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As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton makes history by becoming the first woman to accept a major-party presidential nomination, we speak with Rebecca Traister, writer-at-large for New York Magazine who has covered Clinton for a decade. Her most recent article is headlined "Hillary Is Poised to Make the 'Impossible Possible'—for Herself and for Women in America." We are also joined by Kshama Sawant, a Socialist city councilmember in Seattle who helped win a $15/hour minimum wage for all workers in Seattle.
Protests continued to break out on the floor of the Democratic National Convention Thursday, as chants of "No more war" could be heard throughout the final night. Scores of Sanders delegates wore fluorescent green shirts reading "Enough is Enough," which appeared to glow in the dark whenever the arena lights dimmed in between speakers. Many delegates also held signs reading "Ban Fracking Now," "#DNC Email Leaks" and "Jill Stein." Democracy Now! met up with one group of delegates from California just after they walked out.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made history by becoming the first woman to accept a major-party presidential nomination. "Tonight, we’ve reached a milestone in our nation’s march toward a more perfect union: the first time that a major party has nominated a woman for President," Clinton said. "Standing here as my mother’s daughter, and my daughter’s mother, I’m so happy this day has come."
- Hillary Clinton Becomes First Woman to Accept Major-Party Nomination
- Sarah McBride is First Trans Woman to Address Major-Party Convention
- Muslim Father of Son Killed Serving in Iraq Offers Trump Copy of U.S. Constitution
- NBA Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Says He's Michael Jordan "Because Trump Couldn't Tell Difference"
- Ohio Rep. Joyce Beatty "Plagiarizes" Melania Trump's Dress
- Sanders Delegates Walk Off DNC Convention Floor in Protest
- As Hillary Clinton Speaks Inside Convention, Hundreds Protest Outside Arena
- Delegates Given Chants to Counter Sanders Delegates' Protests
- Sanders Delegate: DNC Stripped My Credentials for Holding "No TPP" Sign
- Donald Trump on DNC Speakers: "I Was Going to Hit Them"
- Baltimore Prosecutors Say Police Undermined Freddie Gray Cases
- Ramsey Orta Sues New York City for $10 Million for Retaliation
- Trump Running Mate Mike Pence to Address ALEC Meeting
- Chelsea Manning Faces New Charges After Suicide Attempt
- Jessica Valenti Quits Social Media After Rape Threat to Her Child
- Iraq: U.S. Military Expands Role of Troops
- Clinton Running Mate Tim Kaine Pushes for More Israeli Military Funding
- Syria: Observers Say Another U.S. Strike Kills Dozens of Civilians
- Syria: Al-Nusra Breaks from Al-Qaeda's Global Leadership
- U.S. Gov't Pays Family of Italian Aid Worker Killed by Drone Strike
- Navy to Name Ship After Harvey Milk, Who Opposed Vietnam War
As President Obama addressed the Democratic National Convention last night, delegates held up signs denouncing the sweeping trade deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Obama has been pushing through the TPP, which encompasses 12 Pacific Rim nations, including the United States, and 40 percent of the world’s economy. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have come out opposing the deal amid a wave of public protest by those who say it benefits corporations at the expense of health and environmental regulations. This week, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe told Politico that he believes Hillary Clinton would support the TPP if she were elected president. The trade agreement will be one of the main economic issues the incoming president will have to address. Others include unprecedented levels of inequality, mounting student debt and financial sector reforms. We speak with Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize-winning economist, Columbia University professor and chief economist for the Roosevelt Institute.
In Philadelphia, the Democratic National Convention opened only one day after Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned following the release of nearly 20,000 emails revealing how the Democratic Party favored Hillary Clinton and worked behind the scenes to discredit and defeat Bernie Sanders. On Monday morning, protesters booed and heckled Wasserman Schultz at a Florida delegation breakfast. We speak about Wasserman and the DNC’s plans now with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who replaced Wasserman in gaveling open the convention.
As All Charges Dropped in Freddie Gray's Death: Baltimore Mayor Says Reform Doesn't Hang on Verdicts
Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Wednesday she was dropping all charges against the remaining three police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. Gray died in April 2015 of spinal injuries after he was arrested and transported in a police van. Four officers in the case went on trial earlier this year. None were convicted on any of the charges they faced, which included murder. We get reaction from Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
Bill O'Reilly Claims Enslaved Africans Who Built White House Were "Well Fed"; Dyson & Glaude Respond
Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly has sparked widespread condemnation over his comments that enslaved Africans who built the White House were "well fed." He made the comments on Tuesday, after first lady Michelle Obama spoke at the DNC on Monday about "wak[ing] up every morning in a house that was built by slaves." We get reaction from Princeton University professor Eddie Glaude and Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson.
On Wednesday night, President Obama addressed the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and implored the nation to vote for Hillary Clinton. As Obama seeks to pass the torch to his secretary of state, we host a debate on Hillary Clinton, her rival Donald Trump and President Obama’s legacy between Princeton University professor Eddie Glaude and Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson. Glaude’s most recent book is "Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul," and he recently wrote an article for Time magazine headlined "My Democratic Problem with Voting for Hillary Clinton." Dyson is the author of "The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America" and wrote a cover article for the New Republic titled, "Yes She Can: Why Hillary Clinton Will Do More for Black People Than Obama."
Protests on the floor of the convention continued on Wednesday. They reached a peak when former CIA Director Leon Panetta took the stage. While Panetta was criticizing Donald Trump’s appeal to the Russians to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails, many delegates started chanting "No more war!" We hear Panetta’s remarks and speak to a Bernie Sanders delegate who took part in the protest.
President Obama Implores Nation to Vote for Hillary Clinton: "Carry Her the Same Way You Carried Me"
The Democratic National Convention has entered its final day. Tonight Hillary Clinton will make history when she becomes the first woman to accept a major party’s presidential nomination. On Wednesday, night her running mate Tim Kaine, President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged the nation to back Clinton over Donald Trump in November.
- No Convictions for Any Cops Involved in Arrest and Death of Freddie Gray
- President Obama Calls on Democrats to Support Hillary Clinton
- As Obama Speaks at DNC, Hundreds Protest Against TPP
- Kaine Addresses DNC, Promises "Next Chapter in Great and Proud Story"
- "No More War": Delegates Interrupt Fmr. CIA Director Panetta at DNC
- Trump Asks Russia to Hack Hillary Clinton's Email
- Trump Threatens to Abandon NATO Allies If Countries Don't Pay
- Trump Adviser Calls for Electronic Tracking of Muslims on Watch List
- Bill O'Reilly: Enslaved Africans Who Built White House Were "Well Fed"
- Labor Dept. Awards $1 Million in Back Pay to Workers at U.S. Capitol
- Turkey: 100+ Media Outlets Shut Down by Gov't Since Failed Coup
- Pentagon to Investigate U.S. Strike That Killed 100+ Civilians in Syria
- Charges Dropped Against DN! Producers Arrested Filming Anti-Trump Rally
- Kansas AG Sues Defense Dept. for Information on Gitmo Transfers
- Lawyer for Fmr. Gitmo Prisoner Who Disappeared in Uruguay: He Just Wants to See His Family
- Report: CIA & Others Funnel Arms to Syria via Eastern European Countries
- Venezuela Opposition Demands Decision on Recall Vote for President
- John Hinckley Jr. Free 35 Years After He Tried to Kill Ronald Reagan
- James McPherson, First African American to Win Pulitzer for Fiction, Dies at 72
As the Democratic National Convention enters its third day here in Philadelphia, one of the city’s most famous native sons is observing and covering the proceedings from inside a state prison facility. Former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal is a well-known prisoner and also an award-winning journalist whose writing from his prison cell has reached a worldwide audience through his Prison Radio commentaries and many books. Abu-Jamal was convicted of the 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner, but has always maintained his innocence. Amnesty International has found he was deprived of a fair trial. Mumia Abu-Jamal joins us on the phone from the SCI Mahanoy state prison in Frackville, Pennsylvania, along with two of his supporters, actor Danny Glover and Larry Hamm, chair of the People’s Organization for Progress.
The address at the DNC from mothers whose unarmed African-American children were killed by law enforcement, or due to gun violence, marked an "extraordinary moment," says New Jersey delegate Larry Hamm, chair of the People’s Organization for Progress. But he adds, "I wish someone would have said police brutality must stop. … In the two years since the death of Michael Brown, 2,500 people have been killed by police in the United States." We are also joined by actor and activist Danny Glover. Both men say they formerly supported Bernie Sanders and now plan to vote for Hillary Clinton. Glover notes, "What we do beyond the 9th of November is the most important thing."
One of the most moving moments of the DNC came Tuesday when the Mothers of the Movement gathered on the convention stage. They were the mothers of Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Mike Brown, Hadiya Pendleton, Dontré Hamilton and Sandra Bland, whose deaths spurred the Black Lives Matter movement. We hear from Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of Sandra Bland; Lucia McBath, mother Jordan Davis; and Sybrina Fulton, mother Trayvon Martin.
"It's a Bittersweet Time": Some Sanders Backers Stay Inside DNC, Now Plan to Support Hillary Clinton
As Hillary Clinton secured the party’s presidential nomination Tuesday night, Democracy Now! was on the floor of the convention speaking to delegates and political leaders from around the country who formerly backed Bernie Sanders and now plan to support Clinton, including AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Los Angeles City Councilmember Gil Cedillo, and Jesús "Chuy" García, former Chicago mayoral candidate. "This is really not necessarily about the individual," says Carol Ammons, an Illinois state representative who introduced Sanders when he spoke in her district. "It is truly about the ideas."
The historic night marking the first nomination of a woman on a major party’s presidential ticket was not without protest. We speak to some of the hundreds of Bernie Sanders delegates who walked out of the Democratic National Convention soon after her former challenger asked to award her the nomination. "They did not listen to the people," said Felicia Teter, a New Hampshire delegate. "They did not just ignore us, but they fought against us."
Hillary Clinton made history Tuesday when she secured the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, becoming the first woman to head the ticket of a major party in U.S. history. During the roll call vote at the Democratic National Convention, Bernie Sanders joined the Vermont delegation and moved to give Clinton the party’s presidential nomination by acclamation.