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"ACLU: US Constitution in Grave Danger,"United Press International, July 25, 2007

"Old-line Republican warns 'something's in the works' to trigger a police state," by Muriel Kane, July 19, 2007

"Fascist America, in 10 easy steps," by Naomi Wolf, The Guardian, April 24, 2007

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Progressives Evaluate Best Approach
to Influencing the Obama Presidency

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Interview with Steve Cobble,
associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies,
conducted by Scott Harris


Throughout the presidential campaign, Republican candidate John McCain attacked his Democratic opponent Barack Obama as a mysterious, radical, socialist who associated with known terrorists. But now that the campaign is over, and the GOP's vicious attack machine has taken a brief hiatus, President-elect Obama is preparing to confront the nation's major financial crises and two wars when he enters the White House in January. Americans are now waiting to find out what policies the new president will pursue and the team he'll select to execute his program. Many of those individuals mentioned for Cabinet posts in the incoming Obama administration are familiar names from the presidency of Bill Clinton. While officials of the Clinton White House would bring valuable experience to a new administration, their selection would disappoint many progressives who are hoping that Obama will make good on his pledge for shaking up business as usual in Washington.

Barack Obama's first major announced appointment, Rahm Emanuel as chief of staff, was troubling to many progressives. Emanuel, a senior adviser to Clinton from 1993 to 1998, helped pass NAFTA and welfare reform. Elected as an Illinois representative in 2002, he was a supporter of President Bush's war in Iraq and well-known as a hawkish ally of Israel. Later, as chairman of the 2006 Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Emanuel opposed the candidacies of many anti-war Democrats. Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Steve Cobble, an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and co-founder of Progressive Democrats of America who worked on Dennis Kucinich's 2004 and 2008 presidential campaigns. He assesses the election results and discusses his hopes for moving the progressive agenda forward under the Obama presidency.

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Activists Vow to Overturn
Discriminatory Proposition 8
Gay Marriage Ban

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Interview with Marty Rouse,
Human Rights Campaign national field director,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Of the many ballot initiatives this year in California, the one that attracted the most attention -- and tens of millions of dollars in funding on both sides -- was Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that defined marriage as between "a man and a woman." The state Supreme Court in a May 16, 4-3 ruling struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, approved by voters in 2000, affirming that California's Constitution protects a fundamental "right to marry" that extends equally to same-sex couples. But the passage of Proposition 8, by a nearly 53 percent margin on Nov. 4, could end the short-lived legal right of gays and lesbians in America's most populous state to marry. Voters in Arizona and Florida also passed amendments to their states' constitutions outlawing gay marriage.

In reaction to the passage of the gay marriage ban in California, thousands of people took to the streets across the state, some targeting Mormon and other conservative churches, which had raised millions to promote the amendment. Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Marty Rouse, national field director for the Human Rights Campaign, which works for equal rights for gays and lesbians. He discusses the forces on both sides of the ballot question, whether gay marriages that have already taken place in California will remain legally valid - and the next steps for those working to overturn the marriage ban.

For more information, visit Human Rights Campaign's website at or call their Washington, D.C. office at (202) 628-4160.

Uncounted Votes Change Outcome
of Key Senate Race in Georgia

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Interview with Greg Palast,
BBC-TV reporter,
conducted by Scott Harris


With bitter memories and suspicion surrounding the integrity of the 2000 and 2004 presidential election, activist groups and attorneys working with the Democratic Party watched closely as ballots were counted in this year's national election. While Barack Obama convincingly won across the nation, a week after votes were cast, many election protection monitors were looking closely at unresolved Senate races in Minnesota, Alaska and Georgia. Democrats are hoping to have 60 Senate votes to prevent Republicans from using filibusters to block legislation in the next Congress.

A recount is now underway in Minnesota in the race between GOP Sen. Norm Coleman and his challenger Democrat Al Franken, a comedian, with just 206 votes separating the two. In Alaska, Republican Sen. Ted Stevens, recently convicted of felony charges, led Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich, a Democrat, by 3,257 votes, but another 90,000 votes must still be counted.

In Georgia, GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who failed to win 50 percent of the votes in his race with Democrat Jim Martin, is preparing for a runoff election on Dec. 2. BBC-TV investigative journalist Greg Palast has been watching the election returns in Georgia and reports that over 50,000 new voters in Georgia were blocked from having their ballots counted resulting from provisions of the federal Help America Vote Act passed in 2002. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Palast, who first reported the illegal purging of voters in Florida prior to the controversial 2000 election, about why tens of thousands of ballots in Georgia and millions more across the country, were not counted in the 2008 election.

Read Greg Palast's articles online at Download a free copy of his illustrated pamphlet, "Steal Back your Vote," co-authored by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • French and European Union President Nicholas Sarkozy has called for a new "Bretton Woods" agreement to reform the global financial system, with a common regulatory framework between the EU, England and the United States. ("EU Calls for Tighter Financial Controls," Financial Times, Nov. 4, 2008; "IMF Chief Curbs Summit Expectations," Washington Post, Nov. 7, 2008; "Brazil's Lula Urges Global Solutions," Washington Post, Nov. 9, 2008)
  • Colombia's top military commander, Gen. Mario Montoya, has resigned in the aftermath of a scandal involving the killing of civilians who were falsely identified as leftist guerillas. Over the summer, Montoya was celebrated as a hero for rescuing hostages former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and others held by FARC. ("Colombia's Army Chief Steps Down," Washington Post, Nov. 5, 2008; "Army Chief Steps Down," Inter Press Review, Nov. 4, 2008; "Colombian Fires 26 from Army Over Killings," Washington Post, Oct. 30, 2008)
  • Environmentalists and Native American activists in Arizona are pledging to continue their legal battle over a development plan to make snow from reclaimed wastewater in the San Francisco mountains. ("Wastewater Ski Slopes," In These Times, Otober 2008)

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U.S. Politics

"The New Liberalism: How the economic crisis can help Obama redefine the Democrats," by George Packer, The New Yorker, Nov. 17, 2008

"Will Congress cede its powers to the Obama administration?," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Nov. 11, 2008

"Obama's Foreign Policy: No Sharp Break From Bush," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, Nov. 11, 2008

"The Road to Economic Recovery," by Sen. Bernie Sanders, Huffington Post, Nov. 10, 2008

"Obama's army of supporters must maintain their level of activism," by Gary Younge, Guardian/UK, Nov. 10, 2008

"The Democratic Majority Has Emerged," by Harold Meyerson, The American Prospect, Nov. 10, 2008

"The Mini Depression and the Maximum-Strength Remedy," by Robert Reich, TPM Café, Nov. 9, 2008

"Obama's Historic Victory," by Howard Zinn, Common Dreams, Nov. 8, 2008

"Shifting Gears: Transforming Obama's Campaign into a Movement for Change," by Peter Dreier, Huffington Post, Nov. 6, 2008

"A Progressive Agenda for Obama," AlterNet, Nov. 8, 2008

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Bush Regime

The Midnight De-Regulation Express," by Matthew Blake, Washington Independent, Nov. 11, 2008

"Goodbye and Good Riddance," by Paul Waldman, The American Prospect, Nov. 11, 2008

"Bush Spy Revelations Anticipated When Obama Is Sworn In," by Ryan Singel, Wired, Nov. 11, 2008

" Judge Rules Against White House In E-mail Case," Associated Press, Nov. 11, 2008

"Secret Order Lets US Raid Al Qaeda in Many Countries," The New York Times, Nov. 10, 2008

"Fed Defies Transparency Aim in Refusal to Disclose," Bloomberg News, Nov. 10, 2008

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Documents Linking Iran to Nuclear Weapons Push May Have Been Fabricated," by Gareth Porter, Raw Story, Nov. 11, 2008

"Mending Fences with Latin America," by Will Stebbins, Al Jazeera English, Nov. 11, 2008

"End of International Law, Part II," by Robert Dreyfuss, The Nation, Nov. 10, 2008

"Latin America Sends Obama Congratulations-and a Piece of its Mind," by Laura Carlsen, Americas Program, Nov. 9, 2008

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"The US can quit Iraq, or it can stay. But it can't do both," by Patrick Cockburn, Independent/UK, Nov. 11, 2008

"On Killing the Right People," by Andrew J. Bacevich, Huffington Post, Nov. 11, 2008

"The New Gulf War Syndrome," by Nora Eisenberg, Guardian/UK, Nov. 11, 2008

"The Case for U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan," by Sameer Dossani, Foreign Policy in Focus, Nov. 10, 2008

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"First, Close Gitmo, Say Rights Groups," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, Nov. 11, 2008

"Obama Spells New Hope for Human Rights," by Marjorie Cohn, ZNet, Nov. 11, 2008

"Binyam Mohamed's Transatlantic Quest for Justice," by Andy Worthington, ZNet, Nov. 11, 2008

"Zap the Taser," Vancouver Province/Canada, Nov. 10, 2008

"High Court May Consider Legality of Detention," Washington Post, Nov. 9, 2008

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Environment and Sustainability

"Can We Save the Planet and Rescue the Economy at the Same Time?," by Al Gore, Mother Jones, Nov./Dec., 2008

"Tribes and Fishermen Speak Out Against Clean Water Permit for Klamath Dams," by Dan Bacher, Truthout, Nov. 11, 2008

"Obama's Toughest Challenge: America's Energy Crunch Comes Home," by Tom Engelhardt & Micharl Klare,, Nov. 9, 2008

"Michael Pollan: Eating Is a Political Act," by Mark Eisen, The Progressive, Nov. 8, 2008

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Media Issues

"Big Election Winner: Indy Media," by Jeff Cohen, Common Dreams, Nov. 5, 2008

More newswire ...


"Iraq Vet Says He Won't Return," Corvallis Gazette-Times (Oregon), Nov. 11, 2008

"Why Employees Need Free Choice to Join Unions: Let's Cut to the Chase," by Michael Whitney, Firedoglake, Nov. 11, 2008

"As I See It," by Benjamin Lewis & Brandon Neely, Corvallis Gazette-Times, Nov. 11, 2008

"Hofstra anti-war protesters plead not guilty," Newsday (New York), Nov. 11, 2008

"LA Immigrant Rights Activists Wrap Up 3-Week Fast to Change US Immigration Policy," Democracy Now!, Nov. 10, 2008

"Activism, involvement and a pursuit of the common good - that's the key," by Henry Porter, Guardian/UK, Nov. 9, 2008

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