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Thursday, October 8, 2009

  • Palestinian President Abbas Faces Uproar for Aiding US-Israeli Derailment of UN Report on Gaza Assault

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    Palestinian outrage continues over the Palestinian Authority’s decision to back the postponement of a Human Rights Council vote on the Goldstone investigation into Israel’s assault on Gaza. The move reportedly came after heavy American and Israeli pressure. We speak with Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi. [includes rush transcript]

  • As Helen Keller Honored at US Capitol, Lifelong Radical Politics Go Ignored

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    A bronze statue of Helen Keller was unveiled Wednesday at the US Capitol. While politicians praised Keller’s work campaigning for people with disabilities, they ignored the radical political involvement that plays another key part of her life story. Keller identified as a pacifist, socialist and member of the Industrial Workers of the World. We speak with Keller biographer Kim Nielsen. [includes rush transcript]

  • ACORN Defunding Spurs Proposals to Bar Federal Money to Companies Convicted of Felonies

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    As the embattled community group ACORN continues to come under fire, a group of lawmakers that voted against a recent measure to defund it have introduced legislation of their own. The Against Corporations Organizing to Rip-off the Nation Act of 2009 would prohibit federal funding to corporations guilty of felony convictions. We speak to independent journalist Jeremy Scahill. [includes rush transcript]

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders on ACORN, Healthcare and Afghanistan

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    We speak to Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the longest-serving independent member of Congress in American history. Last week, in response to the Defund ACORN Act, he proposed an amendment to the defense appropriations bill that focuses on defense contractors who receive billions of taxpayer dollars every year. Sanders joins us to talk about ACORN, healthcare and the US occupation of Afghanistan. [includes rush transcript]

  • "Sick for Profit": Robert Greenwald Documentary Exposes Salaries, Claim Denials of Healthcare Profiteers

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    Sick for Profit, a documentary by Robert Greenwald, contrasts the salaries of insurance company CEOs with the experiences of policyholders denied medical claims. We play an excerpt. [includes rush transcript]