Episode: 06.25.12: Counterpoint host Scott Harris discusses Congressional cuts to food stamp program; WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange seeking political asylum from Ecuador; proposed financial transaction tax & Occupy Wall St. national gathering in Philadelphia
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Ellen Vollinger, food stamp/legal director with the Food Research and Action Center, FRAC, discusses efforts underway in Congress to make dramatic funding cuts in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-Food Stamps), part of a larger right wing strategy to undermoine the nation's social safety net.
Coleen Rowley, a former FBI Special Agent and Division Counsel whose May 2002 memo described some of the FBI's pre-9/11 failures, was named one of Time Magazine's "Persons of the Year" in 2002. She discusses WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's current effort to secure political asylum from inside Ecuador's embassy in London - and the wider issues of government secrecy and the public's (and journalists') right to free speech.
Jean Ross, a Registered Nurse and co-president of National Nurses United, who talks about NNU's campaign to adopt a financial transaction tax (FTT - or "Robin Hood Tax") on major trading by banks and other financial institutions to raise revenue critically needed for revitalizing the economic health of the U.S. and other nations. She'll discuss how revenue from the tax could be applied to our broken health care system -- and the fraying social safety net, needing urgent repair in this Great Recession.
Larry Swetman, an organizer with the Occupy Wall Street movement in Philadelphia describes the purpose and goals of the upcoming Occupy National Gathering in Philadelphia, PA, June 30 - July 4th -- and the 99 Mile March from Philly to New York City beginning July 5th.
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