Wednesday, November 8, 2006

  • Democrats Seize Control of House in Widespread Voter Rejection of President Bush and Iraq War, Senate Hangs on Virginia and Montana


    The Democrats have seized control of the House for the first time in 12 years and could also take control of the Senate if they hold on to win two tight races in Montana and Virginia. Tuesday’s election marked a major defeat for the Bush administration and its Iraq war policy. [includes rush transcript]

  • Minnesota Legislator Keith Ellison Becomes First Muslim Elected to Congress


    As the Democrats take control of the House for the first time in 12 years, California Rep. Nancy Pelosi is set to become the country’s first female House speaker. Tuesday was a day of others firsts across the country. Among them, Minnesota Democrat Keith Ellison was elected as the first Muslim to serve in Congress. He is also the first person of color from Minnesota to be elected Congress. Ellison joins us on the line from Minneapolis. [includes rush transcript]

  • Vermont’s Bernie Sanders Becomes First Socialist Elected to U.S. Senate


    In Vermont, Bernie Sanders to become the country’s first self-described socialist to be elected to the U.S. Senate. Running as an independent, Sanders won 65% of the vote, easily beating his Republican opponent Rich Tarrant. We speak with Sanders about what it means to the country’s first socialist senator. [includes rush transcript]

  • Ralph Nader on Conservative Democrats, Corporate Power and the Middle East


    We get analysis on Tuesday’s election and the Democratic victory in the House with consumer advocate and former presidential candidate, Ralph Nader. Nader says, "This election was basically a mandateless election for the Democrats, there was really no mandate other than against Bush and do something about Iraq. Domestically there was virtually no mandate about rearranging of power–shifting it from corporations to workers, consumers, taxpayers, to communities." [includes rush transcript]

  • Record 200 Ballot Initiatives Include Abortion, Gay Marriage, Affirmative Action, and Minimum Wage Measures


    In addition to the closely watched House and Senate races, 200 ballot initiatives were decided across the country on Tuesday. Among them, in South Dakota voters rejected a ballot measure that would have banned nearly all abortions in the state. Voters in Missouri approved a measure backing stem cell research. We discuss some of the state-wide ballot initiatives with the executive director of the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center. [includes rush transcript]

  • The Midterm Elections: An Iraqi Perspective


    Election polls showed Iraq as the top issue on the minds of American voters. For an Iraqi perspective, we speak with Iraqi blogger and architect Raed Jarrar. [includes rush transcript]

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