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'Laws alone are not enough to remedy discrimination'

The Rev. Martin Luther King was present when President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act on July 2, 1964. Prohibiting discrimination of all kinds based on race, color, religion or national origin, it was the most sweeping civil rights legislation since Reconstruction.

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REVIEW Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

The magic of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series isn’t so much the actual use of magic—wizards and witches, spells and potions. Instead, what sets her series apart from other, lesser works of fantasy are the deeply progressive, even subversive, messages implicit in the nearly 3,800 pages that comprise the complete series.

EDITORIAL Jobs needed now

President Obama flew to Warren, Mich., July 14, to unveil his plan to pump billions of federal dollars into the nation’s community colleges so they can prepare youth for the “jobs of the future.”

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New Haven Board of Aldermen urges Sotomayor confirmation

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The New Haven Board of Aldermen has urged confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. The board's resolution, passed last week, is especially significant as the Republican Party and right-wing seek to use the case of white firefighters here to oppose Sotomayor's appointment and attack affirmative action.

Senators praise Sotomayors empathy for poor, voiceless

WASHINGTON — With Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor sitting in the witness chair, Democratic senators praised her wide-ranging judicial experience and her empathy for working people and the oppressed.

Investigate Bush administration's domestic spying, torture

Civil liberties organizations are demanding a federal investigation into a newly disclosed, far-reaching secret domestic spying program created and controlled by top Bush administration, as revealed last week by new federal report on the country's major spy agencies. According to that report, which was authored jointly by the inspectors general of several federal departments, the Bush administration politicized terrorist threat assessments and used leads unrelated to terrorist threats to justify the continuation of the program.

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COMMENTARY: Stop the presses! The CIA lied

Oh my God! Stop the presses! Call out the fire brigade! Send in the Marines! Batten down the hatches! Boil some water! They have discovered that the CIA has lied to Congress!

Calif. governor lashes out at services for poorest

With California’s budget overdue by more than a week, and banks poised to stop cashing state IOUs, Republicans including Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger are seeking ever larger cuts to social programs while Democrats keep trying to balance cuts with new revenues.

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Illinois governor signs affordable energy bill

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn signed into law an affordable energy bill, July 10, at a west side senior citizen center here. The new law will benefit tens of thousands of low-income utility customers.

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Depp fills big screen, yet plot shrinks it

A film expert once told me that historic “period” movies are more about current events and context than they are about that historic time or character. So I was particularly excited to see “Public Enemies.” What would a historic movie about a Robin Hood-like gangster who lived during the Great Depression when millions of people were out of work while banks were still making lot of money have to say about today? People hated the banks then, people hate the banks now. Seems like a sure thing.

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