This week on NOW:
On Thursday, the Center for Public Integrity disclosed the findings of
their investigations into Big Oil. Among other disclosures, the Center
revealed that the oil and gas industry has spent more than $440 million
dollars on campaign contributions and lobbying since 1998 and that US
gas and oil companies have 882 subsidiaries in tax haven countries.
David Brancaccio sits down with the Center's executive director Charles
Lewis, to talk about Thursday's report, the first in a series expected
to be released throughout the year to identify the size and scope of the
international oil and gas industry and measure its influence in the
halls of government worldwide. The Center for Public Integrity is a
non-partisan, non-profit organization that conducts investigative
research and reporting on public policy issues in the United States and
around the world. This year, Lewis and the Center released the
bestselling book, THE BUYING OF THE PRESIDENT 2004: WHO'S REALLY
BANKROLLING BUSH AND HIS DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGERS - AND WHAT THEY EXPECT
In Mississippi, as many as 65,000 people are bracing for the deepest
cuts any state has ever made in Medicaid eligibility for senior citizens
and the disabled. The cuts are so severe, critics say, that many of the
state's most vulnerable are facing an unthinkable choice between buying
food and buying medicine. Bill Moyers goes inside the Mississippi
Medicaid crisis and examines the cutbacks championed by the state's
Republican Governor Haley Barbour. Are tough cuts necessary, as Barbour
argues, to save the program for the future, or are other viable options
Is there a clash of cultures in America? From prayer in schools to
censorship to abortion - the values debate is dividing America this
political season. But is there only one source of morality and values?
And what role should government play in the religious life of Americans?
To get his take on what America's thinking and his thoughts on such
hotly debated cultural issues as gay marriage, Bill Moyers talks with
Cal Thomas, the country's most widely syndicated columnist and host of
FOX News' AFTER HOURS WITH CAL THOMAS.