Obama’s Executive War Powers Present Greater Threat Under Trump

FEATURING ALEX EMMONS – President Obama, in a major national security address in early December, defended his record on war and counter-terrorism. He said, “No foreign terrorist organization has successfully planned and executed an attack on our homeland,” and added that, “On January 20th, I will become the first president of the United States to…

Lessons From Organizing Under an Obama Presidency

FEATURING COURTNEY MORRIS – The conventional wisdom of political organizing is that it is easier to make progressive gains under a Democratic president than a Republican one. Certainly under Barack Obama’s 8-year tenure progressives have seen some significant gains on the environmental, racial justice, and a tiny bit on economic justice. There have of course…

Nurses Union Urges Democrats to Pick Ellison

FEATURING CHARLES IDELSON – Efforts are underway in the wake of the presidential election to sway the Democratic party leftward versus continuing on its path of moderate to centrist liberalism. The National Nurses United (NNU), who, during the Primary election, threw its weight behind Bernie Sanders, are now lobbying hard for the leadership of Keith…

Crucial Redistricting Cases Head to the Supreme Court

FEATURING EZRA ROSENBERG – The US Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in two cases on redistricting, one in Virginia, the other in North Carolina. Republican controlled state legislatures have spent years brazenly redrawing district lines to favor their party, with much of the lines appearing to be drawn along race, a process called “gerrymandering.”…

Election Integrity Post-Mortem: Voting Rights and Vote Recounts

FEATURING GREG PALAST – Days after Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein raised millions of dollars to test voting integrity in three battleground states, lawsuits have been filed to stop the vote recounts. Those aligned with President elect Donald Trump are suing to stop Wisconsin’s recount, while Michigan’s own Attorney General would like to leave…

Billionaire Trump Embraces Wall Street Elite

FEATURING BART NAYLOR – President elect Donald Trump and his Vice President, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, made an appearance on Thursday at a Carrier plant in Indianapolis to announce their deal to keep jobs from moving to Mexico. Mr. Trump had specifically promised workers at the air conditioning factory that he would stop their…

Why Is There A Need To Recount Votes in the 2016 Election?

FEATURING DAVID MOORE – An effort by Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein to force vote recounts in key battleground states has netted nearly $7 million in funding in just a few days. A group of computer scientists had urged the Clinton campaign to challenge results in three key states where the former Secretary of…

Grappling With Nazism and White Nationalism

FEATURING ROBERT JENSEN – A gathering of white nationalists in Washington DC garnered major news coverage as Nazi salutes and calls of “Hail Trump,” rang aloud. White nationalism and supremacist views have begun flaunting themselves openly with the electoral college victory of Donald Trump. Many have taken cover under the innocuous label of “Alt-Right.” Is…

Trump Win Emboldens Anti-Abortion Crowd

FEATURING IMANI GANDY – Among the terrifying things that Donald Trump’s electoral college victory has unleashed is any sense of propriety that the anti-abortion politicians had. In Texas in particular, state legislators have pre-filed a whopping 600 bills eroding women’s right to reproductive healthcare. Some of those bills propose banning what is already prohibited at…