The Alyona Show: Crossing the Line

The Supreme Court will hear a case brought by NASA contractors against the US government. The contractors claim that the  government infringed on their privacy during standard background checks. The case centers around policies set in 2004 by the-President George W. Bush, authorizing new rules for background checks of people with access to federal buildings. Radio personality Thom Hartmann is in studio live with guest host Lauren Lyster to debate the merits of the case.

US Senators Charles Schumer (Democrat-New York) and Lindsey Graham (Republican-South Carolina) have proposed using biometric identification cards as a requirement to work inside the United States as part of a larger overhaul of Immigration policy. The card would use fingerprint or hand data to identify every American in the workforce, making it harder for illegals to gain work inside the country. Civil rights groups, among others, are furious because they see this as a first step for the government to track it’s own citizens. Jim Harper from the Cato Institute is in studio with Lauren to discuss the issue.

Then, Facing more than $9 billion worth in debt for the 2010 fiscal year, New York lawmakers must find a way to close the state’s budget deficit. Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravich has come up with a plan to do just that, and his reputation precedes him, as he helped Manhattan climb out of massive financial troubles in the 1970’s. RT Correspondent Marina Portnaya is live from New York to discuss the ideas of the plan.

Finally, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Democrat-Nevada) has announced that he will attempt to change the rules of the Senate filibuster once the new Congress gets settled after November's midterm elections. Intended to allow for more debate on the Senate floor, the filibuster has been turned into a political tool to fight off the agenda of the opposition. Jake Brewer from the Sunlight Foundation and radio host Thom Hartmann join Lauren in studio to discuss Sen. Reid’s plan to alter one of the country’s most notorious Congressional rules.