Monday, February 18, 2008

  • In Tight Democratic Race, Could Campaign Donations and Personal Views Influence Potentially Decisive Superdelegate Vote?


    With neither Democratic presidential candidate expected to win the 2,025 delegates needed to clinch the nomination, it’s all coming down to superdelegates, the nearly 800 former elected officeholders and party officials who are technically free to choose who they like. While Obama leads in the overall delegate count and among pledged delegates, Clinton has more superdelegate support. About 300 of the 795 superdelegates have yet to take sides. And both campaigns are in a heated battle to win their support. In fact, many of the superdelegates have already been plied with campaign contributions by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, according to a new study by the Center for Responsive Politics. [includes rush transcript]

  • Analyst: On Africa Visit, Bush Pushes Agenda of Continent-Wide U.S. Military Expansion


    President Bush is back in Africa on five-country tour for the second and presumably final time during his presidency. Many anticipate that the President’s visit is an opportunity to shore up support among African allies for America’s strategic and economic interests, including expansion of the U.S. military command in Africa, AFRICOM. We speak to veteran Africa analyst Horace Campbell, professor of political science and African American studies at Syracuse University. [includes rush transcript]

  • In Africa, Bush Touts Record AIDS Relief under his Administration, but Funding Restrictions Tell a Different Story on the Ground


    The centerpiece of President Bush’s visit to Africa is his HIV/AIDS policy known as PEPFAR, or the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Many have criticized the legislation’s emphasis on abstinence and the restrictions it places on programs that incorporate family planning or are directed at sex workers. We speak to David Bryden of Global AIDS Alliance and Laurie Wen, a Rwanda-based Harvard academic researching the impact of US HIV/AIDS policies. [includes rush transcript]

  • Seton Hall Law Students Discover U.S. Military Routinely Videotaping Gitmo Interrogations


    A report by twenty-seven students and graduate research fellows from the New Jersey-based Seton Hall University School of Law reveals that the US government routinely videotaped the 24,000 interrogations conducted in Guantanamo Bay between 2002 and 2005. The Pentagon denies the charges. We speak to two of the report’s co-authors. [includes rush transcript]