August

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Latinos cheer Clintons call: Elect Obama president

DENVER — More than 1,000 Latino delegates and guests to the Democratic National Convention here stood and cheered as Hillary Rodham Clinton urged them to unite and help elect Barack Obama president on Nov. 4.

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Obama picks Biden

Barack Obama picked Delaware Sen. Joe Biden as his vice presidential running mate Aug. 23. Biden is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Political benefits to the Obama campaign of selecting Biden include his reputation for experience in foreign affairs, his record of winning support from some Republicans for progressive legislation, including bills backed by the labor movement, and his abilities as a strong campaigner and debater.

Study: Latino voters favor Obama

Nov. 4 could ultimately change the face of American politics and it is Latino voters who could make the difference. In a recent poll by the nationwide Pew Hispanic Center, Latinos are overwhelmingly supporting Sen. Barack Obama for president at 66 percent over Sen. John McCain at 23 percent.

John McCains veterans problem

John McCain has developed a veterans problem. In late May, McCain aided a Republican filibuster of the 21st Century GI Bill by refusing to return to the Senate for a key vote.

Paraguay enters new era

Liberation theology proponent Fernando Lugo, a former Catholic bishop who has never before held political office, became Paraguay’s president Aug. 15 in ceremonies attended by heads of state and foreign guests.

Morales scores victory

The epic nature of today’s events in Bolivia flows from the long struggle between the country’s indigenous majority and a Europeanized ruling class, and from disparities between impoverished western highlands and four lowland eastern departments (states) thriving on natural gas and agribusiness. A government intent upon wealth redistribution is confronting eastern separatists for whom racism is a staple.

FDR grandson: Happy Birthday, Social Security!

Groups take on McCain privatization plan WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Aug. 14, marks the 73rd anniversary of the day the Social Security Act was signed into law by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In recognition of the program’s 73rd birthday, Americans United for Change was joined today by James Roosevelt, Jr., grandson of FDR; Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D - FL); Richard Trumka, secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO; and Edward Coyle, executive director of the Alliance for Retired Americans to celebrate 73 years of what has been called the most successful government program in the world and that has been credited with lifting America’s seniors from poverty and providing critical financial security for surviving spouses and people with disabilities.

Cuba: 55 years after Moncada

What does a victorious revolution do after a half century in power? “We shall continue to analyze with the people, particularly with the workers, with the same transparency and confidence we've always had.” Speaking July 26 in Santiago de Cuba at the former Moncada Barracks, President Raul Castro pledged, “We shall continue to care for, prepare and listen to our youth.”