Wednesday, January 10, 2001

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  • Chavez Withdraws After Violating Anti-Immigrant Laws She Supported

    Yesterday, Linda Chavez withdrew herself from consideration for the post of Secretary of Labor in George Bush’s cabinet. It was not her opposition to minimum wage increases, affirmative action, and union rights that sunk her nomination. Rather the fatal blow was her apparent compassion toward a few individual immigrants. Ironically, the anti-immigrant rights movement Chavez has vigorously supported is responsible for the laws Chavez may well have violated.

  • Depleted Uranium Becomes a Radioactive Issue—at Least in Europe

    NATO ambassadors are meeting in Brussels today to try to defuse a growing crisis over ammunition tipped with depleted uranium. Several countries, including Italy and Germany, want the weapons banned after a rash of leukemia cases among former peacekeepers who served in the Balkans.

  • High Profits, Threats of Bankruptcy in California Power Crisis

    High-level talks in Washington over the California energy crisis ended in the early hours of this morning with a commitment to stability but without any solutions. The talks came two days after Gov. Gray Davis proposed creating a state energy authority to regain control over California’s power and "commit it to the public good."

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