TIME movies

Watch the Trailer for Mad Max Fury Road, Next Summer’s Most Insane Film

The latest trailer looks (dare we say it) mad

It would probably be really cliché to say the new Mad Max looks like a mind-boggling, action-packed thrilled ride, but that’s about the only way to describe the latest trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road.

The summer flick looks, dare we say it, mad what with fire, bombs, guys without lips, and frightening face masks dominating the two-and-a half-minute trailer. There are also a bunch all-terrain-vehicles and a lot of sand, but you can see that for yourself.

The reboot of the 1979 post-apocalyptic film, helmed by the original’s mastermind George Miller, stars Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. It is scheduled to hit theaters in May of 2015.

TIME movies

Watch Emotions Come to Life in First Full Trailer for Pixar’s Inside Out

We go inside the heads of a typical American family

Human emotions come to life in the upcoming Pixar film Inside Out, which follows a preteen Midwestern girl named Riley whose life changes completely when her dad takes a new job in San Francisco.

In the first full trailer for the movie, we witness a typical family dinner as Mom, Dad and Riley’s personifications of joy, disgust, anger, fear, and sadness compete for control inside their heads. Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, and Bill Hader are among the actors playing emotions.

If only there were a small, green talking blob to blame for the sass and angst your human teen will surely toss your way when you ask them to do the dishes this evening.

The film hits theaters in summer 2015.

TIME White House

White House Announces $1 Billion in Early Ed Investments

Arne Duncan
Education Secretary Arne Duncan speaks with reporters after he and Attorney General Eric Holder toured the Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center in Alexandria, Va., Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. Cliff Owen—AP

Through combination of public and private commitments

Wednesday is set to be a $1 billion day for early education, with the White House announcing major investments in expanding education access for America’s youngest.

At the White House Summit on Early Education, President Obama will announce $750 million in federal grants that will support early learning opportunities for over 63,000 children in the U.S. A little over $200 million of those funds will go directly to 18 states looking to improve their early education programs via preschool development grants, a competitive funding program that helps states improve and expand early learning programs in communities with the greatest need .

Nearly $500 million worth of grants will go to support Early Head Start and Child Care Partnership programs, that bring together Head Start programs and child care providers to make care and learning for babies and toddlers more readily available.

Senior administration officials said Wednesday early education has long been a priority of the President’s, given the impact a strong start has on a kid’s educational outcomes. President Obama has been vying for federal action on early education since his 2013 State of the Union address when he called on Congress to expand access to high quality preschool to all American kids. He made a similar call in 2014 and has repeatedly requested funding for his 10-year, $75 billion program that would boost early ed options for low and middle income 4 year olds. Yet, while early education is largely a non-partisan issue, Congress can’t agree on how best to approach it.

Currently, less than a third of 4-year-olds are enrolled in a state funded preschool program, according to the National Institute of Early Education Research. The Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development says the U.S. ranks 28th out of 38 countries in 4-year-old preschool enrollment.

On a press call Tuesday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called providing access to quality early education “the most important single step we can take as a nation to secure a bright future for our nation’s children.”

The Obama administration is also joining with companies, philanthropists and business owners who have made commitments to early education totaling $333 million through the launch of a new campaign called Invest in Us. The campaign, developed in partnership with the early learning advocacy group First Five Years Fund, is aimed at getting more private sector folks investing in early education.

So far, money has come from Lego, Disney and the J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation.

“Invest in Us partners believe that achieving the promise of a better nation can only be accomplished when we all contribute toward building programs that build strong children starting at birth,” said Kris Perry, executive director of First Five Years Fund on Tuesday.

TIME intelligence

Here’s What the CIA Actually Did in Interrogations

More than just waterboarding

The debate over the CIA’s interrogation and detention program became very graphic Tuesday with the release of a Senate report.

After reviewing more than 6.2 million documents, Senate investigators went into detail on some of the specific things done to detainees under the program, which critics say amounted to torture.

Not every method was used regularly and some may have been used only once. But here’s a running list of the methods outlined in the report:

  • Forcibly shaving a detainee (p. 72)
  • Waterboarding one detainee more than 183 times (pg. 85)
  • Pureeing a detainee’s lunch tray of hummus, pasta, nuts and raisins and putting it in his rectum (pg. 100)
  • Forcing detainees to stand on broken feet (pg. 101)
  • Forcing a detainee to wear a diaper with no access to a bathroom (pg. 53)
  • Playing loud music 24 hours a day (pg. 53)
  • Handcuffing a detainee to the ceiling for 22 hours a day so he couldn’t lower his arms (pg. 53)
  • Forcing a detainee to sit naked on a cold concrete floor (pg. 54)
  • Depriving detainees of sleep for up to 180 hours (pg. 165)
  • Threatening a detainee with a gun and an electric drill (pg. 69)
  • Threatening detainees’ families, including telling one detainee that his mother would be sexually abused in front of him (pg. 70)
  • Forcibly bathing a detainee with a stiff brush (pg. 70)
  • Keeping detainees in isolation for years (pg. 80)
  • Dousing detainees with cold water (pg. 105)
  • Keeping detainees in uncomfortably cold temperatures (pg. 105)
  • Forcing detainees to subsist on liquid diets (pg. 165)
  • Putting insects in a confinement box with a detainee (pg. 409)
  • Carrying out mock executions (pg. 59)
  • Covering detainees’ heads with hoods (p. 53)
  • “Walling,” or slamming detainees against the wall (pg. 40)
  • Administering facial and abdominal slaps (p. 42)
  • Blowing cigarette smoke into a detainee’s face (pg. 190)
  • Dragging a detainee blindfolded through the dirt in a “rough takedown” (pg. 190)

 

TIME intelligence

Here’s What Dianne Feinstein Said About the Torture Report

The California Democrat began speaking at length about the report's release Tuesday morning

Sen. Dianne Feinstein called the practices detailed in the declassified report on the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation program a “stain on our values and on our history.”

The California Democrat spoke passionately on the Senate floor Tuesday morning as the 600-page report detailing the CIA’s post 9/11-era detainee practices, including torture was released.

The critical report finds that the CIA’s use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” including waterboarding, which the UN says should be classified as torture, and sleep deprivation was “not an effective means of acquiring intelligence or gaining cooperation from detainees.” The report also found that the CIA’s detention sites were poor and the agency provided inaccurate information about the program to the federal government.

“The implications of this report are profound,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) said Tuesday, speaking on the Senate floor. “Not only is torture wrong, but it doesn’t work.”

The Senate Intelligence Committee has faced an uphill battle to release parts of the report, which runs about 6,000 pages in total. Senate Democrats and the CIA have gone back and forth about how much of the report should be released. At one point, Sen. Feinstein accused the CIA of spying on committee members working to declassify documents. In July, CIA Director John Brennan apologized for the spying.

The Pentagon announced last week they had begun warning combat troops to prepare for any backlash from the report. NBC News reported Monday that about 2,000 Marines are on alert in and around the Persian Gulf and Mediterranean Sea.

On Tuesday, Sen. Feinstein said she had gone back and forth over whether the committee should delay the release of the report given the instability across many parts of the world.

”There may never be a right time to release the report,”Feinstein said, but she added that the report is “too important to shelve indefinitely.”

TIME 2016 Election

Elizabeth Warren for President? Progressive Group Ready to Say Yes

Elizabeth Warren
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. speaks to the Center for American Progress’s Second Annual Policy Conference in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Manuel Balce Ceneta—AP

MoveOn.org poised to approve a $1 million campaign to help the Massachusetts Democrat run in 2016

Moveon.org may be ready for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren to throw her hat in the 2016 presidential race — whether she likes it or not.

Members of the liberal advocacy group will cast votes Tuesday and Wednesday for a campaign to throw the organization’s full support behind Warren, who has been championed on the left as a fierce advocate for the middle and working class.

The organization is ready to invest at least $1 million in a campaign for Warren, with plans to open and staff offices in key caucus states including Iowa and New Hampshire, galvanize volunteers, and recruit small-dollar donors.

Moveon.org has rallied behind Warren since her 2012 race for Senate. At the time, the group recruited both volunteers and donors, who were encouraged by her stance on student loan debt and social security benefits.

“MoveOn’s 8 million members are the volunteers, activists, and supporters who make up a key part of the Democratic base,” said Ilya Sheyman, executive director of MoveOn.org Political Action. “If they vote to move forward, we’ll go all out to encourage Senator Warren to take her vision and track record of fighting tooth-and-nail for working people and the middle class to the White House.”

There’s just one catch: Sen. Warren says she has no plans to run in 2016.

“As Senator Warren has said many times, she is not running for president,” Warren’s press secretary Lacey Rose told the New York Times.

If Warren were to decide to run, she’d be likely to face off against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Democrats’ top choice for a presidential candidate.

TIME Conservation

Report: Elephants at Risk as China’s Demand for Ivory ‘Out of Control’

Authors of a new report say China “holds the key to the future of elephants”

Skyrocketing demand for ivory in China has stoked the booming illegal trade and led to the slaughter of tens of thousands of elephants annually between 2010 and 2012, according to a new report.

Researchers from Save the Elephants and the Aspinall Foundation found that “every metric on the ivory trade has exploded upwards in recent years,” from the price of raw ivory to the number of factories and retail outlets. “All have shot up,” the report says.

In 2002, the report says, there were 5,241 elephant ivory goods on sale in Beijing and Shanghai. But in 2014, that number had risen to 8,444. A decade ago, there were 9 factories and 31 authorized ivory retail outlets in China. By 2013, the researchers found, there were 37 factories and 145 retail outlets.

The authors say China “holds the key to the future of elephants.” China has become the major source of illegal ivory smuggled in from Africa, even as it holds on to a stockpile of ivory that can be sold legally. The Chinese government has begun cracking down on illegal smugglers in recent years, but they’re currently losing the battle against dark trade.

“At the moment we are not winning the conservation battle against the elephant poachers, traffickers and consumers of ivory. Laws are in place but even in China they are not being adequately enforced. The system is presently out of control,” say the authors of the report in a press release.

Many countries have taken steps to combat the illegal trade of ivory in recent years, often holding large and symbolic events showcasing the destruction of goods. During his current trip to the U.S., Prince William has been calling for more countries to do more to conserve wildlife and end ivory trafficking.

TIME Crime

Poll: 57% of Americans Say Grand Jury Wrong Not to Indict Cop in Garner Case

Protesters In Miami Hold A "Hands Up Don't Shoot" Demonstration In Wake Of Recent Grand Jury Verdicts
Demonstrators stand with tape reading, " I Can't Breathe", as they march along Interstate 195 after police shut the road down on Dec. 7, 2014 in Miami. Joe Raedle—Getty Images

The findings stand in stark contrast to surveys regarding a similar grand jury decision in Ferguson

More than half of all Americans believe charges should have been brought against the white police officer involved in the “chokehold” death of unarmed black man Eric Garner, according to a new poll.

A total of 57% say the New York City grand jury that decided not to indict Daniel Panteleo was wrong in their decision, the USA Today/Pew Research Center poll found. Just over one in five (22%) said the grand jury was right not to indict.

The strong support for an indictment may be due to a video posted afterward showing Garner being held in what appeared to be an illegal chokehold during his arrest for selling loose cigarettes. In the video, Garner can be heard saying ‘I can’t breathe,” which has now become a rallying cry for those protesting the decision. Pantaleo has reportedly denied using an illegal maneuver to subdue Garner.

The poll’s findings stand in stark contrast to surveys regarding a similar grand jury decision in the Ferguson, Mo. killing of an unarmed black man, Michael Brown, by a white police officer. A Washington Post poll found that 48% of Americans approved of the grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson, while 45% said they disapproved.

Both deaths—and a series of other killings of black men by police officers over the past several months— have galvanized protests in much of the country, including demonstrations in Berkeley, Calif., New York, and Washington, D.C. In an interview that aired Monday on BET, President Obama called the protests “necessary” to bring change.

“Power concedes nothing without a fight, that’s true , but it’s also true that a country’s conscious has to be triggered by some inconvenience,” Obama said. “The value of peaceful protests, activism … is it reminds the society this is not yet done.”

The results of the USA Today poll are based on surveys of 1,507 Americans conducted between Dec. 3 and Dec. 7. The results from the total sample size has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

[USA Today]

TIME White House

President Obama Says Eric Garner, Ferguson Protests ‘Necessary’

President Obama Departs White House For Chicago
President Barack Obama walks toward Marine One while departing the White House on Nov. 25, 2014 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson—Getty Images

'As long as they're peaceful'

President Obama, who started his career in politics as a community organizer, said Monday that protests in the wake of grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of unarmed black men are a necessary step.

“As long as they’re peaceful, I think they’re necessary,” Obama said during an interview that aired on BET Monday. “When they turn violent then they turn counterproductive.”

“Power concedes nothing without a fight, that’s true , but it’s also true that a country’s conscious has to be triggered by some inconvenience,” Obama said. “The value of peaceful protests, activism … is it reminds the society this is not yet done.”

Obama’s statements echo sentiments of Attorney General Eric Holder, who said in an interview with TIME that this could be a seminal moment.

Two recent grand jury decisions not to indict police officers Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo., and officer Daniel Pantaleo in New York on top of several additional shootings of unarmed black men and boys over the past few months have led to widespread protest across the country. The majority of the protests have been peaceful, though unrest in Ferguson led to violence in late November.

Throughout the interview, Obama touted initiatives his administration has launched to improve the nation’s approach to criminal justice as well as better relationships between communities of color and law enforcement agencies. In early December, Obama announced the launch of a Task Force on 21st Century Policing, designed to build trust within communities.

Obama said Monday he feels an “enormous amount” of responsibility for making an impact amid unrest in Ferguson, New York City and the disconnect some communities feel between themselves and police. Obama said his personal experiences largely shape that feeling of responsibility, which he was reminded of during a meeting with young leaders in the protests last week.

“Part of the reason I got into politics was to figure out how can I bridge some of those gaps in understanding so that the country realizes this not just a black problem or a brown problem. This is an American problem,” Obama said.

Obama said he’s been “explicit” about his concerns regarding minority community interactions with police, but says he can’t “put his thumb on the scale of justice.” The Department of Justice and his administration, he says takes the issue seriously, with federal investigations currently underway in both Ferguson and New York. He added that solving the systemic problems will not happen overnight, but Americans should understand that progress has been made.

“As painful as these incidents are, We can’t equate what’s happening now to what happened 50 years ago,” Obama said.

-With reporting by Zeke Miller

TIME justice

New Federal Racial Profiling Guidelines Worry Civil Rights Groups

Eric Holder
In this Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, file photo, U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a news conference before a roundtable meeting in Cleveland. Tony Dejak—AP

Civil liberties organizations say some groups would still be subject to profiling

While the Department of Justice is set to unveil some major changes to federal racial profiling guidelines on Monday, some civil rights groups worry they don’t go far enough.

The Justice Department is expanding on guidelines released in 2003 that prohibited profiling based on race and ethnicity. Now, anti-profiling protections in federal law enforcement operations include national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity. The guidelines also apply to both federal law enforcement agents and state and local agents on federal task forces.

But some carve-outs—such as screenings and inspections by the Transportation Security Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection—have raised eyebrows among groups including the American Civil Liberties Union, Muslim Advocates and the Sikh Coalition.

“It’s baffling that even as the government recognizes that bias-based policing is patently unacceptable, it gives a green light for the FBI, TSA, and CBP to profile racial, religious and other minorities at or in the vicinity of the border and in certain national security contexts, and does not apply the Guidance to most state and local law enforcement,” said Laura Murphy, the director of ACLU’s Washington legislative office.

Muslim Advocates, a faith-based legal and educational advocacy organization, echoed those sentiments. “While these changes are welcome,” a statement reads, “it is difficult to see how the guidance will improve the lives of law-abiding American Muslims who are singled out and targeted based on their faith, not evidence of wrongdoing, by the FBI, Customs and Border Protection, and other law enforcement agencies.”

The Department of Justice guidelines do not apply to activities conducted by military, intelligence or diplomatic personnel. Border screening activities are also not covered, which has been of particular concern to civil rights groups.

After 9/11, sweeping counterterrorism efforts were imposed that led Arab and Muslim Americans—and some perceived to be Muslim or Arabic such as South Asians and Sikhs—to feel singled out and profiled by the federal government. A 2009 ACLU and Rights Working Group report found that Arabs, Muslims and South Asians “have been disproportionately victimized through various government initiatives” including FBI surveillance, questioning, airline profiling and no-fly lists.

But the fact that the Department of Homeland Security isn’t covered by the Department of Justice’s guidelines doesn’t mean the agency has free rein to profile.

“It’s important to remember that DOJ is one agency and DHS is another,” says Margo Schlanger, a University of Michigan law professor and former DHS officer for civil rights and civil liberties.

In fact, the Department of Homeland Security issued its own guidelines on profiling in 2013. Under that policy, DHS personnel are only permitted to use race or ethnicity as a factor “when a compelling governmental interest is present, and only in a way narrowly tailored to meet that compelling interest.” Still, the DOJ’s new anti-profiling requirements apply to some DHS activities including civil immigration enforcement, Coast Guard, air marshal, and border patrol activities away from the border.

Border and transportation security screenings and inspections, however, remain among the few activities that are excluded. The Department says they will be reviewing the activities not covered by the guidance “to ensure we are including every appropriate safe guard and civil rights protection in the execution of those important security activities,” according to a fact sheet.

“The DHS policy is a little different, but it’s not unregulated,” Schlanger says. “The challenge for both DHS and DOJ going forward is going to be implementation.”

Implementation will be key, too, for both agencies in the ongoing effort to restore faith between law enforcement and minority communities. The nation is at a critical moment in terms of race relations, particularly as it relates to interactions with law enforcement. As protests to grand jury decisions not to indict two white police officers involved in the deaths of unarmed black men in New York and Ferguson, Mo., continue, the Obama Administration has made a point to draw attention to the issue of community policing. Attorney General Holder, who hopes the new guidelines represent one of his signature accomplishments.

“Our police officers cannot be seen as an occupying force disconnected from the communities they serve. Bonds that have been broken must be restored. Bonds that never existed must now be created,” Holder said during a recent trip to Atlanta.

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