June

COMMENTARY Holocaust Museum, Dr. Tiller: Janet Napolitano saw it coming

When President Obama’s new Homeland Security chief, Janet Napolitano, issued a report in early April that warned law enforcement bodies in the U.S. about the dangers of a potential rise in “right-wing extremist activity,” Republicans and conservatives protested so loudly that she ended up apologizing for parts of the report.

Rally at Wells Fargo: Save jobs and homes now!

CHICAGO – Dozens of people rallied at the downtown Wells Fargo bank here June 11, including a caravan of Quad City Die Casting workers demanding the bank restore credit to their Moline, Ill. factory, which is scheduled to close July 12.

Obama admin. announces new mountaintop mining policy

Taking aim at mountaintop removal mining, this week, the Obama administration announced a new effort to strengthen federal oversight of the practice and to punish mining companies who fail to protect the environment. The new policy will directly impact mountaintop coal mining in the six Appalachian states of Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Next 8 weeks critical for health reform, Obama says

“The next eight weeks are going to be critical” to winning meaningful health care reform, President Obama told a Wisconsin town hall meeting today.

Even with 600,000 new summer jobs, fears of a jobless recovery grow

Concern is growing that an economic recovery, if and when it comes, may not be much of a job generator. The talk among many economists these days is that the economy may “recover” without an increase in the number of available jobs. All the economic indicators can get better, they say, but the jobless rate can remain high.

Recycle your old tv

The big switch to digital TV happens tomorrow, June 12th. If you have cable or purchased a converter box, your TV will continue to work. Many people have chosen to buy a new television to ensure they will receive digitally broadcasted TV signals. A new boom in TV purchases could add to the growing waste caused by discarding old TVs, the Environmental Protection Agency reported this week.

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Whatever you give, you get back ten times

Pioneering medical anthropologist and lifelong communist Corinne Shear Wood died May 25 at age 84 in Santa Cruz, Calif., after a brief illness.

Insomnia may be neurochemical

A neurochemical deficiency may be linked to primary insomnia (PI) in adults it was reported today. According to researchers of the Harvard Medical School gamma-amino-butiric (GABA) acid, the main inhibitor neuro transmissor in the brain is reduced 30 percent in persons who suffer primary insomnia for more than six months.

New report finds minority women more likely to receive high-cost loans

A new report by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) in partnership with the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) shows that minority women are more likely to receive high-cost home mortgage loans than white women.

Wal-Mart organizing drive spreads to Texas

DALLAS -- Wal-Mart workers across the country are organizing themselves into unions with the United Food and Commercial Workers, even in Texas! The organizing committee held a press conference outside a Wal-Mart at the extreme southern end of Dallas on June 1. It was one of 20 held nationwide as lead-up to Wal-Marts shareholders' meeting on June 5 in Arkansas

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