Links to today’s show transcripts:
Sharif Abdel Kouddous: Mosque Attack Comes As Egypt Faces “Wave of Repression” on Political Freedoms
At least 305 people were killed in an attack on a crowded Sufi mosque in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Friday that officials are blaming a militant group linked to ISIS. Egyptian president Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has vowed revenge and launched multiple airstrikes he says were targeting militants fleeing the attack. Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous is in Cairo. He says Egypt faces its “worst wave of repression” in modern history as “Sisi has used the war on terror to crack down on political freedoms.”
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Showdown: Trump Appoints Director Who Vowed to Kill Agency
We look at the showdown at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau after Director Richard Cordray stepped down Friday and appointed as his successor, Leandra English, the Bureau’s deputy director and his former chief of staff. Almost immediately, President Trump responded with his own announcement that he planned to go ahead with his own appointment of Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, who has voted in favor of killing the bureau. Now English is suing.
Meet the Socialist Marine & Anti-Police Brutality Protester Who Won Democratic Seats in November
Can the emergence of non-traditional candidates help revive a faltering Democratic Party that is facing its lowest approval rating in nearly a quarter century? We speak with two Democrats who won key races with support from grassroots sources outside of the Democratic Party. In Charlotte, North Carolina, Braxton Winston is a former middle school football coach who took to the streets in 2015 along with hundreds of people to protest the police killing of Keith Lamont Scott.