We speak with two award-winning teachers who are trying to teach Trump a lesson. On Monday, Jessica Dueñas, the 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, and Kelly Holstine, the 2019 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, boycotted a White House ceremony honoring them and other state winners of the award in protest of the Trump administration’s education policies. But Dueñas and Holstine skipped the event to register their opposition to Trump’s policies on immigration, education and LGBTQ rights, saying many of the White House policies directly impact their immigrant and refugee students.
After a judge ruled a panel can move forward Saturday at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on “Israel, Free Speech, and the Battle for Palestinian Human Rights,” we speak with one of the event’s scheduled participants: Roger Waters, co-founder of Pink Floyd, one of the most popular rock bands of all time. He says he welcomes the lawsuit that challenged the event, because “what it does is it serves to shine a light on the predicament of the Palestinian people.”
“Not Backing Down: Israel, Free Speech, and the Battle for Palestinian Human Rights.” That’s the title of an event set to take place Saturday at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. After three anonymous UMass students filed a lawsuit to stop the event, a judge ruled Thursday the event can proceed, saying, “There’s nothing that comes even close to a threat of harm or incitement to violence or lawlessness.” We get an update from Sut Jhally, event organizer and professor of communication at the University of Massachusetts, and Rachel Weber, attorney and member Jewish Voice for Peace, Western Massachusetts chapter.
- Pelosi Accuses Barr of Lying to Congress over Mueller Report
- Rep. Nadler Threatens to Hold Barr in Contempt
- Over a Million Evacuate as Cyclone Slams Northeastern India
- Venezuela Court Orders Arrest of Opposition Leader Leopoldo López
- Two Activists Arrested Outside Venezuelan Embassy in D.C.
- EU Threatens to Sue U.S. over New Restrictions on Cuba
- Senate Fails to Overturn Trump Veto on Yemen War
- Assange to Fight Extradition to the United States
- Pentagon Accused of Killing 10x as Many Civilians Overseas as Acknowledged in New Report
- Report: U.S. Military Spending Is Higher Than Next Eight Countries Combined
- High Levels of Economic & Housing Insecurity in U.S. Detailed in New Reports
- Facebook Bans Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones and Others for Engaging in "Violence and Hate"
- Trump Drops Plans to Nominate Stephen Moore to Fed
- Trump Admin Rolls Back Safety Regulations for Offshore Drilling
- Pharmaceutical CEO Convicted for Bribing Doctors to Prescribe Fentanyl
- Baltimore Mayor Resigns Amid FBI and IRS Probes into Controversial Book Sales
- Hundreds of Thousands Protest in Sudan Calling for Civilian Rule
- 10-Month-Old Honduran Infant Dies After Raft Capsizes in Rio Grande
- Florida Moves to Withhold Voting Rights for Felons Until All Old Fines Are Paid
- Maine Makes History by Banning Styrofoam
- Scientologist Cruise Ship Sets Sail After Quarantine over Measles Case on Board
- Immigrant Rights Activists Maru Mora-Villalpando Vows to Continue Resisting Despite Deportation Order
On Wednesday, the House of Commons became the first parliament in the world to declare a climate emergency. The resolution came on the heels of the recent Extinction Rebellion mass uprising that shut down Central London last month in a series of direct actions. Activists closed bridges, occupied public landmarks and even superglued themselves to buildings, sidewalks and trains to demand urgent action to combat climate change. Police arrested more than 1,000 protesters. Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn told Parliament, “We are witnessing an unprecedented upsurge of climate activism, with groups like Extinction Rebellion forcing the politicians in this building to listen. For all the dismissive and defensive column inches the processes have provoked, they are a massive and, I believe, very necessary wake-up call. Today we have the opportunity to say, 'We hear you.'” We speak with George Monbiot, British journalist, author and columnist with The Guardian. His recent piece for The Guardian is headlined “Only rebellion will prevent an ecological apocalypse.” Monbiot says capitalism “is like a gun pointed at the heart of the planet. … It will essentially, necessarily destroy our life support systems. Among those characteristics is the drive for perpetual economic growth on a finite planet.”
Competing pro- and anti-government rallies were held Wednesday as President Nicolás Maduro accused the United States of backing Tuesday’s failed coup led by opposition leader Juan Guaidó. Speaking to a massive crowd of supporters outside the presidential palace of Miraflores, Maduro said the United States had been tricked into believing that several top Venezuelan officials were ready to break with his government. In Washington, the National Security Council held a principals’ meeting on Wednesday to discuss Venezuela. The Washington Post reports the staff of national security adviser John Bolton clashed with a top general during the meeting for not presenting sufficient military options on Venezuela. This came as acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan canceled a planned overseas trip to focus on Venezuela. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to urge an end to Russian involvement in Venezuela. Lavrov reportedly responded by warning the United States should not take any more “aggressive steps” in Venezuela. We go to Caracas for a debate between Venezuelan Vice-Minister of Foreign Relations for North America Carlos Ron and Edgardo Lander, a Venezuelan sociologist who is part of the Citizen’s Platform in Defense of the Constitution.
- Attorney General Barr Grilled by Senate Judiciary over Mueller Report
- Trump Administration Says It May Go to War to Oust Venezuelan President
- Hundreds Arrested in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Paris, France, at May Day Rallies
- Haitians Mark May Day with Calls for Living Wages, Ouster of President Moïse
- Honduras Cancels Education and Healthcare Privatization Plans Amid Protests
- Puerto Rico May Day Protesters Demand End to Austerity Measures
- 10,000 South Carolina Teachers Rally for Union Rights and Livable Wages
- New York Domestic Workers Join Protest at the Trump Building on Wall Street
- 16-Year-Old Guatemalan Immigrant Dies in U.S. Custody
- House Holds First Congressional Hearing on Equal Rights Amendment in 35 Years
- Alabama House Advances Nation's Most Restrictive Abortion Ban
- 100 Million in India and Bangladesh in Path of Worst Indian Ocean Cyclone in Five Years
- In Historic First, U.K. Parliament Declares a Climate Emergency
Congress held a historic hearing on Medicare for all on Tuesday, opening with an emotional testimony from activist and lawyer Ady Barkan, who is dying of terminal ALS. We speak to Representative Ilhan Omar about yesterday’s hearing and her support for overhauling the country’s healthcare system in favor of Medicare for all. We also talk to her about ongoing efforts to impeach President Donald Trump, which she says she supports.
Hands Off Ilhan Omar: Angela Davis & Black Women Leaders Defend Congresswoman from Right-Wing Attacks
African-American women leaders gathered on Capitol Hill Tuesday in defense of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim congresswomen in history and the first member of Congress to wear a hijab. Omar has been the target of numerous right-wing attacks since taking office, including by President Donald Trump himself. Omar says death threats against her have spiked in number since President Trump tweeted a video juxtaposing her image with footage of the 9/11 attacks. Congresswomen Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, civil rights icon Angela Davis and others addressed the crowd Tuesday to urge Congress to censure President Trump—to whom they referred simply as the “occupant of the White House”—for his attacks on Omar and to send a message to both political parties: “Hands off Ilhan Omar!”
Amid an ongoing coup attempt in Venezuela, we speak with Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who questioned U.S. special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams on Capitol Hill in February about his record. Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was linked to the 2002 coup attempt in Venezuela that tried to topple Hugo Chávez. In the 1980s, Abrams defended Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt as he oversaw a campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people. Ríos Montt was later convicted of genocide. Rep. Ilhan Omar says that there is a direct correlation between this type of detrimental U.S. foreign policy in Latin America and “the kind of mass migration that we’re noticing right now from Central America and South America to the U.S.”
More than 40,000 people have died in Venezuela since 2017 as a result of U.S. sanctions, according to a new report by the Center for Economic and Policy Research co-authored by economists Jeffrey Sachs and Mark Weisbrot. The report examines how U.S. sanctions have reduced the availability of food and medicine in Venezuela and increased disease and mortality. We speak with Jeffrey Sachs in our New York studio. In the report, he writes, “American sanctions are deliberately aiming to wreck Venezuela’s economy and thereby lead to regime change. It’s a fruitless, heartless, illegal, and failed policy, causing grave harm to the Venezuelan people.”
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is claiming to have defeated a coup attempt launched by opposition leader Juan Guaidó, the president of the Venezuelan National Assembly. On Tuesday morning, Guaidó appeared in an online video standing among heavily armed soldiers, calling for the military to back what he called the “final phase” of an effort to topple Maduro’s government. Guiadó appeared alongside Leopoldo López, a longtime opposition leader, who was reportedly released from house arrest by renegade officers. Guaidó has been attempting to topple the Venezuelan government since January, when he declared himself to be Venezuela’s interim president. The Trump administration, as well as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and others, openly supported the coup attempt. Earlier today, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox Business that military action in Venezuela is possible, “if that’s what is required.” We speak to Miguel Tinker Salas, Venezuelan historian and professor at Pomona College.
- Venezuelan President Says U.S.-Backed Coup Attempt Has Been Defeated
- Julian Assange Sentenced to 50 Weeks in British Jail as U.S. Presses Extradition
- Robert Mueller Sent Letter to Complain About AG William Barr's Summary of Report
- Ady Barkan, Activist Dying of ALS, Testifies to Congress in Favor of Medicare for All
- 2 Killed, 4 Injured as Gunman Opens Fire at University of North Carolina
- Minnesota Cop Guilty of Murder, Manslaughter in Killing of Australian Woman
- Prominent Black Women Rally on Capitol Hill in Defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar
- Democratic Leaders Agree With Trump to Pursue $2 Trillion Infrastructure Deal
- Protesters Pushing Sen. Schumer to Support Green New Deal Arrested in New York
Funeral services were held Monday in San Diego, California, for Lori Kaye, a 60-year-old Jewish congregant who was shot dead Saturday in the latest attack by a white supremacist on a house of worship. To talk about the rise of white supremacist violence and the Trump administration’s response, we speak to Daryl Johnson, a former senior analyst in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In 2009, Johnson authored a report warning about the increasing dangers of violent right-wing extremism in the United States, sparking a political firestorm in the process. Under pressure from Republican lawmakers and popular talk show hosts, DHS ultimately repudiated Johnson’s paper.
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó says a coup is underway in Caracas. Guaidó appeared this morning, in a video posted online, standing among heavily armed soldiers, proclaiming he is “starting the final phase of Operation Liberty.” He appeared alongside formerly jailed opposition leader Leopoldo López, who said he’d been freed from house arrest by military officers loyal to the opposition. Venezuela’s defense minister said the government of Nicolás Maduro remains in control and that military units reported “normality” at barracks and bases across Venezuela. We speak to attorney Eva Golinger, who who served as an adviser to former Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.
In February, Angela Davis returned to her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. She originally planned the visit to receive the Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, but the institute withdrew the award in January, soon after the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center sent a letter urging the board to reconsider honoring Davis due to her support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting the Israeli government and Israeli institutions. Facing swift and widespread outcry, the institute then reversed its decision and reinstated the award. While Angela Davis has yet to accept the award, she tells Democracy Now! she would like to accept it, but says it is not an individual decision to make. “I will take the leadership from those doing the on-the-ground work.”
Two of the founders of Black Lives Matter, as well as professor Angela Davis and scores of other black women, are holding a rally today on Capitol Hill to defend Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and to urge Congress to censure President Trump for his attacks on her. Omar made history earlier this year when she and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan became the first Muslim women in Congress. She is also the first member of Congress to wear a hijab. Omar, who was born in Somalia and came to the United States as a refugee, has been at the center of numerous right-wing attacks since taking office. Omar recently said death threats against her have spiked in number since President Trump tweeted a video juxtaposing her image with footage of the 9/11 attacks. We speak to the academic and activist Angela Davis, as well as Barbara Ransby, historian, author, activist adviser to the Movement for Black Lives and one of the planners behind Black Women in Defense of Ilhan Omar.
- Venezuelan Opposition Leaders Claim a Coup Is Underway
- Trump to Make Asylum Seekers Pay Application Fees
- Trump Organization Sues Banks in Bid to Resist Congressional Subpoenas
- Pentagon Links More U.S. Military Members to Neo-Nazi Group
- Christchurch, NZ Police Find Explosive Device Amid Fears of More Anti-Muslim Violence
- Terror Suspect Arrested After Receiving Fake Explosives from FBI Informant
- Lori Gilbert-Kaye, Killed in Synagogue Shooting, Mourned at San Diego Funeral
- Trump to Designate the Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Organization
- Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Who Oversaw Mueller Probe, Steps Down
- ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Appears in Video for First Time in Five Years
- Death Toll Rises from Mozambique's Worst-Ever Cyclone
- Moroccan Authorities Attack Western Saharan Activists Ahead of U.N. Vote
- Families of 737 Crash Victims Protest as Boeing Shareholders Meet in Chicago
- Tennessee Governor Leads Anti-Union "Captive Audience" Meeting at VW Plant
- John Singleton, Who Directed "Boyz n the Hood" and "Rosewood," Dies at 51
From LBJ to Robert Moses: Robert Caro on Writing About Political Power & Its Impact on the Powerless
Robert Caro is always working. The two-time Pulitzer Prize winner published his first book, “The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York,” 45 years ago and has spent the decades since meticulously chronicling the life and times of Lyndon B. Johnson. The result is four sweeping volumes that total more than 3,000 pages and offer an unprecedented window into the inner world of one of the country’s most influential presidents. And he’s not done yet—Caro is currently writing the fifth and final installment of the collection. Robert Caro has been described as “the greatest political biographer of our times,” but to reduce his work as simply biographies of great men misses the point. Caro uses both Moses and Johnson to show how political power works. Robert Caro has just released a new book—by far the smallest volume in his collection—titled “Working.” It offers an inside look into the author’s meticulous research and writing process. We speak with Robert Caro in our New York studio.
- White Nationalist Gunman Opens Fire on San Diego Synagogue, Killing 60-Year-Old Lori Kaye
- Trump Admin Disbanded Domestic Terror Unit Amid Rising Far-Right Violence
- One Dead, Seven Wounded as Gunman Fires Indiscriminately at Baltimore Crowd
- At NRA Convention, Trump Ends Ratification Process for Arms Treaty
- Oliver North, Who Illegally Funneled Weapons to Contras, Resigns as NRA President
- Trump Praises Robert E. Lee as "One of the Great Generals"
- Spanish Socialist PM Pedro Sánchez Wins Election as Far-Right Vox Party Makes Gains
- Mozambique Battered by Cyclone Kenneth, the Strongest Storm in Its History
- U.K. Labour Leader Corbyn to Call for National Emergency Vote on Climate Change
- Pipeline Protester in West Virginia Faces Terrorism Charge for Civil Disobedience
- Sri Lanka Bans Face Coverings Following Easter Attacks, Alarming Muslim Leaders
- Thousands in Hong Kong Protest Proposal to Allow Extradition to China for Trial
- Kansas Supreme Court Rules That Abortion Is Protected by State Constitution
- Prominent Women's Rights Activists Launch New Political Action Group
- Pentagon Plan Would Expand Role for Military on U.S.-Mexico Border
- Judge and Court Officer Charged for Helping Undocumented Immigrant Evade ICE
- Over 1,000 Quarantined at Los Angeles Colleges Amid Measles Outbreak