May

Texas voters support Climate Change bill, survey shows

WCVI Calls for Congressmen Green and Gonzalez to Vote for Landmark Climate Change Bill SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- The William C. Velasquez Institute (WCVI) recently completed a flash poll of registered voters in Texas Congressional Districts 20 and 29 and the preliminary findings imply strong support for the landmark Climate Change bill, American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACESA).

Congress approves legislation regulating credit card industry

On Tuesday, May 19, the U.S. Senate voted, 90-5, in favor of a bill that would apply new restrictions to the credit card industry, making the terms of their contracts more comprehensible to customers, and limiting predatory lending practices. For example, the measure would prohibit interest-rate hikes on existing balances, unless the card holder was 60 days overdue on payment.

Who's approving those wiretaps on your phone?

With all the hot debate over government wiretapping in recent years, it was surprising to see that few in the media reported on big changes this week at the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court -- the group of federal judges that authorize electronic eavesdropping and physical searches of suspected terrorists, including U.S. citizens.

Civil rights group urges hate crime charge for murder of Mexican immigrant

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund has launched a petition calling for the Department of Justice to file federal hate crime charges against the teenagers responsible for the brutal murder of Luis Ramirez in Shenandoah, Pa.

Kris Allen takes American Idol title

Kris Allen's smooth vocals and boy-next-door image propelled him to 'American Idol' victory Wednesday, turning the theatrical powerhouse Adam Lambert into the most unlikely of also-rans.

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Marx taken seriously, at last!

DALLAS — In its Sunday, May 17, edition, the Dallas Morning News ran a full-page color spread extolling Karl Marx for his economic abilities. A careful reading of the article by Canadian political economist Leo Pavitch shows that, probably for the first time ever, there are no caveats nor reservations. In the past, Marx might have been acknowledged, but whatever good might have been said of him was always buried beneath a landslide of condemnations!

Gun foes blast vote to allow firearms in national parks

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Parks, today blasted the gun lobby for “hijacking” the credit card reform bill by sneaking in an amendment to permit gun owners to carry loaded firearms, including AK-47 assault weapons, in the national parks.

Montana mayor says his town will take 100 Gitmo prisoners

Dick Cheney is slamming the Obama administration for its plan to close the notorious Guantanamo military prison. Cheney claimed this week that he didn’t “know a single congressional district in this country that is going to say, gee, great, they’re sending us 20 Al Qaida terrorists.” But Ron Adams, mayor of Hardin, Mont., told the World that his town is requesting that 100 Gitmo detainees be sent there, where they could be held in the empty local prison and then get “fair trials like everyone is entitled to.”

Science behind Angels and Demons

Will human-made black holes destroy the world? Could artificially created anti-matter be an alternative source of energy? Did Al Gore really invent the World Wide Web? Do super-secret super-sonic jets that can cross the Atlantic Ocean in about an hour really exist? The novel Angels and Demons by Dan Brown, released this past weekend as a major motion picture directed by Ron Howard, raises these and other questions.

Baseball bats & CEOs

Who doesn’t revel when reading a story about a grandmother who bonks a bandit on the head with a baseball bat? Yet I have to wonder why white-collar bandits are treated with some kind of “code of silence” today when Americans have done more damage to their own country than any disenfranchised Arab with a weapon and no hope.

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