U.S. Politics

GOP Lobbyists Behind Gas Industry ‘Empowerment Alliance’ Oppose Green New Deal

October 7, 2019

The group’s spokesman is the former press secretary for U.S. Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) and the 2004 Bush campaign. It does not disclose its funders over concerns of “eco-terrorists.”

California Emission Standards Have Trump Admin Blowing Smoke

October 7, 2019

The Trump administration plans to remove the state’s authority to set auto mileage standards stricter than those mandated by the federal government. TRNN’s Steve Horn says this could be an opportunity to discuss how to move past inadequate liberal environmental policy.

Guam’s Independence Movement Grows

October 7, 2019

The small U.S. territory island of Guam, which houses significant U.S. military bases, is also home to an independence movement that is growing gradually because of the lack of self-rule. We speak to one of the movement’s leaders, Michael Lujan Bevacqua.

With Rikers Island Jail to Close, Activists Fight Against Four New Jails

October 7, 2019

Eddie Conway speaks to Brittany Williams and Ngozi Alston from No New Jails NYC about the four new jails planned for construction in New York in 2020, which have $11 billion earmarked for their construction and will be the tallest jails in the world. They say these will continue the legacy of mass incarceration.

18 Years Ago the Endless War in Afghanistan Began

October 7, 2019

Author and combat veteran Maj. Danny Sjursen and Afghan women’s rights activist Fahima Gaheez speak on the tragedy of the longest war, what the past has wrought, and what the future portends.

US Supreme Court to Decide Fate Of Baltimore v. Big Oil Suit

October 4, 2019

The city sued 26 oil and gas companies over their role in the climate crisis, but the companies have appealed to the Supreme Court to stop the case from proceeding at the state level.

Marilyn Mosby

What Is the Financial Cost to Society of Wrongful Convictions?

October 4, 2019

Baltimore’s State’s Attorney’s office houses a Conviction Integrity Unit that addresses wrongful convictions. Eddie Conway talked to Marilyn Mosby about their goals for the unit and to Walter Lomax and Michael Austin, both wrongfully convicted and exonerated, about their losses and how the justice system needs to change.

Federal Appeals Court Issues Mixed Decision on Net Neutrality

October 4, 2019

The DC Circuit Court issued a decision on net neutrality that partly favored the FCC’s effort to abolish net neutrality, but also supported state legislation. Matt Wood of Free Press analyzes what the decision means.

Donald Trump

Trump’s Anti-Immigration Policies Are a Deepening of Previous Admin Policies

October 4, 2019

Although Trump’s rhetoric on immigration is shocking, suggesting border patrol should shoot border crossing immigrants in the legs, his policies are an intensification of policies that began under Obama, not a dramatic departure, says Aviva Chomsky.

Why Do Black People Always Have to Forgive?

October 3, 2019

As Botham Jean’s brother makes headlines for “forgiving” Amber Guyger, Real News hosts Jacqueline Luqman and Lisa Snowden-McCray discuss what Christian forgiveness in the face of oppression means.