July 12 - Mitt's Three Year Memory Lapse; Texas Voter ID Law Will Head For the Supreme Court; The Biggest Threat to Nigeria - Oil Theft
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|We begin with today’s revelation by the Boston Globe that Mitt Romney stayed on as head of Bain Capital three years longer than he had previously stated, during a time that Romney has claimed he is not responsible for Bain Capitol companies that went bankrupt and laid off workers. Chris Rowland, the Washington Bureau Chief of the Boston Globe, who along with co-author Callum Borchers, wrote the Globe article “Mitt Romney Stayed on at Bain Longer Than he Stated”, joins us to discuss this embarrassing new information that plays into Obama’s TV campaign which accuses Romney of outsourcing and laying off workers.|
Then we examine the Texas Voter ID law hearing before a three judge federal panel in Washington DC where the Justice Department’s challenge under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is likely to lead to an appeal that could soon be before the Supreme Court where the constitutionality of the centerpiece of the Voting Rights Act will be in jeopardy. Wendy Weiser, who directs the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School, joins us to discuss the fate of a law that as it stands, will disqualify up to 800,000 eligible and likely Democratic voters in Texas.
Then finally, with today’s tragedy in Nigeria where over 100 people were burned alive trying to siphon gasoline from an overturned tanker truck, we look further into the rampant problem of oil theft that according to Nigeria’s Finance Minister, costs the nation a billion or more a month in revenues. Aniedi Okure, the Executive Director of Africa Faith and Justice Network joins us to discuss how crime, in addition to corruption, terrorism and ethnic strife, is stifling Nigeria’s future.
|MUSIC: Born Ruffians - Retard Canard; Propellerheads - History Repeating; Dirty Projectors - Spray Paint The Walls; Fela Kuti - Sorrow, Tears, and Black|