Incivility, Racial Hostility and Dissent in America
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Attacks on America's first black President and his proposals have inflamed America's ongoing controversy about race and politics at a time of economic anxiety. We look at the possible consequences. Also, the US drops the proposed missile defense shield in Eastern Europe, and the Obama Justice Department looks for scandal in the Bush Administration.
Banner image: Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) cries out, "You lie" during President Obama's speech on healthcare to a joint session of Congress on September 9.
Incivility, Racial Hostility and Dissent in America ()
At town halls and tea parties, on cable TV and on the Internet — even in Congress --America's political discourse is increasingly angry and vitriolic. With the first black president in the White House, Republicans and the media are accused of inflaming racial anxieties. At the same time, massive new government programs in times of economic distress are legitimate subjects for heated debate. We talk about the roots of the outrage and the consequences for the Republican and Democratic parties. America's political discourse is increasingly angry and vitriolic, across the country and in the halls of Congress.
- John Mercurio: Senior Editor, The Hotline
- Rick Perlstein: author and historian, @rickperlstein
- Dan Schnur: Director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, USC, @danschnur
- Richard Thompson Ford: Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
Investigation of Gale Norton for Deal with Oil Company ()
George Bush's choice of Gale Norton as Secretary of the Interior was controversial from the beginning, part of an ongoing struggle over the use of public lands. But now, based on an investigation begun within the Bush Administration over whether Norton used her position to benefit Royal Dutch Shell, the oil company she works for now, the Obama Justice Department has assigned a prosecutor to the case. Jim Tankersley, energy and environment reporter for the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, broke the story today with his colleague Josh Meyer.
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