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Chryslers signing bonus: pink slip for workers

Less than a week after Chrysler workers barely approved a concessionary contract, the company’s Nov. 1 announcement that it will slash 10,000 hourly jobs, 1,000 salaried jobs and 40 percent of its contracting jobs rocked plant floors across the country. This job-slashing offensive is on top of 13,000 job cuts Chrysler announced last February, bringing the total layoffs to one-third of its workforce.

Is GOP scheming to steal another election?

Just weeks ago, a proposed ballot initiative by far-right Republicans with links to presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani seemed dead, after efforts to put it on California’s June primary ballot imploded amid secretive financial maneuvering by its supporters. Now, like Freddy Krueger in “Nightmare on Elm Street,” it’s back!

The inhumanity of partial truth

Conservative economists, whose hold on truth is limited to the profits of certain kinds of corporations, almost always get it wrong, because their truth is limited to a startlingly small portion of the population.

The fires and the media beast

As the smoke and ash settle out here in San Diego, a few things have become evident about the news in this age of disaster capitalism. One is the class nature of the corporate media beast. Another is its alienation from what’s really going on. And a third is its denial of scientific predictability. The consequences are important for people who want to work towards a better future.

EDITORIAL: Reject Mukasey

The Senate Judiciary Committee should reject President Bush’s nomination of Michael Mukasey for attorney general.

EDITORIAL: A mean and vicious veto

Mean. Vicious. Those words describe the 154 Republicans and two Democrats in the House who voted Oct. 18 to sustain George W. Bush’s veto of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

EDITORIAL: Californias wildfires

As we went to press, devastating wildfires sweeping southern California had forced at least half a million people to flee their homes, with close to 2,000 houses destroyed. Twenty-one firefighters and at least 24 others had been injured. Several deaths were reported.

Republican wins in Louisiana, exploits Jena 6

Republican Bobby Jindal won election as governor of Louisiana, Oct. 20, with a campaign that evaded the issues while offering barely coded appeals to racism in the case of the Jena Six.

EDITORIAL: Take the long view

It’s been said that Communists make the best fighters for social progress because they have the big picture of the struggle, the long view of the road towards a better society, and feel strongly about justice.

EDITORIAL: Lying about spying

The Bush administration was pressing phone-spying on Americans long before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a former phone company CEO has revealed.

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