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Postal Service May Slash 35,000 Jobs

The U.S. Postal Service said Thursday that it is thinking about closing more than half of its mail-processing centers, which would eliminate more than 35,000 jobs, in order to turn a profit. (more)

Posted on Sep 15, 2011 READ MORE

White House

Idealism in Short Supply

President Obama has called on Americans to volunteer in their communities, but the economic meltdown makes civilian service a tough sell. In this interview, Russ Finkelstein, associate director of, argues that “we all have something to give,” even those of us without much time and money.

Posted on Mar 20, 2009 READ MORE

Barack Obama
AP photo

And Now, the Hard Part

President Barack Obama’s inaugural speech was an inspiring call to national service. But you have to read it closely.

Posted on Jan 21, 2009 READ MORE

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama Wants You

The incoming first lady sends this friendly reminder in support of her husband’s call for a national day of service. In keeping with the Obamas’ Web savvy, Michelle would like you to visit, a volunteer networking site created in the image of the campaign’s old home page.

Posted on Jan 12, 2009 READ MORE

McCain on Memorial Day

McCain’s Memorial Day Message

Sen. John McCain spoke in Albuquerque, N.M., on Monday, defending his position against the Jim Webb GI bill, which offers college tuition coverage in exchange for three years of service in the U.S. military, and drawing distinctions between himself and his opponents in terms of plans for withdrawal from Iraq.

Posted on May 26, 2008 READ MORE

Progressive Patriotism

If the 2008 election is to be a debate about the true meaning of patriotism, then bring it on.

Posted on May 25, 2008 READ MORE

Jenna Bush

Jenna Bush Dodges Military Service Question

How does the Bush family, including First Twin Jenna Bush, handle all the critical media coverage about George W.?  According to Jenna, they “don’t watch too much television.”  And, when asked by Time reporter Carolyn Sayre why she isn’t serving in Iraq, she insisted, ” ... It’s not even a practical question.”  Oh.

Posted on Oct 11, 2007 READ MORE

secret service agent

Agents Interrogate Teen

Julia Wilson, a 14-year-old honor student, was removed from her class and interrogated by Secret Service agents for writing “kill Bush” on her MySpace page.  The teen said the agents’ “unnecessarily mean” questioning brought her to tears, but ultimately encouraged her activism against the Iraq war.

Posted on Oct 14, 2006 READ MORE

Rev. Ed Bacon
Courtesy All Saints Church

All Saints’ Rev. Bacon Takes On the IRS

All Saints Church in Pasadena, Calif., is facing an IRS investigation for its politically themed sermons dating back to 2004. Here, Truthdig reproduces the defiant sermon that its rector, the Rev. Ed Bacon, delivered this past Sunday, in which he voices strong opposition to the U.S. government’s perceived position that churches should stay silent in the face of the world’s injustices.

Posted on Sep 19, 2006 READ MORE

Tech Group Appeals Wiretap Ruling

A group of technology companies and civil liberties organizations has appealed a court ruling that would require Internet service providers to allow the government backdoor access to their systems.

Posted on Jul 21, 2006 READ MORE

AOL account guy

AOL Said, ‘If You Leave Me I’ll Do Something Crazy’

Listen to the hilarious “Today Show” appearance of a guy who nearly had to sacrifice his firstborn child to get an AOL customer service representative to cancel his account.

Times article on him

Posted on Jul 3, 2006 READ MORE

Anti-Suicide Bomb Public Service Ad
From Newsweek

Hollywood Studio Produces Ad Against Suicide Bombing

A Hollywood studio and a Lebanese production company have produced a $1-million public service ad aimed at discouraging suicide bombings. Their funding came from “an independent, non-governmental group of scholars, non-political people,” according to an exec. (Via Huff Po)

Posted on Jun 21, 2006 READ MORE

Secret Service Will Turn Over Abramoff Visit Logs

The logs will show how often the convicted lobbyist met with Bush administration officials—and with whom he met.

Posted on May 1, 2006 READ MORE

Cellphone Chatter at 35,000 Feet? Say It Ain’t So

Despite widespread public disapproval of the move, the FCC plans to allow companies to provide cellphone service on airplanes.
You may remember the FCC: It’s the one that got so bent out of shape about Janet Jackson’s breast. Seems the agency is continuously looking out for our best interests….

Posted on Mar 29, 2006 READ MORE

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