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Thursday, March 30, 2006

  • Kidnapped Reporter Jill Carroll Freed in Baghdad

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    Jill Carroll is free. The freelance reporter was kidnapped nearly three months ago in Baghdad. In a television interview shortly after her release, Carroll said she is in good condition and had been treated well by her captors. She went on to say, "I’m just happy to be free. I want to be with my family." We talk with one of her friends. [includes rush transcript]

  • Senate Debate Over Immigration Reform Heats Up in Washington

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    The Senate begins debate today on legislation to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill that includes enforcement measures, provisions for a guest-worker program, and a way for undocumented workers way to work toward citizenship. We speak with the Director of Immigration Policy Research at the National Council of La Raza. [includes rush transcript]

  • Abramoff Sentenced to 70 Months in Prison As Senate Passes Lobbying Reform Bill That Excludes Campaign Finance

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    The Senate has overwhelmingly approved imposing new rules governing the relations between lawmakers and lobbyists. The ninety to eight vote came just hours after former Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff was sentenced to nearly six years in jail. We speak with Chellie Pingree, president of Common Cause. [includes rush transcript]

  • Report Exposes Telecom Industry’s Astroturf Lobbying Groups

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    Common Cause on Tuesday released a new report exposing "Astroturf" lobbying groups and other allies created by the telecommunications industry to pressure lawmakers to enact industry-friendly policies as Congress debates critical issues worth billions of dollars to the industry. [includes rush transcript]

  • How Lobbyists Helped Secure Billions in Taxpayer Subsidies For Big Oil Companies Despite Record Profits

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    A new report by Government Accountability Office estimates the oil and gas industry will be able to avoid paying between 20 and 80 billion dollars in royalties to the government. Industry lobbyists helped secure a provision passed by Congress 10 years ago subsidizing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. We speak with Edmund Andrews, the New York Times reporter who exposed the story. [includes rush transcript]