Politics

Texas Congressional Redistricting

December 15, 2005

The Supreme Court's decision to consider the legality of Texas's 2003 congressional redistricting plan comes amid leaks revealing Justice Department attorneys' initial opposition to the plan, and the legal battle of its engineer, former...

Katrina vanden Heuvel: "Dictionary of Republicanisms" (Nation Books)

December 13, 2005

The editor of The Nation magazine discusses the current issue dedicated to the issue of torture, and a new book's satirical look at what she calls the "Orwellian doublespeak" of political leaders.

Larry Beinhart: "Fog Facts" (Nation Books)

December 12, 2005

The author of the novel "American Hero", which was the basis of the movie "Wag the Dog," turns his attention to the real world issue of spin.

Uzodinma Iweala: "Beasts of No Nation" (HarperCollins)

December 9, 2005

In Nigerian-American Iweala's first novel, a young African boy is recruited to fight along guerilla fighters in his country's civil war. Agu tries to hold memories of happier times close, but finds these and his sense of self slipping...

Democratic Options for U.S. Strategy in Iraq

December 6, 2005

Leading Democrats offer views on U.S options in Iraq.

The Death Penalty

December 5, 2005

Executions in the U.S. top 1,000 since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. At the same time, public support for the death penalty has dropped and high-profile clemency petitions land governors and their decisions in the...

Mike Wallace: "Between You and Me" (Hyperion)

December 1, 2005

With over 60 years in journalism, Mike Wallace has interviewed the famous and the infamous. He talks about his life as a reporter and some of his most famous interviews.

President Bush's Strategy for Iraq

December 1, 2005

Diane and her guests talk about the president's speech at the Naval Academy on his vision for victory in Iraq, the readiness of Iraqi troops, and conflicting ideas about drawing down or withdrawing U.S. forces in the region.

Lynne Cheney: "A Time For Freedom" (Simon & Shuster)

November 30, 2005

By understanding the nation's past, young people will see that American freedom was not inevitable, Cheney argues. She discusses historical lessons and their bearing on current events.

Pension Plans and Retirement Security

November 30, 2005

Millions of older Americans have lost pension benefits promised by their employers. A look at how corporate risk taking, legislation, and the stock market have undermined financial security for retirees

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