Tuesday, October 12, 2010

12 Oct 2010: Today's Democracy Now!


As Fraud Scandal Grows, White House Opposes National Moratorium on Foreclosures
A coalition of as many as forty state attorneys general is expected to announce Wednesday a joint investigation into the recent revelations that major lenders may have committed fraud while forcing thousands of people out of their homes. While senior congressional Democrats have joined the calls for a national moratorium on foreclosures, the White House is arguing against punishing the industry. We speak to Democratic Rep. Ed Towns of New York. [includes rush transcript]

Why Are Bailed-Out Banks Breaking into Struggling Borrowers’ Homes?
Last week Florida resident Nancy Jacobini revealed that an agent hired by her bank broke into her home after she fell behind on her mortgage payments. Thinking she was being burglarized, Jacobini called 911. We speak to Jacobini’s lawyer Matthew Weidner and Bruce Marks, the founder and CEO of the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America, a housing services organization that’s been calling for a national moratorium on foreclosures for years. [includes rush transcript]

"Progressive Hunter": Gunman Cites Listening to Glenn Beck and Others as Inspiration for Armed Plot Against ACLU & Tides
Byron Williams was arrested after he opened fire on California Highway Patrol officers in July. He was accused of plotting to kill employees at the ACLU and the Tides Foundation, a small foundation that gives money to human rights groups, environmentalists and other progressive causes. Now, in a series of exclusive jailhouse interviews published on the website of the watchdog group Media Matters, independent journalist John Hamilton reveals that Byron Williams was inspired by listening to Glenn Beck of Fox News and other right-wing media figures. [includes rush transcript]


•Attorneys General to Announce Foreclosure Probe
•Report: Wall Street Pay to Hit Record $144B
•Obama Touts $50B Infrastructure Plan
•Taliban Claims Helicopter Attack in Afghanistan
•US Soldiers May Have Have Killed British Hostage
•PA Rejects Israeli Demand on Partial Settlement Freeze
•"Alarming" Hunger Found in 25 Countries
•Hungary Arrests CEO of Alumina Plant
•Nobel Laureate in Economics Denied Fed Confirmation
•NY GOP Candidate Defends Anti-Gay Remarks
•Pa. School District Settles with Monitored Students


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