What Obama’s Homeland Security Secretary Thinks About Trump’s Immigration Policy (HBO)

President Barack Obama’s former homeland security secretary Jeh Johnson would prefer not to be the frequent recipient of President Trump’s praise. But despite his party allegiance and previous employer, the president, his son, and the White House’s official Twitter feed have all recently praised Johnson for telling multiple interviewers that America’s southern border is “truly in a crisis.”
When VICE News’s Michael Moynihan sat down with Johnson to discuss Trump, the politics of immigration, and his tenure overseeing border enforcement, he was quick to point out that the president and his surrogates truncated his quote, leaving out his criticism of administration policies.
“I said that 4000 arrests on our southern border — one hundred thousand in a month — is truly a crisis,” Johnson told VICE News. “I then went on to, in the same interview, prescribe all the things I think should be done to deal with the crisis and what we seem to be doing wrong. The one sentence ‘it is truly a crisis’ went viral.”
Johnson, who began his career in politics interning for Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a centrist Democrat, acknowledges that his party is lurching to the left — and that the Obama administration’s aggressive immigration policies would get a tougher reception these days.

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The Winners And Losers Of Trump’s Trade War | VICE on HBO (Preview)

These are the real impacts of Trump’s trade war.

This week on a special VICE on HBO, Michael Moynihan tracks the progression of this new economic battle royale as it happens. See it Friday at 7:30 PM and 11 PM EDT.

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Dinesh D’Souza’s Movie Equates Democrats With Nazis (HBO)

Outside the precincts of professional conservatism, author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza’s influence has gone largely unnoticed. But of the top ten grossing documentaries of all time, the number five spot is held by D’Souza — an anti-Obama movie that brought in $33 million.

Now D’Souza is back with Death of a Nation, a two-hour attack on Democrats that doubles as a celebration of Donald Trump.

D’Souza was once considered the thinking man’s conservative, with a sinecure at an influential think tank and books that — while controversial — were reviewed in high-brow publications.

But D’Souza eventually determined that intellectuals couldn’t effect political change, so the once marginal right-wing egghead remade himself into a brawling, even more right-wing activist.

He draws from personal experience as a reference point for the hard shift. In 2014, he was convicted of making an illegal campaign contribution and sentenced to five years of probation. In May, President Trump pardoned him. But D’Souza thinks his conviction stands as proof that fascism has taken over the Democratic party.

VICE News’ Michael Moynihan sat down with D’Souza ahead of the premiere of Death of a Nation.

“I would be happy to disarm the moment I see the other side disarming I’ll be happy to show goodwill the moment I see an ounce of goodwill coming from the other side,” D’Souza said. “The militancy that’s coming for me at this point is is driven by a militant situation.”

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New Kids On The Blockchain, VICE on HBO Season 6, (Preview)

VICE correspondent Michael Moynihan investigates the technology powering the cryptocurrency revolution: Blockchain.

See it on #VICEonHBO TONIGHT at 7:30 PM and 11PM on HBO, HBO Go.

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We Met The Founder Of Etherium, VICE on HBO, Season 6 (Bonus Scene)

Bitcoin’s emergence as a global digital currency has been as revolutionary as it has been erratic. But while fledgling investors obsess over every fluctuation in the cryptocurrency market, nation states are more interested in the underlying blockchain technology and its ability to revolutionize how business is done on the internet and beyond.

VICE’s Michael Moynihan travels to Russia with Vitalik Buterin, inventor of the ethereum blockchain, to get a front row seat to the geopolitical tug of war over Internet 3.0.

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Al Gore Explains The Threat That Trump Poses to Our Climate (HBO)

Al Gore offers an updated warning on the dangers of a warming planet with an his new documentary, “Inconvenient Sequel”. After 10 years since Gore won a nobel peace prize for his climate activism, he addresses the recent changes in the climate and administration that call for an even greater need to take action. Michael Moynihan sits down with Gore in Los Angeles to discuss how Trump can indeed affect climate, but also how a technology revolution offers hope for climate change.

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Why Sweden’s Warmth Is Fading Toward Migrants (HBO)

Last year, more than 160,000 migrants fleeing war in the Middle East ended up in Sweden, a country of only 9.5 million people. That’s the highest number of refugees per capita in Europe. But an increasing number of Swedes have grown impatient with their country’s generosity. Now, many of those migrants are being asked to leave. The government says that up to 80,000 will be deported, a large number of whom come from Afghanistan. In October, Sweden joined Germany in reaching an agreement with Afghanistan to repatriate tens of thousands of rejected asylum seekers. Michael Moynihan went to northern Sweden to meet with some of the migrants awaiting their fate.

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The Biggest Act Of Presidential Clemency In A Single Day (HBO)

President Obama has commuted the sentences of 153 prisoners and pardoned 78 more. It’s the biggest act of presidential clemency on a single day—ever. And it’s only a drop in the bucket.

The US is home to about 5 percent of the world’s population–and more than 20 percent of the world’s prisoners, and a surprising number of those prisoners are in solitary confinement — visit solitary.vice.com to learn why one man is voluntarily entering solitary confinement for 30 days.

Harsh sentencing laws, like mandatory minimums, often give a judge no choice but to hand down lengthy sentences—including life in prison.

In 1980, 41,000 Americans were locked up for drug offenses. By 2014 that number was 488,000.

Starting in 1988, possession of as little as 5 grams of crack cocaine triggered a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 to 20 years behind bars.

Laws like these disproportionately affect African-Americans. Who make up 13 percent of the total population, but 38% of the drug offenders in state prisons.

Now, President Obama is trying to undo some of the system’s most unfair sentences.

Michael Moynihan reports from California.

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Squatters Are Taking Over Las Vegas’ Abandoned Houses (HBO)

This segment originally aired Oct. 19, 2016, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.

“I would just eat out of the trash, sleep on the ground,” a squatter named Dawn Louden told VICE News correspondent Michael Moynihan about life before squatting. “You do what you have to do to survive.”

Las Vegas was hit harder by the 2007 economic downturn than most cities, and evicting squatters from previously foreclosed houses has become a priority for the Las Vegas Metro Police. “What we’ve typically seen is a direct correlation to a squatter house being the nucleus of crime for that neighborhood,” Lt. Nick Farese said. “You just really never know what’s going to be on the other side of the door.”

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Glenn Beck Is A Conservative In Exile After Trump (HBO)

Radio and TV personality Glenn Beck is a man without a party. Vice News’ Michael Moynihan spent time with Beck on his ranch to talk about conservatism, Donald Trump and Roger Ailes

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