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Americans favor union bargaining rights by 2-1 margin: poll

WASHINGTON – Americans decisively support laws ensuring the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions by a nearly two-to-one margin, according to a new USA Today/Gallup poll. Sixty-one percent said they oppose legislation stripping those rights in their states, as compared to only 33 percent who said they favor such…

NYC outdoor smoking extinguished from May 23

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Smoking in New York City’s parks, beaches, boardwalks, pedestrian plazas and other public spaces will be banned from May 23 despite complaints about excessive meddling by government in people’s private lives. Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed the legislation on Tuesday after the city council voted 36 to…

Former Obama aide Rahm Emanuel wins Chicago mayoral election

US President Barack Obama’s ex-enforcer Rahm Emanuel was crowned mayor of Chicago, picking up the mantle from retiring mayor Richard Daley, who has governed the US city for 22 years. “I want to extend my congratulations to Rahm Emanuel on a well-deserved victory tonight,” Obama said in a statement released…

Union-busting battle spreads to more US states

CHICAGO – The battle against Republican attempts to undermine trade union rights is spreading with Democratic lawmakers fleeing the state of Indiana in a bid to block anti-union legislation, and workers’ rights protests swelling in the US Midwest. Trade unions are the biggest sources of financial and grass roots organizational…

Hundreds rally at Iowa Capitol over labor laws

Over 500 activists gathered at the Iowa Statehouse in Des Moines to show solidarity with the protesters in Wisconsin and rally against legislation that would limit state workers’ bargaining rights. “This is not an assault on public workers,” Ken Sagar, president of the Iowa Federation of Labor, told The Associated…

US hails ‘positive steps’ by Bahrain monarchy

WASHINGTON – The United States welcomed peacemaking moves by Bahrain’s monarchy Tuesday, as tens of thousands of protesters descended on the heart of the capital Manama in a massive anti-regime rally. The US State Department said it commended steps taken by King Hamad and Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad in…

Georgia anti-abortion bill would require investigations of miscarriages

Legislation recently introduced to the Georgia legislature by House Republican Bobby Franklin would make abortion the legal equivalent of murder and require miscarriages to be investigated by authorities. The bill, known as HB 1, was uncovered by the progressive blog The Daily Kos. Franklin’s bill would classify the removal of…

Montanans protest GOP ‘assault’ on environmental and labor programs

More than a thousand Montanans gathered in front of the state Capitol of Helena on Monday to protest budgetary plans to cut health, educational, environmental and labor programs while pushing for corporate tax cuts. Republicans in Montana are pushing legislation to gut the Montana Environmental Policy Act, reduce workers’ compensation…

Exclusive: Military’s ‘persona’ software cost millions, used for ‘classified social media activities’

Most people use social media like Facebook and Twitter to share photos of friends and family, chat with friends and strangers about random and amusing diversions, or follow their favorite websites, bands and television shows. But what does the US military use those same networks for? Well, we can’t tell…

Infomania music intervention: Glee

America may love “Glee,”but Sergio Cilli of Current TV refuses to let the show get away with turning classic songs into “Mickey Mousified” versions. This video is from Current TV, uploaded September 20, 2010.…

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