House lawmakers passed legislation Friday to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline to bring carbon-intensive tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to the Texas Gulf Coast. The Senate is expected to vote this week on a similar pro-Keystone bill backed by Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu. Landrieu is facing a tough battle to keep her seat in a runoff next month against Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy, who also happens to be the sponsor of the pro-Keystone bill in the House. Landrieu spoke last week about her support for Keystone. We speak to Naomi Klein, author of "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate."
As President Obama vows to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, we speak to two people who could be directly impacted by an executive order. Rosi Carrasco and her daughter, Ireri Unzueta Carrasco, are both members of Organized Communities Against Deportations. We first interviewed Rosi when she was about to get arrested during a protest at the Democratic National Convention in 2012 calling for Obama to stop deportations. She was born in Mexico and has lived in the United States for 20 years. Ireri was a DREAM Act activist and recipient of the Deferred Action program.
President Obama is considering issuing an executive action that could protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. According to The New York Times, Obama’s executive actions will not provide any formal, lasting immigration status, but many immigrants will receive work permits, which will give them Social Security numbers and allow them to work legally under their own names. Another key component could prevent the deportation of parents whose children are U.S. citizens. Democracy Now! co-host Juan González breaks down the numbers of who will benefit from this possible executive order.
- ISIS Beheads U.S. Aid Worker Peter Kassig
- Top U.S. General Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq
- Report: Only 3% of Mainstream TV News Guests Opposed War
- Afghanistan: Female Lawmaker Survives Attack; U.S. Soldier Killed
- Burkina Faso: Interim President Chosen After Military Takeover
- Texas: Chemical Leak at DuPont Plant Kills 4 Workers
- House OKs Keystone XL Pipeline; Senate to Vote This Week
- Empty Oil Train Derails in Casselton, Site of Previous Crash in North Dakota
- Oil Firms Halliburton, Baker Hughes to Merge in $34.6 Billion Deal
- State Department Shuts Down Email After Breach
- Japan: Okinawa Voters Choose Governor Opposed to U.S. Base
- Leaders Cite Progress on Climate at G20; Putin Leaves Early amid Ukraine Criticism
- Bhopal Gas Leak Victims Win Victory After Hunger Strike
- Report: U.S. Vastly Expands Use of Undercover Agents
- Video Shows Darren Wilson, Cop Who Shot Michael Brown, Arresting Man for Filming Him
- Surveillance Footage Shows Claims of Darren Wilson's Injuries "Exaggerated"
For years Russell Brand has been one of Britain’s most popular comedians, but over the past 12 months he has also emerged as a leading voice of Britain’s political left. He has taken part in anti-austerity protests, spoken at Occupy Wall Street protests and marched with the hacker collective Anonymous. A recovering addict himself, Brand has also become a leading critic of Britain’s drug laws. He has just come out with a new book expanding on his critique of the political system. It is simply titled "Revolution."
- Top Pentagon Official: U.S. "Considering" Sending Combat Troops to Iraq
- Obama Mulls Executive Action to Protect 5 Million from Deportation
- Immigrant Advocates Sue Obama Admin over Record Deportations
- Rival Louisiana Senate Candidates Push Lawmakers to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline
- McConnell to Lead GOP Senate; Dems Tap Elizabeth Warren for New Post
- Workers from Capitol, Pentagon Strike to Demand $15/Hour Minimum Wage
- California Wal-Mart Workers Stage Historic Sitdown Strike
- Liberia Lifts State of Emergency for Ebola; Mali Confirms 2nd Outbreak
- Israel Blocks U.N. Investigators, Bans Norwegian Doctor from Gaza for Life,
- U.N. Torture Panel Criticizes Police Brutality in the United States
- Activists Hold Silent Protest Against Police Violence as U.S. Defends Record at U.N.
- American Psychological Association to Review Role in Torture of U.S. Prisoners
- FIFA Investigator Blasts Report Clearing Qatar, Russia of Corruption in World Cup Bids
- Probe: Secret Service Officer Was Talking on Cellphone as Intruder Jumped Fence
- Report: Obama to Announce Up to $3 Billion in Climate Change Aid at G20
- Oxfam Calls on G20 Leaders to Curb Global Inequality
- Dow, Monsanto Sue Maui County over GMO Crop Ban
- Massey Energy CEO Indicted for Deadly Explosion at West Virginia Mine
- Report: Planes Equipped with Fake Cell Towers Sweep Up Data in Secret U.S. Program
Democratic lawmakers are meeting today to debate the way forward in the lame-duck session. One key issue will be the timing of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearing of attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch. It looks increasingly likely the hearing won’t begin until next year when the Republicans take control of the Senate. If confirmed as attorney general, Lynch would be the first African-American woman to hold the position. We are joined by one Lynch’s law school classmates, Kimberlé Crenshaw, a professor of law at UCLA and Columbia University and the founder of the African American Policy Forum. Crenshaw also discusses the latest in her campaign to include girls and women of color in Obama’s "My Brother’s Keeper" program, which calls on community groups and businesses to help men of color out of the criminal justice system.
Amidst outrage in Mexico over the disappearance of 43 students, we look at the U.S. role in the country’s violence. According to the Center for International Policy, the United States has spent approximately $3 billion to fund the so-called war on drugs in Mexico. Since the war on drugs began under President Felipe Calderón in 2006, more than 100,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence. U.S. support includes $2.4 billion in taxpayer funds through the Merida Initiative, launched as a three-year aid program for Mexican security forces under the administration of George W. Bush. The Obama administration has extended the Merida Initiative "indefinitely." We are joined by Laura Carlsen, director of the Mexico City-based Americas Policy Program of the Center for International Policy, and journalist John Gibler.
Protesters in the Mexican state of Guerrero have set fire to the local legislature as outrage spreads over the disappearance of 43 students. The students from Ayotzinapa teacher’s college have been missing for nearly seven weeks after they were ambushed by police. Unrest has intensified since Mexican Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam announced Friday that suspects in the case have admitted to killing the students and incinerating their bodies at a trash dump. More than 70 people have been arrested in the case, including the mayor of Iguala, who is accused of ordering the police attack. Across Mexico, tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in peaceful protests, while groups of demonstrators have laid siege to government buildings, burned cars and blocked highways. The parents of the missing students, meanwhile, have announced they will be traveling across parts of Mexico in three caravans to demand their loved ones’ return. We are joined from Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero state, by John Gibler, an author and independent journalist. “I don’t think it’s possible anymore to talk about corruption,” Gibler says. “What we have is two sectors of an industry that have fully merged — the police and the organized crime gangs themselves.”
- Ebola Toll Tops 5,000; Infections Slow in Liberia, Guinea While Worsening in Sierra Leone
- Obama Admin Seeks Ebola Funding Before Congress, Backs Partial IMF Debt Relief
- Report: Ebola Countries Lose More to Tax Dodging than They Spend on Health
- Family of Late Ebola Patient Reaches Settlement with Dallas Hospital over Botched Care
- Nurses Stage Nationwide Protest over Ebola Protection, Protocols
- NATO Accuses Russia of Military Escalation as Ukraine Violence Threatens Truce
- Free Syrian Army Rejects U.N. Truce Proposal for Aleppo
- Group: 50 Syrian Civilians Among Hundreds Killed in U.S. Strikes
- U.S. "Deeply Concerned" over New Israeli Settlement Construction in East Jerusalem
- Obama Visits Burma Amid Renewed Junta Repression
- Major Banks Fined $4.3 Billion over Exchange Market Manipulation
- Fatal Police Shootings Hit 2-Decade Record
- Michael Brown Family Testifies at United Nations; Grand Jury to Hear from Forensic Pathologist
- Generic Drug Firms Subpoenaed as Price Hikes Draw Federal Scrutiny
- U.S. Made $100,000 in Secret Payments to Families of Yemen Drone Strike Victims
- Activist, Exonerated Death Row Prisoner Darby Tillis Dead at 71
Lt. Gen. Daniel P. Bolger, a retired three-star U.S. general who helped command troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, joins us to discuss his new book, "Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars." Bolger writes: "I am a United States Army general, and I lost the Global War on Terrorism. It’s like Alcoholics Anonymous; step one is admitting you have a problem. Well, I have a problem. So do my peers. And thanks to our problem, now all of America has a problem, to wit: two lost campaigns and a war gone awry." Bolger is now calling for a public inquiry along the lines of the 9/11 Commission to look into why the two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have gone so poorly.
In a strong statement in favor of a free and open Internet, President Obama has called on the Federal Communications Commission to uphold the principle of net neutrality by classifying the Internet as a public utility. Obama said such protections would prevent Internet service providers like Comcast from blocking access to websites, slowing down content or providing paid fast lanes for Internet service. Obama’s proposal comes as his appointed FCC chair, Tom Wheeler, a former lobbyist for the cellphone and cable industries, is considering breaking with the president on net neutrality. According to The Washington Post, Wheeler met with officials from Google, Yahoo and Etsy on Monday and told them he preferred a more nuanced solution. Wheeler reportedly said: "What you want is what everyone wants: an open Internet that doesn’t affect your business. What I’ve got to figure out is how to split the baby." On Monday, protesters called on Wheeler to favor net neutrality as they blockaded his driveway when he attempted to go to work. Protests also took place in a dozen cities last week after The Wall Street Journal reported the FCC is considering a "hybrid" approach to net neutrality. This would apply expanded protections only to the relationship between Internet providers and content firms, like Netflix, and not to the relationship between providers and users. We discuss the ongoing debate over the Internet’s future with Steven Renderos of the Center for Media Justice.
The United States and China, the world’s two largest polluters, have agreed on new target limits for greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade. Announcing the deal in China with Chinese President Xi Jinping, President Obama said the United States will set a goal of reducing carbon emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, a doubling of current reduction efforts. China has also made its first-ever commitment to stop emissions from growing by 2030. We are joined by Jake Schmidt, director of the International Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council.
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- U.N.: Funding Shortfall Threatens Up to 1 Million Refugees in Iraq, Syria
- U.S. Drone Strikes Kill 4 in Pakistan, 7 in Yemen
- Israeli Settlers Torch West Bank Mosque; Soldiers Kill Palestinian Demonstrator
- Mexican Protesters Burn Political Party Building in Massacre Uproar
- Missouri Gov. Threatens to Deploy National Guard After Grand Jury Decision
- Michael Brown's Parents Appeal to U.N. Panel on Torture
- NYC Doctor Released from Hospital After Beating Ebola
On Veterans Day, we broadcast the voice of a veteran recorded with StoryCorps, the award-winning national social history project. Two years ago, StoryCorps launched the Military Voices Initiative recording the stories of post-9/11 military veterans and their families. And this Veterans Day, StoryCorps is releasing a series of animations and a radio special based on these interviews. We broadcast one of those stories stories told by Spc. Justin Cliburn, who deployed to Iraq with the Oklahoma Army National Guard in 2005. While serving in Baghdad, Cliburn formed an unlikely friendship with two Iraqi boys who lived nearby. Cliburn speaks with his wife, Deanne, about the lasting impression the boys left on his life.
Phil Donahue is one of the best-known talk show hosts in U.S. television history. The Phil Donahue Show was on the air for almost 30 years, until 1996. In 2002, Donahue returned to the airwaves, but was fired by MSNBC on the eve of the 2003 U.S.-led war in Iraq because he was allowing antiwar voices on the air. We talk to Donahue about his firing and the silencing of antiwar voices by the corporate media — that continues to this day.
As the nation marks Veterans Day, we remember the Iraq War veteran Tomas Young, who died this week at the age of 34. He enlisted in the military just after the Sept. 11 attacks. In 2004 he was sent to serve in Iraq. On April 4th–his fifth day in Iraq–Young’s unit came under fire in the Baghdad neighborhood of Sadr City. Young was shot and left paralyzed, never to walk again. Young returned home and became an active member of Iraq Veterans Against the War. He remained in and out of the hospital for the rest of his life. Young was later featured in the documentary "Body of War" directed by Ellen Spiro and the legendary television broadcaster Phil Donahue. We broadcast excerpts of the film and past Democracy Now! interviews with Young. Donahue joins us in studio to discuss the impact Young made in the antiwar and veteran communities and the making the film, which was nominated for an Academy Award.
- Obama Backs Strict Net Neutrality Protections for Open Internet
- Egypt Militants Back Islamic State; U.S. Strike Said to Injure Top ISIS Leader
- Iraq War Veteran, Activist Tomas Young Dies at 34
- Veterans Affairs May Fire 1,000 Staffers After Healthcare Scandal
- Nigeria: Suicide Attack at School Kills Nearly 50
- India: 8 Women Die, Dozens Hospitalized After Mass Sterilization
- Mexico: Protesters Block Airport in Acapulco over 43 Missing Students
- U.N. Launches Panel to Investigate Gaza Deaths
- Palestinian Activist Rasmea Odeh Jailed After Conviction of Immigration Fraud
- New York Doctor to Be Released After Recovering from Ebola
- New York City to Ease Response to Marijuana Possession After Arrests Rise Under de Blasio
- Mumia Abu-Jamal Sues over Pennsylvania Law Restricting Prisoners' Speech
- Recording Shows Reagan Apologizing to Thatcher over 1983 U.S. Invasion of Grenada
- Slain Civil Rights Activists Among Winners of Presidential Medal of Freedom