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Dirigo works! Maine citizens fed up with attacks on Dirigo Health

Maine’s Dirigo Health Plan is working! Supporters gathered at the Maine Statehouse in Augusta on Jan. 12 to rally support for the program that Gov. John Baldacci, Democrat of Bangor, is fighting hard to preserve.

Labor, religious groups defend immigrant rights

Labor, religious and civil rights groups are urging that supporters of immigrant rights should focus now on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is likely to begin debate on immigration legislation in February.

Hearings, lawsuit slam Bush spying defense

The White House has unleashed a hard-line defense of the Bush administration’s spying on Americans without a warrant, claiming that only “credible threats” linked to al-Qaeda have been under surveillance and the snooping is necessary to protect “national security.”

Kill the bill Coalition fights budget that doles out billions to drug companies, cuts for students

The Emergency Campaign for America’s Priorities (ECAP), uniting labor, community and low-income advocacy groups, is staging vigils at congressional offices, telling lawmakers to reject a Budget Reconciliation Act that inflicts $42 billion in Medicaid cuts and slashes billions more from other social programs over the next decade.

King Day events breathe life into dream

Despite efforts to dilute and trivialize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, the only national holiday celebrating a people’s freedom movement, the people once again rescued and defended “The Dream” in actions spanning the United States.

Editorial: Young women under attack

It is appalling and cruel that anti-democratic anti-abortion forces, including the Bush Justice Department, are attacking the rights of young women, often the victims of rape and incest.

Katrina exposes crisis in public health

WASHINGTON (PAI) — Hurricane Katrina shows the U.S. public health care system, which is supposed to handle millions of people in event of a calamity, is in great danger, Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association and a former Maryland secretary of public health said.

Cheney seeks sixth deferment

Veep hopes to secure place in history. Vice President Dick Cheney announced plans today to seek an historic sixth draft deferment, realizing a longstanding personal dream of his.

Greenspan, Bernanke, and the Fed

The federal deficit is becoming a central point of political struggle. Republicans in Congress are trying to enact a series of cuts in vital programs while extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy. In the midst of this struggle, President Bush has been given the opportunity to make an important appointment. Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve Board (the Fed) since 1987, is stepping down in January, and Bush has nominated Ben Bernanke to replace him.

Bush aims to derail Amtrak

PHILADELPHIA — Amtrak’s Board of Directors is engaged in union busting in order to shift the ownership of this valuable public asset over to the Bush administration’s private campaign contributors. This was the charge leveled by Mark Kenney, general chairman of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) at a rally at the 30th Street Amtrak station here Nov. 16. The situation is heading toward a service shutdown of Amtrak, which would also shut down the commuters who depend upon the Northeast Corridor, according to union rail workers.

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