BTS 3/3/08: Ohio & Texas Primaries; Chechnya

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D-Day Tuesday approaches, and while conventional wisdom had it that after tomorrow only one Democrat would be left, things are… changing. With news that Florida can’t stand to be left out and may schedule a SECOND primary, plus polls that give Ohio to Clinton, … well we’ll check in with JoAnn Wypijewski in Ohio, taking the pulse of the working class there … and our favorite Lou Dubose in Texas, the man who warned us about Bush, Rove, Delay and more.

Then we’ll go to Russia – yesterday’s election brought Dimitri Medvedev to power with Putin as Prime Minister and still calling the shots. Tony Wood talks to us about Russia – and especially about the two disastrous wars in Chechnya, both waged to boost sagging Presidential popularity with calamitous results.

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1. JoAnn Wypijewski is an independent journalist and columnist for Mother Jones magazine. For eighteen years, from 1982 to 2000, she was an editor at The Nation magazine. She has written for that magazine, as well as for Harper’s, CounterPunch, The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian of London and other publications.

2. Lou Dubose was the co-author, with the late Molly Ivins, of two New York Times bestselling Random House books about George W. Bush: Shrub: The Short But Happy Political Life of George W. Bush and Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush’s America. He also wrote, with Texas Monthly senior writer Jan Reid, a political biography of Republican House majority leader Tom DeLay: The Hammer (Public Affairs, 2004). His final collaboration with Ms. Ivins was Bill of Wrongs (Random House, 2007). He currently edits the semi-monthly Washington Spectator and divides his time between Austin, Texas, and Washington, D.C.

3. Tony Wood is assistant editor of the New Left Review in London; his writing has appeared in the London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement and Art Monthly, among other publications. His book Chechnya: The Case for Independence was just published by Verso Books.