Thursday, March 5, 2009

05 Mar 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Lawmakers Debate Establishing "Truth Commission" on Bush Admin Torture, Rendition and Domestic Spying
On Capitol Hill, debate has begun over forming a truth commission to shed light on the Bush administration’s secret polices on detention, interrogation and domestic spying. A hearing on the issue was held Wednesday, two days after the Obama administration released a series of once-secret Bush administration Justice Department memos that authorized President Bush to deploy the military to carry out raids inside the United States. We speak to human rights attorney Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights. [includes rush transcript]

Grammy-Winning Musician Arturo O'Farrill and Ex-Head of US Interests Section in Cuba Vicki Huddleston Back Artists' Call to Lift Cultural Boycott of Cuba
As calls grow in Washington to reconsider policy toward Cuba, over a thousand artists, musicians and teachers are campaigning for free cultural exchange and allowing Cuban artists into the US. We speak with Grammy Award-winning Cuban American musician Arturo O’Farrill of the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra; Ambassador Vicki Huddleston, former head of the US Interests Section in Havana; and human rights attorney Michael Ratner. [includes rush transcript]

Obama Holds Healthcare Summit, Agrees to Invite Single-Payer Backer Conyers
US to Overhaul Government Contract Procurements
Geithner: Admin Could Scrap Repeal of Tax Deductions for Wealthy
Sudan Rejects ICC Arrest Warrant for Bashir
Clinton: Israeli House Demolitions “Unhelpful”
10 Killed in Iraq Bombing
UN General Assembly President Calls for Iraq Human Rights Probe
3 Canadian Troops Killed in Afghanistan
Miers, Rove to Testify in Attorney Probe
Study: Illegal Firings Linked to Union Votes
New York Assembly Scales Back Rockefeller Drug Laws
California Supreme Court Takes Up Gay Marriage Ban


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