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February 9th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—An email sent from an Service Employees International Union (SEIU) lobbyist to Democratic members of the U.S. Senate shows that the SEIU had advance knowledge of when key votes on Craig Becker were to be held. Becker is one of Barack Obama’s nominees for the National Labor Relations Board. via washingtonalert.org View Background information on Becker here A Senate Vote for Craig Becker, NLRB Nom, is a Vote For Card Check Radical SEIU lawyer’s NLRB nomination clears Senate committee It is rumored that Obama is going to make recess appointments, and Becker might be one of them. Harry Reid ready to play at recess -POLITICO Reid Threatens To Bypass Senate With Recess Appointme Recess Appointments Eyed To Surmount GOP Filibusters of Nominees Labor Update: Time for President Obama to Make Recess Appointments Reports: Democrat Sen. Ben Nelson to oppose radical SEIU appointee; Update: SEIU e-mail coordination Oh, and the Republicans aren't the only ones who don't want Becker - Ben Nelson said he would join with Republicans and vote against Becker's confirmation. See article here Continue »
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The Republicans' shock victory in the election for the US Senate seat in Massachusetts meant the Democrats lost their supermajority in the Senate. This makes it even harder for the Obama administration to get healthcare reform passed in the US. Political scientist Dr David Runciman looks at why there is often such deep opposition to reforms that appear to be of obvious benefit to voters. Americans voicing their anger at the healthcare proposals at a "town hall meeting Last year, in a series of "town-hall meetings" across the country, Americans got the chance to debate President Obama's proposed healthcare reforms. What happened was an explosion of rage and barely suppressed violence. Polling evidence suggests that the numbers who think the reforms go too far are nearly matched by those who think they do not go far enough. But it is striking that the people who most dislike the whole idea of healthcare reform - the ones who think it is socialist, godless, a step on the road to a police state - are often the ones it seems designed to help. In Texas, where barely two-thirds of the population have full health insurance and over a fifth of all children have no cover at all, opposition to the legislation is currently running at 87%. Anger Instead, to many of those who lose out under the existing system, reform still seems like the ultimate betrayal. Why are so many American voters enraged by attempts to change a horribly inefficient system that leaves them with premiums they often cannot afford? Why are they manning the barricades to defend insurance companies that routinely deny claims and cancel policies? It might be tempting to put the whole thing down to what the historian Richard Hofstadter back in the 1960s called "the paranoid style" of... Continue »
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One of the first major films from UPA Studios (then called Industrial Films), 1944's Hell-Bent For Election was a campaign film sponsored by UAW-CIO in support of Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Due to the length of this film it has been split into two parts. Executive Producer - Stephen Bosustow. Production Design - Zack Schwartz. Directed by Charles M. Jones via www.youtube.com via www.youtube.com Continue »