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Lou Dobbs Resigns From CNN

The controversial TV anchor has resigned from CNN amid a campaign to force him off the air due to his reporting on Latinos and immigrants. Past Democracy Now! Coverage of Lou Dobbs:

"The Man Who Put the Rainbow in 'The Wizard of Oz'." By Amy Goodman

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and families will be gathering to share a meal and, perhaps, enjoy another annual telecast of “The Wizard of Oz.” The 70-year-old film classic bears close watching this year, perhaps more than in any other, for the message woven into the lyrics, written during the Great Depression by Oscar-winning lyricist E.Y. "Yip" Harburg.

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"The Tortured Logic Continues." By Amy Goodman

“Extraordinary rendition” is White House-speak for kidnapping. Just ask Maher Arar. He’s a Canadian citizen who was “rendered” by the U.S. to Syria, where he was tortured for almost a year.

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"The War Condolences Obama Hasn’t Sent." By Amy Goodman

U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Chancellor Keesling died in Iraq on June 19, 2009, from “a non-combat related incident,” according to the Pentagon. Keesling had killed himself.

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October 28, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Soldier Suicides

"Trick or Treat for Climate Change." By Amy Goodman

Climate-change activists, from pranksters to presidents, are stepping up the pressure by staging elaborate stunts.

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"Lt. Choi Won’t Lie for His Country." By Amy Goodman

Lt. Dan Choi doesn’t want to lie. Choi, an Iraq war veteran and a graduate of West Point, declared last March 19 on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” “I am gay.” Under the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” regulations, those three words are enough to get Choi kicked out of the military.

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October 14, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Policy

"Watch What You Tweet." By Amy Goodman

A social worker from New York City was arrested last week while in Pittsburgh for the G-20 protests, then subjected to an FBI raid this week at home — all for using Twitter.

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“Scanning the Horizon of Books and Libraries.” By Amy Goodman

A battle is raging over the future of books in the digital age and the role that libraries will play. One case now before a U.S. federal court may, some say, grant a practical monopoly on recorded human knowledge to global Internet search giant Google. The complex case has attracted opposition from hundreds of individuals and groups from around the planet.

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“President Zelaya and the Audacity of Action.” By Amy Goodman

Manuel Zelaya, the democratically elected president of Honduras, is back in his country after being deposed in a military coup June 28. Zelaya appeared there unexpectedly Monday morning, announcing his presence in Tegucigalpa, the capital, from within the Brazilian Embassy, where he has taken refuge.

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September 23, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Honduras

"Let Us Not Become the Evil We Deplore." By Amy Goodman

On Oct. 7, the U.S. enters its ninth year of occupation of Afghanistan—equal to the time the United States was involved in World War I, World War II and the Korean War combined. Obama campaigned on his opposition to the war in Iraq, but pledged at the same time to escalate the war in Afghanistan.

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September 16, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, 9/11 anniversary, 9/11, Afghanistan

Christian Parenti responds to Kevin Bales

Journalist Christian Parenti responds to our interview with Kevin Bales, founder of Free The Slaves

"Van Jones and the Boycott of Glenn Beck." By Amy Goodman

The right-wing radio and TV host may have helped oust activist and green jobs adviser Van Jones from the administration, but in doing so he further justified the boycott against his broadcasts.

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"New Light on Copenhagen Climate Talks." By Amy Goodman

The 2009 Copenhagen climate conference will be critical to the success or failure of establishing a practical, binding global plan of action before human-caused climate change reaches the point of no return, creating a cascade of catastrophes.

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"Who is Obama Playing Ball With?" By Amy Goodman

It looked like it was business as usual for President Barack Obama on the first day of his Martha’s Vineyard vacation, as he spent five hours golfing with Robert Wolf, president of UBS Investment Bank and chairman and CEO of UBS Group Americas. Wolf, an early financial backer of Obama’s presidential campaign, raised $250,000 for him back in 2006, and in February was appointed by the president to the White House’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. Economic recovery for whom?

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Youssef Megahed Released as Government Loses Deportation Case Against Him

A Florida immigration judge has dismissed the deportation case against Youssef Megahed. The The 23 year old Florida Student was arrested by federal immigration agents in April just three days after a jury acquitted him on federal explosives charges. After hearing a week of evidence put forward by Homeland Security Attorneys, immigration judge Kenneth S. Hurewitz said "I don’t believe the government has met its burden in this case." He dismissed the case before the defense had to present any witnesses.

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August 21, 2009 |  Filed under  News, Arabs and Muslims in America

"Troy Davis and the Meaning of 'Actual Innocence'." By Amy Goodman

Sitting on death row in Georgia, Troy Davis has won a key victory against his own execution. On Aug. 17, the U.S. Supreme Court instructed a federal court in Georgia to consider, for the first time in a formal court proceeding, significant evidence of Davis’ innocence that surfaced after his conviction.

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August 19, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Troy Davis, Death Penalty

Supreme Court Orders New Hearing For Death Row Prisoner Troy Davis

The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered a new evidentiary hearing for death-row inmate Troy Anthony Davis. The court ruled that Davis should have another chance to prove his innocence before the state of Georgia puts him to death. Watch/Listen to Democracy Now! coverage of Troy Davis case.

August 17, 2009 |  Filed under  News, Troy Davis, Death Penalty

Obama Awards Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Obama presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, to 16 people in a ceremony today at the White House. Check out Democracy Now!’s past interviews with some of those who received the award:

* Rev. Joseph Lowery
* Mary Robinson
* Archbishop Desmond Tutu
* Muhammad Yunus

"Health Care Reform Needs an Action Hero." By Amy Goodman

Imagine the scene. America 2009. Eighteen thousand people have died in one year, an average of almost 50 a day. Who’s taking them out? What’s killing them? Terrorism is not the culprit here: It’s lack of adequate health care.

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August 12, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Healthcare, Canada

"A Coup for Lobbyists at the White House." By Amy Goodman

Though Barack Obama first called the Honduran military’s removal of Zelaya a coup, his administration has backpedaled. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Zelaya’s attempt to cross the Nicaraguan border into Honduras “reckless.” Could well-placed lobbyists in Washington be forging U.S. foreign policy?

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August 05, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Honduras