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The heart of the matter: What counts after Election Day

The vicissitudes of politics bring me back to the core issues; the electoral process amounts to only a part of what makes a democracy work.

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SCOTUS to rule on whether retirees can get health benefits for life

Can retirees get lifetime health care benefits under a union contract?  That question hit the U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 10.

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Miners’ families welcome indictment of Massey Energy CEO Blankenship

A federal grand jury indicted the former Massey Energy CEO on numerous counts of conspiracy in the Apr. 2010 underground explosion that killed 29 men.

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New York Working Families Party pulls through difficult election night

"There's no way around it, losing the Senate is a tough blow for all of us hoping to see a progressive agenda enacted."

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Teachers and parents push hard today to oust Republican governors

Art teacher Cynthia Bliss laced up her sneakers, grabbed a jacket and spent most of a recent Saturday asking strangers to help oust Republican Gov. Scott Walker from office.

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NNU leader: U.S. hospitals won’t protect workers vs. Ebola unless feds order it

The largest U.S. organization of nurses steps up the demand for tougher Ebola safety precautions in the nation's hospitals.

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Fed’s Yellen hits income inequality

Even the head of the Fed now worries about the chasm of income inequality.  But Janet Yellen, in a speech at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, took it one step beyond money.

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NLRB protects Facebook time for workers

NLRB moved to protect workers' Facebook discussions about employers who shorted their state withholding taxes leaving them stuck with unanticipated bills.

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Walmart worker explains why she shut down Park Ave.

"One week, after I paid rent, I only had $6 leftover for groceries and bills; that is no way to live."

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Progressive mayors lead campaign to hike minimum wage

They also committed their cities to raise minimum wages, but said a national effort is needed.

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