Friday, August 31, 2012

  • Backed by Record Campaign War Chest, Romney Accepts GOP Presidential Nomination in Tampa

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    Republican Mitt Romney accepted the GOP presidential nomination Thursday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. We air an excerpt of Romney’s speech and get reaction from two guests: Craig Unger, author of the new book, "Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove’s Secret Kingdom of Power," and Arun Gupta, an independent journalist reporting from the convention. [includes rush transcript]

  • Top GOP Strategist Karl Rove Loses Cool Under Questioning from "Boss Rove" Author Craig Unger

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    Earlier this week at the Republican National Convention, author Craig Unger directly confronted the subject of his most recent book: Republican political strategist Karl Rove. The book, "Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove’s Secret Kingdom of Power," tracks Rove’s reinvention to become the most powerful political operative in America. Unger asked Rove about his role in the GOP primaries, prompting an angry reaction that saw Rove lash out at Unger’s book. [includes rush transcript]

  • Clint Eastwood Delivers Rambling RNC Speech Featuring "Invisible Obama" in Empty Chair

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    One unusual speech at the closing night of the Republican National Convention Thursday generated so much attention that it nearly threatened to overshadow Romney’s acceptance of the presidential nomination. The actor Clint Eastwood, known for his character Dirty Harry and his famous line, "Go ahead, make my day," gave a rambling, 11-minute address that appeared to be completely unscripted. During the speech, the 82-year-old actor addressed an empty chair next to him on the stage where he pretended President Obama was sitting. [includes rush transcript]

  • Glenn Greenwald on the Justice Dept.’s Rejection of CIA Torture Prosecutions After 3-Year Probe

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    The Justice Department has announced it will not prosecute anyone involved in the killing and torturing of prisoners in CIA custody after a three-year investigation. The Justice Department had been probing the deaths of two men: one in Iraq and another in Afghanistan. We get reaction from Glenn Greenwald, columnist and blogger for The Guardian. [includes rush transcript]

  • "Democracy Is Not a Business": Bringing Progressive Voice to RNC, CODEPINK Disrupts Romney Speech

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    As Mitt Romney formally accepted the Republican presidential nomination Thursday night, four activists from the group CODEPINK interrupted him throughout, calling for money out of politics and a return to democracy. CODEPINK has been protesting every day at this week’s convention, including Wednesday night’s speech by vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan. They have also held actions against gun violence at home, military intervention abroad, and what they call the Republicans’ "war on women." We’re joined now by two of the activists who disrupted Romney’s speech last night: Rae Abileah, co-director of CODEPINK, and Medea Benjamin, the group’s co-founder. [includes rush transcript]

  • Amy Goodman Questions Top GOP Donor David Koch: Does Concentration of Wealth Subvert Democracy?

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    When conservative billionaire David Koch sat down as a member of the New York delegation Thursday night on the floor of the Republican National Convention, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman attempted to ask him one question: "Mr. Koch, do you think unchecked concentration of wealth will undermine democracy?" While Koch started to answer, the delegates and security around him stood up, one by one, creating a human wall between them. One of those who stood up was Ed Cox, chair of the Republican Party of New York and the son-in-law of President Richard Nixon. Eventually, Goodman was asked to leave due to "security issues" with keeping the walkway clear. [includes rush transcript]

  • The Romney-Koch Handshake: Network TV Misses Revealing Moment Between Nominee & Billionaire at RNC

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    When Mitt Romney walked down the aisle toward the stage Thursday night, among the people whose hands he shook was the conservative billionaire and major political donor David Koch. But it was a moment missed by the tens of millions of viewers at home. While Democracy Now! was there on the floor and captured the handshake on video, the networks cut away just before the handshake to show footage of two enthusiastic young women supporters and then an overhead shot of the convention center. Then, the shot came back to Romney shaking hands further down the aisle as he ascended the stage. Groups in the network of David Koch, and his brother Charles, intend to spend nearly $400 million ahead of the 2012 election. [includes rush transcript]

  • Key Florida "Stand Your Ground" Backer Bill Bunting Comments on Killing of Trayvon Martin

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    The Republican National Convention took place in Florida, where the state’s so-called "Stand Your Ground" law has come under sharp criticism following the shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin by self-appointed neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman, earlier this year. The shooting incident has emboldened some supporters of Stand Your Ground. On the convention floor, Amy Goodman spoke with one of the law’s most vocal advocates, Bill Bunting, a Florida delegate and the Second Amendment chairman for the Republican Party of Florida. [includes rush transcript]

  • Near Where RNC Attendees Harassed a CNN Camerawoman, Alabama Delegate Discusses Black Support of GOP

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    Earlier this week at the Republican National Convention, two attendees were removed for a derogatory incident targeting an African-American camerawoman, Patricia Carroll, with the news network CNN. According to witnesses, the attendees threw nuts at the woman and shouted, "This is how we feed the animals!" Amy Goodman returns to the scene of the incident on the floor of the convention and discusses it with Tom Powers, a delegate from Alabama. Goodman also asks about African-American support for Mitt Romney. [includes rush transcript]

  • Federal Court Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law in Ruling That Could Help Decide 2012 Election

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    In a major ruling Thursday, a federal court blocked a controversial Texas law that would require voters to show photo identification before casting ballots. The court said the law could curtail the ability of hundreds of thousands of minorities to vote. It cited evidence that showed the law did the most harm to African Americans and Hispanics, who are more likely to live in poverty. Texas says it plans to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court. At least 16 states have passed restrictive voting laws that have the potential to impact the 2012 election. We’re joined by two guests who have been closely following the case: Elise Boddie, director of litigation for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which is representing college students in Texas who could be disenfranchised under the voter ID law, and journalist Ari Berman, who covers voting rights for The Nation magazine. [includes rush transcript]