Wednesday, April 28, 2010

28 Apr 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

Immigration Advocates Rise Up in Anger Over Arizona Law
“Public furor is mounting across the nation over Arizona’s new ‘show me your papers or go to jail’ immigration law,” writes Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez in his New York Daily News column. “Meanwhile, Attorney General Eric Holder said he may step in to challenge the new law, which permits police to stop residents merely on the "reasonable suspicion” that they are unlawfully in the country." [Includes rush transcript]

House Vote On Puerto Rico’s Status Divides Hispanic Lawmakers
The House is set to vote on a measure Thursday which could to Puerto Ricans casting a ballot in a referendum about whether they want to change the territory’s status with the U.S. [Includes rush transcript]

Goldman Execs Grilled Over Role in Inflating Housing Bubble and Then Betting on Collapse
Executives from the bailed-out Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs faced tough questioning on Tuesday at a Senate hearing on their role in the financial crisis. Current and former Goldman officials were grilled on their aggressive marketing of mortgage investments at the same time the firm was betting the investments would fail. We play highlights and speak with investigative journalist Greg Gordon of McClatchy Newspapers and former economist at the Senate Banking Committee, Rob Johnson. [Includes rush transcript]

“Plunder: The Crime Of Our Time”–Danny Schechter Takes on Wall St. in New Film
We speak with investigative journalist, filmmaker, and author Danny Schechter, ‘the News Dissector.’ His latest film features interviews with industry insiders to reveal how the financial crisis was built on a foundation of criminal activity. It’s called “Plunder: The Crime Of Our Time.” [Includes rush transcript]

After 3 Years in Pretrial Solitary Confinement, Fahad Hashmi Pleads Guilty on Eve of Terror Trial
Syed Fahad Hashmi has been held in 23-hour-a-day solitary confinement for nearly three years. The government’s case rested on the testimony and actions of an old acquaintance of Hashmi’s who turned government informant after his own arrest. The 30-year-old American citizen’s trial was due to begin today in New York but on Tuesday Hashmi pleaded guilty to one count of material support to a foreign terrorist organization. In a Democracy Now! exclusive we speak with his brother and his former college advisor. [Includes rush transcript]

Headlines


Goldman Execs Grilled at Senate Hearing
Senate Republicans Block Financial Reform Bill for Consecutive Day
U.S. Coast Guard Mulls “Controlled Burn” of Gulf Oil Slick
BP Opposed Drilling Safety Rules
Obama: “Everything on Table” for Deficit Reduction
Hashmi Pleads Guilty on Eve on Terror Trial
Gitmo Hearing Weighs Alleged Torture-Induced Confession
Group Urges U.S. to Probe Journalist Killings in Iraq
Justice Dept. Reviewing Arizona Immigration Law
Site of Mine Tragedy Had Highest Variety of Safety Violations in 2009
Oklahoma Senate Overrides Veto of Anti-Abortion Measures
Appeals Judge Orders University of Wyoming to Allow Ayers Speech
Malcom X Assassin Released on Parole


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