Wednesday, January 28, 2009

28 Jan 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Obama to Face Test on Executive Privilege After Rove Subpoenaed Again Over Attorney Firings, Siegelman Prosecution
The chair of the House Judiciary Committee, John Conyers, has subpoenaed former White House adviser Karl Rove to testify next week about the Bush administration’s firing of nine US attorneys and the prosecution of former Alabama governor Don Siegelman. Rove previously refused to appear before the panel, and former President Bush upheld his legal position. Rove’s attorney, Robert Luskin, said he would consult with President Obama’s White House counsel to determine the Obama administration’s stance. We speak with attorney Scott Horton and former Alabama governor Don Siegelman. [includes rush transcript–partial]

Bush's Secret Counterterrorism Law Book—and the Demands to Release It
We take a look at the Bush administration’s secret Justice Department memos on detention, interrogation, surveillance and prosecution. These opinions were issued by the Office of Legal Counsel and advised the executive branch on the legality of a range of tactics in fighting the so-called “war on terror.” A few of these records have been made public, but many remain secret, including those relating to the Bush administration’s domestic surveillance program. The investigative website ProPublica has compiled the first public database of all that is currently known about these memos.

Sanders Votes No on Geithner: "[He's] More of a Part of the Problem...Than the Solution"
We speak with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–VT) about his decision to vote against Tim Geithner as Treasury Secretary, Obama’s $825 billion economic stimulus plan, and why the $700 billion financial bailout amounts to “the greatest financial scandal in the history of this country.”

House to Vote on Nearly $900B Stimulus Package
Hundreds Flee Latest Israeli Bombings
Gaza Sewage Plant Suffers Extensive Damage
Gates Warns of Iran Role in Latin America
Report: Obama Admin to Pressure Karzai
9th World Social Forum Kicks Off in Brazil
Report: Bailed-Out Banks Joined in Planning on Defeating Union Bill
3 Indicted for Election Night Church Arson

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