Tony Romano on Housing Cuts, Robert Dreyfuss on Iraq War Intel

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Frederick Douglass Houses, Detroit, Michigan (cc photo: Albert Duce/Wikimedia)

(cc photo: Albert Duce/Wikimedia)

This week on CounterSpin: The White House wants to cut $6 billion from HUD, the Department of Housing and Urban Development—or 13 percent of the agency’s funding. Team Trump says that programs that support affordable housing for families, the elderly, and people with disabilities haven’t “justified their existence.” It’s not a mystery how devastating such cuts would be, and for whom—or why. So how do we fight back with a different vision of housing and community? We’ll talk about that with Tony Romano, organizer with the Right to the City Alliance.

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"Shock and Awe" in the invasion of IraqAlso on the show: March 20 marks 14 years since the US-led invasion of Iraq, the launch of an illegal war based on lies. Corporate media don’t make much of these anniversaries, and still less of their own role at the time—and no wonder: So poorly did US journalists perform their function that research shows those who got their news from TV were more likely to believe that weapons of mass destruction had been discovered in Iraq, that evidence closely linking Iraq to Al Qaeda had been found, and that world opinion approved of the US invasion. Perhaps the biggest lie now is that “everyone believed” Iraq had banned weapons—because, after all, “the intelligence” said so. CounterSpin talked about that intelligence in February 2004, a year into the war, with investigative journalist Robert Dreyfuss. We’re going to bring you that conversation today, as antidote to tales about what “everyone” believed.

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