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08/26/11
Washington, Aug 25 - Congressman Dennis Kucinich is continuing to build opposition to the three pending free trade agreements with Korea, Panama and Colombia Congress is expected to vote on in the fall. He sent a letter to his colleagues today highlighting the role that multinational corporations have played in outsourcing American jobs.
08/25/11
Charles Campbell, The Baltimore Sun Your recent article ("Democrats press Obama on jobs tour" Aug 15) lists the people on President Obama's economic team who have come and gone: Larry Summers, Christina Romer, Paul Volker, Peter Orszag, Jared Bernstein and Austan Goolsbee. Only Ben Bernanke and Tim Geithner remain. None of those who left or those that remain has had any affect on restarting the economy or finding jobs. Their only idea is more quantitative easing.
08/25/11
By Craig Harrington, Economy in Crisis President Barack Obama recently toured the Midwest to promote a White House jobs initiatve. He hopes to curtail some of the momentum developed by his Republican opposition during the summer. His bus tour around the region has taken a great deal of flak from opposition groups who see it as yet another needless expense from a wasteful presidency. The expenses are of course no worse than those accumulated by any other sitting president – the argument is just a guise for thinly-veiled hatred of President Obama himself.
08/25/11
By Jennifer Gordon, The New York Times According to the State Department, the J-1 visa Summer Work Study program, which allows foreign students to work in the United States for a few months, is meant to promote “lasting and meaningful relationships” between the students and Americans. Try telling that to the more than 300 J-1 holders who went on strike at a Hershey’s distribution plant in Pennsylvania last week, with the support of the National Guestworker Alliance. These engineering majors and future lawyers from places like Turkey, Moldova and China came hoping to travel and speak English, but spent the summer packing and lifting heavy pallets of Kit-Kats, often on overnight shifts and for meager pay.
08/25/11
By Keith Bradsher, The New York Times CHANGSHU, China — China has long used access to its giant customer base and cheap labor as bargaining chips to persuade foreign companies to open factories within its borders. Now, corporate executives say, it is using its near monopoly on certain minerals — in particular, scarce metals vital to products like hybrid cars, cellphones and energy-efficient light bulbs — to make it difficult for foreign manufacturers of high-tech materials to build or expand factories anywhere except China. Companies that continue making their products outside the country must contend with tighter supplies and much higher prices for the materials because of steep taxes and other export controls imposed by China over the last two years.
08/25/11
By John Ribeiro, IDG News Personal data sent to India by customers outsourcing work to companies in the country will not be covered under new rules governing the collection of such information, the government said on Wednesday, providing relief to India's large outsourcing industry.
08/24/11
by John Hayward, Human Events A new memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr. opened on the National Mall in Washington this week. It’s the only memorial on the Mall that isn’t dedicated to a president or the fallen soldiers in a war. There have been some criticisms leveled at the design of the monument. An ABC News report describes the layout:
08/24/11
By J.D. Velasco, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin SAN DIMAS - About 50 union members and supporters gathered at the office of Rep. David Dreier, R-San Dimas, on Tuesday to protest proposed free-trade agreements between the U.S. and Colombia, Panama and South Korea.
08/24/11
By John Broder, The New York Times WASHINGTON — In its hurry to transport millions of barrels of oil from federal stockpiles to stabilize world oil prices earlier this summer, the Obama administration has repeatedly bypassed federal law by allowing nearly all the oil to move on foreign-owned vessels, drawing protests from domestic maritime operators.
08/24/11
By Richmond County Daily Journal Congressman Larry Kissell welcomed a large group of area textile workers to his Concord office on Monday, where they provided him with petitions signed by more than 800 textile workers calling on Congress to oppose the pending Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement. As a former textile worker and now Co-Chair of the House Textile Caucus, Kissell has led the fight in opposition of the job-killing trade deal.

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