PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “‘Hard Power’ Budget and Hard-headed Cuts” / RT America / Ed Schultz ☮

Critics exploded in outrage when news spread about President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, dubbed the “hard power budget.” Many criticized slashing small agencies and programs like Meals on Wheels, the National Endowment for the Arts, NPR, PBS, and more as well as increased military spending. RT America’s Manila Chan breaks down the numbers.

POLITICAL COMMENTARY: “Cheri Honkala and Galen Tyler: Protesting the DNC” / RT America / On Contact with Chris Hedges ☮

In this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses the protests planned at the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia with two local organizers. Cheri Honkala, director of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, and Galen Tyler, leader of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, are leading the March for Lives, raising awareness of poverty and homelessness. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the cost of security at the upcoming national conventions.

POLITICAL COMMENTARY: “Alison Flowers: Wrongfully Convicted” / RT America / On Contact with Chris Hedges, and Anya Parampil ☮

In this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges sits down with Alison Flowers, author of “Exoneree Diaries: The Fight for Innocence, Independence, and Identity”. They discuss flaws in the justice system that result in wrongful convictions and the challenges people face after spending years in prison for a crime they did not commit. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil measures the scale of known exonerations in the U.S.

POLITICAL COMMENTARY: “GOP Wants FBI Director Comey to Testify Over Clinton E-mail Probe” / RT America / Ed Schultz ☮

The Justice Department’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s storage of classified emails on a private server is closed and no criminal charges will brought against the former Secretary of State. The House GOP has asked FBI director James Comey to testify before congress tomorrow. Republicans are also trying to reconcile Clinton’s statements throughout the investigation that she did not email any classified materials with Comey’s statements that 110 emails contained classified information.

POLITICAL COMMENTARY: “Amira Hass: Inside the Occupied Territories” / RT America / On Contact with Chris Hedges, and Anya Parampil ☮

In this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges goes inside Israel and the Occupied Territories with Amira Hass. Hass is the Haaretz Correspondent for the Occupied Territories and author of “Drinking the Sea at Gaza”. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil joins the show with a report on the public manifestations of racism in Israeli society.

POLITICAL COMMENTARY: “There are Ways to Stop Gun Murders That Work!” / RT America / Redacted Tonight / Lee Camp, and Naomi Karavani ☮

This week Democrats in the House of Representatives staged a sit-in to call attention to gun laws. And unfortunately most of the country is still dealing with this topic like conservative babies! Naomi Karavani and Lee Camp discuss this and the efforts by inner city communities all over America.