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USDA Report: Hungry Households Up 43 Percent in US
A analysis of US Department of
Agriculture statistics performed by
researchers at Brandeis University
shows that hunger in America has
risen 43 percent since 1999.  USDA
figures show that 13.5 million
households were
food insecure in
2004.  The Center on Hunger and
Poverty at Brandeis University
calculated that more than 38 million
Americans experienced hunger in
2004, including nearly 14 million
children.

The USDA defines food insecure
households as meaning that "access
to enough food is limited by lack of
money or other resources"  leaving
one or
more members of a family hungry
at some point during a given year.

Some of these food insecure families
sought help from government
assistance programs or community
food shelters and emergency
kitchens.  The USDA figures show
that 4.4 million households were food
insecure to the extent that one or
more members of these families went
hungry at some point in the past
year.  On average, households that
experienced hunger did so for nine
months in the past year.

The Brandeis report revealed that
hunger in America increased by
nearly one million households in
2004.
These increases covered almost
every family type.  USDA figures
show that the sectors of society
that were most significantly
effected are those families
struggling at household incomes
below the federal poverty line.  
The USDA reported that
households headed by single
women and black and Latina
families had "substantially higher"
rates of hunger.

The Brandeis report was released
the same day the US Congress
proposed to cut $844 million from
the federal food stamp program.  
The proposed cuts would effect
300,000 Americans.
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Judge's Ruling Extends Reasonable Search to Unreasonable
Dimensions
Walmart Picks Up
Bargain at Labor
Department
A judge from the 9th US Circuit Court
of Appeals recently extended the
definition of what constitutes a
search without a reasonable cause of
suspicion in searches at America's
ports of entry.

Judge Betty Fletcher gave border
authorities the right to dissemble
door panels of trucks and
automobiles entering the United
States with no reason to suspect that
the drivers have committed a crime.

While federal government lawyers
had evidence in the case at appeal,
United State v. Hernandez, they did
not choose to enter into the record
clear evidence of reason of suspicion
of the driver.  The government's
attorneys were seeking a judicial
decision that would allow aggressive
search tactics at US borders,
regardless of the suspicion of a crime.
Judge Fletcher noted her displeasure
with what she referred to in her opinion
as the "game playing" of the state's
lawyers who sought and received an
extension of the definition of a legal
search to include the disassembly of the
appellant's automobile.

The ruling came as one of three recent
rulings in the 9th Circuit that stretched
the definition of searches without
apparent suspicion.  The cases taken
together allow border agents to not only
remove door panels, but also
disembowel gas tanks and drill holes in
truck beds.

Judge Fletcher uses a standard set in
2004 by the Supreme Court in United
States v. Flores-Montano.  The court
wrote in its opinion that so long as the
disassembly of a vehicle in a search
does not " seriously damage" or cause
"destruction of the property" they can be
considered "reasonable".
American's may be seeing
even more aggressive
definitions of legal searches if
President George Bush's
recent Supreme Court
appointee, judge Samuel A.
Alito, is confirmed by the US
Senate.  Alito voted in 2004 to
uphold a police strip search of
a woman and her young
daughter who were not named
in a narcotics related search
warrant of a property.  Alito's
fellow jurists at the time
disagreed with Alito's opinion
that because the two women
happened to be at the location
that was the subject of the
warrant, they too could be strip
searched by the police who
executed the warrant.  
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In a report made public last
week, the Labor Department's
inspector general sharply
criticized an agreement the
department reached with  
Wal-Mart Stores, citing
"serious breakdowns" in
procedures that led to
"significant concessions" to the
country's largest retailer. The
settlement was the result of an
investigation that found 85
violations of child labor laws in
three states. The inspector
general's report concluded
that Labor Department officials
allowed Wal-Mart lawyers to
draft substantial portions of the
settlement, and that Labor's
own legal counsel did not
review the settlement before it
was signed.

The settlement grants
Wal-Mart 15 days' notice
before any investigations by
the Labor Department's Wage
and Hour Division, and also
stipulates a 10 day grace
period during which to address
violations. The retail giant is
also given unprecedented
authority to participate in the  
development of departmental
press releases. The inspector
general found that these
concessions violated Labor
Department guidelines, and
that the entire settlement was
"significantly different from
other agreements."

Wal-Mart agreed to pay
$135,540 in fines to settle the
85 child Labor violations. Last
year the retailer earned over
$10 billion in profits. A
Wal-Mart spokesman said "We
continue to believe the
agreement was the
appropriate course of
action.        
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Highway Robbery: US Snubs Key Ally
Diplomatic staff at the US embassy in
Britain are refusing to pay London's
so-called "congestion charge" on
approximately 100 vehicles in the
embassy's fleet. The charge is part
of a scheme to reduce traffic and
alleviate pollution in the densely
populated city center. But a
spokesman for the embassy stated
that the fee was considered a direct
tax and as such it was prohibited by
the Vienna Convention.  

British officials disagree, arguing that
the fee is essentially a service
charge and likening it to tolls or
parking meters, which are routinely
paid by British diplomats posted in
the United States.

The transport spokesman for the
London Assembly said "The
congestion
charge isn't a tax under British law."
Another member of the Assembly
called the US refusal to pay "an
appalling abuse of diplomatic
powers."

The congestion charge was
introduced by Lord Mayor of London
Ken Livingstone in 2003, and was at
first paid by the US delegation. After
an increase from five pounds to eight
pounds daily last July, the embassy
staff refused to pay the charge.

It is estimated that with unpaid
charges and late fees, the embassy
owes over $200,000 to the City of
London. Other embassies, including
those of Canada, Japan, Spain,
Sweden, and Australia confirmed that
their staff comply with the local
regulation.               
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Propagandists Tapped to Bring CPB on
Message
The recently appointed President of
the Corporation for Public
Broadcasting has enraged
supporters of public broadcasting
and freedom of the press advocates
by hiring three long-time government
propagandists to fill top spots at the
CPB.

Patricia de Stacey Harrison, who was
previously the head of the
Republican National Committee, was
appointed last summer. The new
hires all previously worked with
Harrison.  All three of the new hires
most recently worked at the US
Department of State, two of them for
the department's "Public Affairs and
Public Diplomacy" division.  The
Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy
division of the State Department is
routinely involved in disseminating
pro US propaganda both in America
and worldwide.

The newly hired employees are: Tim
Isgitt, now CPB's vice president for
government affairs, Mike levy, now
CPB's vice president of
communications,and, Helen Mobley,
now CPB's  director of corporate
communications.

Isgitt helped devise a program of
placing
pro-US themed messages in Arabic
media to win support from these
nations for America's global war on
terror.  The program produced both
TV spots and radio advertisements
that were criticized as being both
naive and possibly having a negative
impact on perceptions of the "war on
terror" on the people targeted by the
State Department's propaganda.

Levy worked for the State
Department developing media
marketing strategies to increase
international support of America's
counter-narcotics initiatives.  Levy
also served as Harrison's chief of
staff at the RNC.  Mobley worked with
the State Departments to showcase
new freedoms in Afghanistan after
America's military action.  Mobley
helped arranged
to bring Afghan women to America to  
show that women in Afghanistan had
been able to take strides towards
independence.  

Free press watchdogs have roundly
criticized the hiring of former
propagandists to positions that effect
public broadcasting.  Jeff Chester,
executive Director of the Center for  
Digital Democracy said "the CPB has
been ideologically hijacked".      
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Pentagon Punts on
Promised
Payments
Without explanation, the
Pentagon has scrapped a
program to offer bonuses to
members of the National Guard
and the Army Reserve who agree
to six-year extensions of their
service. The $15,000  bonuses
were offered last January to
military technicians on active duty
who re-enlist while they are
serving overseas. But in April, the
Defense Department ordered the
program to be halted, saying that
because they might duplicate
other incentive programs, the
bonuses violated Pentagon policy.

It remains unclear how many
soldiers were given the bonuses,
and whether the money would
have to be repaid. The money
was tax free because it was paid
to troops serving overseas. The
bonus program was just one of
many incentives considered by
the Pentagon at a time of
declining enlistments.                  
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Minimum wage rates of
various states
$      2       4      6      8   
6 states have no minimum wage
OH $4.25
AK $7.15
CT $7.10
FL $6.15
WI $5.70
KS  $2.65
IL $6.50