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Democracy Now! (6 am) – August 25, 2005

Bush Rejects Calls for Immediate Withdrawal from Iraq as Approval Rating Plummets
to New Low

President Bush mounted a major defense of the war in Iraq this week
as he faces the lowest approval rating of his presidency. In his address in the
Republican stronghold of Idaho, Bush rejected calls for an immediate withdrawal
of US troops
from Iraq and played up the case of a military mother who supported the Iraq
war in what seemed a direct contrast to Cindy Sheehan.

Cindy’s Crawford: Sheehan Returns to Camp Casey for Remaining Days of Bush’s
Vacation
Cindy Sheehan both returned to Crawford, Texas Wednesday evening
to rejoin the internationally-known vigil she began two weeks ago. We play
an excerpt
of an address Sheehan gave at Camp Casey where she says, "[Bush] put our
kids in another person’s country, and Casey was killed by insurgents. He
wasn’t killed by terrorists. He was killed by Shiite militia who wanted him
out of
the country."

Exclusive: Joan Baez Performs "Joe Hill" at Camp Casey
Legendary folk singer Joan Baez took to the stage Wednesday evening to perform
before a crowd gathered at at Camp Casey. Democracy Now! was there to record
the event.

Iraq Veterans, Military Mothers and Peace Activists Discuss Bush and Iraq
As
President Bush and Cindy Sheehan both return to Camp Casey, we speak with one
of the other founders of Gold Star Families for Peace, Celeste Zappala,
a peace activist in Idaho, where President Bush just addressed the National
Guard as well as a marine who’s recently returned from Iraq.

From Death Row: Texas Set to Execute First African-American Woman Since Civil
War
The State of Texas is scheduled to execute Frances Newton on September 14.
Supporters say the courts should grant her another trial based on new evidence,
especially given that infamous defense attorney Ron Mock originally represented
her. We hear from Frances Newton herself and speak with her attorney David Dow.

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