Thursday, August 12, 2010

12 Aug 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

As Gibbs Attacks Progressive Critics, ACLU Says Obama White House Enshrining Bush-Era Policies
As White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs attacks Progressives for comparing President Obama’s polices to George W. Bush’s, we look at a new ACLU report on how the Obama administration is permanently enshrining into law many of President Bush’s most controversial policies. The report, "Establishing a New Normal", warns: "There is a very real danger that the Obama administration will enshrine permanently within the law policies and practices that were widely considered extreme and unlawful during the Bush administration."

"I Fear For My Country": Muslim Leader Daisy Khan on Opposition to Ground Zero Mosque and Others Nationwide
Debate is intensifying over the planned construction of an Islamic center and mosque two blocks from New York’s Ground Zero—but it is not just a local issue. Across the country Muslim groups are facing attacks over plans to build new mosques. We speak to Daisy Khan, of the American Society for Muslim Advancement, one of the main organizations behind the mosque project and the wife Imam Feisal Abdul Rau; and Stephan Salisbury, cultural writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer and author of "Mohamed’s Ghosts: An American Story of Love and Fear in the Homeland."

"Gaming the System": Study Details How Big Banks are Avoiding Lending Obligations Under Community Reinvestment Act
A new report from National People’s Action shows how big banks have been able to wiggle around their obligations under the Community Reinvestment Act. The act was passed in 1977 to stop the redlining of low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. Federal bank and thrift regulatory agencies are holding a public hearing in Chicago today, one of several held nationwide this summer to re-evaluate the Act.

Headlines


UN Warns of More Pakistan Deaths Unless Aid Reaches Flooded Areas
US Denied Helicopters for Pakistan Relief Effort Due to Afghan War
U.S. Accused of Killing 3 Afghan Civilians
Military Officials to Push for Delayed Afghan Withdrawal
Top Iraqi General: US Troops Should Remain Until 2020
Report: US Pressuring Allies to Target WikiLeaks Founder
BP Ties Compensation Fund to Gulf Coast Drilling Revenues
Top 5 Insurance Companies Paid Execs Nearly $200M in 2009
Florida A.G. Unveils Anti-Immigrant Measure
Clinton Urges Senate Ratification of START Treaty
Gitmo Prisoner Sentenced to 14 Years
Argentina’s Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo Nominated for Nobel Prize
Lebanon Vows to Reject U.S. Military Aid if it Limits Self-Defense
Wells Fargo Ordered to Repay Customers for Overdraft Fees
Dozens Injured in Massive Turnout for Subsidized Housing in Georgia

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