The richest Americans receive the special privilege of having half of their income taxed at a much lower rate than the vast majority of working families.
Republicans are exposing their determination to force a government shutdown, regardless of any Democratic concessions.
Major assaults on democracy are underway on the local level in dozens of states.
MIAMI - According to polls, Miami-Dade County residents will likely recall both the mayor and a county commissioner. But not everyone - especially not labor - is excited.
Federal custody of evidence in the Luis Posada Carriles case has been a serious ongoing problem. Prosectors link him to several 1997 terrorist bombings in Cuba.
Activists note official unemployment in Connecticut has more than doubled to about 170,000 since 2007, with no sign of improvement. It's a crisis for the entire state and demands emergency attention, they say.
The new television commercial about New York state sounds good - so why are labor and community groups worried?
House Speaker, John Boehner, Ohio Republican, bowed to public outrage at the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Arizona Democrat, postponing for a week a vote to repeal the health care reform act she had voted for. But Boehner and the rest of the Republican leadership were already charging ahead to impose their rightwing, takeaway agenda on the nation.
A coalition of progressive organizations, Fix the Senate Now, is calling for filibuster reform.
Republican plans to cut taxes for the rich and social spending for working families may threaten food safety, say supporters of a law passed in the lame duck session of Congress and signed into law this week by President Obama.