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Joshua Green on How Bannon's Experience with Video Gamers Gave Rise to the Alt-Right
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:52:35 -0400
Journalist Joshua Green talks about how Steve Bannon used his experience in the video game industry to use Breitbart News to mobilize young, largely white men. "The reality is, Fox News' audience was geriatric and no one was connecting with this younger group," Bannon told Green. Bannon's hires at Breitbart include Milo Yiannopoulos, who has been widely accused of being a white nationalist. "Watch Part 1 || Joshua Green on the 'Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump & the Storming of the Presidency": "Watch Part 2 || Joshua Green on How a Racial Theorist Tied to Mussolini & Hitler Influenced Steve Bannon":
A Look at How a Racial Theorist Tied to Mussolini & Hitler Influenced Steve Bannon
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:44:38 -0400
Journalist Joshua Green talks about two men who influenced Steve Bannon's philosophy: the Italian philosopher Julius Evola, whose ideas became the basis of fascist racial theory, and René Guénon, who developed an anti-modernism philosophy called "Traditionalism." Green writes about Evola and Guénon in his new book, "Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency." "Watch Part 1 || Joshua Green on the ‘Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump & the Storming of the Presidency’": "Watch Part 3 || Joshua Green on How Bannon's Experience with Video Gamers Gave Rise to the Alt-Right":
Joshua Green on the "Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump & the Storming of the Presidency"
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:30:34 -0400
We turn now to look at the man many credit with helping Donald Trump become president: Steve Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News. During the early days of the Trump presidency, many suggested Bannon, Trump's chief strategist, was pulling many of the strings in the Oval Office. We speak to journalist Joshua Green about how Bannon took his hard-right nationalist politics from the fringes of the Republican Party all the way to the White House. Green has been closely following Bannon's career for years. In October 2015—before Bannon joined Trump's campaign—Green dubbed Bannon the "Most Dangerous Political Operative in America." His new book is "Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency." "Watch Part 2 || A Look at How a Racial Theorist Tied to Mussolini & Hitler Influenced Steve Bannon": "Watch Part 3 || Joshua Green on How Bannon's Experience with Video Gamers Gave Rise to the Alt-Right":
Is Trump's Base Turning on the President over His Humiliation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions?
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:21:25 -0400
President Trump is continuing to publicly humiliate his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions, who was the first senator to endorse Trump during the 2016 race. On Twitter, Trump described Sessions as "beleaguered" and "very weak." At a press conference on Tuesday, Trump said he was "disappointed" Sessions had recused himself from the probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Meanwhile, Breitbart News and other right-wing outlets are openly criticizing Trump's treatment of Sessions. We speak with Joshua Green of Bloomberg Businessweek about the latest news plus his new book, "Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency."
In "Dangerous" Move, Republicans Push to Strip Healthcare from Millions Without Holding Any Hearings
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:14:23 -0400
As protesters shouted "Kill the bill! Kill the bill!" Senate Republicans voted Tuesday, by the narrowest of margins, to open debate on repealing Obamacare. Vice President Mike Pence broke a 50-50 tie in the Senate. Two Republican senators—Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska—joined Democrats in voting against the motion to proceed. Republican Senator John McCain cast a decisive vote to open debate, after flying in from Arizona, where he is being treated for brain cancer. But hours later, the effort to repeal or replace Obamacare faced another setback, when nine Republicans joined Democrats in rejecting the first healthcare proposal. We speak with Joshua Green of Bloomberg Businessweek about the latest news plus his new book, "Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency."
Headlines for July 26, 2017
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:00:00 -0400
As Debate Begins, Senate Republicans Vote Down First Healthcare Bill, "I'd Rather Go to Jail Than Die Without Medicaid!": Nearly 100 Arrested as Senate Debates Healthcare, President Trump Continues to Humiliate Attorney General Sessions, AG Sessions: DOJ to Refuse Federal Grants to Sanctuary Cities, Kushner Testifies in Closed-Door Session with House Intelligence Committee, House Votes to Block White House Efforts to Weaken Russia Sanctions, Trump Ramps Up Threats Against Iran in Speech in Youngstown, Ohio, Senators Collins and Reed Caught on Hot Mic Worrying Trump is "Crazy", Palestinians Vow to Continue Protests Against Israeli Security Measures at Al-Aqsa Mosque, 26 Afghan Soldiers Killed in Taliban Attack on Military Base in Kandahar, Syria: 18 Civilians Reportedly Killed Amid U.S.-Led Offensive in Raqqa, Philippines: Duterte Threatens to Bomb Indigenous Filipino School, Chile: Hundreds March to Demand Legalization of Abortion
The Rebellions That Changed U.S. History: Looking Back at the 1967 Newark & Detroit Uprisings
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:36:37 -0400
Fifty years ago this month, rebellions broke out in the cities of Newark and Detroit. It all began in Newark on July 12, 1967, when two white police officers detained and beat an African-American cabdriver. Shortly after, on July 23, police officers raided an after-hours club in an African-American neighborhood of Detroit, sparking another mass rebellion. Forty-three people died in Detroit, and 26 were killed in Newark, while 7,000 people were arrested. The rebellions reshaped both Newark and Detroit and marked the beginning of an era of African-American political empowerment. We speak with Larry Hamm, chairman of the People's Organization for Progress, and Scott Kurashige, author of the new book, "The Fifty-Year Rebellion: How the U.S. Political Crisis Began in Detroit."
Sonia Nazario: The Tragedy in San Antonio is "Predictable Outcome" of Trump’s Immigration Crackdown
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:25:30 -0400
With 10 people dead in San Antonio, Texas, following a human smuggling attempt, we look at how the U.S. border crackdown is contributing to human trafficking and increases in death among immigrants fleeing violence in Central America. We speak with Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and board member of Kids in Need of Defense.
Death of 10 Migrants in San Antonio Spotlights Humanitarian Crisis Unfolding on U.S.-Mexico Border
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:14:44 -0400
Ten immigrants have died and 29 remain hospitalized in San Antonio, Texas, where dozens of undocumented immigrants were discovered packed in the back of a sweltering tractor-trailer. The youngest victims were just 15 years old. When the group of migrants was discovered in a Wal-Mart parking lot in San Antonio, eight men were already dead. Two more men died later, and 29 remain hospitalized. We speak with Eddie Canales, director of the South Texas Human Rights Center.
Headlines for July 25, 2017
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:00:00 -0400
Republican Senators Slated to Put Healthcare to a Vote Today, Kushner to Testify for Second Day About Trump's Ties to Russia, Trump Intensifies Attacks on Sessions; Cruz & Giuliani Floated as Replacements, Iowa: 2 Catholic Workers Say They Sabotaged Dakota Access Pipeline, 2 Arrested as Protesters Blockade Kinder Morgan Terminal in Richmond, CA, San Antonio: 10th Migrant Dies After Dozens Found in Back of Sweltering Truck, Pakistan: 26 Killed in Suicide Bomb Attack Claimed by Pakistani Taliban, Israel Removing Metal Detectors from Al-Aqsa Mosque After Massive Protests, Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbi Blocked from Traveling to Israel, Philippines' Duterte Vows to Continue Bloody Drug War, Detroit Judge Halts Deportation of 1,400 Iraqis, Former Navy Sailor Sentenced to 40 Years for Murdering Trans Woman Dee Whigham, Baltimore Teens Build "Bad Batch" App to Tackle Drug Overdose Epidemic
Newly Declassified Documents Confirm U.S. Backed 1953 Coup in Iran Over Oil Contracts
Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:53:20 -0400
Newly declassified State Department documents show oil contracts played a key role in the U.S.-backed 1953 coup in Iran that led to the overthrow of the democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh. "What the documents show is actually the importance of oil in the coup," says Professor Ervand Abrahamian. "The conventional wisdom is, oh, it was all the Cold War scare, communism. But here you see, actually, very occasionally, when Eisenhower intervenes in a discussion, it’s about question of oil contracts and so on and how nationalization would disrupt the whole international framework and would be a threat to U.S. interests, oil interests, elsewhere."
"Incoherent Policy": U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Iran Even as Trump Admits Iran Following Nuclear Deal
Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:49:21 -0400
The State Department has announced new sanctions against Iran over alleged support for terrorism and Iran's ballistic missile program. The move will blacklist 18 people accused of having ties to Iran's military, freezing any of their U.S. assets. The new U.S. sanctions came just after the Trump administration begrudgingly certified that Iran has complied with its obligations under the Obama-brokered nuclear agreement. According to the magazine Foreign Policy, Trump has instructed a group of trusted White House staffers to make the potential case for withholding certification of Iran at the next 90-day review of the nuclear deal. We speak to Ervand Abrahamian, a retired professor of history at Baruch College, City University of New York. He is the author of several books, including "The Coup: 1953, the CIA, and the Roots of Modern U.S.-Iranian Relations."
"A Forgotten Crisis": Yemen's Aid Workers Speak Out About the World's Worst Humanitarian Disaster
Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:37:38 -0400
"An absolute shame on humanity." That's how the international aid organization CARE is describing the deepening humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The number of cholera cases in Yemen has now topped 368,000, with 1,828 deaths. The World Health Organization estimates some 5,000 Yemenis are falling sick daily—and Oxfam projects the number of suspected cases of cholera could rise to more than 600,000, making the epidemic "the largest ever recorded in any country in a single year since records began." We speak to Shabia Mantoo, spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, or UNHCR, in Yemen, as well as Kjetil Østnor, Oxfam's regional manager for the Middle East and Yemen.
Criminologist Phil Stinson: Police Shoot & Kill About 1,000 People Every Year in U.S.
Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:29:05 -0400
As outrage grows in Minneapolis over the killing of an unarmed white Australian woman, we look at the staggering number of fatal police shootings in the United States. For more, we speak with Philip Stinson, criminologist and associate professor at the Criminal Justice Program at Bowling Green State University.
Minneapolis Police Chief Resigns over the Cop Shooting of Unarmed Woman. Will the Mayor Be Next?
Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:12:32 -0400
Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau has resigned amid growing protests over the police killing of unarmed Australian woman Justine Ruszczyk. Many residents are now calling for the resignation of the mayor, Betsy Hodges, saying the killing of Ruszczyk, which came after she called 911 twice to report a possible sexual assault near her home, shows an institutional problem with the city's police. We speak to Samantha Pree-Stinson, an organizer with the Twin Cities movement to end police killing and police brutality and a Green Party candidate for City Council in Minneapolis.
Headlines for July 24, 2017
Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:00:00 -0400
U.N. Security Council Holds Emergency Meeting as Violence in Palestine Kills 7, Oxfam: Yemen's Cholera Outbreak May Become "Largest Ever Recorded", 9 Migrants Die After Being Crammed into Sweltering Truck on Journey to U.S., Reuters: ICE to Launch Nationwide Raids Against Undocumented Teenagers, Kushner Testifies to Senate Committee as His New Filings Reveal 70 More Assets, Sean Spicer Resigns as Anthony Scaramucci Becomes New Communications Director, Senate Parliamentarian: GOP Plan to Defund Planned Parenthood Violates Byrd Rules, Afghanistan: Taliban Suicide Bomb Attack Kills 35 in Kabul, Polish President to Veto Judicial Reforms After Massive Protests, Germany: Thousands March in Berlin for Annual LGBT March, Minneapolis Police Chief Resigns After Shooting of Unarmed Australian Woman, Tennessee Judge Under Fire for Shortening Sentences for Prisoners Who Get Sterilized, Undocumented Mother Nury Chavarria Takes Sanctuary in Connecticut Church
As Trump Touts "Made in America" Week, Indonesian Workers Toil Away Making Ivanka Trump Apparel
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:44:55 -0400
While President Trump is promoting "Made in America" week, we turn now to look at a recent investigation by The Guardian that revealed workplace abuse, grueling production targets and deplorably low pay at an Indonesian factory that makes clothing for Ivanka Trump's label. Many of the female workers at the factory in West Java say the pay is so low that they live in constant debt and can't afford to live with their own children. We speak to journalist Krithika Varagur in Jakarta, Indonesia's capital.
Sen. McConnell Plans Vote on Repealing Obamacare Despite Lacking Enough Support from GOP Senators
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:40:52 -0400
Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced the Senate will vote next week on whether to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement—even though the bill currently lacks enough Republican support to pass. McConnell's announcement came after President Trump invited all 52 Republican senators to the White House for lunchtime talks aimed at reviving stalled efforts on healthcare.
Has Jared Kushner's Failed Deal with Qatar Fueled Trump's Stance on Gulf Diplomatic Crisis?
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:34:18 -0400
Special counsel Robert Mueller is expanding his probe to include President Donald Trump's business activities, as well as those of his associates, including his son-in-law Jared Kushner. We examine how Kushner tried but failed to get a half-billion-dollar bailout from Qatar. Is that failed deal influencing Trump's handling of the Gulf diplomatic crisis? We speak with Ryan Grim of The Intercept. His piece is titled "Jared Kushner Tried and Failed to Get a Half-Billion-Dollar Bailout from Qatar."
Criminalizing Critics of Israel: Congress Considers Sweeping Bills to Fine & Jail Backers of BDS
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:14:31 -0400
U.S. lawmakers are seeking to criminally outlaw support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel. If a proposed bipartisan law is passed, backers of BDS could face up to 20 years in prison and a million-dollar fine. We speak to Rabbi Joseph Berman of Jewish Voice for Peace and Ryan Grim of The Intercept. His latest article is titled "U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel."