News Clips Sept. 21, 2009

The Risks for Democrats Going it Alone on Health Care

Max Baucus unveiled his bill last week. His finance committee begins its formal mark-up of the legislation tomorrow. And still no Republicans have signed on. Despite the Montana Senator’s unshakable confidence that his push for bipartisanship will bear fruit, it is looking increasingly likely that Democrats will have to go it alone on health care – or at least virtually alone, with Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, the one moderate Republican who has remained open to supporting the bill. Walking down the corridors of the Senate last Thursday I encountered a senior Senate Democratic aide whistling Simon & Garfunkel’s classic, “I Am a Rock,” the lyrics to which, he noted bemusedly, Democrats should take to heart.,8599,1925094,00.html

Lack of Health Insurance Linked to Deaths

45,000 deaths could have been prevented with health coverage, study says

A new Harvard study released last week found that an estimated 45,000 deaths each year are associated with a lack of health insurance coverage—a finding that is likely to bolster the case for health insurance reform currently being debated in Congress this fall.

Obama Calls for ‘Civil’ Tone on Health Care

President Defends His Reform Move In Broadcast Blitz
President Obama sought to blanket the airwaves with an impassioned defense of his health-care reform effort Sunday during back-to-back broadcasts of taped interviews on five morning news programs.

At U-Md., Obama Calls on Young Adults to Back Health-Care Reform

With his health-care overhaul slowly moving through Congress absent Republican support, President Obama turned to a solidly young, liberal audience on Thursday morning, rallying students at the University of Maryland to help him face the “defining struggle of this generation.”

Obama embraces promise to move on immigration

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says undocumented workers should not be included in the health care overhaul plan he’s trying to push through Congress.

He tells Univision’s “Al Punto” show that if undocumented immigrants want to buy insurance, that’s a matter to be settled with insurance companies. But he does not think they should be able to participate in insurance exchanges set up under the new health care plan.

Union To Hold March For Immigration Reform

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A prominent local union is organizing a march in Minneapolis in favor of immigration reform.
The Service Employees International Union Local 26 is holding the march Sunday at 3 p.m. It starts at 38th Street and Pleasant Avenue.

Viewpoint: Health care reform debate

The debate about immigration reform has begun, and yet we are not even close to debating immigration reform yet. As Congress attempts to restructure the health care system, the issue of a public option, which seemed to be the detonator that threatened to implode the effort, has now given way to one of the most polarizing issues of our times: immigration.

‘Drop Lou Dobbs’ fight escalates as Hispanic groups target advertisers and network executives

Two national advocacy organizations have joined the campaign against CNN show host Lou Dobbs, saying that most Latino leaders are displeased with what they see as his inflamatory remarks on immigration and other issues and some are threatening to target advertisers that support his show.
In doing so, advocacy groups Democracia Ahora and the League of United Latin American Citizens are joining a coalition of Latino groups targetting Dobbs in 25 U.S. cities — including Latino Leadership and the Democracia Ahora chapter  in Orlando.

Miami activist mounts campaign against CNN’s Lou Dobbs

A Miami-based Hispanic group is mounting a national campaign against conservative CNN talk-show host Lou Dobbs, urging the network to restrain what they call “his disparaging and inaccurate” remarks about Hispanic immigrants.

Jorge Mursuli, a longtime human rights activist in South Florida who now heads Democracia U.S.A., hopes to create a grassroots movement to silence Dobbs’ unrelenting crusade against illegal immigrants.

Campaña contra comentarista de CNN por atacar a ilegales

Un grupo hispano de Miami planea una campaña nacional contra Lou Dobbs, comentarista conservador de CNN, y ha exhortado a la cadena de televisión a que controle lo que califican de comentarios “despectivos e incorrectos” sobre los inmigrantes hispanos.

Jorge Mursulí, veterano activista por los derechos humanos en el sur de la Florida que ahora dirige Democracia U.S.A., tiene la esperanza de crear un movimiento popular de base para silenciar la implacable cruzada de Dobb contra los inmigrantes ilegales.

Gingrich Launches The Americano, Bilingual Site for American Hispanics

Grassroots approach emphasized. Libertad Digital, a Spanish free market oriented center-right political website, advertises on the new site.
Gingrich Communications, owned by Republican Politician, Newt Gingrich launched bilingual site for American Hispanics with a different take on news and opinion. The site, called The Americano, looks to offer a more balanced view on all the issues that concern American Hispanics today. It is a place where people can express themselves and read about similar traditional principles. Libertad Digital, a Spanish free market oriented center-right political website, advertises on the new site. Both sites have similar editorial opinions.

Hispanic pride

A month of events celebrates this growing community.

September doesn’t just begin the fall or the school year. It’s also known for the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which began Tuesday and runs through Oct. 15.

The start of the commemoration coincides with the Sept. 15 anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile mark their independence days on Sept. 16 and 18.


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