Friday, June 18, 2010

18 June 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

Grilled by Lawmakers, BP CEO Tony Hayward Denies BP Recklessness Led to Gulf of Mexico Oil Disaster
Lawmakers accused BP CEO Tony Hayward of stonewalling on Thursday after hours of tough questioning about the oil spill his company caused that has spiraled into the worst environmental disaster in US history. Hayward was testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. In seven hours of hearings, he faced a barrage of questions about BP’s cost-cutting measures and how early he was informed about problems with the well that exploded sixty days ago, on April 20th. We play excerpts. [includes rush transcript]

Fmr. Labor Secretary Robert Reich: US Should Put BP Under Temporary Receivership During Gulf Coast Recovery
We get reaction to BP CEO Tony Hayward’s appearance on Capitol Hill from Robert Reich, the former Secretary of Labor under the Clinton administration and now a professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley. Reich says BP should be put under temporary receivership, which would allow the US to take over its operations until the spill is stopped. We’re also joined by Tyson Slocum, the director of Public Citizen’s Energy Program.

Tom Engelhardt on "The American Way of War: How Bush’s Wars Became Obama’s"
We discuss the latest in the ongoing US war in Afghanistan, the longest-running war in American history, with Tom Engelhardt, creator and editor of the website TomDispatch and author of The American Way of War: How Bush’s Wars Became Obama’s. Engelhardt says the US war in Afghanistan has troubling parallels with the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan of the 1980s.

Following Community Protests, Bank of America Backs Down from Foreclosing on Disabled Bronx Homeowner
Democracy Now! co-host and New York Daily News columnist Juan Gonzalez reports on the case of Edda Lopez-Lennards, who faced the loss of her Bronx home after the bailed-out Bank of America drastically raised her monthly mortgage payments. Bank of America backed down this week after coming under heavy community protest. [includes rush transcript]

Headlines

BP CEO Grilled During House Testimony
Protester Removed After Calling Hayward "Criminal"
GOP Rep. Calls $20B Compensation Fund "Shakedown"
Clinton: Obama Admin to Sue Arizona over Anti-Immigrant Law
Unemployment Measure Stalls in Senate as Jobless Claims Rise
Group: Senate Climate Bill Holds Billions in Tax Breaks for Nuclear Industry
Ex-Chicago Police Commander Denies Overseeing Torture of African Americans at Trial
Palestinians, Human Rights Groups Call for Full Repeal of Gaza Blockade
Red Cross: Kyrgyz Violence Is "Immense Crisis"
Rwandan Court Frees Jailed American Lawyer Peter Erlinder
Panel Calls for US-Funded $300M Cleanup of Agent Orange in Vietnam
Number of Homeless US Families Grows to 170,000
Utah Prisoner Executed by Firing Squad
Supreme Court: Employers Can Read Employees’ Text Messages
Allied Media Conference Opens Ahead of US Social Forum in Detroit


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