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Texan switches parties

Congressman Ralph Hall of Rockwall, Texas, handed the congressional rightwing an easy victory on New Year’s Day when he revealed that he was switching from the Democratic to the Republican Party. The Texas congressional delegation is thus split evenly, 16-16.

ONeill spills beans on White House

Former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill has become one of the Bush re-election campaign’s worst nightmares. In a book published this week by Ron Suskind, “The Price of Loyalty,” O’Neill joins a growing list of former officials who have disclosed politically damaging details about the inner workings of the far-right Bush administration.

Health care is pivotal in 2004

The 2004 elections are a dramatic backdrop to the fight back against the Bush Medicare wrecking ball.

Does bilingualism make you smarter?

Dequwan Well, a first-grader in a dual-language school in San Bernardino, Calif., said that he “can have more friends” because he can speak two languages. Dequwan is even smarter than he realizes. Researchers have discovered that being bilingual may make children “smarter” than monolingual ones.

National Clips

OLYMPIA, Wash.: Ballot measure opposes nuclear waste dump / JEFFERSON, Wis.:Striking Tyson workers garner support / WASHINGTON: Poison the air and hop to Wal-Mart

Philly schools hurt by GOP schemes

News Analysis Even before George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act, Philadelphia was being set up for school privatization and similar measures now encompassed in the federal law.

Black, Latino leaders hit voter remap bias

AUSTIN, Texas – A three-judge panel Jan. 6 upheld a districting plan conceived by House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) to add eight or more Republicans to the Texas congressional delegation.

Raising spirits and funds from coast to coast

From one end of the country to the other, readers of the People’s Weekly World/Nuestro Mundo have come together to show their support for this newspaper.

Medicare reform a threat to women

The Bush administration, the right wing of the Republican Party, and the health insurance industry have achieved a remarkable feat – the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 is a major threat to the Medicare program and a marvelous source of profits for the health care industry.

Pennsylvanians demand school funding

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Protesters organized by Good Schools Pennsylvania lined the steps of the Capitol Rotunda here Dec. 9 with a strong message for the State Senate: “Pass an education budget that greatly increases funding for education reform.

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