Tobacco giants Reynolds American and Altria are suing the federal government over regulation of color-coded cigarette packing, arguing that it impinges on the corporations' free-speech rights. Image: Big Tobacco is suing the federal government over regulation of color-coded cigarette packaging. (Image via Dirt Diggers Digest.) Appreciate this post? Ple […]
The Welcoming America movement, which has its roots in the South, is being hailed by a White House task force as a model approach for helping communities be more proactive in addressing immigration. Image: President Obama spoke at an immigration town hall last December in Nashville, Tennessee, where a movement to welcome new Americans got its start. (Image […]
Companies spent millions in lobbying on immigration issues that led to a spike in incarceration levels and, in turn, boosted corporate profits. Image: A new report by Grassroots Leadership, a group advocating for the abolition of private prisons, documents how private-prison industry lobbying is driving up immigrant incarceration rates. Appreciate this post […]
While major corporations like Walmart and McDonald's have recently taken steps to boost some workers' pay, tens of thousands took to the streets this week calling for a real livable wage. In what organizers have said was the largest demonstration yet, fast-food workers, child care providers, adjunct university faculty and others rose up in the Figh […]
This fall, North Carolina’s $10 million private school voucher program could expand to four times its current size—the result of an aggressive campaign mounted by an influential trio of well-funded pro-voucher organizations. Image: North Carolina Rep. Skip Stam (R) speaks at a March 2015 press conference held by Parents for Educational Freedom in N.C., alon […]
A mailman from Florida landed a tiny personal aircraft known as a gyrocopter on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday in a protest to demand campaign finance reform. Doug Hughes was carrying letters to every member of Congress calling for them to address corruption. He flew about an hour from Maryland into restricted airspace and onto the Capitol’s West Law […]
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By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan For the first time in more than half a century, the presidents of the United States and Cuba have had a formal meeting. Barack Obama met with Cuban President Raul Castro at the 7th Summit of the Americas, held this year in Panama City. Cuba’s participation has been blocked by the U.S. since the summit began in 1994. This hi […]
After five months in detention with her two-year-old son, Kenia Galeano joined a hunger strike with about other 70 mothers to push for their release. Today she described how she and several others were held in isolation as punishment. “Inside this room it was really cold. It was dark. The toilet was right next to the bed. My son was in there with me this ent […]
In 2006, two of the world's most celebrated writers, Eduardo Galeano and Arundhati Roy, shared the stage of Town Hall in New York City for a historic evening of readings and dialogue. Eduardo Galeano is a Uruguayan author who died on April 13, 2015. His books include the trilogy "Memory of Fire" and "Open Veins of Latin America: Five Cent […]
Episodes 254: BOOM! We have a fantastic show for you this week! Coach recaps the NCAA Men’s & Women’s Final Four from the bad -- Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan’s reaction and the game management of South Carolina’s head coach, Dawn Staley -- to the good -- UConn’s Moriah Jefferson and Duke’s Tyus Jones. Dave dissects the unfiltered opinions of Charles Bark […]
Episode 253: BOOM! We have a great show for you this week! Dave opens it up with his response to Coach about what kind of punishment Ray McDonald, Jameis Winston and any player who commits an act of domestic violence should bear. Coach then gives his thumbs up and thumbs down for the NCAA Tournament so far. Finally, Ruth Conniff, Editor of The Progressive Ma […]
Episode 252: BOOM! Dave, Mark and Coach dissect why Mark is still a fan of the NFL, but no longer his beloved Chicago Bears with the signing of Ray McDonald. Author, lawyer and basketball commentator Richard Kent previews the Sweet 16 and tells you which remaining teams could take down Kentucky in the men’s bracket or UConn in the women’s tournament. Andy Sc […]
Episode 251: BOOM! We have a great show for you this week. Ahead of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, get the Final Four picks from Dave, Coach, Mark, and D.C. Dan. In the wake of Chris Borland’s shocking retirement, Dave Meggyesy, former NFL player and author of Out of Their League, discusses the advice he offered to Borland and the potential impact tha […]
House ethics rules bar lawmakers from accepting travel and related expenses from registered lobbyists. The House Majority Leader has said that his expenses on a 2000 trip were paid by a nonprofit organization, and that the financial arrangements for it were proper.
Five months after President Bush launched his drive to overhaul Social Security, the difficult, if not impossible, task of drafting legislation begins Tuesday when the Senate Finance Committee holds the first hearing on options to secure Social Security's future.
Years ago, the federal government spent $117 million on an experimental "clean coal" power plant in Alaska designed to generate electricity with a minimum of air pollution -- but the project never got up and running.