October

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Second $250 stimulus urged for 57 million

President Obama has asked for a second $250 stimulus for 57 million people on Social Security, who will be hit by higher prescription drug premiums next year - another reason health care reform is needed.

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PA rally backs single payer bills

Close to 1500 Pennsylvanians packed the main Capitol rotunda recently to call for passage of a bill that could make their state the first in the nation to put a single payer health insurance plan in place.

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It's a woman's world

A new study declares the "war of the sexes" to be over. According to the findings of a newly released joint report from California First Lady Maria Shriver and the Center for American Progress, Americans are increasingly welcoming women into the workforce and as breadwinners and co-partners in their families.

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War for oil? T. Boone Pickens thinks so

U.S. companies are entitled to Iraq's oil, oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens told a congressional committee Oct. 21.

Ordering executive pay cuts: It's about time!

The Treasury Department's expected plan to cut executive pay by up to 90 percent – at the seven companies that received the most in bailout money – is not only good news.

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East Coast mayors support LA clean truck program

It's been an up-and-down week for environmentalists, port workers and residents of nearby communities trying to clean up the diesel pollution from trucks that contributes to soaring respiratory disease.

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EPA zaps BP on air pollution

The Environmental Protection Agency has taken on oil giant BP along with corporate-friendly Republican officials in the state of Indiana.

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Stores pull immigrant-slurring Halloween costume after protests

After a nationwide campaign by immigrant advocacy groups calling an "illegal alien" Halloween costume tasteless and offensive, several major retail stores and Web sites have pulled it from their racks.

Federal judge halts in-home service cuts

Low-income seniors and people with disabilities won a round Oct. 19 in their long struggle against state funding cuts threatening services under California's In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program. The cuts were part of the revised state budget agreed by the Democratic-controlled legislature and Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in July to close a $23 billion-plus budget gap.

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U.S. halts prosecutions for use of medical marijuana

The Department of Justice yesterday ordered its lawyers to cease prosecution of people who use or prescribe medical marijuana in states that have legalized the drug for that purpose.

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