Today in History for June 13th

Highlights of this day in history: The Pentagon Papers hits newsstands amid the Vietnam War; Thurgood Marshall nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court; The ‘Miranda’ warning; Pioneer 10 leaves solar system; Swing legend Benny Goodman dies. (June 13)

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Today in History for May 11th

Highlights of this day in history: Charges dropped against Daniel Ellsberg in the Pentagon Papers case; Garry Kasparov loses a chess match against IBM’s Deep Blue computer; Songwriter Irving Berlin born; Reggae star Bob Marley dies. (May 11)

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The Teens Running Former Sen. Mike Gravel’s Presidential Campaign (HBO)

What happens when you mix the online snark and progressive idealism of the podcast-listening teen and the dgaf attitude of a 88 year-old lefty?

You get the Mike Gravel For President campaign.

A group of massively online college and high school students heard about Gravel a little while ago on Chapo Trap House, the podcast of record for the Bernie set. Gravel got famous in 1971 when, as senator from Alaska, he read the Pentagon Papers into the Senate record, effectively declassifying them. Then he dropped off the radar for a long while until 2008, when he ran a quixotic bid for president. He didn’t get very far, but he got far enough to create a few viral moments on the debate stage. Gravel was the anti-war conscience in the primary.

That’s the role the college and high school students want Gravel to play in the 2020 Democratic primary too. Most of them are supporters of Bernie Sanders, but they think getting Gravel on the debate stage again could help Sanders by giving him an ally and help push the entire party to the left.

So the teens talked Gravel into running again. But this time, Gravel doesn’t really want to leave his California home. He’s given the kids control of his online identity, and they’ve used it to raise thousands of dollars — and attack just about every other Democratic candidate.

VICE News met up with Gravel as he hosted the teens in real life for the first time.

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Ellsberg sees Vietnam era parallels with Assange

Daniel Ellsberg who famously leaked the “Pentagon Papers” to the New York Times during the Vietnam era sees parallels between his case and the one against Julian Assange today. (April 12)

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Today in History for June 13th

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Highlights of this day in history: The Pentagon Papers hits newsstands amid the Vietnam War; Thurgood Marshall nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court; The ‘Miranda’ warning; Pioneer 10 leaves solar system; Swing legend Benny Goodman dies. (June 13)

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Today in History for May 11th

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Highlights of this day in history: Charges dropped against Daniel Ellsberg in the Pentagon Papers case; Garry Kasparov loses a chess match against IBM’s Deep Blue computer; Songwriter Irving Berlin born; Reggae star Bob Marley dies. (May 11)

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Spielberg: media will ‘overcome’ current climate

Speaking at a press conference in Paris, “The Post” (released as “Pentagon Papers” in France) director Steven Spielberg and stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks discuss “presidents declaring war on the news media.” (Jan. 15)

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Hanks celebrates the free press

At a star-studded Washington D.C. premiere for Steven Spielberg’s new politcal thriller “The Post” – about the journalists who published the Pentagon Papers in 1971 – star Tom Hanks highlights the role of a free press in bringing truth to light. (Dec. 15)

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Deadly Conflicts: More than 260 000 Afghan civilians lost homes after US bombings

Civilian casualties from air strikes in Afghanistan have increased by more than 50% compared to last year. Over 266,000 people have also been displaced since January, and are now living in makeshift shelters.
RT talked to noted whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, who released the Pentagon Papers detailing America’s real motives behind the 1970s Vietnam War. He believes there’s much to be exposed about the Afghan campaign too.

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