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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

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  • Following Filibuster Compromise, Senate Prepares to Confirm Priscilla Owen to U.S. Appeals Court


    Yesterday, the Senate voted to end debate on the confirmation of Priscilla Owen to the U.S Appeals Court, clearing the way for her confirmation. The vote came after a surprise compromise was reached Monday night that averted a showdown over judicial nominees. The deal — agreed upon by a bipartisan group of 14 Senators — came less than 24 hours before the Republican leadership was expected to change the Senate rules in order to deny Democrats the ability to filibuster judicial nominees. [includes rush transcript]

  • Beyond the Gas War: Indigenous Bolivians Fight for "Nationalization of the Government"


    Massive indigenous-led protests continue to rock South America’s poorest country. The fight for control of Bolivia’s vast natural gas resources is fueling the current crisis but a war is escalating over the rights of the country’s majority indigenous population. We’ll go to Cochabamba to hear from the famed Bolivian resistance leader Oscar Olivera and longtime Bolivia activist Jim Shultz of the Democracy Center, as well as activist Moises Gutierrez Rojas of the Aymara Quichua Indigenous organization. [includes rush transcript]

  • AIPAC Holds National Meeting Amid Spy Scandal Investigation


    A Pentagon analyst accused of leaking top-secret information to a pro-Israel group faces a new charge of illegally taking classified government documents out of the Washington area to his West Virginia residence. Larry Franklin was arrested on May 4th for passing top secret information to employees of the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC — the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. [includes rush transcript]

  • Anti-Military Recruiting Campaigns Heats up At Seattle Schools


    On Monday, four US military recruiting offices in Seattle were shut down when students blocked the entrances to protest recruitment practices and to oppose the occupation of Iraq. Meanwhile the Parent Teacher Student Association at one school has passed a resolution recommending that military recruiters be barred from the campus. [includes rush transcript]