Thursday, January 29, 2009

29 January 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Economic Stimulus Moves to Senate Following House Approval
The House has passed an $819 billion stimulus package, marking one of the most expensive pieces of legislation ever to move through Congress. Not a single Republican voted for the bill. We speak to William Greider, national affairs correspondent for The Nation magazine. [includes rush transcript]

Food Safety: Georgia Plant Knowingly Shipped Contaminated Peanuts; Study Links Corn Syrup to Toxic Mercury
We look at two stories on food safety. The FDA has issued one of the largest food recalls in history after eight people died of salmonella poisoning. A Georgia peanut plant knowingly shipped products contaminated with salmonella on a dozen occasions over the past two years. And a pair of new studies has revealed traces of toxic mercury can be found in many popular food items containing high-fructose corn syrup. The sweetener has become a widely used substitute for sugar in processed foods, including many items marketed toward children. [includes rush transcript]

House Backs Economic Stimulus
IMF: Global Economy to See Lowest Post-War Growth
7 Palestinian Girls Wounded in Israeli Attack
Israel: Gaza Borders Closed Until Captured Soldier Freed
Israeli West Bank Settlement Expansion Grew 57% in 2008
Hamas Official: “We Accept a State in ‘67 Borders”
UN: 250,000 Trapped in Sri Lanka Fighting
Iraq Won’t Renew Blackwater License
Iran Calls for US Apology for 1953 Coup, Jetliner Attack
CIA Algeria Station Chief Accused of Raping 2 Women
Holder Denies Assuring No Torture Prosecutions
Penn. Judges Accused of Taking Kickbacks for Jailing Youths in Private Prisons
Union Membership Grew in 2008
SEIU Removes Leadership at Dissident California Local

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