Show Details for September 16th, 2007

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This week’s Guests:

  —  BRAD FRIEDMAN on the latest White House spin, the DOJ, and on election integrity

  —  REBECCA CLARREN on her investigation into human trafficking in the U.S.

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— BRAD FRIEDMAN on the latest White House spin, the DOJ, and on election integrity

 

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Brad Friedman is one of our favorite bloggers, and a frequent guest on The Monitor.  He is one of the leading sources of news on election reform issues, and he keeps his blog, humbly named for himself, stocked with fresh news of the day.

Co-host Pokey Anderson will catch up with him about this week’s spin on the War in Iraq. 

We’ll also look at further morphing of the Department of Justice into a political arm of the Republican Party, this time by purging voter rolls.  Brad writes that they “have found a ‘legal’ way to use the DoJ to do the illegal vote-caging work the party and their phony well-funded ‘grass-roots’ used to have to do.” (Story below.)

In addition, we’ll look at the continuing furor surrounding the Holt Bill, HR 811, which may come up for a vote in the US House next week.


 

ARTICLES:

“The DoJ is the New ACVR
Republicanists Using Their Politicized Big Government Tools to Fight Against Democracy in America
Voter Roll Purges Ordered for 2008 by DOJ in 10 Key States…”
By Brad Friedman
September 14, 2007
http://www.bradblog.com/?p=5063#more-5063

WEBSITE:
Brad Blog www.bradblog.com

“Voter Purging: A Legal Way for Republicans to Swing Elections?”
By Steven Rosenfeld
AlterNet
September 11, 2007
http://www.alternet.org/story/62133/

“Looking toward the 2008 election, it appears the purges could be a new and legal way to accomplish a controversial longstanding Republican Party electoral tactic — thinning the ranks of likely Democratic voters in states where there may be close races.”  — Steve Rosenfeld

 

REBECCA CLARREN on her investigation into human trafficking in the U.S.

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Rebecca Clarren joins Pokey today on The Monitor to discuss human trafficking. Her article, “The Invisible Ones,” appears in the current issue of Ms. Magazine.  Ms. undertook an investigation into the shadow world of sex and labor trafficking in the United States, and learned not just the dimensions of the problem but the startling inadequacy of the federal response.

 

Rebecca writes about labor, science, agriculture and the environment for a variety of publications, including The Nation and Ms. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

We previously interviewed Rebecca about her Ms. investigation, “Sex and Greed in a Paradise Lost.”

ARTICLE:
“The Invisible Ones,” Ms. Magazine, Summer 2007

see introduction and resources at: http://msmagazine.com/summer2007/invisibleones.asp



WEBSITE:

Ms. Magazine   http://msmagazine.com/

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