Tuesday, July 3, 2007

  • Commuting Sentence, Bush Spares Libby from 30-Month Jail Term


    President Bush has commuted the sentence of Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, sparing him from a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence in the CIA leak case. Bush’s move came just five hours after a federal appeals panel ruled that Libby could not put off serving his sentence while he appealed his conviction. That meant jail time for Libby was imminent — the U.S. Bureau of Prisons had already assigned him a federal prisoner number. We get reaction from analyst and author Marcy Wheeler. [includes rush transcript]

  • U.S., Russia at Odds over Increasingly Unpopular White House Plans for Missile System in Eastern Europe


    President Bush hosted Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday at the Bush family estate in Maine. Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation magazine and MIT professor and former Pentagon adviser Theodore Postol address the growing rift over U.S. plans for a so-called "missile defense" system in eastern Europe, which some see as a direct threat to Iran. [includes rush transcript]

  • "We Do Not Want America to Represent Torture": High School Presidential Scholars Deliver Bush a Message on Human Rights


    Last week President Bush got a personal rebuke from an unexpected source. In a meeting with this year’s high school Presidential Scholars, he was handed a letter signed by 50 of the students criticizing the White House’s detention policies and support for torture in the so-called war on terror. We speak with two of the students. [includes rush transcript]

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