The House Oversight Committee has subpoenaed the director of White House personnel security after a whistleblower revealed senior Trump officials overturned 25 security clearance denials, despite “serious disqualifying issues.” We speak with California Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna, who says, “Congressional oversight is not a choice—it’s the law.” We also speak to him about the latest congressional actions around Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.
- Chicago Elects First Woman and Openly Gay Mayor in Lori Lightfoot
- Trump Delays Threat of U.S.-Mexico Border Closure
- Trump Falsely Claims Father Is German-Born, Renews Attacks on NATO Members
- House Dems to Subpoena Ex-WH Official over Security Clearance Reversals
- House Dems to Subpoena Wilbur Ross over Census Citizenship Question
- WaPo: Saudis Giving Money, Lavish Homes to Khashoggi Children
- U.K.: Theresa May to Seek Brexit Extension, Cooperation with Opposition
- DRC: Ebola Outbreak Infects Over 1,000, Kills 680
- Algeria: President Bouteflika Resigns After Weeks of Mass Protests
- Venezuela: Lawmakers Strip Guaidó of Parliamentary Immunity
- Pittsburgh Approves New Gun Control Measures
- California AG Appeals Overturning of High-Capacity Ammunition Ban
- Report: DHS Disbanded Domestic Terrorism Unit Despite Rise of White Supremacism
- U. of Kentucky Students End Protests as Diversity, Food Support Demands Met
- 2019 Izzy Awards Honor Earth Island Journal, Laura Flanders, Aaron Maté & Dave Lindorff
As Trump attacks the Affordable Care Act, we look at the growing case for Medicare for all. More than 100 Democratic lawmakers co-sponsored a House bill last month to dramatically revamp healthcare in the United States by creating a Medicare-for-all system funded by the federal government. The bill would expand Medicare to include dental, vision and long-term care, while making the federally run health program available to all Americans. It would also eliminate health insurance premiums, copayments and deductibles. We speak with Dr. Adam Gaffney, president of Physicians for a National Health Program, which has endorsed the measure.
Just a week after President Trump’s Justice Department supported a federal court ruling to wipe out the Affordable Care Act, Trump changed course in a series of tweets Monday and said he is willing to wait until after the 2020 presidential election for Congress to vote on a new healthcare plan. Trump has vowed to replace the ACA so that the Republican Party will be known as “the party of healthcare.” We speak with Jamie Davis Smith, a mother of four, civil rights attorney and member of Little Lobbyists and Health Care Voter. Her daughter Claire has multiple severe disabilities. In a recent op-ed for The Washington Post, Davis Smith wrote, “If Trump ends Obamacare, keeping my daughter alive will wipe me out.”
We look at the growing push for lawmakers to refuse money from corporate political action committees, as more than half of the Democrats newly elected to Congress have vowed not to accept such donations. We speak with Congressmember Nydia Velázquez of New York, a long-term legislator who has stopped taking corporate PAC donations. “In order to return trust [to] our democratic institutions, we need to … allow for the voters to feel that their voices are heard and that they don’t have to write a big check in order to gain access into our congressional offices,” she says.
We look at the fight in Congress over disaster aid for Puerto Rico since it was ravaged by Hurricane Maria, one of the deadliest storms in U.S. history. On Monday, two competing disaster relief bills stalled in the Senate. A companion to a January package passed in the House failed after Republicans objected to the lack of relief funding for recent flooding in the Midwest. Another Senate bill supported by Republicans fell short of the 60 votes needed. It contained just $600 million for Puerto Rico’s food stamp program, a number Democrats say is far too low as many Puerto Ricans are still recovering from the devastation of 2017’s Hurricane Maria. Democrats also say aid should cover rebuilding and other forms of disaster relief. Trump responded Monday night on Twitter that “Puerto Rico got far more money than Texas & Florida combined, yet their government can’t do anything right, the place is a mess–nothing works.” We get response from New York Congressmember Nydia Velázquez, who has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1993. She is the first Puerto Rican woman to be elected to Congress and is the former the chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
- Whistleblower: WH Security Clearances Reversed Despite Serious Concerns
- Senate Shoots Down Disaster Relief Bills as Fight over Puerto Rico Aid Intensifies
- Trump: GOP Planning "Really Great" Healthcare Plan for After 2020 Election
- U.K.: Lawmakers Shoot Down 4 Brexit Options as Impasse Continues
- Algeria: Pres. Bouteflika to Resign as Protesters Call for Systemic Changes
- West Bank: Israelis Shoot and Kill Palestinian Man During Raid
- Brunei: U.N. Raises Alarm as LGBT Community Threatened by Death Penalty Law
- SCOTUS Rules Against Man Who Says Lethal Injection Would Feel Like Torture
- U.S.-Mexico Border Shutdown Could Cost Billions
- AP: Trump May Name Kris Kobach as "Immigration Czar"
- Measles Cases Surge as States Consider Laws to Curb Outbreak
- Second Woman Alleges Inappropriate Touching by Joe Biden
- FAA: Fixes on Boeing 737 MAX Will Take More Time
- Father of Murdered Student Samantha Josephson to Take on Rideshare Safety
"Our Will of Life Is Stronger Than Despair": Palestinian Ahmed Abu Artema on Israeli Attacks on Gaza
Israeli forces killed four Palestinians, including three teenagers, at a mass demonstration Saturday on the first anniversary of the Great March of Return in Gaza. Israeli soldiers used live ammunition, tear gas and rubber bullets on the protesters. As tens of thousands of Palestinians came out to demand an end to the ongoing siege of Gaza and the right to return to their ancestral land, we speak with Ahmed Abu Artema, the Palestinian poet, journalist and peace activist who inspired the Great March of Return and helped organize it as a cry for help. Artema was frustrated by Israel’s more than decade-long land, sea and air blockade of the Gaza Strip, upon which it has waged three wars in the past 10 years.
President Trump has announced the United States will cut off funding to the so-called Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador that are the primary source of a wave of migrants seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border, including caravans of families with children. He is also threatening to close the border with Mexico. This comes after Trump declared a national emergency to justify redirecting money earmarked for the military to pay for building a wall at the border. We speak with John Carlos Frey, award-winning investigative reporter and ”PBS NewsHour” special correspondent who has reported extensively on immigration and recently traveled with the first migrant caravan from Central America to the U.S.-Mexico border.
U.K. in Crisis: Facing No Deal, Parliament Votes on Brexit After Rejecting May's Plan for Third Time
With a deadline for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union fast approaching, the British Parliament will vote today on a series of options for Brexit after rejecting Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan for the third time on Friday. The U.K.'s exit date for leaving the EU is April 12. Among the options on the table are remaining in the EU customs union, a soft Brexit and a second referendum—all ideas May has rejected in the past. We speak with professor Priya Gopal, a university lecturer in the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge. She calls Britain's decision to leave the EU a “deeply neoliberal … free market, disaster-capitalist project.”
- Trump Announces Aid Cuts to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras
- Trump Threatens to Close U.S.-Mexico Border
- Outrage as Border Patrol Holds Asylum Seekers Underneath El Paso Bridge
- Sepsis Was Cause of 7-Year-Old Guatemalan Girl's Death in U.S. Custody
- Gov't Temporarily Extends Protected Immigration Status for Liberians
- Judge Blocks Trump Order, Reinstates Arctic Drilling Ban
- U.K.: Brexit Crisis Deepens as Lawmakers Fail to Back Deal
- Gaza: Israeli Forces Kill 4 on Great March of Return Anniversary
- Ukraine: Comedian Takes Hefty Lead in Presidential Vote Tally
- Slovakia: Environmentalist Becomes First Female President
- Turkey: President Erdogan Loses Ground in Local Elections
- Mozambique: Cholera Cases on the Rise as Idai Recovery Continues
- Ex-Nevada Assemblywoman Accuses Joe Biden of Inappropriate Touching
- Georgia House Passes "Fetal Heartbeat" Law, Sends Bill to Gov. Kemp
- Video Confirms CA Police Shot and Killed Rapper While Asleep in His Car
- NY Will Not Pursue Officers Who Shot and Killed Saheed Vassell
- NY to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags
- Hip-Hop Star Nipsey Hussle Shot and Killed Outside L.A. Store
- Kenneth Gibson, Newark's First Black Mayor, Dies
Albert Woodfox is a former political prisoner who was held in solitary confinement for 43 years until he won his freedom just over three years ago. Now he is traveling the world and joins us in studio to discuss his new memoir, “Solitary: Unbroken by Four Decades in Solitary Confinement. My Story of Transformation and Hope.” In it, he writes about his childhood and how his mother struggled to keep the family cared for, how as a teenager and young man he was in and out of jails and prisons, and how he became radicalized when he met members of the Black Panther Party and went on to establish the first chapter of the organization at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, Louisiana, to address horrific conditions at the former cotton plantation. Not long after this, he and fellow prisoner Herman Wallace were accused in 1972 of stabbing prison guard Brent Miller. The two men always maintained their innocence, saying they were targeted because of their political activity. Woodfox, Wallace and and a third man, Robert King, became collectively known as the Angola 3. For decades Amnesty International and other groups campaigned for their release. “Solitary confinement … is the most horrible and brutal nonphysical attack upon a human being,” Woodfox says.
The World Is Watching: Woman Suing Harvard for Photos of Enslaved Ancestors Says History Is At Stake
Who has the right to own photos of slaves? We speak with Tamara Lanier, the great-great-great-granddaughter of Papa Renty, the enslaved man whose image was captured in a 19th century photograph currently owned by Harvard University. She is suing the school, accusing it of unfairly profiting from the images. We also speak with her attorney, Benjamin Crump.
- NY Sues Sackler Family, Purdue & Other Drug Cos. for Profiting from Opioid Crisis
- Dems Press AG William Barr on 300+-Page Mueller Report
- HUD Sues Facebook over Discriminatory Housing Ads
- Puerto Rico Gov. Rosselló to Trump: "I'll Punch the Bully in the Mouth"
- Philippines: Rappler Founder Maria Ressa Arrested for 2nd Time
- Venezuela: Gov't Bans Opposition Head Guaidó from Running for Office
- Saudi Authorities Temporarily Release 3 Women Activists
- Somalia: At Least 15 People Killed in al-Shabab Attack
- Egyptian Activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah Freed After 5 Years in Prison
- U.K.: Lawmakers to Vote on Key Text Two Weeks from Brexit Deadline
- U.N. Issues Climate Warning, Tells Leaders to Have Concrete Plans
- Trump Reverses Proposed Funding Cut for Special Olympics
- Judge Strikes Trump Rule Allowing Employers to Circumvent Obamacare
- Wells Fargo CEO Steps Down Amid Multiple Scandals
- Maryland Passes $15 Minimum Wage Bill
- Gaza: Protesters to Mark First Anniversary of Great March of Return
As avowed neo-Nazi James Alex Fields pleaded guilty Wednesday to 29 counts of hate crimes in a federal court for plowing his car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville in August of 2017, we look at a new book that addresses the tragic event, as well as the rising number of race-based mass shootings, hate crimes and police shootings of unarmed men in the past several years. It also examines cases of discrimination against African Americans for simply sitting in coffee shops or trying to vacation in Airbnb-hosted homes. Professor Jennifer Eberhardt is the author of “Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do,” about how implicit bias impacts everything from hate crimes to microaggressions in the workplace, school and community, and what we can do about it. Eberhardt is a professor of psychology at Stanford and a recipient of a 2014 MacArthur “genius” grant.
After two deadly crashes, the Senate holds its first hearing on how the Federal Aviation Administration lets the airline industry regulate itself. This comes as the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold confirmation hearings today on Trump’s nominee to head the Interior Department, David Bernhardt, a former oil lobbyist. Meanwhile, a federal jury in California has just ordered Monsanto to pay over $80 million to a cancer survivor whose illness was found to have been partly caused by the herbicide Roundup. “When we see these regulatory issues, they’re often abstract, and people maybe don’t pay attention to them,” says Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen. “What they fail to realize is that, actually, failed regulation means people are going to die.”
Green New Deal Policy Writer: Senate Vote Against Climate Plan Was Attempt to Stifle Growing Momentum
In a move Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called a “bluff vote,” the Senate rejected the Green New Deal on Tuesday, after 43 Democrats voted “present” on the measure introduced by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Four other Democrats joined all 53 Republican senators in voting against the Green New Deal. As Democrats blast McConnell’s move to push the procedural vote, we speak to one of the lead policy writers for the Green New Deal, a proposal to transform the U.S. economy by funding renewable energy while ending U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. Rhiana Gunn-Wright is the policy director for the nonprofit New Consensus.
- Boeing to Update Software Implicated in Crashes of 737 MAX Jets
- Federal Judge Strikes Down Medicaid Work Requirements
- Migrant Asylum Seekers in El Paso Detained in Open-Air Parking Lot
- Trump Says Puerto Rico Received Too Much Aid After Hurricane Maria
- Florida Police Identify Second Parkland Survivor Who Died by Suicide
- Rep. Ilhan Omar Challenges Trump Admin Rule Easing Overseas Gun Sales
- NRA Advised Far-Right Australian Party on Overturning Gun Controls
- NRA Official Reached Out to Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theorist
- Charlottesville Murderer James Alex Fields Pleads Guilty to Hate Crimes
- Facebook to Ban White Nationalism, White Separatism
- "This Is Not Mexico": Texas Official Blasts Judge for Speaking Spanish
- New York County Bans Unvaccinated Children from Public Spaces
- Jury Orders Monsanto to Pay Cancer Survivor $80 Million over Roundup
- Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Defends Plan to Cut Special Olympics Funding
As Oklahoma and Purdue Pharma reach a landmark settlement, we look at an underreported result of the opioid crisis: the underprescribing of opioids for patients who rely on them for pain management. This month, more than 300 doctors and medical researchers sent an open letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warning patients have been harmed by a lack of clarity in guidelines for prescribing opioids. The CDC revised the guidelines for primary care physicians in 2016 in order to improve safety and reduce risks associated with long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain. But many say the new guidelines caused confusion and led to the reduction or discontinuation of opioids for people who responsibly use the medication to manage pain related to cancer, multiple sclerosis, lupus and fibromyalgia. We speak with Terri Lewis, a social scientist, rehabilitation practitioner and clinical educator who is running a national survey of patients and physicians to calculate the impacts of changes in chronic pain treatment. We also speak with Barry Meier, the author of “Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America’s Opioid Epidemic.” He was the first journalist to shine a national spotlight on the abuse of OxyContin.