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Katrina vanden Heuvel: Facing the Alternative to Obama

by , posted on Monday, October 15th, 2012 at 9:18 pm

from The Nation

After four years, many voters haven’t quite seen the “change” they were hoping for from an Obama presidency. But a Republican takeover of the oval office would mean the reversal of every policy battle progressives have won—from the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell to the Affordable Care Act. Nation editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel lays out why voting to keep Obama in office doesn’t mean compromising voter values, but rather preserving the opportunity to keep fighting.


Why isn’t anyone talking about climate change in this election?

by , posted on Friday, October 12th, 2012 at 10:21 pm

from Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer (Current TV) Editor Joe Romm talks to Current TV’s Michael Shure about how the issue of climate change is missing in the presidential campaign, pointing out that President Obama could attack Mitt Romney for opposing a wind energy tax credit.

“It would be great if a member of the media actually asked even one question on what most of us think is the story of the century: which is that we are in the process of ruining this liveable climate of ours.


Sensata Workers & Community Blockade Bain

by , posted on Thursday, October 11th, 2012 at 10:16 am

from The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann (RT)

Debi Kempel of Freeport joins Thom Hartmann. In just over a month – Sensata Technologies in Freeport, Illinois will shut its doors – thanks to Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital and it’s love of outsourcing. But workers at Sensata aren’t going quietly – and are doing all they can to bring attention to Bain Capital’s all out attack on American jobs.


PDA-IL: Gray Panthers and TIFs

by , posted on Thursday, October 11th, 2012 at 9:58 am

from the Progressive Democrats of America-Illinois

Kathryn Pensack of Gray Panthers Chicago speaks on the plans for a TIF forum in Chicago, and the need for TIF reform.


Wal-Mart Workers in 12 States Stage Historic Strikes, Protests Against Workplace Retaliation

by , posted on Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 at 9:57 am

from Democracy Now!

Wal-Mart workers have launched historic labor protests and strikes across 28 stores in 12 states, the first retail worker strike in the company’s 50-year history. According to organizers, employees are protesting company attempts to “silence and retaliate against workers for speaking out for improvements on the job.” We go to Bentonville, Arkansas, to speak with Mike Compton, a Wal-Mart worker protesting outside the company headquarters today just days after taking part in a successful strike at a Wal-Mart supply warehouse in Elwood, Illinois. We’re also joined by Josh Eidelson, a contributing writer for Salon and In These Times who broke the story of the Wal-Mart store strikes last week.


Bainport Protesters Arrested for Blocking Illinois Factory

by , posted on Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 at 9:46 am

from Democracy Now!

Police have arrested three people for blocking the removal of equipment from the Sensata Technologies plant in Freeport, Illinois, to protest a plan by Bain Capital to close the factory and ship their jobs to China. Workers at Sensata have set up an encampment called “Bainport” across the street from the facility to protest plans to close the plant and move operations to China, taking 170 jobs with it. Sensata is owned by Bain Capital, the private equity firm co-founded by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. We hear from two of the detained protesters: Karri Penniston, 16, whose mother works at Sensata; and Debi Kempel, a Bainport supporter from nearby Pearl City.


The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel: Re-elect President Obama but push for more

by , posted on Friday, October 5th, 2012 at 10:10 pm

from Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer (Current)

Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation, talks with “Viewpoint” host Eliot Spitzer about what she would like to see happen if President Obama wins a second term.

“I think we need a peace and justice community to stand up and say, ‘We are not more secure with the escalation of drone wars or with the violation of civil liberties,'” vanden Heuvel says. She goes on to cite austerity measures that could be passed during an Obama second term in an effort to balance the budget as a major concern.


The Bill Black Financial and Fraud Report

by , posted on Friday, October 5th, 2012 at 9:39 pm

from The Real News Network

Bill Black: Obama susceptible to attack by Romney because he failed to deal with systemic risk to financial system – even though Romney would be worse


CTU Announces Ratification Vote

by , posted on Thursday, October 4th, 2012 at 2:57 pm

from the Chicago Teachers Union

Chicago Teachers Union officers announce 79.11% vote to ratify the CTU/CPS contract — biggest win in history.


Jeff Faux on the debate: Neither of these guys has a plan or a vision for the future

by , posted on Thursday, October 4th, 2012 at 9:22 am

from The Real News Network

Jeff Faux (Economic Policy Institute): The similarity of positions and Obama’s refusal to explain the real causes of the crisis gave the debate to Romney