Monday, August 17, 2009

Robert Reich's Blog: Reich wants a public option


If Obama tells Senate Democrats he will not sign a healthcare reform bill without a public option, there will be enough votes in the United States Senate for a public option.

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Orbitz endorses to end Cuban travel ban


The following is an email letter I recently received.

Dear William,
At Orbitz we believe passionately in the power of travel to transform lives. And we believe that people should have the freedom to travel wherever they choose.
Americans today have the right to travel to any country in the world except Cuba. Recently, we launched, a campaign that gives people a way to petition U.S. leaders to end the 50-year Cuba travel ban and give all Americans the freedom to travel to Cuba.
159 Congressmen and 29 Senators recently sponsored the bipartisan Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act, which seeks to open up travel to Cuba for all U.S. citizens. The opportunity to end the 50-year ban hangs in the balance.
Be part of the movement to give Americans the right to travel wherever they choose by signing the petition.

The momentum behind this issue is growing. A recent Orbitz-Ipsos poll shows that 67% of Americans favor allowing all Americans to travel to Cuba.
Cuban American groups, such as the Cuban American Alliance and the Cuban American Commission for Family Rights, have endorsed Our position on opening up travel to Cuba is aligned with that of Human Rights Watch.
Over 50,000 people have already signed the petition. Seize the moment and join us in urging U.S. leaders to give all Americans the freedom to travel to Cuba:
We recognize that some of you may have different perspectives on this subject; however, our position on this is premised on two core beliefs:

  • People should have the freedom to travel where they choose
  • Travel -- and the resulting exchange of ideas between people from different countries -- can be a powerful force for positive change
Thank you for considering our request to join us on this issue.
Barney Harford
President & CEO, Orbitz Worldwide

Colonial BancGroup is shut down by regulators - Kansas City Star

The failure of Colonial is expected to cost the deposit insurance fund an estimated $2.8 billion

Colonial, based in Montgomery, Ala., is the biggest U.S. bank to fail this year.

The failed bank’s 346 branches in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Nevada and Texas will reopen at normal times today as offices of BB&T

Colonial BancGroup is shut down by regulators - Kansas City Star