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Thursday, April 12, 2007

  • Novelist Kurt Vonnegut Dies at 84

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    The author Kurt Vonnegut has died. He was eighty-four years old. Vonnegut authored at least nineteen novels including "Slaughterhouse-Five" and "Cat’s Cradle." In recent years, Vonnegut was a fierce critic of the Bush administration and a columnist for the magazine In These Times. [includes rush transcript]

  • Red Cross Warns "Disastrous," "Immense" Iraqi Humanitarian Crisis "Ever-Worsening"

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    The International Committee of the Red Cross is warning that the conflict in Iraq is inflicting immense suffering on the entire population and is steadily getting worse. The Red Cross says "civilians are bearing the brunt of the relentless violence and the extremely poor security conditions that are disrupting the lives and livelihoods of millions." ICRC spokesperson Nada Doumani joins us from Amman, Jordan. [includes rush transcript]

  • War and Taxes: With 40% of IRS Revenue Going to Military, Resisters Prepare to Withhold Taxes to Protest War

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    Tax day is this Tuesday. The Internal Revenue Service is expected to take in over $2 trillion dollars this year. Nearly 40 percent of that total will go to military related expenses. Tax resisters across the country are planning to withhold part or all of their taxes to protest the war. We speak with Pamela Schwartz of the National Priorities Project and Runn Benn of the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee. [includes rush transcript]

  • Is Princeton Professor and Retired Marine on Government No-Fly List for Criticizing the White House?

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    Princeton professor and retired Marine Colonel Walter Murphy has been described as one of the "the most distinguished constitutional scholars of the 20th century." Murphy recently learned his name appears on the government’s no-fly list — perhaps because he has criticized the Bush administration for abusing the constitution. [includes rush transcript]

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