Paul Jay

Trade Unions and the Fate of the American Left

One of the very interesting things, I think, so far in the U.S. elections, and I'm talking more about the Democratic Party primary, is the role of the trade unions in the Democratic Party, and where various unions stood and what difference they made. I'm particularly interested in how a few unions, one of which, particularly the nurses that were behind Bernie Sanders, what a significant difference it made to the Sanders campaign having a union behind it, with the resources and money that a union has. And I think that doesn't get discussed very much, and now we are going to talk about it. And joining me now from Pennsylvania, from just outside Philadelphia, is Adolph Reed, Jr. He's a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania. He specializes in race and American politics.

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Trump Economic Advisor Took Billions In Auto Industry Bailout

Last year on CBS Face the Nation, Donald Trump said: The hedge fund guys didn't build this country. These are guys that shift paper around, and they get lucky. Look, they're energetic, they're very smart, but a lot of them it's like they're paper pushers. They make a fortune. They pay no tax. It's ridiculous, okay? Well, today Donald Trump announced his 13 economic advisers, and yeah, most of them are hedge fund guys. Now joining us to talk about this is Greg Palast. Greg joins us from Los Angeles. Greg's an investigative reporter. You can read his reports at He's the author of all kinds of books, including bestsellers like Billionaires and Ballot Bandits, and The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. He has a 2016 film coming out: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits.

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To End Racist Policing, Tackle Unjust Laws and Poverty, Says Director of LEAP, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

Obviously this is not the happiest of times in this country and in the debate that has been going on for several years now about policing and violence. And it seems that no matter what happens, or what kind of reforms or what sort of dialog, it always seems to come back to violence. And I think while the country was convulsing from two extremely disturbing police-involved shootings. The Real News has covered the Black Lives Matter in detail, and now TRNN's Paul Jay and Stephen Janis are speaking with former policeman Neill Franklin about recent police shootings of civilians and the civilian killing of police officers in Dallas on Baltimore radio program "First Edition with Sean Yoes."

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60 Black Democrats Sign Letter in AIPAC-Backed Effort to Discredit Cornel West and BDS

The Democratic Party Drafting Committee will be meeting this week in Orlando to finalize the party platform before the convention in Philadelphia. Several progressive measures proposed by Sanders appointees on the committee have been rejected, one of which was ending the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Cornel West put that argument to the committee most articulately, and here's a clip of what he had to say.

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Sanders Delegate: People Understand that the System Is Rigged in Favor of the Billionaire Class

Carlos Ramirez-Rosa is the alderman for Chicago's 35th Ward. HeÂ’'s also going to be a delegate at the convention for Sanders. Running for city council, he's kind of in the trenches every day with people in the city. The district is very progressive and voted for Sanders. But sections of the working class clearly are supporting Trump.

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Nina Turner: The Oligarchy Must Be Challenged by Everyday People

Senator Sanders has called on his supporters, his movement, really for two big things. One is a fight at the party convention. Two, wage the fight downticket. Congress, state legislatures and so on. LetÂ’s start with the fight in the convention. The Democratic Party is really a united front, if you will, of different class forces, right. From hedge fund operators to Silicon Valley billionaires and Hollywood billionaires and such.

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Imagine a Decentralized Bernie Movement, Independent of the DNC, with a Hundred Times the Fundraising and Volunteer Power

The People's Summit in Chicago showed progressive forces arriving at a consensus of "not wanting to see Trump elected, but wanting to maintain our independence from the Democratic Party" said Charles Lechner, co-founder of People for Bernie, a grassroots organization supporting Bernie Sanders.

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RoseAnn DeMoro: Sanders Campaign a Historic Source of Political Education

RoseAnn DeMoro is the executive director of National Nurses United. So, when Bernie Spoke Thursday Night he had two big calls to action, and much of this is what's being talked about at the People's Summit in terms of what comes next. One was the fight at the convention and two down ticket fights for Congress and such. Neither Bernie nor this conference has talked all that much, actually, about the presidential election. And so, before we get to the other two things, what about the presidential election in this sense: There's a lot of people talking about, we do not want to vote for Hillary under any conditions. I'm not saying everyone,but we're hearing a lot of that. And they feel, obviously, in this kind of box, and in some ways I think they would have liked that talked about a little bit more here. 

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Danny Glover: Will the Sanders Movement Develop as an Independent Force?

"We are certainly on the same page—without a doubt—about defeating Donald Trump," Danny Glover told The Real News Network.


Bernie Says Hillary Will Need to Challenge Oligarchs to Get Enthusiastic Support From His Voters

The following is a Real News interview with Bernie Sanders and actor and progressive activist Danny Glover. In the interview, Sanders says of what he thinks about Hillary Clinton's challenge to earn the support of the people who voted for him:

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Will Republican Elites Coalesce Around Trump or Try to Sabotage Him?

On Thursday, Donald Trump won most of what he was expected to win. He won Florida with 45.7% of the vote, which is a winner take all state, causing Marco Rubio to suspend his campaign. And even John Kasich’s win in Ohio doesn’t change the whole story, which is Donald Trump is on his way to be the nominee - and at the very least go to the Republican convention with a vast majority of delegates. 

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Does the Supreme Court Want to Destroy Humanity? 5-4 Vote Blocks Obama's Clean Power Plan

The U.S. Supreme Court's temporary block of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan came about as a result of an Obama executive order that directed the EPA to reduce coal emission, mostly from coal power plants. The court split 5-4, the five conservative members for the temporary block and the four liberal members against it. The case in front of them was brought by 29 mostly Republican-led states and the energy industry. Bob Pollin, co-director of the PERI Institute sits down with Paul Jay, Senior Editor,TRNN to discuss.
Video and full transcript below:
JAY: So if I understand it correctly, the reason the Supreme Court has this decision at this time, because it's kind of weird, in June the U.S. Appeals Court is actually going to hear the case. So why have a temporary block when your appeals court is going to hear it, and in fact none of the states have to even comply for two years? It seems to be mostly to get the U.S. Supreme Court to send a kind of directive, not legally binding of course, but an indication that the U.S. Supreme Court thinks that the underlying case of these 29 states has merit. Do you think the underlying case of these 29 states has merit?
POLLIN: Well, I, of course, am not a legal scholar. So I can't really judge on this particular, narrow issue as to the degree of states' authority versus federal authority in establishing environmental standards.
JAY: Which is what, what it's more about. It's not the underlying case of whether or not carbon emissions from coal plants cause climate change. It's does President Obama have the right to have such authority.
POLLIN: Have the authority to establish, by executive order, that wasn't a vote of Congress, by executive order, this authority.
JAY: So what will be the consequences? When this order was passed, it was seen as one of the few--and I know, I've listened to you in our previous interviews, not the only thing done by the Obama administration. But one of the few really binding things that would actually have some real impact on carbon emission, and now it looks like the courts are gonna--might undo it.
POLLIN: Well, I mean, the consequences are really catastrophic if we take climate science seriously. If we want to act as though climate's, the issues around climate change are just another thing that we can debate back and forth, and it, and it changes, the political views change when parties come into power, then we don't have to pursue climate stabilization. If that's the attitude and we don't take climate science seriously, it's not a big deal.
If we take climate science seriously, the Obama initiative, which was attempting to establish a 30 percent absolute reduction in emissions from power plants as of 2030, that was a very serious positive step. And it was one, of course, that was recognized throughout the world, and was a major force in promoting a global agreement in Paris with respect to all countries taking serious steps.
JAY: And people like Jim Hansen from NASA have said if you're going to start anywhere, start with coal plants.
POLLIN: Well, yes. I mean, I think we have to start across the board, because we don't have time to, like, lag this thing. We have to--I mean, if we are going to follow roughly what the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says is minimally necessary, and in fact out of Paris even their standards are being recognized as too modest, but let's take those standards, which says that we need to stabilize the climate at 2 degrees above the pre-industrial level. We have to cut global emissions absolutely in the range of 40 percent within 20 years, and by 80 percent by 2050, which is only 34 years from now. This is an 80 percent reduction, essentially a total transformation of the global energy systems. And so Obama's measure was a significant--not sufficient, but a significant step in the right direction. Now, to say that we are going to, you know, this is going to get bollocksed up in courts and therefore is never going to get implemented has to be considered catastrophic.
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