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Bankruptcy Lawyers Mine Health Insurance, Strip Cash from Coal Miners

Bankruptcy Lawyers Mine Health Insurance, Strip Cash from Coal Miners
There was plenty in the complex deal to benefit bankers, lawyers, executives and hedge fund managers. Patriot Coal Corp. was bankrupt, but its mines would be auctioned to pay off mounting debts while financial engineering would generate enough cash to cover the cost of the proceedings. When the plan was filed in U.S. bankruptcy court in Richmond last week, however, one group didn’t come out so well: 208 retired miners, wives and widows in southern Indiana who have no direct connection to Patriot Coal. Millions of dollars earmarked for their health care as they age would effectively be diverted instead to legal fees and other bills from the bankruptcy.
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Decorated Iraq War Veteran on Apprenticeship: “No one can relate to what I did over there, but these guys come really close.”

Decorated Iraq War Veteran on Apprenticeship: “No one can relate to what I did over there, but these guys come really close.”
Laborpress.org recently featured decorated war veteran and Ironworkers Local 361 apprentice Rob LeFurgy, whose shot at union membership was vital to him transitioning back into civilian life. LeFurgy began his career path after learning about the Helmets to Hardhats program. “This union turned my life around,” he said. “No one can relate to what I did over there, but these guys come really close.”
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Tonight in NYC: Holocaust Survivors Meet the Granddaughter of Nazi Commandant Amon Goeth

Tonight in NYC:  Holocaust Survivors Meet the Granddaughter of Nazi Commandant Amon Goeth
Please join Jennifer Teege, the granddaughter of the infamous Nazis, Amon Goeth, Commandant of Plaszow Poland, Holocaust survivors, Rabbis, Pastors, educators, diplomats from Israel, Germany, Nigeria, Congressmen, Congresswoman, elected officials and more than 200 people from the community at the Bnai Zion Foundation Center.
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Native American Activist Rex Henry "Found" Dead In Philadelphia, Mississippi Jail Cell

Native American Activist Rex Henry "Found" Dead In Philadelphia, Mississippi Jail Cell
Rexdale Wayne Henry, a Mississippi Choctaw Native American activist, was arrested on July 9 for failing to pay an old traffic fine. He was found dead in his Philadelphia, Mississippi jail cell on July 14. What happened?
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#AllLivesMatter: A Parable of Sorts

#AllLivesMatter: A Parable of Sorts
As the fire trucks screamed down the road heading toward the burning house, she ran out to the curb hoping to flag down at least one. . .
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Cynthia Davis Clarifies the Fraudulent Point of Same-Sex Marriage

Cynthia Davis Clarifies the Fraudulent Point of Same-Sex Marriage
Remember former state representative Cynthia Davis? Slightly nutty and seriously dim denizen of the lands on the far right shores of dominionist Christian extremism? Now that she no longer has no longer legislative outlet, she shares her very special political views by means of an internet talk show.
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Did Obama Administration Downplay Malaysia Slavery To Grease Trade Deal?

Did Obama Administration Downplay Malaysia Slavery To Grease Trade Deal?
Cheap labor is the whole point of our corporate-rigged, NAFTA-style trade agreements. Companies get to move jobs, factories, even entire industries out of the U.S. to countries where people are exploited, the environment is not protected and “costs” like human safety are kept low. But even so … tolerating slavery? Flat-out slavery? Really? Unfortunately, it looks like that’s what is happening with fast-track trade promotion authority, The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Obama administration.
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The Uptake Video: Obama Confronts Prison Reform Issues at NAACP

The Uptake Video: Obama Confronts Prison Reform Issues at NAACP
"We keep more people behind bars than the top 35 European countries combined," President Obama told the NAACP's annual convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday. He added, "the people in our prisons have made some mistakes and some big mistakes. But they are also Americans, and we have to make sure that as they do their time and pay back their debt to society, that we are increasing the possibility that they can turn their lives around."
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Rule of Law: The Monument Must Be Removed

Rule of Law: The Monument Must Be Removed
It the end, it's an embarrassing Okie spectacle that's going to drag on and on, and The Oklahoman does a disservice to the state's image by not simply urging government officials to comply with the court ruling. So let me say it: Remove the monument.
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Three Commandments for Every State Capitol

Three Commandments for Every State Capitol
The Oklahoma Supreme Court this past week ordered the legislature and the executive branch to remove a six-foot tall Ten Commandments granite monument from the front of the state house. The monument was placed there in January and is a direct violation of the First Amendment.
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