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Program provides fast track to US citizenship – for cash

San Diego television Ch. 10 News investigates a 20-year-old federal program that allows foreign investors to get on the fast track to citizenship in return for a $500,000 investment that produces 10 jobs. AFSC’s Christian Ramirez weighs in.

 Click on  http://www.10news.com/video/index.html,  then look under the large screen to the screen labeled “Program provides fast track to US citizenship” and click on the arrow.

Opinion: Federal Spending from the Ground Up, Not the Top Down

By Arnie Alpert

President Obama’s budget proposal, released Monday, will touch off Washington-centric squabbles over proper levels of federal spending and taxing.  Snooze-inducing terms like “continuing resolutions,”  “discretionary spending,” and “entitlement spending” will dominate political debates all the way through the presidential caucus/primary season to the 2012 election.

Rockefeller at odds with Obama on heating-bill help

President Obama and House Republicans want to make significant cuts in federal funding that helps low-income families pay their heating bills this winter. Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller doesn't like that idea.

West Virginia's senior senator wants them to reverse their plans to cut funding available through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. AFSC's Rick Wilson weighs in. 

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How to Invest in the Economy, Create Jobs and Not Raise the Debt

President Obama presented worthy economic goals during his State of the Union address of investing in our physical and social infrastructure and increasing employment. Absent was any specific plan of how to achieve these ends without further increasing the national debt.

We have a specific plan President Obama. Take public control of our money system. The AFSC's Greg Coleridge weighs in.

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Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich to speak

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - 6:00pm

Robert Reich

Robert Reich

Robert Reich

Robert B. Reich, who served as secretary of labor in the Clinton administration and now teaches at the University of California-Berkeley, will speak at Drake University.

Reich, one of the nation's leading experts on work and the economy, will present "The Next Economy and America's Future." The speech, which will include a question-and-answer session, is free and open to the public.

New Hampshire Public Radio: An Unemployment Carol

Christmas songs and an interpretation of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ could be heard at the statehouse today in Concord.

NHPR’s Dan Gorenstein reports the holiday cheer was laced with a political message.

“Deck the halls with fairer taxes, fa la la la la la la la la. Put away the budget axes, fa la la la la la la la la.”

Union members, social justice groups and unemployed workers held a more creative kind of political rally in Concord. The author of the skit, AFSC's Arnie Alpert, weighs in.

Generation Justice blog: LeftTurn piece on CORI

This summer, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a landmark law reforming the state’s criminal background check system. Aimed at improving acc ess to jobs, housing and other vital services for residents with arrest records, overhauling the Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) has been a target for Massachusetts community activists for over a decade.

Charleston Gazette:Thousands of West Virginians face benefits cutoff

CHARLESTON, W. VA -

Nearly 11,000 West Virginia workers will lose their unemployment benefits before Christmas unless Congress passes legislation to extend them.

Nationally, more than 2 million Americans could lose unemployment benefits, which began to run out on Wednesday, this month.

Charleston WV Gazette Op-Ed: Helping unemployed helps everyone

When Carte Goodwin was appointed to temporarily fill the seat held by the late Sen. Byrd, he had the good fortune of being able to cast a vote right away that made a real difference for millions of Americans.

West Virginia's newest senator, Joe Manchin, might have a similar chance in the lame duck session of Congress. Rick Wilson explains.

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