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Illinois budget crisis deepens, as lawmakers recess

Suffering from the worst budget deficit in state history, the Illinois legislature passed a FY 2011 budget in late May that will mean continued devastation of education and social service programs.

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Jobs bill is 'light at the end of the tunnel'

Steve Lipton worked as a plumber for over 25 years - the last 16 with the same employer; the last eight as a general foreman. And then one day in January 2009, he was abruptly laid off.

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Worries mount on oil spill health effects

As oil washes up on Florida beaches, scores of cleanup workers are falling ill.

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Progressive meet to chart course for 2010

WASHINGTON - Thousands of progressive leaders, trade unionists and activists will strategize here June 7-9 at the America's Future NOW! Conference.

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Movie review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Another title for this important Swedish film is “Men Who Hate Women.”

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Do Celtics have what it takes against defending champs the Lakers?

In what's being dubbed as one of the most anticipated and emotional match-ups in recent history the 2010 NBA finals got underway June 3 and basketball fans nationwide are hoping for an exciting series.

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Senator presses $100 billion jobs bill

CLEVELAND - At a packed press conference and rally, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, announced he will introduce a $100 billion jobs bill when the Senate reconvenes next week.

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BP admits it wasn’t prepared

President Obama heads back to the Gulf Coast Friday, as BP's CEO acknowledges the company was completely unprepared for a deepwater oil spill.

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Key health reform bills up for vote in California

Health reform measures in California, with over 8 million uninsured residents, may be of special interest to other states as they, too, start to implement the new federal legislation.

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Black Caucus members call for reform of ethics office

Close to half the members of the Congressional Black Caucus have called for reform of the recently created Office of Congressional Ethics.

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