- Senate Intel Committee Votes to Release Parts of Torture Report
- AP Photographer Shot Dead by Afghan Police Officer; Colleague Wounded
- Afghans to Vote in Presidential Election
- Report: USAID Launched Fake Twitter Platform to Undermine Cuban Gov't
- Anadarko to Pay $5 Billion to Settle Toxic Pollution Case
- Activist-Journalist Barrett Brown Reaches Plea Deal in Stratfor Case
- Mideast Peace Talks Founder After Israel Cancels Prisoner Release
- ACLU Sues over Solitary Confinement of Hunger Strikers at Immigration Jail
- Mississippi Governor Signs "Religious Freedom" Bill Seen as Anti-Gay
- Texas Executes Prisoner Using Drug from Undisclosed Supplier
- Citigroup Faces Criminal Probe over Fraud at Mexican Unit
- UPS Fires 250 Workers for Staging 90-Minute Walkout
- Mozilla CEO Steps Down After Protests over Anti-Gay Views
- Drug Overdose Treatment Approved for Home Use amid Nationwide Epidemic
Ex-Auto Safety Head & Parent of Dead Victim: GM CEOs Should Face Prison for Covering Up Safety Flaws
In 2005, General Motors decided not to change a defective ignition switch redesign because it would have added about a dollar to the cost of each car. At least 13 people have died in accidents as a result, though the number could be much higher. Following two days of contentious congressional testimony by GM CEO Mary Barra, we are joined by two guests: Ken Rimer, whose 18-year-old stepdaughter Natasha Weigel died in a defective Chevy Cobalt in 2005, and consumer advocate Joan Claybrook, former head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"The Next Citizens United": McCutcheon Opens Floodgates for 1 Percent to Spend Millions on Campaigns
We continue our coverage of Wednesday’s Supreme Court decision in the case of McCutcheon v. FEC, described by many as "the next Citizens United." In a 5-to-4 vote, the court’s conservative justices eliminated a long-standing limit on how much donors can give in total to federal candidates, party committees and political action committees in a two-year election cycle. We are joined by Andy Kroll, senior reporter at Mother Jones magazine, who has extensively covered campaign finance and anonymous donations, called "dark money."
As the 2014 election season gets underway, the Supreme Court has struck down a long-standing limit on how much donors can give to federal candidates, political parties and political action committees in a two-year election cycle. Without any aggregate limit, a donor can now give millions directly to candidates and parties. The 5-to-4 decision in the McCutcheon v. FEC case is being described as the "next Citizens United," referring to the 2010 ruling that opened the floodgates for unlimited corporate spending on U.S. elections. We speak to Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont about Wednesday’s landmark decision and his fight to remove big money from the electoral process. We also discuss Sanders’ potential presidential run in 2016, which he says he is considering "not because I wake up in the morning with a burning desire to be president … but [because] I happen to believe there are such enormous issues out there that I just don’t want to see swept under the rug."
- Iraq War Vet Kills 3, Wounds 16 Before Taking Own Life in Fort Hood Rampage
- Supreme Court Strikes Down Election Cycle Limits on Political Donations
- Obama Campaigns for $10.10 Minimum Wage
- New York City Apartment Building Workers March Ahead of Strike Vote
- GOP Senator, Gov. Coordinated with Anti-Union Effort in Tennessee
- Texas Abortion Providers Challenge Anti-Choice Law
- Mississippi Lawmakers Advance Anti-Abortion, Anti-LGBT Bills
- Former Gov't Contractor Sentenced to 13 Months for North Korea Leak
- Senate Report Finds Caterpillar Evaded Billions in Taxes
- 18 Nations Ratify U.N. Arms Treaty
- European Parliament Votes to Adopt Net Neutrality
Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Julia Angwin joins us to discuss her new book, "Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance." Currently at ProPublica and previously with The Wall Street Journal, Angwin details her complex and fraught path toward increasing her own online privacy. According to Angwin, the private data collected by East Germany’s Soviet-era Stasi secret police could pale in comparison to the information revealed today by an individual’s Facebook profile or Google search.
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has issued its most dire warning yet about how greenhouse gases have driven up global temperatures and extreme weather, while threatening sources of food and water. "Throughout the 21st century, climate-change impacts are projected to slow down economic growth, make poverty reduction more difficult, further erode food security, and prolong existing and create new poverty traps, the latter particularly in urban areas and emerging hot spots of hunger," the report says. We are joined by two climate scientists who helped write the IPCC’s report: Princeton University Professor Michael Oppenheimer and Saleemul Huq, a climate scientist at the International Institute for Environment and Development in London. We are also joined by Tim Gore, head of policy for Food and Climate Justice at Oxfam. "[Fossil fuel companies] are the drug suppliers to the rest of the world, who are junkies and hooked on fossil fuels," Huq says. "But we don’t have to remain hooked on fossil fuels. Indeed, we are going to have to cut ourselves off from them."
- GM CEO Apologizes to Victims, Fails to Explain Negligence
- Obama Celebrates Health Law Enrollment Numbers
- Obama Admin Confirms Warrantless "Backdoor" Searches Target U.S. Citizens
- NATO Suspends Formal Cooperation with Russia
- Palestinian Authority Signs International Conventions After Israel Reneges on Prisoner Release
- Obama Admin: No Decision on Release of Jailed Spy
- Group: Syrian Death Toll Could Reach 220,000
- House Votes to Block Climate Research
- Koch-Backed Measure Bans Transit Funding in Tennessee
- Chile Declares State of Emergency After Earthquake Triggers Tsunami
After being deported to Mexico from his home in Arizona earlier this year, Jaime Valdez joins us to detail his attempt today to re-enter the United States. Valdez says he was deported in retaliation for a hunger strike that his family took part in at the Phoenix offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement to protest U.S. immigration policies. "All my family is in the U.S., so that’s why I’m trying to come back," Valdez says. "We’re going to try to get this message to the president, to stop the deportations and to stop the discrimination and injustice in detention centers." He and another immigrant hope to rejoin their families today by crossing at a checkpoint in the Mexican border town of Nogales, where the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is currently on a three-day tour visiting with Border Patrol agents and migrants.
Following the death of two prisoners at New York City’s Rikers Island facility, we look at mounting pressure on jails and prisons to reform their use of solitary confinement. A corrections officer was arrested last week and charged with violating the civil rights of Jason Echevarria, a mentally ill Rikers prisoner who died after eating a packet of detergent given to him when his cell was flooded with sewage. It was the first such arrest in more than a decade. Also last month, Jerome Murdough, a mentally ill homeless veteran, died in a Rikers solitary mental-observation unit where he was supposed to be checked on every 15 minutes. An official told the Associated Press that Murdough "baked to death" after temperatures soared in his cell. We hear from Echevarria’s father, Ramon, at a protest seeking justice for his son, and speak to former Rikers prisoner Five Mualimmak, who was held in solitary there. And we are joined by two guests from within the prison system calling for reform: Dr. James Gilligan, a psychiatrist who is helping reduce violence in prisons, and Lance Lowry, president of the Texas Correctional Employees, the union which represents Texas prison guards. Lowry is calling on the state to reduce the use of solitary confinement, including on death row. "Zookeepers are not allowed to keep zoo animals in the kind of housing that we put human beings in," Dr. Gilligan says. "We have created the situation; it is called a self-fulfilling prophecy: We say these are animals, they are going to behave like animals, then we treat them so that they will."
Outrage is growing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after the latest incident in a spate of police shootings. Video footage captured by a police helmet camera shows officers killing James Boyd, a homeless man who appeared to be surrendering to them at a campsite where he was sleeping. Boyd is seen picking up his belongings and turning away when officers deploy a flash grenade and then fire six live rounds at him from yards away. The Albuquerque Police Department has come under federal scrutiny for being involved in 37 shootings since 2010, 23 of them fatal. This week the FBI confirmed it is investigating the killing of Boyd, and the Justice Department has already been investigating the city’s police shootings for more than a year. We are joined by Russell Contreras, an Associated Press reporter who was tear-gassed while covering the Sunday protest and has been following the police shootings. We also speak to Nora Tachias-Anaya, a social justice activist whose nephew, George Levy Tachias, was fatally shot by police while driving in Albuquerque in 1988. Tachias-Anaya is a member of the October 22 Coalition To Stop Police Brutality.
- Obamacare Hits Deadline with Enrollment Over 7 Million
- Senate Report: CIA Misled Public on Extent of Torture, Intelligence Gains
- GM Faces Congressional Hearings on Deadly Ignition Defect
- Obama Admin Mulls Release of Jailed Spy to Save Mideast Peace Talks
- Russia Begins Troop Pullback from Eastern Ukraine
- World Court Orders Japan to Stop Antarctic Whaling
- Al Jazeera Journalists Testify in Egypt Trial
- Mississippi Death Row Prisoner Wins New Trial
- Du Pont Heir Avoids Jail Time on Child Molestation Conviction
- U.S. Faces Call for $30 Billion in Annual Climate Aid for Global Warming Mitigation
- Malaysian Activist Irene Fernandez Dead at 67
In a Democracy Now! global broadcast exclusive, we spend the hour with one of Egypt’s most prominent dissidents, Alaa Abd El-Fattah, speaking in his first extended interview after nearly four months behind bars. An open Internet and political activist, Fattah has been at the forefront of the struggle for change in Egypt for many years and has the distinction of having been actively persecuted by Egypt’s past four successive rulers. Facing a potential return to prison in the coming months, Fattah sits down with Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous to discuss his case, Egypt’s future and its ongoing crackdown on activists. "They are on a sentencing frenzy," Fattah says of Egypt’s military rulers. "This is not just about me. It’s almost as if it’s a war on a whole generation." Special thanks to Omar Robert Hamilton and Sherine Tadros.
- U.N. Panel: Poorest Will Suffer Brunt of Global Warming's Impact
- Report: U.S. & Other Rich Countries Delete Call for Climate Aid
- Kerry, Lavrov Follow Obama-Putin Talks on Ukraine
- Thousands Stage Land Day Protests in Israel, Occupied Territories
- Israel Reneges on Pledge to Free Palestinian Prisoners
- Spanish Journalists Freed by Al-Qaeda Rebels in Syria
- Obama Renews Bulk Phone Data Collection Despite Call for Reform
- Gen. Alexander Retires as NSA Head
- Hundreds Protest Police Shootings in Albuquerque; FBI Opens Probe
- Christie Ally Resigns from Port Authority
- Christie Apologizes to Billionaire GOP Donor for Calling West Bank "Occupied"
- Married Same-Sex Couples in Michigan Win Federal Recognition
- West Virginia Gov. Vetoes 20-Week Abortion Ban
- Report: Regulators Failed to Launch GM Probe Despite Knowing of Deadly Flaws
As the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence feuds with the CIA over the declassification of its 6,000-page report on the agency’s secret detention and interrogation programs, we host a debate between former CIA acting general counsel John Rizzo and human rights attorney Scott Horton. This comes as the United Nations Human Rights Committee has criticized the Obama administration for closing its investigations into the CIA’s actions after Sept. 11. A U.N. report issued Thursday stated, "The Committee notes with concern that all reported investigations into enforced disappearances, torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment that had been committed in the context of the CIA secret rendition, interrogation and detention programmes were closed in 2012 leading only to a meager number of criminal charges brought against low-level operatives." Rizzo served as acting general counsel during much of the George W. Bush administration and was a key legal architect of the U.S. interrogation and detention program after the Sept. 11 attacks. He recently published a book titled "Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA." Attorney Scott Horton is contributing editor at Harper’s magazine and author of the forthcoming book, "Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America’s Stealth Foreign Policy."
- U.N. General Assembly Rejects Russian Annexation of Crimea
- U.S. Congress Backs $1 Billion Aid Package for Ukraine
- U.N. Committee Criticizes U.S. Record on Human Rights
- Scores Killed in Baghdad Blasts; 400,000 Displaced This Year in Western Iraq
- Obamacare Enrollment Tops 6 Million Before Deadline
- Italians Protest Obama's Record During Rome Visit
- Washington State: Mudslide Death Toll to Rise "Substantially"
- BP More Than Doubles Size Estimate for Lake Michigan Spill
- 9 U.S. Nuclear Commanders Fired in Cheating Scandal
- Report Details Claim Gov. Christie Was Told of Lane Closings, Did Not Remember
- U.S. Appeals Court Upholds Texas Restrictions That Shuttered Abortion Clinics
- Texas Executes 4th Prisoner This Year; Judge Orders Disclosure of Drug's New Supplier
- U.N. Council to Probe Possible War Crimes in Sri Lanka
- Domino's Workers Win Restitution for Stolen Wages
- U.S. Army Vet Placed in Solitary Confinement After Protest Bid at Immigration Jail
Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris joins us to talk about his new film, "The Unknown Known," based on 33 hours of interviews with former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The title refers to an infamous press briefing in 2002 when Rumsfeld faced questions from reporters about the lack of evidence of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. "The Unknown Known" is Morris’ 10th documentary feature. He won a Best Documentary Oscar for his film "The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara." His other films include "Standard Operating Procedure," about alleged U.S. torture of terror suspects in Abu Ghraib prison, and "The Thin Blue Line," about the wrongful conviction of Randall Adams for the murder of a Dallas policeman. The release of "The Unknown Known" comes in a month marking 11 years since the U.S. invaded Iraq, leaving an estimated half a million Iraqis dead, along with at least 4,400 American troops.
A Montana medical office that provided abortions, among other services, has been forced to close after a vandal systematically broke or slashed practically every object and surface inside. All Families Healthcare saw the destruction of its plumbing and heating systems, plants pulled up by their roots, and holes stabbed through faces in family photographs. The accused vandal, Zachary Klundt, is the son of a former board member of the anti-choice group Hope Pregnancy Ministries. Twyla Klundt resigned after her son’s arrest. We are joined by All Families Healthcare owner Susan Cahill, who is facing the latest threat to her work following decades of providing abortion as part of family healthcare. Another clinic where she worked was firebombed in 1994. The following year, the Montana state Legislature passed a measure known as the Susan Cahill Law to ban physician assistants from providing abortions. Cahill was the only physician assistant providing abortions in the state. The Montana Supreme Court later upheld her right to do so.
- Obama Chides Russia on "Brute Force," Rejects Iraq War Criticism
- Ukraine, IMF Agree on $18B Aid for Austerity Reforms
- Philippines, Muslim Rebels Sign Landmark Peace Deal
- Egyptian General Resigns to Clear Run for Presidency
- Study: Executions Rose Worldwide in 2013
- Oklahoma Judge Strikes Down Secrecy on Execution Drugs
- Northwestern University Football Players Win Right to Unionize
- Bank of America in $9.3B Settlement for Selling Toxic Bonds; Ex-CEO Faces 3-Year Ban
- Connecticut Lawmakers Advance $10.10 Minimum Wage
- Bin Laden Son-in-Law Convicted in Terrorism Trial
- Journalist, Anti-Nuclear Activist Jonathan Schell Dead at 70
The Right to Heal: 11 Years After Iraq Invasion, U.S. Urged on Reparations for War's Enduring Wounds
Eleven years ago this month, the U.S. invaded Iraq. Today, a group of Iraq civilians and U.S. veterans of the war are coming together in Washington to demand the U.S. government be held accountable for the lasting effects of war at home and abroad. We are joined by two members of the Right to Heal Initiative: Joyce Wagner, co-director of Iraq Veterans Against the War, who served two tours in Iraq, and Yanar Mohammed, president of the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq. She recently gathered thousands of signatures in Baghdad to request a hearing before the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights — a request that was denied.