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Prisoners Defending Prisoners: Review of new book by Mumia Abu-Jamal (Spanish version included)

Prisoners Defending Prisoners: Review of new book by Mumia Abu-Jamal by Carolina Saldaña (Spanish language version below) “My only wish is to tell a story that has never been told before,” says Mumia Abu-Jamal of his new book Jailhouse Lawyers: Prisoners Defending Prisoners v. the U.S.A., City Lights Books, 2009.

LaHood, Responding to Critics, Orders Review of Commercial Bus Safety

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood yesterday ordered a departmental review of commercial bus safety, a response to a string of fatal bus accidents across the country and criticism that the federal government has failed to act.

The “banana republic” talking point

[Updated May 1, 2009] In response to the Obama Administration's ever-so-slight and subtle hint that maybe, just maybe, some Bush Administration officials might face investigation and prosecution if they broke the law in authorizing torture, a neoconservative Republican talking point has emerged.

Senate Defeats Measure to Allow Bankruptcy Judges to Change Mortgage Terms

For the second time in two years, a provision to allow bankruptcy judges to modify mortgages died in the Senate today, handing the Obama administration a significant defeat in its plans for arresting the foreclosure crisis.

Opponents of ‘Shareholder Bill of Rights’ Reach Out to Sen. Schumer

Call it a case of preemptive lobbying: A group of corporate CEOs today launched an effort to personally appeal to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) to cancel introduction of a bill that would give shareholders a greater say in how executives are paid and appointed.

Report: Justice Dept. Official Violated Ethics Rules in Grant-Making

A former Justice Department grant-making administrator violated federal ethics and procurement rules in awarding hundreds of thousands of dollars in sole source contracts to ideologically favored companies and individuals, the department's inspector general concluded today.

President Obama Delivers Remarks on Chrysler, Auto Industry

SPEAKER: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA [*] OBAMA: One month ago, I spoke about some of the problems that have led to the crisis in the auto industry and about what would be required to ensure that General Motors and Chrysler emerge from their current troubles stronger and more competitive. My team wi...

President Obama Holds Press Conference on 100th Day in Office

SPEAKER: PRESIDENT BARACK [*] : Please, be seated. Before we begin tonight, I just want to provide everyone with a few brief updates on some of the challenges we're dealing with right now. First, we are continuing to closely monitor the emergency cases of the H1N1 flu virus thro...

Poll: Rising U.S. Support for Social Issues, Such as Gay Marriage

Republicans may not be able to rely on social issues as they try to rebound against a popular president and increasingly dominant Democratic Party, as a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows rising support for same-sex marriage, legalized marijuana and a process by which undocumented immigrants...

Biden to family: Stay off planes, trains

Vice President Joe Biden says he's advising his own family to stay off commercial airlines and even subways because of the new swine flu.

Biden said Thursday if one person sneezes on a confined aircraft, "it goes all the way through the aircraft." Going beyond official advice from the federal government, Biden said of his family's personal precautions: "That's me."