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"Jailing Kids for Cash"

As many as 5,000 children in Pennsylvania have been found guilty, and up to 2,000 of them jailed, by two corrupt judges who received kickbacks from the builders and owners of private prison facilities that benefited. The two judges pleaded guilty in a stunning case of greed and corruption that is still unfolding. Judges Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. and Michael T. Conahan received $2.6 million in kickbacks while imprisoning children who often had no access to a lawyer. The case offers an extraordinary glimpse into the shameful private prison industry that is flourishing in the United States.

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February 18, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Obama’s Afghan Trap"

President Obama held his first prime-time news conference Monday night. When questioned on Afghanistan, he replied, "This is going to be a big challenge."

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February 11, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Afghanistan

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Democracy Now! featured on the front page of Miro 2.0’s channel guide! Miro 2.0 is a high-resolution way to watch Democracy Now! on your computer.

February 08, 2009 |  Filed under  Outreach Success Stories

"Facing Foreclosure? Don’t Leave. Squat"

Marcy Kaptur of Ohio is the longest-serving Democratic congresswoman in U.S. history. Her district, stretching along the shore of Lake Erie from west of Cleveland to Toledo, faces an epidemic of home foreclosures and 11.5 percent unemployment. That heartland region, the Rust Belt, had its heart torn out by the North American Free Trade Agreement, with shuttered factories and struggling family farms. Kaptur led the fight in Congress against NAFTA. Now, she is recommending a radical foreclosure solution from the floor of the U.S. Congress: "So I say to the American people, you be squatters in your own homes. Don’t you leave."

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February 04, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

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Democracy Now! takes the place of Day to Day on KCCU in Oklahoma.

February 04, 2009 |  Filed under  Outreach Success Stories

"Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Jail"

Karl Rove recently described George W. Bush as a book lover, writing, "There is a myth perpetuated by Bush critics that he would rather burn a book than read one." There will be many histories written about the Bush administration. What will they use for source material? The Bush White House was sued for losing e-mails, and for skirting laws intended to protect public records.

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January 28, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"A Long Train Ride"

It started with a train ride. Barack Obama rode to Washington, D.C., for his presidential inauguration on a whistle-stop tour. “To the children who hear the whistle of the train and dream of a better life—that’s who we’re fighting for,” Obama said along the tour, which was compared to the train ride taken by Abraham Lincoln from Springfield, Ill., to Washington, D.C., in February 1861, en route to his first inauguration.

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January 21, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Nothing to Fear but No Health Care"

Fifty million Americans are without health insurance, and 25 million are “underinsured.” Millions being laid off will soon be added to those rolls. At this perilous moment, we need sweeping New Deal-caliber changes, not the impotent tinkering that has been proposed.

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January 14, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Michael Moore

"Israeli Voices for Peace"

Israel’s assault on Gaza, by air, sea and now land, has killed (at the time of this writing) more than 600 Palestinians, with more than 2,700 injured. Ten Israelis have been killed, three of them Israeli soldiers killed by friendly fire. Beyond the deaths and injuries, the people of Gaza are suffering a dire humanitarian crisis that is dismissed by the Israeli government. There is, however, Israeli opposition to the military assault.

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January 07, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Gaza

"Voices of Resistance Sing On"

Strong voices for peace have left us this year, people who used their art for social change, often at a high personal price. A look at the lives and politics of Odetta, Miriam Makeba and Eartha Kitt.

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December 31, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Art & Politics

"One Man’s Bid to Aid the Environment"

A Utah student’s disruption of a federal auction has temporarily blocked a Bush-enabled land grab by the oil and gas industries.

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December 24, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Workers Laid Off, Executives Paid Off, Bernard Madoff"

The global financial crisis deepens, with more than 10 million in the U.S. out of work, according to the Department of Labor. Unemployment hit 6.7 percent in November. Add the 7.3 million “involuntary part-time workers,” who want to work full time but can’t find such a job. Jobless claims have reached a 26-year high, while 30 states reportedly face potential shortfalls in their unemployment-insurance pools.

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December 17, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"A Tale of Two Nobel Nations"

While the Nobel prizes recognize lifetime achievements in medicine, chemistry, physics, literature, economics and peace, and Sweden is a paragon among progressive, social democracies, there is another side to Sweden and the Nobels that warrants a closer look.

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December 10, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Chevron in the White House"

President-elect Barack Obama introduced his principal national-security Cabinet selections to the world Monday and left no doubt that he intends to start his administration on a war footing. Perhaps the least well known among them is retired Marine Gen. James Jones, Obama’s pick for national security adviser. The position is crucial—think of the power that Henry Kissinger wielded in Richard Nixon’s White House. A look into who James Jones is sheds a little light on the Obama campaign’s promise of “Change We Can Believe In.”

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December 03, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Tutu, Obama and the Middle East"

As President-elect Barack Obama focuses on the meltdown of the U.S. economy, another fire is burning: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. You may not have heard much lately about the disaster in the Gaza Strip. That silence is intentional: The Israeli government has barred international journalists from entering the occupied territory.

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November 26, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"A View From the South"

Evo Morales knows about “change you can believe in.” He also knows what happens when a powerful elite is forced to make changes it doesn’t want.

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November 20, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"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