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"Seattle Is Not For Sale": Voters Rebuke Amazon, Re-electing Socialist Kshama Sawant
In Seattle, Socialist City Councilmember Kshama Sawant has been re-elected in a race that pitted her against Amazon — Seattle's largest private employer and one of the most powerful companies in the world. Overall, Amazon poured $1.5 million into Seattle's City Council election and backed Sawant's opponent, Egan Orion, with nearly half a million dollars. Kshama Sawant is Seattle's first Socialist politician elected in nearly a century. She has successfully pushed a number of progressive policies, including making Seattle the first major American city to adopt a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Kshama Sawant joins us from Seattle. The re-election victory "has been a major repudiation, not only of Amazon and of Jeff Bezos himself, as the richest man in the world, but also it has been a referendum on the vision for Seattle," Sawant says. "The voters in Seattle have spoken, that Seattle is not up for sale."
Vowing to End Cash Bail & Reform Justice System, Chesa Boudin Wins San Francisco DA Race
In a stunning victory, public defender Chesa Boudin has been declared the winner of a hotly contested district attorney's race in San Francisco. Boudin ran on a platform to end cash bail and dismantle the war on drugs, and was endorsed by Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders. His win sends a pointed message to the Democratic establishment, which had mobilized in full force against his campaign. San Francisco Mayor London Breed, California Governor Gavin Newsom and Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris all endorsed Boudin's opponent, Suzy Loftus. Boudin is the child of Weather Underground activists Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert, who were both incarcerated when he was still a toddler. He learned the news that he'd won the race by a razor-thin margin while he was on a plane flying back from visiting his father, who remains in prison in upstate New York. After four days of ballot counting, Boudin was declared the winner. From San Francisco, we speak with Chesa Boudin.
The Edge of Democracy: Lula Is Freed in Brazil in Victory for Movement to Resist Bolsonaro
In Brazil, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was freed from prison Friday after 580 days behind bars. Lula's surprise release came after the Brazilian Supreme Court ruled to end the mandatory imprisonment of people convicted of crimes who are appealing their cases. He was serving a 12-year sentence over a disputed corruption and money laundering conviction handed down by conservative Judge Sérgio Moro, an ally of current far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, and has long maintained his innocence. Lula has vowed to challenge Bolsonaro in the 2022 elections. At the time of his imprisonment in April 2018, Lula was leading the presidential polls. A new documentary, "The Edge of Democracy," chronicles the imprisonment of Lula and impeachment of former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. It also looks at the aftermath of the rise of President Jair Bolsonaro — a former military captain who glorifies Brazil's past military regime, denies the climate crisis and celebrates misogyny, homophobia and racism. We speak with Petra Costa, a Brazilian filmmaker and the director of "The Edge of Democracy."
Headlines for November 12, 2019
Longtime Bolivian President Evo Morales Takes Asylum in Mexico, Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on DACA Cases, Televised Impeachment Hearings to Start Tomorrow, Former MA Gov. Deval Patrick May Jump Into 2020 Race, NY Republican Congressman Peter King Retires, Donald Trump Jr. Heckled Off Stage by His Own Supporters, EPA to Restrict Scientific Research Used to Write Public Health Regulations, Israeli Military Kills Palestinian Commander in Targeted Assassination in Gaza, Afghan Government & Taliban Agree on Prisoner Exchange, Chilean Government Bows to Protests & Agrees to Rewrite Constitution, 260 Arrested in Mass Protests in Hong Kong, No More Deaths Activist Heads to Retrial in Arizona, Jimmy Carter Undergoes Operation to Reduce Swelling in His Brain, Father of Atatiana Jefferson Dies of Heart Attack After Daughter Killed by Police
Background Briefing with Ian Masters
November 11, 2019 - Lucian Truscott | Phillip Butler
Why Haven't Trump's Generals, The "Adults", Spoken Out?; A Highly Decorated Veteran on Our "Bone Spur" Commander-in-Chief backgroundbriefing.org/donate twitter.com/ianmastersmedia facebook.com/ianmastersmedia
November 10, 2019 - Anders Åslund | Darrell West | Peter Pomerantsev
NSC Officials Fight Trump to Defend Ukraine; Billionaires Running in a Race Tilted Against Billionaires; An Expert on the War Against Reality backgroundbriefing.org/donate twitter.com/ianmastersmedia facebook.com/ianmastersmedia
November 7, 2019 - Wendell Potter | Lawrence Lessig | Dan Palazzolo
Going Bold on Healthcare Reform with Elizabeth Warren; A Call to Arms to Take Back Our Government from the 1% Who Own It; The Blue Wave That Swept Virginia on Tuesday backgroundbriefing.org/donate twitter.com/ianmastersmedia facebook.com/ianmastersmedia
November 6, 2019 - Allan Lichtman | Brian Rosenwald | Joshua Douglas
Next Week's Impeachment Hearings Will Be Damning for Trump; How the Rise of Right Wing Talk Radio Paved the Way for Trump; Does the Victory for Democrats in Kentucky Signal Trouble Ahead for McConnell? backgroundbriefing.org/donate twitter.com/ianmastersmedia facebook.com/ianmastersmedia
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Bolivia’s Morales Resigns, Brazil’s Lula Freed
FEATURING GUILLAUME LONG – Bolivia’s first indigenous President Evo Morales has resigned after weeks of political turmoil after he was reelected for a fourth term. Having served for 14 straight years Morales became Latin America’s longest serving elected head-of-state. He denounced the forces pushing for his resignation as “a coup.” Protesters and opposition forces contend...
How California’s Prop 187 Was a Turning Point on Immigration
FEATURING GUSTAVO ARELLANO – This fall marks the 25th anniversary of a seminal moment in the history of California – the battle over Proposition 187, an anti-immigrant ballot measure that divided the nation’s largest and increasingly diverse state. It set the stage for the models of political activism for both pro- and anti- immigrant groups...
Headlines: November 11, 2019
Donald Trump spoke at the New York City Veterans Day Parade on Monday becoming the first sitting president to ever address the event. It was the 100th anniversary of the city’s parade. The New York Times reported that his speech, “was met with some claps and cheers as he thanked veterans for their service. But...
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'Green News Report' - November 12, 2019
IN TODAY'S SPECIAL REPORT: It's our 1000th Green News Report! Looking back and forward at a thousand episodes of the 'GNR' with a few messages from some friends and the funniest snarky comment of all time!... All that and more in today's Green News Report! PLEASE CLICK HERE TO HELP US WITH A (MUCH-NEEDED) DONATION to [...]
EVERYTHING Is Now Political (Even CA Wildfires!): 'BradCast' 11/11/2019
Yes, everything, even wildfires in California, are now political, as proven over the weekend when I tweeted out a non-political video I captured of a fire that broke out on a hillside in the San Fernando Valley, threatening the iconic Hollywood sign just on the other side of the hill. Callers ring in today [...]
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* * * Perry Dorrell blogs as PDiddie at Brains and Eggs, usually on topics concerning the strange brew of Texas politics. He's also on Twitter @PDiddie.
Religious Freedom in Opposite World: 'BradCast' 11/8/2019
It’s NICOLE SANDLER again guest-hosting today’s BradCast. No worries, Brad and Desi will be back in time for the next episode! We begin the show with a recap of the day’s news --- deposition transcript releases, subpoenas ignored, Roger Stone’s trial, and A Warning from 'Anonymous'… My guest today is FREDERICK CLARKSON of Political Research Associates, who [...]
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