Wednesday, July 29, 2009

LATEST IN THE NEWS

Whistleblower: America's Hidden Health Nightmare
http://www.truthout.org/072609R?n
Paul Harris, The Observer: "Wendell Potter can remember exactly when he took the first steps on his journey to becoming a whistleblower and turning against one of the most powerful industries in America. It was July 2007 and Potter, a senior executive at giant US healthcare firm Cigna, was visiting relatives in the poverty-ridden mountain districts of northeast Tennessee. He saw an advert in a local paper for a touring free medical clinic at a fairground just across the state border in Wise County, Virginia."

Waxman: Talks "Back From the Brink"
http://www.truthout.org/072509C?n
Patrick O'Connor and Glenn Thrush, The Politico: "Late Friday, Democrats stepped back from the precipice of intra-party war – and back to the health care bargaining table – hours after a bitter verbal spat between top Blue Dog Democrats and Henry Waxman, the liberal chairman of House Energy and Commerce Committee."

Rich Have Highest Wealth, Lowest Taxes Since 1929
http://www.truthout.org/072509D?n
David Sirota, Coloradaoan.com: "Here's a truism: The wealthiest 1 percent have never had it so good. According to government figures, 1 percenters' share of America's total income is the highest it's been since 1929, and their tax rates are the lowest they've faced in two decades."

The Great Tax Con Job
http://www.truthout.org/072509Z?n
Thom Hartmann, OpEdNews.com: "A very small niche of America's uber-wealthy have pulled off what may well be the biggest con job in the history of our republic, and they did it in a startlingly brief 30 or so years. True, they spent over three billion dollars to make it happen, but the reward to them was in the hundreds of billions - and will continue to be."

Kucinich Wins Amendment to Increase Access to Early Education Programs for All
http://kucinich.house.gov/News/DocumentPrint.aspx?DocumentID=138505

Minimum Wage, Health Care, And April Greer
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/7/24/757272/-Minimum-Wage,-Health-Care,-And-April-Greer

[Duchess Note: Many thanks to Linda in TX in sharing some of the above interesting and informative articles. Please feel free in sharing them with others.]

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