This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Jan. 13, 2016 for week ending Jan. 22, 2016

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"Our polling consistently shows that the public wants tougher regulation on Wall Street. The Dodd-Frank (financial reform law) did make regulation tougher, but I think the public wants to go beyond Dodd-Frank, the public wants to see still stronger regulation and the banks have been successful in heading off those efforts in Congress so far.""

– Marcus Stanley, policy director with the group Americans for Financial Reform, discussing his group's support for legislation that would break up the nation's largest banks.


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Breaking Up America's Big Banks is Key to Averting Future Financial Crises

MP3 Interview with Marcus Stanley, policy director with the group Americans for Financial Reform, conducted by Scott Harris

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Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, independent senator of Vermont, has long supported legislation that would break up America's largest banks, a measure also backed by Massachusetts' Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other progressive legislators and economists. As he campaigns to win the Democratic party nomination, Sanders says, "We must break up too-big-to-fail financial institutions. Those institutions received a $700 billion bailout from the U.S. taxpayers, and more than $16 trillion in virtually zero interest loans from the Federal Reserve. He maintains these institutions have acquired too much economic and political power, endangering our economy and our political process."  Story continues

Advocacy Groups Challenge Latest ICE Immigrant Deportations

MP3 Interview with Swapna Reddy, Yale Law School student at Workers and Immigrants Rights Advocacy Clinic, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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At the beginning of January, 150 immigrants who arrived in the U.S. over the past two years fleeing violence in several Central American countries were arrested after being declared eligible for deportation. These were mostly mothers and children who turned themselves in at the U.S. border, were sent to immigration jails for processing and were released to the community while awaiting hearings in immigration court to determine if their stories were credible and they would thus be eligible to remain in the U.S. In almost all cases, those picked up did not have legal representation.  Story continues

Protest Demanding Shutdown of U.S. Guantanamo Prison Marks 14 Years Since Camp Opened

MP3 Interview with Jeremy Varon, associate professor of History at New School University and a spokesperson with Witness Against Torture, conducted by Scott Harris

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A protest at the White House on Jan. 11, marked the 14th anniversary of the opening of the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay Cuba – and demanded its closure. A broad coalition of human rights groups, including Amnesty International, the Center for Constitutional Rights, Code Pink and Witness Against Torture, called on President Obama to expedite the transfer of the remaining 103 prisoners held at the facility, some of them imprisoned without charge or trial since the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan following the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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