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Hurricane Sandy Cleanup Contractor Forced to Cough Up $500,000 in Unpaid Prevailing Wages

Hurricane Sandy Cleanup Contractor Forced to Cough Up $500,000 in Unpaid Prevailing Wages
A contractor who landed work cleaning up three public hospitals after Superstorm Sandy has been ordered to pay over $500,000 in back wages after their subcontractors failed to pay prevailing wages. More than $2.2 million in back wages have been recovered since the storm, according to the office of the comptroller.
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Climate Change Shifts Small Towns to the Frontlines

Climate Change Shifts Small Towns to the Frontlines
Nobody in Breezy Point, Queens, a working-class neighborhood largely populated by NYC police and firefighters, had every thought of themselves as the “frontline” of the climate fight, for good reason: they weren't. But Hurricane Sandy flooded their neighborhood, and an electrical fire burned down their homes as they watched, unable to do anything to stop it.
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King Calms Down: I'd Still Vote for Boehner

King told NBC's Today on Thursday that Boehner had ultimately come through for New York and New Jersey and said he expected Boehner to be reelected as speaker. King said he would vote for Boehner. Boehner, R-Ohio, assured the lawmakers that the money from the two House votes would roughly equal the $60 billion package of aid that passed the Senate, King said.
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Obama Returns to Kailua for Vacation as Congress Implodes

A week after rushing to Washington to help end a tense, end-of-year standoff with Congress, President Barack Obama is back in Hawaii for vacation. The president arrived in Honolulu before 5 a.m. local time and immediately rejoined his family in their rented beachside vacation home in Kailua, a picturesque Honolulu suburb on the east side of Oahu.
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Way to Go Congress: Load Up Sandy Emergency Bill with Pork

Way to Go Congress: Load Up Sandy Emergency Bill with Pork
The Senate opened debate on the aid measure seven weeks after the storm swept up the East Coast, causing extensive damage in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and killing more than 120 people. Several Republicans say they're sympathetic to Sandy victims, but they favor a smaller aid package for the moment and suggest cutting other federal programs to pay for parts of it.
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Despite Superstorm Sandy Unemployment Rate Drops to 7.7% - Lowest in Four Years

Despite Superstorm Sandy Unemployment Rate Drops to 7.7% - Lowest in Four Years
Great news: The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the U.S. economy added 146,000 jobs in November, nearly double the projections. What's more, the overall unemployment rate dropped to 7.7 percent, its lowest point in four years.
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