Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • Danny Glover: Record Venezuela Turnout Hands Chávez Convincing Mandate to Continue Social Agenda

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    Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has won his fourth presidential election in a race seen as his strongest challenge yet. With a historic turnout of 80 percent, Chávez took 54 percent of the vote, besting challenger Henrique Capriles’s 44.9 percent. We go to Caracas to speak with actor and activist Danny Glover, who traveled to Venezuela to monitor the election. Addressing the record turnout and the wide support for Chávez’s anti-poverty program, even among members of the opposition, Glover predicts that "we may find that certainly President Chávez and those [other Latin American leaders] who are re-elected will really create a new page in this history of this region." [includes rush transcript]

  • All the Missing Horses: Federal Gov’t Selling Wild Horses to Western Dealer Linked to Slaughter

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    In a new investigation, ProPublica reporter Dave Philipps tracks what happens to many of the wild horses rounded up in the western United States by the Bureau of Land Management. A little-known livestock hauler named Tom Davis is buying almost all of the horses the bureau removes from the wild, in a program meant to maintain a sustainable balance among the herds. Like all buyers in the program, Davis signs a contract promising the animals will not be slaughtered and insists he finds them good homes. But Davis is a longtime advocate of horse slaughter, and he refuses to disclose where the horses end up. Animal welfare advocates fear the horses he buys are being sent to the killing floor. [includes rush transcript]

  • Uninsured Cancer Patient Saved by Little-Known Obamacare "Bridge" Program on Pre-Existing Conditions

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    When Colorado resident Tami Graham was diagnosed with stage 1 uterine cancer, she knew she could not afford the tens of thousands of dollars needed for treatment since she did not have health insurance. That is when someone mentioned the high-risk pools established by President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The insurance helped pay for Graham’s hysterectomy, as well as follow-up care. After Graham responded to the Obama campaign’s Facebook post seeking personal experiences with the Affordable Care Act, she was invited to introduce Obama at a Denver fundraising event. Graham joins us to talk about this underreported part of Obama’s healthcare plan that is designed as a bridge for people with pre-existing conditions who cannot obtain health insurance coverage. [includes rush transcript]

  • As Texas Pipeline Blockade Continues, Activists Challenge First U.S. Tar Sands Strip Mine in Utah

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    As a direct action blockade of the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline continues in Texas, we look at what could be the first actual tar sands and oil shale strip-mining operation in the United States. Not far from Moab, Utah, the state has already leased land to a Canadian energy development company that recently changed its name to U.S. Oil Sands. The company plans to mine nearly 6,000 acres in an area of unspoiled wilderness that is also the watershed of the Colorado River, which provides water to more than 30 million people. The mine itself would be water-intensive in what is already the second-driest state in the country, and activists say chemicals used in the mine could pollute the water that is left. We’re joined by two activists working to block the project: John Weisheit, longtime conservation director of Living Rivers & Colorado Riverkeeper; and Ashley Anderson, founder and director of Before It Starts, which is leading the fight to stop tar sands drilling in Utah. [includes rush transcript]

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