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Bankrupt GM Begins Slashing Jobs

The General Motors flameout has been a disaster for blue collar Americans working on assembly lines. Out of 123,000 GM workers left in North America, 20,000 are scheduled to lose their jobs.

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McGovern Warns Obama of LBJ Legacy in Afghanistan

In 1964, President Johnson said of Vietnam that I don't think it's worth fighting for, and I don't think that we can get out. It's just the biggest damn mess I ever saw.'' Yet Johnson escalated the conflict and America became bogged down in Southeast Asia for more than a decade. Former Senator George McGovern recently sat down with ANP and said that President Obama runs the risk, like Johnson's Great Society, of hobbling his ambitious domestic goals if he continues to send troops into Afghanistan.

Mortgage Bankers Celebrate Their Big Victory

You would think this year's Mortgage Bankers Association annual meeting would be a rather solemn affair -- given the criticism the industry has endured in recent months. But our American News Project reporter attending the meeting found the bankers in a celebratory mood. The reason? A massive lobbying campaign against bankruptcy reform legislation known as "cram-down" appeared to be working.

Goldman Vet Sparks Conflict on Hill

Barack Obama's plan to name yet another Goldman Sachs alum to his economic team is proving too much for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Sanders put a hold on the nomination of Gary Gensler to head the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, effectively stopping the nomination process in its tracks. Sanders says Gensler, who spent 17 years at Goldman Sachs and then joined the Treasury Department under Bill Clinton, played too big a role in deregulating derivatives in the 90s' to be trusted to reregulate the market now.

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Is This the Moment for a True Populist Movement?

Everyone agrees: The populist fires are burning. But what's next? Bob Borosage, co-director of the Campaign for America's Future, thinks our historic moment could push Obama farther to the left. But only if the forces of the left start pushing.

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What Happened When I Gatecrashed Dozens of Capitol Hill Fundraising Parties

When I showed up unannounced--and with a video crew in tow--at a couple dozen Congressional fundraisers on Capitol Hill, I felt as if I were channeling two paragons of contrarian virtue: first, Diogenes the Cynic, the ancient Greek sage who carried a lantern around Athens during the daytime, looking for an honest man; second, the great sociologist Harold Garfinkel, who in the 1960s pioneered the use of what he called "breaching experiments," interactions in which researchers intentionally breach unspoken rules of conduct to reveal hidden features of our social order.   

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Protesters Turn Up the Political Heat in Washington to Demand Greener Energy

Last weekend, twelve thousand students converged on Washington demanding the U.S. lead the world with a cleaner, greener, and more innovative energy policy. Powershift 09 attracted double the numbers of its 07 convention. All day long, students filled the halls of Congress lobbying their elected officials to fight global warming. Meanwhile, a parallel protest called the Capitol Climate Action was taking place out in the streets. Thousands marched to the Capitol Power Plant (owned by Congress) demanding that it convert from coal to natural gas. Activists like writer Bill McKibben, poet Wendell Berry, and NASA scientist James Hansen—who all risked arrest to make their point—hailed the days activities as the kickoff for a year of worldwide mobilizations leading to the Copenhagen Climate Conference in December.

Coal Action Heats Up Capitol This Weekend

Global warming is lighting a fire on today's campuses, and this weekend thousands of students will come to D.C. to rally, lobby and get arrested for a clean-energy economy. ANP talks with young activists about why this issue inspires their generation, and we hear from Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., about why the time is right for civil disobedience.

Coal Action Heats Up Capitol Hill

Global warming is lighting a fire on today's campuses, and this weekend thousands of students will come to D.C. to rally, lobby, and get arrested for a clean energy economy. ANP talks with young activists about why this issue inspires their generation, and we hear from Congressman Jim Moran about why the time is right for civil disobedience.

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Who Decides What Your Children Are Eating?

To a large degree, it is the Federal Government, Congress and the Department of Agriculture approve what foods can (and can't) be served to over 30 million American school children who get daily meals from the National School Lunch Program. The government gets a ton of pressure from a food and beverage industry frantic to keep kids hooked on a diet of sodas, snacks and hot dogs. The competition, for a piece of this $10 billion market, is particularly fierce right now because this year, the School Lunch Program is being reviewed and revised.

Despite the enormous nutritional and financial stakes at play, ANP was the only media to cover a recent panel set up to discuss the school menu. While nutritionists outnumbered the press, corporate lobbyists outnumbered everyone.

Coincidentally, this article was released in the New York Times recently: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/20/opi...

Grayson Digs His Claws into Citigroup CEO

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The EPA and the Curse of Coal Ash

In March of 2000 during the last days of the Clinton administration, the EPA decided coal ash was a hazardous waste and then two months later, changed its mind. If the EPA had stuck to its guns, the Kingston Coal Ash disaster in Tennessee might have been averted. The push now is to have coal ash federally regulated.

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Prop 8 - Did Mormons Go Too Far?

Activists claim that money from the Mormon Church was the deciding factor in passing Proposition 8 in California - banning gay marriage. The church claims to have only spent a few thousand dollars on the campaign, but ANP has uncovered evidence that may expose a gaping hole in that claim. Also, the IRS forbids religious organizations from "substantially" lobbying for political legislation. Did the Mormon Church violate this law?

The Election of Obama and the White Supremacist Threat

It's the taboo subject you're not supposed to talk about -- Barack Obama's safety in light of the rise of white supremacists in America. American News Project investigates in Memphis, Tennessee, where our cameras infiltrate the Stormfront.org Euro Conference. We probe the minds of the Anti-Defamation League, the Racist Skinhead Project and David Duke to assess legitimate threats to the next U.S. presidency.

Sarah Palin Gives Up on Muslim Attacks

Amid a growing distrust among her conservative Christian supporters of anything Islamic, Sarah Palin goes on record stating emphatically that Republicans and the McCain-Palin ticket welcome all Muslims, adding "it is not acceptable in my book" to discriminate on the basis of religion.

Her message of tolerance comes amid a growing tide of Islamophobia at McCain-Palin presidential rallies in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

How Christian fundamentalists interpret her remarks in the last days of the campaign is anyone's guess.

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Philly Official Scoffs at Voting Problems

Even after plenty of forewarning, it seems like battleground state Pennsylvania's upcoming election could be a disaster waiting to happen. The man who is a heading up Election Day preparations scoffed at these problems. In fact, he shared many startling opinions with ANP.

AIG Execs Receive a Flogging from Congress

In the wake of the $700 billion bailout, the public is finally getting a look at the faces behind the financial crisis. On October 7, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform grilled former AIG CEOs Robert Willumstad and Martin Sullivan. During the five-hour hearing the executives tried to dodge blame as congress members harshly criticized their management of AIG and questioned their compensation.

Pain on Main Street

While lawmakers negotiate on Capitol Hill over the $700 billion-taxpayer bailout for banks and lenders on Wall Street, the foreclosure machine continues to crush homeowners caught in the mortgage crisis. Beyond the politics of Washington, one thing seems clear to many homeowners on the verge of foreclosure, there is no significant relief in sight from the government or Wall Street.

The Faces of the Financial Crisis

The U.S. financial system faces a grave crisis as investment giants teeter on the edge of collapse. They're led by people -- people who've made some rotten decisions in recent years and hauled in millions of dollars as their firms crumbled.

Police Trap Peaceful Protesters in Denver

A calm political protest quickly turned chaotic as anxious police surrounded thousands of marchers heading toward Denver's Convention Center, using tear gas, batons and aggression.

The Obama Muslim Myth

A new national study by the Pew Research Center shows that 12 percent of the country still believes Sen. Barack Obama is a Muslim. ANP looks into how this myth has been perpetuated in the media.

Blood in the Streets

Crime in the United States has slowed since the nineties, but a disturbing trend is taking place as waves of violence are increasing across many American cities. Homicide is now five times higher in the U.S. than the international average.

Voices From a Raid

Immigration arrests from work-site raids have increased tenfold in the last five years. As politicians on both sides of the aisle grapple with the issue, families are caught in the middle.

American News Project went to Annapolis, MD to see how people were coping in the aftermath of the state's largest immigration roundup in years.

The Revolving Door on K Street

Capitol Hill has lost yet another Congressman to K Street, as one more elected official (Rep. Al Wyn) rolled down the Hill to join a lobbying firm.

Through the story of the latest defector, the American News Project examines this dangerous trend, known as the "revolving door on K street."

Murdoch Opens Corporate News Theme Park

ANP takes a humorous look at the grand achievement of the Newseum - a multi-million dollar shrine to the news industry brought to you by today's corporate media titans.

Despite all the money, the curators might have failed on one key question: What is news?

Christian Evangelicals Go Green

How solidly Republican will Christian evangelicals be in 2008? As the country enters the next phase in this historic election season, concern about the state of God's earth may be the issue that draws many believers into the Democratic camp.

Richard Cizik of the National Association of Evangelicals estimates that perhaps 40% of evangelicals will be "up for grabs" in November.

Will Evangelicals Ditch the GOP over the Environment This Election?

How solidly Republican will Christian evangelicals be in 2008? As the country enters the next phase in this historic election season, concern about the state of God's earth may be the issue that draws many believers into the Democratic camp. Richard Cizik of the National Association of Evangelicals estimates that perhaps 40% of evangelicals will be "up for grabs" in November.

Major Public Outcry Against an Extremely Harsh Immigration Approach in Virginia

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates more than 10 million undocumented immigrants reside in the United States. In the absence of a national policy to stem the rise of illegals, some local governments are taking matters into their own hands. Virginia's Prince William County has implemented the "rule of law" policy which allows officers to arrest people suspected of being in the U.S. illegally and expedite deportation. And citizens are up in arms.

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