Thursday, July 22, 2010

22 Jul 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

Jesse Jackson Calls Shirley Sherrod a "True Freedom Fighter" Who Fought Back Against "Attempted Character Assassination"
Two days after Shirley Sherrod was fired from her job at the Agriculture Department over allegedly racist comments she made in a selectively excerpted internet video posted by Tea Party activist Andrew Breitbart, Sherrod has received an apology from both the White House and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Sherrod used to oversee rural development in Georgia, and Vilsack offered her another unspecified position within the department. Sherrod said she would consider it. We speak with the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who suggests Sherrod accept the new position: "She would be a great face of redemption on our quest for racial and gender justice and quality." [includes rush transcript]

Nevada Leads Nation in Unemployment, Foreclosures, Bankruptcies
We broadcast from Las Vegas, Nevada, the state with the highest unemployment rate in the nation. The official jobless rate in Nevada set an all-time high of 14.2 percent in June, according to a state report released on Monday. Nevada also leads the nation in foreclosures and bankruptcies. We speak with Launce Rake of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada. [includes rush transcript]

Reid Leads in Nevada Senate Race After Series of Controversial Statements by GOP Challenger Sharron Angle
Nevada’s US Senate race pits Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid against Republican challenger and Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle. Reid’s poll numbers were down, mainly over Nevada’s sky-high unemployment rates, but since Angle, a former state assemblywoman, won the Republican primary on June 8th in a come-from-behind victory, she has made a series of statements that appear to be hurting her poll numbers and have put Reid ahead in the race. We speak with independent journalist Hugh Jackson. [includes rush transcript]

"Neither the Destruction of the Ninth Ward Nor the South Bronx Was Inevitable"–Majora Carter on the Struggle for Environmental Justice
We broadcast from Las Vegas, which is hosting the 2010 Netroots Nation. Thousands of people are attending, including Democrats in Congress, policy speakers, progressive bloggers and more. Among them is urban environmentalist Majora Carter. Newsweek has named her one of “25 to Watch” and one of the “century’s most important environmentalists.” She is currently president of the green-collar economic consulting firm the Majora Carter Group. In 2006, Majora Carter gave a rousing address at TED Talks about her life and her work. [includes rush transcript]


Ousted USDA Official Offered New Job in Agency
No Charges to be Filed in US Attorneys Scandal
UK Deputy PM Describes Iraq Invasion as "Illegal"
Ex-Guantánamo Prisoner Missing After Forced Repatriation
Obama Signs Financial Reform Bill
Record Foreclosures Expected in 2010 Despite Federal Efforts
London Officer Involved in Death of Man at G20 Escapes Charges
Israeli Court Ruling in "Rape by Deception" Case Stirs Controversy
Head of CIA Drone Program in Pakistan Promoted
House Passes Tribal Law and Order Act
Anti-Mountaintop Removal Candidate Enters Race for Byrd’s Senate Seat
Rage Against the Machine Urges Boycott of Arizona

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