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Democracy Now! (6 am) – February 4, 2005

Tort Reform: The Big Payoff for Corporations, Curbing the Lawsuits
that Hold them Accountable
In his State of the Union address, President Bush urged lawmakers to
rewrite tort law rules to do away with class action lawsuits. We take a look
at medical malpractice with Joanne Doroshow, executive director of the Center
for Justice and Democracy.

Study: Soaring Medical Bills Account for Half of All U.S. Bankruptcies
A new study in the journal Health Affairs has found that half of all
personal bankruptcies in the United States are now caused by soaring medical
bills. We speak with the author of the report, Dr. Steffie Woolhandler.

Bush Taps Iran-Contra Figure Elliot Abrams to Promote Democracy
President Bush promoted Elliott Abrams to be his deputy national security
adviser. Abrams played a key role in the Iran-Contra scandal and pleaded guilty
in 1991 to withholding information from Congress. We speak with veteran investigative
journalist Robert Parry who exposed Iran-Contra in the 1980s.

Black History Month Tribute to Paul Robeson
In this first week of Black History month, we pay tribute to the great
actor, singer, athlete, scholar: Paul Robeson. We hear a recording of Robeson,
courtesy of the Pacifica Radio Archives.

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