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84-year-old Wisconsin woman told to pay $200 poll tax

The Justice Department says it is looking carefully at the voter suppression laws put through by Republican lawmakers all over the country.

GOP uses payroll tax cut extension to slash jobless benefits

Republicans in Congress voted 234 to 193 yesterday to slash more than in half the number of weeks people can collect unemployment benefits next year.

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Despite attack ads, Elizabeth Warren gains steam (with video)

Elizabeth Warren's campaign to defeat tea-party darling Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., has surged to frontrunner status.

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Marriage equality activists win victory for all families

At the Dec. 12 meeting of the Orlando City Commission, leaders voted unanimously to pass a Domestic Partner Registry.

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Poisoned water, endangered turtles: the shell-shocking effects of fracking

On Dec. 8, for the first time, federal environmental experts linked underground water pollution with fracking,

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West coast Occupy movement targets corporate giants at ports

Occupy Oakland demonstrators shut down the Port of Oakland  Dec. 12 as part of a West Coast-wide protest against giant corporations at ports from San Diego to Anchorage, Alaska.

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Congressional Progressive Caucus introduces biggest jobs bill yet

Responding to national demand for a massive jobs program, the Congressional Progressive Caucus today introduced the Restore the American Dream for the 99 Percent Act into the House of Representatives.

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Tenants get together and fight slumlord

Doyle Gardens sounds like it might be a pleasant apartment complex, where residents stroll down walkways between flowerbeds surrounded by greenery. Its name is a lie.

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Sidewalk "chalk" protest for unemployment benefits becomes a crime

When Occupy Springfield protesters chalked slogans on the sidewalk in front of GOP Congressman Aaron Schock's district office, it suddenly became a crime.

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Senate to hold hearings on early voting restrictions

As thousands of civil rights and labor groups marched in New York City against Koch brothers funded and GOP-led efforts to suppress voting rights, the U.S. Senate scheduled January hearings on the issue.

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