Thursday, August 30, 2012

  • Daughter of Billionaire GOP Donor Sheldon Adelson Pushes Democracy Now! Staff, Seizes Camera at RNC

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    When Democracy Now! senior producer Mike Burke attempted to interview billionaire casino magnate and Republican donor Sheldon Adelson inside the Republican National Convention, a woman identified as Adelson’s daughter grabbed our video camera, tried to take it into a private suite and then threw the camera to the ground. While Adelson’s daughter first accused Burke of hitting her, she later came out of the suite to apologize. The incident was caught on tape, shortly after Burke questioned another billionaire GOP donor, David Koch, as well as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele. Burke files a report and joins us to describe what happened. [includes rush transcript]

  • Matt Taibbi: The Secret to Mitt Romney’s Fortune? Greed, Debt and Forcing Others to Foot the Bill

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    A new article by reporter Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone sheds new light on the origin of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s fortune, revealing how Romney’s former firm, Bain Capital, used private equity to raise money to conduct corporate raids. Taibbi writes: "What most voters don’t know is the way Mitt Romney actually made his fortune: by borrowing vast sums of money that other people were forced to pay back. This is the plain, stark reality that has somehow eluded America’s top political journalists for two consecutive presidential campaigns: Mitt Romney is one of the greatest and most irresponsible debt creators of all time. In the past few decades, in fact, Romney has piled more debt onto more unsuspecting companies, written more gigantic checks that other people have to cover, than perhaps all but a handful of people on planet Earth." [includes rush transcript]

  • Missouri GOP Delegate Dressed as Lincoln: Brutal Rapes vs. "Rape of Girl or Lady Who’s Inebriated"

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    From the floor of the Republican National Convention, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman interviews George Engelbach, who previously served one term in the Missouri House of Representatives alongside Todd Akin, the congressman who is now running against Claire McCaskill for the Senate. Akin ignited a firestorm by saying it’s rare for women to become pregnant from rape, because "If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." Engelbach is a member of the Missouri Republican delegation at the national convention here in Tampa. Goodman asked Engelbach to comment on what was wrong with what Akin said. Engelbach replied: "It’s documented that there is a relatively low conception rate with highly traumatic rapes, rapes that are just brutal." When asked if there was any other type of rape, he said, "Certainly. ... Well, if you’d, for example, rape some girl or lady that was sort of inebriated, maybe a little bit high on drugs or something like that, that’s going on all the time, 'slip a Mickey,' as we call it. When I grew up, we called them 'slipped somebody a Mickey.' And, you know, it’s non—it’s not consensual, and it still happens. And that’s the rape that is really hard to prove, many times." He added he doesn’t defend Akin’s statement, but said, "I forgive him." [includes rush transcript]

  • New York Congressman Peter King: Criminalize Doctors Who Perform Abortion

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    Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman caught up with New York Rep. Peter King at the Republican National Convention and asked him about the Republican platform on abortion, even in cases of rape and incest. King says, "[The] main purpose of government is to protect innocent life, no matter where that life is." He says the doctor who performs the abortion should be punished, not the mother. [includes rush transcript]

  • Government Built It? Louisiana GOP Delegate Grudgingly Praises U.S. Gov’t Levee Repair

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    As Hurricane Isaac delivers crushing wind and astounding rainfall, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman had a moment to speak with Jonathan Johnson, a member of Louisiana’s delegation at the Republican National Convention. She asks him about the merits of the GOP’s "We Built It" slogan just as government-backed rebuilding levee projects are protecting New Orleans from devastating flooding during the storm. [includes rush transcript]

  • GOP VP Nominee Paul Ryan Projects Folksy Appeal with Misleading Account of His Record and Hometown

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    As Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin formally accepts the Republican vice-presidential nomination, we look at the record of the tea party favorite with two reporters from his home state: Ruth Conniff of The Progressive magazine and John Nichols of The Nation. Ryan is expected to fire up the Republican Party’s conservative base after pushing a controversial budget and economic vision marked by deep cutbacks to the social safety net coupled with lower tax rates. Falling on the far-right spectrum of his own Republican Party, Ryan opposes abortion in all situations, including cases of rape and incest. [includes rush transcript]

  • As Walker Rejects Abortion’s Relevance in ’12 Vote, Hundreds Rally for Reproductive Rights at RNC

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    On the floor of the Republican National Convention, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker tells Amy Goodman that abortion is not an important issue to U.S. voters. We then go to a nearby protest, where hundreds of people voice a different view, as Planned Parenthood supporters rally for reproductive rights. We hear from Randy Moody, national co-chair of Republicans for Planned Parenthood, and Louisiana resident Patricia Gil of UniteWomen.org. [includes rush transcript]

  • L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa & GOP Latino Leader Mario Lopez on Immigration Reform in 2012 Race

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    The new Republican platform has adopted Mitt Romney’s call for the so-called self-deportation of undocumented immigrants. Democracy Now! senior producer Mike Burke talks immigration reform with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa during a stop at the Republican National Convention. Villaraigosa is the chair of next week’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. We also hear from Mario Lopez, president of the Hispanic Leadership Fund and former member of the Republican National Committee’s Hispanic Advisory Board. [includes rush transcript]