This week’s theme is elections, no prizes for guessing why. We take a look at the history and effects of redistricting and the impact of corporate money on elections.
- The League of Dangerous Mapmakers – an interview with Robert Draper
- Obama continues Bush wiretaps and expands drone warfare – an interview with Kevin Gosztola
More about this week’s guests:
Robert Draper is a freelance writer, a correspondent for GQ and a contributor to The New York Times Magazine. Previously, he worked for Texas Monthly, where he first became acquainted with the Bush political family. He was on The Monitor last when he had just published Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush
Who’s most to blame for our divisive politics? How about the gerrymanderers quietly deciding where your vote goes. Inside the dark art and modern science of making democracy a lot less democratic. The League of Dangerous Mapmakers is the title of an article by Robert Draper in the Atlantic Magazine. The article takes a long look at how redistricting is done and by whom. Click the link to read it and tune into the show to hear Robert’s explanation.
Kevin Gosztola is a journalist for Firedoglake.com and recently wrote the piece “Obama’s Pathetic Answer to Jon Stewart’s Question on Continuation of Bush National Security Policies.” In the interview, President Obama claimed that he has set out to put legal structures in place to rein in the presidency. Gosztola argues that Obama has in fact done the opposite. Obama stated in the interview: “One of the things we’ve got to do is put a legal architecture in place and we need congressional help to do that, to make sure that not only am I reined in but any president is reined in in terms of some of the decisions that we’re making.” Gosztola retorted: “Like, the Constitution?”
Also see the new Amnesty International post: “Secret U.S. Drone Program Still Getting Away With Killing Children.” http://blog.amnestyusa.org/africa/secret-us-drone-program-still-getting-away-with-killing-children