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April 29, 2009

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This Week on Midweek Politics with David Pakman – April 29th, 2009

MP3 Podcast: Available with entire Midweek Politics Archive for Members

Total Running Time: 56:37

This Week’s Topics:

–Rabbi Irwin Kula joins is live to talk about gay marriage and religion, plus much more.

–Swine flu, including what it is, how it’s spreading, where it’s been, what to do, and more.

–We look at the World Health Organization’s pandemic scale.

–How do those who don’t have sick time at work or don’t have health insurance handle a situation like swine flu?

–A pandemic of paranoia, with a bunch of media outlets suggesting illegal immigrants are the reason that swine flu made it to the United States.

–Senator Arlen Specter from Pennsylvania, one of the most senior Republican Senators, switches to the Democratic Party.

–Most media outlets report Specter’s switch as a big story, although Fox News attempts to downplay its significance from the start.

–More on torture and waterboarding, including the question of whether lawyers can or should be prosecuted for giving bad legal advice.

–Senator Joe Lieberman suggests that we shouldn’t worry about what Bush administration officlas did relating to torture because a few years have already passed.

–While we know George W. Bush was wrong when he said the US did not torture, we debate whether he was knowingly lying or not.

–Suggestions that by prosecuting former Bush officials the United States would be acting like a banana republic.

–A hate crime bill passes out of committee, and conservatives don’t like it one bit.

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