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"President Obama Can Redeem the White House"

Alice Walker is the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. But Monday, I called her to talk about a true story. The Obamas had just visited the White House. The first African-American elected president of the United States had visited his soon-to-be residence, a house built by slaves.

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November 13, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, African-American History

"Organizer in Chief"

You could almost hear the world’s collective sigh of relief. This year’s U.S. presidential election was a global event in every sense. Barack Hussein Obama, the son of a black Kenyan father and a white Kansan mother, who grew up in Indonesia and Hawaii, represents to so many a living bridge—between continents and cultures.

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November 06, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Studs Terkel, 1912-2008

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The legendary radio broadcaster, writer and oral historian Studs Terkel has died at the age of 96 in Chicago. Over the years Terkel has been a regular guest on Democracy Now!

In 2005, Studs Terkel appeared on Democracy Now! shortly after undergoing open heart surgery. He told Amy Goodman, "My curiosity is what saw me through. What would the world be like, or will there be a world? And so, that’s my epitaph. I have it all set. Curiosity did not kill this cat. And it’s curiosity, I think, that has saved me thus far."

October 31, 2008 |  Filed under  DN Archives, Domestic Spying

"Election Protection"

Election Day approaches, and with it a test of our election system’s integrity. Who will be allowed to vote; who will be barred? Who will get paper ballots; who will use electronic voting machines? Will polls be open long enough to accommodate what is expected to be a historic turnout?

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October 30, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Change Big Donors Can Believe In"

The candidates’ coffers are swelling with larger and larger bundles of cash, but don’t hold your breath waiting for the extended television discussions of this, because it’s the broadcasters who profit the most.

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October 23, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Mickey Mouse Won’t Try To Vote"

The 2008 presidential election may see the highest participation in U.S. history. Voter registration organizations and local election boards have been overwhelmed by enthusiastic people eager to vote. But not everyone is happy about this blossoming of democracy.

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October 16, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Open the Debates"

The reviews are in, and the latest U.S. presidential debate, the “town hall” from Nashville, Tenn., was a snore. One problem is that in a debate it is important for the debaters to actually disagree. Yet Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain substantively agree on many issues. That is one major reason that the debates should be open, and that major third-party or independent candidates should be included.

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October 08, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Invasion of the Sea-Smurfs"

A little-noticed story surfaced a couple of weeks ago in the Army Times newspaper about the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team. “Beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months,” reported Army Times staff writer Gina Cavallaro, “the 1st BCT will be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command, as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks.” Disturbingly, she writes that “they may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control” as well.

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October 02, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Amy Goodman First Journalist to Win "Alternative Nobel"

New York City, NY – Award-winning journalist and host of Democracy Now! Amy Goodman is the first journalist to receive the Right Livelihood Award, widely recognized as the world’s premier award for personal courage and social transformation. The annual prize, also known as the Alternative Nobel, will be awarded in the Swedish Parliament on December 8, 2008.

October 01, 2008 |  Filed under  News, Nobel Peace Prize

"Troy Davis and the Supreme Decision"

Troy Anthony Davis was scheduled to die by lethal injection Tuesday. Two hours before the state of Georgia was to execute him, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay until Monday. It had earlier agreed to hear Davis’ case on Sept. 29, but Georgia set his execution date six days before the hearing.

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September 25, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Troy Davis, Death Penalty

Charges Dropped Against DN! Journalists–Investigation Needed

The St. Paul City Attorney’s office announced Friday it will not prosecute Democracy Now! journalists Amy Goodman, Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman also issued a statement Friday that “the city will decline to prosecute misdemeanor charges for presence at an unlawful assembly for journalists arrested during the Republican National Convention.”

September 19, 2008 |  Filed under  News, RNC 2008

Democracy Now! is Sharper on Miro

Miro is a high-resolution way to get Democracy Now! on the internet. Learn more about Miro and subscribe to the Democracy Now! channel.

September 18, 2008 |  Filed under  Outreach Success Stories

"Wall Street Socialists"

The financial crisis gripping the U.S. has the largest banks and insurance companies begging for massive government bailouts. The banking, investment, finance and insurance industries, long the foes of taxation, now need money from working-class taxpayers to stay alive. Taxpayers should be in the driver’s seat now. Instead, decisions that will cost people for decades are being made behind closed doors, by the wealthy, by the regulators and by those they have failed to regulate.

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September 18, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Democracy Now! in Canada

The number of stations carrying Democracy Now! has currently reached a total of 39, including Quebec, Alberta and Nunavut. Find out more about the outreach efforts happening in Canada today!

September 17, 2008 |  Filed under  Outreach Success Stories

Peace and Social Justice activists bring DN! to Evanston, Illinois

Peace and Social Justice activists in Evanston, Illinois had been stymied for years when they approached Evanston Community TV requesting that it air Democracy Now. But with persistence and dedication they were finally able to get Democracy Now! on the air. Read their story and learn how you can work to get Democracy Now! in your city.

September 17, 2008 |  Filed under  Outreach Success Stories

"The Party Police"

The Democratic and Republican national conventions have passed, but controversy surrounds how they were funded and how they were run.

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September 11, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Why We Were Falsely Arrested"

Government crackdowns on journalists are a true threat to democracy. As the Republican National Convention meets in St. Paul, Minn., this week, police are systematically targeting journalists.

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September 03, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, RNC 2008

"Poverty Is the Real Scandal"

Former Sen. John Edwards was supposed to speak in Denver at the Democratic National Convention, but he had an affair. Will the Democrats now forget about his signature issue?

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August 28, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Cheney, Bush and Habbush"

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is on a book tour, where she is being hounded by activists and questioned about her pledge that "impeachment is off the table." She responded on the TV talk show "The View," "If somebody had a crime that the president had committed, that would be a different story." Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind may have provided the evidence she doesn’t want to see.

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August 21, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Don’t Cage Dissent"

Open opposition, the right to challenge those in power, is a mainstay of any healthy democracy. The Democratic and Republican conventions will test the commitment of the two dominant U.S. political parties to the cherished tradition of dissent. Things are not looking good.

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August 14, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, RNC 2008