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St. Pete Becomes First Florida City to Enact Wage Theft Ordinance, Empower Abused Workers

St. Pete Becomes First Florida City to Enact Wage Theft Ordinance, Empower Abused Workers
In Florida, the St. Petersburg City Council passed an ordinance, sponsored by council member Darden Rice, that will allow workers to file a wage theft claim with the city without having to hire an attorney or entering the legal system. After receiving the claim, the city is then charged with pursuing the employer. It is expected to take the program three months to be up and running, but it is the first program of its kind in the state.
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Senator Elizabeth Warren's Letter to President Barack Obama: "Declassify the TPP Agreement"

Senator Elizabeth Warren's Letter to President Barack Obama: "Declassify the TPP Agreement"
Progressive Democrats have been hoping to see a showdown between Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton for years. Instead, they're getting a public feud between the senator from Massachusetts and President Barack Obama.
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Anger Translator Reveals Obama's Real Feelings: Video

Anger Translator Reveals Obama's Real Feelings: Video
Journalists, politicians, and celebrities gathered for the White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner. Journalism awards and scholarships were presented, with the assistance of First Lady Michelle Obama. President Obama and comedian Cecily Strong made humorous remarks about politics and the media. 
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NJ's Abrupt Shuttering of the Izod Center: Corruption & Economic Travesty

NJ's Abrupt Shuttering of the Izod Center: Corruption & Economic Travesty
Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) yesterday in a Blue Jersey post, Transparency & The NJSE, raised six important questions about the abrupt closure of the Meadowlands Izod Center Arena. She has good reason for her concerns. She is seeking answers and is known for her persistence and success.
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Rep. Winkler, MN GOP Square Off on Campaign Finance In Tense Debate: Full Video

Rep. Winkler, MN GOP Square Off on Campaign Finance In Tense Debate: Full Video
Minnesota mailboxes will likely continue to be flooded with campaign flyers, many of them negative, that don’t disclose who paid for them because of what Rep. Ryan Winkler (DFL-Golden Valley) calls “campaign finance law loopholes.”
“The public deserves to know if you’re on their side or only care about the people who bought your election,” Winkler said, introducing his campaign finance disclosure provision that he said requires disclosure of “who is paying when you are trying to get somebody in office or out of office.”
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Bill Nye's Science Conversation With Obama - Full Video

Bill Nye's Science Conversation With Obama - Full Video
Bill Nye's Science Conversation With Obama - Full Video
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TPP: A ‘Path To Yes’ On Trade, But Paul Ryan Blocks It

TPP: A ‘Path To Yes’ On Trade, But Paul Ryan Blocks It
The “fast track” trade bill introduced last week by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has a number of problems. It sets aside Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution and essentially pre-approves the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) before the public and most of Congress even sees it. Unfortunately, the Senate bill does not specify firm and sufficient objectives to make TPP a trade bill that could work for 99 percent of Americans.
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Obama Tries to Convince Supporters Pacific Trade Deal is Good Thing - Full Speech

Obama Tries to Convince Supporters Pacific Trade Deal is Good Thing - Full Speech
President Obama finds himself in a strange position these days. He has the support of Republicans and the opposition of Democrats. The issue is the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership which his normal supporters oppose. Obama took on his supporters at an Organizing For America event and tried to explain why this trade deal was different than the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) of years ago that is blamed for draining jobs from the U.S.
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Abortion Politics Flare as Fetal Homicide Bill Advances

Abortion Politics Flare as Fetal Homicide Bill Advances
Senate Republicans on the Judiciary Committee advanced a fetal homicide bill Wednesday night that, for limited use, would write “personhood” language associated with the hardline anti-abortion movement into state law.
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MN Nice Rebuttal: Structural Racism at Root of Offensive Remarks

MN Nice Rebuttal: Structural Racism at Root of Offensive Remarks
Others booed, but Rep. Rena Moran (DFL-St. Paul) thought for several hours before responding to a remark Rep. Jim Newberger (R-Becker) had made about North Minneapolis. During a debate on funding for the North Star rail line Newberger said “Boy, wouldn’t that be convenient, to have that rail line going from the prison to North Minneapolis." After hearing some grumbling he quickly added, “or to any section of our state.” Boos were heard in the House chamber.
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