October

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NBC's "Obama knew" charge on health care problem doesn't hold up

The debate was widely covered in the press as early as 2010, so it's unclear what exactly the NBC investigation unit has uncovered.

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Now is the time for action

A conference committee has been established, with a Dec. 13 report back date to propose a new budget. Republican Paul Ryan is already discussing cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

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$5.2 billion McDonald's CEO has $8.25 per hour mom arrested

Her treatment is one of many examples of how the gap between the rich and the poor isn't just a modern phenomenon; these days it's grown into a chasm. 

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Living wage or wage slavery: de Blasio vs. Lhota on the dignity of labor

Joe Lhota has now come out against de Blasio's plan for a living wage to New Yorkers working at projects that are subsidized by the city.

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In New York, Lhota leans right

Lhota has a big problem: he wants to continue Bloomberg's pro Wall Street policies, but to get votes he must paint himself as a liberal. It appears that tactic is not going to fly.

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ALEC tries new gerrymandering efforts in Ohio counties

The ALEC forces are now subjecting  Ohio counties with a strong organized labor base, to an onslaught of proposed changes in county government which, if passed, will abolish countywide election of county leaders.

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Shutdown: New phase in a very American coup

They didn't wear jackboots, but the shutdown of government by an extremist faction of the Republican Party can only be described as a new phase in a very American coup.

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Clear-cut progressive victory in New York City public advocate race

A progressive trend in the New York City elections for mayor, comptroller, borough offices and city council became even more clear-cut in the runoff Democratic Party primary for the third city-wide office - public advocate.

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Is right-wing extremism the new norm?

You've probably seen or heard of protests against the affordable health care act, against raising the minimum wage, against marriage equality, and more than anything against stronger gun laws.

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Vietnamese leader Vo Nguyen Giap dies at 102

He passed away from old age on Friday October 4 at Military Hospital 108, where he had been living for several years.

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