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Record jobless numbers trigger new alarm

Despite economic forecasts to the contrary jobless claims rose last week by 12,000 to 500,000, the third straight weekly increase and the first time in nine months that they hit the half-million mark.

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'New' GOP proposals smell like old ideas

Responding to criticism that they have no plan to pull the country out of economic crisis, Republicans have begun rolling out a variety of 'new' plans.

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Blue-Green Alliance demands congressional action on clean energy jobs

A coalition of unions and environmental groups launched a campaign this week to overcome Republican roadblocks to clean energy jobs and climate legislation.

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House to vote on emergency jobs bill

The AFL-CIO launched a last-minute telephone blitz to members of Congress, August 9, demanding they approve a bill to provide $26 billion in emergency funding to the states.

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Big Coal backing Rand Paul, GOP

In Kentucky, coal is king. And now, it seems, coal operators are trying to crown their princes in this year's mid-term elections.

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Recovery Act brings broadband - and jobs - to rural communities

The administration is providing more than $1.3 billion to fund broadband projects in rural communities across the country.

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Californians reject offshore oil drilling

In a dramatic turnaround from a year ago, Californians' opposition to offshore oil drilling has soared in the aftermath of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a new poll shows.

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Unemployed tell their stories - online

At the Unemployed Workers' Support Network and other Facebook pages, jobless workers tell their stories, and organize.

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Bill would make oil companies pay, but Republicans say no

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has a new limited energy bill that includes no curbs on carbon emissions - but Republicans, and some Democrats, don't like this bill either.

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American-made streetcars: Portland company rebuilds lost industry

United Streetcar, a union company in Portland, Ore., and wholly owned subsidiary of Oregon Iron Works, has built the first American-made streetcar in over half a century.

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