya Gamble" on how then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pushed President Obama to begin bombing Libya five years ago this month. Today, Libya is a failed state and a haven for terrorists. How much should Hillary Clinton be blamed for the crisis? We speak to journalist Scott Shane of The New York Times.
With the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia less than three weeks ago, the Supreme Court has only eight justices opening the way for a 4-4 tie in what many see as the biggest abortion case in a generation. Such a tie could leave in place a lower court ruling largely upholding the Texas law, potentially impacting other states in the same appeals court circuit—Mississippi, which has just one abortion clinic, and Louisiana, where a similar admitting privileges law threatens to close all but one clinic in the state. During the arguments, the three women on the Supreme Court led the criticism of the Texas abortion restrictions. Ruth Bader Ginsburg questioned Texas’ argument that the restrictions don’t create an undue burden because women can travel to a clinic across state lines in New Mexico, where the same restrictions are not in place. "That’s odd that you point to the New Mexico facility," Ginsburg said. "If your argument is right, then New Mexico is not an available way out for Texas, because Texas says: To protect our women, we need these things. But send them off to New Mexico … and that’s perfectly all right." We speak to Jessica Mason Pieklo, senior legal analyst and vice president of Law and the Courts at RH Reality Check.
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in the most significant abortion case in a generation. Abortion providers in Texas, led by Whole Woman’s Health, have challenged provisions of a sweeping anti-choice law passed by the Texas state Legislature in 2013 despite a people’s filibuster and an 11-hour stand by Texas state Senator Wendy Davis. The provisions at stake force abortion clinics to meet the standards of hospital-style surgery centers and require providers to obtain admitting privileges at a nearby hospital—a task many can’t achieve, in part due to anti-choice sentiment. Similar restrictions have been passed in multiple states. As the case was being argued inside the court, a few thousand people rallied outside in support of Whole Woman’s Health, including fellow abortion providers and women who have had abortions. Democracy Now! was at the rally and also spoke with the anti-choice protesters, who held a competing demonstration.
- GOP Establishment Seeks to Avert Donald Trump Nomination
- Ben Carson Skips Debate, Sees No "Political Path Forward"
- Clinton Staffer Receives Immunity in Email Server Investigation
- Flint: State Loan Blocked City from Returning to Detroit Water
- European Union Proposes $700 Million in Aid to Address Refugee Needs
- France: Refugees Launch Hunger Strike to Protest Calais Eviction
- NYC: Haitians Seek to Hold U.N. Responsible for Cholera Epidemic
- London: Nigerians Sue Shell over Spills in Niger Delta
- White House Considering Judge Jane Kelly as Supreme Court Pick
- Alabama: White Officer Charged in Murder of Unarmed Black Man
- Oklahoma Fracking Billionaire Dies, One Day After His Indictment
- India: Student Leader Imprisoned for Sedition to Be Released on Bail
In the race to the White House, Democrat Bernie Sanders surged to victory last night in the Colorado caucus, along with Vermont, Oklahoma and Minnesota. Colorado has a growing Latino population, who make up nearly 15 percent of eligible voters in the state. Most of them are registered Democrats. Caucuses in Colorado are open only to registered party members, and the state added nearly 30,000 registered Democrats in recent months, some of whom reportedly joined the party so they could caucus for Sanders. We go to Denver, Colorado, for an update from Corey Hutchins, journalist for The Colorado Independent, a nonprofit digital news outlet in Denver, and Dulce Saenz, a Mexican immigrant who is the Colorado state director with the Bernie Sanders campaign. We are also joined by Donna Murch, associate professor of history at Rutgers University.
"Trump's Train Did Not Stop in Texas Last Night": Cruz Wins Home State as SCOTUS Hears Abortion Case
Senator Ted Cruz was victorious in his home state of Texas on Super Tuesday, reports our guest Andrea Grimes, who has led political coverage at The Texas Observer and also covers women’s health. She says the turnout was impacted by vote suppression and "serious gerrymandering." This comes as many reproductive rights activists head to protests outside the Supreme Court today during oral arguments on a Texas law that has forced the closure of all but 10 abortion clinics. "If things don’t go in the direction of Whole Woman’s Health, we really could be seeing a wave of draconian anti-abortion legislation taking place across the United States," Grimes says. She also discusses the state’s new "campus carry" law that allows students with weapons permits to bring guns on campus and which goes into effect later this year ahead of the fall semester. We’re also joined by Donna Murch, associate professor of history at Rutgers University.
The biggest voting day of the presidential primary race was a big victory night for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump, who each won in seven states and gained a majority of delegates. Democrat Bernie Sanders won four, including his home state of Vermont. Republican Senator Ted Cruz also won his home state of Texas, along with Oklahoma and Alaska. Meanwhile, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio scored his first victory in the race in Minnesota. Republican John Kasich came in second in Vermont, and Ben Carson had no wins. We play highlights from the candidates’ Super Tuesday speeches and host a roundtable discussion about the race to the White House with Donna Murch, associate professor of history at Rutgers University, whose recent article in New Republic is "The Clintons’ War on Drugs: When Black Lives Didn’t Matter"; Hans Noel, associate professor of government at Georgetown University and the co-author of "The Party Decides," whose new piece for The New York Times is called "Why Can’t the G.O.P. Stop Trump?"; and James Peterson, director of Africana studies and associate professor of English at Lehigh University.
"With hate-spewing Donald Trump closer than ever to the Republican nomination for President, it’s time to get real about a Basta Trump campaign," writes Democracy Now! co-host Juan González in his new Daily News column. He discusses how leaders among the more than 50 million U.S. Latinos recently announced a major voter registration drive ahead of the November election. The Spanish-language network Univision has unveiled plans to use all of its radio and television stations to register 3 million new voters. González notes no one is angrier at Trump right now than young Latinos, who most feel the damage from his months of anti-immigrant and anti-Mexican rhetoric.
- Hillary Clinton & Donald Trump Score 7 States Each on Super Tuesday
- New York Court Rules Lawsuit Against Trump University to Go Forward
- Clinton Again Confronted over 1996 "Superpredator" Comments
- Fox News' Bill O'Reilly Loses Custody of Kids Amid Accusations of Domestic Abuse
- Supreme Court to Hear Most Significant Abortion Case in 20 Years
- FBI Head Admits Unlocking San Bernardino Suspect's iPhone Would Set Precedent
- South Dakota Gov. Vetoes Transgender Bathroom Bill
- Guatemala: Court Finds Ex-Officers Guilty of Forcing Women into Sexual Slavery
- Iraq: Officials Warn Mosul Dam Faces Risk of "Catastrophic" Collapse
- 2 Guilty of Attempting to Defraud U.S. Gov't in Iraq Contracts
- Afghanistan: Gen. John Nicholson Replaces Gen. John Campbell
- Yemen: Thousands Protest U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Airstrikes
- Last Surviving Veteran of Abraham Lincoln Brigade Dies at 100
Commenting on the rise of Republican front-runner Donald Trump, Robert Reich, former labor secretary under President Clinton, notes, "I don’t think Donald Trump is a conservative. I think he’s an authoritarian. And there is a difference. I don’t think he cares about democracy. … In fact, I think that Donald Trump, from everything he’s said, may view democracy as an impediment to what he wants to do." Reich adds, "It’s particularly dangerous when we don’t have strong mediating institutions, such as labor unions and other organizations … that can soften and subdue or in any way reduce the influence of an authoritarian when so many people in America now feel so atomized, so isolated."
We speak with Robert Reich, the former labor secretary under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997, about his decision to formally endorse Senator Bernie Sanders for president on the Democratic ticket. "What worries me about other candidates, particularly Hillary Clinton, is that the message seems to be we cannot aim high, or we must not be ambitious, we must not try to be bold, because we can’t get there. That, to me, is exactly the wrong message," Reich says. "In terms of mobilizing Americans and organizing and getting the kind of response we need from Americans to push Congress, to change Congress, to get a government that is responsible for us, the message should be we must and can aim high. We can do it. And we’ve done it before in this country." This comes as four top economists and former advisers for Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton have issued an open letter to Senator Sanders criticizing his economic platform. Reich is the author of many books, mostly recently, "Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few."
Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s campaign has come under fire from high-level military officials, including former CIA Director Michael Hayden, who has said if Trump were elected president, it is possible U.S. military officials would refuse to follow his orders. Trump has pledged to reinstate forms of torture, including waterboarding, and other practices he said were "so much worse." He has also repeatedly called for killing the family members of terrorists—a practice that violates the Geneva Conventions. We speak with Zaid Jilani, staff reporter at The Intercept, who argues the pledges Trump made about torture are "flatly illegal," but past presidents have also disobeyed and disavowed international law. His new article is "Neoconservatives Declare War on Donald Trump." We also speak with Mychal Denzel Smith, Knobler fellow at The Nation Institute and a contributing writer for The Nation magazine.
Super Tuesday has arrived, the biggest primary day in the presidential race. Republicans and Democrats each go to the polls in 11 states. Billionaire Donald Trump could win as many as eight of the 11 states. He has won three out of the four caucuses and primaries to date. This comes as his campaign is under increasing fire after he at first refused to disavow an endorsement from David Duke, a prominent white supremacist and former KKK leader. Trump’s comments have prompted several rounds of protests during his recent rallies. On Monday, he reportedly ordered Secret Service agents to remove about 30 black students from his rally in Georgia who were quietly standing on the bleachers. At another Trump rally on Monday in Virginia, black students who chanted "No more hate! No more hate! Let’s be equal! Let’s be great!" were also removed. "You could write these things off before as hate speech, as vile, as disgusting rhetoric that he supported," says Mychal Denzel Smith, a writer for The Nation, "but now [Trump] is going to be in a position where he could very well be the person to exercise that sort of hate speech and vile rhetoric with institutional power backing him." Smith’s new article is "Trump’s Racism Didn’t Scare Me. Now It Does."
- Voters Head to the Polls in Key "Super Tuesday" Primaries & Caucuses
- Rubio: Trump "Unelectable" After Refusing to Disavow KKK
- Georgia: Black Students Ejected from Trump Rally Say They Just Wanted to Watch
- Trump to Protester: "Are You from Mexico?"
- Sanders, Clinton Campaign Ahead of Super Tuesday Contests
- Pentagon: U.S. Waging Cyber and Commando Attacks Against ISIL
- Saudi Official: U.S.-Led Coalition Discussed Ground Incursion in Syria
- Refugees Tear-Gassed After Rushing Fence on Greek-Macedonian Border
- France: Refugees Stage Sit-in to Protest Eviction from Calais Camp
- Indiana: Judge Blocks Governor's Order Against Resettling Refugees
- Argentina Agrees to Pay "Vulture Funds" That Sought to Profit Off Debt
- Judge Rejects FBI Bid to Order Apple to Unlock Drug Dealer's iPhone
- Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Breaks 10-Year Silence Ahead of Key Abortion Case
- Alabama Blocks Birmingham from Raising Minimum Wage to $10.10
- Utah: Hundreds Protest Police Shooting of 17-Year-Old Somali Refugee
- North Carolina: Witnesses Say Officer Shot Man Who Was Fleeing
- Virginia: Army Sergeant Kills Wife, Police Officer