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Protesting a foreclosure auction

On the steps of the Alameda County Courthouse, community activists in the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) protest the auction of the foreclosed home of Armando Ramos and Fernanda Cardenas.

Using lies about the New Deal to block whats needed today

Opponents, mainly Republicans, are using lies about the New Deal to ensure that Obama’s stimulus program does not work properly.

Homeowner rip-offs spark scores of lawsuits

BOSTON, Mar 11 (IPS) - Many of the biggest mortgage lenders in the U.S. have engaged in widespread, systematic schemes that ripped off hundreds of thousands of families seeking to buy a home, refinance or foreclose, according to lawsuits filed on behalf of consumers.

Race still drives the war against universal health care

President Obama has heard all the arguments against universal health care. One he won´t hear from opponents, that is the private insurers and hospitals, is that of their fear of having to cover and treat the millions of black and Hispanic uninsured. According to the Commonwealth Fund, blacks and Hispanics make up nearly half of the estimated 50 million Americans that have no health care insurance. They are far more likely than the one in four uninsured whites to experience problems getting treatment at a hospital or clinic, and to have fewer if any choices in getting health care coverage.

Democratizing credit

The $780 billion stimulus package will help stimulate the economy and create jobs, no matter how hard the Rush Limbaugh lunatics try to make it fail. It is already creating jobs and the ripple effect will create more.

American stories on American Idol tell all

The interesting thing about following American Idol this year is the contestant’s personal stories, their backgrounds and their rags to riches struggle to stardom. Okay, yes, I have been watching, when I’m not watching sports. And yes, I do have my favorites.

Obama admin. tackles comprehensive education reform

Outlining his proposals for education reform in a speech this week at the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, President Obama praised the 'legacy of excellence' of America's schools and colleges, but added, 'we have let our grades slip, our schools crumble, our teacher quality fall short and other nations outpace us.'

A new level of struggle against racism is needed

One of the results of the last election is that there is a stepping up of the struggles against racism. The quick reaction all around the country to the racist anti-Obama cartoon in the NY Post showed a new level of alertness and militancy. I think millions have become more sensitized after experiencing the attacks against President Obama during the election.

U.S. debates on whether to legalize medical marijuana uses

Michael Phelps got into deep trouble when he was shown in a photo with a marijuana pipe. Although Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott from South Carolina decided in February not to charge the 14-time Olympic gold medalist, the possible usage of marijuana by Phelps has drawn comprehensive attention on marijuana usage among youngsters and in California and other states, a debate whether to legalize marijuana.

Coalition launches grassroots drive for Obama budget

More than 40 labor unions and other progressive organizations with combined membership of millions launched a grassroots drive March 4 to push for enactment of President Obama’s $3.55 trillion 2010 federal budget in the face of stubborn resistance from the Republican right and a handful of conservative Blue Dog Democrats.

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