Progressives Push Democrats To Adopt ‘People’s Platform’

FEATURING ERIKA ANDIOLA – A new poll by Bloomberg has found that, as unpopular as Donald Trump is as president, his rival Hillary Clinton who won the popular vote last November, is remarkably even less popular. Trump has a 41% approval rating while Clinton’s is 39%. The number should strike fear into the hearts of…

California Extends Cap And Trade Program Angering Some Environmentalists

FEATURING ADAM SCOW – The state of California on Monday voted to extend its cap-and-trade program until 2030, leading Governor Jerry Brown to declare a major victory and claim credit for making progress on climate change. The bill, AB 398, was also supported by Democratic Senate president Kevin De Leon, one of the more progressive…

How Does American Healthcare Compare To the Rest of the World?

FEATURING ERIC SCHNEIDER – The Republican Party has faced yet another defeat over its long-standing plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Two more senators, Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas announced they would not support the Better Care Reconciliation Act this week, soon after it was reported that Senator…

As Visitors Flock To Disneyland, Homeless Advocates Stage Protest

FEATURING EVE BARROW – As thousands of Americans flock to Southern California this summer for their dream Disneyland vacation, the so-called “Happiest Place on Earth” is having some PR problems. Advocates for the homeless recently leafletted the Anaheim Convention Center where an expo for Disney fans was taking place. Later that evening they staged a…

Jailcare: Finding The Safety Net For Women Behind Bars

FEATURING CAROLYN SUFRIN – Democratic Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts in early July 2017 introduced a bill in Congress to improve the treatment of female inmates, including ending the practice of shackling pregnant women while they give birth. The Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act addresses the fastest growing prison…

How Real is Iraq’s Mosul Victory Over ISIS?

FEATURING PHYLLIS BENNIS – The Iraqi government recently declared victory in Mosul, the stronghold of the Islamic State. Many months of fighting, bombing, and shelling has reduced the once grand and historic city to rubble while tens of thousands of its residents have fled. Despite Iraq’s triumphant declarations of having defeated ISIS, pockets of fighting…

DeVos Courts “Men’s Rights” Activists Over Rape Victims

FEATURING ALEXANDRA BRODSKY – Donald Trump’s Education Secretary Betsy DeVos held hearings in recent days on campus rape, a high-profile issue that has gained traction over the years. But her goal appeared not to be how best to support women victims of rape, but how best to absolve men accused of rape – a favorite…

EXCLUSIVE: Report From Inside A Trump Supporters Group

FEATURING BLAKELEY NIXON – Are you curious about what happens within closed online groups of Donald Trump’s ardent supporters? One man based in the UK was so eager to know that he sought out an online group and joined it. What he found was horrifying and hilarious all at once. Blakeley Nixon, who describes himself…

Putting The Russia-Trump Controversy Into Perspective

FEATURING CHRIS HEDGES – News media in recent days have breathlessly pronounced that the Donald Trump Jr. emails about being interested in gathering dirt about Hillary Clinton from Russian sources are tantamount to collusion at best, treason at worst. The “i” word, impeachment, has once more become commonplace. But is potential collusion with Russia the…