National Clips

AROUND THE COUNTRY – / ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Midwest says no to Bush first-strike policy / MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. –Killing is not liberation / PHILADELPHIA, Pa. –Bush speech draws hundreds in protest / PITTSBURGH, Pa. –March for peace gets maced / DENVER, Colo. – Nuns face 30 years in prison for protest / BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –Profit by any means necessary: Health care robbery / EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – US Steel: Guilty as charged. Fined $250 million

Budget battle continues over brutal cuts

News Analysis In a statement released after the Senate approved a resolution setting the parameters for the 2004 budget, AFL-CIO President John Sweeney singled out the Senate’s 51-48 vote to cut Bush’s tax cut for the rich from $736 billion to $350 billion as one of a “handful of victories” for working families won during the Senate’s debate on the measure.

ACLU fights Patriot Act

PITTSBURGH – The knock on the door in the middle of the night is not a fantasy for hundreds of thousands of Muslims, people of Middle-Eastern descent and those who express opposition to the Bush war on Iraq and the Bush corporate budget.

Protesters to High Court: Uphold Affirmative Action

WASHINGTON – Tens of thousands of students, union members and civil rights activists rallied outside the U.S. Supreme Court on April 1 to demand that the court uphold affirmative action to overcome racist discrimination.

Money needed to stop SARS

Not far below the media war-hype radar, an international worry is mounting over Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), a dangerous respiratory disease.

Conyers blasts Bush, Ashcroft

CHICAGO – In his speech to the March 1 Rally to Reclaim Our Rights, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, blasted President Bush’s drive to war with Iraq and warned of plans by Attorney General John Ashcroft to further weaken the Bill of Rights and other constitutional guarantees.

Social Security: safe for now

The Social Security Board of Trustees recently released its annual report on the long-term financial health of the retirement fund. The trustees found that the trust fund will continue to accumulate surpluses (payroll tax revenues exceeding outlays) through the year 2018.

Government targets charities in witch hunt

DALLAS – Waseem Nasrallah, spokesperson for the Muslim Legal Fund, spoke to 25 activists at the Dallas Peace Center recently. He explained the case of the four Elashi brothers and their female cousin, all devout Muslims, who were arrested in a Dallas suburb on charges of having assisted terrorists.