Following the $16 billion Justice Department settlement with North Carolina-based Bank of America for financial crimes, Dirt Diggers Digest looks at prosecution of corporate crime of another sort -- and finds less-than-vigorous prosecution for environmental offense. Image: In fiscal year 2013, the EPAs Criminal Enforcement Division launched 297 investigatio […]
North Carolina has passed the nation's first state law regulating coal ash, but it's being met with protests for not doing enough to protect public health and the environment -- and for placing oversight in the hands of political appointees in a state where Duke Energy is a major campaign financier. Image: This week's protest outside Duke Ene […]
This week and next, people in 12 states are taking part in a "Moral Week of Action." The event marks the first time the Moral Monday demonstrations that began in North Carolina 16 months ago have been coordinated across multiple states. Image: Rev. William Barber of the North Carolina NAACP has led Moral Monday demonstrations for 16 months; in the […]
While anti-immigrant sentiment has flared up in the South in response to the flood of Central American children seeking refuge in the United States, some Southern leaders have set a different tone by welcoming children from the border to their communities. Image: Welcoming America's Welcoming Cities Initiative is working with communities to adopt polic […]
This week marks 50 years since Fannie Lou Hamer of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party delivered historic, nationally televised testimony from the Democratic National Convention about voting rights suppression and racist law enforcement violence -- themes that are once again making headlines across America. Image: Fannie Lou Hamer speaking at the Democ […]
Islamist militants in Libya say they have solidified control of the capital Tripoli after taking over the main airport and ousting rival militias. Libya is facing its worst violence since the U.S.-backed ouster of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. To talk more about Libya, we are joined by Vijay Prashad, professor of international studies at Trinity College. He is th […]
As the protests continue in Ferguson, Missouri, over the shooting of Michael Brown , we turn now to two well-known voices who have come to Ferguson to show their support. Talib Kweli is a world-renowned hip-hop artist and activist from New York City. He first broke out as one half of the duo Black Star, along with the rapper and actor Mos Def. Black Star hel […]
On Wednesday, Protesters in New York City unfurled a massive Palestinian flag with the words "Gaza in our hearts. Boycott. Divestment. Sanctions" from the Manhattan Bridge, which connects Brooklyn and Manhattan. The banner drop came as demonstrators marched across the Brooklyn Bridge. See related coverage by Democracy Now! Photos from the protest b […]
By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan Thousands have been protesting the police killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. He was due to start college just days after he was shot dead in broad daylight. Police left his bleeding corpse in the middle of the street for over four hours, behind police tape, as […]
Thanks to Democracy Now! fellows Messiah Rhodes and Anna Özbek for producing this video. Parents with children killed by police were among those who attended a rally in front of New York City police headquarters on Monday to demand justice in the murder of Michael Brown and similar cases. "We're out here because they're killing innocent people […]
Episode 315: BOOM! Dave’s back! That’s right! He’s got one helluva show lined up for you this week. Ed Bollinger, Dave’s father in law, starts the show off with a brief history of football. Dave caught up with Hassan Assad, Pro Wrestling’s “MVP”, earlier in the week to discuss Assad’s trip to Ferguson, Missouri. Dr. Jennifer Ring, Professor of Political Scie […]
Episode 314: BOOMSHAKALAKA! Dave’s still out, but Coach, Mark, and D.C. Dan are in control again. They start off with a review of the NFL preseason so far and decide what team might jump from 4th to 1st in their division. Ben Shapiro from MassTalkLive recaps the MLB season so far and takes a look towards the playoffs. Dave joins the program to dissect the O’ […]
Episode 313: KABOOM! Dave’s on the IR but D.C. Dan, Coach Kevin McNutt, and “Mean” Mark Barry have you covered this week. They open with a bit of fantasy football strategy with the preseason getting underway. Kate Fagan of ESPN and ESPNW joins the show to discuss the San Antonio Spurs hiring Becky Hammond as the first woman assistant coach in the NBA and wha […]
House ethics rules bar lawmakers from accepting travel and related expenses from registered lobbyists. The House Majority Leader has said that his expenses on a 2000 trip were paid by a nonprofit organization, and that the financial arrangements for it were proper.
Five months after President Bush launched his drive to overhaul Social Security, the difficult, if not impossible, task of drafting legislation begins Tuesday when the Senate Finance Committee holds the first hearing on options to secure Social Security's future.
Years ago, the federal government spent $117 million on an experimental "clean coal" power plant in Alaska designed to generate electricity with a minimum of air pollution -- but the project never got up and running.