Kresta in the Afternoon – March 20, 2009 – Hour 1

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    First Topic – McCotter Calls for AIG Break Up

    Representative Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI), Chairman of Republican House Policy Committee and the first member of Congress to oppose the Wall Street bailout, is calling for the dismantling of AIG. He says AIG has affronted and defied the public and its representative government.  This ‘too big to fail’ company that is now 80 percent owned by the American taxpayer, is now lavishing its executives with $165 million in bonuses. For what? Abject failure? He’s here to make his case.

    Second Topic – Polygamy and the Courts

    From the Mormon Church's public announcement of its sanction of polygamy in 1852 until its formal decision to abandon the practice in 1890, people on both sides of the "Mormon question" debated central questions of constitutional law. Did principles of religious freedom and local self-government protect Mormons' claim to a distinct, religiously based legal order? Or was polygamy, as its opponents claimed, a new form of slavery--this time for white women in Utah? And did constitutional principles dictate that democracy and true liberty were founded on separation of church and state? Sarah Barringer Gordon is here to answer those questions and more.

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