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Dream Defenders Launch #SquaDD2016 "Presidential" Campaign: "We're Black, Brown, Radical & Tired as Hell"
As Florida voters went to the polls to cast their votes based on a narrow list of candidates—two Democrats and four Republicans—organizers across the state were launching their own community-led presidential campaign, dubbed SquaDD2016. It’s the latest initiative from the Florida activist group the Dream Defenders, which formed in the wake of the death of Trayvon Martin. In 2013, the group occupied the Florida state House for 31 days to protest Florida’s controversial "Stand Your Ground" laws. Since then, the Dream Defenders has organized around voting rights and access. And now the group is imagining what the country would look like if its organizers occupied Washington, D.C., itself. In the launch video, SquaDD2016 explains, "We are the future of this yet-to-be-great country: black, brown, radical and tired as hell. Imagine with us, what would be possible if we ran for the highest offices in this country?" SquaDD2016 already has a presidential Cabinet, complete with a vice president, secretary of commerce, secretary of education, two secretaries of state, an attorney general and a newly created position, the "secretary of shade," to keep people honest.
We turn now to North Carolina, where one of the country’s most controversial and restrictive voter identification laws took effect for the first time in Tuesday’s primary elections. The law, which was passed by the Republican-dominated North Carolina state Legislature in 2013, limits the forms of ID acceptable at polling places. As a result, about 5 percent of the state’s registered voters, primarily African-American, are excluded from being able to cast a ballot. Under the law, student IDs, government employee IDs and public assistance IDs—forms of identification disproportionately held by African Americans—are no longer accepted. Passports, Motor Vehicle Department IDs and expired IDs for people over 70—identification disproportionately held by whites—are allowed. We speak to Bob Hall, executive director of Democracy North Carolina, a nonpartisan organization to increase voter participation.
As President Obama nominates Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, what will Republicans do? Garland is considered a moderate who serves as the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. At 63, Garland is also the oldest person nominated to the Supreme Court in 45 years. Republicans have vowed to block any Obama nominee. We spoke to John Nichols of The Nation just before the announcement was made.
In the Democratic race, Hillary Clinton won Florida, Illinois, North Carolina and Ohio, and leads Senator Bernie Sanders by only about 1,500 votes in Missouri. As Sanders began his address on Tuesday night, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC all declined to cut away, instead offering pundits’ commentary and graphics promising they would soon go to Donald Trump’s address. We hear from both candidates and host a debate between former Ohio state Senator Nina Turner, a Sanders surrogate, and Geneva Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland, whose death last year in a Texas jail cell following a traffic stop sparked national protests.
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton moved closer to securing their respective party’s nomination with a series of victories Tuesday night. In the Republican race, Trump won Illinois, North Carolina and Florida—where his commanding victory pushed Florida Senator Marco Rubio out of the race. Trump also has a narrow lead over Senator Ted Cruz in Missouri. Trump’s one loss was in the key winner-take-all state of Ohio, where Ohio Governor John Kasich earned his first victory of the race. We speak to The Nation’s John Nichols about the results and the media coverage.
- Trump, Clinton Secure Key Victories in Tuesday Primaries
- TV Networks Ignore Bernie Sanders' Speech Tuesday Night
- Chicago: State's Attorney Loses Re-election Bid After Protests over Laquan McDonald Shooting
- Obama to Name Nominee to Supreme Court
- Yemen: 41 Civilians Killed in U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Strike
- ISIL Commander Dies After U.S. Airstrike in Syria; Peace Talks Enter 3rd Day
- U.S. Loosens Restrictions on Travel & Trade with Cuba Ahead of Obama's Visit
- Burma Gets Civilian Leader After 50 Years of Military Rule
- Brussels: 1 Killed in Police Raid Linked to Paris Attacks
- Lawmakers Grill EPA Official over Flint Water Crisis, Calling It a "Crime of Epic Proportions"
- Detroit: Police Fire Tear Gas on High School Students, Arrest Over 12
- University of Puerto Rico Students Vote to Shut Down Campus over Austerity Cuts
- Alabama: Holman Prisoners Release List of Demands After Staging 2 Uprisings
- Indiana Governor Urged to Veto Sweeping Anti-Choice Bill; Judge Blocks Restrictions in Arkansas
- Tennessee Lawmakers Advance Anti-Transgender Bathroom Bill
"Fascism: Could it happen here?" That’s a question increasingly being raised as Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump continues his bid for the White House. People as varied as actor George Clooney, comedian Louis C.K. and Anne Frank’s stepsister Eva Schloss have suggested Trump is a fascist. Earlier this month, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto criticized Trump by invoking the fascist dictators Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. Trump has retweeted quotes by Mussolini. Is Donald Trump really a fascist? We put the question to the father of fascism studies, Robert Paxton, professor emeritus of social science at Columbia University and author of several books, including "The Anatomy of Fascism."
Former Republican Congressmember Mickey Edwards has been described as a founding father of the modern conservative movement. He was a founding trustee of the Heritage Foundation. He chaired the House Republican Policy Committee. But his analysis of the nation’s current political situation may surprise you, from his take on the presidential race to climate change to Guantánamo.
In what’s being billed as Super Tuesday 3, Democratic and Republican voters head to the polls today for primaries and caucuses in Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio and the commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. In the Republican race, all eyes will be on Ohio and Florida. Can Ohio Governor John Kasich or Florida Senator Marco Rubio pull off a victory in their home states, or will Donald Trump move closer to securing the Republican nomination? Can Bernie Sanders pull off one or more upsets like he did a week ago in Michigan? Polls show Clinton and Sanders locked in close races in Ohio, Illinois and Missouri. But how democratic is our system of voting? We speak to former Republican Oklahoma Congressmember Mickey Edwards, author of "The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans."
- 5 States, Northern Mariana Islands Vote on "Super Tuesday 3"
- Sanders and Clinton Face Tight Races in Ohio, Illinois and Missouri
- North Carolina Authorities Decide Not to Charge Trump with Incitement
- Trump Continues to Face Protesters on Campaign Trail
- Sarah Palin Calls Trump Protests "Punk-ass Thuggery"
- Staffers Resign from Breitbart News Site, Accusing It of Shilling for Trump
- Muslim Student Says Man Shouting "Trump" Attacked Him & Friend
- Russia Abruptly Begins to Withdraw Troops from Syria
- 3 Afghans Drown as Refugees Seek Route into Macedonia
- Report: Top U.S. General Proposes Resuming Strikes Against Taliban
- Germany: Car Bomb Explodes in Berlin, Killing Driver
- Bahrain: Police Detain Activist and Her 1-Year-Old Son
- Obama Admin to Drop Plan to Allow Oil Drilling Off Southeast U.S.
- Report: 13 Million Could Be Displaced by Sea Level Rise in U.S. by 2100
- Former Brazilian President Lula to Take New Government Post
- Argentina: Human Rights Groups Call for U.S. to Declassify Records on Dictatorship
- Senate Confirms John King as Education Secretary
- NFL Official Admits Link Between Football and Brain Disease for First Time
- $6 Million Settlement Reached in Police Shooting of DJ Henry
Almost 6 million people across the United States are prohibited from voting as a result of state felony disenfranchisement laws that forbid those with felony convictions to vote. Florida has the highest number of disenfranchised voters. Over 10 percent of adults in the state cannot vote because they have a felony conviction. Nearly one in four black adults is disenfranchised. We speak to Desmond Meade, president of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. He’s also chair of Floridians for a Fair Democracy. He is an ex-offender who is still disenfranchised.
In St. Louis, Missouri, another Trump rally made headlines Friday when 31 people were arrested. The cover of Saturday’s New York Daily News showed a bloodied African-American protester in St. Louis. The headline read: "Blood on Don’s Hands." We speak with Umar Lee, a freelance writer and community activist in St. Louis. His new piece for The Nation is called "Why the Trump Rally in St. Louis was So Different."
Sanders Thanks Rahm Emanuel for Not Endorsing Him, as Chicago Mayor Faces Increasing Calls to Resign
Ahead of the Illinois Democratic primary on Tuesday, Senator Bernie Sanders took a moment to thank the mayor of the state’s largest city for not endorsing his presidential campaign. Sanders said he does not want Democratic Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s support, given the mayor’s role in closing public schools and firing teachers while maintaining cozy relations with Wall Street banks. Sanders stopped short of calling for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to resign but said he’s sympathetic to Chicago residents who are asking for the mayor to step down. He made the comments at Argo Community High School in Summit, Illinois, where he was introduced by Jesús "Chuy" García. Last year, García mounted a spirited but unsuccessful challenge against incumbent Emanuel. We speak with Jesús "Chuy" García, who is now a national surrogate for Sanders, and Veronica Morris-Moore, a youth organizer with the group Fearless Leading by the Youth. She helped organize the #ByeAnita campaign to oppose the re-election of Anita Alvarez, Cook County state’s attorney. Both Emanuel and Alvarez have faced calls to resign over an alleged cover-up of the police killing of Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times. The city released video of the shooting following a judge’s order more than a year after it happened; Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder the same day.
Republican front-runner Donald Trump is facing growing criticism for appearing to condone violence by supporters. Speaking on Meet the Press, Trump told Chuck Todd he has instructed his staff about paying the legal fees for a Trump supporter who punched an African-American protester in the face. On Friday, Trump canceled a rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago after thousands of people staged an anti-Trump protest outside. At least five people were arrested after multiple scuffles broke out both inside and outside the rally venue. One Trump supporter was photographed giving a Nazi salute. In the wake of the protests, Trump blamed supporters of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for the unrest. On Sunday, Trump wrote a message on Twitter saying, "Be careful Bernie, or my supporters will go to yours!" We speak to a student and professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago involved in organizing the protest.
- Chicago Protesters Shut Down Trump Rally; 31 Arrested in St. Louis
- Trump Accuses Ohio Protester of Links to ISIS
- New York: Activists Phone Bank for Sanders in Zuccotti Park, Birthplace of Occupy
- Clinton Apologizes for Praising Reagans' HIV/AIDS "Advocacy"
- Clinton Asks Where Sanders was During 1990s Health Reform; Video Shows Him Right Behind Her
- Turkey: Car Bomb Attack Kills 37 in Capital Ankara
- Ivory Coast: 16 Killed in Militant Attack on Beach Resort
- Refugees Stranded Along Greek-Macedonian Border Stage Protest
- Germany: Anti-Refugee Party Surges in Regional Elections
- Israeli Airstrikes Kill 2 Palestinian Children in Gaza
- Okinawa: U.S. Soldier Arrested in Alleged Rape of Japanese Tourist
- Brazil: Over 1 Million Rally Against President Dilma Rousseff
- Peru: Thousands Protest as Daughter of Imprisoned Ex-President Leads in Presidential Race
- Alabama: Warden and Guard Injured in Prison Riot
- Obama Poised to Name Supreme Court Pick After Narrowing List to 3
- February Smashed Monthly Temperature Records in Climate "Shocker"
- Journalist, Media Critic Ben Bagdikian Dies at 96
Argentina has reached an agreement to pay U.S. hedge funds that have sought for 14 years to profit off the country’s debt. The hedge funds bought up Argentina’s debt for bargain prices after its financial crisis, then demanded full repayment. Former Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner had refused to pay the firms, calling them "vulture funds." But under new right-wing President Mauricio Macri, Argentina has agreed to pay $4.65 billion to four hedge funds, including Elliott Management, run by billionaire Paul Singer. The deal would see the hedge funds take about 75 percent of what they demanded from Argentina—several times more than what they actually paid for the debt. Singer’s fund itself netted $2.4 billion—10 to 15 times its original investment. We speak to journalist Greg Palast. His recent article is called "Rubio’s Billionaire Wins Ransom from Argentina."
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is facing a new round of questions about her handling of the 2009 coup in Honduras that ousted democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya. Since the coup, Honduras has become one of the most violent places in the world. Last week, indigenous environmental activist Berta Cáceres was assassinated in her home. In an interview two years ago, Cáceres singled out Clinton for her role supporting the coup. "We’re coming out of a coup that we can’t put behind us. We can’t reverse it," Cáceres said. "It just kept going. And after, there was the issue of the elections. The same Hillary Clinton, in her book, 'Hard Choices,' practically said what was going to happen in Honduras. This demonstrates the meddling of North Americans in our country. The return of the president, Mel Zelaya, became a secondary issue. There were going to be elections in Honduras. And here she [Clinton] recognized that they didn’t permit Mel Zelaya’s return to the presidency." We play this rarely seen clip of Cáceres and speak to historian Greg Grandin.
We turn now to the issue of U.S. policy in Latin America and how it’s been raised in the 2016 presidential election. During Thursday’s debate, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz slammed President Obama for moving to normalize relations with Cuba. Trump, who had endorsed Obama’s efforts, backed away, saying a better deal should have been struck. Meanwhile, on Wednesday night, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized Bernie Sanders over comments he made during the 1980s about Cuba and Nicaragua.
At the Republican debate in Miami, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and John Kasich all came out opposing any negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians. "Maybe we can have an Israel-Palestine peace deal in 30 years," said Rubio, who referred to the occupied West Bank as Judea and Samaria. Trump was the only candidate to support negotiations.
In the wake of Bernie Sanders’ upset victory in Michigan, some media commentators have expressed shock Arab-American and Muslim voters in the state voted overwhelmingly for the Vermont senator. In Dearborn, which has the largest concentration of Arab Americans in the nation, Sanders won about 60 percent of the vote. We speak to Linda Sarsour and Mohamed Elibiary.