The Department of Justice said Wednesday that it would sue the city of Ferguson, Missouri, to force the city to adopt police reforms negotiated with the federal government. This comes a day after the Ferguson City Council voted to change a proposed consent decree to reform the police and courts. The agreement was negotiated between city officials and the Department of Justice. Ferguson city officials said it would cost too much to implement. A Justice Department probe following the August 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown found police and courts in Ferguson routinely engaged in a pattern and practice of discrimination against African Americans. We speak to Jeffrey Mittman, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri.
With Bernie Sanders’ double-digit victory over Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary and near tie with her in last week’s Iowa caucuses, it would seem that the race for the Democratic nomination would be neck and neck. But that is not the case. In New Hampshire, Sanders trounced Clinton 60 to 38 percent—but they split the delegates evenly thanks to unelected superdelegates siding with the former secretary of state. Overall, Clinton sits far ahead of Sanders when you factor in these superdelegates—the congressmen, senators, governors and other elected officials who often represent the Democratic Party elite. We speak to Duke professor David Rohde and Matt Karp, assistant professor of history at Princeton University and contributing editor at JacobinMag.com.
After the New Hampshire vote, the focus of the Democratic race has largely become South Carolina. Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are making concerted efforts to win the state’s African-American vote. The Congressional Black Caucus PAC is expected to endorse Clinton today. Meanwhile, on Wednesday Sanders met with the Rev. Al Sharpton in Harlem and received an unexpected boost when acclaimed writer Ta-Nehisi Coates announced on Democracy Now! that he would vote for the Vermont senator. We talk to Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) about why she has not yet endorsed either candidate. She also points out today’s Clinton endorsement is coming from the Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee, not the Congressional Black Caucus.
A year ago today, President Obama sought congressional approval to attack the self-proclaimed Islamic State. The request came six months after the U.S. began bombing Iraq and Syria. The resolution imposed a three-year limit on U.S. operations but did not put any geographic constraints. It also opened the door for ground combat operations in limited circumstances. However, Congress has yet to hold the constitutionally mandated debate and vote on the war against ISIL. Instead, the strikes have been carried out using an outdated authorization passed by Congress in 2001 in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Now, over 20 members of Congress have sent a bipartisan letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan calling for a debate and vote on the multibillion-dollar war raging in the Middle East. We speak to one of the signatories, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA). She’s the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Peace and Security Task Force and the former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.
- Justice Dept. Sues Ferguson to Force Criminal Justice Reform
- Cleveland Bills Family of Tamir Rice $500 for His Ambulance Ride
- Federal Grand Jury Examines Death of Eric Garner
- Oregon: FBI Agents Encircle Remaining Occupying Militia Members
- Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie Drop Out of 2016 Presidential Race
- Sanders and Clinton to Face Off in Wisconsin Debate Tonight
- 30,000 Stranded at Syria-Turkey Border as Aleppo Under Assault
- 11.5% of Syrians Killed or Injured Since 2011
- Two Yemeni Journalists and Three Children Killed in Saudi Airstrikes
- Nigeria: 58 Killed in Suicide Bomb Attacks in Dikwa Refugee Camp
- London: Thousands of Taxi Drivers Stall Traffic in Uber Protest
- Mexico: Dozens Dead in Clash, Fire at Monterrey Prison
- Mexican Journalist Survives Attack, 1 Day After Another Journalist Found Dead
The acclaimed writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of "Between the World and Me," has written some of the most discussed articles on the presidential race looking at Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and his position on reparations. Coates wrote the articles after Sanders appeared at the Black and Brown Forum in Iowa and said he did not support reparations for slavery because it is too "divisive" an issue. While his critique of Sanders generated headlines, today Coates talks on Democracy Now! about why he still plans to vote for the Vermont senator.
Bernie Sanders on NH Victory: "Tonight We Served Notice to the Political and Economic Establishment"
In the Democratic New Hampshire primary, Senator Bernie Sanders beat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by a margin of 60 to 38 percent. Eight years ago, Clinton won New Hampshire, defeating Senator Barack Obama. When polling first began in New Hampshire over a year ago, Clinton was projected to win by as much as 50 percent, but Sanders has steadily chipped away at her support. On Tuesday, Sanders beat Clinton in nearly every demographic area except for senior citizens and families earning over $200,000. According to exit polls, 55 percent of women—including 70 percent of women under 30—backed the Vermont senator. Overall, Sanders won 83 percent of the under-30 vote. By winning New Hampshire, Sanders becomes the first Jewish candidate to ever win a major presidential primary.
- Sanders Wins NH Democratic Primary in a Landslide
- Donald Trump Wins NH GOP Primary; Kasich Surprise Second
- Supreme Court Halts Obama's Coal Plant Rules in Blow to Paris Accord
- ISIL Claims Bomb Attack in Syrian Capital for the 1st Time
- NYC: Protesters Demand Media Coverage of Turkey's "Massacre" of Kurds
- Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Skips Congressional Hearing on Flint Water
- Former Greek Finance Minister Launches New Europe-Wide Movement
- Mexican Reporter Found Dead; Report Finds Country Leads World in Journalists' Disappearances
- U.S. Intel Chief: Smart Home Devices Present "New Opportunities" for Spying
- Ferguson City Council Backs Most DOJ Reforms, Seeks Delay and Changes
- Jury Acquits Reverend Who Knelt in Prayer During Ferguson Protests
- NYC: Jury to Determine Fate of Officer Who Shot Akai Gurley in Dark Stairwell
- Black Lives Matter Activist Kills Himself on Steps of Ohio Statehouse
- Sikh Actor Gets Apology, Criticizes TSA After Being Barred from Flight
- Vermont: Activists Shut Down Eminent Domain Hearing to Stall Gas Pipeline
"This Man Will Almost Certainly Die": The Secret Deaths of Dozens at Privatized Immigrant-Only Jails
A shocking new investigation about private prisons has revealed dozens of men have died in disturbing circumstances inside these facilities in recent years. The investigation published in The Nation magazine documents more than 100 deaths at private, immigrant-only prisons since 1998. The investigation’s author, Seth Freed Wessler, spent more than two years fighting in and out of court to obtain more than 9,000 pages of medical records that private prison contractors had submitted to the Bureau of Prisons. We speak to Wessler about his piece, "This Man Will Almost Certainly Die."
Earlier in the presidential campaign, Black Lives Matter activists made headlines disrupting campaign events by Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and others, demanding candidates focus on criminal justice issues. Now the group has opted not to endorse any candidate in the presidential race. We speak to journalist Darnell Moore, a member of the New York City chapter of Black Lives Matter.
Bernie Hasn't Changed His Tune: Ex-Vermont Gov. Says Sanders' Message Resonates, But Isn't Realistic
In 1986, Bernie Sanders, then mayor of Burlington, challenged sitting Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin. Sanders largely ran on a platform to tackle economic inequality. We speak to Kunin about the consistency of Sanders’ message and why she and the political establishment have opted to back Hillary Clinton this year.
Scholar Michelle Alexander made headlines last week when she wrote a critical post about Hillary Clinton’s record on criminal justice issues. "I can’t believe Hillary would be coasting into the primaries with her current margin of black support if most people knew how much damage the Clintons have done—the millions of families [that were] destroyed the last time they were in the White House thanks to their boastful embrace of the mass incarceration machine and their total capitulation to the right-wing narrative on race, crime, welfare and taxes." We look back at Clinton’s record with three guests: Darnell Moore, a member of the New York City chapter of Black Lives Matter; former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin; and former NAACP President Benjamin Jealous.
Likening him to Jesse Jackson in the 1980s, former NAACP President Benjamin Jealous praises Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for consistently addressing the issues that Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. referred to as the "giant triplets of evil"—racism, militarism and greed. We speak to Jealous in North Carolina. He was just in South Carolina campaigning for Sanders ahead of that state’s primary.
Former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin on Running Against Sanders in '86 & Endorsing Clinton in '16
Voting has begun across New Hampshire for the first primary in the country. A half-million voters are expected to cast ballots. Just after midnight, voting took place in three small towns. In the Democratic race, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders got a total of 17 votes to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s nine. In the Republican race, Donald Trump, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich each received nine votes. We speak to Madeleine May Kunin, who served as governor of Vermont from 1985 to 1991. She is a professor at the University of Vermont and the author of "The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work, and Family." Kunin’s new article for The Boston Globe is called "When Bernie Sanders Ran Against Me in Vermont." She has endorsed Hillary Clinton.
- Trump, Sanders Ahead as Primary Voting Begins in New Hampshire
- Report: Top 100 Donors in 2016 Race Have Spent More Than Bottom 2 Million
- U.N. Panel Finds "Extermination" of Prisoners in Syria
- U.S. Charges Widow of ISIS Leader in Death of Kayla Mueller
- Canada to End ISIS Bombing by February 22
- Mexico: Crime Reporter Kidnapped from Home in Veracruz
- London: Hundreds Mourn Prison Death of Sarah Reed
- Hong Kong Police Fire Live Rounds in Clashes with Protesters
- NYC Schools Close to Honor Lunar New Year for the 1st Time
- Plotter Says Pakistani Spy Agency Played Role in 2008 Mumbai Attacks
- Ex-Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner Gets JPMorgan Credit Line for Private Equity Fund
- Sikh Actor Prevented from Boarding Plane After Refusing to Remove Turban
More than 100 million people tuned in to watch Super Bowl 50 last night. In addition to seeing the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers, viewers also witnessed one of the most political halftime shows in the Super Bowl’s history as the legendary singer Beyoncé paid tribute to the Black Panthers and the Black Lives Matter movement. Backstage, Beyoncé’s dancers posed with their fists in the air, recalling the black power salute by Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Olympics. Meanwhile, homeless advocates staged a series of protests in recent weeks over San Francisco’s efforts to sweep the homeless from the streets ahead of the Super Bowl. Many of the homeless were supplanted to make way for Super Bowl City, a gated exhibition area for NFL sponsors and fans to participate in game-associated festivities. We speak to sportswriter Dave Zirin.
At Saturday’s Republican debate, Donald Trump and Ohio Governor John Kasich offered competing visions for improving police relations in the wake of the police shootings in Ferguson and elsewhere. Trump said the police have been "absolutely mistreated and misunderstood," while Kasich highlighted efforts in Ohio to bring community leaders and police together in dialogue. We speak with Vince Warren, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights.
At Saturday’s debate, Jeb Bush attacked Donald Trump for using eminent domain to try to seize the home of an elderly woman in Atlantic City to build a "limousine parking lot." Trump defended the practice but hit back after the debate, accusing the Bush family of using eminent domain to build the Texas Rangers baseball stadium. We speak to George Mason University professor Ilya Somin, author of "The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain."