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Tune in Thursday: Mother Jones Reporter David Corn to Discuss Release of Infamous Mitt Romney Video

As Romney tries to contain the fallout from the recently released secret video of his conversation with high-end donors, we’ll speak with David Corn of the magazine Mother Jones, which broke the news and posted the video online. Corn is also the author of the new book, "Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Fought Back Against Boehner, Cantor, and the Tea Party."

September 19, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Mitt Romney, Election 2012, 2012 Election, Obama, Taxes

David Cay Johnston: "The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use 'Plain English' to Rob You Blind"

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In part two of our interview with David Cay Johnston, we discuss his new book, "The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use 'Plain English' to Rob You Blind." Johnston writes, "No other modern country gives corporations the unfettered power found in America to gouge cus­tomers, shortchange workers, and erect barriers to fair play. A big reason is that so little of the news ... addresses the private, government-approved mechanisms by which price gouging is employed to redistribute income upward." [includes rush transcript]

September 19, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, David Cay Johnston

Wednesday: Tax Reporter David Cay Johnston on Romney Claim that Obama Voters "Don’t Pay Income Tax"

Tune in Wednesday as Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston discusses what could be the biggest political firestorm facing Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign to date. Click to read Chapter 1 of Johnston’s new book, "The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use Plain English to Rob You Blind."

September 18, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Mitt Romney, Republican Party, 2012 Election, Election 2012, Taxes

Wednesday: Attorney for Banking Whistleblower Brad Birkenfeld Responds to $104 Million Reward

As news comes that the IRS will award whistleblower Brad Birkenfeld $104 million—the largest individual federal payout in U.S. history for exposing the biggest tax evasion scheme in U.S. history—we will speak with one of his attorneys, Stephen Kohn, executive director of the National Whistleblowers Center. Click to see our past coverage on Democracy Now! and to read columns by co-host Juan Gonzalez on how the former UBS banker went to prison after he revealed the bank had helped thousands of Americans evade taxes.

September 11, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Whistleblowers, Wall Street

Single-Payer Prescription for What Ails Obamacare

The for-profit health-insurance industry in the United States is profoundly inefficient and costly, and a sane and sustainable alternative exists—single-payer, otherwise known as expanded and improved Medicare for all.

October 10, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Healthcare

Read an Excerpt from "500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars" by Kurt Eichenwald

Read an excerpt from the newly published book, "500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars," Kurt Eichenwald, who will be a guest Wednesday, Sept. 12, on Democracy Now! He reports that newly disclosed documents from before the 9/11 attacks provide further evidence the Bush administration ignored repeated warnings about Osama bin Laden’s plans to attack the United States. Through over six hundred hours of interviews and thousands of documents, he reveals details about detainee treatment and rendition, warrantless wiretapping, the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan and more.

September 11, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, 9/11, Osama bin Laden, Bush, Afghanistan

The 9/11 Decade: Timeline of Voices of Dissent on Democracy Now!

In this Democracy Now! web exclusive, you can look back through a decade of our coverage of the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath, the voices of peace and dissent as President George W. Bush led the nation into war, the attack on civil liberties and more.

Breaking With Convention: Democracy Now! Reports from the RNC & DNC

Democracy Now! will expand to a daily two-hour broadcast during the 2012 Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Amy Goodman and the Democracy Now! crew will travel to Tampa Bay and Charlotte to report from the streets, to the suites, to the convention floor. Tune in on Monday, August 27 from 8 to 10 a.m. ET for day one of our special coverage, "Breaking With Convention: War, Peace & the Presidency."

August 23, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

Read an Excerpt from "Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals and Reagan’s Rise to Power"

Read "Spies in the Hills," Chapter 1 of the new book, Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals and Reagan’s Rise to Power, by Seth Rosenfeld. Decades in the making, the book reveals that the FBI tried to disrupt the 1964 Free Speech Movement at Berkeley, helping to ignite an era of protest and to launch Ronal Reagan’s political career. Rosenfeld will be a guest Thursday on Democracy Now! His book also contains explosive allegations that Richard Masato Aoki, the man who gave the Black Panther Party some of its first firearms and weapons training, was an undercover FBI informer, according to a former bureau agent and an FBI report.

August 22, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, FBI, California, Black Panthers

Craig Murray and Tariq Ali Speak In Support of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Outside Ecuadorean Embassy

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See Craig Murray, the former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, and writer and activist Tariq Ali, speak outside the Ecuadorean embassy, where WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange spoke Sunday. [includes rush transcript]

August 20, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Wikileaks, Julian Assange, Ecuador, Craig Murray, Tariq Ali

From Our Archives: Full Video of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange & Philosopher Slavoj Žižek With Amy Goodman

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In one of his first public events since being held under house arrest, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange appeared in London in June 2011 for a conversation with Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek, moderated by Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman. They discussed the impact of WikiLeaks on world politics, the release of the Iraq and Afghanistan war logs, and Cablegate — the largest trove of classified U.S. government records in history. [includes rush transcript]

August 16, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Wikileaks, Julian Assange

Ten Years After 9/11, Little-Known Sikh Community Still Target of Violence and Harassment

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In the aftermath of the Sikh Temple shooting in Wisconsin, we revisit a 2011 report by Democracy Now’s Jaisal Noor about how Sikh Americans have been targets of violence and harassment. Tune in Monday at 8am ET for an interview with Noor, and more coverage of the mass attack.

August 05, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Sikh, Gun Control, Jaisal Noor

Part 2: Barlett and Steele on Media, Govt. Failure to Hold Wall St. Accountable for Financial Crimes

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In part two of our interview with the investigative duo James Steele and Don Barlett, they talk about the media’s failure to hold Wall Street or politicians accountable for financial crimes and mismanagement — topics covered in their new book, "The Betrayal of the American Dream." They also discuss attacks on Social Security, and campaign finance reform. [includes rush transcript]

DREAM Activist Speaks from Broward Detention Center: Listen to Exclusive Interview

In a Democracy Now! exclusive, we speak with Viridiana Martinez, an undocumented DREAM activist who is being detained in the Broward Transitional Center in Pompano Beach, Florida. [includes rush transcript]

Herman Wallace, Free At Last

After close to 42 years in solitary confinement, Herman Wallace is free.

October 03, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Angola 3, Solitary Confinement, Prison

Matt Taibbi Explains Wall Street’s "License to Steal," Offshore Tax Havens and Private Equity Firms

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In part two of our interview with Matt Taibbi, he describes recent Wall Street scandals — including a decade-long Wall Street scandal that drained money from every county and state in the United States — and notes not a single bank executive has faced individual consequences. He also explains how Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s former firm, Bain Capital, and others have used private equity to raise money to conduct corporate raids. [includes rush transcript]

Radical Journalist, Media Critic Alexander Cockburn Dies, 1941-2012

Alexander Cockburn, the longtime journalist, columnist and publisher of the progressive website of news and analysis Counterpunch, has died at the age of 71. Cockburn was a prolific writer who authored columns over the years for the Village Voice, the Wall Street Journal and The Nation magazine. Cockburn appeared on Democracy Now! several times including this 2003 appearance shortly after the publication of his book "The Politics of Anti-Semitism."

July 23, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

From the Archives: Michael Moore on Gun Violence & "Bowling For Columbine"

In October 2002 filmmaker Michael Moore visited the Democracy Now! firehouse studios to talk about his latest film, "Bowling for Columbine" about the Columbine High School massacre and violence in the United States.

July 23, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gun Control, Michael Moore, Michael Moore

Arctic Voices Slideshow: Resistance at the Tipping Point

See photographs by our guest on Friday, Subhankar Banerjee, which are featured in the new book, "Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point" (7 Stories Press). Banerjee is a renowned photographer who spent the past decade working to conserve the Arctic, and raise awareness about indigenous human rights and climate change.

Watch Interview with Maldives Ex-President Nasheed on Democracy Now! Ahead of Order to Stand Trial

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As prosecutors in the Indian Ocean state of Maldives have ordered the country’s ousted former president, Mohamed Nasheed, to stand trial, we revisit our interview about the coup that ousted him.

July 18, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Maldives