Franken asks Minnesota Supreme Court for certification as senator

Former Republican Sen. Norm Coleman appealed today to the Minnesota Supreme Court, asking it to throw out a unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel that his rival, Democrat Al Franken, defeated him by 312 votes last Nov. 4. For his part, Franken asked the state’s highest court to reject Coleman’s appeal and hand down an order that he deserves to be certified immediately and sworn into office as Minnesota’s second duly elected Senator. When Franken is seated, the Democrats will have a 60 seat supermajority, enough to break Republican filibusters, their main strategy for blocking President Obama’s Supreme Court nominees, healthcare with a “public option” and the Employee Free Choice Act.

Americas future requires strong mass movement, progressives declare

This is the first of a series of on-the-spot reports from the America’s Future Now conference. Check back for more. WASHINGTON — Thousands of leading activists in progressive organizations have gathered in this city today for the opening of the America's Future Now conference. Energized by last year's elections, they are mapping plans to build what they are calling a massive mobilization of independent forces to fight the special interests standing in the way of President Obama's progressive agenda.

Chavez: Under socialism ownership is legal

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez denounced a smear campaign aimed at distorting the course of social justice in the process of changes he has led since 1999. The president warned in his Sunday column, Las lineas de Chavez, of the attempt to make the population believe they will lose their homes, cars or 'anything legally owned through effort and work such as property.'

Goodbye GM -- a letter from Michael Moore

I write this on the morning of the end of the once-mighty General Motors. By high noon, the President of the United States will have made it official: General Motors, as we know it, has been totaled.

Women's group calls for govt. action on 'domestic terrorists'

The Justice and Homeland Security departments must prosecute yesterday’s murder of Dr. George Tiller as part of a network of “domestic terrorists and violent racketeers” in a “criminal enterprise that has organized and funded criminal acts for decades,” the president of the National Organization for Women, Kim Gandy, said.


By ferry and busgetting there is half the fun

SEQUIM, Wash. --- The Hood Canal floating bridge was closed for repairs for six weeks beginning May 1. It left travelers seeking to get off the Olympic Peninsula the option of a long drive on narrow, twisting Highway 101 down the 55-mile fiord to Olympia. The other option was a ride on a passengers-only ferry across Hood Canal where travelers boarded transit buses that carried them down through Poulsbo and the Suquamish Indian Reservation to the ferry on Bainbridge Island for the crossing to Seattle.


Thousands demand health care now!

SEATTLE—Led by mothers and their children, thousands of union members and other health care advocates marched through the city here May 30 behind a giant banner that proclaimed, “Health care for All in 2009…We Can’t Afford to Wait.”

Outrage, profound sadness follow in wake of Kansas doctor's murder

Starting with the president, people expressed profound sadness and outrage over the murder of Dr. George Tiller in his Wichita, Kan., church. Tiller, one of the few American physicians who performed late-term abortions, was gunned down while attending church services May 31.

Obama's weekly address: Judge Sotomayor's qualifications

This week, I nominated Judge Sonia Sotomayor of the U.S. Court of Appeals to replace Justice David Souter, who is retiring after nearly two decades on the Supreme Court. After reviewing many terrific candidates, I am certain that she is the right choice.

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