Abe takes a look at the breaking story of the Bush-era "surveillance program" that Cheney ordered the CIA to keep secret from Congress. That would be Vice-president Cheney, who has Constitutional authority over exactly nothing. Also, Jerry Flanagan returns with an update on the health care bill making its way through Congress.
Hosted by Laurie Mercier (pictured here) and featuring music by activist folk-singer Anne Feeney, this program discusses what Obama's experience as a community organizer might mean for him as President; the role of science in the law; Hurt Locker, the movie about defusing bombs in Iraq; and the bad job the mainstream press is doing on the military coup in Honduras.
Barack Obama is the first US president to have been a community organizer. What does this suggest about how he tries to govern and how successful he might be? Geoffrey Kurtz has written about this, and here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about his observations. Kurtz is professor of Politics at Manhatten Community College.
Over 75 percent of Americans want health care reform according to a new Pew Research poll. President Obama remains committed to reforming our health care system this year. But as Congress struggles to craft legislation, the voice of concerned voters is getting drowned out by a vocal minority working from the same play book. Will serious health care reform die on the operating table at the hands of congressional Republicans, conservative pundits, and industry spin doctors?
For more than 40 years, the Cuban people have faced an economic, commercial and financial blockade by the government of the United States of America.
Cubans say this is one of the most cruel, inhuman and prolonged policies of hostility endured by any people in the history of human civilization.
Throughout these last 44 years, a total of 10 different U.S. administrations have reinforced and expanded the complex system of laws and measures that make up the blockade established by the U.S. government against the people of Cuba.
The economic meltdown of the past year has created exceptional challenges for the non-profit sector of our society. Kim Klein, legendary grassroots non-profit fundraising consultant, joins Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein to discuss why these hard times are providing not only difficulties but also opportunities for grassroots social change organizations.