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    Affirmative Action Ruling Will Further Racial Inequality
    Bruce Dixon: The Supreme Court decision furthers institutional advantages of whites under the guise of colorblindness

      April 24, 14

    Ivy League Study: The General Public Has Virtually No Influence on Policy
    Benjamin Page says that the analysis he conducted with Martin Giles of public opinion surveys and elite policy preferences of the last 20 years shows economic elites virtually determine governmental policy

      April 24, 14

    TRNN Original Report: Manning Determined to Fight Back After Army Upholds 35- Year Sentence
    Attorneys for Wikileaks source Chelsea Manning begin working on the appeals process after the military finds her guilty under the Espionage Act, a statute the Obama administration has invoked more than all previous presidencies

      April 20, 14

    CBO Report Confirms U.S. Deficit Back to Normal Level
    Robert Pollin: Deficit hawks were wrong about America's normal level, Congress should pass a financial transaction tax and not more cuts to social spending

      April 23, 14

    An Asia "Pivot" Should Mean Cooperating with China to Solve the Global Environmental Crisis
    Larry Wilkerson says the U.S. should push China to settle territorial disputes in international venues, and also pursue a cooperative relationship that seeks to solve global crises rather than dominate the world

      April 23, 14

    Exclusive Investigation Uncovers How BP Uses Bribes To Do Business
    Four years after 200-million gallon BP oil spill, TRNN speaks with investigative journalist Greg Palast about BP's collusion with government officials to dodge safety regulations

      April 22, 14

    Hundredth Anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre
    Historian Jonathan Rees and author Jeff Biggers discuss the significance of the deadliest incident in U.S. labor history, and the struggles faced by coal miners today

      April 20, 14

    The Bundy Ranch Standoff Demonstrates Values Shared by Corporations and the Far Right
    Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center discusses the Bundy Ranch standoff's far right connections and scholar and activist Mark Mason says this is embodied in the goal to privatize the commons

      April 21, 14

    Important Revelations In New Leaks of CIA Torture Report
    Michael Ratner says that leaked portions of the Senate Select Committee Report obtained by Al Jazeera and McClatchy show clear evidence of torture by the CIA and other US officials authorizing it or engaging in it

      April 21, 14

    Can Johns Hopkins Afford to Pay A Living Wage? (1/2)
    Marc Steiner examines if Johns Hopkins has the money to pay a living wage with Hopkins Hospital worker Daniel Roberts, SEIU union organizer Carrietta Hiers and Jeff Singer, founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless

      April 17, 14

    Hypersurveillance State Won't Prevent Another Boston Marathon Bombing
    One year after the Boston Marathon bombing, the ACLU's Kade Crockford questions whether the surveillance practices of law enforcement and an increasingly militarized police force will prevent terrorism

      April 15, 14

    Obama Signs Directives to Reduce the Gender Wage Gap
    Stephanie Seguino: "The average wage gap between men and women in the tech industry is $400 a week."

      April 16, 14

    "Off With His Head": Court Upholds Obama's Power to Kill
    Michael Ratner: There have been no criminal prosecutions for illegal actions committed by the U.S. in the name of national security since 9/11

      April 11, 14

    Late Jackson Mayor Lumumba's Son Wins Primary to Replace His Father, Runoff Election Ahead
    Kali Akuno discusses developments in the race to replace late Jackson mayor Chokwe Lumumba and the upcoming Jackson Rising conference

      April 13, 14

    Hunger Strikers Demand President Obama Halt His Record 2 Million Deportations
    Immigration activists call on President Obama to halt deportations that separate families, while allowing corporations to profit from the criminalization and militarization of immigration policy

      April 19, 14

    TRNN Debate: Decriminalization vs. Legalization
    As Maryland is poised to become the next state to decriminalize marijuana, MD Delegate Keiffer Jackson Mitchell and LEAP Executive Director Neill Franklin debate whether it can end the racial disparity in drug-related arrests

      April 14, 14

    Republican Presidential Hopefuls Pay Homage to Billionaire Casino Tycoon Sheldon Adelson
    Larry Wilkerson: Republicans attending casino mogul Sheldon Adelson's event represent how oligarchs have hijacked democracy

      April 8, 14

    Immigrant Advocates and Families Tell President Obama 'Not One More'
    From the Mexico border to Washington DC, a group of families and activists fight to reunite Jaime Vasquez and Ardani Rosales with their families; these two fathers represent more than 2 million people deported over the last 5 years. The actions call on President Obama to stop deportations.

      April 7, 14

    Chris Hedges on "Israel's War on American Universities" Full Event
    Raw Footage: Chris Hedges speaks in support of the now banned Students for Justice in Palestine chapter at Northeastern University

      April 8, 14

    Chris Hedges on "Israel's War on American Universities"
    Excerpts from Chris Hedges talk at Northeastern University in support of its now banned Students for Justice in Palestine chapter

      April 6, 14

    Hopkins Hospital Workers Speak Out against "Poverty Wages"
    The Real News talks to workers at Baltimore's internationally renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital as they prepare for a possible strike in order to obtain a $15 hourly wage

      April 5, 14

    Saudi Arabia and the al-Qaeda Monster (3/5)
    Madawi Al-Rasheed: Saudi Arabia helped create a network of terrorism to achieve political aims, and while it does come back to bite them at times, they promote a similar ideology and continue to these alliances

      April 3, 14

    Supreme Court Decision Opens Floodgates for More Campaign Cash
    Only .08% of U.S. population gives more than $2500 to campaigns now this elite will have fewer limits on their contributions, making funds harder to track and enhancing the influence of money in politics

      April 5, 14

    Supreme Court Ruling Gives Wealthy Individuals More Influence Over Elections
    Common Cause Maryland's Jennifer Bevan-Dangle says the 1% are the beneficiaries of the McCutcheon decision

      April 2, 14

    Yellen Talks the Talk But Will She Walk the Walk?
    Robert Pollin: Janet Yellen distinguished herself in her first speech but it remains to be seen if she will change the policies of the Federal Reserve

      April 6, 14

    Leaked Senate Report Shows Use of Torture As "Ineffective"
    Larry Wilkerson: Latest report further corroborates evidence proving torture's ineffectiveness, while placing greater pressure on President Obama to issue an investigation into CIA's practices

      March 31, 14

    Immigration Reform in the Shadows of Cesar Chavez's Legacy
    Cesar Chavez's personal aide Marc Grossman and organizer Rosalinda Guillen examine the current situation for farmworkers and whether the Senate's immigration reform will improve their lives

      April 1, 14

    Hypocrisy Dressed Up as "Realism" Justifies American Alliance with Saudi Dictatorship
    Madawi al-Rasheed: US wants to contain and manipulate Arab uprisings while the Saudis want to crush them

      April 1, 14

    'Shadows of Liberty' Trailer
    The News Media: Censorship, Coverups and Corporate Control - Panel moderated by Paul Jay featuring film director JP Tremblay and journalists Kristina Borjesson and Glen Ford.

      March 31, 14

    Standing up to Character Assassination (8/8)
    Film Screening: The Panel Answers Audience Questions on 'Shadows of Liberty'

      April 1, 14

    What Is the Financial Backing For The Real News? (7/8)
    Film Screening: The Panel Answers Audience Questions on 'Shadows of Liberty'

      March 31, 14

    Should The Left Engage with the Mainstream Media? (6/8)
    Film Screening: The Panel Answers Audience Questions on 'Shadows of Liberty'

      March 31, 14

    Creating a New Media Paradigm After Citizens United (5/8)
    Film Screening: The Panel Answers Audience Questions on 'Shadows of Liberty'

      March 31, 14

    Paul Jay on What Drives Corporate Media and What Drive The Real News (4/8)
    TRNN Hosts a discussion on the film 'Shadows of Liberty'

      March 31, 14

    Glen Ford on Racism in the American Media (3/8)
    TRNN Hosts a discussion on the film 'Shadows of Liberty'

      March 31, 14

    Kristina Borjesson on Why CBS Shut Down Her investigation into Flight 800 (2/8)
    Jean-Philippe Tremblay and Kristina Borjesson discuss the state of investigative journalism and the news media

      March 31, 14

    Petitions with 100,000+ Signatures Call for Snowden's Passport to be Reinstated
    After President Obama announced a proposal to end bulk metadata collection, Snowden supporters call on the government to reinstate his American passport and allow him to seek political asylum without government meddling

      March 29, 14

    Obama and the Saudi Agenda
    Toby Jones says the Saudis see the Arab awakening as an existential threat while the US sees it as something to be manipulated

      March 29, 14

    We Need to Harness People Power - Andy Shallal on Reality Asserts Itself (4/4)
    Mr. Shallal says at the local level is where you can make a change. It's very hard to expect change on the national level.

      March 28, 14

    DC School Test Scores Up, But Poor Black Kids Are Doing Worse - Andy Shallal on RAI (3/4)
    On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Shallal says we went from No Child Left Behind under the Bush era to no kid left untested, then to no teacher left unstressed, and our schools are still doing very poorly

      March 28, 14

    Connecticut Poised to Become First State with $10.10 Minimum Wage
    Lindsay Farrell of the Connecticut Working Families Party says increasing the minimum wage for workers, including tipped workers, will help lift families out of poverty

      March 27, 14

    An American Should be One that Questions Their Government - Andy Shallal on RAI (2/4)
    On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Shallal tells Paul Jay how speaking out against war led to his passion about schools

      March 28, 14

    How Google, Apple & The Biggest Tech Companies Colluded to Fix Workers' Wages
    Exclusive: Pando Daily Senior Editor Mark Ames describes how his team uncovered secret internal memos between dozens of tech companies to fix wages for more than a million employees

      March 26, 14

    Obama's Proposal To End NSA Bulk Data Collection Won't Protect Privacy
    Thoughtworks Lead IT Analyst Dmytri Kleiner says that the plan would allow telecom giants to retain consumer's personal data without regulations on access and retention, allowing for continued violation of civil liberties

      March 26, 14

    Being the "Other" in America - Andy Shallal on Reality Asserts Itself (1/4)
    Mr. Shallal, owner of Busboys and Poets restaurants and candidate for DC mayor, tells Paul Jay that after coming to America as a child, the shocking death of MLK led him to discover how much race permeates everything

      March 26, 14

    Hundreds of Students & Faculty Occupy College Campus to Fight Cuts to Public Higher Ed
    University of Southern Maine student Meagan LaSala and professor Rachel Bouvier explain how cuts disproportionately target faculty and will trigger a decline in quality public education

      March 25, 14

    Why I Decided to Blow the Whistle on the NSA
    NSA whistleblower Russ Tice describes his evolution from being a staunch believer in the mission of the NSA to being the first insider to expose how the surveillance state disregarded Americans' fourth amendment rights

      March 24, 14

    Residents Still Not Drinking Tap Water Two Months After West Virginia Spill (1/2)
    TRNN's Shaghayegh Tajvidi travels to Charleston to investigate the impacts of the massive West Virginia chemical spill

      March 20, 2014

    Industries Across the U.S. Are Stealing Wages From Their Lowest Paid Workers
    Fast food worker Tenesha Green describes how she personally experienced wage theft on the job, while law expert Rebecca Smith explains the significance of the lawsuits against McDonald's after New York forces McD's owner to pay half a million dollars to employees for back pay

      March 21, 14

    Breaking: Fast Food Workers Stage Nationwide Protest Against Wage Theft
    A photo slider courtesy of Low Pay is Not OK and MassUniting

      March 18, 14

    NSA Recording All International Calls From U.S.
    NSA whistleblower Russ Tice says the ongoing Snowden revelations show Americans that those in power should be held accountable for serious breaches of the Constitution

      March 21, 14

    Protesters Hit the Streets of Brooklyn to Demand $15 Minimum Wage
    Report on living wage activism, produced by Jenna Pope.

      March 17, 2014

    Why Didn't Bush/Cheney Attack Iran and Can Obama Make and Sell a Deal? - Gareth Porter on Reality Asserts Itself (3/3)
    Mr. Porter tells Paul Jay that the American security state was and is against war with Iran, but if Obama doesn't break with the false narrative about Iran's nuclear program, he may not be able to sell a deal

      March 18, 2014

    The Hypocrisy of US Calling for Enforcement of International Law
    Michael Ratner: President Obama tries to condemn Russia's annexation of Crimea by justifying the illegal US invasion of Iraq

      April 1, 14

    Manufacturing a Narrative for War - Gareth Porter on Reality Asserts Itself (2/3)
    Mr. Porter tells Paul Jay about his new book "Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare"

      March 21, 14

    CIA and NSA Wrongdoing Requires Independent Investigation, Says Former Church Committee Staff
    Burt Wides, a former chief investigator for the Church Committee, who helped create the Senate and House intelligence committees, says these oversight bodies are now too entwined with the intelligence agencies; further reason for an independent committee is President Obama will not pursue an investigation into the actions taken during the Bush/Cheney administration's 'war on terror'

      March 21, 14

    I Grew Up Believing in Time Magazine's Version of America - Gareth Porter on RAI (1/3)
    On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Porter tells Paul Jay that by the end of the Vietnam War, he understood the US government and military could do terrible things

      March 16, 2014

    Sen. Graham: President Must Side with Openness About CIA and 9/11
    Sen. Bob Graham, a former Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, says the President should declassify the Senate report on CIA torture and the still secret 28 pages of the Congressional report on who financed the 9/11 attacks

      March 17, 2014

    Will Tipped Workers Get Excluded Again From Minimum Wage Hike?
    Federal tipped workers' $2.13 hour wage hasn't been raised since 1991, but will the Harkin-Miller bill be enough of a raise?

      March 14, 2014

    After Late Mayor Lumumba is Laid to Rest, What's Next for Jackson, Mississippi?(1/2)
    Kali Akuno and Glen Ford discuss the next steps for the grassroots movements in Jackson, Mississippi that propelled late mayor Chokwe Lumumba into office

      March 14, 2014

    CIA vs. Senate: Who Is Obama Protecting?
    Elizabeth Goitein: President Obama is protecting senior CIA officials and himself

      March 14, 2014

    White House Withholds Thousands of Documents from Senate CIA Probe
    Jonathan Landay: Despite vows to support the Senate Intelligence Committee , the White House has not turned over 9,000 pages of Bush Administration documents

      March 16, 2014

    Hammer: 'Moral Bankruptcy' Behind Massive GM Recall
    Retired UAW Local President Frank Hammer says its unconscionable for GM to have waited until 2014 to recall a defective product it was aware of in 2001, which should prompt the public to examine the company's practices in foreign assembly plants as well

      March 16, 2014

    Moving Towards a Police State - Michael Ratner on Reality Asserts Itself (7/7)
    Mr. Ratner tells Paul Jay that he warned of a growing police state a month after 9/11, as constitutional rights continue to evaporate in the name of national security

      March 13, 2014

    After Late Mayor Lumumba is Laid to Rest, What's Next for Jackson, Mississippi? (2/2)
    Kali Akuno and Glen Ford discuss the significance of the upcoming 'Jackson Rising: The New Economies Conference'

      March 18, 14

    Fighting Reagan's Secret, Illegal Wars - Michael Ratner on Reality Asserts Itself (6/7)
    Mr. Ratner tells Paul Jay that Reagan ushered in a period of murderous suppression of opposition to US hegemony in Latin and Central America

      March 12, 2014

    What's Driving Putin & Obama's Posturing on Ukraine?
    Larry Wilkerson: President Obama and Russian President need to ease domestic pressure to act militarily, thus keeping Ukraine as a buffer

      March 26, 14

    Binney: Sen. Feinstein "Hypocritical" For Blasting CIA For Spying
    NSA Whistleblower William Binney says Sen. Feinstein is hypocritical for supporting spying under the Obama administration but only speaking out after her committee is spied on

      March 12, 2014

    Military Sexual Assault Bill Passed by Senate Leaves Victims Vulnerable to Retaliation
    Jennifer Norris: Senate bill will still keep military sexual abuse cases within the military's chain of command

      March 12, 2014

    Puerto Rican Independence Movement and Cuba Further Radicalized Me - Michael Ratner on RAI (5/7)
    Mr. Ratner tells Paul Jay that in the 70's, the thrust for a more radical movement in New York was led by the fight for Puerto Rican independence

      March 11, 2014

    TRNN Debate: Is the Democrats' Talkathon on Climate Change Just Talk?
    Center for American Progress Director of Climate Strategy Daniel Weiss and IPS Fellow Daphne Wysham debate whether the Senate Democrats' all- nighter means that they are serious about tackling global warming

      March 12, 2014

    Government Officials To Spy on Workers With Secret Clearance
    Former NSA analyst and whistleblower Kirk Wiebe says potential whistleblowers will be silenced with new mass surveillance system

      March 11, 2014

    The Butcher of Attica - Michael Ratner on Reality Asserts Itself (4/7)
    Mr. Ratner tells Paul Jay that Gov. Rockefeller ordered the 1971 massacre of rebelling black prisoners to send a message throughout the US prison system

      March 10, 2014

    MLK and a Radicalizing Moment in American History - Michael Ratner on Reality Asserts Itself (3/7)
    Mr. Ratner tells Paul Jay how the message and death of Dr. King, the army occupation of Baltimore and the police attack on the Colombia U. protest profoundly shaped the rest of his life

      March 6, 2014

    Paul Jay on TRNN's International Coverage
    Jaisal Noor talks to Paul Jay about recent viewers' comments

      March 5, 2014

    US Postal Service Inspector General Proposes Launching Low-Fee Public Bank
    Mike Konczal: A public option for banks will dramatically improve and help regulate the financial services industry.

      March 9, 14

    L.A. Moves Towards Ratifying Fracking Ban, But Is Federal Regulation Possible?
    Kate Sinding and Adam Scow discuss the current legal loopholes for industry that exempt fracking operations from regulation, and the issue of job creation through developing alternative energy sources

      March 5, 2014

    AIPAC Is Losing Influence Over U.S. Foreign Policy
    Phyllis Bennis: The failure of the powerful pro-Israel lobbying group to force congress to vote for intervention into Syria or for additional sanctions on Iran representing a significant decline in its influence

      March 6, 2014

    From a Zionist Youth to Outspoken Critic of a Jewish State - Michael Ratner on RAI (2/7)
    On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Ratner tells Paul Jay of his journey - from seeing Israel as an extension of his Jewish identity to realizing Israel was a settler, colonial state

      March 4, 2014

    Nearly 400 arrested outside White House protesting Keystone XL
    A photo essay by Jenna Pope

      March 2, 2014

    Hundreds of Keystone XL Protestors Arrested, Look to Influence Obama's Final Decision on Pipeline
    Hundreds of students demand President Obama reject the Keystone XL pipeline deal, but Obama has already fast tracked the southern half of the pipeline which is currently delivering Canadian tar sands to Texas refineries

      March 3, 2014

    The Vietnam War was a Seminal Event for Me - Michael Ratner on Reality Asserts Itself (1/7)
    Mr. Ratner, President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights, tells Paul Jay that the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War transformed him from a "good liberal kid" into an activist questioning the role of America in the world

      March 2, 2014

    Chokwe Lumumba's Revolutionary Legacy (2/2)
    Tolu Olorunda and Rosa Clemente continue their discussion on Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, who recently passed at age 66

      March 2, 2014

    Chokwe Lumumba, Dead at 66, Leaves Behind Revolutionary Legacy
    Tolu Olorunda and Rosa Clemente discuss the tremendous revolutionary legacy of Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, which included internationalism and a model of electoral politics for liberation movements

      February 27, 2014

    Inside the Secret Wall Street Society of the 1%
    Kevin Roose talks about sneaking into a secret wall street society initiation and what he learned from the experience

      March 2, 2014

    Pentagon Will Cut Services and Benefits To Soldiers While Protecting Profits of Defense Industry
    William Hartung: Those who fight the wars will face cuts, but not high- ranking military personnel or the companies that build weapons

      February 25, 2014

    A Look at the FBI Infiltration of the Anti-Vietnam War Movement (2/2)
    Tropea: The history of anti-Vietnam War actions shows protesters creatively adapting to state repression

      February 26, 2014

    Protesters In Baltimore Helped Launch A Wave of Anti-Vietnam War Activism (1/2)
    Joe Tropea, co-director of Hit & Stay: A History of Faith and Resistance, discusses the acts of civil disobedience against the Vietnam War involving Catholic priests in Baltimore who destroyed draft cards with blood and napalm

      February 24, 2014

    Will $10 Minimum Wage Get All Working Americans Out of Poverty?
    The Real News does the math with a single mother, who works for McDonalds, to find out if a potential wage increase will keep up with her cost of living

      February 21, 14

    Documents Reveal NSA and GCHQ Efforts to Destroy Assange And Track Wikileaks Supporters
    Michael Ratner: Documents show the US engaged in major attacks against journalists, publishers, and whistleblowers, as a UK court upholds the legality of David Miranda's detention at Heathrow airport

      February 21, 14

    The Connection Between the Drug War In Mexico and Neoliberal Policies
    Jeff Faux and John Ackerman say that neoliberal policies have created out- of-control violence and a humanitarian crisis in Mexico

      February 21, 14

    Public Broadcasters Relying More and More On Corporate Funding
    Jeff Cohen: PBS show "Pension Peril", funded by a billionaire with interest in shaping public pension policy, follows a trend of public broadcasters growing increasingly dependent on corporate funds

      February 26, 2014

    Obama Sucked the Steam Out of the Anti-War Movement - Medea Benjamin on Reality Asserts Itself (3/4)
    Ms. Benjamin talks with Paul Jay about the founding of Code Pink and the need for a movement independent of the Democratic Party

      April 16, 14

    Jordan Davis Verdict Highlights Need for "Race-Conscious Solution" To U.S. Racism
    Dayvon Love and Brendan Fischer say that 'Stand Your Ground' laws help rationalize violence against people of color by legitimizing fear of black men

      February 18, 14

    An Apology From Fidel - Medea Benjamin on Reality Asserts Itself (2/4)
    Ms. Benjamin tells Paul Jay about her love/hate relationship with Cuba

      February 17, 2014

    I Was Born a Rebel - Code Pink Co-Founder Medea Benjamin on Reality Asserts Itself (1/4)
    Ms. Benjamin tells Paul Jay her story, from suburban Long Island to a life of activism

      February 17, 14

    US Drones Reaping Death by Sim Card
    Michael Ratner: Eliminating Targets Based on NSA spying but not verified by human intelligence demonstrates Obama's false promise of oversight

      February 16, 14

    US and Iran Send Positive Signals - Saudis and Israelis Not Pleased
    Gareth Porter: Very contentious issues remain in Iran nuclear negotiations

      February 28, 2014

    Mandela and Neoliberal Economics in South Africa - Danny Schechter (2/3)
    Mr. Schechter tells Paul Jay that under tremendous external pressure, the ANC gave up its plans to nationalize the mining sector

      February 13, 14

    Maryland Protestors Rally To Repeal Citizens United
    Facing congressional deadlock, state lawmakers and advocates push for the repeal of Citizens United and limits to corporates pending

      February 13, 14

    The Movement is in Silos - Medea Benjamin on Reality Asserts Itself (4/4)
    Ms. Benjamin tells Paul Jay that when it comes to integrating foreign policy issues in broad united fronts, Democratic Party allied unions try to block it

      February 19, 2014

    Activism In My DNA - Danny Schechter on Reality Asserts Itself (1/3)
    Journalist, filmmaker, activist Danny Schechter "The News Dissector", tells Paul Jay what brought him to South Africa, the fight against apartheid and meeting and chronicling Mandela

      February 11, 14

    NSA Whistleblower: USA Freedom Act Will Not Go Far Enough To Protect Civil Liberties
    Former NSA intelligence analyst and whistleblower Kirk Wiebe says that the NSA has lived a mostly unconstitutional existence, and that any oversight will require an independent group to have direct access to collected data

      February 11, 14

    80,000+ Moral Monday Protesters Fight For Justice Regardless of Which Party Is In Power
    Reverend Curtis Gatewood: Moral Mondays protests are not pro-Democrat or anti-GOP, as activists have been fighting against injustice in North Carolina under both parties

      February 13, 14

    Regulatory Agencies Close Ties To Industry Lead to Failure of Accountability for NC Coal Ash Leak
    Pete Harrison: NC regulatory agencies are too closely connected to Duke Energy, the U.S. America's largest electric company responsible for third largest coal ash spill in U.S. history

      February 11, 14

    Scarlett Johansson Controversy Brings International Attention to BDS Movement
    Shir Hever: From John Kerry's recent boycott remarks to Oxfam dropping actress Scarlet Johansson over her support for West Bank-operated Sodastream, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement continues to build solidarity with the Palestinian cause

      February 6, 14

    D.C. Close to Decriminalizing Marijuana, But Public Consumption Will Remain A Criminal Offense
    Retired state police captain Leigh Maddox says that decriminalization of marijuana is a step in the right direction, but that legalization and regulation are needed in order to seriously reduce drug-related violence and allow police to better serve the public

      February 5, 2014

    NY Legislators Attempting to Pass Bill That Would End Public Funding for Institutions Supporting BDS
    Dima Khalidi: The NY anti-boycott bill is aimed at shutting down the growing movement opposing Israel's discriminatory policies against the Palestinians

      February 5, 2014

    Ratner: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Facilitating Israeli War Crimes
    Michael Ratner: President Obama and New York mayor de Blasio's statements in blanket support of Israel enables it's violations of Palestinians' rights

      February 2, 14

    Obama's Energy Plan Cannot Seriously Address The Impending Climate Crisis
    Janet Redman: The green energy plan outlined by Obama is full of too many contradictions, such as calling for the end of subsidies to coal and oil companies while facilitating the expansion of fossil fuel facilities

      January 30, 14

    Congress Cuts Food Stamps by $8 Billion, Expands Corporate Farm Welfare by $7 Billion
    Jason Rano: The vast majority of farm subsidies and crop insurance go to the largest corporate farms.

      January 30, 14

    Obama's Address Fails to Look at Roots of Income Inequality
    David Cay Johnston: Put in historical context, a $10.10 minimum wage is still substantially lower than it was in the 1960s

      January 29, 2014

    What Would You Do If You Had Political Power? - Gar Alperovitz on Reality Asserts Itself (5/5)
    Mr. Alperovitz tells Paul Jay there are existing models that point to what a new economy and politics might look like

      January 28, 2014

    U.S. Army to Test Blimps With Capacity to Surveil East Coast
    David Rocah: Blimps that will be tested in Aberdeen, Maryland have the capability to monitor airspace from North Carolina to Boston, as military technology is increasingly used in domestic law enforcement

      January 28, 2014

    The Promise and Limitations of Worker Co-ops - Gar Alperovitz on Reality Asserts Itself (4/5)
    Mr. Alperovitz tells Paul Jay that the experience of Spain's Mondragon, the world's largest workers' co-op, shows that workers' ownership can go to scale, but on their own co-ops will not transform society or the economy

      January 27, 2014

    Nuclear Attack on Japan was Opposed by American Military Leadership - Gar Alperovitz on Reality Asserts Itself (2/5)
    Mr. Alperovitz tells Paul Jay that President Truman used the A-bomb to make a "diplomatic" point to the Soviet Union, not out of military necessity

      January 24, 2014

    Understanding the Imperialist System Changed My Life - Gar Alperovitz on Reality Asserts Itself (1/5)
    Mr. Alperovitz tells TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay, that the Vietnam War made it clear there was no way to a more rational capitalism and there had to be fundamental change

      January 23, 2014

    Intelligence Officials Make Direct Threats on Snowden's Life
    NSA whistleblower Kirk Wiebe & former CIA analyst Ray McGovern point to the brashness of intelligence officials who went on the record to threaten Snowden's life, reflecting a culture of disregard for the Constitution and due process

      January 24, 2014

    SCOTUS Hears Case With Potentially Huge Consequences For Public Sector Unions
    Jennifer Klein: Despite the legal precedent which established a union's right to require new employees to pay a fair share, it's alarming that SCOTUS would even take up such a case

      January 26, 2014

    Federal Oversight Board: NSA Program Ineffective & Illegal
    NSA whistleblower Kirk Wiebe & former CIA analyst Ray McGovern discuss the implications of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board's assessment, considering report commissioned by Congress

      January 24, 2014

    Previously Unreported Second Chemical Spilled into West Virginia River
    Russell Mokhiber: Privately-owned water company failed to conduct proper water tests in Elk River, leading to sickness among WV Residents

      January 23, 2014

    Citizens United 4 Years Later
    Briffault: Private wealth of individuals and spending by super PACs, not just for-profit corporations, are spending huge sums in electoral politics

      January 22, 2014

    Immigration Advocates Face Serious Challenges in Passing Reform in 2014
    Despite nationwide mobilization, immigrant advocates acknowledge they have failed to reform a broken immigration system

      January 21, 14

    MLK and Black Identity - Dayvon Love on Reality Asserts Itself (2/4)
    Baltimore activist Dayvon Love discusses King's concept of the importance a developing a black identity that people can use to organize independent institutions

      January 20, 2014

    King's Teachings on US Imperialism Opened My Eyes to Radical Thought - Dayvon Love on Reality Asserts Itself (1/4)
    Young Baltimore activist Dayvon Love tells Paul Jay how MLK's teaching that American blacks must be anti-imperialist, changed his life.

      January 19, 2014

    NSA Whistleblowers Criticize Obama's Proposed Reforms
    Reforms must include independent oversight with unrestricted access to all intelligence databases, say whistleblowers

      January 19, 14

    Obama NSA Reforms Are "A Bouquet of Roses" to the Intelligence Agencies
    Michael Ratner: By portraying NSA surveillance as "patriotic," President Obama ignores the violations of Americans' constitutional rights

      January 17, 2014

    Net Neutrality Ruling Will Disempower Communities of Color
    Jessica Gonzalez: As US Court of Appeals rules against net neutrality, internet service providers will restrict access for communities of color

      January 17, 14

    Direct Action Must Be Remembered As Part of Dr. King's Legacy
    Glen Ford: The Civil Rights Movement ended official racial discrimination in the U.S., but many of its leaders broke with grassroots organizing and direct action and instead chose to become business leaders or members of the Democratic party.

      January 20, 14

    NC Republicans Raise Taxes on Working Families While Giving Huge Tax Breaks to Millionaires and Corporations
    Bill Black: NC drops progressive tax code by instituting a flat tax and eliminating earned income tax credit

      January 16, 14

    Leaked TPP Document Reveals No Regard for Environment in Trade Agreement
    President Obama's fast track process for TPP gets dealt another blow by leaked environment chapter

      January 16, 14

    Ownership of WaPo by CIA Contractor Puts U.S. Journalism in Dangerous Terrain
    Norman Solomon: There is a major conflict of interest in the ownership of The Washington Post by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who holds a $600 million contract with the CIA

      January 22, 14

    Corporate Deregulation To Blame for Toxic Spill in West Virginia
    Hundreds of thousands of West Virginians remain without clean water and anger grows against corporations' power to facilitate deregulation of environmental standards

      January 15, 14

    Gates Memoir Omits Key Facts on Obama's Afghan War Strategy
    Gareth Porter: Gates account conceals the dishonest tactics employed to get Obama's agreement to the Afghan War escalation

      January 19, 14

    EU Panel Requests Testimony of NSA Whistleblower Snowden
    John Weeks: European Parliament's invitation for Snowden to testify highlights the impact he's made unveiling the national surveillance state

      January 20, 14

    Pt.2 Hedges and Binney on NSA Policy
    On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Chris Hedges and William Binney answer the question: "What should the NSA policy look like?"

      January 11, 2014

    Hedges and Binney on Obama NSA guidelines - Reality Asserts Itself Pt.1
    Chris Hedges and NSA whistle-blower William Binney tell Paul Jay that there should be accountability, including the President himself, for the criminal practices used by the NSA against the American people

      January 10, 14

    Guantanamo Anniversary: 12 Years Of A Continuing War Crime
    Ratner: 155 Prisoners, Almost All Held Without Charge, Must be Tried or Released - Immediately

      January 11, 14

    Gentrification of Baltimore's Middle East - Marisela Gomez on Reality Asserts Itself (3/4)
    Hopkins trained doctor Marisela Gomez tells Paul Jay that Johns Hopkins expansion plans are changing the class and racial character of the surrounding community

      January 12, 14

    The Destruction of Baltimore's Middle East Community - Marisela Gomez on RAI (2/4)
    On Reality Asserts Itself, Marisela Gomez tells Paul Jay that Johns Hopkins "broken windows" policy and Baltimore's use of eminent domain law helped destroy a once vibrant community

      January 9, 14

    A True 'War on Poverty' Would Place Poor People at the Forefront
    Annelise Orleck: Poor people are the real experts on poverty and any solution to address it should include their voices

      January 14, 14

    Hopkins Trained Doctor Fights Hopkins Expansion Plans in Baltimore - Marisela Gomez on RAI (1/4)
    On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Marisela Gomez, a doctor and community activist, says one can't arrive in the Hopkins community and not see the huge disparity between this institution, and surrounding it a community that's been completely disinvested and abandoned

      January 9, 14

    The War On Poverty Was Aimed at Quieting The Popular Movements of the 60's
    Glen Ford: 50th years after the launch of the War on Poverty, Democrats and Republicans still refuse to address the systemic causes driving poverty in the US today

      January 12, 14

    50 Years Later, the War on Poverty Working Better Than the Right or Left Will Admit Pt. 1
    Annelise Orleck: Though the War on Poverty failed to address the structural reasons poverty is so widespread in America, it did bring about badly needed changes including addressing childhood poverty,expanding the social safety net and empowering low income communities of color

      January 13, 2014

    Frigid 'Polar Vortex' Puts Homeless in Extreme Danger
    Adam Schneider: Cities have taken action to house their homeless populations in face of record cold temperatures but fail to prevent and end homelessness

      January 7, 14

    By Pushing the TPP, Obama is Repeating the Mistakes of NAFTA
    David Bacon: Obama's push for the Trans-Pacific Partnership(TPP) demonstrates his 2008 campaign pledge to oppose NAFTA-style free trade agreements was just lip service

      January 6, 14

    20 Years on, Mexico is NAFTA's Biggest Lie
    Tim Wise: The numbers expose the official distortions around NAFTA's failed promises

      January 3, 14

    Zapatista's Warning Over NAFTA Rings True 2 Decades Later
    Zapatistas correctly predicted that neoliberal economic policies like NAFTA would exacerbate poverty and undermine democracy

      January 5, 14

    NYT Editorial Backs Snowden but Fails Other Whistleblowers
    Michael Ratner: New York Times recognizing Snowden should spur backing of other whistleblowers

      January 3, 14

    Bacon: NAFTA Hurt Workers on Both Sides of the Border
    On the 20th anniversary of NAFTA, immigration and labor activist David Bacon says that the trade agreement created Mexican billionaires, kept Mexican workers' wages flat, destroyed US jobs - and revealed the need for worker solidarity across borders

      January 5, 14

    Fewer Crossing But Increased Deaths at US-Mexico Border
    140 people died crossing the US-Mexico border in 2013

      December 30, 13

    CIA Aiding Colombian Government in Assassinations of FARC Leadership
    The Washington Post exposes how the CIA and NSA have transferred advanced tracking technology to the Colombian government to help eliminate FARC leadership, despite human right violations against its civilian population

      December 24, 2013

    Kansas Board of Regents Undermine Academic Freedom at State Universities
    Bill Black: Draconian measure enacted by Kansas Board of Regents that effectively ends tenure and limits academic freedom could be replicated at colleges nationwide

      December 24, 2013

    On Florida in 2000 and What to Do Next - Ralph Nader on Reality Asserts Itself (3/3)
    Ralph Nader and Paul Jay discuss Ralph's decision to stay in the Florida race and what an electoral strategy could be now

      December 29, 13

    Former Prosecutor Gets Arrested to See The Other Side of U.S. Criminal Justice System
    Bobby Constantino, a former prosecutor from privileged background, lays bare the racism and inequities of the U.S. American criminal justice system

      December 24, 2013

    Ratner: NSA Surveillance Program Needs to be Torn Apart from Branch to Branch
    Michael Ratner: White House review panel report doesn't go far enough and potentially undercuts the more serious reform of the NSA proposed by the U.S.A. Freedom Act

      December 20, 13

    Guantanamo: Twelve Years of US War Crimes
    Michael Ratner: Guantanamo camp continues to violate international laws and norms, including fake trials, media blackout on ongoing hunger strikes, and banning public disclosure of torture faced by detainees

      December 27, 2013

    Ongoing Gitmo Hunger-Strike Spurs Prison to Impose Media Blockade
    Jason Leopold: Guantanamo Prisoner's ongoing hunger-strike and detention of 158 prisoners, including some 80 who have been cleared for release or transfer has increased pressure to close Guantanamo

      December 22, 13

    D.C. Workers Win $11.50 Minimum Wage Increase
    About 90,000 workers will earn a higher minimum wage in D.C., Montgomery, and Prince George counties in Maryland

      December 19, 13

    McCarthyism Made Us Veer Away From a Systemic Doctrine for Change - Ralph Nader on RAI (1/3)
    On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Ralph Nader says McCarthy's reign of terror made people seek empirical change, like seeking legislative reforms to make safer cars, to avoid being associated with socialism

      December 18, 2013

    Are Nader-Like Reforms Still Possible? - Ralph Nader on Reality Asserts Itself (2/3)
    On RAI with Paul Jay, Ralph Nader says the reforms of the 1960's and 70's are no longer possible as Congress is bought and sold by a small number of very rich people and commercial interests

      December 19, 2013

    Private Federal Contractors Cost Taxpayers Twice as Much as Civil Servants
    Journalist and author David Cay Johnston says that private federal contractors need better oversight and should be banned from contributing to election campaigns

      December 19, 13

    McGovern: NSA Consistently Violates its Oath to Uphold the 4th Amendment
    As critics describe '60 Minutes' piece as 'propaganda', ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern says that General Keith Alexander does not have a good record of truth-telling

      December 19, 13

    Federal Judge Hammers Justice Department for Not Prosecuting Wall Street Executives
    Bill Black: Federal judge Jed Rakoff criticized the Justice Department's failure to prosecute Wall Street executives for the financial crash, saying high-level government officials fear that they too may be revealed as bearing some responsibility

      December 23, 2013

    Major US Academic Association Endorses Academic Boycott of Israel
    Journalist and author Ali Abunimah says that the endorsement of BDS by the American Studies Association (ASA) does not target individuals, only academic institutions complicit in denying the rights of Palestinians

      December 20, 13

    McGovern: Unconstitutionality of NSA Phone Call Collection is Indisputable
    Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern says that the recent federal district judge's ruling on the NSA's bulk phone collection applies constitutional protections, but will not lead to amnesty for Edward Snowden

      December 18, 13

    Lies and War - David Swanson on Reality Asserts Itself (1/3)
    On RAI with Paul Jay, David Swanson, author of "War is a Lie", talks about becoming a full time activist for peace

      April 22, 14

    What Drives War? - David Swanson on Reality Asserts Itself (2/3)
    On RAI, Paul Jay and David Swanson discuss the culture and economics of war

      December 16, 2013

    Are There Just Wars? - David Swanson on Reality Asserts Itself (3/3)
    On RAI with Paul Jay, David Swanson says that nonviolent campaigns have been more successful than campaigns of violence

      December 17, 2013

    Bipartisan Budget Deal Secures Austerity Policies, Fails to Extend Unemployment Benefits
    Ryan-Murray bipartisan budget deal would not extend unemployment insurance for 1.3 million Americans, while maintaining $100 billion a year sequestration cuts after 2015

      December 13, 13

    Independent Labor Candidates Win Two Dozen City Council Seats in Ohio
    After increasing dissatisfaction with the Democratic party, Ohioans elect independent labor party members to fight for the rights of working people

      December 16, 13

    US Unemployment Insurance Worse Than Most Other Developed Countries
    Most unemployed persons in US do not receive any insurance, while European countries and Japan offer higher benefit levels that last one to two years

      December 18, 13

    Wikileaks TPP Revelations Prove US in "Left Field" With Trade Deal
    Kevin Zeese: U.S. Trade Representative wants to keep the public in the dark because TPP will threaten food safety and raise drug prices, and many Asian countries involved in negotiations are also turned off by the deal

      December 15, 13

    Vietnam War Created Middle East Activist - Phyllis Bennis on Reality Asserts Itself (1/4)
    On RAI with Paul Jay, Phyllis Bennis traces her development from active Zionist youth to whom Jewish identity meant support for Israel, to a leading American anti-Zionist writer and analyst

      December 10, 2013

    1 out of 3 Bank Tellers in NY on Public Assistance
    New report finds bank executives receive big bonuses, while 39% of frontline bank employees must rely on welfare because of insufficient wages

      December 9, 13

    The Pathology of the Rich - Chris Hedges on Reality Asserts Itself pt1
    On RAI with Paul Jay, Chris Hedges discusses the psychology of the super rich; their sense of entitlement, the dehumanization of workers, and mistaken belief that their wealth will insulate them from the coming storms

      December 5, 13

    Assange Marks 3 Years in Custody: Still in Great Jeopardy from US
    Michael Ratner, lawyer of Wikileaks founder, says his client wants to clear any allegations of sexual misconduct in Sweden but the fear of extradition to U.S. keeps him in Ecuadorian embassy in Britain

      December 8, 13

    Google Moves Right By Funding ALEC & Heritage Action
    Google's progressive image is being questioned after it contributed funds to conservative groups like ALEC and Heritage Action

      December 6, 13

    The 9/11 Conspiracy: Did Bush/Cheney Create a Culture of Not Wanting to Know? - Sen. Bob Graham on Reality Asserts Itself pt4
    On RAI with Paul Jay, Senator Bob Graham says there was a pervasive pattern in police and intelligence agencies: "You don't have everybody moving in the same direction without there being a head coach somewhere who was giving them instructions as to where he wants them to move"

      April 24, 14

    Why Would Saudi Arabia Support the 9/11 Conspirators, Why Would the US Gov. Cover it Up? - Sen. Graham on Reality Asserts Itself pt3
    On RAI with Paul Jay, Senator Bob Graham says the Saudis had a high certainty that the US government would not reveal their role and would take out its vengeance on some place else

      April 23, 14

    U.S. Student Homelessness Up 10% Since Last Year
    Highest increases of homeless children seen in states like North Carolina where austerity policies predominate

      November 28, 13

    Revealing the 9/11 Conspiracy Would Undo the Entire US-Saudi Alliance - Sen. Bob Graham on Reality Asserts Itself pt2
    Paul Jay asks Senator Graham if a culture of "not wanting to know" was created to prevent the conspiracy from being uncovered and to protect the role of the Saudi government

      December 2, 13

    Investigating the Saudi Government's 9/11 Connection and the Path to Disilliusionment - Sen. Graham on Reality Asserts Itself pt 1
    On RAI with Paul Jay, Senator Bob Graham explains why he persists in making the case that facts directly connect the Saudi government with 9/11 conspirators

      April 23, 14

    Major Corporations Employ Former U.S. Intelligence Agents As Spies
    'Spooky Business': New report details spying and infiltration carried out by corporations against nonprofits and activists

      December 1, 13

    Can President Obama Do More To Stop Deportations?
    A heckler challenges Obama to do more to stop deportations, but does the president have the authority to do so?

      November 27, 13

    Pakistani Drone Strike Opponents Block NATO Shipments to Afghanistan
    Pakistani government continues to privately back the US-led drone campaign in spite of growing public opposition to drone strikes

      November 27, 13

    Obama Rebukes Israeli-Saudi Attack on Iran Nuclear Deal
    Robert Parry: Obama's historic move to sign a nuclear deal with Iran sends a stern message to the new Saudi-Israeli alliance, which sought to thwart the deal and maneuver the U.S. into another military confrontation

      November 26, 13

    Vietnam and the Legacy of the JFK Presidency - Peter Kuznick on Reality Asserts Itself pt2
    On this episode of Reality Asserts Itself, Paul Jay challenges historian Peter Kuznick on JFK's legacy in regards to the Vietnam War

      April 22, 14

    Ford: Kennedy Was A Cold War Warrior to the Core, pt2
    On this episode of Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Glen Ford says there is no evidence that Kennedy differed from other U.S. presidents in striving for global hegemony

      April 23, 14

    Vietnam and the Legacy of the JFK Presidency - Peter Kuznick on Reality Asserts Itself pt1
    On this episode of Reality Asserts Itself, Paul Jay and historian Peter Kuznick discuss whether or not JFK intended to withdraw from Vietnam before his assassination

      November 22, 2013

    Ford: "The Kennedy Brothers Thought the Civil Rights Movement Was a Nuisance at Best" pt1
    On this episode of Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Glen Ford discusses the JFK presidency and its relative indifference towards the black freedom struggle

      April 23, 14

    "Mayor 1%" Rahm Emanuel vs. The 99% pt2
    TRNN interviews "Mayor 1%" author Kari Lydersen about Rahm Emanuel's battles with Chicago's 99% pt 2

      November 23, 13

    Ratner: Obama Must Move to Close Guantanamo Now
    Michael Ratner: 12 years after Guantanamo's opening, the prison holds 166 people, 86 who are cleared for release, after President Obama and Congress has failed to close it.

      December 19, 13

    Will Cuban Reforms Create More Inequality? - James Early on Reality Asserts Itself pt3
    On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, James Early who has visited Cuba more than thirty times says what's needed is more citizen participation and less centralization but Cuba is not headed towards the Chinese capitalist model

      April 22, 14

    "Mayor 1%" Rahm Emanuel vs. The 99% pt1
    TRNN interviews "Mayor 1%" author Kari Lydersen about Rahm Emanuel's battles with Chicago's 99% pt1

      November 22, 13

    Chris Hedges and Jeremy Hammond's Mother Decry Hacker's 10-Year Prison Sentence
    Supporters react to sentencing of Stratfor leaker Jeremy Hammond to a decade behind bars for exposing corporate espionage

      November 19, 13

    Obama and the "Post Racial Society" - James Early on Reality Asserts Itself pt2
    On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, James Early says the economic indices of the black community are worse at the mass level than they were before Obama became president

      April 22, 14

    Wisconsin Assembly Approves Amendment To Limit Recalls of Elected Officials
    Wisconsin Republicans make a push to limit terms of recalls, after Republican Governor Scott Walker survived a recall election last year.

      November 20, 13

    "Liberty and Justice for Some People" James Early on Reality Asserts Itself pt1
    In this series of Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, James Early talks about American identity and growing up African-American facing the deep racism of the South

      April 22, 14

    Judge Awards Fired ESPN Zone Workers Major Settlement
    Fired ESPN Zone worker Emanuel McCray speaks out after a federal judge awards him and dozens of other workers $245,000 for unlawful termination

      November 18, 13



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