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Thursday, January 7, 2010

  • Viva Palestina Aid Convoy Arrives in Gaza, George Galloway Describes "Desperate" Situation

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    A humanitarian aid convoy has arrived in Gaza nearly a month after it embarked from Britain. Members of the Viva Palestina convoy began passing through Egypt’s Rafah border crossing into Gaza on Wednesday. They are expected to spend the next forty-eight hours distributing the aid supplies. We go to Gaza to speak with British MP George Galloway, who led the convoy. [includes rush transcript]

  • Chris Dodd Announces Retirement, Possible Successor Tim Johnson’s Credit Card Stance Worries Consumer Groups

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    Two veteran Democratic senators, Christopher Dodd of Connecticut and Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, announced this week they would not seek re-election in November. While many consumer groups criticized Dodd’s close ties to the banking and real estate industry, they are even more concerned about Tim Johnson, his likely successor as chair of the Senate Banking Committee, who was the only Democrat to oppose legislation tightening regulations of the credit card industry. [includes rush transcript]

  • A Look at the Future of TV: Media Consolidation Opponent Byron Dorgan to Retire, Comcast Takeover of NBC Under Review

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    Sen. Byron Dorgan’s decision to retire from the Senate stunned many in Washington. Dorgan has been a leading opponent of media consolidation and US trade policy. We speak with the Center for Digital Democracy’s Jeff Chester about Dorgan’s retirement, as well as what the future holds for the digital media landscape with Comcast’s deal to acquire a controlling interest in NBC Universal under review, and the dispute resolved between Time Warner Cable and News Corp. [includes rush transcript]

  • Why Is the Whistleblower Who Exposed the Massive UBS Tax Evasion Scheme the Only One Heading to Prison?

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    A former banker for the Swiss giant UBS who blew the whistle on the biggest tax-evasion scheme in US history is preparing to head to prison tomorrow to begin serving a forty-month federal sentence. Bradley Birkenfeld first came forward to US authorities in 2007 and began providing inside information on how UBS was helping thousands of Americans hide assets in secret Swiss accounts. We speak with his attorney, Stephen Kohn, the executive director of the National Whistleblowers Center. [includes rush transcript]