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A victory for Obama and the people

WASHINGTON — When President Barack Obama signed the $787 billion economic recovery bill to create millions of new jobs and extend safety-net programs for millions of unemployed workers and the poor, it was a stunning victory over Republican stonewalling. It was also a victory over corporate media naysayers, who are pounding a negative drumbeat against Obama and his New Deal type approach to rescuing the plunging economy

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Eddie Carthan and the struggle for Black empowerment in the Deep South

In Jackson, Miss., when the air is heated all day by a blazing sun, it doesn’t cool off at night. Instead, like a sponge, it soaks up the moist winds coming up from the Gulf of Mexico. I remember how, on a hot and humid July night in 1981, I counted the steps from my car door to the motel entrance, praying that there would be an air conditioner inside.

A-Rod refuses to call himself 'cheater'

New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez refused to call himself a cheater when addressing the media Tuesday for the first time since his admission of doping.

Obama unveils four-step housing fix

Up to 9 million families facing home foreclosure could see relief under President Barack Obama's newly unveiled housing plan announced Feb. 18 in Mesa, Arizona.

Grand Rapids, Mich. eager for jobs, relief

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – When Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-Mich.) voted twice against President Obama's economic stimulus package, voted twice to kill approximately 7,500 jobs in his congressional district in and around Grand Rapids.

Robinson crowned All-Star Slam Dunk champion

February 16 (Xinhua) Nate Robinson of the New York Knicks upset defending champion Dwight Howard to win the slam dunk competition Saturday at the NBA All-Star weekend.

DC vote launches postcard campaign for D.C. voting rights

DC Vote recently launched a postcard campaign in support of the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2009 (DC VRA), a bill that will give residents of Washington, D.C., a voting member in Congress.

Man shot dead by LA police with Taser gun

February 16 (Xinhua) A man died on Saturday after being shot by police with a Taser gun, becoming the latest victim of Taser guns, authorities said on Sunday.

Family farmers need foreclosures help like homeowners

The restructuring of housing loans is thought to be a way to help millions of Americans to stay in their homes that are threatened with foreclosure. But those of us in agriculture ask, 'Where is the assistance to family farmers, with both land and houses, who also need loan assistance and loan restructuring?' This has been a glaring oversight in the congressional debate.

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Stimulus passes, more work to be done, Obama says

President Obama, in his weekly address to the nation, Feb. 14, celebrated a major political victory with the passage of his economic recovery package in the Senate this week. He also looked forward to putting into place what he has called the other legs of the stool of economic recovery: fixing the financial system and restoring fiscal soundness to the federal budget process.

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