Archive for April, 2009

Apr 30 2009

Civil Engineers Give American Infrastructure a “D”

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In monitoring the state of American Infrastructure, the American Society of Civil Engineers have assigned an overall grade of D to our crumbling highways, levees, and waterworks. The latest report by the ASCE paints a dismal picture: since it’s last report card in 2005, US infrastructure has actually worsened, particularly in the areas of aviation, public …

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Apr 30 2009

Conservatives Hit Obama With Accusations of Socialism

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President Obama has come under increasing criticism from conservatives for some of his economic policies. Reminiscent of the campaign-era rhetoric from the right, Obama is accused of being a socialist from Newt Gingrich to Rush Limbaugh, and a good portion of the right-wing blogosphere. One blogger warned: “Personal freedom, individual liberties and self-determination are …

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Apr 30 2009

Amid Soaring College Tuition, Obama Budget Promises Relief

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college tuitionWith the crashing economy making life difficult for many Americans, college students in particular are finding fewer ways to make ends meet. Tuition has risen dramatically over the past decade: in California, the average college tuition rose 37% between 2000-2007, and in 2008, it rose a whopping 9%. Obviously wages haven’t kept up with this dramatic …

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Apr 30 2009

Mumia Abu Jamal: “Money Changers in the Temple”

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Mumia Abu Jamal is an award winning journalist and political prisoner. Today’s commentary is called Money Changers in the Temple.


Listen to Mumia’s audio commentaries at www.prisonradio.org.

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Apr 29 2009

The Truth Behind Cheap Gas

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low oil pricesOil prices have fallen to $37 a barrel today, dropping 27 percent since last week. The low prices reflected at the pump are a welcome relief to car drivers across the country but few are paying attention to the global and domestic implications of those prices. According to author Michael …

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Apr 29 2009

Women and the Economy

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women workersOn March 8, 1857, hundreds of New York based women working in garment and textile factories staged a strike protesting low wages, long working hours, inadequate pay, inhumane working conditions and the lack of voting rights. It was an historic event that laid the foundation for International Women’s Day, a yearly commemoration …

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Apr 29 2009

Chris Hedges: It’s Not Going to Be Okay

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hedgesThe Labor Department announced an unexpected jump in first-time claims for jobless benefits at the end of January. Initial unemployment claims increased by 35,000, the highest level in 26 years. The total number of people collecting jobless benefits has climbed to a record 4.79 million. According to veteran journalist and frequent Uprising …

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Apr 28 2009

AIG Bonuses Expose Long-Standing Systemic Problem of Corporate Excess

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Edward Liddy, the embattled CEO of AIG is testifying at a House Financial Services subcommittee hearing this morning. Members of Congress and the Obama Administration are falling over themselves this week to denounce the $165 million in bonuses for top executives at AIG. The corporation in question received $170 billion in bailout funds …

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Apr 28 2009

Obama Demands More of Auto Industry Than Banks

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In speaking to reporters yesterday at the White House, President Barack Obama announced the need for immediate restructuring to save the American auto industry. The President’s statements came a day after he asked General Motors Chief Executive Officer Rick Wagoner to resign. After the auto corporation led by Wagoner failed to submit adequate …

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Apr 28 2009

“Media Matters” Monitors Financial News

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media mattersU.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner announced yesterday a new one trillion dollar plan to purchase toxic assets from failing banks. According to Geithner, the newest bailout is designed to generate investment; however, Nobel Prize winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman sharply criticized the plan saying that it will be …

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