Tuesday, January 27, 2004

  • For the First Time Part of Patriot Act Ruled Unconstitutional


    A district judge ruled unconstitutional one provision of the USA Patriot Act that bans certain types of support for terrorist groups saying the law was so vague that it risked running afoul of the First Amendment. We speak with the attorney who argued the case. [includes transcript]

  • Democracy Now! Questions Democrats About Previous Iraq WMD Claims


    As polls open in the nation’s first primary, nearly all the Democratic candidates are calling on President Bush to offer an explanation for his false claims about Iraq possessing weapons of mass destruction. But five of the candidates made similar claims in the past. Correspondent Jeremy Scahill in NH confronts the candidates about the discrepancy between what they said then and now. [includes transcript]

  • Democrats, Not Just Bush, Made Claims of WMDs in Iraq


    We speak with Sam Husseini of the Institute for Public Accuracy, which has released a list showing that five of the Democratic presidential contenders at one point publicly said Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. [includes transcript]

  • NH Last State To Celebrate Martin Luther King Day 31 Yrs After His Assassination


    New Hampshire became the last state in the nation to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King in 1999. We speak with Rev. Arthur Hilson, founder of the New Hope Baptist Church in New Hampshire who was among those leading the struggle to get New Hampshire to adopt a state Martin Luther King holiday. [includes transcript]

  • Denied Direct Elections, Occupied Iraqis Get U.S. "Appointocracy"


    The U.S. is continuing to deny Iraqis direct elections despite repated mass protests around Iraq. We speak with author and journalist Naomi Klein about the Iraqi election process she calls an "appointocracy." [includes transcript]

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    Juan González on How Puerto Rico’s Economic "Death Spiral" is Tied to Legacy of Colonialism
    Could Puerto Rico become America’s Greece? That’s a question many are asking as the island faces a devastating financial crisis and a rapidly crumbling healthcare system. Puerto Rico owes $72 billion in debt. $355 million in debt payments are due December 1, but it increasingly looks like the U.S. territory may default on at least some of the debt. Congress has so far failed to act on an Obama administration proposal that includes extending bankruptcy protection to Puerto Rico and allocating more equitable Medicaid and Medicare...


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