Wednesday, March 17, 2010

17 Mar 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

Rep. Alan Grayson’s “Medicare You Can Buy Into Act” Attracts 50 Co-Sponsors
With the Democrat-led push for healthcare reform in its final stages, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) introduces “The Public Option Act,” a measure that would allow people under sixty-five to buy into Medicare. The bill has attracted fifty co-sponsors. Grayson joins us to discuss the measure and healthcare reform overall, his own family’s experience with private insurance companies and more. [includes rush transcript]

Report: Petraeus Warns Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mullen that Israel Is Jeopardizing US Security Interests
Veteran military and foreign affairs analyst and author Mark Perry reports that CENTCOM commander General David Petraeus dispatched a team of senior military officers in January to brief Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Admiral Michael Mullen on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Perry reports that the briefers told Mullen that “Israeli intransigence on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was jeopardizing US standing in the region.” [includes rush transcript]

Federal Probe into Post-Katrina Shootings by Police Widens
We get an update on the investigations into a spate of police shootings in New Orleans that took place in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In recent weeks, two former members of the New Orleans police have admitted to participating in a cover-up of the Danziger Bridge shootings of September 4, 2005, when police SWAT units opened fire on a group of unarmed civilians, killing two and wounding four. Meanwhile, federal investigators have widened their probe into the New Orleans Police Department and are now looking into the circumstances surrounding four other incidents that include three deaths and one non-fatal shooting.

Headlines

10 Palestinians Seriously Wounded in Israeli Crackdown on Jerusalem Protests
Rejecting US Criticism, Israel Announces New Settlement Construction
Palestinians Name Ramallah Street After Slain US Activist Rachel Corrie
9 Killed in US Drone Attacks in Pakistan
ACLU Sues US for Disclosures on Drone Attacks
Report: US Sending “Bunker Buster” Bombs to Diego Garcia
Ex-PM Holds Slight Lead in Iraqi Elections
Ban: Haiti in “Race Against Time” Before Rainy Season
Afghanistan Confirms Amnesty Law for War Crimes
5 Dems Announce Opposition to Healthcare Bill
Penn. Nearly Doubles Cost of Low-Income Insurance Program
Top Economic Officials Foresee “Elevated” Unemployment Rate
Admin Threatens Veto of Intel Funding over Oversight Provisions
University of Florida Students Protest Police Shooting of African Graduate Student
Irish Activist, Rendition Critic Has US Visa Revoked


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