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.

Germany: Can the SPD Lion Add Bite to Its Roar

It recalled ancient Greek tragedies. The Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), founded in the 19th Century, is the country’s oldest party, and now its saddest one. On September 27th it suffered its worst election defeat since 1897, losing six million former voters and ending up with only 23 percent of the vote.

Keep Up the Momentum for Strong Health Care Reform Now

As the historic fight for health care reform passes to the Senate next week, and then to conference committee before final vote, a continued and expanded push is needed to prevent blockage of this key legislation.

The Military and the Left

As a Veteran of Operation Iraqi freedom, and a veteran of sorts of the anti-war movement within the US, it seems to me that the left as a whole has done a poor job of speaking to veterans over the last ten years.

Georgia: State Lawmakers Talk Fulton, Dekalb Issues at Townhalls

State lawmakers representing parts of Fulton and DeKalb Counties this week discussed key local issues sure to come before the 2010 Session of the Georgia General Assembly in January.

Think First About the Unemployed, Not the Politicians ... and Act

There are two mantras trotted out frequently when the subject of unemployment comes up that President Obama would best not repeat. The first is that, yea, things are getting worse but not as fast as they were. The second – one that he seems taken with – is that joblessness is expected to be a 'lagging indicator,' that is, the 'recovery' will, by its nature, come quicker than improvement in the jobs picture.


Lou Dobbs is a Quitter

When J. Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, told Fox News' Bill O'Reilly last July that CNN's Lou Dobbs should be kicked off the air for his biased and racist anti-immigrant claims, O'Reilly defended Dobbs and accused the civil rights activist of 'overreacting.'

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.

US Seeks Security of Pakistan's Nukes

Washington has been negotiating secret and “highly sensitive understandings” to “provide added security for the Pakistani arsenal in case of a crisis,” investigative journalist Seymour Hersh reports.


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.

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