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Tuesday, June 6, 2006

  • Antiwar Candidates Challenge Incumbent Democrats in House and Senate Races

    06.06.06

    The 2006 mid-term elections are just five months away. In the Senate, close to three-dozen seats are up for grabs, while all 435 seats are open in the House. Democrats hope growing public discontent with the Bush administration will help them win control of Congress from the Republicans. But some of this year’s most heated races won’t just come down to Republicans vs. Democrats–or Independents–in November. Rather, in primaries this week and continuing through the summer, some of the country’s closely-watched races will pit Democrats–against Democrats. And there’s one main issue that’s creating the fault line: the war in Iraq.

    Across the country, a handful of challengers are taking some of the leading Democratic figures to task for voting to send US troops to Iraq and refusing now to bring them home. On this issue and others like government wiretapping, these candidates say many elected Democrats have betrayed core party values and provided political cover for the Bush administration.

    We hear from four of these candidates that are shaking up races across the country: Jonathan Tasini in New York, Marcy Winograd in California, Ned Lamont in Connecticut and John Bonifaz in Massachusetts. [includes rush transcript]

  • "The United States is Terrified"–Noam Chomsky on Latin America’s Move Towards "Independence and Integration"

    Chomsky06.05.06

    Noam Chomsky–the renowned linguist and political analyst–was in New York Monday where he gave a press conference at the United Nations. Democracy Now! was there to capture Chomsky’s two-hour exchange with reporters. We play an excerpt of the press conference where Chomsky talks about the current political climate in Latin America. [includes rush transcript]

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