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February 06 2014

08:00

A Lot Of Media Outlets Botched The CBO's Obamacare Report

Huffington Post - By Jack Mirkinson - Feb. 06 (News Analysis) - The Congressional Budget Office issued a report on Tuesday that said that as many as 2 million people could exit the workforce thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The reasons for this, the CBO said, were varied, but it stressed that the economy would see "a net decline in the amount of labor that workers choose to supply, rather than...a net drop in businesses’ demand for labor," thanks to, for instance, people choosing to quit jobs they didn't like but were only staying in because of their health care benefits. That's not how a lot of media outlets reported the news, however. A lot of them said that the report was warning that Obamacare would kill over 2 million jobs—a notion at odd's with the CBO's conclusion that some workers would choose not to work.

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08:00

Free Trade Disagreement

New York Times - By Thomas B. Edsall - Feb. 06 (Opinion) - The TPP negotiations, which in the United States pit international corporations against organized labor, would go far beyond lowering tariffs, with provisions requiring countries to maintain compatible regulatory regimes, facilitate corporate financial transactions, establish copyright and patent protections to govern intellectual property rights and to safeguard foreign investors.

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February 05 2014

06:20

Senate Passes Farm Bill That Cuts Food Stamps, but Not Agribusiness

New York Times - Feb. 05 (News) - Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill

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January 28 2014

08:00

Obama vows to flex presidential powers in speech

Associated Press - By Julie Pace - Jan. 28 (News) - President Obama's address served as the opening salvo in a midterm election fight for control of Congress that will quickly consume Washington's attention.

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08:00

Text of Obama's State of the Union address

Associated Press - By Associated Press - Jan. 28 (News) - The following is the full text of President Barack Obama's 2014 State of the Union address, as delivered and provided by the White House.

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January 15 2014

08:00

TPP: Poison for Local Community Resilience

Common Dreams - By Richard Heinberg - Jan. 15 (News Analysis) - Now comes the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a new trade deal negotiated in secret (only corporations get to contribute to, and look at, the draft language). The point of the Treaty: to double down on globalization at precisely the moment in time when the entire enterprise is beginning to fail as a result of stubbornly high oil prices, worsening climate change impacts (floods, droughts, wildfires), debt deflation, and middle-class fears of losing even more ground.

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January 06 2014

08:00

Lessons from 20 Years of NAFTA

Huffington Post - By Stan Sorscher - Jan. 06 (Special Report) - everyone I know wants good trade policies that raise living standards at home and abroad. The question is not trade versus protectionism. It's good trade policy versus bad trade policy. NAFTA and numerous subsequent trade deals perform very well for investors and global businesses, while leaving most workers and communities at a disadvantage. Since NAFTA, our trade deficits totaled over $8 trillion. We've lost millions of good manufacturing jobs and de-industrialized our economy.

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January 03 2014

08:00

NAFTA at 20: Lori Wallach on U.S. Job Losses, Record Income Inequality, Mass Displacement in Mexico

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman - Jan. 03 (Special Report) - The North American Free Trade Agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada went into effect 20 years ago this week on January 1, 1994. The massive trade pact was signed into law by President Bill Clinton amidst great promise that it would raise wages, create jobs and even improve health and environmental safety standards. Hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs have vanished as companies sought lower wage workers in Mexico. Meanwhile, NAFTA has generated more poverty in Mexico, forcing millions of citizens to migrate to the United States in search of work. We speak to Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch and author of the new report, "NAFTA at 20."

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December 31 2013

08:00

U.S. Names Domestic Test Sites for Drone Aircraft

New York Times - By Matthew L. Wald - Dec. 31 (News) - The Federal Aviation Administration will authorize test sites for drone aircraft in upstate New York, New Jersey and at least eight other states, the agency said on Monday, preparing for a time when unmanned aircraft of various shapes and sizes cruise over the landscape.

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December 30 2013

08:00

More Immigration Means More Jobs for Americans - Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal - By John Dearie And Courtney Geduldig - Dec. 30 (Opinion) - More Immigration Means More Jobs for AmericansWall Street JournalOf all the reasons to support immigration reform, none is more important than the critical role it would play in helping end America's jobs crisis. Despite the encouraging news that 203,000 jobs were created in November and the unemployment rate fell ...and more »

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December 29 2013

08:00

A Rare Elected Voice for Socialism Pledges to Be Heard in Seattle

New York Times - By By KIRK JOHNSON - Dec. 29 (Special Report) - Kshama Sawant will join the City Council on Jan. 1 as one of the nation’s few elected socialists, a political brand most officials run from.

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December 25 2013

08:00

Will the gift of a job lead to self-sufficiency for a formerly unemployed Wal-Mart cashier?

Washington Post - By Annys Shin - Dec. 25 (Special Report) - Christina Ford’s best Christmas gift arrived early this year: a job. Three months ago, Ford, a former group home worker who had been out of work for a year and a half, landed a position as a cashier at the new Wal-Mart on H Street NW. This was no small thing for Ford, 24, given what Christmas was like for her last year. A pregnant Ford and her two preschool-aged sons spent the holidays in a New York Avenue hotel because there was no space at the city’s family shelter. The only gifts she could offer were donations from Toys for Tots. ...

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08:00

Editorial: More Hunger for the Poorest Americans - NY Times: Editorials

New York Times - By By THE EDITORIAL BOARD - Dec. 25 (Editorial) - Editorial: More Hunger for the Poorest Americans

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December 23 2013

08:00

Op-Ed Columnist: Inequality for Dummies

New York Times - By By BILL KELLER - Dec. 23 (Opinion) - Op-Ed Columnist: Inequality for Dummies

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December 14 2013

08:00

Federal Judge Describes, Then Supports Plot to Rob Detroit Pensioners

AlterNet - By Frank Joyce - Dec. 14 (News Analysis) - It is important to understand that at no point has Detroit declared or requested bankruptcy. Indeed Detroiters and others in Michigan have resisted as best they could, only to be overpowered at every turn. As Judge Rhodes explains below, bankruptcy has been orchestrated from Lansing (the state capitol) with a lot of help from Wall Street banks and other financial players.

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December 11 2013

08:00

USW Criticizes TPP Trade Deal Negotiations

DigitalJournal.com - Dec. 11 (Press Release) - Leo W. Gerard, International President of the United Steelworkers (USW), today issued the following statement on the lack of transparency and other outcomes being negotiated in the current proposed trade deal with 11 Asian nations known as Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Gerard participated in a media call with Members of Congress and a labor-environmental trade coalition earlier today.

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December 10 2013

08:00

Study: U.S. poverty rate decreased over past half-century thanks to safety-net programs

Washington Post - By Zachary A. Goldfarb - Dec. 10 (News Analysis) - Government programs such as food stamps and unemployment insurance have made significant progress in easing the plight of the poor in the half-century since the launch of the war on poverty, according to a major new ...

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08:00

A Future Rests on a Fragile Foundation

New York Times - By By ANDREA ELLIOTT. PHOTOGRAPHS by RUTH FREMSON - Dec. 10 (Special Report) - There are more than 22,000 homeless children in New York, the highest number since the Great Depression. This is one of their stories.

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December 07 2013

08:00

Nov. job gains, 203000; jobless rate, 7.0%

USA Today - Dec. 07 (News) - Employers added a better-than-expected 203,000 jobs in November, continuing a solid string of payroll gains and offering further evidence of a strengthening economic recovery. The unemployment rate fell to 7% from 7.3%, the lowest in five years, the Labor ... Lowest Jobless Rate in 5 Years Raises Odds of a Fed Move New York Times Consistent Hiring Points to Stronger Economy Ahead ABC News US jobless rate falls to five-year low in November BBC News Voice of America The Seattle Times NECN all 764 news ...

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December 06 2013

08:00

How Those Fast-Food Strikes Got Started

Mother Jones - By Erika Eichelberger - Dec. 06 (News Analysis) - Lisa Reid is a cashier at a KFC in Brooklyn. She's 27, with three kids. She works 16 to 26 hours a week at the federal minimum wage of $7.25. That's not enough to live on, so sometimes she takes a second or third gig at McDonald's or Burger King. But right now, she just has the one job. She lives with her mom to make ends meet. Continue Reading »

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