April

Case alleging discrimination against whites in employment reaches Supreme Court

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Ricci v. DeStefano, a race discrimination lawsuit against the city of New Haven, Connecticut, by White and Latino firefighters who claim that the city's decision not to certify the results of a firefighter promotion test discriminated against them.

Educating Timothy Geithner: The Congressional Review Panel on Capitol Hill

The American people worry about how their $590 billion in taxpayer money is being spent in the big bank bailout—and, on Capitol Hill today, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was told why. In his first appearance before the Congressional Oversight Panel (COP), which has spent nearly six months reviewing the expenditures of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), COP chairwoman Elizabeth Warren told Geithner:

Immigration reform advocates announce call-in actions

WASHINGTON—As the nation nears the end of the first 100 days of the Obama administration, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) announced a five-day “Reflection and Action: A National Call-In for Immigration Reform.”

20 million Americans rallied on Earth Day 1970

It was a different time back in the ’70s. Women’s liberation and gay rights were on the march. Vietnam War protests coupled with the civil rights freedom movements changed the political atmosphere of the United States.

Hundreds rally for health care reform

CHICAGO -- Health Care for America Now and Citizen Action Illinois held a rally in support of President Barack Obama’s health care reform plan on April 18, at St. Augustine College here.

Truth commission needed

Four secret Bush-era Justice Department memos and a 2008 Senate report, now made public, lay out in shocking detail the reckless lawlessness at the highest levels of the administration of President George W. Bush.

Loud Earth Day call: 'Give us green jobs'

Illinois Greenpeace observed Earth Day by erecting six wind turbines on a bridge across Michigan Avenue in the “windy city” of Chicago. Nicole Granacki, Greenpeace Illinois Field Organizer told the World the project “underscores the crucial role wind must play in cutting global warming pollution” while generating “millions of jobs.”

Things I wouldnt want written on my tombstone

I sometimes entertain myself by listing things I don’t want written on my tombstone, such as, “There were other people who were worse,” or “Probably did more good than harm.” Now I add to that the following: “He proved that torture works.”

Disco fever heats up on American Idol

Singing hit songs from the 1970s disco era, “American Idol” finalists really turned up the heat April 21. The remaining “Idol” finalists continue to prove they’re one of the most gifted bunch of young rising stars, perhaps the best talent the popular television show has ever had.

EPA links greenhouse gases to public health menace

After eight years of denial by the Bush administration and top congressional Republicans, the US government has finally decided that greenhouse gases, which cause global warming, create air pollution that endangers public health.

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