Tuesday, June 27, 2006

  • Supreme Court Overturns Vermont Campaign Finance Law


    We take a look to the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Vermont’s campaign finance law. The 1997 law placed the nation’s tightest restrictions on much candidates running for state office in Vermont could spend on elections and on how much individuals could bankroll candidates. [includes rush transcript]

  • Is Bush Administration’s Bank Spy Program One Part of a Resurgent Total Information Awareness?


    The Bush administration is lashing out at media outlets for their reports on the government’s secret monitoring of international bank transactions without court-approval. We speak with Georgetown law professor Jonathan Turley about Total Information Awareness–he says the program was never really killed. [includes rush transcript]

  • Former Bush Spokesman Urges Newspapers to Run Pro-War Stories by Former Vets With GOP Ties


    The Buffalo News has revealed that a former spokesman for President Bush has been encouraging U.S. newspapers to run news stories from Iraq written by two combat veterans who are now embedded reporters in Iraq. The veterans are from a pro-war group called Vets for Freedom that has ties to the Republican Party. We speak with John Stauber of the Center for Media and Democracy. [includes rush transcript]

  • Lawmakers, Regulators Face Key Decisions on Future of Media Ownership, Internet, Public Access, Low Power Radio


    Lawmakers and regulators in Washington are in the midst of making a number of decisions that could affect the nation’s media ownership laws, the future of the Internet, public access television and the expansion of low power FM radio stations. We speak with Hannah Sassaman of the Prometheus Radio Project which successfully sued the FCC three years ago in an effort to block the new media ownership rule changes. [includes rush transcript]