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11th Hour Address: Dems Pull All-Nighter in Senate Discussing Climate Change

11th Hour Address: Dems Pull All-Nighter in Senate Discussing Climate Change
Democratic senators clocked an all-nighter, working in shifts into Tuesday morning to warn of devastation from climate change and the danger of inaction. Addressing a nearly empty chamber and visitor gallery, more than two dozen speakers agreed with each other about the need to act on climate change. Naysayers — Republicans — largely stayed away, arguing hours earlier that regulation would cost Americans jobs in a sluggish economy.
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Matthew Daly
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Top White House Economists: Unemployment Will Drop to 6% by 2016 if Congress Enacts Additional Spending

Top White House Economists: Unemployment Will Drop to 6% by 2016 if Congress Enacts Additional Spending
President Barack Obama's top economists say the nation is on track to make economic progress over the next two years, but say it would do even better if Congress would enact the additional spending he proposed in his most recent budget. A divided Congress in an election year is not likely to heed that call.
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Jim Kuhnhenn
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NJ Files Appeal with Supreme Court to Legalize Sports Gambling

NJ Files Appeal with Supreme Court to Legalize Sports Gambling
The state of New Jersey has filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court in a last-ditch effort to legalize sports betting at the state's casinos and horse racing tracks. Currently, sports betting is only legal in Las Vegas.
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With 136,500 Unemployed, CT Board of Ed May Give TFA $650,940 to Recruit Out-of-State Teachers

With 136,500 Unemployed, CT Board of Ed May Give TFA $650,940 to Recruit Out-of-State Teachers
In an extraordinary statement about the fundamental lack of commitment to Connecticut citizens, the Hartford Board of Education will be meeting tonight to authorize Superintendent Christina Kishimoto to extend the Hartford Board of Education's contract with Teach for America, costing Connecticut and Hartford taxpayers an additional $650,940. Meanwhile, 136,500 Connecticut residents remain unemployed including many trained teachers who already hold Connecticut teacher certificates.
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Sen Franken on Extending UI: 'Hardest Job Is Looking for a Job'

Sen Franken on Extending UI: 'Hardest Job Is Looking for a Job'
Sen. Franken called on his Senate and House colleagues to act swiftly and pass an extension of unemployment benefits that help Minnesotans keep a roof over their heads and put food on the table. He also shared several stories from Minnesotans who have reached out and talked with him about how failing to extend unemployment insurance will affect them.
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Yes, Marco Rubio, There Is Less Poverty Than There Was 50 Years Ago

Yes, Marco Rubio, There Is Less Poverty Than There Was 50 Years Ago
Not long after the war on poverty initiatives went into effect 50 years ago — and started showing significant results — conservatives went on the attack, attempting to weaken, defund or eliminate many of the policies that were working quite well. Today, led by Marco Rubio, the same Grand Ol' Party is simultaneously claiming its ineffectiveness and the decrease in national poverty.
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Kenneth Quinnell
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Job Growth: Nothin' To See Here Edition

Job Growth: Nothin' To See Here Edition
Though slow, economic indicators including job growth are trending upwards. Fewer are applying for unemployment benefits, and employers have been adding on average 200,000 jobs a month.
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DE Republicans Face Uphill Battle to Enact 'Right-to-Work' in Specified Areas

DE Republicans Face Uphill Battle to Enact 'Right-to-Work' in Specified Areas
Republicans in the Delaware General Assembly are pushing a plan to enact “Right-to-Work” in areas of the Blue Hen State. Assembly members are searching for ways to stimulate the state’s sluggish recovery, so Republicans are portraying this textbook anti-worker law as necessary to promote new investments. An empty former General Motors plant near Newport is one of the proposed “Right-to-Work” zones.
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Hurting One, Hurting All: Economists Wake Up to Income Inequality’s Damage

Hurting One, Hurting All: Economists Wake Up to Income Inequality’s Damage
In an Associated Press survey published today, a group of three dozen economists agree that the “growing gap between the richest Americans and everyone else isn’t bad just for individuals. It’s hurting the U.S. economy.”
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Isaiah J. Poole
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Labor Sec Tom Perez: 'Creative Labor-Management Partnerships Are Saving and Creating Jobs'

Labor Sec Tom Perez: 'Creative Labor-Management Partnerships Are Saving and Creating Jobs'
In 2007, the Ford Motor Co.’s plant in Louisville, Ky., was staring at an existential crisis. It was on the verge of being shuttered. The jobs there — jobs that sustained middle-class families and communities throughout Louisville — were this close to being sent to Mexico. However, Ford management and the United Auto Workers rolled up their sleeves and figured out creative solutions to not only save jobs, but add them.
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