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The people of Chicago are learning how to disturb, embarrass and block the ambitions of socially destructive politicians and corporate executives, Rick Perlstein of The Nation magazine reports.

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Mother Jones profiles a growing coalition of environmental, labor and civil rights groups, including Greenpeace and the NAACP, that began meeting off the record in December to try to figure out "what to do to beat back the deep-pocketed conservative movement."

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On the surface, the case of Knox v. Service Employees International Union (SEIU) lacks blockbuster appeal. But in the wake of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, it has the potential to further rig the playing field in favor of big business and the right wing.In the wake of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, this case has the potential to further rig the playing field in favor of big business and the right wing.

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We just couldn't choose from among the array of clips our friends at "Democracy Now!" sent along from Friday's special broadcast about the OWS Day of Action activities around the country Thursday. So, we figured we'd just post the whole thing.

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Sen Blanche Lincoln helped sink the proposed Employee Free Choice Act, which would have made labor organizing much easier Now the Democrat is headed to a primary runoff against Arkansas Lt Gov Bill Halter (above), thanks in part to a massive multimillion-dollar campaign effort by the AFL-CIO and the SEIU (continued).

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After 14 years of leading the Service Employees International Union through some major changes and growth spurts, and after months of courting unfriendly fire from right-wing ranks by paying frequent visits to the White House, SEIU President Andy Stern is preparing to step down from his powerful post.

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A major reason for enacting health reform is the fate of elderly and disabled patients—especially the indigent—in nursing homes and assisted-care facilities Nobody is affected more by the confluence of the health care stalemate and the recession than these patients.

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