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Tens of thousands gather at Indiana’s statehouse to support workers’ rights

Facing down icy conditions, tens of thousands of union workers and supporters gathered outside Indiana’s statehouse Thursday to protest a bill that would strip all union workers of their bargaining rights. Like in Wisconsin, a number of the state’s elected Democrats have fled, preventing a vote from taking place. Also…

Miami police buy military drone that can see into houses

Police in Miami-Dada County have a new tool in their arsenal: a military aerial drone that, if flown low enough, can actually see into people’s houses. Sgt. Andrew Cohen assured members of the press that would not be the device’s main use, but civil liberties advocates were still wary of…

Michigan Republicans seek power to dis-incorporate whole cities, dismiss elected officials

Republicans in Michigan have come up with a revolutionary solution to the state’s growing budget crisis: claim the right to auction off entire municipal entities, like cities, counties, school districts and water systems. In a new bill being pushed by Governor Rick Snyder (R), the governor, or a company hired…

Rep. Keith Ellison tears up at Muslim radicalization hearing

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) broke down in tears while testifying Thursday at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on “Muslim radicalization” in the U.S. Ellison became emotional while telling the story of a Muslim firefighter who lost his life as a first responder on 9/11. “Mr. Hamdani bravely sacrificed his…

Keith Ellison: King’s Islam hearings about ‘stoking fears’ for a ‘political agenda’

WASHINGTON – Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), the first Muslim elected to Congress, choked up while offering a stirring defense of Muslim Americans Thursday during a controversial Republican-led hearing about radicalization within the community. “Targeting of the Muslim-American community for the actions of a few is unjust,” Ellison said, adding, “Stoking…

SPLC: MLK bomb suspect linked to neo-Nazi group

The man who has been arrested in connection with the attempted bombing of a parade in Spokane, Washington honoring Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday has been linked to a neo-Nazi organization, according to a group that tracks hate groups. Police took Kevin William Harpham, 36, of Addy, Washington into custody…

Exclusive: Amazon coalition slams US judge’s decision to halt $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron

‘We are going to appeal,’ Amazon Defense Coalition tells Raw A judge in New York City ruled earlier this week that an Ecuador court’s decision to hold the Chevron oil company liable for $9.5 billion in damages should be placed on hold. The ruling freezes the landmark judgment until allegations…

Sanity break: Puppy takes on ice cube

Reading the news can sometimes be hard, and we think everyone needs a little sanity break from time to time. Newspapers knew this and brought us the funny pages. Here, we do things a little differently. Your sanity break for today: a video of a puppy taking on an ice…

Protesters flood into Wisc. Capitol after anti-union vote

Demonstrators streamed into the Wisconsin Capitol Wednesday night following a move by Republican senators to bypass Democrats and pass a bill stripping public worker unions of most collective bargaining rights. This video is from The Uptake, uploaded March 9, 2011.…

Progressive groups raise $200,000 in hours after WI vote, will target vulnerable GOP lawmakers

The liberal groups Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy For America raised $200,000 since Wednesday night’s anti-union vote in Wisconsin and intends to use the money to target vulnerable lawmakers in the state. A joint campaign by the groups at WarOnWorkingFamilies.com witnessed a dramatic surge in fundraising after Wisconsin Republicans…

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