November

Federal judges accept all-expense paid junkets to right-wing conferences

Federal judges were attending corporation-sponsored conferences at posh watering holes, at times on the very subjects of cases they have pending before them, a prominent law school dean wrote in a 2008 book of essays.

The case of the ticking Timex turkey

Jobs come, jobs go. These days they just seem to be vanishing into the ether.

Bush justice served

DALLAS — On Nov. 24, Bush administration attorneys got what they wanted from a jury here. The second extended version of the Holy Land Foundation Trial ended with a guilty verdict against five former leaders of the nation's largest Muslim charity.

Poll upholds mandate for jobs, change

WASHINGTON—Pollster Stanley Greenberg confirmed Barack Obama’s sweeping election mandate to create jobs in a Democracy Corps poll that he released Nov. 18 at a conference at the Library of Congress sponsored by the Campaign for America’s Future, a Washington-based center for progressive action. The poll found that “Reducing unemployment and getting the economy moving” was named by a whopping 62 percent of 2,000 respondents as either their first or second top economic concern, the poll found.

We can stop the hate, leaders say

Several national civil rights groups held a press conference in Washington, DC Nov. 24 condemning the rise of brutal hate crimes against immigrants and communities of color during and since the presidential election.

Obama projects massive recovery plan

Although nearly two months remain until President-elect Barack Obama takes office, he has moved onto center stage on the deepening economic crisis, declaring he will launch a massive jobs program to jumpstart the economy where it counts: in Main Street communities across America.

Let the nation own Big 3

When H. Gaylord Wilshire sought the Southern California congressional seat in 1890, he ran on a very simple platform: 'Let the Nation own the trust.' The part time farmer and full time reformer was responding to economic abuses of his era not unlike those of the current period. Just as the economic grievances of millions of American farmers, workers and small businessmen might have been resolved in the 1890s by nationalization, in 2008 government ownership of financial institutions and giant corporations could end our current economic crisis.

A letter to my brother Newt Gingrich

From Huffington Post Dear Newt, I recently had the displeasure of watching you bash the protestors of the Prop 8 marriage ban to Bill O'Reilly on FOX News. I must say, after years of watching you build your career by stirring up the fears and prejudices of the far right, I feel compelled to use the words of your idol, Ronald Reagan, 'There you go, again.'

Fight for working people has just begun, labor leaders say

WASHINGTON, D.C. – When you approach the building that houses the national offices of the AFL-CIO in the shadow of the Washington Monument here the first thing you notice is the enormous banner draped over the front of the structure, bulging outward as the wind whips it from behind. The letters that spell “We are turning around America” are so large they can be read from a block away. Indeed, the nation’s labor movement is still celebrating the most massive electoral effort in its history which, it says, helped win a historic victory on Nov. 4, sending Barack Obama to the White House and electing a stronger pro-worker majority of senators and representatives.

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Freeze foreclosures and heat up jobs plan, spirited rally tells Congress

CHICAGO – Dozens of labor and community activists rallied here in front of the Federal Building Nov. 21 urging Congress to put a freeze on home foreclosures and to bail out Main Street, not Wall Street, with a stimulus package that includes a national jobs plan.

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