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This Week: Indian Gambling
This Week
November 19, 2004

This week on NOW:

This week, President Bush tapped Condoleezza Rice to replace Colin Powell as Secretary of State, the nation's highest cabinet post. Her performance as National Security Advisor has raised questions about her credibility and competence. Critics point to her mismanagement of crucial intelligence leading up to 9/11 and say she misled the American people about the reasons for going to war in Iraq. NOW takes a hard look at the track record of Condoleezza Rice as she prepares to become America's top diplomat.

Michele Mitchell takes viewers inside a story of greed that has shocked even the most hardened Washington insiders and follows the trail of lobbyists who allegedly bilked several of the nation's Indian tribes out of tens of millions. NOW travels to the Tigua Indian Reservation in El Paso, Texas, where gaming revenues pulled a people out of poverty and brought them a better way of life. When a Texas court shut down their casino, the Tiguas were desperate, and what happened next is an eye-opening example of how greed, hypocrisy and backroom deals are corrupting the way Washington works and having real world consequences for Americans.

How can the United States achieve social justice when the economic deck is stacked against the poor and people of color? David Brancaccio talks to experts on social justice Angela Glover Blackwell and Manuel Pastor who say that America needs to seize on the momentum for change coming out of the election and focus it on lifting up the communities that need help the most. Blackwell runs a national organization called PolicyLink that advocates economic and social equity, and Pastor is a professor of Latin American and Latino studies and director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at the University of California at Santa Cruz. They are co-authors along with Stewart Kwoh of SEARCHING FOR THE UNCOMMON COMMON GROUND: NEW DIMENSIONS ON RACE IN AMERICA.

In Depth

State Department Seal

Indian Gaming Scandal

Paying for Politics


Congressman Tom DeLay

Angela Glover Blackwell

Dr. Manuel Pastor, Jr.

Income and Inequality

Photo Essay: The Face of War


Talk about the choice of Condoleezza Rice.


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Double Dealing
Producer: Brenda Breslauer
Correspondent: Michele Mitchell
Editor: Lars Woodruffe

Credibility Gap?
Producer: Peter Meryash
Editor: Amanda Zinoman

DeLay Incorporated
Producer: Bryan Myers
Editor: Amanda Zinoman

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Credibility Gap? (15:36)

Double Dealing (16:34)

DeLay Incorporated (7:13)

David Brancaccio talks with Angela Glover Blackwell and Manuel Pastor (12:56)

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