Friday, July 2, 2010

02 Jul 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

Despite House Passage, Feingold Maintains Opposition to Financial Reform Bill as "Too Weak" in Face of Wall St. Recklessness
Democrats may still be one vote short of approving an overhaul of financial regulation with Senator Russ Feingold vowing to vote against the measure again. The House approved the measure this week following over three weeks of conference committee negotiations. We speak to former investment banker turned journalist Nomi Prins, author of several books including "It Takes a Pillage: Behind the Bonuses, Bailouts, and Backroom Deals from Washington to Wall Street."[includes rush transcript]

Canadian Civil Liberties Group Mulls Lawsuit as Details of Mass Arrests, Unprecedented Powers at G2O Come to Light
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association says it is looking into suing the Toronto police department following mass arrests at the G20 summit last week. It is now estimated that 1,000 people, including many journalists, were arrested. On Thursday, protest rallies were held in Toronto, Montreal and Winnipeg against the brutal police crackdown. Civil liberties advocates are also up in arms after it emerged that the Toronto police were secretly given new and unprecedented powers of arrest in the lead-up to the G20. We hear from David Vassey, the first person arrested under a new law in Toronto that allowed police to detain anyone near the site of the G20 summit if they failed to identify themselves.[includes rush transcript]

Leading Canadian Peace Activist Targeted by Home Break-In in Lead-Up to G20
As we continue our G20 coverage, we hear from Sid Lacombe, the national coordinator of the Canadian Peace Alliance. Lacombe had his house broken into and ransacked in the lead up the G20 summit. [includes rush transcript]

Maude Barlow: "The World Has Divided into Rich and Poor as at No Time in History"
As world leaders gathered in Toronto for the G20 summit last week, leading activists from around the world joined thousands in Toronto’s Massey Hall to oppose the G20 agenda. Maude Barlow was one of the key speakers at the event. She heads the Council of Canadians, Canada’s largest public advocacy organization, and is a founder of the Blue Planet Project.[includes rush transcript]

In First Address on Immigration, Obama Urges Middle Ground Between Blanket Amnesty and Mass Deportations
President Obama delivered his first major speech on immigration Thursday, making an impassioned plea for passing comprehensive immigration reform. We play excerpts of his address, and speak to two guests: Columbia University professor Mae Ngai, author of "Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America"; and Gaby Pacheco, a 25-year old student who along with three other students completed a four-month walk from Miami to Washington, DC earlier this year, talking to people about their experience of growing up undocumented and urging the President to stop deportations. [includes rush transcript]

Grand Isle, Louisiana: Voices From a Community Devastated by BP Oil Spill
We end today’s broadcast in the Gulf Coast as the worst oil spill in US history is in its 74th day. On this this holiday weekend with families across the country celebrating July 4th, our thoughts are in Louisiana, where we broadcast several weeks ago. We visit Grand Isle, a community devastated by the oil spill.[includes rush transcript]


House Approves Over $30B for Escalating Afghan War
Taliban Attack U.S. Contractor in Afghanistan
42 Killed in Suicide Attack on Sufi Shrine in Pakistan
Tropical Storm Alex Delays Gulf Coast Cleanup
Spill Could Be Worse in Gulf History; House Expands Damages for Victims’ Families
Kagan Confirmation Hearings Conclude With Supporters, Critics
Obama Calls for Compromise in Immigration Reform
Obama Signs New Iran Sanctions into Law
Canadians Rally Against G20 Crackdown
4 Massey Supervisors Charged for Deadly 2006 Coal Mine Fire
New Details Emerge on "Backdoor Bailout" Through AIG
Jury Deliberations Expected in Oscar Grant Killing Trial
New York Lawmakers Approve Labor Standards for Domestic Workers
Penn State Panel Clears "Climategate" Scientist

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