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Obama launches jobs drive with State of Union speech

President Obama laid out a second-term agenda to create jobs, increase the minimum wage, promote science and education, stop gun violence, and defend voting rights.

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Six steps! Leaders say, "Prep infrastructure for climate change"

Leaders of the labor-environmental group Blue-Green Alliance called on the president to launch and prioritize a national dialogue on climate change.

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Obama expected to oppose forced cuts in State of Union

President Obama is expected to make a case against the budget-slashing sequester scheduled for March 1.

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Austerity busting bill introduced

The Progressive Caucus bill, called the Balancing Act, invests in job creation and calls for paying for those investments with defense cuts.

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NYC Council bans hiring discrimination against unemployed

While this important anti-discrimination measure passed overwhelmingly in the city council by a 44-4 vote, opposition continues from employers and their advocates.

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Jan. 30 day of action: "We need Jobs Not Cuts"

The Americans for Tax Fairness online "flash-mob" campaign "We need #JobsNotCuts" is part of a national Jan. 30 Day of Action.

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Under pressure GOP dumps “poison pills” from Sandy aid

The Republican-run House Rules Committee decided not to invite more confrontations over GOP reluctance to aid the millions of victims of Hurricane Sandy.

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Obama to push citizenship for undocumented

President Obama can be expected to move swiftly on immigration reform, and he can be expected to propose changes in one comprehensive bill.

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Minnesota unions urge action on jobs as legislature convenes

When the Minnesota legislature convened Jan. 8, everything had changed - and nothing had changed

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Year ends with 7.8 percent jobless rate

The U.S. ended 2012 with a 7.8 percent jobless rate in December, unchanged from the month before and down 0.7 percent from the end of 2011.

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