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[captioning made possible by democracy now!] ♪ amy: from pacifica, this is democracy now! super tuesdayther for our campaign. [cheers and applause] >> thank you, florida. thank you, north carolina. thank you, ohio. >> we are going to make our country rich again. we are going to make our country great again. we need the rich in order to make our country great, i'm
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sorry to tell you. amy: clinton wins at least four states. trump wins at least three. rubio drops out. are the republicans headed for chaos? last night, the major news networks played every candidate's speech except one. >> the congress may not talk about it much, the media may not talk about it much, but it is unacceptable to me and the american people when the top 1/10 of 1% now owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90%. amy: you got it. msnbc, cnn, and fox all did not play bernie sanders' speech. we will look at how north carolina's controversial new voter id law could block over 200,000 registered voters from the polls.
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we will hear about a new squd2016.alled l that and more ming up. ♪ am welcomeo democry now!,, e war an peace port. 'm amgoodman. donald trumpnd hilla clion movecloser to securingheir reectivelready's nominations with a series of the reese -- victories tuesday night. trump pushed florida senator marco rubio out of the race. he also has a narrow lead over senator ted cruz in missouri. , where loss was in ohio ohio governor john kasich earned his first victory of the race. hillary clinton won florida, illinois, north carolina, ohio, and leads sanders by 1500 votes in missouri. clinton spoke tuesday night in
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palm beach, florida. to be great, we can't be small. we can't lose what made america great in the first place. this is not just about donald trump. all of us have to do our part. we cannot just talk about economic inequality, we have to take on all forms of inequality and discrimination. amy: has bernie sanders began his address on tuesday night, fox news, cnn, msnbc all declined to cut away, instead offering pundits' commentary and graphics saying they would soon go to donald trump's address. anita alvarez has conceded the democratic nomination to challenge her kim foxx. she was challenged over her
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mishandling of the laquan mcdonald shooting. announced murder charges against the officer jason van dyke the same day the video was released of the shooting. president obama has announced he his nominee for the supreme court to replace the late justice antonin scalia. the announcement is due at 11:00 a.m. eastern. republicans have vowed to block any obama supreme court nominee. in yemen, 41 civilians have been killed and 75 wounded after u.s.-backed, saudi-led airstrikes hit a crowded market. the vast majority of civilian deaths in yemen have been caused by the u.s.-backed strikes. an alleged isil state commander
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has died of his injuries following a u.s.-supported strike. omar al-shishani died on monday evening. russian forces continue to depart syria. peace talks aimed at ending the five-year-old conflict in syria have entered a third day in geneva. the obama administration's loosened restrictions on travel and trade with cuba days before president obama is set to become the first sitting u.s. president to become -- visit the country in 88 years. the new restrictions allow cubans to have u.s. bank accounts and earn salaries from u.s. companies and permit the use of u.s. dollars in transactions with cuba. the shift could advance economic reforms in cuba. >> it also could apply more
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pressure to the cuban government to implement additional reforms to the cuban economy. that would be a good thing and would be in service of the basic policy goals that we have laid out from the beginning. i would just observed that those are also the policy goals under -- that were prioritized by the u.s. government for 50 years under our cuba embargo, in an attempt to isolate the cuban nation. amy: in burma, the parliament has elected a civilian president after more than half a century of military rule. the new leader, htin kyaw, is a close ally of aung san suu kyi, the pro-democracy leader barred from becoming president herself because of a provision in the military-drafted constitution. in brussels, belgium, authorities shot and killed one during a raid linked to
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the probe of the november paris attacks. andsuspect was identified authorities found an isis flag in the residence. a u.s. congressional panel official former epa over her handling of the water crisis in michigan. in april 2014, an unelected emergency manager appointed by governor rick snyder switched flint's water source to the corrosive flint river. in june 2015, an internal report by an epa scientist race to the alarm about high lead levels and flint's lack of corrosion control. in tuesday's hearing, susan hedman was asked why it took so long for the epa to warn residents. >> the epa new in april. in june, you notify them. you are given a report that said
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lots of lead in the drinking water. get notice until december. there is no excuse for that. it should have been done in july, at least? or august? maybe september. at least by october. that was so wrong. this was a crime of epic proportions that could have been prevented. in: susan hedman resigned january as head of the epa regional office. a utah congressman jason chaffetz asked her whether anyone had done anything wrong at the agency. >> did anyone at the epa do anything wrong? >> are you asking me the question if i could do this all over again -- >> you were in charge. did anyone at the epa do anything wrong? >> i don't think anyone at the
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epa did anything wrong, but i do believe we could have done more. >> wow. carterorgia republican said, "there is a special place in hell for actions like this." also testifying were the former emergency manager darnell early and the former mayor dayne walling. governor rick snyder will appear before the same committee. to see our special report, go to police in detroit fired tear gas on students at the central collegiate academy, sickening a number of people, and arresting more than a dozen students. police responded after fights broke out during a false fire alarm at the school. reporters said they saw some students bent over coughing
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uncontrollably. in puerto rico, thousands of college students from the university of puerto rico in rio piedras have approved a three-day camp is shut down in protest of austerity measures. the students also called for the resignation of top university officials and left open the possibility of an indefinite strike if their demands are not met. in alabama, prisoners at holman corrections facility have released a set of demands after reportedly staging two uprisings in recent days. on friday, prisoners set fires and the guard and warden were stabbed and injured. dozens of prisoners reportedly barricaded themselves in a dormitory. their demands include releasing prisoners who have served excessive time, classes to help reintegrate, and compensation for mental pain and physical
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abuse. alabama's prisons hold twice as many people as they are designed to contain. indiana governor mike pence is facing calls to veto a sweeping anti-choice bill. the measure requires abortion providers to obtain hospital admitting privileges, women to have an ultrasound and listen to the fetal heartbeat, and mandates fetal tissue be buried or cremated after an abortion or miscarrie, potentially imposing additional costs on women. indiana legislature have denounced the bill as punitive. another bill redefines the trimesters of pregnancies. south carolina governor nikki haley says she will sign another bill to ban abortions at 20 weeks.
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a federal judge has blocked alabama from enforcing its restrictions on medication abortions. tennessee state lawmakers have advanced a bill that would ban -- that was arkansas for the victory for reproductive rights. now, we turn to the transgender students at public grade schools and universities from using bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity. last month, south dakota passed a similar measure, but republican governor dennis do ugaard vetoed it. this is democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. donald trump and hillary clinton move closer to clinching their respective nominations with victories on tuesday night. victory inp's
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florida pushed marco rubio out of the race. trump has a narrow lead over ted cruz in missouri. the keyone loss was in state of ohio, where ohio governor john kasich earned his first victory in the race. trump now has to win 54% of the roughly 1100 delegates still up for grabs. during his victory speech in palm beach, florida, he pointed to the influence last year's attacks on paris had on his campaign. and somethingted happened called paris. paris happened. paris was a disaster. there have been many disasters. it was paris. then we had case in los anges, wheret was in california, where 14 young people were killed. it just goes on and on and on. what happened with me is this whole run took on a whole new meaning. goodust borders, not just
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trade deals -- we have such endorsements from carl icahn and the smartest people in business and these people are going to be negotiating our deals and they are the best in the wld. we have the best business people in the world. we are going to have such great deals. we are going to do good with trade, so good with the border. itook on whole ne meaning. we need protection in our country and that is going to happen. amy: earlier in the evening, ohio governor john kasich addressed supporters in ohio after winning his home state. >> i want you to know the campaign goes on. i want you to know that it has been my intention to make you proud. to haveeen my intention young people all across this entery watch somebody into politics, even though i labored in obscurity for so long -- people counting me out,
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people in ohio saying, "why don't they ever call on him?" [laughter] >> we get all that. we put one foot in front of the other. i want to remind you again tonight that i will not take the low road to the highest office in the land. we've got one more trip around ohio this coming fall, where we will beat hillary clinton and i will become the president of the united states. amy: the associated press is reporting even before tuesday's results came in a group of conservatives begin planning to came in a group of conservatives begin planning to meet to discuss new ways to stop donald trump, including a brokered convention or rallying around a third-party candidate. joining us now is john nichols,
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is john nichols, the author of "people get ready: the fight against a jobless economy and a citizenless democracy." in our next segment, we are going to be talking about the democrats. we are also going to play a speech that was not played on any of the major news networks last night. they played every single address except bernie sanders'. instead, they kept talking about who they were going to be going to soon, who was donald trump. talk about what happened last night, how significant is the sole victory of john kasich in ohio? donald trump looks like he is sweeping the rest. missouri is too close to call, but he is ahead. john: you summed it up in a sense. , here is bernie sanders, who remains a viable not paid attention to. they were waiting to make sure they did not miss a second of donald trump. amy: he had not even started speaking. john: it is a speech by an
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actual candidate who is winning more primaries than all of these republicans trying to take down trump. he is not getting airtime because we have a trump-upset media. -- trump-obsessed media. they live for it. this is the explanation for why trump is doing so very well. he is surfing a wave of media attention, even when he does something wrong. he is wall-to-wall. he knows that most of our media is a dumb beast. he feeds it. if he says something that is of noxious, if his supporters -- of obnoxious, if his supporters do something terrible, he will just be right in the middle of it.
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we had deep concern over the weekend about how his rallies have gotten so out of control, vience, thcancellaon of a rally in illinoi all of is discsion abo where tmp is king allf thistuff -and ye does heet knock down? no, he sepscross major ates. orida, ntharolina -- whic is a vy importt state t fall race an eas win i these y states in ohio, he doelose to john kach, but did do ally we. hes probab going t win ssouri. this is a caidate wh contins to domate the republic field. he inot domiting it cause is all at popul. is gaing the rul in some amazing ys - ging the rules and some amazing ways.
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he is getting 35% to 40% of the vote. amy: the significance of john kasich winning his own state and the only state he has won so far, but a winner take all state , and what it means actually. he does not have a lot of delegates, but what it means for the convention and what a brokered convention looks like. it is very hard to understand the rules. john: they kind of write their own rules along the way. remember, conventions are the party. once you are there, you have a lot of flexibility to change things. here is what is important about the win in ohio by john kasich. historically, winning your home state was nothing. you were expected to win your home state. bernie sanders won vermont and people do not think that was a definitional win.
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amy: although, illinois, though hillary did take it, it was close. she was very nervous. rubio did not and then dropped out. john: you do have to win your own state, historically. hillary clinton has many home states, so we should be conscious of that. our media today is so trump-obsessed. they are also obsessed with the opposition to him. kasich becomes a huge deal. everyone is going to focus on it , but the question becomes, where does he go next? in many senses, his best next state is michigan. he talked about it a lot, but he did not make it in michigan. out on the trail, the reality is that it is very unlikely that john kasich is the likely alternative.
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the likely alternative is ted cruz. the problem for the republican establishment and a lot of the media is that they know that ted cruz is as unpopular or more unpopular than trump. amy: why is he unpopular? john: people don't like him. awful lot of evidence that he just is not rub people the right way. in politics, that is the game. we should go beyond personality. his willingness to shut down the government, his willingness to go to extremes unsettles even some conservatives. amy: what about a man from your own state? paul ryan? said that he would not rule out accepting the gop nomination. he said he declined to rule out accepting if a deadlocked party convention turns to him this
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summer. he will be chairing the republican convention and would becoming a leading prospect of delegates turned to someone outside the field. john: he is the leading prospect, there is no former doubt about that -- there is no doubt about that. he has headed the trust that the rnc sets up to raise money in anticipation of the november race for president. he has been raising money, supposedly to give over to the candidate. he has better contacts with all of the financiers of the republican party than anybody else. he is a very logical establishment pick. here is the problem. the notion of imposing a candidate if trump comes in with an overwhelming plurality of the delegates, that is really messy stuff. you think the floor of the republican national convention is going to be a calm place in that circumstance? i've been around paul ryan a
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lot. i think he is a wise enough man to know that you can only do that in a deal with trump, not forcing it. that is one of the interesting things. he has been on the phone with trump quite a bit this last week. we should understand, above all, paul ryan is the number one enabler of donald trump. he is the leading figure in congress. he is the camera time guy. he is the former candidate for vice president. he is the key man on economics. he has had a number of chances to call out trump. he has mildly rebuked trump. but when asked if he would support trump as nominee, he says, of course. amy: we are going to take a break and then we are going to come back and look at the other side of the aisle. around andweave sometimes they get blurred.
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john nichols is the author of "people get ready: the fight against a jobless economy and a citizenless democracy." this is democracy now! back in a minute. ♪ [music break]
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amy: thi is demracy now democrynow.orgthe war d peacreport. i'm y goodma in t democratic race, llary clinton w florida iinois ohio, d north rolina. in ads bernie sanders race that is too close to call in missouri. hillary clinton: to be great, we can't be small. we can't lose what made america great in the first place. this is not just about donald trump. all of us have to do our part.
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we cannot just talk about economic inequality, we have to take on all forms of any quality and discrimination -- inequality and discrimination. together, we have to defend all of our rights. civil rights and voting rights, workers rights and women's rights. lgbt rights and rights for people with disabilities. [cheers and applause] that starts by: standing with president obama when he nominated a justice to the supreme court. [cheers and applause] our nextlinton: president will face all of these challenges and more. running for president is hard, but being president is harder. amy: as senator bernie sanders began his address on tuesday night, fox news, cnn, and msnbc all declined to cut away,
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instead continuing with pundit'' commentary and graphics promising too soon go to donald trump's speech. we are going to do something we did not consider particularly revolutionary. we are going to play an excerpt of what bernie sanders had to say. senator sanders: people have different points of view, but what is not acceptable, no matter what your point of view is, is to throw racist attacks against mexicans -- [cheers] sanders: the reason that donald trump will never be elected president -- [cheers] is the american
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people will not accept insults to mexicans, muslims, or women. what trump is about and other demagogues have always been about is scapegoating minorities , turning one group against another group. [booing] senator sanders: but we are too smart to fall for that. bernie sanders speaking in phoenix, arizona. joining us from cleveland is former ohio state senator nina turner. in chicago, we are joined by geneva reed-veal, the mother of sandra bland, whose death last year in a texas jail cell followed a texas traffic stop which followed -- sparked a national protests. nichols.h us is john i want to go to geneva reed-veal first. talk about how the victory that you saw last night in your own
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state in illinois and this week that hillary clinton, even perhaps to her own surprise, experienced -- achieved, last night. geneva: good morning. thank you for having me. the victory was overwhelming. i am hillary excited this morning. when you think about a race that is so close, you were watching the television with your nails bitings and you are saying, come on, come on, come on. the excitement went on until 3:30 this morning. when you look at all of the sweeping that was done last evening, it puts you in a better position to say, we can do this, we can take her to the top. amy: nina turner, your response to what happened last night. it is still too close to call at the time of this broadcast in missouri. bernie sanders, well he may have been surprised by the michigan miracle, did not achieve that
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miracle last night in ohio, illinois. he knew he would not be winning florida. nina: we have certainly come a long way in this campaign. let us not forget the senator sanders is a senator from vermont, not a terribly diverse state. people wrote him off from the time he made his announcement. look at him now. to the credit of! democracy now i want tocracy now!, thank you for playing even a portion of his speech. the corporate media has locked him out. it is either about donald trump or secretary clinton. senator sanders has some bright lights coming. we knew that the first waves of super tuesdays were more for hillary clinton. we are moving to the west that will be much more competitive --
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to states that will be much more competitive for senator sanders. let us not forget in 2008, when then-senator clinton was competing against then-senator obama, they went all the way to the convention, as well. amy: what do you think the states are that bernie sanders could take? john: i have been on the road and bernie sanders has a tremendous level of on the ground organization. in utah, arizona, washington state, hawaii. all of these states will vote in the next couple weeks. then you moved to wisconsin, where polls show he is leading or is narrowly ahead. the chances are that sanders will continue to post a number of wins. this is an important thing about this race. no one should deny that hillary clinton is the front-runner. no one should deny that she had
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a great night. the majority of delegates have not been chosen. most states have not voted. it is important to make sure that we maintain a democracy, where we let people participate in the process, and recognize that this initial calendar was quite favorable to hillary clinton. what comes next is a number of states where hillary clinton is not as strong and were bernie sanders could continue to post significant wins. amy: geneva, can you talk about why you decided to support and speak out for hillary clinton? what happened after your daughter's horrific death in inas, after she was stopped a traffic stop and taken to jail and then found dead three days later? absolutely. we were all devastated. i did not know what to do at the time. , hers wasinton's camp
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the only one that contacted my family to find out what it was that i needed at the time. she met with 12 families and the mothers of the movement are a part of those families. she met with us privately at a sweet maple restaurant, no media involvement. she came in as secretary of state, as the former first lady, and she walked out as grandmother and mother. she allowed us to give her our stories about our children. she was writing down notes as we were talking. she asked what we would like to ses like ours,ca to assist additional families. we gave her some thoughts. she made no promises. she wrote a lot. when we left that meeting, that meeting was supposed to be a half-hour and it turned into two hours -- no media involved.
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she followed up with us throughout the month. lettersed two personal from her, one at a very crucial time, when there is no indictment in my daughter's case. the other was at the holiday. it was the most moving thing you ever want to see. she followed up throughout all of those months. she invited us to the democratic national convention in south carolina. she did not announce it. nobody knew that she was the person who had us there. at that point, the pivotal thing was when she asked me, what is it that you want for your daughter? when i explained that justice for me would mean accountability and i will seek that relentlessly, she listened, she thatd, and i'm telling you i believe there will be an outside investigation very soon.
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at that point, i said, ok, i have to back this woman. i was already a hillary before i lost sandy. we were dating and she did not even know it. [laughter] amy: on the topic of the officer that stopped sandra, can you talk about what has happened to him? he was charged with perjury. geneva: right. he was charged with perjury, the lowest charge on the totem pole. there should have been a salt and batterylt charges. he was then dismissed from his job. if i'm not mistaken, he's still able to appeal. we will be in court next tuesday at his arraignment and we will see what happens. as far as right now, today, he is completely terminated from the dps. amy: but he has not been charged
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with responsibility for her death and neither has any other police officer inside the jail. john: correct. the issue that i have --geneva: correct. the issue that i have is that he has been indicted for lying. i believe that that should have extended over into the jail. amy: former state senator nina turner, you are in ohio. talk about why you decided to go with bernie sanders. thinktalk about why you he did not win ohio. after the michigan miracle, it was felt that maybe he could take ohio, as well. nina: we were certainly hoping for that michigan miracle. i think one of the biggest differences between michigan and ohio is that in michigan, independents could vote. independentss wins
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across this country overwhelmingly. in ohio, independents cannot vote unless they declare themselves to be a democrat or republican. senator sanders was 30 points behind in ohio months ago. he has come a mighty long way. we are so proud of all of his accomplishments. in states like missouri, it is still a tossup. it is kind of curious to me that even when republicans who are in the second or third tier of the race, they declare victory when they are in a tie. senator sanders does not say one thing in front of one audience and another thing in front of another audience. he does not politic tragedy. he has been a champion his entire life, from his work in the 1960's as a young college student.
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he was arrested for fighting for civil rights. he was a mayor of burlington and he stood up for reverend jesse jackson when the democratic party itself turned their back on him and he was only one of three white folks, white elected officials, who would dare stand up for reverend jesse jackson in 1988 to say that he could be the president of the united states of america. whether people know it or not, from vermont has continued to stand up for the working poor. he is not afraid to stand up and say the word poor. he filibustered for eight hours on the senate floor against the extension of the bush tax cuts. he stands up for folks whether he gets -- whether it will harm his political career or not and that is the kind of political leader that we need.
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he is talking about a minimum hour.ncrease to $15 per as a former mayor, he certainly understands what the relationship with police needs to be. he talks about the accountability that a police officer, like any other public servant, if they have committed a crime, they need to answer that. they need to be prosecuted. his honesty and integrity, that is why almost 90% of millennials ages 17-29 believe in senator sanders. they believe he is the leader to lead us into the future. my final point is that he has the foundation of congresswoman barbara jordan, when she said, what the arican pele want is an america as good as its promise. f.t is what he is running he iasking t workingoor and the middlass to t acce srt.
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universal health care is a moral imperative and we should indeed make the same investments in our young people, in terms of tuition-free colleges and universities. he is a man of honesty and integrity, not just when the cameras are on. amy: let me ask geneva reed-veal , you are in chicago where trump canceled his rally this weekend. what about donald trump? geneva: i have no comment on donald trump. i cannot comment and will not do that. i will not do it. amy: because? geneva: because it is just not necessary for me to comment. i will let the rest of the world continue to comment. john: i kind of like what she just did there. withf the challenges donald trump that everybody does talk about him. i'm as guilty as everybody. there is a reality that this guy
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is so over-covered that he sucks the air out of the democratic race. you just had one of the best discussions between two very thoughtful and engaged people about this race. that rarely happens. democrats were democratic candidates come on television and the first thing they asked them about is donald trump. amy: how to nina turner on what bernie sanders represents, geneva reed-veal? i want to ask each of you this. nina turner and geneva reed-veal . if was the candidate, would you vote for him? if hillary clinton was the candidate, would you vote for her? geneva: i'm not going to focus on if bernie sanders is the candidate, so i won't answer that question. i don't know what i will be feeling at that time. i will say to you, i won't make any back and forth with the other person that you have on
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the panel. i won't do that. i don't intend on taking the focus off of what the focus should be. for me, that focus is getting hillary straight to the white house. all of the outside commentary, i will not make any statement about. i've heard it more than once -- hillary is not politicking tragedy. our tragedies, we are adults who have decided to back her. it should not be a problem that a person who makes a choice to endorse an individual, you shouldn't have to be vilified for backing that individual. i'm not saying that the other individual is stating that. we have just heard that across the country. no, we are not being exploited. we made our own choices. i'm just saying, may the best individual win. go hillary. amy: nina turner. if hillary clinton were the
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candidate and the issue of enthusiasm on the democratic side -- nina: i certainly say that i agree with mrs. veal about people not being vilified. people certainly have a choice. i certainly know about being vilified for deciding to choose senator sanders. we went hundred percent agree with that. -- we 100% agree with that. in terms of hillary clinton versus bernie sanders, i'm not entertaining you thought about voting for the secretary because this race is not over for us in the sanders campaign. amy: nina turner, cnn has a chart and it says that in terms of voter turnout, it was way up for republicans. until now, it has also been up for democrats. this one shows democrats way down, particularly in ohio, down
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49%. that was comparing it to 2008. nina: democrats should be concerned about that. we want folks to vote. ,here senator sanders has been we know he pushes out the youth vote. amy, one of the problems for both parties, but particularly for the republicans who tend to try to suppress the vote -- in a democracy, we should want each and every person to vote. it makes us stronger. in places like north carolina and even in my home state and you both may know this, just stately, secretary of john houston came out with a directive to try to block 17-year-olds from voting in the primary. we had to take that to court.
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nation-build every four years. that is my message to your viewers. we must vote every single year. electing a school board member is just as important as electing the president. amy: we will have to leave it there. thank you for joining us. former ohio state senator nina turner joining us from cleveland. i want to thank geneva reed-veal , the mother of sandra bland, a supporter of hillary clinton, speaking to us from chicago. john nichols, stay with us. i want to get a quick thought from you about the supreme court. st with us. ♪ [music break]
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amy: here on democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. president obama will announce his nominee to replace late
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justice antonin scalia on the supreme court today. the announcement is at 11:00 a.m. eastern time. the republicans have vowed to block any nominee. john nichols is still with us. talk about the battle that is going to go down. john: it is going to be a battle. president obama is going to do the one thing that could push aside even trump coverage, at least for a little bit. that is, select somebody for the lifelong appointment on the supreme court. we know that the republicans have said that they will block. this is where it gets important. a number of republicans are up for reelection. they are in tough positions all over the place. the president has a new card to play. if he dominates a very -- nominates a very mainstream and appealing pick who has been already approved by the senate, if he picks one of these people,
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you say, do you republican senators really want to give a pic to donald trump when i have just nominated a very capable person who has been approved by republicans in the past? the president has the potential to play smart politics and move this thing beyond where it is right now. amy: the three being talked about right now. one of them is african-american. one has unanimous support from democrats and republicans -- he was born in india and is in do. hindu. john: everyone agrees he is such a great lawyer and such a good man of the law. he really knows the turf. there is universal agreement that he would be a great supreme court justice. if obama picks him.
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, he is looking -- if obama picks him, he is looking to pick the fight right now. he wants to challenge the claim pickpresidents cannot justices in the last year of their presidency. the other pixar tougher. one pick would energize huge numbers of americans and illustrate the divide that we have. amy: i want to play a comment by senator lindsey graham. senator graham: in the last year, at least of a lame duck, are notar term, you going to fill a vacancy of a supreme court, based on what we
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are doing here today. that is going to be the new rule. when y'all change the rules about appellate judges and district judges to get your way, i thought it was an abuse of power. you have made the caucuses, the republican and democratic caucuses are now not going to have to reach across the aisle for appellate judges and district court judges to get input from us or to get input from you. we are going to pick the most hard-ass people we can find. we will dare somebody to vote against that person. you will have the most liberal members of your caucus pushing you to pick the most liberal nominee. we will do the same. isr time, the judiciary going to be more ideologically driven because the process in the senate does not require you to get outside your own party. amy: that is south carolina senator lindsey graham. john: he is just wrong.
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presidents have picked supreme court justices in the last year of their first four years and in the latter part of their second term. he is setting new rules and is accusing others of being partisan. that is absurd. amy: john nichols, i want to thank you for being with us. the new book is "people get ready: the fight against a jobless economy and a citizenless democracy." we turn now to north carolina, where one of the country's most controversial and restrictive voter id laws took effect on tuesday. the law which was passed in 2013 limits the forms of id acceptable at: places. as a result, 5% of the state's registered voters, primarily african-american, are excluded from voting. bob, very quickly, what did you find? bob: it was both encouraging to
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see so many people turning out -- people are committed to vote, to push back against the attempts to make it harder. it was also disappointing. there were long lines, there were ids rejected that should be accepted. provisional ballots were not offered to voters. there were a lot of problems. amy: what was the response to the new id? what kind of id do people need to show? do y see thiaffectin republans or docrats me? bob: it is affecting young people, particularly. there is not a provision that allows a broader range of ids to be used. it provision to use provisional ballots, that says if you don't have one of the acceptable ids, you can fill out a form, a bunch of forms, two fms. yog peopleere particularly
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-- without state licenses, their student ids would not be acceptable -- they had out-of-state licenses, but those were not acceptable. they had to fill out paperwork to have their ballot counted. people that move around, poor people, people who are more transient, they had problems. they do not have the ids that ordinary folks typically have in their pockets. it was a burden for people. it was not just the id. it is a problem. they try to eliminate same-day registration. they try to eliminate out of precinct voting. that were provisions helped people. because of a court order, those provisions were in play. we had them still in this primary election. you could see that with same-day registration we had over 8000 voters able to vote, able to use same-day registration.
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they were not registered, but they showed up during early voting and they were able to use that provision to vote. it is disproportionately african-american, disproportionately young people. they want to get rid of that. you can see the numbers. you talked about the number of people that don't have ids. it is very hard to quantify. is 100,000 people in north carolina. 1.5% of registered voters. this is a burden. amy: interesting because at least what cnn put out on turnout, now versus 2008, north carolina was down 30%. bob: 2008 was huge. 2016 general could be huge. if it is a trunk versus hillary contest, north carolina will be ground zero for a huge turnout. compared to 2012, the primary was up in many places. we had long lines.
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election officials were not prepared. we tried to tell them after 2014 that they needed more staff. there need to be major changes in the administration. we have 10,000 poll workers who need to be better trained with all of the different changes that have gone on. amy: we are going to leave it the. ank you r being th us. , t executi directo of demracy nor carolin we are gng to goight nowo flida. ashl greene is the president of dream defenders. ganizers across t state we laching thr own mmunity-d presidtial caaign dubbequadd201 it is thlatest itiativerom thdream denders, wch formed in thwake of e death of trayv mtin.
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a ry selecve menu politilssueshen we tk aboublack anbrown ves, paicularly young black and brown votes. we want to make sure that we understand our power and our responsibility in this election to carve out a better future in this country than what is being presented right now. amy: talk about the cabinet. ashley: it is our effort to make sure that the diverse voices across the state of florida, across dream defenders come across this movement emerging right now between black and brown bodies are really represented. ,e have a secretary of commerce a couple secretaries of state, attorney general, we have secretary of shade -- my personal favorite. we all bring our unique voice into this conversation and we really get down to the issues that we feel are relevant and are only being superficially discussed in this election right
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now. amy: as president in this new squadd2016, yorkie, core -- your key issues. ashley: we are looking to review and radically change our foreign-policy approach, immigration approach, our approach to prisons and detention, our approaches to education. the common issues that are still only surfacely
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