PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Real Purpose of Intel Report on Russian Hacking with Abby Martin and Ben Norton” / RT America / On Contact with Chris Hedges ☮

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges is joined by journalists Abby Martin and Ben Norton to discuss the declassified U.S. intelligence report on Russia’s alleged “influence campaign” on the U.S. presidential election. They explore the allegations and why a large portion of the report is dedicated to RT America’s programming. RT correspondent Anya Parampil details the charges made in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence report.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Chris Hedges: ODNI Report on Russian Interference is an ‘Utter Embarrassment'” / RT America / Simone Del Rosario ☮

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and “On Contact” host Chris Hedges gives RT America’s Simone Del Rosario his analysis of the latest attacks on independent journalism from the recent US intelligence report on Russian “interference” in the 2016 election as well as groundless allegations from Washington Post and Prop or Not. Then, RT correspondent Gayane Chichakyan reports on the State Department’s “high degree of confidence” in the findings, despite the absence of any evidence behind their claims, and the parallels between accusations of “Russian hacking” and lies about WMDs in Iraq.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Cannabis: Jeff Sessions Will Wage War on Marijuana as Attorney General—Let’s Stop Him!” / The Humanist Report / Mike Figueredo ☮

During his first confirmation hearing, Senator Jeff Sessions implied he will wage war on state medical and recreational marijuana laws. He’s vocalized the “dangers” of marijuana on numerous occasions, and asserted that “good people don’t smoke marijuana.” As Attorney General, he’d have the power to destroy the progress states have made when it comes to the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana. If you disagree with this move, then take action BEFORE he’s even confirmed and let him know you won’t stand for his outdated, arbitrary policies.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Ted Cruz vs. ACLU at Jeff Sessions Confirmation Hearing” / TYT Politics ☮

Ted Cruz sat steely-eyed as David Cole of the ACLU and Cornell Brooks of the NAACP criticized Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) for his record on voting rights, women’s rights, and ethics. The Senator and former presidential candidate then used his questioning time to grill Cole on what Cruz viewed as a one-sided account of Sessions’ record as an Alabama District Attorney in his previous tenure with the Department of Justice.

Sessions was rejected as a federal judge in 1986 because of that tenure, but after this defeat, Alabama voters rewarded him by electing him at their attorney general, and then their U.S. Senator. Now Sessions, the first U.S. Senator to endorse Donald Trump for president, is Trump’s pick for U.S. Attorney General.