U.S. Politics

Laura Flanders Show: Puerto Rico – Freedom From Fantasy

January 21, 2020

What most Americans know about Puerto Rico is based on a colonial fantasy, says journalist and Columbia University professor, Ed Morales. This fantasy, and the reality it obscures, is the subject of his new book, Fantasy Island. In this episode, Laura interviews Morales and scholar/activist Rosa Clemente about the personal and political implications of the…

The Barber and the Rev

January 20, 2020

This is the first in a series of short documentaries exploring Martin Luther King through a different lens. Nelson Malden was King’s barber from the moment King came to Montgomery to just before his assassination. This is the beginning of their story.

Trump’s Impeachment Trial Begins Next Week

January 17, 2020

By Jaisal Noor Democrats are just one Republican vote short of allowing new witnesses into Donald Trump’s impeachment trial–and new evidence might sway them.   The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump begins next week. House Democrats introduced charges on Thursday, Jan.16 that Trump abused his powers and obstructed a congressional inquiry into his effort…

3 Arrested for Plans to Incite Violence at ‘Gun Rights’ Rally in Richmond

January 17, 2020

Three suspected neo-Nazis were arrested, accused of planning to incite violence at the upcoming gun rights rally in Richmond, VA. The state’s capitol is in a state of emergency after finding a pattern of communications sounding like the leadup to the 2017 Charlottesville rally that killed Heather Heyer.

Phase One of US-China Trade Deal Is Mostly Symbolic

January 17, 2020

President Trump says his just-signed trade deal with China is unprecedented, but it’s mostly symbolic and has little to nothing to offer ordinary Americans, says Jocobin’s Nicole Aschoff.

Report: Maryland’s Governor Used Tax Dollars to Enrich Himself

January 16, 2020

Eric Cortellessa and Lisa Snowden discuss new allegations that Larry Hogan siphoned money from public transit projects to build highways that benefited his real estate companies.

CNN Attacks Sanders in Iowa Dem Debate

January 15, 2020

The Warren/Sanders feud is splitting progressives. Can Sanders unite the working class with anti-war policies and Medicare for All?

People Want a Wealth Tax, but Many Politicians Oppose It

January 15, 2020

Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are practically the only major politicians supporting a wealth tax to reduce inequality and fund government programs, even though polling shows nearly two-thirds of Americans support it.

CLEAN Future Act Is ‘Shameful’ and ‘Greenwashing,’ say Climate Justice Groups

January 14, 2020

Democrats’ CLEAN Future Act calls for “net zero” carbon emissions by 2050 but doesn’t require a fossil fuel industry phaseout. Critics say the bill lacks ambition and ignores the short timeline for radical action dictated by climate science.

Puerto Rico Earthquakes Set Hurricane Recovery Back as Trump Denies Aid

January 14, 2020

The U.S. territory was hit with two major earthquakes and hundreds of aftershocks, but local and national politics are still getting in the way of real help for the people of Puerto Rico.