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Primary season ends, here comes Nov. 2

WASHINGTON - The September 14 primary elections in seven states and the District of Columbia brought almost the end of the primary season - with only Hawaii's Sept. 18 primary yet to go - and the start of the last crucial six week countdown to the Nov 2 midterm election, with control of the House and Senate hanging in the balance.


Tea party candidate vies for open House seat in Illinois

Illinois is an election battleground with important races up and down the ballot. The fight has only begun as voters become aware of just how reactionary some of the Republican candidates are.


Government offers $1 billion more for housing crisis, still hard to keep pace

As the nation's poverty rate rises to 15 percent, the highest level since the 1960s, the Obama administration announced this week new measures to help struggling homeowners prevent foreclosure.


Abercrombie & Fitch sells the corporate, un-American look

Abercrombie & Fitch is a well-known American retailer that focuses on clothing for target consumers, ages of 18 through 22. The company also operates offshoot brands, including Hollister and Gilly Hicks. The store, however, has kept a high profile in the public eye for reasons other than the products it sells; Abercrombie is known for its discriminatory nature (especially prevalent in its advertising), flawed and unjust employment practices  and its use of slave labor.


Utility faces probes after tragic gas pipe blast

OAKLAND, Calif. - After a gas pipe explosion devastated a residential neighborhood in a San Francisco suburb Sept. 9, killing at least four residents, the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident while state regulators are ordering Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to inspect its entire natural gas transmission system and report how much it is spending on pipeline safety.


Right-wingers frenzied to save tax cuts for rich

Several House and Senate Republicans are complaining that GOP Minority Leader John Boehner fell for a trap laid by President Obama when he said last weekend that, given no other option, he would vote for extending middle class tax cuts even if it meant allowing the Bush tax cuts for the rich to expire.


New study reveals discriminatory mortgage practices

California's Latino and African American homeowners experience twice the rate of foreclosures than that of non-Hispanic whites, a recent report found.


Boehner blinks on Bush tax cuts for the rich

House Minority Leader John Boehner says he'll vote for Obama's tax plan.


CHEERS to Marx, JEERS to negativism!

CHEERS to the political foresight of comic Groucho Marx, who anticipated the 2009-10 Republican Congressional delegation with his great song, "Whatever It Is, I'm Against It!"


University of Michigan students pledge to save their country

Representative John D. Dingell put the question directly. "Republicans talk about taking the country back and I want to ask, back to what? Bush? Hoover? 1900? Louis XIII?"

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