HOUSTON — Unlike many candidates, David Van Os, a Democrat running for the Texas Supreme Court, doesn’t hesitate to bluntly criticize the right wing. He spoke to an enthusiastic crowd of about 150 at a rally Aug. 26 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.
Edward Silva Teixeira, a longtime activist and leader of the Communist Party USA in New England, died in Boston on Aug. 24. He was 72.
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NEW YORK — Joyful November is throwing a benefit bash to raise funds for Downtown For Democracy and to recruit volunteers for various activist groups working on voter turnout and registration during the final crucial month leading up to Election Day 2004.
Review VENICE, Italy — “Vera Drake,” Mike Leigh’s tale of a working-class mother who is caught performing illegal abortions in 1950s England, won the Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion for best picture Sept. 11.
Book Review Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President By Justin A. Frank, M.D. Regan Books, 2004 Hardcover, 247 pp., $24.95
On the surface there are some interesting parallels. Both were Democrats who came from wealthy families and were educated in elite schools. Both decided on political careers and gained national attention as young men. The two men are Franklin D. Roosevelt and John Kerry. Roosevelt went on to win election to the presidency four times. Kerry is now in the midst of a hotly contested presidential campaign.
In 1893, a 34-year-old English teacher from Massachusetts rode a mule to the top of Pike’s Peak in Colorado. As she stood at the summit, she beheld the vista of the Great Plains spreading out to the east.
Opinion As more troops die daily in Iraq, and more Americans are left without health care and jobs every week, voters are paying attention to who will represent them in Congress.
On October 26, 2001, while the country was still stunned and in mourning over the Sept. 11 attacks, and while the day-to-day work of Congress was disrupted by the anthrax scare, Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed into law the USA Patriot Act.