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Friday, May 7, 2010

  • Juan Gonzalez: Big Banks Making a Bundle on New Construction as Schools Bear the Cost


    "Wealthy investors and major banks have been making windfall profits by using a little-known federal tax break to finance new charter-school construction," Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez write in the New York Daily News. "The program, the New Markets Tax Credit, is so lucrative that a lender who uses it can almost double his money in seven years." [includes rush transcript]

  • Government Exempted BP from Environmental Review


    Newly released documents show government regulators exempted BP from a comprehensive environmental review of the project that resulted in the spill. The Minerals Management Service granted BP a “categorical exclusion” from a full review before approving the project just over a year ago. We speak with Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity. [includes rush transcript]

  • Lieberman, Brown Proposal to Strip Terror Suspects of US Citizenship Is "Constitutional Buffoonery," Says Attorney


    Independent Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut and Republican Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts introduced a measure Thursday to strip Americans charged with terrorism of their US citizenship. We speak with Shayana Kadidal, senior attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, who says the proposal is "constitutional buffoonery." [includes rush transcript]

  • "Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps"


    It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday. We pay tribute to moms everywhere with award-winning radio producer Dave Isay, editor of the new book Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps. Isay is the founder of StoryCorps, one of the largest oral history projects in US history. [includes rush transcript]