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In financial news, British banking giant Barclays Bank has agreed to pay $100 million in a settlement with 44 U.S. states for rigging Libor, the interest rate which underpins trillions in global transactions. British and U.S. authorities have taken action against a number of banks over alleged rate manipulation since 2012. This was the first settlement between a bank and U.S. states. For more, we speak with Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi, who has closely covered the Libor scandal.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump spoke at the prestigious Detroit Economic Club Monday, where he laid out his economic vision. Trump vowed to slash corporate taxes and end the estate tax. He also said he would reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership and renegotiate trade deals including NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement. This comes after Donald Trump announced his economic team, which includes 13 men, no women, several billionaires, an Oklahoma oil baron and one part-time professional poker player. For more on Donald Trump’s speech economic plan and his team, we speak with Matt Taibbi, an award-winning journalist with Rolling Stone magazine. He’s been closely following the Trump campaign. One of his recent pieces is headlined "A Republican Workers’ Party?"
On Monday, protesters interrupted Donald Trump more than a dozen times during a speech at the Detroit Economic Club, in which Trump laid out his economic policies. During the speech, Trump vowed to slash corporate taxes and end the estate tax. He also said he would reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership and renegotiate trade deals including NAFTA. For more on Donald Trump’s speech and the interruptions, we speak with Jacqui Maxwell, a crane operator and a member of the United Auto Workers. She interrupted Donald Trump’s speech at the Detroit Economic Club on Monday.
Lawyers in Pakistan have begun a nationwide strike after dozens of attorneys were slain in a suicide bombing outside a hospital in the city of Quetta in Balochistan, the country’s poorest province. Authorities said at least 70 people died in the attack, including as many as 60 attorneys; 120 were injured. The suicide bombing targeted lawyers who had assembled outside the hospital to mourn the assassination of Bilal Kasi, the president of the Balochistan Bar Association, who was killed earlier on Monday as he headed to court. Kasi had strongly condemned recent attacks in the province and had announced a two-day boycott of court sessions in protest of the killing of a colleague last week. A faction of the Pakistan Taliban, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack and for the murder of Bilal Kasi. ISIS also claimed responsibility.
- Pakistan: Lawyers Strike After Bombing Kills More Than 70 at Hospital
- Trump Economic Agenda: Corporate Tax Cuts, No TPP, Renegotiate NAFTA
- House Speaker Paul Ryan Faces Primary Today in Wisconsin
- 50 Republican National Security Officials Declare Trump "Unfit"
- Former CIA Officer Evan McMullin Says He'll Make Third-Party Presidential Run
- Families of 2 U.S. Personnel Killed in Benghazi Sue Clinton
- Challenger for Wasserman Schultz's Seat Files Election Complaint
- NAACP Leaders Stage Voting Rights Sit-in at VA Congressman's Office
- Chicago Mayor "Reserving Judgment" After Police Kill Unarmed Teen
- Today is the Second Anniversary of the Police Killing of Michael Brown
- Chicago Teachers Threaten Strike If City Tries to Push Pay Cuts
- Barclays to Pay $100 Million to U.S. States over Libor Scandal
- Two Professors, Australian and American, Kidnapped in Afghanistan
- Protests at NY State Parole Board After Prisoner Found Dead
- Japan Marks 71st Anniversary of Nagasaki Atomic Bombing
Julian Assange on the Green Party's Rising Popularity & the November Election: "Anything is Possible"
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange spoke via video stream to the Green Party convention in Houston, Texas, over the weekend about the Green Party’s rising popularity ahead of the November general election. This comes as CNN’s Poll of Polls shows Stein polling at 5 percent—five times more than the 1 percent of the national vote she won in 2012.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange spoke via video stream at the Green Party convention in Houston, Texas, over the weekend. Assange has been confined to the Ecuadorean Embassy in London for more than four years, fearing that if he were to attempt to leave, he would be arrested by British police and ultimately extradited to the U.S., where it is believed there is a sealed indictment against him over WikiLeaks’ release of documents. Assange was speaking with former Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb. He began by speaking about WikiLeaks’ release of 20,000 internal DNC emails.
A New Day & Another Way: Green VP Nominee Ajamu Baraka Urges Progressives to Reject Two-Party System
The Green Party nominated human rights activist Ajamu Baraka to be Dr. Jill Stein’s vice-presidential running mate during the party’s convention in Houston, Texas, over the weekend. Baraka is the founding executive director of the US Human Rights Network and coordinator of the U.S.-based Black Left Unity Network’s Committee on International Affairs. He has served on the boards of Amnesty International USA, the Center for Constitutional Rights and Africa Action. These are excerpts of Baraka speaking in his acceptance speech and at a news conference during the party convention.
In Houston, Texas, Dr. Jill Stein formally accepted the Green Party’s nomination for president at the party’s convention over the weekend. Interest in the Green Party has jumped in recent weeks since Hillary Clinton won the Democratic nomination, defeating Bernie Sanders. In 2012, Dr. Stein ran on the Green ticket and won less than 1 percent of the national vote. But according to CNN’s Poll of Polls, Stein is now polling at 5 percent. The same poll finds Clinton at 45 percent, Republican Donald Trump at 35 percent and Libertarian Gary Johnson at 9 percent. Neither Stein nor Johnson will be invited to take part in this fall’s presidential debates, however, unless they top 15 percent in national polls. For more, we hear excerpts of Dr. Jill Stein speaking at the Green Party convention.
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- Kaine Says He'll Oppose TPP over Labor and Environmental Provisions
- Iranian TV Footage Claims to Show Cash Paid by U.S. in Nuclear Deal
- Trump Economic Team: Billionaires, Oil Baron, Poker Player & No Women
- U.S. Nazi Party Leader: Trump Presidency Would Be "Opportunity"
- Brazil: Thousands Protest the Beginning of Rio Olympics
- Turkey: More Than 1 Million Rally to Denounce Failed Military Coup
- Yemen Peace Talks End Without Deal to End 16-Month War
- Iran Executes Nuclear Scientist Who Said He Was Abducted by U.S.
- N. Miami: Therapist Sues Police After He Was Shot Caring for His Autistic Patient
- Washington, D.C.: Dakota & Lakota Teens Protest Bakken Pipeline
- North Carolina Marks 51st Anniversary of Voting Rights Act
Dave Zirin: Protests by Athletes and Displaced Rio Residents Accompany Opening of 2016 Olympic Games
Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation magazine, says protests highlighting racial and economic injustice are expected from athletes attending the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, such as tennis champion Serena Williams and players from the NBA, WNBA and other countries. Polls show more than 60 percent of Brazilians think hosting the Games will hurt their country. He says that ahead of today’s opening ceremony, residents of heavily policed and displaced neighborhoods plan a major march to Rio’s "Olympic City."
Brazil's Dance with the Devil: 2016 Rio Olympics Begin with Government Dysfunction & Police Violence
More than 10,000 athletes across the world have convened in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio is the first South American city ever to host the Games, which come as Brazil is battling an economic recession, a massive Zika outbreak and the recent ouster of its democratically elected president, Dilma Rousseff. Human rights organizations have also expressed concern about the impact of the Games on Rio’s most vulnerable communities. Residents of Rio’s favelas have spoken of battles against forced evictions, police violence and wasted spending. About 85,000 police, soldiers and other security officials will patrol the city during the Games. We get the latest from Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation magazine and author of "Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy."
Cartoonist Garry Trudeau has been writing about Trump and a possible run for the presidency for nearly 30 years, prompting Trump to call him "a third-rate talent," "a sleazeball," "a jerk" and "a total loser." Trudeau is the creator of the popular comic strip "Doonesbury" and the first cartoonist to win the Pulitzer Prize. In September 1987, Trudeau published a series of comic strips that now seem prophetic. In one strip, reporters ask Trump a series of questions about his political ambitions to run for Congress, and Trump responds, "President, think president." Trump has remained a frequent character in "Doonesbury" ever since, giving Trudeau a chance to make fun of everything from Trump’s hair to his ego to his rampant use of insults. His cartoons have just been collected in a new book titled "Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump."
- Trump Repeats False Claim About Iran Ransom Before Admitting Lie
- Congresswoman Calls for Mental Health Evaluation of Trump
- Military Veterans Call on McCain to Withdraw Endorsement of Trump
- Polls Say Clinton Lead Over Trump Widened After Conventions
- Trump Taj Mahal Casino to Close After Workers Strike for 34 Days
- Brazil: Impeachment Proceedings Move Forward for Suspended President
- VA Officer Sentenced to 2.5 Years for Killing of Unarmed African American
- Black Lives Matter Demonstrators Shut Down Roads in U.K.
- Israel Claims U.S. Evangelical Christian Charity Sent Funds to Hamas
- Parole Board Clears Another Guantánamo Prisoner for Release
- Psychological Assoc. Considers Changing Rules on Interrogations
- Japan Marks 71st Anniversary of U.S. Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima
Six years ago, President Obama warned the nation that foreign corporations could soon pour money into the U.S. election system thanks to the Supreme Court Citizens United decision. Now, direct evidence has emerged for the first time showing a foreign company has indeed donated money to a federal campaign. Documentation obtained by The Intercept shows a company owned by Chinese nationals donated $1.3 million to Jeb Bush’s super PAC after receiving advice from a prominent Republican lawyer. To talk more about the exposé, we are joined by The Intercept’s Lee Fong, who co-wrote the multi-part series "Foreign Influence."
Chris Hedges vs. Robert Reich on Clinton, Third Parties, Capitalism & Next Steps for Sanders Backers
The Green Party’s national convention opens today in Houston, Texas, and Dr. Jill Stein is expected to win the party’s nomination. But will she win the support of former Bernie Sanders supporters? Last week, Democracy Now! hosted a debate between the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich about the presidential race. Hedges has endorsed 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 1993 to 1997.
- VP Nominee Mike Pence Contradicts Trump, Endorses Paul Ryan
- Trump's Campaign in Turmoil, Staffers are "Suicidal"
- Clinton Tours Factory, Chastises Trump for Using Chinese Manufacturers
- Report: Trump Asks About Nukes "If We Have Them, Why Can't We Use Them?"
- Green Party Presidential Convention Begins in Houston, TX
- Progressive Pramila Jayapal Wins Washington Primary in Landslide
- White House Denies $400 Million Cash Payment to Iran was Ransom
- Discriminatory Texas Voter ID Law Will Be Changed
- SCOTUS Blocks Ruling Allowing Trans Student to Boys' Bathroom
- Federal Judge Blocks Release of Alton Sterling Autopsy
- Maryland: Police Change Story in Fatal Shooting of Korryn Gaines
- North Korea Continues Ballistic Missile Tests
- South Koreans Continue Daily Protest Against U.S. Missile Base
- Philippines: 400+ Killed in President Duterte's "War on Drugs"
- Obama Sets Record by Granting 214 Prisoners Clemency in One Day
- MO Public Defender Gives Case to Governor to Protest Lack of Funds
Imprisoned Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning faces new charges after she tried to commit suicide last month. The Army reportedly told Manning she is being investigated on administrative charges that include having prohibited property in her cell and resisting being moved out of the cell. If convicted, Manning could face indefinite solitary confinement and additional time in prison. It could also hurt her chance of parole. Chelsea Manning is serving a 35-year sentence in the disciplinary barracks in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. She has been subjected to long stretches of solitary confinement and denied medical treatment related to her gender identity. In a newly published interview with Amnesty International, Manning said, "I am always afraid. I am still afraid of the power of government. A government can arrest you. It can imprison you. It can put out information about you that won’t get questioned by the public—everyone will just assume that what they are saying is true. Sometimes, a government can even kill you—with or without the benefit of a trial." We speak with Chase Strangio, staff attorney at the ACLU, who represents Chelsea Manning in a lawsuit against the Department of Defense.