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Rep. Cathy Rodgers Exemplifies GOP: Benefit From Gov’t Yourself, Deny Benefits to Others

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in giving her response to President Obama’s State of the Union message exemplified everything wrong with today’s Republican Party.

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The New Year’s Baby

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Arrival of the New Year's Baby: He's freezing. His family became homeless after Republicans' cut their jobless benefits.
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Hungry? Don’t Expect House Republicans to Help—or Care

The tea party-driven House this week approved drastic cuts to the federal food stamp program. Although the reductions likely won’t clear the Senate or President Obama, the vote reveals a coldhearted approach to the nation’s most vulnerable, including children, the elderly and veterans having trouble fitting back into society.

Posted on Sep 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Abracadabra: You’re a Part-Timer

The truly mysterious aspect of this “recovery” is that 21% of the jobs lost during the Great Recession were low wage, meaning they paid $13.83 an hour or less, but 58% of the jobs regained fall into that category. The lost jobs with better wages, benefits and long-term security have completely vanished.

Posted on Aug 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Extend Their Benefits and They Still Take Jobs

New research from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco shows that long-term jobless people whose unemployment benefits were extended at the start of the recession did not become unwilling to work.

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Sen. Sanders Lays Into Obama for Attacking Social Security

The senator stood before a crowd of retirees, veterans and their supporters Thursday to point out that the president’s proposal for a “Chained CPI” adjustment to the calculation of retirement benefits would wreak destruction on the lives of elderly and disabled Americans.

Posted on Apr 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Pennsylvania House Takes Aim at Unemployment Payouts

Pennsylvania’s GOP-controlled House of Representatives will consider a bill that would change the way unemployment benefits are calculated, taking almost $500 million out of jobless residents’ pockets each year.

Posted on May 21, 2011 READ MORE



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The Trillion-Dollar Public Benefits Gap Widens

State governments are looking at a cumulative shortfall of at least $1.26 trillion needed to pay for pension and retirement health care services, The Pew Center on the States reported in a study published last week.

Posted on May 1, 2011 READ MORE


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More Tough Talk From Obama on America’s Unemployment Crisis

In a Monday press conference, President Barack Obama threw down once again in his ongoing battle to extend unemployment benefits, making his displeasure with his opponents in Congress eminently clear ... (continued)

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Finally, a Little Hope for the Unemployed?

President Obama isn’t letting some ornery GOP types in Congress get in the way of making another push to extend unemployment benefits for out-of-work Americans—or so we hope.

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Pitfalls of Soaking the Rich

Rich Trumka—the AFL-CIO president intercepts any attempted honorific with an easy “Call me Rich”—comes armed with charts. His first one is, literally, in shades of gray. Its message is anything but.

Posted on Jul 6, 2010 READ MORE


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House Shoots Down Unemployment Bill

House Democrats pushed for it, but on Tuesday opponents of a bill that would extend unemployment benefits for Americans long out of work won this round of legislative jostling over how to help struggling job hunters ... (continued)

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Snag in Jobs Bill Could Hit Struggling States

Strapped-for-cash states may be up the creek on this one: A jobs bill has stalled in the Senate, jeopardizing billions in federal aid to struggling states. Local and state officials are warning of layoffs in the hundreds of thousands and drastic spending cuts if the bill is not resuscitated.

Posted on Jun 26, 2010 READ MORE



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Senate Standoff on Unemployment Inches Toward Resolution

Four Republicans, including Scott Brown of Massachusetts, broke ranks Monday to help Democrats move an extension of unemployment benefits forward. The Dow may be over 11,000 again, but real unemployment is hovering around 17 percent, close to an all-time high.

Posted on Apr 12, 2010 READ MORE


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The Moderate Republican: An Endangered Species

Boy, the Republicans know how to make Barack Obama look good. What are they going to do now, threaten to repeal a law that forces insurance companies to cover the sick? Or block the provision that allows you to keep your out-of-work kids on your policy until they are 26?

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE


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Krugman: ‘Bipartisanship Is Now a Foolish Dream’

Someone might want to call President Barack Obama’s attention to the main message of Paul Krugman’s latest Op-Ed column in The New York Times: This whole bipartisanship idea isn’t going to catch on in Congress. Krugman takes the recent example of the bill-blockading gymnastics of Sen. Jim Bunning (pictured above), along with ... (continued)

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‘Daily Show’: Jim Bunning Feels Jim Bunning’s Pain

Objection-raising robot Sen. Jim Bunning sure had his day, and his night, on Friday, what with his single-handed stymieing of the proposed extension of health care and unemployment benefits for out-of-work Americans. But, as he pointed out near the end of Friday’s jousting session on the Senate floor, it’s not as if he wasn’t inconvenienced himself.

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Sen. Bunning Stalls Jobless Benefits Bill

Sen. Jim Bunning was not a popular man among his Democratic colleagues this week. The Kentucky Republican, apparently so concerned about the federal budget deficit that he thought it unwise to allow the passage of legislation extending unemployment and health care help to jobless Americans, enacted a “one-man filibuster,” as the Los Angeles Times put it, and didn’t budge on Friday.

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First-Time Jobless Claims Jump Again

Another indicator that Congress needs to get to work on the country’s pressing unemployment problem came in the form of a Labor Department report showing a spike in the number of first-time filers for unemployment benefits last week, according to The Associated Press.

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U.S. Jobless Claims Drop

The Labor Department announced Thursday that fewer Americans than anticipated have filed unemployment benefit claims this month, potentially pointing to a less substantial unemployment population and maybe, just maybe, better economic growth in 2010.

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The Unemployed Will Roar

There’s a lot of argument in Washington about the economy, but if anyone’s looking for some clear voices, there are 650,000 of them just waiting to be heard. That is roughly the number of long-term unemployed who will begin losing their jobless benefits in September.

Posted on Jul 8, 2009 READ MORE



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Obama OKs Some Benefits for Gay Federal Workers’ Partners

It would take new legislation to extend full health coverage to the same-sex partners of federal employees, but President Obama, via presidential memorandum, will grant some benefits to them. Update: Progress or pandering?

Posted on Jun 16, 2009 READ MORE



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Chrysler Heads for the Chop Shop

The Treasury Department has cut a deal with the United Auto Workers to send Chrysler into bankruptcy while protecting retiree benefits, The New York Times reports. Fiat would be in a more favorable position to take a cut of the company once it’s in bankruptcy. Chrysler’s equity stakeholders are shaping up as the big losers in all of this.

Posted on Apr 23, 2009 READ MORE



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The Jobless Hold Their Breath

President-elect Obama is still working out the nuts and bolts of his recovery (fingers crossed) package, but Obama advisers have disclosed that at least one proposal would expand benefits and compensation to the unemployed. With the economic meltdown vaporizing more and more jobs, here’s hoping Congress gets it done before February.

Posted on Jan 4, 2009 READ MORE


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Unemployment Filings at 26-Year High

With American jobs being steadily peeled away, hundreds of thousands of people are being forced to seek unemployment benefits for the first time. The number of first-time claims rose 5.4 percent last week, to their highest level in more than a quarter-century.

Posted on Dec 24, 2008 READ MORE



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Obama Throws Support to Chicago Sit-In

President-elect Barack Obama has added his voice to the chorus of encouragement for a group of Chicago workers who are sitting-in at their former factory. Obama said the workers, who have protested their way into the national spotlight, were “absolutely right” and “what’s happening to them is reflective of what’s happening across this economy.”

Posted on Dec 8, 2008 READ MORE


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Congress’ Missing Backbone

After doing everything but follow the overwhelming anti-war mandate given by voters in the 2006 congressional elections, the Democratic-controlled Congress accepted a war bill late Thursday that will keep U.S. troops in Iraq until at least Jan. 20.

Posted on Jun 27, 2008 READ MORE


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Struggling Families Feel Sting of Rising Food Prices

For the working poor who depend on food stamps to feed their families, it’s hard enough keeping up with inflation, let alone the steep price of food these days. Even in the richest country on Earth, the cost of basic foods has a huge impact on families that count every dollar, and benefits simply aren’t keeping pace.

Posted on May 27, 2008 READ MORE


Shrinking Payrolls Worry Economists

A sharp jump in the number of Americans filing for unemployment has brought the four-week average to its highest level since the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Last week, 378,000 new claims were filed. Roughly 2.8 million workers currently receive unemployment benefits.

Posted on Mar 20, 2008 READ MORE


For Veterans With PTSD, Location Is Everything

Of the 750,000 or so veterans who have been discharged from the “war on terror,” roughly one-quarter have been recognized by the VA as mentally or physically injured. One of the leading debilitating injuries suffered by those men and women is PTSD, but how much they’re compensated by the government depends a great deal on where they live, according to an investigation by McClatchy’s Washington bureau.

Posted on Dec 20, 2007 READ MORE


Gay Marriage Ban Punishes Children

Salon’s Sara Miles writes an excellent personal essay on the N.Y. gay marriage ruling—explaining that the gay marriage ban hurts the children it claims to protect. (Ad wall)

Posted on Jul 10, 2006 READ MORE


Immigration 101 for Beginners and Non-Texans

Ivins weighs in on immigration reform, “The Fence” and corporate America’s demand for cheap labor.

Posted on Mar 30, 2006 READ MORE


Wal-Mart CEO Talks Tough in Internal Memos

Wal-Mart’s CEO suggests that a store manager is disloyal, and should consider quitting, after the manager laments the lack of health benefits at the mega-chain. This happened on a confidential, internal website that the N.Y. Times sussed out.
Earlier: Sales are brisk and accusations fly as Robert Greenwald’s Wal-Mart documentary racks up 110,000 DVD sales.

Posted on Feb 17, 2006 READ MORE


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