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March Madness: Teams to watch for Final Four

Three People’s Weekly World writers give their take on the 2009 tournament.

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ACORN Home Defenders win one in Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. — This story has a happy ending, at least for now. But one day last week the future hung on a thread for Fernanda Cardenas and her husband, Armando Ramos, as real estate investors circled around auctioneers of foreclosed properties on the steps of the Alameda County Courthouse, like vultures around a carcass.

Health reform forum: Who is going to help this woman?

DEARBORN, Mich. — “We have an economic crisis and one of the primary reasons is health care. We cannot afford not to reform,” Melody Barnes, director of President Obama’s Domestic Policy Council, told a White House regional health reform forum here March 12.

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.

Keep organizing for single-payer health care, Conyers urges

PHILADELPHIA — Hundreds of people at a town hall meeting here heard Michigan Congressman John Conyers urge continued organizing and lobbying for the U.S. National Health Insurance Act (HR 676), commonly known as the single-payer Medicare for All bill.

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Labor movement backs bank nationalization

MIAMI — The nation’s largest labor federation has called for nationalization of the nation’s major banks. In a detailed statement, the AFL-CIO, at its executive council meeting here, called on the Obama administration to intervene when significant financial institutions are on the brink of collapse. But those interventions must “protect the public interest, and not merely rescue executives or wealthy investors,” the labor group declared.

Health advocates tell Capitol Hill: go for single-payer, not Mass. plan

A packed Capitol Hill forum Feb. 25 heard a warning that national health care reform should steer clear of the problems Massachusetts has experienced with its state program.

World Baseball Classic brings together 16 nations

For most, around this time of year, “March Madness” is all about college basketball and that’s totally cool. Really, college ball is for real. No doubt. Lots of props there.

U.S. prepares for change on Cuba

Congress is beginning to act on Cuba. Justifications for lifting the U.S. blockade of Cuba have gained currency. The policy has had bipartisan support for almost half a century.

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