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Stimulus package to help workers keep health care coverage

Two important health care measures that were included in President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package will begin to be implemented this week and will ensure that millions of working families impacted by the recession are able to keep their existing health care benefits or find affordable coverage.

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Celebrating Black history and Obamas roots

CHICAGO –To celebrate African American history month, the People’s Weekly World and Workers Education Society hosted a distinguished panel over a delicious meal of the city’s finest soul food. Historian Dr. Timuel Black, civil rights, HIV/AIDS activist and former government official Brenetta Howell Barrett and Political Affairs publisher Joe Sims spoke on the “Roots of Obama and the struggle for equality in a new era.”

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Stanford: Biggest Texas scandal since Enron

HOUSTON – With typical Texas flamboyance, Sir Robert Allen Stanford built a financial empire which stretched across Texas, through Mexico, the Caribbean islands and into South America. He was charged by the SEC on Feb. 17 with defrauding investors of upwards of $8 billion in the most shocking financial scandal in Texas since the fall of Enron.

GOP senator says U.S. must rethink Cuba ban

WASHINGTON -(Associated Press) The U.S. policy of shunning communist Cuba by imposing a strict trade embargo has failed to prod the island nation toward democracy and should be re-evaluated, according to the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Man arrested for alleged ties with Al Qaeda

(Xinhua) A man living near Los Angeles has been ordered detained in federal custody for failing to reveal family ties to Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations when he applied for U.S. citizenship, it was reported on Saturday.

Violence funds not sheltered from budget cuts

WASHINGTON (WOMENSENEWS)--Women's safety advocates called on Congress Wednesday to hike funding for the nation's domestic violence shelters, which are being forced to scale back services or eliminate them altogether due to the ailing economy.

Haitians facing deportation look to Obama for help

The United States is set to deport more than 30,000 Haitians to their impoverished homeland, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced this week. A protest in response to the decision has been planned for Saturday, Feb. 21 in Broward County, Florida. Haitian activists and immigrants are calling for a halt to the arrests and a suspension of the deportations.

More than 50,000 people email New York Post over chimp cartoon in less than one day

More than 50,000 members of ColorOfChange.org sent emails to New York Post Publisher Paul Carlucci on Thursday protesting the paper's decision to run a controversial political cartoon.

Digital TV for all? Not so fast

NEW YORK, Feb 20 (IPS) - Imagine turning on your television and all you see is black and white fuzz. This might be the scenario for the estimated 6 million U.S. citizens who have been left in the dark when it has come to the nation's required digital television transition.

Chasm between words and deeds

When I heard Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina call for bank nationalization, and Sen. Chuck Schumer say “well .... let’s hold on a little longer,” I considered re-reading Alice in Wonderland. Schumer’s reluctance merely exposes him as a liberal pawn of Wall Street (there was never much doubt about that), but in fact it’s now hard to find an economist who does not favor nationalization as the only means of removing toxic assets from bank balance sheets and restarting lending.

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