Episode: 10.08.12: Counterpoint host Scott Harris talks with BBC reporter Greg Palast about his new book, "Billionaires & Ballot Bandits;" independent presidential candidate Rocky Anderson & assessing Hugo Chavez's victory in Venezuela's presidential election
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BBC Investigative reporter and author Greg Palast talks about his newest book, "Billionaires and Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps." Palast has long investigated the corruption and failings of U.S. democracy and electoral system, breaking the story of how Florida's GOP purged tens of thousands of black voters from the state's voter rolls in 2000. His earlier best selling books include, "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy," "Armed Madhouse" and "Vultures' Picnic."
Rocky Anderson, former Democratic Party Mayor of Salt Lake City, now Justice Party presidential candidate, discusses his run for the White House and campaign issues he's focusing on including: U.S. militarism; unchecked corporate power and the corruption of Congress; overturning the Citizens United SCOTUS decision; health care; climate change and the systemic disadvantage of independent political parties.
Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. talks about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's 10/7/12 election victory for another 6 year term in office. He assesses how Chavez's policies have helped the poor in Venezuela, his government's importance in the wave of progressive political victories across Latin America and the influence Venezuela exerts in world oil markets.
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