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Conyers Sends Gonzales Document Subpoenas
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Conyers Sends Gonzales Document Subpoenas
The House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed new documents Tuesday from Attorney General Alberto Gonzales as part of its investigation into the firings of federal prosecutors, with the panel chairman saying he had run out of patience.

Congress's Approval Ratings Up as Democrats Mark 100 Days in Power
Public approval for Congress is at its highest level in a year as Democrats mark 100 days in power and step up their confrontation with President Bush over his handling of the Iraq war, the issue that overshadows all others. "The Democrats are back," Representative Nancy Pelosi, the first woman speaker in history, exulted on January 3 as her party claimed control for the first time in more than a decade.

The Mortgage Mess
In February 2007, some 131,000 foreclosure filings were recorded by RealtyTrac, a Web site that compiles default notices, auction sales and bank repossessions. "Based on our numbers for the first two months of 2007, foreclosure activity is running at a rate that would project to a 33 percent increase over 2006," RealtyTrac's CEO James J. Saccacio said in a news release last month. These statistics represent the end of a process that is costing many borrowers their homes.

Millions Face Hunger From Climate Change
Warming temperatures could result in food shortages for 130 million people by 2050 and threaten to cause drought and higher seas in Australia and New Zealand by 2030, according to a UN report released Tuesday.

Challenge to Emissions Rule Is Set to Start
The fight over cars and carbon dioxide moves today from the Supreme Court to a federal courtroom in Burlington, Vermont, in a case that automakers say could reshape vehicles sold on the East and West Coasts. The industry is suing to block a 2004 California regulation on global warming from taking effect.

Deforestation Effects Depend On Location
The effects of deforestation on climate depend on three things - location, location and location. Environmentalists concerned about global warming have long encouraged preservation of forests because they absorb carbon dioxide, the most abundant greenhouse gas in the atmosphere.

Barbara Ehrenreich | Circuit City Slaughter: Seniority Means a Pink Slip
Barbara Ehrenreich writes: "Columnist Bill White of the Allentown Morning Call pictures Circuit City CEO Philip J. Schoonover getting a warm welcome to hell - very warm. Schoonover's sin? Laying off 3,400 employees because they had been around for too long and needed to be replaced by minimum wage workers. His punishment? Having a choice of Dick Cheney or Nancy Grace as a roommate and spending eternity listening to Sanjaya's Greatest Hits."

>From LA, a Reinvention of Big Labor
It's no secret that labor unions are struggling with declining membership and loss of negotiating clout, but don't tell that to the hundreds of activists who gathered Friday for a rally outside the Hilton Hotel at Los Angeles International Airport. These protesters see a different reality - one in which the labor movement's center of gravity is shifting from the older Rust Belt cities of the East to a newer, energetic, immigrant-rich Los Angeles.

Carol Jenkins | How to Finally Answer Imus
"Don Imus says he is not a bad man; he just said a bad thing, words issued with 'no malice.' Once again, an off the cuff racist/sexist exchange, this time several white men, including the show's executive producer, Bernard McGuirk - disparaging the young black women on Rutgers' basketball team, has put a broadcaster on the firing line," says Carol Jenkins.

More Uninsured Means More Health Care Corporate Profits
Drug prices, health insurance, doctor visits and hospital stays are too expensive for many people to afford, while insurance and drug company profits continue to climb. The nation is entering a health care crisis, many leaders and experts say.

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