Tuesday, September 2, 2008

  • Amy Goodman & Two Democracy Now! Producers Arrested at RNC Protest


    More than 280 people were arrested here in St. Paul Monday, the opening day of the Republican National Convention. Among them were several journalists covering the protests in the streets, including three of us at Democracy Now! Amy was detained trying to question police officers about the arrests of Democracy Now! producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar. [includes rush transcript]

  • Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) Condemns Police Intimidation of Journalists


    Democratic Congress member Keith Ellison of Minnesota has been back in the Twin Cities this week closely monitoring the treatment of protesters and journalists at the RNC. He joins me now in St. Paul. [includes rush transcript]

  • Hurricane Gustav Slams Louisiana: A Report from Jordan Flaherty in New Orleans


    Hurricane Gustav slammed the US Gulf Coast just west of New Orleans on Monday but has now weakened to a tropical depression. According to the National Hurricane Center, Gustav remains a flood threat as it moves over central Louisiana. Forecasters also warn that another storm, Hurricane Hanna, could hit the Gulf Coast by midweek. [includes rush transcript]

  • As the RNC Opens in St. Paul, Twin Cities Police Arrest Nearly 300; Journalists Targeted


    Gena Berglund of Minnesota Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild discusses the police tactics, including the targeting of journalists and use of excessive force on the street. On Monday, officers in riot gear fired rubber bullets, teargas, pepper spray and concussion grenades at protesters and journalists. [includes rush transcript]

  • Report: Secretive Right-Wing Group Vetted McCain’s VP Candidate Sarah Palin


    Max Blumenthal of The Nation reports last week, while the media focused almost obsessively on the DNC’s spectacle in Denver, the country’s most influential conservatives met quietly at a hotel in downtown Minneapolis to get to know Sarah Palin. The assembled were members of the Council for National Policy, an ultra-secretive cabal that networks wealthy right-wing donors together with top conservative operatives to plan long-term movement strategy. [includes rush transcript]

  • As RNC Opens, Iraq Veterans Against the War March in St. Paul


    We return to the streets of St. Paul, where more than one hundred members of Iraq Veterans Against the War held a rally on Monday. The antiwar vets marched to the site of the Republican National Convention. Jacquie Soohen of Big Noise Films filed this report. [includes rush transcript]

  • A Debate: Iraq Veterans Against the War vs. Vets for Freedom


    Democracy Now! speaks with Geoffrey Millard, chapter president of the IVAW in Washington, D.C.; David Bellavia, vice chair of Vets for Freedom; and Steve Russell, founder and chair of the group Vets for Victory. [includes rush transcript]