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The Brief Origins of May Day | Industrial Workers of the World

By Eric Chase - 1993.

Most people living in the United States know little about the International Workers' Day of May Day. For many others there is an assumption that it is a holiday celebrated in state communist countries like Cuba or the former Soviet Union. Most Americans don't realize that May Day has its origins here in this country and is as "American" as baseball and apple pie, and stemmed from the pre-Christian holiday of Beltane, a celebration of rebirth and fertility.

 

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Obama to deploy more U.S. troops to Iraq in fight against Islamic State | The Heralding

Obama to deploy more U.S. troops to Iraq in fight against Islamic State | The Heralding | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama on Wednesday ordered further 450 U.S. troops to be deployed to Iraq in order to advice and assist the Iraqi forces in their reclamat
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Under Cover of Darkness, Female Janitors Face Rape and Assault

Under Cover of Darkness, Female Janitors Face Rape and Assault | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Across the country, janitors at companies large and small say their employers have turned a blind eye to complaints of sexual assault, and attacked their credibility when they report abuse at the hands of supervisors or co-workers.
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House rejects Authorization of Use of Military Force bill against Islamic State | The Heralding

House rejects Authorization of Use of Military Force bill against Islamic State | The Heralding | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The House of Representatives led by the Republicans has rejected an amendment to the Defense bill on Thursday, a day after President Barack Obama ordered 450
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Rhode Island Uses Nullification in Hemp Debate

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Will the debate on whether the sovereign states may produce industrial hemp within their borders strengthen federalism, as states nullify unconstitutional federal laws?
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Breaking: Embattled Archbishop Of St. Paul Resigns After Archdiocese Charged With Sex Abuse Coverup

Breaking: Embattled Archbishop Of St. Paul Resigns After Archdiocese Charged With Sex Abuse Coverup | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Archbishop John Nienstedt, who waged war against the gay community, has resigned after his archdiocese was charged with the coverup of child sex abuse by a priest.
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Port Of Seattle Votes To Delay Arrival Of Shell Oil Rigs, But The Fight’s Not Over Yet

Port Of Seattle Votes To Delay Arrival Of Shell Oil Rigs, But The Fight’s Not Over Yet | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Facing public pressure, the Port of Seattle voted Tuesday to request that Shell's Arctic drilling rigs be delayed.
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Senate Vote Is a Victory for Obama on Trade, but a Tougher Test Awaits

Senate Vote Is a Victory for Obama on Trade, but a Tougher Test Awaits | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Senator Mitch McConnell aligned with the president to push the deal, which would link 12 nations on either side of the Pacific into a trading bloc and expand the president’s trading authority. The legislation still requires House approval.
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The lies we are told about "free trade"

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"Last week didn’t go as hoped for by the President. The House, thanks mostly to a demonstration of leadership by Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats, put the brakes on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), also known as fast track authority."

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Former House Speaker Hastert Indicted In Probe Into $3.5M In Withdrawals

Former House Speaker Hastert Indicted In Probe Into $3.5M In Withdrawals | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The Illinois Republican is accused of taking the money out in chunks of less than $10,000 to evade reporting requirements, and of lying to the FBI about it.
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In Nebraska vote, sign of broader conservative backlash to death penalty

In Nebraska vote, sign of broader conservative backlash to death penalty | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The Nebraska Legislature abolished the death penalty by overriding the governor's veto. The vote points to a broader trend nationwide.
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The Verdict is in: Guess Who's The Worst President in US History?

The Verdict is in: Guess Who's The Worst President in US History? | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
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Four Black Officers Held At Gunpoint by Racist Cops Who Assumed They Were Criminals

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New dashcam footage is backing up the claims of four African-American parole officers who were violently detained by local upstate New York police officers.
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Former CIA Director Porter Goss Registers to Lobby for Turkey

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(This post is from our new blog: Unofficial Sources.) Former Central Intelligence Director Porter Goss is taking an unusual swing through the revolving door: He recently registered to lobby for the government of Turkey, according to forms filed...
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U.S. House rejects measure to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq and Syria | The Heralding

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The House of Representatives has rejected the resolution on Wednesday with which President Barack Obama would be forced to pull out all American troops from
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New Details About Drone Attacks Reported From Documents Leaked by Snowden

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  An MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle prepares to land after a mission in Afghanistan in this photo from 2007. (Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson / U.S.
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Map: The Largest Donors to State Elections

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In Pennsylvania, Ballot Access Is Not Equal

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It took just 500 write-in votes for lifelong Democrats Chelsa Wagner and John Weinstein to get their names on the November ballots as Republicans, but it
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Gaius Publius: Astroturf “Progressive” Support for the TPP – Meet “270 Solutions”

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‘Fast Track’ Would Hand the Money Monopoly to Private Banks—Permanently

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If successful, the rush to “fast track” a trio of controversial trade deals would nip attempts to implement public banking and other monetary reforms in the bud.
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Brennan Center on Twitter

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Here's How Much Corporations Paid US Senators to Fast-track the TPP Bill

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A decade in the making, the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is reaching its climax and

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How Some Baltimore Neighborhoods Reflect Segregation's Legacy

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Steve Inskeep talks to Richard Rothstein of the Economic Policy Institute about what he calls "government-sponsored segregation," and how it has led to police-community tensions.
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A trade pact might change local land use decisions in a big way

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A key principle of land use in the United States is that homeowners can often veto new buildings on nearby land that other people own. A trade agreement that's currently in the works could have a huge impact on that long-established system of local control.
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Officer Attacks, Arrests Man For Recording Him “Inappropriately Touching” Female Friend

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