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Homeowner rip-offs spark scores of lawsuits

BOSTON, Mar 11 (IPS) - Many of the biggest mortgage lenders in the U.S. have engaged in widespread, systematic schemes that ripped off hundreds of thousands of families seeking to buy a home, refinance or foreclose, according to lawsuits filed on behalf of consumers.

Keep organizing for single-payer health care, Conyers urges

PHILADELPHIA — Hundreds of people at a town hall meeting here heard Michigan Congressman John Conyers urge continued organizing and lobbying for the U.S. National Health Insurance Act (HR 676), commonly known as the single-payer Medicare for All bill.

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Labor movement backs bank nationalization

MIAMI — The nation’s largest labor federation has called for nationalization of the nation’s major banks. In a detailed statement, the AFL-CIO, at its executive council meeting here, called on the Obama administration to intervene when significant financial institutions are on the brink of collapse. But those interventions must “protect the public interest, and not merely rescue executives or wealthy investors,” the labor group declared.

Health advocates tell Capitol Hill: go for single-payer, not Mass. plan

A packed Capitol Hill forum Feb. 25 heard a warning that national health care reform should steer clear of the problems Massachusetts has experienced with its state program.

World Baseball Classic brings together 16 nations

For most, around this time of year, “March Madness” is all about college basketball and that’s totally cool. Really, college ball is for real. No doubt. Lots of props there.

U.S. prepares for change on Cuba

Congress is beginning to act on Cuba. Justifications for lifting the U.S. blockade of Cuba have gained currency. The policy has had bipartisan support for almost half a century.

Another terrifying ICE raid, but this time, a different response

BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- In a terrifying early morning raid Feb. 24 here 28 workers, believed to be undocumented, were arrested at Yamato Engine Specialists by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers.

Arrests thrust right-to-die into spotlight, again

BALTIMORE—Voters in Washington State last fall, and in Oregon eight years ago, approved by strong majorities ballot propositions legalizing physician assisted suicide for terminally ill patients suffering unbearable pain. Known as a movement for “death with dignity,” it has spread nationwide.

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