Wednesday, May 19, 2010

  • In "Mini-Super Tuesday" Primaries, Defeats for Party Establishments on Both Sides of the Aisle

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    For Democrats, thirty-year Senate veteran Arlen Specter lost his bid for reelection in Pennsylvania, while Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln now faces a runoff vote against Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter. In Kentucky, Tea Party candidate Rand Paul easily beat Secretary of State Trey Grayson in the state’s Republican race. We hear from Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation magazine, the Reverend Jesse Jackson of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, Alexis Simendinger of the National Journal, and Will Bunch of the Philadelphia Daily News. [includes rush transcript]

  • Family of Slain 7-Year-Old Aiyana Jones Files Lawsuit Against Detroit Police

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    In Detroit, a funeral will be held on Saturday for Aiyana Jones, the seven-year-old girl who was shot dead by police while she was sleeping in her own home. On Tuesday, a lawyer for the Jones family filed a pair of lawsuits against the Detroit police for the killing that has sparked outrage in the Motor City. The attorney, Geoffrey Fieger, says video of the incident shows police opened fire before they had entered the house. We speak to Ron Scott of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality and the Rev. Jesse Jackson. [includes rush transcript]

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