Monday, January 23, 2006

A Rare Commodity: Some Good News

A Bush Ally Joins Authors Seeking US Wiretapping Ban: British writer Christopher Hitchens, one of the most reliable allies of the US administration's conduct of the war on terror, has joined a lawsuit seeking a ban on a domestic spy program authorized by President George Bush.
Democrats unveiled a plan for overhauling the rules on lobbying a day after House Republican leaders released their own ideas. "Today we as Democrats are declaring our commitment to change - change to a government that is as good and as honest as the people," said Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic leader, criticizing what he called a "culture of corruption" that means "the lobbyists get everything."

It's a start, better than the Republican plan....but is it enough?
Harold Meyerson is Taking On the Hotels: Meyerson finds hope that organized labors' decline can be reversed by unions like UNITE HERE, which represents about 90,000 hotel workers and is on track to unionize the entire hotel industry. He says: "Alongside the living-wage ordinances and Wal-Mart mandates, UNITE HERE is opening a whole new front."
Women's Anti-War Petition Circles the Globe: Eminent female writers, artists, lawmakers and social activists in the United States are reaching out to women leaders across the world in an attempt to forge a global alliance against the US-led war in Iraq. They have launched a global campaign to gather 100,000 signatures by March 8, International Women's Day.

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