The Daily Beat

Premiere DateJul 31, 2013
Categories Culture Politics Talk
00:00 The Daily Beat Intro
00:37 Top Story
03:28 PROMO
03:49 World News
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05:44 In Other News
07:44 Dent May Born Too Late
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Today Reuters published an article titled “U.S. military judge to hear arguments in Manning sentencing.”

The article reads:

The trial of Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier found guilty on 19 counts of handing over classified data to WikiLeaks, is scheduled to move into the sentencing phase on Wednesday.

Manning, 25, escaped a life sentence with no parole when Colonel Denise Lind acquitted him of aiding the enemy, the most serious of 21 criminal counts brought against him in the court-martial. He still faces the possibility of 136 years in prison on the other counts.

Today The Guardian published an Associated Press article titled “Student abandoned in prison cell gets $4.1m payout.”

The article reads:

A 25-year-old college student has reached a US$4.1m settlement with the US government after he was abandoned in a windowless cell for more than four days without food or water.

Daniel Chong told how he drank his own urine to stay alive, hallucinated that agents were trying to poison him with gases through the vents and tried to carve a farewell message to his mother in his arm.

It remained unclear how the situation occurred and no one had been disciplined, said Eugene Iredale, an attorney for Chong. The justice department’s inspector general is investigating.

Yesterday Think Progress published an article titled “Three Reasons High Food Stamp Enrollment Is Due To The Economy, Not Fraud.”

The article’s author Bryce Covert writes:

Critics have charged that the fact that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) continues to see high enrollment even as the unemployment rate gradually improves is evidence of fraud. But a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities marshals evidence that the continuing demand for food stamps is thanks to the sluggish economy.

The report points to three main reasons that enrollment in SNAP remains high because of the economy and not because of fraud or waste.

According to the article, those reasons are: 1) the labor market is still weak, 2) The number of unemployed people who don’t receive unemployment benefits keeps growing and 3) declines in SNAP enrollment usually lag behind falling unemployment rates.

Today Reuters published an article titled “Snowden’s father says willing to fly to Moscow on FBI request.

The article reads:

The father of former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden said on Wednesday he was willing to agree to a request by the FBI to fly to Moscow to see his son, but first needed to know what the security services wanted.

Lonnie Snowden told state-owned Russian 24 television the FBI had suggested a “few weeks ago” that he should travel to Moscow to talk to his son, who faces espionage charges in the United States for exposing secret U.S. surveillance programs.


Today AFP published an article titled “Civilian casualties up 23% in Afghan war: UN.”

The article reads:

Civilian casualties in the Afghan war rose 23 percent in the first half of this year due to Taliban attacks and increased fighting between insurgents and government forces, the UN said Wednesday.

The increase reverses a decline in 2012 and raises questions about how Afghan government troops can protect civilians as US-led NATO troops withdraw from the 12-year war against the Taliban.

AFP also published an article titled “Metal poisoning from China factory kills 26.”

The article reads:

At least 26 villagers have died from cadmium poisoning and hundreds more fallen ill since 2009 near a disused factory in central China, local media said Wednesday, underscoring the country’s mounting pollution challenge.

Today The Associated Press published an article titled “Zimbabwe: Large turnout for crucial election.”

The article reads:

In an election that poses one of the biggest threats to President Robert Mugabe’s 33-year grip on power, Zimbabweans flocked to polling stations Wednesday to determine the future course of this former British colony even as suspicions are high that vote-counting could be rigged.

Lines of voters snaked around a school in Harare, where polling booths opened just after the scheduled time of 7 a.m. (0500GMT) Wednesday. Many were dressed in heavy coats, scarves and woolen headgear to ward off the winter chill. Some had flasks of hot drinks.

“It is moving slowly, but I am here for as long as it takes. We have got to get this done,” said voter Isaac Rufaro, who joined the line before dawn.


Today The Raw Story published a Reuters article titled “City of San Diego sues Mayor Bob Filner in sex harassment case.”

The article’s author Marty Graham writes:

The city of San Diego sued its embattled mayor on Tuesday, seeking to recover from him any damages it might face in a lawsuit filed by his former press secretary, one of eight women to publicly accuse him of unwanted sexual advances.

The legal action against Mayor Bob Filner, approved by a unanimous vote of the city council earlier in the day, marked the latest blow against the 70-year-old Democrat as he faces mounting pressure to step down.

Yesterday The Associated Press published an article titled “New York City mayoral candidates woo Latino voters.”

The article’s author Claudia Torrens writes:

Hispanics could make up nearly a quarter of potential voters in the city’s mayoral election, and polls suggest their vote is still very much up for grabs.

“This is the great X-factor in this election,” said Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio, among the candidates who have been making frequent forays into Latino neighborhoods, shaking hands with voters and often greeting them in Spanish.

“This is a community that is politically independent in the sense of being open minded, and a big, big piece of the vote,” de Blasio said. “And we are making it very central to our strategy.”

Today BBC News published an article titled “US declassifies phone-snooping order.”

The article reads:

The Obama administration has released documents on its phone-snooping, as a Senate panel questions intelligence officials about the programme.

The declassification was made in the “interest of increased transparency”, intelligence officials said.

But the three documents include significant redactions.