Monday, June 23, 2008

  • Zimbabwe in Crisis: Opposition Leader Morgan Tsvangirai Withdraws from Run-Off Against Robert Mugabe


    "We in the MDC (Movement for Democratic Change) have resolved that we will no longer participate in this violent, illegitimate sham of an election process," Tsvangirai said. At least eighty-six supporters of the MDC have been killed, and thousands more have been injured. [includes rush transcript]

  • The Future of Public Campaign Finance Following Barack Obama’s Decision to Opt Out of System


    By turning down $84 million in federal money, Barack Obama will be allowed to raise and spend an unlimited amount during the election. Obama is the first major party candidate to reject public funds since the system started in 1976. The decision marks a reversal for Obama. Last year, he had pledged to accept public financing if his opponent did as well. [includes rush transcript]

  • Is Israel Preparing to Bomb Iran?


    The New York Times reported Friday that Israel recently carried out a major military exercise that Pentagon officials say appeared to be a rehearsal for a potential bombing attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. More than 100 Israeli F-16 and F-15 fighter planes took part in the maneuvers over the eastern Mediterranean and Greece. [includes rush transcript]

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