Listen to an excellent NPR Weekend Edition story revisiting the Jack Abramoff-Tom DeLay connection to the slave trade, forced abortions, forced prostitution happening in the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands. DeLay called industry on the islands a “shining light of the Republican Party” during one of many “fact-finding missions” to the region.
Sen. Arlen Specter went on TV to vehemently deny a Washington Post report that he had proposed legislation which included blanket amnesty for everyone involved with Bush’s warrantless spying. But lawyer Glenn Greenwald has apparently proved that the Post was right in its report—and the Specter had lied about it.
A law working its way through the California Legislature would provide for full public funding of credible candidates in statewide races. This is the real-deal way to eliminate the ruinous influence of huge campaign contributions in elections. It’s already working in a few states, and a victory in California could start a nationwide revolution. Check it out. Sign a petition. Join the cause.
Michael Berg, father of the young contractor whose brutal death at the hands of Al Qaeda was videotaped and broadcast to the world, speaks out against the war in Iraq and violence as retribution, and condemns George W. Bush in an interview with a stunned Soledad O’Brien. Berg said that Zarqawi’s death brings him no joy and will only perpetuate the cycle of revenge. Watch the interview.
The former president earned a staggering $650,000 for just two appearances before major gatherings in Canada by motivational speaker Tony Robbins, according to financial document filed by Hillary Clinton. It’s good to be the former president
Shiite militiamen have overrun Iraq’s prison system. “We cannot control the prisons. It’s as simple as that,” says the country’s deputy justice minister. The prisons won’t be turned over to Iraqi control until relative order is restored. Hard to know which side to take on this one: There’s apparently a fair chance of Iraqi prisoners getting tortured no matter which country runs the jails.
The fierce debate on the Iraq war that began in Congress on Thursday will culminate on Friday with a nonbinding resolution that includes: labeling the Iraq war as part of the war on terror, and opposition to setting an “arbitrary” withdrawal date. Democrats decried the vote as an election-year sham.
The six-nation incentive package aimed at halting Iran’s uraniam enrichment appears to have some purchase in Tehran. But don’t start celebrating. The Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei again vowed that Iran would never back down on its nuclear program. This is also bad news for Cheney and Rumsfeld: The appearance of diplomatic progress will make a future U.S. invasion all the tougher to justify.