Wednesday, November 18, 2009

18 Nov 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

EXCLUSIVE: Civil Rights Attorney Lynne Stewart Responds to Court Ruling Upholding Conviction and Ordering Her to Prison
Civil rights attorney Lynne Stewart has been ordered to prison to begin serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence after a federal appeals court upheld her conviction on Tuesday. Lynne Stewart was found guilty in 2005 of distributing press releases on behalf of her jailed client, Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, also known as the “Blind Sheikh,” who is serving a life sentence on terror-related charges. The panel also described Stewart’s twenty-eight-month sentence as “strikingly low” and sent the case back to the trial judge to determine whether she deserved a longer prison term. In a Democracy Now! national broadcast exclusive, Lynne Stewart joins us from New York. [includes rush transcript]

Amidst California Fiscal Crisis and Political Gridlock, Scholar and Activist George Lakoff Proposes Ballot Measure to End 2/3 Rule in State Legislature
As California struggles with a crippling $21 billion project deficit, professor and progressive activist George Lakoff has submitted a 2010 ballot proposition that would roll back the two-thirds majority needed to pass a budget and, he says, end the gridlock created by minority rule.

"The Card Game" - New Doc Investigates History of Credit Card Industry and Proposals for Reform
We take a look at how the consumer loan industry continues to squeeze customers. Last year the Federal Reserve Board announced new rules for banks to remove unfair credit card practices, and in May of this year Congress passed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009. In a joint Frontline/New York Times investigation, “The Card Game,” longtime investigative journalist and Frontline correspondent Lowell Bergman talked to industry insiders, lobbyists, politicians and consumer advocates about how to reform the way the consumer loan industry has done business for decades.

Headlines

Wall Street Headed for Record Profits in 2009
US, China Could Back Emissions Targets
Senate Delays Climate Bill Vote Until 2010
African Union Calls for Global Warming Reparations
NATO Head: “Substantially More Forces” Headed to Afghanistan
US Military Suicides at Record Level
Israel to Build 900 New Homes in E. Jerusalem Settlement
In Landmark Ceremony, El Salvador Honors Slain Jesuit Priests
Honduran Congress Delays Vote on Zelaya’s Return
5 Sentenced to Death in Iran Protests Trial
In Shift, Senate Preserves Funding for Gitmo Transfers
Public Campaign Forces Apparel Giant to Rehire Unionized Workers
UIUC Grad Students End Strike


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