Thursday, June 28, 2012

  • Mexico Votes: Will Occupy-Inspired, Student-Fueled Movement Give Manuel López Obrador an Upset Win?


    As the drug war rages in Mexico, voters will head to the polls on Sunday to choose a new president. Will the PRI come back to power, or could the Occupy-inspired Yo Soy 132 movement help Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a former Mexico City mayor who narrowly lost the 2006 election, pull off an upset? We go to Mexico City to speak with Tania Molina, a journalist at La Jornada, the main progressive national newspaper in Mexico; and John Ackerman, editor of the Mexican Law Review and a professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). [includes rush transcript]

  • Amidst Holder Contempt Vote, New Investigation Undermines Key GOP Claims on "Fast and Furious"


    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder faces a contempt vote by the House of Representatives today in a dispute involving an alleged botched gun-running probe. Republican lawmakers have accused Holder of withholding documents about a gun-running sting operation on the U.S.-Mexico border codenamed "Fast and Furious." For months, Republican lawmakers have alleged that U.S. agents encouraged the sale of thousands of guns to middlemen for Mexican drug cartels in an attempt to gain access to senior-level figures within Mexico’s criminal organizations. Federal agents then lost track of as many as 2,500 guns. But a new six-month investigation by Katherine Eban in Fortune magazine concludes that federal agents "never intentionally allowed guns to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels." Eban joins us to discuss her findings. [includes rush transcript]

  • "Escape Fire": As Supreme Court Rules on Healthcare, Film Tackles U.S. Inefficiency, Spiraling Costs


    As the nation waits for news today on the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, we look at the state of our healthcare system through the new documentary, "Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare." The film follows the dramatic human stories of people fighting to transform healthcare, from the highest levels of medicine, industry, government and even the U.S. military. We’re joined by director Matthew Heineman, who began the film in 2009, before the political firestorm erupted over President Obama’s healthcare bill. [includes rush transcript]

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