First things first, we have a new Think Again column here called “Spying on Journalists? Why the Silence?” and a new Nation column called “The Defamation League,” here, which addresses, among other things, smears against Bill Moyers. (Also, I worked harder than I like to on yesterday’s Altercation in case you missed it.)See this? (Thanks Petey) Hear this? (Thanks Brian)
This Week on Moyers:
On the heels of the American drone attacks on suspected terroristcompounds in Pakistan, Bill Moyers Journal takes a closer look atAmerica’s history of and current policy on bombing, explores the ethicsbehind these assaults when civilians become the victims and asks: doesbombing work? Bill Moyers sits down with historian Marilyn Young,author of the forthcoming Bombing Civilians: A Twentieth-Century Historyand former Pentagon official Pierre Sprey, who developed military planesand helped found the military reform movement. And, with state budgetsstrapped, President Obama’s proposed economic stimulus plan directsfunds to educational institutions. Bill Moyers talks with CarnegieCorporation President Vartan Gregorian on the future of public highereducation and its role in our democracy.
Paulson’s $140 Billion Surprise: It’s a little-known story about the financial crisis. During the frenzied events of the fall, Henry Paulson rewrote a piece of the tax code to expedite mergers. The quiet alteration amounts to an estimated $140 billion windfall for big banks. Some critics say Paulson’s move was too autocratic, others argue that it was much more than that–it was downright illegal. Will Tim Geithner and the Democrats attempt to correct the wrong?
Campaign Financing: New Twist On Old Problem: Political fundraising has often been viewed as a corrupting influence in politics. Now it’s increasingly being seen by politicians as a roadblock to doing their jobs well. Republican Senator George Voinovich has had enough. Will stories like his breathe new life into the reform movement?