Tuesday, August 14, 2007

  • Reporters Assassinated in Somalia as Report Documents Widespread War Crimes

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    As two journalists are assassinated in Somalia, Human Rights Watch releases a 113-page report concluding that all sides have committed war crimes in Somalia’s conflict this year. The report says the worst abuses have been by U.S.-backed Ethiopian soldiers, who are supporting the transitional Somali government against insurgents. [includes rush transcript]

  • Search for Six Trapped Coal Miners in Utah Continues for a Ninth Day

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    Ellen Smith, editor of Mine Safey and Health News, discusses the mine collapse, the weakening of mine safety regulations under President Clinton and President Bush, and the history of the mine’s owner — Murray Energy Corporation. [includes rush transcript]

  • Bush’s Brain Steps Down: Facing Subpoenas, Karl Rove Resigns

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    President Bush’s top adviser Karl Rove announced on Monday he will step down as White House deputy chief of staff at the end of the month. The move comes while he is at the center of several congressional investigations. We speak with Dallas Morning News reporter Wayne Slater, co-author of two books on Rove, "Bush"s Brain" and "The Architect." [includes rush transcript]

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