- U.N. Human Rights Panel: Israel May Have Committed War Crimes in Gaza
- Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to Be Indicted on Corruption Charges
- NYT: Trump Intervened to Give Security Clearance to Jared Kushner
- In Peace Talks with Taliban, U.S. Floats Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal
- Somalia: At Least 15 Dead in Twin Suicide Bombings
- North Korea Disputes Trump's Account of Why Kim-Trump Summit Failed
- Immigrant Groups Cite "Alarming Increase" in Babies Jailed by ICE
- House Approves Bill to Extend Gun Purchase Waiting Period
- Lawmakers Seek Interview of Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg
- Virginia's First Lady Apologizes for Handing Cotton to Black Students
- Ex-Coal Lobbyist Andrew Wheeler Confirmed as EPA Administrator
- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to Make Climate Change Centerpiece of Presidential Run
- Swedish Teen Greta Thunberg Leads Belgian School Strike for Climate
Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questioned Michael Cohen about President Trump’s shady tax dealings at Wednesday’s hearing, presenting a roadmap for investigators to look further into Trump’s crimes. We speak with independent journalist Marcy Wheeler, who says, “In five minutes, this freshman congresswoman just laid out a whole investigative plan for three more topics into Donald Trump’s potentially criminal activities.” Wheeler covers national security and civil liberties on her website EmptyWheel.net.
In an explosive 5-hour hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday, President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen accused his old boss of committing multiple criminal acts before and during his presidency. Cohen provided evidence that Trump had violated campaign finance laws by paying hush money to women, accused the Trump Foundation of committing fraud by using the tax-exempt organization for personal purposes, and said Trump lied when he said he couldn’t release his tax returns because they were being audited. He also claimed that Trump had advance knowledge that WikiLeaks was preparing to publish a trove of emails to hurt Hillary Clinton’s campaign in the run-up to the 2016 election. Cohen confirmed the president repeatedly checked in about the status of a proposed Trump Tower Moscow project well into the 2016 campaign, despite public claims to the contrary. But he said he had seen no direct evidence that Trump had colluded with Russia during the 2016 campaign. The testimony came two months before Cohen is scheduled to begin a 3-year prison sentence for lying to Congress, a series of financial crimes and campaign violations. We speak with Marcy Wheeler, an independent journalist who covers national security and civil liberties. She runs the website EmptyWheel.net.
A historic summit to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula ended without an agreement Thursday, after talks between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un fell apart. Their second summit meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, failed after Kim Jong-un demanded that the U.S. lift all sanctions on North Korea in exchange for dismantling the Yongbyon enrichment facility—an important North Korean nuclear site. We speak with Christine Ahn, founder and executive director of Women Cross DMZ, a global movement of women mobilizing to end the Korean War.
- Trump Walks Away from Summit as North Korea Demands End to Sanctions
- Michael Cohen Tells Congress Trump Committed Multiple Criminal Acts
- Pakistan to Return Downed Fighter Pilot Amid Tensions with India
- Russia Developing New Missiles as U.S. Withdraws from INF Treaty
- Venezuelan Opposition Leader Juan Guaidó Meets Brazil's Bolsonaro
- No Mention of Yemen or Khashoggi Murder as Jared Kushner Meets Saudi Prince
- State Department Will Not Intervene in Saudi Hit-and-Run Murder Case
- House Passes Bill to Toughen Background Checks for Gun Buyers
- House Democrats Unveil Medicare-for-All Legislation
- North Carolina: GOP Consultant Arrested over Voter Fraud Scheme
- Texas: Judge Blocks Purge of Naturalized Citizens from Voter Rolls
- Senate to Vote on Confirmation of Andrew Wheeler as EPA Chief
- London: 9 "Extinction Rebellion" Activists Arrested at Oil Conference
President Trump is meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un today in Vietnam in their second summit to discuss denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. We speak with physicist, nuclear expert and disarmament activist Zia Mian. He is co-director of the Program on Science and Global Security at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. He is the co-author of “Unmaking the Bomb: A Fissile Material Approach to Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation.”
R. Kelly was released from jail in Chicago on Monday, three days after he was arrested and charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault. The charges involve four women and girls, three of whom were under the age of 17 at the time of the alleged crimes. A judge set bail at a million dollars and forced the singer to surrender his passport. Almost immediately after he posted bond and pleaded not guilty on Monday, Kelly was spotted at a McDonald’s in downtown Chicago—a spot his accusers say he used to frequent to prey on young girls. Kelly has been accused of abuse, predatory behavior and pedophilia throughout his career but has avoided criminal conviction despite damning evidence and multiple witnesses. Last month, the explosive documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly” thrust the case back into the spotlight. We speak with the documentary’s executive producer, dream hampton.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is reportedly refusing to accept the resignation of his foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, who quit suddenly in a surprise move announced via Instagram Monday. Zarif played a central role in the negotiations leading to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Last year, President Trump withdrew from the landmark deal despite international condemnation of the move and U.N. inspectors saying Iran was adhering to the agreement. Zarif did not offer any reason for his resignation, simply writing, “I sincerely apologize for the inability to continue serving and for all the shortcomings during my service.” We speak with Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CodePink and author of several books, including “Inside Iran: The Real History and Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” She met with Zarif in Tehran just hours before he announced his resignation. We also speak with physicist, nuclear expert and disarmament activist Zia Mian. He is co-director of the Program on Science and Global Security at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.
Tensions are escalating between the nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan. Pakistan claims it has shot down two Indian military jets and captured a pair of Indian jet pilots, and India claims it has foiled an attempt by Pakistan to bomb military installations inside India. This comes a day after India carried out airstrikes inside Pakistan for the first time since 1971. India claimed it was targeting a camp of the militant separatist group Jaish-e-Mohammed, which claimed responsibility for a recent attack in the Indian-administered region of Kashmir that killed more than 40 Indian soldiers. India accused Pakistan of being directly involved in plotting the bombing. Pakistan denied the claim. Meanwhile, there are reports that Pakistani and Indian ground forces have exchanged gunfire in more than a dozen locations. We speak with physicist, nuclear expert and disarmament activist Zia Mian. He is co-director of the Program on Science and Global Security at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. He is the co-author of “Unmaking the Bomb: A Fissile Material Approach to Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation.”
- Michael Cohen to Testify to Congress as Explosive Accusations Against Trump Revealed
- Trump & Kim Meet as Vietnam Summit Overshadowed by Cohen Hearing
- India & Pakistan Ratchet Up Attacks as Fear of Nuclear Showdown Grows
- House Votes to Block Trump National Emergency Declaration
- Trump Official Admits He Ignored Warnings on Risks of Family Separation
- Thousands of Migrant Minors Reported Sexual Abuse While in Gov't Custody
- Honduran Woman Gives Birth to Stillborn While Detained by ICE
- Dems Introduce New Voting Rights Legislation
- House Bill Protects Over 1 Million Acres of Wilderness, Creates New Nat'l Sites
- Ohio Voters Win Legal Protections for Lake Erie
- Chicago Will Elect Its 1st Black Woman Mayor as Race Heads to Runoff
- NYC: Voters Elect Jumaane Williams as New Public Advocate
- Locomotive Workers Strike After Massive Merger Threatens Contracts
- Oakland Teachers Enter 5th Day of Strike
- United Methodist Church Reaffirms Ban on Same-Sex Marriage & Gay Clergy
- Noted Disability Rights Activist Dies After Being Denied Medication
The former chief medical officer of New York City jails has just published a remarkable new book about the health risks of incarceration. The book is titled “Life and Death in Rikers Island.” Dr. Homer Venters offers unprecedented insight into what happens inside prison walls to create new health risks for incarcerated men and women, including neglect, blocked access to care, physical and sexual violence, and brutality by corrections officers. Venters further reveals that when inmates become ill, are injured or even die in custody, the facts of the incident are often obscured. We speak to Dr. Venters and Jennifer Gonnerman, staff writer for The New Yorker magazine.
With the self-proclaimed Islamic State on the verge of losing its last area of control in Syria, nations around the world are debating what do with the men and women who joined ISIS but now want to return home. Here in the United States, the debate centers on a 24-year-old U.S.-born woman who left her family in Alabama in 2014 and moved to Syria, where she lived in the ISIS-controlled caliphate. While in Syria, Hoda Muthana married a series of ISIS fighters, all of whom died in battle. Now she is living in a refugee camp in Syria with her 18-month-old son but is seeking to return to the United States, setting off a constitutional debate. Last week, President Trump tweeted, “I have instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and he fully agrees, not to allow Hoda Muthana back into the Country!” The Trump administration is claiming Muthana is not a U.S. citizen, even though she was born in the United States and has been issued U.S. passports. We speak to her family’s attorney, Charlie Swift, the director of the Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America.
- India Launches Airstrikes in Pakistan Amid Mounting Tension
- U.S. Announces New Sanctions on Venezuela as Lima Group Opposes Military Intervention
- Univision Reporter Jorge Ramos Briefly Detained in Venezuela
- Trump and Kim to Meet in Vietnam for 2nd North Korean Summit
- Reports: Michael Cohen to Accuse Trump of Criminal Conduct in Congressional Hearing
- Climate Change May Cause Cloud Die-Off, Increase Rate of Warming
- U.K.: Corbyn Could Back 2nd Referendum as Brexit Deadline Looms
- U.N. Court: U.K. Should Give Up Control of Chagos
- U.N.: Sec.-General Warns Against Collapse of Arms Control Treaties
- Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Resigns
- Somalia: U.S. Airstrike Kills 35 al-Shabab Fighters
- Algeria: Popular Protests Call for End to Ailing President's Rule
- Cubans Ratify New Constitution Reaffirming Socialism as "Irrevocable"
- Japan: Okinawans Reject Relocation of U.S. Base in Referendum
- Guatemala Bill Could Free Perpetrators of Genocide, Torture
- Australian Cardinal Pell Convicted of Sexually Assaulting Boys
- Ex-Trump Staffer Accuses Him of Forcibly Kissing Her
- Climate Activists Stage Protest at Sen. McConnell's Office
Venezuela’s opposition is calling on the United States and allied nations to consider using military force to topple the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is heading to Bogotá, Colombia, today to meet with regional leaders and Venezuela’s self-proclaimed president, opposition leader Juan Guaidó. The meeting follows a dramatic weekend that saw the Venezuelan military blocking the delivery of so-called humanitarian aid from entering the country at the Colombian and Brazilian borders. At least four people died, and hundreds were injured, after clashes broke out between forces loyal to Maduro and supporters of the opposition. The United Nations, the Red Cross and other relief organizations have refused to work with the U.S. on delivering aid to Venezuela, which they say is politically motivated. Venezuela has allowed aid to be flown in from Russia and from some international organizations, but it has refused to allow in aid from the United States, describing it as a Trojan horse for an eventual U.S. invasion. On Sunday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Maduro’s days in office are numbered. We speak with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, who has recently held secret talks with Trump’s special envoy Elliott Abrams.
- Venezuela: 4 Dead as Violence Spikes Over "Aid" Standoff
- U.S. Ratchets Up Threats Against Venezuelan Government
- New Yorkers Protest Against U.S. Intervention in Venezuela
- Trump Moves to Withdraw Funds, Impose Gag Order on Abortion Providers
- Trump and Kim Jong-un to Meet in Vietnam for 2nd Summit
- Michael Cohen to Testify Before Congress
- Congress Expected to Subpoena Trump Admin over Family Separation
- House Dems to Vote on Bill Blocking Nat'l Emergency Declaration
- Sudan: President Declares State of Emergency Amid Ongoing Protests
- Nigeria: Scores Killed in Election Violence
- U.N.: Record Number of Civilians Killed in Afghanistan in 2018
- Gaza: Israeli Forces Kill Teenager at Weekly Protest
- Israel: Netanyahu Allies with Far-Right, Racist Group
- Trump Announces Delay of Tariff Hike on Chinese Goods
- Sen. Feinstein Dismisses Youth Activists' Call for Green New Deal
- Trump to Nominate GOP Donor Kelly Knight Craft as Ambassador to U.N.
- R. Kelly Charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault
- Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Charged in Sex Trafficking Sting
- Sen. Warren Says She Will Not Accept Donations for Access
- Oscars Celebrates Firsts for Diverse Filmmakers, Spike Lee Tells Viewers to Vote in 2020
- Boots Riley Calls Out U.S. Intervention in Venezuela at Spirit Awards
The Academy Awards take place this weekend, and one of the top contenders is the movie “Green Book,” which has renewed interest in the history of “The Negro Motorist Green Book.” So today we look at a remarkable new documentary called “The Green Book: Guide to Freedom,” that offers a real look at the history of a travel guide that helped African Americans safely navigate Jim Crow America. The film premieres Monday on the Smithsonian Channel and details the violence, insults and discrimination black travelers faced on the road, as well as the pride and sense of community they felt in the safe spaces they created around the country, in the form of restaurants, hotels and vacation retreats. We feature excerpts and speak with writer and director Yoruba Richen, professor in the documentary program in the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.
We go to Caracas, Venezuela, for an update on the escalating standoff between President Nicolás Maduro and opposition leader and self-proclaimed president Juan Guaidó. Guaidó claims he is preparing to deliver humanitarian aid from the Colombian border Saturday. Maduro has rejected the plan, saying the effort is part of a broader attempt to overthrow his regime. This comes as Trump’s special envoy to Venezuela and right-wing hawk, Elliott Abrams, is leading a U.S. delegation traveling by military aircraft to the Colombian border, supposedly to help deliver the aid. The United Nations, the Red Cross and other relief organizations have refused to work with the U.S. on delivering that aid to Venezuela, which they say is politically motivated. We speak with Venezuelan sociologist Edgardo Lander, a member of the Citizen’s Platform in Defense of the Constitution. “This certainly is not humanitarian aid, and it’s not oriented with any humanitarian aims,” Lander says. “This is clearly a coup carried out by the United States government with its allies, with the Lima Group and the extreme right wing in Venezuela.”
- North Carolina Orders New Congressional Election Due to GOP Voting Fraud
- Oakland Teachers' Strike Enters Second Day
- Judge: Alex Acosta Broke Law in 2008 over Sex Abuser Jeffrey Epstein Plea Deal
- Elliott Abrams Heads to Colombia as Tension Mounts on Venezuelan Border
- CodePink's Medea Benjamin Disrupts Venezuelan Opposition Event in D.C.
- U.S. to Keep 200 Troops in Syria Despite Trump Withdrawal Pledge
- Vatican Hosts Historic Summit on Clerical Sex Abuse
- White Nationalist Coast Guard Lieutenant Used Work Computer to Research Mass Killings
- Record Number of Hate Groups Reported in U.S.
- Prosecutors Drop Criminal Charges for Four No More Deaths Volunteers
- Judge Places Gag Order on Roger Stone over Instagram Post
- U.S. Banks Made $28 Billion in Additional Profit, Thanks to Trump Tax Code
- Pharmaceutical Firm Defends Charging $375,000 for a Medication Once Given Away for Free
- Thousands Rally in Spain to Protest Trial of Catalan Separatist Leaders
- Nicaragua: Ortega Vows to Reopen Talks as Opposition Demands Prisoner Release
- Suspected U.S. Mercenaries Leave Haiti Days After Being Held on Weapons Charges
“It is worse, much worse, than you think.” That’s the opening line of a damning new book by journalist David Wallace-Wells that offers an unflinching look at the growing climate catastrophe. “The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming” sounds the alarm about the climate crisis and the need for swift and radical action to save the planet from unimaginable destruction. We speak to Wallace-Wells about the rapid heating of the planet, which he says could reach more than 4 degrees Celsius by 2100.
The White House is reportedly organizing a new committee to examine whether climate change poses a threat to national security, to be led by notorious climate change denier, Princeton University professor emeritus William Happer. Observers say his involvement in the “Presidential Committee on Climate Security” indicates the Trump administration wants to undermine findings within the national security community that climate change poses a severe threat to human safety. William Happer is a National Security Council senior director who has long claimed increasing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will actually benefit humans. He has compared the fight against climate change to the Holocaust, saying, “The demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler.” We speak with journalist David Wallace-Wells, deputy editor and climate columnist for New York magazine. His new book is titled “The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming.”