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December 7, 2007 | Issue 655

FRONT PAGE

Recession ahead?
The U.S. economy is on the skids and could be headed into recession--fast. That's the emerging consensus among the worried experts on Wall Street.

NATIONAL NEWS

This tragedy didn't have to happen
A deadly fire, started by a candle, blazed through a Toledo, Ohio, home where the electricity had been turned off for lack of a $98 deposit.

When the Constitution doesn't apply
The U.S. Supreme Court let stand a law allowing San Diego law enforcement to search of welfare recipients' homes without a warrant.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Why were Chavez's reforms defeated?
The defeat of proposed constitutional reforms in Venezuela is a victory for the conservative opposition--and will open a period of crisis in the camp of Hugo Chávez.

Bush ally goes down in Australian election
An Australian socialist explains the background to conservative Prime Minister John Howard's resounding defeat in last month's election.

EDITORIALS AND COLUMNS

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
The pro-war Democrats' antiwar enablers
Two figures from the antiwar movement are already justifying support for a pro-war Democrat in the upcoming presidential election.

EDITORIAL
"Mission accomplished" again?
A new war lie--concocted by the White House, endorsed by Democrats, embraced by the media--has been deployed to justify continuing the occupation in Iraq.

EDITORIAL
The real Mr. Hyde's hateful record
The good news is that Henry Hyde is no longer with us. The bad news is that he left behind a legacy.

HISTORY AND TRADITIONS

Is violence ever justified?
Many who recoil at the violence of our world declare their opposition to all forms of violence. But what of the basic right of self-defense?

ON THE PICKET LINE

The TV bosses' insulting offer
Striking writers are fuming over an offer by TV and film producers that "amounts to a massive rollback," according to union negotiators.

Labor in brief
Farmworkers and Burger King | Baltimore hotel workers

NEWS FROM OUR STRUGGLE

"Justice doesn't close at 5"
Anti-death penalty activists protested a Texas judge who refused to keep her office open past 5 p.m. to accept a death row appeal.

News and reports
Antiwar action at the Port of Olympia | Winter Soldier | Vermont high school students | Maryland anti-death penalty protest | Protesting for Palestinian rights

VIEWS AND VOICES

What happened to Respect?
A member of the national council of Britain's Respect coalition, explains why the left-wing party recently suffered a split.

Views in brief
Racism from Jena to Smith | UCSC protest attacked by police | Excellent reporting on Chávez

BOOKS AND ENTERTAINMENT

MORE THAN A GAME
A media frenzy in the face of tragedy
Within hours--minutes--of Sean Taylor's death, a collection of sportswriters tried to turn this tragedy into to a brazenly racist "life lesson."

A history of rebellion
The play Rebel Voices stages readings from famous and unknown organizers, out of the pages of Voices of a People's History of the United States.

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