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    Media and politicians rush to call NYC truck attack 'terrorism'; Will Democrats find a new identity or refuse to change direction?

    On this episode of "By Any Means Necessary" hosts Eugene Puryear and Sean Blackmon are joined by James Early, Former Director of Cultural Heritage Policy at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian Institution, and board member of Institute for Policy Studies to talk about the truck attack in New York City that claimed 8 lives, the 'othering' of violent mass shootings and attacks, NY Times Columnist Thomas Friedman's troubling call for Trump administration Generals to take over the government, and the slow drift the US is taking towards authoritarianism. The group also talks about John Kelly's controversial statements on the US Civil War, the stranglehold white supremacists have on the White House and political discourse in the US, the dangers of the media rhetoric of "adults in the room" given who the media is calling "adults" and the potential for political, social and economic movements to shape and create a new national political party in the US.

    In the last hour "By Any Means Necessary" is joined by Ben Becker, editor of Liberation News, to give his first hand account from New York City after public officials speak out on the truck attack Tuesday, the rush to label the attack a 'terrorist' attack, and the unhelpful comments by both Republican and Democratic politicians. The group also talks about the issues facing those in poverty in NYC on a daily basis, the brutality of Islamophobia, the ways in which American foreign policy has spurred the rise of extremist violent, and how growing social and political movements are gaining energy in the face of the Trump Administration.

    Today's talking points touch on the New York truck attack carried out by Sayfullo Saipov, the financial settlement reached in a Salt Lake City between the city and a hospital nurse, and the jury selection in the Bundy Ranch Case.

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