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GOP agenda undermines our citizens

From the failure of state Republicans to assign immediate effect” to the Medicaid expansion legislation to the ongoing attacks on workers and the poor, the GOP agenda has been overwhelmingly harmful to our state. The lack of “immediate effect” for Medicaid expansion means it will not take effect until three months after the adjournment of the legislature. The governor’s budget director estimates this will c ...

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‘Entitlement programs’ serve elderly and poor

Republicans have made it clear their next budget goal is to slash so-called entitlement programs. Democrats have failed to explain to the public the misnamed programs are valuable and prevent millions of Americans, many of them elderly or children, from living in poverty. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) issued a report last week that found: “Social Security benefits play a vital role in re ...

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In Medicaid fight, GOP governors stand in hospital door

The tea party effort to torpedo health-care reform at the federal level has been repelled, but only after the campaign shut down the government, threatened default on the U.S. debt and cost the country billions. But that victory should not blind us to how destructive the rejectionists have been at the state level. In the name of states’ rights, right-wing governors and legislators will leave some eight mill ...

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Coping with student loan repayment

A new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found many of the same types of loan servicing problems that affected consumers in the mortgage market are now affecting student loan borrowers. Just as troubled homeowners were often unable to pay their mortgages, refinance their loans, or receive timely assistance from loan servicers, many student loan borrowers are now experiencing many of the sa ...

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Unemployment up for Black men, down for Black women

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Black men 20 years old and older increased in September, but the jobless rate the for Black women in the same age group dropped slightly, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this morning. The unemployment rate for African American men was 14 percent in September compared to 13.5 percent in August. The jobless rate for Black women was 10 percent in Septe ...

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Detroiters honored with peacemaker awards

On Nov. 17, the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies Program at Wayne State University will host the 2013 Max Mark-Cranbrook Peace Lecture and Peacemaker Awards ceremony on WSU's campus in Spencer Partrich Auditorium and McGregor Memorial Conference Center. According to their Web site, the Center was founded in 1965 “to provide interdisciplinary, university-wide, academic programs in the field of domestic ...

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Caribbean nations united for reparations

In a move that has implications for Blacks throughout the United States, more than a dozen Caribbean nations have banded together to urge European countries, which profited from the transatlantic slave trade, to begin serious discussions about reparations. “This was a state sponsored policy,” said Ralph Gonsalves, prime minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. “Slave ports were built in Africa. African ...

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Decade-long peace in Mozambique in peril

Mozambique, enjoying a windfall from recent finds of off-shore gas, may be headed for troubled. A fragile peace has reigned over the southeast nation since a treaty in 1992 ended a 16-year long civil war. A pawn in the Cold War of the great powers, the coastal nation was heavily armed with U.S. and Russian weapons. Over a million people perished in the course of the war. Still one of the poorest African nat ...

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