Health care co-ops: Strategy for killing real reform

U.S. House and Senate health care reform bills that have won committee approval contain a public health insurance option as a vital component and that, says a new report released this morning, “is considerable cause for celebration.”

President Obama: Health reform is for everyone

President Obama grabbed the initiative in the health insurance reform debate by bringing a clear message to grassroots supporters via a national teleconference and webcast August 20. Because it will provide a quality public option and a raft of consumer protections, both people with and without health insurance have a stake in the fight for reform, the President argued.

Rally urges bank to modify home loans now

CHICAGO — Elitha Brown has been a home childcare provider here for 17 years. She employs three assistants and watches over six children at her home business. In May 2005, Brown suffered a neck and back injury at her second job where she cares for adults with disabilities. Her income was significantly decreased due to off and on work there.


Mercury contaminates fish nationwide, study shows

Scientists have found mercury contamination in every fish sampled in 291 streams across the country, according to a U.S. Geological Survey study released yesterday.


Doris Brin Walker, defender of civil rights, free speech, dies at 90

SAN FRANCISCO ― Doris Brin Walker, an attorney famous for her brilliant and tenacious defense of political activists including Angela Davis ― and earlier, Smith Act and other McCarthy-era political defendants ― died Aug. 13 following a stroke.

It's time for united action

One of the most insidious forms of racism today is the current right-wing campaign to bring down the presidency of Barack Obama. Turning reality on its head seems the tactic of choice to achieve this objective. When, for example, President Obama criticized the behavior of the Cambridge police for arresting Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates on his front porch for the “crime” of “arguing while black” he was called “anti-white” by right-wing commentator Glen Beck.

Swine flu vaccine get the facts

A new vaccine for the swine flu (H1N1) will be available this fall as the flu season begins, officials at the Department of Health and Human Services announced August 19.

Glenn Beck boycott grows

The boycott of Fox News host Glenn Beck, led by the online activist group Color of Change, continues to gain momentum. Twenty companies have reportedly pulled their ads from the right-wing talk show after Beck called President Obama a “racist.”

Oklahoma ruling could get chicken waste out of our rivers

A lawsuit charging poultry companies with polluting Oklahoma’s waterways got a boost this week when a federal judge ruled that large amounts of chicken waste can fall under federal anti-pollution laws.

UN, along with United States, celebrates Youth Day

UNITED NATIONS – Three West Branch, Iowa middle school students got a chance to stand in the world spotlight, presenting their work on the environmental dangers of lead.

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