Tuesday, February 24, 2009

24 Feb 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Altering Bailout Rules, US Moves Closer to Nationalizing Troubled Banks
The Obama administration has revamped the terms of its emergency aid to troubled financial firms that could lead to the government nationalizing some of the country’s largest banks. With nationalized banks on the horizon, we speak to Robert Johnson, former chief economist of the Senate Banking Committee, and former investment banker turned journalist, Nomi Prins. [includes rush transcript]

US Lags Behind Europe in Regulating Toxicity of Everyday Products
We speak to award-winning investigative journalist Mark Schapiro, author of Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What’s at Stake for American Power. Schapiro writes, “The European-led revolution in chemical regulation requires that thousands of chemicals finally be assessed for their potentially toxic effects on human beings and signals the end of American industry’s ability to withhold critical data from the public.” [includes rush transcript–partial]

Freed Gitmo Prisoner Alleges Torture in US Captivity
White House-Backed Inquiry: Gitmo Conforms with Geneva Conventions
Admin Paves Way to Nationalizing Banks
Obama Mirrors Bush in Opposing Release of White House Emails
US to Spend $900M on Gaza Aid
Ross Named to Advisory Post on Iran
3 US Troops, Interpreter Killed in Iraq
Senate Report Faults Cuban Embargo
Study: Western Demand Boosts Chinese CO2 Emissions
Admin: Healthcare Reform Top Fiscal Priority

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