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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

  • "An Unconscionable Legacy"–Veteran White House Correspondent Helen Thomas on the Bush Presidency

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    President Bush held his final news conference Monday. Bush fervently defended his record, saying he made the nation safer following the 9/11 attacks, rejected the idea that the nation’s moral standing has been damaged over the past eight years and defended the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina. We speak with veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas. She’s the most senior member of the White House press corps and has covered every president since Kennedy. [includes rush transcript]

  • Pro-Israel Supporters Praise Gaza Assault as Justified Despite Mounting Civilian Death Toll

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    On Sunday, thousands turned out in New York for a rally to support the attack on Gaza. Speakers included New York Senator Chuck Schumer and Governor David Paterson. The journalist Max Blumenthal, also a Jewish American, spoke to some of the demonstrators. We play highlights. [includes rush transcript]

  • "Catastrophically Misguided and Incomprehensible Policy"–Renowned Jewish Playwright Tony Kushner Speaks Out Against Israel’s Assault on Gaza

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    On Monday, a group called Jews Against the Occupation staged a protest against Israel’s invasion of Gaza blocks away outside the Israeli consulate in New York. Among those protesting was renowned playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner. Kushner won a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for his play Angels in America, which was later made into an award-winning television mini-series. "The policy, on the part of the Israeli government, of reoccupation of Gaza seems to me catastrophically misguided," Kushner says. "I can’t imagine this is not going to continue to be bloody and a violation of human rights." [includes rush transcript]

  • Gaza Suffers Most Intense Bombardment of 18-Day Israeli Assault

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    Residents of Gaza suffered the most intense bombardment of the eighteen-day war last night as Israeli warplanes carried out strikes throughout the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian death toll is now at least 930. More than 4,000 Palestinians have been injured. Thirteen Israelis have died over the past eighteen days. We speak with journalist Zaki Chehab, author of Inside Hamas: The Untold Story of the Militant Islamic Movement. [includes rush transcript]