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Danger: Privatization hazardous to Medicare

The threat index for Medicare fraud shot up to “code red” when Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) took Trent Lott’s place as Senate Majority Leader. A darling of George W. Bush, Frist is now positioned to ramrod privatization of the nation’s most important health care system.

A Green Party victory shakes up Providence politics

Opinion While most of the country was taken over by the far-right on Election Day in November, Providence, R.I., moved in the opposite direction, as David Segal was elected to the City Council from the First Ward.

Smallpox vaccine: Latest Bush Sept. 11 hoax

Dr. Thomas Mack, professor of medicine at the University of Southern California, has raised very serious questions regarding the smallpox vaccine assault of the Bush administration’s phony war on terrorism.

Citizen Action delegates call for health care

PEORIA, Ill. – “Stand Up! Keep Fighting!” was the theme of Illinois Citizen Action Convention here, Dec. 7.

Unemployed hold vigil

PHILADELPHIA – On Dec. 27 dozens of unemployed workers and their supporters gathered in front of Pennsylvania Career Links, the Unemployment Office here, to call for the extension of the Temporary Emergency Unemployment Compensation (TEUC) program, which was passed in March 2002.

The economic crisis comes home

The economic downturn has caused fiscal crises in almost every state and city.

Struggle stops steel co. abatement

Workers Correspondence LORAIN, Ohio – After a two-month struggle, the steel company RTI/REP pulled its demand for a 60 percent tax abatement from the city here.

Who is John Snow?

One of the first items of business before the new Senate will be the confirmation of John W. Snow, President Bush’s choice for Treasury Secretary.

National Clips

CLEVELAND, Ohio: Northeast Ohio demands no war with Iraq / NEW YORK: One million Methodist women launch Mid-East peace campaign / PHILADELPHIA: Fifth largest U.S. city says ‘No war’ / DETROIT, Mich.: Injury to one is an injury to all / CANTON, Ohio: City Council to PBGC: ‘Pay steel pensions’

Operation Tarmac terrorizes families

CHICAGO – About a hundred protesters of all races chanted and sang at a departure pavilion of the world’s busiest airport, O’Hare International, Dec. 30. Illinois Coalition to Protect Political Freedom, the Chicago Interfaith Committee on Worker Issues, Pueblo sin Fronteras and others organized the protest in response to an anti-immigrant operation at both this and Midway Airport.

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