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US Goal to Degrade Russia’s Military Risks Dangerous Ukraine War Escalation

Interview with George Beebe, former director of CIA's Russia desk, now director of grand strategy at the Quincy Institute, conducted by Scott Harris

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Connecticut Becomes 1st State to Pass Comprehensive Abortion Safe Haven Law

Interview with Connecticut State Rep. Matt Blumenthal, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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After 1 Million Deaths, Accountability Essential for America’s Coronavirus Criminals and Profiteers 

Interview with John Nichols, The Nation magazine's national affairs correspondent and author of Coronavirus Criminals and Pandemic Profiteers, conducted by Scott Harris

This Week’s Under-reported News Summary – May 11, 2022

Compiled by Bob Nixon

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  • Pennsylvania GOP primary draws backing from billionaires
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Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris, is heard every Monday night on WPKN 89.5 FM, Bridgeport, CT between 8:00 – 9:30 pm ET. Webstreaming and audio archive at http://wpkn.org

1) Summary of foreign news reports and commentary on the leaked draft Supreme Court ruling that would overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion.

2) George Beebe, former director of the CIA's Russia desk who advised then-VP Dick Cheney, who now serves as Director of Grand Strategy at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. He'll discuss the status of negotiations to end the war in Ukraine, and concern that efforts to end this conflict could be derailed by the Biden administration's recent announcement that one of their central goals is to weaken Russia's overall military capacity.

3) John Nichols, The Nation magazine's national affairs correspondent, talks about his newest book, "Coronavirus Criminals and Pandemic Profiteers: Accountability for Those Who Caused The Crisis," and the movement to investigate how the U.S. government sabotaged its response to the pandemic that cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans.

4) Alexander Main, Director of International Policy at the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. previews Colombia's May 29th first-round presidential election, and the significance that the frontrunner in the race is former leftist guerilla Gustavo Petro, who has served as mayor of Bogotá and is currently a senator, and his running mate, Afro-Colombian human-rights and environmental activist Francia Marquez, who if elected, would become Colombia's first black vice president.

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Here's what The Nation magazine's John Nichols has to say about Scott Harris for our 30th year celebration of broadcast Between The Lines
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"They’re following their own playbook based on some very dubious readings of the Constitution, which most constitutional scholars reject out of hand. But they’re sort of using these things in various ways to sort of set up a situation where Donald Trump or theoretically any other Republican presidential candidate could basically overturn elections. I mean, this would be in the Electoral College." — Heather Digby Parton, contributing writer to Salon.com
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"Since 2015, there have been almost 400,000 Yemenis who have been killed by the violence and two-thirds of civilian deaths are due to airstrikes. Those airstrikes, I think what maybe we forget or are forced to forget is that these war planes are carrying U.S.-made bombs by bomb manufacturers made here by companies such as Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, General Dynamic and Boeing. And we’ve been supplying the coalition with all of these weapons that are made here."
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The Supreme Court privately voted to strike down Roe v. Wade, according to a leaked initial draft of an opinion obtained by Politico. A decision is expected in the next two months.

As of April 8, 2022, if Roe were overturned or weakened, 22 states already have laws on the books that would ban abortion outright or ban it very early in a pregnancy as quickly as possible, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-reproductive rights research group.

These laws are largely dormant right now because of Roe and subsequent Supreme Court decisions protecting a right to abortion. Without Roe, however, that would no longer be the case.