Thursday, July 1, 2010

01 Jul 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

Michael Hastings of Rolling Stone on the Story that Brought Down Gen. McChrystal and Exposed Widening Disputes Behind the U.S. Debacle in Afghanistan
In a rare extended interview, we speak to Michael Hastings, whose article in Rolling Stone magazine led to the firing of General Stanley McChrystal. Hastings’ piece quoted McChrystal and his aides making disparaging remarks about top administration officials, and exposed long-standing disagreements between civilian and military officials over the conduct of the war. The Senate confirmed General David Petraues as McChrystal’s replacement on Wednesday, one day after McChrystal announced his retirement from the military on Tuesday after a 34-year career.

Rep. John Conyers and Out of Afghanistan Caucus Oppose Obama Admin’s $33B Escalation of Afghan War
Democratic Rep. John Conyers, chair of the House Judiciary Committee and the co-chair of the Out of Afghanistan Caucus, joins us to discuss his opposition to the $33 billion earmarked for the escalation of the War in Afghanistan. Conyers and other anti-war lawmakers are holding a news conference today after the end of the bloodiest month for international troops in Afghanistan.

Fmr. Marine, State Dept. Official Matthew Hoh is First U.S. Official to Resign Over Afghan War
Last September Matthew Hoh became the first U.S. official known to resign in protest over the Afghan war. At the time of resignation he was serving as the senior U.S. civilian in Zabul province on the Pakistani border. In his resignation letter Hoh wrote: "I have lost understanding of and confidence in the strategic purposes of the United States’ presence in Afghanistan. I have doubts and reservations about our current strategy and planned future strategy, but my resignation is based not upon how we are pursuing this war, but why and to what end."


Kagan Concludes Testimony at Confirmation Hearings
House Approves Financial Regulation Overhaul
GOP Continues Senate Filibuster of Unemployment Benefits
Senate Panel Votes to Remove Spill Liability Cap
BP Accused of Using Dispersant to Mask Spill Size
BP Fined $5.2M for False Reporting on Colorado Leases
Senate Approves Petraus Nomination for Afghan Command
House Panel Votes to Undo Cuba Trade, Travel Restrictions
Puerto Rican Police Quash Protest at State Capitol
Palestinian Children in Israeli-Run West Bank Areas Suffer Worst Conditions Than Gazans
Study: Media Stopped Calling Waterboarding "Torture" Following Its Disclosure as Routine U.S. Practice
ACLU Sues U.S. over No-Fly List

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