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Per Student Spending in Oklahoma Has Dropped 23.6% Since 2008

Per Student Spending in Oklahoma Has Dropped 23.6% Since 2008
A new study shows that Oklahoma continues to have a major education funding crisis and no amount of denial by Gov. Mary Fallin's office is going to make it go away. In its study, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows that per student spending has dropped in Oklahoma by 23.6 percent since 2008. This means, adjusting for inflation, the state spends $857 less per student each year. The decline is the steepest in the nation.
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You've Paid For It: MN Rep Reminds Voters Social Security Is Not an 'Entitlement'

You've Paid For It: MN Rep Reminds Voters Social Security Is Not an 'Entitlement'
Rep. Rick Nolan explains that social security and medicare are not "entitlements", but something you've paid for. He says his Republican opponent Stewart Mills will consider cutting social security, an option Nolan says is "off the table" for him.
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When Poverty Was the Enemy, Not the Poor

When Poverty Was the Enemy, Not the Poor
It has been 50 years since America launched the War on Poverty. The Economic Opportunity Act and legislation to outlaw racial discrimination were the centerpieces of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s vision to create a Great Society.
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The Three Million Forgotten Victims of the Great Recession

The Three Million Forgotten Victims of the Great Recession
Washington greeted the latest jobs numbers with enthusiasm. In September, the unemployment rate fell below six percent for the first time since July, 2008. We’ve netted 2.64 million jobs over the past 12 months, and are on pace to add more jobs in 2014 than in any year since 1999.
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MI's Flat Tax Debacle: Poor Pay More, No One Wins

MI's Flat Tax Debacle: Poor Pay More, No One Wins
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder promised everyone in his state lowering taxes on business (and conversely, raising them on the poor) would help the economy. The evidence is in: the economy is stagnant, and the poor hurting like never before.
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Alabama Constitutional Amendments: GOP Unicorn Hunt Edition

Alabama Constitutional Amendments: GOP Unicorn Hunt Edition
A quirk of Alabama's legislative system makes the need for state constitutional amendments to happen more frequently than elsewhere. Problem is, this latest batch is quite a doozy.
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Students Walk Out After Attack on 'Union that Defends Public Education'

Students Walk Out After Attack on 'Union that Defends Public Education'
Students from at least two Philadelphia public high schools refused to go to classes Wednesday morning to protest the recent and abrupt cancellation of the city’s contract with the Philadelphia teachers' union.
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Appeals Court To Obama: Stop Imprisoning Immigrants for No Reason

Appeals Court To Obama: Stop Imprisoning Immigrants for No Reason
A federal appeals court sent a clear message to the Obama administration this week: stop locking away immigrants without bond based on old criminal convictions.
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Extreme Inequality: 14 People Made More Money Than the Entire Food Stamp Budget

Extreme Inequality: 14 People Made More Money Than the Entire Food Stamp Budget
For the second year in a row, America's richest 14 individuals made more from their annual investments than the $80 billion provided for people in need of food. Nearly half of the food-deprived are children. Perversely, the food stamp program was CUT because of a lack of federal funding.
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Amazon Wage Theft Case Comes Before Supreme Court

Amazon Wage Theft Case Comes Before Supreme Court
Picture this: You are supposedly “off work” but every day after the end of your shift you have to wait in a line for up to 25 minutes to get “checked” to see if you are stealing things. The Supreme Court is going to decide if you should be paid for your time. This is part of the larger issue of “wage theft.”
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