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Trump Budget Slashes Vital Programs to Enrich the Wealthy

Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research says President Donald Trump's new budget makes unprecedented cuts to already subpar levels of social assistance and "redistributes upward" to wealthy Americans.
DATE: 2017-05-23 | LENGTH: 13:26

 
  
Chelsea Manning is Free, and Her Impact is Worldwide
U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning is free after serving seven years behind bars. Kevin Gosztola of Shadowproof and Nathan Fuller of the Courage Campaign, have remained deeply involved in her case, discuss Manning's freedom and her global impact
DATE: 2017-05-17 | LENGTH: 20:54

 
Facing Public Outrage, House Republicans Back Down on Gutting Ethics Watchdog
Public Citizen's Lisa Gilbert says the Office of Congressional Ethics was targeted because it is an effective check on Congressional misconduct
DATE: 2017-01-03 | LENGTH: 05:06

 
Former Financial Regulator: White Collar Crime Will Have a Field Day Under Trump
Bill Black says none of Trump's economic picks - which now include three people from Goldman Sachs - were picked for their knowledge of economics
DATE: 2016-12-13 | LENGTH: 11:39

 
US Taxpayers Are Subsidizing Mylan's Profits
Citizens for Tax Justice's Richard Phillip: Congress needs to act to close loopholes that allow 'tax inversions' that allow corporations to avoid nearly all federal taxes
DATE: 2016-08-30 | LENGTH: 02:54

 
Clinton Positions Herself to the Right of Trump in National Security Speech
Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies says although Clinton rightfully used her national security speech to condemn the bigotry and outlandishness of Trump's positions, she laid out a much more militaristic foreign policy
DATE: 2016-06-02 | LENGTH: 12:36

 
Washington, D.C. Echoes a Growing Call to #KeepItInTheGround
1,300 people marched in the nation's capital this past weekend as part of a global push to divest from fossil fuels
DATE: 2016-05-18 | LENGTH: 05:37

 
Is Sanders the Better Candidate to Defeat Trump?
Robert McChesney analyses the Indiana primary outcomes and the election trajectory for the candidates and the voters
DATE: 2016-05-04 | LENGTH: 11:12

 
Sanders Holds Massive Rally in NYC, Narrows in on Clinton's Lead
On Wednesday night, Democrat Bernie Sanders drew some 27,000 supporters in and around Manhattan's Washington Square Park ahead of Thursday's debate and just days before the New York primary
DATE: 2016-04-14 | LENGTH: 02:45

 
Hillary Met with Protests over Foreign Policy and Criminal Justice in Baltimore
TRNN reports from a Clinton rally in Baltimore, Maryland, where demonstrators were ejected after protesting Hillary's criminal justice and foreign policy stances
DATE: 2016-04-10 | LENGTH: 05:49

 
Hundreds March for Bernie Sanders in Baltimore
TRNN speaks to Bernie Sanders's supporters and local candidates who are channeling Sanders' message and platform into their own campaigns
DATE: 2016-03-20 | LENGTH: 07:00

 
Trump and Clinton Extend Their Primary Leads
Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump solidified leads within their respective parties on Tuesday when five states voted in the ongoing primary elections
DATE: 2016-03-16 | LENGTH: 01:42

 
Sanders Says Clinton Charges are Fabrications
Media critic Jeff Cohen praises Sanders for calling out Hillary for saying he stood with Minutemen vigilantes. Correction: Delegates in the Democratic primaries are awarded proportionally
DATE: 2016-03-10 | LENGTH: 12:48

 
45 Years After COINTELPRO FBI Continues to Monitor Activists
Chip Gibbons, Legal Fellow, says over 60 national groups have signed onto a letter calling on the House and Senate Judiciary Committees to investigate FBI and DHS's monitoring of activists
DATE: 2016-03-08 | LENGTH: 14:12

 
How Precedent and Judicial Restraint Protect Elite Interests at SCOTUS
Dean of UNC-Irvine Law Erwin Chemerinsky discusses the history of the Supreme Court aligning itself with business interests and why today's Court is the most pro-business since the 1930s
DATE: 2016-03-04 | LENGTH: 09:17

 
Appointing a Justice: Do Partisan Politics Matter More Than Merits?
Dean of UNC-Irvine Law Erwin Chemerinsky explains how the two major parties have created a system for selecting Supreme Court Justices who don't prioritize public interest
DATE: 2016-03-03 | LENGTH: 10:16

 
Senate Confirms New FDA Commissioner With Close Ties to Big Pharma
Public Citizen's Dr. Michael Carome describes the thousands in consulting fees new FDA commissioner Dr. Robert Califf received from pharmaceutical manufacturers and why only four senators voted against his confirmation
DATE: 2016-02-25 | LENGTH: 06:12

 
Grayson Holds Back Democratic Nominee Endorsement
The Real Capitol Hill sits down with Congressman Alan Grayson to discuss why he still hasn't endorsed a candidate despite his record being much closer to Senator Bernie Sanders
DATE: 2016-02-06 | LENGTH: 14:08

 
Did Hillary Lie About Her Iraq War Vote?
Stephen Zunes responds to Hillary Clinton's statements explaining her Iraq War vote as well as Bernie Sanders' plan to mobilize countries like Saudi Arabia to take on ISIS
DATE: 2016-02-04 | LENGTH: 13:29

 
Will Senate Bill to "Save" Post Office Be Enough?
TRNN breaks down what's in the bill, what it means to you, and how Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein's husband is profiting from the sale of neighborhood post offices
DATE: 2016-01-29 | LENGTH: 06:13

 
"Institutional Amnesia": Pentagon Agency Skewered for Waste and Fraud
The Inspector General for a government task force in Afghanistan says the agency squandered millions of taxpayer dollars on unnecessary costs
DATE: 2016-01-22 | LENGTH: 03:57

 
Barbara Lee on What Was Left Unsaid in Obama's State of the Union
In the premiere episode of The Real Capitol Hill, we sit down with Congresswoman Barbara Lee to get her thoughts on President Obama's legacy and why many African Americans families are still waiting for their economic recovery
DATE: 2016-01-15 | LENGTH: 08:33

 
The Limits and Missed Opportunities of Obama's Energy Legacy
Professor Chris Williams and DeSmogBlog's Steve Horne challenge the grandiose claims made by Obama in the State of the Union address
DATE: 2016-01-13 | LENGTH: 16:14

 
A Response to Gov. Nikki Haley
TRNN Executive Producer Eddie Conway has an exclusive interview with Rev. Waltrina Middleton, cousin of AME victim DePayne Middleton, about SC Gov. Nikki Haley's State of the Union rebuttal.
DATE: 2016-01-13 | LENGTH: 17:07

 
What Influence Does Wall Street Have Over Candidates Clinton and Sanders?
OpenSecret.org's Will Tucker and former financial regulator Bill Black respond to Hillary Clinton's comments on her ties to Wall Street
DATE: 2015-12-22 | LENGTH: 17:33

 
At Democratic Debate, Candidates Embrace Military Solutions in Foreign Policy
Institute for Policy Studies Fellow Phyllis Bennis says the debate showed a difference in tactics but not strategy in the foreign policy platforms of Sanders and Clinton
DATE: 2015-12-21 | LENGTH: 08:46

 
Here's What's in the House's New Spending Bill
The bill increases the deficit while giving multinational corporations a slew of new tax breaks
DATE: 2015-12-18 | LENGTH: 01:26

 
Why Did ISIS Target Paris?
Journalist Barry Lando explains how French airstrikes on ISIS, its military presence in Africa, and contentious relationship with its Muslim community planted the seeds for an attack
DATE: 2015-11-18 | LENGTH: 08:02

 
Republicans Push to Privatize Disability Insurance Despite 99.9% Payment Accuracy
After the GAO finds $11 billion in disability payment fraud, some members of Congress push for privatization to solve a problem which accounts for only one fifth of one percent of cases, says CEPR's Nicole Woo.
DATE: 2015-11-09 | LENGTH: 05:15

 
A Look at Speaker Ryan's Record on "Fighting" for the Middle Class
Wisconsin-based The Progressive's Ruth Coniff analyzes Ryan's voting record and the effect of his policy on his district
DATE: 2015-10-30 | LENGTH: 03:53

 
Businesses Will Be Off the Hook for Providing Employee Health Benefits in Bipartisan Budget Deal
President Obama and Congressional leaders propose deal that would repeal not yet in effect automatic enrollment in health programs for employees working for large companies
DATE: 2015-10-27 | LENGTH: 03:26

 
The House Freedom Caucus: Tea Party 2.0 Behind Boehner's Resignation
A look at how the secretive Congressional House Freedom Caucus espouses populist rhetoric while backed by billionaire Koch brothers and mid-level southern capitalists
DATE: 2015-10-06 | LENGTH: 06:25

 
AIPAC Spending Millions to Defeat Iran Deal, But Efforts Are Falling Flat
Right-wing Israel lobby groups are in the second half of a fierce campaign to convince Congress and the American public that the Iran deal should be rejected.
DATE: 2015-08-23 | LENGTH: 03:33

 
Cash-Strapped Puerto Rico at Hedge Funds' Mercy (2/2)
TRNN's Jessica Desvarieux explores how investment funds OppenheimerFunds and Franklin Advisers are pressuring Puerto Rico to pay in full, while Congress won't grant the island nation authority to file for bankruptcy. But is this a ploy to further privatize Puerto Rico?
DATE: 2015-07-24 | LENGTH: 09:58

 
How Tax Dodging Put Puerto Rico on the Road to Debt (1/2)
TRNN's Jessica Desvarieux reports on how Puerto Rico's tax policy exempts billions of big pharmaceutical companies' profits, leaving at least $15 billion out of the revenue stream while the country wallows in debt.
DATE: 2015-07-14 | LENGTH: 06:45

 
Why the Black Caucus Could Be Game Changers After House Slows Down Fast Track Bill
After the Trade Promotion Authority passes the House by two votes, TRNN's Jessica Desvarieux speaks with Baltimore's Congressman Cummings and looks at the three Congressional Black Caucus members who voted for the bill despite past trade agreements' negative impact on minority communities
DATE: 2015-06-13

 
What the TiSA Leaked Documents Reveal About Negotiations
PopularResistance.org co-director Kevin Zeese explains the most egregious portions of the secretly negotiated agreement and how the fast track battle on Capitol Hill could decide its fate
DATE: 2015-06-07

 
China-U.S. Rivalry Front and Center of IMF Reform Debate
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew pushes Congress to implement IMF reforms as European countries join IMF's rival Chinese-backed investment bank AIIB
DATE: 2015-03-18

 
Blyth Devastates Congress' Approach to Budget
In testimony from earlier this week, Brown University Professor Mark Blyth told the Senate Budget Committee that austerity would gravely hurt the American economy
DATE: 2015-03-15

 
Senator Rand Paul Says AUMF Will Further Endless War
Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey urge Congress to grant President Obama the authority to send more ground troops to fight ISIS
DATE: 2015-03-12

 
Netanyahu Speech Sets Dangerous Precedent
Policy analysts from both the left and right are worried that Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech to Congress earlier this week will send Washington down a path of recruiting outside leaders to influence American domestic and foreign policy
DATE: 2015-03-06

 
Is Iran or Netanyahu a Threat to Israel's National Security?
Former Israeli generals and top security officials held a press conference Sunday in Tel Aviv about Netanyahu's plan to address the U.S. Congress
DATE: 2015-03-03

 
Nurses Unite to Stop TPP Fast Track
TRNN's Jessica Desvarieux speaks with National Nurses United nurses who met with Congressional lawmakers about the lack of transparency and potential health risks the TPP poses to everyday citizens
DATE: 2015-02-28

 
Meet the Family with a Megaphone in US & Israeli Politics (1/2)
With 90 percent of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's campaign donors being U.S. Americans, the Falic family tops the list, and their influence reaches both sides of the aisle in Congress
DATE: 2015-02-17

 
Some Democrats Considering Boycott of Netanyahu's Address to Congress
TRNN's Jessica Desvarieux interviews Congressmen who are split on the move, and also talks to Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies, who says this potential boycott reveals that America is not one-minded on Israel
DATE: 2015-02-05

 
Sen. Sanders Presents $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill as Job Creator
Sanders says 13 million jobs could be created if Congress taxed the wealthy and corporate tax havens, but taxing the wealthy is a non-starter for Republicans
DATE: 2015-01-29

 
Individual Contribution Limit in U.S. Elections Raised to $4.9 Million
TRNN reporter Thomas Hedges takes a look at two new provisions in the 2015 spending bill that drastically increase individual limits and prohibit President Obama from using executive action to shed light on dark money in campaigns.
DATE: 2014-12-26

 
  

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