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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • "We Have to Do Something": Rep. Carolyn McCarthy on the Growing Push for Gun Control After Newtown

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    Democratic Rep. Carolyn McCarthy of New York lost her husband 19 years ago in the Long Island Rail Road massacre that killed six people. She has since become a leading advocate for gun control. With President Obama expected to announce that Vice President Joe Biden will head a new interagency task force on gun violence — and pro-gun politicians and lobbies largely silent five days after the Newtown massacre — we ask Rep. McCarthy if there has been a seismic shift that could lead to gun control legislation. We also talk to her about how the so-called fiscal cliff could impact funding for mental health services, which advocates say could help prevent future massacres. "I do see a shift. I see the American peoples questioning now a lot of the things that have not been done," McCarthy says. "We’ve gone through too many of these shootings. ... This time, I would not hold my voice." [includes rush transcript]

  • Rep. Raúl Grijalva Rejects Obama "Fiscal Cliff" Plan to Cut More from Social Security than Military

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    Democratic Rep. Raúl Grijalva of Arizona joins us to discuss his opposition to President Obama’s offer to cut more from Social Security than from the military in the ongoing negotiations over avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff. Obama has offered to cut some $100 billion from military spending, but even more from Social Security: $130 billion by adjusting the inflation index for Social Security benefits. Grijalva says Obama’s proposal opens the door "for some long-term damage down the road." [includes rush transcript]

  • Michael Moore’s Poetic Plea to Obama: "Dear Mr. President, Please Let Leonard Peltier Come Home"

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    Singers Harry Belafonte and Pete Seeger hosted the "Bring Leonard Peltier Home in 2012 Concert" at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on Friday to raise awareness of Peltier’s 37-year ordeal and plea for executive clemency from President Obama. Peltier is the Native American activist and former member of the American Indian Movement who was convicted of aiding in the killing of two FBI agents during a shootout on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975. Among those who spoke was Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore, who read a poem he wrote urging Peltier’s release. [includes rush transcript]

  • Exclusive: Leonard Peltier Speaks Out from Prison on Denial of Medical Care, Bid for Clemency

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    Leonard Peltier, one of the nation’s most well-known and longest-incarcerated prisoners, speaks out from the U.S. Penitentiary at Coleman, Florida, where he is currently held. Peltier is the Native American activist and former member of the American Indian Movement who was convicted of aiding in the killing of two FBI agents during a shootout on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975. Sentenced to prison in 1977, Peltier is now 68 years old. Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman spoke with Peltier on Saturday when he called into a press conference organized by his supporters. [includes rush transcript]