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Lawmakers: recession already here for millions

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers stood on the Senate and House floor this week and decried hunger and homelessness spreading like a plague among their constituents as the nation plunges toward economic recession.

Gov. takes meat-ax to health care in Calif.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposed budget cuts not only slash state spending for health care but also imperil federal matching funds for Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program serving millions of the poorest Californians, health care advocates say.

World notes: Jan. 26

Belgium: European Roma suffer persecution Nigeria: Pfizer charged in ‘illegal’ drug trial Haiti: Alerts issued for activists India & China meet in Beijing Iran: Negotiations, not war

To honor Dr. King, a new call to action

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two workers, sheltering themselves from a cold, torrential downpour in this Mississippi River port, were chewed up like trash in the back of a malfunctioning garbage truck. Thus began, in 1968, a long public employee strike that shook the nation and cemented a historic civil rights/labor alliance.

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CARTOON: Jan. 19

A new Gilded Age: The rich get richer, working families get debt

Three recent New York Times articles have captured the essence of a new gilded age in America: “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” by Bob Herbert; “The Richest of Rich, Proud of the A New Gilded Age,” by Louis Uchitelle; and “Report Says that the Rich are Getting Richer Faster, Much Faster,” by David K. Johnston. The current gilded age has been fueled by deep tax cuts for the wealthy and mountains of debt — government debt, corporate debt and household debt — plus the inhumanely cheap labor of globalization.

Unions go all-out for Kucinich re-election

CLEVELAND — At a rally here this month with hundreds of labor leaders, public officials and community supporters, Dennis Kucinich kicked off his campaign for a seventh term in Congress, defiantly blasting corporate interests seeking to unseat him.

WORLD NOTES: Jan. 19

Colombia: FARC releases hostages, Zambia: Rich mines, poisoned water, Pakistan: Food shortages loom, Mexico: Copper miners attacked, Iraq: WHO counts civilian deaths, Spain: Clinic workers strike over abortion harassment

On jobs its worse than it looks

The government’s employment report for December confirmed that even the mediocre job gains reported in October and November were too good to last. According to the Labor Department’s establishment survey, only 18,000 jobs were created in December. That brings the average since September down to 84,000 per month.

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