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Lou Dobbs does it again: calls for firing grow

The campaign against hate speech was given a fresh impulse when CNN columnist Lou Dobbs used hateful extremist language against Gov. Howard Dean alleging he is someone who is out to advance the ideas of “liberal fascism.” Dobbs said, “He’s a blood sucking leftist” and continued, “I mean you gotta put a stake through his heart to stop this guy.” Media Matters posted an audio file of the Lou Dobbs hate speech on its website.

Limbaughs Nazi slurs draw condemnation

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi threw Rush Limbaugh into a snit when she objected to use of Nazi symbols by anti-health-reform protesters.

Religious leaders launch push for health care reform

An interfaith coalition — Muslims, Christians and Jews — unveiled a “40 Days for Health Reform” campaign Aug. 10. It will mobilize people of all faiths to press Congress to enact health care reform that protects “all God’s children.”

Companies pull ads from Glenn Beck show

According to the activist group colorofchange.org more than 50,000 of its members led a successful campaign last week to pressure several companies to pull their advertisements off the air during the Glenn Beck show on Fox News Channel.

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Real grassroots organizes for health care reform

With polls showing the overwhelming majority of Americans want health care reform that covers everyone and lowers costs, progressive organizations are mobilizing to activate that real grassroots majority.

Rachel Maddow Who are the town hall protestors?

MSNBC Rachel Maddow exposes corporate backed protesters at health care town halls, Aug. 5, 2009.

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Sea Stories and Other Dirty Lies, Movie Review: In the Loop

I am grateful to the British facility with language for not having any tattoos anywhere on my skin, and for one of the best movies of recent times.

NC Racial Justice Act passes, awaits governor's signature

The North Carolina Racial Justice Act passed in the state Senate this week and now heads to Gov. Bev Perdue for her signature.

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Native Americans celebrate history, struggle in northwest

'Paddle to Suquamish” Aug. 1-11 was a dramatic sign that the Indian tribes of the Pacific Northwest are in the midst of a cultural reawakening. Participation continues to grow 20 years after “Paddle to Seattle,” the first tribal canoe journey in 1989 commemorating the 100 anniversary of the founding of Seattle. This year, delegations of Native Hawaiians, and Maoris from New Zealand joined “Paddle to Suquamish.”

Legislative leader to sue Calif. governor over cuts

California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, announced Aug. 7 that he will sue Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger over nearly $500 million in line-item cuts the governor made last week in signing a budget revision bill that had already made huge cuts mostly to human needs programs.

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