Biden Backs Filibuster Reform to Pass Voting Rights Bills After Sustained Grassroots Pressure

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: In a major speech in Atlanta, Georgia, President Biden has endorsed changing the filibuster rules to prevent Republicans from using the filibuster to block voting rights legislation. Biden spoke in Atlanta. PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: I believe the threat to our …
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Reform the Insurrection Act: Former Pentagon Adviser Says Trump Almost Used It to Subvert Election

Former Pentagon adviser Ryan Goodman says former President Trump could have used the Insurrection Act to hold onto power during the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol by his supporters. “There needs to be reform of the Insurrection Act,” says Goodman, who authored the report “Crisis of Command: The Pentagon, the President, and January …
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“Long March for Justice” Underway Across New Jersey to Demand Police Reform, Reparations

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! We end today’s show looking at the ongoing protest that’s taking place in New Jersey. The People’s Organization for Progress, or POP, is leading a 67-mile march to the capital Trenton to demand the New Jersey …
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"Becoming Abolitionists": Derecka Purnell on Why Police Reform Is Not Enough to Protect Black Lives

Derecka Purnell draws from her experience as a human rights lawyer in her new book, published this month, “Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom,” to argue that police reform is an inadequate compromise to calls for abolition. Since the murders of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville in 2020, …
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A Fight for Democracy: GOP Blocks Voting Bill as Democrats Renew Push to Reform Filibuster

As Senate Republicans use the filibuster to block debate on the most sweeping voting rights bill considered by Congress in decades, we look at what is in the bill and the next steps forward. Elizabeth Hira, an attorney at the Brennan Center for Justice’s Democracy Program, describes the For the People Act as “a massive …
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George Floyd Week of Action Marks Anniversary of His Murder as Police Reform Bill Stalls in Congress

This year Democracy Now! is celebrating our 25th anniversary—that’s 25 years of bringing you fearless, independent reporting. Since our very first broadcast in 1996, Democracy Now! has refused to take government or corporate funding, because nothing is more important to us than our editorial independence. But that means we rely on you, our audience, for …
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Forget reform. The BBC is a lame horse that needs to be put down.

“This is clearly a terrible, terrible morning for the BBC” said Andrew Marr on his show on Sunday 23 May. He was referring to the princess Diana Spencer/Martin Bashir story. But “miserable” is  perhaps an understatement. Because the BBC is now little more than a lame horse that needs to be put out of its …
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Unions criticise rail reform plans as ‘missed opportunity’

Rail union leaders and politicians have attacked plans to reform the railways, accusing the government of merely “papering over the cracks”. Labour said it raised more questions than answers while a campaign group accused ministers of “rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic”. Half measures Manuel Cortes, leader of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association, said: The Conservatives …
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Philly DA Larry Krasner Fights for Reelection Amid Police Union Attacks on His Reform Agenda

As Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner attempts to overhaul the city’s criminal justice system, he faces a Democratic primary election next week against Carlos Vega, a former homicide prosecutor who is one of three dozen veteran prosecutors fired by Krasner when he took office in 2018. We speak with Linn Washington, a journalist who has …
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Social care reform measures not detailed in Queen’s Speech

The government has failed to detail long-promised proposals to reform social care in the Queen’s Speech on 11 May. This is despite criticism coming from care groups, charities, and politicians. Still nothing to announce Measures to address the long-standing issue of social care funding and reform were not included, but the Queen did say proposals …
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