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Friday, February 23, 2024

VIDEO: Philadelphia Tribune Columnist Linn Washington Jr. speaks about Mumia Abu-Jamal

NEW VIDEO: Linn Washington Jr. (a columnist for The Philadelphia Tribune and a professor of journalism at Temple University) speaks at “More Than a Book Party” in Philadelphia at The Church of the Advocate on April 24th 2009.

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Following the US Supreme Court’s April 6 ruling that refused to consider Abu-Jamal’s appeal for a new guilt-phase trial, Linn Washington said:

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You can’t trust Texas lawmakers regarding Texas roadways

There are 2 weeks left of the 81st Texas Legislative Session.

Beware of the bills that are zooming through committees and already are slated for Calendars, e.g., SJR9, SB404, SB17, SB404, SB17, SB263, and some others.

These bills range from who tells TxDOT what to spend on, what the gas tax and other tax revenue may be spent on, selling of obligation bonds to finance roadways, enabling private and/or foreign concerns to own and/or operate our roadways (tolled and otherwise) SB384, and various other special interest road agendas.

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The NRA won a smashing victory

One can now bring guns into the national parks,

The National Rifle Association won a victory despite not because of themselves. They wanted McCain, not Obama, to be President, but guns would have probably never been allowed in the National Parks if McCain had won. The Bradley Bill was passed under Republicans and the first George Bush passed an assault riffle ban. The NRA seems to fair better when a Democrat is in charge.

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Angry Senators pass credit card reform

The credit card companies seem to have few friends on Capitol Hill these days, with even the most business-minded lawmakers siding with consumers in speaking out against steep rate hikes and fees.

The House was expected to pass, possibly as early as Wednesday, a bill that would enact sweeping new restrictions on the industry, including a requirement that customers penalized by higher interest rates because they missed a payment are given a chance to reclaim their lower rate after six months.

The Senate passed the bill Tuesday, 90-5.

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Army paid millions in bonuses to corrupt contractor

The U.S. Army paid "tens of millions of dollars in bonuses" to KBR Inc, its biggest contractor in Iraq, even after it concluded the firm’s electrical work had put U.S. soldiers at risk, according to a source close to a U.S. congressional investigation.

The Senate Democratic Policy Committee plans to hold a hearing on Wednesday to examine KBR’s operations in Iraq, and question why the Army rewarded the Houston-based company.

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Democrats deliver setback to Obama on Gitmo

US President Barack Obama’s plan to close the Guantanamo Bay prison by early 2010 hit a snag as his Democratic Senate allies moved to deny him 80 million dollars he sought for that purpose.

Democrats on Tuesday joined Republicans who have warned for weeks that Obama lacks a plan for dealing with the facility’s 240 detainees from 30 countries, and argued against imprisoning, trying or freeing any of them on US soil.

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Obama ponders new regulatory panel

The Obama administration, trying to crack down on abuses exposed by the financial crisis, is considering creation of a regulatory commission to protect consumers of financial products such as credit cards and mortgages, according to administration and industry officials.

These officials said the administration has been exploring such an approach in meetings over the past few days with executives of the financial services industry.

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Federal pension agency has record deficits

In an ominous setback, the government agency that insures the pensions of 44 million Americans has amassed a record $33.5 billion deficit — triple what it was just six months ago.

The bleak financial snapshot, in a report obtained by The Associated Press, raises new fears that a federal bailout eventually will be needed for the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. The beleaguered agency is being saddled with the underfunded pension plans of companies going bankrupt in the worst economic slump since the Great Depression.

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Forget rebuilding, GOP wants Obama’s head

The Republican Party leader, who has struggled in his early months in power, declared an end on Tuesday to the party’s search for answers to its problems and took aim at President Barack Obama.

"The honeymoon is over," said Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele. "We are going to challenge those policies that we believe are wrong, and we are going to do so without apology and without a second thought."

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Activists want probe of insurers

Activists backing President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul are asking the Justice Department to open a wide-ranging investigation of what they say is monopoly-like power in the hands of major insurers.

The move by Health Care for America Now has consequences for the debate on Capitol Hill, since health insurers have been working closely with lawmakers to find a compromise that would expand coverage and curb costs.

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