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Mother Tongue

April 19, 2005 - A Mexican woman in Lebanon, Tenn., could lose custody of her 11-year-old daughter permanently because she (the mother) doesn't speak English.

Chipping Away

April 19, 2005 - The Florida state legislature is trying to limit access to abortion under the guise of making it safer. According to the St.

Disaster Capitalism

April 18, 2005 - Our friend Naomi Klein has an excellent piece in the latest Nation magazine, about the administration's little-noticed move to create an Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization. As Klein reports:

Battle Sharpens Over College for Immigrant Kids

April 18, 2005 - One of the sharpest political debates erupting in statehouses this year -- and a key battle between progressive and anti-immigrant forces nationwide -- is over proposals to give the children of undocumented immigrants in-state tuition at state colleges and universities.

Behind the Wal-Mart Campaign in Maryland

April 16, 2005 - Katrina vanden Heuvel at The Nation has a post up today about the recent victory in the Maryland General Assembly, which passed legislation requiring companies with 10,000 or more employees to spend at least 8% of their payroll on health benefits for workers.

Which Side Are They On?

April 15, 2005 - The Left Coaster provides an inventory of the 31 House Democrats who, over the last two days, voted to both repeal the Estate Tax and in support of the finance industry-sponsored Bankruptcy Bill.