Wednesday, October 22, 2008

22 Oct 2008: Today's Democracy Now!

Early Voting Sees Reports of Voter Intimidation, Machine Malfunctions
Early voting has begun, and problems are already emerging at the polls. In West Virginia, voters using touchscreen machines have claimed their votes were switched from Democrat to Republican. In North Carolina, a group of McCain supporters heckled a group of mostly black supporters of Barack Obama. In Ohio, Republicans are being accused of trying to scare newly registered voters by filing lawsuits that question their eligibility. We speak to NYU professor Mark Crispin Miller, author of Loser Take All: Election Fraud and the Subversion of Democracy. [includes rush transcript]

Trailing in Polls, McCain Campaign Intensifies Attacks on Obama
With Election Day less than two weeks away, the McCain campaign is stepping up its attacks on front-runner Barack Obama. Republicans have resorted to several lines of attack on Obama: painting him as a socialist, branding him “anti-American” and using automated robocalls in at least ten battleground states. We speak to David Corn of Mother Jones.

Does Obama's Record-Setting Fundraising Mark the End of Public Campaign Financing?
Sen. Barack Obama has raised a record campaign war chest after becoming first presidential candidate to opt out of the government financing system since its establishment in 1976. Obama has spent nearly $188 million on advertising in the general election, doubling Sen. John McCain’s $91 million. We speak to Bill Buzenberg of the Center for Public Integrity.

Weeks After Prosecutor's Resignation, U.S. Drops Charges Against 5 Gitmo Prisoners -- But Won't Release Them
The US military has dropped all charges against five men held at Guantanamo Bay prison, but has no plans to release them. The news came just weeks after the resignation of Lt. Col. Darrel Vandeveld who was the prosecutor in all five cases. He had accused the military of deliberately withholding evidence that could have helped clear them. We speak to Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

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