July

Prescription politics: Surge in drug prices follows Republican Medicare Part D program

Two recent studies have shown that prescription drug prices rose significantly during the first quarter of the year.

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Child poverty: U.S. leads industrialized nations with appallingly high rates

Government policies, such as tax policy and transfers, have the potential to greatly reduce high child poverty rates that would otherwise prevail if left solely to the market incomes families receive from work and other sources. The anti-poverty effectiveness of such policies varies considerably across countries.

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International month of action set for Cuban Five

The hurricane season is under way and Cuba once again finds itself in the eye of a political storm. While five Cuban political prisoners languish in U.S. jails waiting to hear the decision of a counter-appeal lodged with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta last September, the Bush administration released a second report from the so-called Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba.

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NLRB feels street heat

The streets outside the National Labor Relations Board office in Washington were sizzling, and it wasn’t just the July heat. For the first time in its 70-year history, the board was shut down for two hours July 13 as nine union and religious leaders, backed by 1,500 labor supporters, blocked traffic outside

Public broadcasting needs a whole new system

On June 7, congressional Republicans launched their latest assault on the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) when a House Appropriations subcommittee voted to cut $115 million from its budget. The cuts would affect PBS, NPR and other noncommercial media like Pacifica Radio.

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Bush may try to revive immigrant legislation

Many thought that immigration legislation had been killed by the Republicans in the House, but maybe, to paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of its death are exaggerated. If the logjam between the House and Senate breaks soon, the immigrants’ rights movement will have to step up its activity.

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GOP can be beat in November, CPUSA says

NEW YORK — Ending Republican majority control of the U.S. House and Senate in the midterm elections Nov. 7 “is a battle that can be won,” said Joelle Fishman, chair of the Communist Party USA’s Political Action Commission, speaking to a meeting June 25 of the party’s national committee.