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This Week: Medicare Mess -- Red Ink
This Week
July 16, 2004


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 RETURN.

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 being overlooked?

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.

In Depth

Oil Derricks

Paying for Politics: What Oil Buys

Campaign Finance Overview

Charles Lewis of the Center for Public Integrity


Red Ink
State Budget Deficits

Medicaid Mess Overview

State Legislature Map

Election 2004 Overview


Woman reading newspaper
FOX's Cal Thomas

Election 2004: Culture Wars


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Medicare Mess in Florida (16:55)

David Brancaccio talks with Charles Lewis of the Center for Public Integrity about Big Oil (16:08)

Bill Moyers talks with FOX News' Cal Thomas (16:16)


Credits



Medicare Mess
Producer: Bryan Myers
Editor: Andy Fredericks




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