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Fixing busted budgets

In state capitals across the country, the fiscal year began July 1 with financial catastrophe. Summer schools were shut in California, state parks closed in Arizona, drug treatment and home health workers were slashed in Illinois, and paydays were payless in Pennsylvania, to give only a few examples.

Truth-telling time

This is truth-telling time in the fight for health care. The voices of the uninsured and underinsured, of those who have insurance but live in fear of losing it, must be heard. The stakes could not be higher.

British National Health ervice - The Truth!

Opponents to President Obama’s healthcare reform plan have circulated a number of serious lies and gross distortions about the UK’s National Health Service to defend their own interests and scupper plans that will help the 47 million Americans currently without healthcare cover.

Long Island City factory accused of being sweatshop

A clothing factory in Long Island City is being charged with operating as a sweatshop by workers.

Hands off our health service

British health unions unveiled two initiatives designed to address a barrage of propaganda from US insurance companies and lobbyists who hope to scupper US President Barack Obama's plans for public health.

Congress losing patience with lending industry on foreclosure prevention

Rep. Barney Frank, D. Mass., chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services, is taking a hard line with the lending industry for failing to take action to prevent more foreclosures. In a statement issued last week, Frank said his committee would not support the industry's legislative agenda until lenders do far more to modify troubled mortgage loans.

Minimum wage hike still leaves workers short

On July 24, the federal minimum wage rose from $6.55 to $7.25 per hour, an increase of 70 cents or just over 10 percent. For full-time minimum wage workers, the raise amounts to about $28 a week. 'When you are barely keeping your head above water, any wave can drown you,' said worker advocate Kris Jacobs, director of the statewide JOBS NOW Coalition. 'An extra bag of groceries means a lot to vulnerable low-wage workers and their families.'

Devils and details

Republicans – and some “Blue Dog” Democrats are bound and determined to stop any kind of health care reform, having made their deal with the devils of the insurance/medical industry giants.

General strike in Honduras targets coup government

TEGUCIGALPA (PL).—The three principal labor unions in Honduras are maintaining a general strike in the state sector for the second day this Friday, supported by road blocks put in place by the popular forces repudiating the coup d’état.

Young Republicans elect a new leader who's under fire for racist remarks

The Republican Party has been trying to revamp its image as more inclusive of diversity -- but the newly elected leader of the party's youth branch may set that effort back. At their annual convention in Indianapolis last week, the Young Republican National Federation elected as their new chair Audra Shay (in photo) of New Orleans, the group's former vice chair at large. Shay, a 38-year-old Arkansas native, defeated Rachel Hoff, the group's director of media relations, by a vote of 470-415, according to The Daily Beast.

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