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Congressman John Conyers | Why I Issued Subpoenas
Wed Jun 13, 2007 18:31

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Congressman John Conyers | Why I Issued Subpoenas
Congressman John Conyers says: "Today, I issued subpoenas to former White House Counsel Harriett Miers to compel her to testify before the House Judiciary Committee and to provide documents related to our investigation. My counterpart in the Senate, Chairman Leahy, issued separate subpoenas to former Rove assistant Sara Taylor. I consider these subpoenas to be essential because the evidence our investigation has uncovered points to the pivotal role the White House played in the US attorney firings."

Doris "Granny D" Haddock | Unauthorized Immigration
"It is normally expected that, when given an opportunity to speak, I will talk about campaign finance reform and, more specifically, about how the public financing of campaigns can cut the threads of the big-money puppet show," says Doris "Granny D" Haddock. "But today I would like to talk about unauthorized immigration, which has nothing to do with the big-money corruption of our political system, except for everything."

Senate Dems Plan New Round of Iraq Votes
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday the Senate will face another round of votes on the Iraq war before the July Fourth recess, a strategy intended to show that Democrats are not giving up on efforts to bring troops home.

NOW | When Environmentalists, Developers and Activists Clash, Who Wins?
In the 1970s and 1980s, land developer Gary Bradley worked to transform Austin, Texas's pristine hill country into lucrative residential subdivisions. When local residents learned of new plans to develop 4,000 acres over nearby Barton Creek, they rose up to stop Bradley and his partners in their tracks. On Friday, June 15, at 8:30 pm, NOW talks with filmmaker Laura Dunn about her documentary, "The Unforeseen," which captures the drama, passion and heartfelt convictions on all sides of the conflict without making easy targets of any of them.

Transportation Department Intervened in California Emissions Waiver Request
The Transportation Department acknowledged Tuesday encouraging members of Congress to weigh in with the EPA on California's request to implement global warming controls on automakers.

Proposal Would Cut Spotted Owl Habitat
The Bush administration Tuesday proposed cutting 1.5 million acres from Northwest forests considered critical to the survival of the northern spotted owl, reopening the 1990s battle between timber production and wildlife habitat on public lands.

Stashing Seeds in "Noah's Fridge"
As US lawmakers haggle over how to handle human carbon emissions and avoid what's widely considered a climate catastrophe in the making, seed-banking projects have moved ahead with a "hope for the best, prepare for the worst" approach. The worry - and the hurry - is that species may disappear tomorrow.

Child Labor Behind Firestone Tires
As people around the world commemorated World Day Against Child Labor on June 12, the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company recognized the day by continuing its 81-year tradition of exploiting workers in Liberia.

Barbara Ehrenreich | They Came Here to Work
Barbara Ehrenreich writes: "Rush Limbaugh has been expecting liberals to start 'whining' about the $5,000 fine undocumented immigrants will have to pay to gain citizenship under the new immigration bill, but most liberals have been too busy chortling about the immigration-induced split in the GOP to make their own case against the bill. So let a mighty whine rise over the land: Undocumented workers shouldn't be fined; they should get a hefty bonus!"

Leading the Way for Women in Afghanistan
On June 14, 1,000 prominent Afghani mothers will celebrate Mother's Day in Kabul. Dr. Massouda Jalal, a CEDPA alumna and the first woman to run for president of the country, wishes that women in Afghanistan had a better chance of surviving childbirth, raising healthy families and living to achieve their fullest potential.

Combat Trauma Turns Top-Ranking Sergeant Into Mental Health Advocate
By the end of his tour in Iraq, Command Sergeant Major Thomas Adams was crushed by memories. Too many memorial services for dead soldiers. Too many visits to the wounded in hospital wards. Too many innocents - men, women and children - blown up by insurgent bombs or killed inadvertently by his Fort Lewis brigade. "What I'm telling you is that there's absolute carnage out there," Adams said. "We have to be ready for the trauma of today's battlefield."

VIDEO | Jason Leopold Interview With Fired US Attorney John McKay
In a wide-ranging, exclusive interview with Truthout, John McKay, the US attorney for western Washington state, who was fired in December, said he believes he was ousted because he did not convene a federal grand jury to pursue allegations of voter fraud related to the 2004 governor's election in the state in which Democrat Christine Gregoire defeated Republican Dino Rossi by a margin of 139 votes.

VIDEO | Keith Olbermann: Restoring Habeas Corpus
Keith Olbermann applauds the Senate Judiciary Committee's efforts to restore habeas corpus and discusses this issue with Jonathan Turley, professor of constitutional law at George Washington University.

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