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Part 2 of our special two-hour "Expanding the Debate" coverage. We play excerpts from the Hillary Clinton-Donald Trump debate and expand the debate by giving Green Party nominee Jill Stein a chance to respond to the same questions posed to Trump and Clinton. Stein and Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson were excluded from the debate under stringent rules set by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which is controlled by the Democratic and Republican parties. We invited both Stein and Johnson to join us on the program; only Stein took us up on the offer.
With the presidential election just over four weeks away, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton faced off Sunday night at Washington University in St. Louis in what Politico described as "the ugliest debate in American history." We play excerpts and expand the debate by giving Green Party nominee Jill Stein a chance to respond to the same questions posed to Trump and Clinton. Stein and Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson were excluded from the debate under stringent rules set by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which is controlled by the Democratic and Republican parties. We invited both Stein and Johnson to join us on the program; only Stein took us up on the offer.
In Shocking Tape Trump Boasts of Sexually Assaulting Women: "When You're a Star…You Can Do Anything"
Sunday’s presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump capped an extraordinary weekend that saw top Republicans call on Trump to end his presidential run following the release of a videotape showing Trump boasting about sexually assaulting women. The three-minute video, recorded by NBC’s "Access Hollywood" in 2005, was released Friday by The Washington Post. It opens with audio of Trump and TV host Billy Bush speaking on a bus as Trump prepares to meet Arianne Zucker, star of the soap opera "Days of Our Lives."
- Haiti: Hurricane Death Toll Tops 1,000 as Cholera Spreads
- U.S.: Hurricane Death Toll at 17 Amid Severe Flooding
- Donald Trump Boasts of Sexual Assault in 2005 Video
- Clinton, Trump Square Off in Caustic Presidential Debate
- Top Republicans Call on Trump to Step Down as Republican Nominee
- NBC Suspends Billy Bush from "Today" Show over Trump Tape
- WikiLeaks Reveals Parts of Hillary Clinton’s Speeches to Wall Street
- Clinton Campaign Accuses Russia of "Weaponizing" WikiLeaks
- Yemen: U.S.-Backed Saudi Coalition Bombing Kills 140, Wounds Hundreds
- Russia Vetoes Security Council Resolution on Syria Ceasefire
- Federal Court Rules Against Standing Rock Tribe in Dakota Access Pipeline Suit
- Iowa: Unicorn Riot Journalist Arrested Covering #NoDAPL Protests
- Phoenix, AZ and Vermont Observe Indigenous Peoples’ Day
We go to Bogotá to get reaction to the selection of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos as this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner for his role in pursuing a peace deal to end the nation’s 52-year-old civil war. The move comes after Colombians rejected the peace deal just this past Sunday in a nationwide referendum. Nobel Peace Prize Committee. "It would have been better ... if the [peace prize] had been granted both to President Santos and to Rodrigo Londoño, the head of the FARC," says Daniel García-Peña, who was Colombia’s high commissioner for peace from 1995 to 1998. He is a professor of political science at the National University in Bogotá. García-Peña is also the founder of the organization Planeta Paz, or Planet Peace, dedicated to building grassroots participation in the Colombian peace process.
Late last month, 77-year-old Felix Vail was sentenced to life in prison for killing his first wife, Mary Horton Vail, who died on a fishing trip in 1962 with Vail. Eleven years after Mary died, Felix’s new wife, Sharon Hensley, mysteriously disappeared. Then, 11 years later, in 1984, Felix’s new wife, Annette Craver Vail, disappeared. She was just 17 years old. Sharon and Annette were never heard from again. All three women were last seen with Felix Vail, but Felix was never charged in any of the cases. But that changed after the Mississippi Clarion-Ledger ran a multi-part series re-examining the deaths and disappearances. The lead reporter on the series was the prize-winning investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell, who has appeared on Democracy Now! multiple times over the years. Shortly after his DN! interview in 2010, he received a call from a woman named Mary Rose who heard the interview. She wanted his help in investigating the death of her daughter, Annette Craver Vail, the 17-year-old wife of Felix Vail who disappeared in 1984. Mitchell soon began investigating the case, and six years later it is no longer a cold case. For more, we speak with Jerry Mitchell and Mary Rose, Annette Craver Vail’s mother.
As Hurricane Matthew bears down on the Florida coast, onto Georgia and South Carolina, we discuss how the role of climate change has been largely ignored in media coverage of the storm. "If the TV networks don’t start making these links between climate change and extreme weather events, they will be one of the last bastions of climate denial," says May Boeve, executive director of 350 Action, the political arm of the climate organization 350.org.
As the death toll from Hurricane Matthew continues to rise to more 330, across the country some 15,000 have been displaced and 350,000 more are in need of assistance. The storm knocked out most electricity and phone service across the country. It also washed out a major bridge connecting southern Haiti to the rest of the country. Aid organizations are warning that food and water is scarce. We get reaction from Haitian-American novelist Edwidge Danticat, who says the storm has caused what will be an "ongoing disaster" in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, which is still recovering from a devastating earthquake six years ago that left more than 300,000 dead and twice as many people displaced.
- Death Toll Rises to More Than 300 in Haiti After Hurricane Matthew
- Hurricane Matthew Bearing Down on U.S. Coast as Millions Evacuate
- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Wins Nobel Peace Prize
- U.N. Envoy Warns Eastern Aleppo Could Be Destroyed by Christmas
- Italian Coast Guard: 11,000 Refugees Rescued in One Week
- DOJ Launches Probe of Alabama Prisons Amid Nationwide Prison Strike
- Obama Commutes Sentences of 102 Federal Prisoners
- Rallies in Cities Across U.S. Demand Freedom for Bresha Meadows
- Land Defenders Face Growing Repression in Fight to Stop Dakota Access Pipeline
- South Africa: "Fees Must Fall" Campaign Demands Free Education
- Belize: National Teachers' Strike Continues
- 1 in Every 40 Americans Cannot Vote in Election in November
- Southwest Pulled Iraqi American Off Plane After He Said "Inshallah" in Phone Call
- 23 Arrested Demanding VA Gov. McAuliffe Reject Fracked Gas Pipelines
With the presidential election less than five weeks away, the explosive new documentary "America Divided" explores inequality in America. The show follows high-profile correspondents as they explore aspects of inequality in education, housing, healthcare, labor, criminal justice and the political system. Oscar-winning hip-hop artist Common returns to his hometown of Chicago to examine disparities in the criminal justice system. Actress Rosario Dawson travels to Flint, Michigan, to investigate the man-made disaster behind the city’s water crisis. And legendary TV producer Norman Lear investigates gentrification and displacement in New York City and goes undercover to expose racial discrimination in housing. For more on this groundbreaking series, we speak with the three creators of "America Divided": Rick Rowley, Solly Granatstein and Lucian Read.
While 2016 is on pace to become the warmest year on record, climate change has been largely ignored at the presidential and vice-presidential debates so far. We look at Donald Trump’s history of climate change denialism. He has called it a scam and a hoax. In 2012, Donald Trump tweeted: "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive." We speak to Guardian journalist Oliver Milman and Michael Mann, a distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Penn State University.
States of emergency have been declared in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas as Hurricane Matthew barrels toward the Southeast coastline. More than 2 million people have been urged to evacuate their homes. The record-breaking storm has already killed at least 26 people in Haiti and four in the Dominican Republic. The storm is soon expected to hit the Bahamas and then strengthen as it moves toward Florida. Meteorologists are predicting Matthew could be the strongest hurricane to hit the United States since Wilma in 2005. Many scientists are saying climate change has intensified Hurricane Matthew because warmer ocean waters help create stronger hurricanes. Matthew is already the longest-lived Category 4 or 5 hurricane in the Eastern Caribbean on record. To talk more about Hurricane Matthew and climate change, we speak to Guardian journalist Oliver Milman and Michael Mann, a distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Penn State University. His latest book, co-authored with political cartoonist Tom Toles, is titled "The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy." Mann is also author of "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines."
- 2 Million Urged to Evacuate as Hurricane Matthew Barrels Toward U.S.
- Former NSA Contractor Charged with Stealing Classified Documents
- Officials Confirm Yahoo Secretly Scanned Emails for Gov't Surveillance
- CNN: Trump Appeared in 2 More Softcore Porn Videos in 1994 & 2001
- Donald Trump Invested in Companies Behind Dakota Access Pipeline
- D.C. Appeals Court Hears Suit Seeking to Block Dakota Access Pipeline
- Colombia: Gov't and FARC Ceasefire to End October 31
- Women's Boat to Gaza Seized by Israeli Military
- Israel Approves 300 New Settlement Homes in Occupied West Bank
- Poland: Lawmakers Back Down from Abortion Ban, Following Protests
- U.N. Court Rejects Marshall Islands' Suit Against Nuclear Powers
- U.N. Calls for Probe of U.S. Drone Strike in Afghanistan That Killed 15
- "I Can't Breathe": Video Shows Jail Guards Pinning Down, Pepper-Spraying Man Before His Death
- Fox News Under Fire for Racist Segment About Asian Americans
- António Guterres Picked to Succeed Ban Ki-moon as U.N. Secretary-General
Vice-presidential candidates Virginia Senator Tim Kaine and Indiana Governor Mike Pence squared off Tuesday night in the only vice-presidential debate. Ahead of the debate, Democracy Now! hosted a roundtable with a number of guests, including Columbia University law professor Katherine Franke, who chairs the board of the Center for Constitutional Rights, and historian Andrew Bacevich, a retired colonel and Vietnam War veteran. His latest book is "America’s War for the Greater Middle East."
Vice-presidential candidates Virginia Senator Tim Kaine and Indiana Governor Mike Pence squared off Tuesday night at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, in the only vice-presidential debate, which was moderated by Elaine Quijano of CBS News. Third-party vice-presidential candidates were excluded from the debate. On Tuesday night, Democracy Now! aired a special "Expanding the Debate" broadcast, where we gave Green Party vice-presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka a chance to respond to the same questions in real time as the major candidates. We continue to broadcast parts of this expanded debate here.
On Tuesday night, vice-presidential candidates Virginia Senator Tim Kaine and Indiana Governor Mike Pence sparred over the economy, foreign policy and healthcare during the only vice-presidential debate. Democracy Now! hosted a roundtable of guests, including Columbia University law professor Katherine Franke, who directs the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law. She spoke about Governor Mike Pence’s record on one of the most contentious campaign issues this year: reproductive rights and the religious views of Pence and Kaine.
Vice-presidential candidates Virginia Senator Tim Kaine and Indiana Governor Mike Pence squared off Tuesday night in the only vice-presidential debate, where they discussed everything from Donald Trump’s tax history to their running mates’ foreign policy platforms. Democracy Now! expanded the debate by giving Green Party vice-presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka a chance to respond to the same questions posed to Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence. After the debate, Democracy Now! hosted a roundtable of guests, including prize-winning investigative journalist Allan Nairn, who gave his response to the three candidates’ answers.
Vice-presidential candidates Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Tim Kaine faced off in Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, Tuesday night in their first and only debate before next month’s election. Third-party vice-presidential candidates, including Libertarian William Weld and the Green Party’s Ajamu Baraka, were excluded from the debate stage under stringent rules set by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which is controlled by the Democratic and Republican parties. On Tuesday night, Democracy Now! aired a special "Expanding the Debate" broadcast, where we gave major third-party candidates a chance to respond to the same questions in real time as the major candidates. The Green Party’s Ajamu Baraka joined us live from Richmond, Virginia. Baraka is a longtime human rights activist and the founding executive director of the U.S. Human Rights Network and coordinator of the U.S.-based Black Left Unity Network’s Committee on International Affairs.
- 11 Feared Dead in Caribbean as Hurricane Matthew Hurtles Toward U.S.
- South Korea: Typhoon Chaba Kills 5, Now Heading Toward Japan
- Vice-Presidential Nominees Tim Kaine & Mike Pence Squared Off in Debate
- Fight Breaks Out Between Trump Supporter and Protester at AZ Rally
- Indiana: Police Raid Voter Registration Office
- Bill Clinton: Obamacare is "The Craziest Thing in the World"
- Report: Yahoo Secretly Scanned Emails of All Users for NSA & FBI
- DOJ Subpoenaed & Imposed Gag Order Against Signal Maker
- Charlotte: Police Release Full Body Cam Video of Keith Lamont Scott Killing
- New York City: Not a Single NYPD Cop Is Wearing a Body Camera
- Poland: Up to 6 Million Women Protest Proposed Abortion Ban
- Mexico: 2 Students from Ayotzinapa Teachers College Killed by Gunmen
- Mexico: Women Raped by Mexican Police Bring Case to Int'l Court
- Minnesota: Thousands of Nurses Continue Strike into Second Month
Donald Trump has threatened to sue The New York Times for publishing leaked pages from his tax returns, and the paper’s executive editor, Dean Baquet, said he would do so even if it meant risking jail time. We speak with two investigative journalists who report on Trump’s taxes and describe his legal threats in letters and phone calls, and their reaction. "Mr. Trump, especially given the positions he’s staked out ... would represent a really significant threat to the tradition of an independent free press in the United States," says David Barstow of The New York Times. "I think Donald Trump represents a clear and present danger to the liberties of the people, to the idea of the First Amendment," agrees David Cay Johnston, now a columnist for The Daily Beast.