Missourians reject discrimination

Organizers of the so-called Missouri Civil Rights Initiative, led by rich California political operative Ward Connerly, failed to turn in signatures today in an attempt to qualify their initiative to ban affirmative action programs in Missouri.

The end of cheap oil is now

Never underestimate a politician's ability to pander. With gasoline prices nearing $4 a gallon and the summer driving season approaching, presidential candidates John McCain and Hillary Clinton have responded by calling for a consumer holiday from the federal gasoline tax.

Getting out of the budget disaster

The state of California is in deep financial trouble. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposed 2008-09 budget has a gap of up to $14 billion between providing the current level of public services and the funds with which to do it. So the governor’s answer is “10 percent cuts across the boards.”


May Day in Baghdad

The Iraqi Communist Party celebrated May Day with a big mass rally in Firdos Square in central Baghdad, followed by a march to the headquarters of the party.


Arizona sheriff stirs furor over sweeps

The raids, which Arpaio claims are aimed at crime and undocumented immigrants, are really designed to stir up prime time TV publicity for the notoriously racist sheriff, and at terrorizing working-class neighborhoods, critics charge.

The GOPs vanishing options

The over-the-top coverage of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and Barack Obama’s San Francisco comments, especially in the conservative media, signals growing GOP concern about the electoral implications of Sen. Obama’s call for racial healing and reconciliation.

May Day: finding its way back home

I’ve always wanted a button that reads, “Workers of the world unite, back by popular demand” — almost as long as I’ve wanted one that says, “May Day, made in the USA.”

Pain at the pump

Gas prices set a record at $3.60 a gallon nationwide April 28, up 66 cents from a year ago. Experts expect prices above $4 a gallon this summer. Rising fuel costs are hitting virtually every area of our economy — not just at the gas pump but in the supermarket too.

Stop the feeding frenzy

The corporate media feeding frenzy in the wake of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s question-and-answer session at the National Press Club is the latest example of how desperate right-wing and ruling circles (yes, the real elite) are to suppress any movement for progressive change.

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