Friday, February 9, 2007

  • As Prosecution Rests in Trial of Ex-Cheney Chief of Staff, Pentagon Report Faults Bush Admin on Pre-War Intelligence

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    The prosecution has rested its case in the trial of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Cheney’s former chief of staff. Libby faces five counts of lying to federal investigators, perjury and obstruction of justice in connection to the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame. Plame’s identity was leaked after her husband, former Ambassador Joe Wilson, questioned the Bush administration’s pre-war claims on Iraqi weapons. Meanwhile, a Pentagon investigation has concluded Bush administration officials engaged in inappropriate behavior in their handling of Iraq intelligence before the U.S. invasion. We’re joined by Newsweek reporter Michael Isikoff. [includes rush transcript]

  • Wal-Mart Joins Business, Labor Coalition for Universal Healthcare

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    Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest retailer, has formed a coalition with labor unions and other larger corporations to call for quality affordable health coverage for all Americans by 2012. The coalition includes AT&T, Intel, Kelly Services, the Service Employees International Union and the Communications Workers of America. We get analysis from Center for American Progress senior fellow Jeanne Lambrew and Healthcare-NOW! national coordinator Marilyn Clement. [includes rush transcript]

  • Independent Jewish Voices: New British Group Speaks Out on Israeli Policies in Occupied Territories

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    A group of prominent British Jews have launched an organization to counterbalance what they perceive as uncritical support of Israel by major Jewish institutions in the U.K. The organization, called Independent Jewish Voices, or IJV, includes well-known public figures in Britain’s Jewish community, including Nobel Prize winner Harold Pinter and fashion designer Nicole Farhi. We go to London to speak with two of the group’s members. [includes rush transcript]

  • Italian Judge Orders U.S. Soldier to Stand Trial for Killing of Italian Intelligence Agent Nicola Calipari

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    A U.S. soldier has been ordered to stand trial in Italy for the deadly shooting of Italian intelligence agent Nicola Calipari in Iraq nearly two years ago. Calipari was escorting the Italian reporter Giuliana Sgrena out of Iraq following her release from a month-long abduction. The soldier — Mario Lozano of the 69th Infantry Regiment in New York — is likely to be tried in absentia. Sgrena joins with her reaction. [includes rush transcript]

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