January

A new Gilded Age: The rich get richer, working families get debt

Three recent New York Times articles have captured the essence of a new gilded age in America: “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” by Bob Herbert; “The Richest of Rich, Proud of the A New Gilded Age,” by Louis Uchitelle; and “Report Says that the Rich are Getting Richer Faster, Much Faster,” by David K. Johnston. The current gilded age has been fueled by deep tax cuts for the wealthy and mountains of debt — government debt, corporate debt and household debt — plus the inhumanely cheap labor of globalization.

Unions go all-out for Kucinich re-election

CLEVELAND — At a rally here this month with hundreds of labor leaders, public officials and community supporters, Dennis Kucinich kicked off his campaign for a seventh term in Congress, defiantly blasting corporate interests seeking to unseat him.

WORLD NOTES: Jan. 19

Colombia: FARC releases hostages, Zambia: Rich mines, poisoned water, Pakistan: Food shortages loom, Mexico: Copper miners attacked, Iraq: WHO counts civilian deaths, Spain: Clinic workers strike over abortion harassment

Michigan primary was underwhelming

DETROIT — Michigan’s early primary, Jan. 15, was set to force candidates to pay attention to the state’s economic crisis. That was the intent; the result was something different

Reporters diary:The American people have won me over

Before the winter holidays I was assigned to go to Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 3 so I could cover the presidential caucuses for the People’s Weekly World.

Update: Calif. Rep. Doolittle wont run again

Republican Rep. John Doolittle, who has represented California’s 4th Congressional District since 1990, said Jan. 10 that he will not run for re-election in November, though he plans to complete his current term. Doolittle’s seat is among the top labor and Democratic Party targets for the 2008 election.

Cuba greets new year with promise and problems

Raul Castro’s speech delivered December 28 at the closing session of Cuba’s 2007 National Assembly cast light on problems and promise as the nation enters its 50th year of Revolution.

Race within the race: The specter of Tom Bradley in election 2008

The jubilation of Barack Obama’s stunning win in Iowa was muted by the dismay of his defeat in New Hampshire.

On jobs its worse than it looks

The government’s employment report for December confirmed that even the mediocre job gains reported in October and November were too good to last. According to the Labor Department’s establishment survey, only 18,000 jobs were created in December. That brings the average since September down to 84,000 per month.

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