Thursday, April 30, 2009

30 Apr 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

In 100th-Day News Conference, Obama Calls Bush Admin Waterboarding "Torture," Defends Continued White House Claim to "State Secrets" Privilege
President Obama marked his 100th day in office Wednesday by holding a prime-time news conference from the White House. Obama said the Bush administration’s use of waterboarding was torture and also defended the use of the state secrets privilege. [includes rush transcript]

Google Faces Antitrust Investigation for Agreement to Digitize Millions of Books Online
The Justice Department has launched an investigation into whether Google is violating antitrust laws by reaching an agreement with authors and publishers to digitize millions of printed books and post the contents online. We speak to Brewster Kahle, founder of the non-profit internet library He’s among critics warning Google could end up with a monopoly of access to information and exclusive license to profit from millions of books. [includes rush transcript]

Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi Joins Defense Team of Jailed Iranian American Journalist Roxana Saberi
We speak to Nobel Peace Prize-winning Iranian human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi about the jailed Iranian American reporter Roxana Saberi, whom she represents. Ebadi also shares her thoughts on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s upcoming elections, US-Iran relations, and more. [includes rush transcript]

Raising Alert Level, WHO Says Swine Flu Outbreak Nears Pandemic
58 Iraqis Killed in Baghdad Attacks; April Deadliest Month Since March ’08
Trial Begins for Alleged Ringleader in Iraq Rape, Murder Case
Spanish Judge Opens Gitmo Probe
Leahy Invites Bybee to Testify on Torture Memos
Report: Plea Deal Discussed in Marri Case
Sebelius Sworn In as Health Secretary
Economy Contracted 6.1% in 1st Quarter
Obama Backs Lowering Mandatory Minimums in Crack Sentences
Baltimore Sun Fires 60 Newsroom Staffers

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