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 serve two full terms during a time of war." Obama had used the Bush-era war authorization given by Congress in the wake of the 9/11 attacks to justify an expanded and seemingly never-ending set of wars. His office also released a report on the US's use of military force that Amnesty International's Naureen Shah said, "reads like an explanation, a textbook that’s left for the next person...Here are all the things you cannot do." That "next person," of course being Donald Trump. But will it be enough for a liberal Democrat who abused his executive
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 been losses. But what is facing us as a country under President elect Donald Trump is likely to make Obama's presidency look like "the good old days." What worked under Obama and will the same work under Trump? Courtney Morris, assistant professor of African American and Women’s Studies at Penn State University and a correspondent for Rising Up With Sonali.
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 Ellison. Ellison, a congressman from Minnesota, says he will leave his position if he is elected to lead the Democratic National Committee. Ellison was the first Muslim to be elected to Congress. While he is now being painted as an anti-Semite and critic of Israel by the Anti Defamation League, the NNU and many other progressives, have dismissed the accusations. Charles Idelson, Communications Director with National Nurses United and California Nurses Association.
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." How will the Supreme Court, which is still operating with one less seat, decide these cases? Ezra Rosenberg, co-Director of the Voting Rights Project at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
FEATURING MARC FISHER - I have to confess that I have never known much about Donald Trump before he emerged on the political scene. When he won the Republican nomination for President, I forced myself to learn more about him, assuming that after November 8th, I would never have to waste my attention on a person who seemed more of a joke than a serious politician. Now, we have four long years of trying to make sense what a Presidency under the unlikeliest of Presidents would be. To understand where Donald Trump came from I read the Washington Post's book about the New York business man called Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power. Written by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher, Trump Revealed is a detailed story of Trump's early business dealings, his relationships and influences, his frailties and desire for recognition and power. Marc Fisher, Pulitzer
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 his state's voting records alone. What can Stein's vote recount actually achieve? Find more about Palast's new movie HERE. Greg Palast, investigative reporter, whose news-breaking stories appear on BBC Television, The Guardian and now in Rolling Stone Magazine. His new film is The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits, based on his New York Times bestselling books.
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 employer from shutting down the plant and laying off about 2000 workers. Critics are denouncing the deal, which will save under 1000 jobs, as sending a signal to other corporations that they can win government concessions simply by threatening to move factories overseas. Meanwhile, Trump has continued to name his cabinet picks, with former Goldman Sachs partner and millionaire Steven Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary, and billionaire investor Wilbur Ross Jr. as Commerce Secretary. Trump appears to be ignoring his own campaign denouncements of Hillary Clinton's ties to Wall Street elites. Concerns about conflicts of interest
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 State lost by just a few tens of thousands of votes, resulting in her electoral college loss. But it wasn't until Stein led the effort that Clinton belatedly announced she would join in. At the heart of the matter is that raw exit polling data from states where Clinton was expected to win - Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania - was inconsistent with vote counts. Donald Trump who was declared the electoral college winner and who has lost the popular vote to Clinton by more than 2 million votes, has denounced the recount efforts. But Trump
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 the US sliding toward fascism and if so, how do we gird ourselves and our communities in these dark times? Robert Jensen, a Professor of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, and author of numerous books that we have featured on this show, including, Arguing for Our Lives: A User's Guide to Constructive Dialogue; and We Are All Apocalyptic Now: On the Responsibilities of Teaching, Preaching, Reporting, Writing, and Speaking Out.
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 the federal level, suggesting that there is a level of political posturing at work. And, among the bills is a ghastly requirement for fetal tissue to be given a funeral. Nationally, Trump is considering GOP Representative Tom Price of Georgia for the position of Secretary of Health and Human Services. Price has a singularly consistent record of voting against federal support for women's reproductive services. Read more at www.rewire.news. Imani Gandy, Senior Legal Analyst with Rewire News.