Hundreds of candlelight vigils across the nation Dec. 8 protested a deal on health care reform in the Senate that caves in to the insurance lobby.
The Senate opened debate on health care reform legislation Monday, but the real action may be happening behind the scenes and at the grass roots.
As the Senate opened debate on health reform, the women's equality movement scheduled a "Day of Action" on Capitol Hill for Wednesday Dec. 2.
Unions, family advocates and health professionals are pressing Congress to pass emergency paid sick days legislation so workers can stay home if they get sick.
Health care advocates say the priority now is pressing senators to stand up to the insurance industry's stalling tactic.
"The problem for us is, this month it's ACORN, next month it's the NAACP, the month after that it's the ACLU," civil liberties attorney Bill Quigley said, explaining why the Center for Constituional Rights has filed a lawsuit on behalf of ACORN.
Video: In Dallas, activists from MoveOn, Organizing for America, Jobs with Justice and the Progressive Center of Texas poured into the offices of Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson to thank her for voting for health care reform.
The early news was not good for liberals and progressives, but it got better as the night wore on.
The announcement by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that the public option will reach the Senate floor was greeted by labor and other leaders as proof that the tide has turned in favor of health care reform.
U.S. companies are entitled to Iraq's oil, oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens told a congressional committee Oct. 21.