Tuesday, April 13, 2010

13 Apr 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

Group: Justice Stevens a “Champion of the Constitution in the Face of the Court’s Increasingly Conservative Jurisprudential Trend”
President Obama is vowing a speedy appointment to replace the retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. Stevens has long been regarded as the leader of the “liberal” wing of the Supreme Court. The Alliance for Justice said in a statement, “He has emerged in the past decade as one of the Court’s most vocal and eloquent spokespersons for individual liberties, separation of powers, and equal access to justice.” We speak with the president of the Alliance for Justice, Nan Aron. [includes rush transcript]

Glenn Greenwald on Why Elena Kagan Would Shift the Supreme Court to the Right and the Death of Dawn Johnsen’s OLC Nomination
On Capitol Hill, speculation is growing over who President Obama will nominate to replace the retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. Speculation has centered on three top contenders: Solicitor General Elena Kagan, US Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland and US Appeals Court Judge Diane Wood. But the White House says about ten candidates remain under serious consideration. Salon.com blogger Glenn Greenwald joins us to talk about some of the contenders, in particular Elena Kagan.

Alice Walker on “Overcoming Speechlessness: A Poet Encounters the Horror in Rwanda, Eastern Congo and Palestine/Israel”
As the 2010 Pulitzer Prize winners are announced, we speak with the first African American woman to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize for fiction: author, poet and activist Alice Walker. She was awarded the 1983 Pulitzer for her novel The Color Purple. She was written many books since then. Her latest, just out, is called Overcoming Speechlessness: A Poet Encounters the Horror in Rwanda, Eastern Congo and Palestine/Israel.

Headlines

Afghans Protest Deadly US Attack on Passenger Bus
Obama Pushes Iran Sanctions at Nuke Summit
Interim Kyrgyz Gov’t Assures US on Military Base
Up to 71 Killed in Pakistan Military Strike
Indigenous Amazonians Protest Brazilian Dam Project
Japanese Journalist Killed in Thai Clashes
Stern to Step Down from SEIU
Senate Moves Toward Restoring Jobless Benefits
W. Va. Blast Probe to Focus on Nearby Mines
Investors Call for Ouster of Massey CEO
ProPublica Becomes First Online Pulitzer Winner


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