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As we commemorate 50 years since the "I Have a Dream" speech, here is the revolutionary speech King gave one year to the day before he was killed. Listen and you will hear him link the struggle of the people of Vietnam, including the so-called enemy, with his own cause, the cause of economic justice, the Poor Peoples' Struggle here in the USA. This was given in the Riverside Church in NYC April 4th, 1967. By the way, certain murderous organizations leave murder as their calling card one year to the day after the "offense." MLK was about more than just civil rights.

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The huge crowds in Cairo welcomed the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood's Morsi in early July. Now it seems a military dictatorship has been re-introduced to Egypt. On the first part of the show, the Institute of Policy Studies' Middle East expert Phyllis Bennis sheds much needed light into a remarkably messy situation. And on the second half, Huffington Post senior writer and investigative reporter Radley Balko delves into the systems enabling the militarization of our local police, how bad it is, and what might be done to replace violence-oriented tactics with a restoration of community policing, police that serve the common good.


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The NSA's program XKeyscore allows searches--with no prior authorization--through vast databases of emails and online chats and browsing histories of millions of Americans, giving analysts real time access to nearly everything a typical user does on the internet. This is a real violation of the Constitutional protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. At least a million individuals have easy access to this private information. Guest today is Steven Rosenfeld who covers democracy issues for AlterNet. The Obama White House spin that no one has access to this data is simply not true. It is out of control. But Congress could still act.

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Right And Left vs the NSA: A New Political Dynamic is Born

There's something happening here. The middle of the road, establishment members of congress of both parties only prevailed by seven votes over an amendment which would have curbed NSA abuses. That bill was supported by members of congress from both left and right. This is something new under the sun, and it is a new powerful dynamic which many see as having unstoppable momentum. Guest today is Peter Weber, senior editor at TheWeek.com who covered this issue. Could it be that members of congress are actually listening to the people? Yes, it could.

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