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Friday, July 25, 2008

  • Steve Clemons: Obama’s Wall Speech Should Have Been About Israel, Not Berlin

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    Barack Obama spoke before an audience of over 200,000 people in Berlin, Germany on Thursday in the largest rally held by any presidential candidate this year. In his address, Obama discussed the importance of the Berlin Wall being torn down. We speak with Steve Clemons of the New America Foundation, who writes, "Had he given those remarks in Israel, at any of the checkpoints that have been added since the Annapolis process began, or at the large dividing wall Israel has constructed, or just about anywhere frankly in Israel or Palestine — it would have been a 'game-changing speech.'" We also speak with author and journalist Tim Shorrock about his article, "Hawks Behind the Dove: Who Makes Obama’s Foreign Policy?" [includes rush transcript]

  • Main Core: New Evidence Reveals Top Secret Government Database Used in Bush Spy Program

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    Salon.com has published new details about a top secret government database that might be at the heart of the Bush administration’s domestic spying operations. The database is known as "Main Core." It reportedly collects and stores vast amounts of personal and financial data about millions of Americans. Some former US officials believe that "Main Core" may have been used by the National Security Agency to determine who to spy on in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. We speak with author and investigative journalist, Tim Shorrock. [includes rush transcript]

  • Race, Politics and the Media: A Roundtable Discussion from the UNITY Conference

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    In Chicago, nearly 10,000 journalists of color are gathered for a convention that brings together members of the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association and the Native American Journalists Association. It’s organized by UNITY, Journalists of Color, Inc. We host a discussion with Democracy Now! co-host and former president of NAHJ, Juan Gonzalez, and journalists Roberto Lovato and Amy Alexander. [includes rush transcript]

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