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  • Last week, former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton claimed that FBI Director James Comey and alleged Russian hacking cost her the U.S. election, saying, "I was on the way to winning, until a combination of Jim Comey’s letter on October 28th and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me but got scared off. If the election had been on October 27th, I’d be your president." But does that claim reflect what actually happened in the 2016 election? For more, we speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, co-founder of The Intercept.

  • In releasing the trove of DNC and Podesta emails during the 2016 campaign, was WikiLeaks staying true to its radical transparency mission by refusing to engage in partisan politics? Or was WikiLeaks recklessly bolstering the Trump and the Republicans? For more, we speak with activist and journalist Allan Nairn and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

  • On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton gave her first public address since last week’s election. Clinton won the popular vote by as many 2 million votes but lost the Electoral College to Donald Trump. Clinton’s margin is now bigger than the winning margins for John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. She spoke at a gala for the Children’s Defense Fund, the nonprofit founded by Marian Wright Edelman where Clinton once worked.

  • We host a discussion on how Bernie Sanders and the Democratic Party plan to deal with a Trump presidency. We speak with RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of National Nurses United; Larry Cohen, who served as a senior adviser to Bernie Sanders and is now the board chair of Our Revolution; and Kevin de León, president pro-tem of the California State Senate, who joins us in Marrakech, Morocco.

  • The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads the popular vote by hundreds of thousands of ballots, but she lost the Electoral College to Republican Donald Trump. The last time this type of outcome occurred was in the 2000 Bush vs. Gore presidential race. Meanwhile, electoral reform initiatives are underway to get states to adopt the National Popular Vote bill. The legislation could transform the way we elect the president of the United States. Under the compact for a national popular vote, states across the country have pledged to award their electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the nationwide popular vote. If enough states sign on, it would guarantee the presidency goes to the candidate who wins the most votes across the country. The compact will kick in only when enough states have signed on to reach a threshold of 270 electoral votes. We are joined by John Koza, chair of National Popular Vote.

  • As protests against President-elect Trump continued for a second night in cities across the United States, there are increasing reports of threats against Latinos, Muslims, African Americans and members of the LGBTQ community, that many feel are a result of Trump’s rhetoric. We discuss the reaction by activists and organizers to Trump’s victory with Becky Bond, longtime progressive activist and former senior adviser on volunteer mobilization for the Bernie Sanders campaign. Her new book is "Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything." We also go to the Facing Race conference in Atlanta, Georgia, where we are joined by Chicana feminist Jodeen Olguín-Tayler, social movement strategist and vice president at Demos. She helped organize protests here in New York at Trump Tower. She has helped organize protests in New York City leading up to and after the election, and helped to coordinate the #Our100 campaign’s letter to the nation with the co-founders of Black Lives Matter.

  • John Nichols, political writer for The Nation, argues Donald Trump’s upset victory to win at least 270 Electoral College votes and become U.S. president is the result of an election process that does not reflect the popular will, as his rival Hillary Clinton appears set to win the popular vote. "America has a lousy, messed-up election system, and we count votes really slow," he notes. "What will turn out to be the reality … is that Hillary Clinton will actually beat Donald Trump by perhaps the largest margin that any loser beat a winner by in the popular vote. It will grow quite a bit." Nichols notes President Obama’s popular vote tally grew from 225,000 on election night to 5 million, and says he expects mass protests. His new article is titled "These Election Results Will Define America."

  • "If one studies history, this is not a surprising outcome," award-winning racial justice reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones says about Donald Trump’s election win. She points to the Reconstruction era that followed President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, and Richard Nixon’s use of the "Southern Strategy" to appeal to racial fears of white voters after President Lyndon Baines Johnson passed key civil rights measures. "Whenever there are great strides towards racial progress in this country, there is a white backlash." She concludes, "There’s a lot of soul searching that needs to be done. But I also think this election is very American."

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