BTS 2/5/10: Dysfunctional Democracy; Harpers Magazine

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Harold Meyerson joins us to talk about the early seating of Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown and the stalled nomination to the NLRB Craig Becker. Unlike the prolonged battle to seat Senator Al Franken, the Democrats complied to the request to seat Brown a week early. Was the rush to seat Brown to prevent NLRB nominee Craig Becker from being seated? Were the Democrats out maneuvered or did they deliberately let down one of their own causes and Constituencies – labor?

John R. MacArthur, Publisher of Harpers Magazine (we’re offering subscriptions today as a thank-you gift in our fund drive) joins us to talk about the legacy and future of that literary, brainy and politically hard-hitting, oldest continuously published monthly magazine in America. The March issue breaks another important story – with Scott Horton’s cover article busting the official account of the Guantanamo suicides. We’ll also talk to Rick about the outrageous barriers to democracy, the subject of his latest book You Can’t be President.

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Read More for info on tonight's guests:

1. Harold Meyerson is the Wednesday Washington Post op-ed columnist and Editor-at-Large of The American Prospect . His is generally viewed as the most liberal voice on the Post op-ed page. Meyerson was also Columnist-at-Large for the L.A. Weekly, the nation's largest metropolitan weekly, where he served as executive editor from 1989 through 2001.

2. John R. MacArthur is Publisher and president of Harper’s magazine. He is an award-winning journalist and author of The Selling of Free Trade: NAFTA, Washington, and the Subversion of American Democracy, and his scathing critique of the media’s lack of skepticism regarding the first war in Iraq: Second Front: Censorship and Propaganda in the Gulf War. His latest book on the decline of American democracy is You Can’t Be President: The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America.