The Alyona Show: Oil Reality Check

With so much going wrong in America, everyone wants someone to blame. So Alyona asks, is the public lynching of CEO's America's favorite new hobby? She discusses the subject with Cenk Uygur of the Young Turks.

And later all eyes will be on Utah, as they prepare to carry out capital punishment for one of their death row inmates. Condemned killer Ronnie Lee Gardner is set to die by firing squad, a method that most say is archaic and hasn't been used in 14 years. But it's the method that Gardner requested himself, and the fact that the state is allowing it is causing a stir. Some say that the death row inmate should be allowed to choose how his life will end...Others argue that the death penalty shouldn't be used at all, much less an archaic version that's symbolic of the wild wild west. The Alyona Show took to the streets of DC to find out what the typical Washingtonian thinks of the case.

Lately there have been a slew of videos showing law enforcement officials using excessive force. In response, a new trend is starting to spread. In three states, it is now illegal to film an on-duty police officer, even if the encounter involves you, and may be necessary to your defense. Are cameras being treated as the new guns? Alyona talks to Jim Hanson, a retired special operations master sergeant and military blogger and asks him about a video where a cop punched a woman in the face in Seattle, and ask him if in any law enforcement circles that would be considered a reasonable way to handle that situation.

Then, the US Labor Department released figures showing that jobless claims went up last week by 12,000, after three straight declines. This is not the best of news considering that yesterday, the jobs bill that would have extended unemployment benefits, given new tax breaks, and given states aid for government employees like teachers and policemen, failed in the Senate. So was this just a rejection of this specific bill? Or is this a rejection of what Obama is trying to do with the country? Alyona discusses this with Anthony Randazzo, director of economic research at Reason Foundation and radio host Thom Hartmann.

Later, the New START Treaty, pride and glory of the Obama administration, is up for Senate ratification. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Admiral Michael Mullen all pleaded the case in a hearing today on Capitol Hill but not without some resistance from a few lawmakers. RT Correspondent Dina Gusovsky has the story.

Finally, after Obama's Oval Office speech on the oil spill the other night, it's fair to say, no one's happy. Some say he still wasn't angry enough, some say he completely ignored facts and tried for oversimplified grandiose statements, and some would say it lacked one very important element, a dose of reality. The Alyona Show discussed this and asked if Obama would risk a Jimmy Carter moment. So if even Obama won’t say it, that we, the people, need to change our lifestyle, as well as the politicians, then who will? Alyona chats with RT Producer Jenny Churchill.