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Friday, August 25, 2006

NOW | Congressional Corruption

t r u t h o u t Programming Note

Airdate: Friday, August 25, 2006, at 8:30 p.m. on PBS.
(Check local listings at http://www.pbs.org/now/sched.html.) .)

Congressional corruption - will there be a voter backlash this fall? This time on NOW.
Do voters see their representatives as lawmakers or lawbreakers? From the decisions by Congressmen Tom DeLay and Bob Ney to step aside, to questions surrounding other powerful members of Congress like Jerry Lewis and Alan Mollohan, ethics has become a big issue in this year's campaign. On August 25 at 8:30 p.m., NOW begins a season of all-election coverage by asking if allegations of impropriety will affect how people vote this fall. Republican Representative Christopher Shays tells NOW, "People who are basically corrupt are as good as traitors. And I don't think the public always understands that."

Also, Congressman Jim Cooper tells David Brancaccio the government's been misrepresenting the federal deficit. He says the actual numbers are much worse than the official figures. This time on NOW.

Note: The NOW website at www.pbs.org/now, now, will provide additional coverage starting Friday morning, August 25. Features include a review of Congressional ethics violations, exclusive perspectives from House Representatives Christopher Shays and

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