April

Caucuses unite behind public health insurance option

WASHINGTON — In an unprecedented initiative, the leaders of four prominent groups in Congress — the Progressive Caucus, the Black Caucus, the Hispanic Caucus and the Asian Pacific American Caucus — have sent a joint letters to President Obama and the Democratic leadership of the House and Senate stressing that “our support for enacting legislation this year to guarantee affordable health care for all firmly hinges on the inclusion of a robust public health insurance plan like Medicare.”

Apple apologizes for Baby Shaker iPhone app

Parents whose children died or were permanently injured due to their babies being shaken protested outside an Apple store about an application called Baby Shaker.

House passes hate crimes prevention act

The US House of Representatives passed the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, also known as the Matthew Shepard Act, Wednesday, April 29th with a bipartisan majority.

President Obama's first 100 days bring real change for women

President Barack Obama's first 100 days have brought real change for women. Obama swiftly signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, repealed the Global Gag Rule, restored international family planning aid and acted to rescind Bush's harmful health care refusal rule.

Rat Pack comes to life on American Idol

The final five on “American Idol” last night brought back famous tunes by Hollywood legends Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop, otherwise known as the “Rat Pack” — the popular group that performed during the 1950s and ’60s.

$963 billion in plastic debt: The next financial meltdown?

WASHINGTON—Amid warnings that the nearly $1 trillion in credit card debt held by consumers could be the “next financial meltdown,” President Obama and the House and Senate are moving quickly to enact a credit cardholders “Bill of Rights.”

Supreme Court hears case on states' right to enforce laws against banks

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case regarding whether states have the authorize to enforce state fair lending laws against national banks and other financial institutions.

Gay couples marry in Iowa, hate crimes protection advances in Congress

Same-sex couples began applying for marriage licenses across Iowa April 27, after the state’s Supreme Court ruled to legalize gay marriage earlier this month.

OPINION: Cuba and Venezuela are not enemies

The Obama administration did the right thing when it ordered the closing of the Guantanamo torture prison, and restored the right of Cuban Americans to travel and send remittances to their relatives on the island nation.

Specter switches to Dems, strikes major blow vs. far-right GOP

WASHINGTON—In a stunning new blow to the Republican ultra-right, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Penn.) announced today that he is switching from Republican to Democrat and will run for reelection in 2010 as a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate.

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