On Aug. 19, Governor David Paterson called the legislature into special session to address the state’s growing fiscal crisis. One of the biggest targets is the higher education system. Students are not taking it lying down.
Historian William Pelz, author of several previous books on the early German left, has written a stimulating short history of the European left that spans the period from the mid 19th century to just after World War I.
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Over the past eighteen months, oil prices have more than doubled, inflicting huge costs on the global economy. Strong global demand, owing to emerging economies like China, has undoubtedly fueled some of the price increase. But the scale of the price spike exceeds normal demand and supply factors, pointing to the role of speculation, and underscoring the need for policy action to clean up the oil market.
Those who say there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the Republicans and the Democrats should take a look at a piece of legislation that passed the House, but fell victim to another GOP filibuster. It involves a little-known federal agency, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).
Turning back objections from big business and yet another veto threat from the anti-worker GOP Bush regime, the House July 31 passed the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill designed to put some teeth into federal equal employment laws. The 247-178 vote saw 14 Republicans join all 233 Democrats in voting yes. All the no votes came from the GOP.
“We’re here today to voice our message for safe passage to and from school and to say we are tired of students being killed,” said 15-year-old Armando Mancilla who attends the Little Village Lawndale High School on the city’s southwest side.