Daily Briefing - May 17, 2010

Guests: Rev. Eugene Barnes and James Mumm; Les Leopold; Paulo Sotero

Topics: Bank protests; declining middle class; Brazil-Iran relations

Rev. Eugene Barnes and James Mumm of the National People's Action (www.npa-us.org) discuss protests they organized against banks and bank lobbyists; Les Leopold examines the problem of consumer spending bolstered by the rich while middle-class and poor suffer; Paulo Sotero explains Brazil's dealings with Iran.

Daily Briefing - April 27, 2010

Guests: William Cohan; Juan Cole; Ben Scott

Topics: Bank regulation; Iraq elections; FCC on net neutrality

William Cohan discusses bank regulation; Juan Cole talks about the Iraq elections and their aftermath; from the "Daily Briefing" archives, Ben Scott discusses net neutrality

Daily Briefing - April 21, 2010

Guests: James Kwak; Ann Louise Bardach; Amy Hollyfield

Topics: Bank reform; Cuba; Florida politics

James Kwak on Obama and Wall Street reform; Ann Louise Bardach on Cuba; Amy Hollyfield on the senate race in Florida between Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio

August 10 - Wisconsin Recall in Perspective; Torture Goes To Trail; Child Poverty on the Rise



Part 1

We begin with the latest news from Wisconsin with the recall elections that may be a bell- weather for national political trends in the coming election year. John Nichols, the Nation’s Washington editor and the associate editor of the Capitol Times in Madison Wisconsin joins us.

Part 2

We speak with Dahlia Lithwick who is a contributing editor at Newsweek and a senior editor at Slate. She covers the Supreme Court and judicial issues and we discuss recent rulings that might put Donald Rumsfeld, and by extension Dick Cheney, in jeopardy for their role in encouraging the use of torture.

Part 3

We examine the shocking growth of homelessness and hunger among America’s children, outlined in the State of America’s Children 2011, a recent report by the Children’s Defense Fund. We talk with one of the report’s authors, Marylee Allen who is Director of Child Welfare and Mental Health at the Children’s Defense Fund.