Kresta in the Afternoon – March 20, 2009

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    First Topic – McCotter Calls for AIG Break Up (re-air from 4:00)

    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 – Catholic Dissidents Pressing for Liberalization of Church Authority (re-air from 3:20)

    Critics of a now-withdrawn bill, designed to reshape the way the Roman Catholic Church in Connecticut governs itself, viewed the proposal as an attempt by the state to interfere with the free exercise of religion. But this is only part of the story. The legislation is one more example of what sociologist Peter Berger calls the "secularization from within" the church. On the surface, the proposed bill, which would have relegated priests and bishops to an advisory role in their parishes, looks like unconstitutional interference by the state in church matters. But our next guest says the real force behind this bill is a small group of Catholics — unhappy with church teachings on moral and governance issues — attempting to enlist the state as a partner in radically transforming the church from within. Anne Hendershott is here to make her case.

    5:40 – Jury Selection Finalized For Trial of Late-Term Abortion Practitioner George Tiller (re-air from 3:40)

    The selection of the eight members of the jury who will hear the case of late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller has been finalized. The panel will hear state attorneys present the 19 criminal charges Tiller faces for allegedly using a fellow abortion practitioner with whom he has a financial relationship to claim the abortions were medically necessary. The second physician is required to validate whether the mother will face "substantial and irreversible" harm to "a major bodily function" without the abortion -- the lone times when a late-term abortion can be done legally. We talk with Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue who lives in Wichita and is as familiar with the notorious career of Tiller as anyone in America.

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