Senate Moves Health Reform Debate Forward

The Senate voted 60-39 this weekend to begin debate on its version of the health care reform bill. According to early analysis, the new Senate bill would impose new regulations on the health insurance industry and create regional insurance exchanges that include a public insurance option.

Authoritative Rejection of Afghanistan War

The last time I was on Laura Flanders's GRIT tv I argued that the American public opposed the occupation of Afghanistan, but another guest -- some Washington, D.C., 'progressive' -- argued that this had no relevance, since the American public didn't know anything about Afghanistan.

Obama Moves to Support Veterans

In the latest of a string of policies that will benefit America's veterans, the Obama administration this week announced the creation of a new Veterans Employment Initiative. The measure will make the federal government a 'model employer of America's veterans,' the White House said.

Health Reform Moves Forward

The bipartisan passage of the House health reform bill Sat. Nov. 7 met with mainly positive reviews from the labor and democratic movements. Political disputes over abortion rights, however, threaten total unity for passage of a final bill.

On Honduras Situation, Obama Admin. Teeters on the Brink of Disaster

The latest news out of Honduras is very alarming. It would appear that the much ballyhooed “accords” worked out last week between negotiating teams for President Manuel Zelaya and coup leader Roberto Micheletti are being used as yet another cynical delaying tactic by the latter, and as a cop-out stratagem by the Obama administration.


Public Option: Worth the Fight

This past week the House released its version of the national health care legislation. It is no longer the America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 (H.R. 3200); it's now the Affordable Health Care Choices Act of 2009 (H.R. 3962). There are many changes, some of them are responses to the peoples' health movement.


Recovery Act Created or Saved Over 1 Million Jobs

While official data compiled and released by the independent recovery act oversight board this week showed that direct recipients of federal dollars under the act reported creating at least 640,000 full-time jobs, Jared Bernstein, a top economic advisor to Vice President Biden, stated that the report only told part of the story.