September

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EDITORIAL: Shock and awe revisited

The Bush administration developed expertise in the use of “shock and awe” in its Iraq war for oil. Now it is using those tactics in economic warfare against the American people.

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Latino voters key to Western states

With the Nov. 4 presidential election just weeks away, a monumental battle is heating up in a few crucial swing states, as some 9 million Latino voters prepare to cast ballots which could be the deciding factor for an Obama win.

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McCain still pushing to privatize Social Security

Advocates for senior citizens and disabled people denounced Republican Presidential nominee John McCain for repeating his call for a Wall Street takeover of Social Security in the midst of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

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Veterans tell VA, Open front door to disability claims

As the number of veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan grows, vets and members of Congress are stepping up demands that the long wait many endure before disability claims are accepted must be drastically shortened.

$700,000,000,000 for what?

CHICAGO — First, it was the shock. Then it began to sink in. Then came the anger. In a little over a week the American people first heard of, then digested and are now grappling with the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s and with the Bush administration’s demand that they hand over $700 billion of their hard-earned tax dollars to bail out Wall Street.

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For Michigan, its the economy, stupid!

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Auto parts maker Lear Corp. shipped its plant from here to Mexico, laying off hundreds of workers. Robin Golden, president of UAW Local 2344 and one of the laid-off workers, spoke about it at the Democratic National Convention in August.

McCain-Palin attacks fall flat with Latinos

The Republican attack machine has launched a multifaceted offensive to falsely accuse Democrat Barak Obama of being anti-immigrant. In Spanish-language ads directed at Latino voters in the battleground states of Florida, New Mexico, Colorado and Nevada, John McCain wrongly claims Obama blocked the path to legalization. At the same time McCain and the GOP are saying to their far-right base (in English) that Obama and the Democrats in general are “soft” on “illegal immigration.”

Wall Street meltdown wallops Main Street

The most serious financial crisis since the 1930s exploded this week, plunging global markets into a meltdown, pushing credit card rates up, threatening life savings and pensions, hiking the jobless rate, and sending John McCain and the Republicans scurrying for cover.

In bed with Big Oil

The idea that the Bush administration is in bed with the oil companies took on new meaning with revelations that Interior Department officials engaged in sex, drugs and partying with oil and gas company representatives. A report from the Interior Department’s own inspector general released Sept. 10 described a 'culture of substance abuse and promiscuity' involving energy company representatives and staff at the department’s Minerals Management Service, which issues offshore drilling leases and handles billions of dollars in oil royalties.

Battle for womens hearts, minds and votes

The battle for women’s hearts, minds and votes has gone into overdrive. And for good reason. In 2004, women as a whole made up 54 percent of the electorate, with white women making up 41 percent.

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