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WARNING Free stuff now, huge debt later

Leading education advocates this week urged the protection of young consumers from unscrupulous practices by the credit card industry with the passage of the bipartisan Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act.

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Pelosi comes out swinging for employee free choice

WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi came out swinging at a gathering of 3000 trade unionists here yesterday with a passionate call for passage of the Employee Free Choice Act.

Minnesota Governor feels heat to certify Franken as Senator

ST. PAUL, MN—Motorists driving on I-94 past Snelling Ave. are confronted by a giant billboard with a smiling picture of Gov. Tim Pawlenty and the message, “What will Pawlenty choose: People of Minnesota? Or his national ambitions?

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Doctors rally for more perfect health care system

PHILADELPHIA — Doctors from the Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU Healthcare joined other doctors, nurses, medical students and health care advocates in a rally at Independence Hall here this week to demand quality, affordable health care for everyone. Resident physicians, who staff our cities’ anchor safety-net hospitals, are at the front lines of the nation’s crumbling health care system.

Catholics greet Obama speech at Notre Dame

Catholics warmly applauded President Barack Obama’s speech at Notre Dame University May 17th upholding women’s right to choose an abortion while also providing healthcare and childcare for women who choose to deliver their babies full term.

SPEECH President Barack Obama at Notre Dame

The following is the text of President Obama's Notre Dame commencement speech from May 17, 2009. Thank you, Father Jenkins for that generous introduction. You are doing an outstanding job as president of this fine institution, and your continued and courageous commitment to honest, thoughtful dialogue is an inspiration to us all.

Clean coal a contradiction in terms

The coal industry and their army of lobbyists always made sure that enough palms were greased in Washington so that whatever rules and regulations were passed always favored them. To have friends in high places was an asset, but it was bought with the blood and lives of countless of miners working under dangerous and difficult conditions where productivity was always primary.

Medicaid funds for abortion? Far from restored

(WOMENSENEWS)--The end of Barack Obama's first term as president will almost coincide with the 50th anniversary of the invention of the birth control pill. The pill changed women's lives, sexual relations and reproduction irrevocably. It was the beginning of one of the most significant social transformations of modern history. It was as important as the invention of the printing press and the industrial revolution.

New coalition urges Congress to improve conditions for low-income workers

Organizations that advocate for working-class Americans, such as the Institute for Policy Studies and Jobs with Justice, recently formed a coalition called the Inter-Alliance Dialogue to address the needs of low-income workers, minorities, domestic workers, day laborers, and other groups most affected by the recession.

Urgent action needed to stem foreclosure crisis

We can beat the banks if we try, organizers say CHICAGO -- The foreclosure crisis is so severe in Cook County that a judge ordered a temporary halt to scheduling new foreclosure cases. The crisis is devastating Chicago’s African American and Latino communities, where one South Side neighborhood is experiencing a vacancy rate of 40 percent. But the crisis is now spreading to six county suburban areas.

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