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Health consumers make deficit fight personal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The numbers are devastating: almost 2,000 poor kids in Texas with cancer, another 18,000 with diabetes and more than 350,000 suffering from chronic lung disease, heart disease or stroke. What sounds like a grim statistical report on poverty and disease is actually a lobbying message from Medicaid…

Van Jones: ‘I am mad at us for being so quiet’

Former Obama adviser Van Jones came to the “Take Back The American Dream” summit in Washington, D.C. on Monday with one big message: stop being mad at the tea party, and started learning from them. “I’m not mad at [the tea party] for being so loud,” he said. “I’m mad…

Donna Edwards: The rich ‘have a responsibility’

Kicking off the “Take Back The American Dream” summit in Washington, D.C., Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) told the crowd that “We must have in this country, once again, an FDR moment,” in which the haves take more responsibility for the have-nots because, she said, “They have gained their wealth on…

Sen. Dick Durbin: Koch brothers spearheading voter suppression effort

At the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois’ 2011 Bill of Rights Celebration in Chicago, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) applauded the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” but warned that other civil rights issues needed to be addressed. “At the top of our list of priorities is protecting the right…

Advocacy groups: N.C. courts inaccessible to non-English speaking residents

Three nonprofit groups have filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice, claiming that non-English speaking residents are not getting equal access to North Carolina courts. The Latin American Coalition, the Muslim American Society of Charlotte and the Vietnamese Association of Charlotte said in their May 16 complaint that…

ACLU challenges Georgia ‘show me your papers’ law

The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia and other rights groups are challenging in federal court Georgia’s law to crack down on illegal immigrants. The law, allegedly inspired by a controversial Arizona law, authorizes police to check the immigration status of criminal suspects they think may be in the country…

American Express can no longer be used to buy medical marijuana

American Express is no longer allowing transactions to be processed at medical marijuana dispensaries nationwide, according to published reports. A spokesperson told the LA Weekly that the company made the decision to not allow its credit cards to be accepted for medical marijuana because it is their “policy to adhere…

Ex-workers say American Apparel posted their nude photos online

NEW YORK – A woman who accused American Apparel Inc chief executive Dov Charney of keeping her as a teenage sex slave is now suing him and his clothing retailer for defamation. In the complaint, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, the former American Apparel saleswoman and two other…

Fringe conservative: Welfare makes African Americans ‘rut like rabbits’

The United States should abandon all welfare programs because they have led to the destruction of marriage and harm black children, according to the Director of Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy at the American Family Association (AFA). “We have spent over $16 trillion fighting the war on poverty,…

Anti-abortion billboard using Obama’s image raises ire

CHICAGO – An anti-abortion billboard campaign using a likeness of President Barack Obama to target African-American women has angered women’s groups in Chicago. Some 30 billboards declaring “Every 21 minutes our next possible leader is aborted” are being placed in predominantly African-American neighborhoods in Obama’s adopted hometown. They are being…

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