- Case of Sexually Transmitted Zika Virus Reported in Texas
- Clinton Wins 0.2% Victory in Iowa; Sanders Sweeps Young Voters
- Protesters Launch Global Actions Against TPP Signing in New Zealand
- Bangladesh: 6,000 Workers Narrowly Avoid Fire at Sweater Factory
- Pakistan: 2 Workers Killed Protesting Privatization of Airline
- U.S. Seeks to Quadruple Military Budget for Europe, Citing "Russian Aggression"
- Emergency Manager Who Switched Flint Water Resigns from Detroit Public Schools
- Ramarley Graham's Family Holds Overnight Vigil to Mark 4 Years Since Police Killing
- Saudi Arabia: Court Lifts Death Sentence, Imposes Lashes for Palestinian Poet
- Snowden Criticizes New "Privacy" Pact Between U.S. and EU
- Undocumented Mother of 3 Deported Despite Receiving Reprieve, Permission to Travel
- 2 Journalists Slain over 2-Day Period in Mexico
- Southern California Gas Company Faces Criminal Charges over Methane Leak
- Autopsy Shows Former NFL Quarterback Among Dozens with Brain Disease CTE
The Intercept’s Lee Fang recently questioned Hillary Clinton about her speeches for Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs, which paid her $675,000 for just three appearances. After a town hall in Manchester, New Hampshire, Fang asked Clinton if she would release the transcripts of her paid speeches to Goldman Sachs. Clinton laughed and turned away. Fang joins us to discuss Clinton’s Wall Street ties along with Ellen Chesler, a senior fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and longtime Clinton supporter.
Spending by so-called "dark money" groups—political super PACs and other organizations who can hide their funders—is already far ahead of previous election cycles, with estimates it could reach up to half a billion dollars. Outside spending has surged since the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, which removed limits on campaign spending by ruling that donor money is a form of free speech. We are joined by The Intercept reporter Lee Fang, who’s been following the money trail, from the politicians at the podiums to the money in the shadows.
With Iowa out of the way, the presidential contest now shifts to New Hampshire, which holds its primary a week from today. Then come contests in Nevada and South Carolina, followed by the delegate-rich "Super Tuesday" primaries on March 1. Although Bernie Sanders was able to tie Clinton in Iowa and leads her in the New Hampshire polls, he’ll face a tougher challenge as the contest moves to the Southern states. And Clinton already has a big advantage away from the voting booths: the support of several hundred "superdelegates," who vote based on their own preferences, not their party’s state results. We discuss the Iowa results and look ahead to what’s next with two guests: Ellen Chesler, a longtime supporter of Hillary Clinton and senior fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, and John Nichols, political writer for The Nation, which has endorsed Bernie Sanders, and author of several books, including the newly updated "The 'S' Word: A Short History of an American Tradition...Socialism."
The Iowa caucuses saw an upset victory for Republican Senator Ted Cruz over front-runner Donald Trump and a virtual tie between Hillary Clinton and rival Bernie Sanders. The latest returns show Clinton leading Sanders by less than half a percentage point, a result that would split Iowa’s delegate votes for the Democratic nomination. Some Democratic caucus sites decided their winner with a coin toss. In all six situations, Clinton won. Florida Senator Marco Rubio came in just behind Trump. On the Republican side, Cruz upset Donald Trump with the help of a strong evangelical turnout. We air highlights from the candidates’ Iowa speeches.
- Iowa Caucuses: Cruz Beats Trump; Sanders and Clinton in Tie
- World Health Org. Declares Zika an International Public Health Crisis
- Saudi Arabia Admits to October Airstrike on MSF Hospital
- Afghanistan: Taliban Attack in Kabul Kills 20 Police Officers
- Guatemala: Former Officers on Trial for Crimes of Sexual Slavery in 1980s
- Turkey: Crackdown on Kurdish Communities, Academics, Journalists
- U.N. Working Group Says U.S. Should Consider Reparations for Slavery
- Report: South Sudan Faces Violence and Economic Decline
- India: Supreme Court Hears Challenge to Ban on Sex Between Gay Adults
- DHS to Revoke License of Berks Family Detention Center in PA
- OR: Protesters Face Off over Ongoing Wildlife Reserve Occupation
- Kansas Took Custody of Vet's Kids over His Use of Medical Marijuana
- Spoof Edition of NYT Distributed Across New York City
- Civil Rights Lawyer Myron Beldock Dies at 86
The Iowa caucus is different from a normal presidential primary: Party members gather and discuss their preferred candidates before ballots are cast. Caucus sites include homes, churches, gyms, halls, libraries, taverns and grain elevators. Turnout varies by community, with up to 1,000 people typically gathering in cities like Des Moines, while a few dozen or less may gather in more sparsely populated areas. At stake is just 1 percent of the delegates candidates needed to win their party’s nomination. Democrats and Republicans each have their own rules over how to caucus. To help us understand what will actually happen tonight, we are joined by Hugh Espey, executive director of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement.
As the nation focuses on the Iowa caucus, we turn to a local issue that has received little attention. Iowa is facing a growing debate over the Bakken pipeline, a proposed crude oil pipeline that would run diagonally across the state. During his stops in Iowa, Bernie Sanders has used the pipeline to highlight differences with rival Hillary Clinton. We are joined from Des Moines by journalist and historian Jeff Biggers, a writer-in-residence and the founder of the Climate Narrative Project at the University of Iowa.
Iowa Progressives Weigh Clinton vs Sanders as One of Whitest U.S. States Kicks Off Presidential Race
The road to the White House begins in Iowa today with the opening contest of the 2016 presidential campaign. Polls show tight races on both sides. Republican front-runner Donald Trump holds a small lead over Texas Senator Ted Cruz. In the Democratic race, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has rallied to close what was once a 40-point deficit behind Hillary Clinton. Iowa is one of the whitest states in the country. But as the first to vote on presidential hopefuls, the Iowa caucus plays an outsize role in the election cycle. Presidential campaigning now starts a year before the opening Iowa contest—that’s nearly two years before the actual Election Day in November 2016. Voters have been treated to months of visits from candidates and more than $150 million in political advertising. We are joined from Des Moines, Iowa, by Ed Fallon, host of the radio show "Fallon Forum" and former member of the Iowa General Assembly; he is backing Bernie Sanders in the race. We are also joined by Wayne Ford, co-founder and co-chair of the Iowa Brown and Black Presidential Forum and a backer of Hillary Clinton. He is a former Iowa state representative and Iowa’s longest-serving black legislator.
- Iowa Caucuses Begin Tonight with Tight Polls on Both Sides
- Former Staffer Accuses Trump's Campaign of Sex Discrimination
- State Dept. Will Not Release 22 Clinton Emails, Citing "Top Secret" Material
- Syria: ISIL Attacks Dozens at Revered Shia Mosque
- Nigeria: More Than 80 Killed in Boko Haram Attack in Borno State
- U.S. Stepping Up Airstrikes and House Raids in Afghanistan
- Ban Ki-moon: "History Proves People Will Always Resist Occupation"
- Ethiopia: Climate-Fueled Drought Causing Critical Food Shortages
- African Union Not to Send Peacekeeping Forces to Burundi
- Europol: Thousands of Refugee Children Missing in Europe
- Sweden: Police Arrest Suspects in Attempted Attack on Refugees
- Texas: Transgender Woman Monica Loera Murdered
- Michigan State Board Rejects Petition to Recall Gov. Snyder
- New York City: B&H Store Workers Join Unionization Campaign
- "Birth of a Nation" Wins Top Prizes at 2016 Sundance Film Festival
In Part 2 of our interview with subjects of the powerful new documentary "Audrie & Daisy," we look at the story of Daisy Coleman. In early January 2012, when she was a 14-year-old high school freshman, Coleman and her 13-year-old friend, Paige Parkhurst, were invited to a small gathering of high school athletes. The girls had already been drinking when the boys came to pick them up. Daisy blacked out at the party. She says Matthew Barnett sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious, while Jordan Zech, a star high school wrestler, took videos. Barnett would later claim the encounter was consensual. Later that night, the boys dumped Daisy Coleman in her front yard in the snow, where her mother found her, half-frozen, in the morning. Charges were initially brought and dropped against the boys accused of assaulting Daisy and videotaping it, raising suspicions the Nodaway County prosecutor was influenced by Matthew Barnett’s role as a football player and his grandfather’s position as a Missouri state representative. When Daisy’s mother, Melinda, began to raise questions, she lost her job. The family’s house in Maryville mysteriously burned to the ground. Daisy says she was suspended from the cheerleading squad and incessantly bullied. People told her she was "asking for it" and would "get what was coming." She was hounded on social media, called a skank and a liar, and urged to kill herself, which she tried to do, multiple times. We speak with Coleman, along with her mother, Melinda Coleman, and Sheila Pott, the mother of Audrie Pott, who committed suicide after she was sexually assaulted and bullied online afterward. Melinda and Daisy Coleman met Audrie’s mother Sheila for the first time when they arrived for our interview.
Broadcasting from the Sundance Film Festival, we look at the story of two high school girls who were sexually assaulted and bullied on social media in cases that made national headlines. Audrie Pott and Daisy Coleman never knew each other. Daisy lived in the small rural town of Maryville, Missouri. Audrie lived in the Silicon Valley suburb of Saratoga, California. But their stories were similar. Both said they were sexually assaulted while intoxicated and unconscious by boys they knew and trusted. Both were harassed on social media afterward, and both attempted to take their own lives. Daisy survived. Audrie did not. A new documentary, "Audrie & Daisy," that premiered at Sundance examines the lives of these two teenagers and the impact of what happened to them on their families, their communities and the national conversation. In Part 1 of our coverage, we speak with Audrie Pott’s mother, Sheila Pott, about how 15-year-old Audrie hanged herself eight days after she was sexually assaulted at a party.
Rocky Anderson, former mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, has filed a lawsuit over government surveillance of phone, text and email communications that the Bush administration allegedly conducted during the 2002 Winter Olympics. He argues they put a "surveillance cone" over a broad geographic area and violated surveillance laws enacted in the 1970s after the Church Committee hearings exposed similar civil rights abuses.
Seven Republican presidential candidates faced off Thursday in their final debate before the Iowa caucuses. The front-runner, at least according to the polls, was missing. Donald Trump hosted his own event three miles away, saying he was boycotting the debate after Fox News refused to remove anchor Megyn Kelly as one of its moderators. We feature excerpts from the debate about Planned Parenthood, proposals to "carpet bomb" areas of Syria in the effort to fight the self-proclaimed Islamic State, and hate crimes against Muslims; and get reaction from a man who ran for president as a third-party candidate. Rocky Anderson, the former mayor of Salt Lake City, is a former Democrat who once endorsed Mitt Romney for governor of Massachusetts. In 2012, he ran for president on the Justice Party ticket. He’s also an attorney and the founder of High Road for Human Rights.
- WHO: 4 Million People in Americas Could Be Infected with Zika by 2017
- GOP Presidential Candidates Face Off in Iowa -- Without Trump
- Syrian Peace Talks Slated to Begin Today, Amid Confusion
- Pentagon Wants More U.S. Troops to Fight ISIL in Iraq and Syria
- Pentagon Taps John "Mick" Nicholson to Replace Gen. John Campbell
- Emails Show MI Officials Trucked Clean Water to State Building in Flint Last January
- FBI Releases Video of Fatal Police Shooting of Robert Finicum
- Report: U.S. & U.K. Hacked Israeli Drone Feeds
- New York: 12, Including Former CIA Analyst, Arrested at Drone Protest
- Salvadoran Woman Speaks from Detention After Multiple Seizures in ICE Custody
As we broadcast from the Sundance Film Festival, we feature a new film about James Foley, the American journalist beheaded by the Islamic State in August of 2014. Foley was a freelance journalist who covered Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria. In 2011, he was kidnapped and held for 44 days in Libya. A year after his release, he was kidnapped again—this time in Syria. He wasn’t seen again until images of his beheading were broadcast around the world. Discussing his work, Foley said, "I believe frontline journalism is important. Without these photos and videos and firsthand experience, you can’t really tell the world how bad it might be." Since his death, his mother Diane Foley has become a leading critic of a U.S. policy to refuse to negotiate or pay ransom to captors unlike European nations. In November, she told Congress that her son would be alive today had he been French, Spanish, German, Italian or Danish. In part due to her campaigning, the Obama administration announced last year plans to change aspects of the U.S. hostage policy. We speak with James Foley’s parents, Diane and John Foley, who have started the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation, and with Brian Oakes, the director of the HBO documentary, "Jim: The James Foley Story," which will premiere on HBO on February 6. Oakes was a childhood friend of Foley.
As Israel faces international condemnation over its plan to build 153 new settlement homes in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, the watchdog group Peace Now reports Israel’s defense minister has approved the construction of the new Jewish-only homes last week. The plan sparked swift criticism from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who called the settlements "an affront to the Palestinian people and to the international community." In response, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Ban Ki-moon’s criticism gives "a tailwind to terrorism" and that the "U.N. lost its neutrality and moral force a long time ago." This comes as President Barack Obama spoke at the Israeli Embassy to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day, saying, "We are all indeed Jews." We examine the history and consequences of decades of Israeli settlement construction on Palestinian lands in an interview with Shimon Dotan, the director of an extraordinary new film, "The Settlers," which just had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. "It is such a heated and often discussed topic, but I find that so little is known about it, and often the discussion is misinformed," Dotan says.
- First U.S. Case of Zika Reported as Virus Is "Spreading Explosively"
- Oregon: Ammon Bundy Calls for Final Militia Members to End Occupation
- Sweden to Expel Up to 80,000 Refugees in Coming Years
- Denmark: Refugees Protest New Laws Permitting Confiscation of Their Valuables
- South Carolina: Proposed Bill Would Require Police to Track Refugees
- Afghanistan: 3 Former Bagram Prisoners Hunger-Strike over Continued Imprisonment
- Trump and Cruz Feud as Trump Plans to Skip Tonight's GOP Debate
- Sanders Campaign Calls for 3 More DNC-Sanctioned Debates
- Flint: Rachel Maddow Hosts Live Town Hall on Poisoned Water
- Civil Rights Lawyer Michael John Kennedy Dies at 78
We speak with Roger Ross Williams about his new project, "Life, Animated," which just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Williams was the first African-American director to win an Oscar, for his film "Music by Prudence," which won the 2010 Academy Award for documentary short subject. He also directed the critically acclaimed feature documentary "God Loves Uganda." "You feel the weight of history," Williams says of his recognition. "The Academy just reflects Hollywood," Williams says as he discusses why he will not be boycotting the Oscars, but instead plans to continue trying to improve recognition and diversity by mentoring young filmmakers.
Embracing Autism: Journalist Ron Suskind on Supporting His Son's Strengths, Advice for Other Parents
In the new film "Life, Animated," Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind recounts his experience with his son Owen Suskind, who was diagnosed with regressive autism when he was three years old and has since gone to college and now holds two jobs. Elaborating on his best-selling book, "Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism," Suskind says he and other parents have worked to discover what their children are passionate about, and "when you match the strengths with the deficits, often they help themselves." He also discusses challenges for parents with few resources to find schools and assisted living environments for their autistic children, and his advocacy efforts to ensure health insurance companies cover the cost of therapies that could benefit autistic children.