- Robert Mueller Says His Report Did Not Exonerate President Trump
- Mueller's Public Remarks Stoke Calls for Trump's Impeachment
- Israeli Knesset Dissolved as PM Netanyahu Fails to Form Ruling Coalition
- Without Evidence, John Bolton Blames Iran for Oil Tanker Sabotage
- Louisiana Lawmakers Approve Ban on Most Abortions
- Disney May Halt Filming in Georgia If State Abortion Ban Takes Effect
- Latin American Rape Survivors Who Were Denied Abortions Appeal to U.N.
- Argentines Hold One-Day Strike Against IMF-Imposed Austerity
- Argentine Lawmakers Consider Bill to Decriminalize Abortion
- Honduran Protesters Mobilize Against Privatization Plans
- U.S. Battered by Extreme Weather, with 500+ Tornadoes in 30 Days
- Energy Department Attempts to Rebrand Methane as "Freedom Gas"
- USS John McCain Moved Out of View Ahead of Trump's Visit to Naval Base
- WikiLeaks Says Health of Jailed Founder Julian Assange Is "Deteriorating"
- Joe Biden Puts Hands on Shoulders of 10-Year-Old Girl, Saying "You're Good-Looking"
- Yemeni Journalist Denied Visa to Come to U.S. to Receive Pulitzer Prize
An Arizona humanitarian aid volunteer goes to trial today for providing water, food, clean clothes and beds to two undocumented migrants crossing the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona. If convicted, Scott Warren could spend up to 20 years in prison. Warren, an activist with the Tucson-based No More Deaths, is charged with three felony counts of allegedly “harboring” undocumented immigrants. For years, No More Deaths and other humanitarian aid groups in southern Arizona have left water and food in the harsh Sonoran Desert, where the temperature often reaches three digits during summer, to help refugees and migrants survive the deadly journey across the U.S. border. Warren was arrested on January 17, 2018, just hours after No More Deaths released a report detailing how U.S. Border Patrol agents had intentionally destroyed more than 3,000 gallons of water left out for migrants crossing the border. The group also published a video showing border agents dumping out jugs of water in the desert. Hours after the report was published, authorities raided the Barn, a No More Deaths aid camp in Ajo, where they found two migrants who had sought temporary refuge. We speak with Scott Warren and his fellow No More Deaths volunteer and activist Catherine Gaffney in Tucson.
As states around the country ramp up their attacks on reproductive rights, the Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to rule on an Indiana law that would bar abortions based on the sex, race or disability of the fetus. The decision will keep in place a lower court’s injunction on the measure. However, the Supreme Court decided to allow Indiana’s so-called fetal burial law to go into effect, which stipulates that abortion clinics must dispose of fetal remains either through burial or cremation. The measure was signed into law by then-Governor Mike Pence in 2016. We speak with Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, senior staff attorney at the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, about the significance of the Supreme Court decision and the growing threat to Roe v. Wade. “What’s happening this year is definitely a national and concerted effort by politicians, who have really been a emboldened by President Trump’s anti-abortion agenda, to really ratchet it up a notch and now take direct aim at Roe v. Wade with abortion bans,” she said. We also speak with Dr. Erin King, a gynecologist and the executive director of Hope Clinic for Women in Illinois, about the dangers abortion providers face every day.
“This is not a drill. This is not a warning. This is real, and it’s a public health crisis.” Those were the words of Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen Tuesday, when news broke that Missouri’s only abortion clinic might be forced to close by the end of the week, effectively ending access to legal abortion in the state. Planned Parenthood says that Missouri’s health department is threatening not to renew its license over a series of unreasonable demands, including interviewing seven of the clinic’s doctors. Dr. Colleen McNicholas, an abortion provider at the clinic, told reporters, “This is harassment and attempted intimidation of doctors at the highest levels of government.” Missouri is one of six states in the country with just one abortion clinic left. If it fails to renew the license by May 31, it will become the first state without any abortion services since Roe v. Wade recognized the constitutional right to an abortion in 1973. Planned Parenthood has filed a lawsuit to stop the clinic’s closure. A hearing is scheduled for this afternoon in St. Louis. This comes less than a week after Missouri’s Republican Governor Mike Parson signed a law banning abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy, with no exceptions in cases of rape or incest. The law will trigger a total ban if Roe v. Wade is overturned. We speak with Dr. Erin King, a gynecologist and the executive director of Hope Clinic for Women in Granite City, Illinois, about 10 minutes from downtown St. Louis, Missouri.
- SCOTUS Makes 2 Key Decisions on Indiana Abortion Laws
- Missouri's Last Abortion Clinic May Shut Down This Week
- Netflix Considers Georgia Production Boycott After Abortion Ban
- Sen. Kamala Harris Announces Plan for Gov't Oversight of New State Abortion Laws
- Rights Groups Challenge Rule Allowing Providers to Refuse Healthcare Based on Religious Belief
- PA Policy Allowing Students to Choose Bathroom Remains in Place After SCOTUS Declines Challenge
- Sen. McConnell Would Confirm a Trump SCOTUS Nominee in 2020
- Angela Merkel Warns Against Rise of Nationalism
- At Least 20 Civilians Killed in Syria as U.N. Warns of Humanitarian Crisis
- 55 Prisoners Killed After Fighting Breaks Out in Brazilian Prisons
- Deforestation of Amazon Up by 20% Over 9 Months
- Malaysia to Send Back "Dumped" Plastic Waste to U.S. and Other Countries
- House Republicans Block Disaster Relief Bill
- Study: Flavored E-Cigarettes May Increase Heart Attack Risk
- 940 Measles Cases Confirmed as Outbreak Reaches Over Half of U.S. States
Earlier this month, the billionaire investor Robert Smith stunned many when he offered to pay off the student loans of the 2019 graduating class at the historically black Morehouse College. The average student debt is now $32,000. Nationwide, 44 million people owe nearly $1.5 trillion. Student debt is expected to increase to $2 trillion by 2022. We speak with Ben Jealous, former national president of the NAACP, and De’Jaun Davis-Correia, a 2019 Morehouse graduate who will benefit from Smith’s donation.
On the heels of Prime Minister Theresa May’s resignation, the Brexit Party led by Nigel Farage came in first place in Britain’s European parliamentary elections with 31% of the vote. The ruling Tory Party placed fifth. We speak with journalist Paul Mason about what the election means for the Labour Party and the future of Brexit. We also speak with David Adler, the policy coordinator for the Democracy in Europe Movement, or DiEM25.
The Green Party soared in popularity in many nations in the European parliamentary elections, placing second in Germany and making gains in Finland, France and Ireland. The next president of the European Commission will likely be Bas Eickhout of the Dutch Green Party. We speak with Luisa Neubauer, a youth climate activist and member of the German Green Party, about the party’s next steps.
The European Union elections concluded over the weekend, with centrist parties losing dozens of seat while far-right and Green candidates made significant strides. In France, the far-right National Rally party led by Marine Le Pen narrowly beat the centrist alliance led by French President Emmanuel Macron. In Italy, the far-right nationalist League party placed first, winning 34% of the vote. The party is led by Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini. While right-wing euroskeptic parties slightly increased their power in the EU assembly, about 75% of voters still backed parties that support Europe. We speak with David Adler, the policy coordinator for the Democracy in Europe Movement, or DiEM25.
- Missouri Gov. Signs 8-Week Abortion Ban as Federal Judge Blocks Mississippi Abortion Ban
- Judge Blocks Redirecting of Federal Funds to Build Parts of Border Wall
- European Parliament Elections See Greens and Far-Right Gain Ground But Pro-EU Parties Retain Majority
- Trump Says Regime Change in Iran Not the Goal After Sending 1,500 More Troops to Region
- Trump Dismisses North Korean Missile Tests, Welcomes Anti-Biden Comments
- Saudi Airstrike in Yemen Kills 12 Civilians, Including 7 Children
- Head of Citizenship & Immigration Agency Resigns as Trump Admin Purge Continues
- Landmark Oklahoma Opioid Trial Against Johnson & Johnson Starts After Settlement with Teva
- TSA Allows Epilepsy Drug Containing Cannabis on Flights
- Trump Admin Escalates Multi-Pronged Attack on Climate Science
- Tornadoes, Extreme Weather Tear Through Midwest as Heat Wave Grips Southeast
- 2 Members of MOVE 9 Freed After 40 Years Behind Bars
Supporters of the Green New Deal recently staged a nationwide tour to build support for the congressional resolution to transform the U.S. economy through funding renewable energy while ending U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. Democracy Now! spoke with Noam Chomsky about the Green New Deal and the lessons of the old New Deal in Boston in April.
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has begun a record fifth term in office after narrowing defeating former military chief Benny Gantz. In a discussion with Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman, Noam Chomsky talks about how President Trump directly interfered with the Israel election by repeatedly helping Netanyahu, from moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem to recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights in defiance of international law.
Attorneys for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are vowing to fight his possible extradition to the United States following his arrest in London, when British police forcibly removed Assange from the Ecuadorean Embassy, where he had taken asylum for almost seven years. In April, Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman spoke to Noam Chomsky about Assange's arrest, WikiLeaks and American power.
As President Trump pulls out of key nuclear agreements with Russia and moves to expand the U.S. nuclear arsenal, Noam Chomsky looks at how the threat of nuclear war remains one of the most pressing issues facing mankind. In a speech at the Old South Church in Boston, Chomsky also discusses the threat of climate change and the undermining of democracy across the globe.
In April, hundreds of people packed into the Old South Church in Boston to hear the world-renowned dissident and linguist Noam Chomsky speak. He looked back at the rise of fascism in the 20th century and the growing ultranationalist movements of today, from Brazil and the United States to Israel and Saudi Arabia.