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Friday, February 20, 2009

  • Union Leaders Accuse Stern of Scheming for Control of America’s Only Union-Owned Commercial Bank


    In his latest column for the New York Daily News, Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez writes, "Last year alone, Amalgamated Bank’s profits provided more than $23 million to UNITE HERE for its everyday operations. Some leaders of the union accuse one of the country’s most powerful labor leaders, Andy Stern, of the Service Employees International Union, of scheming to seize control of the bank in a corporate-style takeover." [includes rush transcript]

  • Obama Admin Faces Decision on Indefinite Detention with Imprisonment of US Resident Ali al-Marri


    Will President Obama institute a new kind of preventive detention for terrorist suspects? The answer may lie in the case of Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, the last enemy combatant imprisoned in the United States. We speak to investigative journalist Jane Mayer of The New Yorker. [includes rush transcript]

  • Despite Gitmo Closure and Torture Ban, Obama Admin Converges with Several Bush Policies in So-Called "War on Terror"


    After a month in office, the Obama administration has surprised many of its supporters by embracing or appearing receptive to key parts of the Bush administration’s counterterrorism strategy, from indefinite detention, to kidnapping and rendition, to invoking "state secrets" privileges. blogger Glenn Greenwald joins The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer to discuss. [includes rush transcript]

  • US Military Suicides at Record High; Report Finds Most Deaths at Single Colorado Base Were Preventable


    As many as 143 soldiers took their own lives last year, the highest rate of suicides among US troops ever. We speak with correspondent Mark Benjamin, co-author of an in-depth investigation of suicides at an army base in Colorado. [includes rush transcript]

  • Hundreds Protest NY Post Cartoon Seen as Racist Depiction of Obama


    Protests are continuing today outside the offices of the New York Post following the publication of a cartoon that critics say depicts President Obama as an executed chimpanzee. After a number of civil rights activists and organizations called for a boycott of the paper, the Post issued an apology of sorts last night. We hear some of the voices from Thursday’s protest, including the civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton. [includes rush transcript]