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  • Join Democracy Now! as we livestream from the sold-out 2013 Peace Ball at the historic Arena Stage at The Mead Center For American Theater in Washington, D.C. and see speeches from Amy Goodman, Angela Davis, NAACP’s Benjamin Jealous, Ralph Nader, Julian Bond and others, with performances by Mos Def, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and more.

    Special guests include:

    Angela Davis
    Ralph Nader
    Rita Dove
    Katrina vanden Heuvel
    Van Jones
    Sonia Sanchez
    Nicole Lee...

    Jan 20, 2013 | Special Broadcast
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    Ahead of Monday’s public inauguration that will usher in President Obama’s second term, we turn to a call for him to put the more than 50 million Americans living in poverty at the top of his agenda. The issue has garnered attention in part because Obama will take the oath of office with his hand placed on two Bibles — one owned by Abraham Lincoln and the other by Martin Luther King Jr., known for his civil rights and anti-poverty...
    Jan 17, 2013 | Story
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    Democracy Now!'s award-winning host Amy Goodman appeared on MSNBC's "Up with Chris Hayes" Sunday to discuss the Obama administration’s use of drones, John Brennan’s nomination to lead the CIA, and the irony in Republicans’ attacks against Obama’s "diversity problem."
    Jan 16, 2013 | D.N. in the News
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    A month after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., President Obama is calling for a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. The National Rifle Association says Congress will not get either. Obama’s proposal comes as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed what is being called toughest gun control law in the nation, also drawing an NRA rebuke. We’re joined by Colin Goddard, a survivor...
    Jan 16, 2013 | Story
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    By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

    It takes courage to enter a war zone willingly, armed with a microphone and a camera as a journalist. That is what Al Jazeera cameraman Sami al-Hajj was doing in Dec. 2001, as he was entering Afghanistan from Pakistan to cover the U.S. military operations there. While his colleague was allowed in, al-Hajj was arrested, in what was to be a harrowing, nightmarish odyssey that lasted close to seven years, most of...

    Jan 10, 2013 | Columns & Articles
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    Dubbed the "assassination czar," presumptive CIA nominee John Brennan has played a key role backing some of the nation’s most controversial post-9/11 policies, from the secret drone war to wireless surveillance. Brennan was a rumored pick for the job when Obama was first elected in 2008 but was forced to withdraw from consideration amid protests over his role at the CIA under George W. Bush and his public support for the CIA’s...
    Jan 07, 2013 | Story
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    President Obama is expected to unveil the nomination today of former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska as the next secretary of defense, replacing Leon Panetta. A Vietnam War veteran and three-term member of the Senate, Hagel has faced criticism from right-wing foes over his positions on Israel and dealing with Iran, as well as from progressive critics for making denigrating comments in 1998 about gays in government, for which he only recently...
    Jan 07, 2013 | Story
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    Most major issues remain unresolved at the U.N. climate summit in Doha as negotiators enter the final stretch of the two-week summit. While the Doha talks involve nations working toward a pact to limit greenhouse gases starting in 2020, many say the world cannot wait that long. The United States has come under intense criticism at the summit from environmentalists and smaller nations who say President Obama has failed to meet his stated commitments...
    Dec 06, 2012 | Story
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    President Obama’s re-election to a second term has fueled hopes across the world of a concerted U.S. effort to address global warming. But so far even the devastation of Superstorm Sandy does not appear to have shifted the Obama administration’s stance opposing binding emission targets. On Monday, U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern took questions for the first time from reporters at the U.N. Climate Change Conference...
    Dec 04, 2012 | Story
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    President Obama made history today by becoming the first sitting U.S. president to visit Burma. During his six-hour visit, Obama met with President Thein Sein and visited the home of the opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, where she was confined under house arrest for most of two decades before her release two years ago. Obama’s new openness toward Burma has drawn concern from human rights activists who say such overtures of friendship...
    Nov 19, 2012 | Story