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Protesters filled the Michigan state Capitol in Lansing on Thursday, calling on Governor Rick Snyder to resign over the contamination crisis his government has caused in the city of Flint’s water. Hours later, Snyder asked President Obama to declare a federal emergency in Flint. Flint residents are dealing not just with lead poisoning, but a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak that’s killed 10 people so far. The poisoning began in April 2014 after Darnell Earley, an unelected emergency manager appointed by Snyder, switched Flint’s water source to the long-polluted and corrosive Flint River in a bid to save money. We are joined by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the doctor who helped expose the lead poisoning. Dr. Hanna-Attisha headed a September study that found the proportion of children under five in Flint with elevated lead levels in their blood nearly doubled following the water switch. State officials initially dismissed those findings, but Dr. Hanna-Attisha refused to accept their denials. On Thursday, she was named the head of a new public health initiative to help those exposed to the contamination.
With just weeks to go, polls show Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is edging ahead of front-runner Hillary Clinton in the primary season’s first two contests. Numbers released this week give Sanders a five-point lead over Clinton in Iowa and a four-point lead in New Hampshire. Sanders has also narrowed Clinton’s once commanding lead nationwide, pulling within seven points. As the Democratic race tightens, The Nation magazine—the oldest continuously published weekly magazine in the United States—has issued a rare endorsement. On Thursday, the magazine ran the editorial "Bernie Sanders for President," saying: "[Sanders] has summoned the people to a 'political revolution,' arguing that the changes our country so desperately needs can only happen when we rest our democracy from the corrupt grip of Wall Street bankers and billionaires. We believe such a revolution is not only necessary but possible—and that’s why we’re endorsing Bernie Sanders for president." This marks only the third time in the magazine’s 150-year history that it has endorsed a candidate in the Democratic primary. Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation magazine, joins us to discuss.
Donald Trump, the New George Wallace? Head of Segregationist's 1968 Bid on GOP Front-Runner's Racism
Critics have noted the similarities in rhetoric between Donald Trump and segregationist Alabama Governor George Wallace’s 1968 presidential campaign. In November, a Black Lives Matter protester was kicked and punched by Trump supporters at a rally in Birmingham, Alabama, as Trump yelled, "Get him the hell out of here!" Trump later defended his supporters, saying "maybe [the protester] should have been roughed up, because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing." George Wallace’s daughter, Peggy Wallace Kennedy, has also compared the two campaigns, but says her father may have actually been less extreme. We speak with Tom Turnipseed, who served as the national director of George Wallace’s 1968 presidential campaign, but has since become a civil rights attorney and social justice activist. We are also joined by Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation magazine.
Republicans held their first debate in the key state of South Carolina last night. Voters head to the polls in South Carolina on February 20 in the third caucus or primary after Iowa and New Hampshire. The latest polls show front-runner Donald Trump continues to hold a commanding national lead at 33 percent—13 points ahead of his closest challenger, Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Cruz, however, has recently surged in the opening contest of Iowa, where he and Trump are now tied. With Cruz in second place, Trump has confronted his top challenger by raising questions about his eligibility to become president, because Cruz was born in Canada to a Cuban father and an American mother. We discuss Thursday’s Republican debate with two guests: Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation magazine, and Tom Turnipseed, a self-described "reformed racist" who served as national director of segregationist Alabama Governor George Wallace’s 1968 presidential campaign, but has since become a civil rights attorney and social justice activist.
- Obama Administration Transfers 10 Prisoners from Guantánamo
- Goldman Sachs Reaches $5 Billion Settlement over Financial Crisis
- Michigan Attorney General to Investigate Flint Water Crisis
- Obama Expected to Announce Halt to All New Coal Mining Leases
- Nine Activists Go on Trial for Blocking Spectra Gas Pipeline
- NCIS Reopens Probe of Navy SEALs' Alleged Beating of Afghan Detainees
- Chicago Releases Footage of Another Police Killing of Black Teen
- Chicago: Report Casts Doubt on Mayor's Claims He Did Not Know Details of McDonald Shooting
- Alabama Judge Throws Out Case Against Officer Who Partially Paralyzed Indian Grandfather
- Ithaca College President Resigns Following Protests Against Racism
Jane Goodall on the Threat of Animal Agriculture, GOP Climate Change Denial & Why She’s a Vegetarian
Jane Goodall is one of the world’s leading voices on the issue of climate change and protecting the environment. A renowned primatologist, Goodall is best known for her groundbreaking work with chimpanzees and baboons. At the U.N. climate summit in Paris last month, Goodall talked Republican climate change denial, the link between diet and climate change, her hopes "to save the rainforests" from corruption and intensive farming, and how climate concerns drove her to be a vegetarian.
Health and environmental experts are accusing the Obama administration of caving to the meat industry in its new dietary guidelines. While the guidelines recommend consuming less sugar, they do not recommend eating less meat. This comes after an intensive lobbying campaign by the meat industry and despite recent findings by the World Health Organization that processed meat can cause cancer. We are joined by Lawrence Gostin, university professor and faculty director at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University and director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Public Health Law.
Today is day 84 of a runaway natural gas leak above Los Angeles that has emitted more than 150 million pounds of methane, described as the nation’s biggest environmental disaster since the BP oil spill. Nearly 3,000 families in the community of Porter Ranch have been relocated into temporary housing. California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in the area last week. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas that accelerates climate change 86 times more than carbon dioxide. At its peak, the leak has spewed the equivalent pollution of 4.5 million cars each day. On top of the impact to surrounding communities, the Porter Ranch leak has raised concerns about similar incidents across the state and around the country. There are 14 such natural gas storage facilities in California and more than 400 across the United States. Critics say they are plagued by ailing infrastructure and a lack of adequate regulation. We are joined by two guests: Tim O’Connor, director of the Environmental Defense Fund’s Oil and Gas Program in California, and David Balen, president of Renaissance Homeowners Association, located just outside of the well site.
This week is not looking kind to opponents of the Obama administration’s diplomacy with Iran. On Wednesday, Iran freed 10 U.S. sailors less than 24 hours after their two U.S. ships entered Iranian territorial waters in the Persian Gulf. This comes just days before the Iran nuclear deal is set to take effect, easing sanctions and freeing up billions in frozen Iranian money. Is this a new era for U.S.-Iran ties? We are joined by Trita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council, author of the forthcoming book, "Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Legacy of Diplomacy."
- Indonesia: Bombings and Gunfire Rock Jakarta
- Turkey: Car Bomb Blast Kills Six in Southeast
- China Formally Arrests Leading Human Rights Lawyer Wang Yu
- Egypt Sentences 3 Journalists & 1 Press Freedom Activist to Prison
- Argentina: Thousands Protest Ouster of Radio Host Víctor Hugo Morales
- Al Jazeera America to Terminate Broadcast and Digital Operations
- Additional U.S. Special Operations Forces Arrive in Iraq
- Pakistan: 5 Killed in 2016's First Reported CIA Drone Strike
- Nebraska: Omaha Mosque Attacked for 4th Time in One Year
- Ted Cruz Failed to Disclose Goldman Loan for 2012 Senate Campaign
- The Nation Magazine Endorses Bernie Sanders for President
- Michigan: At Least 10 Have Died from Legionnaires' Amid Water Crisis
- New York: Gov. Cuomo State of State Disrupted by Assemblyman
Medea Benjamin is the co-founder of CodePink, known worldwide for activism in the cause of justice and determination to confront politicians directly. Benjamin has been removed from scores of congressional hearings for speaking out against militarism and torture. In 2013, she famously interrupted President Obama several times to criticize his policies on drones and Guantánamo Bay. At the end of their exchange, Obama said, "The voice of that woman is worth paying attention to." As Obama delivers his final State of the Union, Benjamin outlines her hopes for a foreign policy agenda during his last year in office.
The broadcaster Tavis Smiley made headlines this week for an appearance on ABC’s "This Week" when he called out Donald Trump for being an "unrepentant, irascible religious and racial arsonist." Trump responded by calling Smiley a "hater and racist." Smiley responds to Trump while also criticizing the corporate media for what he calls a lax response to the Republican front-runner’s views.
We speak with Claudia Palacios, a racial and migrant justice activist and a U.S. Marines veteran. Palacios was among seven people arrested on Friday after blocking traffic in New York City to protest the federal government’s new round of deportation raids against Central American families. She was born in Texas through the help of a midwife, rather than in a hospital, because her mother feared being deported. While the military recognized Palacios’ birth certificate, allowing her to serve for five years, including stints abroad, the State Department has refused to issue her a passport. "I’m basically stateless, because the U.S. does not recognize my birth certificate," Palacios says.
President Obama’s State of the Union Tuesday night was the seventh and final of his presidency. Obama defended his record while implicitly criticizing the Republican candidates who want to succeed him. While mostly avoiding specific policy proposals, Obama spoke out against stigmatizing vulnerable communities, including Muslims, immigrants and lower-income Americans. He defended his historic agreements with Iran and Cuba while touting the U.S. as "the most powerful nation on Earth." Obama called for change in the U.S. political system to stop the outsize influence of wealthy donors, and urged Congress to take meaningful action on climate change—including stopping its denial. We host a roundtable discussion on President Obama’s final SOTU and progressive hopes for his last year in office with five guests: Maryland Democratic congressmember and U.S. Senate candidate Donna Edwards; public TV broadcaster and author Tavis Smiley; Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza; CodePink founder Medea Benjamin; and migrant justice activist and military veteran Claudia Palacios.
- Obama Condemns Islamophobia in Final State of the Union
- Iran Releases 10 U.S. Sailors Who Entered Iranian Waters
- Pakistan: Suicide Bomber Attacks Polio Center, Killing 15
- Turkish Authorities Blame ISIS for Deadly Attack in Istanbul
- Iraq: 2 Journalists Shot Dead in Diyala Province
- Saudi Arabia Arrests Top Human Rights Activist Samar Badawi
- United Methodist Church Pension Board Blocks Investment in 5 Israeli Banks
- Israeli Air Raid Kills 1 in Gaza; Soldiers Kill 3 Palestinians in West Bank
- Denmark Poised to Pass Law to Strip Refugees of Their Possessions
- France: Calais Refugees Vow to Peacefully Defy Eviction of "Jungle" Camp
- The Yes Men Denounce War in Hoax at European Parliament
- Report: New, Smaller U.S. Missiles May Increase Likelihood of Nuclear War
- Sanders Leads Clinton in Iowa; MoveOn Endorses Him by Record Margin
- NYC: Protesters Target Bill Clinton over Conditions in Haiti 6 Years After Earthquake
- Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Deploys National Guard over Flint Water Crisis
- Los Angeles Police Chief Backs Charges Against Officer Who Killed Homeless Man
- Pennsylvania: Constable Fatally Shoots 12-Year-Old While Trying to Evict Her Family
- Oregon: Judge Says He'll Bill Militia $70,000 Per Day for Refuge Occupation