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Friday, January 28, 2005

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  • White House Won’t Contest Media Ownership Rules in Major Victory for Grassroots Media Activists


    Grassroots media activists won a major victory Thursday when the Bush administration announced it would not seek to overturn a court ruling that has blocked the Federal Communications Commission from implementing sweepings regulations that would allow for greater media consolidation. [includes rush transcript]

  • Gonzales Misrepresented Role in Shielding Bush’s Drunk Driving Record


    The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics filed a complaint with the State Bar of Texas requesting an investigation into misrepresentations Attorney General nominee Alberto Gonzales made in a written response to the Senate Judiciary Committee about his role in protecting President Bush’s DUI arrest. We speak with the executive director of the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics. [includes rush transcript]

  • Michael Ratner: Gonzales "Has His Hand Deep in the Blood of the Conspiracy Of Torture"


    A contentious senate debate for the confirmation of Attorney General nominee Alberto Gonzales is expected next week, we speak with Center for Constitutional Rights attorney Michael Ratner about Gonzales’ role in laying the legal groundwork for torture at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay. [includes rush transcript]

  • U.S. Claims Maher Arar "Extraordinary Rendition" Lawsuit Jeopardizes National Security


    The U.S. government is attempting to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Canadian citizen Maher Arar, claiming the litigation would jeopardize national security. Arar was jailed by the U.S. and secretly deported to Syria where he was held for almost a year without charge and repeatedly tortured. [includes rush transcript]

  • 2005 World Social Forum Kicks Off in Porto Alegre


    Over 120,000 are gearing up for the 2005 World Social Forum which opened in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre. We go to Brazil to speak with Njoki Njoroge Njehu of the 50 Years is Enough network. [includes rush transcript]

  • Heavy Bloodshed in Iraq Only Expected to Worsen on Election Day


    As a three-day national lockdown begins in Iraq ahead of Sunday’s elections, bloodshed continues unabated across the country. We go to Baghdad to speak with independent journalist Dahr Jamail. [includes rush transcript]

  • Report: Global Warming Much Worse Than Previously Thought


    We speak with physicist and professor, Myles Allen who is the principal investigator of a major new study conducted by the project that warns the effects of global warming may be twice as bad as previously thought. [includes rush transcript]

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