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The scripted presidency of George W. Bush

When actor-turned-politician Ronald Reagan was elected to the presidency in 1980, a number of pundits wondered whether cue cards would have a prominent place in the White House.

Weve won on Social Security for now

President Bush acknowledged earlier this month that his main domestic goal of “saving” Social Security was going nowhere. Regarding his privatization scheme, he said, “There seems to be a diminished appetite in the short term, but I’m going to remind people that there are long-term issues that we must solve.”

Cuts in affirmative action and wages inundate hurricane survivors

Working families in the Gulf region are being hit by a second disaster as the Bush administration uses the current emergency to slash wages and open the door for discriminatory hiring practices across an area already racked by poverty and inequality.

Katrina survivors face mental health challenges

HOUSTON — Many of the people who survived Katrina will face significant mental health issues over the next few months and even years. While the health issues are quite clear — many suffered death, physical injury, infection and exposure to toxic substances — what may not be so apparent are the mental health issues, which are just starting to emerge as a result of the storm.

N.Y. NOW rallies against Roberts

NEW YORK — “Abortion is health care, and health care is a right!” declared state Sen. Tom Duane (D-Manhattan), leading a crowd of hundreds gathered in Union Square here Sept. 15 to denounce Bush’s nomination of Judge John Roberts as chief justice of the Supreme Court.

Bay Area demonstrators: Immigrant rights, not vigilante violence

SAN JOSE, Calif. — On Sept. 15, the eve of Mexican Independence Day, Bay Area immigrant rights advocates called for recognition of immigrants’ great contributions to California’s economy and culture, challenged those who would deny them their human rights and protested the imminent arrival of armed vigilante groups, including the Minutemen, on the state’s border with Mexico. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was roundly criticized for backing the Minutemen.

Calif. gov seeks re-election by stomping labor

Whistling past months of sinking poll numbers, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last week announced he will run again for governor in 2006. At the same time he made public his longstanding support for Proposition 75, on the ballot in this fall’s special election, which would greatly restrict labor’s political participation.

Union women call for unity

Over 500 union women activists and many brother unionists adopted an action plan for the fight for women’s rights. They met at the national convention of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) in Detroit on Sept. 14-17.

No mataris

La declaración criminal y peligrosa hecha por el líder “cristiano” de extrema derecha Pat Robertson en su programa de televisión “The 700 Club” el 22 de agosto, donde llamó por el asesinato del presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez por agentes estadounidenses debe ser condenado inmediatamente por la Casa Blanca y el Congreso.

Christmas in August for big energy

“It’s Christmas in August for big energy, and consumers get lumps of coal,” was how Anna Aurilio of environmental and consumer advocacy group US PIRG described the new Energy Policy Act of 2005, signed by President Bush on Aug. 8. And despite a few ornaments attached to the Christmas tree as sops to the environment, the big presents under the tree had the energy industry’s name on them.

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