PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “As Last Confederate Statue is Removed in New Orleans, Will School Names, and Street Signs Follow?” / Democracy Now! / Amy Goodman and Juan González ☮

New Orleans has removed the last of four Confederate statues in recent weeks. Workers wore bulletproof vests and face coverings to conceal their identities as they used a crane to remove the statue from its pedestal. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said threats and intimidation necessitated the overnight work and extra safety precautions. White nationalists have staged a series of protests and issued threats in the lead-up to the memorials’ removals. Though the four most prominent Confederate monuments have been removed, activists are calling for New Orleans officials to remove all monuments, school names and street signs in the city dedicated to white supremacists. We speak with Malcolm Suber, co-founder of Take ’Em Down NOLA.

CANNABIS: “Vermont’s Legislature Voted to Legalize W-E-E-D!” / The Humanist Report / Mike Figueredo ☮

The state of Vermont delivered some good news to us! Their legislature passed a bill legalizing recreational marijuana. Although their Republican Governor is a self-proclaimed “marijuana skeptic” and may veto it, the passage of the bill is a victory in and of itself seeing that it marks the first time recreational marijuana has passed legislatively.

PROGRESSIVE POLITICAL COMMENTARY: “Vote Textbook Douchebag and Save America!” / The Young Turks / Jimmy Dore, Nomiki Konst, and Michael Traceyh ☮

“Bryce Reeves, one of three Republican candidates for lieutenant governor, has released a TV ad that depicts two cowled and head-scarved “terrorists” who frighten a suburban mother and her two children.

The ad, titled “Safety,” portrays terrorists, wearing camouflage jackets and carrying black bags, dashing to a vehicle as the mother — in a driveway across the street — drops a bag of groceries and then comforts the children. “This is the America Obama left behind,” Reeves, a state senator from Spotsylvania, says in a voice-over. “Terrorists living here. FBI investigating ISIS nationwide. Frightening families.” Reeves, then facing the camera, introduces himself and says he “helped pass anti-terrorism legislation here in Virginia.”

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Chomsky on the GOP: Has Any Organization Ever Been So Committed to Destruction of Life on Earth?” / Democracy Now! / Amy Goodman ☮

 As President Trump prepares to mark 100 days in office, we spend the hour with the world-renowned linguist and dissident Noam Chomsky. Amy Goodman spoke to him on Monday night at the First Parish Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The conversation addressed climate change, nuclear weapons, North Korea, Iran, the war in Syria and the Trump administration’s threat to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Amy Goodman began by asking him about the Republican Party.

CANNABIS: “Jeff Sessions ‘Surprised’ Americans Aren’t Buying His Anti-Maríjuana Hysteria” / The Humanist Report / Mike Figueredo ☮

Jeff Sessions recently indicated that he would not crack down on states that have legalized recreational marijuana because the Justice Department doesn’t have the resources needed to do so. Nonetheless, he’s been averse to legalization, and has repeatedly stated that he believes it’s dangerous. He recently found out, however, that Americans aren’t buying into his reefer madness, and he was “surprised” by this. Seriously, Jeff?