Show Details for March 16th, 2008

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Today’s Guests:

— Former Secretary of Labor ROBERT REICH on our economic mess – PLEASE NOTE Robert Reich was not on the show as expected!!
— Law Prof. SCOTT HORTON on two fallen Democratic governors, Eliot Spitzer and Don Siegelman


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Join KPFT and Jim Hightower on Wednesday.
Jim’s new book is Swim Against The Current: Even A Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Landmark River Oaks Theatre, 2009 W. Gray, Houston, TX

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Former Secretary of Labor ROBERT REICH on our economic mess

Last week the Federal Reserve set up a gargantuan $200 billion lending program for investment banks and a $100 billion credit line for banks and thrifts. The Fed also loaned money to JP Morgan to bail out Bear Stearns, a major bank. Oil is well over $100 a barrel. Home foreclosures may be 1 to 2 million a year before we are out of those woods, and United for a Fair Economy reports that “the subprime lending debacle has caused the greatest loss of wealth to people of color in modern U.S. history.” Unemployment is rising, many believe we are now in a recession. What are we to make of the continuing troubling economic news?

Monitor co-host Pokey Anderson welcomes ROBERT REICH to the show to try to make sense of the mess.
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Law Prof. Scott Horton on two fallen Democratic governors, Eliot Spitzer and Don Siegelman


SCOTT HORTON is the second guest of Monitor co-host Pokey Anderson tonight.
He has been closely following the case of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, now in prison. And, he is now closely following the case of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, whose resignation takes effect tomorrow. He writes at his blog, No Comment at Harper’s:

“It’s very foolish to consider this [Spitzer] case solely within the framework of the personal destruction of Eliot Spitzer. The larger parameters are far more significant. This is a test of the National Surveillance State which has arisen in the last seven years.”
Horton has said of the Siegelman case:

“After the trial and sentencing, forty-four attorneys general from around the country, Democrats and Republicans, submitted a petition to Congress saying there’s something horribly wrong with this case, it really requires an investigation by Congress. That, as far as I know, has never happened before.” — Democracy Now, August 24, 2007, http://www.democracynow.org/2007/8/24/political_prosecution_justice_dept_holds_onto
A long-time human rights advocate, Scott Horton is chair of the International Law Committee at the New York City Bar Association. He is an adjunct professor of law at Columbia University where he lectures on international law and international humanitarian law. He is a New York attorney known for his work in emerging markets and international law, especially human rights law and the law of armed conflict. He is also been a legal affairs and national security contributor to Harper’s magazine.
ARTICLE:
“The Spitzer Sex Sting: A Few More Questions”
Scott Horton
Harper’s Magazine
March 10, 2008
http://harpers.org/archive/2008/03/hbc-90002589
SCOTT HORTON’S BLOG:
“No Comment” at Harper’s magazine — http://www.harpers.org/subjects/NoComment

NPR Report on extra banking scrutiny of those with political connections:
“Banks Scrutinize Even Routine Transactions”
Morning Edition
March 12, 2008
Adam Davidson
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=88132229
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