Friday, October 30, 2009

30 Oct 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Is the Recession Over? Author, Democratic Senate Hopeful Jonathan Tasini on "The Audacity of Greed: Free Markets, Corporate Thieves and the Looting of America"
With the US economy snapping a record streak of four straight quarterly declines and expanding 3.5 percent in the third quarter, many economists are claiming the nation’s worst recession since World War II may now be over. We speak to Jonathan Tasini, author of the new book The Audacity of Greed: Free Markets, Corporate Thieves, and the Looting of America. Tasini is challenging Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in the Democratic primary for the 2010 US Senate special election in New York.

Deal Reached in Honduran Coup Crisis; Zelaya Restoration Would Depend on Vote by Honduran Congress
The Honduran coup regime and representatives of the ousted President Manuel Zelaya reached an agreement late Thursday that would pave the way for Congress to restore Zelaya to office and allow him to serve out the remaining three months of his term. We go to the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa to speak with Andrés Conteris, who has been holed up at the embassy since Zelaya took refuge there last month. [includes rush transcript]

Leading Political, Legal Blogger Glenn Greenwald on Afghanistan, State Secrets, Healthcare and the Media
One of the leading political and legal bloggers in the country, Glenn Greenwald, joins us to talk about about the war in Afghanistan, the Obama administration’s use of state secrets, the healthcare debate, the renewed military commissions at Guantanamo, and the coverage of it all by the corporate media. Greenwald is a constitutional law attorney who writes for Salon.com and is the author of three books.

Rep. Raul Grijalva, Co-Chair of Progressive Caucus, Vows to Bring "Robust" Public Option to House Floor
We speak to Democratic Congressman Raul Grijalva of Arizona, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. On Thursday, Grijalva said he was deeply disappointed at the healthcare bill unveiled by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He has pledged to fight for a floor vote on including a robust public option in the bill.

Headlines

Coup Regime, Zelaya Reach Tentative Deal
Progressive Dems Criticize Pelosi Health Reform Bill
Study Links Deaths of 17,000 Children to Lack of Insurance
4 Arrested at Baltimore Single-Payer Protest
Report: 7 Members of House Defense Panel Under Ethics Inquiry
US Awards $1.2B in Stimulus Contracts to Scandal-Linked Firms
Obama Witnesses Return of US War Dead
Ft. Carson Soldier Shoots Himself to Avoid Afghan Redeployment
Marri Sentenced to 8-Year Term
Stimulus Fuels 3.5% GDP Growth
Key Figure in Chevron-Ecuador Case Has Criminal Past
Penn. Court Tosses Thousands of Juvenile Cases Tried by Bribed Judge


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