Wednesday, May 13, 2009

13 May 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Baucus's Raucous Caucus: Doctors, Nurses and Activists Arrested Again for Protesting Exclusion of Single-Payer Advocates at Senate Hearing on Healthcare
Advocates of single-payer universal healthcare—the system favored by most Americans—continue to protest their exclusion from discussions on healthcare reform. On Tuesday, five doctors, nurses and single-payer advocates were arrested at a Senate Finance Committee hearing, bringing the total number of arrests in less than a week to thirteen. We speak with two of those arrested: Single Payer Action founder Russell Mokhiber and Dr. Margaret Flowers of Physicians for a National Health Program.
Howard Zinn: "I Wish Obama Would Listen to MLK"
Legendary historian Howard Zinn joins us to talk about war, torture and the teaching of history. Zinn says Obama had Obama heeded the lessons of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., he wouldn’t be escalating U.S. attacks abroad and increasing the size of the U.S. military budget. We also play excerpts of the forthcoming documentary, The People Speak, featuring dramatic readings based on Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States and Voices of a People’s History of the United States.

Dozens Killed as Sri Lankan Military Bombs Hospital
Senate Panel Holds Hearing on Torture
Geithner: Social Security Not “Untouchable”
Afghan Commission Reports Toll of 140 in US Attack
Army Sgt. Charged for Killing of 5 Comrades
Ending Boycott, US Wins Seat on UN Human Rights Council
Tillman Parents Calls for Review of McChrystal’s Role in Cover-Up of Son’s Death
House Weakens Emissions Bill
NY State Assembly Backs Gay Marriage
CODEPINK Protesters Confront Rumsfeld
Israel Arrests Journalist Amira Hass
Prosecutors Win Conviction on Third Try in Sears Tower Case


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