If you've been following the presidential campaign the last few weeks,
you've probably caught a glimpse of John McCain going on one of his
well-rehearsed rants about the
community organizing group ACORN and how its voter registration
campaigns may amount to "one of the greatest frauds in voter history in
While the financial crisis has received more of the headlines, there has been a growing unemployment crisis over the last year.
With unemployment at a five-year high, nearly 10 million Americans were
officially unemployed last month, with nearly 500,000 workers applying
for benefits each week. And the problem doesn't stop there, with
long-term joblessness rising:
The anti-immigrant "movement" has been flailing recently. With donor fraud and embezzlement
fueling the splintering of the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps, and
dysfunction and check-bouncing at their previous partner organization,
the Minutemen Project, anti-immigrant organizations are seeing dissent
and confusion rule their ranks.
Congress has passed — and President Bush has signed — the Broadband Data Improvement Act. The Act, which had been pushed by Senate Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and supported by a coalition of organizations, such as the Communications Workers of America,has as its explicit purpose "to improve the quality of Federal and State data regarding the availability and quality of broadband servicesand to promote the deployment of affordable broadband services to allparts of the Nation."
There are stark differences between the two presidential campaigns'
approaches to federal-state relationships. Differences range from the
amount of funding appropriated for programs run by the states to
whether the candidates would strengthen or weaken state regulatory