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GOP seeks immediate cut in Dept of Labor budget

House Republicans are seeking large cuts in domestic programs for the rest of this fiscal year - including 21 percent from the Labor Department - and they promise more to come next year.

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Democrats challenge Republicans: extend lifeline to 99ers

Democrats introduced into Congress a bill to  extend unemployment benefits to the long-term unemployed  and challenged Republicans to "bring this to a vote as soon as possible."

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J .P. Morgan Chase forecloses on active duty troops

The banking industry showed its callous disregard for working families when J.P. Morgan Chase foreclosed on and overcharged thousands of troops on active duty.

Economists paint bleak picture of Great Recession aftermath

A total of one out of every six workers are un- or underemployed.

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Lawmaker panel faults “reckless” banks as causing great recession

According to a federal panel, "reckless" banks and faulty regulators were the chief source of the recent crisis.

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A New Generation of Dreamers: Freedom Rides yesterday and today

A month-long celebration linking the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides that desegregated interstate transportation in the South with today's movements to address racism, violence and unemployment was kicked off here.

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Food stamp use jumps to record rates in Illinois

In Illinois, the number of families in need of food assistance has jumped nearly 13 percent, creating  not just a political or economic issue, but a moral one.

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Trumka: State of the Union must be a call to action on jobs

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka urged President Obama to make next week’s State of the Union Address a “call to action, a call to invest in our future, to create jobs, to be the country we can and must be.”

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Activists rally for jobs and benefits in Chicago

Dozens braved the cold here Dec. 3, to rally at Federal Plaza urging U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and his GOP colleagues in Washington to extend unemployment benefits for millions nationwide and fund programs that create jobs.

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MoveOn.org speakout: No tax cuts for billionaires

“No Tax Bailouts for Billionaires” was the message of thousands of MoveOn.org members who joined street corner “speakouts” outside congressional district offices across the nation Dec. 2.

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