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Reporter: Billionaire Bloomberg Says He Released His Tax Returns as NYC Mayor. This Was a Lie.
We speak with Bob Hennelly, an award-winning reporter for The Chief-Leader, who says that billionaire Michael Bloomberg lied during the past two Democratic presidential debates when he claimed he released his taxes while he was mayor of New York City. Hennelly covered Bloomberg during his time as mayor as a reporter for WNYC, New York's main public radio station. In 2012, he had an exchange with Bloomberg after a press conference in which the then-mayor said he didn't have to disclose his federal taxes. We hear that audio recording and discuss Bloomberg's record.
Bernie Sanders Gains Support in South Carolina as Billionaire Tom Steyer Draws Votes from Joe Biden
Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate comes just four days before South Carolina's first-in-the-South primary — and one week before more than a dozen states vote on Super Tuesday. Billionaire Tom Steyer has poured money into outreach to African-American voters, who make up more than half of South Carolina's Democratic electorate. He may help front-runner Bernie Sanders build an insurmountable delegate lead. A new Reuters poll shows Senator Sanders has overtaken former Vice President Joe Biden in support among African Americans. We speak with three guests in South Carolina: Kevin Alexander Gray, a longtime civil rights activist and community organizer, author of "Waiting for Lightning to Strike: The Fundamentals of Black Politics," and Jesse Jackson's South Carolina campaign manager in 1988; Democratic state Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter, president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, as well as a senior national adviser for Tom Steyer; and Adolph Reed Jr., professor emeritus of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, a columnist with The New Republic and an organizer for the "I'm a Medicare for All Voter" campaign in South Carolina.
"The Billionaire Election": Anand Giridharadas on How 2020 Is a Referendum on Wealth Inequality
The 10th Democratic presidential debate took place Tuesday in Charleston, South Carolina, and two billionaires were at either end of the stage: Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer. Front-runner Bernie Sanders, who has made attacking the power of the "billionaire class" a central theme of his campaign, stood in the middle. It was a visual representation of the split within the Democratic Party, in which a growing number of people are "rising up against plutocracy," says Anand Giridharadas, editor-at-large at Time magazine and author of "Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World." His recent piece for The New York Times is titled "The Billionaire Election: Does the world belong to them or to us?
Headlines for February 26, 2020
CDC Warns of "Severe" Disruption to Daily Life in U.S. as Coronavirus Spreads, DHS Secretary Grilled over Coronavirus Preparedness as Trump Downplays Risks, Two Billionaires Join Democratic Debate in SC as Rivals Target Bernie Sanders, At Least 24 Killed in India After Hindu Nationalists Attack Muslim Demonstrators, President Trump Wraps India Trip with Praise for $3.5 Billion Weapons Deal, 20 Civilians Killed in Syria's Idlib as the Red Cross Pleads for a Ceasefire, Airwars Reports U.S.-Led Strikes Killed Up to 139 Somali Civilians Since 2007, Supreme Court Rules Border Patrol Agents Who Shoot into Mexico Can't Be Sued, Drug Maker Mallinckrodt Reaches $1.6B Settlement for Role in Opioid Crisis, Harvey Weinstein's Accusers Prepare for Los Angeles Rape Trial, Opera Star Plácido Domingo Apologizes for Sexual Misconduct, Orlando Police Release Video Showing Arrest of 6-Year-Old Girl
Background Briefing with Ian Masters
February 26, 2020 - Matt Angle | Mike Lofgren | David Enrich
A Call for a Democratic National Unity Ticket; The Democratic Party Is Moving to the Left Because the Country Has; Why Trump Is so Desperate to Keep His Dealings With Deutsche Bank Secret backgroundbriefing.org/donate twitter.com/ianmastersmedia facebook.com/ianmastersmedia
February 26, 2020 - Jonathan Weiler | Stanley Perlman | Corey Brettschneider
The Last Candidates' Debate Before Super Tuesday; An Update from a Microbiologist Who Has Studied Coronavirus Parthenogenesis for Four Decades; Will the Chief Justice Defend His Court from Trump's Attacks?
February 24, 2020 - Christina Giorgio | Jessica Brandt | Sumit Ganguly
February 24, 2020 - Christina Giorgio | Jessica Brandt | Sumit Ganguly by Ian Masters
February 23, 2020 - David Cay Johnston | Robert Hockett | David Adler
Putin’s Mob Boss in the Oval Office – the Gift the Keeps on Giving; Could We Have a Government That Takes Care of the 99% Instead of the 1%; Putin Should Fear a President Bernie
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RUWS Super Tuesday Live Broadcast
Rising Up With Sonali presents a “Super Tuesday” special 3-hour live program for television and radio stations to broadcast nationwide. On Tuesday March 3rd, the day that more than a dozen states including California will vote in primary elections, we will bring listeners and viewers around the country the kind of progressive, fact-based, social justice-centered...
New Report Exposes Underbelly of Booming Economy
FEATURING JESSICA GOODHEART – When asked about the volatility of the stock market on Tuesday President Trump said during his press conference in India, “if I don’t win you’re going to see a crash like you’ve never seen before.” Trump has bet his presidency on solving economic woes for ordinary Americans and has touted the...
A Black Women’s History of the United States
FEATURING KALI NICOLE GROSS – The legacy of Black women in America is getting its due in a new book just published by two acclaimed historians. Kali Nicole Gross and Daina Ramey Berry’s A Black Women’s History of the United States is a comprehensive and inclusive survey of the role that African American women have...
Headlines: February 25, 2020
President Donald Trump wrapped up his 2-day trip to India on Tuesday with a press conference one day after a massive joint rally in Gujarat, the home state of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. While Trump was being treated to pomp and pageantry nearly a dozen people were killed in violent clashes in the capital...
Dem Candidates Turn Up Attacks on Each Other at Final Debate Before SC Primary, Super Tuesday: 'BradCast' 2/26/2020
On today's BradCast: Seven Democratic Presidential candidates turned up the volume --- and on each other (especially against current front-runner Bernie Sanders) --- at Tuesday night's Presidential debate in Charleston, South Carolina. We have special coverage today. [Audio link to show follows below.] It was the final debate before the crucial South Carolina Primary on Saturday [...]
Why Unions (And Everyone Else) Would Do Better With 'Medicare For All': 'BradCast' 2/25/2020
On today's BradCast: A former insurance exec says Medicare for All is better than even the best union healthcare plans, more problems with L.A. County's new, unverifiable touchscreen voting systems ahead of next Tuesday's Super Tuesday, and Desi Doyen "celebrates" another birthday... First up, financial markets continued to plummet on Tuesday after a senior official at [...]
'Green News Report' - February 25, 2020
IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Climate change gets a moment at the Nevada Democratic Debate; Natural gas pipeline protesters blockade Canadian rail lines; Climate impact of oil and gas production worse than previously known; PLUS: Big oil company drops Alberta tar sands mine... All that and more in today's Green News Report! PLEASE CLICK HERE TO HELP [...]
Sanders' Landslide in NV, Buttigieg Challenges Results (and Sanders), Media Freaks Out: 'BradCast' 2/24/2020
On today's BradCast: A look at what happened over the weekend in Nevada, and a look ahead at wait awaits in South Carolina on Saturday, Super Tuesday three days later, and yes, even beyond. [Audio link to show is posted below.] So, the Caucuses in Nevada over the weekend went only slightly better when it came [...]
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Lila Garrett has passed away
SAD NEWS, Lila Garrett long time host of KPFK's "Connect The Dots" and commentator, born November 21, 1925 made her transition today February 1, 2020. Lila was a television screenwriter and radio host “Connect The Dots” heard Monday mornings @ 7am on KPFK 90.7FM in Los Angeles. She wrote for the sitcoms The Second Hundred Years, My Favorite Martian, All in the Family, Bewitched and so much more. Sincere condolences to her beautiful daughter Eliza Roberts, and the entire family and legions of fans all over the country who loved & admired Lila. Her legacy is eternal, Viva Lila Garrett! There will never be another Lila Garrett! Mimi Kennedy and Harvey Wasserman hosted a special edition of Connect the Dots on Monday morning 2-3-2020 you can hear that episode and other CTD episodes HERE ❤️ #lilagarrett #presente
Pacifica Bylaws Amendment - Referendum Rules and Work Plan
Referendum Rules and Work Plan – Vote on Revised Bylaws February-March 2020
A bylaws amendment petition will be going for a vote of Pacifica’s members on Feb 18th 2020. There will be two parallel elections nationwide, one amongst listeners (10% quorum) and one amongst staff (25% quorum). Ballots must be received before 11:59PM EST on March 19th in order to be counted.
Starting on Feb 18th, please look out for an email, paper ballot or postcard (with voter credentials beneath a scratch off). All members who donated a minimum of $25 or who volunteered a minimum of 3 hours between Jan. 03, 2019 and Jan. 02, 2020 are eligible to vote. Examples of eligible volunteer work are: working in the fund room during fund-drives and serving on the local station board and station committees. In order to qualify to vote as staff you need to be paid staff (on payroll as of Jan 2, 2020) or unpaid staff (defined as having completed 30 hours minimum of work (outside of fund-drives) between Oct 3 2019 and Jan 2 2020 (3 month period) at KPFK, KPFT, WBAI and WPFW. At KPFA, the definition for unpaid staff is 30 hours of work (outside of fund-drives) between Jan 3 2019 and Jan 2 2020 (12 month period).
If you do not receive a ballot please fill out a ballot request form (link to be posted on Feb 18th, 2020). All members (staff or listener) who requested a paper ballot in prior election will receive a paper ballot in this election.
• Feb 1-7 Prepare mailing lists
• Feb 18 Ballots go out (e-ballots, paper and postcards)
• Feb 18 Open election (all)
• Feb 18 – Mar 19 Fulfill ballot requests and provide customer support
• Mar 19 Close election (all)
• Mar 20 Ballot data entry
• Mar 21 – 22 Provide results
If you would like to review the proposed bylaw amendment, you may view the posted notice announcement here.
The NES will be creating a series of CARTs presenting the main changes in the ByLaws and arguments for and against.
Please submit your argument for or against by clicking here...
New Voting Experience
How to vote in L.A. County in 2020
You don't have to wait until election day to cast your vote. You can vote early at a Vote Center, they start opening Feb.22 and you can vote at any one in the county- list here: https://locator.lavote.net/locations-list/vc?id=4085
Or mail In your vote-by-Mail ballot early. If you didn’t receive one but you’re registered vote-by-Mail (check registration here): https://lavote.net/vrstatus/ or you got one without the presidential contest you want to vote in, contact registrar for another mail ballot if there’s time to send you one: (800) 815-2666). You can also get the ballot you want in person at any Vote Center. They’ll let you cancel your mail ballot status and will void any mail ballot that comes to the Registrar in your name, so that the only vote from you that will count for this election will be the anonymous ballot you sign in to cast in person that day at the Vote Center.
Also, check out this report with Brad Friedman on the new voting machines
The Price for KPFK
The past few weeks have been eventful with the historic Impeachment trails, a rise in unsheltered Angelenos, the loss of Lila Garret, and elections season is ramping up with the Iowa caucuses that KPFK and Pacifica covered.
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End Of Year - Thank You
From myself and all the programmers and staff at KPFK, Have a wonderful New Years' Eve celebration. May your pursuit of happiness and efforts for a saner world be fruitful in the year to come.
— Anyel Z. Fields
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