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'He asked for mercy and was given none'

OAKLAND, Calif. — In the wake of the shooting of unarmed Oscar Grant III, 22, by Bay Area Rapid Transit policeman Johannes Mehserle early New Years morning, a broad movement is growing for far greater citizen involvement in reviewing and determining police department policies.

Politics, people, profits — 2008 headline review

There are a lot of headlines in a year. Looking through ours, it didn’t take a rocket scientist to notice that the presidential elections and the economy topped the list. But our stories illuminated the events differently from the corporate media.

Burris likely to be seated in Senate

CHICAGO — It appears that an agreement is in the works that may allow former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to be seated as the next U.S. senator from Illinois, filling President-elect Barack Obama’s vacant seat.

Educators call for school funding as key stimulus ingredient

The American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and American Association of School Administrators are urging Congress and President-elect Obama to ensure education funding is part of the 2009 stimulus package.

House Democratic leaders pledge to pass equal pay laws

In an effort to correct a recent US Supreme Court decision that limits a workers' right to seek redress from an employer who practices pay discrimination, the US House of Representatives will likely pass two bills this week that would expand equal pay laws.

Comprehensive coverage of the economic crisis

What will be impact of the Wall Street bankruptcies, bailouts and blunders on working people in this country and worldwide? What's the solution to the crisis?

Reid calls for comprehensive economic recovery package

Vowing to help President-elect Obama accomplish his goal of revitalizing the US economy, Senate Majority Harry Reid (D-NV) discussed several key economic questions during his appearance on NBC's Meet the Press Jan. 4th.

'We owe the American people a reckoning': Eric Holder vs. Karl Rove

Karl Rove launched an effort last month to block Barack Obama's nomination of Eric Holder as Attorney General. As part of this campaign, Rove has raised memories of Holder's ill-conceived advice to Bill Clinton about his last minute pardons of some questionable characters.

OPINION: End corruption - take corporate money out of politics

The brazen corruption of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is detestable. But some would ask - what's the big deal? Chicago is renowned the world over for corruption by machine politics, gangsters and moneyed interests. Corruption is rampant in U.S. politics and is 'American as apple pie.'

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